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Pm Abiy and the Rehabilitation of Dictators

Just as Eritreans were reeling from the bizarre remarks Isaias Afeworki made during his visit to Ethiopia on July 14, they were stunned by another man who claims to be a prophet, a healer, and an exorcist ranting about how the Gospel will be victorious, in front of the Asmara Palace Hotel, upon his arrival to Asmara from Addis Ababa, aboard the first Ethiopian Airlines flight that landed there after a 20-year absence.

In the middle of the state receptions, the always reticent Isaias Afeworki revealed words that confirmed what many of his opponents long suspected of his attitude towards Ethiopia. He had stated, “anyone who does not think the Eritrean and Ethiopian people are one does not know history… borders do not mean anything”. At the Millennium Hall, he hurled more insult to Eritreans when he emphatically told PM Abiy, “I am not saying this to flatter you … I am sincerely asking you to lead us as I have given you full authority to do so”.  Isaias’ childish behavior during that visit, was unbecoming of a head of state. It was an embarrassment even to his ardent supporters who were bewildered, while everyone else wondered about what he said.

Over the last twenty years, many Eritreans have been pointing out at Isaias’ erratic behavior. But during his last visit to Addis Ababa, the whole world witnessed his strange behavior, leaving them scratching their heads and putting his psychological state of mind in question. This is Isaias, the man that US Ambassador Ronald K. McMullen described in a Wikileaks telegram as an “unhinged dictator”. Perhaps, coming out of the dark after 20 years of isolation into relevance and attention, it could have been his euphoric excitement.

As if that shock was not enough, a controversial preacher, who calls himself Prophet Suraphel Demisse, took to the street of Asmara in a rally, unhindered by the Eritrean security forces that do not even allow a private religious congregation of those who share Suraphel’s faith, in a private home. It is worth noting that the first and last time Eritreans demonstrated was in November 2017, when they faced Isaias’ security forces who fired live ammunition at them. The board and students of the AlDiaa private school had protested the government’s interference in their own independent, private school. In a meeting presided by the late Hajji Musa, as has been customary among Muslims the world over for a millennium, the attendants closed their meeting by shouting Allahu Akbar. That was considered an extremist slogan and resulted in the arrest of Hajji Musa, members of the AlDiaa school board, and parents and students, including the underage. In response to that, the staff, students and their parents, and the public demonstrated in the streets of Asmara. They were met with bullets and hundreds were arrested. In April, after almost five months in jail, the nonagenarian Hajji Musa died in prison. At his funeral, the security forces provoked the mourners with their heavy presence and eventually arrested hundreds of the funeral attendants; the whereabouts of most of them is still unknown while a few were released silently.

A few months later, a flamboyant pastor, a charlatan who exploits gullible followers with his riveting,  and often hyperbolic, fiery sermons appeared in Asmara. The charlatan is also known for his theatrics, as a man exhorts people to crawl like snakes (as shown here), and thereafter claims he turned them into humans again, after ejecting evil spells that lived in their guts in the form of a snake and thus claims to have freed their possessed bodies. Such practices belong to the ancient times. In the past, people didn’t have explanations for unknown mental and physiological maladies and resorted to witchcraft and exorcism to ward off evil spirits, in what was known as the “Buda” phenomenon. Now, this charlatan and many others like him who burgeoned in Ethiopia in the last 27 years, are practicing witchcraft assisted by modern gadgets, such as television, sound effects, camera tricks and collaboration of cruel actors, or gullible ignoramus audience.

Such imposters are simply copycatting the USA televangelist phenomena of 1980’s and 90’s, who virtually disappeared after many of their prominent leaders were embroiled in financial and sexual scandals. They ultimately fell out of grace and some of them ended up in prison.

It only Takes Few Bad Apples

Last year, the pastor in question mocked attendants of the Oromo’s Irreecha cultural-festival near the city of Debre Zeit, by calling them worshipers of a river. He was roundly criticized by the Oromo religious and civic leaders.

We are apprehensive of the guy who thinks other people of faith, particularly the Orthodox Christians, are not genuine and have to become Christians again. We know that the “Ancient Orthodox Christianity” has not produced modern-day flashy entrepreneurs of televangelism with gaudy suits who mesmerize audiences and air their skits on television, but it’s traditionally homegrown, a spiritual and a genuine faith, and it has more history and gospels than the rest of the world.

Last April,  a certain evangelical denomination known as the Ethiopian and Eritrean Church Fellowship held a conference in Oslo. The conference was attended by Eritrean and Ethiopian evangelists living in Europe.  The pastor joined hands with others in the opening prayer which was led by Dani Belay, a self- described pastor, who said: “our forefathers chose to unite with Ethiopia so as not to be dominated by Muslims”. He later tried to walk it back by issuing an apology but dug a deeper hole for himself by claiming that people misunderstood what he said while there is nothing unclear of what he said in the video.  Rather than praying and calling for the release of the imprisoned Eritrean evangelicals, the attendees praised PM Abi Ahmed and prayed for Isaias Afwerki, the jailer of many evangelicals. Worse, while they discussed and hoped for a good relationship in the future of the two countries, there was no mention of the religious persecution or the presence of prisoners of conscience that are so prevalent in Eritrea.

Just like all other religions, devoted evangelical Christians have their share of religious imposters who present themselves as miracle healers to swindle poor people. All religions, with no exception, suffers from the action of a few of their own followers who give them a bad name. History is replete with those who hide bad behavior and corrupt politics behind their religious veil. We are well within our rights to oppose any form of prejudice, bigotry, and denial of rights of others by any individual or organization, religious or otherwise, that hides under the cloak of religion to prop up a dictator. At the same time, we are heartened to see many of our patriotic evangelicals denouncing such ugly behavior by issuing a ‘not in my name’ statements.

Religious freedom and freedom of expression are sacrosanct to Eritreans who pursue goals of justice and freedom. However, the politics of divide-and-rule is infringing on that noble idea that is held by all freedom-loving human beings. Eritreans have suffered a lot, and are still suffering from Ethiopian interference in their internal affairs. The political cracks they penetrated through were, unfortunately, opened by some Eritreans. The current situation is not different from the experience that Eritrea went through sixty-years ago, and it’s worrisome that such an act is being repeated today.

Allowing Suraphel to hold a rally in Asmara is a reckless act that calls for a civil strife, and religious provocations that would engulf the entire region, just like imprisoning the faithful; and the PFDJ government is a reckless entity and certainly takes the blame for anything that might ensue due to that.

The Moral Litmus Test

There are several questions that arose concerning Suraphel’s rant in Asmara: was all of that coincidental, or was he given a prior license to carry out his evangelism on the streets of Asmara where no other religious group is allowed to demonstrate? Under the PFDJ rule, Asmara is not known to accommodate any religious expression outside of prayer houses, particularly the Pentecostals, whose Eritrean preachers are languishing in jail, and the sect is banned from any public expression of their faith. How would anyone who is supposed to know the state of affairs in Eritrea to be bold enough to fly in aboard the first flight to be received by crowds who seemingly were notified of his arrival? That was not coincidental, and it is difficult to think the security forces did not know about it. Or, was it a deceptive show of tolerance to cheating the world that Eritrea respects religious freedoms? Perhaps, the relaxing of the security regiment was a gesture to appease the current Ethiopian prime ministers who is an evangelist! In addition, Hailemariam Desalegn, the former Ethiopian Prime minister, who is also an evangelist, was in the same flight and warmly greeted Suraphel on the airport tarmac. Incidentally, the seemingly calm and humble ex-prime minister was last sent to Harare, to meet Mengistu Hailemariam, the ex-Ethiopian dictator who lives in Zimbabwe since he was granted asylum by Mugabe. It is worth remembering that Mengistu is wanted by the Ethiopian courts that tried him in absentia for the crimes he committed on Eritreans and Ethiopians.

Hailemariam Desalegn was infatuated when he met Isaias, heaping praise and describing him as a modest person. He didn’t make such absurd pronouncements regarding Mengistu Hailemariam when he met him in Harare, instead, he posted a photo he took with the ex-dictator in a sort of on your face disrespect to the victims of the bloody dictator, the head of the overthrown (and defeated) Derg regime. It seems he couldn’t take the heat of criticism and condemnation that he faced, he had taken the picture off a few days later. For those who are busy trying to rewrite history (the recent history at that), the defeat of the Derg came at a very high cost to Eritrea and Ethiopia. Many of the Derg’s victims are boiling with rage due to the statements and cozying up with the new Ethiopian prime minister with past and present dictators. He is in a rehabilitating drive, polishing dictators, emboldening hegemonic aspirations of some groups, and pushing anti-peace elements of the region to the fore.

Suraphel had expressed his plan to continue preaching his inflammatory messages across Eritrea as he does in Ethiopia. He also indicated he had an appointment to meet with the Eritrean government officials and was planning to meet with other evangelist leaders in Asmara. But it seems, according to his own testimony (on YouTube), he was stranded in his hotel room for three days awaiting the next flight back to Addis Ababa. Why was he locked in his hotel? Was he ordered to stay there, or it was on his own choice?  Judging from his earlier enthusiasm upon arrival in Asmara, we suspect the former.

There are also important points that need answers: Would Ethiopians visiting Eritrea be able to hold rallies and demonstrations in support of their persecuted fellow Christians or Muslims? Would Eritreans in Ethiopia be able to peacefully oppose the Isaias regime in the streets of Ethiopia? How about the close to 200,000 Eritrean refugees who, according to  UNHCR live in camps in northern Ethiopia? Would PM Abiy Ahmed recognize them as refugees and allow them to stay in Ethiopia? If he does, would he truly understand the reasons why they escaped the very dictator he calls my brother, and for whose longevity he prays? If he does not, would he go against the international law and expel them to appease Isaias? And how would the regional government of Tigrai react to any change of policy? Will Ethiopians tourists enjoy the beaches of Massawa, as PM Abiy has promised them? Would Isaias allow Eritrean parents to travel to the refugee camps in Ethiopia to see their underage children?

In one of his recent emotional remarks which some described as a drunken blabber, Isaias stated that now he could travel throughout Ethiopia without requiring a permit from PM Abiy, whom he invited to travel throughout Eritrea freely. Would the visiting Ethiopians require travel permits to travel outside Asmara, as is the case for all foreigners, including diplomats?

The coming few weeks will reveal whether the secret peace agreement reached between Isaias and Abiy would withstand its first test and live up to the UAE crown prince’s playbook in his pastime game of chess in the region? Do the two leaders understand Mohammed Bin Zayed’s goals to beat another petrodollar rival Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also was vying for bragging rights in the region by bankrolling Isaias by replacing  Gaddafi who was Isaias’ former patron until the Arab Spring? Would PM Abiy and Isaias live up to the promise they made to end hate, discrimination, and division?

Many Eritreans are skeptical and apprehensive of the entire deal. Firstly, they do not appreciate anyone who tries to rehabilitate their tormentor while they are still being tormented. Thus, Abiy’s flowery rhetoric of love, peace, and forgiveness rings hollow to Eritreans, especially the relatives, colleagues, and friends of those who have been languishing in jail for decades without a trial. Or the tens of thousands who are forced to live for five-decades in the refugee camps of Sudan, Ethiopia, and Yemen… including the hundreds of thousands of exiles living scattered all over the world, who cannot visit their birth country, and even their remains are not allowed to be buried there. Secondly, after the independence of the country, the Eritrean ruling party signed many unannounced agreements with Ethiopia. But less than five years later, even the strategic alliance and close relationship between the two ruling parties, (Eritrean EPLF and Ethiopian TPLF) did not prevent the outbreak of the devastating border war of 1998-2000.

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  • saay7

    Selam Abdulworld:

    1. Athens and Sparta: A few miles apart but vastly different value system. That’s why I brought it up. Similarly, the value system of a pastoral Eritrean, a fisherman Eritrean, an agrarian Eritrean may be completely different, but the Italians said, “we don’t care, you are one people now” and then Ghedli said, “we really don’t care, because we are going to mold you now.”
    2. Sharansky’s book is great for people who want reinforcement for their view that all people, regardless of culture, crave freedom. And, yes, despite all the cliches and stereotypes pushed by his haters, GWB loves to read (his wife was a librarian, so there.)
    3. Eritrea’s absence of civil society (I presume you mean in the West) has been discussed extensively here. It is an outcome of the predatory PFDJ which demands total compliance and conformity with it and places party allegiance over competence. Not only is there no healthy civil society, there isn’t even a healthy “community center” even headed by PFDJ. There is a large population of Eritreans in the Washington DC and Northern California area, and the PFDJ “community centers” are as puny and decrepit as they were in the 1980s, 1990s. They don’t even own their own halls.
    4. I don’t know what you mean by “dangerous and not true” about people who don’t agree on what is the best way to counter PFDJ.
    5. The analogy of people wanting to join winning teams applies even to “civilians.” There was a huge spike of interest (attendance of meetings, new membership from drifters) in particular moments when there was a perception that victory is near.
    6. Most of the time when people start crticizing the opposition (“they are exact copy of EPLF/PFDJ mentality”) I find that it is people who know nothing about the opposition and have never bothered to be informed. Can you give me a list of whom you consider opposition?
    7. I am pretty sure the book you are recommending has been recommended. What the opposition needs is not recommendations but action. And both of these actions require nothing but motivation and willingness to roll up your sleeves and work hard. People who either (a) join it in large numbers and change everything; (b) ignore it, dismiss it as impossible to reform, and create their own dynamic movement. Anything short of that is just Monday Morning Quarterbacking and declaring every day a Monday just to absolve oneself of the civic responsibility owed to the people.

    saay

  • haileTG

    Selam Alex

    Just tell me which parts of CoI are politically motivated sections. I will stand corrected. Deal?

  • Peace!

    Hi all,

    መጸዋዕታ ንጡርኑፍት ተቓወምቲ

    1 ኣበይ ዳኣ ኣለኹም ዓዲ ትሽየጥ ኣላ ይብሃል ኣሎ እንታይ እዩ መግለጺኹም ኣበይ ትርከቡ

    2 እንዱሑር ንምልዓል ህዝቢ ኣንጻር እሰያስ ትጥቀምሉ ኣለኹም ሐደገኛ እዩ እሞ ዓገብ

    3 ህዝቢ ኢርትራ ክልዓል እንድሑር ደሊኹም ሽግራቱ ክፈትሕ ሓግዝዎ መርገጺኹም ኣብ
    ጉዳይ ስደኛታት, መሬት, ቋንቋ, እንታይ ምኻኑ ስጋብ ሕጂ ውን ዝፈልጦ ሰብ የለን

    4 ሓጉዝና በጃኹም ሽግርና ብምንባብ ኣይውዳእን እዩ

    Peace!

    • Paulos

      Selam Abi Seb,

      You’re economist and I would think you can shed light on the wording ትሽየጥ ኣላ፣ Is the complain because the country is under valued or over valued or is it all together it shouldn’t be sold? Or is it the Eritrean people shouldn’t complain in the first place for the ownership of the nation solely rests on one man.

      I for one am of the opinion that, Isaias can do what he wills with the country for he is the sole owner. He can single handedly declare the death of the nation and he can equally give life to the nation. He can single handedly declare war or peace. I really don’t understand what the fuss and complain is all about.

      • Peace!

        Paulosay habibi,

        Let me tell a REAL joke 5 ዙሪያ ሓወይ ዝነገረኒ:

        ኣብ ባድመ ውግእ ተጋደልትን ዋርሳይን uniform በብዓይነቱ ሕብሪ እዩ ነይሩ ሕጂ ኢሉካ እቶም ሰራዊት ኢትዮጽያ ንቶም ተጋደልቲ ኣላልዮሞም ንዓኦም ጥራይ ታርጌት ክገብሩ ጀሚሮም እዚ ምስተረድኡ ህግደፍ ንኹሎም ሰራዊት ሐደ ዓይነት uniform ከም ናይተጋደልቲ ክኽደኑ ውሳኔ ኣሕሊፍ ንዚ ዝተረድኡ ዋርሳይ ካኣ ንታ uniform ኣማውትና ዝብል ስም ኣውጼኦምላ.

        I completely agree with you. I was simply checking ኣብ ግዜ ኣማውትና ዲና ተመሊስና or this time is different and serious. We have been watching same movie over and over.

        Peace!

        • Paulos

          Selam Abi Seb,

          Really funny. Thanks for the joke. As it happened, yesterday I was watching on youtube four parts video of Tigrai Governance, recently took place I believe in Meqele where the panelists were far from the usual suspects but as in Aregawi Berhe, G’dey Zeratsion, and Generals Tsadkan and Abebe. The first two as you know are founders of the Front who later parted ways due to ideological differences and the latter two got kicked out from the party in the early 2000s.

          The Forum was extraordinary in the sense that it was in a way a venting and therapeutic moment for four of them where they kept shooting down at the Front in general and the leaders of the Front in particular. But if anything, one can see that how the political process has matured where erstwhile enemies resorted to a dialogue instead of resorting to violence.

          That said, if we are to take anything valuable away from the lessons of history, nations who feigned normalcy when things are going wrong and opted to bury them instead of addressing them with courage, tend to fall apart under the extreme burden of pretence. And those who choose to address the prevailing political and social realities, how incredibly painful they are, they tend to strive and come out strong. Simply because, political process has a life of its own, it comes to life, if you don’t nurture it or deny it of the main ingredients as in addressing immediate demands and challenges, it dies.

          Point being, we don’t even need organized Opposition group or groups for that matter, the regime in Eritrea will definitely collapse under its pretentious weight. It can not be an exception to the same patterns in history where the collapse of Soviet Union comes to mind among others.

          • Peace!

            Habibi,

            BINGO! I swear that was in my mind. I watched all three parts carefully, and found the discussion impressive and courageous. If Eritrea is under attack, all concerned parties should come at the table and find way out of the mess. እዚ በብናትካ ናዓይ ስምዑኒ ሳዓቡኒ ድሕሪት ኣትሪፍና ቀቲሉና.

            Peace!

          • Paulos

            Abi Seb,

            In fact, I am more convinced that, the young PM was born and sent from TPLF’s inner chamber if you will. If it wasn’t for him, the Front which had been disconnected from its base wouldn’t have gotten close as we see it today. What’s more, if it wasn’t for him, an economic bonanza wouldn’t have opened up as in the potential trade with Eritrea.

            And of course, politically speaking, if it wasn’t for him, Tigrai wouldn’t be in a stronger position as opposed to a divided and weak Oromia which had been a real threat for Tigrai in terms of power dynamics that is, where Amara killil on the other hand, tends to be risk averse and tends to play it safe instead. The leaders in Tigrai see the pattern in Amara as a weakness and less to be concerned about. In the final analysis, the Tigrean leaders ought to thank and be grateful to the young PM.

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Paulos, I think you need to re-evaluate this claim of yours “In the final analysis, the Tigrean leaders ought to thank and be grateful to the young PM.”. Man, the guy is so determined to destroy whatever is left of the traditional EPRDF, and in his plan he has the company of team Lemma, Jawar, and of course, DIA with his worshipers. I don’t know where this dangerous stand off is going to lead eventually.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Dr. Paulos,

            I applaud your deep sense of reading things which is, in my opinion, is a mark of mature politicians who add scientific modalities (empirical, I mean to say) to their machine of assessment. If I understood you correctly, you are saying that the TPLF people should thank Dr. Abij and his ascent to power in sense that he helped them to descent from atop a tall tree (as an Arabic parlance put it) and let them off the hook so that they can set their own house in order without worrying about others. The burden has shifted to Oromia and its leaders. Yours is shrewd observation which could not escape alert and down to earth pragmatist politicians.

          • Paulos

            Selam Kbur Haw Ismail AA,

            Many thanks for the kind words. Over all, it seems to be working out for the Front. One can also sense a revival of “Tigrean Consciousness” whereby if there was a single cardinal achievement during the 17 years struggle against the military junta, it was the people’s awareness about their role in the Ethiopian history and as champions of Ethiopiawnet as well.

            Can an Oromo say, ውድብና ዘይትወጾ ዓቐብ የለን referring to OPDO? I think not. Can an Amara say, ውድብና ዘይትወጾ ዓቐብ የለን? I think not. This is to say that, how rotten and corrupted the Front maybe, the people are psyched up to believe in it no matter what. In fact, one can also make the argument that, the Ethiopian people in general seem to subscribe to the decisive role the Front plays should any crisis arises.

            There is a general pattern repeating in any Forum or Conference including in the recent conference of Tigrean intellectuals and the Tigrai Governance Forum where the central theme is “Tigrai First” irrespective their ideological differences. And this kind of mind-reset seems to immanate from the lessons of history whereby mistrust of the other nationalities is deeply rooted in the collective psych. And the regrouping and revival is owed to the rise of the young PM.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Peace,

          What is the difference between “yourself” and the “opposition”? What did you do better than the opposition, that makes you to throw all kinds of accusation to the opposition be it organized or unorganized? For something you haven’t done anything, but to have the audacity to accuse others is bad attitude that doesn’t contribute to a solution the overall problem our people is facing.

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            Criticism is not accusation. እንዱሑር ካልእ ኣለካ ሃየ ናብዛ ቡን ናይ ሰንበት ከይከድኩ:)

            Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Peace,

            Heed my advice, that I gave you at the end of my comment. Do not be “a waiter” for a change from others, and if you are not, give us a better idea that helps to mitigate the predicaments of our people, and above all be in the forefront of the change movements.

          • Peace!

            Emma,

            You know I and many others do not agree with you on many things; therefore, you should forward your advice to those who agree with you. What else?

            Peace!

          • Saleh Johar

            Peace dear,
            Please go before the Sunday coffee reaches bereka 🙂 And pray to God to help you get off the back of the opposition, me included 🙂

          • Peace!

            Hi Salihom,

            “me included” No way that’s a red line, seriously!

            Peace!

    • Abraham H.

      Selam Peace!, unlike people like you who might have a second country south of the Mereb, most Eritreans like me have only one country that we call our home sweet home. So bear with us, if we are so uneasy about the fate our country being decided by a single man-a mentally degraded man at that.

      • Peace!

        Abrahamino The Great,

        Which part of my comment triggered you to engage in personal matter? All I asked where are our Oppositions when we need them, and questioned their stand on issues that are crucial in forming a united Opposition to defend our country if she is under attack? We tried all adjectives to describe the man and all action verbs in dealing with him.

        ወያነ ኣይትበሉ, ተቓወምቲ እይትንቀፍ, Issayas is evil just bear with us. I disagree my friend.

        Peace!

        • Abraham H.

          Selam Peace!, I’ve been long enough in this august forum to know some pretentious folks like you, who want it both ways, aka በላዕቲ ክልተ ጻሕሊ. Sorry for spoiling your Sunday coffee:-)

          • Peace!

            Hi Abrahamino,

            Spoiling…Nah ክትውንጭራ ከለኽን እንድዩ ዳኣ ኬፍ ዘለዎ ድሓር ካኣ ናይ Medrek ጻሕሊ ፈቲናዮ ወላሓንቲ የብሉን ብጀካ DIA ንግሆ DIA ቀትሪ DIA ምሸት

            Honestly though I take ባላዒ ክልተ ጻሕሊ any time over backstabber.

            Peace!

          • Now inc.

            Peace,
            ፈቲናዮ (liked) or ፈቲንናዮ (tried)?

  • Abraham H.

    Selam Awatistas, as you have noticed, there is a serious security issue going on in the Ethiopian Somali Killil. Even international media outlets like the BBC have mentioned the ongoing crisis in that Killil. I’ve yet to see any Ethiopian government media coverage of the issue. Why? Perhaps the pm Abiy is taking some of the bad lessons from his insane friend DIA?

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Salam Abraham H.,

      The lunatic guy of Eritrea can only export bloodshed nothing else. Dr. Abi Ahmed should understand Ethiopia is not Eritrea; they are different sets. What has been applied in Eritrea will not be applicable in Ethiopia. Dr. Abie Ahmed should solve Ethiopian problems according to the Ethiopian set only. If he applied Isaias system, he will drift to a catastrophic bloodshed that will take him and Isaias altogether. It is better for PMDAAA to depart the Axis of Evil before it is too late.

  • Selam Girmay,

    I hope you acknowledge that human rights, prohibition of torture and other cruel acts against human beings is within the responsibility of the ethiopian constitution, when you ask for the constitutional rights of a sadist and psychpath tormentor like the president of the regional somali state.

    The regional government is not above the federal government, and he cannot ignore the federal government when asked to do something.

    I hope the following link may give some idea to those who defend the rights of a criminal, and not that of his victims.

    https://hrw.org/report/2018/07/04/we-are-dead/torture-and-other-human-rights-abuses-jail-ogaden-somali-regional

  • Blink

    Dear Hayat/all
    First the Somali kilil boss openly admitted he was under the order of a TPLF security leaders and liyu police is the main arm of TPLF . The man is wanted for crimes that pass any ladder.For many years, Abdi Illey’s human rights abuses were concealed by the TPLF generals because they believed he can stop the Oromo and Amhara by creating havoc in the federal system and many Ethiopian media including the Somali Diaspora media, countless accounts of horror by this man . Various sources have confirmed that Abdi Illey is bankrolled by weyane to secede Somali region from Ethiopia and his forces are being feed arms by weyane and this project was set up in case Tigray wanted to use artificial article 39.
    After Abiy took over the Ethiopian government, the killers of weyane
    has also reportedly advised Abdi Illey to use Article 39 of the constitution toward a referendum for secession and that was what he did and that’s the main issue at hand in order to twist Abiy peace in to knife . This strategy is just as TPLF’s last resort to put chaos in Ethiopia and put Abiy plan of peace in to fire as a pretext to reverse their marginalization or toward military coup plan . This will fail because the weyane are strangely off the grid and Abiy has to use force in order to remove Liyu police . He has to get help from western and AU to sanction all weyane and Liyu police to get them to chainsaws. Weyane are the owners of this Somali kilil problem as we speak. Now who thinks this problem is Abiy problem?this was and still is TPLF work and still is run by TPLF .

    • Girmay

      Hello Blink, you know everything? Blink if King Abye suceeds in subduing Ethiopian federal state his next move is subdue independent countries that broke away from Ethiopia. The three amigos, Lemma , Jahar, and Abie have a grand dream. You keep worrying about Tplf, but TPLF after Meles is weak and indecisive. These three amigos on a mission to “correct history “. You should think beyond TPLF. Believe it or not the three amigos call the shot. Our Washington Dc Ethiopians have no problem as long as you sing Ethiopwenet.

      • Mitiku Melesse

        Girmay

        You dont blackmail Eritreans. But you can beg. And you do that at least you earn some Eritreans hearts who can allow some daily laborers from Tigray after the independence of Tigray. The looting economy can not sustain the employment when Ethiopians start sharing their wealth equally. Two budgets one from Tigray development Ethiopian monopolist and Ethiopia government is a history starting from the last few weeks ago. Girmay, it is time to work to earn money.

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Blink.

      What tplf wished to do for Tigray and Tigrians needed principle, education and commitment. Thought it is disgusting to have a policy of developing a province based on destruction of the whole nation, even for that tplf has no discipline. Looting for Tigray and greedy tplf leaders is more than the burden the non tigrian can carry. So the Ethiopians came up with brilliant plan which weed out stinky tplf and their beggars policy. The problems we see here and there is a proof that even weeds have roots which can affect some important plants affected by the weeding out is going on.

      Think of an illiterate tplf supporter or member can run to addis and get condominium just to have the number of woyanes increase in Addis. What they dont know is even if they bring all woyanes to addis they will be a minority. And the anger is beyond word can express for those tplf tugs who controlled the entire addis econoy and had to leave all behind them and limited to live in Mekele.

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Girmay
    There will be football mach between Ethiopia and Eritrea. I think the dictator who ordered both teams. Cheer up my ex-Ethiopian citizen.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Salam Mitiku Melesse,

      Fake honeymoons don’t live long. For sure, the consequences of such marriages are catastrophic. The guide of the entire scene is Satan. I guess nothing good will result from such a guidance. As usual you will kiss another foot. A goon always fights against his own interests. If you don’t believe, sit for a moment and make a table of profit and loss, and calculate your benefits from the savage race.

      • Mitiku Melesse

        Hameed.
        Write again when you are sober.

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Salam Mitiku Melesse,

          Endeavor to scribble when you retrieve you human being senses. Man, love and hate do not exist side by side. Either you have to love all or you have to hate all. It is issues that do not bear double stance. Try to pass my message to the primitives sitting beside you. Thanks in advance.

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Hameed
            Still you have to wait a little more.

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Girma
    I thought you know what tplf and its supporters have done for the last 27 years. Who is ignorant then?

    Tplf is removed from Ethiopia except in Tigray. Then what do you think the will be? Building Tigray republic by looting and corruption is outlawed few weeks ago, if you understand.

    By the way since tplf has left for Tigray we are happy, happy. But why you think Tigray independence like some thing bad. It is in our constitution, the constitution you people loved but hate to practice.

    As to Tigra devlopment we are happy. What we are not happy is how a party leading Ethiopia by dictatorship gave priority only fo Tigray? Dont you be happy if tplf has done all the great things for Tigray for the rest of the killils or states? What is wrong with that?

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Interesting article in the Economist ‘How to make Eritrea, Africa’s North Korea, less horrible’.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. JIJIGA, Ethiopia, Sept. 27, 1977 — Somali forces fully control this strategically important town and a vital mountain pass nearby that cuts through the Kara Marda range into the central highlands of Ethiopia.

    Despite vigorous claims by Addis Ababa that the strategic gateway is still in Ethiopian hands, and that a critical battle is raging here, the only signs of an Ethiopian presence are the millions of dollars worth of American‐supplied tanks, military vehicles and ammunition the Ethiopians left behind in an apparently panicky retreat into the mountains.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Jijiga courtesy of TPLF: “Reports of churches, houses, and cars of Amhara and Oromo minority groups in the area are under attack”, warned the United State State Department.

    • David Samson

      Hi FM,
      According to BBC’s news, 10 people -non-Somali died, a church was burned down and there were some looting, including Banking.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Eritrean Airlines flying to Addis Ababa!

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam girmay
    Already told u.

  • haileTG

    Selamat/Ahlen awatista! inde’min nachu? / Akkam jirtu how are you all? Very nice to be back!

    It is strange times to say the least. Eritrea is fully entangled in multiple and active geo-strategic and regional political conflicts all at once. Firstly, the Ethio-Eritrea peace and friendship turnabout has many positive aspects and I hope it leads to strengthening of both people’s fraternity.

    It is true that there are many internal issues we wish to see a breakthrough in Eritrea. However, the current regional and international dynamics are still highly unstable in relation to their overall impact on Eritrea proper. The alignments of forces in Yemen, the political power struggle in Ethiopia, IA/PFDJ’s entanglement with UN sanctions and HR allegations, the stand off on the Sudanese border and the conflict with Djibouti paint a grim picture of an uncertain future for the country. The latest decision to let the sanctions remain in place shows that even with best of proxy diplomacy, it is difficult to get PFDJ off the hook.

    Although, the peaceful resolution of the Ethio-Eritrea conflict status is a great event in itself, the the nature amount of Pandora’s-box that it will for the regime in Eritrea will have to be seen as we go forward. Ethiopia’s new premier has demonstrated great feats so early into his term. His recent tour of the US has shown his popularity but also, one would say, deepened and widened his rift with the TPLF and its base. There are some tactical implications of the latter as it pertains to the peace process with Eritrea (although the whole peace process is also of great strategic importance to that of Ethiopia’s current incumbent). Ethiopia’s internal dynamics will have a direct bearing on how things will workout between our countries. Even if things change in Eritrea, the peace process could, at least in theory, be kept in place as an incoming administration could only be beholden to so many external forces, thanks to IA/PFDJ creation of a client state out of a once fiercely independent populace.

    It is important that the diaspora opposition fortifies its positions in the HR area. The political/military component of post IA Eritrea will likely be decided by combination of internal and external actors with boots on the ground.

    Then again, no one can foretell the future, hence it wouldn’t hurt to hope for the best.

    HTG

    • Ismail AA

      Selam HTG,

      Let me to jump of the bandwagon well-wishers and welcome you back. During your heyday in this forum, I was not that much active as registered participants but nevertheless followed your informed contribution as guest reader. Now, I can see how much you have been missed from the flow of sentiments. Fine you answered the call at this very busy but uncertain period of political/diplomatic movement involving Eritrea and Ethiopia.

      Looking at the unfolding events in Eritrea and Ethiopia in the context of wider geo-strategic playing fields could help understanding directions domestic affairs of the countries could take, which often than not escape our attention due to bogging down in details of home front urgencies.

      One would do well taking note of the restless seismic activities that have moving under deceptively static landmass for the last two and more decades in Ethiopia and Eritrea. The activation and eruption of those politico-social under earth activities in one place or another may not be correctly imagined without identifying the connecting wires to the ignition point, namely, outside geopolitical and economic stakeholders. Thus, I think your reference to the opening of Pandora’s boxes makes the picture plausible to read. One event leads could lead, and actually has been leading, to another as the events in the Ethiopian scene have demonstrated. The restless grievances underneath the EPRDF world erupted due to attempts to implement a metropolitan city master plan at the expense of peasants whose survival through traditional farming came under real threat.

      The exigencies oriented hasty measures the ruling coalition under the new leadership has been taking could erode the earth above the seismic events and cause eruptions here and there. In politics mixing public relations sentiments soothing campaigns with what concrete policies could deliver in concrete realities could be lead to shaking up Pandora’s boxes. The current Ethiopian executive leadership under Dr. Abij in partnership with Lemma team might be focusing too much on the politics of public relations, and crossing to hitherto unthinkable terrains such as rehabilitation of the Derg era officials and hardcore royalist enclaves. If you add all this to unconditional recognition of armed resistance movements and allowing them free movement as stakeholders, then one would not be surprised if eruptions flare up in places where pent up grievances had been accumulating. Harbingers to warn such events happening are not in lack if one were to take the events in Borona and Somali regions, and actually many places elsewhere, would consider serious. An essential element to correctly read these domestic troubles is looking for real of subtle connection without outside interests such as Chinese investments in the region’s natural resources (oil) and what that means to their economic and geopolitical rivals. We have seen that happening in Sudan and Chad before.

      Getting back to our own affairs and the impact and possible ramifications of the recent events, I would argue at the moment the landmass above seismic activities on or land is much thicker than in Ethiopia. Whereas the federal system and constitution has weakened the terrain in Ethiopia, a one-man ruthless dictatorship in Eritrea had so far kept the cap on the volcanic movement through divide-and-rule fundamental based on imagined fear of one segment of the society from the other and in real terms brutal use of state tools of subjection and material and spiritual terrorization.

      Thus, the trend is that eruption of the situation would in my view happen in massive and wider explosion rather than piecemeal as in, for instance, in Ethiopia. At the moment, the regime has been out to take maximum advantage of the events in Ethiopia and the region (Yemen) to pay anything that help it reinforce the cap over social and political seismic activities shaking the earth under the regime. I would imagine that it may take a while to the wire approaching the ignition point. The national worry should focus on minimization of the damage the fire would incur which will depend on how the justice seeking milieu is going to shape up in the meantime.

      Thank you HTG. And, sorry to the reader for these unusually extended comments.

    • saay7

      Selamat HaileTG:

      The question is: will peace give us a peace dividend?

      On June 5, Ethiopian PM’s ruling party announced it is fully accepting the Algiers Agreement. It took 16 days for Eritrea’s ruling man to give an answer. In those 16 days, the supporters of the government said, “why should he have to say anything, if Ethiopia means what it says, all it has to do is move out its troops!” Then, on July 9, came the Five Pillar Agreement (Five Point Reloaded) and since then, all the peace dividend has been Ethiopia’s: Ethiopian Airlines*, Massawa, Asab, business prospecting*.

      In contrast, Ethiopia’s Abiy dividend came in rapid sucession. He was appointed April 2 (a day after April fools, Hayat. Ha!) and by May he had: freed prisoners including one on death row Andargachew, de-listed “terrorist” orgs and individiuals (ESAT, OLF, ONN, Jowar, Berhanu Negga), and signed deals to give Ethiopia equity stakes in ports of Djibouti and Port Sudan, and got assurance for release of Al-Amoudi. All in May.

      So, the problem with the Eritrean government is that it is so slow and cautious (because every step is measured against not what’s good for Eritrea but what’s good for Isaias rule) that the prisoners rot, the rule of law is suspended, and the National Service continue to guard a border after the end of the state of war. Even the one thing that was supposed to have been a pre-condition to normalizations of relationship–border demarcation–will await some vague mission creepy stuff called “Ethiopian stabilization.”

      For Eritreans, No Peace No War has been replaced by Peace No Peace Dividend.

      saay

      *”Eritrean Airlines”, Eritrea’s 5th iteration, flew with some gov officials to Addis. Yay.

      • haileTG

        Merhaba Saay,

        I like Ismail’s analogy of tectonics to describe the rapidly shifting and re-configuration of Eritrea’s internal and regional position. What is true with such tectonic shifts is that there are usually unpredictable aftershocks. When there are multiple epicenters dotted around the region and go off all at once, then it is hard to tell the difference. (Thanks Ismail for this wonderful analogy).

        Now then saay, our people are utterly losing it with IA/PFDJ* for the latter’s lack of basic decency to string two sentences together to tell us what is happening. Let us not repeat the same problem:) We need to tell the that:

        1) The Final & Binding demarcation position (as in pack up and go) does no longer exist. PMAA has clearly said “ኣንዳንድ ቦታዎች ለኛም ለኤርትራም ኣይመቹም ምክንያቱ ጠቅልለው ወዲህ ወይ ወደዛ ስለማይገቡ። ስለዚህ እንደራደራለን”. I think this is an important political compromise IA/PFDJ made to break the impasse. So, there is NO final & binding, it is just that IA isn’t brave enough to admit it to his cult followers.

        2) Ethiopia will resume port services shortly. This is great but she will be using it on “as it is basis” pending a final agreement on the type of Port Agreement. Despite all the lessons of the past, it is strange that both parties opted to move ahead without formal agreements.

        It is easy to see how haphazardly and cowardly PFDJ govt is moving on this. The reason for this is to have a peace without a peace dividend as you put it. Hoping that the peace will be used solely for the furtherance of its illegal hold on to power. But, this time IA and his cronies have bite off more than they can chew. ቀዳዊኻ ቀብሪ’ሎ፣ ለካሚኻ መርዓ’ሎ! It is difficult to assume IA will survive this one. Let’s see.

        The real peace dividend is however that the struggle for HR in Eritrea has never had it this opportune in the last 20 years. Politically speaking, IA has put himself in a tight corner. His position is precarious and may even make him a liability in some quarters.

        HTG

        • saay7

          Selamat HaileTG:

          My status for “reformed PFDJ” has been hijacked by The Third Way (Ali Salim – Version 7.0), and MS who are actually arguing that IA will (should, could, etc) head the reform.

          This of course is unacceptable to me since:

          (a) I believe every word compiled by the Commission of Inquiry chronicling the crimes against Eritreans (torture, enslavement, rape, sexual wnslavement, extra judicial killing and ethnically motivated violence of Kunama and Afar);
          (b) I further agree, given the way PFDJ is organized, that it was done with full knowledge of IA (“highest level of government”) and I believe there is an envelope with a list of names, IA, included that was fast-tracking from Geneva to The Hague until a panicked US said, wait, wait, we haven’t even training a back up here and spared him.

          So the reformed PFDJ (still necessary) has to be headed by people who had nothing to do with the very profitable business of human trafficking and labor exploitation of Eritrean youth. They are the ones who say “anta entay yom zeriyuna zelewu” at IAs insanity. They are the ones who should carry out the democratic coup,

          Why? Well, we discussed it before your journey to the Himalayas remember. Nothing has changed since then, just things are slightly worse: the Mohammed bin duo have reached the apex of their power and it’s all downhill from here for them and their allies (I mean even Djibouti is pushing back), and Ethiopian tanks are Ethiopian tanks whether ordered by Aradom or Shiferaw.

          saay

          • Ismail AA

            Hayak Allah saay,

            First, please forgive me if my questions drag you back to what had been discussed, and if that is the case just shrug your shoulders and ignore them.

            The notion of “democratic coup” that can produce tamed (reformed) PFDJ means either consensus based non-violent and smooth hand over of power within the existing structure or secret plot that could effects military putsch that ends up in cleansing the ruling party of the individuals you have mentioned.

            Now, here the question: Since the former is by far a preferred option than the latter, how would we imagine such a scenario developing and seeing light of the day under the known facts about the organic link between Isayas and PFDJ as Haile TG describe, namely if one falls, the other also follows. The corollary would be if such a scenario matures to fruition, how would the new guys on the throne of Ato Isayas sync their program with the wider opposition in promoting the consensus that would bring them to successful act to a national platform capable of uniting the people for meaningful change and transformation with focus on the nation’s unity?

          • saay7

            Selamat Ismail:

            I will list the main points of democratic coup and then provide a link to the full article, and Amanuel Hidrat’s critique of it here:

            The Main Points

            (1) Members of the Eritrean Defense Forces, in co-ordination with Diaspora-based Eritrean change agents, execute the change.

            (2) The role of the Diaspora Eritreans is two fold (a) Guarantors: to give reassurances that we Eritreans have no quarrels with anyone who is not a voluntary enabler of the regime; (b) Rehabilitating: to take a group of people who have been conditioned from years of propaganda that their own people are Enemies of the State and to align their thinking. (In special education, they call this “mainstreaming.”)

            (3) Part of the mainstreaming includes conditioning any change on the formation of a provisional unity government that is representative of Eritrean diversity. And, no, by that I don’t mean just ethnic, religious, regional diversity but political diversity. And, no, I am not talking a month after the democratic coup, but the day after.

            (4) As all sorts of sharks smelling blood will be congregating, it is important that everybody agrees that we have ONE and ONLY one Eritrean Defense Forces. All those with military capabilities must suspend their activities immediately—the way the ELF and ELF-RC did immediately after the EPLF entered Eritrea.

            (5) The Chief Commanding Officer of the EDF is—provisionally—the chair of the committee that engineered the democratic coup. The chair reports to the committee and the committee is tasked with implementation of the 1997 Constitution provisionally (because we have to have law and order while drafting a new formula for law and order) and party-formation and electoral laws and securing the funding for the immediate (a) demobilization and reintegration of the National Service; (b) the repatriation of refugees as well as (c) drawing a pension plan for the aging civil servants.

            (6) The Committee is responsible for the implementation of border demarcation between Eritrea and Ethiopia in accordance with EEBC, which, as the EEBC Judges repeatedly said, doesn’t preclude the two countries voluntarily swapping territories. (What the judges objected to was one party conditioning the demarcation on territory swaps.) This is followed by immediate normalization of relationship between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

            Ah, good old days where demarcation came before normalization of relationships. I am getting teary-eyed thinking of those days. Especially when I mentioned “swapping territories” and the rabid PFDJ saw that as further proof (final and binding proof) that I was Weyane.

            http://awate.com/why-democratic-coup-is-the-best-option-for-eritrea/

            And here is the summary of the critique of Amanuel Hidrat, who called it not just unrealistic, not just utopian but Unrealist Utopian Project:

            In conclusion, my argument is not whether there is a concept of democratic coup or not, which I will leave to the world of academia (unsettled constitutional dilemma) to sort out. My argument is, even if the concept of democratic coup is valid as defined by Varol with the characteristics and conditions he laid out to separate from the conventional coup, there is no objective reality to stage a democratic coup in Eritrea, for, (a) because of the lack of popular uprising inside Eritrea, (b) Because the military will be motivated by self-interest,(c) because the interest of the military is aligned with the interest of the ruling party. If Saleh Younis is arguing just for “a mere seizure of the state apparatus by the military without popular support,” to depose one man, then it can’t be democratic coup; but definitely a conventional military coup.

            http://awate.com/democratic-coup-in-eritrea-unrealistic-utopian-project/

            saay

          • Ismail AA

            Dear saay,
            Thank you for the feedback; I think I had missed that debate or my memory failed me. I will go through the points and see how they might calibrate with my take on the matter. I admire your speed and readiness to react virtually anything that comes on your way. Be blessed, dear.

      • Amde

        Selam HaileTG

        Welcome Back!!

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Amde,

          Since it’s a weekend, I thought I share the link. I just saw part 1 of EBS TV coverage of Asmara Flught.

          https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=bi0apOC_p60

          I thought she did an exellebt job, specially how well she was prepared getting the right people lined up for the tour.

          What’s sad is how moranic the PFDJ was and how they squandered 18 years of opportunity hiding themselves from the world. All they can think was, the stupid, meaningless festivals for the teenagers YPFDJ, who do not have the knowledge, the experience and most of all the resources (money) to do anything that benefit the country.

          That’s the people they banker on to change their distorted image, what a waste.

          Now Ethiopians are coming to open up the country for business which they had it in front of them.

          I honestly thought it was a plot between PFDJ and TPLF, to destroy Eritrea and its people in the process of restoring Tigray and its glorious days.

          Now I think, I was wrong. The PFDJ, I don’t think they knew better. They only can think how the small brain that can allow them to do. They didn’t see beyond the festivals, the 2%, and the accidental mining. The people and the country have to be locked down if they are to stay in power.

          Anyway, I am glad we are here and to see the country, the city and the people sprit is still there.

          I hope your plans to visit Eritrea is still there.

          Berhe

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Hei all.
            How come people hate this? And love what the ethiopian jets bombed asmara air port. I dont get it.

          • saay7

            Berhe and Amde:

            …and if you want to see why I call this the Season of Senselessness (by which I mean the Surreal) go to the 12:45 mark where you will see Fihira explaining what Peace means and then the video cuts off to the party he will be singing at. And there he is singing “Arki Hlfot”, a 1991 hit which basically chronicles the EPLF military itinerary for the last days of Derg; Osman Saleh and Yemane Gebreab are dancing esksta to it, and this quickly cuts to Hailemariam Desalegn (soon seen with pic of Mengistu) singing the Ethiopian national anthem.

            Thankfully for all of us, Haile TG is back and will explain everything because I can’t explain that scene. I asked a friend and he was non-chalant: what do you expect from “Wata”, he said.

            Saay

          • haileTG

            Selamat saay and everyone,

            I think we need to be more understanding here:) The Ethiopians had to dig far back in the CD cabinet to bring Mahmud Ahmed’s peace song from late 80s. The situation was no different in Eritrea which had to adopt Fihira’s romantic song Hiji Girm (nothing to do with peace) for the occasion. Actually, the only 2 or 3 songs that came out in the last few years for Peace were by a couple of Tigrayan artists. Miynesh? and Kahsay Berhe had also put up a duo in an international stage 3/4 years ago. Other than those, no peace song in such a long time of war, peace, no war, no peace…era! So if Fihira thought the current peace is a volcanic eruption of our people’s deeply held yearning, how come he didn’t capture it as an artist all this time? Censorship perhaps 🙂

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Saay,

            Sorry I didn’t get back to you, I had to see the clip again. Honestly I didn’t see it that way, because I think people (most people) do dance to the tune rather than to the words. May be I am talking about myself:), but it’s the atmosphere that matters. Off course the words have meaning but I am not sure all people have the capability or they desire to fine tune and change their modes based on the words.

            For example, Chris Rock in one of his commedy special, talks about rap how he is tired of defending it (becuase of the words used) )by the rappers. In the same show he talks about “Women Dancing to Rap” even though the words can be the most misogynistic towards women but women in the dance floor keep dancing to those same words, it’s too x…rated to describe, but I get his point.

            And recently I heard at Tigray Festival, Robel Michael singing the song “አነስ ንዓደየ ንዓደየ” in Tigrina but he changed it to “አነስ ንዓደየ ንዓደየ – ንትግራየ፡ ንትግራየ” and I don’t know what to say. I have not seen him singing it, and I am not sure if the video was doctored or not but I don’t know what to make of it, for him for singing it and for the people dancing to the tune.

            Berhe

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Berhe Y., if you are little bit observant, please look at the ordinary people, esp. those sitting in front of the Cathedral; you don’t read any enthusiasm in their faces; they are fatigued, actually some of them seem scared by the camera, simply walking away. Look at the 25:31 mark, there you see the usual death announcements/መርድእ littering the wall, instead of what used to be, job vacancies, for example.

          • Amde

            Hi Berhe,

            I watched it at last and I have to say even I was getting emotional. The people looked genuinely happy. I think the future is indeed bright as long as this momentum stays.

            You know, just like the evolution of organisms, the kind if people, personalities and ideas that survive a harsh environment like a ghedli are the ones best adapted to it. That is how I think of PFDJ (pretty much all guerilla movements I presume). I think it is ingrained in them that they have to have total control, and survive in a zero-sum game. You can imagine how that translates as to how to deal with things like businesses. I feel it will realistically be the coming of age of a post-ghedli leadership generation that will change things – not really a change of mind of the current ones.

            Amde

            Ps. Trip to Asmara maybe next year.. but definitely on my bucket list.

          • Paulos

            Selam Amde,

            At the 20:55 mark of the video [Part I], that is where I literally grew up and know the people in that area like the back of my hand if you will. Brought back memories. Good times!

    • Nitricc

      Whaaaaaat? Haile the great in the house? how is the nose holding up.lol nice to see my man. To say a few points to your comment, Eritrea can not be the same anymore. the question is how we should handle the change is the point. I do understand why some people are scared about the change, I think the speed of events caught them by surprise but i do believe there was some discussion secretly between Ethiopia and Eritrea, excluding TPLF. It seems TPLF is just as surprised as all of us. However, by excluding TPLF, i don’t see the peace to hold-up. I do believe PIA knows that but he went too far to pay his revenge to TPLF thugs. Eritrea’s involvement will complicate the Ethiopian situation. This clip tells me that this peace thing was well planned. Nice to see you Haile-TG.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNhZqVlJasI

      • Mitiku Melesse

        Hei Nitricc

        It is not a matter of excluding. Tplf build its and Tigrays development on a network on suffocating the rest. For the rest to get involved you have to change tplf tugs. If you dont change them then it is back to square one.

        • Girmay

          Hello, Mitiktu how are I found you woundering wonmatching . I am here for you . Tigray Tigrean obession is driving you crazy?
          Here you are again lost in an Island of freedom of expression. Your creativey only knows Tigray, Tigrean ?
          Can I give you tips on how to be slightly civil? Dont type while you are crying. Try that and see how you will do.
          Oh I forgot to give you your case #TTT24h. I will check on you soon.

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Girmay
            When the looting stopped, the corrupt and the killers went back home to Tigray, the bishops and the imams come back home, the activists and politicians come home there is only happiness and no more tears. I know how sad it is for you but it is not we you to blame. Blame your Kebero and jumping when tplf loot and killed Ethiopians. You could have told them, at least that it wont continue forever.

      • haileTG

        Hey Nitricc,

        Thanks and good to read you again. Yes, the engagement must have began ahead of the few weeks from mid June – mid July. That short a time would not allow for standard information to be exchanged let alone a whooping agreements to be reached. That only goes to show you how much Eritreans are kept in the dark of their affairs. But a question for you: what do you think is IA/PFDJ’s greatest gain out of the deal? (No doubt the people could only relieved to hear any news of peace, that is why I limited it to the regime’s gains vis a vis the deal).

  • Hayat Adem

    Welcome HTG,
    Greetings everyone,
    Very bad news from Ethiopia catching fire in its eastern part.

    • Girmay

      Hi Hayat, yes it is very sad. I grealty appreciate the warning you gave about this con-man called Abie. He freed many convicted felons but now he is killing hundreds or thousands to arrest one guy? If this doesn’t meet the definition of hypocrite what does?

      • Hayat Adem

        Dear Girmay,
        it is in fact more than hypocracy bordering a state crime. Three dangers: 1) constitution is being violated; changing or fixing the somali region administration is that region’s citizens’ domain. 2) Ethiopia’s unity is being risked. All other regional states are watching it as a preplay 3) it will be exposing Ethiopia to many weaknesses and nonstop meddling hands from outside.
        Abiy is really nothing what he is pretending. If he is able to subdue all regions under his control, he would go on fixing smaller and weaker nations. He loves atrong men like IA and Menge. He would want to be pne of them.
        USA could survive Trump because of the mature institutional and political culture. In countries like Ethiopia, this man is a curse who came at the very wrong time.

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam hayat
          1, the constitution is being violated, it being violated when the way abdi eli came to power and it being violated the whole time when abdi run the somali kilil, he even violated other kilil constitutional rights.
          What 3A is doing right now is enforcing law (correcting the violated constitution).
          2, ethiopian unity is being risked, it been risked since tplf ideology came to power , what 3A doing is, fixing the problem from it’s root cause( tplf tribalism ideology).
          3, divided people r the one exposed of meddling hands from outside and foreign relations is not always meddling.
          U have to respect the majority of the people choose, if u don’t like it there is a thing called artical39. And don’t be stup nonsense.

        • Peace!

          Hi Qeen,

          Lets get real and find a solution.

          https://youtu.be/icnK71RPK10

  • Saleh Johar

    Weekend stuff…

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei Saleh Johar.
      You sit and improve your Photoshop from thousands meter far away from the real stuff while great people doing the real job in the middle of where the actions going on. That is the difference between gossipers and doers. By the way how far you and your followers come to the changing of the Eritrean government with your copy paste Photoshop political campaign against the Eritrean government. I see only the great improvement of the people who improve continuously the Photoshop.

      PS: He has no the faintest idea in ruling Eritrea even if you beg him knowing people like you sabotage their own land, their own government.

      • Saleh Johar

        Hi Mitiku,
        I will not ignore your anger. I can see you are new at this and you might be thinking: I will silence everyone. I will take your comment seriously when you put some flesh on it. As it is, it looks like lizard bones dug out from the ground–useless.

        • Mitiku Melesse

          Saleh
          Useless is gossip. Go to Eritrea and make a change. Your Photoshop so far brings nothing. The leaders you are gossiping about they are doing real staff. You can compare your work when you do it in Asmara or Eritrea.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Mitiku,

            And what were/are you doing, coward? Did you liberate any village while the butcher donkey, Mengistu, was running riot? Probably you were part of a Kebele [Derg Gestapo] killer squad at that time.

            By the way, it is called “real stuff” and not “real staff”. Dingay ras [stone head].

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Simon
            The real staff is not loosing control.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Mitiku,

            It is called ‘losing control’ and not ‘loosing control’.

            You are trying hard to avenge the humiliating defeat of Katikala crazy Derg by badmouthing the TPLF. Can you fight against a proper army, rather than mob attacking defenceless civilians? Don’t talk, get up and fight! Coward!

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Simon

            Tplf is a corrupt beggar institution. We Ethiopians hate what Derg has done to us. And we hate more Tplf because tplf knew what we went through derg time. You scumbag liar just because you said tplf defeated derg for 27 years doesnt make it truth. The truth is all Ethopians and Eritreans together defeated derg. Period.

            The rest of the propaganda is what tplf trying to justify its looting. We said from day one the looting is not our culture. And now you can not save Tplf from its crime. It is done. and it is too late.

            I am sorry. We are happy tplf packed and went home to mama Tigray. If i were you i would be happy if Tigray make its independence. I dont see why you are upset.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Mitiku,

            You are all talk, no action. Your cowardice knows no bounds,

            What culture do you have? What you call culture and history is stolen from Tigray.

            I asked you how many villages your ten-a-penny tribe had liberated from your Katikala drunk DERG, but you refuse to answer.

            Can you fight against a proper army, rather than mob-attacking defenceless civilians?

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam simon
            If u have culture, u wouldn’t say and lie what u have said and lied above.
            1st, i don’t know what tigrai history r u talking about? Am guessing u talking about geez history.and if u show us any written history or anything(before 1860) that say it is tigrai history i will love to learn.
            Any thing written in tigraign?
            By the way am not defending this mm guy , i believe he is one of u showing his culture just like u do.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Teodros,

            Another one from the dumb, deaf and blind limited company.
            Go to night school, you are waste of space.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam simon
            U r simply stupid nonsense trying to cover ur personal inferiority complex by laying and cursing.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Teodros,

            You cannot even string up few words properly to make a sentence. Go to night school.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam simon
            like i said u r one stupid nonsense.
            If u know what i mean.

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Simon,

            The time for lying and looting by tplf is done. You can not bring it back. Killing is not being a hero. And there will be no action in the killing direction. Only explain what ptlf has done for the last 27 years and let them regret for what evil deed they have done against non tigrinas in Ethiopia.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Mitiku, the low level Derg cadre.

            You are all empty talk, you know it.

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Simon

            Now let us focus on the development. Borrowing billion dollars in the name of Ethioia and investing only on Tigray development and and filling the corrupt leaders of the non-tigray region doesnt take us were we want. Let’s change course and develop all Ethiopia. There is no point in promoting one ethnic group unless that group succeed.

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Mitiku, under the TPLF-led EPRDF, Ethiopia built, from an outsider’s point of view, who has only little info:
            -Constitutional system of gov, despite its limitations
            -Autonomous Killils that gave the local peoples the right to govern themselves
            -A lot of industrial parks
            -A lot of universities, technical schools, schools, etc
            -A lot of hospitals
            -Many large scale hydro-electric dams that generate thousands of MW electricity
            -Millions of Ethiopians out of poverty
            -Thousands of kilometers of asphalted high standard highways and roads
            -Thousands of kilometers of railroad already built and some under construction
            -GERD with a capacity of 6500MW electricity under construction
            -Sea ports/in conjunction with Djibouti, and dry ports development
            -A lot of new factories and agricultural projects that give work to thousands of Ethiopians
            -Widespread urban development
            -Building of lots of new airports and expansion of existing ones
            ETC
            Many of these projects are not in Tigray, but spread throughout Ethiopia

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Abraham,

            These will be exactly the “measuring performance standard” for every coming PM of Ethiopia, including the current one, in the future. Keep in mind, there are many initiated projects that are halted as we speak, and no one knows as to whether they will be restart again, while the unrest is still continuing.

          • Saleh Johar

            Mitiku,
            By the way, who told you I want to live in Asmara? With you, in the same city? What have I done to deserve such a punishment?

            My dear, you have no content but Papagaloism. Why are you in so much pain because I am doing what I set out to do for too long until the monster and his appendages are put in their rightful place?

            Sorry, you are a nuisance

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Saleh

            All the time I try to explain to you but your arrogance is blocking for you to see the facts on the ground. All what you do is gossip and catalyze from thousands mile away. I did not forget how you salivated when Forto incident alarmed the Asmara people. For you it was an opportunity some one sacrifice and you run to Asmara to hit the kebero. That wont happen. You want a change come to Asmara and make the change. Dont be opportunist. It is not some thing you do at your age. Let the youngsters make the change what ever change they can achieve based on Eritrea’s reality.

          • Saleh Johar

            See Mitiku,
            You are mad awate.com exists. Nothing lass nothing more. And you lie . During the Forto incident, I was not here for two months and it happened in my absence. I don’t even think I wrote anything at the time. But my colleagues were running this website that you hate so much. Also, it was at that time that awate had a major technical problem and it was running in a makeshift page. You remember nothing but your prejudice. And you have been at me for a long time, in different faces. I am used to you. Good bye and next time verify your prejudiced facts before you run your mouth.

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Saleh

            I am not mad at you. I am just telling you you that you mastering gossip from thousands meters away about people both in Eritrea and Ethiopia has resulted nothing except exposing your opportunistic character. And since you have waited so long and nothing happened it is time you go home and try how it is done. Salivating what ever incident happened in Eritrea hopping that would bring you an opportunity is wrong at least at your age. Learn from the Quran school leader instead of using him for your opportunistic goal.

            If i use different names then block them. I am very careful to reply to you before you stop my account after your ‘word diarrhea’ ( a term borrowed from you). Not because there is some thing important but i dont want to give you that pleasure you get and your ‘Fukera’ when you close others account just because we reply for you in kind.

            Remember go home and show your preaching can be done in practice.

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam girmay
    U can argue just like u did above if abdi eli came to power by democratic means , other ways it is just bla bla and showing ur hate and ignorance about the issue in somali kilil.

  • dawit

    Ayneta,
    You better believe it PIA was the Anvers Nakfa and today he has became the Anbesa of the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea region. All the kings, presidents and Prim Ministers are bowing to kiss his hand. Long Live PIA.
    dawit

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei, Girma.

    Next is Debretsion who vowed either with tplf or dismantle Ethiopia.

    • Girmay

      Hello Mitiku and Teddy I wish you good luck. Good luck my prescription to you guys is intensive care to cure your intra-structure. You are still have 100% feudal values . Opinions are not hate. I actually like Dr. Abie he is a comedian. Its not his fault we just love kings and dictators. We love them even much more when the dictators are from our tribes.
      Just a final reminder war is not as easy when hamburger and cheeseburger fight in your stomach. Pray for peace. Don’t expect everybody to have the same opinion.
      Please work on your intra-structure.

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam girmay
        U simply don’t make sense at all , good luck to urself.

      • Mitiku Melesse

        Girmay
        Wake up, we removed the feudal tplf few weeks ago which put its dejazmach, kengazmach, bishop, etc from tigray. That was what we call feudal.

        Since Tigray people love tplf we encourage them to declare independence with their beloved tplf because when tplf use tigray government money only for tigray development , when tplf assign only tigrians for all key positions nobody opposes tplf. But when you do this in Ethiopia with 80 nation nationalities we call it feudal.

  • abdulworld

    Hello Girmay,
    Please comeback to the real-world… you are confusing cyber with real…
    “For me the political and economical solution can only be solved through cultural and poltical Renaissance”
    What exactly is that? Share an example of that with the Forum’s Intellectual giants?

    • Girmay

      Hi abdulworld, I am in rush but in general I have more questions than answers. I will elaborate more later . For now I want to tell you that there is feudal war lord in all of us. The only different is how many percent of the feudal war lord disease we are possessed with?
      Who do I consider intellectual giant in this forum? The awtistas who challenge the conventional believes. The awtistas who honestly discussion with good intentions. The awtistas who are not government propaganda machine. There are plenty of these types of intellectuals in this forum.
      Despite my reverence to the great awtistas forumers, even awtistas forumers still have a certain percent of the feudal values. The cultural revolution of questioning all Ethiopian and Eritrean cultural norms must continue.
      In other words we all need therapy to flush out the feudal cultural values of greed, envy, suspicion, and undermining. Maybe we all need Obama Care or intra-structure care.
      Sorry I dont have profound answers .

  • Robel Cali

    Hello all,

    I laughed at Awate Team’s hypocrisy and bias. They described the Ethiopian preacher, Prophet Suraphel Demisse as a “charlatan” while they attempt to lionize a Muslim charlatan, Hajji Musa. Both sell lies. Both prey on the gullible and ignorant.

    Also, Eritrean security forces did not shoot at the protesters, even though they were throwing stones and shouting sectarian hate against their Christian brethren in Asmara. The security forces shot in the air. This is why no one was hurt.

    Muslims have it real good in Eritrea. Shikeh Isaias is the greatest thing to happen to them. We are waiting for a real secular leader in Eritrea to remove the special privileges Muslims are afforded at the expense of their Christian countrymen.

    • Peace!

      Robel Cali, my man

      No reason to get that frustrated, why don’t you join the Agazians. Tesfatsion seems to be doing very well at least better than the ten opposition groups combined.

      Please stick around:)

      Peace!

      • Robel Cali

        Hi Peace

        Agazian is a TPLF invention. It does not represent me. The only people who take it serious are those with mental issues, TPLFlites like yourself and Eritrean jihadists, who need a nasty voice coming from the ‘other side’ to justify their four decade long ideology of hate & violence against Eritrean Christians.

        • Peace!

          Robin Cali, my man!

          Lol… it could be since Muslims in Aksum, thanks to the visionary and hero Meles, are denied place for worship and burial, why not!

          But my point was to find you a pleasure zone that satisfies your lust. What about Burma? are you willing to go that far? DIA might pay for your ticket since the ports are back to business:)

          Peace!

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei,Robel.
      Dont involve in religion hate propaganda just to oppose Awate.com. In the first place they dont care about what happened on the protest. What they want is chaos which they dont want sacrifice for. If the chaos brings what they wish they tell you their unheard stories how they brought the regime down in their struggle in the last 27 years. Till then it is a secrete. Do you remember that the awate.com crush when Forto incident was herd. Oh if you read awat.com those days. How many brave Eritreans abroad Eritrea had would make surprise. If tha coup succeeded then Asmara would be full of victorious (opportunist) people from all over the world. That is how the modern Eritrea struggle for better life for Eritreans in Eritrea.

  • ‘Gheteb

    Prof. Ghidewon Abay: One Amongst The Multifarious Beau Ideals Of Eritreanism

    Greetings!!

    Here he is the TRUE son of Eritrea, Dr. Ghidewon Abay, doing whatever he can to help Eritrea and Eritreans. He has unfailingly done his part in the furtherance of Eritreanism, the political outlook that is, for all intents and purposes, the warp and woof of Eritrea as we know it now. It is this UNSHAKABLE stanchion that has thwarted all the efforts and the numerous machinations that were hatched to undo the Eritrean consensus by rendering asunder its unity and making Eritrea’s independence a moot point hanging up in the air.

    But, in the past two decades we have witnessed that Eritreanism is no shrinking violet and it has proven to be a force to be reckoned with and surely has foiled all endeavors that attempted to upend the Eritrean body politic and at the end emerged triumphantly against all the enemies of Eritrea, from within and from without.

    In his interview, Prof. Ghidewon, enumerated the activities that he is involved in, be it helping the YPFDJ, PFDJ activities and his volunteer summer work in Eritrea teaching in some of the universities there. Here is a snippet from the interview.

    ” Q: You have been teaching at EIT for several summers now. Lately, you took part in the newly installed postgraduate education in the institute. From your perspective, what is the inspiration of the institute? And also, tell us about your experience teaching in both the undergraduate and postgraduate level at EIT?

    A: The postgraduate program at EIT, if I am correct, has biology, chemistry, physics, chemistry and mathematics in it. There could be other departments with postgraduate programs. But, these ones, I am quite certain have postgraduate programs. My involvement is in the Department of Mathematics.

    The aim of postgraduate programs at EIT is to realize self-sufficiency by having enough instructors. I have been involved with EIT since 2004. Then, the ratio between indigenous versus non indigenous instructors was very disappointing. Now it is much better. Out of twenty four instructors only one quarter are from Eritrea. The purpose of the postgraduate program is to train mathematics instructors and then from masters program in EIT they would pursue PHD abroad.

    In the previous years I was coming to EIT every summer to teach graduate elective courses that include optimization and theory of ordinary differential equations. This year’s summer program was rather short and focused on mathematical research in discrete math. You can say that this time around it was a workshop that made emphasis on discrete mathematics. The ranges of courses given in the postgraduate math program of EIT are broad and extremely interesting.f research and learning not only for Eritrea but for the region as well……..”.

    Well, there you have it. Prof. Ghidewon in his own words encapsulating what an EXEMPLAR of Eritreanism looks like. In spite of all that the members of The Eritrean Cult Of Conspiracy Theory attempt of blaming anything and everything under the sun on the PFDJ, Isaias and Isaisists, things are not as bleak or as bad as they would have us believe. Eritrea keeps scoring major victories in different sectors and its future could not look any better.

    Here, again, prof. Ghidewon, about what the future for Eritrea looks like,

    ” Thank you for your time Professor. Any closing remarks?

    Congratulations to the Eritrean people. You have withstood a lot. Moreover, best wishes to the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia. If we learn from the past and work together the future is bright and the sky is the limit”.

    I have said it before, and I will say it again. The EPLF was to Eritrea’s independence what the PFDJ is to Eritrea’s sovereignty. Without the PFDJ no one will have the luxury of calling themselves Eritreans, tout de court!

  • said

    Kind Greeting Abdulworld
    Seeing Reality from a Different Optic and thank you for your insightful remark .and I also agree with you in your comments . Eritrean should demand an immediately free all the country’s political prisoners, thrown in the government’s dungeons for the sole crime of thinking differently. Eritrean deserve to be free from oppression and free from dictator.
    in the game of conscious awareness of the inevitable of the universality of human destiny. I Read Your comment with great attention I just I do not get enough time I answering you on time, your political maturity and conscious resignation to the sanctity of the independence of human thought in the pursuit and attainment of the ultimate, a “Global Civil Society,” testifies to the relentless human endeavor on the trail of the “Spinozas,” that enshrined the universality of the quest for the ultimate truth, ultimate reality. I often ponder the sense of alienation, estrangement from one’s folks, witnessing your relentless struggle for the truth. However, in many ways,
    I revert to the store of universal values that binds us, and remorse transforms into a sense of envy, how deserving of your humanity a person you are with the moral strength and courage of conviction that catapult you to the pedestals of the sages, of justice seeker .
    Eritrean of all woke of Muslim and Christian , In normal course Coreligionists are in the habit of addressing one another with the endearing appellation. Insecurities blind us into the delusion of the legitimacy of claims of righteousness on the basis of the comfort of the familiar. For progressive Eritrean and open. mind The affinity that binds us stem from very deep respect for our humanity and impressive political maturity beyond the confines of the dictates of the urges of acceptance on the basis of creed and ethnic belonging.
    I DO NOT Know MUCH about the time you mentioned .what is fact is Eritrea under IA is fast veering to becoming the worst kind Fascist Dictatorship under the near Absolute Rule . with IA playing the Trojan Horse, is now in full control of Eritrean political life; Eritrean destiny .
    We know that for IA, everything is all about IA, all the time. That IA’s guiding principle is whatever’s best for IA right now and then . IA in sick mind. That IA is never to blame, nor to be held responsible, for anything went wrong or bad. IA has used his dictatorial powers to commit all kind of crimes against humanity, extermination, and inhumane acts. some of the IA crime and atrocities could have being prevented long time ago. Eritreans collectively, does not need to meekly allow IA to slaughter our populations like sheep and stand by watching . We have more than enough of IA long list of crime ,it high time to stop now him ,before he is able and he can fully carry out more crimes that will make these killings much more ,it is unavoidable. IA hardcore policies are very cruel, inhumane and his criminal attack on large populations of our people throughout Eritrea is well documented and known. Who can not escape his long hand ,none, they are trapped in horrendous conditions due to his on going killing, displacing and subjugation . The vast majority of our populations are being trapped and facing in conditions of hunger, thirst, disease and misery, without any means of escape. IA is guilty of act ,and ordering and participating in crimes against humanity.
    Today we are powerless non of us is the president of Eritrea or Prime Minister of any state—non of us is a Minister, Minister of Defense, Minister of interior, or any other such grand names and ridiculous titles these PFDJ murderer and thieves keep giving to themselves — YOU ARE honorable ,respected and caring citizen of Eritrea not nefarious idiot with no power to your name — IA have all earthly power to his name — IA does have a murderous army at his disposal to unleash on innocent Eritreans— sadly the present Eritrean army of cowards who can only fight defenseless women and children with sophisticated weaponry collocated during struggle period are used on them.
    IA is at the head of Eritrean coward force maiming murdering and incarcerating thousands of Eritreans in their own country—IA is coward and buffoon— he cannot and should never be able to harm any Eritreans — we let it happen . sadly but he has committed starting the incremental genocide of our people, what Ethiopian have done during the long road to freedom they committed unspeakable crime. and IA continue to do much worst to Eritreans.
    On these awful and triable time we live, IA do not consider Eritreans as human beings with full rights

    • abdulworld

      Hello Said,
      I can’t really respond to what you are writing because it just sounds like a lot noise with big words or phrases.
      I don’t know what to do except laugh a little when I read statement like…
      “a “Global Civil Society,” testifies to the relentless human endeavor on the trail of the “Spinozas,” that enshrined the universality of the quest for the ultimate truth, ultimate reality.”
      (what hell are you saying?)

      ” I often ponder the sense of alienation, estrangement from one’s folks, witnessing your relentless struggle for the truth. However, in many ways,
      I revert to the store of universal values that binds us, and remorse transforms into a sense of envy, how deserving of your humanity a person you are with the moral strength and courage of conviction that catapult you to the pedestals of the sages, of justice seeker .”
      (what are you saying?)

      I don’t know if you are writing this in different language and translating it to English with online translator?

      Some of comments I read in Awate seem to designed to look “educated” or “learned” by using multi-syllable words.
      The Italian call this Papagallo mentality.

      But for it reminds me of those Orthodox priest who mumble stuff in Geez language and follower listen to them without
      understanding…but in agreement.

      I also see this type of behavior with so-called educated Eritrean… they start writing or using these multi-syllable words or words like Ultimate Truth or Universality or … and sentence doesn’t say anything but “sounds” good…
      I just go and say “ah.. the Feudal Mind at its best”…
      I like scholarship or mentality that in words of James Brown doesn’t “fake the funk”…

      • said

        The Light I Seek, … M’Echappe Pour Toujour
        For a moment I dreamt I could regain my higher self. For an instant I danced with my dreams. I attained the stratosphere of the Nirvana, the realm of the unified whole, the weightless, the unbranded effusiveness of the selfless me.

        In the weightless state, the wider universe rendered monolithic, its wider space became my kingdom, and my ego, the branded me, became its slave.

        In the ascendance to the stratosphere of the Nirvana, I shedded my past, my history, the sole remnant is the now and here.

        I cleansed my heart, I floated in the euphoria of the unified field, the you and me, the me and you, indiscernible continuum of a universal whole.

        I lowered the barriers of insecurities, I sublimed beyond the confines of the causality, the consciousness of the rationale, of the special and unique.

        I drowned in the reverie of the bliss of detachment from the ordain, the vanity of mortals, the fallibility of man. I submerged in the flux of boundless reality, I transmuted into the galaxies, the apogees, the far, far away stars.

        I cleansed my soul, the vision of beauty, glamour, the nest of the angels all were in view.

        Suddenly, I am brought back to ground. Your actions now demeaned me to my lower self. Recrimination, not illumination, now dominates my discourse. Epithets of vileness, of nemesis, of pugnaciousness foul my soul.

        You dehumanized me, rendered me victim of an ego long buried with humility, resurrected with the vanity of illusions of self-preservation.

        You branded me the Goyim, the Gentile; your prison of self-aggrandizement debased me to the abyss of anger, self-righteousness and ethnocentricity. You deprived me from my right to spiritual liberation, the attainment of the Nirvana, a celestial odyssey; rendered me a prisoner, anew, of an ego, I dreamt I had long shedded.

        The light I sought, my deliverance, my enlightenment, my attainment of the Nirvana, M’a echappe, has escaped me, for your vanity, for engaging me in the earthly causes that would forever render me earthly.

        • said

          sorry i forget to say Selam to the above Abdulworld

      • said

        Selam Abdulworld
        just leave it as it is do not take it serious and is meant to be that way ,I did few sentence to make it spicy ,may be some humour and get way with it .as you said more noise with big words or phrases. I don’t know what to do except laugh a little when I read statement like…
        “a “Global Civil Society,” testifies to the relentless human endeavor on the trail of the “Spinozas,” that enshrined the universality of the quest for the ultimate truth, ultimate reality.”
        (what hell are you saying?) your selected quotation I do know what the hell I am saying, I am trying to say something and it is meaningless just leave it as it is. It is one of those days and this is the same try not make sense out of it
        my fake the funk” is a message to you

      • said

        Greetings ,my message to you and my fake the funk
        The Light I Seek, … M’Echappe Pour Toujour
        For a moment I dreamt I could regain my higher self. For an instant I danced with my dreams. I attained the stratosphere of the Nirvana, the realm of the unified whole, the weightless, the unbranded effusiveness of the selfless me.
        In the weightless state, the wider universe rendered monolithic, its wider space became my kingdom, and my ego, the branded me, became its slave.
        In the ascendance to the stratosphere of the Nirvana, I shedded my past, my history, the sole remnant is the now and here.
        I cleansed my heart, I floated in the euphoria of the unified field, the you and me, the me and you, indiscernible continuum of a universal whole.
        I lowered the barriers of insecurities, I sublimed beyond the confines of the causality, the consciousness of the rationale, of the special and unique.
        I drowned in the reverie of the bliss of detachment from the ordain, the vanity of mortals, the fallibility of man. I submerged in the flux of boundless reality, I transmuted into the galaxies, the apogees, the far, far away stars.
        I cleansed my soul, the vision of beauty, glamour, the nest of the angels all were in view.
        Suddenly, I am brought back to ground. Your actions now demeaned me to my lower self. Recrimination, not illumination, now dominates my discourse. Epithets of vileness, of nemesis, of pugnaciousness foul my soul.

        You dehumanized me, rendered me victim of an ego long buried with humility, resurrected with the vanity of illusions of self-preservation.
        You branded me what ever you wish ; your prison of self-aggrandizement debased me to the abyss of anger, self-righteousness and ethnocentric. You deprived me from my right to spiritual liberation, the attainment of the Nirvana, a celestial odyssey; rendered me a prisoner, anew, of an ego, I dreamt I had long shedded.
        The light I sought, my deliverance, my enlightenment, my attainment of the Nirvana, M’a echappe, has escaped me, for your vanity, for engaging me in the earthly causes that would forever render me earthly.

  • Blink

    Dear Abi
    You don’t seem to support Abiy , I mean why’d you say such thing? Asseb has never been Ethiopian sovereign place but you guys can use and We Eritreans can start depositing some dollars in to our account . Now ,why are these key Bahrachin lunatics still alive ?

  • said

    Greetings,
    The Danger of American Evangelical Christian Right and White Anglo-Saxon Protestants inspreading their wing and For Better Understanding of the Current Shift, the New Paradigm Guiding the New American Politics
    Listening to the false Prophet Suraphel Demisse The new Ethiopian ambassador of the radical Evangelical Christian pastor in question and his false claim in downgrading Ethiopian Orthodox Christians is sickening to say least , in saying ,they are not genuine and have to become Christians again. Are not new nor radical to me.
    As quote at awate site Last April, it is more than shocking and sinister to read that a certain Evangelical Denomination known as the Ethiopian and Eritrean Church Fellowship held a conference in Oslo. The conference was attended by Eritrean and Ethiopian evangelists living in Europe. The pastor joined hands with others in the opening prayer which was led by Dani Belay, a self- described pastor, who said: “our forefathers chose to unite with Ethiopia so as not to be dominated by Muslims”.
    The Coming Back with Vengeance of the American Neoliberals using Donald Trump as their Trojan Horse is not sustainable in the Longer and even the intermediary terms. The Domestic Challenges and the Broader International Realities defy the ambitions and the zealous simplistic calculations of the American Neoliberals. To try to make sense of the current American policies is a futile exercise as dictated by chaotic experimentations and total lack of coherent policies as measured by hitherto normal standards) President Donald Trump is but the Trojan Horse of the American Neoliberal Extreme Right in tandem with the American Evangelical Christian Right succeeding in taking back with vengeance control of the America they had always nearly exclusively set its ideological and socio-economic tone for centuries ever since the inception of the American colonies in the 17th century.
    In my humble view, it serves no purpose and leads to no logical and coherent conclusions to attempt to analyse, predict and develop a rational understanding of the current state of affairs of the American politics – both internal domestic policies and foreign policies – invoking the premises of a short-lived Liberal era that currently do not any more seem to hold and apply.
    The truth of the matter, America had been (except for an intervening short few decades of the 20th century breaking its isolationism engaging by coercion and default in two world wars) and ever since the start of the Anglo-Saxon colonialist drive of the New World going back to the 17th century, an evangelical, puritanical, conservative capitalist driven emerging power. The conquest of vast territories freed from the liabilities of their indigenous natives and the mass importation of slaves as free labor, provided for endless resources open to the private individual enterprise rendering Unfettered Capitalism the preferable economic system promising endless bounties and economic possibilities to a White European Entrepreneur.
    It was not until the second half of the 19th century that Irish, Italian, Scandinavian and Germanic waves of new immigrants began to hit the shores of America and form into clannish minorities that always remained outside the spin of control of America’s politics and socio-ideological makeup and direction of the expanding country.
    The end of segregation of the American blacks, a significant 10% of the total American population, and the start of the process of their integration into the main body of the White-dominant American population did not start in earnest except with President Lyndon Johnson’s sponsoring and pushing into law in 1964 the Civil Rights’ initiative and its passage through congress into law in what was termed the Grand Society Act into law that the American Blacks gained their right to vote in the US’ Southern States – i.e. an entire century after the abolition of slavery as a result of the outcome of the American Civil War.

    However, during all these periods and until the breaking of the First World War, nearly all the American political and major economic institutions were in the hands and envious tight control of the elites of the so-called American WASP, the “White Anglo-Saxon Protestants.”

    The Flourishing of the Middle Class and Meritocracy

    The Two World Wars in the 20th Century; however, foremost emergence of the United States after the Second World War as the only economically world dominant power with the near total destructions of the traditional European colonialist powers and Japan, thrusted the US out of isolation into the world stage with new economic vigor and further enhanced prowess.
    The US in the aftermath of the Second World War with the US Dollar becoming the sole World Reserve Currency; Washington, DC becoming the host of the headquarters of the major Supranational Institutions of the World Bank and the IMF (The Breton wood Protocols); besides, New York housing the United Nations Building, the US – almost unprepared in international affairs and diplomatic acumen – became the natural sole inheritor of the old European colonies influence and reach in the world.
    The US, unlike the hitherto European direct governance of the abandoned colonies, deployed a new method of hegemony under the rubric of so-called Spheres of Influence applying the levers of the US’ economic power to further the US’ expanded political and economic dominance in the world. The fierce rivalry of the US and the Soviet Union, the former as the so-called leader of the Free World – countries adhering to the Capitalist Free-Market Economy – and the former, the promoter of Communism of the Planned Economy, the complete antithesis of the US’ unfettered Free-Market economy system, the American rand of Capitalism struck further deeper their roots.
    The economic prosperities and the high economic growth that ensued immediately after the end of the Second World War with the US in the lead, provided huge opportunities of job creation and employment that significantly helped raise the average income of American workers and the emergence and growth of the Middle Class. This expanded the meritocracy culture opening further new horizons of social mobility and improved standard of living of the none WASP Americans.
    Concurrently, and beginning at the late nineteenth century-early twentieth century, the immigration to the US of astute Jewish German financiers of renowned houses of the example of the Warburg, saw the gradual infiltration into a WASP’s exclusive territories of the US Financial system of the new found Jewish financiers.
    The introduction of Merchant Banking and Investment Banking by the new immigrant Jewish Financiers as an intermediary system with dearth of required starting capital, allowed, with time, none WASPs to initially skirt around and eventually penetrate a predominately WASP- controlled Commercial Banking. This tended to dilute the exclusive control of the economy by the American WASP.
    Walls Street Takes Over Main Street Interestingly, leading Jewish economists of the ranks of Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman, both Noble laureates, promoting concepts popular among WASP Neoliberals of unfettered capitalist Free-market economy: Concepts of the laissezfaire of “Trickling Down,” and “Supply-Side” economics, caused an explosion of lucrative financial intermediary services mostly out of the hands of the traditional WASP Neoliberal names.

    This transformed profoundly the American economic system, especially with the launching in the 1980s of Reganomics on the force of Milton Friedman’s theories and the inroads of the Junk bond vehicles concurrent with the Mergers & Acquisition Mania and all-sorts of other invented so-called financial engineering gimmicks ending in defeating the intended original objective of finance meant to serve Main Street, the Real Economy further leading to the concentration of wealth.
    Consequently, especially with weakening economy and lower economic growth at the start of the 21st Century, Income and wealth disparities were magnified. Concentration of wealth reached levels close to those of the end of the 19th century, causing stagnation of income of the Working Class and the Middle-Class causing the slippage of their levels of the standard of living.
    The Plotted Come Back with Vengeance of the Neoliberals
    After the election to the highest office of the land of a black American, Barack Obama, the White Supremacists Neoliberal Cum Evangelicals Christian Rights set out to regain control of the American economy and the American politics (Refer to Jane Mayer’s excellent Best-Seller investigative journalistic work, “The Black Money,” 2016. Nothing the Neoliberal WASPs now wanted to leave to mere chance. They began to plan their return with unmatched zeal and unmatched funding.
    Here now comes the story of the comeback with vengeance of the American Neoliberal White Supremacists. It is the comeback with the no taking of prisoners as the Clown Donald Trump is their Trojan Horse to regain control of the country. The Neoliberal American WASP are out to regain control of further abetted by newly introduced generous tax-cut plans and the scrapping of regulations that for long fettered the Neoliberals’ abilities to exploit economic opportunities. Generous tax cuts and the scrapping of regulations as recently passed by a Republican Majority congress increasingly subscribing to the ideals and ethos of the White Supremacists Neoliberal Doctrine would have the further magnifying effect to further the concentration of wealth as America’s embarking on an ambitious plan of military spending would further strengthen the nexus of the Military Industrial Complex.
    What’s happening in America and American politics is a profound new shift, a new paradigm that does not subscribe to known normal standards as applied to economic conduct and conduct of domestic and international policies. It is the American Neoliberal WASPs Vengeance control of America and Americans’ lives leaving nothing to chance.
    This explains Donald Trump’s series of annulment of global treaties and conventions; the abandonment of long-observed US Policies on the Middle East and Africa
    and general International Diplomacies; Stirring Trade Wars and hugely expanding the American Military’s capabilities.
    The new White Supremacist Paradigm predicates on expanding the wealth of the WASP Oligarchs; Redefining the American demographics in favor of the American Whites of mostly European stock; Reinforcing the segregation laws undermining the Criminal Justice System in favor of security enforcement officers and captains of the law; impoverishing the minorities by cutting significantly down on the social programs touching on the welfare of the less privileged majority of the population and the poor.
    The Neoliberal WASP’s economic policy in attempts to balance the huge budget deficits borne by the reckless huge tax cuts – giving it all to the rich – in the absence of offsetting prospects of meaningful economic growth will see the US Government increasingly dipping into the limited allocations earmarked for the social programs affecting the lives of the majority of the Americans. Here, the reference to the government is meant in the broad sense of the word of referring to all three branches of the Executives, the Legislative and the Judiciary.
    New cuts, and/or the freezing of the growth of entitlements benefit programs to keep base with inflation of social security; Medicaid, Medicare, Social Welfare, Student Loans, etc., are, by way of examples of traditional Social Programs that would be targeted for cuts under various schemes by in the Government’s desperate attempts at balancing worsening Government Deficit. I.e. giving it all to the rich at the expense of the worsening conditions of the poor.
    In short, to put it succinctly; The New Paradigm of the White Supremacists Neoliberals currently in power in the US, predicates on a heartless singular precept: “Survival of the Fittest.”
    Perusal of Bellicose Interventionist Foreign Policy However, on the International front, at the Global level, the Neoliberal White Supremacists take off riding on the slogan of “Making America Great Again” from the point where the Neoconservatives of the Bush-Cheney era stopped brandishing their slogans of “The Project of the New American Century” taking over the world. Thus, no wonder of the likes of John Bolton, Michael Pompeo and James (Mad Dog) Mattis are currently at the forefront shaping the US Foreign Policy.

    The Trump Neoliberal Administration’s policy towards the world, while turning increasingly internally isolationist, is to check, rather thwart, even frustrate the bid by the new emerging powers of the world, such as the Republic of China and the Russian Federation, of realizing their legitimate aspirations at revival, asserting their presence in the international arena bidding for commensurate equal share of the pie in having a determinantal voice in the influencing of the world affairs.
    To achieve its drive for world dominance and control, the US will pursue a most naked, very open gunboat policy. Old trigger-happy “Cowboy” policies with Donald Trump is at the helms is becoming quite fashionable. Diplomacy does not seem to any more figure in the Trump Administration’s conduct of foreign policy. Addressing rising international crises and tensions increasing comes packaged with threats direct from the White House.
    This explains why the Trump Administration is embarking on mind boggling plans to doubling military spending to levels never seen in the US’ historical annals. This, as it would serve double-pronged purposes, a double whammy: Affirm the US’ Military Supremacy, as well as, engage the Chines and the Russians in arms race causing the diversion of their national resources from allocation to more productive purposes to serving longer-term economic plans and diversify their economies to more competitive promising higher value sectors.
    The Trump Administration & Israeli Government on Same Wavelength .
    America is in a bellicose, hostile, “Grab it All Mode” taking the entire world, the human race for idiots. However, interestingly, the policies ad style of the Trump Administration crosses perfectly well with a likewise bellicose and expansionist policies and strategies of the Israeli extreme right in power since almost a decade.
    The Trump Administration’s intentions, as part of a conscious premeditated policy is to raise security and political tensions in the Middle East, foremost in the energy-rich Gulf region targeting the Islamic Republic of Iran. This meets perfectly well, rather is mostly instigated by the Israeli policy planners. Embarking on some form of confrontation with Iran appears to have now being put on the front burners as the natural conclusion after the Trump Administration to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal.
    The Trump Administration’s declared withdrawal from the Iran nuclear Deal, formally known as the JCPAC (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) is interpreted .
    by savvy analysts as being tantamount to a declaration of war, especially with the re-imposition of sanctions.
    All signs point to the US and Israel seeking as a next step after the US’ withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal to provoke Iran into actions that would lead into direct military confrontations in the Gulf Region.
    Interestingly, some of the possible plausible scenarios in the offing as to what’s Next in the plans now that the US has walked away from the Iran Nuclear Deal, the US appears moving to Stage II Provoking Potential Confrontations, possible direct military showdown in the Gulf region with Iran.
    With the most unusual extreme hawkish Troika in the Trump Administration of the likes of James (Mad Dog) Mattis at the head of US Defense Department; Mike Pompeo heading the US Diplomacy as the US Secretary of State, and seasoned Neoconservative John Bolton now heading the White House National Security Council, all three are at the Driver’s Seat widely influencing American Foreign Policy. The US -Israel – the Hawkish two Mohammads of the Gulf, all seem now set for a fight looking for excuses to contrive provocations with the Iranian Regime to jump into actions; i.e. massive attacks that could follow. Early provocations seem to kindle a military showdown, even a full scale confrontation.
    This time around, with Israel playing the leading role, a Safe Conduct to freely allow Israel to use the Saudi and Gulf airspace are no longer needed as Israel will be primarily relying on its air force in any future military showdown with Iran. It seems that Israel no more needs to await the conclusion of a Palestinian Israeli Peace Treaty for the Gulf countries to issue Israel with a Safe Conduct. This, as all indications show that Israel has been for a while in close talks co-ordinating strategic moves against Iran with Saudi Arabia and some of the other important members of the GCC (The Gulf Cooperation Council) countries.

    The breaking news of the unusual skirmishes reported taking place the last 72 hours between Iran and Israel on the Golan Heights in Syria as reported directly to a keen US President, could very well be the harbinger of a hot summer-Autumn of continuous and mounting provocations in the offing. All would seem aiming at preparations for the waging of a full-scale war on Iran.
    Now, with Iran, undoubtedly in relative economic and financial strait suffering from protracted Western sanctions, relatively lower oil revenues and huge layout of support in the Syrian- Yemeni war efforts; Iran, according to the Washington Tel Aviv Analyses, is more vulnerable. As the US-Israelis are assured of the absence of deterrent nuclear capabilities by Iran, it would seem opportune, according to the Israelis and the Trump Administration, to target Iran by a direct joint US-Israeli massive air campaign of carpet bombardments.

    Moving to action, taking the International Law into their hands waging an all-out war on Iran is not too foreign to the conduct of American Administrations recalling the illegal Anglo-American invasion on March, 2003 of Iraq and Israel forever, ever since its anomalous creation is in continuous violation of the International law and international conventions.

    As the Trump Administration and Israel are disdainful of and are oblivious to the International law defiantly undermining the will of the world community, Hell could break loose as any attack on Iran would be massive and quite crippling to prevent Iran from the start to use its apparently powerful missile arsenal to attack Israel.
    In this vein, and concurrently, both the US and Israel will massively attack Hezbollah crippling the entire country of Sovereign Lebanon with potentially so much destruction to the country’s infrastructure at the start of the early hours of the attack to try hamper Hezbollah’s missile capabilities aimed at vital Israeli strategic locations.
    However, remains to be seen if the Trump Administration and the Israeli Calculations can prove realistic as the Iranians, as proven in their long war with Saddam and in Syria, are a tough nut to crack, often way ahead in the game. One could hardly say the same with regard to the US judging of their terrible record of the Vietnam and Iraq debacles. The Israelis have equally failed in their strategies during the last wars on both Hezbollah and Hamas to score decisive victories in line with their much-touted image of Invincibility that seemed seriously shattered in their last war in Lebanon.

    The Neoliberals Come Back Could Prove Short and Counterproductive

    The Trump Administration bold domestic policies are likely to prove counterproductive, contributing to further widening of the income and wealth disparities; mounting budget deficits fuelling inflation; contributing to heightened racial tensions and high polarization within the American society. Trump’s Trade Wars and closing the American gates to foreign immigrants are likely to prove short-sighted depriving the US from important essential imports contributing to further loss of American competitiveness and the drying of the American market of the talents and skills of immigrant workers that the record shows they have contributed significantly over the years to American economic prosperity and American competitiveness.
    America’s failing infrastructure and a seriously deficient criminal justice system, beside the other economic woes spurred by the wrong economic policies could very well invite social strife as predicted a few months ago in an article in The New Yorker by top political analyst Rubin Wright.
    We are living different times, different moments of history as the Neoliberals are trying to take the Americans back to a long bygone age sowing havoc and disruptions, if not civil a strife in the process. The White Supremacist Neoliberals bid this time around is likely to be the last as the socio-economic conditions in America and the dismal chances of the resumption of robust economic growth are defied by weakened fundamentals and increasing social tensions.
    However, the expected perennial decline in American competitiveness and economic growth would force future American governments to adopt the European model of more equitable distribution of income and wealth through higher progressive taxes and the introductions of Socialised medicine and subsidized educational systems. This, and as I predicted in an article entitled “WILL THE WORLD TURN SOCIALIST?” October, 2011, herewith attached, is much in the spirit of changing times and unsustainable social and economic challenges. The Last attempt by the White Supremacist Neoliberals could very well prove, as in the Arab adage, the last straw that broke the Camel’s back

  • Simon Kaleab

    Selam abdulworld,

    What the EPLF/PFDJ is doing is not unique, it is what all guerrilla movements do.

    The way Eritrean society is setup, there will never be liberal democracy and multi-party system, get used to this and aim low.

    • abdulworld

      Hello Simon,
      I didn’t say it was unique. I recommend to people if they want understand them.. what lenses they can look at the movement? In the 2018, EPLF/PDJF is an anomaly and I tried to use my observation and understanding of social movement to help better understand that anomaly.
      On your second comment- I am not sure liberal democracy is the most important thing nor do recommend that Eritrea go from its current mess directly to liberal democracy- it will be a mess. Liberal democracy is not a prerequisite for economic and social development. Two things are going to help Eritrea out of its misery.
      1. Ethiopian PM is showing the people of Horn that government can be dynamic and uplifting and forward thinking. A young PHD bringing peace and social cohesion not by guns or weapons but words and action and influence. Why will this affect Eritrean at home and diaspora? Because it makes them ask question why not us? People learn by example more than words. Post-Gedhli generation are asking why not us?

      2. The Gedhli generation- the maintainer and preserver of Guerilla Mindset are dying out. Time is against them. Watching issias in those video clips in Ethiopia you can see how frail and old the man is.. he was shaking…

      • Simon Kaleab

        Selam abdulworld,

        You may not have used the word “unique”, but to all intents and purposes that is what you are implying.

        You said: “IA realized that civil society means that he is going to lose power or his power is going to be limited.”

        Wrong. If Isaias chose to stand for an election before the 1998 war, he would have won hands down. What happened was, Isaias FELT, if he allowed a democratic process to take place, he would lose his grip on power leading to the disintegration of the country he fought for most of his life.

        You also said: “The Gedhli generation- the maintainer and preserver of Guerilla Mindset are dying out.”

        This shows that you have no dynamic strategy for a change in Eritrea but you are only banking on the natural death of Isaias and company. Look at similar dictatorships around you and you will realise that your optimism is misplaced.

        • abdulworld

          Hello Simon,
          I don’t know how respond to what statement about implying. That is your reaction to it. All I can do clarify.
          Anyway- who said anything about election in 1998? You are projecting things to my comments. You are equating civil society with democracy.
          You have to have a constitution and separation of power before you can have democracy.
          A constitution tells you no man is above the law and separation of power prevents absolute power or dictatorship. Those are power limitation that scared IA.
          Nothing stops him implementing constitution or separation of power… It has been 20 years since 1998. Of course, he can say the Ethiopian troop in Badme are reason- but they are still there and he is hanging out in Addis and calling its PM “our leader.”… What a miserable retard?

          Guerrilla Mindset ending with Gedhli generation- I am just stating the obvious. It is nature taking its course. Dynamic is nice word.. the best strategy is to properly prepare for that demise and build something around..
          Gedhli generation just based on cultural value never think about passing the torch. You have to have civic mind to start thinking about cultivating the next generation and passing the torch.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam abdulworld,

            We have 27 years and counting, all we have is poor diagnosis of the problem. Too many cooks [politicians, experts] in a tiny kitchen.

            In the old days they used to consult voodoo priests to treat an illness. Our voodoo priests now seem to be the chattering classes of the West, with ready made phrases such as constitution, civil society, separation of power and all that.

            What is this problem we have which nobody wants to talk about?

  • Kbrom

    ጸብጻብ ኣብ ኤውሮጳን ኣሜሪካ ዝርከባ ኤምባሲታት ኤርትራ ኣብ 1970ን ኣብ 2018ን

    1970: ብጻይ ተኽለ ኣብ ሚላኖ ዝነብር ኣዚዩ ውፉይ ሰብ ኢዩ፡ ብዙሕ እዋን ንሜዳ ተዘይተጋደልኩ ኢሉ ሞኽ ኣቢሉና ብሓይሊ ብነጥቢ ስርዓት ኢና ደው ኣቢልናዮ ዘሎና ኣብዚ ዝገብሮ ኣበርክቶ ስለዝበዝሕ። ካብቲ ዝሰርሖ 75% ደሞዙ ንውድብ የበርክክቶ። እቲ ዝተረፈ 25% ንትሑት መነባብርኡ ይጥቀመሉ። ንደቂ ስዉኣት ኣታዊ ዝኸውን ቀዳምን ሰንበትን ኣብ ቸንትራለ ሚላኖ ናይ ጽርየት ይሰርሕ።

    2018 :ብጸይቲ እከሊት ኣብ ዋሺንግተን እትቕመጥ ኣዚያ ውፍይቲ ኣባልና ኢያ። ኣብ እዋን ፌስቲቫል ካብ ዓርቢ ኣትሒዛ ከበሮ ዲም ምስበለት ክሳብ ሰንበት ምዝዛም ጓይላ ካብ ስቴጅ ኣይትወርድን ኢያ። ክቱር ሃገራዊት ብሙኻና ነዞም ሃሱሳት ናይ ቅለት ጸርፊ ከይተረፈ ጌራ ኢያ ተዋርዶም። ብቐዳማይ በጻሒት ተመሲላ ኣብ ሓደ ሓዘን ብምኻድ ናይ ክልተ ንብጻይ ኢሳያስ ዘነኣእሱ ዝነበሩ ኣባላትና ኣስማት ኣመሓላሊፋትልና ኣላ፡ ንዝግባእ ስጉምቲ እነሆ ኣስማቶም ንልእከልኩም።

  • dawit

    Selamat Awatewyan,

    Asir aleqa or Corporal Mengistu did what he thought the right thing for Ethiopia based on his limited 4th grade knowledge of history. He learned how to take and keep state power by killing anyone on his step. He had to continue the war in Eritrea to stay in power as long as he can manage and when he couldn’t he left with his loot, He inherited all Ethiopia’s problems and tried to follow what ever advice he recieved from Ethiopia ellits, who knew about Ethiopia or Scintific Socialism. He repeated loud the Marxist and Lenin slogans.

    dawit

    • saay7

      Selamat dawitom:

      Welcome back to awate!

      I always meant to ask you and this is the right opportunity. You know how your guiding principle is ዝነገሰ ንጉስና ዝበረቀት ፅሓይና (Whoever is crowned is king, whatever rises is our sun.) This, of course, is a flawless principle, particularly if you believe the king/ruler is divinely guided and elect of God and unlike in the sci-fi movie 2001, there will always be only one sun. My question: is: what are the adherents of this principle to do when there is a war and there are two self-declared kings? Or when one abdicates only part of his throne, like Isaias did with Abiy?

      Saay

      • dawit

        Selam saay7

        Yes it is a simple philosophy that our ansestors followed to live in peace. General Aman Andom was the elect of God for Ethiopia but Mengistu killed him and the country ended with 17 years of troubled under Mengistu. Abiy is the elect of God for Ethiopia and PIA is for Eritrea. Both leaders did not came to power by killing their opponents they came to their positions because of historical circumstances. PIA and PMAA are leaders of circumstances elected by God. I don’t understand why you think PIA has given up his leadership role in Eritrea or the region? If you are following events in the Horn of Africa and Red Sea region PIA ideas and philosophies are implemented through the leaders in the regions. Please accept your leader and give him the credit he deserves.

        NB Elect of God does not mean Divine Rulers. They rule based what is best for their people in what ever circumstance they face.

        dawit

        • saay7

          dawit

          You didn’t answer my question as to what happens when two kings say I am elect of God and there is no king of kings yet. What do the prople do in those situations?

          Do you believe it is possible to have an unjust king? A pretender to the throne? What do people do in those situations?

          Finally, was it a mistake for the people of Eritrea to rebel against King of Kings, Elect of God, Lion of Judah, Haileselasse I?

          Thanks!

          saay

          • dawit

            Dear saay7

            I believe I had covered this topic in detail with our previous interaction. God only elect one leader and for Eritrea he is PIA. God does not plan a civil war by appointing two leaders who want to kill each other. (Exception Abraham and Atsbaha).Haile Selassie was elect for Ethiopia but not for Eritrea, he snatched Eritrea because of pure greed. We Eritreans had only one government lead by a liberation leader from a colonial rules for centuries and that proven leader Tegadali Isaias Afwerki.
            Thanks
            dawit

          • saay7

            dawit:

            Thank you, this is illuminating. But you say Aman Andom, who is elect of God, overthrew (was part of the Derg who did), the elect of God, Haile Selasse. So an elect of God overthrew another elect of God? At that time, which side would you have been, if you were Ethiopian?

            Also, since Haile Selasse stole Eritrea, and the Ghedli started, there was an elected of God of Jebha and then Tegadalai Isaias, another elect of God, rebelled against them. God must be distracted sometimes.

            saay

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Dawit.
      Leaders with low educational background like Mengistu are like natural science teachers in high school. These teachers are good how they explain like charges repel and unlike charge attract one another. That is their scope. But if some brilliant students ask how come all those protons sit together if like charges repel one another then you dont know what follows depending on the teachers behavior.

  • Simon Kaleab

    Selam Agebblu,

    If they did cross the Red Sea, their language should have been structurally [not just some random words] related to the Semitic languages family.

    • David Samson

      Selam Simon,

      I always keen to learn from vast knowledge of History you display on this and other sites.

      I have few Ugandans and Rwandans friends. They are adamant and passionately argue that their ancestry are ‘Oromos’, despite the prevailing consensus is the other way around, i.e. the migration along the river Nile is upstream, not downstream.

      One of them had gone to the extent tracing his ancestry by visiting some villages in Wolega.

      During the 1994 genocide, one of the Hutus’ extremist argument was: The Tutsis are migrants from Ethiopia. There are also some extreme ‘Amharas’ groups who believe the ‘Oromos’ are immigrants and should be deported back to Rwanda. Therefore, leaving aside the political dimension of ethnicity, what is the archaeological consensus, if there is one?

      • Simon Kaleab

        Selam David,

        Unfortunately, I am not a professional historian. So, my layman knowledge is an eclectic mix that is rudimentary.

        The Oromo appear prominently in the history of Ethiopia during the 1540s, after the defeat of Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi [Gragn]. This was a suitable time for an invasion by the Oromo because both warring parties, the Abyssinian Empire and the Adal Sultanate [the Harla tribe and its Somali allies] were exhausted from decades of war.

        The Oromo invasion came from the direction of North Kenya, the area now called Guji and Borena, and it went all the way to borders of Gojjam and Tigray past Wello and East towards Harar. The areas affected were not empty, there were other people who lived there.

        Some groups in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi claim to have a link to the Oromo. Linguistically these people speak Bantu language and not Afan Oromo or even its dialects. It is also difficult, as you may know, to establish a link via genetic methods as different groups of people have been mixing intensively over the ages.

        For a better guide on the matter, I suggest you consult ‘Futuh al Habasha’ by Shihāb al-Dīn Aḥmad, ‘The Ethiopian Borderlands’ by Richard Pankhurst or other specialist books.

  • said

    GREETINGS,
    In 1991. Triumphalist EPLF entered Asmara with pride and chauvinism. The war was over and EPLF side won. In 1991 at a time when hopes were high for the spread of democracy and rule of law in Eritrea and around the horn of Africa region. This failed. But the failure of democracy to take hold in Eritrea is a reminder. EPLF/PFDJ party went to great lengths to create a new idol, and in the process, it is offering up to the world an image of Eritrean as modern looking image new president IA and new dictatorship was born. He was like a godsend. Top EPLF brass ultimately became a member of the victorious revolutionary Asmara government. They never hesitate to critique some of the twists and turns it took over the years they are part and parcel of the new government. IA initially was not so much a cause as he is a symptom – and symbol – of EPLF aspiration. When he gained power in 1991 there was no pushback from within the EPLF/PFDJ party, and not from Eritrean liberal intellectuals, some were hypocrite and sellout they knew enough about EPLF /IA the death of merchants and past crime was obvious during the 70th and 80th they choose to be muted, How ironic therefore that nowadays looking back ,the year 1991 was the Time was when anyone with any sense understood could resisted As everyone who has seen, heard or read anything about IA crime ,they accepted their destiny , they comprised, by design, they are part of system ,liars and deceivers. IA supporters— people who could care less about democracy, peace or, for that matter, about truth, the level of their hypocrisy is appalling. means that anything goes. The Marxist dinosaurs, vulgarian and master of deceit Commie IA proclaimed don’t believe what you see or read. Covering his ignorance, incompetence, and poor judgment. But could nevertheless imagined and IA supporters paved the way for horrors that was coming ahead, Meanwhile, of course, even today ,the hypocrisies keep piling on shamelessly, their love for IA .
    in that, despite IA rejected political liberalism, his failure, is obvious, such moments the year 1991 is a reality, fundamentally changed the way Eritrean perceived their relationship to IA authorities of all types. Politics, freedom of press, human right issue, rule of law , Family value , independent religion, higher education, governments and culture are all turned upside down for much worst . However, the Eritrean people and the public at large are not as naïve as it used to be, and it is impossible to say, at this point, They also point out the unfortunate results of those moments in 1991 when hidden battles for power, some conspired deliberately and not accidentally and otherwise with the forces of repression, thereby forsaking the principles of EPLF revolution if there was one . As Eritrea moves deeper into the twenty-first century, uncertain of what the future holds.
    Top EPLF brass never acknowledges that they perception was colored by their love for IA comradery and friendship with IA and nobody quite grasped the savagery of IA who had taken charge of the state. Beneath the surface, however, there was mourning in Eritrean. events of the killing of the 70th should have provided a vivid glimpse at the nature of the EPLF revolutionary movement at the time. hoping for better. Eritrea entered new world stage, that dissent did not existed at time sadly, the new political class was comfortable with the status quo too happy It turned out, though, that Eritrean DIA was only a phase. Before long, it became clear and political masters had nothing to offer. only endless misery for all and merciless towards Eritreans,
    and today while very unlikely to push DIA from power but could impede any time what had appeared to be his absolute hold over the PFDJ party and the government organ. for now DIA position is safe It’s just his authority has not been dented to even small extent. His authority has not suffered yet.

    DIA power rests on his few networks of corruption and nepotism will always resist new forms of politics they would not control as well. Changing a society, whether through democratization or development of the rule of law, DIA want non-of it. There is a resistance from the many of old aging EPLF/PFDJ who are still in power in control of Eritrea government. That means that it is no longer safe to assume Eritrea will make gradual progress towards democracy. The shocking human-rights record of Eritrea speak for it self .The tragic history of Eritrea. It is bad for the country’s people and depressing news for Eritreans they have not harvest their fruit. But the cause of political freedom in is far from lost. Eritreans demand democracy and rule of law and that any Eritrean opposition parties and a free media in diaspora should double their effort and be allowed to operate from friendly countries.
    Eritreans are being ruled by one of the world’s most deeply entrenched dictators. Over the succeeding 27 years, DIA control of political power Eritrea and complete repression of the opposition and independent media has grown steadily to none exitance and more intense repression of every kind. it is unrealistic to expect any change. Game is not over, Eritrean people having to tighten their belts. Drastic fall in a living standard and with a litany of grievances. On need to listen to the people.
    When it comes to mamma. Ethiopia the game is not over it just started. It is obvious how significantly the elegant, intelligent, verbally gifted PMAA differs from his invincible leader Eritrean IA counterpart. For now, IA student of Mao Zedong remains in full control of the government and PFDJ and mentions of him in state-run media are as frequent as ever, but the hearsay is a sign all is not right with’ Eritrean s most powerful leader in two decades. After 27 years of zero reform with IA politics, remind us we’re back to king Haile Selassie’s the ancien regime era, Selassie’s pre-coronation title, Ras Tafari Makonnen.
    Selassie became out of touch and indifferent to the suffering of his people. When his 60-year rule ended, the subsequent “Red Terror” under bloody Mengistu, with Eritrea liberation brought the demise of Ethiopia’s Selassie and Mengistu and Eritrea still remained under dictatorship there is a crack and disharmony within PFDJ. Such rumours may well lack credibility, but they do offer some indication that the disharmony within Eritrean PFDJ is good start.
    Charlton and false Prophet suraphel Demisse amazingly is normal phonomime.
    and this remained me Jamaican Rastafarians .Charlton is not new in Ethiopia As reported and well knowing to most Ethiopian .The Rastafarian movement was not the only radical current in Jamaica to co-opt Selassie Marcus Garvey, the Jamaican apostle of black liberation, had condemned the ruler as a “great coward” for fleeing Mussolini’s troops in 1935, yet went on to dub him the “black Christ” of his Back to Africa movement. Inspired by Garvey, and believing in Ethiopia as the one true “Zion”, during the 50s and 60s some 2,500 Jamaican and West Indians and African Americans went to live in the vicinity of Addis Ababa,
    Selassie was seen as a manifestation of the one true God and a bulwark against “Babylon” (oppressive colonial society).Rastafarians swarmed the airport and banners showing the Ethiopian Lion of Judah rippled amid clouds of ganja smoke. Converging around the Ethiopian plane even as the propellers were turning, they sang praise to their god in human form, who they believed had come to redeem his Jamaican brethren. The impact of Selassie’s four-day state visit endured for many years, inspiring poems and songs,welcome to false prophet of new ear .

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei All.

    The divided Synodos officially declared its unity in the same hall where the Ethiopians forgave the Eritrean president and cheered his name for his engagement on the peace call. The Ethiopian Orthodox Synodos thanked the great leader of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed who made it possible that the divided synodos to be united.

    On this great day one of its kind the respected leader sited a verse from Koran where 25,000 orthodox cheered him. When he wish peace and prosperous life the gathering replied amen.

    The catholic leader has something for the crowed to explode ie worshiping St Marry. .

    All this miracle is made by an Ethiopian leader born from Oromo and Amara; Muslim and Christian

    The evangelical church leader has no shortage both historical and biblical verses to let the crowed to cheer for him.

    The protestant leader was cautious but has a good message on unity to keep the crowed to cheer for him too. He even remember that the president was sitting there. The rest has forgotten him but no surprise.

    In short the devil tplf was even separating one orthodox into two. Tplf devilish separate and loot is buried in the miracle maker whole. People in Ethiopia always think devil is some kind of ghost. Today in each participant and followers of teh program the devil is no more a ghost. It is a matter. It exists among us. it is tplf, woyane, yeken jib.

    • Peace!

      MM,

      Is it true Abdi Alie is under arrest? It must be true TPLF thugs are crying for constitution as if it didn’t apply when they invaded and arrested Colonel Demeke.

      Well done General Sare Mekonin!

      Peace!

      • Blink

        Dear Peace
        The Somalia zone administration already told openly that he was killing at the order of the past security chief and yet he remained in power . I think the Somalians deserve better than this Idi Amin . He must be in prison by now and sentenced to 40 years to rotte. There are many Somalians who lost their 3/4 of their family by this horror face .

  • ‘Gheteb

    Hailmariam Desalegn, Ex-PM: Bully For You

    Greetings!!

    Indeed, bully for you, ex-PMHD for your gutsy move to meet with the ex-president of Ethiopia Mengistu Hailemariam. Only rare breeds are capable to take such a valiant move. Good for you. Well done. As you may have noticed, only two groups are making the loudest noise in your denunciation and they are the usual suspects:

    1) The loathsome Weyanes
    2) The Eritrean appendages of the Weyanes

    Yeah, they are exhorting from the top of their lungs how horrible and bad was the regime of Mengistu Hailemariam. The atrocities that it has wrought on the Ethiopian and Eritrean people and all the sacrifices that was paid to get rid of the Mengistu regime. They are acting flabbergasted that you met with this butcher, killer and perpetrator of heinous crimes, the one who had unleashed the gruesome red terror on the populace of that country, the untold agony he had brought upon the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea.

    The gall of it all that you met with this ogre, Megistu Hailemariam, is quite jarring to the members of the Weyanes and those who are voluntarily and willingly carrying water for them, er, the appendages of the Eritrean variants. They want to be the rightful tribunes of the victims of the Derg in their desperate situation of grandstanding and cynically manipulating this meeting in their futile attempt of extracting political miles out of it.

    Those whose memories is not seriously compromised would remember that among those who have perpetrated crimes against the Eritrean people none comes as the worst and the most MORAL ENEMY as the detestable Weyane. Recent history attests to this fact. But one does not expect the beneficiary to point the fingers at the benefactor.

    For Ethiopians , Mengistu was not all about killings and terror. He has done many good things for Ethiopia, some of which are:

    a) Land was offered to the tiller.
    b) Equality of nationalities
    c) Equality of religion
    d) Getting rid of feudalism and much, much more.

    Megistu’s place in Ethiopia’s history the role he has played should be left to Ethiopians and Ethiopians alone. His role as it pertained to Eritrea should not be used to influence his place in Ethiopian history as that is a totally different situation when one is talking about Ethiopia.

    But if one is a beneficiary it is hardly possible for one to point a finger at the benefactor and in this case the execrable Weyanes are mightily trying to score some political brownie points against Prime Minister Abiy by insinuating that Hailemariam’s meeting with Mengistu had the tacit nod or blessing of PMAA.

    Such is the desperate move by the Weyanes who stand accused of aiding and abetting in the Hawzen massacre and starving their own population in the mid 80s. Taking a cue from their host, the parasitic appendages are also trying to make a political hay out of the Hailemariam and Mengistu meetings.

    If I were to be given a choice of who I would want to meet, Meles or Mengistu, I would choose Mengistu hands down. Though I will insist of paying for all my expenses myself and knowing the fact that Mengistu may call me a Wenbede – – bandit – – I would rather meet Mengistu that the one who speaks with a forked tongue.

    Assuredly, after my meetings with Mengistu, I won’t come here and tell you that Mengistuis is such a WISE leader. No, I will simply call a spade a spade.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Salam Gheteb,

      Would you tell us about the rest of your ancestors: King Tedros, King Yohanese, King Milikhlikh, Janhoi? I know you love Mengistu and PMAAA; also apprehend you have forgotten your good nights sleep with Weyane?

      • Ismail AA

        Hayak Allah Al-Arabi,

        To describe a thankless person, our good compatriots in Kebessa say: ዝበልዓሉ ጻሕሊ ዝሰብር (ላባልዓ እታ ሳሓን ላሰብር). Had it not been for the role of the Woyanes, we would be probably talking about third or fourth president in Eritrea and constitutional institutions. Regime surrogates have no place for wrong and right in their forfeited conscience. Their only burden is how to avoid misreading the lips of the demi-god. The minute he moves his lips in favor of the Woyanes, do not be surprised if one of them would come out to preach the Woyanes and their leaders angels of good and peace.

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Hayak Allah AlUstaz Ismael AA,

          In Tigre we say: ሰብራይ ጢሾሁ:: Among Eritreans, this is a big insult. Really, these guys are not Eritreans. They break the dining table on which they ate; they lie without any hesitation which is a big insult among Eritreans. They claim which they don’t own, again a big crime among Eritreans. They are deprived of any human empathy, a case you find in all Eritreans. They don’t possess any of the Eritrean cultures. In all aspects, they are not Eritreans. I entreat Dr. Abie Ahmed to draw all his subjects from Eritrea.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Ismailo,

          Indeed they have “forfeited their conscience” to their demigod. I can’t wait to see them how they will cope after the disappearance of their demigod. Once people start to worship an earthly human being, it is very difficult to change them. Worse of all, when the elites become the instruments of “Nihna Nisu.”

    • Paulos

      Selam Gheteb,

      You laid out from A to D all the good things Mengistu had done for Ethiopia including for Eritrea for Eritrea was part of Ethiopia back then. Then in a new line, you said, Mengistu’s role in history should be left for Ethiopians alone to decide. Aren’t you contradicting yourself for you have already told us his role in Ethiopian history?

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam paulos
        There was no land to tiller problem in eritrea, that was souther part of ethiopia problem.
        2nd, there was no equality of nationality problem except language, because eritreans was considered one of 1st class citizen in ethiopia.
        3rd, there was no equality of religion problem for orthodox Christian eritrean( almost half of eritreans).

        • Paulos

          Alem,

          I didn’t ask you.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam paulos
            I know,

    • Simon Kaleab

      Selam Gheteb,

      a) Land was offered to the tiller – but the tiller was made a slave to the State by being forced to sell his produce to the State.

      b) Equality of nationalities in name only. The centralised State run by the usual Amhara-Oromo elite alliance, with a Southern man [Mengistu] at the top.

      c) Equality of religion in the sense that all religions becoming oppressed by an atheist State.

      d) Getting rid of feudalism and much, much more i.e. a wholesale takeover by the thieving, Communist wannabe military junta.

      You are now carrying a bottle of Katikala for butcher donkey Mengistu? At times you can be shallow.

    • Selam Gheteb,
      With due respect, this is just a lousy post coming from an Eritrean who knows the nooks and crannies of the Eritrean history. We takin about a guy who summoned all kinds of devilish instrument of violence to obliterate a legitimate aspiration of a nation to self-determination? We takin about a guy whose army brutalised, maimed, killed, raped, bomb-napalmed our people? What tomfoolery, political prostitution, historical amnesia is that to forget that our gallant tegadelti died in their thousands to fight this guy? What warped logic is that which tries to rehabilitate Mengistu by listing some supposedly positive achievements? Does not that amount to trying to exonerate, say, Hitler by pointing at the economic revival Germany undergone under his rule?
      It just baffles me to understand why hating, rightly, Weyane for doing whatever it did to Eritrea and Eritreans, should automatically soften one’s view of Mengistu. ምስ ኣእምሮኩም ኣለኹም ዲኹም ኣቱም ሰባት?

      • Haile Zeru

        Hi Samuel,

        I stopped reading Gheteb’s posts long ago. I read your response to his post and I see that I am not missing anything usefull.

        My characterization of him (of course the person behind the pen name) is that he is አእምሮ፤ ሕልና፤ ዝጐደሎ ምሁር
        ኢዩ:: ካብ ምህሮስ አእምሮ ክበሃል ሰሚዕካ ትኸውን:: Gheteb አእምሮ ዘይብሉ ምሁር’ዩ::

      • saay7

        Dear Sam:

        You think we are angels? We think we didn’t kill? We kill. Some say we killed more. We kill maybe more. Think about that: we killed a lot more. He has said some nice things about me. Some really nice things. So we will see what happens.

        The above paragraph is a formulation of what Trump says when he is hugging a killer (Putin, Jong-Un, Duterte.) All that matters is “he said some nice things about me.” So when I call people like my Cuz Gheteb “Isaiasists” and some of you think I exaggerate, you just saw it here. If PM Hailemariam Desalegn had some some unflattering things about Isaias, Cuz Gheteb would have opened the “Negative Drawer” and hailed hell on him. I think they call it “organizational discipline.”

        Tongue in cheek, I once wrote that if Isaias wants to normalize relations is to have an interview with Fox &Friends and says “nice things” about Trump. Isaias had a better idea: why Fox & Friends: I will say it on a day when the whole world is focused on me to hear what I have to say about Ethiopia’s peace overtures. Thus the June 20 speech was partly dedicated to saying some “nice things” about Trump.

        I will say it again: Isaias believes in nothing except “winning.” And Isaiasists believe in nothing except Isaias.

        saay

        • Abrehet Yosief

          Selam Saay
          ኣነ ሒንጊድ ሰበይተይ ኮራይት
          ኣነ ዶ ከይልዕል ነዊት
          ንስኺዶ ከይትበልዒ ሰዊት
          ተታሓሒዝና መስከረም ንመውት

          • Kbrom

            ኣብረሀት ዓባይ ሰብ፡ ኣየ ክትውሕልሊ ኣየ እቲ ኣዋድቓ ቃላትኪ ንስኺስ እንቋዕ ደጋፊት ህግደፍ ኣይኮንኪ እንቋዕ ናትና ኮንኪ!

            That one was PIA and ንሕና ንሱ what about Justice seekers and PIA

            ኣነን ዕንጨይቲ ይኣሪ መድረሪና፡ ንሱን ተመን ይጓስስ መቕተሊና በለት ሰይቲ ርጉም ሰብኣይ!

      • haileTG

        Selam Samuel,

        I think leaving Mengistu’s dealing in Ethiopia to Ethiopians, his regime was by FAR reasonable and respectable compared to post 2001 PFDJ Eritrea. Yes, Mengistu fought tooth and nail in Eritrea like there was no tomorrow. However, it would be utterly false to say Mengistu harbored the depth of cruelty that PFDJ does to Eritreans. Has Mengistu enslaved people? Did he lock down higher Education? Did he refuse visitation of prisoners or had issue with their bodies being buried at home (as in Mr. N. Kiflu’s)? Did Mengistu refuse the right to work or engage in business in your own country? Did Eritrean children, mothers and young people get exposed to Libya, Sahara, Sinai, Lampedusa… ordeals during Mengistu? Did you know you could paint and upgrade the exterior of your property during Mengistu unlike under PFDJ? Did you know Mengistu allowed food and other stuff to freely move around unlike under PFDJ even a dough of flour can’t be tranported from Tesseney to Asmara. In terms of life quality and degree of cruelty, Megistu is a child’s play compared to PFDJ where every youth is either exiled, jailed or enslaved under the banner of independence. I know he fought hard but he wasn’t handed roses back either.

        My two cents worth:)

        • Paulos

          Hey TG,

          Is that you? Glad you’re well and welcome back!

        • Saleh Johar

          Woo Haile TG!
          Welcome back. I tried to goad you by spreading some fake news about you here; it didn’t work. Or, maybe it did 🙂 And after such a hiatus, you came with “two cents worth” of comment! Boy, if you only know how many cents you owe us. Welcome again.

          • haileTG

            Hello SJ, Thanks! Two cents is worth a lot in today’s black market addition 🙂 I always following awate, I was in my zen meditation all these time…trying to catch up now…

          • Paulos

            Haile TG,

            Hope your Zen will do miracles on a couple of lunatics and ዓጃዋት we have in this Forum. Not sure if they were around when you were here last time. Kinda heads up lest ገለ ሑሕ ተይለሙኻ ከይትስምብድ።

          • Peace!

            Paulosay,

            ኣታ ወዲ ንዓባ ካብዛ ርእስና ውረድ kkk

            Peace!

          • Paulos

            Selam Abi Seb,

            I certainly didn’t have you in mind when I said ዓጃዋት። You are a joy and pride of this forum. No doubt.

            I tend to think this forum has class where it is more engaging with people like you including Ayay, Aman Hidrat, Ismail AA, Hailat, Abrehet, Fantination, Beyan, iSem, KS, Abraham, Kim Hanna, Amde, Abi, Berhe, Kbrom, Hayat . These are the people who give me an incentive to keep coming back and learn great stuff everyday. And I say, thank you.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Dr. Paulos,

            This is preaching to the choir, but it may serve as a reminder.

            Many months ago, someone posted something that was extremely weak and undisciplined. I stopped reading about a third of the way and skipped the rest to save time.

            Later that evening, Yohannes Zerai posted a response to it and I had to read the post again in its entirety to fully understand Yohannes’s response.

            The post was weaker than I initially thought, but Yohannes’s response was so wonderful, full of wisdom, and lessons that I ended up being grateful to the person who caused the motion for me to read that treasure by Yohannes.

            We are all here for a reason. In the minimum, to create an opportunity to bring the best in one another. Hang on tight my friend!

          • Peace!

            Paulosay,

            ትሕሾ ድኣ ንፍሽኽታ እያ, ድሓር ካኣ Fantish up vote እንዳገበረ እንዳርሰነኒ ክክክክ እንዳሳሓቕና ንማሃር ካኣ ዝብሃል ኣሎ

            Peace!

          • Saleh Johar

            Haile TG,
            Two cents is worth a lot? Then you must have been meditating, having a Zen time somewhere I suspect, Japan 🙂

          • Haile S.

            Selam Haile TG,

            ካብ ዓወተ ዝጠፋእካሉ
            ኣነ ቅልቅል ዝበልኩሉ
            ተቐራሪቡ ግዲ እንድዕሉ
            ሓደ ክልተ ንዓኻ ብጣዕሚ ዝሃረሩ
            ንስኻ መሲለዮም ብሽም ተደናገሩ
            ንስኻ ሓቀኛ መልሓስካ ሾተል
            ኣነ ቃላት ለቓቒመ ጠርጠር
            እንታይ ኣራኽቦ ሰዊት ምስ ቆሎ ዓተር
            Wecome back!

          • haileTG

            Selamat moxie, ትሕሾ ትሕሾ… ግደፍ እባ፡)

          • Kbrom

            ለካ ነዚዩ ብርሃን ዓዋተ ደሚቑ
            ለካ ነዚዩ ድምጽታት ኣዕዋፍ ተሰሚዑ
            ለካ ነዚዩ ሰማያት ዓዋተ ቀስቲ ደመና ሰንጢቑ
            ለካ ነዚዩ ብሱል ዘተ ድሮ በሪቑ

            ሃይለ እቲ ዓይቢ
            ኣነውን ከም ያዕየይ ዝሰማዕክዎ ኪጸዊ

            ሃበባኻ ኣብ ዓዋተ ምሉእዩ ዘይጉዱል
            ገለን ስምካ ዘልዕሉ ከም ዓቢ በዓል
            ገለን ስምካ ይነግሩ ካም ታቦት ጸበል
            ገለን ብሕልሚ ይርእዩኻ ደጊምካ ክትጽንበር

            ሳልሓት እሞ ምስጀመርና እኒ ኣነ
            ኣይሓብእዎን ቋንቋኦም ቃና ምንጽርጻረ
            ‘ምስ በዓል ሃይለ ቲጂ ነይርካ ከም ሓኸለ
            ምስእኒ ክብሮም ዶ ትተርፍ መሰንገለ’
            ኢሎም ማሰዩና እንታይሞ ይገበረ

            ንሽሮ ጠስሚ እንተተውሰኾ መቀረ
            ሃይለ ኤስ ሃይለ ዓይቢ ተተደረቦ ማሕረ
            ክልተ ብሱላት ይፈጥሩ ሃንዛ
            ክልተ የዕኑድ ማእከል የደልድሉ ገዛ

            እንቋዕ ደሓን መጻኻ ከንይንብል
            እንጭዋ ግዳም ንእንጭዋ ገዛ ከይከውን
            እንቋዕ ደሓን ተሓወስናካ ኢና ክንብል
            ንሕና ስለዝኾና ደሒርና እንጽንበር

          • haileTG

            Selamat Kbrom,

            What a talent to put together such a refined poem in a short time! ኣይትብከ እንድዩ ዘብክየኒ ዘሎ በለ ቆልዓ! Isn’t this what our Eritrea doing without? Let’s hope the wind of peace will pave the way to our country becoming Free at last!

          • Haile S.

            ክብሮማይ፡
            ማዓኮር ጤል ዲኻ ሎሚ ተመሲሕካ 🙂
            ጥዑም ሽታ ግጥሚ ዘርጠብጠብ ዘበልካ
            ይበል ይበል ይበል

          • Ayenta

            Merhaba Haile S ( S as Super);
            Mahlefya gitmi…yibel…

          • MS

            Ahlan HaileTG
            Welcome back, glad to see you back.

          • haileTG

            Selamat brother Mahmuday! Good to hear from you too.

        • saay7

          Selamat Haile TG:

          Haile as in TG, and TG as in The Great?

          If so, please confirm.

          saay

          • haileTG

            hey saay….ገጊኻኒ ዲኻ? haha… Thanks all is Great 🙂

          • saay7

            HaileTG, yeah I did. You did a very un-Habesha thing. You should have said “ኣብዚኣ ሓንቲ ጉዳይ ኣላትኒ…ኣገዳሲት መገሻ” and be all vague and cryptic. Habesha say that even when they are going to the grocery store or do laundry.

            saay

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Saay & Haile TG,

            By the power vested in me by God knows who, I here by restore the convincingly earned title of “The Great”, aka TG, to its rightful owner Haile as in Haile TG.

            Thank you Mr. Saay for wearing the title for the brief moment you did. It fitted you very well.

            Haile TG, I laughed when I saw your up vote the other day. You made my day. Welcome Back Brother!

        • Simon Kaleab

          Selam haileTG,

          How can one cruelty be better than another cruelty?

          Under Mengistu and his Oromo MEISON helpers, innocent children were killed on the streets and parents had to pay for the bullets to recover the bodies.

          How were general Teferi Benti, colonels Sissay Habte and Alemayehu Mogos killed in Menelik’s palace after being locked in the refrigirator room?

          How were all those graduates of Harar officers’ college eliminated after being assembled, again, in Menelik’s palace?

          How was general Aman Andom murdered?

          How many innocents in Asmara were strangled with piano wire?

          What about the scortched earth policy in Eritrea and Tigray?

          The list seems endless, and you have no shame.

          • haileTG

            Hey Simon,

            If we go by the rule of “Let Ethiopians judge what he did in Ethiopia (I know very confusing since we believed we were Ethiopians then..:)” Then comparing cruelty should be straight forward. Let’s compare Mengistu’s collateral damage compared to PFDJ’s collateral damage on civilian Eritrean population. From Military point of view Mengistu’s were worse. From the vantage of Civil administration and public policy however PFDJ’s notoriety speaks for itself. Allegations of Crimes Against Humanity are on par with some of this world’s ghastly happenings in history. BTW, IA vs Mengistu is fair comparison (both are dictatorial juntas). Current Ethiopia vs Mengistu is apples vs oranges.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam haileTG,

            One cruelty cannot be better than another cruelty. No gymnastics with words and hand waving can rationalise it.

          • haileTG

            Hey Simon,

            No gymnastics whatsoever! How do you explain the pre-war mowing down of disabled Tegadelti at Maihabar? Just a fact…no words.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam haileTG,

            Mowing down of disabled Tegadelti at Maihabar?

            Very bad, callous. But the question is, will this make Mengistu better?

          • haileTG

            Hey Simon,

            “better” is comparative, thus yes it makes him better than PFDJ clique.

          • Now inc.

            HTG & SK,
            One can list things one is worse than the other but formal study/research would be needed to conclude one is worse than the other overall.
            I think Derg was more respectful of religious issues, PFDJ is absolutely intolerant in this area. Case in point, I grew up attending Enda Medhanie Alem Church Sunday School. Now this school is no longer there and its leaders like Dr Fitsum and Keshi G/Medhin are made to disappear. Derq was also better in prison visitation rights. I am certain there are areas where PFDJ fares better…I just can’t think of any right now.
            PS. Welcome HTG.

          • saay7

            Selamat Now Inc:

            You are comparing the Derg, a group of people who had no familial, cultural, linguistic affiliation with Eritreans, and who faced a full-fledged insurrection by Eritreans which had the support of virtually every civilian Eritrean they administered, with the PFDJ, who are “ours”, and who haven’t faced any insurrection from the people they administered. AND, you are having a problem finding an area where the Derg was excelled by PFDJ (particularly in the area of justice) when it comes to civilian administration. When the Derg arrested Isaias Afwerki dad, the people appealed and Isaias Afwerkis dad was released and he lived peacefully DESPITE the fact that his son led the insurrection that was the major headache for the Derg.

            You sure you need formal study/research for this? My assessment: the Derg killed civilians indiscriminately and in large numbers. The PFDJ disappears people in smaller numbers whose cumulative numbers are more than the Derg. One did wholesale and the other does retail. The Derg was ocassionally making “hearts & minds” efforts to win over the people; the PFDJ has never attempted any such effort: you support us and if you don’t, you don’t matter anyway. The Derg, as Ghezae Hagos narrated about his mother who was an EPLF activist allowed cisitiation rights to children. The PFDJ is savage in this area; its cruelty is mind boggling.

            Of course, if all you care about is which flag is flying at City Hall and what the street names are, it is no contest: PFDJ wins.

            Saay

          • Berhe Y

            Dear saay,

            HaileTG. Welcome.

            Saay, Now is saying “I am sure there are areas where the PFDJ fares better than Derg, but I can’t think of any right now”.

            Exactly, because there are none.

            Berhe

          • saay7

            Selam Berhe Y:

            Could you give HaileTG one of those “while you were out” updates? I would ask Sem A but you know what will happen if I do. It’s going to be biased 🙂

            saay

          • Berhe Y

            Dear saay,

            TiAmno liEKas etay gidilu aytbel. I think you have summarized it well already, what you didn’t include in the beginning is where Haile TG has left off.

            I have a feeling while Haile TG was away, he was doing quite extra ordinary work as far as fighting PFDJ goes.

            Berhe

          • abdulworld

            Hello Saay,
            I am surprised by your honest assessment of difference between Eritrean government and Derg. My question is what is it about Eritrean culture that produce a government whose policy is worse than Derg?
            The Reality no matter how much we don’t like it the ELF/EPLF are a product of Eritrean culture.

            What is inherent in Eritrean culture that brings a government whose policy makes it largest producer of refugee?

            What is inherent in Eritrean culture where so-called opposition can’t even come together common platform?

            Why can’t Eritrean in diaspora who live in west for 30 years incapable of producing leadership that build strong community centers?

          • Ayneta

            Merhaba abdulworld:
            I don’t think it is the Eritrean culture that is at the center of all the problems. It is the alien and strange culture of Ghedli and efforts of its leaders to engineer the society in a way they see fit. In the broad scheme of things, it is a typical feature of most Gruella fighters-turned-statesmen around the world. It is very painful that we rarely talk about this reality, how the ghedli culture is completely wreaking havoc on the social and economic fiber of the country. So don’t blame the society, blame the Ghedli culture that is actively trying to design a whole new society. For the record, I have no beef with tegadelti.

          • saay7

            Abdulworld:

            Your question is as old as ancient Greece, and the consensus answer is unavailable. Namely: are some cultures more of a fit for authoritarianism (ELF/EPLF/PFDJ/IA) than others? Athens was a democracy; Sparta was a dictatorship. There is also a debate on whether culture is fixed or dynamic and, if dynamic, what influences it. This same Eritrean society had, in 1950s, an electoral system, a parliament and a free press and its designed was rationalized on the basis of “Eritrean culture”: i.e, many of the candidates to the parliament were appointed/elected by tribal chiefs.

            In short, your question has been heavily researched and a well-read guy like you can find the answer by first classifying Eritrean society (pre-literate, paternal, traditional, poor, predominantly Orthodox christian/Sunni Muslim, pastoral/agrarian) and then research how many of societies like these have liberal, tolerant, progressive culture and how many are authoritarian, survivialist and ethnocentric cultures. My go-to is that countries with relatively large number of ethnic groups (we have too many for the size of our population) is less likely to be democratic.

            (By the way, for those who are sensitive whenever religion is mentioned, one research shows that countries with predominantly Muslim and predominantly protestant religions are less likely to be democratic than countries that are majority Catholic.)

            There are two books I would like to refer you to: one is a free ebook by Canadian professor Bob Altemeyer and it is called “The Authoritarians.” He was trying to understand the rise of the right-wing movement during GWB administration. The other is a book that heavily influence me (and apparently GWB enough to declare war on Iraq): a book by Israeli author Natan Sharansky: The Case for Democracy. The former says that some culture and sub-cultures grativate towards authoritanism, regardless of the country’s economic progress. The latter says culture, shmulture: all human beings yearn for freedom.

            Since all of this was triggered by Derg vs PFDJ comparison. They are equally terrible, except that the former, for a brief period of time under the governorship of SGJ’s BFF (joke), decided that a campaign of “hearts-and-minds” would win the people over from their affection for the secessionists. The latter essentially took over Eritrea’s patriarchal society and said, you now have one patriarch and his name is Isaias Afwerki. I can’t prove this, but the ethnic group that is most victimized, least happy with the IA rule is a matriarchal society: the Eritrean Kunama.

            During Ghedli, the patriarchs were Marx and Lenin, of course. We always have a daddy figure.

            saay

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam haile tg
          Directly or indirectly the 1998 war has a big contribution(not all) to what happened in eritrea after 2001, the reason is, it just started to happen as u said it from 2001.it means before the war things were relatively ok. that tells u the war has a lot of contribution in it. By extension tplf contributed for what u said happened in eritrea.

          • haileTG

            Selamat Alem,

            How could TPLF contribute in the matter of 5 and 6 year old children of Petros and Aster being able to hug and kiss their daddy and mommy in jail! Only pure cruelty would allow for that. This is a drop in an ocean by the way.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam haile tg
            I don’t know the detail about what happened to the poeple u mentioned above and i didnt say tplf contributed for all what happened after 2001, i said most.
            R u telling me there is no connection between the war and what happened after 2001?

          • haileTG

            Hi Teodros (sorry mixing up your last name!)

            I think “connection” is a broad term and could mean many things. Just to narrow it down, everything that has led to the allegations of Crimes agains Humanity by CoI against IA and his top henchmen has nothing to do with TPLF. That we can take to the bank and cash it right away.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam haile tg
            U still saying there was no diplomatic war going on between ethiopia and eritrea? And u act as if Tplf didn’t help on the accusation of eritrea by COL.

          • haileTG

            Selamat Tedros,

            Which accusation did TPLF helped with? Leave those out, we have plenty others we can play with:)

          • Teodros Alem

            The accusation on crime against humanity , the sanctions, the economy sabotage and so on, tplf involved directly or indirectly in it but i didn’t said PIA didn’t do anything wrong, he did do a lot of thing wrong.
            But u guys also have to admit the war affected eritrea in a lot of way. Economic, social . unless what u saying is just a continuation of the war, not fact.

          • haileTG

            Hi Teodros,

            You say ” he [PFDJ/IA] did a lot of thing wrong..” Could you elaborate please? I.e in 1,2,3 … format.

        • Abraham H.

          Dear haileTG, first welcome back, your ideas were really missed in this great forum. You said, “Did you know you could paint and upgrade the exterior of your property during Mengistu unlike under PFDJ?”. If this is really true, then that is perhaps why it is so depressing to look at the facade of the buildings in Asmara, they are simply left to rot.

        • Haile Zeru

          Welcome HTG.

          Hope you are in good health. Mentally, I see you are as sharp as you used to be.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Haile-TG,

          Welcome back brother. I hope you were okay all those years we missed you. We had missed all your resourceful inputs for so long. Again great to see back.

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam Haile TG,

          It is great to hear from you. I hope you were very busy all this time and you have made time for us. You were missed.

          I hope “Serai” “Serray” will see you back and joins us too.

          Mr. K.H

        • Kokhob Selam

          Hi Haile TG,

          How are you? Welcome back brother..Nice to see you back..How lucky people are we to join us!! Most of the time I really miss you reading in your old Jebena page your nice poems..I never forget your experience work with us..What nice news!!!

          KS,,

        • Ayneta

          Haile The Great Ya gachal ke meret;
          We missed you here, buddy. Welcome back. Hope all is good from your end.

  • Peace!

    ሰላም ዓዋተውያን,

    ዓቢ ጌጋ ንጠቕላይ ሚንሰተር ነበር ደሳለኝ ሃይለማርያም!

    ግን እንተኾነ እቲዝዓበየ መኽሰብ እቲ ዝወርድ ዘሎ ሰላም ስለዝዓቢ ናብኡ ኣቓልቦ ምግባር ናይ ሕዝቢ ኢርትራን ኢትዮጽያን ግዴታ እዩ. ክልቲኦም ህዝብታት ንሰላም መስዋእቲውን እንተኾነ ክኽፍሉ ድሉዋት ክኾኑ ኣለዎም::

    Peace!

  • Blink

    Dear Girmay
    It is TPLF leaders who are being singled out because of their tenacious attitudes to peace . They know the committed crime and that’s why they are all in Tigray calculating how to stash their money and run . Don’t forget Tigrians are a society and can bring new people to the helm

  • David Samson

    For those who are interested in PMHD’s meeting with Mengistu.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-45043811

  • Selam Abdulworld,

    Mengistu HM is a special case of a dictator. There is no family, except the few who stood with him that was not affected by the murders he carried out. PMHMD was there to witness the murders, i think, if not, he could have red about it, etc. The dictators motto to rationalize his killings was, “አብዮት ልጆችዋን ትበላለች፣”.

    Ethiopians were killed and died in their hundreds of thousands, especially the young, by the killing squads and a war that he could have avoided to continue.

    Ethiopians have already come to terms with his crimes. Simply, they do not want to be reminded with his presence. At first, i thought that the two found themselves among many people, and i did not know that it was only the two of them.

    It was a mistake. At least, he could have said, yes, he has made a mistake and apologize to the ethiopian people.

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Girmay

    No one invited Ethiopians in Ethiopia. They are part and parcel of all what you witness. The attitude he showed on that lousy question which underminde the hundred thousands Ethiopians sacrifice deserves more than attitudes. In your tplf regime time it was life in prison.

    What is interesting is your description of the 1991 moment of Eritrea. For this i appreciate you honesty. Besides who can experience better what Tigrians experience themselves right now.

    But the big difference is that Eritreans were happy to declare independence but you people mourning for tplf making you free from Ethiopia.

    Now you are free people. Why mourning. Stop all your connection with Ethiopia, withdraw all your militias, take your high-tech Metch including the Mesob cement delivering to the Dam construction, call all your businessmen in Ethiopia, implement NPNW with Ethiopia immediately. Send all people you dont like their eye color. And let Ethiopia go in her knees. But before that make sure to call home all your ethnic poison spreaders. Your expertise are no more needed in Ethiopia because we cant run it properly with out you people among us.

    I wish Tigray good luck.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. The Reporter has announced that Massawa will within 2 weeks resume Ethiopian cargo services. Assab still not ready as access from Ethiopian side still under preparation.

    • Kbrom

      Hi FishMilk

      Thank you for sharing the information that is important to know.

      How do you feel when
      a) we are being informed about our ports via Ethiopian Newspaper
      b) we do not know what exactly is the agreement and all the announcements are coming either from Ethiopian Maritime, ETV, or as you stated The Reporter.
      c) how is it PIA has been insisting for the last 15 years that there will be no dialogue until and unless Ethiopian forces withdraw from Baduma (and our youth paid a heavy price due to that stance) but now not only he dialogued but he has granted port access to Ethiopia whilst Baduma is occupied by them. Moreover, all the decisions, despite their sovereign and territorial nature are taken by PIA without any consultation with Eritrean people.
      d) what does ‘peace agreement’ mean for the Eritrean people? what do you feel when everyday Ethiopian Airlines is bringing 450 Ethiopian youth to Asmara to have their picnic to Massawa and the same day Eritrean youth are send to Sawa.

      • FishMilk

        Hi Kbrom. Here are answers to your questions.
        a) You are being informed about Ethiopian cargo thru Massawa via an Ethiopian news agency
        b) I do not know if port tariffs for humanitarian and commercial cargo have been fully worked out yet. Some are assuming that that the first cargo to come will be humanitarian in which case the cost would be brunt by the U.N., NGO/IO our donor.
        c) The Ethiopian Government under TPLF lead never unconditionally accepted the EEBC final and binding decision and their malintent ulterior motives were well known.
        d) Peace means that Eritreans living inside of Eritrea will be demanding Government transparency and accountability once Ethiopia completes withdrawal.
        Ethiopians, 450 or more each day, are most welcomed. Just remember August is terribly hot in Massawa.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Salam FishMilk,

      Assab and Massawa will remain sovereign Eritrea ports. You can cross border to your Mama, Ethiopia, without our ports and land. You have woven a lot of fake problems among Eritreans by feigning to be true Eritreans. At the end of the day your boss declared it without any veils that HE and Ethiopia are one and those who don’t know this reality don’t know history. Of course, Wedi Afom is right those who don’t know he is an Ethiopian are only the naive.

      • Simon Kaleab

        Selam Hameed,

        Are you an Ethiopian or an Arab?

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Salam Simon Kaleab,

          Amharas, Oromo, Harer, Afar, Tegrai, etc., crossed Red Sea after the downfall of Mearb Dam. These peoples are from Yemen. The alphabets they use are Arabs alphabets and their languages are old Arabic. In olden times peoples were moving freely from a place to place, there was no borders. I think after some decades or a century all borders will be abolished. Man will visit again his olden times and will move without hindrance. Man will be respected as a human being irrespective of his colour, but upto we reach that era every one should live within his territory.

          Mr. Kaleab, don’t disturb Eritreans I think it is enough. Now, join your MAMA and pass a good life; leave Eritrea for Eritreans. Concerning, access to sea you can compromise with Kenya and Somali to get an outlet to the Indian Ocean. The Red Sea has many problems, it is better for Ethiopia to seek a passageway in the south. It is more calm and effective to the people of Ethiopia. I repeatedly,like to remind PMAAA to draw his remnants from Eritrea and refrain utilizing them as a trojan horse to offend Eritreans.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            You did not answer my question. Nevermind.

            The Arabs of the OLD, before they became obsessed with religion, I respect and admire.

            CORRECTION: The Oromo and the Afar did not cross the Red Sea.

          • abdulworld

            Hello Hameed,
            For all the Yemen influence on eritrean cultural I don’t see any evidence.. it is legend or myth..

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            Yemen of OLD, language, scripts, looks.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam abdulworld,

            Ta-Te Ta-Te Ta-Te until you walk on your foot my beloved baby. Don’t lash right and left, focus and learn. The subject you dismissed was discussed in this forum and a lot of information was exposed.

            Once upon a time a guy went to visit America. He found an old friend who invited him on a banquet. When he arrived at his friend’s house he found many people whom he doesn’t know. Our new guy started to give them counsel about health care. His friend interrupted him sorry I didn’t introduce you to our guests: This is ِAbdulGrid Ph. Dr. in Neurology, the next one Ph.Dr. in brain medicine, the third one Ph.Dr. and expert in heart surgery, and so on until he reached about thirty Ph. Drs. Now imagine what has happened to our new guy from the jangles of Eritrea. Certainly, he was melted like an ice exposed to the baking heat of BARKA RAKHAA.

      • FishMilk

        Hi Hameed Al-Arabi. I guess I would also be a sore looser like you, if Ihad wrongly sided with the TPLF (Enemy of Eritrea) to overthrow PIA/PFDJ. These days, I am not even sure if your TPLF friends of cheap convenience would even put up with you.

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Salam FishMilk,

          I instruct you to browse history books and bring me one instance in which injustices have won rights. As you know very well a shifta/mafia will never acknowledge his crimes till he is behind the bars. Believe me, Isaias and his cronies one historical day will be pulled on the streets of Asmara alive by our people.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Hameed Al-Arabi. I have repeatedly said that I do not support ANY leader that has been in power for 27 years. So what is your point?

  • Kbrom

    ክቡር ዶክተር ኣቢዩ፡ ኣብ መንበሪ ቤት ፕረዚደንት ኢሳያስ ቡን ተጋዚብካ ኮፍ ኢልካሉ ኣብ ዝነበርካሉ እዋን ሓንቲ ምጭውቲ ቆልዓ (ጓል ወዱ ንፕረዚደንት ኢሳያስ ኢያ ክበሃል ሰሚዐ) ተተቐባቢልኩም ክትሓቅፉዋ ርእየ። እታ ህጻን ኣብ ገጻ ፍሱህ ፍሽኽታ ዓሲሉ ረኣኹ። ፍሽኽተኣ፡ ወዝ ገጻን ባህታኣን ንምሉእ ዕምራ ክቕጽል ድማ ተመኒየ።

    ሕማቕ ተረኺቡ ግን ኣብ ኤርትራ ኣማኢታት መሳቱኣን ካብኣ ዝንእሱ ህጻናትን፡ ነቲ ንሳ ዝተዓደለቶ ፍሽኽታን፡ ነቲ ንሳ እተስተማቕሮ ሑቅፊን ስኢኖሞ ኣለዉ። ብዙሓት ህጻናት ይትረፍ ተቐባቢሎም ዝሓቅፉዎም ወለዲን ጓኖትን፡ እታ ሓንቲ ኣዴኦም ስኢኖም ብህሉዋቶም ዝዘኽተሙ ኣለዉ። ካብታ ሓቑፍካያ ዝነበርካ ምጭውቲ ህጻን ብ6 ዓመት ዝዓብዩ ህጻናት፡ እረ ዳርጋ መሳቱኣ፡ ኣብ ጎዳግዲ ማእሰርቲ ዝበልዩ ኣለዉ። ካብኣ ብቑሩብ ዓመታት ዝዓብዩ ህጻናት ካብ ሑቕፊ ኣዲኦምን ኣቡኦምን ተመንጢሎም፡ ኣብ ቤት ማእሰርቲ ብስቅያት ጽምዋን ምስትምሳልን ነብሰ ስገኦም ይብላዕ ኣሎ።

    ፕረዚስደንት ኢሳያስ ልክዕ ከምቲ ነታ ቆልዓ ሓቂፍካያ ዝነበርካ ጌሩ ዝሓቑፈን ዝነበረ ህጻናት፡ እንተስ ንስድረአን ስለዝተሃላለኸ፡ እንተስ በዓልቲ ቤቱ ወይዘሮ ሳባ ሃይሉ ንስድረአን ስለዘይፈተወተን፡ ኣብ ቤት ማእሰርቲ ይደርበያ ኢሉ ዝኣዘዘን ኣለዋ። ከም ደቂ ጴጥሮስ ሰለሙን፡ ደቂ ማሕሙድ ሸሪፎ፡ ደቂ በራኺ ገብረስላሰ ዝኣመሰሉ ክልቲኦም ወለዶም ዝተኣስርዎም ዘኽቲሞም ዝዓበዩ ህጻናት እውን መሊኦም ኢዮም።

    ንጫፍ ጠረፍ ናይቲ ብስቓይ ሰባት ዝድሰት ባህሪ ኢሳያስ እትጸዊ ሓንቲ ዛንታ ክነግረካ ኣፍቅደለይ። እቲ ዛንታ ናይ ሓንቲ ፕረዚደንት ኢሳያስ ከምታ ነታ ምጭውቲ ህጻን ጌርካ ሓቑፍካያ ዝነበርካ ጌሩ ዝሓቑፋ ዝነበረ ማርታ እትበሃል ጓል ዓርኩ ንፕረዚደንት ብዝምልከት ዘጋጠመ ተረኽቦ ኢዩ።

    ማርታ ጓል ዓርኩ ንፕረዚደንት ኢሳያስ ኣፍወርቂ ኮይና፡ ስማ ንሓንቲ ኣብ ኣዲስ ኣበባ ስለሓርነት ኤርትራ ዝሓለፈት ጅግና ስውእቲ ንምዝካርን ንምውካልን ዝተዋህበቶ ኢዩ። ኣብ 2012 እታ ናይ ሽዑ ጓል 20 መንእሰይ፡ ካብዚ ካብ ዓዲእንግሊዝ ናብ ኣስመራ ብሙጉዓዝ ንፕረዚደንት ኢሳያስ ክትረኽቦ ሓተተት እሞ፡ ንኣስታት ሰሙን ምስተጸበየት ኪረኽባ ከምዘይደሊ ተሓቢርዋስ ብኸቢድ ሓዘን ንላንደን ተመልሰት።

    ማርታ ናብ ኤርትራ ዝገሸት፡ ፕረዚደንት ኢሳያስ ንኣቦኣ ሬስኡ ኣብ ኤርትራ ከይቅበር ትእዛዝ ስለዘመሓላለፈ ንምልማኑ ኢዩ ዝነበረ። እቲ ውሳነ ካብቲ መለልይኡ ዝኾነ ስሚዒታዊን ህልኸናን ባህሪኡ ዝነቐለ ኢዩ ነይሩ። ካብዚ ቅርሕኝተኛ ባህሪኡ ተበጊሱ፡ ነቲ ናይ 40 ዓመታት መቓልስቱን ዓርኹን ዝነበረ ኣቦኣ ወላዲኣ ምስዓረፈ ኣብ መቓብር ሓርበኛታት ከይቅበር ስለዝኣገዶ ኢያ እምበኣር፡ ማርታ መዋቲ ኣቡኣ ሓንቲ ሜትሮ ጉድጓድ መሬት ክወሃቦን ኣብ ዓዱ ኪቕበር ኪፍቀደሉን ክትልምን ናብ ኣስመራ ዝገሸት። ኣቐዲማ በዓልቲ ቤቱ ንናይዝጊ ክፍሉ፡ ንፕረዚደንት ኢሳያስ ብመንገዲ ኣማለድቲ ክትልምን ስለዝቐነየት እንተተመሰለ ብምባል ንበዓል ቤታ ኣብ መጽንሒ ሬሳ ኣቐሚጣቶ ነይራ።

    ስለዚ ማርታ ንኣስመራ ዝኸደትሉ እዋን ነብስሄር ናይዝጊ ክፍሉ (መንግስተ ሰማይ የዋርሶ) ኣብ መዝሓሊን መኸዘኒን ሬሳ ን44 መዓልታት ተቐሚጡ ነይሩ፡ ክሳብ ፕረዚደንት ኢሳያስ ዝልመን። ኮይኑ ድማ ፕረዚደንት ኢሳያስ ምስ ሬሳ እውን ኪተሃላለኽ ስለዝመረጸ፡ ናይዝጊ ክፍሉ ኣብታ 40 ዓመታት ዝተቓለሰላ መሬት መቕበሪ ጉድጓድ ስኢኑ ተሪፉ። ብሰንኪ እዚ ድማ ናይዝጊ ሎሚ ኣብ ትሕቲ እታ ዝወደቐላ ባንዴራ ዘይኮነስ፡ ኣብ ዓዲንግሊዝ ኣብ ሓደ ተራ መቓብር፡ ኣብ ትሕቲ ባንዴራ ናይታ ንኤርትራ ዝገዝአት እንግሊዝ ተደርብዩ ይርከብ።

    ክቡር ዲክተር ኣቢዩ፡

    ጭካነ ኢሳያስ ክሳብ ክንድዚ ኢዩ፡ ሰብኣይ ሽሕ እንተጨከነ ምስ ሰብኣይ፡ ሰብኣይ ብሰብኣዩ ምስ ህሉው ኢዩ ዝገጥም። ኢሳያስ ግን ምስ ደቀንስትዮ፡ ምስ ህጻናት፡ ምስ ምዉታን ገጢሙ ስዒረዮም ኢሉ ‘ቱታ!’ ኢሉ ዝፍክር ሳዲስት ኢዩ። ዶክተር ኣቢዩ! ንስኻ ፈቖዶ ‘ኢሱ’ በልካ ድማ፡ ንሬሳታት ናይቶም ቁስሎም ዘይነቐጸ ትጉድእ ምህላውካ ዘክር። ፈቐዶ ‘ወዲ ኣፎም’ በልካ በሰላ ናይቶም ሓዘኖም ዘይተደበሰ ስድራቤታት ትቑስቁስ ምህላውካ ተገንዘብ። ፍቕሪ፡ ምድማር፡ ሰላም፡ ንገለን ዝግበኦ ንገለን ዝንፈግ ኪኸውን የብሉን። ሓቐና ፍቕሪ ዶብ የብሉን፡ ሓቐና ሰላም ንበደላ ፖለቲካዊ መኽሰባት ዝጉናዕን ዝኽላእን ኪኸውን ኣይግባእን። ሓቐና ፍቕሪ ንዓመጽን እንክሔራን ዝድብስ ኪኸውን ኣይግባእን።

    • Ismail AA

      ሰላም ኽብሮማይ፣

      ወዮ ደኣ ለባምን ምንጭውን ኮንካ እምበር እዚ ፍጡርዚ ፕረዚደንት ወይ መራሕ ሃገር ኢልካ ክትሰምዮ ኣጸጋሚ እዪ። ንምዃኑ እዚ ኩሉ ዝጠቀስካዮ ነዞም ንዕኡ ከም መተከእታ ዘይብሉ ህያበ-እግዚኣብሔር ተቀቢሎም ዘምልኹዎ ትርጉም ኣይህቦምንዩ። ምኽንያቱ ዝገብሮ ኩሉ ምእንቲ ጥቅሚ ሃገር ከምዝገብሮ ስለ ዝኣምኑ። መራሕ ኢትዮጵያ ከኣ ቆልዑ ኤረትራ ጉዳዩ ኣይኮነን ክሳብ ጉዳይ ሃገሩ ዘሳላጠ።

    • Peace!

      ክብሮም,

      ክሉ ልክዕ ኣለኻ ግን ንሰላም ተቓውሚካ ዝመጽእ ኣይኮነን እንታይ ድኣ እዚ ኩነታት ንዕላማይ ብኽመይ ይጸልዎ ብኸመይከ ክጥቀመሉ ይኽእል ኢልካ ሓድሽ “ውጺኢታዊ” ዝኾነ ኣግባብ ምኽታል ይሓይሽ ሰዓብቲውን ይርከቡ.

      Peace!

      • Kbrom

        ሰላም ሰላም (ፒስ)

        ሓደ ሓደ እዋን ሰላም ዝብል መንጠሊና ተጎልቢቡ ንኻልእ ውግእ ባይታ ዘጣጥሕ ሰላም ዝስሙ ዘይሰላም ምህላዉ እውን ምዝካር የድሊ። ውሑድ ዘይኮነ እዋን ሰላም ዝብል ቅጽል ዝወሃብ ብግብሪ ግን ብግዜ ዝቱኮስ ተጻዋዲ ምህላዉ እትስሕቶ ኣይመስለንን።

        ካብ ናይ 1949 Armistice Agreements ዝጅምር Allon Plan, Rogers Plan, Madrid Conference, Oslo Accords እንዳበለ ክሳብ ኖቤል ኣዎርድ ዘውሃበ ኣማኢት ናይ እስራኤል ፍልስጤም ውዕላት ሽግሩ ንምልክታት እምበር ንሽግራት ዝፍውስ ስለዘይነበረ ኢዩ።

        ክፉት ናል ልቢ መጥባሕቲ ብዘድልዮ ሕማም ንዝሳቐ ዘሎ ሰብ ፓናዶል ሂብካ ቃንዝኡ ኣዕጊሰዮ ገዛ ውሰድዎ እንተልካዮም፡ ስድርኡ ብዛዕባ እቲ መሰረታዊ ሕማም ልቢኸ እንታይ ኢዩ ኪግበር ኢሎም ኪሓቱኻ ባህርይዊ ኢዩ።

        ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ንዘይውክሎ፡ ናብ ዝያዳ ሓደጋ ዝወስዶ፡ ሉዓላውነቱ ዝሸይጥ፡ ኣሽሓት ሰማእታት ዝኸፈሉሉ ዶባቶም ዘስተናዕቕ ብስም ሰላም ሃገሩ ንባዕዲ ኣሕሊፉ ዝህብ ተዋስኦታት ዘይናቱ ስለዝኾነ ክንዮ ሓጹር ይደርበ ክብል ባህርያዊ ኢዩ።

        • Peace!

          ሰላም ክብሮም,

          ብሓጺሩ ዓድኹም ትሽየጥ ኣላ ወላ መስዋእቲ ከፊልኩም ኣድሕንዋ እዩ እቲ መልእኽትኻ ግን ከምኡ እንዳበልካ እቲ መሸጣ ትብሎ ዘለኻ እንታይ ምኻኑ ኣይገለጽካዮን. ንዝኾነ እዘን ዝስዕባ ናተይ መምዘኒ እየን.

          1 እስያስ (DIA) ወላ ዕቡድ እንተኾነ ካብ ናይ ወደብ ውሕስነት ምሃብ ንላዕሊ ክገብሮ ዝኽእል የለን

          2 ልእላውነት ኢርትራ ን110 ሚልዮን ሕዝቢ እትዮጽያ ናይ ወደብ ውሕስነት ከይሀበ ብሰላም ከምዘይነብር ዝሓለፈ 100 ዓመታት ናይ ታሪኽ ምስክር እዩ. ክም ቡምባ ኣብዝደልዮ ክኸፍቶ ኣብዝደልዮ ክዓጽዎ ዝብሃል ኣታሓሳስባ ብህይወት ናይ ሰብ ምጥላዕ እዩ

          3 ጠንቂ እዚኹሉ ንዛረበሉ ዘለና ህዝቢ ኢርትራ ተሰማሚዑ ንስርዓት እሰያስ ከውድቖ ስለዘይካኣለ እዩ: እዚ ካኣ ኣብ ውሽጣዊ ዘይምስምማዕ ስለዘሎ እዩ

          4 ሕጂውን እቲ መሰረታዊ ሽግራት ከይፈታሕካ ኩሉ ዝሳተፎ ቃልሲ ክህሉው እዩ ኢልካ ዘይሕሰብ እዩ ጉዳይ ቋንቋ, ስደተኛታት ናይ ምምላስ, መሬት, ካልኦት ዝኣመሰሉን ብተቓወምቲ እሰያስ ከመይ ጌይሮም ከምዝሓዝዎ ሚስጢር ኣይኮነን

          5 ናይ መጨረሽታ: እንታይ እዩ እቲ ኻልእ ኣማራጺ ዝሓለፍ ሓሙሽተ ዓመታት ብኣግኣዝያን ጸሚምና ግን ኣብ ህዝቢ ከበሳ ተቐባልነት ረኺቡ ጥራይ ዘይኮነ ብዕሊ ተደጊፍ እዩ ምስኢትዮጽያ ተዋጊእና ናብዚ ዲና ክንምለስ ?

          ይቐንየለይ
          Peace!

  • Natom Habom

    selam writer
    its funny when you said again Ethiopian interference ‘isnt you guys calling Ethiopian
    to invade Eritrea to get power against the peoples will ,even by compromising the territorial integrity putting BADIME into question,now because we have peace and been told to leave the country you start flip flopping is a desperate attempt to ran from your failure ,I thought you guys were fighting for the people ,so what happen ?? what is going on with oppositon
    you should have lessen to some wise that told you to avoid criminal tplf ,and be fair in your judgment about Eritrea reality in the grown instead of playing tplf card ,
    your game of lies and fake news and propaganda has almost exposed our country for foreign interference ,they strongulated Eritrea by economic sanction the cause of many death.
    like in casino you guys played and you guys lost it s the rule of the game get on with it
    THE GAME IS OVER

  • abdulworld

    Hello writers,
    This is an interesting article but what is its theme? Its title has PM Abiy but nothing in it says anything PM Abiy. Other than agreeing to the result of International border ruling and visiting the capital and inviting the leader of country which Ethiopia has no relation in 20 years… what has actually done?
    The wacky religious preacher they are disease just like the ones I see in poor neighborhood in America milking innocent and hopeless American of their last dollars. They are con-man who wear religious cloth. I see them making havoc in life alot of east africans and nigeria.
    Why do African copy only the worst elements of Western culture? I mean why don’t we preachers or scientist in Africa preaching the scientific method or good governance?

    My question is why are they appearing or given any relevance? In most case, just like the inner cities or rural America… these charlatan sell “Hope”… they usually cause their own demise… These charltan are not about government- they are reflection of Orthodox church inability to feel that important role..

    I personally believe for Christian Eritrean population the Orthodox church just does not play significant role and it is making itself irrelevant. Some of major universities in America were either founded by Catholic, Episcopalian or Jewish domination. In matter of fact, most poor Irish and Italian immigrants were able to achieve middle class status by going to these universities. For whatever reason- Eritrean Orthodox just doesn’t see value in opening a university or trade school? It can actually be formidable institution.

    Asmara University was opened by nuns? Why didn’t Eritrean acquire that value from Italian.. instead of mimicking some Italian phrases… like parrots..

    In terms of Rehabilitation- which means restore to health? Your article says people are noticing cracks and how incoherent IA is… his major supporters are shocked by what he said… that is good isn’t. They guy could be torturing Eritrea in darkness for another 10 years.. are you can put him in limelight and expose him and watch him lose his grip over the country. It doesn’t look like Rehabilitation to me. As Eritrea gets integrated- he will lose his grip. The fact that he is calling Ethiopian a “leader”- of course if Dr. Abiy was Eritrean he would call him a “Youth”

    Dictator never fall in isolation. People never revolt because they are suffering. People rise and topple government when they get a taste of something better. In the early 1990s, countries like Albania didn’t topple their government because they were suffering it was tidal wave in Eastern bloc.

    When people like Idris Awate picked up the Gun it wasn’t because the Eritrean people were suffering greatly- I can guarantee it wasn’t as bad as Issias. Eritrean leaders were looking around the world and arab world and watching all those colonized countries assert their identity and form their countries… Those Eritrean leaders started asking why not US- we don’t care about the odds..

    So, what Dr. Abiy has done is give the Eritrean people and its opposition a gift not for altruistic motivates of course. It is generational tidal wave and if Eritrean opposition or diaspora had properly prepared for generational shift in leadership…. blabbering senile folks like Issias or mugabe wouldn’t last another year.

    If Issias dies tomorrow- What would change? What are you going to do?

    In terms of Gulf Countries- I admire what those countries have done for their people… Dubai is amazing from desert to global hub. If the those two arab leaders want to be involved in rivalry that benefits the Economy of Eritrea and Ethiopia that is great news for Horn. Fight those arabs against each other or East vs West to benefit Africans.. that is kind of game I like..

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Abdul.

      It is an obituary for the death of tplf policy ie make havoc between nations and ethnic groups. tplf destruction in Ethiopia and Eritrea was a source of ‘news’ for pages like awate.com and a hope for toothless oppositions who hopped that the chaos created by tplf may give them a fri ride in Asmara Palace.

      The juicy stories of 5000 young Eritreans crossed the virtual border is no longer exist. It is sad for some. You can not decide what makes people happy or sad.

      What is it for toothless oppositions Eritrea has collected billion dollars from tourism and port services if you are not a leader :).

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Natom & Abdulworld,

      “Pencil” is an editorial commentary written by “Awate Team”. Then, wouldn’t it be easier to address them as “AT” rather than “writers”?

  • Eyob Medhane

    Selam Awate Team,

    Let me start with correcting few, some important, some un-important inaccuracies in the article.
    1) It was not at Millennium hall that President Isayas delegated some of his responsibility. It was in Hawassa, Haile resort. The location where he said it may be un-important. But the moment was very important to mention. Because, as we all recall, PM Abiy was very uncomfortable with the whole jubilant speech of President Isayas, he went out of his way to translate the speech and FIXED all the supposedly inappropriate parts of the speech, and made them sound normal. Which means, what ever offer that Pres. Isayas may have, if it compromises Eritrean sovereignty and it’s people’s dignity, PM Abiy is not taking it.

    2) Former PM Hailemariam Desalegn WAS NOT sent to meet Mengistu by anyone. He was in Zimbabwe as a head of AU election observer mission. He met Mengistu, took a picture and posted it on his verified FB account. Which I personally think that it is a disgrace and insult of hundreds of thousands of victims and their families. I think in the current መደመር euphoria, he figured people are so mellowed, they forgive anything and everything. When he learned that it isn’t that easy for people to forgive a monstrous pseudo-fascist he took down his post. What he also should have done was to apologies for putting it up in the first place. His comment after meeting Isayas should also be placed in a ‘weird’ coulmn. He probably thought he was being gracious that he was received warmly. But, his ringing endorsement of Pres. Isayas was insensitive to so many of victims of the president.

    3) Suraphel. I have a beef with awate team on this one. You are giving a lot of attention, significance and importance to a con-man. The reason why people went to Asmara airport to welcome him is because he announced it through, his TV channel, which reaches Asmara through Nile Sat and Arab Sat, through FB news feeds. I don’t believe It was coordinated. There can’t be more than 100 people at the doing the theatrics with him at the airport and outside if the hotel. On the first flight, let alone him, who achieved some recognition, I know some people who just got lucky to buy a ticket on the first our that was put on sale..and they were very random, regular people. There weren’t any guest selection to board the first flight, except the team members of former PM Hailemariam, who were members of the official delegation. Suraphel seems to take the security people by surprise with his theatrics, but they wisely reacted by doing nothing to disburse the gathering and spoil the peace and euohoric atmosphere. That would have been a PR disaster. HOWEVER, Suraphel did one thing that he should be commended for. After he’s done his crazy scream outside of the hotel, he has recorded a calm, sane and intelligeble, coherent message that was broadcasted on his youtube channel and TV program. A message, which is an appeal to Eritrean government to release prisoners, especially those, who were arrested for their faith. As far as I know, No one. No human rights organization or members diplomatic corp have ever done something like that from inside Eritrea. I think he should be given credit to that. Not even members of delegation, who went with him have even tried anything like that other than እስክስታ ከመውረድ። This action of his should be an example to future visitors and those who say they are for human rights.

    That’s all I have to say. Thank you for letting me rant.. 🙂

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Eyob.
      Why you dignify this rubbish gossip in the first place? Since the peace agreement the gossipers are bitter with all what ever going on particularly in Ethiopia generally in Eritrea. Their source of news is diminished to zero since the peace deal. The npnw was a gold treasure for gossipers to demonize the Eritrean government and let their followers know that Eritrea can not develop in any form with out they are the ones who lead Eritrea. And as a typical gossipers they want to do this from abroad and writing gossips. According to them they are doing all it has to be done and their struggle is has 27 years of fruit. Their 27 years of gossip struggle has pushed the Eritrean government is at edge and the gossipers got angry and bitter because when they are almost toppling their government the Ethiopians take the credit because soon when they visit Asmara they demonstrate against PIA and next day a new government in Asmara. Wasn’t the demonstration and gossip which changed the racist war monger corrupt tplf government?

      PS: For the Eritreans ultra nationalists witnessing that Ethiopia turned the wheels by 180 degrees from the mother of all civil war is a painful experience because watching what the Ethiopia they hate burn into ashes was the only thing comforting them since the Singapore project has went to badly wrong. The project went wrong because the Eritrean eplf and the Ethiopian tplf (lol) started their project main source is sucking the Ethiopian wealth and enslaving the human resources which we have 100 millions of them.

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam Eyob,

      It is my turn to rant.

      The Ex.PM Hailemariam Desalegn revealed himself to be deaf and dumb. Who knows perhaps he was ordered to do it, but then he should have stood up and say no.
      I think, he thought that it is out of the box thinking, it is a courageous action. He might have thought he is contributing to the “medemer” effort of the new policy.
      It is a stupid over reach to stand next to a butcher and grin like an idiot. He lost all my respect.
      Right after he became the PM he spoke with a reporter in English. The take away of that interview for me was when he said that he never likes to hurt anyone. That shocked me. I wondered how many of his associates heard that.

      There was only one reason I supported PMHD during his tenure.
      Meles, selected and groomed him for the position.

      Looking back:
      PMHD is not a leader, he is a follower.
      No need to worry, PMHD cannot become a dictator.
      PMHD would remain as a bench warmer, a figure head until sufficient power bases develop to stand up and be counted.
      When the time came, he smiled, grinned and walked away.

      Now he is free to say and do what he wanted to do, he goes and stood next to Mengistu, and proudly shows us the picture. Mengistu, did arguably killed and harmed more Ethiopian citizens than any other individual in our history. I can’t believe my eyes, I am sure he hugged and kissed him before or after the pictures. Idiot!.
      From here on forward I can’t listen to this guy’s opinions or suggestion. He is the catalyst accident of history.

      Mr. K.H

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam k h
        Agree for all what u said except i believe both mengistu and tplf r in the same category on killing , if u add indirect involvement(creating case for the killing) tplf by far the worst killers in the history of ethiopia .
        I also believe haile mariam played a big role when he was a pm of ethiopia in destroying tplf and helping 3A team.
        What has been said on the media, not necessarily mean true,

      • saay7

        Mr KH:

        You have now accidentally picked a fight with my cuz Gheteb unless you are on his expansive ignore list.

        Recall that when Hailemariam Desalegn gave his effusive praise of Isaias Afwerki, Cuz Gheteb quoted the whole excerpt as testimonial of the goodness of Isaias Afwerki. Now it’s confirmed that Hailemariam Desalegn has no moral compass (will agree to have pic taken with Black Stalin) and has impaired judgement (will post it on his twitter account.)

        All I remember about that guy is when Addis was hosting a big UN shindig he didn’t know the cameras were on and revealed he is literally ሆዳም. And he was the face of the notorious ATP dismissing the Zone-9 bloggers as terrorists. I used to say “in a country of 100 million, that’s the PM?

        Saay

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam ssay,

          I don’t mind ‘Gheteb at all. I have accepted him as the sign of the times.
          I read your post elsewhere, that nothing anybody says is making any sense to you anymore.
          Boy, I hope it is not something in the air that is going around. What I see and hear from Ethiopia is not exactly sensible and palatable. The picture is one symptom. The murder or suicide of Engineer Semegnew Bekele is another symptom of a bad omen, in my book. I don’t know if we will ever know.

          The PMAA, who I support and hang all my hopes on makes a statement like…’ the derg lost the day it executed the former leaders’ …does not sit well with me.
          It might be one of those professorial type of statements but for a lay person like me it sounds flippant and or I know everything kind of statement.
          Nobody is making sense in my world either.

          Mr. K.H

          • saay7

            Mr KH

            Well, to be fair, I have read people here who say none of what I am saying makes sense.

            So it’s the Season of Senselesness. Like some great unraveling.

            It would make sense if the people who never made sense started making sense, but they still make no sense.

            Wait! I see a horse. Two, wait, it’s four…

            saay

          • saay7

            Mr KH

            The Season of Senselessness include things we call ኣርኪብካ in Tigrinya. Don’t know what it’s amharic equivalent is but in English it is “really?” Or “WTF”?

            Your PM was talking (and when isn’t he?) so he tells Ethiopian youth in the Diaspora to go to Ethiopia and teach customer service. This way, he said, servers wouldn’t begin with “ምን ልታዘዝ?” but precede it with “ጤናስጥልኝ” This guy. This guy. I mean that is the salutation requirement of this forum, amirite?

            I haven’t consumed this much Ethiopian politics/info since 98-00 so I guess this is good question mark. But this guy: his moonshot is to preced how may I help you with hello. Wonder how many bought their tickets right after that.

            saay

      • Selam Kim Hanna,

        He said, “he never likes to hurt anyone”. That tells everything. PMHMD was a religious person than a politician. I do not know if there is such a thing as “a naive politician” for almost all of them are as shrewd as the snake. He was the wrong man in the wrong place. Maybe, naively, he thought that standing side by side with the worst bloodthirsty dictator had no political significance.

        MZ and tplf knew that he was a naive politician, and that was the main reason they put him in office so that they could use him, while the people thought they had their own man in office. No wander, Dr. Abiy was vehemently attacked right from the start, because they knew they can’t control him, because he was not groomed to be their man at arat killo.

        I wish pm Abiy uses him as a peace-maker by sending him wherever there is conflict in ethiopia, as the head of a “bureau of conflict resolution”.

        • Kbrom

          Hi Horizon

          I have heard that PMHD is working very closely with PMAA and they see each other at lest every another day. the people of debub hizboch are very grateful to PMMZ as they think it was MZ that made them equal with the giant bheroch such as Amhara ( which they are not fond of) and Oromo. I suspect the support of debud hizboch as people not as politicians tends much towards TPLF. Me think, I might be wrong.

          • Selam Kbrom,

            To tell the truth the issue of equality of the different ethnic groups in ethiopia was a topic discussed during the derg under the socialist ideology. If i am not mistaken there was an institution that was in place to develop the rights of ethnic groups. Yes, the tplf/eprdf government implemented it fully.

            Now, if this will be enough for southern hizboch to stand on the side of tplf, i doubt very much.

            The pm Abiy government never said it will abolish ethnic federalism. Simply he stated that it has its own inherent problems of accepting other ethnic groups, which is the reason for the conflicts we see today.

          • Mez

            Hi Horizon,

            The lead Scientist (in the era of the “Red King) name for this topic is: Dr. Lapiso G. Debelo.

            He is an active professional still. Google and see him. Very interesting guy.

            Thanks

          • Amde

            Selam Kbrom,

            “Debub Hzboch” is not a monolith. It is a lazy agglomeration to be honest since the number of ethnjc groups are high. Even with the ethnic model, there are a few groups that deserve their own states, but it just appears TPLF wasn’t willing to see its model fully deployed through.

            In any case, some were happy with TPLF, some were not (Sidama for being denied statehood, Gurage for being pushed out of businesses). In short, the Southern region politics was just used for TPLF’s tactical convenience .

            With the ethnic model and making the upper house a true co-equal bicameral house, it would have given the southern region a true king maker role. But TPLF decided to make parliament into a zombie, and so here we are.

            Amde

      • Admassie

        Selam Kim Hanna,

        It is said that a brother of PMHD to have said ” ጠቅላይ ሚኒስቴር ይህ ሁሉ ሥልጣን አለው?!” after watching PMAA’s shattering actions. Whether true or not, but it tells what the former PM was criticising of, his inept in critical decisions. Now he shakes hands with the devil in delight. ሞፎ!

        Admassie A.

      • Mitiku Melesse

        Kim Hanna.
        So you loved him when he served tplf.

      • David Samson

        Selam KH,
        It is inconceivable that PMHD visited Mengistu on as a private capacity, but rather likely was given a green light by PMAA. As I commented in earlier post, I would not be surprised seeing Isaias embrace and hugs Mengistu.

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-45043811

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Kim,

        In one of your exchange with Saay you consider yourself as a “lay person”. But when I read a “catalyst accident of history” an impressive political line and as such original, I said, man, those kind of political expressions could only come from savvy politicians. So do not underestimate yourself. Above all you have good judgements on the ongoing Ethiopian politics. Your positions are solid with the unity and interest of your country.

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selamat Kibur Amanuel Hidrat,

          A well deserved summary and recognition!

          I promoted Mr. Kim Hanna from “My Most Treasured” to “My Ambassador” to “My President” in rapid succession for a reason.

          Among numerous amazingly profound phrases “those who should be here are there and those who should be there are here” is one of the unforgettables. Everyday, I find something to remind me of it, and I have listed it in my “quotes that will last forever” list.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Fanti Ghanna,

            You and Amanuel are enlarging the bulls eye target on my back for ‘Gheteb. I think A.H, being a chemist liked that word catalyst.
            There is so much that is fluid to contend with these days it is hard to keep up with.
            What is it I am reading today about Jigiga. I hope it is fake news but something is going there. I hope your resources are better than mine.

            Mr. K.H

          • Aligaz G

            Dear Kim Hanna,

            Abdi Illey is under arrest. Jijiga is rioting. Federals are moving in. You have good ears.

            Cheers

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Aligaz G,

            I also followed the news in the social media. Deployment of federal forces was anticipated after the PMAA had repeatedly warned. According to the news, the neighboring Somali Puntland has sensed tension and undertook measures on its borders. The flare ups in the Kilils could undermine the semblance of calm the promises the prime minister has been making has won among the protesting youth in bigger urban areas and contiguous districts.

            Resorting to deploying the army does not signal durable calm. The Somali and Oromo areas were already in grip of armed resistance though some of them have returned back. Dealing with the new situation will be serious challenge to the PMAA and cohesion of the ruling governing coalition and is organs especially the security and armed forces. Objective thinking would not drop the role of the TPLF in the scheme of things here.

            Moreover, if the situation aggravates, restoring calm will have to accommodate role for the new armed groups such as OLF and the Somali resistance front.

          • Aligaz G

            Dear Ismail

            The news is now also being reported by Somali media also. They are talking about tanks being deployed. Jail Ogaden is notorious hopefully this will be the end of blatant human rights violations in Somali Region.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selam Mr. Pres. KH,

            According to my sources*

            a) Federal troops have surrounded Jijiga with an intent to apprehend some government officials.

            b) There has been a brief gunfire exchange between EDF and regional forces.

            c) Neither the federal government nor the local government is saying anything about it.

            * Reuters ( https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-politics/ethiopian-army-clashes-with-local-government-paramilitaries-witnesses-idUSKBN1KP0FI )

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam k h
            Once the problem of ethio Somali kilil problem solved , i don’t think ethiopia will have any more problem,
            tigrai, i don’t see any problems from tigrai any more. All 3A gov has to do is, let tigrai govern itself and itself only and the economy will do it’s own justice. I mean give them 2-3 farming time , u will see justice served after 2 or 3 farming season. So not so fast to be excited.

    • saay7

      Selamat Eyob:

      Ok this is boring: I agree with all three of your paragraphs (heavy emphasis on #1: Abiy repeatedly fixed Isaias speech which I have to believe was said PUI: presiding under the influence. Alcoholism is a desease, I sympathize, except when the ill person has life death decisions on Eritreans.). I have one exception: you have no knowledge that the prophet is a con-man. He acts like all the conmen we know in the US, but, by that measure, so does your PM.

      Since you and I are required to argue (awate posting guidelines #17), let me ask you a question. In one of his addresses to Eritreans (Deki Ere) in the US, your prime minister didn’t say Ethiopians love you. He didn’t even say the Oromo, Amara, Sidama, Gurage love you. He specifically mentioned the rebellious youth of these regions ( Qerro, Fano and Zerma) love us. Why?

      There are only two answers. You go first. And I will pick the opposite because you are always wrong, except today.

      saay

      • Eyob Medhane

        Sal,

        I suspect you are on WUI (Writing Under Influence) because you agreed with me on all three points? Hummm..😳😳😳

        Anyway…No..My PM is a member of Mulu Wengel Evangelical church, which is a main stream Protestant church. Not, in a club of Jim Bakker type con-men, which is what Suraphel..and another one named Israel Dansa belong to.. (Oh by the way Israel Dansa promised, if he gets his family’s permission, he will raise Meles Zenawi from the dead. So, be in watch out) If you tell me these types need to given benefit of the doubt not to be called con men, you got another thing coming.

        Now, PM Abiy’s hi5 to ‘Deqi Eri’ in Minnesota was very deliberate and to send a message. He SPECIFICALLY delivered a hello from Qerro, Fano and Zerma, it is because he wants to introduce them to Eritrean youth. Introduce them as youth, who stand up fir themselves. Introduce them as youth, who are not afraid to question authority. (By the way on the same day in the same speech, in Amharic and in Afaan Oromo, he said he wants youth who walk with their chin up, question authority and say NO to those, who want to make them flee their land) So..I do believe, that is what he wants to introduce to ‘Deqi Eri’ by subtly (not so subtly) delivers a messege from Qerro Fano and Zerma…

        Now, let’s hear what you have to say..

        • saay7

          Eyobai:

          In the immortal words of Semere T: WRONG!

          Before I give you my theory, let me ask you a question and answer it. Do you know how many Eritrean youth did the Qerro protest sign (the crossed fists, like the salute of Wakanda)? No Eritrean youth but a few big-bellied PFDJ with matching T-shirts.

          The Eritrean youth have nothing in common (language, culture, or shared experience) with the lands of Qerro, Fano, Zerma. What they have a lot in common (language, religion, and Ghedli elders) is from that part of Ethiopia the PM is pretending doesn’t exist:)

          So, what he was saying is, if you are going to rebel, don’t alliy with the Tigray youth, but skip that territory (like “Wedi Afey” has done) and create alliances with Oromo, Amara, etc.

          The clip I have is in my inbox and not shareable. If you have it, please share and let’s have the rest of the class contribute.

          saay

          • Kbrom

            Hello Eyob and say

            PIA and PMAA has a cabbalistic agreement which has outlined in detail their role and responsibility. Both leaders have been given several assignments by UAE and KSA. In the agreement it is said that honourable exist for PIA is essential. PMAA has been given a number of tasks as per the package. The ‘Deqi Eri’ tailored message in Minnesota could have several intended and deliberate message/s.

            a) You guys we have an exist plan for PIA, but at least we need an excuse from you, how can you expect PIA just like that to come and say OK I am leaving, can’t you do what your peers Qerro, Fano and Zerma did and allow us to implement our plan i.e. PIA’s exit?

            b) Yes, ‘Deqi Eri’ I know you are not happy with PIA and his endless NS, we also know that in this era of Medemer the youth in Tigray are not happy with us, however if you want to bring about change in Eritrea, please do not take Tigray as your allies, that path will taketo to different destination, you do not need that, Qerro, Fano and Zerma are ready to be with you and share their experience to take you to the destination you are looking for.

            c) Given that many Eritreans are not happy with his ‘Wedi Afe Issu’ KOSHEMSHEM (መሽኮርመም) may be he was trying to look as an independent leader who is not working for PIA, and that if Eritrean Qerro comes, he will side with them.

            d) He asked Europeans how/what he can to help them and their answer was ‘our priority is to stop the exodus from Eritrea as it is affecting the European Union politics’, thus he was asking the Eritreans to ‘say NO to those, who want to make them flee their land’. Stay there what so ever!

            e) His ambition/wannabe regional inspirational leader

            f) What ever we say, he is not as genuine as he wants to appear especially towards Eritreans, he is not!

          • saay7

            Kbrom:

            The video, for the last of the class to join. It is probably one of those unprepared, unscripted things, a last minute addition someone whispered to him, because all he was sure was he wanted to mention the rebel youth and Eritrea and then after that he was winging it:) It begins at the 3:43 mark

            https://youtu.be/XI-VleXlneM?t=3m43s

            saay

          • Kbrom

            Hi saay

            I watched the video, I have been following the Ethiopian situation closely, let me say this – I will put it in upper case letters, like the people you know.

            PEOPLE SHOULD BE SO WORRIED ABOUT THE CURRENT AND POTENTIAL ETHNIC CONFRONTATION AND ITS POLITICAL ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES TO OUR COUNTRY. THE CONFRONTATION BETWEEN TIGRAY AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS MOUNTING UP; I DO NOT SEE MATURITY FROM BOTH SIDES AND PARTICULARLY FROM PMAA WHO HAVE MORE RESPONSIBILITY AND HIGH MORAL GROUND.

          • Dis Donc

            Dear Kibrom,

            Here you are preaching the ever approaching danger to folks south of the Mereb. This is so, only few days ago asking folks to reorient their attention Eritrea. Sad to observe was that many were clapping with you, including the bigwigs and moderators of the site, never mind that only six/seven months ago they had announced that this site is redressing itself as a voice of the region.

            Eritrea has decide whether to find peace within herself first and later exterior. Or vice versa!

          • Kbrom

            Dear Dis Donc

            Thank you for your post. I am still asking us to reorient our attentions to the cause of Eritrea, that is why I am talking about the potential of ethnic confrontation and ITS IMPACT ON Eritrea. To the contrary of what you are saying I am focusing on seeing what happens in Ethiopia from our perspective.

            Not tell me would not you be worried when PMAA is not able to unequivocally say Assab is sovereign Eritrean territory?

            Would not you be worried when someone asked him about Eritrean prisoners and he said “prisoners, there are prisoners here in the US too. Ala made in PIA style of Q&A.
            Would not you be worried the way he is polarising and setting the tone of us and them which can have a direct affect on our country.
            would not you be worried when he is ignoring Eritrean people to take advantage of PIA’s mental instability and make agreement without bothering the peoples rights.
            would not you be worried when PMAA is luring PIA not to demarcate the border and call it ጥቃቅን ጉዳዮች
            would not you feel it when the Reporter and not any government official is telling you that OUR Massawa ‘will within 2 weeks resume Ethiopian cargo services’.
            would not you be worried what would it mean an isolated TPLF with 80% leadership in the army threatening the Federal government.
            would not you as self respecting person feel it when things are pointing to ኣንድነት ወይ ሞት……..

            (of course when I say us I am assuming you are an Eritrean).

          • Saleh Johar

            Selam Kbrom,

            Nicely summarized points of concern; your introductory paragraph sums up my concern. The PFDJ goons think they are insulated from any overspill from the Ethiopian problems to Eritrea. They think they can live in peace by adding fuelwood to the Ethiopian tensions that are building up. They think they can foster a workable relationship with the rest of Ethiopia by excluding its part that borders Eritrea. I do not understand how an airline connection can be an alternative to multi-faceted natural relationships!

            In short, this ancient rivalry between the warlords has been hurting the region for too long and it seems it is being re-launched for the umpteenth time. Worse, it is sad that many seemingly fair-minded Ethiopians are ignoring the plight of Eritreans. Similar to the PFDJ goons, they think they can have it all while excluding the Eritrean people and a chunk of their Ethiopian compatriots. But it seems it’s our fate to keep doing what we do, even if the road ahead seems tougher, and the problems insurmountable. It also seems we are doomed to keep paying the price of hefty sacrifices. Fortunately, our solace is that freedom and justice are invaluable and anything paid for that noble goal is justifiable. We have overcome many hurdles in the past and in the end, fair-minded and justice inspired Eritreans will certainly defeat the forces of violence, indignity, and mayhem.

          • Dis Donc

            Dear Kibrom,

            – PFDJ said Asab is off limits to TPLF. You (meaning the opposition) are saying asab should be off limits to anything but TPLF led Ethiopia. However anyone who is well versed in international maritime would tell you that it is neither. Search it up, this has been my advocacy every since I began to write here.

            – Ethnic tension is nothing new in Ethiopia, save for the past 27+ yrs of exacerbation. 1990s were worse than now. Ethiopia will pull out of this mess, without your or PGFJs help.

            – you should get used to it the fact that Ethiopia is independent of Eritrea , not the other way around. If you care for Eritrea then match Abij.

            – really SJG? pfdj goon?

          • Saleh Johar

            Hello Dis Donc<
            Thank you for asking me without asking me:-) I will yield.
            First, a correction: No opposition member (real opposition to PFDJ) has ever differentiated Ethiopians based on their regional affiliation as far as Sea access is concerned. On the contrary, we want to deal with Ethiopia as a nation and that is why your internal squabbles do not bode well with us. We are not the goons, remember 🙂

            Ethiopia is independent of Eritrea but anything Ethiopia does, if it affects Eritrea, like polishing the image of our tormentor, it became our issue.

            Confirmation: Yes my dear, PFDJ goons.

          • Dis Donc

            Dear SJG,
            This goading of Ethiopians will have severe consequences later. If the opposition, which by far is more democratic than pfdj, escapes them reason like you do, well then ain’t nothing left to defend. Neither country nor ideals. Really shame though. But good luck buddy.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Dis Donc,
            Can you elaborate your points, please? I do not understand your points. What do you mean by goading? And what are the severe consequences? Importantly, what’s that you find unreasonable in my comment?

            I feel you are not pleased with my last comment, please explain to me what your objections are. Kindly do not assume I know what you are thinking.

          • Dis Donc

            SJG,
            Hang on for couple days, I will get back to you as I have to drive back to work.

          • saay7

            Kbrom:

            f) What ever we say, he is not as genuine as he wants to appear especially towards Eritreans, he is not!

            In one of those answer questions from audience, someone asked him about Eritrean prisoners and he said “prisoners, there are prisoners here in the US too. There are mental prisoners too. When the Prime Minister comes and tells them you can go home and they say will I be safe when I go home, that’s mental prison.”

            This guy. Since I have been complaining nothing makes sense can you help out and make sense of that?

            saay

          • Kbrom

            Hi saay (what is this Awate Moderator address by the way)

            Ok, let me give you a first hand information (Blue and Red lights on! half an hour after reading this post don’t forget to over your head from avalanche of capital letters and argots coming from somewhere)

            Now this is what happened. PMAA was asked how can he work with the ultra repressive PIA. This is what PMAA said: yes PIA knows that he is not a democratic leader; we know he is not a democratic leader too, but we believe that is their internal matter.

            Have you ever heard ክዝሕለካን ብኢድካን ክውዕየካን ብማንካን let’s adapt it to the following: ክጥዕመካን ምድማር ኪኸፍኣካን ሙግዳል.

            The bad news is that those who are shouting ምድማር ወይ ሞት will have both ምድማር and ሞት. That is what Eritrean history tell us, those who chanted ኢትዮጲያ ወይ ሞት brought us both and we had to fight for 30 long years to undo that terrible historical blunder. Is history repeating itself our experts Haile, Ismail and Samuel can help us understand it.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Kbrom,

            Historians are in consensus that history does not repeat itself in the sense that the forces that generate events whose outcomes find place in the record of annals in an epoch . Those same forces cannot replicate themselves to produce events that give an outcome that restore the previous epoch as it was.

            However, some venture to modify the notion and contend that history repeats itself in another forms and ways. But returning to exact previous epochs is as good as a dead end. Having said that much though history has a strange way of exhibiting itself to remnants of actors events tend to signal towards restoration of the past in one form or another. But, this passes as wishful fantasy rather having relation with actual movement of history.

            The point thus: neither the old imperial system and its appendages nor the unionist politics in Eritrea that you mentioned can be reconstructed save in wishful mind sets. Nostalgic empire builders have tried but failed. The sun will never return to rise again over the former British empire.

          • saay7

            Kbrom:

            What he says about working with IA is in the realm of politics and I can take it or leave it.

            What I need your help (because it wasn’t clear from video) is if he was asked about Eritrean prisoners held in Isaias prisons. If that was the question, and the answer was the very flippant Isaiasque, “there are prisoners in America too…”, well, let me put it this way: the whole reason I changed my mind on the guy is because he emptied Ethiopia’s prisons. If he is that flippant about Eritreans prisoners when he had many other options (no comment, that’s a difficult question, that’s really a matter for Eritreans to resolve, etc) then….let me just get confirmation on the context from Eyob. He knows everything… Eyob! Your services of providing the context and not spinning are needed.

            saay

          • Selam saay,

            The problem is that it seems eritreans have outsourced their responsibility to PMAA and his government. The question they do not dare to ask their own government they ask the ethiopian pm, and the answer they do not demand from the eritrean president, they expect the answer to come from a foreign leader.

            Why don’t eritreans ask themselves, what have they done up to now? Why doesn’t the eritrean opposition take into its own hands the responsibility of bringing change in eritrea and find its own solution for the eritrean problem, instead of expecting a solution from a government and a country they do not trust, and instead of worrying if the ethiopian pm is genuine or not?

            They should stand against whatever the ethiopian pm does, and tell him eritrea is none of his business, and eritrean problem will be solved by eritreans themselves. In addition, they should declare that any agreement reached by the two parties will be annulled by the opposition if it comes to power. It is as simple as that.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Horizon,

            Eritreans know whom to direct their questions and rage. They have expected from PMAAA good due to steps he has taken so far inside Ethiopia and his acknowledgement of border demarcation. These positive intentions have given Eritreans hope that he will assist Eritreans in solving their problems. They have seen also his will to be foreign minister of Issu to solve Eritrean problem with international community. One of these problems is exodus of Eritrean youth that can’t be solved without the change of attitude of the regime towards Eritreans. I think all those positive aspects have made Eritreans to hope that Dr. Abie Ahmed will do something. The moment, he deviates from their expectations way they will give him zero heed.

            I hope PMAAA understands there are remnants from Ethiopian in Eritrea and take historical decision to pull them inside Ethiopia. They are Ethiopian citizens and their loyalty is to Ethiopia though they are borne and grown in Eritrea. I hope PMAAA to refrain using these guys as claws to harm Eritreans the same as Haileselase and Mengistu. I kindly request him to pull his remnants from Eritrea. These remnants have caused a lot of harm to Eritreans from forties of last century; They have driven Eritreans from adversity to another, a cluster of disasters. The moment PMAAA tows his remnants, Eritrea will be healthy and all her problems will disappear.

          • Selam Hameed Al-Arabi,

            There is a saying, you can’t ride far on a borrowed horse. PMAA can do few things, and most of the burden to do away with dictatorship lies with eritreans. Already, according to Kbrom, it looks like as if PMAA has said that dictatorship is an internal eritrean problem.

            You are talking of remnants from ethiopia, (Ethiopian citizens and their loyalty is to Ethiopia though they are borne and grown in Eritrea – verbatim). I really do not understand what you mean exactly. Are you saying ethiopians should not be in eritrea, and by extension eritreans should not be in ethiopia? In addition, you say that the moment he calls back to ethiopia those whom you call ethiopian remnants, eritrea will be healthy and her problem will be solved.

            OMG, i swear this is a flash i had as i was typing the the last words of the previous sentence. Do you mean highland eritreans in any way possible, or am i making a wild guess? I hope i am making a mistake.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Horizon,

            I guess one example can be suffice. Isaias Afwerki is an Ethiopian and this doesn’t require any confirmation from from my side. He said himself that those who think I am not an Ethiopian they don’t know history. Isaias is one of the remnants Ethiopian rulers left behind them. Alula had left many from his militias in Eritrea. There is an Italian historian mentioned it in his book. I hope SGJ or Saa7 will assist in mentioning the book and the Italian historian.

            The dictator is an internal Eritrean problem. The only thing we request PMAAA to stop helping him suppress the Eritrean people.

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Horizon, any agreement signed between the mentally deranged senile Eritrean dictator and any outside force will be null and void when Eritreans take control of their country. We are really not asking pm Abiy to do it for us, we are just saying hands off of our internal issues, do not add salt to our festering wounds by your increasingly insulting outbursts and by your rehabilitation of our bloody oppressor.

          • Aron

            Hi saay,
            I agree.
            Aron

  • said

    Greeting,
    EX PM Hailemariam Desalegn hard to believe photos with of ex-dictator
    What had struck me most forcibly was the sheer scale of the ex-dictator Mengistu Hailemariam ,the ruthless politicians and the Derg military operation in Eritrea , the tens of thousands of people who had been complicit in Derg regime administering crime. I could never understand how that could happen – until I read ordinary, decent people like Ex PM of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn and he had developed an impeccable reputation, he would fly to Harare to pander and cater with one of the most extreme ideolog leftist military dictatorship to take a photo with criminal Mengistu , Desalegn are you with your mind, what a sheer political bankruptcy .I believed you presented yourself as the liberal reformer advancing fairness and justice in society. As enlightened few’ among an ‘herd’ of backward. He should distance himself from one the worst criminal dictator Mengistu ,unless you are suffering from criminal historical reactionary amnesia and childish denial ,pandering to Mengistu is totally wrong , criminal Mengistu brutality and the killing field of student on the streets of Addis Ababa is well knowing to you. And that Mengistu human rights abuses are often inflicted by the Derg regime state is not lost. Desalegn must be cocooned from reality of the fact. Ethiopians understand, but not to forgive, the pathetically malicious treatment they faced.

    Mengistu only extremism demonstrated being that of servility to mother Russia. Mengistu utter indifference to the Ethiopians plight of poor and the bulk of the population. Derg regime ravaging and plundering of the country at the expense of suffering majority, Derg regime were based almost entirely on the ugliest forms of others, hate ,bigotry, and fear of the Eritrean people. Derg regime indiscriminate bombardment by his criminal Ethiopian military establishment is one of the worst , Mengistu the most reactionary military dictator in the country’s history.
    Desalegn Knows well more than any one, dictator Mengistu crime inflicted and torture on Eritreans and Ethiopians .
    Desalegn Knows well Christianity and Islam as a religion that demands social justice, and offers what the liberation theologians call ‘a preferential option for the poor. Christianity and Islam can only be made relevant if it is able to empower and uplift the marginalized and downtrodden, and to speak truth to power.
    Enlightened Eritreans and Ethiopians and strongly believe monarchs, dictators, and autocrats should not rule our region. you have to be a hypocritical, fraudulent, and politically reactionary to accept by dictators.
    Then I come to understood, for the first time, the banality of evil or, perhaps more precisely, the ubiquity of evil. Of course, I am not comparing the scale of what happened to Eritreans to Ethiopians – but evil can operate on different scales. Mengistu could never fathom that any political force could arise to even remotely challenge their monopoly of political power, criminal Mengistu and his army most violent and repugnant forces was decimated and faced disastrous consequences by Eritreans forces .Over sixty years Eritreans have obtained a political consciousness that do recognize that justice, fairness, accountability, and transparency paramount to them and are not on the agenda of DIA not a civilian democratic politicians for which Eritreans were required to fight and die against the Derg rogue and evil military establishment. It is in that transformation the subjectivity of the ordinary Eritrean dreams still not yet realized. Eritrea has long way to go on vital issues of justice, socio-economic and redistributive justice, pluralism and inclusivity.

    • abdulworld

      Hello Said,
      I don’t understand what is issue with ex-PM of Ethiopia visiting Menguistu while on a trip. For some Ethiopian bad or good… Menguistu is a sort Stalin. As an Eritrean, I can care less what two Ethiopian officials do. Were their atrocities committed against Eritrean people by Menguistu government? Yes.
      But let the Ethiopian leadership and its people and its historian deal with Colonel Menguistu..
      Ethiopia and its new leadership is coming to terms with its past… PM planting the seeds and ground for reconciliation and moving..
      For example during Chairman Mao rule 1959-1961 30 million Chinese died from Starvation.. they still have mausoleum for him..
      Mr. Said- what you are seeing in Ethiopia and its leadership is an example of political maturity.. Ethiopia is moving forward and in order to do that it has to come to terms with its past and put it to rest.
      The Ethiopia government has done these:
      1. freed political prison and lose control
      2. Made agreement with its neighbor and brought peace
      3. No… it is making peace with its past
      4. Now it can laser focus on the future and moving the country forward…

      Can the Eritrean leadership get close to anything similar to this… absolutely not.

  • Simon Kaleab

    Selam all,

    A conversation, overheard, between two cadres [Roberto and a priest cadre] during the Derg regime at ESEPA conference:-

    Roberto Gigano: Hello, never heard of a priest cadre.

    Priest cadre: Never heard of an Ethiopian with a name called ‘Roberto’.

    And now we are hearing about an Evangelical PM with a name Abiy Ahmed.

    It is getting better and better.

    • Blink

      Dear Simone
      It may be erratic to some but I really will choose a one time dictator over a life long crazy religious zealots to rule the soul of our people . This Ethiopian paster is a day light thief and I believe all are thieves. This guy has no wish for the betterment of our people but for his account as any other paster . Look at the former PM side by side with the scavenger Mengistu . What does their religion teach is not my business but the morality they show is a flip flopping game of follow the money . I have seen them loot poor people all over Africa and I think it is time our people look religion from different angle than full of lies .

      • Simon Kaleab

        Selam Blink,

        The point I am trying to make is:

        A priest who was communist CADRE, an Ethiopian called Roberto,and an Evangelical called [Abiy] AHMED. Very odd.

    • Paulos

      Simon,

      Overheard? What were you doing at ESEPA conference in the first place? Let me guess, the conversation was so loud that you over heard while passing by? Yea sure.

      • Simon Kaleab

        Paulos,

        English language deficiency on my part. I thought there is a difference between “overheard” and “I overheard”.

        • Paulos

          Simon,

          No sweat. Was messin with you. Thanks for the joke.

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Simon.
      But we herd the love Simon Berket and Simon Kaleab have.

  • Girmay

    Hello dear Awate editorial indeed this is a timely article. We have to be concerned with the new political development called intra-instucture. The train that you all have been talking about is getting loaded with sucide bombs. The political development stage in Ethiopia is very scary. As some of you have said in this forum this is Ethiopia’s zemen mesafenty. No one should be impressed by the group cheer leading squads in the Ethiopian diaspora. Soon they will find out the handsome prince that seduced Ethiopia , might be having affair with multiple ideologies and regional actors. The Ethiopian intellecuals on the other are just dancing belly dance for the prince. In this unfortunate situation we thank awate.com for triggering important discussions.

  • iSem

    Hi Awate:
    Thanks! The moral of the story of this piece is that, non-fiction can also be gripping.
    Now about self-crowned prophet Suraphel: I believe that the street sermon was authentic and spontaneous. When PFDJ allowed the plane to come to Asmara, they cannot screen it, specially the first one, the good will, IA has not completed his French kiss with Abiy
    And the reason he dared do that was he knew nothing will happen to him while IA and Abiye were locked in that kiss. And the reason he did it was because he has been saying for a long time now, ” soon, I will preach in Asmara stadium”, it was to fulfill that prophesy and many will say, you see! God speaks to him.
    About the trickery, I witnessed it when he came to Toronto last summer, They play ticks with the mike. But one young lady stood up to him. He pointed to her direction, and said, ” the one you are sitting there, the one who just came from Italy, after living there: She ascends the stage and told her that there is some demon in yours house, she kept quite, then asks her where is ur mum, she replies in Norway now. Ok, he says, you make lots of coffee at your house with your mom and burn incenses and she replies, no, no coffee brews in our house never,never, then an assistant changes the mike and prophet tells young lady, if you need my help, speak truth,
    So you are correct, now Africans are been fooled by these false prophets and even some are making them eat grass and government must intervene , not to infringe on their worship right but to stifle crimes, stealing and even rapes by this prophets

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, iSem.
      The next plane will be chartered by Qeros and Fanos the plane tickets are covered by gossipers.

  • Ismail AA

    Selam Awate Team,

    Sincere commendation is in order here for the timeliness of this edition of Pencil. Time and evaporation of the thick mist of euphoria the latest peace overture with Eritrea’s inherently hostile regime has begun to expose some of the ugly by-products. Some of the blossoms started to bear poisonous fruits among which are the rehabilitation of bloody dictators, heartless embezzlers who had their days in courts and served prison terms, vindictive remnants of the ancient imperial regime etc.

    It may now be save to argue that the Mengistu Hailemariam case would turn to an Achilles heel for the love and peace Prime Minister of Ethiopia who bode well to many of us during his ascent to his current function. He can do anything to serve the national interest of his country in peace and what peace could generate. But exporting strange and alien things to Eritrea in the name of peace and economic incentives, and using aging horse in the person of the Eritrean despots to achieve all that at the expense of an oppressed and suffering neighboring nation would be a game that will have to be well thought.

    Exporting to our nation goods and notions that have no markets and consumers would end up in complicating matters rather than helping of pulling down the walls of hostilities and animosities the Prime Minister of Ethiopia fondly recites in his encounters with the public or the media. Alien notions of what ever must be respected in place where they may have acceptance and but use peace and state relation as conduit to disrupt inter-faith peace and tolerance has been enjoying despite political rights and governance related discordances.

  • halafi mengedi

    Dear Awate Team,

    We love you, but so many things said in this article are just awful awful, no-good, anti-freedom and anti-liberty, akin to what many people used to say about jehovah witness and some moslems back in the 90s in Eritrea. We all know what that kind of attitude lead to.

    Hm

    • Selam halaf mengedi,
      Thanks for the note. Would you please elaborate what is “just awful awful”? If you explain it, we might learn something. Also what part do you think is anti-liberty?

      Thank you in advance

      • halafi mengedi

        Awate team,

        1. Now that there are reports of arrest of those who participated in welcoming suraphel and attended his event, how do you feel about this statement you made in your article on 

        “Allowing Suraphel to hold a rally in Asmara is a reckless act…”

        Since you said whatever surafiele did shouldn’t have been allowed, and since anyone who violated that would face consequences, does that mean you endorse the action taken against his followers? I know you don’t, but I hope you realise how dangerously close to being tyrannical your statement is especially considering the history of oppression of evangelical and Pentecostal Christians by giv of Eritrea. 

        2. You also wrote,

        ‘…exploits gullible followers with his riveting,  and often hyperbolic, fiery sermons appeared in Asmara.’

        And made many statements to that effect.

        This is uncomfortably similar to the language gov of Eritrea and its cadres use in mass media and other public meetings to denigrate evangelicals and Pentecostals and tarnish their image as naive, gullible and uncritical thinking group of individuals that could be easily manipulated by enemies of the state. Also same language the gov police and security apparatus use to accuse and interrogate evangelical and Pentecostal in its jails. It looks as if you fell for the vernacular used by the eritrean gov.

        On top of these, I endorse everything Eyob and Ermias wrote in response to the article where they pointed out many misinterpretations of events in your article.

        3. Btw, what is up with conflating an article with title relating to and a pic of an unhinged dictator with the issue of surafiel and other evangelical and Pentecostals? 

        So many poor judgment in that article…

        With tons of respect,

        Hm

        • Nitricc

          Hi HM; you said, ” Since you said whatever surafiele did shouldn’t have been allowed, and since anyone who violated that would face consequences, does that mean you endorse the action taken against his followers?” i didn’t know that AT had taken that stand but forget AT and let me answer you: Absolutely!!!!!!!. Those losers deserve everything. As usual typical hippocratic Tigryan but if you are that forgiving why not allow the Tigryan Muslims to have a mosque in Axum? One thing i will Tell you is Eritrea will never be the playground of religious thugs, Never. I hate religion.

    • iSem

      Dear HM: Long time

      I disagree with you, these self-crowned prophets are public figures, they are church leaders and that is the occupational hazard. No one, not this piece attacked the faith, but the leaders who are hypocrites. You remember, the pastor who graced he YPFDJ this year?
      Infringing upon freedom of worship should not be allowed, but if someone manipulates sick people who are desperate to get healed from their HIV and cancers and these prophets ask them for money, lots of money to pray for them, this is crime.
      I have my own issues with the orthodox church, but except what MS’s org told us about they eat in hiding, they force widows to kill their only cow for “tezkar” the priest never do it like what these crop of pastors are doing. And I even dare to say, the Ghedli attack on the orthodox was from such false prophets. You would say they did not exit back then and I would say they existed in a differ form

      • Ermias- 2

        Hi iSem,
        I remember ” the pastor who graced he YPFDJ this year ” . I would like to thank you for exposing that guy. I’m waiting for my opportunity to confront him about his mind boggling hypocrisy.
        but you said ” if someone manipulates sick people who are desperate to get healed from their HIV and cancers and these prophets ask them for money, lots of money to pray for them, this is crime. ”

        this the slippery slope that all dictators including our current despot take.

        it’s scary to see people like you are thinking that way.

        the ministers and those ‘desperate’ people are willing participants. it is not a crime unless minor is involved.
        if you think that people are getting manipulated you should enlighten them instead of getting into the business of infringing others religious practices.
        under free society people should be allowed to preach , pray , practice their faith with out any limit.

        • iSem

          Hi Ermias:
          Nice to meet you. The government has resposiblity to protect the people, it is its prime job.
          And I do not consider PFDJ a government, Yet I hear what u saying, but it is hard to elucidate the nuances in a short comment. I am for freedom faith, government must leave the ppl alone.

      • saay7

        iSem:

        What if, instead of calling himself a prophet but a pastor or a reverend, would you have been ok with it?

        Every religion in the world looks weird to those who are not it’s members. And every religion in the world looks like Gods revealed truth to its adherents.

        Not worthy of awate.com. Certainly not of an editorial which could have done very well sticking to the title it promised its readers: Pm Abiy and the Rehabilitation of Dictators.

        Nothing anybody is doing or saying makes any sense to me. A couple of days ago I saw Fihira singing Arki Hlfot to Ethiopian tourists. I think I need to take a vacation from Eritrean politics, but I probably won’t. Hey Eyob when is the next Ethiopian marathon contest?

        saay

        • iSem

          Hi Sal:
          No, same difference. I was talking about their deed not their titles,. Some of them do call themselves pastors and re and other worthy names and slap their followers. It is a booming business. I was talking to a friend in Uganda two days ago and she told that one pastor told them give everything in your pockets and God will bless u with multitude and she told me when she found that there was a penny, she told herself that she did not want to be unblessed with this damn penny and gave it away. Have you seen the grass eating people? It is not fake. When I was growing up, Islam and catholic and JW did not look weird to me. But these guys are looking weird to me now
          I understand your shying away from it, but these are leaders and wield power, and they must be held accountable and that has nothing to do with the faith. For example the mention of those who were praying to save us from the Islam demon in Norway and apologizing why the unionist did what they did should be called, no?
          It is all madness, I agree, Fihira singing in Amharic, we wll hear more cray things: what did the Debebitan singer Kiros A say: mqnay tray mqna
          The Sahel boys saying IA is the only leader…… they are consistent they never said otherwise, now they are just embolden

          • saay7

            iSem:

            I will give you 10 minutes to figure out the difference between the pastor in Denmark and the Pentecostal prophet in Asmara. And I will check on you in 1 minute and you will say I figured it out before I wrote it because I just want to mess with you.

            A wahabi Muslim who sees the practices of Suffi Muslims in Sudan and Eritrea is repulsed. Doesn’t make him right, does it? You know this: you have seen Suffi Islam up close in Sudan. There is freedom of religion and freedom of expression, both sacred, and the acts described in the editorial are practiced by the devout in the Deep South and just because a con man can exploit the faith-based behavior does not make the behavior worthy of ridicule.

            The subject suggested by the title of the editorial is rich enough to generate 600 comments. How new religions impact the established and what’s the gov role is yet another worthy subject that would generate 1000 comments. No need to mix both.

            Speaking of Sahelians, did you see Elias Amare tease the PFDJs next stall and tease act? That the PFDJ is a transition front not a party whose stay was made necessary by the events of the last 20 Years (which it caused)? that must have been the advance copy MS got that made him so sure of all the change that’s coming. Ba

            saay

          • iSem

            Sal:
            well is PFDJ preparing the soldiers for an other transition, with no demobilization, no free prisoners and renewed for national construction, greening our land? If that happens, I will call myself prophet;-)
            I think MS knows what is cooking eske tewekeso,hasebka, hasbeka belo

          • saay7

            Selamat iSem:

            Texans say “I am fixin’ to get ready”, which means “I am getting ready to get ready.” The PFDJ overlord has extended to “I am thinking about thinking about readying myself to get ready for a change.” Remember all the “restructuring” that were promised in every year-end interview that were the prelude to the country changing gears and accelerating? Of course that never happened because it was never meant to happen: it was simply meant to keep the PFDJ enforcers off-balance. Now what he is trying to figure out is how to create PFDJ-II (new blood that always include his old blood), to loosen the reins at gobye pace. Meanwhile our new እንደ-ራሴ (Abiy) will deal with the pesky things like religious affairs.

            saay

  • Ermias- 2

    Dear Awate team,
    I’m regular reader of this forum and admire the professionalism of the owners and moderators.
    I here by ask you to refrain from making disparaging comments about my faith which adheres closely to prophet Surafel Demise’s.

    Awate team is not in a position to make those assertions about any faith. and to tell us which type of Christians are ok and which ones are charlatans.
    you can make your points with out those offensive comments.

    Thanks,

    • Hello Ermias-2,

      Thank you for your comment, and for the flattering accolade.

      For the moment, we will leave the issue if we are in a position to comment on issues or not.

      But you are wrong on this: AT should not “…tell us which type of Christians are ok and which ones are charlatans.”

      We never did assert there is a faith of charlatans. But all faiths do have charlatans and we stand by that assertion that we tried to prove by bringing one charlatan as an example.

      If you have been reading our editorials as you say, we never delve in faiths, or their theology, belief, or anything that is not in context of the current struggle. Kindly see the editorial from the perspective of Eritreans who wish freedom of expression and belief to flourish in their country. s for the faith of the man who belongs to your faith, we are saddened by his prayer for the wellbeing of our tormentor, and for not mentioning the victims who are his co-religionists. Instead, he was engaged in other offensive acts.

      Normally we do not engage in such a debate but rather allow the debate to flow naturally. We are making an exception here and we apologize if you still think we made a mistake.

      • Ermias- 2

        Thanks for the response Awate,
        What Surafel did in Asmara might be hard to understand for a lot of people , flat out weird and threatening to some … . However, he should be applauded for practicing his freedom of religion regardless of your position when it comes to his faith.
        and you’re right he prayed about the well being of our tormentor. he also mentioned and prayed about our leaders languishing in jail for years.

        check out the linked video below by Yoel Leno. it was referenced by the great saay7 the other day.

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

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