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Qatar: Al Jazeera in the Middle

Though the diplomatic crisis in the Arabian Gulf seemed to be moving fast, it was headed to a predetermined destination: a standstill.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were set to punish Qatar, a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council that was born in 1976 and that is now crippled by old age before it could walk.

The region went through the First Gulf war (between Iraq and Iran) and the Second Gulf War, (between Iraq and the rest of the Gulf states), and a third war which is still raging in Yemen. The fourth war is the current diplomatic war and it targets Qatar. This time, Al Sisi’s Egypt is in the anti-Qatar league, and so is Bahrain. In addition, there are many leaders in the region who are salivating to make a killing from the crisis at the expense of Qatar but as the Arab saying goes, “they have neither a camel nor a calf” in the conflict.

Though a number of countries have declared a blockade against Qatar, except Saudi Arabia and the UAE, they are second and third tier appendages in the crisis and have nothing to deny Qatar. In fact, until the latest crisis, most of them were beneficiaries of the Qatari largesse. And they cannot make a dent on Qatar.

The military powers that matter in the region are the USA, Russia, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The USA seems to be in a state of confusion while Russia is lurking there to make sure it is not sidelined in any planned arrangement. Turkey is clearly on the side of Qatar where now it has a military presence. Iran and Saudi Arabia have been in direct and proxy confrontation for a long time. Considering the alignments of power, if the crisis escalates it will drag on indefinitely. And there will not be any winner.

The USA might not be fully aware of what is going on because it seemed surprised by the thirteen-point demand that was sent to Qatar from its adversaries. The Kuwaiti mediators must have known the demands will not be met when they carried the memo to Qatar. Here are the demands put by the anti-Qatar camp as a precondition to lift their blockade. Qatar must…

  1. Downgrade its diplomatic representation with Iran.
  2. Close the Turkish military base that is being established.
  3. Sever its relations with several organizations–Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah of Lebanon, Al Qaeda, ISIS, etc.
  4. Stop funding terrorist individuals and extremist elements.
  5. Must hand over wanted individuals considered terrorists.
  6. Close down Al Jazeera television and its affiliates.
  7. Stop interference in the domestic affairs of some countries and stop naturalizing their citizens and extradite them.
  8. Pay countries that were injured by Qatari policies.
  9. Submit to the 2013 Riyadh agreement and fall in line with the policies of the Gulf countries.
  10. Give full and detailed report and database of opposition entities it helped.
  11. Stop all direct and indirect support it provides to media outlets (several stations named).
  12. Agree to these conditions in ten-days, if not, they will be considered null and void.
  13. Report periodically on the above agreements and goals for the next ten-years.

The concern seems to be on item number five which is believed to be the main reason for the fury of the major countries blockading Qatar. However, Al Jazeera has become a force on its own and a step against Al Jazeera is an assault against freedom of expression that the people of the region will not take lightly. As it is now, it is more of those who support Al Jazeera against those who want to shut it down. Heralding war against a major champion of information in the region is not an easy matter.

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  • Kalihari Snake

    Hello All: Qatar is in the middle mainly because by squeezing it, Saudi and the U.S. amongst others, will in the long run be able to drive oil prices up. Oil traders are wrong. The clash between Qatar and the Saudis is bullish, not bearish, for oil prices. The big picture is the direct clash between two old adversaries, which could change the geopolitics of the region. Any generalized conflict in the Strait of Hormuz that resulted in a direct war between Saudi Arabia and UAE on the one side and Iran on the other side would disrupt oil supplies out of the Gulf states to Asia and other destinations.

  • Abraham H.

    Selam Folks, I’ve never seen DIA attending any higher education graduation ceremony in Eritrea. On the contrary, I don’t think he has ever missed any Sawa military training ceremony. What does this signify about dictator Isayas?

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Brother Abraham H..

      Why wonder? –He can’t live in peace.. after all those of us who were Eritrean fighters say it in EPLF or ELF know him very well – but that doesn’t mean he Is hero..simply means he knows and he I cleaver fox..

      KS,,

      • Abraham H.

        Selam KS, I’ve to say DIA is one of those most weird characters that have ever walked on this planet Earth. Eritreans are not lucky that he has been at the center of our political affairs for the last half century.

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Brother Abraham H..

          Yes brother ..we are not (Eritrean people ) are not lucky… just hold the man to the end and now we are in trouble …..Now some among our people are criticizing our long struggle,, totally regretting seemingly living in the past—

          KS..

          • Olana

            I was wondering who to blame for the chaos upon the region in general and Eritrean people in particular. I mean who shaped and enabled Isaiah to be a dictator?

            a) His parents and families (I heard his grandmother has a great influence on him but she would not have taught him bad)
            b) His friends (I doubt that)
            c) His religious belief (Does he believe in God? Any
            religion in the world is against immoral behavior)
            d) Ethiopian regimes (may be as they were dictators
            themselves but he is a dictator now to his own people)
            e) China (Unlikely)
            f) Arabs (Some)
            g) Eritrean people (Unlikely as they are good people in general that would not nurture such behavior)
            h) Ghedli leadership (70% to 80% as he spent most of his life in it)
            I) His followers (10% to 20% as many of his followers are innocent victims)

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Olana. Since I am also KS, I will provide an answer. Reasons for to blame for Eritrea’s current state of affairs include:
            1. U.S. interference in Horn of Africa affairs which supports Ethiopia at the detriment of Eritrea
            2. TPLF and their pathological lying to include Badme issue
            3. U.S. manipulated U.N. Security Council and unfair/unwarranted sanctions against Eritrea
            4. Ethiopia at large for blindly supporting escalation of war with Eritrea in 1998
            5. Ethiopia for conducting mass deportation of Eritreans from Ethiopia
            6. International donor community for blindly allowing Ethiopia to get away with murder
            7. Inefficient Eritrean Government opposition groups unable to pressure Eritrean Government
            reform
            8. Regional coordination bodies (AU, IGAD, ECA) that could play a mediating role but cannot
            because they are not neutral given their physical base in Addis Ababa or Djibouti

          • Olana

            Dear Kalihari Snake
            All the reasons you have given are effects or consequences. I have asked about the causes of the personality of Isaiah.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Olana. Your first sentence was ‘I was wondering who to blame for the chaos upon the region in general and Eritrean people in particular’ and it is this which I replied against.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Olana ,

            I am sorry …for being late .

            late me attach some link that will help..you and me and the reader ,,,

            The link is a poem prepared by me in 2015…Watch it after one day in Jebena page..

            KS,,

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Kokhob Selam: Just curious. How many years were you in Eritrea during the Dergue period? Do you prefer Menghistu over Meles? How long after liberation did you family return back to Tigray?

    • Hayat Adem

      Hi Abraham,
      It signifies aggressive militarization taking place center front stage. It can’t get worse than that when a country’s priority is set to be militarization while remaining one of the poorest.
      About 3yrs ago, our crazy man brought an undertaking of arming and training every household in Eritrea. The time was also a harvest season. Priority was to collect the crops or attending the training. it was mind-boggling the government had to schedule militia training in a harvest season. When IA was asked about it he said this: “when it comes to a priority of priorities, military training comes first before the crops.”

      • Abraham H.

        Selam Hayat, there is no any word that could describe the odd nature of Isayas, in the same interview you mentioned he said there were thousands of youngsters roaming the streets of the city having to do nothing. Yet, he was willing to sacrifice that year’s harvest in order to send the farmers to the training camps.
        In a related issue, as far as I know Eritrea has been without a minister of defense since Gen. Sebhat was trasfered to the ministry of mines a few years ago. A regime that is so incessantly obsessed with a militarization; yet having a ministry of defense without a minister, how strange could it be?

    • Olana

      Dear Abraham H.

      He has never liked education. Most dictators are not in favor of modern education. Right after the liberation of Eritrea (the land), DIA happened to be in the campus of Asmara University to meet the then president of the University. By incident Eritrean students who had not completed their studies in Ethiopia Universities & who were denied their right to go back to Ethiopia and complete what they had started before the liberation were in the campus requesting the administration to let them go to Ethiopia. There reason was Asmara University did not have all the faculties to accommodate the need of the students. When informed about the demand of the students, Isaiah murmured to the students near him “we could have been doctors, engineers and scientists if we had not gone to the field and here you have come with foolish requests” Some of the students were graduating classes and forced to register in fields they are not their choices. What a wastage. So it was by design that they have killed the education system in the country. BTW most former fighters I know who managed to have PhDs are either in prison or defected to the west.

      • Nitricc

        Olana; I get that you have to appease the slow and the confused, the likes of Abraham but where did you get that PIA murmured ” we could have been doctors, engineers and scientists if we had not gone to the field and here you have come with foolish requests” You see, you are a lair; the fact is there were many Eritrean Students who were studying in AA university and the fact that your TPLF refused to let them return to Eritrea after the war ignited by the inferiority of TPLF. Now, please stop deceiving people. Although; I know it is your people’s expertise.

        • KBT

          Selam nitricc
          Do you know people are mostly from tigray acting as eritrean, shamfull, day and night wishing our destruction

          • Leeeroy

            You got that right KBT. There is an elaborate program by woyane to pretend as Eritreans or Amara or Oromos and influence the politics within each group. Stay together my Eritrean fams. Hade libi hade hizbi.

        • Olana

          Dear Nitricc
          I am talking about the period right after the liberation of your country. Would you believe me if I tell you my brother and I was there among the few students? I know you would not because it is not your character to know the truth. FYI as an Ethiopian my older brother left the country after he proved that he is not an Eritrean. And I know many Eritreans, who falsified their identity went back to Ethiopia in the same way and able to graduated. One of them is a very known lawyer…. it is not safe to mention his name for his own safety but University students of that period knows who he is.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Olana: Are you referring to 1991 or 1993?

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Kalihari,

            She must be referring to 1991 when Asmara University opened its doors immediately after liberation.

            I know many people who managed the complete their studies in Ethiopia and then return back to Eritrea.

            I am not aware of any student being prevented from going back to Ethiopia to complete their courses, as there were no travel restrictions between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

          • Olana

            Dear Simon Kaleab
            Have you travelled to Ethiopia during that time? Those who managed to complete were the ones I am talking and there were others who remained in Ethiopia to complete their education and later went back to Eritrea. Why do you think I am She?

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Olana,

            I travelled both ways, and never encountered any problems.

            Stop fabricating Fake news!

          • Olana

            Dear Simon
            Why would I fabricate fake news? I never fabricated fake news. I have nothing to gain by telling untrue stories.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Olana: I guess you seen a lot of Eritrean passports floating around during the period Friday, May 24, 1991; thru Tuesday, April 27, 1993; which would have complicated travel?

          • blink

            Dear Olana
            Why not safe ? You already said he is not Eritrean. He proved he is not Eritrean and you are saying ” your country ” it means you are not Eritrean. Sth is fishy between the line . How do you prove you are not Eritrean if your roots are Eritreans???

          • Olana

            Dear blink
            Please reread what I have posted. My brother and the lawyer are not the same. I too never said I am an Eritrean but much attached to it. I had many friends who were denied to go back to Ethiopia to complete what they have started and some of them as I have tried to say got fake documents just to get out of Eritrea. May be I am wrong I used the word “their Identity” and apologize for that. But it is a fact that many of them were not allowed to leave the country.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Olana,

            What you say does not just add up.

            Why would people need fake documents? There were no travel restrictions between Eritrea and Ethiopia and the two governments were in full cooperation mode at that time.

          • Olana

            Dear Simon Kaleab
            May be you should look for people who were University students during that period and ask them how they managed to continue their studies in Ethiopia Universities. “No travel restrictions” were not applied to the students.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Olana,

            May be … ?

            I was always there.

            Give it up, it is Fake news.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Olana: Maybe you should apply for a job at CNN

          • Olana

            Dear K. Snake
            Why? I do not get the point.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Kalihari,

            Job application to CNN Fake news factory. LOL!

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Olana,

            I know this story you are talking about. I have a friend from childhood who went to AAU to study medicin. I left right after I finished highschool.

            He come to Eritrea after independence and he volunteered for a year or so. He wanted to continue his school and finish but AAU didn’t have the medical program at the time, and also was closed.

            He was denied to leave. I don’t know how he did it (may be he got identity or not) but he went back to Ethiopia, and he was able to graduate and become a doctor.

            He is a doctor in the UK now. We saw each other after so many years, where we got connected on FB.

            His words (we stopped our school went to our country to serve and proud that it’s free and independent but went back to Ethiopia, with our tail between our legs and begged to return. He said, he left and vowed never to return back until these group of people are no longer in power.) and he has never returned since.

            Berhe

          • Thomas

            Hi Berhe,

            This was never news to those students who withdrew from AA and other Ethiopian Universities to join AU. Many ended up returning to Ethiopia because their majors were not afford by AU (the only options were Natural Sciences (Bio, Chem and Phys plus Math) and some Social Sciences majors). So, medical, engineering and other professional majors were not available at AU. Most students from these majors had to switch their major to what was available at AU. Some smart ones went back to Ethiopia, claimed that they were Ethiopians and were allowed to pursue in their professional majors. However, ignorant people like Simon Kaleab, Nitricc and others would never stop talking about something they have no clue about.

          • Berhe Y

            Thank you Thomas for sharing. Andebrehan was in charge of the university and the main reason I am really skeptical about his roles in the opposition. People like that need to own the mistakes they made (I can expect from someone who was brain washed in poleticawi timhrti) but not from a US educated person.

            They displaced many professors just because they know they can’t brain wash them and they will not obedient to them. I remember there was a public meeting and discourse in cinema Capitol with one of marine biologist researcher and lecturer at AU, who were colleagues of the current WHO chair Dr. Tedros, another well known Chemist reserarcher Dr. Tedros Bezabih who won many awards in Canada.

            And we have see the public humiliation and shame to one of the students who asked the president about rule of law and legitimacy of the special court.

            Their whole attitude towards the educated class, the business class, the religious class, in other words anyone who can challenge them was very negative and they must be purged just like what they learned from China and Moe.

            Please those anti Ghedli, I am not blaming Ghedli or majority of the tegadelti, but the ruling class and members of the secret party.

            What would be important / interesting is if we can expose the interworking of the secret party.

            Berhe

          • Simon Kaleab

            Berhe,

            You said: “they must be purged just like what they learned from China and Moe [sic].”

            Talk is cheap. How are you going to do that?

          • Thomas

            Thank you for prompt response, Berhe. I cannot agree with you more. Yes as you said, “I remember there was a public meeting and discourse in cinema Capitol
            with one of marine biologist researcher and lecturer at AU,” I am sure it was Amanuel Meles. Doesn’t he live in Canada. After being humiliated he had to go back to Canada. We were at the same seminar then:) Who knows we might have seen each other to:)

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Thomas,

            May be:). Yes that’s him.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Thomas; you are not considering your self as an intellectual when you make that ridicules comment of yours, do you? ” Issayas and his click never liked intellectuals from the get go.” I am praying it is not the case.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Thomas,

            You are continuing your cartoon character news.

            The issues here raised by Olana are that:

            1) Students were prevented from travelling from Eritrea to Ethiopia

            2) These students “falsified their identity” to be able to go back to Ethiopia to study.

            But, I do not expect clarity of thinking from a damaged brain like you.

          • Berhe Y

            Selam Simon,

            We are not dead yet, we know people who happen to them. We are not dead yet, we know people who this happened to them.

            Off course no body said people were denied from travelling. But going to Ethiopia to continue study means, going there with credentials to continue their study.

            Are you saying AU didn’t deny these people from leaving with their credentials?

            What’s your prove that this is false and didn’t happen.

            Berhe

          • Simon Kaleab

            Berhe,

            It is you and your fellow idle talkers who made a claim. You prove it!

            By the way, you do not say “What’s your prove …”

            It should be “What’s your proof?”

          • Berhe Y

            Dear SK,

            Thank you for the correction. You know what I mean.

            That’s our proof. We are telling you what exactly happened. Do you want to call and verify?

            Berhe

          • Thomas

            Selamat Berhe,

            This ignorant person will never admit his stupidity. People who were there are telling him and he cannot even stop opening his stinky mouth? What a shameless person; and shame those around him. I am telling you that this guy is an exceptional weirdo:)

          • Simon Kaleab

            Thomas the cartoon character,

            You have the hallmark of a mentally disabled person. Read the issues that are being debated, again.

          • Thomas

            Dear Moderator,

            Simon Kaleab is not using appropriate greeting. I thought the awate site enforces its guideline atleast on this. I just want to make sure that is the case or I will have to create an appropriate name (appropriate name that fits him):) I am just saying or otherwise I can respond to him likewise if necessary.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Thomas,

            You are a true cartoon character. You forget that every post of yours is loaded with insults. Now, you cannot take the heat and are switching to “aqatari” mode.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Thomas,

            He does sound like Yemane G. Twitter handle.

            BTW, have you heard what happened to monkey.

            Beqa Frezghi kemzWeAlo gerom sedudomo.

            For those who do not know, Frezghi, he was Eritrea’s best boxer if his time.

            Berhe

          • Simon Kaleab

            Berhe,

            What proof? Did you prove that the students were prevented from travelling to Ethiopia?

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Simon,

            Hray Ykunelka.

            Unfortunately you are fighting a losing battle. El capo will be gone one day either by God or man, before he can redeem himself.

            You better learn and practice “melqes”.

            Berhe

          • Simon Kaleab

            Berhe,

            We are not talking about individuals. The issue is whether the events you claimed to have happened did occur.

            How are you going to remove the PFDJ? By crying day and night, asking Ethiopia to attack Eritrea and praying for someone to die? This is a losers’ strategy.

          • Berhe Y

            Simon,

            Is this your number game again? I told you I know it happened to my friend. We met and he told me what exactly happened to him. Ilona gave you two examples . Thomas knows a lot more.

            How big the number should be for you to belueve it?

            You are looking for easy answer ? Just go to the field and start another ghedli (civil war).

            Uch you are not going to get that. Information is half of the battle.

            Berhe

          • Simon Kaleab

            Berhe,

            Keep on crying like a little girl. Good luck!

          • blink

            Dear Olana
            when was that ,be specific ? I am sorry i misunderstood you(brother and lawyer) but again when was the time you are stating ? I can tell you there was a shortage of every thing in Asmara University because all the material was shipped out to Ethiopia ( I can give you many examples where the materials went in Ethiopia ) but why would some one fake document in order to go back to Ethiopia right after independence ?
            I have a friend who could not get the necessary things in Asmara university and he go back to Ethiopia on his own so i am not denying the logistical problem of UOA at that time, yet no need to fake documents and also change your identity in order to travel to Ethiopia.

          • Olana

            Dear blink
            It was in the months of August and September, that is few months after May 24, 1991.

          • blink

            Dear Olana
            Asmara University in July 1991, a few months after the overthrow of the government in Ethiopia, the institution was an empty, echoing building, it looks an empty building in American heavy industrial.The Ethiopian military had stripped it of everything the year before, transferring teachers and students, books, computers,
            laboratory equipment, school records, even kitchen utensils to southern Ethiopia.
            The university has nothing, I don’t believe it was a university at that time but to be specific in August 1991 there were 3,246 students, more than twice the peak under Mengustu Haile Mariam. There were 106 professors in which most of them Ethiopians and some union sympathizers , 12,000 donated books and a new chemistry laboratory but not all equipment were in place. There was no travel restrictions for students to travel to Ethiopia, infact at that time addis university was ok for Eritreans. Again I repeat that there was no travel restriction. I have another mind boggling news about Issaias talking about UOA but the time was not in 1991.

            Thanks for the ride .

          • Thomas

            Hi Blink,

            Your statement from your above comments says, “How do you prove you are not Eritrean if your roots are Eritreans?”. Back then, getting an Ethiopian passport or identity was very easy. I don’t know if you are that naive but you might need to rethink about what you are saying. There were a significant number of Eritreans who had a dual (Ethiopian and Eritrean) nationalities even when they have NO roots from Ethiopia. Even today as we speak, there are many Eritreans living in Ethiopia and they hold Ethiopian nationality. They don’t have roots from Ethiopia but they are able to cheat the Ethiopian immigration system.

          • blink

            Dear Thomas
            You may be right but I still don’t believe in June 1991 the students will renounce his Eritrean citizenship or any kind of that to study in Ardis’s abeba. When do they come to Eritrea and when was the university open ???

          • Nitricc

            Olana; I have hard time imagining any Eritrean would falsify their identity back in 1991. However, if one or two people did so, you can’t make it as reliable measuring mark to unloaded your fake stuff. anyway; you are saying that PIA murmured to you that ” we could have been doctors, engineers and scientists if we had not gone to the field and here you have come with foolish requests”

            is that what you telling us? Did PIA say to you ” we could have been doctors, engineers and scientists if we had not gone to the field and here you have come with foolish requests” did he? Did you hear it on your own ears?
            Come-on now! You may get away with the globules, the likes of Abraham and Thomas but not here.

          • Olana

            Dear Nitricc
            I have already told you the truth but you would not still believe even if I say I am the devil himself. You are designed that way. what you should worried about is not what he said but what he is doing to the country.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Nitricc,

            Hard to believe isn’t it. Your rational brain is giving you hard time to believe what the PFDJ and IA are capable of doing. You are being rational and you are right, in a rational world why would a government stops it’s citizens from going anywhere to get higher education. It doesn’t cost them anything and in the end, directly or indirectly they will be an asset and benefit to their own country.

            In Tigrina there is a word called “Hasad”. I don’t know what the exact equivalent in English…but it’s someone who is possessed with jealousy that it hurts them so much to see anything positive happen to another person even though he loses nothing.

            IA is the typical Hasad. Let me give you an example, when a student goes to school and finishes high school or university and earns a certificate, a diploma or a degree, you can agree with me (like all typical human beings would) that he deserve to have and own his papers.

            But not in Eritrea and under the rule of IA. In his Hasad world, he thinks, this Eritrean if he ever makes it safe abroad to another country, he wouldn’t want the person to advance his school, or trade or what have you to advance his life.

            In your rational brain, you will find this shocking but it’s true. This is just another example, why I believe IA is waging a war against Eritreans in all fronts that would help them advance in their lives.

            Berhe

    • Nitricc

      Abraham; Are you serious? are you that stupid?

      • Abraham H.

        Hi Nitricc, do you have some other meaningful thing to say about the question I raised, or are you acting stupid as always?

        • Nitricc

          Abraham; if it wasn’t for your slowness or stupidity; pick one but military people have no business attending any civil graduations. PIA is a military man, why would you expect him to attend any graduations? did you see how a fool you are? I know you are trying hard to appease your Tigryan friends but not on this one.

          • Abraham H.

            Hi Nitricc, according to your theory DIA has no business in attending any non-military graduations? Oh, how stupid can you be, btw, have you watched the recent graduation ceremonies from the various colleges on Eri-tv? If you look well there you see the chief of staff Gen Filipos attending almost all the commencements, but wait, according to your toothless reasoning isn’t Gen.Filipos more military man than DIA?

          • Nitricc

            Abraham, again if it wasn’t for your deficiency, you could have seen the difference between PIA and the rest of his people. You didn’t say you never seen Flipo in any Graduation; but you specified PIA and I gave you your answer. Now, you are moving the target? what dead soul. if it wasn’t the rush to appease your friends form other side, you could have seen the difference but slow is just that slow.

          • Abraham H.

            Hi Nitricc, it is, of course, a waste of time and energy discussing with a retarded one like you, but who is moving the post? I said DIA never attends higher education ceremonies; you said he doesn’t attend b/c he is military man. Then I told you more military people than him like Filipos are attending those ceremonies, so your reasoning doesn’t hold water. You get it now?

          • Nitricc

            Abraham; are you really that slow? Of course someone has to attend and who ever is attending going to be a military man because the country is ruled by military man. I mean how hard is to understand this facts. It will be wrong for a president who is military background to attend in a civil graduations, however, since the top people are military background, anyone less than the president may attend. Your problem is, you are so eager to make happy the likes of Hayat’s, you lost your credibility along with your self respect. Go ahead pail on Eritrea, She will prevail. Do you remember your queen used to bombarding us with civil war, surgical attack and dreaming her TPLF zooming in Asmara, all is day dream and you are nothing but a clueless TPLF sympathizer and hidden Agazian.

          • Abraham H.

            Hi Nitricc, the problem of ignorants like you who have no clue whatsoever about Eritrea is that you equate Eritrea with DIA. Eritrea is everything that the DIA is not, know that, dumb!

          • KBT

            Selam Abraham
            Issayas afeworki is president of eritrea and commander in chief of the eritrean defence force as it was commanders for the independence struggle, he used also to feed, train, and educate the backstubber tplf regime,
            Tell me what did you accomplished in your waisted miserable life Abraham ? ??
            Nothing .

          • Kokhob Selam

            Selam Dear KBT ,

            Thank you for exposing your self,,

            This is Kokhob Selam

    • KBT

      Selamat Abraham
      Your criminal regime is about to collapse and still you keep talking about issayas, I know it’s the only way out for tigray but it won’t happen eritrea to eritrean only. We enjoy to see crumbling one by one, and the amhara and oromo will hung all the malelit we are preparing the rope for them

    • blink

      Dear Abraham
      I think it is simply symbolic and it is not like a must go . For example in In Zimbabwe, graduation ceremonies are often associated with the guest of honor who most of is the ceremonial head of the institution. At state universities the President of Zimbabwe officiates as chancellor and guest of honor. Every graduate of a state university in Zimbabwe can claim to have shaken the President’s hand. The person most of the time associated with graduation at those institutions is President Robert Gabriel Mugabe. At other State Institutions of every higher learning the vice Presidents or any other Senior Government officials may preside.There are also countries who don’t give a flying chance to the head state. The notion isaias didn’t go to commencement of a university shows nothing about behavior of a leadership or any of it.

      • Abraham H.

        Selam blink, I don’t think you’ve understood that DIA is allergic towards the educated people. I think it all starts from the time of ‘Menkae’.

        • blink

          Dear Abraham
          I would rather not speak about Menkae, yet I find the ceremony thing not important description of his attitude to education. A university is a place where open space is given to any idea to be challenged be it his rule, religion, our revolution… many important issues yet his absence from the ceremony is just not important.

          • Abraham H.

            Dear, blink, well, I respect your opinion; but to have a gist of what I’m upto you could refer to one of his public seminars back in the 90’s when he replied in a very disparaging manner when someone who was studying law in the AU challenged the rules of the special court.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear blink,

            There is a difference though in case of AU. He is the chancellor of the University. In other words he is the ceremonial head of the university.

            He is suppose to attend all the ceremonies.

            Berhe

    • Simon Kaleab

      Selam Abraham H.,

      Mass murderer Menghistu liked to attend graduation ceremonies. What does that tell you? Are you going to consult a voodoo priestess for an answer?

      • Abraham H.

        Selam SK, I don’t care about what the bygone Mengistu did; I care about the current tyrant of Eritrea who’s raping the country. And my observation is that the college dropout is neither fit to lead a country nor does he tolerate to see educated people take the leading roles in our society.
        DIA has to disappear from the Eritrean political scene if there is going to be any movement in the internal politics of Eritrea. and I hope that day is not that far.

        • Simon Kaleab

          Selam Abraham H.,

          Earlier, you implied that not attending graduation ceremonies is an indication of dislike for education and the educated. DO you believe that attending graduation ceremonies ritualistically, year after year, indicates respect and support for education and the educated?

          You also said: “DIA has to disappear from the Eritrean political scene …”

          Does this mean that you have a tangible plan or are you just ranting to let off steam?

          • Abraham H.

            Dear SK, ” DO you believe that attending graduation ceremonies ritualistically, year after year, indicates respect and support for education and the educated and a democratic inclination?”, no I don’t; but the fact that I’ve never seen the Eritrean dictator attending such kinds of occasions adds to my suspicion that he is allergic towards the educated people. On your second question: I don’t need to have any tangible plan in order to express my opinion and wish for the disappearance of the tyrant from the Eritrean political scene. By God or by man, his disappearance is inevitable, just you know that, in case you are amongst those who consider him immortal.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Abraham H.,

            You said: “By God or by man, his disappearance is inevitable …”

            It is good you admitted you are only praying , hoping and ranting. That summarizes the Eritrean ‘opposition’.

  • Selam All,

    Good news for the environment, and bad news for trump and his billionaire administration, and the gulf sheiks:
    France announced that it is to ban fuel burning cars by 2040, volvo (now chinese owned), will start producing pure electric and hybrid (electric + internal combustion) cars in three years by 2019, and tesla is to produce about 200k electric cars every month, starting from the end of this month (if I am not mistaken).

    Few days ago the famous scientist Stephen Hawking, when asked about climate change, said that people like trump are pushing to the brink and climate change could reach a tipping point where it will be irreversible and human beings could not inhabit anymore the planet earth.

    Another important point he mentioned was that it may be possible that evolution may have engraved the genes of ‘greed’ and ‘aggressiveness’ in the human genome, and human beings could one day destroy the planet earth, especially now when they have acquire wmd. He even suggested that the developed nations better start thinking of colonizing individually other planets, so that they can live separated from each other, possibly in peace.

    • Kalihari Snake

      Hi Horizon: Even though the actions of France are encouraging, I am afraid that that until oil prices reach a very high level that there will not be a major shift from internal combustion engines to electric (or even more preferable hydrogen) cars. I believe that is some ways we have already gone beyond the tipping point that Hawking mentions. Fish/seafood is an example. Fish has always been considered as a healthy food that is good for the brain and before 20 years ago it was indeed a healthy food. However, what most people do not know these days, it that depending on species of fish, owing to mercury levels, one should not eat fish more than once a week (for low risk species) or once a month (for high risk species). High mercury levels in fish these days are a direct result of increased consumption of fossil fuels. I love sushi……but……

      • Hi K. Snake,

        I think that climate change is the main factor for the looming end of the era of fossil-fuel powered cars, to be replaced by electric cars and later on self-driving cars, than the high price of oil. The planet is already experiencing warmer summers, el nino is more frequent now than it used to be, and the sahara desert is expected to move northwards to the Med. basin affecting southern europe.
        The information you gave us on sea pollution and fish/seafood contamination by heavy metals like mercury is interesting. As you very well said fish/seafood is one of the food chains in danger. I remember the level of dioxins was a big issue some years ago in fish coming from fish-farming.
        I have never tasted sushi, and i have nothing to say on this, although there are two or so places in town where they serve sushi.

  • said

    Greetings

    The Tentacles of the Neo-Conservatives at the Source of the Unfolding Ills Bedeviling the World

    As with Genesis, the First Book in the Bible starting with the punch line, “The Word was in the Beginning,” two quintessential strategic documents initiated, compiled and labored over by the so-called American Neo-Conservatives (that I venture to add the additional complementary Affix “Likudite” by virtue of the dominance of extreme right American Zionists in the conceiving and publishing of the Report who were closely linked to the Israeli Likud leadership decision makers, in particular the late Ariel Sharon and the incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) set our current world in the state of total economic, financial, political and security chaos, mayhem and total unruliness our world finds itself in.

    The two documents, the First Report centering on the Israeli and Arab/Palestinian – Israeli Peace prospects specific dubbed, “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm,” specifically prepared for the then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to break with the shackles of the “Oslo Peace Accords” as he first assumed office in 1996, herewith attached; and the Second more encompassing Report entitled, “Project for the New American Century,” (PNAC),1997 – synopsis herewith attached – entails wider vision and the longer-term Strategy for the US to fill in the gap and take advantage of the power vacuum created by the fall of the Soviet Union, with main objective centrally and primarily relating to the Middle East at large.

    The First Report, “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm,” was prepared in 1996 for the benefit of the Israeli Likud Leadership as soon Benjamin Netanyahu of the Israeli Likud Party assumed the Premiership of Israel for the first time since the “Oslo Peace Accords” reached between the PLO and the previous Israeli Labor leadership under the late Isaac Rabin that the Likud Leadership was opposed to them. The Report was prepared by prominent extreme right wing American Neo-Conservatives termed the Study Group of the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies in Washington, D.C. The Report was termed, “Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000.” The main substantive ideas in this Report emerge from a discussion in which prominent opinion makers, including Richard Perle(1), James Colbert, Charles Fairbanks, Jr., Douglas Feith(2), Robert Loewenberg, David Wurmser(3), and Meyrav Wurmser(4) participated. The Report is the framework for a series of follow-up reports on strategy all intended to torpedo and free the hand of the Israeli Likud Leadership from the obligations under the signed “Oslo Peace Accords.”
    The starting premise in preparing the said report by a group of Neo-conservatives seeing eye to eye with the extreme right Israeli Leadership of the Likud Party, seemed based on a vision of the New Middle Eastern World Order – Later elaborated in the more encompassing wider vision entailed in the sequel, subsequent Second Report, Project of the New American Century,” published in 1997, one year later. The Vision envisages the US being the sole Unipolar Supreme Superpower that would, solely, shape the “New World Order.” The initiators of the Report, “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm,” subscribe to the academic intellectual framework almost concurrently floated by Harvard Samuel Huntington on the “Inevitable Clash of Civilizations,” 1994; and Princeton University Bernard Lewis’ the “creative Chaos.”

    The Neo-Conservative developers of the First Report, “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm,” figured, in essence, that with a changed, chaotic and fragmented “Middle East” through series of policy and strategic initiatives by the US –naturally abetted by Israel – Israel will become the Middle Eastern sole dominant power presiding over a much weaker fragmented mini-states Middle East.
    The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) was a neoconservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. that focused on United States foreign policy. It was established as a non-profit educational organization in 1997, and founded by William Kristol(5) and Robert Kagan(6). The PNAC’s stated goal was “to promote American global leadership”. The organization stated that “American leadership is good both for America and for the world,” and sought to build support for “a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity”. Attached is a Synopsis of the Report.
    The PNAC Founding Statement highlights in essence as entailed in the signatories Statement of Principles the following aims:
    • to “shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests;”
    • to achieve “a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad;”
    • to “increase defense spending significantly;”
    • to challenge “regimes hostile to US interests and values;”
    • to “accept America’s unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.”
    Of the twenty-five people who signed the PNAC’s founding statement(7) of principles, ten, including Vice President Cheney, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Cheney Chief of Staff I. Lewis Libby, Undersecretary of State John Bolton, Undersecretary of Defense Dov Zakheim, and author Eliot Cohen went on to serve in the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush. Observers such as Irwin Stelzer and Dave Grondin have suggested that the PNAC played a key role in shaping the foreign policy of the Bush Administration, particularly in building support for the Iraq War.
    The Project for the New American Century ceased to function in 2006; it was replaced by new think-tank, Foreign Policy Initiative, co-founded by Kristol and Kagan in 2009 (Part of the Same Neo-Conservative Fellows).
    Kristol and Kagan advocated regime change in Iraq throughout the Iraq disarmament crisis. Following perceived Iraqi unwillingness to co-operate with UN weapons inspections, core members of the PNAC including Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, R. James Woolsey, Elliot Abrams, Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Zoellick, and John Bolton were among the signatories of an open letter initiated by the PNAC to President Bill Clinton calling for the removal of Saddam Hussein. Portraying Saddam Hussein as a threat to the United States, its Middle East allies, and oil resources in the region, and emphasizing the potential danger of any Weapons of Mass Destruction under Iraq’s control, the letter asserted that the United States could “no longer depend on our partners in the Gulf War to continue to uphold the sanctions or to punish Saddam when he blocks or evades UN inspections.” Stating that American policy “cannot continue to be crippled by a misguided insistence on unanimity in the UN Security Council,” the letter’s signatories asserted that “the U.S. has the authority under existing UN resolutions to take the necessary steps, including military steps, to protect our vital interests in the Gulf.” Believing that UN sanctions against Iraq would be an ineffective means of disarming Iraq, PNAC members also wrote a letter to Republican members of the U.S. Congress Newt Gingrich and Trent Lott, urging Congress to act, and supported the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (H.R.4655) which President Clinton signed into law in October 1998.
    In February 1998, some of the same individuals who had signed the PNAC letter in January also signed a similar letter to Clinton, from the bipartisan Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf. In January 1999, the PNAC circulated a memo that criticized the December 1998 bombing of Iraq in Operation Desert Fox as ineffective. The memo questioned the viability of Iraqi democratic opposition, which the U.S. was supporting through the Iraq Liberation Act, and referred to any “containment” policy as an illusion.
    Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the PNAC sent a letter to President George W. Bush, advocating “a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq”, or regime change. The letter suggested that “any strategy aiming at the eradication of terrorism and its sponsors must include a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq,” even if no evidence surfaced linking Iraq to the September 11 attacks. The letter warned that allowing Hussein to remain in power would be “an early and perhaps decisive surrender in the war on international terrorism.” From 2001 through the invasion of Iraq, the PNAC and many of its members voiced active support for military action against Iraq, and asserted leaving Saddam Hussein in power would be “surrender to terrorism.”
    Some have regarded the PNAC’s January 16, 1998 letter to President Clinton urging “the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime from power,” and the involvement of multiple PNAC members in the Bush Administration as evidence that the PNAC had a significant influence on the Bush Administration’s decision to Invade Iraq, or even argued that the invasion was a foregone conclusion. Writing in Der Spiegel in 2003, for example, Jochen Bölsche specifically referred to PNAC when he claimed that “ultra-rightwing US think-tanks” had been “drawing up plans for an era of American global domination, for the emasculation of the UN, and an aggressive war against Iraq” in “broad daylight” since 1998. Similarly, BBC journalist Paul Reynolds portrayed PNAC’s activities and goals as key to understanding the foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration after September 11, 2001, suggesting that Bush’s “dominant” foreign policy was at least partly inspired by the PNAC’s ideas.

    The unraveling of the security problems in the Middle East culminating in the illegal Anglo-American Invasion and the dismantling of Sovereign Iraq opened the Pandora’s Box for the mounting chaos in the region and the fostering of Factional and sectarian strife.
    Incredible the ability of a number of dogmatists as the American Neo-Conservatives acting as a one clique in Unison influencing US Foreign Policy and being capable of causing all the malaise, chaos and disruption of security in the entire world.
    It all started Right There in Washington, D.C

    • Mez

      Dear Said,

      The article by Awate is talking about the ongoing regional level conflict of the four countries against one, within the GCC, in the middle east.

      Concerning the global powers, what you said is true.

      The key question here may be: how the GCC countries may solve their differences (both internal and regional–within the greater Middle East premises) to bring more liberal and accomodating society for its citizens.
      Thanks

  • blink

    Dear said
    First let me say Israel doesn’t not care what we say and does not care even what the USA president says , what happened in the Obama Era where democratic senators control the two houses , none .Especially the current PM is as lunatic as the mullahas, but who can blame him, he is faced against rotten PLO and corrupt Hamas. Yet you always cry here as if the fault is Israel .
    The Arabs are mostly anti democracy,anti peace ,anti progressive ideas. They are lead by idiots who don’t care about the common man.
    Israel is a sovereign state and it makes its best interest work for Israel not for religious lunatics in Gaza or Tehran .
    Who’s fault is that, the Arabs are corrupt,have no human rights, financiers of terror, against freedom of speech,almost most ME kids are in deep religious dreams and yet their grownup parents cry about the only democratic state Israel ???
    The Arabs (Gulf ME) are filthy rich and can subsidize the Poor people of Palestinians and Syrians to have a decent life. Israel works for Israelis not for crazy religious lunatics of Arabs. Israel will always enjoy the support of America and Americans. Israel will not give in to a hypothetical situation that would put it to danger. Arabs need to come to the modern idea of live . They have 50% of their population subjected to social and religious prisons and yet wanted to come in line with America. The Arabs have nothing in common with America.The Arabs can save their future only if they defeat the parallel state (religious lunatics). I don’t believe the leaders are 100% responsible for their failure, the public has to own half of the faults.They chose their wife to sit at home and send their kids to an ignorant sheikh or Mullahas.

    What is an international order ?? Who are these you are saying international?? I hope you don’t count the Arab countries . We live in the western designed world and if you don’t accept this , you either live in Taliban strong hold or remain a slave to your own misguided beliefs. The wuhabis , the others crazy lunatics are inside the Arabs not in Israel or America.

    The Americans wanted to elect their leaders while the Arabs wanted to be lead by their religious beliefs two different things that can not be considered to have common ground.
    In the ME most powerful people can sit at the mosque and rule streets with decrees ,you better come up with another take .

  • sara

    Dear all awtistas…how are you?
    I am back from an extended Ramadan and EID holidays,its been a month of prayer and fasting…family
    friends visits and a lot more… i hope you also had enjoyed the same.
    i remember when i left starting Ramadan i said Ramada Kareem,again now its not late to say to all of you…….EID Mubarak.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear sara

      You have been missed ,, most welcome !!

      KS,,

  • Dear All,

    It seems that it is becoming the pot calling the kettle black thing for the KSA. An investigation by the UK government seems to show that the KSA is at the top in the list of gulf countries funding extremism in the UK.

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Horizon,

      Correction: not the UK government, it’s a UK think tank, the UK thinks Saudi supports an extremist religious ideology

    • Abraham H.

      Selam Horizon, the Saudi Arabian regime is the source of all evil in the Gulf region, in the middle east and even in the world. The Ka`bah needs to be liberated from the hands of the fanatic Wahabists and true Moslems have to take over.

      • Selam Abraham H,
        I really find it difficult to understand the behavior of the four countries, who have presented Qatar with humiliating demands with an ultimatum, as if it is not a sovereign country. Qatar, no doubt will not accept most of the demands, if any at all.
        The sanctions except that of the KSA are not going to have any effect on Qatar. Egypt, for example, was a beneficiary of Qatar, rather than having any leverage on it. Iran and Turkey have already shown that they are ready to help.
        The fundamental question now is what next? As long as qatar is not going to succumb to blackmail, and as long as sanctions are not going to succeed, what are they going to do, invade the country?
        I think that it is a weird situation that could get out of control, involving regional and far away powers, unless they stop before it is too late.
        What really is the problem? What is really behind all this fuss, as long as all the GCC have committed the same sin, i.e. funding extremism, and they know each other so well?

        • Abraham H.

          Selam Horizon, the situation is quite tricky. I hope the Kuwaiti initiative finally succeeds and the bullies come to their senses instead of presenting unrealistic demands. The Saudis may go to the drastic action of invading Qatar, but they need the green light for that by their US masters, a country that has its largest miltary base in ME in Qatar. But then if the Saudi decide to invade, then that might infuriate the Iranians and the Turkish with possible regional war in the area. I don’t think the Iranians would risk going to war with KSA on Qatar, because that would also mean going to war against the US, similarly Turkey as a Nato member cannot go to war against the US.

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate,
    PF(JD) which sided with Saudi Arabia is now asking Qatar to mediate between Eritrea and Djibouti. Araya Desta , Eritrean rep in AU made that request official. This comes after AU showed intention to mediate between the two countries. The regime seems to be in a situation where it has to choose one of the two hard choices. Qatar which it distanced itself a few days ago or the AU, many years ago. It is a mess of international relations that the regime created itself due its rigid , my way or there is no way, thinking.

  • blink

    Dear forumers
    What is new apart from tweeter in chief Trump? Qatar , well they must give in to some demands by Saudi, if not the Saudi ,Egypt and UAE can go more hard. They will take additional measures which will take Qatar out of GCC and demand the world to choose.

    Trump attack on the media is un acceptable and it makes the state department old guys look beige.

    Eritrea under isaias is sliding by seconds while his regime gets life line support from Arabs.
    EPRDF new policy toward Eritrea is unchanged but they can’t believe they failed in their quest for containment and deterrence . They failed miserably and are trying hard to find new windows. Let’s wait some time and the next decision by Isaias will make some people in this forum go crazy.

  • Kalihari Snake

    Hi Hayet Adem: When you predict that the TPLF will terminate Ethiopia’s State of Emergency?

  • Hayat Adem

    Hi Friends,
    I heard one cruel joke. I am just bringing it here to make another point and not to condone it. The joke was about a group of people in Ethiopia. In the joke, they are designated as an exceptionally mean and stingy people. I am sure it carries no truth at all but the portrayal is so powerful, and when I heard about it very recently, I rejected the moral of the message but I also personally thought it might fit well to describe IA.
    The people implied in the joke, let’s call them S., believe that they are the smartest, the fittest and the toughest people in Ethiopia. When one member of this group went hunting for a business partner, he couldn’t find one that matches his superior skills. So, he took his proposal of business partnership to the devil and invited him for a joint venture. Up on hearing the proposal, the devil gave him a face of uncertainty*, and after taking a pause as if to read the brain of that person, the Satan said, “e’e’… I can’t trust you. I have yet to cover and learn your zillion ways of deception before entering any agreement with you.”
    ——
    Devil to be uncertain of himself must be a zero thing!

  • Fanti Ghana

    Hello Saay,

    Has it been 10 days yet?

    I had seen the “Close Down Al Jazeera” ultimatum in some news feed when you were posting this, but I thought you were joking with the rest.

    7. Stop interference in the domestic affairs of some countries… but, but, but (as Mr. Semere T. would say)
    10. Give full and detailed report and database of opposition entities [you] helped.
    13. Report periodically on the above agreements and goals for the next ten-years.
    12. Agree to these conditions in ten-days, if not, they will be considered null and void.

    Is this arrogance or poor diplomacy. I wonder if the recent Trump administration’s assurance to supply Saudi Arabia with all the arsenal money can buy is emboldening the Saudi group to this extent.

    Please deal with Qatar as you would with any sovereign nation!

    • Selamat O Wise Hippo of Tekeze weHAzi Fanti,

      It is like the title of a book and the front cover Art to me.

      “Blurring the Boundaries
      Installation Art 1969 – 1996” Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.

      Yeah Yeah yeah… Exactly. [Being Cover Band(/s), also, seems to not get the attention of the young these days. Hence, the choice for Cover Art(/s)]

      Though The Boss’ “Born in The USA” is fitting on The 4th! (Do you hear all the under 30 yrs aged Awatistas, contemplating “Boss?, what Boss? There is NO BOSS any where Right? Who is the Boss what Boss… sort of Spring&stinging Summer… … …only the wisest of of WeHazi and Qelay Hippos has tollerance for the sludge and muddy narration.. NiEsinet Eida!!!]

      AmEritrean GitSAtSE

      • Fanti Ghana

        Hello and Happy 4th my Half Tukhrir Brother,

        Speaking of under thirties, I spent almost the whole day last Sunday surrounded by dozens of under thirties, we talked, we laughed, and for once I knew exactly how old I was!

        Aye ewe, NiEsinet Eida!!!

    • Mez

      Dear Fanti,

      I don’t think it is ” this arrogance or poor diplomacy”.

      I would say it is more of a survival instinct. 1) since the royal family member was sent to counter the “old soviets” in Asia, the problem in that region became more complicated and it became even an incubation place for bad guys,
      2) all the wider Middle East nations, their power base and legitimacy is centered around myth, theocracy–they are all indifferent in this regard; no power and welt sharing in sight, 3) if not properly managed, Egypt, KSA, USE are ripe for Kamchatka-volcano type social revolution. The condition is there: high population growth; high concentration of money & power with few; reckless use of these to implement self serving objective
      4) The small nation which is antagonized against the 4 giant neighbors may simply get more drifted towards Iran and others; and more of stalemate.
      5) the two “crazy-style” school of thoughts in Egypt and KSA are not yet confronted with more accommodating ideologies to reverse the tide of extreme-purity–hence, it will be more of the same for a while to come,

      Thanks

      • Fanti Ghana

        Hello Mez,

        As you said, it may be “survival instinct,” but if the lack of
        diplomatic tact on the Saudi side continues it may escalate the issue
        farther down quicker than the original problem would have.

        Qatar is supposed to have responded to these demands in a letter send to Kuwait, and I don’t think it will comply.

        Al Jazeera, was quoting German FM this morning, saying “Qatar’s sovereignty must be respected” which is what I thought Qatar would demand on the spot.

        Qatar is planning to increase its Natural Gas output by 30% for the foreseeable future; as if preparing for a long haul.

        I am not sure whether Qatar is being the bad guy in the block or experimenting with challenging the status quo, but it seems relatively progressive compared to its neighbors.

        I agree with your observation of the current situation of these nations and it is worrisome.

        • blink

          Dear Mez
          Who is more progressive UAE or Qatar?? Or Bahrain??? Just help me get your knowledge of these countries.
          Qatar is just 300,000 people and are boxing with who …

          • Mez

            Dear Blink,

            If you take any social, political, economic, and for that matter demographic matrix, the governing social processes of these countries are more of the same; see also #2 in my comment above.
            Thanks

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello blink,

            My knowledge of that region is limited, and although all the nations under discussion are similar in their political stand, Qatar strikes me as the one most likely to entertain new ideas.

            I give them credit for maintaining normal relationship with Iran and Turkey and for having an international news outlet (Al Jazeera).

            That is all I have. My claim of them being more progressive was just a guess based on these clues.

            As far as your concern about the small boxing with the big, I agree 100%!

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Horizon , Do you have to start organizing ? Start the job!

    Thank you very much for the explanation…But here is my temporary massage keep reading In today’s fast ..

    KS…

    • Dear Kokhob Selam,

      Creating people with the same mindset, similar viewpoints, dreams and and aspirations is the most important and difficult thing, and these are the things that should be achieved first.
      It is easy to bring together diverse-minded people and see them disperse after the meetings without any commitment. They might think that going to the meetings is their only responsibility. That is why so many organizations have come and gone over the last two decades, without doing anything important.

      Look at the regime supporters, they come in groups and attack their victims, because they are similar-minded and they are organized to do their job this way, and they believe in their mission. On the contrary, some people in the opposition camp have their positions sometimes somewhat watered, and you find it difficult to say if they are really against the regime or with the regime.

      Therefore, first and foremost developing the culture of standing with the people and for the people, and nothing else but the people, is very important. Unless one gets in their shoes and feels the life of the people back home, it is not easy to understand their real problems, which is bread, water, electricity, health and education, at least at this point. The lofty ideas (identity, superiority, past great history (true and fake), unadulterated and pristine genes (nonsense), etc, are the toys of the elites they play with to boost their ego.

      Nobody and nothing is above his/her humanity, and putting into one’s skull that no one is above or below the other, is the thing that will emancipates and save human beings. If people learn to live with those next door on equal terms, who come from minority ethnic groups, they can learn to live with the neighboring countries in peace.

      Therefore, building the mindset of justice, equality and nobody is above the law, and dictatorship should be fought and defeated, are the most important things. Then it will be easier to organize people.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Sir Horizon , BE OPTIMISTIC ..

        Just now.. an E-MAIL message..arrived …

        United Eritrean Democratic Front:-
        Kokhob —

        ናይ ሓባር መግለጺ፡ ናይ ክልተ ውድባት ፍጹም ሓድነት። ሰንበት 02/ 07/ 2017 ናይ ክልተ ውድባት ፍጹም ሓድነት ከምዝገበርና ናይ ሓባር መግለጺ ኣውጺና ንዝህብና ክንሕብር ኮለና፡ ኣዝዩ ዘተባብዕን ዘሓብንን ጥዑም ብስራት ነመሓላልፍ ከምዘለና ጽኑዕ እምነት ኣለና። ምኽንያቱ መሰረት“ ፍጹም ሓድነትና” ፍሉይ ዝገብሮ ብዙሓት ዓበይቲ ምኽንያታት ኣለዎ። ብቐንዱ ናይ ኣፈጻጽማ ኣገባቡ ኣብ ሞክራስያዊ መስርሕ ሓድነት ዝተመርኮሰ ስለዝኾነ። ምኽንያቱ ናይ ክልቴን ውድባት ኣብ ናጻ ድሌትን ማዕረ መሰልን ዝሙርኮስ፡ ተደጋጋሚ ቕሉዕ ዘተ ብምክያድ ብዕግበትን እምነትን ዝተበጽሔ ፍጹም ሓድነት’ዩ።

        ፍጹም ሓድነት ዘካየዳ ክልተ ውድባት ድማ፡ ንደሞክራስያዊ ምንቕስቓስ ጋሽ – ሰቲትን (ደምጋሰ) ን ስሙር ደሞክራስያዊ ግንባር ኤርትራ ስደግኤ ዝውክል’ዩ።

        1. ናይ ክልተ ውድባት መስርሕ ኣፈጻጽማ “ ፍጹም ሓድነት” ናይ ክልቴን ውድባት ፍጹም ሓድነት ብዓይነቱ ፍሉይ ዝገብሮ፡ መስርሕ ሓድነት ተጀሚሩ፡ ደረጃ ብደረጃ ብዘተ በሲሉ ናብ ፍጹም ሓድነት ንምብጻሕ፡ ብቐንዱ በቶም ኣብ ሜዳ ዝርከቡ ዉፉያትን ሓርበኛታትን መሪሕነት ናይ ክልተ ውድባት ብደምክራስያዊ ኣገባብ ዝተፈጸመ ፍጹም ሓድነት’ዩ።

        ስለዚ እዚ ታሪኻዊ ዓወት ንህዝብና ብሓፈሽኡ፡ ንደለይቲ ለውጢ ብፍላይ ንሞራላዊ ቓልሲ ከምዘበርኾ ትጽቢት ይግበረሉ። ብኣንጻሩ ድማ ኣብ ልዕሊ ጸላኢና ዝፈጥሮ ጸጥታውን ወትሃደራውን፡ ፖለቲካውን ስግኣትን ሻቕሎትን ድማ፡ ብቐጥታ ንረብሓ ደለይቲ ፍትሒ ስለ ዘንጸባርቕ፡ ፍጹም ሓድነትና ንሞራላዊ መንፈስ ቓልስና ዕዙዝ ኣገዳስነትን ዓቢ ፖለቲካዊ ትርጉምን ከምዝህልው ከም ቕኑዕ መትከል
        ንኣምነሉ’ዩ።

        ምኽንያቱ ናይ ክልቲኡ ውድባት ዉፉያትን ሓርበኛታትን መሪሕነታት ኣብ መስርሕ ዘተ ሓድነት ኣብ ሜዳ ጀሚሮም ኣብ ባይታ ብዓወት ዛዚሞሙዎ። ኣብ ቕድመ ግንባር ኣባ ባይታ ኤርትራ ዝተሰለፉ ደባይ ኣሃዱታት፡ ህዝብና ካብ ምልካዊ ስርዓት ንምልቓቕ፡ ከም ኩሎም ደለይቲ ለውጢ፡ ሓርነታዊ ቃልሲ ንምዕዋት ከም ምርጫ ኣገባብ ቓልሲ ብረት ዓጢቖም ኣብ ሜዳ ኤርትራ ተውፍዮም ዝቓለሱ ዘለዉ እዮም።

        ናይ ክልቲኡ ውድባት መሪሕነት፡ ኣብ ኣፈናዊ ርክቦም ኩሉ ዓይነት ሰነዳት ተለዋዊጦም። ፖለቲካውን ወትሃደራውን ናይ ቐረባን ርሑቕን እስትራተጂካዊ ዕላማታቱ ዘመሳስሎን ዝፈላልዮን ብዕምቖት ገምጊሞም። ብሃናጺ ኣገባብ ርእይቶ ተለዋዊጦም በብደረጅኡ ኣብሲሎም ኣብ ሜዳ ብግብሪ ፍጹም ሓድነት ኣረጋጊጾም።

        ስለዚ፡ ናይ ክልተ ውድባት ዉፉያት መሪሕነታት፡ ከም ኣብ ኩለን ውድባት ዝርከቡ ሓርበኛታት ተቓለስቲ ልዑል ታሪኻዊ ክብሪ ዝወሃበሉ ምኽንያት ድማ፡ እቶም ብረት ዝዓጠቑ ዜጋታት ብዛዕባ መጻኢ ብሩህ ዕድሎም ከውሕሱ ናብ ስደት ኣየምርሑን። ገሊኦም ድማ ኣብ ስደት ዝረኸቡዎ ጽቡቕ ዕድል ገዲፎም፡ ንሜዳ ተመሊሶም ዝተሰለፉ ዜጋታትና እዮም።

        (ናይ ደምጋሰ & ናይ ስደግኤ) ናይ ክልተ ውድባት ፍጹም ሓድነት ሓባራዊ መግለጺ 02/ July/ 2017 Page 2

        በዚ ኣጋጣም’ዚ ድማ፡ ኣብ ኩለን ውድባት ዝርከቡ ኣብ ባይታ ዘለዉ ሓርበኛታት ዉፉያት ብሓፈሻ፡ ብዘይ ዝኾነ ኣፈላላይ፡ ንኩሎም ብሓበራ ንተወፋይነቶም ታሪኻዊ ክብሪ ክወሃቦም ከምዝግባእ ጽኑዕ መትከላዊ እምነት ኣለና። ምኽንያቱ እታ ሓንሳብን ንሓዋሩ ዘይትምለስ ክብርቲ ሂወቶም በጃ ህዝቦም መስዋእቲ ገንሸል ኮይኖም ብግብሪ የመስክሩ ኣለዉ። ስለዚ ናይ ብሓቒ ልዑል ክብርን ምስጋናን ከምዝግብኦም ከነስምረሉ ንፈቱ።

        2. ውዕልን ስምምዕን ፍጹም ሓድነት መሰረት ዝኾኑ ዓበይቲ ምኽንያታታ ካብ’ዞም ኣብ ላዕሊ ዝተጠቕሱ ሰረተ እምነት ብምብጋስ፡ ናይ ክልቲኡ ውድባት ናይ ሜዳ ተቓለስቲ ዉፉያት መሪሕነት፡ ንመስርሕ ሓድነት ክልተኣዊ ዘተ ብምክያድ ዘርኣዩዎ ባህርያትን ኣገባቡን ምግላጽ ኣገዳሲ’ዩ።

        1. ናይ ክልቲኦም ዉፉያት መሪሕነት፡ ኣብ ናጻ ድሌትን ማዕረ ምክብባርን ዝሙርኮስ ተደጋጋሚ ዘተኣካይዶም። ንመስርሕ ሓድነት ግዜ ሂቦም ደረጃ ብደረጃ ብዕምቖት ኣብሲሎምዎ። ኣብ ናይ ሓባር መትከላትን እምነትን ዝሙርኮስ መስርሕ ሓድነት ብምክያዶም ብባህርያቱ ደሞክራስያዊ ኣገባብ ዘተ ተኸቲሎም።

        2. ዘይሕጋውን ምልካውን ስርዓት ኤርትራን ህግደፍን፡ ኣብ ልዕሊ ሰብኣዊ ጸጋ ህዝብና ብሓፈሻ፡ ኣብ ልዕሊ መንእሰያትን ምብትታን ስድራቤትን ብፍላይ፡ ናብ ስደት ኣብ ዘምርሕሉ እዋን ዘጋጥም ዘሎ ጃምላዊ ሞት። ኣብ ልዕሊ ሃብቲ ሃገርና ይኹን ኣብ ክብሪ ሉኡላዊ መሬትን ባሕርን ፈጢሩዎ ዘሎ ዕንወትን ብዕምቖት ገምጊምና። ዕድመ ስልጣን ህግደፍ እንተቐጺሉ ድማ ዝያዳ ግዜን ክቡር ዋጋን ከምንኸፍል ኣብ ናይ ሓባር መረዳእታ በጺሖም።

        ስለዚ፡ ዕድመ ስልጣን ህግደፍ ንምሕጻር፡ ጎነጻዊ ኣገባብ ቓልስና ክንቕጽል ብቑዕን ሕጋውን ምኽንያታት ኣለዎ። ሓንቲ ውድብ ኣብ ክንዲ ብተናጸል ትሰርሕ፡ ብፍጹም ሓድነት ኣብ ሓደ ኮይንካ ምስራሕ ዝያዳ ኣድማዕነት ከምዘለዎ ብምእማን፡ ናይ ክልቲኡ ውድባት ሰራዊት ብኣካልን ኣኣምሮኣዊ ቕሩብነትን ተጸንቢሩ። ሓደ ዓይነት ናይ ናብራ ኣካይዳን ናይ ሓባር ወትሃደራዊ መሪሕነት ከምዝህልዎ ሙሉእ ብሙሉእ ኣብ ስምምዕ በጺሖም። ንግብራዊ ኣፈጻጽምኡ ድማ፡ ድሮ ጀሚሮሙዎ ስለዘለዉ ንህዝብና ዘሓጉስ ጥዑም ብስራት ነምሓላልፍ ኣለና።

        3. ናይ ክልቲኡ ውድባት ሰነዳት ኣቐዲሞም ተለዋዊጦም በብወገኖም ብዕምቖት ዳህሲሶሙዎ። ናይ ክልተ:ውድባት ሰነዳት ድማ ኣብ ቕዋም መትከላትን፡ ኣንጻር ጸላኢ ዝካየድ ኩሉ መዳያት ቃልሲ ብሓፈሻ፡ ኣብ በበይኑ መድረኻት ብፍላይ፡ ኣብ ፖለቲካውን ወትሃደራውን መዳያት ክንክተሎም ዘለና ናይ ርሑቕን ቐረባን እስትራተጂካዊ ውጥናትን ናይ ኣፈጻጽማ ኣገባቡ ብዕግበት ተሰማሚዖም ኣብ ናይ ሓባር ውሳኔ በጺሖም። ምኽንያቱ ናይ ክልቴና ራእይን መትከላትን ንልዕልና ሕግን ሕጋውነት ንምንጋስ፡ ህዝቢ ኣብ ጉዳዩ ናይ ምውሳን ዘለዎ ዝለዓለ ስልጣን፡ Absolute Right of Ownership ን“ፍጹም መሰል ዋንነቱ” ቐዳምነት ዝሰርዕ ሓደን ተመሳሳልን’ዩ። ስለዝኾነ፡ ብግብሪ ንምዕዋቱ ድማ ዓቕምና ዝፈቕዶ ጻዕሪ ንምክያድ ብመትከል ተሰማሚዕናሉ።

        4. ኣብቲ ዝተኻየዱ ክልተኣዊ ርክባት፡ ብቐንዱ ንኹልና ኣሳቕዩና ዘሎ ዓቢ ሃገራዊ ብድሆ ጉዳይ ሃገራዊ ሓድነት ዝምልከት’ዩ። ነዚ ዓንዲ ማእከል ህዝብና ዝኾነ ሃገራዊ ብድሆ፡ ከም ካልኣዊ ግርጭት ወሲድና፡ ፍልልይና ንምጽባብ ድማ ብደምክራስያዊ ዘተ ዝምዕብል እምነት ንምዕባይ፡ ሃናጺ ናይ ኣፈጻጽማ ኣገባቡ ሒዝና ቕኑዕን ኣማራጺ መፍትሒ ከምዘድሊ ናይ ሓባር እምነትን ፖሊስን ኣረጋጊጽና።

        ስለዚ፡ ፖሊስና ሓደን ተመሳሳልን ስለዝጸንሔ ከም መሰረት ወሲድና፡ መስርሕ ሓድነትና ብሙሉእ ዕግበትን እምነትን ናብ ፍጹም ሓድነት ሰጊርና ብዓወት ክንዛዝሞ ቐንዲ ሓጋዚ ረቛሒ ነይሩ። ኣብ ባይታ (ናይ ደምጋሰ & ናይ ስደግኤ) ናይ ክልተ ውድባት ፍጹም ሓድነት ሓባራዊ መግለጺ 02/ July/ 2017 Page 3 ብዝተረጋገጸ ግብራዊ መምዘኒ ድማ፡ ከም ብቑዕን ኣብነታዊ ምስክር ክውሰድ ከምዝግብኦ ኣስሚርናሉ።

        5. መሪሕነት ስሙር ደሞክራስያዊ ግንባር ኤርትራ ስደግኤ በዚ ኣጋጣም’ዚ፡ ንደሞክራስያዊ ምንቕስቓስ ጋሽ ሰቲት ልዑል ክብሪ ሂቡ ከመስግኖ ይደሊ፡፡ ምኽንያቱ ኣብ ማእከላይ ሽማግለ ክወሃቦም ዝግባእ ናይ ስራሕ ሓላፍነት ግቡእን ሕጋውን ጠለቦም ኣቕሪቦም። ስደግኤ ድማ ልክዕ ብጠለቦም መሰረት ወሲኑሎም። ይኹን’ምበር፡ መሪሕነት ደሞክራስያዊ ምንቕስቃስ ጋሽ ሰቲት – ደምጋሰ ዘቕረቡዎ ናይ ማእከላይ ሽማግለ ቦታ Quota ኣብ ተሞኩሮ ቓልሲ ካብ ዘጋጥሙ ኣሉታዊ ባህርያት ወጻኢ ነይሩ። ብኣንጻሩ ግና ንሳቶም ኣብቲ ሂወት ዝኽፈሎ ናይ ደባይ ኣሃዱታት ተጸንቢሮም ክውፈዩ’ምበር፡ ፈጺሙ ናይ ስልጣን ህርፋን ዝወልዶ ኣብ ፖለቲካዊ ቑርቑስ ዘእቱ ባህርያት ዘይምርኣይና፡ ከብ ኣብነት ገሊጽና ኣብ ቕድሚ ህዝብና ከነመስግኖም ግቡእን ቕቡልን ኣገባብ ይመስለና። የቐንየልና!!

        መደምደምታ፥

        ኣብ ሜዳ (ባይታ) ዝርከቡ መሪሕነት ክልተ ውድባት፡ ንፍጹም ሓድነት ዝምልከት ውዕል፡ ብናጻ ድሌት ብርጉእ ኣእምሮን ሙሉእ ፍቓድን ውድባት፡ ሰንበት ዕለት ክልተ ሓምለ፡ ክልተ ሺሕን ዓሰርተ ሸውዓተን ዓመተ ምህረት፡ ወይ 02/ 07/ 2017 ተፈጺሙ።

        ናይ ክልተ ውድባት መሪሕነት ድማ፡ Logo ኣርማ ውድቦም ዘለዎ፡ ብስሞሞ ክታሞም ተሰነዩ ብሕጋዊ ገባብ ብሙሉእ ርእሰ ተኣማንነት ብሰነዳት ውዕል ከምዝተፈራረሙ ኣረጋጊጾም።

        1. መሪሕነት ደሞክራስያዊ ምንቕስቓስ ጋሽ ሰቲት። 2. መሪሕነት ስሙር ደሞክራስያዊ ግንባር ኤርትራ ሙሉእ ስምን ሕጋዊ ክታምን ኣለዎ ሙሉእ ስምን ሕጋዊ ክታምን ኣለዎ።

        ዓሊ እድሪስ ቶቲል ። የማነ ሃብተኣብ።እስሓቅ ፈረጅ ማንታይ ። ዕስማን ዓሊ መሓመድ።

         እዚ ውዕል’ዚ ካብ ዝተፈጸመሉ ግዜ፡ ብክልቴን ውድባት ሕጋውነት ከምዘለበሰ ኣረጋጊጾም።

         ውዕል ካብ ዝተፈጸመሉ ዕለት ተግባራዊ ክኸውን። ክልቴን ውድባት ብመሰረት ሕጋዊ ውዕለን

        ክቕየዳ። ንዝስከምኦ ግዴታ ድማ ብማዕረ ከኽብርኦ ከምዝግብኤን ንሕጋዊ ኣገባቡ ኣስሚሮሙሉ።

         ንግብራዊ ኣፈጻጽምኡ ድማ፡ ናይ ሰራዊት ፍጹም ምትሕንፋጽ ድሮ ተጀሚሩ ዝጸንሔ ምዕባሌ ክቕጽል።

         ተሪፉ ዘሎ ዉሑድ ተክኒካዊ ኣገባቡ ድማ ኣብ ሓጺር ግዜ ናይ መወዳኣታ መልክዑ ክሕዝ ከምዝግብኦ

        ብሙሉእ ዕግበትን እምነትን ተሰማሚዕም ንፍጹም ሓድነት ክልተ ውድባት ኣውሒሶም።

        ውድቐት ንምልካዊ ስርዓት ኤርትራን ህግደፍን!!

        (ናይ ደምጋሰ & ናይ ስደግኤ) ናይ ክልተ ውድባት ፍጹም ሓድነት ሓባራዊ መግለጺ 02/ July/ 2017 Page 4

        ዉህደት ወይ ሓድነት ውድባት ዓንዲ ማእከልን ውሕስነት ህዝብን’ዩ፡!!

        ክፍሊ ዜናን ባህልን፡ ስሙር ደሞክራስያዊ ግንባር ኤርትራ – ስደግኤ 03/ 07/ 2017

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  • Kalihari Snake

    Hello All: It is a plain and simple matter – Ethiopia will never ever benefit from Eritrean ports in so long as they illegally occupy Badme. Unable to take the Port of Assab during the 1998-2000 war (even though they were desperate to do so), the TPLF led limitary would never be able to take it today given they are generally hated by non-Tigray groups inside Ethiopia and in that there are now foreign (UAE) troops positioned in Assab.

    Remember what Ethiopia’s former Chief of Staff, General Tsadkan had earlier said:

    ‘Our forces experienced the greatest defeat at the Burre Front. Shaebia’s methods of leading its enemy to places where it could liquidate them was used extensively again in the Burre Front and forced us to suffer tremendous losses and to abandon our plan of capturing Assab’.

    • Hayat Adem

      Hi* Snake,
      Above, you said:
      “It is a plain and simple matter – Ethiopia will never ever benefit from Eritrean ports in so long as they illegally occupy Badme.”
      Below, you said:
      “PIA has always maintained that Eritrean sea ports could at any time be used to support the movement of humanitarian aid (to include Ethiopia).”
      It is not without a reason snakes are double-tongued.

      • Kalihari Snake

        Hi Hayat Adem: Yes for Humanitarian Cargo it is possible but not for Commercial Cargo. There is a difference!

        • Hayat Adem

          Hi Snake,
          Well, “Ethiopia will never ever benefit…” was not qualified as humanitarian and economic but now you qualified it is fine and I can take it from there. It is so refreshing that you moved from a wish of implosion to a humanitarian tone over Ethiopians. But one questions remains hanging around your neck: Are you aware that they are the ones hosting our over 100k refugees and counting and not the other way?

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Hayat Adem: How can you ask such as stupid question? And what does the issue of how many Eritrean refugees are in Ethiopia have anything to do with Ethiopia’s illegal occupation of Badme? As you clearly know both Eritrean and Ethiopian are leaving their countries in droves in search of better lives. Just ask 500,000 Ethiopians that are soon to get deported from Saudi Arabia.

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi KS,
            You said “And what does the issue of how many Eritrean refugees/economic migrants are in Ethiopia have anything to do with Ethiopia’s illegal occupation of Badme?”
            1) Doesn’t that show the fact that those 200k Eritreans (50k of them trained soldiers) who crossed to Tigray are not preoccupied about and with the border or Badime issue you are toiling incessantly or the animosity you are promoting day and night?
            2) As Eritrean, wouldn’t you be more preoccupied about the humanitarian crisis manifesting itself from the nonstop exodus of the Eritrean youth than the of Ethiopia not using Eritrean ports for humanitarian purpose?

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Hayat: Pure and simple – Ethiopia continues to illegally occupy Eritrean land (Badme). If an archangel takes over power in Eritrea tomorrow, it will not change the status of Ethiopia’s illegal occupation of Badme. Governments come and go but Eritrea will remain forever!
            I see that you are equally gifted in your understanding of numbers.

          • Abraham H.

            Hi K. Snake, ezi natka neger ab gizie wube zitsememe koynu. The Eritrean people’s dignity and prosperity is far more important than a tiny border town, pure and simple, to borrow your phrase.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Abraham,

            The Eritrean people’s dignity and following the rule of law on the border decision are not mutually exclusive.

          • Abraham H.

            Hi Simon Kaleab, you cannot deny the Eritrean people a dignified life just because a tiny border town is under the occupation of the Weyanes. The people are incomparably more worth than the tiny territory of badme, and it is upto the Eritrean people whether they want to have badme or not; not Isayas, or his pfdj.
            We can seek the control of Badme and other Eritrean territories, while respecting all the basic human rights of our people. There is no reson whatsoever to use the occupation of Badme as an excuse to strangulate the Eritrean people.

          • Abraham H.

            Hi S.Kaleab, what is more important for you:

            1) The restoration of the tiny border town of Badme, which wasn’t even under Eritrean control before 1998 to Eritrea or
            2)
            -The respect for rule of law in Eritrea
            -The relsease of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, and an independent and fair justice system for all Eritreans
            -The freedom of expression, speech, organization, faith, etc
            -The end of regime controlled economy; economic policies that allow and makes it simple for Eritreans and foreigners to participate in all sectors of the economy
            Do you feel it is worth sacrificing what I mentioned in no.2 for the sake of Badme?

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Simon,
            You are so funny… Pfdj was opening wars 360 degree. Was that compatible with the rule of law? PFdj wasting a youth life like trash resources in the barracks and in Barka or pushing them out of thier country. Is that what you understand about the rule of law? PFdj never took suspects to court. It jails them in communicado. Is that your s3nse of rule of law?

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hayat A.,

            Cadre rant with question marks.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Hayat (Queen)

            Shall I change my name ? You keep writing KS ,,Is that by accident ? HA,HA,HA..l!!
            I hope it isn’t ,,,I am not Kaihari Snake –I am Kokhob Selam ( for you information)..don’t mix water and oil ..

            KS,,

          • Thomas

            HI Kokhob,

            I hope Hayat uses K. Selam to refer that guy. She uses KS/Kokhob when writing to you.

          • Hayat Adem

            No Kokhobay, you can never be Kalihari Snake if you even travel all your life to the wrong direction and I 2ill always know who Kokhobay is from a distance light years distance. Remember that you are unmistakable because you shine afar!

  • Kalihari Snake

    Hello All: 9 of 12 of the lowest rated countries in the world in terms of Human Development Index are landlocked; Ethiopia is amongst them and is the largest in population. Ethiopia desperately needs to withdraw from Badme and thereafter pursue normalization of relations with Eritrea, at least to the extent that it can use Eritrean ports for its humanitarian aid. It is to be noted that humanitarian actors in Ethiopia are now saying that the number of Ethiopians in need of emergency food aid may double up to 16 million in the coming few months.

    • Hayat Adem

      Hi Snake,
      And how is our Eritrea doing in that HDI? Is Eritrea’s place better than Ethiopia? Shouldn’t we be concerned more about Eritrea’s standing?

      • Kalihari Snake

        Hi Hayat Adem: Those of you who are programmed by the TPLF simply do not get it. I do not support PIA of the PFDJ and I know the situation inside Eritrea these days in bad. However, the situation is also certainly bad in Ethiopia these days unless you are either a TPLF, TPLF supporter or the TPLF is your benefactor which only occurs if your are part of their corruption scheme.

        • Hayat Adem

          Hi Snake,
          You said: “Those of you who are programmed by the TPLF simply do not get it. I do not support PIA of the PFDJ and I know the situation inside Eritrea these days is bad”
          Emm… Is that why you are 90% focused on Ethiopia in your comments?

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hayat A.,

            Where did you get the “90%” from?

            Kalihari’s comments are mostly related to the illegal occupation of Badme by Ethiopia.

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi SK,
            How different is my 90% from your “mostly”

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hayat A.,

            So, you do not even know the difference?

            90% is an accurate value that gives the impression of being calculated from actual data.
            Mostly indicates a range of values greater than 50% and less than 100%.

          • Hayat Adem

            Yes SK,
            90% is within 50% and 100%.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hayat A.,

            90% is within the 50% to 100% range, but by itself it is not a range.
            Still confused beyond recognition?

          • Hayat Adem

            Yes SK,
            1) Purpose
            I will have to say few things to show you some logical appeal and sensibilities in arguments hoping you will pass it to your kids so that ignorance does not recycle itself in our society.
            ———-
            2) Background
            HA to KS: “Emm… Is that why you are 90% focused on Ethiopia in your comments?”
            SK to HA: “Where did you get the “90%” from? Kalihari’s comments are mostly related to the illegal occupation of Badme by Ethiopia”
            HA: “How different is my ‘90%’ from your ‘mostly’?”
            SK: “You don’t even know the difference? 90% is an accurate value … Mostly indicates a range of values greater than 50% and less than 100%”
            HA: [In that case], “90% is within the 50% and 100% range.”
            SK: “90% is within the 50% to 100% range, but by itself it is not a range.
            Still confused beyond recognition?”
            ———-
            3) Circular Absurdity
            Y says: Simon is 2 meter tall.
            X responds: No, Simon is only taller than most others.
            Y says: We are making similar points. 2M height is high percentile.
            X says back: No, taller than most is a range indicator while 2m is a definitively quantitative pointer.
            Y: Right, but 2m falls within the claimed range.
            X: Yes it does but it, by itself, is not a range. Still confused?
            Note that how and by whom the range concept was introduced and how it came to take a stage to advance the final punch line.
            ————
            4) Tying It to a Bigger Problem
            EriTv Journalist: There are public servants serving as teachers and health workers with minimal wage and finding it difficult to make ends meet: housing, food and other basic necessities. What is our government doing to improve their situation?
            President Isayass: I always say ask this: who owns this country? Who sacrificed. We shouldn’t have favored ones and less favored ones. Why can’t teachers be paid enough what this country affords and for their hard work? Why not?
            Journalist: passes to other questions…
            [The president bounces back the question; he takes the role of the journalist as if Eritrea has another president!]

          • Thomas

            Hi HA,

            I would like to make 2 points on why Simon K visits this forum:
            1) To just upvote the supporters of his masters/the mafias regime in Eritrea. Any stupid comment posted here in supporting the mafias regime, Simon K is here to upvote:) The point is he never comes with his own idea. It could be because he lacks the self-confidence.
            b) To try to find minor grammar or other mistakes. If you are anti DIA regime and are exposing the DIA ruling, you better ready for grammar and other minor edits by Simon K. In his own way, he is just trying to stop you from expressing your views here (he is just here to shame the anti DIA group). He is one of the admirer of dictatorship. He likes a strong man, so he is Issayas’s hidden admirer.

            About the 90% challenge, if he had taken some basic algebra course you wouldn’t have gotten the point you tried to make. Let’s just use the set and subset concept. There is a set { (20%-100%)} & subset: {(50%-90%)}, {90%}. {90%} is the subset of the set {20%-100%}. So is {(50-90)}. 90% surely within the range/set in this case. It is subset of the given set.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Thomas the cartoon character,

            Nitricc is right to call you “aqatari”.

            Why are you still crying here? You are supposed to be liberating Eritrea from the PFDJ.

          • Thomas

            Selam Simon Kaleab,

            Thomas the cartoon character is not my name. Respect the forum’s rules and regulations. I am sure the moderator will catch up with you soon.

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Thomas,
            I think he is one of the least blessed with both: language and quantitative. He cannot help people with the things he lacks. Worst of all, he supports the wrong side.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Hayat A.,

            Where did you get the 90% from?

            Still waiting for a simple answer.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Hayat Adem and Horizon: Just curious, how much do people like you normally get paid by the Ethiopian (TPLF) Government for the services that you provide? Is it more than normal Government salary scale?

          • Hi K. Snake,
            Not as much as you are paid by the eritrean regime. You seem to have a great experience in this. Keep up the good job.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Horizon: Do you believe that the Ethiopian (TPLF) Government should support a referendum process for the Oromo? Or is it better for the TPLF to keep on grabbing their land and resources; noting that over 90% of large land tracts in Oromo region are under investment license cover of the TPLF.

          • Hi K. Snake,
            You are too much frustrated and becoming irrational. Whenever you point a finger at ethiopia (which is a daily phenomenon), you fail to see that there are more problems in shabialand than in ethiopia. I do not say eritrea, because eritrea is completely a different place from what you have been working so hard to make out of her over the last 25 yrs.
            Have you read on the bbc that eritrean and other refugees in ethiopia are getting trained to find work in the industrial parks the uk, eu and world bank are funding to be constructed in mekelle, jima and zway? 30,000 Refugees of which more than 10,000 could be eritreans. These people are going to get work permits and may be even citizenship, and your regime calls this a sinister political agenda against eritrea. Many eritreans are happy to stay in ethiopia, provided they can find jobs, instead of dying in the sahara or the Med. Sea, and yet, you are talking of oromo referendum and you demonize tplf day and night, as if this is your mission in life.
            The international community has lost trust in your regime, and it is being isolated. Just imagine what will happen when young eritreans hear of job opportunities in ethiopia The land is going to empty, and shabia will be left behind only with its supporters. These eritreans are going to return one day to their country, and they will build the new eritrea after the demise of the dictatorship. You should be worried a lot.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Horizon: I take it you read the National Enquirer a lot.

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi KS,
            What made you think we participate in this forum for payments of any kind or another by anyone? Are not we doing the same thing you are doing? Are you paid by anyone for what you are doing here?

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Hayat Adem: It is effervescently clear that you and Horizon are lower level paid Ethiopian (TPLF) cadre as you always glorify and defend the Ethiopian (TPLF) Government but yet never ever criticize it. You are a walking-talking TPLF propaganda machines.

          • Hi K. Snake,
            Is there anything else on your mind other than tplf and badme? Are these two things your only raison d’etre? You are repeating yourself and boring people ad infinitum and ad nauseam.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Horizon: At least I have a purpose whilst you are simply an Ethiopian Government (TPLF) paid propaganda machine. Other topics that can be discussed here include: 1) Possible use of a neutral third country to establish a line of dialogue between Ethiopia and Eritrea; 2) Possible use of a regional coordination apparatuses such as AU, ECA, EAC, and IGAD to address key issues of discern between Ethiopia and Eritrea; 4) Possible use of ECOWAS to play a mediating role, 5) Strategies to encourage the Eritrean Government to embrace small/medium scale foreign investment, and 6) Strategies to exert pressure on the U.S. so that it strongly encourages Ethiopia to withdraw from Badme.

          • Hi K. Snake,
            What is this great purpose of yours in life you are so proud of? Is it calling day and night on ethiopia to get out of badme, the result of which up to now has been condemning eritreans to sufferings and migration, in order to serve your grand purpose?
            Come on, spit it out and finish with it. Unless eritrea belongs to dia, the pfdj and their supporters, she is not meant to be, according to you and them. Let every thing serve this great purpose, especially badme.
            Dia and the pfdj may be gone, before the problem of badme is solved. I hope the regime has not finished of with eritrea before it disappears. Be sure badme will be solved by the new generation of eritreans, who love the people more than they love that few square miles of land, no, that piece of land as big as the city of addis.

            What is all the zbazinke you brought above? Ethiopia is asking for a face-to-face dialogue with the view to implement the decision, and with the aim to promote and sustain peace and brotherly ties between the two peoples. When you say ‘no’ to this, and you talk of the final and binding agreement non-stop, as if the old men in the hague knew the region like the palm of their hands and made no minor mistakes, who do you think would believe you and support your position, whatever may have been said before? That is why the world community does not care and does nothing, and you seem not to understand it. You even try to exert pressure on the only world power for not serving your purpose.
            Leave badme for the time being, and move forward, if tplf is dragging its feet. Have mercy on young eritreans you have condemned to life without any meaning at all for the sake of badme. These are young people with big dreams, and their dreams are not in any way getting back badme, living in trenches for decades far from their families, farms and their small businesses, a life in refugee camps or dying in the sahara and Med. Sea. This is all they got from the ultra-nationalism of the dictatorial regime and its supporters in the diaspora.

          • Abraham H.

            Hi Kalihari S., Horizon has replied to you very fittingly and broadly; but I’m just wondering if you back those whole lists of regional organizations as facilitators for negotiations, then why not just accept the Ethiopian offer for talks, that has been on the table for the last decade or so? What is it exactly that is scaring the DIA regime from engaging in bilateral talks with Ethiopia, possibly also with some third party observers, not only to solve the badme issue but also to normalize relations?
            Could the two countries normalize their relations or bring them to more friendly and cordial atmosphere without firstly settling the border issue? My answer is a big YES; because the border issue is only a side issue, and once the two sides break the ice by resolving most if not all of the underlying disagreements, then it becomes very easy to resolve the border dispute as well based on the eebc decision, making adjustments wherever necessary. What is missing is a political maturity and willingness, esp. on the pfdj side.

        • TK4367

          Dear, Kalihari Snake, I hate to break it to you but your assertion that you don’t support PIA means nothing to Ethiopians and die hard unionist. The fact that you claim to be Eritrean is an automatic ire. Their blood boils with anger. So, my unsolicited advise, drop it.

          Thank you.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi TK4367: We are a long way from Honolulu but maybe I am wrong in my assumption.

  • አልአዛር ግርማ ኃይለማርያም

    Hello Horizon,

    It seems to me like the military edge and economic influence eritrea enjoyed over ethiopia in the 90s no longer exists. Meanwhile their regime is using badime as a scapegoat for lack of normalization, development, integration, and such, a poor but effective excuse gathering from the realities even here on this forum. This particular goat in its teenage years has seen berhe and mahmud becoming refugees and sleeping with the fishes. I believe there’s a humanitarian concern to evacuating badime and putting all the balls in their court because their regime is effing genocidal, are we not by association accepting a level of complicity in the horrors defenseless people are experiencing? Even if there was no humanitarian concern, I would still evacuate the land and see if there was anyway the regime can be encouraged to use its resources towards development. It think it was T.Kifle or someone who said there was no way forward without an air tight security arrangement(which I assume would include economic arrangements) which sounds reasonable considering PFDJ adventurism cost tens of thousands of lives but I think we underestimated just how crazy shabia is. I think its overdue the Ethiopian side recognized this has morphed from a political problem to a humanitarian one.

    The business of regime change is demonstrably counterproductive, lets not leave any stone unturned in the effort to build economic integration and I believe that will give us more leverage than anything else. The fate or northern ethiopia lies on this, we don’t have to wait for eritreans to come to their senses, they still have to eat.

    • Selam,

      Whatever concessions ethiopia makes towards the present eritrean regime, it is not going to change its policy or behavior towards ethiopia. It is equivalent to bribing the aggressor, who is not going to stop from another worse adventure.

      If you succumb once to a blackmailer, you better know that there will be no end with the blackmailing. If you believe that the regime is alone in this business, you will be making a grave mistake. There are many who accuse it and yet, they are sympathetic to the policy of the regime towards ethiopia.

      You have got to see how much pride its supporters get out of the 1998-2000 war, with their alternative truth about the outcome of the war, that they killed 120k ethiopian soldiers, and they defeated the ethiopian army at the assab front, when it was only 25 km away. It will be a big, big mistake if ethiopians and eritreans expect anything good from this regime. As much as ethiopia is concerned, this eritrean regime will leave her alone only when it sees her ashes, and not before.

      Regime change is the business of eritreans themselves, and if the ensuing eritrean government is democratic and it is ready to cooperate and it has no ill wish towards ethiopia, then, ethiopia must be happy to work with it. Ethiopia should make no contract with this regime, because it will end up a faustian contract, which will destroy ethiopia. This eritrean regime and its supporters can never be honest friends of ethiopia.

      • Berhe Y

        Dear Ato Alazar,
        You do make a lot of sense and we do need to eat. And when the Eritrean people eat, they will also find the other missing and find it…Right now the people are held hostage by the PFDJ and they are occupied with food, security, water and survive to mount a regime change. Empowering the Eritrean people and giving the regime zero excuse to continue to hold hostage the country and the people would greatly improve it’s downfall and long term relationship.

        Dear Horizon,

        It’s a habesha thing I think, just empty pride which amount to nothing. Please be honest, here…what percentage of the Eritrean people based on your experience here at AT and what you see in the news, die hard supporters of the regime. Even if you take AT forum as an example, with the exception of Gheteb, may be Nitrricc and few that pop here and there….I think over 80% oppose the regime. I don’t know, may be you spend time in different forums or you read some of the die hard PFDJ facebook pages, but the majority of Eritreans, Muslims, Christians, Old, young, do NOT sympathize with the regime.

        The war ended in 2000, that’s 17 years ago…when are we going to let things go and move forward….Are you surprised why the Eritrean people supported the Eritrean government during the war. While the peace negotiation was happening and we heard the US- Rwanda, the next thing we heard and saw was the bombing of Asmara by an Ethiopian Mig and the downing of the plane.

        Then all the foreign embassy issued warning and asked their citizens to evacuate…Then we heard the mass deportation of Eritreans and Ethiopians of Eritrean origin….

        Off course I am just listing the Eritrean side of the story..I am not defending any body here but to point out that, the information that Eritrean were receiving at the time are these type of information. And let’s not forget it’s Ethiopia who was initiating the offenses to take back Badime…while the peace negotiations still going on…giving ultimatums….

        Based on what I know now.. Eritrea started the war and for sure Ethiopia wanted escalated the war.

        Look…..

        The US dropped atomic bomb (Atomic bomd with capital A) to Japan.
        The Allied forces bombed the hell out of Germany ….

        If these people are able to move on…please there is nothing that can stop us.

        Our people have already moved on….

        Please do not forget that empowering the Eritrean people so that they can challenge the regime is to the best interest of Eritrea and Ethiopia. The Eritrean people have learned, no matter what the PFDJ tells us, no body will believe it any more.

        But if Ethiopia bombs Asmara and any other symbolic Eritrean cities or towns, please expect the Eritrean people to oppose in unison..just like any other people would. And that’s not because they support the regime but because they love their country. Please see the difference between the regime and the people.

        Berhe

        • Selam Berhe Y.,

          Whenever they can, even the diehard supporters of the regime say that they do not support it. They are not fools to stay on the ship when they see that it is sinking. Nevertheless, they will do their best to save it with their actions.

          I believe that one cannot separate and should not separate eritrean politics from ethiopian politics. When you mention the one the other pops up, whether one likes it or not. It is not enough to oppose the regime, but especially the opposition should clear its stand towards ethiopia. It seems that it has not exploited enough the negative atmosphere between the eritrean regime and the ethiopian government. If the opposition comes to the negotiation table with the same demands as the regime, there is no way ethiopia can commit itself to their cause. If they do not try to do something themselves by preparing themselves even for military confrontation as long as peaceful means are not possible in eritrea, ethiopia can do nothing, because even God helps those who try to help themselves.

          If egypt can get back the sinai through peace and cooperation, why can’t the future government of eritrea get badme the same way, and why not avoid to insist like the regime on the final and binding agreement for the time being, as long as the ethiopian government disregards it. The opposition should declare that unlike the regime it is ready to work with ethiopia in the future without preconditions. If they think that this undermines their patriotism, then the situation cannot move forward.

          Dia started the war to intimidate tplf. Once the war started for the right or wrong reason, eritrean citizens cannot do otherwise but to stand with their government, because it is not the ethics of the war that matters now, but how to avoid defeat that may be catastrophic.

          Please, do not forget that it was an unexpected war for ethiopia, and she was caught more or les in her sleep. You may remember that ethiopia was so weak that she could not defend even addis, and she had to move ethiopian airlines planes to nairobi. Dia was roaring like a lion then, and he was saying that asking him to get out of badme to bring the status quo ante, was like saying the sun will rise from the west. Therefore, ethiopia was forced to counter attack.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Horizon,

            I think we going in the same circle.

            The opposition, can not and should not make an agreement on behalf of the Eritrean people. They do not have the mandate to do so.

            If they do, they will lose credibility in the people’s eye and have no trust.

            From all Eritreans, Ethiopia is seen with suscpicion because, for the past 70 years, all successive Ethiopian governments (three of them) renegated on agreements they have signed with their own hands.

            All opposition as far as I know support the boarder ruling. And they support both governments to work together and conclude the statements. I don’t have the details but that’s their stand as far as I know.

            Everyone around the world, insist that Ethiopia should accept the ruling and move forward. Even Ethiopia has accepted this position as far as I know, but still insist on dialog.

            So you are adding conditions that no body is asking and not realistic to be materialized.

            Leave the regime change to the ERITREAN people, weather they do militarily or peacefully that’s for them to sort it out.

            Berhe

          • Selam Berhe Y,
            As long as the opposition has no mandate even as a possible future government of eritrea, the regime does not want any other solution short of the final and binding, ethiopia remain a distrusted partner, she has ignored the decision, and world powers do not care and do not want to force ethiopia for the time being at least, the best solution whenever there is no solution is to leave it, so that time may solve it. Please do not expect a solution from me, because I do not represent the ethiopian government. What I am saying is simply my opinion, which you might not like..

          • Mez

            Dear Berhe,

            As you put it correctly, we do have the tendency of repeating the tried and failed school of thought as a solution to our contemporary problems–and that: again and again and again.

            If you see the opposition leaders, they are all from the old school of thought (all well programmed to denounce all, but their own line of thought); including YG. Tat is exactly what is blocking everyone from moving on. For example, the recommendation of YG to use Ethiopian military, for the purpose of deposing PIA is the least attractive solution to the problem. One have to learn from the aborted federation and failed unification between the two countries. I think in terms of open mindedness, and flow of ideas, the era of pre- and post- federation until the dissolution of the federal system was better than what we have now. To start with, that openness and expression of opinions shall be reinstated, respected, and embraced as the Least Common Denomination of our internal politics. And that is not yet on the horizon in Eritrean community–be abroad or at home.

            Thanks

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Mez,

            Sorry it took a while to respond. I just want to focus on the last point “To start with, that openness and expression of opinions shall be reinstated, respected, and embraced as the Least Common Denomination of our internal politics. And that is not yet on the horizon in Eritrean community–be abroad or at home.”

            Compared to the situation Eritreans find themselves today I think any government before it( I even add Derg) was better than the current PFDJ / IA ruled government.

            How ever I don’t think we are (at least Eritrea) and Ethiopia (for that matter) to entertain any union (in any type) at this point.

            In my opinion, a minimum condition would be to have an established political system and a functioning democratic government where the civic society have a great influence and liberty to excercise their thoughts freely needs to be reached. So any decision we make is will have no consequence to the future generation.

            At least Eritreans need to be free to set our own destiny without the complication and complexities the Ethiopian equation would bring. It’s way too soon to entertain that idea.

            In my opinion I don’t think it’s to the best interest of Ethiopia as well.

            I think open boarders, free movement of people, free port use, some free trade arrangements, should be a starting point and let (at least on ERITREAN side) normacy take place. We have a lot of high and urgent priorities ( fixing broken government, economy, education, military, government institutions, refugee return / resettlement) etc before the mix of other complex issue.

            Berhe

          • Mez

            HI Berhe,

            My comment above was strictly on Eritrean politics; I assumed all neighbouring countries as costant, meaning they stay out.

            Thanks

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Mez,

            Thanks. Sorry I misunderstood you.

            Berhe

          • TK4367

            Dear Berhe, I have read many of your responses. You come of as an apologetic and weak. There are many undisputed facts that are open source available. For example, the hostility that exist between between Ethiopia and Eritrea is simply because Uncle Sam wanted it to continue. I am sure u have read many of the wiki leaks reports , where the evil empire conspiring with just about anybody the undermine Eritrea in all sphere. It is Ethiopia who choose this hostile posture. Eritrea have agreed time and again is welling to enter in to dialog, provided ethiopia honor the already agreed verdict.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear TK,

            Glad to hear that you read my comments and your feed back is much appericiated.

            I am sorry you think my comments are weak but I hope you provide a workable solution to the condition our people are in.

            I believe and I am of the opinion that our destiny is in our hands, be it at individual, group or country level. In case of our country Eritrea, there is nothing that the west, America, Ethiopia or any body else can do any thing about if we have a government that breathes and lives for the rule of law and respect the will of its people.

            The problem is we have a president who thinks and believes that he is entitled to rule us to ethernity or as he put it, 3 or 4 decades. America has 5 different presidents since Isayas come to power.

            There is no reason why the ERITREAN government has to be so cruel to its own people no matter what the west are conspiring against it. If it was a government that respects its own rule, it has nothing to be afraid about.

            What you hear and read in the wikileakes is exactly what the ERITREAN government say about America or Ethiopia or others.

            I ask you a question, what do you think is the power transition of our country today. What do you think will happen if all the sudden IA is gone? Do you think the country will be in great risk or not? And why do you think that should be the case?

            Berhe

          • TK4367

            Dear Berhe, I hate to be the one to tell you, constitution, rule of law and election means nothing to the west when it come to there interest. That is a fairy tale the west used to tell gullible people. They don’t care about that. What they care is having a puppet they control. Your silly fixation on election is amusing. So what America had election, what changed? Nada! The American empire has been at war with Eritrea since 1952. Think about it for a sec. Even during derg, while Ethiopia was communist, USA was still feeding ethiopia. And helping ethiopia militarily by proxy…Isreal comes to mind. As to your questions….think about it for a sec….we are we’re we are because we don’t apply ourselves. We, Eritreans have not been creative ,Inventive. Look, the Eritrea model turn humanitarian, Grace Mahari, who founded a non profit to help Eritreans get solar powered light. You see that is applying yourself. Don’t waste your time trying to lecture about election.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear TK,

            We do election, rule of law, not to please Americans or the west but for our own people. If we don’t, corruption and lawless becomes the norm as it is today.

            I am proud of Grace Mahray, a follow Canadian and her invovment in setting up solar energy in Eritrea. So does the achievers of many others.

            Do you know how many Grace Eritrea would have, if they are allowed to do what they do best. Do you know how many successful Eritreans in Uganda, S. Sudan, Angola, Kenya. S. Africa are doing quite well who were chased out by the government as greedy people.

            You don’t see the government policy is anti business. How do you expect to conduct a meaningful business in Eritrea when the government over night changes the currency and drops the rate by three folds.

            All this thought as if Eritrea really matter in the foreign policy of America (thinking as if Eritrea is like North Korea) is really amusing.

            Yes the Americans favoured Ethiopia over Eritrea and for good reason. Geographically, politically, population and religious influence, it’s a lot more important than Eritrea is. Even they lost it during the Derg, they remained sympathetic to the people.

            Do you expect the US to abandon starving Ethiopian people because there was a government they don’t like.

            Are you to equate the Derg with that of the Ethiopian people.

            That’s is the problem with people who they think they know everything.

            You don’t think the election in chile, India, , Botswana mean nothing.

            Another simple question, why has the government declared war on the ERITREAN people?

            People like you, in the comfort of their homes, can analyze and justify all the cruelty the ERITREAN people are exposed to and sentencing the people to live in that misery.

            But you would not trade your comfort fake democracy life style for a day, let alone to live in the hardship.

            Berhe

          • TK4367

            Dear Berhe….you brought up election stuff and I gave it to you the way I see it. My main focus is simple, we, you, all Eritrean should not lose sight of your main and common enemy, the never relenting the American empire. Mind you, not the people, not even the government but those who run the government behind the scene. It is 800 billion gorilla. You can’t just gloss it over. Now, that brings us to a question, how do we, Eritreans mitigate that? Remember it is financing Eritreans natural enemy, Ethiopia. And Eritrea is forced to spend its limited resources to defend itself. Your fixation is PIA. I get it, you don’t like him. I can live with that. Me, I like and admire the man. But, I hope you love the Eritrean people as PIA does, for he spend his life time defending it. I haven’t forgotten your rant about election, war declare by GOE on Eritrean people etc. In my opinion that is just preposterous to merit a response . Here is a thought, PIA could have simply surrendered Eritrea political sovergnty to American empire, get the money flowing, just like any country in Africa. As a bonus, the lords of misery, IMF, World bank will be lending him money, live happily ever after. Right? Wouldn’t that be easier. Am mean look ethiopia, where are they now? Still begging for food. 60%of there budget paid for by there masters, so they can continue there distractive agenda!

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi TK4367: I believe we probably agree on many fronts especially in regards to the negative role that the U.S. has had on Eritrea. Even from the early 1960s, the U.S. Africa Bureau adopted a pro-Ethiopia bias, that has ever since, shaped U.S. policy in the Horn of Africa, to the detriment of Eritrea. The U.S. “Ethiopia imperative” clearly affected the U.S. decision to support Ethiopia despite its refusal to abide by an EEBC legally binding decision that favored Eritrea and to moreover later confront and isolate Eritrea. It is amazing how the U.S. has manipulated the U.N. Security Council apparatus to elect Ethiopia (while it is in a self-declared State of Emergency and illegally occupying Eritrea) as a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council. Given this said, I differ from you on the home front, as I believe that there is a desperate need for Government reform (not Government replacement) to include the long overdue constitution, functional Judicial system and assurance of due process, initially limited and gradually expanding election processes, foreign investment opportunity, etc. I also believe that there is a need for Eritrea to revisit its diplomatic strategy and to introduce new fresh faces with its Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as within other key area of government structure. In the end, even though we clearly do not see eye-to-eye on all issues, I would still feel comfortable sitting and having a cold beer with you. I cannot say the same for the majority of other commenters here who are mostly unionists, paid TPLF messengers and old remnants of the ELF looking for complete removal of Eritrea’s Government (which would likely lead to anarchy).

          • TK4367

            Dear KS….glad to read your response, not just we agreed on some issues but we at least acknowledge the 800billion gorilla. It just mind boggling that both who support the GOE and against just ignore it. The case of America empire should be, FRONT AND CENTER. Having said that ultimately it is up to us the people + GOE to neutralize the global mafia the is US. The

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Horizon, THIS MY REQUEST FOR ALL ..

    Since long time, I noted your ability in creating people to people best solutions in our community..
    So why we don’t create the group from both people as and try to create the best out of the present difficult positioning ,,

    “The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment : You create a good future by creating a good present ” ECKHART TOLLE..

    KS,,,,

    • Dear K.S.,
      My response to you got abducted by disqus about 7 hours ago, and it is not yet released. Sorry..

  • Kalihari Snake

    Hello all: PIA has always maintained that Eritrean sea ports could at any time be used to support the movement of humanitarian aid (to include Ethiopia). However, Ethiopia in its isolationist strategy against Eritrea, has refused to use of Asab and Massawa at the cost of millions of poor Ethiopians over the past 16 years which have succumbed to famine and starvation. The ports of Djibouti, Berbera and Pt. Sudan have simply been incapable of ensuring timely and cost efficient delivery of life-saving humanitarian aid.

    • Hi K. Snake,

      Don’t you remember what M.Z. had said, “Not a single cent from assab or massawa for the eritrean regime”, and this remains still the policy of the ethiopian government.
      The problem with port services was the time it took to evacuate warehouses more than anything else. This has been solved by the electric railway connecting addis with djibouti, which has started service, and it takes only 10hrs and not three days as it used to to move imports and food aid to the center. Moreover, food aid is given priority, and therefore assab or any other eritrean port is not a panacea for ethiopia.
      In addition djibouti is no more a port-city, but a port-country, if I may say so, because seaports and warehouses are being built by the chinese in many locations. About two weeks ago, the port of Tajoura was inaugurated to serve northern ethiopia and for potash export.
      The chinese have a big plan for the future – the african branch of the chinese silk road, connecting china with west and south-west africa, through the ports of djibouti and lamu (kenya), is one of their plans to bring africa into their immediate economic zone. Freight trains (on railways to be built by the chinese), will travel from these east african seaports to west and south west africa, thus nullifying the need for ships carrying chinese goods to travel round the cape or through the suez canal.
      Look at the result of a poor and blind policy by the eritrean regime. Assab, which is only about a hundred km away from djibouti, is going to remain redundant, but only as a base to launch an air raid against a sovereign country, yemen.

      • Kalihari Snake

        Hi Horizon. It seems that you know very little about the problems at the Port of Djibouti. The MAJOR problem over the years (in addition to congested warehouse caused by poor uplift capacity) has been the time that vessels have had to wait at anchorage before being given a berthing position; oftentimes in excess of 40 days. Your Addis>Djibouti railway has not even started service yet, and once it does, it will certainly not have capacity to meet Port of Djibouti uplift needs. And, even once the railway is working, it will be quite easy for disgruntled groups in Ethiopia such as the Oromos, to attack/sabotage its passage. In the end, why should Ethiopians be proud of a T-TPLF policy to economically isolate Eritrea and cause harm to Eritreans?

      • Kalihari Snake

        Hi Horizon: Do you feel proud that M.Z. refused to use Eritrean ports to expedite delivery of humanitarian aid to Ethiopia which resulted in the unnecessary death of millions of Ethiopians?

        • Hi K. Snake,
          Where did you see millions dying? Ethiopia was using the port of berbera in addition to Djibouti. Since the major famine of the 1980s, Ethiopia is in a better position to handle famine. Even the UN says so.

          Have you heard of the hidden famine in North Korea, where a million people died before the world was aware of it? You should be afraid of secretive regimes. They know very well how to hide major catastrophes.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Horizon. What you are saying is incorrect. A week ago the UN World Food Programme was warning that food supplies for 7.8 million Ethiopians facing famine would run out at end June whereas the Ethiopian Government was denying this. But hey, you have totally free media in Ethiopia these days so you can believe everything the T-TPLF controlled media wishes to feed you. Berbera Port? Are you serious? I know that Ethiopia now has desperate eyes on it, but at least in the past, its capacity has been so low and it has been ridiculed by corruption and major security problems.

          • Hi K. Snake,
            Why not Lamu? Why don’t you try to imagine how the region will be 10 – 20 yrs from now. Don’t disregard the ports of Berbera or Lamu (Kenya).
            The Chinese are building a road from berbera to the ethiopian border. I think that ethiopia has already constructed the road to the border. The Somaliland government is in need of the money and political recognition as well as an independent country, and it is ready to work with ethiopia. In addition the UAE is improving the port facilities, which means that everybody is ready for a long term business.
            As much as Lamu (Kenya) is concerned, it can serve southern ethiopia. There is nothing fabulous or outfetched about that. The railway line connecting the port of Mombasa to Nairobi was inaugurated about two weeks ago. The aim is to connect to Addis and juba (ss) in the future.
            Mogadishu is another candidate, when peace comes to the country, and it will serve the somali region of ethiopia.
            Why do you ignore the above possibilities, which will open the regional market, and the economies of these countries are going to be interconnected. All these are lost to eritrea, because the eritrean regime is not in the position to understand interstate relations and globalization, and it chose isolation. Remember the famous self-reliance. Well, i see that you are among those who say badme first and all the rest later. Everybody has the right to make his own choice.
            You were saying in your previous comment that Oromo insurgents would attack/sabotage the addis-djibouti railway. You should know that these are insurgents trained, armed and sent by the eritrean regime, as has been shown so many times in other cases in the past. If the regime is going to operate in the same manner in the future, it will have no future at all, and unfortunately, it will be at the expense of the interest of the eritrean people.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Horizon: Please send me the supplier of your recreational drugs! You mention ‘Mogadishu’ is another candidate and that “Oromo insurgents are trained, armed and sent by the Eritrean regime’. Why of course……everyone knows that all Somalis love Ethiopians and everyone also knows that the Eritreans trained the tens-of-thousands of Oromo (and Amhara) demonstrators; most of which the T-TPLF has summarily, and without due process, imprisoned.

          • Hi K. Snake,

            ‘Character assassination’ again. The old and well known modus operandi of dictators and their supporters. To bring drugs to the discussion, you must know something about them.
            Unlike you, i do not suffer from depression or obsession because of badme, and therefore i have no reason whatsoever to take any sort of drugs, recreational or otherwise. Try to be serious.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Horizon: You TPLF supporters here have a real problem dealing with the likes of me.
            1) I do not support PIA or the PFDJ (but yet you will label me a either a PIA or PFDJ supporter
            2) I am not a unionist. It is an absolutely unrealistic idea given we are 26 years down the road since
            Eritrea’s independence
            3) I do not agree that Ethiopia should be allowed to illegally occupy Badme
            4) I do not support full removal of PIA for a fear anarchy would then prevail. I believe a more
            tempered strategy is required
            5) I am not a YG Parrothead follower
            6) I wish Eritrea to be a truly secular state

          • Hi K. Snake,

            Who expected that tplf could out-manoeuvre, out-perform, and out-play pfdj so easily in its own game that it has driven the pfdj camp nuts. Tplf has become a real nightmare to you, i doubt that you people have a good night’s sleep. Any ethiopian and eritrean you do not like or agree with, you label him/her a tplf.
            More than fifteen years later, you are still saying ‘give us back our badme’ as if the life of eritrea is hanging on badme (160 sq. miles of land). What a disaster. No, it is not the life of eritrea, but the life of the regime that is hanging on badme. Simply the regime is using reverse psychology to hoodwink the eritrean people.
            As much as ethiopia is concerned tplf was much more dangerous when it used to sleep in the same bed with shabia, but not today. It can be contained and managed if it turns to its old ways. It cannot be blackmailed or coerced by shabia anymore to serve its anti-ethiopian plans, and this is the main reason you hate tplf so much. Of course it kicked you out, too.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Horizon: Obviously the TPLF outsmarted the EPLF as Ethiopia now has 4 seaports (Djibouti, Berbera, Mogadishu, & Laumu) while Eritrea only ended up with 1,151 kilometers of pristine Red Sea coastline. Oh, I also forget that Ethiopia also now has a TPLF dry port in the name of Chechnya.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Kalihari,

            You are wasting your time trying to reason with low grade, low IQ cadre Horizon. His assignment is to cry about Eritrea, on this site, day and night, while Ethiopia is burning in broad daylight.

          • blink

            Dear Horizon
            Are you forgetting some hard truth about famine in Ethiopia??? Are not 7.8 million people Ethiopians to you ? As of today the people suffering from shortage of food is big enough to call for alarm. Ethiopia is asking 1 billion dollars for aid , yet you miss us and come

          • Abraham H.

            Hi Horizon, I hope the next big objective on the to do list of the Ethiopian gov should be the building of large scale and widespread irrigation agriculture in order to beat once and for all the recurring food shortage. Ethiopia has now the necessary power generation; it already has plenty of fertile land, hence the farmers should not only depend on the unreliable summer rains for their agriculture. If Ethiopia properly harnesses its capacity of irrigational agriculture, not only would it be food self-sufficient in no time, it would also be one of the major agricultural exporters in the African continent.

          • Selam Abraham H,
            It is said that Africa is going to feed the world in the future. It has ample fertile land, and if the many river basins are harnessed properly, they can provide adequate water for irrigation farming. On top of these, the introduction of modern farming technology and automation in agriculture in the future, will help increase productivity.
            Climate change is going to affect many regions of the world, unless world leaders do something about it. D. Trump has already withdrawn from the Paris climate agreement, for the sake of fossil fuel billionaires, and this will have a negative impact.
            Ethiopia has many river basins as well, where she can develop extensive irrigation farming. What she needs is the capital and the technology. El Nino is going to visit her every 5-10 yrs, and unless she developed irrigation farming, she is never going to free herself from periods of poor food production, thus needing food aid.
            There is one more problem. That is if the government concentrates on exportable agricultural products instead of edible products.
            The country is gradually increasing the percentage of irrigated land every year, but the rate of increase does not seem satisfactory. Nevertheless, irrigation farming is the only way forward. In the future the rainfall is going to be more erratic for sure.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Abraham H. Seems that you like to live in a make believe world wherein Ethiopia is not in a State of Emergency, where 7.8 million of its citizens are not facing eminent starvation, where the T-TPLF do not control over 90% of excess production (not subsistence level) agricultural land tracts, where the media is not controlled by the T-TPLF, where there are no gross human rights violations, etc..

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Kalihari,

            Can you avoid using the “T-TPLF” abbreviation? It is coined by brick-head neftegna Alemayehu Ghebremariam. He is not a friend of Eritrea.

    • Abraham H.

      Hi Kalihari S, please save us from this fake feeling of humanity towards ‘millions of poor Ethiopians’. Doing the right and fair things starts at home and your DIA has first to be humanitarian towards his own people, i.e. if he perceives the Eritrean people as his people. Ethiopia has found ways of surviving and thriving economically without the use of the now outdated Eritrean ports. Djibouti has finalized the building of its brand new and modern container terminal, this would make even more smoother trade in combination with the new rail road to Ethiopia.

  • Dear All,
    I stopped commenting for few days to see how the people who shouted foul would manage their politics, because uninvited ethiopians have infested an eritrean website. I saw nothing different really, the orchestra continued to play the same music, ‘ethiopia will implode’, ‘famine in ethiopia’, ‘the egyptians are coming’, ‘woyane is our enemy’, etc, and the maestros were writing the music ‘who said that eritrea will be democratic after dia, long live the culture of gedli’.
    Nothing is going to change in politics of the horn through a decision taken by awate.com commentators, for nobody is a policy-maker. They are all cyber-warriors, full of adrenaline-powered nationalism, which after all signifies nothing. Nobody really cares to ameliorated the predicament of the people back home. Gedli, badme, identity, nationalism, etc are more important than peace, freedom, economic prosperity, and the so many other things that are important for the poor peoples of the horn. Therefore, it is not a bad idea if people do not take for granted that they are doing something really important, because they are commenting on a website, and they should stop getting angry, because they think that some naughty guys (ethiopians) are destroying their important mission.

    • Abrehet Yosief

      Dear Horizon,
      Alas, truer words have never been uttered.

      • Nitricc

        Abrehet, which word did you find it to be true? if you need translation what He is telling you is that he proved during his absence that this web-site will be dead with out his and Ethiopian’s participation, are you agreeing with that reticules take? if not, explain to your readers what do you mean when you said ” Alas, truer words have never been uttered.”

        • Abrehet Yosief

          Selam Nitricc,
          I found this to be true. That for most discussants “Gedli, badme, identity, nationalism, etc are more important than peace, freedom, economic prosperity, and the so many other things that are important for the poor peoples of the horn.” The “Alas” on my sentence indicates that I find this truth sad. Thanks for the offer to translate what Horizon wrote. But I believe I understand him well. He said the discussion wouldn’t change whether there were Ethiopians participating or not. He didn’t say that “this web-site will be dead “.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Abrehet i was gagging and testing your stand; and i I have good understanding of it, Good to know, thanks.

        • Hi Nitricc,

          That is your interpretation of what I said, which is completely wrong. What I was trying to say is that whether ethiopians are around or not, you are going to play the same monotonous tunes, ethiopia is suffering from famine, the Egyptians are coming, the woyanes are responsible for every problem in eritrea, demonize eritrean refugees, etc. Your politics is not going to change in any way whatsoever, because you have nothing else to say.

          Your nationalistic rhetoric is nothing more than empty words, which add no value to the life of eritreans under the dictator. On the contrary, it is meant to intimidate the people, so that they do not complain at all. Therefore, do not take it as if you are accomplishing something important, as long as you are not benefitting the people but the dictator.

          Don’t worry, awate.com can survive without the nitriccs and horizons, or any other person for that matter. The website is accommodating the ethiopians, why should you and some others have a problem, unless you are the owners?

          • Nitricc

            Horizon, i could have said a few cold truth but you know, the Moda will be all over it. But get this, you are no one. come down from your high horse.

    • Hayat Adem

      Dear Horizon,
      Don’t even believe them for a second. You have better heart and concerns about Eritrea and Eritreans than Some Eritreans here. It is the same, some Eritreans have good care and genuine concerns for Ethiopia than many Ethiopians. This is because 1) goodness doesn’t stop at a border, in same way evilness doesn’t. 2) Both countries and peoples have a shared world and fate. Any truly good Ethiopian can never speak of wishing bad on Eritreans. Any Eritrean who wishes of social implosion inside Ethiopia is not good for Eritrea as well.
      You might have read some Eritreans claiming peace and love will rain of the sky the very afternoon if Ethiopia leaves Badime in the morning. You have proved that that would never be the case in your own way. They talk like they will turn saints mindful of only Eritrean business the moment Horizon pulls off participation. Talk of of wishing Ethiopia to implode increased. Leave Badime, badmouthing and animosity will double.

      • Dear Hayat Adem,

        Not for a second do i believe that the Nitriccs, the Simmons, the. K. Snakes, the worshipers of gedli, and some others are the true representatives of what the real eritreans are. These are the spoiled elites who see eritrea through a power prism and their fantasy world of superiority complex. They are the detached group, who think that what they believe and dream is what the ordinary eritrean wants.

        Ordinary people want ordinary things, like peace so that they can farm their land and they can trade to feed their families, bring up their children healthier and more educated than themselves, water and electricity so that they do not feel that they are the people God has forsaken, they can travel within their country freely and even beyond, they do not have to think of wars and destructions, because they are the immediate victims, etc, etc.

        Look at the priorities of the elites and how they have put eritrea surrounded by an iron curtain of badme, the continuing leverage of gedli over the daily life of eritreans, the quintessential eritrean nationalism, new history, new identity, etc, etc, which shows that the elites are completely absorbed with things that do not improve in the least the life of the ordinary people, and they are completely detached and uninterested for the economic cooperation taking place between the countries of the region, which could improve the lives of the ordinary people, and can open a new horizon for eritrea. They are dreaming of making eritrea an arab nation (can you believe it?), just or the sake of ephemeral economic advantages, while at the same time they are turning their backs on the big market that is forming in the region.

        The fact that eritrean elites have not reached any level of rapprochement and cooperation after so long, shows how much they are detached from the problems of the eritrean people, because what we hear to the contrary are mainly words that by themselves mean nothing. It seems that by living in the west, we the elites have completely forgotten life in rural eritrea and ethiopia, and may be we have to travel through rural ethiopia and eritrea at least in our minds, before we start talking about politics, as Gandhi did by traveling throughout India first before he started to tackle indian politics.

        “Shared world and fate”. Thank you H. A. for your great courage for saying this truth in their face, for this is their true nightmare, ethiopians and eritreans shaping together their shared future and fate in peace, harmony and cooperation. Sometimes one feels that eritrea has been saved from one tormentor, only to be tormented by those who have the audacity to take away eritrean nationality from others and call themselves her true sons and daughters. You are an asset for eritrea of the future, of peace, normality and hope. When the light starts to shine through the thick fog of today, try to be there, at the forefront. That day will truly come.

        Look at those who are scared of the future reality of ethiopia and eritrea.When they read about industrial parks, electric railways, highways, high rising dams, etc, they do not ask themselves, why not in eritrea too, but on the contrary, they start spewing their poison, such as egypt will destroy them, or what are you talking about when you are still suffering from famine, your women are these and that, you are at the verge of imploding, etc. which shows that they have nothing to show after twenty five years of stay in power.

        In conclusion, ethiopians and eritreans are condemned to live in harmony and cooperation, no matter what, and however the elites on both sides may wish to the opposite, and let them eat their hearts out.

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear brother Horizon ,,,

          What kind of moral is it? perfect conclusion ,,,

          ” In conclusion,, Ethiopians and Eritreans are condemned to live in harmony and cooperation, no matter what, and however the elites on both sides may wish to the opposite, and let them eat their hearts out.”

          I am by your side…

          KS…

    • blink

      Dear Horizon
      I wonder why would any one want to swim along with a drowning man . You almost make us beg believe you that your existence is a must and paramount but you still have to bring your A game. It is not wrong nor a slander if it is the Truth , you have to say. Your assets can only be beneficial if the liabilities are less than the profit. Can Eritreans handle their issues with out filthy lairs from cross borders ? Yes . That being said your existence is as always welcomed by any one because most of them reject your importance ,so enjoy . We heard that this forum and site is working to narrow the gab between the two people, in this forum we have good Ethiopians and bad once and no one has the right to pick in between except the key holders of Awate.Ghedli is apparently well respected in the Eritreans eyes. Any one who cast a shadow on it is either not Eritrean or an Eritrean with heinous crimes in the past.

      You can say any thing in this forum and sail where ever you wanted, it is fine for me personally and I hope it is the same for others too as far as you don’t insult our people.Some of you have the tendency to generally insult Eritreans and I hope you don’t mind if we pick on such people.

      • Selam blink,
        The drowning man is of course dia and his stooges, who will soon be thrown into the dustbin of history, and eritreans will finally be emancipated, and the whole region will be at peace.
        I never said that my existence on this site is important. It is you people who complain of our presence, as if we are the root cause of your problems.
        Filthy are those who promised independence and freedom, and yet they forced almost 200K young eritreans (men, women and children) to cross the border into ethiopia and obliged them to live in refugee camps, and continue to send every month almost 5k eritreans to the country and people they hate, thus emptying eritrea of her people, and condemning her to social and economic stagnation.
        Do you know who are craving for importance? The amiches, who were damped by the woyane and are not trusted by shabia. These are the ones who say that they are more eritrean, and they try to strip off eritrean citizenship from others. These are the main stumbling block for ethio-eritrean rapprochement, and the ones who are suggesting the arabization of eritrea. They would rather choose to be second class citizens, rather than having anything to do with ethiopia. But for how long?
        Gross and despicable insults against half of the ethiopian population has come repeatedly. Of course, it shows the character of such people more than anything else.

        • Kalihari Snake

          Hi Horizon: Even with PIA/PFDJ out of the picture, there can never be peace in Eritrea or the region, in as long as Ethiopia continues to illegally occupy Eritrean land. It is for Ethiopia to tear down their war monuments in Badme and to relinquish it to Eritrea…..pure and simple. Any mentioning of required discussions on how the EEBC decision is to be implemented, is an insult even to those who are severely mentally handicapped. Peace in the region? Come on man…Ethiopia is under a State of Emergency. Suggest you put out the fire in your own back yard before concerning yourself with Eritrean affairs.

    • Kalihari Snake

      Hi Horizon: Ironic and disingenuous T-TPLF Ethiopionists are in expressing concern for the plight of Eritrea’s ‘normal’ and ‘poor’ while 7.8 million Ethiopians are on the brink of famine. Should Ethiopia follow the Rule of Law and relinquish Badme to Eritrea, it would largely delegitimize PIA/PFDJ abuse of power and allow for normalizations of relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea to be pursued. But the T-TPLF doesn’t want that do they? It would interfere with their continued economic rape of Ethiopia. Large reservoir, rail and industrial park projects in Ethiopia overwhelmingly go to the benefit of the T-TPLF. That is why there is nowadays a State of Emergency in Ethiopia as non-Tigray are fed up and no longer willing to be economically raped.

      • Abraham H.

        Hi Kalihari S., you said “Should Ethiopia follow the Rule of Law and relinquish Badme to Eritrea, it would largely delegitimize PIA/PFDJ abuse of power and allow for normalizations of relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea to be pursued.” I don’t know why you keep raising this dead issue of Badme; Isayas and co. have in no uncertain terms told us that it was pfdj yesterday, pfdj today, and pfdj tomorrow. They also told us that Eritreans seeking democracy have to go to the moon or mars, and elections in Eritrea cannot take place in three to four decades. Badme is not what gives Isayas a legitimacy to rule; they feel they have a God given right and the sole responsibility to rule Eritreans; according to them and their foolish supporters, Eritrea is doomed without the pfdj.

        • Kalihari Snake

          Hi Abraham: In the end as it pertains to Rule of Law, it does not matter if PIA or an Angel is President of Eritrea, for Ethiopia simply has no excuse to continue to illegally occupy Badme. Did not Meles sign on the dotted line?

          • Abraham H.

            Hi K. Snake, yes Meles did sign on the dotted line; but the border was not meant to be demarcated by itself. The two parties, together with the body responsible for the actual demarcation, still needed to talk together and find the best way to put the border pillars. The Isayas regime doesn’t want the border to be demarcated and the issue closed once and for all, and that is why it has abstained from all forms of talks.
            Also why do you keep saying badme? Badme is just a small town on the border; while we’ve to demarcate the entire 1000+km of border. Why are you guys willing to sacrifice the whole nation just for the sake of a tiny town, while the fact is Eritrea didn’t get everything it claimed as its own during the border ruling? Actually as a matter of fact, Eritrea has already lost territories thousands of times bigger than badme, if you compare what it claimed and what it got.
            Eritrean people’s number 1 enemy is Isayas and his regime; Badme is not an issue; it wasn’t even under Eritrean control during all the years prior to the mad dog Isayas igniting a war and capturing it from the Ethiopians.

          • Thomas

            Hi Abraham,

            This guy by K. Snake is just here to protect the murders in our country. He simply makes bogus statements; and he has nothing to convince his audiences. Worst of all, I think he thinks he is a big shoot here. Ignorance is very dangerous, this is proven to be true and K. Snake is to prove it. Birds of the same feather flock together, the other ignorant by Simon Keleab has joined the club. I am really not surprised the S. Keleab guy joining his jungle boy friend.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Thomas the cartoon character,

            Why are you still here? The way you talk, people will expect you to go back to Eritrea immediately, to overthrow the PFDJ. But you are all talk and no action, crying like a little girl around the clock.

            By the way, it is not a “big shoot” but a “big shot”. Don’t forget to enrol in a night-school for English lessons before you pack your bags for a mission in Eritrea. LOL!

          • Thomas

            Hi Simon K,

            Ok, who needs to take high school courses now: the one who cannot even spell the word enroll in his one comment or me? It is enroll not “enrol” ignorant”! Against, you think you are a big shot but you cannot even write a paragraph.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Thomas the cartoon character,

            All talk, but no action. The more you open your mouth the more you expose your ignorance.

            “Enrol” and “Enroll” are both correct depending on the type of English you are using. Figure this one out you thick head!

          • Thomas

            Hi Simon,
            Your resistance to change shows your arrogance & ignorance. It is time for you up grade, “nefat”

          • Simon Kaleab

            Thomas the cartoon character,

            You are trying to project your ignorance on someone else.

            A Japanese saying that fits your stupidity is: “A frog in a well does not know the ocean”.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Thomas: Obviously, the TPLF that programmed you, did not give a response option to use for those who do not support PIA/PFDJ, who strongly oppose unionism and who denounce the TPLF and its illegal occupation of Badme.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Abraham H.: Obviously, you know very little about the EEBC border ruling as most of what you have said is simply incorrect.

            On 13 April 2002, the Eritrea–Ethiopia Boundary Commission that was established under the Algiers Agreement in collaboration with Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague agreed upon a “final and binding” verdict. Both countries vowed to accept the decision wholeheartedly the day after the ruling was made official. A few months later Ethiopia requested clarifications, then stated it was deeply dissatisfied with the ruling. In September 2003 Eritrea refused to agree to a new commission, which they would have had to agree to if the old binding agreement was to be set aside, and asked the international community to put pressure on Ethiopia to accept the ruling. In November 2004, Ethiopia accepted the ruling ” but would later refuse to engage in the physical demarcation exercise.

            At the time of the EEBC ruling, Eritrea did not physically occupy any land awarded to Ethiopia while Ethiopia still continues to illegally occupy Badme.

            Below are a few Wikileaks intercepted messages which depict the real intentions of the TPLF relative to the EEBC decision:

            Amb. Oshima met the then Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Seyoum Mesfin on Nov. 7. Later that day, at the US Embassy, Oshima described the meeting as follows, according to the Cable:
            Seyoum continued to assert that actual demarcation of the border would require “readjustments,” e.g., to ensure that a village not be divided in two. Seyoum also had said that the border issue was not the sole issue between Ethiopia and Eritrea: economic trade, normalization of relations, and access to the sea were also key.

            Amb. Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG), who also attended the US Embassy meeting was quoted as saying:
            SRSG Legwaila observed that Ethiopia had, on several occasions, proposed swapping territory, and that the final point of PM Meles’ five-point plan proposed dialogue, which Eritrea had rejected.
            Commenting on the issues Oshima said:
            Oshima said that while it would be useful if the GOE were to state publicly that it accepted the Ethiopia-Eritrea Boundary Commission’s (EEBC) decision as “final and binding,” as stipulated by the Algiers peace accord, the GOE continues to agree with the decision only “in principle”. Highlighting the difference, Oshima questioned whether “I will marry you in principle” meant the same as “I will marry you unconditionally.”

            Amb. Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, added:
            Describing himself as an “expert in linguistic contortions,” SRSG Legwaila agreed that this represented a significant caveat. Legwaila said mutual acceptance of the EEBC decision would be a good basis for parties to begin dialogue. Not accepting the finality of the EEBC decision was a violation of article 415 of the peace agreement, Legwaila added.

          • Abraham H.

            Hi K. Snake, please tell me what has the Isayas regime and those who buy into its blind ‘final and binding’ nonesense have achieved in the last 14 years after the border ruling? Piling up wikileaks quotes is not going to help you explain the situation. Again, there is no danger in trying other sensible avenues, like sitting together and resolving all differences peacefully.
            I can tell you with confidence, that unless the Isayas regime is willing to talk, there would not be any normalization of relations, and no border resolution either. That means, Eritreans continue to be oppressed, imprisoned, tortured, impoverished, and exiled, while the world goes by.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Abraham: The bottom line is that Ethiopia is not following the Rule of Law and continues to illegally occupy Eritrea. Ethiopia’s illegal occupation of Eritrea is a separate issue from Governance of Eritrea.

          • Abraham H.

            Hi K. Snake, then the question is how do you get Ethiopia out of the occupied Badme, when the Ethiopian regime is calling for talks to resolve not only the border demarcation but also to normalize relations? By clinging to the useless ‘final and binding’ clause or by showing leadership and engaing in negotiations to see what the Ethiopians are upto?

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Abraham H: If Meles and the TPLF were not liars, Ethiopia would have long ago withdrawn from Badme. Normalizing relations from the TPLF angle entails Eritrea giving up the Port of Assab and that ain’t never gonna happen. Looks like non-Tigray groups in Ethiopia are totally fed up with the TPLF. Maybe once the TPLF is thrown out of power, Badme may then be rightfully returned to its legal owner: Eritrea.

          • Abraham H.

            Selam K.Snake, ok let’s say the TPLF were liars, then how does the Eritrean regime and its supporters want to settle the border demarcation, and resolve all the underlying issues without talking to the Weyanes? I just want to see what is the endgame here? Is it continuing on the status quo, until something happens to the Weyanes, in the meantime allowing Isayas to destroy the Eritrean society completely by exploiting badime? Please know that no one is going to pressure them to leave Badme. And how long is it going to take until the Weyanes are removed? Even so how do you plan to resolve the issue without negotiations?

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Abraham H.: While Badme town was small and insignificant, the Badme Triangle (EEBC land awarded to Eritrea) is certainly no tiny speck of land and is larger than the Gaza Strip and also larger than Addis Ababa in its entirety. And, prior to 1998, Badme town and land in the Badme triangle in general, were certainly not under Ethiopian control or occupation. In fact, prior to 1992, Badme town and the Badme triangle were clearly understood to be Eritrean. TPLF military expansionists activities, notably those occurring between 1992 and 1997, set the stage for the 1998-2000 war. One has to also keep in mind that the TPLF at the time was also strategizing to take large sections land away from Amhara region.

  • Thomas

    Selamat Awatistas,

    The brilliant YG spelled out how to bring about regime in Eritrea. It might be difficult for some commenters at the awate land and here is how YG put it, “Ethiopia is the only entity that can bring regime change (in Eritrea) and it should do it for the sake of both peoples.” Yes, I strongly agree with YG that the quickest way to eradicate the mafias destroying my nation and cleansing my people via the help of the sisterly nation.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Thomas; I just stopped by to replay to more worthy opponent, Kazanchis then I read your garbage and i couldn’t believe how your gumption less self operates. I know you are as coward as any one i know but can you answer me why the Ethiopians should die for you? If you are that caring and motivated about your country why not leave dead city Columbus Ohio and join the forces to get rid of PIA and its system? It is funny how your Fezaz mind works. you want the Ethiopians to die for you so you can sit in USA collecting your welfare checks while you fating your sorry azz, that what you want? What a dead soul, no wonder your too busty kissing behind the Hayats and the YG’s.
      Sorry Kazanchis, you must wait. I came to replay to you, i had to clean up some garbage on the way. be back.

      • Thomas

        Selam Nitricc,

        Yah, what goes around comes around. You won’t be able to save your masters. The ironic is you never seem to care when Eritrea has to lose 5000/month of her youth because of the abuses by the mafia you happily support. Sorry, did I break your concentration (Samuel Jackson). Just know what that feels:)

        • Abraham H.

          Selam Thomas, “kebdom kin’di med’fie egrom kndi merfi’e; kind of thing)”, lol that was funny. Actually I always wonder about Isayas, he looks like a huge man from his waist upwards, but if you notice his legs they are like what you said ‘kindi merfie’:-)

    • blink

      Dear Thomas
      Apart from his English vocabulary , what new idea does YG say ? He is a unionist who explain Eritrea’s issue from his old experience ,nothing new from a rotten guy in the run. The chance for his view was available long time ago not any more . Weyane can not play the dictator’s card any more . Ethiopians are more informed than ever .Ethiopia has never been a sisterly country to Eritrea . Infact Ethiopia is the main enabler of Issias and his cronies.

    • Selam Thomas,

      “Ethiopia is the only entity that can bring regime change (in Eritrea) and it should do it for the sake of both peoples.” I think that YG is making a big mistake here.
      Unfortunately, it is easily said than done. There is no way ethiopia will spend hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions, on a war mission that is none of her business, money that is required for her economic development. In addition, there is no way ethiopia will sacrifice thousands of her young to clean the mess eritreans created over the last fifty years or so fighting ethiopia. Eritrean problems should be solved by eritreans themselves. We have been saying this for a long time.

      Even if ethiopian rulers are either foolish or continue to have a softer spot in their heart for eritrea, and they start a war of aggression (for it is a war of aggression, as long as most eritreans are going to oppose it, because of the ethiopian factor, and as long as the opposition is not participating in any important way, but wants to be catapulted to the asmara palace free of any cost to itself, the majority of ethiopians will be against it. What would ethiopia do with the power vacuum she has created without thinking at all about whom to give power to? If it is going to give it to a weak, disorganized and divided opposition, which is not in a position to defend its power base, and wants ethiopia as its babysitter, then ethiopia will open a pandora’s box and she will be sucked into the eritrean problem, from which the only way she can extricate herself is to leave behind a divided and chaotic country. Ethiopia should not make the mistake to get bogged in a quagmire that is noxious and unfriendly.

      I doubt that eritreans are interested to see ethiopian soldiers again in the streets of asmara, nor do ethiopians want to be there. Not only pfdj supporters, but also the opposition will be demonstrating en masse at the un, the state department, eu headquarters, and all over the world, shouting occupation, genocide, and what not.

      • Thomas

        Hi Horizon,

        Ok, I know Ethiopia will never do it to help the Eritrean people, but I am sure the leadership in Ethiopia will do it to save themselves> I am sure you are looking at the involvement of the gulf countries in the Eritrean Red Sea area. I would rather have you look the following events:
        1) Issayas has invited the Saudis, the Emirates
        2) the Djibouti border dispute and who might want to take the role of Qatar
        3) The rumor that Egypt might appear around Assab
        4) The reason for Egypt’s military to only stay along the Eritrean border is because Djibouti might not want to Jeopardize her relationship with Ethiopia, the engine of Djibouti’s economy.
        5) above 1-4 might mandate Eritrea to take a quick action on the Issayas regime
        6) After taking the action on 5), Ethiopia will then make a quick withdraw

        On what might happen in Eritrea after Issayas, I will be happy to tell you that Eritrea will not be the next Somalia. If that was true, the Issayas regime would have eliminated by now past 16 years of the Badme war. Eritreans are feedup with the Issayas mafias regime and at the same we are tired of wars also. Anyone who comes to topple the Issayas regime would be considered as the saver.

        • Hi Thomas,

          I think that the ethiopian government has nothing to fear from the eritrean regime, if it continues to deliver on economic development, the (dabo), and gradually opens the political field for the opposition.

          Dia will invite any person to the region, even the devil, provided he gets some money out of assab, and as long as he hurts ethiopia. Tplf should have known that this would happen, when it worked hard with eplf to landlock ethiopia. Now we hear tplf members lamenting and telling the ethiopian government to make ethiopia again a red sea power.

          There is this concept that egypt is ethiopia’s nightmare. The other way could be true, to a certain extent, because ethiopia controls the nile, and she can be nasty if she is forced to. No power could win a war of aggression anywhere anymore, not egypt, not even the usa. We saw it in afghanistan and in iraq.

          There will be war only if ethiopia’s sovereignty is put in danger, and it will be a life or death war for ethiopia. Thise does not mean only the presence of the above mentioned forces in the region. In addition, there is a defense pact between djibouti and ethiopia, and ethiopia has the obligation to defend djibouti if the need comes, and djibouti asks for it. Of course, under no circumstances will ethiopia allow the regime in asmara to close the lifeline of ethiopia.

          Finally, as long as there is no strong armed opposition that will do most of the fighting and can control the situation afterwards, ethiopian intervention will be counter productive, and therefore, should be avoided. Quick intervention and immediate withdrawal will only create a power vacuum, which cannot be filled by the opposition. Moreover, war is not an easy business, equal to one getting in and getting out very easily. The pfdjs are not fools; they would simply melt into the eritrean society and reappear when ethiopian forces are gone. Unless the eritrean people are with the ethiopian forces, which they are not and will never be, ethiopia should therefore avoid this grave mistake by all means possible. On the contrary, eritreans will stand with the dictator, because ethiopia remains the enemy for most eritreans. Eplf won the war for no other reason but for the support it had from the eritrean people.

          • Thomas

            Thank you, Horizon. I guess I would not like to bore you with repeating myself. We all will find out where things will be heading. No one expected for the 1998/Badme war and the same can be said about the future. I agree with you that “Eplf won the war for no other reason but for the support it had from the eritrean people.” Again, if Ethiopia is coming to invade Eritrea or take any size of land from Eritrea, I would be the first one to turn against Ethiopia. Like I mentioned to you, the Eritrea people are feed-up with the DIA regime. Thus, if the Ethiopian army cross over just to surgically remove the Issayas regime, it would have been a win win thing. I don’t have state the listing Ethiopia would benefit (at least the elimination of threat from the mafia regime of Eritrea is one and lots of others). I could be wrong, but I think our Eritrean opposition even though divided can agree for urgent take over of the country. Later on, all opposition parties could be made to compete among each other and the Eritrean people would get a chance to go for the one with a better proposal. I think something is better than nothing. We have nothing now, I believe any change is invited by all.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Thomas. Only Eritrean opposition groups sleeping in bed with the T-TPLF would support Ethiopia’s surgical removal of PIA. Complete removal of the PIA regime at one go could have disastrous effects. And, should the T-TPLF contemplate such action, I am sure that there are large numbers of angry Amhara and Oromos ready in the wings, to take to the offensive against the Tigray should Ethiopia’s defense forces be too far stretched. Don’t forget that Ethiopia remains in a State of Emergency.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Hirizon and Thomas,

            After WWII, Ethiopia was represented by the very capable and highly qualified lawyer, Aklilu Habtewold to negotiate the UN charter, probably the only African country other than Egypt or SA may be.

            In the charter, he championed the article, where any member state can call an immediate / emergency meeting if the SC if it’s invaded by any other state. He said, Ethiopia appealed to the League of Nations for 7 months for the threat that was coming from Italy. But the SC ignored the warning and looked the other way and gave Italy green light to do so. That was the precedent for Germany invasion of Poland etc and was too late. If the world had to learn from this, this should never happen again, etc etc.

            That article, where Ethiopia championed is the UN charter.

            Now, call me stupid but Ethiopia foreign policy is based in that and any FM who comes to power must know as learn this fact.

            My friend Thomas doesn’t know the consequences of this. He just think Ethiopia is willing to VOID this historic role and its position as a leader in the AU just to please and help Eritreans, and lose the moral high ground.

            We will be waiting for a long and long time.

            Berhe

    • Kalihari Snake

      Hi Thomas. Mama Ethiopia is not a sisterly nation of Eritrea but rather an enemy, at least while it continues to illegally occupy Eritrean soil. You are twisting the words of YG which do no imply Ethiopian ‘eradication of the mafias’ but rather suggest that Ethiopia stop it isolationists tactics and follow the Rule of Law as in the case of Badme.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Kalihari; forget Thomas the TPLF stooge but here is the clip might teach this clueless creature.

        “””” In case Tsadkan suffers from selective amnesia, Ethiopia lost its sea outlet back in 1991 because he and his comrades fought hard to make it the largest landlocked country in the world. TPLF had a second chance to correct that historic sin during the 1998-2000 Ethio-Eritrea war, but it blew it wilfully against the advice of notable Ethiopians like Dr. Yocob Hailemariam and others who made a compelling case under international law to pursue a peaceful and legal avenue for Ethiopia’s access to a sea outlet.

        No one within TPLF – not the retired General who now has the temerity to lecture Ethiopians about national security threats from the comfort of his lavish retirement, not even those who were eventually kicked out of TPLF – raised a whisper when Meles ordered not to include any negotiation on a sea outlet in the Alger’s negotiations. They said nothing or challenged that mindless decision in public. They kept and handled Ethiopia’s affair as if it were their family or party affair.

        TPLF and Tsadkan will go to the grave with this burden hanging on their neck. Ethiopians would have to be too foolish to shed a drop of blood for another war that TPLF or its former Generals want for their own security. TPLF and the General can march to the Red Sea and sink in it for all the people of Ethiopia care.

        Tsadkan’s advising to going to war with Eritrea is nuts on the face of it and quite likely driven by a sinister objective. We must not forget for a moment that, TPLF is, above all things, a master of division, diversion, and deception. The General is a graduate of that school. Nothing he says can be taken at face value.

        TPLF has a simple and, to this point, very effective strategy to stay in power – keep Amharas down by among other things pitting them against the Oromos, and keep Eritreans out by making them an eternal enemy to Ethiopians. In the last few years, this strategy has started crumpling on both fronts as the Oromos and the Amharas at long last started to look at each other’s pain and appreciate their common destiny, and as Eritreans and Ethiopians started mending their tattered relationship outside TPLF’s orbit. These developments have no doubt scared the devil out of TPLF”””””

        • Thomas

          Hi Nitricc,

          I am confused. Reading your comment from above, you seem an angry Ethiopian. Of course, NO one would have stopped the non Meles group from claiming that the entire Africa as theirs, but they wouldn’t know because facts on the group would have proven them wrong. Assab is deep inside Eritrean Territory. The border war was about the Badme area and they had to stick on that claim or they would look stupid in the eyes of the international community including the U.S.A. It was never to show their generosity, but the Meles group knew that the UN would follow as it has the colonial border markings of the map. That is Ethiopia before her occupying Eritrea was a landlocked nation. No Asseb would have lead the continuation of our gedli. If we had to go to war for Badme in 1998, it would be stupid to contemplate to question the owners of Assab. Meles at one of his meeting with his oppenents mesmerized: if his opponents want to go to war over the question of Assab “Mengedu cherk yarglachu”. Your above comment proves that you are clueless. I don’t know what you have been learning here at the Awate University. You NOT the TPLF general who seem to suffer from Amnesia. What is wrong with you man?

        • blink

          Dear Nitricc

          Can you clarify this”notable Ethiopians like Dr. Yocob Hailemariam and others who made a compelling case under international law to pursue a peaceful and legal avenue for Ethiopia’s access to a sea outlet.”

          TPLF has nothing to do with the sea thing, they can do nothing to stop Ethiopia to be land locked, none. At the London conference or meeting between the Americans, EPLF , TPLF and others, the sea has never ever been an issue, Eritrea is a sovereign state, Ethiopia can not get a single international legal premise to get sea out let. The sea thing was dead at the time of Italians and feudal system of Ethiopia. From long time ago it was well accepted that Ethiopia is a land locked country. So no notable or respected once for that matter.

          • Thomas

            Hi Blink,

            You can try but I don’t think Nitricc’s mind holds new information. I remember the time when we had to worry about a few damn Ethiopians questioning the ownership of Assab and that was before our referendum. Right after the referendum results was announced, we celebrated our countries independence and her rebirth with her entire land, sea, mountains and all. How in the world is Assab a border dispute with Ethiopia. How in the world can Blue Nile of Ethiopia near Bahir Dar to become the Egyptians river? My only suggestion is for Nitricc to buy a hard copy of the map of Eritrea. He may need to post this map on the wall near his bed so that he gets study it and be good for the day. From observing him here for a while, he tend to keep new info. for a day.

          • blink

            Dear Thomas
            There are some hideous people who think that Ethiopia has a god given right to Assab and if god doesn’t remember their right ,they hope all the Tigrinya people in Eritrea chooses to be united under the pretext of cultural heritage. But I was shocked Nitricc repeated their braying rituals.

            Thomas in your conservative assumption, how and when do you think the Sadistic guy will removed from power ? I hope you stay honest on your reply.

          • Abraham H.

            Dear blink, don’t blame Nitricc, he has just copied and pasted here what was written in the Ethiopian opposition website ecadforum by someone Shiferaw Abebe. These are the Ginbot 7 sympathisers, aka the Abi-constituents, who are sleeping with the Eritrean dictator, at least, until they get rid of the tplf, if they ever could. The poor Isayas foot soldiers like Nitricc have no idea that once and if ( a very big if) the G7 are done with the Weyanes, they would immediately turn their guns towards Eritrea.

  • Hayat Adem

    Hi Friends?
    Have you guys read two great articles by two prominent Eritreans: none other than the Hon SGJ and The Great YG both about Ethiopia and Eritrea in the same Journal. Fantastic! . Where did we ever see these two giants writing on the same paper about the same issue! And the quality of the content! I wouldn’t say I read it, I devoured it. A must read for everyone here!
    SGJ writes about bridges everywhere along the border line that run north-south and south-north. Obviously, SGJ is speaking of more than physical bridges.
    There is a bolder assertion by YG that speaks about the “Waiting Game” by the two regimes. As I hinted the other day as I started reading it, YG accuses, in no uncertain terms, the Yika’alo generation of committing an atypical genocide on the Warsai generation.(generational genocide). Some of his assertions made me ask, “is that why some people go to unreasonable lengths to defend the past?”
    Back to the waiting game: the two regimes do seem to have chosen not to change their policies hoping to outwait and outgame the other. According to YG’s analysis Ethiopia had it wrong all along when it comes to Eritrea. He said what it wanted is to save Eritrea and punish the regime but in actual sense, it killed the nation and saved the regime.
    The Eritrean regime is also doing the same: killing the nation and saving itself at least enough to outsurvive Woyane. In the mean time, it is the poor nation and the helpless nationals that are caught between a hard place and a rock.
    I have a story that illustrates our situation. There were two early teens going to school. They are next door neighbors and peers and they walk to school and walk back home after school all the time together. One morning both were late for a morning class. The teacher confronted them for the joint tardiness. One of them was explaining…and the other followed afterwards.
    Student A: “teacher, I had 5 naqfa. I lost it on my way here. It was a money my Mom gave me this morning to buy a book. So I had to look hard to retrieve it but I killed my time to no avail. That is why I am late.”
    Teacher: “That doesn’t make sense. But I can understand your problem. What about you? Why are you late?”
    Student B: “it is for the same reason he explained to you, teacher.”
    Teacher: What do you mean? You were helping him in the search?”
    Student B: ” Not exactly, teacher. I was standing on that 5 naqfa. But my friend wouldn’t take off his eyes of me and didn’t get a chance to pick it. So I left it there hoping to get it later.”

    • Olana

      Dear Hayat
      Hopefully they (& other awatists) and the journal itself will continue to enlighten us about our region.
      Olana

    • ሰላማት ሓያት ኣደም፡

      ወሓጢዮ ‘ተበልክዋስ፡ ትግስሞ መሰልሰላ ኣስዒባ ራዛ ናይ ኣያኡ ሓዛ፡ would be the sequel as in በenድ/ኦርrrr Part 2.
      I personally DO NOT LIKE YG. Change your narrative. Abu AAshera Weapon X, evolution. Stand on 17!

      AmEritrean giantTse

      • Hayat Adem

        Hi Tsatse,
        “I personally don’t like YG. Change your narrative.”
        Why is that you don’t like YG? The other question would be: why do you think anyone would think you have to like YG? And yet another one: why would anyone be advised to change their views just because Tsatse feels doing what Tsatse always does?
        PS: your uniqueness in a good way is a likeable asset here.

        • Hi Hayat,

          “PS: your uniqueness in a good way is a like[ ]able asset here.” Thank you for the kind words in the in the post script. My point precisely.
          To answer your Three ho-minims question with One, I suggest “Eritrea’s Ghedli [Revolution/Evolution] in an” EXCELLENT “way is a like able asset here.” as the heading of the MAIN SCRIPT to the change in narrative.

          PS: The feeling is mutual Tegadalit Hayat Adem.

          Abu Ashera Weapon X – Evolution.

          AmEritrean GiAntTse

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Hayat,
      Thanks for the illustrative story about the two students though the fate of the 5 naqfa remained untold. I saw the two gentlemen’s contributions in which the erudition and style was clearly reflected in their in puts. One thing I noticed was YG’s familiar cultural cum traditional fixation that could match the 19th century K. von Metternich’s conservatism. He argues that the Eritrean national liberation movement was out to ruin the cultures and traditions of Eritrea in both versions: Orthodox Christian and Islam.
      Regards

      • Hayat Adem

        Hi The Great Ismail,
        The 5 Naqfa was not well guarded or secured by either, not by the owner nor by the opportunitic theif. It was more likely picked by a stranger passerby or blown away to aother territory by a strong wind or ended up being a work project for the worms and insects.
        Yes, YG has that thing but such limitations were well compensated and balanced by SGJ’s take. Limitations and biases are human. I would have liked you to see the new and different thoughts from him.

        • Berhe Y

          Dear HA,

          I have not read YG latest article. The main problem that I have with his articles is that, he doesn’t provide solutions to Eritrea problems that is in norm to international accepted legal norms and realities to move the country forward.

          It’s all feel good edition which has no basis to the fact in the ground today and what can be done.
          For example:

          You said:
          YG accuses, in no uncertain terms, the Yika’alo generation of committing an atypical genocide on the Warsai generation.(generational genocide).

          What exactly one can do about this. Not exactly the warsay generation but the government that’s in power. Others are doing something about it, like the SR, CoI, ICC, Santions, opposition etc..

          Another point:

          Back to the waiting game: the two regimes do seem to have chosen not to change their policies hoping to outwait and outgame the other. According to YG’s analysis Ethiopia had it wrong all along when it comes to Eritrea. He said what it wanted is to save Eritrea and punish the regime but in actual sense, it killed the nation and saved the regime.

          How and why would Ethiopia be responsible for the well being of another sovereign country and people? All Ethiopia can do, within it’s limits and based on it’s interest but it has not responsibility what so ever. It’s doing it’s international accepted obligation, hosting thousands and thousands of refugees, provide work permit and even provide higher education opportunities for some. May be Ethiopia long term goals are something else…but to put them as in equally responsible for the demise of the country, Eritrea is “totally stupid” if you ask me. It’s like blaming China for the crazy leader Kim and paranoid state North Korea.

          Here again, just feel good edition but has not concrete legal or other grounds for it…

          I don’t know how your story is relevant to the complex issue at hand.

          Berhe

          • Thomas

            Hi Berhe,

            To cover our weaknesses, I agree we must not blame others. I guess that is what Issayas has been doing, blaming the entire world. I agree with your view read as, “How and why would Ethiopia be responsible for the well being of another sovereign country and people? All Ethiopia can do, within it’s limits and based on it’s interest but it has not responsibility what so ever. It’s doing it’s international accepted obligation, hosting thousands and thousands of refugees, provide work permit and even provide higher education opportunities for some. May be Ethiopia long term goals are
            something else…but to put them as in equally responsible for the demise of the country, Eritrea is “totally stupid” if you ask me. It’s like blaming China for the crazy leader Kim and paranoid state North Korea.”. We, the Eritreans, are responsible for letting the dictator turn our lives upside down.

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Berhe,
            I have a joke for you. In the ghedki times, 2 or 3 tegadali were out on guard on a strategic spot. Then an unsuspecting farmer was passing by the place and for it was dark and didn’t know that it was manned by teghadelti. But the teghadelti spotted him and we’re asking him questions from a distance to establish that he was alone and didn’t mean harm.
            “men ikha. Shimka tezareb. Abzelekhayo tetew bel! /who is there/? Freeze!”
            “Hiray..shimey Berhe ebehal / okay.. I am Berhe/”.
            “Berhe men Berhe entai ikha? What are you up to, Berhe? Tell us about you..”
            “Berhe de’a Berhe. Berhe Baracki..”
            “Emo Berhe entai Ikha? Tegadali dikha? Etai dikha…? Yes.. but are one of us? what do you do?”
            “Berhe ember siq elle Berhe! /I am just Berhe, ordinary Berhe! Nothing more!”

          • Thomas

            Hi HA,

            That was really funny. The tigadeltis would have been more happy if he had told them, that his name was Berhe and he is just what they like to call him “GEBAR DEMBAR”:)

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Tommy,

            Funny, really. I was waiting for HA to finish the joke, I didn’t think she was done.

            You need to move north for series world class funny stories.

            Since it’s Friday today, I recommend Bill Maher tonight.

            Anyway, HA repirutive attack on Ghedli and tegadelti en mass is getting really boring.

            How about she compares to the brutal Derg, who committed grnocide in mass, I mean in one night they lined up and killed 60 top ministers who put the country in the world stage / map.

            And then there is Ruwanda, a genocide of a million people. And there was Uganda, displacing thousands of citizens and killing en mass all considered opposition to the brutal leaders.

            Now if any of these countries are able to move forward, what’s that stopping us Eritreans.

            I am not trying to belittle our ugly side of history but her obsession is beyond a reasonable expectation of a normal person.

            Ab zesemAka derbi aytmahlel. Keep trying.

            Berhe

          • Thomas

            Hi Berhe,

            I have much respect for you are one of the coolest person here @ the awate forum. With that in mind, I believe believe there might be some miscommunication between us. I don’t see what HA wrote above is as offensive to our gedli thing. She was basically talking about x tegadeltis asking one gebar questions. The tegadelti had to ask those questions so as to identify him or to see if the gebar is a threat/working on the derg side. The gebar not understanding the intention of the requested questions, he ended up providing with wrong Answers. That is why I brought the “gebar dembar” joke. Tegadelti being a military had to be sure of things/information communicated while the gebar would care less about confidentiality/securing information. Trust me, I would never have known the story about “gebar genbar thing” if some “bet timrti sewra” had jokingly mentioned it. Yes, I did not create the joke, those who were very close with the tegadelis were very familiar ………….

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Tommy,

            The respect is mutual,trust me.

            The joke would have made sense if it was the reverse. That Ethiopian solidiers are afraid of Eritreans working with “Wenbede”.

            There has never been a story of betrayal of an ERITREAN working with Derg against the Tegadelti, at least not that warrants a joke.

            Sure, Tegadalay / Ghebar division come to surface, mostly after independence because primary the pfdj created policy of division.

            Berhe

          • Thomas

            Hi Berhe,

            Thank you for responding. One thing to mention, all gebar has limits (this could be from the environment they are exposed to, education and culture) and all tegadelti’s were never the same (some would give value to the gebars & others might have belittled and made jokes on the gebars). I like to see Eritreans talk about Eritrea. Gedli’s task was completed in the year of 1991 and concluded with the Eritrean people participation of the referendum (result: 99.98). It really never matters if someone likes to joke about gedli, tegadelti or anything that happened 26 years ago. We have a sovereign nation just like every nation the world, PEOPLE MUST WEAK-UP FOR GOD’S SEEK!! I will never get “the protecting the gedli” thing, ever!! Even the South Sudanese with all the difference among them cannot reverse their independence and unify their country with the North Sudan/former Sudan. Somethings just cannot be reversed!!

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Thomas,

            You are right to doesn’t matter to joke about ghedli or not. And we should be able to take a joke, if it was in good taste and for good / learning purpose.

            But if the joke was to belittle and in the process to demean the whole country and those who paid dearly expecting nothing in return, I think we need to call it for what it is.

            Berhe

          • Selamat The Coolest Berhe,

            All Tegadelti were and are Gebar, All Gebar were not Tegadelti. After the culmination of the long and arduous Gedli Sewra Eritrea, all Tegadelti were once again Gebar and All Gebar became Tegadelti. Ghedli it turned out to be a non ceasing continuum for ALL. Apparently, nor did it have a beginning.
            The truth is, the Eritrean Sewra took the Tegadalay/iit out of the MgEBAR but failed to take the Gebar out of the Tegadelti. And ALL are forever GEBAR vowing to be Tegadelti forever.

            Did you recommend Bill Mahr or Bill Moyers. Your poignant point of The Eritrean People Governing, somewhere above in your rebuttals above, is consistent with the line of thinking of the BillMoyers and Company….. Head South of The Border to see “:The Bombs Burst in Air” Tuesdayzzzz…

            There is a EST ’17 (Eritrean Stand Tour ’17) that is Eritrean Soccer Tournament 2017 in the Bay Area— I say Debate This TOO!!! Swoosh or Swish! Nothing but net……

            AmEritrean GitSAtSE est. ’17;)

          • blink

            Dear Thomas
            In the joke , it implies that the “gebar” was a foreign to confidentiality of the Ghedli , I am sure you know the gebar was the main engine of the Gedli, Gebar carried the fight from freed land to enemy held cities through his iron bravery (women carrying secrets throw their threaded hair …. endless stories. So the joke is simply out of the woods that does have branches. I can tell many actual stories done by women from Ala to meshalit

          • Nitricc

            Hayat; in which gedli are you talking about? you know there are now two gedli, your Gedli and the great Eritrean gedli, which Gedli are you talking about? the one the saints or the devil one.
            Bye Felisha!

          • Haile Zeru

            Hi Berhe,
            I do not know if you realized also that YG splits Eritreans between Lowlander/Highlander and then again he made a split Moslem/Christian. These schisms already exist, no doubt about it. But Most politicians suggest ways to narrow these divisions and come ( at least they try), up with a formula that makes all Eritreans winners.

            YG takes these fault lines and comes with suggestions that focuses exclusively on Tigrinya and Christian perceived (by him) interests or Habesha identity.
            Basicaly according to YG, SAAY and SGJ are not part of the equation. The Saho, highlanders but moslems are out of YG equation. The Jeberti, the Bilen are out of what YG proposes as a solution for the “Eritrean” people. And so are all Eritrea lowlanders.

            His “Eritrea” are Akele, Seraye and Hamassien with Christian and Tigrinya qualifiers.
            His analises laid of on this background.
            Long ago he wrote few articles that were expounding the above background very clearly.
            I am not sure now but I think one of the articles was entitled:
            The two solitudes or somryhong like that.

          • blink

            Dear Haile
            YG explain Eritrea only from the narrow window of his child hood and you can not blame him for being an old nuts. He expected Eritreans to go with him from his complex upbringing.If he was twice as smart, he’d still be stupid and a loser philosophy student. There is nothing more evil than YG view but it is not new. I can see the last breath of YG with full of hate for the half part of Eritreans.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Haile Zeru: You are indeed correct. The thing that baffles me is that YG wishes to depict Mama Ethiopia as the Habesha savior of Eritrea. Thing is, less than 1/3 of Ethiopia’s current population really fits the Habesha mold.

          • Haile Zeru

            Greeting KAlihary S.
            That is exactly what I mean.
            YG is talking a lot but not doing a sound analyses of his political position.
            The Habesha in Ethiopia are the power center now, but given the demographics they will, inevitably, share or loose the hegemonic position they are playing now. And then what? YG will,
            probably, say the Eritrean Habesha should make arrangement with their “other” brethren in the north, east and west.

          • Nitricc

            dup———–>

          • Haile Zeru

            Hi Nitricc,

            I saw the duplicate. You are questioning my assumption that she (Hayat Adem) is a Moslem woman.

            My answer is, I am taking her assertion at face value. And I am also assuming the awate.com posting guide line applies. Even though it is difficult to reinforce.

            “25.3 Don’t portray a misleading identity of yourself: gender, faith, nationality. Avoid anything that is considered a dishonest and deceitful representation of your real identity.”

            Given her political position she is an odd Muslim-Eritrean-woman. This is my observation. The reason is, the single most brutalised and maltreated segment of Eritrean society by Ethiopian successive rulers is the Moslem Eritrean Woman.
            And An Eirtrean moslem woman that supports the policy of Haile Selassie and Mengistu is an aberration. I do not have words to describe it.
            But I have to admit she knows a great deal about Eritrea. Even though, all that she writes is the version of history that is written by the vanquished Ethiopian rulers (King).
            That by itself makes her Eritrean, regardless whether I like or not her political position.

          • Nitricc

            HI Berhe; you said ” By the way Hayat Adem, a moslem woman is not part of YG’s solution. I wonder why she is applauding his ideas?”
            A; how do you know Hayat is a Muslim? Please don’t tell me her nick says so, that kind of response will put you in a very shallow and childish position.
            B: I wonder what makes you take that take; what is the difference between Hayat the paid agent and YG the jobless traitor? you know what I am saying….
            thanks in advance for your answer.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            First, if someone said she is a women and a Muslim, then it`s not up to me to question, like I don`t question anyone else.

            I don`t know what you are drinking (I will have what you are having) but I don`t believe I said what are quoting here

            ” By the way Hayat Adem, a moslem woman is not part of YG’s solution. I wonder why she is applauding his ideas?”

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berehe; Come-on man, meet me half way; you said “First, if someone said she is a women and a Muslim, then it`s not up to me to question” That is exactly I am asking you. did she told you that she was a Muslim? Or you are just assuming. She me where she told you that she was a Muslim?

            secondly; you said ” By the way Hayat Adem, a moslem woman is not part of YG’s solution. I wonder why she is applauding his ideas?”

            And I am asking you where did you see that they differ in position when it comes to Eritrea. you seem to imply that they have different stance and I am asking to display what the difference is.

          • Berhe Y

            Nitricc,

            OK, as long as we understand that I have not said the exact quotes you put in parenthesis. I am not saay or my friend SA when it comes to English, but when you put something in quotes, my understanding you are quoting someone.

            I don`t remember when but she said she is half Eritrea and half Ethiopian and she is a Muslim, I don`t know full or half. Again, I don`t remember this kind of stuff too well so I could be wrong.

            As to the other stuff, I think it`s best if you ask her directly. Don`t you agree.

            Berhe

    • Kalihari Snake

      Hi Hayet Alem: Is not YG not criticizing the T-TPLF regime for their lack of actions (not military) against Eritrea? For example, should Ethiopia follow the Rule of Law and relinquish the Badme triangle to Eritrea, it would be a real game changer. In this regard, and not from a military standpoint, Ethiopia holds a key to change Eritrea.

      • Hayat Adem

        KS,
        Obviously, you are either misunderstanding him or trying to spin it so badly that what you are saying he said is not even good enough to be a distant cousin of his ideas let alone the very idea itself

      • Abraham H.

        Dear Kalihari, Ethiopia can withdraw from Badme today, and nothing extraordinary would happen as long as the two regimes do not quit their policies of regime change towards each other. In the 21st century, all differences between governments are resolved through the civilized way of negotiations.

        • Kalihari Snake

          Hi Abraham H.: I completely disagree with your assertion that Badme is not a cogent factor in possible change in Eritrea’s Governance, for it in so long as it remains illegally occupied by Ethiopia, which is an Act of War, it gives legitimacy to PIA in the eyes of many but not all Eritreans.

  • Hayat Adem

    Hi Friends,
    The other day, I mentioned King Pyrrhus as to how the regime and its suporters think of victory and defeat. I am seeing and hearing more of tbat now a days as if to confirm. So, instead of working to improve Eritrea, they dream of the implosion of another country. In stead of, working for an Eritrea that firmly stands on its own feet and transcending principles, they are debating if adulterer A is better than adulterer B. Nothing new here though – as all kinds of sins are correlational, all kinds of stupidities are too.

  • Hashim Omadin

    Happy Eid Al Mubark to All !

  • said

    Greetings and Eid-ul-Fitr, Mubarak

    The Qatar Crisis: The Counterproductive Fast Changing Rules of the Game

    When the Rulers of Saudi Arabia and the UAE embarked on the rather most unconventional initiative to isolate and infringe on the sovereignty of another member Emirate of the GCC countries, i.e. Qatar; apparently with the blessings and tacit support of the President of the US, Donald Trump; however, with apparent serious reservations of the US Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US Ministry of Defense; Saudi Arabia and the UAE reckoned that with their bold initiative that all would take to succeed in imposing their will and agendas on vulnerable Qatar. The fast unfolding events are proving that the Saudis and the UAE could very well be miscalculating the situation and can very well be wrong on their assumptions.

    The Saudi and the UAE’s initiative against Qatar seemed to stem from a rather very simplistic strategic objective intended to create a coherent and a solid front against the Islamic Republic of Iran in congruence with the new US Administration’s designs and new strategy to isolate and possibly eventually confront Iran militarily.

    However, Qatar of all the rest of the other Gulf States, given the country’s huge wealth and command over an abundance of a strategic energy commodity, Natural Gaz, would always pose as the potential spoiler that could compromise the new GCC’s Plans of the edification of a solid GCC front to confront the Islamic Republic of Iran. This, as Qatar is enamored with a sense of exaggerated self-aggrandizement as an important regional player; besides, Qatar’s unwavering deep-seated mistrust and suspicions of the Saudis’ intentions and designs against Qatar’s Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity.

    The Saudi new plans to take the offensive, direct against the Islamic Republic of Iran, seems to spring from the apparent defeats suffered in the ongoing proxy wars in Syria, Iraq as well as the failure to decisively defeat the Houthis in Yemen, perceived as Iran’s proxies threatening Saudi Arabia’s southern borders.

    The Saudis and the UAE appear to have overlooked the complexity of the Qatar Question with their raw diplomacy and much misplaced self-assurance that all would go in accordance with plan as Washington’s backing and committed would deter any other external powers to intervene on the side of Qatar. Imposing a stifling tight siege on the tiny emirate of Qatar was thought by the Saudis and the Emirates’ strategic planners would only be a matter of time before Qatar submits and completely surrender to the Saudis’ conditions to conform.

    The Internationalization of the Qatari Crisis and the rigidity of the imposed conditions by the Saudis appear now to have drawn most unlikely new regional players into the crisis that risk to frustrating the Saudi plans.

    The humiliating conditions imposed by Saudi Arabia on Qatar, perceived as infringements on Qatari Sovereignty, appear to be driving Qatar to the edge to contemplating new possible regional alternatives and possible new regional alignments.

    Turkey and Iran appear as the most unlikely regional players now being drawn to the Qatari Crisis causing the Internationalization of the crisis with the two major regional powers appear prepared to alleviate the imposed siege and safeguard Qatar’s Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity.

    The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, used harsh words, typical to his rhetorical style, in rebuffing the Saudi conditions that Turkish troops leave Qatar; further raising the challenge to the Saudi actions against Qatar as in violation of the International law. Erdoğan left no doubt in any one’s mind that Turkey stands firm with Qatar in defending Qatari territories against any potential military invasion or military actions.
    Erdoğan’s position seems even more stiffened with the apparent US backing of the Saudi-UAE’s initiative as he grows increasingly critical of Washington’s apparent backing of the Kurds in Syria that Erdoğan perceives with great suspicions as to Washington’s intents and designs vis-à-vis the broader Kurdish question that forever irks President Erdoğan.
    Besides, Erdoğan seems to look at the Qatari Crisis from a totally different strategic optic. Being unapologetic supporter of the Muslim Brothers, Erdoğan immensely abhors the Egyptian President Sesi for his suppression of the Muslim brothers in Egypt. Erdoğan views Sesi’s throwing his lot with the Saudis and the Emirates backing their cracking down on the tiny Emirate of Qatar as the more reason that Erdoğan would come to the aid of the Qataris.
    Iran on the other hand, being aware of the sensitive security issues surrounding the special Qatari-US relations and governing agreements, including the US’ Udied Air-base in Qatar – allegedly the largest outside the US – Iran is very careful to steer away from handling any military or security matters in its current relations with Qatar. In this vein, Iran wants to deprive the anti-Qatari camp in this crisis from using this as an excuse to raising the tensions against Iran.

    However, and as was expressed in a phone conversation yesterday between the Iranian President, Hasan Rouhani, and the Qatari Emir, Iran stands ready to unreservedly assist Qatar to guarantee the continuous flow of life support and vital logistical services. In this vein, Mr. Rouhani informed the Qatari Emir, that all Iranian ports, Iranian space and Iranian territories would all be open to the freedom of navigation and the full use by the Qataris.

    Qatari Emir Tamim went out of his way in an official declaration yesterday to praising the Qatari-Iranian relations emphasizing the need to foster increasing cooperation and peaceful relations between the Arab countries and Iran.

    End of the day, the Internationalization of the Qatari Crisis appears to undermine the original plans and calculations of the countries that caused the crisis in the first place. It appears that in lieu of driving Qatar away from Iran, the initiators of the Qatari Crisis driving the Qataris to the wall appear to cause the Qataris, instead, to draw even closer to Iran by the force of necessity and the need of survival.

    • Mez

      Dear Said,
      Please mention your source properly AND acknowledge.

      • said

        Selam MEZ,

        in my last comments i put sources and even link you can be sure i put sources if i have to .but If you do want not to credit and you seems to suspect and it’s your privilege,and If you think there is source I took it from please do yourself a great favour and please published the sources ,even one full sentence or less i challenge you,i see you as dishonest person , this kind of pattern of ignorant behavior to discredit is often repeated.

        • Mez

          Dear Said,
          OK thanks.

      • Hashim Omadin

        Hi, why does he need to insert while he is the source of his write up ? I hope his writing does not cause to rankle my friend – people are sharing , providing opinions about current situation

    • MS

      Selsam said
      Much appreciation. Excellent news analysis. I wish if you would consider sending such excellent pieces to the front page.
      Regards.

      • Ismail AA

        Dear MS, Said and Saay et al,
        I appreciate the extended comments all of you have posted. Combined, the comments provide essential introduction to a rather complex crisis that can potentially rock the whole Arabian Peninsula.

        My rudimentary comments are meant to add a couple of points – considering the deep factors that known political and policy matters conceal, and which are of ideological and tribal nature.

        The two tribes from which the ruling families of both countries claim to descend have historical animosity against one another. In this context, the power of the Saudi ruling family is legitimized and bolstered by the Al Sheikh tribe from which the leadership of the religious establishment always comes from the time of Lawrence of Arabia and the British role that arranged the enthroning of King Abdul-Aziz bin Saud over the united Najd and Hijaz regions after the demise of the Ottoman Turkish empire.

        The Tmeim tribe to which the Al Thani family affiliated is very large and spreads outside the current Qatari state borders across the Arabian Peninsula and beyond to Jordan, Syria and Palestine. Those clans who live in Saudi Arabia still have links with the Al Thani ruling family. The picture become complex with the
        claim of Al Sheikh tribe to which the current grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia belongs and the Al Tmeim tribe family blood link with the founder of the Wahabi sect, bin Abdulwahab and his version of interpretation of Ibn Teima’s Fiqh (jurisprudence).

        Due to this when the Al Shiekh had bonded with the British and supported Ibn Saudi, Al Tmeim supported the Ottomans Turks and the Caliphate they represented. So, the Turks inherited lingering bitterness about what they considered betrayal of the Caliphate when Al Sheikh and other tribes including the bin Hashem tribes under Sharif Hussein of Mecca, the father of king Faisal in Iraq and king Abdalla in Jordan, respectively, allied with the British against the Turks. Moreover, the Turks feel historically indebted to the Al Tmeim tribe for their solidarity when they destroyed the first Al Saud emirate at the beginning of the 19th and deported the emir to Astana and died there.

        Seen in the context of the current alignment of the Turks with the Qataris has, thus, historical underpinnings, beside the common connection with the Moslem Brotherhood factor which Ustaz Mahmoud had explained.

        Regards

        • MS

          Ahlan Ustaz IsmailAA
          Thanks for shading light on the most important aspect of the problem. I think you have brought to light something that is often overlooked. The clan (family lineage) plays an important role in defining relations between leaders of that region, including the entitlement they feel they have to rule forever. The rulers of the Kingdoms, Emirates, and Sultanates of that region draw their legitimacy from their bloodline. When those bloodlines crossed paths in the past, it is more likely that we will continue to see the all too familiar feuds between these leaders. The summits of the Arab League are remembered for their stories and images of the head of states yelling at each other with insults and putdowns.

        • Selamat ayya Ismael AA,

          Happy belated Eid to you and all. (Extended ጾም with a head start on ሮሞዳን and a late breaking of the fast by way of a convoluted rational…;)

          ‘ንቋዕ ጾም ሉጓም ፈትሓልኩም፡ ኣሚን።

          Thank you for sharing history. “Rudimentary” I think not. It gives me clarity or highlights the Turkish narrative with the current head of state of Turkey amplification of the grand imperial grandure….

          ጻጸ

          • Ismail AA

            Selam GitSAtSE Solomon wedi Hawey,
            Thanks for the Eid greeting; nice words are never too late. Missed for too long. Where have been, sir.
            Regards.

      • said

        Salam MS

        Many thanks for your comments as you know there is great deal of information in today’s age and it is hard to put it in proper prospective and context.

  • Nitricc

    Greetings my people: As much as i hate what happened to Qatar; i am only grateful what they have done to my country. They have stood behind my country and people of Eritrea in the darkest hours of their time. For that I stand with people and government of Qatar with my deepest appreciation and respect. I don’t know all the politics and i have no idea what the reason is for the government of Eritrea to issue that kind of press conference but not for me, I thank you Qatar and respect!

    • Hayat Adem

      “i have no idea what the reason is for the government of Eritrea to issue that kind of press conference but not for me, I thank you Qatar and respect!”
      The Qataris helped not Eritrea or Eritreans but the regime, represented in the person of IA, that has just betrayed them in broad moonlight. Why? The regime thought there is a warmer place and a thicker bread. The world has a name for such predctable unpredictabilty of diplomacy: recklessness. That recklessness has been the signature mark of this leadership all the way and all the time.
      But you have been counting blunders after blunders of this regime. What does this regime have to do to offend you enough?

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