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The Politics Of Betrayal

Summary:

  1. The risk of colluding with Ethiopia to oust the Eritrean Government
  2. An illustration of Ethiopian deception
  3. Follies of many Eritrean opposition groups
  4. Tesfay Temnewo’s lack of credibility

Many of us have speculated as to what kind of contributions the ‘Ethiopian intervention’ is bringing to the struggle Eritreans are pursuing against the present dictatorship in Asmara. It is true that the Ethiopian Government and the Eritrean opposition groups share a common view of President Isaias Afeworki, and that is his PFDJ Government is the most unsuitable one for the people. However, we need to pay attention to the current trend which is manifesting itself – reference is being made to the intrusive nature of Ethiopia’s daring role in our affairs.  We cannot afford to make the same mistake our fathers committed in the late 50s and early 60s – that is to be lulled into handing over Eritrea to Ethiopia on a silver platter.

In 1940s, prior to the ‘Ethiopia or Death’ campaign, the most defining element which led to defeatism of the intelligentsia was the sheer terror that was unleashed by members of Andinet, the Youth League which was literally a terrorist wing under the Unionist Party. Undoubtedly, the fearlessness and ruthlessness of the Andinet members were felt and registered by those who could have made a difference in determining Eritrea’s future had they had the opportunity to function under different circumstances.  To make a long story short, the Andinet movement paved the way for federation which was quickly followed by annexation – a lesson to our home-bred youth who graduated from the pfdj-sponsored ‘Dankiera’ schools (schools of dizzying, endless escapades).

Having said the above – the insinuation regarding what awaits us once we allow Ethiopia to cajole us with kickbacks and then bully us for our lapses, I proclaim that it is about time that we fought back to save what is left of our dignity.   Many leaders and members of the opposition do not hide the fact that they are colluding with Ethiopia to oust the Eritrean Government; what they are not seeing is the paralysis that is slowly setting in. Is history repeating itself?

They say the next big thing is here,

that the revolution’s near,
but to me it seems quite clear
that it’s all about Ethiopian duplicity repeating
.. and I’ve seen it before
.. and I’ll see it again
.. yes I’ve seen it before
.. just little bits history of Andinet  repeating

Taken from History Repeating by Propellerheads / Miss Shirley Bassey

A couple of months ago an interesting Tigrinya document was posted on Meskerem.net under the title of ‘shrHi Addis Ababa / snksar maHleKatatun’, which depicted a credible account – how Ethiopia continues to entice, entrap and then discredit members of the Eritrean opposition groups in order to keep stirring up trouble within the opposition camp, to highlight its ‘indispensability’, to assert its hegemony and of course, to keep Ethiopian interests alive. In other words, to make us go down on our knees.   Many of the opposition groups, with their empty pockets, cannot hold the Ethiopians back, but give in to their pressure.  That is how they lost the plot! Are we being reminded of the fact that Ethiopia, in this ‘swinging’ of allegiances, has the upper hand in our region?  Thanks to Isaias’ irrationality we have been dwarfed in the scheme of things. That is not going to last forever though.  It is sad that the political bankruptcy in our regions is playing against us, prompting many of our opposition groups to roam around blind-folded. Are we that poor to allow Ethiopia to dictate our internal affairs? I do not think so.  We are rich enough in passion, patriotism, devotion and perseverance; it is just our disorganized nature which is taking up all our time for now.  But things will certainly change – to do things our way.

On the other hand Awate.com presented an analysis on the Evaluation of the work of Eritrean National Democratic Council (ENCDC), which I found interesting but incomplete.  I would have liked to have read the Team’s take on Ethiopia’s role in this jigsaw puzzle.  Anyway, the analysis squarely put the blame on some shortcomings – primarily on the power struggle that arose among various factions of the opposition. Actually the analysis accused the opposition groups for behaving autocratically.  It stated ‘… what cannot be understood or accepted is to have our behavior as an Opposition Camp, resemble in any way to that of the regime that we are fighting against and to primarily change and uproot the mentality of domination, exclusion and assimilation that characterizes it’!  The Awate Team, who continues to keep us abreast with the Eritrean times, knows very well who is doing what and how things are done within the opposition camp.  I am hoping the Team remains put in its bold reasoning, vigilant and tell things as they are.  As far as observers like me are concerned one of the main causes of disharmony in the opposition camp is to do with Ethiopia’s interference – the contest among some of opposition groups regarding ‘who pleases Ethiopian officials the most’ is at its peak.  opposition

Let’s skip various important episodes that took place during the last decades and land on 2009 to show one of Ethiopian trickeries.  After the 1998-2000 war between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the Ethiopian exploits started with the advent of certain ‘charitable’ actions – the right of deported Eritreans citizens to reclaim lost property and to invest in Ethiopia (based on Ethiopian proclamation 280-94 of May 2009).  We all remember how Ethiopia auctioned Eritreans’ property during the 1998-2000 war as it deported innocent Eritreans under the guise of the ‘necessity to take security precautions’.  In 2009 Ethiopia allowed deported Eritreans to reclaim their properties and invest in Ethiopia.  However, the charitable move did not deliver the desired outcome for Eritrean deportees but it turned out to be a good piece of news for public consumption.   The bureaucracy Ethiopia instated totally frustrated the majority of those who applied for the return of their properties – basically, it was a ploy designed to hoodwink Eritreans into accepting Ethiopia as a benevolent and as a do-gooder nation. And to this date Ethiopia’s ‘charitable action’ is yet to bear fruits. One should feel sorry for those who moved back to Ethiopia prematurely to salvage their properties.  With their dignity eroded, they are still navigating through offices to reclaim what was once theirs; and some are having difficulty in making ends meet after they plunged into further debt while going through the begging process.

Eritreans in Ethiopia are systematically made to remain idle, turned into third class citizens and are commercially dis-occupied. Basically, there is no Eritrean businessperson who has succeeded in rebuilding his/her life upon return to Ethiopia – of course with some anecdotal occurrences.  The few who are there and are confusedly struggling to fulfill that elusive ‘Ethiopian dream’ will, sooner or later, go into hiding.  Those who were made to burst onto the ‘Ethiopia scene’ will leave the spotlight in humiliation. Let it be known that the former hard-working Eritreans who used to own major businesses – hotels, garages … etc. are literally non-existent; and the Ethiopian proclamation was simply a form of deception.

More on the follies of many opposition groups

On another front we can consider how Ethiopia is duping many of the opposition groups into delusional feats. Yes, there are those who are still trying to make the Ethiopian lie make sense.  I have a feeling those who have betrayed our nationalist agenda are finding it hard to pull out now after realizing their pro-Ethiopia campaign stalled and is somewhat backfiring now (no following). Many of us are beginning to realize that they have turned into nothing more than stooges of the regime in Addis Ababa.

Most pro-Ethiopia groups will do almost anything to avoid having to face the above mentioned truths. Once the dust settles, most of those who are fulfilling Ethiopian wishes will opt for the comforting territory of rationalization – they will claim they are struggling against Isaias’ rule.  In my thinking, perhaps a bit simplistic, pro-Ethiopia stance correlates to anti-Eritrea stance.  What they do not realize is the fact they are neglecting the people and sovereignty components of the struggle all together.  In fact, I will be harsh here, what is best for those who have been duped by Ethiopia is to rewire their senses, short-circuit their instincts and intelligence, and reject the seductive comfort of self-delusion. May be it will be very difficult for them to leave their guilt behind them but they still have time to come back to their senses.  At the moment, one can see the politics of betrayal is tracking them as they walk, an ugly shadow made by themselves.

Betrayal is common for men with no conscience. In our opposition politics, as Ethiopia’s whispers get louder, an either-or situation is created – either to betray one’s country, one’s heroic history (by allowing Ethiopia to dictate its terms) or abandon the PFDJ government.  I prefer to abandon the PFDJ, not my country, not my history!  I have lost respect for those who bank on Ethiopian support, and value their small hand-outs above our nationalist principles.  I am sorry to say they have become the weeds of our struggle.  They may not know it but they are certainly making Isaias look good.

The turncoats had their chance to give a performance designed to make a public impression. But their performance did not materialize; actually it has started to backfire now.  The Tesfay Temnewo lies are a case in point.  He disgraced himself by lying while he remained in tow of the Ethiopian agenda. His attempt to explain matters surrounding him was nothing more than absolving his running away from the armed struggle when he was needed the most.  I guess with him it is like herding cats. Moreover, it is the sign of the times – when the cat is away the mice will play.

Adhanom Gebremariam referred to Tesfay Temnewo’s accounts as pure fabrications fit for a disinformation campaign. Eritreans have come to realize that Radio WegaHta, the Ethiopia-sponsored radio station, which was instrumental in giving a stage to launch Tesfay’s disinformation campaign, is untrustworthy and a propaganda-outlet of the Ethiopian government.

On the contrary, there are those who believe in time-honored ‘tegadalai’ codes of honor, loyalty, and respect.  Above all, no matter how opposed they are to the system back home, they do not allow Ethiopia to dictate the terms of our struggle.  They seem to be men and women of their word, who are constantly and painfully aware of their people’s legacy of struggle and suffering.  For instance, so impressed am I by the sentiments Mesfin Hagos expressed and analysis he presented in his recent interviews, I would like him to stay on course and rebuff any attempt by the Ethiopians to corrupt him.  The Ethiopians tried the vilification technique (a hatchet job on Mesfin Hagos), to have him totally discredited by their mediators, but that, call it a twist of fate, ended up becoming his blessing.  I respect him for that ‘vilification’ – that shows me he is doing the right thing and the Ethiopians are vexed.

Allow me to fly off on a tangent here.  It would be more interesting, actually more important, to witness that former information minister Ali Abdu left the Isaias government rather than being bombarded by endless contentions by the likes of those who adhere to a Unionist agenda – the incessant depictions the evils of the order back home, the ‘illicit’ nature of the Eritrean struggle for liberation, and the ‘importance of having the Ethiopians on-board’.   Ali Abdu has left the PFDJ Government which should be celebrated, but the modern-day Andinetists who are defecting to the Ethiopian camp are bringing shame to us all. Their ill-motivated, pro-Ethiopia sentiments and stances are at odds with the Eritrean moral fiber – revisionist in character and irredentist in perspective.

If this trend continues and we fail to nip this in the bud, then we Eritreans might as well forget the birthday of Eritrea which falls on ‘24 May’ – one that cost us so much to attain!

In memory of our martyred Tegadelti … Happy Independence Day!

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  • Garii

    neither of the regime support the opposition thier foe. It is the way of keeping status-quo.

  • yemane

    To Semere Habtemariam,
    Our Lovely Awraja Akeleguzay prefers to secede from that [deleted] small nation with no resources and join the big Ethiopia…After all Akeleguzay has a Sea access and that is enough for us to be part of Ethiopia….If you have a [deleted] objection,I would gladly say “go to hell” and we will fight to death to implement this…[deleted]

    [From moderator: Clean up your language, go easy on the F-bombs, and read our posting guidelines which prohibits derogatory reference to people based on their heritage. If that is too much work for you, find some other website to post it.]

  • Berhe

    I strongly believe the name “Admas Haile” is a pen name. This article is written by Semere T Habtemariam. Yes, there are too many of them out there working for themselves, advancing their own self-serving agendas by hiding behind the curtain of the opposition camp.
    Here are few points, why I believe this person is Semere T Habtemariam:-
    First, please look at his comments copied below and compare the style and the language with his article. Please read the comparism below between what Admas (Semere) wrote on the article and compare it to the comments Semere responded to Admas.
    From the article by Admas
    Adhanom Gebremariam referred to Tesfay Temnewo’s accounts as pure fabrications fit for a disinformation campaign. Eritreans have come to realize that Radio WegaHta, the Ethiopia-sponsored radio station, which was instrumental in giving a stage to launch Tesfay’s disinformation campaign, is untrustworthy and a propaganda-outlet of the Ethiopian government.
    On the contrary, there are those who believe in time-honored ‘tegadalai’ codes of honor, loyalty, and respect. Above all, no matter how opposed they are to the system back home, they do not allow Ethiopia to dictate the terms of our struggle. They seem to be men and women of their word, who are constantly and painfully aware of their people’s legacy of struggle and suffering. For instance, so impressed am I by the sentiments Mesfin Hagos expressed and analysis he presented in his recent interviews, I would like him to stay on course and rebuff any attempt by the Ethiopians to corrupt him. The Ethiopians tried the vilification technique (a hatchet job on Mesfin Hagos), to have him totally discredited by their mediators, but that, call it a twist of fate, ended up becoming his blessing. I respect him for that ‘vilification’ – that shows me he is doing the right thing and the Ethiopians are vexed.
    Comment from Semere to Admas
    The overall message of staying true to our cause and not compromising it for short-term alliances and perceived benefits is kosher to me; if it is not mainstream, it should be. The “Ethiopia ayttenkfulna” group will, of course, find fault in this, but we should not let the “dagmay andnet chefra” deter us from staying the course. They are a liability to our legitimate cause and the reason why some Eritreans are turned off by the opposition.
    And, Yes, Admas, “there are are those who believe in time-honored ‘tegadalai’ codes of honor, loyalty, and respect. Above all, no matter how opposed they are to the system back home, they do not allow Ethiopia to dictate the terms of our struggle. They seem to be men and women of their word, who are constantly and painfully aware of their people’s legacy of struggle and suffering.” These are the people the opposition should be built upon.
    Admas, I hope this will be the beginning of your active participation.
    hawka
    Semere T Habtemariam
    Also, please check his latest article sort of Dr Seyom Haregot Vs Dr. Berket Hapteselassie under the pretext of Book review. Have a good look at the style and over all tone of the article ..it is very similar to this article.
    Second, please go read some of his previous articles on the awate archives. The similarities in the content, style and language is quite striking. You can see his finger prints are all over the article.
    Now let’s start with Mesfin Hagos, he is known to be a person of extremely low caliber and capacity. Basically, his role during the struggle was to serve his master Issayas Afeworki. He was hand-picked by Issayas from the day he joined the EPLF and he was the main instrument of Issayas in liquidating thousands of innocent intellectual Tegadelti and Gebars. He is responsible for thousands of innocent Eritrean lives.
    After independence he continued to serve Issayas in a way and manner that Issayas wanted. During the G15 uprising, he was again a key underground player in foiling the uprising and helping Issayas security apparatus in defeating the G15. Back in 2001 while all members of the G15 were under strict surveillance and virtually under sort of house arrest, he alone and alone was send oversees by Issayas to continue his subversive actions against the opposition in the diaspora. He is still continuing to serve Issayas. Please listen to his interviews and it doesn’t take a genus to figure out who Mesfin Hagos is and for what he stands. For God’s sake leave alone Mesfin who was considered to be the most backward among the tegadelti around him at any given time during the gedli time or after independence, even his master Issayas is to backward and ill equipped to lead a country or people.
    In addition, please listen to the interview by Tesfamichael Teklebrahn known also known as Qsun or Ksun (Gedim tegadaly since 1973) in regard to the G15 from the 1970-2001. He explains the role of Mesfin Hagos for the last 40 years (from early seventh to present).
    Admas (Semere) started with a bullet point . However, there is no any explanation as to the alleged Tesfay’s lack of credibility on the entire article, other than Adhanom said so bla..blaa. We are living in the digital era, any person with little knowledge of computers can easily find out whose interview is being visited the most, Tesfay’s or Adhanoms. In other ways count the number hits. Semere, please provide any substantial explanation which particular data of Tesfay’s recorded interviews lack credibility. You tried to make it look as Tesfay is influenced by Ethiopia to talk. Again isn’t this the usual nonsense we have been hearing from the Hade Libi and Hade Ressi camp?
    Why does someone try to elevate the rotten criminal, backward Misfin Hagos and try to tarnish the credibility of the noble, enlightened and renounced hero Tesfay Temnwo? Google and Youtube official records show Tesfay Temnwo interviews has got over 1.2 million hits. No Eritrean has earned these many hits, yes even Issayas. It is scary isn’t it? DIA is terrified and he is spending big money to hire thugs all over the world to help him reverse the rapidly progressing opposition. Tesfay has let the gin out of the bottle and it is irreversible. Tesfay Temnwo has shaken the foundation of the YGDF in a way it has never been affected before. Therefore, at least based on this logic Admas (Semere), Adhanom and Mesfin Hagos seem to have the same position as Issayas in terms of defaming the gallant Tesfay Temnwo. Admas (Semere) is trying to incite fear using the same tactic Issayas has been using at least for the last 12 years, that is our choice is to serve Issayas or face union with Ethiopia. Eritrea is an independent nation and it will remain so weather Issayas is alive or gone. No one can reverse Eritrean independence and I strongly believe that Ethiopia has no desire or stomach to go to war in order to reverse Eritrean independence. Those days are history and Semere knows this better, because Semere himself has participated in an Eritrean opposition conference in Ethiopia for 10 days in 2010.
    This article’s main objective is not to advice Eritreans on the influence or consequences of Ethiopia’s involvement in the opposition camp, it is rather intended to confuse and weaken the opposition and the author is simply working for his ambition (power/grid).
    And you have the guts to talk about Betrayal Using pen name!
    As the Amharic saying “Ye gebeya girigr ymechal le leba”. Eritreans all over should be careful of the wolfs wearing sheep’s skin.

  • eyob

    the same game just diffrent players..i think people are tired and fade up with this kind of articles.. i dont think ethiopia is eritreas enemy..and never been in my opinion all the bullshit is created and projected from the same circle of people through out the entire history of both nations to the people..and see all are related in some way…i dont see its all about having an enemy its all about how we are programmed to see the enemy..this is what created the fractured psyche of the eritrean people on ethiopia and on themselves..

  • belay

    Dear Araya,
    just read your replay to horizon,it was full of hate to Ethiopians.Hate kills its own host like virus.live up to your beautiful name your parents gave you,show love at least to the ordinary ethiopians and above all to your own people.Araya,mes Adgi ya’zeWe’Ale…. read what you wrote tomrrow, you would not like it or PROUD OF It,unless there is….
    No matter what we all love you and we know most of you love us even though you do not say it in the open, because of the fear of NeoAndenet thing,maybe.
    If horizon did not realy care,he wouldn’t waste his time writting that.
    God bless.

  • Araya

    @Horizon
    You said “Singapore economically and Israel militarily”
    If you weren’t a victim of your own ignorant; then you should have known the road what Singapore went and the similarity the path Eritrea is taking. Check it out. Singapore did not become by begging and being aid dependent like your country Ethiopia.
    Regarding Eritrea being as Israel military. Well, we kicked your behind and left land lacked with your 80 million of you and when you came back to war in the name of the border, you asked the UN, EU and the US that Sawa should be dismantled and the Eritrean army must be limited to 10000 solders. Using the tooth less AU, you sanctioned Eritrea while you are buying old and second hand tanks. Give it time, you will be consumed from inside out.
    Now. Why don’t you just leave the Eritrean land and leave us alone? The only thing we are talking about you is because you are in our land illegally. As far as your economy, well, you are the best at begging so, I wouldn’t call it economy, but charity has been good to you but it has limited. Just you know.
    now, leave our land and leave us alone. HASADAT

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Araya,

      01.It is nice to follow our original culture. PFDJ’s culture will not go further. I mean respect people.
      02.we all Know how Singapore managed it. Ethipians are good readers and Horizon might be better than you in following world history. Pfdj’s Eritrea is far very far and even don’t know Where she is going. so don’t ever be like PFDJ supporters who talk on the air.
      03.Eritrean people didn’t won Ethiopian people even during national struggle. Eritrean people won Derg. in boarder issues Eritrean government was almost gone. Ethiopian government and people won Eritrean government.
      04. Ertrea don’t have legal government and can’t talk about legal mater. Ethiopia will leave Badme sure but you need to be a man of rule and come to them. today the way pfdj is doing things can force Ethiopians go to Asmara and we Eritrean people can’t blame them as the group in Eritrea is not respectful.

      solve you won country problem by eliminating PFDJ the illegal group in Asmara.

      • Kokhob Selam

        correction, instead of “solve you won” read solve your own.

        • Horizon

          Dear Kokhob Selam,

          As long as there are rational sons and daughters of Eritrea like you, Eritrea will not be lost at the hands of the PFDJ. The day the people of Eritrea would free themselves from the claws of these vultures will not be far.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Brother Horizon,
            no doubt at all. and believe me those few difficult years are for our future good. we have learnt a lot. now we know how to create peaceful atmosphere between our people more than before.

      • Araya

        Listen, all I am saying is Ethiopia is nothing but a master of beggary and they have no future. While Eritrea is nothing but full of bright futures! The only thing what is holding Eritrea is the refusal for Ethiopia from leaving our land and the stupidity of greedy opposition. If they were a true opposition they should have demanded Ethiopia to leave the land. Instead, they are busy kissing Breket Simon’s rear end and degrading Eritrea 24-7. At the end all I need is an Ethiopia to come in here and to tell me about Singapore and the strength of my army. “Ethiopia is nothing but the embarrassment of Africa”
        As an Eritrean, at least my hopes, dreams and dignity are tacked, attached and ready to use. What does Ethiopia has to offer to the point to degrade Eritrea and Eritreans?

        • Kokhob Selam

          Mr.Araya,

          if they have future or not there are 80 million people who care about it before you and me. think about the future of Eritrea first. do you know the saying “n’hata gedifa nay enda mata”? how can you talk of Ethiopia when you have such a mess in your own house?

          and Badme, do you think PFDJ will just cry for more than 10 years for Badme if they have an ability to catch it? do you remember when the sun was under control of PFDJ? what was the song of pfdj when even Badme was not ruled to Eritrea?

          and now why do you think the world is not caring about Badme more than the human right violation?

          EPLF leadership was not for national freedom my friend the mass was. you need to know the secrete first.

          you need to open your mind to see the secretes and be part of politicians. long way to go for you.

          today’s Ethiopia owned politicians to whom you can discuss with.you can find common ground with them. to the minimum they are human beings. they have feelings. they have system to follow.but the pfdj collection is lost with crimes and historical mistakes. no U turn for them.

    • Danny

      Haha… Araia, you are the one begging to be left along and begging to get your land back. Your kind of mentality is what is destroying our youth. You want Badduma man, go and get it. Leave the Eritrean youth out of your sick ways of thinking.

  • Tamrat Tamrat

    B e t r a y a l

    In war time Words like betrayal have no meaning at all. Eplf started betraying elf and trusted 100% tplf. Betraied afar People on the referundem. For them is first the integrity of afar People. Creating a New country sacrificing them in splitting to two inemies grupes. (i am an eritrean afar and you ethiopian afar colonize me for …must we afar People to understand how this sound rediculous… or we want to colonize afar becasue …). The betryal of eplf/tplf since 1995. The betryal of G-15 vs eplf, the betryal of independent press vs eplf etc. According to eplf the country Eritrea is under war all the time that is why the transitional government is running the country With out constitution and elected Parliament representatives.

    So my question based on my jambo mambo is that if a referendum is casted after Eritrea get a serious transitional government, would the outcome be 99.9% or less? How less?

    How is the New transitional government makes a mutual coexistence between Eritrea and Ethiopia?

  • Tezareb

    I will give credit to people like Salih Ghadi who have done a lot of fighting at huge cost to his own.
    The rest of you are all worthless cowards! You are blaming Ethiopia because you can not clean your own house.
    Cowards, there is nothing you can accomplish here hidden behind your computer screens.
    You were waiting for Ethiopians to come and free you from Issaias and hand you power? Ethiopia is not Eritrea anymore. Ethiopia is a country that should defend the interest of Ethiopians first. And they are ready to negotiate through Qatar what they want.
    If you believe in your worthless Ghedli, then come out and fight, instead of running away from Eritrea. If you are not willing to fill up the jails, die in the streets and valleys inside Eritrea, you deserve none.

  • Tezareb

    Admas Haile,

    If working with Ethiopia to topple the Asmara regime is wrong, then the whole Hagerawi Bayto groups under the Hawasa umbrella are wrong, so are the likes of Adhanom Gebremariam, Tesfay Temnewo and many groups who live in Ethiopia.
    You are in this big mess because of your twisted dream with your invented identity and the times you wasted and the people you buried along the way to nurture your lies under Ghedli.
    The only thing you proved in Eritrea under Ghedli is life of misery and life of Arab slavery for Eritreans outside. Relatively, life under the oppressive Mengistu was better than the life of misery concocted by your worthless Ghedli.
    With out Ethiopian support, you may see the streets of Asmara, only If Issaias gets sick and dies at 90 years old. Only worthless people create worthless nations.

  • http://awate Meron

    Dear Admas,

    You really hit the blog… and you can come up with the list of betrayals from the long subsequent posts on your article.

    Good Job

  • Aramay

    I Think we should take our country back BY ANY MEANS!
    ERITREA SHOULD BE FOR ERITREANS BY ERITREANS, BUT BY ANY MEANS!

    Remember, the current dictatorial gov was collaborating with all Ethiopian oppsitin parties,

    ALL THE OPTIONS SHOULD BE ON THE TABLE TO REMOVE THE DICTATOR AND TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!

  • Abraham

    To all concerns,
    We Eritreans have one enemy and that is Issyas and his followeres. This cancer must be destroyed. There in no other enemy except the propaganda of DIA and his slaves. In the case of HERO TEFAY TEMNEWO,his is our hero for ever. Wait, we expect that they are working to isolate Tesfay and they launched anther false information about him. Because now every one knows the main secrate of Issyas and his groups since the beginning, that is their reason and frustration

    • berhan gedem

      Admas haile your article is worthless I think you are puppet of Esayas and collaborated with those want destroy Eritrean Identity. Tesfay Temmwnowo remain the symbol of struggle remain hero.He is not bertrayed Eritrean people and identity,he was devoted for just cause war to liberate Eritrea from Ethiopia.he warn young generation don’t repeat the mistake what we did in the past.No matter who is like to help Eritrean cause is not solution the solution only from eritreans to eritreans,this noble explanation remain to be symbol of eritreans.eritreans we are not dependant we independent we made history we will make ahistory again those like Admas puppet of Esayas and some Awasa lidership stooge of Ethiopia we will trush them in history trush.

      long live
      the freedom fighters
      eternity our hero martreyes

  • chef

    Betrayal
    What betrayal? As Reason is Greek, betrayal,( I wouldn’t say, Betrayal is Eritrean) but it an inherent trademark of hizbawi-haylital/EPLF/ PFDJ. Why was Wedi Ali martyred? It is very simple, because there are many Wedi-Efrems with consistent and persistent habit of betrayal, four decades now!The word ‘neo-Andinet’ has been coined in this website and has been circulating for a while now. Meskerem, is who is obsessed with this word. Lately, it is being misused so much by some disgruntled ambitious so- called politicians with dashed political ambitions. This is reminiscent of the Dergue’s propaganda of’ yeArebKitregna’ , ‘petro-dollar’ ..
    Tesfay Temnewo
    Using my intuition and analyzing critically his narratives and my own knowledge of EPLF, I am convinced that he is for ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ and not for any political goal as Ahhanom is. Also we have been told he has some serious disability and it is very implausible to say he has some ulterior motives. My doubt is Adhanom’s ability. As to Tesfay’s 37 hours long interviews , that will remain our national treasures, thanks to the digital age, and Tesfay Temnwo has been elevated to the status of statesmanship in the category of legendary heroes. More will be disclosed on the (Sewur) Eritrawi Desawi Selfi and its crimes in the last fourty-years
    Adhanom
    It took one whole year to react l to Tesfay Temnwo’s historical account of the crimes Hizbawi- Haylitat committed . In his first one hour haranguing lecture on MIS’INFORMATION, Adnahom demonstrated his utter disrespect to his audience. He even urges us to read on his theory of MIS’INFORMAAshoN and DisInfor’ mashon, how patronizing ?His third one hour talk to discredit Tesfay was a disaster. Hewas only ranting out ‘Hasot! Fetera,! Hepicks on dates and names of people to have us believe there was a hugeinconsistency. What he actually did was replayed Tesfay’s interview, transcribes and translates them into his own Tigrinya and mumbled pretending as if he had his ‘eureka discovery’ . God, can’t this man be asked to gracefully retire? But, wait wait, now he has started pressing some buttons, it is his turn to be grilled. Could some please help retrieving his long interview about ten years ego where he talks about ‘ wefri-barnet’ , the idea of ‘ vampire state’. Let us all test him whether his a man of integrity and whether his memory doesn’t betray him. I bet there are similarities with the way Tesfay characterized EPLF. He has to tell us about the ‘Kilte-Quinat’-our brothers were made to fight- one against occupation the second against Eritrawi Desawi Selfi.
    Reconciliation
    I believe these can be described as the tension between forces of ‘truth and reconciliation’ on one hand and forces of ‘cover-up’ dancing to vitriolic nationalist tune to win over some naive elements in the opposition on the other . The word ‘reconcile’ stands out on its front webpage of this website . Has it lived up to its ideals as a principled opposition it used to be to help the efforts of ‘reconciliations’ or is it seeking a reconciliation with Meskerem to form a coalition against neo–Andentet via the mediations of such writers as the present one?
    Ethiopian:
    Facts : It is proving the highest level of education to young Eritreans including post-graduate- a massive aid after EU and USID had stopped all form of scholarships. The only county in sub-Sahara that gives life protection from the PFDJ murderers who freely operate in other African countries.

    • Danny

      Well said!

    • Tes

      Impressive, well said bro.

  • Horizon

    Eritreans are not the only people who are endowed with passion, patriotism, devotion and perseverance. It is the quality of any self-respecting national. Nevertheless, a country could be endowed with natural resources, land mass, human power, a shining history etc. It requires therefore some prudence when one speaks of uniqueness or greatness.
    This over-inflated self-image is found only in the sphere of the imagination of some ultra-nationalists who have failed over the last half century to free themselves from the illusion of seeing themselves for what they are not in reality. More than twenty years after Eritrean independence, Eritrea has yet to be Singapore economically and Israel militarily. On the contrary, on many measures, it is becoming a failed state. Therefore, when asking for help or trying to work with the Ethiopian government, as the Eritrean opposition is doing, only a naive individual would expect to get an unconditional help, especially when the past history is full of betrayal.
    You cannot continue to cover your failures and your unfulfilled delusional and unrealistic dreams by presenting Ethiopia as your eternal curse and nemesis that does not allow you to achieve your goals. Your victim mentality does not interest anybody’s ear anymore.
    You have to go back to the drawing board and come up with a better and rational idea for Eritrea. The new itinerary should not lead you again over steep mountains and deep gorges riding on the horse of hatred for Ethiopia, but through flat plains with a clear horizon ahead of you. This new direction should help you avoid confrontation with Ethiopia. Whether you like it or not, Ethiopia is the powerhouse of the horn politically, economically and militarily. While Ethiopia shined by its successful presence in the 50th anniversary of the OAU/AU, on the contrary, Eritrea shined by her absence, which should not have been the case, if her rulers really care for the country and its people. You do not seem to be interested in this, but with your nemesis Ethiopia, and on how to avoid the Ethiopian factor by all means possible.
    “The future is being defined by countries like Ethiopia”: John Kerry. Does that say anything to you? World powers (from East to West) are accepting Ethiopia as an important African power, while you have succeeded to keep Eritrea hidden in the shell you have created for her. You have only the past, and you have lost the present and the future. You are cajoling yourselves with your Gedli, and you have not yet made up your mind what to do with your independence and how to fight those who hijacked the freedom of the Eritrean people. Unlike you, Ethiopia is working day and night to conquer the future. How long are you going to continue gambling with the life of your people, with the aim to keep your Eritrea away from Ethiopia as much as possible, even if it is so detrimental to your people?
    “But things will certainly change – to do things our way.” It is unbelievable that hate can make you blind to the sufferings of your own people to the extent that you continue demanding from them for more sacrifices and patience, until your selfish idea for Eritrea is fulfilled or the horse dies. How long do you think the ordinary Eritreans can wait? They are praying day and night for a savor and you are telling them to wait more. There are times when you have to work even with the devil to save your people, unless of course you do not care. Try to get used to it. Ethiopia is there to be forever. She is going to be a formidable power in the horn and she is going to attract the whole region around her for a mutual benefit for the peoples of the horn.
    The railway from Addis to Jimma/Juba is going to be constructed, the Grand Renaissance Dam is “a reality” which Egypt cannot change (Egyptian Ambassador’s words) and the future for Ethiopia is bright. Compare this with the country that you have forced to find itself behind an iron curtain, because of your hate for Ethiopia.
    Your problem with Ethiopia is that she is no more giving you a carte blanche to freely do whatever you want. The age of innocence is gone forever as much as Ethiopians are concerned. Ethiopia will be dealing with you from the point of view of her national interest. Ethiopians have no problem with the ordinary Eritrean but they have a big issue with the regime and the ultra-nationalist Eritreans, and she will be very vigilant. You have decided your people to continue to suffer under the yoke of slavery rather than accept an Ethiopian help. Be sure, Ethiopia cannot sacrifice herself to save Eritrea, because you brought this unfortunate people to this awful situation with your callousness, egoism and shortsightedness.
    Eritrean elites are fighting DIA with one hand tied behind your back. You are condemning the regime because it has become a vogue, while you do not care for those who are suffering under the burden of an unjust governance. You are dreaming to continue hating Ethiopia and if possible destroy her, because it is your lifelong mission. No wonder you have become lame and ineffective in changing the situation.
    Even today, some Eritreans are still expecting that the world of Ethiopians should revolve around Eritreans, forgetful of the fact that at least for the new generation of Ethiopians, Eritrea has become irrelevant. As much as you are concerned, injustice lies always on the Ethiopian side. Ethiopia should give everything and ask for nothing. My friend,there is a saying which goes like this,if the mountain cannot come to the prophet, the prophet must go to the mountain.You should know that your way or the highway is destroying Eritrea.
    Unless you are reformed and change for the better, not only with Ethiopians, you would not be able to live and work with all the peoples of the horn. Worst of all you have become the worst enemy for your own people. You have already sacrificed two generations; please, have the generosity to spare the future generations of Eritreans. Do not infect them with hatred for Ethiopia. It has not helped you up to now, and it is not going to benefit you in the future. Remember, hate destroys the loather.
    Sometimes the dividing line between the regime and those who call themselves the opposition is blurred to the extent that it is difficult to know who is who. Nevertheless, the conspicuous common factor that both cherish and brings them together is Hate for Ethiopia.

    • http://awate.com abdisaa agaa

      wow, what an eliquent way of giving a free counseling service to the ever delusional bunch of disgruntled Shabians who act as oppositions to when they show no sign of being any better than Shabia..Thank you Horizon, one can not say it any better than you said it..

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Brother Horizon,

      I appreciate your continuous effort. I love the way you put things and I wish you long life. but I notice still you are generalizing and since you are Interested i want you to see in details. “God is in details”. there is only a confusion that needs concentration as we have discussed earlier.

      • Horizon

        Dear Kokhob Selam,

        It is said that some sort secret discussion is taking place between Ethiopian and Eritrean official on how to create a peaceful atmosphere/rapproachment (call it whatever) between the two governments (I would have liked between the people). I am not sure if the news is validated or not.
        You see, it seems that both governments are happy with the status quo. Shabia gets its 2% and the $300-$500 for the armed forces, and of course nobody knows or dares to ask where the money goes. Worst of all, Eritrean youth have also become the object of extortion by regime officials in cooperation with foreign and homegrown criminals, and the country Eritrea has become their private property and its people serfs. Business for shabia is flourishing and I doubt that it is in a hurry to change the status quo.
        As much as the Ethiopian government is concerned, I am not sure if it is simply political talk and nothing more when it says, “we want to talk with the regime in Asmara”. Be prepared my friend, even if there is going to be some sort of discussion between the two, having in mind their nature, it is going to be very complicated and long lasting. It is going to be like Lenin’s one step forward, two steps back. Nevertheless, it is much better than this status quo. The Ethio-Eritrean issue is a fight between two elephants, of course with an elephant’s IQ, and unfortunately, the people of Eritrea are enduring most of its consequences.
        Kokhob, I always read your comments. They are anthropocentric with high human values. As much as I am concerned, Ethiopians and Eritreans are condemned to live together as two brotherly people, whatever shape it might have. Those who are building tall walls between them will no doubt fail at the end. The only thing they would succeed is to perpetuate the plight of the people.

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear brother Horizon,
          Thank you very much.
          “It is said that some sort secret discussion is taking place between Ethiopian and Eritrean…”
          I wish you are around me and see how many of our great politicians are watching things deeply. Today is different day. There was a day when the same politicians were cheated. Today? The best of the best in this Era is everything is exposed. What makes me optimistic more than other times is that we Eritreans have wonderful men and women experienced on how to play it.So don’t worry.
          Soon you and I will see democratic Eritrea and united Habesha people. Not the way some thought by force or corrupted way but willingly people will work together. We and our beautiful lands will flourish. Our similar culture will become bright and give light to the world.

    • http://awate Meron

      Horizon,

      Ethiopia have been accepted by the West and East for 3 quartet of the last century as a central power in African but bitterly failed to block Eritrean Dream. What Kerry said is just a continuum of what Foster Dullas and lots of subsequent State Department Officials said in the last 60 years…but Eritrea manage to be Independent and contain that heavily supported by western countries Ethiopia at bay. Nothing is new with Regard to Eritrea and Ethiopia bro… Eritrea is as usual fighting against all odds and Ethiopia is trying to be a glove of Western interest in the region just for the sake of Aid and Aid.

      • Tamrat Tamrat

        Hi Meron! Is not to be able to bring the aid home the same as rejecting the aim? Or the leader of shabia is running from one potential doner to the other With out success is a stigma?

      • haile

        Meron

        Ethiopia is neither a powerhouse nor an economic miracle. You got to give it to their knack of spinning though! BTW Horizon, which kilil of the ethnic federalist hodgepodge to hail from?

        Regards

        • Tesfamariam

          haile

          lol

        • Abrham

          Haile

          Ultra-nationalists like you are not expected to accept any good news of Ethiopia. You know it hurts but little help you will get for you ill-wish.

          Regards

      • Tamrat Tamrat

        Hi meron!

        All forgeiners swarming both Eritrea or Ethiopia do not come to give aid. they come to buy what is for sale. I find it always labeling Ethiopians as donor land while actually eritrean government does the same except fails in the competion.

        I find one very amaterish video Clip by title ’12tamrat’ which dipicts the similarities of mengistu, isayas and meless. But one must understand amharic because the Music which explains the Pictures is in amharic.

        • http://awate Meron

          Tamrat,

          What do you think make the Demhit front growing and growing? what makes Islams to shout in millions? what makes the Ogadien people to be perished in thousand of hunger? what makes….

          Is that the growing democracy, the blossoming economy, the growing national harmony based of Biher Bihere Sebat….

          • Tamrat Tamrat

            Meron, now i lost you. I thought you were one of the pfdj who enjoys the fire boiling the water of ethninisithm policy of Ethiopia. Anyways i advise you to watch the film Clip ’12tamrat’, i couldnt find the rets of ‘..tarmrat’ series.

          • http://awate Meron

            Tamrat,

            Right, you should lost me because i lost you long time a go.

            Whenever someone comes here with the Eritrean case you bake another Ethiopian cake. This is the only time i give cite to your partially backed cake while you always try to convince us your cake is fully backed. I can come up with lots of facts why Eritrea is still better off of Ethiopia, without Ethiopia and with the better feature perspecitves.

    • http://awate.com shaka

      who is Horizon ?you are so beautiful person i hope we eritreans learn from him/her
      thanks

    • jack

      Amen

  • http://awate.com ogbai

    Dear brothers and sisters in my view it is better to see what is the main trouble
    in our new nation ERITREA instead jumping and accuse each other. Stop blamming others wherever they are whatever they say and ever they do inorder to challeng the main accuser the DIA and his system. Please don’t secare us by bringing some unthought ful ideas. We have a country foundeded by our pure blood of our people. Lets united to over through the dictator. Then, we will LIVE in peace and HARMONY. If the opposition put thier feet in Sudan,they are fanatics and if they put
    thier feet in Ethiopia they are unionists ?Andenet/. Who utter this words first I am sure you know who that is. What you are mentioning about Ethiopian hands in the opposition. It was challenged by the opposition itself at the right time right place. I hope the writer of this article now about the withdral of ERC.in 2001.Please don,t bring some un acceptable tactics.WE already know who our neighbors are. Eritreas

  • Salyounis

    Selamat Admas:

    If you are going to use emotive words like “betrayal” and “turncoats”, I think you owe it to your readers to be as specific as you possibly can. Who betrayed whom and how? In the areas where you were specific–the life of Eritrean returnees to Ethiopia, Mesfin Hagos, Tesfay Temenuwo, Ali Abdu– your representation is, to put it charitably, inaccurate.

    Let’s begin with the Ethiopian government and let’s be as specific as possible. If you look at the “coalition” government ruling Ethiopia (EPRDF), one need not look further than the 2010 regional elections to see their preferred kind of democracy in Ethiopia. In Tigray, TPLF carried 100% (152/152) of the seats. In Oromia, OPDO carried 100% (537/537) of the seats. And so on in every Kilil. So, EPRDF’s democracy is one where each of the Ethiopian provinces is a one-party state–and the party that wins is a member of EPRDF’s coalition. This is the model the TPLF has espoused–”ethnic democracy”–since its foundation.

    This form of democracy was an anathema to Eritreans during Ghedli–except for two tiny organizations that embraced it Se.de.ge.e. and de.ma.ha.e. However, in the last 22 years, there has been pressure from three sides that has fractured the National Secular Democratic alternatives that our Ghedli envisioned. (1) Isaias Afwerki’s marginalization of the National Secular Democratic movement; (2) the Ghedli-defamation campaign (the “let’s act our size and accept Ethiopia’s superpower status”) advocates; and (3) the failure of National Secular Democratic opposition leaders to find workable conflict resolution mechanisms and their rush to fracture over issues which are not matters of principle at all. (ELF-RC’s fracturing; EPLF-DP’s fracturing, etc.) Simply put, many in the opposition are not “tricked” by Ethiopia–they actually have embraced the model Ethiopia presents–creating tiny fiefdoms where one party dominates the politics of the fiefdom. This is perfectly aligned with their political goals and principles and they do not see a “national secular democracy” as something that is workable for Eritrea at all. In short, what you are calling “betrayal” and “turncoat” is one vision of future Eritrea on how the people should co-exist–that is very different from yours and mine.

    Now to the specifics. Do you really think that Eritreans who returned to Ethiopia in 2009 and have not been able to claim their property have been “turned into third class citizens”? Hyperbole, much? What are the Ogadenis who were mowed down, then, 4th class citizens? This is, I have to agree with Eyob, an entitlement mindset from Eritreans who refuse to see that, after Eritrean independence, Ethiopia is just a neighboring country. The problem is not with the Ethiopian government; the problem is with a nostalgic view they have of Ethiopia (we owned garages! we owned businesses!) that is long gone.

    You also fail to take into account that some of the opposition in Ethiopia are there because they have no place else to be. They would much prefer to be in Sudan, but they don’t want to be hunted down and turned over to Asmara.

    Regarding Tesfay Temenwo, if you are going to accuse somebody of lying, I think you need to specifically state what his lies are, don’t you? Or, you can say, this is Tesfay’s version of events, this is Adhanom’s version of events, and this is why I find Adhanom more credible.

    For many, the criticism of Mesfin Hagos is not regarding his independence from Ethiopia (good for him on that.) The criticism is that his independence from Ethiopia appears not just a means to a goal but the entire goal. In short, he (and his organization) is being judged using the same measure the other leaders (and their organizations) are being measured on: what have you done for Eritrea, lately?

    I don’t think you are being fair to all the critics of Ali Abdu*. The complaint of some is not that he has left or was once with the PFDJ: it is that he hasn’t spoken out* against the PFDJ and/or has not joined the fight the movement for change. You don’t think this criticism is valid?

    Finally, “andnetism/neo-andnet” (Serray and Ghezae are saying “see what you started?” now:) should be applied to a specific group of people (mostly Internet tigers): those who say that Eritreans should never have waged an armed struggle in 1961 and that we would have been better off if we remained with Ethiopia.

    saay

    * Just checked my American menqesaqesi: I am not him, so don’t ask me why:)

  • Wedi Akale

    Haile et al,

    You guys say the opposition should stay away from Ethiopia, but you give no alternative venue for the opposition to fight the nasty regime from. This tells me you are using Ethiopia as an excuse to weaken the opposition on behalf of HIGDEF. I don’t think the opposition will fall for that.

  • haile

    Amanuel Hidrat

    STOP making a spectacle of yourself, you don’t have to say anything if you have nothing to contribute. My criticisms are 99% towards the opposition, because that is what I wish to change and enlighten. If you want to wast your time criticizing the regime, that the whole world does in annual documents released year in year out, then be my guest. I believe the opposition would grow and realize its follies by my input. You on the other hand are only here after saving your own skin. Any one can see that. The topic of Dr Bereket is interesting to me and if I am a data person or not is entirely my concern. Stop feeding on provocations.

    Semere Andom

    “Fighting in all fronts” is good thing, and presupposes that you have an overall sense of direction. However “Fighting in ANY front” is risky, hence need to weigh the short and long term interests in doing so. I hope you get my point.

    • http://awate Amanuel Hidrat

      the good doctor is in the opposition. How about that? BTW are you going to make statistical data to supplement this article…since you criticize him about it?

    • berhan gedem

      berhan gedem
      my own gedli experice at this moment show me clear like magnifide glass.the processing is released the posetive and the negative result.I want to say about the negative result that,(kentsela)the most danjerous worst behaivior lets every one say something about the past experince his coment,view we have to listen him but not to follow him if we don’t agree with him or with her not to selfattack him Admas Haile attack tesfay Temenowo he tell his experince asked him why he said where his destination to what extent credible you can find it.the only way we have to get out from thise messy HGDF era first and above all listen each others and find out common groud to remove HGF bankrupty system.

    • Kidane Berhe

      Haile,
      The whole world learnt about the dictatorship to the extent it knows now because of opposition’s action. These annual documents didn’t just come out of the no where. Give credit where credit is due! Obviously, you don’t like some of the tactics used & hopefully you will participate to affect it to your liking but more important so the public (many waiting on the sidelines) will buy into it. I laughed when you replied to Serray about the state you were in and promised him “Hagoxgox” in another thread. You come through the screen that way most of the time. I don’t doubt you bring an interesting perspective that was lacking in the opposition. Please, make a room to meet the other perspective half way so normalcy can return to home soon. Cheers!

  • Dibe Kulu

    Dear Fellow Eritreans:

    Those who believe Ethiopians would be genuinely working for the benefits of Eritrea & its citizens AND NOT FOR THEIR OWN GOOD are either hopelessly naive or utterly ignorant! If they don’t fall under either of these two categories, then as the writer of this beutifully narrated analysis rightly puts it, they are working in collusion with Ethiopia to undermine our national cohesion and national integrity. We want the rule of law and the pre-eminence of justice to prevail in our country. As we struggle to hasten the realization of these noble goals however, we should never lose sight of the bigger picture of preserving our NATIONAL INTEGRITY in all its totalities!!

    It is good to notice some members of the genuine opposition are waking up from their slumber and starting to put up a good fight!!

    • Ghenet

      I really wonder what kind of politics you guys play to want to play!!!
      Of course, Ethiopia works for its own good and we also should play for our own good! What country works for the benefit of another country? You are only exposing your ignorance and nativity.
      Many countries coexist with their arch enemies peacefully and even sit around the table to discuss issues pertaining common development and security. India and Pakistan are good examples.
      What is wrong? Just few years back we were bragging of being wiser, more intelligent and stronger than they are and now we are so scared of them that we would risk our pursuit of democracy and justice because of the fear that it might benefit Ethiopia. Is the PFDJ propaganda so strong that it has made us lose our track?
      Hate blinded us ones and we lost and may be, as some call it, ‘we sold our selves to the devil’. We cannot afford to do it again. We have been given a second chance to fight; we have our brave youths.
      We have to help and encourage them and not keep side tracking their attention towards suspicion by beating hae drums.
      Those who have a personal axe to grind with Ethiopia they should not do it at the expense of our young!

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      Couldnt they be as genuine as shabia which ‘helped’ Ethiopia from dictator derg?

  • zegeremo

    My apologies in advance that the below link has nothing to with the article, but it is worth of reading.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/americas-gm-grain-surpluses-sowing-the-seeds-of-famine-in-ethiopia/5336316

  • Semere Habtemariam

    Admas,

    The overall message of staying true to our cause and not compromising it for short-term alliances and perceived benefits is kosher to me; if it is not mainstream, it should be. The “Ethiopia ayttenkfulna” group will, of course, find fault in this, but we should not let the “dagmay andnet chefra” deter us from staying the course. They are a liability to our legitimate cause and the reason why some Eritreans are turned off by the opposition.

    And, Yes, Admas, “there are are those who believe in time-honored ‘tegadalai’ codes of honor, loyalty, and respect. Above all, no matter how opposed they are to the system back home, they do not allow Ethiopia to dictate the terms of our struggle. They seem to be men and women of their word, who are constantly and painfully aware of their people’s legacy of struggle and suffering.” These are the people the opposition should be built upon.

    Admas, I hope this will be the beginning of your active participation.

    hawka
    Semere T Habtemariam

    P.S. With Semere Andom, Semere Tesfay and if you’re on FB, Semere Taezaz, I guess I have to start using my father’s name all the time. I was not aware Semere is this popular.

    • Semere Andom

      Hi Moksi:
      First we need to do some PFDJ de-tetox and refraining from using their diction like chefra and unnecessariy invoking the ghedli and Eritrean independence is at risk if we collaborate with Ethiopia. Those you call dagmay andnet never fought side by side with Ethiopia to re-annex Eritrea back to Ethiopia. So to call them any kind of Andnet is unbecoming of a democrat like you. I think the PFDJ supporters must be ashamed to pontificate about what they dubbed as Andet as am sure you know EPLF is the inventors of bringing foreign troops to destroy national organization.
      Have those you call the dagmay andnet promised Ethiopia to give them Asab or any Eritran territory when they are in power. PFDJ is trying to spin their collosal failure and opposition memebers are singing the same tune
      This aricle that demonizes the likes of Tesfay Temenow and scrare Eritreans from joining the opposition is so predictable
      Now I think the Eritrean people must make a decision whether to believe the disciples of PFDJ like Admas Haile or to take them of what they are, mere hired agents.
      Semere Andom

  • Ghenet

    Admas,
    All those people and groups that you criticise are on the other side of PFDJ when it comes to Democracy and justice. What exactly is you goal? Please consider the following points.
    - Why do I sense PFDJ in the way you talk about Ethiopia, opposition and tesfay temnewo?
    - Who are the modern day andnetist you talk about? The opposition groups working from Ethiopia? Is there an alternative place they can use as a base?
    - Tesfay Temnewo is not a liar. Maybe some of the horrendous cases and events he exposed are too much to take and you have decided that it is better not to believe them. Otherwise, my friend, come with the proof that he is a lair.
    - Without any shame you even attempt to credit Ali Abdu. Why did he leave Issayas? Because he had accumulated enough and wanted to retire? Because he was afraid that his dream of being emperor Issayas II was not going to happen? Because he could not sit and watch the injustice of PFDJ? Because he was sent deliberately by PFDJ as a final attempt to dismantle the opposition since Mesfin Hagos and the likes of him did not do a good job? NO CREDIBLE ANSWER YET. All we have is speculation.
    - You write ‘our nationalist agenda’ . Who are these ‘our’? Because you seem to be against everyone that opposes PFDJ.
    This ‘article’ is full of hate and may be ‘the bud’ of hate campaign.

  • beruk

    My friend, l think you are talking higdef’s language. First of all there is higdef’s confirmed intrusion in Ethiopia’s affairs all over. This is an open one the world has ascertained and the Eritrean regime has shown it daily in its controlled mass media. So I think it is fair to talk first of the open intrusion than the one we are not sure about unless you are representing higdef.
    Second, the Eritrean people more than any other time needs a true helping friend to dislodge a brutal regime. Who else can better help other than Ethiopia which has a direct benefit in peaceful east Africa
    Regarding Tesfay Temenewo’s narration of history, I believe he is a hero who dared to shed a light in the dark. He may not be accurate or may be wrong at times. But he started to open and talk on behalf of those heros who were slaughtered merely because they fought for justice. How is it possible to doubt all he is saying while we see firsthand Isaias is following the same path that Tesfay isnarrating, annihilating his comrades with new idea. I think Adhanom and Mesfin should help Tesfay in
    enlightening the Eritrean people by enriching Tesfay’ s true account of the history and also correcting the wrong ones

  • Hayat Adem

    No, Thank You, Admas.
    Admas, tell us a story if you have one. Or share a though and if it is good, there will be some who will take it. Or if you want to try a more risky business, tell us allegations but if you ONLY can substantiate them. What you told us are all allegations and half fear/ half hate of Ethiopia and the opposition. I wonder how far one dares to go with multiple allegations without a single proof. Oh, country man, there is not even some level of intellectual integrity?! You see how contrarians like YG (and Sal) are winning the attention of others?! It is not necessarily by supplying ideas of commonness; it is not even necessarily by the power of convincing others. It is rather by making it difficult for others either to challenge them back or dismiss them away. What about you?
    Let me show you what I mean. This is what you said about Tesfay Temnewo (and I’m not saying this in his defense, I don’t even know if what he told us is true) – but let see what you said about him in the following long quote:” The Tesfay Temnewo lies are a case in point. He disgraced himself by lying while he remained in tow of the Ethiopian agenda. His attempt to explain matters surrounding him was nothing more than absolving his running away from the armed struggle when he was needed the most. I guess with him it is like herding cats. Moreover, it is the sign of the times – when the cat is away the mice will play.”
    How many allegations against Tesfay do you see in this quote? 1) Tesfaye lied. 2) Tesfaye disgraced himself. 3) Tesfaye is in tow of Ethiopian agenda. 4) Tesfaye run away from the armed struggle. 5) Tesfaye committed treason by abandoning the struggle while he was needed most. 6) Tefaye is a cowardly opportunist and now playing a rat’s role as he saw the cats were not around.
    These are in one paragraph, and in the subtitle. Did we read anything from Admas that supports his allegation? None what so ever!!! How do you even believe a single word from a man who goes a great length to say these things about another fellow without being bothered to back up what he said. And this is not the only unsubstantiated allegations he uttered. He said something about the opposition; he said something about Ethiopia; he said something about Eritreans returning to Ethiopia…I remember reading a line somewhere to the effect: it was not that you lied what bothered me; it was your thought that I could be fooled to believe that.
    Following the open gate of coming up with bizarre allegations without necessity of producing evidence for them, Haile comes up with this: “On the other hand they squander inordinate amounts of time peddling lies about a practically no issue 2%, sanctions on the Eritrean people, the designation of Eritrea as state sponsor of terrorists, the “benefits” that TPLF is extending to the so called Eritrean refugees… They don’t even mention the fact that Eritreans are not only subjected to political pressure in Ethiopia but also many Tigrayans are going to the USA using the Eritrean quota of refugee sponsorship. “
    Haile thinks the 2% to PFDJ is a non-issue. He thinks it is a lie that relatives have been coerced by the ruling small coalition PFDJ for failing to pay the infamous 2% tax. That puts him in the the best convergence with Girma Asmarom. I thought this was an established fact but Haile’s mind dismisses it as 1) a non-issue, and 2) as a lie. But he’s concerned more about TPLF giving Eritrea’s refugee quota to Tigreans. Again, Haile has mentioned not for the first time but never gave us how he knew about this. Is there any known quota cut for Eritrean refugees per se? How many from which camp? How do Tigreans compete for this quota? Does the UNHCR know or comment about it? Is TPLF interested in supplying Tigrean refugees abroad? May be Haile can do some data curating on those issues and enlighten us, go home in peace with his mouth shut. I mean, see how people around you exploit facts and data to drive a message home. Should you be reminded of how Sal, now and then, plays with the available data, including the ones that originate from PFDJ circles, to help us see the shadowed sides?
    I like sharing with you guys some funny stories if I find a way of linking them to the main message of my comments. This one is from my high school days. Our English teacher was randomly asking us from a list of adjectives for which to give him the respective noun form. It was Yemane’s turn (Haile have ever been named Yemane in any part of your life :) The adjective he had to find a correct noun for was “entire”. Yemane hesitantly answered, “entiration”. Everybody laughed as if everyone else knew the answer to that. But what I don’t forget mostly is the teacher’s reprimanding comment to Yemane,” Why don’t you shat up if you don’t know it.”

    • haile

      Hayat

      You have NO right to associate me with PFDJ or otherwise, when I have not done my self. This has been explained as one of your tactics in my previous entry.

      “Haile thinks the 2% to PFDJ is a non-issue. He thinks it is a lie that relatives have been coerced by the ruling small coalition PFDJ for failing to pay the infamous 2% tax. That puts him in the the best convergence with Girma Asmarom. I thought this was an established fact but Haile’s mind dismisses it as 1) a non-issue, and 2) as a lie.”

      Let me help you:

      1) It is a non-issue because mostly only those in need of service are asked to pay and do pay. That is why most people struggle with backdated arrears, since they only are considering paying it when they need a service. These people will still pay if they have to parachute the money across the ocean because they are doing it for personal reasons.

      2) It is a lie: most others don’t pay nor are their family threatened. Give me a single case (even from assenna.com) where such an event of relative harassment has been reported! none what so ever!!

      On the other hand, human right violations are abound and easily verifiable. Yet, you would rather revert to non-issues and accuse people like me who call for honorable action PFDJ. But why?

      Here is a reminder of my previous entry, so that people can see through your mischief:

      “The so called “vocal opposition”, “neo-andinets”, “club awassa” or “woyane stooges” have been successful in one thing alone over the last decade or so. They silenced the Eritrean diaspora and force it to recoil into an ideal observer of blatant violations of its rights at home and abroad. They commonly do the following to effect such a status quo:

      -They propagate ideas that is repulsive to the average Eritrean
      -They suppress legitimate grievances of the people and spew lies and unsubstantiated stories
      -They accuse and ostracize credible and honourable Eritreans as PFDJ agents to in order to muzzle them”

      • Aman

        Haile,

        Could you please provide the readers here your lethargy towards EPLF’s and TPLF’s marriage in the past? Or did you just wake up and discovered the existence of TPLF after 1998? It seems to me you are just a PFDJ cover up boy.

  • Tazabi

    I wish the Ethiopian government stays out of Eritrean affairs. After 30 years of war and the consequent bitter legacy, it will be unwise for Ethiopia to entangle in the affairs of Eritrea.

  • http://awate.com Solomon

    “We are rich enough in ” note every phrase this loony propagandist is using to once again delude his traditionally emotional target audience(Eritreans). “passion, patriotism, devotion and perseverance;” all empty words with nothing to show for them..It is obvious that the man is clinging to old propaganda tactic with wich they used to glorify themselves by undermining everything Ethiopian but the only trouble is this time it is all too clear for all to see as there is no longer the good-old-day when Eritreans could hide behind colony inherited petty skills and tarnish Ethiopians at the expense of Ethiopians..my friend I am not boasting here, but do not be surprised if you one day wake up to the news about Ethiopians making Eritrean robots in the old Italian garages you seem to be bitterly resenting to have left behind..seriously dud, you need to wake up and update yourself to current realities, cos as your article suggest you are definitely stuck in the fifties.
    As for your crocodile tears in regards to Eritreans who reside here in Addis, well I hope you don’t expect us to feel guilty for not carrying them on our shoulders but at least we have offered them the space your so called natsnets has denied them….deal with your distorted sense of entitlement my friend cos you seem to be expecting a first class citizenship in Ethiopia for all the disproportional hate campaign you have waged against Ethiopians for over 30 years..If that is the case, then you are not doing your identity any justice. your people in Ethiopia are foreigners although they are not even treated as such regardless of wither you appreciate it or not, but at least we are not treating them the way those who sponsored your natsnet treat them in Sinai..for once be grateful and try your chance to haven..

  • http://awate Meron

    Admas,

    The masterpiece is the first article of its kind in this website. We have read and heard lots of articles and interviews including by Saleh Ghedi to justify the oppositions act to work as hand and glove with the government which violated the territorial integrity of the country that they claim they are fighting to save it and its people, your striking article has really called me to open my heart for your and Mesfin Hagos though i do firmly stick on the major policies of the Eritrean government. I also would like to appreciate Awate.com for publishing this article after all of its endeavors to romanticist Ethiopia, Meles Zeynawi and its support for Eritrean opposition making them a glove of its interest though openly refusing to comply with the legal border issue.

    Regardless what challenges the opposition has and no matter what problems are running at home, putting once self in the trajectory that compromise the sovereignty of the country for the sake of political gains against the gov. in Eritrea is not opposition it is betrayal…I hope the era of betrayal will fall soon and the era of opposition without compromising on the sovereignty of the country will prevail on its place.

  • Gebre

    so, you are proposing to be pro-Egypt than pro-Ethiopia. We know that trick

  • Kaddis

    Admas

    Shabia was fear mongering about Ethiopia to keep you in Sawa from the get go: when Ethiopia stayed put –Isayas invaded Ethiopia and sold you Eritrea was invaded. When the Badme war, which was meant to keep Eth in an endless war ended and the stories fading – then comes the Neo Andinet – which will keep you guys talking for some time to come….. carry on inventing something to talk about while even the once forgotten Africa is waking up….

  • koken

    Araya
    Tesfay Temenowo is very dangerous and venomous to you, beacouse he is telling the truth and nothing but the truth. Tesfay Temenowo and the like him should be encouraged by the true eritrawian, not the isyas worshippers.

  • http://google Wudeneh

    what a good PR of IA!!! He is scaring people with the same argument IA uses to perpetuate the non-constitutional situation of the country and the non-ending conscription of the youth. The question of the day is should Eritrea make progress like Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, etc or stagnate like North Korea. Its population, especially the youth, is fleeing the country abhorring the existing condition of Eritrea and you are arguing about the non existing danger coming from Ethiopia. The Andenent concept of the feudal Ethiopia is passe and the regional economic benefit is in the coming. Today Eritrea is nowhere to benefit economical progress from her neighbors. Today even Ethiopia cannot benefit from Andenet with Eritrea. West Germany with its super economy had suffered unifying with the East. Today than before we have a lot in common to benefit from. Ethiopia is expanding its infrastructures (road, electricity, oil pipe, export, import, etc) and from it are also going to benefit Southern Sudan, Djibouti, Kenya.Feasible today is only economical integrity like the East African Union, which eventually will encompass Ethiopia, South Sudan & North Sudan.
    We should today come out of our antiquated isolation and serve the household of an individual dictator who is a chartered insane. Ato Admas you seem to be a kripto-EPLF propagandist propagating no hope or a dogama, which is losing its credit every day. Eritrean history will judge you like an obsolete antique.

    • yegermal

      Integration may seem beneficial if you only consider the parameters you mentioned. However, it is not all rosy in Ethiopia either. Aside from the unstable Ethnic federalist “democracy” and concentration of power/wealth in the hands of few EPRDF loyalists, Ethiopia has an exploding population growth that is already presenting extreme challenges in cost of living, housing, health care, education, etc. I see no benefit for Eritrea to integrate with Ethiopia or any other neighboring country at this juncture of time. Had Eritrea become a multiparty democracy immediately after independence, it would’ve overcome its inherent “developing country” syndrome in no time, and would’ve developed much faster than Ethiopia can ever dream. So for those of you who think Ethiopia should be our model for development I say “Think proportionally and point your compasses towards Switzerland!”

      • Robel

        Shoulda Coulds Woulda….Your arguments do not hold water. Speak about the reality on the ground rather than day dreaming. Eritrea seems to be a difficult juncture in its history where sustaining itself is the major issue. Blaming Ethiopia and pointing fingers and sowing hatred would only deprive Eritrea of good friends, in this case Ethiopia.

        • yegermal

          So saying that Eritrea can do fine all by itself , provided we manage to install a legitimate elected government, amounts to “Blaming Ethiopia and pointing fingers and sowing hatred would only deprive Eritrea of good friends, in this case Ethiopia.” ? All I have to say to you is “Reading is fundamental!”

  • L.T

    Admas;
    I have a blood line by mother side in Hamassien and am a Jeberti An’seba from farfather go on to Senhit to Seraye the land of pure nice people of Eritrea.Even maybe have I a connect with Radio “Wegahta”bcs I born and grew up in Asmera and speak “Azmarino Papilion langauge”.I wonder why the two person I mean Tesfia Temnew and Ex Col Redie Mahri tell us that they are fm Karneshim area and they froces us to back to “Hadeginga Mikskas Enda 73″history.I hear Adhanom G.Marioam speach when he was in sthlm Sweden 2002 and his whole “Medere” was Haile Druue……endless Haile Duruue up to now.
    Weyane want used this backward polticaily feeling in Eritrea (Tedle was Hamassien Geremi and Abraha Tesema was Maereba in 40s and in 50s Tesfahaness was Akeleguzay and Haregot Abaey fm Arbeate Asmera) as they do in their “Tenaekna page 39 struggle” A…Sh…A means A-Axum….Sh-Shire and A-Aduwa Abay Tsahaye,Tewelde W.Mariam and Meles Zenawi

  • tesfa yohannes

    admas
    your fear of ethiopia is worse than the fear of PFDJ. If I lit my neighbor’s house while my wife and kids are there,I am responsible for the fire not my neighbor. Isias didn’t care about the Eritreans living in Ethiopia. It was wrong for the Ethiopians to get that low but if I was in their position I will screen everybody when some leader brags he can hit deep inside the country.
    We have claimed citizenships across the globe. Those who cann’t cross the ocean are intitled to claim relative peace in neighboring countries. Eritreans are feed up with this regime. If the devil could relieve them of this monster,they will accept it.We have to pay attention, nobody has the mandate to represent the Eritrean people.Crossing the border to Ethiopia safely will be the most important point in their life, because they are watching that this regime is dismantling the country inch by inch.We told you what country EPLF was going to create.Nobody listened at that time but at this time I understand everybody learns from his own practical exprience, now most people know what situation the country is in.I am afraid if the conditions in Eritrea are not improved then conditions will be beyoned our control.
    Our struggle is in our hands. If we struggle togther we win if not we perish.
    “nay mot yeterf nay helfet yebke” yeblu abotatena.

  • haile

    Selamat:

    Silent Majority has made curious observations that I believe we should get to the bottom of which in detail. PFDJ suffers from chronic incompetence to even defend its own actions. It is amazing to hear that almost all those considered PFDJ supporters speak of the Eritrean opposition by starting with the remark “mqwam meselom eyu, eti xgem gin ekuy sirah sile zserhu eyu…”

    I have seen people challenge PFDJ emissaries about G-15, constitution, arrest of parents of deserters… in PFDJ seminars. Unfortunately these people later fell silent and chose to the harder option of sitting it out instead of confronting injustices.
    The so called “vocal opposition”, “neo-andinets”, “club awassa” or “woyane stooges” have been successful in one thing alone over the last decade or so. They silenced the Eritrean diaspora and force it to recoil into an ideal observer of blatant violations of its rights at home and abroad. They commonly do the following to effect such a status quo:

    -They propagate ideas that is repulsive to the average Eritrean
    -They suppress legitimate grievances of the people and spew lies and unsubstantiated stories
    -They accuse and ostracize credible and honourable Eritreans as PFDJ agents to in order to muzzle them

    The Eritrean people have paid horrendous price to achieve independence. The means by which it was achieved was both a source of deep sense of pride and one full of painful memories. A proud Eritrean mother, who have lost 4 or 5 of her beloved children in the thick of battle to bring us Eritrea fully under our terms, would be disturbed to learn that the neo-andinets consider her children “terrorists” I hold that they are repulsive by design not accident.

    They desecrate what is sacred and dear to us, our struggle for independence, simply to show us that either we obey PFDJ or it can get worse! It is a veiled threat that has been proven successful. Their ranks are filled by ex-PFDJistas who even continued to support PFDJ when they immigrated to the west. However, at some point and for unexplained reason, they switched to running the show for the vocal opposition and brought it to a grinding halt.

    Let’s look at a recent example of Canadian media coverage about the 2%. It was claimed in there by the neo-andinets that that:

    The narrative goes, Eritreans are “forced” to pay 2% else their families are harmed. This may be sensational to the western reader, yet a bold faced lie to the average Eritrean. Can they provide the name of a single individual (even from their oun family) that has been harmed due to their not paying 2%? Of course not, because there is none! A lie discredits the person or entity that is stating it. And once they are discredited as liars in the Eritrean eyes, no one is willing to be identified with them. They could have instead told real stories of human rights violations in Eritrea, evidences abound. But No, they have to peddle lies because their sole purpose is to suppress real opposition than address the issues they shed crocodile tears for.

    These neo-andinets could be serving PFDJ to muzzle legitimate opposition or TPLF in order to ensure that when the time comes to witness the fall of PFDJ, there would not be an effective and organized opposition in waiting.

    These neo-andinets have openly taken the side of the TPLF in Ethio-Eritrea border dispute. They take as God sent, the technical findings of the EECC that stated, for the time it was mandated to adjudicate, Eritrea unlawfully fired the first shots. At the same time they mute the section of the same verdict that found Ethiopia to have committed deliberate war crimes, including desecration of grave yards. They don’t want to see the resolution of the border conflict through EEBC verdict asap. They openly claim that such, according their twisted logic, would give lifeline to PFDJ. That is their ploy to have the suffering of the Eritrean use to be continued to be justified.
    They pay a lip service to constitution, those unlawfully detained in Eritrea, those deported by TPLF, the indefinite military service, the migration of the youth. On the other hand they squander inordinate amounts of time peddling lies about a practically no issue 2%, sanctions on the Eritrean people, the designation of Eritrea as state sponsor of terrorists, the “benefits” that TPLF is extending to the so called Eritrean refugees… They don’t even mention the fact that Eritreans are not only subjected to political pressure in Ethiopia but also many Tigrayans are going to the USA using the Eritrean quota of refugee sponsorship.

    The neo-andinets have made enough mess as it is, and the struggle for Justice, Democracy and Human Rights in Eritrea, noble as it may be, can’t be made to advance without neutralizing these destructive elements. We can look to the glorious history of our struggle to learn that if the Eritrean field wasn’t cleared the way it was done, independence wouldn’t have been possible.

    Eritreans have so far chosen to remain silent and to sit out the dark clouds of destruction to pass. However, it the neo-andinets have now been exposed for what they are and it is time to take charge!

    Eritreans are not avoiding an open confrontation with PFDJ because of “cowardice” as the neo-andinets claim in their orgy of wanton abuse. Rather, they noted with heavey heart that the very noble act of “opposition” has been sullied by these unscrupulous, immoral and double speaking lot who have committed betrayal in the highest order.

    For the neo-andinets, they will not even be able to clear their names after the fall of the PFDJ, for everything is in public domain. People will openly challenge them in how they made a dark times in our history, even darker that it ever needed to be.

    Regards

    • yegermal

      Though your true intent by maligning PFDJ in passing, your beef is with the opposition, period! It’s entertaining how you contort to prove that you’re the only Eritrean that has figured out what is best for Eritrea, and that yours is the type of “dissent” the opposition must espouse to dismantle the PFDJ….ayaaaaa a typical armchair activist!

    • Semere Andom

      Haile:
      Canada today expelled the PFDJ money loundring agent in Toronto.
      This was long over. You call the 2% taxes a lie, so my country Canada ruled in our favour and dismissed him.

      http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/29/canada-expelling-eritrean-diplomat-for-using-consulate-to-shake-down-citizens-for-national-defence/

      • haile

        Semere:

        I would have liked Canada expelling the PFDJ diplomat for many reasons that can be proven fair and square. However, what does an action, for all the wrong reasons serve in the current climate? Who’s interest is served here?

        It is established fact that isolation and sanctions strengthens the hand of dictators and the weakens the people. The neo-andinets are about weakening Eritrea and its people, NOT empowering and emboldening them. Facts speak louder than claims.

        Tell an Eritrean that Canada expelled PFDJ diplomat because he forced Eritreans to pay 2%, no one would believe that as most don’t pay and are not forced. You will be left sensationalizing to the western reader and distancing your cause from the Eritrean people. Individuals may lie but the “people” don’t. The law of averages doesn’t work that way.

        On this one, PFDJ may have lost a none functioning diplomatic position, but gained valuable propaganda tool to sully the opposition and silence people even more.

        Lets be critical enough to see how things affect us than our adversaries alone.

        • Semere Andom

          Haile:
          First as everything PFDJ the 2% is illegal. And also it does not alleviate any problems that Eritreans are facing. this illegal tax that is levied at the whim of one man is actually giving PFDJ a life line, I call it the prison money,it is used to fund the prisons, where Eritreans are languishing for speaking the truth. You and I have the luxry to be philosophical about the tax, but every sec that elapses has a huge dent on the lives of people who are in the dangeons

          The deresive and insulting term of neo-Andnet is a big lie. People invested so much to the Eritrea cause and when it all went wrong while their eyes were open, it is obvious that people will ask tough questions. I have never met an opposition member that wants Eritrea to go back to Mama Ethiopia. People may not lie but they maybe delusional and can be misled. And misled and delusional the Eritrean people have been.
          It is fear mongering and derail tactic to invoke the neo-andnet lie and the struggle memory by using “watot” like Bereket who has the audacity to sing against asking question. Bereket literally said screw with your freedom and liberty ,the land is more important. What is new, he also sang ” entay zkowin mnbar”, what is the use of living. Has he forgotten that people died so we can live.
          The current scare mongering themes by PFDJ and their supporters and sympathizers is reminiscent of the Ethiopians telling Eritreans the the revolution is about selling Eritrea to the Arabs, a desperate last ditch attempt. Is is not the Opposition’s fault that they are in Addis, and I know only one segment of Eritrean people who are neo and old Andnet in one, it is PFDJ and their cruel supporters. If DIA wakes up tomorrow and tell his supports he believes that federation with Ethiopia is best for us, the supporters will argue in favor of the idea.
          To use one of your metaphors to me, you cannot have your cake and eat it. If you want to fight PFDJ and salvage Eritrea, you have to do it in in all fronts. Make up your mind

          • http://awate Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Semere,

            The PFDJ are good at producing “taurettes” who could utter the same words – a tic nonrhythmic repetitive words. Look Haile couldn’t comment without neo-andnet and wayane. What else could he be when one could act and say one thing in all kind of contextual arguments? Read his comment on Dr Bereket’s article which is well written, but criticized him of not including date to back his assertion as if he is a data person. I have traced back all his comment in all articles at awate, and all his arguments is based on rumors and belabelow. He has the audacity to criticize every body even when there is none.There is no much left to debate with him when the language he utters is the some thing in every context.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Mr.Haile,

        I don’t understand why someone has to be silent watching all crimes. and why even give responsibility and blame opposition? why the silent don’t create his own opposition. is is “ZEHMQOO ALENI BETREY HABUNI”.

        do you want me to be honest with you today? I don’t blame PFDJ or any other more than the silent Eritrean.
        and every problem in history of Eritrea comes from the silent part more than those politicians. this remind
        me the women who told her friend about the man who ..her. the story starts and ends in “haftikh’khn te’azabit e’ye”. and the result?

        I think no one is more Eritrean than the other and to be silent for me is a crime more than other crimes .

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Sir,
    it is not wrong to see things in all directions. but it is not correct to have such doubt on self. Ethiopians are doing their job and honestly speaking more than everyone of us thought including that dirty group in Asmara. if we do our own job properly how can Ethiopians take our land? how can they use us? we need to believe on ourselves. EPDP are losing theire ground as they don’t trust their own principle and are in doubt. they have doubt in Ethiopia, in other opposition parties, even to each other. this is one of the factors that prolong the life of that tiny weak but cruel group in Asmara.

    let’s have faith in ourselves, let us believe we will create Democratic nation.

  • Tamrat Tamrat

    The delama of pfdj member or supporter is tried to be explained here ie to choose ‘Ethiopians’ help or abandone pfdj. Why pfdj member or supporter choose Eritrea over her or his vicotry trophies? eplf/pfdj puts Eritrea to what it findes itself.

    Are eritreans paying for the betrial they did against ethiopians? How it felt the Power brusting, the joy of woyane and shabia that reached to ‘climax’ in the period of 1991-1998? How it feels now the throat cutting of woyane and shabia?

  • T..T.

    Admas,

    Eritrea, as a newly independent country has adjusting needs and future goals. These needs and goals cannot be achieved without outside help or co-operations. The Sana’a club, IGAD, African Union, Arab League, United Nations, etc. are/were there for Eritrea but Isayas chose to remain in isolation. As a result, what takes two months work is taking five years to repair only – just like the Asmara-Massawa railways.

    Similar course for the opposition is a suicide. Neighborliness has it own norms/requirements and, as well, it is not by choice. If it were by choice, Eritrea would have rowed away to another location – a location where Isayas is comfortable with. All oppositions, however, are not of the same mind set. Yours falls into Alem Goitom’s of Meskerem.net, who by the way reflects EPDP’s political views or anti the other groups. That mind set failed to provide an alternative. The outcome of no-alternative appears to have pushed Alem Goitom towards Isayas. You know what, even stooping further down won’t glorify him (Alem Goitom) in the Isayasist’s circle because they consider his view as damaging to their image.

    The question of lack of an alternative also applies to you. We know that Sudan said “NO’ to the Eritrean opposition. And, should you be calling for rejecting the welcoming hands of Ethiopia, what alternative you got?

    It is not a shame for neighbors to wear the same T-shirt. Look at Canada and the USA.

  • SILENT MAJORITY

    I concur with your view. This is the view of the silent majority. we are the “MAJORITY” because we don’t condone the human right abuse or lawlessness in our beloved Eritrea under the current regime. We are also the “SILENT” because we do not condone the association of the vocal opposition with Ethiopia. We the “SILENT MAJORITY” do not want to fall into this dangerous trap designed by Ethiopia to promote its own interest NOT that of Eritrean people.

    The current regime threw us out of country and the opposition hijacked our cause to serve cheap Ethiopian agenda. WE ARE THE SILENT MAJORITY !!!!!

  • Eyob Medhane

    “…Eritreans in Ethiopia are systematically made to remain idle, turned into third class citizens and are commercially dis-occupied. Basically, there is no Eritrean businessperson who has succeeded in rebuilding his/her life upon return to Ethiopia – of course with some anecdotal occurrences. …..Those who were made to burst onto the ‘Ethiopia scene’ will leave the spotlight in humiliation. Let it be known that the former hard-working Eritreans who used to own major businesses – hotels, garages … etc. are literally non-existent……”

    What? The nerve. The arrogance. My God!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dude, let alone owning “…businesses, hotels, garages…” you don’t even have a right to set a foot in Ethiopia, not at all. None. Zero, unless Ethiopians allow you to do so. You lost that right, when you declared proudly that you did not part of that country anymore. Period! Not one or to layer of bureaucratic order the Ethiopian government can pile ten thousands of them, should it deemed it necessary. You are upset that properties were confiscated? Well hundreds of Ethiopian business men’s properties were also confiscated in Assab and Massawa, when your vagabond government invaded Ethiopia. Those businessmen did not cry as you are doing now. They just moved on. So do the same. You are upset that Eritreans were deported unceremoniously? Get the heck over it, because the same thing happened to thousands of Ethiopians, who lived in Eritrea at the time. In fact, that happened not once, but twice. In 1991 and 1998-00. You want to keep score? Then let’s do that. Let’s….

  • Semere Adom

    Dear Admas:
    Your piece in very congruent with the new PFDJ line of raising the ghedli era sentiments. PFDJ has lost so much credibility that is resorting to diplomatic strategic withdrawal, going back to “degen”, only now the “degen’’ is the falls claim that the very identity of Eritrea is at stake and let fight it. But people with conscious know that the Eritrean identity is intact, it asserted itself and is alive and kicking. From the dangers that faces Eritreans and Eritrea the most insidious and by far that threatens the unity and existence of Eritrea is PFDJ.
    I am sure the challenges that the humiliated Eritreans are facing when reclaiming their hard-won property is real, but the fact that former deportees and new refugees are bourgeoning in the refugee camps tell us that Eritreans feel more secure, safe in Ethiopia than in the country of their forefathers. And I do not think that reason is econimc.
    PFDJ uses many insidious tactics to penetrate the opposition and your article is nothing more than a desperate attempt to discredit, isolate and tarnish the founding fathers like Tesfay Temnewo. Discrediting heroes and asking for their heads like what happened to John the Papsist when he told Herod the truth is the modus operandi of the PFDJ and someone who toys with this idea is a PFDJ hired gun.
    Most of what Tesfay Temenow is saying was documented by EPLF, even the early conversations between the reformers and the leadership. If you can lay your hands on an old document you can find them.

    There is much talk bout the new Andnet, surely it gave PFDJ and you temporal scoring points, but when people are asking questions that are unconformable the people who have no confidence in the Eritrea identity and its deeply rooted foundation get all twitchy. I love the Andnet 2.0 as they have validated the that the concept of independent Eritrea has not faded after all the assault its sustained by the PFDJ. The Andnet 1.0 was dangerous because it was meant to stifle the yearning. Think of it as a self-built in check that affirms Eritrea and discredits PFDJ as the self-crowned only custodians of our affairs.

    One thing that you need to understand is that the Woyane have defeated PFDJ, humiliated DIA and he is so impotent to do anything about it. You can try to change the grand narrative by resuscitating a dead idea that Ethiopia is a threat to us so let us not fight PFDJ, but not many people will be willing to die so that DIA can reclaim his humiliated image by the using Eritrean sovereignty as an excuse.
    This article is scare mongering tactic to derail the momentum that the opposition is garnering to overthrow the regime that has humiliated Ertireans for decades starting from 1970s. The Eritrean identity and sovereignty is intact, no Eritrean including those who are being derisively dubbed as Neo Andent for freely thinking is against free Eritrea. We have a bunch of common hooligans at the helm, who are humiliating and taking our God given liberties and now when we finally are at the cusp of discovering and internalizing their crimes not to bid them in bud but to cut and sterilize their roots to never ever germinate on the blood soaked land of ours, articles like this and people like you, silently are infecting the minds of unsuspecting Eritreans in guise of “Ethiopia will take over Eritrea”
    I believe that PFJD has a hand in humiliating the Eritreans during the border war and if the crimes perpetuated against them are punishable by death, PFDJ will be found guilty as well. The security apparatus of EPLF/PFDJ who was good at kidnapping and murdering Eritreans was not able to tip off the Eritreans who paid their 2% and danced in the embassy in Addis.
    In 1995 the PFDJ floated the rumor that they would privatize the Niala Hotel and asked wealthy people to secretly submit their bids, when they collected the information they need they cancelled the process. The rumor is that they wanted to know who is worth how much. The fact that many of the millioners who wanted to invest in Eritrea were stifled and were reduced to only t pay their 2% coupled with PFDJ’s silence to brief the Eritreans about the impeding crises in the relationship between the two countries is circumstantial evidence of deliberate PFDJ action.

    Semere

  • Semere Adom

    Dear Admas:
    Your piece in very congruent with the new PFDJ line of raising the ghedli era sentiments. PFDJ has lost so much credibility that is resorting to diplomatic strategic withdrawal, going back to “degen”, only now the “degen’’ is the falls claim that the very identity of Eritrea is at stake and let fight it. But people with conscious know that the Eritrean identity is intact, it asserted itself and is alive and kicking. From the dangers that faces Eritreans and Eritrea the most insidious and by far that threatens the unity and existence of Eritrea is PFDJ.
    I am sure the challenges that the humiliated Eritreans are facing when reclaiming their hard-won property is real, but the fact that former deportees and new refugees are bourgeoning in the refugee camps tell us that Eritreans feel more secure, safe in Ethiopia than in the country of their forefathers. And I do not think that reason is econimc.
    PFDJ uses many insidious tactics to penetrate the opposition and your article is nothing more than a desperate attempt to discredit, isolate and tarnish the founding fathers like Tesfay Temnewo. Discrediting heroes and asking for their heads like what happened to John the Papsist when he told Herod the truth is the modus operandi of the PFDJ and someone who toys with this idea is a PFDJ hired gun.
    Most of what Tesfay Temenow is saying was documented by EPLF, even the early conversations between the reformers and the leadership. If you can lay your hands on an old document you can find them.
    There is much talk bout the new Andnet, surely it gave PFDJ and you temporal scoring points, but when people are asking questions that are unconformable the people who have no confidence in the Eritrea identity and its deeply rooted foundation get all twitchy. I love the Andnet 2.0 as they have validated the that the concept of independent Eritrea has not faded after all the assault its sustained by the PFDJ. The Andnet 1.0 was dangerous because it was meant to stifle the yearning. Think of it as a self-built in check that affirms Eritrea and discredits PFDJ as the self-crowned only custodians of our affairs.
    One thing that you need to understand is that the Woyane have defeated PFDJ, humiliated DIA and he is so impotent to do anything about it. You can try to change the grand narrative by resuscitating a dead idea that Ethiopia is a threat to us so let us not fight PFDJ, but not many people will be willing to die so that DIA can reclaim his humiliated image by the using Eritrean sovereignty as an excuse.
    This article is scare mongering tactic to derail the momentum that the opposition is garnering to overthrow the regime that has humiliated Ertireans for decades starting from 1970s. The Eritrean identity and sovereignty is intact, no Eritrean including those who are being derisively dubbed as Neo Andent for freely thinking is against free Eritrea. We have a bunch of common hooligans at the helm, who are humiliating and taking our God given liberties and now when we finally are at the cusp of discovering and internalizing their crimes not to bid them in bud but to cut and sterilize their roots to never ever germinate on the blood soaked land of ours, articles like this and people like you, silently are infecting the minds of unsuspecting Eritreans in guise of “Ethiopia will take over Eritrea”
    I believe that PFJD has a hand in humiliating the Eritreans during the border war and if the crimes perpetuated against them are punishable by death, PFDJ will be found guilty as well. The security apparatus of EPLF/PFDJ who was good at kidnapping and murdering Eritreans was not able to tip off the Eritreans who paid their 2% and danced in the embassy in Addis.
    In 1995 the PFDJ floated the rumor that they would privatize the Niala Hotel and asked wealthy people to secretly submit their bids, when they collected the information they need they cancelled the process. The rumor is that they wanted to know who is worth how much. The fact that many of the millioners who wanted to invest in Eritrea were stifled and were reduced to only to pay their 2% coupled with their silence to brief the Eritreans about the impeding crises in the relationship between the two countries is circumstantial evidence of deliberate PFDJ action.

    Semere

  • Mesdemem

    Admas Haile,

    You seem to have more issue with Ethiopia supporting the opposition than with the brutality of the regime in Asmara. I am wondering if those who are admonishing the opposition for seeking help from Ethiopia are closet supporters of DIA. Hmmmmm…if it quacks like duck…

  • Araya

    Tesfay Temenowo is very dangerous person. There are very few moments that I am ashamed to be Eritrean. And listening to Tesfay, I am very ashamed. The way humiliated the Eritrean peasants and the way he destroyed the Muslims of Keyh Bahri. Tesfay’s objective is not clarifying history but, to sow discourse between Eritrean Muslims and Eritrean Christians. Ibrahim Affa was from Keyh Bahri and Gigna, have heard Tefay mentioning Wedi-Affa? His goal is simply to spew venom among the Eritreans to divide on Awraja lines. The good thing is he does not appear to have many days left.
    I think Bereket Mengistab’s new song seems to hit home.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S13IzYlSBlk&feature=player_embedded

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Mr.Araya,

      MR. Tesfay Temenowo touch very very small part of the truth and it is burning those who don’t want to correct their mistakes. actually their is a huge truth that you and me witness. I am sure if the good Eritrean don’t think of coming generation and eliminate the past bad memory, a lot of crime could have been exposed. “kdun b’afe slase”.

      shall we expose the network that was killing our heroes in Sudan? do you know some of them are already fathers of 3 and 4 innocent young Children? the secrete to peace is to just accept our mistakes and make harmony. after all PFDJ is not from Mars and it is just from us and has been grown by us. all those who are in prison and those talking to much against PFDJ were directly or indirectly part of the job all. we have to come to our sense.

      who was clean from those narrow tendencies of Awraja and Haymanot? few real freedom fighters not leaders. check and you will know. truth is painful but there is no other short to create democratic nation. first accept all the mistakes done.

      Berket has done good job during Derg Days i consider him dead as he is not able to update his mind. still he is singing the old song.

    • Aman

      Mr.Araya
      Tesfay Temnao is danger for PFDJ but not for Eritrea. Revealing facts has always been a danger for the unaccountable regime in Eritrea as every intrigue has to be done secretly. This is how it was at the time of the struggle and hasn’t changed ever since . Like Mesfin Hagos and Adhanom, you might find mistakes on places and dates of some occurrences but in general, what Tesfay Temnao has told us is no different than what’s happening right in front of our eyes. I wonder if you can produce facts for what is told about the G15 and the journalists who are tortured to death. Do they really deserve this brutality ? Bereket Menghisteab is an artist who lives from praising people and governments in power. He was a devoted ELF singer when ELF was powerful in the same way as he is a devoted pfdj singer now. He seeks words that hit home for any regime that comes to power.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Aman,

        you have said it correctly.Art loses it’s credibility in teaching people when it’s handled by opportunist “z’bereqe Stehana, z’negse n’gusna”. If he will stay alive in coming (hope so), he will be the fist to sing before you and me. you will find in all fields the same category. Teachers,doctors,etc.

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