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PFDJ Festival: Defections In Melbourne, Australia

In a recent cycle of abandoning the Eritrean regime, the singer Aklilu Mebrahtu, and Yosief Amine, a saxophone player, have defected and asked for political protection in Melbourne, Australia. The fate of the other members of the group is not yet known.

The two were among a group of musicians and artists who were participating in the yearly festival that is organized by the Eritrean consulate. The three day festival ended on Jan 10, 2016.

Melbourne is home to several artists who abandoned the regime at different times.

Last year, Beshir Idris Nur, the Eritrean consul in Melbourne abandoned his position and asked for asylum in Australia. He has been replaced by Tekheste Mehari who inherited a weak local organization and weaker consulate.

According to people who attended the festivals, this year’s gathering registered the lowest attendance ever. An attendant said, “Even the propaganda seminar that was conducted by Petros Feshatsion, the Eritrean ambassador to Italy, who came all the way from Rome to deliver a speech, had to speak to a small crowd.”

Adoulis.net reported the organizers registered a loss of 80,000 Australian dollars in the festival.

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  • PTS

    So if Abraha Kassa is replacing Abdela Jabir, who is Filipos replacing to become interior minister? My understanding is the ministry of interior was abolished in the early 2000’s.
    And who has taken Fili’s position at EDF? And who is the minister of defence at the moment?

  • AOsman

    Dear All,

    I read news about Ethiopia stopping the support of (some or all not sure) opposition groups who are based there. Can someone who knows update us shed some light on the development.

    Regards
    AOsman

  • tes

    Dear AMAN,

    What an impeccable year to enjoy! At least we have proved that you are not a toboR. Welcome back to the world of human level of communication.

    tes

  • Danny

    Aman,

    Again, as a reader I find your comments imbecile and nothing more than attention seeking. I know you pretend to respect my opinion for there is nothing else you can do about it. If I were within your reach though, you would hunt me down, kill me brutally and pee on my grave. Your likes have been doing just that in a country called Eritrea for the last 25 years. Now go enjoy the little attention you have got.

  • PTS

    Hello all,
    Four months ahead of the actual date, the PFDJ has started the silver jubilee commemoration of Eritrea’s land independence.

    http://www.shabait.com/news/local-news/21058-independence-torch-in-nakfa

    Massawa’s commemoration will be used as appetizer with the count down progressing toward May. That is to say Eritrea’s meager resources will be redirected to this extravagant, untransparent, unaccounted, wasteful expenditure to glorify individual(s) at the expense of everyone else. That is also to say the state media is to drown voices of daily public hardship and focus on this topic for four long months. We will be generously treated to kbur President’s “werqawi qalat” and his old video clips to show him in the most positive light. Hailesillassie and Mengistu’s brutal crackdown will be repeately shown on tv to remind people to suck up whatever problem they are going through.

    With the Jubilee festivities and the situation in Ethiopia, I am thinking the PFDJ is having a holiday season. Perhaps the increase in salary has something to do with the Jubilee. Yes, the PFDJ head is that small.

  • V.F.

    Dear AT. I have two comments pending for a few hours now. Just so you know.

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; there is interesting video that is out showing Eritrean defectors to Ethiopia holding demonstration in Tigray. is TPLF allowing it to show the world ” you see, i am democratic” and I allow peaceful demonstrations, look how the Eritreans are allowed to demonstrate. the only reason i am killing the Oromo is because they are terrorists. or is it TPLF playing the usual stupid game. why is it the Erittrean defectors are allowed but the Oromos are hunted and killed?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2yhldbm1YA&feature=youtu.be

    • V.F.

      Hi Nitricc, you should know TPLF by now. They are doing this as a PR gimmick. The worst part is the stupid Eritreans demonstrating to please weyane Tigray. See, that is how they get their yilef to Addis. Dumb dumb dumb. We need to reach out to these innocent Eritreans and tell them to not be fooled by TPLF. Why would any Eritrean go to Tigray and demonstrate against his own government? Who made these kids who they are? Weyane didn’t educate, it didn’t feed them, it didn’t house them when they were in Eritrea. PIA is right when he said these young people are going on a picnic. Don’t they have better things to do than demonstrate in Tigray, of all places? This is a low down dirty shame.

      • tes

        Dear V.F.,

        Well don’t try to please Nitricc. He doesn’t care whether you tried or not. he is always Nitricc.

        tes

        • V.F.

          Tes, well, I am trying to be on the wrong side to help him come to the right side because he likes to argue with us for the sake of argument. Because he doesn’t think, he might unknowingly try to be on opposite side of me (my comment above) which would bring him to the right side. He might then like being on the right side. It is hard to break in to a hard head’s head. This is a bait to get him to test being on the good side with the hopes of permanently adopting the right things to say and do. Very toll order but worth trying. Everything else has been tried before to no avail.

          • tes

            Dear V.F.,

            One of the failed strategy so far is to try all means. What we need to learn is to chose one and head with it. This later is what is called “professionalism”.

            V.F, Mizaan, Mizaan1, what else, you are all trying though in reality you are one. Be a perfectionist in the area you master instead of trying to be the other.

            tes

          • V.F.

            tes, you don’t own this website. If you do, provide us with an official proof. Otherwise, you have no right to be a housekeeper here. For pete’s sake, you are an aspiring engineer so act like it instead of a wanna be dictator. I am entitled to any opinion as I please. As long as I do not break the rules of engagement in this website, I can take any side I want. Today, I am feeling like a PFDJ, tomorrow, I will be a weyane, the next day I will be chogar danga kemaka, the next day, I will be reformist, the next day I will be IA. You got a problem with that? You do? Tough s..t.

          • Music Novice

            Greetings V.F.,

            With a democrat like tes, a “justice seeker” who cares for Eritrea, who needs dictators.

            I think tes is a control freak.

          • Nitricc

            Hi MN you said ” I think tes is a control freak.” sir, say no more! he is bipolar and control junky. so, your take is right on!!!!!! what is worst is, that he thinks he is smart and knows it all.

          • Music Novice

            Greetings Nitricc,

            Earlier he was pontificating about Vectors as if he was talking about tomatoes, potatoes and chilli peppers in food technology (a glorified name for home economics cooking combined).

          • tes

            Dear MN,

            I gave you a book, I gave you a wikipedia, I gave you other’s blog, I gave you answers from quora. Was I pontificating?

            tes

          • Music Novice

            Greetings tes,

            Can you provide a reference, a book or an article, authored by a Mathematician on this topic?

            tes, you are not a Mathematician, leave this subject alone, and stick to your onions, garlic and spinach.

          • Abi

            Hi Music Genius
            Discussing slope with the most slimy person is a slippery slope.

          • Music Novice

            Greetings Abi,

            Why Genius?

            The topic at hand is mundane, it is clueless tes who turns everything into a controversy.

          • Abi

            Hi Music Novice
            Everything is a controversy for a person grew up consuming propaganda and later on became a chief cadre. His childhood was robbed by non stop politics. Poor soul.

            Tesfawun teneTqo birhanun yaTa
            Poletika migbu sigeba siweTa
            Endelij sayadg lijinetu yalefe
            Tiliqun tinishun eyetelakefe
            Bemaygebaw quanqua eyetefelasefe
            Edmewun bemulu yetenkerefefe
            Temelso aymeTa lijinet kalefe
            Bileh mikerlign libonaw karefe

          • tes

            Dear Nitricc,

            If you read carefully what MN has put you couldn’t endorse it without asking further why he only thinks. This is what he said,

            “I think…”

            and you are sure about my bipolarity and being a control junky.

            Unlike you he is not sure about me when he says it. First and foremost you could have asked MN why not he is sure about my control freakishness as you are already sure me.

            tes

          • tes

            Dear v;F.,

            You can be what ever you want but be man of justice. There is no justice with chameleon people. In a land of justice, everything is predictable and is according to the principles of justice.

            Your way is mafia’s way, just like that of DIA. He was once a liberator, then a civil war accelerator, then a revolutionary, then a marxist, then a democrat, then a dictator and now a killer. I don’t know what he will be next.

            And you? –

            tes

          • Music Novice

            Greetings tes,

            Relax, this is a only a discussion forum.

          • tes

            Dear MN,

            But it is not enda-suwa which entertains chameleons. I am sure about this.

            The rest, I am battling with ideas. I am not just in a battle I want also to come successful from the battle. if not then why we engage? There is an engagement rule and an engagement outcome.

            if awate.com is a host web for chameleons, do you think, the motto, “Inform, Inspire, Embolden and Reconcile” to be achieved?

            We need to respect the web’s motto which includes its objectives, missions and visions. With V.F. and likes the motto will be a misleading.

            Lets be serious therefore and at least responsible for our acts.

            I always feel awate.com is my home and I don’t want my home to be controlled by chameleons. My home has its own values and dignity and I take my responsibility to keep my home to stay my home.

            tes

          • Music Novice

            Greetings tes,

            Are there enda-suwa which do not entertain chameleons?

            People discuss, be inspired, become emboldened (Dutch Courage) and reconcile inside enad-suwa- a time honoured social institution. I think you will agree,

          • tes

            Dear MN,

            I didn’t mention any other and I didn’t compare with any. All I am talking is about this house. Else Sebab aytikun. I just don’t want my home to be.

            tes

          • V.F.

            tes, you act like a smart guy but I am not sure about your analytical skills. Would you ever think I would support PFDJ? What I wrote to Nitricc is to mess with his one brain cell. But you utterly failed to see the humor in there. I wrote a similar thing to hope. If you think I am a sympathizer of habesha unity (not necessarily one country), then I am guilty as charged but you will never find me supporting PFDJ in any form. Find any comment I am made in support of PFDJ (with the exception of the two satirical ones today). tes, you need to relax and take it easy. You are following a very unhealthy route. Humor is good for you. Did you read the jokes today from T.T.? I bet you did and I could bet you got pissed instead of at least giggling. That is how weird you are getting. If I were near you in person, I would be scared of you. Here is a list for you.

            Advice to tes provided free of charge – activities for this weekend.

            1. Limit comments on this website to 3 per day.

            2. Go out on a date and to the movies if you figure a way there. I hear “The Revenant” is quite good. Here is a preview for you:

            “While exploring the uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home to his beloved family. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him.”

            3. Get home early on Saturday night and take a break from studying for the night. You will catch up, trust me. I was there before, a grad student.

            4. Sunday – get up early. Read your bible. Psalms is a good place to start for the day. I like mehalye mahaliy (Song of Solomon) myself.

            5. Have one of your friends or family members make you habesha style coffee ceremony. Or if it is not a habesha only, just call it whatever. Just have a good coffee, watch an Eritrean movie. You can’t go to Awate yet. Be patient.

            6. Take a nap on Sunday afternoon and go for a walk or run.

            7. Check Awate, just briefly to see if there are any interesting comments from me or others.

            8. Retire early for the night.

            If you do all these things, you will feel very very good on Monday morning and you will be very positive too.

            Cost = 0.

  • AMAN

    Dear Awates
    Greetings all
    My idea of moving forward for Eritrean politics
    and people is :
    PFDJ must reconcile with Eritrean Society.
    This reconciliation can be made easy and possible
    if the PFDJ takes full responsibility and formally or
    officially apologizes to the EDF for the crimes it commited
    against them primarily and the society at large.
    As the EDF is a large cross section and segment of the
    Eritrean society; it can be taken as representative of the
    Eritrean National society. Thus apologizing to them would
    mean that reconciling with the whole country.
    This can be done
    By forming a coordinating committee made up of representative
    individuals from all the divisions that participated the 1998-2000
    war or all those that were up to 2001 – the end of the war.
    All Divisions send two representatives to form a representative
    committee ( similar to the Dergue committee) and ask DIA & PFDJ
    for apology on behalf of the EDF and by extension the Eritrean people
    for the unjust war they conducted and the betrayals and conspiracies
    the weaved behind them.
    And this is done formally and officially and broadcasted live through
    all available Media outlets.
    This way the Nation and its people can move forward again >.

  • Gogo

    Dear all,

    Allow me to say something apropos to the salary increase, how it can affect me and my likes and what bearing it can have on the mass exodus of our fellows from the country. But a caveat is needed here: true to form, the salary increment is not formally announced and so far it has only started with the newly graduated. So we are speaking on little facts and making big assumptions.

    Let me start with what the increase can mean economically and give you the sense of what one can do with it in the context of hyper-inflation/stagflation. It is said that the Sawa graduates will get 2000 nakfa and the college graduates will
    get 3500 nakfa. Of course, the increase is not bad but it is not miraculously good either to merit a comparison with manna as brother Semere Tesfai would have it. It would only mean that one college graduate can now buy a pair of
    shoes and a shirt and avoid some embarrassment for looking grungy. And may be, one can manage to go Nitricc and buy some cheap cappuccino or macchiato for his lass in the cafes of Asmara. Nothing more nothing less folks. As far as making a living out of it is concerned you better forget it. Nothing qualitative will change about our life especially for those of us who have been in the programme for more than five years. So, however endearing your optimism is, this is not going to be ‘turning the corner for good’ Nitrikay. Our problem is much bigger and our blight much deeper to be easily corrected by throwing some print money into it. I assure you nothing short of a complete overhaul of the system in our country would do the trick.

    I am cognizant of the multiple factors that are driving our people out of the country. Economic problem is undoubtedly one factor. Letting aside the simplistic bifurcation of the economic from the political (It is surprising for me to see PFDJ apologists missing the link between the two despite professing Marxist predilections whose main teaching consists in demonstrating the inseparable connection between the two) and accepting for an argument sake that the salary increase would mean some meaningful economic improvement on our life, cateris paribus, the exodus won’t decrease in any significant manner. The reason is simple if you care to know and if you care to ask. When you have a control freak government which, in the name of development, national security and sovereignty, tries to micromanage the life of its citizens, mould its state apparatus in such a manner to be able to violently interfere even in the most intimate spaces of
    its citizens’ life and consciousness; when life is made so unpredictable and made dependant on the whims of those in power; when you do not have a clue as to what will happen to your life; when your youth-nourished ideals is squashed under the hooves of the regime..etc your biological instinct to flee will always be there if you do not think otherwise and decide to fight. Therefore, it is too naïve, condescending and even insulting to expect people to be happy and grateful for the increase and neglect to see the bigger causes behind the mass migration.

    Last point: I know some of you are well meaning folks but I beseech you to be sensitive to our blights when you are deliberating about issues which have grave implication on our lives. Remembering that we are not propaganda materials which you can use to spin stories to make yourselves feel good, might also help you to be reasonable.

    Regards,

    GoGo

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Dear Gogo,

      I can’t help but salute you with an admiration, the way you have understood the reality of our people and the nature of the system of government we have. True to its nature, you are absolutely right to remind to our reformist citizens out there , that short of “a complete overhaul of the system” won’t do the trick of socio-political and socio-economic transformation. You know as I know reforming the system is simply keeping the main institutional structure of the current system with some cosmetic touches that deceives the comprehesion of the public at large. I encourage you to hold and continue your well founded political argument you are making. You have a solid footing and a convincing approach to the crises of our nation. Keep it up brother.

      Regards
      Amanuel Hidrat

      • Gogo

        Dear Ato Amanuel,
        Thank you for the nice words.

    • Music Novice

      Greetings GoGo,

      You said: ” I am cognizant of the multiple factors that are driving our people out of the country.”

      Pay increment or not, do you think leaving the country en mass a viable long term solution?

      • Gogo

        Selam MN,
        Of course, in toto, it ain’t a ‘viable long term solution.’ Did I inadvertently implied that?

        • Music Novice

          Greetings GoGo,

          I was wondering, why people were not leaving the country en masse during 1991 to 1998 as there was no multi-party system, free press or a constitution at that time?

          The majority of the Eritrean population being in the countryside, if there is good economic environment, in what way will their life be affected by the absence of political parties, a constitution etc.?

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Music Novice,

            I think the difference is, during that time there was no open ended national service. I think more than the political situations, it’s the “open ended” national service with absolute lack of freedom for people to establish dignified livelihood is the root cause of the problem.

            Just to clarify, national service started in 1994. And in the first few rounds, most of those graduates were able to finish according to the said time frame and they were free to move on with their lives.

            So as long as this “open ended” national service is in place, people will leave no matter you pay them. The bigger question is, there will be people, thousands of them, they do NOT want to spend their lives under national service no matter how much you pay them. End of story.

            If it’s a national service, why does the government needs to pay salary in the first place? What they first should do is, end the open ended service.

            That will be the long term solution…but if they do that, then that will create a problem of it’s own….

            Berhe

          • Music Novice

            Greetings Berhe Y,

            Ending the open ended National Service is a good answer.

            So, all these questions, being raised by the not fit for purpose opposition, such as multi-party system, a constitution, press freedom etc. are not primary issues?

          • tes

            Dear MN,

            What you are talking about is on the subject system of governance. Amanuel Hidrat has given as more than information. yours is just a nag.

            tes

          • Berhe Y

            Selam MN,

            I personally do not think the opposition request for a rule of law and democratic elected government is a wrong approach. At the same time, I would not ask them to do things that I am not prepared to do. I believe they are doing what ever that they need to do with the limited support and resources as well as knowledge they have. Is it enough no, do they need to do better yes. But I really do not know how they can do better if well meaning and well capable people are not willing to join them to participate in making them better. But I personally do not think they are benefiting by any stress of imagination by being opposition and spend all their lives opposing this regime, unless they wanted to see a democratic and free Eritrea.

            Having said that, I think the Eritrean government can justify holding democratic institutions, re: because they are technically in state of war, and Ethiopia is occupying Eritrean lands etc…in other words, they can declare state of emergency and postpone any elections etc….

            But denying the minimum freedom to have the people the ability to work, to look after their family, to move freely and to have a say in the court of law is NOT justified.

            The problem is I think, the Eritrean president cares nothing except for him self. I really do not understand why he does what he does and the only thing that I can think about is, it’s not that he doesn’t trust the Eritrean people but he doesn’t trust himself.

            Berhe

          • Music Novice

            Greetings Berhe Y,

            The opposition are incapable of bringing democracy. Furthermore, they are damaged goods.

            The best option for Eritrea is to reform the current system, with the rule of law, independent judiciary and a less stranglehold on the economy by the PFDJ. A Multi-party system, and an unregulated press will create havoc in the country.

          • tes

            Dear Music Novice,

            You are just repeating what Ted, Peace!, Nitricc are all saying. Do not think that you are coming with any new words. Unfortunately these kind of people do not care for Eritreans except to see Ethiopia divided simply because of TPLF’s hate.

            So far you seem far from the TPLF bla bla I hate them grudge. I don’t know but you won’t be far from the OTTO camp.

            tes

          • Berhe Y

            Dear MN,

            You are putting the cart before the horse. That’s the opinion of one person in this case you, and it may be the opinion of a lot more others, but who is to say that you are correct and the rest are wrong.

            Damaged goods, may be in your eyes but capable democrats in the eyes of many others. And if you believe the government / or in this case you know that to be the fact, all they need to do is bring this fact to the Eritrean people and let the people chose what’s good for them.

            I can’t guarantee the out come but I believe any body, any halfi mengedi would defeat the PFDJ hands down based on their record.

            My personal opinion is, we didn’t fight 30 years so that to be ruled by ruthless criminal dictator who despise the people more than any other rulers we had before.

            Have you heard his last interview and how he describe our ports. We can’t say we have port, these are not ports…hatew qetew,…the same port that served the Entire Ethiopian population, millions of people for 50 years… He has been saying that from the day he set foot in Eritrea. We don’t have books, we don’t have schools, we don’t have factories. we don’t have educated people, we don’t have this, or that…

            But he has been in power for the last 25 years, what do we have now that we didn’t have before? Absolutely nothing…What did we lose that we use to have, every thing, we lost everything. our factories, our schools, our hospitals, our freedom, our business, our electricity, our drinking water, everything and anything is worst (I can say 100% worse than it use to be).

            Bring any example you……that you can say is better now than used to be..

            Berhe

          • tes

            Dear Berhe Y.,

            I followed your arguments for a while and I came to learn that you are too Catholic. I think you a student of “Catholicism and Social Justice School”.

            tes

          • Berhe Y

            Tes,

            I am not Catholic and I don’t know in what context you are referring, if all good I will be one.

            Howard Cosell: “You are being extremely truculent today, Champ.”
Ali: “Whatever ‘truculent’ means, if that’s good, I’m that!”

            Berhe

          • tes

            Dear Berhe Y.,

            It is not of religion but the way you make arguments. You bring all reasons that makes things wrong, you still try to rationalize yet you always focus on your core message.

            A kind of compliment but an indication of complex induction you do in your argument.

            Therefore no relationship with your personal beliefs but with Catholic doctrine of survival techniques.

            tes

          • Semere Andom

            Hi MN;

            In his latest Arabic interview M. Shgengeb was asked about his organization’s hidden agenda for “reform”. His answers were as follows, paraphrased and translated on the fly:

            “I wish there was something to reform, this government of PFDJ does not have institutions to reform, laws to refine. It is too late to reform the government.”

            People talk about reform, and I agree that is the easiest, the least bloody and most predictable outcome, but who is going to do the reform, is the question. I do not think the old guard of PFDJ will do it and since there is no transition planning in place by IA, and I think it is deliberate, the reform from inside is less likely to happen. So if we talk of probability, the more likely scenario to happen is for IA to die naturally and then a strong military person will take over after some power struggle or for IA to be killed in coup and then new leader will slowly transfer power like they did in Sudan in 1986. The chances of a military person surrendering power is a pipe dream.

            It is not that reform is bad but it cannot happen with how Eri is configured now, within its context of multi-ethnic and long simmering political conflict that spans decades. That region needs serious political realignment, the statuesque will not cut it. What I mean by that is this: since PFDJ screwed things for us for 25 years and who knows for how longer, the longer it stays, the emerging ethic based opposition will create new reconfiguration, and our fate may will not be different from Sudan in the next 25 years.

            Another option is what Sal calls democratic coup, this happens in countries where other, learned, skilled people have real power, in PFDJ Eritrea no one has power except IA so they cannot angle and tell IA in close meeting that he is a liability to the future of the country, so they give him respectable exit and slowly the change happens. Democratic coup actually happens in democratic countries because if the leader of party is no performing or is damaging the party or the country or both, the people around him slowly withdraw support and then he is pushed to resign. In our case the democratic coup is an oxymoron and it has certain criterion under which it can happen and Eritrea does not provide that.

            Not in any order but our options are these:

            1. IA dies and some replaces him; in this scenario, there will be some conflict and power struggle that may lead to blood her. Whoever grabs the power, we are under his mercy

            2. IA is killed in a coup: we know the result of coups, they are vicious and they are invite lopes

            3. The oppositions smartens up by miracle and they get support from Ethiopia, which is kosher by hammering and refining some rules to it and we have government that will stabilized the country to usher in new era with a deadline. Still there is risk and some struggle and conflict and bloodshed

            Any change that comes after dictator exist regardless of the process is messy, the challenge is the degree of the mess, we must make it the least messy and there is no distilled formula for that. It is all

          • Music Novice

            Greetings Semere A.,

            I do not accept Shengeb’s assertion that the government of PFDJ does not have institutions to reform.

            The army, with all its flaws, is still a people’s army; and it can be reformed. It is the only institution in Eritrea that can be trusted to safeguard a secular constitution.

          • tes

            Dear MN,

            Well now you are on spot.

            You wrote, “The army, with all its flaws, is still a people’s army…”

            How?

            tes

          • Gogo

            Dear MN,
            I will come back to you soon but for the time being i will also like you to ponder on why Eritrea is on the top of the refugees producing countries list while there are many other countries as equally poor or even worse. Plus, when I was speaking about the absence of democratic political system and how the authoritarian regime and its bio-political strategies is the main reason for the mass exodus, it must be very clear that I was not referring to the mere procedural expressions of democracy.
            regards

          • Music Novice

            Greetings GoGo,

            Is the Eritrean regime more oppressive than North Korea, China, Cuba (the daring of loony leftists) Iran or Saudi Arabia?

            The open ended National Service (which Berhe Y cited below), a weak economy, a porous border and the bandwagon effect are responsible for the Eritrean refugee crisis.

            The majority of the population of Eritrea live in the countryside, only economic worries and not the absence of a democratic system that bother them.

          • tes

            Dear Music Novice,

            Weak economy or the guiding principles of economy used by PFDJ?

            Do you think that Eritrean livelihood is responsible for Eritrea’s current crisis?

            Where is the absence of justice that has a significant effect on current humanitarian criss?

            I will try to be nice.

            tes

          • Music Novice

            Greetings tes,

            The current weak economy.

            The absence of justice for who? For the G15, who cannot avoid responsibility for setting up the current system? The G15 had a sudden democratic awakening moment?

          • tes

            Dear MN,

            Current weak economy is what we see. I am asking to step ahead and investigate the cause.

            Justice is for all, no discrimination. Even for a criminal, there should be justice. Justice does not mean to let someone free or unaccountable. Justice is doing the right thing for what ever it is demanded.

            On the argument you are trying to has being discussed in so many way here. It is not wise now to make revision class unless you insist.

            tes

            *I think I am tracing some pattern which will expose your line of thinking. For the time being let me engage you.

          • Music Novice

            Greeting tes,

            I agree with you when you said: “Justice is for all, no discrimination. Even for a criminal, there should be justice.”

            But are the G15 democrats or people involved in power struggle for their own benefit?

          • tes

            Dear Music Novice,

            My struggle is for justice. And I believe all those who raise justice are like me. Outside this I don’t conspire. Let consiracy be to the PFDJites, Nitricites, Hopites, Tedites and now may be MNites???.

            Eritreans are simply demanding justice. Very simple and straight.

            On G-15, Saleh Younis’s recent article and his views on the comment section is enough for me to let you share my views.

            tes

          • Berhe Y

            Dear MN,

            I think you are smart enough to know the truth. Are the G-15 Eritreans or not. Are the opposition Eritreans or not. And if you agree that they are Eritreans, then they have every right to want to have power (as long as they wanted to do it legally) and the opposition, it’s with their right to demand that they wanted to share power. And every Eritrean needs to be brought to justice, no matter what his/her crime is. He has no right (even if people wanted him removed and asked him to resign, and even if they wanted to force him to resign), it’s within their rights to demand. There is nothing wrong with it.

            The question for you is? Did Isayas Afeworki went to meda to struggle so that he wanted to be an absolute leader or he told us that he wanted to bring democracy, justice, freedom etc to the Eritrean people. He wasn’t given the power to rule over us by God as he wishes and Eritrea and Eritrean political system is not his own to do what ever that he wishes.

            And if he wanted to be a leader for the rest of his life, that’s ok too, but he needs to give that mandate by the people (freely elected) and not seat there by force. It’s within his rights if once elected and become a leader, to convince the bayto to change the constitution so to allow him to run again (after the two terms are done) and remove this requirements. Many leaders and governments do it all the time and some succeed as in Uganda and some fail as in Venezuela.

            So the fair question should be, if you are a reasonable person…you should demand that the G-15, the opposition or who ever opposes this government either for the benefit of the good (as they believe) or for their own benefit (as it’s within their right) have the right to do so. And if they are accused of breaking the law, the government should bring them to justice. And this I am afraid no body should argue about, because there is ONLY one justice.

            Berhe

    • Nitricc

      Hey GoGo; commonsense should tell you that if a person can survive on 500N salary then quadrupling that should make a significant improvement in someone life. so, my comments were strictly from logic view point. And i do believe the country’s dark days are behind her. so, when I declare Eritrea is turning the corner for good; i mean it and I stand by it. we can argue all we want about the man in power but no one will say the man is dumb. he knows he is running out of time and will do the right thing! i will give my reasoning over the weekend.

      • Gogo

        Selam Nitricc,
        Speaking of common sense, who told you we are surviving on 500 nakfa? Can not you convert it to dollars and see it is only 10 USD, which is much less than the minimum rate you guys get paid per hour for doing the most menial of jobs there in the states? What do you take us for? Buddhist monks who can survive on a bowl of rice for days? ክንዲ ኣቦታትናን ኣዴታትናን ዝበጻሕና ወደላት ናብታ ስራሕና እኳ ንኽንከይድ ካብ ወለድና ናይ መጎዓዝያ እናሓተትናስ ብ500 ናቕፋ ክኣ ክንነብር? Come on Nitricc, you are a good classmate in this university and I do not want you to be transferred to a special need class. Be reasonable and spare yourself of the hackneyed story of IA pulling magic and converting everything to gold.

        Cheers

  • Ted

    Hi Hayat, Peace’s complaint was some of us praising Ethiopia when our people are suffering on TPLF’s hand. That make me think “who is the champion doing that”. Your name Hayat, the unapologetic supporter of TPLF came to mind. Don’t blame us for being humans, Eritreans in this case. We feel the burden of our people and tend to react accordingly. But you have different kind of an axe to grind, that remind me the kangaroo who seem to be mourning for his dead companion turns out he has sinister plan in mind.
    Eritrea has sat tight for 15 yrs, bring it on, considering you got less teeth now to worry me.

    • Hayat Adem

      Ted, my friend:

      1) I don’t usually say stuff about TPLF unless relevant to our discussion.

      My declaration: I am unapologetic destroyer of the of the evil horse PFDJ and the mad man atop.

      Your declaration: Any one targeting the mad man must be supporting the TPLF.

      And I say: really!?

      2) I never, I would never, I could never, even by mistake, say inappropriately and incorrectly about Eritreans or any other people (the masses).

      My declaration: Go after bad individuals and victimizers of all sorts.

      Yours: If you target the mad man and his group, you are targeting Eritreans.

      And i say: Oh really?!

      And I understand why you had to say all that. If you can’t defend you have to deflect. Well, I got a word for you, the options are not that narrow. You don’t have to defend, you don’t have to deflect, you can always defect. You would be warmer here. Leave that cold world of deceit and crime. Defend your people, not criminals.
      Hayat

  • L.T

    Good continuation my big brother Saleh Younus.David Bowie is now dead.7 june 1987 I saw him in Berlin in West Germany,before he sing”Heroes”heaid to the people(us)this quote”We send our best regards to our friends (East Germany)on the other side of the wall”and so he begins to paly”Heroes”..
    “Heroes is a power ful pop classics of love and “Heroes”he had written in 1977 “though nothing will drive away,we can be heroes,just for one day,.We can be us,just for one day.
    Of course it was not Bowie who tore the wall but it was L.T

  • Semere Tesfai

    Selam all:

    The pro PFDJ news outlets are telling us “the salary of Warsay’s/YkeAlo has doubled from what it was”. I don’t know from where all of a sudden Manna started falling, but for sure it is not from the South. But still, that is good news.

    And I hope the Western-hired regime change Eritrean “journalists”, “Human rights watch groups”, “pro-democracy activists”, “civic organizations”……………. who are tirelessly lobbing in our name in Western capitals to make Eritrea a “democratic” country, has doubled their salaries as well – because we don’t want them to use their expertise and invaluable skills directed against the tide of the revolutionary Weed-out change.

    Well, speaking of revolution, regime change, pro democracy, rule of law, freeing people from the grip of tyrants…………… the Western corporate media are telling us again, yes again Tunisia is loosing its balance and sliding into dictatorship.

    I think we need expert opinion here. Don’t you? Where is Amanuel Hidrat when we need him?

    Amnesty International Reports Torture of Detainees in Tunisia
    New York Times‎ – 13 hours ago

    Semere Tesfai

    • L.T

      Are you going to change the regime in Ertrea?what good dream you have “WedeYe?”to detroy Eritrea,teplacing the regime,people will kill each other as Somalia,Ethiopia,the economy will collapse in two days,our rich culture to silent and our society will slowly die in fornt of our eyes?

    • Semere Tesfai

      Sorry, I just checked at Meskerem. The Warsay/YkeAlo raise is not doubled, it is quadrupled. Wow. How do you explain that? That is to much for a slave work. Don’t you think?

      • Hayat Adem

        I can try to explain: first of all, in absolute numbers, it is 2000nakf/month. 2000 is better than 500, but who said it should have 500N? And even the one you called mana today is not a big money. That means 80dollar/month. You call this mana? What can this buy? If this increase should have happened 10yrs ago, the government owes each one of them 200,000 nakfa. This is a parasitic government that we all should despise. If you slice a piece from a dog’s ear and re-offer, the dog might mistake it for a meat. But, we are not dogs, we can think and understand what is happening; what we deserve and what we are denied…celebrate it alone, Semere T.

      • Nitricc

        Hey Semere; I was waiting if some one form the fault finders to bring it up. But they only bring the bad news. They are never happy with good news to the people of Eritrea. for any one, it is a great deal to quadruple your income and any normal person will be happy to the people of Eritrea. I can understand Hayat’s and her CO having heart burn; her government is busy begging to feed its people and the government of Eritrea is quadrupling its people’s salary. I understand! Believe it or not; Eritrea is turning the corner for the good!

        • Hayat Adem

          Nitricc,
          One point though: you are always after the fact. Lets say, the regime didn’t decide to raise and continued as was, you would still endorse and the justice seekers would still call it a spade. You could only celebrate the “raise” if you were advocating for it. You never did. You have been saying it was okay to build Eritrea on “slave labor”. Remember that always. Justice seekers were the ones criticizing the regime for exploiting the youth. So, they are still calling it too little, too late. If it were big enough, the “improvement” belongs to those who were fighting and challenging the status quo, not to those who were endorsing it and now clapping after the fact. When are you going to proact initiate change.

    • Hayat Adem

      Selamat Kibur Haw Semere T.,
      1) Are you in a hurry to go somewhere? Your 2nd paragraph reads crazy both in style and message, does it not?

      2) Would you have changed your opinion if you had believed Tunisia’s revolution succeeded for the better?
      3) If Tunisia fails, it only means there is more work that needs to be done. What it doesn’t necessarily mean is they should have settled with Bin Ali’s rotten system.
      4) If Erunsia succeeds, it only means they have managed their change as it should be managed. Eritrea should always learn from others that it should not settle for Isayas’ rotten system and it should also learn not to take for granted that what comes next will always be the best.
      5) But, there is one fundamental difference of departure compared to Tunisia: It is is almost impossible to bring a change that is worse than Isayas’. It is impossible to get lower than the lowest. You see the difference with Tunisia, they had something to risk while we have none.”Nothing to lose except the chains”, as the greatest thinker Marx would say. Why are you worrying of the risk too much? What do we lose?
      Hayat

      • Semere Andom

        Hi Hayat and Semere T

        Money is not a scalar quantity, it is a vector 😉

        If it was 2000N is greater than 500N, but the other crucial component is missing, in vector quantity directions in included and when talking about money, time is the other dimension is time so 2000 maybe less than 500.

        Even for the psychological benefit, we do not even know for sure the PFDJ has increased the slavery stipend to 2000, no one is to verify, since Semere and others are not big fans of the UN report because those interviewed have something to gain by telling lies, so is the PFDJ and so are those who come on its media outlets to tells it has quadrupled.

        So we need to know;

        Did this really happen and if it did we must calculate, is 2000 really bigger than 500, time and purchasing power must be calculated as counting money is not just like height as the child has grown 10 inches.

        Semere, everything your wrote in this comment is fit for the smaller brains of Nitricc and dawit and Ted when he is PMSing( pre-milking Symptoms)

        Nitricc was just upvoted for shallowness by Sal when he said that now it is the worst time defect since the salary has increased, profest Nitricc said that the winds of change are coming to Eritrea by this increase of salary from 500 to 2000

        • Semere Tesfai

          Selam Semere Andom

          “Semere, everything your wrote in this comment is fit for the smaller brains of Nitricc and dawit and Ted when he is PMSing( pre-milking Symptoms)”

          Mokhsi: when it comes to anything, I never considered my self as one of the cream of the crop. I’m a guy with a small brain who write, fit for small brains. No question about that.

          But allow me to say something. Name calling and insulting is for people who lost the argument. You’re better than that.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Semere; you said
            ” Name calling and insulting is for people who lost the argument. You’re better than that.”
            Well, I don’t know where you get the idea the lose cannon Semere to say he is better than that. The dude is incredibly dumb and unbelievably naïve. Sadly; he has nothing to offer but insulting people. If you ask me, he is the definition of wasted life.

          • Hayat Adem

            How many different truths?
            1) Nitricc thinks insulting people is improper. How do we that? Because he told us so in the above feed.
            2) Then in the same feed, he said “a lose (sic) cannon”; “the dude is incredibly and unbelievably naive; “has nothing to offer but insulting people”; “he is the definition of wasted life”.
            3) I see the pain of Nitricc. he wants to say something proper but then he is in short supply of ideas worthy enough; then he resorts to objecting insults but only to use them sheepishly, all in one paragraph.
            4) Incredible personality: one and apart in one person. The first sensible advice I would have offered would be “come here with a guardian”.

        • Hayat Adem

          Sem A,
          Sal votes for shallowness..lol.
          Nitricc up-votes PFDJ for stupidity
          Sal up-votes Nitiricc for the same thing.

        • saay7

          Selam Sem:

          On Upvoting: A Scenic Route

          Your point about the mystery of upvoting got me to thinking that this is an opportunity to shed some light on it, whether you asked for it or not.

          A few months ago, I was at a conference for educating millenials online. The presenter, a sharp young lady with massive credentials in pedagogy (PhD, EdD, etc), tells the assembled educators this: “would it shock you to learn that I frequently check my social media accounts to see how many people have upvoted, shared, retweeted my content? Would it shock you that I did it just before this presentation and I will right after the break?” Then she went into a long explanation how those re-enforcers (called “boosters” in our field) are essential to improving learning, engagement, and even retention and performance.

          That is to say, I am not one of the grumpy old men who shakes his head at people making a big deal about how many likes, upvotes they got. It is a way to measure engagement.

          I was talking to SGJ who has never once upvoted anyone (not because he is a grouch) but because things look differently from the backend of awate forum. They look like this:

          http://guardiantheme.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/disqus_comment_guardiantheme6.png

          The messages are stacked, with most recent-on-top, indifferent to which article you are commenting on. (One more reason why we insist on salutation: it is hard to see, as a moderator, what or whom you are replying to.)

          When I upvote, it is when I don’t have moderation duty and I am reading comments just as you are. And I have one rule of thumb: anything that advances a conversation I upvote and anything that doesn’t I pass-on. And in this particular case, Nitricc was advancing the following view: now that the Gov of Eritrea has quadrupled the salaries of National Service, it is stupidity for them to migrate. This is a perfectly rational ideal to hold if you believe, as Nitricc does, that Eritreans are being exiled for economic reasons only. Once I upvoted, I engaged him with a rebuttal, which he upvoted. See?

          Arent you glad you didn’t ask?:)

          saay

          PS: One more thing: Awatistas are nice folk, they never down-vote. Unless you didn’t know that feature existed and I just complimented you for nothing.

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Sal:
            I just up voted you too,but for clarity and lucidity 😉
            That thing about up voting for shallowness was just a “cigar” as you told me once, I did not mean you supported what I called his “shallowness”, but you are consistent because you up voted me in some of what you called “crazy” comments then rebutted me. I get that. But the mental process of up voting is complicated, we do it for many reasons, it is not just a carrot, sometimes I do it for the prose, the humor too :-), I upv oted Nitricc few times and he did couple of times too
            You are wrong on SGJ, he up voted 2 times in the last 3 years:-)

        • Music Novice

          Greetings Semere A.,

          You are mistaken to think money is a vector quantity. The decrease in the purchasing power of money with time does not give it direction.

          Furthermore, there are a whole set of operations that can be applied to vectors to combine them that will not apply to money. For example, how do you find the angle between 500 and 2000 Nakfa?
          When you talk about direction, geometry will be lurking not far behind.

          You see Semere, unlike disputes in Economics, Politics, Sociology and Philosophy, disputes in Mathematics are relatively easy to resolve; one cannot hide behind words.

          • tes

            Dear Music Novice,

            Let me help to get the direction, angle between 500 and 2000.

            In 2003, National service set salary was 500, f1(2003, 500).
            In 2016, It has increased to 2000, f2(2016, 2000).

            Slope (degress)= tan(s2 – s1)/(t2 – t1) = tan (2000 – 500) / (2016 – 2003) = tan (1500 / 13) = – 2.1075 degrees. hence a negative slope we have.

            This tells us, salary didn’t increase but decreased.

            If you add a third dimension, that is a purchasing power, then a 3D analysis is possible.

            We have three coordinates labeled as:

            f1 (t1, s1, P1)

            f2 (t2, s2, P2)

            To calculate Purchasing power, lets use bread as a reference price:

            In 2003, 1 bread cost = 0.33 Cents

            In 2016, 1 bread costs = 3.5 Nakfa

            Purchasing power (here we take our reference that of 2003) = (0.33 – 3.5) / 0.33 = – 960.61 %.

            This can easily interpreted as: In 2003, with 3.5 Nakfa, one was able to purchase 10.6 bread. In 2016, only 1 bread. What the f**k is this.

            Do you want me to calculate the 3D angle with (x, y, z) coordinates? It is possible but let me not make this forum in to Engineering Calculus class.

            hayat Adem for sure will help in this subject. She looks a mathematician. Semere Andom, what do you think?

            Very simple:

            In 2003, national service recruited soldier was able to buy 10.6 breads for his family with 3.5 Nakfa. In 2016, only one.

            Lets not talk now on the shortage of supply as it will be very complex subject.

            What is less then to call this as a slavery.

            A negative slope of – 2.1075 degree salary, which is falling and with ( – )960.61% purchasing power.

            And we are in 2016.

            Assumptions: The number of family members for the man who received the salary in both years remains constant (Stopped giving birth (is it possible?).

            tes

          • Music Novice

            Greetings tes,

            My advice to you: cover before you discover.

            Explanation: Understand the subject matter first before you claim to come up with new discoveries.

            Alternative explanation: Little knowledge is very dangerous.

            The question is: is money a vector quantity?

            But what you tried is, take two points; assume they sit on a straight line; find the gradient (slope). Does this prove that money is a vector? No.

            tes, a long way to go!

          • tes

            Dear Music Novice,

            I think you are in Phys 101. Please deal on Relativity only then you will see what a vector quantity is when you come to money.

            But let me assure you: if money is not a vector quantity (financial physics), then all the Exchange Markets and Wall Streets that stir world economy wouldn’t be in existence.

            Take some lessons on Finance and Money Physics. If you miss the on-coming registration class, I will use my authority to let you in. Just keep me update.

            tes

          • Music Novice

            Greetings tes,

            You are trying to cover one lie with another lie.

            First, you claimed that money is a vector. Now, you are claiming that you know about relativity.
            Relativity is not/was not taught at Asmara University. Even if it is/was taught there, you will not learn it as it has no relevance to Food Technology, which is your speciality.

          • tes

            Dear Music Novice,

            What I am understanding from your response is that you not that much crazy. I am saying this because you took only physics class during your high school time.

            Ok I tried to be very friendly to show you my understanding. But since you seem too sane, let me make you insane on money.

            Research Project Title:

            Money: Scalar or Vector Quantity

            Research Team

            Semere Andom and tes

            Project Onwer

            Music Novice and Awate Team

            1. Introduction

            https://pipik1199.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/money-is-a-vector-not-a-scalar/
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equation_of_exchange

            2. Problem Identification

            Is money scalar or vector

            3. Literature Review:

            3.1. https://pipik1199.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/money-is-a-vector-not-a-scalar/
            3.2. Google book titled by “Meltdown: Money, Debt and the Wealth of Nations, Volume 4”
            3.3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantity_theory_of_money

            4. Discussions

            3.1 https://www.quora.com/Why-is-it-called-velocity-of-money-and-not-speed-of-money

            3.2 Refer what Semere Andom said
            3.3 Refer what Professor Tes was discussing

            Conclusion

            Money is vector quantity.

            PS: Do not try to be a high school student. Know at least the forumers. I hope you will not fall in the category of Nitricc types and Hope types. If you continued to be, I will give you advanced courses for free here at this Awate University as I am doing to Nitricc and Hope.

            tes

          • Music Novice

            Greetings tes,

            You seem to provide links to discussions by people who are non-specialists in the subject. Show me any authority in Mathematics that claims Money to be a Vector.

            If you think Money is a Vector, what is the Scalar product of two quantities of Money, or what is their Vector product?

            tes, stop waffling and give a straight answer.

          • tes

            Dear Music Novice,

            You are funny. Read first.

            tes

          • tes

            Just for you,

            A joke: – serious

            After 2005, the number of children born in a family has increased dramatically despite all the campaigns on family planning. Officials from the PFDJ Economic Affairs, specially Hagosh Kisha, started to worry on the increasing family members.

            To be continued…

            Side Adds:

            Hagosh Kisha was busy collecting dollar earned from Bisha and forgot to update the total number of registered family members and hence when he orders ration to be distributed on coupon base continued to use that of 2005.

            The sanction imposed in 2009 had insignificant effect on the PFDJ economy. However the newly updated sanction of 2011 forced them to search for means to reduce annual budget spent to purchase food from abroad (don’t joke, it is from Sudan).

            Then Hagos Kisha wanted to reduce (because he needs to convince his lord, DIA, for why he decreased order) the number of registered family members as he thought that many young families had left Eritrea.

            He sent an urgent message to all PFDJ branch offices to send the total number of registered families from their respective zones. [ Thanks to local administers, detailed family number is available (It is very strange to see UN to use just mathematical models to estimate Eritrean population while it is easy to get the total sum – NO WAY, kkk, UN, it is only for PFDJ officials).] They submitted the report on time.

            Hagos Kisha was so reluctant as he was sure about on the the report with less total population size.

            Unlike his blief, the total number of registered families had quadrupled. This is a very shocking news.

            Unbelievable and hard to swallow data.

            Then he sent a small research group from a semi-closed Statistics department to collect a sample data from one small city and another two big rural villages.

            Opposite to their expectation, the census by these experts matched with 100% accuracy with what of the report sent to the PFDJ Economic Affairs office.

            Hagos Kisha could not believe it. In his imagination, he was sure about the shrinking population size. If not why then they forced all youth to flee on a minimum of 5000 per month?

            Then he again called the manager of family planning office. The manager was spending most of his time in teachers club as his office was closed almost for a decade after NGO were kicked from Eritrea.

            The manager came in and he was just immediately asked by Hagos to give his direct opinion on the increased number of registered family members.

            The Manager of Family planning gave a side look and he laughed.

            He then started to give his concrete evidence, not an opinion.

            He said,

            Look comrade Hagos, (usually used among PFDJ close members), “as an expert on family planning and as a strong believer of small size of family members I had a strong conviction to have only two children, only two children. This conviction continued till 2006. Suddenly I started to enter home early as there was no electricity all around the cit, even any TV program to be watched at home. I and my wife started to sleep early. (he put his fingers on his head – a sign of shyness) and then, you know comrade Hagos, we started to have… se*. Then my wife was… I regret but…. Then I again promised not to have any more baby. I thought that I did a mistake. Soon after, we also added another… and then.. and just last year, ly wife had twins. Comrade Hagos, my family are now eight, EIGHT, EIGHT!”

            Then the good manager laughed deep inside and came back to Hagos.

            He finally gave his professional confession.

            “You see my dear comrade (he was just faking at that time) for the sake of saving fuel, the electric generating plant are not running. We don’t have electricity, we don’t have TV, we don’t have…. What to do. The only thing we can do is to go to bed early. Our kids are already sleeping. And we do love with my wife more frequently than before. he then started to cry deep inside. Family planning…….”

            Then Hagos said, “Go out. I don’t care even if the number of population became a billion like that of China. I will cut the expenses on food purchase by 60%. Let the people leave this country and be a dependent in what ever he wants. No single dollar should be spent on additional expenses. No more!”

            Then the good manager laughed and left. He thanked God for giving him all his kids.

            Hagos Kisha torn alI the reports he got from PFDJ branch offices. He fabricated the number and sent his envoy to Sudan to purchase wedi-Aker.

            tes

            Note: Based on reality

      • Semere Tesfai

        Selam Hayat

        It is not about defending Isaias. It is not about success or failure of Tunisian revolution. It is all about foreign interference and about hiring local agents to shape the desired outcome – and of course about the gullible who echo corporate media.

        Hayat: the art of perfection in governing (you can call it democracy) comes only from decades (if not centuries) of continuous improvement in governing. A continuous improvement in governing anchored on peace and stability (without external intervention). What poor countries are lacking is peace and stability to solve their internal problems. Starting from my country and yours, poor countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America has suffered tremendously from foreign intervention. people with empty stomach who can’t read and write (like me) are/were fighting wars with modern weapons supplied by global powers to destroy their infrastructure and their people’s livelihood. That is a fact.

        I don’t have any problem changing the Isaias government. But I don’t want – the change that we all aspire to be led by people who are on the payroll of foreign governments. I don’t want change to come from outside my country. I don’t want (my) change of government to be led by people that are groomed and paid by foreign governments to serve foreign desired outcome. And my people, only to be told to lay red carpet when their new saviors land from London, Paris, Washington, Addis…. That’s all.

        Semere Tesfai

        • Hayat Adem

          Sem T,

          You said here, you don’t support any change or help “…led by people that are groomed and paid by foreign governments to serve foreign desired outcome”

          One comment earlier, you said, “I don’t know from where all of a sudden Manna started falling, but for sure it is not from the South. ”

          It seems to me, reading your words, you are not opposed to any help/manna as long as it is not from the south.
          Hayat

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Hayat

            “It seems to me, reading your words, you are not opposed to any help/manna as long as it is not from the south.”

            Where did you get that idea? I never said we don’t want any help (mutual) from Ethiopia. I just said, I don’t want a revolution (regime change) funded and coached by foreign government – be it from the North, from the South or from the West. I hope that clarify’s my position.

            Regime change is our business and let us handle our business the way we see it fit. I’m I wrong?

            Semere Tesfai

          • Hayat Adem

            Selam Back,
            Yes, you are wrong on both counts:
            1) You were fan-faring the manna that rained from renting our blood and land for cheap for our dirty work in Yemen. And you were showing your happiness that such manna didn’t come from the South. And then you turned around to tell us how you disapprove foreign aid and influence.

            2) You said, “Regime change is our business and let us handle our business the way we see it fit.” Show me if this line is different from saying “lets support the regime, maintain status quo and oppose all kinds of initiatives for change?” Have you ever contributed anything in deeds, finance or ideas in support of changing the current system?

            Hayat

          • Nitricc

            “our blood” ????
            Qomata; Qomata Kalalut Abire Lifetfit Yilal
            i suggest the Time has come to end your stupid game. you are 120% Tigray and stop your Inferior complexity.

          • Hayat Adem

            Ah Nitricc, I think I have heard this many times before. I think you are broken beyond repair. I wish I could do something to help. Whenever you open your mouth, you are showing your brain. Lets talk about self-worth before we jump onto citizenship identity.
            Hayat

          • Peace!

            Selam Hayat,

            There is nothing new on what you have said. The bottom line is we should blame ourselves for failing miserably to help our people because we have been spending our time praising Ethiopia, making greater Tigray more appealing by deminizing ghedli, by arguing Amharic is more relevant than Arabic, and ironically by blaming ghedli for weyane’s crimes. So please bashing DIA is now no longer needed because it is too obvious.

            Peace!

          • Hayat Adem

            Peace,
            Well it is too obvious and the man still holds power and decides on the fate of an entire nation. So what are you saying? We keep quite, or we bash the culprit? Well, we can shelve the Arabic/Amharic argument for now?
            Hayat

          • Peace!

            Selam Hayat,

            What I am saying it is our fault that “the man still holds power and decides on the fate of our entire nation” for the reason I mentioned earlier. How about we clean our house first?

            Peace!

          • Hayat Adem

            Yes Peace,
            But, isn’t that what we were just discussing: cleaning the house?

          • Ted

            Hi Hayat, i could be wrong but peace is saying “clean our respective house”:-)

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Hayat

            You said “You were fan-faring the manna that rained from renting our blood and land for cheap for our dirty work in Yemen”

            Yes indeed I said, more money in the hands of poor Warsay/YkeAlo is a good thing. They have suffered enough, they deserve it and more. And I mean it.

            As to the Warsay/YkeAlo salary raise “rained from renting Eritrean blood and land for cheap for Eritreans dirty work in Yemen” – you have the burden to prove your claim. And I’m afraid, you cant.

          • Hayat Adem

            Dear Semere,
            Yes I can:
            1) You wouldn’t have called it manna if it was from home, would you?
            2) You hinted when you say, “it is not from the South”.
            3) SEMG reported it.
            4) Cohen reported it
            5) Stratfor (and from it all the PFDJ satellite websites reported it.)
            6) PFDJ didn’t waste a minute to express allegiance to the KSA with its fight against Iran
            Hayat

          • Semere Tesfai

            Dear Hayat

            1) The source of the Manna? What I had in mind was from EU not from KSA/Arabs; you dirty mind :))
            2) Still you didn’t back-up your claim (The source of the fund being from KSA in exchange for Eritrean blood and land (Assab)).

            Hayatom: It was pleasure talking (discussing with) to you. We’ve said enough for one day. Now, let the readers of Awate be the judge . See you next time with different topic of discussion. Thanks again.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Hayat Adem

            Dear Sem T.,
            I think Hope has come with numbers above to rescue me as what is involved in all the transactions. With regard to Ethiopia/Somalia, I don’t know enough to comment. But you are totally contradicting yourself. Look, I’ve never thought you are a lazy debater but you need to be watching your logic if it is consistent and fair that doesn’t contradict with dictating realities. I am not saying the two situations are one and the same, but for the sake of argument, let say they are and see if your logic survives.

            Did you support the Ethiopian decision then when they go to Somalia? If you didn’t, you can’t use it now as a supporting evidence when IA does it. If you criticize it then, criticize it now. If you supported Weyane’s action on Somalia then, which I don’t remember you did, logic helps you to support it now, too. The same to me, if I supported Weyane’s action on Somalia and I think what PFDJ is doing on Yemen is similar or exactly the same, I should support this one as well. But, I don’t remember supporting Ethiopia on Somalia, nor do I think the two situations resemble even by the wildest stretch. If you were opposed to Weyane on Somalia, and if you are in support of IA on Yemen, and you think both conditions are same or similar; the message you give me is you are not supporting actions/decisions base their merits as you see them based on logic or/and facts. You are supporting whatever crazy action IA takes regardless of merit, legitimacy or wisdom. That looks bad on you.
            hayat

          • tes

            Dear Hayat A.,

            You wrote, “Look, I’ve never thought you are a lazy debater…”

            In fact this is the main problem with likes of Semere Tesfai and PFDJites. All they need is to download what they think and after to let you follow their order. No debate further.

            DIA thought that PFDJ was formed through debates (no the real debates but of PFDJ type – Gogo is around and knows more on this subject matter). Once PFDJ was formed they took it as a sacred front and no debate is allowed. finish!

            And the reason is very simple:

            Laziness.

            And you know what a lazy man does.

            But I am not talking on the lazy people who invent. I need to distinguish here clearly. I once read that if there were no smart lazy people today we could still have continued to use stones for all our activities. But those lazy people wanted sharper and lights things for many reasons. One, they didn’t want to spend lots of time cutting and grinding and second they were too lazy to carry the stones all along with them.

            You know that the world is changed because of two inventions: fire and iron.

            PFDJ laziness is different type. It is called arrogant laziness. And it is clearly visible for example in Semere tesfai’s conversation with you. You wanted to debate and he doesn’t.

            In PFDJ term, it is called, “ab Hashewiye aytetiwuna” – debate for PFDJ hatching Institute is hashewiye.

            tes

          • Hope

            Hayat:
            If Eritrea is getting $ from the KSA,for whatever reason,it is so welcome!
            If the Sudan got $2.5 billion,Eritrea might have gotten $5 billion for leasing Aseb and for the 400 ERITREAN Soldiers in Yemen!
            FYI:
            Aseb is leased for 50 yrs by the GCC for more than $50 billion plus some extra allowance too!
            Nothing is for free!

            Ahhh,U R mad since Aseb is not only for the Camels !
            You snoozed and you lost!
            Keep crying !
            Ciao!

      • AMAN

        I see contradiction here !
        1. You said you are for fundamental change. Yet you do not have
        the vision.
        2. You also said ” It is impossible to get lower than the lowest ” Yet
        again
        3. You say that ” Eritrea should learn not to take for granted that what comes next
        will always be the best ”
        What a contradictory assertions that cancel each other.
        All in all it seems to me
        1.you need change without aim and without any view in place.
        2. No concern for what follows as loss of direction or vision in the
        process or road to change.
        3. You may not wish or are not optimistic to see better results as
        a result of your effort for change other than do not like the present
        status quo.
        Any reply or clarification to readers ? please !

        • Danny

          Hi Aman,

          As a reader, I understood Hayat’s message to mean there is absolutely nothing to loose in bringing whatever type of change in today’s Eritrea in which whatever we get as a result of change can’t be worse hence there is even no risk of losing by working for change. But since we are working for change, we may as well strive to do better than where we are as damned people under a brutal regime. I honestly don’t see any contradiction in her message.

          Have a good one.

        • Hayat Adem

          Selam Aman,
          Read the message below from Danny and that would speak for me.
          Hayat

          • tes

            Dear hayat Adem,

            It is really a blessed year to see AMAN interacting.

            tes

          • Hayat Adem

            Yes, tes, what a change. It is like we have survived a one man sanction on a whole community. That gives us a lot of hope not to give up on the other guys.

    • Tewelde gebremariam

      Hi Semere T.

      There is no manna falling. The pictures you saw are all pictures, the words you read, all words , nothing more nothing less, all chicanery as usual the impostor and his cabals crafted to conceal the grime reality on the ground and to drive home their evil conspiracy. And you do not need no verifications of him who, among myriad others, had been denying that Eritreans have been fleeing his Reign of Terror in droves, and over his heinous crimes, painting rosy pictures of his victims, the people and country, but when his eyes suddenly caught the Western countries dangling 200,000,000.00 euro,sureverses himself 180 degrees and pledges to cut the flow of his victims if granted that hefty money.

      There is no doubt that the impostor isaias afewerk is immaculate murderer, immaculate liar, immaculate thief and immaculate enemy of the people of Eritrea and their country. What is bufling is your conscience : from your writing, you appear to be educated, and education is supposed to help the educated differentiate right from wrong; good from bad and act accordingly . But again, the devil is not a devil for deficiency of knowledge but for lacks of moral scruple. You could thus be sure one of the impostor’s cabals, such as Hagos Kisha, Yemane Gebremesqel, Yemane Monkey……… and so on.

    • tes

      Dear Semere Tesfai,

      S’Mur can be used when someone tries to be very delighted on you. Oh yes, I am delighted to show me your S’Mur brain.

      When you insert a nail in a wood for a proper bonding (aha I remember my first year technical courses) you need to hummer it properly with a slight angle so that the nail won’t go out easily.

      And this is exactly what it happened with you. You are nailed to the PFDJ regime way of thinking. And you won’t be detached. for you, S’Mur – nailed, it is better to wither out with PFDJ rather than trying to shift to the justice seeking camp.

      Justice seeking camp never waited Manna rather PFDJ cult followers did though it is a paradox.

      S’Mur, nailed – unfortunately not Semere as it stands for Straightened.

      Ahaha, you take money from innocent people and then pay money as if it is government property. Worse the PFDJ cult followers and sympathizers call it “Manna”. What else can a cult follower say?

      Manna – wey gud!!!

      tes

  • L.T

    I know many Eritreans who sought asylum in the west as soon as they receive working permits they save money and pay 2% taax then they return home where they developed their new life while you waited a long road to get to Eritrea.Life is so short so the only thing you need is just to say”I made a mestake and want to come home now”.

  • Yohannes

    Hi Awatistas,

    Out of this topic, but I didn’t want to pass the chance to write Saleh a little poem. So, I just did it.

    Saleh’s short trip

    When Saleh went in to a comma, he had a meeting with Isaias.
    He didn’t know it wasn’t real; so it was real.
    The tall, lean man with the black mustache that covered his teeth sat across the table;
    and looked across at Saleh, with a hint of a smile in the corner of his eyes.

    The room looked like an interrogation room – it just had one small window, and the table they sat on.
    But it wasn’t clear to Saleh, who was interrogating who – until the mustache man spoke.
    So? What do you want? …that you finally got the luck to sit with me. He sneered.

    Even Saleh’s saggy cheeks assumed the color of a liver; and the crotched vein in his forehead was inflated to a bold ‘Y’.
    But he didn’t actually say ‘why’.

    For a moment he seemed to implode from the cyclone that swirled in his head.
    Mounted on that cyclone, he went forty years back, to the very hill from where he glanced back at his beloved Keren with wet eyes;
    and with the very first dream of redeeming it from the hands of the cruel Derg.
    Mounted on that cyclone, he counted how many dreams that man an arm’s length from him had
    devoured; including his very first.
    He remembered how that man had not only chased him out of his beloved land, but also out of the hearts
    of the people he loved.
    He remembered all the years he had to live as an outcast. As a refugee. Stateless.

    All because of the mustache man with the absurd smile.

    He tightened his grip on the pencil he was holding, and craved to plunge it in to the ear across the table.
    Clenching his teeth and mumbling inaudible noises of anger and pain,
    he jumped over the table and grabbed the mustache man’s neck like he grabbed a chicken neck.
    He had inflated in to a red Hulk.

    At that very moment the other Saleh of Younis popped up suddenly out of nowhere; as calm as one could be.
    Wearing a neat tie, his arms crossed, his beard clean O shaved. He shook his head.
    No, don’t do that.
    It is just a pencil. It will only break.

    His whole body shaking, and sweat dripping from his temples, Saleh let go, threw the pencil,
    and turned away to avoid looking at his enemy.

    In just a fraction of a second, he felt a hot burst of pain in his neck. The pencil was planted on his neck. Redness covered his shirt.
    Staggering, he turned and faced the mustache man.
    There was a roar of laughter and this time even his teeth had come out of the dark shadow.

    I am a fighter, you have never been; but a writer.
    If you don’t kill me enough, I kill you.
    I have killed your dreams, now I kill you.

    Postscript:

    Saleh woke up from his comma with the sharp stab.
    Familiar faces were hovering above his head, and he realized he was on a bed.
    The youngest face, his son, screamed, dad is back! dad is back! Dad, what do you want? To drink? To
    eat?
    After a long pause, Saleh replied: Take my father’s bronze sword and bring me Isaias’s head!
    They were all cheered,
    even his humor is back! They said.

    His son used Photoshop
    and brought him the cutoff head.
    It was a splendid work.

    You felt like the blood would drip on the floor from the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S6.

  • Danny

    Hope,
    This may come as a news to you but most people know no one (including cabinet ministers) is respected and no one is a valued citizen in Eritrea except the il capo. BTW, I don’t feel much hope in your messages; is your penname a misnomer?

  • PTS

    All,
    It is a huge gamble for singers to defect, perhaps more so than people at other professions. On one hand, their works do not have much value outside Eritrea, on the other hand they are unlikely to possess education or training to help them smoothly-resettle in their new places. The area where they would have few opportunities is to make leaving out of concert tours where ever Eritreans are. Another way could be catering services to private events such as weddings. But even that has become precarious due to the politically polluted environment of the diaspora. Wedi Tikabo for example hasn’t been shining. If anything, he is declining, as far as I can assess.
    Bottom line, it is a tough call. And I can only hope all the best for our artists who undertake such moves to rid themselves off the stubbornly uncertain future that they are left with back home.

    • tes

      Dear PTS,

      Your take looks as if these artists will be profitable only if they stay back home, an argument that tries to rebutt Eritrean immigration dream as if it is to get a paradise of all resources.

      PTS, these artists, better to called them enslaved singers, didn’t have even the right to sing their own song without getting censored.

      Like all Eritreans, these singers are victims of PFDJ dictatorship. Some are still struggling with a very little hope left. Many they gave-up and are defecting. There is no therefore paradize expecation but JUSTICE. And once they are in the land of relative freedom it is upto them.

      You are talking about Wedi Tkabo. I think you are failing to understand why he defected. Wedi Tikabo defected when he was forced to sing during a memorial day for the Lampedusa victims. His conscience didn’t allow him to sing like a crazy and inhumane way while all Eritreans were remembering their children who were lost in the sea.

      All in all you seem to reason out as immigrants from Eritrea are for economic reasons which is false and unjustifiable.

      tes

    • Danny

      Dear PTS,
      Who do you think is taking a greater gamble? Thousands of Sawa defectors in Libya who are looking into crossing the Mediterranean Sea in shoddy boats, or Eritrean singers who traveled to Melbourne with government paid plane fare? I just could not help chuckling about your perspective.

  • saay7

    Ha PTS!

    Good catch. My answer:

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;
    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,
    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.
    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    – Robert Frost

    • PTS

      SAAY,
      Are you L.Ting me Robert Frost size?

      • saay7

        PTS, Am Beraki do you think I a crazy? But that was before CD I buy inside the town, he renew and he famous for Guitar but not guitar but piano (Yamaha.) I met him in Sweden in 1989. He is from a taylor family not like Kiros Asfaha from peasant Adi Kaula. I did not meet him in Stockholm.

        Also other people I didn’t meet Asrate Kassa, Meles Zenwai and Ibhat Nega. But I heard Ngsti Ngo with “Edl Aloni Ginbar Aloni” which mean my forehead is bigger than yours. I did not meet her in Sweden but Keren in Geza Wereket by Afirca Hotel enda Estifanos. Was she the one who sing “Baburey Baburey Chekan Amora”, it mean “Stop! Cannibalistic Train.”

        saay, LT syle

        • PTS

          Haha SAAY,
          I grow up when Alamin steal Osman song tsebHi tsom (our neigbors are jealos don’t listen to them) and exited new casett. People in Tigria pay goats and buy new casst of Osman and start singing. There was also haile gebru song nisemamae(why do we fight always thre is enough food) weyzero tsige (lady in red dress)…

        • Gogo

          Hey Sal,
          That is classic Beckettian. Is LT Beckett reincarnate or something? AT must open a psychoanaysis corner where people free associate LT style. That is therapeutic. I like it.
          GoGo

          • saay7

            Indeed Gogo:

            The only person who loves LT more than me is SGJ, so it will be therapeutic if we give our favorite LTisms.

            About the alexander the great in Mai Jah-Jah near Bar Merry I ‘d kung fu him in the knackers when I was in Asmera last summar and taste it and find out by yourself:-) Nb’at temegibe.

            Pure gold.

            saay

  • V.F.

    Hi AT, must be slow news day. For one thing, the mentioned singers are not household names. For another thing, this happens all too often to be worthy of being labeled Gedab News. The attendance rate everywhere has been dwindling. In the city where I live, PFDJ events are for teenagers to hang out with no affiliation to PFDJ or even any knowledge of what the event is about.

    Also just last week or so, Assenna reported that 4 Air Force trainees/graduates escaped from Dubai and there was no mention of it here. I find this ironic to tell us about no name singers and make no mention of a substantially bigger incident or at least I didn’t see any effort to confirm or deny the report.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Dear V.F,
      The total Air Force trainees defection from Dubai is “Seven” (3+4) on different dates and landed on a safe country. First hand news.

      Regards,
      Amanuel Hidrat

      • Hope

        Dear Amanuel Hidrat:
        Congrats Mr Happy Camper for the ” Breaking News”!
        Where did they land safely,btw?
        Eritrea shall produce other Pilots !

    • tes

      Dear V.F.,

      I thought that by now you have learned something. Anyhow Gedab News is known for its originality and substance it contains with it. Assenna has reported about the defectors from Dubai. What is then the reason to duplicate here? From my understanding so far Gedab News has its own standard and unless there is a new dimension to be added that needs an insight report, Gedan does not just take and publish it. In addition, unless the news has a direct eye witness or responsible informant, Gedab News Agency does not make it on her page.

      On the Pilots, Saay7 said in the previous article and here is Amanuel Hidrat confirming.

      tes

      • PTS

        tes,
        I didn’t read Gedab news on Qorchach, Kiros Afaha, Robel Michael. Did you?

        • tes

          Dear PTS,

          I think you are considering Gedab News to be the only news outlet.

          For the artists you mentioned, no I didn’t read. For Qorchach, I was in Bologna, to demonstrate against the festival where Qorchach was invited to sing, when he said good bye to PFDJ. His defection was kept secret and I got the first information. But they told us to keep it within us until there was some assurance. I was a kind of 2 days after correspondent to awate.com at that time. I am not sure if I mentioned about Qorchach. At that time even there was news about Bologna demonstration but there was about Geneva.

          On Kiros, I think Radio Salina had reported extensively. Here at Awate Forum, we were cheered. I think haile TG was a delayed secondary correspondent. We talked many times about Kiros.

          About Robel, I didn’t read and I have no idea if I read in other news outlets.

          For what ever it is, thanks to diverse social medias in the diaspora under the opposition camp, news are coming from every direction. This is what we want to encourage in Eritrea.

          saay7 has said what it should be said about Gedab News. I am just an ordinary reader like you and I am just sharing my perspective.

          In fact, I do not count what Gedab didn’t report. I read different news outlets everyday from all available news outlets. And I believe all are reliable news outlets without forgetting their limitations for getting enough information to back up on what has been reported.

          Therefore, if I visit and read Eritreans from different news outlets. I don’t expect one news outlet to be the major source.

          This is my understanding and views.

          tes

          • PTS

            tes,
            I agree with what you have said. Radio Salina sometimes brings good information, although there exists lingering suspicion on them due to their location and funding questions.
            My point is since you are well-connected through social and other mediums, you should be unofficial reporter and provide us one news a day, starting tomorrow. What do you say?

          • tes

            Dear PTS,

            Well, I am not a news reporter, sorry. I read news just to be informed on what is happening. Sorry for not helping you.

            Let me share this with you: when I read news I take what I should take. I don’t get blind with what ever has been said. I don’t conspire rather I take the substance. And what I take helps me to follow PFDJ movement and hence in my analysis to expose PFDJ.

            tes

      • Hope

        Tes:
        Are you begging for a position with the AT or you got the position already?
        Congrats if u got it already!

        BTW,can u also help the the AT and Gedeb News to explain as to why they are mute most of the time ,about what the TPLF says and does,specially against Eritrea and Eritreans?

        Please help!

        • Danny

          Hi there,
          Duh?… that was supposed to be PFDJ’s fulltime job. Why would AT want to crowd the noise?

      • V.F.

        Dear tes, I wasn’t trying to be to harsh or discount Gedab’s efforts but by the standards they set, I thought this news should have only been mentioned in passing. That is all. But I would like to stand corrected that, in reading your previous post, I learned that these artists were very important for PFDJ. So, of course, their defection will have a big negative impact on PFDJ. The diaspora contingency is a very important group for PFDJ and losing that support will deal the regime a final blow.

  • Ayneta

    Selamat guys:

    IA micro-manages every little thing that happens in the country. I would not be surprised if he uses some of his idle time, which he has plenty of, to approve who goes abroad. That does not come as a surprise, for if he deputizes, that means he believes in sharing and that is not in his blood. Mistrust is his middle name.

    Speaking of Aklilu, I am sure the Koboro junkies like the likes of Nitricc and dawit will have a field day peddling news about how trivial and insignificant the singer is as an artist, like what they did with Tesfalem korchach. It was amazing how they desperately tried to downplay Korchach’s musical skills and contribution. ‘He is done for good’, they proclaimed. Now Korchach has released a beautiful new single titled ‘NiAmelom’, which I cant have enough of. He is having the last lough!

    Enjoy Korchach’s NiAmelom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqUyAEK-HQM

  • Sembel

    I think PFDJ singer leave the regime when they know.. the end of their tour is coming. I heard Isias personally approve who can tour and who stay in the country.

  • tes

    Dear AT,

    This news has lots of insights about the end of PFDJ regime status in the diaspora. Aklilu was a diehard PFDJ believer that has stayed for such long time while all his friends are absconding. Now what he did is a day light siding with the quadrabling number of justice seeking camp.

    Ah, at the same time what this news tells us is the end of PFDJ junta festivals.

    Good news Gedab.

    tes

    +saay7, I think you gave back the confiscated properity to the owner. Welcome back SGJ and wishing you much faster regain of your energy.

    • saay7

      Hi Tes:

      There is an even bigger household name to the new generation who has reportedly asked for asylum in Sweden, that we are trying to confirm. When we do, then we will be told that the artists had no talent. Apparently, an artist’s talent is closely related to his/her ability to take orders from the Isaiasists:)

      https://twitter.com/saayounis/status/687359245616951296
      https://twitter.com/saayounis/status/687344940741873668

      We are slowly returning technological gadgets to SGJ; he is tricky: he told us he needs his smartphone to download an app that will track how many miles he is walking per day:)

      saay

      • Semere Andom

        Hi Saleh:
        Do not return the gadgets yet, here is were confistication is legal. Tell me him we will take care of awate and someone else can take care of Eritrea and he needs to take care of himself first. To track how long he waks buy him Fitbit bracelet

        • tes

          Dear Semere Andom,

          I better say, let him better leave himself than to take-care. He is because he cares so much for himself that he continued for the last 40+ years. Those who love themselves, love others too. If SGJ was not caring, I mean loving, he couldn’t love his people too.

          I better therefore recommend now not to take for himself now and let others take-care for him. He gave us too much as he loved as too much. Now, it is our turn to give him at least by re-publishing his works.

          I read that Einstein left about 80,000 documents and is now available for public. If we collect SGJ works and made them open to public I am sure it will be a big reward to SGJ. But I am afraid we won’t be able to re-collect within our time period.

          I hope someone to take the task of collecting materials by our freedom writers and it could more effective if it is done today than tomorrow.

          Hope SGJ to share with us about the death journey. I read some writers who had shared their death journey experiences.

          tes

      • tes

        Dear saay7,

        This is a mixed feelings concern. Ok, let me start with the good news. Yes no property should be confiscated for ever as the owner demands. It is justice to do it.

        But SGJ needs now koboro, eskitishm kibil eba! We are in the middle of january and I hope US has some Guayla, even let it be the koboro junkies (since haile TG is not around, it is ok).

        Let him surrender himself to others. I think Adal can now take of him. And his beloved wife can play beautiful guayla. In case, invite Semere A, not else. I heard (self hearing) that Semere is abo guayla. He is an ideal koboro -man.

        And this should be an order (I know SGJ wants a free world) but it is an order from the commander of Saleh Younis AA. It must be observed.

        tes

        • saay7

          Hey Tes:

          SGJ doesn’t listen to gwayla songs at all; he is into contemplative, sit down and tap your feet or shake your head at the composition kinda guy.

          Like this long spoken-word Tigrayit one: thankfully, no swords were involved in the making or performance of this song:

          https://youtu.be/MTD4i5GRZ-k

          saay

      • tes

        And on the second news,

        I read also about it. Hope to be confirmed soon and be available to public. But losing Aklilu at this time is a big blow to PFDJ cultural affairs.

        Aklilu, born in Hagaz and very young, is very energetic with multi-lingual artistic skills. Aklilu was representing Tigrait songs, Bilen, Arabic and Tigrigna. He is fluent in all. I think he was born and raised in Sudan and later returned back with his family and lived in Hagaz. He did his junior and secondary school in Hagaz and later joined the only existing Music School (not more than 30 students per year to be admitted) in Asmara under the administration of Abraha Bahta School for Bllind in Godaif.

        He is very energetic and gifted artist. PFDJ cultural affairs lost two giant artists now which had multi-facets for representing Eritrean cultural diversity. The other one is Yonas Mengistu, whom I know him very well, is also a friend of Aklilu, now living in Sweden after saying goodbye to PFDJ.

        Now very hard to have such kind of people who were exploited to represent three or four cultures at a time.

        Aklilu was acting as four in every trip.

        What a big punch!

        tes

      • Nitricc

        Hey SAAY; I think you are losing some of your teeth. If PFDJ can survive loosing Wedi Tikabo; any other artists are dispensable. Besides; any one who defects now-days is simply stupid. Eritreans are starting to get paid. The country is entering in to a new era and you believe it or not is a different story.

        • saay7

          Hi Nitricc & VF:

          Over the last 20 years, significantly more teachers were arrested or exiled than journalists. Yet, all the world talks about is the journalists.

          Similarly, the same month that two Eritrean artists/singers asked for asylum, hundreds more did: yet all the world will talk about is the Eritrean artists/singers. Why? Because the two were used in the propaganda arm of the PFDJ: for fundraising and to reassure the Diaspora supporters that all is well back home. “Shigir yelen”, as one of the artists sang:)

          The “I just got paid” mantra is an American hip-hop ethic which defines collecting cash as the ultimate validation of one’s worth. So, yes, the Sawa conscripts will “get paid” more and, they will prove to you that not getting paid was not the primary reason for their exile: not owning their own future and becoming government property is the main reason. So, all that has changed is that the property is theoretically worth more, until the purchasing power of their Nakfa is identical to what it was as prices for everything go up. But we will witness that together: do not hurry.

          VF, the news about the Eritrean pilots (the elite of the elite) sent for training to Emirates and asking for asylum was reported by Assenna (4 pilots, names given) and by Smret Radio Arabic (7 pilots, no names given.) I mentioned it here at the forum and tweeted about it. Right or wrong, Gedab News has always maintained that if it is reported by other Eritrean outlets, there is no value to replicating the information, unless we can add value to it. That has been our operating procedure for 15 years and it is likely to remain so.

          Actually, we are working on Eritrea In 2015 retrospective and it will show that there is a pattern to Eritrea’s years: every January 1, the government and its supporters say THIS IS OUR YEAR, and every January things fall apart.

          saay

          • Hope

            Dear SAAY:
            Let me say something in the name of Eritrea:
            Here is what we were told in the last ten years:
            -That Eritrea and its Economy will collapse over might
            -That the GoE is about to collapse
            -Etc…,
            And every thing possible under the Sun has been said and done to make sure that Eritrea will collapse over night!

            Add this:
            The PFDJ has run out of its Ministers,Cadres,Officers,Artists,Diplomats….,

            BUT “fortunately or unfortunately”,be it good or bad:

            -That Eritrea as a Nation has stood up with her TWO FEET firmly!

            -That the Eritrean Economy ,in fact,has done better considering all things!
            -The Education Sector is doing better than we expected it
            -That the Health Sector ,despite the hiccups and corruption,sabotage ,has done better,thanks to the sacrifice by our Colleagues!
            -Thst Eritrea has achieved ,for ” Good or Bad”,in Diplomcy,which panicked the TPLF and its Masters!
            -That Eritrea effectively and successfully minimized the daily threats by its bullying southern neighbor!
            Etc,..

            Make no mistake that this is not to support or sympathize with the Regime,but :

            -To counter challenge your above argument above!
            -to acknowledge and defend as well,some of the achievements Eritrea as a Nation has achieved despite all the threats and isolation,containment,sabotage,set ups,sanctions,demonization,etc….!

            Mark my word that the PFDJ Junta and its Leadership will be gone for good sooner or later either by the effort of the COIE or by nature or through some miracle but in MY OPINION,it is unethical to celebrate the defection of the “Elite of Elites”!

            Let the TPLF Junta et al celebrate that!

          • V.F.

            Saay, okay, fair enough. I stand corrected.

          • አዲስ

            Saay,

            The same January?

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