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Removal of DIA Should Be Our Top Priority

Isaias Afwerki: the petty dictator of a once-promising small African country Eritrea.

Neither his past eminence nor his present vulgar mediocrity can be denied. In fact if there is a totem that aptly describes the bald-faced gangly dictator, his rabble of gung-ho generals and his slavishly servile subordinates, it is foolishness. Whether his intellectual atrophy is due to his lack of mental health, or his smug sense of omniscience that has thwarted his ability to learn and evolve, he has consistently failed to adapt to new circumstances and behave according to the dictates of reason and established norms. His lack of good judgments and his insatiable pursuit of conflicts have led to a regional conflagration that has caused the loss of many lives and invaluable properties. With escalating political repressions and deteriorating economic conditions, made worse by a series of UN imposed sanctions and self-inflicted isolationism, instability looms large.

Eritrea is on the precipice of disintegration; only stitch in time will save it. I welcome the launch of the new Satellite radio and congratulate those who have worked hard to make it happen. It is my sincere hope that it will herald a new era of activism and resistance where bad ideas will be defeated by better ideas. It is time that all media channels: audio, visual and print are used to reach out to the Eritrean people and mobilize them to end the life of tyranny and reclaim their freedom. Encouraging as the new developments might be, I’ve to caution that politics of exclusion—real or perceived—can no longer be tolerated and that any endeavor that does not always leave its door open to reconciliation should not be welcomed. Be that as it may be, our first target should always be the dictator who is solely responsible for the predicament Eritrea finds itself in. Somebody who is unfit to rule is at the helm of power and his removal should be Eritreans’ top priority.

When whim ties the knot with stubbornness the end result is invariably foolishness. The wedlock always paves the way for vice to rape virtue. If courage and integrity are the bastions of virtue then honor is its ultimate crown. Proud and honorable citizens are the first targets of any dictator. The project of erasing honor starts by pilfering when most people are not awake and then by fully eradicating it through a sweeping, overwhelming and systematic brutalization when all are watching. The regime like a raging winter torrent erodes all foundational values and replaces them with fear and brute force—the two pillars that sustain its rule.

The initial sallies of outrage in reaction to pilfering are easily subdued through a minimum use of force and an inordinate amount of sloganeering: patriotism, nation-building, maintaining unity and defending sovereignty and territorial integrity. The overwhelming and intense shock experienced in response to the sweeping measures is to desensitize the whole society where nothing is frowned upon. Wedinism—the bastardization of traditional, religious and family values—becomes the new normal. The low, base and philistine culture is purposefully promoted to prolong the life of the uncouth petty dictator. Of course, the moral confusion and depravity can only be sustained in a state of chaos and perpetual conflict. Towards this end, the dictator wages war against everyone and everything that is good and decent.

Eritrean society is relatively egalitarian and as long as public policies are implemented indiscriminately resistance is only of two kinds: either very high or very low. Due to arid and mountainous topography and sporadic rainfall, Eritreans have led for many centuries a Spartan life devoid of any luxuries and this has induced a stoic and fatalistic attitude and high tolerance for hardships on them. Since misery loves company; the regime strictly adheres to the equal mistreatment of Eritreans. Fear and brute force is what the regime understands and survive-at-all-cost and this-shall-pass-too is what the people live by. Honor and pride were the first to be exiled.

When depravity rules the first societal value to vanish is shame; the only taboo is not to have a taboo. The regime serves the people a crude cup of nihilism that besots their rectitude. In the beginning of last month, more than 350 Eritrean youth perished in the Island of Lampadusa and instead of mourning their death, the regime was busy with its endless festivals. Swigging inordinate amount of liquor and dancing in parties is what passes for patriotism and love of “Hadash Ertra” for these people. Truly zemed Asha kefi’ewo alo! ዘመድዓሻከፊእዎኣሎ።

The practice of social banditry has reached new heights and if left unabated, it will permanently disfigure Eritrea. The moral bankruptcy is epitomized by those who conveniently abandon the regime and yet choose to remain neutral. They had the gall to tell us that they are neither against the regime nor pro the opposition. I can certainly understand, if not condone, their hesitation to joining the opposition organizations, but failing to take a clear stand against the fiendish regime is the upshot of moral confusion and degradation.

The opposition is ineffective; it has become the annoying cracked glass that we cannot use or completely break so as to start all over, but this is no reason enough to be neutral when faced with evil. Knowing the difference between good and bad is the basis of any decent society and what holds them together. Anything that reinforces human dignity and the fundamental worthiness of the individual is good and any that undermines it is bad. The first step any Eritrean who deserts the regime needs to do in reclaiming his/her dignity and personhood is to acknowledge its evil nature and condemn and denounce it as such. It will have a liberating, therapeutic and empowering effect.

I can understand despair, hopelessness and the unwillingness to commit to the struggle for change. The Eritrean people waged an epic struggle and clambered to the mountain of victory but only to swallow their own spittle—a bolus of frustration and disappointment. The governance of the country should have segued from a one-party transitional government to a multi-parties democracy. It was a votive obligation on the transitional government in general and “the president” of the country in particular. Eritrea gained its independence because so many of its best men and women paid the ultimate price. Without the realization of democracy, peace and justice, Eritreans’ heroic struggle will go in history as a cautionary tale of people who paid so much for so little.

The tide is changing in favor of the opposition and the opposition can easily ride on the crest of the wave to victory. There are only two yardsticks of measuring the relevancy of the opposition: first, what it is doing to end the life of tyranny, and second, what it does to bridging differences, ameliorating the crippling and widespread mistrust, helping and defending helpless Eritrean refugees and promoting national unity. The two-pronged strategies should go hand-in-hand for they are an integral piece of each other. Both strategies are equally important, but ending tyranny is more urgent for it paves the way for a more substantive pursuit of national unity.

If we love and care for Eritrea, the first we need to do is remove the colossus embarrassment called Isaias Afwerki.

Semere T Habtemariam is the author of “Hearts Like Birds” and the forthcoming book on the History and Faith of the Orthodox Tewahdo Church of Eritrea and Ethiopia. He can be reached: weriz@yahoo.com

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  • ዕትብቲ ኮኾብ ሰላም

    ……..ሃንደበት መገሻ………. the last poem of the year god willing i will be here again.

    • rodab

      ጽቡቕ መገሻ ኮኾበ ዓርከይ።
      ጥራሕ ኢድካ ኣይትመለስ ሽዊት ዕፉን ተማላኣልና ኢኻ።

  • Brihan

    Call me narrow minded if you like but here is a FACT:

    Nearly all natives of AKELE GUZAI are anti-IA and PFDJ.

    Nearly all natives of HAMASIEN are pro-IA and PFDJ.

    For the record: Yours truly is a card caring ANTI – IA and PFDJ. I was born and raised in Asmara and my mother and father are not from either of the two Awrajas I mentioned. They are from Awraja Seraye, wereda Tekela.

    I bring this up because unless we educate our people (even all of you educated people in this forum, probably have sectarian blood in you), then there is no succeeding in defeating this regime anytime soon. Free up your mind and call a spade a spade.

    • rodab

      Birhan,
      That is an intersting and provocative topic. I say this because talking about Awrajawi differences usually ushers discomfort and tension. You stated, as a matter fact, that one Awraja is anti regime while the othe is pro. Although there is some truth to your claim, I would classify the claim as perception because facts require you to present hard evidence, statistics, researches and so on…Now when you say let’s educate our people, educate about what?
      I like your honesty though because even though we all think in terms of region (Awraja, were da, Adi), it is taboo to talk about out loud. I look forward to reading our friends reactions to your claim. You know you are in big trouble, don’t you 🙂

      • Birhan

        I purposefully brought this up not to provoke or upset anybody but to have an honest discussion. It is really hard to deny the claims I made when it comes to diaspora Eritreans. It is not intended to offend one group or another but one of the biggest problems we have as an opposition group is the mistrust of being elitist, from one awraja, Muslim, etc. PFDJ has a lot to do with this. We need to tackle this openly. Everybody in Eritrea is suffering more so the people of Asmara and probably the environs of it too. Just my opinion there. I was on a shimagle baalat pretending I was a real “hagerawi.” Trust me I know more than my blunt writing may suggest.

        • kidane Berhe

          Birhan,
          You said “I was on a shimagle baalat pretending I was a real “hagerawi.”” Why would any one take your assertion seriously, if you by your own admission, lied your way to get your information.

    • How can you definitely know the boundaries on the map of the following Awrajas: Hammassien, Akeleguzay or seraye. They are forgotten. Tell us the differences in terms of zobas.

      • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

        Daw!t,
        The weredas and Addi do not change their boundaries and every wereda knows where it is located in terms of the regions. Besides, the PFDJ delineation was adopted a little over ten years ago. I don’t think they are forgotten. If you remember the Derg had also changed the traditional delineations which were demolished as soon as the Derg fell.

        • Gadi,

          Are there any natural border apart from the man made Awrajas? What are Awrajas at the first point apart from being administrative arrangement? What makes Italian Awarajization formidable than the Derg’s administrative restructuring or the current administrative Zobas?

          Nothing, but some losers who can’t compute in the real world take refuge in Awraja and Religion (Like the popular Ali Selim of Awate.com – by the way where is he? hhh)

          Gadi, the current administrative regions are different from the older one. Some Villages from the older Hamassien follow their cases from Barentu, others to Keren and others to Massawa..the same is true for the rest. The 59 sub-zobas are by far differnt from the older once, and the same is true with the 701 administrative villages or kebabis.

          • Hameed

            hhhhh … Meron the sectarian … (zi akhlen tihinen ba’al adei Mariam yibla)

            The Italian awraja is divided according to the satisfaction of the people and this has made it accepted by the people of Eritrea. But your boss division is not accepted because it is a kind of robbery, a sectarian robbery.

            The developped nations where you live didn’t develop through sectarianism and robbery, but they reached this stage of development through abiding by the law and justice to all their citizens.

            I know you don’t see the world around because sectarianism has wrecked your vision and mind. Believe me you are a burden to Eritrea and your host country.

          • Meron,

            As a village is a “mini-communal identity”, the districts and provinces are extended communal identities, especially if it took generation after generation bearing that geographical identity. It is a traditional and sentimental feel of belonging that comes with time. Isn’t Eritreaness (belonging to Eritrea) the same (we call our identity) in relations to the countries around us? So Meron You couldn’t argue against “macro-identity” or “micro-identity” when you allow or defend yourself for the big “Eritrean identity.” We will have it all if the public want to have them as part of the many identity would like to keep with us. They are administrative units as well as communal identity.

          • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

            Meron,
            I hope you remain serious.
            Eritrean land is confiscated by a regime’ the landlord and can divide it the way he sees fit–to optimize means of administration/control and to divide and rule. Past rulers didn’t baptize the people of regions with names like Hamssen, AkelGuzai, etc.The people knew they resided in those regions before the Italians set foot on Eritrea. People lived in regions with proper nouns, they never identified their region based on a compass direction. What we have in PFDJ’s Eritrea are not names but compass directions. And they are not language neutral either. If you ask a person from Semhar where he comes from, he will not tell you the name of his region, Semhar (which is not a four-letter vulgar word as we are led to believe) but he will tell you on which compass direction his region lies. I am from Semenawi Qeyh Bahri.

            True, the Italians built the road network and arteries to run to and from Asmara for their own colonial convenience. But they had considered the traditional domain of the people and didn’t disrupt it–and they confiscated the rich lands that were to a lesser extent redistributed by the Derg (Meret Laarashu slogan) which the PFDJ confiscated it and what remained of Eritrean land. The PFDJ erased everything without providing an alternative. Here is a story from an old woman from Adi Neamen. The lady was irritated because she had to ride a bus to Asmara and then on gain to Keren (now that Adi Neamen’s follows its cases there) and loses two days. Naturally, she would go to Asmara and back to her village in a day but Adi Neamen is no more part of Hammsen–Adi Neamen?

            As you know, the boundaries of many villages and weredas were tampered with–for God’s sake, the entire Eritrean land was confiscated and I don’t see why a citizen would apologize for that kind of transgression on the property of the people. That is why I reject anything the PFDJ does–it is just evil in nature.

            You ask about Ali Salim, I wish I knew where he is; it seems he finished his bullets and is left with an empty pistol. You should know we host people’s articles, we don’t babysit them and adults do not need guardians–unless we follow the PFDJ system of allocating responsibility. Why don’t you publish an announcement: Ali Salim Z’raaye Aynu Ybrah?

            I was in Kuwait when Saddam invaded the country. The first thing his army did was embark on changing the street names, names of neighborhoods, airport, schools and many other places. If you want to erase the collective memory of people, you just follow that formula, that is what the PFDJ did with Eritrea.

            By the way, last night I saw a post in which (was it you?) accused awate of being funded by CIA and others. We are looking for a cashier to receive the funds on or behalf. Would you be interested if you were to take a cut of 2%? 🙂

          • Gadi,

            1. Ali Salim could not come from the sky and disappear at one point. He could be a creature of some great mind as Miriam is the creature of your great mind. Some one with great mind was talking his mind through Ali Selim … and when he might felt he may be was hurting Awate.com he switched tune and buried Ali Selim till God knows time.

            2. Again Awrajatat are man made not natural, their borders were administrative and as it is true now. PFDJ also as an administrator of the nation draw new administrative regions for the betterment of the nation. Who know one day you may participate if the current administrative system needed consideration. To come to the reason for the reconstruction of the new administrative regions and the idea behind it was this.. according to former Eritrea’s Ambassador to EU Mr. Andebrhan Welde Geiogis (2010)

            “At independence in 1993, the government turned Eritrea’s nine colonial era provinces into ten, including Asmara, the capital. The territory of the unitary state was reorganised in 1996, mergin the ten provinces into six administrative zones or zobas, 59 subzones or neus zobas and 701 administrative villages or Kebabis. The new territorial division of the country was principally intended to sfaeguard long-term national unity, promote grassroots political participation and accelerate economic development. The administrative regions were delimited mainly by the catchment basins and drawn up on the basis of considerations of population size, resource base, development potential, and easing traditional land disputes.”

          • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

            Meron,
            On Ali Salem, you have a right to your paranoia, but sometimes, revising and liberating yourself from a paranoia is not a bad idea.

          • saay

            Selamat Meron:

            Kemey, kemey. Imagine we had a parliament. On one side is Anderberhan Woldegirogis. On the other side is Seyoum Ogbamichael (Harestay.) Anderberhan gives the argument that you quoted.

            “At independence in 1993, the government turned Eritrea’s nine colonial era provinces into ten, including Asmara, the capital. The territory of the unitary state was reorganised in 1996, mergin the ten provinces into six administrative zones or zobas, 59 subzones or neus zobas and 701 administrative villages or Kebabis. The new territorial division of the country was principally intended to sfaeguard long-term national unity, promote grassroots political participation and accelerate economic development. The administrative regions were delimited mainly by the catchment basins and drawn up on the basis of considerations of population size, resource base, development potential, and easing traditional land disputes.”

            Then Seyoum Ogbamichael (harestai) says:

            “By the way, I consider myself, legally, the President of the Eritrean Peasants Union simply because there was no congress that ended my mandate (zewredeni guba’e sle zeyelo).

            (laughter in the parliament.)

            “In our country, when we say a citizen, it is not something hanging between the sky and the ground. A citizen is something in relation to its land, its place dwelling space and its interests related to land. When we say a citizen we mean land and the rights associated with it. We don’t see a citizen divorced from land and divorced from the rights associated with it. That is not something that can work. What is being tried now is just that. Land [is] the root of every citizen and his basis; for today and for the future. Land is the continuity of generations and it is so for every citizen. To undermine this system and declare land as the property of the government, and to dispose off land on the basis of whims and relations can’t be anything but plunder and it is being witnessed in reality.

            “As we witness today, land is being taken from poor peasants and villages that should use it and on which their basic existence depends (when we say ‘Adi’ it means the people and the land) and being sold to various hard-currency- paying foreigners and hard currency owning Eritreans. This has caused our people to be go from poor to poorer. It is uprooting the citizen and it is undermining citizenship.

            “Fundamentally, the people own land. When we say land of the people, it is also the land of the country. However, it is not possible to look into land issues outside the ownership and interest of the people. Yes, we are a country and we are a government, if it is a popular government. It is possible to have some limited land that is of strategic value, one so determined by law, which can be utilized for the benefit of the whole country and people. However, this, the use of land, cannot be done without the consent, outside the interests and will of the villages and regions. Even a government can not [use land] by undermining the interests of the people and their foundations. Even the limited use of land for infrastructure development becomes plunder, unless it is done in accordance with the need and consent of the regions and in which they can share the benefits.

            “The land policy is not something that should be seen only from top going to the bottom but should be seen from bottom up. First, basically what is referred to as the citizen, the citizen (“wedi Adi”, “zega”) is not something you see in alienation to the land. We say a citizen, in Eritrea, living in a city or the countryside, regardless: we see it from the viewpoint of land—“domocile” (Tsha). Therefore, it [land ] can not be administered by policy that is imposed from the top to the bottom, outside the circle of the authority of the people. So, when we say government, what is the relation of that government to us? A government of the village? Or is it the government of the Zone? Or the government of the Region? Or it is a only a central government? When we say government… according to our views, it has many levels, there is even a government of a commune and a county government, something that is not authorized from the top but one whose authority emanates from the people. Therefore, the mechanism of administrating land, in our view should go from bottom to the top—zonal and regional- where basic views are established and one that is seen from the interest of different localities. Therefore, when we say Government, we will ask, which government? Because we will also say that the “Adi” has its own government.

            “I have to confirm one truth because we have to base our conversation on that: In Eritrea, there is not a compact entity [land] that is not owned by the people; there is no piece of land that is not territorially delineated and that can not be identified by a people, regardless of the number of the people. There is no land that is outside the control or ownership of a segment of the people. There is no commune or county that cannot be identified with the people. The people own the land; they are identified by the land; they are identified with the land; and their livelihood life is based on that land. They can use the land for grazing, settlement, farming and whatever: it is their identity, their roots and their base. Therefore, whether in one place there are more people and less land, or less people and more land, regardless, it is delineated and all of us Eritreans have to accept this fact.”

            My question is who would win that debate? My question is why didn’t we have that debate?

            saay

            Quote extracted from awate interview with Seyoum O. Michael “Harestai” on June 29, 2001.

          • saay

            Meron:

            If writers just could not “come from the sky and disappear at one point” and they are the invention of “some great mind as Miriam is the creature of your great mind” (wink wink), then the following (all, at some point, regular contributors to awate but no longer do) are all the creations of Saleh Gadi Johar:

            Abdruahman Sayed
            Abdulrezak Kerar
            Admas Haile
            Alem G
            Ali Salim
            Belly of the Beast
            Burhan Ali
            Daniel G. Michael
            Daniel Rezene
            Dawit Mesfin
            Dr. Kamal Ibrahim
            Fesehaye Mebrahtu
            Events Monitor
            Fessehaye Woldu
            Gabriel Guangul
            Gemal Agdoobai
            Gereselasse Weldenkiel (Tefeno)
            Zekre Lebonna
            Guhuy lbu
            Habtu Gebreab
            Ibrahim Tada
            Kiros Yohannes
            Lemlem Tsehaye
            Lt. Kidane
            Menhot Woldemariam
            Mogos Tekeste
            Omar Jaber
            Petros Tesfagiorgis
            Rusom Kidane
            Salah Ibrahim
            Seyoum Tesfaye
            Simon Woldehaimanot
            Tewelde Stiphanos
            Yosief Gebrehiwot
            Zeineb Ali

            Hesebelu, if you can. If you can’t, hell, just go full retard with it.

            saay

        • Selam Saay,

          Saay,

          Your question is about debate. The government’s question is to give lasting peace to the age old land conflicts in the country through making land public property. Tagging land as public property doesn’t mean citizen’s right to use it is alienated. Better go to the Proclamation 58/1994 and convince me if citizens are denied their right to use the land. Actually the third and long argument you pose doesn’t touch the proclamation and its substance at all. It simply move around the push to sensationalise things either already addressed on the proclamation or bypassed for the sake of construction of durable peace and security amongst citizens.

          Saay, I know you want to debate, and I know you can win a debate. But PFDJ is not a debating stock for sake of debating. It knows what it is doing and where it is heading. If you read the sprite of the land proclamation in good faith you can’t find stand against citizens and use of their land. In the contrary it gives full right of use of the land to them but also address the benefit of the public in general. By the way making land public property is not started by Eritrea and would not last by Eritrea.

          Here we have the proclamation and let’s debate on its substance
          Saay,

          Your question is about debate. The government’s question is to give lasting peace to the age old land conflicts in the country through making land public property. Tagging land as public property doesn’t mean citizen’s right to use it is alienated. Better go to the Proclamation 58/1994 and convince me if citizens are denied their right to use the land. Actually the third and long argument you pose doesn’t touch the proclamation and its substance at all. It simply move around the push to sensationalise things either already addressed on the proclamation or bypassed for the sake of construction of durable peace and security amongst citizens.

          Saay, I know you want to debate, and I know you can win a debate. But PFDJ is not a debating stock for sake of debating. It knows what it is doing and where it is heading. If you read the sprite of the land proclamation in good faith you can’t find stand against citizens and use of their land. In the contrary it gives full right of use of the land to them but also address the benefit of the public in general. By the way making land public property is not started by Eritrea and would not last by Eritrea.

          Here we have the proclamation…
          http://www.refworld.org/pdfid/4d4a9ff42.pdf

          • saay

            Selamat Meron:

            There are two issues here (1) the authority of the law; (2) the merits of the law.

            My focus was on (1) above: who gave the regime the authority–a binding authority– to write the proclamation? Hint: it’s still, technically, a “provisional government” (somebody, quick, check: is 20-22 years a world record for a regime to hold on to the “provisional” title?)

            Beyond that, what does it tell you that the proclamation is not linked to a regime-affiliated website? Just like their prison system is based on the hold-him-for-me-for-a-while, so appears to be their record keeping. Odd for an organization which elevated “Research and Documentation” to the “Executive Council” of the Front. The defunct front – thus my insistence on use of Isaiasism, and your difficulty in making the case that this is a party policy.

            Saay

        • Selam Ema,

          Actually I don’t argue against any identities but against manipulators of difference for narrow individual interests. Unless we respect our micro or macro identities we can’t live in peace and harmony and we can’t prosper for millennia. The good thing is we can always reconcile the micro and macro identities and live in mutual respect. We are capable enough to make the micro and macro interests mutually correlated and respect each other. However, one should not abuse the micro for macro interests and viseversa – because could yield divorce of the mutually coexisted identities.

          Regards

          • Selam Meron,

            Wow! something on brewing. We get something to agree.

            We agreed on identity from micro-level to macro-level. We should also respect those identities. Excellent, it is one step forward. Now the provinces and districts are our extended identities and we shouldn’t infringe on these communal identities, without the consent of our people directly or through their representative delegates at the “baito”.

            Furthermore, ‘Redistricting’ is purely the power of the legislative as part of any constitutional law. In Eritrea if not official the legislative body is non-existent. The “executive body” become the three branches of the government. If this is not an odd to you then what it is.

            The current geographical partitioning has no any legal ground. In short it is illegal executed by Issayas Afeworki and his colleagues. It hasn’t any legal merit and it will be overturned in due time when he is removed from power. Just one thing to know from you: whether redistricting is within the power of the executive or the the legislative. Say something about it because either dileberatly or inadvertently left out from your reply comment.

        • Come on Saay arkey,

          Better to promise you not mention again Ali Salim and go retarded with it.

          Regards,

      • Selam Dawit,

        The current “zobas” are delineated by the self-empowered regime who claimed as Yekalo to do anything and everything at his own risk, or say it, a government who does ask the consent of his people or the relevant body of the government namely “baito”. Any geographical partitioning for administrative purpose ( be it Region, province or districts) should be decided by legislative body. In other words it is within the an exclusive power of the legislative chamber. In our case it didn’t go through that process. It is one of the many issues to be revisited by future legislative body to legitimate the peripheral administrative units and administrative powers.

        • please read it “a government who doesn’t ask the consent….”

    • haile

      ሰላማት ብርሃን፡

      ኣብ ፖለቲካ፡ ምናልባሽ ሃይማኖታዊ ፍልልያት፡ ወይ እውን ዓሌታዊ (ብብሔር ደረጃ) ደኣ’ምበር ኣውራጃዊ ከለላ ዝገብር ፍልልይ ኣሎ ክትብል ኣጸጋሚ’ዩ። እቲ ዓሌታዊ ረቛሒ’ውን ብመንጽር ተዛማዲ ቁጽሪ፡ ዓቢ ስግኣት ዝፈጥር ኣይኮነን። 57% ትግርኛ፡ 28% ትግረ፡ ዝተረፈ 15% ድማ ኣብ 7 ዓሌት ዝተኸፍለ ስለዝኾነ ምዕሩይ ምርቀሔ ሃብቲ ሃገር እምበር ካልእ ተጻብኦ ዝፈጥር ኣይኮነን። ብሃይማኖታዊ ሸነኽ እንተርኢኻ ግን፡ ምክብባር፡ ምጽውዋርን፡ ካልእ ስነ-ምግባር ዝጎዶሎ ኣከያይዳ፡ ነቲ ሃገር ናብ ክልተ ክገምዕ ዝኽእል ተኽእሎ ኣብ ክልቲኡ ሸነኽ ኣሎ። እንተ እዚ ናይ ዲያስፖራ ግን ጽጋብ ጥራይ ኢልካ ሸለል ክበሃል ይከኣል’ዩ። መብዝሕትኡ ድማ ብህግደፍ ዝሳወ’ዩ፣ እቲ’ምንታይ ንህግደፍ ሓድሕድ ምንቛት ኢርትራውያን ጥራይ’ምበሪ፡ ብሰሪ’ንታይ ይናቆቱ ኣይግዳዱብን’ዩ፡ ምሁር/ገባር፣ ኣስላም/ክስታን፣ ሃብታም\ድኻ፣ ዓዲ/ትውልዲ፣ ደጋፊ/ተቓዋሚ…ኩሉ ሓላሉ። ምስ ሰላምታ።

      • Teqene

      • saay

        Selamat Haile (the great)

        Since you are the source, እዚ ቆጰረ: ጽብጻብ: ደቂቅ ዝርዝር ህዝብና (57%, 28%, 15%) ካብ ውሻጠ ህግደፍ ይመስል. Am I right? Or is it your extrapolation from external sources?

        saay

    • Zahra

      Hi Birhan,

      The Hamasien you’re talking about are two. One group (Karneshim and Sahartis) bordering the RedSea Administration are pro-Isayas. The other group (Ansaba and the rest) are against Isayas. Most of the Karneshims and Sahartis’ are now turning against Isayas. The only diehards or blind-supporters of Isayas are the people from the RedSea administration. After all, without the support of the Massawais Isayas cannot secure the financial and political support of the Arab Gulf countries.

    • Haqi

      what about the others former Awrajas? They are all against IA and pfdj. There is no Eritrean who wants to live under a satnic regime. the supporter of the devil are from everywhere, I hate the talk of the two awrajas instead of all Eritreans.

      By the way I miss the beautifull names, who is going to name their kids semenawi keyih bahri but I would name mine semhar asap

    • L.T

      Ala Birhan TigrawY:

  • Papillon

    Dear Sabri,

    I absolutely agree with you. In 1968, Samuel Huntington in his powerful and influential book, “Political Order In Changing Societies” challenged the then well established political dogma if you will where it was believed that, rapid economic growth should take precedence prior to building institutions in a bid to create a strong and capable state. He argued that, the reverse should be true where nations should endeavour in creating a strong state prior to mobilizing their human and capital resources to channel economic growth. Sure enough, his theory came forth on the heels of the decolonization that had been taking place in the third world countries.

    Later on in the early 70s through the late 80s, nations from Southern Europe (read: Spain, Portugal, Greek and Turkey) to Asia (South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia) set out to build strong states under a Right-Authoritarian dictatorship where later on bequeath their respective powers to the people. And Huntington famously dubbed the said movement, “The Third Wave.” It is imperative to mention here that, the said states won legitimacy by their people even though they stifled multi-party system where the constitutional power of the people was not impinged upon however. The latter vital component distinguishes them from the Left-Authoritarian regimes where Vietnam and Burma to mean but a few come to mind. As history later on attested, the “Third Wave” nations enjoyed unprecedented economic growth under a political system of liberal democracy.

    Isaias may have entertained the same political philosophy at the outset where he dabbled with creating Eritrea in the image of Singapore but as we have been witnessing for the last fifteen years or so, Isaias has been corroding the social fabric, the would be civil society, more over, he has lost legitimacy to preside over the people. It is rather becoming difficult to measure Isaias against any historical index for he and his regime are unique in virtually all respects.

    P.S. Many thanks for those kind words. I am humbled.

    ሓፍትኻ

  • Tamrat Tamrat

    I check now and then on Dehai but it freezes in time Friday, 8 November 2013. Then i surf on its archivals. It is amuzing how News content of ethiopia have changed drastically from warm, positvely and tplf friendly in 1993-1998 to mud slinging against tplf and ethiopia. Concerning Eritrean-plf and Tigray-plf Dehai freezed time in 1998. It could have saved time and energy ‘to all who may concern dont expect any thing positive about tplf and ethiopia’. What amused me most is the jublious mood of Dehai posting the interview of isaias in 1996 by FINANCIAL TIMES (UK). isaias had said it in that inteview all he had to say concerning his vision for Eritrea. His view or rulling out of multi parti system was made Crystal Clear allready in 1996. This what he said ‘The
    Front is committed to democracy, but it takes a long time to
    establish. If you’re looking in terms of five or 10 years, you will be disappointed. Given our circumstances, the Front will continue to dominant for several years to come.’ What stopped eritreans to roar in opposing this inside Eritrea at that time is a mistry. The dehai roar their applaud. Anyways here is the link: http://www.ephrem.org/dehai_archive/1996/apr/0717.html

  • Hameed

    Why removal of Isaias our priority? Isn’t Isaias the beneficiery of our differences? I think our priority is not removal of Isaias, but solving our differences then only will be save from being toppled by another new tyrant who will benefit again from our differences. Arriving of a new tyrant will be the end of a nation called Eritrea. I hope you don’t mean that.

  • Papillon

    Selam Meron,

    I have responded right below each of your points (1-5). I forgot to highlight or type it in bold letter. Hope the moderator could do that for me if it is not too much to ask. Thank you.

    • Selam Papillon,

      Quick on the five points respectively,

      1. Meron is a name for both sex’s or used for both. For that matter the well-known Eritrean cyclists Meron Russom, Meron Teshome and Meron Amanuel are men for your information.

      2. Who said political appointees are not politicians? May be you need to do his (Kissinger’s) ‘Diplomacy’ where he states what makes politics and its practice different and difficult from the science.

      3. No opposing substance… you are just reflecting your school of thought. Your focus is more on definition than on the substance. The pros and cons of CVO’s in developing countries is different from those of in the west. How CVOs operate and whose interest they promote in the developing countries where imported western democracy and WB’s governance system are in practice. May be expand that idea on observing the over the overthrows of governments done by the west in developing countries and the mechanism used to do that. No doubts let alone the VSOs of developing countries Vatican City is not also free from such activities… Stephen Kinzer ‘Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change’ can help on this matter.

      4. Agreed

      5. Thank you for your interesting and educational encounter.

      Hailat:-
      – Someone needs energizer pleas do give it.
      – Oh so you are defending your friends… activist shops.. you know it well.. because you argued it before I did
      – Eta maychelot bejaka nikida… hadean kifiwes iyu…. Eta meriyesa ke’a ab bota’a….

      Beyane
      You are as unpredictable as PIA. Kidding, you are the most predictable person and good at simplistic definition of people of your ignorance. I hope next time you would not spend time to talk about people like me.

      • CVOs is corrected by CSOs

      • Papillon

        Selam Meron,

        Trust me I have read Kissinger’s sort of an autobiography, “Diplomacy.” As much as one gets not only a glimpse of the panorama of diplomatic finesse but one as well gets incredibly amazed how rational and objective state of affairs is where ultimately what seems to be a decisive factor is power. Having said that however, if one is really interested to see what has influenced Kissinger as he came of age is and what ultimately shaped up his world out look is, one needs to read his Ph.D thesis which was later compiled into a book form titled: “A World Restored. Metternich, Castlereagh, And The Problems of Peace 1812-1822.”

        Count Metternich, the top diplomat of the Austrian Empire who was also the main architect of the “Congress of Vienna” influenced Kissinger tremendously where he hitherto remained convinced about the role of power in world politics. Of course, the Congress of Vienna heralded the notion of Conservatism in Continental Europe as it was designed right after the defeat of Napoleon and to stifle any social and political revolutions in the future. In my opinion, once one reads the above noted book, one doesn’t have to read the rest of Kissinger’s books to understand him.

        As for the other issues we have been debating about, I don’t think I can even meet you half way, for you seem to enjoy dancing to the tune of conspiracy theories which I should say that it is not my thing at all.

  • Abinet

    Ato Woldai ,when was Eritrea a promising country? Could you please elaborate more .thank you.

    • Woldai

      What I mean is, the people was ready to do whatever to develop their country, but have no goverment whatsoever to lead them! As a Tigrian, I was thinking Eritrea will grow very fast… According to my understanding & putting the people’s interest to work in consideration… I hope I did alright Mr Abinet

  • TiETiE( shiro bubble )

    ሰብኣይ ክልተ ኣብትን ናብትን ክብል ሞተ
    ምስ ክልተ ጤለ በዱ ዝጎየየ በትኪ ሓንቲ ከይ ሓዘ ተሪፉ ብላሽ ድራር እለት ዘይብሉ ተሪፉ።
    እቲ ናይ ገሊኦም ተቓወምቲ ሓሳብ ከምዚ ናይ ከከይ ሓሳብ አይመዉት አይጥጥዕ ፡ ጠባዩ ጥርሙዝ።እሞ
    እዚ ካብ ኮነ እቲ ሓቂ ንምንታይ ምስ እኩባት ኣሳእን ልሕጺ ኣለንድያታት ሰብ ይጎይ።
    መሸላ ብዘይ ዋላ ወይ ከ ክሕሎ።

  • said

    DIA and Eritrean People in Absentia
    No better indication to what degree DIA, the non-elected President of Eritrea, is enjoying a free-hand, going it his own way, undeterred, to do as he pleases with the Eritrean rights and the future of the Eritreans.
    It is The Theatre of the Absurd defying all the norms, the logic and rationale upon which one judges the relevance and appropriateness of initiatives and conduct. It is playing havoc with Eritrean lives, politics and Eritreans’ future, without a frame of reference or accountability before democratically elected Palestinian institutions.
    Notwithstanding the fact that DIA as a non-elected President does not enjoy an open mandate from the vast greater majority of the Eritrean people. Ironically, had DIA been a duly President or the Chairman of a Commercial Enterprise entity, DIA would have long been ousted and possibly held responsible for willful negligence and serious damages affecting the fortunes and future of the said company.
    Ironically, DIA has been in charge, mostly acting by decree, discharging of responsibilities not of a limited commercial enterprise, rather of a whole people, and a long upheld sacrosanct cause owed many past generations.
    To follow the example and make count of the self-appointed President DIA performance and the impact of his initiatives and actions, often willful negligence, on the Eritreans need ,aspiration, the welfare, rights and future of the Eritreans,DAI would have long been ousted and held accountable for serious blunders that increasingly narrowed the options and chances for self-rule and ultimate deliverance of the Eritrean people in the betterment of the chances of the fulfillment of their aspired cause.
    Regime supporters refuse to see in the past 22 years many horrible things have happened under DIA watch. The nation is bleeding and suffering and they are in total denial, despite the overwhelming evidence. Many Eritrean and especially the youth no longer feels at home in Eritrea. Many sadly leave, they may never have a chance to see their families again and many seriously contemplates leaving the suffocating and hopeless country, many families they don’t want their children to grow up and have to serve in DIA regime army.
    I hope there No Eritrean anywhere are any longer sufficiently intelligent and gullible as to believe anything that comes from the mouth of DIA regime worth considering ,that deliberately kills and murder its citizens for no aberrant reason and life is worth nothing to the regime , and the world body awareness, is being silent from the time of the little king to today’s DAI regime that is 50 years long of continues long suffering ?, when it comes for Eritrea legitimate demand and human lives and causes hardly anything to be mentioned about, aren’t all dead bodies created equal? Why the galloping disparities in public awareness of these just like any atrocities? The west attitude it’s that they need to feel superior to other people, and since it’s culturally permissible to suggest that Eritrean may be a teeny awfully backward, and that DIA is allowed decimate his people, and DIA is known in laying, deifying and denying Eritrean their basic human rights and civil liberties and get on with murder, and regime practice in jailing in Indefinite detention and execution without due process of law are the hallmarks of the most cruel dictorship and the tyrannical state mankind have knoun. Many Eritrean hesitates to ask questions where are their beloved one jailed and to make even the most obvious remarks out of fear themselves being jailed.

    • said

      before democratically elected Palestinian institutions.

      • said

        Meant to say before democratically elected Eritreans approved institutions body

  • Woldai

    When DIA played dirty business in Ethiopia , when DIA invaded Ethiopian sovereign torritories to divert the attention of the G15, when DIA arrested the G15 … When Issias was following a nonsense way of leading the once promising country.. You guys kept quiet! What you are guys discussing now should have been discussed at least when DIA arrested the G15 & journalists! Anyways you better be ready to sucrifice if you want to save Eritrea! Good luck

  • Papillon

    Meron and her smart talk. Or is it stupid talk? Let’s see. Historians and political scientists alike will have to come to terms with the rather strange nature of Isaias’ regime as it is an amalgamation of a number of “isms” at best. What seems to be astounding is the fact that, the mendacity that is constantly being hurled around by the regime’s cadres where Meron is at least here in this forum an epitome to that effect. As she debates Haile, here is what she had to say, “…but i will assure you there will always be people like you to bark after any pragmatic political actor – political actor in the ground not in the diaspora.” What I would like to focus on is the “political actor on the ground” that she is alluding to.

    I ask Awetawian to bear with me as I try to put the “political actor” in a wider perspective. That is, not only to assess if there are political actors in the Isaias’ regime as we speak but if the system is any thing closer to or conducive for political actors to sprout unhinged. But first it warrants to define the number of political systems with respect to the participation of civil society or political actors.

    The most widely known and that have taken up so much space with in the panorama of history besides liberal democracy are Totalitarianism, Communism and Republican Authoritarianism. Political scientists define Totalitarianism as a concept which was borne in the West after World War II to describe the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, which were tyrannies of a very different character from the traditional authoritarianism of the 19th century. Totalitarian state is based on an explicit ideology that provides a comprehensive view of human life. Totalitarianism seeks to destroy civil society in its entirety, in its search for TOTAL control over the lives of its citizens. Authoritarianism particularly authoritarian military dictatorships on the other hand never seek to crush civil societies, that is, societies sphere of of private interests rather they control it. Here there is no need to delve on the nature of Communism for obvious reasons.

    It is rather difficult to contain or tame the irresistible urge the student of history or political science experiences as he or she sees with clarity the striking similarities between Totalitarianism and Isaias’ regime. Before we get carried away and slap the regime with an “ism” however, it is prudent to see and offer the benefit of the doubt to the take of Isaias’ cadres (read: Meron). It is said that, the state in a liberal democracy is by definition weak, that is, the preservation of a sphere of individual rights (read: the immense participation of stakeholders with in the political sphere) means a stern limitation of the state’s power. Authoritarian regimes by contrast seek to use power of the state to impinge on the private sphere and to control it for say for instance, to build military strength, to bring about rapid economic growth. What was lost in the realm of individual liberty is to be regained at the level of national purpose*.

    The above stated comparative nature of authoritarian states which is mostly taken for raison d’etre is the establishment of a strong state prior to transition to liberal democracy. This was mostly witnessed in the authoritarian nature of states in Asia such as South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia and Southern European states–in Spain, Portugal, Greek and in Latin America states– in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. These states proved the world wrong as they successfully made a transition to a multi-party system liberal democracy. But again, it is imperative to emphasize that, there was a general consensus and an accorded legitimacy of the people bestowed on the authoritarian regimes prior to the successful transition. And that was a vital ingredient worth of emphasizing.

    In light of that and as a historical backdrop, it is rather difficult to take the Isaias’ regime as a regime engaged on a strong state building prior to transition to liberal democracy or multi party system. Simply because, let alone to entertain a general consensus and a legitimacy accorded to it from the populace, there is no such a thing called civicl society in the first place. To be more precise there is no such a thing called political actors. To put it differently, there is no social mobilization which is a prerequisite for a wide spread political dynamics. Instead, what we have in Isaias’ Eritrea is, an entity that lives off the misery of the people who have collectively accorded a legitimacy to a mass exodus to live any where but in Isaias’ Eritrea.

    *Most of it is taken from Fukuyama’s book, “The End of History and The Last Man.”

    • Semere Andom

      Meron:
      You are so misguided on many levels, but to address all of them is daunting
      I will take you up on the following and since by virtue of your canonizing DIA you worship bullets I will use bullet form
      • On the challenges that Shaebia (Isaias) faced and his fleeing ELF: DIA has not faced a formidable challenge that he overcame yet. All this will take us back the civil war that ushered our current predicament, my reading, talking to veterans and I do not ignore them like you do, tells me that he was treated well when he joined Jebha and in less than a year he was sent to China. All these despite the warning of W. Amar, the late Michael Gabir and others to the ELF after they heard IA joined the revolution. From their discussions during their activism he has Moslems and Arab hate and he did not believe in the independence of Eritrea. This may explain his flirtation with Federation after independence and his secret meeting with the CIA that he decries now in Asmara. Also he had a leading role during the 1970 congress, so he was not marginalized.
      The diaries of his recruiters and his mentors attest to this
      • On this shall too shall pass. Before Ghazae and the victims of DIA used it, it was used by EPLF during the armed struggle that did not liberate Eritreans and many people believe that it was coined by Shaebia. It was not. Yes this, too, shall pass applies both ways, good and bad. The “good” PFDJ shall pass too
      • On PFDJ will run the country: problem is you have been living under a rock, PFDJ is not only done, it will for ever be remembered for its mass killing, rape, torture and cruelly unknown by Eritreans even during the two Ethiopians regimes. Their cruelty will shock many people when some of the few surviving innocent freedom fighters, who are languishing in jail since the mid 70s are freed, Eritrea is truly liberated and its people are genuinely free, all the stories will be told, documentaries created, books written. History will put DIA, his cronies and his supporters into the pantheons of the Saddams, Gadhafis, Hitler, Pol Pots and other criminals that this world has seen. IA and his pedigree have no future in Eritrea, they squandered it, and unsolicited advice to you is not to squander it
      When justice finals reigns, we will still have people who cannot set their foot on Eritrea and these are all the criminals of our day, while the opposition member, who are forced to be exiled now will walk freely. This is jus how the universe is deigned, nothing lasts for ever. As to the perpetuators, they will be recovered from the rat holes and jailed indefinitely or get killed. Mafioso IA pontification on video about the inevitable fall of unjust systems applies to his situation now. But during that time he was on his trajectory of becoming a seasoned criminal after securing scores of murders under his belt. He looks docile and harmless and that is his style until darks falls and he takes his swings in the dead of the night, like any coward

    • Selam PPpi,

      1, Papi Meron is a he, the product of Sawa like Wedi Tikabo, living in diaspora to earn some money, dreaming to own one house in Kebesa and 4 hectare in Ruba Sawa…and to drink Suwa in Edaga Hamus with his friend Haile. See me and Haile could not wait Issaias to go… we can go any time and drink Suwa in Edaga Hamus. Haile Arkey is smart… he has so many faces. Papi… don’t trust Haile.. if the real world (out of this virtual world) he could be one of the Cadres of Issaias… not Meron.

      2. Thank you for the 101 in political science. Political scientists and politician do not see each other. The first is study and the second is practice. Henry Kissinger have lived in both and witnessed they are quite different. ‘Ab Wihij koyinka mihimbas ab dendes koyinka mi’ezab yifeleleyu’ bele harhari. I like your analysis to the ‘liberal politics’. USA is liberal, with the biggest army in the world, with the biggest military expenditure in the world (according to my friends Bill Maher and Mikle Moor:- USA military expenditure is bigger than other biggest countries expenditures combined), live in constant war across the world, poor social service (don’t compare it with Cuba)…. Pappi .. Liberal is just a phony world.

      3. Civil societies are nothing but political actors. Civil societies of third world are also prone to political infiltration of highest bidders from the northern hemisphere. The diaspora civil societies are business shops constituted to make money through political prostitution. They don’t have agenda, program and plan but orders from the highest bidders and sponsors. In this case Geza’e Hagos and Salih Gaddi could be good examples. They work against any development activity in Eritrea, condemn mining activity, propose abandonment of 2%… and yet they claim the government is not providing water and electricity. Do you know why they usually contradict themselves… they don’t have their own agenda.

      4. The Era of ‘The End of History’ is gone Papi. There is not end in history… Can you ask to Fakuyama now sista. The end of history declared the end of ideology.. hah… ideology is living well and vivid. Papi you are a typical product of Western education system. You try to put the whole world in one perspective… one fits all kind of political analysis – deterministic. Politicians are always in the process of making things happen (they could fail) and political scientists are to run after them, define, theorize and may be acquire academic status… My friend Saay is in the middle. It is a matter of decision to him… he can be a politician and also academician – I mean PHD holder (Dotore).

      5. Pappi… please do me a favor… I am the worst writer with very poor English in these blog. I think my friend Nitricc is jealous about me. He always wants to take that tag from me. This is to say try to read my Tinglish as English … and understand my laziness to edit myself. Poor me Issais’s Cadre.

      Regards,

      • Papillon

        Selam PPpi,

        1, Papi Meron is a he, the product of Sawa like Wedi Tikabo, living in diaspora to earn some money, dreaming to own one house in Kebesa and 4 hectare in Ruba Sawa…and to drink Suwa in Edaga Hamus with his friend Haile. See me and Haile could not wait Issaias to go… we can go any time and drink Suwa in Edaga Hamus. Haile Arkey is smart… he has so many faces. Papi… don’t trust Haile.. if the real world (out of this virtual world) he could be one of the Cadres of Issaias… not Meron.

        1A. Meron, I didn’t know that you are a he. I can’t help but wonder why you wanted to use a female name for a nick. Of course, that is way beside the issue at hand. If Haile is in fact Isaias’ mole or a PFDJ masquerading to be one of us, it would be one of the greatest moles to have ever pulled in an Eritrean cyber world. But of course, he is too astute to prostrate for Isaias. I am sure that is a Freudian slip on your part when you said, you and Haile can not wait to see Isaias go when in fact Haile’s wishes holds true.

        2. Thank you for the 101 in political science. Political scientists and politician do not see each other. The first is study and the second is practice. Henry Kissinger have lived in both and witnessed they are quite different. ‘Ab Wihij koyinka mihimbas ab dendes koyinka mi’ezab yifeleleyu’ bele harhari. I like your analysis to the ‘liberal politics’. USA is liberal, with the biggest army in the world, with the biggest military expenditure in the world (according to my friends Bill Maher and Mikle Moor:- USA military expenditure is bigger than other biggest countries expenditures combined), live in constant war across the world, poor social service (don’t compare it with Cuba)…. Pappi .. Liberal is just a phony world.

        2B. You said, Henry Kissinger was a politician and a political scientist as well. Wrong. He was never a politician. He was a technocrat. He was a political appointee. He belonged to Realism school of thought. That is, he saw the nature of politics as a power struggle (read: RealPolitik) either between nations or intra-nations. More over, he sees the world as it is as opposed to it ought to be and that is the kernel of Realism which stands in a sharp contrast to Idealism. No wonder, you’re all over as you try to make a point as you’re basing your take on what Maher or Moore had to say about the greatest nation on earth– USA. Here is the deal: What makes nations successful is when they are able to balance the critical and vital institutions of state building: Strong and capable state, a state that is subjected to a rule of law and the state’s accountability to the people as a whole. Now, you’re assuming that, a nation can not be a democratic and having the greatest army in the world as well. That is a wrong assumption. Simply because, one of the driving forces of a strong nation among the said pillars of a state is a vibrant and strong economy as well. That is, state will be able to diverse and mature its political system and strengthen its main objective as well–an objective to safe guard her people.

        3.Civil societies are nothing but political actors. Civil societies of third world are also prone to political infiltration of highest bidders from the northern hemisphere. The diaspora civil societies are business shops constituted to make money through political prostitution. They don’t have agenda, program and plan but orders from the highest bidders and sponsors. In this case Geza’e Hagos and Salih Gaddi could be good examples. They work against any development activity in Eritrea, condemn mining activity, propose abandonment of 2%… and yet they claim the government is not providing water and electricity. Do you know why they usually contradict themselves… they don’t have their own agenda.

        3C. Again, dead wrong. Political actors are part of the civic society who have a vested interest in the political dynamics of a nation such as labour unions, trade unions, student associations, associations of professionals (read: lawyers, doctors, accountants and so on), the intelligentsia community, farmers associations. Now, when these groups have a say in the political process, they check the power of the state by using the rule of law to their advantage. And when regimes destroy civil societies in a bid to control every facet of the society, the people become mere subjects under the mercy of a one man’s whim (read: Isaias).

        4. The Era of ‘The End of History’ is gone Papi. There is not end in history… Can you ask to Fakuyama now sista. The end of history declared the end of ideology.. hah… ideology is living well and vivid. Papi you are a typical product of Western education system. You try to put the whole world in one perspective… one fits all kind of political analysis – deterministic. Politicians are always in the process of making things happen (they could fail) and political scientists are to run after them, define, theorize and may be acquire academic status… My friend Saay is in the middle. It is a matter of decision to him… he can be a politician and also academician – I mean PHD holder (Dotore).

        4D. I agree with you. There is no such a thing called the end of history. Way before Fukuyama came up with the “The End of History” assertion, his hero, Hegel assumed the same thing when the French and American Revolutions came to pass. Simply because, the main vortex of Hegel is based on the fight of individuals and nations through out history not for material gains but for a recognition. That is, the fight for recognition creates masters and slaves. But he reasoned that, after the French and American Revolutions, those slaves gained their own rights and equality with their former masters. In effect, the new political reality diluted the need for recognition, thus, he said, The End of History. By the same vain, Fukuyama asserted that after the defeat of Communism by Liberal Democracy. Obviously, that is not the case as his mentor the late Samuel Huntington argued the rising reality of “Clash of Civilizations.”

        5.Pappi… please do me a favor… I am the worst writer with very poor English in these blog. I think my friend Nitricc is jealous about me. He always wants to take that tag from me. This is to say try to read my Tinglish as English … and understand my laziness to edit myself. Poor me Issais’s Cadre.

        5E. I disagree. You’re a great writer. And your English is very good. Of course, no patronizing intended.

        P.S. In case, you’re not aware, the reason I use “Papillon” for a nick is, it is the title of one of my all time fav. movies where Steve MacQueen and Dustin Hoffmann are in it. Check it out.

        • Birhan

          Dear Papillon,

          It’s hard for me to fathom why you spend so much time and energy with the likes of Meron. There are only two categories of Eritreans who defend IA and PFDJ. One group is the really unfortunate people with very limited or no education. So they buy into the ‘us against the whole world’ belief system. Meron doesn’t fit here. The other group is people with narrow minded sectarian insecurities and the likes of Sophia fit here too who are sectarian and at the same time they rip off Eritreas meager resources.

          So, your analysis falls on deaf ears papillon. The first set will never comprehend it at the level that you write, the second set will keep on defending the regime for fear of the ramifications of the fa of the regime.

      • haile

        Meron – eza enda suwa b’maedo eko askiratka 🙂

        – You say “don’t trust Haile.. if the real world (out of this virtual world) he could be one of the Cadres of Issaias… not Meron.” Goodness!! and we were thinking you supported IA? How is this going to help him now you spilled his beans?

        ቁም-ነገሩ፡ እቲ ዕቡድ ሰብኣይ ካድር ዘድልዮ ኣይኮነን። እቲ ምንታይ’ሲ ንካድር ወይ’ውን ከምኡ ዝኣመሰሉ ሙያውያን ዝሓትት ስራሕ የብሉን። ዋኒኑ ናይ ተባላዕ፡ ተመናጨት፡ ተገሃሃጽ ሂር’ዩ። ነዚ ዕዮ ድማ ካድር ዘይኮነ፡ ገረብ ዘይብሉ ሰቋር ዝብኢ ጥራይ’ዩ ዘድልዮ ፡) እወ፡ ካብ መን መንቲፈ’የ ናብ መን ዝውትፍ ዘለኹ ክብል ዘይስቆሮ መስተጋብር ለእኩይ። ግርማኻ’ኮ ሰብካ’ዩ፡ ብድሕሪ መናድቕ ኣላሒግካዮም፡ ኣመና እንተኾለስካ ክንደየናይ ከይትሃጥር። ጉርሕ ደኣ ሜሮን ዓርከይ፡ ደም ሓውካ ጸርዩ ኣይጸርን’ዩ፡ ብጋናኡ ከሎ ሕጹበ ክትብል ርሓቐሉ። ምኽሪ’ያ እዚኣ፡ ኣይትጽልኣያ።

        – Earlier you stated that “PFDJ is the front and that is the one capable to do things in the country.” And now you state “They [Eri activists] work against any development activity in Eritrea, condemn mining activity, propose abandonment of 2%… and yet they claim the government is not providing water and electricity.”

        ኣነ ግን ቅድሚ ሜሪሳ ናይ ዕዳጋ-ሓሙስ፡ በዚ ማይ-ጨሎት ገለ’ዶ ከዛውረካ?

        cheers

        • ሓው ሃይለ
          ለከ ኣፍቃር ትግሪና’ውን ኢካ
          “ገረብ ዘይብሉ ሰቋር ዝብኢ ጥራይ’ዩ ዘድልዮ” እዚ ጥቅሲ’ዚ ቀለብ ዕለት ዘይኮነስ ቀለብ ዓመት እዩ።

      • Yodita

        Meron

        I read your posts believing it was coming from a female and now I have to switch to a male. For me this distinction matters.

        Be that as it may, you seem to insinuate, as a docile follower of IA, that the west and liberal politics are the culprits of our predicament. What is the alternative? To become what was Ceaucescu’s Romania? what was Enver Hoxa’s Albania? Or the present north Korea? Both Albania and Romania (albeit the relaxed and freeier atmosphere they enjoy)are still to day unable to pick up the pieces, so heavy was the brainwashing and terorizing of the people for decades.

        I would have appreciated a reply Mr. Meron. My view is, this is hardly the cold war era. A country need not be pro or anti east or west but FOR its own country and as such try to get whatever is possible for the betterment of its peoples standard of living. Ideology today ንለኽባጣት ናይ መደናገርን መቐሸሽን መዐምጸጽን መሳርሒ እዩ።

        Yesterday is dead and gone. Your IA lives in the 60s! In this sense, crafty and sharp as he maybe, it seems that he is just a first year college drop out who joined the struggle, out-manouvered many and climbed to the top but his growth and development and world outlook remained, to say the least, regressive. By his own addmission, he sleeps nine hours a night and seems to use his waking hours boozing and/or telling the whole globe how it should run. His peer the late PM Meles Zenawi, took some economic books consumed and metabolized them and came out with a Masters in a blink of an eye (so to speak) setting the pace for the youth to emulate.

        There is no other head of state that curses the west day in and day out like your IA, save North Korea. By this I do not mean to absolve the west from its responsibilities of having f…ed up the world to how it is today. They have used everything under their disposal to to put heavy yokes over the backs of developing countries to incapacitate them to move forward (it is no secret that they still do wherever they can). This is not a secret. But, it is the political leaders of the developing countries, because of their deep throat greed and craving for power that made their tasks easier.

        With the right political leaders, this possibility is practically nil for the west to continue to mess with these countries. By the way, I sometimes think that the west only pretends to lose patience with IA. He is doing an excellent job for them of keeping us backword with a dim future. Our wealth – our youth are becoming older men and women toiling and digging their lives away when they should have been formed to be you name it as our guarancy for tomorrow. Paul Kagame is also a power hungry man and he messes with the Congo, but his country is marching and France has infinite issues with him.

        So, Dear Meron, what is the alternative if the west is too be rejected as per IA?

        PS – Papilon: Your itemized replies to Meron is you at one of your many finest. My compliments!

        • Selam Yodita,

          1. Any line that serves the interest of Eritrea is better than any flowery and phony ideologies. EPLF was socialism affiliated movement but it was neither the child of socialists nor their admirer. It fought against two governments which were supported by two super powers of extreme ideologues. Independence was its interest and achieves it fighting for its interest not for ideologies. So forget liberalism, socialism, communism what you have; forget Romania, USA, Saudi Arabia, China, Sweden and what you have. The west and east are working or fighting against Eritrea for their interest; and Eritrea is fighting or collaborating for its interest. One want to export made in west democracy, made in WB governance, made in CIA opposition; and the other export made in China socks and brushes… and we import what we need.

          2. University dropout doesn’t mean anything. University is something one with little discipline can do in a matter of few years. The solid thing you can get from the University is just a certificate… the rest is upon you. Millions and millions are graduating from thousands and thousands of universities every year. However those who can make contribution for the common good of their societies and the world are quite few. And at the same time those who decide not to go to college or quite in the middle for several reasons are capable enough to contribute to their society and the world through either means. How many books one read as a compulsory readings to do his/her first degree? How many assigned or out of the box readings one does to hold after graduate degree? How may papers one submits to qualify for after graduate degree? How many books and areas one cover to qualify for PHD? – —- ok how big thinker and disciplined should be one to rally the whole nation on his side? How far sighted should be one to lead a country to independence from a totally chaotic start of the revolution? How decisive should be one to discipline 100,000 and plus fighters and ‘hafash wudubat’ to create earth quake in the East of Africa that erode the biggest army in the continent?…….I would sell my certificate rather.

          3. Political leader of developing countries are victims as their population. First there are the outcome and reflection of their societies not otherwise. They are leading countries basically constituted by the greedy Western colonization. As you said the west want to still and in order to make sure no one will be on their way the left leave the continent in the structure of their own interest. The Metropolitan and satellite connection of economic structure has been long in history. And since the Breton Woods agreement things also took another course. Dollarization of the world need more greedy satellites and sharpen its knifes to cut leaders who stand on its ways. Who killed Nkuroma? Who killed the African Dream? Why did UK stands against Mugabe when he decides the land to their owners? Why is sanction against Eritrea while the violator of international ruling is getting more injection to survive? …. I better stop.. . There are potential satellites in this web who don’t want to read such stuff.

          4. PIA is as usual as victim as the Eritrean people. Long before PIA came to power the west has done their calculation on the future of East Africa. You know it well Eritrea was decided to live with Ethiopia through federation. Then the federation was violated, however, OAU and UN have not utter a word – Do you think they did that because of PIA? What do you think about the silence of International Community then and now with the border issue? Do you think they will try to abide Ethiopia by the ruling if PIA stepped or gone through either way this night?

          5. There are always option… fighting back is one amongst them…

          Regards,

    • Sabri

      Dear Papilion,

      I have been following your writings here recently and I’m amazed by your ability to clarify things. Moreover, your usage of language is beautiful.

      Having said that, I would like to say something about the subject you raised on democracy and governance. A while ago I was debating with Saleh younus on the issue of strong government in length. I believe having strong and capable government is necessary for developing countries as a transitional period before they embark fully into liberal democracy. Officially the policy of the Eritrean government is not different from this. The problem is they are not practicing at all. What they are doing in reality is far way from building strong and capable government. As a consequence, many people are associating the idea of strong government with the type of governance of PFDJ. It is important to separate the idea of strong/ capable government from the type of PFDJ’s governance. I’m afraid on the post PFDJ era people will throw away the idea of strong/capable governance thinking it is the same as PFDJ governance.

      Hawiki,
      Sabri

  • L.T

    .I’d rather learn from Bitsai Isaias how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.”Ato Meles Zenawi Asres.
    “Before our Isaias’s throne
    we pour our ardent prayers.
    please don’t burn me on the stove
    or push me down the stairs.
    Nihnan Nusun’

    The most wanted things to swap are football stickres and sweets but you can swap anything if somebody wants it”Salih Kadi.
    Good luck

    • Hi SGJ,

      Can you untangle L.T’s mind to read her/him as well the rest of us. I couldn’t make anything from this gibberish phrases.

    • Let me take a shot at it.

      I think L.T. is saying that comparing Saleh Kadi to the late Meles Zenawi is tantamount to comparing apples to oranges. Saleh’s struggle for justice was to create Awate land ( a virtual state) and lead its inhabitants (writers and commenters) while Meles’s effort was to liberate Ethiopia that guarantees not freedom of speech but wealth to most Tigrawots. Tigraway is able now to gain the lion’s share of the wealth of Ethiopia. Tigrawot are Ethiopia’s Wurages 😉 Sal, don’t get offended.

      • rodab

        Daw!tom,
        Not even close. Eyoba came pretty close the other day mainly because he was familiar with the story. So unless you have some background knowleged of the partticlur topic, you can make assumption at your own pril 🙂
        By the way here is my favorite one from today’s edition: “Belai Hawey if you point your face up to the sky at the same time as runing,it nearly feels like you’re flying..You can close your eays or you can keep them open,it’s up to you. .So you can’t ask us to dare you and not do the dare”.
        It’s irresistable.

        • Rodab,

          I read and re-read L.T.’s comment before attempting to summarize his message. Essentially, I would say I cracked the code and tried to explain what L.T. meant ;-).

          I visited Ethiopia four times in the last three years. What I observed is this: the rich, most of whom are tegaru, appear to be getting richer thereby creating social stratification in the country based upon income and wealth. What seems to be a trickle down economics, however, appears to be lifting virtually every one. As the economic pie gets bigger so does the economic share of the rich,and also the poor. Meaning, as the middle and upper middle class grows, so does the income and wealth of every one else.

          If you have the money , connections (political connection), and the skills to outsmart corrupt officials (using bribe or grease payment), Ethiopia is the land of opportunity to create wealth.

          Their wealth manifests itself in many areas. For example, the affluent families in Ethiopia have been able to finance their kids’ education in the west. There are two students I know whose college tuition is fully paid by their parents. Their parents are successful business people in Ethiopia as I came to understand.

          * It’s my personal observation as you can see from the qualifications such as appears, seems , observation , so and so forth 😉

  • Belai

    Hi Tamrat Tamrat, You said, “Hie Belai!You have become a reason for purging at least a million eritrean citizenships. Any way you put this ugly side very short and priciessly. The funniest thing is the Foundation of the supriority and its brutality even to the ‘natives’ if you know how the ‘amiches’ (amharic speaker tigrynya People)were treated in Asmara. The last 2 decades makes ethiopia for eritreans a refuge or a mother land as to their Choice or economical strength. Regardless what they do, ethiopia still embracing them to my surprise.”   1.u are wrong as always to blame all Tigrayans,for the ethiopian gvt wrong decissions. 2.The sadest thing about u was ur crocodile tears,if U are really concerned about Eritreans,why on earth are U complaing about the Ethiopian GVTs embracing(caring)to the Eri Refugees? Read what U wrote,above.u have no shame. Tamrat,Once, U was a refugee in the west,and U was treared well,no matter how the Ethiopians behave in your host country.So,why do u want a lesser or harish treatnent  to other human beings? (Eritreans) Pure hate. Why do u seem to care about the Afars then? A big lie,don’t even go there.

    • Belai

      Mr TAMRAT ? TAMRAT,I want u to ask ur self genuinelly,go back about one hundredyears or so back in time and learn ur true history.otherwise,You will be the same Tamrat Tamrat with out any substance in you but Hate,deciet and twist.  i do support,the Ethiopian gvt.on +ve things they do to the country and i criticise them on their short comings.Then again this is the best gvt ethiopia has ever seen in the last 100 years .  H/Selassie’s (Atse) mistakes has nothing to do with Amhara people,apart from those who benefited from his rotten system.But,because of what he did to Eritrea both countries are still bleeding to each other to death and you want to reverse that!! That is why they hate us,we never was on their side when they need us during the Fasicst Italians invesion.Eritreans were fighting the Italians on our side while the Abysinian gvt then was selling Eritrea for the Fascist Italy.That is our bitter histroy.The sooner you accept it ,the happiest person you will be. Thankyou Mr.

    • L.T

      Belai;advise yourself,Tamrat is EPRP and they sing differnet songs.they are not the songs we know.they call them elevators.They even make your ears go pop like on the aeroplane.:Cool Bitsia!
      Belai Hawey if you point your face up to the sky at the same time as runing,it nearly feels like you’re flying..You can close your eays or you can keep them open,it’s up to you. .So you can’t ask us to dare you and not do the dare.
      But I like your name”Belai”

      1,Ke’Ykreta belai”by Dr Ato Kebed Micheal
      2,Araya Belai,”Men’yu bedelgna”and “AyneberKun”
      3,Belai Dej Abay
      4,Colm Kalekirstos Dej Belay
      There are more but my memory ran out.
      Bitsia Belai

      1,Araya

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      Hi Abai!
      First snapp out of your tigray-tigrinya mind sett! Second my thread you put in your qutation was to support what you said because you explained this typical superiortiy of eritreans to wards Ethiopian. If you dont get it it is my bad. But connecting my poletical stand With your ethnic based politics is an uncolled. Back to the explanation!

      You said eritreans have superiorcomplex towards Ethiopians.
      Saleh G. said dont generalize they are pfdj.

      And i used irony that almost a million pfdj missed their citizenship because you are the reason for Salhe to say they are pfdj. And you confimed my irony by your second thread concerning this issue repeating my point that pfdjs are not from mars.

      I repeat again i dont mean thaty you as person or any Group you belong purge eritreans from being eritreans. If my lousy irony make all the trouble i am sorry.

      B U T you jumped to your ethnic based party Tigray-plf decision of deporting eritreans. You see this happens when you are deep scrued in ethnic politics. And to your surprise from many Things what Tigray-plf had done concerning the 1998 war was the deportation of those eritreans was the best thing ever. In that polarized time you dont know what these ethnic based parties and militaries could do agaisnt an unarmed civilians depending con the outcome of the war.

  • Alex

    I understand your frustration. Your masters after investing on people like u , the so called oppositions for the last 13 years, they did not see any result. So they are frustrated and frustrating u to write junk. And it will remain junk

  • Gosh!

    Oh, gosh! If I had gotten a quarter for every time someone wrote “These are the last days of PFDJ” or “We are witnessing the downfall of Issayas” over the last 12 years (Going back to 2001) I would be a rich man.

    But some people never get tired of saying that.

    That is all I am going to say today.

    • haile

      Gosh!!

      So, basically he was talking BS here then?…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kQVA4eff3c

      Nb: bzuh reqwahitat alo,,,mesel fithi zehal fetsimu kTefE aykEln eyu, Shinti gimel koynato’mber …..

      • Hailat,

        This Video shows that

        1. Eritrea’s right for territorial integrity would not be denied for Ever.

        2. Fighting on your ground is the solution not wishful thinking. PIA and Eritrean’s defeated Ethio. regime from their ground – not from where you are living.

        3. Democracy and Justice is a process… sooner or latter things will improve. However, as there is not perfect democracy and justice in the world there will be always barking people like you.

        4. Your ‘it is falling .. falling’ mantra is started to be challenged by ‘ataqa’eti’. You many need to change rhetoric.

        5. Chairman Issaias on that video said one import point: EPLF should count on its strenght not the weakness of Dergue…………

        Hailat: talking too much about the Govs. weakest side does not make you right nor strong. That’s why i am confident that you are going to change rhetoric very soon. Very soon you will end up on ‘Ezi win Kihalif you’ mantra.

        Regards

        • Thomas

          asymmetrical mouth for symmetrical mouth

        • haile

          Hi Meron (frieno zeybla shigleta’mber koynka 🙂

          1 – He said “the system that does not believe in democracy and justice and that is illegally holding to power would one day fall down regardless of the strength of EPLF. He said this is so because the next thing is the concept of human rights to be abolished if the repressive regime was to stand. Meron I am not a YPFDJ u can scr@w how you like to spin it 🙂 I have a mind of my own.

          2 – Ethiopia and Eritrea are mutually exclusive. Eritreans opposing an Eritrean is a whole different matter. Our struggle is for rule of law not rule of territory. Don’t compare oranges and apples.

          3 – Yes d&J are normally a process but not in illicit and criminal dealer (in weapons, drugs and people smuggling)controlled Eritrea. They are disbanded and are dead, not in any form of process!! Ask Petros Solomon’s daughter.

          4 – Meron to you IA’s condition is exactly the same in 2013 as they use to be in 2001! That is called cult, you don’t see what we do:) [Some religious cult members were once reported to refuse their child medication saying that God is going to heal him and when the child died they refused to bury him because they thought God was just testing their faith but would raise him from the dead! well they were jailed] I know your problem. IA in 2013 is fugitive from International law, opposed my most of his people, Isolated and dirt poor.

          5 – Criminal Isaias on that video was trying to look smart and was talking tosh tosh…:-)

          “Ezi’wn khalif eyu” was written by desperate Eritreans who faced rape, torture and horrible death… you sure have great sense [cult doing the trick again]

          Regards

          • Hailat Anbesa,

            1. ‘Ezi win Kihalif iyu’ is age old expression. But credit to Gezae Hagos, it is being some time since it is changed to a slogan of toothless people. Sing it.

            2. Cult, we (you and me) might be in one or other cult. My cult is ‘Eritrea First’, your cult is ‘Issais Must Go’. Look how big difference we have in substance. I am dignified to talk about Eritra and its sovereignty (the territory, people and its governing bodies). But in your cult that is a taboo.

            3. Yes PIA 2013 is not the same with PIA 2001. He also is not the same with IA 1991, 1981, 1971, and 1966. At the end of the date he will also disappear from this world. That doesn’t matter at all… what matters is the rout… PFDJ will run the country.

            4. Again Rule of law, D&J are a process and would be constructed by those who are in the country. But i will assure you there will always be people like you to bark after any pragmatic political actor – political actor in the ground not in the diaspora.

          • haile

            Meron (gdef frieno gberela eza shigleta!! 🙂 )

            1- Well, I am confused of it now. My assumption that you were making the comment in reference to and making fun of the victims in Sinai. We obviously missed lost each other there. Make it less confusing next time 🙂

            2 – I agree that my slogan is “The knob must go!” What you claim about yours is laughable. It was only a couple of weeks since you were saying Demhit first 🙂

            3 – IA is never opposed till 2001 and in 8 short years he meet his fate by being kicked out of the international club of nations (its diplomats get thrown out of meetings (like the one in the talks about Somalia held in Turkey few years back)) He will never make it as far as Mengistu, i.e. if you count from 2001 (when the real challenge to his rule was launched).

            4 – So why are the YPFDJ needed?

            ha ha… that damn cult again, right?

            Regards

          • Hailat,

            Shigleta eko Azekirkana..haa

            1. Ezi nizateyo zelena win kihalif iyu… lol. I hope Gezae would not sue me for misusing his slogan.

            2. The Demhit saga is laughable. You may remember, i laughed when Awate.com came with a news of top secret meeting of the top national security personnel. what makes that story more laughable is the real top security personnel were not mentioned in the ‘Breaking’ ‘Burning’ news. . lol.

            3. PIA have never been unchallenged through his life. Remember how he fled from Gebha, Remember all the internal power politics Shaebia have passed in the last 40 years. The 2001 is nothing but the continuation of all the power politics he have defeated. You may need to expand this than i could… the power politics within shaebia…

            4. PFDJ is the front and that is the one capable to do things in the country. YPFDJ… and lots are just tributaries. They add but not determine. Tell me if you can determine?

            Haile… Fireno kigebrelaaa… haaa

  • Zahra

    To all of those who want to see the opposition to be united – believe me that won’t happen because of the way they are structured. Each is structured differently and that reflects what democracy is and how it is going to be. However, what is needed is tolerance and that is what all opposition members are calling for.

    Please, don’t be disappointed by that fact. I know those who are departing from Isayasism’s culture want the opposition to be united. Suppose the opposition becomes One Mind One Tongue and One body, that will take us back to square one, where Isaysism is. I hope you see now why the opposition members process things that way and they are fine with it.

    Should one ask why the opposition is weak? The answer is because Egypt/Sudan/The whole Arab Gulf Countries/etc. etc are against the opposition. No ground for them in the neighboring countries with exception of Ethiopia. And, Ethiopia up to now links its support to the Eritrean opposition on the ground that Isayas’s Govt is a threat to it. Things may soon change. Higher tolerance will provide the opposition deeper cooperation among them.

    • ዕትብቲ ኮኾብ ሰላም

      nice. so accepting for what each one of us if fine and go on creating a common ground for all- and accepting each will let everyone to cut some of his dreams for sake of all-(like those who want more in price of others) . in this case just going to Asmara with out much resistance from enemy will be the reality of our journey to freedom.

      • Zahra

        Hi ዕትብቲ ኮኾብ ሰላም,

        Thanks for your input. What I thought was that the opposition right now is bound by a minimum political program. That minimum understanding is a working ground to build on and not on the max. non-agreeing area. No doubt, the opposition is now more mature to work together and appear heading off to preparing to takeover anytime Isu steps down.

  • Birhan

    I completely agree that removing DIA must be our number one priority. But how do we remove him? I guess that is the 50 year old question. Intelligence and thereby infiltrating the enemy is key but there is no unified opposition. Everybody is in his/her own camp. We are all hoping somebody will kill him for us but yet no one wants to make a sacrifice. Zeysinikas tsetser kortimelu koynu negeru. Natural death is the most likely scenario for him and then we see what happens but this is going to be a long protracted war with PFDJ and IA. They have done a brilliant job of brainwashing people while we were all asleep. The supporters which is still the majority of Eritreans will not be easy to win over so be ready for a long fight, could easily go for decades.

  • said

    In Eritrean the reality, the DIA regime has been waging a total systematic war against civilians and waging silent war against true nationalist and patriotic forces for daring to question and stand up to it. The result has been over all prison ,death, hunger, disease and suffering .The portrayal in official ERA_TV media reflects the regime’s refusal to recognize that Eritrean have paid their dues and suffered and are have legitimate demands – that millions of people of all backgrounds want a government that represent and serves them rather than oppress and exploits its people.
    If we don’t resist. The regime and as we know well, we are remain their subhuman favorite subject, as a political experiment, we are their very sick patient and we are forced to be subhuman and submissive human, regime have total spite and contempt for their own people. Regime thugs are killing people around us. In land of death, people die every day. We all know some of friends or member of families are already dead. Some go to prison and prison is hell, they get beaten and humiliated, the regime, who is extremely brutal and sadistic. As they are ravishing and plundering the nation, the nation continuously in state of war and often in a war zone. It is a battleground for generation after generation with no end at sight , Eritreans are not living in peace for generation ?, the regime drag Eritrean into miserable life, The vast majority of the people in Eritrea live in poor village , towns and Asmara slums and today’s age where power and water outages occur often and daily, Eritrea is the worst and least livable country on earth. It is all awful damn screwed up nation, absolutely one of the worst, in the world. For small tiny minority the regime managed to create their own privilege universe. PFDJ have-not being able and managed to lift millions of people from dire poverty, this dignified and proud poor people and have been obediently dying. It is Regime dictatorial and oppressive system to blame?. The young left with nothing to look for; with no proper education, no hope and no vocational skills. Many sick die of easily preventable diseases like malaria and the health system has totally collapsed with no improvement of life. PFDJ constantly publicized how submissive and as a good example to show for to others, to all over Eritrean Diaspora and the world, Eritrean real issue especially to those who are opting to fight for democracy ,justice, dignity ,inclusive and a better society are the Eritreans love their country. it is urgent time to change regime .

  • Papillon
  • haile

    Belay

    Your question that are Eritreans better off with their independence is like asking if someone is better off to be a home owner that they seems to have marriage problems for reasons unrelated! It is funny that there are no Eritrean people organized to undo its independence.

    Nitricc

    When you say no air force pilots are needed (less needed), is being an air force pilot’s sole purpose to man a military aircraft or there is more to it? I am asking this because you have expert knowledge in the field and if you claim that it is expensive to train an air force (with the full whack of professional, scientific, political and safety package), isn’t there a fundsmental difference with a kid manning a joy stick?

    Awatistas

    The PFDJ supporters I have been meeting recently were willing to discuss withdrawing their support to the regime (because according to them “they know the regime is in bad shape”) however, they insist that the opposition is poor and that justifys their indecisive posturing!

    Here is my counter argument:

    If you are starving and facing the risk of death, you may wish a nice dish of meal but if all you have is the humble shiro and ades, well you eat that to survive and work for your prefered dish once you’re free of the risk of death. PFDJ’s sanction, illicit drug, weapon, money and human traficking, destraction of the youth, isolation, killing and arresting, stripping of rights, curtailing of rule of law, influx of refugees, polarizing and fanning divisions, wanton arms destribution… is all poised to kill Eritrea. Hence, the removal of the regime by mass desertion and protests is a question of survival and not choice of lifestyle for Eritrea.

    Here is a new slogan “Value life, Stop PFDJ!”

    Regards

    When

    • haile

      ok take II
      “Value life, Stop PFDJ NOW!”

      Happy now 🙂 ?

    • Selam Hailat aba tireg,

      Keep drumming this mantra bro. May the virtual opposition need new Red Bull like you. You have nothing but mentioning day a night your perceived weakest link of the Gov. Let me tell you this Hailat, every one know the Gov’s big challenges and may be weakest sides of it. But so far there is not better option for Eritrea apart to the Gove.

      Hailat, the opposition can only express themselves to the people as the best option by deeds not by singing the same mantra… ‘the Gove… is that is.. or that… like you did’.

      You can’t be strong because some one has big challenges or faced difficulties… you can only convince me if you can show me you are the better option… and you are not….

      Regards,

      • Meron,

        The issue is not whether there are alternative to Issayas or not, the issue is to have a gut and say publicly to government that its policy is a disaster to our youth and the nation at large. When you get that, may be Meron could have the compass to lead our people to the promised land. How about if you could see it from this angle.

      • Thomas

        Meron,

        Sebhat Efrem like his symmetrical mouth, he is a flip flapper. Remember, together with the G15, he want for a reform in the Issayas regime and then he betrayal/back stabbed them. He is an opportunist by all measures. So, his rhetoric does not really hold water. This guy is just symbolic and no one takes him seriously. If you measure the dictatorial by their emotions and tough talk, then you are talking about kinds of Ali Abdu. Did you really think he would abandon the regime? This guy saw that things are turning upside down for the regime and he made his decision after analyzing where the regime is heading. Simply, he did not want the last person to live. May be he learned from Chomical Ali of Iraq. Yes, the opposition has always been divided and it looks like they have agreed to disagree. As divided as they are, each group/entity somehow has managed to convince that the regime is wrong path to go with and that it is working day in day out to destroy the nation, decisively disseminate her people and by breaking the bond and the very fabric nature culture………….. of our uniqueness. Our people because they trust too much have endured the deceptive manipulative backward regime for 15 years. No all except the few like you have together to say “enough is enough” and a final call for the which standing with foot.

    • Hailat,

      What are you trying to tell? “removal of the regime by mass desertion and protests” never heard. Is that a new theory called hailetism? What do you want to say Hailat? You make me laugh for few seconds. We need it, when it is really scarce in our reality.

    • Birhan

      Hi Haile,

      You say, “Hence, the removal of the regime by mass desertion and protests is a question of survival and not choice of lifestyle for Eritrea.”

      Mass desertation seems to have favored their agenda thus far and I could not imagine Eritreans in Eritrea protesting even if their very life immediately depended on it.

      It is wishful but the only hope is having IA taken out and then hope his cronies massacre each other and hence the regime gets uprooted. Maybe then we can have a fresh start.

    • haile

      Selamat Aman and Birhan

      Little clarification: the desertion is meant to the subject of my discussion above i.e. individuals currently involved as diaspora operatives of PFDJ (informally – paid indirectly) and Embassy staff. Not to the Eritreans in Eritrea or the armed forces. Hope this clarifies the point. And let’s remember that it is a collection of issues are what brought the regime to the current situation of dying hours, and not a single magic bullet.

      Hi Hi Meron – entay de’a tehabi’Eka Eza ale’ba wishTi aytmlketekan dia 🙂

      No, me or anyone can’t convince you at all, simply because we subscribe to rule of law. We can’t pay you like the regime (everything must be above board in democratic Eritrea), we simply don’t work that way… you got to continue supporting the regime (especially if you handle any PFDJ front company, because when it is gone it is all yours). Again, the regime is not facing any difficulties but the Eritrean people are? Unless you are alluding to the underhand payroll that is 🙂

      I loved chemical Ali when he told us the demise of the US army, I am sure IA would do much better in cutting the world to size and you the share of the booty…

      Keep on keeping on…

      Regards

      • Hailat,

        Just relax and try to enjoy this:

        http://vimeo.com/79257386

      • Hailat,

        Your stories and sentimentalization are fading away day after another.

        Look what the General has to say to you and your like:

        “We cannot make drama and hysteria like the weyanes, so there’s no reason to try. We are not liars and we don’t have acces to international news agents, because our cause does not interest international news agencies. So when they make noise by ringing the church bell we can just look at it knowing that the movement of the bell going back in forth will stop sooner or later and when it does, we will either talk if it benefits us and if its irrelevant we will just watch the issue die.”

        General Sebhat Efrem

        • sensationalization rather

        • Birhan

          They are watching the plight of innocent Eritreans for dignity die. Sebhat has blood on his hands. He is the most coward person ever. Teway afu kem ghibru.

        • haile

          Hi Meron

          I am relaxed alright. Gen. Sebhat is sbuH LIAR, so everything he said after that doesn’t count 🙂

          There are people I personally know working in Bisha. One ex-hail bahri and qedamay zur demobilized another one also demobilized qedamay zur – he was in beleza before. I don’t need video to learn facts, I can tell you many things about their pay, erefti times… (it is not relatively bad though) still not like stage show either. But that is not an issue for me and I am happy with any thing good in Eritrea happening to even one person. I hope you don’t doubt that 🙂

          -Let me tell you something that you probably didn’t know: for 2012 93% of Eritrea’s total export volume was to Canada. Link on request. Can you process and analyze that?

          -Find me a single PFDJ owned and run company that respects a single workers rights. Not a Canadian one, because they are not savages hence why they do it.

          – “Fading” to you is losing headline value, to the victims of the PFDJ atrocity is improvement in their conditions of captivity. Give me a single right that was taken away by the regime and now has been re-instated so that we can say “faded”!

          Meron, you don’t give a hoot about the people and that is your choice, but papillon linked a video that showed Eritreans in one setting and you did so to show another setting, whose link is really worth a self respecting individual’s time to post?

          Nab lbkha tmleselu mewaTs’o yhabka Meroney 🙂

        • Papillon

          ሜሮን

          ቁሩብ’ከ ሕፍር ኣይትብልን ዲኺ እዚ ርጉም ሰብኣይ ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣብ መሀሙቕ የእትይዎ ኸሎስ ጀነራል እገለ ከምዚ በለ ኢልኪ ሃለውለው ትብሊ ዳሓን እንዳ ህግደፍ መንደፍ ማዓልትኹም ቀሪባ’ያ

  • Nitricc

    Wow, I am stunned by the slave mentality of the Africans. I don’t care if you are Eritrean, Ethiopian or Kenyan. What is wrong with you people. People are starting to make drones in thier garage. What is the big deal about drones? It is yesterday’s technology.
    My point was before the xxxxx Thomas, he can even get African name, he has to choose the withy name. Before he was all over me, what I was saying is that the conventional Air Force system is expensive, time consuming and dangerous to the pilots. The price of SU 29 or F 22 can cover the entire badger of an Air Force department. Do you know how much and how long it takes to train a pilot? It is too expensive. The game has changed and the futur for Eritrean Air Force is what the futur presents, a kid with a joystick will do the job. Now, why are you, all of you having strok over this simple idea? Are you that inferior and dumb?
    Now I know why the Africans going to nothing but monkeys.
    What is your problem?

    [Moderator: our note to Thomas, above, applies to you as well. A little respect won’t harm you.]

    • Thomas

      Listen, xxxxx. Thomas is my real name. Surprisingly, you are exposing yourself day in day out. This name is in a bible and that why people choose it. There is nothing wrong with being hagereseb/country man, but you sound hagereseb:)

      [Moderator: Thomas, we X’ed your insult and now you included the xxxxx. That could only be a message to the moderator. A little respect won’t harm, Thomas.]

    • Abe z minewale

      Why don’t just shaw us how to become independent from slavery instead going after Africans why they remain slaves mentally. I will be the first drone operator trained by you if I ever qualified.i don’t think the Amerians would trust me to be one the drone operator since I have a slave mentality

    • semere andom

      Hi Moderators:
      I suggest a banning of Nitricc for a couple of days from this forum of decency. He is acting like a spoiled brat, who is accustomed to this kind of filth in the Isaiasist forums and private clubs that celebrate this kind of character.
      for this “emambe” to be considered, I am soliciting the secondment of at least one member
      And one of the conditions of his complete banning should be to join the DA*

      *Dumu Dumu Anonymous

    • saay

      Selamat Nitricc The Independent:

      Free advise from a man in his 50s. Early 50s dammitt:

      1. Do not use Africans and “monkeys” and “slaves” in the same sentence. Bad, bad idea. Very very bad idea. Especially for somebody who, whether he likes it or not, is “African American.” Nobody except Nitricc knows the man behind Nitricc (“the roof, the roof, the roof is on fire, we don’t want no water let the motherf!@#$r burn!”), so all people will remember is that awate said that. Not fair to us. Besides, it is not good for your cause. You know what your side called Jendaye Frazier, and it backfired on you. Bad, bad, bad.

      2. I will give you the story of a monkey, in Eritrean culture. (Don’t worry, it is not history, it is culture, so be interested.) It is a story told by the Tigre-speaking population of Eritrea. A monkey keeps trying to reach, and failing at reaching, some ripe bananas. After a while, instead of admitting it failed, it says to itself, “who cares, they were spoilt bananas anyway!” When elite Eritrean pilots defect to Saudi Arabia (Saudi frigging Arabia!), and they fly a plane with them, it is epic fail for the Isaias regime. They are saying, “we would rather take our chances with a country with a terrible human rights records, terrible asylum laws, terrible residence permit laws than Eritrea.” That is a huge loss for Eritrea and a spanking for the Isaias regime. It just is. Period. All your “who needs pilots anyway!” is monkey behavior. Whether we need pilots or drones, is not something that should be decided by Nitricc or Isaias; it is, in normal countries, something decided by a National Assembly (the people’s representatives) after they have hearings and after they grill the executive office. When you accuse the opposition of sometimes overblowing stories and their significance, that’s valid. But it is equally valid for us to say that the regime supporters say “no big deal” to everything. The joke in Eritrea relates to who they will dispatch to pick up the plane. Who will they send that they can be sure will return.

      Person 1: why don’t they send Abraham Isaias Afwerki
      Person 2: But he can’t fly planes. He is just “in the Air Force.”
      Person 1: I know he can’t fly planes. Buu bilu kitefie sile zewiru zeykiela

      Things are bad back home. The crazy man is creating enmity and my fear is that even the long-suffering and decent people of Eritrea will “avenge” themselves the wrong way!

      3. You are having a lot of fun with the “iziwin kHalif iyu” mantra. Let me tell you a story. When you were a lad of 12, in the 1998-2000 Eritrea-Ethiopia war, when there was endless talk of deportations, wars, disfigured Eritreans, displaced Eritreans, tortured Eritreans, and the world could not hear our cries, and it was depressing as hell, there was one Eritrean, a poet by the name of Hidat Ephrem who used to write at Dehai.org and her signature piece was “iziwin kHalif iyu.” Those of us who read her piece got some peace of mind, something that told us all this will go away. Fast forward to 2011: Eyptian website http://www.youm7.com/ reported on the disaster in Sinai and it showed a cave with the most unexpected inscription: “iziwin yHlef.” (you can see the image here: http://asmarino.com/articles/1411-from-sawa-to-the-sinai-desert-the-eritrean-tragedy-of-human-trafficking6.) The message, written by somebody who was all of 12 in 1998-2000 (just like you)left a searing impression on Eritreans. It was a trigger, for example, for Saleh G Johar to write Miriam Was Here.

      If you are trying to make the point the the opposition has just become a passive group of people who are fatalistic who go around mumbling “this too shall pass” the way our ancestors used to (and for a man who respects his tradition so much, that is surprising), the criticism is valid. But you picked the wrong Minister for that cabinet when you mentioned Ghezae Hagos. He is the exact opposite of that. He is an activist which is the exact opposite of a fatalistic person. An activist has no less an ambitious goal than to change the world.

      saay

      • Gebre

        Hi Saay,

        So you are in your early 50s. I would say we are sailing in the same boat only you sitting at the back end and I NOT much far at the front. This way we ensure the balance of the boat and sail brotherly and safely to our destinations.

        Good journey old man!

      • Abe z minewale

        I am reading this article it fells good as hymn is sang by the preacher as the same time asking my self where was I for last 53 years not to gain any knowledge like mr yonus.Ti eNa yIMelayo

  • Thomas

    I just like the way Reuters put the story of mass defection including the 3 military officers using our WAR jet to transport them. I just wonder if it is that common to use war jets to escape your country to another one. Imagine there is no war and the defeated officers were not sent to bomb anyone as such they were not under pressure except the failed to deliver regime in asmara. This all clarifies the desperate situation and how much our army have given on everything they fought for……..

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/12/us-saudi-eritrea-idUSBRE9AB0RY20131112

    • Thomas

      sorry, please replace defected officers for defeated officers:))

    • Nitricc

      It is stupid for them to leave. Military pilots are becoming irevelant. The drone technology took them out of the game. It was great conflict in the US Air Force when the fat kid with joystick become more important than the pilot went through tough and expensive training. The good news is Eritrea needs no conventional Air Force so, I am glad they left. They can have the jet too.

      • semere andom

        Hi Nitricc:
        For once we agree on something. You are correct; pilots are dozen a dime in Eritrea thanks to the world class training that took place in Sahel in preparation for the inevitability of May 24. Also the state of the art bleeding-edge research that is being conducted in MIT (MainefHi Institute of technology)had created a drone technology that NASA and Europeans are clamoring to bid to buy this technology that Eritrea has developed. But GoE is defiant to the usurp by CIA and will not sell for cheap. It is thinking to make our MIT a public Institute, not public as in funded by the government, but public as in selling stocks to investors. I think change is coming, I am agreeing with you and also I agree with our minister of talent discovery for discovering your talent. Blossom Nitric

        • Nitricc

          Semere I am talking about the future which you have no clue about. All technology’s are created and made by humans like you and me. I don’t expecting you to know and to understand.
          The creater of Apple once said, when you figured it out that the people who runs this world are not smarter than you are, then there is nothing left to figure out.
          So don’t make the whites are smarter than you. You are eqauly equipped with the same mind. The difference is, you look your self lower than the whites. Once you convince your self you are inferior, well, you are dead man walking.
          So, Semere, don’t be so harsh on your soul, you are the same human as they are. May be they went in school further than you.
          You have one life to live, are going to do something with it or you are going to waste it in inferiority. I suggest you do something.

          • semere andom

            Nitricc:
            I have many questions about the future drone tech, so please get back to me when you are not inebriated 🙂

        • Nitric,

          MIT is “Massachusetts Institute of Technology” not Maine.

      • Thomas

        You are really insane like Eritrea has the capacity for Drone technology. I am really ashamed that Eritrea has produced an [xxxxxxx] like you.

        • Nitricc

          Do you know what it takes or how much it costs to make a drone?
          [XXXXXX]. At least do your homework

          • Thomas

            [xxxxx], do you know how much these defected pilots used to make? I guess you are one of those kids who like to feed themselves with Mcdonalds burger. Go and live in Eritrea. After doing so, come and talk to us. That is what we are asking you for. I cannot tell you how annoying and [xxxxx] you look here. Talking to you feels like talking to aliens. You don’t know the real Eritreans or Eritrea, why don’t you just zip your [xxxxx] mouth!

      • Abe z minewale

        dessert storm took millions of Iraqis which is sad done by pilots not only drone it self

        • Nitricc

          If a major war to break out today. Not a single US pilot will fly.
          I don’t know if you know this but even Ethiopia owns few hundred drones. It is dirt cheap but deadly effective.

          • Tesfamariam

            Nitrico
            You forgot to tell them about the super submarine the is being build in Masawa under the supervision of your great idle Isaias that is why he is stationed in Masawa …How naive you are
            Cheers

          • Thomas

            Please educate yourself, below (below link) – message from someone who has really been there (someone who was living under the caves like a cave man -just to make it clearer to you):

            http://assenna.com/an-open-letter-to-ypfdj/

  • L.T

    What ‘s the point,Semere H?How do you know it was a “nihnan nusun” who did it?

  • Kibreab

    Dear Semere,

    Here is the pp that clearly describes how we as a society lost our values and sense of our being:

    “Wedinism—the bastardization of traditional, religious and family values—becomes the new normal. The low, base and philistine culture is purposefully promoted to prolong the life of the uncouth petty dictator. Of course, the moral confusion and depravity can only be sustained in a state of chaos and perpetual conflict. Towards this end, the dictator wages war against everyone and everything that is good and decent.”

    Well Said Semere
    On a similar note here is a quote from Eritrean Orthodox Church press release at tewahdo.org challenges each of us to ask ourselves have I done the right thing?:

    “መን ቀዲሙ ኣእወየ” ዘስምዕ ናይ ፖለቲካ ሃልክን መኽሰብን ንምርካብ እንጓየየሉ እዋን ኣይኮነን። ሓደ ነቲ ካልእ ኣብ ምጽላም ንምእታው’ውን ክኸውን ኣይግባእን። ነፍሲ ወከፍና ካብቲ ናይ ወቐሳ ሕይወትን ታሪኽን ወጻኢ ክንከውን ዝከኣል ኣይኮነን። ስለዚ ድማ ነፍሲ ወከፍ ሰብ ንድሕሪት ምልስ ኢሉ ክግምግም፣ ብስድራ፣ ብሃይማኖት፣ ብሃገር ብመንግሥቲ፣ ዝተፈጸመ ጉድለት፣ “ብኃጢኣተይን ኃጢኣት ሕዝበይን” ዚብል መንፈስ ኬሕድር፣ ነፍሱ ኣብ ቅድሚ እግዚኣብሔር ከማዕቁብን፣ ኣብዚ ዘይሓልፍ ዚመስል ከቢድ ጸገም፣ ናብቲ ጽባሕ ብርሃን ሓጎስ ዘልብስ ኩሉ ከሕልፍ ዚኽእል እግዚኣብሔር ከነረክቦ ይግብኣና።

    እዚ ሓደገኛ ኣካይዳ፣ ዓይንኻ ዓሚትካ እዝንኻ ሎዂኻ፣ ብሃውሪ ዝኽየድ ዘሎ ኣንፈቱ ዘጥፍአ ኣብ ቅድሚ ዓይንና እንርእዮ ዘሎና ዘፍርህ ጉዕዞን ዘመንን እዩ። ብሥጋ ብሓደጋ ሞት ዝተፈልዩና፣ ብጸሎትን ብሓዘንን “ንቑጻት እግሪ ይግበርኩም” ኢልና ኣፋኒና ዘብቅዕ ኣይኮነን። ደግሲ ሕማም ደሓር ሓዲጉልና ይኸይድ ምህላዉ ድማ ንመጻኢና ዝብድህ እዩ።

    It continued to pinpoint the crux of the Eritrean quagmire:
    ቤተ ክርስቲያን ኣደ ኩሉ ከም ምዃና መጠን፣ ንግፍዒ ትቃወሞ፣ ፍትሒ ጎደለ፣ ድኻ ተበደለ ኢላ ኣብ ጎድኒ ውጹዓት ደው እትብል ኣምባሳደር ክርስቶስ እያ። ኣብዚ እዋን እዚ እቶም ዝበዝኁ ነዚ ሓደጋ’ዚ ተቓሊዖም ዘለዉ፣ ብጥምቀት ካብ ማሕጸን ቤተ ክርስቲያን ተዋሕዶ ዝተወልዱ ስለ ዝኾኑ ንሓዘንና ዝያዳ ዕጽፊ ይገብሮ። ስለዚ ድማ ኣብ ምጽንናዕ ሕዙናት፡ ኣብ ጸሎትን ምህልላን ዝያዳ ናብ ኣምላኽ ብንብዓት እትገልጸሉ እዋን እዩ።
    ክቡራት ሕዝቢ እግዚኣብሔር
    ጠንቂ እዚ ኩሉ ጸገምን ስደትን፣ ብዙኅ ኪበሃል ዝከኣል እኳ እንተኾነ፣ እቲ ኣብ ርእሲ ሃገርና ሰፊኑ ዘሎ ዘይፍትሓዊ ምሕደራ ምዃኑ ንኹሉ ብሩህ እዩ።

    K

    • L.T

      You sound like a little yappy(?)get out of my Eritrea face..

    • Semere Habtemariam

      Dear Kibreab,

      The reawakening and revitalization in the Tewahdo Church is perhaps one of the most encouraging and positive change of the last few years and that is the way it should be. Almost 50% of the population are Tewahdo but the role of the church has been significantly undermined first by the Italians and then the gedli era. But the church is coming back and it should and needs to fill the moral and spiritual emptiness felt by all its children.

      hawka
      Semere

      • It does not add up. If the Muslims account for 50% of the Eritrean population. Amenti Tewahdo can’t be 50% of the Eritrean population as well. Unless of course you are talking about the habesha population of your area.

  • Abinet

    Ato Saleh ,belay’s analysis of Eritreans is shared by most Ethiopians .As a would be leader,(I am not kidding)what do you have to do to change it for the betterment of the two nations?btw, I agree with Eyob that you are a real Gomtu.

  • Araya

    SAAY, apology I thought you told Haile-2, cannot use the name “Haile” all together. I misread the whole situation.
    While I am there can you tell Haile’s accomplishment to earn the title “great”?
    If you ask me, he is nothing but Ye-Tela Bet Woregna. Because he bombarded your forum with nonsenses, he does not mean he is great. In fact spine-less coward is more fitting.

    • saay

      Hi Araya:

      Here’s why Haile is great:

      And spotteth twice Haile the camels before the third hour. And so the Midianites went forth to Ram Gilead in Kadesh Bilgemath by Shor Ethra Regalion, to the house of Gash-Bil-Betheul-Bazda; Haile who brought the butter dish to Balshazar and the tent peg to the house of Rashomon, and there slew he the goats, yea, and placed he the bits in little pots. Here endeth the lesson.

      [slightly modified from Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life]

      saay

      • haile

        Hey Saay

        Thanks for explaining that in a simple and straight forwardly manner, Tela is on me (if you don’t drink werie’wn ybeqahal). 🙂

        Araya yequrT qen suri awlaqi 🙂

        Let me prove beyond ALL reasonable doubt that YOU are ye Tela biet weregna and spineless coward. No kidding 🙂 🙂

        -You recently told us that “I just returned from Addis and THE TALK OF THE TOWN is about Eritreans in the Ethiopian refugee camps”. Where did you get your TALK OF TOWN? You didn’t visit those refugees did you? weche gud ye Telabiet wereignaw! 🙂

        – Dispute la la about woyane here and visiting Ethiopia regularly, you are never seen to raise your arms like Zeray Deres there!! The only time you raise those wobbly arms of yours is to get frisked (pat down) by the woyane themselves at the Bole airport 🙂 🙂 That makes you a spineless coward.

        Here is a joke about Araya:

        When Eritrean deportees went back to Ethiopia recently to reclaim their confiscated properties, Araya was only entitled to complete the edget be hibret mehaymnet school that the woyane interrupted him due to the deportation – still they refused to credit him for the stop gap course he completed at the YPFDJ 🙂

        Take care saay

        • saay

          Haile:

          Sewyew mehaym new mnm aygebawm malet’h new? Well I happen to have a video of how Haile slew they and placed their pieces in little pots:

          http://youtu.be/eBqe5xvYnNc

          Saay

          • Papillon

            Hey Sal,

            That is pretty funny. Have you seen “A fish called wand”? Both John Cleese and Charles Crichton are in it. It is damn funny movie.

          • saay

            Hey Papillon:

            Of course:) I think you mean MICHAEL Palin and not Crichton*. Movie also had Jamie Lee Curtis (Wanda) and Kevin Kline who spends half the movie saying “don’t call me stupid!” My fave line in the movie is Jamie Lee Curtis proving to Kline that despite all his pretensions he is not all that smart : “the central message of Buddhism is not every man for himself.”

            saay

            IMDB says Crichton directed the movie (A Fish Called Wanda). Haile, IMDB, a movie lovers treasure trove, keeps track of favorite quotes from movies which is where I got the Meaning of Life quotes 🙂

        • amde

          “Araya yequrT qen suri awlaqi”

          Haile, if nothing else you are Haile the great even just for that…. I got many a chuckle out of that one

          Wait till biggus hears of this

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K8_jgiNqUc

          saay…

          hands down, Michael Palin is the most talented actor of the Pythons

          so sayeth I

          • saay

            Amde,

            Hard to choose between the Pythons. The answer is in the spam. Here’s Palin with their insight into necessity of having a military:

            http://youtu.be/ucgU2DJlBiw

            saay

      • Aytihazeley deAa ‘mber,

        Here , you sound more like T.T.

        • Beyan Negash

          aytihzaelley dea’amber, Dawit, it is more like LT, I think, but, again, who cares about the acronyms, the whole point and the precise point is that it is hilarious; and then as if that was not enough, we get the treat vis-à-vis the gibberish inducing muse whence he got the whole enchiladas.

          Sal, I gotta give you that, the knack and the timing of your humor was just what I needed – I got one boisterous laughter out of it, but I had to quickly contain it for two reasons: fear of not waking the kids who are I am sure in the zone of that REM stage of sleep. And, of course, the last thing you want is for the neighbors the next day to say, ‘boy, were you having fun in such ungodly hour of the night last night’ to which I wouldn’t even have a ready made answer other than profusely apologizing. You know how it is when you are at a library, in the zone, quietly reading, and suddenly one person decides to break the code of silence by speaking out loud, that is how it feels when one suddenly guffaws late in the night.

          • saay

            Ahlen Beyan:

            Glad you liked it. Monty Python movies (Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Meaning of Life) were an obsession for me and a friend, who has passed away. Every time I think of him, I watch them. I was watching clips when Araya asked me why I call Haile “the great” which, to me, was as surreal as asking why do we call the sky blue. And when I think surreal I think Monty Python, thus the surreal clip from Meaning of Life. I am glad you liked that irreligous bit, I invite you to this nightmare scenario: when our servants (government) become our bosses. I have an aversion to authoritarianism of governments (Obama, Isiais, they are all the same to me once they start forgetting they are our servants):

            This will not wake up your kids. It won’t make you laugh out loud. But it will make you think. Scene opens with a portrait of, of all things, Haile Selasse:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aclS1pGHp8o

            saay

    • Sabri

      Araya,

      When you call Haile yetela bet werenga, on what premises are you based on? In fact Haile’s greatest strength is his ability to back up all his arguments with facts. Then if we agree or disagree is another issue. If you don’t agree with him face him with sound arguments and facts. False allegation doesn’t hold water.

      • Sabri

        More to Araya,

        During the time when split was happening among the leadership of PfDg in 2001, I don’t forget one amice who says the following words: “ahun yedingay ras mesebesebyaw taweke” it is sad to see the one vibrant EPLF is converted to yedingay ras mesebsebya.

        • haile

          Haha saay – I am impressed you can jot that down! You should share with Araya which school he should go to post edget be hibret 🙂

          Selamat Sabri

          Araya is never a patriot for Eritrea’s sake, he just boarded the PFDJ train because he thought it was going in the same direction as his. His problem has been his sense of rejection by Ethiopians (Tigrayans), PFDJ is just a stick for him to whack the TPLF with (albeit it turned jelly unexpectedly for him:). Here is his back ground in case you missed it 🙂

          Araya to Hayat:

          “Hayat, I did not say at mekele airport, I said at Addis Airport, there is a big difference. This days, TPLF are losing their grip every day. And finally there is a relief holding that orange document, you know the one TPLF gave to all Eritreans. The orange card shows that you are not from Tigray but from Eritrea and trust me, right now, I rather carry that orange card than being identified as Tigray.
          Hayat, I have no problem sharing anything you want, I will share.
          I was born and raised in Addis, although I refused to carry Addis’s ID card, it could have saved me serious money if I had the ID card but my Eritrean pride comes first. My family, they have mix feelings. My mom is more forgiving she keep saying “ Tegagyom” than my dad; he can’t stand the TPLF gungs. About five years ago I decided to take my family for a little treat to Sodere. Once we arrived at the gate, there were five Somalians in front of us and the Tigryan casher let them pay in Ethiopian Birr. When it was our turn to pay, rightly, I was asked to pay in dollars, which I have no problem with since I was carrying USA passport but the casher wanted all my family members to pay in dollars. The casher was claiming that my parents were foreigners. We had no choice but to pay in dollars. My dad wasn’t shay though he told the casher
          Kabanas etom deqi somal Qeribomuka; Dahan!
          But this year I did the same thing, a trip to Sodere and this time around I was preparing to pay in dollars, to my surprise I was the only one who was asked to pay in dollars and all my family members paid in birr and no question asked. So, what I am saying is that the Tigryans are coming to the earth slowly. They don’t bother you as much as they use to. They have come to realize that power will not be forever and they are becoming nicer.”

          Can you believe his audacity to be more Eritrean here simply because they refused to honor his Birr!!!

          Regards

          PS. Next time come to Gurgusum: any currency welcome 🙂

          • Sabri

            Hailat,

            I know many of his likes. Sophia T is their queen. They pop up after the last war out of blue. It is sad to see such kind of people are intimidating other patriotic Eritreans. The good thing is they will disappear soon.

          • Sabri

            Dear Awate Team,

            I appreciate your efforts to moderate all post and drive the entire website. However, sometimes I’m worried when I read some posts with contents of Tserfi. The recent one is Araya’s post. I don’t understand why you are allowing such kind of posts.

            Best regards,
            Sabri

      • Ya Sabri,

        That is what he has in his store. Just trace back all his comments, the same innuendo. Are you kidding ! Him to face hale’s argument ? Nowhere my friend.

    • Abe z minewale

      You don’t deserve The name or nick of Araya.you are trying to fight a tiger with empty handed while you are intoxicated with YeKera TeJ. Wetat mahBer and kinet Ene aster esKista tiz Alegn Ageri.let me get out of tej bet I must be heading the way to Bole stop at flamingo for a coffee .it has been 30 years. Still unable to write a sentence . Sekaram Bet ayseram

  • Semere T.H.,

    You said Isaias Afewerqi should be removed because he is a petty dictator. While I wholeheartly support your call for his immediate removable, I disagree with your characterization of him as a petty dictator, given the incalculable destruction he has wantonly brought upon the country, people, EPLF, military, etc.

    Isaias Afewerqi is ,without a doubt, a monster with a monster agenda, which is not only to undo Eritrean Sovereignty but also to wipe out the people. This is the object that spurred him to join ELF in 1966;

    that spurred him to decimate ELF in collaboration with woyane;

    that spurred him to decimate Eritrean intellectuals pre and post independence;

    that spurred to launch the illegal and unncessary war on Ethiopia;

    that spurred him to abolish Baito, the constitution and incacerate senior EPLFs under false charges;

    that spurred him to openly insult the USA and brought about the crippling sanction, No War No Peace situation etc. etc.

    You also wrote about the opposition to do their national duty. But again you forget the so called opposition are under strict control of woyane just like our people are under Isaias Afewerqi. They are, at best, Trojan Horses, worst, dead people walking.

    and do not forget, woyane and Isaias are one and the same.

  • ሰብ ዓዋተ
    “መስደመም ንዝበለስ እንሆ’ምበር መአመም ተብህለ ድዩ ዝብሃል”
    ናይ ውግእ ነፈርትኩም ከይተረፈ ይሃድማ ኣሎዋ። ሎሚ’ከ እንታይ ተሪፍኩም ምስ በልናዮም መልሶም እንታይ ከምዝነበረ ትፈልጡ፡
    ኹለን እዘን ንሱዑዲ ዓርብያ ዝሰገራ ዘሎዋ ነፈርቲ ክሳብ ሕጂ ናይ ቦራተለ እየን። ቀደም ኣብ ሕርሻ ዓሊግድር ፈውሲ ዝነጽጋ ዝነበራ እየን። ከመይ ጌረን በጺሐናሎም’ዃ ኣይንፈልጥን። ኣብኣ ነቂጾም!
    ጸዎታ ኣይነበረን ቀንዶም እዩ።

    • L.T

      Bitsay Meretse Meretsen YedliKum alo
      Meretse Hawey,guess what number floor would be yours.

      you guesses 11 becouse 11 yekatit is your lucky number.U guessed top becouse top is the coolest(Like HongKong)
      None of us was right.It was 9
      L.T:I think your Tigria will be blue.?
      Meretse Asmelash:I think Tigria will be green.
      both the two of us were wrong.Tigria will be brown.You ‘re all brown Merestseney.

  • seyoum Tesfaye

    Semere,

    Exit the evil- the demon who is turning the homeland upside down. First thing first. Well said. The opposition has to make itself relevant not by just being but by being a better brand with positive agenda. Keep your pen alive. Let the truth spill on the pages. We have no option but to remove the shame from our land. Thanks.

    • L.T

      Seyoum; Your Great Ethiopia symbolizes blood,fire and heat and now you believed you are here to bring good luck to Eritrea.A classical Gojame style.

  • abel

    The Million Dollar Question Is?

    Is Eritrea a viable state?
    What happens to countries after tolerating dictator for too long and the dictator dies? Somalia, Congo, libya….
    Is partition of eritrea inevitable?
    We all have too many questions and no answer.It is a sign of an END being very near.

    • Belay

      A friend of mine, Temam, used to say (Some 20 years ago.) that Eritrea is not a viable state. I wonder if that is true or not. Let us wait and see. Eritreans should stop extremely hating Ethiopians and other Eritreans who have different views and visions for Eritrea. Eritrea’s 2 decades history based strongly founded on hatred, animosity, superiority complex and invincibility. The ‘Hade hizbi, hade libi’ mantra put the country in such a mess. A friend of mine used to say that if that one mind goes crazy, the whole country will go crazy. A country of great minds could end up being another Somalia. I hope Wedi Afom changes his mind and bring democracy to Eritreans.Who knows?!

      • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

        Belay,
        Some correction if you do not mind. You state that “Eritrea’s 2 decades history based strongly founded on hatred, animosity, superiority complex and invincibility.” Are you not describing PFDJ? Why do you think we fight the PFDJ if we have the same traits? Please stop this amateurish psychoanalysis of superiority complex and similar stuff. Eritreans are peace loving people and the PFDJ’s cruelty doesn’t represent us just like Haile Sellassie’s brutality and Derg’s bloodthirsty character doesn’t define Ethiopians. Just remember a similar brute ruled Ethiopia not long ago. What do you say?

        • belai

          Dear Mr S J Gadi,
          I can’t agree mor thanks.

          By the way I have I changed the last letter of my name to I to differ from my Moksi belay.

          • Tamrat Tamrat

            Hie Belai!

            You have become a reason for purging at least a million eritrean citizenships. Any way you put this ugly side very short and priciessly. The funniest thing is the Foundation of the supriority and its brutality even to the ‘natives’ if you know how the ‘amiches’ (amharic speaker tigrynya People)were treated in Asmara. The last 2 decades makes ethiopia for eritreans a refuge or a mother land as to their Choice or economical strength. Regardless what they do, ethiopia still embracing them to my surprise.

        • Belay

          Dear Saleh,
          I always stand to be corrected. Feel free to enlighten me. Let it be known that I wish peace, prosperity and progress to Eritrea and Eritreans. First up, I must thank you for taking your precious time to respond to me. It is a great honor; to get a response from you. I completely agree in what you said about Hailesellassie, Derg and Shabia.
          I would be happy to answer your questions:
          ” Are you not describing PFDJ?”. Yes and No.
          Yes, because Wedi Afom and his supporters have repeatedly expressed arrogance, invincibility, superiority complex, hatred and animosity to Ethiopians in general and Tigreans (Agames) and Amaharas (Adgis) in particular. I can see that attitude gradually dying down now with the political and economic downward spiral change in Eritrea.
          No, because PFDJ is composed of millions of Eritreans including the ones who are on the opposite side of the political fence now. PFDJ is a reflection of the Eritrean society. PFDJs are NOT evils who came from Mars. They are Eritreans with different world view and vision for Eritrea. The evil doings of Haileselassie and Derge to Eritreans might have caused the extreme animosity and hatred (Amateurish non-Freudian psychoanalysis again?) towards Ethiopians. No two negatives make positive. That is the point I want to make. I am NOT denying what happened to Eritreans during Haile’s and Mengistu’s eras.
          “Why do you think we fight the PFDJ if we have the same traits?” My answer to the first part of your question is that you fight to bring peace, progress and democracy to Eritrea. For the second part of your question, I would rather beg the question: Ali Abdo was with Wedi Afom and now with you. Does this mean that Ali has two different political alleles (traits)? Does Ali have Issu’s trait or your trait? I know these rhetorical questions that do not make sense.
          My question to you is this: Is Eritrea better off now compared to Haile’s and Menge’s era?
          Have fun. Keep up the good work.

          Tamrat Tamrat,
          My sister in law (Hirut of Seraye) and the daughter (Nigisti) of my Godfather (Fekadu) have been sent home by Woyanes to Eritrea. I feel their pain. I would be happy to help them if I can find their whereabouts. I am NOT Woyane.

          • Tamrat Tamrat

            Hei Belai!
            You got me wrong!

            You explained very well how a great deal of eritreans looked down to ethiopians and Saleh Gadi replied to you that they are not eritreans or some thing to that effect. So i was underling my appreciation for Your short to the point Message. Other wise i appreciate Your straight forwardness and if we have to build a peaceufll neighberhood, we have to strighten out Things and People like you.

            I have a good muslim friend from Ogaden. We always argue. If a girl has short scirt he says, look christians, if some body drinks look christian, etc. If i show him muslim People doing the same things he says, these are not muslim or not real muslim.

          • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

            You are dishonest Tamerat, I never said they are not Eritreans. Never. I said don’t generalize all Eritreans for what the PFDJ or a for what individuals do. Stop twisting statements to fit your twisted arguments.

          • Belay

            Dear Tamrat Tamrat,
            To err is human and hence I apologize if I got you wrong.

            Dear Saleh,
            I still wait for your response. Apart from the benefits of being an independent country are Eritreans better off now compared to the ruthless eras of Haile and Mengistu? A Yes or NO response is suffice to me. Have a great day!

          • Tamrat Tamrat

            [From moderator: Tamrat, you have been begging to be shown awate’s swinging doors for a long time. Half your posts are being sent to the trash bin. Shape up or you will be shipped out.]

    • L.T

      Another option is to use you
      Eritrea will be a viable state when your bathroom will also serves as an dining room.
      Abel,the yellow libi….or Zigh-zagh libi

      • abel

        L.T
        You seem to be obsessed by “Libi”, from Hade Libi to calling me,Zigh-zagh libi..perhaps u suffering from Libi syndrome.
        let me paraphrase again for ur sake;
        ” Is Eritrea a viable state now and in the future? “

  • Thomas

    Everything in our country is on fire, this including the recent Lampadusa where we lost 357 of our beloved young, young mothers and our innocent children. However, Mr. DIA could not even utter a word about this as they saying “The cruelest lies are often told in silence” -Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist, essayist, and poet (1850-1894)

  • Yerhwo

    Dear Semere,

    DIA knows what he exactly is doing! But do we know what his plan/target is? I think this is the main problem we have now. As you said he consistently fails to adapt to new circumstances and doesn’t behave according to established norms. As the Tigrina proverb says “Asha mesilka drarom wedalom”, the way is the goal. He deliberately pretends not to understand the wish of the public. In reality he is realizing his concepts of the 1960s – ‘Abay Ethiopia/Abay East Africa’ dilligently. Liberated Eritrea is not in his plan as a target.

    Therefore we see single-handedly actions running not in acordance with the plan of democratising a free and liberated Eritrea but rather Ethiopianization through collaborating with Ginbot7, Demhit & Co. On the other side Eritreans are perishing whether directy or indirectly by DIA. The exodus must be prevented only by eliminating him & his gangs before it is too late. This was not the aim for which Eritreans sacrifised for.

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      It is not the stupidity of self appointed president for life instinctive survival manuver which surprised me most but sane people to try to rationalize the random activities of these dictators.

  • Yodita

    Asmerom – Nhna Nsu – Nsu Nhna

    You say “How dare you say that about the Lion of Nakfa! You will have to go through us before you can get to him. Nhna nsu! Nsu Nhna!

    Z’Hawey how about sitting down and listening to the link from start to finish and come to realise that some of your country men have turned into ferocious beasts while you are crawling in your belly worshiping a mad man? I can only deduce that you had scarce or no supply of compassion, love, righteousness, dignity and what have you. You have no empathy for your brethren and their inhuman suffering. You side with the criminal. Shame!!

    http://youtu.be/Uquew7ZTDKw

  • Berhe Tensea

    Yes the only solution is the removal of DIA . Survival of the nation depends on the destruction of the cancer called pfdj or Isu.

  • Finaly you are coming to your senses. Thank you for not mentioning my Ethiopia. Keep focusing on your Eritrea but make your English palatable to everybody.

  • rodab

    ብዋዛ ክጅምር ፍሽኽ መበሊ፤
    ኣብ ናይ ትማሊ ሕታም ጋዜጣ ሓዳስ ኤርትራ ሓንቲ ዘስሓቐትኒ ካርቱን ኔራ፤
    ሰብኣይን ሰበይትን ክሰኣሉ ይቀራረቡ ኔሮም ሽዑ እቶም ሰብኣይ ጽናሕ እዛ ሙርክሰይ ክኣልያ ዝወደይ ይብልዎ ነቲ ሰኣላይ፤ እቲ ሰኣላይ ድማ ኣይ ጸገም የለን ብ ኤዲቲንግ ክንኣልያ ኢና ኢልዎም ንብለኩም።
    No hope-quashing intended here but the status quo rule will stay longer than anyone of us would like to. This is not because a unified and all-inclusive opposition doesn’t exist yet (although that indeed is the case), but because the current system of ruling is designed to withstand obstacles that could derail its course of duration. The system possesses plenty of leeways, plenty of maneuvering rooms. The current situation is so bad and so miserable that any patch works here and there would go long way to be noticeable in the eyes of the public. They don’t have to be heavy-weight issues such as overhauling the messy national service program, implementing the constitution, opening the press, conducting elections and so forth. No, PIA doesn’t need to bother with any of those yet – he has plenty of time for that. For now, a tiny bitty step is all that is needed. For example, if the regime were to go on TV and declare that the compulsory Sawa high school graduation program has ended, a delighted public would be praysing the action and “mireQa ab bebiet timhrtiKa te’awiju” would dominate conversations all over the country. By taking a simple actions such as this, the regime softens the hearts of people, diverts attention and buys time. It’s that simple! When the honeymoon is about to end, you take additional baby-steps. Perhaps you abolish movement permits within a city, or to and from nearby towns. That would buy you a whopping 5 years right there. By then of course you would have come up with yet another plan. A bigger one this time. And all you really need is start talking about the big issues. These are not overnight implementable anyway and so just starting the talk will do. They will buy plenty of years….
    That’s why I think change is going to take time and our patience in the process. Peace.

    • haile

      Hello Rodab,

      Actually the regime has bled that tactic of ኣሽካዕላል since 2001 intensively. That unfortunately only worked in the diaspora because of the basic theory that “those in hot places can’t appreciate the bitterness of the cold” is more common among our diaspora compatriots than others. It didn’t work with those in Eritrea because otherwise a young mother wouldn’t have risked all to drown along her two beautiful children unto the cold sea to get the hell away from Eritrea. 300000 Eritreans wouldn’t have uprooted to set up shelters across refugee camps of surrounding countries. Your proposal essentially aims at better headlines for the regime’s news bulletins to assuage the deeply embarrassed diaspora supporter. To say, look we told you IA is finally pulling the hat-trick and our problems are no more! Well that is what the gambler’s fallacy is really.

      Regards

      • Kaddis

        I agree with rodab; unless Haile believes Shabia reached to the level of Dergue of the late 80’s when it tried mixed economy or democracy to stay in power – it didn’t work; it was too late. But the question is, does Shabia reached to that level? I don’t think so. Shabia have not even tried a single reform. Shabia didn’t even contemplate of letting the G15 go. Let alone the abolishing national service, menkesakesi ( mewesawesi these days ). They don’t even recognise the Eritrean opposition exists. So the opposition have a lot of convincing to do to sell they will deliver better things than the current gov.

        • PreachTheTruth

          Anyone preaching abolishing national service is not Eritrean. Reforming it to its original 18 month timeframe is what most Eritreans want, not its complete abolishment. What are your true intentions Kaddis or should I say Addis?

    • saay

      Selamat Rodab:

      I agree with the sentiment that people should pace themselves. Part of the problem the opposition had in the past 12 years was the inability to pace ourselves. Some expected the government to fall in 2003 and acted accordingly and when it didn’t, they took a sabbatical (10 year sabbatical) from active opposition. Some, to this date, don’t have any idea when it will fall and they are unwilling to exert any energy because their single priority is influencing the post-Isaias government.*

      However, what you have written describes how long your nuisance of a neighbor can be your neighbor before he is evicted–as opposed to a government that has to govern:) This, with all due respect, is because we in the opposition do not know our opponent. And because of that, we are unable to differentiate between what he is likely and unlikely to do and, under that scenario, EVERYTHING becomes possible. So, humbly I present to you the Know Thine Opponent outline:

      1. All the things that Isaias could HYPOTHETICALLY do, he will not do. He will not implement the constitution, he will not have a free press, he will not close Sawa High School nor will he discontinue National Service. All of these would be “concessions” and “goodwill.” He has never done that. He has never expanded people’s rights; only shrunk them.

      2. The reason for this is that all acts of penalty Isaias engages in are deterrents for any challenges that may come to his power/authority. His thought process is, “if I give one concession, what is to stop them from asking for two?” The people must not be SPOILED. You do remember what he told tegadelti’s protesting for better living conditions in 1993? “What do you want us to do: slaughter sheep for you every Thursday?” To him, concessions and flexibility are a sign of weakness that invite further concession and flexibility. He really is a man from relic times: Hanqiqkum, Hanqikom, etc are his favorite words.

      3. None of this is happening in a vaccum. Right now this is what’s happening: our air force is escaping to Saudi Arabia; our Navy is escaping to Yemen; our Army is escaping to Ethiopia; our civilians are escaping to the Mediterranean Sea. The armed forces are suffering from sanctions and they have to find creative dual-purpose imports just to maintain what they have. There is a Human Rights Rapparteur traveling the world collecting testimonies, which will make the regime an even more distasteful pariah state and discourage all those who attempt to engage and reform the regime–the same thing that happened with apartheid South Africa. At some point, the regime, which right now cannot provide running water and electricity, will be unable to meet payroll: civil servants, soldiers will not be paid. There will be more defections–athletes, artists, ministers, military. That is to say, EVEN if token changes were to be proposed–like Mengistu’s Shengo–they will be greeted with a yawn, just like Mengistu’s Shengo was.

      The ONLY three cards he’s got left, in my view, are the Badme card (requires Ethiopia’s co-operation and calculation on whether that serves its national interest.) But if it were to happen, it would change the dynamic because the UN LOVES to see heads of states shaking hands. Consider how much effusive praise the regime got just for having Qatar mediate its issue (“fabrication”) with Djibouti. The second card is constitutionalism. Again, not because it will be accepted with enthusiasm by the people, but the UN-types would see that as encouraging and they may say, “let’s engage him.” The third card is a 9-11 type of disaster that gets the superpowers to announce Its A New World and make new deals.

      Short of those three, I think the regime is on a countdown to extinction. Why would he not change? Remember one scene: when Qaddaffi was being dragged by a mob, he looked at one of them and said, “why are you doing this? You are my son’s age!” Dictators are always shocked by the knowledge that people hate them.

      saay

      * Refer to Mohammed Ahmed’ excellent piece for insight into why the opposition works at snail’s pace: http://awate.com/destroying-hgdef/

  • tezeta

    Is it true that three Eritrean pilots have asked asylum in Saudi arabia? Who is going to leave next?

    • L.T

      Who next?=Tezete Belachow fm V.O.A(Amarigna Kifl).your tezeta go very well Tezeta..And tezte is an open studio with deep warm defferent tone to single Ethiopia women.Tezete is one of the most effective tools and it can also transmit dark to the lightest corners and modify the size of life to Ethiopians…more power to tezete…a great and easiest language of monochromatic scheme is that it gives a feeling of continuity.It is a very good way to have Tezete…tezete a deep tones..

  • Semere: Your article is very persuasive. However, why don’t you write in tygrygna. Most Eritrean youth are either tigrygna or Arabic listners.

    • samuel

      That is incorrect statement. Where is your empirical evidence for such nonsense…maybe less than 1% of Eritrean youth speak Arabic and read it. over 95% speak and read Tigrinya and perhaps around 80% can speak and understand English on basic level. So why write in Arabic at all…I am sure Awate.com’s arabic section is just waste of section and almost nobody reads it..so is the arabic sections of assenn.com and asmarino.com…I personally do not know any Eritrean who goes to these websites to read the arabic articles..So why should Semere write in Arabic..? English and Tigrinya are the best language mechanisms to reach the Eritrean youth in my humble opinion..but then again, I am not a fanatic Islamist who wants to arabize and Islamize Ertrea, eventhough the majority are not Arabs and not even Muslims…go figure, what a world..

      • Adem

        I prefer to read the Arabic section and not only me but all the Eritrean diaspora who are in Arabic countries. In Saudi arabia there are 150,000 Arabic speaking Eritreans from The lowlands, in Sudan around 300,000 including childrenagain crom the lowlands, in Egypt around 20,000, and estimated of 50,000 in non arabic coutries. Therefore, where did you get the 1%?

        • samuel

          That is just some numbers you concocting…where is your evidence? Even taken your numbers to be true for fun, let us estimate around 500000 Eritrean youth can speak and write Arabic, that is less than 10% of the 6 or 7 million of Eritrean population. And of these less than 10%, I am sure, most of them can English or/and Tigrigna, so it still doesn’t make sense to waste time, energy amd money to invest in producing arabic articles or any kind of arabic writing for the Eritrean population and especially the Youth.

  • Zahra

    Time to take action, a reminder to all.

    The cult’s Nhna nsu, Nsu Nhna is a clear motto of these people to take responsibility for Isayas’s action. As a clearly and intentionally declared motto to assume responsibility to defend Isayad by threating the Diaspora Eritreans, these people can be sued for damaged caused by Isayas to their properties and family members in Eritrea, Sudan, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Uganda, Egypt, Libya, Italy, and Qatar.

    • haile

      Selamat Zahra

      First let’s acknowledge that the real Nhna Nsu are very few yet dedicated [you can count them with one hand in your biggest diaspora city]. Everyone sympathetic to the regime or takes part in its guwayla isn’t Nhna Nsu. But that isn’t my main point here. You say “..these people can be sued”. True, they can, but is that the realistic or practical. In fact, writing letters, petitions, demos and now legal action wouldn’t put the lord’s fear into them to the slightest. Is that all we should come up with? Are they silencing the masses through such soft gloves? If they support and help to run a regime that employs violence to survive. Doesn’t that scream what you gonna do about it? Again, is that the best way to put the lord’s fear in them? The reality is worrisome but hopefully the regime would have long departed before such undesirable scenarios materialize.

      Regards

      • Zahra

        Believing in reciprocity of only good for good is good. However, if Isu’s Diaspora party members are a threat to all Eritreans, inside and outside Eritrea, the only way to deal with is to respond with same. I know that many of them are kind hearted and, therefore, it is time for them to put some sense into those members behaviors.

  • wed garza

    Good article, in general. However, to oppose the regime is not the monopoly of the oppositions? Should they bless you to fight agaist the barbarics you daily witnes?Should they promote your own freedom better than your ownself? Where did you get this culture of dependence, from the oppositions!! No. sahil mountains, YES.
    Please correct yourself brother, freedom is/was never a gift nor is a bad virtue opposing a barbaric rule which you entertain on the daily basis.
    The hard neck of your own making is causing you pay this high price; in life, property and above all the existence of your beloved nation.
    Don’t you have weapens like him, portioned to you to protect him, cann’t you protect with it yourself?? If no shame on you and blame on one-else except yourself.

    • wed garza

      The reply is not to the author’s mistake as per se, but to those who claim they can do nothing except wait untill the oppsitions do for them.I know the author doen’t condone their ideas yet understands them: I oppose them. And claim do yourself what is good for you!

      • Semere Habtemariam

        Selam Wedi Garza,

        That is how I understood your original comment but I appreciate your clarification. You’e making an argument that I respect.

        And Zahra,

        Please keep on making that call. In the famous Niki ad, “Just Do It” is what we need to focus on.

        Semee

  • said

    What can Eritrean learn from new china?
    China ruling congress class ,since its legitimacy derives primarily from high economic growth and prosperity ,Unlike DIA and his thugs elite, quite ignorantly intentionally and irrationally, put its own egoistic self-interests top before those of the nation need if any and they feel superior and proud for not being part of the vast Eritrean majority scrambling for living .Oh no the misery is never ,ever discussed ,this poor and collapsing nation, Eritrea has being breaking down, collapsing morally, intellectually and socially , and locked in many medieval cultural practices, poor men, women and children live in dire situation ,the DIA regime is only good of the intimidation, harassment of its people as for regime supporters it is fine… It is normal…, yes, in Eritrea being a ‘merchant and businessman class ’ is considered a very illegitimate and wrong occupation and considered as public enemy) unlike the new self-confident china reported Between 2009 and 2011, Trade accounted for 53 per cent. Its pursuit of a mercantilist exchange rate policy has boosted official reserves to more than TN $3 trillion, which are substantially invested in US treasures the IOUs of its strategic rival. It is a big recipient of direct investment from the US, Japan Africa, South America and Europe.
    This led to more human, kinder, smart, gentler and rich society in China. And to the great extent that the country has become more liberal since 1978.
    DAI the student and faithful adherent of chairman Mao communist ideology’s, MAO rule known for his extreme violence and fascist brutality and tore down so much of Chinese society, and Mao’s most uncompromising nihilism .The series of catastrophes that defined his years in power, such as widespread death by famine during the Great Leap Forward and the millions more who perished in political campaigns like the Cultural Revolution. And destroyed much of the traditional society. Moreover, Mao’s rule left China with immense problems—not just an antidemocratic ruling party, but social and moral problems caused by his violent attacks on religion and traditional values, not to mention his disastrous policies that led to widespread death and brutalization.
    china since death of chairman MAO Zedong,in September 9,1976, china was a backward country during his rule and Chinese has realized how their nation was far behind Japan, south Korea, western Europe and the United States and started to reform, has been carefully and systematically planning a series of reforms to catch-up and makeup for decades lost under chairman MAO that probably will make China the world’s largest economy within short period. China made necessary major economic, political and social welfare reforms as it navigates through to satisfy the fast growing “middle-class “ in hundreds of millions and continues to reform and look for ideas and best applicable and deployable practices from everywhere. The reasons China has succeeded in growing its economy, china have been willing to learn from free market and capitalist system from advanced countries even from small countries. The Chinese so called communist ruling congress elite is fully attendant and aware of the rising economical, political and high social tensions in china.
    China’s leaders have kept and promised open market and unprecedented and unheard growth based on market-oriented reforms that are fully comprehensive, economic, social and political.” But for true democracy will have to wait, China’s bureaucracy and administrative changes is taking place that make and will be more efficient, effective and accountable.
    China Reform started and went against Maoist dead ideology indoctrination and campaign it was Mao’s own death (and Deng’s coup d’état that removed the Maoists from power) by late reformist Deng Xiaoping, in 1978 start creating new market economy from absolutely nothing and finding qualified topnotch directors and managers for it when the entire top educational and national university system had been completely closed down for a decades. The second reform started by President Jiang Zemin in1993 in announcing and reorganizing number of reforms, with emerging globalizing one of the worlds most isolated and backward economies,.
    The Communist Party plenum led for 3rd time reform by XI that just finished last weekend will mark the third major push for reform in modern Chinese history.
    There’s extraordinary growth in China as millions join the middle class. And it’s not just China. There is lot of uplift in the whole economic atmosphere across Asia.
    Xi declared, “I think that achieving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is the greatest Chinese dream in modern times
    According Orville Schell and John Delury point out in their new book, Wealth and Power, this desire for national gloire has been the driving force behind Chinese thinkers for nearly two centuries.“How did China’s modern history of relentless humiliation and backwardness…suddenly morph into such a story of triumph?” The answer is an “abiding quest” for wealth and power. Yes, Deng Xiaoping’s jettisoning of Communist ideology was seen as shocking, but he was firmly in the mold of earlier leaders who in prior decades had tried on communism, fascism, and authoritarianism. In one of their many memorable phrases, the authors say that China has gone through “serial economic, intellectual, cultural, and political organ transplants. “There is hope and a lesson to be learned from china experience fro Eritrea?

  • samuel

    Looking forward to publishing of your Orthodox Christianity book, Semere. The purest original religion.

    • Papillon

      I am looking forward to read it as well. I am not sure if there is such a thing called “purest” religion per se even though, the name Orthodox signifies (Right or True). If anything however, Galileo’s adage has it that, “Religion teaches us how to go to the heavens and Science teaches us how the heavens go.” The adage seems to imply any religion nonetheless.

  • Kibrom Tewelde

    Thank you Brother
    The things you raise are right and timely. Infact over due. What is needed is action from all of us. First we have to support all media out lets financially such as Assenna and Awate. Second mobilise our selves as soon as we can before Eritrea disintegrates. Third take action now, I do not believe we have time to spare. Guda’yu Dhri Mai ab Baati key konenna.
    Chaw for now. I hope to see an active action not passive action.

  • saay

    Hey Sem buddy:

    Whoa, I think the writer’s muse was sitting next to you when you composed this.

    Well done!

    saay

  • haile

    ሰላም ሰብ-ዓዋተ

    ስርዓት ኢሰያስ ኣብ ኣፍ ዕርበቱ’ዩ ዘንፋሑኽ ዘሎ ክበሃል ከሎ፡ ናይ ምንባር ዓቕሙ ተጸንቂቁ፡ እብ ዝተሓተ ቁጠባዊ፡ ማሕበራውን፡ ወተሃደራውን ህላወ ተረኽሙሹ’ሎ ንምባል እዩ። እቶም ካብ እልቢ ሸነኽ፡ ብዘይ ሓያል ማእከላዊ ውዳበ፡ ላል ዘብልዎ ዘለዉ ተቛወምቲ ገዚፍ ዕንወት የስዕብሉ’ኳ እንተሃለዉ፡ እቲ ቐንዲ መሪሕ ውድቀቱ ወሽጣዊ ጸገማቱ’ዩ። ደገፍቲ’ቲ ስርዓት ካብ መልሓስ ዝሓልፍ ነዚ ናብ ጥፍኣቱ ዘንከባልሎ ዘሎ ክውንነት ክዓግቱ ዝኾነ ይኹን ዓቕምን ተኽእሎን የብሎምን። እቲ ጸገም ኣዝዩ ሕልኽልኽን ተሪር ሱር ዝሰደደን እዩ። እቲ ኣሰካፊ ኩነታት፡ ኣብዚ ህሞት ኤርትራዊ (ብፍላይ ኣብ ደገ) ናይ ሕድሕድ እምነት ስለ ዘጥፈኤ፡ ናብ ንቡር ኣተሓሳስባ ተመሊሱ ከም ህዝቢ ክቐውም፡ መጀመርያ እዚ ስርዓት ክወድቕ ኣለዎ። ህላውኡ ኣብቂዑ ምኻኑ ምስ ኣረጋገጹ፡ ብዙሓት ሃገራውያን፡ ወሓለ፡ ወራዙት፡ ሰብ ወጥዋጥ ሽኸና፡ ምሁራን ከካብ ጎዳጉዲ ወረር ወረር ኢሎም ወጺኦም፡ ነቲ ሾዑ ዝፍጠር ዕልቕልቕን ሞትን ጥፍኣትን ዝርንዝሕ እናነብዑ፡ ደው ይበል፡ ይኮነን፡ ሸለው ይበል እናበሉ፡ ክከራኸሩ እዮም። ንግዜኡ ግን፡ ብድሕሪ ኢሰያስ ዝመጽእ ስለ ዘይፍለጥ፡ ነቲ ፍሉጥ ጥፍኣት “ካብ ዘይትፈልጦ ጥፍኣት፡ እዚ እንፈልጦ መዳርግቲ ዘይብሉ ጥፍኣት ይሕሸና” እናበሉ፡ ብኣሉ ንኣመሉ ክቕጽሉ’ዮም። እቲ ውድቀት ናይ’ዚ ስርዓትን፡ዘስዕቦ ሕንፍሽፍሽን ግን ካብኦም ዝደልዮ የብሉን። እዚኣ ነቶም silent majority republic of Eritrean diaspora እያ ትምልከት።

    Regards

  • haile-2

    Dear aya Semere,
    I mistrust your article as you try to preach us our problem is DIA only and it should be our priority to remove him.Our problems are DIA , his enforcers, his policies, collaborators and so on…
    I believe the Eritrean people deserve apology from the enforcers, collaborators, and opportunists first. Then We need an open discussion inclusive to EPLF, elf, civil, gebar, metaht, lowlander, highlander etc other wise MISTRUST Will be part of the game as usual.

    [From moderator: the name “Haile” is taken. Please choose another name. haile-2 is your temporary name.]

    • Semere Habtemariam

      Haile wedey intay dea terekhbe:

      I think you just elaborated, “his rabble of gung-ho generals and his slavishly servile subordinates.”

      • haile

        Hey semere

        The above is not from the awate and only one haile by the way.

        regards

        PS: moxie 1 giberela wey kem dawit ! ab dlayka AEtwela…

        • Semere Habtemariam

          Hey Haile,

          This explains it.

    • Moderator,

      Haile is taken but haile-2 is not 😉 What the heck ! You are showing favoritism.

      • Araya

        lol i was talking about you dawit, dawit change it to Haile-3 they may call you Haile the great.

    • Araya

      Last time i was here the moderator was arguing with a person named dawit. Now, I came back in a week or so, the same moderator is arguing with some just did what they asked Dawit to do.
      What if this haile-2 real name is Haile? Awat-team, you are over doing it. You got Haile (the great) a boneless and without a shred of credibility, now, no there Haile can use their real name?

      • saay

        Araya:

        A wise man once told Dawit (now Daw!t): “Just change the dam thing and be over with. Some people are just stubborn.” 🙂 On our wish list: a discussion forum that tells people: “sorry, that username is already taken.”

        saay

      • haile

        Araya (the patriot of a country he was neither born in nor goes to visit]

        “…[haile] without a shred of credibility”

        the problem is you fail the ultimate test of credibility to have your preposition be judged true.

        Again, to check your credibility, we need to catch you saying something rather than restating what is already being exchanged by others…now do you have anything to say 🙂

  • asmerom

    Dear Semere,

    “zarege ambesa mestaweti anatsu” yiblu abotatna kimisilu.

    How dare you say that about the Lion of Nakfa!

    You will have to go through us before you can get to him.

    Nhna nsu!
    Nsu Nhna!

    • Semere Habtemariam

      Dear Asmerom,

      “lebam ms z’Ishu: merag’eti neyterfo” sle zKhone, bel ba’Elka zHawey entetemeselelka nsu sle zarege anatsu keytsawetalu kab slTan wred belo: etom nhna nsu zeykona kea Ezgin sebin ksem’E kenemeguseka ina: imo Haderaka nfa’E::

      The goal of the struggle is not to get anyone but to get everyone on the side of justice, rule of law, peace and development.

      hawka
      Semere

    • Serray

      Asmerom,

      Nah, you guys are little more than t-shirts cheering him from thousands of kms. The ypfdjs are summer decorations and neither of you matter. If you have said we have to go through TPDM to get to him, you might have a point.

  • Zahra

    Semere,

    I would confirm to you that there are my Eritrean specialists who can fix the problems of the opposition. They know where the fixing nuts and bolts are. They know where to tighten or loosen but the problem is that there are some Isayas infiltrators causing what they are causing now. Hopefully, as the infiltrators links with Isayas weakens those problems will diminish or totally will be gone.

  • Beyan Negash

    Selam Semere ezi Arakay,

    It never fails, whenever I read your articles I am left energized because your wisdom seems to always radiate beyond your age. For brevity, mind you, and not for lack of substance of your entire article let me just focus on the final two paragraphs that you leave your reader to contemplate with. It is really worth quoting it below for reiteration and for the very reason that in the cyber world we seem to be in a hurry to the next article, the next news, seemingly having very little time for reflection to truly absorb what we have just read. So, here it is:

    “I can understand despair, hopelessness and the unwillingness to commit to the struggle for change. The Eritrean people waged an epic struggle and clambered to the mountain of victory but only to swallow their own spittle—a bolus of frustration and disappointment. The governance of the country should have segued from a one-party transitional government to a multi-parties democracy. It was a votive obligation on the transitional government in general and “the president” of the country in particular. Eritrea gained its independence because so many of its best men and women paid the ultimate price. Without the realization of democracy, peace and justice, Eritreans’ heroic struggle will go in history as a cautionary tale of people who paid so much for so little.”

    If I may interject here to expound upon what I understand to be the crux of our folly: We in the Diaspora offered a blank check to the man to do with the newly liberated country what he wishes irrespective of his ability and capacity to lead. A genius in rebelling against tyranny is no guarantee in leading a nation into a civilized world. In fact, there seems to be very little corroborating evidence, in actuality, the evidence seems to suggest to the contrary. In the final analysis, Semere, ezi Arkay, the only thing we must trust and cling onto is that this is our version of “felix culpa” that Aquinas believed that the Providence (for those who believe) or the Cosmic power (for those who are agnostics) allows for inconceivable abyss to be visited upon humans before anything good can be emanated whence. Or as John Milton in “Paradise Lost” makes his readers believe that the fall of Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden (arguably) brought forth or will bring froth more good to human kind, hence referred to as felix culpa or the (“fortunate fall”). So, our anger, our despair, the seemingly endless obstinacy, hate, guile, and our collectively tireless efforts to rectify the mistakes ofone man we must trust will turn to that fortunate fall that will end his reign of terror and ours will begin anew. And you speak to this on the following paragraph:

    “The tide is changing in favor of the opposition and the opposition can easily ride on the crest of the wave to victory. There are only two yardsticks of measuring the relevancy of the opposition: first, what it is doing to end the life of tyranny, and second, what it does to bridging differences, ameliorating the crippling and widespread mistrust, helping and defending helpless Eritrean refugees and promoting national unity. The two-pronged strategies should go hand-in-hand for they are an integral piece of each other. Both strategies are equally important, but ending tyranny is more urgent for it paves the way for a more substantive pursuit of national unity.”

    I think if the fortunate fall is going to bring forth any meaningful change the aforementioned paragraph must be enshrined in every Eritrean who considers him/herself to be on the opposite side of the current menace in Eritrea. Two people who insistently and consistently challenge us to look within and find a viable alternative are: Nitricc and Amanuel Hidrat. The intense verbal spat between the two notwithstanding, they both seem to realize your point Semere to the nth degree. I know we all try to give Nitricc a jibe here and a jibe there and he does hold his own, but in the final analysis the viable alternative is a timely question.

    Of course, for a viable alternative to exist the second pertinent question you raise Semere is what Aman H. has been ringing an alarm bell for us to begin to build a bridge of trust between Eritreans – Muslims and Christians alike. If the likes of Samuel are what Eritrea has to offer who see any Muslim as walking bomb, there is no hope for Eritrea but to follow the path that I don’t even want to contemplate here. So, the bridge of trust must have begun yesteryear, not yesterday, nor today. Ermias’s frustration is duly noted when he states that the dialogue in Awate has become nothing more than just a passé in a café that people gather to vent their anger and talk and talk into the wee hours of the night without any discernable outcome and do it again the next day all over again.

    Beyan

    • Semere Habtemariam

      Beyan,

      I can’t agree more, but I know I will enjoy conversing with you over the phone, so lets just do that at your earliest convenience.

      arkkha
      Semere

      • Beyan Negash

        It is about time indeed. Talk to you soon, buddy.

  • ዕትብቲ ኮኾብ ሰላም

    Sir,
    I don’t know if I am ok or not this time. The only time I am not sure of my own eyes. I am in doubt if there is PFDJ leading the country actually. I feel it is history already. Help me; I am watching and feeling as if the group is dismantled. Just a push will do the job we may need only two there souls to pay the price. But where is the party ready to take over? That is what makes me worried. I think this is the first job to do. Prepare care taker group now as temporary leader ship is what my mind tells me those days. I might be wrong.
    What do you say?