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There Are No Shortcuts To Struggle for Freedom!

In times of great distress (social, economic, or political), nations sprout two types of people: the panicky and the resolute. The panicky as the name implies are those that lose hope, courage, or confidence when “the going gets tough” and whose hopelessness deepens as the struggle drags on. They lack vision, courage, and stick-to-itiveness. Every setback and any shortcomings is seen by them as an affirmation that the struggle is hopeless and useless.

The resolute on the other hand are the opposite. “When the going gets tough” they just “get going”. Every obstacle, every difficulty somehow increases their determination to strive harder. They may change their tactics or short-term strategy but never their grand aim: total liberation and freedom from tyranny. They have faith in the future and faith in their own people. They recognize that people and fortunes can change in myriads of ways and work hard to give it a positive push. Like South Africa’s Mandela, they believe “there is no easy walk to freedom anywhere” and that “many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”

Who are the panicky? For the purpose of this article, I am using it broadly to include the wishy-washy, the philosopher wannabe’s, “the reform from within” gang, and all those who prey on the weak-minded or the naïve. Both PFDJ sycophants/apologists who try to sanitize PFDJ tyranny for all sorts of reasons and the Neo-Unionists who advocate a back to Ethiopia Band-Aid solution to Eritrea’s problems belong to this category (i). These are people who for one reason or another have concluded (by themselves or with the prodding of others) that a) the struggle against dictatorship has failed irremediably and b) that the opposition will never amount to anything.

The leaders (misleaders rather) of these defeatist movement (I can think of no other fitting epithet) who push such views relentlessly are a highly vocal handful. As to the led (misled), your guess is as good as mine. But whatever their exact number, a more relevant question to ask is how do they ever get away with such morbid notions? If we dig down to essentials, we will find that one word sums it all up: fear- mongering. “The opposition will be crashed or will self-destruct”; “popular revolt will plunge our country into a terrible chaos – look at the Middle East”; “our people will suffer if we continue the struggle”; “we will never win, we are doomed to fail”; and so on and so forth.

PFDJ sympathizers who decry democracy and preach tolerance of tyranny and the Ethiophiles who crave unity with Ethiopia have two things in common; both advocate an end to struggle for freedom and both exploit real issues to frighten Eritreans from continuing the struggle. Below, we will look at some of these exploited issues starting with the much aligned…

OPPOSITION: your problem; not mine

The curious thing about our attitude towards the opposition is that we all refer to it as if it is a single person – as something out there separate from us. We forget that we are all to blame for the problems particularly those who constantly derail it with all sorts of fanciful theories. Here is a critical difference in perspective between the panicky and the resolute. To the panicky, the opposition is not only fragmented and weak today but will always be so. Their whole outlook is constrained by what happened in the past or by what is happening now not by future possibilities. They not only never consider or envision a brighter future but consciously or unconsciously belittle every positive and encouraging aspects of the struggle.

They don’t consider for example the phenomenal growth of movements against GOE or the equally rising numbers of defections at the highest and lowest levels of government as a positive development. Nor do they consider the opposition’s trial and error struggles to coalesce into a united front as a healthy sign that will finally succeed. Nor do they consider the many other indicators of a gathering momentum in favor of the opposition such as the increasing isolation of the Eritrean government; the widespread disgruntlement in the army; the growing sophistication of the Diaspora activism; and the mounting spirit of defiance in and out of Eritrea. They instead like to wallow in far-out, unrealistic, vague notions as if to escape from the harsh reality of the struggle for freedom just as some might turn to alcohol to drown out sorrow. The resolute are more realistic and far-sighted. They also criticize the opposition for the failures in certain areas but unlike the panicky who do so with the intention of abandoning or diverting the struggle, they do it with the goal of reforming or galvanizing it. That is the critical difference.

For the opposition, pessimism is a much serious obstacle than its shortcomings and probably accounts for a lot in the latter. As Eisenhower once put it “optimism and pessimism are infectious”. If allowed to fester and spread, it will destroy the opposition and everything we hold dear. It is natural of course to feel a certain degree of pessimism and frustration particularly after a string of failures but it is also natural to shake it off and rise again as Maya Angelou so beautifully put it once:

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Though all past attempts have so far failed, we must keep in mind that the opposition needs only one successful attempt to turn things around; a single successful operation is all that is needed to wipe out fear, galvanize the public, and to belie the fear mongers. It is also important to remember that all struggles for freedom that ultimately triumphed were once as weak and as disorganized as we are and at times felt (as we sometimes do) that the odds were too high for them to overcome. Our own struggle for independence is a case in point.

Some raise a big hue and cry over the opposition’s acceptance of whatever support Ethiopia was willing to give. This is really much ado about nothing! The goal of an opposition (particularly against a powerful dictatorship) is and should be to weaken and destroy the oppressive regime in a variety of ways preferably all on its own but when it lacks resources to mount an effective assault on its enemy, there is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for outside help provided there are no strings attached that would compromise the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Eritrea. As far as I know, no such deals were ever made.

Ali Salim lamented that he was “sick and tired of the PURPOSELESS OPPOSITION” (his emphasis). This is of course totally untrue. The opposition in general may be weak and divided but it is not purposeless. It has a clearly defined and overarching goal namely the dismantlement of tyranny and dictatorship. If he failed to discern a purpose, could it be because he has been “hopping from one opposition to the other” (as he himself tells us) – perhaps searching for the one that agrees with him in everything? Did he finally find it in PFDJ? Could the same impatience be causing him to vacillate from one political stand to another? It appears to be so.

In reality though, Ali Salim’s U-turn is not as radical a departure from his previous views as it appears because he has never been one to favor democracy to begin with. He has unequivocally and publicly decried it once in one of his articles and relented only when I drew his attention to it in an article I wrote in response (ii). A U-turn? Not quite. More like a wrong turn! I would dramatize it like this:

Ali Salim was driving through a bewildering maze of winding roads seeking for the ideal opposition when he suddenly and accidentally found himself deep in enemy territory. Glib that he is, he quickly assured his captors that he has already dissociated himself from the opposition; thereupon, he was given a copy of Hobbes’s Leviathan (iii) and instructed to: “go and share your new-found enlightenment with your former comrades but thou shalt not speak ill of us”. ().

I am done teasing Ali Salim ….it pains me that people like him keep forcing us to discuss issues that we thought were decades behind us. What he has been advocating is qualitatively not different from what the die-hard shaebians of yesteryear used to champion (my government right or wrong). How disappointing!

The next issue we will discuss (chaos scare) is also an old one that many shaebians and many in the panicky camp (including Ali Salim) exploit most. I will therefore dwell on it a little longer.

The Chaos bogeyman: a favorite tool of dictators

No dictator worth the name ever fails to invoke it. Since time immemorial, dictators have always claimed the right to exclusive and unilateral authority based precisely on such a pretext. It is a convenient tool for the dictator who realizes that a chaotic situation is more of a danger to him than to the populace at large but when the victims themselves fall for the ruse, it is utterly and laughably sad!

The underlying assumption here is that life under dictatorship is better than a possible chaos. Note the emphasized word. This is something imagined and speculative while dictatorship is “a clear and present danger”. The chaos line of argument received a boost recently with what is happening in the Arab world but I think the comparison is unwarranted. Though impossible to say with certainty, I consider it unlikely because the usual raw materials for wider chaos (ethnic/religious/racial rivalry) are largely absent in Eritrea. Who will fight against whom in Eritrea? What Shias or Alawites will fight against what Sunnis? What is the likelihood of an all-out war between Christians and Muslims? In my estimation, inter-tribal or inter-religious hatred has never reached critical levels that we find elsewhere.

The only real chaos we can reasonably expect is between those in power and the Eritrean public and this is the kind of chaos we should all welcome! It is a truism that those with vested interest will never go down easy and that is why almost all struggles against entrenched dictators usually go through a chaotic period of some sort. As Thomas Paine once put it, “tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered”. The Arab world is currently going through a difficult period. Our proclivity to stereotype may incline us to condescendingly point and say those lawless Arabs or Muslims but if we could sneak back in history with our video cameras we would probably witness similar scenes in almost all revolutions and civil wars of Europeans we so idolize today. We have a recent example in the former soviet republics and in the ongoing debacle in Kiev. Because of its geopolitical importance, foreign interference is adding to the complexity and difficulty but in the end, freedom fighters in the Arab world will also triumph and all that is happening now will be history as was the centuries-long European wars and civil wars.

Chaos is not to be feared if it carries with it the possibility of removing tyranny. If you were to ask the many innocents who are withering away in various shaebia dungeons, prison camps, or pining away in perpetual serfdom all over Eritrea if they would be willing to risk chaos in the country for a chance of freedom, the resounding response is likely to be “YES! Bring it on!” This is because to them, Eritrea is already in a nightmarish, lawless, and chaotic situation. The only difference is that the current chaotic agent is the anarchic government – a veritable killing machine that has killed and will continue to kill until it is totally dismantled. Isn’t it asinine therefore to agonize over the hypothetical possibility of chaos when one is already living in a reign of terror? Isn’t it worth risking a chaotic period for the chance of ending dictatorship? Isn’t the definition of courage going after possibilities despite or in spite of real risks?

Moreover, we will never totally escape from chaos – we will only defer it for a much greater chaos as what has been seething suddenly blows in our face with a vengeance. Dictatorship in the long-run causes far greater cumulative damage to the nation as a whole than chaos-ridden revolts though the short-term intensity of the latter may appear greater.
Struggle for freedom- Will it ever end?

Some will ask: how long do you expect Eritreans to struggle for freedom? The answer is as long as it takes! Why? Because slavery is an evil that must be fought resolutely no matter how long it takes or how hard it gets. If you have been waiting for the struggle for freedom and justice to end, you may be shocked to learn that it never will! ”The struggle did not end when Mandela was released from prison” wrote a journalist recently and “it cannot end with his death. In one form or another, it must continue. And it will.” Our own struggle did not end with independence and the ongoing struggle will continue long after the demise of dictatorship. Struggle for freedom is a never ending quest. Ask African Americans or any other groups that fought long and hard for freedom. So don’t let anyone dampen your spirit by counting the years of struggle.

There are no short-cuts to fighting dictatorships – period; no alternatives to ending oppression but through sustained sacrifice and struggle. I wish there were! Even if we have to do it stumbling, falling, or limping, the struggle must continue because left to its own devices, a dictatorship will continue to embed its powers deeply and the longer we wait fearing chaos, the stronger it becomes.

We must also constantly keep in mind that a dictatorship’s destructiveness is not confined to the political sphere alone. Economically, it rapidly and unremittingly drains the nation’s resources; intellectually, it stifles creativity and the pursuit of knowledge; socially, it unilaterally imposes norms and rules of conduct; diplomatically, it ignites wars and cataclysms. It is an ongoing disaster in every way and from every angle.
Let us therefore say No to dictatorship! No to PFDJ sycophants/apologists! No to unionists!

Thanks for reading my thoughts and happy Easter!
Ismailomar10@gmail.com

p.s. I was saddened by the news of Ahmed Nasser’s passing like many Eritreans. He was, by all accounts, an exemplary patriot – a resolute man in every way. May Allah grant him Janna and may He give patience to his family, relatives, and all he knew and loved him. Thanks Saleh G for enlightening us about ELL and Medrekh so courageously and so eloquently. It takes a man of character to go against kith and kin…against friends. So kudos to you!


(i) YG is to the unionists what Semere T is to the pseudo-opposition groups. The contrast and similarity between the two is quite striking. Both are voluminous writers; both like to pepper their articles with propaganda-like repetitious formulas; one fantasizes about unity with Ethiopia; the other about a blended Eritrea where all are subsumed; one loves Ethiopia so much that he can see no future for Eritrea except under its wings; the other hates Ethiopia so much that he has recurring nightmares of roaring invading Ethiopians. Divergent in their tactics and goals, they converge in what they target; both are in the business of defaming, demonizing, and crashing the spirit of genuine opposition. They also converge in their extreme positions about religion. They both fear or imagine Muslims may fare better in a post-Isayas Eritrea. Yosief wants to escape such a “horrible fate” by uniting with Ethiopia; Semere (and Ali Salim?) by extolling /exonerating/sanitizing PFJD.

(ii) http://awate.com/ethno-tribal-politics-religion-and-democracy/ (the last 7 or so paragraphs)

(iii) Thomas Hobbes was a great political philosopher who was a pessimist through and through and an advocate of dictatorship (particularly in the form of monarchy). He genuinely believed that masses are better off under a despotic government but his contention that those with absolute power can always be decent and should be obeyed undercut his philosophical legacy so much so that that no one takes that aspect of his philosophy seriously anymore though he may have found a willing disciple in the person of Ali Salim.

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  • AMAN

    Why I say woyane Tigrians are confused and backward.
    is because
    What Ethiopians love and want for their country Ethiopia
    socially, economically and politically is what naturally
    Eritrea and the Eritrean people already hold and live by it.
    When I see and study wishes and transformations of Ethiopia
    and Ethiopians from yesterday to today and their outlook for the
    future…..it perfectly matches the individual and collective norms,
    belifs and customes we Eritreans live by and already held dear
    for decades. Example the love of autonomy or independence to
    their respective regions, the freedom to their respective peoples
    the non-communistic economic systems and the social advances
    in short the culture of Eritrea is what they always look for for the
    future of Ethiopia and to me it is in a perfect match and are welcome
    to adopt our systems and cultures for Ethiopia.
    So as an Eritrean I do not mind helping or assisting them in their effort to transform
    themselves and their country into what we already have as a culture for decades in
    Eritrea. I can see that Ethiopia was held so backward by successive oppresive ruling
    minority juntas for decades.
    But the woyanes instead of adopting this progressive political and socio-economic
    culture and system naturally present in the Eritrean society showed contempt and
    dived themselves into the deep dark hole of the past chauvenistic attitudes and war-
    mongering of the past Neftegna feudal-peasant systems going backward against the
    tide of history.

    • Abinet

      AMAN
      Help me here . Should I cry for you or laugh at you ?you preaching independence for us?
      ABBA BEBELU, EMAHOYN AGESACHEW ALU?

      • Abinet,

        No need to cry or to laugh. Denial of the reality on the ground and living in a virtual world with a big dose of romanticism is a strong defensive mechanism.
        Unfortunately, it makes us inept. We fail to see that yesterday is gone for ever, today has its special values and tomorrow is the day of fulfillment of our best dreams. Why denial is sometimes stronger than realism, is difficult to
        understand.

        • Abinet

          Horizon
          Thank you for sharing your wisdom.but, can you believe that a person from a country which is 23 years young and at the risk of collapse preaching us about the values of independence? I really don’t know what to say .

  • Abinet

    Agreed

  • Abinet

    Dine
    Eyob is younger than 50. He graduated from AAU after 1991 , I think he was at ILS (Institute of Language Studies) he was a very good student.He spent so much time at the Kennedy library or around the kissing pool that he missed there were five adm regions in Ethiopia at the derg time lol.btw, leave him alone all what he is doing here is defend Ethiopia . Besides, I like his back and forth with saay

    • Eyob Medhane

      Abinet,

      You are such a ‘devil’, man! I graduated a little later than 91, but your description of me is the CLOSEST so far. You brought so much memory, talking about kissing pool. I have so many stories. May be, I will tell them on another venue.. 🙂

      • Abinet

        Eyob
        I have good memories of that university too . I miss it so much. Am I right about ILS?

        • Eyob Medhane

          Abi,

          You are very much accurate about ILS…..

          • Abinet

            Eyob
            It was easy to figure out .you mentioned Dr hailu in one of your comments . I know him at ILS . I have taken some linguistics courses by Dr Bayeh Yimam . Good times with good memories.Long live AAU!

          • dine

            unless u r from rural ethiopia there was nothing that excited in AAU by the time 90-98.

    • dine

      how about let him defend ethiopia and let me defend Arabic, peace, religion and ethiopia, by the way u can tell age from attitude,

  • Eyob Medhane

    Dine,

    Yup…I will be 76 next month and I worship ‘fudo’…..

    • dine

      i don’t think u worship ‘fudo’.

  • AMAN

    Awates……
    I LOVE YOU SO MUCH !

  • SM

    SM,
    The AT,
    Would you be so kind to explain to the audience as to why and pn what basis you are discriminating the forum members?
    Case in point,
    Just review the name calling and offensive language used by your Haile the “great” and Papillion.
    Be fair and balanced.

  • T. Kifle

    Dear Saba( I love this name by the way)

    1.I am at a loss to fathom your incessant quest for ideology, that’s is if there is any, in the Eritrean opposition. First of all it would be a gross misconception to assume that all in the opposition camp would invoke similar line of ideological persuasions. The opposition to DIA hardly needs an ideology: people can organize themselves in a manner they see fit be it as in political movements, rights’ and religious activists, journalist, unions, even notable individuals that count etc. No level of abstraction is needed to solve Eritrea’s problems of today. Let the people have their say, establish a constitutional government that is limited by terms and countable to weaknesses and excesses thereof at least to the extent that we in Ethiopia are exercising. So what do you call the people demanding these basic constitutional rights: socialists? capitalists? pity bourgeoisie? revolutionaries? reactionaries? mercenaries? fifth columnists?

    After all why do we need ideologies to begin with? We need them, among other things, in order to help us articulate our political positions(why we are there in that form and content in the first place), clearly stipulate and rally the social base the struggle rests upon. If this is the case, which part of Eritrean problem do you think is impossible to solve due to lack of political clarity? As to me- none. It is unfair to judge the opposition, which never ever set foot on Eritrean soil to-date, in such a manner.

    2. TPLF? Let me tell you this. I am “hard core TPLFite” as SAAY would love to call me. As, TPLFite I respect the Eritrean Sovereignty with no ifs or buts. I don’t remember a moment, no matter how tough the going gets, that my mind entertains a sort of evil wish to Eritrea and its people. The war didn’t shake my belief. Ayder massacre of school children and its celebration by Eritreans (Wegah Tibel Leyti in one hotel in Addis) didn’t flinch me an inch. I clearly knew that IA’s mind could brew anything at any moment. In spite of all of that I dearly hold the inviolability of the Eritrean state for the good of our two countries. Sabina, get real: the true friend of Eritrea is TPLF. It’s unfortunate that many Eritreans are oblivion of this fact that is crawling on their faces.

    • Saba

      Dear T.Kifle, the “hard core TPLFite”, thanks and I like your opinion here in awate.com, please come very often.

      I am from Tigrigna biher and I believe the Tigrignas, from both sides of the mereb river, are the main descendants of the Daamat/Aksumite kingdom in terms of culture and language. Except for some differences, mainly through the Italian colonization, the Tigrignas on both sides of the river are the same, in their language and culture. I would not consider accents and dialects as a a huge difference as they are commonly seen in any language. So the Tigray people are my brothers and sisters in my neighbor country. But to me the TPLF is not anymore even friendly. TPLF and other Tigray leaders have tricked us. They have tricked Ras Weldemichael suhul and they have tricked us in 1998. I do not want to give too much info about me but the origin of half of my parents is somewhere in the border between Tigray and Eritrea. I know too well how the war started. The TPLF and
      PMMZ has to choose between Eritrea and their power grip in Addis (PMMZ wants secret talks with DIA while declaring publicly full scale war to appease “the Amara, enat ager way mot zeraf fekerti” ) and they betrayed us and chose to solidify their power . As a Tigrean you can respect the Eritrean Sovereignty with no ifs or buts, but
      TPLF leaders will respect the Eritrean Sovereignty WITH ifs and buts. This time they will not trick any more their “Asha hamashenay”. We want actions, not talks. If TPLF respects Eritrean sovereignty, they should withdrew from Eritrean territories and stop trying to form puppet government in Eritrea. If you continue in that road, you will be soon minority in the Ethiopian government, which I do not hope for you.

      In a nutshell, similar to your love of Eritreans but not PFDJ, I love tigreans but not TPLF.

      Saba

      • dine

        1st, the war started after 8 years TPLF griped power in addis because of EPLF parasitic demand. 2nd, when was the last time PMPZ bow down for others demand, NONE. 3rd, there is big different between people of eritrea and one party EPLF, instead of pimping here and there come to your sense and contribute something to get rid of the dictator and work as you said it for the people of ethiopia and eritrea or tigray/ethiopia and tigrigna/eritrea if you really mean it.

        • dawit

          When was the last time PMPZ bow down for others demand? When he betrayed his own pledge to Eritrean people, by fabricating a border crises between Eritrea and Tigrai, lying to Ethiopian parliament to declare war on Eritrea a demand of USA to create friction between the two nations. When he invaded Somalia on Christmas day to destroy Somalia giving up to the order of Janday Fraizer to get Islamic Court from united their country and bring peace to their people. . When he fabricated another lie of Eritrea and Al Shabab connection and collaborated to the demand of Susan Rise demand to sanction Eritrea at the UN. He was a hired gun to destabilize the Horn of Africa.

  • haile

    I know you’re not worth replying to, but the trouble with ignoring is that we lose the purpose of this discussion forume, i.e. to help us to reflect on ourself in ways that would better it. Here is the U turn I did:

    – not to expect response regarding organized opposition from individuals here.
    – to focus my opposition to the object of the cause of miseries and not people on the same side
    -as much as possible to avoide using strong words unless the person (typically hgdef) think they can get away with that

    what I haven’t done U turn on:

    – The basic stand on key issues
    – not making persons the object of discussion (as feeble minded people would do)
    – not making claims with out verifiable facts
    – That the dignity of Eritrean people is the ultimate objective.

    You can scavenge as much as you can swallow in my old comments, but were planned along those lines and you feeble assertions that he said this to such and such is just useless and a measure of your size (low). By now, most hgdef know not tackle me on substative matters because I would cut them legless in a matter of few exchanges with FACTS. I advise you to go down back to your level and analyse insults and other side kicks. They’re nothing, we say them now and apologize later and move on. As a hgdef belaroba zelewa belaroba guy, you can recycle them and try to sell it for cash in door-to-door. But we still think you’re the belaroba Teramuz zelwo Tie guy haha

  • Eyob Medhane

    Sal,

    Sorry, I had to come here, because our discussion thread is really worn out down there. Thank you for Helen Paulos another really mangled up Fikraddis’ song. What is with her and Fikraddis anyway? It seems she is her choice of imitation. With that, I really would like to invite you my other favorite Fikraddis song with somewhat funny story. This song has been STRONGLY protested by Ethiopian Orthodox Church not to be played on radio. The protest was so great that all radio stations and TV in Ethiopia, stopped playing it. It does not have any clip made, and Fikraddis or her husband Abebe Berhane, who wrote the song do not play it in concerts. I even have to dig a bit to find it on you tube. The funny thing is our church never disclosed the reason for its opposition to it. They just say it denigrates the church. Which part? They don’t say. Can you please help me, where Fikraddis went wrong in this song to offend my church? I am afraid to ask my qesoch, because, I don’t want to be caned with ‘ Mequamia’ 🙂 You are a safer bet to find out without getting scorned, because you are out of their jurisdiction 🙂 Unfortunately, it happens to be my favorite Fikraddis song. Oh, well. I guess I am going to hell. 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnzWHX4SUcs

  • Eyob Medhane

    Sal,

    Sorry, I had to come here, because our discussion thread is really worn out down there. Thank you for Helen Paulos another really mangled up Fikraddis’ song. What is with her and Fikraddis anyway? It seems she is her choice of imitation. With that, I really would like to invite you my other favorite Fikraddis song with somewhat funny story. This song has been STRONGLY protested by Ethiopian Orthodox Church not to be played on radio. The protest was so great that all radio stations and TV in Ethiopia, stopped playing it. It does not have any clip made, and Fikraddis or her husband Abebe Berhane, who wrote the song do not play it in concerts. I even have to dig a bit to find it on you tube. The funny thing is our church never disclosed the reason for its opposition to it. They just say it denigrates the church. Which part? They don’t say. Can you please help me, where Fikraddis went wrong in this song to offend my church? I am afraid to ask my qesoch, because, I don’t want to be caned with ‘ Mequamia’ 🙂 You are a safer bet to find out without getting scorned, because you are out of their jurisdiction 🙂 Unfortunately, it happens to be my favorite Fikraddis song. Oh, well. I guess I am going to hell. 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnzWHX4SUcs

  • Eyob Medhane

    Sal,

    Sorry, I had to come here, because our discussion thread is really worn out down there. Thank you for Helen Paulos another really mangled up Fikraddis’ song. What is with her and Fikraddis anyway? It seems she is her choice of imitation. With that, I really would like to invite you my other favorite Fikraddis song with somewhat funny story. This song has been STRONGLY protested by Ethiopian Orthodox Church not to be played on radio. The protest was so great that all radio stations and TV in Ethiopia stopped playing it. It does not have any clip made, and Fikraddis or her husband Abebe Berhane, who wrote the song do not play it in concerts. I even have to dig a bit to find it on you tube. The funny thing is our church never disclosed the reason for its opposition to it. They just say it denigrates the church. Which part? They don’t say. Can you please help me to find out, where Fikraddis went wrong in this song to offend my church? I am afraid to ask my qesoch, because, I don’t want to be caned with ‘ Mequamia’ 🙂 You are a safer bet to find out without getting scorned, because you are out of their jurisdiction 🙂 Unfortunately, it happens to be my favorite Fikraddis song. Oh, well. I guess I am going to hell. 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnzWHX4SUcs

    • dine

      i heard people say in ADDIS, some singers and some female athletes are suspected of believing ”fudo god” and the weird words(definitely not Arabic) that she saying in the music may be related to ”fudo”. by the way, i bet you are above 50.

  • Guet

    on Haile, the owner of all Facts,

    – Eritrea is accused of being a closed & secretive country, by all anti -Eritrean elements which Haile is part of

    – Eritrean gov is accused, by those good for nothing people, for not following the normal mode of communication, where information flow doesn’t follow normal chain or command of channels

    – Eritrea is also accused by the same elements of having a leader who does everything, I mean EVERYTHING!, all decisions, big or small, superman style, you know?

    (Here is something about Issayas, taken from Haile’s fun facts book: Issayas is the engineer, he is the farmer, he is the contractor, he is the taxi driver, he is the prison guard, he is the pilot, he is the snitch in the midst of the public, he is the tsemaqut siwa, he is the coast guard personally performing the “shoot and kill rule”, he goes house to house collecting the 50,000 punishment from poor families, he is the one driving the trucks trafficking Eritreans from Asmara, he is the accountant of the trafficking money collection, he is buddy buddy with the Rashayda and Sinai organ harvesters, he shares coffee with those traffickers on the Ethiopian side of the border, Meron stifanos could swear Issayas was the one calling her for ransom of the sinai victims, the traffickers in the lampedusa boat tragedy got instruction from issayas to sink that boat, with clear instruction not to save the unborn baby, he is the one who comes all the way to the diaspora, hypnotizing Eritreans to classify and divide themselves according to Seraye, Hama, Akeleguzay. He disguises himself and participates in the opposition meetings, and creates havoc between then. Oh, bereket Simimon is his brother; he used to date Susan rice but later left her for Sheila, that is why the sanction….you got my drift. I mean EVERY THING! Think in terms of “SUPER-ISSAYAS”, Spider-Issayas, the great Hulk-Issayas, Bat-Issayas….etc)

    That looks redundant, right? Let us take break here and digest that anyway. Conclusion: Eritrea must indeed be so closed and so tight, and the key is with the president (I mean the Seytan Dictator).

    Hold on a second……

    But, Our Haile the G*, claims to have information, sorry, I mean FACTS, on every thing happening in Eritrea. He has facts on Agricalture, Fishery, on Projects, on the military, on Airlines, on Ministry of Health, he knows for certain all Eritreans are part of the opposition and love our opposition leaders in Woyanie land. Kota, he knows everything and anything going inside and outside Eritrea.

    BUT,…hold on a sec? How can anyone knows everything going on in a very tightly closed nation, governed by a tight ass super human (Super inhuman), control freak president? (Oh, Haile is also expert on everything. He can be an Engineer if he wants to, he can be a statistician, a Doctor, a General, Accountant, project manager, HR advocate, you name it. Above all, he is super great at being Woyanie’s B****)

    Unless…..

    Haile, is the devil himself…….aha, that should be it

    *B stands for Partner. It is modern times, therefore partner could mean anything. This is a family forum, ok?

    • haile

      This isn’t my obsessed stalker again under new name “guet” aka the old “punch bag” 🙂 KKK… Any way, yeah I have a lot of facts but I don’t get what you’re blubbering above (doesn’t sound me at all). Go easy, collect yourself and stay rational when debating haile, else your brain would be blown apart and you’re showing signs of breakdown. I understand you need to sift through over 1000 comments (all long and fully explained once) take your tme and you won’t regret it. It would be the best thing you’ve ever spent your time on. I think you got the wrong haile on this one, go back take a cold show and read again…

  • Hope

    Good Sunday to you too, Haile Zeru,
    You are making me to mess up my Sunday here.
    Let me repeat myself:
    -I do not have any relationship or any sort of conflict of interest with Semere Tesfay but I know him from head to toe.
    -I am reading Semere Tesfay based on what he wrote-in a crystal clear way.
    -I am not trying to reconcile you with Semere,as it is none of my business–you see how you rush into conlcusions and judgements…a very bad sign,which does not need a psychic consult to read you or to judge you.
    -I do NOT know you at all and hence,I would TRUST someone I know very well
    -As to the Holy Bible quotes,get the message,and forget about the messenger(me in this case).You see how you reacted to this as well,—a very ,very bad sign and a good indicator of who you might be and what your motivation might be—unless you are naive to that extent an.
    May the Lord have Mercy on you!
    -National Reconciliation does have lots of technical and procedural guidelines, and forcing the PFDJ to create a conducive environment for a National Reconcilaition is ONE of those preconditions.Again,you see how quick and this is—very suspicious and fishy!!
    I am not judging you,lest to be judged,but advsiing you NOT to judge people,me and Semere included.
    BTW,why and how in the world, are you “interpreting ” Semere Tesfay and bluff about his arguements?

  • haile

    Ah what a loser,

    You just don’t understand, do you! It is really frightening that our nation is in the hands of such low IQ morons to defend it. Do you know your woyane obsession is born out of a loser mentality after sustaining a good trashing down by them for the whole world to see? Let me educate you about treason and the legal instrumentation of it in our exchange with serray. Go back and re-read it. We still didn’t finalize our ongoing discussion with serray on the role of ghedli and with hayat on the basic arguments on the start of war. You can’t understand it, otherwise hgdef wouldn’t recruit you (you need to be a barking mahaym to be hgdef). Get off your slave mentality and speak for your own. Hayat and Serray (also saay ) have engaged in great many debates with me over the years and they are of fine caliber that contributed to my growth. They can easily rebuke my transgressions and don’t need a hgdef tired out lackey as yourself to do it for them. Please keep reading my old comments, you’ll learn one or two things and might regenerate some of your hgdef paralyzed brain cells. My take on border, start of war, sanction…are substantive and based in its proper working legal frameworks. Hgdef doesn’t educate you in any of those, just trained you to bark at woyane (people who dont give @$@#@ if you live or get lost). Unless you have issues on substantive matters to raise with me, I advise you to stop coming back with your garbage.

    • Pappillon

      ሃይለ ሓወይ በጃኻ ምስዞም ድሁላት እዚኣቶም ግዜኻ ኣይተጥፍእ. As it happened, Assenna has posted a youtube video where people in Asmara are crowding in or lining up to get a meager Kerosene. Here is the deal, the short clip among unreported myriad others depicts the sorry and sad state of Isaias’ Eritrea but the good for nothing lackeys of Isaias would in a straight face say, that is actually in Meqele not in Asmara. The bizarre thing is, the said people are absolutely convinced that it is in Meqele. It is scary.

      • Hope

        Dihilti ebba ni-ri’isikhi.Go to Mekele and enjoy there and have free Kerosine.
        What do you expect if Eritreans are sanctioned to the extent of strangulating them?Huh,you seem to be happy because Asmarinos are strangulated!!
        Congra.

        • Ali-S

          Hope,
          Cool down my friend. If they know what “duhulat” actually means, they would not be boasting for choking their own country by serving as uninvited hound dogs for all kinds of sanctions. I would declare my self “duhul” if I would post videos of proud people made to line up for basics as the achievement of my opposition. Skip whenever you can.

          • Saba

            Hi Hope and Ali-S,

            it is shameful that they consider this as their achievement. The main reason people do not trust those cyber opposition is because they can be worst dictators tomorrow. They will do whatever it takes to be in power.

          • Pappillon

            Dear Ali Salim,

            Basics, basics and basics. The people in the video are real people in a real country. Sure enough, they don’t have the luxury of lining up for a once in a blue moon Kerosene. But if anything, what we see is a symptom. And a symptom if I have to state the obvious is a reflection of an underlying malady. Now, an intelligent mind digs deep into the main cause and tries not to over look it or pretends as if it doesn’t exist or conceal it to deny the “enemy” a gratification, rather it tires to root it out in its entirety. The reason the otherwise dignified and kind people are lining up for a meager Kerosene is the making of Isaias. Isaias’ colossal blunder. Isaias started the Badme war. Isaias picked a fight with all the neighbouring nations. Moreover, Isaias cloned prison cells and threw a dissenting soul into the dungeon. Isaias is chocking the people till they turn blue. When you and others here in the Awate-land are armed with a morbid denial, the people are left with few options: Either risk their lives in high seas and arid deserts or live in Isaias’ turf where the rare clip is a tip of an iceberg. If you have integrity or an empathic heart for the Eritrean people, speak the truth and ኣብ መገዲ ባቡር ደቅስ.

          • saay7

            Selamat Ali, Semere T, Saba, et al:

            At some point, you guys are going to have to decide whether the Eritrean opposition (“cyber opposition”, insert appropriate insult) is so weak that, in the words of the artist MaEbel “ኣየናይዃ ሃልዩኪ ሓይሊ: ድኽምቲ ዓጽሚ ዓፍራ ዘይተልዕሊ!” (you are so weak you can’t even lift a bubble) or it is so strong it can co-ordinate sanctions that cripple the country.

            If we are going to have an honest debate, we have to retire hyperbole. When someone in the opposition, like Haile the gr8, is disclosing a pic he saw cue for gasoline in Eritrea, he is not celebrating the misery; he is giving credit to whoever was able to share with the world facts that the regime tries so hard to hide. I don’t know how old you guys are but during the armed struggle, we used to scan short wave radio to see if the Derg’s attack on Eritrea was being covered in the news. We were miserable when it wasn’t, we were happy when it was. You guys are smart enough to know the distinction between being happy that Eritreans are miserable or being happy that the NEWS of Eritrea’s misery (that successive regimes try so hard to suppress) is being broadcast to the world. So please retire the hypberbole and, when you get a chance, make up your mind whether the opposition is so weak it can’t lift a bubble or so strong and co-ordinated it can cripple the country.

            saay

          • Saba

            Selamat SAAY,
            It is consistent with my observation that the “cyber opposition” is so weak that, fortunately, it can not even sell the country to its enemies. They are supporting somebody’s work(TPLF, as an example) and they are considering its result as their achievement. So their role is like cheerleaders.
            I will let the other et als to reply for their own:)
            I am following your posts about PFDJ’s ideology, it is excellent. And i hope T. kifle will join you the discussion, i know he is from TPLF but he makes good remarks about EPLF and ELF and his TPLF.

            Thanks for the video, nice work by the brides and Maebel & Tsighe are great in traditional songs.
            Saba

      • haile

        Thanks papillion

      • Guest

        [Moderator: Guest, you are really trying our patience. Consider this your last warning to behave or leave this forum.]

        • Guest

          [Moderator: we don’t want to see anything but civility. You challenging us when we advice is not appreciated. Try to come after a month, let’s make it June, 2014, if you wish you can cool down and return. Until then, we are giving you a break. As of this moment, your account is suspended.]

          Moderator: Not clear what you want to see in reply to Pappilon’s (Just an example) “ምስዞም ድሁላት”, unprovoked attack ?

    • Guet

      Aha!
      So, the name calling and the bulling is somethig inherent to you (Saba, here is your worst dictator, neither the Eritrean people, nor any sane opposition woul like to be associated with). Your Modus Operandy is bullying and name calling
      Some comparison is in order here.
      1. Before he was labeling people, Woyanie, Kediat, Hasadat, Hasewti etc to all the people (Hayat, Sirray, Amanuel Hidrat, Pappilon), who did not agree with him.
      – Most of the Eritrean people were in aggrement to him, while the above mentioned people and Woyanie were on the receiving end
      2. Now he did a complete U-Turn to hell, joined his old adversaries, and is labelling the other side, HGDF lackeys, barking mehaym higdef, hasadat HGDF, Shetawnti….
      – This time Hayat, Serray, A Hidrat, Pappi, Yodita, the whole gang of unionists, haters, defamers are on his new found group, and the Eritrea and the Eritrean people are on the oter side receiving his insults. And boy, his song now is “Woyanie meareye, Misaki welel”, Tigray meareye, misakum Wele…..
      Conclusion: Displays un-Eritrean characterstics of flip flpping, name callin intimidation, provoking. No stand. Displays characterstics of a man with unbalanced or distorted mind.
      I GUESS IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT SORT OF MEDICATION HE IS HOOKED TO.
      If I were beside the Eritrean GOv, I would not want this person to come close to Eritrea. If I were with the opposition, I would not put him into my confidence either. You never know when his

  • Kokhob Selam

    ስር ነቀል ለውጥ ያስፈልጋል ብንል :-

    ሃገር የሚነቀል ይመስለዋል ያ ጅል :-

    ኣገር ሸጡ ይላል ኣንስቶ በቁንፅል :-

    ወያኔ ሆኑ ብሎ ሲይስተምር ይውላል ::

    soon will be in Jebana Merhaba

    • Hope

      Kokhob,
      Easy to say things.The question is: How and under what condition can we have “Fundamental Changes”?
      You have an obligation to forward practical solutions–rather than sweet words.
      I am waitng for your answers….
      As to Weyane issue,we are specifically talking about those who follow exactly the weyane orders and policies.
      Are you telling us this group does not exist?
      You have to able to differentiate the two groups.

  • Guet

    [Moderator: you did it twice in ten-minutes! Help us, we are running out of red cards. Your language is negatively provocative. Stop it]
    ]
    Mr. xxxx, thank you for the quotes, but you still are the xxxxx

    • Guet

      Moderator: May be you are right this time. Though you seem to show some partiality on who/when you offer your wornings , and even though I used words already used by Haile Zeru, re-reading this comment of mine, it sounds over board to me too.

  • saay7

    Selamat Dine:

    Here’s a more relevant question: would I find this information in Haile Selasse’s biography “ህይወቴና የ ኢትዮፒያ እርምጃ” (My Life And Ethiopia’s Progress)? I just can’t seem to find it: I wonder why that is? 🙂

    saay

    • dine

      ”FETHA NEGEST” (ethiopia law of the king) didn’t allow him to mention his mother (Yeshimebet ALI) to his biography and his grand kids still live in sudan. did u know MINILK attempted to convert to Islam and stopped by EYBO grandfather.

      • saay7

        Dine:

        True dat, true dat, as the kids say. Now, let’s put it all together so our good friends at Neo and One Ethiopia can understand why the Eritrean revolution was started by Eritrean Muslims:

        1. The Ethiopian king could not mention that his own mother is a Muslim because the rules (Feha Negest, which was written by an Egyptian Copt in Arabic and translated to Amharic in the 13th century) wouldn’t allow him to;
        2. About 30-40% of his subjects were Muslims:
        3. Tewahdo Christianity was the official religions of Ethiopia and Solomonic descent a requirement to govern Ethiopia (per the constitution that Haile Selasse drafted);
        4. Emperor Haile Selasse became emperor because his predecessor Lij Eyasu was excommunicated and de-throned PARTLY due to his fraternization with Ethiopian Muslims.

        And we have nice folks like Eyob warning Eritrean Muslims “why can’t you be more like your fellow Muslims in Ethiopia?” Even more relevant, the late Ethiopian PM, Meles Zenawi, told Paul Henze in an interview that Ethiopian Muslims are Ethiopians first whereas Eritrean Muslims are Muslims first.

        What do you make of it?

        saay

        • dine

          saay
          on my first time comment at AT i said that eritrean Muslim had i right cause(100%) to revolt against the king but it was prefer the revolt to be for both peoples instead of separation. and Lij Eyasu was the grandson of menelik and his father was RAS ALI of wollo ethiopia, not Harar ethiopia. by the way did Eyob know most of Ethiopian orthodox church Patriarch and priest speak Arabic fluently?

  • Rodab

    Hey Sal,

    You provided Eyoba with links of the derg side only (regarding the peace talks btn eplf & derg). Well, when he forms a one-sided view and starts arguing with you, he can’t be responsible for that, can he? 🙂

    Eyoba, here is the other half of the story:
    http://eastafro.com/Post/2014/03/20/video-eplf-carters-letters-to-eritrea/

    • Eyob Medhane

      Thank you, Rodab,

      I just don’t understand how I skipped this part of a very recent and significant part of history….Interesting!

      • Hope

        Eventhough not precisely relevant,I would say this like:”Libeliwat yekejelu Amora,yiliwatal Zgigra(not sure how to spell it).
        Meaning that,you just picked up what you wanted and ignored what you did not like or want.
        “Ain eyalachew mayet(liyastewulu) alfeleghum,jero eyalachew,lisemu alfeleghum”.
        Roughlly translated as:” While having eyes,they chose(opted)to NOT to see,and while they have ears(good ears),they opted to(chose to)t NOT to listen”…Jesus Christ.
        But Truth is but TRUTH,no matter what–and it has prevailed and will prevail…as Justice is but Justice and has prevailed and will do so for ever and ever!!Praise the Lord!!

    • hope

      That is why I love you Rodab from the depth of my heart…..Quite,gentle,humble but brutally honest,knowledgeable,rational,reasonable..balance d,.constructive and even compromising…but able with a gut to call a Spade;a Spade and to the point
      Thank you.

    • saay7

      Selamat Rodab:

      Hmmm. In addition to the three videos (from Derg era Ethiopian TV), I gave Eyob the following sources:

      1. The Ethnogenesis of the Oromo Nation and Its Implications for Politics in Ethiopia
      Author(s): Edmond J. Keller. The Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 33, No. 4 (Dec., 1995), pp. 621-634

      2. Dayle E. Spencer & Honggang Yang, Lessons from the Field of Intra-National Conflict Resolution, 67 Notre Dame L. Rev. (1992).

      3. http://countrystudies.us/ethio…. (Library of Congress)

      4. A Historical Overview of Islam in Eritrea Author(s): Jonathan Miran. Die Welt des Islams, New Series, Vol. 45, Issue 2 (2005), pp. 177-215

      Of the above, #2 is the most relevant because it is a report given by the Carter Center (the people who co-ordinated the EPLF-Derg “peace talks.” Eyob is very dismissive of anything given by the EPLF or sources he considers tainted by the EPLF. So, if he is objective, he will read the report by the Carter Center and conclude: “wow, the Eritreans are so reasonable and my countryfolk are so unreasonable. Sometimes.” 🙂

      saay

      • hope

        Bingo.The MInd of “All minds”.I guess that is why they say:” Truth and Justice will always PREVAIL”.

    • Hope

      Aren’t you proud of this “Gang”,Bro?

  • haile

    Selamat Awatista (and especially Hope)

    Hope recently read in Madot that the US made the EU to ban the activity of luftansa and what have you. Also, the same report told that the “external agenda” is to do with Eritrean airlines or any flight under Eritrean civil aviation authority being banned from entering European air space. Well for the latter, it is false and typical of hgdef to blame others. The airline is determined unsafe because the crew don’t even bother to lock doors befor flights. Imagine how Europeans (except YPFDJ) be horrified by that! Please read on and inspect picture below.

    “Airline enthusiast Ken Fielding caught an interesting shot while spotting in Manchester (MAN) on December 27, 2004. He took this photo of an Eritrean Airlines Boeing 767-300ER being ferried from Paris-de Gaulle (CDG). At the time, he did not realize the significance of the photo and took a closer look when he recently uploaded it to Flickr. Take a close look near the front of the plane and you will notice that the front door (1R) is unlatched (click on the photo, zoom in and you can easily see the handle in the up position).

    It appears that the door was put into that position while at CDG and that the pressurization of the cabin kept the door closed during flight. Fielding reports that since the aircraft was on a ferry flight, there were no passengers on board. Still, that doesn’t give the crew a pass at not completing a simple task of flying safely: make sure all the doors are shut and locked. The crew should have noticed when arming the doors (which they obviously did not do) and/or there should have been an indicator in the cockpit.

    I tried to reach out to Eritrean Airlines, but their website is not very helpful for finding contacts and since they are high-lighting stories from 2004, I am guessing it is not the most accurate. The airline went out of business in 2008, but started up again on July 16, 2011 with a pretty slick new livery.”

    Source – http://www.airlinereporter.com/2012/01/oops-airline-flies-and-lands-with-front-door-unlatched-photo/

    • Hopoe

      But what about the FACTS that you know already—–The all types of sanctions placed and endorsed by the same Prosecutor and Judge,the USA,the EU included??
      Hailat,I think ,you are NOT only insulting the basic Intelligence,but you ar resorting to the cheapest and desperado style propaganda,which you do NOT have to,as you have enough “old and new ” propaganda-the Sahara Desert,the Sinai,Lampadusa and related ones.
      FYI,Mr Kibrom Dafla could have given you more “propaganda” when it comes to the Eritrean Airlines Mismanagement.Please consult him or click to Assenna.com/Radio Assenna.
      There is ONE FACT though,in the right time,hopefully soon, the Eritrean Airlines will be one of the best and one of the fastest growing Airlines in the world,besides being the Old-newest Airline, at least in Africa,if you understand what I am trying to say.

      • haile

        And Kibrom Dafla hasn’t? Is that what you mean? Sorry but you seem to live in your own bubble regurgitating the same hgdef talking points again and again, that is insulting intelligence in action. Don’t waste your time on that because many hgdef tried it before you and are roundly rejected. hgdef is sanctioned because it partnered with terrorists period. If it didn’t let it open for investigation. whether you like it or not next stage is to physically tackle hgdef, and that is what is making you sleepless. Brace yourself for the ride. Stop denying the existence MASSIVE ground swell of youth ready to take on hgdef. You’re entitled to your opinion not facts.

        • Hope

          Hailat,
          I am using basic and simple English,albeiit,a broken one.
          I have details about the Eritrean Airlines including the mismanagement besides the direct interference of PIA.But there is also that fact you deliberately have put aside,the role of the USA,the EU,Ethiopia–etc…So,please do NOT insult the intelligence.
          How would you expect the Eritrean Airlines to satisfy the unsatiable quest of the West?
          You seem to be very happy for the failure of the Eritrean Airlines.
          But as a genuine Eritrean,I would never sabotage and put at risk my country’s Economic and Military status,simply because I hate HGDEF Mendef.
          As to regurgitating thing,I can only say: ” Weyo neti natensi ni-endamaten”.Tsemam hanti derfu!
          You leave aside the big picture and pick up some street cheap propaganda and gossip or made up videos—-I know you are playing a cheap propaganda,with which I am ok as long as it is going to help for the demise of the PFDJ but in a “constructive way”.
          But I cannot with-stand your cheap propaganda as well and turn my face away.
          I might be part of a Genuine and Original Eritrean Youth Movement—so –stop your fake propaganda,but will NOT join the Aboy Sibhat or Bereket sponsored Youth Movement.
          BTW,if you want a “chop” and a cheap propaganda like yours,Israel agreed to provide Eritrea with $1 billion worth of Military Assistance, including 29 Migs(M-MBs),300 T-70/66 Tanks—etc… for an Israeli Military Base in the Red Sea—-oooh,but do NOT tell Medhanie Eyob,Horizon,Hayat,YG and Abinet though–it is a secret between Eritreans!!

          • haile

            Hope,

            We all have to do with limited English, yours isn’t different. The point is that you seem to have a narrow perspective approach in the judgement you pass on others. Propaganda’s dictionary meaning is “ideas or statements that are often false or exaggerated and that are spread in order to help a cause, a political leader, a government, etc.” What you keep saying about sanction is to propagandize for the regime that is exposing our youth to Sinai, Lampedusa, high seas, death on crossing the border… in order to slow the momentum that has been built to trash it down in the diaspora (did you hear that Eri justice seekers fund raised $63000 in one night in Atlanta with Wedi Tikabo? Over $30000 to families of Wedi Ali? Saba must be scared to see the cyber oppo running out into the streets 🙂 ) Cheap propaganda is to sleep with terrorists, invite sanctions and refuse to be investigated and talk cheap that the world is after your lousy one jet (that doesn’t lock doors properly) airliner to undermine your speed of light progress..huh. A news is a news, either you believe it or you don’t. I could say that I got a good picture of you when you brought up the new Med school to hail as achievement. I really felt (seriously) sorry for you. When was it build? who built it? how was it funded? who set up the academic aspect? Where are they now/ who works there now? has the funds obtained to build it been settled? I could post actual MoHealth in Eritrea documents here, but what is the point. If I weren’t involved, I would have observed one gets what they deserve tsk tsk tsk…

          • Saba

            Selamat Haile, wedi Ali(may his soul rest in peace) and wedi tikabo do not belong to your cyber opposition parties. Wedi tikabo has said that he will oppose pfdj but still remain hagerawi. Haile the great, nowadays you look confused. Can you tell me which cyber opposition party you support?

          • Hope

            Please help us to understand things more.If you have the documents–why are you afraid to post them?if the AT is posting the most Sensitive Military “Secrets” of the the EDF,what is the big deal posting the public things?If you are exposing all the things that could lead to the demise of the PFDJ,why not the simple public things?Would I be surprised?
            I was NOT involved in building the Orotta School of Medicine and Dentistry but in order to avoid a bias, I quoted a third party testimony.I hope you are not the real Dr Haile Mezghebe(who may not have time to spent his time here as he will have too many surgeries to be done),who built the Post-Grad School of Medicine—-meaning that I am more than fully aware who built,who funded it,who set up the Academic Aspect.
            But if you are Dr Haile Mezghebe , no matter what,I would kneel down to your knees and apologize to you for what I have said thus far against you–if at all I said offensive things at all,eventhough I would still apologize even if you are a different Haile.
            Yes,my best friend and Vet,Dr Salih Meki and my own Mentor and Professor,Dr Haile Mezghebe among others were involved but were NOT given the RESPECT and the REWARD they deserve and that is why I am against these PFDJ crimes—but in a bit different way from that of yours.
            Irrespective of who funded it ,wether the funds are settled or not settled,it is functioning and is contirbuting tremendously.It is a Success Story compared to the other African States ,who have been States for more than 50yrs and who have been getting billions of Funds but have achieved NOTHING–That is the point as every thing is relative.
            The sanction is NOT a propaganda but a fact….and you and me know the motivation behind them-Again,your Terrorist thing is beyond “Tsemam hade derfu” rhetoric.
            As to Wedi Tikabo’s Atlanta Fund Raising Concert,and also the ones in the other States that you forgot,would you be surprised or upset, if I tell you that I attended two of them?Or what if I tell you that I was also involved in arranging some of them?

          • Pappillon

            Your last three statements reflect precisely my point. You’re confused!

          • Hope

            Thank you Ms Babylon( kem shima) for your confused and confusing diagnosis about me.I thought you are in Mekele for free kerosine.
            You are upset that I support the REAL and Original Eritrean Youth Movement,not that of Aboy Sibhat-huh?

          • Horizon

            Hope,

            I think that you have a lot to learn in how to respond properly to a lady. Calling a person “confused” which is a mental function, said so often without carrying the full burden of its meaning, is completely different from calling a lady “Ms Babylon”, your own words. If
            you meant to offend her dignity, you owe the lady an immediate apology. If I have misunderstood you, I apologize in advance. Nevertheless, all of us who come to this website deserve an explanation
            of what you really mean, when you said Ms. Babylon, because if what I suspect is true, then it is an insult to all of us.

            P.S. I do not know what “kem shima” means. Sorry for that.

          • Pappillon

            Dear Horizon,

            ከም ሺማ ማለት እንደ ስምዋ ማለት ነዉ or it means “like her name implies” which he is practically calling me a whore. There is no surprise there simply because vulgarity is a badge of honour for Isaiasists. To be honest, that is my least of concerns. If there is anything strikingly unique about the Eritrean political landscape in general and Isaiasists* in particular is that they don’t have blood relations with Isaias or their allegiance to him is not based on ethnicity or religion, it is something else. The reason I brought it up is that, in most other nations particularly in our continent, blood seems to be thicker than water where ideology is hardly a shared factor as a launching pad for adherence. The question however remains: Why is it that the said people prostrating for Isaias when the nation in every conceivable measure is hanging on a cliff? It is a morbid perception and a long held contempt or hate towards certain ethnic group on the other side of the border.

            Most of the Isaiasists are children of a generation which came of age when the legacy of colonialism was taken for an early morning manna from the sky where their parents were intoxicated with entitlements at the expense of people who had flocked to Eritrea when the Emperor was determined to punish the latter for rising up against him. In a city that was almost on par with a Western city, they became housemaids, sex workers, labourers, gardeners and street beggars to mention but a few. And the demeaning reality took a life of its own and created a psychological anomaly including with in the leaders of Ghedli as well. When a housemaid, a labourer and a gardner breaks out of a vicious cycle and becomes a master of his or her own destiny, it creates an intense envy on a deluded “master” and the latter lives in a perpetual and crippling denial of the success of the former. During the colonial and Emperor’s era, they called them beggars; during the Dergue era they were dubbed Agames and in Isaias’ era they call them Weyanes but the underlying perception and motive is seamless. If anything, that is precisely Isaiasists’ or PFDJ’s ideology.

            *The description or label “Isaiasists” was coined by Saleh AA Younis.

            እህትህ

          • Pappillon

            Dear Horizon,

            ከም ሺማ ማለት እንደ ስምዋ ማለት ነዉ or it means “like her name implies” which he is practically calling me a whore. There is no surprise there simply because vulgarity is a badge of honour for Isaiasists. To be honest, that is my least of concerns. If there is anything strikingly unique about the Eritrean political landscape in general and Isaiasists* in particular is that they don’t have blood relations with Isaias or their allegiance to him is not based on ethnicity or religion, it is something else. The reason I brought it up is that, in most other nations particularly in our continent, blood seems to be thicker than water where ideology is hardly a shared factor as a launching pad for adherence. The question however remains: Why is it that the said people prostrating for Isaias when the nation in every conceivable measure is hanging on a cliff? It is a morbid perception and a long held contempt or hate towards certain ethnic group on the other side of the border.

            Most of the Isaiasists are children of a generation which came of age when the legacy of colonialism was taken for an early morning manna from the sky where their parents were intoxicated with entitlements at the expense of people who had flocked to Eritrea when the Emperor was determined to punish the latter for rising up against him. In a city that was almost on par with a Western city, they became housemaids, sex workers, labourers, gardeners and street beggars to mention but a few. And the demeaning reality took a life of its own and created a psychological anomaly including with in the leaders of Ghedli as well. When a housemaid, a labourer and a gardner breaks out of a vicious cycle and becomes a master of his or her own destiny, it creates an intense envy on a deluded “master” and the latter lives in a perpetual and crippling denial of the success of the former. During the colonial and Emperor’s era, they called them beggars; during the Dergue era they were dubbed Agames and in Isaias’ era they call them Weyanes but the underlying perception and motive is seamless. If anything, that is precisely Isaiasists’ or PFDJ’s ideology.

            *The description or label “Isaiasists” was coined by Saleh AA Younis.

            እህትህ

          • dine

            you can blame the Emperor for million reason, not for tigraians flocked to eritrea because tigray was administrated by their own RAS by the time, may be you can blame the land.

          • haile

            If you were organizing some of those gazerings, well that just gives me some idea about you. I think the EYSC need to do some boundary checks for individuals that go by its name and spend their days defending hgdef and echoing its propoganda. The Eritrean people are well aware of them. It is true that many in the EYSC are true to their cause and wouldn’t go as far as you in labelling Eritreans pupets and sell outs…that is just old fasioned and too hgdefawi… 🙂 I moved on, you could too.

            Let me show you in black and white that you have nothig more than “woyane/Tigray” hate for a politics. When I said you regurgitate hgdef talking points, I am going to prove it to you with evidence now, I know you are a denyer and will continue to live in your own bubble. Nontheless, I am going to prove it for the benefit of the reader. hear goes:

            – You said “It is a Success Story compared to the other African States ,who have
            been States for more than 50yrs and who have been getting billions of
            Funds but have achieved NOTHING–That is the point as every thing is
            relative.”

            – And where did your above came from:

            – “Citing WHO/WFME report the prof. Andemariam said “What normally should
            have taken thirty years to come to this stage, Eritrea has done it in
            about six years.”

            Source Shabait @ http://www.shabait.com/articles/nation-building/15679-eritrea-healthcare-promotion-continues-to-payoff-part-i

            – That WHO/WFM visit was conducted in 2010 and the following years all the work attained by those you mentioned were scuttled, almost half a decade later the WHO/WFM didn’t give its accreditation either.

            Go here to verify that Eritrean med school isn’t recognized: http://avicenna.ku.dk/database/medicine

            – Four years later, the regime “cheap propoganda” machine was sending twitters about “reginal recognition” that only amounted to a college in the Sudan recognizing it.

            http://www.tesfanews.net/orotta-to-get-regional-recognition-and-international-accreditation/

            Now here is a dirty one for a “cheap propaganda”, if you look at the following google search on eritrea:

            http://www.google.ca/?gws_rd=cr&ei=-4JeU5OTH8qYyAGglIHADg#q=eritrea+medical+school+accreditation&safe=active

            You will see two top search result items by tesfanews with date by-line

            i) September 8, 2012 and reads:
            “Sep 8, 2012 – What the Orotta School of Medicine has been achieved to date is an epitome of the …”

            ii) Jan 3, 2014 and reads:
            “Jan 3, 2014 – What the Orotta School of Medicine has achieved thus far is an epitome of the…”

            Of course, recycled and purely intended to “insult our intelligence”. Again, if you have no reason other than blind “woyane woyane mindset” they can easily pull the wool over your eyes and you can keep your “woyane woyane lala poletika”. Talking of Woyane, they have a total of 10 medical schools in Ethiopia that are fully accredited and host major collaborative research with renowned teams world wide. Mekelle School of Health sciences was established in 2003 only 10 years ago and goes to prove your bare faced lie that you recycled from the shabait’s bare faced lie about doing things in six years when it could have taken decades.

            The reason I don’t post the stuff you mention is in consideration of people in Eritrea rather than giving a hoot about how it would impact hgdef, I would pour sulpheric acid over hgdef if I could, wouldn’t bother me a bit. Capito.

            Peace out

            PS: there is heavy research above, I am sure you would come back with your “the earth is flat” arguments…see you at Saba’s clinc (wink wink) where you work haha…

          • Abinet

            We are scared of the fighter jets, the tanks, the………….. My question is who is going to use them? Robots?
            Did they send you some morale to go along with it?
            How much a morale cost? Where do you buy it? Is it cheaper by the ….?
            Derg had all that and more .People who are forced to fight never won a war .prove me wrong . Unless you tell me the special Eritreans can do it .
            GUREGHA

          • haile

            Abinet…beware that you’re dealing with the earth is flat tactic. So, this sanction buster delivery must be interpreted as nothing more than the dangerous manic situation that these type of people are going through. According to Hope, there is no longer UN sanction in Eritrea.

          • Abinet

            Haile
            According to hope and some others, you ordered the UN to put the sanction on your country. And they are telling us Israel is supplying eritrean army with a billion dollars worth of fighter jets and tanks and more . They might also supply fighters as well . Why not?
            Haile , please tell HOPE that the best defense Eritrea has is friendship with Ethiopia and to live in peace with all it’s neighboring countries . May be try Tigrinya .
            According to Ethiopia we don’t need more armament . We need that kind of money to build more roads, universities , dams,etc. btw , I read they are building a new international air port outside addis. I’m so exited about it . I want to know more about it . Any idea?
            Thanks

          • hope

            Helloooooo,Pseudo-EPLF,you cannot change or erase history.

          • Hope

            We all ready did it for ourselves and for you too—Selective dimentia?Short term memory?
            Time will tell again as it did before.

          • Hope

            As Jesus Christ said it,a student cannot be better than his teacher.
            It is a documented hsitroy that Eritreans taught you a lot–even how to build an Airport.

          • Hope

            Histroy already proved you wrong.Where you born after 1991?It sounds like that.
            Ye-guregnoch guregna-akaki zeraf.

  • Ermias

    Thank you papi. Finally, someone who makes a lot of sense shows up.

  • Hope

    Edited–with apology.
    Hailat the Prosecutor and the Judge:
    .Mind you, people are entiltled to their opinion, and as far as I am concerned, Semere Tesfay’s arguements and suggestions are PERFECT,RATIONAL,REALISTIC and IDEAL to our situation.by all standard, as his arguements are:
    -Rational
    -Reasonable
    -Common sense approach
    -Natural
    -Reconciliatroy
    -Balanced
    -Inlcusive
    -Compromising
    -Justifiable
    -Reaslistic
    -Practical——provided we have rational,reasonable,compromising—-parties.
    If your arguement is that since PFDJ is criminal,then it should be” weeded out by all means possible”,then you are against all of the above parameters/requahitat and you are even worse than the “Criminal PFDJ” and as such/hence, you should be” weeded out” by all means possible.
    There is ONLY but only ONE homework we have:
    How to make the PFDJ either to sit down for a National Reconciliation and/ or to Surrender.
    How do we do it?
    You know better than me–but NOT through ” My Way is the ONLY Highway” rhetoric.
    Dr Tewelde proved to us that we can easily mobilize the public but Cyber Politics, isolated and disorganized Activism alone will not do the job.
    But we do NOT need Aboy Sibhat or Bereket Simon though-as we are Eritreans–The CAN DO people.
    We just need a good and an organized Guasa/Shepherd/Leadership, coz,as SAAY,said it eloquently,there is nothing that can match the Eritrean Fierce Nationalism in the world and Eritreans are iron dicipilined and self-governing people–without a piece of exaggeration.

    • haile zeru

      Semere Tesfay is a Master of irreconcilable contraddictions.

      -Semere Tesfay says he has a soft spot for his fellow Tegadelti, yet when he was asked if his softspot includes the G15 he remained silent. He has a softspot for Issayas and not for Duru’e, Petros or Sherifo and the rest of the G15. He does not even agree (at thought level) that Issayas should be brought to court of law to answer for the life of those Tegadelti that are dead or languishing in jail. Basically when he says my fellow Tegadelti, it is according to his definition of Tegadaly and not according to the work of the person in question. He dispenses merit at his whims. Guess who else does that?

      -He, “confidently”, is for free and independent Eritrea with a caveat, as long as Biher Tigrinya dictates the terms. And the others accept the dictatorship of biher Tigrinya.

      -He seems preoccupied by an imminent invasion of Ethiopians but a little pressure (argumentatively) and he contemplates an arrangement of some sort (undefined yet) with the Tigreyans to fend off the other Eritrean ethnic groups from overcoming biher Tigrinya domination. His warning to the other ethnic groups is, it (the cooperation between both sides of the mereb) was done successfully before. This would imply that ST is saying, we (biher Tigrinya) can join forces with the tigreyans and perpetuate our hegemony in Eritrea. It is not clear what the Tigreans will ask or get in exchange. The last time the alliance worked well to dislodge elf from Eritrea and the derg from Ethiopia and each of them ( the Eritrean Tigrinya and the Tigray ) obtained their respective prizes.
      ST agrees with YG to some extent. While YG’s position is clear about the fate of Habesha, Semere Tesfay is not. The object of their preoccupation is biher Tigrinya not Eritrea as a whole. ST has his first option (hegemony in Eritrea) and if that one does not work he has some variation (not yet clear) of YG option in store. The problem with Semere Tesfay logic is, if biher Tigrinya opts to ally with Tigray he does not say were the center of power will rest (in Asmera or Mekele). Because his logic is based on hegemony. The problem of his ideas in Eritrea will also manifest themselves in any arrangement with Tigray. One does not need to think that hard to see also that Tigrayans are a minority in Ethiopia and sooner or later they will lose the hegemony in Ethiopia. In such a scenario Semere Tesfay ideas will hit a brick wall.

      -He was an ELF Tegadalay yet he tries to be more Catholic than the pope. He thinks that the document NEHNAN ELAMANAN does not go far enough in its bigotry.

      -How confused a person has to be to think like these?

      • SM

        That is what you think and the way you conveniently perceived him otherwise he has a crystal clear vision and stand.
        Swallow the bitter truth and try to make a proper and legal U-turnSM

      • hope

        Haile Z,
        Let’s us be a bit considerate,open, realistic and accomodating,but of utmost importance,let’s try to “compromise”.
        Dawit,are you working on your article on “Compromise” as Tafla or Vet Habteghiorghis Abreha advised you and as you promised?
        Some of the rhetoric you mentioned about Semere’s arguements and over-reactions are related to his-“tit-for- tat” reaction,not from his real mind,i.e., saying like:” if you are going to do this to me,well I am going to do this to you” kind of reaction.
        But the good thing is that he repeatedly declared his positive agenda/suggestions/position/opinion,in an unambigous terms.
        You seem to be very articulate and I am amused as to why you could not understand him despite that he presented himself with 2+2=4 kind of simplicity and clarity in order to make sure that even the 5th graders will understand him.
        Is that an ego that you have to reconsider about, or you are just counter-arguing for the sake of arguement?
        Let me rephrase his arguement–at least the way I understood him:
        ” We all have sinned,and let us forget about the past and forgive each other and reconcile and live in peace and harmony with each other and thereby work for the BEST interest of Eritrea and Eritreans and reclaim what belongs to us and catch up with the LOST opportunity”.
        is that too much to ask for?
        I have to make a disclaimer here:
        I chose the nick “hope” purposely as I do believe in Hope as human beings we cannot just live with food and water only,as my close Cousin, SAAY ,said it.
        Faith,Hope and Love are our daily bread(not sure if I have a right to to quote the Holy Bible and St Paul here in this forum) –and if we keep the Faith,love each other and live in Hope,all the darkness will fade away.This premise or fact is not just from a Religious/Spiritual point of view but from Scientific/Psycholgical point of view.
        Talking,arguing and debating for the sake of doing so will NOT solve our problems.But what we need is :
        Genuine National Reconiliation” by any means possible and under any condition..
        Just curious to know:
        In our daily life, have we ever experienced having serious grudges , enimity and animosity with our family members, friends,co-workers? And if so, have we ever experienced how painful it is to do so? And if so, have we ever tried to reconcile/ask for forgivenes,apology/apologize for?And if so,have we ever experienced the Joy of that Reconciliation?
        I would like someone Charismatic people like Semere Tesfay or someone “Neutral” from political point of view, to write an article on National Reconciliation?
        I believe I read some kind of a mini-Scientific article sometime ago at Harnnet.Org by Fesseha Nair(which I never expected from–great change of heart though) or someone else.But I think it has to do with the recent attempts by the Opposition Groups to work together,which has failed,to our dismay??
        The one debate I joined at Naz Radio from Canada was a bit chaotic eventhough I enjoyed it.
        I was expecting Mr. Bohashim to write a Follow Up article on the debate so as to clarify few things about the techincality of National Reconciliation but,as of yet,I have not seen one from him,whom I kindly advise ,ask and encourage him to do so as that is his field.
        AT,can you try to reach him?If not, I will try to do so via Harnnet .Org people.
        I think this kind of topic is timely and essential in my opinion, and you will come across brilliant ideas–besides HOT discusssion.

        • Haile Zeru

          HOPE,
          You are no one to interpret what Semere Tesfay said and did not say.
          Your undersanding of reconciliation is defective, if you are sincere. Or deceptive if you are a goe supporter. i think you are deceptive. because there is no condition for reconciliation in Eritrea now between the PFDJ and the people.
          Spare yourself recounting the schools, clinics, dams etc.. They amount to nothing compared to the damage the eritrean society is sustaining under this government.
          The bible quotations…. I do not remember where I heard it but it is said that the devil also quotes the bible for its own ends.

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