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The Saleh Younis Reader: His Craft and Politics

I would bet that most people if asked to introduce Saleh Younis, they would just say one sentence: Saleh Younis does not need introduction. I disagree. He needs a lot of introduction. And if you want to talk about both his craft and politics, the introduction will be excruciatingly long. So I will skip the introduction.

When you read this piece understand that Saleh is a good friend of mine, but I also bet that he will deny the good part and accept only the friend part. He is an excellent writer, but I am confident that he will also deny the excellent adjective, or any adjective for that matter, but he will grudgingly accept the writer part. He is an astute politician, but I am certain that he will refute it with, “I am not a politician, much less astute, I am just in politics because PFDJ is disappearing people…”

In his writing he tickles, teases, probes, challenges, inspires and punches. He uses humor to lubricate his debates and he veers to music to season his viewpoints. Those who are tickled will immediately feel it. Those who are punched will not, until they wipe their noses to see blood. Until then they would not know whether their noses are running or bleeding.

During his Camboni days, he has flirted with Huria and Nuria in Akria, and has charmed Harnet and Natsenet in Mai-Chehot. He is blessed with a bird’s eye view of the entire Eritrean culture and geography. He is what you would want in a country as diverse as Eritrea, fluent in Tigrinya, Tigirayit and Jebertait, always cognizant, invariably deferential and courteous, firmly anchored in pragmatism and eternal optimism.

With a blend of humor and seriousness he would criticize a Tigrayit song that roams around Eritrea in its lyrics as weak geography lesson but when Goitom Afwerki mentions every neighborhood, every alleyway, every corner in his Asmara, Asmara song, Sal notices, and mildly but delightfully complains that he had to wait until the end to hear his childhood neighborhood mentioned. When it comes to Asmara, all is forgiven. Oh, but do not ever get started with that thirsty guy who sings, give me water from every river and creek around Keren.

He would attend a wedding in Awenjeli and when the locals make fun of his Asmarino sartorial taste, and when he would not take it anymore, with smile he would ascend the stage and would sing “gl tthade tu dib maAshura w’htta samEt e’halet itassoula”, she will be married away, but do not tell her. Stunned the locals will tell each other, “nayna tu, and welna tu”: he is ours, he is our son! And dress him with Jelabiya and taggia and sideryia and bequeath him a sword. A drop of sweat forms on his temples when he touches the sword, but fades away when he discovers it was for decoration and not for dancing. Strolling the streets of his beloved hometown, the Asmarinos mock his attire of the jelabia and call him jihadist, unperturbed he would say, “Abune Philipos kdrribeka eye gin dehan neAa ab billiard estihina kebleka”: I would have knocked you down, but let me defeat you in a game of billiards

Are your intrigued and charmed by, and envious of the art, not by the art of this writing of course but of the art of his craft? If yes, wait until you learn about his politics, all these feelings will posses you simultaneously, you will be “iced” (intrigued, charmed and envious,)

That was the toast but what good is it without a delicious roast! Bring your massive grain salt, though!

He conveniently drops the “Tilian” part when mentioning the neighborhood of his childhood, referring it to just as “Geza-Banda”. But he opines why Eritreans need to always start from scratch, a not so subtle jab at the weed out crowd, the punching that one does not feel. He wonders why we destroyed the status of Haile Selassie as it is part of our legacy and history in the same vein as the Pushkin statue has become one. He abhors weeding-out and would draw from health and nature to prove his point. He would take you to his lush lawn and after attending to his Japanese maple plant, and after talking to his flowers in Tigotany (Tigriniya Botany), he would point to the handful dandelions to remind you that the dandelion is a weed but if you weed it out in search of that perfect grass instead of using it, you would lose in the health benefits it provides. It is all about the balance. He would educate you on the peaceful and vibrant co-existance of the grass and he dandelions. This is the kind of metaphor he uses to lubricate his politics of democratic coup, of peaceful change, of graceful transition. He is pragmatic.

Saleh abhors Keynesian economics but like any fiscal conservatives, if he was the finance minister of his country during a market meltdown, he would stimulate the economy with quantitative easing, not once, but multiple times.

He would advise a UN body not use their “Dictators for Dummies” when dealing with the lunatic Eritrean dictator, Isaias Afwerki. But when debating whether Eritrea is a Totalitarian System he would author his own “Totalitarian for Dummies” manual and hand it to White Western journalist to find out if the PFDJ is a totalitarian system or not.

When he wrote in Dehai and sat in the committee of national defense, he belonged to the PFDJ. When he co-founded Awate.com, he belonged to Eritrea. Now that he has decided to move on, to create the vacancy for new blood, to apply the same standards that he demands from African leaders, Saleh Younis now belongs to the word. Even if he does not accomplish any of the litany of things he lists, even if he only ends up opening that cigar store, even if that store is a virtual one, even if that Nefasit cigar store remains in the deepest recess of his mind, he would still belong to the word.

Like any resignation announcements he has not told us the entire truth, just part of the truth. I suspect that the world has called him and he has answered, transcending, leaving us to the dust, the small opposition that we are for bigger things.

But he is leaving the Awate Team at a critical time, his views that were often infused in the editorials and the Pencil is the lynchpin that helped sustain this website to itch its name in the political and historical lexicon of Eritrea. Saleh need not apply what he demands from our leaders and the Kegames to himself and he knows it. He is not in power, deciding the fate of Eritreans, although I wish he was, he is an intellectual, framing things, enlightening people, crunching numbers, finding facts and truth, offering his vision, a formidable vision, and a vision that can be integrated with others in the “husbandry” of ideas. He is not like our armed struggle era intellectuals who did not accomplish a fraction of what this former Eritrean citizen, now a citizen of world has accomplished in the last two decades

Awate.com has withered many prophesies of it collapse, not only from the PFDJ, but from concerned friends like Dr. Kemal Ibrahim, who was dubbed the resident watchdog for his initial critical views of this website, when he worried about its bluntness to call PFDJ’s Eritrea a dictatorship. Dr. Kemal then was optimistic about the affairs in Eritrea, he was so dazzled that he once wrote he saw the bright future in Eritrea, and that the country was emerging from its historical census based politics to embrace adversarial politics. Like the website, Saleh also has withered a lot of stress as he tenaciously and eloquently wrote against dictatorship while three generation of his family languished in PFDJ’s jails. He has withered the unfair criticism of his grown up brother’s association with PFDJ.

Further Reading:

Over the years Saleh has written hundreds of articles but the following, just a sample of his best, I recommend reading them as primer to his contributions for the last twenty years.

http://awate.com/?p=127786 (July 4, 2001)
http://awate.com/?p=127790 (March 7, 2003)
http://awate.com/?p=127780 (Sept. 18, 2003)
http://awate.com/?p=127783 (April 8, 2004)
http://awate.com/?p=127788 (June 14, 2004)
http://awate.com/?p=127792  (July 26, 2004)

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  • Berhe Y

    Dear Semere,

    Well done, and I know it’s not much of a challenge to write this about Saay.

    Saay, thank you for a long service to AT and the rest of Eritrean justice seekers. I have thought long time ago, how you represent the best in us and how you will deliver us to the promised land. I hope you do consider that in any future venture that you planning to do.

    Happy new year.

    Berhe

  • Michael Solomon

    Dear all!

    I am not a follower of pfdj but this chap was the gifted writer and admirer of the late TPLF prime minster – big time

    Question for all writers in this comment section is did he got a job with TPLF or UN or the main masters?

    Just curious

  • Semere Andom

    Hi Amanuel, Hope and aron and Tesfalidet B

    Amanuel and aron sorry for tardy reply:

    We debated this issue many time, the issue was the fluid nature of culture and nature and my part playful part serious “Jebertayit” was rooted in that debate, some people know exactly what I was referring too.

    Also we debated religion attaches itself into language and therefore by extension into culture. I hope this comment does not take us to that divisive Arabic as official language issue, if it does this was not the intention.

    So to Tesfaldiet and aron and Aman, I live you with this: what is is the following lines written in, it is not mix of Arabic and Tig as cousin hope is sure to say

    Also, I hope this does not pull my friend Maekebay from his Christmas dinner to call me, the “ussub”

    ብጣዕሚሰ ኣሸፊቁኒ ታሪኽ እርትራ አይቀር እን ምስለናኢ

    ብዙሕ ምኸተብኩ ነረ ግን ትሰፋልደት ሰሚዱ ከም ዘይቕርኦ ፈሊጠ ኣለኹ

    ኣስተውዒልካ ክትፍህም ከተዋህልል ክትዓቁር

    ጥራሕ ዱዓ ሓዘልና ኒያና ክኸዉን ሓሳብና ክማላእ ክሰምር

    ኣሚን በል ዱዓ ሳሊሕን ኣይጋደፍካ ዱዓ ናይ ሰብኼር

    እሞኸ ይእከልዶ ? ማዕዳኮ’ይኮነን እምትዳኣ ኣዘክር

    2016 ርዝቒ ዘለዋ ዓመት ይግበረልና፡ -)

    ሰመረ ዓንዶም መሓምድ ርዝቐይ፡ -)

  • V.F.

    Tsigereda and Sara Ogbay.

    They say women are the voice of reason. Your opinions and ideas could bring a balancing act in this and all other male dominated forums and mass media. There are very many but you two in particular are capable of swaying public opinion and perception.

    1. What’s your take about the latest efforts by the regime in Asmara trying to buy some lifeline with the diplomatic missions in Saudi and the other gulf states?

    2. Medrek and the Nairobi conference. I saw a ‘Sara Ogbay’ there and I am assuming the same one. What’s your take on medrek? Specially SO? You are a member and so it should be natural for you to write articles in support of your association and refuting all the mass media attack.

    3. Saay’s resignation from awate editorial board. He is no ordinary individual so you should have a strong opinion one way or another.

    4. Wish us all merry Christmas! Usually more comforting to hear it from our sisters.

    5. Amanuel BeideSATAN’s article?

    6. The unrest in Ethiopia? I expect you both to follow such situations. No?

    I dared say all the above because by anyone’s stardadrs, you are privileged. How many Eritreans do we have with PhD’s. 500? 1000? I don’t know but not a lot. So Sara Ogbay, you have a lot of responsibility to be a leader. You were my English teacher and so was mr. Chefena. I regard you highly. So give us articles every now and then.

  • Amanuel

    Hi Tes
    You are assuming too much and getting to the wrong conclusion. Semere brought the Jebertait language. Issue.Mahmud said he is joking and Semere said he is not. If that is the case then I asked Semere to back up his claim with facts and convincing evidence the existing of a language called Jebertait. It is simple as that. Don’t try to make a meal out of nothing. What do they in Tigrinya “ኣይትሃውትት”.

    • tes

      Dear Amanuel,

      You are rather assuming. You know(if you are honest and happen to live in Eritrea) that there is no specific language called Jeberti. Jeberti are Tigrigna speaking society.

      my read on you goes further. To bissect your motive for asking such questions. My argument is as outlined above.

      tes

      • Amanuel

        Hi tes
        I have no other motives except to know if there is a language called Jebertait. I have no problem with Jeberti identity and don’t accept the EPLF way of recognising nationality based on language.
        After all it is Christmas and please let’s enjoy it.
        Wishing you all the best.
        Amanuel

  • aklilu zere

    Good day and Hello Awate Nation.

    Happy Holidays to all of you and May the Almighty God transform our despair to HOPE; our doubt to FAITH; our grief to JOY and our indifference to LOVE.

    Sincerely with Love & Care

    • Semere Andom

      Hi Aklilu
      God bless your your blessing all of us. I would add this: May God transform Akilul’s absence to presense so he can grace us with his reservoir of knowledge, amen

      • tes

        Dear Semere A;,

        I am with you on your prayer. I am reading his articles recently. He is a a library. May he is willing again to open it for us in this coming year 2016.

        tes

  • Haile

    Dear brother Johar,
    Most of my best friends are Jeberty. Few of them are of Tigray origin from Shire who were former fighters of the ELF. What I learned from them is that the word “JEBERTY” is a deregatory word which originated from the word “JABUR” which is an arabic word for “REFUGE” and the Arabs who took refuge in Tigray where refered as “JABUREEN” which means “REFUGEES”. Hence “JABUR” -> “JABUREEN” -> “JEBERTY”. It is an adjective and not a noun. The isssue has always been about “identity” that the Tigrinya speaking moslems of Tigrayan origin have been seeking and not the indigenous Tigrinya speaking Eritrean moslems. Are they wrong and if so could you please, dear brother, educate us on what continues to nag many compatriots? You have to understand that I am fully suportive of any claim but let us not walow on half backed arguments.
    AT will never be the same after Sal and I hope that he will reconsider his decision. Frankly, he is the ultimate role model for all those who would lead the Eritrean nation and it’s people for greatness and harmony.

    Thank you and Happy New Year to all.

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Selam Awatawian

    When do you tell we need some sort of entertainment break, perhaps a music exchange time, a standup comedy by L.T.?
    – When you see edgy comments on the mention of Jebertayt. Thanks to Amanuel and aron for asking first before passing judgment for something they did not feel comfortable. Asking for elaboration is wise; it is appropriate. We ask, then we prepare to listen or comprehend what’s been written/replied. After that we go on passing judgment, whatever that might entail. Just an abatawi maEda… I mean come on, guys.

    I think I’m within my capacity to say a word or two in regard to appreciating small nuances expressed within a cultural setting. In this case, highland/lowland or Christian/Muslim. I know it’s a big claim, but trust me I’m not going to blabber about things I’m not certain about. In music, there are what we call accidentals. This are fractions of notes that either raise or lower a note from what it should sound when taken within its scale. Since they create a sudden bump in our ears, they pull the attention of the listener. They use like a sudden break, and make you say “what?” Once you realize the trick, then you go to the general pattern and appreciate them as little, well, accidents that give the flow of music comparison and contrast. Once your ear is trained, you look for them, and in most cases, they are the once that make a musical piece most memorable. Societies create flavors in music…storytelling….and each language needs someone who appreciates many of the accidentals it create in its language in order to make it appealing. That’s why before someone becomes a translator, he/she should be well versed in the culture/language of the society. For instance, if look into the Tigrigna society, Asmarinos have their unique way of eluding the poor fara gebar, guasot (shepherds) have their own subtle expressions; you may as well find regional variations. When folks like Semere shuttle between major cultures (kabasa/metaHt, or Muslim Christian), sometimes, their jokes may not be appreciated. I see that problem here constantly. So, here, I mention some jokes related to language: MensaEayt, waryayt, bietjukayt, almadayt….beitmeAlayt bietasghedeitayt…..maryayt…(you see too many to mention, and adarob is going to be mad for leaving out his “yayt”)…And what about that Jebertayt? It’s a joke, settle down.

    – We also know we need some mezenageEi (entertainment) when SaleH Gadi makes Tesfaldet’s obvious provocation and outright bigoted and twisted characterization of awate.com a big fuss (sorry, ya muAlem). I mean why do you even give him time. Ok, let me take that back, because I’m giving him time, too; but this is to criticize SalH and not that Tesfaldet provoked me. In Tigrigna, they say, ” bsenki nQoox reHus yneded” which may roughly mean ” dry trees cause the [unintended] burning of green trees (since they are adjacent to each other)- ብሰንኪ ንቑጽ ርሑስ ይነድድ- Now, here, I’m piggybacking tesfaldet on Saleh’s shoulder in order to prove the reverse of the saying…that’s the green tree saves the dry one (in order to support Saleh, tesfaldet gets the mention)….. Awate.com…please stay tall, don’t get annoyed by frivolous accusations which tell a lot about the character of their authors more than they tell about awate.

    – We certainly need some fechew session when you see people have trouble appreciating the reach content contained in and unique style displayed by Semere Andom, particularly in his latest article, summarizing in a befittingly entertaining and celebrating vibe, the man of the time, our SAAY. Those who don’t have wedi-Tukul’s cassette, awate store is open, but just for awate gadgets only, go down download it free.
    Semere’s approach comprised both sides of Saleh’s persona: a direct and objective yet concise upraisal of the man’s work, his human side…etc.., and the man borne out of the imagination of Semere….that’s why he sees him in Keren enchanted by the tunes of awald blin, and a bit to the north, dancing to the rababa…wielding the glistening swords….may be walking afar across the deserts of Barka to Kassalla (because he doesn’t know camel riding; maHmuday was not around to train him in defeating his fear of height….), anyway…He tried to capture Saleh in totality, but of course, in his trademark style….humor…satirizing….

    The article is full of literary tools that some may not fully appreciate…we have become to politically perfectionists…. I mean regid; unless we insert something “Saleh fought the DICTATOR….the North Korean….he slayed and slashed IA the Hungugu….” some of us tend not to appreciate a piece. Caricaturing and cartooning, belittling comedy, satire…are the best tools of politics. That separates one from what it would mean to act like a politician. You want to see how a politician sounds and acts, look up closely at how Barak Obama and Hilary control their words. You want to know how a political writer…actor…behave? Look up closely at Bill Maher, Jon Stewart… Is Semere in that class? The answer depends on each reader’s taste and expectation. And that’s the beauty of arts. It’s not meant to please everyone, rather create a stirring effects in the minds of readers….audience….
    Selam we TeEna nKuluKum.
    Merry x-mass.

  • Abi

    Hi Johar
    Let me just say one thing which I have said it in many occasions. I have never been proud or ashamed for being an Amhara. In case you don’t know me well, I care less for someone’s ethnicity or religion. Actually, it should be illegal to ask ethnicity and religion.
    Teredikalo?
    Now, the rest of your comment is like a monologue. I chose to ignore it. My advice to you is get off of the ethnic wagon you have been riding for so long when you visit Awate University. This is kind of an upscale site where participants are beyond ethnic and religious nonsense. It is so 16th century. I hope you will catch up.
    Genzebka.

    PS
    Never heard of Amharization before. We live to learn. Don’t we?

  • Semere Andom

    Thanks V.F:
    You are correct, I was not joking and I did anticipate. This subject is one of the debates I had in this forum, if we were dealing in a more sane place, and sane place is any where in the universe but Eritrean politics, it would not have created the backlash.
    I was half expecting to hear do you speak it can you say I am reading a book, or I sympathize with you in Jebertait,:-)

    • Amanuel

      Hi SA
      Well, I said on earlier comment Mahmud Saleh said you were joking and you didn’t object to his claim. However, if you were no joking then, go ahead back your claim with facts and convincing evidence.
      Merry Christmas by the way.

  • tes

    Dear Semere Andom,

    All I can is, you were too in hurry to write this. As suggested you before, do not write when you are either angry or emotionally touched. Saay7 announcement was not a retirement period from contribution. He just resigned as part of AT who jointly post their opinions and reflections. What he said is just to be a freeman, a man who stopped giving opinions/reflections but as a free and individual citizen.

    You see, even Amanuel Biedemanriam (servant of PFDJ Cult system – diyakon aganti) wrote an article. He didn’t hide his all time fear of saay7. The kids at TN and madote (I don’t see any content difference except photo usage) were so delighted just to read the first word of a whole sentence about saay7’s recent decision.

    I always enjoy your writings. But this one is an excellent eulogy without hearing departure announcement. I wished you were a prophet/apostle of justice for Eritreans.

    tes

    • Semere Andom

      Hi Tes:
      It is not an eulogy, the reason I was able to write it so fast was not because words flowed,not because i am able to write like the singing of a bird, but it was because the points I address were things Sal and I discussed in the forum in email and phone and I used the annohncment topoke fun and if you read the conclusion, I said the world has called on Sal so that is why he resigned from the edictorial board
      It was a humours way of actully arguing with Sal about weed-out, aobut totaliterian (NK vss cuba) 🙂
      When I plugged the Akria and Nuria, it was both for cadenence and to complimetn him on his multiculture skill, a skill we all myst stive tool and when I topped Huria with Harnet, it was for the same reason.
      This piece is was a humours but serious as well, the Jebertayt thing was both a fun and serious.
      So Tes, I am little, just little disappointed that you did not get the depth of this article, Sal also ingnored it by saying, yea it iSem ranting:-)
      I also said he is leaving At at a critial time, meaning I was addressing his moving to greener pastures, to unlock some time the thting he always talked about and the Nefasit store I

      • saay7

        Hi iSem:

        Well you are a friend, and you should know I am uncomfortable with words of praise. Moving on: on the lazy journalists comparing Eritrea with North Korea (something I debated with kbur Ghezae Hagos), the Guardian’s washington dc reporter was invited to “come and see” to Eritrea and he sides with me: that Eritrea is more like Cuba than North Korea.

        It is a penetrating piece. Ever since the Isaias Government convinced itself that its image problem is something that can be managed by a little PR, it has been inviting journalists and so far, it has hit 0 out of 3: reporters for the BBC, Wall Street Journal and now the Guardian came and saw, and because they are professional journalists, they reported what we know: that Eritrea is an authoritarian government and rules by fear. The Yemane Gebremeskels actually think that a reporter will be charmed by Eritrea’s architecture and forget that they are actually, um, professional reporters to whom integrity and reputation means something.

        If they want to spin, and do a little PR, they should just invite the Bronwyn Brutons, the Herman Cohens and the other clueless Mzungus and those who can’t resist the aphrodisiac of power, who get giddy when they spend an hour with Isaias Afwerki. Sheesh.

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/23/eritrea-conscription-repression-and-poverty-recipe-for-mass-emigration

        saay

        • V.F.

          Hi Saleh, it is good to see that you are lurking around monitoring the situation. Oh my, you should visit Tesfanews. They have choice adjectives for you there. But I will tell you one thing. Selam, the girl that you guys banned, she is defending you there left and right. She adores you, I hope that makes you feel good. Hope is trolling that site too. He writes a bit differently there but he is ambivalent, neither defending you, nor selling you out. Same ol same ol.

          Thanks for posting the article from The Guardian. The last paragraph (first one below) and another paragraph (second one below) are very telling. It is incredible to read these things from the horses mouth.

          For many here, however, the peace, stability and remarkably low crime rate are illusory. Russom observed dryly: “Most Eritreans are suffering but it is in our culture to act as if we are living nicely. We like to pretend. If you go to bar, someone is pretending to live well, but if you go to their home you will see they are struggling. If you could ask 20 people how they are doing, only two will actually be living well. People like the president but, in their hearts, they do not like the president.”

          The camps are run by military trainers who have the power to impose discipline. Russom continued: “You ask yourself, ‘Why am I here? What did I do to deserve this? The next time I see my trainer in Asmara, I’ll shoot him for making me lie in the sun.’ But when you see him in Asmara, you are friends: you buy a beer and tell your friend, ‘This is the guy who tortured me at the camp’.”

          • saay7

            Hi V.F.

            Here’s one more quote from the Guardian that, I hope, will make you look at the Eritrean Solutions for Eritrean Problems with fresh eyes:

            With many of the best and the brightest living abroad there is little sign of an uprising against one-time liberator Afwerki, and that suits the international community just fine. Eritrea’s location in the Horn of Africa, notably its proximity to Yemen across the Red Sea, makes it an important bulwark.

            On Amanuel Biedemariam, Tesfanews and its sister website madote which published the same article:

            1. American comedian Jeff Foxworthy is famous for “If……., you might be a redneck.” It is a loving and self-deprecating tribute to his ancestry and Southern heritage and his lines and enjoyed by South, North, East, West. Amanuel Biedemariam PFDJized this (which is to say, he made it a creed against inclusion and reconciliation) by creating a list of who is Eritrean and who is not. Just to give you an idea, there are three references to the Eritrean flag and one to Identity Cards if answered incorrectly endangers your Eritreanism.

            2. His piece was published in meadna.com. http://www.meadna.com/meadnanews/shameful%20resolution/redefining%20eritrea-ism.htm Part of being an OG is that you have seen it all: alenalki, biddho, meadna, shaebia.org And when tesfanews, madote show up, you go, “mmmmkay.” No matter how much a “brave face” people put for public consumption, they are dying inside and at some point defending inhumanity and tyranny becomes a heavy burden for all except the psychopaths.

            3. Hope, iSem, have argued that I should rebut. The UNDP’s HDI report is public; Amanuel implied that I got a copy from Weyane:) And from there, it goes into a Lonely Planet itinerary of naming random places: Sudan, Djibouti, Asab and polsci of people with Tourette Syndrome: jihad, backward, reactionary, etc. What am I rebutting: it is Selata Tursh. Amanuel Biedemariam once appeared on Eri-TV to argue for Eritreans freedom of speech: that people should be empowered to speak their mind fearlessly. He was not talking about Eritreans in Eritrea speaking out against power abuse by their government; he was talking about Eritreans in Diaspora speaking out against power abuse by their host countries. Sigh.

            4. I have always argued that being a fan of sports is great preparation to being a politician or a political writer. In sports, a lame team can have a good day (Raiders won for God’s sake, in overtime.) Similarly, PFDJ is having a very good month in December 2015. If the Amanuel Biedemariams want to think that this is the beginning of the end of “Eritrea’s enemies”, that they have conquered us all, why ruin it for them on Christmas Day? Let them think that. If they want to think that I am done, spent, and I am not coming back with something that will have an awate.com multiplier effect, let them. Nothing is better than being underestimated:)

            5. V.F. the most relevant part of the Guardian article was this:

            With many of the best and the brightest living abroad there is little sign of an uprising against one-time liberator Afwerki, and that suits the international community just fine. Eritrea’s location in the Horn of Africa, notably its proximity to Yemen across the Red Sea, makes it an important bulwark.

            This is what we mean by “Eritrean solutions for Eritrean problems.” It doesnt mean we don’t welcome help in bringing about change in Eritrea; it means we want to be in control of our agenda because the world, including Ethiopia, is fickle and driven by its national interest which may have absolutely nothing to do with ours. If you need reminder of that, consider how panicked aigaforum.com was when it thought Isaias Afwerki was dying in 2012.

            saay

            * Even if you are not a fan of NBA basketball, please watch my team, Golden State Warriors, destroy Ted’s Cavaliers today, Christmas day. The King is already rattled and claiming that he, not Curry, is the best player in the world. It is brawn vs brain.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            MarHab SAAY

            “ዝኣኽለን ጥሒነንስ በዓለማርያም ይብላ” ጌርካዮ’ዚ ዓርከይ። እንታይ ደኣ ገዲፍካሎም?

            ጉድ ፈላ ጓድ ኣቢ።

            That’s the SAAY way. Folks, let’s consider this as SAAY’s rebuttal to Amanuel B. hastily and haphazardly written article. In short, AB declared victory over a man he never fought, over an enemy against whom he never squared. And what did SAAY do? In his “I’m not a politician..” style, in a stealthily way, he puts up one of the best rebuttals. He does not put it way up in the front page, for that, he thinks it would make his defamers worth his attention. Haha…Saleh, hand on, this is not about heaping up praises, No…No…this is within TBS guidelines, OK. Say as it is. You covered practically all the toothless parties ailing our nation: the government and its mouthpieces, the opposition and its wrong strategies (and how Eritrean solution to Eritrean problems should be the bedrock of Eritreans in finding solutions to their problems); you also attacked wrong societal beliefs (assigning upon oneself the role of gatekeeper in telling who is Eritrean and who is not); criticizing folks who side with tyranny based on the above wrong assumptions saying “…at some point defending inhumanity and tyranny becomes a heavy burden for all except the psychopaths”

            Hey, how about this punch, ” If they want to think that I am done, spent, and I am not coming back with something that will have an awate.com multiplier effect, let them. Nothing is better than being underestimated:)
            ስለ’ዚ፡ ዝጠሓንካዮ ምስንካትን ምብላዕን እዩ። እንታይ ደኣ ገዲፍካሎም?
            መልእኽቲ ናይዚ ጥሉልን ርሑስን በዓላት (ቅድሚ ትማሊ ዒድ ኣልመውልድ ነይሩ፡ ሎሚ ድማ በዓል ልደት ፈረንጂ፡ ናትና ድማ ትመጽእ ኣላ…እንኮላይ ሓድሽ ዓመት…)፡ እቲ ግዜ፡ ግዜ ልዝብን ምርድዳእን እዩ። በበይንና ዝገበርናዮ ፋሕተርተር ንጹልን ዘይገጣጠምን ዘይጠዓዓምን ውጽኢት ከምጽእ ጸኒሑ። ኣብ ዝበዝሕ እዋን ሓይሊ ዝመቓቕልን ተስፋ ኤርትራውያን ዘቅህምን ኮይኑ ጸኒሑ። ኤርትራውያን ብዛዕባ መጻኢ ሃገሮም ይግደሱ እዮም። ነዚ መዳይ እዚ ዝርስዕ ኣተሓሳስባን ስትራተጅን ኩሉ ግዜ ጎታቲ ጉዕዞ ኮይኑ ጸኒሑ። ስለ’ዚ፡ ተስፋን ሓይልን ዝህብ፡ ንዘተን ምምክኻርን ዝደፍእ ወገን ይድለ ኣሎ። ስሙን መልክዑን ብዘየገድስ፡ ትሕዝቶኡ ክሳብ ኤርትራውያን ምሕቛፍን ምማቝን ኮይኑ፡ ኣካሉ ኮይንካ ኣጃምካ ክተበርክት፡ ንዓዋተ.ኮም ከኣ ከምቲ ዝበልካዮ ዘበርተዓን ዘባዝሓን ግደ ክትጻወት ዘለኒ ሰናይ ምንዮት እገልጸልካ።
            ዝመጽእ ምትእኽኻብን ምምካርን ኤርትራውያን ኣብ ኣስመራ.
            ሰናይ ቅንያት በዓላት።

          • V.F.

            Hey Mahmoud, I deserve a partial credit here for getting this out of Saay. That was some post. What a gifted man. So are you.

            Merry Christmas!*

            An Indian coworker of mine was lamenting how nobody ever tells him Merry Christmas even as he wore a red sweater last week. He argued Christmas is for everyone. I think so too. I am sure you have bought something for someone at work, neighbors kids, or your Eritrean friends. See that’s, you are in it brother.

          • Abyssinia

            Hi V.F,
            “I deserve a partial credit here for getting this out of Saay.” Now, this is funny, but I think I deserve part of the partial credit, if not all. You do not need to be extremely sharp to figure out that the upvotes and the engagement you have enjoyed since yesterday (when you were wallowing in utter obscurity) are related to my elbowing and jolting: “Saay will use his tactics to break you (ignoring you),… But I am sure you are not the type that Saay can break … ” . Trust me, there lies the secret.

          • V.F.

            Abyssinia, like you said, we all have a mission. My mission can best be accomplished if I stay diplomatic and compromising somethings that are dispensable. Plus I am always careful to not make blanket statements. So there are some qualities that saay has, probably only him. I am used to be ignored around here. It’s ok because I know some read what I write. My call is very simple really. Let’s start from scratch, abandon our misperception that we are advanced because we have some Italian things in our culture. The west Africans are way ahead of us in a lot of respects. Only if we work together and if we admit that Eritreans and Ethiopians are the same people (ok with two different countries) that we can show sympathy to each other and hold hands and help each other eclipse the cliff.

          • Abyssinia

            Hi V.F.,

            I understand your situation well. I have been reading you carefully. Yes, be diplomatic and compromising if that helps you achieve your mission. I know it is very hard to be entertained in the forum if you espouse ideas that deviate from the “accepted” line, and I have to be honest with you, I do censor myself very much and I sense that you do so too. Sometimes, I want to ask you difficult questions in the sense that they may jeopardize your relationship with the big brothers in the forum, but hesitate not to put you in a difficult situation. If I do, and you think they are problematic, feel free to jump (ignore) them. On the content of your posts, your assessment of the Eritrean situation vis-a-vis Ethiopia is objective, and your proposals are brilliant.

            For today, I would like to hear your view on one question. You said “[l]et’s start from scratch, abandon our misperception that we are advanced because we have some Italian things in our culture”. This is very bold and correct diagnosis. At the heart of the Eritrean independence war is Asmara. EPLF leaders are reported to have said that the Eritrean war is to save Asmara from Ethiopian rule. So Asmara, being the symbol and essence of Italian leftovers and of civilization, inspired Eritreans to wage war and to see themselves as advanced and civilized people.

            My question is what would have happened if the Ethiopian governments destroyed every bit of material Italian legacy, even if that means the complete destruction of Asmara? Do you think that would have had a dent on the course of history?

          • Ted

            Hi VF, Please don’t try to answer it, i beg of you;-) i know you you have out of the box game plan and desire to get Tigray-Tigrigny in one fold, there is nothing wrong with that. But this “destroy Asmara” to make it easy for unification is way too exotict even for the ambitiose VF we come to know..

          • Abyssinia

            Hi Ted,
            See my reply to Berhe. It is a call to engage in a thought experiment. When are you upgrading to abstract thinking, by the way? 🙂

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Abisinia,

            I don’t know what’s the point of this question you are asking? The king destroy Asmara to achieve what ? Eritreans put their blood and sweat to build everything as much if not more than the Italians when it comes to labour and hard work. True the Italians did that for their own benefit but why should the king destroy it, to prove what. The building are not some priceless artifacts that remind us our colonial era but actual homes and businesses of ordinary Eritreans live.

            The king has to destroy Asmara so that to break our linkage, I think the best suggestion would to start with all infrastructure and industry the Italians build in Ethiopia first.

            I can’t understand how is destroying ones livelihood to make one proud.
            Cooperation, open economic policy for the benefit of both people is well and good but to destroy our livelihood is really beyond comprehension. Now you know why the entire ERITREAN population rebelled by the policy of subgigation of the king.

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hi Berhe
            If you remember WelWel story , one of the major reasons for seeking independence was the ” backwardness ” of Addis as compared to Asmara. Try to see Abyssinia’s question from this angle.
            There is a very good article by the Greatest Thinker of Eritrea, YG, somehow related to this. He said, ” Eritreans wanted Asmara only for themselves “.
            Berhe, Eritreans have never, never, never been subjugated by Ethiopia. They were the creams of the society. Read your history including the one posted at the front page. Eritreans went to the best schools Ethiopia could provide. They were paid to go to school in Ethiopia. Guess what? They turn around and stabbed us. They conspired against Ethiopia.
            Thank you very much.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Abi,

            I think your point of reference is the Eritreans who lived in Ethiopia, who worked hard and prospered.

            What you forget is what the Ethiopian rulers were doing in Eritrea.

            Berhe

          • Abyssinia

            Hi Berhe,
            Relax bro. It is a call to engage in a thought experiment. No one is suggesting this to happen.

          • V.F.

            Abyssinia, I will try to address your question another day but for now, I will simply tell you a saying I heard recently, it’s an old saying:

            “mengste semayat zeyfeltsi, asmera ar’eyo.”

          • AOsman

            Dear V.F.

            “mengste semayat zeyfeltsi, asmera ar’eyo.”

            Now you are tempting Abyssinia to cross Mereb to taste heaven on earth.

            Regards
            AOsman

          • Abyssinia

            Hi V.F.,

            “mengste semayat zeyfeltsi, asmera ar’eyo.” Apparently a miniature heaven is next door, how blessed can we be? 🙂 It is not without reason that Ethiopia is mentioned in the bible many times, and many Ethiopians (and Jamaicans) think that Ethiopia is the holy land. 🙂

            “mengste semayat zeyfeltsi, asmera ar’eyo.” is so telling of the veneration of Asmara, and by extension, of the Italian leftovers and colonial times. Eritrea is a special, one-of-a-kind country in the sense that it is the only country that prides in its colonial history, narratives and legacy. While many African colonial lands went so far to distance themselves, much less to pride in, from their colonial legacy, so far as to even change their names (the change of Rhodesia to Zimbabwe is a case in point), Eritrea on the other hand, worked extremely hard to keep the colonial identity, symbols, names and leftovers as they are, unspoiled and even glorified and respected.

            It even went further to eliminate any age-old traditions, identities and customs insofar as it saw them as an obstacle to this colonial-inspired identity, narrative and state-building. The changes of new year, calendar, christmas and the campaign to stop Eritreans calling themselves Habesha, etc. are some examples. The following snippet from Desale Beretks’ facebook post is so interesting. The fight between the conscious campaign to mover away from the Habesha world and word, and a subconscious self, and a subsequent natural utterance.

            ‘እምባሳዶር’ ሻዕብያ ኣብ ሃገረ ፈረንሳይ ዝዀና ወ/ሮ. ሃና ስምኦን፡ ኣብ መንጐ ዘረበኤን – “ንሕና ከም ህዝቢ ሓበሻ መጠን . . .” ዝብል ዘረባ ሞሊቚወን-ሲ፡ “ኣይትሓዙለይ! እዚ ‘ሓበሻ’ ዝብል ግጒይ ኣዘራርባ እኳ – ምግዳፉ ኣቢና”

            For an Ethiopian, what I think is a problem, forever, in the Ethiopian-Eritrean relations, is this issue: the issue of Eritrea’s colonial-inspired identity. narrative and statehood, a glorification of its colonial history at the expense of severing what links it to Ethiopia. Eritrea’s rejection of what links it to Ethiopia is seen by an Ethiopian as a rejection and disrespect of the deep sense of his/her self and identity, a disrespect of the deeply-held conceptions of the Ethiopian self, an insult to his/her being. That I think is the core of the problem. Deep down, an Ethiopian has a deep contempt for the Eritrean statehood, for to him. it is a farce founded on wrong foundation. So to an Ethiopian, it is not about loosing Eritrea, it is much more deeper. No doubt the Ethiopian’s conception of Eritrea and its foundation and his/her subsequent contempt for it will continue to define Ethio-Eritrea relations.

            Thank you V.F. for this amazing and telling expression and I look forward to reading your view on the question I asked you.

          • V.F.

            Saay, all I can say is I am humbled to receive such a detailed and comprehensive reply for my blubber.

            BTW, mesherfet (as you refer to it as) also has that amanuel beideSATAN article.

            I posted on TN front page that Saay will give PFDJ much more headache now. Remove in 10 minutes.

            You are a pro. If I had your demeanor, I would be more influential, anyone would.

            Eritreans solutions for Eritrean problems – all fair and square. We should have an accurate evaluation and abilities of our potential and that of our real and perceived enemies. We cannot antagonize TPLF and the US. We have to beat them in their own game.

          • tes

            Dear saay7,

            This is the reason why I am after your student Nitricc. Well said!

            Aftre you hinted about this Diyakon aganinti, Amanuel Biedemariam I googled on youtube and found him. Well ypu said it all: onne who defends by siding within the injuctice camp is nothing but a phythopthatic.

            here is his interview on the mouth piece of the regime

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD86CwiXXqs

            tes

          • Tzigereda

            Dear Saay7,
            This is a rebuttal par excellence!

          • Ted

            Hi saay, defamatory article written by AB lacks content and depth needing your response , it is incoherent gibberish. You response however is “This is a rebuttal par excellence!”. I don’t understand how they understood your contribution in Awate and your resignation from editorial duties. It is an issue we don’t sweat about and speaking of having good season(28-1)phew, it put in to shame PFDJ’s recent luck.

        • Semere Andom

          Hi Sal:
          I would have said, show me the praise in this article, but I will not and the good thing is you cannot do anything about it now, oh, I just contradicted myself, you will be like former USA presidents who get briefed:-)

      • tes

        Dear Semere Andom,

        I am disappointed that you are only disappointed at me just a little. Joke!

        Semere A.,

        I am not on the content. In fact ssay7 deserves more. What I am saying is nit different from what I reacted to Nitricc. Why you are shocked! I was reading you for the last two years and most of your words here were said this way or that way. In fact this way*.

        By the way, where is Nitricc? I am afraid that he might be paralyzed from now on wards. It is worisome to have these kind of people who claim that they have a hero but never stepped to be a hero by themselves.

        Concerning Amanuel Biedemariam (aka BiedeIsaias – Diyakon aganinti) is also shocked. but his shock is different. He just woke-up from his resting place. What a lackery can do more than wishing the removal of those who advocate for justice.

        I wish I knew this guy (Diyakon PFDJ). I could mock at him just like that of Sophia shikor, felasit PFDJ.

        tes

  • Aron

    Selam Semere,

    I was waiting if you were going to respond to Amanuel Hidrat’s question to no avail. I have asked this question before and did not get straight answer. Is there such a thing called Jeberti language or not. Is there a Jeberti nation (biher). If there is one could you please explain it in simple way where they’re and what they speak. I heard it so many times and it is kind of a puzzle to me.

    A Jeberti I know, an older gentleman who passed away recently, explained it to me this way. A Tigrigna speaking Moslem is either bihere Tigrigna or Tigraway. If a Moslem speaks Amharic he is Amhara and so on. Jeberti means Or is to describe Habesha and the surrounding area Moslems. He explained how it started in detail and what they had to through especially after Gragne. Was he wrong. I really really want to know. No zigzag and winding answers.
    Thank you and may you have wonderful holidays with your family.
    Aron

    • Amanuel

      Hi Aron
      The question was not from Amanuel Hidrat. It was from me another Amanuel. Semere didn’t reply, however Mahmud Saleh said that he (Semere) was joking and Semere didn’t object so I took it as very expensive joke.

      • Johar

        Dear Yonas and Amanuel.

        A family is defined by a marriage contract between two. If the two remain together and tied, we have one family. But if they divorce and remarry, we may have two families. This is to just tell you that even a family can break into two to have two separate and independent families.

        If you continue to be unreasonable the unthinkable is awaiting you, like it did to the Amharas, who used to claim the whole Ethiopian people and were surprise to find out that they are only about 20% of the Ethiopian people.

        You, Yonas and Amanuel, appear to have been Tchequar-DangA-ized by Isayas’s Tchequar-DangA-ization process and made totally naïve, even ignoring your intuition and got stuck in zero-reasoning and denying everything around you. Your empty pride, as the Weyanes label you, made you empty vessel blaming the whole world for your failure to accept the reality. The world repeatedly called on your group thinking to let go blindness to truth and to reclaim your lost dignity, as human beings.

        • Abi

          Hi Johar
          The Amharas always knew that the whole population were not Amhara. No surprises there. It is you who were surprised when you figured out Ethiopia is not just Amhara.
          Amara metabih, Amhara yibelahal, Amhara this , Amhara that…..Amhara adgi….
          You are shamelessly opening your mouth.
          When did the Amharas claimed the whole population were Amhara? You must be a caveman. What a waste of a human.
          Where is Bayan Negash to squeeze some common sense in your hopeless head.

        • Amanuel

          Hi Johar
          I have no clue what you are going about. Please help, I am lost.

    • Rule of Law

      Aron,
      The question of “Jeberti” does not have a definitive answer per the realm of social anthropology. The term Jeberti as we know it is a synonym interchangeably used to describe Ethio/Eritrean muslims. Nowhere in history do we see this adjective designated as an ethnic identity therefore, it does not have a vernacular root as such it is not a mother tongue nor is it a learned/imposed dialect but it is possible to start any thing from scratch. Here’s a million dollar question: What rational explanation can someone give us in order to juxtapose “jebertati” to the Hindu and Urdu languages each of which are dominant to the respective countries they serve as national language? I don’t understand why this question seems to irk some people like Johar who wrote “You may be asked in what capacity you are asking this question. As usual, you are driven by fear, fear and because of that fear you are in a closed system and destroying the country.” This is a discussion forum is it not? Therefore why is the issue of Jeberti a taboo?

      A couple of months ago I had a heated debate with Beyan Negash on the same issue and what I learn from his writing is that the Jeberti are holding successive annual meetings in which Beyan gave us the snapshot agenda that is to be discussed in the upcoming meeting in California. Here is what he said verbatim: (I have attempted to translate the points of discussion)

      “Those who may not be fluent in Tigrinya or English, the impending conference in California will have competent translators who will help us all be on the same page during the conference. Here is a snippet of court certified translation of the five common denominators that will be discussed during the impending conference – for now, I will just share the headings. to those who are not fluent in Arabic, the five thematic subjects are national issues and the minority ethnic groups will be discussing it under such a banner, and there ain’t a darn thing anyone could do about it other than screaming hallow-awyat. At last check, according to the Eritrean Embassy in Sweden, “Though there is no single official language Tigrinya, Arabic and English are…” you get the picture.”

      The repatriation of refugees to their homes “١ – “عودة اللاجئين إلى ديارهم

      the declaration/announcement of land (I am not sure what this means) “٢- “إعلان الأرض

      National language “٣- “اللغة الوطنية

      Eritrean diverse ethnic groups “٤- “الجماعات الإثنية الإرترية المتنوعة

      The development of Eritrean human resources “٥- “تطوير الموارد البشرية الإرترية

      I am no authority in the Arabic language and I tried my best to translate however if any has a differing view as to the interpretation of the five agendas above, I stand to be corrected. Here again, the issue of Jeberti has a hidden sinister deeper than mere recognition.

      • Aron

        Hi RoL,
        I appreciate your response. That’s what exactly I was trying to say. You said and explained it better. The Only thing different about your take from mine is assigning sinister motive to the whole thing. I don’t know enough to go that far.

        Dear Johar, I don’t know why you think I need some sort of capacity to ask simple question about issue that’s very confusing to say the least. Now if you have an answer, answer the damn question for heavens sake, would you. Stop talking conspiracy nonsense. Put up or Shut up. If Jeberti is a language, nothing is scary about it I dIt will be just the tenth Eritrean language. All you have to do is show it is a language.

        Fyi I don’t work for the man, as a matter of fact, at this point in my life I truly hate the man for turning his back on a promising young nation and completely depopulating it.

        Dear Amanuel, sorry for getting you mixed up with AH.

  • Yoty Topy

    Hi Semere,

    Hopefully when the dust settles down you will let us know what was ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’ for his decision to depart the forum. Men don’t just get up and suddenly find out that they are too old to advance a cause. My two cents will be on the most recent article that seemed to deviate from the usual tone. If that is the case just wink or start your sentence with a capital letter in your next response:)

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Selam Semere the writer, and the rest pack of awate nation
    Dear Semere, it’s a deserving treat. Thanks for this article. It’s amazing how fast you can weave up a story, and present it in an interesting flow. You caught most of SAAY’s tributes. Thanks.
    Don’t listen to Ted the great, we will order for him a special demu-demu from the gorges of Sahel; I’m sure we will find some burried geri-cans. Wedi-Tukul FECHEW IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO COULD DANCE kUDA, Gen.Nit is our abaguaila, pro.tes and cousin Hope will play the Blin/Tigrayt famfam (harmonica), Aman Hidrat on Meleket, Semere representing SAAY will play the Tigrayt sword dance….Tzigereda with her zuria on drum…..tSatSae on zaEgol…All for celebrating the works of our SAAY hoping that he will endow us with mucch more.

    • Nitricc

      Mahmuday; we need to talk, but till then let me tell you the story behind Semere A’s story. few months back, SAAY was joking with Semere to write SAAy’s eulogy. well when SAAY announced his outing from AT; Semere mistook it as Saay was dead and wrote as usual a garbage article on the fly that sounded nothing but garbage. i am amazed at simplicity and futility of Semere. so much so, SAAY got so embarrassed, he changed the picture of his original article. so, my Mahmuday, all you get from Semere is a big mouth. really!

      • Semere Andom

        Hi Nitricc
        let me tell you what is going on with Nitriccay. His chip cannot handle more than one thing at a time, it was Semere who asked Saay to write his obituary,not eulogy, the difference between the two is so tiny like a single cell

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Reporting Gen.Nit
        Yes, we will need to talk, as in neQefeitan nebse neQefeita. If we take the course of EPLF neQefeita, you will be charged with faloollenet, and you know the punishment is harsh. So, we better use dedebitawi gemgema. OK, you may save your skin, you know a couple of kisha Ades and off to Toronto.
        Now, to Semere, be reasonable Nitrickay, Semere has his own style, and I think he is a gifted writer if you judge him based on his style. Look how he raised eyebrows of many when he injected Jebertayt. Bless us, some of us are just too dry, like nQoox Encheyti. Guys, loosen up, it’s a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Solomon Haile

        Dear Nitric,

        I don’t think SAAY8 is ad disappointed for not coming up with for his “outing from AT.”
        SAAY’s rebuke of general iSEM’s previous article by SAAY however did show disappointment.
        The general iSA, though flowing back in line with loyalty, did utter “QezeQezk” or “teregaka” in the Amharic language. I read it as “you’r soft manmn!” From the school of military “hard knocks.”
        SAAY sees your..
        tSAtSE

    • Solomon Haile

      Dear MH and SA,

      You know, iSEM speed of production is a decision on a general’s level. Though Yoty Topy’s request for a wink is intreaguing to say the least for now, I will have to disobey AOsman’s command and refocus on zaEgol analytics as assigned by SAAY8.

      MaHmudai, Barka and Gash Setit Kunama will accompany the “sHAH sHaH” sound of zaEgol and “baliQa stung around danGa Kunama.”

      MenFEETlter assignment for May NefHi ECE students for next semester to follow.
      tSAtSE

      • Semere Andom

        Merhaba Solomon:
        Forget the zaEgol and prove the following:
        lim f(sgj+saay) = awate

        🙂

  • PTS

    V.F,
    Do you also remember Derg took us (students) to cinemas once a year? Good old days in some ways.

  • Nitricc

    Dear L.T; i have a qeustion for you. i hope you will answer me. in your opinion why do you think SAAY is leaving the awate-team. i will tell you my take, once i hear from you. thanks L.T.
    Nitricc.

  • Abi

    Hey peace!
    That is really a fitting song. Getachew Kassa is one of the best. My favorite is “Ageren Atnkuwat”.
    I hope you like it.
    Peace!

    • Peace!

      Hi Abi,

      Thank you, that’s a really good song. Getachew Kassa is a singer with a gifted voice and charming personality. Met him in Addis and LA. Big fan of him!

      Be safe &
      Happy Holidays
      Peace!

  • Ahmed Raji

    One only needs to point to Saleh’s
    seminal writings of the late 1990s and early 2000s to appreciate his
    profound impact on the Eritrean scene. Back then, articles by Saleh
    Younis, Saleh Gadi, Yosief Gebrehiwet and Ismail Omar Ali were the
    most anticipated inside Eritrea, and surely were the ones that
    influenced and inspired me the most. The act of reading and sharing
    such incisive commentary on Eritrea while living under the stifling
    rule of PFDJ was both thrilling and liberating. I’m sure leaving
    Awate Team can only be for an adventure even more exciting. All the
    best, SAAY.

  • Amanuel

    Hi SA
    What I can say? brilliant! You are a gifted writer. If I am going to add what I am going to miss from Saay is his ability to use data and statistics to support his arguments.

    In reading your piece I came across one sentence which left question mark on my mind. That is “fluent in Tigrinya, Tigirayit and Jebertait” Jebertait? I have very close Jeberti friends and I don’t see any difference in the language we speak. Well there is sporadic use of Arabic words and phrases but that is not different to my sister’s Tigrinya, who lives in Germany and mixes German words.
    Could you please refer me to a book or on line material which can help to see if there is a language called Jebertait.

    • Rule of Law

      Selam Amanuel
      If you are trying to seek explanation as to the meaning of “Jeberti” in the sense that you queried the writer, you are beating a dead horse. You and I know what it stands for but further questioning only fall in deaf ears because these islamists have a clandestine agenda to “jebertise” the rest of us once the dust settles and they are not gonna come out of their shell and tell you “jeberti” means this and that because they don’t have historical background to back their claim. It’s interesting though that they can claim that the “Jeberti” represents a nation but when you press them hard as to presenting hard copy and historical facts, they will visibly become angered as does this fellow who recently wrote an essay entitled “who are the Jeberti” and went in great length to convince us that the “Jeberti” is “beher.” It is possible that Qatar might give these elements war a truckload of money with which they may wreak havoc on post PFDJ Eritrea but at the end of the day, only the truth prevails.

      • Amanuel

        Hi Rule of Law
        I know there are Jeberti people and whether they are nation (beher)or not is not up to me. What am asking for is for convincing evidence of the existence of a language called Jebertait.

        • Solomon Haile

          Dear Amanel and RofL,

          What I noticed in the breakdown of Eritrean population, The Jeberty @ 5% the total are third. This is significant.
          As language is culture among other things that are, words such as “Rebina” are part of the Jeberty’s Tigrigna lexicon. One must also be cognizant of the Bridging characteristic.of Eritrean Jeberty for all Eritrean nationalities.
          tSAtSE

  • T..T.

    Hello Saay7, Semere and all,

    All this is for Eritrea, mother Eritrea.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmPzpWQ5v_E

    Yes, Eritrea where one says goodbye for good and all of sudden is forced to revisit. Mother Eritrea is witnessing many of its youth taking no time to say goodbye to their buddies before forced to leave their own soil and blood.

    No difference whether a quick goodbye or a well thought one. It is mother Eritrea here or there denying each to have it in a smooth way. We know that a goodbye in Eritrea is a forever one so long the Isayasists are claiming to be the masters of the land. But outside Eritrea our goodbyes are just movements in an open revolving door, like Saay7 said that it is only a change of roles to save mother Eritrea. Thus, outside Eritrea, our goodbyes are immediately followed by a welcome elsewhere in a new role to hammer the enemy of the Eritrea people, the isayasists.

    So, without remembering that one said goodbye is back saying, “I am back here to help mother Eritrea,” because all the goodbyes and welcomes are about mother Eritrea. No wonder, all those who were born and lived in agonies of mother Eritrea are still living in agony. Yet, if you are not the G-15 or the G-youth, you are better off. The G-15 never had a chance to say goodbyes and the G-youth never saw a bright day. So, our goodbyes are some times to bring back those two rights in mother Eritrea: the right to say goodbye and “not frozen” and the right to a bright day.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Semere,

    I am wondering, where do you get time to write such an article about Saay7? we are all confused reading his one still and we are still reading the comments. ጉድካ ትፈለጥ ወደያ ዓንዶም- ሓበሬታ ዝነበረካ እኻ ትመስል::

    so Saay7, during Twgah emo was for PFDJ then to Eritrea but now for higher for the world, but guess what, there are other possibilities too, PFDJ might have called him to create harmony and peace as their days are counted and they need such type of loved man to save them with his charming nature and wonderful knowledge of Eritrea- or Medrek might be preparing and planing for new structure changing their position and deciding to build one political party, and which mind can serve better than Saay7 !, Hey, it is possible also UN is looking for Saay7 to help them analyzing everything about Eritrea and horn with his great ability of statistics. So, this decision didn’t come just like that without a big reason which he couldn’t say it for now.

    what ever the case, we will always benefit from his knowledge. but then man is so greedy, I want him for me..Lol, I want him to remain here in awate.