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An Open Letter to Ambassador Haile Menkerios

I read your article, “Building Democracy in Eritrea” which appeared on Awate.com, on April 4/28/2019, with great interest. Good to see you enter the melee, and good to see your contribution, though I must say I’m not satisfied with the content of your article. I feel you scribbled it away as a gesture of goodwill to satisfy the curiosity of people (እንታይ እዮም እዚኦም ከ ሕጂ ዝርብሹኒ ዝዓይነቱ)…Meaning, you could have submitted a well-developed, a somewhat detailed and a suggestive one, something that could have served as a supportive reference.

Sadly, your article fell short of my expectation. The bulk of the article regurgitates what has been said by many ex-EPLF leaders and, particularly, by Ambassador Andeberhan W/Giorgis, in his book, ERITREA AT CROSSROADS, as far as why the EPLF failed to manage the post-independence era.

I should not hide the fact that I’m becoming more critical of ex-EPLF leaders who often make excuses and line up with ordinary folks, like me, to criticize PIA,  as if they were not active engineers of the armed-struggle era. We ‘thought’ we sent you to the legislative body of the organization to do what legislators do, to take stock of the official duties for which you took an oath, to safeguard the institutions of the revolution which should have served as a mechanism for smooth landing to post-independence era.

Turns out, it has now become a familiar pattern to see every senior ex-EPLF 0fficial who fell out of favor with PIA to line up with disgruntled or disillusioned ordinary people and lower ranks of the organization to lodge complaints against PIA.

For God sake, you were the head of EPLF’s theoretical and ideological department; you were among the few who had to engineer the ideological path that the EPLF took, from a very  hardline leftist to moderate leftist, and finally, to an organization that had openly accepted the failures of leftist leanings and embarked on retooling itself to introduce democratic virtues, something that could fall within the social democrat camp of the world.

In post-independence Eritrea, you served as Eritrea’s first Ambassador to Ethiopia, and then as Eritrea’s Ambassador to the UN. So, you can’t just soothe us by saying things folks like me say. Readers are my witness that I have been saying what you have just said, in defense of the EPLF, i.e, things like, “We were at war, EPLF should be seen within its historical context, etc., etc”. I’m looking for someone  taking a personal responsibility, not just throwing everything at PIA, because, folks like you, literally, built the EPLF and led it through the turbulent past. That is if you chose to indulge discussing that aspect of our history.

However, if you are not ready to accept failure on your part, then proceed directly to what should be done now. Otherwise, portraying yourself as someone who had no part in engineering the machinations of the EPPLF is simply disingenuous. If you are to absolve yourself from what you consider system-failures of the EPLF design, then give ALL credits of the success the EPLF is known for to PIA.

I stress this point because you were not some kid who served PIA (the then Deputy SG, and later, SG of the organization) as a front-office secretary or as a radio operator. You were a member of the CC of the organization since 1977. You were among the few intellectuals who contributed greatly to build the indoctrination and propaganda arm of the organization.

In that sense, during the armed struggle,  I looked up to you and your peers and drew pride from what you did and boldened my confidence in what you did. Then, however, I got dismayed when you joined the UN and saw you, in some cases, making statements that blamed Eritrea for the “no war, no peace” situation that was in fact created by the TPLF-led government of Ethiopia. I can reason out that you were a senior employee of the dysfunctional UN that abdicated its responsibilities and, worse, imposed unjust sanctions on Eritrea. I can understand that you had to choose a career and money over the truth. We are only humans, and we are all capable of dispensing flaws. Also, you deserved to catch up with private life after spending years of your primetime for the independence of Eritrea. I get that.

However, the comment you made in the meeting that was arranged by the office of the PM of Ethiopia to appraise his one-year accomplishments infuriated me. You said to the effect that PIA and Dr. Abiy were designing the peace rapprochement to exclude the TPLF or to hurt the Tigray region. I thought that was irresponsible and I commented on it on my FB account.

I suggest you should have blamed the TPLF for failing to grasp the situation and take a strategic decision to solve its problems with Eritrea based on the agreements its leader and the former  PM of Ethiopia had signed in regard to the settlement of the border conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia. You should have called a spade a spade. Instead, you chose to politicize things by insinuating that the peace rapprochement between Eritrea and Ethiopia wasn’t institutionalized, that it was a ‘peace’ between the leaders of the two countries, that it was meant to hurt the people of Tigray, etc. I feel that coming from you was indeed irresponsible.

Coming to this article, the only “new thing” I could discern you are coming up with is calling for a national conference. It is good that the idea is coming from you, too. However, that idea is not new to contemporary Eritrean discourse. For one, I previously (when I was semi-opposition) called for a united national front (voice). However, reading the current developments, I called upon the opposition and the Eritrean government to consider the idea of working for a truly national reconciliation process. It is in that vein that I called upon the opposition to come up with a realistic proposal that could entice the government to take it seriously, and for the government to consider a serious national dialogue. It is crucial that Eritrea uses its maximum potential at this critical moment of our history.

Neither side has shown signs of rethinking. I know I’m a no-entity person for both sides; I don’t expect them to listen up to me, but that is a national call for me to make.

Here, you should have bolstered (I hope you will do so in the future) this idea by presenting plausible action plan that would include discussing the following important points:

The pressing task of the moment: calling for a broad national dialogue/conference

1.  What is the nature of the national conference
2. Who authors and manages it
3. What are the envisioned end-results
4. How is the transitional politics that would lead to the envisioned chapter handled ( the transition from PFDJ-led Eritrea to an elected government)

As far as the mere calling for a national conference is concerned,  any layman person can say it in a cafe, enjoying his/her espresso. Such a loaded-but-muted call is bereft of applicability without a thoroughly thought of action plan.

The second weak point of your article is that you fell for the fancy tune of ‘building democracy’ in Eritrea, because, any sensible person should realize that the immediate question should be: how do we build a climate where the idea of democracy can be discussed without shoutings and exchanging blames, how can a culture of sober deliberations take root.

Democracy needs a fertile ground to blossom. As a prerequisite, it needs a culture that is receptive to the merits of democracy. Therefore, the priority of our time should be leveling the ground for talking democracy. You can’t build something if you don’t have a foundation on which to build it. What is lacking is the basic foundation upon which we can build democracy.

In this regard, the problem with our intellectuals seems to be that they resort to things they are familiar with such as producing researched materials and try to stick them into our situation or, rather, squeeze us into the experiences of others- that is to say- they often try to explain things from theoretical angles, falling short of providing localized guidelines appropriate for our situation. However, that is not entirely their fault. They have lived outside the country for a long period of time, and they may not have access to real-time data in all aspects of our country’s situation. And most of them lack the experience of running institutions, anyway.

You have had chances to run institutions; you have had opportunities to mediate conflicts in developing countries. Therefore, you have a hands-on experience, a rich manual for suggesting concrete steps to be taken in situations such as ours.

The third weakness of your article is that you seem to cling onto the idea that PFDJ must go. I believe the “inclusiveness” you inserted is meant to be understood as “inclusiveness” of ideas and factions within the opposition camp. That makes you one out of many who have made blunders in a bid to eradicate or dismantle the PFDJ. I think the boldest statement should be one that recognizes the PFDJ as an important national front. The new approach should be bold enough to announce that we can’t live forever by excluding one another.

I thank you, sir.

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  • Selamat Denmarki..no… Paulos,

    Was the wife a snitch? Snitch is such a strong descriptive. Perhaps her husband beat her and abused her horribly. She could have simply be liberating herself. Making her morally acceptable as self liberator.
    Consider this as I see your legally grounds chips and raise you morally chips. Are you going to call the bet? (insert poker face emoji (::;>>[])

    tSAtSE

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Dr Paulos,

    I always appreciate your inquisitive mind. You always come with challenging issues. This time with legal issues on how we will handle the criminals aftermath of the removal of the tyrant. Though I can not speak that much on legal issues and should be relegated to lawyers, I will try from the politico-legalese prism. That means the political aspect of it. So here is my view:

    Since “natural laws” are not applicable in courts and legal proceedings, legal positivism takes precedence in ruling crimes that has been committed by the PFDJ operatives. Societies are governed by predetermined legal rules and are implemented as rule of law. Unfortunately, in our Eritrea there are no predetermined laws written through legislative due process. Eritrea is governed through proclamations by the ruling party. There is no an ordinary preceding process betwern the “accused”and the “accuser” in a court of justice. Citizen are pulled and taken by the regime from their residence in a dark night and their whereabouts are unknown for decades. In short Eritrea is ruled by the rule of the jungle.

    In such scenario and in the event the regime is defeated, the upcoming transitional government should establish a “a court and legal system”, and making their ruling based on the International humanitarian laws, or if it is thought better to hold them until new constitutional and legal laws established is another alternative. Here is my political argument then, the victims and the family of victims won’t to see “justice”. In the last 28 years there were “victims” and “victimizer” and we can not let the the victimizers without facing the court of justice. If we don’t, it is a bad precedence to our future justice system.

  • iSem

    Hi Forum and Nitricc
    Because it is Ramadan, because my Muslim childhood friends will not be proud of me reading my response to Nitricc, because my Muslim friends in this forum who are fasting and some of whom I wished Ramadan Kareem will not proud of me, because I used to fast one day or half day, depending how I handled it in solidarity with my Muslim teenage friends and I have fond memories, because it is terrible to call a human being created in the image of God sub human, because such characterization have lead to ethnic cleaning in the world before in history and because it is terrible to call a human being that he was made in a lab, I here by apologize to the human being and Eritrean Nitricc, I would like to sincerely apologize to him.
    Immediately after my last response to MS I rushed to my run and then went to the steam room and with between sweating and puffing i contemplated and I would like to reach out to to Nitric.
    Nitricc: I am sure you love your people though your process is misguided in my opinion and because like any human being and you are capable of changing and growing I was wrong to call you son of the terrible Dr. Jacobson. I am wou;ld not be my father’s and mother’s son if I do not apologize to you for those words.
    Some people have wrongly assumed that I have a bone to pick with PFDJ and that it is personal. It is not I and my immediately family were not tortured or imprisoned by PFDJ, but if any human being is denied justice we are all in shackles (Paul who said that?) that is why I am intrigued, but that is besides the point of this comment
    Ps: MS in a rare clarity these days told me in a comment that no human being is subhuman and added that it is dangerous he is right. I take truth even from PFDJ and future minister

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Ahlan iSem
      You made me smile, and I know whenever you get closer to the truth your neurons get stimulated to rewire correctly (joke).
      Guys, I like humor, and I like my baddest friend iSem for his humor, that is, if he is not near her highness.

      • Saleh Johar

        Hi Mahmoud,
        Tell me if I am wrong, please. But I see a relentless and perpetual attempt to create and sustain a wedge between discussants in this forum: yourself, Nitricc, and blink (sometimes Hope for the purpose of numbers) on one side, and iSem, Hayat (the most composed member) and occasionally adding Emma, BerheY and Paulos (for provocation purposes) on the other side. Of course there are the cave of Ephesus dwellers (Amma -Mudada) who jump at anything (to transform a dialogues into a debate).. am I wrong? Of course, typing the four-letter word JOKE, doesn’t make a sly comment a joke, but I am a good student and I will include it(JOKE)

        • Haile S.

          Selam Saleh,
          Good coincidence, I was just scribbling this:

          ኡፎይ!
          ዝተወድአ’ዶ ይመስል እዚ ዳርባ እምኒ
          ዝተፈግአ የለን ኢልኩም እስኪ ንገሩኒ
          ናብ የማን ናብ ጸጋም ክርኢ ቄኖ ሒዛትኒ

          ዓው ኢለ ካየፋጺ ፊሽካይ ወዲቓ
          መልሓሰይ ሎምስ ኮይና ክንዲ ጭልቓ
          እዛ ነግራም ተለጒማ ኣብ ሎሚ በጺሓ
          ተኣታትይዋ ደም ኣብዘይብሉ ደም ፈሪሃ

          ተዓዛቢ ኮይነ ከም ኣደይ ሰንበቱ
          ጽሉል ርእየን ዝደርበየ ኩሉ ክዳውንቱ

          ሰሃሊለነ ይብላ ገጸን ብኢደን ሸፊነን
          ኣጻብዕ ገቲረን እናርኣያ ሰሪቐን ብዓይነን

          ኣንታ ዘይትኸድንዎ ይብላ ቀስ ቢለን
          መዘናግዒ ዘይትሓስበ ትያትሮ ረኺበን ንባዕለን

          ኢሳያስ ብዝኣከቦ እምኒ ክንፈጋጋእ
          ኣየድልን ንሱ ኣብዘይብሉ ክንወጋእ
          ካብዚ ዝቐነናዮ ምጽውዋር ክንቀሰም ይግባእ።

        • Berhe Y

          Dear SJ,

          i rarely go into argument with normal human being, if I do, I usually withdraw and move on. Any Eritrean in his right mind who openly support the PFDJ regime, I don’t consider the person is normal and doing so out of pure conviction. I consider such person is part and parcel of the regime and doing it purposely to inflict more pain. I do have my own family members who are in this category and I hardly speak to them.

          What I can’t stand is, these kind of people making accusations and allegation against anyone else (specially opposition) that it’s our fault that the country is in the mess we find our selves in. I can’t stand to this kind of blatant lie. If it wasn’t for cyber, this would have led to other means…

          If it was up to me, I would not allow such people to discuss Eritrean matters in free website….sorry…

          Let me give you an example why..suppose we were fighting for our liberation, would we allow an Eritrean who support the Derg or HSI and telling us, what they are doing to our people is ok. Would we entertain such kind of people and thought….

          Berhe

          • mokie berhe

            Salam Berhe Y. While I don’t agree with most of your points, I do have to give you credit in being willing to not only criticize the PIA/PFDJ regime but also the TPLF. A major problem that I see here in terms of opposition credibility, almost reminiscent of Skull & Bones type of secret university society, is that it seems to have taken an oath to never ever criticize the TPLF. The group that I am talking about is well know and there are at least three within them, that would to any casual observer, totally appear to be TPLF spy implants. I see this type of secret total hands-off policy regarding never ever criticizing the TPLF, as counterproductive to PIA/PFDJ opposition genuineness and legitimacy. Grateful for your views on this matter.

        • Mahmud Saleh

          Ahlan SGJ
          Hayak Allah
          There is no JESUS in town, Abu-SalaH. Slap my left cheek and I won’t let you slap the other. The best situation would be for all of us to practice what we preach , i.e., tolerate diverse opinions. I personally try to live up to that creed. However, I know I’m human and sometimes fall short of it. I acknowledge my shortcoming when people like you remind me.
          As long as there are difference on important matters, it is only natural to give back a proportional response. Still, we love to sea each other. We need to avoid malice, otherwise, debating passionately is not bad. The fact that we like to engage each other should be celebrated.
          My advice would be for you to stay above the skirmishes. Hold position on the top of Embasoira and just watch us do our things. I assure you this is not about Amma -Mudada. Now, this is not a JOKE.
          I have Plato watching me down from the cover of his book, republic, and he is assuring me it is not about the proverbial cave.

        • Blink

          Dear SG
          I disagree , I completely disagree and if you really mean it , we all need to break it and then share it all across the board except one person and he is called Kokhob selam that guy sometimes makes me angry because he supposed to be outraged unless no holiness to anyone .

    • Saleh Johar

      iSem,
      You have a way to shine again and again. Thank you for the civilized act (not a joke).

      As you know, I have ax axe to grind with the PFDJ as many if you. But if you notice we are abused by our compatriots because of that. Their action could easily be translated to “dint oppose the regime I love” . Otherwise, why all this proxy abuse? Why all the insults and vilification? That amazes me ( certainly not a joke)

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Selam All
    I concluded my article by saying “The new approach should be bold enough to announce that we can’t live forever by excluding one another.”
    On my part, it was a sincere call, yet, in response, Yohannes Zeray “…Criminality, crime and criminals cannot be condoned by a pretentious search for fake ‘unity!”
    Obviously, he saying I’m pretentious and am defending “Criminality, crime and criminals”. The reader can see this type of attacks were unwarranted. I could have responded in kind, but I refused to obey emotions. I let it go.
    Then the great Blink comes and reminds YZ about YZ’s previous prediction that the UN sanctions would outlast the Eritrean government. Wew now know the entities people like YZ were counting are in disarray: TPLF is fighting to stay relevant; the UN commission that had investigated Eritrea for alleged Alshabab support, to justify the unjust sanctions, had been found to have politicized its mission; Eritrea has finally outlasted its enemies. YZ prediction was probably driven by emotions ( ኣጆኻ ጅግና-push) and by signals he misread.
    What followed is a patter we are familiar with, that the people who pontificate about democratic values and fairness are actually in dire need of those values. ዘይብልካ ክትህብ ኣይትኽእልን፡ ክትምድር ትኽእል ኢኻ፡ ግን ኣብ ባህርኻ እዩ ዝረአ። They are more like;ly to be found:
    – intolerant, thin-skinned (ኣመና ቀችቀጭ ዝብሎም)
    – mood swings (calm and peaceful when people are clapping for them (ኣጆኻ ጅግና ዝዓይነቱ) but turn into a raging bull when faintly criticized)
    – dogmatic, inflexible
    – see the world as black and white
    – easily deceived (as the case in “Eritrea is sold”)
    – detached from reality of how mainstream Eritrea sees the complexity of things (since they spend most of their time with people who hold similar views
    – wrong assumptions about themselves, since they stay within the small circle of admirers.
    -aloof, they like lecturing, they do not like in a two-way communications
    -they try to mask the vulnerability of their arguments by lobbying personal attacks to people they perceive as opponents.
    -They are terribly poor at making self-evaluation. Why should they? As long as they stay within the small cheering group, there is nothing that entices them to undergo a serious self-examination.
    – They want us to be blind followers, and when they ditch us into a ravine, they say it was our mistake.
    -They cling together, gang over independent-minded individuals, known for their generous gestures to each other; known for their self-serving accolades.

    These are the folks who want to present themselves as the alternative to PFDJ. We say, heck, no. We are proud Eritreans who stood for the rule of law while not compromising the independence and sovereignty of Eritrea, We called upon you that we could stand for the vital interest of Eritrea while pushing for change. You refused, and placed all your bets in eggs in TPLF’s basket and ግዛዕ-ምዛዕ (read NGOs). Hell, you have no moral or legal ground to lecture us. You have no moral wings to soar above us.
    Eritrea’s 28th Independence Day will be huge, in the spirit of brotherhood, get down from your high horse and be pragmatic. You have been in self-induced deep comma for a long time. Open your eyes and try to sea realities as they exist.
    The theme of re-dedication of attention to neglected areas are here. The majority of Eritreans are talking about how to move forward, peacefully and constructively. Be part of the spirit of May 24th; by nature, Eritreans despise those who jostle to get career and attention from NGOs and foreign powers that are keen to introduce their tentacles in developing countries.
    If I am to harsh, that is because I have not gotten my triple-shot espresso, and I ask the Almighty to forgive me. I know I’m human, I make mistakes, lots of them. But I’m ready to accept them when confirmed. Because without correcting errors and learning from them; without refurbishing my intellectual quest, I can’t get better. I’m away ready to say sorry, because I know I make a lot of mistakes. That’s what keeps me moving.

    • Yohannes Zerai

      THE HEIGHT OF DISINGENUITY & HYPOCRISY

      Dear All,

      The quoted text below is an exact copy of a rejoinder on the current thread that Mahmud Saleh wrote to our fellow forumer, Said just two days ago (see the original rejoinder further down in the series of comments below).

      Kindly, notice how Mahmud Saleh elevates himself in his rejoinder to Said, and how, in the preceding comment, he engages in unrestrained character assassination of people he has never met nor ever known! Make of that what you will!

      Thank you.

      __________________________________________________

      “Ahlan said
      I have already replied to you. I’m not so kind to pretentious people. Go back and read your monotonous and filthy comment. What do you get by cramming your comment with insults?
      Brother, do not worry. No matter how much you read about me, I am sure you do not know me; and You will not be able to know me. (Emphasis mine) Better to stop it there. I hate hypocrates[sic]. Who are you to lecture me about my people? No, take it back, and leave me alone.”

      • Blink

        Dear YZ
        You made a fatal error in this and the error was not only one but the whole concept of your reply . You supposed to do the same copy paste from Said comment about MS but you did not and that is called what ? I am not sure what you call such kind of things in your dictionary but most honest people will disagree with your characterization. I wouldn’t mind if you stand up and clap for things you did not see because the notion of insulting MS do make you feel release the important chemicals , feel proud YZ . It is almost Friday .

        Be neutral about how much weight you want to carry because the more you try to take much of the weight off someone , it can actually put you down to the ground and end up none.

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Selam Yohannes
        Your futile efgort reminds me of the saying, “ነዚ ክትግዕታስ ክንድዚ ትርህጻ” used to explain too much of an effort for too little impact or result. As Blink told you, You should have brought Said’s offensive comment against my character. That is my friend the height of disingenuity.
        Second, I know you very well from your articles and from your participation in this forum. Although I don’t agreement with your politics, I follow you, I admire your writing skills. On the contrary, I don’t read Said, I don’t follow him.
        When I said he would not know me, I was talking about getting my ideas, not about knowing me personally. So, my friend, I don’t need to meet you personally to discuss your ideas, and we meet in person that is cool. You will be my guest. Just take it easy and move on, please. I have moved.

        • Yohannes Zerai

          Thank you for the statements in the last paragraph of your comment above. Same here!

  • Paulos

    Selam Moderator,

    My comment for Professor A. Hidrat is on hold. Not sure why. Thanks.

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; I am wondering where the Ethiopians on this forum are. I mean their precipitation is almost ceased. I mean what is the reason? Do they felt neglected or disrespected in anyway form or just confused and frustrated about their state of their country and said what the hack with it? Anyway this forum is not fun with out their Key-Bahrachin annoying slogan.

    • Hayat Adem

      Nitricc,
      I guess if you can’t know the difference between participation and precipitation, we shouldn’t blame you for failing to know who is who. Nitricc, this forum is truly beyond your pay grade. I wish the AwateTeam had an after school care service where you could be quarantined until homing time.

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Dear Hayat
        Why do U say that? ካብ ኣፍ መልሓስ ይዕንቀፍ ክበሃል ሰሚ ዕኪ ኣይትፈልጥን ወይስ ምምዳር ኣመል ኮይንኪ? Nitrickay is fluent in English, but he is from the young generation who does not care about looking Shakespearean. I see my children doing the same sloppy errors when they text but write beautifully when they sit for their assignments. I say this because I will be next in line to be told for afterschool English lessons. It doesn’t look good on you. For instance, I’m terrible at mixing similar sounding words. But I edit them out when I proofread my comments or articles. English will always be my second or third language.
        So, please, don’t try to undermine Nitrickay. If Wayane or the Eritrean opposition had listened to General Nitrickay, they would have saved themselves from headaches. He is a smart man.
        Long Live General Nitrickay!!

    • Selam Nitricc,

      You were having a very interesting and hot discussion about eritrean politics, and i personally thought that it will be spoiling the exchange if an ethiopian superimposed his opinion.

      Confusion and frustration about things happening in ethiopia; well, not really. The problem is known, the solution as well. The dilemma is that the solution for the problem created by fools who do not know the difference between democracy and anarchy and are serving the sworn enemies of ethiopia, could kill democracy ethiopians are hoping for. This is the main reason the ethiopian government is indecisive for the time being. The enemies of ethiopia and that of the reform are exploiting this, and not that they are strong. As the pm said they will be dispersed with few bullets.

      The point is to avoid harsh measures as much as possible, which will take the country to authoritarianism. If it comes to choosing between ethiopia and democracy, well, the answer is easy. Nevertheless, I do not think that things will come to that, and the measures already implemented will bring positive results.

      • Teodros Alem

        selam horizon
        the problem(the killing, displacement,protest ….) In ethiopia is orchestrated and managed by the government(eprdf) itself and u know that and people of ethiopia knows that too but keep doing ur job.

      • Nitricc

        the problem created by fools who do not know the difference between democracy and anarchy and are serving the sworn enemies of ethiopia, could kill democracy ethiopians are hoping for.

        Hi Horizon; therefor can we conclude that Ethiopia and Ethiopians are not ready for democracy at this moment in time?

      • mokie berhe

        Salam Horizon. Congratulations to Ethiopia on hosting the 2019 World Press Freedom Day! Who could have imagined when you consider how many journalists were locked up in Ethiopia just a couple years back.

        • Selam Mokie Berhe and Nitricc,

          Thank you a lot M.B. for the kind words. There is a video i watched yesterday on “freedom of speech in ethiopia” by an ethiopian university lecturer i thought he is. He was saying that freedom of speech was the victim of the government during tplf/eprdf rule and many journalists were in prison as we all know. Today, on the contrary, freedom of speech is victimized by the people, and it has become a weapon against not only the government but against individuals as well. Individuals are demeaned, demonized, humiliated, character assassination and terrorized. In ethiopia it is now difficult to know who is a journalist, an activist or a politician, and it is imperative that a law is enacted to regulate the area. In addition, ethiopians have reached a stage when they find it difficult to differentiate between real and fake news, thanks to social media, where everybody has become a genius reported, blogger, journalist, whatever.

          I hope N. will allow me to bring few things i read, as i understood and remember, from an article written by a gentleman (an atheist) with the topic, i think, “religion for the non-religious). He says that man is a combination of the primitive being and the superior being. He is in between, with attributes from both, nonetheless, his primitive nature, his instinct the result of evolution over two or so million years, play the major role in his life. This is more or less true, whether he/she belongs to the so called civilized or not so civilized societies. Man’s good character is attributed to his superior nature and his bad behavior to his primitive self, which is the hater, the greedy, the criminal… etc.

          Do you see such people in the so called civilized world who live under democracy? Yes, there are many everyday examples. If we expect that democracy should be delayed to africans until they become the superior human being, for no one has become one yet, not even in the so-called western civilizations, otherwise we would not have seen western societies regressing to undemocratic and criminal practices of the far right and white supremacists, and the future of the human society would not have been on the line.

          Therefore, democracy is not for angels and saints, but much more for the devils, to educate and make them understand that their instinctive way of life is not good to themselves and society as a whole. Do not worry, democracy will not be a time bomb in the hands of africans. They will managed it as others have have done so before them. Nobody passed through any special school, and the so called civilized democratic countries are not inhabited by superior human beings, unless it is meant to deny democracy to africans.

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam Nitricc
      the other day i read ur response to SJ about PIA, that was excellent, only that kind of dialogue make sense and good for ur country future.
      Me agree with meles on “key-bahrachin”.

  • iSem

    Asking the Wrong Question;
    Ramadan Kareem to All Eritreans:
    Asking the wrong question yields the wrong answer and if that wrong question is framed without providing contest and deliberately so misleads them so as to keep them in their shackles.
    So to provide context to my above statements, please read this FB entry by Mahmud Saleh Hafashey
    እዝስ መድለየ’ዶ? እነመን እዮም ንኸምዚ ኣመሰለ ነውራም ተግባራት ዘተባብዑ ዘለዉ? እነመን እዮም ከ ንኤርትራ ብወለዶታትን ብግዛዕምዛዕን ክፈላልይዋ ሒኽ ዝብሉ ዘለዉ? ካልእ ስነ-ስርዓቱ ዝሓለወ ኣገባብ ኣገላልጻ ተቓውሞ ተሳኢኑ ድዩ? ንሕሰብ፡ ኣብ ዘይደለናዮ ዓዘቕቲ ከይንሽመም። ብሩኽ ቀዳመ-ሰንበት፡ ርሑስ ሸሀር ረመዳን ኣልሙባረክ።

    Now I agree with MS’s assertion that there is no lack of means fighting for injustice without deaerating to the gutter.
    But his allegation of those hell bent to separate us with age is false. A better question would be what completes the youth to do down this path, this desperate measures, you can humiliate the PFDJ goons terrorizing them without descending to the gutter of insults because that is the PFDJ way. I have a theory for this fine youth going down this path: PFDJ were their mentors, these youths were kidnapped at 16 to go to Sawa Military school and learned these insults and this way of seeking justices because every family I know in Eritrea shuns such attitudes and calls for respect and deference
    So Asking the right question with proper context is the right to thing to do in this holly month of Ramadan. We do should not condone the insults toward that elderly presumably PFDJ lackey but we have to ask the right question and averting the right questions and when we fully know what the context is misleading and it is PFDJ’s implement. Its lifelong strategy to misinform Eritreans
    Abstain from asking wrong question without proper context

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Ahlan iSem
      You know why I ignore this? Because, hopefully, reasonable people will check the video I had commented on, on my FB page, where, apparently, a young man rains insults on a man assumed to be an Eritrean representative in the area, according to the harasser’s words. The young man harasses and follows the “old” man, in a café, despite the “old” man trying to avoid the harasser. It is wrong to rationalize such a disrespectful act and should be condemned as such. If the young man has a case against the man he could take his case to authorities. If the young man wanted to express his feeklings against the government of Eritrea, he could have done so in a way did not threaten the “old” man.
      But he knows he has no case except trying to appear as a hero of today’s media’s gallants, like Semere Andom. Representing a government you oppose does not make one a criminal. But…but…but, we are dealing with hotheaded people like my bad friend iSem, a man whose number of neurons have shrunk to minimum, the same way his patrons’, the TPLF, power has shrunk to their size in Ethiopia.
      The young man is heard clearly disparaging “generation 60s”. Insulting people based on age is against norms of all Eritrean societies.
      I think Nitrickay is right when he chides iSem that he ignores personal responsibilities. Since the young man is adult enough to talk politics, he should surely know basic social skills. But…but…but, again, we are talking about my bad friend iSem, whose heart was stolen by the young tegadelit he saw in Hishkeb (1988). “He lost his mind since then,” says our reporter HOPE. Also, the Sudanese skies are not kind to people who are prone to losing neuron faster than nature designed them to do so. Also, Nitrickay, attributes iSem’s bizarre behavior to the hot Sudanese sun, and Canadian you know what.
      Aghed, iSem, the dishonest. Again, you are trying to parade my words out of context. Your dishonest is so clear and that is why I will do what it takes that you don’t end up becoming our security Tsar. Oh,, that would be horrible, zombies and blood-thirst hounds would be roaming Eritrea’s streets.
      I will vote for you to be the minister of Eritrea’s “Wheel of fortune” game, since you seem to be good at running a gambler club.

      • iSem

        Hi MS: same to you Ramadan kareem too 😉
        If you have not quoted Nitricc, if you have not descended to the low blow of the brain cells I am losing, I would have posted here a love letter I found in Hishkeb written by you to your lover in Sahel. To give you a hint it starts like this:ኦ ፍቅረይ እቲ ዘብዘብ ክትብሊ ንዓማ ከቶጋይይ ፤ ምስ ወያኒት ብጸትኺ፡ ንስስኺ ጽንሕላይ አን ክሓልፍ በጃኺ ክትብልያ አብዚ ዓይነይ ቕጅል ይብልነኡ ‘ሞ እቲ አብ ልበይ ዘሎ ሃልሃልታ ፍቅርኺ የሽተዕል፡ መመሊሹ… 🙂
        Now, I never condoned what the young was say to the old PFDJ, but you skipped it. I said provide context and also think about why would contrary to the Eritrean family sensibility, deference to older people this youth act like that What completed it,what is the root problem.In Ramadan, a month of honesty, patience and generosity I invited to ponder that, if you had already pondered, to say it

      • Nitricc

        MS; I understand if there was any benefit engaging this animal but I see NONE. The reason why he desperately wanted to engage with you is that by engaging with you he feels validated to ride with braves; you know with one who answered the call of the mother land. You know with one who had the courage and gumption to give it. You know those run in to the fire. Don’t forget he feels low about his low life history. When he was crossing the border to Sudan with help of TPLF fighters dressing a woman’s skirt; somewhere in their journey; one of the TPLF fighter notices the animal is dressing red color skirt and the fighter demanded that he changes his closing. The TPLF fighter feared the dress might trigger an air attack or getting detected by enemy combatants. Then it was right there where this animal felt less human and more like animal and lifelong wounded. When the TPLF fighter demanded he changes his dress; the animal had no choice but to do what he was told and while he is changing his dress, the fighter sees a grown man hiding under woman’s dress. The TPLF fighter couldn’t believe what he had just witnessed. The rest of the journey; the animal was treated just like that by the TPLF fighters company. From that
        day, the day that changed his life to shame and misery this animal’s goal is to bring any brave down to his level by any means necessary. By doing that he gets relief from his agony, anguish and pain that day, the day he was caught dressing woman’s dress presented. He feels empty, disrespected, disgraced and most of all less than human and to more in to animal. He is a damaged soul. Trust me.

        • iSem

          Hi Nitricc;
          I regret to have given you platform. And remember you are sub. in every category and the fluffy hugs you get from the one who is auditioning for the Minister of Information, I have news for you the Minstry of information digs will house the PFDJ goons when we turn it to a prison and the retards like you who will infect the ppl if allowed to mix and mingle. In the 6 years I have known you in this forum, you have not learned neither manners nor politics nor English
          Every thing u said in this comment is a lie and a one celled brain person and also who was abandoned as an in fant have no shame to lie and your lie give you away what happened to you when you were discarded without love that why u seek love from criminals and thugs like PFDJ.And you cannot even imagine what I will do to you in free Eritrea so that your likes cannot propagate and multiple in my country

          • Nitricc

            so that your likes cannot propagate and multiple in my country

            Semere; I have no plan to move to Canada. so. don’t worry.

          • iSem

            Nitricc;
            I am talking about Eritrea. You are not qualified to be admitted to Canada. Too functionally illiterate for canada

          • Nitricc

            You are not qualified to be admitted to Canada

            semere; so, what makes you qualified to be admitted to Eritrea? remember when the country needed you the most; you run away in a red dress to avoid service. Now tell me who is more qualified to be admitted in Eritrea. You should be prohibited to enter Eritrea due to your crimes against the nation.

          • iSem

            Nitricc: I made a mistake, u learned after 10 years here how to quote a source, lately. Now I have upgraded u from imbecile to moron, the later can learn after a long time. Just like my German Sheperd dog
            Now, I have no fear of going to Eritrea after the gangs are swept away, it is my country and I have clean record. So worry about your father figure IA, a father figure you gave adapted because of lack of real father. I have no idea,maybe your were fertilized by PFDJ lab as a guina pig as they are doing with the fake cancer cure.If not in PFDJ lab, maybe in Dr. Jacobsons lab
            get lost

          • Nitricc

            I made a mistake

            you are a mistake yourself; how could you make a mistake? you are a joke. dumb; get the %$#@%^***&^^^^ out here. stupid.

          • iSem

            Nitricc:
            Look up Dr. Cecile B Jacobson he has about 75 kids and then I will send u a rope

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam General Nitrickay
            I think iSem does regret every minute of the day for trying to mess with you. I told him early on that Nitrickay was a brand with which one has to reckon. Your blunt language may have irritated some, but your descriptions and predictions about the “toothless opposition” and the evil wayane regime were prophetic. iSem is trying to make sense of them this late, using his remaining yet awkwardly wired few neurons.

            A man who, in 1988, entered Sahel to attend the EPLF arm of Eritrean Student Association Congress, and who picked a fight with a group of participants led by MuHyedin Shengeb, just to be defeated, returned to Sudan disillusioned. Since then he never recovered. While in his lowest point, he suddenly discovered Yosief G/Hiwet papers. That saved him because he found a new political purpose in life. However, it rekindled the memories of Hishkeb, Sahel, and reignited his rage against the EPLF. That burning rage led him to lean on everyone and everything, including our Honorable Liaison of the TPLF at this forum, Hayat Adem, to tarnish the gallant EPLF. I think you need to be easy on him.

          • iSem

            Hi MS: Wow MS. This none truth comment about Student Union is good auditioning for the Minsitry of Information. But MoI has devoured several men, so be warned. And there was student union congress in1988. it was 1989.probably you were there too. So was the late Amar Sheik. Due to Ramadan, I will just call your comment none Truth and not a lie:-)
            I would be safer to lean on HA than on your reta** HNO3. And look at him he is peeing on his uniform. Do you mean, me Isem to be easy on him. He has no blunt tongue; he has foul mouth. So do him a favour save him, bring from the cold, your bear hug is not keeping him safe enough. There is no burning rage against EPLF, that is also non truth. Unlike you I have a burning desire for justice, rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom to roam your country and also a burning desire to burn Ela-Ero, unlike you and the boy who dream is to be a guard at Ela-Ero and, your talk about the 1989 congress debacle here, shame on you, because I shared that with you. Not that it is a secret I am done and when you lean on HNO3, it will burn you as it is highly corrosive. Look how your little general has retreated when I revealed to him how he came to being
            NHO3 is troubled help him instead of emboldening him

            I am done with this bull, this is what PFDJ does to you bring you with them to the gutter, they insist on that

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Dear iSem
            calm down, do not overheat. I have not divulged any private conversation. This is something I remember from your comments in this forum when we were discussing issues related to Muhyedin’s interview (Medrek) and related. So, cool down. Regarding Nitrickay, I think, you will just have to kneel down and ask for ናይ ጣዕሳ ወረቐት. I am telling everyone that I have fun with you, you are among the few who understand my position and humor-tainted entries (Never mind, Emma does not get it, ከይሓርቐለይ ጥራይ)…ብዝኾነ say elders oh the highlands, ብዝኾነ do not mess with my General. Hayat Adem ጉድ ገይራ… እንታይ ክንገብር!

  • Yohannes Zerai

    Dear All,

    In winding down — on my part — an ongoing back-and-forth that seems to be degenerating into a state of “circular progress”, I would like to throw in the following clarification, for whatever it is worth:

    1. The phrase “Likely to Outlast” in the title “UN Sanctions Against Eritrea Likely to Outlast Current Regime” is SPECULATIVE and represents a mention of a possibility of what may happen. In contrast, the phrase “Will Outlast” is ASSERTIVE and represents a prediction of what will happen. The title’s speculative outlook was amply suggested and supported by the preponderance of the policies, actions and pronouncements that the dictatorial regime had been advancing at the time.

    I am pointing out this distinction as a clarification to the debate on the subject, and I direct it specifically to those readers who are given to rational thinking. But, I am very mindful of the fact that PFDJ supporters, in their usual addictive manner, will not refrain from trying to obfuscate even this simple and straightforward distinction. They never cease to use their flip-flopping, zig-zagging, weaving & meandering style of argument to blur the truth!

    2. I never expected that the arrogant, rigid, conceited and egotistical Isaias Afewerki would ever drag himself through the mud of disgrace and lick the boots of the leader of a country that the tyrant until very recently considered an “enemy” — all for the sake of having the Ethiopian leader solve the tyrant’s self-created problem!

    If my fact-based speculating about the likely fate of the sanctions is termed a “mistake” by PFDJ cadres, I say to them “So be it!” Coming from the loathsome PFDJ, I will wear that characterization as a Badge of Honor. Indeed, I want to assure the PFDJ lackeys that I will be proud to do it again when circumstances and the facts call for it.

    Thank you.

    • mokie berhe

      Salam Yohannes Zerai. Respectfully, in so long as the opposition remains totally unwilling to criticize the TPLF for its past and current wrongful actions, it will simply continue to breed mistrust within the diaspora opposition and the noble idea of Global Representatives will remain far fetched and unrealistic. Can you for example, come clean to the center and criticize the TPLF for past and present actions? In your article ‘UN Sanctions Against Eritrea Likely to Outlast Current Regime’ you did not even mention the TPLF, whose actions (or lack of for that matter in regards to the EEBC) and constant military provocations against Eritrea, was the real reason for PIA/PFDJ’s warming of relations with various Somali groups, nor did you mention that the sanctions were unsubstantiated. Fact is that the U.S. and the U.N., could have earlier easily have thrown down sanctions on Ethiopia to facilitate and full compliance with the EEBC decision and sanctions against Eritrea would never have been considered. The fact of the matter is that the opposition largely remains an mistrustful and dubious entity because it remains unwilling to criticize the TPLF for its past and present wrongful actions and this has nothing to do with however bad the PIA/PFDJ regime may be.

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Selam
      My friend, only the Almighty is said to be always right. People try their best to forecast using available information and making mistakes is part of making predictions, unless one thinks of himself as omniscient. There were also many others who were banking on sanctions and TPLF-led Ethiopia’s hardline position to isolate and slowly kill Eritrea. Now, those topics belong to the past. Stating that you were wrong or not stating so makes no difference.

      • Hayat Adem

        Mahmuday,
        I would say, the only mistake YZ may have made in predicting IA was that he didn’t think IA would seek Ethiopia’s help in having the sanction lifted while the border remains undemarcated.

        • Mahmud Saleh

          Dear Hayat,
          The border will be demarcated. i think PIA outsmarted and outmaneuvered his opponents. They were expecting him to say “if no withdrawal of Ethiopian troops, no peace” . That was a maverick tactic.
          Anyway, the border will be demarcated, Eritrea and Ethiopia will hopefully enter a new era of economic cooperation and friendship. It will happen sooner than you expect.

          • Hayat Adem

            Mahmuday,
            Can anyone outsmart and outmaneuver by saying “yes” to the same deal offer by the other party which was tabled for years?
            It seems you are losing your edge a bit.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam Hayat
            No, I’m not losing my edge, Hayat. Right after Dr. Abiy announced the peace proposal, I started writing a series of articles [which iSem edited]. On August 9, 2018, I wrote an article, titled, “ድሕረ-ቅልውላው- 2ይ ክፋል ስለምንታይ ሎሚ? ” If interested, you can google it. Here, i will quote the part that pertains to your question. FYI: it is a long quote.

            “ ስለምታይ ኢና ሰራዊት ኢትዮጵያ ካብ መሬትና ከይወጸን ዶባትና ከይተኸለሉን ምስ መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ኣብ ናይ ሰላም ዘተ ንኣቱ? ከምኡ እንተኾይኑ ደኣ ስለምንታይ ንጻውዒት ናይ’ቲ ብወያነ ዝምራሕ ዝነበረ መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ተቐቢልና ቅድሚ 16 ዓመታት ኣብ ዘተ ዘይኣተና? ” ዝብሉ ሰባት ኣለዉ። እዞም ሰባት ነቲ ኣብ መእተዊ ዘቐመጥክዎ መሪሕ-ሓሳብ ማለት ሎሚ እቲ ትማሊ ዝገዝእ ዝነበረ ወያነን ኣተሓሳስብኡን ከምዝተቐየረ ገና ዘይተሰወጦም እዮም። ብዝኾነ፡ ነዚ ምጉት’ዚ በዘን ዝስዕባ ነጥብታት ከፍርሶ ክፍትን እየ።

            ሀ. መንግስቲ ወያነን ኣተሓሳስብኡን እዮም ዝተዋገኣኡናን ምስኡ ናብ ቤት-ፍርዲ ዝኸድናን’ምበር እዚ ብዶ/ር ዓቢ ኣሕመድ ዝምራሕ መንግስቲ ኣይኮነን። ሎሚ መንግስቲ ወያነን እቲ ንሱ ዝውክሎ ኣተሓሳስባን የለን። ወያነ ከም ወሳኒ ሓይሊ ኣብ ትግራይ ክቅጽል እዩ። ክሕደስ ተስፋ እገብር። ይኹን እምበር፡ እቲ ንህዝብታት ኢትዮጵያን ጸጋታቶምን ብሒቱ ንህዝብታት እዚ ኣካባቢ ሰላም ዝከልእ ዝነበረ ወያነ ሎሚ የለን። መሰረታዊ ናይ ኣተሓሳስባ ለውጢ እንተደኣ ዘይገበረ፡ ነዚ ዝመጽእ ዓመታት ወሳንነቱ ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ማዕረ ቑምንኡ (ማለት ከም ወካሊ ናይ 6% ህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያ) ክኸውን እዩ።

            እቲ ወያነ ዝዕብልሎ ዝነበረ ኢህወደግ እውን ብመሰረቱ ተቐዪሩ እዩ። ስም ደኣ እዩ ዘሎ እምበር፡ ኣካይድኡን ኣረኣእያኡን፡ ኣመለኻኽትኡን ፍልስፍንኡን ኣብቲ ሕጂ ንኢትዮጵያ ዝገዝእ ዘሎ ሓይሊ የለን። ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ቅድሚ ሕጂ ተራእዩ ዘይፈልጥ ሰውራ እዩ ተኻይዱን ዝካየድ ዘሎን። ካብ ኣብራኽ ኢህወደግ ዝወጸ ሓይሊ፡ ነቲ ግንባር ብደዉ እንከሎ እዩ ብሰላም ተቖጻጺርዎ። ስለ’ዚ፥ ግዜ ተቐዪሩ እዩ። እቶም ዘይምርድዳእን ጎነጽን ዘስዕቡ ዝነበሩ ናይ ዕብለላን ናይ ምትህልላኽን ኣተሓሳስባታት የለዉን። ብሓቂ’ውን፡ ኢህወደግ ኣስከረኑ ጥራይ እዩ ተሪፉ ዘሎ። ሓንጎሉን ኣንግዑን ተሓዲሱ እዩ። ሓድሽ ኣመለኻኽታን ቋንቋን እዩ ኣብ ኢዮጵያ ሰፊኑ ዘሎ። እዚ ድማ ንቀዳምነታት መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ክጸሉን ምትዕጽጻፍ ክገብርን ኣተባቢዕዎ ክኸውን ይኽእል እዩ። እቲ መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ዝገበሮ ምትዕጽጻፍ ኣብ ግዚኡ ዝመጸን ክምስገን ዘለዎን እዩ።

            ለ. ከምቲ ኣብታ “ቅልውላው” እትብል ጽሑፈይ ኣስሚረሉ ዘለኹ፡ ብራእን ድሌትን ደረጃ ክረአ እንከሎ፡ መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ምስቶም ነዚ ብዶ/ር ዓቢ ኣሕመድ ዝምራሕ ሓድሽ መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ክዉን ንምግባር ንዓመታት ዝተዋደቑ ፖለቲካውያን ሓይልታት ኢትዮጵያ፡ ኣብ ዝተፈላለየ ጉዳያት ርኢቶኦም ስጡም ወይ ዝመሳሰል ኮይኑ ክምዕብል ዝጸንሐ ይመስል። ኣብ ዝተፈላለየ መዳያትን በዚተፈላለየ ደረጃታትን እውን ርኽባትን ምውህሃድ ስራሕን ምንባሩ ርዱእ እዩ። ነዚ ምዕባለታት’ዚ ዘይተኸታተለ ሰብ፡ እቲ ዝረኣናዮ ናይ “እንቋዕ ኣሓጎሰና” ድግሳት ከም ሃንደበት ኮይንዎ ይኸውን። ስለ’ዚ፡ ምስ ምውጋን ወያነ፡ ኣብ ኢትዮጵያን ኤርትራን ዘለዉ ሰበ-ስልጣን፡ ብዛዕባ ኣፈታትሓ ግጭት ኤርትራን ኢትዮጵያን፡ ከምኡ እውን ብዛዕባ ሰላምን ምትሕግጋዝን ዞባናን ዘለዎም ራኢ ተመላላኢ ኮይኑ እዩ ተረኺቡ። እቲ ነቲ ናይ ሰላምን ምትሕብባርን ባብ ረጊጡ ዝነበረ ወያነ ምስ ተኣልየ፡ ነገራት ብስሉጥ ክምዕብሉ ክኢሎም።

            ሐ. ወያነ ንእማመ ብይን ዶባት ብመትከል ደረጃ ጥራይ እዩ ተቐቢለዮ ኢሉ። እዚ እውን ድሕሪ ክንደይ ኣህጉራዊ ጸቕጢ እዩ። ኣብ ቋንቋ ዲፕሎማሲ፡ “ብመትከል ተቐቢለዮ ኣለኹ” ምባል፡ ብልዙብ ቃላት “ነጺገዮ ኣለኹ” ከም ምባል ማለት እዩ። ቤት ፍርዲ ከይዱ ከብቅዕ፡ ነቲ ፍርዲ “ብመትከል ተቐቢለየ ኣለኹ” ኢሉ፡ ግን ብግብሪ ነቲ ብይን ረጊጹ ክኸይድ ጸኒሑ። ኣብ ጎቦ ስለዝተጸገዐ ዘፍረሖ ነገር ኣይነበረን። ሎሚ እቲ ናይ ቀደም ሰብ-ስልጣን ኣመሪካ- ከም በዓል ሱዛን ራይስን ጃንዳይ ፍራዘርን ፕረሲደንት ባራክ ኦባማን- ዝሃነጽዎ ናይ ዕብለላን ዓመጽን ጎቦ ሃደሽደሽ ዝብል ዘሎ ይመስል። ምስኡ ድማ እቲ ኣብኡ ተኣማሚኑ ፖሊስ ዞባና ኮይኑ ዝጸንሐ ወያነ ተለኪሙ ከይዱ ኣሎ።

            ስለ’ዚ፡ ምስ ሓደ ነቲ ብይን ብክፉት ልቡ ከተግብሮ ቅሩብ ዘይነበረ ሓይሊ፡ ብኣንጻሩ እኳ ደኣ ኤርትራ ስዩም ንምባል ክጽዕር ዝጸንሐ ሓይሊ ንዘተ ምቕራብ ብዘይካ ቀሓርን ጣዕሳን ካልእ ፋይዳ ኣይምተረኽቦን ነይሩ። መንግስቲ ወያነ ንመንግስቲ ኤርትራ ንምዕላውን፡ ኤርትራ ርእሳ ከምዘይተቕንዕ (assertive ከምዘይትኸውን) ንምብግባራን፡ ኣብ ኤርትራ ናቱ ተለኣኣኽቲ ብምሻም፡ ንዝምድና ኤርትራን ትግራይን ናብቲ ናይ ባሕሪ-ነጋሽን ነገስታት ትግራይን ዝነበረ ደረጅኡ ንምምላስ እዩ ነይሩ እስትራተጅኡ። ገና ሕጂ እውን ካብዚ ሕልሚ ተገላጊሎም ክበሃል ኣይከኣልን። ኣብ ከምዚ ዓይነት ሃዋሁን ምስ ከምዚ ዓይነት ኣተሓሳስባ ዘለዎ ጉጅለን ንዘተ ኮፍ ምባል ትርጉም ኣይምሃለዎን። ዓው ኢሎም’ኳ ነጊሮምና እዮም፡ “ ኤርትራ ከምዘይትትንስእ ክንገብራ ኣለና፡ ሕቖ ኤርትራውያን ክንሰብር ኢና” ኢሎምና እዮም። ሕብእብእ ዘይብሉ።

            መ. ብሓጺሩ እዚ ሕጂ ንርእዮ ዘለና ቅልጡፍ ናይ ሰላምን ምትሕግጋዝን ሃዋሁ ኣብ መቓብር ጽልኢ ዝጥጥዕ ዘሎ ፍቕሪ ምዃኑ ክንርዳእ ንኽእል። ንስምምዕ ኣልጀርስ ይኹን ብይን ዶባት ምሉእ ብምሉእ ተቐቢለዮ ኣለኹ ዝብል ሓድሽ መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ፡ ከምኡ እውን ንኤርትራን ህዝባን ኣኽብሮት ዘለዎ ቀዳማይ ሚኒስተር ኣብ ኢትዮጵያን ምምጽኡ ነቲ ኣተሓሳስባ ብመሰረቱ ይቕይሮ። እዚ ሎሚ ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ዘሎ ኣተሓሳስባ ብ1998 ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ እንተዝነብር ፡ እቲ ከም መንቀሊ ኲናት ዝኾነ ናይ ጽልእን ቅንእን ኣተሓሳስባ መራሕቲ ትግራይ ዝደረኾ ካርታ ዓባይ ትግራይን ንሱ ዘበገሶ ምክልባት ናይቶም ኣብ ዶባት ዝነበሩ ዓድታት ኤርትራን ተግባራዊ ኣይምኾነን። ኣክንዲ እቲ ናይ ኣውዲቕካ ሕለፍ ዝመሰረቱ ኣተሓሳስባ መራሕቲ ትግራይ፡ ብሓባር ንርባሕ፡ ንደጋገፍ፡ ንደመር፡ ንመላላእ ዝብል ቋንቋ ምሃለወ ነይሩ። ኣክንዲ ናይ ዕዉት-ስዑር ጽምዶ (zero-sum) ናይ ዕዉት-ዕዉት (win-win) ኣተሓሳስባ ምሃለወ ነይሩ። ንኲናት ምኽንያት ዝኾኑ ነገራት ብኣግኡ ምተወገዱ።

            ስለ’ዚ፡ እቶም ስለምንታይ ቅድሚ 16 ዓመታት ምስ መንግስቲ ወያነ ዘይተዛተና ዝብሉ ሰባት፡ ወያነ “ንዘራረብ” ክብል እንከሎ፡ “ናይ ወያነ ሓሳብ ወይ መደብ እንታይ ነይሩ” ኢሎም ተመሊሶም ንርእሶም ክሓቱ ይግባእ። ብተወሳኺ፡ ተዘራሪብካ ክፍታሕ ስለዘይተኻለ እዩ ናብ ኲናት ማዕቢሉ። ተዘራሪብካ ክፍታሕ ስለዘይተኻእለ እዩ እቲ ጉዳይ ናብ ቤት ፍርዲ ዘምረሐ።

            ሰ. እዚ ሕጂ ንርእዮ ዘለና ኣብ ምክብባርን ምትሕግጋዝን ዝተመስረተ ዝምድና ክልቲአን ሃገራት ሽዑ ነይሩ እንተዝኸውን፡ ወላ እቲ ግጭት ከም ገለ ኢሉ እንተዝፍጠር እውን ቀልጢፉ ምዓረፈ ነይሩ። ኣብ ፖለቲካ ፍጹም ዝበሃል የለን፡ ኲናት ብጽሉላት ጀነራላት እውን ክባራዕ ይኽእል እዩ። ብቕልጡፍ ድማ ካብ ቁጽጽር ፖለቲካውያን መራሕቲ ክወጽእ ይኽእል እዩ። ግን ከምዚ ዶ/ር ዓቢ ኣሕመድ ዝመርሖ መንግስቲ ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ እንተዝነብር፡ ኲናት ቀልጢፉ ደው ምበለ፡ ናብ ቤት ፍርዲ ዘኸይድ ነገር እውን ኣይምተረኽበን። ወላ ንሕጋውን ተክኒካውን መዳያት ናብ ቤት ፍርዲ እንተዝኽየድ፡ መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ነቲ ብይን ተቐቢሉስ ኣብ ባይታ ምተተግበረ’ሞ ቀደም ኣቑሳልና መሕወና ነይርና። ግን ክሳብ ቅድሚ ሰለስተ ኣዋርሕ፡ ኢትዮጵያ ግዝኣት ወያነ ነይራ። ምስ ሓደ ንሃገራዊ ክብርኻ ዝዳፈርን ኣብ ቅርሕንትን ተንኮልን ዝነብር ሓይሊ ሰላም ክግበር ዝከኣል ኣይኮነን። ወላ ኤርትራ ነቲ “ንዘራረብ” ዝብል ጻውዒት ወያነ ተቐቢላ እቲ ተክኒካዊ መዳያት ናይ’ቲ ዶባት እንተዘኽትም፡ ወያነ ሰላምን ብልጽግናን ኤርትራ ንምዝራግ ካልእ ምስምስ ኣይምሰኣነን ነይሩ። ምኽንያቱ ዶብ ምጥራር፡ ከምቲ ንሕማም ቃንዛ ዝወሃብ መድሃኒት፡ ነቶም ምልክታት ደኣሉ የዕግስ እምበር ነቲ መሰረታዊ ጠንቂ ኣይፍውስን። ወራርን ጎባጥን ኣስፋሕፋሕን ኣተሓሳስባ ክሳብ ዘሎ፡ ምጥራር ዶብ ውሕስነት ኣይህብን እዩ። ስለ’ዚ፡ እቶም “ስለምንታይ ሎሚ” ኢሎም ዝሓቱ ሰባት ወይ ኮነ ኢሎም ንፖለቲካዊ ረብሓ ዝብልዎ እዮም ወይ ድማ ዘመን ከምዝተቐየረ ገና ዘይተረደኦም እዮም።

            ስርዓት ወያነ ምስ ኣተሓሳስብኡ ምስ ተወገነ፡ ኣብ ሓጺር እዋን ከምዚ ዓይነት ትስፉው ኣየር ክነፍስ ምጅማሩ፡ እቲ ጠንቂ ናይ “ኣይሰላም ኣይ ኲናት” ወያነ ከምዝነበረ ብዘየወላውል ክረጋገጽ ይኽእል።”

        • Blink

          Dear Hayat
          The sanction was approved by the help of Ethiopia and its removal needed Ethiopian help , not difficult to see the communality . Weyane campaign to sanction Eritrea was accepted by Susan Rice the Evil of humanity . There is not a single policy change in PFDJ camp for Somalia or Djibouti, not even a bit . YZ was in the group of Gold for food ( do you remember the article in this site ) no , you don’t because there is word relates to weyane. Your midgets campaign to add more sanction to Eritrea just as yours got best of it . I did not accuse YZ for failing to predict, I accused him for wanting Eritrean to be sanctioned . You people beat drum made of metal in a big cave in order to get more echo of the same lies over lies then boom busted and now people like YZ wanted to wear patriotism which is totally odd and weirdest thing to ever claimed by such group .

          Remember the plane was to kill Eritrean soldiers with state of the art weapons while they use 1965 guns , that was the patriotism then and now completely to the opposite, chameleon is the perfect skin.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Yohannes,

      እዞም ኢደ-ቤዛ ናይቲ ዲክታቶር ብደም ኤርትራውያን ዝተሓጽበ ዘይተናዘዙስ ንዓኻ ዘየለኻሉ ጉዳይ እንታይ ግብር እዮም ዝብሉኻ ዘለው? ናይ መጻኢ ተርእዮ ከምዚ ይመስል ስለዝበልካስ ጣዕሳ አቅርብ ክብሉስ ምስምንታይ ይቁጸር? እዚ ዝሕብሮ እንተደኣ አልዩስ: ክሳዕ ክንደይ ነዚ ብደም ዝተሓጽበ ዲክታቶር ንምክልኻል ቅሩባት ከምዝኾኑ እዩሞ: ምስኦም ምምልላስ ብዙሕ ግዜኻ እንተዘይ ኣጥፋእካ ይሓይሽ:: The rope is on the tyrants neck to doom him dead very soon. Let them clap for him until then.

      Regards

      • Haben

        Dear Amanuel,
        you wanted a complete dismantlement of the regime, but based on the facts on the ground and the history of our struggle how much that would be attainable? have you considered another alternative in case plan A of complete dismantlement does not work. I am asking you this questions because I know the Eritrean society very closely. The people and the majority of ex-fighters, who holds civil servant jobs, wanted a real change and they know exactly who is holding that change as hostage. So what would you say, if the cancerous elements of PFDJ is removed and the organization is wiling to reform. Would you be amenable to that kind of change? your thoughts?

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Haben,

          First and foremost welcome to Awate and Awate forum. We need our young generation like yourself be active in the politics of our country. Now back to your question. For some reason my statement on dismantlement is always misunderstood though some of them purposely tried twist it to mean different. Just few days ago I corrected the same thing to Kaleb.

          My statement is and was “dismantlement of the system” that is in place and not “dismantlement the PFDJ party.” At least to my opinion, we could remove the party from power but we don’t dismantle a party from existence. The party belong to its members and it is up to them to either dismantle it or keep it. That is the view of all who believe on democracy. What is the system to be dismantled? It is the system installed by the regime that includes the “apparatus of oppression”. Why? Because if we are going to install Democratic institutions then the system which is in place should be dismantled to replace with a democratic system. I hope I am clear now. If it is clear to you, I expect to you to explain to others when they try to construe its meaning. Thank you for asking.
          Keep up and stay in the forum.

          Regard

          • Haben

            Dear Amanuel,
            Thanks for the warm welcome and I will try my best to contribute to this healthy discussion on this forum. Now I clearly understand your position and it seems to me very plausible approach, thanks for clarifying your position. The system that have been built in the past three decades were set up to serve the regime, to be specific DIA and his handful lieutenants , and for that they have no place in the future Eritrea. We can safely say that there are no institution built to foster socioeconomic and political development of the nation. What we have is a mafia system of governance where every decision emanates from the top one person and descended to the mass with little consideration. It is worth remembering that PFDJ as an organization not only subjugated the people of Eritrea to misery, it has also neglected its members. Neither held regular meeting of its central committee nor held its front congress to elect their leaders of the organization. It is now a Front that is only run by handful of individuals and does not represent the values of every ex-fighters. So our fight should be to encourage the ex-fighters, the military, and security services to take back ownership of their organization and embark in an inclusive political development.
            regards

    • Nitricc

      YZ; Saying I was wrong could have went a long way. Your ego is amazing. Since you are terrified to say “I was wrong” let me say it for you, as toothless opposition you were dead wrong. here you have it. what an ego, chill out.

      • Yohannes Zerai

        Thank you, Nitricc. I am glad you managed to painstakingly examine my character and establish my egotism. Good job, I am proud of you! You know, not many people have been able to do that. However, that is only the first step in advancing the cause of promoting humility which you seem to have admirably embarked on.

        I would be even more grateful to you if you could go one step forward in the process: That is, if you could learn from me by negative example and convince yourself, your PFDJ buddies and particularly your Party Boss, Isaias Afewerki to cleanse yourselves of this repugnant quality that you have observed in me! For, then, I would congratulate myself for having achieved an incredible feat!

    • Millennium

      Hi Yohannes:

      “The preponderance of policies…” that you thought will lead to the demise of the regime didn’t and this could be because you were just reading in the situation what ever you want to read and not necessarily what is; you were wrong then as you are wrong now. It is always your wish speaking not the realities on the ground.

      I admit, with enough effort, it is possible to create a parallel world that looks just as real and that is why a lot of good meaning people make a huge mistake; with that spirit, just for a brief moment, use this opportunity to assess your attitude and how you have come to form them. You may find that all the fundamental premises that made you believe what you believed will happen could be wrong

      Millennium

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Selam Millenium
        That is a great point. YZ’s potential is obvious. But like most of the ‘opposition’ intellectuals, he either chose to ignore the injustices befallen our country for ulterior motives or he was detached from realities. He was among the few who kept arguing that strangulating the nation economically would result in the demise of PFDJ. That was ill-advised and short-sighted. If I had to, I would ask his opinion about the economic conference set to take place in Addis Abbaba in July this year, aimed at discussing ways of bolstering economic revitalization and cooperation in the region.

      • Yohannes Zerai

        Selam Millennium,

        Thank you for your rejoinder which you start by stating:

        “’The preponderance of policies…’ that you thought will lead to the demise of the regime didn’t …..”

        It is very telling that the very first sentence of your comment represents a GROSS DISTORTION of a STARK TRUTH! The title of the article, “UN Sanctions Against Eritrea Likely to Outlast Current Regime” states — precisely — that ‘the sanctions may continue even after the departure of the regime.’ For some strange reason, your mind read it as talking about “the demise of the regime”!

        From the point of logic, I ought to end my comment right here and now. But, let me instead throw out a couple of points that you may want to ponder.

        1. I thank you for the ‘sage advice’ you tried to give me, and ask you to please do likewise. I am sure you will ‘wake up’ soon and discover that you need it more than I do.

        2. Instead of trying to philosophize about things and becoming engrossed in unending theoretical argumentation, let us (you and I) give ourselves some time and follow actual developments in our homeland for some months, and then get together to compare notes. Unfortunately, I already sense that you will never be able to bring yourself to face our true findings, thereby precluding our ‘get together’. I sense that you will either hide yourself in an obscure, but safe corner somewhere, OR you will try to quietly and imperceptibly mingle with the crowd that has been on the side of TRUTH and JUSTICE all long.

        Thank you.

        • Millennium

          HI Yohannes:
          I am willing to do as you proposed: “…. give ourselves sometime and follow actual developments…” But what guarantee do we have that you will not come with another list of justifications why things did not turn out the way you thought they would?

          You are predicting how I would behave when things turn out the way that favours your position. Though you thanked me for my “sage advice,” it seems you have chosen not to heed my advice…:) because again, you are making a lot of assumptions

          Millennium

          • Yohannes Zerai

            Please be humble and modest enough not to try to impose your “purported wisdom” on others who have absolutely no need for it!
            Thank you and Goodbye.

  • Hope

    Dear AT/Editor:
    What is your problem if you correct the typo error “Am” and changing it to “An” ?
    Coz the Article is written by an PFDJ Apologist?
    U people are sick and your hatred is boundary less.

    • Mahmud Saleh

      MarHaba Hope
      That is a great point. Instead of them spending to Photoshop a picture that contradicted the core theme of my article, they could have edited the typo errors. That’s why I called for the dismantlement of the dictatorship in Awate.com before marching to Asmara [JOKE]. ጆከ እንዳበልካ ድራሮም ወደኣሎም ኮይና መሬት!!!

      • Haile S.

        Selam Hope and Mahmud,

        ነገር ድልይልይ ጽሑፍ ሃሰውሰው። What is the conspiracy behind Dear Ambassador article title “Building Demcracy in Eritrea” then?

        • Mahmud Saleh

          Selam HaileS
          ኣንታ ዓቢ ሰብ፡ ዳኛ ደኣ ክትኮነልና ኣለካ’ምበር፡ ነቲ ርኡይ ነገር ክትከዋውል!! ኣይግድን። በዓሎም ደኣ ኮንስፒረሲ ኣውጽእሉ እምበር ንሕናስ ኮንስፒረሲ ይኹን ቆንቊ ኣየውጻእናላን። ነገር ድልይልይሲ ኖኣኹም ደኣ…ሃይላት ንስኻ እንዲኻ መጀመርታ ሓዊ ረዂዕከላ፡ ንስኻ እንዲኻ “እቲ ኣብ ቅድሚት ዘሎ ህጣራ ሰብኣይ ንስኻ ዲኻ” ዝበልካኒ… ኣባ ዳህሪ፡ ሰላም ሰንበት።

          • Haile S.

            Selam MaHmud,
            🙂 🙂 🙂 ሓቕኻ፡ ከም ዳሜራ ዝተኣከበ ዝተቐረበን ሽግ እንተረኺበ ንክርቢት ኣይሓምቕን እየ። The picture on your article was a funny tolerable (to you, I hope) caricature. ኣብ ቀራዕ ዝበለ ጽሓይ ድርዕቶ ድኣ ኣብዚሖምልካ እምበረይ :-).

          • Paulos

            Selam Hailat,

            I agree with you. እዚኣ ነገር ምድላይ እያ፣ ናይ Hope ነገር ካኣ ንበይኑ እዩ ከምዛ ሓኪም ኣኣብ ክልተ ሰሙን ነገር ድለ ኢሉ ዝኣዘዘሉ እዩ ዝመስል፣ ንማሓሙዳይ ዝለከመልና ገደደ።

            I honestly don’t see any big deal in it including the picture even though the lady looks a lot like Muhamuday and I first thought she was him 😂. If you notice, in the new article, Pro. Araya Debessay wrote Amanuel’s moniker as “ዶሃ” when it is in fact “ዳዋ.” Again no biggy.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Mahmuday,

        Those who try to convey their messages as a “joke” especially when we are debating very important national issues, are those who are ambivalent individuals who want to eat cakes from both sides of the issue, however it ends. Ambivalent individuals are not trustworthy in a struggle. And yes they always act “ጆከ እንዳበልካ ድራሮም ወደኣሎም”

        Regard

        • Mahmud Saleh

          Ahlan Emma
          Dear Emma, I would not like to pick a fight with you, please be nice. Please avoid these void statements that only self-righteous and condescending people use to denigrate their political opponents. Does it help you if I say “Emma the greatest fighter”? Have it, then, brother . I’m that confident about myself and about how steadfast I’m on my principles. The world of our political ideas is not monochronic, Emma. It overlaps, crisscrosses, differentiates and unites, integrates and disintegrates. Politics is not holy scripture.
          BTW, “ጆከ እንዳበልካ ድራሮም ወደኣሎም” was meant for people whose taste buds for joke are still intact, I know yours have been wiped out by some chemicals, since you have spent most of your life in the lab….(again, joke, though I know you won’t get it). Gee, I don’t know why I forget it…
          Bruk Sunday.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Mahmuday,

            No ill-intent whatsoever. But when we debate politics, it is incumbent upon us to explain circumstances and their impact to the lives of our ordinary people and the role of the actors as movers and shakers in the whole political saga. Remember, I am “acting and reacting” on the thoughts that droves you to say what you are saying, and not against the person who carries those thoughts – in this case not against the person Mahmuday that I consider him a friend. Keep reminded that is always the way I handle between the “person and his thoughts”. If you think attacking to your “thoughts” is attacking you, then we will have a big problem to communicate each other, and we are not worth for engagements.

            Regards

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam Emma
            Thank you. Emma, you have to let us sometimes have some fun. OK. We are not legislating from here, we are just exchanging views. ቅሩብ ከኣ ጆክ ተጻወር ኢኻ።

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Mahmuday,

            ንኹሉ ገግዚኡ አለዎ:: እንድሕሪ ንቁምነገር ብጆክ ጠቅሊልና ከነማሕላልፍ ፈቲና ግን: ንዑእኡ ቅንጥጥ ኣቢልና ናብ ቃልዕ ምውጽኡ ከም ሓላፊነት ክንሪኦ አለና:: ብኡ መጠን ከአ አነ ፈቲነ::

          • Paulos

            Selam Muhamuday,

            ይኽደነኒ ምሟተይ ቀሪቡ እዩ መስለኒ፣ ለንቅነ ምሳኻ ብብዙሕ ነገራት ይሳማማዕ ኣለኹ፣ ብጀካ ኣብ ወያነን ኣብ ህግደፍ መንደፍ ዘለካ መርገጺ ማለተይ እየ።

            I agree, we need to have chill and down time in between. They said, even God realised the essence of joke and created the Universe.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam Paulosay
            ቱፍ በሎ፡ ኣባይካ ይሙት። ኣይፈለጥካን እምበር’ኮ ከምዞም ብመንፈስ ንረዳዳእ ዝብሉ ኣነ እውን ብመንፈስ ሕማመይ የላግበልካ ከምዝነበርኩ ኣይፈለጥካን መስለኒ:)

          • Haile S.

            Selam Mahmud,
            My “tête de Turc”

            ኣንታ ማሕሙድ
            ንህግደፍ ትድግፍ እንተኰንካ
            ንሓለቓ ህግደፍ ክትመስል ኣለካ

            ቁጥዕ በል ከም ኤሱ
            ገጽካ እሰር ከም ንሱ

            ኣስናንካ ጥሓን ከም ወዲ ኣፎም
            ኣፋናጩኻ ገትር፡ ካይተሕልፎም
            ኣዒንትኻ ኣፍጥጥ፡ ብሓሳብ ዓንቅፎም
            Serious ይሙት! ገጽካ እሰር መንፈሶም ግፈፎም

      • Hope

        Thanks for the advice.
        My point:
        All people are born equal and should be treated equally…
        A web and a Team,which advocate for Reconciliation should respect the opinion of others, irrespective of their background or political ideology as long as they respect the others and their opinions.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Ahlan Hope,

      Any matured reader, who reads sentences and paragraphs could overlook typo mistakes. Contrarily, those who read alphabets, kindergartens, complain about typo errors.

      Al-Arabi

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Dear AT: ዮም ኣምዕል ጆክ ታ፡ ኣምዕል ደአል ወከሻከሾት ታ። Thanks for correcting the typo, and all is good. እንግዲህ ዘጋ በሉ። መቆጣት ኣየስፈልግም። It is Sunday, ደሓን ነዚ ፈላቅ HOPE ባዕለይ ክምዕዶ እየ…

    • Hope

      OMG Mod:
      Thought I was being sarcastic.
      Apologies for my “dumbness” and poor cxn skills.

  • iSem

    The Change in Eritrea:
    Hi All
    Where you leaving under a rock for since 1991: Of course change will happen in Eritrea, it ha been happening. Change started in earnest after May 24, 1991 and it started with IA infamous speech of banning multi thought,
    Then the change to new blood happened by purging the old EPLF guard systematically and the new blood did not apply to IA, who is the oldest and dirties blood and some of his stooges and old blood like Yemane and Yemane and Kasa and the new Hagerawi Afagn was packaged as new blood. So change was happening, change always happens, but what kind of change was it? And now change will happened, a change designed to protract and rejuvenate PFDJ and IA, so IA can torment us from his grave.
    The change that does not include, negotiation and compromise and reconciliation with the people is not a change that the people wanted since 1961 when they launched the armed struggle
    Even a change by people can be hijacked like in Egypt and the change un Sudan is also under threat now when the MC refused the important demand of the people to create a transitional government made up of 8 civilians and from the military. So there is a rink in Sudan as the MC tries to survived by purging Bashir
    PFDJ will announce change, will conduct election, fraud and some minor change and hope the crowd does not buy it and get fooled by it. The only thing PFDJ should get from the people ought to be they will not be killed in revenge, credit for their willingness to bring change by negotiating with the peoples reps. And their punishment will to be banned from participating in any election in the country. Also for the credit for their service and deciding to transfer power, we create an underground museum where they have all their artifacts and can conduct their annual worship to St. Adi Hallo. Nitric will be the guard in the mesuim and Mahmuday its curator

  • Paulos

    Selam My Good People,

    “The Eritrean Scholar.”

    I am sure most of you have read or seen the above cited title somewhere but of course not the exact title but as in “The American Scholar.”

    The speech under the said title was delivered at Harvard by the American influential essayest, poet and public Philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1837 where the speech became a credo of American intellectualism ever since.

    Emerson’s central idea is found with in the cleavages Transcendalist movement which was flourishing in that era which was a countering idea to Scientific Rationalism where the latter traces its roots to the 17th Century Enlightenment movement. Transcendentalism was the American version of European “Romanticism” which was developed as a Philosophical treatise by Rousseau and later on took a life of its own in Literary genre and in Arts as well.

    Emerson, an intellectual icon in his own right however was not only concerned about the then prevailing social fragments due to the impact of the technological advancements but criticising the complacency of the intellectuals when they remained indifferent and bogged down in self intellectual indulgence instead. He also appealed to them to create their own original ideas for they had been influenced by the ideas and philosophical underpinnings of the British and continental Europe as well for far too long. Time for the “Thinking Man” and “Individualist Self-Reliance” in the image of the “American Man”, as he put it.

    What was more of interest was however, the role of the Scholar in a society where according to Emerson ought to be intensely engaged, optimistic and forward thinking armed with courage when despair sets in as it usually does.

    What of the “Eritrean Scholar?” In fairness, the Eritrean Scholar has contributed his or her fair share during the just cause struggle for independence including in paying the highest price of sacrifice and lending his or her intellectual expertise and capital as well. But he or she has been in an unbearable slumber for far too long when the nation almost lost its standing in an uncertain and turbulent time span—for over 20 years. And it seems, as of late, the Eritrean Scholar is responding to a call of intellectual arms not on his or her own effort but when the grass-roots movement took the mantle of history in its own hands.

    That as it may however, the Eritrean Scholar is ambivalent and being accused perhaps rightly so lacking transparency or an out right commitment and some calls it [ንግደት retreat] when he or she takes the historic responsibility as a secondary to his or her livelihood. More over, instead of charting a clear cut roadmap for future Eritrea, he or she talks in generalised syntaxes as in Democracy and Multiparty system which are cliches at best.

    One of the key ideas in Emerson’s call is centered on the role of action in the Scholars duty where as he put it, the Scholar has to dirty his or her hands by working tirelessly for the collective good of the society. Instead, the Eritrean Scholar writes articles and poses for a moving camera as he or she reminisces his or her role in the old glory when the common Eritrean is less interested in it but in here and now drastic changes that can guarantee him or her a bright future in Eritrea but anywhere.

    • iSem

      Hi Brother Paulo:
      Thanks for this one, my only beef is this: I wish you make a habit of this intellectual and education blog for us
      The Eritrean scholar is a misnomer so far, not that I expect every intellectual to be honest, but at least until now our intellectuals for most part have been the subservient of the despot except a few like Dr. Tesfatsion Medhanie and of course YG
      YG, hate him or like, wrong or right has started a movement of questioning the a dogma and that regardless of our hurt feelings, and wounded ego has benefited the society. If only the intellectuals before him during the ghedli did not take their marching orders from IA.
      Paul, If I bore you, it is your fault, you get me started: 🙂 Our intellectuals have dual personality, they teach their white students different conepts and ypfdj youth different concepts to shackle them, they erase from teh mind of erit you what their civilized western society teach them. Medemses and after medemses, they can easily accept medemer
      The honest intellectual in pursuit of truth, regardless of his mistakes or insulting us like many felt with YG only benefits the society by becoming the antidote of crowd thinking. What happens to herd and crowd is what has happened to Erittreans

      • Paulos

        Selam Semerile,

        I think, first we need to come to terms with what an intellectual is or is not. In its strict sense, an intellectual is someone who is a dealer of ideas, a merchant of ideas and who starts and ends with ideas. For instance, it is hard to take, say, a Brain Surgeon or an Engineer for intellectual for their area of expertise is not generating ideas but providing services of some sort.

        On the other hand, YG or SGJ for instance, are not Ph.Ds but they both are solid intellectuals for they ceaselessly generate ideas and engage the Eritrean society [Diaspora Community] in debates in what matters most. They both have established a reputation of being serious writers and authors where what they say and write is not taken lightly.

        From Platonian “Philosopher Kings” to Marxian “Vanguards” and Capitalist “Technocrats” or Liberal “Pundits”, there is a sense of timidity where all seem to share as they refuse to descend of the Ivory Tower as they vie for the attention of the power be. In the end they lose sight when opportunism sets in. The Eritrean intellectuals certainly are not exceptions when they became victims of greed when the King was in power including during the reign of the military Junta and during the current dictator as well.

    • Desbele

      Selam Paulos,

      Naom Chomsky has an interesting essay on the Responsibility of the Intellectual which you may be interested if you dont read it yet.
      He wrote the essay in protest of the Vietnam War. The essay makes the case that intellectuals ought to use their privileged positions and access to information to speak truth to power and to help the public distinguish truth from lie.
      To my opinion, unfortunately Eri’s most intellectuals were subservient to power to the most part of DIAs dictatorship. Few (Prof. Asawerom for example) unashamedly serving a criminal to date.

      • Paulos

        Selam Desbele,

        I am not that familiar with Chomsky’s works except that I remember watching when I was back in college his sort of documentary in an interview format titled “Manufacturing Consent” and for some reason I never kept track of his other works ever since but of course I admire his strong conviction and social activism. And I agree with what he said about intellectuals in general.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Dr Paulos,

          When you brought up the “Manfacturing consent” in your comment, I become interested and tried to google it to learn something about it. I read the excerpt description of it. For one who is interested in politics must read it. From the excerpts I read, l got a glimpse of the book, that it is an analytical framework on the “propaganda model” of the institutional structure of “US media” and their relationship with the “privileged groups” that dominate the domestic society and the state.

          The authors of the book Edward Herman and Naom Chomsky based on their well researched work have reached to a conclusion that the American media do serve and propagandize on behalf of the powerful that controls the state and the businesses that finance them. I am ordering two books authored by Chomsky: “Manufacturing consent” and “Requim of the American Dream” both could help us in the study to the nature of Media generally.

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

            I remember in the late 90s or early 2000s, in fact, even prior to that, Chomsky and his works were very popular in Colleges and campuses as his works appeal to the young minds because of their originality and daring take as well. That said however, if Chomsky so to speak has seen further than others, it is because he has stood on the shoulders of giants. That brings us to the original thinkers whom he stepped on their foot-steps otherwise known as, “The Frankfurt School.”

            “The Frankfurt School” particularly, the works of Horkheimer and Adorno gave rise to what is known as “Critical Theory” as it is widely taken as a body of knowledge in the Social Sciences and Humanities. They both and others who founded the “The Frankfurt School” in the early 30s were Marxists but later on got disillusioned by the revisionist take of Communist Russia and turned their studies into critical analysis of ideology with respect to culture and mass-media in particular.

            Most of them later on moved to America and taking academic posts in the Ivy League schools and found themselves dismayed and disillusioned one more time when the middle class in particular got swayed by consumerism and the power of mass-media as in Radio and TV where Adorno in particular saw the intoxication of consumerism as an ideology in its own right and wrote extensively about it through Marxist critical approach and Antonio Gremsci take as well.

            To be more precise, they reasoned that, if Marx had said, religion is the opium of the people, equally they said, consumerism including mass media is the opium of the people which arrests the people from thinking critically as the motive of consumerism and mass media was to keep the interest of the upper class outside the scope of scrutiny. It was with in that backdrop Chomsky stepped in where his entire work has been centered on the critical evaluation of mass media and the rising Western culture as he put It as a propaganda ploy of the powerful which is designed to keep the people in a perpetual slumber.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dr Paulos,

            Agreed. Well said and well put. But let me ask you this: What makes you more interested in philosophy and social science at this juncture of your life, despite you are a student of science? I know with me. And I don’t think you will miss it. I wish you are around me to interact rigorously and frequently one on one in person on the politics of our country. I really enjoy you. You are damn well versed.

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

            Please forgive me if I sound lofty but over the years I have come to realise that hard or life Sciences is there to serve us whereas the Social Sciences including Philosophy reflect who we are and they offer us a glimpse to the whole purpose of our existence if there is any meaning in it at all.

            Unfortunately, you and I grew up in a society which celebrated and elevated the hard and life Sciences and looks down to the Social Sciences which is sad and regrettable.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Dr. Paulos,

      This is timely and essential critique of Eritrea’s enlightened class (the term class with reservation.) I agree with your observations about the lack of initiatives on the intellectuals. They indeed took follower’s role instead of leading role. They detest the hardest part of the game and ignored it until change knocked at their secured doors.

      Of course there were exceptions as in the formative phases of the process of changes. College level students here among whom many paid precious lives, not in the fight for the ideals they intended to serve, but an evil man they trusted did not want them alive and let them do what they came to do.

      But, for the sake of history and fairness, I should testify that at initial phases of Eritrea odyssey to independence, Eritrea’s learned sons did fulfil their obligation of leading. We should pay homage to WelWel, Kebire, Sheikh Idris Mohammed Adem, Sheik Ibrahim Sultan and several others. They were intellectuals o their time on whose foot steps the grass root followed.

  • said

    Greetings,
    Eritrean hope for a Change and It will come.
    “To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
    – Howard Zinn.
    As Howard Zinn made clear, we possess an agency that transcends the brutality of our times. Indeed, “winning”.

    Eritrea is a failed state that wreaked havoc across the Nation . The failure of PFDJ regimes to deliver solid benefits to society is clearly manifested . NUS regime from 1990th began to target Eritrean presumed opposition mercilessly. Thousands were arrested illegally, tortured, put through sham trials, and received harsh sentences, including the death penalty . from the get go NUS clear message to Eritrean is that democratic politics does not matter. The one party PFDJ of one man dictatorship rule continue to spout a radical, intolerant, narrow-minded commonest and Atheist ideology emanating from NUS. succumbing to hatred and convictions in one’s party failed supremacy. With his cohort Eritrean atheist crusaders , pseudo-intellectual that has heavily contributed to his rise and eagerly joined their brethren of the same . Some clearly they might regret today , for most they are indeed very much the product of the Nehanan Al-Manan based on crusader tradition. it is quite clear from the writings of NUS. It purports to be areligious and secular , but it is not , by what he adhered and practiced and meant. and everything to do with hatred of the other Eritrean. hateful, toxic excluder Ideologies, they feed in ignorance and barbarity. The vast majority of Eritrean, Christians, Muslims and even atheists who really paid the price with their lives, Figure it out ? against those perceived to be as backward and inferior, the ideological foregrounding of NUS is abundantly clear . It used the fanatical secularism to suppress the other, and to extends the racist logic of one group supremacy to rule at expense of the other Eritrean collectively . A destructive Political policies . They are all part of hand selected tiny part of EPLF trusted and secret group and today they are in full power. Called it PFDJ . NUS primarily fear from the opposition, because it speaks out for human rights, political participation, and the rule of law. the PFDJ regime will never reform, the PFDJ military Junta is really most interested in self-preservation, at any cost, PFDJ are blinded and short sighted and counterproductive and they will never reform . The PFDJ is spread deeply throughout the state institutions and entrenched in every aspect of society, the regime is known in suppressing Eritrean independent political parties and from the start they have excluded many segment of Eritrean ethnic groups from participating in the government was not justified . Respecting and Participating ethnic minority opinion is at the heart of building real democracy. The real challenge is how to get rid of PFDJ military Junta and how to manage Eritrean change peacefully and inclusively. To contribute to democracy building. Eritrean must make serous case for an inclusive policy in rebuilding society after regime change. A policy that carry positive message of Peace, Equality and Equitable . Eritrean are united and are loudly calling for a pluralist society. In the name of pluralism, all ethnic groups must be in table Equally , respected, listened to, and given a chance to participate in serving of the Eritrean state. Eritrean will have to find common ground policy for the new democracy for Eritrea . Today what makes Eritrean politically resilient is their ability to mobilize public opinion against the injustice of stagnant and oppressive PFDJ regime and regime being in bed with the self-serving policies of external powers. With regime changes ,Eritrean will be encouraged legally to establish political parties to engage in politics through elections and legislative compromises.

  • sara

    Dear awetians,
    change is already in the horizon, actually it started last year with the advent of change in Ethiopia and now in Sudan, and this is good news to those aspiring for change in eritrea.
    the thing that may not be acceptable to some is , this change is unlike the changes we saw in the neighborhood as the current power in the country is/will be also a party to the change.
    i am sure there are many who wouldn’t agree to such outcome , but it is the reality we have
    to face and organize our selves accordingly.

    • Paulos

      Sara,

      The magic number is May 24 and we will see what kind of speech Isaias delivers and how the Eritrean people react to it and that is 20 days out.

      • Berhe Y

        Dear Paulo,

        I like to see your big brain to think and provoke the people to action rather than wait for IA speech.

        Watch this video of, OTPOR, Bringing Down a dictator. How the Serbian people did it fir some inspiration.

        https://vimeo.com/143379353

        Berhe

        • sara

          Ato Berhe,
          if you are bringing examples, i cane also share with you many videos that show the opposite, also note our “dictator” is different than the one you mentioned, but thanks for bringing this to the forum.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Sara,

            I think since you are in Sudan, the centre of excellence in how to remove a dictator, you should help share what they are doing.

            Isayas Afeworki is the easiest them all. He has no base, he has no real supporters, just fake clappers.
            I
            The other day I met this guy on elevator. I though he was from Somalia and he told me he is from Sudan. I told him, I told him I am from Eritrea and congratulation for bringing down Al Beshir. He said, than you brother yours will be next.

            He also said, the Sudan people will not rest until they bring down the dictator in Egypt and in Saudi Arabia.

            Berhe

          • sara

            Ato Berhe,
            indeed the process of change in sudan is going on, but we dont know yet how it will end. interesting Sudanese are becoming very nationalistic that they don;t want interference from those countries you mentioned, there is also a concern with that to eritreans…. there is a murmur that many foreigners are in sudan etc you might see many moving to canada.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi sara,

            I don’t know what you mean “moving to Canada”. In any case, I think they have figured it out and there is nothing the army or the former regime can do about it.

            Yes, they should stay away from those countries, they are nothing but trouble in the long term.

            Berhe

      • sara

        Doktor Paulos,
        I doubt there will be any different than in the past, because he has already said what is to be said in his recent interview and through the known medias coming from home. one thing is for sure , the course of change that has started last year is going to continue as we go forward.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Sara,

      Restructuring the PFDJ party is a change with in the party. Is that the kind of change you are looking? If so I bet you will see it. But you will not see a constitutional Eritrea where the rule of law could be observed under PFDJ.

      • sara

        Amena Amanuel, you know i am one of your avid readers, but with all my respect to you, i think.. i think the kind of change we all want is not feasible
        in our eritrea, but i am sure there is going to be a change. at least lets appreciate there will be a change for the better, even if doesn’t match your
        exact type of change.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Sis Sara,

          What exactly are you expecting from the so called “change on the Horizon”? What are your sources talking about it? What does are restructuring of PFDJ with Issayas at the helm could bring any meaningful change? My sources are saying Issayas is making reshuffles and new faces in running his party and the state (if we really a state structure). You know what a state structure entails. Second, I am glad that you are one of my readers. Thank you for that.

      • Nitricc

        The butcher of the horn will come with a new strategy to instigate wars again as he can not retain his power without doing that.

        Hi Aman-H which despot are you talking about? you mean the weyane?
        https://twitter.com/i/status/1124328130179735554

  • MICKIELLE

    ክቡር ሓው ማሕሙድ፥

    ግድብልካን ኣብ ዓዋተ ዛኣክለ ፎራም’ሞ ነዊሕ ገረ ሎኹ ማዓልቲ ማዓልቲ’የ ሃሰው ዝብላ። ኪኖ ሳልሕ ጋዲ ኪኖ ሳልሕ ዮኑስ ድማ እቲ ናይ ሙሁራት መግለጺታትን ርእይቶታትን’ዩ ዝምህረካን ዝምስጠካን። ስል’ዚ ስመይ ግን ለዊጠ’ሎኹ ንምንታይ ተበልካ ናይ እርጋን ተበልኩኻ ተቀበሎ። ንሃንሳብ g. michael Tzerai ኢለ ስለ ዝጽሕፍ’የ። ሳልሕ ጥራሕ ከስይሰጎኒ’ሞ ኣይትንገረለይ።

    ግን ማሕሙድ ሓወይ ሓንቲ ነገር’ሲ ስሒትካያ ከይትኸውን። ሕሰቦ’ሞ ኣብ 2000 ዓ ም ናይ 5 ዓመት ፕላን ኢንፎርመሽን ኮነ ናይ ኣስመራ ማስተር ፕላን ስለ ዝሳኣንኩ ኣይኮነነ አቲ ዘሰንብድ። እቲ ንዓንዳ ርእሱ ዘይምህላው’ዩ።

    እንታይ ትብል ኣሎኻ፡ ብ1960 ታት 1970 ታት ኣብ ኣዲስ ኣበባ ዩኒቨሪስቲ ክንመሃር ከሎና፡ 5 ዓመት ፕላን ኣብ ዝኾነ ናይ ላይብራሪ ሸልፍ ትረክቦ ግን ኣብ ግብሪ ዝየዉዕል ዘይሙዃኑ ከንቱ ጹሑፋት ተባሂሉ ዝንዓቕ ዝነበረ ድሕሪ 30 ዓመት ኣብ ሓራ ኤሪትራ ከምኡ ዝባሃል የለን ምስ በሉኒ ኣብ ጸገም ወዲቕና ከም ዘሎና ሽዑ’ዩ ተጋሂዱለይ። ማስተር ፕላን ናይ ኣዲስ ኣበባ’ውን ከም ተማያራይ ኣብ መዘጋጃ’በቶም ቁሩብ አሰርሕ ሰል ዝነበርኩ ኩሉ (mind you this is in the summer of 1965) ኹሉ ጊዜ ኣብ መነድቕ ተሰቂሉ ይርኣየኒ። ኣብ 2000 ዓ፡ም፡ ናይ ኣሰመራ ማስተር ፕላን የለን ክብሉኒ ከሎዉ ብርግጽ ብርግጽ ሃገር ኣብ ጸልማት ትኣቱ ከም ዘላ ዝሕብር’ዩ ኢለ።

    • Paulos

      ሰላም ምኪኤለ,

      ናይ እርጋን ግዲኾይኑ እዘን ‘ይዕንተይ ደኺመን’ኣለዋሞ ንዓሲኪ ቅረብ ርእስኻ ክድህስሰካ፣ ድምጽኻ’ኳ ነቲ ፍትው ሓውና ንነዊሕ ጊዜ ደሃይ ዘጥፈአ ክብሮማይ ኢኻ ትጥዕም፣ ዝኾነኾይኑ፣ እንኳዕ ብዳሓን መጻእካ ክቡር ሓው።

  • Nitricc

    Once upon a time . . . there was a large tabby cat which, from the minute she arrived at the farm, spread terror among the mice that lived in the cellar. Nobody dared go outside for fear of falling into the clutches of the awful cat.
    The fast-shrinking mouse colony decided to hold a conference to seek a way of stopping themselves from becoming extinct. Taking advantage of the cat’s absence one day, mice of all ages streamed into the conference room. And certain that they could solve the matter, each one put forward a suggestion, but none of the ideas were really practical.
    “Let’s build an outsize trap,” one mouse suggested. When this idea was turned down, another said: “What about poisoning her?” But nobody knew of a poison that would kill cats. One young widow, whose husband had fallen prey to the ferocious cat, angrily proposed: “Let’s cut her claws and teeth, so she can do no more harm.” But the conference did not approve of the widow’s idea.
    At last, one of the mice, wiser than the rest, scrambled to the top of the lantern that shone over the meeting. Waving a bell, he called for silence: “We’ll tie this bell to the cat’s tail, so we’ll always know where she is! We’ll have time to escape, and the slow and weaker mice will hear her coming and be able to hide!”
    A round of hearty applause met the wise mouse’s words, and everyone congratulated him on his original idea.
    “…We’ll tie it so tightly that it will never come off!”
    “. . . She’ll never be able to sneak quietly up on us again! Why, the other day, she suddenly loomed up right in front of me! Just imagine…”
    However, the wise mouse rang the bell again for silence “We must decide who is going to tie the bell on the cat’s tail,” he said. There was not a sound in the room except for a faint murmur: “I can’t, because . . ”
    “Not me!” “I’d do it willingly, but . . .” “Neither can I . . .” “Not me!” “Not me!”
    Nobody was brave enough to come forward to put the plan into action, and the conference of the mice ended without any decision being made. It’s often very easy to have bright ideas, but putting them into practice is a more difficult matter…

    The moral of the story is??????? can’t say.

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Ahlan General Nitrickay
      This is indeed the dilemma of our friends, making good-sounding statements without following up with plausible explanation how those proposals can be put to practice. Great input, Nitrickay.

      • Berhe Y

        Dear Mahmud,

        I think most people are familiar with the story but I don’t know Nitricc sharing the story is with good intention. I think his intention is to tell the Eritrean people, you are afraid like the mice and you will do nothing.

        Here is qoute that’s attributed to Ghandi

        “Your beliefs become your thoughts,
        Your thoughts become your words,
        Your words become your actions,
        Your actions become your habits,
        Your habits become your values,
        Your values become your destiny.”

        Its a process and eventually we will get to our destiny.

        For example, if we use Saleh Gadi as our lighting rod, or our shining star..

        In 2000 he believed that Eritreans deserve a better government a better future.

        His believe became his thoughts. His thoughts become his words with ever sharp pencil and his negarit.

        Now his words has spread like wild fire and it has become the words of the entire Eritrean people.

        Next our words become our action, it’s jyst the nature of law.

        Who could have thought, people who have been telling us, nedeKum mai wuredula or go the field and take up arms to replace government (like the Eritrean ambassador in Israel), or “we will get teachers from Philippines and India thanks to globalization, the president of Eritrea telling the university students in South Africa”, we come a long way. Few years ago, the government told the world that the majority Eritreans who died in the tragedies of lampadusa as “African migrants” and it did all it can to not them return home and have proper burial (asking DNA evidence). Now the government not only acknowledges the Existing Eritreans stranded and held as slaves in Libia but it’s trying to score a point and publicizing that it is trying to repatriate them back home and the embassy has visited them. Well it’s never too late and it’s a good decision.

        But that will not absolve the crimes of the regime that committed against its own people.

        When the change and peace with Ethiopia were announced, a lot of us, hoped for positive change in our country. Isayas being Isayas, our of his sheer desire of power and dominance, he told the people, nedeKum mai wuredula. A lost opportunity that he could have capitalized but instead his focus was “worrying about the stolen money of Ethiopia by TPLF”, and all his followers were telling us, unless the TPLF is destroyed there can’t never be peace. I really do not care if the TPLF is destroyed or not, but I don’t want the Eritrean people should pay the price in doing so.

        Now we are were we are, the people are saying enough is enough not only from outside and reach of the PFDJ but from within.

        IA is finished and the Eritrean people need to push him over the edge.

        Berhe

  • MICKIELLE

    ሰላማት ማሕሙድ፡

    ኣበይ ኮን ይርከብ ይኸውን ሓቤራታት ብዛዕባ እዋናዊ ፍጻመታት ኣብ ኤሪትራ?፡ ኣሽንዃይ’ዶ ዉዑይን እዋናዊን’ሲ ኣረጊት ከም ኣርካይቭ ዝኾነ ኢንፎርማሺን’ውን’ሲ እስከ ሃየ ወስ በል። ኣብዚ ኣብዚ ድለዩ በለና።
    “……They have lived outside the country for a long period of time, and they may not have access to real-time data in all aspects of our country’s situation…..”
    ዝበልካዮ ደንጺዩኒ’ሎ። ዝገርመካ ኣብ ኣስመራ 1999-2000 ሓደ መጽናዕቲ ከካዪድ ደልየ ናይ 5 ዐመት ፕላን ደልየ፡የለን ዝብል መልሲ’የ ረኺበ፡ ኣብ ኩሉ ሓቲተ የለን ዝብል መልሲ’ዩ ተዋሂቡኒ። ዝገርም ድማ ማስተር ፕላን ናይ ኣስመራ ውን ዳርጋ የለን ዝብል መልሲ’የ ረኺበ። ብድሕረይ’ዶኾን ታዓዲ ክም ገለ’ይላ ማዕቢላ ኮይና’ሞ ከም ዝበልካዮ ካብ እንዳ ህግደፍ ኣዋናዊ ሓአረታ ክርከብ ተኻኢሉ ኢለ ምስ ነብሰይ ኣማጞት ኣሎኹ።

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Selam MIKIELLE

      First, I want to give you a warm welcome to this forum. I have not seen your name before, so, welcome, bro.
      Second, please understand that I’m not defending PFDJ, I’m not even saying PFDJ is my ideal party. In life, everything is discussed in relation to something else, Thus we use the qualifier, “relatively”.
      እሰማማዕ እየ፡ ናይ ሓበረታ ይኹን ናይ ምሕደራ ጸገማት ከምዘለና። ሓደ ካብቲ ለውጢ ክተኣታቶ ኣለዎ ዘብል እውን ንሱ እዩ። እቲ ትብሎ ዘለኻ ሓበረታ ካብ ኣካላት መንግስቲ ወይ ኣብያተ ትምህርቲ (ምርምር)…ወዘተ ክርከብ ዝግበኦ ክኢላዊ ሓበረታ (data/information) እዩ። ይኹን እምበር ንትርግታ ህዝቢ ብዝያዳ ንምስትምቓርን፡ ክዕረ ዝግበኦ ነገራት ብቐረባ ናይ ምዕዛብን ግድን ኣይኮነን statistics ከድልየኒ፡ እቲ መዓልታዊ ምጉንፋጽን ምስ ህዝቢ እትግበር interactions ቅኑዕ ኣገባብ ቃልሲ ክትቅይስ ይሕግዝ እዩ (empirical experience). ሕ/ሰብ ኤርትራ ብዙሕ ናይ ትምህርቲ ጋጋት ዘለዎ ሕ/ሰብ እዩ። ኣብ ገሊኡ ዒላ ወይ ክሊኒክ ጥራይ እንተቐረብካሉ “ይኣኽለኒ፡ ደሓን እተዉ” ዝብል እዩ—ንዝበዝሐ ክፋል ህዝብና ‘ደሞክራሲ’ ረቂቕ (ዘይጭበጥ/abstract) እዩ። ብኸመይ ተፍልጦ? እቲ ምስእዩ ዝነብር ዘሎን መዓልታዊ ሂወቱን ዝፈልጥ ጥራይ እዩ ኣማራጺታት ከምዘሎን ካብኡ ንላዕሊ ከመዝግብ ከምዝኽእልን ክምህሮ ወይ ክሕብሮ ዝኽእል። እዚ ንምባል እዩ።
      የቐንየለይ።

      • Haben

        Dear Mahmudday,
        I have been reading your articles and comments on this website for such a long time. It has been very clear to me that you are an avid advocate of managed change led by PFDJ. That is welcome as long as the people in power have a genuine interest in making a detour from their previous destructive political policy of excluding everyone in the process of nation-state building. But today what forced me to reply to yr thread is that you said in your comment democracy is abstract for most Eritrean. I would like to ask you which part of democracy is abstract for Eritreans? is it the respect for rule of law, electing your representative, making your voice heard without retribution? having an ownership of your issues? ቆጽሊ ዘየውደቅናሉ አይመርሃናን እዩ ትብል ምስላ ዝረስዓካያ ትመስል። I hope you will clarify on this. Have you ever been to Kebele administration, the smallest unit of administration Eritrea, you will see real democracy in practice. What is stopping us from taking that to the national level. In addition, I would like to tell you that I am from post-independence generation and I know the real feeling, desires of the people in side the country. I hope to bring a different perspective to this forum, as people seemed camped in their own world.

        • Paulos

          Selam Haben,

          If I may ask you a question: What does Democracy mean to you? Would you rather see a replica of Jeffersonian Democracy in an immediate Eritrea or a strong State with limited civic liberties but strong adherence to Rule-of-Law?

          • Haben

            Hi Paulos,
            First let me tell you that I really admire your grasp of politics, science, films, and ect on this forum. My hope is to see Eritrea built Jeffersonian Democracy where civil liberties including strong adherence to rule of law will flourish.

          • Gerogee

            Hi Haben

            Wow you are admirer of Paulos Who is the #2 cheerleader of Woyane and an Admirer of the shortsighted and genocidal Meles. Glad to know you. You just told us who you are. Welcome.

          • Haben

            Hi George,
            Let me make clear this to you, I am fairly new to this forum. I do not have a track record of who said what in the past two decades and it is not my intention too. I am here to share my ideas, learn from others, and possible shape the future of my beloved country. I may agree or not agree what he has to say about weyane, more likely I am going to disagree, but he has a solid knowledge of science, politics, and artistic skills. there is nothing wrong for admiring a person for his skills. I admire you in this form for one thing: a person who is not interested in enriching his knowledge but a man armed with machine gun to shoot articles with one liner, Weyane and USA. Let me tell you, Weyane and USA are not imprisoning, torturing, and impoverishing our people; it is PFDJ and the people inside the country are sick of this excuse that you regurgitate daily. Hope you focus on what I say not who I admire or not. That is not the point we are here.
            Thanks.

        • Mahmud Saleh

          Hello Haben
          Welcome to this forum; thanks for your comment. It is a great comment and volumes could be written about it. So, to give you short answers, let me break your inquiry into manageable chunks.
          1. Am I “… an avid advocate of managed change led by PFDJ”?
          You got the main thrust. Whether PFDJ or some national force should manage it, it does not matter to me. What matters is that it should be close to our history and the socio-economic situation of our people. The main point should be that we should not impose ready-made models to a society that is not ready for them just for the heck of being seen as exercising democracy.
          2. What guarantee do I have? That’s why I press on applying pressure. I like to see empowered citizen. Democracy has no meaning without an empowered citizen and without the institutions that support it.
          3. You wrote, ” I would like to ask you which part of democracy is abstract for Eritreans? is it the respect for rule of law, electing your representative, making your voice heard without retribution? having an ownership of your issues? ቆጽሊ ዘየውደቅናሉ አይመርሃናን እዩ ትብል ምስላ ዝረስዓካያ ትመስል። I hope you will clarify on this.”
          My Note: Dear Haben, let’s draw a distinction between democracy and the rule of the law. Democracy is an abstract idea. It comes to life only when you start practicing it. I like this concise yet elaborating definition of democracy from Merriam-Webster Dictionary, ” a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections”
          Therefore, when we raise democracy, we are speaking about representation and political sovereignty of a people. We are also talking about the institutions and bylaws that govern that messy process.
          As you know, democracy is a long process and never gets perfected; you strive to improve it, but you never reach the point of perfection. It is seen relative to the culture and socio-economic pace of the people. We need to begin, but begin from our own realities because as Winston Churchill explained, “Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except [for] all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
          The concept of “the rule of law” is easy to grasp, and our people are familiar with it. ዝባን ሕጊ is an example. Some countries do not have functioning democracies but do observe the rule of law. The rule of law simply means the rules in the book should be applied to all citizens fairly and that the rules should govern all citizens, and not the whims of rulers.
          While the concept of democracy is complex and demands complex institutional thinking and practice, the idea of the rule of law is less complicated and is easier to apply.
          The problem with the third-world exercise of democracy is that there tend to exist a wide gap between the elite class and the mass in concretizing the concept itself. Then, when you proceed to apply it since the mass/society is not READY to practice it as the authors envisioned it, you will have tribal or religious strife because the concept has not rooted in the minds of the mass. Few politicians can pit the people against each other. Hence, in such a situation, democracy remains to be a pageantry show.
          I’m just explaining myself. I wrote and spoke about these, and the phrase I use is “Let’s begin/ንጀምር”። We have to start; we should never fear the messiness of democracy. We will do it right if we watch the pace of our people’s readiness.
          Regards.

          • Haben

            Dear Mahmud: thanks for replying to my inquiries. I have to admit that I agree with what you said above. Respect for rule of law is not foreign to our society; it has been central thesis of our many customary laws. what we are missing now is the willingness of the regime to embark on political, social, and economic reform based on the principles of respect for rule of law, constitutionality, and civil liberties. As you said democracy is a process and it can not be achieved in one day or imported but for that to happen, we have to focus our energy either in pressuring the regime in Eritrea to make a u-turn, given it’s history that seems unlikely, or devise a means to change the status quo of PFDJ.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Dear Haben
            Keep your heart close to home. Eritrea needs you and your young peers. Now that the Ethio-Eritrean conflict seems to be winding down, the government has no excuses not to introduce changes. Change is coming but it will not come in the form of “dismantlement”.

          • Hope

            Selam Haben:
            Since we have failed with our empty BRAVADO of weeding out the PFDJ for 20 yrs plus,and failed miserably to counter develop an equally FORMIDABLE and an Independent Eri Opposition, what do you think would be :
            A Realistic and Practical solution or approach to our current and non ending IMPASSE.?????

          • Haben

            Selam Hope:
            Many people might not like what I am going to say here but let me give you my honest opinion about the impasse and how we can resolve it. Given the current state of our country and owning to the history of our struggle, I am not in favor of total dismantlement of the system. total Dismantlement is not going to work and let me tell why it is not possible to completely annihilate the system. Lets take a a scenario where there is an uprising by the people, the group that is going to take the mantle of power during this crucial time is the military. Our role here is to pressure the military or new group that hold power to pave the way for a new formation of inclusive political system. The wrong that has been done in the past three decades could be settled through peace and reconciliation committee and those who committed grave humanitarian crimes could face justice. The second scenario is that PFDJ to reconcile with its people and begun soul searching process, but I am very skeptical of that scenario. Regarding the opposition, Let me be brutally honest here, the opposition has squandered their chance and lost their integrity in the past two decade by making bad choices; and the people inside the country see them as opportunistic only interested on grabbing power at the expense of Eritrea integrity. Their intent could be good, but have followed wrong strategy. I am telling you this not as apologist of PFDJ, I Hate PFDJ, but as a young citizen and left the currently. In addition, people has little appetite for ethnic based political groups. So, if this is the truth on the ground what are the solutions to our problem. My approach is for the Yiakel movement to be led by the young people and increase the pressure on the regime to change or to awaken sleeping elements of change in Eritrea. If we deprive the regime of its support base in diaspora and make our message to the people in side the intent of the movement is not to grab power but to let the people choose their destiny, I guess we have chance of succeeding. I hope I have answered your question.

          • Hope

            Bingo Ya Haben:
            Thanks for reading my mind!
            Same Haben,who used to express the same opinion at the TN.Com?
            Welcome home,Bruh!

          • Haben

            It might be a matter of coincidence, but I never comment in TN.com. I rarely visit their website what BS they have. They are there to promote one group: PFDJ. The comment section is full of disparaging content nothing to learn. Anyways thanks for liking my ideas.

          • Paulos

            Selam Haben,

            Well said! Proud of you brother.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Ustaz MS,

            There are lots of conceptual and practical matters in your rejoinder to Haben, which I, and probably many others, do not dispute. But the issue is how do we superimpose them on the concrete situation in present Eritrea. Your fear seem to arise from mistrust of the elites in existing tribal and religious conditions pervasive in the Eritrean polity. So, you are led to prefer (though not explicitly stated in this post) the PFDJ is better placed to manage introducing and nursing democracy in the country.

            But, you do not want to take note of the fact that the PFDJ has been ruling the country literarily as a tribal group or religious sect, or even more degenerate than that because our socio-religious components have oral or written codes called customary laws whereas the PFDJ has been ruling by decrees that satisfy personal ego and whims of one man. Hence, though I agree with you we should “never fear the messiness of democracy”, the removal of the PFDJ is an essential first step because it has proven itself an addicted spoiler and would make the situation messier because it operates with the five sense organs of one chief.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan Ustaz Ismail AA
            PFDJ will be tested on how it handles the next chapter in our history. I believe the majority of Eritreans will give it the benefit of the doubt, and if it does not rise to the occasion, will be swept away.
            iza fi bedil, yemknek an teTraH li (if you have an alternative, let it step forward. PIA is more than happy to register you. Excluded are, HaileS, Paulosay, Emma, iSem..). BerheY is OK, Hayat Adem could apply for a receptionist position at the office of PIA.

          • Ismail AA

            Hayak Allah MS,

            Your humor made my first fasting day happier. Thank you. He! Mahmoud, I am not like you who left me and went home in 1991. I refuse to leave a single one of the gentlemen and dear lady behind and knock at the door of a despot who I dream to see in a dock getting his day at a court of law.

            Now, I know you for your caution but got your self off the perimeters of reason. How do you know majority of Eritreans will give PFDJ benefit of doubt? You forgot to include the tool for estimating that. Moreover, you repeat asking me to come forward with an alternative. Do you not share (PFDJ) the blame for not giving me chance to establish the alternative in Eritrea?

          • Paulos

            Selam Kbur Haw Ismail AA,

            I guess when the day is still young, the low glucose level is taking its toll on Muhamuday for he has already forgotten when Isaias said the alternative can only be tried on the Moon. Perhaps he is right for to the very least there is no room for dictatorship on the Moon including the cruel reign of gravity.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Dear Ustaz Ismail AA
            I will not be proud of a country where some of its citizens feel left out. We are all together no matter how far apart our views may seem to be. So, no, I would not be happy if you felt that way. So, I have some charter camels ready to transport you back home. Absher.

          • Paulos

            Muhamuday,

            Did you just say Camel? Please count me in. I am all game. I rode a Camel once in Afar. It was awesome feeling! Remember the song?

            ግመለይ ግመለይ
            እዛ ጥዕምቲ ሽማ
            ብማዕዶ ‘ትልለ
            ኣጽዋር ተሸኪማ….

            Good times!

          • Ismail AA

            Selam MS,
            Never mind; no need for camels. I can make it on foot once you get the scourge out of my way.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear MS,

            In order to help us reflect, i searched the G-13 letter send to the president back in Oct 2000. It’s almost 19 years since that letter was send, and I am afraid things have turned for the worst for Eritrea.

            Here is what Dr. Araya and the G-13 said then, in their introductory letter and why they decided to get together.

            “We would like to begin by expressing our unreserved support for our government in its defense of our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and our admiration for the Eritrean defense forces and the entire Eritrean population for their role in foiling the Ethiopian aggression. But it is our firm belief that the military threat posed by Ethiopia cannot be dealt with separately from the political
            and economic challenges that confront us as a new nation. We are aware that the great promise of peaceful reconstruction and development has been shelved by considerations of national survival. However, we are also convinced that we can meet the present danger and future challenges if we unite our efforts and correct our past mistakes. The current crisis presents an opportunity to those ends”

            Imagine that’s only 2 years after the war and the country was fighting for it’s survival and they were worried about the lost opportunity in development, political progress etc…

            Now 19 years letter Dr. Araya says…

            we should all agree on is the prospect of positive democratic changes in Eritrea is unthinkable as long as Isaias is in power. The regime has to be removed immediately if democratic changes are to take place in Eritrea.

            I think the point of no return has reached as long as IA goes.

            What we should all worry about is, what he will do next.

            Berhe

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam BerheY
            I am not talking about IA. I would have said the same if someone else had been in place. I’m appraising the critical nature of our time; the fact that there is no alternative political force to fill in the vacuum; the terrible track record of the traditional political organizations…and so on. That’s why I advocate change from within. It is upto PFDJ to decide who to lead it but people like will make pressure for the government to really listen to the heartbeat of the people. That is the less costly and most probable to occur than squeezing honey from the decrepit opposition. Sorry, to say that. But that is the bitter conclusion I have reached.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Mahmud,

            I had started to comment on your article but I got side tracked and never been able.

            I think I get what you are saying. And I do agree that, change that comes without an organized group do seem to turn go to the worst.

            As an example in our neighborhood,

            Change that turned to the worst:
            Somalia, Yemen, Libya and Syria (to some extent) and even Iraq.

            Change that turned to the better:
            Tunisia, Egypt (to come degree), Algeria, Sudan (looks like going ok) and Ethiopia (if they manage to transition).

            The question I think is, which way does the change in Eritrea will go. I hope that change goes to the better in Eritrea and I am sure you do as well. But I think in case of Eritrea, it’s more than hope but I am convinced it will be a reality. And here is why.

            Successful changes do occur when
            1) if the regime in power is not made up of an identified group that will fight to death for it’s survival.
            2) the people (the most majority) own the change themselves without interference by others.
            3) Change happened using people resistance rather than armed resistance.
            4) after the change (as messy as it may be) if the transition happened to a civilian government.

            Let’s start to check the those that failed.
            Somalia
            – Said Barre had divided the country along clan group and there was a huge problem and division. There were groups that supported the regime to death to protect it.
            – These division still ripe today and / until Somali people overcome this division, it will be very hard to transition to democratic state.

            Libya:
            1) There is the division among the population based on ethnicity / tribe. The regime of Gadaffi did nothing to fix it over the 40 years it was in power and it was just brewing under.
            2) Change happened because of external forces and the people (the young / educated) really didn’t have much to do with it.

            Yemen/ Syria:
            we can same the same about Yemen, Syria. In case of Syria, the regime is primary made up of certain group who will fight to death for it’s survival. This makes the civil war inevitable and with interference of outside forces, impossible for peaceful change.

            Now looking at the successful changes that happened.

            Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, and may be (Sudan).
            1) people power was the main reason for the change.
            2) no outside interference to effect the change.
            3) the regime did not have a certain ethnic group that it based it’s survival and to stay in power.

            Now these leads to to Eritrea today and where it stands.

            I think if the change happens.
            1) by people power similar to what’s happening outside (yiAkl) and the same changes happens inside the country.
            2) No outside interference, I don’t think there is any chance of that.
            3) The Eritrean regime have made an enemy of everyone one, Muslims and Christians, people from high land as well as the law lands, the military, the warsay, Tegadelit and others.

            I am confident the Eritrean case will be successful as long as it’s done by Eritreans. I do favor the change should happen by the people using uprising and the military side with the people and that include the PFDJ, the police and the security.

            The next step is to allow a civilian organization that makes up the transition government.

            I personally think, there is no such entity called PFDJ. It’s only in name and it has no bases. Those that belong to that organization, the most majority are forced members but who have no say or can do anything. For example, looking at the meeting that happens by IA and his ministers, looking at what happened with Berhane Abrehe, Ali Abdu and others, I can say the most majority do not really have much power or believe in the PFDJ in the first place. They are there because they have no alternative.

            So, in Eritrea I think, as soon as IA and his very few advisers are no longer in the picture (the two Yemane, Hagos Kisha and some of his security people and few corrupted generals) we really have NOT much enemy that we will need to fight for.

            How about the Opposition?
            Personally I don’t think the Opposition had any negative impact to the country of the people. I do characterize them, as moral opposition rather than practical opposition. They were guiding light to the rest of us. So I don’t think they will have any problem to move forward with what ever change happens and I see no reason that they will be a stumbling block. And it’s the right to help guide the future of the country as they see fit, so long as they do not use force to implement it.

            Berhe

          • Blink

            Dear Berhe
            I don’t know how you brought Egypt change with Tunsia? I mean come on man , the man is a dictator. Second Algeria is not yet seen in the green , third Sudan is in initial process of the throne descending to be seen , Ethiopians have a great chance to transfer to a full fledged democracy and I think it will be possible yet the displacement of civilians is extremely dangerous for the state to run the ground without arresting the horribles .

            Eritrea would be in better shape if our opposition at least cool down the 100m run to the throne , they need to understand that it is fatal to their own survival too. They need to narrow down before they even assume about taking power just like the professor is saying in the above article and in the paltalk world . He and people like him to think about future generations because him and his pals politics is old and rotten and rotten against rotten will be always rotten .

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Blink,

            What I am saying is the change in all these countries came from the people. And changes that came by popular revolt in any country has a good chance of succeeding. If I am betting person, I bet in Sudan successful transition than Ethiopia.

            Off course you have to swing your bat at the opposition, who have nothing to do with the sorry state we find ourselves in.

            Off course you know that, but as usual you have to blame the opposition and DiVERT from the culprit who is IA.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            The regime has to be removed immediately

            By Who?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            By Eritrean people.

            Who removed the dictators in Algeria, Tunisia and Sudan?

            The Algerian, the Tunisian and the Sudanese people. No different.

            In Algeria and Tunisia those in power ruled for over 40 years. In Sudan for 30 years.

            So if they can do it, I think the Eritrean people can do as well.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; the wrong assumption you and the rest PIA haters making is deadly. Because you hate the guy, it does not mean everyone does. As much as you and the rest of the revenge seekers want to chop his head up; there are many more support and protect PIA. I wouldn’t be surprise at all if true, real and clean election to be held in Eritrea and PIA win the election. For this reason your Sudan, Algeria and Egypt thing will never work in Eritrea. Eritrea’s case is very different.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            You have nothing to come back..and you turn this into hate. Why doesn’t the Algeria, and others would not work in Eritrea?

            I don’t hate him as a human being. What I hate is how he is driving my country to extinction without the rule of law and justice.

            Like you said, if he has the support of the people, then he should give the people the chance to prove him right.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Like you said, if he has the support of the people, then he should give the people the chance to prove him right.

            Hi Berhe; No, he had his run and there no any further chance. For PIA to do the right thing is, have a road map and start the process. then hand over power to whomever is ready to go forward.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            Do you count in dog years? 28 years no plan …

            Berhe

          • Haile S.

            Selamat Mahmud,

            Your presentation of the Eritrean people vs PFDJ reminds me of the fight between prophet Job and his God. Job’s God was merciless and merciful high up from his throne. The problem with PFDJ is they consider themselves as being the Job while they are occupying the Godly throne; therefore waiting for the people to be merciful with them while the people are also waiting for the merci from their earthly Gods. Time for PFDJ to realize they are not Job.

          • iSem

            Hi MS:
            This is funny.Can you teach cousin Hope 😉

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Michielle,

      እንዳ ህግደፍ ደአ ዝነበረ የዕንዎ እምበር እንታይ ሓድሽ ህንጸት ክገብሩ:: ነቲ ዝፈርስ ዘሎ ናይ ቀደም ህንጸታትውን ብሰንኪ ወያነ ይፈርስ አሎ እኮ እዮም ዝብሉና ዘለው::

      In the PFDJ recurrent argument, they are saying, that as long as Wayane exist, Eritrea will always be “at alert” and there will be no any social, political, economy mobility. The only option we are left with, is to ask the PM be kind enough to make a swift “swap habitat” between the Tigray people and Oromo people, so the Eritrean and Ethiopian people will live at peace. Do you think it is a good proposal? Tigray/wayane is a set up bogeyman by PFDJ operatives to hold us as hostage and to extend their perpetual oppression.

      Regard

      Regard

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Michielle,

      እንዳ ህግደፍ ደአ ዝነበረ የዕንዎ እምበር እንታይ ሓድሽ ህንጸት ክገብሩ:: ነቲ ዝፈርስ ዘሎ ናይ ቀደም ህንጸታትውን ብሰንኪ ወያነ ይፈርስ አሎ እኮ እዮም ዝብሉና ዘለው::

      In the PFDJ recurrent argument, they are saying, that as long as Wayane exist, Eritrea will always be “at alert” and there will be no any social, political, economy mobility. The only option we are left with, is to ask the PM of Ethiopia be kind enough to make a swift “swap habitat” between the Tigray people and Oromo people, so the Eritrean and Ethiopian people will live at peace. Do you think it is a good proposal? Tigray/wayane is a set up bogeyman by PFDJ operatives to hold us as hostage and to extend their perpetual oppression.

      Regard

    • Haile S.

      ሰላም ሚኪኤለ፡

      ኣነ’ውን ከም ማሕሙድ ብወገነይ እንቋዕ ብደሓን ኣብዚ ተጸምበርካ እብለካ።
      ኣንታ ሚኪኤለ፡ ፕላን ድኣ መሊኡ፡ በሽበሽ። ናይ 5፡ ናይ 10፡ ናይ 20፡ ናይ 1። ናይ ኣስመራ ፕላን ተሪፉስ፡ ቀይሕ ባሕሪ ሰንጢቑ ነዊሕ ገለርያ ክስራሕ ማስተር ፕላን ኣሎ ሰሚዕና። እቲ ሽግር፡ እዚ ኹሉ ፕላን ኣብ ሓንቲ መዝገብ ጥራይ እዩ ዝቕመጥ፡ ኣብ ምዕራፍ ‘ነቢይ’ ኢሳያስ። እቲ ፕላናት ጊዚኡ ምስ ሓለፈ ኢኻ ትርእዮ፡ ከምዘይነበረ!

    • Peace!

      ስላም MICKIELLE,

      Welcome!

      ፕላን ንህግደፍ መጋየጺ እዩ:: ሐደ ጸጋማይቱ እዝኑ ዝሓመመ ኣባል ኣገልግሎት ሕክምና ምስሓተተ: እታ የማነይቲ ትሰምዕ ኣላዶ? እወ ምስበሎም እሞ ኣብዚ ግዜ ክልተ እዝኒ መጋየጺ እዩ ኪድ ቦታኻ ዝብሉ ስባት እዮም.

      Peace!

      • Paulos

        Selam Abi Seb,

        That is so funny. Thanks for the laugh.

  • Selamat All,

    With regards to the PFDJ, how about a little sound analysis:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxvfP4hw6ig

    tSAtSE

  • Yohannes Zerai

    Dear All,

    The article concludes with the following statement:

    “The new approach should be bold enough to announce that we can’t live forever by excluding one another.” (Emphasis mine)

    Most Eritreans will respond to the statement by saying, “Oh, yes we can!” The Eritrean people can more than afford not only to exclude, but to eradicate a TREASONOUS, SATANIC organization that, for nearly three decades, enslaved and condemned the bulk of the population to subhuman existence; that turned the country into a basketcase — an “African Rural Economy”, at best; that tried to annihilate the country’s youth; that conspired to do away with Eritrea’s independence and sovereignty won through the blood of hundreds of thousands of the country’s finest sons and daughters; and that is bent on ultimately destroying the ERITREAN IDENTITY!!! Criminality, crime and criminals cannot be condoned by a pretentious search for fake “unity”!

    There would be nothing the soon-to-be-emancipated Eritrean people can gain by being vindictive. That, certainly, is NOT what is being advocated here. But the Eritrean people, sure as hell, have the rational political need, the legitimate national interest, the moral justification and the legal grounds on their side to make sure that this evil organization, its barbaric ideology and its unrepenting ideologues will have no place in Eritrea’s future — anymore than the Nazis had theirs in a free, democratic Germany!

    Indeed, for patriotic and justice-seeking Eritreans, doing so is not an option; it is a moral obligation and a political imperative that they can hardly afford to neglect or overlook for any reason whatsoever!

    Thank you.

    • Blink

      Dear Yohannes
      Patriotism’s definition must be ቀስተ ደመና in your dictionary. Stop thinking as you represent Eritreans views about that because PFDJ is a formidable enemy and you should act like facing it , Issias has been extremely successful in anything he does against your bet . If it was the Eritreans definition definitely they would not waited for you to emphasize on anything remotely about that patriotism . Again no power with your definition is man enough to change the facts on the ground .You have been bragging about such scenarios for almost decades and here we are divided .
      So instead of playing bravado in your hate circle you have the chance to line up for meaningful and peaceful outcome. you yohannes was the owner of an article named “UN Sanctions Against Eritrea Likely to Outlast Current Regime” remember that and admit the Issias regime is always steps ahead from people like you . Stop holding people in your empty promises . People wanted change and that change is not by dismissing the actual facts on the ground .You should at least call for the opposition to conceptually address the national challenges we accuse the regime of having created, screwed up , until now every article you wrote and every comment you made is short of that and that’s not a contribution at all. You are a well versed guy and also decent person , so pls take the shovel and digg more .

      I am loyal to my understanding any criticism you feel is just as a good start to shovel .

      • Yohannes Zerai

        Dear Blink,

        Thank you very much for your rejoinder to my earlier comment about the current post.

        For now, I will pass your remarks regarding the substance of my comment on the subject at hand. But, I feel I owe you an explanation on an extraneous topic that you chose to insert into your rejoinder and which harkens back to an article I posted on this website some 16 months ago. I want to make the explanation as lucid and as complete as possible. So please bear with me.

        Yes, I do remember! It was in mid-January, 2018 that I authored the very article that you referenced in your rejoinder and is titled: “UN Sanctions Against Eritrea Likely to Outlast Current Regime”. But you see,

        1. I wrote that article in reference to “an Isaias” who was training, arming, financing and sheltering at least half-a-dozen armed Ethiopian rebel-groups against the government in Ethiopia; “an Isaias” who, almost on a quarterly basis, publicly wished for, and predicted, the disintegration of Ethiopia. I did NOT write it regarding “an Isaias” who would travel to Gondar, Ethiopia and publicly declare that he “is ready to give his life on behalf of the Ethiopian nation!”

        2. I wrote it in the context of an Isaias who posited that his life’s achievement was leading the Eritrean war of liberation to victory; and the day that goal was achieved was the happiest moment of his life. I did NOT write it imagining an Isaias who would shamelessly declare the day the people of Gondar gave him a rousing welcome as “the happiest moment of his life!”

        3. I wrote it thinking of an Isaias who vowed — in no uncertain terms and for twenty long years — that he will not communicate, meet or negotiate with Ethiopian government officials/representatives until Ethiopia pulls its troops out of Badme. I did NOT write it visualizing an Isaias who would break his vow although critical politico-military conditions on the ground remained essentially unchanged; NOT an Isaias who would travel to Ethiopia and/or meet with its leaders nine times in his first 8 months after abandoning his vow; NOT an Isaias who became pathetically engulfed in genuine or feigned childish-emotion unbecoming of a 72-year-old “leader” and who laughably tried to “offer” a ‘national leadership authority’ he stole from the Eritrean people to a foreign head of state!!! — ALL of these actions while Badme still remains (until this very minute) in Ethiopian hands!

        4. I wrote it knowing an Isaias who literally put life on hold in Eritrea for 20 miserable years arguing his regime cannot introduce political reforms or embark on economic development while the country’s border with Ethiopia remained undemarcated. I did NOT write it imagining an Isaias who would tell the Eritrean people with a straight face “you should look beyond borders; the country’s priority is not demarcating Eritrea’s border, but stabilizing Ethiopia!”

        5. I wrote it keeping in mind an Isaias who claimed for nearly half a century that (although they share some social/cultural/traditional values and attributes with Ethiopians) Eritreans are a distinct people with a unique colonial history and unmistakable national identity. I did NOT write it anticipating an Isaias who would preach that “anyone who thinks Eritreans and Ethiopians are two peoples is ignorant of history.”

        6. I wrote it about an Isaias who masqueraded as the smartest, most intelligent, all-knowing and best leader in Africa (and perhaps in the world); who knows not only how to handle his problems, but dares to give advice to other leaders. I did NOT write it about an Isaias who would ask a 40-year-old foreign leader, barely a year on the job, to have his sanctions lifted for him!

        7. I wrote it about an Isaias who …….

        I could go on and on; but, I regretfully sense that I already have bored you and other members of the forum. I only did so because you unnecessarily pushed me into doing it when you should have known better — known the truth, that is! The BIG TRUTH is that, despite the praise that you tried to heap on the man, Isaias Afewerki did nothing, zilch to resolve the sanctions that he had brought upon himself. It was Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who used his charm to convince Western powers and the UN Security Council to end sanctions on Eritrea! What a shame!

        So, these are the facts of the matter. But if you are accusing me for not having assumed that Isaias Afewerki is not a normal human being and has no stable mind, an ounce of conscience and a semblance of dignity, and/or for failing to predict that he was capable of undergoing such cosmic transformation, I cannot but plead guilty as charged.

        Thank you.

        • Mahmud Saleh

          Selam Yohannes Zerai
          From the outset, I should say I enjoy your articles and respect you for keeping your cool. Whatever I have said or going to say about you has nothing to do with “intent”; everything has to do with paths or strategies we choose or tend to lean on in order to realize the intent. I believe, for the majority of us, there is absolutely nothing that separates us on the idea that our beloved country needs to use its full potential, that after all the sacrifices and dreams, our people need to enjoy the dividends of their struggle, which is improving their material and spiritual life- economic growth, political liberalization, the rule of law, and a truly participatory political system, etc. Our intention is similar if not the same.
          Where we differ is on how to achieve that. Often we fall for the easiest chore, which is bickering and exaggerating difference. ክንቋየቕ ጸሓይ ይዓርበና።
          Blink reminded you that you had written an article that had envisioned UN sanctions would outlast PFDJ. And you you write back this long Hateta to repeat to him what he originally wanted to say in his comment. His message was that you failed in making your predictions. That is because you gave the UN and TPLF maneuvers too much attention.

          You were not alone, though. The majority of “deleyti fitHi” in this forum also placed their bet on that belief…that soon or later, Eritrea would implode. If you knew what you know now, of course, you would not predict what you predicted then. Writing about the present, about something you see running is not prediction, anyway. So, a short answer that read ” I was wrong, thank you” would be enough.
          Respectfully,
          MS.

          • Hayat Adem

            Mamuday, the Mr.Complex Guy,
            I thought YZ’s response above was brilliant and very potent. I understand his message to be that he “was not wrong” but he “became wrong” and went on to say why he was. There is a difference. Prediction is always based on current trends, analyses and consideration of externalities. If all those taken into account and analysed carefully against the realities on the ground could indicate a solid configuration, and you come to share what you saw in the findings, you are not necessarily wrong. Someone could check out the premises, the processing methods and the conclusions, and expose any gaps and biases in the entire work s/he has witnessed even in a hindsight setting. Short of that, you can’t say in hindsight that “YZ was wrong” because a different scenario arrived; and “MS was not wrong” because he was silent about it.
            YZ became wrong because he assumed some of the nationalist characters and values would hold up even if IA’s crimes and bad judgements were trending upward. YZ became wrong because he thought IA wouldn’t charter that unpredictable and unstable even if there were frequent signs of gambling with the fate of the country and its people in entirety. For example, IA looked stubborn on the “no normalization before demarcation” principle. If you were thinking otherwise, you are genius among us but YZ erred in believing IA would uphold at least that stand to the last.
            Actually, YZ became wrong only because IA shifted his declared posts and promises to the Eritrean people and the rest. YZ erred because he overrated IA for certain qualities. So if you have to hold that overrating of IA by YZ against YZ in hindsight, you are officially admitting to the fact that you knew all along that IA was in fact worse leader than even what YZ used to think about him when penned that article.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam Hayat and ustaz IsmailAA

            To both of you: I just called on the good YZ to summarize his long Hateta to one sentence: ” I was wrong, thank you.” I’m not going into much of what could have possibly made him be so daring in his prediction, but end up being so wrong. One glaring factor could be that he believed in TPLF might, and Hayat’s enticing ኣጆኻ…ኣጆኻ…ሓያት ርግምቲ፡ ንኽንደይ ኣብ ሓዊ ዘይጠበሰት…ኣንበሲት
            To Hayat [ካልኣይተይ (yin and yang, as Paulosay put it]
            Your long ጥውይዋይ reminds mwe of this:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4XT-l-_3y0

          • Ismail AA

            Hayak Allah Ustaz MS,

            I have not yet detected an oversight in your posts because prudence is discernible in what you write. But I missed such thoroughness in your rejoinder to Yohannes Zerai. Since you end up in stating that failure of his prediction warranted regret, I thought the oversight was not innocent because it suggests that Yohannes should have predicted other things prior to his prediction on the UN sanctions and the PFDJ. He should have first prophesied Donald Trump was not going to win US election, beside Dr. Abij Ahmed not becoming prime minister. I think we all know the role of these two events in lifting the sanctions. No one can make a convincing argument that it was the regime’s diplomacy that did the trick.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Mahmuday,

            I have never heard someone to offer a “regret” for a prediction that hasn’t come true. Are you crazy? Such kind of argument will throw you to the abnormal political house of PFDJ.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam Emma
            I know this is too late in the night for you but, hopefully, you will get it tomorrow morning and see if it makes sense. Apology is in a different class. You apologize if your actions or inations caused harm. Saying “My prediction was wrong” is simply accepting an ERROR. We do it in our daily life. You do it when you mess doses…Haha…take it easy Emma. Unnecessary defensiveness is not good.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Mahmuday,

            Regret is “ጣዕሳ” and you asked him to regret. Are you one of those who advice people to fill “ናይ ጣዕሳ ወረቀት” for any critic made against the regime. Good to know that. We shall see who will fill “ናይ ጣዕሳ ወረቀት” either the one who collaborated with the tyrant or the one who despise him. Time will tell,

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan Emma
            WONG. As always, you tend to form your own schema, and then you proceed to debate it as if your opponent presented it.
            Emma Xaeda, Who said REGRET? I did not. Oh, the collaborator? I’m very proud for debating your wrong proposals and strategies. Meles Zenawi is dead. Now, who are you going to promote?
            —————
            Well, that is what happens if you want to drag me down the dirty road. Better to stop this nonsense diatribe, dear Emma. I try to avoid it. Please help me out.
            Bruk meAlti.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Mahmuday,

            After editing it, you start to say, I haven’t said it. You said it brother. Myself and Ismailo picked on the word “regret”and commented against your suggestion. Check Isnailo’s comment below pls. You can not cheat us. Own it brother.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam Emma
            I have not edited my words to win a debate, Sir. No. I don’t recall using the word “Regret” or ጣዕሳ in my communications with YZ; I used it in a different thread when I was messing with SGJ. So, please, be mindful when you accuse me of altering words to win a debate. I don’t do it. If that is what it takes to massage some ego, I’m OK with it. Another point, please be generous and cordial. I understand, when it gets tougher some of us resort to cheap tactics to win a debate. However, you don’t need to do that; you are able to handle debates friendly. Because the other alternative is for both of us to hurt each other by ensuing mudslinging, which I do hate, particularly with you, dear Emma.

          • Yohannes Zerai

            Selam Amanuel,

            In one of your recent comments (on the current thread) that you addressed to me and to which I have yet to respond, you — out of concern for my time and energy — advised me in these wise words:

            “ … እዩሞ: ምስኦም ምምልላስ ብዙሕ ግዜኻ እንተዘይ ኣጥፋእካ ይሓይሽ::”

            Now, I guess we will have to swap chairs, so to speak, and I will take the liberty of offering you the same advice that you gave me a day or two ago! Such is the ”roller-coaster world” one is forced to encounter when trying to deal or even communicate with the PFDJ itself or its minions.

            As I will hopefully expound in my response to the comment referenced above, PFDJ lackeys are given to exaggerating, distorting and denying FACTS with the intent to misinform and to just “win” an argument — a predisposition they seem to have acquired from their demigod. So, please do not let those things get to you.

            Thank you.

          • Yohannes Zerai

            Dear Amanuel,

            AMEN to that!

            Your beautifully put last sentence will be treasured in my heart until such a time as we are able to look back at the current painful episode of our nation’s history. When that time arrives, I will have the luxury of not only basking in the success of our struggle, but also the opportunity of finding out — in real time and through first-hand observation — which of the two mutually-exclusive possibilities in your remark will turn out to be the case! Indeed, who will end up filling out “ናይ ጣዕሳ ወረቐት”?

            Thank you, brother for giving me something to look forward to — NEXT to witnessing the EMANCIPATION of our people and the restoration of JUSTICE & DEMOCRACY in our country, that is.

        • Hope

          Selam Dr Yohanes(If same Yohanes wed Gen that I know, which is irrelevant though)!
          Johnny,here is/are the issue(s):
          -Your Articles and Analyses are close to perfect from Politico-ideological and Opinion point of view and they could/would have been good guidelines if they were not biased views and more so if they were Eritrea-centered rather than a partisan one.
          Case in point:
          Your views and Articles about:
          – The Sanctions and the genesis and motivations of the sanctions
          -Your staunch support of the above with NO due consideration to their devastating impact on Eritrea and Eritreans while knowing fully before hand those impacts based on history and their politically motivated approaches and deliberations
          -You indifference and silence on the role of the Mastermind and the Engineer(s) of such Sanctions,sabotages,the Policies of Isolation ,Containment and that of No War No Peace Brutal Policy of the same Eritrea’s enemies and those of Eritreans
          -Your seemingly biased and Partisan Approach towards those evil agendas and motives believing in “ “Weeding out the PFDJ by all means possible” even at the EXPENSE of Eritrea’s National Security interest, which was affected badly .
          Am not worried about your educated guess or prediction as Blink challenged you as things happen unpredictably and you don’t have to worry about it or to apologize for it.
          But here was what worried me:
          -You NEVR EVER considered and worried about the negative impact of those sanctions and sabotages on Eritrea and Eritreans, which the same engineers acknowledged and admitted that those sanctions and sabotages, indeed affected ,as expected, the innocent Eritreans as a people and Eritrea as a nation.
          -You have been incorrect about the compliance of the GoE as it did COMPLY to most preconditions to lift the sanctions
          -The more the GoE complied,the more excuses and preconditions were brought up by the Weyenti and their Masters
          -And you supported all of the above Officially and publicly and you EXPRESSED your wishes as such by predicting about the unpredictable things!
          -One thing that shocked me was that U NEVER EVER CRITICIZED OR CONDEMNED the Evil Weyane for its evil acts and devastating agendas against Eritrea and Eriteeans,the HALEGHET or the unique identifying feature of the so called Eri Opposition Groups, Activists, Webs, Figures and the Pseudo-Intellectuals; even worse, they sided with the brutal enemy of Eritrea and Eritreans and executed the orders and agenda of the same TPLF Janda.
          I know before hand that the PFDJ has contributed its mega share to our problems but at the same time saved saved and kept Eritrea INTACT and even came out the sole WINNER,STRONGER and has stood TALLER against all ODDs….by out-smarting and CRUSHING the same Evil Axis and Groupings, the Trios,the “Quantos”,etc…whatever they are called.
          Remember that these Groupings, Regimes and Nations were the same ones, which did their best ,fully backed up by their masters to destroy Eritrea over night, facts NO one,let alone Dr Yohannes Zerai can refute.
          This NOT the PFDJ propaganda; neither is to justify the Brutal PFDJ Regime’s brutalities and its chaotic policies but to state the other side of the TRUTH.
          You are talking about a Regime, which has been struggling for its survival and for the survival of a New Born Nation, which was being attacked by the Lions, Tigers and Foxes from right and the left.
          And that has been my major reservation and confusion about the Eri Opposition, Intellectuals and Activists for siding with the other enemy and executing its orders and agenda including petitioning for an Economic Sanctions against a Poor Nation and people, who /which were between a Life and DEATH Situation.
          Based on the above facts and scenarios,I have had a hard/ difficult time to differentiae between the TPLF and the Eri Opposition and its Figures, Activists, Politicians, Intellectuals, etc..
          Please,help me understand the old new dilemma I have had and I am in.
          ” If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it is a duck”….kind of thing.
          With RESPECT!

          • Yohannes Zerai

            Dear Hope,

            Let me first offer my apologies for the late response.

            Thank you for the comment regarding your general “assessment” of my past writings. Let me breakdown into parts the limited response I am able to give to the substance of your lengthy commentary:

            1. I honestly would love answering clear, direct questions about my position on issues and on specific points/issues/statements/etc. you may have read in my articles. The problem with your comment is that it is almost entirely a narration of your impressions about my political stance and the nature of my articles. You do not make your questions specific and fact-based by, for example, referencing them to specific statement(s) in my writing(s) or by directly quoting from a particular article. As you know your impressions are yours and I cannot be expected to explain them or respond to them.

            2. Although your comment is reasonable and mild in its presentation — and I thank you for that — it has hardly restrained its urge for hurling labels and characterizations at me, but more grievously at the opposition movement in general. Personally, I am not bothered really by the labels you conferred on me, and I would have addressed them were it not for their lack of specificity and factual basis as noted in Item #1 above. But, it is truly troubling to see you issuing blanket accusations (or even condemnations) of the entire membership of not just a group — as bad as that in itself would be — but an entire movement simply because you do not like their politics. Statements (excerpted from your comment) such as:

            “… I have had a hard/ difficult time to differentiate between the TPLF and the Eri Opposition and its Figures, Activists, Politicians, Intellectuals, etc.”

            “ … about the Eri Opposition, Intellectuals and Activists for siding with the other enemy and executing its orders and agenda including petitioning for an Economic Sanctions against a Poor Nation and people, who /which were between a Life and DEATH Situation.”

            have no rational basis whatsoever and are not at all helpful to the cause of promoting much needed understanding and reconciliation between various Eritrean political-factions. It is simply wrong to summarily accuse, slander and defame hundreds (perhaps thousands) of people in the movement based not on evidence, but simply on emotion and hearsay.

            A ‘loose’ writing style of heaping generalized statements with little regard for relevance, specificity, accuracy, validity, etc. benefits no one. Such a practice would not enable one to learn from others, to have his/her statements/comments taken seriously and to advance his/her ideas by sharing them with (and impressing them on) others.

            3. Finally, I am a little surprised to see you trying to be, at the same time, on both sides of the fence, so to speak. You seem to be simultaneously accusing PFDJ — calling it brutal at times — and defending it with uncontrolled emotional verbiage aimed at the “treasonous Eri Opposition.” Obviously, you need to have a clear position on issues and to adhere faithfully to a political philosophy/vision of your choice. I suggest, if I may, that you undertake your own study of the existing reality of Eritrean politics, formulate your own political outlook/stance (whatever it may be) and defend and promote it with a passion that is tempered by a healthy dose of rationality!

            Just sharing some thoughts as a fellow forumer; nothing more, nothing less!

            Thank you.

          • mokie berhe

            Salam Yohannes Zerai. Do you not believe that at least some accusations about the opposition being TPLF aligned have substance? Do you believe that it is plausible or realistic for an Eritrean opposition member for years on end to say absolutely nothing negative about the TPLF and its wrongful actions (inaction is an action of choice)?

          • Blink

            Dear Hope
            I did not say anything about YZ predictions or any of that , what I said was He and his groups that saying “ we can live by excluding “ he was responding to MS article assuming his wishes and will are the only solution to our problem. His wishes and dreams was as he explained in his rotten article about the sanction by that means putting Eritrean soldiers at high risk of loosing any defense weapons as well as the lockdown of Eritrea and kill it as weyane dreamed . That dream didn’t come to light and what happened was weyane got arrested in Mekele and YZ eggs all got rotten . How come he can be so irresponsible to say he can live by excluding others ? Imagine these people has been spewing hate for the past 20 years .

            My comment was specifically to his claim “ Yes we can” . YZ and his pals ate propaganda up until now and they should really consider if it is the only strategic choice because as I can see they don’t have a simple solution to the problem we have .

        • iSem

          Hi Yohannes:
          If I was Blink and thanks God, the Almighty I am not;-) I would have replied with one sentence to this beautifully writter reply: Thank you for taking the time to explain.
          And if I were you and I wish I was, I would have just replied to Blink (who has saved your article and send it to somewhere (he knows were and I know too) that the key word “LIKELY”. There is no way to predict the future can unleash events hence “LIKELY”.
          Unlike IA who said, “Sun will never rise in Badme,” with such arrogance, but you were careful.

          • Yohannes Zerai

            Hello iSem,

            Thank you for the words of reason contained in your comment, but I am afraid you are too much of an optimist to expect an air of rationality to suddenly descend on the debate. I regret to say that, based on past experience, I do not anticipate the “attack squad” to even come close to making such a sensible turn around in its behavior. I would be surprised it it even manages to tone down its belligerence and vicious attacks — not that I would be bothered if it decides to continue manifesting its nasty behavior.

            Thank you.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Blink,

        You know why I accuse you sometimes you are from the presidents office, is when you these kinds of comments. You have a record of everyone and everything that’s being said and all you do is search and boom.

        Why does it matter what Yohannes Zerai says about the sanction for the connects he is making now. There is no relationship what so ever but, you being from the presidents office want to discredit him on how wrong he was in the past and how wrong he is now.

        Now the idea you brought is being picked up by others and instead of focusing on what he actually said, the discussion is diverted to the UN.

        Georgee is doing the same thing with Dr. Araya article, the UN, USA, halewlow to discredit him and change the discussion to something else instead of removing the dictator.

        Just saying …,

        Berhe

        • Blink

          Dear Berhe
          I mentioned an article YZ wrote about his prediction and I also commented about his patriotism thing( which I find his reply simply below standard) , i don’t know how you can bring this office of the president to your thought , I mean come on ,I am just a simple guy who choose to spend time with you guys nothing more nothing less .

          Don’t forget I am not afraid to confess and say sorry for any mistakes I do yet Some people simply are not ready to admit their mistakes ,what these people do is hide behind words and then claim patriots. You should really consider looking people history and how flip flopping they are . The comments and articles I save are because of the behavior of such chameleon characters. Stop accusing me as “ president office thing “ because I am not .

          How do you pass when a commentator accuse some part of Eritrean society as “ loyal to dictatorship “ by implying “ ዝበረቐ ጽሓይና ዝነገሰ ንጉስና ” imagine this commentator refused to criticize Eritrean foreign minister because He has personal friendships of old time and here he categorically stereotyping a big chunk of Eritreans as suspicious of supporting who ever the king is , that in my book deserves to be saved because I put such as heinous attack a poison to our collective society to live in harmony. I don’t need to be a supporter of PFDJ or an opposition to save such comments and remind him when te time comes .

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Yohannes,

      Good to see you back, brother.

      • Yohannes Zerai

        Hello Amanuel,

        Indeed, I was “away” for some time owing to a variety of pressing professional and personal commitments. Nevertheless I have, all the while, kept abreast of your posting — albeit in a somewhat cursory manner. Good to touch base with you, and keep up the good work.

    • iSem

      Hi YZ:
      Contrary to what Blink said that PFDJ is formidable enemy, PFDJ is weak enemy, it is not cohesive organization, it is a hodgepodge group needled together with personal interest, where even the defense mister has no power over his soldiers. IA has control over money and security and the generals have his back and they have free reign to enslave, rape, imprison citizens and enrich themselves with free labor. It is the weakness of the opposition that has made PFDJ appear strong. Once this hodge podge entities are chipped away there is no redundancy. If during the 911 the plane destined to the WH made it and killed the president and the VP and even everyone in the white house, American would not collapsed. That is formidable system—No one point of failure.
      As to the right of Eritreans to dismatle PFDJ, I agree and your Nazianalogy is apt

      • Yohannes Zerai

        Dear iSem,

        I completely agree with everything you have to say in your comment above. To be honest with you, I am sitting here shaking my head whenever I see — actually, read — some well-meaning commenters desperately searching for Eritrea’s salvation in some “hopefully uncontaminated” cranny within the PFDJ structure or, rather, hodgepodge as you correctly termed it. They hope against hope that there may still be some “mid-level” or “low-level” party members who are decent, righteous, God-fearing or patriotic enough to bring (or help bring) political change in the country. How they could do so is not specified, but it may be assumed that the expectation is that they may: change the party internally; undermine it from within; expose it clandestinely; or rebel against it openly??

        All that is well-and-good at the level of theory; but in reality, such conditions and possibilities do not at all exist at PFDJ. At least in its present “evolved” state, the PFDJ essentially comprises: (i) The Mafia Boss, (ii) his lieutenants (i.e., Al-Amin Mohammed Seid, Yemane Ghebreab, Hagos Ghebrehiwet, Zemehret Yohannes) and (iii) an unknown number of “worker bees” who have been carefully selected and trained/brainwashed/”politically-castrated” to do all the jobs assigned to them — from the most evil to the very benign — without ever asking questions. The rules that govern the “workforce” are: worship Isaias The Demigod, have unyielding loyalty to PFDJ, don’t trust ANYONE else, be alert against internal enemies, believe that “The country is there because of you”, and do not forget that, if you go astray, the long arm of PFDJ will get you!

        Finally, let us keep in mind that this homogeneous and compliant “workforce” did not drop out of the sky; it is the result of years of intricate internal spying and shadowing which led to systematic weeding out of any and all members who showed the slightest affinity to fairness, justice, democracy, legality, consensus, tolerance, etc. We all know where all the individuals so weeded out are and/or what happened to them.

        So, dear friends, let’s not waste our time hoping (and waiting for) change to come from any “level” of PFDJ hodgepodge — for doing so would be tantamount to expecting manna to fall from heaven for dinner! Let us instead think of ways which can enable us to organize ourselves in the diaspora and to help our indigenous forces back home to organize themselves. So help us God!

        Thank you.

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Yohannes,

          It has been long sabbatical; welcome back, and we need you to stay. Indeed, the point you articulated is a proving hurdle on the way of converging moves coming to a crossroad where decision can evolve for a common platform. Hoping for change to come from inside a mature and consummate dictatorship is the same as self inflicted malaise that curtails efforts towards establishing a proactive national movement favorable to effect change.

          As you, and others, aptly stated, the Isayas dictatorship does not differ from similar dictatorships else. Their end came when the queen bee is effectively dealt with. Get her out, and the swarm will disperse and depopulate the hive. Knock our the despot at the center, the constellation will dissipate. It happened with the Shah of Iran, as it did with others like Saddam Hussein. Was there more entrenched, well funded and experienced elaborate spy and power base network than SAVAK and the Mukhabarat, respectively?

          • Yohannes Zerai

            My dear Ismailo,

            Thank you for the welcome and for you trademark niceties!

            I should have responded to your comment much earlier, and I am sorry that I was unable to do so. As you may probably have guessed, I have been trying to squeeze in a comment or two every now-and-then in between my inflexible and gripping work assignments. Because of this “strategy” of coping up with the time constraint I have to operate under, I had to be selective in responding to some commenters fairly quickly for obvious reasons. But, frankly, I did not feel that bad with my decision ‘to save you for last’, so to speak, and I am sure you know why!!

            You have raised an interesting and important issue in your first comment addressed to me. I subsequently noted a couple of other comments you addressed to others, but which dealt with stuff of concern to me and on which I would have liked to express an opinion. But, I still intend to do so (particularly with the contents of your first comment) at my earliest convenience.

            Please accept my apologies for the externally-imposed delay in getting back to you, and I hope you will understand.

            Cheers

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Yohannes,

            Oh! You don’t have to apologize. It’s an expression of your humility and civility that made you do so. We all suffer from time constraints, which compel us not to do everything we like to do. Moreover, it is not possible to respond to every response comment. It is simply understandable to make priorities. On my part, I aspire to have you in this forum because I know what you are capable of contributing. Many of us here learn much and aspire contributors like you give broader perspective to what I scribble and post.

          • Yohannes Zerai

            Oh, thank you so much, Ismailo; that is very nice of you! I remain deeply appreciative of your kindness.

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Selam iSem
        My friend, I’m afraid your emotions are taking the better of you; you seem to have no clue of the things you are discussing. PFDJ has its own MO, you can’t appraise it using known tools of evaluating organizations. But, since I’m PFDJ, I’m not going to give you the secret.

  • said

    Greetings,
    It Is very sad, I never seeing once MS write about Eritrean suffering from Asmara regime in Eritrea or in languishing and forgotten in refugee comp . AS ultimate PFDJ supporters, He has been very quiet and never give voice to voiceless ,contrary he is a megaphone and the big mouth of PFDJ. what happened to our people is of his concern , as they are living under heelish circumstances of injustice, oppression, nightmare and horror , as they experiences day in day out .MS has no moral and compassion for them , his priority is upside down .No Virtue of ethics posits that his morality is just based consequentialism or deontological principle. MS is not honest writer and nor does he reflected about Eritrean people at large , his writing and observation is false narrative and conniving and deceiving and far from truth, it means nothing to MS, the suffering of our people no matter who you point it out to him , MS is devoid of truer and genuine understanding, the injustice our people suffering from his compatriot evil doer PFDJ , nothing to him , he is totally indifferent , all ugly ,hazardous and horrendous consequences of an action taking by his boss NUS, the horror man and nightmare of Eritrea and his beloved cohort criminal and affiliate pf PFDJ, is not of an important part for MS , For MS , PFDJ are good and are defending Eritrea , his article and HIS WRITING ,does not reflects on the moral character of justices . MS his Humanity is being lost long time ago , he is not moral being, which means he have NO hardwired sense of justice.MS is not free thinker . NO empathy and No altruism for fellow Eritrean constitute an integral part of comprehensive high morality. MS As Eritrean AS consummate and ultimate defender of PFDJ supporters YES, he simply devoid of human beings compassion ,he is not merely tabula rasa; like most of us our mindsets are structured by our social environment. MS true fallower and blind solder EPLF/PFDJ and he can never change his upbringing by his master NUS ,he have no value for life and Eritrean human culture and he care less about good Eritrean traditional values , he encompasses non of it , which make him truly immoral being and defender of PFDJ t all the time by any means justifiable . His believe and morality is based on set of ideology and manifesto values of PFDJ , which is Mafioso set of mind ,MS have NO love of his suffering people, his truer love is PFDJ first and utmost and everything else have to come beneath it , MS has no compassion and empathy for down-rotten Eritrean, he is the man of no integrity and fake and immoral intelligence and no matter how good he writes , he have no clear social cohesion. And is not based in the principle and fountainhead of compassion and love worth-emulating;? His total neglect for justices and zero compassion and genuine caring for the downtrodden Eritrean is non starter and MS does not sincerely wishes for the justice Eritrean to prevail ,unless is guided by no inclusive PDJF gang , he is not seeking freedom and permanent deliverance and wellbeing of Eritrean .meaning maintain the statuesque.

    Eritrean internal issue is Eritrean concern and politics of the other to justify who ever the other is being used very often . No one need to remind us of what catastrophe war boarder means with extreme severity and cruelty and what it means to young Eritrean combatants and civilians alike to Eritrean spicily more so and Ethiopian It is a truism that we cannot learn the lessons of history unless we know what actually happened. Most of the fact is well known. Everything is self-explanatory, and these are truisms. Giving the situation Ethiopian population and huge army and powerful fire arm of Ethiopian soldiers who claim to belong to a great country that is proud of its past civilization! What Ethiopian wanted, Africa great and powerful nation, which was again for second plundered a small nation, was nothing other than to destroy Eritrean at its infancy , and had Ethiopian sworn enemy lead by former friend of IA ,the late PM Melase to do it slowly , step by step and systematically, with fire power and overpower , with destruction and burning down of small Towns and Villages, and no less than with the extermination and massacre of Eritrean.

    How on earth do Ethiopian think that war of boarder is a necessary evil when ELPF and TPLF know the reality is that wars are implemented for the special interests of those in power IA and PM Malase and never for common sense or valid purpose? The Boarder on both side was fueled by mass-propaganda, lies and twisted reasoning. The Boarder War is proof that those who are decision makers IA in his cohort and Malase and his war monger were in insane human beings.
    Young minds are obviously easy to deceive .No young Eritrean or Ethiopian man or woman who thinks they are strong has a any chance against bullets, bombs. All young people who think they duty and high purpose serve some kind special patriotic purpose are so programmed and indoctrinated and forced to combat , sadly that they have no idea and clue of what real life on earth is all about.
    we know PM Malase died at early age and this being fact of life ,IA in his last leg understands that his life is terminal and soon he will perish due to old age or by whatever means will gone ? IA and his old men partner in war and crime and who wield power over Eritrean population .IA and his minion are very cruel literally insane as human being , who have no conscience , no respect and value for life and are incapable of reasonable and no sound minds and no compassion heart . Eritrea youth for very long time are merely pawns in the game of life for PFDJ.
    With short period PFDJ top brass they will die sooner or later ? Death is a reality but dying with Legacy ,honor true service to human being this short life span is what will remain.
    Wrong and false patriotism is a man-made system and is not based upon loving human being the others as brothers and sisters, Eritrean and Ethiopian boarder war was based upon a selfish two man-made arbitrary system that is destroying lives and property.
    Let Ethiopian Speak for themselves condemn the war .As Eritrean We should condemn IA and his top EPLF war mongers and blind officials and incompetent generals who created this horrendous blood bath after independence and crime before . The boarder war with Eritrean neighbouring countries most stupidest, most tragic and catastrophic of all recent modern wars. Boarder conflict that was totally avoidable. Contrary to PFDJ war propaganda that still clouds and corrupts our historical view. IA his cohort PFDJ were petrified of being crushed by Ethiopian ? power. Melasa And IA kept stirring the pot. Few at the time understood the impending horrors of boarder war. In short time IA driven by a lust for power turned Eritrea it into one the world’s most murderous state.
    We need much more foundational change, starting with placing a higher value on people’s well-being and the well-being of all Eritrean children for many generation to come . when Eritrean are united and act together, where we live in Eritrea or in diaspora , we can support each other and build power. We can start to put idea and forward-thinking leaders, but we can do much more to effect deep change. We can resist, reimagine the world we want, restore it, and build resilience.

    what is being all along of EPLF and it fromer sister TPLF in the high days of late 1980th and 90th , they actually entails, that as any young man and women they underwent, perhaps endured suffering and is better, a profound life-altering experience, similarly todays Sawa training Camp, during which everything they , embraced, they stood for, and held sacred, was brutally and methodically they being destroyed, but for MS still believe still valid , MS with the resultant void filled with the no values, no virtues, and no abilities appropriate to the role they were about to assume.
    The EPLF and TPLF builds men and women of blind obedient Stalin communist style , it is said, albeit of a specific sort total obedience . This young men and women sadly and to late and many have died ,remaining they have realized that much of their physical, emotional, psychological, and ethical conversion and conditioning process is intended to create effective instruments of death for IA and destruction, killing machines who will do the bidding of top military of PFDJ sick leaders without hesitation or question. Against their will or with and in time some falling out have realized that spicily designed and brainwashed young Eritrean in training focuses on building an intense fraternity and camaraderie with others comrade have started leaving in droves , leaving the country they were to die for . Anyone who has experienced the insanity of the battlefield understands that when the hits the fan, they kill and sacrifice not for country, but for the comrade man or woman at their side.
    Many have realized that and many others who claim the title the right to EPLF / PFDJ , this young Eritrean have had selflessness, dedication, and patriotism were badly exploited; after independence they were asked, better compelled, to make sacrifices fighting in wars that were ill-conceived, unnecessary, unjust, and immoral.MS can write in very twisted way They have realized that as a EPLF/PFDJ, they were fighting not for freedom.
    in any case, the boarder issue – a claim we hear so often, even when Eritrea had being aggressed . But MS that all neighbouring countries were aggressor, invader, and occupier fighting untenable survival situation of kill or be killed for Eritrea was issue.
    In time most of EPLF have realized that by living according to the Shabia manifestos and ethos, they have become murderer for party and system of IA creation , a realization some of them that has caused them profound guilt, shame, and moral distress. Moral injury have made recovery from war more difficult, if not impossible, and death by one’s own hand, a viable alternative to living in war’s aftermath. When you make and create killers, send them to war to kill and to be destroyed is another thing.MS is defender of regime war monger at any cost rightly or wrongly
    Except MS and his like . In time most of EPLF /PFDJ will embrace the reality of the experience; acknowledge the entire process as a charade, a deception, and as a tool of those who profit from Eritrea people and hard work efforts, and Eritrean sacrifices, their blood, and their lives. Hopefully PFDJ/ EPLF top leaders acknowledge and accept responsibility and culpability for what they have done and what they have become, is not actable to Eritrean people .

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Selam Seeiday
      I love you brother, but I hate the way you address issues. You hate what I say, you find what I say unbearable, you think I’m that dangerous, then don’t overkill it. oner sentence that condemns me and orders my punishment that I should be put to death by burning is suffice. Take it easy and relax. We are talking politics. This is not nay deqi gezawti xeweta kuOuso.

      • said

        Salamat Br. MS
        It is NOT About you as person. it about your political idea and your view about Eritrean current politics .And how you see change should come .My deep concern is our people first and foremost .Their suffering is very obvious to you no doubt , Brother Burhan reflected as did I to you and his quotation .May Allah guide you to see the Suffering of Our People.

        • Mahmud Saleh

          Ahlan said
          I have already replied to you. I’m not so kind to pretentious people. Go back and read your monotonous and filthy comment. What do you get by cramming your comment with insults?
          Brother, do not worry. No matter how much you read about me, I am sure you do not know me. Better to stop it there. I hate hypocrates. Who are you to lecture me about my people? No, take it back, and leave me alone.

          • said

            Selam MS
            I never claimed to be any body in any way or shape .nor i have any intention to lecture you about Eritrea, as you are WELL versioned politician. I do not expect any good to come from you and I do not expect you to change an iota from your political view and you are not some one to reminded of injustices , it helps if and read Br Buran comment and It bears reminding that most people of conscience do not enter into activism because it’s fun or glamorous. They don’t do it because they are saintly or because they will win either. They do it because they care , they have deep compassion and they not are forced to. Unlike you . Because of the endless litany of PFDJ injustices meted out to them or those they love and they care about . Because they are deeply conscious of what matters deeply their people . And because they have literal skin in their nation well being. i agree , i do not know,You are what you are . My stand is always very clear and I stand with our suffering people. There no Hypocrisy in this. Your absolute dictatorship rule by decree, is inherently lacking in transparency and independent systems of accountability along with whatever ineffective facades of apparent popular representations – You continues to beat around the bush with misguiding glazing slogans; shy of addressing and getting to the core of Eritrea’s enduring predicaments.
            As regular readers know they me well for over 10 years, I hold most regime supporter Eritreans be it Muslim and Christians or theist in very low regard and, in my view, justifiably so. They have come to represent the antithesis of the main two faith of good news Gospel message and Muslim, they are best defined by lowest kind of human , hatred of others, hypocrisy, lies and greed and much more . Thus, it is a pleasant surprise to find some Muslim and Christians support for PFDJ regime (sadly, most you will ignore the message, defiantly MS , you will suppress the common good in favor of an immoral agenda Of IA.) Time have come and you must choose, it should be clearly plain to you that this one man’s dictator beliefs AND PFDJ regime are not aligned with our people .

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan said
            ኣንታ ሓውና፡ i can’t underdtand you, sorry.

  • Blink

    Dear all
    The small issue runner are here again bombarding the forum advancing one person who is known for her sheer defense of weyane . Here defense weyane put her in a perfect place to be seen as their princess by these known guys , bu why do they try to advance such while the article is totally about Eritrean issue ? Yes weyane are guilty for every crime committed in Ethiopia and Eritrea and all of them are in Mekele hotel prison yet here are these people who have been consistently against the wave of the public interest in Ethiopia and also in Eritrea . One thing is clear , they are not interested to forward a solution but to stay relevant to what weyane bidding is leading . A complex guy is accusing MS complexity while he as a addis disco dancer ( he openly said that ) and also he called for Debrestion to take power in Addis , I can bring the exact quote and date if he deny it. Here he is accusing MS for bringing a forward solution to Eritrean issue .

    A complex person can’t really blame an open person with integrity, how does he think people can’t remember what he said ?

    • iSem

      Hi Blink:
      I agree, let send her name to Asmara and when she is in Addis going to Mekele, arrest her, kidnap her and throw here in Ela-Ero. Abiye will not mind

      • Blink

        Dear isem
        You think you are witty and smart but that’s not how I feel about you , now you are trying and I think you managed to get some mm opening but if Abi has to read your jab , he will be disappointed, I missed that shewa guy witty and racist jokes , sometimes . For me she is not Eritrean so no need to take here there .

        • iSem

          Hi Blink:
          I do not think I am witty and smart. I know I am. And if u deny me that I could careless, it is typical, if u guys do not like some one u stripe them of their citizenship. So am ok if u say am not smart, cus you cannot strip that away. U are powerless to do so

          • Blink

            Dear isem
            We all are expressing our views about people and also about Eritrean politics, it is a personal choice to view someone the way you like by reading to their comments . If someone spend 100% of his time caring about weyane and Tigrians and never advance Eritrean issue , I think you also will paint them as not Eritreans . You get what you see and that is what I intend to do with everyone.

    • Paulos

      ለኽባጥ,

      ሃለውለው ኣይትበል!

      Calling someone complex is a complement. ድሁል!

      • Blink

        Hi
        I think you improved from using filthy words .Do you remember the words you used to say to people ? I have them saved if your in case denying and deceit culture is kicking .

      • iSem

        Hi Paul:
        It is your fault, you cannot use words that have shades of meaning with Blink
        He was looking for sophisticated:-)
        Blink how is that for wit

        • Gerogee

          Dear isom

          I like your loyalty, always defending the #2admirer Of Woyane. The #1 spot belongs to Hayat. Sorry Paulos. Come to think of it, ISEM, if you are the cheerleader off Paulos what would that make you then?….himmmm… ouch…it hurt to think about it.
          ..

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Selam Paulosay
        Wow! ሕርቃን እምበኣር ትኽእሎ ኢኻ? እሞ ዘይንሕርኸኻ ደኣ…ከምዚኣ ባዕ ኢልካ ርኤካ ኣይፈልጥን…ሰላም መዓልቲ።

  • Paulos

    Selam Muhamuday and Hayata,

    There is a sense of aesthetic beauty in both of you not only the Eastern Yin and Yang or the Greek Apollonian and Dionysian is subtly depicted but also the Pop Culture as well when the catchy platitudes, “Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus” come to mind. If I have to push the contrast a bit further, one is reminded of the brilliant stage play “Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolfe” by Edward Albee where the characters George and Martha sustain the institution of marriage through a perpetual destructive discourse as they argue without any repose to the fascination of the audience as we the Forumers are in love with these “couple” of ours.

    Muhamuday is a complex person. What makes him complex is not only the theme of his arguments but because he is a true believer as well where his strong convictions spring up from his firm belief that Eritrea is better off under the current regime as opposed to any alternative. The complexity however, can only be unraveled through the sheer brilliance of “his other half” Hayata. No one else can!

    Hayata, for a valid reason is constantly gravitated towards him when Muhamuday goes off the rail attacking TPLF and she comes back swinging as she put it, “to unpack the untruth” where Muhamuday’s posse see her as TPLF apologist. Hayata’s strength is however not her solid arguments but time is on her side as well.

    The indictment against TPLF is stacking up and they are standing for a trial both in Eritrean and Ethiopian courts where the jury is public opinion. The simulation takes us to the 1957 Sydney Lumet’s great film titled, “12 Angry Men” where 12 jury members are confined to a room to deliver a verdict on a Latino young man who is charged with murder. The jury are all White men where the plot is on the hills of America in the 50s when racism was at its highest. The jury coming to the room with a preconceived judgment and prejudice almost all agree to deliver a guilty verdict without due attention to the details of the alleged crime. One man [Henry Fonda] stands out to disagree with the verdict when he was determined to unravel the truth nothing but the truth when he fights the 11 jury members until all chang their verdict by sticking to the facts on the ground. That person is the brave Hayata when she dismantles the hip of lies after lies laced with preconceived intense hate.

    • Desbele

      Selam Paul,
      Thanks for reminding. I watched “12 Angry Men” movie at USIC(US Information Center) in Asmara in the earyly 90’s. Your analogy is superb.
      This is before Shaebia ዘጸረ ኩሉ ሰናይ weaken that center by severely limiting its educational activities.

      • Paulos

        Selam Desbele,

        Glad you like it. As you know, the movie is entirely shot in one room. That was the genius of Sidney Lumet including his other highly acclaimed movies with unique style as in “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Serpico” where Al-Pacino is in both of them. Thanks again.

        • Lamek

          ጳውሎስ፣ኣንታ’ያኒ።ፍሊም ዲኻ ክትርኢ ትሓድር፣ ዳሐር ካኣስ ነቲ ቦሎቲካ ነቲ ስኒስ ነቲ ፍሊም እሞ ኻኣ ሓንቲ ጥፍኣ ገለመለ ማዓስ ተርክበሉ። ቤተሰብ መሓዙት ኣለዉኻዶ፣

          • Paulos

            Lamek,

            We all share something in common, that is, we all live in a day that has 24 hours in it. The only difference is our priorities, interests and preferences where we allocate them with in the said time frame. Dig?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Lemak,

            He is with varieties of knowledge that he can debate in any imaginable subject with full grasp at them. No surprise at all. Good to have him in this forum. He is an asset for future Eritrea. I wish to know him in person.

  • iSem

    Hi All: I am enjoying Hayat’s and Mahmuday’ s debate. But Hayat is wrong. Mahmuday is right. Do not be shocked because before cousin Hope stole my awate name, it used to be Truth. So today, I will the Truth, nothing else but the Truth, so Help me Maryam Dedebit.
    Hayat is wrong and Mahmuday is right because he makes the following strong point to destroy Hayat’s TPLF inspired debate
    The G-15 was sent to prison because TPLF, the mafia in our region occupied Badme, the journalists, some of whom like Joshua and Abba Are were freedom fighter, they liberated Badmed and when TPLF occupied Badmed instead of condemning TPLF they wrote about human right and languages so it was right to put them in prions, not only your average run of the mill prison, but Ela-Ero, state of the art prison
    The 800 Eritrean mostly young men and women who told UN about their suffering are liars because how date they talk about rape and torture while Badme is under TPLF. Spoiled brats!!
    The opposition, yes the opposition our vanguard government , the opposition that does exist are arguing among themselves while TPLF refused to abide by the Algeris agreement.
    Not only this, PFDJ must be included in the dialogue for its vision, for its prophecy. Remember the Maihabar incident, how dare they, the disabled fighters demand better leaving condition while TPLF occupied Badmed in 1994 and our dear leader IA predicted that TPLF will not abide by the final and binding Algeris agreement. Spoiled brats, want lamb meet every Sunday.

  • Kaleb

    Hi Mahmud Saleh,
    You said “The third weakness of your article is that you seem to cling onto the idea that PFDJ must go. I believe the “inclusiveness” you inserted is meant to be understood as “inclusiveness” of ideas and factions within the opposition camp. That makes you one out of many who have made blunders in a bid to eradicate or dismantle the PFDJ. I think the boldest statement should be one that recognizes the PFDJ as an important national front. The new approach should be bold enough to announce that we can’t live forever by excluding one another.”

    Reading your article and the comments given by readers. I see two distinctions:-
    1. Dismantle PFDJ
    2. Include PFDJ as part of the transition

    I have no doubt that change will come either thru social unrest or coup. The next question becomes what does dismantle mean and what does inclusiveness include? What/where is the limit of dismantle and what is the limit of inclusiveness?
    In my opinion there are five important things that we need to be clear to answer the above two questions. We have to remember that the country has to be safe from outside threats.
    1. The military
    2. The executive office (including the ministers and ambassadors)
    3. The judiciary
    4. Intelligence apparatus
    5. Transition body

    There could be other important organs but these are vital to discuss post PFDJ.
    1. The military
    I would say the military has to stay as is for a year or two until the transition period is done, after that you can make adjustment on higher ranking officers as needed. You can change the Major General immediately if needed.
    2. The executive office
    It should be dismantled 100%
    3. Intelligence apparatus
    It should stay as is for a year or two until the transition period is successfully done. New generation (outside PFDJ) has to own the intelligence apparatus, two years transition is enough the new generation to take-over the responsibility. During the transition the transition body has to be part of the decision making of any intelligence threat.
    4. The judiciary
    The mid and lower level can stay until the transition is done, however the top level has to be dismantled.
    5. Transition body
    • It should act as executive office with some limitation.
    • The transition body has to be from new generation (outside PFDJ or that era generation with few exception if needed).
    • The transition body has to lead and make decision about the transition, the only part PFDJ has to play is handover the transition peacefully.
    • Create a roadmap which includes building institutions in short period of time.

    Should justice be served?
    There are two scenarios here:
    1. If the transition happens by the will of PFDJ then I think punishing PFDJ officials can be pardoned.
    2. If the transition happens due to social movement and social unrest or coup then justice has to be served.

    Regardless of how “change” comes, inclusiveness of PFDJ has be defined so that everyone is clear what it means. It should be based on the merit of the institution during the transition.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Kaleb,

      Correction: it is not to dismantle PFDJ. It is to dismantle the “system” they are living in or to dismantle the “apparatus of oppression.” To dismantle PFDJ and to dismantle the PFDJ system are two different things. We are calling for latter. We have to be careful in quoting.

      • Kaleb

        Thank you, Amanuel. I have corrected it.

      • Peace!

        Hi Emma,

        እታ DISMANTLE ከመኣ ኢላ እያ ዘላ after long and brutal 18+ years it hasn’t even moved an inch. Why not jus take facts on the ground and try to come up with realistic proposals. It is unfortunate that It is all coming down into ዕዳጋ ክምዝደለኻዮ ኣይኮነን ክምዝጸነሓካ እዩ. Why not just focus on comparing what we have on hand, so far:

        1-MS has put forward a practical proposal
        2-Assenna Announced (unknown) organized armed group is operating inside the country (potential civil war)

        Peace!

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Merhaba Peace,

          By the way let me reverse the question back to you: How is realistic to negotiate with a bloody tyrant? Are you by the way for justice to the victims of the tyrant? What is justice for them in your view? Second if you are not for dismantling the “apparatus of oppression”, it means in other word, you sound that you condone it to remain in place. Guys these days it is either with the victim or with victimizer. There is no middle road. People are dying in prison without justice. Ah! the despot and his enablers are laughing at us. Actually they are winning without any fight.

          Regards

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,
            Not endorsing anything rather I was interested to hear your counter proposal given the word dismantle, without laying out specific objects to achieve it, sounds pretty much a slogan. We all are victims, and at the same time, we should also be concerned that things could go out of control and turn uglier. If you have a proposal that offers justice to the victims and helps create a good atmosphere for building a democratic Eritrea, I am for it.

            Peace!

          • Saleh Johar

            Peace,
            The last few weeks, the Sudanese military council doesn’t want to hand over power to the people using the argument of who takes care of security? Some sellout “ulema” (Ulemaa al salateen–religious people who are in service of the power of the day ) are also selling the same argument to their captive congregations. Jut to think about.

          • Peace!

            Hi Saleh,

            Got it, thank you.

            Peace!

        • Hope

          Selamat Peace:
          I love your peaceful but sarcastic approach.
          Here is the bitter truth:
          They have to follow and execute the Wey-Ane’s Propaganda Manual and Agenda.
          Prove me wrong about how the Eri Pseudo-Opposition has been functioning and still functions.
          What the Trio and their followers have been doing here is the same,gross and OBVIOUS:
          How to confuse and how to propagate and execute the toxic TPLF Agenda.
          The guy U are debating with was/is a WeyAne hand-picked EDA /Bayto Rep in N America.
          Go and figure it out.
          Hint:
          -TPLF and its mercenaries petitioned and set up for the ;
          -Sanctions
          -Economic, Political and Diplomatic sabotages against Eritrea
          -Advocated for and Executed the No War No PEACE Policy
          -Advocated for Religion, Region and Tribe based Political division of Eritreans in the name of oppressed Eri Minorities including the Secession of our Afars and Kunamas through the SELECTED Eri Social Groups–the DMLEK and the RSADO….
          -They openly advocated for an Invasion of Eritrea in the name of WEEDING out the PFDJ Gov by all means possible…
          So:
          Why are you surprised if the same mercenaries and cadres advocate for an Open Civil War between Eritreans?

          • Peace!

            My Man Hope,

            ክተጀርሰና ኢኻ 🙂 Well, what we have learned so far is that change will not come from outside, and hopefully, that lesson may help people to come to their real sense and join the mass.

            Peace!

          • Saleh Johar

            Peace,
            Correct the “WE” please 🙂 That is because there are many of us who always believed the diaspora is a catalyst and a voice for the voiceless, but does not have the power to effect change single handed. It’s the basics that most have believed in. However, there are elements who scream that notion to distract and underestimate the struggle of the diaspora.

          • Peace!

            Hi Saleh,

            እንታይ ድዩ ዘብክየና ዘሎ there are too many WEs for a tiny nation (not in a sense of geography).

            The Dismatle/Weed
            The reform
            The armed group
            The Democratic movement
            The change from within
            The Nesu Nihna Nihna Nisu
            The peaceful struggle….

            I was referring to those who believe sustainable change will only come from within, off course the diaspora is an integral part of it.

            Peace!

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Peace,
            You think they believe in what they say? Even if they do, their main goal is to demoralize the struggling Eritreans in order to give the PFDJ a break. At best, it is a partisan attempt to weaken those they perceive stand on their way of controlling minds.

            By the way, your list can be drastically shortened: pro-PFDj and anti-PFDJ. The rest is just definitions and details. It boils down to the two categories.
            Cheers

    • Blink

      Dear kaleb
      There is a 100% chance PFDJ can’t be easily pushed if Issias is removed from within PFDJ , if PFDJ is removed by coup the same fate , if PFDJ is removed by public uprising, I think who control the military organization is the one who lead the way .

      There is no outside threat except weyane and their goons who do their bidding and I guess your point about the intelligence apparatus is the best way to go .security apparatuses take time to build and so do military. It is not easy to build a military from scratch if you dismissed all top guys at once , it can lead to anarchy. Eritrean change is a delicate issue to follow.

      By the way all Assena military group for revolution thing is a complete lie the some people played Amanuel . He will find out soon .

      • iSem

        Blink:
        When I read ur first sentence: “There is a 100% chance PFDJ can’t be easily pushed if Issias is removed from within PFDJ , if PFDJ is removed by coup the same fate” I thought you heeded my advice to write when u have something to offer and I was giddy. But soon I was disappointed, u slipped to your Blinkness self. Here is why
        1. You called the opposition goons who do their bidding.Probably u called EPLF that to during the Dergi era but then linked arms with them. And after IA is gone and if peace comes to Eri, you will link arms with the new government, good or bad, it matters to his or her Blinkness
        2. No coup destroys national Military. But Eritrea’s military has been destroyed by IA that is why no coup was attempted. But he has the Abiye military to protect him and select, elite, well fed, well paid goons to protct him
        3. Security, must be dismantled , kaleb’s otherwise good points except this one. Security app. like PFDJ serves IA not the country, it is not your typical national security, it is the afagn type,the kidnapping kind, the wives who spy on their husbands, the citizens who spy on their fellow citizens and friends by sending list of names to Asmara. So, NO, NO. That is why the Sudanese are protesting to dismantle the security of Bashir

        You cheap dig on A. Eyasu is just that, Cheap. He is an activist and journalist in one.
        I agree he has been mislead. I do not believe the new either

        • Blink

          Dear isem
          Even if the military is destroyed by Issias you know it is the only military the country have and we deal with what we have .

          To build Security apparatuses takes time and the new transitional government needs to maintain some kind of peace if not the transitional government will lose steam by other players and that is why I said they need to stay as the time required unless I did not say they have to continue for ever , so your understanding looks different.

          Issias can simply even die now and don’t think the diaspora will come and take power , we need to be realistic about the facts on the ground . If the military organization sees everyone from diaspora as a suspect it will be a very dangerous game to play with the way you and your friends have been saying . We don’t have institutional integrity to transfer power from a complete dictator to civilians and if you think the generals are simply idiots who doesn’t care about their safety, you are mistaken. Not a single person from outside can get the power without the support of the military even though it is a debilitated one .

          Remember there are different kind of opposition in the Eritrean diaspora politics and the once I call goons are known from their mouth , they have history and I can quote their 28 years history from the time they were in Congo and also from the time they were in Iraq and also in dedebit .

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Blink and iSem,
            I am interjecting between you trusting you do not mind. Everything you say to each other is your right except when it becomes tasteless and disrupts smooth discussion. I suggest you continue the way you like but stop stripping people from their Eritreaness or Ethiopianess, or any other nationality, and that should be counted against them. It’s just primitive and not enlightened at all. If someone says they have this or that nationality, it is how you should deal with them. If you have different conclusions, they are yours alone and don’t try to sell it here with no substantiation is futile and borders on racism.

            If you follow this suggestion, I would enjoy your debates more. I am sure many are turned off when the discussion goes racist and is full of hyperbole.

            One more thing: how is that Hayat, despite the repeated assault and witch hunt about her identity, she never losses here dignity or becomes disrespectful? You can hate her views but this is where everyone is allowed to express their opinion within the bounds of the posting regulation. Ganging up and going personal is a sign of a weak argument. I hope all abide by that.

          • Blink

            Dear SG
            Correct, I shouldn’t have said anything about citizenship thing , I am sorry . I could have come with better words, like describing the views expressed by the individual.

          • iSem

            Hi Saleh
            of course I do not min you interjecting. And you are correct about Hayat,never looses her cool
            Hyperbole?, there is no hyperbole from me, I describe PFDJ the way they are.

      • Hope

        Ahlen Gen Blink:
        “I guess your point about the intelligence apparatus is the best way to go .security apparatuses take time to build and so do military. It is not easy to build a military from scratch if you dismissed all top guys at once , it can lead to anarchy. Eritrean change is a delicate issue to follow”.
        Bingo!
        That is where the INCULSIVENESS thing makes a sense.

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Dear Kaleb
      Very informative, thank you. I was expecting such a mature input from some mature people in the forum. I hope they won’t be too mean not to grace us with such educational inputs.
      Regards.

    • Hope

      Selam Kaleb:
      A short but sweet and to the point summary.
      I think you should do it with some ref from recent and past experience, as your Articulation alone/itself is more than enough to expound it..
      Ex:
      The Ethiopian exp Vs the N African style,specially the Tunisian experience, which neither of them sound easy or applicable in the Eritrean case as there is NO conducive environment for either experience, for obvious reasons. But hey,we got to take risks…as NOTHING is for FREE in life.
      I wish you could expound it to an Article.
      After all,that is what happens in most case scenarios. Ours cannot be different either.
      ALL or NONE principle,usually is NOT,realsitic,practical,safe or sustainable or achievable; rather, it is or could be a dangerous approach with dangerous outcome/precedence.
      Funny that those, who advocate for a WEEDOUT Approach, for the most part, are those….fill in the blank.
      Here is the dilemma:
      In order to achieve Inclusiveness and/or Reform, as Prof Ghebre G/M of the EPDP/VA Tech Univ said it,we have only two options:
      Either:
      1)We have to be a very Strong, Independent and Formidable Opposition to counter-balance the regime in Power, which we have failed but seems to be hopeful if the ENOUGH Movement gets better organized and coordinated and the Eritreans own it EXCLUSIVELY, due to some legit fears and concerns
      OR
      2)Go EXTREME and approach through a Surgical Approach but by and through Eritreans

  • Brhan

    Selam Alikum Mahmud,

    I have to say that your marathon style writing and comments are heard by all but by PF(JD)s. One reason is they seem to be implementing the Arabic proverb Al Kelamu Ma Qala Wa Dala. They won’t listen as they have made up their minds and you know it from bottom of your heart. So why talk and talk to a deaf ear?
    So it is either black or white and there is no grey area.
    Sitting in grey area won’t be only a waste of time and effort but a situation that you will regret by saying I should have joined to those who for example who said “release mourners of Haji Musa who are languishing in prisons without trials and if you are not aware they include school children under 14 years old ”

    May Allah guide you to see the suffering of our people.

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Selam Brhan
      Wo Aliekum asselam
      Allahuma Ameen.

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Selam All

    While writing this article, I understood that I wood get stiff resistance and push back. I understand the polarity in Eritrean politics. Believe it or not, I pictured how the feedback tabulation would look like. So, no surprise there. Also no surprise at how participants are restraining themselves in voicing their opinions. I must thank you for that.
    However, you are not getting to the crux of the article. Let’s assume I’m PFDJ, we should not waste time on that. I think you would respect my opinion as much as you would like your opinions respected.
    I would like you to give me your feedback on:
    1. Let’s see PFDJ calls for some sort of national consultation, would you see it favorably?
    2. Let’s say, there were a sudden implosion of the state, do you have an rganization or a party that you believe would fill in the vacuum?
    3. Let’s say PIA called on Amanuel Hidrat (take any party or figure of your choice) and gives them a preparatory period of 6 months and he goes to his Adi-Halo camp, minding his carpentry hobby. At the end of the campaigning period and election is held. Who do you think would be declared?
    4. The current state of our opposition is that they are accusing each other. A couple of days ago, SGJ republished the “froggy” article to mock the “London Conference” (it sounds big), as he calls such activities as “Ngdet” or pilgrimage. We saw Negash Osman bashed for stepping up to lead the ENCDC. Sometime in the past, we saw how the “Frankfurt Conference’ was negatively characterized. We know there is the “Y’Akle’ voices and we know the widening gap between it and the old-timers.
    I bring this to tell you that all responsible persons should really think deeply and responsibly about the stances they make. Do not bury your heads in the sand. The opposition has been hijacked time and again by elements who have no business to talk about thew interest of Eritrea to the degree that Hayat Adem has become its spokesperson (if you would, insert a smiling emoji).
    5. That’s why I focused on preparing the ground before talking about democracy in Eritrea. I don’t hold any personal grudges against the Ambassador. However, politics and people can’t be separated. And as long as we are talking politics, we will be talking about people’s statements and their positions.

    • Haile S.

      Selam Mahmud and all,
      The responses and everything you said reminds me of the ‘whack the mole arcade game’. Everybody puts his coin (input) to wack who ever immerges. As Paul put it below, the interminable ቆየቛ and ክርፍስ are debilitating.
      On your number one question, YES, provided PFDJ shows the genuineness of its call by unconditionally releasing the political prisoners and takes other confidence building measures that it should well know. When you are genuine people will never say no.

      • mokie berhe

        Salam Haile S. Indeed, prisoner release, at least those <18 years of age and those imprisoned simply on the basis of political association, should serve as the litmus test of the PFDJ's sincerity to genuinely engage in any form of national consultation/dialogue.

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Haile S.,
        I am afraid we are discussing a situation where reasonable chances exist. There is no either/or condition out there. The man who owns the regime it is absolutist. Like any despot anywhere, for him power is neither negotiable nor share-able. So, such a person should be forced out of power. Isayas can not be an exception to a pattern – just like Bashier and Saddam Hussein. In my view, he will have to be removed; he will not negotiate an exit.

        • Haile S.

          Selam Ismail,
          You too! you got contaminated by your comrade in arms 🙂 🙂 🙂 .I remember reading you say negotiation in neutral land some months ago. Anyway since the resultant is a fundamental change, I agree with what you said.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Haile S.
            I would be dishonest if I would tell you there is one among us without “contaminants” of one kind or another. We are constallation of stakeholders in a state of diversity – politically and on many levels. To put it in a nutshell, we are product of our history.
            Realization of this very fact is half way of solving our problems. That is why I advocate moderation and dialogue in my modest way. For I believe finding the mean of an equilibrium is the requirement of civility. Thus, contamination by social or political persuasion is natural; but what is unnatural is failure to de-contaminate differences peacefully through dialogue at a platform in no man’s land, figuratively though.

        • mokie berhe

          Salam Ismail AA. I agree with you that substantive change is highly unlikely in so long as PIA is in charge. It is simply too late in the game to expect otherwise; the inner circle is now on survival mode and why wouldn’t they be. It is not like that have a well thought out retirement plan. However, where I differ from most here, is that I believe positive change will most likely come from within the middle ranks of the PFDJ, with the lead assistance of a few early dissenting more senior ranking members. And, a relatively large number of neutralized senior ex-PFDJ members, will play a pivotal role in the process, in terms of keeping control of the general situation and deterring acts of retaliation and retribution.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam mokie berhe,

            Your thought are reasonable. I agree with what you stated about the centrality of the vital forces inside the country for change. No one should be vetoed for his/her persuasion or political background affiliation. The limit is grave offense and committing crimes. Perpetrators of suffering to citizens be they individuals or groups should not walk away just because they supported changes and jumped on the bandwagon.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Mahmuday,

      In this reply, as always, I will not indulge to a “long Hateta” like yours. I know, if did (a) my message will be lost inadvertently with in the unforced errors of contradictory statements (b) by avoiding that I will spare my time from defending my contradictory remark, as it always happened with you (look how Hayat picks your contradictions in your article). Now back to my point:

      First and foremost tyrants do not know dialogue and do not engage for peace and justice. They can not live in peace. They live in wars and inciting wars. Issayas and his enablers know it very well. They know if they detour in their discourse, it will turn against them. Mahmuday, you have to wake up from this unrealistic dreams that one day the despot will change his mind.

      Second, regarding the democratic transition, I have written my opinion in an article format few years ago and check my archive. This time, our young who become the victims of the tyrant and who are organized in “civic movement” and advocating for justice, could facilitate the transition akin to that of the Tunisian democratic transitional process.

      Regards

      • Mahmud Saleh

        MarHaba dear Emma,
        First, Hayat is not a STANDARD of honesty for some of us, and there is no contradiction in my statements. Second, regarding my “Hatetas”, I do strive to attain the degree of coherence you display, my friend. I never said I’m better. However, I must tell you that many readers like them. I get feedbacks.
        Now, t the main point, these are real scenarios Emma. I was expecting your feedback, but always you run for cover. Would you beat PIA, or do you have anyone ready for that? If not will you work to create a favorable condition where leaders are born…meaning , now that your 20-year strategies (aka Wayanay march towards power) have now been proven to be disastrous, will you consider a more realistic strategy, one that puts the Eritrean people in the driver seat?
        Lastly, stay away from making moralistic pronouncements. It is cheap. We are discussing possibilities, here. I see you saying “victims…victims…” since yesterday. Victims need solution, and solutions don’t come by empty pronouncements. You have to have a right strategy, my friend. And a right strategy is one that is practicable.
        Is that too long, ot too contradictory?

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Merhaba Mahmuday,

          This time your argument, whether I agree or disagree, is with in the context of the issue at hand. Keep it that way. Back to your your questions:

          First on Hayat: whether she is honesty or not to you, she picked and pin point your contradictions on your article/appeal to the Ambassador. If you want rebut to your contradictions.

          Second, on your “long Hateta”: I never accuse you of saying you are better. I don’t know why you brought this kind of statement. What I always say to you is, to cut this long winding argument full of contradictions that on side you want to look defending the victims at the same time congratulating their tormentors. In other words clear your ambivalence stick one position one way or the other.

          Third, on your expectation of my feedback to your own take: Mahmuday Arkey, I thought my “argument” is also a “feedback” to a friend of mine Mahmuday. I really felt it that way and I mean it. My argument tells you that you have wrong perceptions on tyrants – that kills and suffocate their subject. Hence our despot will never change his position. So my advise to you was to dissociate from the premises you hold on that our despot will wake up on his right side and will do the right thing. The fate of the man is the same like all tyrants.

          Fourth, on wether I will beat the tyrant: I am not a competitor against a tyrant. I am only an advocate for justice and rule of law like many others in this forum. No more no less of it. Is there any other Eritrean who could do it where the tyrant has a complete control of the situation? No Mahmuday. It is because of it that the despot has to removed to create a peaceful competitive political atmosphere. Say with me: The tyrant must go.

          Fifth, make you primary issue to be the victims that includes children who are languishing in the foxholes of the despot’s prison cells. Without moral self-authority we can not fight for the freedom of his victims that includes your comrades.

          Sixth, I don’t live on the promises that change comes with the leadership of PFDJ, because they are inherently against meaningful change,

          Last but not least, please do not bring TPLF when we are debating for solving our demostic problems. If you indulge to do that, we lose our focus on what we intend to do.

          Regard

    • Hayat Adem

      Ah Mahmuday,
      I will tell you one story since I like telling stories. There were two people (let’s name them A and B) getting back home after a tiresome week long mission. They were hungry and struggling with their last drops of energy to make it home which was three hours far. That is how much they need to keep on walking to get rest and food. A was worried a bit they might collapse before reaching home unless they eat something to get them going for a while. B thought they could get there in one piece if they stayed tough and endure for a few hours and keep going.
      A proposed, “my friend, I see a house a couple of kms to our right. Let’s detour and ask them for help to give us something to eat, and that will re-energize us and then we can cover the rest distance and be homing faster.”
      B replied, “I disagree. What if they ‘NO’ to our request?”
      A: “Well, let them say it. Are we eating anything now? What are you afraid of losing?”
      Seriously, I don’t understand, what people are really afraid of losing with kicking out PFDJ! There will not be a worse situation for Eritreans than the current one even if an alien force comes to help us transition to the next period as a care taker.
      People have very short memories. What were the ideal aspirations when people supported the struggle for liberation and freedom? You may settle down for 75%, 50% or even 25% of what was aspired at the start but it won’t be sensible to feel okay when none of it is there after all the, sacrifices are paid, and the dusts and smokes of the armed struggle winded.
      HOWEVER, what kind of society is expected to welcome not just a zero gain but a negative situation on the net balance compared to the starting period of the struggle? What is Mahmuday afraid for us of risking? What do we have to lose except the chains, like Marx would speak of the workers’ risking the status quo?
      PFDJ would never change its colors or characters. Still, it is preoccupied on kidnapping refugees. It has not any vision higher than beating the TPLF to death. It has no priority than kidnapping or killing its political opponents. Is that the brightest accomplishment we have to expect of PFDJ? Are we being advised to be careful of not spoiling such a future by challenging PFDJ?
      YiAkil Mahmuday!

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Ahlan Hayat
        PIA said “Game over” to Wayane. Their game of placing a perpetual headlock on Eritrea is OVER. Now, Wayane swings back by way of Hayat saying “y’Akl’.
        “What is y’Akl” Halafay megedi asks. Hayat replies, “game over”
        Halafay megedi says “Why do you guys copy us”
        Hayat says….
        Dear Hayat, it has never been about PFDJ, but about a terrible track record of the parties that are jostling for attention. PFdj has no choice but to make changes.

    • Alex

      Hi Mahuday,
      Thanks for your well thought article. Personally I don’t see any positive thing coming from fragmented opposition in diaspora except the yakil group that may push the Gov to institute rule of law. Change only will come from inside the country and the leadership should come from the people who defended the country in the last 20 years not from people from diaspora.

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Alex,

        Allow to interject if l may. It has become a riddle why some of us tend to be victims of culture of fear of the unknown – ካብ ዘይትፈልጦ መላኽ ትፈልጦ ሰይጣን initiative shattering mindset. Why do we presuppose break down of order once the current regime disappear. How do you thinh the regime will execute rule of law when you know the regime does not have rule of law on books? I do not know why you and regime loyalists create non-existing dichotomy between the diapora and inside the homeland justice and freedom seeker. Moreover, it is dubious why they feel less fear from the inside segment of the forces of change than the diaspora one. The only risk to post Isayas dictatorship powsible disorder would be caused by the fraction of the people who benefited from loyalty to the regime if they would try to protect the advantages they illegally amassed at the expense victims but challengeable under the law.

        • Gerogee

          Dear IAA

          Off the top I’m convinced based on what I read from you don’t care for the idea of Eritrea. For you everything is about removing the current leader. Nothing that I read from your post would suggest that you’re a patriot Eritrean. On the other hand, there is a lot of evidence suggests your love affair with Woyane. You are observed cheering, agreeing, being buddy-buddy with a known Woyane worshippers. You also are observed making zero effort when a known dishonest individuals here on this website tarnish eritrea’s good name. For a person who has learned at least from your command of English more is expected from you. I’m inclined to believe the ultimate wish it’s not a free Eritrea, but Eritrea under your beloved Woyane. Anybody who says the number one enemy of Eritrea is Eritrean government, by default is Woyane.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Gerogee, (strange nick for an Eritrean),
            I “don’t care for the idea of Eritrea”!!!. I love you for not concealing your emotion. But do not add to that anger.

        • Mahmud Saleh

          Dear Ustaz Ismail AA, it is not a MIRAGE, or as you put it, “…why some of us tend to be victims of culture of fear of the unknown – ካብ ዘይትፈልጦ መላኽ ትፈልጦ ሰይጣን initiative shattering mindset. Why do we presuppose break down of order once the current regime disappear.” We experienced it, it is not irrational fear. We saw some opposition factions fighting along side an invading enemy; we saw some of them organized along religious, regional and ethnic and putting the nation in danger; we saw some taking orders from the “Northern Command” of Ethiopian army, coordinating intelligence with it, we saw some promoting alien ideologies (Wayanay or Islamic…); we saw all the above. Should not we be apprehensive?

          • Ismail AA

            Ahlen Ustaz Mahmoud,

            It’s is not fantasy or mirage; it’s state of mindset assimilated to a level of cultural wisdom. It is a state minded founded on oppression and exploitation of rulers. There is resignation to lesser evil in oder to avoid bigger burden. By the way, among some of social and cultural milieu there are lots of such adages. ‘ዝበረቀ ጸሓይና ዝነገሰ ንጉስና’ is one which is an entrenched attitude of not questioning hierarchy once imposed. The wisdom is since there is nothing they can do, better to fatalistcally succumb to it.

            Now, back to your rejoinder. I will still react wondering why we have to stubbornly clinge to events that might have involved fringe elements many years back, promote them to levels of cliches and use them as benchmarks for rationalizing our views on what might happen down the road in the future. Why do not we have faith in the awareness of the mainstream of our population rather than chaining ourselves by fixations such Woyanes did this ; Woyanes will do the same or worse. Is this not a fixation in fear of the unknown mind set and using it as rational to salvage an irredeemable regime?.This should be shattered by reliance op having faith in the wisdom and awareness of our people. The secret of safe post regime future will depend on how the elites shall behave. If they will be swayed by egoism and get divided, the people will too will be divided on divisive fault lines. It they shoulder responsibility and close ranks, the people will follow in their foot steps.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan Ustaz Ismail AA

            Awelen, Ramadan Kerim.
            Thanyen, I think we need to avoid utterances that may look stereotypical. You know that allegations such as ‘ዝበረቀ ጸሓይና ዝነገሰ ንጉስና’ are loaded with nuances cultural and political messages. Thalsen, you know very well that the reason that your efforts through the years did not bear fruits because your camp misread Eritrean mindset.
            Let me make it short: there have been real and tangible threats against the nation of Eritrea in the past 20 years. Some of us read the threat as they were, some of us misread them and have tried to convince the other side that they were hallucinating, that there were no foreign threats, that the invading army of TPLF-Ethiopia was in fact a liberating army, that the occupying army was in fact a friendly army, that piggybacking the occupying army was not akin to attacking Eritrea, etc, etc. There were NGO foot soldiers who spread throughout the world to convince the international community and its patron, the USA, that Eritrea was a regional threat and must be dealt with; that it should not get development assistance; that it should die away in the cold, etc, etc. And the majority of Eritreans have been watching all these. They were pressured to a breaking point, militarily, economically and psychologically. And our opposition lots did not muster even to defend their message and internal affairs. They were treated by TPLF bosses as an extension of TPLF-led Ethiopia in weakening Eritrea.
            According your psycho-social analysis, the above are all “It is a state of mind founded on oppression and exploitation of rulers. This is about resignation to lesser evil in oder to avoid bigger burden. By the way, among some of our social and cultural milieu there are lots of such adages. ‘ዝበረቀ ጸሓይና ዝነገሰ ንጉስና’ is one which is an entrenched attitude of not questioning hierarchy once imposed.”
            To the majority of Eritreans, they are not. They have good reason to be suspicion of wanna-be emancipators.

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Selam Alex
        I think Eritreans are now have the chance to debate domestic issues, and they are debating. But we should never let forces that have bled the nation for the last 20 years rewrite our history. Definitely, change is badly needed, and it is inevitable. But I also firmly believe, like you do, it should be domestically driven. There is a chance for PFDJ to lead the change, if not, Eritreans will sweep it away. But I believe there is a good chance that PFDJ reads the situation better than the ever-fragment opposition. So far, the opposition continues to misread the situation; misread Eritreans’ priorities; misread Eritreans’ apprehension towards it.

        • Mez

          Dear MS,

          Good thoughts of yours.

          But:
          1) All citizens are equal under the law (diaspora, or no-diaspora),

          2) what will be the bench mark, to help peoples feel and know, if the pfdj is reforming itself or not? That as a function of time.
          3) what could be the probable reason that pfdj is not revising/reversing any of its domestic and regional (state-of-war) policies in a visible way?
          4) whom is the pfdj waiting for, before it induces reform in the country? That for how long?

          Thanks

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Dear Mez
            Those are great questions and need some time if someone will try to give them adequate answers.
            1. I concur, what I mean is that people who are close to the field of theatre are more eligible to give the complex questions we are discussing better answers…experience, objectivity, proximity are important in tackling such issues.
            2. I understand, I put 2019 as the year in which we should be able to see signs of change, or at least, signs that the government is keen to focusing on domestic issues.
            3. I believe you know there is pressure growing from within and we have to acknowledge and appreciate that. I believe it is just a matter of time…Ethiopia’s commitment to respect Eritrea’s sovereignty and particularly TPLF will dictate the pace…f(x)=TPLF’s readiness to comply with the above…
            4. You can get it from the above mentioned points.
            Regards.

          • Mez

            Hi MS,

            I don’t like your #1. It is a violation of basic citizenship rights and privileges.

            You can’t simply overrun like that. Think about it.

            Thanks

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam Mez
            Just to elaborate: plz understand I’m discussing it from an angle of practicality. No question that all citizens have equal right. In ideal situation this would not be difficult; the ballot box would solve it.

          • Hayat Adem

            Dear Mahmuday,
            Your explanation to Mez is so deceptive. You create a bad situation and try to take advantage of it. It is like the story of a teenager who murdered his parents and brought to court to answer for his crime. The boy pleaded guilty as charged. Then he appealed to the judge for a lighter sentence in consideration of his orphanage.
            Your PFDJ kicked out or jailed every opposition, every descenting voice, every prominent personality in Eritrea. Your PFDJ officially declared monopoly and exclusiveness of power over Eritrea and Eritreans. PFDJ clearly and loudly told us “you can go to the moon if you want to do politics as Eritreans.” After saying, crating and effecting all such conditions, now you came to make that very condition your main point of justification and say this: “Just to elaborate: plz understand I’m discussing it from an angle of practicality. No question that all citizens have equal right. In ideal situation this would not be difficult; the ballot box would solve it.”
            Who was responsible to create and set that ideal situation of ballot box? Who failed to do that? And can you at least remember here and now what IA said about this ballot box that may not come in 4 decades when asked about it by Khan of AJ?

            WHAT MADE YOU THINK YOU CAN CONVINCE ANYONE THAT THE VERY POWER WHO CREATED AN IMPOSSIBLE POLITICAL SITUATION FOR A BALLOT BOX EXERCISE IN ERITRES IS WELL POSITIONED TO LEAD AND RUN NATIONAL AFFAIRS EVEN IN THE NEW SETTING BEING PROPOSED JUST BECAUSE OF REASONS RELATED TO PRACTICALITIES???

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam Hayat
            Thanks for the reply.
            1. I would not set out to patronize Mez. I think he is among the few careful and independent people in this forum. I see him using scientific tools to inquire and investigate before giving his short-but-well formed opinions.
            2. I wrote, ” plz understand I’m discussing it from an angle of practicality. No question that all citizens have equal right. In ideal an situation, this would not be difficult; the ballot box would solve it.” I was responding to his questions as to whether Eritreans inside and outside should have equal role in resolving the current situation.
            The rest f your rejoinder, unfortunately, is full of wayanay qolo-TTQo.
            Haha…I’m trying to be nice to you since you are my guest in discussing my article (BIG JOKE:)

  • Ayneta

    Dear Mahmuday:
    The old saying goes: don’t write when you are angry. Your anger has taken the best of you, and it is definitely reflected in your writing. Unfortunately, your anger didn’t emanate from the need to tell the truth but from the need to defend the indefensible-PFDJ. The tactic you employed to attack the ambassador is one typed by PFDJ: Try to beat them where it hurts most. It is ironical that you blamed the ambassador for contributing to the making of the tyranny and yet you defend the tyranny in another paragraph. How do you marry these two diverging ideas in your mind?

    Worst part of your writing is when you accused the ambassador essentially of being a TPLF stooge. This is mind blowing. You know no shame sir! It is Issaias Afwerki (IA) who is singlehandedly making decisions on behalf of Eritrea which may have far reaching consequences in ways that rise suspension. IA has been the sole decider on behalf of Eritrea since the Ethio-Eritrea rapprochement materialized. This didn’t bother you an inch, but you fell on the ambassador like bunch of bricks for questioning such reckless maneuvers of IA. You accused him tacit silence, yet when me makes a noise, you dud him a TPLF butt. I am just curious: what would you feel if tomorrow Issaias declares TPLF are our allies? Would you still echo the sentiment that you have now against TPLF? I doubt you will.

    It is next to surprising that you talk of PFDJ as the brainchild or the contemporary version of EPLF. No sir, you are terribly wrong. EPLF is the property of ex-tegadelti and the entire Eritrea people. For reminders, the ‘’P’’ in EPLF stands for people. PFDJ’s ‘’P’’ stands for ‘personal’. PFDJ is the brainchild of issaias Afwerki. Please stop trying to confound the two. EPLF was a done deal long time ago when IA imprisoned your colleagues (G15) and stunningly turned the Front to one man show .

    Lastly, I invite you to listen to the new, timely and deep song by Temesghen Yard, titled ‘Akranat’. Hope that will help you bring to reality and tap on your consciousness.

    • iSem

      Hi Ayneta:
      I note that MS has ignored your challenge, a sign that your challenge so potent.
      Thank for the song, I listned to it and I am glad that Temsghen did not sing brave it tsegem yelen akranatey;-)

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear Mahmuday,
    You brought up what you thought were three mistakes (contradictions) in Haile’s article. But you ended up contradicting yourself one after the other. Your last two sentences are very telling about how you’re becoming messed up more and more with every comment you have been posting. “I think the boldest statement should be one that recognizes the PFDJ as an important national front. The new approach should be bold enough to announce that we can’t live forever by excluding one another.”
    In the first sentence, you wanted PFDJ to be included in any future plan of Eritrea. This coming from you was not surprising because it is this kind thinking you are advancing these days. In fact, now you are saying it much more boldly when you have already told us there was a time you threw only one of your legs into the opposition territory while leaving the other in the PFDJ. This was like flying half-mast in the opposition pole (semi opposition) and preaching everyone that PFDJ was workable with a change of certain circumstances, you were a typical display of the Stockdale Paradox. I am sure as a soldier, you are aware of Stockdale’s story. In Eritrean case, those who hope for the inevitably earned change would survive it better than who hope the PFDJ would change when external situations change. At least here, you are telling us you are PFDJ and you envisage Eritrea with a PFDJ still continuing to play a leadership role. The second line “The new approach should be bold enough to announce that we can’t live forever by excluding one another” pulled out from your article is funny but in its hypocritical sense. This is how: PFDJ has excluded everyone else from the political of Eritrea to date. The opposition has never been allowed to access the political space and resources in Eritrea to date. You are not criticizing, or calling or even encouraging PFDJ who has monopolized everything including the household affairs of Eritreans to become inclusive to accommodate those who were pushed and remained out. You didn’t. But you have no shame calling others who don’t assume any public office or control any power to become bold to include those who monopolized power. You are asking those who are out in the cold to care for those who are inside and chasing everyone out. That is pathetic. On crimes, you always look outward and criticize the TPLF. I must quote you at length to show how facts and logic are falling through your fingers.
    You said: “I suggest you should have blamed the TPLF for failing to grasp the situation and take a strategic decision to solve its problems with Eritrea based on the agreements its leader and the former PM of Ethiopia had signed in regard to the settlement of the border conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia. You should have called a spade a spade. Instead, you chose to politicize things by insinuating that the peace rapprochement between Eritrea and Ethiopia wasn’t institutionalized, that it was a ‘peace’ between the leaders of the two countries, that it was meant to hurt the people of Tigray, etc. I feel that coming from you was indeed irresponsible.” End of quote.
    If it was about starting the war, there is no patriotic exit except that admitting the fact that IA started it and Meles finished it. That is all there is. There should never been any confusion about break of the war. A third party (The Commission) has passed verdict on it. You cannot cherry pick what you like from the decisions. If you have to adhere to the decisions of commissions set up according to the APA, then you have it clearly and boldly. Eritrea started the war and committed an aggression. You don’t say what only you want and expect others to buy it as a reality. It can only be your reality if you don’t back it up. So, Haile has many gaps but not blaming TPLF for starting the war is not one of them. You can blame Meles for stopping the war if you want. IA was begging global powers to force Ethiopia to stop the war. There were many hardlinesrs in Ethiopia who wanted to continue the war after they rescieve intelligence reports that IA was almost packing up to climb the Nakfa mountains. Meles, sensing the more killings or out of international pressure, come to declare “the war is over”. for starting the war is not one of them. You can blame Meles for stopping the war if you want. IA was begging global powers to force Ethiopia to stop the war. There were many hardliners in Ethiopia who wanted to continue the war after they receive intelligence reports that IA was almost packing up to climb the Nakfa mountains. Meles, sensing the senselessness of more killings after he captured the disputed lands and more, or out of international pressure, came to declare “the war is over”. So, none is irresponsibleness in Haile’s part in that regard. You defended the bad professor Asawerom the other day for his irresponsible agitation of animosity between the two peoples. If you were a man of integrity, you wouldn’t support such venom and come against this man over nothing.
    Hayat

    • mokie berhe

      Salam Hayet Adem. I am now completely convinced that you are paid by PIA to discredit the opposition by making it appear totally in cahoots with the TPLF. There is simply no other logical explanation for the constant TPLF gobbledygook that you foment. I have also noticed that unless you have dissociative identity disorder, that more than one person is drafting your comments, as writing style and quality seem to greatly deviate. Are there perhaps a group of people that share time alternating in preparing comments and responses?

      What Eritrean would clamour the following statements that you just made?

      -If it was about starting the war, there is no patriotic exit except that admitting the fact that IA started it and Meles finished it-
      -You can blame Meles for stopping the war if you want-
      – IA was begging global powers to force Ethiopia to stop the war-
      -There were many hardliners in Ethiopia who wanted to continue the war after they receive intelligence reports that IA was almost packing up to climb the Nakfa mountains-
      -Meles, sensing the senselessness of more killings after he captured the disputed lands and more, or out of international pressure, came to declare “the war is over”-

      • Hayat Adem

        Dear Mockie,
        Me working for IA for a pay? How did you figure that out? You are so genius! I have never been insulted this hard. I will never touch the person who is hard hit by a political leprosy with a 100m long stick. What have I done to you?

        So you care so much for the Eritrean opposition so much so that you don’t want them to be fooled by people like me who are on IA’s payroll, right? Is that why you called the Eritrean opposition lowlifes and treacherous the other day? Come on man, whisper it to my ears: are for the opposition or for IA?
        And one more thing: am I becoming too many for you to count me one? Okay, but you only brought language proficiency variation as an evidence, right? But that only explains skill variation, not identity disassociation, which is all about splitting or deviating personalities. Such personalities manifest in thought contradictions or basic thought deviations. You don’t see such stuff in me. But I see them in you. That is how you came to call the opposition lowlifes and treacherous while accusing me of a an IA planted paid agent to hurt the opposition at the same time.

        • mokie berhe

          Salam Hayat. What absolutely amazes me, is how a TPLF spokeswomen, can be so popular amidst bona fide Eritreans. As of today you have made 3,045 comments with 4,328 up-votes. I have analysed your last 200 up-votes to get an idea of who your supporters are. Your top supporters by percentage of up-votes are: Kokhob Selam (25%), Paulos (15%), Amanuel Hidrat (14%), Fanti Ghana (12%), Ismail AA (8%) Desbele (7%), Hameed Al-Arabi (5%), and Safaee Michael Biniem (4%). The remaining percentage is made-up of other infrequent up-tickers. It is simply incredible that so many bona fide Eritreans could support a person that constantly promotes, defends and protects the TPLF. I am still scratching my head trying to figure out why there is no trust amongst Eritrean opposition.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam mokie berhe,

            I do not imagine there isn’t one among us here in this forum who can resist being charmed by Hayat Adem. You may like or dislike her views. But one who gives value to strength of character, style, command of language, skill in transmitting point of view, and above all courage and wit, cannot but enjoys her debates with admiration. I have had robust debate with her in the past; but she always left me liking her with respect.

          • mokie berhe

            Hi Ismail AA. Thanks for your reply which is taken in good stride. I will reserve further comment.

          • Paulos

            Mokie,

            If you have been scratching your head everytime the one and only Hayata gets up-votes, one can only imagine the damage on your fingers and your head as well. Counting up-votes? Man, you need to get a life! Really!

          • mokie berhe

            Salam Paulos. Thanks for your comment. Truly noble it is for you to always to be the first to defend Hayat Adem. I am sure that he/she holds you in equally high esteem for he/she is like your brother or sister from another mother.

          • Nitricc

            Hey Mokie; what you have breaking it down is interesting. First, the women or man; we don’t know? is not an Eritrean but a Tigryan who was implanted under Eritrean lowland female to screw the few haters against the people and government of Eritrea. This is the truth. I have followed this fake Eritrean person and her or his posts are 100% about Tigray and TPLF well being and nothing to do with Eritrea. So, the people who up votes her, they must have some form of alliance with TPLF and deep in side they are nothing but TPLF and Tigray. I challenge you to provide me with one article that was written about Eritrea by this loser. his or her article 100% TPLF.

          • mokie berhe

            Salam Niticc. There is no question that the person is a Tigryan (TPLF) implant and I am convinced that there is more than one person communicating thru the same pen name. They probably take shifts monitoring the desk.

          • Hayat Adem

            Mockie,
            No need to be amazed, Mockie, not at all. I will help you see across your blinders. Just be open-minded to consider few sensible ideas you may have never contemplated before.
            1) Upvotes: If you continued to include my earlier comments, you would find friends like Mahmuday also upvoting me. If you were to read all comments to my feeds, you would find some of the guys you brought here with tagged percentages also opposing and debating my views many times on certain issues.
            2) Spokesperson: Does it occur to you that there could be many people who would disagree with your claim that I am a TPLF spokesperson? Does it occur to you that those whom you called “bona fide” Eritreans can have a different impression about me from yours? Does it occur to you that it looks so uncool when a grown up person like you spends time in attaching tags to Eritreans as “bona fide” and otherwise (“bogus”)?
            3) Litmus Test: Earlier, you were pressing someone as to why he admired Paulos who never criticized TPLF for once. So, that means, one has to pass that litmus test of criticizing TPLF in order to become relevant in Eritrean affairs. Is that really how your processor functions? You have to reorder your thinking faculties to their proper functional lineup first, my friend. If TPLF and PFDJ were both equally bad and equally criminal parties, it is the latter that is ten times more lethal and dangerous force against Eritrean safety and the wellness of Eritreans. That means, you, as an Eritrean, should be more preoccupied with PFDJ than with TPLF. That is of course, if you yourself are not PFDJ.
            4) TPLF vs PFDJ: If you are interested to compare the level of criminality or worthiness of the two Fronts objectively, it is so easy to do that. You only have to answer these two questions as honestly and objectively as possible: a) which one is worse: what TPLF has done to Eritreans or what PFDJ has done to Tigreans; b) which one is better: what the TPLF has accomplished and achieved in Tigray/Ethiopia for Tigreans/Ethiopians; or what PFDJ has accomplished and achieved in Eritrea for Eritreans? Do that journey and come back to us with your findings.
            5) Bonus point: if you are so much obsessed with TPLF so much so that you are totally focused on measuring the worth of every one of us here depending on how much and how frequent we are ready to criticize TPLF, don’t you think you are the one who deserves to be called the spokesperson of the anti-TPLF? That would automatically be contrary to any urgent Eritrean agenda. The Eritrean agenda must focus on what is at the center of an Eritrean essence and existence; on what is a vitality to Eritrean existence and emergence; on what is current, strategic and forward looking. Cursing TPLF is not one of these. For that matter, even taking inventory of PFDJ past crimes is useful only when doing so is believed to contribute to the overall safety and prosperity of Eritreans. What kind of role are you assuming for yourself, Mockie?
            Hayat

          • mokie berhe

            Salam Hayat Adem. Over 90% of your up-votes come from nine individuals for whom I have never seen any criticize the TPLF for its past or present wrongful actions.

          • Hayat Adem

            Mockie,
            You are not following. Mayne these great folks arw seeing what you are not. Not everyone thinks the number 1 duty and urgency to do as an Eritrean at this time is criticizing TPLF’s past or present actions. Just remember: it is not abnormal for citizens to think of different priorities. Just like almost no Tigrean is obsessed with the past crimes of PFDJ. You don’t hear Tigreans discussing the Ayder school bombardment, Or deportation Tigreans or the 1998 aggression done on their back or the things we usually say against them in contempt… they note the past, they are living the present, and they think of the future. We can learn from them.
            And look at yourself: what do you stand for?: you accused Hayat of being a paid agent of IA with 100% certainity: you accuse Hayat of being a spokesperson of TPLF. You are totally conflicted and divided and your prism is through the dividing bar.

          • Nitricc

            Just like almost no Tigrean is obsessed with the past crimes of PFDJ. You don’t hear Tigreans discussing the Ayder school bombardment, Or deportation Tigreans or the 1998 aggression done on their back or the things we usually say against them in contempt… they note the past, they are living the present, and they think of the future. We can learn from them.

            Really? But you forgot to mention about EPLF blocking the road to Sudan and died ” 100000 Tigryans” I mean do you know what shame mean? The war was ignited by TPLF thugs for two reasons. the main reason was to eradicate Eritreans from the face of the earth, simply to break Eritreans spinal cord and the other is to bring all Ethiopia’s weaponry in to Tigray. Why do you think 95% of Ethiopian fighter jets, battle helicopters and the entire Ethiopian Air force is moved to Mekele. The truth is, the former jet pilots requested to go back to Ethiopia and resume their service and PMAA told them there are no fighter jets in Debrezit and they have to wait till further notice. You TPLF thugs not only damaged Eritrea but you killed the rest of Ethiopia all together. But what must go up, must come down and you will pay.

          • Blink

            Dear Mokie
            The one and only reason is because she doesn’t have anything to say about Eritrea.Her Number one aim is bash Eritrean history while protecting weyane even at the hight of their luyu police busy work of killing innocent people all over Ethiopia .Remeber also one of her trustees in this forum openly bragged about his dance skills in Addis disco with a young Tigrian.

      • Hope

        Hi Mockie:

        “What Eritrean would clamour the following statements that you just made?”

        Let me try:

        1)-“If it was about starting the war, there is no patriotic exit except that admitting the fact that IA started it and Meles finished it”:

        It was the TPLF/PMMZ, that provoked IA to the last minute, including the Adi Murug Incident besides the nonstop harassment of our EDF and Peasants at the border, by the TPLF ,which HA et al never want to mention to confuses their Audience….

        The Abay Tigrai Map,old new threats by Gen Siyye et al threatening us by saying: “…the last war we will have is in the North”.

        2)-You can blame Meles for stopping the war if you want-”

        It was PMMZ,who did his best to capture Aseb after he failed over-running Aseb but ONLY to lose miserably.

        The day light Ghinbar Aseb carnage in 128 Degree Farhenait and Egri MaEkel Ti-Meskir!

        Let Gen Siyye,who was air-lifted from Burrie front to save his life testify

        Let the Senior Israeli Commander, who was injured by our EDF Mortar testify the day light carnage..—

        3)- IA was begging global powers to force Ethiopia to stop the war-

        It was PMMZ,who begged the CIA to keep the EDF away from the border after witnessing the EDF being READY to counter-punch…after FULLY re-organizing itself.

        4)”There were many hardliners in Ethiopia who wanted to continue the war after they receive intelligence reports that IA was almost packing up to climb the Nakfa mountains-

        The same hardliners were running away from Aseb front and crying like baby—-

        5)-Meles, sensing the senselessness of more killings after he captured the disputed lands and more, or out of international pressure, came to declare “the war is over”.

        He ONLY said so after he failed miserably…at Aseb and Central Fronts

        Meles, sensing the senselessness of more killings after he captured the disputed lands and more, or out of international pressure, came to declare “the war is over”-
        PMZZ should NOT have declared the war thru his fake and mercenary Parliament and he should have agreed to cessation of hsotilities if he was an honest Statesman.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Hayat,
      Enjoy your skill and exercising it, regardless. The diction and style compensate the reader for whatever she/he might have missed.

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Selam dear Hayat Adem
      A typical straw man arguments. There are no contradictions in my statements, I am calling upon all Eritreans to think carefully, to change the old mindset and ready themselves for serious dialogue. I never said the government was saint.
      I understand why you got mad Hayat, it is because I criticized the ambassador for not criticizing TPLF for dragging its feet in accepting the “unconditionality” of the government of Ethiopia acceptance of the Algiers agreement and the EEBC border verdict. Mokie Berhe has highlighted it in detail, so i”m not going to spend time on the content of your comment. However, I thank you for coming to jot down your feeling. I want you to feel warm and happy. If that would mean that you get a kick from what you thought was a gotcha moment, it is OK with me.

      On the war, I will let it go, We spent too much time to prove who scored what…but since you brought professor Asmerom into this discussion from nowhere, you must answer the question that you dodged last week. He was discussing real rape cases and it was proven in a court of arbitration, meaning he had admissible evidences.
      Here are what the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission ruled:
      “236. In the Eritrean Central Front and Western Front Partial Awards, respectively, the commission found Ethiopia liable for “failure to take effective measures to prevent rape of women by its soldiers during the occupation of Senafe Town” and ” failure to take effective measures to prevent the rape of women in the towns of Barentu and Teseney.”
      Regards.

      • Hayat Adem

        Mahmuday,
        I didn’t want us to discuss this rape history. I want save the future in stead of reliving the past. There is no bad history shared between the two peoples that can outweigh the good past. But I do beleive the future is what we have and we don’t to distroy it. Memories must be purposive and contextual. The end goal must not be about stirring bad emotions, like what you and that bad professor are trying to do.
        But since you are not letting this rape story settle, I will try to give you one good example and leave readers and you hopefully to rethink the situation. How better and fruitful would it have been if we could focus and care more about living crimes than those passed over. For example, you have the G15 and Ciham languishing in jails as we speak. We could shout more for those if we can save some of their lives. There are active practices of rape going on in Sawa and many parts of Eritrea as we speak. If we can talk about those, we might bring it into the attention of the decision makers and public visibility and spare the next generation from such abuses. But you are obsessed and asked me repeatedly to address the rape as if the bad professor was speaking your mind. You even dag EECC’s files trying to support that bad professor’s statements. So, you successfully pulled me in and I will be usung the same document to show how your thinking is sufferring from confirmity, selectivity and duality.

        EECC’s general statements regarding rape crimes claimed by both Eritrea and Ethiopia:

        Here, there is one thing the EECC distinguised that we Eritreans and Ethiopians should be proud of. We must be proud of the good culture of the two sides, compared to what other soldiers elsewhere are reported to have committed. Well, at least, The commission showed some gratification of rape and other practices were not deployed as instruments of war.

        On page 321, number 74 of the document you quoted, it says like this: “Despite the great suffering inflicted upon Eritrean and Ethiopian civilians alike in the course of this armed conflict, the Commission is gratified that there was no suggestion, much less evidence, that either Ethiopia or Eritrea used rape, forced pregnancy or other sexual violence as an instrument of war.”

        The Commission clearly stated that it is not only Eritrea that accused Ethiopian soldiers of rape incidences but Ethiopia did accuse Eritrean soldiers of committing such crimes as well. Remember this was a massive war where 100s of soldiers were mobilized for the theater. Rape incidents in such a heavy military mobilization and presence is unavoidable. Had it not been the fact that both armies not known were known for their high disciplines, such crimes would have gone so wild and horrible. Although there were such incidences of rape, the Commission had to say that both sides confirmed that practices of rape were not applied as a strategy of war even in the Western Front areas. You have this quote from page 322 and number 74 again: “Neither side alleged strategically systematic sexual violence against civilians in the course of the armed conflict in the Western Front areas”

        Was it only the Eritrean side that was complaining of rape crimes by the Ethiopian soldiers?” No. You have this statement from the Commission (Ibid): “Each side did, however, allege some degree of rape of its women civilians by the other’s soldiers.”

        The Commission was persuaded by both Ethiopia and Eritrea that rape in both cultures happens in secrecy and there would never be eye witnesses or the victims would never be forthcoming. In that sense, the Commission was not requiring a robust evidence on the claims. For example, on the Western Front you Mahmuday was referring, 27 rape cases were filed by Eritrea. Regarding the quality of the evidence, the Commission had to say this (page 322, number 81: “Of the 27 declarations (out of the total of 191 witness declarations submitted by Eritrea with its Memorial), none was from a rape victim and only two were from eyewitnesses to rape or attempted rape.”

        However, based on the sensitivity and secrecy of such rape crime situation considerations, the Commission found Ethiopia guilty of the rape crimes reported in the following statement of decision: “The Commission is satisfied that there is clear and convincing evidence of several incidents of rape of Eritrean civilian women by Ethiopian soldiers in Barentu and Teseney, which evidence has gone unrebutted by Ethiopia. The Commission finds that Ethiopia failed to impose effective measures on its troops, as required by international humanitarian law, to prevent rape of civilian women in Barentu and Teseney.”

        What about Ethiopia’s accusation of rapes by the Ethiopian army? Ethiopia reported 34 cases of rapes committed by the Eritrean army in the IROB-Saho front. The Commission had to say this about this claim; “Ethiopia presented detailed and cumulative evidence of several rapes by Eritrean soldiers of Ethiopian civilian women in Irob Wereda, in particular in Endalgeda Kebele.” You have all the report here: http://legal.un.org/riaa/cases/vol_XXVI/155-194.pdf page 184, number 83.

        And what did the Eritrean government responded to this accusation, and most importantly, what did the same Commission say about this claim of rape by Eritrean soldiers? “The Commission finds this specific evidence, with cumulative general declarations about unreported, opportunistic rape by Eritrean soldiers, sufficient to support an Ethiopian prima facie case. Eritrea effectively left this case unrebutted.”

        Let’s see what decision was given by the Commission on the claim tabled by Ethiopia regarding the rape crimes it accused Eritrean soldiers of committing it. Almost similar to the one it passed for Eritrea: “Accordingly, the Commission finds Eritrea liable for failure to take effective measures to prevent rape by its soldiers of Ethiopian civilian women during Eritrea’s invasion and occupation of Irob Wereda.” (Number 84)

        Now, I gave you all this, Mahmuday. Do me a favor and go to the nearest mirror and face the figure you see in there. Challenege this person: are you a dishonest person? Do you apply skewed parameters for similar actions to draw fake desired conclusions? Do you have a habit of telling half-truths to intentionally bias Eritreans in favor of the criminal PFDJ? Do you support hate-spewing and venom spraying evil scholars serving the criminal in chief of Adi Hallo?

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Hayat,

          Unfortunately, women are victims of rape in wars. It might differ in its magnitude, but it happened in all wars that are waged. It is the war that must be condemned and not the effect of wars. Wars bring all kind of inhumane acts including rape. By the way, I haven’t read those reports by the commission. I will go through those pages you indicated. Thank you for bringing it up.

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selamat Hayata and Mahmuday,

          Here is a video regarding Prof. Asmerom’s allegations while strengthening the statement on page 171 of the Claims Report you posted. As you will see in the video this individual participated in the gathering of evidences for the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, and politically motivated or not, he appears to be credible and his reasoning is sound.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUYquhhcC7M

          • Hayat Adem

            Fanti and Mahmuday,
            Wow! What a gift. What is it you said the other day Fanti: “dark skies bring brighter stars”…? The dark mind of the professor gave us this bright guy. He also looks good:)
            I am already having the last laugh but I want to hold it until Mahmuday watches this video and comes back to us with his thought about it. You all are welcome to reflect on the video.
            The bad trend about Mahmuday is that he goes to the very last bullet when he thinks he can win it but gets quiet when he sees signals of his argument collapsing down like the house of cards.
            Exhibit: he was pushing me hard to discuss the rape talk as set by the bad professor. He was at times trying to gender-shame me about it. But after I gave him the two stories of the EEBC, he was not interested to carry on. He left it there and move on to other issues. Mahmuday, are you rwading? I just hope you watch this video and react. Your reaction to the video will be the last word on the issue. I won’t say a word about it before or after you. Deal?
            Thank you Fanti. We need to protect the two peoples from this liers and haters. I don’t know this guy on video. I never met him or talked to him before. I never read him or watched his video before. Do I beleive him? Absolutely!
            Thanks a million!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Fanti Ghana,

            I think he is from the first batch of lawyers graduated from Asmara University. I am sure Ghezae Hagos and Dr Daniel who were among them must know him. He is from the hopeful young lawyers of Eritrea. I am glad to see a young Eritrean lawyer to challenge him.

    • Alex

      Hi Hayat,
      I never see anybody who is a TPLF apologist and shameful as you. When I participated in the war with the bloody woyane you were hiding behind your mother’s skirt. Meles agreed to sign the algries agreement after his army was defeated in bure front even though our EDF withdrew from our main trenches by order of the Gov.

  • Hope

    Selam All:
    ቀ/ሚ ኣብይ ኣሕመድ ናይዚ ዓመት’ዚ ናይ ዩኒስኮ ሽልማት ሰላም ተዓዋቲ ኮይኖም!!!
    Congrats to Ethiopia and Ethiopians.

  • Selamat All,

    Here is a real open letter from and to the real PFDJ immediately before it was murdered and discarded never to be seen again. Mahmuday maybe this will remind you what PFDJ is and when it last was heard from.
    I hope the mod will let the link be as it is relevant to the discussion, If not I will repost the link tomorrow.

    http://www.snitna.com/articles/open-letter-to-all-pfdj-members-24-march-2001.php

    tSAtSE

  • Hope

    Abdela and Al Arabi:
    Can you STOP talking religion,in the old-styled way?
    FYI:
    The Christian Churches, including the Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church(at least two Priests are(were) still in jail due to the Initial Declaration by the Eritrean Bishops)and the Eritrean Protestant Churches and their Leaderships have been/are the TOP Targets of the Regime.
    “Anghte yetefeterew azuro lemayet new”.
    .
    Think and see things from a different angle, not only from a religious point of view so that people will not perceive you as religious Fanatics and Lunatics or extremists.
    Contrary to you fraudulent assertions,the Regime’s oppression and Human Rights abuses are UNIVERSAL and non-discriminatory as the Regime does NOT have a religion or faith…but a Cultist Culture.

    • abdella

      salam hope

      Ewrti kaybeletki Ewrti Beliya Diyu negeru

      The Eritreans that you call them cowards HAMOT Zeyblom I could have given you their names and what they say. But, where they are you know better than me

  • Selamat Mahmud Saleh,

    Is there a PFDJ to speak of in the first place. What PFDJ are you talking about? PFDJ was dead long ago. It has not existed for nearly two decades. As far as I know, the PFDJ had a legislative body the Eritrea National Assembly whose selected and elected people’s representatives were disappeared and the rest no one mentions or remembers for nearly two decades. As far as I know the PFDJ wrote and ratified the Eritrean constitution and ratified it in 1997 but the ratified constitution was shelved and never ratified. As far as I know the PFDJ was working on national elections multiparty laws and in order to prepare for the national elections. The commissioned by Eritrea’s (PFDJ’s) National Assembly author of election by laws was made to disappear and national elections and pluralism has not been mentioned since.

    Mahmud, do you really believe the PFDJ exists? Can we call the dysfunctional unproductive Eritrean regime with non functioning neglected department and ministries with next to zero allocated funds from the never disclosed national budget PFDJ? How can the long ago murdered PFDJ that is very disfigured be talked about now as if it exists? My friend your whole article is nonsense based on this fact alone. One can not reconcile with a non existing entity. The PFDJ you are fantasizing to exist let alone operate or function and dispense its duties has long ago ceased to exist. You are mistaken the very few criminals monkeys and yemanes and the dictator as well as fools in the diaspora who hold on to be identified as PFDJ so that they get to keep and enjoy their assets which they worked hard for, I am sorry to tell are not PFDJ. There is no PFDJ to speak of or to reconcile with. The criminals in charge stole and pocketed the Bisha gold and are only fattening their pockets with their criminal enterprises and illegal ventures inside of Eritrea. Had the PFDJ survived it’s murder in 2001and the purge of it’s high rankin leaders’ did not occur and the National Assembly of the PFDJ was granted its request to reconvene was granted Eritrea and Eritreans would seen the natural national growth by now. Please Mahmud, you are an intelligent man and you should wake up from your dream state to still believe the PFDJ is a live entity and functioning. When was the last time it was even mentioned by its full name from the mouth of the monkeys and the dictator. What was the last report of nay of its functions that was told to the Eritrean people. The only annual meetings and or activities with “PFDJ” in the bill board is the annual teenager get together with an extra letter Y. If the PFDJ existed today, I would not have seen the following on Eri-TV news:

    The same exact news item and video footage aired on May 1st repeated on May 2nd. I gathered from the glaring error the following. There is nothing news worthy to report on so fill the half hour with the same news from the day before. Or may be the producers drank one Asmara/Meloti bear to many on the occasion of Labor Day. Or since the broadcasters are about the only Eritreans with a job they decided to take the day of because it is workers day after all. And do you know what the news item reporting. The extreme shortages and neglect of healthcare in a certain region. An over worked frustrated nurse with the poorest inadequate facility with next to zero inpatient care capability was pleading for the in dire need of attention and help. To whom? There is no such thing as PFDJ and his elected representative to the National Assembly he can address for what would be a government to address the issue. Instead he is begging the one person that has hands on everything in Eritrea. He is begging the dictator and his elves servants of course. And in another clip of a school facility in GindaE with some 90 students, Eri-TV news show as footage that one can mistake as being the Revolutionary School Biet Timhirti Sewra with a chalk board and the over crowded students sitting on stones and floor under trees camaflauged with sheets draped on top of the trees as if it is some sort of a bomb shelter from arial strike. In 2019 such scenery of a school should have been obsolete. Only the advanced in age lethargic and tired baby sitting the very wide eyed underage faces are the images of Eritrea. The work force productive age groups in Eritrea have been depleted. Just check out the news feeds on Eri Tv from the past two days.
    I challenge you Mahmud Saleh to provide me with a list of industries and businesses in Eritrea at the present time. A list of the existing only in your dreams PFDJ’s projects. Don’t be dumb, the Festival and May 24th national holiday committee IS NOT PFDJ. The only government press IS NOT PFDJ. PFDJ has been murdered and not existing since 2001.
    I will endorse your reconcile with PFDJ call if an only if you lead a genuine resistance against the tyrannical regime that murdered your PFDJ. You stand up and lead the demand for the reestablishment of the Eritreas legislatures the Eritrean National Assembly and the judiciary with implementation of Eritrea’s constitution. The freedom of your PFDJ who are languishing in the dungeons without due process.
    Come on be honest, you are intelligent enough to know for sure that there is no such thing as PFDJ in Eritrea. Only a nearly failed. miserably at that, entity pretending to be a government.
    The entire silly lecture to the Ambassador, a man who witnessed and experienced the demise of his PFDJ I found to be laughable and maybe an effort on your part for comic relief purposes. You are a good guy but sadly still living in fantasy Lala land.

    What an insult to the PFDJ. RIP don’t mind the joker Mahmud Saleh.

    tSAtSE

  • Hope

    THANK you Mahmuday!

    You can’t be “more perfect “ and CLEARER than this as a human being with weakness and failures of a human nature!

    Not sure what these Cyber Warriors want you to say or to do more tan these.

    Ignore, please, and keep MARCHING..

    Amb Haile M sounds to have a knee jerk reaction to an apparent request to write an Article!

    A typo Error:

    In the Title of your article :
    “Am” should read prob as “An …Open Letter “!

    Feedback:
    Love your optimism of Inclusiveness as an IDEAL approach but be so kind address my concerns to Dr Paulos that the OLD NEW EPRP /secret EPLF-PFDJ Party has NEVER been OPEN to Reforms and Inclusiveness.

    Hope the good Amb will be encouraged to come up with a better a detailed follow up Article after your supplementary but an excellent piece! But I believe your Recommendations are way better, realistic and more practical than the so called Extremist approach of ‘weeding out the PFDJ” by all means possible, which failed for 20 yrs.
    The pic thing:
    It is annoying and beyond Dictatorship.
    I call it Ferisawinet when people preach reconciliation but act otherwise.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Ahlan Hope,

      You know very well that these Cyber Warriors will bring your HELL that is why you are here. The time of your evaporation is not far. If you don’t believe me follow what is going on in Sudan. AlBashier and his party evaporated within 24 hours from the scene of Sudan. Definitely, you know Al-Bashier and his party were more powerful than Isaias and his party. I know you are blind, you hear and see when the ax falls on the head. Your hell is not far. expect HAZO HAZO at anytime.

      Al-Arabi

  • Paulos

    Muhamuday,

    Your English is beautiful and impressive. Other than that I am too tired literally and figuratively digesting the theme of your article including the Ambassador’s recent article. The Eritrean people are tired of ቆይቂ and ኣነ ከምዚ በልኩ: ንሱ ከምዚ በለ ዘይውዳእ ኮለል! The man should resign and let the people lead a normal life so do you and the Ambassador as well. Please!

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Selam Paulosay
      I see your point, thanks.

  • Lamek

    Hello Mr. Saleh:
    You can always say what you say in much fewer words. Your command of the language is stellar and so you need not write these lengthy articles or comments.

    Next, there is a difference between EPLF and PFDJ. H.E. Amb. H.M., may have been an intellectual architect of the ideology of EPLF, which is mostly fair, but he had little to say in PFDJ matters. PFDJ is entirely the work of IA and Yemane Monkey and Alamin M. Seid to some extent – those are the brainpower. Besides ambassadorial posts, what memorable influence or idea did H.M. produce? Please list for me because I am open to learn and be corrected.

    I do see your point of eradicating PFDJ altogether is un-achievable and more importantly will not lead to any lasting peace because in my opinion, even if the organization has only 20% followers, that is too many people to leave behind. But we need to focus on those followers of PFDJ and how do we reconcile with them not necessarily the organization itself. Those individuals in your article pictured with Nhna Nsu t-shirts have no crimes whatsoever in my book. That is the biggest difference I have with the opposition camp. The resentment they have to PFJD supporters is beyond outright hate. I have a major issue with that. How many Eritreans were PFDJ supporters to begin with? A ton of them, nearly everyone. But now, that proportion has dwindled not because of the opposition but in spite of it. If anyone is calling a unity meeting (like what the yiakil movement is doing) and an invitation is not extended to the PFDJ supporters, then to me that is doomed right from the get go. But I disagree with you in one regard which is that in my opinion, the PFDJ structure has to be dismantled because an organization that is responsible for all the atrocities that I need not list now cannot be a part of any democracy building, to use H.M.’s words.

    Finally, I get a little uncomfortable to blame former high level officials for what IA is doing. He would do what he is doing no matter what. We do not have a history of him being a person who does good deeds on its merits. Without putting forward formal accusations for crimes, you cannot use this website or else and be the accuser and the judge. With the exception of IA, the two Yemanes, and very few others in top posts such as Hagos Kisha and some generals, everybody else should be free to go unless specific acts of crime are uncovered that were not ordered by the aforementioned individuals.

    What is the solution? In my opinion, what we need is a civilian transitional government composed of civil servants within Eritrea and a limited number individuals from the diaspora to provide technical assistance. The only way to do this is to arrest the individuals I mentioned above but to get there may require a highly orchestrated coup, but that coup cannot come soon because those capable of leading that effort are already part of the criminal system. Change will take a lot longer than most people think.

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Selam Lamek
      Thank you, I agree with the central theme of your message, which calls for sobriety. I also take note of your suggestion that we do our best to refrain from unnecessary personal attacks. Paulos also aired a similar opinion.

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  • Blink

    Dear MS
    Beautifully designed and superbly detailed article and i think also the timing is perfect.

    1.Haile Menkerios question to the Ethiopian panel in addis was simply a weyane bidding , he was simply saying Tigray is out of Ethiopia if the TPLF were not on table to talk about Eritrea and Ethiopia , HaileMenkerios showed disrespect to the Ethiopian people as well as Eritreans by assuming Eritrea as a country has to negotiate with one zone of Ethiopia about its relation with a sovereign state while Abiy is the leader .

    2. He also said “ it was a family issue “ that I think is a pure lie given to him by weyane as it was not a family issue . It was war between two countries in which he used the war to advance his personal CV with the UN in which some way or the other UN hamper peace in our region .

    3.HM as one of the guru in EPLF history, he showed contempt for justice to Eritreans by advancing the bidding of Eritrean enemies. The war with Ethiopia was started by weyane yet Haile menkerios went the other way .

    4. Why they ( people like HM) don’t want to com clean is also part of the opposition obstacle to prove their worthy .

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Ahlan Blink
      Tank you for your comment. The picture was not my pick, and as you can see, the editor chose that picture to insinuate the notion that PFDJ was responding to Ambassador Haile. I have great respect for all those who rallied around their flag. However, my readers know I’m not the kind of person who carry IA pictures on my chest.
      As a matter of disclosure, I conveyed privately my objection to the picture to the website. I think writers have to have some choices in picking picture and and others artistic products that accompany their articles. It seems we have to dismantle the dictatorship at Awate.com before marching to Asmara (joke).

      • Saleh Johar

        Aha Mahmoud,
        We have to dismantle the Amma-Mudada mindset before we march to Asmara. And if we do march back to our home, the first thing we should do is dismantle the PFDJ, the symbol of oppression and suffering. But I believe it will be dismantled before the few home-loving crowd of Eritreans return. The lip-service country lovers (those who despise the Eritrean people will not return anyway because their ove of Eritrea is conditional on the PFDJ continuing to subjugate the people and they can’t imagine an Eritrea free of PFDJ’s servitude).

        But don’t you think we need to dismantle the dictatorship of the PFDJ before we focus and busy ourselves with dismantling the “dictatorship of awate” –whatever you mean by that? As you might know, editors are not militia–that is why they are called editors (JOKE).

        • Mahmud Saleh

          Ahlan Ustaz Saleh G
          I don’t use Amma-Mudada language but I see it practiced here in this forum. I think, all you need to do is fill up the TaEsa wereQet, and call me from Asmara. SAAY said the first batch of militia Taf had reported a greener pasture!!
          I have heard the ‘dismantle and eradicate” slogans for years, AbusalaH, and I never bought into it. You will be an invitee, just don’t decline it…the current tune is one of dialogue and rapprochements led by PFDJ, since there is no “opposition” entity yet to lead it. That’s after two decades.

          • Saleh Johar

            Indeed Ustaz Mahmoud,
            Would you be kind enough and facilitate for me the Taasa Wereqet process? I am all for it. And then, why can’t I when so many have benefited from the PFDJ clemency. I deserve it. As for the dismantling idea, Do belka! Everyone here knows your position on that. You stated it so many times. The non-existent opposition, double Do belka!! It doesn’t exist at all though the PFDJ is getting headaches simply by imagining it exists. We are dead, we do not exist. Now you can have Asmara for yourself alone, until the inevitable happens (Joke)

            NB: Mahmoud, sorry, you have to be used to taking what you give. Let’s stop it here.

        • kogne

          Hi salih. yes we have to dismantle (weed) PFDJ, but how? who?when, its been some years now you keep saying weed MUDADA, but its only TAHDID, ENHOLE FERES ENHOLE MEDA, go ahead no body going to stop you, EGRI ENTELEKIN NIRI E YE KIN,,,

          • Saleh Johar

            Kogne,
            Be factual please, I never uttered that word except in dignizibg people stung with that virus. Once you quote me correctly, I can take you seriously.

        • Hope

          Selam SGJ:
          You declared;
          “But don’t you think we need to dismantle the dictatorship of the PFDJ before we focus and busy ourselves with dismantling the “dictatorship of awate” –whatever you mean by that? As you might know, editors are not militia–that is why they are called editors (JOKE).
          U may joke but I think your approach is worse than that of PFDJ relatively speaking.
          We have been very good at dismantling the Opposition…
          But why have we failed thus far-20 yrs,and counting, to WEED OUT the PFDJ?
          You preach tolerance and inclusiveness but act otherwise.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hope,
            You mean you do t know why we failed? I am surprised.
            It is because if people like you who are enamored with the pfdj. It is because the Langa-Langa position many people take. It is the culture of the wishy washy that has infiltrated the genuine opposition camp. Why do I need to list all. Just look at the mirror for a few minutes and you will get all the answers

          • Hope

            Selam SGJ:

            I have been asking this question since awate.com was launched.

            Here is the FACT:

            We all know the answer including the Second Grader Eritrean .
            We also all know the solutions.
            Here is we we do NOT know:
            How to implement and execute the solutions.
            Here is my challenge to you:

            Can you stop blaming others including the few “Hopes” and come up with concrete and effective Strategies and Solutions.

            Hint:
            Let us:
            -Can we STOP being an obstacle to our Solutions and Reconciliation and work hard to be part of the solution ?

            -Practice what your are preaching

            -Compromise

            -Forgive and Forget

            -Tolerate each other

            -Listen to each other

            -Avoid Hilikh/belligerence and revenge

            -Promote inclusiveness

            -Ban ‘Partisanship of any kind

            -Leave the past history to Historians but ONLY learn from it to do better today and tomorrow

          • Saleh Johar

            Hope,
            All that you asked is supposed to be the work of great thinkers and true opposition like you. I am a writer and write when you start to feel like god. Also together with my colleagues I provide my services and run the platform for you to debate (Hopefully) with civility. Then you call me a dictator when I owe you nothing, nothing. But you get irritated and cross the boundaries when people express their view that the Eritrean dictatorship should be removed. See you you have proved you know how to draw strategies?

          • Hope

            Selam SGJ:
            I STAND FIRM on what I said.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hope,
            Please keep standing where you are, if we are lucky we may get a statute of salt.

          • Hope

            Bingo Salih.
            Can we learn a bit from our past mistakes and experience and avoid 1)Being belligerent
            2)Bullying
            3)The “My WAY is the HIGHWAY” approach
            4)Stubborn bias
            Please!
            With all due respect,sir,slice it or dice it in anyway you want it,even though they are coming from Hope’s mouth, what I said are FACTs and TRUE; and the major reason we Eritreans have FAILED miserably thus far is coz we failed to achieve those parameters or apply those Universal Principles and Strategies.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hope,
            Bingo for my comment or you are plying Bingo?
            Yuor list is fine, but I would add, 1)think before you type, 2) don’t be boringly repetitive, 3) avoid getting into peoples’ nerves, 4) Must learn how to smile and be humble, 5) people should either stay wed to the PFDJ or divorce it completely–there is no half-divorce. Of course I understand that, until the fire of love dies out, it’s difficult to part when there “zeytewed’e fiqri”, residual love. Believe me, I know it when I see love that is not fully consumed .

            Apart from the missing points I suggested, you are absolutely right. I believe if you stop acting as if you receive revelations from the sky, you are a nice person. Also, please do not make your comments sound like they are the ten-commandments hailing on Moses.

            If you can not resist your annoying, “belligerent”, and provocative comments, please avoid replying to anything I write and we will be fine. Please resist the itch to provoke me. Such discourses bore me to death but I am always forced to reciprocate.

            Stay good and take care

          • Paulos

            Selam Ayay,

            I thought the “Are you playing Bingo?” was funny. Thanks for the laugh.

          • Hope

            Thank U Salih:
            Recommendations duly NOTED and appreciated/accepted but am also glad that my message is relayed clearly.
            You do the same as well.

    • mokie berhe

      Hi Blink. There are a number of senior Eritrean government figures that were outside of Eritrea at the time of the G-15 lockup. Should they had returned, they too would likely have been locked up. Tesfai Girmatsion, who was Eritrea’s Ambassador to the U.N., who had been in earlier discussion with G-15 dissidents, is another example. Many forget that even before the Ethiopian-Eritrean war, that many former senior EPLF members had during the 1991-1997 period, chosen to leave the Government as they were disillusioned with the way that matters of polity were proceeding while others chose to stay the course in hopes that contentious matters would in the end be ironed out. The ‘forgotten’ others include many senior Eritrean Government officials that had defected after 2001 and those who have been removed from position and remain on inactive status. I do not blame individuals such as Haile Menkerios for the personal decisions which they have taken.

  • Ismail AA

    Hayak Allah ustaz MS,

    I am more and more emerging as fan of you. I say more and more because I have been reading you in your fb page, in which you have been promoting your views with a mark of boldnrss and consistency since the overtures of Ethiopia’s policies and turn around of Isayas Afewerki. I could discernible difference with your frequent posts in Awate forum. It’s here where my first sentence fits.

    I see clarity and straightforwardness in your open letter too. You are saying change in Eritrea without Isayas and his tool, the party, is no change at all as if fait has imposed them on the Eritrean people. By the in a way, you seem to be obliged to abide by a kind of pattern.This hold despots strive to instil in the minds of their submissive loyalists the subterfuge that they are indispensable.

    But, I am not sure whether you ever contemplated what you are arguing here is akin one to negating the working of history. I mean the end of Isayas and his party is inevitable; it is a question of when and how. By the way, the call that PFDJ should go is being shrouded in fear mongering as if a guillotine is awaiting every Eritrean involved in it. I am sure you know this way of propagating the issue is cynical and dishonest.

    • iSem

      Hi Ismail AA:
      let me jot down my rejoinder:
      MS and Clarit? As you would agree with me life, positions we take, opinions are complex and nuanced and not black and white. Mostly anyway. But there are black and white things in life too. MS is free to believe think and hallucinate, but when these things interfere with truth and mislead, twist then we have to be brutal about it. Mahmud Saleh or affectionately known as Mahmud Hafash has strayed from clarity, far, “shukushul wassidiwo”. Clarity is not to digitigrade but to tell it as is. Mahmud Hafash did not tiptoe during the armed struggle, he did not sit on the fence, the ghedli was one of those black and white things. Dergi and HS occupied our land and they worked hard to dominate our culture and honor and we fought back. We did not say let us be inclusive. PFDJ is doing the same like Dergi and HS did, and in many cases far worse. There is bluntness, this audacity, this shameless in his letter not straightforwardness. Amb. Haile is not in power, his has definitely contributed to ascend IA to pedestal but he is not at the helm now, and the urgency is to remove IA and not to dump on a man who does not have power to arrest the prisoners in Eritrea and kill. MS conflates the past with the present. MS Hafash also brings Haile’s comment about Abiye and PFDJ trying to hurt Tigray and TPLF. I am not sure about Abiye, but IA? Hell yes. He had been betrayed and humiliated by MZ and TPLF, the prophetic words that MS worshiped and relied on were shattered and IA is still mad at TPLF for letting him down, he trusted them more than his brothers in Eritrea, and MS Hafash and gang are betting on it, no for the sake of Eritrea but for IA to settle scores and his personal vendetta with TPLF. IA personal revenge is no tour business as people and those fanning the flame like Asmerom Leggessow should think twice.

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      • Ismail AA

        Selam iSem,

        Thanking you for your rejoinder here is a quick response to your rejoinder due to personal constraint at this very moment. I take note of the apparent ambiguity on my side of two the words I used: clarity and straightfordness. They were used in the sense of expounding how MS expressed his commitment to Isayas and his party in the equation of any change in Eritrea. He clearly negates any change in which Isayas and his party would not have a role. That is his problem with any thought of removal of PFDJ and Isayas from Eritrea’s future. I think he is clear on this.

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Hayak Allah Ustaz Ismail AA

      ክሉ ዝበልካዮ መዓር እዩ…I know you are a serious thinker, I hope you understand the gist of my message is that we have to think post personalities. ክንተሓሳሰብን ክንረጋጋሕን ጸሓይ ዓሪቡና። I’m of the idea that people like you and me should say the truth no matter how terrible it may look on us. The current situation is one that has almost unified the talking points of Eritreans. Almost all of us are now talking about the rule of law, an inclusive political system, a participatory mode of governance, etc. It is a grave mistake to consider PFDJ as a spent force. It is a grave mistake to consider all who differ with your views are ideological partners of PFDJ. It is a grave mistake to think that there is a “unified opposition”. There are different proposals as to how to proceed, none could be said to be the TRUTH simply by its capacity to DISPLACE other ideas. I see the idea of creating a sudden power vacuum or enticing unrest and chaos to mean creating a situation that will haunt the country for a very long time. I’m looking at creating a situation where the different voices talk to each other rather than talking past each other. That is the only surest way to ensure a smooth and orderly transfer of power through some kind of transitional p[period.

      • Ismail AA

        Hayak Allah Ustaz Mahmoud,

        The compliment is reciprocated. You bet, I am for ” the rule of law, an inclusive political system, a participatory mode of governance”. But, the billion worth question is how the PFDJ and the man at its helm, who has been blocking all of these, would be a magnanimous partner in the process of establishing them.Moreover, I thought you have read me well; I did not say “all … are ideological partners of PFDJ”. By the way, I do not think, and decades of follow up, did not persuade me to believe that the PFDJ has assimilated ideology. It’s more of a command and control arrangement built on elaborate surveillance network set up to serve the interest of one power hungry person.

        Incidentally, just last evening I was listening to Amanuel Iyasu interview with former member of the secret party inside the EPLF (read: PFDJ) and close confidant of Isayas who was stationed in Mogadishu, and I think now lives in Germany. He has written a book, and what I heard him saying has confirmed to me what I knew. PFDJ is more of security surveillance than governance system. One’s the boss falls, the henchmen and subsidiaries melt down and disperse without any trace. We all know what happened to SAVAK of Iran’s Shah and Saddam Hussein’s Mukhabarat.

        Thus, dear Mahmoud, the PFDJ is core of a command and control system which has become a nemesis of a democratic alternative which every freedom Eritrean aspires to have in the country. The two of them cannot coexist or supplement one another. It is natural for the new order to take the place of the undesired, or a spent force to borrow your words.

        By the way, why should we think or presuppose that getting rid of PFDJ to be ” a grave mistake”? This was the point that led me to raise yesterday that such public relations endeavor has graded up to a level of a pattern. Every authoritarian regime and its owners embark on selling that angst mongering propaganda. I lived to hear this subterfuge during Haile Sellassie, Mengistu Hailemariam, Saddam Hussien etc time.

        Ramadan Karim

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Mahmuday,

    Other than the criticism to HM, your message in a nutshell says: Let us compromise with our tormentor. Something wrong with you in trying to exonerate the beast. I have no clue why are you trying to normalize his act and calling for rapprochement with him. What you actually failed miserably is, not to recognize that dictators do not make “detour” once they know their hands are not clean from the blood of their subjects. How many lives should be taken by the beast to reconsider your position and stop adoring him. Unfortunately, let alone adults, children are languishing in the prisons as we speak. Wouldn’t it better to voice on behalf of them than trying to normalize the behavior of the beast. This beast will continue to suck the lives of our people as far as we become indecisive in our challenge. The problem as I see it, the more we debate you the more you cling with the despot and the more you become to normalize his evil acts. I am totally disappointed with you.

    • Mahmud Saleh

      MarHaba Emma
      Thanks a lot for the comment. I’m not exonerating anyone including Emma, or myself. Remember Emma, in the past 20 years, Eritrea has seen a lot of ugly deeds from all corners. There were those who aligned with an enemy during an active war, now they are jostling to substitute PIA; there were those who contributed to isolate and weaken Eritrea, now they are saying “PIA is selling Eritrea”. I’m not defending the government, but I can say the following: sometimes መራር ክትውሕጥ ቅሩብ ክትከውን ኣለካ። I’m a realistic person, and as I see it, the only organized political organ that could maintain peace and order is PFDJ. I have always said the opposition needs to change itself before yawning to rule Eritrea. Change must be driven by Eritrea’s domestic realities. You could have helped that be catalyzed. Instead, you you placed your bet on TPLF and its MZ. ምትሕስሳብ እንተኮይኑስ ኣይክንወጾን ኢና ኣማን፡ ኣባላት ምክልኻል ዝቐተሉን ክቐትሉ ዝኣዘዙን ንብረት መንግስቲ ዘዕነዉን’ኮ ምሳኻ ተሸጒጦም “ደምበ ፍትሒ” ይብሉ ኣለዉ።
      The best step the “opposition” could take is streamlining itself, and showing Eritreans that it is a “born again” entity. The best proposal at this time is encouraging dialogue and building a capacity to tolerating different views and accommodating them. We know we have perfected the practice of exclusions. And we know that it did not take us anywhere. Let’s think out of the box, so to speak.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Mahmuday,

        Remember your comment is conveyed to the “victims” of the despot and their families even if it is addressed to me. I am not a direct victim of the despot and his party. This is not about me and and my colleagues who demand the dismantlement of the institutions of oppression. It is about the victims and their families. Your rapprochement and reconciliation without “justice” is intended to exonerate criminals from their crimes. The Eritrea that doesn’t give “justice to the victims” is not my Eritrea. I will continue in search of the “judicious Eritrea” even if it looks elusive now. There is no short cut to our dreams if we need a real change that gives justice and healing. The process startes with the removal of the dictator and dismantling the institutions of oppression and it concludes with bringing our people together through national reconciliation. There is no other alternative to our predicament without giving justice to the victims of the despot and his party.

        Regards

        • abdella

          Salam Amanuel

          Thank you for speaking for the victims and their families. I know that is every Eritrean duty to speak for the victims and their families. What I could not understand how some call it as hi-cup to the injustice that is going by hgdef for over 28 years. Amanuel I am a father of under 13 years old children and first uncle of 6 boys cousin of more than 10 and friend of hundreds who are arrested for attending the funeral of Haji Mussa (Allah Yrahamu). 14 months pass they are still in different prisons. I don’t like to write comments and my personal situations but to support your case for those who don’t believe that there are under age children in hgdef jails and expect and advocate hgdef will change. thank you again

          solomon (TsaTse) you were asking in one of your comment to know if we have influential people in our Eritrea. Yes we do have them.

  • Haile S.

    Selam Mahmud,

    Is that you on the photo? Wow, how do you manage to stay in your 30s?
    Since I refrained from asking questions to the dear Ambassador, I will refrain on you too. If I do, you will feel like my ‘tête de turc’. Not that you are wearing a turkish turban, but just my show-off of one of the curious french expression meaning literally Turk’s head and figuratively punchbag.

  • Millennium

    Hi Mahmud:

    I think now your head is one with your heart: it shows in your writings, you are clear and determined. Time has shown you that the Weyane sympathizers here do not have the best interest of us Eritreans at heart, they are just in the game of scoring political goals against Isaias and for some this whole problem is just an opportunity that they can make use of; they have made a career out of being in the opposition. Some have set up very lucrative business out of it.

    Millennium

  • Nitricc

    “The third weakness of your article is that you seem to cling onto the idea that PFDJ must go. I believe the “inclusiveness” you inserted is meant to be understood as “inclusiveness” of ideas and factions within the opposition camp. That makes you one out of many who have made blunders in a bid to eradicate or dismantle the PFDJ. I think the boldest statement should be one that recognizes the PFDJ as an important national front. The new approach should be bold enough to announce that we can’t live forever by excluding one another.”

    Hi All; whenever I hear big mouthed diaspora say; PFDJ must go! Not only their absurd take shows me their stupidity but the question must be asked is, where shall the PFDJ go? I mean should they be killed? jailed? kick them out of the country? send them to mars? what does it mean to say PFDJ must go? If anyone who cares about the people and the nation; one must think to change the culture of politics in than nation and the mentality of politics of the people. if PFDJ excluded you, teach them and Include them. If PFDJ wronged you, forgive them. The only way a win -win situation is to work together and making PFDJ part the change. I know you forget but those PFDJ are the once they created the nation out of nothing while you were in diaspora educating your kids. clam down and dialog is the best way to go but if you insist that PFDJ must go and opted for force; well not only PFDJ goes no where but they have the experience, the organization and the force to squash you all in once. You don’t believe me? go and tell them to their face and see what happens to you. So, excluding some Animals; please think twice.

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Nitricc,
      You could have expressed your view without stepping on the toes of others. Indeed we have big moths when it comes to the PFDJ and I believe it must be dismantled, even if that remains a wish only. But let me ask you this: do you really think you are a smaller-mouthed diaspora member? Think about it.

      • Nitricc

        Howdy Kubur SG; first of all is it a typo the title is reading “Am Open Letter to Ambassador Haile Menkerios” or is it me missing it; Anyway just wondered. just small useless details I observe. You said
        “You could have expressed your view without stepping on the toes of others”
        Whose toes am I stepping? If you have in mind the toes of those escapee who are dressed as a woman to leave the country, YES I am. Sir!
        “””“Indeed we have big moths when it comes to the PFDJ and I
        believe it must be dismantled””””
        Nothing wrong for having a big mouth but you better have a little contribution to the greater cause and then you can have the biggest mouth you can have; because you earn it!!! It is immoral to escape the call of duty, lie and resettle Canada and US and to have a big mouth. NO!!

        “”””“But let me ask you this: do you really think you are a smaller-mouthed diaspora member? Think about it.”””””
        Well, first I am to be considered a diaspora? I am not even sure what diaspora means. I was born and raised in here and I have never been to the country where my parents belongs to, so the question is am I a diaspora? So let me know if I am a member of diaspora and I will
        answer you gladly. But whatever it is, I don’t have any mouth at all since I didn’t contribute. What Have I done to earn the right to voice? However; when it comes to push, I have more right than the animals who dodged their responsibility for the greater good in exchange to live in the west. It is a moral thing, I have the out most respect for a person who spend one day in answering to the call of duty. It is about virtue and honor which the animals on this forum with a big mouth know nothing about. That is all SG!

    • Mahmud Saleh

      MarHaba Nitricc

      I’m making the following point deliberately.

      “The third weakness of your article is that you seem to cling onto the idea that PFDJ must go..[..]… I think the boldest statement should be one that recognizes the PFDJ as an important national front.”
      Someone needs to make it. We have been knocking each other for decades. Time to think about a process where all Eritreans feel included.

  • iSem

    Once Again Hell Bent to Disrupt and Mislead

    Hi All:
    Please Mahmud Ramadan is coming, speak truth. Oh, only devout Muslims soeak truth, not those who only have Muslim names. Once again you go for the law hanging fruit, you attack the downtrodden Just Like EPLF and IA and you did with ELF when they left the field, pushed away by the mother of conspiracies in the Eritrean history: the unholy alliance between EPLF and TPLF, a dark stain in our history, the elimination of an Eritrean organization for its political belief and even its demographic and geography. So Sir Mahmud Saleh you have implemented that again, that is even if someone has fallen you still kick him, a mark of cowardice.
    Now instead of critizing the ailing man at the helm who want to take Eritrea with him to his grave, you are criticizing Haile Menkorias, not only the content of his article, but his shortcoming for not doing more by critizing TPLF.
    You have reminded him of his oath of office, as if they were allowed to uphold their oath, this is a sublet way of telling is that PFDJ was a legal entity. I will not say the Arabic adage of a slave is a salve even if his Turban….
    And the most absurd things in the open letter of yours, that is not written with open heart and mind is this;
    “The third weakness of your article is that you seem to cling onto the idea that PFDJ must go. I believe the “inclusiveness” you inserted is meant to be understood as “inclusiveness” of ideas and factions within the opposition camp. That makes you one out of many who have made blunders in a bid to eradicate or dismantle the PFDJ. I think the boldest statement should be one that recognizes the PFDJ as an important national front. The new approach should be bold enough to announce that we can’t live forever by excluding one another.”
    Yea, “qulnah min beddri” (We said it in earnest), all the hype, the anguished scribbling, the FB, the Youtube entries have one purpose to give PFDJ life line so they can keep doing what they do: inflict the most pain on Eritrea and its people. PFDJites have no shame, and their attempt to shove the “inclusiveness” thing, a word they are least acquainted with is like Germany and the world saying after W2 t let us include the Nazi’s because during their rule Germans were able to afford housing. Yea in PFDJ era Eritreans were able to build Dams, so let us include them

    • Blink

      Dear Isem
      Who are these devoted Muslims in your book ? Are these who read the book and do as what the book says or are these who understood the book and have their own language of interpretations ? You have been insulting MS as along as I can remember, MS is a well to imagine guy , I do not know him in person but from what he writes and says he is one of the important people that Eritrea and Eritreans count on , he is a man with integrity and you are trying to lower him down to your game which is extremely low . You need to man up to accuse people point by point like many people do to you and your princess or leaders of the internet world propaganda machine . Man up once in your life , leave the running around site of your head . It is extremely dangerous for you to assume you are opposing dictator because you never did .

      • iSem

        Your Blinkness:
        Did notI tell you to top getting in the middle of isem and MS. And your bigtory aside, what do u know about my knowledge about Islam and what has PHD to do with getting killed by extremest. Terrorist orgs like ISIS and PFDJ hate educated people, so what is your point here?
        And ELFdid not lose its bearing, shukushuka aywesedan when it arrived in Sudan. Educate your self about the history if Eritrea means anything to you
        And you are lying when u said, I have no sense of Eritrea, I do more than you do and I have no bone to pick with EPLF fighters, unless they do not try to obscure facts and except a few, former EPLF fighters are the critics of PFDJ, so what the freaking is your point here?
        Oh, about respect, can you define that, I think you just heard it, I am not impressed. You have no clue about Eritrea and its struggle, your only preoccupation in life is to keep PFDJ in power so the royality from the organ harvesting to trickle to keep your status as well to do Eritrea
        So stop debating with me unless you have something to offer. Read my comments that you have saved you can learn a thing or two

        • Blink

          Dear isem
          Read my comments carefully because I can see you are replying from emotional support of precisely held up side . I said “ killed as terrorist” not killed by Terrorists. It is Alzarqawi and you know who he is .

          Eritrean history, oh do not even try to go there . Being Eritrean oh , come on you already gave up on that long time ago. You are her just for the sake of delivering the bidding .

          Prove one sentence that I wanted to continue PFDJ in the helm , I have been asking for prove in which is not your favorite thing to do.You have the habit of going around different circles here and there . Bring prove means deal with facts .

          • iSem

            Dear Blinkness:
            Ok, my apologies for not misreading about the PHD Al-Zarkawi. So let me rephrase: there are a lot PHD with bad intention, all the educated people who support PFDJ
            I know what MS went through more than your fake feeling for him. So do not get between unless u have a point to teach or enlighten
            On proof, I do not take order from you, a hypocrite to provide evidence, before you ask the same to PFDJ, I do not cater to hypcrites. I stand by belief about you and as I said no video, it is circumstantial evidence. Suffice is to say that you give comfort, inspiration, aid and moral support to PFDJ, an entity implicated in rape, murder, and crimes against humanity

          • Blink

            Dear isem
            I don’t give any moral support but I am a realist person . I don’t believe PFDJ will listen even if I go and hang in Amsera for the sake of justice and truth, I believe PFDJ can’t be reformed , it’s reform time passed in 2001 as for me , I am done with complaining and coloring them with every word of crime because that for me simply a side joke . You know we as a society has our own truth but we can’t have our own facts , facts are really not for negotiations whether you took to America or Eritrea , you are denying the truth about our society and also facts on the ground . You should accuse people from straight line and quote them line by line , don’t accuse anyone who don’t agree with your slippery slope thing .

            Oh educated PFDJ , it is not new though , is it ?

      • Saleh Johar

        Hi Blink,
        I think you feel you have to throw side jabs against anything Muslim by wearing the atheist garb. If you ask me, I find some who claim to be atheist worse fanatics that the fanatics of all religions combined. They are so arrogant and think they own all the truth. Further, they look down at believers when in fact all their arguments is based on, simply, a different belief system. The false-atheists who are the worst hypocrites found their god-given opportunity in a few recent terminologies like “Jihad, terrorism” that they adopted to engage in their favorite pastime of assaulting on others. Go ahead, religious people are here to stay and don’t be fooled the emergence of a few gangsters and criminals wearing a religious garb will not deter that. Anyone who thinks religious people will disappear, though they amount to 50% of the world population, almost 4 billion, is a pipe dream. But humanity will gradually take care of all. You said you are a student of history; if that is so, you should know all fanatic emergence has come to go. At the end, humanity stays.

        • Blink

          Dear SG
          That’s a well thought ተግሳጽ , I admit I have been harsh to believers but the reason for that was because some people tried to use religion as a gap between speaking the truth and I accuse such people because they never go straight to facts . MS article has nothing to do with anything that has to do with religious dates , it is pure politics yet Isem tried to play it and make guilt trip to that and that is why I brought the Muslim thing . No one is also for the nullification of religion because that can’t really happen but as wishful thinking I hope we could have stayed as pagans and then the enlightenment world take over , wouldn’t that be far better , even pagans who were before Abrahmic religious madness are still around , the problem comes when religion get in our daily life in the public sphere , that is a problem and many people from ME are challenging such things, yes I am saying the academic people in ME are openly challenging and that I think is a positive outcome to see.

          I don’t know if you remember but I really don’t pick between Muslims and Christians, they both are equally guilty infornt of my eyes , it just a matter of space and time that I criticized both at different time .4 billon and it seems 50% the world population which is really a good hope for us these who don’t support religion to be center stage of our governance. I still question the pattern Of religious people are growing thing , that’s not really factual.

          If I was born in the old Christian dominated society where people were slaughtered for not kissing a priest hand , well I would have been one , luckily I was not and here I am learning history and for that I am grateful. Remember everything I said about the Muslims is fact but it doesn’t mean all Muslims not even 10% of them but since when do we go for 100% . 1% is far noisy to go and we should openly criticize even if it is 0.001% .

          • Saleh Johar

            Blink,
            Let me admit I am big believer of enlightenment. All I am saying is be sensitive the human beings around you. Enlightenment cannot be achieved by degrading others(except I’d they are PFDJ) don’t celebrate thinking you have 50% of the world population on your side. I was talking of the major ones. If you add all the hundreds of belief systems, you are in the less that 2%, I am being generous. By the way, your 2% also have a belief system called atheism. In a wY100% of the people are religious.