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Strained State Of Eritrean Opposition In Ethiopia

The only Eritrean opposition umbrella has been at a standstill for almost three years. Relentless attempts to move ahead with its preparatory activities to convene its second congress has failed leaving it in a critical situation.

The Eritrean National Council For Democratic Change (ENCDC) was established in November 2011 in Hawassa. However, since its formation it has been marred by a myriad of crisis that made it ineffective. Currently the ENCDC has a membership of 15 political organizations while another group of six entities is operating outside the umbrella.

At the center of the ENCDC crisis is an adversarial confrontation with the six entities who had put many conditions for their participation in the preparation for the congress. However, though one of their main demands was met when the ENCDC revised the documents for the planned congress, they have been reluctant to join the efforts to mobilize for the congress. A number of the entities within the group of six are not members of the ENCDC while others have made statements declaring the ENCDC dead.

According to a senior member of the opposition, “The ENCDC has taken charge and is working to convene the congress.” The source added, “on March 10, 2016, we had a seminar and decided to meet the six entities for a dialogue, but after meeting them for one time, the leaders traveled and we have been waiting for a reply from them.”

On April 27, a written message was relayed to the six entities inviting them to resume talks, but so far, “the ENCDC team made up of Hussein Khelifa, Abraham Negassi, and Abdulrahman Taha, has not been able to meet with them.” Some members of the ENCDC suspect “they are playing a stalling tactic.”

The Ethiopian Factor

The ENCDC states that the Ethiopian authorities have indicated in many ways they will not allow the congress to be held in Ethiopia unless the two sides come together. The Ethiopian liaison office has made its position clear a few months ago when the ENCDC explained its three options in relation to the impasse: 1) both sides of the opposition to convene the congress together, 2) if the six entities refuse that, then the fifteen to convene the congress alone, and, 3) if Ethiopia doesn’t permit the convening of the congress in its territories, the ENCDC members will have to decide on the fate of their operations in Ethiopia.

According to our source, “the Ethiopian authorities insist that both sides must come together, though they know many attempts to bring the two sides to work together has repeatedly failed during the last three years.”

Sources accuse the Ethiopian authorities of siding with the six entities, and they argue, “a few weeks ago, they were given permission to hold a seminar in Mekelle.” It’s believed they are working to create their own group umbrella in cooperation with some marginal diaspora interest groups.

Supporters of the ENCDC around the world are still mobilizing and have been fundraising to help fund the planned congress. However, the support groups are afraid the interest of the public might wane. Also, apprehension against the Ethiopian authorities for “hindering the efforts of the ENCDC, and against the opposition leaders for failing to find a resolution to the perpetual problem” is noticeable within the Eritrean opposition. A member of the ENCDC said, “We should not be held hostage by whimsical politics.”

Meanwhile, information from Ethiopia indicate that a problem has surfaced among the group of six entities; two of them are developing relative distance from the others over strategic issues. While the four entities insist on reevaluating the past experience and history of the Eritrean struggle, the two hold the view that such issues cannot be addressed politically and with a partisan attitude. Partisan handling of academic and historical issues has been behind many crises that has poisoned the Eritrean political arena.

A source from the group stated, “history is not our priority, it should be left to academic institutions and scholars to debate inside Eritrea under a free environment.”

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  • tes

    Dear Hope,

    Let me tell you this: if Mahmud Saleh is ready, I can meet him where ever he wants and I can challenge him. I assure you this.

    tes

    • Nitricc

      Tes, challenge Mahmuday on what? i don’t think you understand your capacity and your limits. who are you? what have you done? Oh, never mind, you are the greatest in arranging a cafeteria chairs! really? oh also you are good getting drunk and shouting on the streets of Europe; dude, take it easy, you are nobody who accomplished jack. all you have is a big mouth with inflated sense of accomplishment. I suggest you stick with your bottles of wine and getting hammered. And make sure your change the cafeteria setting where ever toothless school you are in. The first accomplishment in life is to know your limits and to respect and acknowledge other people’s accomplishment. you are too arrogant to the point of stupid. let me ask you one question, what have you accomplished? please rearranging tables doesn’t exactly equate to ” monumental accomplishment” like you have shamly shared with us. You are nobody. again what have you accomplished? I suggest stick to your hilarious harvesting cactus oil. lol that was very cutly stupid by the way.

    • Abi

      Hi Professor Tes
      I don’t want to miss this presidential like debate between You and Vet Mahmud. This is a once in a life time opportunity not to miss.
      However, there is one problem I need you to tackle for the benefit of the self appointed judge, AKA Ras Abi.
      Could you please rearrange the seating arrangement so that I will be sitting in the front row ?
      Thank you.

    • Hope

      Tes:
      The issue is NOT about face-to-face debate but expressing and defending your rights and arguments in a professional way and with civilty.
      No one is perfect but God and no body said that Teg Mahmud Salih is perfect including Hope,who does NOT believe in Human Perfection.

      My problem with you,Tes,Berhe ,etc…,is the way you pretend to be more Catholic than the Pope besides deliberately misquoting the Vet and misrepresenting facts on the ground!

      Relatively speaking,as Ras Abi,the ” Self-Appointed” and ” Biased” Judge with the blessing some of us,the Vet you are trying to misquote and discredit is prob one of the most honest and straighter shooters here.

      If at all he is perceived as if he is making blanket generalization,like Ustaz Ismail mis -perceived him,simply coz he is used to saying and telling straight what he feels is right ,besides backing himself and his comments based on historical facts.

      Plus,your approach based on your Cadre School experience is void of factual analysis and basic Logic 101,rather kind of Falacious Logic!

      Leave behind that obsolete corrupted and Trecherous logic of the Yemane Monkeys and that of the Asmeroms!

      We are here to debate on realistic and practical solution based approaches,not to debate or argue for the sake of it.

      After all,he is entitled to his opinions and our job is to challenge his ideas,not to attack his persona and to prosecute or judge him!

      There should be No tolerance to intimidation and bullying coz you disagree with others!

      Just show us your gut and courage to challenge and refute what he has said thus far.
      Beyond that,your style is even worse than that of the PFDJ Apologists and /Propagandists/Defenders(like Hope et al,huh?)where defamation,intimidationand character assasination are the modus operandi against people they do not like and people,who are on their way.

      You could do better than that.

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Selam ShaHan ful
        The Arabs say ATyoor teQae Ala ashkalha, or like in the “birds of the same feather flock together.” Remember when Emma was calling SAAY and Ghehteb for a debate? And now tes? Well, tes knows where I live, he has my #, so all he needs is buy his ticket and cross the ocean. I’m sure I will have him as an honor guest. There you go tes. I’m ready and you know where I’m. I promise to cover the costs of recording it, and abi will have the first row sit. Now, there you have a deal.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Good morning Mamuday,

          Buddy some corrections: I did not call “Saay” for a debate, for he was debating virtually with all of us. I did invite the empty vessel “Gheteb” to face the top notch Eritrean intellectuals . I was ready to set up the stage for him with those who consider them his league. But he also told us that he is a league by himself that no one could match him indirectly by declining to accept the invitation. I had an interesting set up to test the limit of his knowledge. But he has no courage to meet his boasting. So the challenge for a debate was not with me, but with my colleagues who have a remarkable knowledge on how politics operate.

          Regards
          Amanuel Hidrat

        • Mahmud Saleh

          Selam again Hope

          Above was meant for you as “shaHan ful”/sorry moderator, Hope is also known by that “name” in this forum, but no argument you have the word, and I respect it.

          So, Hope, you have Emma and tes, two people known for generalizations and their impulsive jumps to throw blanket accusations, for their guilty verdict by association, for their “my way or the highway” mentality (evidences are plenty if they need them); they have been challenged time and again to support their allegations but would simply tack their tail behind their slim legs and run for the bush/cover. And yet, they are also the ones who call for debates. Why would they propose debates if they could not simply retrieve evidence and post it here. All they are needed to do is simply back their allegations. I make go for general political condemnations, and I accept that. But they go for specific personal ones. Look up to the list of accusations tes listed, he was more than ones asked to back it up, but could not do it: NS..COI…for instance. By the way, the article he is so furious about is up on my still young blog: arhebo.com. There you have it tes. There is no ሕብእብእን ክውልውልን። While I’m writing this reply Amanuel Hidrat has already denied asking SAAY for a debate.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Mahmuday,

            Really you are looking for a nasty debate rather than a matured debateof adult. I will not do that. But just take the following notes:

            (a) Didn ‘t Ismael caught you red handed when you make generalization, which you gave an appology for it?

            (b) Didn ‘t you argue against CoI and limited sanctions (that only comprise travel ban, arms embargo, and freezing the assets of individuals in the regime). Aren ‘t you justifying the serfdom of our youth in the name of NS? You are against the instruments for fighting against the regime by the justice seekers. Doesn ‘t all these show your weak spot or sympathy to the policy of the regime.

            (c) I am not denying that I did’t call saay. Actually I am telling you – it is a lie to tell the forum that I was calling saay fir a debate. If you want you could pull it from the commentary section to prove your alkegation.

            Finally, I know your position and you know my position as it reflected in all my articles. I took you as an Eritrean citizen with all your political bliefs and respect them as yours only. I urge you to reciprocate my political belief in the same manner. That is all. We have debated them and sure there are is no way to converge them in to one. I hope yoy will agree with me on this matter.

            Regards
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam Emma
            a/ Gentle men honor customs and conventions, and other unwritten codes of ethics. Now, it’s my personal and cultural code of honor that I don’t regurgitate something dead. Ismail made a wise comment and I find his way of constructive engagement a rather mature and well meant. So, yes, I will remind myself to be as specific as possible with the caveat that I could only be as perfect and judicious as humans could be. I replied in kind and that would be it for gentle men, because gentle men don’t pick matters that someone has publicly accepted and has gone through self-disapproval, voluntarily. That’s enough for this one. I will choose what, how and when to say my opinions. Now, can you check this Emma, just for a matter of sincerity. You described Mahmud in the following manner:
            “It took you long time to notice Mahmuday. He is always in a position to defend every action, every policy, and every bits of history of EPLF. All Eritrean history are made up and set up in motion by EPLF” Look, you said every action, every policy and every bit of history…” tons of contrary to that, I know you don’t follow what I write, otherwise, the Emma I know would not do this general statement. But…that’s politics of internet and I don’t really mind. I don’t want to kill your time here.
            b/ You repeated tes repeated accusations. By the way why do you mix COI and the toothless SEMG? But then, it’s Emma. Just so to tell you, you are wrong.
            At the end you are asking me to reciprocate your political beliefs.
            If it’s about your right to say your heart out, I have respected that and continue to respect it; I seldom reply to initiate a conversation. Have you seen me initiating a conversation based on any of the replies that my opponent make? I’m compelled to hit back my friend.
            Regarding your debate with SAAY, well, just give me few days. I’m a bit busy.
            For now, have a wonderful night, and stay cool.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Mahmud Saleh,
            .
            Forgive me if I see a little humor in this back and forth post. Oh my goodness, I thought you were a street smart man.
            .
            Tes is not fantasizing to come over and debate or visit with you. I think he meant to “Ram testa” you to get his frustration out. He is a young man and sees solutions to problems in physical terms. You are no spring chick. Your “Ram testa” days are over. One butt and you are finished.
            .
            So I suggest you connect with tes calmly again and discuss the laws of nature, particularly Newton’s Law of action and equal and opposite reaction.
            That was what I did several years ago to avoid his itching forehead.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Selam KH
            Thanks for the advice. Yes, I have thought about that, but I have hosting arrangement that fits everyone. With Emma, it’s over a coffee, and you have no idea how gentle the debate is. With Hope it’s over a cup of tea and shaHan ful, with tes, all possibilities are on the table. If he accepts my warm invitation and be my guest in my house, he will have the Tigrayet coffee that goes for more than seven rounds. I hope by that time our debate is over, abi is a bit tipsy by the amount of cafein; he won’t lunge at tes. If as you suggested tes goes for a headbutting duel, then I have plan be. I have a 24 years old athlete and body builder on stand-up mode. Just remind him to cross the ocean as he boasted. It is a challenge.

          • Abi

            Hi Vet Mahmud
            You got it mostly wrong.
            First, you need the seven rounds of Tigrayot coffee for Amanuel H. You need the caffeine to discuss about all the good stuff like Unitary Government, centralized and decentralized government…strategies for effective urban mass mobilization etc etc..

            Tes is easy to deal with. Make sure you have a lot of French coffee or Cafe Royale. If you don’t know how to make it , I will be more than happy to help. Or just buy enough Irish coffee.
            Hope gerageru will be fine with mint tea.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Mahmud Saleh,
            .
            The 24 year old bodybuilder guard is a great defense force to have. Keep feeding him.
            Thanks for being a good sports. I don’t have a valid good reason but I do like tes as a person. He is really a noble guy and is fearless when he sees transgressions against his Eritrea. Your guard at Awate, Nitricc is in the opposite corner of tes. There is so much similarity between them, which they will vehemently reject, politics has gotten in between to thwart a potential good friendships.
            .
            Mr. K.H

      • Berhe Y

        Selam Hope,

        You said

        “My problem with you,Tes,Berhe ,etc…,is the way you pretend to be more Catholic than the Pope besides deliberately misquoting the Vet and misrepresenting facts on the ground!”.

        I never pretend to be more Catholic than the Pope. But Mahmud or anyone else, just because they were former tegadelti they do not have the right and be the ultimate stake holders for our country. The problem with me right now is, to take the time respond to him the the wild allegation and self illusion that he is in and making gross error and accusing people. I didn’t want to write and add comments to Isamail, SGJ or AH because he already admitted his gross allegation and he said he will do better.

        But statements like this do not bode well with me or any other Eritrean for that matter.

        “ኤርትራ ካብ ወለዶ ገድሊ ዘይትሓልፍ እያ። እዚ ወለዶ እዚ ምስ ሓለፈ ኤርትራ ሻቡ ናብ ኣደኣ ክትምለስ እያ” ክብሉን ንስማእታትና ክዝልፉን፡ ነቲ ዘሕብን ጉዕዞ ሓርነታዊ ተጋድሎና ከናሽዉ ክውዕሉን ክሓድሩን ዝጸንሑ ውልቀሰባት፡ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ሓደን ዘየዳግምን መልእኽቲ ሰዲድሎም ኣሎ።

        Who are these people he is referring to that say these…..Like I said I don’t follow any other websites, but here in Awate.com, based on the amount of time he spends here, I never heard anyone who said this words…that’s the illusion that he is in….and he has no shred of evidence to suggest that there are Eritreans, who say this and are part of the Eritrean struggle against the regime. Even if people say that, why does he say that, they are dancing of the dead of those Eritrean dead heroes. If there is anyone who is dancing on the dead heroes is the EPLF turned PFDJ, and those who sympathize and support the PFDJ government, people like you and no body else.

        “መርዛምን ኣቛናጻብን ኣባኣኣስን ሕንዝኹም ኣብ ባሕረ-ሓሳብ ኤርትራውነት ተበሪዙስ ሓይልን ጨናን ስኢኑ ባኺኑ እዩ” ይብሎም’ሎ። ህዝቢ ኤርትራ፡ “ንኤትራ ብምኽርዳንን፡ ምዕባርን፡ ምቕታልን ዝመጽእ ለውጢ ሰበብ ኣለዎ” ዝብሎም ዘሎ ይመስል።

        Another thing that he doesn’t seem to get it is that, Eritrean people celebrating Independence has nothing to do with criticizing the PFDJ rule of government. Do the German people stop being German and celebrate Germany’s success because what the Nazis did. NO. Do they continue to celebrate the Nazi after it’s wiped out of the face of the earth, hell NO,

        So here is what’s going to happen in Eritrea. The PFDJ will be removed from the face of the earth. Eritreans will continue to celebrate Eritrean success be it independence or Daniel Teclehaimanot win at the Tour De France..Will the Eritrean people celebrate the PFDJ after it’s buried, hell NO.

        Berhe

        • tes

          Dear Berhe Y,

          For those who closely follow Mahmud Saleh, it is not a secret to identify his line of thinking. Since his landing here in this form he tried to hijack the mission of this form by injecting PFDJ ideology*. Now that he got disappointed, he went back to where he comes and is doing a report which is partially blackmailing the website and forumers. This is not a surprise as his lines spoke clearly before.

          Lets see to whom he is addressing his message

          ኣብዘን ዝቕጽላ ተኻታተልቲ ጽሑፋት፡ ንኽልተ ዓመታት ኣብ መድረኽ ክትዓት (forums) ከልዕሎምን ከብስሎምን ዝጸናሕኩ ሓሳባት መዕለቢ ክገብረሎም እየ።

          2nd paragraph in his article titled by ደምበ ተቓውሞ፡ ብደሆታቱን ዕድላቱን (1ይ ክፋል)

          From this what we can learn is that he is targeting forumers. I don’t know how is making such blackmailing.

          tes

        • Mahmud Saleh

          Selam BerheY
          በርሀ ዓርከይ፡ ንስኻ ከ እንታይ ረከበካ ወደይ? ደምበ ተቓውሞ ተጎዝጒዞም ነዘን ኣብ ጠቕሲ ዘቐመጥካየን ሓሳባት ዘናፍሱ የለዉን ዲኻ ትብል ዘለኻ? ተስ ረቢ ናብ ልቡ ይምለሶ ኣይሕዘሉን (ማሕሙድስ ነዞም ኣብዚ ዓምዲ-ዘተ/ክትዕ ወይ ድማ ፎሩም ዘለና ክወቕ ኢሉ እዩ ኣንቂዱ ዘሎ ኢሉ)። ዓርኩ፡ እቲ ዘረባ ቑርጽ ክነብሎ፡ ሕራይ ስከ እቲ ካልእ ንግደፎ። ከምዚ ኢሎም ብዘይሕፍረት ዝዛረቡ የለዉን ዲኻ ትብል ዘለኻ? ጽሑፈይ ንዓኻን ከማኻ ዘመሰሉን ከምዘይወቅዕ ብሩህ እዩ። ስለምንታይ ክንዲ’ዚ ክትንድር ከምዝኸኣልካ ባዕልኻ ትፈልጦ። ኣነ ግን ንዓኻ ዝምልከት እንተኾይኑ ብኸመይ ከምዝረኽበካ እፈልጥ እየ። ክንድኡ እውን ኣኡምደኸምኩን። በርሀ፡ ብቕንዕና ክዛረበካ፡ ንስኻ ዝሓሸ ኣረዳድኣ ኣለካ። ቅድሚ ሕጂ ተጠሊዐ ይቕረ ከዝሓተትኩኻ ትፈልጥ ኢኻ። “ምስቶም ኣእዱግ ትግራይ ሻእ እንዳበሉ ኣስመራ ክኣትዉ ክሳብ ዘየለኻን ምስቶም ንግዘያዊ ሽግር ኤርትራ ተጠቒሞም ታሪኽ ክቕልብሱን ክሓኹን ክሳብ ዘይተሰራዕካ፡ ዝተፈላለና እንተተፈላለና፡ ምርካብና ኣይተርፍን። ስለ.ዚ “ኣይፋል፡ ጥራይ እየ ክብለካ ዝደሊ። እቲ ትነቕፎ ዘለኻ መደረታት ዝገብሩ 24/7 ዝሰርሑ ጉጅለታትን ውልቀሰባትን ከምዘለዉ ግን ኣይትዝንግዕን ትኸውን። እቲ ተቓውሞ ሕብሩን ወጅሁን ዘይፍለጥ ዘበለ ዝሽፍተሉ ጫካ ካብ ዝኸውን ግን ነዊሕ ኮይኑ ኣሎ። ዝመጽእ ጽሑፍ ተኸታተል። ሓሳባተይ ረጊእካ እንተነበብካዮ፡ እቲ ኩሉ ፍትሒ ዝደሊ ዘበአ ኣብ እንዳ ሻሂታትን ፓል ቶክን ዝጠርዓሉ ዘሎ እዩ። ንስኻ እውን ሓላፍነት ከምዝስመዓካ ዜጋ መጠን፡ ኣየተሓሳስበካን ኢለ ኣይግምትን። ውሑዳት ንግስጋሰ ብዙሓን ገጥ ኣቢሎም ረጊጦሞ ኣለዉ። እቲ ግደ ናይ ናጻ ዜጋታት እዩ። ወይ “ምእንቲ ሞጎጎ ትሕለፍ ኣንጭዋ” ኢልካ ኩዳ ዓረዛ ምሓዝ እዩ (circular motion) ወይ ድማ ነዚ ነቲ ቀለቤት በጢሱ ናብ ኣወንታዊ ኣንፈት ከም ዝውጃህ ግደኻ ምጽዋት እዩ። ኣነ እቲ ካልኣይ ሕርያ መሪጸ ኣለኹ። ኣጆኻ ኣጆና።

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Ahlan Hope
    Thanks buddy. Forget him please. I challenged him more than once to prove his allegations to no avail. I’m used to the empty bravado. Take it as a free entertainment.

    • tes

      Selam Mahmud Saleh,

      Ok take me as whatever you described me to be but your lines are clear for everyone. At least you could have asked for yourself why you are more OK with kind of people like Hope, Nitricc, Ted and dawit. Ask why?

      For the last two years you tried to inject EPLF/PFDJ ideology and I took my share in rejecting you. Here is for example your Socialist Ideology, an ideology that never accepts individual success.

      ወት ናይ ሓደ ደምበ ዓወት ኹሉ ኣባሉ እዩ፣ ንኹሉ የድርርን የሰውድን። ዓወት ውልቀ-ኣባል ግን በይናዊ እዩ። በዚ መሰረት፡ ብመገዲ ምግድዳዕን በለጽን ዝመጽእ ውልቃዊ ዓወት ሓባራዊ ዋንንነት ዘይብሉን፡ ኣድማዕነት ዘይብሉን ንኹሉ ‘ቲ ደምበ ዘይባጻሕን ብእዋኑ ዝበንን መሰረት-ኣልቦ ይኸውን። ኣብ ውልቃዊ ጥሙሕን ዝናን ዝምርኮስ መደብ ዕዮን ዘምጸኦ ውልቃዊ ዓወትን፡ ኣክንዲ ጠማርን ኣዋሃሃድን ዝኸውን ምጥርጣርን ቅርሕንትን ዝዘርእ ሕንዚ ኮይኑ ነቲ ደምበ ዝፍሕቑን ዝበልዕን ዝበታትን ይኸውን።

      ደምበ ተቓውሞ፡ ብደሆታቱን ዕድላቱን (1ይ ክፋል)

      When I read this I remembered what DIA said in the early 1990s. – ሓሸውየ ናይ ውድባት ኣየድልየናን’ዩ።

      tes

  • Ema Abdu

    tigrinya tribe is minority in Eritrea 20% only

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Selam All and Happy Memorial Day
    BerheY: Thank you for reading my article in Tigrigna, I’m sure you have found some interesting stuff in it (http://www.erigazette.org/?p=9190#more-9190). Your speculation that I wanted to hide from awatista and awate.com readers was unfortunate. I will tell that I have no one to hide from my friends. There is a saying in Tigrigna: እዚ እንተዝፈርሕ’ዶ ንዓኻ ምወለድኩ! Well I don’t want to translate it, it makes sense when you know the cultural context, English-only readers will find it tasteless. So, no. Since the tragedy in Lampedusa, I wrote few articles, and most of them are in Tigrigna. I more fluent in that language, and if I wnat to say something visceral I would rather do it in Tigrigna. Since I joined this forum I wrote only one and it was the letter to Ambassador Wedi-Gherahtu. I send Tigrigna and some previous English articles to all major media outlets. I sent this latest one to Assenna and Erigazette.org. I have not seen it up on Assenna. I could only say perhaps the publisher is not aware of it. I know the policy of Awate, and I wish they had a Tirigna reader. But here is the point and it’s consistent with my view. I don’t care who hosts my articles, Eastafro? meskerem? awate? Shaebia.org? Tigraionline? I don’t really care. How about that. It’s a tough challenge for you guys. If I could have time and the skill I would like to write in Ethiopian papers, Sudanese…international…So, what’s the point? Like it or not Meskerem.net is an Eritrean website. Like it or not, shabait.com is an Eritrean website. I wish IF THEY could publish my views. That’s how I see things. Take it or leave it.
    BTW: all concerned, I’m constructing a blog: arhebo.com, and it will be on my fb, too. Interested friends chck it out, it’s just an initial, some of my old postings will be there, it’s just starting, I don’t know how it will go forward.
    Now just to elaborate some of Ustaz Ismail Ahmed’s questions. I promise, I will expand it in the coming articles planned to be in Tigrigna, but the following will give Ismail and others that this is something I have been saying all along. Those who find my straight talk as too harsh, it’s your choice to be bury your head in the sand, and sing “Hade lbi Hade akal”, a strikingly similar to PFDJ’s “Hade lbi Hade hzbi.” I don’t have to. In the Tigrigna article I tried to differentiate the concept “opposition” which is a natural component of every human being, hence express it the way they see fit; and an “opposition camp” or an “opposition organization” which is an action oriented and directed mechanism/scheme/means…Political organizations are not “Holy Entities” that should not be touched. They get measured up against an expectation and against their own pledges, promises and action plan, if they own one. Politicians and political organizations need critical civic engagement that pushes them to do more, to compromise. I tried to explain what a camp means using the analogy of traditional Eritrean dembe/camp/encampment. Basically, I argued that camps thrive or die primarily depending on the dynamics of their members, and the crucial role a leadership must play. But again, back to Ismail. Just to give you a hint that I have consistent view, it’s not new, I want opposition efforts to move forward, I consider part of my criticism as a responsible role to hint, suggest, or stir debate.
    A year and half ago, Gedab News wrote a piece about a convention of the National Council of the Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change, and the challenges it faced. Don’t ask me what this NC is and how it came to being and where is now. Remember that an active member of this revered, and an activist in international forums, once lamented how helpless she felt to count… name the organizations and their leaders and the speed at which they reproduce. You that person is an average Mahmuday type? No, she is a phD holder. An excerpt from that news item read:
    “The emergency meeting of the NC was called to address procedural impasse that made the ENCDC inactive since its formation in Hawassa three years ago.” The news item also said that the second national congress was expected to be held in early summer 2015.
    I made a Hateta at that time that innervated many. Yes, it was similar to the one I penned under Ustaz Abdulraziq’s brilliant article( http://awate.com/defining-the-eritrean-catalyst-for-democratic-change/)
    An exerpt of that comment:
    “On ENCDC: The name of the city hosting them says it all, BISHOFTU. ታድያ ምን ኣለበት? ድሮስ ኣልሸፈቱም እንዴ?
    The problem: Their cause of existence, in the first place, was not democratization of Eritrea. Remember: the mothers of these factions existed long before the independence of Eritrea and certainly long before PFDJ emerged in the scene and turned to Frankenstein monster. Their raison d’etre goes back to 1981. They are founded on a sinking sand; their politics is the product of decades gone by.It could not be expected to answer current Eritrean political problems. Eritrea and Eritreans have moved past that dark period but they are all arms up to exact a “pay back day.” Mind you, they could not be expected to institute democracy when that word is foreign to them in theory and practice. They are not democratic representative of Eritrea, and they have not demonstrated they could be one.”
    To which Ustaz SGJ criticized me for gross generalizations. I accepted the fact that I might have made so. When people like Saleh Gadi get annoyed you know you have to double check your stuff. I did and I was re-conciliatory, yet underlining the need for freeing ourselves from this crippling psychological bondage of not wanting to look up to your own face, the same trait that the PFDJ is exhibiting and and all ghedli Era organizations had followed which has brought us to the present situation. I explained the rationale behind my criticism, and part of my reply to SGJ reads:
    “…People like me have little to complain about, and not so much to brag about, because you can hardly find in a Eritrea a family that doesn’t have the right to claim its share, although, luckily, bragging is not in the dictionary of veterans. Some people confuse PFDJ’s misuse of that epic journey for its own propaganda with the true nature of decent tegadelty; instead of holding it for what it’s which is stealing a struggle that has encompassed almost every family and which should be owned by all Eritreans, by disowning it, some tend to give PFDJ the liberty to exploit it to its maximum advantage. I am acutely aware that I have the responsibility to agitate folks reminding them not to repeat past mistakes of ምእንቲ መጎጎ ትሕለፍ ኣንጭዋ (letting the mouse pass lest not break the clay oven) which has been exemplified by crippling attitude of not criticizing the opposition. I don’t want this type of culture which is an exact copy-cat of PFDJ prevailing culture of Hade libi to be the defining essence of our opposition; if that’s the case, then I have the right to alert our people not to invest so much into it, and that other ways need to be explored. We have paid so much to settle for a less or equal to PFDJ.”
    Please note the ምእንቲ መጎጎ ትሕለፍ ኣንጭዋ above. In 1993, at the closing of the demonstartion that tegadelti had staged in the streets of Asmara, IA was made to answer to the questions raised by the freedom fighter. One of the people who got the chance to question the president was artist Lingo. He explained to IA that during the struggle freedom fighters had ignored many abuses because they aimed for the higher common goal of triumphing in the war and closing it for good. To explain that he used this Tigrgna saying. Well, everyone will agree now that “Let the mouse pass lest hit the clay oven (in trying to smack it)” had brought the political culture we witness. Yet our Gullible wanna-be activists mastered the courage to compell us to repeat the same political culture that has brought us to this mess by silencing our God given right to criticize parties that need an awakening nudging? መስደምም እዩ። ሎሚ ከኣ ማሕሙድ ሓድሽ ንፋስ ከምዝወቕዖ ኣምሲሎም ይህውትቱን ወታእታእ ይብሉን ኣለዉ። I have nothing to brag about. Even if I had some, I know I would not. Therefore, t’s my own opinions, take it or leave it. Here is one area I could safely feel warm about (not bragging), I’m well grounded, I’m consistent. There are few people whom I take as signposts from both sides. Their incoherent ranting tells me I’m in the right direction.

    • Nitricc

      Mahmuday the great! remember!!!!! “We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.” don’t mind with people who don’t mind at all. carry on my man.

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Mahmood,

      The “feriHka tmes” was intended as joke and to provoke you to respond, and it looks like it did. Again, it’s my opinion but I think you will get more readers / audience at awate.com compared to the others websites. That’s my biased opinion because 90% of the time, I only read awate.com.

      I don’t know what you mean “I know the policy of Awate, and I wish they had a Tirigna reader.”. I think there are a lot of tigrina readers and few articles.

      http://awate.com/category/%E1%89%B5%E1%8C%8D%E1%88%AD%E1%8A%9B/

      When you make this comment “ኣባል ዝኾነት ፖለቲካዊ ውድብ ኣይኮንኩን። ምኽንያት ድማ ኣለዎ። ኣንባባይ ካብ ጽሑፈይ ክርደኦ ከም ዝኽእል ርግጸኛ እየ። ደጋፊ ህግድፍን ኣይኮንኩን። ብመንጽሩ እውን ካብተን ንዓመታት ብስም ተቓውሞ ክእከባን ክፈናጥሓን ክራብሓን ዝጸንሓ ውድባት ትስሕበኒ ውድብ ተሳኢና።” I am thinking in the coming piece of your article you are going to declare “I Mahmud Saleh are declaring a new era of our Eritrean struggle and to inform you, that I am going to start a new organization that will remove the PFDJ government and restore democracy, justice, peace, dignity in our country and to our people who are denied. There for I stand before to announce my candidacy to be the next person to lead you to the promised land that my brothers and sisters have paid for…” and I think you will be better served at awate.com when you make that declaration.

      I am not trying to be sarcastic but I believe it’s possible, the problem is well meaning capable people are not coming forward to lead our struggle for justice and freedom and we are left with wannabe politicians.

      If there is something worth commenting in your article I will defiantly will do so.

      Berhe

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Selam BerheY
        Thanks for the reply. No, BerheY, I don’t intend to form a new organization. No, please. Today, the space is so crowded that even even pretenders and false claimant can easily pass public scrutiny. It’s that bad Berhe. Besides, ካባይሲ ዓዲ ውዒልካ።
        On my mention of awate policy: I was trying to state its policy of not accepting multiple posting. I think it’s accepted that awate will have to built Tigrigna and Arabic readers, I understand the AT recognizes this as explained in the pal talk; and I hope its Vision2020 project will make that happen.
        Regards.

        • Ema Abdu

          After a quarter century of independence … rifle that liberated Eritrea and destroyed its relations with neighboring countries

      • Ema Abdu

        According to Wikipedia, it is characterized by Eritrea, like other African countries and other countries of the diversity of religions, but it is estimated that 75% of the population are Sunni Muslims and 10% of Orthodox Christians and 10% are Christian, Catholic, 3% Protestant Christians and others 0.2% residual local traditional religion

    • Ismail AA

      Dear Mahmud,

      I think I didn’t question your right to say and write anything about organizations or the individuals; I know I do not have that right. Anyone is entitled to voice his/her opinion. But, bear with me a bit, and look at the gross generalization you made when you wrote: “… but the core cadres and movers and the shakers of those organizations remain to be those who had fought EPLF while EPLF was fighting Ethiopian occupation army.” Core cadres of which organization, sir? Furthermore, “… their position in [sic] questions is almost the same with that of the Ethiopians …. were effective in advancing Ethiopian interests more ….” Just please be kind enough to tell me and others who these guys are. I hope you are aware that there are in the ranks of the organizations veterans like you who took fighting for their people’s cause as their career, and still doing what they can to take part in liberating their nation from the monstrous regime.
      If you have been consistent (as you wrote) in entertaining such mind set without caring to differential who is who regarding the organizations you are talking about, that is too bad. It is not a quality of sober and objective observer. So, to be brief, you are entitled to your opinion on anything regarding the organization or individual. But I would a bit fair and objective, if I were in your position. It is you right to defend you legacy in the struggle as I also do.
      Ismail AA

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Dear Isma’ilo,

        It tooks you to notice Mahmuday. He is always in a pisition to defend every action, every policy , and every bits of history of EPLF. All Eritrean history are made up and set up In motion by EPLF. Any future makiing history will also will be accomplished by their ofsprings. That is why he trashes any other backgrpund of ELF and dismisses all opposition of ELF background. Therefore you get to be use to his nature of his debate. He loves to debate on our armed struggle than the current problem. He has weak spots on what PFDJ does. Just enjoy him of what he is.

        Regards
        Amanuel Hidrat

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Amanuel,
          Well ! if he chooses to interact with others that way, nobody would say anything. But I was surprised at his audacity to make a kind scorched earth (gross) allegation. He is free to defend his experience in the ranks of his organization as long as he also understands that others can also defend theirs with equal or more power and determination. But responsibility would preclude it because it won’t help our common cause.
          With warm greetings,
          Ismail AA

          • tes

            Dear Ismail AA,

            Mahmud Saleh has failed to acknowledge the legitimacy of Justice Seekers Camp. Some of his take are:

            1. He supported PFDJ policy of National Service, aka National Slavery.
            2. He rejected COiE report – here is where Saleh Younis tried his best to explain what COiE stands for and why it is a justifiable report. In fact this helped us to filter out Mahmud Saleh’s political line.
            3. Now he is grossly dismissing the opposition camp. This has clearly exposed Mahmud Saleh’s mission for the last two years.
            4. Within the last two years he was more inclined with Hope, Nitricc, dawit, Gheteb and Ted’s political propaganda. In fact Nitricc and Ted are his catalyists to convey his message.

            Now that the public knows who is Mahmud Saleh, I will come with an article to expose him naked and crush his political manifesto – a manifesto of the killers. Just waiting his articles to be finished. Nevertheless his take is now clearly visible in his website, a website of EPLF narration – aka now PFDJ. http://www.arhebo.com

            tes

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Selam Ismail
        Well said, and I accept your reply as a well intentioned criticism. I wish if I were a perfect man. I strive to be perfect, but I understand I won’t be fully perfect. I don’t deny that I could be biased. All what you read are comments I make while hustling with life. I could be very specific, and I ask you to wait for my articles. I’m aware that there are good hearted folks who have done more than I could talk about and I don’t forget that. Tigrigna people say: ” bsenki nQux rHus yneded” or few dry trees cause a [forest] to burn; or some thing like “bad apples”. Your criticism is well taken and I will remind myself to be as specific as possible. But the fact that I could be biased is there. I hope this will give you the state of my mind. I have no bad intentions and I hate that many true Eritreans are bogged down by few, which is creating all these mess and inaction.

        • Saleh Johar

          Ahlan Mahmouday,

          It’s good that you recognize your collateral damage when you shoot aimlessly the way you do. You wrote, “…many true Eritreans are bogged down by few…” Wouldn’t you agree, if a few were identified by the many it would be somehow acceptable, but to brand the many because of the few you have in your mind is simply not fair. I know a few who read your comments but a few lines down they find out they are being insulted for no reason. The opposition the way you describe them “blanket” are not your enemies. But if you have specific entities/individuals,parties, it’s fine, we all have some. However, it is prudent to remember that any opposition member doesn’t owe anyone anything–it’s a voluntary task. It’s the regime that owes us justice and peace. You know that more than I do, but I have to say it.

        • Ismail AA

          Ahlen Ustaz Mahmud,
          Thanks for your response.
          Admitting mistakes or correcting them is virtue and token of maturity, which could be rare commodity these days. We all make mistakes and may be a bit tenacious in defending what we think we believe in. But fairness says that we should also remember others do have something they believe in and want to defend or respected. The difficult thing in dealing with something we believe in is remaining cool and not losing sight of the border of decency and objectivity. One should care not to make sweeping statements without thinking its ramifications especially in matters that concern many lest collaterally incurs damage right and left as our SJ has correctly put it.
          Thanks again, dear.
          Ismail AA

  • Mehari the ferrari

    Dearest Awates ,

    ህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያ ይኹን እቶም ገዛእቲ መደቡ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዝገበርዎ ጭካነ ክንርስዖ የብልናን።

    ገዛኢ ጃንሆይ ነምሓራ ናይ ሓሶት ኩርዓት ሂብዎም ፣ንኦሮሞ ካብ እንሥሳ ንታሕቲ ገፊዕዎም መሬቶም እናግደፈ ነምሓራን ሓደ ሓደ ኤርትራውያንን ተዓዲሉ።ኣብ ኤርትራ ዝገበሮ ግፍዒ ግን ወደር የብሉን፣

    __ጨቋኒ ጃንሆይ ኣብ ሃገረሰባት ኤርትራ እናዞረ ደቁ ንትምህርቲ (ብነጻ ዘይክፈሎ) ዝሰደደ ነቲ ተምሃራይ ነጻ ጥራውዝትን መጻሕፍትን ጥራይ ዘይኮነስ ሓድሽ ክዳውንቲ እውን ይግዝኣሉ ኔሩ።ዘፍቅረናን ዘሰልጠነናን ጣልያን ብትምህርቲ ከይንጽለል ኢሉ ክሳዕ ራብዓይ ጥራይ ክንምሃር ፣ጫማ ክንወዲ ኣየፍቅደልናን ኔሩ፣ብፍቕሪ ዝኣክል እውን ክንኣቱ ቅልዒት ካልቾ ክንወጽእ ቅልዒት ካልቾ እናሃበ መቐመጫና ብፍቕሪ ኣብሲልዎ ኔሩ።ጨቋኒ ጃንሆይ ግን መሕደርን ምግብን ናይ ሻሂ ገንዘብን እናሃበ ንህዝብና ክሳዕ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ብነጻ እናምሃረ ብትምህርቲ ዝጽለል በዚሑ ኔሩ።ንወዲ ኤርትራ ክፍለሃገር ናይ ንግዲ ዕድልን ዘየድሊ ፍቕርን እናሃቡ ህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያ እውን ህዝብናን ሓውናን እናበሉ ፣ካብቲ ትሕትና ዝነበሮ ናብራና ኣውጺኦም ወርቅን ጨርቅን ክንከውን ፣ወነንቲ ፓላሶታት፣ወነንቲ ኤነ ትረታት ወነንቲ ታክሲታትን ቤትምግብታትን ካፈታትን__ህዝብና ህዝቢ ክፍለሃገር ኤርትራ ተባላሽዩ ኔሩ እዩ፣ህዝብና ሓምሊ ኣድግን ኩዕንቱን እናኣረየ ብጥዕና ከይነብር ብጠስምን ስጋን Cholesterol level ላዕሊ ኸይዱ እናተተኮሰ ዝሞተ ኤርትራዊ ቁጽሪ ኣይነበሮን።ስለዚ እቲ ግዝኣት ኣምሓራ ዝፈደየና ሕማቕ ብልሽውና ኣይንረስዕ።መንግስቱ ሃይለማርያም እውን እንተኾነ 1991 slavery war ተጋደልትና ሓልዮምልና ፣ነዘን ጀዋሲስ ኣስመራ እኽሊን ንብረትን ከይኣትወን ኢሎም ብፍቕሪ ከጥምዩና እንተተላዕሉ ,ጨካን መንግስቱ ግን ካብ ካልእ ክፍለሃገራት ኢትዮጵያ ምግቢ ብነፈርቲ እናምጽኤ ብጭካነ ይቕልበና ኔሩ።
    ጭካነ ናይዞም ኢትዮጵያውያን ብማዝር ተሬሳ/mother theresa እኳ ኣይተገብረን ዓይነይ ይነብዓኒ ኣሎ , ናይ ወያነ ካብ ኢትዮጵያ እናሰረቑ ዘሕለፉልና ቡንን ጣፍን በርበረን ወርቅን ከይተዘክሩኒ !!! ናይዞም ዓጋመ ጭካነ እሞ ነቲ ኣብ ውግእ ባድመ ዝጨፍጨፎም ሽፍታ ሻዕብያ ነበርን ዋርሳይን ,ክሳዕ ሕጂ ህዝብና እናዕቆቡ ክሳዕ ወጻኢ ዝሰድዎ ዘለዉ ጭካኔኦም ኣይውዳእን እዩ።ንብዓት እኳ ስዒሩኒ፣ምዃንኳ ንብዓት ኣይስዓረንን ሜላዊ ምዝላቕ/tactical withdrawal እየ ጌረ እምበር። Your face go far ትብል ኣሞይ ጽርሃ “ ገጽኩም ትርሓቕ ” ማለታ እዩ። iwiyyyyyy eh

    • Ema Abdu

      Eritrea belongs for minority tribe tigrigna under dictator man big tribe like tigra saho afar they dint have any position in Eritrea they have position in horn Africa only more than 10 minsters in Djibouti they are shao and afar in Ethiopia 7 ministers are saho and afar more than 10 generals in Ethiopian are saho and afar 15 ambassadors are saho and afar working representative in abroad for Ethiopian government this is democratic government

  • Hope

    Correction:
    Read as :”Two cousins from Halibmentel area were destroyed into pieces along with their heavy trucks in Gash Barka few months ago while doing an infrastructure building and this was done by the same Terror Groups using RPGs and AEDs.”
    Refer to the TN about the Two Armed groups being labeled as Terrorists.

  • Abi

    Hi All Awatista
    “Yemayitemamen balinjera beyewenzu yimamalal.”
    Bishoftu, Hawasa, Meqele, Addis, Nairobi,…..Mars,Jupiter
    Ha ha ha ha …(Isayas Afeworqi)

    I suggest these opposition parties move to Cairo. It is a familiar territory and proved to be effective in the past.

  • Hope

    Hello All:
    I listened to PIA Speech ten times!
    I found it very interesting.
    It is short but sweet and to the point!
    He summarized the more than a Centuary old ERITREAN History in one page !
    Well,of Course I am disappointed coz he ” forgot” to mention about:

    -National Reconciliation and Amnesty

    -About Release of Political Prisoners and Prisoners of Conscience

    -About Implementstion of the New Constitution he promised us last year!
    But still,I invite ,ask,challenge the AT to post the English Version of it for a serious Debate!
    I love his last bold statement and hope he will keep the Promise now!

    • Nitricc

      Hope; you omit the best one. “Ab Weqawi yerakbena” i was listening while i was driving and i almost drove of the road when i heard that; lol. I wonder what the worthless oppositions reaction was upon hearing that lol. he looks good though, i have no doubt that he will outlast his entire generation.

  • Mek1

    Hi Awate, the Family feud web site, the same people the same idea the same narrative I am afraid you may dress the same like the old communists, I always hesitate to comment, because nothing fruitful come out of it. I lived in Ethiopia and I saw the Eritrean opposition they were not even agreeing on how to use cooking pots and buckets to the point of taking their case to the weyanes and they were a laughing stock, do you call this politicians or opposition? What they know is Higdef this Higdef that and it is not politics, that is an old women talk, with no feasible alternative, they group themselves under the umbrella of hatred of Higdef that is not alternative and attractive. Give up!!!

  • L.T

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  • Adwa

    Hope,
    Here is another good one: on the same web site search”Video: A Visa for Eritrea, the ‘North Korea of Africa'”

    • Hope

      Adiwa;
      Did watch Eri TV for the last two days?
      if not, refer to the TN-EastAfro short video clip and you will realize a picture is worth a million words.
      You will confirm that NO one and NO power under the Sun will defeat this people!
      And that is why you and your bosses failed miserably ;and imagine if Eritreans own what belongs to them.
      It will be a nightmare to you and to your bosses… and it will be soon!
      Watch and mark my words.

  • Peace!

    Dear Ismail A. Ahmed,

    Thank you. This is exactly the feeling hovering in the minds of many Eritreans struggling for justice, and perhaps that’s the reason why Ethiopia based opposition groups have no credibility. Eighteen years of shonkolel seems heading to sad-ending.

    Peace!

    • Ismail A. Ahmad

      Selam Peace,
      Thanks for the feedback. But I never questioned the credibility or lack of it in regard to the opposition forces operating from Ethiopia. What I attempted to discuss was about the endless hassling that is going on between a so called group of six and the majority of the ENCDC over holding of the second congress and the role the Sana Forum is playing to prob up the six from behind the scene.
      Ismail A. Ahmad

      • Peace!

        Hi Ismail,

        You are absolutely right those are my own conclusions based on what you stated “It is the problem of the host country and its ambition to install an Eritrean EPRDF sort of formation at helm of which should be an Eritrea TPLF.”

        Peace!

  • iSem

    The Eritrean Opposition: Its Incompetence and Malpractice;
    Hi All:
    The Eritrean opposition is as old as Eritrea its self. And 25 years on, the traditional opposition has perfected incompetence and malpractice to almost an art.
    With every PFDJ blunder, with every PFDJ crime, the opposition has followed suit to up the ante in its incompetence and malpractice and soon, both of these will be elevated to a conspiracy against Eritrea and its people. And the victors will be the perennial criminals at the helm in our country.
    They initially lacked self esteem for their presence in Ethiopia until independent writers and activists and website like this rendered the taboo impotent.
    Their inability to learn from history: when PFDJ and TPLF were in bed, the opposition were hunted and murdered. After the war broke, their luck changed and they are safe for now, but they have bet all their eggs in Ethiopia and there is no hedging in case Ethiopia decides to med ways with PFDJ for their own interests. Although Ethiopia is the right place culturally and historically to be and there is nothing wrong with being headquartered in Addis, Sudan is a good place too, given the sizable Eritrean population. You cannot trust the Sudanese government but Sudan is a vast country and given the linguistic, cultural and historical ties of the many opposition members, this area remains untapped. The opposition can function vibrantly with mere connections especially in the Eastern region, from where they can sneak to Eritrea and undermine PFDJ, protect the Eritrean suffering at the hands of PFDJ, Rasahidas and organ traffickers. They have miserably failed in that aspect.

    PFDJ is using Eritrea’s resource endowment to strengthen its repressive tentacles and, the opposition let is happen. They allowed PFDJ exploit the Bisha mine, while its rightful owners languish in poverty and destitution
    The Eritrean demography is complicated with tiny ethnic groups on the verge of extinction, grievances latently fermenting, the traditional opposition had not made a dent in articulating a vision that quells the genuine angst and apprehension by many
    I am convinced that Ethiopia is part of this conspiracy, it has allowed the opposition to function in Ethiopia, which is great, but also it gave PFDJ the much need life line by playing the Ethic card with among the opposition, especially propping the Afar and Kunama and cashiering the rest. Ethiopia get to do what it needs to do; they are in business to work for their countries interest. The opposition get to do what they get to do, but their incompetence and malprtractise are: failing to make the removal of PFDJ and fostering the seedling of practices of tolerance and rule of law

  • Ayneta

    Merhaba guys:
    While I appreciate Gedab News for its efforts to educate us about the situation with regard to the opposition groups, I feel it is just a waste of time to give it any more attention. What is up with their names by the way? I know some of us may not care about names, but who can remember all these groups with bizarre acronyms and shady names? Who remembers all these acronyms let alone what they stand for? Add to that the fact that most of them are inherently linked to the ruling party in Ethiopia which by itself sends a chill among Eritreans.

    Medrek may be the most viable of all not only from its formative side, but also its name is so, so easy to remember. I think it is the first group to create a buzz of such proportion, partly because its name is so easy to remember. Of course, like the other opposition groups, they walk a thin line between their claim and relationship with Ethiopia. But the name they have christened their group with is a smart move. We need a one-word-opposition group folks. Look how Eritrean people Liberation Front (EPLF) fared- a complete mess not mention their bogus name. Someone said, ”the most undemocratic governments are the ones with democracy in their name”. Look at PFDJ- the party that is racking havoc of epic proportions. Yet, Its name entails two powerful and highly sought basic human rights: democracy and justice. What do the Amara’s say ( Hope Abi will come to my defense if I say it wrong): melke tifu besim yidegfu.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Merhaba Ismaelo,

    Thank you for your input on this critical issues. However, I disagree your characterization to the problem. My take is: we are the problem and the sad part of it is, we are dismisive to it. If it was Ethiopia we don ‘t have to stick there for two and half decades. The same complain all over after every meeting. There many venues and could opt out from Ethiopia. But even those who chose to opt out, like EPDP and others could not spare from internal quagmires. We have witnessed splits after splits.

    Actually, I am glad to participate in the congress of 2011 to have first hand knowledge to our sociopolitical crises, and it helped me to identify my struggle as to where I should focus. If I wouldn’t, I would have made same argument like yours.

    Anyway, I challenge to those organizations who are incompetent to solve the politics of the opposition, to exit from Ethiopia to leave no stone unturned for escapegoating and excuses, and do their business outside Ethiopia. I could guarantee you that you will not see any change in their “behavior and mistrust” to each other, nor do they stop from the cycle of splitting and reuniting which they took as normal process of their existence. If that wasn ‘t the case , EPDP who exit from Ethiopia long ago, would have been the vanguard of the struggle and the public would have been rallied around them. But they are not spared from the political sickness the other organizations are passing through.

    So what I could say is let us not escapegoat our intricable “mutual social mustrust” that hold us from doing meaningful struggle. My believe is if we would have been addressed our mutual mistrust and united for a common purpose, even if there is external pressure (which right now I do not agree we have) we could have managed it and avoid it through smart diplomatic engagement. Bisides do not forget that political bunder of an umbrella within an umbrella. I could have said many but let me stop it here.

    regards
    Ananuel Hidrat

    • Ismail A. Ahmad

      Hello Amanuel and Saleh,
      First, thank you Amanuel for reading my name correctly. Actually it is Ishmai’lo; my mother used to call me so, and my wife, too, after I told her how mother used to call.
      Now, thanks for de feedback of both of you. Let admire the sober and grown up’s exchange of views between both of you. I consider mysef veteran who followed your genuine contributions to the struggle for change and justice through uninterrupted writings since the launching of Awate.com. I take both of you as stalwark allies sharing the same battle trench but some times arguing over tactics rather than strategy. I know the one won’t do without the other in the battle against the dictatorship.
      In regard to Amanuel’s point on the question of mistrust that is haunting our endeavour to stage meaningful challenge to the dictatorship, I cannot second guess you. It is indeed a problem that is there since may be exit of the colonizers and appearance of political-social formations of end of 40s and 50s. In fact I remember to have characterized the issue as syndrome in one of my postings to Awate.com.
      As to distributing blames to others rather than ourselves (opposition organizations in the main) and seeking scapegoat elsewhere, such as our Ethiopian host as you seemed to insinuate, I did not grossly said that Sana Forum is to be hold responsible for all our failure. I tried to simply explain its role in the current problem of not letting the ENCDC carry out its responsibility to hold the congress. It could have kept aloof and remained neutral rather than encouraging the so called group of six to ask for unrealistic demands that could be take not commensurate with their size and contitituencies. How would we understand the position of the Sana Forum that the ENCDC could only be recognized if it holds the congress by satisfying the demands of the six. Doesn’t this constitute a political means of telling them that they only way is to allow the six participate on their terms, which means that they go to the congress with commanding leverage to produce an outcome to the liking of Sana Forum as an institution that promotes the interest of the ruling party in Ethiopia.
      In regard to opting out from Ethiopia, and Amanuel’s mention of the EPDP as an example that could not make any difference in changing the current status quo of the opposition camp, let me say that the EPDP or any other organization for that matter took the decision as individual organizations. What I referred to yesterday about the ENCDC deciding to hold its congress anywhere else, concerned collective approach seeking support from its constituencies rather than succumbing to the hindrances it faces from the host country and give up to unrealistic demands of the six organizations some of which are not even members of the ENCDC, and led by retired individuals as Saleh mentioned.
      I thank both of your again for engaging in cool and usefull exchanges of views or debate. I hope the debates on this issue or others will focus on the greater picture.
      Ismail A. Ahmad.

  • Ali

    How can Eritrean opps use and share their intel in Ethiopia when the tribal regime are the same as the tribal apartheid gangs in Asmara and have supported each other in the war?

    Spoiler – Isaias installed Meles and Meles helped him and the tribal Shabia gangs take over.

    I’m sorry but when it comes to opposition, they shoud not use their offices in Ethiopia or Sudan. Both government are snakes.

  • Sarah Ogbay

    Hi all,
    I just read this and wanted to share with you in case some of you have not yet seen or read it already.
    http://www.ozy.com/provocateurs/africas-wannabe-mao-with-a-mustache/40476#.V0E_L63cBhQ.facebook.

    • Hope

      Selam Sarah:
      I tried to read it but no luxury of time to do so !
      A book or commentary?
      Who is the Author!?
      Her motivation?
      Her sources?
      Her agenda?

  • Kim Hanna

    Selam Hope,
    .
    When you talk about Trillions and trillions of dollars of potential income, we forgive you for wishful thinking. However, when you make up stories about what others folks said and you get caught red handed, do you feel a little tinge of shame at all? or Not?
    .
    Mr. K.H

    • Hope

      To your dismay, my dear Kim Hanna, here are the FACTS:
      -70 % of the Eritrean Land is FULL of precious metals with more than 50-100 yrs of Mine Life and worth of more than $100 Billion.
      -The Potash of Colluli,Bada and other Denkalia sites is worth of more than a $trillion with a mine Life of more than 300 years.(Culluli only has a Mine Life of more than 200 years)!
      -Per the EnergyIntelligence.Com and per the Preliminary Geological and Sesmic Studies,Eritrea is sitting on massive Gas and Petroleum Rese4rves,said to be more than that of saiudi Arabia and Qatar combined
      -The Tourism, Fishing and Salt Industry is said to be worth of more than $2 billion per annum.
      -The Clean Energy Sector that includes, Wind Mill, Solar and,of utmost Importance, the Natural Red Sea Dam Potential is beyond one’s imagination…Check it out as these are based on facts on the ground.
      -Never undermine the potential of the Red Sea Ports of Eritrea as the most Strategic Shipping Lanes with a big potential of being Free Trade Zones—talk about billions of $.
      -The untapped and Unique Human Resources Potential of Eritrea from all corners of the world with all kinds of genius minds is but astonishing…and it is only a matter of time ..
      .
      You see why your bosses in Mekele are sleepless and jealous.
      Hassadat!
      May God bless them and have mercy on them!

  • Dear Hope,
    You are imagining things, and it is no good. I never had such discussion with SJG. Please, draw a line between the real and the imaginary, and do not mention names, because they will forced to respond and disprove you.

  • Mehari the ferrari

    Dearest Awates ,
    In respect of the 25th jubilee of may 24 allow me to express my feelings in a poem form. Thank you.

    “ነጻነት ክደልዩላ ===ነጻነትን ሃብትን ከይጎደላ

    ካብ ኣዲኣ ፈልዮማስ=_ብኽፉእ ትመውት ኣላ ”

    እንታይ እሞ ክንብሎ ሎምስ ዘረባ እኳ ኣብዩና

    ነጻነት ርኢናሞ=====___ የለን ከምዚ ናትና

    ካብ ጥዑም ናብራ ,ካብ ሕቝፊ ኢትዮጵያ ኣዴና

    ጥይት ናይ ኣዕራብ===ናይ በደዊን ግዛዖም ባናና

    ህዝብና ኮቦሮ_ ኣብ ሲናይ እናተሸጠ ኩሊት ደቅና

    ኣዋልድ ብሻዕብያ ይዕመጻ=__ ብሕንከት እናደነና

    ሕማም ርእሲ ኣወጊድናስ፣_ካንሰር´ምበር ኣጥሪና

    ዕድመ ንደቂ ባንዳ====__ንብዓት እዩ ድራርና !!!

    ዘኪረዮ ዘበን= ክብሃል ተዘወሪ ማኪና ተዘወሪ

    ትግራይ ሽዋን ኣስመራን====ኮይኑ መዛወሪ

    ኣዝማድና ክንበጽሕ=ኣብ ጎረቤት ዝነበረ ፍቕሪ

    ብሓሙሽተ ሳንቲም____ ሻሂ ቆልዑ መጠበሪ

    ኣቶቡስ ኣኽርያ ጎዳይፍ__ እንተደሌኻ ብእግሪ

    መንፈስ ሰላም ህዝብና ስሓቕን ጸወታን ብቐትሪ

    ለይቲ ለጥ ኢሉ ዝድቅስ __ጸሎቱ ጌሩ ንፈጣሪ

    ሎምስ መጺኡና ዘበን ሸፋቱ=___ ደቅና ዝኣሪ !!!

    ናፊቐያ ንእሽተይ ሓፍተይ=== ከም ወቓሕታ

    ሰሚራ ጓል ኣስመራ ክትሥዕስዕ ምስ ምሓዙታ

    ኣነን ምስ ኣዕሩኸይ ጽቡቓት ክጥምት ብቖረጣ

    ኣዋልድ ክስሕቃኒ===== ናይ ጎቦ እናጠመታ

    ሽኮር ወደቦይ ሃብተ ክብላ ምስ ምዉቕ ፍሽኽታ

    ነዚ ዘሪጎምልና =====እኒ ተገንጸልቲ ሽፍታ

    ጸልማት ስዒሩ==== ብርሃን ቀደምያ ሞይታ !!!

    ኣደ ,ቆልዑ ዓይደር ዝደብደበት ኣየር ዕልል ክትብለላ

    ውላዳ ብሻዕብያ ክምንዛዕ ===____ቃላት ዘይብላ

    ካብ ትሕቲ ዓራት ተውጽኦ=____ ባድመ ክዋግኣላ

    ዘይበደልዎ ህዝቢ ==____ብሳልስቲ ሽዋ ከእትወላ

    ሎሚ ዋይ ዋይ=_____፣ባዕላ ንኢሳያስ ካራ ኣቐቢላ

    ደቃ ብኢዳ ዘሕረደቶም==_____ መንዩሞ ክሓዝነላ

    ነጻነት ብኹዳ ተብዕል ትህሉ ኮ== ግርምቢጥዩ ኣመላ !!!

    ኣነስ ገሪሙኒ =======_ሓፊረ ቐጢነ

    ዝዓበኹሉ ሕብረተሰብ== ምልላይ ተጸጊመ

    ወጻኢ ዘሎ ይገድድ===___ ሕልንኡ ዝበነነ

    ለውሃት ጠፊኡ==__ ዘበን ሸፋቱ ምስ ሰፈነ

    ሜክሲኮ ሰቲራትኒ===__ ህዝበይ ተሓሲመ

    ከም ዓባቕ ጤል, ሓዅሪ ሓዅሪ ይጉዓዝ ደኒነ

    ሓኒኸሎም ንመትዓብይተይ ዝገጥመኒ ስኢነ

    RIP ኤርትራይ =ኣሜሪካ እየ ክሰፍር ኣነ !!!

    The brilliant

    ተባዕ ድምበዛናይ

    ምሕረቱ ሃብተ ጳውሎስ

  • Saleh Johar

    Hope,
    This might be coming from someone whose second name is Tangent. I don’t understand why it is so difficult to stay on topic, without branching out? I asked simple evidence that hospitals were hit by any of the entities you mentioned. Now you are saying the EDF told you. That is not a proof but enough answer.

    The rest of you hawteta is as usual, your own howteta and I have no time for it.

    Thanks for not providing a good answer, you are free to do so.

  • Eyob Medhane

    Hope,

    Please don’t quote me on something I never said. If there is Eyob MEDHANIE, it’s not I. I am Eyob MEDHANE. And I never say anything like what you claimed and Gash Saleh never shut me down over it.

    • Hope

      Selamat Eyob and Horizon:
      Apologies for misquoting you,if at all I did.
      What I attempted to say was that an Ethiopian Awatistas here broke the news to the Efitor that an Eri Opposition did destroyed a Bridge in Gash Barka,which is a routine to my best knowledge per the EDF members’ report.

      My intention was to say some one and that is /was why I mentioned different Ethiopian names.

      • Dear Hope,
        The truth is that you do not believe that you misquoted us; when you say at the same time “if at all I did” (i.e. misquoted you). Why apologize then? Why do you put yourself in such trouble? Moreover, we do not represent or are responsible for every Ethiopian who comes to awate.com.

        It is an insignificant issue, which I personally have forgotten right from that day. If you have to apologize, do it out of principle and conviction, and not for the sake of looking noble, because with true apology comes all the rest. Otherwise, do not waste your time with apologies (you do not really mean). Just move on.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Hi Peace,

    As I read Gedeb news gave us news from what EDA complains of ENCDC. As I know those complains are strictly from EDA. Gedeb news did not include the complains from the horse mouth of (G -6). So when I say do your homework to get the truth from both sides of the conflict as to what their frictions really is,I mean you do not have full picture of the conflict of ENCDC.

    Regards
    Amanuel Hidrat

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Amanuel,

      I don’t this Gedab even mentioned EDA, at all. You stated that the mutual suspicion among the organization is real. Don’t you think that is exactly what Gedab News reported?

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Merhaba Saleh,

        The conflict was and is between EDA and none EDA organization in the ENCDC umbrella. Sure Gedeb news did not mention EDA but reflect its news the complain and position of EDA as we know it. The complain of the none EDA does not reflect in the news item of Gedeb news. That was my point I was trying to convey to Peace. I wish Gedeb news have stressed the mutual mistrust of the organizations in particular and our society in general. I am not accusing of not giving the full picture of th crises. Gedeb news share the news what it got. But that does not mean they got the entire picture. Hence my comment. I am an insider and I know what I am talking.

        Regards
        Amanuel Hidrat

        • Saleh Johar

          Hi Amanuel,
          Of course you are an insider, and many others are. But please remember that I am also privy and I am aware of the ins and outs of it all–the mechanization, the tactics, the power struggle, the sectarian undertones, the forces that want to cannibalize political power within the opposition, feeling they have a mandate to lead, etc. But that is an ugly topic I do not want to address here.

          I agree the mistrust (including selfish motives and political deceit) is the main reason. Me and you have been around enough to remember what brought the crisis of the seventies, and the early eighties. I feel we are reliving the identical situation for a second time. I hope it doesn’t deteriorate to a devastating and crippling exercise–but it seems it already have.

          If people do not have a sense of urgency, and they have a comfortable private life to live while engaging in opposition political wrangling on part time basis, whenever they get vacation time between running their private businesses, such damages to the struggle are inevitable.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Saleh,

            I am surprised on the last paragraph of your comment. I think there were Alliances and EDA for years splitting and multiplying on the one hand and moving in and out from the umbrella on the other, before the formation ENCDC, without any kind of progress, stagnated and alienated from the public. The whole purpose of ENCDC formation was to bring the public in the struggle. Now you attributed the cause of the stagnation to the public. I strongly oppose your characterisation. Anyway, slowly but surely history will bring to the surface as to what the problem is – the thing that we all are avoiding to tackle it. People are talking on the symptoms of the problem not on the real disease that is eating our social fabric. Indeed, the persistent “Social mutual mistrust” are the causes of all the clivages and the stagnation of the opposition camp in general. It is very sad that every side is playing the game of escapgoating.

            Regards
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • Saleh Johar

            Hello Amanuel and Ismael,
            Thank you Ismael for joining in the discussion of the topic.
            Dear Amanuel, me and you had a heated debate about the same topic a few years ago. If you check our old exchange of views, you will see how the situation has evolved vis as vis our views and some of our predications. Today I am more convinced my views were correct because the developments proved my suspicions and reading almost to the point.
            Regarding my “last paragraph,” I am not sure why you are surprised! Don’t you see a conflict of interest between being vested in private business and an spirant to lead the opposition at the same time? I think it is hard to balance self-interest with other issues when one depends on the goodwill of others? Think about it.
            Honestly, I believe the opposition project is bigger than the petty interests of individuals and the wild unreasonably ambitious aspirations of cliques. I presume you know my position about “Zoba Adi Engliz” and “Zoba Semen Amerika” Eritreans who want to lead the opposition by remote control, whenever they get vacation time, or when they retire. You also know of the ugly undertones in their messages. I recognize that advancing ethnic and social group-interest is at the core of politics, but some of us feel insulted when some groups present their sectarian projects as kosher and unhealthy when practiced by them. In short, there are sectarian undertones in what is going on. I have all the respect for the Kunama and Afar who spell out what they want and who they are, not groups who camouflage their true nature to deceive the gullible. I also have great respect for Eritrean organizations who never abandoned the ideal Eritrean dream regardless of what they go through. I respect their dedication to their people, and country in spite of the barrage of insults and belittling thrown at them by those who stay on the fringes of the opposition camp, pretending to oppose the totalitarian rule yet their main project is defaming and belittling the suffering of dedicated strugglers of the past and the present. Defaming Gedli is the same whether directed at the pre 1991 struggle or post 1991.
            Dear Amanuel, every group decides where to be stationed. Until a few years ago, the PFDJ thought Ethiopia is their private domain and if they cannot be there, nobody else has to be there. That taboo was broken through relentless struggle by many of us who worked hard to make it acceptable to be anywhere one feels comfortable. The opposition doesn’t hide its presence in Ethiopia anymore simply because they will not roll over and die as many wished them they did. I see similar trend is being established, some individuals and groups feel Ethiopia is their natural backyard and the rest are just unwanted guests who over stayed their welcome. If that comes from Ethiopian authorities, they have every right, but for that insinuation to come from Eritreans is mindboggling. Mind you, they claim they are struggling to usher justice in Eritrea!
            Dear Amanuel, we all know the strategic views, political intricacies, ethnic and other considerations that all stakeholders, Eritreans and neighbors alike, hold. We also know that such view are reflected in the position of individual groups who have the right to the struggle without anyone patronizing them if they chose. But no entity should hold others hostage if their aspirations are not met. They have no right at all. And no one has the right to hold a project hostage because two entities that time and again have proven they cannot meet, to get together. Three years is enough to determine if the pressure will work. Five years since the debacle started right after Hawassa and it is obvious the two sides will not get together—the trend was written on the wall in the corridors of Hawassa and repainted in Bshoftu and in many other instances, including the activities of the ENCDC that were held hostage by the hyphenated Eritreans of the main “Zobas”.
            Dear Amanuel, please understand that I consider you a friend, and no one in his right mind will deny your genuine concern for Eritrean unity and respect of diversity. For that, I proudly consider you an ally in the struggle. But when it comes to partisan politics, that were we part ways. I am not complaining; I can live with that without that difference effecting our cordial relations.
            Finally, please don’t push me to spill more beans because I know who-is-who in each group—and I know who blew life into their political existence 🙂 And if I get the time, I will fish the old exchange we had, maybe that will help us reflect.
            Have a good day

          • tes

            Dear Saleh Johar and @Ama@amanuel_hidrat:disqus ,

            Very matured and honest discussion. I am following the exchanges you are doing, almost nothing is new but here I can see coolness and beauty of friendly exchange.

            @Sal@salehjohar:disqus I think your new approach is a reward of the heart stroke you experienced recently.

            Let me put for both of you, yah an advice from your young reader.

            When you attend any meeting: Please participate in one task. Either be writers or part of the stakeholders. I am saying this from critical observation of your reports after every meetings, especially Saleh Johar.

            ንለባም ኣምተሉ’ዩ ነገሩ

            If needed I can explain why I am saying this. In general I am coming to a conclusion that all the reports written after each meetings, where you were part and parcel of these moves, played or are playing a negative role than be constructive.

            If you were just reports, the opposite, in fact your innocent objective, could be true.

            tes

          • Abi

            Hi Professor Tes
            Are you concluding that the role of SGJ has been a spoiler ( negative role)?
            I think you need to do a little bit of explaining on this. If I misunderstood you as always please accept my apology in advance.

          • Saleh Johar

            Abi,

            I have a new word for you : meTaqosi 🙂
            It’s one more addition to your exponentially growing vocabulary

            Do you get a kick out of that?

          • Abi

            MeTaqosi Tirayilka Aboy Saleh! Haqi, haqi, haqi

            Honestly, I get a kick out of anything and everything the professor says.
            Bruk mishet.

          • Saleh Johar

            Tes,

            Thanks for the advise. Leaving aside the unqualified diagnosis, does it mean if you are a writer you are not a stake holder? Please do explain, you can’t throw such big statements and leave it there. Please, explain 🙂

            Thanks anyway

          • tes

            Dear Saleh Johar,

            I will write more details later this day. But my statements are based on the psychological readiness* of the other part, the participants. Most of the time, if not all time, what you wrote is misunderstood. You are writing being 10-20 years ahead of our current thinking. We are failing therefore to understand you, I mean we are lagging too much.

            When you write, you are knocking a door which is firmly closed. If you notice, most of the time they will tell you, “Oh Saleh, you were right. We misunderstood you or we didn’t thought that much those days”.

            tes

            * a psychological status that only waits to be praised, just like ” a loved mindset, which expectations appreciation.

          • Abi

            Hi Prof Tes
            “We are failing therefore to understand you. I mean we are lagging too much.”
            Tes, who are these “we” you are talking about? My guess is Tes and tes.
            You failed miserably in your effort to elevate SGJ to sainthood.
            Now , why do both Professor Tes and Cadre tes assume St Saleh’s 10-20 years forward thinking ahead of the pack as a negative role in your struggle for justice?
            I can’t wait to read what St Saleh is going to say on this topic.
            BTW, I checked the time you posted your comment and said ” That Explains It!”

          • tes

            Selam Abi,

            I was going to my my work place and I am writing this after coming back from it. However I often sleep late unless I have work in the early morning.

            On Sainthood, I think he is better to be called a prophet.

            Yah, you will miserably fail to understand me. The reason is simple: you are already dead man.

            tes

          • Abi

            Hi Tes
            You are stuttering. You don’t even know whether you are going to work or coming home. All I know is you sleep wrote your comment. Or you were busy emptying the glass as usual.
            Tes/tes show me how to reincarnate myself. I like to come back as abi. Hey, you are the expert on this.

            ” Kelikiskis wusha yemote anbessa yishalal.” ( Tinbite Saleh, 1:1).

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam tes,
            .
            Leave Abi alone, your issue is with Saleh Johar.
            I think you touched upon a valid point, don’t back down. A journalist or a reporter and an activist is a contradiction in terms. In the U.S we have the so called journalists or reporters on Fox News who present a slanted point of view. They have a right wing interpretation of all the news. There are a left wing journalists also who present the opposite interpretation. You don’t get the clean information. So you have to read and watch all sides to decipher what is really going on.
            .
            I have never heard Mr. Johar report any good deed the Eritrean Gov. have done in the past several years. Does that mean the Gov. never did any good thing in Eritrea, ever? Of course not. We have to accept that Mr. Johar is an opposition activist figure first and foremost, then a journalist and a reporter 2nd or 3rd. The news received from him has to be treated with the knowledge that he has dogs in the fight. Even among the opposition he supports some and oppose others. I have noticed that when meetings are conducted where his physical or virtual attendance is noticed, some of the participants become defensive and for a good reason. He is not afraid to name names and write a persuasive argument why he doesn’t like it one bit. Some of these opposition figures, I am sure, work on shoe string budget and cannot take hits like that and survive.
            .
            Well, tes, thanks for raising a point and allowing me to expand on it. I know you probably cringe and throw a diatribe at me but remember truth shall set you free.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Saleh Johar

            Hello Kim,

            Anything raised in here is Kosher. But some groundwork is in order: Saleh Johar never claimed to be a journalist or a reporter, but a conscious writer. For me, writing and what it entails is just a tool of struggle. And true, I wish I had all the dogs in the world in this fight, not some 🙂

            Another point: I can only be judged by what carries my byline, aka Negarit and other things I write in my individual capacity.

            Still another point: I promise to write positively about the totalitarian regime in Eritrea when it writes positively about the Eritrean opposition members who have been exiled for decades, and the refugees who are kept outside their homeland for decades, and the more refugees who are being pushed out of the country. If it does, I promise to reciprocate when they act responsibly, provided they learn the basics of justice. As for you, I appeal to you to call them on that, for fairness sake, because you have taken the position of a referee, not a stakeholder. Please tell them to be gentle on the Eritrean citizens.

            Finally, please revise your American reality (since you mentioned it) and tell me if you are realistic in comparing me an individual against the regime that owns a million times bigger loudspeaker! A regime against an exiled individual!!!!

            A bonus quiz on justice: the regime has prevented me from living in my natural habitat (forget the hundreds of thousands of refugees for now) and you want me to write about its positive aspects? Can you tell me any that outweigh their injustices and cruelty? You are knocking on the wrong door, my dear Kim Hanna.

            And here is my second promise: I will keep informing and emboldening whoever is willing to listen until my last breath. just like I have been doing for decades. You can take that to the place where they deceitfully collected the old bank notes 🙂

            Stay good

          • Abi

            Hi Mr Kim
            Leave Abi Alone? No way! Abi plays a very important role in the game.
            I see it as FA final game. One team from lower division, the other from EPL. ( the beauty of FA where everyone has a chance to win )
            Right now Tes is leading SGJ 1-0. Mr Kim , the referee, approved the goal.
            Ras Abi , the side referee ( aragabi, meTaqosi) dismissed the goal because Tes was clearly offside.
            People in the stands are booing the refere. Tes denied he was offside and accused the aragabi is dead. The aragabi is filling a halftime report saying Tes has used performance enhancing substance before the game.
            It is halftime now. So far SGJ didn’t respond to the goal. He is busy fighting the Mr referee instead. He is expected to bring more dogs to the game after his halftime mint tea. His “star” players are warming up on the side. So far they are verbally threatening the referee.
            Stay tuned for second half report.

          • tes

            Dear Saleh Johar and @Ama@amanuel_hidrat:disqus

            I am sorry if I am penning my understanding wrongly. But what I am going to write here is something that I

            Dear Saleh, I think you know a Tigrigna proverb that says: ዝረኣናዩ ኣይተዛርቡና በለት ትበሃል ግቡጥሽ . As a native Tigrigna speaker, you know what it means.

            To my understanding, as a shareholder, one plays a great role in the formation of something. During the process, there are ins and outs, many secrets, and some open. It is within this context that the proverb has an application.

            Coming back to Eritrean politicians mindset this context has direct application too. No one wants to be transparent. And when someone wants to be, the other won’t happy. This unhappiness goes worse when someone boldly writes what he/she believes is just and right to do so. Once this is done, the other will end-up either in divorce or mistrust.

            In my understanding this happens often and I have observed it here since I started to participate.

            Dear Saleh, we have politicians who are afraid of sharp pen. In the contrary they are not afraid of division and malfunctioning. It is a paradox but this is what is happening.

            I hope now I am clear what I mean a negative role.

            tes

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Saleh,

            Okay Saleh. Isn’t because there was and there is a “political partisanship” in them (the organizations) that we are debating? That is precisely I questioned Gedeb news neutrality on the issue of the opposition camp. We are debating from different positions on the politics of the opposition. I believe so. Friends also debate on their differences on the issue at their hand, and I do not believe our debate will affect our friendship. I also do not believe on scapegoating and blackmailing our failures to individuals of our bad taste, as it is common in our politics. I do not believe personal animosity to run our politics.The problem is societal problem and our politicians are the product of our society. Let us focus and tackle against ” our mutual mistrusts” that pulls us from each other. Your Hatata is your positions on the issue and my rebut is my positions on the issues. I do not spent my time who did this and that, Because all their positions and their actions are based on the mistrusts they have on each other. If you do not believe this is not the fact, well my friend, eventually you will be dragged to their partisanship. We could not help them or help the struggle without maintaining neutrality. I could have done long hatata, but it doesn’t help our readers in particular and to our struggle in general. With this short note I close my case.

            Regards,
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • Peace!

            Dear Saleh,

            Very sad, but how on the earth such a huge struggle has failed to address accountability?

            Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Peace,

            Ask as to how do we address the accountabilities of our mutual mistrust? then you will address the rest easily.

          • Peace!

            Ahlen Emma,

            The mistrust, regardless, will always be there as is the case in every political process, and Eritrean politics is not an exception. However, in such similar process, the means and the right to scrutinize decision making process is through promoting full transparency, Now, are you confident that the process is totally transparent? If so, what is the base for the mistrust?

            Peace!

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear awate friends,

    loot of important articles were written here in awate. Yet, almost all are connected and I feel one of the mistakes done by opposition is that they couldn’t create one group that study what really is the reality and how it should be tackled. I am sure if every party prepare his very much educated and we make a group that represents all only to do this job, things could have been easier.

    Last year on this day one of our great Eritreans wrote an article that exposes the nature of dictators and it also shows clearly their tactics –http://awate.com/recognizing-the-games-dictators-play/

  • Saleh Johar

    Dear Hope,
    Can you elaborate on your claim: “RSADO and DMLEK as well as the Al Islah Al Islamiya backed up by TPLF Commando and fully armed by the TPLF hitting bridges,hospitals,and other infrastructures in Eritrea?” I never heard a hospital or a bridge hit by any. Please explain.

  • Abraham H.

    Selamat AT,
    Thanks for the update on the state of affairs of the Eritrean oppostion camp. The situation doesn’t look encouraging at all, which is a huge setback in the struggle against the Isayas tyrannical regime. AT have quoted there exists a “perpetual problem” between the ENCDC and the “six entities”; but what would this problem be that it is so insurmountable?

  • Nitricc

    Semere; here is a writer who has earned my respect from what he has to write but I couldn’t get the whole thing due to language barrier. It sounds the same dialect as of yours i.e. I am requesting your service. Kindly!!!!
    The point is Eritrean oppositions will end up another unfinished or promised corner-stone in typical TPLF traditions.
    If we could have more people like this writer and less the kind of Semere; Africa would have been……
    ንሕና፣ ሕመቕና፣ እምነ-ኹርናዕ፣ ብተስፋ ዝሃጠራ ኣእዛንና፣ ውፅኢቱ፤

    ናይቲ ኩሉ ሕመቕና፣ ብተግባር ዘይሽረፍ ዘረባን እምነ-ኩርናዕን ምንባር ውፅኢት ድማ ንዚ ይመስል፤
    ንሕና ተጋሩ፤
    Ø ብበዝሒ ስደተኛታት- ካብ ሃገርና ቀዳሞት ኢና- 6 % ኮይንና 40 % ስደተኛታት ኢትዮጵያ እነፍሪ ጀጋኑ ኢና፤
    Ø እቲ ዝገርምሲ እቲ ኩሉ መንእሰይና ናብዚይን ናብቲይን በቲንና ሐዚ እውን ብስራሕ ስእነት ከተማታና ካብ ሃገር
    ቀዳሞት ኢና- ቀዳሞት! ናይ ሃገርና ማእኸላይ ናይ ከተማታት ስእነት ስራሕ 17.5 %፣ ናይ ትግራይ ድማ 19.4 %!
    ንሕና ጀጋኑ!
    Ø ካብ መላእ ሃገር ብበዝሒ ጎደና ሓደርን ለመንትን ተጋሩ ቀዳሞት ኢና፤ እዚ ድማ ብእኒ Elshadai Relief and
    Development Associationን ካልኦት መንግስታውን ዘይመንግስታውን ትካላት ተፀኒዑ ዕላዊ ዝተገበረ ሓቂ
    እዩ፡፡
    Ø ብInvestment-Per-capita ካብ ሃገር ሙሉእ ጭራ ኢና- ጭራ!
    Ø ብበዝሒ ምቁራፅ ህፃናት ተምሃሮ Dropout rate ካብ መላእ ሃገር ቀዳሞት ኢና- ቀዳሞት!
    Ø ብበዝሒ ሕፅረት ምግቢ ህጻናት (childhood malnutrition) ካብ ዓፋር ቀፂልና ካልኣይ ኢና- ቅድሚ ሓደ
    ዓመት ዕላዊ ብዝተገበረ መፅናዕቲ 44 % ህፃናት ትግራይ ብሕፅረት ምግቢ ምድኽዳኽ ኣጋጢሙዎም ኣሎ፤ እዚ
    እቲ ናይ ለምዘበን ድርቂን ሕሰምን እንትድመሮ እቲ ፀገም ኣበይ በፂሑ ክኸውን ከምዝኽእል ምግማት እዩ
    Ø ብኣንጻራዊ በዝሒ ደላይ ህፁፅ ሓገዝ ቀለብ- ካብቶም ኣብ ቅድሚት ካብ ዝፅውዑ ኢና፤
    Ø ብForeign directed investment (FDI) ድማ ንዓፋር ጥራሕ በሊፅና ካብ መወዳእታ ካልኣይ ኢና፤
    Ø ኣብ ዝሓለፈ 5 ዓመት ብዝተመዝገበ ምዕባለ ክፍሊ ኢኮኖሚ ኢንዳስትሪ እውን ንክልል ዓፋር በሊፅና ካብ
    መወዳእታ ካልኣይ ኣለና፤
    Ø ቕድሚ 15፣ 20 ዓመት ተምሃሮ ትግራይ ብሉፃት ተምሃሮ ነይሮም፣ በዓል ንግስተ-ሳባ፣ ሃፀይ የውሃንስ፣ ኣግኣዚ
    ወ.ዘ.ተ 10ይ፣ ብውፅኢት ብሄራዊ ፈተናታት 10ይ፣ 12 ክፍሊ ኣብ ቅድሚት ዝስርዑን ብብረኪ ሃገር ፅቡቕ ስም
    ዝነበሮምን ነይሮም፤ ትግራይ ብሓፈሻ ኣብ ቅድሚት ነይራ፤ ዳርጋ 8 ዓመትና ዓመት ዓመት ተጋሩ 10ይ ክፍሊ
    ብምውዳቕ ቀዳሞት ኢና፤
    የለብምና እምበር ኣካይዳናስ ዘሰክፍ እዩ!
    ዘፅኣት- ካብመቐለ

    http://www.tigraionline.com/where-is-tigrai-heading-to.pdf

    • Nitricc

      So Mr Moda; you need to come clean; it is the content of the article you have the problem with or is it the web-site? I know the reason but I just want the others to know.

      • Nitricc

        whatever!

  • Kim Hanna

    Selam Awatistas,
    .
    No matter what Ethiopia does or does not do, the thanks it gets is blame and more blame. This is a given fact on day one of any assistance it provides. The ill guided help Ethiopia provides will be received and used to only come back with more blame for all the negative results of their meetings. They can write their interminable bylaws in D.C or Rome just as well.
    .
    It behooves me why the Ethiopian Gov. permits any Eritrean opposition politics business to be conducted there. I believe, Ethiopia does not allow any armed incursion from Ethiopian territory. So what is the point of all of them flying from around the world to conduct their opposition politics in Addis, Hawassa or Bishoftu.
    .
    It makes sense to me that the Eritrean opposition conduct their struggle anyplace but Ethiopia. It will be clean and they will own it.
    It also makes sense to me for the Ethiopian Gov. to not waste any energy and money on the opposition politics and receive as a bonus NO blame for a change.
    .
    Mr. K.H
    .

    • A.Osman

      Dear K.H,

      It behooves me why the Ethiopian Gov. permits any Eritrean opposition politics business to be conducted there.

      It is not rocket science to figure that one out. One thing is clear though, if Sudan allowed them to conduct business in its territory, they would have been more effective. Unfortunately, DIA is ahead of the game.

      Regards
      AOsman

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear A.Osman,

        When comes to Sudan’s case I will not agree with you. See, fighters with ethics and discipline can’t survive there. EPLF leadership was stronger than ELF leadership and PFDJ still is stronger than opposition. unless one party who was part of PFDJ comes there Sudan will not be good for opposition. – there reason is simple – in which nation do you experience people killed and the killer walks free except in Sudan ? all you have to do is pay money or provide ladies- will you do that? I don’t think so.

        • A.Osman

          Dear KS,
          When the opposition were based in Sudan, they were harassed by the Sudanese authorities and it got worse with improved relationship with Eritrea. Ethiopia gave them safety, however, the main complaint we hear is that of interference. Both countries provide the desperately needed proximity, my point was in Ethiopia you seem to trade off some of your independence to secure protection, while in Sudan you will maintain your independence while you will be exposed to risk.

          While we agree on Sudan, you seem to suggest no interference from Ethiopia and place full responsibility of failure on the opposition, which is not what is always reported.

          Regards
          AOsman

          • Kokhob Selam

            A.Osman,

            First of all honestly speaking we are not really saying it correctly. We are very careful not to say the truth ..Ha ha. you know what it the truth brother A.Osman ! it is we Eritrean people who failed and who were always failing. Opposition is very small part of the people. this is very true and we never say it. We Eritrean always find way to blame and history never stops. Seldom I hear from intellectuals saying this truth and even that carefully.

            Regarding Sudan, Let us say it clearly – even if new government comes I will not trust that land to put real opposition at least till there is strong armed force on the field with strong clear organization who will react in sport to PFDJ gangs. one soul against maximum dogs – cruel and without any mercy. with strong security section.

            Ethiopians ( if the same government continues on power) is the best place still. And still we Eritreans will need them again. opposition has to exploit the situation. I know most of the opposition will not function but the practical one will not have chance except to work with Ethiopians.

            Dear AOsman. the main cause why the opposition fails is the fake remembers, PFD spy’s, people with EPLF contaminated criminals, ELF old styled members, week and hopeless young generation and opportunist majority are to be listed if you are honest. I don’t think we can continue now and the road seems closed for both opposition and PFDJ.

            I think my original idea is coming back – one practical party who can take risk is who will throw this criminal group. The party will get what ever is possible from any other nation and enter fully in politics burning everything PFDJ holds –

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Kokhob Selam,
            .
            I appreciate your take on this topic. Even if Mr. AOsman is partially correct, isn’t it the duty of the opposition leadership to conduct their activity without any interference, say in Nairobi. Why not?
            There is nothing they cannot do in Nairobi that they can in Addis.
            .
            We have a complicated recent past history. Instead of constantly picking on a healing wound, why not look for a different venue. Let us at least leave the next generations with a clean beginning instead of a continuation of all the ills of each side being exploited by the other.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear KH,

            I will leave you in peace since you are not understanding what I am saying – or you are not willing to accept,

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi KH,

            I couldn’t agree more. That is the only way we can disprove all the excuses we hear day in and day out, from this political organizations. There are plenty alternative venues and Ethiopia can not be the excuse of their failures.

            Regards
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • Dear Kim Hanna.

            May be you remember the question I asked few days ago, “What is it really the Eritrean Oppositions want and Ethiopia is not giving?” By reading different comments, I have come to understand the following, which could be right or wrong.

            I do not think that the Opposition Parties are true to themselves and to the Eritrean people. There is conflict of interest. Some want to replace the incumbent regime with a similar one, or even retain the present pfdj regime, nevertheless without DIA and without some of its negative attributes. Power is still to remain in the hands of the few, who represent a certain social group, as it happens today. On the contrary, others who are afraid of marginalization and are uncertain that their grievances will be answered have organized themselves under for e.g., ethnic parties. In other words, a centralized unitary government vs ethnic federal decentralized formation and a coalition government, similar to that of Ethiopia, are in conflict here.

            Where there is mistrust, there is stagnation. Instead of saying that it is Ethiopia that is responsible for their ineffectiveness, because they think that it influences and supports part of the Opposition, the stakeholders should find another venue and discuss their problems. The universal truth is that they should take in to consideration the fears of each component and find a win-win and not a win-lose solution, anywhere they might hold their congress, if they want to succeed. They should remove Ethiopia out of the equation, because she is tired of the blame game against her. Whatever she does, good or bad, (although she is the only one who has rendered some help as much as the opposition is concerned), she is always on the wrong side, to some Eritreans, especially those who continue to see her as the enemy. She cannot be responsible for the power politics and the absence of the will to tackle grievances that may exist.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hello Horizon,

            I believe you are genuine and that is why I thought of offering you a different perspective as to why the situations are the way they are. But first, please read my comment for what it is, plain and simple.

            As much as nations would like to be totally free from external influences, it was not possible in the previous century let alone in this millennium. Therefore, simplistic declarations of “why don’t they leave” or “why don’t they go to Nairobi” is missing the entire nature of stakes that neighboring countries hold across their borders. If we take Eritrea and Ethiopia only, they cannot afford to be mutually unconcerned with what happens, or what might happen, to both countries.

            Naturally, each country strives to protects its national security, as well as its political, economic, cultural and other interests—and there are huge intermingles interests between the two countries. Ethiopia was never hands off in regards to Eritrean issues. In fact, it is a known fact that the social and political balance that we lack inside Eritrea is a result of the blunder committed jointly by Eritreans as well as the TPLF, as a collaborator, in boots and blood. True, both organizations successfully unseated the Derg; it was an exemplary alliance. However, for truth’s sake, the Ethiopian interference was decisive in damaging and tilting the social balance of which we are suffering and which I think Amanuel always remembers when he states, “our social mistrust”.

            Why do you think over a decade ago the neighboring countries (Ethiopia, Sudan, and Yemen) formed what they called San’a Forum to deal collectively with Eritrea? They all have interests in the country, or specifically what that particular country can do to influence the stability of the region, either positively or negatively. San’a Forum (as of when I asked last time) was jointly funded by the three countries, but its handling is sort of delegated to Ethiopia. The Ethiopian side is represented by the political wing (prime minister’s and foreign minister’s offices). However, the Ethiopian intelligence entities are deeply involved in a parallel engagement—it’s is the nature of such relations in many countries in such a situation. For example, there are contradicting and confusing activities executed by the two wings of the Ethiopian side. And looking at it from the Eritrean perspective, each strand of the political spectrum of our opposition would react differently to the developments… each will explain it based on its self-interest, and mostly partisan interests.

            Dear Horizon, do you think there are no Eritrean opposition forces that would like to have the entire Ethiopian side alone, and push the others out? You bet there are and they are not secretive about it. Take note: they are mostly sides who were badmouthing and defaming those who believed in a peaceful coexistence with all neighbors, and paid dearly in breaking the taboo of having relations with Ethiopia, but as of recent years, they have been acting like hosts in a foreign country, arrogance and the whole lot (I pushed too much I might spill so much beans some would herald a war against me; I wish I am not because I do not have time except for the PFDJ and its capo) 🙂

            Why do you think that is so? And do you think all Ethiopians, or their regional governments, are equally vested in Eritrea? When it comes to the Ethiopian government’s foreign policy (or security policy), is it the federal or regional policies that takes precedence? I hope you get a hint of why it is confusing and contradicting.

            That would be enough to trigger your serious contemplation and research which will hopefully clear the cloud from the whole drama. Horizon, from here on, you have to subscribe to a private lesson 🙂

            Disclaimer: I have no qualms (never had) when it comes to a serious mutually respectful relation between the Eritrean opposition and Ethiopia. I base my convictions based on the fact that both declared each other allies, and though the Eritrean opposition does not have an equal status as a government, it has a moral authority to act like one in the absence of a real representative Eritrean government. And when that is the case, shut up and take it silently is not the kind of relations that any sane, liberal, fair person would encourage.

            May peace and justice reign in our region. May racism and primordial political ugliness be washed away. Say AMEN 🙂

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Saleh,

            I hope if you don’t mind let me make one correction in your comment. And that is: the issue of “none state actors” like our case is handled by the national security of the host country anywhere and anyplace as a rule. There are many reasons for that (a) security reasons (b) none state actors do not have diplomatic immunities just to mention few. The issue of none state actors could not and should not be handled by the foreign office department .So I will not be surprised our issue to be handled by the national security of Ethiopian government in Ethiopia. Unfortunately, state actors and none state actors do not negotiate on equal footing for the known reasons. Our experience in Sudan during our armed struggle reminds us exactly what I am talking. So we have to know the limits of our leverage when we deal with our host countries, as far as we(the opposition) are none state actors.

            Regards
            Amanuel Hidrat

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Amanuel,

            Maybe you missed it but I have acknowledged what you are trying to express. This is what is in my comment, “…Ethiopian intelligence entities are deeply involved in a parallel engagement—it’s is the nature of such relations in many countries in such a situation. ” I understand that but I would love to hear you view on this: Is the Sana’a Forum a political platform/tool for the neighboring countries or an appendage of the security apparatus? If you think it is an extension of the security apparatus, then my assertion of two parallel policies and contact channels with the Ethiopian authorities is wrong. But I need to be convinced it is one channel.

            Please also do not forget that because the Eritrean opposition is not state actor, it doesn’t mean it can not express its views, object, criticize and complain about the relations between the two. I do not understand why some people criticize anything under the sun but they are jumpy when Ethiopia is mentioned. Not you, but I have seen it so many times. But for your information, the concerned authorities are used to appraisals, criticisms, “gimgema” and they do not mind it. It is just mind-boggling why others would be uneasy when those concerned are very understanding, even if they do not agree.

            Last time I was in Addis, I met a few of those whom I criticized, over coffee and we exchanged ideas in a very comfortable atmosphere, even if we do not agree on some issues. I can assure you if I was in Eritrea, the PFDJ would have not been as understanding of my right to express myself or to criticize them.

            Apart from that, I hate it when some deal with the relations as if it is a college dorm, room sharing arrangement, or an Arab Gulf like foreigner-sponsor (Kefil) relation. Some think it is that way and want to take advantage of it.

            Thank you for your views anyway

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Saleh,

            My answer to your question will be brief, because long hatata will always take us in to tangential issues. So here are my responses to your legitimate questions.

            The purpose of Sana-form formation was to challenge the security threat that perpetuate from the bellicose or hostile regime of Asmara. In order to prevent that dangerous security threart and stop the adventurous military maneuvering of Issays regime, our three neighbor countries want take all the necessary measures including supporting the political organizations that are opposing the Eritrean regime. Therefore Sana Forum was “security alliance” for purposes of political stability of the region in general and their individual stabilities in particular. And the Eritrean political opposition camp are then indirectly in the umbrella of the security alliances of Sana Forum to curve the domestic

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Amanuel Hidrat,
            .
            The statement above is a crisp accurate explanation of the current reality. It is a mature and balanced statement. However, I do have a point of contention on the 2nd half of the statement.
            .
            Let me put is this way:
            AH presented the 2nd portion of his statement in a diplomatic way by advocating a hush on a public discussion of the relationship of the Eritrean opposition with the Ethiopian Gov. agencies. In fact he used the word “diplomatically” when he meant “secretly” to address issues of the opposition concerns with the Eth. Gov. That is the problem.
            .
            There is still a lingering suspicion on both sides that secret deals that is being concocted might not necessarily be in the interest of ALL the people on both sides. That suspicion is real and can only get stronger. As long as they are two countries, they must behave and act as countries to look after their national interest within their own institutions of government.
            .
            Internal interference of each country is conducted in secret, meaning hiding it from both people. Few elites from both sides weaving their intentions in secret and imposing it on one or both people will be a recipe for a disaster.
            .
            That is why I suggested Nairobi as a headquarter for Eritrean opposition. It is to avoid the inevitable suspicion and innuendos fungus from growing and corrupting the two nations for the future generations. As I said before we have a complicated history, “Eritrea is a colony of Ethiopia” was one of the fungus that grew and successfully changed history.
            .
            It is a fact that any opposition group that comes out successfully from Ethiopia will be a tainted organization in the eyes of most Eritreans. Why waste resources, energy and precious time to midwife a deformed entity when you can do it elsewhere and produce a healthy organization that addresses all your issues.
            Our esteemed Awatista, Hayat Adem, once boldly suggested for a limited Ethiopian military assistance, I loudly said NO.
            That is all I am saying, here too.
            .
            Mr. K.H

          • Hope

            Selam Amanuel Hidrat:
            Ahhh:
            1)And what was or would have been the Collateral damages of that Alliance,if it were to succeed?
            2)Who was the main Architect behind the evil axis aka ‘Sanaa Forum” as a cover up” and for what purpose?
            3)Was it just PIA or the Nation called Eritrea and the people called Eritreans, the VICTIM(s)?
            4)And who wan at the end and why the evil axis failed?
            5)Who has been a THREAT to the Horn Security in general and to Eritrea in particular?
            OGM!
            I hope you will NOT justify the NO War NO Peace destructive Policy with your mumbo-jumbo analysis telling us or justifying it in the name of their National Interest. And what has been the collateral damages to Eritrea as a Nation and Eritreans as a people of such a destructive Policy?
            Please elaborate.

          • Dear SJG,

            Thank you a lot for the educating comment. Understanding the problem is half the solution. I hope that Ethiopians and Eritreans will discuss their future relationship seriously and on the basis of mutual interest, and not with charged emotions. Our common enemies are poverty and the curse of being a refugee and the factors that cause them. An Ethiopian has no problem with an Eritrean, and vice versa. This is the only truth, free of personal interests, based mainly on the interest of both people.
            Regards.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Horizon,
            .
            Yes indeed! The expectations of Eritrean opposition members from Ethiopia is as varied as the changing organizations, leaders and strong men of these groups.
            .
            I don’t see any benefit (I can see a lot of mounting costs in the future) for Ethiopia hosting any groups that are openly working to overthrow their government. I am certain the Eth. gov. is doing it now as a reciprocal response to Eritrea hosting Ethiopian opposition groups.
            .
            Yes, Ethiopia has interest in the stability and well being of all its neighbors. A good neighborliness starts in NOT hosting opposition members to overthrow or destabilize a neighbor. That is a hostile act. It is hostile when Eritrea does it as well as Ethiopia.
            I don’t want to go on a tangent line here, but it was a hostile act when Sudan did it. Sudan in part is still paying for that involvement, in my opinion. It is not a good idea to get involved in your neighbor’s political turmoil.
            .
            The irony of it all in this case is the fact that tomorrow PIA can completely change the relationship of the two countries in a couple meetings and agreements. A change of heart or political calculations on his part overnight turns everything up side down, then what?
            .
            I still believe the Ethiopian Government is making a huge mistake to try to overthrow the Eritrean Gov. using opposition members, it could, it might just as well make things worse.
            .
            Mr. K.H
            .

      • Semere Tesfai

        Selam A.Osman

        “It is not rocket science…… had Sudan allowed the Eritrean opposition to conduct their business in its territory, they would have been more effective. Unfortunately, DIA is ahead of the game.”

        Abu Afan Wrong!

        Give credit where credit is due. If DIA is ahead of the curve in this game, the credit belongs to the cunning backstabbers to our South.

        DIA – like most Eritreans, he was so naive and so trusting, he felt at home being close to the Woyanes and the West. So much so, he was trashing and insulting the very people and governments who supported him/us every step of the way during our darkest decades.

        But true to their nature, the treacherous Woyanes did the unthinkable (at least then, was unthinkable to us Eritreans). They back-stabbed us in broad daylight. Yep, thinking without ቡናቸው, ቆዳቸው, ጤፋቸው Eritreans wouldn’t feed themselves, thinking without their market Eritrea won’t have a functioning economy, thinking without their goodwill Eritrean ports won’t be even worthy, being water-wells for camels, thinking without them Eritrea is poor, weak, defenseless nation…. they betrayed and attacked the very people who trusted them the most.

        The objective: to re-draw the map, to weaken and re-structure our government, and to reverse our sovereignty. Wounded, desperate for help and support, Isaias asked forgiveness and went back to the very people and governments who were there for us when we needed them the most.

        When he came to them asking forgiveness – probably at his lowest point in his (our) life, they had to choices (a) see him die with shame and disgrace – and Ethiopia have its way in Eritrea and the whole Red Sea region (b) give him a second chance to live to see another day – probably this time-around Eritreans to be appreciative of their REAL friends. And the choice was very obvious.

        Today, a decade and half after the fact, the Tigrean and Amara ነፍጠኖች are starting to think, and think hard. And please, please, please…. don’t credit their change of mind to the political/military/diplomatic ingenuity of DIA. No, no, no no, no……. Give the credit to the perceived/real WAR-SHIPS at the camel wells.

        Happy birthday Eritrea
        ኣብ ዘዘለኩሞ – ኣሰየ ኣሰና: ኣሰየ ኣሰና: ኣሰየ ኣሰና:….. አንዳልኩም ኣምባሕ በሉ ደቂ ኣአረ

        • Abi

          Hi Semere Tesfai
          Kemey Qenika?
          You said Issyas felt at home being close to the woyanes…
          No Sir! He did not feel at home at all. It is beyond that. He thought Ethiopia is his backyard, his ATM, his everything.
          In Amharic we say” befasika yetedarech hulgize fasika yimeslatal “. IA made that mistake. He became more and more greedy and demanding. The rest is history. He looted enough already.
          When he was told to stop stealing, he started fighting. I don’t see any backstabbing here. His hand was found in the cookie jar stealing.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Gash Abi

            I admit you’re one of the few Ethiopians I enjoy reading. You always make me laugh and you always make me think, I mean think hard. But on this one you’re dead wrong.

            You see Gashie, we are six million and you are pushing one hundred. Willingly, when we call Ethiopia home, it is with perfect understanding that we will be diluted in the mix beyond recognition.

            Now tell me, what is the point of losing our identity, our language, our culture, our 1,200 kms virgin coastline, our 354 islands if not for “Fasica Darcha”, warm home, and a “cookie jar”? Is that too much to ask?

            If my memory is serving me right, the “Eritrea MerietWa Enji HzbWa AyesfelGenm” policy didn’t work for both of us either. So Gashie, tell me, what ማይ ዘይጠዓመ idea do you have?

            Anyway, Happy Ethiopian Independence Day (but I think you’ve to save it for next week)

            Semere Tesfai

          • Dear Semere Tesfai,

            Of all the ups and downs of the ethio-eritrean relations, among the most disheartening things is when certain points are brought as facts in order to put both people at odds with each other. It is unfortunate that this happens even today. Among these is the famous so-called “Eritrea MerietWa Enji HzbWa AyesfelGenm”.

            I have done my best to find from a third party, if this has really been said, either by the emperor or any other government official as a government policy, and I have found none. Therefore, I am forced to believe that it is a propaganda used by EPLF to mobilize the Eritrean people. If the Ethiopian government of the time did not want the Eritrean people, it could have started right from the center of the country. It is difficult to believe that Eritreans could live in peace and prosperity at the center, and at the same time the Ethiopian government was planning extermination of the people at the periphery.

            I can accept of excesses of the Ethiopian armed forces during the 30 yrs war, but saying that Ethiopia wanted the land and not the people is nothing else but pure EPLF propaganda, as was the Christian Emperor forcing Muslims to change their religion. These things belong to the past. They have served their purpose, and bringing doubtful and unproved sins do not help at all. There are many sins if you like with which to accuse the emperor or the dergue, but not this.
            (I would really appreciate a lot if you have any reference from a third party that might help to clarify this point).

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Horizon

            “I have done my best to find from a third party, if this “Eritrea MerietWa Enji HzbWa AyesfelGenm” claim has really been said, either by the emperor or any other government official as a government policy. And I have found none. I would really appreciate a lot if you have any reference from a third party that might help to clarify this point.”

            Horizon: I was not one of the privileged kids who grew-up having transistor radios next to their pillow-bed and daily-newspaper on their coffee tables. I was born and raised (mostly) in a small village from dirt-poor farming parents. Pre-Ghedli, all I knew was people from my small village (not even all), my elementary and middle school classmates (again not all) and names of our teachers. And a couple of months after my sixteenth birthday, I joined Ghedli. And in Ghedli, I was not one of the high ranking leaders who had access to documents and periodicals. My role in Ghedli was to kill, and all I saw was the horror of war and human carnage.

            But, but, but…. what difference does it make, whether or not, those exact words were uttered verbatim by the emperor or those who followed him, if we’re not denying the mass killing, the burning of every single village in all Eritrean lowlands, the rape of women few feet from their husbands, the rape of girls few feet from their parents, the looting pillaging of properties and livestock……

            Let me quote some facts from Shaleqa Dawit Weldegergis book Red Tears. As a governor of Eritrea in the mid Eighties I believe, he made survey of Eritrean population (I suppose using spy planes) and he claimed/asserted that the Muslim population inside Eritrea was 350,000. Also, on the same book, he said when he visited Asmara in 1974, the Asmara population was close to 200,000 but when he came back in mid eighties the population of Asmara was 90,000 (I suppose with all the Ethiopian army/bureaucrats families). And Dan Connell in his book Against All Odds asserted, in the late 1980s the population of Wed-Sheriffe (an Eritrean refugee camp at the outskirt of Kassala Town) to be 140,000. The biggest gathering of Eritreans anywhere in the world.

            Therefore, if we are not disputing the acts of successive Addis regimes (which we are not), what is the point of arguing about words (verbatim) that describe the acts of these successive regimes? I don’t see any point.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Abi

            Hi Semere Tesfai
            Eway! Anta SebAy
            You expect idea from Ras Abi?
            First, Happy Independence Day from the Amharas! There is nothing better than independence in this world. It is also important to keep your identity, language, customs , culture and of course your virgin coastlines.
            It is also very important to keep your people in their country to keep those things you hold near and dear. If the people are AWOL, I don’t know whose identity and language you are worried about losing?
            “Eritrea meretwa enji hizbwa ayasfelgenim ” is just a propaganda BA used by the urban mass mobilization experts who were given every opportunity to advance themselves. The opportunity that was not available for the majority Ethiopians. Well, in every society there are backstabbing experts who brought us to this situation.
            Now, Ras Abi , the former unionist , is working day and night to keep Eritrea a free and independent country for the benefit of all.
            Happy Independence Day , Semere Hawey.
            Funny, I found myself supporting Eritrean independence.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Gashe Abi

            Thank you Gash Abi for wishing me and all Eritreans Happy Independence Day.

            Sorry I can’t write to much. My right hand is killing me. I’ve been beating ኮቦሮ (drum) all weak and we are not even half of the ኮቦሮ week yet. I tried very hard to stop, but I can’t, because I’m too happy.

            Abi Wendmye: isn’t it a shame – a hand that survived the Amaras, to lose it on independence day Koboro? 🙂 I think I’m addicted. I need help.

            But I’m mesmerized by the fluency of your Tigrigna. And let me return the favor by dazzling you with the fluency of my rusty Amharic. አቢየ: ስትቀልድ እንጂ: ቁም ነገር ስትናገር ኣያምርልህም:: Translation: on your comment, you were too respectful and too politically correct.

            Thank you for all the respect, but I’m not used to that – even from my fellow Eritreans. Next time hit me, and hit me hard where it hurts. So we all can learn something from each other.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Abi

            Hi Semere T
            If you need help hitting that kebero give it to Prof Gedeon . I’ve never seen someone play like him. He is very good at it.
            In Amharic we say ” Egziabher zefen siyamrew Tigre yaTegbal”.
            Enezih Amaroch
            Negeregnoch …

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Abi

            1. – “If you need help hitting that kebero give it to Prof Gedeon . I’ve never seen someone play like him. He is very good at it.”

            Funny you said that, this morning we were at the same clinic for the same problem. But his hand is a whole lot worst than mine. His hand is swollen so bad, its about to drip blood. I left him there because his feet is/are also killing him. Poor guy – ብምሒር ዝላ: እግሩ ማይ ሚዒጉ::

            Gash Abi: I know we have to work hard on your “ሓ” and “ዓ”. To bring a natch up your Tigrigna fluency, lets start with ዓድዋ: ዓዲ-ግራት: ሓውዜን: no, no, no not ዓጋመ – not yet, that’s level II (Mereb Mlash). You’re not there yet. Let’s try again: say ዓብይ-ዓዲ: ዕዳጋ ሓሙስ: ላዕላይ ኣድያቦ: ታሕታይ ኣድያቦ – keep trying we’re getting there.

            2. – ” Egziabher zefen siyamrew Tigre yaTegbal”

            I tell ya Abiye:

            You are the only one who can walk in a field full of landmines and still make it, in one piece. Meaning you are the only one who make jokes about faith, language, ethnic, region, nationality…. and still pull it off. You’re one in a million. Keep hammering.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Abi

            Hi Semere T
            Thank you for the kind words. I can easily blend with people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds. I never ask their ethnicity, or political affiliation. Politics is the last thing that comes to my mind when I meet people.

            Now back to the kebero hitting akale sinkulan
            I have Gedeon’s picture taken while hitting kebero on a mutual friend’s wedding. The Amharas should have dropped kebero instead of bombs to Win your hearts and hands. We live to learn.
            Ras Abi learning Tigrigna? Nah, Tigrigna wenz ayashagrim. ( may be mereb).

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Abi

            Abi, Abi, Abi…. You killing me! I laughed so hard, I couldn’t breath.

            1. – የከቦሮ ኣካለ-ስንኩላን – that is really good. And that befits me.

            2. – “Ras Abi learning Tigrigna? Nah, Tigrigna wenz ayashagrim”

            ምን ነው: ምን ነው: ምን ነው…… ኣረ ምን ነው ኣቢየ:: You were doing really well! What happened?

            Level two – ዓሻ-ሓማሸናይ: ሓሳዊ-ሻዕውያ: ቆማል-ዓጋመ……..ደረጃ ሳትደርስ….. እንደው: እንደው: እንደው…. በቃ: በቃ: በቃ…. በ “ሓ” ና “ዓ” ተስፋ ቆርጠህ – The grapes are sour anyway አልክ::

            ሕጂ ኢደይ ሰርካኒ.. That is beyond ለማ በገብያ (my Amharic level). Ask for translation.

            Abiye: was pleasure chatting with you. ደሓን ቀኒ

            Semere Tesfai

        • Dear Semere Tesfai,

          In your comment you told us in a very clear language that DIA is a person who does not respect and easily forgets friendship once his job is done. All the trashing and insulting you mentioned show his character. Worse still he makes a u-turn very easily. After all, the lion is mortal and vulnerable like all human beings.

          The WAR-SHIPS as a game changer; as if an armada of warships have arrived at Assab to threaten Ethiopia or make Assab a naval station for a world class naval power, is really interesting. They have come – they will stay until their job is done – they will leave, or you will be forced to kick them out, because from clients they will try to be masters. That is their character. Be sure, Ethiopia will not lose her sleep.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Horizon

            Thank you for engaging positively.

            Sorry for the late response. Koboro Junkie that I am ጓይላ ‘የ ሓዲረ – ክስዕስዕን ኮቦሮ ክወቅዕን. Twenty five years and still counting – ገና ታሃነይ አየውጻእኩን 🙂 Hard to believe, isn’t it.

            Now back to business.

            1. – “DIA is a person who does not respect friendship…. and who makes a u-turn very easily.”

            I beg to differ. On this one, he had only to choices (a) to drown willingly (b) to ask for a life jacket. He chose to live. And I don’t blame him for that. Regarding other flip-flops, I’m all ears.

            2. – “They have come – they will stay until their job is done – they will leave, or you will be forced to kick them out, because from clients they will try to be masters.”

            Horizon, we’re rational people and rational people don’t think that way. You see, to live to see another day is job one. Then comes worrying about today’s “clients becoming tomorrows masters”.

            3. – “Be sure, Ethiopia will not lose her sleep.”

            I take your word for it. And I hope you mean it. But for sure we got you thinking, and thinking very, very hard – so hard, the Addis bigwigs and their gun-toting ነፍጠኖች (elite) are talking about it.

            Anyway, happy independence day for you and all Ethiopians. I suppose, in a week or so, Ethiopians of all colors and stripes will be celebrating independence day as well – independence from Eritrea and independence from the tyrannical rule of the Amaras. Enjoy it!

            Semere Tesfai

        • A.Osman

          Dear Semere,

          You seem to suggest the opposition are falling on the same trap that DIA fell in the past. By your reading both DIA and oppositions based in Ethiopia are backstabbers. Credit to Weyane, of course.

          If the opposition were to avoid such a trap, what would be your suggestion as Sudan is a no go place at this time.

          Regards
          AOsman

    • Dear Mr. K.H.,

      What is it exactly the Eritrean Oppositions want and Ethiopia is not giving, unless of course they want Ethiopia to do all the work for them? It is mind boggling and difficult to understand how is it possible the Ethiopian government can control them, while they have other choices, as you well said. Is it possible that it can tell them how to depose the dictator, or what to make of the government they are going to form? I think that what is asked of them is to unite to be effective, nothing more.
      I will appreciate a lot if you (or anybody else) know more on this topic.
      Thank you.

      • Peace!

        Dear Horizon,

        There is nothing mind boggling here. TPLF itself was born, fed, clothed, trained, armed, educated in Eritrea by Eritrean people.

        Peace!

        • Abi

          Hi peace
          “Habtam mehayim yedhoch feTari yehone yimeslewal.”

          • Peace!

            Abish,

            It is “የኣደባባይ ምስጥር” no point arguing on that.

            Peace!

          • Kokhob Selam

            Abye,

            ኣንተ ደግሞ: ለነገሩ ድሃውስ ሃብታሙ የፍጠረው ይመሰለው የለ !! ድሃ መሆን እኮ ሃጥያትም ነው :: ፈገግ ግ በልልኝ :-

        • Dear Peace,

          If what you said is all they demand from the Ethiopian government, which it can easily provide, or they can get them by themselves, or from somewhere else; why then the complaint?

          • Peace!

            Dear Horizon,

            No one should be complaining, I totally agree. It is just the abusive relationship our oppositions in with TPLF. What’s even ironic is that it is not a secret Weyane is more interested to engage PFDJ than that the opposition groups.

            Peace!

          • Abi

            Hi Peace
            You are asking too much. How do you expect ” weyane ” to engage with the opposition parties if they are not willing to engage each other?
            Besides, it is easier and hopefully productive to engage PFDJ than this former back stabbing specialists.
            It is amazing to see how far PIA is ahead of them.

          • Peace!

            Abish,

            I am afraid you might be right. Eighteen years of abusive relationship is too long not to even think of your partner might be sleeping with someone else. Hey! don’t give credit to PIA; it is the ARABS blessing:)

            Peace!

    • Peace!

      Dear KH,

      I agree. ወያነ ዝኣመነ ማይ ዝሓቖነ ሓደ እዩ። what do you expect from a backstabber TPLF. It doesn’t even have a mercy to its own citizens: it is engaged in sucking blood, looting lands, killing peacefull protesters, jailing journalists just to hold on to power. Imagine 6 million people holding 86 million hostages and you and your likes do not seem to have a problem with that. What a shame!!

      Peace!

      • Yoty Topy

        Hi Peace,

        I know you meant to disparage EPRDF when you said :

        ‘ወያነ ዝኣመነ ማይ ዝሓቖነ ሓደ እዩ። ‘

        That , my friend , is what they refer as ; ‘No friends; No enemies but common interests’ in international relations , espoused by the British foreign office for over 5 centuries.

        • Peace!

          Hi Toty Topy,

          No. I meant to disparage TPLF, not EPRDF, no reason to include sellout and puppets. TPLF runs the country; therefore, blame and credit should be directed to that entity. The rest, very unfortunate.

          Peace!

          • Yoty Topy

            Hi Peace,

            Be that as it may, I think the more apt prognosis is:

            የናቁት ያስረግዛል!

          • Peace!

            Hi YT,

            Not that easy. You are undermining the man holding the steering wheel. People with balls are not qualified for that position.

            Peace!

      • Nitricc

        Hey peace; happy independence day! I hope my post won’t get deleted for mentioning the happy independence day. anyway, no worries TPLF will die with the end of term of Obama. can you imagine what will happen to the beggars when the GOP presidential hopeful becomes the president of the USA? so, the only reason for TPLF to last this long due to the protection and charity of corrupted Obama administration. once Obama is gone so are they.

    • Eyob Medhane

      Kim,

      You are right… Zim bilo ende tyater mayet nw.. 🙂

      • Peace!

        Abish,

        Yap! እዚህ ይሻለሀል. The one at Admas University can be too graphic for you.

        Peace!

      • Kim Hanna

        Selam Eyob,
        .
        Good to hear from you.
        I wonder if you have seen our SAAY lately anywhere? I thought he was moonlighting at the Warriors bench consulting or something. I hope he was not advising last Sunday in that HISTORICAL debacle in Oklahoma.
        .
        Mr. K.H

        • Eyob Medhane

          Kim,

          Good to hear from you, too..What debacle in Oklahoma? Share, share please…Sal is vacationing in remote island and the word is, when he comes back he plans to come back with something bigger and younger.. 🙂

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Eyob,
            .
            Golden State Warriors lost 133 to 105 in basketball game 3. Game 4 is tonight on TNT in the west.
            .
            Mr. K.H

        • Nitricc

          Hey KH; lol what you have done now! SAAY will come out from his hiding firing in all directions. lol I hope he is alright though; i miss him very much. this web site is not the same without the great SAAY.
          anyway; I am pleasantly surprised by Oklahoma’s poise and determination. i didn’t not see it coming. the warriors are resorting in to kicking and dirty plays while the corrupted NBA is looking the other way. i will love to see Cleveland and Oklahoma city in the finales. I am saving my take till the warriors are defeated and bring it down on SAAY with some flavor. regarding your toothless defense of the dead weyane; well they are dead,sorry i have to breaking it like that.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Nitricc,
            .
            Don’t celebrate the Warriors demise yet, they will be back. I don’t know why but I always thought of Nitrric as being the only Eritrean who is dressed up in cowboy boots and a big cowboy hat sitting in Oklahoma City bar. Now I think your partiality to Oklahoma confirmed it. Oh, BTW the cowboy is missing one front tooth. It all makes sense now.
            .
            The weyane deal of being dead is news to me. I just read here, today, from one of your closest friends that they are running Ethiopia and the Horn against all odds. You better talk to him. In my opinion both of you are wrong.
            .
            Mr. K.H

      • Abi

        Hi Eyobe
        This theater is produced and directed by a fifth grader somewhere in mekele for ” yewelajoch qen”.

  • Mehari the ferrari

    ኣጆኹም ህዝብና ከምቲ ግብጻውያን መንእሰያት ፣ንሑሴን ሙባረኽ ብፌስ ቡክ ዝስዓርዎ ንሕና ኤርትራውያን እውን ንህግደፍ ብጸርፍን መርገምን ክንስዕሮ ንኽእል ኢና፣ ባባ ኢሳያስ ንወያነን ኢህወደግን ስዒሩ እንድሕር ናብታ ብውሽጢ ውሽጢ ዝተቓለሰላ ኢትዮጵያ እንድሕር መሪሕዋ ድማ ካብ ሕጂ ኣምሓርኛ ንላመድ።ዋው

  • Peace!

    Abish,

    No reason to blame the Ethiopian government for playing politics to serve its own interests, that would be totally absurd no matter how disappointing it may be to its neighbors. I totally understand that, but ወዳጅ ለመቸ ነው የሚባል ነገር ኣለ ኣንተ እንደምትለው ሲጨንቅህ otherwise admitting a couple students to unknown university, paying for airfare and lounging for selected opposition representatives and facilitating endless conferences have produced a plain betrayal. The ironic is that people are acting as if this was not coming. Sad!

    *** Thank you for the unsolicited advice, and dont worry about the house being dirty just keep looking for dabo and then we will find you a clean house to enjoy it.

    Peace!

    • Abi

      Hi Peace
      Let’s not mix those in the “Unknown Universities ” with the politicians with paid lodgings. The politicians can go anywhere and organized themselves. Places like Cairo or any Arab land. I don’t understand what they are doing in my country. They are shameless , subhuman who bled us for many years. Hell is where they belong. You don’t go back to a country you betrayed no matter what. Find a different place.
      The students in the unknown universities are not there because of their choice. They were forced to leave their country. They are victims of the useless politicians who are begging in Ethiopia now.
      I’m sure the students are grateful for the opportunity to attend the unknown universities.
      Peace, I don’t need a clean house to eat my dabo. Thank you.

  • Peace!

    Dear All,

    ኣይበልናኩምዶ !!

    It is now official that the Ethiopian government is not interested on stable and democratic Eritrea, but instead it wishes Eritrea to become a junior partner, and not surprisingly the brain washed pro union leftovers are ready for deployment after years of intensive weyane Cadre School.

    It is a great opportunity for those who have been defending Ethiopian role for years like Amanuel Hidrat, Gezae Hagos to utilize their connection and make a difference otherwise apology should be in order.

    Peace!

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Ahlen Peace,

      How many times did I tell you that either be an altetnative or stop complaining for those who tried their best. I have not seen any tangible effort on your side except complaining on the regime and the oppositions, more so to the opposition by the way. No changes by complaining and whining, except by engaging or becoming an alternative.

      • Peace!

        Ahlen Ema,

        Not complaining at all! I simply pointed out that the path you and others have been vouching for has just hit a dead-end. Now, help me out here: who do you think we should hold accountable for turning the opposition camp into political red light district? And What’s next? Create another six group?

        Peace!

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Merhaba Peace,

          Again the political organizations are fighting for their own rights in the Eritrean politics. They do not represent either to you or to the Eritrean people. Because they raised their voice against the regime does not mean they represent the Eritrean people. They are only accountable to their members and not to the Eritrran people, at least until the Eritrean people follow them and contribute financial support for their success. So when you ask accoutability from them, you have to know on what bases.

          Second you are getting one side information as to the friction of the political organizations. You better do your homework to find out the fact from both sides in order to make an informed judgements.

          Third you always criticize the incompetence of the organizations that reside in Ethiopia. What happen to the organizations who resides outside Ethiopia. Don ‘t you question them of not producing anything tangible in their political engagement?

          When you ask accountabilities, it is only limited for those who believe they represent them. Know your limits unless you give them responsibilities to represent you.

          Regards
          Amanuel Hidrat

          • Peace!

            Ahlen Ema,

            My bad! I thought all groups represent all ደለይቲ ፍትሒ, but I could be wrong, so one has to be a member, make financial contribution in order to have the privilege to question accountability. I didn’t know that too.

            On the other thing you said: “Second you are getting one side information as to the friction of the political organizations. You better do your homework to find out the fact from both sides in order to make an informed judgements.” What do you mean “from both sides” if you think the story is not complete, would you mind sharing what’s missing? And which side Gedab news represents?

            Waiting to hear from you…..

            Peace!

  • Hope

    GEDAB NEWS:
    We all know the truth behind the division and please,do NOT insult the Intelligence. and act as if as if you have no clue about this and that.
    Tell us as to what the confrontation is all about and what the differences are!
    Tell us also as to who is behind the disagreement and confrontation.
    Did they say “Eritrean History”?
    There is ONLY one history ;and that is that Eritrea became independent legitimately after 30 years of bloodshed for a Legitimate Self-Determination.
    Why are you hiding the public secret behind the motive of the RSADO and the DMLEK?
    There are indeed Pro-Unionist Parties within the six parties,not only Secessionist Movements.
    Yes,indeed,PIA is right that there is no such thing called Opposition.
    The only history we have to make now is to make the Constitutional Governance a REALITY by hook or crook.That is Phase II of our struggle to achieve Freedom and Democracy – Equal Social Justice for all Eritreans under one and inclusive Constitution.
    Beyond that,let the so called Opposition go to HELL if that is the kind of Opposition we have.

  • Zengi Haqi

    [from the moderator: begin your comment with salutation]

    It is weird how you presented the ‘entities’ to the reader. The six, the two, the four, the fifteen, without explaining who is who. why do you choose to be opaque?

    • Entertaining

      Selam brother Zengi Haqi!
      It is so funny how hard they tried to hide who those “the six”, “the two”, “the four” and ” the fifth” are. Gedab so scare to reveal the identities of those numbers? Come out Gedab, admit it, if not all, most of those fake opposition made in Mekele and Addis Ababa are unionist, and the public is well aware of their childish intention.

      • Saleh Johar

        Hello, Entertaining,

        A news item is not a classroom attendance list. Those who follow know who the parties are, those who do not know and want to know can do a little research and know. I hope you are not suggesting listing the 21 names of the organization in a news item? But you hinting that Gedab News is afraid of naming them is “entertaining” and a testimony that you do not know Gedab or its record. Fear is the last thing in this website, please, kindly acknowledge that.

        Your bonus is here: we will give you the names of 15, I don’t have the list with the correct names of the rest:
        Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF), Hussein Khelifa
        Eritrean People Democratic Party (EPDP), Menghisteab Asmerom
        Eritrean Peoples’ Movement (EPM), Dr. Tesfai Sebhatu
        Democratic Front for Eritrean Unity (Sagem), Jemal Saleh
        Eritrean National Salvation Front* (ENSF), Ogbazghi Debus
        Eritrean National Salvation Front* (ENSF), Dr. Habte Tesfamariam
        Eritrean Nahda Party (ENP), Abdulrahman Taha
        Eritrean Federal Democratic Party (1) (EFDM), Bashir Ishaq
        Democratic Mov’t for the Liberation of Eritrean Kunama (DMLEK), Kornelios Osman
        Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO), Ibrahim Harun
        Eritrean Islamic Islah Movement (Islah), Adem Ismail
        Eritrean Islamic Congress(EIC), Abdella Hamid
        Eritrean Islamic Party for Justice & Development (EIPJD), Saleh Mohamed Osman
        *Eritrean Unity for Democratic Change (EUDC), Yohannes Asmelash
        *Eritrean Youth Solidarity for National Salvation (EYSNS), Tesfu Atsbeha

        • DZ

          Intersting! Aware doesn’t know the correct names of 6 (Eritrean?) opposition groups. It seems that the whole idea of opposition, the website they have used for years, and the overall scheme to disturb the peace in Eritrea is coming close to an end.
          I am interested in purchasing the “awate or aware.com” name for USEFUL purpose. Would you please let me know before someone else takes it.
          Thanks in advance!

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