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Operation Forto 2013 Impacts Operation Fenkil 2013

The Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) waged Operation Fenkil on February 8, 1990.  By February 10, 1990, the military operation had achieved its mission: to liberate the port city of Massawa and to evict the occupying Ethiopian force– which lost about 8,000 soldiers in the 3-day battle.  The anniversary of Operation Fenkil is marked every year with solemnity and celebration: songs and dances; art and craft; laying wreath at the War Memory Square in the town center–aka The Three Tanks Center–and a televised address by self-declared president Isaias Afwerki in the presence of senior party and government officials.

This year, there apparently was no address by Isaias Afwerki–at least not one that was televised.

On February 8, Isaias Afwerki obliquely referenced the “21 January incident”–the one-day takeover of Forto or Ministry of Information–for the first time and said that “the Government opted to remain silent regarding the matter so as to give no ground for the authors of sheer lies.”  Of course, since the Chief of Staff of the Office of the President, Yemane Gebremeskel; and the Eritrean ambassador to the UN, Araya Desta; and the Eritrean ambassador to the African Union, Girma Asmerom; and the Eritrean ambassador to South Africa, Saleh Omer; and the Eritrean ambassador to the UK, Tesfamicael Gerahtu did not exactly opt “to remain silent”, Isaias Afwerki is either stating that they are not part of the Government or he is not aware that they were giving interviews and tweeting.  Since the “government” is a one-man-show, we think it is the former.

Beyond that, Isaias Afwerki’s refusal to give the customary annual speech in Massawa–a ritual he has observed annually for 21 years–indicates that the “21 January incident”, as much as the “Government” tries to downplay it, has been quite significant:

1.  The claim that Isaias Afwerki and his cult tries to sell–that he is a man beloved by the people and can walk anywhere, anytime unguarded in Eritrea– was always fiction given that, according to wikileaks, he has “three separate Presidential Guard units of about 2,000 troops each” reporting to Major General Filipos and a “70-man presidential bodyguard detachment” reporting to Colonel Tesfaldet Habteselassie.   But, when 6,000 Presidental Guard unit reports to Major General Filipos, and the general is one of the more disgruntled ones, that must not make Isaias Afwerki feel secure enough to have a public address;

2.  Since the ruling party never has congresses, events like “Operation Fenkil”–like the May Day Parade of the USSR– are some of the few moments the world is given a glance into the party’s power structure.  Who is invited to the stage–who is present, who is absent–would inform the world who is promoted, demoted, frozen, arrested or exiled.   If the event had been televised, there would not have been the ruling party’s director of organizational affairs Abdella Jaber; or the Minister of Information, Ali Abdu;  or the co-founder of the ruling party, Ramadan Mohammed Nur or any of the other generals that are important or useful props for these events.  Televising the event would have given the world information, thus the cancellation.

Thus, no matter the effort to downplay the “21 January incident”, it appears to have been significant enough to change a 21-year tradition.  Do not be surprised if the regime shows video footage from prior years– just as it did in December 31, 2012 when celebrating the New Year celebrations.

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  • Yo

    Why the xxxx you guys call him PIA?…It is with no question DIA.Awate editors,be aware of the virus DIA…

  • Oh yea

    “ONLY IN ERITREA”

    Reading about the dialogue between SAAY, and that wonderful lady HELEN, the first thing that came to my mind was: discussing or arguing whether the PRESIDENT of a nation called Eritrea had armed body guards or not – can only happen in Eritrea. Right then I realized, saay, as smart as he is, was actually proving Helen’s( the whole Eritreans) point, by just striving to find a proof that there are actually guards protecting the president. Mind you, in all other part of the world, having massive body guards armed to the brim is the “normal” and it is just a given, as even the likes of Justine Beever, can not with out guards. SAAY, as smart as he is, his continuous need to insult or degrade , or deny the appeal the Eritrean president has with the Eritrean people , always falls into a trap, or always says or does which cancel out his brilliance
    Helen, good one

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      ‘Only in Eritrea’

      This title is a devastating one for pfdj members who were hidding waitning for the out come of operation foronto that the majority who oppose.

      1) it is only in Eritrea disidents With thanks after they demand for the realese of political prisoners and implementation of a constitution would be invited to a good shower an meal.

      2) a president who can walk any where in the country With out body guards inspite of the fact that he 24/7 talks about cia’s and their spionage work non stop to stop him in leading Eritrea.

      3) a president who is boycotted by ‘false’ accusation.

      4) a president Whos mineature Pictures were taken off from the left side of eritrean People’s chest and replaced With a big one to smash it on the floor With soles of their shoose.

      it is only in Eritrea you can find a president With out body gurad becasue you and Your president have reached to the utlimetum of creating eth Utopia land.

      But there is one thing, this failed cupe gave the dictator some thng to chew on, other wise the majority demolished the dictator by their utter indiffernce. This made the dictator almost insane, now he got some thing to continue .

      • Tamrat Tamrat

        correction:

        This title is a devastating one for pfdj members who were hidding waitning for the out come of operation foronto that the majority supported. The opportunists pfdj members waiting the out come to shift postition depending on the winner.

    • waliku

      It is “Justin Bieber” Not “Justine Beever” Justine is for a female and Justin for male. Stick with Gebrab, Andemeskel and Isaias. Guard or No Guard do you know his faceless body is been watched by Drone C25.x base location Coordinate 4x.6x. Lucky not been lifted up 100 meters high from the ground and incinerated so far.

  • Helen

    hopefully this [eastafro.com video-interview-with-president-isaias-afwerki-regarding-21-january-2013-incident] will give rest to your endless speculation and bela belo.

    • Papillon

      Helen,

      The interview is his downfall. He exposed himself. It is probably the first time ever he has made a deadly mistake where he has always been on a look out dodging danger. He should have opted to remain mute for saying anything about it adds more fuel to the already incinerated and volatile situation. The strategy on his part is of course to show defiance and contempt for showing anything compromising is taken for a weakness but that would have loosen up the already uptight and frustrated army personell who are not going to turn back now until he is out of the political scene. Moreover, if you listen to his interview without getting enchanted with his “good looks” ( I can’t believe you have the hots for a d’Hul looking psychopath), he is insulting the Eritrean people where it is about time for them to take matters onto their own hands. I will not be surprised if we wake up to headlines in the coming weeks which read: “Public unrest in Eritrea”. Mark my words.

    • rodab

      To Helen,
      No rest yet. All He talked was about the participating individuals. He didn’t say a word about the cause of the move and that is the implementation of the constitution and addressing the issues of political prisoners. Anyway PIA describes the even as insignificant yet it was too signifcant for him not to “Also at the meeting, President Isaias gave extensive briefings as regards the ‘21 January 2013 incident.’ ”
      It was also too significant not to provide unusual interview session.

    • Yodita

      Weiz. Helen,

      Your handsome master (beau) sounded like he was labouring with his words. His breathing was rather heavy and spaced out, at the beginning anyway. As he went on he gathered pace. Your guy looks like he is aging fast, he did sound sluggish at any rate.

      When he tries to appear cool and nonchalant (1) Saba, woke me up around seven in the morning and broke the news [news that had been raging for nearly two months!!] and (2) we chatted about it ALL DAY and decided we have first to find out what it is all about and get more information, etc, it is as credible as Ali Abdou saying ‘oh I see him every day, in fact I saw him yesterday at 7 pm etc and then abandon the ship in a few months thereafter.

      Falks, it is all a facade! DIA may be seriously considering abandoning the ship himself (with all the down down Issayas – down down dictator – enough is enough – hegdef addna gdef) protests ringing in his ears (less nine hours a day of course) and regarding which he has no power to do anything. He can only minimize FORTO to reassure those opting to sink with him and to a sizable portion who hate his rule passionately in private but are incapable of coming out in public. Brlie teneKa ayhonem eKa , says an Amhara proverb. FORTO has made a visible crack on a system that was imploding progressively for a couple of decades now. As dearest Papillon says “… who are not going to turn back now until he is out of the political scene.” The dye is cast!

      But you Helen, you swoon for his ‘handsome’ looks! You are probably so taken by that, that you are blind and deaf to the havoc this man is causing. MeHret yewred zhaftey!

    • yegermal

      Did you learn anything you hadn’t heard before the interview? That is the gauge of whether the interview has put anything to “rest”.

    • ISAIAS Imperial Pagan Dictator Worsen than Fascist Dictator Mussolini

      ISAIAS imperial pagan dictator (Wedi Medhin Berad) is worsen then Fascist dictator Mussolini, Eritrea today behind the Iron Curtain Dictator-Controlled Country, and, under Isaiah military terrific persecution. Isaiah his not appointment to leadership by Eritrean People, again is no license to be a tyrant to Eritrean People, ISAIAS used Military GENERALS as His executioner to bring due punishment upon the disloyal to his pagan dictatorship. And, rewarded them with Fertilized Land, taking form the land lord and villagers, those Generals are licensed to benefit from human Traffickers, and, they are free to Murder, they are free to arrest and send people to underground Jails to Rap under age girls.
      ISAIAS imperial pagan dictator, ECONOMIC STRATEGY is control the people by making them dependent upon his a political party, he want all Eritreans to believe any Economy benefit that which they have comes to them through the good graces of a Pagan dictator. All this propaganda is merely a scheme of his tools to regiment the people and make them wholly dependent upon an Imperial Isaiah-made way of life rather than give people justice, free trade and freedom of movement and free the productive young people to free market.

      ERITREAN REFUGEE

    • Oh yea

      Helen,
      Not sure if this comment will reach you or not. But the honeymoon is over. Awate and the likes have already chew this one up to the limit. And, you are right the Forto thing has run its course.

      By the way, I could not stop laughing when the two ladies Papillon and Yodita , who by the way are head to Toe in freaky love with the ex Woyanie, Meles, were mocking the physical Belitung OS issayas. Mind you that Meles dude , must have be en the ugliest leader that came to Mother Earth.

      To describe their leader’s ugliness, the Ethiopian people used to sing like:

      “MELESN MESAL KELAL NEW, FYELN SILO – KENDUAN MANSAT NEW”

      Kkkkk

      But we all know the appeal the Eritrean president has to his people has nothing to do with his appearance, more it has to do with his correct and true representation of the brave brothers and sisters each Eritreans lost during our independence struggle. It has to do more with the fact that is is just an ordinary individual, talking, not as a politician, but as an ordinary Eritrean talking with his buddies. On top of that his dedication, his brilliance and all.

      But, what we Eritreans know well is this : when we praise the president, we are not simply taking and worshiping an individual, as such. He is just the symbol or representative of the golden ones we lost. And, Issayas too will pass away like any other person, but we say, we have millions of issayses.

      No, we are not talking about the single person – ISSAYAS , we are in love with the whole Eritreans he is representing. Simply put.

      As for the way, the President (The Eritrean by the name of Issayas) talks , well, that is exactly what we love! The fact that he is different from ordinary, chalice, cheating and lying politicians of the world – is what makes him unique and appealing to his people

  • Mufasa

    I support PIA. I know Tigray people absolutely hate him because he won’t deal with Weyane.

    PIA has a good reason for not wanting to deal with Weyane and its sponsors. Basically, he got tired of Weyane’s and Uncle Sam’s “Charlie Brown tactics” on the border issue.

    They would not let demarcation take place on the ground. He got tired of being Charlie Brown and Lucy pulling the football from under him using various delaying tactics.

    He waited, waited and waited. Finally, he kicked out UNMEE and said to Weyane and its sponsors, “Talk to the hand.”

    PIA will never play Hashewiye with these folks. Tigray people can hate him all they want. We will always love The Lion of Nakfa! And that’s all that matters!

    • Yodita

      Mr. Mustafa,

      Are you aware of how many countries in the world have unresolved border problems that have been going on sometimes for decades? It is not unnatural to have border squabbles between nations that may take forever to sort out! What is criminal of your ‘PIA’s rigid position is, he categorically refuses to avail himself of a gesture the other side offers, to ably (like good statesmanship demands) resolve the problem to suit his people. This, he could have done over a decade ago!

      The ability of a good leader is when he would ‘bend backwards’ to alleviate his people from ignorance and poverty. Your PIA does exactly the opposite: everything stops (the youth leave their country in hoards and suffer what we all know, more prisons spring up than do schools, milk will be rationed and sold only to a part of the society, scarcity of electricity, scarcity of coal or gas to cook with, scarcity of petrol, scarcity of bread, scarcity of schools and teachers and even students, scarcity of hospitals and medicine , etc.). This is the price being paid by your Lion of N (read Nothing) because he is too proud to dialogue!
      It is clear that you do not relate his rigidity and inflexibility to Eritrea’s woes and to his failure as a leader and as a human being. May be like your Lion, it suits you to see Eritrea as a number one nation in Africa, notwithstanding the reality on the ground . I just wonder where you live, what you do for a living and how related you are to the man and the system for you to write “We will always love The Lion of Nakfa! And that’s all that matters!” Like SAAY wisely says, for Issayasists, it is enough that he rules, the catastrophic results don’t matter at all. You are content that you wake up every day and realise that he is still on his throne, and that the country is crumbling is of no concern!

      Concluding, it is not the ‘Tigray people’ as you claim that hate him (because they are too busy fighting hunger and ignorance and getting visible and tangible results), it is us Eritreans, that are growing in number every single day who do. We hate his hate for education and development, we hate his hate for democracy and transparency; we hate his allergy for the rule of law; we hate his refusal to implement the Constitution; we hate his negativity that has no bounds. We hate his having repaid a blind TRUST into a nightmare. It is endless how much we hate about your Lion’s evil grip of our society.

      • Papillon

        Dearest Yodita,

        Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. If you’re a new comer to the grand palace of Awate, you need to brace yourself for the rabid dogs of PFDJ will be unleashed as they focus on your gender-specific in a bid to dodge your otherwise penetrating razor sharp rebuttal to their diarrhea. The rationale in their rather grotesque world is a woman or an Eritrean woman is not cut out to be articulated, opinionated and a cerebral as you’re a true testament in defiance to their incorrigible mind set. All the power to you.

        Haft’khi.

      • Dr. Tedros

        Selam,

        I understand what you attempted to convey. However, dialogue is not the right way to go farward into resolving the current stalmate. Why woul eritrea engage in dialogue when the border issue is legally binding ? Dialogue is another name for rejection and the ethiopian government is simply insisting on dialogue to undo the already resolved issue. I think, as far as the border issue is concerned, president isayas is right to say no to dialogue simply because sooner or later ethiopia will abandon the area.

      • saay

        Hi Yodita:

        Welcome to awate.com.

        There was a genuine debate in the early 1990s: do we aspire to become a liberal democratic country (political pluralism, elections, etc) or do we opt for an authoritarian rule until the country is stabilized. Which advance development: freedom or stability? Those who argued for the latter would, sooner or later, come to the Singapore model: how one gifted but authoritarian leader, Lee Kwan Yew, was able to transform his country into a prosperous nation over a a 31-year period (1959-1990.) Give our guy time, they said, and he will show you results. Just get out of his way.

        Well, Isaias has been in power now, unchallenged, for nearly 22 years (1991-2013)–2/3 as long as Lee Kwan Yew was, not counting his Secretary General of the EPLF days. And the results are what you described above: a country that is destitute– by many meaningful metrics, it is in worse shape than when he assumed power.(Please, those of you who will tout the ) What did the Isaiaists miss? Well, the authors of a book about Lee Kwan Yew published an article (politico.com) on what accounts for his success in guiding “a small nation whose survival depends on staying alert and agile in adjusting to the actions of big neighbors” and what his wise counsel is for developing a nation within one generation:

        “A successful democratic society,” Lee Kuan Yew says, requires two things: a constantly active, “interested and vigilant electorate” and “the ablest, the toughest and most dedicated of leaders.”

        The Isaiasists can advertise his toughness and dedication all they want but is he able? The results speak for themselves.

        saay

  • Tamrat Tamrat

    Semere Tesfai

    Every time i try to be as rational and objective as possible i sound like mr GY. Anyways, what we have had in common and positive thing after 22 years is only the removal of dictatership derg. What Eritrea is experiencing now has ethiopia went through in a larg scale. We only do not learn from Our history. And from beginning upto now the extreem maneuver of tplf and eplf is nothing but disaster.

    My suggestion is how can eritreans (not eplf leaders) celleberate their victory over derg With out humuliating and threatning Ethiopia`? For the last 22 years it has been like that. Imagine an ethiopian invited in eritrean national days celebration, and he is jumping up and Down, while the song is went on we killed 8000 of Your pople in 1day. those thousands and many more who perished in Eritrea were summoned from each village of Ethiopia to defend the unity of Ethiopia. They did not go to Eritrea to massacar eritreans and defeate eritreans for the sake of Assab or the minirals of Eritrea. Imagine Afar for a second that afar People United and the eritreans who sarifice for the unity of Eritrea accused of massacar or separating afar People in to two. Woyanes danced and jumped upto 1998, but assuming all ethiopians like woyanes is not genuine to say the least.

    I think if the celerbration is focused on the positive achievements accomplished in the last 22 years brings People more closer and more Peace full both for eirtrea nad ethiopian than what we are experiencing now. if that achivements are not materialized then change and punish eplf. Cellebrating the fall of derg until it sounds the fall of Ethiopia brings more Power for isayas and his cadres more fuel to make the non ending festivals an end result of eritrianism than building a nation. in 22 years if do not learn how tplf and eplf use this victories for any possible devilish ways to stay in Power then we have learnt not a thing.

    All eritreans, ask yourself when you sound like Your government and not like Your government. eplf leaders are Ahead of us. They can even use ethiopians to stay in Power leave alone their own People. This far and more they can go when it comes to stay in Power.

    • Saleh Gadi

      Tamrat, thank you for the sober comment–and different perspective. At times it is nice to have a reflection of what transpired from our experiences and how we should behave towards each other.

    • Semere Tesfai

      Tamrat Tamrat

      You said “those thousands and many more (Ethiopian soldiers) were summoned from each village of Ethiopia to defend the unity of Ethiopia.” True: but they did un-Ethiopian – they killed, tortured, raped terrorized…the defenseless. They did barbaric acts from the sky, from the ground and from the sea to “their people”. And we have graves, scares, orphans, widows, handicaps, refugees all over the planet to prove it. And please don’t tell me we did/do it to ourselves too.

      Again, I understand the intent, but what is your Ethiopia to my mother, who lost everything, ended-up at refugee camp in Sudan, sent three of her children to the inferno and – paid her fair share like any Eritrean mother? Not much. So tell me – if not, for our experience, for our heroes and heroins who do you want us to remember and sing for?

      Tamrat: to tell you the truth, we are terrified of Ethiopia. Because we know how barbaric you are; we know what you can do to us and we know exactly what you want. No exaggeration there. That’s why we get nervous and gravitate towards the PFDJ regime, whenever our opposition leaders sit comfortably on the lap of Addis politicians and start flirting too much – baffled by the charm and talent of the Addis snake-charmers.

      If you want our love – which we do too, please earn our trust and earn our respect one day at a time. And I’m afraid sitting on sovereign Eritrean land, and telling us “if the celerbration is not focused on bringing…eirtrea nad ethiopian closer… then change and punish eplf” is a good start to earn our trust. Because it doesn’t answer the question – what if you don’t like the next government?

      Tamrat: one more thing – the story of Eritrea is a Story of a beautiful woman caught between two strong armed men (which she could do without) who are determined to get her love at any cost and at any price – including at the cost of her life. She couldn’t ignore both and live happily, because they are too strong, too dangerous and armed to the teeth. So she have to get closer to one. And to that end – when she looks SOUTH it is YOUR Face, and when she looks NORTH it is your foe. But for sure, she needs a sense of belonging at least for her safety and security.

      You see Tamrat; it is very basic. It is not about right vs wrong, democracy vs dictatorship. It is all about which poison pill to take at a given time. It is all about which direction to point your gun at a given time. It is all about who’s lap to sit at a given time. Trust me; you’re not as charming and as cuddly as you think you are. She was on your arm. And she doesn’t have fun memories.
      I hope we all are growing a little more each day – not aging.

      • Tamrat Tamrat

        My Message is for the beautifull woman’s millions children making ever lasting friendship With other beautifull woman’s children in South. And i dont expect that all would be agreed With me. Again from my experience though we lost 100,000 from both Eritrea and ethiopia the best of Our Citizens in 1998, i blamed the two leaders and moved on. I have a Choice to hung on the past if i let my mind to stick on Pictures from eri-tv how eritrean soldiers pushed dead ethiopian soldiers by their feet gigling and checking for Identity card etc. But i chose to move on. I dont want to be a reason even one extra day for dictators to stay in Power. Beside i ma not sure if you are not pfd or ypfdj member. I have to read thorughly Your comment. There is some thing about it. It is not straight forward.

  • eru

    still dumu nakfa is hero better than you hademti
    1981 ms hademkum ajefjef ktblu gziaa zarebekum

  • Wedi serjeka

    Helen jelen jelfaf
    You mean dumu nay Nakfa. Kkkkkkkkkkk

  • Kokhob Selam

    Test

  • T..T.

    To Denden and Halewa Sewra (Hidrom),

    In the name of the Eritrean Revolution, Operation Fenkil was for ending an ugly foreign occupation and Operation Forto was for ending an ugly dictatorship.

    Time, as you may see, is not on the side of a closed system. Closed system proved emptiness because feedbacks are punished. One looks at a mirror for an open and loud feedback through reflection. One who wishes your bads is not your friend. There are good opposition and bad opposition, these days. Don’t think Alem Goitem (Meskerem.net), who harps on the bads of Eritrea, is a friend of Eritrea. When Dehai was expected to remain blind to the slow destruction of Eritrea, it said no to ‘slow destruction,’ and instead Meskerem has become the mouthpiece of the ‘slow destruction.’

    My thanks are due to the Dehai administration for its step by step openness , however, I am disappointed to see some pro-closed system to fight back the deprograming process.

    Here’s what one of Dehai’s pro-closed system wrote:

    QUOTE : The Eritrean President is a visionary leader. He knows more than any one else what Eritrea needs by priorities from time to time and the Eritrean People stand united behind their President.

    The People of Eritrea are one Heart one Bit. They are six million people in one, the President is the people and the people are the President. The People of Eritrea speak with one voice which is one mind. No need for free press, we are one voice one media. Every Eritrean knows what happened when Eritrea allowed free press. They were funded by America and its allies to disintegrate the people of Eritrea by tribe by region by religion. They tried to create an atmosphere to overthrow the government which lead to the arrest of the plotters.
    When free press is needed at all for our people, then at the time of our choice and not at the choice of the traitors and America. UNQUOTE

    All of us should respect the truth, cherish the truth, and seek the truth above all. If you two were programed by a cult (Isayasim), it is wise to follow the following steps in order to deprogram yourselves, unless unless unless you don’t want to learn the truth, then you probably won’t. The following will help you to deprogram.

    Quote:
    1. Love the truth, even if it is sometimes inconvenient or unpleasant. Respect the truth, cherish the truth, seek the truth above all.
    People stay trapped in cults, or trapped in illusions, because they don’t really want to know the truth:
    o Sometimes, they are afraid to know the truth —
     They fear that their world will fall apart if they stop believing certain things, or admit the truth of other things. That is one of the beliefs with which they got programmed — the idea that if they don’t believe the right things, they will go to Hell, or they will lose their ticket to Heaven, or something else really bad will happen to them. One of the things that CULTS DO IS IMPLANT PHOBIAS about leaving the cult, or learning the truth about the cult.
     They are afraid of losing their status or membership in the group — they are afraid that they will be shunned and ostracized if they don’t believe the same things as the other people around them. And they are just plain afraid of being alone.
     They fear that they will have to leave the cult if they stop believing in it, and they will stop believing in it if they learn a bunch of negative things about it. (“Then what will I do with my life?!”) So they plug their ears and close their eyes, and play “Hear no evil, see no evil…”
    o Some people just don’t want to see that they were fooled.
     “I refuse to believe that I spent twelve years of my life in a cult. It isn’t a cult. It can’t be a cult. It’s a wonderful movement.”
    As they say in A.A., “Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.”
    o Some people just don’t want to give it up.
     “If I leave the group, I will be lonely because I won’t have any friends. So shut up and quit telling me disturbing things about it.”
     “I have lots of time invested here. I’m a respected elder. If I quit the organization, I’ll be a nobody.”
    Similarly, people who choose to stay trapped in addictions do not wish to know the truth about their addictions. Few people wish to hear that they are wasting all of their money on something that is poison to them, and wrecking their lives, and that continuing to consume that stuff is stupid?
    Unquote

  • Helen

    you showed me one body guard and some garbage from woyane. did not say he doesn’t have one. show me the 70 mentioned above by mr sensational there. show me that one and may be this story will be given some credibility otherwise it is garbage.

  • Helen

    Saay
    you are the expert on everything aren’t you and tend to look down at GOE supporters because they are not swayed by your story telling. can you tell us what you don’t know or you are not sure of? how can someone be so arrogant to claim that he is better and smarter and knows better than the rest? do you see something wrong in that? come down my friend, humble yourself sometimes. none of your business if he’s bloodshot eyes. he fought for 40 years he deserves to relax…he is a human being afterall, and hey by the way, he still is handsome:). And it would have been smarter on your part if you had waited at least until the Nackfa event which is taking place in about 10 days to give us your little what’s up story. The reason he didn’t give speech at this year’s Fenkil event was because he will be giving one big speech at Nacfa. So not to worry, the Lion of NAKFA is in control and he will be there as long as the people support him! and hey by the way he stil is handsome:)

    • Serray

      So he deserves to get so drunk he wears dark glasses to hide his bloodshed eyes when giving a major speech. What do you mean ” he is still handsome”? Why does that matter, even to you? Don’t you think it is gross for a middle aged something to mention his fading looking as an asset. Your comment remind me of the women who fall in love with convicted murderes in prison. You guys are not normal.

    • roh

      Selamat Helen:

      I will respect your opinion.But don’t tell me PIA is lucky this time with pretexts and blackmailing,like before.He run out of them!

      I am ok with your craving and lust of the man.But I will assure you as a Christian and Eritrean,I am not going to buy his “Jihad…” crap,as I didn’t with “woyane”, “Sub nationationalist”,”CIA” ploys!

      I do feel sorry for people who support a maniac who deny his ex comrade a homeland burial!! They better check with their psychiatrists!!

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      What could you have called the president if:

      he accepted the majority allready in the 90s and allowed the elders, the democrats, the activists, the educated to engage in the ellection and he left the Power for the elected ones

      planned a peacefull coexistence With neighboring countries including yemen and as a result the Power and the economy was invested on business so that instead of war, non-ending military services, spies, international freedom fighters, refugees, sanctions, etc is an agenda; the agenda was buisness With Somalia, ethiopia, yemen, investing on the Fish, settelment of half a million People both from ethiopia and Eritrea on Assab, Train connecting Asmara, Djibouti, moqadisho, even nirobi, the free movement of People this afar and kunama not separated by Virtual line and 300 thousand heavily armed soldiers.

      If the exile eritreans come back an invest what they have learnt or accumilated in Eritrea instead of making Eritrea the smallest country With the largest number of refugees.

      In short what do you calle him if he were just the oppisit he is. there is many crimes made on Eritrea in the name of Liberation but making believe that the Choice eritrans and eritra has isayas or slavery is the worest.

    • Yodita

      Woizero/Weizerit Helen,

      You seem to obsess about how handsome DIA is! Woman to woman, I advise you to quench your thirst privately, (1) if he still is with it and (2) if he will have you (you sound a bit ancient!). To some of us, he is outright repulsive (burnt out and vitality and energy-starved) even looks-wise as the outside look emanates from the depth of one’s being. It is when he laughs, that there is something so eerie and unnatural, it is too choreographed and phoney! You admire a despot who is bleeding and shaming Eritrea. Brace yourself to see him behind bars in the not too distant future! Enough is Enough is gathering momentum by the minute while you are adoringly worshipping his drunken face and musing how handsome DIA is

    • abudi

      “hey by the way he stil is handsome” It’s his looks that blinded you then Helu ! you fare better than the others! at least the “fikri uwur” argument my come to your aid! But still I for one find it very difficult not to look down at GOE supporters! They all seem to suffer some kind of mental deficiency! Most probably in the faculty that deals with logic and reasoning!

  • denden

    As someone put it the three A** are barking mad at the absence of mayhem in Eritrea and still they are upping their futile attempt to destroy eritrea by waht ever means deciet, misinform and terrorize Eritreans abroad as well as at home but make no mistake our motto is to let the mad dogs scream as much as they can and our struggle to defeat hunger, poverty and injustices.

    Mad dogs bark the Eri camel stridetly marches!!!
    Awet nhafash
    zelalemawi zikri nsewuatna.

    • Papillon

      Denden,

      There sure is a sense of calmness in Eritrea but it is a creepy silence. It is spooky. It is like taking a stroll in a ghost town. If anything, Isaias has succeeded in installing a pervasive fear where friends, relatives, siblings are rendered suspicious to each other. The macabre fear has found a room between the sheets where couples do not trust each other as well. It is rather astounding to watch the Eritrean ambassador to the UK’s interview with Press TV where he is incredibly careful not to say anything remotely subversive where he is clearly self conscious about the lifeless words he uttered. This is the abnormal Eritrea you’re clearly bending backward to maintain at any cost. Deep in is rather dark world, Isaias is absolutely convinced that he has met the sound of inevitability (read: the wind of Forto) where his regime is a foregone conclusion as such, when fools like you are taken by the charms of a sadistic psychopath, he is going to exit the political scene a light years away from the fate of his patron saint (read: Gadafi) for he is not cut out to give his own life to the “ideals” he believes in. He will run away. Mark my word.

    • Hagos Berhan

      Denden,
      Denden,
      Wake up and smell the coffee my dear. What planet are you on? I advise you to connect and spend some time with some Eritrean youth who fled the country, and ask them one question please: why did you leave your beloved country?
      My friend, Your Eri camel is heading straight into Sudan and Ethiopia as well Sinai!! And before you throw your customary Weyane, agame and fifth column etc…nonsense, let me tell you; I am a proud Eritrean and will be until the day I die. Time for change and you have to embrace it.

    • Henock

      Awat NHafash is dead! zikri nisweatna is also melagecha!

    • roh

      You are right Denden!! Only right b/c Ali Abdu(long time Operator,pupil groomed to be a mouth piece and PIA’s parrot) get back to his senses to know SOME THING IS GOING SERIOUSLYYYYYYYYYYYYYY WRONGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!

      Tell me you if you are:

      1) Smarter and knowledgeable dog than the Junior Mad Dog of the president who sniffs some thing is going wrong ?

      2) Loyal than the Judah Iscariot of Eritrea (Ali A.) that sold his dad to his mad dog master ?

      3)Loyal than Mustafa Nurhussien…?

  • How many more ‘Denden like’ supporters can hold the shaken pillars straight?
    “Forto – January, 21st , 2013” The ever-boiling pot expelling a visible steam for change.

    Inevitability and the brutish ego of Isaias Afwerki, another familiar “nonstarter” African leadership reaching its highest peak. Nonstarter. After thirty-years of gruesome nerve-racking trek in order to gain our Independence and, to finally make it happen, to realize the dream—made Eritrean-spirit rise high, so high, for some overjoyed euphorically blinded personalities juxtaposing brand new Eritrea among the ‘developed countries’ become irresistible (Eritrean’s big heart, we are not any-less if not better – attitude). The most eager amongst us, uttered their thoughts out-loud in a pride charged trumpet-like sounds, ‘yes we can exceed beyond tackling the Africans curse’.

    And God’s shrilling sounds of guidance tried to warn us – NOT with Isaias Afwerki at the helm – against our deaf ears – deaf ears unwilling to perceive any-sound besides the long awaited euphoric trumpets of Independence (forgetful of looking back, who and what delayed the Eritrean revolution). NOT with Isaias Afwerki at the helm. Did we listen? Did we? Boy, are we going to listen to the inevitable transitional God? This time may God’s shrilling sounds of wisdom slap your gundi-Ezni and mine 🙂

    What’s humanitarianism to a dictator? Eritreans, knowing well the heartlessly declared shoot to kill policy for anyone tempted to cross the border, they chose to cross it anyways. Eritreans, young and old some times the cripple and the blind, regrettably, the youth, oh, the youth chose to die crossing the border. If not shoot to kill at the border, it’s the unforgiving high seas and the barren deserts awaiting to swallow them, not to mention the torturous usher from those human-like Bedouin scavengers… All the same, Eritrean youth chose to flee in droves. And guess who’s showing his concern (Afewerki’s testimonial devotion “For the past ten years or so, Eritrea has remained to be a target of malicious and concerted practices of “human trafficking“.) about those who scripted perhaps their last omen ‘Ezi’wn kihalif eyu’ on the sides of Sinai Desert hills and arid valleys.

    “OUR” blind leader, NOT so blind covering his “OWN” ass, Isaias Afewerki the humanitarian is knocking at the United Nations door on behalf of the downtrodden Eritreans who voted ‘nay’ with their feet. Still, as we speak nationals continue to slip from under his brutish entrapment to avoid his savage fiefdom.

    Well, Finally, it’s about time to let everything hangout, a tangible evidence in writing? What should we call it? Exhibit a-z or y, ‘Y’ representing the eleventh hour 🙂

    Consequently, that old habitual modus-operandi of his shines a dull wit into her dimmest finale. So, It takes a confrontational approach like ‘Forto, January, 21st, 2013’ for the humanely obligated statuary letter to appear? A decadal letter decodes the decadence of an ‘apprehensive author’. A unique letter indeed, an awakening silver bullet to the bamboozled supporters and, hopefully, the beginning of the end to the miseries Eritrean people endure. Emphatically, it’s a dishonest penance to the courts-jurisprudence.

    Hence, an opportune moment has arrived to consolidate – organizations to show their maturity presented in a positive manner. I support EPDP’s timely thus smart proposal.

    Most importantly, in relation to the matter at hand I wouldn’t want miss the opportunity to thank our humanitarian champions. Meronaki, Selemawit, and Elsino. Thank-you.

  • Halewa Sewra

    Serray:

    I left out one thing. By the way, regarding the sanctions…That too is not surprising.

    Eritrea is too strong to handle for Ethiopia alone.

    Enter sanctions to try to weaken Eritrea’s ability to defend itself militarily by imposing an arms embargo using some bogus pretext.

    If you’re honest with youself, you will admit that Eritrea is a victim. For instance, EThiopia invaded Somalia, a sovereign nation. It’s illegal to invade another country. But was Weyane sanctioned for its illegal invasion and occupation of another soverieng country? No. BY some twisted logic, it was Eritea who was sanctioned.

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      So you hink it is not fair that the west sanctions Eritrea for its interest while not sanctions Ethiopia.

      But the west doesnt sanction Eritrea to help Ethiopia. This you have to know well by now. In the west there is no such a thing called helping poor country. If there was, then the milion South Americas were easy to be helped by usa than so far away to ethiopia. But there is a thing called the WEST INTEREST.

      By the same talken you answered Your surprise victory of the largest african military of Ethiopia by woyane and shabia. Those ethiopian soldiers perished in defending the unity of Ethioipa was orchestrated by devastating sanction over Ethioipa for years to get rid of soviet and cuba. The west won. tplf followed the scheme of the west but not eplf. No matter you said unless isayas Accept what the west demands, eplf goverment is done. it is only a matter of time. the more time it takes the more suffering for the innocent majority. I am not expert. I just follow seriously Our history.

      Sending his right hands to the the west may be is the sign of the ditator’s brain encounter some flash bake of mengistus nightmare. But that is fact. The problem is if it is isayas who is negotiating With the west the demands by the west is so humulating for the ego of the dictator he is going to committe sucide if he is brave enough like Atse Twodros. But he wouldnt because Atse Twodros was not put in Power by the help of external forces.

      • weygud

        the west wants strong ethiopia that will work for them help control the horn of africa.
        that is why they want sanction eritrea to the point it want existe on her own and force eritrea to be part of ethiopia.

    • Mesfin

      That is called deplomacy Halwa Sewra. We don’t have a leaders who can properly invision the deplomatic and strategic interest of Eritrea. If you became a freinds of Gadaffi, Al Beshir, Iran; then that is what you get. More sanctions and issolation.

    • T..T.

      Hi Halewa Sewra (Hidrom),

      Embargo, sanctions, political failure, et., the ultimate sufferer is the people of Eritrea and not Eritrea represented in Isayas. As a result, people are walking away of Isayas’s Eritrea in protest of endless hunger and abuses in the name of “bring on, we are as strong as a rock.” BTW, Eritreans are fed up with Isayas’s empty promises and fake unity of heart. Isayas knew that yesterday and knows that today. That’s why he has no courage of having free expression and free movement in Eritrea, let alone other things.

    • araya

      well put and you are telling the truth here. however, Don’t expect Serray or anyone else to answer you honestly. Those days, everything ugly about Eritrea is a fair game. My only disagreement I have with you is that, asking for constitution and the release of political prisoners should not be equated as act of terrorism. They did not even demanded that PIA to give up power, so, sooner or later the government of Eritrea got to address those inquires. There is one thing where you can corner PIA, demand Ethiopia to withdraw from Eritrean land and demarcate the border, then, you have him naked and nowhere to hide. All the demonstrations should have been asking for the Government of Ethiopia to withdraw from Eritrean land and demarcate the border, not for silly and stupid forto 2013. If anything you tipped the Eritrean government to tighten things.

      • weygud

        wishfull thinking if the border is demarcated pia will gain more credites and after that
        shaebia is still going to be around for years to come and PIA will be the president
        and then he will talk about our constitution and negotation with ethiopia peacefully and that is not far away my dear.

      • daniel

        I agree with you , If the TPLF government demarcate the border and withdraw from all territories , ISAYAS would not last long! Ethiopia is holding our country Hostage ,by refusing to accept the border commission ruling.

    • daniel

      Helewa Sawa

      “Eritrea is too strong to handle for Ethiopia alone.”
      Is that why Ethiopia still occupying Eritrean territories illegally ?

      “Enter sanctions to try to weaken Eritrea’s ability to defend itself militarily by
      imposing an arms embargo using some bogus pretext.”

      before sanction what kind of weapon did Eritrean Army fought with woyane? old AK47 ,
      Zu 23, Tanks used in WW2 , mortar , Isayas didn’t buy any useful weapon during
      the conflict , instead he let down the Army and the nation and he sabotaged the war
      effort so the current situation can exist no war no peace !

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  • Serray

    Halewa sewra,

    Name a sanctioned country whose young are trafficked and their organs are harvested by people roaming the desert.

    So the west and woyanes offer cushy retirement with full medical to anyone who defects? Where did you get that and how come that doesn’t apply to Ali Abdu? When it actually happened, it is normal, even better than norman…”It is time for someone else to serve.” In normal countries, when a minister retired, the government announces his retirement and then officially replace him. In your normal, officials defect or disappear, no word from the government but an annual event passes without the usual hoopla to cover their absence and people like you dig up old stories to equate ministry takeover with camp shootings.

    Here is a question for you, the fort hood shooter is in prison awaiting trail; where are the 200 people who took over the MoI? Do you buy Thomes Mountain’s story about them eating a nice dinner, spend the night at enda korea under clean sheets and went back to their base? You know, the difference between good and evil, between sanity and insanity, is ultimately the way one conceives normal. Ask a serial killer why he did it and he will come up with an explanation that makes sense to his deranged mind. Sort of asking you people why the young risk shoot-to-kill policy, kidnapping, torture, losing life, to escape a country you consider a land of milk and honey, and your response is it is normal for the young to migrate. If there still is an element of choice on why you defend a sick regime that traffics on its young, soon you will find out that it is not your a choice at all, it has become your nature.

    About the sanctions, I think the UN hates us is a much better excuse; it is short and pointless…better than eritrea is strong for ethiopia to handle alone or it is a twisted logic. Rules of war, my friend, do you remember what happened to HS and mengistu when they lost, they were vanquished. You guys are worshipping a sick dictator who is vanquished for all intents and purposes after he lost a war he ignited; sort of what happened to sadam after kuwait. Only isaiasist (as SAAY puts it) think he is a normal ruler…a ruler who pats itself 364 days and admits its failure on year end. Sort of a stupid student who brags every day but brings a failing report card every year.

  • Serray

    Good one, Awate,

    If you ask me to describe the pfdjs in one word, it will be “death”. Every other organism feels when it loses a body part; not the pfdjs. Like Zombies, when they lose something, they pretend to make it look normal. Officials defect or disappear; they tell themselves this is normal, others will take their place. Get sanctioned and they say it is normal since the UN hates us. Water, electricity and basic necessities disappear, and they say it is normal for a poor country…even though they are the ones impoverishing it. The regime arms citizen for God knows what and this is normal to them. The generals are accused of trafficking on our young and this too is normal since the kids asked for it by fleeing the country. January 21st is normal to them; they started the day with isaias and they ended the day with him.

    Let us hope they don’t master the art and science of animation. If they do, we will have duplicates all over the place; Ali Abdu, Abdella, Ramadan will be sitting next to animated isaias at Fenkel. Hell, they might even make people listen to the dummy’s independence day speech by stitching together parts of his pointless old speeches long after he is gone.

    The struggle against the pfdj is and always has been a struggle for the day life and real normalcy comes to our country. The pfdj hope that day never comes but looking at the limbs these zombies are droping, there is no way they can keep the shred for long.

    • saay

      Hey Serray:

      The Isaiaists* remind me of the guy from The Naked Gun who tells a crowd gathered to see a horrific disaster: “move along, nothing to see here! Disperse! Nothing to see here!”

      This guy: http://youtu.be/rSjK2Oqrgic

      Every year, we have 4 rituals and they happen on February 8, May 24, June 30 and December 31. The first 3 dates, Isaias tells us about all the great things his regime has accomplished despite all the arrayed enemies; then, on December 31, he tells us absolutely nothing has been accomplished. He has done this for 21 years. This year, he just skipped the first date. The nerdy short-sleeved shirt, the dark dictator glasses covering the bloodshot hangover-recovering eyes are missing. There is no Sebhat Ephrem, nobody from PFDJ, no concerts with Wedi Tukul. No interviews with Al Jazeera asking the interviewer if she enjoyed the show. Move along, nothing to see here!

      There is always May 24. If he makes it to that date:) In the meantime, remember, the louder the Isaiasists say “business as usual”, “nothing to see here”, they are not trying to convince you; they are trying to convince themselves.

      saay

      *Isaiasists because the only thing they believe in is that Isaias must rule. They don’t care if the ideology he embraces is communism, capitalism, socialism, Islamism, fascism…US ally, US enemy, doesn’t matter… Weyane ally, weyane foe, doesn’t matter… at war, at peace, it doesn’t matter… they don’t care if the entire party or even the EDF is hollowed out…or that the entire youth empty the country…all that matters is that Isaias Afwerki rules and they get a T-shirt with his image from the days he was young and handsome:)

      • Papillon

        That is pretty funny. I am still laughing. I sure don’t mean to inject a crooked twist to your astute observation but wouldn’t you say, the majority of the people whom you have aptly dubbed “Isaiasists” hail from the highlands where the main reason they are hanging on to the person of Isaias at any cost is the fact that they can not possibly conjure up an Eritrea sans Isaias for it is terrifying to the very core of their otherwise pathetic existence? Wouldn’t you say?

    • araya

      Some people in the opposition are desperate. Nothing has happened. I understand the need for a change but the three A’s are going bananas. Assena,Awate and Asmarinio. People, relax.

    • Halewa Sewra

      Dear Serray:

      Yes, those things you mentioned are pretty normal indeed. Consider the following:

      1. It’s a actually a surprise that there aren’t more defections among senior officials in the Government of Eritrea. The cabinet has been pretty stable for a long time now. When you consider how many messages of “you can live a comfortable life of retirement in the West with a quick asylum grant and a lifetime of free healthcare and a generous safety net” and offers of cash from Weyane and Western spy agencies, it is a real surprise that there are few defections among those who serve Eritrea in senior military and government positions. It’s a testament of character and loyalty.

      I have no problem with someone like Ali Abdu, who has served his country admirably and loyally for decades, deciding to retire from a life of politics and saying it is time for me to tend to my health and join my wife and kids in the West. In effect, saying “It is time for someone else to serve.”

      2. Regarding the Forto incident, that too is not unusual. Even in the U.S, there are terrorist incidents that are executed by military officers on military bases. Ever heard of U.S Army Major Nidal Hassan shooting and killing 13 soldiers and wounding 29 others at Fort Hood? Terrorist incidents by military folks happen all the time. Except in Eritrea’s case, there were no deaths. The whole thing was un-Eritrean and will never happen again. Let’s not make an event out of a “non-Event.” Nothing of consequence happened.

      Business As Usual!!!

  • Halewa Sewra

    Dear Awate Staff:

    Let me respectfully disagree. Those unsavory things you mentioned are associated with Weyane’s Ethiopia, not with Eritrea.

    Arrests, killings, torture, illegal confisications of properties. Come on!

    Who confisicated the properties of Eritreans in Ethiopia (including that of the relatives of Awatestaff) simply because they didn’t like the color of their eyes?

    If you answered Weyane, you’ve answered correctly! Give yourselves a pat on the back!

    • T..T.

      Hi Halewa Sewra,

      Since the outset of the EPLF, stripping of personal effects/property was its main policy of welcoming recruitee. Petty confiscations never being a practice of socialists but for Isayas stripping of watches, pens, pencils and books was a means of psychological giving up one’s view and dignity of expressing opinion. Even in prisons such practices are universally condemned. But what? Yesterday you practiced under your Halewa Seewra policies and today you are denying it under Halewa Sewra name. What a hipocritical praise of your Halewa Sewra.

      Isayas is not to blame for what you are so long you are self-contradicting. The way Isayas structured to rule Eritrea is self-inflicting and that is why he is self-defeated and cannot win over the weakest conflict, say Djibouti. If you blind to what is going on (arrest, killings, torture, illegal confisication of proppertiies), it is because you chose to be so. And that (denying) won’t prove any truth internally or externally because the victims are everywhere with their scaars. They are ready to prove you wrong.

  • Kim Hanna

    Dear Awate team,

    Please,allow me to express my emotions in regards to Operation Fenkil. As an Ethiopian, I saw the 8000 killed on your piece and the tens of thousands sacrifieced over the years to avoid what the “people” are going thru, today.

    This day should also be observed in Ethiopia as a memorial holiday of reflection. WE TRIED BUT FAILED. Obviously, Haileselasie did not handled it right. Mengistu royally botched it up.

    The final result is the deaths of thousands and the suffering that is going on on a wide scale by the poor “people” today. When you look to the future, there is a 50/50 chance things will get any better. Old people, what have we done?

    From where I stand, Eritreans are not Ethiopians and Assab is not Ethiopian. Let us memoralize the past and move on.

  • Truth Teller

    One people one word, i.e. Isayas’s word, is already a bygone thing in Eritrea. Isayas who silenced any opposition through faster and faster rotation, knew that the rotation scheme has ceased to work. The fake total loyalty turned into real and declared total opposition. Isayas has never had any harmonious relations with any human person repeat human person. Can there be a non-human person? Surely, there can be a non-human person. A non-human person is one has lost his/her dignity and has become passive and weak in order to satisfy his/her greed.

    His supporters expect economic improvement to produce rapprochement (harmonious relationship) between the people and Isayas. But Isayas has chosen not to. He told the Eritrean people that the gold wealth has its owner and not to expect any improvement soon. The expected deeper rapprochement out of economic ties has become total resentment. People have kept walking away, crossing the borders, at greater and greater numbers. So, the Eritrean army started to resent firing at those walkers to freedom. In their minds the army took the side of the people and now stared to speak out and act upon it. If Isayas says nothing serious happened on January 21, he is not sincere enough and needs to wake up and smell the upcoming risk. Still we believe in peaceful transition of power.

  • MacLogos

    Dear moderator, would you please post this copy of a messed up note I sent you earlier. Thank you in advance.

    ***/*/***

    Selam everybody,

    To this writer, things don’t just stand there and stay the same but rise or fall, grow or die, win or lose in time. Time is the currency of life and wasting one’s time is wasting once life if takes a life of its own and becomes a delusional world where people wait for the tomorrow that may or may never come at all. When the blind leads the blind, they all end up in the proverbial ditch. When people start living in a world created for them by liars, thieves, and killers, you get a case of an arrested society like what we now call the Eritrea society that is trying to reclaim its freedom to live according to the values of the diverse communities it embraces base on the rule of law of he land and not the rule of political organizations and their failed leaders.

    Be the foregoing statements as they may, Operation Fenkil may stand as one of the epic events in Eritrean socio-political and politico-military history. Now, a third history seems to make its voice heard loud and clear : This is a history of the military speaking on behalf of the society it was formed to defend. Operation Forto may be the string that connects the social, political, and military voice of the Eritrean nation in the making. I was a member of the ELA before the ELF disintegrated into daughter factions some thirty years ago and considered Wedi Awate as the commander in chief of the ELA and EPLA that gave Eritrean socio-politics its military muscle to bring about Eritrea’s independence from Ethiopian colonialism with world acclaim.

    Proceeding, Operation Forto may be seeing as Operation Mount Adal that called all Eritreans to rise up in arms and free their land. The only difference is that Operation Forto may be seeing as giving Eritrean socio-politics the necessary coercive voice that it needed to get it moving till the Eritrean people are set free to establish the government they seek by whatever means necessary. Operation Forto may be likened and turn out to like the candle that gave Eritrean politics the necessary light and coercive voice it needed to keep the course at the right place and at the time by burning itself out.

    Wedi Ali and his friends spoke loud and clear to make the voice of the oppressed Eritrean people heard loud and clear from the military side of things in Eritrean Eritrean. Operation Forto is the voice of those who hold arms to defend their people and their homeland both in words and deeds on the ground. Wedi Ali and those who may have or may sooner or later be martyred with him are just like the rare candle that burns itself out to give light to its people with world acclaim. While am at it, I throw in a couple of things I said earlier regarding the ongoing Eritrean-Ethiopian political state of affairs and see if I can get away with it again:-). Without much ado, what I opined elsewhere earlier follows:

    By now, most Eritreans know that DIA was and is a liar, a thieve, and a murderer from the outset. Like father like son, DIA and his PFJD regime are nothing but servants of the devil who lie, steal, and kill as they rule the Eritrean people with diabolical impunity. DIA is a demoniac exterminating the Eritrean people and his PFDJ regime and its supporters are nothing but tools of his genocidal mission of destruction. People should not waste their time listening to the servants of DIA and his evil PFDJ regime.

    It is time for Eritreans to start thinking as civic citizens instead of as the citizens of political organizations and their failed leaders. It is clear for all who care to see that DIA and his regime of savages are starving, jailing, defiling, selling, and killing Eritreans in broad daylight. Eritreans who support or serve DIA and his demonic PFDJ regime will either have to be on the side of the Eritrean people and stand up for the rule of law to rule or will face the music till they expire and go to hell. In this dangerous times, Eritreans should strive to rise above their partisan politics as civic citizens in order to establish their own government under the rule of law without DIA and Weyane political contamination.

    Eritreans talk much about how good or bad DIA is for Eritrea and its people whom he rules like slaves and animals. Eritreans talk much about how good or bad Kidan and its affiliates are for Eritrea and its people. Eritreans go around the world and protest before the halls of DIA’s and Weyane’s Luciferian masters calling for the rule of law to rule in their land. However, it is hypocritical that the Diaspora Eritrean opposition to DIA’s bestial rule in Eritrea says little or nothing about the need for the rule of international law to rule as agreed upon by all parties concerned and demarcate the Eritrean-Ethiopian borders.

    Eventually, those in the Eritrea-4-Eritreans camp will have to first rally their forces and resources and wage a unified and popular struggle to bring about the change they seek in Eritrea in unison with all who are struggling to end DIA’s tyrannical rule in Eritrea. It is time for all Eritreans to stand up to defend both the sovereignty of the Eritrean people and their homeland based on the rule of national and international laws. It is time for all Eritreans to mount a unified popular challenge to both DIA and his Weyane cousins and their New World Order Luciferian masters to let the rule of national and international law rule and leave the Eritrean people free to establish their own government.
    Cheers and Peace!

  • Abdu

    of course some thing wrong. But PFDJ always they try to stray away, and shift the attention any way the truth is truth!!

  • Halewa Sewra

    Must be a slow news day! A year ago, it was PIA hasn’t been seen on TV so he must be sick or dying. Oops! It turns out it was Meles who was sick and dying. Literally! Now it’s PIA didn’t give a speech so there must be wrong.

    Come on people. Face it! The incident at Forto has already been forgotten!!! It’s business as usual in Eritrea.

    Business As Usual!

    • awatestaff

      Halewa Sewra:

      It’s business as usual in Eritrea.

      Don’t disagree with this. The “business” in Eritrea is killing, arresting, torturing, disappearing and then lying about killing, arresting, torturing and disappearing. And stealing the properties of those killed, arrested, tortured and disappeared. You know, all the things that “halewa sewra” is famous for. And business is very good.

      awate staff

      • Haqi

        Well said awate

      • Henock

        Lol, what a sarcasm!!!

  • MacLogos

    Selam everybody,

    To this writer, things don’t just stand there and stay the same but rise or fall, grow or die, win or lose in time. Time is the currency of life and wasting one’s time is wasting once life if takes a life of its own and becomes a delusional world where people waiting for the tomorrow that may or ma never come at all. When the blind leads the blind, they all end up in the proverbial ditch. When people start living in a world created for them by liars, thieves, and killers, you get a case of an arrested society like what is called the Eritrea society that is trying to reclaim its freedom to live according to the values of the diverse communities it embrace according to the rule of law and not the rule of political organizations their railed leaders.

    Be the foregoing statements as they may, Operation Fenkil may stand as one of the epic events in Eritrean socio-political and politico-military history. Now, a third history seems to make its voice heard loud and clear : This is a history of the military speaking on behalf of the society it was formed to defend. Social, political, military uniting the voice of a nation in the making. I was a member of the ELA before the ELF disintegrated into daughter factions some thirty years ago and considered Wedi Awate as the commander in chief of the ELA and EPLA that gave Eritrean socio-politics its military muscle to bring about Eritrea’s independence from Ethiopian colonialism with world acclaim.

    Proceeding, Operation Forto may be seeing as Operation Mount Adal that called all Eritreans to rise up in arms and free their land. The only difference is that Operation Forto may be seeing as giving Eritrean socio-politics the necessary coercive voice that it needed to get it moving till the Eritrean people are set free to establish the government they seek by whatever means necessary. Operation Forto may be likened and turn out to like the candle that gave Eritrean politics the necessary light and coercive voice it needed to keep the course at the right place and at the time by burning itself out.

    Wedi Ali and his friends spoke loud and clear to make the voice of the oppressed Eritrean people heard loud and clear from the military side of things in Eritrean Eritrean. Operation Forto is the voice of those who hold arms to defend their people and their homeland both in words and deeds on the ground. Wedi Ali and those who may have or may sooner or later be martyred with him are just like the rare candle that burns itself out to give light to its people with world acclaim. While am at it, I throw in a couple of things I said earlier regarding the ongoing Eritrean-Ethiopian political state of affairs and see if I can get away with it again:-). Without much ado, what I opined elsewhere earlier follows:

    By now, most Eritreans know that DIA was and is a liar, a thieve, and a murderer from the outset. Like father like son, DIA and his PFJD regime are nothing but servants of the devil who lie, steal, and kill as they rule the Eritrean people with diabolical impunity. DIA is a demoniac exterminating the Eritrean people and his PFDJ regime and its supporters are nothing but tools of his genocidal mission of destruction. People should not waste their time listening to the servants of DIA and his evil PFDJ regime.

    It is time for Eritreans to start thinking as civic citizens instead of as the citizens of political organizations and their failed leaders. It is clear for all who care to see that DIA and his regime of savages are starving, jailing, defiling, selling, and killing Eritreans in broad daylight. Eritreans who support or serve DIA and his demonic PFDJ regime will either have to be on the side of the Eritrean people and stand up for the rule of law to rule or will face the music till they expire and go to hell. In this dangerous times, Eritreans should strive to rise above their partisan politics as civic citizens in order to establish their own government under the rule of law without DIA and Weyane political contamination.

    Eritreans talk much about how good or bad DIA is for Eritrea and its people whom he rules like slaves and animals. Eritreans talk much about how good or bad Kidan and its affiliates are for Eritrea and its people. Eritreans go around the world and protest before the halls of DIA’s and Weyane’s Luciferian masters calling for the rule of law to rule in their land. However, it is hypocritical that the Diaspora Eritrean opposition to DIA’s bestial rule in Eritrea says little or nothing about the need for the rule of international law to rule as agreed upon by all parties concerned and demarcate the Eritrean-Ethiopian borders.

    Eventually, those in the Eritrea-4-Eritreans camp will have to first rally their forces and resources and wage a unified and popular struggle to bring about the change they seek in Eritrea in unison with all who are struggling to end DIA’s tyrannical rule in Eritrea. It is time for all Eritreans to stand up to defend both the sovereignty of the Eritean people and their homeland based on the rule of national and international laws. It is time for all Eritreans to mount a unified popular challenge to both DIA and his Weyane cousins and their New World Order Luciferian masters to let the rule of national and international law rule and leave the Eritrean people free to establish their own govnment.

    Cheers and Peace!on’t stand there even if people want them to and Operation Fenkil may stand as one of the epic event in Eritrean socio-political and politico-military history. Now, a third history seems to make its voice heard loud and clear : This is a history of the military speaking on behalf of the society it was formed to defend. Social, political, military uniting the voice of a nation in the making. I was a member of the ELA before the ELF disintegrated into daughter factions some thirty years ago and considered Wedi Awate as the commander in chief of the ELA and EPLA that gave Eritrean socio-politics its military muscle to bring about Eritrea’s independence from Ethiopian colonialism with world acclaim.

    Proceeding, Operation Forto may be seeing as Operation Mount Adal that called all Eritreans to rise up in arms and free their land. The only difference is that Operation Forto may be seeing as giving Eritrean socio-politics the necessary coercive voice that it needed to get it moving till the Eritrean people are set free to establish the government they seek by whatever means necessary. Operation Forto may be likened and turn out to like the candle that gave Eritrean politics the necessary light and coercive voice it needed to keep the course at the right place and at the time by burning itself out.

    Wedi Ali and his friends spoke loud and clear to make the voice of the oppressed Eritrean people heard loud and clear from the military side of things in Eritrean Eritrean. Operation Forto is the voice of those who hold arms to defend their people and their homeland both in words and deeds on the ground. Wedi Ali and those who may have or may sooner or later be martyred with him are just like the rare candle that burns itself out to give light to its people with world acclaim. While am at it, I throw in a couple of things I said earlier regarding the ongoing Eritrean-Ethiopian political state of affairs and see if I can get away with it again:-). Without much ado, what I opined elsewhere earlier follows:

    By now, most Eritreans know that DIA was and is a liar, a thieve, and a murderer from the outset. Like father like son, DIA and his PFJD regime are nothing but servants of the devil who lie, steal, and kill as they rule the Eritrean people with diabolical impunity. DIA is a demoniac exterminating the Eritrean people and his PFDJ regime and its supporters are nothing but tools of his genocidal mission of destruction. People should not waste their time listening to the servants of DIA and his evil PFDJ regime.

    It is time for Eritreans to start thinking as civic citizens instead of as the citizens of political organizations and their failed leaders. It is clear for all who care to see that DIA and his regime of savages are starving, jailing, defiling, selling, and killing Eritreans in broad daylight. Eritreans who support or serve DIA and his demonic PFDJ regime will either have to be on the side of the Eritrean people and stand up for the rule of law to rule or will face the music till they expire and go to hell. In this dangerous times, Eritreans should strive to rise above their partisan politics as civic citizens in order to establish their own government under the rule of law without DIA and Weyane political contamination.

    Eritreans talk much about how good or bad DIA is for Eritrea and its people whom he rules like slaves and animals. Eritreans talk much about how good or bad EDA or Kidan and its affiliates are for Eritrea and its people. Eritreans go around the world and protest before the halls of DIA’s and Weyane’s Luciferian masters calling for the rule of law to rule in their land. However, it is hypocritical that the Diaspora Eritrean opposition to DIA’s bestial rule in Eritrea says little or nothing about the need for the rule of international law to rule as agreed upon by all parties concerned and demarcate the Eritrean-Ethiopian borders.

    Eventually, those in the Eritrea-4-Eritreans camp will have to first rally their forces and resources and wage a unified and popular struggle to bring about the change they seek in Eritrea in unison with all who are struggling to end DIA’s tyrannical rule in Eritrea. It is time for all Eritreans to stand up to defend both the sovereignty of the Eritrean people and their homeland based on the rule of national and international laws. It is time for all Eritreans to mount a unified popular challenge to both DIA and his Weyane cousins and their New World Order Luciferian masters to let the rule of national and international law rule and leave the Eritrean people free to establish their own government.

    Cheers and Peace!

  • Tamrat Tamrat

    I don’t know much; but I like your analysis. Yes, the “Eritrean issue” is not about democracy, rule of law, freedom of this and freedom of that – for black Africans that is. Yes, it is not sympathy driven objective to feed hungry Eritreans or out of goodwill to change the lives of poor Eritreans. Yes,it is not about the young lives that are perishing at the Arabian desert-sands and shark-infested high seas. Because how could it be, when it is the product of – Western well thought-out policy to punish Eritrea – BRAIN DRAIN.

    Imagine if Western countries were taking “victims of the Ethiopian regime” to the West by the thousands. And imagine if they were processing their case at the borders of Ethiopia – at Assab, SenAfe, Tserona, Adi-Quala, Shambqo and Um-Hajer. The end result is very predictable. Now wouldn’t you blame Eritrea for waging war on Ethiopia? Of course you would. And you are right, it is true, that magic bullet (brain drain)and sanction that defeated Ethiopia’s Derg more than the bullets and military ingenuity of EPLF and TPLF.

    Tamrat Tamrat – I know this is a losing war for poor, small, lonely Eritrea. I know, the best Isaias and his PFDJ crowd could get out of this confrontation with the West is sympathy of poor nations, if that. But what good is it for Eritrea? Honestly, failing to articulate this reality and dwelling on sub-national issues and other nonsense, is what is making the Eritrean opposition lose the confidence of the wider public as an alternative to the PFDJ regime. But that is between us Eritreans.

    Again Tamrat: there is something Ethiopian policy makers and their elite need to understand. Being the darling of the West is good and all. Humiliating Eritrea might even make them feel good. But make no mistake, it is not going to bring the two people any closer. It is not going to make Ethiopia a regional power. Or simply put, Ethiopia is not going to march into economic prosperity and regional stage leaving the region behind. For better for worse, its fate is tangled with its neighbors.

    • Aron

      with due respect about most of your analysys, not to say all. but when you said Ethiopia should tangled with its neighbor!! which neighbors not neighbor? which neighbor does have a problem other than eritrea? with sudan! in any estimation there is no word to explain how ethiopia and sudan is configured, and better to remind that both sudans have preffered ethiopia to be thier GOD father on thier negotiation. and Somalia you may heard what the presidant of somalia has said about ethiopia. and kenya or jebouty to which ethiopia has exported a power supply aand have give a gurrant to sum amount of dept. so so so, what duo you mean when you said ethiopia with the neighbor??

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      100% agreed!!

  • Semere Tesfai

    Tamrat Tamrat

    I don’t know much; but I like your analysis. Yes, the “Eritrean issue” is not about democracy, rule of law, freedom of this and freedom of that – for black Africans that is. Yes, it is not sympathy driven objective to feed hungry Eritreans or out of goodwill to change the lives of poor Eritreans. Yes,it is not about the young lives that are perishing at the Arabian desert-sands and shark-infested high seas. Because how could it be, when it is the product of – Western well thought-out policy to punish Eritrea – BRAIN DRAIN.

    Imagine if Western countries were taking “victims of the Ethiopian regime” to the West by the thousands. And imagine if they were processing their case at the borders of Ethiopia – at Assab, SenAfe, Tserona, Adi-Quala, Shambqo and Um-Hajer. The end result is very predictable. Now wouldn’t you blame Eritrea for waging war on Ethiopia? Of course you would. And you are right, it is true, that magic bullet (brain drain)was that defeated Ethiopia’s Derg more than the bullets and military ingenuity of EPLF and TPLF.

    Tamrat Tamrat – I know this is a losing war for poor, small, lonely Eritrea. I know, the best Isaias and his PFDJ crowd could get out of this confrontation with the West is sympathy of poor nations, if that. But what good is that for Eritrea? Honestly, failing to articulate this reality and dwelling on sub-national issues and other nonsense, is what is making the Eritrean opposition lose the confidence of the wider public as an alternative to the PFDJ regime. But that is between us Eritreans.

    Again Tamrat: there is something Ethiopian policy makers and their elite need to understand. Being the darling of the West is good and all. Humiliating Eritrea might make them feel good. But make no mistake, it is not going to bring the two people any closer. It is not going to make Ethiopia a regional power. Or simply put, Ethiopia is not going to march into economic prosperity and regional stage leaving the region behind. For better for worse, its fate is tangled with its neighbors.

  • Helen

    lol a 70 man body guard detachment! what a bunch of detached souls you are! where are these detachments by the way, you forgot to add, they are invisible only come to life
    at the snap of his finger when he senses mutiny is underway…. do we see anyone swarming around this man anywhere? understand your giving readers what they want to hear but this is ridiculous, you all going crazy, why don’t you tell us about your brother Ali instead of this nonsense.