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Prime Minister Abiy’s Call Triggers Cautious Optimism

In our editorial published a month ago (1), we reiterated our long-standing position on the need for an end to the hostility between Eritrea and Ethiopia. We also hoped Isaias Afwerki would reconsider PM Abiy Ahmed’s proffer for peace rather than take a dismissive position as stated by his spokesperson tweeting the “ball is in your court”. Later on, we cringed when Isaias declared victory over the TPLF and at the same time announced his plan to send a delegation to Ethiopia. He also stated that he has accepted the peace offer because he surmised the ‘game is over’ for the TPLF’. Thereafter, we cringed again because we do not believe matters of war and peace should be considered lightly and be described by competitive sport metaphors.

Consequently, in a startling turnabout, the Eritrean ruling party abandoned its 18-year-old insistence of not holding a dialogue with the Ethiopian government until the last Ethiopian soldier leaves occupied Eritrea territories and the borders are demarcated. Instead, Isaias signed several agreements on peace and friendship with the visiting Ethiopian prime minister. And two days ago, the two parties declared an end to the state of war between the two countries. And a joint committee was formed under the foreign ministers of the two countries, to arrive at the final status of the border demarcation, including a multitude of thorny issues that are entrusted to the joint committee to study and propose solutions for.

True, the residents of Asmara gave PM Abyi a warm welcome when he arrived on Sunday, though the reception was not spontaneous. However, that was expected because the government had instructed Eritrean public servants, including teachers, days earlier, to line up in the streets of Asmara to receive the Ethiopian prime minister.

Take Two of the Euphoria

What appeared like a seemingly positive welcome of the Ethiopian delegation was reminiscent of the visit by Lt. Gen. Aman Andom, the chairman of the Derg, to Asmara on August 25, 1974 during which he gave a speech declaring the end of the imperial Ethiopian regime of Haile Selassie, and the end of the old practices towards Eritrea promising the people that his government would restore peace and prosperity in Eritrea.

In his second visit in 1974 following the massacre of dozens in Um-Hajar which was executed to undermine his peace mission, General Aman Andom promised to carry out an investigation into the crimes that were perpetrated on Eritreans by the second division of the Ethiopian army that was stationed in Eritrea.

Similar to General Aman who found himself at odds with the majority of the Derg leaders who hoped to crush the Eritrean liberation movement, PM Abiy’s peace initiative is a marked departure from EPRDF’s policy towards Eritrea which was mostly driven by the mutual animosity of the PFDJ and TPLF. Until PM Abiy was elected, the Ethiopia policy centered around a strategy of containment of Eritrea; the PM reversed that policy, and instead, decided to normalize the relationship with Eritrea.

Going Forward

Reconciliation is a prerequisite for peace, and admirably, PM Abiy Ahmed had acknowledged that the EPRDF government had committed acts of terrorism against the Ethiopian opposition. However, though PM Abiy offered condolences to the families of those who died during the Eritrean-Ethiopian border war of 1998-2000, he missed an opportunity to apologize for the crimes committed against the Eritrean people by successive Ethiopian governments, especially by members of the Derg who recently have been invited by his government to return to Ethiopia and who are already engaged in the Ethiopian political life.

The governments of the region, including PM’s, know very well that the Eritrean regime has been accused of committing crimes against humanity, yet, PM Abiy chose to cuddle a dictator for political expediency, to get on with his domestic agenda. It goes without saying that Eritreans concerned with human rights and the rule of law, considered PM Abiy’s speech as a display of utter hypocrisy: preaching peace and love to Ethiopians while failing to live up to his own moral standards when it comes to Eritreans.

Nonetheless, we welcome and hope this new development will help in ushering peace and reconciliation in the region. However, unless the people engaged in the suspension of their rationality, considering Abiy Ahmed’s visit as something surreal, that calls for the abandonment of realism and logic, for the sake of peace that has eluded the region for decades, there are many reasons why Eritreans are cautiously optimistic about the future. Needless to say, peace requires a willing, trusting, and worthy partner; that picture is not there yet for the following reasons:

Firstly, many Eritreans do not see peaceful and wise traits in Isaias Afwerki’s past behavior or disposition since he is still hell bent and preoccupied with settling old scores with TPLF at the expense of Eritrea’s wellbeing.

Moreover, just as Eritreans did not have a say in their future on August 1974 when they were represented by Amanuel Andemichael, the Derg appointed Governor General of Eritrea, today they are equally without a say on their affairs. Isaias Afwerki, with his narrow support base, rules with an iron fist and single-handedly decides on all matters of war and peace, and everything else in between, on behalf of Eritreans without their consent.

Secondly, as much as PM Abiy’s peace efforts appear genuine on the surface, just like the underlying reasons (famine and corrupt feudal aristocracy) that drove General Aman Andom to appeal to Eritreans for peace, the most compelling reason PM Abyi gave the Ethiopian parliament for his policies is, reducing the military budget which is draining the Ethiopian coffers at a time when the treasury is facing severe foreign exchange shortage.

Thirdly, we believe the prime minister’s priority is mainly a political reform to quell the three years old deadly social unrest that adversely affected the Ethiopian economy.

Thus, both General Aman and PM Abiy were motivated to seek peace for reasons specific to Ethiopia’s internal problems and any improvement of neighborly relationship with Eritrea is tangential at best–it may or may not help PM Abiy Ahmed to overcome the Achilles’ heels that his predecessors stumbled upon in Eritrea. But regardless, we are afraid, just like some Eritreans were euphoric after hearing Aman Andom’s speech, we feel they are equally euphoric after hearing PM Abiy’s speech. Unfortunately, it is wise to remember that the Derg brutally brought Aman Andom’s initiative to an end.

The Core Motivation

Two weeks after his inauguration, PM Abiy Ahmed stated that [2]:

the crisis with hard currency will not be solved today, nor will it in the next 15 or 20 years. There is an urgent need for more cooperation with the private sector to find a solution…” 

We believe this urgent need for a hurried peace is what motivated the EPRDF ruling coalition after it was pressured by the international community to bring about political and economic reforms. Last fall when Ethiopia’s foreign exchange reserve plummeted with only enough reserves to pay for a few weeks of Ethiopia’s obligation, Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) visited Ethiopia, the first visit ever in the organization’s 72-year history, to underscore the severity of the currency shortage. It is widely believed that the IMF director delivered a message of the impending dire economic consequence if Ethiopia fails to reform. She basically told the government that the writing was on the wall, a fact that the EPRDF and TPLF failed to see in their marathon meetings which they convened in the fall of 2017.

As a result, the Ethiopian Birr was devalued by 15% in October 2017–current exchange rate of the Ethiopian Birr (ETB) peaked to 38 ETB to one US dollar and dropped to 27.5 ETB presumably due to the UAE depositing $US 1 Billion, a lifeline to Ethiopia’s central bank to ease the hard currency crisis[3].

So far this year, Ethiopia defaulted on three Chinese loans which led China to scale back its investment in Ethiopia, while local contractors are complaining that the government is not meeting its financial obligations. Earlier this year, the IMF assessed the risk of debt distress in Ethiopia as “high” compared to the “moderate risk” rating assigned to it in 2017.

PM Abiy reportedly said that adding to the crunch is the dwindling remittances from the Ethiopian Diaspora, which had fallen for political reasons. This shortage was compounded by a decline in exports–many factories that generated revenues were burned down during the last few years of ethnic unrest. Saygin Dima, the manager of a Turkish textile firm told Reuters that at least a third of his factory was burned down [4]. The decrease in foreign exchange reserves has also been dwindling due to the general decline of coffee price, Ethiopia’s biggest foreign currency earner, which dropped by 60% from its peak in 2011, including the price of gold which dropped by 30% since mid-2011. Coffee and gold make up 25% and 11% of export earnings, respectively, of Ethiopian exports in 2016[5] .

Ethiopia, a country of 105 million people, heavily depends on imports, which totaled $US 16.7 Billion in 2016 and exports totaling US$2.8 Billion for the same year [6]. The country has had the fastest growing economy in Africa during the last decade, but the severe shortage of hard currency is expected to slow economic growth. The wait time for small investors to obtain a letter of credit (LC) from a bank in Ethiopia to import goods is more than a year. Depositors at Ethiopian banks are prohibited from withdrawing their own foreign currency unless they can prove that it will be utilized for importing goods in the manufacturing sector.

Moreover, the political, economic, and humanitarian challenges that Ethiopia faces are daunting. To his credit, PM Abiy managed to calm the ethnic unrest for now, but he has yet to address the underlying causes. For instance, the Oromia-Somali ethnic strife has internally displaced more than a half million people. In addition, the four-party EPRDF coalition, which suffers from its own schism and corruption, is unable to resolve a multitude of ethnic and historical grievances. There are worrisome alignment and realignment of political parties with some groups threatening the ethnic federalism that held Ethiopia together for the last 27 years. Worse, the demonization of entire ethnicities by some opposition groups will certainly further exacerbate ethnic tensions and lead to more violence and consequently, calls for the imposition of law and order, which often comes as a heavy-handed solution, is inevitable as witnessed in the aftermath of the Arab Spring uprising.

Hence, the aforementioned circumstance that compelled PM Abiy to seek peace will need to remain favorable and the attendant risk factors should stay manageable for him to complete his peace mission and at the same time get on with his domestic agenda.

Related Links

1. Eritrea: Ethiopia’s Achilles’ heel–Will PM Abyi Ahmed Succeed in Bringing Peace?
2. Ethiopian foreign exchange shortage will last years- new premier
3. Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Currency Rate
4. Ethiopian protesters attack factories in Africa’s rising economic star
5. International Monetary Fund (IMF) & the International Development Association (IDA). Dec 12, 2017
6. Economic Indicators Embassy of Ethiopia Website, Brussels, Belgium

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  • Blink

    Dear All
    What is at play by DIA going all along to 4 kilo ?
    There are certain things we should see.
    1. TPLF foreign policy towards Eritrea is being dead and verified it’s death by this trip.
    2. TPLF 18 years Propaganda that Eritrea wanted to disintegrate Ethiopia was all false made by weyane with the help of people like hayat. Verified
    3. It cements the idea of Eritrea as independent country inside the whole keyh bahrachin sick people. Verified
    4. It shows Ethnic politics for Eritrea is the wrong prescription. Verified by the failure of the opposition.
    5. New plan to challenge Issaias must come from these who do not go for Ethnic, religion or power by affirmative action. Verified but still there are wholes .

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Blink.
      Late alone the rest of us even woyanes looked back the 17 years and they said what went wrong with us? Little brain has no capacity to tolerate victory in what ever way the victory is achieved. TPLF foreign policy is simple make a stronger friend attack the weaker one if the weak gets strong join it and shift camp and attack. But first they sit and think is there a profit? And now every one knows them and before even they open their mouth peoples say silent please.

  • saay7

    Abi:

    It’s not scheduled but if he does go, be sure to give him a figurine of a white elephant because he called it a white elephant project. The whole of Africa hails GERD—-except for IA and his parrots. But when IA changes his tune, they will. What a terrible way to live: for a person to choose to be a unfree.

    saay

  • Saba

    Dear Saay7,

    You are focusing too much on the effect but not in the cause of our problem. Let me make it clear to you again:
    Cause of our problem: TPLF agenda to weaken Eritrea& Eritreans
    Effect:Isayas over reacting and enforcing his dictatorship.
    You are saying that your opposition has been ameliorating the EFFECT with all these COI’s, watches, sanctions and rapporteurs. But you are forgetting the CAUSE, with your opposition playing a role in the TPLF agenda. This is like the PFDJ saying look how many roads and schools we built and forget our human rights record.
    We, in the third way, are critical at both of the first way and the second way and we feel like sometimes they speak the same language.
    Dear Saay, can you categorically say that 1) The TPLF did not have any damaging agenda and all was Isayas’ creation? 2) and can you say that the opposition have not played any role in the fulfillment of the TPLF agenda and they have not received any help from TPLF?
    Anyway if sanction is the only tangible achievement of the opposition, well it shows that the opposition was never “people oriented”. And I am happy that the oppositions single achievement, sanction, will be erased soon.

    You seem to be worried about the vitality of your opposition. Even cancer cells are alive but they do not care about their relatives, they just say me me for everything.

    Dear Horizon,
    We have helped you to remove the DERG and to have a parliament. Your pay back was the TPLF agenda. Now I hope you will help us to get back our parliament. Remember we had a parliament when you were in monarchy, before your country destroyed it. So do not wash your hands so fast:)

    • saay7

      Hey Saba:

      I lost you at “cause of our problem”, which is where The Firsr Way and Third Way converge. Since I don’t agree with your premise, I don’t agree with your conclusion.

      saay

      • Saba

        Selam Saay7,
        We also converge with you in the”effect”. Remember we, in third way, are guardians of Eritrea & the Eritrean people. One can not say that while sitting in the TPLF camp.

        • saay7

          Saba:

          Whatever you say Sabina 🙂

          saay

    • iSem

      Saba:
      my name is not Saay7, I am Semiruley
      Now can u burn that kerbe and talk to it for some inspirational truth when you do your mugraE
      Ok, let say TPLF had agenda as they should and what has the suffering, the disappearing, the rape of Eritrean people has to do with TPLF’s agenda against Eritrea.
      Also they do not teach u in the mugraE meeting this but can you also ask that kerbe session who invented the anti-Eritrea conspiracy with TPLF. Oh, I got it my eucalyptus session told me that man made history and we made history
      You sound that you do not care if your cabinet is full of the herbs that you burn

      • Saba

        Hi Semiruley, i wish you change iSem to Semiruley. Girmaka G-iSem ilu:)
        And no mugraE please.
        I know who invented TPLF and you have a point. Atum ELF, EPLF, xyLF BiKa Terifuna! AdeRae Bezihu. Too much complicated.

  • ALI-S

    Hi Abi,

    No. But I think the best way for Ethiopians is for Ethiopia to disintegrate.

    If you are arguing that the overthrowing of TPLF is equivalent to disintegration of Ethiopia, you should think again. The fact is that not only the TPLF but the whole of Tigray throughout their history was a force for disintegration and not unity of Ethiopia.

    The fact is that technically, Tigray (and Tigrayans) is an Eritrean diaspora and an alien ethnic enclave planted where it does not belong. No Ethiopian takes a Tigrayan as genuine Ethiopian. Their position is identical to the position of Easter Sudanese tribes. No Sudanese takes them as serious and legitimate citizens.

    My advice: forget bout Ethiopia and the waste can of mumbo-jumbo ethnicities – come where you belong or accept to live as second-class citizen in Ethiopia.

    • Selam ALI-S,
      Let me ask you:

      Who came with the italians in 1896 and again in 1935, fought ethiopians on the side of the invader, and died in glory for the sake of the white italian colonialist? Was it tigrayans or eritreans? If you think that eritreans can replace tigrayans you would be making a mistake. Disintegration of ethiopia was and still is the dream of shabia.

      Tigrayans are proud ethiopians, and no ethiopian has any doubt about that. Tplf and not the people of tigray is the problem, politics and not ethnicity. Ethiopians showed their solidarity with the people of tigray in 1998 when their state was invaded by shabia.

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam horizon
        I know u don’t get it but u have to know tigrai is ethiopia and eritrea is eritrea so his comment was about ethiopian poltics.and don’t forget there was a reason why eritrea is a sovereign country and become peacefully with its neighbo ethiopia now. And i can assure u the ethiopian people will not have a problem with eritrea no more because the problem is almost solved.

      • Semere Tesfai

        Selam Horizon

        “Tigrayans are proud ethiopians, and no ethiopian has any doubt about that. Tplf and not the people of tigray is the problem, politics and not ethnicity.”

        Stop your nonsense! Ordinary Tigreans are getting killed, their businesses looted and burned to the ground each day. Ordinary Tigreans – women children and frail-men are migrating from Amara and Oromo lands to Tigray each day.

        The Woyane bigwigs know how to take care of themselves, show love to the poor ordinary Tigreans that are suffering by your “patriotic” Ethiopians. Tell them both in words and in deeds ‘you’re welcome anywhere in Ethiopia’.

        Semere Tesfai

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Semere Tesfay,
          when you talk the truth in rare occasions, I see the lose bond between us, that never thought to have to exist, Your reply to Horizon regarding what is happening to the ordinary Tigrians in the Oromo and Amhara region is very sad to say the least. This time I checked my upvote to you one of the rare occasions.

          • Amde

            Selam Gash Amanuel,

            It is like this.

            Somebody has an ailment and is taking medication. Friends notice he is getting worse. The split on what to do. One camp is convinced the problem is the medicine and begs him to stop taking it. The other camp is convinced he is not taking the medicine in the right doses.

            During the much maligned Derg, there were no communal dislocations in these ridiculous numbers. People went into exile fearing government attack – not because they could not live together. That is objectively true.

            Simply, there was less “mistrust among social groups” during Derg than now.

            To blame “social groups” for being “mistrustful” of each other, but to elevate self-appointed political organizations who profit from fanning this mistrust is hypocritical.

            In my line of work problems have Common (Chronic) Cause, or Special Cause. Usually data tells you which is which.

            Logically, the very fact that people have settled long enough within different cultures to establish a livelihood and have families – none of which are possible without an accepting community – tells you the supposed “mistrust” is not a feature. If you live in a community for 30 years and things were OK enough for you to not just endure but make a life out of it, but in year 31 you had to leave, well then that is what we call a Special Cause.

            One can blame the communities that have lived together for ages for not being nice. Or one can look at what happened in year 30/31 that didn’t in year 10 or 15 or 25.

            Amde

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Amde,

            Let’s take Eritrea case for similar example. Historically speaking, at the time of the independence the ERITREAN society was very similar that was in Ethiopia.

            The differences, in case of Eritrea, the PFDJ although its dominated by Eritrean Kebesa but its burtality is pretty much the same. But I can say, it may have helped erase the small differences that the society has (has its own negative consequences but manageable).

            Supppse the PFDJ falls tomorrow there isn’t any specific group of people who will target or targeted by anyone or anybody. What ever crimes that is committed it will be associated to specific individuals rather than this or that ethnic group. I believe we will be able to pick up the pieces and move forward.

            So yeah, I think something went wrong with the experiment in Ethiopia.

            Berhe

          • Selam Berhe Y.,

            In dictatorship and absolute authoritarianism, there is equality of all citizens and all ethnic groups under injustice, as in eritrea. There are the enablers and the masses, two classes of people. Nevertheless, it does not mean that authoritarianism erases natural human feeling, ethnicity and ethnic bias. Simply it dampens it until it shows itself at a certain stage, as in the former soviet union.

            It all depends on who rules eritrea after pfdj, another dictatorial regime, or a democratic one, and how ethnic elites try to exploit the new freedom and equality of all ethnic groups, and if the future government is going to be centralized or federal, with true federalism (if i may say so). There is a dutch and a french speaking belgium, even geographically divided, as if there are two belgiums, nevertheless the dutch and the french population are equal citizens wherever they may live. Ethiopian ethnic federalism was created with the aim to be the opposite of this.

            Tplf came with a distorted ethnic federalism for its own unholy purpose, and it told every ethnic group that they have borders within which they are masters, and tplf the master of all of them. It created internal borders by itself, first helping itself on the ethiopian pie and incorporating regions from gonder, wollo and afar into tigray. All ethnic groups believed that they have a ‘country within a country;, and not ‘administrative limits’ as PMAA tells them today. Hence the drama of perceiving other ethnic groups as second class citizens in the regional states, and victimization of amharas at first and tigrayans now.

            Tplf was laughing as amharas were being killed and evicted and they were forced to live in a makeshift plastic houses in the streets of addis and elsewhere. It gave no helping hand to the amhara victims, and when its turn came, its people are facing the same injustice now, unfortunately, few are protesting and standing on their side.

          • Tedla

            Selam Amde:

            Thanks for telling things as they are.

            The one good thing that may come out these disruptions of people’s lives is, I think, the likely elimination of the deformed ethnic enclaves called Kilils from Ethiopia’s political map. It’s a stupid idea in advanced societies, but clearly a dangerous one in backward societies. I wish these dislocations occur even more and all over so that the Kilils get exposed for what they are: fraudulent, anti-social, anti-people, abnormal constructs in the service of the ethnic profiteers and nobody else.

            Abay Tsehay, ethnic entrepreneur extraordinaire, once said in a radio interview, “ክልሉን ካፈረስነው፣ መጡብን ይላሉ” (“If we get disposed of the Kilils, the locals will complain about newcomers”). Growing up during the time of Derg’s regime, I never heard, read or came across such kind of thinking spoken so unashamedly in public. Nor did I hear any story of the locals ganging up to “መጤዎችን እናባር”. True, Derg had monopolized brutality and violence against its own people, but no one would blame it causing a spread of ethnic violence. This depraved thinking is the crown jewel of the TPLF. For shame.

          • Amde

            Selam Tedla,

            I dont wish the dislocations to happen God Forbid, but the point is the system makes them inevitable.

            I think they will be there a while unfortunately.

            Amde

        • Selam Semere T.,

          With a love like yours tigrayans need nobody else’s love. There are many who blinded by hate do not tell the difference between an ordinary tigrayan and a tplf operative, e.g. the agazi force who killed and maimed all over ethiopia.

          The same thing happened to amharas as well, who are labeled neftegna, were/are killed in different regional states all over ethiopia, and evicted from lands on which they lived for decades and even more. It is the poison of ethnic politics tplf brought with it to divide and rule, that is killing Ethiopians. Tigrayans and every Ethiopian ethnic group lived anywhere they liked before eplf and tplf came to the scene with their lethal hegemonic dreams.

          It is always the ordinary people who pay the price. It was ordinary tigrayans and Eritreans who paid the price when pfdj and tplf were at each other’s throat.

          You can doubt about the Ethiopianness of tigrayans as much as you like for your own ulterior motives, but they will always be Ethiopians. Your problem is that tplf far from power is not enough for you.

    • Amde

      Ali-S

      Just when I think you are worth reading you show me why I shouldn’t

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam amde
        Which part of his argument u disagree?

        • Amde

          ሰላም ቴድሮስ

          I don’t know which is worse. His or yours.

          Does it ever occur to you that Tigrayans are under TPLF dictatorship just as Eritreans are under PFDJ?

          He then says Ethiopia is a waste can of mumbo-jumbo ethnicities and you agree. Which waste can are you in, and which mumbo jumbo ethnicity are you?

          Amde

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam amde
            If u read what i said carefully, i said i agreed with his comment about just tigrai, 2nd, all the prove showed that tigraians r not just supporters of tplf but in some cases they r hardliner than tplf .example, tigraians opposition.

      • Paulos

        Selam Amde,

        Hitchhiking in to the mind of a typical PFDJ. This is exactly how all PFDJ think about Ethiopia. Hope you’re not surprised to the extent of angina.

        • Haile S.

          Selam Paul,
          Have you worked at the post office? As soon as the disintegration envelope arrives, no hesitation, you put the PFDJ sealing stamp! Puff! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam Ali-s
      Am ethiopian(weird ethiopian) and agree with u 100% of what u said about tigrai. And i believe tigraians r a people who fight hard against thier own interest knowingly or unknowingly. There is no way with mind set tigrai can live in ethiopia peacefully with this constitution or other constitution unless they r on the top of driving the gov .

      • Admassie

        Dear Teodros,

        I think it is clear you are proudly showing your extreme hate to the tigray people. I also suspect that you might have some kind of mental rehearsal regarding how you want them gone. Could you, please, have mercy and tell us how you are planning your cleansing so that we may find burial place ahead? You know, littered body like Rwanda is not a good image to the “country” you are dreaming and in “love” with.

        Admassie A.

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam admassie
          It is really funny when u guys accused other of hate, that right there shows how u guys have different mindset not just from ethiopians but from the rest of the world. My advice to u guys work with change of altitude , that is ur solution for ur own problems.and don’t expect love for ur hate.admassie my foot.

          • Admassie

            Dear Teodros,

            Please, do not lump sum Ethiopans with you. Unless you have a different definition, the name – Ethiopians – have never been used without including tigrians. The history of Ethiopia that you are proud of and that makes your chest pound is the making of people called tigrians.
            The territory of Ethiopia that you want personify like a beauty queen is defended for centuries by the people you despise and hate dearly, the tigrians.
            Here is my advice to you. If you are tired of the tigrian people, you have the right to be left alone and stay where you are for tigrians will go nowhere.

            Admassie A.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam admassie
            Am not the one who started a war to deceler independent country called tigrai and back up after knowing she can survive with out ethiopia.
            2nd, am not and never been proud of ur history . what is that to proud about it? If what u think of tigrai history is tigrai history, just show us. search about history and u will know , it just inferiority complex. Ur name and lies tells it all. admassie my…..

          • Admassie

            Dear Teodros,

            1. Say it is true that TPLF once up on a time intended to have an independent Tigray. So, you are saying this is your criteria to put the whole population on your hate target.

            Well:
            OLF was declared war till yesterday to get an independent Oromiya. Now you are putting the whole oromo population on your hate target. Right? (that is per your criteria to hate)

            ONLF was declared war till yesterday to get an independent Ethiopian Somalie. You are putting the whole ES population on your hate target? (again per your criteria to hate).

            Sidama, Benshangul etc people with LF suffix are not to be saved from your hate. Right? Who else remains?

            2. I thought you are an Ethiopian. If my history is not yours and yours is not mine, በለው – አንተ ተገንጣይ መሆን አለብህ! የሶስት ሽህ ዘመን ታሪክ አሽቀንጥረህ የምትጥል-አንተ፤ “ንፁህ” ኢትዮጵያዊ ልትሆን አትችልም! ምን ሲደረግ ጌታው?!

            3. What is with my name? Do you also hate that?

            Admassie A.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam admassie
            Olf for oromo and tplf for tigrai r two very very different thing.
            History, reread what u said and what i said about it.
            And stop lying , u said u want to gonder and challenge people to reject the deportation of tigraians from gonder and came out alive.
            Man i was there last year for 3 days. There is no way u can ask that kind of questions and came out alive unless u r protected by the gov army.not even the city mayor can do that , so stop lying.
            admassie my feet.

          • saay7

            Selamat Admassie:

            I think Tedros belongs to Ethiopia’s version of the Tea Party movement. Remember them? They were the dominant party of Ethiopia for centuries—politically, economically, socially, culturall: they defined the country. When they were “discovering” America, there were Native American towns in what is now New Mexico. But for a very brief time, for less than a dozen years, their values were challenged. And because their claim that they were “oppressed” was so laughable they decided to drown it with vulgarity, rudeness and gigantic flags.

            Their equivalents were in Bahr Dar, being loud, crude and waving their giant flags. The bigger the better. These are the One Ethiopia folk and as long as Isaias lets them wave their flag in Massawa and Assab (at the beach) and the Ethiopian Navy docks there, Isaias could burn down the country and they wouldn’t give a care.

            So, that’s Teodros and his value system. He is a member of the Ethiopian Tea Party or coffee party movement. Even when they win they are a bitter people.

            saay

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saay7
            U guessed that all wrong, am for tigrai to be on their size and resource, am even in fover of democratic tplf constitution with a little modification through constitutional way. Like the flags and the right of self rule including the people in walkyet and siddam and some other place.

          • Admassie

            Selam Saay,

            Thank you for locating partners.

            Friends here used to call the Tea Party “the spoiled crowd of America” and now it includes Trump – a spoiled child of a rich country.

            America, a titanic, with a firm rule of law and democratic order gets no crack because of a crowd like the Tea Party.

            Last time I was saying to you our future holds ተስፋና ስጋት.

            ተስፋ – because of the positive vibe winging over the people and the country following PMAA’s call and action.

            ስጋት – because of people like Teodros, the crowd in Bahir Dar and Debremarkos (few days a go).

            In the past six months, I visited Gondar a couple of times. I happened to meet my junior and high school friends. And obviously, the incident of harassing tigrians was the topic of our discussion. Sadly no one was saying it was wrong. Rather they were justifying “ሰዉ ምን ያድርግ ብለህ ነው። ለውጥ አጥቶ ተስፋ ቆረጠኮ…ስርዓቱን ጠላው… ወዘተ ወዘተ”

            The hate brewing is not an emotion of momentarily. It is bitter with obsession. And it is not an issue of a few individuals rather it is becoming a choice of many.

            Thus the Ethiopian version of the Tea Party crowd, who feels they own the country more than others, are more dangerous to my counry’s fragile stability than the American one to America. End of my ስጋት.

            Hence, I am waiting the success of PMAA in his promise like waiting some one dear to recover from intesive care.

            Admassie A.

    • Simon Kaleab

      Selam ALI-S,

      You said: “No Ethiopian takes a Tigrayan as genuine Ethiopian.”

      Very true.

      After sacrificing so much to liberate Ethiopians from the clutches of the barbaric Derg [Enda Mes socialist – you have heard of Champagne socialists], what do Tigrayans receive as a payback? Pure hatred!

      • iSem

        Hi Simon:
        what is wrong with you?:-)
        Everything u write for the last few weeks brims with truth
        Very true, as I have said before, it is under them that Ethiopia got the best government in their history it is under them that they got what they have now, a system that allowed PMMA to rise and make the changes he had made like releasing political prisons, he is correcting incrementally their failings. I can go on and on but I do ntow ant my cuziest former cuz Gheteb to have a heart attack;-)
        But truth be told.
        And when I hear some Ethiopians express their affection for Dergi because he was an equal killer, I shake my head and silently wish they could go through the Dergi era again and they will never repeat their foolishly self serving comments
        But the Tigrayans had a failing, although they tried to correct it under MZ, they took the low road during the war to deport Eritrea, I am fine with the color of their eyes comments, but they should have selectively imprisoned the PFDJ lackeys who were wielding guns and thieving in their mafia business

        • Simon Kaleab

          Selam Semere A.,

          The “colour of your eyes” remark was disgraceful and utter stupidity. The colour of Eritreans’ eyes is the same as that of Ethiopians’. They must have regretted this remark, as It was made during the heat of the moment when the TPLF was in panic mode.

          • iSem

            Hi Simon;
            yes, if you take it that way. I took it a country has the right to deport without anyone she does not like during dangerous time like the 1998 war. But More than that they should regret and I think they regret how they treated innocent Eritreans and taking their hard earned properties, that was uncivilized

          • woldeab

            Selam Semere,
            If I say that I as an Ethiopian have not noticed this “ hatred” you and people like you are gonna say that I am either lying or blind.
            Be that as it may, when we were telling you the mismanagement of monies and the cronyism that had been rampant in Ethiopia the last few years, some of you were telling us how you met a young “Gurage business man” who was doing well. When we were telling you that the Security System in Ethiopia was broken and they were arresting people as they pleased with the corrupted judicial system rubber stamping what TPLF ordered you were giving us deaf ears.
            Now, now when the chicken comes home to roost, you are crying woe is me for TPLF.
            Henny Penny, the sky is not falling!
            Regards,
            Wolde Ab

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Simon
            U see, Tplf knows the colour of eri eyes r the same with that of ethios.but again that right there shows u how hateful they r .and that is also funny when some of u guys accuse others of hate.

        • Desbele

          Hi iSem,
          ኢሳያስ መሓሾም እሱውን ምዓገበ ፤ ሕሰቦ ቀዳማይ ዙርያ ኢሉ ክጅምረሎም

          • iSem

            Hi Desbele:
            haha:
            They are in love with him now, I think they believe they will piggy back to power with his help and back to old way of doing business and IA would not care if that helps him preserve his legacy through the transfer of power to his. And that will be the end of Eritreansim, after fighting for 30 years then we create North Korea

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam simon
        tplf fought derg was never been to liberate ethiopia.the main reason was rejection of ethiopiawenet. Tplf like derg more than any ethiopiawenet based oppositions.
        The prove is everywhere. They even realise derg priseners in short time.

        • Simon Kaleab

          Selam Teodros,

          Your writing style reflects your messed up thought processes. Clean it up!

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam simon
            I know about my writing but u too, ur twisted mindset is also reflects your messed up thought processes.

          • Paulos

            Simon,

            እዚ ቴድሮስ ዝባሃል ሰብ ሓደ መኛካ እዩ፣ And obviously he is messed up.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam paulos
            What is ur definition of messed up?
            What ever ur definition, i guess it is not worst than Hippocrates or lier or killer worshipper or looters tplfist.

          • Desbele

            Paul,
            አረ ምስኪን ነው ይቅርታ ይጠይቃል

  • ‘Gheteb

    PIA Visits Addis; The “Stringer” Confabulates

    Greetings!!

    In an unprecedented diplomatic thaw and to cement the stunning rapprochement, the Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki will be visiting Ethiopia tomorrow, Saturday July 14th, 2018. It came straight from the horse’s mouth during a key note speech he delivered in the Sawa graduation ceremony that he be heading to Ethiopia.

    During his stay, the president and his delegation’s schedule will be, per official sources in Ethiopia:

    SATURADAY:
    (1) Airport to National Palace Saturday; A luncheon
    (2) Evening TO Hawassa; visits industrial park AND evening program, cultural show

    SUNDAY:
    (3) Eritrea embassy inaugurated,
    (4) Speech in Millennium Hall Addis, 25,000 invited guests including diplomatic community: Speech by both leaders.

    ( Source, Ahmed Shide on Ethio. state TV).

    These are now officially known, but that is not all to it. The hyper-imaginative “stringer” of this Forum, after making all manners of contradictory and MADE-UP reports,

    But, there is more to the story, thanks to the “stringer”, Kbrom. Today he is not merely reporting, but he is actually CONFABULATING and his memories will be channeled or streamed through KBROM(1), KBROM(2) and KBROM(3). In short, it will be K1, K2 and K3.

    K1: “Ethiopia will have ‘unlimited access’ to Assab and Massawa. PIA to PMAA: you are welcome to use both the ports starting from today without any restrictions”.

    K2: ” Ethiopia will enjoy all the amenities by having full access to the UAE base in Assab , the Eritrean navy and all the Eritrean shipping vessels.

    K3: ” Unlimited access” to the ports of a sovereign country is possible, if the country involved is Eritrea and the user country is Ethiopia. Yes, that may even be truer, if there is a LEASOR of an Air/Sea base is the UAE.

    [ And, this is only possible if the CONFABULATOR is an anti-PFDJ element who is desperately looking to score political points against the ruling party] .

    K3: Isaias must have SOLD Assab to Ethiopia. Yeah, that is what must have happened.
    ——-

    K1: ” PIA is said to have been given warranty of his future and impunity (one of main reason that he is so ecstatic since May 2018)”.

    K2: WARRANTY? Is PIA some sort of a manufactured good to be issued a warranty?

    K3: IMPUNITY or IMMUNITY?

    [ Who is issuing this immunity or impunity for PIA? The UAE? And, what is that the PIA standing accusing of? Has he been indicted? Arrest warrant being issued?]

    K3: Yes, Isaias has been indicted by the ICC and an arrest warrant has being issued and that is why an IMPUNITY has been given to PIA, by the UAE.
    ———–

    K1: “Several actions (including actions that no one would ever imagine them to happen) will be followed soon by PIA as per the ‘instructions’”.

    K2: I can’t ever IMAGINE several actions when I am the hyper-imaginative one? Who could have imagined the several actions that no one could ever imagine.

    K3: I have been told several times that I have been CONFABULATING!
    ——

    K1: ” PIA will take with him 23 officials from different ministries ( hand picked by him) to Addis. The technical committee will be formed and MOU will be signed on transportation, trade, investment ….. aka 5 pillars”.

    K2: But the Ethiopian Foreign Minister has already said, three days ago, that the main committee that is to be headed by both foreign minister of Eritrea and Ethiopia has already been established. There will be sub-committees under the main committees.

    [ the main committee has already started its work, which the Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Workneh Gebeyehu, confirmed during a press conference].

    K1 (again): ” PIA will take with him 23 officials from different ministries”.

    [ Yeah, PIA will TAKE WITH HIM and not be accompanied by as if these officials were goods or implements]. It means the one who was issued a WARRANTY, PIA, is taking with him, not human beings, but some inanimate objects.

    K3: 2 is followed by 3 and 23 makes it easier for a hyper-imaginative mind.

    [ Yeah, why exactly 23 and what is the need for 23 officials if the visit is just to sign MOU and establish the technical committees] ? Technical committees or sub-committees??

    To sum, that was the “stringer” CONFABULATING and showing a disturbance of memory, producing fabricated, distorted and misinterpreted memories. But, remember that Kbrom is not consciously intending to deceive anyone here.

    He is and he has been CONFABULATING which has seemingly been induced by hyper-imagination.

    • iSem

      Hi AT:
      I get it, freedom of speech, we need to hear people like Gheteb even if their input does not add value, we need their filth to understand what goes on
      But why is this guy making this forum like Shabiat and Meskerem and Hadas Eri by advertising PFDJ

    • saay7

      Selamat Cuz Gheteb:

      Now, you are just making it too easy 🙂

      1. You confirmed on Friday what Kbrom told us on Wednesday.
      2. You confirmed that your Minister of Information, Yemane, is asleep at the switch because you got the news from Ethiopia and not Eritrea.

      Ah, the agony you must have had, waiting and waiting and waiting for (a) Kbrom to be wrong and (b) for you to get the news from Eritrea. Alas, here is the new reality:

      Kbrom is getting the news from a disgruntled Eritrean deep in Eritrea;
      This news is then getting confirmed by the Ethiopian government.

      Looks and feels a lot like 2001– the G15 years.

      I didn’t read the reset of your Kelloggs list (K1, K2…) I assume it is your long way of thanking Kbrom for keeping us informed? But I will, I promise. But now, I am enjoying your discombobulation 🙂 More, please Kbrom, keep it coming!

      saay

      • ‘Gheteb

        Cuz SAAY:

        “Kbrom • a day ago
        Hi all,
        Unconfirmed reports: PIA will visit Ethiopia ‘very soon’ probably this Saturday. Will confirm and come back to you.
        Senior officials happy with the peace atmosphere terribly disappointed with the way it is being handled”.

        And, you are saying:

        ” You confirmed on Friday what Kbrom told us on Wednesday”.

        Wednesday or Thursday? Hmmm… Hmmmm…

        Did you loose a whole 24 hours, a day, in PLANET ILLOGIC? One never knows!

        • saay7

          Hahaha, Gheteb:

          “Unconfirmed reports” means, I only have one source for this: I believe my source, but until you get confirmation from someone else, I could be wrong. See, on top of every talent he has, Kbrom is also very modest.

          Did Kbrom actually write his report on Thursday? It feels like Wednesday to me. Ok, you win.

          But would you also agree that that is still at least a day before Eri-TV? In Eritrea, news is not news until Eri-TV says it is news; and Eri-TV doesn’t say it is news until IA says it is news. Now, Kbrom is telling you the size of the delegation going to Ethiopia ( 23 officials from different ministries ( hand picked by him)); Oromo elders will visit Asmara to thank PIA for his life long support to Oromia’s struggle. 3. YG may be also Osman to lead a delegation of 14 people all young and middle aged cadres ( all hand picked by PIA) to Eritrean’s festival Washington festival.

          Still, Semere T is saying there is a “PFDJ” only because his ego can’t handle the fact that his loyalty is to one man.

          Anyway, Cuz, IA told the Sawa graduates that he is going to Addis to deliver their message and that of the Eritrean people. Since he is speaking for us (me, you, everyone), would you like to tell us what the message is or would you prefer for him to tell you what you told him 🙂 🙂 🙂

          saay

          • ‘Gheteb

            Cuz SAAY:

            Your reliable source , as his wont, has bruited an UNCONFIRMED report.

            “unconfirmed
            (adjective)

            If a report or a rumor is unconfirmed, there is no definite proof as to whether it is true or not.

            eg. There are unconfirmed reports of several small villages buried by mudslides”.

            I think there is a serious DICHOTOMY in the way words and phrases are defined in the planet where I hail from that of PLANET ILLOGIC. I think this is going to a HUGE issue, in my considered opinion.

            Here is an example, when you say:

            ” Unconfirmed reports” means, I only have one source for this: I believe my source, but until you get confirmation from someone else, I could be wrong”.

            Your Kbrom can get the same information from Eritrea, from multiple sources, and still the report can be UNCONFIRMED. But, only one official source, the information can be confirmed. Meaning, while your Kbrom was wrong, the one sourced report could be true.

            The point is an unconfirmed report can be wrong, incorrect or false. And, your Kbrom’s report is a mixed bag of hearsays and rumors that are highly SPICED UP with hyper-imaginative works.

            You think that there is no PFDJ, but only one person named “IA”.

            So, now you are going to tell us that all the PFDJ members have disappeared and the only person left in the PFDJ is “IA”.

            Now, do you see the ILLOGIC of it all?

          • saay7

            Haha Cuz Gheteb:

            What I see is Kbrom beating Eritrea’s Minister of Information at his one single job: providing timely and accurate info. I understand your anger and frustration but your posts should begin with Dear Hawelti:)

            Very well respected media begin their breaking news with: “we now have unconfirmed reports…”. It’s their way of telling their audience: we are trying to balance our two obligations: to give you timely and accurate information. They hedge with that intro. To help with your confusion, what you need is to observe how the professionals do it (CNN, BBC, etc) but since the news media has long been added (tedemrewal) in the long, long, long list of Eritrea’s enemies, you keep going back to the dictionary 🙂

            I have already thanked Kbrom on your behalf and if you are nice, I will send a tweet on your behalf to Charlie. I will be very understanding because the reason he can’t do his job is because he is not allowed to. In Eritrea. Which is run by PFDJ. Which is owned and operated by one man. And his yes men.

            saay

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Saay,

        So far, the scoops we got from Kibrom are spot on, and are ahead of the official news outlet of both governments. Kibrom is getting from the belly of the beast, from the disgruntled government officials who have concern on the on going un consulted actions of the despot. It is amazing. Don’t you think Kibrom should work in collaboration of Gedeb News?

  • Blink

    Dear Now
    Badme is the engine of weyane to harness Ethiopia and the time for that was over before 4 years . You have to understand weyane help was just as a training for them and a mutual benefit because if EPLF get lost which is impossible to happen at that time . You have to remember we Eritreans don’t hate Tigrians , we only hate weyane the one who can see only Eritrean eye color .

  • saay7

    Selam Now Inc:

    It’s these terrified ministers whose body language says “oh please don’t arrest me” that people like Semere T want us to believe prove that Isaias is not a one man show but an organization. An organization which has no meeting, no votes, no elections even for itself never mind the country. The Minister of Information, whose only job is to inform and be informed, often appears uninformed and caught flat-footed. Our memories are so short we have forgotten (never mind forget to ask why) a country which was supposedly in a state of war has no Defense Minister. Our only salvation from the IA absolutism (one single man making war and peace decisions) would be democratic coup, engineered by those who feel humiliated: the senior uniformed class. Or we can wait for IA to change….at age 73.

    saay

    • Haile S.

      Selam Sal,
      Remember we are still in Ghedli. Our tegadeltis be it the former or actual EPLF, ELF or other LFs are still in the bush in their bushy brain even living in Villas. What else was the sigificance of what we saw in his highnesses villa with a hoody and an advertisement T-shirt? The drive to liberate and fight hasn’t stopped. Paradoxally, the only one who feel liberated and belong to a free country called Eritrea is the non-tegadalay while physically, and mentally restrained. And furthermore these recent reapprochments and negiociation are a continuity of that of 90/91 with the “true”leaders of Ethiopia. This is not to innocent the “untrue” nemesis whose strategy in the last 20 years was ‘unless you knee down in front if me’, those distributor of culpability, ምሓርትን ሓደግትን.

      • saay7

        Selamat Haile:

        Are you talking about the appearance of our First Lady? He probably told her ኣጋይሽ ኣለውና 15 minutes before he showed up.

        One of the biggest cons the PFDJ pulled on the people is that it is a liberator of women. You have the former chair of National Union of Eritrean Women serving coffee; you have the committee of festivals ordering women (and only women) to have their hair braided, to wear traditional clothes, to sing and dance in every celebratory event. By the way, this appalling tradition is also carried over to the Diaspora PFDJ centers.

        saay

        • Haile S.

          Yep Sal,
          On the dresses, I was expressing my unhappiness, but was not the driver of my reasonings. What you said was.

        • Desbele

          Saay ,
          Probably it is intentional. He always wants to portray himself ordinary and incorruptible. It seems it hits his target. The residence visit youtube comments mainly are ውይ ምስኪን ኢሳያስ ለካ እንደተራ ሰው ተራ ቤት ተራ ኑሮ ነው የሚኖረው.

          • saay7

            Desbele:

            Ever meet the man who is crazy in love with your crazy ax-wielding ex-girlfriend? That’s what I feel like when I watch Ethiopians going gaga over IA. ምከረው ምከረው….እምቢ ካለ? መከራ ይምከረው

            Saay

          • Saleh Johar

            Saay,
            The problem is they think ምከረው ምከረው… applies to us.

          • iSem

            Sal:
            what a metaphor: “a man crazy in love with your crazy ax-wielding xgirl friend”. Is this common one or just like the provers you made it up

          • saay7

            Selamat iSem:

            I don’t want to be accused of playing an Abiy. Google it: if it’d there, I borrowed it. If it is not, it must be mine. Actually I was going to use bunny-boiler ex-girlfriend but only movie buffs (Paulos, Amde, few others) would get the reference and I changed it to the axe wielder.

            saay

          • iSem

            Ok Sal:
            You cannot use bunny-boiler because u already used it once on Abi, Ras Abi, not PM Abi when he said it is ok with me if I am Michael Doglass.
            Also my q was rhetorical

    • Paulos

      Sal,

      “….Constituency, whose sole task appears to be to equate Eritreans’ humiliation with Isaias’ glorification..” Well said bro. Well said!

  • Paulos

    Selam Now Inc,

    I have never seen any veteran Tegadalai incredibly obsessed with the Weyanes as Muhamuday. It just mind boggling!

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear Fantiness and EndaAwate,
    Someone sent me a picture of the Eritrean Embassy being readied for Sunday re/enaguration. I had been to that tiny compound once.
    As i mentioned earlier, the current situation will generally weaken everyone. But, the way I see it, Tplf will be more focused and collected to rebuild itself faster. It is a bad time for Eprdf and Ethiopia. Argueably, i got bad lack to have gone with a basic deviation at this time.
    I will never dream Pfdg will ever open up the private sector in Eritrea. Development is unthinkable without such condition. I think what it will do is inviting many wealthy people from Ethiopia (Oromo and Amara) for massive joint investments with Pfdj campanies. Demobilized Eritreans will end up becoming laborers. Diaspora Eritreans including those in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, SS etc) will find it difficult to do business in Ethiopia. Ethiopians are now way advanced and have become more competitive in so many ways. Times have changed. Long bygones sre the times Eritreans had an advantageous edge. That is very sad.

    I have one point I would like the Tigray leadership consider as a long term strategy.
    Pia will try to minimize movements from-to Tigray while opening up the Afar/Assab border wide open. The Tigray leadership should do the opposite. They should open all the 600KM border for every possible and intensive interactions with the Eritrean people at large

    • Semere Tesfai

      Selam Hayat

      “Pia will try to minimize movements from-to Tigray while opening up the Afar/Assab border wide open.”

      You got it right! That is exactly how the cards would be played – the Woyanes would organize demonstrations in Meqele, Zalambessa, and Badme against the EEBC ruling, and Eritrea wide opens the gates of Assab to Dessie and closes the gates of Mereb and Zalambessa tight. How would that work for you?

      Semere Tesfai

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam Hayat,

      Afar/Asseb boarder can be opened wide but its usefulness to Ethiopia in terms of Import/Export business had gone from 90 + % to 0 in the last 20 years.

      The Djibouti port next door has the business now. There is a lot of Governmental, private business, financiers and other interested parties have signed a lot of agreements and contracts over the years to make it happen.
      The infrastructure alone cost billions and took years to complete. Most of the projects were financed. These loans are paid out of the revenues generated from these long term investments. There is an electrified railway, the cheapest way to transport goods to and from Addis area.
      So Asseb, perhaps for future potash export or new business can be planned. Even if both leaders for political reasons want Asseb opened tomorrow for business, the economic reality will be hard to overcome.

      Messawa is another matter. Perhaps agreements can be reached to use the port for the service of the northern part of Ethiopia. It is going to take time but perhaps a joint venture of Ethiopia and Eritrea to connect the port to Bahir Dar with a railway might be possible. If the cost of the project cannot be justified in economic terms, perhaps again a friendly Arab country, like UAE, who had disputes with Djibouti, can finance it at a nominal rate or grant.

      I am rattling all this to point out that it is not just a matter of opening the boarder wide open. Even under the best of political circumstances, the economic reality would play a major role.

      Mr K.H

      • Nitricc

        Hi KIM; it is obvious you have no clue the amazing potential of potash Ethiopia have and the useful of Assab and Massawa to realize and benefit for this amazing potash deposit. Do you know why the Israelis run away from that windfall? I don’t think so.

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam Nitricc,

          The Israelis ….. I don’t know tell me.

          Mr. K.H

  • Mez

    Hi now inc,

    PM-AAA shall not endanger his own nationwide reform. For Ethiopians, the young Eritrean there are more closer than the man who caused them to flee.

    PIA shall get a chance to see what he did with his youngest and brightest. Peaceful demonstration shall be allowed (both supporting and opposing).

    Otherwise today’s PM Abiy is, really, the same as yesterday’s colonel mengistu.

    Thanks

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. A high level UN mission is now being dispatched to Eritrea to facilitate arrangement of humanitarian cargo to Ethiopia thru Eritrean ports.

  • MS

    Ahlan All

    “And so castles made of sand, fall in the sea, eventually.” Jimi Hendrix

    Castles of lies are crumbling in Wayane land, and it will be for good. I feel sorry for the poor Tigrians but wayane as a political strain is gone for good. It is even a liability to the reformists like Dr. Abiy.
    Look what happened in Debremarkos when Juveniles burned a hotel when they heard that Bereket Simon, who they believe is a wayane stooge, was in that hotel. If EPRDF IS SPLIT, I don’t think there will be any party that will want to PARTNER with Wayane unless WAYANE reforms itself.
    The chance that we will see TPLF-CENTERED party coming to power again is almost nil. Of course Tigrians can come to power in a multinational non-TPLF coalition. So, what is the future of unreformed TPLF? I don’t know but it made Tigrians cringe in their own country. That is the legacy of TPLF. The top clique amassed wealth but they squandered the sacrifices of Tigrians. On the contrary Eritrean have made friends with many diverse social groups of Ethiopia. We must also seek to make true connections with our neighbor, the Tigray people.
    Somewhere I read Dr. Debretsion was getting ready to come with the PM along with the governor of the Afar state but he was held back by the hardliners.
    Anyway, all will be just fine and the good thing is now the people of Ethiopia don’t need a translator. They saw the peace-loving people of Eritrea. In the past, TPLF was the middleman and it corrupted the image of Eritrea and its people.

    How often have we heard Hayat and Co. asserting that Eritreans’ identity is deformed…they hate Amara; they hate Ethiopia, etc.
    Well, we hate those who try to subjugate us like any other people of the world. We welcome someone who respects us with open arms.
    Hayat is not shading crocodile tears. It is genuine tears because her beloved wayane is in tatters.
    My prediction is that the people of Tigray will rescue it. I hope so.

    • Mez

      Dear ms,

      Your mind seems to be still trapped in the year 1997-2000.

      How sad it is.

      Thanks

      • MS

        Selam Mez, the enlightened
        Honestly, I have a lot to say and will say it the way I choose. You have the right to defend wayane in any way or form you choose. I have heard such pointers in the past my friend.

        • Mez

          Dear ms,

          That is exactly what I mean.

          Thanks

          • Blink

            Dear Mez
            You have the right to cry day and night too. You don’t need to stay silent .

          • Mez

            Dear Blink,

            Ok I will.

            Thanks

    • Nitricc

      Your Majesty; say the way you want don’t mind the douches link new inc or poulos. they are nothing but weyane hoodlums. The point is Shaebia to Addis, TPLF to Mekele and that is killing them.

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, MS.
      Tplf is seen as a political party only in the eyes of Tigrians. For the rest it is as a criminal racist gang. In my opinion if Tigrians want to be part of the union under Ethiopia then they will force to choose Ethiopia or Tplf. Meaning referendum to be separated from Ethiopia. Tplf can not be accepted as legal party in the rest of Ethiopia. Tplf has hurt so millions for no good reason at all.

      Now all the regional states do give priority for peace. They know the potential of Tplf dragging the innocent/the poor tigrians into blood-shade. Tplf tries all it could to avoid investigation on its criminal records. When the investigation is over and documented the even Tigrians wont accpet tplf as their representative. Tplf has done to the rest of regional states like enemies.

      • Simon Kaleab

        Mitiku,

        You seem to project your own crimes onto Tigrayans.

        What were you doing during the Derg? What village, town or city did you or your ethnic mumbo-Jumbo liberate? You were and are still a coward who was kissing up to some of the barbaric regimes in Ethiopia. Stop is blowing hot air to mask your shameless cowardice.

        • Mitiku Melesse

          Hei, Simon.
          Derg was not organized itself in ethnic groups. If you love tplf then you are not far from loving Derg. tplf is worse than derg. Since it is made of only one ethnic group. Whether you loose your temper or not tplf is a racist criminal gangster. If my blowing hot air brings tplf to prison as soon as possible then i keep on blowing the hottest air until your ear bleeds. I appreciate your support for tplf, because i will be too happy not only tplf pays for each criminal it made and life it took but it supporters also cry blood. You have to respect Ethiopians and becarefull when you support tplf based on race. You love derg if it is made of your beloved race and hate it because it is made of different kinds of ethnic groups.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Mitiku,

            Your head is not in the right place, because you are reasoning like a donkey. Answer my questions?

            Another one: what ethnic group are you from? I know the track record of each and one of you. Coward!

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Hei, Simon.
            You passed the red line.
            Have a nice time. See you when tigrians choose Ethiopians and give the tplfs criminals to court or referendum to stay with their party. I can communicate with your caliber. We are too different. Sorry.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Mitiku,

            You people are crooked, greedy, bent and chauvinists, known for centuries of criminality. Always behaving like grass snakes.

          • Desbele

            Simon ,
            I am listening ቻእ በሎ ንኣ ሆ በሎ…. ተኣክሎ

        • Mitiku Melesse

          Hei Simon.
          Awate.com is letting you to say whatever you want and delete my reply. This forum is like woyane parliament. The house speaker put off the micraphone ever time an oppositions starts commenting. So i try one more time. Derg is better than Tplf. The opposition of derg started by shooting the dergists one by one in cities and towns, in day time and night. The derg dserved that. Then derg declared that they retaliated. But if tplf was challenged like derg millions could have been wiped out by this racist brainless retarded dedebit losers. And since Ethiopian have known the potential of woyanes disastrous plan we composed a peaceful struggle ever creaed in Ethiopia which crippled woyane and send it back to its home. Did you see anywoaynes killed or dragged its body arround the cities. You see we are civlized. We are not crule like you. Your midget pm said he killed the demonstrators by live bullet because derg had not left for them demonstration equipment. What he did mean was that you can not oppose tplf unless you are dergist. Since tplf is God you can not oppose it. What do you expect graduates from dedebit night school. Anyways the time of tplf is over in Ethiopia. And you are one his graduates. I can not oppose tplf if i do i am dergist.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Mitiku,

            You have the temerity to call others “retarded dedebit losers”.

            You are once again projecting your stupidity on Tigrayans,

            Use your time to improve your writing. Go to night school.

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam M.S,

      Boy the glee, joy I see in you reminded me of seeing PIA with PMAA last week. That is all it took.
      It is amazing to me for you to turn against your old comrades in arms, the TPLF in such obscene way. You fought side by side together against the bad Derg, speaking the same language, good for you.
      Prior to that you fought side by side with them against the ELF and succeeded in destroying them, shame on you.

      Now you cross the border looking for trouble to stir, shame on you.

      What happened to all that comradeship of the past.

      Mr. K.H

  • Kbrom

    Hi Paulo & Desbele

    1. When ever asked about the demarcation, for the last 16 years PFDJ’s consistent answer was ‘the ball is in Ethiopia’s court’. Then one day a rich UAE emir who was sitting in the VIP seat of the stadium took the ball, showed yellow card and hefty money to PIA – now the ball is nowhere to be seen, but PIA is on both sides of the court.

    What we get at the end of the rainbow is not ‘a ball in Ethiopia’s court’ but PIA in Ethiopia’s court.

    ….and Ethiopia’s flag still waving high in Baduma’s court የቆቱን ኣወርድ ብላ የብብትዋን ጣለች ነው የሚሉት እነ Fanti Ghana?

    2. Desbele’s post ቅድሚ 94 ዝተመርዓወት was classic; the best post of the year. Dessbeles masterpiece reminded me this one though not as classic as his ’.

    ፍቓድ ንግዲን ፍቓድ እታውን (Import) ንምሓዝ ኪማልኡ ዝግባእ ቅጥዕታት

    ፍቓድ ንግዲ ዝወሃብ ሰብ፡

    ተጋዳላይ ህዝባዊ ግንባር ወይ ዉፉይ ሓፋሽ ውድባት ዝነበረ
    ተዘይኮይኑ ሃገራዊ ኣገልግሎት ዝፈጸመ
    ልዕሊ ዕድመ ተኾይኑ ደቁ ናብ ሃገራዊ ኣገልግሎት ዝሰደደ
    ተጣየሰ ተኾይኑ ብወግዓዊ መንገዲ ናይ በለዛ መሰነይታ ዘለዎ
    ናይ በለዛ መሰነይታ ዘይብሉ ተኾይኑ ካብ ምምሕዳር ዞብኡ መሰነይታ ዘምጸአ
    ደቁ ኣብ ወጻኢ ዝቕመጡ ተኾይኖም ግቡኣት 2%: ናይ መኸተ: ናይ ምስሳን ማዕከን ሰማእታት ዝኸፈሉ
    ደቁ ስግረ ዶብ ተኾይኖም ናይ ጣዕሳ ወረቐት ዝመልኡ

  • Berhe Y

    Hi @george,

    You (PFDJ)would have some credibity if you show your “deep knowledge” and love for your country and people in reality (btegbar). But PFDJ is the worst enemy of the Eriyrean people, willing to chase away or imprison the whole country and population.

    For who are you then you are working day and night to protect from the “evil doers” as George Bush would say.

    You game is simple, keep apearing to care for the ERITREAN people in the mean time profit from them when they are inside their country (slave labour, bribes, etc), profit from them when they try to leave (ugliest them) and profit from them while they try to cross the Sahara and Mediterranean and for those who made it safe to Europe and other places, start profiting from them (by giving them forgiveness ) and organize, festivals and ypfdj conferences to profit more.

    Yet sell the country resources (gold to the Chinese and western countries) our ports to UAE/SA, where no body knows where the money is and how much, and send our young to fight on their stupid wars ore profit).

    This is the reality of PFDJ and IA and his supporters reality that we are living.

    The people are telling you we had enough, don’t worry soon they will point you know where, that’s what is scaring the $h!., off you.

    Berhe

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. ‘In a Bizarre Speech, Abdi Iley Implicates that Getachew Assefa and other TPLF Generals Were Behind Atrocities in the Somali Region’. TPLF Bad Boys, Watcha gonna do when they come for you…TPLF Bad Boys, Bad Boys….

  • Abraham H.

    ሰላማት፣
    ውልቀ መላኺ ኢሳያስ ኣፍወርቂ ፣ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ክቐስን የብሉን ኢሉ ጥራይ ስለ ዝኣምን፣ ተዓዘቡ ኢኹም ኣብዘን ዝመጽኣ ውሑዳት ሰሙናት ወይ ኣዋርሕ፣ ኣብዚ ሕጂ እዋን ደጊም ብኢትዮጵያ ቀሲነ ኢየ ኢሉ ክኣምን ስለዝኽእልን፣ ንጎረቤት ሃገር ሱዳን ክተሃላለኽን፣ ርኡይ ድንደና ክገብርን ክፍትን ኢዩ። ዓላማ ናይ ከምዚ ዝኣመሰለ ዕንደራ፣ ሓደ ካብቶም መለለይቲ ጠባያት ኢሳያስ ኮይኑ፣ ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ድማ ክሳብ ኣብ ስልጣን ዘሎ፣ ዝተፈላለዩ ምኽንያታት እናተጠቐመ፣ ወትሩ ኣብ ወጥሪ ኣእትዩ፣ አፎይ ከምዘይብል፣ “ብሓደጋ ልኡላውነት ሃገር” እናመኻነየ ኣብ ስልጣን ንምንባር ኢዩ። ካልእ ዕላማ ናይ ከምዚ ዝኣመሰለ ስጉምቲ ከኣ፣ ኣብ ልዕሊ ሱዳን ሕነ ሕነ ምፍዳይ፣ እንተላይ ንጎይቶቱ ሕቡራት ኢማራት ዓረብ ንምሕጓስን፣ ነቶም ሓንቲ ከይገበሩዎ ዝጠለሞም ሃገር ቀጠር ምስ ሱዳን ጽቡቕ ዝምድና ስለዘለዎምን ብዙሕ ቁጠባዊ ወፍርታት የካይዱ ስለ ዘለዉን፣ ንምጒዳእን ኢዩ።

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear all,
    I am so baffled by the reaction of rural Wrutrea to the new rapproachment going between PIA and PMAA. It is completly a two men show to me but many have become very optimistic about it except one section of the Eritrean population – rural Eritrea. The day aftwr yesterday, Tuesday, 117 people crossed the border to Tigray, all of them from rural and semi rural Eritrea.

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei,
      Can you drive them to addis? Maybe they want to join the opposition’s demonstration and see by their own eyes the lonely two men show by their own eyes.

      We witnessed how malicious were tplfites during their supremacy for the last 27 years. And how law they can go this time when they are so desperate.

      But why do you expect the poor peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia cease to look for a better life the week after the peace agreement? But if you continue your tplf propoganda then it wont be long time before poor eri-tigre to pretend that they are from Ethiopia. The tplf says all who came to europa are not tigrians they are ….ufffff, even the thought of it makes me depressed.

    • Ismail AA

      Dear Hayat,

      Did you forget that those people in rural Eritrea lead their existence in darkness? They could actually be unaware about the events that have been unfolding. In a country so poor and illiterate and at the mercy of mouthpieces of the government, people in the remote areas live in total insolation. Imagine what percentage would own old transistor receivers. Those 117 might have not even heard anything about existence of Dr. Abiy let alone his visit to the country. The only thing they might know is that people cross the borders at first opportunity to escape the harsh conditions, and make try surviving elsewhere.

      • ALI-S

        Selam Ismael and Hayat,

        Just a question to help me understand: isn’t the whole point of the peace deal for 117 people to cross the border? Unless there is more information, those people could actually be responding to the news that the border is or will soon be open to cross.

        Moreover, the peace deal was done a couple of days ago, and we would not expect the situation in Eritrea to have changed immediately. The fact is that, poverty is still there and people will keep crossing until the deal translates into prosperity.

        Another possibility is that the source of the information may be TPLF officials who are mad and doing their best to sabotage the process. Or I might be totally wrong when her majesty shares more info.

        But I know you two are the smartest in this forum: can you make a case that making peace will not matter to rural Eritrea?

        • Paulos

          Ali Salim,

          Suppose one has cancer. And the person is on medication whose side effect, say, is diarrhea. He is given other medications to contain the diarrhea. Should the person be happy the fact that the diarrhea is gone? Absolutely! But is his or her worry gone? Absolutely not! The bottom line is, there is no happiness in Eritrea so long as Isaias is in power.

          • ALI-S

            Hey Paulos,

            I get your point. I think you agree that “The bottom line” that you mentioned is arbitrary. You just decided that the only way is “there is no happiness in Eritrea so long as Isaias is in power”.

            May be you are right but many people do not see an alternative. Someone has to be president as you know. We cannot leave that position unoccupied.

          • Paulos

            Ali Salim,

            I absolutely agree. Can we create some sort of mechanism whereby people can be presented with choices as who they would like to have as a President. If the people choose Isaias, I am game for the choice of the majority ought to be respected. More over, I personally may not agree with what he does but he will still be my President.

          • Paul_NotPaul

            Perhaps this may strike the regime loyalists here as odd, but I believe what you are referring to– whereby people choose whom they wish the be their leaders– is called an “election”. But again I am aware that in Eritrea, this is considered a novel concept.

        • Ismail AA

          Hayak Allah ALI-S,

          First, it’s good that you are staying around. You could be correct in assuming those 117 had first enjoyed a night of ecstatic goyla celebrating the news that heralded peace, and made the ubiquitous EPDJ shoot-to-kill border guards disappeared. My sense is that after all those people could not have hear anything since they live in darkness, and had embark on hazardous trek towards the borders due to poverty (add insecurity) as you have mentioned.

          Lasting peace is interest of all, including the opposition and rural inhabitants. But, here a reverse question to you: What makes you believe (under current circumstances) peace and friendship with Ethiopia, shall change the situation in Eritrea? How different do you think peace and friendship under the stewardship of OPDO from the peace and friendship during the heyday of TPLF-EPLF brother-to-brother relation?

          • ALI-S

            Selam All,

            First Hayat: thank you for the compliment but your posts and comments always contain some of the most logical, sensible and brilliant arguments that stay with the reader. I admire you for being principled and smart. In democratic Eritrea, you would make or break as you wish. That’s why we are trying to win you to our side of the table. We is just me.

            Ismael Basha – Hayat passed the ball to you and your creative wiggling out of a difficult position. It makes full sense that the 117 threw a goyla and I think a barbecue in celebration. Next morning they set out slithering azHaf style to avoid detection and made it according to Hayat’s binoculars.

            My point is that we don’t know what happened or how they ended up across the border. You can’t count arrivals in Kuwait International and report that they were running away from Sadam Hussain. I am a bit dramatizing. I am sure Hayat will come up with evidence that they were indeed victims of the PFDJ.

            I don’t want to sound critical but I wish we could brainstorm on how to separate news from views in the future. We are all part of Gedab news (a once credible source of news) as long as we share gossip in here. This would enable us draw boundaries between where we may argue because views are subjective and where we should accept things as credible facts. When a one-line news is compounded with 30 lines of commentary on an assembly of supply chain from A to Z the whole thing becomes open for debate.

            I am trying to figure out how to skip your question. I think of the following reasons that the peace deal may be a key ingredient of change:

            (1) for one thing it would take a critical excuse for not making reform out of the PFDJ’s hand hence my belief that it should be the opposition that should be celebrating not the regime,

            (2) it will lead to a major reorganization of things in the opposition and may declare an end to the “opposition” refugee and related human rights groups that have taken over or crowded-out the political opposition

            (3) the Eritrean government’s big dreams of banking the development plan back to Ethiopian markets including trade, the use of ports or even the gang like activity of Bado-9 cannot happen unless they introduce major reforms in the area of basic liberties and an end to national service

            (4) if as many opposition cadres seem to believe, the PFDJ plays stubborn and persists on holding the economy and the youth hostage, assuming the peace and unconstrained trade deal continues, they have two options: (a) Ethiopian companies with run the nation, (b) they will be subjected to enormous public pressure

            What do you two think?

          • Ismail AA

            Hayak Allah ALI-S,

            Thanks for the title – hoping you won’t get me in trouble by clearing the matter with the office of Mr. Ordugan who appears to have restored the prerogatives of the Supreme Porte (باب عالی).

            To slide back to your comments, let me first recognize your ruthless pragmatist views and politics you are set to play regarding the Abiy-Isayas peace ventures. I can understand the sense of where you are putting your money, and it is a bold risk taking adventure though there are no signs on remote horizon to warrant success.

            Dictators hardly make suicidal mistakes unless they face life threatening duress. So, I doubt the elements you have listed would add up to that and compel the dictator to commit deadly errors. You and I know the stakeholders in the dictatorship he had installed would be at vanguard positions not to let him make mistakes you are pinnig hope on.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Ismael,
            Ali Salim successfully “Tedemere” now he is two. A quick act of enthusiasm. Glad you can multiply that fast. 🙂

            Happy for you

          • ALI-S

            Selam Ismael and SJG,

            SJG is right the Tedemer thing is actually getting into my head.

            A followup question for Isamel: could it be that you are starting on a wrong end of the argument? You can’t start from the assumption that it is a dictatorship therefore these are the limits of where it can go. And then arbitrarily decide on what is and is not feasible.

            You should I think start these are what may be possible and then figure out the limits to feasibility concluding eventually it is a dictatorship.

            In Ethiopia as you know we started with the same wrong ended approach: Weyane is a democracy and therefore these are the possibilities. It turned out our wish list was from Cloud 9 simply because Weyane was far from our premise.

            Is it unreasonable for instance to assume that the end of war will take the excuse of defending the border out of the table? How does that relate to whether it is a dictatorship. There is no war – there is no excuse unless they come up with an alternative that will not include the border stalemate.

          • Ismail AA

            Hayak Allah ALI-S,

            I have already recognized that you seem to have settled for ruthless pragmatism, and to sell that you are on record (correct me if I am wrong) to rescind everything you said and written about the reigning order in Eritrea.

            In the process you are trying to write a new premise for your argument in a way that letter A can change place with letter B in both position and sound. You are starting from a premise that after all Isayas’ regime does not constitute a dictatorship in blood and flesh. Since it doesn’t, it is reasonable to assume it has soft spots receptive to outside stimuli – change in this case. I think it here where you seem to be looking for openings, which people like me fail to see. But, sir, what will make it unreasonable to argue that dictators possess power and authority to exchange one expediency with another when it suits their security and perpetuation? For instance, what will hinder Isayas from selling the current no-war no-peace decade and half on Ethio-Eritrean frontiers with another decade of tension on another? One thing to add if I may is that expectation that the power base of the dictatorship could crack due to the weight of what peace with Ethiopia will generate could over blown hope.

            To be candid with you though, since the opposition has suffered heavy jolts, it could get a bit sober and rethink new organizational and operation strategies, but not in way Berhanu Nega’s G-7 and OFL will be doing in the bosom of the EPRDF. They will have to do that outside the borders of Isayas fiefdom because Isayas lacks confidence and courage to take the risk of allowing coming home and doing what have to do as opposition.

          • ALI-S

            Hello Basha Ismael

            By the way the title has been confirmed with Al Bab Al Aali – congrats.

            I get your point and I admit it is a different way of reasoning. Even if I start from “it is not a dictatorship” the result is identical. I would be starting by determining whether it is a dictatorship. Then contingent on an informed but arbitrary conclusion I would draw the applicable limits to what is possible from classics such as 1984.

            My point with all due respect to all and above all to The Basha is that this might be the cause of justified inaction by the opposition. The only action possible under the conclusion of dictatorship is regime change. I’m assuming we agree that dictatorship is not redeemable it’s equivalent to Takfir and Kafir goes to here no use in rehabilitating.

            Anyone who is serious about effecting any changes short of regime change must necessarily conclude that it is not a 1984 dictatorship.

          • Ismail AA

            Hayak Allah Ustaz ALI-S,

            Sorry for being late; I got detracted by routines of life. By the way, thanks for confirming the title. But watch out; the new Sultan is unpredictable.

            Back to the chat, and I say all that we have exchanged so far lead to one conclusion: dictatorships are immune to medicines, and by predestination qualify for terminal surgical intervention. One could be slow and life-saving in the 1990-1990 Benin style under General Mathieu Kerekou, which might be attractive option to Eritrean opposition under the present circumstances – provided they gather some competence. The other one is a fate that matter of urgency imposes.

            Since Eritrea’s dictatorship has matured to a medicine resisting age, hoping the Dr. Abiy and EPRDF’s politics would serve to restore a few medicines responsive cells to Isayas’ mindset would constitute a breakthrough. Thus, those who do hope that might happen would well to reflect a bit on his résumé. Thus, without boring you further, the status quo in Eritrea will remain as it is, or even worsen. The hoped for bounty of funds would mean more spies, jails and propaganda tools.

        • Hayat Adem

          Dearest Ali-S,
          My chance of winning an argument and prevailing over would ve directly proportional with the level of stupidity and unfairness of the other side. And yet, I always wanted to engage (or be engaged by) smart and sharp people like you even if it means losing it all. Thanks for coming back to the forum. I have 7 people I wouldn’t like seeing them going AWOL here. You are one.
          Regarding your points, Ismail has addressed them well, in the interest of avoiding redundance, I remain.

    • FishMilk

      Hi Hayat Adem. Maybe they were undercover sympathizers of the TPLF realizing that their game is now over. These days, large numbers of TPLF & Associates are returning from different parts of Ethiopia to Tigray, as they also realize that the TPLF game is over.

    • FishMilk

      Hi Hayat Adem. Do you like the old Bob Marley song title ‘Bad Boys’. You know the one with the lyrics: Bad boys, bad boys
      Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
      When they come for you?

    • Mez

      Dear Hayat A,

      Nothing “changed” with Eritrean political life. If this continues:

      Very soon there will be an open boarder (no more shoot to kill).

      In few weeks, expect thousands to cross the mereb river southward–from all Eritrean social fabrics.

      Thanks

  • Kbrom

    Hi all

    1. PIA will take with him 23 officials from different ministries ( hand picked by him) to Addis. The technical committee will be formed and MOU will be signed on transportation, trade, investment ….. aka 5 pillars.

    2. Oromo elders will visit Asmara to thank PIA for his life long support to Oromia’s struggle.

    3. YG may be also Osman to lead a delegation of 14 people all young and middle aged cadres ( all hand picked by PIA) to Eritrean’s festival Washington festival. It is same like the እዚኦም ዮም ሃገር ዘምጽኡ ቦሎኛ ፌስቲቫል ድሕሪ ናጽነት 1991.

    • Hayat Adem

      Kibrom,
      You are breathing at PIA’s back neck.
      Thanks

    • Abraham H.

      Selam Kbrom, since you seem to have a good deal of insider information about the dia regime, may be one day you could explain to us this impossible to believe situation where the dictator wields total grip of power almost like an absolute monarchy. How is it possible that no one within the pfdj system, the cabinet ministers, military offisers, etc let him have absolute control on the affairs of the nation? The way I see things, he could just do whatever he pleases; if the UAE were to offer him US $100 millions to his pocket, he would willingly send 50K Eritrean soldiers to liberate Senaa from the Houthis, for example.

    • FishMilk

      Hi Kbrom. Great to see that CNN has established a link with a corresponding TPLF news affiliate. Credibility, neutral and unbiased reporting that you provide is quite impressive!

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei Now inc.
    The Ethiopians by now know the difference between protesting PIA and the peace process. On Sunday any protest is considered as protesting the peace process. If any protest happens then they will be crashed to death. And God forbid that to happens but if it happens the dead protesters are tplf people pretending to be Eritreans. The time for tplf manipulating peaceful demonstrations is over. The time to live in the West pretending Eritreans is over since soon the peace process stops Eritreans to leave their land.

  • saay7

    Selam Berhe c/o George:

    Yeah, Berhe, whatever @george said!

    Always begin by holding one constant–Isaias is right, even if Isaias of today disagrees with Isaias of yesterday–then mold and change everything to adopt to this and you will be fine, Berhe:)

    Democratic Coup right now. Best time to do it when he is in Addis.

    saay

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam abi
    How about kow, ste, roua…

  • ‘Gheteb

    Guest,

    You must be one certified IGNORUMUS to use the bible as a standard reference for the English language. Only a simpleton would use the bible as a dictionary.

    And, why are you hiding behind the “Guest” nick, no guts as if your utter nescience doesn’t stink to high heaven!

    Know thy level, cretin!

  • Amde

    Hi Alex,

    Didnt see a program.. and have been very busy at work.

    But apparently there’s a big thing at Millenium Hall.

    And a Teddy Afro and Hachalu concert among others at the palace.

    Crazy season.. a Teddy Afro and Hachalu joint appearance was a dream of mine which I thought unlikely – but they do it for an Isayyas Afwerqi visit at the HaileSellasie old National Palace.

    Its nuts…

    Amde

    • Kaddis

      Hi Amde,

      Both Hachalu and Teddy being very political, I wish their joint appearance were for the struggled youth, and stay out of appeasing the power.
      Heard a sport programme on Fana today about merging sport medals of the two German sides after the Berlin Wall in the ongoing Ethiopia Eritrea context.

      Mayet new engidih

  • Paulos

    Selam My Good People,

    The cruelest man the continent has ever seen is said to travel to Ethiopia this weekend and Eritreans in Addis are coming out not to cheering him up but to protest his presence. I say, all the power to them!

    • Abraham H.

      Selam Paulos, possibilities such as this are may be the benefits of the improving relationship between Eritrea and Ethiopia. The mafia boss himself and his cult worshipers are going to taste the brunt of Eritrean justice seekers whenever they set foot in Ethiopia. That is why a stable and more democratic Ethiopia is also to the benefit of us Eritreans.

      • @george

        Dear abrham

        Your Ethiopia will have fake democracy and no stability. Stability is not in their DNA. If you want to proof for that look the last hundred fifty years have been at war with everybody sometimes with each other.

        Instead of minding their business in the last 27 years they try to pin us down so that they we don’t developed. But guess what we overcame that and developed better than them. Everything they built somebody else deal for them. Everything we have we build it our self. Every inch of Bridge Road water reservoir he build it and we own it. Your tplf, not only bored money they can pay, but ask the Chinese to build everything for them. When they realize Eritrea sailing away they came back begging.

        • Abi

          Hi george
          IA is expected to visit GERD. He is expecting 500 megawatts of power from GERD for returning our ports. See, we are reciprocating in kind. We are nice people.
          You welcome.

    • Saba

      Dear Paulos,
      I hope they will not be the usual aggressive stone throwers. They will erase the meaning of justice or democracy the minute they throw stones or insult people. The only way is to demonstrate peacefully.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Saba; no worries; just make the arvail of PIA in early morning. The Eritrean who are in EThiopia spend all night in night clubs drinking, chewing khat and smoking shisha, so they wouldn’t make it to rise early in the morning. What i heard is, they sleep all day and they up getting drunk all night. They are lost for good, i am glad they are out of the country. they are nothing but losers.

        • Saba

          Hi Gen Nitrikay,
          Is that siesta ala opposition? I thought they drink only Starbucks coffee and i was thinking to build one Starbucks coffee in city park just for them so that they will not interfere in our democracy.

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam Saba
        There is no way they gonna protest in addis no more, that is a wishful thinking. Mark my ward, PIA is gonna be treated like as he is the Winer and empireor of Abyssinia.

      • ‘Gheteb

        Hi Saba,

        You are only restricting these good for nothing appendages of the loathsome Weyanes to ” the usual aggressive stone throwers”, but you seem to have forgotten:
        1) The violent THUGS of the Netherlands led by the mafioso Kbrom Dafla

        2) The HOOLIGANS of Toronto who have attacked elderly Eritrean mothers.

        3) The VANDALS of the Scandinavian countries who have burnt Eritrean Community centers.

        4) The HOODLUMS of London who have ransacked The Eritrean Embassy.

        These appendages of the execrable Weyanes are political VILLIANS, through and through.

        The culture of VIOLENCE is a the hallmark of their futile political activities.

        There are some in this Forum who are allowed to use violence laden languages such Testa ( head butting) and Bugna ( punches) to intimidate others.

        Such is the ILLOGIC of these good-for-nothing elements who go under the appellation ” The Eritrean Opposition Groups”.

        • Abi

          Hi Gheteb
          I’m guffawing!!!
          That bugna and testa from Hawna Berhe is the cause of your Ghetabanet:)
          That must have been a well placed testa you still remember it after 2 years.
          Don’t mess up with Asmarinos:)

        • Now inc.

          ‘Gheteb,
          The regime commits far worse violence than the opposition.
          Remember it is the regime that
          – tortures and murders citizens back home.
          – executed protesting war veterans of Mai Habar
          – violently snatched Aster Yohanes before she had the chance to kiss her kids.
          – denied Naizgi Kiflu’s family the basic right of burial
          – violently shipped protesting students to Wi’a causing deaths and injury
          – used chairs as weapons to violently disrupt Mesfin Hagos’ New York meeting
          – and so many more incidents…..

          • saay7

            Selamat Now Inc:

            👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

            When our side does terrible things, it’s cause for us to debate it and it may even result in us doing what we love best: splitting. When the PFDJites do it its an act of patriotism. I don’t know what was more horrifying about the Mesfin Hagos incident (in Germany not New York, which is where they disrupted Menkorios): the act of violence or Dehai message board ululating it and describing it as the best of “Eritreanism.”

            saay

          • ALI-S

            Selam bitsay SAAY

            This is unrelated to the topic and just came to my mind when I saw your name. Nugus ente’reakhu …

            The reason I’m asking is also because I know you follow developments better. You are kind of my Monte Carlo.

            I noticed a sudden increase in the idea that PMAA should have apologized for Derg’s atrocities in Eritrea. I think he should because he is Ethiopian and Mengistu was Ethiopian.

            Do you have any memory if PMMZ apologized and if either the PFDJ or the opposition who had easy access to him ever asked him to?

          • saay7

            Selamat Ali:

            Wow, the Third Way is very active today. Did you guys just renew your family and friend internet subscription? 😀

            Well, I think you should ask the PFDJ (the Third Way is always confusing the First and the Second way): remember that was 1991 when Meles was bosom buddies with Isaias? Anyway back then Meles told us not to demand accountability and scratch our wounds and Eritreans (and their very short memories) said “oh what wise words!”

            The apology being demanding of Abiy is wrong headed: it should be mutual and should be done within the context of the Claims Commission which shows both Eritrea and Ethiopia did terrible things.

            saay

          • ALI-S

            Hello Internet

            Fair enough on the apology I agree. The reason it popped in a couple of post PMAA articles may be part of what we are all doing these days scrambling for causes to champion. That’s to make our opposition worthwhile. So may be we should add that to the menu. Hade beleley!

            Nitricc came with a reasonable person’s proposition: he is changing the name to Merir I guess. The idea as I understand is to close one chapter and open a new one. It looks like he is planning some kind of opposition. It attracted my attention because he supported Eritrea when the challenge posed by Weyane was national in scale. Now we may disagree on the luxury items on the menu.

            What PMAA drama achieved is a consensus among us all that Weyane was riesi Akat. The only Eritreans who were saying that before were the 1st and 3rd ways. Answer true or false please.

          • Paulos

            Sal,

            Can you please explain it to us what the “Third Way” is? Grazie mille signore.

          • saay7

            Paulos:

            In the West, the Third Way is (or supposed to be) an alternative to the rigid Left and Right doctrines: take the best and discard the worst from each extreme.

            Its Eritrean iteration looks a bit different but I think the Board of Directors and members of the Third Way should answer the question. They are Saba and Ali Salim with MaHmuday holding an observer status.

            saay

          • Blink

            Dear saay
            Is Ali salim in to something different from what most people think ? I am confused about him these days . The guy is acting weird for me only for me. I reserve the right to wonder about this man. Damt, why why . Is this me , no no

          • Paulos

            Sal,

            Thank you. Not sure if you’re familiar with the “Rules of Over 50.”

            I. Over 50, hard to make new friends.
            II. Over 50, hard to let go of habits.
            III. Over 50, hard to change bosses.

            The third point, the three people you mentioned and the third way have a lot in common.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Now Inc.,

            You can add to the list, the recent, about 3 or 4 weeks ago, the violent attack in London or Manchester, in some soccer match or a bike event, by the so-called justice seekers.

            I am talking about a VIOLENT political culture that has become the defining element of your futile political activities, and you have to go back that far and bring stuff from what can be considered ancient history to mitigate and lessen the prevalent violent political culture of these anti-PFDJ elements?

            Did you even bother to read what the issue at hand was or this is a knee-jerk reaction?

            If you didn’t utter one word of condemnation against, say, what Kbrom Dafla and co. did in the Netherlands, then speaking about PFDJ’s violent culture ,day in and day out, is proof positive that you are nothing but a RANK hypocrite.

        • Mitiku Melesse

          Hei ‘Gheteb, you forgot to mention the woyanes who were part of the violence all over Europe and North America.

    • Mez

      Dear Paulos,

      I am really extremely surprised and to a great extent worried about the merit of inviting PIA to Addis. No reconciliation process, still extensive badmousing of tplf (which is an internal Ethiopian matter), no publically accessible and transparent detail agreements on any thing, no public or parliament debate. About different deals we are hearing from unexpected sources, not from the government itself. Very surprising.

      Removing the warcloud (including denarcation) is good and welcome. The rest is too fast and probably bad.

      Things look to be deliberately dubious and confusing. we like it or not, for Ethiopians pia is a warlord for over 50 years.

      I started now to re-read what Queen Hayat A said, since the begining. A seed of worry is crossing my mind regarding the intention of PMAAA. I hope I am wrong.

      Thanks

      • Paulos

        Selam Mez,

        We wait and see how the situation pans out. There are thousands of Eritreans in Ethiopia mostly the younger generation who are certainly not on vacation but they couldn’t lead a normal life in Isaias’ Eritrea.

        If they can not voice their perennial pain and agony in Eritrea, they can certainly take it to the streets of the host country and show the world at large that Isaias can no longer pretend that peace was what was missing in Eritrea but gross human rights violations, lack of basic political institutions including implementation of Constitution inter alia. If the young PM declares that protest is off limits, it will stand to reason that he is a hypocrite as they come. And he can not possibly be a friend of the Eritrean people. He needs to walk the talk.

        • Kaddis

          Selam Paulos,

          There should be a protest if the opposition demands it. Like you said it will be a test for the new administration. There are firm demands in the media circles for more rule of law, media freedom and respect to opposition voices. It’s a good opportunity in fact to get the international media attention.

      • Selam Mez,

        There was no way PMAA should not invite dia to visit addis as long as he accepted the invitation himself. The cycle should close.

        Much more important than the fanfare is what is going to happen after the dust settles – withdrawal of the armed forces from border area, opening the border, trade agreements, etc, and most importantly what is going to happen within eritrea. If dia does not loosen his iron grip on the people, either he is a vicious and inhuman dictator – a psychopath, or he is a scared creature, who does not trust even peace.

        The negotiations have yet to be completed, and i expect that there are going to be stumbling blocks and delays in decision taking, and some things are going to pass under the radar unnoticed, and we are to remain in the dark for sometime. The main job has not yet been done, things that will cement peace and cooperation are yet to be sorted out.

        I hope we will not see a derailment and we are again at square one. Limited expectations, and not being over-zealous is always the right thing in life, and at the same time calmly hoping for the best. There is no moral in politics, and who will try to take advantage of whom, we will see.

        The things ethiopians and eritreans lived the last three decades was the result of the tplf-pfdj love/hate affair, and their vendetta. If dia’s desire for peace is shallow, and all he wanted was to massage his ego by declaring that he is the winner and tplf is defeated, as his supporters are already celebrating, then peace has already failed its purpose, and nothing is going to change for the better in eritrea and between ethiopia and eritrea.

        Let him therefore see addis, the city he missed for so long, (remember, during the tplf and pfdj honeymoon period, he spent his weekends in addis), let him enjoy addis ababans flattering him. The few demonstrations will be far away for him to realize they existed.

        What will follow after the end of the fanfare? That is the million dollar question.

        • Mez

          Dear Horizon,

          It is hard to assume this as a conventional diplomacy.

          PIA does have in his resume awsam war crimes, crime against his own and neighbouring countries civilian citizens.

          In such a situation, you don’t need to allow him reciprocate a visit. Just take care of the peace process, border demarcation, and slow opening of the two nations to each other.

          I don’t even know what he is going to speak at the parliament, or if in the press conference he would accept questions for him, or what his message at all will be–if he has one for the people at large.

          Will it be just bashing tplf? Hell no.

          Thanks

          • Selam Mez,

            I am not aware that dia is going to address the ethiopian parliament. If so, what is he really going to say, as you asked? A dictator that has not allowed the implementation of the constitution in his own country and has no parliament, and rules by decree as if he is administering his own estate, what has he got to say? Why did the ethiopian pm ask him to do so, unless he wants to accustom dia to parliamentary procedures, constitution and constitutionalism.

            Just imagine him giving a press conference where there could be international journalist, who would ask him hard questions. He is used to giving press conference on eri tv, the question decided ahead, and the answer prepared for him. If an eritrean journalist dares to ask outside what he has been told to, that would land him/her in jail to be forgotten forever.

            Let me say this crazy thing. Is there a chance that dia is after something, like giving hint of the likely implementation of the constitution, constitutionalism, political freedom, release of political prisoners, etc, from the ethiopian capital, in front of the world press?

            Bashing the tplf in their own home, i hope he will not dare. It will show only his meanness and his vindictive nature, and nothing else.

          • saay7

            Selamat Horizon:

            (1) If IA is invited to address the parliament, he will lecture you on how a parliament and democracy is supposed to function.
            (2) When it comes to communication, your Abiy is a lot like IA: he likes giving speeches to adoring fans but does not hold press conference with adversarial press (I would ask you to beware of that, but, enjoy your honeymoon now.) If IA holds a press conference, he will lecture the journalists on how to do their job. That’s ok; everybody does: even the hapless Hailemariam Desalegn was lecturing them when rationalizing the arrest of the bloggers.
            (3) Remember, he is trying to claim the African Revolutionary mantle. So expect a future-oriented speech of open borders, and free movement of people, while keeping a watchful eye over scavengers and speculators.

            In the interest of sustaining the budding peace, so we can pick things off where we left:

            * the last time IA was in Ethiopia, he has used an Ethiopian aircraft loaned to him by his bff, Meles Zenawi, to take his family on vacation to the Great Lakes. The plane experienced mechanical issues and had to be routed back to Ethiopia, and a furious Isaias yelled at Meles for attempting to have him killed. (Source: wikileaks) So, please don’t be offended if he chooses to fly Qatar, I mean, now it is Emirati Airlines.
            * at the State dinner, please be sure to allow him to switch plates at the last minute as he has a phobia of being poisoned. (Source: wikileaks)

            Please continue to flatter him and praise him as an ecstatic IA is less likely to arrest people. He still will treat his cabinet and generals like crap, but that is fine as that may eventually make them question: is this what I dedicated my youth for, to be the royal jester and flatterer and irrelevant?

            Send him back to us in a very good mood. እናመሰግናለን

            saay

          • Selam saay,

            An interesting comment. Let me ask you these questions.

            – With the peace deal in place, the war situation annulled, borders opened, ethiopian airline flying daily, eritreans and ethiopians moving in both direction freely, economic integration developing, etc, is it possible that isaias afewerki will remain the same man, a dictator ready to keep eritrea under his iron grip until his death, or is there a chance he might be forced to change by the new reality on the ground?

            – Is it possible that he might change to a dictator with a constitution and a parliament and elections as most african dictators (of course, he will get his meto-be-meto, i wouldn’t say above 90%, as most dictators), just to show a slightly different face to the world community?

            – Is it possible to say that the status quo in eritrea as we know it up to now, will continue to be compatible with the new situation that is developing in ethiopia and eritrea (if successful), and therefore, nothing is going to change in eritrea, despite everything?

          • saay7

            Selamat Horizon:

            But we have seen this movie before and we can use its plot lines as a guide: the normalization with Sudan (before the recent abnormalization, that is). What happened then?

            The quid pro co was for Eritrea to pacify Eastern Sudan by leashing the dogs it had created; and, in exchange, Sudan to give Eritrea access to the ruling party’s favorite trade: contraband. And free roaming access to Eastern Sudan to kidnap enemies of the state, to intimidate the population and to collect taxes. The people of the border area had freedom of movement (with their special IDs of course). And people who are far from the border–To Sudanese from Darfur or Khartoum, Asmara and Massawa were exotic vacation spots. But for the rest of the people, it was business as usual and business was very bad.

            Now, the quid pro co (please read my frenemy, Bronwyn Bruton) is this: IA to encircle with love his new buddy Abiy–Oromo love (read Kbrom’s report), Ginbot 7 love, and soon joining in that festivity Somali love–so the wobbly legs of Abiy can be stabilized. Part of this Abiy stabilization is to open the candy store to the Gnbot 7 constituency (I mean ANDM died the minute Gnbot 7 was legalized, wait for confirmation from Kaddis): and their candy store are Massawa, Aseb and gigantic imperial flags. (They kinda remind me of the Tea Party Movement: a very privileged community which has somehow convinced itself it is oppressed.) In exchange, Eritrea’s reputation as a leper is changed (how can such a fine reformer like Abiy embrace a leper) with sanctions gone or significantly diluted. Tourists from the heart of Ethiopia to Asmara and Massawa, flags everywhere, Amharic everywhere. Until Abiy feels sufficiently stabilized and confident to question, wait a minute, what’s up with all this contraband business.

            Do I expect significant change with IA in charge of Eritrea? I keep hearing there will be, big ones, from people whose judgements I respect. But for all the reasons I have given–the nature of the scorpion–I don’t see the rationale for it. The people just want the country to be less predatory and they had such a hopeless life for so long, they will feed on hope….for a while.

            saay

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Mez,

        The reality for Eritreans will remain the same or will see the fate of our sovereignty in danger, as far as the despot is in the helm. But to worry about the Ethiopian movement for change not to be hijacked by the evil man and his conspiracy is a well placed concern. Mez the account of Ambassador Andebrhan in his book, about the despot’s retorts “I will take you down with me” rings back and forth in my mind, when I watch the fast changes in Ethiopia and the elation of the despot on the current move.

        • Mez

          Dear Amanuel H,

          Absolutely correct.

          1) after 5 decades of war we have two nations.

          2) now insteade of doing their own statehood business (with their respective constituency), and then move slowly but surely to work on their common interest—step by step–; they seems to take both nations into a convoluted preparation path for yet another war down the road.

          Very scary.

          3) we will see if the young Eritrean would be allowed, for a peaceful rally in a visible way–in Addis.

          Thanks

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Dear Paulos,
      There is a time for a every thing. This war has been the main reason for both countries to undermine the development of both countries majority people. And any one who oppose the peace process is considered as the enemy of both peoples.

      So do you think it is wise to protest the welcoming of the peace. Ethiopians are alert since that woyane bomb trial on the day of Ethiopians approval the unelected but God sent PM? I dont think so. Our government (oh after 27 years saying our government is so sweet) makes sure that no such protest for the sake of innocent Eritreans who reside in Ethiopia. Remember there is no way for Ethiopians to know the difference between eri-ethio tigrinas. And you know how many tplfites are willing to pretend that they are Eritreans. The ethio- tigrians pretending Eritreans is well proven fact even as we speak of that any tigre can get protection in all western country to live a better life.

      They can protest when the leaders of Eritrea comes for official visit or make sure that our peoples are matured enough to handle two opposite groups demonstrating same day same place.

    • FishMilk

      Hi Paulos Adem. Eritreans living in Ethiopia, who wish to come out and protest PIA’s arrival, will of course thereafter be afforded expedited Eritrean visa service.

  • Berhe Y

    Hi @george,

    Even after last weekend you are not convienced tgat IA has no principle, the principe that you thought he had.

    So how is that what I am saying different?

    Someone said YG (the god father of yPFDJ) is also upset by the whole thing.

    I always wondered what kind of advice these people give to the president (are they his friends or enemies, all of them), assuming he listen to their advice.

    You see they are going to open the airlines, the roads (including to Tigray) and Ethiopia is going to use all our etc.

    All of people who are in the Ethiopia / weyane : tegaru are our sworn enemy camps will be unemployed.

    I hope you are not one of them.

    Now Amde added he is practicing his eskista :).

    Berhe

    • Amde

      Hi Berhe,

      There are presidential masseuses in case he wishes to try out a bit of ጉራግኛ as well.

      Abdi Illey will drive the bus since he drove it over Feyachew Aseffa so well.

      ዝገርም እዩ.

      Amde

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Amde,

        Bronwyn Bruton Had an article titled “Ethiopia and Eritrea Have a Common Enemy” today. If what she is writing is correct then I think we are all wrong the motivation for these speedy peace.

        Berhe

  • Amde

    Hi @george,

    The program calls for Teddy Afro to sing for him about chilling on the beaches of the Dahlak Islands.

    In the National Palace.

    Amde

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei, all.
    Dear Eritreans, the grand father President Isaias Afeworki is going to visit Ethiopia. Ethiopians are ready to pay in kind the love Eritreans show us last week. Those who boisterously proud that they had managed to separate us are now in deep sadness and shame. They didnt even know why the hake they have done this gruesome war between families. Who is the devil now? Those who used guns against Eritrean people to be united with Ethiopia by force or those who brag about liberating Eritrea and at the same time work to paralyze the independent area hoping the paralyzed land submit for woyane eventually.

    Anyways Addis is not free from criminals like Asmara so we are worried that the security precaution can take the heat of the welcome ceremony to the great peace loving president grand father Isayas Afeworki. Desperate woyanes may have paid to cheap mercenary to assassin one or both presidents. We have witnessed how Somali region president declare war against Oromiy the day after amhara and oromo say no more hatred between the two races. tplf gets mad when peoples get peace. What a devilish creature.

    The grandpa version of Isaias is much humanly and fun than the young version who came to addis with that racist leader of Woyane. You know, tplf can brings the devil out of you. You can not be a nice kind person when you deal with tplf. Proof, just look at Ethiopia and PIA.

    Peace for all Eritreans and Ethiopians.

    • Abraham H.

      Dear MM, PM Abiy was welcomed with love in Eritrea, not only because he talked about peace and love, but also because his lived upto his words by releasing and pardoning thousands of prisoners, opening the political space for all Ethiopians, removing some opposition orgs from the terror list, inviting all political actors to participate peacefully in the democratic process of their country, taking more liberal actions on the economy, etc. Ethiopians have no reason to receive the Eritrean butcher with respect.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Abraham; you said ” Ethiopians have no reason to receive the Eritrean butcher with respect.” Ethiopians have no reason receiving who are Eritreans losers, baggers and a burden of society. they better behave or else they will be destroyed by PMAA supporters. You people have no shame. who the hell do you think you can go to other country and you call shoots?

      • Acria

        Hello Abraham,
        Ethiopians do have a reason to welcome PIA: 1. Just because Eritreans and PIA did welcome PMAA with unexpected atmosphere, regardless how it was organized. 2. Most Ethiopian would welcome peace with Eritrea so that they could use the ports of Assab and Massawa at the minimum and the possibility of uniting Eritrea with the mother land. For Ethiopians ‘ En’demer’ means ‘ Andnet’.

        In terms of protesting, I don’t think people will protest at this time only because most of them are hoping for a better outcome of this unexpected development. In my opining PIA should make some democratic changes before he considers meeting PMAA in Addis to show both countries and the world that he is serious about peace. Words alone, if not followed by real changes, are temporary patches and will be useless.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Mituku; if any One who is Eritrean or pretend to be Eritrean trying to show anything to spoil the good gesture of PMAA; simply the Addis people will eat them alive. First it is not their country, the Eritrean are there as a good will of the Ethiopian people and they are nothing but disgraceful baggers. I suggest they respect the people of Ethiopia and mind their misery. Although, TPLF thugs will try something by pretending as Eritrean. For any Eritrean there are two choices, one respect the wish of the people of Ethiopia go with flew and celebrate the moment or stay home, if not, face the consequences.

      • Mitiku Melesse

        Hei, Nitricc
        Before i even read your comment i wrote above the same thing. You dont know how humiliating it was for non-tigre Ethiopians when many Eritreans protesting how Ethiopians were part of the Eritreans over inflated so called Eritreans exodus. Woyane parents make havoc in Eritrea and their children live a better life in the west pretending Eritreans. Is there anything done by woyane with out such indecent crooked malicious ways? What is wrong with them.

  • girma

    don’t forget the closure of the Sudanese-Eritrea border along with UAE’s involvement that resulted in the result we saw last week. the freed up soldiers along the southern border will now be deployed to Yemen. this is how IA is getting paid. Ethiopia was just a negotiator as well as a benefactor on this. if Samora and Bashir (6 month ago) did not agree to cooperate on closing the entire western border with Sudan, you wouldn’t see any of this happening. IA could not afford the closure of the two modern borders which are the source of all contraband goods coming in to Eritrea. all Ethiopian can now travel visa free to ……. I will let you guess where

  • saay7

    Selam @george:

    Maybe my Kbrom is your Ayalwe mengesha; who is to say. The internet is the Wild West. Isaias may not have personally pulled the trigger that killed people; he created the system, and rewarded the people, who did. In this planet and universe, the boss is responsible for everything that goes on under his watch.

    Yeah I have heard that “there are forces” story since I was your age. It just keeps changing its name. People who keep mentioning them have one thing in common: they are spectacular failures who blame others for their failure. In Eritrea that’s cslled “Eritreanism”, according to Gheteb.

    saay

  • ‘Gheteb

    Hyper-Imagination Gone Awry

    Greetings!!

    Yes, the hyper-imaginative “stringer” of this Forum, Kbrom, is back with a newly minted report, albeit a gallimaufries of tidbits, engendered by that very over-active mind.

    Now we are told that:

    ” Ethiopia will have ‘unlimited access’ to Assab and Massawa. PIA to PMAA: you are welcome to use both the ports starting from today without any restrictions.
    The demarcation will be thrown in the back seat until is faded out of the screen”.

    “UNLIMITED ACCESS”? Hmmm…mmm. Like Ethiopia freely roaming inside the UAE naval/air base in Assab? Or, Ethiopia getting full access to the Eritrean navy vessels? Or, Ethiopia fishing freely in the Eritrean sea? Or, may be conduct an offshore drilling for gas and oil?

    Yeah, unlimited access could be a euphemism for what SAAY alleged that it would only take the agreement of two men, PIA and PMAA, to sell Assab to Ethiopia.

    But, here is what the Ethiopians are saying vis-à-vis their need for access to the sea.

    “Ethiopia Says Re-opening Roads to Eritrea’s Red Sea Ports of Assab and Massawa a Priority”, per, a Reuter’s report. Ethiopia is eager to boost its export to increase its hard currency revenue and cut drastically the cost of port users fees.

    Come to think of it, re-opening roads to Eritrea’s Red Sea ports, would bring the issue of demarcation to the fore and NOT “throw it to the back seat until it fades out of the screen”, as the hyper-imaginative “stringer” would have us believe.

    Well, the EXGUITY of logic, as I have alluded to on various times, is the hallmark of the denizens of Planet Illogic and no one should expect anything better.

    The “stringer” continued his report by asserting that:

    “PIA is said to have been given warranty of his future and impunity (one of main reason that he is so ecstatic since May 2018). Several actions (including actions that no one would ever imagine them to happen) will be followed soon by PIA as per the ‘instructions’”.

    IMMUNITY or IMPUNITY for PIA? or it “IA”? One is offered an immunity from a prosecution such as a diplomatic immunity, but to give someone an impunity as to do whatever s/he wants with impunity is unheard of, to say the least. Then again, the denizens of Planet Illogic are helplessly illogical and are NOTORIOUSLY known to wallow in the deep seas of COUNTERFACTUALS!

    We are even being told that “several actions….. no one would ever IMAGINE…..) would be followed soon by PIA….”.

    What? Several actions… no one would ever IMAGINE? Is the hyper-imaginative including himself here with all the other mere mortals who are only bestowed with average imaginative powers? How could that be? And, what are those things that PIA is going to do that are beyond the IMAGINATIONS of the hyper-imaginative “stringer” of this Forum?

    I wonder! I am wondering! I will keep wondering! What else one is supposed to do when one sees that the denizens of Planet Illogic hitting the absolute NADIR of illogicalities.

    Even the hyper-imaginative Kbrom’s Sancho Panza, SAAY is not helping much as he keeps groping in the pitch dark milieu of anti-PFDJ-ism, still futilely waiting for the break of dawn for nearly two decades, still singing the tunes ” oh, it is so pitch dark before it dawns” and I don’t want to accept that the “PFDJ has prevailed” and “Eritrea has been VINDICATED”

    • iSem

      Howdy:

      Some of us have said it before, yes shameless self referencing, but still less shameless than defending the butcher of Eritrea, the one who keeps his childhood friends, comrades, mentors, founding fathers and those who wrote the PMAA’s script for love and forgiveness in fox holes and sleeps with the enemy and smiles from ear to ear, a smile that no one has noticed before, even on the day Eritrea was liberated.
      Now we have said before that the PFDJ supporters, I mean those who pride themselves for been IA supporters for 40 years, the likes of the two, who among the 300 students were the only IA supporters will do whatever it takes to defend IA, despite his prove d crimes against the Eritrean human, not because of his truth but because if DIA goes down they go down: their enda sefayit shop, their grain milling operation, their license to traffic teenagers will also go down. So they will defend IA until death do them apart from him and their tailor shops.
      ቁልናሃ ምን በድሪ: we said it in earnest

      • Hope

        Selam Semere:
        Who gave you the right to give certificates-as Blink would say it, to people as to what to say,how to say things and what not to say ,who to support ,etc….,

    • ‘Gheteb

      Hi there,

      I think you have totally MISCONSTRUED the meaning of the expression:

      “To call for someone’s head on a plate”, simply means to call or ask for his or her RESIGNATION and nothing else.

      Here is an example, taken from a New Yorker Magazine, quoted verbatim, for your reference.

      ” “I am frankly astounded that Gingrich hasn’t been asked more about his various affairs and divorces—they are legitimate subjects for inquiry when you consider a) how merciless and, obviously, hypocritical he was when, as Speaker of the House, he was calling for Clinton’s head on a plate during Monicagate; and b) how sanctimonious he continues to be on the campaign trail, ranting about the encroachment of secular values into American life”.

      Now, do you want to go all literal on me and make up your own definitions or what? Please, do produce your references as we are using English and not some arcane language. The challenge is in front of you!

    • saay7

      Selamat Cuziest Gheteb:

      Remember Luther, Key & Peeles charter who was Obama’s anger translator? So I will be Kbrom’s de-encryptor as he is writing in such a ways as to protect his sources and methods.

      1. Isaias is going to Ethiopia this weekend. I noticed you didn’t mention that because you must have confirmed if independently. Let me guess hagerawi dhnet? Anyway, Kbrom thanks you are welcome.

      2. Asab & Massawa: notice that is is both ports. The wettest dreams Ethiopians had were Asab. Isaias says I will throw in Massawa. Effective now. What ratifying parliament? Do you think I am a real country like Somaliland or something. I am the State. By “unlimited” he means not for restricted use but unrestricted use. There will be no cultural, political, military restrictions. Ethiopia can have a whorehouse inside the liquor store inside the temple of the military base. Remember, he is so lonely, he offers any foreigner everything: to Rumsfeld: “the sky is the limit.” To Ahmedinejad of Iran: “there is no limit.”

      3. What are actions we can’t imagine? Use your imagination, although the requires reaching conclusions from clues given, a practice strongly discouraged by all cults. (a) Abraham Isaias Afwerki is the right age and he made an appearance on TV; (b) the president is tired and needs a Prime Minister and there is nothing in the constitution which prohibits that because we don’t have a constitution; (c) magnitude of release of prisoners could be larger than we can imagine because how many are imprisoned; (d) Eritrean youth maybe be demobilized faster; (e) refugees (f) private press proclamation reinstituted….

      Twgahmo. Hey Cuz, ever seen the Princess Bride? So, there is this weasley guy who keeps saying “inconceivable!” to everything and Montoya, a main character tells him “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” You, hgdefites and the confused oppo keep using that word so to help you here it is one more time (please write it down because there will be a test): Twgahmo, to give someone the benefit of doubt and when you learn that he is taking advantage of it, to (a) hold him accountable and (b) never extend that benefit until he earns your trust.

      saay

      • ‘Gheteb

        Hey Cuz SAAY:

        Before I get back to you with my withering rejoinder, I am going to ask you a big favor here. I think the Moderator has gone all LITERAL on me here. Since you are very conversant on the English lingo as used in America, can you do some digging here on the expression, “To call for someone’s head on a plate”, and offer your two cents worth here.

        Check my response below.

        Thanks!

        • saay7

          Hey Cuz Gheteb:

          Sure, I can do that; I guess anybody can. The question is the culture of violence the predatory state has normalized. An entire Paltalk room of your gang cheered shared flowers when a PFDJ Representative was briefing them about the i code ts of Forto and referred to the killing of an Eritrean as ኣካሪጅናዯ:: So given the culture you are marinated in, could I vouch that what you means is demand resignation? Sorry, cuz, I can’t. Not even for old times sake.

          saay

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hey Cuz SAAY:

            So, it is guilt by association. I was NOT looking for any sort of vouching here, but for the accepted and standard usage of the phrase and nothing else!

            You don’t have to read my mind or anything else here. We are here talking about a language reference and NOT getting even political stands.

            But, if that is NOT the case, if the standard usage of a language is not to be honored, through the use of a universal reference of a language, you guys are arrogating to yourself the role of the interpreters of a language without even offering a dab of corroborative evidence here speaks volumes to how far you want to go to and it is your prerogative.

            But, from where I am standing it is hypocrisy on stilts!

            Thanks, anyway, as I find this stand very, very revealing.

          • saay7

            Hey Cuz Gheteb:

            Like you said, the phrase could mean a number of things including the one you say you intended and including the one the moderator says you intended. So when that happens (truly I don’t know the moderator on duty so I am not reflexively doing ane nsu Nsu Ane like your peeps do), the normal thing to do is to see what is the use of that word within its cultural context. You know: the signified means nothing without the signifier.

            Also. If hypocrisy is on stilts and it falls and there is nobody to hear it, did it fall?

            saay

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hey Cuz SAAY,

            The amazing thing is that you are accusing me of something that you can never prove, except guilt by association when you said that:

            ” So given the culture you are marinated in…”, meaning the culture of violence, I don’t think you can produce even a smidgen of an evidence of that and I think you are being overly presumptuous here which I find to be totally unwarranted.

            What else does one call the egregious act that the Moderator has taken, except that it is so hugely hypocritical that for emphasis it is hypocrisy on stilts.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Gheteb,
            You are expressing your views without limits and for you to accuse this forum for attempting to muzzle you is wrong and you know it. However, moderators do what they are supposed to do and yes, they make decisions.

            Please note this is not a language institute and we all know the context, insinuation and the underlying meaning of what your comment means. We are not arrogant, so, if you think the decision was wrong, be it. Moderators prefer to err on such matters instead of encouraging violent instigation. But if there was a wish to muzzle you, you know it is a click away. But we are not allowed to do that unlike you know who.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi Saleh Johar,

            I understand what you are trying to say here, but you need to understand that our use of the English language has to be standardized through the use of universally accepted reference, such as a dictionary or a reputable English Magazine such as The New Yorker.

            I have provided both references. If your subjective interpretation of a phrase or an expression takes more weight, then, everything is left to the whims of whoever is moderating. No one assumes this is a language institute, but the standard understanding of a language is a prerequisite for effective communication.

            Then, why the need to DELETE the whole post, if the issue was with the last two or three sentences? Why? That is why I am saying that the deleting of the whole post is nothing short of muzzling a message that doesn’t go to the likings of your political taste buds.

            Yeah, that I consider MUZZLING of a post that is not to your likings. What else do you call it?

            You could have Xed (deleted) the last sentences. Even that should have been put back in the post after I have provided the references. But do I see here the INFALLIBILITY complex? We don’t admit making mistakes just like the PFDJ? Yeah, we do NOT make mistakes, but we will hector and preach how nice we are.

            Yeah, sure you can BAN me with a click as this is your website. I don’t think you are either NICER than I know who, or you are committed to unfettered freedom of expression. Simply, I don’t buy that grandstanding at all. That is a façade and a veneer that won’t pass a cursory muster.

            You have NOT granted me a special privilege here as I am simply expressing my views, like so, so, many others do. I bring a perspective and add value to the Forum, though what I write about is NOT to your likings. Or, God forbid, you think you and your group are the sole owners of the truth?

            Saleh, quit exhorting and lecturing me about how nice you are or that you can ban me with a mere click. I have never, ever doubted that as I have said this is your website and your website alone. You can do whatever you want and I am not sure why you have to remind me of that every time as if I am asking for a special treatment here.

            I was NOT born yesterday, nor am I totally incognizant of how you operate. I have seen the INNUMERABLE hurdles that were thrown my way.

            Here you are saying:

            ” But if there was a wish to muzzle you, you know it is a click away. But we are not allowed to do that unlike you know who”.

            Right there. You let the cat out of the bag, revealing the real intent of DELETING my post. It was NOT about instigation or incitement of violence, but a PRETEXT to delete my post. As simple as that.

            You can invoke all your prerogatives as the owner of this website, but quit insulting my intelligence here. You may own this website, but you don’t have the sole ownership of logic and truth here.

            Now don’t get annoyed and put your Moderators hat and issue warning pronouncements or edicts of your banned or whatnots.

            But, if you want to BAN me, go ahead as I am not going to cower here!

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Hei Gheteab.
            Maybe you are new for Ethiopian anti terror law. If you bomb civilians or plan to do so you are sent to prison according to the law. Oh, i forgot; if you have any opinions different from tplf too the terror law applies on you. So dont have different opinion than awate.com, specially dont oppose. Think of people like these get a chance to lead a country. Same old same old.

          • ‘Gheteb

            Hi Mitiku Melesse,

            Thank you for having the guts to speak the truth and nothing but the truth.

            Thanks again!

      • @george

        Dear saay

        If he goes to Ethiopia absolutely deserve to die. Absolutely irresponsible move. If you go there he deserves to die

        • saay7

          @george:

          A bit harsh: nobody “deserves” to die, not even a serial murderer like Isaias. Everybody however deserves a day in court.

          Didn’t you hear PM Abiyes spokesperson Ahmed Shifa saying that Eritreans and Ethiopians have lived in harmony for centuries? There is some fairy dust the UAE and US sprinkled that’s making both heads of government forget their very recent history (1941 – 2018): 67 of almost uninterrupted violence and the exact opposite of harmony.

          Now would be a perfect time for democratic coup.

          saay

          • Paulos

            Selam Sal,

            We certainly have had disagreements over the years on a number of issues but my respect for you has always been intact. But these days, when I read on as you take on and debunk the shallow nature of PFDJ, my respect for you added more miles till kingdom comes. Hats off and God bless!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Dr Paulos,

            I have the same feeling. He is fighting like single handedly winning many battles on all fronts. I don’t know how he gets time to engage virtually with everyone. God bless him.

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

            Very true. If I was Isaias, I would definitely make him head of Think Tank of East African Strategic Studies hands down. Unfortunately, Isaias shoots down stars instead of preserving them.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Saay,

            Why don’t revisit your old article modified with illustrations as to how the objective realities for democratic coup are there to overtake the power. If you do, keep the following requirements into consideration for a democratic coup to happen:

            (a) The military officers should be professional of highly educated elements, who understand their role in a civilia Government. Do we have them?

            (b) they must be free of affiliation to any party, otherwise if they are members, they will be entrenched to the party to stay in power.

            (c) In Real world, except the Portugal one, the two examples that were expected to have Democratic coup (Egypt and Turkey), the coup takers remain entrenched in the parties, and are suppressing democratic process to stay in power indefinitely. I don’t think there is any reality in the Eritrean proper. Let hear if you better argument for it than before.

            Regards

          • saay7

            Hi Emma:

            You have heard of actors who can’t watch their movies? I can’t read my old writing once it’s published. All I see are the flaws. There are two articles which are the exception to the rule and that is not one of them:)

            Here’s a better idea: awate publishes a “What Next for Eritrea” article and my contribution will be whatever the publisher thinks is a representative excerpt.

            By the way, did you read the “what next” article by Mohammed Berhan Blata, a man who literally knows IA the longest. It is a profoundly disappointing piece. An Eritrean on FB wrote the perfect answer: “why do Ghedli veterans treat Isaias like a precocious child”? Indeed

            saay

          • iSem

            Sal:
            humor me which ones are these two articles which are the exception
            That is is why you guys say writing is rewriting

          • saay7

            Hey iSem:

            Sure, anything for you. They are ዕጭ and እምብለይ 😂

            Come on man, let’s keep some things mysterious.

            Enuff about me. The transmogrification* Eritrea is going through require the skills of someone who can do it seamlessly. And those are Aklilu Zere and Burhan Ali. Can you and Berhe send the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and give them my message?

            Saay

          • iSem

            OK Sal: I bribe you, I will act as the RCM (no need to say Royal… as Akililu Zere says the economy of words).
            I tis not about you, it is about me, to see if I guessed write( Right);-)

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Saay,

            I am asking because I don’t know the answer, so here it is.

            If my understanding is correct Berhan Blata was one of those who authored or signed the open letter with the G15. Was he in Eritrea when the arrest happened? How was he spared from the rest?

            Berhe

          • saay7

            Berhe:

            PFDJ says he apologized and recanted. He, after he left the country, says he never did.

            Given the PFDJs habit for lies, I take his side of the story.

            He did not endorse all the views expressed in the interviews given by the G15 and he said so at Hadas Ertra and that’s what spared him.

            saay

          • Blink

            Dear saay
            It seems the crushing of PFDJ by what ever possible is off the table then. Many people in this website wrote articles on the background of searching for Justice and Democracy but we all know that is not the case. If you think all articles in this website were or are promoting democracy, free speech and justice,It means you know nothing what average Eritrean think of the many articles posted in this site. Again you wanted to bring the Man who has a considerable amount of support for his honesty and straight shooter . Please don’t even try that because as you know many people can dig many things and bring them to light.

          • saay7

            Blink:

            ብትደውል ብትድውል አይነሳም ስልኩ, in the words of our future official language.

            What are you saying Blink. Are you another one, like Semere T, who is conducting survey monkey of what “the people” are saying based on conversations you have with people who think exactly like you?

            Why don’t you just worry about doing the right thing instead of sharing the results of the imaginary surveys and polling you conducted of what “the people” say. “The people” I talk to, every single one of them, thinks Isaias is a a horrible human being who has terrible judgement. Back before the peace treaty when the only thing stopping you from focusing on the abuse of Eritreans was “final and binding” you used to tell us you think he is a horrible human being. Now, with that off the table, you are presenting him as a beloved man. By whom? By people like Askalu Menkerios who was serving him coffee while her husband remains in jail, without charges, since 2011? And if those are “the people” why would you listen to what they have to say?

            Honestly, almost nothing of what you say makes sense. I do appreciate that for whatever reason you hold me (or used to hold me) in high regard; but you need to spend less time evaluating others and taking an inventory of yourself and your beliefs. We will need everyone for the next fight and we can be looking left and right constantly to see who is waving the white flag.

            saay

          • Blink

            Dear saay
            I am not defending Issaias , I am just trying to make a point that the man you are trying to pull along the way needs respect not Issaias .For me Dia is just a dictator and there is nothing that can change that . I have been clear about that , He is an evil creature for me and this issue at hand is not about him but since
            you are dragging a man who expressed his personal opinion about a man he knew more than Your age . Why you bring Mohammod Brhan blata to make a point that you can do it easily? Why is that saay ?

            No one has a pollster in the Eritrean politics but since you know who said what , you should remember also people know a small amount, that’s what I am saying. I have no love for PFDJ or anything attached to that but trying to drag a great man who is living away from his beloved country who worked all his golden years to make a point is simply beyond what you are trying to make or defend .leave the man alone . Am I clear now that I am not defending the dictator. You need to appreciate what Mohamed Brhan did . You should at least understand that it pains him to see Eritrea and Eritreans go through this difficult 28 years .

          • saay7

            Selamat Blink:

            Ok, that wasn’t clear. Nowhere in your post was Mohammed Berhan Blata mentioned so how I was supposed to know that you were talking about him?

            I do have great respect for the man. What I was doing is expressing my disappointment of his prescription of what needs to happen. One of his recommendations was that Isaias should release all prisoners without any accompanying recommendation for how to curtail the man’s power, so he doesn’t round up new prisoners the same day. And after I read it, I was thinking why does this piece (it is either at EPDP or Erimedrek website, I forget) bother me. And someone else, at Facebook, expressed it perfectly: he was treating Isaias Afwerki as a precocious child and not head of a Mafia group.

            One can respect someone and be very disappointed in them. I am sure you know that feeling.

            saay

          • Blink

            Dear saay
            I was simply sad that you brought him and Berhe tried to digg more . I wish we leave such people even if they say things that we find it hard to believe. Sorry if I am being sensitive but that is how I truly felt.

          • saay7

            Blink Selamat:

            Which part of this are you not getting: Mohammed Berhan Blata is not a retired man. He is a politician, in the opposition and he just gave his opinion about what we needs to happen next. And I am giving my opinion about his opinion. So, yes, you are being very sensitive: he is not a fragile old man in a hospital. He is a feisty fighter.

            A month ago, Andeberhan Woldegiorgis gave his opinion about what needs to happen next and I gave my opinion on that.

            And now you are giving your opinion about my opinion, which is all good.

            saay

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Saay,

            “ብትደውል ብትድውል አይነሳም ስልኩ (in the words of our future official language).”

            Your agony is minor compared to mine. I now have to throw away my painstakingly prepared application for Eritrean citizenship!

          • saay7

            Fanti:

            Don’t you listen to any song that don’t come in scratchy vinyl or casette tape? Those lyrics are slightly modified from a song by Temu who sings in Amharic AND Tigrinya with Amharic accent. Amharic, Tigrinya will all be mishmashed like New Orleans English. What freaks the hell out of Ethiopians (no change from 1940-2018) is when Eritreans conduct their business in Arabic as Ethio TV was simulcasting Eri-TV report of Abiy’s visit to Asmara.

            saay

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Saleh

            “What are you saying Blink. Are you another one, like Semere T, who is conducting SurveyMonkey polls of what “the people” are saying based on conversations you have with people who think exactly like you?”

            Not that I care what you think of me, but just to set the record straight.

            I don’t conduct surveys nor did I claimed to do so. I never said/claimed, I speak on behalf of my faith, my ethnic, my region or any political party/organization. And if you think I’m not telling the truth, you can quote me this second.

            You may not like it or agree with it but I only speak-up (write) my mind about issues that concern all Eritreans.

            But you do claim to speak for others – for “victims of the PFDJ regime” – when in fact you couldn’t even attract half a dozen followers (Eritreans) in your town – a town of thousands of Eritreans. You all the “brainiacs” ደቂ-ውሻጠ of Awate claim to speak on behalf of Eritrean Muslims, on behalf of Eritrean ethnics (except you know which), on behalf Eritrean certain regions………. bullying to those who disagree with you

            In fact you Saleh Younus claim Eritrea is governed by a one man rule. Yes you Saleh claim unashamedly every single day that Eritrea is run by the whim of one insane man – Isaiaስ Afewerki. which is absurd. But here እቲ ናታስ፡ ንሓማታ።

            Semere Tesfai

          • saay7

            Hala Semere T:

            What a happy Thursday. AliKhwa Alsa’Aida kulaha hina, as Adel Imam once said.

            The SurveyMonkey reference is to you guys–you, Hope, FishMilk and, of course, the entire PFDJ (“hzbn mengstn Ertra), which packages its arguments not on the basis of their merit but by claiming they represent the views of “the Eritrean People.”

            I will dismiss the rest of your rant as Semere T having a bad day. But on the fact that the Eritrean government is a one man rule, the events of the last few weeks proved it to any skeptic. And, just as I suspect, all your final & binding, never negotiate before Weyane leave every inch of our land etc etc etc ended up being what I suspected: hot air.

            saay

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Saleh

            1. – “The SurveyMonkey reference is to you guys–you, Hope, FishMilk and, of course, the entire PFDJ (“hzbn mengstn Ertra), which packages its arguments not on the basis of their merit but by claiming they represent the views of “the Eritrean People.”

            Why is it when you voice your opinion insulting the whole PFDJ supporters and their leadership a valued opinion and when “us – you guys–you, Hope, FishMilk and, of course, the entire PFDJ (“hzbn mengstn Ertra)” without a merit? Is that because you’re smarter? I don’t have to tell you this but ኩልሳዕ፡ ንስኻ፡ ክንድታ ንሰብ ተኽብሮ ጥራሕ ኢኻ ትኸብር።

            2. – “the entire PFDJ (“hzbn mengstn Ertra), which packages its arguments not on the basis of their merit but by claiming they represent the views of “the Eritrean People.”

            That is Saleh Younus SurveyMonkey at its best.

            Now, why wouldn’t our arguments be based on the best interest of Eritrea and Eritreans? What if our argument is based on – Eritrea and Isaias Afewerki are not the same – we can agree with the PFDJ regime to fight Woyane and still oppose the Isaias rule. What if our argument is based on – we can oppose the Isaias regime and the unjust sanction, all at the same time. What if our argument is based – we can oust the PFDJ regime and have decent government IF AND ONLY IF we manage to protect Eritrea – if we don’t have Eritrea we got none

            2. – “But on the fact that the Eritrean government is a one man rule, the events of the last few weeks proved it to any skeptic.”

            Take it from me: last week proved only one thing. After Isaias’ PFDJ there will be PFDJ 2.0 and Saleh Younus will eat his words.

            Semere Tesfai

          • saay7

            Selamat Semere T:

            1. Sir, who said your opinion is not valued? Let me use the PFDJ as an example. Whenever it is writing a rebuttal to whomever, it doesn’t say, “The Government of the State of Eritrea” but “the People and the Government of the State of Eritrea.” Now, when exactly did the people give it the authority to speak on their behalf? Does “the people” include the exiled? the refugees? those languishing in prisons? those whose money has been confiscated? their homes demolished? Do they cease being “the people” the minute they oppose the government even silently? Similarly, whenever you drop their name and present your views as if they are the consensus view of the Eritrean people, when did they do that?

            To negate your argument or to poke holes in them is within the terms of debate. If you see a sign of disrespect in my tone, you are right to call me out on it. But I am not arguing against Semere T (I don’t know you from Adam) but your arguments. You don’t just say here’s the strength of my argument and why I believe it is in the best interest of Eritrea; no, you present anyone who holds a view contrary to yours as un-Eritrean. Again, this is boilerplate PFDJ tactic. I am not saying you copied from them; I am saying it is identical.

            Of course there will be a PFDJ 2.0. Harbeyna Isaias still has not defeated this inconvenient thing called limited life span. But PFDJ 2.0 will IA running it in the background, or a person he designated–in all likelihood somebody who shares his DNA. For example, does anyone know the name of Castro’s ruling party? All we know is it was Castro leading it, then his handpicked successor who will come up with his hand picked successor.

            Now, don’t throw things at me here but his and your enemies, TPLF, did something much better: a constitution that was so effective it kicked them out of power and it resulted in having everybody lay down their arms and fight without guns. Wait, let me guess: The Eritrean People don’t like it when I say that?:)

            saay

            saay

          • Hope

            Selam SAAY:
            Why are you mentioning Hope the Geberish Talker here?

            -Please,be so kind to STOP this fear-mongering propaganda that we will be united with mama estopia as the one man System is doing this and that.

            This is not new business and we don’t need to wait for another 5-10 yrs to make peace with Ethiopia and there is nothing drastic to be changed overnight to the extent of reversing our Independence.

            -Blame the lame Opposition and Figures like you,who don’t want to create a Stronger and United Opposition Camp due to what Semere Tesfay reminded you.

            Tell me any negative impact so far what the single man has done for the last 3-5 yrs other than good developments :

            -The Eri Egypt Relationship
            -The Eri-GCC diplomtic success in general and the Aseb Leasing in particular

            -The unexpected peace deal with Ethiopia and the immediate benefits and its long term positive impacts
            All the above have been decided by a one man system !

            We understand the politics of being run by one man but we only care about its positive impacts for now!
            You are just playing games in the name of Democriacy as we are living in a perfect environment and situation but fully knowing that we are in a very precarious situation .

            You have to give some credit for achieving lots of things despite that we have been living in a” Between life and death situation”!

            As far as your unfair criticism about the PFDJ’s change of heart of the motto of “Demarcation and Dialogue Later” is concerned,the answer and clarification is Self-EVIDENT and it is embarrassing -for you to make it as a big deal criticism.

            Worst,as if u have no clue about the TPLF,its Modus Operandi and its EVIL agenda,you have tried to credit the same Evil Janda and Hanquelti and discredit the victim.

            Here is what your “ Loyal” Janda has said and done:

            “-We don’t like the color of your eyes and we deported you

            -We will break the spine of the Eri Highlanders /and Christians

            -We will isolate and contain you and make you collapse overnight

            -We will build Camps in Tigrai and make your Youth flee Eritrea andcdrain your Human Resources and th EDF and thereby integrate you in Ethiopia and NULLIFY the Eri ID

            -The. Algiers Agreement is NULL and VOID

            -The EEBC Virtual Demarcation is a Legal Nonsense

            -Regime change by all means”
            Etc etc etc…,,

            BTW,to borrow from you -your words,the TPLF exposed itself last week about its unwillingness to demarcate the border and that it was using the fake Dialogue thing.as an excuse not to demarcate the border.

            And yet SAAY et al are still giving credit to the Evil Hanquelti and blaming the victim(the PFDJ or PIA),which proved itself and its credibility by implementing the peace process in the speed of life,irrespective of the motive.

            Of course,your arguements always make a perfect sense but they are ONLY PERFECT in a perfect situation .

          • saay7

            Hope:

            Its zero dark thirty and I am the Nurse on duty and checking the ward. As you were soldier: let the gibberish roll:)

            Most of the time I don’t answer your questions because you answer them for me, somewhere in the grocery list you compile.

            saay

          • Nitricc

            Hi SAAY; you said ” A bit harsh: nobody “deserves” to die, not even a serial murderer like Isaias” How many people did PIA kill? You said “serial” means more than one or two. Did you witnessed PIA killing people or you just following the new Eritrean trend, the Kbrom way; just say anything with out sources and hoping it will stick.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam George,

          He will go sooner of later. It is part of the salient agreements he has to do it. But when he went to Ethiopia, are you going to mourn and come with long hateta being dejected of his trip?

          • Nitricc

            Hi Aman-H nothing to be dejected about. PIA is alive and well and he will be rooming through Addis while your hero, the midget is dead and gone for good. You will see and be a witness how the Ethiopians love PIA. just watch. TPLF out of Addis like a gout and PIA is in like a lion. hahahahahahah

        • Berhe Y

          Hi @george,

          Welcome to our world “IA hypocrisy”. Here is my guess, not only that he will go there, I think he will address them in Amharic.

          የተወዳቹ ወገኖቼ፣ ወንድሞቼ፣ እህቶቼ፡ ቼ፣ ቼ፣ ቼ፣ ቼ

          Berhe

          • Paulos

            Berhino,

            😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            A lot of chu chu, is that a joke?

        • Nitricc

          Hi George; why do you say that? I know there are risks, like anything else; but what is your reason?

  • Mez

    Greetings All,

    Do any one have the original transcript of Aman Andom?

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei, Abdulwork.
    The logic is abstract. Many were skeptical when a new leader in Ethiopia proposes a peace call to Eritrean government. They have even to some degree made assertion that the new president like his successors wanted only to score some political points.

    Otherwise the peace call has nothing to contribute to the peace of the lands accordion to their expertise. With their rhetoric and awatian.com style professionalism in all Etho-Eritrea matters concluded the out come too soon. But this miracle maker of our new PM blow our mind beyond we can comprehend taking the speed his reforms into consideration. So awate eperts knew that they made a grave mistake when they saw how asmarino people reacted to the real peace agreement and its consequences. So they have to come up with this illogical comparisons which you noticed very well. Mister all we know never say we make a mistake. Instead they make confusion and come up with strange analysis just to keep their head up.

    We all know how the new PM came to exist. And the new pm knew not only peace among Ethiopia is the way for peace development in Ethiopia but peace with Eritrea too. In a way he is lucky too to have the mass support of Eritreans. That change every thing. He made every one a winner including PIA. Our PM made the happiest grand father of Eritrea. I have never seen any leader who are so joyful like Pia for so long compared to what personality he has developed through his long carrier.

    Mengistu Hailemariam used to say 100 killed i mean graduated when he reads some statistics in his yearly speech. He never said sorry. He always said i mean.

  • saay7

    Abdulworld:

    I was looking forward to the logical flaws you promised and I didn’t see them.

    The point of the comparison of Abiy with General Aman Andom was this: just like Eritreans put a lot of faith in General Andom to change their lives, “modern” Eritreans are putting a lot of faith in Abiy to change their lives. And the parallel is that just as Aman Andom was powerless to affect his well intentioned change (because Mengistu was ascendant), abiy won’t be able to in Eritrea because an equally blood thirsty tyrant is fully in charge.

    Similarly, your views about IMF, while interesting, are irrelevant to the issue at hand. The editorial is explaining that the financial reserve situation was so dire that it necessitate a visit by IMF to Ethiopia. Did this result in accelerating Abiys momentum for change? Absolutely. And the evidence for it is that prior to the IMF visit, in Abiys meeting with the business class, he was giving the usual EPRDF speech of don’t expect any change and after its visit he announced the privatization of state owned enterprises.

    saay

    • girma

      The IMF connection Vs Eritrea-Ethiopia situation has to connection what so ever. the case with Eritrea has more to do with Yemen (UAE and Saudi) and with the closer of the western border with Sudan which pulled the Eritrean economy (contraband) to a stand still. he was forced to make this deal. He is getting paid to deploy more soldiers to Yemen, that will be possible with the freed up soldiers along the ethio-eriteria border. Ethiopia is a deal maker on this negotiation as samora along with bashir made possible the cooperation of Sudanese and Ethiopian soldiers in closing the entire western border with Sudan. It has been TPLF’s plan all along, you can listen to Debretsion’s interview on this matter. this deal has been made for quite sometime now. Abye is just the new face for the reform. what are their dealing in matters of port access, we will find out soon enough. if you ask me, it felt like 1952 federation all over again

      • saay7

        Thanks Girma:

        While everything you are saying is accurate, it supplements and doesn’t contradict the editorial. We already know how desperate Isaias was with Sudanese border closed. What the editorial was trying to address was why was it that the timing of Ethiopia’s decision to add the Eritrea case to the priority list expedited? And in that regard, nothing would dramatize the point more than your banker coming to tell you you are weeks away from a complete meltdown of your economy.

        saay

  • Saba

    Selamat AT & the opposition to Eritreans
    You seem out of touch when you say Eritreans were not spontaneous. Even Isayas was spontaneous. You need more brain functions to fake everything in a fast moving environment.
    The people couldn’t trust you when you were cozy with Meles and spinning every logical argument. If the people do not trust you, they will not hear what you say.
    So first the opposition should be credible, show that they care about the Eritrean people. The opposition should hear the people.
    A strong people will never fellow the opposition or any other leader. A strong leader should follow the the people.

  • Saba

    Dear Fanti,
    How are you? Are you happy about this deal? I am happy with some worries: 1) Aseb future 2) Tigray people being marginalized again. TPLF? Game over:)
    Saay7 is delaying everything because he has to research in detail about:
    -Isayas haircut style
    -How much Jemila Tesmi did Isayas use for his mustache
    -to describe in detail when Isayas throw his hands to Dr. Abiy while laughing in City park. That gesture is seen usually between close SeNaDU:)
    -Why Abiy’s guard were so worried knowing that every Eritrean’s movement is controlled by PIA
    –BaBa Isayas’ Villa is a second residence. The first residence is secret and is financed from money in the Swiss bank.
    -Praises of Dr. Abiy to Isayas. How many are they?
    So it makes sense, these take time.

    • saay7

      Saba:

      This is very funny, but not accurate:) your sense of humor has a remarkable similarity to the only other member of your party: The Third Way. Just like the opposition you criticise, it looks like “Thr Third Path” didn’t even create a website or a streaming internet satellite radio. I guess a party with two members has limitations;)

      The reason I wrote about Isaias as much as I do is because he is The State. To pretend otherwise, particularly after the weeks we just had, requires a level of fantasy that sci-fi writers would dismiss as lacking credible. So since you brought it up: Isaias Afwerki of July 8, 2018 was happier than Isaias of May 24, 1991 and Isaias of April 24, 1993. And his son Abraham has that aw shucks I am so shy look that Bashar Asad used to give before fate interrupted his medical career. And your baba Isaias villa is modest not because he doesn’t have the power to confiscate all the villas in Asmara, but because he is content knowing those whom he hates are in underground prisons.

      saay

      • Paulos

        Sal,

        ኣነታ ሳል እዝግሄር እንታይ ዓይነት ዓቅሊ እዩ ሂቡካ? ዝገርምእኮ’ዩ፣ ነዞም ህግደፍ ዝባሃሉ ሓሞቶም ዝፈሰሰ ከተእምን ምፍታን ፋይዳ ዘለዎ ኣይመስለንን።

        • Abrehet Yosief

          Selam Paulos,
          There was an excellent article in Hadas Eritrea. It praised a young woman for entering what was men dominated business. The young woman was very grateful to her elderly male neighbor who thought her the Technic and importance of every aspect of the job. She had her own spot and all necessary tools. The job was shoe shining.

          • Paulos

            ሰላም ፍትውትን ክብርትን ሓፍተይ,

            The banality is endless so much so that what the late ዓራራት እዮብ aptly put it comes to mind when she said, ኣሰብኡት ስኢንና።

            When the social fabric falls apart, the consequence is not only detrimental but it is precisely the reason the woman took up a shoe shining job not an indication of equality and parity but when a vampire feeds on the blood of young men so it remains robust and there are no more to be seen.

      • iSem

        Saay:
        Speaking of the Third Way:This is what one awatista once said about the still two person show
        In deference to our creator, a cross-eyed but visionary Ali Salim here is a poem in English.
        You fought against the land-grabbers and you won
        When the Cyber Opposition snored, you were turned on
        You are little grayer and older but much wiser
        For the Cyber Opposition who are so diminutive
        And the Woyane lackeys who are so imitative
        Your journey is counter intuitive
        Because you type and turn faster than light
        Your name ought to be Mr. Bright
        You went away today
        And arrived yesterday
        Here is also another poem in Tigrinya in affirmation of my loyalty.
        ክግልግልካ ካብ መረጽካኒ ብምሉ ልብይ ይእዘዘካ
        ባህ እንዳ በልኒ የግልግልካ
        አወል: ካላአይቲ፡ ሳልስይቲ፡ በረካ እናብልኩ ቡን ክስትየካ
        ክምታ ልማድካ
        ክምታ ባህግኻ
        ጥልፈይ ወድየ
        ስተይ ነስኒሰ
        ልሕቲን ከርበን ይትዕጥነልካ
        አብቲ ሳልስይ መገዲ-ድብርኻ
        ጥዑም ሽቶ ሽንፋእ ይትዕጠነልካ፣
        ዙራይ ወድይ ክሽብሽብልካ
        ንዕመታ ክምዛ እዋን
        ምክተይ ሓሪደ
        አርቐይ ቀዲሐ
        ዕንባባይ ነጺገ
        ነቲ ዳብልዮስ ክግስጾ
        ሸይጣን አይስማዕ
        እንተስምዕ ድማ ይነፋሕ
        ሳይበር ተቃዎምቲ ክኽዎን ዘርሞ ዘርሞ
        አቡ ዕልዋ
        ወደቦይ ሳልም
        ኪዳን ዶ ይኹንካ
        አነን ንስኻን ይለላንላን ናይ ፎርቶ ዕልዋ
        “The third Way is the Only Way”.

      • Saba

        Dear Saay7
        You should investigate what happened to the BeleS seller. Did she got paid? What were they doing in that area? Were they going to Massawa and suddenly changed their plan? You have a lot of work to do:)
        The third way is well and alive, it is in the heart & minds of every Eritrean who does not belong to the PFDJ(the 1st way) or the opposition(the 2nd way). Why do ween need a website? We do not need a website to:
        1)A website to spread a Wikipedia-style articles, articles with
        half truths.
        2)Or a website to justapost unrelated concepts as one, like that of
        the writings of Embaye Melekin. some spinning is ok but not 360 spinning. With 360 spin You are back where you left:)
        3)A website or an opposition party to spread the lies of TPLF &
        MZ. To interview PMMZ with soft questions or asking him in the middle of the interview if he needs more cushions or pillows to put in his chair just to make him comfortable. At some point even the interviewer got comfortable to ask PMMZ to promise him not to run again as PM. O O, wrong question. But the “mels ke kisu” PM do not want to disappoint and agreed and promised, just to make the kids happy. Do you know who was PM the next year? Meeellleeesss
        4)Or a website to convert anything positive about Eritrea to negative. One time Foxnews mentioned Eritrea by accident. A one line praise in
        the middle of an article supporting Eritrean stance of the UN as a paralyzed body. Then here comes a website that converts a one line praise into A full article, throwing everything to it like a Christmas tree.
        5)To down play any Eritrean people’s achievement because it was
        told by PFDJ. MDG!
        6)To spread the fake news that it was PIA who started the 1998 war but in fact it was started by the group of Eritrea haters like Gebru Asrat, Siye Abraha, Tsadkan etc (due to inferiority complex) and supported by the power hungry Meles. Meles did not want the war but he faced a choice between starting the war and losing his premiership. So he declared the war while waiting to speak with Isayas. The naïve isayas felt betrayed and saw how MZ was opportunistic. PIA over reacted. MZ played well Isayas in the chess game at the risk of the lives of Eritreans. Well in the logic of PLANET ILLOGIC*, Meles still deserved an interview by Eritreans, forgetting what he did. At least you did not forget what Isayas did in light of his meeting with PM Abiye. I know you like that guy but be careful of shiny subjects.
        The MO of PIA is that of “All or none”. If he likes you he will give you everything, with no laws and treaty. If you make him mad he will deprive you everything. The opposition, instead of describing isayas’ actions as it is, they will super analyze it, full of hyperboles and half-truths. If an event has 60% of probability of happening and if is
        positive event to Isayas, the opposition will omit facts and add lies to downgrade the probability to 30%. If the event is negative to Isayas’ image, the opposition will omit facts and add lies to upgrade the probability to 99%. The majority of the Eritrean people, when they see this, they will stay away from the opposition. Now you know why the Eritrean Diaspora do not support the opposition, a vote between PFDJ and the opposition in the diaspora would be like 95% & 0.1%[Let
        me know if you have stats to the contrary:)]
        In fact the opposition is the biggest supporter of the PFDJ by INDUCTION. Do you remember charging by induction? Here is how it works:
        -The NEGATIVELY charged Object: The opposition is full of negativity toward Eritrea and Eritreans just to harm Isayas
        -The Neutral Object with equal positive and negative charges: the Eritrean people undecided whether to support or oppose the PFDJ regime.
        -So the Eritrean people get close to the opposition looking for solutions. But the Eritrean people find the opposition full of negativity toward Eritrea, even to SeWaAt(the negative charge). Having seen that much negativity, the Eritrean people start to prefer the PFDJ regime(lose some of its negative charge). At last the Eritrean people run away far from the opposition(now the neutral object has
        a net positive charge i.e. not opposing the PFDJ regime until a better, real opposition comes)
        When allowed, the Eritrean people was spontaneous. The above article does not say that, it says:the reception was not spontaneous. To follow the PFDJ order the people could have just stayed outside and not welcome the PM with joy. Stop with the half-truths and
        Wikipedia style articles. Remember my BetRi haki Trut-O-meter, a measurement of true news and fake news, before fake news was so popular? 🙂
        BaBaKa Isayas had a modest house even before the arrest of his comrades. Why is that?
        What the opposition can do now is to expose what is the nature of the agreement between PMAA & PIA with out resorting into half-truths and hyperbole’s. I am worried that by singing selam or Fikr/medemer, they (PMAA & Ethiopians) might take everything and Ras Weldemichael SuHul will be turning in his grave or even Tedla somebody, I forgot
        his name, the one who kissed HIS and later declared “Be Geza Eju Metewal”. Well the result was annexation. What is the result now? The opposition can warn the Eritrean people but with journalistic integrity and not running into half-truths or sexist insults as Assenna is doing.

        *The capitalization of “PLANET ILLOGIC” was not mine, it is an image not a text:)

        • saay7

          Hala Saba:

          It looks like the The Third Way is the MeToo Way or in the case of your party the BothofusToo (#bothofustoo) Way. Everything you wrote is a curse against the Opposition so why would I not deal with the FirstWay since you have nothing original to contribute and, in any event, both members of the party will disappear right around, oh, September? At least the First Way is persistent.

          There is a post by Asia Abdulkader who translated a Tigrayt expression about goats and whom they love. Because this is a family website I am not allowed to repeat it here but it describes perfectly the Second Way perfectly :))

          Kidu belu tedemeru with Baba Isaias. Unfortunately, I cant come with Sltanya and visit you because, you know…but that is just opposition exaggeration.

          Good luck!

          saay

          • Saba

            Hi Saay,
            September? That seems too early. Are you ready for that? May be you are but your comrades are happy where they are i.e. to criticize ad infinitum with out suggesting alternative solution.
            Gel Gele Meskele MeAs TekelKeLe? every september:)
            Yes it is a movement, you are getting it slowly. The third way will be there forever as long as the Eritrean people exist. The first way might continue to exist. I have no idea about the second way. TeBaLe TeBaLE Endiye:)
            Even in your opposition exaggeration please keep the website at least a family website if you can’t keep it an Eritrean-oriented website.
            Now you are telling us that J. Frazier is our friend? Zebenya Grinbit May NiAkeb. She is the one who consolidated the NWNP and preached about villages being divided. Still out of touch?

            If our contribution is zero and that of the opposition is negative, still zero is better than negative.

          • saay7

            Saba:

            September at the latest:) You guys are not exactly ultra-marathon runners.

            saay

          • Saba

            Hi Saay
            Yikunelka:) Meskerem it is. And please be professional and do not say Meshrefet.
            AkoKay AkoKay, PFDJ Wutsae and opposition Eto:) Keep dreaming!
            We do not like a quick run to the finish line with the help of a malign force.

        • MS

          Ahlan Saba
          This is a great Hateta, and maybe the longest I have read from you…haha…you are becoming so generous these days.
          The opposition has never been “people centered” and as such never focused on the Eritrean people. BY definition it should have offered an alternative to the states quo, but it has not. On the contrary, the opposition has been an extension of the despicable wayane in all the positions it took in encircling and isolating Eritrea. Take any anti-Eritrea agenda and check how the position peddled it, and you will see the only beneficiary was TPLF. It was the opposition versus mainstream Eritrea.
          There is a new dawn in the region. Wayane has finally shrunk into its proper size; it is on a defensive mode. And with that, our opposition’s dream of marching towards Eritrea is over.
          Remember, some months ago when this website orchestrated “Eritrea: a regional threat,” in the hearing conducted in the Foreign Relations Sub-Committee and Dr. Beshir’s outrageous claims. Also remember, when Dr, Abiy Ahmed was chosen as the PM of Ethiopia, this website’s penned articles in an attempt to reach to Dr. Abiy Ahmed to entice him to assess Ethiopia’s support for the Eritrean opposition. Also, remember that this same website had told us that a “Task force” had been formed to lobby for Ethiopia’s stronger position against the Eritrean government.
          Well, all those ambitions have now dissipated.
          I have been calling for critical assessments of the MO of the opposition and for those nationalist and patriotic elements to disassociate from TPLF-inspired destructive agendas. We were called “ultra-nationalists.”
          The smart people in the so-called opposition focused on quick and convenient methods on removing PIA at the risk of ignoring national interest of the state. Time to compose Twga’H’mo 2.0 and move into a constructive engagement. SAAy is the last person I would want to criticize but as the most sensible person in this forum, I’m sure he will re-frame his positions and arguments in a way they agree with the new realities.
          Most Eritreans are happy because the war has officially ended. This does not mean there will not be another conflict. But at least for the mothers and the young people, ending the current threat of war is a PEACE of mind, and peace will have dividends among which is introducing changes.

          • saay7

            Hala MaHmuday:

            It has been a long time, old friend!

            A friend of mine was telling me what “hzbi Ertrea” (hzbi ertra = people I talk to) told him/her when he/she called him/her. (Sorry: gender of both protected to make the job of Wedi Kassa harder)

            ንሕና ፈሪሕና፥ ንስኹም ሓሚቅኹም

            We [in Eritrea] are too fearful; and you [in the Diaspora] are too inept.

            A very fair assessment. So, here’s what the Third Way–party of 2, your table is ready–and those who haven’t joined them (I believe you were an honorary member but my memory is faint) are saying: we are reflecting the sentiments of our people when we call the Opposition names.

            ሕማቓት! ኣብቱኽ! ሰነፍ!

            Feel better?

            ኣወደኣኒ!

            ሓመድ ዕደ! ከዳዓት! ሃሱሳት! ለሓስቲ ብያቲ! እከይ! ርኹሳት! ካሓድቲ

            Now you are just repeating yourself

            ኣወደኣኒ!ጨነውቲ ሙሽሙሻት

            Ok, I will just wait right here. Join me when you are done because the second half of what the “hzbi” said isንሕና ፈሪሕና. Now what could they possibly be afraid of? And could they articulate it? Maybe, I don’t know, in a written testimony that they could give some international organization…ሸየጥቲ ዓዶም፦ ጠላማት፥ ሽዩጣት! Sheila Keetharuth! Susan Rice! Jendaye Frazier! All enemies! And whoever associates with them is an enemy!

            I see you are still too angry at the opposition to help the frightened people. But you do know that this powerless, useless, incompetent opposition can’t be so strong that it gets to define opposition. Bring us a new, vibrant, healthy opposition that would render them even less relevant than they are. Can you do that?

            ሕማቓት! ኣብቱኽ! ሰነፍ!…

            Got it

            ሓመድ ዕደ! ከዳዓት! ሃሱሳት! ለሓስቲ ብያቲ! እከይ! ርኹሳት! ካሓድቲ

            Still got it.

            Sometimes, if feels like a videogame, one of those games where you have to say or do things to collect tokens to get you to the promised land. (I am talking about the video game still:)

            Anyway, what the last two weeks taught me is that one can never underestimate how short people’s memories are. And sometimes, I feel like saying that line (Verse 4, line 8) from that song (Learn To Swim) by that band (Tool.) You know the one Mahmuday!

            Anyway, short version, I can’t way for all the waves, first, second, third, all the ones who said that they will raise the people’s issues (constitutionalism, rule law, indefinite conscription, free press, elections, prisoners) to join us when they are done cursing at the opposition and Weyane. You guys keep saying both are dead and it is impolite in our culture to speak ill of the dead. Now do what you know you must do. Whistling in the graveyard loses its melody quickly, doesn’t it?

            saay

          • MS

            Ahlan SAAy
            I don’t think of you as one of our ” typical opposition,” that’s why blink is mad at you every time you mess his expectations.

            The third way is actually warming up and you are at the top list of candidates Saba wants to consider for its CEO.
            I think the priorities of the typical opposition and those who you said are afraid (Eritreans in Eritrea) are different. The task for smart people like you is to understand this crucial aspect of the new paradigm and reorient yourself accordingly. The shortest way of securing the objectives you hold dearly might be through supporting the current peace process. Just an idea.

            AbusalaH, I’m not that crazy about the opposition any more. I was and I had been lashed for my untimely overtures. That was fine. We still like to see our nation move towards normalcy. Peace and normalcy will bring the domestically driven change. It is safe and it is enduring because now the hands of Wayanistas are cut so short they will even need our help to feed them (they can’t reach their mouth). Now, the traditional opposition is a thing of the past. And it should not constitute the basis for Eritrea’s future pluralistic political system. It is just too deformed and full of alien and incoherent ideas. Members of the traditional opposition can play their role as individuals in our third way party, though. And my friend Emma is welcome. Forgive me, I have no idea what I’m saying…
            We love you though and as Saba would conform it, we are eager to have you on our side. General Nitrickay is coordinating the recruiting process.

          • saay7

            Haha MS:

            This is not a trick question: do you know a single person who is crazy about the opposition? And I am talking about the organized opposition? (I will play the jeopardy theme and wait now.)

            Another question: in the last 20 years of our history (1998-2018), if you list the problems we had in Eritrea–war and the policies that followed the breakout of the war–what percentage of them were (a) caused by the IA regime; (b) made worse by the IA regime (c) created by the Opposition; (d) made worse by the opposition.

            Please compare Eritrean regime with Eritrean opposition.

            Again, I will wait. Cue jeopardy music.

            Now then, for those of us who believe that IA and his regime bears responsibility for 99% of the problem Eritrea is facing–either by creating the problem or not moving rapidly enough to contain it and then punishing those who either try to escape from the consequences of its decisions or opposes them. Unless one rationalizes this behavior (nation building, we are a young country, the world hates us), or doesn’t think there is nothing he can do and might as well just focus on personal goals (Suq Ilka deQka zeyteEbi), being in the Opposition becomes the default position. To be in opposition simply means to express your difference of opinion with the policies and practices of the IA regime. If there are a lot of nutcases who are sitting next to you in the Opposition tent, if you focus all your attention on cursing them, then you have completely forgotten why you were in the tent to begin with.

            You know enough about me, Mahmuday, to know that endurance and persistence is important to me. The wiliE TifiE individuals and orgs are too unreliable to follow much less lead. So I will pass. But of course I love you all!

            saay

          • Saba

            Saay7:
            Just because one is Seytan, you do no have to be NiSHtey Seytan.
            Anyway if i am allowed to answer your question:
            60% TPLF & The Eritrean opposition doing the dirty game of TPLF
            40% PFDJ
            0% The Third way:)

            Be nice to Hawi leyto, wilie TifiE ziblu. The talking cricket was giving useful advice’s to Pinocchio but he did not listen just as your opposition does. So do not underestimate the “Wilie TifiE ziblu” in your way.

          • saay7

            Saba:

            This Eritrean opposition is one amazing creature. It’s able to perform all things (including sanctions—2 of them—according to Cuz Gheteb*) despite being in a coma or dead. No wonder you are terrified of it: when it is standing and healthy, it will dominate Eritrean politics. I am so happy for us, including the Third Way: because of your MaA Alezina Anteseru (I am with the winning team) mindset you will be blaming the PFDJ then. 😂

            saay

            * Gheteb, where is that stinging rebuttal? I love it when PFDJites justify imprisonment (indefinite) and conscription (indefinite), but the screeches and screams at the slightest injustice they perceive fell on them 😂 aye tsnAt aye texawarnet.

          • Saba

            Dear Saay7
            You are getting it wrong when people tells you that the opposition is in coma. When one is in coma, that person can not interact or speak with family etc. Similarly the opposition can not act as a real opposition with objectives centered to the Eritrean people.
            But in a person in coma, most of the reflexes are working. That person can have even new cancer cells(that will do the dirty job of TPLF).

            So until now your opposition has not done the right thing(like being in coma) but it has done a lot of wrong things(like being cancer cells). Net result is NEGATIVE!

          • saay7

            Saba:

            Still amazing though for a political organization that is barely alive (if not dead) to convince the permanent members of the security council to vote to sanction Eritrea. Twice. But wait there’s more:

            This same dead opposition got the PFDJ hauled to the HRC, year after year, and got an Special Rapporteur and a Commission of Inquiry to (just as Aster Yohannes told us before her arrest, “if I am arrested, tell the world!”) to tell the world. Then when they arrested a 90 year old man and those who chanted Allahu Akbar, guess what: they told another Special Rapporteur….

            Right now,another member of the comatose oppo, has a video saying “an Eritrean gov official told me the case of my uncle will be heard when Peace is announced. Peace is announced, where is my uncle?”

            Meanwhile, the very much alive Third Way was wringing its hands.

            Long live the dead! ❤️

            Don’t worry we will speak for you when you are stung too.

            saay

          • Saba

            Hi MS,
            Shusshhhh, do not tell to SAAY that he is in the top list. He has to earn it:)

          • Saba

            Dear MS,
            It is a ritual between me and Saay every two years:)
            I try my best to stay away from politics and from the opposition. And if i engage usually i am a one liner:) I am practicing with my one liners for a possible senate run with Saay:) But sometimes i wonder why is that the elites do not understand a simple logic while the average uneducated Eritrean person can understand it easily? The articles they wrote is to harm Isayas with a heavy collateral damage of the Eritrean people. The above list i made was just Kab BaHri BimanKa. You would laugh if you read the foxnews story. It was one line and it was true. If Isayas says 2X2=4 they will say no, 2X2 is 6-2. Such a crazy thing from the planet illogic oops PLANET ILLOGIC:)
            I did not know about their “last act” in the FR sub committee. I am sure they would love to interview PMAA but he does not like “BADO politics” he likes the “politics of addition” 🙂
            I know you have tried to engage them but some ended up in name calling. NaYkontinet KoNtu.
            As you said they were never “people centered”. They wanted a quick way to the throne with the help of TPLF. But TPLF ended up being their albatross. TPLF politics is toxic for Eritreans and Ethiopians. their gain was short term. A friend sent me a link about TPLF agenda toward Eritrea from an Ethiopian perspective. It is the same thing what i have witnessed in 1998 and i am sure you do. But if you got time check it out in youtube: ”
            ESAT poleticachin Tue 10 July 2018″ [Moderator i hope this is within your guideline]
            Going forward the most probable solution is to reform PFDJ or to have a popular movement that give rise to a leader like Dr.Abiy.
            So people should pour their “Eritreans-centered” solution. I like what you outlined in Meskerem dot net. I hope others do.
            Now the Eritrean people can demand reform from the government with out fearing of losing the country or a government less country. I think the 1995-1998 period is a good preview of what the Eritrean people can do. People were asking questions and holding the government accountable.
            Dear Mahmud Saleh, keep doing what you are doing. I think a lot of people are following your in sight.

          • MS

            Marhaba Saba
            ኩሉ ኢልክዮ ኢኺ፡ ወሰኽ ኣየድልዮን። Thank you for the encouragement.

          • Kokhob Selam

            HI Brother Mahmuday,

            “The smart people in the so-called opposition focused on quick and convenient methods on removing PIA at the risk of ignoring national interest of the state. Time to compose Twga’H’mo 2.0 and move into a constructive engagement. SAAy is the last person I would want to criticize but as the most sensible person in this forum, I’m sure he will re-frame his positions and arguments in a way they agree with the new realities.”

            Just watch out sometime more ,,what you are saying will be materialized,,

            “Most Eritreans are happy because the war has officially ended. This does not mean there will not be another conflict. But at least for the mothers and the young people, ending the current threat of war is a PEACE of mind, and peace will have dividends among which is introducing changes”

            Mahmuday, what are you trying to say?
            .
            KS,,

    • Mez

      Dear Saba,
      ” Why Abiy’s guard were so worried knowing that every Eritrean’s movement is controlled by PIA”.

      Good observation Saba; my explanation is:
      1) PM-AAA is from Ethiopia, due to his position he does have a very good knowledge of “what the Ethiopian operatives” are doing north of Mereb.
      2) The only way to avoid mishaps is intensive “shielding” of the young pm.

      Thanks

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei, Saba.

      The guards did not worry about the marginalized Tigray people/tplf do harm the two happiest grandpa and grandson. They worry in case the entire happiest crowed may surge and stampede to death the tow popular leaders because PIA got so excited that he may forget to use the super remote controller which controls every eritrean movement. Imagine what could happen if PIA press the wrong button.

      Assab would go back to its future.

    • Fanti Ghana

      Selamat Sabina,

      How can I be happy being out of job and useless all of a sudden?

      • Saba

        Selam Fanti,
        Your fate was written long time ago. SeReGela SeYtan ZiTeWetehe SeyTan KoYnu Terefe:) Such was said and such was done.
        Aba Selama, i know you still love TPLF but as Fanti2.0 you can help to set up TPLF2.0 with young people. The old TPLF is toxic.

  • Selam Abi,

    If godana harnet is to remain as it is for historic reasons, then, let me ask this, how many male babies in asmara do you think will be given the name “Abiy” in honor of the ethiopian pm? This may get dia pissed.

    Naming a newborn child “isaias”, may not be appealing nowadays in eritrea as in the days soon after eritrean independence. Do you remember the “abyot” children? That was a very good example of how fanatic parents could screw their children’s future.

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Horizon,

      I would imagine there will be many Abiy.

      I have actually saw on YouTube Dr. Abiy real name was Abyot (I think it was his father).

      There aren’t that many Isayas who are names, at least since the 90s.

      Berhe

      • Selam Berhe,

        Could this be the result of suspicion rather than the reality? PM Abiy was born in 1976 in a small remote village in the kaffa province, to a muslim father, and far from the center of the communist revolution. The possibility that his father (probably a farmer or a local trader) was engaged in politics and influenced by marxist and leninist theory is really very remote.

        • Amde

          Selam Horizon,

          He was indeed named Abyot. His birthplace is not that far from Jimma and he was born early enough when the revolution was still popular.

          Amde

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Horizon,

          What I saw was a YouTube video where his family (including his father) describing him how he was growing up.

          To me it was a little strange because, if his father is still alive, I would have assumed he may have mentioned him in his speech (specially if he had some relationship including his brothers).

          So I don’t know if it’s authentic in the first place. The person looked an ordinary farmer who has nothing to do with Marxism / Leninism.

          But one does not have necessary to have deep knowledge to appreciate or have positive influence by the event.

          In any event, I don’t think it’s important.

          Berhe

  • Natom Habom

    selam aman
    habibi we love bro ,you want to step down you make me laugh
    it is nice to seat behind lap top and dream

  • Peace!

    Hi All,

    I just can’t stop laughing- Eh Da’a PFDJs

    “Think of all the past weird rules for women to get exit visa from Eritrea at different times in the past 20 years,

    ቅድሚ 94 ዝተመርዓወት
    ድሕሪ 94 እንተተምርዕያ ዝወለደት
    እንተዘይወሊዳ ዕድሚኣ 47 ዝመልአ
    እንተዘይመሊኣ ዘገልገለት እሞ ዝተጣየሰት
    በዓል ቤታ ኣብ ደገ ዝነብር እንተኮይኑ 5 ዓመት ዝገበረ እሞ ከኣ 2% ዝኸፍል ድሕሪ 98 ዝወጸ እንተኾይኑ ናይ ጣዕሳ ዝመልአ ….it goes on” Desbele

    Peace!

    • Paulos

      Selam Abi Seb,

      You should’ve seen me yesterday. I laughed my heart out for good whole minute. 😂😂😂😂

      • Peace!

        Paulosay,

        I read it yesterday and still dying laughing. Comment saved, I hope Desbelino doesn’t mind kkkkk

        Peace!

        • Paulos

          Abi Seb,

          ግደፎ’ባ ሞይተ ሞይተ። This is just classic and should be on a T-shirt. ኤህ’ዳኣ ህግደፍ ክውሕዶም ከማን።

        • Desbele

          Thanks peace,
          Not at all. Sadly it is the reality.

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Desbele,
            What about the rules for children. Currently there is no exit visa for anyone older than 3 years, I think. But this is how I remember it progressing (please add and correct)
            Younger than 17 years (for the first few years after independence)
            Younger than 5 years without TiHija, older than 5 years but younger than 14 with 50,000 nakfa Tihija
            Born to Eritreans with second nationality or born outside Eritrea, but has not lived in Eritrea consecutively for more than 10 months
            Born in Eritrea taken abroad later but must has lived abroad for more than 5 (or two ?) consecutive years

  • Berhe Y

    Dear Abi,

    I am sure we will have street named after Dr. Abiy but it will not replace godena Harnet, it’s a tribute to our fallen heros who were never able to see it but they gave us back.

    Yes the coffee is from Ethiopia, and I tell all my Canadian friends, Habesha coffee (I call it that) is the best coffee ever they tasted, and most of them agree. The secret is, I think the fresh roasting that we do.

    I am glad you remember Tre Stella, may be from Oromai, I need to read it again. I had no idea how much an impact the book made introducing Eritrea to the Ethiopian people.

    Yes, most defiantly, it’s on me.

    No need to take anything back when you already have it. But I am glad too see that we will never build the wall you were fund of building.

    I hope the make a deal to develop the ports together with some joint owned ventures.

    We need long lasting peace so to focus on positive development.

    And having the Tigray people and government on board is a key to make it work and I am glad to see their official positive reaction.

    Croatia, what a come back. Real workhorse.

    I think this is the year for them. I predict they will take the cup.

    Berhe

    • Paulos

      Berhino,

      I actually agree with Amde when he said, what you always say not only makes sense but your sense of optimism is heartwarming to say the least. God bless!

  • Saleh Johar

    Abi,

    I will volunteer, Haile can tell us its wine equivalent 🙂
    It’s Tella, from the bottom of the container that contains the sludge and sediments. It’s the thick part of Tella–just in case. This is business, you know! The first portion, from the top, is tserray, filtered and clear.

    But what is going on, are you taking my suggestion to become a Tella Bet consultant for the customers we know?

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Berhan,

    Yes I do. For every odd people, there is one person in their life that can be trusted and listened to. And I suspect Abi might be one for our despot. For all his years in the Eritrean politics, there in no one he could lend his ears to, and take plausible advices from. He is suspicious of Eritreans. I have never seen him so elated and so comfortable with anyone in his encounters as he did with the PM. Will the PM took him to task and raise the question for him boldly about it? We shall see. The PM must start to whisper on his ears on the issue of human right and prisoners of conscience.

    • Berhan Beyan

      thanks Amanual,
      you know what I am thinking? I was thinking Abune Menkorios (sorry if I misspell or wrong name) representing all of us try to ask to meet with Abiy Ahmed while he is visiting USA, to express of our support to peace with Ethiopia, and tell him peace means ending all the suffering of the eritrean people, including the introduction of democracy, respect for human rights and rule of law in eritrea. Abune mekoriod can even tell him lasting peace can only come when the two countries are democratic.
      Could you make efforts to reach out Abune Menkorios and see what they think. that is if you know abune Menkorios or have ways to get in touch with.
      Berhan beyan

      • Desbele

        Selma Berhan,
        Brilliant idea. His holiness name is Abune Mekarios.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Berhan,

        I don’t know Abue Menkorios. Could he be the one who is residing in Atlanta? What is special about him? Is there any of his voices out there against the Eritrean regime?

  • Consolation

    aHi Awatistas,

    I have come here to seek help. I am devastated. I am in need of consolation. My life has been turned upside down. And all because this upstart, charlatan in Ethiopia, the little man with a big name, Abiy Ahmed, has done what I never expected to happen.

    My hope and dream for the past 20 years was for the TPLF to get rid of that arch-devil, Satan’s younger brother. You know who I am talking about. I can’t even bring myself to speak his name. I have waited for 20 long years. And now, in less than 100 days, a man who is not even 42 6ears old, younger than the TPLF, has effectively immobilized the TPLF. My dream is gone. Today, that devil is triumphant.

    I know that the TPLF is a criminal gang of mercilless looters, that they hate my Eritea with a passio. But my hatred for the devil was so strong, I was willing to see Eritrea fall in the hands of the Tigrayan looters. I had sold my dignity. I was willing to becom an Eritrean Abadula, to serve the Weyane. But that dream is now gone. I thought the Weyane would get rid of the devil,and install people like me in Eritrea. But the reality is is now a nightmare. The would be installers are now being uninstalled in Ethiopia. The devil is now a 100 times more secure in his place. And as if to add insult to injuryt, there is now talk that Abiy would be the next Nobel Peace Prize winner. It is almost guaranteed that he would be proposed and selected. The nightmare is that the Nobel Committee would very likely include the Devil in the prize.

    So Please Awatistas, console me, sympathize with me.

    • Abi

      Hello Consolation
      Thank you for calling the suicide prevention hotline at awate land. Your call is important to us . Please stay on line for the next available customer care representative.

      Customer service: “this is Hayat, how can I help you this evening “?
      Consolation: “yes, I am suffering from depression because of this guy Abiy”
      Hayat: ” that will make two of us . Good bye “.
      Hayat: “የማነው ደባሪ!!”

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Abi,

        I was thinking about you, i know you always said you will one day drink espresso at godena harnet and I hope you will go now.

        The best espress (maciato) as per asmarino is bar tere stella (assuming if it is still in business). I never tried because never drunk coffee while I was there, but my dad swears by it.

        Today, I read the article, where random people from Ethiopia are calling Eritrea to just say hello. It must feel for the people like the when the Berlin wall was down and people from east / west were able to see each other.

        Berhe

        • Paulos

          Berhino,

          Every Lateria in Asmara makes the best espresso or macchiato there is. It is our signature! But of course, with in the parameter of what we usually call combishtato as in Campo di Stato, particular one can stand out among equals and it depends on one’s particular taste, your father’s, for instance.

          • Haile S.

            Paul et Berhe,
            Tre stella is not bad, but I prefer Langano, just because my dad use to take me there. Besides let Abi be happy. He recognizes the name.

          • Paulos

            Selam Hailat,

            My fav one is Bar Commercio hands down. The Cappuccino machine was timeless where it was as old as the first Italians who made it. And the two men as in ኣቦይ ካሕሳይ and ኣቦይ ዑቕባይ who started making Capuccino using the same machine since their teenage years became urban legends more than a million dollar worth adverts.

          • Haile S.

            Paul and Berhe,
            I am 100% sure the dads we are talking about knew each other. Asmara is a small world. I knew all these places and the people who run them thanks to my dad. What Berhe said struck me. I was not living with my dad, but when I meet him in combshtato, it was a great pleasure for both of us and a great surprise. If you have read ጥሪ ዕብዲ, there is a story where a dad is walking with his two sons, one dark and the other llighter when the dad suddenly meets a friend. Then the dad presents his sons. The friends asks why are they so different? The dad answers, I conceived the darker after drinking ስዋ and the lighter after drinking ሜስ. I think I was conceived after my dad drunk ዱቃ, I am rough. Humor, the best medicine! Isn’it.

          • Paulos

            Hailat,

            This is just beautiful and creative. Thank you!

          • Abi

            Gashiye
            I’m so happy I recognized Tre Stella:)
            What is Langano doing in Asmara? Is it Italian?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Paulo and Haile S.

            My dad routine was in the morning Tre Stella and in the evening, in Camposhitato (between bahti meskerm (we use to call it Abiot Adebabay and city park (use to be called something else – use to have Bingo games there) and and during the day any where in between.

            I and my brother we walk around combishtato on the way home and we try to purposely run into my dad and he would always take us to one of those places, usually, Bar Empero or Bar Vitoria. And we get for capicino and paste treat.

            Do they even care the caffeine in the capucino, I must have started drinking when I was in grade one:).

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Berhino,

            You were a spoiled “brat” kid ha. I am sure when the rest of us learned how to walk ጭራ ብዕራይ እንዳጎተትና, you probably learned using Girello.

      • Peace!

        Abish,

        Thinking of music best for council calls put on hold:)

        Peace!

        • Abi

          Hi Peace
          I got a nice music for this purpose.
          Ayalew Mesfin ” ተው ቻለው ሆዴ”

          • Peace!

            Abish,

            Hahaha…Well, in that case this joke may sound relevant:

            What’s the difference between a loan and a psychologist?

            The loan eventually matures and earns money.

            Peace!

          • Blink

            Dear peace
            What’s the difference between a loan and a psychologist?
            Waw

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Abi,

            Ayalew Mesfin an absolute Fara.

            In the early 1970’s, sometime in December when people from all over Ethiopia pass through Dire Dawa on their way to Kulbi Gabriel, Ayalew Mesfin was crossing the bridge connecting Kezira and Megala. He was walking leisurely listening to his own Fara music [probably ተው ቻለው ሆዴ] on a tape recorder. Before he knew it, he was chased by some local kids who wanted to beat him up. I do not know how he managed to escape to safety.

    • Abraham H.

      Dear Consolation, no there is no any chance to include the Devil aka the Eritrean dictator in the Nobel Peace Prize if and when PM Abiy wins. Not a tiny possiblity; the whole world knows that devil’s hands are full of the blood of thousands of innocent Eritreans and that he is a merciless, unsympathetic brute that only needs to be thrown into the dust bin of history. The Eritrean despot is only being dragged into making peace with Ethiopia by the young Ethiopian PM and nothing else.

      • saay7

        Abe:

        While Isaias Afwerki should never ever (add as many as you like) even the Nobel Peace Prize, it doesn’t mean he won. The committee is famous for omissions and commission including giving it to Obama (for no reason), Kissinger (!) and ignoring Mahatma Ghandi.

        I think they give the award to whoever makes them “feel all tingly” at the time of nomination and not who contributed to world peace

        saay

        • Abraham H.

          Selam Saay, I think if they include the Eritrean dictator in any possible price, it will be a historic flaw that would place a huge dent in their reputation.

          • Peace!

            Abraham,

            Would you be surprised? Saudi Arabia heads UN Human Rights Council and has been elected to the UN women’s rights commission.

            Peace!

          • Abraham H.

            Dear Peace, yes, it would surprise me a bit, but at the same time I know that the young Saudi crown prince has started a number of reforms that would benefit disadvantaged Saudis like Saudi women.

          • saay7

            Abe:

            What reputation 🙂 When they give it to Arafat and Rabin in the 1990s, the Palestinians and their allies were mad Rabin got it and the Israelis and the entire West was mad that Arafat got it. If Abiy and Isaias win it, who would object besides those of us with memories?

            saay

          • Abraham H.

            Dear Saay, yeah, I get you, our memories are very short lived; Eritreans would line up godena harnet to cheer the prize; even when thousands of our compatriots are still languishing in the regime’s prisons. It is so sad, that is the same attitude that in the first place brought us under the mercy of DIA.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Abraham H et al,
            In defense of the masses:
            I suspect you might know and be better experienced than me, because you could have been a participant in the struggle(s). This is not a personal answer to you, but to many of us. These people, the Eritrean people that we are judging as insensitive woolen sheep happens to be the lame (despite themseves) mules that everybody charges. History has not endowed them other than with greedy tax collectors, administrators and war mongerers. To quickly go through history, the Italians took their children for their military adventures, the Ethiopians did the same to undermine them and let them finish each other. Their own leaders led them to freedom, quickly to come back use the same techniques they learned from their previous masters to subdue their freed brothers and sisters. Generation to generation they have been providing their children for the defense of their always hopeful pride, ጽባሕ ክወግሕ ይኸውን. It is easy to judge others, especially masses. It is not easy to let be judged when you especially believe harbouring the ultimate truth as a group or individual. Those of us who live in a glass house should refrain from throwing verbal stones at the masses. It is not easy for us to confront the giant, but a piece of cake to do it non-specifically on the illusive masses. Dr. Abiy did the unthinkable (whether obliged or not), because he wanted to turn the page. He understood it is the most effective way to move on. He let himself get accompanied by people who allowed him to dare. We the nodody, the silent, the talkative, the opposition instead of scoring against each other for an immediate chest-warmth and hammering on the innocents who are, despite themselves, used to follow the wind; we better come with original original effective ideas. The political charm is not restricted to Abiy. Tlwe need to try to match him and come up with something that truly challenges the regime in Eritrea, an original effective idea. It is easy to play into the usual game, throw some bad words, dictator, satan, devil-incarnate, etc. But these are the exact words that throw us back into a distance and safety of perfect inefficiency, paradoxally like facing the same poles of a magnet. Why not come up with winning and daring serious words that have consequences, the Abiy type without being identical. Knowing, doing and provoking what makes your protagonist get challenges to react and call his attention is a vertue. Doing everything to make him run away from you or undermine you is cowardice.

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Haile S, ኣንታ ሓውና ዓቕሚ እንተለካ፣ ሓሳብ እንተለካ፣ ሃየ እነሆ ሜዳ እነሆ ፈረስ። ካብኡ ሓሊፉ ተሪፉ ነዞም መሻኪን ዓገብ፣ ሓውኻ ኣበይ ኣሎ፣ ዝበልና ሰባት ኣይተቆናጽብ። ሕጂ ውን ፈቲና ጸሊእና ብህዝብና ድሁላት እንተ ዘይንኸውን ብሓደ ዘይረብሕ ውልቀ ሰብን ውሑዳት ደቀ መዛምርቱን ክሳብ ክንድዚ ኣይ ምተዋረድናን ኣይምተምበርከኽናን

          • Haile S.

            Selam Abraham H,
            ስማዕ ኣብርሃም፥ ኣነ ዝበልክዎ ዝተገንዘብካዮ ኣይመስከንን። ኣየቋናጸብኩም። ቀልጢፍካ ኣብ ምክልኻል መንፈስ (defensive mechanism) ኣቲኻ፡ ዝተጠቓዕካ ጌርካ ወሲድካዮ። ኣብዚ ዝደኸመን ዝተዳኸመን ህዝቢ ኣይትፍረዱ እየ ዝበልኩ። ንስኻ ጥራይ ዘይኮንካ፡ ቅድመኻ ህዝቢ ዝወቅስ ሓሳባት ስለዘንበብኩ እየ። ከምዚ ዝበልካዮ፡ ተቓውሞ ብህዝቢ ዝተናዕቁ ን ዝተዳህሉን ኣይመስለንን። ተቓውሞ ከምዚ ንስኻ ቆርበት ዘርቀቕካዮ ዘይኮነስ፡ ቆርበቶም ኣርጒዶም ሰብን ህዝብን ዝብሎምን፡ ካብኦም ዝጽበዮን ተግባርን ክገብሩ እዩ ዝግባእ። ተቓውሞ ሓቢሮም ተሰማዕነት ዘለዎም መራሕቲ ስለዘይገበሩ ግና፡ ህዝቢ ኣቃልቦ ኣይሃቦምን ክኸውን ይኽእል፡ ዝተናዕቁ ኮይኑ ይስምዖም ይኸውን። ሓደ ካብቲ ሓድሽ ሓሳብ ኣምጽኡ ዝበልክዎን ዘበለንን፡ ጊዜ ከይ ወሰዱ ብሓሳብ ዘጠራንፎም ሰንሰለት ምምስራትን ሓቢሮም ኣብዚ ዝመጽእ ዘሎ ለውጢታት ሓሳቦም ምሃብ፡ ወይ ከሰንይዎ ወይ ኣማራጺ ሓሳባት ከቕርቡ ምኽኣልን እዩ። ዝተተግበረ ምትንታን ጽቡቕ እዩ። እቲ ዝበለጸ ግና ኣብቲ ዝተተግበተን ዝተባህለን መቓልሕ ዘለዎ ሓሳብን ድምጺን ምድማጽ እዩ። ሓደ ካብቲ ንተቓውሞ ብቕጽበት ክገብርዎ ዘለዎም፡ ወይ ሓደ ወይ ውሑዳት ቆርበት-ጉማረ ዘለዎም ፍሽኽታ ዝመልቆም ልዙብ ኣዘራርብኦም በላሕቲ ኩሉ ክኾርዓሎም ዝኽእል መራሕቲ ምህላው እዩ። ንኹሉ መራሒ የድልዮ፡ ንተቓውሞ እውን!

      • Kim Hanna

        Selam Abraham H,

        Not a tiny possibility, might not be a realistic assessment. I am sure he knows M. Begin of Israel and Yasir Arafat jointly were awarded the Nobel Peace Price. They both accepted it with a big smile. That was the time the nobility of the Nobel Peace Price went out of the window for me.
        Recently, Obama got it for something.

        I would console Consolation by saying there is a tiny possibility. But it is not likely, too many bad reports are all around the places they look at and most importantly I don’t think they will get a good publicity for their games.

        Mr. K.H

        • Paulos

          Selam Ato Kim Hanna,

          Good point. I would say, the Israeli and Palestinian conflict has had global dimension in the sense that the world has been fexated on the issue for over half a century. The same can be said about South Africa as in the need to award Mandela and his interlocutor. In that sense and using that kind of yardstick, I say, it is very unlikely the commitee will award the young PM much less Isaias.

      • Natom Habom

        selam abraham
        the would give even to woyane junta the peace nobel if they want it
        its fake anyway the gave it for the anti christ the priest that smuggle people that live in rome
        ,my president is clean from any innocent blood like yours the junta woyane that is hidding in tigray I don t know for how long ,you can judge it how Ethiopian calling you (ye qen jiboch) a day light hyena and yet because they are puppet not servant for the people no critics no condamnation by west in fact they supported you because you let them loots your country ,
        but isayas is the opposite of all this so he won t get nothing and I dont think he care ,he have the best price of all
        ,the love of it people cheers

    • Saba

      Dear Consolation,
      Thank you for confessing. Now the only one who helps you is the Eritrean people. Search the answer in them. But you in a good start. Never sell your country just to score on a leader.

  • Peace!

    Hi All,

    The hypocrisy in this forum is so DISGUSTING. Now, the interest of TPLF, not the lives of Tigray people, is more worth than the rest of Ethiopians. This forum was disgracefully mute when TPLF executing its evil divide and rule strategy- from infesting dangerous division into Muslim Ethiopian communities to killing and displacing of thousands Ormos and Amharas. The “NOP I didn’t see it or PFDJ is worse” dishonest excuses hasn’t even helped them advance their ELF-EPLF politics. It is insane one remains in a Permanent Opposition for decades from Italians to England to Haile Selassie to Mengustu, to Abiy, and God knows who will be next. Could they help us define what’s considered a better deal for Eritreans, and stop dragging the young generation into endless Opposition?

    Peace!

    • sara

      Selamat peace,
      Who is the Army person in the pic, his name sounds familiar to our people,
      What is his relation to the new ethio pm,
      And what role does he play in the current sitiuation.

      • Blink

        Dear Sara
        The Somalians know him well .

        • sara

          Blink dear,
          do not complicate the question i asked peace…. what do we have to do with Somalia in this discussion…i already googled and found out he is an X ethiopian soldier/general.

          • Blink

            Dear Sara
            I was thinking you are being sarcastic unless I could have told you everything about him. The reason I brought Somalia was to just be more about the way he raised up in to top ranks of the feudal system military leaders. The guy was responsible for defeating the Somalians .

          • sara

            Dear Blink,
            what is interesting is he caries names of two interesting people we have in the forum, and i am still wondering the coincidence he was X-Ethiopian general and relevant to the ongoing discussion.

          • Blink

            Dear Sara
            I can’t stop laughing because I just printed the two people in this forum and what I found out was mesmerising me . Imagine many Eritreans defended Ethiopia and worked their whole life and I can tell you the similarities. Aman and wedeboy Andom defended weyane up to hills . They were telling us that Ethiopian government lead by weyane is an example for everyone and they were abusing esat and other. What a surprise.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Sara,

        Did you read the editorial? You will find the historical parallel in it. Second before you read the editorial right on their pictures will find also their names.

        • sara

          ato amanuel,
          thanks for your advise , i did read the editorial but still didn’t answer my question .. but thanks to google… i know now who that military man was and how he died.. but again i still can not comprehend the
          historical parallels with the coming of the new Ethiopian leader to Eritrea.

      • Peace!

        Hi Sara,

        Some people are in a ቋሚ ተቀዋሚ business. Americans voted for Trump for a reason.

        Peace!

        • sara

          peace dear,
          you know my English is poor… and of-course basic Amharic too..
          i was thinking to learn mandarin given the globalization and Chinese
          influence in our region, now with the advent of peace with Ethiopia i am worried there will be pressure on us to get to learn advance Amharic.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam AT,

    Excellent analysis with its historical context. Second, despite the peace accord is welcomed by peace loving people, (including myself) we can’t overlook on the drivers for it ( a) to understand as to whether there is sincere reciprocity of desire on both sides, on the level of leadership (b) There wasn’t similar driving factors on the leadership level, to elicit reconciliations and a lasting peace between the two countries, when it doesn’t include the two nemesis with in the expected peace process. Attacking your nemesis and signing peace accord are two inherently contradictory approach for a meaningful peace, for it is not helpful to the PM of Ethiopia the dream he is riding.

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Amanuel,

      I am not sure I understand what you are trying to say.
      “Attacking your nemesis and signing peace accord are two inherently contradictory approach for a meaningful peace, and it is not helpful to the PM of Ethiopia to his desire of a lasting peace in the region”.

      Assuming the nemsis based your point b) you are referring TPLF (please correct me if I am wrong).

      Have you had a chance to read the press release of the TPLF government in Tigray region press release with regards to the visit of the PM and what they wanted to do going forward?

      I think it was a very positive message and honeslty, it’s the best part of the whole thing. Some of it below.

      Berhe

      “መንግስቲ ብሄራዊ ክልል ትግራይ መንግስታት ኢትዮጵያን ኤርትራን ሰላም ክልቲኡ ህዝብታት ብዘላቒ መንገዲ ንምፍታሕ ዘርአዩዎ ዘለዉ ድሉውነትን ተበጊሶን ይንእድ፡፡ ብሕልፊ ድማ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ እቲ ን20 ዓመታት ዝፀንሐ ኩነታት ብምፍታሕ ምሕዝነትን ሕውነትን ኢትዮ-ኤርትራ ንምጥንኻር ዘርኣዮ ድልየት፣ ባህጊን ፍቕሪን ኣዝዩ ዘሐጉስን ኣብቅድሜና ብሩህ ተስፋ ምህላዉ ዝገልፅን እዩ፡፡ ስለዝኾነ ድማ ብሄራዊ ክልላዊ መንግስቲ ትግራይ ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ዘለዎ ሕውነታዊ ናእዳን ምስጋናን ክገልፅ ይደሊ፡፡

      ኩነታት ኢትዮ-ኤርትራ ብዘላቒነት ንምፍታሕ ኣብ ዝግበር ኩለመዳያዊ ፃዕሪ መንግስትን ህዝቢን ክልል ትግራይ ኣብ ጎኒ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ከምዘለዉ እናረጋገፀ ህዝቢ ኤርትራን ህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያን ነቲ ሐዚ ተጀሚሩ ዘሎ ስራሕቲ ሰላም ዝያዳ ንምጥንኻር ኣብ ዝሓፀረ እዋን ቀጥታዊ ዝኾነ ርክብ ህዝቢ ንህዝቢ ብምጅማር ሕውነቶምን ምሕዝነቶምን ንኸጠናኽሩ ፃውዒቱ የቕርብ፡፡

      • Blink

        Dear Berhe
        Yes ,I think TPLF reacted positively after many going back ward. looking at Abiy Ahmed and looking the hot news about Iranian girl getting arrested for being Happy is the the time we are living.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Berhe,

        The nemesis are PFDJ and TPLF. So my statement is referring to PFDJites attacking TPLF, for there is no real peace without bringing the two nemesis in to the loop of the peace process, to which the PM is looking for. I don’t see PFDJites to reciprocate the kind of Peace the PM is calling for. Yes I have already read TPLF’s communique. Very good position to support the effort of the PM.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Emma,

          I just listened on you tube

          Tigrai Tv: ዳህሳስ ሚድያ ኣብ ርክብ ኢትዮ-ኤርትራ

          And there is a lot more detail of the agreements the two governments reached, of which some of them are:

          ERITREAN cultural group will go to Meqele – next month
          Bus transportation to start between Asmara / Ethiopia / Tigray to start in Augest.

          So ERITREAN government delegates to start dialog with local governments of Tigray and Afar.

          So it’s a lot more than what we know (at least me).

          Amde,
          Do remember what I told you, once PMAA stroke IA ego, he will give them everything they asked for and more that they didn’t think about.

          Honestly I am glad to see this, because we spare the future generation from burden of war and destruction.

          More importantly, Eritrea now or the future will not squander its resources on defence, war and the sound of war.

          I know, who is the man at the helm, but this is a step forward in the right direction.

          Berhe

          • Amde

            Selam Berhe,

            I have actually been telling friends that your view seems to be most on the mark on a lot of things.

            I keep asking people if they think Isayyas is faking it or if he is genuinely happy. So far everyone says he seems to be genuinely delighted – as if life has turned a new leaf for him.

            There was this scene Abiy had in Wolayta zone or Awasa, where – overwhelmed – he tells the crowd “ገና ሁለት ወሬ እኮ ነው። አሁን ይሄንን ሁሉ ብትጭኑብኝ እና ብሰበርባችሁ ምን ትርፍ አለው?” I get the feeling he walked away from Isayyas with a realization that the president was going to rely on him as confidant, friend, confessor.

            Amde

          • Peace!

            Berhino,

            Your approach has always been well thought and matured. Thank You!

            Peace!.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Peace,

            Thank you and you too.

            The night mare for ERITREAN people would be someone else fromPFDJ takes over, and continue the state of war for another generation and another and continue the cycle, which never ends and our people to live in such dire situations for ethernity.

            Although AT editorial described what happened on the weekend “not spontaneous” but I don’t think that’s the right description. No body told the people to screen their hearts out and react they way the did.

            It left a permanent mark on our hears and brains that it will be next to impossible to forget. Just imagine any future generation leaders try to mobilize their people on the basis of a conflict.

            I think I am confident that our both people are going to tell their governments, go to hell and we will not be killing our brothers and sisters. Go find a diplomatic solution.

            Off course, if Ras Abi is the leader, it’s a different story:)

            Berhe

          • Peace!

            Berhino,

            Of course once PFDJ departs there are other people and players waiting for their turns, and our kids will spend their whole life opposing: the cycle goes on. It been almost a century– Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result

            Peace!

    • Berhan Beyan

      Selam Amanuel Hidrat,
      I think the peace Abiy Ahmed talking about is primary influence by the internal Ethiopian politics. Abiy Ahmed came to power out of no where (at least he was not known publicly), he is talking about to improve democracy, human rights, rule of law in Ethiopia and at the same time he is trying to make peace with a country that has no respect for democracy, human right, rule of law. if he is really looking for lasting peace, he has to make efforts to democratize Ethiopia and succeed, and also needs to contribute to make Eritrea democratic. Otherwise he can not achieve lasting peace. lasting peace can only come when both countries are democratic because democracies don’t fight.
      Berhan Beyan

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei Awateteam.

    It
    is sad you are not in the Peace process but finding all possible mistakes from
    this unprecedented peace agreement between the two countries is one of the many
    proves how the leaders of these tow nations are faced with multitude obstacles
    from so many different angles. It is really sad. Maybe it is Your way of saying hurrah Ethiopia
    and Eritrea, you make it at last.

    Many People have their own list of Things
    expecting from the Peace process, how it has to be done, who has to be part of
    it, but the two leaders have done no one could dare to do it. If it was allowed
    for groups like you, then only your precondition kills the whole process. Maybe
    that is the whole objective. As long as you spoil for PIA everything is superb.
    You are number one to report when something terrible happens but when such positive
    thing as some have said as big as the independent day itself you come up with
    these wired stuffs in daily basis shows what you are wishing. As you have said it peace start at home. Give
    the grand father a new chance and make peace with him. Have you ever seen the Eritreans
    so happy after the independence day,
    have you ever seen the grand pa PIA so happy. It seamed as if an old man became
    a grandfather for the first time. So cheer up and relax at least till the Ethiopian
    new year.

    Peace
    shall win said asmarino people.

  • iSem

    Hi AT:
    Thank you for desperately needed distraction, distraction from the anguished desire to brain wash us about how IA lives modestly among his people, distraction from the out right declaration that the political prisoners of Eri are where they are due national security issue, sensitive national security issues, while any human with even with a protozoan brain cell, even any human with devoid of integrity honesty knows that the political prisoners who will soon be forgotten when the bottle brims with wine, when the jebbena overflows with coffee when the bread comes to the people instead of the other way around, they are there because they told the dictator to make peace and amend and mend his ways
    So this analytical piece about the rushed peace is emotionally refreshing, intellectually stimulating, it is a reminder, it is t he peeling of the garment of the rushed peace, informing those who own eyes to see and those who have ears to hear by lifting the hood, the greasy, messy and entangled hood of the glamor and drama we saw a few days ago
    Ethiopia is the winner, it has been the winner of the war and the peace. in theory no one should lose in a peace process, it is one of the few things that is win-win, but if our yardstick is the rule of law and justice, to own our destiny to hire and fire the government then with IA at the helm Eritea may be the loser, just like after independence IA is single handedly , whimsically, in his mood swings is gambling with a century of aspiration of the people. Unless of course he proves wrong by doing the following
    1. Implementing the const
    2. Releasing the prisoners with no condition
    3. throwing under the bus all the tortures and closing the torture chambers
    4 demobilzing the national services
    5. limiting or even banning National Services and creating professional army for the land, sea and air, so good that people will be dying to join

    • Ismail AA

      Selam iSem,
      You have aptly described in a nutshel the dilemma peace in Eritrea is facing. At the center you have a man who has accumulated so much offenses in blood and torture, and would not dare to respond to your 5 demands. Around him are soul less cult worshipers who do not want him to do what you have demanded. Their definition of hero is one who stands his ground and does an omnipotent and all knowing leader should do.

      • iSem

        Hi Ismail:
        You even have summarized it better than I could ever do, especially the attitude of his worshipers.
        It is scary to me that how many people, who are dubbed the silent majority are so upbeat about this,they are thinking in terms of business will blossom, we will freely roam our country. Do not get me wrong, business blooming, water and electricity in abundance , hyper inflation under control, construction resuming all are good. But the country Eritrea after it was carved physically then it was born in the dream for dignity it never settled, it did not say, anes enqua teffeterkur, content with mere physical existence,it was all about freedom. But under IA and his cheerleaders,like w you know who sweating shamelessly and acting like headless chicken are ignoring the most important part, the 100 years dream and 50 year struggle.
        And as you can glean from my commentary, I have no patience and respect for those people and those who have respect and patience for them are just being nice like Jesus, even Jesus had enough when they made the house of his father a vending market and wiped the hell out of them

        • saay7

          Hi iSem:

          Indeed it’s a great editorial and your stream of consciousness and Ismailis laser sharp summation are impressive. More to say on the editorial later on….

          On the tolerance level and patience; here’s how I think of it. The supporters of the PFDJ (not just the party; but its arguments) are, in my view, some of the most illogical I have met. Now, the way to thank of this Awate University iSem (and u are a huge fan of American institutions) is as US Congress—I wish it was as calm as the Senate but I will settle for the louder House. And whether we are saying “the honorable so and so” or “my good friend from the great State of….”, presenting an argument to solicit a counter argument will expose the absolute barrenness in their statements. No no no, not to change their mind or persuade them. But to preemptively get to those they can easily confuse. I have noticed over the years that the confusing resonate with the confused. It’s like mestrual synchrony or relativity of simultaneity, what am I a physicist or physician? I dunno, ask Paulos or Simon. They are smart and know of such things 🙂

          By the way, the UAE couldn’t help itself: it’s alreadh bragging about its role in ending the Eritrea-Ethiopia conflict. Of course, it’s doing it in the most low-class way (“Unlike Qatar, whose crown prince failed….”). Hade beleley. Then the US has also started bragging with the role of Yamomoto and gasp horror, all this started in the Hailemariam Desalegn era. More to come, but with focus on ERITREA.

          saay

          • Paulos

            Selam Sal,

            You’ve been saying “more on this later on” since yesterday and the wait is killing us. You could be pressed for time and all but please we need YOUR perspective on this more than ever. Preempt not to confuse any further those who are already confused. Good one!

          • saay7

            Selam Paulos:

            I know! It’s like the “we will be back after these messages” message and the show doesn’t return. Life gets in the way, job gets in the way. I was telling a friend (a very, very cruel friend) that what I need is a Sugar Mama so I can forget the demands of work and focus on Eritrea and she said “well, you know, given your age, the sugar mama has to be someone who thinks she is getting a young man for her investment. So, she has to be 80.”

            The only way to do it is stop comments here and invest the time into writing long form articles. But I am convinced now nobody reads articles (thank you, Web 2.0). So the chairwoman of the Saay Stan Club would have to consolidate all these fragmented comments but she is also mad at me about something or other. Actually, she is mad at all Eritrean men, particularly after she saw the former chair of National Union of Eritrean Women making coffee when IA hosted Abiy at his “modest” villa which has already gotten the Useful Idiot squad from Ethiopia to tell us that given the mans simplicitu Eritreans shouldn’t complain about his dictatorship.

            And all this happened in the last 24 hours of AST (Abiy standard Time). Phew. I am hoping he relaxes that ban on dual citizenship; when Trump is done with the undocumented, he will come after us the documented and I really really really don’t want to move to Canada.

            saay

          • iSem

            Hi Sal: I agree with every is, was, were of ur comment
            These days you are in flames, but not burning, creating statements like: “Preempt not to confuse any further those who are already confused. ” and many more in your exchanges with the cuziest cuz: And I was wondering why is the R silent and invisible in cuziest, it is the anomaly of the language, English, a language that tells us inflammable is the same as flammable but incoherent is not synonymous with coherent
            We need th ecuziest of cuzs her to inflame the loquaciousness of Sal

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat iSem Anbesa,

            “These days you are in flames..”

            About three weeks ago, I found a little time to skim through Awate comments before I had to go back to my duty calls, and the first post on the recent comments pane was Saay’s. I read it with pleasure because the logic and clarity of the message was unbelievable. I decided to read another, and another…

            Many, many years ago, I saw a guy playing rapid (5 minute) chess. I was very amateur coffee shop chess player at the time. After watching that guy play several games, I commented that he was “extremely good.”

            A few years later, my chess had improved, I had collected a few trophies, and I was officially studying chess. There were a handful of people remaining who could challenge me on a chess board in 5 block radius of my neighborhood.

            Then, I saw that guy again from a distance and I was excited. I thought I was going to surprise him with my substantially improved skill. Before I had a chance to embarrass myself to kingdom come, he started playing another guy who was much stronger player than I.

            I was completely stunned to find out that the guy was much much more stronger than I initially thought. Life worked in such a way I was able to see him more often. We became very close. The more I knew him the more impressive he became. The more I understood chess the more I understood his brilliance.

            To make a short story long, that guy turned out to be the reviewer of the 13th edition Encyclopedia of Chess Openings among many other impressive resumes.

            The point? Is Saay changing and getting more and more brilliant or he has always been this good but we are getting better and understanding him more? Wey mekera!

          • iSem

            Hi your Higheness:
            what other talents do you have under your sleeves?
            Well Sal is always good, but his exchanges with Gheteb were exceptional in several dimension

          • saay7

            His Fantiness:

            So you play chess and you are good at it? So, what else do you other than teaching people skydiving, skywriting, and haiku poems. Are you competing for the Most Interesting Man In The World contest?

            You know, I always wanted to write a book. The first time I read Flannerh O’Conner I said maybe I shouldn’t write. Then William Faulkner and I sighed and told God, you don’t have to that loud, I get it. Then came PJ O’Rourke and Hunter Thompson and I said: that’s exactly my style, I can see myself doing it; thanks, God. Then I read Annie Dillard where God said don’t even try: I don’t distribute talent evenly. Thanks, God.

            The point is: when you met a great chess player, you said I can be like him. When I read great writers, I see it as a sign from God saying don’t even try 🙂

            saay

          • iSem

            Sal:
            And then you write a paragraph or two about a story that won’t go away from your head and read it and then your rip it the paper to pieces or hit the delete button these days, “who is going to read this crap”
            Then you read a book, a crappy one, and wonder how on earth was this dude able to be published. Embolden you try again and when your read it, you rip it again, ” who the hell is going to read this crap”
            Do not remind me, the agony:-)

    • Paulos

      Good job Semerile. Thank you.

    • Desbele

      Selma iSem
      Good reminder.Great five point peace and reconciliation initiatives.
      Is there a way to rally the NN(Nihna Nisu) under these points?
      We can concede that they won their Final & Binding mantra. In this time of peace & reconciliation, I am thinking there may be possibility to work together. What do you think Nitric? Is there any remaining war we have yet to win? Let’s go to the five points!

  • Peace!

    Hi all,

    Well, Eritrea is now a sovereign country, and if history repeats itself, then the problem lies on its people, not emperors.

    On separate note: There is a Breaking:

    Somali Region parliament starts meeting today. Abdi Iley spoke and here is the key messages in his address:

    – All the mistakes I committed is because of Getachew Assefa, former chief of Intelligence
    – Getachew Assefa held gun on our head and asked us to do what he wants
    – He was the man who held the former PM Hailemariam at gunpoint for 6 years (even at times kidnapping the wife of the former PM)
    – Dr. Abiy is sent by God to save Ethiopia
    – Dr. Abiy and Lemma Megersa are very good men
    – The rumour of my resignation is spread by Getachew Assefa, who wants bags of money as he used to get
    – They [Tigres] forced us to do all the things we did
    – we need to now forgive everything and move forward

    The meeting will continue tomorrow!

    If TPLF persists with its determination to destabilize the region unless its looting license restored, the US and EU have a strong ground to press charges against Getachew Assefa, Seyum Mesfin, and Abbay Tsehaye for the heinous crime committed against innocent Somalis and Oromos.

    Peace!

    • Amde

      Selam! Peace!

      This Abdi Illey character will go far. He has the Trumpian single most important characteristic for success, which is utter shamelessness. I was dumbfounded when I read what he has apparently said this morning.

      If true, this performance probably is the surest announcement of the passing of the old guard. The Oromo across the political spectrum are out for his blood.

      Amde

      • Simon Kaleab

        Selam Amde,

        Ethiopia has a sticky local problem. Can’t you solve this problem without dragging Trump’s name into the fray?

        It is also amazing to see Eritreans interested more in Ethiopian affairs and vice versa rather than their own. It reminds me of a joke about two chaps, Ezra and Mordechai meeting on a bus after a long time. Mordechai obseves Ezra reading an Arabic newspaper …

        • Amde

          Selam Simon,

          The Abesha Trumpophilia phenomena is astonishing to me. There is this dude on YouTube called MrCamp, who has a YouTube channel and in slow cadence nice baritone Amharic, peddles the wildest pro-Trump anti-Hillary crap and he has huge following. That’s more than a few ሼኬልs.

          How can one avoid mentioning Trump in this day and age?

          The Eritreans talking Ethio business… well I think the data doesn’t lie. The articles that have the most comments are almost always about or relate to Ethiopia. I have a pet theory – basically I think the critical mass of Eritrean opinion has decided a while ago that nothing will change (and more importantly – that nothing CAN change) in Eritrea so they discuss Ethiopia instead. Funny enough, I started participating in Awate partly because I didnt think anything was going to change in Ethiopia. In any case, PM Abiy has the distinctly Trumpian gift for dominating the news cycles day in day out.

          The Ezra and Mordechai joke reminds me of a series of lovely philosophy books disguised as joke books disguised as philosophy books. I dont know how many copies I have given away as gifts but for the life of me I can’t remember the title. (I think it is called “Plato and the Platypus”)

          Amde

          • Paulos

            Selam Amde,

            The fundamental question people are asking is, “Where is this country as in Ethiopia heading to.” And this is where the rare moments one is able to predict about the past. That is to say, the past is the only guarantor whereby the future is seen as the direct by-product of the past.

            Hardly it is eventful where 42 years of the young PM life is only punctuated with academic accolades where nothing of sort that is not known to the public. To be more precise, he is clean. How about his interlocutor? Certainly, one would need a context to answer the question.

            Isaias grew up in an Ethiopian household where the family traces its roots to the reigns of Tigrean Aristocracy [Samuel, I know I know this may sound a low blow and crass but it is imperative Ethiopian Forumers know it.] As such, it is unlikely the young Isaias had any ideological drive pinned on Eritrean independence in him from the get go.

            Not sure if you have listened to Yemane “Jamaica” Kidane’s rather revealing interview where he attested that Isaias’ parents hail from Tigrai. Isaias’ mother and Yemane’s paternal grandfather are brothers and sisters. Yemane’s mother is an Eritrean where she was not only known in Asmara’s high class with her beauty but the high taste for high end fashion as well.

            Isaias’ first Chinese Chopsticks world view came into effect when he ventured into a secret mission to collaborate with the King’s regime in a bid to get rid off the other Front whose members hailed from the Low-Lands. This was of course, later known as the Kagnew station meetings in the early 70s. As predictable as he was, he collaborated with his latter day enemies—TPLF to eliminate ELF–in the 80s.

            If one is to infer a consistent pattern and make a conclusion, a political conviction is amiss in Isaias’ rather parochial world, rather an intense focus on grabbing power by any means possible. The much craved power is not only to reign over Eritrea but over Ethiopia as well. The Weyanes, however, have understood all along Isaias’ long term intent and one can not be far from the truth if one sees elements of that nature that had triggered the border conflict.

            And it will be seen if the mantle of Chinese Chopsticks end in his bromance with the young PM or if it is last attempt to reign over his ancestors land–Ethiopia.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Paulos,

            In what fundamental ways do Tigrinya speakers in Eritrea differ from the people of Tigray?

            Napoleon, who was a Corsican and spoke French with an Italian accent wrote one of the most glorious chapters of French and world history.

            Stalin, who spoke Russian with a Georgian accent, despite his many blunders, was not only able to defend Soviet Russia but also, with his victory, saved the world from the triumph of Naz! barbarism.

            Isaias was born and bred in Eritrea, brought independence after 30 years of struggle, let us give him the credit he deserves. Let us not start hair splitting and tea leaf reading along sub-regional and sub-national lines. Whether you like it or not, by any criteria, Isaias is Eritrean through and through.

          • Alex

            Hi Simon,
            I agree with you in that Isaias spent more than 24 years of his life for Eritrean independence and for paulos to question his ancestry is un-eritrean and classless.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Alex,

            I think people do not know what to make of Isaias. For better or worse, he has outsmarted, outmanoeuvred and outclassed his rivals by many miles.

            His opponents have consulted witch doctors, read tea leaves and gazed at crystal balls to no avail. Now, in the absence and lack of a thinking and problem solving strategy to defeat him, desperate people are trying to grasp at the straws and take residence in that favourite refuge of every scoundrel, sub-ethnicism.

          • Amde

            Selam Paulos,

            You know, at this point in my life, the expression “Where is Ethiopia Headed To?” sounds like the chorus line of long running doom and gloom song that I have always been hearing.

            Dr. Abiy may be new to us the lay public, but he is a thoroughly known entity within EPRDF. He literally grew into adulthood fighting as an EPRDFite. They cannot claim he is unknown – it is more likely he is rather very thoroughly known by some that don’t like him and the many that do.

            The Isayyas as double agent who turned native but wants to come back into the fold story is also well known. I have to assume Eritrean colleagues found this assertion about his history and identity a non-issue. At some point, one has to assume a large enough circle of his insiders have individually and/or collectively determined it to not be something worth fighting about. I mean, whatever crimes he is accused of, his inner circle participated in it or condoned it. It doesn’t make sense they are all patsies – but looking at the series of books the Derg inner sanctum wrote, it appears everybody was following orders and I would not be surprised if it will be the same for the PFDJ inner sanctum.

            As an old-school Ethiopian, I tend to believe the portrait you have drawn of Isayass – basically the Negus of Hamassein ንጉሠ ሐማሴን contesting for the ንጉሠ ነገሥት ዘ ኢትዮጵያ crown – as an accurate one consistent with our history, geography and demographics. One of the reasons that the whole Eritrean independence thing was a colossal waste – but that is neither here nor there.

            But to paint Isayyas as an architect and mastermind of the changes in Ethiopia is to,
            a) give him too much credit,
            b) assume Abiy and Lemma are naive,
            c) also believe the UAE and USA and Saudis choose to involve themselves into an Isayyas shenanigan.

            To paraphrase – a series of unlikely occurrences.

            My guess is Isayyas was in desperate straits and this thing came out of the blue and now he is piling on into the breach to maximize his benefit. He probably thinks he has appointed himself as an older patron to the young Abiy, but he doesn’t realize Abiy has started a fire in Eritrea in just the two days he was there.

            So, where is Ethiopia going? She is the mother of many prodigal sons. They claim to hate her but they all find cause to come back to her. She endures, hopefully her children get wiser.

            Amde

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Sir Amde,

            Ethiopia “the mother of many prodigal sons” is an apt description. The infighting of her sons is by no means imply they hate to their mother, rather they demand an equitable love from their mother to live together in peace. In the process, however, we hope her children be wise enough, to remain in the warm armpit of their mother, develope and mature on how to live together amicably.

          • Amde

            Gash Amanuel,

            Well put.

            Thank you sir.

            Amde

          • Blink

            Dear Amde
            Don’t buy Paulos views because he is yet to come clean . The fact you entertained many fallacy lies is really not important but how do you land there is. The lies Paulos said are only true in the weyane land and the story was told by a known Tigrian with an inferiority longer than NILE.

            As per Abiy well what can I say , the Ethiopian people know what he is doing and I am sure many support him . This scathing article will not help the wounded either, the force of Abiy is unstoppable by any force the weyane and their goons can project. Abiy told us about cruel activists and media personalities, here they are .

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Amde,

            In what way is Abiy similar to Trump?

            Most presidential candidates in America have law(yer) background, which is a lying and thieving profession full of crooked and bent people. Trump is not one of them, he is a man of the people and an outsider.

            Do not be fooled by the skewed information propagated by the corrupt media which is in league with the political elite and the establishment.

          • Amde

            Selam Simon,

            I said Abiy is similar to Trump in how he dominates the news cycle. Just look at the titles of articles on this site since he came on the scene. From my point of view, thankfully that is the only similarity.

            Amde

          • woldeab

            Amde,
            You are King Kong and the TPLF acolytes ain’t got $&@t on you!
            Stay strong.

          • Amde

            Selam woldeab,

            Wow thank you sir!! Very kind.

          • saay7

            Amde:

            See, this is what I mean. Weldeab just quoted Denzel Washington from Training Day and the Oppo Amde would have continued the dialogue with “I run $h!t here; you just live here!” But no! The new Amde says thank you, like a Walmart doorman. Don’t make me organize a petition to get our old Amde back.

            saay

      • Peace!

        Hi Amde,

        “No Immunity” word of the day!

        Peace!

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei Peace!
      It is not good to be woyanes in this world these days. He shouldnt tell us who paid him to do their dirty jobs.

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate,
    1.It is great analysis. It would be better if you included the international community input to the issue: USA, UAE and to some extent Saudi Arabia. Those countries , has pushed the two Abe of Ethiopia and Afe of Eritrea to sit and finish their problem. If they did not both would meet the punishments of those countries. USA bringing the EU to its side will make it hard for the governments of the two counties to continue as governments and the Gulf states would stop pouring money to their pockets. Abe , specially members of his coalition government (EPRDF) like TPLF would not want another problem the problems already they are facing : the unrest in Ethiopia.
    The two are pushed to live in peace but time will tell if they can achieve that.

    2. AWATE if the regime of Eritrea is not asking the Ethiopian PM to say sorry for crimes committed by the King H. Selase and the Derg, the former won’t be bothers to do so. The regime in Eritrea did not ask that question from day one!

    3. And last but not least AWATE, the people of Asmara went to cheer Abe Ahmed…..I heard Asmarinos are saying to him Wedi Melaakh ( son of an Engle) who came to save them from the Satan Wedi Afe

    Thanks

  • Blink

    Dear All
    There are very few Eritrean journalists who met Ethiopian leaders face to face in the past 27 years . One must remember Meles told the world,” if we don’t like your eye color thing” , now for the peace loving leader DR. Abiy few antagonism Mind are accusing him for not saying sorry for crimes committed by his predecessors in his first Fist to Eritrea. We all know weyane are not happy about this peace but the Eritrean people who wish peace need to know and informed that there are few Eritreans who don’t find this Peace necessary because “ they are not included “ .

    “he missed an opportunity to apologize for the crimes committed against the Eritrean people by successive Ethiopian governments, especially by members of the Derg who recently have been invited by his government to return to Ethiopia and who are already engaged the Ethiopian political life.”

    What missed opportunity is that ? Your own failure to garner the support of Ordinary Eritreans in your designed fight should not be a base to accuse the PM.

    Some Eritrean opposition are caught off guard , they never thought such scenario will come , they never thought Eritreans are going to get such chance , they always thought they can spin the game and sale what ever they dreamed in their bed. These people forget that Eritreans don’t miss sleep for the crap bankrupted politics of Ethnic , religious, regional or even a rotten 80 division. What ever peace offered to the Eritrean people is going to win over a backward , unhealthy, not necessarily democracy change initiated by very very very few. You lost your chance even though your chance come and go in the past 18 years.

    Now you have one chance and that is exploitation of the current situation to advance democracy and this can only be done by accepting your past mistakes unless this kind of things will burn you down and it will be remembered as “ oh we heard” thing.

  • Ismail AA

    Selam Awate Team,

    This editorial is a focused alert to those who sank (especially some Eritrean regime supporters) their intuitive senses in the thick of the sand storms their euphoria towards events the EPRDF shrewdly set in motion under stewardship of Dr. Abiy and his team for internal reasons. This excellent expose underscores what the Sudanese say in similar conditons facing Ethiopia. They “al tugul wara” which translates to mean the hardship is yet to follow. So, the Ethiopians should realize their country is facing no mean challenges, and rapproachment with Eritrea’s dictatorship cannot come with that much help in the short term; and the long term benefit will be contingent on how their country and government will reset relations with the Eritrean people in clear focus.

    Looking at Eritrea from the prism of what the dictator can do or capable of doing will be liability rather than bein an asset. Down the road it could lead them into cul de sac as mistakes in relation to the Eritrean people have done in the past. They should appreciate that Eritrea and its people as the whole are much bigger than the current dictatorship and its narrow support base that could melt down by any eventuality that could leader to disappearance of the despot.

    As far as the affairs pertaining to Eritrea goes, the editorial has amazingly succeeded to draw a clear perspective by merging Ethio-Eritrean past politics (Derg) and the present under the EPRDF. Perhaps I should voice concern that at the end of the totality of the political game, the spoiler relatioship of Isayas’ jealosy driven animosity with the leaders of the TPLF should not be tailored to represent the Eritrea-Ethiopia relations. I mean to say here that there have been many clues that the core of the Isayas-Woyane contradiction rests in the formers persuasion that Woyane and whoever sits at its saddle is impediment to fulfilment of his dreams and ambition that target bigger than Eritrea. He wants to have the people of Tigrai on his side, but without equally amibitious and challenging leadership such the late Meles Zenawi in which we would do better if we would seek the seed that gave us the destructive border war.