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The Akhriya Uprising: Lessons Gleaned

To expect convergence when canvassing various Eritrean opposition media outlets during any confrontational events like the Akhriya uprising would be par for the course. What shouldn’t be par for the course is the colluding, inadvertently or not, that aligns us with the supporters the PFDJ (the ruling party) with the propaganda machination of the Eritrean regime itself – this self-inflicting wound was difficult to fathom, and we must find a way of combating it. The first thing to do when that begins to occur is pausing and taking stock and change our strategy at an individual level as well as at the media outlet level. Examples abound, it will suffice to mention several to bring this home to those of us who label ourselves as opposition. In no order of importance, I will try to highlight some that are worth enumerating below:

I

Making unbecoming insinuations to the bravery it took to stare the evil regime in the face by going to the nerve center of its helm of power – outside the Akhriya proper – as cowardly act is based on a patently false premise. The reasoning goes something like this:  The adults borrowed their uprising scheme from the book of Palestinian Intifada1 in sending children as young as five and seven-year olds, which is patently false assertion because the adults were there demonstrating, most of whom are now imprisoned because of it. But, buying the regime concocted propaganda machination of the highest order to allow oneself to be taken for disillusioned lot who have no understanding of the optics akin to what some police officers want to believe their cowardly acts of shooting fleeing African Americans in the back and somehow wish to justify their cold-hearted acts as self-defense. Herein follow some of our opposition version of such cold-hearted verbal acts.

II

When the Eritrean regime attempted similar tactics through its mouth piece in Riyadh wanting us to believe the situation was under control within minutes while we could hear barrage of shots ringing in the background and panicking children fleeing to save their lives, what Eritreans the world over did was show unified face.2 Mind you, in the world of PFDJ, crowd control is done by live ammo, not rubber bullets, who has the time to spend on less lethal mechanisms when the real deal is always at hand. Never mind that among the peaceful demonstrators were children (young and old); mothers (young and old). Conceive this image in your head: these peaceful demonstrators marched from Akhriya all the way to the Mufti’s office and from there to the Ministry of Education – both of which are located at the heart of downtown Asmara (aka, compocitato). This begs the question of why did the regime go for the jugular when it could’ve dispersed the crowd via other means? The only answer that readily comes to mind is because the regime was nervous, very nervous that its shelf-life in power was coming to an end. It may not have ended by this courageous act of the mass, but one thing that ended is fear. When fear is gone from the masses, it is the beginning of the end.

In the 26 years the regime has been at the helm of power, no entity let alone a densely populated community like Akhriya, sent a shock wave to the ruling elite, and both British and American consulate took notice of this unseen before dynamics. Such resistance caught on by other major cities in quick succession. Eritreans in Qatar, the Gulf, and Saudi Arabia showed their solidarity by voting with their feet, as it were, staying home during PFDJ’s annual festival with empty chairs welcoming the Alamins of PFDJ. Nothing more embarrassing than this. The regime lost its legitimacy by one brave act, from one community in Asmara. This is the story of Akhriya uprising that will continue to be told and retold for years to come, not the mumbo jumbo that some are trying to make it be about nothing more than religious fervor.

III

Juxtaposing two of our revered ancient religious traditions, namely, Tewahdo and Islam in opposition to one another is nothing more than splitting hairs, which adds no value to the momentum garnered other than casting aspersion that would potentiate a wedge, at best and wouldn’t want to even imagine the worst. A young erudite, a scholar and a gentleman, said it all when he stated that these two religions has had the longest history of peaceful coexistence since Islam made its way into our region.3 It is worth noting here that what were these Eritreans before they converted into Islam, but Tewahdos. Their heritage doesn’t end where Islam begins. Their Christian heritage is part and parcel of who these Muslim Eritreans of today are. The monumental show of force across the globe vis-a-vis demonstrations that we saw in month of November 2017 was not mia culpa, rather, showing their deep understanding of the brethren that began eons ago. Ostensibly, any attempt at denigrating any part of Eritrean heritage would no doubt face the wrath and the rage that would end up being a fait accompli for the initiator.4

IV

A misconception that needs correction about Akhriya is that it is a microcosm of Eritrea in its composition within which one can find most of the Eritrean ethnic groups.5 To yet others though, it was nothing more than a blip in the radar of resistance, significance-wise, writ small, writ so small to the phantom confrontations taking place in Eritrea that only they know, of which, they claim we do not hear of because there was no video clip that could be had.6

V

There is one other ‘yet’ worth mentioning here. This is particularly unique among the unique ones in that their passion reaches beyond the Eritrean shores as their preoccupation is an external one, in which an Imam, somewhere in Sudan,7 who for some odd reasoning felt compelled to stir emotions and enrage Eritrean Muslims the world over to be galvanized with his Al Qaeeda/ISIS firebrand twisted polemicist rhetoric. But, what did the mass the world over do: Bring two symbols of different faith into one-fold: An image of long imprisoned Abuna and Hajji became the symbol of their demonstration in refusing to be divided and conquered by the evil from without and gave their unequivocal message of unity to the devil within.8

VI

For the evil from without to preoccupy some analysts who in an underhanded way were second-guessing the patriotism that burst out from Akhriya because the majority ascribes to the traditional faith that has a long history in our region, namely, Islam is one area that requires soul searching from all Eritreans. Why must Eritrean Muslims be boxed in that ever-questionable patriotism when they do something extraordinary as we’ve been made to learn in Asmara last month?9 But, history is replete with examples Eritrean Muslims equally participating in their national idealism, which goes way back to the era of Rabita; to the founding of ELF; to as late as 2013, where Weddi Ali (The FORTO Fiasco) had ended up paying the ultimate price for the sake of Eritrea and its people. And, now Akhriyans rose in unison to show their refusal of a regime bent out of shape to destroy their forty-eight-year-old educational institution of par excellence that produced shining examples of a citizenry who have gone to professions that ranges the gamut.

VII

Part of being a citizen is due diligently doing one’s part by participating in political opposition groups. By remotely criticizing the existing opposition groups without being part and parcel of the process is tantamount to being Armchair Political Philosopher (APP). APPs ought to know better than to criticize those who are toiling to institute change in Eritrea. There is no short cut to seeing the change we wish in our country unless and until we participate in that very process. Doing our homework by studying what these myriads of political parties have to offer and becoming members in the ones that we believe best suits us to the value and principles we uphold becomes the indispensable step we must take. If not now, when?

Foot Notes, Links, & Thoughts

  1. I have vague recollection of this, but it was mentioned in passing in one of the commentaries that Awatawyan make and I am feeling compelled to address it here because it was previously mentioned elsewhere as well.
  2. Alamin Said’s comments made in one of their festivals in Riyadh that coincided with the uprising.
  3. https://www.facebook.com/AwetNhafash/posts/10155713787081215
  4. http://awate.com/halloween-uprising/
  5. As weddi Akhriya born and raised I can attest to that as thousands of Akhiryans would handily corroborate.
  6. Medrekh Radio wouldn’t stop from making this point as though by minimizing the Akhriya uprising it thinks its own version of phantom news would gain credibility. Why would an opposition news outlet undermine an uprising the likes of which none had seen in Eritrea since 1991 defies logic and is unfathomable. Here is one link among many: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=WmoUKRIOAt4
  7. Please read Mahmoud Saleh’s piece in Tigrinya who does an excellent job in refuting the offshore brand of dogmatism: http://www.erigazette.org/?p=10747
  8. On the Devil from Within: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDazYx_x5RM
  9. An example of the demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TACf4pVlyIA
  10. For those who wish the demise of political opposition groups, here is an interesting challenge for you. Forward it to a 3 minute-mark: https://youtu.be/ieZcoEo8e6E
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  • Selam Teodros Alem,

    We are discussing a secondary issue here. It does not matter at all if i lived in gulele, arada, mercato etc, or if ethiopians could tell a tigrayan from an eritrean, only by looking at them without being introduced, as it is not so easy to tell even between ethiopians and eritreans, and between west africans, etc.

    The point is that you have to learn certain fundamental things; that is, there is a difference between tplf and the people of tigray. You can’t call a whole ethnic group “dirt, beggars, twisted heart”, and then tell us later on that you have not insulted them. Unless it is cognitive dissonance, this is an insult and not a praise.

    I am not trying to sway your political opinion in any way, but it is about the right way of political discussion that is the point here.

    What do you mean when you say “low eritrean”?

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam horizon
      Am sorry if i offended u tigraians .am was just expressing our views in addis.
      Low eritrean our views of tigraian standard. Even ricch tigraian considered yeasmara tigra(yeeritrea tigra)

    • Legacy

      Hi Horizon,

      “low Eritrean”

      “ziqitegna Eritrea” = “low Eritrean”

      • Selam Legacy,

        Unfortunately, all this irrationality one sees from the side of regime supporters, is the result of frustration and losing one’s compass. The number one tigrayan rules as an emperor from eritrea, and has destroyed the land and its people, and yet many worship him.

        That superiority complex which brought all the misfortunes continues even today. Regime supporters, which are ready to tell us that they do not support the regime in asmara, while all their comments are pro-regime, simply do not understand that things have changed, and will never be the same again, and they have to change themselves first.

        Confrontation has lost its value, because it is a different world we now live in. The only way forward for the future is cooperation, period, if one is interested in a win-win result, and not a zero-sum game that will bring mutual destruction.

        I have come to understand that the amiche eritreans are the diehard supporters of the regime in asmara, without realizing that the head of the regime is a woyane, they say they hate so much. They have accepted him, simply because he says that he is anti-tplf/woyane. Just give dia the chance to rule from the center, and he will forget all about eritrea. Eritrea is too small for his voracious appetite for power, and it is not out-fetched to say that eritrea may have been his first step to rule ethiopia as the great-great-…. relative of Emperor Yohannes IV. Otherwise, he would not have been so insensitive and so callous to the plight of eritreans.

        Almost three decades after 1991, we still move in the wrong direction. God knows where the end will be. I do not know if the road to prosperity, like the path to paradise (as said), begins and goes through hell. Unfortunately, the vociferous regime supporters are far from the inferno to realize the result of their wish.

        • Legacy

          Hi Horizon,
          He sounds very unhappy person. It is hard to fathom that in 2017 there are still people like him.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam legacy
            Fact and inferiority complex r two different thing.i will explain if u don’t understand.

          • Legacy

            Hi TA,

            What the heck, I am caught up with all my Kardashian’s latest gossip and it does appear to be a slow news weekend: Why not? Go ahead and enlighten me how some people are ‘inferior’ to others.

            For my patience, the only thing I ask is, for you to utilize better diction than “low Eritrean.”

            Shoot——>. 🙂

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam legacy our(people in addis )view of eri(yesamara) tigra and yetigrai tigra.
            Low eri=yetigrai tigra.
            Clean tigrai=yeeritrea(yeasmara)tigra.
            In other words tigragna speaker who is clean, rich, open heart consider eritrean. And the opposite consider tigraian. I think some of the inferiority started since than.

          • Legacy

            Hi TA,

            A life lived in anger is not worth living 🙂

            Still, we love you brother.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam legacy
            U see why i said inferiority and fact r different. What i said about our understanding of eri-tg is true but what u saying doesn’t exist in a real life.u r simply cursing .

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam horizon
          Did i ever talk about the regime in asmara?
          I born and grow up in addis with gondera ancestors.

  • Hi Alex,

    You always concentrate on what others do and never on what the regime in asmara does.

    Dia and the pfdj did not have the mental power to think that for every action there is always an opposite reaction, nevertheless, weren’t most eritreans elites and intellectuals in support of the regime’s aggression in 1998, except few examples like SJG? Do you deny that the regime in asmara did the same thing to ethiopian residents in eritrea? Ethiopians remember the makeshift plastic houses in the streets and parks of addis.

    How did eritreans in ethiopia react to the invasion by the eritrean regime? Did they come out to condemn the undeclared war against ethiopia, the country they earned their livelihood, or were they heart and mind with dia/pfdj, supporting the invasion silently?

    The distinctiveness of eplf and tplf relation, compared to other relations, is that they knew each other as they knew the palms of their hands.

    I cannot say if the deportees were compensated enough, or given the time to sell their properties, as i cannot say how much imported commodity by ethiopia (700m birr, from what i heard) was confiscated at assab port by the eritrean regime.

    Some eritreans are already investing in the construction business in ethiopia. I am sure more eritreans will come to invest in the large and secure market, especially now when they can easily get permanent residence. Many european countries and even the usa, i think, give permanent residence permit to those who invest more than a certain amount of money. Why can’t you see where things are going, and you say nothing when the regime insists on the defunct and defeated policy of isolation and self-reliance?

    May be sudan and uganda, but investing in dubai where businesses start with hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions, it is not the type of money one expects from an eritrean or ethiopian immigrant.

    A new country is like a child; it does not try to run before it learns to walk. This is a fact of life. If the eritrean regime was not arrogant and did not start war against all its neighbors, and if it did not believe in the zero sum game, as much as its relation with ethiopia is concerned, eritrea would have been a different place today

  • Paulos

    Selam Alex,

    Few years ago I read a quasi funny story which appeared on a local paper where a man and his son’s girlfriend got into a heated debate and the man got physical when he got pissed as he was unable to convince the girl that planet earth is in fact spherical not flat as she believed it to be. Of course, the reader would be taken aback for it would be astonishing to find people who in this day and age believe that earth is flat. Hope you got my drift.

  • Berhe Y

    Hi Alex,

    My comment was to him to stop accusing the other Ethiopians for being silent not on purpose, but may simply they don’t know.

    I wasn’t endorsing Hayat allegation. Like you said to wait, until evidence is found would be best before accusing.

    Having said, there is a precedence of a similar event that happened in the past. Three or 4 British and German British were kidnapped from the area. Ethiopia acccused Eritrea and days went by. After the situation got series, I don’t know who did what but they were released. If I recall Eritrea involved either convinced the Afar rebels or forced them but they were released.

    Berhe

    • Hope

      Berhe:
      You said:
      “Having said, there is a precedence of a similar event that happened in the past. Three or 4 British and German British were kidnapped from the area. Ethiopia acccused Eritrea and days went by. After the situation got series, I don’t know who did what but they were released. If I recall Eritrea involved either convinced the Afar rebels or forced them but they were released”.
      Does it mean that Eritrea was behind the kidnapping and killing?
      I call Blink the Greatest up on you.

  • blink

    Dear all
    Apart from the known problems of the two governments, does Eritrea has to be blamed for every death or protest that happened in Ethiopia.
    The weyane government blamed Eritrea for its internal problems, for example
    1.The Oromo protest
    2. The al- shebaba arms trade
    3. AU perceived bomber
    4. Any death across the border
    5. Any problem in Ethiopians question is directed to Eritrea

    How long can the Ethiopians be forgotten by the TPLA ?
    While many Mekele streets were locked by protesters in this week and many people deaths in other parts of Ethiopia, here the Ethiopians of this forum are eager to tell us about one German guy death , the news is by Daniel Berhane who is a weyane mouth piece,is this the exact definition of hypocrisy?

    If you guys think this is the last thing, please get ready for other news.

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam ya blink
      If tplf and eplf become friends The tplfist not only in this forum but all over the cyber world(the pretenders too) will be pro eritrea gov.

      • blink

        Dear Teodrose
        Yes I agree with you, these guys did nothing even care about the Ethiopians question so it is obvious that these people doesn’t care if Issaias and TPLA becomes friends and destroy Eritreans more, they will sing a happy face song. What they care is not justice not economic prosperity not a good will of the people, what they care is one sided care for TPLA and that is simply irresponsible and inhuman.

      • Kalihari Snake

        Hi Tedros Alem: The problem is that the TPLF is illegally occupying Eritrean land and is long as that continues, your are our enemy! Pure and simple!

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam snake
          Tplf snakes r my enemy’s and am not from tigrai or eritrea .am sure u not eritrean.

    • Selam blink,

      You might blame the eritrean regime for the story below. There is this other side of the story. The news that comes out of ethiopia is not only what you mentioned above. Another development is that ethiopia is going to close all the refugee camps over the coming decade.

      Eritrean refugees and others are going to live outside camps within the ethiopian society as equal citizens, with the right for permanent residence and hold or create their own jobs. The eu, un and other western governments are going to help in the construction of industrial parks, where refugees could also find jobs.

      This should worry you when they are bypassing the eritrean regime and working with the ethiopian government (tpla) on issues that concern eritreans. It means that any future refugees will not be easily accepted by the eu. Ethiopia is going to be their home, until they feel that they can return to their country without any fear from future eritrean governments, or they might even remain in ethiopia for ever.

      • blink

        Dear Horizon
        That is great news infact they were too late , imagine the camps were open decades old and it is not like a miracle to give them the right to work or live in Ethiopia but what you all Ethiopians forget is that Eritreans heart always remains in Eritrea. The notion you guys took this as Ethiopianization is that you guys don’t learn from history that happened all from 1960-1998 , there were many in Ethiopia that were cemented in the society yet did you see the line in 1993 inside Addis Abeba for the referendum ask SG,I am very happy for any Eritrean to work in Ethiopia infact I suspect Eritreans will open a business venture in Gonder and feel safe while some from Mekele can not. So it’s just the best thing to happen to Eritreans. Amanuel Hidrat can help you with that too. Still there are Eritreans in Addis and even in Gonder who are making their money and wire to their families through different channels and I agree with your plan. It is on the benefit of Eritreans. Any news about the Sudanese soldiers inside Ethiopia? 45km is too small for weyane because it is not inside Tigrai. Milking the caw as some old awate forumers is coming to reality then , 400,000 ETHIOPIANS are only in the ME , I hope the industrialization of Ethiopia can see them too. As we speak USAID is throwing money yet the numbers of hungry people remained hungry .

        • Mez

          Dear Blink,

          the more society becomes modern, “the right to work” is fundamental.

          Living in a contained refugee camp and getting the fredom to look after job and other self enhancing interests are two fundamentally different things.

          I would think the Eritrean government better look for ways to dry-up the reasons of being the source country of migrants–and that in a peace time.

          Thanks

        • Selam blink,

          You people never learn from your mistakes, and again you want to spoil things for the refugees. You still are with that mentality of milking the 100m cows. You never respect ethiopia’s kindness, whatever she does for you, not even when your people are passing through hard times.

          Let me help you understand this point, unless eritreans respect the law of the land, they will continue to be seen as foreigners and refugees and even as undesired. If they do not abide by the law, the doors will be wide open for them to leave anytime, or they will be forced to. There will be no tolerance for foul play. I hope you understand.

          What eritreans get in ethiopia depends on what they do and how they behave under the ethiopian law. If they come again with the old myth that they showed ethiopians the screw driver and how to eat with forks, or as in the past try to fill an organization with eritreans, or with the mentality of milking the 100m, they are going to be disappointed and rejected outright.

          Two hundred eritreans can contribute but can not save ethiopia. Remember, ethiopia changed and prospered in the absence of eritreans. Therefore, eritreans elites should better humble themselves, because arrogance has always been their Achilles heel. Eritrea can prosper only if the country is at peace with itself and with her neighbors, and with less arogance. Let ethiopians and eritreans work towards such a mutually beneficial future.

          1993 was full of hope and great dreams for eritreans, which dia turned into a nightmare, because his true aspiration was a fiefdom where he could rule as an emperor, and not the true independence and freedom of the eritrean people. Those who speak from their comfort zone do not see or understood the plight of the young, and unless dia is deposed and his supporters constrained, he will continue to empty the land and eritreans will never be able to prosper, and they will not go back to their country.

          Let us therefore put to rest the so called eritrean exceptionalism. It has served no purpose up to now. May be humility and pragmatism, instead of arrogance, would be better for a change.

          • blink

            Dear Horizon
            It is always about what do you have for me , in this case Ethiopia is not different from Angola , Nigeria, Congo, Sudan and other African countries and if you think Gonder is just another Luanda and it will be about how to put money in your acct . Eritreans are always law abiding people, they are always hard working and down to earth people, the fact that Meles throw out 100,000 Eritreans from their business, hospital and school didn’t find any Criminals. How on earth a new 3 days born baby can break a law ? So my understanding is Eritreans will defeat this ploy by weyane and this is for benefits of Eritreans. I completely disagree with Beyan understanding of this generation Eritreans, they will always milk and send the cheese to their mother land unless weyane arrest their muscles. So Ethiopian economy the aid balloon economy is growing for 24 years yet can’t feed its people and with as 400,000 youth in the ME yet weyane will invest in Eritreans and I take that as equal as the MELES promised to YARA . We will see how this wind down but I wanted you to stay awake to more other news.

          • Selam blink,

            What can ethiopia give more than security and the right to live and work? In the sudan you so much prefer, eritreans were made victims of human trafficking, passed on to the sinai for organ harvesting and torture for money extortion. The security ethiopia is providing may not be important to you and the eritrean regime, nevertheless, it is everything for those who are on the receiving side of the inhuman suffering.

            Let us say that this is a woyane conspiracy, if so, what does the regime you support has to offer to eritreans, other than forcing them into exile, and exposing them to all sorts of danger?

            Be sure, if eritreans get settled in ethiopia, and they can support themselves, their second move will be to invite their families, and their parents. Instead of telling the regime to wise up and keep eritreans in their country, you are talking of milking others to support the regime.

            With aid, fdi and the 400K and more ethiopian immigrants sending back to ethiopia more than $3bn every year, ethiopia is building her economy, and the difference between the two countries is already there for everybody to see, except regime supporters.

            Finally, about your daily troparion, “ethiopia can’t feed itself, famine in ethiopia, etc”, you see, the eritrean regime has solved the existence of food shortage in eritrea by denying everything. Two/third of the children under 5 are stunted due to malnourishment, there are food queues starting from 4 o’clock in the morning, etc. Let me ask you something i fail to understand: how is it possible eritrea can manages to feed her people when the farmlands are empty, because the able-bodied young eritreans are either at the borders in the trenches, or in refugee comps in different countries?

          • blink

            Dear Horizon
            First I don’t support PFDJ but I find it hard to believe on complaining each seconds of the day. Second the news of human trafficking from Ethiopia to Sudan was and is still carried out by weyane cronies and is still going on as we speak, third as you know Sudan is my favorite place for Eritreans but since you guys only care about the Tigrinya speaking, I cannot speak on terms of your definition of Eritreans. There are millions of Eritreans in Sudan and they have been living there from 1967 . Sudan has given work permit to Eritreans from the get go and weyane has been locking Eritreans while they send their relatives to USA and eat UNHCR money of Eritreans by right.

            You see , I don’t lose sleep talking about PFDJ crime because I am well past that level , how long do you think some one has to complain and remain there , opposing PFDJ is Eritreans job not your corocodile tears , you and alike has been advocating for your small group of TPLA and that is admirable but to lecture Eritreans on what to say or not is not your job. First see your brothers in Ethiopia are dying at gun point daily , it is established facts weyane are killing innocent people on day light yet you have the time to talk about Eritreans what a hypocritical point of view is that.

            For me Sudan is the best place and that will not change due to your sleep in this site . I am telling a story based on facts , Ethiopian leaders are the killers of Eritreans and it is a fact proven .There is no so called love for Eritreans but only heinous evil intentions by adwa based inferiority complexity.

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam horizon
        What kind of twisted logic is that?
        Eritrean used to own a lot of best thing in all over ethiopia so r u want us to celebrate eritrean will come out off from the refugee camp news?
        Who r u to tell let say a guy from addis whose ancestors from eritrea what to do in addis?

      • Paulos

        Selam Horizon,

        The Weyanes are in a “gotcha moment” where they are venting out age old grudges as they were treated as third class citizens in “Orientale Italiana” that had persisted for generations. The unhinged and relentless conspiracy mill goes, the reason the Weyanes are reluctant to take on Isaias is the fact that, they wanted the Eritrean youth to come out in droves not only to empty the nation but to make them second class citizens in Ethiopia as well. And now the conspiracy is moved a notch up, that is, the reason the Weyanes are trying to assimilate them into the greater Ethiopian population is to get them back into the Ethiopia-proper psychology and to whitewash the Eritrean identity. Here is the deal though: Conspiracy theory is on a verge to be taken as a mental anomaly simply because it is not true. The truth of the matter is however, Ethiopian leaders are too smart to entertain stupid ideas for the Eritrean people are sovereign and no one determines their future but themselves.

        • Kalihari Snake

          Hi Paulos: You are a bit off the mark. Granting asylum to Eritrean refugees is 100% a propaganda ploy! And, please do not kid yourself, as the recalcitrant attitude of Ethiopia in regards to the EEBC decision has EVERYTHING to do with true respect to Eritrean sovereignty as TPLF remains glued on Assab!

          • Paulos

            Selam Kalihari,

            The long term objectives particularly economic objectives of Ethiopia is rather hugely ambitious to say the least where the aim is to make the country a middle income nation in less than a decade or so. And Ethiopia seems to be left with no any other choice but to have an access to the sea where the other outlets are either too congested or too small to play a pivot in Ethiopia’s ambitious economic plan.

            And obviously the question is still valid as to how does Ethiopia intends to have an access to the sea. Certainly, Ethiopia can not reinvent the wheel if you will to contend the sovereignty of Asseb for it is part and parcel of Eritrea. However, for all practical reasons, using Asseb not only benefits Ethiopia but obviously Eritrea as well. Between the idea to use Asseb and its practice however, something ought to happen: The two nations need to realize that they need each other if they have the heart and the will to better the lives of their respective citizens. Sure enough, one will shout Bad’me-Bad’me and eventually the Ethiopian leaders will have to withdraw from Bad’me for the plot of land is dwarfed in comparison with what is ahead beyond the horizon for Ethiopia’s ambitions. That said, It will be seen if the Eritrean leaders have the heart to see things in terms of vision and progress in post-Bad’me or if they are to reverse back into punishing the Eritrean people as a pretext of a new bogeyman.

          • Kalihari Snake

            HI Paulos. Ethiopia’s middle income status aspiration, like that of Tanzania, will fail simple because of inordinately high fertility rates. And that has nothing to do in terms of access to the sea in the case of Ethiopia. Give Ethiopia full access to Eritrean ports and the economy, like that of Tanzania, is doomed to fail in the future unless family planning if firmly embraced; there is absolutely no question in that regard. Should Ethiopia withdraw from Badme, there would be even swaggle room within the future 10 years for Ethiopia to markedly move, forward to a POINT, even with a brutal PIA in power. Again, the fertility/family planning factor is creating havoc for Ethiopia as it is for almost all sub-Saharan African nations.

          • Paulos

            Selam Kalihari,

            I must say I disagree. As I see it, the key is equity in income redistribution based on sound public policy and investing in human capital as in education and health sector as well. The plan to transform Ethiopia into a middle income nation is based on a radical shift from agriculture based into manufacturing-export oriented economy.

            Rising wages not only in developed nations but in the rising nations including China and India among otgers are outsourcing their plants into cheaper wages, cheap energy and less tax where Ethiopia is stationed to reap the advantages for it provides the latter. Contrary to your take, the productive segment of the society will transform the nation as it engages in heavy industries based on clean energy that will ultimately generate a healthy economy provided good governance is put in place.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Paulos. You sound like a replica prepared speach reply of many African Governments to include Ethiopia and Tanzania. In the case of Ethiopia, the cripling factor, aside from rampant population growth, is the totally mismanaged and corrupt land investment/allocation policy. On tope of that, Ethiopia has absolutely no private banking system which is now equating to drowning in a pool of financial debt. Why is the Ethiopian birr on the black market now fetching 32 to 1 USD? Why are there demonstrations in Ethiopia over the past 2 years? It is all tied into Tigray land grabbing and/or international associated land grabbing piggybacked on TPLF interests. While the economy of Ethiopia has shown tremendous growth over the past several years, such dividends have only benefitted those aligned with TPLF interests. And again, I cannot overemphasize the importance of uncontrolled population growth as in the case of Ethiopia. Name one other country in world with population grown on line with that of Ethiopia which has an enduring economy? Nada!!!!

          • Paulos

            Selam Kalihari,

            I guess we will have to leave it there for the exchange of ideas is not going anywhere.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Paulos: I just sent you a reply but it is being blocked by the website.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Sorry Paulos to disrupt your UNDP idealistic monologue! Of course, nobody can be allowed to challenge unrealistic economic West prospered economic ideology with realms of the real world reality check! Go ahead an dream my child…..Ethiopia within 10 years will be food self-sufficient!

          • Paulos

            Kalihari,

            Do you watch “Fargo”? It is one of my all time “Black Comedy*” TV drama series where I am literally hooked to it. It is an anthology where every season carries completely different plots and personalities as well but in every season dialogue, the actors have the habit or fond of saying “Ok then” at the end of practically all the dialogues. And I say to you, ok then!

            *The reason it is called “Black Comedy” is not so much because either the actors are African Americans or the plot is related to African-Americans but because the genre is a rather cultural taboo shattering plot.

          • Mez

            Dear Mr. Snake,

            In your other discussion, you stated
            1)…..will fail simple because of inordinately high fertility rates….

            Some facts (there is no inordinary high fertility):
            1) African yearly average population growth is around 2.5%

            2) Population growth variation across the continent is +/- .5% from 1)

            3) the best solution to get out of the population growth trap is job creation and industrialization; not necessarily via birth control.

            Your conclusion not necessarily sound.

            Thanks

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam paulos
            Tplf policy on eritrea comes from its ideology which is whoever speak same language are one people. It is nothing to do with asseb.

          • Paulos

            Selam T.A.

            Could you please elaborate on that. I am afraid you’re losing me.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam paulos
            Tplf believe the tigraign speaking people of eritrea and tigrai are one people.
            People and people’s politics is the core principle of tplf.asseb and ethiolpia interest r nothing to do with the current Ethiopia gov. Policy..its all about ethnic. U can call it the greater tigrai or agazian but nothing to do with the rest of Ethiopia.

          • Paulos

            Selam T.A.

            I disagree but I respect your opinion.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Paulos
            Can i ask which part of it u disagree? I wanna learn.

          • Paulos

            T.A.

            With all due respect everything you said doesn’t make any sense to me.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam paulos
            I said
            1.tplf believe tigrai and tigraign speaking people of Eritrea r one people.
            2.the core principle of tplf ideology is ethnicity
            3.the current ethiopia gov. Policy towards eritrea is nothing to do with asseb and nothing to do to protect non tigraian ethiopian interest.

          • Paulos

            Selam T.A.

            I disagree. Let’s leave it at that.

        • Beyan

          Dear Paulos,

          What a fascinating discussion you are having on two fronts: (1) On the social & political factors with Horizon and on the economic/political/social aspects of Ethiopia’s future prospect vis a vis Eritrea and beyond, with Kalahari. You’re, indeed, one Eritrean that can hold substantive discussions with more on multiple fronts, my hats off to you for that.

          One with Horizon is what I found a bit more curious than one with Kalihari, because on the discussions with the latter, I am simply learning from both of your vast knowledge on the subject matter that you speak of. Therefore, let me confine myself to the former. Here is what I mean.

          Whether it’s from the rumor mill or the conspiracy theory gone berserk, I am of the opinion that I’d rather see our young Eritreans find their alcove within the Ethiopia’s proper than what they’ve been facing beyond the Ethiopian shores. I need not mention it here for you know it more than I do, the devastating blow to their person which continues to be visited upon them in the Mediterranean Sea and the in-between places that we thought we had seen it all with organ harvesting and now add to that the scourge of putting them in the market place for slave trade within Libya…ignoring this fact and focusing on the motive of Ethiopian government’s political ploy I find unsettling to say the list.

          Conspiracy theory and rumor mill aside, you conclude your statement with this: “The truth of the matter is however, Ethiopian leaders are too smart to entertain stupid ideas for the Eritrean people are sovereign and no one determines their future but themselves.”

          The partial rejoinder in question that you provide above was extracted, in part, to the following entry from Horizon:

          “Eritrean refugees and others are going to live outside camps within the ethiopian society as equal citizens, with the right for permanent residence and hold or create their own jobs. The eu, un and other western governments are going to help in the construction of industrial parks, where refugees could also find jobs.

          “This should worry you when they are bypassing the eritrean regime and working with the ethiopian government (tpla) on issues that concern eritreans. It means that any future refugees will not be easily accepted by the eu. Ethiopia is going to be their home, until they feel that they can return to their country without any fear from future eritrean governments, or they might even remain in ethiopia for ever.” (Horizon).

          Now, Paulos, even if there was a sinister ploy to this, would you rather not have our young settle in Ethiopia than facing the manmade disaster that had befallen them to face yet another manmade savagery and barbarity, the likes of which we’ve never seen before based on what I briefly highlighted above? Eritreans have had a special place in Ethiopian society. Wherever they settled in Ethiopia they prospered and succeeded on many endeavors they have had to put their hands on. History substantiates this fact with the exception of the war-years’ knee jerk reaction of uprooting that was reversed in the later years.

          If your concern is of the new Eritrean generation’s youth manpower drain, I share your concerns because, this time around, I am afraid, our young will not be swayed as easily to move back, especially, if the host country, Ethiopia, treats them as equal citizens that Horizon referenced. This time around, this generation, unlike the previous generation, who put its wherewithal on Eritrea full throttle when independence of de facto was pronounced in 1991 and de jure, in 1993; this generation, I am afraid, will demand that the country Eritrea would be worth their while to move back to, because of what they have seen and experienced under the ones whom they considered of their own. When your own makes your life on earth a nightmare from which recovery was next to impossible, then the country better make it that it is worth their while to return to their homeland. The previous generation never entertained some such questions because the tormentors were not Eritreans, but with our new generation, it is completely different political game altogether.

          Sincerely,
          Beyan

          • Paulos

            Selam Dr. Beyan,

            Many thanks for those kind words. The feeling is certainly mutual. Here is the flip side of the conspiracy theory as in this time around coming from the other side of the dividing river. The reason the Weyanes are trying to integrate Eritrean refugees into the greater population is to expand their ethnic base for the Tigreans make up barely 6% of the entire population. I say this of course with a chuckle. For all practical purposes however, something unique stands out. If other African nations are taking advantage of the stellar work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit of Eritreans (read: Juba, Kampala and Luanda among others) Ethiopia has everything to gain by hosting Eritreans and providing opportunitis. To be more precise, the cinical self often times is tempted to say Ethiopia is poised to benefit more where the altruistic reasons are eclipsed by cold calculations.

            Ceteris Paribus as in economic-speak, in the long run, Eritreans in Ethiopia can create a strong base not only to influence Ethiopian politics but can play a key role as Eritrea charts ways. It will be a completely new ball game. These are certainly speculations where an “over active imagination” run wild but the scenario can as well carry detriment simply because most of the refugees came of age after independence. That is, Eritrean nationalism can be compromised as they come to face a new reality where the past was indeed unpredictable if you will. If they speak the same language and share the same cultural values with the host, where does the distinction reside becomes a glaring challenge to an enquiring young mind. The choice will be left not only to time but to a practical considerations as well where the world at large is moving into a borderless nation-states and perhaps the new base may elect for that as well.

        • Selam Paulos,

          I should also thank Dr. Beyan for putting the whole issue in the right perspective – people before anything else – without saying in anyway that you do not share the same opinion.

          The point is that conspiracy theory or otherwise, throughout human history people always moved to places where they can survive, feel safe and if possible prosper, and they made a country out of it. That is why, even today, we speak of “my second country”. Things have changed a lot over centuries of human history. Once upon a time, people could sacrifice themselves for their religion, not anymore, then for the state, and today it is about the self, the individual.

          As Dr Beyan very well put it, eritrea should be made livable, attractive and a mother to her people, for them to embark on the homeward journey, and no more eritreans are made to leave their country. Therefore, it is not the conspiracy of others that drives eritreans away from their country.

          One should blame the eritrean regime and not the woyanes for making eritrea unlivable. I doubt that the woyane have formulated a sinister plan to empty eritrea and make them second class citizens in ethiopia. Ethiopia had the moral obligation to accept eritreans, and that is what she did. If eritrea is emptied due to the policy of the regime, the regime and not the ethiopian government is responsible.

          Let us say that the whole 2m kebessa eritreans move to ethiopia; what is this going to change for the woyane? They will continue to live in the sea of other ethiopians in middle country.

          Finally, Eritrean nationalism is not a panacea and it is not going to make eritreans return home, but the political climate, economic prosperity of the country and the right to live free of persecution and outrageous obligations. These are the things that are going to do the job, because eritrean nationalism is not a unique phenomenon, and every human being happens to have this feeling.

          • Beyan

            Dear Horizon,

            A lens without political considerations, without any fanfare, assumptions, innuendos, red herring, etc., focusing on the facts, a picture might emerge that puts Ethiopia in good light, but facts are fact and where Eritreans who have had interactions with Ethiopians in their country, I conjecture the benefits outweigh than the vice versa. Let us consider one area of Haile Selassie era: The emperor had selectively given educational opportunity to Eritreans of that generation. All what one has to do is look at the Dr. Asmeroms, Dr. Kidanes, seemingly countless Eritreans who are still serving the current regime in Eritrea, these are individuals who benefited from Ethiopia’s school system.

            Not to mention those who are in higher education institutions who have done well in their respective professions who made a home here in the West. I started listing the names that came to mind, and I was able to easily count about a dozen. If each one of us does that, we will, I am sure be surprised at the size of it. Of course, nobody can take away that these people earned their accolades because they had what it took to make it in their respective professions, nobody can take that away from them. The point is, they succeeded because they took advantage of the opportunities that were presented to them, whether it came from the then occupier of their country or not.

            Let me tell you part of my own family’s history to illustrate another point. Well, my only uncle, an older sibling to my dad, moved to Ethiopia on his own volition when opportunities seemed too small and far between for his ambitions in his own country; he packed and left for Addis while my father stayed in Asmara. My uncle prospered, seemingly, in no time. This is one example among thousands upon thousands who had done well in private sector in Ethiopia. I still have my cousins and nieces there who are happily earning a living in Ethiopia, comfortably at that. What this tells is a story of the ample tolerance that Ethiopia continues to show toward Eritreans. It is not just in Ethiopia either. Eritreans are talented bunch as Dr. Paulos has pointed out in how well they’ve done in different parts of the world wherever they reside.

            As much as I want to blame Ethiopia for all of Eritreans’ ills, in good conscience I just can’t. Sure, we have made a monumental blunder in waging a war before we made full recovery from the thirty years war that we waged for independence. The blunder of 1998-2000 war I can only attribute to the mother of all blunders that the regime in Eritrea committed and no one else should shoulder that responsibility. Of course, Ethiopia continues to milk it for what it’s worth as its policies toward Eritrea is a manifestation of what it sees benefits it. Now, the unintended consequence of such a policy of no-war-no-peace with Eritrea might come to haunt it due to the drastic regional instability facing across the Red Sea and its own internal struggles to maintain order. But, that’s neither here nor there as far as Eritreans are concerned. As you clearly put it:

            “One should blame the eritrean regime and not the woyanes for making eritrea unlivable. I doubt that the woyane have formulated a sinister plan to empty eritrea and make them second class citizens in ethiopia. Ethiopia had the moral obligation to accept eritreans, and that is what she did. If eritrea is emptied due to the policy of the regime, the regime and not the ethiopian government is responsible…Let us say that the whole 2m kebessa eritreans move to ethiopia; what is this going to change for the woyane? They will continue to live in the sea of other ethiopians in middle country…Finally, Eritrean nationalism is not a panacea and it is not going to make eritreans return home, but the political climate, economic prosperity of the country and the right to live free of persecution and outrageous obligations. These are the things that are going to do the job, because eritrean nationalism is not a unique phenomenon, and every human being happens to have this feeling.”

            Sincerely,
            Beyan

    • Kalihari Snake

      Hi Blink. You are 100% on target!

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Blink,

      Here the classic you trying to protect PFDJ at any cost. I am not saying Ethiopia is right, I simply do not know. And I don’t think the other Ethiopians know it either if they don’t comment on it.

      I also don’t think you know 100% that Eritrea has nothing to do with it, unless you work in the president office.

      Berhe

      • blink

        Dear berhe
        If you did not read my comment pls read it again after that use edit option, it is open for all of us due to human incompetence. There is no reason that a person dead inside Ethiopia by Ethiopian opposition or by weyane for its money hunting behavior can be blamed, what do you think about the Oromo protest , what do you think about the AU bombing accusations, please save me from another accusations because, I truly believe you did nothing more than me to oppose PFDJ.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi blink,

          I read your comments and all your comments and I understand them perfectly.
          Your objective is always one and the same. If you one reads, everyone of your comment is to support / help the ERITREAN / PFDJ regime.

          Yesterday you were saying people should pay 2% so they can continue their higher learning. Acria told you, they should not because they don’t need their papers. He told you there is no credible accredited university that accepts their papers anyway to give them masters program. But you ignore it and insist that it’s good idea for the young rather than wasting their time.

          Ethiopia is giving thousands of ERITREAN free access to University. Even though there are evidence by you deny it anyway as propaganda. Why if you care about higher education of the young then you don’t support if they get it in Ethiopia.

          You appear to care for the young but the objective is to help PFDJ.

          The other day you were accusing the ERITREAN activists for advocating EU to stop the flow of refugees. You said they oppose it because they are benefitting from the smuggling. They are your target (to support the PFDJ) because they are the same people pushing to send the PFDJ to ICC. But we see the results, the smugglers now turned to torture / slave trade because the routes are closed.

          Now Ethiopia is giving them work permit and ability to earn a living rather that being tortured or as slaves. Here again you are arguing that this is not better alternative for them and insulting the hosts who are taking them and giving them something from the little they have. A person with normal mind would appericiate it and thankful, he does not go around and insult.

          Again why do you oppose the better option for ERITREANs instead you would rather see people suffer as long as it doesn’t benefit the regime.

          You spend hours and hours accusing others, Ethiopia, opposition, activists, website who are targeting the regime. But you have one line against the PFDJ “we know the the PFDJ is bad do there is no point to repeat”.

          Like I said in your comments the target is anyone or any idea against the PFDJ

          You do it very cleverly, it took me a long time to see it.

          P.S. I know you are going to ignore this one too:).

          Berhe

          • blink

            Dear berhe
            You are becoming a disappointment really, when did I oppose the work permit for Eritreans in Ethiopia? I specifically told Horizon this was too late and it is good news , Mention one comment I oppose this ? Don’t forget you have a tendency to accuse people from the sky and I don’t buy any of such behavior, so stay clean .

            Why would you open the sea in order to sea their body for propaganda?
            Why wouldn’t you care about the youth to go to higher education? You are just hiding behind the dictator failure unless your notion is dirty as hell.

            You are just all over with your laundry list of accusations and I say “ yirdaeka” zi hawey . You supposed to reply to my question but since that is not good side of yours , you jump to accusing me, bad choice . But I sense you are not letting your disagreements with me about the Gencider relationship of the so called Habesha love one people.

          • Thomas

            Hi Blink,
            If you think you have any credibility left, please try to save it. Berhe has used line by line of your comments to expose you. These days, it has become a fashion to secretly support the murderers. Except a few of your minds, everyone here is very aggressively working to see the pfdj mafias gone and that is by any means. You seem to have dedicated your time to attack those against the mafias regime. Be a man and stop hiding. It is very easy to detect on which side you are working on.

          • blink

            Dear Thomas
            Credibility? Where do I read the same sentence and from who ? Some one who bragged about her/his English caliber .You guys think very high about yourself and it is tragic to see people like you go on hunting words of the So So and then this , do you think I will consider any of you weyane cry baby leftovers to be any thing worthy but shenanigans. Stay tight because I don’t really look after your praising words.
            The day I think about your praising is the day I became weyane inferior complexity state of mind and that will never ever come.

          • Thomas

            Hi Blink,
            I take my comment back because I don’t want to harm an already falling tree:)

          • blink

            Dear Thomas
            Bravo Thomas

          • Berhe Y

            Hi blink,

            From now on, I will try in just one line or few sentence to summarize the objective and purpose of your comments.

            Acria school / Aboy Musa – you went all crazy about sharia this, sharia that, atheist this atheist that….

            Your objective: you are appear to protect the institution (secularism) but you were defending the action of the regime

            Acria demonstration: You went non stop to deny, to down play, the demonstrations as if you were in the middle of it. You told us the regime will crash it and they will be arrested.

            You Objective: To discourage, to down play and protect the regime.

            The Sheik from Sudan – you want all crazy, he is preaching this, preaching that, he is against the tewahdo….

            Your Objective: To create a wedge between Muslims / Christians so the people to forget focusing on the regime.

            Beyan article mentioning 2%: You seem to care for the Eritreans young to continue higher education and you were encouraging them to pay the 2% and stop the actions Canada took from repeating else were. You are advising people pay in order to continue their study. How did you get your papers if you didn’t pay? And which university is accepting Eritrean for masters program who graduated from the military collages?

            Your Objective: You want to protect the PFDJ and so it doesn’t lose money (2%) and continue it’s subjugation and control of Eritrean abroad.

            Eritreans in Ethiopia University / Work permit: When Fanti gave you the numbers of Eritreans offered higher education in Ethiopia, you said it’s propaganda. The fact is otherwise…

            Your objective: You don’t care about Eritreans getting eduction but you are pocking the Ethiopian authorities who are offering this to create a wedge with Eritrean people and to show that Eritreans are not grateful.

            Ali Salim Article: You went all crazy about Ali Salim article and what he wrote. You qouted AT guide lines..you went after AT to ask why they entertain his articles.you make it sound like AT has an agenda to promote his agenda ..you seem to care about the Orthodox that you love to hate with your atheism agenda…

            Your objective: Again to create a wedge and to show the Christian that, AT is against Christians..look what they are doing…

            mewedaEta yeblun..natka…:) TegeTimka eka..

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear berhe
            I have no idea if you are blind or deaf , I asked you to come clean of accusing people from sky but yet again you disappointed me sir . What a disappointment and is that . If I have any plan to wage a friction between Eritreans, don’t I have other places to do it ?
            Think again
            1. I don’t like any religious rules and I am against them at any site
            2. I do not insult people based on their ethnic but Ali salim did million times in this site.
            3. I am for the closing of the Libya root because I am not like you who enjoy young man dead body for political propaganda, you do
            4. I don’t hate Tigrinya but I do believe the habesha thing is false and it must be seen as a view held by people who waged war on both people.
            5. On the 2% , I specifically pointed out the reason to acria why I think is a joke.
            6. On the number Fanti gave , I truly believe it is a ploy by your masters in adwa because let’s see it this way . The camp was open before 10 years and no one was allowed to work and even to move from the camp was a permit issue.
            7. I asked you to bring a prove about my opposition to the work permit, you couldn’t find one ,

            But as expected you could comment for the sake of making your accusations as true so you repeat them again and again until you call someone a genius loser like your weyane sympathy friend.

            At the end what I can conclude about your own understanding is a secret and I will keep it for me.

            You try very hard to go on your white paper list of accusations to say Ho , you are PFDJ, try new one because I already told you that I have passed that level .

          • Berhe Y

            Dear blink,

            Weyane are not my masters. What ever help Ethiopia is giving, I am grateful. I don’t go around and insult them. You are denying the number of students getting to University. What evidence do you have it’s a ploy? But that doesn’t go well for PFDJ.

            The elephant in the room is PFDJ? If it’s not for PFDJ, there will not be Eritreans refugees in Ethiopia, Sudan or Lybia. There is no snai, Sahara or Mediterranean Eritreans will be dying. There was no need for Eritreans to go to Europe or Ethiopia for undergrad, and 2% or what ever abuse Eritreans are subjected to.

            How on earth you say, I am pasr PFDJ crimes and moved on? How on earth can you move on, when all the problems are (100%) because of PFDJ.

            Yet you spend day and night in this website to blame others who have nothing to do with all the problems our people are going through but you focus on non existent problems or target those who are doing with merger resources they have for not doing enough.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            Can i ask
            1. U don’t think the war or cold war b/t tplf and eritrea gov. nothing to do for the migration of eritrean refugees ?
            2. Do u think eth gov(tplf) is telling the truth about the numbers of eri refugees in eth. University and in the refugee camp?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Tedros,

            1) the boarder has nothing to do with it. Reason is, once the UN peace keeping was involved, it should have continued its course. Eritrean government should be on alert but not to the point of destroying the population to the point of not capable to defend itself. The UN left as a result of the ERITREAN government lack of cooperation.

            What ever Ethiopian government decide to is not a reason to abuse your own citizens.

            2) I don’t know if the number is true or not but I know some Eritreans who studied in Ethiopia. I know a lot who love there permanent or as transit. Today Ethiopia is one of the safest place for Eritreans.

            Weather the Ethiopian government doing as a good gesture or for political gain, is immaterial. The results is what matters and we should be greatful regardless.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            It doesn’t matter whose fault was it .leave that for eebc. What i ask was
            1.do u believe ethio_eri war (cold war) has nothing to do with the refugees?
            U can say yes or no

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Tedros,

            No.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            In other words u saying war (cold war)don’t affect the economic and political progress of any ccountries.

          • Berhe Y

            Selam Tedros,

            When did I said that?

            Berhe

          • Thomas

            Hi Berhe,
            Cold war is very general. DIA himself said we don’t have border issues with Ethiopia and the border will be physically demarcated whenever possible. He also mentioned the virtual demarcation and said that is more than enough. People like Teodros are “tsemamat” or acting purposely stupid and dumb. DIA is putting everything on hold, because he wanted people like this stupid Teodros to talk about it.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam thomas
            I know inferiority complex turn u guys in to bloodsuckers zambi but r u telling me there is no cold war between Eritrea and inferior tplf gov. ?

          • Paulos

            Selam T.A.

            What does Cold-War mean?

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam paulos
            Sabotaging the economy, diplomacy war. Proxy war and so on

          • Paulos

            Selam T.A.

            Not sure where you got that from. Here is how Wiki defines Cold-War: “Was a state of political tension after World War II between powers in the Eastern Block and powers in the Western Block.”

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam paulos
            What matter is if u got the point.

          • Abrehet Yosief

            Selam Paulos,
            Cold is hot, hot is cold. War is peace, peace is war. No war no peace is the cause for exodus. There is no border problem, youth are fleeing because it is the international trend. No they flee because of CIA. Accepting refugees for 17 years is a political ploy. Helping the poor is to compensate for inferiority complex. A consulate does not inquire about its citizens but is there to collect taxes. Which way to the psychiatric ward please?

          • Paulos

            Selam Abrehet,

            When people are presented with hard facts contrary to their core beliefs and when they resist to accept the facts, social psychologists call it cognitive dissonance. Thing is however, the trolls and regime apologists are leaving the social experts scratch their heads for there is no consensus to understand the whole situation. It is bizarre to say the least. What is more bizarre is when the man they are hell bent to protect hails from the very people they are determined to vilify till kingdom comes.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            I ask u if ethio-eri war has anything to do with the refugees and u said no.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Teodros,

            You asked me if the Cold War ( I understood it you mean no war no peace) has something to do with refugees. I said no.

            Then you changed the question and told me that I said “war does not affect a country economically and politically”. That’s not what you asked me. I think I understand what you are getting at. I am going to make assumption so correct me if I am wrong.

            Because of the no war no peace situation, it’s affecting Eritrea economically and politically and it’s the reason for the ERITREAN refugee crisis.

            Anyway affects polically, economically, socially and psychologically and any other cally of any country. We are talking an emouous human and material destruction. Let’s move to next part.

            I disagree that the refugee crisis is directly related to the no peace and no war situation. I said no because, if it’s is it should affect both countries equally (proportionally).

            But it hasn’t, there aren’t any Ethiopians running away to Ethiopia as refugees. Not only the supposed armed solieders but women bad young children? I realize Ethiopia is bigger country and it has large population, so the effect is not the same. But this seems to agffect on Eritrea. Why is that?

            That’s the reason why I said the war is not the reason but bad governance and dictatorship is the main reason. Let me give you similar example North and South Korea. Both countries were in similar destitute situation after the end of Korean War but the South is able to create economic miracle but the north is still in war footing from 70 years ago.

            The difference is really simple. One country allowed its citizens to live in peace, to reach their potential while the citizens (they national service in South Korea by the way) are ready to protect their country.

            Where as in the North, they created an open prison with restriction and total control of the country and the people are held hostage.

            If it wasn’t for the heavy patrolled boarder with China, all of North Korea would have been refugee by now.

            The case of Eritrea aid the same. If the ERITREAN governments focus was the people and the country, then Eritreans would have found means and ways to live in peace in their own country,

            Berhe

          • Alex

            Hi Berhe,
            You stated above we should have allowed the UN to stay in the Eritrean border. Based on the Algeres agreement they suppose to stay until the border is demarcated. But wayane with the support of USA refused to allow the demarcation to be done. So why do we want them to stay in our country indefinitely, since they were inside eritrean land.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Alex,

            Are you saying ERITREAN decision giving the UN to leave the right decision?

            Did we the borders demarcated ?

            Then what did get out since they left?

            If you are going to defend something, either have the facts or honest to your self.

            Forget what the ERITREAN president or the ERITREAN government says.

            Can you find one evidence that says the US supported Ethiopia refusal of demarcation?

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            Fact
            1.tplf refuse to implement the eebc decision before another negotiation.
            2.eebc decision is final and binding arbitration.
            3.the un doesn’t want to force tplf gov to obey the eebc decision.
            4.the un left because they couldn’t do thier job which is to implement the eebc decision and make sure ceasefire is respected.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Tedros,

            Do you read something that’s not written.

            Alex said “But wayane with the support of USA refused to allow the demarcation to be done.”

            And I asked him “Can you find one evidence that says the US supported Ethiopia refusal of demarcation?”

            Mr. Fact guy,

            Can you please provide any evidence for that ?

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear berhe
            Yes America supported weyane and it is open truth unless you are at the pocket of Weyane that you look on alternative facts .

          • Berhe Y

            Hi blink,

            You are as good as the rEsi Akat president you have. He is not fit for office and he doesn’t know what diplomacy means and how to navigate the ins and outs of the political games.

            Since you seem to be close to the president at least in thinking, who know may be in reality as well…I advice you to watch the “Three God Father movie” and you will learn what it means “it’s not personal only business”. You will learn what it means “give him an offer he can’t resist” means…

            All Eritrean needs to do after the verdict went in it’s favour play along with all the demands of the UN…and meet it’s obligations… Leave the fight to be between Ethiopia and the UN….

            Ethiopia was trapped in agreement that it signed and can’t get out…it tried all it can..but what Eritrean needs to show was only patience…

            On the home front, if the president has the balls, he would have implemented the constitution, instituted all the institution…build on developing the country, economically, academically, etc.. and leave the border issue with few capable lawyers…

            But he had other plans…plans to destroy the Eritrean people …

            And here you are his agent defending him all the crazy actions he took and he is endangering not only the people but the country if it will be a viable nation..

            Because his arrogance and reEsi Akat Mentality what we got instead…

            the UNMEE file completly forgotten and collecting dust. No SC would talk about it until there is an all out war.. which kem ab may zEtewa Anchiwa will not dare to initiate.

            The border is not demarcated…Ethiopia now or future leaders can use any excuse to instigate fights…specially if the Arabs are at their door steps..

            The country is slapped with sanctions and it’s affecting investment, affecting cost of doing business.

            The population is being emptied out…there is no medicine basic supply…no higher education…

            All you PFDJ supporters are banking for Ethiopia, the US and the UN to save you…you are banking the same organization that you label them as your number one enemy to do the favor for you….that is to accept and demarcate the border for you…….WHY..so that to help him vindicate so he can declare VICTORY against them…

            It doesn’t work that way…it the diplomatic world..every one needs to come as a winner..it’s give and take not demand…

            Here is my prediction….he will be gone, dead, kaput before he see the border demarcated…

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear berhe
            First I have to agree on one point and that is Issaias is unfit to lead even two sheeps to water stream , second yes Eritrea lost a great deal of chance to use diplomacy but I personally don’t expect any better result from Issaias who drowned his best revolution fighters in to prison.
            The border is dimarcated and even if it is not , it doesn’t require Issaias or PFDJ.
            Third I have advised you many times to look at your sugar level ,when you use words that are insulting. Sit tight about death because we never know whose PH level is going to be lower than 6.5 or above 7.4 level. It can be you or may be the TPLA president because Meles do go below 6.5 PH level or above 7.4 and so do saleh of Yemen.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Blink,

            Don’t worry about my sugar level. And if I go first, that is ok. I am not taking the country and the people with me. So there is nothing to worry about me..the only people who need me are my family and they have taken care of…just to put it out…

            My insults were in reaction to your insults…why do you say I am on the pocket of Weyane….why can’t you take the argument I am making and shred it for it’s validity.

            No the border is not demarcated physically…virtual means nothing except drawings. Both party need to agree to demarcate it..Ethiopia needs to sign off…..do you know what that means.

            you should really look at how Russia was able to annex Crimea from Ukraine.. Eritrea is too weak, too divided and too isolated to make a case for her self, if anything like that happened.

            The Weyane are over your head..if they are able to navigate the storm…with their upcoming election and calm the internal problems…if they are able to successfully build their dam ….believe it or not..what their next agenda will be…

            And if they manage to secure and restore Ethiopia and access to the sea…all their sin will be erased and they will be glory for them….no body cares after that…..

            This is why this rEsi Akat needs to be removed and gone for good before too late….

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear Berhe
            it seems i am peeling your views one by one , You said look at russia and also you used many ifs to come to your dream of TPLA of sea access , I have a very good news for you sir , Eritrea will be protected even by 80 years old because that is what we did before , second i want to assure you that the Djubuiti is adding a tarfi for more money to their pocket by charging more from Ethiopian consumers. So the sea thing is off the table sir , you just exposed yourself .

          • Berhe Y

            Hi blink,

            You say 1976 manifesto? Why did IA and company supported TPLF in destroying ELF, so they can help TPLF achieve their dreams. You see, the more I think about, this outrages hate you have for Tigray is exactly like those ERITREAN leaders, who they happen to be origin of Tigray, of the self hate they exemplify.

            Now it’s all clear, you are pilled with nothing left to hide.

            From now on when you comment, if everyone ask these questions:

            1) what is he up to, what does he try to achieve?
            2) is his comment one of these:
            I) defend PFDJ/IA
            Ii) attack the opposition, website, or anyone who is fighting PFDJ
            Iii) did he want to confuse and divert the attention and focus from PFDJ / IA
            IV) did he want to creat division and Eritreans fight each other

            Then my job is done.

            I will use this guide and I am pretty sure, I can classify all your comments in one of these.

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear berhe
            I don’t want to drain all your weyane views because we will be here again , I need you for another day . Stay safe again.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            Walk like duck quack like a duck and u walk like tplf and talk like tplf and act like tplf but u claim u r eritrean for obvious reasons

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Teodros,

            You want Eritreans to die for you to overthrow the TPLF so you can come to power. Sorry you have to do it yourself. Be a man.

            Berhe

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam berhe
            It ia a matter of time we will do it by ourselves but don’t speak on behalf of eritrean. Everybody knows u not one

          • Berhe Y

            Teodros,

            ok. YKunelka.

            Berhe

          • Thomas

            Hi Berhe,
            He said he does not know a word in Tigrigna. In talking to him, I think we should use English or Amharic I guess. Abi had good sense of humor, but this guy is kind of rusty:)

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Thomas
            Abi is another pretender like u but i am a proud ethiopia .never had family or relative who died of hunger.

          • Thomas

            Hi Teodros Alem,
            What made you to think I lost a family or a relative because of hunger??:) Are you trying to say Kemal tigre now? hahaha

            I know Blink had lost families because he is Tigrigna though:) You are funny and I think you are trying to replace Abi.

            Let me guess, I can tell you are one of those alula leftovers or you are one of those children of abat tor:) Great guess, right?

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam tommy
            Never heard eri hunger.
            I heard asmara clean.
            Beny hamer. Most beautiful women and so on.

          • blink

            Dear Teodrose
            We call them a Fox in sheep cover , these guys are shameless and they suffer from inferior complexity . I am for justice for all Eritreans and Ethiopians and it seems we cannot have both killers cheat us for another century. Let’s root them out. After all they are giving money to Israel security companies to find out who Teodros is while 10 million people are on USAID . Shame

          • Berhe Y

            Hi blink,

            You see how pathetic you can be to defend pfdj. Where is your principle man.

            Aren’t you the one fanning all hate against Ethiopians of all kind, even as far as going that we should never have any relationship. Aren’t you the one saying, Eritreans should only go to Sudan.

            What has changed in the couple of days, that are in so in love with another Habesha Ethiopian.

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear Berhe
            I am not in love and I never will be but to wish them peace is a natural thing for me.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi blink,

            How about you advice the president since you seem to have the whole president research office behind you, to repatriate the Eritreans in Libya, like other African countries are doing (e.g. Ethiopia). So far over 13,000 have repatriated voluntarily.

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear berhe
            13,000 Ethiopians? How on earth are there 13,000 in Libya? I thought they are all Eritreans? So how much money do you use to repatriate them ?

            Advice oh , really? What happened to your regional leader Abay weldu ? He got smacked down by adwaians .

          • Berhe Y

            Hi blink,
            I mean Africans as per news items I saw.

            In case of Ethiopia, they are not denying them. They are trying to repatriate them. Why can’t your PFDJ government does the same. Are you denying there are not Eritreans there?

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Selam Blink,

            I would imagine you know or you know of Professor Tesfatsion Medhanie. I remember a decade or so ago in one of his speeches, he said something rather interesting as he was responding to a barrage of accusations hurled at him by the sycophants of the regime in Asmara. What caught my attention was however when he said something about inferiority complex as it was customary back then to label Tigreans as such. He said, if Tigreans were “inflicted” with inferiority complex, why are they competing not only for political power but aspiring and striving to pull their country out of chronic poverty? Those are the traits of confident people instead. You see Blink, that is the reason people say surround yourself with intelligent people so that you can learn something instead of burdening yourself with garbage.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam pipi
            Where i grow up in addis our views about eritrean and tigraian r opposite.
            We think eritreans r clean but tigraian r dirt.
            Eritreans r rich but tigraian r Beggars.
            Eritreans r open heart but tigraian twisted and so on.This is mostly said By the people who had a chance to visit eri and tg. U can even notice the kind of character and life style in addis.

          • Hi Teodros Alem,

            I had lived in addis and i had known both eritreans and tigrayans, and unless one is an amiche, most ethiopians did not know or appreciate the difference, and they called them “tigrewoch”, because they spoke the same language, at least as they could understand, and unless they were told their specific identity.
            Only an amiche can be both an eritrean and an ethiopian at the same time, and can change identity according to the situation.
            Please, not in our name. You cannot represent a whole neighborhood in addis. It is your right to be proud of your italian built city and everything else that goes with it, but insulting a whole ethnic group in such a despicable way is shameful. I doubt you are an ethiopian.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam horizon
            Am not insulting nobody. But u wrong we call them yeeritrea tigra and yetigrai tigra! And everybody knows the different.
            It is funny u r from addis and don’t know what is going on in kazanches. And it is funny too u can’t speak Amharic properly.

          • Selam Teodros Alem,

            Kazanchis was a no gentrified part of addis in the past, as for example, the bole area was, to say that all the high society of eritreans lived in this part of the city.
            For the ordinary ethiopian, there was no much difference between the two.
            Who cares who speaks amharic properly. Did you understand my message or not? Tell me that if i write a book in amharic. The point is that what you wrote about tigrayans was not right.

          • blink

            Dear Paulos
            Your advice is well taken if I was only looking at your life intentions and that being said I know the guy you are mentioning but do you forgot who said “ adawians has been the center of pride in east Africa and plus legendary king Menelik I, the child born of the queen of Sheba and King Solomon “ can and shall not kept under anyone to swim in Red Sea . Who do you think your intelligence guide so that we can contact him to advice people of the mentioned side.

            It is not that I have deadly hate over these people but I believe they are heinous and inhuman

          • Thomas

            Hi Blink,
            Can you bring us evidence that America sided with Ethiopia during the border war? We need evidence? I can bring you evidence that U.S. president Clinton at that time who openly asked the Ethiopian government to stop marching towards Assab or Asmara. He clearly stated that Asseb is not a contested area and it is within deep Eritrean territory. Are you that dumb to know this or you are acting stupid? Also, time and again, he called for the implementation of the border ruling.

          • blink

            Dear Thomas
            I thought you already was dead by the fallen tree , ok you are badly wounded kkk now , we are talking about the demarcation sir

          • Hope

            Tommy:
            U should be the dummiest person under the sun

          • Nitricc

            Hi Hope; I have always fascinated how Thomas able to utilize oxygen for survival. The guy is the dumbest of all. Trust me, I know many of his likes on this forum but he is second to none.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Wow!! Nitricc,

            What a wonderful moment !! We miss you brother..WELCOME BROTHER..

            KS,,

          • blink

            Dear Nitricc
            Welcome back, he has one twin. His twin is more lousy. The guy can jump to a trap just to defend Weyane while saying justice for fan .

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selam Nitriccay,

            I woke up abnormally too early today, and I am glad I did.

            You scared us a little. Awate wouldn’t be the same without you. You will always have a special place in my heart and it will not go away with your absence, but I am simply addicted to “seeing” you around. Welcome back!

            PS:
            Is that Hope our long lost Hope? Either way Hope is good. Welcome Hope!

          • Nitricc

            Hey Fanti, i haven’t checked awate forum from the last time i posted. the idea is, if i checked in, I not help it but respond so, i stayed away to cleanse my addiction to awate forum. sure enough, the first time i checked in and read hope’s comment about thomas, i can’t help it but take a shoot. lol
            Anyway, i know why you named your self Ghana now. this guy speaks for me. i didn’t know i was belonged to Ghana. listen to this…
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmR2n6ryQvg

          • Hope

            Berhe:
            The decision was ” good” but the procedure was nasty and undiplomatic and costly to Eritrea..

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hope,

            I want to address both your comments.

            1) how is it good decision if it’s ugly costa and undiplomatic? How could such a reckless decision be good.

            2) I said immaterial because that’s not the objective of the mission. So it’s irrelevant, that’s what I was trying to say.

            3) You asked “do you know their agenda?” As far as I know, and the document the ERITREAN president signed, its to keep peace until the border is demarcated. Other than that I don’t know.

            Let me ask you:

            1) What do you think their agend is?

            2) Do you think the ERITREAN government have no idea when their signed the agreement? Do you think the president and his advisors / lawyers didn’t know what they were doing?

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear berhe
            You said, “Weyane are not my masters “ oww? Who said so ? You !!! Right I believed you 👀👀👀👀, I am just playing your own card

          • Berhe Y

            Blink,

            You wrote “6. On the number Fanti gave , I truly believe it is a ploy by your masters in adwa because let’s see it this way . “.

            You are leKbaT like your masters PFDJ.

            I am atheist, I am not Christian, Muslim, Kunama Tigre or bilen. That was so good. I wonder in real life if you are Yemane Ghebremeskel.

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear berhe
            Cool down, it seems you are losing it sir . You can drop your weyane talking points with out insulting me personally. By the way the removal of UN peace keepers was the only right decision done by PFDJ.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi blink,

            I am cool down. You are trying to be sarcastic to divert the focus on you.

            Kicking out the UN was good for PFDJ and people who support the PFDF. Because if the boarder is demarcated, they have no body else to blame.

            How is that good for Eritrea? You rather have the entire population mobilized ?

            My point was if you are non of those, then what kind of ERITREAN are you?

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear berhe
            When do you see UN peacekeepers do honorable job , mention one after that I will explain.

            Second ,why do you see anyone on the lens of ethnicity?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi blink,

            What good they do or not do is immaterial. Their mandate was to keep peace, which they have.

            In case of UNMEE, I visited them with bunch of other ERITREAN Canadians and we toured their base in dekemhare. They were clearing mines, they were fixing bridges, hospitals (Barents / senAfe) and they were training locals to clear mines.

            I am not all over, it’s all the topics you are covering that I touched. And you forgot to list trump, Palestine, to the topics you are covering.

            Ethinicty is irrelevant to me. It’s wat one is born to and there is nothing one can do about it. My point was for you to be proud in your own skin.

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear berhe
            In dekemhare mines ? Which side dekemhare , as there are two dekemhare but I suspect you are saying the city in north ? Come on , do you think I am from Hawuzen or kessela? Second the word immaterial is simply over stretched by you , leave her alone.

            The UN was brought by you in exchange to Teodrose and the Trump thing is a timely news that concerns everyone I guess . Now you seem too be cooled down because I cannot see the insults . Thanks for listening though.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi blink,
            First stop the Condonsending comments. Cool down, stop insults, all over hatew qeTew. You started the insults and called me “weyane my masters”.

            I didn’t say mines in deqemhare. The Canadian peace keeping forces were stationed in deqemhare and I visited them. I spoke to them, asked them questions of the work they were doing beside peace keeping. They told me what they were doing, the mine clearing was in the boarder area. I thought that’s obvious.

            Ok I will leave it alone because the job of exposing your fake ethnicity is done.

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear berhe
            Here you go again at it with the same rage. You called me PFDJ and I called you the TPLA adawa guy running his mouth wild under the pretext of opposing the dictator. Now the job of exposing my ethnicity, are you serious or some thing like a joke . You exposed me by how ? Because I rejected the habesha thing, because I said I am not KUNAMA or bilen . You have to be joking sir . First you kept the ethnicity thing in Kunama and bilen , you just deleted the others and I have to ask why was that?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi blink,

            What rage? I said you are defending PFDJbabd targeting anyone who is opposing PFDJ. I called you PFDJ because that’s the job you are doing. And I went to great length to show you.

            What’s TPLA adwa guy running his mouth mean? How and where I said anything about weyane?

            I also said Tigrinya, Tigre, jeberti. Amel ms megnez. You think you got a crack and trying to show that I said they don’t count.

            Off course they do. I was only giving you a slack in case you change your mind and claim one of them.

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear Berhe
            I have told you again and again that my views are not connected to my ethnicity. I am not like that kind of person. I find no better defender of weyane than you because by the same characteristics you keep going at me for saying “ why is every thing has to do connected to Eritrea when I said the following:
            1.The Oromo protest
            2. The al- shebaba arms trade
            3. AU perceived bomber
            4. Any death across the border
            5. Any problem in Ethiopians question is directed to Eritrea

            So who else can do such defense than you , I asked a question and you come with your own weyane definition of Eritreans opposing of the dictator. Your opposition views are not mine but since we both are opposing one system we should see Eritrea beyond PFDJ but you seem to dance with TPLA.

          • Hope

            Berhe:

            You said:

            “What good they do or not do is immaterial”.
            Are U serious?
            But do u have any idea about the Agenda behind the UN Peace keeping MISSIONS?

          • Legacy

            Hi Blink,

            Open google search engin3 and enter this :”List of United Nations peacekeeping missions”

            You will find an exhaustive list of the UN’s peacekeeping missions.

          • blink

            Legacy
            Yes DRC , Haiti , Bosnia and many are on my list .

          • Legacy

            Hi Blink,
            If you have the list, what did you mean when you said “when do you see UN peacekeeper do honorable job…” then ?

          • blink

            Dear legacy
            When I questioned UN peacekeepers legacy and mentioned DRC, Bosnia and Haiti , you could have understood that these guys did nothing honorable in these places.

          • Desbele

            Hi Berhe,

            Better late than never. I wonder why it take you so long. Their foremost tool is distraction. B…is master dis-tractor. He crawls the web the whole day to find bad news about Ethio and bring it to Awate to take the focus away from the dictator. Master servant!

          • Thomas

            Hi Desbele,

            “Better late than never. I wonder why it take you so long. Their foremost tool is distraction.” is very truth and a good question. However, I think it has to do some people are so afraid to be called the wayanes or the weyane puppets. Look the way Berhe responds when Blink called him “your masters” to mean the weyane. I thought we are numb to the weyane insult now because it was repetitively used for years and it has no more meaning as it is an exhausted very tired attempt by the supporters. As you said it, it is a method to disrupt the focus and save the pfdj from being exposed. To me, calling me the wayane is like stating “God Bless you” after a good sneeze:)

          • blink

            Dear Desbele
            As expected, you and your tour guide arrived at the wrong bus.

  • Hayat Adem

    Hi Alex,
    What I shared with you about the ErtaAle incident is from a trusted source. The reason I wanted to share is not because of the incidence itself but because I thought that might be the beginning of other bigger events reactions and more reactions.
    On other issues that you and i may agree about, there is a new report from The Guardian that says the Eritrean army senior officers are themselves the actors in planning and facilitating the human trafficking of Eritreans, profiting out of the misery and deaths of their fellows. This is from a new study report by a Dutch and Swedish researchers who reported 600 dollars had been pocketed by the military commanders from such a crime.

  • blink

    Dear Alex
    Don’t ask her prove that is the most scariest thing to ask to such people. Prove is the same as the Somalia thing or like the ware plane that landed in Tigria. You see no one from all of them is saying about Ethiopian people getting killed on daily basis by weyane police , here she is sad about unconfirmed reports of one German guy , you know how is time in even in Mekele , no one from all ( Horizon, Kim , Hayat and any from that is saying a word) as we comment people are dying in Ethiopia like flies and no one mentioned their where about.

  • Acria

    Hi Alex,

    Why the hate for Weyanne? The Weyanne are instrumental in enabling us to get our independence. Don’t forget history guys. We invaded an Ethiopian land and thus the war of 1998-2000. Weyanne won the war and thus people like you changed your love for Weyanne to hate. Compare Ethiopia and Eritrea after 1991! The Weyanne did an impressive transition by improving the economic and
    infrastructure of their country. It is one of the fastest growing economy in the world. On the other hand, we Eritreans have been stagnated in a dismal way. We kept our youth in indefinite servitude in the name of national service. I would gladly accept assistance not only from Weyanne, but also from Satan to depose our dictatorial regime.

  • Selam All,

    Ladies and gentlemen, people of awate.com. Sorry for coming with a different topic.

    Al bashir visited russia and met putin some weeks ago. It is said that he wants to buy su-30 and su-35 fighter jets and s-300 anti-aircraft missiles, for the sudanese armed forces. He also invited russia to acquire a base at the red sea coast, and he told the saudis that he is opposed to using force against iran.

    In addition, he accused the usa for helping the secession of south sudan, and a plan to disintegrate further his country. All these within few weeks after the usa lifted most of the sanctions against his government, and the rest to be lifted when he resigns from office, and he declares that he is no more a candidate in the coming elections.

    Interpretations of this development go like this. Al bashir hopes that putin could save him and his government, as he did with al assad in syria, finding iran on his side is more advantageous than the saudis, it seems that the saudis and the gulf states did not come with sufficient capital for the help he rendered to the coalition against yemen with fighting force and political support. etc.

    I would like to add my own interpretation, which is, the air defense sudan is building may be to counter a possible bullying that might come from the egyptian side in the future due to the waters of the nile, sudan wants to utilize fully, and being a sunni muslim country, egypt aligns itself with the saudis, who will be disappointed with al bashir’s change of mind, and both egypt and the saudis, may try to undermine his government.

    Please, have your say.

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Horizon,

      I think this guys (third world leaders) to show their loyalty, they have to purchase expensive arms on loan from these countries. Egypt spent lot of money recently on military equipment. S. Arabia did the same thing with the US. May Iran is doing the same as well.

      I honestly don’t know what’s changed for S. Arabia to pick a fight with Iran NOW compared to say 10 years ago. Iran has been same since the revolution, and if anything it is making progress towards democratization and representation.

      I don’t think Egypt will do anything about Nile/Gered because the effect of it will probably will not be noticed. I think their concern is the long term effects it may have to their water supply. They stared with hydro power and later (as Ethiopia economy grows) they have the capacity to do more they will want to do more.

      Berhe

      • Abraham H.

        Dear Berhe, a lot have indeed changed in Saudi Arabia in recent times. The young aggressive Crown Prince has risen to power very fast and he has picked up a serious fight with the Iranians, through proxy in many arab countries like Syria and Yemen. The Yemeni civil war is raging, and the last few days, fighting broke out between the Houthies and their strange ally, the long time dictator of Yemen, Ali Abdelah Saleh, whom they killed today as he was trying to flee to the Saudi Coalition from Sanaa.

        • Mez

          Dear Abraham,

          In the KSA is a lot to come.

          (In absolute theoretical case,) if MbS manages to get USD 1 trillion from the imprisoned wealthy Princes & CO, that wouldn’t even cover two year subsidy of that nation.

          The whole lifestyle is based on entitlement. Even MbS bought expensive yacht in the recent past (less than a year ago, while now imprisoning others). In short, messy structural reform is needed. I don’t know if some others had first hand opportunity to spend some college time with young KSA students. They are just from another planet–one would think. Well at the end it is their (style of) life, nothing much to do.

          Thanks

    • Hayat Adem

      Hi Horizon,
      Good note. Something troubling happened at the Afar area. Our man is provoking Ethiopia again. One German tourist killed at Erta Ale, various Ethiopians wounded by up to 15 Arduf infiltrators from Eritrea. Isayass as usual is ahead of the game and rushing to spoil the peace and spill the blood. I hope the Ethiopian leaders are too smart to be provoked to be pulled in to play his game.

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam hayat
        I think whichever group is provoking this incident are targeting the already dry foreign currency to completely dry it by scaring the tourist to go away and tplf/eprdf gov. can’t do nothing about it .i feel sorry for the victims.

        • Mez

          Hi Teodros,

          Are you comfortable in killing civilian, to score some political gain–in this case scaring tourists away from Ethiopia? And is your objective achievable, in the long term?

          Please teach me!

          Thanks

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam mez
            What is this gotta to do with me man?
            Am saying whoever is targeting a tourist must have be targeting the dollar in order to weaken the already weak the gov.
            I already said am sorry for the victims.

          • Mez

            Dear Teodros

            As a matter of personal life policy, you have to clearly reject this and decry it.

            It is a zero sum game.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam mez
            Yes as a matter of personal life policy i teodros reject it. But u do something when civilian killed by tplf agaze force .when u do that u can talk about personal life policy otherwise it just nothing but protecting your beloved tplf.

          • Mez

            Hi Teodros,

            Change begins from one self, (in organizations from within).

            Showing criminal deeds by others wouldn’t justify for you to do the same thing like those others; absolutely nonsense.

            Thanks

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam mez
            Am just showing if u believe in what u said( rejecting civilian killing) or hypocrisy to defend tplf.

          • Mez

            Look Teodros,

            You said….”or hypocrisy to defend tplf.”

            The hypocracy is being done (not by me but rather) by the Eritrean government itself.

            Now you kill foreigners (by ordering your teenager conscripts); guess what those governments are going to do: extend embargo, retract investment, look for revenge options….

            It is just a matter of time.
            I am just trying to winn you back to your commonsense, nothing more.

            Thanks

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam mez
            Tplf and eplf(eri gov.) r enemies so it’s obvious tplf r trying to destroy eri gov and so do eri gov. Trying to destroy tplf .it is not a news here but i think eri is wining against tplf. Nobody knows who killed the foreigners for sure until now.

          • Thomas

            Hi Teodros Alem,

            You spell your name as Ethiopians would spell, Teodros not Tedros. Your father’s name is Alem which is a popular Ethiopian name. “Susas alata”. You talk (question) about identities of others, Mr. Atse Teodros? Or should I say more about Adey Alem or aboy Alem to??

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Thomas
            Atse tewodros .

          • Thomas

            Hi Teodros Alem,
            Still your full name is Ethiopian name. I am sure you might have a sister or aunt named Ethiopia to. In Tigrigna, the adage “zeben grimbit mai ni’akeb”. Most of the regime supporters are the once with the very deep inferiority complex. Those who cared most for the country are fighting the regime and operatives who have determined to destroyed the nation and eliminate her people. People like yourself are using the unfortunate time to dance around now. Just know that your era will not last long. Enjoy until you are taken out in due time for your evil actions.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Thomas
            Am very proud ethiopian born and grow up in addis with gonder ancestors and i don’t speak tigraign not even a word and tplf will have to withdrew from occupied territories of eritrea and non tigrai land of ethiopia so peace will prevail.

          • Thomas

            Hi Teodros,
            You don’t have to tell me that. Was your father Aba tor to? I mean you are a fully loaded Ethiopian:) There is nothing wrong with being from Ethiopia and saying “Ethiopia Tikdem”, but you are not allowed to repeat ERi-TV like a parrot-fassion/pappagallos.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Thomas
            Sooner or later justice will prevail .that is for sure.

          • blink

            Dear Teodros
            Here is the basis of TPLA vission , the 1976 TPLF manifesto, which defined who a Tigrayan is, the land that the TPLF considers of Tigray, and the final destination of the TPLF. The following comprises some important contents of the manifesto they dreamed 40 years ago. I think in Ethiopia they have done a great move to set this old vision in practical terms.

            A Tigrayan is defined as anybody that speaks the language of Tigrinya including those who live outside Tigray, the Kunamas, the Sahos, the Afar and the Taltal, the Agew, and the Welkait.
            The geographic boundaries of Tigray extend to the borders of the Sudan including the lands of Humera and Welkait from the region of Begemidir in Ethiopia, the land defined by Alewuha which extends down to the regions of Wollo and including Alamata, Ashengie, and Kobo, and finally the lands of Eritrean Kunama which includes Badme, the Saho (close to the conflicting area of Zalambessa) and Afar lands including Assab.
            The final goal of the TPLF is to secede from Ethiopia as an independent ‘Republic of Greater Tigray’ by liberating the lands and peoples of Tigray. This vision failed when they lost the legality as well as the rejection of many factors . On the side of Eritrea , they know they will lose so they maximise from inside Ethiopia.

          • Thomas

            Hi Blink,
            I read everyone of your above comment. Everything you said is just speculation. WOW, you are very emotional person, I suggest you take a long break or you will need people to pull off the computer monitor. Men, you stink at every level and go do something about yourself, men!!

          • Nathom Habom

            Selam Mez
            Isn’t the same think you guys do against Eritrea ,
            No peace no war, harassing Nevsun company so no other company invest,
            Harassing Eritrea through media so no tourist can visit
            why is it wrong for Ethiopia ?? Are they more human than us ???
            Let be faire ,now is their turn,but it doesn’t mean I wish the collapse of Ethiopia

          • blink

            Nathom
            Some people cried day and night for the UNESCO recognition of Asmara , so you know how far they are willing to sale , some people are ready to sale any asset that can take them to power. The hunger of power on some people has no borderline.

          • Nathom Habom

            Selam blink
            Indeed very sad ,this is why they are divided
            Couldn’t achieve anything,such people Cary in their luggage
            Revenge and violence ,and as long they will show allegiance to Washington
            They will kill the whole Eritrea the west will look away
            Just like for Ethiopia.

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam Horizon,
      .
      What Al Bashir is doing is similar to what IA did when he recognized the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They are and were trying to resuscitate the old Cold War games they played successfully in the last century. There is a warped brain for you.
      .
      His accusations of the USA for the South Sudan breaking from the Sudan is a concern to me. There are plenty of culprits where that came from, in political terms.
      Our region is a complicated changing alliances depending on the unpredictable political weather.
      .
      Now the former Yemeni leader is killed (I thought he moved to Eth. to live) there will come further storms in the area.
      I hope the ominous dark cloud by passes Ethiopia. The Ethiopian leaders have to sharpen their pencils and do their calculations just right.
      .
      Mr. K.H
      .
      Speaking of warped brain, I miss that Nitricc, don’t you? I know you had few harsh words for him. He is like a 3 year old kid in describing what he sees. When the adults gang up on him he laughs and runs away for a while.

  • Thomas

    Dear Beyan,
    Like always great article; and everything I ready your writings, I made to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just EPIC work!

    • Beyan

      ክብረት ይሃበለይ ቶማስ:: Universe knows I try my best to sincerely address issues from the one-and-only- one vantage point: Does what I write or utter help or hurt Eritrean public in general and even one individual Eritrean in particular. If there is any hint of it that it might do more harm than good, then, I refrain from uttering or writing it. This litmus test – I trust – seems to work. In the event that it doesn’t, I recognize I am human and prone to err and as fallible as any other, but I am always ready to offer my sincere apologies and retract whatever it is I might have said or had written and move forward to do better the next time. it is for this reason I find it rather difficult to be in any opposition political party, because what I stated above would never work for anyone who chooses to become a politician, but a perfect fit for a work of advocacy. It is why I try to involve myself in some such work, at this time, that work needs to have one clear purpose: The removal of the regime in Eritrea from the helm of power. Short of that will not do.

  • Beyan

    Selam Awatawyan,
    Allow me to share with you these two audio poetries that came out during the month of November that cements what it means to be Eritrean:

    https://soundcloud.com/user-554794252/1784235558256024a

  • Da Yo

    Hello all,

    We propose a two state solution. One for the christians and another for the islamists with equal access to the sea for both.

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Da Yo,

      I am ERITREAN Christian and you don’t represent me and you don’t speak for me and for millions of ERITREAN Christians.

      We are happy to live together like we always have and there is nothing you and your likes can do about it.

      I think you should pack and leave where ever that you want to go and leave us alone.

      Just so that you know, people understand fully why you are saying / writing this. It’s not that it’s something that can be materialized, but you are agent of PFDJ and you are spewing your trash to divide the people and divert their attention so they are not focused on IA and PFDJ.

      Hrer deA bel.

      Berhe

      • Da Yo

        Dear Berhe Y,

        Hey, don’t deny others their right to choose. That’s just one option if you guys can’t manage to live amongst one another.
        Peace
        P.S. I can care less if you’re a christian or a muslim. Or even an animist for all I care.

        • Beyan

          Selam Da Yo & Berhe Y.,

          Da Yo is certainly entitled to the opinion that’s being espoused here. But, the proof is really in the pudding, isn’t it? All that one has to do is revisit the aftermath of 31 October 2017 uprising in Akhriya to gauge the temperature of where Eritrean people stood in their reaction to the jailing of Aboy Musa. If that’s not enough, here is a song that might, just might see the Eritrean history from its historical trajectories in realistic terms. So, here it is:

          https://soundcloud.com/user-554794252/musosywivbtf

          • Da Yo

            Hello Beyan,

            Thank you. I most certainly appreciate it.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Yes Sir,
            “Thank you. I most certainly appreciate it.” I also appreciate when you noted so..Thank you sir..
            let me clearly told , that you are disappointing me so far ..

            KS,,

          • Beyan

            My pleasure, Da Yo. In dialogue I try to make no assumption about anyone with whom I engage even when a pen-name is the preferred method of communication. It is one’s ideas that should matter, nothing more. So, the option that you are proposing was attempted by European colonizers in which they wanted to merge the lowland with Sudan and the highland with Ethiopia. But, history is such that Eritreans chose to go it their own way. It took, as you know, thirty years of fighting for independence that culminated in territorial integrity that incorporates the lowland and the highland as we know it today.

            Therefore, I long to see post-the current regime, where any and every idea is entertained, where Da Yo’s ideas are equally as valid for discussion as those who wish to keep the present Eritrea’s geographical integrity so long it’s done through respectful discourse. In the end, however, it should be based on what people want their future to be with no duress, intimidation, bloodshed. Enough blood has been spilled, peaceful and tranquil existence ought to be an option given for the people to chart their future even if it comes at the expense of what you are suggesting.

            Sincerely,
            Beyan

          • Da Yo

            Hello Beyan,

            I sincerely hope your wish ( a Free and Democratic Eritrea ) comes true. I for one, will not be holding my breath. Even when this current regime is gone, the ones that were doing it’s dirty work will still be there. We all know it takes more than few hundreds of people to hold over 4 million people captive, so I don’t see how you are going to get around that. The CULTURE that allowed all of these cruel things to happen will STILL be there.

            You said, “the option that you are proposing was attempted by European colonizers in which they wanted to merge the lowland with Sudan and the highland with Ethiopia.”…..I’m confused. I thought that was suggested by a European LIBERATOR (Great Britain) because the christians and muslims couldn’t agree on how to proceed?! The fact is, those divisions are still well and alive today in some circles and that’s perfectly fine. Just like you said, everybody should be entitled to say his piece, but what should matter the most is what is cast in the ballot in a free and fair election. Pretending like these things don’t exist like some of these fool suggest is madness. That’s what got us here in the first place. Just pretending…..

            Much respect Beyan!!
            Daniel

          • Beyan

            Selam Daniel,
            While your point about the ominous prediction post-the-current regime is in its place for the simple fact that the honcho at the helm of power is only managing the dirty job, but there are in the thousands who continue to institute these unbelievable atrocities. I honestly don’t have any reasonable counterpoint other than foreseeing something akin to perhaps the South African model of truth and reconciliation. I don’t know how else we will surmount these endless man-made tragedies. You would think these were the things we should thoroughly be studying in diaspora in a form of a think tank. But, no, we would rather put all of our eggs in that one and only political basket, 24/7. We are, it seems, just waiting in the wings for the regime to collapse, thereafter, all will be hanky dory – that just reeks absurdity of the highest order to me.

            Again, you make an excellent point about seeing Great Britain as the middleman, if you will. But, stoking the flames of divide and conquer couldn’t be ruled out as you know that was how the colonizers did it then and that’s what our monster of our own making is mimicking now. Your astute observations about these matters leads me to believe that there is a lot that you can contribute in this regard. As Amanuel Hidrat usually encourages individuals with penetrating thoughts to step it up and write an article so we can have an expansive and comprehensive discussions on certain issues, this will certainly be a good beginning for us to think through and flesh out in hopes of reaching to some clarity.

            Daniel, thank you for saving me from referring to you as Da Yo, but I can see what the Da part of the pen-name stands for. To my knowledge, this is the first time we are having these pleasantries, I hope it won’t be the last. But again, I encourage you to please come up with an article size piece so we can have a discourse that would include most of the readers. I believe your looking beyond the current regime is a wise thought – Likewise, you have my respect back for that.

            Respectfully,
            Beyan

          • Da Yo

            Hello Beyan,

            You know, to be perfectly honest, I can care less about this miserable country called Eritrea. From the get go, I had my reservations about these clowns leading the country. The first clue for me was how they treated the Eritreans in Sudan after liberation. If there was ever a time needed for truth and reconciliation, it should have been then. In my opinion, it’s too late for that now and I can care less. The second, that nailed the coffin was the war in 1998. I was done after that.

            THE COLD HARD TRUTH: Eritrea belongs to Isaias Afwerki and his cronies (the so called freedom fighter). In his personal fiefdom, since I was never a tegadalay, the only positions allowed to me to play is that of a mindless cheerleader and a cash cow. There is a reason that there is no constitution, the right to vote, and all the good stuff. It is to let people like me know that we don’t have full ownership of the land that our ancestors have lived on god knows for how long.

            I don’t know what hope you guys see in it? You have the Saho, Kunama, Afar, and who knows who else liberation fronts…..the country has been liberated barley 30 years ago and you have people trying to liberate themselves from it. So Beyan, why should I get myself invested in this monkey business? The only thing I can offer is kerosene for the fire. If they can’t manage to live peacefully, let them burn!!

            Sincerely,
            Daniel

        • Lebam

          Hi Da Yo,

          You need to explain a few things in order for your opinion to make any sense.

          What country are you originally from? I ask this because I’ve noticed that you haven’t acknowledged Eritrea as your country and you keep typing “they” and “them” instead of “we”, “us” and “our”, which leads me to my next question. What is your objective? Also, tone down your arrogance, it’s annoying.

          • Da Yo

            Hello Lebam,

            What do you mean what is my objective? Isn’t it simple enough. And btw that wasn’t an opinion. I basically said if you can’t live together because of religious differences, either kill each other or go your separate ways. That simple!! We are done with religious nonsense. And when I say we, I mean myself and others who think like me. I’m sure my message was loud and clear to those who want to make religion an issue.
            I’m an American!! Enough said about that.

          • Lebam

            Hi again Da Yo,

            You avoided my questions. I realised that you aren’t in Eritrea beforehand, that’s why I asked you what country you are originally from.

            You don’t have the Eritrean peoples interest at heart. That is clear as day, hence why I asked you what your objective is. It’s sad, because you think you’re intelligent when you’re not. You have an agenda, and I want to know what it is!

            You seem to be hating on Islam the most, judging by your posts. If you are as intelligent as you like to think you are, you’d see the orchestrated islamophobia since 9/11. There is an agenda behind the islamophobia and only ignorant fools can’t see it at this point. I say this because you think Muslims are war mongering fools, when we’re not. Yes, many of the “Muslim” countries were bad, because of dictators and because their society didn’t evolve, but they were better of before they were invaded nonetheless. Radicals and countries in ruins remain from the wars and the refugees are flooding Europe causing a rise in racism like I’ve never witnessed before.

            Jesus is our profet and is the son of God to Christians. We both love God and Jesus, so why would we not get along? We could be role models for the rest of the world. I believe in future Eritrea and Eritreans. We can put our differences aside to reach our common objectives and desires.

          • Da Yo

            Hi for the last time Lebam,

            You fool, I hate christians and muslims the same. You sir, are the definition of a mad person. The Europeans hate your guts because you have a brain of a monkey. I don’t care what you think and what else you have to say. Good day!!!

          • Lebam

            Hello again F-boi, Da Yo,

            In one of your posts you wrote that the black race is stupid and here you go again. If you have a problem with me, then call me names, because that is fine since I think you’re a dumbass. However, avoid bringing up the race, or immigrants unless you’re a Caucasian, which would make it worse, but less embarrassing for yourself. And that is because you’re literally calling yourself stupid by doing that.

            In any case, you refrained from calling yourself an Eritrean. So, I take it you’re just out to stir the pot?

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Lebam,

            I must say, you must feel embarrassed and shame as a young man to witness the political discourse of Eritreans going through today, compared to the glory of sacrifice, courage and selfless that you grew up hearing.

            The damage this regime is causing to the young generation is tremendous, it’s not only the physical abuse they put them through, but the psychological war they are waging. They wanted Eritreans to be hopeless and forget what we stood for and rather become selfish robots who do not think for out neighbors and our people.

            I must say, your parents have done wonderful job in raising you to be a person of principle and of moral values. Please do not lose hope, Eritrea is made up of people like your parents and the days of this outlaws is numbered.

            Hope you don’t mind.

            Berhe

          • Lebam

            Selam brother Berhe Y,

            I don’t mind at all, and thank you for the kind words. It is Eritreans like yourself who are kind, compassionate and intelligent that we need. Some people carry so much hate inside it is sickening to witness.

            However, Da Yo’s motives are even worse than hate. Look at him happily suggesting that we kill each other. I hope Eritreans are smart enough not to fall for manipulation many are trying to make to cause friction between us.

            Aykonen Oromay – Yemane Barya.

          • Da Yo

            Dear Berhe,

            When did you stop supporting this criminal regime? After you noticed the noose was tight around your neck right? You are to blame for what is happening today, my dear sir. Like usual, like the typical Eritrean, you are an expert at flinging around blame on everybody else except yourself. If you were a principled person, you would have said, ‘WE FAILED OUR SONS AND DAUGHTER!!’.

            I would rather be a SELFISH ROBOT than a SELFLESS ROBOT like most of you are. You only notice things aren’t right until it’s too late. The only thing you can do is wait until your tormentor is dead. Then what? Have you even thought about that? I highly doubt it. Cheers.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Da Yo,

            Well you started your comments by suggesting to break up Eritrea and divide between Muslim and Christians but taking the land of Muslims, the sea.

            Since you are mr. Know it all, do you honestly think / believe the problem in Eritrea is because Muslims and Christians. Why’d would that solve?

            Now when people try to put some sense, you are getting a little smarter and making a little of sense.

            Since you seem to get it, what do you suggest the solution to our problems.

            As for me I supported the regime until the day he shutdown the news paper, arrested the parliamentarian (who have immunity by the way, for comments they made or write) and permanently shelved the constitution. Until that time, for example delay in the implementation of the constitution was reasonable and acceptable to me.

            For me personally, if the prisoners should be freed or brought to justice, and those wrongly detained should be componsated, our constitution implemented and anyone who done wrong to accuse and bring those responsible to justice. And we go through peace building, reconciliation process to heal our wounds, to free our mind and soul and to ask and give forgiveness so we can move on.

            If not sooner or later the faith that awaits our dictator is similar to that of Gaddafi or the former Yemeni leader.

            Berhe

      • blink

        Dear berhe
        I have news for you , Da yo is not Eritrean , he has no clue about Eritrea. He is a filthy idiot from Ethiopia. He has been insulting Eritreans as Italian and Arab slaves . So forget him . Don’t waste your time .

  • said

    Greetings,

    Donald Trump as the Blueprint of an Ever-Controlling American Oligarchy

    Reading through an article, Trump-Putin-destruction-democracy in NY Times
    However, the regrettable Truth remains that for one man, President Donald Trump, even a Political Party as supported by the nonlibertarians of the American Oligarchs of the Extreme Right, to unravel all the cumulative advances that America achieved during the past half a century in Civil Liberties and improvements in Racial Relations culminating with President Lyndon Johnson’s program of the “Great Society” of 1964, shows that America’s fate and higher policies never budged, forever in the hands of Right Wing Segregationist and Racist Oligarchs (Ref. Jane Mayer’s National Best Seller, “Dark Money,” 2016).

    The Dismantling of the gains in civil liberties of the “Great Society” began with President Ronald Regan and his White Supremacist Ethos of giving it all to the rich to the detriment of the American Middle Class and Working Class in what was hailed as Supply-Side Economics under the wider nonlibertarian Umbrella of the so-called “Reganomics.”

    The George W. Bush Administration followed on the same steps as Republican Ronald Regan, however, that G W Bush Administration rode high, unobstructed, on the wave of the 9/11 Tragedy to trample over the remnants of the gains achieved in Civil Liberties with the passage in Congress and the Adoption of the so-called revisionist “Patriotic Act” giving sweeping power to the executive branch to trample over all the existing laws and governing laws created to advance social integration and the Rule of Law.

    The horrendous abuses committed by the different organs of the US Executive Branch under the aegis of Vice-President Dick Cheney and his cronies of the neoconservatives, played havoc with the American Constitution as they make one’s her sick once one reads through some of the details (Ref. International Best Seller by the author Jane Mayer, “The Dark Side,” 2009).

    The Thing is, the general dominating culture of the American polity seems in essence to never have changed except for cosmetic appearances with segregationist White Supremacist ethos well-ingrained in the collective American polity’s DNA.

    In way of philosophizing that it seems a whole nation can equally share in its collective DNA down into the generations as an individual would.

    The US was built on the brutal annihilation of other races, on sweeping Ethnic Cleansing, carried out after doing away with the indigenous native populations coined collectively as “The American Red Indians.” Besides, mostly in tandem with WASP claimants of the purity of the faith’s most inhuman abuse and most brutal enslavements of millions and generations of Black Africans.

    Ironically, much touted verbiage of Liberty, Born Free, etc. as contained in the texts of those original documents and supposedly enshrined in the American Bill of Rights and the American Constitution by the willful choosing of the so-called Founding Fathers, are mere empty expressions devoid of substance that they never found their way to virtual adoption and application by the states except after centuries of enduring struggle and huge sacrifices, to this day, by the oppressed Black African constituencies.

    Interestingly, when the Founding Fathers wrote the Bill of Rights, America consisted of only 13 States. Afterwards, America grew into 50 states by the near sole means of aggressive conquest of the Territories of their Neighbors and the usurpation of foreign land.

    Deep down American policies remain biased, domineering and opportunistic. Donald Trump is but the deep imprint of a deeply engraved DNA governing the mindset and the general conduct of a controlling American Oligarchy.

    • said

      Greetings,
      Sorry for duplication ,it was delayed to upload

  • said

    Greetings,

    Donald Trump as the Blueprint of an Ever-Controlling American Oligarchy

    Reading through an article
    https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/opinion/trump-putin-destruction-democracy.html?emc=eta1&_r=0&referer=

    However, the regrettable Truth remains that for one man, President Donald Trump, even a Political Party as supported by the nonlibertarians of the American Oligarchs of the Extreme Right, to unravel all the cumulative advances that America achieved during the past half a century in Civil Liberties and improvements in Racial Relations culminating with President Lyndon Johnson’s program of the “Great Society” of 1964, shows that America’s fate and higher policies never budged, forever in the hands of Right Wing Segregationist and Racist Oligarchs (Ref. Jane Mayer’s National Best Seller, “Dark Money,” 2016).

    The Dismantling of the gains in civil liberties of the “Great Society” began with President Ronald Regan and his White Supremacist Ethos of giving it all to the rich to the detriment of the American Middle Class and Working Class in what was hailed as Supply-Side Economics under the wider nonlibertarian Umbrella of the so-called “Reganomics.”

    The George W. Bush Administration followed on the same steps as Republican Ronald Regan, however, that G W Bush Administration rode high, unobstructed, on the wave of the 9/11 Tragedy to trample over the remnants of the gains achieved in Civil Liberties with the passage in Congress and the Adoption of the so-called revisionist “Patriotic Act” giving sweeping power to the executive branch to trample over all the existing laws and governing laws created to advance social integration and the Rule of Law.

    The horrendous abuses committed by the different organs of the US Executive Branch under the aegis of Vice-President Dick Cheney and his cronies of the neoconservatives, played havoc with the American Constitution as they make one’s her sick once one reads through some of the details (Ref. International Best Seller by the author Jane Mayer, “The Dark Side,” 2009).

    The Thing is, the general dominating culture of the American polity seems in essence to never have changed except for cosmetic appearances with segregationist White Supremacist ethos well-ingrained in the collective American polity’s DNA.

    In way of philosophizing that it seems a whole nation can equally share in its collective DNA down into the generations as an individual would.

    The US was built on the brutal annihilation of other races, on sweeping Ethnic Cleansing, carried out after doing away with the indigenous native populations coined collectively as “The American Red Indians.” Besides, mostly in tandem with WASP claimants of the purity of the faith’s most inhuman abuse and most brutal enslavements of millions and generations of Black Africans.

    Ironically, much touted verbiage of Liberty, Born Free, etc. as contained in the texts of those original documents and supposedly enshrined in the American Bill of Rights and the American Constitution by the willful choosing of the so-called Founding Fathers, are mere empty expressions devoid of substance that they never found their way to virtual adoption and application by the states except after centuries of enduring struggle and huge sacrifices, to this day, by the oppressed Black African constituencies.

    Interestingly, when the Founding Fathers wrote the Bill of Rights, America consisted of only 13 States. Afterwards, America grew into 50 states by the near sole means of aggressive conquest of the Territories of their Neighbors and the usurpation of foreign land.

    Deep down American policies remain biased, domineering and opportunistic. Donald Trump is but the deep imprint of a deeply engraved DNA governing the mindset and the general conduct of a controlling American Oligarchy.

  • Tesfu

    Hi Alex,
    The gov. of Canada had informed not to collect 2 percent and the regime was caught doing business and the consulate is shut down.
    Leopard never leave its spot and one of my relative was told to pay in Asmara.He was so desperate to bring his family and he did so, what was asked to do.If u do not pay u will not get service period.

  • Berhe Y

    Hi Alex,

    Please provide evidence that “Canada asked the ERITREAN consulate to stop collecting tax because the parents of ERITREAN Canadians will be arrested if they don’t pay”.

    Ghezae is a professional lawyer from one of the best Canadian University.

    He no fool to make up story like that the Canadian government can verify easily. And you think Canada and their whole intelligence is stupid that they will duped and take measures that they make fool of themselves.

    Berhe

    • Alex

      Hi Berhe,
      I will quote you from the National newspaper from June 28, 2014 “According to an RCMP report that was cited by UN, those who refuse to pay are denied services and face possible arrest when they return to Eritrea, while their families and friends still in eritrea are threatened and harrased”. This what have been told by Gazie and others to hoodwinke the Canadian Government, as I saw in CBC. So you can see from the above quote from the national, Eritreans are giving false information to UN, Canada government or others. Being a lawyer does not make you to misrepresent the fact.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Alex,

        How is what you quoted have anything to do with Ghezae?

        This is RCMP reported cited the UN?

        How is this Ghezae hand winking Canadian government ?

        Can you please elaborate?

        Berhe

        • Alex

          Hi Berhe,
          You were stating in your previous post, the Canadian intelligence are smart and are not going to be duped by some thing they can verify easily. So what does it tell you RCMP believing the misrepresentation of fact they cited from UN as truth. Regarding Gazie, as I stated before he is one of the main point Guy for the Human rights of Manitoba that was cited on the CBC report.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Alex,

            You are smart guy, let’s not go into circles. The RCMP or any other intelligence or security, they know they should make an allegation on anyone that they can not backup with evidence.

            In this case, if they have a report from the UN, in my opinion it’s enough to cite do what ever that they need to do. Basically they have something to backup as reason or evidence. Getting a report from the UN and someone telling you and act on is not the sabe thing.

            Now let’s see if you have principle and apply the same logic.

            Are 100% sure that you can prove the ERITREAN government never detained or detained parents of someone in diaspora because of not paying the 2% tax or any other reason?

            As to Ghezae and others, they are against the regime that is unlawful, so why are you surprised they challenge the regime to weaken it, with the legal means they have at their disposal.

            Let me ask you one question, the ERITREAN government have the right to challenge any authority be it the UN orCRCMP.

            How come the government doesn’t challenge them by providing evidence instead of asking them to take its words for it?

            Berhe

    • Alex

      Hi Berhe,
      Sorry, the quote is from National Post newspaper from June 18, 2014.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Alex,

        Please provide the link I want to read it and understand the context.

        Berhe

  • Peace!

    Ahlen Beyan,

    Thank you for the brilliant article. Indeed October 31 has achieved significantly in breaking the fear and in assuring the strength of our unity. It has also created a critical opportunity to evaluate our effort and focus on realistic approaches and solutions. Akria is a great gift the oppressed Eritreans cannot afford to waste.

    Peace!

  • said

    Greeting,
    Thank you Beyan, profound article.
    The seed was planted long time ago. The brainwash of EPLF cadre school is Essentially godless Communism, Maoist and Marxist school, bent views to indoctrinate and to ensures a cadre that will not rebel…that will be physically, intellectually, and emotionally dependent upon his superior. they’re not taught critical thinking. Rather just the opposite, obey your master —they’re taught blind acceptance of what’s considered total politically slavery . never to questioning IA authority. Young cadre were protected, nurtured, inflicts pain, faced misery, subjugate the defenseless and disciplined by older cadre. There is no mercy; nothing was immune. Most EPLF red cadre have been indoctrinated, directly, subtly and overtly, over the years in war zone field, the source of the poison. They haven’t changed much since the 1960th, because they don’t need to –they perform precisely as they are intended, obey and summit. Communism EPLF Marxist school calculation has thus far proven correct, a painful reality. Never to let them know nothing about economics, rights, democracy, rule of law , government, or history. These concepts no longer have any defenders. Never to let them know ideas are things like individualism, freedom of thought, freedom of speech, science, rationality and accountability. Eritrean inhumane situation progressed. As inhumane as it is and ruthless as IA dictator validating his method of summitting Eritrean his whim, the lesson is clear. We know this. We know all of it . for many Eritrean, It is an uncomfortable observation, all the more so for being undeniable fact. A desperate quest destined only to get worse before is too let. We should try to acknowledge and understand the causes of such cataclysms, a necessary step toward preventing further carnage inflected to our people.

    These unworkable and failed Maoist and Marxist ideas usually started with “Eritrean intellectuals.” Some come from diaspora to dictate their Communism ideas on Eritrean front. Eritrean youth and even some older are being infected with memes that the leftists Communism have put in there and will strongly, reflexively adhere and believe and defend what they were taught in the cocoon. some EPLF cadre will grow out of it. This is not to say that, when they start defecting in substantial numbers that IA ’s days in office will be over. This has been our case in past and may be in the future, there is no equivalence between those who supported and propound dictator views and those who oppose him.
    Some Eritrean group regime supporters and allies, who ever ruled Eritrea, our king is king no question asked, they went along with ruler, they are opportunist and fickle. Some of them were for Ethiopian colonial rule. Before that may be for Italian fanciest rule, they were with the regime that ruled Eritrea who ever they are and now with the PFDJ regime, whoever comes next, they’ll be with them. We are faced today, as we will unfortunately be in near future, with the same ethical quandary Delma .
    PFDJ are master in divide communities through their use of hateful narratives, us verse them, which peddle lies and stoke tensions. Eritrean people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the divider’s , which is the antithesis of the values which Eritrea hope to represents — decency, tolerance and respect.
    This red cadre who growing up ,are regime backbone , the PFDJ Cultural Maoist AND Marxists, socialists, statists, collectivists, promoters of on type of identity politics, and people of that ilk and are not able to think critically. PFDJ regime hate, religion, faith and believe, ERITREAN Civilization and its values, and are actively trying to destroy them. PFDJ regime acceptance of destructive Communism ideas is getting to be as serious as what we saw in Russia under the Soviets and China under Mao.
    Many Eritrean over the past few disgraceful years have wondered how our country could have fallen so far, but they’re clearly missing the point. For years now, Eritrea has suffered the maladies of PFDJ policy, and is exacerbated by social and economic afflictions and unchecked one man ascending to power and his ilk of tribalism blind support, but we’ve been in blissful denial of their existence and have, at times, presumed we’d moved past their influence. we’ve remained silent, IA ascended and installed himself life time dictator and a constant reminder of the dark underbelly of Eritrean culture, and it’s unlikely IA’ll let us forget. None of this should be surprising. And that those who voice the slightest criticism of IA are unpatriotic or even traitorous and made to vanish. Maoist and Marxist school of PFDJ has devised with which to convince the pacifist-inclined citizen and in persuading citizens of Eritrea that their IA is perfect president to be loved and adored. Unfortunately, to some the Eritrean public appears unconcerned. The collapse of their compassion and empathy.
    Akhriya is one of our bright side, the student naturally and brightly, they free spirit ,they are taught critical thinking and they are the start the bulwark for bright ideas of Civil Disobedience for our common humanity everyone shares should be the epicenter of the moral universe. when people are oppressed, their innate human response is to struggle for justice. Thus, the common humanity Eritrean share is the frame of reference for the moral universe. And our common humanity is powerfully expressed in our respected religions’ shared belief.
    The Golden Rule we find in bible: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7: 12) and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22: 39).
    Akhriya emanated in small way not too soon for honorable and honest men of Eritrea to rebel and arouse the conscience of Eritrean over its injustice. each of us might build a legacy of creative protest and be for justice and freedom, for it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be, what is once done well is done forever. Our future generation will taste true freedom.

  • saay7

    Selamat Beyan:

    Picking from the menu you presented I will focus on one which deals with enda hgdef’s ability to normalize the ability to hold two contradictory ideas at once, what psychologists call “cognitive dissonance”, what F Scott Fitzerald called the sign of a “superior mind” and what Orwell described (in 1984) as a defining quality of totalitarianism. From Ethiopia (its no threat! No it’s a mortal threat), to 1997 constitution (its a great organic document! It’s hugely compromised), to the 2015 civil/criminal codes (they are implemented! They are not implemented!), to Forto incident (it was nothing, it lasted minutes! It was a major threat resulting in arrest of many gov/party officials), cognitive dissonance defines the Asmara regime. (The latest by the way is that EriTV has started referring to AlShabab as “terrorists” who are also resistance/stakeholders.)

    On Akhria: it was an event held by 5 year olds and it lasted 5 minutes. Also, it was a major crisis instigated by Qatar to instigate regime chance which resulted in many many arrests and a line-in-the-sand drawn by our Mufi-in-waiting Salem Mukhtar warning of the “government and the people” of Eritrea having zero tolerance for extremists. This was the message he delivered on the ocassion of Mewlid al Nebi and EriTV, which usually just shows videos and talks over them actually broke with tradition to make sure friend-and-foe hear the message. All of that triggered by 5 yr olds in a 5 minute demo. Imagine what 10 ye olds can do in 10 minutes and 20 year olds can do in 20 minutes.

    Hala, Ali Salim! I did what when? Are we going to relitigate the words of Hajji Musa again? Or the meaning of SheriA in Eritrea? It’s Satirday so a joke I heard decades ago from a man who is now under house arrest:

    A Massawan works at the docks as a cooley offloading cargo from ships. Part of what he is unloading is alcohol so the town elders go to him and say “what you are doing is unIslamic; it’s against our Sheria because the Quran doesn’t just ban drinking alcohol but carrying it. Hamiluha wa Sharibuha.

    Yeeyee! Says the man. “Rabal Alemeen Hamiluha wa Sharibuha endiykon RafiUha ybelena ni:: (God banned carrying and drinking alcohol but not lifting it.)

    Point: SheriA had very clear and limited application in Eritrea. When it’s ciolated, some fell to the authority of the community (shaming people to comply) and some fell to the authority of the State (the Muslim community had no power to impose SheriA in criminal cases), but many the state yielded willingly to the Muslim community. This apparently is news to many readers here. And the alDiaa (the light) school was one where Haile Selasse, Derg, and PFDJ had yielded and then changed their mind. And all the Hajji was saying was we are a nation of laws, show me the law that authorizes you to make this change.

    saay

    • Beyan

      Hey Sal,

      Thank you for making the time to shed light on a couple of issues you found of interest. Let quickly point out that PFDJ’s ability to advance two contradictory ideas at once is stunningly dizzying, akin to the big mouth we have at the White House, both of whom make no compunction about their contradictions because it knows nobody will challenge on assertion – it indeed epitomizes the concept of dissonance that you rightly pointed out. ወላኯ ቕጭጭ ዘይብሎም::

      You captured the absurdity the Holiday that PFDJ tried to capitalize upon. Again, what it did last year matters not. What’s needed for this year is what matters. Assenna’s analysis captured the absurdity of it all where can see those stoic faces from all involved – Higefites or not. Here is one from your FB page that I lifted from the 2016 for comparison purposes that I think is worth watching in how PFDJ tries to capitalize on the fact that there are no independent media outlets to hold it accountable when it does what it pleases and what’s expedient for the moment. Here is from the 2016 followed by Assenna’s analysis of this year’s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
      v=d_jRjhBLGmMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YkBgHkpe7M

      Many thanks Sal for keeping us not only alert but also assuring us that we are not the ones who are suffering the dissonance but the regime that’s spinning out of control.

      BN

  • Berhe Y

    Hi Alex,

    Weather it affects PFDJ finiance significantly or it scores moral victory for challenging the PFDJ it’s good. What does it say about a government (embassy / consulate) agreeing to stop collecting the 2% and they still doing it in behind? That’s the exact reason why the consulate was deported because he was caught.

    How ever small that’s a victory, against the pfdj. What’s required is others to follow.

    A question for you, how come you don’t pay voluntarily since you are in favour of it? Isn’t that your obligation?

    Another question, what services one gets from embassy or consulate?

    Please note consular services like visa does not apply. Those are not the same as the 2% tax.

    Berhe

  • AliSalim

    Selam Beyan,

    As always an excellent article and an important addition to the debate on what I called the Halloween Uprising purely because of its timing. I always like the way you write and your poetics and I follow you brilliant inputs in the discussions.

    I also read the exchange between you and Dr. Chefena on the other thread where you both raised very valid concerns on the threat posed by bigots especially to our unity at these sensitive times. I must say your views are cliche but interesting.

    As you might have noticed your article deals with the reactions to the demonstrations in London and other places. My article deals with the substance of the demonstrations in Akhriya. In a nutshell my argument was that Muslims by the very nature of their religious obligations need more space than Tewahdo and other (also by the nature of religious obligations). Therefore the call was to avoid judging the demands of Hajji Musa through the prism of equality of religious freedom promoted by non-Muslims.

    My comment of SAAY was also exactly that. It was my impression that SAAY and many other good hearted people tried to doctor Hajji Musa’s demands to fit the standard narrative of ‘equal opportunity oppressor’. Of course you took that a step further with your claim that Adam and Even were Tewahdo and that Eritrean Muslims were the descendants.

    Away from these games, let me ask you if you actually support that Eritrean Muslim girls should have the option to wear the Hijab and learn the Quran at school. Do you notice that we have forgotten the demands for Muslims to have Arabic language schools because that is now our of reach for Muslims and we are talking about religious rights. Where will it go next?

    • Mez

      Dear Ali,

      An interesting postulate:

      …Muslims by the very nature of their religious obligations need more space….

      I don’t think this holds water; it is just a selfishly view aluding to: I shall get more even if I didn’t deserve (by rule of law, or any social standard).

      Simply egocentric.

    • Beyan

      merHaba Younis/Ali

      I appreciate your input. Glad to hear in clear terms your usage of Halloween was purely on its “timing” and nothing more. I wish you addressed your methodology and the blanket statements you made about social science that Dr. Chefena and I exchanged our ideas about. At any rate, at least, we have put the issue of Halloween to rest. You eloquently explicated reasoning behind the assertions you made in your article, namely, to Sal’s article, which I am duly noting here, but may come back to it a later time.

      For brevity’s sake I will delve straight to the two important questions you posed: If “…Eritrean Muslim girls should have the option to wear the Hijab and learn the Quran at school.” Just like any other private like, Catholic or others the world over, emphasis on private here, are allowed to teach ethics, religious studies, and the like, private Muslim schools should not be treated any differently. There is no two way about it on this one. The problem is when dealing with a nation that knows nothing about policies – one wonders why it issues policies and rules – when it is the first one to violate it. For example, if the Ministry of Education would go back to its own policy, it would’ve found out that it was violating Al Dia’s right to teach Quran/Arabic language in school. Even the Eritrean Religious Affairs had found the Ministry of Education in violation of the rights of any private school being prevented from teaching these subjects as part of its curriculum. It wasn’t done at the expense of the curriculum and instruction subjects as instituted by the Ministry … these were taught in addition to… please see the Al Diaa Alumini Society’s* hard facts below, which addresses, succinctly, on the two questions you posed.

      As for how “…we have forgotten the demands for Muslims to have Arabic language schools…”Well, with a regime that knows no rule of law, no constitution to speak of, speaking of its drastic actions against anything our cultural heritage stands for, in my estimate, is fruitless discussion. The official language issue has been discussed here ad infinitum, it is a constitutional issue that will have to be addressed by the experts of the subject matter. My opinion, however, for those of us who are outside the country must find a way of finding a middle-ground where Arabic for majority Muslim Eritreans is the preferred language. But, before all that kind of discussion takes hold, we must nurture the momentum that was garnered by the the Akhriya uprising, one that brought Eritreans from all walk of life into one tent. We must keep the discussion and the bridge of dialogue to go on so we can come to an amicable solution on many issues that are in front of us.

      *As you all should be aware by now, last Tuesday, 31 October 2017, Asmara was rattled by protests that emanated from Akhriya. In the absence of any independent media in Eritrea, The Al Diaa Alumini Society (ADAS) opted to present to you the HARD FACTS so that you may be properly informed.

      Background

      For 48 years, Al Diaa has closed its doors on Fridays in observance of the Muslim weekly holiday. Ostensibly, the previous two occupying forces had allowed this tradition to go on because Al Diaa is not a public school. It is a private school built by private citizens of the Akhriya community and its vicinity. The only difference between Al Diaa school and other public schools is that this one incorporates Arabic and Quran as part of its curriculum much as the Catholic school (Catholic denomination), Mahber Hawriat (Adventist denomination), and Swedish Mission school (Protestants denomination), do. How ironic, it is a home grown regime that is attempting to nationalize these private schools to become part of its public schools, when all indications are that, at least, ADAS can attest to this with authority and legitimacy for almost fifty-year Al Diaa has been school par excellence. The proof, as they say, is in the putting. Within the alumni one can easily find professionals of high caliber in myriad field of endeavors.

      The Lead up to the Confrontation

      Al Diaa, as a private school, instituted what was sensible to the community’s values. As such the school determined that boys and girls will be in a coed setting from elementary to middle school and are separated based on their gender at the high school level. The girls in the school wear Hijab as part of their uniform; the boys follow the uniform code as prescribed by the Ministry of Education.

      The Trigger to the Confrontation

      The events that triggered the protest by students and the community of the Akhriya based Al Diaa school dates back over several years of interference and back-and-forth dialogue with the Ministry of Education. Over a year ago, the Ministry of Education gave a DIRECT order to the school administration enumerated herewith:

      A). To stay open on Fridays. In other words, Fridays to be a school day like any other public schools – to adapt the current national weekend holiday, i.e., Saturday and Sunday.

      B). To “REMOVE THEIR HEADSCARF” and get in line with what the Ministry of Education’s vision of the “contemporary Eritrean student” body adheres to

      C). To mix boys and girls in classrooms through high school instead of the way it is right now, up to middle school

      D). To immediately stop teaching Arabic and Religion (part of its curriculum and instruction)

      Compromise

      When the above order arrived, the school board took its grievances and had several meetings with the Ministry of Education. As a compromise, they agreed to open the school on Fridays and adapt the Saturday & Sunday holiday, and was open to incorporating the mixing of girls and boys in same classroom in future academic years. But the ministry insisted on all or none approach, and demanded removal of headscarf and stopping the curriculum of religion as a subject.

      Following the Chain of Command

      Failing at the compromise efforts, the school board took its appeal to the minister himself, and then to the office of Religious Affairs. After reviewing the case and similar cases filed by similar school administrators in other towns of Eritrea, such as Addi Gua’adad and Mendefera, among others; on several occasions, individual parents of students attending regular government ran schools were “ordered” to remove headscarf or face expulsion from school. The Office of Religious Affairs decided the order was unlawful and violated the religious rights of citizens. This ruling was shared with the ministry and matters seemed to have calmed down.

      However, about a year later, the head of the ministry’s branch of zoba maekel, Memhir Belay (of Asmara and its surroundings), called the leaders of the school board, chief among them , the now jailed Hajj Musa Mohamed Nur, and ordered them to surrender the school. Outraged, Hajj Musa is said to have told Memhir Belay that the board could not adhere to such unlawful act. The school board was called up to Asmara central police station and in the presence of police chief, they were told that this was a government proclamation that affected all private schools including St. Mary and Kidane Mehret schools.

      The Board Challenges the Proclamation

      The board members stated that the proclamation was never heard of, never published on government media, and that the ministry was, simply put, being hostile towards the Al Diaa School. Hajj Musa unequivocally and clearly told the ministry officials and the police that he would take the case back to the constituents: i.e., parents, members of the general assembly comprised of representatives of the 30+ mosques in Asmara, and members of the Islamic Awqaf (Islamic authority on relief which is a stake holder of the school in the event of any crisis). As promised, Hajj Musa led the meeting in objection to such hostile takeover as was heard on the video that has gone viral since. A day later, he was jailed along with scores of individuals deemed influential in this case.

      On Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, students, mothers, and the entire Akhriya community turned up in the school and upon hearing that the police have come to ask school officials to surrender the school keys and property. The police that came from 2 different police stations and the militias were overpowered and left (there is a video clip on this, which will be shared in due course).The crowd left marching towards Asmara downtown, stopped at the ministry’s door steps in protest until they were met with members of armed forces firing live ammunition to disperse the crowd.

      Update

      The latest word from Asmara is that the entire board has been rounded up and put in jail

      This is what happened!

      May peace and justice reign to all who wish it!

      Al Diaa Alumni Society (ADAS)

  • Beyan

    Dear Acria,

    Nothing to add – really – other than to say, Amen! Our vigilance must continue unabated.

    Cheers,
    Bn

  • Ismail AA

    Dear Beyan,

    This is a praise worthy initiative very much needed on two levels: demolition of the futile propaganda campaign on the one hand, and on the other, an assessment of a scholar of the Al-Diaa School uprising to put it in deserving framework that will place it on the pages of Eritrea’s annals as a civil resistance that opened a hole through the thick wall of fear the regime’s hitherto effective strategy has erected. Articulating that for the regime and blind loyalist October 31,2017 was in fact a bad day that will stay on haunting them is a job well done.

    • Beyan

      Selam Ismail AA,

      As always, I am immensely grateful, even when your busy schedule doesn’t allow it for you to respond, you give the courtesy note of encouragement – I thank you for that. Framing our make believe Halloween holiday in the west as a nightmare forever to the regime is much more apt assessment rather than using it as a make believe event for those in the opposition as our brother tried to do. There are myriad of ways that one can use the concept of Halloween as a metaphor to intersperse; as you know, this unofficial holiday, a lot of times it is used for the people to dress up in a scary custom…making fear part and parcel of the evening…it is that fear of the make believe that was transformed into one of obliterating the fear that the regime engendered to shackle the Eritrean population to a point of fearing of their own thinking. We’ve heard in the testimonies during the UN Human Rights’ hearing, where one young man said, he was afraid of his own thinking, because he began to believe that the regime can hear his thinking…that’s what has been obliterated to pieces with the 31 October 2017 Akhriya uprising.

      Sincerely,
      BN

  • blink

    Dear Beyan
    This is a great reply and i love the way you did it and the time you choose to post it, is even better . Eritrea will be only saved by people who think for the people not for-themselves. Again thanks for stepping in because if no one stepped in ,people like me would have thought , it is a shaking ground in here but here you are to the demise of some evil people. I believe Eritreans can only and only pull their peace if they joined hand in hand for a common good .There will never be a peaceful democratic Eritrea by splitting the hair . A united people under the name of a democratic Eritrea is the way to go. No force should be allowed to divide us because if we divide ourselves here , the dictator has decades old experience in that field and he will eat us as a cake, if we did not challenge people like the Halloween guy. Again even though you are doing your responsibility as Eritrean, i still wanted you to know many people thanks you and hope you have the time to push back some of the dividing in chief.

    • Beyan

      Hello blink,

      This is just to let you know that I have responded to your query in Younis/Ali’s piece, thereby avoiding redundancy.

      Many thanks for your kind words,

      Sincerely,
      BN

  • Paulos

    Selam Dr. Beyan,

    Many thanks for the well written article where you have captured the essence of Akhria uprising and its wider implications as well.

    Please allow me to indulge in a rather tangential but crucial narrative where the Eritrean rather unique world standing is anachronistic in terms. Out of the 193 member nations of the UN, only a handful are in a rather murky situation if not in an active war where the rest member nations are looking forward into the future with a sense of optimism where war and oppression of people are considered a thing of the past. The credo certainty is democracies do not go to war against each other; and equally, nations bound by common vision including economic prosperity do not go to war against each other either. In short, through out human history, no man ever enjoyed peace, prosperity and a sense of optimism than the era we are living in. Nations and leaders have realized that human life is precious in every sense of the word.

    For instance, the current leaders of Saudi Arabia have realized that, unless they open up to the wider world, stagnation would be the order of the day and they have already started implementing novel social changes to that effect(read: women will be starting driving cars) and they are diversifying economic investment as well where oil revenue will be a thing of the past. By the same token, China a country with 1.5 billion people under a single party is responding to the ever fast changing social mobility particularly the middle class, again lest the party stagnates. China is undertaking an ambitious economic plan practically around the world under the banner “One Belt One Road” that will stretch all the way from Euro-Asia to Europe and Africa with 1 trillion dollar to spend. In short, in an unprecedented gusto, the world is moving in a unique direction in unison to improve the wellbeing of humanity. With in this unprecedented backdrop, Isaias’ Eritrea is moving backwards into the stone-ages where the people are denied basic decency and the right to life as well. What is astounding however is that, when Eri-TV elected to show fire incident in Detroit instead of Mugabe’s resignation. This is how unique the Eritrean condition is, if not absolutely unbelievable. Akhria is one among many mini volcanoes that will eventually eject the menace in Eritrea but first it is imperative for us to internalize where we are as people with respect to the wider world.

    • Beyan

      Dear Dr. Paulos,

      Thank you for the praise you lavish me in my attempt to capture the spirit of Akhriya uprising. The angle you’ve taken is no tangential at all. To the contrary, I contend that’s the crux of the matter, because when all is said and done, what all of us want to see in Eritrea is nothing more than a nation that is able to live in tranquility, in peace with its neighboring countries, with prosperous future, etc. When all is said and done, each day the menace at home is breathing Eritrea’s fresh oxygen, the air he breathes out is not just carbon dioxide but one laced with poison that has been dismembering, exterminating, and destroying every fabric of our society. That’s what’s haunting our people and our country. So, I thank you for your comprehensive viewpoint in depicting for us the world where we come from and where the world at large stands today and the potential where we could possibly be if and when we get rid of the devil in our midst residing in our country. With people of your caliber in tow, Eritrea will be in good hands, when we manage to put this turbulent time behind us.

      Sincerely,
      BN

  • MS

    Ustaz Beyan
    Thank you, Sir. It is a very interesting synthesis of goodness, an antidote to the Halloween article by Ali Salim. I think we need to come to an understanding that there is only one Eritrean opposition. The inside/outside dichotomy is an expression of its geographic spread. In reality, the change envisioned by the majority of Eritreans inside the country could not be different from the change sought by Eritreans outside the country. The difference is in location and whatever that location may entail. And the magic will be in connecting these two potentials which in effect should reinforce each other; so, one opposition in different settings. The weakness of one side will negatively affect the development of the other side. That’s why the unity of the diaspora voices is very important for incidents such as the courageous act of Akrya to become a “Normal” scene or occurrence so that it could bolster the capacity of domestic challenges which should in turn bolster the capacity of the diaspora. At the end there is one country and the positive confluences of these forces will result in the acceleration of change. So, i believe there could not be a reason to see these two forces separated other than their separation by location.
    Akrya brought the good of our people to the surface. While some tried to paint it as a Jeberti or a Muslim blip, the canvas was full of Eritrean faces with its diversity…supporting Akrya. So, raising the picture of the jailed Orthodox Patriarch along the picture of Haji Musa says sends a different picture than the one Ali Salim wanted us to carry through his REALLY Halloween article. Thanks for the antidote and I hope Ustaz Ali has received the shot. But then it is Ali…a genius of the Halloween movies….

    • Beyan

      merHaba kbur MS,

      Reading your critique of Meskerem with a touch of diplomatic artistry I found so refreshing that I wanted others who may not have read it to do so and as such I cited it in my piece – Footnote number 7, to be exact. The struggle we are undertaking is not for the faint of heart. Our fingers must keep striking at that keyboard in whatever language we deem it necessary to do so to convey the needed message to its intended target. It is to this I tried to speak to in the introduction of the article I penned above. If the site you critiqued did its due diligence, it would’ve been one less problem to deal with. Unfortunately, you had to expend energy and time to keep the site on notice from an already thinly stretched resources of the diaspora. I doubt it will heed your suggestion, but trying we should all must when the occasion calls for it.

      That said, MS, I couldn’t agree with you more on your assertion of the binary nature of our opposition as necessitated, and being made to function in such dichotomous geographical landscape, where the within and the without must find a mechanism of harmonization, the combined corollary of which would invariably lead to some modicum of sociopolitical equilibrium. In other words, those of us who are operating from without should never lose sight of the dire predicament of those whose daily existence is commanded under constant duress where existential threat is a daily occurrence from within. Understanding the dualistic nature of the opposition ought to compel us to find a way, as you succinctly put it, where unifying voice must be made to emerge, forcefully, at that.

      The peaceful demonstrations throughout the month of November that we saw in awe, was a signpost of the diaspora (the without) finally getting it. How to harness that energy into making it one of proactively continuous endeavor should now be the focus instead of reacting to the regime’s arbitrary violence. It is time we should be deliberative in the actions we take against the regime, hit it where it will hurt the most: In its pocketbook. A good example, is what Ghezae Hagos and his colleagues did in Cananda vis-à-vis the illegal 2% monetary scheme the regime was using to collect from Eritrean citizens. The last fortress in that regard would be for some capable individuals in the arena of diplomacy working to convince a second country, for example, to issue passports for those who live in places like Saudi Arabia so they won’t be beholden to the regime’s whims to pay it any money. Now, if someone could pull that off, it would be a miracle of miracles. Of course, I am dreaming here, but then every endeavor worth its salt starts with a dream…

      Sincerely,
      BN

      • Alex

        Hi Bryan,
        What Ghezae Hagos did was to hoodwinke the Government of Canada to believe that Government of Eritrea was forcing people to pay the 2%. It is OK to oppose the 2% but it is not ok to lie. No body force you to pay as long you are not asking for service from the Government. As regards to the Eritrean opposition the day they stop going to Ethiopia a lot of people will support them. For me and people I know that is a deal braker.

        • blink

          Dear Alex
          I have never ever paid a dime and no one asked me too , I believe this 2 % thing is just a joke and there is nothing with it. For example if one person wanted to have any thing to do in Eritrea for example get education certificate, marriage issues and if these still can affect someone to live his life in the west he will pay and get what he wanted because PFDJ will never allow you to get your papers without paying. So even if Gezae tried every corner these who depend on any thing from Eritrea will pay out side Canada and this is real.
          It is a choice, will you get for example your education papers by paying 2% or waste your time to go to secondary school again ? It is a choice and this choice is no political but personal issue. I have a close friend who paid 2% to get his education certificate and there is nothing wrong with because there is no other choice. Pay 2% get your papers and improve your life in Canada unless if you listen to Ghezae or saay who are well equipped to live well in the west you are playing with your life. It is a choice we must do because we have no other choice.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi blink,

            Is it me or you are becoming more PFDJ than the PFDJ. All your arguments are in support of PFDJ directly or indirectly and disable / discourage/ divert all others little efforts to fight the regime. I will make a note to remind you.

            Back to the 2%, why on earth one have to pay to get a copy of a certificate / diploma earned. Just think about the whole concept if the PFDJ owns everything about you. Or you can pay administration fee / printing, photocopy etc to the school or ministry but one has to pay 2% for something theirs / they own it.

            But instead of being outraged by this whole concept of PFDJ ownership of everything, you are telling us, to submit to its demands and pay for it.

            I have news for you, the people are a lot smarter than you or the PFDJ you are trying to protect.

            Do you think PFDJ is the only entity with computer and printer? There are many people make the document for you. As long as the people have the desire to go to school, there is no stopping where they want to go, there are many ways.

            The 2% is used to blackmale and test loyalty of those in diaspora. If you say it’s a joke then, why doesn’t the PFDJ stop. But if you need to have inheritance, if you marry and want to bring a spouse, if you want to visit and you don’t have passport, etc etc. you must pay.

            Here is news for you, the PFDJ has no legal jurisdiction to ask, Canadian citizens to provide their income.

            It’s illegal, that’s what Ghezae and others used to stop the illegal tax.

            AKmKa FileT.

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear Beyan
            It is the reality PFDJ controls every thing and I have passed the level of outrage over their control of every Eritrea lives, even if you wanted to bring your mother to the west , first they ask you to pay 50,000 and many other demands , if you wanted to go to university in the west and asked your education background you have to pay to get the papers unless your live will remain in limbo, it is not that I wanted ed the youth to pay the dictator but it is a better choice to continue upgrade your life. It is not I wanted to defend the PFDJ not in my life do I try but , we have many youths with degree from Eritrea and yet can’t get their papers from Eritrea due to PFDJ control every inch that has to do with Eritrea. Listen Beyan I am just being realistic sir . Where do you print your GPA grades and give to western universities? Tell me how could one do that ? It is not about the printing or copy , it is that many universities demand a direct letter with your GPA to their post office and this is very complicated than you are trying to make as copying and printing. Have you met young people and talk to them about this ? I did and I know what I am talking about than your overall experience about this . I can even mention the universities that demand such , unlike you I help advice the youth to not stop studying due to one payment to their arc enemy with such problems and I have never ever experienced a person who fabricated his GPA in your office if you have . Do you facilitate paperwork printing about Eritreans GPA ? Tell me what is your knowledge in America about this ? Why are you trying to fly high with other people’s live . Get a grip about this because I actually know what I am saying and I have evidence who are doing this payment after that show up in demonstrations .This is not about loyalty because loyalty has been only with all the 80th or 90th period diaspora old men who clapped to Issaias every hour of their Eri-Tv screen show up. Loyalty can not be measured by one time payment for your education certificates . You have no problem about one motivated young man who wanted to study but can’t because people like you and Gezae who have a stable life in the west wanted to show how hard you to oppose, you wanted to show how hard you oppose the dictator good but this printing and copying fake documents is one of them sir. I say all this with all respect I have for you but don’t expect people to follow a blind sheep. We are self centered people and we will look after our interest because we will not be only noise .The youth need to catch up on their personal life too. Unless there is no point to throw even one dollar to PFDJ . Be realistic sir , this payment is one time and they will not repeat it but is I have something to do why will I wait for any one .

          • Berhe Y

            Hi blink,

            From what I can tell, all your arguments are against people or group who are doing something to fight the PFDJ.

            Those students who have the ability to go to University, they know how to get their papers if they really need it.

            I don’t have time to respond in detail but your reason makes no sense.

            Your objective is to drail Beyan’s suggestion to fight pfdj similar to what happened in a Canada.

            As to Ghezae, everyone knows the dedication and the help he is providing to the ERITREAN refugees by continue lobbying, advocating and sponsoring and settling including advising on higher education.

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear berhe
            Not all Eritrean refugees live in Canada but I would love to read the tricks of your printing and copying with out going out my way to your stretched out lines. I oppose every inch of PFDJ system but I will not allow that to trade on all Eritrean youths to stay in limbo. Spell it out how people in Europe and America go to universities with out certificate? This should be very easy to cross political views just for the sake of poor young Eritreans on European streets. The day you avoid them hi on the streets the day your journey stretches to 20 years in exile. I am looking from the interest of the young man looking to apply for higher education, that is all sir. Again stop this poor accusation and bring content to this education certificate issue. Don’t let your disagreements with me over rule your humanistic attitude. Incompetence should not get blind loyalty and I don’t give my loyalty for incompetent ideas about real peoples lives. This is real .

          • Acria

            Hi blink,

            The refusal to pay a 2 % is a minimal sacrifice that should be done by every Eritrean who stands for justice. You don’t need any high school certificate from Eritrea to go to school in the United Sates, for example, if you want to go to college. All you have to do is show your capacity of English and Mathematics. If you are smart enough you can challenge the courses and the school will place you in your proper class. So, you don’t need to pay any money to continue your education. Most of the youth who are fleeing Eritrea are middle school and high school graduates. Those certificates are useless in other countries. It is your knowledge that matters.

            If you are talking about university graduates (do we have any universities open in Eritrea?), going for masters level, that is another matter. I don’t know how many Eritreans are seeking masters level education in foreign countries after obtaining their bachelor of science. They can’t be that many. We are not a country known for producing many undergraduates. Therefore, the refusal to pay the 2% is a small sacrifice. Many Eritreans have sacrificed their lives for justice from this dictatorship. That is why it is an insult to our martyrs and their loved ones to tell people it is okay to pay the 2% and support the dictatorship. No more excuses! We have to take a stand from every corner and by any means to topple and get rid off this hated government.

          • blink

            Dear acria
            That is your own school of course and I have no idea how you are trying to make it sacrifices? Let’s say you wanted to study masters in your own field, the process with out past education certificate is horrible and time consuming, why would I put my life on such instead of pay and apply right to the field. This insulting thing is cruelty of some opposition fugitive ideas and they have no way telling. Pay one time and get your certificate done with it. You want to show your sacrifice please help your brothers at the mercy of camps that is called sacrifice.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi blink,

            Do you think someone who is applying for his masters doesn’t know this option if he / she wants to?

            Question for you? Which higher institution recognizes the military collages of Sawa and it’s diploma that will grant you admission into masters program?

            Acria said is very well and in Canada it’s the same thing.

            P.S. I didn’t forget but I will not tell you how to print certificate and transcript:).

            Berhe

          • Acria

            Hi blink,

            Either you are naïve, or you are just doing this on purpose. Poor Eritrea, globalization didn’t help our beloved country. We have a conundrum: everybody inside the country is looking outside to emigrate. Eritrean immigrants (the diaspora), on the other hand, are making our lives comfortable
            wherever we are and at the same time supporting the dictatorship by some means or other. It is no wonder that Isaias and his goons are playing with our country without any outa of hinderance. If the people inside are looking outside and the diaspora is staying put wherever we are, I don’t think we will see any change in this dictatorial regime.

            Naivetes and selfishness are our major problems. That is why the refusal to pay the 2 % is a minute obligation for every Eritrean. If you some of us wants to pay the 2 %, let’s give it to the relief
            organizations that are helping our refuges in Sudan and Ethiopia. When the dictator asks you to pay for something, liking asking your precious high school or ‘tegbare ed’ certificate, you can show them that you have already helped your compatriots in the refugee camps. By the way, ‘Ketet teTebahal de’a entay ketebel eka’?

          • blink

            Dear acria
            Yes you are right , have you ever find any one who helped the refugees and got his certificate from PFDJ ? You guys are amusing to the hill of death. Why would you even think someone will pay every years 2% of his salary, he will not because there is no reason doing it but if you want to get something from Eritrea that is the reality, pay get what you wanted unless no one is going to get a thing from opposition figures who advices for this . I ask all Eritreans not to be hold by some fugitive ideas of such unless of course if they wanted to be messy with their life.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi blink,

            I know you are avoiding me, which I take it you don’t like what I am saying with you. I agree with you the PFDJ does not benefit financial (for the headache) it get from the 2%. If it decide to govern peacefully, I think it would be able to get 10 or even 100 times more as in development aid and other means.

            But it refuses, why? When it comes to money, IA would sell anything to the devil.

            I think he has calculated the costs and benefits. The 2% is not use for financial means, but as a way to gather / and test loyality of those Eritreans in diaspora. Once you pay 2%, then you are automatically in their database and they have all the information about you, what you do, where you are from where you will go.

            In other words, it’s a grantee that you will not become their enemy.

            And I think all this crocodile tears that you are having for the Eritreans who are capable of getting into graduate program (very, very small and more than capable to know what to do). But you are advising for people to continue to pay the 2% so you help build the PFDJ database.

            saHabey TegeTimka mish:)

            Berhe

          • blink

            Dear berhe
            I am not avoiding you sir , I just find out more about your thin space you are in this issue.

          • Acria

            Hello blink,

            The difference between people like you and the rest of us is that you guys don’t care about the suffering of our Eritrean people. You want to get something from the government and you are willing to pay for it at any cost, including dancing with the dictator. On the other hand, people like me will forgo certificate or whatsoever material things so that not to pay even a penny to help these unhinged ‘keda’at’ you call your government. Eritreans are getting smarter these days: they are not afraid to stand united and oppose freely, they are willing to stop paying the 2 %, they will not participate at any party organized by the PFDJ, they will not be visiting the home land anytime soon, and they will oppose any organization, such as the notorious Nevsun Resources Ltd., that is trying to
            make profit at the expense of our conscripts. So, blink get ready, it is a multi-pronged economic boycott by Eritreans against the PFDJ.

            The PFDJ is its own enemy. Instead of implementing justice, it chose injustice. All Eritreans are ready for justice now. The only way this can be obtained is by removing the PFDJ from power. So, join the movement of ‘wuhuj gasha’; otherwise, stay out of the way.

          • Kalihari Snake

            Hi Acria: I sincerely hope that you are not an Ethiopian migrant living in the USA, for the USA also levies a tax on their citizens who are working abroad. Talk about hypocrisy! Strange that the USA criticizes Eritrea for its tax actions but at the same time wishes to appear totally innocent for its wrongdoings.

          • Acria

            Hello Snake,

            You failed to prove your point by using ad homniem and red herring logical fallacies. Everybody who said ‘Embi nemelkhi’ is not Ethiopian. Second, the hypocrisy is on you for comparing Eritrea with United Sates of America. If you have compared Eritrea with North Korea, your argument might
            have some validity.

          • Acria

            Hello Snake,

            You failed to prove your point by using ad homniem and red herring logical fallacies. Everybody who said ‘Embi nemelkhi’ is not Ethiopian. Second, the hypocrisy is on you for comparing Eritrea with United Sates of America. If you have compared Eritrea with North Korea, your argument might
            have some validity.

          • blink

            Dear acria
            I will not forgo documents and I don’t care about one time payment even if it costs 1000US dollars and I don’t believe PFDJ will be holding me for years to pay them because that is not going to happen and in almost all they don’t see them again, one time payment should not be such political issue. Because you can also imagine these new comer are not employed and the amount can be small. Now who are saying these of us ? Who knows your daily activity, and who cares about your forged documents. The dictator will not fall by small dollars but by bigger public disobedience .

          • Acria

            Hello blink,

            I think I can say that you don’t seem to like the PFDJ thugs. You are smart enough to know what is going on in Eritrea. If Eritrea was free and democratic nation, I will be the first person to donate my money and my skills to help my fellow citizens. Nevertheless, it is not the amount of money (only 2 %), it is the concerted effort by every Eritrean to send the message that PFDJ need to get the hell out of Eritrea (thus the ‘Hegdef Adena Gedef’ mantra) that accounts. If you and anyone you know have problems of pursuing higher education, you can always talk to the counselors of each school and they will gladly help you. It’s not the end of the world! You can do without Eritrean certificates. So, don’t waste your money and don’t make your money the cause of prolonging the life of PFDJ so that they can further subjugate our people.

          • blink

            Dear acria
            I have no business with any of paying and I never have paid a dime to the dictator but from what I see with young Eritreans I felt that the price of wasting time for them is simply irresponsible. They must go to higher education and keep their life in good position to build Eritrea after the dictator. We need educated population if we ever have any chance to keep our promise on changing Eritreans lives. We need them on their prime time of skilled youth. As you know after the dictator people will think there will be milk and honey on streets and it will be very difficult to come to reality if the power didn’t work well , you know many awatecom will pop up probing the public to a cliff and to save from such horrific things we need an educated young people who can travel from west to help. Many of you are not focusing to the next havoc of PFDJ. We need a think thank tank that can sway public perception about policy and stakeholders of a given state assessment, with out that any change will be DRC or may be bad. My intention was not to give money to the dictator but to have enough stocks on our holdings. At this time most people are focusing to the politicians but what we are forgetting is the engineering of our society to greater democracy. In the opposition there is no democracy and trust me they will go with out any improvement to Eritrea. What will you do with that ? If any Eritrean is improving his skills and know how on different fronts take that as a building block of democratic Eritrea.

          • Acria

            Hello blink,

            Well said blink! I agree with your points. I don’t believe these new comers had the luxury to undergo undergraduate education. Most of them are high school graduates and some technical school graduates. Some of them are skilled. That being said, they don’t need their diploma or certificate to show the schools that they are qualified to go to community colleges or universities. The schools will assessment each student, with or without the diploma, to see how each student will perform in Mathematics and English. Based on the results of these assessments, you will be placed at an appropriate class. You will be set back few semesters, not because you don’t have your diploma, but because your English and Mathematics is not to bar with the fluency that the schools are looking for. Therefore, I am glad that you can be at peace with yourself and your God that your money is not being used to abuse our citizens.

            I want you also to be specific when you mention about these young Eritreans. What is their education level? What is their expectation? It is not easy being an immigrant in the western countries. You must work extra hard to talk like them and to write like them so that you can compete with them at every sector of the economy. Therefore, it is not easy. Blink, I have been there. I have done that. I want you to be strong wherever you are. Get the education and the skills for yourself, for your family, and for your countries (both adopted and Eritrea). Nevertheless,
            never forgot your people that are suffering from this heinous PFDJ and its supporters. Please, don’t be one of them. Whatever it is, how small it may be, be an agent of change: change for free and democratic Eritrea.

        • Beyan

          Hello Alex,

          So, blackmailing your own citizenry into paying is not lying? So, threatening not to renew one’s passport – you may not know this, but that’s what happens for Eritreans in Saudi – unless and until they pay the 2% and more. One can go on and on with until Kingdom comes. As for your stand on opposition, well, what can I say, some of us choose a very narrow interpretation in the way we advance the struggle. The extinction stage that Eritreans are facing wouldn’t give us the luxury to pick and choose where we wedge our fights from. Whether we like it or not, our heritage is tied to Ethiopia on so many levels. Just because the menace at home chose to pick a fight with a country where the people-to-people we have no issues with, it doesn’t mean, therefore, we blindly follow the regime to edge of the cliff.

          Sincerely,
          BN

  • Haile S.

    Selam Beyan,
    Well said! You have this capability of squeezing out from the drying fruit the few last sublime medicinal drops. You said “Juxtaposing two of our revered ancient religious traditions, namely, Tewahdo and Islam in opposition to one another is nothing more than splitting hairs” How true. Irrespective of what I stand on now (we are chased by what we say or became, understandably!), let me tell you that I was brought up in that unsplitted hair. Born some where else, but coming to consciousness in aKhriya, I remember my mom (a tewahdo) going with her neighbours and friends of moslem confession to a sacred cave (ጸበል ዘለዎ) with a tiny spring water, on the way or in barborella on the road from aKhriya to Adi nefas. They had this profound respect to each other’s faith to the level of finding a common sacred place.

    • Beyan

      merHaba Haile S.,

      This firsthand account from the lived experience is the spirit of Akhriya I recall similar sentiments growing up there as well. There were endless poems – it seemed – that surfaced in the month of November to show the nature of Akhriya’s microcosm. People refusing the regime’s narrative that wanted to stoke division among the people with no inklings for veracity. Here is one that the regime did an in-depth story about Akhriya, I am certain when it knew very little of uprising that would come to bruise it forever. For our purposes, starting it at 9 minutes will give the reader the needed exposure of various parts of the place. The entire 18 minutes does justice to show of a place from its humble beginning.

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

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Dr. Beyan

    “However, when writing your piece you fail to apply the very benchmark that you used to critique others. For example, you use google at random as a method of inquiry, which can hardly qualify as social science of qualitative, quantitative, or mixed paradigms. To add insult to injury, you handily dismiss the very approach that you shabbily attempt to emulate by summarily giving it a verdict without giving any due diligence of the three criteria you lay out for your inquiry by calling it thus: “All social sciences are junk sciences as you can imagine.” Where is the lit review, where is the methodology that led Ali Salim to dismiss an established method of scientific inquiry that goes over a century now?”

    Thank you Beyan it was very interesting article..

    KS,,

    • Beyan

      Thank you KS! Kbret yihaballey.

      BN

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