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A Prophesy Finally Fulfilled in Eritrea

I was in high school when I learned of the prophecy. I shook my head. I pooh-poohed it. Untenable, I murmured as I sat hearing the prophecy delivered with confidence. But I am not talking about the prophecy of prophet Isaiah, who proclaimed, “a virgin will conceive and beget a son…” I am not talking about the prophecy of Jesus Christ who told Peter that he would betray him three times, not even Chris’s prophetic words about Judah. I am not even talking about the prophecy of Isaias Afwerki who proclaimed that “ultimately the upper hand is ours”— a prophecy yet to be fulfilled or fulfilled depending who you mean by “ours.” I am not talking about the “golden words” from the golden mouth. I am not even talking about the prophetic words of the late Ibrahim Sultan, who proclaimed to the world that “there will not be peace in the Horn if the yearning of Eritreans for independence is denied.”

The prophecy, I am talking about is unique as most prophets make multiple prophecies that will take decades and even centuries to materialize. Our prophet, like Emily Bronte who only wrote one book, made only one prophecy, and it unfolded in a mere 30 years, but its tell-tale signs were evident in the first couple of years.

The prophecy I am talking about is so recent, when I was in high school, my afro was still intact, and I remember that I envied the older boys who could form wrinkles on their upper face when they raised their eyebrow. Wait, did I date myself. Never mind, it is a soliloquy.

A female friend pulls my hair and says “atta, afro terifu iyyu” as I sat mesmerized about the strapping prophet who was reciting the prophecy to a shaken lady. I was close to him, and I could see he squinted his eye, like a marksman shooting against the sun, like a novice smoker looking through the smoke.

The prophet is alive, and his prophecy has unfolded in front of his eyes as he witnesses his words materialize and as far as I can tell, he is not saying, I told you so. Probably he is regretting that he did not touch wood while uttering his prophetic words. But then he did not believe in the superstition of touching wood. He is a revolutionary.

A young lady was given away in an arranged marriage by her parents: her hand given away in matrimony to satisfy familial pedigree and societal strata. “Mowsiboo.” After begetting a daughter, she divorces her alcoholic and abusive husband; she takes revenge on her family and country by marrying a powerful, well-connected man. She betrays her deceased father who passed away laboring to provide for his family. Her brother carries a scar of his sister’s love— his blackened front tooth from a fall while running with his sister who has now betrayed him by marrying a man hell-bent not to destroy him. But much worse — to destroy his ideal, his yearning. The prophet is willing to help the brother personally but wants to destroy his dream and the dreams of his generation. The rebelling lady makes love to this powerful man and begets a son, who they affectionately name: “The Disciplined”.

If you have forgotten. It was in a time when Eritreans were soaring like the Eagle of the sky, who stopped lifting a finger to feed himself, the eagle who soared the skies singing praises to the freedom fighters for providing him his meal while resting. When Eritreans soared, during Eritrean’s gilded age. The prophet coaxes, cajoles with words reminiscent of Prime Miniser Abiy. He tries through his wife promising to help bring Michael home. He finally figures that the hearts of his mother-in-law and step-daughter are with Michael, the adoring brother, uncle, and son who has joined the Eritrean freedom fighters. The prophet is Colonel Asefa Jemmere’s  play: “The Other War.”  With his feet almost burned by his stepdaughter, he is livid. He shoves his gun under his waist, wags his fingers at the mother and makes the following prophetic words:

Mother, I know about the thoughts in the mind of your likes, the bandits and outlaws. You sent your sons and daughters to the jungle in hopes to bring you freedom. But this is a pipedream. It is vain. “Kontu iyyu, hlmi iyyu.” This land does not belong to the Michaels; it belongs to my son, Qtaw. I have fertilized the womb of your daughter with my seed, and we will multiply and be fruitful, and we will walk on this land with pride.

Now in 2018, Eritreans are suffering in dungeons unlike any other times, not during the Italians, not during the British, not during both Ethiopians regimes, and are buried in mass graves, in the country they created by defeating the Asefa Jemmeres and renegade citizens like Aster.

Eritreans cannot freely worship their God, but Qtaw Asefa Jemmere can. Qtaw ambles, rambles and freely roams the streets of Asmara. He can preach about his God in broad daylight, while the security people who rough up citizens look on. From Abune Antonios to Hajj Mussa, from Haile Derue to Abba Arre, no Eritrean is allowed free speech, free worship, fair trial, and a decent burial. And I wonder what the sweet talking Asefa Jemmere incarnate will do if he finds out that the whoring Isaias Afwerki (like the betrayer Aster) embolden the mother who is in love with her son and his cause. Will he show us his true colors after the cajoling and endearing fails. A friend tells me: “I have this rare, maybe shocking to you, it is an epiphany that while Eritreans may have a lackluster record of fighting for freedom and even life, identity may be a different thing.”

Now the prophetic words of Asefa Jemmere have been fulfilled. Qtaw has started to plant his seed in the wombs of Eritreans to be fruitful and to multiply. The Qtaws are already giddy, exuberant, upbeat, clairvoyant, and cheerful about their prospects. Why wouldn’t they? They have older Qtaws lurking, masquerading as freedom fighters and as Eritreans, and the notion of “Medemer” will ensure ‘mekkafel,” dividing to multiple like the sons of Abraham, after all, they claim lineage to Abraham through Solomon.

Our Qtaws will use our salt against us. Hungry and tired in our homes we will gorge on imported meat, raw imported meat. Meat spiked with salt. They will use Assab salt as it is potent, it was meant to be for camels. Thirsty, we will beg for water as people flow to where water is and we cannot flow, so the Qtaws generously, shrewdly will open their new fridges to give us water. The water that giveth life, a son, Qtaw. So disciplined to fulfill the dreams of his forefathers. Like son like father.

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  • iSem

    Hi All:
    “ንስኹም ምስ ጸላኢ ኤርትራ ተላፊንኩም…… ” MS or affectionately knows us Wedi Saleh (WS) of Hishkib (read Halewa Sewara)
    This quot is the epitome of non truth, disgusting, despicable, dishonest…
    Yes WS never been in the side AH. But he is one of th inventors or importers or the authors of the manual of how conspire with the enemy against the posterity of Eritrea and its people.
    In 1982 when the TPLF conspired with their 6000 strong army to eradicate a national Erirtean patriotic org, that had its demons but unlike EPLF/PFDJ rectified them in 1969 and went on to become a truly vanguard org.
    The Gash Bark, the area now given to TPLF, Bademe and the entire lowlands was covered by TPLF on behalfof PFDJ ( yes, PFDJ came before EPLF, i have not mixed them up). ELF stupidly was thin spread in every part of Eritrea, but less in Saleh and now 37 odd years alter WS is telling us we conspired with TPLF while his org that he defends now was the pathfinder to such heinous crimes against Eri and now finally their prophecy and reams fulfilled.
    Mark my word when IA one day bless Asseb for Ethiopia WS will be his side
    So genuine liberiterians, freedom fighters should not take lessons from number enmy of Eritrea, PFDJ and its lackeys like MS

    • MS

      MarHaba iSem
      And the wind cries mary….or in the legenday EPLF’ parlance “ኣነ ኣለኒ ምዕራፍ፡ ታሪኽ ኣለዎ ጎሓፍ”…ተኸኽ ክንበሃል ኢና። For now, enjoy the great Jimi Hendrix.

      https://youtu.be/ATDEtzAcTg0

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei Hope.
    Ebola is peace of cake. It is infested with tplf virus. It is always dangerous to depend on one mass media. I used to believe CNN. Back to Eritrea. A young government of Eritrea challenged with the problems of the cold war aftermath, a war devastated economy, anexperienced government, opportunists elites, and honest scholars, angry Ethiopians who lost their part of land like me, and the tugs tplfs.

    The invitation of Eritrean government to from tplf was bigger than tplf if we remembered how US run between Asmara and Addis. It was only four years when the problem started between tplf and Eritrean government.

    Eritrean government has no power on Eritrean opposition not to cooperate with tplf or tplf not to cooperate. But it knows for sure before it makes sure tplf is no more a threat to Eritrea, the Eritrean government wont take a chance for tplf to endanger Eritrea and Eritreans.

    Now tplf has no support be it from US or Ethiopians. Its options are to declare war against the ‘federal’ government of Ethiopia which is unlikely thanks to PIA or wait until the looted money is over.

    The Eri oppositions make life easier on Eritrean government by denouncing tplf. It could be one great move to peace and reconciliation in Eritrea.

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Yes Girmay, you are right. ESAT is a horrible terrorists. It is due to ESAT tplf has killed more than 100 thousands Ethiopians and forced people to internal displacement. ESAT is the reason that Debretsion’s Tigray refused the criminal Getachew Assefa who misguided by ESAT and has killed only non-tigrians.

    Dear Girma, Minilik, Derg, ESAT excuses are too lame the last 27 years when you know the criminal Tplf has challenged Tigray to go with it. The Abiy government should have brought all the criminals who run away to Mekele like Tplf’s right hand Abdi Ille. But the Tplf generals have had calculated what they must do when the looting is over. They planned and build a formidable military in the name of defending ‘Ethiopia’ from Eritrea. What Tplf and its supporters do not know that their army is build and run by looted money. The criminals tplf used declared state of emergency to move all it needed to set fire on Ethiopia and make sure to bomb any dominant groups which challenges tplf. That was the plan. The tplf thugs in Addis have no accesses to Ethiopian banks like before. Then do the math how long you and your thugs can sustain a huge military with out declaring war like your moron Getachew Reda against Ethiopia Tplf mercenaries already declared war against toppling the Abiy government and enemies of Ethiopia have tried to kill the liberators of Ethioa from the worst human kinds enemy of Ethiopia by the name tigrians people liberation front. If you are for liberation front, why not declaring independence. Do you still hope that another 27 years looting which brought Tigray from the poorest of the poorest to the richest of richest in Ethiopia. I dont think so. Besides it is too humiliating for Tigrians to be in this quagmire. Better to declare independence.. I guarantee you no Ethiopian (i mean non-tigraian Ethiopans) go for war against tplf if you declare independence. What i am afraid is the crule Addis Abebian may go for demonstration supporting Tplf for the first time.

    Dont hate ESAT. ESAT brings all its facts from Meles and and his Aboyes projects and books, news, etc.

  • halafi mengedi

    h,

    nah…you think amrahas would stop at welkait?? they wouldn’t rest till they get back the whole Eritrea or asseb at the very least. try to have a talk with any 20something old amhara….

    hm

    • hagos

      salam Hm

      agreed thank you

  • Berhe Y

    Hi George,

    Please stop accusing me that I am sympathize with TPLF and then we cab have a meaningful discussion.

    I know the people of Tigray all my life, I mean those who came from Tigray and working in different parts of ERITREAN business.

    They are hard working, they are very faithful and they are very proud people, even when they don’t have much material wealth. They are also some of the most patriotic and fearless fighters when it comes to bravery.

    Please I am not comparing them with anyone be it ERITREAN of otherwise, so don’t ask me ERITREAN’s are brave too, yes they are.

    TPLF may have done a lot of wrong but it helped lift Tigray from destitution, famine and drought to a region that has a reasonable chance to do something for its people.

    May be TPLF diverted Ethiopian resources to benefit Tigray, but I see this no different how HS did for Amhara during his reign. I am not saying that’s right but I am speaking the facts on the ground today.

    In today’s world thanks to the democratization of the Internet any knowledge is readily available for anyone to build and compete at the same level like any other developed countries.

    Tigray for all the differences they have, they are united and their region is in tact in terms of the population and Human capital. For example compared to Eritrea where the population is scattered all over the world and disintegrated, they are in tact.

    The country that comes a model is Israel. It has no resources except it’s population to do well when they are srounded by people who went to make them extnict. Again I am not suggesting what Israel government policy towards their neighbours is right, but their sheer determination to survive.

    At the end of the day Education is an equalizer and they have the opportunity to exploit it and make something for themselves.

    Eritrea too have a lot of potential but the regime of IA has choked us in our throat to do anything except to survive. Our population have been leaving the country for the past 60 years, it’s very hard to reverse it.

    Berhe

    • Abi

      Hawna Berhe
      Atse HS diverted resources from all over Ethiopia to develop Eritrea. He didn’t divert resources to develop the Amhara regions as you lying about. Yes, you purposely lied.

      During 1964-68, there were 38 industries created with the cost of over 38 million Eth Birr. You can also refer the expansion of education in Eritrea during the King time. Refer to Asmara expo 1969.
      You don’t have to lie to make a point. HS never diverted resources to develop the Amharas.

      Are you applying for Agazian membership? Just curious.

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam abi
        For u too, to make a point referring berhe the tigrai as an eritrean is not cool. I mean for anybody who follow Awate knows those poeple such as berhe including ur queen r tigraians, that is the fact and every word of them here on this forum is a prove.
        am not trying interfere in ur job but am just saying.

      • Brhan

        Hi Abe
        Poor HS…you mean he was not attracted to the other 13 ጠቅላይ ግዛቶች ኣዲስ ታሪክ እየጻፍክ ነው?

    • Selam Berhe Y.,

      During the emperor’s reign the most forgotten and the least educated were people of the amhara region, if we leave out shoa amharas and the ruling class.

      If israel did not rely on the military muscle of the usa and the scientific knowhow of the west that is easily transferred to israel, the world banking system is not controlled by jews through which they control world governments whereby they support and protect israel, israel would not have been what she is today. What i want to say is that the main power of israel rests in the west.

      The usa has two main policies that will never change, the protection of american interest throughout the world and israel’s defense if in danger. Therefore, i do not think that one can compare israel and tigray. Tigray is better off with poor old ethiopia. Alone her fate will not be any different from all the other small countries of the world with no or few resources. Self reliance and a lonely journey has not helped or changed eritrea.

      We are ready to go it alone and we are ready to fight and win are simply the bravado from tplf’s side, and it does not reflect the wish of the people of tigray. Tplf is ready to take the people to an adventure nobody knows where it will end, simply because the corrupt criminals want to save their skin by using the innocent people of tigray. One good example is that tplf never had the people in its equation (if i may say so) if we take into consideration what sebhat nega seems to have said about effort’s money, that it belongs to tplf and not to the people of tigray.

      Tplf never invited the people of tigray when it feasted alone, and now it is trying to deceive the innocent to sacrifice themselves to protect the embezzlers and the criminals wanted by the law. I believe that tplf will not succeed to hoodwink the people of tigray.
      Finally, for education to make a difference their must be peace, democracy, the rule of law, and the absence of corruption and state crime. Is it possible to expect all these in tigray under tplf totalitarian rule? I do not think so.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Horizon,

        I am not advocating Tigray be separate from Ethiopia. I am just saying, Tigray can develop regardless what happens in Eritrea or Ethiopia center for that matter. Right now for any country to develop it doesn’t require resources any more. Any country can develop if it invests in education and thanks to the Internet anything is possible.

        The problem is, if the other Ethiopians can not make them live in peace, then what options do they have.

        I stated Rwanda as an example few times. As per wiki the current Tigray Area is twice as much Rwanda.

        What I mean is, the people do have a cohesion if everyone around them (Eritrea, Amhara, Oromo) is against them, it will help them resist and they will do anything to survive and thrive. That’s the law of nature. That’s the reason why Eritreans have fought hard and resisted.

        Yes, we heard America help Israel all the time. The fact is, America didn’t even want for Israel to have Independence because they know how much problem that will create against their interests, i.e. Oil from the middle east. They accepted it reluctantly when they had no choice.

        Isreal main economic is not dependent of the US Aid. They get about 10 billion dollars from the US and mostly for military but their economy is over 300 Billion GDP annually….(less then 1%).

        Their main exports is software specially security. And all these is because they have some of the best education system and university in the world.

        Berhe

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam berhe
          2 things, 1, after u looted somebody’s land and resources against the law and pretend as if u r a victim and call resistance to protect the looted property is equivalent to declaring a war.
          2nd, iseral, it is not just the aid that isreal got from the west but it is the conducive bissness and poltical environment that the west created for iseral is what makes isreal, isreal today.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Teodros,

            Your point 1) all I am saying the courts must find you guilty first and you have a right to defend yourself. Otherwise you are no different than those who you are accusing of breaking the law.

            Is this really that difficult?

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            It is not difficult if tplf let the court and the people decide about it, what makes it difficult is tplf refusal to respect it’s own law and the people decisions..

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Teodros,

            How can the people decide when they do not have the facts. Let people decide is usually means, let the people vote and elect their government. But a legal case needs to handled by the legal experts and the people can comment, oppose decision etc when they have the facts.

            All I am saying is, I hope this does not lead to confrontation and civil war.

            The latest I heard this. People asked Mengie what he thinks about Abiy and his future. And he said, he will do fine as long as his father is there to protect him. His father meaning IA:).

            I am not surprised if baba Isayas gave him the go ahead to act after his Gondor visit.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            When i said let the people decide, i was referring to walkyet and raya people.
            mengie, 3A and Pia joke is funny if u r in some kind of ghetto bar like “tege bet” or tella bet or if u r ethiopia federal police,
            i mean it is amazing how u guys lost ur sense of humor too.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Tedros,

            Honestly I really don’t know. I thought Bahir Dar was in Gonder.

            The guy who told me joke sounded like he heard it somewhere :).
            Berhe

        • Selam Berhe Y.,

          Why do you think that the rest of ethiopians do not want to live in peace with tigrayans, i would rather say with tplf? There is cause and effect. Tplf had the power and it came with hate to disintegrate ethiopia with its ethnic politics, humiliate others, especially amharas, killed and maimed, changed internal borders that gave more land to its brainchild “greater tigray”, etc. that created discord with the rest of ethiopians. Disingenuous as it is, it did its dirty business in the name of the people of tigray . Therefore, it is all due to the actions of tplf, and not because they are tigrayans.

          Is there a way tplf will retain wolqait and raya forever by force, and amharas will forget about these places? Unless the problem of the internal border between amhara and tigray states is solved, there will never be peace between the two, and we all know the actual border before tplf incorporated these territories to tigray. Or, will eritrea forget badme as long as it remains unsolved?

          Anybody who is made to feel that it is in danger either in action or through propaganda naturally will come together until they understand the truth. This happened in eritrea and in many other country that felt threatened. There is nothing new there. That is how ethiopia avoided colonialism and survived through the ages. During peacetime ethiopians fought among themselves, when they were under a common danger they came together to fight the enemy, although there were exceptions. Here the enemy is within, as it is in the case of eritrea, and when eritreans came to understand that they were in no immediate danger, we see now how peaceful their reaction is towards ethiopia, completely different in most cases from the past.

          Yes, tplf has the full support of the people. Could the people do otherwise? Is it different from eritrea? Fear mongering and dictatorial rule are the modus operandi in both cases. They did the same things as guerrilla fighters and they do the same thing as governments. The freedom of the people goes as far as they support tplf and stand blindly with it. Their freedom does not include condemning tplf for anything they do not like tplf doing. As long as they give a blank cheque to tplf rule, they are ok. Nevertheless, they better not try to demonstrate against what tplf says and does, against what tplf is inheriting them, their children and the coming generations, by leaving behind animosity with people around them.

          Victimhood is the new tactic by tplf, but it does not hold water. It better avoid the bad legacy it is leaving behind – go to the status quo ante as much as welqait and raya are concerned – and let the problem be solved by the federal government.

          C’mon Berhe, how can one person represent the whole nation or ethnic group? His hate for tigrayans is his personal feeling and nothing more and nothing less, which signifies his foolishness. Tomorrow he will have the same feeling for oromos and others.

          The deaths and killings in ethiopia among ethnic groups are the legacy of tplf ethnic politics, the result of its divide and rule, the money it is flooding the country with to buy criminals to do its dirty job, etc. The pandora’s box tplf opened on purpose will live with ethiopians for decades and generations, and if it consumes anybody, it will spare nobody.

          What is worse, the public display of a possibly criminal general who was caught while running away from the law, or the public broad daylight killing of two hundred ethiopians in addis ababa in 2005 by the tplf killing machine, the killings and disappearances carried out by its agazi force, the thousands unjustly imprisoned, some of them for more than a decade, the families destroyed, etc? These are real human beings even if they are not tigrayans or tplf. Why would a tplf supposed to be a criminal be handled differently than others, especially when he tries to escape?

          I do not think that “Innocent until proven guilty” holds true for people who try to avoid the law by trying to escape to a foreign country, or hiding so that they will not be caught and brought to the court of law. I do not think that other countries would have treated them differently. In my opinion, the opinion of a person who has not studied law, in such cases when they run away from the law, they are “guilty until proven innocent”. When ethiopians were killed in their thousands, none of them passed through the court of law to be condemned to death or left free, and we cannot say that the present ethiopian government is a lawless government for the sake of a dictatorial regime which did not respect its own constitution. When proven guilty, the big criminals and embezzlers are going to remain in prison they built themselves, and the smaller fish are going to apologize and reconcile with the people, otherwise, ethiopia has not enough place in the prisons, and has to build a new city, if she has to incarcerate all who have committed crimes, as the pm said.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Horizon,

            I just didn’t think the other EPRDF members who were approving the budget, who were ministers, who were government officials (like PMHD) had no say or have no idea.

            I actually know very little about internal Ethiopian politics and it’s probably not my place to comment as much and I will refrain and just observe, unless it involves Eritrea.

            Thank you for engaging.

            Berhe

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam horizon
        Forget eritrea for now and name 1 none amara place(province) that had more than 2 high school during hs time? Do u know how many schools were there in dassie, gonder at the time? Most of the high schools in gonder, dessie r more than 70 years old. That is the fact. Outside of missionary schools all the schools during hs time was in amara majority areas. that is the fact too.don’t play andm, aben here, people here r more smarter than Facebook dogs.

        • Mitiku Melesse

          Hei TA

          Your hate for Amhara must not force you to willingly exhibit your ignorance. 70 years ago high schools flourishing in Gonder and Dessie! What next!…

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam mm
            fasildes preparatory school is one of the oldest school in ethiopia, the 2nd or 3rd oldest, established at the end of 1910s e.c . tsadiku yohanes school established 72 years ago, they just calibrated thier 70. years anniversary 2 years ago, gonder university( was collage) is 67 years old, woizero sehin school is 89 years old and it is the 2nd school in dessie next to a catholic school.
            Keep singing the song i told u.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Berhe; what you are saying is only said by people who are paid gainfully to look the other way from what is reality. Although I will never suspect you to getting paid by the thugs, you are too slow to charge anyone anything, so, no worries there. What I don’t get it is why are you kissing the TPLF behind till your lips bleeding? I know you are hiding behind the people of Tigray to protect the TPLF thugs but make no mistake TPLF is gone for good. How time changes, now your masters the likes of Getachew are sanctioned, some even going to prison. who would have thought Eritrea to be free yet you hear the word sanction associated to TPLF thugs? sorry for your lose Berhe. At least look at the situation on the grounds but if still must go blind, at least get paid like the likes of Hayat Adem. be smart lol.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Niticc,

        You are too slow. See my reply to Abi.

        Berhe

        • Nitricc

          Hi Brehe; you are right, I haven’t seen or read anything yet. I just came today. I was away. But as soon as I see you defending the indefensible you left me with no choice but to respond to you immediately. I don’t know what Abi said and what you respond but stop protecting TPLF thugs. By supporting the thugs, you are extending the misery of the people of Tigray. Stop it!!

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            This is expected from you, to accuse people without any evidence.

            Show me where was that I am defending “TPLF thugs”.

            Berhe

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam girmay
    Which “stand” u don’t understand?

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam abi
    99% of tigrai r tplf sympathizers, that is the fact, even opposition like arena r sympathizers of tplf. I don’t know those 1% tigraians who disagree with tplf in major issues but am just guessing there has to be 1% that oppose tplf in major issues.
    I know u guys r doing ur job, i know the need to give them hope but fact is fact.

  • Brhan

    Hi Girmay,
    What you said has some truth…Amhara kings is a releative issue for example is King Tedros the same as Teferi Mokenen in this regard…but that is not what I want to say: I want to say let the dark bygone bygone and see the future.

  • Brhan

    Hi Qitaw,
    Thanks for the comment; PMAA released all political prisoners and allowed all opposition parties, including those military groups to come to the country.
    What at least PIA can do is release one prisoner, just one!

  • halafi mengedi

    g,

    for your information, Eritrea doesn’t have shortcomings. it is the regime that is the hampering the country.

    hm

  • David Samson

    Selam Hope,
    Right now, I do not have my lab equipment with me and will do once I re-test my sample.

  • TESFAY YOHANIS

    ትግራይ በለድ ወላህ ጎንደር በለድ አላህ.ክበሃል አይሰምዓካን ዲካ ወላ ካብ ትግራይ ትውለድ ኢካ ;

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Girmay
    No tigrian can make mistake in the history of Ethiopia. Even Metec and Effort theft has something to do with Minilik. If this King wouldnt unite Ethiopia by force woyane tigrians couldnt fall for the temptation of others wealth in Ethiopia or Eritrea. Before Minilik Tigray was civilized with its amazing infrastructures, houses, literature, schools, hospitals you name it. Minilik Destroyed it with his spears and horses. All he couldn’t destroy he moved it to Gondar and Gojam. Eritreans had worked hard to get wealth in Ethiopia probably the italians taught them the ten commandments very well. Minilik deliberately ignored to teach the 10 commandments in Tigray. Thus the list of thieves these days jammed with Tigrians is planed hundred years ago. God knows what is happening in hell or paradise with Meles and Minilik.

    References are from your comments and dedebit history book.

  • Blink

    Dear Isem
    How are You isem ? It seems you didn’t improve your Canadian anthem singing skills .Isem as one of the double talker comes without a doubt about his damage control. You already destroyed any point of accounting. You and a guy whose grandfather who was arsenic Italian colony supporter who teached his grand children to dance with weyane and their underage girls and brag about it could not bare the pain. It was just yesterday you and your addis dancer asking weyane tanks to zoom in Eritrean streets and now you idiot Debrestion is saying the Amhara and Oromo didn’t know how to fight , he openly is bragging about Tigrian aglay that he even didn’t know died in Eritrean trenches where Meles told their mothers “ ወድኺ ድሕሪ 6 ወርሒ ተዘይ መጺኡ ከም ዝመተ ፍለጢ ” , you are a lousy writer I mean propaganda machine can be only good if it is not cheap and this is cheap that you tried the best ever written drama to be your stick . What’s that you wanted to say? Say sorry for the crimes you made and the kneel down to that gates of peace as your tanks are not going to zoom in Eritrea.

    Debrestion forget it was Amhara and Oromo kids who saved TPLF from a horrible war , now he is accusing them “ ተዋጊኦም ኣይክእሉን እዮም “Remember TPLF didn’t have that much war prisoners of Dergi , what’s the similarity between you and Debrestion?

    Check this out
    https://www.facebook.com/daniel.areerii/videos/2711183175565471/

    • Brhan

      Hi Blink,
      That was a nice comment.
      If I say that I will lead you to darkness. Which one do you want?

      • Blink

        Dear Brhan
        So you think people go to darkness by your encouragement?

  • Selam Abi.

    Welcome back. Maybe it is ‘ብቻ ማውራት’ as you say. It seems that the old scenario of amhara is the enemy is at its peak again. They are completely forgetful of how tplf made the whole country to feel, especially amharas, how it demeaned, demonized, and exposed them to killings wherever they used to live for centuries. They are completely forgetful of the crimes and the corruption under tplf. Ethiopia seems to be seen again under the prism ‘ባፍጫዋ ብትደፋ ግድ የለንም’ as long as we are not the masters.

    They are proud of the constructions done mainly by the chinese, germans, and others, leaving behind a big debt burden. Wherever they undertook contracts as metec (the corruption factory) and other tplf organizations, they accomplished almost nothing. They imported finished products and tried to dupe ethiopians that they constructed them themselves. Most of the money allocated to them to construct development projects was stolen and they are the reason why the gerd is in a precarious situation, sugar factories remained half finished, etc.

    Even more amusing and at the same time outrageous is that, with millions in their accounts just within if we leave out the money they have stashed in foreign countries, they tell the court that they have no money to defend themselves, and again the ethiopian people has to pay.

    Esat, which i do not agree with on many levels, that was not even allowed to broadcast to ethiopia is accused day and night. Every broadcasting station is exposing the political and economic crimes of the three decades. Instead of working with the federal government cleansing tplf from the rotten apples, they stand with it full force and they demand from the people of tigray to stand with the criminals and the corrupt.

    They want to convince tigrayans that it is an anti-tigray move and not an anti-tplf move, the mafia group that killed, tortured, and looted. It will take them nowhere. You see. the more the crime they have committed the more they bark, like the getachews, who hallucinate that they will come back to power, when at the same time ethiopia is moving forward gradually leaving them behind, empowering women, creating peace and trust with her neighbors, etc, moves acknowledge by the world community.

    I hope that sober minds in the tplf will convince the uncontaminated part to think constructively for the sake of tigrayans and the country as a whole, and act accordingly. The people of tigray will not allow to be used to save the culprits within tplf.

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam girmay
    tigrai misery is mostly came from its land, tigrai land is considered as a cursed land because of lack of any kind of resource including fertile land and water. The prove is u can’t see other oppressed people crying 24/7 the same way tigraians do, so the main source of misery for tigrai is the land of tigrai.
    The last 27 years that u call it growth is mostly looting, i know u consider it growth but it is a looted money and it is on the hand of the court now.
    I have told u before and will say it again, the previous gov of ethiopia except mh consider tigrai as thier conquered subjects(“gebare”).

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Tedros,

      Obviously you have no idea that it’s not resources that make countries thrive but the human power, specially the thinking power. Do you know all great powers from the past had no resources but sheer determination. Small countries like Portugal, England, Japan were able to conquer a lot more than their size and resources can provide.

      Tigray is very well positioned to do what ever that it wants if it manages to focus on development and education and eradication of poverty.

      They trick is they should not be tempted to go to any conflict with Eritrean people no matter the dictator provoked them.

      IA and PFDJ are nothing but empty burrell and will not do anything to inflict damage to Tigray. If they could they would have done it long time ago. The Eritrean people know this by now and no matter what the PFDJ says, they know they will not fall to their trap.

      Ghirmay, the Internet has democratized knowledge and Tigray should focus in improving their region and build a strong ad viable economy.

      Avoid any confrontation and strangulation with Amhara and Oromo and you should be just fine.

      And Eritrea when it emerges from where it us today, you should have a friendly neighbour.

      Berhe

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam berhe
        Resource classified as human resource, capital resource and natural resource, in tigrai case, human resource is so limited. Prove. go check university and hospital in tigrai. And even the engineers in “sure” construction company. and there was only 2 high schools in tigrai before derg came to the seen. And most of the so called tigrai intellectual r graduate of civil service collage, which means they got the title but nothing else.
        Capital resource, no more available after the change of the gov and the looted capital r on court.
        Natural resource, i think we agree on this one with out explanation.
        And i can assure u welkayet will be a source of another mesiry forever.

    • Brhan

      Hi Teodros,

      At least you can give a credit to Tigrai, is that the members of its people came all the way to Addis Ababa and made Ethiopians free , including you ከሰው በላ ደርግ
      ደህና ሁን

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam brhan
        U talking about ” the lesser of two evils ?, i choose derg!
        and the defeat of derg was a work of so many actors and tplf was just one of them with less contribution compering with the other.

        • Mitiku Melesse

          Hei Tedros.
          Brhan loves what tplf is doing. He is from the old school. Meaning dismantling Ethiopia is a great success for Eritrea. But I think the opposite a strong Ethiopia is a success for Eritrea.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam mm
            I really don’t understand u and i don’t read u . how about if i invite u teddy afro song” gura becha” selecha kelekelo, kelekelo selecha gura becha. For me the song said it all.

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Hei Selam.
            I the love Birhan has for tplf you dont understand or talking his love about tplf is ‘gura’. I love all Tedros songs. Thanks.

          • Brhan

            Hi Mitiku,
            Since you are talking about me …old school means that school when all the minsters of Ethiopia (Teferi Mokenen’s and the Derg’s Ethiopia) were from one ethnic group but now you can see Ethiopia’s ethnic groups are well represented, including the minister of defense, an Afar woman and guess what with a hijab!…something you never imagined in your life…I know it is a bitter truth for you to swallow the new school…

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Hei Brhan.
            That lie is buried. Even Meles was allowed to go to university. He preferred wuyena and dismantling Ethiopia. Tplf is all about profit and lie. .

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam brhan
            u forgot, pm of ethiopia middle name Ahmed, deputy pm last name Hassen, the most powerful ministry Minster mufriat kamil with “Hijab”, all of them r very proud ethiopians. That is the difference.

          • Brhan

            Hi Teodros,’
            Thanks but compare it to the era of Teferi Mokenen and Derg.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam brhan
            What matter is thier love of the country, they r ethiopians ,

          • Brhan

            Hi Teoros,
            You misunderstood.
            During the era of Teferi Mokenen , men with names like Hassen were not allowed even to get a low profile government position , let alone, to be ministers and let alone women with names such as Mufriat, Aisha and Fozia .

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam brhan
            The way u trying to put it is a lie and i know how they disappointed u, and i know how they hurt u , they r proud ethiopians.

          • Brhan

            Selam Tedros,
            Do not take it personal
            I am not disappointed. I am happy to see our neighbouring country south of the border to have a diverse cabinet. I am also happy to see each region has its own government from its own people: Somali Ethiopia Kilil ruled by Ethiopian Somaili, Afar Kilil by Afar, Oromo by Oromo etc. In addition, Eritrea and the rest of the horn can learn a lot from this new Ethiopian political development. Last but not least I am happy that you, Tedros are happy with the new political development.

            አሁን ተግባብተናል መሰለኝ?

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam.brhan
            Soon u will see when people governed by the people choose, the government from kebele to center to be chosen by people, u will see that.
            So u guys already started to call ethiopia neighboring country? Pls Make it real.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Brhan,

            There were few Muslim ministers during HS. I remember one Eritrean, who happen to be the brother of “Azien Yasin” a member of the ELF-RC with a ministerial portfolio. His name escaped from me now.

  • halafi mengedi

    Girmay,

    From your perspective, do you believe tplf is blocking border demarcation and withdrawal from badme at the moment? Also, what is the worst thing that can happen if Ethiopia withdraws from badme?

    hm

  • Selam Girmay,

    “Then the next question is will you rather be colonized by povery and illeteracy or Europeans ? Pride is not food.”

    Please tell me just one country, african or any other, that came out of european colonization rich and developed? Eritrean apprentices who learnt few skills under italians may have seen themselves as highly skilled experts when they came to ethiopia, but they were not. They covered much more the manual labor than the expert part in what italians left behind in eritrea, and of course, they contributed in the war efforts of fascist italy.

    If there are people who believe that their country will be developed under a new italian colonization, they are greatly mistaken. They will give their free labor in the italian paradise as they are doing today in their own hell. A master is always a master and a servant always a servant, and under no circumstances the roles will change, or the servant will be equal to the master (the colonizer). It is an illusion. The only solution is to depose the regime and give power to the people as ethiopia is doing.

    Tplf that victimized all ethiopians as the previous ethiopian governments is now playing victimhood. There are qualitative and quantitative differences between the previous undemocratic governments and tplf authoritarian dictatorship. In the later case, it was not only ethiopians that were the victims, but also ethiopia as a nation, her very existence. There is a big difference.

    • FishMilk

      Hi Horizon. You ask ‘Please tell me just one country, african or any other, that came out of europeans colonization rich and developed?’. What about U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand,,

      • Mez

        Dear FishMilk,

        Your argument seems extremely shallow.

        Thanks

    • Reclaim Abyssinia

      Hi Horizon,
      I think the right word you are looking for is ‘outsourcing’. Can you outsource the entire country managements?
      Cheers,
      RA

    • David Samson

      Selam Horizon,

      As I said on many occasions, I have been reluctant to comment on Ethio politics, but my patience has worn thin. I see many Ethios who have not never set a foot in Eritrea show their blunt ignorance day-in-day-out.
      SA, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and other South African regions might not be considered as developed, but they are not as backward and drought-stricken countries as your country either.

      There were many, not few apprentices, as you alluded on your comment. Martini— the first governor of Eritrea— was surprised to learn how the locals could easily be picked up the Italian language and other skills. As other African countries, Eritreans did not have the skills before the arrival of Europeans. However, the thrived during the Italian until the arrival of the evil king. You name any business which was started and developed by the Italians, Eritreans leaned the skills, copied the business, and developed it to a higher level even after the departure of Italians.

      Unlike you, I am not telling a story, this real experienced my family had benefited from Italians. You call it, or me ‘Banda, or ‘Mental slavery’, but I am very proud and always remember it with fond. Once you guys landed on our land, everything has turned upside down and our land turned into ashes. You are entitled to write something you read in a book but know your limits, please.

  • Paulos

    Abinism,

    Only Abi can crack the enigma open. Spot on የኔ ወንድም!

  • Brhan

    Hello Curious historian
    I did not read the play but saw it long time ago.
    Qtaw Asefa Jembere is a character of a play called ” the other war” wrote by Alemseged Tesfay. The story is simply about an Ethiopian Derg cadre Asefa Jembere and his Eritrean wife. A story of husband and wife. What is then this all talk about the story of husband and wife. Is it about love between an Ethiopian man and Eritrean woman.
    Love is love. But Asefa Jembere politicized the affair. He talks about making the son Qtaw an Ethiopian and not an Eritrean. His mother in law go against this and takes the son to Sahil ( an area controlled by EPLF) in order to raise him as an Eritrean against the wish of Asfea.
    I hope this helps

    • Aron

      Hi Brhan,
      What happens then, does qtaw become Eritrean or an enemy with in. Aron.

      • Mez

        Hi Aron,

        the story is still unfolding: Quite a number of personalities are pointing their finger toward this guy–him being the key architect of the recent Eritrean-Ethiopian reapproachment.

        Thanks

  • FishMilk

    Hi Hope. My take of PIA is that he will not really demobilize Eritrea’s military until such time that Ethiopian withdrawal and demarcation takes place, as to do otherwise, would take away from leverage that he would later require should peace implementation not proceed as planned -and there is a real risk in that regard-. In consideration of the above, I believe that major reforms inside Eritrea will not likely take place until withdrawal and demarcation processes are completed. Major reforms to me, in the short term, include demobilizing the military, establishing a functional judiciary system, and expeditious review and processing of political and religious prisoners. I know that many are saying that the border issue is a done deal with PIA but that is simply not the case and he has never said or indicated so. Where he has been very coy, is in not accentuating the immediate importance of withdrawal and/or demarcation of the border, while PMAA (and himself) is in the process of extirpating the TPLF. It is important to note that I am simply expressing my take (not my support) of how things now stand and how they are evolving.

    This is not to say that I agree with PIA for I believe that judicial process should have long ago have been established and there is absolutely no reason to delay political and religious prisoner review and release processes. Should PIA have any fear of how the release of some key political and religious prisoners could possibly adversely affect security inside of Eritrea, I am sure that he could easily negotiate third country reallocation of such individuals. I also believe that there is no reason to delay development of a much needed clear and transparent investment strategy for the country.

    Regarding matters such as national reconciliation efforts, the constitution, freedom-of-movement of citizens, etc.; I do not see believe that real traction will take place on the matters until withdrawal and demarcation takes place and Eritrea’s seaports are fully functional.

    On the positive side, with the Peace Agreement and opening of the border, Eritrean political, business and military leaders; are now seeing various opportunities that are becoming available to them and Eritreans in general. And, they will now become increasingly motivated to lead the push on PIA/PFDJ reforms….it is only a matter of time.

  • Selam All,

    There seems to be a european official, who has the idea of, what he calls the “voluntary recolonization” of africa. If we remember, we discussed a similar suggestion sometime ago on this forum of the ‘revisiting of eritrea by the italian colonizers’.

    The idea is for african countries to lease enclaves of territories in their respective countries under a fifty or so years lease, so that organizations like the eu, the wb, and others, will develop the area by building cities. Instead of migrating to western countries, africans will find jobs in these enclaves, which will most probably be under a different jurisdiction, host countries will not be able to control or dictate during the lease period.

    I think that these cities are meant for western national and others who can afford, and not for the indigenous people, unless they are the political and economic elites of the land. The owners of these enclaves may vacate or renew their contracts depending on the situation. They say that places like hong kong developed under a similar situation by remaining under the british rule for about 150 yrs.

    Most african leaders and intellectuals were abhorred by the idea of colonialism revising africa in one form or other, nevertheless, to the astonishment of many, there were few who thought it was a good idea. Their explanation being, as long as africans have failed to rule their people humanly and democratically, they better leave the post to europeans, their past masters. Nevertheless, nobody says, that in the long run, if the whiteman’s boot will be better than the blackman’s boot, and if the economic exploitation by westerners will be worse or better (most probably worse), and other unknown factors would pop up with time or not.

    In general terms, african leaders and their supporters should be ashamed for bringing africa to this deplorable situation through their crimes, corruptions and backward ideas of ethnic and tribal affiliation.

    • Brhan

      Hi Horizon,
      FYI It was the late Ali Mazuri and not an European official

  • Mez

    Good Day Hope,

    I am refering to:
    A)US Congress Committee Chairs call for Secretary Pompeo to Press for Human Rights in Eritrea

    &

    B) No evidence of human rights reforms in Eritrea – UK

    Thanks

  • Saleh Johar

    Hope,
    One last time: Please, please, please, do not bring my name and Moedrator on the same… anything. Deal with me as Saleh and deal with the moderator as.. MODERATOR. Period. It is not difficult to understand however you try to word it, it is wrong and stop it.

    On the other issue, I am not blind. I have been reading all debates here and I can tell who is who. Get it: EPLF is PFDJ is Eritrea is ISAIAS. That is what I object to. Second, I would like o smash the archaic, foolish, Jebha-Shabia mentality. If you take yourself out of the circle and reflect, you will understand where I am coming from. Third, no veteran status, for anyone of us, should be considered a blank license to continually disrespect and insult others…. and be dishonest in issuing statements. Anyone if free to express their opinion but with me, after so much patience, sometimes it is an eye for an eye even if we all go blind if we are not so already.

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam girmay
    U said tplf strategy is to develop tigrai economically and military, but my question is ,if they couldn’t do it for the last 27 years, how r they going to do it now? I mean how r they planing to fed the new tigrai military?
    U think the federal gov will allow tigrai militarization? Or u mean it will be done after declaring independence?
    note, sudan, egypt, eritrea or the west will not be on tigrai side like they used to be because they r with the federal gov side now.

    • Girmay

      Hi Teddy, in the past 27 years they were busy developing Ethiopian federal government.Teddy dont worry how Tigray plans to develop its millitary. We can arm ourselves sticks and arrows if we have to.
      Just leave Tigray alone and keep yourself busy worshiping Abie. Time will be the final verdict.

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam girmay
        Am just curious and i want u to make sense, that is all.
        I never worried about tigrai, I knew from the beginning they r nothing without greedy sellouts allies of them.

  • Paulos

    Selam My Good People,

    Ebola virus is back on the news. Certainly more challenges for Dr. Tedros Adhanom as he will be pressed to effectively contain it. Thing is though, why does the virus keep coming back? Here is the “fun” stuff for the question why.

    Suppose you shake an apple 🍎 tree 🌳, and you would normally expect particularly the low hanging apples to fall. What happens if you disturb the ordered niche of ecology, not only the ecology gets disturbed but organisms would be forced to find a new host. I am sure by now, you know where I am headed at. The natural host of the Ebola virus are not human but primates as in Chimpanzees and Gorillas. When people clear off forests and hunt down the wild animals in it, the viruses look for new hosts and either they come to the viilages or big cities. We are essentially victims of our doing.

    Take Smallpox, for instance. Smallpox killed close to 300 million people during the 19th and 20th centuries. In fact, it’s spread changed the course of history. When the Conquistadors [Hernan Cortez and Alexandro Pizzaro] arrived in the Americas in the 16th Century, the Aztecs and the Incas present day Mexico and Peru respectively were not immune to Smallpox and it literally killed them off in addition to the brutal treatment on them by the Spanish conquerors. When the Spaniards lost man power to work on the silver and gold mines, they brought West African slaves who were relatively immune to the virus but brought with them another deadly virus–Yellow fever–which affected the remaining Aztecs and Incas.

    One of the reasons Napoleon decided to sell Louisiana to Americans was partly because his soldiers in Lousiana fell victims of the virus and couldn’t hold off any longer. And the Louisiana purchase gave way to the expansion further West. What’s more, two incidents that hit home are when King Abraha of the then Abyssinia invaded Arabia in 570 and his soldiers came down with the virus and I believe the King died of it as well. The conquest came to a naught and the invasion didn’t succeed. 150 years after Edward Jenner came up with a vaccine, Smallpox was completely eradicated from the planet and the last case that was seen was in 1977 in Ethiopia [I wonder if the young Colonel gave credit to himself when he was then three years in power.]

    Question is, why does Ebola keep coming back but Smallpox is gone for good? Again, the reason for Smallpox is that, humans are main hosts for the virus. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Haile S.

      Selamat Paul,

      ህዝበይ ውግእ ሓድሕድ ሒሕ ተብሎ’ላ
      ንስኻ ኣርኪብካሉ ንፍንጣጣ ንኢቦላ

      ናተይ ነገር እንዳተላኸፍካ እዩ። ኣይተስተዋሕዶ! Seriously, great timely comment. I didn’t know the Abraha came back from his arabian expedition with smallpox. What I know today is, I don’t know where Mahmuday went for his expedition, but he came back contaminated with a virulent five-fingered virus known as ጽፍዒት.

      • Paulos

        Selam Hailat,

        My grandfather typical of his Eritrean generation was a soldier with the Italian army. In fact, for a reason that I don’t know to this day, he was “Pro-Italia” when Eritrea was awaiting its fate either to remain with Ethiopia or not. As much as I was very much close to him in my childhood years and till his death in the early 80s, he would start and end any conversation with ኔል ትሬንታ ቺንኲ and I must say, Muhamuday reminds me of him when he says, Weyanes in everything and anything.

        To be honest with you, I found the monotone incredibly boring and dry. If the Weyanes are in fact dying, good for Isaias for he is the victor and as Muhamuday believes to be the case, it heralds a bright future for Eritrea as well. Thing is though, weather Muhamuday is spot on or not, time will tell. We need to move on and let’s converse about something else at least for a change.

        • Haile S.

          Paul,
          Absolutely agree. Lets go back to the subject you brought. Another example of ‘environmental invasion’ related deadly infection is Hantavirus. But in contrast to Ebola, hasn’t reached epidemic proportion as far as I know, because it is coming from rodents, thus remains limited to the infected individual. While in Ebola coming from related specie to us, gets all the conditions it needs for its propagation in a new defenseless specie endowed with all the free roads, so to speak.

          • Paulos

            Hailat,

            Super points. I agree. As you know, Ebola, Lassa, Hanta among others are collectively called Hemorrhagic viruses. Every virus has a counterpart in our body where these viruses latch on particularly on endothelium on the blood vessels. And that is the reason the viruses cause massive bleeding in the patient either coming from the nose or vomiting blood.

            On the other hand, the fact that either measles or smallpox viruses latch on the epidermal cells of the skin, they cause papules and later on pustules where they leave a permanent scars on the face of the person. More over, HIV has a counterpart on the CD4 T-cell receptor and it latches on it and it literally destroys the immune system instead.

            As for the point you raised about the similarity of the species, if you remember I believe it was in 2007? when we had the Avian flu epidemic and we got the virus from birds. With out being too technical, let me say this: there is a similarity between the flu virus [which is mild and seasonal virus] and the Avian flu virus where the flu virus has a protein called, hemmaglutinin 1, hemmaglutinin 2, hemmaglutinin 3. The Avian flu on the other hand gained an extra protein called hemmaglutinin 5 which acquired it through out the years in a process called Assortment. And you can clearly see that, the virus jumped first from human to birds and came back to us mutated and lethal.

          • David Samson

            Hi Paul,
            I am pretty sure you followed the news on the killing of Christian missionary by the Andaman tribes.

            Here is a paragraph from BBC:

            “The complete isolation of the Sentinelese people means contact with the outside world could put them at risk, as they are likely to have no immunity to even common illnesses such as flu and measles.”

            As to your grad dad, as I said it in the past and will say again, we should not look the colonisation of Eritrea by Italians as ‘Evil’. I will welcome them with open arms.

          • Paulos

            Selam Dave,

            Seen the title of the news but haven’t read it. It certainly is tragic. What the experts had said is true where the reverse might hold truth as well where they may be immune to some kind of strain where the outside world is not.

            The thing about the endemic or epidemics cuts through the exact nature of viruses. I think the best definition of viruses is given by the 1960 Nobel Prize winner Lebanese-British Peter Midawar when he said, “a virus is a piece of Nucleic Acid surrounded by bad news.” Question is, are they all or what is in them for us is all bad news? Will get to that later on.

            Viruses are hard to classify for they have what makes one a living and non-living as well. The former because they have genes and proteins and the latter because they are unable to multiply on their own. True, they posses a very short segment of either DNA or RNA and a protective coat protein as well. They use the protective coat as a shield and to penetrate the host’s membrane, they use their gene to assimilate it into the machinery of the host’s cell replication process so that they multiply more by most often killing the host afterward.

            The RNA viruses in particular have evolutionary advantage where they are able to mutate as they swap new genes with the host. And this is one of the reasons, it is difficult to kill them off where HIV-AIDS comes to mind. Here is the interesting part about viruses: The human genome until recently was believed to have only 2% of it useful for replication or for coding and the rest was considered as junk for there was no any use for it. But as the human genome sequencing got fine tuned over the years, it was found that most of the “Junk” DNA was exactly the same that we see in the DNA of the viruses.

            The hypothesis goes, we humans not only carry viral DNA in us but lived in a symbiotic relationship with them till they parted ways along the evolutionary process. For instance, placenta in mammals is synthesized by a protein which has the same gene sequence of viruses where the theory goes it was the viruses who transformed amphibians to mammals including us where we can not possibly be born or survive without the placenta. This is to say that, perhaps what Medawar had said about “the bad news” was part of the whole story.

            I have mixed feelings about the colonial legacy in Eritrea. Good thing because the settlers saw Eritrea not as a colony per se but one as their own and made a considerable effort to turn Eritrea on par with the other modern states in Europe. Bad thing because, their racial policy was anything but particularly when they denied Eritreans to have a limited education and when they put into law punishable should any Eritrean man is caught with an Italian woman.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Paul,
            Let alone getting exposed for envying an Italalian woman, the simple fact of crossing to ኮምቢሽታቶ, the whilte area, if you don’t have permission to be there was sending every Eritrean for 25 whips on the back laying on bare ground and another 25 if you forget to bend and thank your beater at the end of the first 25. A year or so ago, I had cited few paragraphs from a book ዕስክርና ጥልያን, written by an Eritrean askari, on how similar punishment was inflicted on askaris in 1940 when the Italians were fighting the British coming to liberate Eritrea. After walking all the nights from Keren and arriving at Naqfa, the askaris were asked to celebrate their arrival by group carrying their Italian leader and thanking him for his bravery, not for theirs. Few askaris were on the side exhausted of all the walk, when the italians saw them and brought them for the 25-50 whip because they failed to celebrate the arrival at Naqfa. We tend to imagine Italian administration of Eritreans was as we have been told or heard during the British administration-federation-Hailesellasie time where the Italians were citizens like anybody, but had the economic clout and when they were treating Eritreans with certain dignity. NO NO, it was not like that when they were in full control colonizing Eritrea. They were treating Eritreans like voluntary muscles without brain. There is nothing desirable about Italian colonization. Italians did everything to deprive Eritreans of their dignity, their pride, their spear, their shields, and reduced them to be docile administrees pronouncer of the few italian words they happend to capture ተስታ ዲ ጋሊና፡ ባፋንኩሎ፡ ካኬሮነ፡ ፋዞሎ፡ ቦርኮ ሚሰርያ፡ ብሩታ ራሳ and what not. No No No, there is nothing to wish for in the italian colonization of eritrea. It was the most inhumane degrading administration. NO No and No

          • David Samson

            Selam Haile,

            Just a short note and will reply in full tomorrow.

            Which of the two is better?

            1. An 18-years old person who has spent his entire adult life in slavery under the pretext and cover of National service for a state called Eritrea. This person has not chance in life to do anything worthy as his life has been ruined by so called ‘Patriotic Eritreans’. We have made to believe this carp called Eritrea for over 50 years and the country is about to disappear from the map.

            2. Unknown age man who hailed from the countryside, who had no chance in life except to live an apt poverty and might even die before he reached his 40s , viewed by the Italians as savage, but at least gave him food, house and job.

            Italians views about Africans were not different from other Europeans which reflected the views of the time.

            We used and find too convenient to use Italians as a scapegoat but failed to keep out house in order. What is more depressing is that fact that we hate so much the act and history of Europeans, but we somehow managed to live with them in their own’s country.

          • Haile S.

            Selam David,
            I don’t blame you for what happened to and your generation. I blame the fact that you jump into praising a system that was inhumane to make it humane in order to make you present prosecutors inhumane. Anyway I better wait your full response. Thanks

          • David Samson

            Selam Berhe and Haile,

            Berhe, I had suspected you were going to pitch it as a race issue. Do you know the economies of Ghana and Nigeria in the 60s— right after independent— were better than Singapore or Korea?

            We have been using colonisation as conveyer-belt since the Europeans left the continent. It is seductive and appealing to mind; it does not require any work or thoughts, just say it and feel comfortable about it. Recently, a new trend has emerged: blaming past known figures for their racist views. Churchill, Cecil Rhodes and Gandhi come to my mind. There is no doubt and dispute that these figures have hold views which are bluntly racist. In SA, many people demanded the abolishing of the Rhodes’ statue. Fair enough, if you want to get rid of his legacy, he might as well do it from all parts of his life, not selectively. Many Black Africans have benefited from his scholarships’ funds.

            To state the obvious, Italians did not build Eritrea for Eritreans, but for themselves. Did they treat the locals appallingly; did they see them as an inferior race? Yes. Why do I need to repeat these facts which have been admitted by the Italians themselves? Italians views on race were not different from any other Europeans.

            Recently, an American Astronaut was landed himself in hot water by quoting Churchill. It had created a frenzy of responses on Twitter and made to BBC’s news. Many people agreed that Churchill’s views were racist but with a caveat: It was the prevailing understanding of race at the time, but it is not fair to see it using today’s glasses.

            Europeans did not invent science nor medicine, but the Mesopotamians did. However, there is no dispute that Europeans took them to the next level and modern medicine is largely attributable to Westerners.

            I am sure Haile, you have read the story of ‘Hazega and Tsiazega’. Before the arrival of the Swedish missionaries, 8 out of 10 children died before they reach the age of one. When the nurse saw this tragedy, she taught herself Tigrigna language, wrote the book in Sweden and returned to Eritrea to teach the locals. She told the locals, “it is good to believe in God, and indeed, our fate is decided by God, BUT God also gives us science”. As a result of her intervention, the mortality rate had gone down to 1 or so.

            I can also make the same arguments for Italians. Many Eritreans had developed highly technical skills thanks to Italians. Martini had noticed this behaviour after he arrived in Asmara in early 1900s. Eritreans thrived during the Italian occupation. Why? As you argued in one of your posts, the region was on the brink of mass starvation, so the arrival of Italians had given the region a breathing space for the return of normality. Unlike other colonisers, the Italians did not intervene in the local culture. Yes, the banned inter-racial marriage, but their men were known to have slept with many locals. In the early 90s, I met not tens, hundreds of mixed-race Italians and Italians in Italy— who were born in Asmara. Many of them had a fond memory and remember Asmara with nostalgia.

            IA has always been a communist through and through except for few years during the early 90s. Having flirted with free-market and was keen to please his new friends— the Americans, he declared, “Eritrea does not have monopoly classes, so we need outside investors”. Many Italians and mixed Italians were keen to return to their city to invest, but little did they know the guerrillas had no real desire and intention to be exploited by capitalists.

            Now, if we think that Italians period had not positive legacies and want to get rid of the entire history, want to pick up only the negatives, then we should start with the city itself. We should demolish it and return it to its mud house of ‘Arbaate Asmera’. In effect, we should return to agrarian society.

            I could agree with your views if we kept our bargains: we kept the positive legacies. Instead, we could have focused on the negative impacts of colonisation and its legacies. I am 99% sure those Eritreans whose lives went from bad to worse during the last 60-years will no doubt would choose Italy again as they have nothing but false promises by their children. We could go on blaming colonisation until the cows come home.

            I live and work in Europe and employed by Europeans. I prefer to live in my home country if any European can come to invest and employs me. I will return all the villas, the factories and the farms to Italians so that they would invest again. In return, I get employment, stay in my own country and culture. The alternative is to keep daydreaming that one day, we will return to the promise land. In the meantime, all Eritreans who are born in the west have nothing to do with Eritrea.

          • Paulos

            Selam Dave,

            You are at your best. Well argued ma bro. God bless!

          • Berhe Y

            Dear David,

            I agree to almost everything you said but I am not sure your response is in the same line as your previous argument.

            To just paraphrase, you were saying what’s better:
            1) slavery under PFDJ
            2) colonization under Italy.

            And you aregued you take colonization of Italy any day.

            My reply was not to blame Italy or whites people for the misery that we find ourselves today. Actually I think our Ethiopian friends accuse us that we have so much LOVE for colonialism. So I am not sure the example you gave about Rhode or Churchill is applicable in our case.

            My point of argument is, it does not have to be 1 and 2. But it can be what others have done who were in the same situation, India, S.Korea and others. The world has opened so much and the knowledge which was limited only to few has become readly available to everyone and including to Africa.

            I use Rwanda a recent example that’s thriving and it’s making the lives of its people better. Not perfect but I think it’s on the right track.

            So please Dave, my argument was, God gave us all power to think and to act, and why is it impossible for us to change our faith for the better rather than waiting for Italy or anyone else to change it for us.

            You are accusing us that we blame the west too much and we don’t take responsibility of our own failures (e.g. Ghana was better than Korea) and at the same time you wanted the white people to create jobs for us.

            Your argument is exactly the same as those who are blaming the white but in reverse. You wanted the white people to save us instead.

            I think
            Berhe

          • Haile S.

            Selamat Berhe and David
            Berhe, you said everything I wanted to say. Merci
            David, I could enumerate many many developments brought by Italy that were maintained even further developed after the colonization ceased, by the successive eritrean administration untill the coming of the Derg, that now were left to decay and cease to function under EPLF/PFDJ. But that was not the point of discussion as Berhe succinctly put it above.
            Best

          • David Samson

            Selam Berhe,
            Italy colonising Eritrea is a moot point— it aint’t going to happen. However, Eritreans migrating to Italy will happen if Italy allows to do so. So, we are now on the reverse gear— Eritreans are begging Italians to give them food and shelter . You have not probably seen Eritreans sleeping on the street of Italian cities. In effect, you are begging the white man to save you, but on your own country.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi David,

            Ok I didn’t understand you then.

            When you said ” I will return all the villas, the factories and the farms to Italians so that they would invest again. In return, I get employment, stay in my own country and culture.”.

            Are you saying they should come as investors then? I don’t think anyone is preventing them, may be not in Eritrea but I think any African country has a welcome policy for any investor.

            As to the Eritreans in the street of Italy begging, it’s not by choice. And it’s not because they have no job opportunity or they didn’t want to live with their own family.

            As Haile said, Eritreans were able to live in their own country and prosper even after Italy was no longer in power, granted there were may of them still living in the country.

            Berhe

          • Berhe Y

            Dear David,

            Do you actually believe human beings are equal in terms of their thinking power if they are given the same opportunity?

            You are taking a very simplistic reason, why we love to live in democratic, free and constitutional Europe versus Europeans who were barbaric who enslaved people.

            Just because our faith has turned out from fire to frying pan, it is not a reason that we should lose hope and our lives are sealed.

            We didn’t go to seek “Patriotic Eritrea”, “Patriotic Eritrea” come to us.

            Do you believe Black South Africans were better off during the apartheid as they are now?

            Do you think Indians were better off under British rule as they are now?

            Do yuh think S. Koreans were better off under Japanese rule as they are now?

            A good and realist example is, how South and North Korea life has changed since the separation. The same people, the same experiences and everything else, one was blessed with a good leader where the other was with a ruthless dictator?

            Just blaming ourselves who do not have any control how is not a reason to lose hope.

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Selam Hailat,

            I do agree that there is nothing that makes us nostalgic about it. That said however, will leave it for a debate if the Italians should be credited for creating a “Handy-Man Generation” as in carpenters, electricians, plumbers and welders in Eritrea.

            To come back to the social policy that came into law, the then Italian governor in Eritrea put out a decree to all “natives” to address their Italian bosses as ጎይታና where failure to follow through was punishable with a jail time. I learned about the decree through the late ዓራራት እዮብ’s series of articles titled ወለዶ-ኣለና፣ She went on to say that, in the 1940s, there were over 3000 ሓናፍጽ where it seemed to stand in a sharp contrast that had prevailed back then as in maintaining “racial purity.”

            I think it is prudent to put in a context the colonial collective temperament including towards Eritreans in general and the colonists world-view with respect to their intellectual standing in particular. Tekheste Negash, in his seminal work which was later compiled into a book form titled “Italian Colonialism in Eritrea 1882-1941” argues that, the Italians who settled in Eritrea were victims of the then political milieu that put them at loggerheads with the more industrious, highly educated and culturally more in sync with their neighbours in the North as in Germany and Austria. That is to say, in 1871 during the Italian Unification otherwise known as Risorgimento, the Southerners who later on immigrated to Eritrea found themselves at odds with the Northern Italians for there was no much in common except in language and religion as the way of living and level of education stood in a sharp contrast as well.

            In light of the historical back drop, the then Italian Prime Minister promised them a land under the Sun where they will be living like the Kings of the ancient Rome. Immigrate they did and found an ideal state in Eritrea. Incidentally, a couple of years ago, a certain Italian did a documentary on the last remaining Italians who are still living in Eritrea and one among the remaining who appeared in the documentary was Orsi እንዳ ባተርያ. He literally said, we lived like Kings exactly what the Prime Minister had promised the first settlers. Orsi said that while pointing at his employee ተስፋማርያም who has been working for him for over 40 years and ተስፋማርያም was not only asked about his experience with an Italian boss, he seemed to have frozen in time when Eritrea was still under colony.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Paul,
            I don’t think me and you have differences in interpreting the horrible past. At the most we might have differences on our use of it to the present situation. Even going onto our national historian Tekeste Negash, his attempt to paint differences among the north and the south italians is as naive as asking Eritreans to apologize to Ethiopia in his pamphlet of the 1998s to do so. We are biased to our biases and prejudices when we don’t base our arguments as much as possible on historical and scientific basis, as much as possible I must say.

          • Paulos

            Selam Hailat,

            It could as well be a matter of perspective. The mandate of a historian is to assess past events critically and objectively where the victor and the vanquished are limited to their roles in making history. Often times than not however, the judgement of history could depend on whom you’re asking.

            Consider the following: In 1974, right after the King was over thrown, over 100 thousand Italians left Eritrea for good by chartered planes which were provided to them by the Italian embassy in Asmara. The fact that, they left Eritrea in haste, most of them left their businesses and houses to the Eritreans who had been working for them for years end. And the life of those Eritreans on the receiving end was changed for better. If you ask those Eritreans who inherited considerable and a life changer wealth about their impression on Italians or Italian legacy in Eritrea, they would say, they are grateful to the Italians to eternity. Hope you got my drift.

          • Haile S.

            Hey Paul,
            I get your drift and where you are getting at. At that time Asmara had a maximum of 400K population meaning 1 in 4 was Italian, meaning me my siblings and our mom had 1 in 4 chance to inherit a nice home, which was a remote dream than reality (I lived at that time in area where italians were more visible). But lets face it, even in that area, I don’t think the forced ‘generosity’ translated into that kind if sympathy. In short lets not dig too dip inorder to accumulate enough earth to bury the present. Otherwise, we will be leaving a huge empty hole.

          • Paulos

            Selam Hailat,

            Do you remember እንዳ ማሴቲ Santa Anna area? The entire area with beautiful Villas was owned by wealthy Italians but later on was left for Eritreans.

          • Haile S.

            Paul,
            I do. Now, what is the number of houses per 100 meters of street block compared to ዝባን ስንቄ or ሰታንታ ኦቶ or እንዳ ኪሻ ገጀረት ንእሽተይ or ገጀረት ዓቢይ or ጎዳይፍ in that area let alone speaking of a little further, the quarters that no Italians dared to adventure to.

          • Paulos

            Hailat,

            You got a point. Thanks.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam haile s
            The funny thing is some tigraians regret the missed opportunity to be colony of Italy, in other words they regret for missing the 25 whips and thanking the whiper after 25 whips.

          • MS

            Selam Paulos, IsmailAA, Emma, Girmay, iSem, HaileS et al
            1. Paulos, HaileS, and iSem, though you are critical of me, you do it with amazingly refreshing jabs. I like you guys, though I don’t agree with your politics. iSem cracked the Furst Law of ‘ktHaQq’ya” or IA’s 1st prophecy of (xxx will dissolve). And for that Emma will not forgive him. Emma, the great, I wish you a happy thanksgiving day, I hope you have had a wonderful one; IsmailAA, a man I avoid to confront, a gentleman, may God give you many/give us…many years so that we can have cappuccino cups in Eritrea and reflect back to see how we mistreated each other?

            2. We did have a good thanksgiving party at home. We shared the day with new arrivals, from Eritrea, and with some old friends.

            3. I enjoyed your input on the Ebola virus. I have two young “scientists,” one is doing higher research, and one is a sophomore. Whenever they have papers to present, they use me as a mock class before submitting them. The last session was with my younger son, and he was working on some kind of genetic therapy on cancer cells. Some, I understood; some I pretended I followed, and some, I did not know how to handle. But suffice to note that the Ebola virus is among the well-understood viruses, but the problem is with money. According to my son’s explanation, companies could make tons of money out of CANCER breakthrough therapy because cancer does not discriminate between Africa and Europe, while Ebola outbreaks are limited to some parts of Africa. Therefore, companies don’t have incentives to invest a lot of money and intellectual resources to discovering pricy vaccines that would not have returns to cover even the bottom line.

            4. Regarding TPLF and what it entails of evil designs against the state of Eritrea: It did have a chance to rectify past mistakes, it has not. While the federal government expressed its readiness to demarcate, it is the TPLF which is blocking the process. I was careful enough not to mix the people of Tigray with TPLF, in all of my posts I make that clear. I have ample evidence to back me up. I believe the people of Tigray should not be used to protect folks wanted for federal crimes, by the same federal system that TPLF is vying to preserve, by the same institutions that TPLF used to oppress and suppress others. It is dangerous to play the race card when the law closes in on you. Just think. The TPLF is exaggerating crimes committed on Tigrians as if ONLY committed on Tigrians while we know the same ethnic-based crimes, unfortunately, are committed among other ethnic groups in Ethiopia. Tigrian elites should think for the long-term well-being of their region; they should not squander an opportunity to protect individuals accused of thievery and crimes against humanity.
            As as I’m concerned, my views towards TPLF is shaped by what it does to Eritrea. And the simplest peaceful gesture is to let the demarcation of the boundary done. That is all. TPLF can’t have it both ways: calling for peace and at the same time impeding the process of demarcation, insisting on occupying Eritrean-ruled territories. It is as simple as that.

            Some had taken TPLF as their sole vehicle to getting read of president Isaias wedi Afom (OR to annoy Emma, Bxaay IA). Some of us work for a comprehensive and long-lasting change based on national dialogue, consensus building, and reconciliation. For some, regime change is an ultimate goal but won’t tell us what is it that they will do the day after regime change. And who could be more hankering to see regime change in Eritrea than the TPLF? Thus you have the unholy marriage between some irresponsible Eritreans and the Wayanes.

            For some of us, regime change is seen within a process. Once TPLF is brought to its senses and the question of Eritrea’s territorial sovereignty achieved, I think Eritreans will go full throttle in accelerating a peaceful rebuilding of Eritrea that includes the political aspect that many people focus on. The ongoing peace process needs to be consolidated and unless TPLF comes to its sense, even the demarcation of the border is not going to solve the problem. TPLF’s long nails need to be clipped; its ambitions must be studied well; either it should play its limited role as an integral part of a FEDERAL SYSTEM, as a regional state and, hence, let the federal government do its job, including cooperating with the completion of the treaty the federal government signed with Eritrea, or openly declare that it is in rebellion.
            I know, for many of you, it was not monotonous to deafen us with how great TPLF was. Now, you are easily labeling critical comments on TPLF as monotonous. I will be as boringly monotonous as possible, and that’s a strategy intended to make you develop an aversion to reading my Wayane-critical comments so that I could have the space for myself (with a smile).

            I ask forgiveness for the poor Turkeys that have been slaughtered for this feast.

          • Paulos

            Selam Muhamuday,

            Glad you had a super Thanksgiving day with your family around and glad ገዛኻ ገዛ ኣብራሃምን ሳራን ዝኾነ as you invited over new comers.

            Will have to skip the TPLF part but I will say this: There is nothing that makes me happy than to see our young people aspiring to reach the stars and excelling in the Sciences, Arts including in politics as the young Eritrean in Colorado made all of us proud. And I am sure one day your two bright kids wiil conquer the news reels around the world when they come up with major breakthroughs in the Sciences. Here is what I would like to suggest: buy them all Carl Zemmer’s books and challenge them to read the books in their free time. Carl Zimmer is one of the best science writers around. I have read most of his books and it will give your sons ahead start in the fundamentals of particularly the life sciences.

          • Haile S.

            Selamat Mahmoud,
            ኣነ’ሲ ነዚ ናህና ብዙሕ ተናሕስየሉ ኣለኻ ክብል እየ ድልየ ነይረ፡ ላኼፋ ፈትየ ድኣ ናብ ጽፍዒትካ ኣድሂበ እምበረይ። ንTPLF ድኣ፡ እንተኺኢልካ፡ በሎም ገልድሞም። የግዳስ ምሉቕሉቕ እዮም ዝብሉ። ቀደም ልኻይ EPLF ተለኽዮም፡ ሕጂ ኸኣ ልኻይ ኢትዮጲያ ተለኽዮም።

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Mahmuday,

            I would have gone full recycled argument, the nature of argument you love to do, to divert from an honest debate on the cancer of the Eritrean society close to your home. But you wouldn’t. The despot has been the cancer of our society, since he joined the Eritrean struggle. The wayane has their own share in the crises of the Eritrean politics, but not even close to this devilish despot, enemy of the Eritrean people. You are admiring and congratulating to this evil man what ever is doing against the innocent and naive Eritrean people. History will give its verdict in due time.

            Second, you have courted our people to endure the excruciating pain until the fall of wayane. The “Wayne” and the “Tigray” people are more united than ever as we speak to confront any force against their unity and their interest. Count my words. They are the most battle tested than any Ethiopian social groups. Like the Eritrean people, the Tigrian people have met many difficult challenges and came victorious, and surely they will against the current alliance. The Tigray people are the “survivors” of natural disasters (like droughts and famine) and against all social conspiracies and demeaning social cultures (with in the country and outside their country). The Tigray people and their organization have stood for decades with cause of struggle, and still reassure their standing our sovereignty in front of your demigod at the opening of the border between the two countries.

            Third, the wayane and the Tigray people are hosting hundreds of thousands of Eritrean people who escaped from the oppressive regime you are adoring, and still receiving the influx of our people. It is an irony to hate the people who hosts your own people. This can only happen with chauvinist group of Eritrean people. Unheard political position.

            Fourth, please have the guts to challenge the evil man who hold the demarcation of the border and prioritized the Ethiopian problem. Political lies like all lies is evil and sins. The Ethiopian Government and the International communities are ready to implement the ruling. Stop lying to the Eritrean people. Your government and the Ethiopian government didn’t even support your lying that wayane are refusing the implementation of the ruling. You are holding till the demise of Wayane and Tigray people.

            Last but not least, I will offer you an advice: Focus on solving the predicament of your people, stop this day and night, Wayane, Wayane, Wayane, and don’t make us look “ብተመን ዝባህረረስ ብልሕጺ ተዳህለ::” ኤረ ብጣዕሚ ተሕፉሩና አለኹም::

          • Amanuel

            Hi moksi
            MS has already crossed the line. Actually he was a fence sitter and true to form he did what fence sitters do. His main problem is he doesn’t see Eritrea beyond this regim, and hence he is trying to reassure his loyalty to be accepted back.

            On another note currently the awate forum has been dominated by “the medemer group” and their agenda blame every think evil on TPLF, subsequently we are falling in line engaging them. This reminds me what marketing people say when they are hatching unrealistic project “ether shoot the accounts or give them something to do.” Because accounts ask about facts and evidence.
            We have been tricked to waste our time discussing secondary problems and I appeal to the able writers including both Salehs and the rest to set the agenda and rebuff these onslaught. This forum is set up to shorten the Eritrean people suffering and replace it with just governance.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Aman (Moksi),

            አንታ ሞኽሲ ከም አባጊዕ ሃገርን ህዝብን ክሸጡናን ክልውጡናን:: ዘገርም’ዩ!ንምኻኑ አብ ጎንደር ዝበሎ ሰሚዕካዮዶ? አነስ አሪገ’የ ግን አብ “አብይ” ዓቢ ምትእምማን አሎኒ ነዚ ተታሒዝናዮ ዘሎና ውጥን ክቅጽሎ ዝዓይነቱ ንዕቀት ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ዘርኣዮ:። አንታ አማን እንታይ እዩ ወሪድዎ እዚ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ንዝኾኑ ናይ ሓሶት ነብያት ክታለል ዝነብር:: እሞኸአ ብኢትዮጵያ ዝመጸ::

            በልስከ ነዚ ተታሒዝናዮ ዘለና ሃገርን ህዝብን ንምድሓን በብዘለናዮ አይንሕመቅ:: እቲ ዝኸድዎ ዘለው ዘለው ተንኮል ክፈሽል’ዩ:: ከመይ እንተበልካ: በዞም ዝስዕቡ ምልክታት:-

            (ሀ) አብ ኢትዮጵያ ዘሎ ፖለቲካዊ ቅልውላው በዚ አተሓሕዝኦም ዘሎ በዚመዓልቲ መዕርፎ ይርከቦ ዘይበሃል’ዩ:: እቲ ዘሎ ሕብረተ-ሰብኣዊ ቅርሕንቲ ናብ ጽልኢ ዝጎልበተ ስለዝኾነ ኣብቲ ጎነጽ ዘለዎ ከይዱ ዘህድእ ተባዕ መራሒ ክሳዕ ዝረኽቡ እንዳተሐቁኑ ንነዊሕ ክቅጽሉ እዮም:: ርኤዮ ህዝቢ ትግራይ ዝረኽቦ ዘሎ:: ከምኡውን አብ መንጎ ኦሮሞን ሶማልን::

            (ለ) ብወገን ህግደፍውን አብዚ ዝካየድ ዘሎ ጉዕ። ዘይዕግበታት እንደበርትዔ ይኸይድ አሎ:: ብፍላይ ሰለስትኤን ሃገራት (ኤርትራ ኢትዮጵያ ሶማሊ) ብሓደ ሰብ ክምራሓ አለወን ዝብል ወስታት ምስ ሰምዑ:: ዝገርመካ እቲ መራሒ ናይ ሶማል ካብ ጎንደር ምስ ተመልሰ ህዝቢ ሰማል አዋጢሩ ሓቲተሞስ: አነ ንሳቶም ክዛረቡ እየ ሰሚዔ መጺኤ እምበር ዝፈረምክዎ ነገር የለን ኢልዎ:: ብወገን ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ግን ወይከ:: ስለዚ እዚ ኩነታትዚ ንህዝብና ከነባራብር ግዜ ክህበና እዩ በሃሊየ:: ስለዚ በብዘለናዮ አይንሕመቅ::

          • Haile S.

            Selamat Emma,
            The desperation and powerlessness prevails since long. Every hope that burgeons somehow crumples. IA is tired of leading a people that he exhausted to the bone. He is ensnared in his incapability and his belief of incapability of his people. As you well know, his rhetoric has always been about wining wining and wining. Now he found someone intelligent that tells him, “yes boss, you won”, “you are the greatest leader ever”. So why not the Eritrea opposition tells him the same. Why don’t they tell him that he won, that they were misled by the Woyane. What do they loose? They need to know how to tame their dragon by doing exactly like the great Abiy did with his neighbor and his compatriots. Better copy Abiy instead of reprimanding and opposing him for knowing ‘how to train his dragons’

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat (Haile-S),

            Are you kidding me? Are you asking me to say and to tell, something he isn’t? No way Jose. I hate “submissiveness” and gaving up. More so those who sold their conscience to a dictator. Please listen radio Assenna, they have brought his own voice, when he was asked about the integration of the two countries (economic and political integration) in the ninities. It is the same project he is trying to implement with Abiy. All what he is doing is reversing our independence by tearing out our social fabric.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Emma,
            Submisseveness? No. I was just wondering if “yes you are a winner” for someone who sees absolute winning as his goal when infact he is loosing the essential would be a good solution.

          • halafi mengedi

            Haile,

            I don’t think it that easy, but to your point, if only Cordelia (king Lear’s youngest daughter) flattered her father (even for that brief moment), all that tragedy would have been avoided.

            hm

          • MS

            ሰላም Amanuel Hidrat and Amanuel

            So you want me to do it the hard way? ተኸኽ ክንበሃሃል ደሊኹም። ሕራይ በሉ።
            Let me put it here as CLEARLY as POSSIBLE: ኣቱም ሰባት ተዋሪደ’ኳ መዓልቲ መዓልቲ ከዘኻኽር። ኣብ ደምበኹም ኮይነ ኣይፈልጥን። ኣይኮነን ሎሚ፡ ትማሊ ናይ ወያነ ካርድኹም ክተወጠዋጡ እንከለኹም ከይተረፈ ኣብዚ ተሓምበለ ተባሂልና ኢና። እቲ ከም ጸግዒ ገይርኩም ተጎሳጉሱሉ ዝነበርኩም ወገን መዛርዑ ጠሊምዎ ኣሎ።

            ሎሚ ህግድፍ ጥራይ እዩ ነዛ ሃገር ኣብቲ ዝቕጽል መድረኽ ክመርሓ ዝኽእል። ንስኹም ምስ ጸላኢ ኤርትራ ተላፊንኩም ጥራይ ዘይኮነስ፡ ሃገር ክተመሓድሩ ይኹን ሰዓብቲ ክተጥርዩ ዓቕሚ የብልኩምን። Period. ካብዛ ትማሊ ኣብ ፌስ ቡከይ ዝለጠፍኽዋ ቕንጭብ ኣቢለ ከካፍለኩም፥
            “ኣብ ዘቤታዊ ጉዳይና፡ ብቀዳምነት ዝስራዕ ሰላምን ምርግጋ እዩ። ድሕርኡ ናይ ሕረስ-ሓረስታይ ንገድ-ነጋዳይ ግዜ ወይ ሃዋሁ ክፍጠር ኣለዎ። ቑጠባዊ ሕውየትን ፈጠራ ስራሕን ክስዕብ ኣለዎ።እቲ ፖለቲካዊ ጎድኑ ድማ ማዕረ-ማዕረኡ ክስጉም ይኽእል።

            ኤርትራ ዝወለደቶ ፖለቲካዊ ሃዋሁ እምበር ቅዳሓት ዝኾኑ ናይ ካልኦት ፖለቲካዊ ተመክሮታት ክንደግም የብልናን። ናይ ሓላልና ፖለቲካ እምበር ድቓላ ፖለቲካ ኣይንደልን። መርሓባ ንኤርትራዊ ምትእኽኻብ፡ ኬን በሎ ናይ ቅርሕንትን በለጽን ፖለቲካ። ምድንጋር ይኣክል። ጽምዶና ኣብ ሓቂ ዝተሰረተን ድሎ-ብድሎን ክኸውን ኣለዎ።ኣብ ናይ 40ታትን 80ታትን ናይ ፖለቲካ ሳጃ (ሰልሚ) ሰጢምካ ነቲ ኤርትራ ኣብ መበል 21 ክ/ዘመንን ድሕሪ ኣዕናዊ ከበባ ወያነን ዘጋዝጥማ ዘሎ ሽግራትን ብደሆታትን ዝኸውን መፍትሒ ክተቕርብ ኣይትኽእልን ኢኻ። እቶም ተጸሚቖም ሓድሽ ጽማቚ ከውጽኡ ዘይክእሉ ይተኣለዩ። እቶም ነዚ ሓድሽ መድረኽ ዝጠልቦ ብቕዓት ዝውንኑ ዜጋታት ከኣ ሃየ ንቅድሚ ገጽኩም ኣብሉ። ናይ ብሓቂ ኣለናልኪ በልዋ። እዚ ንዕድመ ማለት ንዕቤት ዝምልከት ዘይኮነስ ንኣተሓሳስባ እዩ ዝምልከት።”

            እቲ ሚዛን ዝህልዎ ተቓውሞ ካብቲ እዚ ዝቕጽል መድረኽ ዝፈጥሮ ውሽጣዊ ውድዓዊ ኩነታት ኤርትራ ዝፈጥሮ ተቓውሞ እዩ።

            ስለ’ዚ፡ ብዙሕ ናይ ቆልዑ ጸርፍታት ደርድሩ፡ ቅኑዕ ከምዘለኹ ስለዘረጋግጸለይ። ጥፈልጥወን ኢኹም እተን ክልተ ናይ ምልክት ባላታት (signposts)፥ እታ ሕኣንቲ ንካድራት ወያነ ትውክል እታ ካልኣይቲ ድማ “ውጹኣት ብጹኣት ኢና፡ ብዘይካና መን—“ዝብሉ ካድራት ህግድፍ ትውክል። ዝበዝሐ ኤርትይራዊ ኣብ ማእጀል እዩ ዘሎ። ሃገሩ ክትመሓየሽ ይደሊ፡ ሕገ-መንግስቲ ይጠልብ (ካባኹም ንላዕሊ ‘ኳ)፡ ግን ኣብ ትሕቲ ዝኾነ ይኹን ጸቕጥን ጸበባብ ብሓድነትን ልኡላውነትን ሃገሩ ኣይዋገን እዩ። ህግድፍ ኣብተብ ትነብሩለን ናይ ምዕራብ ሃገራት ከይተረፈ ስዒርኩም። ናተይ ራእይን ናይ ህግድፍን በዚ ተፈጢሩ ዘሎ ሓድሽ ኩነታት ተቐራሪቡ ኣሎ። ኣነ ከኣ “ዝጠለበ ይጥለብ ኢሰያስ ወይ ህግድፍ ክእለ ኣለዎ” ዝብል ሰብ ኣይነበርኩን ኣይኮንኩን። ምእላይ መራሒ ወ መንግስቲ ነዓይ ትርጉም የብሉን። ነቶም ንጸቢብ ረብሓታት ዝጓየዩ ይኽፈኣዮም። ኣነ ብዛዕባ ሓፈሻዊ መስርሕ የ ዝግደስ። እዚ መስርሕ እዚ ኣብ ምብጋሱ እዩ። ነቶም ክሳብ ሎሚ ኤርትራ ክትደክምን ክትክበብን ኣብ ናይ ውዲታት መርበባት ላዕልን ታሕትን ክብሉ ዝጸንሑ ውልቀሰባት ይኹን ጉጅለታት ግን ሕጂ እውን ክብድህ እየ።
            All I’m saying is that you guys (call yourself whatever you like) don’t have what it takes to lecture this great nation about justice and the rule of law. You were part and parcel of a global and regional forces that had denied us the right to pursue nation building.
            I’m not an ideologue, I’m a pragmatic person and I don’t care who rules Eritrea, but I care about any agent that leads the country through the next phase, in peace and security. The Eritreans who paid heavily to defend the nation for the past decades care about justice and the rule of law more than the TPLF appendages and pamphleteers. Please give a break. Your situation has never induced an envy to me. With that, let me invite you to the great AKberet Ankere’s ኣላሽ ኣቢልናዮም song. We are a people who have a proud legacy. If possible join the national dialogue for a comprehensive transformation of Eritrea, if not save us of your repetitive accusations. You lost credibility once you became tools of the evil TPLF junta.

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

          • Amanuel

            Hi MS
            You don’t need to go far and bring baseless accusations. Our difference is simple. You don’t see Eritrea beyond the current regim and I believe it is the main threat and obstacle to the transformation of Eritrea.
            As per TPLF I have never believed and supported any external change, either supported by TPLF or other forces. However TPLF never compromised with Eritrean independence. Yes they have problems with the current regim, hence the boarder war. As we know now the main problem was integgratiopn. That is why the medemer group hell bent to destroy them as they are obstacle to their evil project.

          • MS

            ኣህለን ኣማንኤል
            “ትም’ባ በል ኣንታዓቢ ገበል”እኮ ተባሂሉ እዩ። ህዝቢ ቅሩብ እፎይታ ረኺቡ ናብ ነባሪ ሰላም ክቕይሮ ይጽዕር ኣሎ። በዚ ከኣ ልዕሊ እቲ ንዓመታት ዝተዋደቐ ህዝቢ ሓርበኛታት ተረኺብኩምለይ!ዘስደምም እዩ። ኣለዉና፡ ኣለዋና። ክብሪ ነቲ ክምህ ዘይብል ህዝቢ ኤርትራ። “ኤርትራ ክትሽየጥ’ያ ወይ ክትድመር እያ” ኢለ ድቃስ ኣይስእንን እየ። ቁም ነገር ግዳ ዘይንዛረብ፡ እንተተኻኢሉ።

          • Amanuel

            Hi MS
            Let me be clear. I am happy there is peace and the boarder is open.
            My problem is internal that nothing has changed even there is not hint of change.
            If you are up for mature discussions let me ask you the following question.
            1) Do you think the agreements IA is signing should be debated at CC of the PFDJ or H.Bayto level?

          • MS

            Selam Amanuel
            Apart from political consumption, there is nothing extraordinary that the Eritrean government is doing. The border has been delimited in 2002, and finally virtually demarcated. All that has been done is that:
            1. The party that has been impeding regional peace and economic revival has been defeated. And with its defeat the region is breathing a new air of peaceful cooperation.
            2. Eritrea and Ethiopia have signed the end of war; Ethiopia agreed to implement the APA and the EEBC without any precondition. TPLF is blocking the progress of this matter but it will eventually be done according to the agreement Ethiopia had signed.
            3. Eritrea and Ethiopia have signed a broad agreement on peace and friendship, the details are of technical matter. Ethiopia was using Eritrean ports before the war, so I don’t see any new issue here.
            4. I don’t know if there are functional bayto and CC of the PFDJ. But the current peaceful climate will allow PFDJ to reconstitute itself and lead the country towards a bright future. All patriots should support this endeavor. It will be done. There is no other option. One does not have to like or dislike PFDJ to accept the reality on the ground.
            5. I don’t buy into cheap propaganda that purports PIA is selling Eritrea, and I challenge the peddlers of such a propaganda to tell us what they are doing to stop the sell of Eritrea. If they are really up to the task, I’m ready to raise the plane tickets of those who will save Eritrea. Let’s be real, man. The country has people who would never gamble with the sovereign integrity of Eritrea. I have no doubt about that. Remember what I have been saying in this forum: Eritrea has people who have no country other than Eritrea; the patriotism of Eritreans is still intact. I can’t be more catholic than the pope from far away lands. Respect the dignity of the people.
            Regards.

          • Amanuel

            Hi MS
            Sadly you didn’t answer my question. IA has no mandate to sign any bilateral agreement. Why is no functional CC of PFDJ and Bayto? Whose fault was that? Yah, it was TPLF fault.
            PFDJ has 27 years to reconstitute its self. It is organisation didn’t hold a congress for 24 years. Imagine 24 years is a quarter of a century. According its constitution (charter) it should have at least 6 by now. BTW it has no culture of keeping its promise. One evidence is the 1997 constitution. What did IA said about it?

            As IA selling Eritrea it is based on the briefing of his partners like Andy Tsge to their constituency in Ethiopian and abroad, and his(IA) speeches and interviews. Further more, if you listen to interview of Tamrat Layne, it is there in black and white. I am sorry I lost you when you said “I’m ready to raise the plane tickets of those who will save Eritrea.” To send them where? What I am asking you to stop becoming useful idiot and see things for what they are. I am sending a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rthKX-ymawE to remind you what he said about the then Ethiopian government led by TPLF. Now it is the other way round those who were chased out from Ethiopia are the allies and TPLF is the one to be chased out.
            His job is just to find another external force to blame and you guys follow suite.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Aman,

            For Eritreans who do not care about “rule of law” and “constitutionalism” they have always “TPLF” for escape-goatism to protect their demigod. So of course he will tell you TPLF bla-bla. Just recently when the Ethiopian government are ready to implement the ruling on the border, and when the despot hold the demarcation until the demise of TPLF, they are still telling us, b/c TPLF refuse to implement, as if they are in power. They are scared like hell from TPLF, even when they are in power. Zegerem Eyu Nay Ezi-Atom Neger.

            regards

          • MS

            Selam Amanuel
            Firstly, it is helpful if you stop insulting me, as in your characterization that I’m becoming a “useful idiot”. The fact that I happen to hold differing views and positions than the ones you hold, doesn’t make me a useful idiot to the government. It just shows I have a different take. And the best tool to manage such diverging ideas is to have discussions based on logic and facts. What I’m going to say is not about your person but about the arguments you put forward.
            Secondly, stop insulting the Eritrean people and their defense forces collectively when you purport baseless innuendos. You are exposing your ignorance and your arrogance at the same time, and here is why:
            1.1 ignorance: not understanding the unfolding political climate, basing your conclusions on what Ethiopian politicians and other known biased people have been spewing through the years, including former EPLF leaders who have failed to excite Eritreans the right way. You should know all the above sources could not be taken as credible ones.
            1.2. Also ignoring diplomatic nuances or deliberately spinning them to confirm your biased expectation. Mind you, reasonable people understand that things such as ” we are one people” or PIA saying to Dr. Abiy, ” I gave you responsibility…” in public rallies are spoken for PR purposes and primarily done to arouse Dr. Abiy’s base. I have written on this extensively. In reality the people of the HORN are similar and interrelated, more so when you take Northern Ethiopia and Southern Eritrea, the two Afars, Northern Eritrea and Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti and do on. This can be said as a matter of factly or as a boosting agent for diplomacy. We say the same to Sudanese. Why not the roar, then? TPLF used to say it to the toothless opposition all these years. Why not the roar, then?
            Concerning the management of ports, it is all about business. There is no question that they are Eritrean but their management could be transferred to a third party. DP World of Dubai, for instance manages important ports in the USA. Europe and other parts of the world.

            2. Arrogance: that you care about Eritrea more than the people who have defended it tooth and nail, mothers, fathers, teachers, doctors, soldiers, people who have endured the dire consequences of polices the evil junta you are trying to defend. That is a blatant arrogance.
            Finally, I know you are an intelligent person and I have no prove to conclude what you and your likes are doing is to deliberately harm the nation. But you are making a losing debate in the eyes of reasonable people.
            3. Concerning the legitimacy of the government: it is the same government that signed APA in 2000, it is the same government that saw the completion of the virtual demarcation; it is the same government that is internationally recognized. If the question is for the government to open up space and speed up the transition to democracy, I agree.
            The rest of your question as to why there is no parliament or CC of the ruling front is not worth spending time and space on.
            Regards.

          • Amanuel

            Hi MS
            I just need concentrate on the last paragraph as I think that is the fundamental problem in our country. I hope you wont deny that IA is not satisfying the minimum requirement even by PFJD standard. There is no evidence that there is a consensus about these agreements even among the top leaders of the regime.

            I don’t know on what is your hope based on? Since the peace agreement we haven’t seen any green shoots that change is coming. For example a bit ease on freedom of opinion and free political prisoners would have gone long way. History teach us that no authoritarian dictator has reconstitute himself and there is happy ending with dictators.

            As the using the term useful Idiot no insult is intended it is an expression as your usage of “your ignorance and your arrogance”.

          • Hope

            Selam Amanuel:
            You claimed confidently by saying:”As per TPLF I have never believed and supported any external change, either supported by TPLF or other forces. However TPLF never compromised with Eritrean independence”.

            Naivety or ignorance or a deliberate mix up?

            Are you sure that,that claim by the flip-flopping Opportunist TPLF was really their true color and stand?

            Aboy Sibhat can answer that for you by saying:”It was a TACTICAL measure that we had that stand and that we jointly kicked out the ELF”–in his very own word.

            You might be right about the Meddmer Claim/ thing ,which is “ab semay zello demmena and at a Conspiracy Level or at a Discussion Level yet as part of the Integration Saga at large and at Regina Level..I was the one,.who mentioned those conspiracies and quoting Endargachew Tsighe and Tamagn but that bravado or Gurra is not a new one and they are NOT the ones,who decide on us or on our fate or PIA for that matter,unless we Eritreans allow them to do so,even though we have to take things seriously..

            Are you a new born Eritrean?Well,may be you can consult Gen Nittric.

            Have you ever heard about some “Rumors” about the TPLF saying:
            Just for your naive audience.

            “Kalsi Hizbi Ertra kabey nabey”PMMZ

            The Abay Tigrai Manbifesto and its Map as manifested in 1975 or so and attempted to be materialized in 1997-2000”

            “The only remaining war for us now is the one in the North(Gen Siyye Abreha”—Ye Misraku Dil Be Semen Yiddeghemal as Col Menghistu would say it.

            -“We shall break up the spinal cord of Eritrea-the Christians and the Kebessa people”

            “The Aseb Port shall be captured in the next few hours”-Dr Tekeda Alemu”,the TPLF Agent’s opne declaration at The UN in 2007.
            “We will choke them until they easily collapse” and surrender”
            -Marsa Tekhlay at the edge of Karora shall be our border”

            “No need of dealing with a collapsing Nation and people with a serious ID Crisis”.

            -The latest AgAzian Movement ,in fac,was engineered and sponsored by none but by the same TPLF you believe that ” never compromised with Eritrean independence”.
            etc….

            As far as the difference you claimed is concerned,it is beyond simple as you and your Mokhsi are complicating and misinterpreting what people are saying deliberately coz you perceive some people and their opinions the way you want it ,when in fact,people are explaining things to you in a crystal clear way.

            Vet Mahumd Salih clearly denounced the mistakes of the person and the regime in question even though he could not say it the way you want him to say it.

            This NOT to contradict what I have said about PIA and his possible or alleged evil agenda against Eritrea and Eritreans but to tell you that this alleged evil agenda and conspiracy have been there since 1967.

            On the same token,the Chauvinist bravado or agenda of bringing back Eritrea to Mamma Estopia is not a new Conspiracy of bravado /agenda either.

            My point is,irrespective of the truth or accuracy of/about this Meddemer thing and irrespective of the role of the TPLF and/or PIA as well as that of the Chauvinists against Eritrea and Eritreans,can we come up with a better and effective Strategy so as to counter these alleged conspiracies so as to take a Pre-preemptive action before it is too late rather than “fighting and biting ” each other in the Cyber Space?

            What Mahmuday or the Amanuels or others arguing here is NOT going to be the solution.

            We need to go and do beyond this childish street fight.

            Aman,you made a “strong” claim,which sounds partially true that by saying:
            “You don’t see Eritrea beyond the current regime and I believe it (the current regime) is the main threat and obstacle to the transformation of Eritrea”.
            I disagree with you.
            Have you,by chance read what your Compatriot and your comrade in arms repeatedly said about the PFDJ being as a major Obstacle?

            His seemingly contradictory statements might confuse some ill-informed or naive people here but telling the other truth about the TPLF’s destructive role and telling the realities on the ground that other than the PFDJ,right NOW,there is NO other alternative Engine or entity to prepare Eritrea for the next ” War”, should NOT be considered as a serious stand against the best Interest of Eritrea.

            I mean it is too early and too toxic to prematurely propagate that Eritrea is on “SALE”,other than using this Meddemer issue as a new political tool against the PFDJ.
            If we really and seriously believe as such,then we SHOULD do it in a serious way with a serious strategy and prepare our people for any eventuality.NOT in a street fight style.
            Just my naive opinion..

          • Amanuel

            Hi Hope

            You are mentioning personal interviews and comments but TPLF has never changed its policy about Eritrea. As an organisation paid haively for it, not only physically, but also politically. In Jan 1992 I visited Ethiopia and the level of hatred towards them from the Ethiopian elites was unbearable. Their crime was for respecting Eritrean self determination.

            Having said the above I don’t mean TPLF didn’t have problems with PFDJ which led to the 1998 war and deported Eritreans from Ethiopia unlawfully. However these shouldn’t confuse you with Eritrean independence. My comment was in comparison with the current allies of IA in Ethiopia who never accepted Eritrean independence. Thanks

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi MS,

            It is narrated that one person was fond of a jeep car through his entire life. ِAt the moment of his dying the people around him requested him to bear witness that there is no god but Allah, but he replied, “I bear witness that jeep is a tremendous nice car”. A person resurrects with whom he loves.

          • MS

            Ahlan Abu-Humeid
            Wallahi? And then? U cut a good story short, typical of the phonies (ቅዳሓት)….ዓላ ኣል ልቓእ ያ ዘሚሊ ኣልቓሊ።

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Wadi Salih,

            If I narrate the full story, I thought you will enrage to flames. Since you eager to hear the whole story, I will write just a small part of it in accordance to your demand. If it happen you like it, please tell me to write more. In case you were furiously irritated from any part the story contains, I request from you never to blame moderator or Awate Forum. On God’s blessing, I begin with a small portion of the story to gauge your temperature, and definitely your reaction will pave the way to continue narrating the story.

            Once upon a time, there was a man named MAASRAI. He was living in the jungles of Eritrea herding his animals. As a young man, he likes to copy or do better than his peers. All his games and chats didn’t surpass his local culture and traditions. While he was living in a routine kind of life in his village, a group of EDAGA ESKUNIS came to his village. At the beginning, they made him their toy that made them laugh the whole day, but at the end they have recognized that he is an excellent guy in executing errands. They have as well realized he suffers from inferiority complex; therefore, when he comes back from his errands they receive him with an applaud that heralds that he is a hero and courageous youth (ጅግና ጏበዝ). This sends him to joy and makes him expand like a balloon to the extent of explosion.

            At nights the group always speak about Asmara in general and specially about Abashawil. They like the narrow paths of Abashawil and the scents it fumes; they seem to MAASRAI they are much infatuated, thus it is a heavenly scent. They also speak about the cars in Asmara. The car that most attracts them is the Jeep car. MAASRAI influenced by their tales longed to see only the Jeep car. In some countries peoples shifted from camel to Mercedes, but MAASRAI was unlucky to transfer from camel to Jeep. I think MAASRAI missed the road that leads to Jeep. It seems MAASRAI will end his life without achieving his dream, the Jeep car.

            MAASRAI was highly gravitated by the EDAGA AFARE (ኣፋረ cheating) skills. He thought AFARE is the maximum development and civilization. He had to do what the EDAGA Eskunis do so as to be equal to them. He attempts many AFARES, but he goes easily astray and exposed.

            In the past months EDAGA ESKUNIS met BIYASSA ESKUNIS who are led by a guy who propagates for a baseless MEDDAMAR and years to build a police-state in Ethiopia. This has thrown MAASRAI to rage and started to attack his old friends. Since his friends know his inclination, they send him one from them to whisper to him that the meddamar issue has a lot of benefits (ኣፋረ ኣላታ). This has made MAASRAI to change gear 180 degrees, and started tell us that Eritrea is now in a good condition than any time before. This is part of the story of the copy phony ( ቅዳሕ ቅዳሓት).

          • MS

            Ahlan Abu-Humeid
            Nicely written. I enjoyed its prose. The content? Well, that’s telling of the authors conflicting identity and the level of maturity.
            Suffice to remind you that MAASR or meaasray (መዓስር/መዓስራይ) are proud of their identity and about their way of life. Shame on you to portray them as eadily deceivable. I’m not MAASRAI (a camel herder) but I would love to own a couple of them, I respect the more than 75% of our rural dwellers.
            Come up with the same literary beauty but with something the great Mahmuday can enjoy. For now, I give you the equivalent of Shingrwa’s” seni”.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Wadi Saleh,

            I have given him a general name so as not to outrage him from get go. It seems this has opened for him a window to interpret the name wrongly to serve his mission that is given to him from his bosses. I myself was a herder and farmer in certain age of my life, that makes me to be proud of all our people whether they herd camels, cows, goats, mules, donkeys, chickens, etc., or toil the land. A herder was never an insult and will remain so. It was the job of great men in history. The Edaga Eskunis insinuated to our friend that it is a base job. This kind of naive understanding has made him distance himself from the job of herding. 99% of our people background is either herding, farming or both of them. It seems our good friend is from the phonies who don’t know their backgrounds.

            No wonder after the leader of Edaga Eskunis phonies visited his grandfather grave in Gonder. By now we all know his ancestries from his father side, and of course his mother is from Tigrai. Did anyone in Eritrea hear that Isaias visited his grandmother grave? Isaias substantiated that he doesn’t like his grandmother and his mother relatives. I think it is a custom if you nurture phonies they will reward you with profound hatred. Accept my beloved people with joy your reward from phonies you fed and brought up by your own hands. The first step they take is denial to the very people who nurtured and protected them.

            Back from the general to the special name. A person who revolts on the people who loved him, and turns to an instrument of destruction in the hands of Edaga Eskunis, his village men and women call him HAWAN or NAGS (ሓዋን / ናቅጽ). Hawan has become an excellent errand boy of Edaga Skunis. As professional courier of the group, they assign him to dirty jobs. He has a great faith in the Edaga Skunis. Every whisper or word they utter penetrates his mind easily. He is from the first class that justifies all the works the mafia group executes. He never negates his masters. He is more a slave than a peer to them. He sworn to continue as slave with them. It never came to his mind to guide the Edaga Skunis; it is a taboo for him. He is ready to torture and belittle his village men and women; feigns to be part and parcel of the Edaga Skunis who adores and worships them very much.

            Heroes guide camels, but Hawan is always pulled like a camel. If they pull him to Mekkelle, he will be excite by his presence in Tigrai. They drag him to Gonder, he will speak about its wonders. The moment they tow him to Biyassa, he will regard it as a heaven and will speak without control about the great operations of Edaga and Biyassa Skunis. I hope HAWAN is happy today by the AFARE tipped to him. He loves to enjoy with leftovers of banquets.

            Al-Arabi

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan Hameed
            I think the world of your TPLF is spinning and with that yours. Well, truth be told, my friend, the opposite is quite true. The era of a master-servant is over. And Eritrea is saved from the wrath that TPLF-appendages would have influcted on the country. Those who were satisfied with whatever crumbs the Wayane tossed to them will certainly cry with divisive undertones. Game over.
            Final mark:
            storytelling: A
            Writing skills: A
            Classification: belongings to children section
            I understand your tactics but they are well below the belt. I’m too old to get influenced by the cultural and psychological nuances you employ. I’m an ERITREAN first.That will never be changed by childish bedtime stories. Get that and engage me, if you will.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Wadi Saleh,

            I think your temperature gauge has raised a little bit. Anyhow, I will manage to make it drop down so as to continue the story. I hope you stick to your promise that you will never blame Moderator or Awate Forum.

            The phrases below the belt, cultural and psychological you have utilized has conveyed to me that below your belt is crashed and you are crawling now. However, Never blame me for your crawling for you are already accustomed to prostration for the Edaga Skunis.

            As it said in the last part of the story that Hawan is always pulled like a camel by the Edaga Skunis to wherever destination they like to take him. I think it is a known fact you can’t pull your animal without leaving it to fodder in some pastures. The pasturing time could be during the rest and entertainments of the masters. They usually unleash Hawan from his fetters to graze on a very green pasture full of QISSLA trees that are full of NABAG. Hawan is ready to stay in this pasture for his entire life because he likes it very much. The name of this attractive pasture is WEYANE and some like to abbreviate to TPLF. Hawan has grazed alone in this pasture for two decades without getting bored even for one day. This pasture has now attracted the Biyassa Eskunis leader, Dr. Meddamar.

            The dictatorship project novice Dr Meddamar, the head of Biyassa Skunis, has joined Edaga Skunis in sending his herds to the same pasture that Hawan likes very much. It seems, the Edaga Skunis head has advised his new friend to use Weyane pasture that will definitely pave the way for him to achieve his dreams. He told him any animal you send to this pasture will like it very much. It is the pasture that infatuated the hearts and minds of many animals in the region. You just send your sheep and goats (ፍየልና በግ) to this attractive place and they will never look back or criticize you. You can do your job with the pace you choose, and any attack against you they will defend you furiously. Look Dr Meddamar, since I put Hawan on this pasture, he never dreams of leadership positions; guidance is a taboo for him. He always likes to be pulled like a camel. You can also milk and slaughter your sheep and goats without any hesitation. You know Gad Meddamar, I sell or slaughter my camels whenever I like that.

            Al-Arabi

          • Reclaim Abyssinia

            Dear All

            MS, Please don’t take offence of my little poem, it’s not entirely directed to you. I know a lot of enthusiastic supporters, who have so much disregard towards the people of Eritrean that are in exile, ageing abroad and can not return home dead or alive(አቦታትና ). I just got inspired by your and Amanuel’s post to ask the question in a creative way with my limited Tigrigna.

            ዘረባ አንታይ ክዓብሰልና
            ሰልዲ ስደደልና
            ዝብሉኻ አዝማድካ
            ኢድ ኢድካ ዝርእዩልካ
            ንዚዮም አሕዋትካ
            ምሳኻ ዘይሳሐብካ?

            ሰልዲ ዝይ አብሰልካ
            ንወልቂ ነብስኻ ከይናአስካ
            አሕዋትካ ጠሊምካ
            ኢልካዮም ከምሰብካ?

            ዮኒቨርስቲ አጺካ
            ሰብ ጸሚምካ
            ብጽልኢ ተመሊእካ
            ወያኔ ቅተሉ ኢልካ?

            ሐዲሽ ስድራ ጌርካ
            ደቅኻ አኪብካ
            ፒኤችዲ እንዳምሃርካ
            ንሰብ ዓዲ አግዲፍካ ገዲፍካ
            ሰብ ዝነብረሉ አእሲንካ
            ናይብ ሓቂ ንዛረብ እንተ ኢልካ
            ንስኻ እንታይ ቀሺሹካ
            ሰብ ዓዲ ክትነብር ዝገበረካ?

            Thanks,

            RA

          • MS

            MarHaba RA
            A nice poem except that you got the antagonist wrong, pleaesa, be nicer to me. I have already enough guns trained on me. Believe me, the more I read nonsenses and fake posturing, the more i get energy. And history and facts are on my side. Now, that u accorded me with this nice poem, albeit terse, i will respond with one. Mind you, though, Tigrigna is not my first language.
            ማሕሙዳይ፡ ኣንታ ማሕሙዳይ ዝብሉኻ
            መልሓስካ ሰኣን፡ ትምሎቑ ምሕኩልትኻ
            መትኸኽ፡ መሕረር፡ ተኸኽ የብሉኻ
            ነዛ ዋያነና ካን ክትድስቓ፡ ንኢማ ለኪምካ
            ኣይፋል፡ ኣይፋል፡ ኣበይ ደኣ ኣሎ’ቲ ኮኾብና
            ናበይ ከ ኣቢሎም ክልተ ሃይለና
            ጳውሎሳይ ሲ ምስቶም ጀራምስ ክጻወት
            ብባህሪ ክግረም ክመሃር ካብ ባህራት
            እታ ጓል ኣደም ከ እንታይ ሸሪብዋ
            ደብረጼን ከስተንትን ልባ ገዲፍዋ
            ምሕቛን ወያነና ኣንጸራርይዋ
            ሕማም ርእሲ ኮይንዋ፡ በርቲዕዋ
            ሕማም ሕርሲ ከይኮና፡ ብጽሕዋ
            ኣጸናንዕዋ፡ ደሓን’ዩ በልዋ
            እቲ ሰማይ ኣለዎ ዓንዲ
            እቲ ሰርቢ ኣለዎ ሓቂ
            ክሉ ዝተዛረበ ነይከውን ዳኛ
            ክሉ ዘህተፍተፈ ነይከውን ሓቀኛ
            ጽባሕ ናታ ኣለዋ፡ ኣይትጠንስን ብወዝቢ
            ከተፍ ክትብል እያ ክተተዓርቐና ግዲ
            ዳግም ኣይበልናን’ዶ ክንብል ክወጽእ ሓቂ
            ጽባሕ ክተተዓርቐና እያ፡ ሓቂ ብሓቂ

            ኣመስግናለሁ
            Plz edit typo errors on your way. I’m using the phone keyboard which i’m not good at.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Mahmouday,

            በል ኣውሎ ክብለልካ። ክትሽልመኒ ዘዳለኻዮ ጅነ፡ ንዓወተ ለጊሰዮ ኣለኹ።

            ማሕሙዳይ ወዲ ሳለሕ
            መልሓሰ ጉራደ ሃሪሙ ዝበልሕ

            ማሕሙዳይ ጉማረ ቆርበቱ
            እንተደራዕካዪ ሰስ ይብል ኣዒንቱ

            ማሕሙዳይ ወዲ ሕሽቅብ
            ኣልዒልዎ ኣብ ኢሳያስ ዝነበሮ ማዕቀብ

            ማሕሙዳይ ሓንቲ ትምኒቱ
            ወያነ ክሓቅቕ፡ ዝዘመቶ ተዘሚቱ

            ዝኾነ ኮይኑ፡ ትምኒቱ ኣብ ኤርትራ
            ክትነብር ንዘለኣለም’ዩ ተኸቢራ

          • MS

            ሰላም HaileS
            ሓሊብ ኣስቴከኒ ሓሊብ ስቴ
            ፋርስ በዐል ገጽ፡ ወድ ዐዋቴ
            ለቀለሙ ሓሊብ ዘሬ
            ልንሳሉ ሰኒ ፋሌ
            ዲብ ሽንግርዋ ምን ተሀሌ
            ሰኒ ዎ እቤለካ ልትፈሌ።
            Ok, tell me what you undestood from the above.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Mahmoud,
            The first line, I am sure about. ጸባ ኣስቲኻኒ ጸባ ስተ። the remaining I can only guess.
            ገጽ ፈረስ:-) 🙂 ዓወታዊ
            ጽሑፉ ከም ጸባ ዝዛሪ
            መልሓሱ ጥዑም
            ኣብ ሽንግርዋ ምስቀረበ
            ጽቡቕ ትምኒተይ እገልጸልካ
            Thank you.
            PS: ብጌጋ ዝገዛእክዋ ብትግራይት ዝተጻሕፈት መጽሓፍ ብዛዕባ ዓወተ፡ ንምንባብ ትግራይት ክመሃር ክፍትን’የ።

          • MS

            Selam HaileS
            Almost there, U see how close the two sisterly languages are?
            ኣብ ሽንግርውስ እንተትህሉ (ትቐርብ) ሰኒ ምበልኩኻ
            “ሰኒ” መሕለፊት ሽንግርዋ ምዃና እያ።
            እምሓርኛ ዝመልኩ ንትግራይት ብቐሊሉ ይመልክዋ ነይሮም። ኣነ ኣይርደኣንን ግን ናብ ኣምሓርኛ ዝቐረበት እያ ክብሉ እሰምዕ ነይረ። ይኽደነና፡ ካብቶም ቀዳሞት ዝድመሩ ከይንኸውን( inser kkkk…).

          • Haile S.

            Selam Mahmoud,
            ንዓቢይ ኣወጻጺእካዮ!

            ዓቢይ ንኤሱ ምስደለ ክበልዖ
            ‘ይሄውላችሁ ቆቅ’ ኢሉ ይብሃል ጸውዖ

            ፍሕት ፍሕት እንዳበልካ ከም ጻጸ
            ንስኻውን ወሲንካ ካብ መታሕት ጎንደር ክትላጸ
            ኣነ’ውን ክውሰኽ፡ ወዲ ንጉስ ሜሮን ካብ ደንቢያ ቀደም ዝመጸ

            በል እንሃልካ ናይ ኣዝማድና ደርፊ
            ሰንበት እዩ ሓጥያት ይጽንሓልና ለካፋ ምስ ጸርፊ

            https://youtu.be/CzANBg56hFo

          • iSem

            Selam Haile S
            አቱም ደቂ ዓዋተ ወያነ- ወያነ አይትበሉ
            ተውሳኺቱ ወያነ አብ መቀለ ዝዛነ
            ኣብ ዕድዋ ዝብል ዘሎ ሸናዕ
            አብ ዓዲ ግራት ዝልብል ኣገናዕ
            አብ ደደቢት ዝመከቱ ዝዝክር
            ን መቀለ ዝሽመት መጽሓፍ ዝጽናዕ
            ወያነ ወያነ አይትበሉ ደቂ ዓወተ
            ተውሳኺቱ ወያነ እታ ስም ለጊባቶ
            ከም ዕንድዳ ጠቢቓቶ
            ምፍራግ አብያቶ
            እምበር ወያነ፡ እወ እቲ አባይ እረ፡
            እታ ሽታ ለሚነ
            እቲ ደመኛ እረ፡ እረ እታ ተቅጽልጽል አውሊዐ
            አብ ዒላ-ዒሮ ዘብለካ ርግጥ
            ኣብ ማይ ሓባር ዘብለካ ድፍእ
            አብ ዓዲ አበይቶ ዘብልካ ጉምድ
            አብ ኣኽርያ ዘብለካ ግስም
            እንሆ አብ ኮምብሽታቶ ሸናዕ
            አብ ጎንደር አገናዕ
            ይብል
            ብስምካ ይጣላዕ

          • Reclaim Abyssinia

            Hi iSem,
            Isn’t majority of the people in Adigrat Eritrean? As far as I know the people of North Gonder and Adigrat have more people & trade tie with Asmara & Massawa than with Addis, Gojam or Oromia?
            RA

          • Haile S.

            Selam iSem and all,

            ሐሕማመን የጥርጠን፡ ሰሰብኣየን የጓስጠን

            ኩሉ ዘዝሃረሞ የሕምሞ
            ገሊኡ ተመሳጢሩ ካብ በረኻ ዘህደሞ
            ገሊኡ ምስ ደርጊ ቅልቅል ኢሉ ዘውደሞ
            ዕድል ብዘረኸበ ቁጽሪ ንኤርትራዊ ዝቅርስሞ

            ወያኔነት ኣይኮነን ናይ ህዝቢ ወይ ናይ ብሔር ስም
            እዩ ናይ ስሱዕ ጉጅለ ዓቕሚ ብዝረኸበ ዝፍትን ዝቕርስም

            ንሳቶም ኮነ ንሱ፡ ኩሎም ሓደ
            በዚኣስ ኣይንጻላእን እንተገደደ.

          • Reclaim Abyssinia

            አላሕ ይባርክህ MS,
            What a great response, I have to reread it, it’s a hardcore Tigrigna.
            Something entertaining to share (Eritrean comedy) hope you all enjoy it.

            https://youtu.be/JTIS-dzoQcY

          • MS

            Selam RA
            That was hilarious and educating. I’m sure 99.9% of us will find something associating them with the parenting style dramatized in the video.

          • Reclaim Abyssinia

            Hi MS,
            True, My son screamed saying just like dad, just like dad, oh my god!! Lol

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam RA,

            These are typical Eritrean family, hungry of education and success, despite their crude disciplinary approaches.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Mahmuday,

            ክትዕካ ኩሉ ጊዜ ከም “ስምራ ዘየብሉ ኩዳ” ኮለል ንምባል ዝዓለመ እዩ:: ለይትን መዓልትን ወያነ ወያነ ክትብሉ ኮለኹም: ንህዝብና ሕፍረት: ንወያነ ኸአ ፍናንን ሐበንን ትህቡ ከምዘለኹም አይትረስዑ:: ኣብዚ ዝሓለፈ ናይ ዕስራ ዓመት: ኢሳያስን ሰዓብቱን: ንኽብሪ ህዝብና አሕሲርኩም: ንዓወታት ቃልስና አድፊርኩም ከይአክል: ንኤርትራና ምስ ኢትዮጵያን ሶማልን ደሚርኩም “ሓንቲ ሃገር” ንምፍጣር ትገብርዎ ዘለኹም ላዕልን ታሕትን ብአንክሮ ንዕዘቦ አለና::

            ነዚ ትገብርዎ ዘለኹም ሃገራዊ ውዲት ከም ቀደሙ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ክምክቶ እዩ:: ደም ደቁን አሕዋቱን አሓቱን ንከንቱ አይፈሰሰን:: ልዕላውነትና ከቢሩ ክነብር እዩ:: ውዲታውያን ከአ ክፈሽሉ እዮም:: ነቶም ጦብላሕታ ኢትዮጵያ አብ አእምርኦም ካብ ጊዜ ናብ ጊዜ ዝማላለሶም ከአ አስተብሂልናሎም አለና:: ኤርትራን ህዝባን ንፖሊትካዊ ሸውሃቶምን ጦብለሓታቶም ከተሪዊ ምንም አይንፈቅድን::
            እቲ ቃልሲ ቀጻሊ’ዩ:: ልዕላውነት ህዝብና ከአ ክራጋግጽ እዩ::

          • Yohannes Zerai

            Selam Amanuel,

            A penetrating expression of love for one’s country & people and a concern for their future — Patriotism at its best! Your statements and the profound conviction and determination implied therein say it all for the rest of us. We stand with you in your assertions and we do share your hopes and sentiments!

            Looking ahead, let us not allow ourselves to be distracted by the ‘loud noises’ that our detractors, adversaries and enemies generate incessantly and wickedly with the intent of derailing our struggle for positive change. We should ignore their machinations and, instead, dedicate ourselves to getting on with the work that we know will bring us ever closer to achieving our national goals.

            Thank you.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            ሰላም የውሃንስ,

            ነዚ አብ ከተማታትን አብ በረኻታትን ተቃሊስና: ዝኸፈልናሉ መስዋእቲ: ንልዕላውነት ሃገርናን ህዝብናን: ብዘይሕለል ጽንዓት ክንካለኸሉ ኢና:: ነቲ “አውያት ሃገር” ዝብል መልእኽትን ጽዊዒትን ዘመሓላለፍካልና ከአ: ንብዙሕ ክፋል ህዝብና ልቢ ተንኪፋስ አብ “ሃገርን ህዝብን” ንምድሓን: ይጓየይ ከምዘሎ ከራጋግጸልካ እፊቱ:: ንተጸባእቲ ዝገብርዎ መቃልሕ ወዚፍና: ኣብቲ ተግባራዊ ስራሕ ቃልስና ነተኩር ዝብል ምኽርኻ ሰሚዔዮ አለኹ:: ስለዚ አብዚ ነዊሕ እዋናዊ ቃልሲ ብሓባር አሎና:: ናይ ምትብባዕ ቃላትካ ንዓይ ከም ዓቢ ውህብቶ ስለዝኾነ የመስግነካ:: በብዘለናዮ ሃየ አይንሕመቅ::

            ምስ አኽብሮት

          • Saleh Johar

            Amanuel,
            I think you mean Saleh Hnit, right? If so, he was the youngest in the Eritrean cabinet and he was appointed to the Ethiopian cabinet in the sixties. Also, he is not related to Azen Yassin. There was no minister from the Shekh Yassin family. You could have mistaken the man for the late Sheikheddin Yassin, who was a senior official at the ministry of transportation, not a minister. Shekheddin worked for the Abu Dhabi Fund until his death and he worked on the Hergigo power plant financing. Shekhedin was a well-read walking encyclopedia and of an exceptional intelligence. I am related to him through marriage but he was also a close friend. He died a few years ago in Abu Dhabi

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Saleh,

            Yes he was Shekheddin Yassin. He was introduced to me in our office at Khartoum by late Tegadalay Seyoum Kifle (rest in peace) as former minister of transportation, when he escaped from Ethiopia in 1977. My comment is just based on that intro only, other than that I don’t know him. If you are related to him, you know him very well.

          • Yohannes Zerai

            Dear Amanuel,

            To be honest, I would not even dream of measuring up to you in the level of service you rendered to this great nation of ours and its beloved people. But, it gives me great pleasure to know that we both are drawing inspiration from each other as we strive to make our respective contributions to a struggle we are damn sure will lead to emancipation of our people. Indeed, it is this very spirit that we must ensure is shared by an increasing number of patriotic citizens. Once we succeed in doing so, the tolerance, cooperation, solidarity, unity, and everything else we yearn for will abound as a logical outcome thereof.

            Finally, we declare the following with utmost conviction in our hearts: The candlelight of our confidence in our struggle and hope in our people’s future may flicker, but will NEVER extinguish!

            Thank you.

          • Blink

            Dear MS
            AS usual my admiration for Your iron hardened love to your people and country . Believe me this is accepted by many people who read your work .
            Back to what I see in here .
            The fact is sir these who are crying fool now are not in a position to even side walk with you and people like you . No disrespect for their being but the level of cowardness across the line is simply not comparable to anything we have seen in our entire history. I mean we have seen unionists, we have seen run aways but not like the current cry babies.

            Cry old babies, damn I disliked their wishy wishy because it has been always assumption and assumptions when boiled over becomes certainly a disease.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam Blink
            Thank you for the support. You and a few others have tried our best for the last years telling these folks they were wrong; we told them that their opposition to the government should not mean aligning with an enemy that had been in a state of war with Eritrea until last July 9, 2018; we tried to convince them that they could express their opposition to the government without compromising the welfare of the state and the people, but they pursued wrong strategies. Actually, you have been harsher on the government than these folks. The only difference is that you never compromised the sovereignty of Eritrea, but they did. They have been used greatly by the TPLF to justify its encirclement and sanctions on Eritrea, not to mention its continued refusal of abiding by an agreement it had signed to demarcate the boundary.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam MS,

            First the important thing (for me). The educational progress of your two sons delighted me. I hope you and their mother would live to enjoy the fruits of their success

            As to us, their compatriots, we hope they will be able to return back home and serve the so far unfortunate people there. The way for them back home should be paved smooth by contributions you and I make along fellow compatriots to expedite the removal of the despot and his dictatorship instead of you speaking as loudly as possibe to keep in power due to an attitude glued to past partisan relationship which if objectivity would wilingly be subordinate to subjectivity it can enslave the mindset.

            So far you cannot see any change outside the control and engineering of the despot and his party, ostensibly of absence of challenging opposition. This will deny return of your sons and children of thousands of families. Moreover, your commitment and loyalty to the despot will delay or will even end your chance and mine to share a table over cappuccino cups in Campostatto in Asmara, a suggestion that amused me hilariously.

          • Reclaim Abyssinia

            Dear All
            MS, Please don’t take offence of my little poem, it’s not entirely directed to you. I know a lot of enthusiastic supporters, who have so much disregard towards the people of Eritrean that are in exile, ageing abroad and can not return home dead or alive(አቦታትና ). I just got inspired by your and Amanuel’s post to ask the question in a creative way with my limited Tigrigna.

            ዘረባ አንታይ ክዓብሰልና
            ሰልዲ ስደደልና
            ዝብሉኻ አዝማድካ
            ኢድ ኢድካ ዝርእዩልካ
            ንዚዮም አሕዋትካ
            ምሳኻ ዘይሳሐብካ?

            ሰልዲ ዝይ አብሰልካ
            ንወልቂ ነብስኻ ከይናአስካ
            አሕዋትካ ጠሊምካ
            ኢልካዮም ከምሰብካ?

            ዮኒቨርስቲ አጺካ
            ሰብ ጸሚምካ
            ብጽልኢ ተመሊእካ
            ወያኔ ቅተሉ ኢልካ?

            ሐዲሽ ስድራ ጌርካ
            ደቅኻ አኪብካ
            ፒኤችዲ እንዳምሃርካ
            ንሰብ ዓዲ አግዲፍካ ገዲፍካ
            ሰብ ዝነብረሉ አእሲንካ
            ናይብ ሓቂ ንዛረብ እንተ ኢልካ
            ንስኻ እንታይ ቀሺሹካ
            ሰብ ዓዲ ክትነብር ዝገበረካ?

            Thanks,
            RA

          • Reclaim Abyssinia

            Dear Paulos,
            Can you explain to us the genome DNA testing things benefit, I really have no idea about it so I just leave it as the things. I have looked at the illumina kit “Nextera DNA Library Preparation Kit” which cost from $400 up to a lot. What’s the benefit if I get a test done with all my children?
            Thanks

          • Paulos

            Selam RA,

            Not sure if I have understood your question clearly. If you could please expand. Thanks.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Dave,

            Did you reach to a conclusion that we are inapt or unfit to govern ourself, when you suggest welcoming the Italians to recolonize us? Just curious.

          • David Samson

            Selam Emma,

            As we speak, according to Assena’s, Ethiopians are provided with preferential treatments and the conditions for Eritreans are getting worse by a day. Eritreans are bitterly complaining they are unable to hold enough currencies to trade on.
            As we find it convenient blaming colonisation for our ills, we seem to suffer from the same conditions when it comes close home: we blame all our ills on a single person and removal of him will suddenly elevate out status to Nirvana. Let me you give you an example: IA has ordered Eritrean’s navy to take a three-month break while Ethiopian prepares its navy to relocate to Eritrea. Imagine some of the commanders of Eritrean’s navy likely participated and led the liberation of Massawa. Now, how do these people feel? Do you think that they do not know IA’s intentions are? I have the feeling that many Tegadeltis did not know what the fighting for or have changed their minds.

            I do not know what to make the state of Eritrea. To me, my view has been the same: the country has been coasting for the last 27-years and looks like the car will come to halt as it runs of petrol. For others, they see a bright future and well, I can only say there must be two Eritreas.

            So, some Eritreans did not find it objectionable for the recolonization of Eritrea by Ethiopia while mentioning the Evil white men invokes their migraine. Just curious.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam David Samson,

            The timely question is why there is no reaction from the Eritrean Defense Forces generals against Isaias, the true Ethiopian (ዋናው እትዯብያዊ)? The answer to this question can be more simple with a parallel question. Why did Isaias ruled Eritrea under a transitional government for twenty-seven years?

            Isaias was in a mission to destroy Eritrea and Eritreans. After independence he immediately liquidated the patriots he thought they are the most dangerous to his mission to mama Ethiopia. This program of liquidation continued until he cleared Eritrea from any skilled person to confront Isaias. At the same time, he was assigning the most dull guys in all principal posts such as minsters, generals, etc. He gathered around him in all main positions only doers who require orders from him in every step they take. He has done his job carefully and craftily, because any mistake will destroy his mission. This shows us clearly all the generals and misters around Isaias are lambs in front of the fox. They wait either for slaughter or to throw them scrap at the end of their service. I think, this gives us a clue why they are mute to all the drama of handing over Eritrea to Ethiopia without any reaction from the side of the dead Eritreans who occupy command position. Isaias is the only alive and happy person, the rest are dead corpse.

            I think it was a grave mistake from the side of Eritreans to wait for a guy with a mission to build for them democratic institutions which contradicts with his mission of annexing Eritrea to Ethiopia. The only applicable form of governance to his mission is to confine Eritrea to transitional government that lacks all forms of governance for 27 years. I think Isaias will continue with the same system until his handing over is accomplished smoothly.

            Al-Arabi

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Hei HA arabi.
            Why did EPLF fought for 30 years? Like tplf Zombe rule Eritrea? When tplf recieved its magical power in the form of ethnic federation constitution by US, Eplf said no thanks. Or you think the tplf wrote the Ethiopian constitution in the dedebit desert? IA made it clear that he is still in war as long as US uses tplf for its hidden agenda. When was Eritrea not in Transit mode? Just tell me. When was it.

        • Abraham H.

          Selam Paulos, the thing is how could something which good for Isayas be good for the Eritrean people? Our experience of the last 27 years paints a very grim picture of the presence of Isayas in the Eritrean political sphere.

          • Paulos

            Selam Abraham,

            Not sure what to say to be honest. Muhamuday is intelligent person but his sense of judgement is clouded with what ever feelings he has toward the Weyanes. And he is telling us that the fact that the Weyanes are done and completely defeated, Eritrea’s future is brighter. Scratching my head to figure that out till I turn bald. ዝገርም ነገር’ዩ!

    • iSem

      hi Paulo:
      Thanks for the welcome message and for this enlightening comment.
      We need more vaccines , more vaccinates to build the immune fortress to defend us.
      Imagine, all the resources that the dictators amass, all the money squandered to fight civil war, take that and invest it in the countries.
      It takes one Monkey to create disaster. In Eritrea there is a history of one monkey who terrorized the entire southern region and when the people tried to eradicate it, he escaped with only his tail cut off

      But yes monkey, we need to eradicate them. It does not take many to infect you

      thanks Paul

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei Paulos.
      What do you think of the tplf virus which couldnt enjoy anymore its natural host? Ethiopia used the traditional medicine against the virus instead of irradiating. It is a mystery how the WHO is led by an ‘Ethiopian’. Anyways the virus has quarantined itself in Tigray when Eritrea exactly opened its border.

      • FishMilk

        Hi Mitiku Melesse. Latest news reports indicate that the TPLF virus is now entering into Sudan at a very high rate of speed. On the side, when one criticizes the TPLF here, they are quickly scolded for diverting focus from the main issues inside of Eritrea, but on the other hand, when issues such as Ebola or colonization are brought up, they are quick to fully engage.

  • MS

    Selam All
    Happy thanks giving, and thanks to all those who replied to my comment. You say Eritrea is doomed, I say Eritrea is emerging from the dark shadows of evil powers, it has not been in a better position than it is today. A bright future awaits the peoples of the Horn with the cancerous tumor is now shrinking, approaching zero capability of inflicting harm on the region.
    Moving to another subject, I think Dr. Abiy Ahmed has expressed his thanks giving to Ethiopia in the form of Birtukan Mideksa, another slap to TPLF. Aye Ye zendro neger!!!
    TPLF is being hunted, demonized and ridiculed by institutions it had created to perpetuate its rule over others. And now, it is complaining that those same institutions are treating it unfairly. The parliament that it had controlled 100% and had used to pass laws that would put people like Birtukan behind bars is now passing laws that disable TPLF. The same courts it had used to imprison political activists are now seeing cases involving crimes and corruption committed by TPLF top officials. Wey zendro!!

    • halafi mengedi

      MS,

      happy thanksgiving to you too, sir.

      too bad things to be thankful for Eritrea, according to your post, are limited to some make-believe ‘bright future’ (ia and co has promised us again and again only to com back and give lamest of excuses why it didn’t happen) and the fact that Ethiopia is going thru some amazing reforms.

      kemzi abiy n tplf geiru tsifi’efi’e zebilom zelo zeiru n pfdj and its followers tsifie’fi’e zebil eritreawi yetesialna eyu zibehal.

      🙂

      hm

    • Abi

      Hi Vet
      ወይ ዘንድሮ ጥራይልካ!!!
      Celebrating the best Thanksgiving with a lot of wild and caged turkeys .

    • iSem

      Hi MS
      Here we go again. We cannot shake ourselves from going back to ghedli era
      MS, today is USA Thanks Giving day and you are supposed to give thanks. And give thanks to Woyane for bringing you where you are. By you, I mean your Ideals. So thank when thanks is due.
      You tried t pivot to Woyane while the article never mentioned Woyane, it was not about Woyane. If things change in two years and you will sing praises to them like you barred us from uttering the name of their province “Aga****”

    • Consolation

      Selamat MS,
      Whether the future of Eritrea is bright as you believe or bleak as the other side believes, depends on where you are standing. Remember that the so-called Eritrean opposition has for the past 20 years been serving the Weyane. Consequently, what you consider wonderful, the demise of the TPLF, is for them, the greatest disaster since the Flood. With the demise of the scumbags TPLF, these people not only lose their stipends, but the last hope to see their life-long dream come true. Ao what they mean dark days for Eritreda should be read as hopeless days for them. What these people forget is that Isaias is a temporary thing; Eritrea is forever. If their dream had come true, Isaias would have gone. But what they seem to conveniently forget is that Eritrea would also have been destroyed. That was the Weyane agenda. That is whzate these people have been working for the past 20 years.

    • Amanuel

      Hi MS
      What has changed then? Derg blamed Haileslassie government and imprisoned and killed its officials. TPLF did the same to Derg officials. Abiy is doing the same to TPLF officials and it is inevitable the next one will do the same to Abiy’s. It is a blame game.
      This reminds me what a restaurant owner told my friend in Sep 1991 in Keren. While we were eating my friend saw a dead fly in the sauce and called the restaurant owner. He complained about the fly in the sauce. The restaurant owner replied ወላሂ “እንታይ ክንገብር ኢልካና ናይ ደርጊ ጠቅጢ እዩ ከምኡ ጌርና በሎ።” ዝወደቀ ገረብ ምሳር ይበዝሖ እዩ ነገሩ። The English have a fair expression “Don’t kick a man when he is down”

      • Consolation

        Hello,

        If by fallen tree you mean the Weyane, then remember that certain plants are so poisonous that they need to be eradicated so that they don’t cause further damage. The quesion is why are you so concerned about the scambugs? Theor plan was to murder Eritrea. They need to be eradicated forever. An no Eritrean, a true Eritrean that is, should mind that eventuallity. The Weyane cancer needs to be buried once and fora ll.

        • Amanuel

          Hi Consolation
          I am worried about the false hope and blaming every thing on the TPLF. Our problem is closer to home. For example in early 90s we have been told our problems were OLF and Amhara and let’s help TPLF to get rid of them. Now it is the other way round. The irony is that those forced you guys allying with to destroy TPLF even don’t accept Eritrea’s independence. Our problem is internal and IA has to find some one to blame for his crimes to keep people like you to keep on board.

  • Ayneta

    Merhaba Semere:
    I have to admit it took me half he article to realize what the gist was. Then it hit me. Indeed, what is a connection that you have made. Thanks for that!
    On a more practical approach, what if we intermarry with Ethiopians? who loses? Keeping the politics of the elite aside, the common people want peace, freedom, food and shelter, something that Eritrea has failed to provide. so, if intermarriage is what is required to give our people what they want, so be it. ”Free” Eritrea has only been an unattainable dream anyways.
    The Ethiopians should have done this long time go. Make peace with Eritrea and slowly but surely assimilate and internalize it without making Eritreans aware of it. Before you know it, Eritrea will be eclipsed within Ethiopia. Abby understands this and that is what he is doing exactly. They are feeding Asmara with their bread now, slowly they will completely take control. I personally dont have any problem with that as long as our people stand to benefit from it. It is time we discard land-based politics which benefit the elite only and replace it with one which focuses on people.

    • halafi mengedi

      ayneta,

      have said it on this forum again and again, if Ethiopians hadn’t gone to war with Eritrea in 98, the then very ethiopinized asseb would ve been Ethiopian by now. (but marriage would have nothing to do with that). i am not in the camp that says ia want to annex Eritrea with Ethiopia (although clearly, Eritrea is too small and inconsequential for him), but the fact that he made getting Eritrean id and passport for eritreans very hard is very concerning.

      hm

    • Selam Ayenta,

      In my opinion, if you take away identity politics, the main weapon in the hands of the elites, you will be disarming them. If ethiopian and eritrean politics were about, freedom, equality, human rights, democracy, economic development, etc, we wouldn’t have been where we are today. Gedli was the result of identity politics. Otherwise, its outcome would have been completely different from what we see today.

      We should remember that eritreans were enthusiastic at the start about the new ethio-eritrean peace deal, the rapprochement, economic integration, and the rest. The enthusiasm is already fading, and it has started haunting some diaspora eritrean elites, making them uneasy. They want the rapprochement, but they do not want eritrea to be as near as possible so that she will be swallowed. They have no problem with what eritrea may get out of the new deal, but they are worried about what she may be forced to give. This is a win-win and give-take phenomenon, when we talk about rapprochement and economic integration, and so on. That is the reason they give priority to that dividing line, border demarcation, which they believe will keep both parties apart.

      There seems to be a tug-of-war between those who want to move forward, the ordinary eritreans, who hope that their three decades old predicament will end, and those diaspora eritreans who want to sacrifice everything for the sake of identity politics from their comfort zone in the west and other places. If eritreans within eritrea win, they may push the deal forward to a better economic and social outcome, and if the elites in the diaspora win, they will take back the whole issue to square one. Time will show which one of the two groups will win.

      Ethio-eritrean intermarriage is not something new. It is at least seventy years old. If it had continued after 1991, we wouldn’t have known what percentage of the ethiopian population this mixed-marriage would have produced, as we do not know how many million ethiopians are the product of inter-ethnic group mixed marriages.

      Finally, i would say that it is a dareful suggestion on your side. Nevertheless, there is always the first time and the first person for everything.

      • halafi mengedi

        Horizon,

        it seems you have picked every reason under the sun to explain gedli but the real one. give it a rest man. your obsession with gedli is getting driving you crazy. just move on…

        hm

      • Selam

        Selamat Horizon,

        I do not think Eritreans in Eritrea and in diaspora have ideology differences. You believe Eritrean in Eritrea worried more about economy than identity and security. If it was true what you think, they would not go to defend their country voluntarily in 1998 boarder war. It is true at this time Eritreans in Eritrea economically suffer to much because of bad governance and they are welcome any kind relief to come out from suffering.
        Yes in the long run they want work together with any neighbor for economic and social development with mutual respect.
        Every business deal or agreement between a person has a base or reference. It may be a financial capability, work or service performance or experience, product quality, profile of the owner and etc. The same between countries; you need a deal or an agreement based on a country. which country; a country known by it territory. If the current government make a deal based on the current situation, his successor may revoke the agreement because the agreement done by the previous government will not benefit the country now. He need to renegotiation for better agreement. Territory is permanent on the contrary economic agreement or deal is conditional it’s life time varies from short to long.
        The process should be first agree on the territorial boundary of each country then made an economic and social development deal. Otherwise, it will be like a traditional partnership in business that happens in our country. A brothers, sisters or friends make a partnership to do business and invest 50% each but not defining the role of each person in the business and also not defining how to separate if they do not agree to make business together because they did not imagine about separation since they are brothers or sisters or close friends and they trust each other very well. The lack of role definition for each person may lead them to dispute. During dispute, they do not have an agreement to separate peaceful and back to their previous condition to act as brothers or sisters or best friends, instead they will fight to get the maximum and the result will damage them not only financially but also socially.
        The same should be between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Their role in the economic agreement should be defined, but to identify which one is Eritrea and which one is Ethiopia their respective boundary should be determined and recognized by each other. If the next generation does not agree with today’s economic agreement they will renegotiate for better win-win condition.

        Have a nice day

    • iSem

      Hi Ayneta:
      Nice to hear form you. The issue is the people, the Eritreans have no say. They, pfdj brought the people to their death by creating movies like Qitaw and their mission, the Mision of IA and his supporters here was never about liberty, even it was not about LAND, it was about this: IA has never been this elated, even during May 24
      There is no problem with union if people want it , choose it.
      Do not forget,there is something called Eritrean identity that people died for as recently as 2000. And even from this agreement that is shrouded in secrecy that is making MS dance like headless chicken, imbibe you know what, is not benefiting Eritreans. When all is said and done, Eritreans will be the losers. It is so simple.
      If this conspiracy succeeds, and it will be the end of Eritrea as an identity as a country as people. The highlands will be cocooned in their rocky barren land, the lowland will have no where to go, not even the Sudan. Let me stop, it takes me to dark place. But you got the idea. If Ethiopia survives its own demons, Eritrea will be no more, people will start taking down the photos and certificates of their martyred sons and daughters

      • Mez

        Dear iSem,

        Your following statement is a powerful guesstimate:
        “…When all is said and done, Eritreans will be the losers…”.

        What the above it may mean is that, the cold war between the two nations is still actively raging without a dent.

        You didn’t even bother yourself to support with a sublime trace of factual data–before labeling this process a “conspiracy”–what a sad story.

        Thanks

      • Berhe Y

        Dear Ayetna, iSem and others,

        We really have to stop this depressing thoughts and focus on resolving our internal problems ourselves.

        IA is just one pathetic human being. Wedi TsheAti werHi like the rest of us.

        We can’t and we should not let this person wipe out the whole population single handily.

        Instead of focusing on Superman like power he got, we should focus on the vulnerability that he is getting to be exploited.

        Someone told me the quote is attributed to Guy Kawasaki and it goes like this

        “If this then what?”. This is the question we need to ask ourselves then we should find the solution.

        IA has never been this volunarable since 2001. The sanctions and the isolation, the boarder had given him a cover to continue to oppress our people with no hope for change.

        He is volunerable because he has no control as he use to. He doesn’t control who leaves and who comes inside the country. He has no control who sneaks in and sneaks out. Information will be inside with little or no control.

        Berhe

    • Amanuel

      Hi Ayneta
      The problem is that the Ethiopian missed the opportunity to treat Eritreans fairly and equally last time round, hence forced a 30 years war. Because PFDJ is bad Eritreans do’t have to join Ethiopia. They can rid of PFDJ and build democratic gov, which can have peace full coexistence with its neighbours.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Salam Ayenta,

      This is the last thing remained for Eritreans to hear:

      “Eritrea will be eclipsed within Ethiopia. Abby understands this and that is what he is doing exactly. They are feeding Asmara with their bread now, slowly they will completely take control. I personally don’t have any problem with that as long as our people stand to benefit from it.”

      Are you from Ethiopia, the poor country that hardly struggles to make the two ends meet or from another planet that we don’t know? My friend, You have to conceive well, Eritreans didn’t sacrifice for a piece of bread that you will donate to them. You have to understand you are insulting the people of Eritrea and you have to stop it. We are not the first people in the world to pass through the present ordeal of betrayal. Again, the people of Eritrea will prove that they will come out of of this trial more stronger and wiser.

      My advice to you is first save your country from the hot tinplate on which it stands, feed your poor people and educate them how to respect and abide by law.

      Al-Arabi

  • Abi

    Hi All
    Happy Thanksgiving for all.

    • Paulos

      Abinism,

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Eritrean cyclists are the best in Africa! Go team Eritrea! African Cycling Cup 2018 now live in Eritrea as we speak!

  • Amanuel

    Hi Girmay
    I agree with what you have said above but the use of “sheabia” is generalisation. I think PFDJ may be the nearest replacement.

  • Mitiku Melesse

    Hei Girmay.
    In Ethiopia Debretsion children are changing the federal prison language to tigrinya. So dont drag Eritrean to your mess. When you enjoyed the fruits of tplf looting machines Effort and Metec and the likes you I dont think you remembered the Eritreans. In fact you have used some of your looting money to terrorize Eritreans by your military and propaganda mass media . You say tplf is brining peace to Tigray, but your leaders have said that Tigray was exposed to war because of the confrontation Tplf has against Eritrea and never entertained peace in Tigray. And now Debretison and his colleagues are saying war is declared against Tigray by Ethiopia. Which peace are you telling us. Or it is the usual Tplf manipulation. Just wake up Girmay unless tplf is buried by Tigrians then it is tplf which brings the mother of all wars on Tigray. Just bringing your attention to reality underlined very well by MS.

    Peace for Eritrea, Ethiopia and the near future new nation Tigray.

    • Brhan

      Hi Mitiku,
      You for got Ogaden!

  • Paulos

    Selam Gergis,

    As you know, one billion dollars is equivalent to having a 1000 times a million dollar. That is to say, if you have a million dollar and if you keep adding a million a thousand times over, you would have a billion dollar. And you can imagine how unbelievably large amount of money it is.

    Suppose Debretsion has the 1.5 billion dollars in 100 dollar bills and he would need at least two average size rooms to fit the money in. One can equally say that, he probably has his money stashed overseas where it will take so much legal hurdles to have the money back to the government.

    But of course first thing first, one has to verify if he actually has that much money. Not sure if you are watching John le Carre’ “The Little Drummer Girl” which is being shown on AMC every Monday. My fav line in it says, “Don’t tell me it is raining when you are peeing on my legs.” How long are you going to let Isaias the loony messing up with your head? Simply amazing!

  • Brhan

    Hello Semere,

    This is a very nice piece that needs more analysis:

    1. The characters: The antagonist of ” the other war” Alemseged Tesfay (AT) , the Ethiopian Cadre corresponding the preacher Surafel Demise (ሱራፌል ደምሴ)
    2. Plot & conflict: while the cadre wanted to snatch his son saying he is mine and he is going to grow up like me, his mother in law , is saving the son by taking him to Sahil to grow up as an Eritrean; corresponding Surafel tried to save Eritreans who are in prison because of their Christianity.
    Help me to draw a line in the plot between the two: Is it to AT and the PF(JD) cadres to say the chickens have come home to roost?
    3. Setting: Eritrea during the Derg times correspondent Medemer times
    4. Theme : the value is not on the person but on what the person says

    Semere…is your coffee double double?

  • DreadFool

    Selam, the good news is, QTAW is not a valid scrabble word.

  • MS

    ሰላም ሓርበኛ ሰመረ
    The last time the play, “The other war” was discussed here, it was portrayed as an invention of the EPLF meant to the spread hateful sentiments toward “AmHara”, and Hayat Adem was at the forefront leading the assault on Eritrean values. Semere was a bit behind her, giving her cover. Now, QiTaw or “The other war” is portrayed as the latest offensive against Eritrea. I get it folks. Desperate times bear desperate attempts. TheTPLF camp in this forum has been defeated. The focus is now on consolidating peace.
    We objected to coerced marriages in the 80s, thus was written the play, “The other war.” Eritreans don’t object to peaceful coexistence and consensual intermarriage between adults provided they followed the civil code of Eritrea, be it QiTaw, Getachew, GebreXadQ, Mohammed, or any other body from anywhere in the world.
    Speaking of IA prophecies, here some fulfilled real prophecies.
    1. This first one, I will not say it here, because, if I do so, I may not be able to see the sun rising tomorrow, so fill in the blank at your own peril.
    2. No matter what, we will win (during the darkest years of our struggle): And we won.
    3. creating a regionally integrated community is a must; and we are back on track on that regard
    3. Wayane will dissolve, ክትሓቕቕ እያ; and we see it shrunk to its actual size; the next move is to clean up TPLF’s divisive ideologies and its appendages throughout the region. This one is a work in progress.
    Finally, to you, Yohannes Zerai and all those who are gripped with the fear that Eritrea is fading away to the twilight zone (Evanescence), Eritrea has never been in a better position than it is today to move on towards resuming its comprehensive rebuilding including laying out its political infrastructure.

    Am I becoming a habitual contrarian? I don’t think so. That’s just a fact that people with Hamot could swallow. እንተ እቶም ደረቓት ግን ክልስልሱ ግዜ ክወስደሎም እዩ። እብ ዜት እግል ንዳውዮም ዎ እግል ንሻምቶም ቱ።

    OUT.

    • Brhan

      Hell MS
      You said “TPLF’s divisive ideologies and its appendages throughout the region:

      Do you mean Somali Land, Punt Land, Somalia also South Sudan, Sudan, Darfur?
      in addition OLF, Ogaden,?

      Either you were sleeping when the above existed or you are not aware of what you are talking about .

      Maa Salama

    • iSem

      Hi MS:
      I was going call you the L word and it is not L for love, but I will banned because name calling not tolerated here, in awate.com. ዓዋተ ካም ሞቱ ተሴኡ እንተዝሪ ኦ እንታይ ምበለ?

      ዓዋተ አረኪስና ዝሞቶ as you guys used to say before finally smelled the coffee and that your upper hand prophecy would not happen without his name
      But if you say here Amma will disolve, nothing will happen to you, u said worse that is the second L.The first L is you said, I covered for HA when she said this drama was anti Amhara. You are wrong. I never did.
      Now, Eritrea is has never been in a better position, I am not shocked, because it is because of the re-engineering:-)
      እማማ፣ አብ ሓንጎልክንን…. tim al ayya ya Wedi Saleh:-)

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Sem,

        “ዓወተ አረኪሱና ዝሞተ ” ይበሃል ነይሩ ኸአ? ቦኽሪ እዝነይ:: The ideal and dreams of Awate will live on, as far as the sons and daughters of Awate embrace his ideals of the last five decades. We will prevail against unionist, however rough that road might look.

        • Saleh Johar

          Amanuel,
          You didn’t hear that slogan? It is as old as MS. It has been mekhete af and that is why some people cannot see the Eritrean world except with the jebha-shaebia prism.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Abu Salah,

            I have never heard it. ሪኢኻ ሳልሕ: ሕጂሞ ከምቲ አቦታት ዝብልዎ “ዘይተባህለ የለን ዘይተሰምዔ እምበር” ኮይኑ ረኺበዮ አለኹ:: ጌናውን ካልእ ክንሰምዕ ኢና::

            BTW, happy thanksgiving day to all awatawian who lives in the US. We hope we will have our own thanksgiving day after the demise of the despot.

    • Ismail AA

      Hayak Allah MS,

      Good you showed up in the forum; these days I see you more ubiquitous on the facebook pages. Moreover, the points listed in your post come as no news to me at least because under the current conditions any committed pro-regime person cannot say anything different. But your statement that ” Eritrea has never been in a better position than it is today”, made me pose and reflect. I do not know how a country that came out of socially and economically ruined by three full decades of war and then lost almost another three decades in hot and cold wars, economic and political isolation, depletion of resources and of productive manpower could be in a condition you have stated. Is it the scourge of partisanship stupid?

    • Amanuel

      Hi MS
      1)”The Other War” is still relevant to the medemer group.
      2) Eritrea is measure by what goes internally, nothing has changed, even we din’t see any indication of that. It is absurd to claim that “Eritrea has never been in a better position than it is today to move on towards resuming its comprehensive rebuilding including laying out its political infrastructure.”
      3) “ክትሓቕቕ እያ” It is clear, by using his words you are trying to kill two birds with one stone, i.e, Impress IA) and hurt ex ELF members. Because “ጀብሃ ክትሓቕቕ እያ”
      4) Your idea (IA idea you are busy trying to sell) is zero sum game. Why does TPLF have to be eliminated for Eritrea to prosper? IA is the obstacle to Eritrean prosperity.
      5) You might think that this time is the worst time for Eritrean opposition, but remember no matter what, the truth always prevails. There is no happy ending for dictatorship.
      6) It is shame to see you desperately trying to please PFDJ (IA) and show your loyalty, so you can be accepted back.

    • Haile WM

      selam Mahmud,

      i am a bit disappointed by what you commented above, in-fact I am a bit disappointed by Eritreans in general, I hoped they would open therir eyes and see clearly who is Iseyas (the chest beater in oromo-land).

      Nothing has changed it seems, those of us talking about TPLF before the peace process are still talking about TPLF,

      those of us talking about border demarcation are still talking about it,

      and finally those of us talking about the need of change need, need of democracy, accountability in eritrea, freedom of political prisoners, indefinite Sawa are still demanding it. I thought you belonged to this last group, but I guess i was wrong, or maybe you shifted to the TPLF-MUST-DISOLVE group…

      PS i am wondering how is eritrea in a better position by any standard ?

    • Berhe Y

      Hi MS,

      You really confuse me. I don’t know your sense of justice and if at all you care for the Eritrean people wellbeing. Have you seen IA interview and what he said will happen in Eritrea as far as peace, democracy and justice for the Eritrea for Eritrean people? Then how can you say “Eritrea future has never been better”

      I think you really suffer from Stockholm syndrome:). You can’t abandon the love and admiration you have with BSay Idayas:).

      Berhe

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Salam Berhe Y,

        I think you are not far from the right when you said, “… you really suffer from Stockholm syndrome”. I didn’t hear in my life a MAD PERSON BECAME 100% A NORMAL GUY.

        Concerning to “ክትሓቕቕ እያ”: Everything in life dissolves at the end of its limited life span. We are all to dissolve at the end of the day. Even Parties, Fronts, Governments, etc, have a limited life span, therefore, all will dissolve. If I said Isaias will melt down “ክሓቕቕ እዩ”, I don’t think I have made a prophecy because it is a known fact that every creature will go through, thus Isaias as a creature will dissolve at the end of his life.

        Every person can name anything (…….) and say “ክትሓቕቕ እያ”; you will get at the end of the day “ሓቂቃ” dissolved. Bravo! Your prophecy have become right.

        Al-Arabi

      • Paulos

        Selam Berhe,

        Muhamuday thinks in terms of inversely proportional paradigm. Eritrea’s bright future is measured against the precipice on which the Weyanes are sliding into the abyss. Here is the rub though, if by any stretch of miracle the ever melting Weyanes manage to find an inertia to slow down or completely halt the meltdown, according to the formula of inverse proportion, Eritrea would be descending into the abyss instead. In that event, ኣብ ጥቓ ሙሓሙዳይ ኣይትጽናሕ እዩ ዝባሃል!

        • Saleh Johar

          Paulos,
          You forget one thing. The PFDJ and it’s sattelites have no problem switching wshmma. If the weyane gets the upper hand, they will be the first ones to lecture how great they are. So many Derg lovers are now diehard PFDJ supporters. I have seen this switching of sides at least five times in my lifetime. So, no surprises here.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Mahmuday,

      You were groomed and oriented to echo
      “ዓማ ክትሓቅቅ እያ” (Amma will dissolve) in your early age in the political culture of EPLF during the armed struggle. You did it shamelessly on the back of TPLF. Since then you never stopped from hunting Eritreans of all walks to consolidate the power of the despot. You lived in search of an organization to be dissolved, for the last 28 years beyond our boundary. Finally you found your “former friend” to become an enemy to be dissolved. This time riding on the back of Amara and Oromos. Congratulation and good luck. Who is on line after this project?

  • Berhe Y

    Hi George,

    Instead of worrying what state department said and what, why don’t you worry the conditioned of those wronged by the government of IA.

    Are you denying that Eritreans are not jailed, enslaved, with no rights what so ever to live in their country in peace.

    Can you please prove that what the state department said is in fact false? Just because Eritrea is small, you want the world to forget for the dictator to do what ever he wanted?

    Her is an example for you. Why doesn’t the state department pick on Rwanda ? Why it doesn’t pick on Tanzania? Botswana? Ghana? And many other African countries who are trying to better the lives if their citizens.

    Do you think and believe Eritreans after paying so much do not deserve it?

    How do you feel if your father after fighting for Eritrea for his whole life, gets snatched by IA security and never heard from? Haile DuruE

    How do you feel if your daughter is snatched by IA security and behind bars and spend all her adolescent years in prison? Ciam Ali

    How do you feel if both your parents were put to prison and never heard from? All you hear is that they have passed away? Ibrahim Sherifo

    I can go on….

    You are telling me Ethiopia is doing bad, give me names of those people who are going through this experience in Ethiopia or anywhere in Africa.

    Sanctions, boarder, no peace, no war when are you going to say enough????

    You can forget all you want but do not expect people and the world to forget about them.

    Trust me, IA will end up like those who he wronged. His day will come, just like Gadafi, Sadam, Chechesco and others like them.

    Berhe

  • ghezaehagos

    The Return of Qitaw Assefa Jemebere

    Who else but the great isem to connect them dots of what transpired in mid-late 80s in the midst of Asmara to what is happening in late 2010 in the midst of Asmara?!

    In his book, there was an incident Berhane Aberha recounted quoting Haile Menkorios that Isaias doesn’t want to see the good of Eritrea. The author drives the point home that Isaias is not a mere dictator looking for aggrandizement of power, but with a much sinister mission of decimation of the Eritrean identity. Other knowledgeable Eritreans are corroborating this lugubrious picture.

    People are confused by revelations. People were told through Abiy the little of Isaias’s grandfather’s burial in Gonder. Who this grand father? His name? Parental or Maternal? People are turned into genealogists, thanks to Isaias.

    In the eyes of Abiy and many Ethiopians, Eritrea is already a de-facto confederated state with Ethiopia. No one from Eritrea knows the treaties signed. Except the Qitaws.

    One of the criticisms leveled against Alemesged’s masterpiece, ‘the other war’ was that it comes off as ‘inter-racial’ love and marriage. This criticism is valid. An Ethiopian soldier with few Tigrigna words he so proud and love to utilize can love ‘semenawit xbkti’ and she can love him back. Love breaks barriers. They can have offspring. We may kept them at bay for 20 something years.

    They are back. The Qitaws are back. This time uttering love…vowing vengeance.

    Thanks Sem the great.

    Ghezae Hagos.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Ghezae,

      A nice brief that connects literature to politics. Yes, indeed, the Qitaws are back. But not sure whether the “love” that brought them will blossom love flowers. Things are getting sour out there – thousands of ethnics scattering across borders in many direction in search of safey, Jawar Mohammed going back to where he started and calling the god of love politics as swindler (achberbari) that must get lost as soon as possible. I am afraid that with the Qitaws (new+ old) the clash could turn to be vengeance re-visited.

  • Mez

    Good Day George,

    I had seen the news piece you mentioned; and a similar intent news from the British government a few days ago.

    1) That is a bad news for pia/pfdj team.

    2) that shall be a welcome news for–reform sekinking–eritrean political movements and ngo’s.

    3) especially Eritreans in these countries should have now good opportunities to press for their cause, namely far-reaching reform in Eritrea.

    4) if we miss this window of “reform opportunity, in the coming months or one to two years”:
    4.1) the sociopolitical divergence between the PM-AAA movement and pia/pfdj may irreconcilably increase.
    5) as of now the ethio-eritrea convergence is primarily driven more by the euphoria of the past 6 months happenings than by a “quantifiable–OPEN for publick–policy and will of decision makers thinking convergence”; The gcc countries activity, including their war in yemen, is convoluted in it.
    6) I strongly beleive the TPLF will come, out very soon clean from its oldguards–who were really not aware of–the very basic facts–on the differences between their private, state, and federal resources/properties; but the same can not be said about Eritrea.

    Thanks

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Hope,

    Just leave it for us “ተፋሊጥና አሎና”. He is defending the despot at all cost, by going far to the extent, he fabricate excuses for him, which the despot does not need it. The despot clearly told us that the border issue is not his priority, rather the Ethiopian problem is his priority. Issayas does not want the Ethiopian forces out of our land. He gave them as reward to TPLF in 1981. He is keeping his promise. There is no excuses when Ethiopia is ready to implement the ruling and the international community (UN and AU) welcomed and told them their readiness to help in the implementation. Guys TPLF is always in your scary dreams, even when they are not in power. Please forget about them, demand the freedom of your people and the demarcation of the border when it is too late to do so. The current volatile politics of Ethiopia, at one point will change, and no one knows what will be it’s outcome. We should size the opportunities, when the good will and readiness of Ethiopia at hand now. So Hope please, FishMilk does not need your help. He is capable to defend his argument, however weak argument he has. Just do your argument without involving others in your argument.

  • Amanuel

    Hi Hope
    Let me help you. Assefa Jembere is not the Pastor you are thinking of. There was an EPLF drama in the 80s titled “The Other War” እቲ ካልእ ኲናት. I don’t want to spoil it for you as it is a much watch dramas of EPLF. Wedishawl is playing as Assefa Jembere. I recommend to watch it. Though I think you will be lucky find any copy.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Ethiopia has yet to fulfill its provisions of the Peace Agreement as demarcation of the boundary between Ethiopia and Eritrea has not been completed. The TPLF is still strongly objecting to given demarcation execution. I know PMAA (& PIA) is doing his best to break the back of the TPLF and incapacitate them to enable withdrawal/demarcation. However, it should be clear that the onus of responsibility in terms of Peace Agreement implementation is now with Ethiopia. Until such time that Ethiopia (PMAA) fulfills Peace Agreement implementation responsibility, do not anticipate any major reforms in Eritrea for it is in fact remaining on war readiness footing. There is a reason that PIA/PFDJ quickly accepted the olive branch offering from PMAA, for there was nothing for them to lose. If in the end, if Ethiopia proves incapable of implementing their end of the Peace Agreement and the fragile peace deal is broken, it will be Ethiopia and not Eritrea that will be blamed. All pressure must be maintained on the TPLF to break them!

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam FishMilk,

      While your boss (DIA) is holding the demarcation issue for the reasons we all know, why are you regurgitating the same demand from Ethiopia day in day out, when in fact Ethiopia has already stated its readiness to respect the ruling? Didn’t DIA told us his priorities? Is it hard for you to throw your demand to him? “ናይ ዓረዛ ነገር መዳከምያ” እዩ ናትካ ነገር, If you know that story.

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Aman H,

        Let add it makes no sense to throw the onus to the TPLF court when it is no longer holds the role of policy maker or breaker within the ruling coalition (EPRDF), unless the regime is trying to rebound back to its pre- Abij detente position and excuses. I read in the comments you have responded to typical PFDJ scheme of hatching police while simultaneously preparing ground to sell it to surrogates and supporters.

        Given what has been unfolding in Ethiopia since the ascent of Abij to the saddle of power and how the TPLF has been faring in the game dubed reform, one is amazed to read an argument that the TPLF is still in position to thwart demarcation. By the way, one would love to ask through these few lines our good brother FishMilk how the TPLF “is still strongly objecting to given (sic) demarcation execution” to make it practically able to prevent demarcation.

      • FishMilk

        Hi Amanuel Hidrat. You are simply missing the point. PIA fully knows, that in the end, he has PMAA by the skinny, should withdrawal and demarcation not transpire. However, during the time that PMAA is doing a hatchet job weakening the TPLF to below knee level, which is needed before he gives orders for withdraw and demarcation, do not expect PIA to scream and shout about the importance of the border and demarcation. All he has to do is sit back and smile and pretend to be the Goodwill Ambassador to the Horn of Africa. The monkey is now on Ethiopia’s back!

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam FishMilk,

          ከምኡ ምኳኑ ትፈልጥ እንድሕሪ ኮይንካደአ: እንታይደአ ኢትዮጵያ ከምዚ ክትገብር አለዋ: ከምዚ ክትፈጥር አለዋ: ብዛዕባ ጉዳይ ዶብ: እንዳበልካ ርእሲ ሰብ ተሔምም? ቀደምውን እኮ “deflector of Issue” ከም ምኳንካ ተዓዚብናዮ አለና ግዲብልካን:: አናፍራ ቋቆሕ ዘይፈልጥሲ አይሃዳናይን::

          • FishMilk

            Hi Amanuel Hidrat. Again, you are missing the point. Past and present incompetencies of PIA aside, I am simply calling the situation as it is and how it appears to be evolving. And, one should not underestimate the ‘current’ TPLF’s influence/control over Ethiopia’s northern military command and its ability to disrupt Peace Agreement implementation processes. However, PMAA is doing his best to extirpate the TPLF and to liquidate its assets. Let’s wish him well on this front!

      • Selam

        Selamat Amanuel Hidrat,

        I laugh alone like crazy “ናይ ዓረዛ ነገር መዳከምያ” እዩ ናትካ ነገር, I have never heard about this phrase. I like it very much.

        Have a nice day

    • Haile S.

      Selamat FishMilk,
      No one is better than PIA/PFDJ in implementing the TPLF agenda on Eritrea and Eritreans. We have seen it in the last 20 years.

    • halafi mengedi

      FM,

      The best time for TPLF to accept the Algeries agreement and exit badme was circa 2013-14. they have ia squeezed from all directions and they could have conceded from position of power and pride…etc.

      I don’t know if tplf is blocking pmaa from implementing border demarcation, but if so they are really stupid. tplf are lucky pmaa hasn’t come out publicly saying tplf is blocking border demarcation. Eritreans are really anxious to see the border demarcated and their love for pmaa has quickly faded since he announced the acceptance of peace agreement and subsequently mumbled all demarcation and border related questions on several occasions. this is tplf’s golden opportunity to make public announcement that they are for border implementation and concede badme. that would put a wedge between eritreans and pmaa, and if after that pmaa doesn’t immediately move to border demarcation, the wedge would be permanent. that would be good for tplf….

      hm

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Interesting the comments coming from Debretsion Gebremichael who on Monday said that the arrests ordered under “the pretext of corruption and human rights are being used to attack Tigrayans”. He said “There is a foreign involvement in the process. Thus, it is unacceptable”. In regard to the earlier arrest of General Kinfe, he said that “While Kinfe was arrested peacefully, they tied him handcuffs. This is a political attack” and “While they should have gone after an individual, they went after an ethnic group and a party”.

  • Ismail AA

    Selam Hope,

    Good supplementary tips to the salient message Semere’s contribution provide. Those guys you have mentioned – parading as activists and democracy advocates but whose hearts and minds could not detach from the nostalgia of empire and irredentism – knew where to look for a trojan horse which they found in a character Semere Andom’s article has brilliantly depicted. The question is how expeditious Eritreans shall be to rekindle their patriotism and respond by cutting the umbilical cord that connects that character to those who dream to undo what history has established. Berhanu Nega and Tamagn and ilks have pinned their hopes and dreams on what the despot and his henchmen whispered to them.

  • Ismail AA

    Selam Semere A,
    A mid-night thunderbolt message that jolts to unassuming Eritrean conscience. One wonders what we can do in the run up hours dawn before thirsty kills us when the Otaws decide it expediënt to deny us water. Glad to have you back with a thought provoking piece.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Merhaba Sem,

    Man! you invoked a memory on us, about a drama titled ” the other war,” a drama written by a genius Eritrean tegadalay. Who will forget the actors and actresses in that drama – Asefa Jembree, Letiesus, Aster, and others. Thank you for this beautifully written piece. I hope it will give a rude awakening to many Eritreans. Welcome back.

  • Teodros Alem

    Is that u isem or another semere? pia pic (ur orientation pic) on the artical, suggested it is u.
    Welcome back, i have been asking berhe.

  • Berhe Y

    Dear iSem,

    Welcome back. You tell it beautifully.

    Just minor stuff. The name is Assefa Jembere I think. Also he says “hlm new”, as it become a catch phrase.

    BERHE

  • Saleh Johar

    Hello all,
    When Semere returns, he announces his arrival with a bang! Enjoy the flow and the clarity.

  • Paulos

    Selam Semerile,

    First of, welcome back a million times over. Man, this is way off the charts. Brilliant through and through. With a touch of surrealism, you threw me onto trance till I got to the quote….”Mother, I know about the thoughts…” where I had to snap back to the real and present. Again, welcome back!