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What is in Our Name?

The Unionist movement, which was mostly restricted to a highlander/Christian movement, was the creation of Haileselassie. Abune Markos was instrumental in coercing ordained and lay priests to create mass bases for the Unionist movement; Tedla Bairu ushered in the Federal era while Asfeha Woldemikael, with Qeshi Dimetros, engineered Annexation. At various stages of our history these individuals with many others who collaborated with them acted as the Emperor’s instruments in dismantling Eritrean autonomous existence and budding sense of nationalism in order to pave the way for Ethiopian takeover.

It took our ghedli 30 years to deconstruct what the above mentioned individuals and their collaborators constructed in the 40s and 50s.


1. Collaborationism and its Stains;
2. In Honor of those who fell in Operation Fenql;
3. A Few Thoughts;

In these times of adversity those in the collaborationist camp seem to be confused about many things, one of which is in our dealings with our own history. And I think that is, to a degree, to be expected as revisionist and negationist attitudes have always been there with us. However, at this stage, acknowledging the essential components of our national identity which are shaped by our successful struggle for independence is important because that is our best distinguishing feature. Any attempt by members of the collaborationist camp to take our distinguishing feature away from us will provide: 1) an opportunity to the ruling government to strengthen its stranglehold on Eritrea; 2) our people with a reason to reject the opposition and side up more with the government; 3) the opposition camp with more motives to splinter further into inconsequential factions. Eritreans, whether they are PFDJ supporters or their opponents, believe in this most distinguishing feature of our identity – our victorious campaign in driving Ethiopians out of our country which led to our sovereignty; and to muck this sacred belief up is a recipe for disaster.

Devoid of grandeur and imagination, content that portrays mediocrity wallowing in the most boring sort of revisionist history, narratives of disloyalty, reflection of fear and insecurity leads to a stunted growth. Collaborationist stances, with the stains they emboss on our social fabric, lead us to shift our focus on guarding our sovereignty above everything else.

It is widely believed that the study of history is at the center of human enquiry. A deeper knowledge of history will enable us to put present-day thoughts and actions into contexts. And contextualized knowledge of the past is what makes us understand who we are and where we are going. We can also say that history does not only provide us with a frame of reference that enables us to recognize dangers to our society, both from the inner and outer margins, but also becomes a guidance as to how to deal with those dangers when they arise.

Some Eritreans, rather disgracefully, have become practitioners of negationism. Some writers, driven by loss of nerve and self-doubt, and others prompted by inducements, attempt to alter our history to reflect the Ethiopian line of analysis that distorts established historical facts of Eritrea. These Ethiopia apologists can’t keep up the masquerade anymore – their Unionist sentiments and ‘ajewjew’ism’ are defined by faulting the ghedli, our struggle for independence, in every way they can imagine. What a futile attempt, moral bankruptcy!

Based on the above-mentioned principle, the need to explore the recent history of Eritrea is self-evident. To know the way the Eritrean society came to be formed, to have some understanding of the conflicting forces within it, not only it is an advantage in the conduct and understanding of its national affairs but also indispensable. Eritrean history, since the colonial era, is very interesting because it covers three important eras – Federation (1952-1962), the struggle for liberation (1961-1991) and of course, post-independence eras. During those eras, led by the mavericks of the federation era, championed by the heroes of our armed struggle and of course, spoiled by PFDJ, Eritrea went through the process of self-actualization, self-determination and unfortunately, self-constricting paths that have arrested its development. Simply stated, one can think about the post-independence era as the outcome of the struggles that were waged during the federation and liberation eras. But one cannot say the post-independence era is the total-sum of the preceding eras because Eritreans are still, rather ineptly, struggling to implement their dreams of yesterday.

What is in a name?

As an Eritrean it is important to know what Operation Fenql was all about – a Ghedli operation which once and forever forced out the Ethiopian occupation forces from Massawa. That should remain vivid in the minds of all Eritreans. The battle took place in 1990 in and around the coastal city of Massawa. The operation, uprooted the vital lifeline of Ethiopian forces while at the same time heralded the inevitable demise of enemy forces.

Through name association, one needs to remember who Nguse wedi Fenql (BeraKi Nguse) was – one of the most renowned freedom fighters Eritrea had ever witnessed. I have serious doubts that the ET-apologists have any knowledge of neither wedi Fenql nor Operation Fenql – names one should include in his/her historical vocabulary.

I am in no doubt that we Eritreans know about and are taken with, to a great extent, stories like Operation Fenql – heroic activities of our combatants that changed the direction not only of our ghedli struggle but also our lives. At least we know Operation Fenql is a piece of history that was generated by the price the selfless members of EPLF’s 18th brigade had to pay to achieve the ultimate price – our pride and Eritrea’s sovereignty. The sum of the blood and sweat of our Tegadelti that was invested in that operation, buttressed by the partaking of the masses who bore a great big brunt of Ethiopian cruelty, finally paid off when Eritrea breathtakingly moved from that particular operation towards winning its independence. That is the kind of name our Ghedli created for us. And how do the likes of YG describe the Ghedli situation of the time? He writes: “The reality is that, often camouflaged in revolutionary rhetoric, the Ghedli generation set out to finish the colonial task that the Italians had left incomplete.” What in the world is that? I think Melles Zenawi had better respect for our Ghedli than the likes of YG. Is this ‘who outpopes the Pope’ contest? For the record, in YG’s and Ethiopia’s face … the many Operation Fenqls we have witnessed as a country are the very events that heralded the inevitable liberation of Eritrea and the return of the country to its owners.

Now, as we thought that aspect of our history has safely been put aside, we find ourselves in a different era all together – an era that harbors members of the Ethiopia-led ‘Ministry of Truth’ who attempt to erode that magical history of ours. Regrettably, the unforeseen ominous post-independence era that has dawned on Eritrea has so unsettled many of us it is fast making us forget how our prized success was achieved. The main source or culprit of this shifting mind-set is the unruly and officious Government of Eritrea. We are also seeing that some individuals who are angered by the developments that have gone pear-shaped in the country are beginning to challenge and at times refute certain facts of our history. Clearly, such analysis is either influenced by past abrasions or present day frustrations. The sad part of the story is the fact that Ethiopia, through those morally corrupt individuals it coached in adopting unionist tendencies, is trying to taint our history in accordance to its interests. Alas, they fail to recall Operation Fenql, and what is in our name.

Here are some facts that I would like us to remember before jumping to shady conclusions about Eritrean struggle for independence:

• Our fighters were selfless and they literally sacrificed their young lives to free Eritrea.
• The campaign to free Eritrea was effective. Mass mobilization, literacy campaigns and political education were successfully conducted during the campaign leading to high level of discipline, political consciousness with strong ideological principles.
• Gender gap between fighters and the mobilized supporters of the revolution became narrower.
• Camaraderie between fighters from all over the country was solid. Our Tegadelti fought side by side irrespective of their gender, background, locality, religious beliefs and social standings. On the whole, their camaraderie crossed cultural, religious and other social divides.
• The enthusiasm of the time! Our Tegadelti defeated and forced Ethiopian forces out of Eritrea.

The casualties of that history and the historical incidents that took place during that era of intense and death-defying operations should be addressed aptly; however, we need to be careful not to amplify the blemishes above and beyond the realities that were on the ground then. Putting it differently, and perhaps sentimentally, in our moments of bleakness we tend to look back to that era in order to jog our memory of all our age groups who faced martyrdom heroically while some of us pursued and supported the struggle from afar.

People change, and so do groups, organizations and institutions when conditions under which they operate change. It was quite a life our Tegadelti lived during the campaign to free Eritrea. They were never frugal with their lives, were they? However, when victory dawned, the leaders, quite mistakenly, began to shape Eritrea’s future in the image of the former world they were familiar with – a system that was highly regimented. The post-independence administration was rigged with superiority complex and monopolistic attitudes that were crammed with unapproachability. The leaders were dismissive of everything they could not identify with – our elder’s wisdom, diasporic potential and evolutionary changes that are required of a newly established State. Instead of embracing the changes that were influenced by Eritrea’s new statehood, they simply fought against them. They went ahead to form PFDJ – an exclusive political party unfit to lead Eritrea. Gradually, through PFDJ, the course changed direction and journeyed towards self-preservation – a journey more important to the leaders than preserving the country’s wellbeing. And so they began to dismantle the Eritrean dream and dragged the ghedli reputation through mud.

I have said this in the past and allow me to say it once again. I take the view that the current thinking, the prevalent predilection towards Ethiopia among those who are opposing the Eritrean regime, is severely limited by the attachment to a model based on ‘neighborliness’ . Many may find such treatment is somewhat palliative, but certainly it is not curative. We should base our new models not on causations but consequences. Understandably, many are frustrated by the lethargic pace of the struggle. I may also be able to understand other sources such frustrations that are giving way to dangerous impairments; but one should not sympathize with lopsided and mean-spirited logic. If we ascribe such approaches to our faculties, we will need to keep a stack of apologies handy when we face the wrath of our people.

A Few Thoughts

• My fellow Eritreans, we need to rethink our engagement practices that foster more collaborative approaches from the general public that is opposing the current regime back home. At the same time it is our responsibility to prevent our activities from descending into back room deals – I am thinking of the worthless ENDCD approach.

• We need to understand that we, as Eritro-diasporic people, have the political rights to influence our host-country officials by voicing our concerns to them regarding the waywardness of Eritrean officials. However, this right is only legitimate if balanced by the obligation to act responsibly.

• The Ethiopians have time in their hands now. They will taunt us, use some of our opposition groups to their advantage, deploy false messiahs … all designed to loosen our grip on our sovereignty. We should remain steadfast and rebuff Ethiopia’s intrusion in our affairs.

• What is the situation of the opposition who are living in Addis Ababa? Sitting in corners of Addis bars, being ignored, not only by the powers that be but also by the waiters? Some are licking their wounds and others continue to live outside the Eritrean reality. How embarrassing! Can they separate reality from illusion? When will they ever take that voyage to self-discovery?

• Let’s not be fooled by the pack approach we see around us. They feign magnitude, substance and of course patriotism. Just like fear and its reactions – it has a large shadow, but it itself is small.

The end / for now

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  • Admas Haile

    Selam Aklilu Zere (not Zkre Lebona),

    Aklilu, I like the way you write. Smooth and passionate. Perhaps a bit too judgemental?

    You wrote: “I have never seen a haughty, dismissive and self righteous writer like you. You are also ungrateful.”

    Wow! I do not know how to deal with such a subjective evaluation. However, it is your opinion and it is your prerogative to label me as you wish, I guess. BTW, I am sorry I sounded like a preacher to you. I can assure you I am not.

    Please forgive me now – it is my turn to be a bit judgemental. I am a bit puzzled why a big writer, heavy puncher like you is treating me unkindly via the exchanges we have just started having in this medium. Although I did not like the assertions you made about me – about being paranoid and more, I would like to give you credit for taking time to tell me, and our readers, the story of Wedi Fenql. You know that meant a lot to me. I was so impressed by your narrative I asked you to tell us more so people, especially the negationist crowd, would know more about the ghedli era. I particularly asked you to tell us about Operation Fenql, the epic battle that changed our history – a major Ethiopian defeat. You went quiet on my request, didn’t you? I made a mistake in asking you that question, didn’t I, Aklilu? I am sure our readers are a bit puzzled now.

    Well, the fact is you were not at operation Fenql, Aklilu, were you? You know all those great heroes of ours who took part in the ghedli campaigns, but you know very little of the operation. You even defended wedi Temnewo. You know wedi sheqa very well, don’t you? You said all these things in your posting to me, didn’t you? You must be a veteran of the mid-seventies. Actually you disclosed more about your ghedli experience than I could imagine. You contributed to the ghedli era, didn’t you? Later it dawned on me that you can’t be in a position to tell us not only about the Operation Fenql but ghedli-related stories of the post-1976 era. Please tell our audience why that is so? Tell us why you defended wedi Temnewo. And Ethiopia. You owe it to us, Aklilu.

    Oh, btw, sorry I referred to you as Zekere Lbona in my earlier posting 🙂
    All the best,

  • Michael, B.

    I want to tell you, my dear Eritreans, about a very painful twisting of our history of the 2nd. half of the 19th. century: one of the gravest attack to psychology and religious belief of our people, the one perpetrated by the Egyptian invaders. It caused our people to abjure their traditional faith en masse and in the most violent manner. The jihadist or Islamic hordes were to blame and perhaps more the hordes of Mikael SeHul and Wubye were, for preparing the ground for that sort of apostasy, by their wicked and perennial incursion.
    The throwing away of tabot with the attendant scandalous renunciation of the Christian tradition (ritual, practice, dogma…) and the pain of heart, mind and soul or the overall psychological shock that brought along could only be imagined, if ever it is possible. This liability of the spirit had taken place.
    However, hundred years later, 1940s to 1980s, that huge violence of faith one could read as a blessing in disguise, if it is not offensive to put it that way. Just think our northern Eritreans as staying firm and loyal Tewahdo and in harmony with our dear southern neighbours. By now, we would be unionists or more Amhara than the Amhara zemato fanatics. Thank the strange ways of God! The Muslim section of our people resulted to be an asset and with the influence exerted by it we have our independence and our nation, at last. The forced conversion, we may see it as the surest asset in the context of our national freedom.
    Long live our Eritrea of the Christian and Muslim and Others minus the Shaebia perversion. I need to stress the name of Eritrea and note the national character of our ideal. What the Amhara make of it can only be rather irrelevant to me.

  • said

    Few Eritrean highly opinionated and are qualified in many ways the epitome of what Plato alluded to in his Classic writing “The Republic,” the breed of statesmen one grooms with the knowledge, intellect, detachment, Great Wisdom, ,to rule over the affairs of the public. A real true statesman unlike terrible dictator IA one witnessed over the past two decades of Eritrean history.
    In all situations, those few were and remains a loner voices preaching and practicing great wisdom as the whole Eritrean culture, political and social, public and private, greatly lacks the training and the cultural and educational upbringing to value and practice great wisdom.
    You often write So beautifully, insightfully and most eloquently put, Aklilu and many like you, Eritrean are blessed with on line camaraderie ship with you all, people of intellect, culture, spirituality, yet, above all, the usually generally much lacking, great wisdom. While that puts put you in the minority adding to Diaspora feels one’s inner loneliness despite false appearances of the great crowds constantly interacting with us and surrounding us, yet, Aklilu , that sense of loneliness is amply compensated with the enhanced lucidity to experience and appreciate the true wisdom that the cacophony of the crowds tends to blur and often obscure. Please give Adam the benefit of doute and i strongly feel he is sincere and true patriotic Eritrean that love Eritrea as you do and in the same camp.

  • haile


    According to the Eritrean Nationality Proclamation 21/1992:

    Any Eritrean to have acquired other Nationality or Swore Allegiance to foreign countries or Sovereigns, automatically lose their Eritrean citizenship. Eritrea does not recognize dual citizenship.

    Ok how many Eritreans in da house? 🙂

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      You understood the proclamation wrong. According to isayas understanding the proclamation goes like this: ‘You’r kidding, are You tellin me Dawit is a swidish, i know my People when i see them. Dawit is eritrean and he will be panished as an eritrean to the crime he’s commited, ‘we’ know how to deal With People like him.’ said isayas on the interview concerning a swidish Citizen the great journalist and writer Dawit. And to every one’s surprise the swidish government accepted the isayas definion. Look hwo the government of swidish worked day and night to save the ttwo ethnic swedish journalists realsed from ethiopia while Dawit by birth eritrean but a swidish Citizen languishes in a prison no one knows.

    • yegermal

      lol, not me. I only have one citizenship from the country I adore and where I spent the better part of my life. My umbilical cord however is still firmly connected to my birth country, although I reject the piece of paper (meninet wereket)issued by the unelected regime. Let the newcomers enjoy their newly found identity:).

  • Hi Awatistas,

    I think you have enjoyed Abraham Afwerki’s role in the funeral ceremony of Minister Weldemichael; and lots of you have made lots of hilarious comments out of the bloom.

    If you want to deal with the fact I beg you to bear with this piece of information:- Minister Weldemichael is Abraham’s Christian father (Abalige) and the two families has close historical relations. So do you think you have a right to condemn the relationship of those two families and at the same time to condemn Abraham Afwerki from laying a flower to his Christian father?!!! … Funny.

    • rodab

      No the relationship of the two families doesn’t have to be condemned. What has to be condemned is the absolute abuse of power of the President. When those who don’t get along with him die, he denies them the proper acknowledgement (Sherifo, Ocbe, Nayzghi….), whereas when his close friends die (Ali SiEd Abdela, Welenkiel…), he dedicates State (public) resources to memorize them. Have you noticed the condelence messages flowing from Eritrean “embassies” and “communities” (individuals using them as pen names) around the world? These shallow people who are now defeaning us writing condelences, where were they when the other officials die? How come they don’t ask any question about lelan gulelan being committed by the dictator?

      • Haqi

        I couldn’t have said it any better rodab. Zegerim eyu nay wedi berad

  • Haqi

    The HIV of I have a good feeling you are spy sent to divide our people, sorry awate no evidence just a hunch, gut feeling.

    • hizbawi

      you are divided beyond redemption, why do you need Admas for that?
      please change your name, you don’t contain an ounce of HAQI.

  • Dear Admas:

    Are you a preacher? If so declare it so that people will know who they are dealing with. Mind you thougth, people have the right to either follow you; reject you or stay neutral to your decleration. They also have the right to challenge and ask you.

    I have never seen a haughty, dimissive and self righteous writer like you. you are also ungrateful.Ungrateful to your readers; ungrateful to this web site and ungrateful to those who challenge you.

    There are only three types of people who exibit this type of behaviour:

    1.People with unsatiable ego (priciples of reality)
    2.People disposed to violent anger or
    3.People who suffer from paranoia.

    But it is my unfathomable wish that you belong to none of the above.

    What do readers owe you? They are reading your articles and woudn’t their efforts suffice to please you? Why don’t you humbly read, contemplate, listen and understand their questions and answer accordingly to the best of your abilty? Mind you, not any answer but direct, simple, starighforward and honest answer.

    You can leave your witty and joke full style at home or use them during BREAST feeding your children (of course this will negate the male Admas) because your opinions are serious even though it does not necessrely mean your opinions are valid or have universal appeal.

    I deeply apologize for my harsh comments.


    • Admas Haile

      Dear Aklilu,
      I see you are an attention seeker 🙂
      I am not sure if I am supposed to thank you or not for your message.
      You wrote:
      Dear Admas:
      I thought you were a serious and sincere writer who is fed up with our miserable situation and raedy to rumble to bring change. How meek and foolish I was.
      More than what you wrote in your articles, your responses reflect clearly what is in your inner thinking, motives, drives and ambitions.
      You are a very dismissive and mischievous person. I think you are hiding something from us your dear readers.

      Oh dear! I am not sure what prompted that. You accuse me of being dismissive, mischievous, insincere, not serious enough … etc. And then you psychoanalyze me. Pow, pow, pow. Well, nice to meet you, pal. I am ready to go to the funny farm now.

      Before I go let me say the following. Sometimes I find it difficult to distinguish defenders from defectors. Sorry Aklilu I am just using the stage to a get a thing or two off my chest now. I am not accusing you of anything nasty.

      Sometimes I think of the very unthinking cliché “Ethiopia good Eritrea bad” – a statement not engaging at all. Actually, it is aimed at immediately shutting down debate, shaming the target into silence.

      You sounded like an extremist to me when you said Ethiopia this, Ethiopia that in your previous posting. I have always thought it is only the likes of YG who harbor extremist views, you know. Faulting ghedli for every sin committed under the Eritrean sky is certainly surreal. Is it the time we spend on keyboard that drives us to this extreme? Hamburgers and keyboards. I see there are a lot of border-line cases who think they’re more Ethiopians than the late Melles Zenawi on some issues. At least Melles had a lot of respect for our ghedli, didn’t he? If you doubt my allegation of the border-line cases, just look at some of the half-crazed comments to be found under my article.

      I am a bit bored now. Allow me to add an extract from what I am preparing for my next article (not related to your previous posting):
      “On the other hand, without doubt Eritrea’s economy is under total government control. Most of Eritrea’s economy depends on heavy taxation, extraction of payments from the diasporic population by means of non-stop projects, and free services the government demands from students, young citizens (now older citizens) as well as the armed forces under various guises to do with national services. These national services run for extended periods of time and the expenses they generate munch through the major part of the economy. To add to the bloodletting, many are fleeing the country. It is this weakened economy of Eritrea that Ethiopia has been stoking with its no-war/no-peace policy for years which compels Eritrea to maintain a permanent state of costly vigilance. Now they have added stooges and refugees to the formula to break us.”

      Does this sound like an account of Ripley’s Believe or Not to you?

      • hizbawi

        Admas, Aklilu is mad at you because you told Amanual, the Ethiopian lover as who is. I could never understand why this people care so much about Ethiopia? I am intrigued by the obsession of Amanual over Ethiopia now, Akiliu is coming swinging. What happened to dignity and pride bestowed to you from the great people of yours? I can understand about Amanual, since he went to Awassa, thanks to the TPLF, he hooked like a junkie. What I don’t understand is why Aklilu is bending to Ethiopia? I mean, what is going on?
        Admas, Ajoka, you heart is on the right side. The TPLF Agenda to wards Eritrea is simple,
        The only reason it didn’t work so far is because the oppositions are just likes of Amanual

        • MG


          Amaniel Hidrat and Amaniel Andemichael are from the same village (Deqi zuna)and from the same church. Amaniel andemichael was the lap dog of Mengistu hailemariam(Derg) and Amaniel Hidrat is the lap dog of woyane who follows his cousin foot steep and try any thing for the new andnet which was lost by his cousin Amaniel Andemichael the old andenet when his derg was total defat as simple as that.

        • Haqi

          You Are not qulified to tie aklilu shoes let alone speak with great aklilu. Now continue your halewlow

          Aklilu has done more for Eritrea than you since he was a teenager while you were eating a burger in the west. for gods sake have some shame instead of attacking every one

        • Admas Haile

          Selam Hizbawi,

          Thank you for words of encouragement.
          I had a feeling why Amanuel was going about the way he did. I could feel his anger, dejection towards me every time I raised Ethiopia’s intrusion in our struggle. He and his colleagues from the collaborationist camp are not going anywhere – our patriotism and commitment to ghedli are solid enough to see us through to the next stage. I trust Eritrean patriotism – we are not going to let the tifoso-ET off the hook.

  • Admas Haile

    Selam Amanuel Hidrat,
    I was surprised at the patronising tone you employed in communicating with me. The unsolicited advice that flowed towards me was interesting.

    First of all allow me to congratulate you on the two messages you posted lately. The reason for the appreciation is you made no mention of Semere Habtemariam, a straight shooting intellectual. You may disagree with him but show some respect man … I have seen you not only cock your ears but your ‘mantig’.

    Ato Amanuel, thank you for your email and ‘unsolicited advice’. I am referring to the advice you gave me on how to be a politician – a profession I totally deride, how to write, conduct research, support claims with evidence …etc. You are lecturing me on providing evidence that my stand on ‘Ethiopian influence’ is leading to calamity and will block passages we are trying to build to our people? My friend, I can reverse the question and ask you to give me evidence that Ethiopia’s role in our opposition politics is beneficial to us. I thought you and I are educated enough to assess matters that are assessable.

    You and I may share the same stand towards PFDJ, but are miles apart on Ethiopia’s destructive role in our opposition politics.

    How did the ‘government in exile’ come about? How did ‘bherat ksab mntsal’ campaign come about?
    I wish you could tell me who the following officials are: Hbur Gebrekidan, Redwan Husein, Gen Mesfen Amare, Bereket Simon, Sebhat Nega, Abay Tsehaye, Isayas Weldegergis ? What role do they play in opposition politics? ‘Advisors’? Tell me about ‘waEla Aqaqi’ … who organised it? Where did the five commissioners come from? Did Bereket Simon play a role there or not?
    Who organised ‘waEla muhurat’? The Awate Team :-)? I reckon Bereket Simon had no role, ato Amanuel (wink, wink).
    Tell me about ‘Hagerawi bayto ndimokrazyawi lewTi’. Tell me what role Amha domenico played there and who was steering from behind. How did Tsegay Yohannes pop out of nowhere? What happened between the Bayto and EDA? And why? The next stop ‘waEla debrezeyt’. I will mention Smrrr and you fill in the blanks.

    I wrote the following in one of my articles:
    I would like to underline that it is not my intention to provide the Asmara government a reprieve, or disregard the appalling crimes it is committing against our people; on the contrary, my objective is to process some thoughts of concern and perplexities that are tripping us, agitations that are exploiting our vulnerabilities, and sugar-coated lies that are poised to ensnare us. I believe once we have certain facts under our belts, and hopefully under our control, we will be in a better position to have a say in our destiny – a movement of our own, spearheaded by our own efforts and for our own people.
    Let me stop here.

    • Selam Admas,

      First I hadn’t a clue that you have different names… to play tricks in the virtual world and pen-names. That is okay but it is a good hint to me and the readers.

      Now it is not new for any third country to create a a political forum to bring conflicting parties to a table to talk and find a common ground to fight their common enemies. We have seen it in many liberation struggle and in many nations to build a coalition governments. So every effort of the Ethiopian government couldn’t be different from that prospect. Again rather waiting for a spoon feed from rumors set your foot on the ground and have first hand study.By your own admission you have enough education to assess matter s pertinent to the issue we are talking. All the question you asked me they are not substantive questions except you are mentioning the actors by our side and the facilitators by the Ethiopian side. Knowing the actors and the facilitators does not make you the issue how it was handled. Of course you know politics doesn’t work by guess but by having good hand on it, seeing all the action and reaction of the actors in the cooking pot of horse trading, the language they exchange and many more into it….all in order to have an educated judgment. Really it cringes me when some one try to give judgement without field study. Rumors are created only for suspicion nothing else.

      If you really see your questions…..they are questions for field study and not questions for debate my friend. Rather than asking me to make study for you, why don’t have the courage and stamina to do your home work before accusing Ethiopia or
      the opposition groups. There is no study by remote control…the “entay yebahal-alo.”

      Lastly, since you are dismissive – as you did to my questions, there will be no good coming from answering your question. But don’t forget I gave you some scoop how to make an independent study that are free from rumors and could give you a weight to your knowledge. Unless you change your attitude, like Aklilu this will be my last chatting with you.

      • correction: insert “privy to” and read as “doesn’t make privy to the issue how it was handled”

  • haile


    It is mind boggling how some people pull stuff out of the thin air! Regards, Abraham Isaias, rarely seen in public, seem to attract some strange comments from some people, including those who profess support to the self styled Stalinist regime. I don’t know much about Abraham, but as tend to regularly have traveled past the MoI (aka forto), it is a normal occasion to encounter Elsa Isaias either around lunch time or in the morning hours walking to the building. Usually in company of here peers and hardly any difference from any other passer bay you would meet on your way around the streets in Asmara.

    It never crossed my mind that I was passing in front of a Princess or any thing like that. In fact, you would hardly be concerned unless your companion brings it up that she is IA’s daughter. I was bemused when news agencies were reporting that IA’s daughter was caught up in the Jan 21 incident. Who ever was there must have been, and she seems to be there everyday. A young and impressionable kid just like any other kid you see in town.

    Well, what if she was to run for president in democratic Eritrea? I guess she stands very much better a chance than many and of course she is damn well entitled to do so if she thinks the miserable world of politics is her calling.

    Let us not forget our humanity and take it upon ourselves to speak on behalf of innocent family members who are not here to defend themselves. To me IA is responsible as part of his notorious regime and not innocent family who are as much entitled to anything Eritrea has to offer as the next person.


    • yegermal

      At some point of their lives, Saddam Hussein and Ghadaffi children were innocent…were they innocent to the end? Unfair as it may be one can’t feel sorry for those who benefit from dictatorship whether as children or adults. I can’t imagine children of monsters DIA’s types can grow up to be decent humans….out of “thin air”!

      • belay

        Can’t agree more, Mr Gadaffi’s daughter in law,poured hot water to her Ethiopian servant and the victim was,denied hospital treatment.She was found rotting in a room ,by the opposition fighters,when Gadaffi abandoned his palace.

      • hizbawi

        [Moderator: message deleted. No insults please.]

    • haile

      Selamat Belay and Yegermal

      It is difficult to draw such conclusions simply because IA, Sadam and Gadaffi are dictators. The children of the latter two had significant power that they were controlling inside their respective parent’s regimes. Such is not the case in IA’s case. The kids don’t hold any visible power or run any sections of the regime’s civilian or security apparatus. In fact, unlike the Lemlem’s asmara’s and araya’s of this world, they seem to have gone through the process of life under the regime (National service, Mai nefhi…). Sadam’s and Gadaffi’s children were most feared and ruthless personalities both within the regime and security circles. All we have about Abraham seems to lay wrath on behalf of his family. That ain’t much power to wield IMO.

      • yegermal

        ” In fact, unlike the Lemlem’s asmara’s and araya’s of this world, they seem to have gone through the process of life under the regime (National service, Mai nefhi…). Sadam’s and Gadaffi’s children were most feared and ruthless personalities both within the regime and security circles”

        You seem to know more about DIA and his family than you’re letting on. In any case, your arguments seems to fit the myth that is perpetuated about tegadalay DIA and his shida strolling on the streets of Asmara without security detail. “Mishkinay etom generalat eyom imber nesu dea hanti zeyblu demozu 2 shih nakfa ab werhi, bihasab nay hizbu tewahitu delo” , esh we esh….. So you say DIA’s kids served Sawa and then on to May Nefhi. How long was their Sawa service? Some mention Elsa works at enda zena ( a pretty privileged position reserved only to DIA loyalists trained to disseminate propaganda). Abraham was once rumors to be training to become head of the Air Force, again a quite privilege position (especially since he was rumored to be academically a slacker and a headache for DIA’s secret agents who were stack protecting him while he was drowning in alcohol at a very young age). Do you know for certain that DIA’s kids have never left the country for a prolonged amount of time? I heard that at least Abraham was sent to a prep school somewhere in Europe. I understand that you’re trying to defend the “defenseless” (DIA’s kids), but I am tickled how you seem to believe every fib that is spread to make DIA and his kids “ordinary people”. C’mon!

        • yegermal

          By the way , it is also rumored that DIA has entered the US in secret many times since the Badme debacle, and spent time at his cousin’s Zaid Mesfin house in Hercules California.

  • Lemlem


    The reason PIA is ok with speaking Arabic when he visits Arab countries is because Arabic is one of the official languages of Eritrea and the business language of much of Western Eritrea.

    The reason PIA does not like to speak in Amharic is because Amharic ia not a recognized language in Eritrea. Additionally, it brings up bad memories from the Ethiopian colonization years for the Eritrean people.

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      Good explanation! But dont you think you proved how he is lame in politics?

  • yemane

    Abet Halewlew enda Ato Shenkolel !!
    Folks, from both extremes( The Amanuel Hidrat Gangs and that of Admas’s Hypocrites); Please let’s honor our official Kingdom voluntarily. The kingdom of our beloved king-Isayas Afeworki and Prince Abraham.

    We have been whining for decades but did nothing except angering our King. Few days ago, Our Monster king showed us our next Boss before we turn ourselves to the little British prince George who is only 2 weeks old….We got our own Prince who expresses his deep condolescence to the Murdered Minister Weldemichael….

    Woooooow!! it is cool to see the Red-Sea is Separated by A Muslim Prince from Saudi Arabia and A Christian Wanna be Prince from Eritrea….

    • Lemlem


      Abraham Issayas is handsome enough to be a prince. He’s a spit image of his father. He looks just like his father. If he has his father’s smarts, toughness and leadership abilities, I would have no problem with Abraham becoming our next president. PIA is relatively young though so we are talking 10 to 15 years from now.

      By the way, Abraham is named after Ibrahim Afa, who was PIA’s right hand man when he was the Secretary General of the EPLF. Ibrahim Afa died in action. He was a brilliant military leader and one of the giants of the Eritrean liberation movement (ghedli). So Abraham has a lot to live upto.

      • yemane

        Weyezero Lemlem,
        I don’t think that you are alive?….Are you ?….Well, when I was hot teenager in Arareb( Northern Sahl), I was told that Abraham was named after the late Abraham Tewolde( A Well respected fighter…was it true?…Only Isayas and the First Lady,If she really exists,know it)…Anyway, Let’s comply with the laws of our Kingdom…Let’s stop arguing on Politics( all of us the so called, self appointed oppositions.)…Let’s exhaust on writing articles only and enjoy the non-scientific flowing theories of Comrades YG( Mqnjaw Ghedli), Admas Haile( Ethio-Paranoia) and Amanuel hidrat(Confused on who is wrong? that the opposition or Ethiopia)…..Opps!! ..I forgot the Legend Semere Hailemariam( Never censor Adams articles as it is a cloned article)……Well, His Excellency Salh Ghadi will be delighted if we focus on writing then.

        • Lemlem

          [From moderator: Lemlem, ” Arbo Robue,” “Beles”… are these more keywords you learned from the PFDJ hate dictionary, just like your defamation of Idaga Arbi? We have a “three clown acts and you are out” rule, so please stop parroting words whose meaning you clearly don’t understand.]

      • yegermal

        Bullies can be perceived as possessing “toughness and leadership” but inside every bully there is a coward driven by fear and animal impulse, and DIA is a bully par excellence. Let’s hope that rumors of DIA physically and emotionally abusing his wife and children, especially Abraham, do not turn out to be true. For we may end up with our own version of Shang dynasty!

  • Aklilu
    You wrote (Remember this: Our primary enemies are nsu and PFDJ. Let’s consolidate all our efforts to defeat them) I totally second you and agree with you. By Saying this, I wish to reaffirm, and for the zillion times our primary enemies are nsu and PFDJ, that I am not belonging to any political party in the political sense, neither am I a sympathizer of the PFDJ or of NUS.
    Under DIA and PFDJ rule, insecurity and poverty increased. Eritrean has nothing to celebrate for. Eritreans are disenchanted and very angry. Eritrea is bankrupt nation both morally and materially in every ward of it.
    Eritrean mean concern and real problem today is DIA and PFDJ representing the upper class structure contained in equilibrium to the same end, prevention of any change what so ever so long as stratification reflects its core interest and power at the top of the helm and social discipline at the bottom for the poor Eritreans.
    DIA is not a president for all Eritreans as he claim to be, but a president representing his core tiny followers and supporters, PFDJ are more devoted to their DIA than they are to Eritrea .this is self serving, this is not true nationalism, it’s not patriotism, it is not a sense of citizens of Eritrea. The nation is becoming much more divided and polarized under DIA leadership.DIA justified his sense of “absolute power and dictorship l” with his “winner-takes-all interpretation that EPLF brought independence .
    In this regard many have written a number of essays and articles in the recent years, number examples of which are herewith awate site , hoping to contribute to public debate, foremost among all kind of political group ,be it secular and liberal Eritrean intellectuals, an opportunity that unfortunately never materialized. However, instead, sadly, “Political Expediency,” and simplistic self-serving contrived political discourse and political agendas dominate the current public debate that would render dialogue that of the “Deaf-Mute” with extremely dire repercussions and self-defeating consequences that examples of which, unfortunately, started to floating at the surface.
    Read in their totality, the articles and essays written over the span of several recent years could, by now may very well have served a useful constructive purpose enticing constructive dialogue had the governing central themes been picked up in the interest of Realpolitik among the vying political and ideological factions debating the current phenomenon.
    While the Fat Lady did not yet appear on the stage for the last Act, one hopes for the better wishing Eritrea and its people the security, tranquility, harmonious existence and potential prosperity the ALL Important Eritrea truly deserve

  • Dear Admas:

    I thought you were a serious and sincere writer who is fed up with our miserable situation and raedy to rumble to bring change. How meek and foolish I was.

    More than what you wrote in your articles, your responses reflect clearly what is in your inner thinking, motives, drives and ambitions.

    You are a very dismisive and mischivious person. I think you are hiding something from us your dear readers.

  • kahsay

    Aye Admas,

    Gedli,..values,…manners.Don’t you know as female tegadlti was serving as sex workers
    to their commanders ?

    • Admas Haile

      Dear Kahsay,

      I am surprised that the editor allowed your message to be posted. Why would you say such an ugly thing? newri! I can see how much respect you have for your fellow sisters who sacrificed their lives for you.
      I guess you have the right to say anything you like, don’t you.

  • belay

    Talking about naming was great but, is there any relationship why,Mr Isayas Afeworki talks in Arabic when he visits eg. The Sudan and doesn’t want to speak the language he knew best Amharic.why? He relates more to Amhara than the Arabs.I think it is all down to hate and the idea, i want to be any body but not me.

  • Admas Haile

    Dear Tamrat,

    I have been reading your comments and I am of the opinion you do not have nice things to say about my articles. I am trying to understand what makes you tick and what you really want me to say. Please do not take this personally – I am going to post a brief message why we Eritreans need to embrace common sense struggle … thoughts I would like to include in my upcoming article.

    Here we go …

    We Eritreans should be able to turn to our common sense style of struggle, which will allow us to remain on the same page with our average Eritrean. I hope there is no problem in my thinking so far.

    What is a common sense struggle? It is a principle that is based on a form of struggle which is contained within Eritrea’s sovereignty and is responsive to people’s sensitivity. How am I doing so far?

    If Eritreans are not sensitive towards the importance of adhering to people’s issues then difficult differences will emerge between various groups in the opposition camp. We have been seeing that for over a decade. And those very differences will only extend the time of the struggle to build a fair and democratic Eritrea. Do we agree? Now I want you to think along with me … we are nearly there. Add the Ethiopia formula to it and tell me what will happen. Common sense approach.

    • Tamrat Tamrat

      Hi Admas!
      Yes you have to come up With Your speciall struggel equiped With Remote controll With GPS other wise a King + 4 People wouldnt do that miracle in 10 years to unite and took 30 +23 years and millions lost lives to match Your soulution.

  • Asmerome

    Hope you come to your sense and write some educational and constructive article instead of some useless crap .

    • Admas Haile

      Dear Asmerom,

      You wrote:
      Hope you come to your sense and write some educational and constructive article instead of some useless crap .

      Let’s see if this is educational enough.

      In the course of the past decade, Eritreans have increasingly come under attack by the unlawful government that assumed power since 1991. The wounds inflicted by the PFDJ clique scarred the good-will of Eritreans living in the country, and have even disfigured and embittered the Diaspora to a point of not staking out a place in future Eritrea. That is indeed tragic.

      Many things have changed in Eritrea since the Badme war of 1998. We should explore how championing of our ghedli experience can give our history higher visibility, and how that experience will contribute towards our dignified existence. I will continue to see our tegadelti as not only an embodiment of values and principles but also as a representative of a struggle that emerged victorious. To me their martyrdom increased our national clout.

      I haven’t mentioned Ethiopia in the above paragraphs. Is that an improvement?

      • Dear Admas,

        You seem your emotion is controlled now. You seem also that you felt the inflicting wound of our nation by Issayas (PFDJ) regime….the worst human subjugation in the history of our people. Furthermore, you want to disentangle our people from the grip of the despot. Up to here your desire is in alignment with the majority. The question is, how do we remove the despot from the helm of power? To answer the question you try to lend from the bravery of our fighters from the ghedli era. If you don’t want to be selective the ghedli also devised a method of united front with TPLF to unseat the derg from power that culminated the birth of our nation. Now the question to you now is, if it was good in the 80s isn’t it good to create similar alliance to remove the evil man of the region?

        Just a hint from my experience: the fall out of our political organizations is originated from their incompetence to meet the challenge. I am sure you will not take my info, believe me that Ethiopia has nothing to do with the quagmire of the opposition camp. Like the people of Eritrea, Ethiopia or the states in the region have an interest on the removal of the regime… maintain peace and stability. I am sure there are chicken fighting and escape-goating within the opposition camp, but the truth of the matter is that they are unfit to the challenge of our nation and to the geopolitics of the region. Ethiopia seeks good neighborliness and mutual economic growth……no more no less. Try to make enough study to make an educated and rational judgement.

        • Admas Haile

          Selam Mr Amanuel Hidrat,

          I thought you and I were never going to talk in this medium due to the vast gap that exists between our beliefs. Basically, I can see you recoil to strike every time I mention Ethiopia. Perhaps you are also a supporter of the useless ENCDC group that is making itself a laughing stock of many Eritreans and perhaps Ethiopians alike. Don’t be offended now for this is my personal opinion and most probably of many others. I hope you are not going to cringe as I say …

          Ethiopia’s current stance on EEBC’s verdict requires no in-depth analysis as it poses a serious threat to Eritrea’s sovereignty (don’t yawn … it may be an old argument bust still unresolved … you are shaking your head, aren’t you? Don’t call me an incorrigible, obnoxious … took the words right out of your mouth!)

          Amanuel, it is an open secret that Ethiopia is interfering in the activities of some opposition groups through its ‘rescue’ packages [you are fuming]. Its plan is quite simple: it wants to erect an Eritrea based on its model. Without doubt, taking Eritrean history into consideration, let alone a hostile government like Ethiopia, Eritreans will not allow any government to take away their hard won victory. [I am not an arrogant %#*!@ – I am just expressing my conviction).

          Our opposition groups are embarrassingly weak. That is why Ethiopia enjoys dictating its wishes unreservedly upon them. Look what is happening to ENSF. Tell me the likes of Asmelash Yohannes + Leul Gaim are helping us out. You can’t see the link between our weakened opposition groups and Ethiopia, can you? You are saying ‘Don’t blame Ethiopia, blame our opposition groups’ right?
          Interesting. I also blame you for a few things and I blame myself for not doing enough. I do not enjoy being a keyboard activist. I used to think I was it at one time of my life just because I could write a sentence or two. We will talk about this some other time … not that we are in talking terms.

          My temper … hmmm nice observation.

          • Dear Admas,

            Let me start with “merhaba.” You see admas you had already a perception that we can’t talk at any cost b/c we have a big gap in our opinions. That is bad. The only thing I couldn’t engage with any one at anytime is, if he hasn’t any decency and respect to his counterpart, and if someone overran by emotions.

            Mr. Admas, to have different opinion is not a curse rather it is a blessing as far as we can handle our difference amicably and rationally with all respectful human values. Look, still you don’t know how to debate. In a debate you don’t put your own words to someone’s mouth. You always take others think the way you think….for instance in your note above you said “Don’t call me an incorrigible, obnoxious … took the words right out of your mouth!).” Those are your words….pls don’t talk by assumption.

            Your argument are based on assumption and reduction from assumptions. And all your inferences are based on rumors not on factual fact.As an educated individual you know what you have to do, set your foot on the ground and find first hand facts. Then rather despising incompetence do something to change it. We have gone to far undermining each other planting mistrust within our diversity (diversity of our social grouping and diversity of opinions).

            Again let me reiterate again, Ethiopia has nothing to do with the Eritrean political factions. The problem is emanated from our make up. If you want to be good politician, Know how to clean our political house and we shouldn’t throw our failure to Ethiopia. Go and study our political factions and you will learn. If they want to Eritrean political organization Ethiopia couldn’t make them Ethiopian. All the regional grouping, ethnic grouping, and religious grouping are emanated from the mistrust of our politics (group hegemony and chauvenism).If you don’t believe on that make your own research as you are capable to do that. Do empirical study and contribute towards its resolution.

            In my previous note I asked you a question but you opted to dismiss it. Still that your choice……dismissing questions is dismissing resolutions is in my book and wouldn’t put you as serious man of the issue.

          • Correction: read as if they want to “be” Eritrean political organizations.

      • Asmerome

        First don’t take me wrong , you have the right to mention Ethiopia as much as you want as far as you back up your accusation with facts. We are not taking about elementary science you are smart enough to know and understand that nothing is free specially when you are dealing with other nations .Each and every nation fig
        hts to keep their interest in every possible way they can get and this is no secret
        When we accuse or blame someone we should have facts to support our accusations ,otherwise it’s just a rumor and nobody wants to waste his time on unfounded accusations and that’s what I mean it’s a crap
        It’s so easy to blame and point fingers to others but we must search and ask ourselves if we are free from the blame that we’re putting forward? Don’t you hate to be so accustomed just to blame others ? This blame or accuse others syndrome is not easy to be cured
        Adams as a writer you got to be careful when you blame and accuse someone without facts all your writings will worthless and your credibility questioned . Before blaming others we should clean our house first. The weakness of our opposition is our own making. For how many years now have the so called “unity”eluded us ?have we Eritreans sincerely tried to sit down and asses our weakness and tried to find a solution collectively ? Respect starts from from ones own house if we are divide (as we are now) and tearing each other by the name of struggling for the cause of Eritrean people , who on earth with there right mind are going to respect us and take us seriously . We do have a problem and we should identify our problem first and try to narrow it if not solving it before we start blaming others
        I think a wise way should be to educate the masses to put pressure on our opposition groups to come together in a common ground for the sale of the nation and our people instead of quarreling with each other wasting their time and giving a helping hand to the regime in Asmara
        Hope you understood me now

        • Admas Haile

          Thank you for the advice, Asmerome.
          My argument is simple. Our weaknesses are directly related to Ethiopian interference. I started noticing something was amiss when Ethiopia split up a solid organisation like the ELF-RC. I can mention more than ten incidents where Ethiopia was involved … ENA, EDA … etc.
          I am sure you know what I am talking about.
          If Ethiopia wants to help let them give us the money and stay out of our business … we will manage matters the way we see fit. I am sure can it a good job. If Ethiopia wants to help let them create a safe passage way for our refugees. If Ethiopia wants to help let them accept the ruling unreservedly … and so forth.

  • Salyounis

    Selamat y’all:

    Judging by its title, I thought this article was going to be a rebuttal to Yosief Ghebrihiwet’s latest j’accuse where he blames Ghedli for something or another. Then I read it and all I have to say is: the editor of this website should have re-titled Admas Haile’s article. I recommend some kind of disciplinary measure against the editor, like, let me see, forcing him to re-read Yosief’s latest article?

    Speaking of YG’s article. The one in question is a classic example of YG’s articles: first reach a conclusion (the more shocking the better), then look for the anecdotal data to support your conclusion and if it is not there, wow, what a ride, huh? The recommended way — gather the data, analyze, conclude–is very boring.

    In this particular case, if YG really wanted to know whether Eritrean names have changed dramatically since the launch of the dreaded Ghedli and its futile escape act from Habeshanet (hey, there is a name for you free with with my compliments, use it), he didn’t have to look for anecdotes. There is a wealth of data that he doesn’t even have to google: it is sitting at his finger tips, right at Asmarino. Would you consider 20,000 Eritrean names a large enough sample to analyze? But when you analyze that, the conclusions are rather boring: it is hard to argue that Ghedli had an impact on the names Eritreans choose for their children.

    Oh, the 20,000 names? I am referring to this, of course.

    Haile, sorry I thread-jacked your article. Just had to remind the editor that he’s got to do a better job of renaming the articles we post:)


    • Eyob Medhane


      You know what?! I am proud to say that you and I are sort of think alike. I also thought this article was a rebuttal to YG’s latest article. That was the only reason why I ‘skimmed’ it.

      To be honest with you, I think this is the only article that I give YG just ‘B’ for:-) I didn’t see any meaningful reason to analyze why people are giving certain names to their children and themselves. I get his reason behind the article. He wanted to show how ‘Ghedli’ watered down and at times changed the ‘Habesha’ culture. However, if he wanted to show that there are so many other areas, which he can explore and provide substantial evidence other than questioning people’s right to name their children and themselves whatever they want. It also has been said and told so many times about ‘Ghedli’s anti-tradition traits. I just think the topic is a bit repeated too many times over.

      I also have raised my eyebrows with his comparison of Ethiopian and Eritrean football players names as a sample of the two nations naming traditions. That is hugely off the mark sample taking, given the size and diversity of the two nations. All in all, I think he’s done much much better with his previous articles. This one is kind of…..(Choose and insert the sound effect for me. Preferably, from Homer Simpson’s wife) 🙂

      • Tamrat Tamrat

        Hi Eyob!
        If YG starts With explaining from what naming,and its importance in a socity, all its process, from clan to nation, from moving local Places to cities (ato Dib Anbessa named his chiled Gigi in Bahir Dar), from first generation to second (a mother married to a Norwegian said ‘i have to Call my son ”markos’ it is easy for both groups’). Though as individual we are free to choose Our names, the socity we live in determins most part of it directly (in ethiopia you can name Your chiled ‘pupil’ but not allowed ‘Ass’ or other urine related organ) or indirectly (you may find some Afeworkis in Ethiopia but it hard form them to name their chiled isayas) then the article would be too long and may be in the process loose many Readers. That is why he left it for the People who understand naming’s importance in a cosity.

        Here is a girl named Jewahir from Dire Dawa who moved to addis in the late 80s. She said one of the most boring name in addis is ‘Almaz’. And Guess what her name has the same meaning like Almaz in her culture. So in Our rude Group she ended up With a ‘nickname’ Almaz.

        Remember only in cyber we name ourselves other wise it is Our parents With a huge influence of the socity they live in determines Our names. Just for fun refer the graph of eritreans naming their children isayas from 1991 to date. Dont think it is a wrong atempt to Draw V 🙂

        • Kim Hanna

          I hate to admit it, but is true. It hit me the 1st time I read Y.G’s name thing when it came out. I had to hold off my opinion because like some poetry it takes me time to get it down to my level to digest. To be frank about it, later on, I found it to be a little below me.

          That is why the more I thought about it CONSIPERACY crossed my mind. I thought there was some, not much, but some similarity to suspect that Mr. Admas might be impersonating Y.G. at the other place. Please don’t ask me for proof. You cannot get proof for things like this, you just know.

          My other conviction or thought out belief is that, it goes to show us he (Y.G) is human. He has some blind spots. Who among us does not have blind spots.

          There are articles that I have read from some learned, highly educated people, that I won’t mention names, which was way off the chart. A moment of insanity, if you will. Something about ….breakfast in Mekele and lunch in Addis.. bla.. bla.
          Pappalion? brought it up once in this forum and she was banned, never to be heard from again. I don’t want that to happen to me too. I have to be careful.

          In the final analysis, let us all agree that even heavy weights like Y.G are entitled to something like this once every decade or so.


          • Awatestaff

            [Moderator: do you feel ashamed at all when you tell a lie? Where did you get this lie from: “Pappalion? brought it up once in this forum and she was banned, never to be heard from again.?” If you disappear today would that mean you were banned from this forum? We really are not mean, but this time you will be banned unless you apologize for your blatant lie.]

      • Salyounis

        Selamat Gwad Eyob:

        You said:

        “You know what?! I am proud to say that you and I are sort of think alike.”

        Hmmm, hold on, let’s stop the party: we let’s test that now, shall we? 🙂

        When you read YG’s article about the change in Eritrean names, did you think of the following? Bob Dylan, The Fonz, Isaias? I didn’t think so. Welcome to Saltopia:

        1. Bob Dylan. One of Bob Dylan’s best (and least appreciated) song is called “man gave names to all the animals.” It is humbling: he doesn’t mention God, but it is implied: all man does is describe (give names) and it is God who creates. YG’s article (because he sees things from the Habesha/non-Habesha perspective) fails to take into account what every parent goes through when they have a child: the months and months parents spend choosing the right name. For example, my great grandfather named his daughter (my grandma) a name that I have never heard used in Eritrea (none of your business 🙂 And I named my daughter a name that I have never heard used by Eritreans (still none of your business 🙂 This process of showing that your child is the most unique in the world…. if you are a parent, you understand; if you are not, you don’t.

        2. The Fonz. Do you know where the expression “jumped the shark” comes from? There was a long running TV show called “Happy Days” where a character named “The Fonz” was the tough guy who did tough guy things and people just accepted it as part of his character (the most famous one is how he got jukeboxes to play music just by hitting them.)Finally, in one episode, the producers of the show, thinking people will accept any tough thing he does, and having run out of tough things he hasn’t done, show him water-skiing over sharks. Since then, “jumped the shark” has been used as an idiom for “oh, come on!” Would its amharic variation be “ere ebakeh” or “ere tew”? The asmarino version, depending on your generation, would be “gdefena bejakha!” or “kheliyena bejakha!” Please note that this is Asmarinos taking an Arabic word, Khelini, and conjugating it Tigrinya style and that this practice (importing Arabic words) had NOTHING to do with Ghedli.

        When I read YG’s article, I said to myself he has finally jumped the shark. You see, it is one thing for YG to feed his fans great tales about things they have no information about–Ghedli. The more removed–physically, psychologically–somebody was from Ghedli, the more receptive he is to listen to the great tales. It is like an astronomer describing the landscape of Neptune to villagers in Jimma 🙂 But once you start talking to people about something they are intimately familiar with–the astronomer telling Jimma villagers about growing coffee–and you are describing it in a way that makes no sense to them, it is an “ Zla Abi Asa ” moment. (Speaking of names, I think we only have two names for fish: small fish and big fish. 🙂 If you have an Amharic word for shark, we don’t mind using it:)

        3. Isaias Afwerki: Whenever people tell us that Isaias Afwerki is beloved by 99.95% of Eritreans, one theory I have floated to demonstrate that he is not is to ask people if they know any 10 year old or younger boys named Isaias. But it is only a theory and I wouldn’t write a 20 page article on it:) Besides, I don’t want the Eritrean government to pass a proclamation demanding that they name at least one child Isaias.

        So, you think we still think alike?

        all the best,


    • Admas Haile

      Selam Say,

      I did read YG’s article and sat down to write a proper rejoinder but something happened. My mind drifted away and quickly added a few things to it as I started thinking how he could have fared better had he chosen music as his ‘exhibit one’ to ridicule the ghedli experience.
      Actually I started to think seriously about the effects our music had in me during my upbringing. To me the story of the music I identify with started with ghedli, to others, the ‘Shgey habuni’ generation, it started with the Ethiopian occupation.
      Eritrean music assumed a special meaning to me, and I am sure to many citizens, because many of us attest to the fact that it revived our sense of patriotism and shaped our identity during bad times (Ethiopian occupation). In other words, for decades, music was used as a compelling weapon against Ethiopian occupation by inspiring the youth to join the struggle for independence and by raising the political consciousness of the civilian population.
      The nature of Eritrean music is inextricably bound up with our long struggle for independence. I am sure the atmospheres in the ‘segretos’, ‘enda Sewa’ and ‘enda Shahi’ helped many of our elder compatriots to capture public sentiments and to musically express their objections to life under foreign occupation.
      Etc, etc, etc. What is in our music? Bes meAlesh.
      With so much deficiency I am sure there is a lot of room for learning and improvement. Eid Mubarek

  • Dear Admas:

    First my greetings to you.

    I want to tell you that I appreciate your efforts. I always hesitate and ponder before I give a reply. The reason being, I don’t want to kill a QUESTION. For me a QUESTION is paramount and not an answer: most answers kill questions. And once a QUESTION is killed, the OPPORTUNITY to find THE SOLUTION is KILLED.

    But First thing first:

    Ethiopians cannot, shall not and will not be our enemies. Those, who you call Woyanie, cannot, will not and shall not be our enemies. I humbly ask you to consider your obsession with Ethiopia. And please take them as mere neighbors who are struggling to solve their OWN problems. Their “problems” might not be similar to ours, nevertheless, they have problems that need resolution.

    Identifying your primary enemy is paramount in strategy. You are mixing things. Sometimes I say why is Admas mixing oil and water?

    In many of your articles you emonstrated a disposition to name BIG names and I am afraid to say for no other reason than to make your presentation grand. I was even surprised by you to name martyr Mehari wedi Sheka, my friend and my close comrade.

    Dear Admas:

    Remember the “Unknown Martyrs”, the salts and lights of the revolution. A leader is nothing without the dedication of those who are led. Without them, without their scarifices, nothing could have been achieved. Nothing!

    On many occasions you bashed Wedi Temnewo. I know Tesfai. He was handed to me personaly in Ala by no other than martyr Ibrahim Afa (of course Mesfin Hagos in the background) to coax and mollify his revolutionay and just zeal. I shall leave the detailed story for now but I found out that Tesfai was a rare, determined, honest and humble sacrificial lamb and I am proud to work out a solution for him, Ibrahim’s and to my satisfaction. It was a temporary victory for he was snatched (hand selected by the party) to go to the third cadre school (salsai zuria) so that he would not be an obstacle in the first wudubawe gubaie. Wedi Temnowo left EPLF not on his own volution but because he was not needed. I know no other LIVING tegadalay who went through hell in EPLF like wedi Temnewo.

    And today, you mentioned martyr wedi Fenkil. First, srhit Fenkil has nothing to do with wedi Fenkil. Do you know how Wedi Fenkil died?

    Wedi Fenkil lost his life in the wanning days of the civil war (1974), just before many but to mention one, Saleh Tetew.

    Wedi Fenkil was a gifted leader and warrior but not better or lesser than martyr Berhe Tsada; Ibrahim Afa; Woldemichael Haile; Osman Gefila; Girmai Mehari; Wedi Sheka, Biriray and many more company leaders.

    Wedi Fenkil was alone in a Kushet Hudmo in Semienawi Bahri startegizing for attack when he was surprised by ELF fighters. The ELF fighters led by Melake Tecle, could have killed him but opted to capture him alive. He was strong and lithe and managed to escape unharmed but unfortunately he left his AK47 behind.

    Wedi Fenkil was devastated to leave his weapon behind. Who a warrior would not? He felt humilated and emasculated. Against the sober advice of his team and breaking the “code of martyrs”…”Ziban Swuat” he attacked the very ELF comapany that possessed his weapon even though the terrain was to his company’s disadvantage. He was killed during the battle.There was even a “legend” that nsu openly cried even though the TRUTH was Nsu was upset because Wedi Fenkil ignored Nsu’s orders not to attack. But because nsu knew how Wedi Fenkil was respected and adored by the fighters he exploited and is still exploiting the name and true legend of our beloved son Wedi Fenkil.

    Please do not fall into the pit!!!

    Dear Admas:

    To write your opinion is your right. But if what you write indadvertently becomes a barrier (or aptly to say distorter) to a solution, you shoulder the blame. In other words, what you are writing is benefiting the enemy more and not the cause that you repeatedly and honestly claim.

    Remember this: Our primary enemies are nsu and PFDJ. Let’s consolidate all our efforts to defeat them. And I encourage you to continue writing.

    Aklilu Zere

    • dear Aklilu,

      A small scoop from our history and a sober advice to Admas Haile. Thank you.

      Amanuel H.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Aklilu,


    • Admas Haile

      Selam Zekre,

      Thank you for the sober reply. Do I mean ‘sobering’ reply … I am not sure.
      I do not agree with your assertions but I give you credit for telling us the story of Wedi Fenql. Before I continue with my rebuttal, are you the same person who wrote the following articles?

      Ethiopia: the End of the Fano Road? “The prospect for a stable Ethiopia with a fair representation of its people and just rule is without doubt not certain, for the experience of the past half-century direly lacked any traits of liberal politics.

      Eritrea: The Illusion of Independence-Liberation Dichotomy: “… the essence in the State of Eritrea (with the emblem of the camel) cannot be separated from nascent state during the ghedli period. In other words, both entities are one and the same. Deny it as we may, the totalitarian state did not grow in a vacuum; it was the culmination of the seamless evolution from the proto-state.”

      Eritrea’s Masses: Armed But Docile: “In order for the armed but automaton-like subjects to regain their sovereignty, an intervention force may play as the catalyst.”

      If the answer is yes, I will take time to go back to read your articles you published on Asmarino and come back to you in due course. As a brother, please exercise caution for YG, as its new editor, that is publishing more and more articles that I term ‘Unionist’ … so we won’t clash 

      I know the story of Wed Fenqil. Thank you for sharing it with the public for we need more stories like that if we are to understand our history better – especially the ghedli history. In my article my focus was Operation Fenql, not wedi Fenql. I was using the name association aspect of the story that transpired during the ghedli period. I am sorry if I gave you the impression wedi fenql played a protagonist role in Operation Fenql.

      Now I have a favour to ask. Please tell us the story of Operation Fenql if it matters to you as much as it matters to me (and I would say the majority of Eritreans).

      Let me go back to an interesting point you raised. Actually, I did not expect you to start out with a TnQwella-like answer from you. You are not a Tenqwalay, are you, brother Zekere? You wrote:
      Ethiopians cannot, shall not and will not be our enemies. Those, who you call Woyanie [fyi, I never used the word Woyanie throughout my articles], cannot, will not and shall not be our enemies. I humbly ask you to consider your obsession with Ethiopia. And please take them as mere neighbors who are struggling to solve their OWN problems. Their “problems” might not be similar to ours, nevertheless, they have problems that need resolution.

      Allow me to give you another chance to re-articulate your entry paragraph before I spend time to send you a reply. For now let me say the following: your prophecy reminded me of Tedla Bairu’s stand (and his cohorts ) in the 50s and 60s (Ethiopians, Ethiopians, Ethiopians … our brothers). You remember about the Shifta campaigns, the campaign for federation, and then annexation … you are getting my drift, aren’t you? I wonder what it was like for those who were persecuted and repeatedly vilified for advocating “Eritrea for Eritreans” credo. I am thinking of Ibrahim Sultan, WelWel and Rasi Tessema. You want me to trust the Ethiopians just because you said so? Ask me to trust my insticts, educated assumptions and in my Eritrean identity.

      • Dear Admas:

        I am not Zekere Lbona. I am Aklilu Zere, a proud citizen of


      • Haqi

        he is aklilu zere not zekre libona,,,,wae wae kkkkkkkk.

    • rastaman

      I have been wondering where the name FenQil came from. I hope what you said is true and the Operation was not named after the name of the horse of Yohannes IV. DIA wouldn’t hesitate to name it after the famous horse of his great grand uncle, Kassa Miratch (Yohannes IV).
      Wedi Blata has once been fooled, when he said that DIA told him he named his son Abraham after the late Abraham Tecle. The fact is that the next ruler in line of Eritrea (and supposedly including Ethiopia) was named after his grand father Dej. Abraham Hagos Mirtcha, the brother of Kassa Mirtcha (Yohannes IV).I hope again Wedi blata is right. Did you see the Royal Son at the funeral of the Minister of Zobat?

  • zamu

    Dear Admas,
    Why are you so selective in your response? Why do you respond to some and avoid many relevant questions in this forum? Is there any particular reason?

    • Admas Haile

      There is no particular reason why I address some and not others. It is only to do with time … gotta raise my children, man! Who would breast feed them for me? You do not expect me to write to all, do you? Normally, I post an article and then disappear for a week or two; and then I come back with another one. I certainly avoid some comments for it is futile to say much – they say Ethiopia and I say Eritrea. You certainly made me pay attention to your name now … will watch out for what you will have to say from now on.
      With apologies

      • zamu

        fair enough, Admas. And thank you for your time and promising to watch my posts. 😀

  • welde

    Dear Mr Admas,

    why do you oppse the oppostion who are enlightened enough to seek good relationship with their neighbour Ethiopia?

    You see your problem has manyfolds including infeirity complex and envy.

    If you really care for Eritrea and its people and you want to free the country and the people then you need to seek and accept the suuport of others,including Ethiopia.

    • Admas Haile

      Mr T Kifle,
      Accepting the support of a neigboring country is OK; but being dictated by it is another. I am sure you understand the difference. For how long are we going to fool ourselves by feigning we are receiving support when it is strict instructions? You refuse to see what Ethiopia is doing to the opposition because you find it convenient to walk blindfolded. Ever since the likes of Sebhat Nega, Hbur Gebrekidan and Simon Bereket and started ‘helping’ all we have witnessed is chaos after chaos. Harestay, God bless his soul, stood to them; and what happened afterwards? I hope you are old enough to remember the story and share it with our readers.

      Here is a sketch how the Ethiopian officials have been dealing with us (an extract from one of my articles):

      • Entice the opposition groups into Ethiopia;
      • Buy the opposition off until they are ensnared and then train them to become Ethiopia’s yes-men;
      • Set the stage for infighting and splits;
      • Eventually have the yes-men declared as incompetent buffoons;
      • Bring other groups (ENCDC and then the intellectual clique, Debrezeit, Smerr …etc. all Ethiopian products’) while the infighting, splitting and side-lining processes take place;
      • Set the stage to side-line the veteran fighters as useless (obstructive) elements; embolden the young to go after the veteran fighters;
      • Nurture (concoct) a network of key people to provide ‘intellectual leadership’ (the likes of YG);
      • Provide funding selectively – fund media outlets to serve Ethiopia’s plan.
      • Launch campaigns to sully Eritrean history for independence;
      • Under the cover of ‘support to the Eritrean people’ launch the unimaginable ‘go get him, we are with you’ campaign.
      • Frustrate Eritreans until they are disorientated and succumb to Ethiopia’s wishes.

      The chaos continues to grow. Please follow the recent story of Dr Yusuf Berhanu.
      My argument is take Ethiopia out of the formula and you will see what happens.
      I hope this makes sense.

  • T. Kifle

    Dear All

    I have a question to anyone who cares. It seems like there are two categories in those who oppose the current regime in Eritrea. The opposition that opposes pfdj’s rule and an opposition that opposes both the opposition and the pfdj.

    Given the fact that:
    1. PFDJ is so authoritarian and doesn’t tolerate any degree of internal dissent
    2. The opposition are not armed fighters but people who lead a normal life with family responsibility and probably have to work hard to meet ends,
    3. The opposition of the opposition don’t like the opposition to get some sort of help from willing neighbours,
    In what way do you think the opposition and the opposition of the opposition can uproot and end this dictatorship? Is it not a wishful thinking to expect anything meaningful from a remote simulation of the “New Ghedli”?

  • Tamrat Tamrat


    I appreciate Admas for one thing. He summerized superbly how an opposion person or grupp can subscribe the pfdj tablett for Eritrea for more years and years to come.

    1) Eritreans must never dissapoint the ‘selfless’ tegadalities.
    The chalenge here is that: from what we have learnt in the last solid 22 years either the ‘selfless’ tegadalities mandates must have been over in the early 90s or what we are witnessing now was hardly to be avoided. Dying for wrong reason wont make a person less of a hero for his followers or sympatizers.

    Here i would like to emphasize the ‘selfless’ tagadalities who have been alive since 1991 should have not allowed pfdj to go so far.

    2) ‘I missed my legs just to change a white devil With a black one’, it was a popular saying in many african decolized countries.

    In eritrean case all that sacrifice went to change mengistu With isayas. If the arm struggel of woyane/shabia against derg/ Ethiopia was mixed due desperation With international war for controlling Red sea, both woyane and shabia must take the conssquences and the majority must suffer even With out knowing who are the bosses of Our devils. But it is Crystal Clear who was the bosses of ethiopian devils, from the activities we witnessed on the 11 hrs in ‘ethiopia’ ie the 1990’s interview meless made With a usa journalist, the pecular meating aobut ethiopia in London, the sudden collpas of derg military system, the smooth dissappearance of mengistu, the removal of socialism monument Lennin theree days before woyane takes over (the bosses of Our devils removed the biggest socialist symbole and immidiatllky the militias of woyane came With a miniature of leninin momuments all over ethiopia, one of the proof that the militia had no idea why …), the two giant usa air force plane at Bole air port, etc.

    By now Admas knows for sure why Ethiopia must contatct the oppostions of isayas, because by now all of them are contacted by the west or by Arabs.

  • Admas Haile

    Selam Haile,
    You wrote: The best or ideal solution for Eritrea is for its citizens to wrestle back control of state power from a small, yet highly distractive, regime/clique/group/entity/governing structure…that is holding the nation hostage.
    Indeed the country has been held hostage for quite some time now. The question is how to ‘unhostage’ it. You provided most of the answer yourself so there is no need for me to repeat what you have said. It may take time for the way we are going about it is not right (my contention). We cannot afford on experiments … piggybacking on Ethiopian experiments. We are not campaigners united by hatred towards Isaias, but love and wellbeing of our beloved country and memory of our martyrs. We should hope for a clean transition when change comes.

    Certainly the role the diaspora is playing is not helpful because it is infiltrated by Ethiopians. I do not need to describe the destructive role some members of the opposition in diaspora are playing. And those who attempt to decapitate our history are there as add-ons. That leads me to believe that we are in times of political and moral disasters.

    In this day and age, as members of the opposition camp who morally represent the frustrated aspect of Eritrea’s conscience are trying to assume higher representation, I do not see the need to create another chapter of discord by repudiating some aspects of our cherished history. I know that we all come from different political spheres of influence. And those influences, no matter how diverse, should not be used to sow seeds of discord among us because we are bound by the urgency to lighten the heavy burden our people are shouldering. Besides, our struggle in general, and our martyrs’ promises in particular, are symbols of our affirmation that we Eritreans, whichever sphere of influence we come from, have paid a heavy price for our freedom and are prepared to take the struggle further until full liberty is instated. Provided that GOE’s heavily and unjustly consolidated power has given all of us something to fight for, let’s remember that very power will be the curse of PFDJ.
    Conventional wisdom teaches us that dictators exploit history. They know that sooner or later they will be exhausted by and finally fall to their own iniquity and paranoia. They know the scope of their legitimacy is limited and they cannot rule with indulgence forever. Besides, they know what is taken by force can be lost to force. Even the generals who prop up the system know the end is drawing near, and they will have to face the consequences of their actions in due course. Of course, history will be unkind to them.

    Ethiopia’s interference is exacerbating our situation. Our people not only are suspicious of the intrusion, they are dejected. They will certainly distance themselves from the resistance movement.

    • haile

      Selam Admas,

      I totally agree with your assessment there that the regime would fall as a result of the way it crammed it self in to a tight corner. I don’t know if you had the chance to catch my comment a while back regarding the distinction between “opposition” and “activism”.

      It appears to me that the current organized opposition, to a great extent, trace back their origins to conflicts that predate the current situation. And, it may be to be expected to see them haggling for position and slice of the cake once the regime collapse. They are an old hand in politics and seem to be engaged in that manner.

      The Eritrean peoples opposition that has been born out of the legitimate grievances that is being endured by the Eritrean people under the current regime may not have yet found a truly representative organizational expression. Yes there are some who staked on the nationalist sentiments but have not gone deep enough to penetrate the silent masses of the Eritrean people at home and in the diaspora. But my question is, however, does the current ambivalence by the majority as to lending trust to one of the existing opposition amount to “Eritreans are not ready to struggle”?

      Sadly, I believe that the search for a broad based representation may go on after the regime has gone. And that is truly the worrying part. Because, that means an impending power vacuum that would really be dangerous for the nation and its citizens. Of course, we can’t force this things. If there is no one to credibly sway majority opinion, I guess one has to wait for it.

      As the regime continues to struggle to effect its repressive measures, citizen activism to oppose it would continue. The mounting problems at and unyielding international isolation and sanctions means that change is not far away. I guess we can only hope for the best:)

      • haile

        mounting problems at home…

      • Admas Haile

        You are a very articulate writer – I like reading your comments for I learn something from which ever angle you come from.
        As people we are not unique – labels we give ourselves are meaningless. Nonetheless, we went through a almost-unique experience to win our independence. Mistakes were made, our struggle took longer that it should, we waged an orphaned warfare …etc finally our ghedli achieved victory. In the process we left a lot of casualties along the way are still haunting us.

        There is opposition in Eritrea and abroad. We do not recognise it readily. A lot of things are brewing and sooner or later we will witness a series of eruptions. It is a question of reaching critical mass, of course.

        Let me go to your question: Does the current ambivalence by the majority as to lending trust to one of the existing opposition amount to “Eritreans are not ready to struggle”?
        I do not think so. Those who are sitting on the fence are part of the opposition camp. They are quite a formidable force. If we as activists fail to entice them then the fault is with us rather than the ‘fence sitters’. You have to understand those are quietly watching us are sending us signals of sorts. My interpretation of this fence-sitting stance is to do with Ethiopia’s intrusion in our affairs. The blood that was shed to free Eritrea is still fresh. The liberation war consumed over 70K youngsters and many more civilians. Before the ghedli blood dried up the Badme war was ignited which consumed more than 19,000 youngsters. After all these conflicts, we had a chance to kiss and make up … Ethiopia rejected the border ruling and continues to taunt us. We need to be sensitive to our people’s sensitivities. I would rather see us find the solution before the solution, in whatever format it comes, finds us. Ethiopians are sending wrong signals.


    ኣንቲ ምስቲ ኹሉ ዘይምጽፋፍክን ሰሊኾም ዝኣተዉኺ ደቂ ኣስራተ ካሳን ኢሳያስ ኣፈወርቅን ሓይልታት ዘይነቓሕክሎም ኣብ ርእሲኡ´ውን ንወት ሃደር ሕሉፍ ዲሞክራሲ ብ ምሃብን ብኻልእ ወጻ ኢ ሓይልታት ዝተሳናበትኪ ጀብሃ ___ሓሶት ደጋግሞ እሞ ሓቂ ክኸውን ከም ዝብሃል እቶም ናይ ትማል ደቅኺ ኣብ ጀርመንን ሰሜን ኣሜሪካን ኣብ ዘይረብሕ ክትዓት ተጋዒቶም ሓቅነትኪ ክገልጹ ኣይደለዩን።ኣነ ሓደ መዓልቲ እውን ተሰሊፈልኪ ኣይፈልጥን__ግን ብሽዱሽተ ሰባት __ከተማ ምሉእ ወት ሃደር ከተጻሕጽሒ ትሓድሪ __ፈዳዪንኪ ካብ ኣኽርያ ንጎዳይፍ ከም ኣሞራ ተዋናጪፎም ከውድቑ እምበር ክትኩሱ ዘይርኣዩ__በዞም ጠጠው ደለት ሰስሓ ናይ ምዓልዲ ዘይጭምቱ ሰኸርም ታሪኽኪ ተዘሚቱ __ንስኺ ዝቐተልክዮም ወት ሃደራት ኢትዮጵያ ደቂ ጎንደርን ጎጃምን፣እቶም ሓወቦታተይ ኩማንዲስ ዝነበሩን ___ማኪና ከም ንፋስ እንዳተወንጭወፈት ወሪዶም፣ጸጕሪ ዓይኒ ፈልዮም ዝሃርሙ፣ኣብ ግምባሮም ዝውቅዑ ጸላእቲ እኮ ኢኺ ኣጥፊእኪ።
    እዞም ካብ መቃበርስ መላቐሲ፣ዘርኦም ዘይፍለጥ ፣ብጠበንጃ እግሮም ዘቝስሉ ደቡብ ኢትትዮጵያውያን ቀቲላ ኣካኪ ዘራፍ ትብል ሙዳዳ ሓሶታ ስለ ዝፈልጣ ኣነ መላእኽቲ ካብ ሰማይ ወሪዶም እንተዝነግሩኒ´ውን ኣይኣምንን።እቶም ምዳዳ ዝቐተለቶም ፣ኣብ ምዓኮሮም ዝዋግኡ ግዱዳት ወት ሃደራት እዮመ።
    ጀብሃ ንዓኺ ተሓሊቐ ኣይኮንኩን ፣ነዞም ፈሰውቲ ስዋ ከይሰተዩ ኢዶም ኣንቀጥቂጡ ዘይቆመሎም ሓሰውቲ ግና ህዝበይ እናወድእዎ ስለ ዝኾኑ፣ታቦቱ ዘይኮነስ ፣ጫምኡ ክኾኑ ዘይበቕዑ ወስላታታት ካልሲ ኮይኑ ክነብር ሕርቃነይ ብስሚዕተይ ይጭወ።ዝብሎ´ውን ኣይፈልጥን።


    Fellow Eritreans & friends of Eritreans ,

    I do not need analyZer to know that I may not be the most intelligent in the room & to even think of me as intellectuel would be calling a grade 5 student a university completed.
    One thing I have realized about myself ,to my surprise is ,I found out that I am very smart & extremely wise person.
    ኣንቱም ሰባት ፣ሰማይ ዝሃገርኩም ፣እንታይ እዩ ናይ ኤርትራውያን ጉዳይ ፣___ኣበይ ተወሊድካ እንተበሉናስ ካምቦቦሎ እየ ዓብየ ምባል፧
    ንዮሴፍ ገብረሂወት መልሲ ዝውሃቦ ___ገድልና እዝን ወድዝን ስለ ዝሓቖፈ፣ምንም ካብ ሚእቲ ሽሕ ንላዕሊ እንተጠፍኡ´ውን ዋግኡ እዩ ክንዲ ምባል______ስርሒት ፈንቅል፣ስርሒት ኣደይ ማርታ __ዝብሃል ናይ ስምዒት ስኽራን እናቀባባእካ ፣ንክራክ (ድራግ) ዝወሰደት ኣንጭዋ ዘየዔሹ ጽውጽዋይ ገድሊ ኤርትራ ምድግጋም ነቶም ሓንጎሎም ናይ ገድሊ ጉብጥሽ ዘውብእዎ የዋሃን እንተዘይኮይኑ፣ ንኸምዚ ከማይ ዝኣመሰለ ሱፐር መስተውዓሊ ሰብ እናሓደረ ናይ ጓሂ ስሓቕ የስሕቖ፣።
    ኣብቶም ስርሒት ፈንቅል ዝውዓሉ ፣ካብ ሕጽኖታ ተጨውያ መጻወቲ ሸፋቱ ተጋደልቲ ዝኾነት ጓል ኣንስተይትን፣ካብ ማሕረሱን ሱዳን ክሰግርን ፣ሸፋቱ ህግሓኤ ኣገዲዶም ዘሕረድዎ ምዃኑ ንምንታይ ዘይስቆረና ፧ በቶም ስድራ ቤተይ ዝተሰለፉሉ ማሕበር ኣንድነት ከም ናይ ከበሳውያን ክርስትያን ኣጄንዳ ዝቐረበ፣ኣብ ሰብዓታት ዝገደደ ናይ ሙዳዳ ነስላምን ሃይማኖቶምን እናጸረፈን እናሓረደን ዝመጸን ዝተወደበን__ናይ ከበሳውያን ክርስትያን ምዃኑ ዘይእመነሉ፧ሓደ ክልተ ኣስላም ኣሕዋትና ከም ቅመም ፈይ ኣቢሉ ግን ኣቢሲንያዊ ሓይሊ ኣብ ሰብዓ ዝተመስረተ ሽፍትነት ደይኮነን፧ ብሕቶ ጀበርቲ ዘላግጽ ፣ሓደ ጅግና ወዲ ዓሊ ፣ሽሙ ገብረስላሴ ወይ ይሕደጎ ስለ ዘይኮነ_፥__ናይ ኣስላም ምንቅስቓስ እናበለ፣ ክፍሊ ህዝብናን ሃይማኖቱን እናቋናጸብካ ተጋደልቲ ናብ ሰኻርም ሸፋቱን ዓመጽትን ዝቕይር ናይ ሻዕብያ ኣገዲድካ ውግእ እናሕረድካ ኣብ ክንዲ መሕፈሪ ፣መዅርዒ ጌርካ ምግላጹ ዘጕሂ እዩ።
    ኣነ ኤርትራዊ ክልላዊ መንነተይ ኮይኑ ይኹን ክፍለ ሃገራዊ መንነተይ ኮይኑ ፣ሃገራዊ መንነተይ ኢትዮጵያ ሱዳን ይኹን ሲንጋፖር እንተኾነ ኣይጽግመንን።ቀንዲ ዘገድሰኒ እቲ ህዝበይ ዝወሰኖ ፣ኤርትራዊነት ተሳሊጡሉስ ፣ንህዝበይ ዘማዕብል ኣጀንዳ ተኻፋሊ ክኸውን ደስ ይብለኒ። ሚእቲ ሽሕ ንጹህ ኤርትራዊ ኣቢሲንያዊ ኣጀንዳ ንምፍጻም ካብ ዝጠፍእ ዓበይቲ ኮፍ ኢሎም በቲ ንኢትዮጵያ ብኤኮኖምን ብዝንባሌን ኣድናቖት እናተገብረሉ ዝነብር ዝነበረ ህዝበይ ፣ሻዕብያን ናይ ሓሳዊ ነጻነትን መርገሙን ካብ ዝቕይዶ ፣ከም ቀደሙ ከቢሩ እንተዝነብር ታሕጓሰይ ወሰን ኣይምሃለዎን።እዚ ናተይ ትምኒት ኣብ ማንም ሰብ ክጽዕኖ ኣይደልን።ህዝበይ ግን ኣብ ኣቢሲንያዊ ኣጀንዳ ብሽጣራ ክኣትዋ ኣይግድን።ነቲ ናይ ኤርትራዊ መከራን ሓሰርን ስርሒት ፈንቅል መግለጺኡን መፍትሒኡን ጌርካ ምቕራብ ግን ንብዓል ውጽኣት ቡርጋ ከም ምሃብ እዩ።ንዝርድኦ ሰብ ዓቢ ጸርፊ እዩ።

    • abe z minewale

      some one is calling you from kampala, uganda to pay back what you haven can not be Paulos gno gno over advice if you will never been GEBAR let alone tegagalai so write what you know.Don’t mess with peoples blood and emotions.It not funny @ all

      • CYBER CURE

        Ab Z Minewale ,

        If you can challenge on what I commented ,go on ,if not ,I am not messing with anybody´s blood ,if your garbage was meant as a silent threat ,explain who the hell you are ,you coward piece of crap ,if not go with your awraja to say what I say in public.
        Go eat anutie Jemima´s injera & listen to Wedi Tikuls or Fihiras songs.

        Zfetweka hawka

        • abe z minewale

          Brother watch your language. I am who i am and i do what i do. think deeply for a second what you just wrote to be seen by z whole world what kind of persnality you got.that is my shallenge to you.please do not guess.write what you know.then everything is fine

          • CYBER CURE

            [Moderator: Cyber Cure, you have been around too long to know that all caps are not allowed. We will pass this one. Please use lower case.]

            Abe Z minewale ,

            You are what you are, well, you know yourself, how do you know I do not know. You are the one getting personal. So, shut the *”$** up or explain what you mean.

            Nobody tells to watch my language!!! How do you know what I know …Do I have to go to space to know about space??? I do not have3 to be ex bandit to know bandit.

            The one that is playing with Eritrean blood is EPLF/PFDJ & it is the Rashaida & Bedouin that are raping men & women .stop being my censure & stop the EPLF/PFDJ & rescue the ones in Sinai.

            I am calling the bandits that caused pain of my relatives…rapist…drunkard bandits…that is the least I can do. Feel free to worship your killers ,but do not stop me for not having a slave´s mind.

            Give your opinion & do not worry about mine. If I am lying awate staff will ban me, or ask me to apologize, which I have done before, but please stop your idiotic logic. One does not hgave3 to visit Germany, to know about Hitler…stop embarrassing yourself & get of my back. You are not moderator….use your own advice3…do what you know.

            Just because many retarded people cannot see things i9n different light does not mean a brilliant like me does the same.

            I am not interested i8n arguing with you. You worship Eritrean people’s killers, I will expose them.
            Every gullible that roamed with a gun does not mean can analyze it like a brilliant guy like me.


          • CYBER CURE

            Awate Staff ,

            I agree .I just forgot.Thank you for letting it go this time.

            As always
            My gennuine respect

  • amde

    Admas says… ” I take the view that the current thinking, the prevalent predilection towards Ethiopia among those who are opposing the Eritrean regime, is severely limited by the attachment to a model based on ‘neighborliness’ . Many may find such treatment is somewhat palliative, but certainly it is not curative. We should base our new models not on causations but consequences.”

    I don’t know why people like to complicate things really. Eritrea is a small state (population and economics wise a minnow really) sitting on one of the world’s most critical real estate. It is surrounded by other states that are many many times its multiple in population, wealth and global political weight. It is inevitable that this location will draw attention from many interested quarters.

    Like a girl who dresses provocatively and expects to draw the attention of only those she wants, Eritrea may think it can declare itself a state and point to a fierce history as the necessary ingredients to be considered one of the big boys. Well, just as the girl will find that she is likely to draw unwanted attention, Eritrea finds it will be pushed around by the bigger boys.

    What should an Eritrean government that knows its demographic and economic reality do? PFDJ has opted the route of playing at regional hegemony. The result is perfectly predictable. The region will push back. When the whole freakin’ neighborhood (IGAD) is able to convince the whole world (UN Security Council) of Eritrea’s bad neighborliness, the consequences are evident.

    What is the alternative? How about the opposite? Instead of being a bad neighbor, how about being a very good neighbor? If the main problem Eritrea faces is self-caused ostracism from the world community, a little bit of neighborliness may help a tad.

    I do not believe Eritrea is necessarily doomed. It just is spectacularly capable of dooming itself. Admas, when someone’s problem is that of being shunned by the neighborhood, being neighborly is certainly curative. With the paragraph you have written, if being neighborly is just a palliative, what pray tell is the cure? I am seriously stumped.

    Oh, and please don’t tell me Ethiopia should do this or do that….What is the curative the Eritrea herself should undergo?

  • haile

    Selamat all,

    This is a question for enda 2%.

    In ideal case scenario, I am for the diaspora Eritreans to be expected to pay some kind of monetary contribution towards the nation building process. Here is a strange and stark reality to ponder about (especially along my arguments that the current regime has a dangerous intention to undermine the nation state).

    Currently, 2% diaspora remittance is expected to be paid in hard currency into “a bank account” held at the Housing and Commerce bank of Eritrea (HCBE). The HCBE is a private bank and is not owned by the state. the following link provides a summary of banking services in Eritrea (scroll down):

    Now the question is that if the diaspora are paying to assist the state of Eritrea, why is that the funds not transferred to one of the State Banks (Such as the Commercial Bank)? Why are Eritreans being asked to deposit their hard currency at an account held by the regime in a private banking company?

    Wouldn’t at least the hard currency been helpful to the state banks to have?

    Wey gud!!!

  • Tamrat Tamrat


    I appreciate Admas for one thing. He summerized superbly how an opposion person or grupp can subscribe the pfdj tablett for Eritrea for more years and years to come.

    1) Eritreans must never dissapoint the’selfless tegadalities.

  • ፍትሒ ክተንግስ ጸገምካ አበይ ምዃኑ ምፍላጥ የድሊ
    ሽግር ኤረትራ አብ መራሕታን ተቃውምታን ተዝኸውን ጽቡቅ ነይሩ ናይ ህግደፍ ዕላማ ሕጂ እንዳነጸረ መጺኡሎ ቀደም ንሜዳ ክጋደሉ ዝወጽሉ ዕላማ ንናጽነት ኤረትራ ዘይኮነ ሓደራን መልእኽትን ስለ ዝነበሮም
    ሚስጢሮም ሓሊዮም ክሳዕ እዚ ዘለናዮ ዕለት የስርሑሉ አለው ንሱ ደማ ኤረትራውያን ዝደልይዋ ናጽነት ስጋዕ ዝረኽቡዋ አብ ውሽጦም ኮይንካ ዝደልየዋ ናጽነት ከምዝሃብካዮም አምሲልካ ነቲ ዝደልይዎ ምዕባለ ግበርዎ ናዓኾም ዝመስል የለን እዳበልካ ኮሎ ነገር ከምዘይ ስልጦም ምግባር እዚ ኩሉ ክኸውን ከሎ ኢትዮጵያ ምዕብልቲ ሃገር አብ አፍሪቃ መወዳድርቲ ዘይብላ ናይ አፍሪቃ ዋና ከተማ ንኽትከውን እዮ እቲ ጻዕሪ ነይሩ ሎሚ ከም እንሪኦ ዘለና ድ ኤርትራ መብራህቲ ክትስእን ከላ ኢትዮጵያ መብራህቲ ትሸይጥ አላ :: በዚ ምኽኒያት ህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያ ንመለስ ዜናዊ ዘይኮነ ከመስግኑ ዝግብኦም ን ኢሰያስ አፈወርቂ ኢዮ ልዖል ምስጋናን ሞጎስን ዝግቦኦ ::
    ብዛዕባ ተቃውምቲ እንተኾነ ኮላህና ከምእንፈልጦ ገሊኦም ዕድሜኦም መወድኢ መሕለፊ ጊዜን ጥቅምን ገሊኦም ብሓቂ ዕላማ ሒዞም ሓለይቲ ተመሲሎም ነቶም ብሓቂ ዝቃወሙ መሚካ ንምፍላጥን ፋሕብትን እንዳበልካ ምትዕሽሻውን እዩ :: ዝተርፉ ድማ ሳአን ኧፈልጦን የዋህነትን ዶ ክብሎ ወይስ ግርህነት !!
    እምበር ናጽነት ኤትራውያን ካብ ህግደፍን ወያነን ንምርካብ በዚ ንኸዶ ዘለና መገዲ አይመስለንን
    ጸገም ኤርትራ ድማ አብ ህዝባ ኢዩ ዘሎ:: ንኸይሳማማዕ ዝተሰማመዔ !!

    • belay

      Mr Attitude, If we use your ports and you use our cheap energy,how bad is that?.It will happen,so why waste  time? I think you better change your attitude towards that.Thanks.

  • bukretsion

    no matter how much u hate ethiopia in general, amhara or tigrai in particular u can do nothing about it, rather than hurting yourself. if u love eritrea u don’t mess with ethiopia because u will know the economic and other benefit comes from ethiopia. and try to love ur country eritrea and the people, that way u will no most of ur problem .

  • haile

    Selamat Admas and all,

    Thanks for bringing up a topic that really need a good debate on. The issues revolve around the notion of our commitment to our shared history as well as the divisive issue of “Ethiopian interference” (real or perceived, to be fair to all sides). So, let us go back to the drawing board one more time.

    The best or ideal solution for Eritrea is for its citizens to wrestle back control of state power from a small, yet highly distractive, regime/clique/group/entity/governing structure…that is holding the nation hostage.

    The current regime traces back its history to the period of the armed struggle. At the end of that period (as well as during that period) EPLF was, to the majority of the Eritrean people, the “highest” and “only” form of organized expression. Thus it was natural for this organization to move on and assume state power to govern the citizens of the state of Eritrea. During that period of leadership by EX-EPLF, the state had encountered a territorial dispute with Yemen that was later resolved through court arbitration. However, and soon after, the state was to encounter yet another territorial dispute with Ethiopia. But this time around, even if the costly conflict was eventually to be resolved legally, it resulted in the purge of the governing entity as Eritreans knew it.

    What followed was a new and dangerous group that annihilated all peaceful demand for rule of law, reversed the nation building process into grinding halt, continues to savagely attack the population, destroying the state in wanton, completely rejected and ejected by the inl. community, exposed the citizens to witness the worst forms of brutality and savagery that Eritreans are now automatically accepted as refugees everywhere and the the whole world is disturbed by our state of affairs.

    Therefore, our problem is really how to wrestle back our nation and ensure the well being of its citizens at home and abroad. This involves, not necessarily though, the establishment of a replacement organization that can be described as a broad based and the organized representative of the citizens of the state.

    Now, various attempts are being made to such an end. Some are organized along ethic or religious lines. These can’t be thought of as representative. Some are attempting organize by basing themselves in Ethiopia. Again, owing to the history of conflict between both our states and the current unresolved border issue, these organizations faltered to include broad support. Others are attempting to form small groups that are primarily set up to deal with the after effect of the trails of the regime’s atrocities. These groups are attempting to synchronize their actions with the understandable disgust of the world community at the barbarity of the system, thus registered some success in terms of bringing heat on the regime on the international arena.

    Yet, the search goes on. However, the domestic dynamics in Eritrea doesn’t (and shouldn’t) wait for the diaspora based attempts to bear fruit. It is likely that the regime might crumble long before such a broad based representative of the Eritrean citizens is found. In such an event, the state would be in the worst possible shape and would have to start from below zero. The way the current regime has destroyed the basic pillars of the state’s economic, social and political pillars is hard to imagine.

    Eritrea, post the regime, would still be faced with multitude of domestic and external challenges that our terms of relationships with our immediate neighbors, the region and the world at large will be completely altered.

    Our priorities of restoring basic services and trying to set up a basic administrative structures and possibly reconstruct the armed forces with the attendant problems of major security fissures would be daunting. Let us remember, we have recently touched barely the surface of the regimes dirty laundries, the realities are fat uglier.

    What are the likelihood that the state of Ethiopia would demand the state of Eritrea surrender its internationally recognized territory around the red sea? How would Eritreans and the world react?

    What are the other elements of the state of Ethiopia would demand the state of Eritrea to hand over (land, resource, citizens, security, wealth)?

    When the regime collapses and the Eritrean state finally regains a state of balance under a new administration, I think any of the outstanding territorial problems would still be there. In my opinion the EEBC resolution is the easiest and fastest way to moving on and putting the problem behind the peoples of Ethiopia and Eritrea for once and for all. Beyond that, both countries have tremendous potential of cooperation and mutual benefits to the advancement of the good of both peoples.

    So in summary, the reason that the majority of Eritreans at home and abroad are put in silence is because, on the one hand they are enduring the cruelties of the worst regimes in the world as we speak, and on the other hand they still have not found a broad based organized form of expression to rally their potentials to hasten the fall of the regime.

    Regardless, however, we should continue to engage in our individual acts of sabotage against the regime and make every second of its isolated life a living hell. An eye for an eye sorta thing:-)

  • hi brothers and sisters I enjoyed most sf the comments made about Mr.Admas’Article.But some of you were angery at his view especaily when it comes to the Unionest tendense to the Ethiopian government.One thing i would try to remind you to those who don,t believing what is going on withen the ERitrean opposition organization or mevemnt based in side Ethiopia that there is some pressure tousethis presnt sttuation forthierbenfit and there isno wrong to takethiskind of action . Here is we Eritreans to challege not to sellour pride and to take astrongstand such kind pressureand to acceptwhat fits toourpeople and country. I beg you to tell me Who brought these all problems in our country Eritrea is .Ther is noexcuse here It the government of Eritrea DJA.If we have afreecountry why we don’n assemle and discuss about our problems in side Eritra .Is it allowedyou think. Why wasting time to arguefornothing inorder tocover our wounds HAB’E QUSLUSHABE FEWSSU

  • TrustBldg_is_a_process

    I second Hayat Adem on the need to focus on the current enemy of the Eritrean people. If Isayas, as the only enemy of our people, succeeded in preventing the opposition in getting supporting countries, why are some people working day and night to impose a siege on the opposition by compelling Ethiopia to become an enemy of the opposition.

    For the accusation of today to fit the hatred of yesterday, there must be reasons or explanations of perceived enmity or unusual or suspicious conspiracies on the part of the Ethiopian govt. against the opposition. We all know that the Ethiopian government, unlike the Sudanese government, is strong and principled in its support for the Eritrean people. The diaspora opposition certainly reached the level of strength and power to give the final silencing blow to Isayasim outside Eritrea. Just know the hierarchy of the remaining Isayas strength and focus on.

  • Eyob Medhane

    Hey Everyone,

    Leave my friend Admas alone….He’s having another “Ethiopia nightmare”…Don’t worry Admas, I will get you a blankie and hot milk. Is it Ethiopia again? What is she wearing this time? With all the horns and scary tooth and tail? Weyyyyy That’s ok. Boo Boo….

    I am kind of looking forward to Admas’ screeching and wailing..He;s very entertaining..and his fear is so comical…

    Next time I expect the full picture illustration of the “Scary, scary very scary Ethiopia”…I plan to make my haloween costume out of it….

  • Fanu

    I have a question: Why Tegaru want to be like Eritreans? (1). They now have Martyrs Day scheduled on or near the same day as Eritrea’s Martryrs Day? (2). They now have Tigray Festival scheduled on the same weekend as Eritrea’s Festival in Washington, DC (August 4th)? I could go on and on. I even heard one of their singers singing about Awet n Hafash. I swear!

    Are they deliberately trying to blur the lines between Tigray and Eritrea? What’s going on????? Why are they copying everything that is Eritrean?

    If they want to copy that’s fine, but at least pick a different day or different weekends for your festivals and celebrations. Don’t schedule them at the same time as ours. Unless, you’re trying to send a message. Don’t think we’re not paying attention! We are going to call you out everytime.

    Tigray is Tigray. Eritrea is Eritrea. I know Tigray is twisting and turning right now because it doesn’t know which way to go. It knows it can’t survive without having good relations with Eritrea if it splits away from Ethiopia. But for God’s sake, stop copying everything that is Eritrean! Come up with your own stuff!

    • Hayat Adem

      There is just one thing they are not copying from us: south-bound youth evacuation and exodus.
      What exactly is your message, Fanus? If I were you, I would welcome when anyone tries to be like me. As a society, long term interests are secured when you have other people who share and understand your culture. Colonizers were just trying to do that though by killing and destruction. Modern big media and movie theaters are set up just to disseminate and expand values short of killing. Nations spend a good part of their wealth on helping others learn their way of life. If someone speaks your language, appreciates your songs, normally, you should appreciate back. But I guess…

      • belay

        Fanus, Fanuska Nafta wdi’ala.You are still in the dark for ovious are traped.just shout for help kindly,to free yourself from the lunatic assylum you are can do it,Fanus.

        • belay

          apologise if  i offended any body who has a mental illnes or relative suffering with this illness,sorry.Including you fanus.

  • sara

    dear eritreans..
    one of the many eritrean heroes has fallen just yesterday, and it is a sad day to all of us eritrean patriots. imagine a person who has been fighting for the independence of eritrea since the 50th…just passed, and here we are squabbling with ethiobians, i mean woyane tugs to tell them the justness of eritrean struggle for independence.

  • Admas Haile

    Although we Eritreans lack the zeal to state what is right or wrong, I would like to continue to live by giving a conscious nod to our past while I frown on the present state of our country; at the same time I glare at intrusive tactics. This sums up what I am all about.

    Let me say something you would mind hearing. After thirty years of struggle for independence came to an end, the opportunity to build a new country was within grasp. Although the ex-liberation fighters took control of the country and would show little effort to include others to take part in governing the country, the majority of the population seemed to understand that the ex-fighters deserved a shot to govern first. Unfortunately, cracks started showing and the division between ex-fighter and civilian communities began to be apparent. Former bureaucrats were streamlined, and consequently a large group of civilians lost their jobs. Small businesses were pushed out of business, the diaspora was systematically kept far-afield while those who either opposed or criticised the government were decisively kept behind bars or kept out. The policy of self reliance gradually destroyed the country’s economy. The 1998-2000 war broke our hearts. The end of the war triggered off a sense of optimism in the country, a feeling that the need to rebuild Eritrea was also an opportunity to build a new nation, and to reconcile differences among various groups and rectify the worst mistakes of the past. However, Eritrea was not doing well because the government continued to take anomalous measures that worsened the lives of Eritreans.

    By the time cracks in the government started showing, until they got really worse, many had become frustrated by the political orthodoxy, and were pushing for a rethink. From the passage of time we have come to learn that we lack real architects -an architectural solution of the social and economic problems of today.

    Let me see how you feel about this. Having said all the above, I still want to remain Eritrean. Some opposition parties, in order to cover up their deficiencies, have compromised the Eritrean ideals and are giving in to pressure from Ethiopia. If our disagreement with the current government is going to lead us into giving up our stands and ideals that means the struggle of human and democratic rights for our people has not matured yet. We are not ready to wage a struggle based on unattainable dreams and selling out. 🙂

  • Teweldino

    Dearest T. Kifle;

    The past is prologue my friend. Those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

    Why should Eritreans forget Ethiopian atrocities against them?

    Why should Eritreans forget the fresh wounds from Weyane’s invasion and subsequent refusal to vacate sovereign Eritrean land?

    Why would we want to forget the past? It doesn’t serve us well to forget the past.

    Those who forget their past are condemnded to repeat it.

    • Hayat Adem

      -Don’t forget past Ethiopian atrocities, but more than that don’t forget what better world we can make with present and future Ethiopia
      Example: French and Britain fought one of the longest wars in history (100yrs war, 14th and 15thC); Japan and US fought a nuclear involved merciless war in the 20thC. US and Britain in the 18thC. Their present day relations tell you something else. Everyone enjoys these healthy cooperation between these countries. May be people still have not forgotten those days but nobody takes pride in the ugly past days of wars.
      -On the wounds and occupation from Weyane: Well, don’t forget that as well. But, if you want to be fair and reasonable, you should know also that you are not licensed to inflict wounds on others; you are not licensed to invade others’ holdings either. If our president started the war by invading Badime, we should condemn and hold him accountable on that outright. Ethiopian forces excesses during the war are to be condemn without a doubt. But if our president ordered our air force to bomb an elementary school and an IDPs shelter in Tigray, shouldn’t we condemn and hold accountable of those responsible? Ethiopian ill-advised actions on deporting Eritreans during the war are also to be condemned. To their credit, the doers have admitted heir mistake and they are taking some self-initiated actions to redress whatever is redress-able. But, shouldn’t we condemn in the same way, PIA’s regime for doing just that in 1991 and 1998-2000 on Ethiopians. The later one was especially done, while escalating the war and propaganda, such as we can hit the heart of Ethiopia?
      -If you want remember, remember all what happened. There is no use in affirmative history.

      • Fanus


        The war is still being waged on Eritrea. It’s just taken on different forms. In fact, the no war no peace situation can stil be considered as war. The war has not stopped on Eritea. It is a surprise that the Government has not declard a State of Emergency! So don’t give us any baloney about the war being in the past. It’s still ongoing.

    • T. Kifle


      I didn’t say you forget the past. There could be a necessity where one brings the past to the present in order to replicate the good and/or rectify what went wrong then. The disaster comes when you invoke the past for sheer search of pride which has little or no bearing to the present.

      Ethiopians are neither denying the atrocities you mentioned which themselves had tasted first-hand nor the fact that Eritrea is independent.

      Since you believe that “Weyane” invaded Eritrea, I don’t think there is a cure or redemption for your grand sickness of dishonesty. If Weyane was the starter of the war as you would us believe, there is no reason on earth I pretend to defend an indefensible matter.I don’t need the backing of the EBBC’s ruling as confirmation on who started the war.It always sartles me when many Eritreans repeat the classic Amharic adage ግመልን ሰርቆ አጎንብሶ. As far as Eritrea is concerned no matter how it is sad weyane is stabbed in the back.
      Last week I received a link displaying a brief biography of Pres. IA. What caught me in surprise was a picture of him receiving a medical treatment in Israel of his falciparum malaria after hew was rushed there by charter aircraft of Ethiopian Airline. I remember this when the media lashed out the late Meles for ordering this airlift as another example of conspiring with “Anti-unity” forces such as the likes of Isaias. But in this biography it’s shamelessly stated that it was a US aircraft that did the airlift. This is a good example of how EPLF/PFGJ remoulds facts to their liking the moment they perceive that one is their enemy.

  • T. Kifle

    People like Admas think their patriotism amounts proportional to the degree of hatred they carry in their heads against Ethiopia. dwelling in past history proves nothing as far as the future Eritrea is concerned. Under normal circumstances,humans seek peace in their homes and wish the same to their,immediate neighbours, villages, regions, and the world at large.It’s just a common sense that goes without saying.

    His view on the opposition stationed in Addis is as condescending as is contradictory. If they are neglected by the authorities why lashing them out unnecessarily?

  • Hayat Adem

    Can you think simple: Eritrean independence and good (or more than good) relations with Ethiopia do not have to be mutually exclusive. They are not an either/or situation. Although relations stem-out from past-present interactions, they should be forward-looking for the most. Eritrea’s past doesn’t have to start from Italy. Its future doesn’t have to stop in 1991. Nobody is saying Eritrea has to cease to be an independent nation and get unified back with Ethiopia. Nobody including YG is not saying that although re-marriage is not always a bad idea if you straighten-out past mistakes. But, no body is on that now. Why are you wasting your energy on writing to convince “Ethiopia is our number 1 enemy; hate Ethiopia; hate those who ask for improved relations with Ethiopia”. The Ghedli issue is also dealt with substantial analysis from YG. If you have what it takes to re-battle that, make us read it from you. Otherwise, it a waste of time for all of us. Look how it would have sounded weird if you had said Eritrea must write-off any relations with Italy because they were our colonizers in the past, and we still suspect them of ill will and enemty. If that didn’t sound right, then see how stupid it sounds to say that against people who are netSela mendeQ neighbors and who shared so much culture and future with us. With Italy, it would only mean insensible; with Ethiopia, it would mean so much foolishness and wastage of bright economic opportunities. Please come better next time!

    • T. Kifle

      Dear Hayat

      You are one of the Jewels and the most sensible participants in this forum both in eloquence and balanced views. I must say not only I enjoy reading you but also my heart leaps with hope from the knowledge that Eritrea, still, is not bereft of well meaning citizens capable of bridging the chasm so conspicuous between our two countries.


    • Siwinwano

      Selam Hayat,

      Why are you wasting your energy telling us who our enemies are? The Eritrean people know who their enemies are. The Eritrean people know who is illegally occupying their sovereign land in defiance of international law. The Eritrean people know who is refusing to demarcate the internationally recognized boundary for which 20,000 brave Ertireans died for defending against Weyane’s invasion. The Eritrean people know who kicked out innocent Eritreans from the only home they have known (after illegally confscating their properties) and separating them from their families and children in order to inflict maximum psychological pain and finally making them walk through landmines before crossing Eritrea.

      Please stop wasting your energy. Weyane Tigray is Eritrea’s number one Public Enemy. And don’t kid yourself: Every Eritrean knows it. There is no love lost toward Tigray or Ethiopia for that matter.

  • Senay

    Imagine someone exhausts all intellectual efforts to explore hypotheses about a hidden treasure in the deep ocean or in the core of the earth or in a soul of a human. These hypotheses are tools that help us explore our potentials for untapped resources and encourage us to reach deep into the dark and uncharted territories. And then someone comes along to refute him and makes a lot of noise about a discovery of a treasure in his nose. And he has no shame showing it.

    In that instance, any sane observer either feels sorry for them or simply ignores them. If you don’t do that, you will be pulled back decades and you will be playing with them with treasures that you have thrown away or you wouldn’t even dare to touch with double layered gloves. I doubted we have another decade to waste simply to walk them ta-te, to the current stage. But again, you still will be a decade behind when you thought you are caught up.

  • Haqi


    Are member of EPDP? I am just curious sir

  • L.T

    MerHaba Admas;
    I am thankful to have like you an nationalist Eritrean and appreciate and sympathy with your articales ,sempre mio padre:-)
    This doing research from national building 1890s,to constructed in the 40s and If a visitor from another planet who knew nothing of the Eritra were asked to extrapolate the country’s history from three government building ,Turkay,Egyptain and Italia.
    Eeritrea ofcourse will become the most power nation on earth economy and military even in society and cultutre,healthe care and educational system.r,rebuild infrastructure to developed world.

  • Danny

    Hi Admas,

    I do respect your right to air your opinion and also admire your courage to write; not all of us are blessed with ability to write our opinions. However, with all due respect, you are not a match to YG’s intelect and philosophical power he packs in convincing his readers. To me, at least, the match between you two seems a match between an amature athlet competing against a hard trained professional.

    I understand why the independence block get unravelled everytime YG puts his pen on paper; it is because the former cannot in good faith convince Eritreans to stay the course of suffering to maintain the viability of Ghedli and its empty “I have a dream to the promise land” version. Eritreans have seen the Ghedli promise land and found out that there is more lynching, more segregation, more slavery, more disappearance, more misery, more selling of family members (litterally), than before the arrival of the promise land. YG never advocated for the reunion of Eritrea and Ethiopia as you and your block are trying hard to put words in his capable hands. The reunion blabbering is simply your own making. What YG has done rather admirably are two facts: 1 – he exposed the falacy of the ghedli culture from its inception to its arrival to the promise land, 2 – he has highlited the fact that Eritrean highlanders have resounding similarities than the feable differences Ghedli used to feed off and throw Eritra in particular and the region in general into abyss. In the pocess, YG argues, Eritreans developped an identity crisis, which has been interpreted by your likes as “unionist”.

    You have written above, “People change, and so do groups, organizations and institutions when conditions under which they operate change. It was quite a life our Tegadelti lived during the campaign to free Eritrea. They were never frugal with their lives, were they? However, when victory dawned, the leaders, quite mistakenly, began to shape Eritrea’s future in the image of the former world they were familiar with – a system that was highly regimented. The post-independence administration was rigged with superiority complex and monopolistic attitudes that were crammed with unapproachability. The leaders were dismissive of everything they could not identify with – our elder’s wisdom, diasporic potential and evolutionary changes that are required of a newly established State. Instead of embracing the changes that were influenced by Eritrea’s new statehood, they simply fought against them. They went ahead to form PFDJ – an exclusive political party unfit to lead Eritrea.” You have conflicted yourself within just one paragraph. You started off by saying people and groups change with time and finished off by saying PFDJ “began to shape Eritrea’s future in the image of the former world they were familiar with – a system that was highly regimented” to tell us PFDJ resisted change from being Ghedli. I am sorry but a self conflicting article like this is incapable of arresting YG.

    You went on to lament against and blame the opposition who are being ignored by waitresses in Addis for Eritrea’s illness. What you failed to grasp is everything that you revere and admire on one hand, and everything that you abhor on the other all evolves around Ghedli.

    • abe z minewale

      YG has got stuck @ mAi TeKela and needs SHaHII TeGIl to train his ablity to write pro.He is out of ideas calling names given to Eritreans is as indication of self colonization.what an EnDemiNo plyer.It ia an insult to those people who went to study @ Harvard i mean San GIORgio

    • Dibe Kulu

      Hi Danny,

      You seem to have understood(chosen to understand)YG’s criticism of the post Ghedli generation the way he wants you to understand it. If his desire was out of concern for the up-keeping and maintaining of our traditional naming systems, I really would have given him an A+ on this critique. But instead, he defeats the purpose of it when he glosses over the same process that is taking place south of the Mereb. He somehow, claims that Eritreans are naming their newborns with alien names “quarried from odd pages of the bible” in order to differentiate themselves from their Habesha brethren south of the Mereb. But he fails to mention that the same naming process is taking place in the same (if not more) fashion in Tigrai and the rest of Ethiopia as well. So are our Habesha relatives south of the Mereb victims of the Ghedli(ELF & EPLF) as well? If the answer is yes, then the Ghedli’s teachings must have some truth to convince the peoples of the entire region! If not, then why blame Eritreans for “seeking to differentiate themselves” from people who are doing exactly the same? My answer,…it is simply a gross lack of intellectual integrity on YG’s part.

      He also contradicts himself when he criticizes the street names in Eritrea for bearing the mountains, rivers, valleys, …etc of the country. On the one hand, he accuses the current generation for abandoning its cultural(traditional) way of naming its children while at the same time, he curses it for doing exactly what he is advocating for. Although I agree totally with the idea of preserving all good traditions and cultures, I think YG compromised his intellectual integrity by associating all things he deems wrong to the struggle for self determination. If he really believes that is the case, he would have equally castigated the Ethiopian movements that waged struggles to overthrow their feudal and dictatorial regimes. Instead, he gives us the Gigis, Kuchus and Kikis of Addis (or was it Harar?) and he then tries to justify them as normal aberrations of urbanization! How dis-ingenious??

  • Yafet

    I think this article seems to me a bit squeamish political correctness that is destroying and leading us not to be on one camp against the one and only Eritrean enemy aka as PFDJ. To same writers like yourself Sir Political correctness is becoming more important than the suffering of Eritreans. Any Eritrea knows what our achievement for independence was but that does not mean we should forever sing those glorious songs.

  • Admas Haile

    I am sure you understand the meaning of rapprochement – re-instituting of friendly relations between our two countries. However, a manipulative approach is not a form of rapprochement. I have described the lopsided relationship Ethiopia is creating with some of our opposition groups who are not close to representing our people. I can point out a few sections of my articles to show what is happening to the stooges who are receiving hand-outs from your government to make themselves relevant to our existence as a country. My argument is the consequence of those inducements is producing a reverse effect.
    As far as staining our history is concerned please take time to read what our ‘fellow Eritreans at Asmarino’ are saying:
    a) Our forefathers were right in ‘reaching out to Ethiopia’
    b) Idris Awate was nobody but a ruthless Shifta.
    c) Our struggle for independence was a sham – ‘designed to complete what the Italians started’.
    d) Abdulkadir Kebire was an islamist (not nationalist).
    If refuting the above assumptions makes me a ‘ghedli-romanticist’ then let it be. I am proud to be one. There is no need to work together with a disrespectful, manipulative undermining partner.
    How is the patriotic movement (‘Eritrean solutions to Eritrean problems!’), born out of the fight against revisionism and emphatic stand against PFDJ, to face up to the realities we find ourselves in? Our ability to find the way to expose opportunism and rescue ourselves from the Ethiopian grip will be the basis of our success. In fact, that should be the ‘bread and butter’ issue for us now. How difficult is it to understand Eritrean solutions to Eritrean problems? Why can’t Ethiopia understand this simple declaration of desire?
    It is about time that we dismantled the net of the bankrupt system we have woven around us and rejected Ethiopian manipulations. For Ethiopians to manipulate us they find it necessary that we remain bankrupt. Mind you, that is exactly what they did to our gullible opposition groups – literally bankrupted them. They paralysed the opposition groups so much, by playing one against the other in rota, now they are manipulating them at will.

    • Tesfamariam

      Selam Admas

      Don’t you think its a waste of time, knowledge and energy preaching about suspicion and hate without any iota of proof.
      I was expecting to read your proof about the allegations you made and your suspicions about the oppositions organisations,on your previous writings, and here you are again without any proof with tons of allegations. Could you please prove it to us which organisation is being manipulated by Ethiopia, how and why?? so we can identify them .
      We thought the regime in Asmara was number one enemy of our people causing all this suffering and now from your allegation you are telling us Ethiopia is our main enemy not the regime in Asmara could you prove it how ? stop your hate and suspicion prove it so everybody can learn.
      To be honest you are no match to YG he is clear on his stand if you think you can challenge him try your best instead of putting unfounded allegations day in day out.
      If you think old enemy’s couldn’t work out for the betterment of their respective nations in the future you are dead wrong you need some time to learn from other experience.

  • I fully agree with what Tesfaye commented. Wasting with Gedli sentiment does not solve the present Eritrean fiasco, it aggravate it, because Issayas is using this same gedli soppiness and people are now developing fatigue towards it. Tesfaye, you are very far away from the very place where hunger, daily torture, fear and regret, and with your murderous hypocrisy you try to intellectualize absurdity. You are advised to stop ludicrousness.

  • Tesfaye K

    Hi Admas Haile, for the record I am Ethiopian who was born in Asmara in the late 60s. I just wanted you to know that I am familiar with the Gedli romanticism you keep singing once again. As my friend above mentioned it, you sound the same guy that was drunk by the early euphoria of Eritrean Victory over the “most Powerful Army in Africa” bla bla bla and some one who never woke up from that hungover. You seem to be so fixated in that early 90s high emotion filled drama that took by droves the heart and minds of Eritreans for few months until they woke up to the reality, a reality that was not what they expected.
    Do not get me wrong,. I admire anyone who is willing to give up his/her life for the freedom of the others including the brave Ethiopians who died selflessly so that the rest of the country could live in peace and prosperity, as , I hope, you can witness now. How ever, one can not live with just history. What ever happened in Massawa 20+ years is not feeding the hungry of Eritrean. You just can not keep preaching that old slogan again and again to a people whose priority now is completely different. Things have changed. Believe me what ever your brain might tell you, the fact is Ethiopia has moved on. We have a completely different agenda now. Ethiopians rarely speak of Eritrea or Asmara or anything that has to do with it.

    The sad thing is that, people like you still waste your time on making sure that the two peoples stay as enemies. Please wake up! Yes Eritrea got its independence after 30 years of fighting. 30 freaking years!! No country or people took that long to claim its “independence”. If this makes you proud, Man , be my guest! But, please stop widening the differences between the two people. There is no need for that. It does not help anybody, for sure not you!

    Glory be to those Eritrean friends of mine who fought willingly for their people and Glory be to my Ethiopian heroes who fought a fight they did not want to have and still managed to stick fighting for 30 years!!

    • Yerhwo

      Dear Gash Tesfaye!

      What ever Admas has written, there should be no questioning about the atrocities and cruelness especially the Amharas of Ethiopa has deliberately inflicted to the Eritrean society & people for at least 30 years long, the mutual history and the negative consequences to the future of both people. This needs NO excuse from the Ethiopians – These scars remain unforgetable and unforgivable.

      We ERITREANs, not in a nationalistic sense, have shown our heroism and we expect from the other side of the river a wisdom that keeps them quiet. Let us do our home work. The hardworking Eritreans are used to achieve Targets no matter how uncomfortable the way is.

      We know not only our history + Legends, from Saba over Axumite Kingdom to the greedy times of the Ethiopian Lords, Kings and dictators, but also what we are doing exactly. Remember that the existing political differences in the Eritrean societies can not mislead or divert us from our oneness/unity in diversity!

      You can save your gold coated rosted iron, “… Glory be to those Eritrean friends of mine who fought willingly for their people and Glory be to my Ethiopian heroes who fought a fight they did not want to have and still managed to stick fighting for 30 years!! “. There are no Eritreas who fought unwillingly for their people and Glory. All Eritreans defended the southern agression dilligently and successfuly. Now weeping like a crocodile does not help any more.

      My advise to the Ethiopians! Let us in peace and let TIME work.

      Glory to our patriots and our UNITY/ONENESS !

      • tazabi

        Here we go again – Eritreans favorite past time bashing Amharas and equating Ethiopia with Amharas. What a hate filled world it is. The more I hear Eritreans talking – the less likely it seems these two countries will normailize relations. As to history and atrocities well this forum being an Eritrean forum – I do not think what I say will pass mustard and make it to the foru so I will stop here. Guys take responsibility for your actions blaming Ethiopians, Amharas, Americans etc will not go anywhere

    • Dibe Kulu

      Dear Tesfaye,

      I think you completely misunderstood Admas’s point. I don’t believe reminding the new generation of young Eritreans about the heroic acts of their fathers and grandfathers can be labelled as widening the difference between the two peoples. You also said that “Ethiopians rarely speak of Eritrea or Asmara or anything to do with it”. This statement could not be further from the truth! The government of Ethiopia blames everything under the sun on the Eritrean regime and by extension, on Eritreans. You said that “Ethiopia has moved on”. I truly wish this was the case, but unfortunately, Ethiopia has in fact stagnated or in many cases, even moved backwards when it comes to Eritrean issues. I thank you for the good intent of not “widening the differences” between the people. However, good neighborliness and fraternity between the two peoples will flourish only on the basis of mutual respect for one another’s national integrity & sovereignty. Absent that, all intentions of goodwill and desires for enhancing familial relationships do not go far enough! With more people of good intent, like you however, all hope is not lost.

    • abe z minewale

      Tesfaye ye asmara Leej
      Ya Ethiopia has moved but Tesfaye is still speak of. quote

  • Tamrat Tamrat

    Hi Admase!

    In mengistu’s time fighting against derg or living as a layman was not that much a difference unless one run abroad. If you dont fight against it then they you would be picked up and trained some months and fight for derg. And You tried to ignore once again the ethiopians participation of removing derg. You fall again to the same trap that how eritreans ghedil are/were so special. But the truth of the matter is that if those ghedil are special then all of them who toppled derg are specials. If all of them are special then the unionist must have saying too how and which way the two cuntries could go after the victory got by the ghedils.

    And secondly you have no three choices but only two. If you are so terrorized by the unionists more than by pfdj then choose the first choice that is joine the pfdj and finish you unfinished buisness.

    Most of diasporas oppositioners seam to controll a pilot driven plane which lost its destination to land by a useless Remote controll.