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Sudan: Al Bashir Wins Election As Expected

On Monday, the election commission of Sudan announced the victory of Sudanese incumbent present Hassen Omer AlBashir and his National Congress Party (NCP).

The victory of AlBashir was expected since  election started on April 13.

In a press conference, Mukhtar Al-Assam, the chief of the election commission declared that AlBashir won 94.5% of the total cast ballots, which translates to 5 million votes for AlBashir out  of the total 5.5 million votes. AlBashir’s NCP now controls 76% of the 426 seat parliament.

Fadil Shuaib of the Federal Truth Party came next to AlBashir winning 1.4% of the votes.

According to the election commission, only 46% of the 13 million voters cast their votes. The Sudanese election was boycotted by most opposition parties.

African Union observers estimated the turnout around 33%.

In Khartoum, the ruling party’s headquarters witnessed a festive mood with AlBashir’s supporters partying and waving national flags.

According to Gedab News reporter, “only about two thousand people partied while 54%, or 7 million voters, boycotted the election.”

In his victory speech, Sudan mocked his Diaspora opposition by thanking them for the gift they send him: 200 vehicles with their full military gear. His government claimed it has seized the vehicles in its battles with Sudanese rebels.

In a joint statement issued by the USA, UK and Norway, the Troika described the Sudanese election as illegitimate.

Several regions of Sudan are marred by wars and the 71-year-old Al Bashir is not expected to change his approach in trying to resolve the national problems militarily.

The government has been battling rebels in Darfur for the last 12 years and fighting more insurgencies in the Blue Nile state and in Kurdufan since 2011.

There is also a brewing political crisis in Eastern Sudan over power sharing. Eastern Sudan’s Kassala and Port Sudan regions share 605 kilometers long border with Eritrea.

Nearly half the Sudanese population of 37 million live in poverty while unemployment is rampant in the cities.

Related reading:
Omer AlBashir Wins “The Sudanese Election” (April 16, 2015)

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  • sarah ogbay

    Good morning guys,
    Every day I visit this website about 8-10 times, hoping that the great minds in this forum might have come with some sensible discussions on what is happening to Eritreans in particular and east Africans in general. I am dissapointed that what I find is only chit chat and small talk among a small group of people. Cinisism, belittling, humorless ‘humor’, ….. What happened to this forum? Is it being hijacked from under our feet?

    • tes

      Dear Dr. Sara,

      I am sorry to say but it is better if you come to say what you have in your mind instead of reading others mind and get disappointed.

      I want to tell you this, you will not be disappointed if you share with us on what you have instead of waiting others to share with you what they have.

      Another thing, I am reading you getting hopeless. Doctor, get enough energy if not you will go to the Never Land soon.

      With atmost respect

      tes

      • Abi

        Hi Tes
        I usually ignore your arrogance towards others.
        Let me tell you buddy, you should be the last person to respond to Kibirt Dr Sarah the way you responded. Where is your respect ? You should be ashamed. She was looking for a good debate not your kind of arrogance packed nonsense.
        If I were you , I would apologize ASAP.

        • tes

          Dear Abi,

          I know for which part of mine you usually ignore and for which part you jump in and react. Remember, I am not an aopologist for hopeless who live in the Never Land. Rather, I try to pull them out. I did this to Amanuel Hidrat and I am doing this to Dr. Sara. I know that you are happy when Eritreans live in the Never Land, I know it.

          tes

          • Abi

            Hi Tes
            It is funny you like to mention Never Land. I tell you majority of eritreans thought eritrea will be like that fictional place. You told us you will be like this or that. You made Peter Pan jealous. The good thing is there are people like you ( the thinker boys) who guided the lost souls ( like Ato Amanuel and now Dr Sarah) to reality . As to me , I like to shut the doors to never land so that those liberated by you never go back. I hope I’m clear on this.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Abi,

            Hope is not all lost. If we have ended up with good leader and that of good government, Eritrea would have a lot more going. If Eritreans dream about making their country like that of Singapore, as long as it’s not at the expense of others, like it’s neighbours Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti but instead of hard work and respecting others, I think it’s good for Eritrea and it would have been good for the neighbours. It’s all possilbe, it just required a committed leader and government.

            In the 90 economist were talking about the Tigers (S. Korea, Taiwan etc), in the 2000 they were talking about the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and now the are talking about PINS (Philipines, Indonesia, Nigeria and Ethiopia). What did Ethiopia have today that it didn’t have 30 years, or 50 years ago. It’s not like it discovered Diamond, Oil or Gold. Basically it’s got better government which is committed to fight poverty and making that it’s priority, this I think needs to be credited to the late PMMZ. As an Eritrean, I personally and I am sure many others like the success story of Ethiopia and I can tell you I hope they continue to do well. Because a well off Ethiopia in short or long term, is better for Eritrea.

            So what good is going for Eritrea.

            I know a lot of Eritreans and Ethiopias think, Ethiopia use of Eritrea ports would be the ONLY viable economic means for Eritrea. This may be true to some degree, and Ethiopia has proved (for all those Eritrean who think the same), it’s able to grow and progress with out using Eritrea’s ports. So a lesson for us Eritreans is, the longer we don’t make a peaceful deal with Ethiopia, the more they forget about our ports and they become invaluable to them, and they continue to develop other means, such as Kenaya, Somalia beside Djibouti.

            You see, you focus too much on the government of Isayas Afeworki and his cronies but Eritrea has a lot going for it.

            Tourism:
            Look around the coast Red Sea. Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya…. On the other side you have Israel, Soudi Arabia, Yemen… I have not been to all those coutries, but I think the beauty of Eritrean high lands (Asmara) and the beautify of Massawa and waters are a match made in heaven. And NOT to mention the peace loving, Eritrean people. I challenge you, if you are an Ethiopian who want to go to honey moon, a more suitable place to visit and go on vacation in the region. You go to Europe good luck if you can find visa, you go to the middle east, you will be treated second class citizens.

            Partnering with Ethiopian Airlines, I think it doesn’t take too long to change Eritrea a tourist heaven same as those in Southern Europe and mediterania popular toursit destination.

            Not of for Ethiopias but I think for the entire African Continent. Off course this will open business opportuntiy for a lot Eritreans and a lot of Ethiopians as well, if they wish who can come, work and invest in Eritrea.

            The Ethiopians that are getting rich, we wanted them to come and invest in Eritrea, open resorts, hotel etc..

            We don’t have enough water and power. And Ethiopia has plenty (will have plety) and it can export to Eritrea and make the resourts in Massawa air conditioned.

            This is just ONE example and I am sure if we look hard enough, there are many, many more opportunities. I do NOT see our economies and our countries rivary and computition (except on sports) but rather complement each other in a lot of ways.

            Berhe

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Brother Berhe,
            Well said. Once peace reins in the area, there is no limit how far the regional economic progress will expand. You have highlighted the starting points nicely. Especially the Eritrean and Ethiopian need of each other is so obvious that even a handful of high school students from both sides could draft the details of that relationship and still perform miracles as opposed to the status quo. Agreed; “Hope is not all lost.”

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Berhe
            I’m busy right now. You said it all . From your fingers to God’s ears. There is one thing I have to say here. I am the one who said ” I see eritrean air line as a subsidiary to ethiopian air lines” atleast a year ago. You can find it somewhere.
            I will try to come back later.
            Thanks

          • sara

            Dear ato-Abi
            Good day to you!, looks you are not catching up with Bloomberg news,ethiopian airlines is the 6th best airlines outside america, and eritrean airlines is changing its name to AIR ERITREA, and with this change of name it will not be possible to merge with ethi airlines. they say… airlines, airways and just air with a national carrier has complex added value to their services. any idea?

          • Saleh Johar

            Berhe,
            Your comment if full of economy, prosperity, tourism, etc. what a disappointment! You mean to say we don’t fight and spill blood? You took all the fun away. I suggest you go to sleep and dream another one. Go ahead, dream of some hate filled, gory scenario, like a true patriot.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear SJG,

            You know some times I wonder, if we can only stop thinking of our little corner and see the big picture we really do have a lot going for us. Even our history, as much as there is so much misary and war, if we look at the past few houndred years, or thousand years,…compared to all others (those old and civilized), like the British, the French, The Germans, the Spanish, the Porteguese, the Romans, the Turks, the Chinese, the Japanese, The Arabs, The Persians, the Greeks etc..

            I mean if all those can live in peace and make peace, there is really nothing for us to complain about. I am talking about Genecide, World Wars, Spanish Inquisition, Slavary, colonization etc..It really pales and really insiginificant…We have beautifuly land, beautiful people, beautiful culture, ..how hard can it be to rule over such people.

            But you are right may be I am dreaming….

            Berhe

          • saay7

            Berhe Y:

            Happy Friday. If you want to be optimistic about Eritrea, you might want to consider this gift from Professor Asmerom Legesse. Take it or leave it (for example his interpretation on the concept of justice in Eritrea vs Tigray), but his happiness is truly infectious. 20 minute video (do not share with iSem: I expect a long rant from him:)*

            https://vimeo.com/114287998

            saay

            * yes I know iSem; the documentary is part of PFDJ propaganda series…so give it to me:)

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello and welcome back Brother Saay,
            I had two predications for Eritrea as early as the mid 1990s.
            1. Eritrea will be the first nation on Earth that will have no police.
            2. Eritrean foot ball team will be the best team in Africa in one generation.
            I am glad to know that Professor Asmerom almost agrees with one of them.
            I liked his welcoming gesture and his explanation about land ownership.

          • Semere Andom

            Dear Sal
            Friends prove friends right so I will by this no so long rant 🙂
            “I am an Eritrean I am an Eritrean, I yelled when I heard colleagues marvelled at EPLF’s military genius.”, “min alqael wo man almunassab?”
            I like to compare apples to apples so Palestinian intellectual, the father of Orientalism, Edward Said, who refused to shake Arraft’s hand after the later screwed comes to mind
            About Laws.: he has a point as Eritrean without PFDJ would be more law abiding, but historical the country was no different that Tigray, you revenge the death of your loved one,the mightiest wins, that is why the society prefers boys to girls both for economic and safety reasons, a society of laws does not need men to protect it. So Harvad should be cringing . Ghedli’s goals was also to eradicate the banditry, the rule of the strongest. The movie that many are excited about, “Meloney” is an epitome of lawlessness , when a man asks the hand of a beauty and the father refused the groom to be took to banditry.
            On Land Issue: Ask the ghost of Seyoum Harestai, but PFDJ/EPLF messed it up and the people are not happy about it, in 1994 when PFDJ declared the land belongs to government, it literally stole it as it did not pay for its rightful owner and the Harvard student is praising it as if it was splitting the atom. PFDJ does not even issue proper land ownership. We know the land issue is messed up and no Eritrean academician has studied it, yet the anthropologist praised it.
            I am not sure where Professor Legesse taught but he cannot/would not say what he was telling Eritreans to his American students, that is praise the government that stole the land that generation of Eritrean owned and then leased or sold it to diaspora Eritreans
            Eritrea is known for many things, among them a nation that refers its citizens by their continent not as Eritreans, but it is also a nation without government and opposition and devoid honest intellectuals

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Saay,

            I attended Prof. Asmerom presentation in 2000 I think, when he was doing speaking tour, with regards to the deported, “the uprooted”.

            After the meeting the organizares and prof went for dinner, I happen to tag along and ended up seating close to him. During the conversation the topic of constitution come. I don’t want to quote him out of context, he said he went to Eritrea to study and document to custom laws “hgi endab”, but that work is on hold because of the war.

            He said in the village he is from, there is I judge “danga” whose responsibility for 7 villages. This judge knows the laws and he has to find a suitable successor to take over the role. He doesn’t have to attend his land, because he has no time as he is travelling constantly so, the village have to give / share their harvest.

            And he gave the example of Switherland, over 900 years of traditional laws and they are incorporated in their constitution.

            He believes Eritrean constitution should have included them, and he made that known to Dr. Bereket, as they are close friends. In fact both travelled together via Sudan when they went to Eritrea.

            I tried to look up when this interview is conducted and it looks recently. I can’t say Eritrea is a country of laws today, certainly not the Eritrea he is talking about. It doesn’t bury the founding fathers and made them disappear from the face of the earth. It doesn’t arrest elders, who tried to mediate as the tradition and custom dictates and imprism them and cause some to die because of the hardship.

            If he is talking about 1991 and until may be 1997, may be he has a point but not the Eritrea of the past 15 years.

            As to General Sibhat, he must have erased and destroyed all the documents he made in sewra. Because in 1994, he was in charge of something and he created so much chaos in the housing sector. He order the eviction of lots of people who use to live on a subsidy rental Keble, and returned the house to the owners. My sister happen to in Asmara at the time, and she remembers him “Eti gahmam”, he had no front teeth, come to TV and said it publicly, “men zeTreyelkum gezha kitqmwtu”.

            Derg to its credit, didn’t nationalize every homes. What they did, as part of their socialism experiment, those people who have multiple homes, were given a choice to chose 1. The rest got nationized and become part of “betoch, housing”, and made people to pay reasonable rent.

            EPLF come, first thing they did is increased rent 7 times across the board. But that is not enough, they went to collect “meHweyi gibri”, from those in diaspora and made them almost buy their own homes, who was nationalized, who they never collected any rentals from.

            In the country of laws, why would a government collect tax that it didn’t exist? And who was in charge of these, Sibhat Efrem, the suppose to be Eritrean scholar of our laws. This is just one example, and many can be said.

            Who really knows how much money Isayas Afeworki stashed outside? How can he say confidently that there will never be Mobutu in Eritrea? Who is really auditing the Eritrean government coffers?

            It’s quite a shame and outright insulting to the our intelligence if we are to believe this “social experiment”, Isayas and his cronies are doing to our culture, our languages, our traditions are good for us and worthy of a praise.

            As to the difference in laws of Eritrea and Tigray, I think it’s red hairing. There are quite a difference in the laws within Kebesa let alone, one can speak universal Eritrea. What ever difference that there is with Tigray, I see it in the same context rather than, this is in Eritrea and this is in Tigray/ Ethiopia. As much as there are a lot of difference I am sure there are a lot of similarities, for example between Eritrean highland and Tigray rather than Eritrean lowlands. By the same measure, I guess there are a lot of similarities between lowland and eastern Sudan.

            This narration and focus of, we are Eritreans and are different than Ethiopia/Tigray, I give no value anymore. Eritrea deserve to be a country because the colonial powered said so, and the union we tried with Ethiopa didn’t really suit us and we made a choice to severe the union.

            As far as iSem goes, if you only knew how much love that he has for the country, the people and the culture.

            Back in the 80s, he was one of the editors of a student news letter and they wanted a title and few peole were tasked to come with a name which is, unique, unifying and peaceful. .And each candidate has to explain why their choice is best to the panel.

            He chose a name and it was chosen. I don’t want to spoil the fun, and if he is in mood he can tell you.

            And I understand his pessimism when it comes to ghedli and particularly with EPLF and PFDJ and their social experiment.

            I come to personally believe that, PFDJ under Isayas leadership is a danger to our exitistace. If they continue, they way they do today, soon the regime will become synonymous with Khmer Rouge and pot pot.

            The professor as suppose to be an intellectual gradians if the people, instead of becoming propaganda machine and sugar coat the actions of a regime toxic to his own people.

            Berhe

          • Rahwa T

            Dear Berhe Y and Semere T

            I was almost boiling after I finished listening the interview and wanted to forward my feeling but failed to do so in time. I never expect elders and distinguished Professors would preach hate and magnify minor cultural and historical differences to convince foreigners. Thank you very much for lessening my anger and hate I developed towards the Professor. I will borrow Fanti Ghana’s blessing phrases to thank you both.

            May your children obey you!

            May God fulfill your dreams now and ever!

            May God continue to give you the wisdom of Solomon and the patience of Job!

            Ziweldkumom birukhat zizeraekumo bizuHat yegberelkum!

            Edmen TeEnan yebzaHalkum!

            AbKidmekhum Xibuq YexnaHkum!

            Hasab libKhum yesmirelkum!

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Rahwa T:
            Amen!!
            Semere A:-)

          • teweldino

            Hi Berhe,

            Knowing what to expect from PFDJ propaganda, I wasn’t going to watch the video when it was posted by Sal. But I decided to watch it after reading your brilliant post. I was shocked to watch Prof Asmerom give totally incorrect narration of the events when EPLF entered Asmara in 1991(forward to 7:55 minutes). Prof Asmerom said: “… When the Eritrean People’s Liberation Army arrived in Asmara [on the 24th May], the Ethiopian Army had left the night before – escaped through the Western Lawlands. 65,000 of them, fully armed, fled ….” That was not what happened! Ethiopian Army did not flee the night before. How do I know? I was there!

            Here’s how it happened. The Asmara Radio was reading a non-stop announcement by the Ethiopian Second Revolutionary Army starting from around 7 O’clock in the morning of the 24th May, until around 3 – 4 pm. The announcement said that the Ethiopian army does not want to fight inside Asmara and has decided to leave Asmara without bloodshed via the Bloko Keren. They said they intended to travel to Sudan via some towns / roads I could not remember now; and asked EPLF to comply with their requests or it will be responsible for the bloodshed or something like that. The soldiers started to leave Asmara via Bloko Keren from about 8:00 am on the 24th May. The last batch of soldiers to leave Asmara reached Bloko Keren sometime after 2:00 pm. By that time some tegadelti were seen around Sembel and the first batch of tegadelti reached Bloko Keren after 3:30 pm.

            How could such distinguished professor of history get such massive event totally wrong and tell an account of something that never happened when more than half a million Asmarinos know the facts? The little respect I had for him just vanished and could not even finish the program. We don’t have to tell factually incorrect stories to show how lawful the Eritrean people are when we already have magnitude of evidence such as the written laws ሕጊ አንዳባ dating back to the 12th century. Those who want to know more about the different laws of different regions of Kebesa, please follow the link below. http://www.zaratbebat.com/%E1%89%A3%E1%88%85%E1%88%8B%E1%8B%8A-%E1%8D%8D%E1%89%B5%E1%88%92-%E1%8A%A3%E1%89%A5-%E1%88%95%E1%8B%9D%E1%89%A2-%E1%8A%A8%E1%89%A0%E1%88%B3-%E1%8A%A4%E1%88%AD%E1%89%B5%E1%88%AB-2/

            Back to May 24th. There were no shots or any loud voices while the soldiers were leaving the city in two or more files. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened to residents of Asmara if the leaders of the army did not know when to give up and agree to leave the country. Tens of thousands of residents, soldiers and tegadelit would have died, I guess. A lot of people in Asmara really appreciated the wisdom the leaders showed and discipline of the soldiers at the last hour. We see some footballers lashing out at their opponents; and some fans lashing out at other fans or property when they lose a match of football. It is amazing to see no soldier in a losing army of 60 thousand lashing out at the civilians or properties! I don’t think tegadelti ever envisaged they will control Asmara without any shots. This actually reminds of Martyr Oqbagabir’s song ምጭውቲ ኣስመራይ ክትዓንዊ ኢኺ …. (fast forward to 3:42)
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fnKf5or_L4

          • tes

            Dear teweldino,

            I also witnessed the withdrawal od Derge being in my home town. I was on my second grade at that time. My mother sent my sister and me to bring water after we finish our morning class. It was around 1:30-2:00 PM. The water well was along the road side. I was only able to carry 5 litres gallon at that time. While we were pumping water, military vehicles started to come. The first row were full of small cars. I started to count, I stil remember counting these cars loudly and reached about 200.

            Then big cars starts to come loaded with soldiers. It was then only I got terrified and run away from the road side. Probably it was around 3 pm by that time. heavy vehicles, tanks and then solidiers marching started to cross from all angles.

            Around 4 or 5, EPLF fighters started to drive along.

            tes

          • teweldino

            Hi Tes,

            Now what do you say if a “distinguished” Professor of History from Harvard engages in historical revisionism and distort historical facts witnessed by over half a million people? What is interesting is that he said he visited Asmara after 10 days of the event.

          • tes

            Dear teweldino,

            Nothing as they have way before dropped their humanity. Now they are just serving the dictator. Poor professor, he is ending his life by romantizing his 40 years research about Oromo people. He is only useful to Oromo. For us, his legacy will be very negligble. Even I am not sure if he authored a single book about Eritrean people.

            tes

          • saay7

            Berhe Y:

            I know how much Cousin Sem loves Eritrea and Eritreans: we are cousins, remember? But, you know, koryu alo and u know what happens when people are mad: they don’t think straight.

            To me, the Prof Asmerom Legesse story is not about the stories he narrates. (Remember: I said take it or leave it.). I choose not to take his interpretation of the data collection (census) was strictly so the Revolution can leverage Eritrean culture to incorporate in the revolution. (A lot of it was intelligence gathering: to demand recruits, to find out people and societies breaking points.) I choose not to take his claim that there was absolute lawfulness even during power vacuum (ummm, no, the supply depot of Adebabai, now Bahti Meskerem, where soldiers kept their blankets, sugar, grain was looted and the EPLF had to make a general announcement to the public: leave it outside your homes for pick up or else.). I choose not to take that state ownership of land was a good thing because it eliminates all land disputes (by that logic: state ownership of facilities would eliminate family disputes and…well, never mind, that is what happened.

            What I take is this: a man who has many options to make lucrative living elsewhere is saying Harkot in his land and living in the house he was born in. And I love happy warriors and he is a happy man who clearly has a lot of faith in our people and the future of our country. Unlike iSem, the Prince of Darkness 🙂

            say

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Saay,

            I am glad you don’ t give much credibility to what the Prof said. I really do not give much value, that there is a system of government in Eritrea that works and in the interest of the people of Eritrea. I think it’s a system that only cares about it’s survival which is under total control of the leader, which it’s primary focus is to subjugate the people and keep it under it’s total control no matter what the cost is to the country or the people. As the history of EPLF indicated, when they liberate and control a village their first order of business is to take over those in charge, and install their puppet gun carrying representatives and rule of the people with iron fist (BiHIm zebele YitaHagom). Way before people in the cities of Asmara and those in Diaspora become victims of extortion, they people in the villages paid for it with their children, their oxes, their harvest.

            So what ever census they do, i think it has nothing to do for the benefit of the people but rather to keep track of the people and have total control and subjugate them.

            As to what you said about “Harkot kot and he lives in the house he is born where he has much other lucrative choice”, well what can I say. It reminds me when the G13 went to meet Isayas in Asmara, what he told them was, “niskum hamberger endabelaEkum”, you are criticizing us while you are eating hamburger. I don’t know what eating hamburger has anything to do with the actual criticism. In case of the Prof, if he lives in the house he was born, that has nothing to do for the comments he made. Believe or not if you happen be a son of Uqibe Haile, I am sure living in your own house you are born in Eritrea is much better than any house you can dream of obtaining any where, unless you happen to be the prince from Dubai. But really does this give him the authority to distort the facts, and becoming a mouth piece of a regime who is hostile to it’s citizens. Since we talking about hypnotically that he would have been well off else where, how do we really know. So for example, what if he happened to be a retired professor who has negotiated a hefty pension and that he happens to live of his pension in Asmara. Does this really count harkot kot like a typical Eritrean family?

            Speaking of harkot kot, there are thousands of and thousands of Eritreans who would like to do harkot kot in their country, which the regime made it absolutely impossible. Recently I have watched a youtube video of Dr. Haile Debas (one fo the G13), who was praised for his work and how he turned around the school of medicin at UCSF. When the G13 went to Eritrea to meet the president, he read the letter to the president, as representative (elder man) of the group. In his speech he make the following commitment (I am paraphrasing), “his expertise and experiences are in health care and education, and he can resign from his current post to focus on Education and health care in Eritrea” and would like to help in what ever way that he can.

            I did public record search at the time, back in 2002 I think, his annual salary was over 400,000. And he was willing to leave that for harkot kot in Eritrea, I am sure you have lots of similar story.

            Berhe

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Berhe:
            About what IA said to the G13, he also said by directly looking at a professor , “beal niska tsibuq alekum qoeluet enda mharkum”, you have it good, you just teach kids. We heard this from the professor together, remember ?
            So IA is against education, teaching kids is the highest honor and rewarding job, so say educators.
            Brace, dawit is going to deny this:-)

          • selam

            Dear Berhe are you trying to make dergi an angel or your hate to the dictator blinded your reasonings ? I can not help a person who was on the same dinner table with the professor try to lecture us at any at any level. We are done with such people. They highjack our democracy and now they are highjacking our fight against the dictator in which they help draft his way of thinking. How about this time we are giving our land to rich people with connections. Apart for some personality all these so called doctors , professors at that time were just on the same bed with IA. Now back to the housing issues.
            I can not imagine dergi was better than EPLF , Dergi has burned our house , took our cattle , killed our fathers at short distance infront of their children. , property , what property , waw , you are funny to the ignorance of dergi. Eritrean people Choose their country not because of dergi, hailesilasie , British, turkeys. They choose it because they did not find any dignity which is fit to their needs. About the solidiers , if you know these 60 thousands were just coming from all angles of asmera and they were passing even before may 21. So there is nothing that you and your dinner members could know all about these soldiers. Whose house do you think is ok for your sister and where were the owners of that house ? All dergi korakur were using a private eritrean properties , they have to be evicted because their right owners come . About the mehweyi gbri , well all of these in the west were beating the drum to get taxed , especially these people who were in the west was clapping for IA and his regime as if he is super natural leader. About the law still all Eritrean community where ever they live in low land or high land have their own law unless IA and his cronies would love to have their way in every activity even in marriege, teskar , you name it. Most peopledo not go to police to settle their differences as they know the police is corrupt and the court is just fo3 people like you may be with connection in the garden , unless the Eritreans i mean the common man does not know court at all.

            You have to see differently between the law of the Eritrean people and the law of the dictator.

          • teweldino

            Hi Selam,

            Dergi was way better than EPLF (1991-93) / PFDJ (1994 onwarards) on civil service administrations. (Don’t get me wrong here – I am not talking about active war zone regions during war times or other regions of Eritrea. Berhe’s comment was about Asmara – not Sahel.) As for your comment: “Dergi has burned our house , took our cattle , killed our fathers ….”. PFDJ is bulldozing 10,000 recently built houses. EPLF / PFDJ took gebar’s cattle (listen to Wedi temnewo’s interviews). EPLF / PFDJ killed and are still killing our fathers / brothers / sisters / grandparents etc. Just because these people are our own, it doesn’t lessen our suffering.

          • selam

            Dear teweldino
            You are right PFDJ is bad but DERGI was also the worst in every level be it administration or any of that , may be you forget due to time. Historic events should not be twisted in order to score political points. The housing issue and other things is just not comparable. What i am saying is , do not go with current events to make some from few . Teweldino you we will never sell our idea if we are comparing two different event’s but we can hold the credibility of our courses. I am not saying buldozing is good what i am saying just ask ourselves with no one around and come to terms. I want to just stop complaining and forge alliance.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Selam,

            Sorry Couldn’t get back to you sooner. Although my objective was to respond to the video of the professor but you are making it to sound that I am saying Dergi was better then EPLF/PFDJ. Before I get into the details, the fact that you seem to deplore the dictator but at the same time, criticize anyone who oppose the PFDJ regime, I find it really funny at worst but good tactic as worst from you to try to confuse people. If you support the current regime, support it, defend it, how ever way you wanted to but do not act like you are opposing it.

            I am NOT denying that Dergi has committed mascare at Shieb in 1988. I am not denying that Dergi bombed civilians including women and children in Massawa with cluster bombs. I am not denying that it killed, arrested, tortured innocent civilians. We understood that and that’s why we (our people) decided to fight and get rid of it. What we don’t understand is, why are EPLF/ PFJD worst than, the “supposed” to be worst, Derg.

            You see Derg with all it’s atrocities, at least they write laws and they follow it, to some degree. I AM HERE on the record to Debate with you, anything good that you think of the PFJD/EPLF did since they come to power, I think DERG did it match better. Be it economy, education, health, legal system, prison system, food security, electricity, water, material needs, business or anything else you need to name. It was much better under the DERG, rather than we currently have as our OWN government.

            You see, you I mean the EPLF/PFJD see the people who use to live in country under the Derg as enemies that needs to be oppressed, even though they provided the movement with that they can, taking great risk of security and endangering themselves and their families. I don’t think the movement was able to success if it didn’t have the FREE intelligence that it was getting from the public about all the affairs of the Derg. The Eritrean people in Diaspora who supported the movement with all their means, were also threaded as some cowards who need to be black mailed and exploited. Without their crucial support, I do not think EPLF would have able to achieve and manage to survive.

            For today, I will just give you one example. So if one has completed a high school in Eritrea/Ethiopia and one wants to continue his study abroad, as long as the person has completed his “obligation” one is free to go where ever he wants and leave the country.

            Here is what a typical “obligation” was under Derg for a young person.

            – must attend those boring meeting “sibseba” and go to young “weTat sibseba”, boring meeting at kebele.
            – must attend some basic volunteer work, like conses or some sort of paper work at Kebele.

            – must report to the national service if one is called upon etc.

            Then one is free to get his paper work completed, start with kebele, keftena, etc all the way to higher education. If one has completed all and got actual visa, he gets to the bank and gets US dollars 241.50 at the local bank rate and get exchange so that when he goes abroad he is able to use the US dollars.

            You see, the Derg had lots of corrupt officals, corrupt kebele / keftena/ police adminstrators, but sooner or later, weather one provide a bribe or one have connection but most people end up getting their passport and leave the country legally, i mean by the air port, where they have their loved one “saying good by”. Certainly that my case and the case of many, many more who left Eritrea during the 80s…

            You see Derg was NOT stupid, they know the “scholar ship” were forged. They know those who leave the country, once they reach their destination, they will end up raising money for the movement, participate in demonstrations, etc and in some cases even join the movement and fight them. I do NOT believe it for a second they were stupid, but instead I think there were some with humanity, that they know it’s better that these people leave abroad rather than joining the rebels and fight them. It’s better for the young people go abroad and get education or move on with their lives rather than spending their time in the movement.

            Compare to what our young people are going today, this is considered a heaven on earth I think. The PFDJ is cruel NOT only that it treats it citizens as objects and slaves but it also wants to control their lives and make them as mesarable as possible in the event that they are able to reach a destination.

            For example, it never publishes certificate or transcript in the event that one goes abroad and manages to continue his education. Be it University, or high school diploma. The Derg on the other hand provide you, your school certificate, birth certificate, driver license and in some cases, they even give you official translated document recognized internationally.

            last time I wrote something positive about Derg and particularly when Dawit Woldegerghis was the government, Disqus ate the comments and never appeared, I hope it is not going to do the same today.

            Berhe

          • selam

            Dear berhe
            Even if you try your best to make dergi an angel , i do not buy it at all. You may find it that way but eritreans also know there were kedat deki hager. So your voice and view is non important. No one is monster than dergi. Go sell your false and other collection of dergi to his remnants. Your time has passed sir no more . We are done with dergi sympathizer.

          • Berhe Y

            I am not trying to sell Dergi to you, but I am telling you with proof that that Monster dergi was much better than the current monster that we have.

            Off course, you have no data to back it up, and no record to defend your support of the monster regime that has become our nightmare. Now he is forced to hire PR specials to sell it’s story that Eritreans are doing good.

            Offcourse it’s normal for the PFDJ to accuse people as weyane, kedaAt when they are challenged. How can be a small kedaat when the entire population what treaded the same. No body was special all got the same treatement.

            My point is, the Dergi write a rule and it followed it.

            But on the country of Isayas, all Eritreans know is “Gubeka – obligation” but never “meselaka – Your RIGHT”.

            Isayas Afewroki and his cronies have never used the word “Mesel – your right” in context of Eritrean people. But offcourse he speaks about Ethiopian people rights, Ethiopian people democracy…blah, blah…all the time.

            Berhe Y.

          • selam

            Dear berhe
            what data about what ? We have decided that dergi is evil and we drove them out. They lost badly, no more dergi.
            Now , what rules are you saying ? I have never found a person that praise dergi this far unless you are some how connected. Now i am not debating you on the mad person actions , i am debating you on the dergi monster. That he never have a rule and he does not know a rule. What prove do you want , you are angry because your sister happens to live in other peoples house and get evicted , good , she was living in another people’s house. What is dergi rule any way.Every eritrean was fighting tooth to nail and may be you with your father was hhaving fun on the dergi time. Now what is that is it mak7ng you your chiar fall. Do you think you are fighting more than me on opposing the current system ? I domy share but i also do not try to monsters like angeles like you. You are praising the murderer , genocider so i challenged you on that. I am not questioning your idiot idea , i am just destroying your root love to dergi. You want to ppraise dergi go to zimbabew. Dergi has no rule or what so ever unless you was born to kurkur dergi . I am clearly telling you that no one is maching dergi on monster things. Now go make your case about dergi .

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Selam,

            You know the point I am trying to make but you wanted to make it sound that I am supporting Derg or that I wanted Derg to come back. No far from it.

            Let me tell you this joke I heard some time ago. DIA wants to know the kind of public support he has. So he sends his spies to the churchs and mosques accross the county and he wants to know, what the people pray related to his rule.

            So where ever the spies went, they all heard ONE prayer only. And that is, asking God/Allah to end the suffering of the people and get rid of the monster IA. Exept for one Women. She was praising God to keep the leader long and grant him long life. And they relay that message to the DIA, so he wondered why and he asked them to bring to him. So he asked her, the whole country doesn’t want me and they pray day and night to see my end, but you are the only person who wanted me to stay long. And she replies..

            My son when we were under Italy we prayed to Got to get the Italians out and we got the British. Then the British become worst, than the Italians. Then we prayed to get rid of the British. The British was out and we got Haile Selassie. Haile Selassie turned out to be worst than the British. Then we prayed to get rid fo the Haile Selassie. We got rid of the Haile Selassie and we ended up with Derg. Then we prayed to get rid of the Derg. We got rid of the Derg and we go IA. Now if we keep praying to get rid of you, I am affraid that we will get someone a lot worst than you, that’s whay I am praying so that you stay longer.

            So the moral of the story is that, Dergi the worst kind that he was, is much better than IA.

            As to my sister and her story, I didn’t say that he was evicted from a home. I brought it to tell you that, she happens to be there in Eritrea at the time, went visting and she witnessed what happen to lots of people. It didn’t happen to her or her family. But just because I am telling the truth, instead of challenging my story, you are twsiting to mean that I or my family are derg members. No far from it, my father like a lot of other fathers was imprised in Derg, so I know how Derg cruel was. I use the example, because the Professor was on the record telling people that the minster (Sibhat Efrem) who was in charge of collecting Eritrean laws (apprentlyh produced 10,000 pages of documents) was in fact the minister in Eritrea at the time and evicting people out of homes without finding suitable alternatives. And he is NOT by any means deserve any praise, because his actions speak louder.

            I rest my case now, until you bring up any thing positive that you think this EPLF that needs reform did in its 24 years of history.

            Nothing but destruction…I say.

            Berhe Y.

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Berhe
            I loved the joke. If you don’t mind let me trim it a little bit.
            IA : nuro endet new ?
            Lady: kenege yishalal.
            IA : ha ha ha , tesaktolignala ?
            Lady: edmeh yirzem, kifu ayinkah
            IA: endeflagotish yihun

          • Fnote Selam

            Dear Berhe,

            If I may give my opinion here, my general policy is stay off any comparisons between two evil entities. It is simply false choice. Why do Eritreans have to compare and choose between the two? Can’t we simply say they are both bad and we want better? It just serves no good to say dergi was better than pfdj this way that way or whatever. It is pathetic conversation to have in IMHO.

            Best,

            FS.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Fnote Selam,

            Your point is well taken.

            It’s not my intention to “ndergi Tesmi kleKyom”. It come when a certain officials in the government were praised for their work and their dedication to the people. And the point of the comparison was to show that there is nothing this regime or this independent country called Eritrea done for the betterment of it’s citizens. Otherwise they keep repeating this MDG goals, opened this clinic or that clinc and people have nothing to compare it with.

            We are all mesmerized by the EPLF/PFDJ propaganda that we all believed blindly, that these bunch of people are suppose to deliver us to the promised land. And we all believed the story, the narration and we were hypnotized by the euphoria that we lost our sense of reason to ask and be cautious what may follow to our people. What even makes this really sad, our scholars those that have the privilage and access to study history of others, like Cuba, China failed to warn us what may come our if we do not keep our eyes and ears open.

            What’s worst now is, after so much time has passed and our people, lived and expedience the cruelty of these gangs, our world renowned scholars are repeating the same propaganda and trying to sell us this government and leaders are the best we deserve.

            Do you wonder sometimes why aren’t those who are associated with the regime, way after they abandon it say nothing. I am talking about Mesfin Hagos, Hibret, Haile Menkorias, Shengeb, Ali Abdu, Ambasaddor Andebrahan, Dr. Amare, on and on. No body comes out and tell the world the death fields in the country, the prisons (except 1 prison guard)….etc…Doesn’t anyone know or have inside information that they can’t tell the world..

            I know they speak but nothing comes out that tells the true story.

            Berhe

          • tes

            Dear Saay7,

            I attended his seminar in 2009 when he visited Hamelmalo Agricultural College; The speech he gave us was exactly what he is saying now.

            I have learned another good lesson from him about Saho people and their rich culture on bee-keeping. Based on his lecture, I wrote for my MSc case study about Saho bee-keeping and how to develop it through international system, geographically protected food products. My paper is on academia though it needs further work.

            To come to his point:

            On the land tenure system that existed before, what professor Legesse missed has not mentioned is that, the people were the sole owners of the land. No governer owned it though some feudal leaders used to collect tax, gbri, in which gebaray is derived from.

            PFDJ destroyed the land tenure system that existed and grapped the land from the people. Before, the people were the users, owners and administrators of their own land but today the people only have a right to use it. They don’t have any rights of ownership and power to administer.

            Therefore, professor Legesse should also continue to study what damage has being done when PFDJ grapped the land through his 1994 reclamation. If not his scholarly contribution will be remembered as one that served dictators by ignoring justice to his own people.

            tes

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam tes,
            .
            You and others have made points about the current land tenure system in Eritrea. Eritrea was part of Ethiopia when the Derg nationalized land all land. City dwellers as well lost all but their homes. I am assuming the same thing happened in Eritrea. Just like EPRDF took what was prepared for them and continued with the same arrangement with minor modifications. EPLF of Eritrea adopted the land proclamation with some minor adjustments and moved on. I believe Derg did a major favor for EPRDF and EPLF with this sensitive land issue.
            .
            Am I wrong in my assumptions or did EPLF changed materially the ownership of land in Eritrea since they took over?
            .
            K.H

          • tes

            Dear Kim Hanna,

            EPRDF and PFDJ being of marxists, they can not change what Derge established. They are ok with his system. But Eritrean case is different.

            EPRDF fought to remove dictatorial regime and they had similar ideology except on dictatorship issue.

            EPLF fought to return back the land annexed by Ethiopia. The people fought to be the owner of his own land. All peasants and farmers who joined the revolution were in order to be the sole owners of their land. They were preached day and night, with Ethiopian occupation, no farmer has his own right. If the objective of EPLF was to nationalize the land, I am sure no one could have joined them. Rather, they could accept Ethiopian occupation and obey the rules.

            Nevertheless, Eritreans fought for their own land. Remember, Ethiopian war mongers were not interested to administer Eritrean people. They didn’t want the people but the land. Had Ethiopian war mongers preached for peace, mutual respect, brotherhood, equity, and prosperity, Eritreans might have stayed at least at federal level.

            But, Ethiopian war mongers were thirsty of the land only. They didn’t hesitate to wipe-out villages. Against this, Eritreans stood first and foremost for their land. The land is saved by blood.

            On the other hand, PFDJ occupied the land without blood. Once Eritreans said, enough is enough for blood-sheding, PFDJ calculated smartly and declared the land to be owned by the state. Actually, there is no difference between Ethiopian occupation of Eritrea and PFDJ occupation. Both are only interested on the land.

            Eritreans as people had their own system of administering land. Each village knowns knows its wland. Some used to practice rotation system for the farmland and others not but the without agricultural practice is owned as common property and used for grazing. For villages and housing construction, the people had an absolute power and divide on need base. Normally, any village member after he gets married, receives a piece of land and can build his house.

            After PFDJ occupation, these ancient land management system are totally destroyed. Married people have to wait till the junta allows. Most, waited for 20 years by now.

            on the other hand, PFDJ has absolute right to build what ever he wants, an exact copy of what Ethiopian leaders were doing before.

            Hence, Ethiopia and Eritrea have different scenarios in this regard. EPRDF didn’t grap land but continued to administer what had been already grabbed by Derge. EPLF removed those who grabbed land but PFDJ grabbed the land. EPLF was the liberator but PFDJ is the occupier. EPRDF has just remained as administrator.

            Hope now you got the difference. If you are not satisfied, I have more Marxists-Leninist tools to proof in detail.

            tes

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Prof. Tes,

            “They didn’t want the people but the land ..”
            Brother Tes, please don’t remind me. This is one of several blunders I try to forget.
            The greatest crime our governments committed against us was hiding the truth about the Eritrean people’s struggle and its causes. You see, if I tell you that “I saw a man sitting on a coach smoking a cigar” you may not think about it except for its stated value. But if I add “while his neighbor’s house was ablaze” then your entire perspective changes. That was what was done to us. Denied the second phrase. In its place we were fed two things as an explanation for your struggle:
            1) Eritreans desire to be Arabs
            2) Arab’s grand plan to stifle Ethiopia
            The rest is history.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Fanti,
            .
            I was asking tes, since he emigrated recently, as to the status of land ownership in Eritrea.
            As far as you know, is there any difference in terms of land ownership by the state? I don’t know if there was modification or specific changes (rural or city property) the Eritrean Gov. made after independence.
            .
            K.H

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Kim,
            As you said the source of those ideas was/is the same. Besides the obvious socialist mentality of that era the main two reasons were 1) to prevent a handful of rich people hording vast amounts of land and then put the poor farmer in servitude for life, and 2) to discourage the poor/small farmers from selling their land in time of drought and migrate to the cities. I am sure Tes knows more than I do on what happened after independence, but from what I learned from some of my friends who went back to Asmara to buy condominiums, the process sound very much the same.

          • tes

            Dear Kim Hanna,

            I thought that I answered your question in my first lines. In case you miss, here it is:

            “EPRDF and PFDJ being of marxists, they can not change what Derge established. They are ok with his system.”

            The difference I did was:

            EPRDF continued to administer what is left by Derge while PFDJ grapped the land. I said this because Eritrean aspiration to join the armed struggle was mainly to be the owners of their own land and to have absolute freedom to do what ever they want. Eritreans thought 1991 brought their dreams but 1994 jijacked that long standing dream.

            tes

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam tes,
            .
            Yes you did, I got it.
            The pros and cons of ownership of land by state or private individuals is one of those big topics to be discussed in the future, I am sure.
            Please read Fanti Ghana’s response to me below as to the main reasons given in favor of the state ownership of the land.
            .
            Perhaps for both countries at this stage of their development, Socialist/Marxists or not it may not be a bad idea.
            I am not a fan of the Derg. In my opinion, one of the two critical achievements of the Derg era was its proclamation of ownership of land by state and reversing Somalia’s invasion of Ethiopia.
            The private ownership of land was abolished by Derg and brutally enforced breaking centuries old system, a no small task.
            Now, I don’t want you and selam to gang up on me to say I am a fan of the Derg, I am not, period.
            .
            K.H

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam tes,
            .
            Thanks for the reply.
            Each, EPRDF and EPLF took all the steps that was needed to get to power. Each of them came in with their own evolving agenda.
            .
            At the end of it all, today in 2015, there is no private property or land ownership in either country.
            You cannot buy or sell farmland in rural areas. You cannot sell the land your house is sitting on, because in both countries land belongs to the state. You can lease it but not own it to sell or leave it to your heirs.
            That is what I am getting from your post. It seems to me you are trying hard to highlight the differences but what I see is the similarities due to the common origin.
            .
            K.H

          • Abi

            Hi Kim
            Did you really understand what Tes was trying to say. I tried, really. So many conflicting points . Where did you learn Latin?

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Abi,
            .
            Latin. Latin? Oh, you don’t understand French, eh?
            .
            K.H

          • Abi

            Hi Kim
            Eway! Was that French? I didn’t know. The good thing is you are always available to translate.
            Hey, ” ekek yeseTe Tifir aynesam “

          • Saleh Johar

            Berhe,
            I have no problem with your dream, I was just bringing to your attention that your dream needs to include some bloodshed to satisfy the war constituency. Just like you dream of peace, they dream of war. Be fair to them 🙂

            As for the beauty of Eritrea and Eritreans, only who do not appreciate that are the problem.

          • sara

            Dear amee-saleh,
            wasee sedrek sheweya, honestly i do not have much to comment (contribute) to the discussion i only want to tell you i loghed (sheweya) with the way you replied to berhe , not that it was funny but i imagined what followed after you wrote that piece. i hope your marlboro-shahee was nearby.
            with respect.

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Abi,
          we have few educated people comparing other nations and the fast development of our world and again among few we have very few like that Dr.Sara who are watching the case of their nation like their own – thinking day and night what to do to put things in order. and yes you are really right we should apologize for not doing go debates, debates that we can benefit from.

      • sarah ogbay

        Dear Tes
        Greeting. You read my comments and responded, what would be wrong if i read others’ comment.
        Reading and listening are better than speaking and writing as one keeps learning. And don’t some poeple call this website ‘awate university’?
        Tes, if you read i am getting hopeless, you read wrong. We Eritrean women, do not go to the Never Land easily; otherwise all of us would already have been there considering what is happening to our young children in particular and to our people in general. I won’t go there because awate.com descended into unproductive chit chat. NO.
        I hope you won’t respond to this. I don’t want to go where I have been complaining about- unproductive chit chat/arguement.

        • tes

          Dear Dr. Sara,

          First of all, I didn’t just read your comments and responded. I am here always, I read others, I debate; discuss, bring some ideas; challenge and most of the time react. I don’t visit Awate University to complain and beliitle grossly.

          You belittled all opposition group recently and now you called this room “unproductive”. Are you then simply readings and listening?

          Dr. Sara, you are not reading and listening inorder to contribute but to pass your judgments. And I respect your judgements but such conclusions usually come from people who live in the Never Land.

          Again, I am waiting your positive role to change this “unproductive room – to use your own words” into a productive one as I believe you have the capacity to do so. I will wait you to teach us on how to productive dear Dr. Sara.

          Dear Dr. Sara, the sad part of our discourse is that there are many people who belittle our struggle. Those zho encourage are usually few. I am reading you to be with the former very often.

          With Respect

          tes

        • Sarah Ogbay

          Dear Moderator,
          I would not have visited this website, if I did not have respect for it. It has been one of websites I put my hope and trust in in terms of steering Eritrean Politics and dialogue towards the right direction. It is just that these days with what is going around, it looks like many in this forum have gone into bashing each other’s comments and personalities. I am only looking for some decent, constructive and matured discussions to learn from.

          • tes

            Dear Dr. Sara,

            In fact, it because of our respect that we are all here hence we share the same with you. Even the PFDJites who visit her is because of respect.

            Dr; Sara, it is wisdom if you protect for the one you respect instead of belittling it.

            If you are reading recently this room to be unproductive, make it productive.

            If you are reading all the opposition to be useless, be usefull. You can not stay away and pass your judgements. You are already within the pot.

            Let me construct this simple logic(deductive reasoning) – from your analogue:

            1. The opposition is useless.
            Dr. Sara is member of the opposition part.

            Therefore, Dr. Sara is useless.

            2. Awate University is unproductive.
            Dr. Sara is visitor of Awate University.

            Therefore, Dr. Sara is unproductive.

            Dr. Sara this is a simple deductive reasoning that can be constructed from your recent statements.

            I hope that you are not decieving yourself as many do by declaring you are neither member of the opposition group nor Awate Aniversity member.

            tes

    • Semere Andom

      Hi Sarah:
      we all share the blame.For me it is hard to see the PFDJ canonizing here to twist facts: like pfdj wanted to bury the victims, even God does not forgive those who commit suicide and on and on.
      But you are right this forum descends to the gutter and the culprit is the criminals here whose words does not spare even the dead. The war is between darkness that pfdj represents and the light that people like you want to see, the perpetual tussle

  • Amde

    Awatistas,

    News not directly related to the topic at hand but apparently Saudi Arabia called off a land invasion of Yemen because its troops were deserting by the thousands

    http://news786.in/article.php?id=MTU4OTE%3D

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam Amde,
      .
      If true it is a very interesting development. The kingdom itself will be in jeopardy. However, I am extremely suspicious of these Arab news sources. They all have a dog in the fight in addition to the corrupt nature of their spins. I am sure in a few days and weeks the truth will slowly materializes.
      .
      Thanks for the info.
      .
      K.H

      • Amde

        Selam KH

        Actually I tend to believe it because it was somewhat predicted by a someone whose blog I occasionally I follow and who knows the middle east rather well. He had been saying something to the effect that the Saudis don’t have any ground forces to speak of, and they would lose badly if they engaged the Houthis on land. Remember too, Pakistan was supposed to send their troops but they pulled out.

        Anyway, it is bad for SA. Not necessarily on the Yemen front, but to be seen as being a shell of an Air Force and basically nothing else.

        Amde

        • Ted

          Amde, i tend to believe it because good portion of SA army are Yemeni origin( some say 40% , others 60%). It make sense they don’t want to fight their kin.

  • Kim Hanna

    Selam salem1,
    .
    Hello there, glad you are back. I saw few posts from you already. I thought you might be a little reserved. I hope you don’t have a pent up energy to spend.
    .
    Salem1, is a good name too. But be the same person as always and remember you are a guest in their house. Don’t try to rearrange their furniture.
    .
    again, glad to see you back.
    .
    K.H

  • Nitricc

    Hi AT
    I heard other ways different. I got it from good authority that HTG was assigned by PIA to draft the new Eritrean next generational constitution. I hope HTG shows up soon to tell Semere get lost along with his lover.

    • sara

      Dear-Nitricc
      somewhere above i read a comment that alludes Haile TG is gheteb etc, by the same token, could we also assume ,papillon or arwe the wukato and HA are the same.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Sara. There is no way Papi is Hayat Adam, not even close. Papi does support Ethiopia and TPLF very strong but she can never hide her Eritrean DNA. Upon hearing good news about Eritrea; she will say like “ about freaking time” Hayat; she gets mad and she goes insulting to who ever brought the news. Look what she wrote about this honest American woman. She wrote ten garbage pages about nothing and her man followed with five pages anther garbage; you know the one who waits by the computer for Hayat to post so, he can be the first one to respond. Lol. So; Papi is Eritrean enough to say “ HGDEF Medef; Deqi-Sebeiti” lol while Hayat is different, cold, calculating and very seasoned TPLF cadre.

  • Fanti Ghana

    Hello Belay,

    I have no idea what happened with Haile TG and Papillon. I miss them both very much. I was not around to form an opinion during the days that led to the day they disappeared. I hope it is a temporary issue.

    Speaking of Selam, I think she just posted something with the nick salem1. I hope everything will be straightened out with her and AT.
    She is really addictive. Let Selam be among us!

    • Abi

      Hi Fanti
      Haile TG is Gheteb.
      Haile disappeared for couple of days and reappeared first as guest and later changed to Gheteb. This is my theory and I stand by it .

      • Kim Hanna

        Selam Abi,
        .
        Oh my goodness, Abi,
        .
        “I know Haile TG.
        Haile TG was a friend of mine.
        Gheteb is no Haile TG.”
        .
        K.H

        • Abi

          Hi Kim
          What makes Haile great is he can argue in any topic from any side. Right now he is suffering from seasonal allergies.As soon as the Claritin start working he will be back to his other self. Do you remember how he used to debate on the border issue? That is a good example if you know haile.

          • haileTG

            Hello Abi and KH (and all awatista),

            I have been travelling and busy in the last few months. Please be assured that I don’t have views that require multiple pennames to get them across to the reader. Let me settle dawn for few days, and will be back to answer more questions.

            Regards

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Haile,
            Thanks God. My best friend, life without you is almost impossible. well come back. Hey, I was waiting on line for you. I am the first man to read. Wow!

          • Amde

            Wow he lives. Halleluya!!!

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam haile TG,
            .
            Oh my God!, Welcome back.
            .
            K.H

          • Abi

            Haile TG
            Yezegeyehbet min yihon miknyatu
            Aynoche terabu derese seAtu.
            We all missed you dearly.
            How was your trip to Mars? Or was it Jupiter?

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abi,

            Lol, it is no more difficult, man can go anywhere. the most difficult journey is the trip to self. Haile TG was the best visitor of self. I don’t know if he has still that ability. and you? Lol Gondere, sometime you let us visit the dead great men like Nengo, if someone put him in corner and don’t want to say it, he use to say “ይችስ ለኔም ገርማኛለች”

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Haile TG:
            Good job and welcome. You missed lots and u were missed.
            Please meet my friend Ted. Ted, you better travel now, Haile TG is in the house. If you are wondering TG stands for The Great, as Alexander the Great 🙂
            Sal has appointed me to give you a summary of what you missed, SJG did not approve so he voted:-)

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Semere Andom,

            tough days for PFDJ supporters on this site is ahead.ኣብ ዓዋተ ተበለጽትን መንደልሓቅትን ዝደሃልሉ ግርም መዓልቲ :: ኣንበሳ ድሃዩ ኣስሚዑ !

          • Ted

            Dear Semere, thanks for the introduction. I have bad feeling about this TG guy specially you calling him Alexander the Great 🙂 I better stick around to see how things go down. And then, How hard is it going to be, you have introduced and prepared me to the worst things in life;)
            Hi TG, i am Ted(the rookie, courtesy of Semere) welcome back.

          • Semere Andom

            Ted:
            Not bad sense of humor and as per his Fantiness I upvoted you. And please quote me correctly. I said the rookie in Eritreanism. I qualified it 🙂

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Sem,

            You must up vote Ted’s reply to you below! It is a classic: “..you have introduced and prepared me to the worst things in life.”

          • Shum

            Welcome back haileTG. Great to have you back.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Welcome Ato HTG
            Months ago I posted a short poem about HTG that I thought would pull you out of your vacation; well, welcome again. Looking forward to your briefing to the forum.

          • tes

            Dear beloved haile TG,

            Welcome back. We missed you so much. Remember, your title is still protected for the year 2015.

            tes

          • Ra

            Dearest Haile,

            Just saw your post. Well come back and greetings from me, too.

          • Saleh Johar

            Welcome back HaileTG,

            I sent a postcard that all Awatistas signed, but it was returned with a message: The iceberg where the addressee was has melted 🙂 The fortress needs you!

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Abi,
            .
            I was trying to be a comedian. I will keep my day time job. You know what, I read Haile TG before they gave him “The Great” tag. I don’t know for sure, but I will put money that he was an Attorney. He is very precise with his words.
            .
            I have seen changes for the better in him over a year or so. Later on he was very intense about all the serious topics he discussed. I really learned a great deal from him. I miss his posts.
            .
            K.H

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear KH,

            Read bellow he is back, he is back KH. awate is going to shine more.

      • Fanti Ghana

        Hello Abi,
        I suspected “Guest” for a while, but I didn’t press the issue for fear of “he may be behind enemy lines,” but Gheteb? I doubt it. Besides, it would ruin my expectation of reading the Dynamite Quatro (HaileTG, Hayat, Saay, and Gheteb) having wonderful discussions I am hoping is coming soon.

        Please God, while you are at it, Papillon please!!

      • Rahwa T

        Dear Abi,
        I “cursed” you because your comment forced me shift my attention from doing my routine work and my decision to stop interrupting Eritreans while discussing whatever topics of their choise and write this comment in reaction to what you said above. I doubt if you were in your good mood when you say “Haile TG is Gheteb”. You must be kidding. Otherwise, it is an insult to the greatest man of this forum. How can you under normal state of mind dare say the two chaps are from the same person using two names? Have you ever read the usual long but full of knowledge, entertaining postings of Haile in Gheteb’s mostly boring comments? To be honest I have never read any of the comments from the later from beginning to end because I have convinced myself that I could gain nothing other than appreciating his heavy piles of English alphabets that he adds in every comments of him. What I used to see in Haile TG posts were love, politeness, humbleness, and dedication that traverse beyond the political boundary of his country, which you never see in the later. Hope Haile will show up soon and share from the wealth of his endless knowledge.

  • salem1

    Dear All
    Here is the reason , i got banned.
    1.I bow and kneel to no one .
    2. I am a new human being to awate.com due to my believe and i suspect that holds somw % of my banne
    3. They accuse me for things i did not do like being PFDJista, who Tes gave to me with zero prove.
    4. I reply to everyone who mentioned my name so do my post became more , i accepted my mistake

    Here is the reason i enjoy awate.com
    1. It is not like other websites due to some respectful people unless it is not that much infulencial nor does it sway people
    2. I enjoy Mahmud saleh , Fanti , kim, ks,SJ Ted, semere , hayat , Gheteb , nitricc determination makes me fightfor what truely belive it is my eritrean right to be here. I am not PFDJista and i have no such thing. I do not believe all your accusation and you have zero prove of such .

    Why will a website ask some one to change his nick name ? I believe awate.com is a news out let so do the writers , do they intened to reverse the core principle of political discussion by asking people to change their nick ? Who in the right mind will do that .
    i am one person no 4 nor 5 .just one selam who irritate so many but i am one of you which is eritrean, with a voice you never expected . Please accept the new generation who needs nothing from your experiences .

    • teweldino

      Hi Selam1,

      Don’t think you are better than you really are. You don’t really bring any new outlook or original ideas. All you do bash Ethiopia and the opposition to the mafias in Asmara – which makes you one of the many Ethiopian and Eritrean-opposition bashers here at awate. Lets hope Selam1 is a new and reformed 😉 Selam.

      Welcome back.

      • salem1

        Dear teweldino
        I do not believe i am better either , for a fact i am not and i know that.But lets get the orginal ideas from Ethiopian based opposition if they have any. 15 years of collection of papers is quite much for people like me who are ignorant to learn some thing.I have to read one new ideas from you either .

        I still believe that people have the right to say what they believe even some times it is not on your balance . But here is what i truely believe sir, Eritrean opposition are one reason for the place where we are now, that is my understanding.
        With out cleaning their house they have no right or what so ever to say things that is beyond their reach. Clean your house and invite people. If you have solved maths questions , i hope you know to start with step 1 not the drving formula.

        I am not going to buy your accusations of being mafia take it back. Stop accusing me , do not go with the wind , please find any prove .

        • teweldino

          Hi Selam1,

          I think you still need to work on the awahlili advice you received from SGJ. You said: “I am not going to buy your accusations of being mafia take it back”. Please reread my comment and see if I have accused you of being mafia. Or should I take your comment as what we call in Tigrigna “Seraki mobaE baElu yilefalef ሰራቂ ሞባእሲ ባዕሉ ይለፋለፍ (now that it has been ascertained you don’t struggle in Tigrgna, I wont translate it for you)

          • selam

            Dear Teweldino
            sorry , for my lens , i fail to understand . Seraki mobae baelu elefalef , owww neger zey xegebe si gual wata ehixe kibehal ke semieeka do tifelit. Do not mess with my honest mistake .

            let me ask you sir, what is that you love about the 15 years conference specialist people then ?
            What i love and respect for such people is their inciative , what i hate most is their ugly strategy.

    • Dayphi

      Welcomeback salem…still a nice name. I think it was the only menthol cigarette we had in Eritrea till mid 70s the decade i left my beloved land.
      1…. If you are implying others get favorable treatment because they have to kiss the tush of someone in the admin, you are wrong. No o e bows or kneels to no one. I believe in seniority though.
      2…You and I are novice here and have lots to catch up. I dont even kn ow who YG is in this forum.We are freshmen in this fabulous awate.com institute.
      3… I dont know the proofs they have to condemn you as PFDJista. BUT when you say you are chatting/ posting your columns and comments from Asmara, accross cinema Roma, stick to that ” truth”. Dont tell us your friend just returned from Eritrea after successfully smuggling her 16 years old son to Ethiopia, and you went to the party she threw for her successful trip; UNLESS your Asmara extends all the way to Boston.
      4… Great you owned to your mistake of flooding the forum at times. I hope you amend your posting behaviour.
      About awate.com,

      • Dayphi

        About awate.com,
        1… I agree with you 100%, that great and respectful Ha eshas and non- Habeshas make this site a wonderful one and the time we spend here makes our experience very delightful. I come to this website primarily to learn, and also share my lifetime experience withbeautiful people like you, NOT to abort other people’s ideas or kill their differences. I come every day with open mind to listen to different views. I abhore to the philosophy and scare tactic of those who wag their cyber K-47 and shout, ” Tihim Zbele YitteHagom ” kind of PFDJistas bullets.
        2… The names you mentioned are indeed great people in their own personalities. It is your, mine, and everyone’s P-R-E-V-I-L-A-G-E to congrugate in this website and exchange views. Your rights are only in your parent’s room or site; and we are grateful to the two Salehs and the other oluntary soldiers behind the scene who are working hard to make this we site available to ALL decent people, whether Eritreans or Ethiopians.
        Salem, I used to login as guest for long time. that nick became confusing to many forumers, as well as the admin. brothers SGJ , Saay, and others asked me politely if i can choose a name and use it because of tge somany “guests”. I o liged. There might be somany selams. its a eautiful name e eryone wants to ha e. who hates peace! So take the request of nick change in sporti e spirit, and glad you obliged.
        I write my comments with elementary le el English. Yours is much advanced and sophisticated than mine. YET, at times, i shake my head the way you spell words, co struct sentences, etc. I wonder if it is the smart outspoken selam writg those comments.
        Last, but not least, with all means, and as a gen- xer, express yourself without the need of our experience. Just dont change facts and figures to fit your disdained and others’ esayas school of twisting truth. Our Eritrean rothers and sisters of afar population is o er 500,000 whether you and esayas like it or not. That makes them at least 10% of Eritrean population.Probably 13. Don’t keep repeating esayas ible by stating they are less than 3% of Eritrean population. e grateful , not arrogant. Embrace others with their correct figures, whether Afars, Je erties, or any other group. If you don’t know, learn. Take any fruitful i said, discard anything you dont like of what i said, Good Luck…

        • selam

          Dear Dayphi
          While i take all your advice and thank you for that and try to handle myself on your way. I also want you to understand that language is not a glass and i never intend to break it if it was . If i wanted i can really write good english with so much sarcasm but i comment all these while i work that is it. No time to edit ,replace bad words with slik words , i write what i feel and believe , no more no less.About awate.com owners , well i have good knowledge of them .
          Now i want to tell you that we have exchanged comments about afar and their issues. Any statics is open for debates and it is always to be manipulated and if you ask me about statics manipulation , i am well informed about how to manipulate statics .Even i have aproved educational paper about such . Now do i believe afar are far less than Tigre , Tigrinia . Yes i do believe that but still you can challenge me about the 3% and i have a great chance to win over your 10%.

          NOW educate me ,what is it special about afar ? Are they suffering on the hand of PFDJ ? Yes. Are the Tigre who have given EPLF their life , cattle and their way of life also suffering ? Yes . Do the Tigrieans who have suffered sufficiently by Dergi , are also suffering by PFDJ ? Yes . PFDJ help no one except their own small groups . So why are you pointing the figer too long ? Afar with out the other groups have no chance or what so ever to claim on their own . And if they are trying that well , you can see it has been long time ago . Where are they now? I mean any news ? I never heard of them . You want refernces please contact kunama for that matter. I believe we all Eritreans are equally in this mess and we have to fight in a better organized way not blaming this and that. ♡♡♡

          I say the above about afar if you are the one who was debating under the name”guest” when the debate was about ELL.
          For your information , i am not related to Tigrinia and their way of life , so it would be nice for us to see things from just
          being Eritrean . I do not give an inch more to where i belong ethnically. If they are suffering i know all Eritreans are suffering. So no space for any ethnic groups to be A gtroup and the others F group. Did not you see i only care about ERITREA not your habshayit or any of that kind.

          I have got a permission to use my nick.

    • Ted

      Hi selem Habtey, you were missed. We know you have nothing against Ethiopians and those few who claim you do are nothing but the same duplicitous personalities we deal every time here. Just shrug it off.

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Dear salem1
      I actually did not know you were banned. Walahi. You should never change your uniqueness; you have a unique voice, keep it up. You are well informed as far as your country and its history; its current challenges….is concerned, so, you interact with individuals you judge will invigorate your views and ignore comments that drags you. Simple. I support the moderator’s last comment: just conserve your energy, engage people you want to engage. Is it salem1 or selam1? Why did you change your nick? Anyway, I am glad you are back before I knew you were gone. Lately, I am getting busier and I am not frequenting the forum as often as I would like to do, but I still pick my favs.

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    After watching RT’s Going-Underground program on the Eritrean refugees and the deaths in the Mediterranean Sea, I could believe such a blind interviewee can shamelessly distort facts and goes supporting the European new policy against the international refugees. I never heard about the organization that he leads but I think the awatestists can help. Could the interviewee be Nitricc or Dawit or Selam. As you may notice, the interviewee surprised the interviewer by his denial that there was no any jailed journalist in Eritrea.

    Despite the opinion of the interviewer that Eritrea was one of the worst places to live in and that’s why the youth were leaving it in droves, the interviewee described the Isayas Land as heaven – the land of sweet stories, where the youth have the right to become doctors, engineers and nurses.

    The interviewee fell short to mention that the youth had rights to become lawyers and journalists, the worst enemies of Isayas. The interviewee held and contradicted the Eritrean youth conditions in Eritrea when he said that the Eritreans were choosing to become refugees because they were lured by the opportunities offered to them (the Eritreans) by the western countries.

    If the interviewee happens to be “not the Awate’s nitricc,” he must be nitricc-2 of Isayas.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvE3jYuOA68

    .

  • sara

    Dear awate
    Good day to you! I hereby kindly appeal to you, consider lift the 2 weeks ban to selam,on the occasion of 1st of may day festivities.
    btw,what is the difference between labour day and may day? arent both related to workers rights?

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam sara,
      .
      I second the motion/request. In my book selam is a truth teller. Hopefully selam prioritizes her truth telling posts to less than 20 a week. That is 4 a day, with Saturday and Sunday off.
      .
      She brings unvarnished directness and “miTmiTa” to the forum.
      .
      K.H

      • sara

        Dear Kim,
        thank you for your support, how about we petition the awates ? i never wrote a petition, can you help a brief one where all of us who favour selams return to sign on.
        you know, you are right we miss that hot stuff berbere..

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam sara,
          .
          I am sure the Awate people, if they are doing their jobs, will read all the good will expressed here. One thing we might do to draw attention though, is to sign off after our posts and signatures with the slogan, “Let selam be among us”. If you or someone else have a better one, I will use it.*
          .
          K.H
          * If those who use it are banned don’t blame me.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello KH,
            Thank you Brother Kim. I shall use “Let Selam be among us” as my signing out sign until AT learns how to read.
            Let Selam be among us!

          • salem1

            Dear sara, Fanti, kim , ks and others
            Here i am with new name salem1 , i changed my nick due to the order from moderator but i would ask him if he can allow me to use selam .Thanks for the call.
            sara , even though i do not agree with much of your political comments , i have to say you are a principled one.
            Fanti , i have explained to you that you are rare human being and very hard to find in this hard time , i have said before that if you were around and put your mark , i can only post 1 comment in a week with out fighting with others.
            Kim , you know you have earned my respect long time ago with all your comment that i some times do not agree
            KS, you know , you do not need me to write all again
            Ted , i have a great respect for you just i do not like the reforum thing , i just feel its time has passed long time ago but politics is a game to play . So it is far better and easy way to save life if it is possible with the mad person on the throne.

            Others i just enjoy you dearly .

          • Ted

            Hi Selam, just Wait, Reform will grow on you the other option being nothing.

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selmat Sweet Selam,
            Welcome back Selamina! As you can see, just about everybody missed you. Aware.com is a great university. Let’s all learn every thing from each other so that we can teach each other again. I feel better now!

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Fanti Ghana,
            .
            Yes, you noticed our friend is back. I am wondering how the same honest young lady will handle herself in the coming days and weeks.
            .
            One idea I had to suggest to her was for her to write out her posts on paper first. Review it for clarity and then post it from the paper.
            Anyway, I was glad to see her back.
            .
            K.H

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello Kim Hanna,

            You won’t believe how many times you have taken words right out of my head. If you could “talk” more often there would be no need for me to say much except occasional hello. I had a friend once whose name was “Sine” as in Sine Sir’at or Sine Migbar. We met at Ohio State University in late eighties. Our friendship started when I tried to recruit him to become a TPLF member. He is “not just any Amhara but a Shoa Amhara.” He listened to me with incredulity, no interruption, and, still staring at me he says “Jegninet yelushal yehe naw.” We both laughed. As our friendship progressed, he told me that when I am around he does not need to talk because I always say whatever he was thinking 30 seconds ago. So, Kim, are you him?

          • sara

            Dear, Kim Hana
            you see, they wouldn’t have acted if they didn’t see the slogan “Let selam be among us” to take action and bring her back from you know where.you see a peaceful civil act like this works,thanks to you, selam is back.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear KH, and sara and all
        After ten days sanctioning myself,I am back. the sanction was due to my words that disappointed our lovely Selam. she call me back to be around in the same day but I couldn’t as that is my decision to stay away for 10 days. unfortunately when I came back she is not around. I miss her and you all.

        Here, I am requesting awate team to allow her back.

        • sara

          Dear KH, welcome back, where were you? did i bump on you in a Bahnhof somewhere? i thought i saw you , any way good to have you back, and i hope selam will do too.!

        • Dayphi

          فَكُلِي وَاشْرَبِي وَقَرِّي عَيْنًا فَإِمَّا تَرَيِنَّ مِنَ الْبَشَرِ أَحَدًا فَقُولِي إِنِّي نَذَرْتُ لِلرَّحْمَنِ صَوْمًا فَلَنْ أُكَلِّمَ الْيَوْمَ إِنسِيًّا 

          Fakulee waishrabee waqarree AAaynan faimma tarayinna mina albashari ahadan faqoolee innee nathartu lilrrahni sn

          Awdan maHmoudan ya Najm as-Salaam!
          When you notified you’re going to stop from giving your opinion for ten days, my understanding was you will stop communicating with HER only for that period, NOT depri ing your thoughts from the e tire school mates at awate.com. In any case, Enqua3 the self imposed Tsome Luguam Fet’halka. Though a ” nafilah ” fasting, nevertheless fasting. Qiddisah Maryam Alaihas Salaam did similar thing for just a day or two, NOT entire 10 days, for CryingOutLoud!

          • Dayphi

            grrrr. again the paste went before my comment.. Not me..its the phone who screwed it up..sorry

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam Kokhob Selam,
          .
          I tell you, selam, is all around us. I think you have to teach us how to “TSOM” form posting at Awate for that length of time.
          Thanks,
          .
          K.H

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear KH,
            That is good news. regarding how to “TSOM” no please. I am not going to teach you that because I love to see you here always. by the way that is not an easy task…Lol it needs strong determination.

    • Dayphi

      Dear sara, … how about this?…
      Mayday mayday mayday! we’re under attack! Pirates onboard our ship, Eritrea, registered in UN bodies in 1993. A derailed madman, Isis off War-key is in control of the quarterdeck! Please rescue our vessel before it sinks!

    • Fanti Ghana

      Hello sara,
      I concur on Selam’s return. I was wondering where she went. I didn’t know she was banned. She is one of the few Awatistas who actually “talk” to you. She is very young, very smart, and very honest.

      • Ted

        Dear FG, You tell us, where is she?. Selam were so smitten with you, we thought she run away to you.
        Yah, some dudes got her in trouble with people up stairs. She will come back soon. I hope.

        • Fanti Ghana

          Hi Ted,
          I honestly didn’t know she was banned. If I knew I would have screamed my head off at AT. I tell you, she is one of the most honest Awatistas, and that is a very important quality to have. The rest is information. The more informed one gets the better they serve their people. Every time I read her, I feel like I am talking to my daughter. We can advise her to take her time before she posts her thoughts so that she can address multiple issues in one post, which is a sound advice to all of us anyway, but she should never be banned.

          AT: What’s wrong with you?

  • dawit

    At least our beloved president does not pretend to run a fake or mock election and declare that he won with 99.99999% like most African leaders. PIA has 100% support of the Eritrean Masses (Hafash) inside and outside the country, over a life time dedication and hard work. If some power hungry elites make empty noises, to grab power in Eritrea in the name of fake democracy and freedom of religion, PFDJ is well planted in its people and have extended its deep roots among all nationalities of Eritrea especially the youth. Your prediction of doom and gloom is just an echo in a desert. PFDJ leadership has been tested in good and bad times, and all coordinated sanctions and isolation tricks have been smashed to dust. Erirea’s Independence and progress cant be reversed, while countries surrounding Eritrea crumble ever day.

    Long Live PIA, PFDJ and Eritrea!

    • Semere Andom

      dawit
      like the president u get unhinged every time you open your mouth. how do u known this level of support.?

      • dawit

        Semere
        For those who can hear and see, the level of support is obvious, but for deaf and blind it is a mystery. My advise to you my brother, spend few minutes a day watching ERITV to learn the Truth about Eritrea.

        • Semere Andom

          Hi dawit:
          That is the problem, EriTv. you asked Sal if he watches EtiTV and he replied that in fact it is his job as a member of AT, but he does not think like you. Your blindness/ deliberate ignorance tells me you are not a free person: you are paid agent, tormented to keep PFDJ at any cost, too much aguish to save PFDJ. otherwise you would at least take some issue with some thing about how IA is ruining the country.

          • dawit

            Dear Semere;
            I am really sorry for your blindness and ignorance about the Eritrean people. Yes Sal may spend 24 hours watching EriTV looking for a dirt. But Eritv does not serve junk it only serve “The Truth”. I remembered once he reported on the fashion of the Eritrean singer and missed the vibration of those who were attending the Independence festival. If you really want to learn the real truth about PIA and Eritrean people chemistry you better invest your time on watching ERiTV. That is the doctor’s prescription and cure for your blind hatred on PIA and Eritrean people.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Semere:
        “like the president u get unhinged every time you open your mouth”
        Unhinged? I doubt you understand the meaning of it. If you do, you will never use the word “unhinge” following by “opining mouth.” You are the most unhinged whenever you open your big and idiotic mouth. In a way; it is good that you are unhinged whenever you open your mouth that will give a permit to say whatever you want. I understand You have nothing to protect nor to lose. You don’t have the moral the authority to call the great dawit to call “unhinged”

      • Ted

        Dear Semere, it is more appropriate for you to investigate” ….. level of support.?” You spend all your time with like minded Eritreans may be 10 ,20 or even 100. If you were a loner growing up in Khartoum, it may make you feel like the popular kid in the block but for Eritreans it is serious matter. . You are out of the loop the level of support Eritreans have for their government. You bragged intimidating Toronto Eritreans by “naming and shaming” who you allegedly called PFDJ supporter. Do you think they care enough to open up for you how and why they do things. They wont. But i tell you. PFDJ is considered the vanguard, the defender and the advocate of Eritrean state. Eritreans knowingly sacrifice the human right, freedom and justice to have the country they call home intact against all adversaries. If you were not “unhinged” person you would have taken notice of their fears and aspiration in to account and work it for your advantage. What else is new, the Toronto gangsta, chose to spit on Eritreans dealing with delicate and serious matter, “we intimidate them ….they were forced to cancel their fund-raising function in the last hour several times here.”

        • Semere Andom

          Ted;
          No, I do not spend my time with only like minded people, I have friends who are have soft spots for PFDJ and every year that soft spot gets hardened.
          I spend some time in Khartoum, but I am steeped in my culture, its language, its history, its struggle and I can go toe to toe on that field with those who spend their entire live in Eritrea. I learn new stuff from them, do not get me wrong, but I am not an arms chair hobbies in Eritrean matters.
          Well, PFDJ used to be in your face here, lording over weddings, churches and community centers, they were kicked out of the community center as they wanted to destroy it, they were kicked from one church as they wanted to control it and they do their thing in hiding and always change venues themselves too, to avoid Eritreans. We have identified them and, that is what I am saying, I am not saying we intimidate/bully them when they are doing their own personal business like they used to do to people. But when doing national business, yes we do intimidate them, we take their pictures and they run
          No you are wrong, if you hold secret ballot about the question of PFDJ, they will flank.
          It is your right to hang on old PFDJ memories, but do not be fooled by the fake support you are nursing. Few months before Gaddafi fell a million supporters marched in support but they evaporated. When IA was missing in action PFDJ supporters were withdrawing their support quickly and their 2% for that month declined. If you are just looking at the data of the meetings and dance events to gauge the support level, yes PFDJ still attracts more people for the same events than the opposition, but if you factor in the power factor to that the opposition attracts more people in terms of real support, people do not just show up in opposition meeting and dance events for the heck of it and to socialize, they do it our of conviction. A PFSDJ support does not show up in opposition meeting, but the opposite it true. In real numbers PFDJ is a loser in Toronto now for over 5 ears
          If you love your country, you have to oppose its government, you do not have to be as blunt as me, just oppose the government in the mildest terms. A hero is someone who protects his country from its government said someone whose name I do not remember , but the saying is more apt for Eritreans

          • Ted

            Dear semere, how megalomaniac of you. .” but if you factor in the power factor to that the opposition attracts more people in terms of real support”. You consider yourself the ” power factor ” to be equally valued as a hall full of uneducated, uninspired kebero junkies who come to support PFDJ. Do you believe in one person one vote. You think highly of yourself. get over it.

          • Semere Andom

            Ted:
            Power factor, what is wrong here, plain English.
            If you consider just the number of people who show up in the events, PFDJ have more numbers but the factoring the power factor, meaning considering that PFDJ has the power, u need to read the whole paragraph, I mentioned how PFDJ was losing support when they seemed week when IA was missing and gave u the Libya example, so even though PFDJ attracks more people, u cannot just consider that, u have to consider that they have power so their support is fake, the opposition are not in power so they have fewer people showing up, but if you u factor is the power factor, the opposition have more support. Need more help

          • Ted

            Dear Semere. You deluded yourself by adding the power factor as why you have less support, it is only because you want to think yourself as important. But you are not. You are what you are, negligible not because of PFDJ is in power but your vision for the country is crooked. Why would anyone come to for PFDJ meeting in Toronto if they don’t want to.

          • Semere Andom

            Ted:
            Really, you are Nitriccing yourself. What world do you live int. I busted your wide support notion by telling u it is meaningless, Gaddafi enjoyed 1 million marching support, fake support, when he was in support and likewise PFDJ enjoys fake support, u have to factor in the fact they have power to pill that fake support
            Why do more people show up in opp meeting than they did 2 years ago for example, their support increases year over year, PFDJ’s dwindles year of year. Get over that. I admitted to u that if both PFDJ and opp organize dance party, the first will have more people, but all the people are not supporters, but in the later case everyone believes in the opp. PFDJ is in power and people fake it, many of them.
            Your idea of breathing life to PFDJ is futile, you better sell what ever PFDJ is protecting for you. Are you not tired of faking it and twisting
            Answer the q, why does the opp support increase and that of decrease, why. If you look in the mirror and answer that honestly u will see the delusion in the mirror

          • Ted

            Semere, you know what happened to Qaddafi supporters, they were demolished by International coalitions. How is Libya now? They are fighting to get their country back? Tell me if it is a good idea Ethiopia do the same to PFDJ supporters. .

            “Answer the q, why does the opp support increase and that of PFDJ decrease, why?” We all have grievances and need a venue to vent it, that is were you are needed for a coffee meeting, it is therapeutic, nothing more. But the most important question is, why is this “monstrous criminal” Gov has the most support(by your admission). Please avoid the nonsense “power factor” here.

          • Semere Andom

            Ted:
            I did not say they have the most support. You are having trouble grasping basic concepts, will talk when u decide not to shift the debate, making it a moving target

          • Ted

            Dear Semere, thank you for not calling me a liar this time ‘yes PFDJ still attracts more people for the same events than the opposition……….” Let us end it here , shall we. Don’t stop thinking Reform though.

        • Nitricc

          Hi Ted; if you pay attention all the movements are initiated or carried by Eritreans who live in welfare states the likes of Canada. They have to kill the time that they have on their hands and they got to do something. That is why you see all the “we did this” “we did that” garbage waste of time from the likes of Semere. In a way their life is no different from the pigs in Zimmerman’s farm; they just live. how do you think Semere can affored to be the first one to respond to his woman every time she posts?

    • Amanuel

      Hi Dawit
      Are you having a laugh? Young Eritreans are voting on their foot abandoning PFDJ rule. I have a challenge for you. Can you name any higher official or minster who is under the age of 55 let along under 40. You see PFDJ have no roots in Eritrea and will extinct.

      • dawit

        Hi Amanuel
        Enjoy the show PIA dancing with the youth of Eritrea. Just less than a week ago Eritrean Youth from allover Europe gather in Europe. The few misguided youth who fled Eritrea and traped themselves in death camps do not represent Eritrea. Those who stayed home they are becoming doctors, engineers, scientists to ensure the future of Eritrea.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLSP-Elxc8M-U4bH5x6ME7VvTyPBgUChrZ&feature=player_detailpage&v=i4vR2qWWXZs

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLSP-Elxc8M-U4bH5x6ME7VvTyPBgUChrZ&v=UYfAvW3Nxiw&feature=player_detailpage

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Dawit,

          it was always the same with dictators. History didn’t record any dictator with out this game.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE82NKIMda0

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kcvy6r8qhco

          • dawit

            Dear Kokhob, You can call PIA, Dictator or anything you like but he is the right person at the right time to lead the Eritrean people. As to you reference of Gadafi, the Eritrean people have a song that described what happened to him and his people. Nguse-Nguse, I am sure you know the song. If you don’t know it I will try to Google it for you.

        • Amanuel

          Hi Dawit

          Are you talking about the ” Kebero Junkie”? Those go to party and squander your hard earned 2% (I assume you walk the walk and pay your duty). Those don’t belong to Eritrea and won’t be there to defend and build her.

          You didn’t answer my challenge. It seems to me that PFDJ don’t trust the Eritrean youth with real issues. What matters is equipping them with the experience while you are alive, not dancing with them. But, do PFDJ’s care about the future of Eritrea? The answer is BIG NO.

          • dawit

            Amanuel,
            The Eritrean people work hard and party hard. Of course sadists don’t like it, when ever Eritreans enjoy their independence the sadists get headache . When Eritreans celebrate their independence and beat their ‘Kebero’ the whole world vibrate and send shiver to the enemies of the Eritrean people. Do PFDJ care about the future of Eritrea? The answer is a BIG YES! That is why they build schools, clinics, dams in every village, providing the youth with free education and health care without distinction. Ema, follow ERiTV, you will get the Truth about Eritrea. It will save you the headache otherwise just take Aspirin, whenever you hear the vibration of Eritrean Kebero beat, that is what the pharmacist prescribe for severe headache!

          • Amanuel

            Hi Dawit
            For the last time. Can you name any PFDJ regime higher official or minster who is under the age of 55. NONE. The reason I am stressing on this that is that it is the link between the current and the future. Like I said before Eritrean future is not a concern for the regime. What matters to the regime is that keep hold on to power and avoid accountability for the damage caused to Eritrea and it’s people at any cost. Even at the expensed of its legacy.
            You mentioned building schools and hospitals and I think it is positive thing. But it should not be to say” look at me a building this and that. Don’t touch me or asking me look for your self” Most totalitarian regimes like the one we have in Eritrea concentrate on building schools, hospitals and road to show that they are working but fail to safeguard it with creating institutions like strong parlament, effective and fair le

          • dawit

            Dear Amanuel;
            I don’t know why you are obsessed with this ‘Under 55 year old minister or official of Eritrea. To tell you the truth, I don’t know, I don’t have their resume or birth certificate in front of me and I never worked for the Eritrean Government. However I listened last night VAO interview of Ms Burthon? a journalist who visited Eritrea and sat with PIA for three hours. She think PIA looks like a 50 years old young man. Well Aman there you have your answer a high ranking Eritrean official less than 55 years old!
            Cheers!
            dawit

          • Amanuel

            Hi Dawit l am not possessed with the age. The reason is clear that I want to see if there is a succession plane. From what I can see there is none. This is one prove the current regime doesn’t care about the country future. I am disappointed that I tried to engage you on very important national issue but chose to speak about a sold – out journalist with no credit.

        • Semere Andom

          dawit nice one:
          which one of the body guards are you dawit and which girl did IA signal and told you to bring him home to be his concubine?

          • dawit

            Sorry Semere, I can not stoop down to your level of indecency. Ya, you have the free license from AT to open your filthy mouth whenever you run out of facts to debate.

    • Amde

      dawit,

      Yes. Why be put in a position of apologizing like this earnest young fellow (You love me…. you really really love me…)
      http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/27/us-kazakhstan-election-results-idUSKBN0NI09220150427

      The bigger picture is that dictators have figured out how to game election systems to get results deemed good enough by the powers that be so they can continue business as usual behind the scenes.

      Interesting factoid: The Derg’s constitution of 1987 was declared approved by 81% of voters. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopian_constitutional_referendum,_1987 Expecting the announcement of the inevitable 99%, I was somewhat surprised. Apparently there was even one province (Amharic speaking majority) that voted just at 40something percent for it. I remember voting against it and telling my friends. All looked at me shocked – everyone was convinced there was a way to track how you voted, and they all acted accordingly. There wasn’t – at least not where I voted. But just goes to show voting results are pretty much determined by what happens ahead of time, the context, the atmosphere, open discussion of issues (or lack thereof), intimidation, warning about withholding rations etc… etc… Also, to paraphrase Stalin, it is not about who gives the vote, it is about who counts the vote.

      Amde

      • dawit

        Hi Made,
        Yes “election results are determined by what happens ahead of time”. The next month Ethiopian election has been already, endorsed, counted, approved and accepted by US State Department, even before a single vote is casted as part of the fake election proceeded. EPRDF won by 99.99…%! The only thing that could turn the result is unforeseen situations happens at Meskel Square deadly confrontation between the Federal Police and the unemployed youth, like what happened at Taahrir Square in Egypt. If that happen the sponsors will condemn the result and pretend that they support the Ethiopian people. No wonder why there are violence, boycott following every election in Africa. In truth the only fair election I ever witness in my life in Ethiopia was during Haile Selassie’s time when people voted for whom ever bought ‘tej’ an ‘tella’ buying their vote. The candidates don’t have to promise democracy etc. If the representative some how influence the government and built a school in the community it was great, if not that is okay, the next guy would seek their vote and buy them more drinks.

        • Amde

          dawit

          I am actually curios. Were you old enough to remember Hailesellasie era elections?

          Amde

      • dawit

        Sorry Amde, for the error in typing your name. Every time I type your name the word processor changes it to ‘Made’. Have you experienced such problem? Just curious!

        • Nitricc

          Hahaha dawit every time happens to me. Even the other day after I kepet changing it from Made to Amde then it changed it to Amed lol. I know Amde will understand and didn’t even say anything. Regarding your take with Semere; well you should know you are dealing with a thug. The saddest part is he thinks he is smaet.

          • Amde

            Nitricc ante amedam

            Leka Amed bilehegnal. I had not noticed. Yihewuluh marjet kifatu yihe new. Happens to the best of us. Indaylemedih.

            Amde

        • Amde

          dawit

          Don’t worry about it. I’ve been “Made” so many times with autocorrect i can apply to join the mafia lol. You should see how my real name gets mangled.

          So, I am still curious to know if you were old enough to remember Hailesellasie era elections?

          Amde the Twice Made

          • Abi

            Hi Amde
            What do you mean by ” twice made ?”
            Are you cloned ?
            Ameden bunn aderegkew.

          • Amde

            Wuy Abi yene wendim

            YeTelatih amed bunn yibel…

            Yezaren bicha siqoTir, I was made once by Nitricc and again by dawit.

            I dont think i wanna clone myself. Gheteb will have a paroxysm. Legelagay aymechim behuala.

            Amde

          • Abi

            Hi Amde
            Ayzoh! Egna eyalen ?
            Fesun new gumm yemnasmeslew.
            ” wend lij tamo enji ferto aymotm “

        • Fanti Ghana

          Hello Dawitom,
          Long time no read. About the well Made Amde, you are not alone. Hailesellasie era elections? Is Amde talking about the parliament elections in the 60s? If so, you will be better of saying “I don’t remember.” Trust me.

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    The Sudan and Eritrea have a lot of similarities nowadays. Although the map above shows parts of the Sudan that are in conflict with the central government, that of Eritrea does not [show]. Quietly the Eritrean parts that are threatening to secede include Dankalia, Kumana & Nara, parts of Akeleguzai, and the ex-Beja Empire (Barka, Senhit, Sahil, and Anseba of Hamasien).

    At least the Sudanese politics is sensitive to the politics of those in conflict with the central government. In the case of Eritreans, even the Mogogoists’ politics let only those of Isayasists are trying their best to provoke those groups who are seen flirting with the idea of secession into more decisive and final actions.

    The only difference between the two countries is that the conflicts in the Sudan already exploded and the central government is engaging those with resentments in order to resolve their problems. In Eritrea, the conflict appears to be simmering slowly and once exploded with the secessionists gaining foothold to enforce their plans, we are going to have another Somalia. Although the map of Eritrea does not expose its wounded skin, most African politicians, given that Isayas does not change his politics, consider the Eritrean map as a time bomb. With the secession wars declared, Eritrea and its people will be in the hands of international terrorists and crock business groups (Isayasists).

    • Dayphi

      hello T..T.
      I must admit that much of what yousaid, and the grim picture you painted holds much truth and history in the making. From all the news in Eritrea and Sudan, it is only a matter of when not if the time bomb will start to tick its countdown. I dont ha e here to explain why the things you said are right, but i elieve you said the truth. The only thing i am not aware is of theparts of Akele Guzai you mentioned. That is first time info to me. Do they want to cessede or union with Ethiopia? who are they. The only part i was told about their allegiance to Eritrea was Qohain district, and that, i think is on seraye side. But the Qohainatians of last century could be totally different from todays’.

  • Dayphi

    That is a disaster… He couldnt secure 99.999% of the votes like his predesessor General Jaffar Nimeri and most other Arab presidents? ….فشّلْتنا يالبشير…. علي كل حال مبروك…..كاباخا …. زيْحلِّفْ غشَّا أطْبقْكا سَعَمّو Esayas must be happy now. His buddy won.

    • sara

      Dear Dayphi,
      this time i am going to beat you on your game, news…news/akhbar alyoum ,
      His excellency President Isaias of the state of Eritrea has arrived in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, and he is just right now meeting Khadim Al Haramain Al sherifein King Salman Bin Abdulaziz of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
      Dayphi… you are right he should be in a happy mood, that he traveled to saudi arabia and maybe on his way back he will stop in Khartoum.
      Dayphi— etfadel – alashaa-alyom alena

      • Dayphi

        يا خيبتي يا ساره….. هُوْ رمضان دخل وانا مش داري؟…….. خلليني الْحَقْ عنْدْ ديوان الملك اسجْلْ اِسْمي اْمْشانْ المكْرَمَة الملكية مال العيدية…..وعساكم من عوَّاده

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