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PFDJ’s Art of Deception

A cultural troupe overflew Mekele, where it could have enjoyed much excitement from bigger and more lively audience. But this 60-person contingent was ordered to impress the Amhara, Isaias’ new allies. The claimed objective of this programme. To ‘celebrate the peace and friendship agreement and develop cultural exchange between the two countries. Far from achieving intended objectives, this project ended in total fiasco. Even the looks of these ‘programmed souls’ reveal how emotionally empty they were.

For all intents and purposes the current situation in Ethiopia purports to selectively provide public space for free expression. Therefore, we are now witnessing the re-emergence of Ankoberite greater Ethiopian narrative that feeds the Amhara expansionist dreams. Bur what is rather bizarre is that some Oromos have now joined in reinforcing such expansionist narrative.  Lemma was not ashamed to openly express his far-fetched hankering to ‘possess’ accesses to the sea, while Abiy Ahmed’s talk hinting to that effect can only be described as ‘a word to the wise’.

Thanks to the modern communication technology we also watched Isaias’ embarrassing flirtation with Amharas and Oromos in his recent successive encounters in Ethiopia. It was embarrassing to watch his hypocrisy oozing out through the armour of empty pride he wore erstwhile. Isaias’ demeaning behaviour, in fact, emboldened Dergue remnants to indulge in misrepresenting the sacrifice and heroism of the Eritrean people’s armed struggle waged to successful liberation of Eritrea.

It is rationale for Eritreans to be alarmed over what has been coming out from Ethiopia’s governments, parties, the media, activists and self-proclaimed political elites. Indeed, PFDJ’s silence is a significant variable in this equation, and no sophisticated calculation is needed to uncover Isaias’ complicity in so far that the PFDJ has not yet countered such narratives with proportional force.

The fundamental element of this problem is the fact that PFDJ abhors institutional arrangements. Key policy documents where official statements are hard to get, conducting any informed analysis based on concrete evidence is difficult. At this very important junction of our history the PFDJ ruling clique has, as ever, effectively blocked us of any information that concerns us as citizens.

In a situation where inter-state relation get abnormally opaque, the general public will understandably try to glean for piece of information in order to acquire insight of the new reality that does not seem to make sense.

Among the very limited source of our information there could be the tasteless interviews of the tyrant. In addition, watching the publicly available video songs sponsored by the PFDJ might help. A close look at the video sponsored and spearheaded by Cultural Affair wing of the party-state would reveal how artistic works are utilized to pursue its grand strategy of manipulating public opinion.

Watching the video clips and taking the content at face value, one is made to believe the part-state is countering the idea of “Greater Ethiopia” that includes sovereign Eritrean. But, as we shall see in the artistic products presented, the contents are not yet contested by rigorous counter-discourse to demolish such a toxic narrative. It is only meant to deceive.

The Corals, the Eritrean Navy, and Ethiopia

It appears that this team was busy through the autumn working on setting the tone of a propaganda project. Its main agenda was to send us the message that PFDJ is still the sole custodian of Eritrean independence and sovereignty.

Koraly/ ኮራለይ is the title of a song. The root word in Italian is “Corallo’ and in English Coral. Hence, Koraly/ ኮራለይ means my own ‘Coral’.

One of the PFDJ operatives in Europe, Sirak Bahlibi twits “fantastic music clip and delighted to appear in the credit roll.”

In his twit he also admits he was happy for the credit he received although he didn’t say what special role he played in the project. But his second twit that goes, “so proud for the few Days spent with Eritrean Navy in Gedem in the outskirts of Massawa!” speaks to the reason why he should be self-congratulating.

That was not all. There is a second video music that is noteworthy. In both videos The Sea is a dominant feature or motif around which the stories revolve. Secondly, the involvement of a major partner, the Eritrean Navy, says a lot. The third and related reason is the sheer cost incurred towards the making of these films. The need for such heavy cost for the filming raises doubts as to why such a huge investment!

The clips in the second song ኦሮማይ (Oramai) an Italian word meaning ‘by now’. Since it has entered the Tigrinya lexicon it may mean ‘not any more’. This video clip depicts scenes starting with a male who protects his love of his life from an alleged abductor from a neighbouring country. The abductor in this case, understandably, being an Ethiopian that wishes to possess her. In this fictional narrative the female symbolizes beautiful Eritrea with its spectacular sea shores. It alludes to the way the fictionalized Eritrean female characters in Amharic novels and songs are referred and reminding the predatory Ethiopian male to stop coveting to win her love. So the lyric goes no more “Fiyamata… no more Fiyorina…”. On the surface, this scene is made to feature the chivalrous Eritrean male protective of Eritrea. Apparently, the morale of this story is Eritrean is no more part of Ethiopia.

But the intended audience of the theme is not definitely Ethiopian public. Instead it is the Eritrean people more specifically its main support base. It, therefore, lacks seriousness and sincerity. By way of mixing arts and propaganda what it does is cleanse and redeem the culprit, the PFDJ system, of its misdeeds.

Shggey

But this time around it did it in the most unethical way by misappropriating the work of a legendary artist without due credit being given to author. Instead, the producer cleverly obscured the due credit that should have been given to the artist.

Shggey was has been popular since early 1960s. The name of the song is ‘Shggey’ in English means ‘my torch’ and bears a symbol of light and liberty. This is highly ritualized concept among the Highland culture – the lit torch held upwards and moving forward symbolizes the beginning of a new year that ushers in prosperity and happiness. It is associated with craving for Eritrean independence so powerful that it invokes melancholic memories relating to the abrogation of the federal arrangement and the clip vividly depicts the mood of the moment.

Perhaps the young artists needed to request to make an improvisation of the original song before appropriating it, by making it publicly available on the internet. Illegally appropriating a work of art belonging to a legendary singer, who is still alive, and without even making the due acknowledgment is indeed grave. It is most likely that the young artist was simply provided with the resource and may claim that he was operating under the guidance and instruction of the (PFDJ) Departments of Cultural Affairs.

Asgedom and ‘Selam-Selam ….’

Then enter Asgedom.  The goodwill he had accumulated over forty years was to be squandered in a matter of three days. The tag attached to his name (whatever its real value) along with and celebrity status had earned him a cultural capital big enough to be envied by his contemporaries of the generation of the 1960s.

Unfortunately, his new year’s song ‘Selam’ celebrating the Abiy-Isaias dealing brought about his disgrace. It was nothing but a piece of sycophancy in the service of PFDJ. With the freely acquired clips from the Eritrean official media outlets, embellished with the gaudy Eritrean flag it is more of dull propaganda material than an artistic work. The level of public disgust could be observed from the extraordinary disapproval rated by the number of dislikes he was awarded. Nothing can be more revealing.

Now add to this what the Twitter-Eritrean-Ambassador in Japan, said very recently.

Why would one choose such a convoluted statement at the expense of clarity and sincerity unless they have something to hide? This can only be left for readers to guess. But it is appalling to note that one dares to waffle on and vulgarize an issue that lies at the very core of our existence as citizens. In effect, this twit helps to normalize the Amhara chauvinists’ views thereby, transforming what was a taboo to be promoted into a minority view. An important conceptualization, the Twitter Ambassador missed is that nations are in fact imagined communities. According to Benedict Andersons’ highly quoted book (Cited by 94,443) nations are imagined communities. What that means is that the nation, as a geographic and political entity, exists in the minds of each member of this political community and that it makes the basis of their national consciousness. In deed our Twitter Ambassador may need to get educated in that respect to understand how nationalism, such as that of Eritrean nationalism, grows.

Conclusion

As we move into a significantly changed political realities, new regional relations and shifting alignments we in the justice seeking camp ought to be watchful enough to go after the PFDJ’s machinations and expose its deceptive narratives. It is time that we seize the momentum for change to undo the false consciousness that PFDJ is a defender of our sovereignty. The regime prefers deliberate ambiguity over clarity and seriousness on major issues of national importance.  As its track records show, there has always existed a mismatch between its rhetoric and practice, between its covert policy of widening the existing crack within the Eritrean society on the one hand and preaching unity on the other. The people are speaking, and no amount of drama authored by PFDJ con-men can mask the satanic intents of their master. According to the way the Eritrean nationalist narrative is playing out now, there exists a role reversal taking place – the once self-styled patriots turned traitors. Shame on those who are betraying our martyrs and the very cause they gave their lives for!

References
The twit below is deceptive, they are not members of the navy but diaspora actors shipped to play the propaganda role.

2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkZbJvpy6NA
3. Anderson, B. 1983. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. Verso

 

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  • Selam All,

    March 10/2019 was one of the saddest days for ethiopia, the ethiopian aviation industry and many of the countries whose citizens were involved in the unfortunate and tragic incident. Everybody’s heart feels their great loss and pain, and condolences are forwarded by many.

    —————————————–

    On a slightly different note: when eritrea and eritreans are freed from the shackles of denial and nihilism by their elites and the regime, is it possible that she could one day be a stakeholder in the eal? I hope that it is not seen as an other way of undermining eritrea’s sovereignty, but about business that may benefit all, ethiopians and eritreans alike. Can asmara become a hub for flights to the middle east? Or, is it better to build a new eritrean airlines so that supposedly eritrea is protected from the covert plans of ethiopia against eritrea? The mandra told by some eritrean elites that, ‘nothing good comes from south of the mereb’, still lives on. Nevertheless, can it serve the interests of the two people in the future, if one continues to live in denial?

    A railway line between addis and massawa will facilitate ethiopia’s import-export trade with the eu and also benefit eritrea as well, in my opinion. Going south all the way to djibouti and assab and then transporting goods to addis on trains and trucks is time consuming and expensive, both ways. I do not see the rational in opposing such future plans that could facilitate the economy of both countries. The future can be built only on cooperation and not on antagonism. It is the only way to a win-win end.

    Maybe psychologists should tell us why is it so difficult to change one’s opinion when the facts on the ground have changed ( no-war-no-peace has been replaced by peace for all, borders have opened and the economy has started to function, etc), when the road leads nowhere, when opportunities are being lost, and when citizens do not agree with what they have been told and they do exactly the opposite from what the elites want to see? What does it take to open the eyes of some elites? Maybe they feel that their ego is wounded, and their ego is more important than the interest of the people.

    • Amanuel

      Hi Harizon,
      The tragic incident of the Ethiopian Airlines goes with out saying. My condolences to the families & friends of the deceased.

      “On a slightly different note: when eritrea and eritreans are freed from the shackles of denial and nihilism by their elites and the regime, is it possible that she could one day be a stakeholder in the eal?” My answer is yes it is possible and I invite you to do what you can to help them to free from these shackles as a neighbour.

      • Hi Amanul,
        I hope you mean what you say. The help is already there, but it is grossly misunderstood and misinterpreted. When PMAA said he would accept the eebc decisions, when he helped so that sanctions are lifted, borders are opened, trade is began and peace between the two countries more or less guaranteed, etc., that was ethiopia’s way of helping This should have been followed with your own efforts, for only eritreans would finally free themselves and bring economic development and prosperity for their people. On the contrary, the ethiopian pm is demeaned, demonized and insulted by tplf loyalists and some others. The main point is to exploit every situation, big or small, that may help, and not to denigrate everything that comes from the south.

        • Blink

          Dear Horizon
          Don’t forget these who demonizing Abiy are very few from old lost political organization. Remember Abiy is a very rare leader in our region and these old wounded people has been under weyane payrolls for 3 decades so their disease is not going to be cured at once , the only chance they have is to die with sad face. Abiy reformist idea must be defended at all cost . He is a good example for the region because what we got from weyane was all colorful ethinic hate .

          • Saleh Johar

            Blink,
            I made my position clear about the ABIY you have sanctified. Was I in the payroll of the “Weyane” for doing that? When are you going to learn to qualify your wild assumptions hat you peddle as an absolute truth? If you have substance, lay them down and maybe one can engage you in a constructive debate. Otherwise, think before you type, which I do not think you do most of the time…

          • Amanuel

            Hi Saleh
            I was not joking when I suggested to him to see a psychiatrist a few months ago. This guy needs help.

          • Blink

            Dear SG
            I never ever put you in the camp who wish war because you have an evidence based on past history that you are not a war monger person . You oppose the war with weyane way ahead of everyone when most people were agitated to go to war , and I don’t think you oppose the peace process may be many questions ( that’s how I understand) by the way I don’t think you have a political party based in weyane land financed by weyane in the past 30 years , your question is mostly what most Eritreans have and that I think is debatable on fair views. I don’t see you demonize the peace process apart from a legitimate reason to question the way it is going.

            Do I think before I post , well you are asking me to be a politician which is not my type . I am a herder who knows a hungry scavenger zooming over my cattle.

            Amanuel , I know the truth is frustrating you deep inside , you can’t out fox anymore.

        • Amanuel

          Hi Horizon

          When I was asking for help I am not asking for Abiy’s one. I was asking personally to you. For example you always blame the opposition unfairly, while the regime is the main obstacle for change the Eritrean people deserve.
          As per Abiy let me give an example. We Africans blame the American foreign policy as it gives priority to their interests as the expenses of others peoples fundamental rights. Few years ago I am sure you were at the receiving end when the USA & TPLF relationship was business as usual.
          Now Abiy is advancing Ethiopian interest regardless of what IA is doing to Eritreans. Do you believe that is in the long term interest of Ethiopian? What would do if your your neighbor who happens to be your friend beats up his wife and children every night, even if he is buying you a beer every day? If you are there for the bottles of beer, as far as he is buying you wouldn’t care, however if you are a true friend you will work for the well-being of the whole family and you try your best to influence him.

          Calling TPLF loyalist to any one who has different opinion from yours not only wrong but also lazy.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Aman,

            Do you think he cares about the abuse of the wife and children of his neighbor, if he his friend neighbor offers him beer every now and then? So also he doesn’t care about the abuse of our people by the despot as long as he served for the interest of Ethiopia. It is all about interest,

          • Hi Amanuel,

            Over the last two decades we saw two elephants fighting and the grass (the people) were the ones who were suffering. Finally, one of the elephants is defeated and replaced, and we see a flicker of light that peace, cooperation and rapprochement could be coming to both countries. If the people are the beneficiaries, what is wrong if we support it, as long as we are not coming up with an alternative solution.

            That is what is theoretically/practically happening since the arrival of the ethiopian pm. You and i, we are not the policy makers, but we can make constructive and negative criticism, support if there a positive outcome for the people, or oppose if there is none. Our guiding principle must be the interest of the people and not the political gain, which does not always benefit the people.

            Why do you think that pm abiy has the power to force IA to do his bidding, or IA is so naive that he will give eritrea to ethiopia on a platter? Is it really possible? You may not agree with the way he functions, but it is not a black and white thing, that Abiy works for ethiopia and IA works against eritrea in this relationship. Both can withdraw anytime if they do not like it. But, if the new situation can help extricate the people from their predicaments, why not support it, even if it comes from the wrong person, as long as we do not have an other alternative. Outright opposition is not a solution.

            Are you saying that Abiy should not engage IA? I think that the only way to tame the tiger is by engaging him and not by isolating him.

            Can you tell us what ethiopia got from eritrea up to now, or will get in the future? If there is going to be any relationship, it is going to be a give and take relationship. Nobody will settle for the one always giving and the other always receiving freely. There is no such relationship in the modern world. The world is today less naive than it used to be in the past.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Horizon,

            In short, you are preaching to support lectures given by Abie Ahmed, but on the ground nothing is materialized. I think it is not wise to bring us a word here and take us another word away. Rational people do not move according to the wind direction, but they move to build strong foundations. My friend, your preaches and your icon lectures are baseless, and any building that does not have strong foundation will collapse soon.

            Dr. Abi Ahmed has commenced his rule of Ethiopia with preaches of peace, forgiveness and Meddamer, but soon he deviated from them by creating camps inside Ethiopia. He has begun to coordinate with Isaias against an Ethiopian ethnic group. The turmoil we see in Ethiopia at present is the reflection of Abie Ahmed resolution of taking sides. He is the first one who abandoned forgiveness. In Arabic we have an adage that says, “If the head of a family beat a drum the nature of the family members will be dancing” (إذا كان رب البيت ضارب الدف فشيمة اهل البيت الرقص).

            Dr. Abie Ahmed blames federalism for disquiet in Ethiopia, but he is totally mistaken. He should blame himself and make an honest reconsideration to all his decisions. He should evaluate his works and will find he is the cause of all the troubles Ethiopia faces today. Dr. Abie Ahmed to collect some amounts from corrupted TPLF leaders, he pushed Ethiopia to lose more amounts than what he will collect from the corrupted TPLF leaders. Let Abie Ahmed make a balance sheet and calculate the results. Certainly, he will find his wrong decisions cost Ethiopia billions of dollars. If he had postponed corruption issue and push to make reform based on forgiveness, he would have succeeded a lot.

            Dr. Abie Ahmed was given a chance to govern Ethiopia, unfortunately, he has made a wrong exit and that will bring his exit from ruling Ethiopia if he didn’t go back promptly to the beginning and commenced from zero. He should visit all his decisions urgently or he will find himself in the dust bin soon. Dr. Abie Ahmed failed Ethiopia and he will pay dear more than TPLFs. This is my honest advice for him. I hope he will listen and change gear immediately.

            Isaias and the greedy will guide him only to bankruptcy. Who does not have thing can not give it. My friend, Isaias is a bankrupt person, he has nothing to give to Ethiopia. The only thing he has is a very fatal contagious disease of division. He is an expert of divide and rule. The commodity that will never succeed in Ethiopia. It will definitely, disintegrate Ethiopia.

            Al-Arabi

        • Hope

          Selam Prof Horizon:

          ” When PMAA said he would accept the eebc decisions, when he helped so that sanctions are lifted, borders are opened, trade is began and peace between the two countries more or less guaranteed, etc., that was ethiopia’s way of helping This should have been followed with your own efforts, for only eritreans would finally free themselves and bring economic development and prosperity for their people.”

          I completely agree with your golden points..

          There is a reason as to why Dr AAA is being demonized though.

          ” sign of complete failure and defensive mechanism form the LOSERS.

          As I said it before, I am mesmerized by your persistency and consistency as well as you clarity on what you want to express in an articulate manner but at times, you are NUTS, when you bite Eritreans…and when you talk about Aseb vs Baduma,the DNA thing I guess.

          Dr AAA could have made miracles if the TPLF Gang and its cadres and the OLF along with its few spoilers complied to the Law and with the Peace Process.

          No clue what the heck these people want.

          If they want a restructured and reformed Federal System or even if they want Secession,they should have taken their time and do it peacefully and constructively as Dr AAA does NOT any power Veto Power to do what he wants but thru the elected parliament.

          I think it is the African thing.

          PIA and its Eritrea issue is an Eritrean business and even if PIA and Dr AAA “succeed” in annexing Eritrea with Mamma Etstopia,it will be up to the Eritreans and it will be the fault and failure of the Eritreans exclusively….as has been the case thus far by allowing a -one-man -system to mess them up…as he wishes.

          “The main point is to exploit every situation, big or small, that may help, and not to denigrate everything that comes from the south.”

          SPOT ON!

          My whole point of criticizing the so called Justice Seekers and Opposition Camp.

          Yep,the main point is to exploit every situation, big or small, that may help, and not to denigrate everything that comes from the south.

    • Haile S.

      Selam Horizon,

      It looks like you found a perfect cover to hit everybody in the dark, without looking who is who and apparently without being looked. Such very wide net like yours is spread only with an objective not to miss a single fish. It would be great if everyone first throws away the shackles and nihilism that he holds on his hands first. Isn’t these instruments of the dominant that placed us in this situation to begin with?

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Ahlan Horizon,

      I think, I told you that DIVIDE AND RULE will not work with Eritreans at present. It is very old system and consumed to maximum. The people of Eritrea have passed through all kinds you could think about to win hearts of Eritreans. You are novice in politics in comparison with the people of Eritrea. I hope you have the horizon to conceive that very well.

      If you were confident about your preaches, you wouldn’t have come here to experience divide and rule policy. On contrary, you would have calmed and pacified by the people who support your opinions. You just come here to shed tears of your frustration. You have to apprehend, it is true no benefit comes from the south. Would you have jogged to North if there are no benefits from the North? Why don’t you jog to South, West or East? Definitely, you don’t see any interests from those directions, therefore, your focus is to the North.

      All Eritreans are not against the interests of their neighbors, but that should be materialized through Eritrean legal institutions elected by all stakeholders. As you know only thieves enter through windows. Dr. Abi Ahmed, at present, is performing the job of thieves, that is, by signing pacts with a notorious criminal.

      Al-Arabi

  • Hayat Adem

    Hi all,
    Our foul mouthed Ambassador in Japan is place-holding a condemination in advance in case the crash was caused by any foul play.

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam hayat
      Every killing, displacement, ethnic conflicts and terrorist acts committed in ethiopia is organized by the government itself, the government is the one organized these gangs and planned and executed all the terrorist act in ethiopia, go ask displaced tigraians from gonder, displaced amara from benshangul, south and oromia ,go ask the somali and oromo communities, the cause of the fight and cause of displacement, go ask who is terrorizing the Harare and the south people, they all will tell u the government organized gangs, the kilil militia, the low level cadres and kebele admenstrations r behind it and sometime the army itself is behind it.
      3 days ago The American embassy in addis issued travel warning for Sunday, not to go to nere bola airport.
      by the way tplf was the first kilil who send letter of condolence and here in Awate blink, aman h and u were the first, It is funny.

    • Haile S.

      Selam Hayat,

      First my condolences to all those directly touched by this tragedy.

      This Eritrean Ambassador is an Ante-ambassador. He broke reserve 101 that every Ambassador should respect. An ambassador is someone who represents his country impeccably and gives the perfect image of his country in public, whatever dirty information he transmits back to his country in his diplomatic bag. What he said today was NOT what is expected of his position. He is not a journalist to speculate.
      He is working to be the ambassador of himself, promoting himself as the most knowledgeable one on every subject. The other day, he tweeted a Tuareg music to congratulate women on international women’s day. Fatou Seifi Ghali is a great singer every music lover should listen, but when an Eritrean ambassador promotes a foreign singer instead of promoting western Eritrean women musicians who sing almost exactly the same Sahelian music, the ambassadorship becomes very very odd. This ambassador acts like a careless Eritrean immigrant who gets amazed at everything that he discovers.

    • Nitricc

      Our</b Hi Hayat; I didn't know the ambassador was from the town of Addi-Grat.? good to know. what a disgraced you are.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    My deepest condolence to the families of the victims and to the Ethiopian people at large, on the Death incurred from this unfortunate airplane crush.

    • Lamek

      I second your thoughts and condolences Aman. The victims are from all around the world and my heart goes out to all families of the victims. I hope Boeing does a thorough and honest investigation of this tragic crash. It is the second one in a few months of the same 737 model. As you know, Ethiopian Airlines has an impeccable safety record and is widely trusted.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Lamek & Nitrickay,

        These two new airplanes that are crushed within six months period are from the “fleet of twenty airplanes” that was ordered from the Boeing, which start to deliver them recently. The problem must be from their defective manufacturing clearance. The Ethiopian government and Boeing co. must reassure about the safety on the remaining airplanes that are part of the fleet to be delivered.

        Lamek, speaking about their impeccable safety record, let me tell you a short story that justify your remark about their safety record. When I was in Sudan, I was working with USAID. Part of my job discription was to deal with the travel vouchers and buying tickets for US foreign service personnel and expatriates. Since I was told their first choice of flight is Ethiopian airline, I was trying to arrange their tickets from the Ethiopian airline when they want to travel to Africa and Europe.

        Another story again related to the Ethiopian pilots. This is also in Khartoum in 1982. There was a heavy dusty winds what the Sudanese people calls it “Kamsin”. All airplanes including Lufthansa and Alitalia pilots couldn’t land their planes in that Kamsin environment. Sudanese People admire the Ethiopian pilots. I was watching with my Sudanese workmates through our windows. Then Ethiopian airline came to land. They start to say look look “alhabesh Hyenzel” and the pilot landed his plane safely without any problem. So “Ethiopian pilots” and “Ethiopian airline safety” for sure has been impeccable and admirable.

        • Nitricc

          Hey Aman-H. Ethiopia doesn’t need this tragedy at this time and so does the good name of Ethiopian Airlines. there is nothing the pilots can do through. I think the problem is, according what I have read that the manufacturer added new software that aids the pilots against Air-drag and stalling the engine. Normally when the aircraft speed is low, the warning on the aircraft will sound stalling the engine, accordingly the pilot must nose dive the aircraft in order to increase speed. On this brand new aircraft, the max-8; there is a new a software that correct automatically if the aircraft is installing the engine, so this new software will pitch the aircraft nose dive in to the ground with full speed. The real ironic is even it is possible that the pilot was helping the air-craft pitching downward thinking
          there is Air-drag and a danger for the engines to stall. If you see the site crush of the Ethiopian airlines; you don’t see any fuselages or large pieces of the Aircraft. The speed so huge the entire aircraft was buried under the ground. They have to dig it out. Once again check your aircraft’s model and if you see 737-Max-8; don’t. This aircraft should be grounded before claiming more lives.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Aman-H; it a tragedy in any way but i can’t help but notice the similarty of air loin and Ethiopian airlines crushes. “Lion Air flight 610 crashed just 13 minutes after takeoff while Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 disappeared from radar only six minutes after takeoff. ” Sad. I bet you this is a problem with Air crafts it self and there is nothing to do with errors of the pilots. in the mean time don’t ride this 737 max till they find out the problem. Both are brand new air crafts.

  • Blink

    Dear all and especially all Ethiopians
    My condolences for the air plane crush my deepest sympathy to all families who lost some one in the crush , as well as my wish a quick recovery for Ethiopian Air line which is the pride of Africa . The flight was from Addis to Nairobi the plane is Boen 737 , if you remember this kind of plane was also in trouble just before 5 months . This kind of plane was delivered to Ethiopian air line before 4 month , it is like a brand new . This jet has 149 travlellers and also 8 crew members, no survivors reported , Sad news .

    • Hayat Adem

      Blink,
      Are you sure you mean it? How is that possible you wish them to finish each other using guns but you feel sad when they die of a crash? Are you one? Are you together?

      • Blink

        Dear hayat
        The more you stick to this game the more you are obliged to give classic overcompensation . These people are simply travelers and as such I intend to remove them from the list , their death is tragic and sad but if a weyane cadre wanted to go to war for the sake of protecting a terrorist Getachew and his pals , so be it.

        You do admit about that bombing wish for Asmera though , one step to remove the MLLT diseas .

        • Hayat Adem

          Blink,
          Am I talking to a grown up person? Don’t invite me to help you to lie. I never wished Asmara to be bombed. I will never wish Asmara to be bombed. I CAN’T WISH MY PEOPLE OR ANY OTHER PEOPLE TO BE BOMBED. It might be your wish, not mine. After all l, if anyone wishes a bllodshed of people, it is likely you may not care if Asmara is bombed or not. But don’t transport your wish to me. Is it clear now?
          Your wish was clear: let the Amara and the Tigreans fight for months and consume each other. Normally, I don’t talk to little evils like you. It must be because I want people to know who you are. I think you have become my special normal.

          • Blink

            Dear Hayat
            Come on , I also use terms but I really don’t want to use them here . You do admit to Nitricc about the bombing ( surgical using weyane foot soldiers in Asmera is bombing Asmera ) . By the way I am not evil nor do I wish you to be one but sad to say you are bigger evil if there is any comparison by size .It is official weyane are ganging up for war so it is wise for the Amhara to arm themselves just to protect their life and if that self defense becomes a war ,well I am Eritrean and if I opened all the books up until 3rd weyane invasion, I end up to be happy to see both pay indirectly for the sake of giving a cold learning experience for the majority of East African people. Remember weyane are may be 1% of the 6% Ethiopians and that means quick game change action.

            For me Alula the womanizer evil , Hailesilassie the genocider , Mengistu the killer and Meles the evil killer are a starter for the weyane to go on hanging on their rifles . It is my honest opinion.

  • Selam All,

    I tried to be an onlooker for few days, reading only, in case i am missing something and i may learn more. But, i have not become more informed on the ethio-tplf-eritrean politics. The known knowns are saying and doing the known things:

    – They are elated and rejoicing, because they believe that ethiopia is losing and tplf is winning,
    – They continue to worship killers, looters and traitors of the ethiopian people, while at the same time they demean and demonize a leader who tries to bring democracy to the country, where tplf’s inhuman and anti-ethiopian dictatorship was the norm over the last two and half decades,
    – Those who are anti-peace, anti-cooperation and anti rapprochement between ethiopians and eritreans (mainly tplf loyalists) have come with different conspiracy theories and scenarios that ethiopia is covertly undermining eritrea’s sovereignty, while they themselves negate the interests and the sovereignty and independence of eritrea and the eritrean people with their own words and actions without coming up with tangible alternatives for the last two decades while the country was in danger of collapse before their own eyes, having lost its young and the economy in a dire situation.
    -Oromo tribalists/extremists/opportunists like jawar and others who want to rule independent oromia from their capital city ‘finfine’, as they call it, do not want to admit that addis ababa is the city where all ethiopians dwell together forgetful of their narrow ethnic sentiment, it is a home not only to all ethiopians, but to all africans as well (otherwise, the capital city of africa), and representatives of the world community, it is ethiopia’s identity, a city built by all ethiopians over the last 150 yrs or so, on a land on which lived many successive tribes of different ethnicities until the last dwellers settled in the area, the different people of ethiopia, unless there are people who want to say that the land emerged from the ocean a century and half ago.
    -Reform has come to ethiopia, and it is only natural that those who do not adopt reform will finally wither away. It is said that those who are passing away and they are not allowing the new to be born, are the worst enemies of their own people (take tplf as an example).
    -Those who say ‘save the land first and the people later’ are no better from the other group who are ruling the land in a dictatorial way. Sovereignty of the land without the independence and freedom of the people and their economic well being as proposed by the so-called justice seekers, points to the same and may be worse result, i.e. the people continue to be the least important factor in the eritrean equation.

    In conclusion, those who are salivating that the ethiopian nation state is not meant to be, as their demigod had said, will again be disproved and disappointed for the nth time, and those who seek justice and have yet to find her and deliver two decades and more later, let them not at least obstruct the interest of the people. If it is about waiting till kingdom come until the elephant dies in order to win, it is better to accommodate oneself with what life has to give under the present geopolitical circumstances of the region, for this is a dangerous world for small, weak, and poor nations and groups who are exposing themselves to more vicious and unknown predators, by antagonizing others without knowing who is in a much precarious situation, themselves or others. Poor peoples of the horn of africa, who see the solution to their irrational political problems of identity, by making themselves smaller and weaker by subtraction, and do not want to augment the chance of their survival through reform, democracy, cooperation and rapprochement, will have a rude awakening at the end, and it will be too late.

    • Selamat Horizon,

      “…by making themselves smaller and weaker by subtraction, and do not want to augment the chance of their survival through reform, democracy, cooperation and rapprochement, will have a rude awakening at the end, and it will be too late.”

      The reductionist who are humming the same hum every single day in this forum are amongst them. With the overall short term and long term visions and strategies PM Abbie has charted out, it is the most opportune time to yield a win win resolution that nets a sustainable peace and close once and for all a long chapter of animosity, uncertainty and the rumors of war. Unfortunately, for their own egos to maintain and reassure their weak heartbeat of near existence, the obstructionists double down on their futile daily mantra repeated chantings expecting a different result. They fail to realize the environment resulting from a successful rapprochement between Eritrea and Ethiopia will be a very conducive environment for their decades long declared goals on paper and measurable success from their would be reenergized activities.

      tSAtSE

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Ahlan Solomon,

        “They fail to realize the environment resulting from a successful rapprochement between Eritrea and Ethiopia”

        Just give us one positive development. My friend, we will have positive development when we have the right persons in the right place. It is senseless to expect peace and development from a notorious criminal and his kid.

        Al-Arabi

        • Selamat Hameed Al-Arabi,

          “Just give us one positive development.”

          1. There no longer hovers the uncertainty of the nearly two decades long of “no peace, no war.”
          2. Due to the obstructionists stance and preemptive actions, Eritreas position of absolutely not moving forward with dialogue, rapprochement, economic trade, restoration of the diplomatic relations between the two states etc… has shifted greatly from stubborn rigidity to a level of fluidity we are observing now.
          3. Relative freedom of movement of interstate back and forth by both peoples of the two states.
          4. Inclusion of Eritrea in shaping policies and strategies for the region. Regional cooperations and dialogues until now excluded Eritrea. Eritrea was considered an isolationists and non cooperative state amongst the states in the horn of Africa regions and beyond.
          5. Progress towards demarcation of the two states based on the full acceptance of the borders ruled upon by the EEBC rulings.
          6. Large scale economic cooperation and integration plannings, designs and studies that have commenced, For example the Massawa-Addis Abeba railway which the Italian government has promised to foot the bill for all of the feasibility studies,
          7. Educational opportunities for Eritreans with the option to attend Ethiopia’s higher learning institutions.
          8. Growth in new entrepreneurship in Both Eritrea and Ethiopia that was non existent during the previous administrations of Ethiopia and their policies.
          9. On the verge of closing a very long and painful chapter of enmity between the Eritrean and Ethiopian people.

          I can go on and produce numerous positive developments which the innovations of both peoples will multiply significantly so long the rapprochement proceeds unhindered.

          Now would you be able to give one positive development from your reductionist oriented politics and political stands? How will you go about effecting the change you seek with coherent strategies you have mapped out other than your delusional “digital Woyane” activities that has been fooling you for decades into believing you are doing something of substance when infant you are not. Please provide us with your list of progressive programs and planned actions – you have the podium.

          tSAtSE

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Solomon,

            I didn’t request from you to list for me your wishes and expectation from wrong entities. I requested from you to give me one fact on the ground and in forefront comes demarcation of border. Could you name members of commission that is appointed to demarcate the border?

            The rest of your wishes speak about yearnings of slave and the things they promise to provide you such as building railway, entrepreneurship, education and food gathered from donation. Concerning, diplomatic failures and inclusion in the region you are telling us about failures of the regime in Eritrea in all fields of politics. Do your maths and computing considers failures as positive development?

            My friend, you are telling the world you are a failed gangsters and you were waiting for a novice kid for rescue. Take care, your boss will not accept from you to portray him as ignored diplomat and politician in the region and the world.

            Your last questions are not in their right place. You could ask me those questions when I am in the driving position. Where has gone your maths and computing knowledge? Your maths and computing should have taught you where to direct your questions.

            Al-Arabi

          • Hope

            Sellie:
            As always, to the point.
            You might be dealing with deaf and blind people though.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Ahlan Horizon,

      It is very sad to see you giving yourself much hope from a leader who failed practically for decades. The novice Dr. Abie Ahmed is no more than student of the dullest guy in the world. My friend, reform, democracy, cooperation and rapprochement require men from a different world that do not resemble your kid and dropped out man. Precisely, Dr. Abie is working to be a dictator like that of Isaias, and I think his friendship with Isaias will not continue long. They will let you in a crossroad where you don’t know which direction to crawle. There are many indications that display to you the issue if you have a mature sight.

      Unfortunately, a person who is driven by greediness is blind and that could be applied to those who are dancing with baseless Meddamer mantra. Anyhow, make yourself ready to change gear. This is my advice to you and your likes. I am sure, you will not listen, but you will bend for it unwillingly or you will be frustrated to maximum without hope and horizon for recovery from the stroke.

      Al-Arabi

  • Lamek

    Dear AT:

    What Blink has below should not be a part of the history of this website. That’s all I can say. Take or leave this advice, your prerogative.

    • Blink

      Dear lamek
      I am not begging anyone to go to war for the benefit of someone to sit on any throne, I am just trying to make a point that the hate propaganda infections done by weyane is too big to be dismissed and for that to change to advantage some of weyane and Amhara has to pay the price . First of all Amhara youth believes weyane killed 5 million Amharas and such propaganda is spewed because of weyane irrational decisions for the sake of power and milking all Ethiopians, to balance that out there must be a deal to lecture all Lunatics that price must be paid. You get agitated because your weyane is called to fight and be sentenced as terrorist, well time changes sir , hayat and your packs were pushing for weyane to bomb Asmara in order weyane goon to sit in Eritrean power chair , you see how the earth revolves .

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Hi Blink,

        Do you believe the earth revolves? That is good that you know every monkey has his day. Believe me you are not a normal person to call for bloodshed openly. You should be one of guys who are loaded with torturing and killing many innocent Eritreans. It seems, for you human blood is like sheep blood. In most of your comments you speak about bloodshed, you seem to be a bloody man. It is amazing, how bloody men create peace? Bloody men and peace are two opposite worlds that never meet.

        Al-Arabi

      • Bahri

        Hi Blink,
        Amara Yawagal Engi Aywagam come to mind. Don’t believe the hype.

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selam Bahri,

          I have heard this statement before and similar others aimed at Amhara Ethiopians. Sometimes they are made playfully, but occasionally, I run into people who believe these types of statements as truths. Please be part of a solution and help stop these types of backward stereo types against anyone.

          Next time someone makes similar statement ask the following and you will see that there is no satisfactory answer or a ridiculous one if any.

          Do Amharas have a different DNA, religion, culture, history, food, conditioning, or any other attribute responsible for their behavior than their immediate neighbors?

      • Hayat Adem

        “…hayat and your packs were pushing for weyane to bomb Asmara…
        Hi Blink, the blind hater,
        Again, I can’t keep up with your crazy and foolish lies, and everyone who stayed here long enough knows what a soiled soul you are. But in case there are new comers, I should keep on telling them that you are lying. And I don’t know why you do that at the risk of making yourself look stupid snd evil.

        • Kokhob Selam

          Dear Queen Hayat ,

          It is clear the way those guys deal..We all know them..

          KS,,

        • Blink

          Dear Hayat
          Are you denying that you and you only pushed the idea of bombing Asmara by weyane plane ? If you say so it means you are lying again. You see hayat you are being flocked from day one because you are the one . Hayat called for weyane to bomb Asmara for 2 weeks that is the fact that you can’t out wrote by any word.

          • Hayat Adem

            Hawey Mearey Mihret Yewrid,
            Again, I never called for the bombing of Asmara. I can’t do that. I will never do that. It is not because it is Asmara. I will never wish it on any people. You and I are different. Your primary prayer is for Tigray and the Amara people to fight it out and bath in the bloodshed.

  • Blink

    Dear Awate Readers
    The unseen blessing that could come from the conflict between Amhara and Tigria elites is enormous for the region , let them fight it out and let the weyane go head to head with Amhara for at least one month , none stope emptying their bank accounts for worthless war , I personally think Ethiopia need a learning experience of killing each other , Abiy has to come in the middle of a disastrous war between the two region and take emergency action to disarm Weyane and the lunatics in Amhara region ,by that time it means killing TPLF once for all , once the Tigrians bleed enough they will know it is all about weyane elite not about poor Tigrian . Weyane are sniffing all over Ethiopian cities for more problem so let the problem go to Tigray . The Amhara new guy has to take the war to Mekele . The next budget of Ethiopian government will be more smaller than last year and it means less money to weyane . The Amhara as well as other regions has to close all Effort connected business ventures . The Abiy government can also call for the arrest of all weyane ugly teeth guys as terrorist.

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam blink
      1st, there will never be war between amara and tigrai unless they declared independence and become a independent countries, the army with it’s short comings belongs to the whole of ethiopia including amara and tigrai, thier kilil milisai don’t have jurisdictions outside of their kilil, if they do, the fight will be with the ethiopian army.
      2nd, the current media talk and rhetoric about amara and tigrai conflict is all about eprdf grand policy of reshaping ethiopia after dismantling, nothing else.
      3, there will never be peace between amara People and tigrai People because psychological they r so different, with this kind of differnce , it’s hard to live in peace but the government to government can have peace and they never been at war in the first place.
      4, if u see ethiopia poltics through only ethnic eyes, tigrai and tplf r nothing .

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Blink,

      What are you talking about? I think Jawar is in America? Are you becoming Hangol derho as well, like Ntricc. What’s wrong with you all PFDJiets?

      I don’t know who is behind the petition but I got it from Ethiopian friend who happen to be an Amhara and G7 supporter. Are you saying G7 and weyane are working together now against Jawar.

      You never heard don’t kill the messenger. In fact I am ridiculing those who organize the petition as useless expercise, because they wanted to muzzle him, which I oppose for anyone.

      Berhe

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Ahlan Berhe Y,

        Blink knows from politics marginalize, divide and divert. This is the only politics Isaias, his mentor, understands besides assassination of those who are more polished and dread. Blink repeats his only lesson day in and day out without being bored. I hope he benefits from it.

        Al-Arabi

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Hameed,

          I am convinced Blink is an insider from the presidential office.

          The good thing is they are on loosing battle, no matter how much they tried.

          Today I saw this pastor named Goytom Ghebreyonas, where he was preaching against injustice. He asked all those in attendance to stand up and show their resistance, on camera.

          This is quite a different time, the storm has started and it will no longer the case of few lonely committed few.

          Berhe

          • Blink

            Dear Berhe
            Just before my breakfast time , I just wanted to let you know that I will celebrate if all Eritreans in prison get released today , I don’t see any reason why anyone will oppose to justified life for all Eritrean souls. I oppose because I believe we should have better governance but as I can see it now , the current opposition leadership are uglier than Issias and Eritrea will be thorn apart from their evil intentions. The leadership of the opposition are more horrifying so let Issias wether out the current peace process with our neighbors. You should also know Eritreans access to your favorite Facebook message is not to be seen just for the obvious reasons of internet access. Issias can’t be removed by Facebook page of your favorite or by your political theater, I am a realistic so my only solution for removing Issias is short way but not now due to different reasons that you and your friends can’t see.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Blink,

            Eritrean revolution was by all Eritreans and the Eritrean opposition to regime is also by all Eritreans. All Eritreans are leaders of the opposition to the regime. Opposition is not for special group or person. You have just mentioned opposition to divide and divert the Eritrean people. Man, your hay days have gone forever without returning back. I think it is enough for your spoils with Eritrea and her people.

            Al-Arabi

          • Blink

            Dear hameed
            You should really consider yourself to look at the reality on the ground. Don’t be full of hope and go home empty. I am a realistic man with intention to find my favorite outcome. I don’t worship anyone and I don’t intend to do for any numerical benefits. You are lost with so much noise , remember noise . You are hearing not listening which is big difference by itself to confuse you .

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Blink,

            Perfectly you have described yourself. You listen only one boring noise of your god, Isaias. If he tells you say border demarcation, you iterate the same. When your god bores the border mantra, he changed it Meddamer and now you are happy with this new mantra. It seems, this mantra will work for a long time and very soon your god will switch to a new one. Are you ready? You know a person who listens has the mechanics of change from time to time. I realize there is no change in you who DEGRADE, DIVIDE AND DIVERT. Above all you deny everything except that comes from your god. You are a sadist who rejoices with misery of man kind. When power is in the hands of sadists, the world becomes hell.

            Al-Arabi

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Blink,

            It doesn’t matter who watch Facebook or who doesn’t. What it masters is the people are standing up to the regime and it’s a storm that has no end. They don’t know who to fight anymore and who to silence. YAkl, Enough, Kalas….

            That’s the slogan of the Egyptians who removed Mubarak.

            Don’t worry about internet penetration rate….all people need is couple of people to stand up, couple of teachers, priests, to help them to rise up…

            I think the current situation is equivalent where things were in 2001,only this time the numbers have quadrupled and the people are fed up and they know better not to lose this opportunity.

            Berhe

          • Blink

            Dear Berhe
            I am a realistic person and if you have any date for your so called YeAkl to work it’s way , please be my weather man of PFDJ time . Give me the time , is it in 2019 ,2020 , 2021 , 2022 and or after month ? Pls forecast for me .ትውጋሕ እሞ ሕማም ሒዝወም ዝጸንሑ ሰባት ናብ ንቡር ክሳብ ዝምለሱ እዩ እኮ ብዙሕ ተማሂሩ እዩ ግና ውሑዳት ኣለው ብዓለባ ሳርየት ዝተሸፈኑ ::

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Blink,

            It doesn’t matter when, it doesn’t matter by who exactly but by ERITREAN people. Just like Regan aid “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.”. Yes, the ERITREAN people have a rendezvous with destiney, I.e. the demise of Isayas Afeworki.

            Berhe

        • Blink

          Dear Hameed
          I am missing your Arabic and Tigrinja translations, where are the words man ? Ok calm down , I am always against divide and rule and you can sense it from my views all over the places in this forum . Second Issias sees himself as a victorious man who dismissed his adversaries from left to right , third don’t ever underestimate your opponent, fourth I know war and I know the cost of it more than many people in this forum the reason I hope the two go at each other is simply to gage the status of people like hameed and lamek , You see I don’t like when people asked me to pack my bags and go to sudan with my camels and I don’t entertain my historical enemies to sit idle while holding gun at each other so my wish is that the go at each other and taste the crime they committed in Eritrea for generations. I am not a religious person more importantly I am not even near to that kind , so you can guess my mission is not to facilitate my way up to lies of heaven .

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Blink,

            You seem you don’t know what you are writing, but you do it intentionally. Let me dissect for you your above comment to show you that you think that people are fools as your boss considers to all his servants. It is very sad, you are a bloody man that will certainly affect you before you destroy others. Many empires disappeared not because of lack of men or weapons, but the world revolved upon them. The same will happen to you and the god you worship. My friend, don’t say I don’t have a religion. You have a religion whose god named Isaias. How many times you pray to your god Isaias? Of course, the whole day without rest. Your god doesn’t give you time for rest, you have to worship him 24/7 or he will slaughter you like a camel, sheep, goat, etc.

            1- victorious man who dismissed his adversaries from left to right = Power

            2- underestimate your opponent = Power

            3-my wish is that the go at each other = Power

            4-my mission is not to facilitate my way up to lies of heaven = Power

            You see, you are a man of power, enslaving, torturing and killing.

            Al-Arabi

      • Blink

        Dear Berhe
        You didn’t know where jouhar is , waww poor berhe .

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Blink,

          No I don’t know where he is. I don’t where he is, and it’s not my business really to know.

          If he is in Ethiopia and they wanted him extradited to the US, that makes this whole thing more bizzar.

          Berhe

    • Mez

      Dear Blink,

      Let me just focus on the last paragraph:

      1) “….in the Eritrean opposition we need a campaign to alienate people like the sagim , agazians ,…. ethinic based opposition as weyane made goons ….”

      further above you said:
      2) “…Amhara and Tigria elites….., let them fight it out….”.

      My observation is in #1) case you want those forces to be destroyed or at least dwarfed. In case of #2) you wish those forces, you hate at home, to blossom southe of th Mereb. What type of firewall are you going to build to avoid a spill over from the south to the north–to your home village?

      PS: Amanuel H is a man with principle and probably an outspoken politician; please don’t be a consumated analyst, and at the same time a judge on the political stand of another person. At times you look childish–with mira in your mouth.

      Thanks

      • Blink

        Dear MZ
        Don’t forget childishness comes from sheer innocence but the ugliness you try to protect unprincipled human being shows your kind of grown man with no pants . Again no offense but you should try to switch off the gift shop rather than the life saving part of your hospital , and that is done by Automatic switching, do it easily as Mr. Amanuel doesn’t need .

        I mean the war doesn’t concern me at all , what can you possibly lose if both get at it hard and smash each other’s nose or lose their teeth ? I will happily watch it on my big screen again no kids allowed in the studio room, only grown men.

        • Mez

          Dear Blink,

          1) You appears to me at most funny.
          1.1) As far as Ras Mengesha is alive there will be no war there.

          2) An equivalent state of mind was “the necessary and sufficient condition” to start the boarder war in 1997.

          3) As you can comprehend it, in hindsight, no Eritrean benefited from it; not even pia.

          Thanks

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Mez,

            He is not “worth of your respect” to respond and engage this mad dog of the despot. He has not any kind of human “decency” nor does he has human “virtues” to offer him any kind of advice. Avoid him to avoid his mud slinging. Just a thought.

            Regards

          • Blink

            Dear Mez
            I do believe Issias and his pals benefited termendously from the war , he closed the constitution, he eliminated his adversaries, he emptied Eritrea in order for him to rule without any force to challenge him . The no war no peace of weyane was even more perfect to Issias , weyane were happy to see Eritreans die in the sea while the get big money from UNHCR for a refugee camp that they filled from many Tigray villages .The war was the best gift for Issias and that is what I believe.

            The war well Mez , you know both are the enemies of Eritreans and Eritrean sovereignty, so if they infact hit at each other , better you watch from afar or take mr Amanaule with you to the battle .

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Ahlan Awates,

    Eritrea is in the slave-market of Meddamer. In his latest visit to Asmara, Dr. Abie Ahmed accompanied with him his army general and security man. I think, the reason is obvious; both Isaias and Abie Ahmed plan to control Eritrea without resistance from the Eritrean Defense Forces. The purpose of the visit is to make on site survey about the operation against the EDF military positions. Dr. Abie Ahmed with his military generals were in a mission of putting the last touches on their strategy for attacking the Eritrean Defense Forces.

    After his arrival without further ado, Dr. Abie Ahmed was seen with Isaias at an office full of maps to be handed to Dr. Abie Ahmed to assist him assault Eritrean Defense Forces smoothly. There are strong indications that make me go so far. First, Isaias before long time commanded all military personnel to join their army divisions without exemption. As all of us cognize the Eritrean Defense Forces are in trenches outside the cities. Isaias intends from his instruction to evacuate Eritrean cities so as the Ethiopian army could take control on them without any resistance, and if there is any impedance will be lacking effect.

    The second indication is that citizens of Asmara nowadays hear sounds of artillery and machine guns in the environs of Asmara and the reason is unknown. Indubitably, the intention is to make the people of Asmara and surroundings, and Eritrean Defense Forces in villages around Asmara to be accustomed to the sounds of shooting that will make them motionless during the Ethiopian army launch their attack on the cities of Eritrea, that means, EDF will be neutralized in the first scenario of the assault.

    It seems, the Ethiopian army plans to make a swift attack on the Eritrean main cities – Asmara, Massawa, Asseb, Keren, Nakfa, Barintu, Tessenai, etc.- without any opposition that causes disturbances and make undertakings out of control. After a tight grip holding of principal cities the rest of Eritrean Defense Forces will be dealt with outside the cities without any obstacles and media hurly-burly. Dr. Abie Ahmed and Isaias mostly dread to face resistance inside the Eritrean cities, specially, in Asmara, Massawa and Asseb.

    Seriously speaking, Eritrea has entered a critical turning point. Dr. Abi Ahmed and Isaias have decided to control Eritrean cities with surprising swift attacks, and later annihilate the EDF in their trenches. Precisely, the Eritrean Defense Forces either they have to move hastily or will be removed from the Eritrean scene completely within a short time.

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

    Al-Arabi

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Cont.

      When Ethiopia launches her attack on the Eritrean cities, her primary target are security offices and police stations inside the cities. Isaias history is an assassination history and it seems he will conclude his history with mass annihilation of those who guard him for decades, his security men. Someone from the short sighted proponents might jump and tell us it is impossible. Isaias has betrayed his close friends and it is nothing for him to betray his security men.

      Al-Arabi

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Awatistas,

    March 8 is the international women’s day. On this historical celebration, I would like to introduce you one of our own Martha Mebrahtu, a brilliant revolutionary lady at HSI university, who sacrificed while hijacking an airplane from Addis with her colleagues. Her brief biography is explained in the link below. Let us Celebrate our heroines in this special celebration day.

    https://www.pambazuka.org/governance/martha-manifesto-ethiopian-womans-dream

  • Haile S.

    Selam all,

    Happy March 8, International Women’s Day (IWD) to all Awate Women, all Eritrean and Ethiopian women and to the Ethiopian all-female-pilots flying to Oslo.

    Back home in Eritrea, IWD was celebrated in Asmara under the slogan “Peace Outcome of Our Perseverance – Development Product of Our Toil”. This ceremony lends itself to several observations:
    – IWD was highjacked by the above regime’s slogan. Every ceremony appears to be an occasion for the regime to convince itself. By repeating itself everywhere and at every occasion, it tries to nail a success for itself or a failure of its enemies, a tell tell sign of helplessness, whose remedy lies in the emancipation of all the Eritrean people and all Eritrean women and letting them celebrate when it is their time to celebrate
    – The ceremony occured at the 50 years old Expo Hall. Eritrea has not yet a public hall or a parliament-hall that commemorates its independence let alone to commemorate in one way or another its galant women. It is shameful of the regime not to have a dedicated symbol that commemorates the sacrifice of all these young people other than the martyr’s cemetery
    – The ceremony was opened by Ms. Teke’a, President of NUEW and Maj. Gen. Romodan Osman Awliyay, Governor of the Central region and others. Eritrea, despite the equal sacrifice paid by its women has no known woman that arrived at the rank of a General or someone at the higher echelon of administration. Another shame on the regime
    – The ceremony was attended by a resident international org representative. Such personality has always to be present at such gatherings and it needs always to be mentioned by the regime’s media exposing the country’s paradoxical self display of very limited diplomacy & international relations
    – Occasions like this and other gender or age-specific ceremonies are celebrated by everybody diluting to meaningless the significance of the very event; women’s events by men, Youth orgs events by old people, a mirror image of the prevailing weirdo.

    – Weirdo to weirdo, my turn of weirdism, let me celebrate it by this comedy of Suzinino who coined the word Letechristina. “Letechristina alla cucina”
    https://youtu.be/hetNN12q-eA
    Hashela, enjoy! 🙂 🙂 :-).

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear friends,
    Opdo is showing cracks. Andm is changing horses now at the middle of a river. Addis is faltering. It seems the center is finding it hard to hold itself. Some kind of change would be necessitated or else the nation could be in danger. What makes it so tragic as far as I can see is that Ethiopia is suffering all these made up contradictions. A good leadership could have navigated them easily. Abiy came 20 years earlier at the very wrong time.
    What is also interesting is the mood in Asmara is also growing agitated. Eritreans are also suffering the wrong problem. IA has stayed for too long, at least 20 years longer than can be tilerated and still counting. He should have been kicked out before 1997.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Hi Hayata,

      Not only that !!!
      Those two nations are going to lose control if something will not stop those two mad leaders..

      KS..

    • Kaddis

      Dear Hayat –

      Opdo has always been weak and getting weaker because the Oromo intellectual and activist base seems is loosing hope, threatening to withdraw its support. Opdo tried to overpower the protest leaders and tried to undermine the constitution by mingling with G7, Eritrea, US, populism, push up etc…

      In general, the positive note is – Ethiopian politics is now clear how the elite bargain is going to happen. The Amhara region and the fake Ethiopianists will have to be contained together. Tigray, Oromo and the bigger South and agar parties as a junior partner.

      The city dwellers like us will be harassed by nationalist Oromos until we find a way – to give them confidence – our elected representatives will not be a risk for the constitution and reverse the things they have gained the last 27 years. Will not be easy.

      • Hayat Adem

        Hi Kaddis,
        Let me say affront that I enjoy your penetrative feeds. But I got one question or two for you. I am ask8ng this to truly learn.
        1) Why does every body seem to be miscalculating on the intended political gains of preferred actions?
        2) Why is everybody (political actors) focusing on scoring points regardless of the collective loss as a nation?
        It is mind boggling to the observer. Please shed lights on what the political group psyche looks like. Thanks in advance.
        Hayat

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Hayat,

          These two questions goes to the heart of the political crises of Ethiopia. Good questions. I hope Kaddis will help us his insightful observation to it.

        • Mez

          Good day Hayat A,

          The real political game is about to start.

          We have to see more frequent “…hook-up and then the other day breake-up…” among the political movements/parties.

          Then the ultimate “movers & shakers” would take the stage over time.

          The past 8 months were more of an awakening ” to live side by side” and a preparation time.

          Thanks

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Mez,
            I totally agree. Can you also few things about the actors and the allegiances and they way they are shaping up for the real show?
            Hayat

          • Lamek

            Hayat, some of the most thoughtful and delibrate people in this forum such as you and Semere Tesfay use the word few incorrectly. I am not going to attempt to explain the difference between few and a few because I am not an English major and I may botch it up but I know your usage here is incorrect. Since this is his article afterall, Prof. Chefena should try. Heck, if Mr. Paulos can go to great lengths to translate western philosophy to Tigrinya (which didn’t make much sense because the essence of the philosophy is lost in translation, as they say), why not some basic English lessons here to loosen up the tense tone around here lately. Thank you for your attention.

          • Hayat Adem

            Dear Lamek,
            This probably is not much of a concern to me but What I know is “few” is few and “a few” is also few but more. It is possible I might have used it wrongly, but I couldn’t say where and how exactly. If you could spot the incorrect use, you could also point where and how.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Lamek,

            If it bothers you that much, you could correct us when you see wrong usages. There is nothing wrong about it. But let us not forget our primary objectives, and that is fighting the evil man back home.

          • Nitricc

            Hi MZ; what you seem to ignore or failed to mention is PMAA has the strongest support of the USA. No hook-ups and no break-ups can change that. it is very hard someone to lose when USA is behind you.

        • Kaddis

          Dear Hayat,

          If I get your first question right
          1) there’s clarity from the change makers side what needs to be done during the transition. A credible election through credible process to kick start the democratisation. The oromo elites was eager to deliver democracy. I want to believe they are still committed. And very urgently to rebuild the disfunctional local admin. The problem is Abiy fear of losing the election start dragging his feet on election, eradicate opponents like OLF, forcing regions to be loyal, securitized border issues etc…. little he knows the country can not afford all this and his borrowed mandate is to transition only… the rest is drama.
          Maybe he’s under pressure now that he started reshuffling.
          2) it was not supposed to go that way if the government stayed neutral and managed the political space. Now not only the political actors but the religious sects (tewahdo Vs orthodox, wahabists Vs suffi) are trying to score points depending how close they are to the palace. Abiy sided with the unitary dergue base because he can not be our seventh king beating OLF in the current arrangement. Dissolving EPRDF could be dissolving Ethiopa since the party and civil service is mixed; just like USSR. But he doesn’t care. His new dergue friends only knows scoring points.
          Hope I make sense 😉

          • Hayat Adem

            Hi Kaddis,
            I always get something from your notes.
            1) Abiy was meant 5o facilitate 5he transition upto election. He is second-thinking of himself for a bigger role, in the mean time messing up affairs.
            2) The Oromo elites were set and committed to deliver better space and democratization. But then, their unsettled politics seems to be catching them up short and engaged before getting there.
            3) In the mean time, a lot of bad actors and meddling foreign hands.
            4) In the mean time, what were already achieved are being risked. For example, law and order. Another example, economic growth and diplomatic height and assertiveness. Another example, social cohesion.

          • Hope

            Selam Kaddis and Hayat:
            Political Acrobatics and new old Propaganda of sabotage?
            Show me the courage and gut to honestly state the real facts and the TRUTH behind Dr AAA’s apparent or alleged “failures and weaknesses”.
            You answered my question though indirectly by mentioning the OLF and the TPLF/aka EPRDF as the main CULPRITS behind the apparent failures of Dr AAA.

      • Blink

        Dear Kaddis
        How is Ethiopian constitution being undermined by relationships with Eritrea, ? one single fault Abiy did that Meles didn’t regarding Eritrea is silence the guns and also accept the EEBC ruling and of course release hundreds of thousands from Meles prison , Making Ethiopian journalists right and speak what ever they want unlike Meles who accused hundreds of people as terrorists without any prove , exposing weyane thieves to the world is not undermining the constitution. You guys has no shame at all , the Weyane Tigrians are simply world number one for making lies while killing. You Kaddis has been always shroud on your weyane eyes .

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Kaddis,

        The reign of terror I think will start soon before any positive change to take place. Just today, I got an email asking me to sign a petition to “Extradition of Jawar Mohammed” to the US, accusing him of for hate preach. The guy who forwarded me the petition is member of the G7.

        So much for the freedom speech.

        I think the G7 will be using or trying to use Dr. Abiy to get where they want and they will do anything in the process.

        Berhe

        • Nitricc

          Just today, I got an email asking me to sign a petition to “Extradition of Jawar Mohammed” to the US, accusing him of for hate preach.

          Hi Berhe; how on earth will you receive such request? Wait, are you Ethiopian? No wonder why you love the TPLF. lol thanks for coming clean. lol. Trust me, single handedly Jawar will take Ethiopia in to catastrophic civil war unless he is stopped. I am just surprised he is allowed to do what he is doing.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            Hangol derho, you really are hangol derho. do you want to see the email I received. Instead of questioning if I received or not, and it doesn’t matter if sign the petition or not..what does it matter.

            What’s important is, how for these “free speech and freedom” is going to last. Imagine if they can do that to a US citizen living in the US what they can to someone inside their country.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; you call it free speech and I call it interferences. This is Ethiopian matter and this should be dealt by the Ethiopians. Can you explain to me why in the hell you got to get involved on this one? Unless you have connection with lowly Weyane. Tell the truth Berhe! lol

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Berhe,

            He lives in the US and he should be accountable to the US laws.

            First I don’t know why they are attempting if this is even come to the US government attention, let alone try to see it successful. Totally waste of time.

            Second, I don’t think the US even have an extradition agreement with Ethiopia in the first place. They have never heard Julian Asange.

            Hangol Derho,

            It’s public information, you can see it for yourself. go to change dot org and you can sign the petition if you like.

            Are you that stupid? Really..

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            It’s public information

            Or member invitation. depends how you see it, genies. lol So, who is your connection? Abay Tsahaye or Depretsion? you are the man Berhe.lol

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hangol Derho,

            I told you I got it from a friend who is G7 member. Which part of this you do not understand.

            Now you are telling me, my friend is who is a devote G7 member is working on behalf of TPLF?

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Berhe Y Nitricc • 40 minutes ago
            Hi Berhe,
            He lives in the US and he should be accountable to the US laws.
            First I don’t know why they are attempting if this is even come to the US government attention, let alone try to see it successful. Totally waste of time.
            econd, I don’t think the US even have an extradition agreement with Ethiopia in the first place. They have never heard Julian Asange.
            Hangol Derho,…

            Hi Berhe; you must be that nervous to say hi to your self. lol I know you mean Hi Nitricc but you said Hi Berhe. lol Anyway; I am just messing with you. in a serious not, However; leave Ethiopian thing for Ethiopians.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Nitricc
            Forget this clueless berhe, he knows nothing but i just want to tell u this, it sounds crazy but let me say it. 1, Johar Mohamed is working for odp/eprdf, there r 10s of 1000 people who work for eprdf but acting as oppostion.
            2, addis ababa will be it’s own state but oromo language and the name fenfena “might” be the 2nd official language and 2nd official name of addis ababa city, all the talk that u hearing now days is to implement this three (language, name and it’s own state) thing to happen, nothing else.

          • Hope

            Selam General:
            LOL!
            I am laughing to death.
            U r a “CROOKED and Sophisticated” General and the strongest and the most lethal Nitric Acid I have ever “tasted”/touched”.

    • Fanti Ghana

      Selam Hayata,

      There is news regarding FM Workneh Gebeyehu being assigned as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi. Many Amhara Ethiopians have been complaining about “Only Oromo” assignments of high offices by Dr. Abiy’s administration. Gedu’s resignation is unexpected and I was wondering if they have him in mind for the FM post.

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam fanti
        Pm-oromo amara,
        Dpm amara,
        president-oromo,
        supreme court chief-oromo,
        dfm-hirut oromo,
        Intelligence chief- addem oromo.
        And so on.
        Do u think the amara’s r the one complaining about it or as usul trying to blame the amara?
        I don’t think gedu resignation anything to do to fm position, i think it is something to do with the future one party eprdf position.
        Enjoy fake news and fake rhetoric, it will help …..

      • Hope

        Selam Fanti:
        Dr Demeke Mekonen just got the FM Position
        Gedu’s resignation seems to be related to the Tigrai-Amahara Tension and he will be assigned as a close Advisor of Dr AAA..

      • saay7

        Fantiness:

        He didn’t resign. He was fired. He didn’t even get the requisite እድሜአቸውን ሙሉ ሀገራችንን ስላገልገሉ በሙሉ ክብራቸው ተሰናበቱ blah blah. Thus the sudden appearance of Abiy in Baher Dar. More on Dr Newitol:)

        saay

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam.Saay7
          I received a lot of questions from all over ethiopia to ask Dr Newitol, how can i ask him? I mean how is he receiving question?
          I can’t tell u how people r enjoying and educated by his teaching(answers) .

          • saay7

            Selamat Teodros:

            They can send it to admin@eritreadigest.com.

            I do get questions from some Ankoberites (hope Eyob is not reading this) and some who want to write articles.

            The Ethiopians who want to write articles are, again, all Ankoberites. I am saying no, for now because: I (we in the opposition, in general) try to be the anti-dote to Isaiasists who are truly useless chameleons: they are for banning Amharic music in Eritrea one day, and then saying we are closer to Amhara than Tigray the next day. They are not even bonafide chameleons but parasitic chameleons: form shifters. And I am trying to let you Ethiopians know that your true, permanent allies are in the opposition, not the once who until June 2018 were saying the most vile things about Amhara, are now saying the most vile things about Tigray and Weyane and will, when their chameleon host snap his fingers, go back to, “oh, we and Tigrayans are one people.”

            but you can send your questions to admin@eritreadigest.com. and I will pass it on to Dr. Nowitol:)

            saay

            PS: What do you think of Gedu (after he was kicked out) finally admitting that Amhara elite are as bad as Tegaru elite in inflaming the hostilities. God, almighty, I wish the whole EPRDF and Isaiasists would just wash away from the people and let us build healthy relationships.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam Saay7
            The present day Ankoberties, they r neither full anko nor full amara, most of them r mixed with different ethnics of ethiopia spacially oromo (like Abiy, fm workenhe and so on) and they have nothing in commen with the menelik ankober except Thier stand on ethiopia unity and they r by far the most liberal ethiopians in present day ethiopia, I think eyob could be the mixture of tigrai, he could be just that and there r people who plays as Ankoberties and feudal to cover thier present day crime.
            Gedu, i think he got kicked out to be assigned to a higher position.
            Am worried about bereket safety and hayat health, there is a prison break fight going on in bahir dar prison.

          • Hope

            Selamat Prof Dr SAAY:
            Hey,FYI, this is “Dr.” Hope(thanks to whoever gave me that prefix),your old Cousin/not X-cousin).
            Listen, “Dude”:
            I was RIGHT to give you the well deserved title of “Professor Doctor”.
            After I went through an digested the stuff at eritreadigest.com and the incredibly factual and video-assisted
            n(https://vimeo.com/321108504)

            pictorial rebuttal and arguments therein, I asked myself:

            Wait a minute, where has been this hidden super GEM hiding from doing what he has been doing as of late?

            Hoping that now you have some time and are FREE at last from any external pressure, solicitations and bias, I can see that you can change the Eritrean Politics and its culture and bring together the disfranchised and disco-ordinated Eri elite, Intellectuals, Professionals, Activists and Civic Societies as well as the disorganized parties and expedite the change we have longed for so long by developing a better organized and coordinated media by incorporating things at eritreadigest and

            vhttps://vimeo.com/321108504) and

            even come up with a YouTube-based kind of EriSAT TV.

            Not that you spared any effort for the last 21 yrs or since the 1998 so called border war and since your Twigah Emmo Manifesto for GOOD,I feel that it is time buddy for you to fully apply and enforce that potential so that you will NEVER EVER regret for not doing it the best way you can/could.

            I know we have had plenty of Eri TVs, YouTubes and websites but they have not done ENOUGH to bring us together for obvious reasons as most of them have been quite opportunists and dependent on Interest Groups and Eritrea’s Enemies besides their lack of concrete VISION and Effective and efficient Strategies.

            MY POINT IS THAT THE MESSENGERS matters MORE THAN THE MESSAGE, which you have both.

            Most of us believe that your case is, and will be unique as most Eritreans witnessed your unique and independent Patriotism and constructive and relatively “unbiased) contributions for the best interest of Eritrea and Eritreans.

            Remember that if you relay the messages you have done thru the eridigest and the

            Rhttps://vimeo.com/321108504, in Tigrinya and Arabic,it would make a HUGE difference and impact/outcome wise…

            “(we in the opposition, in general) try to be the anti-dote to Isaiasists who are truly useless chameleons

          • Hope

            Selam SAAY:
            OR,the least you could do is:
            – Compile whatever you have been saying to be backed up with video clips and create a Documentary in English,Arabic and Tigrniya….so as to present the FACTS as they are and put forward Recommendations as to what Eritreans should do.

            I think since you have everything tat your hand and since you are an Expert in the Video and Graphics Business, I don’t think it will be a problem for you to develop that Documentary, which could be distributed later or at the same via the YouTube and CDs so that you can get something out of it to pay for the Documentary.

            Like:

            -An introduction about the our Political and Armed Struggle

            -The role of our Forefathers

            -The ups and downs of our Political and Armed Struggle/Civil war, strategic withdrawal

            -The failures and mistakes of the Peri-Independence and Post Independence Era and the aftermath developments

            -The issues of the 1998-2000 war,its possible causes, the complicated issues during the war and its aftermath and its huge impact on Eritrea and Eritreans

            -The role of the TPLF and its Masters

            -The Exodus saga and the sad stories

            -The perceived and real/alleged mistakes and failures by the PFDJ Gov and the over all impact on Eritrea and Eritreans

            -The chaotic PFDJ Policies on Eritrea’s Infrastructure including the economy, Education, , National Service, etc…

            -The latest Post TPLF Era and Dr. AAA

            ‘s era developments and its ramifications, the confusion and the conspiracy theories about the Meddemer thing,the expectations and the real impact for Eritrea and Eritreans/same status quo/facts on the ground despite Peace../its dividend for Eritrea and Eritreans.

            Etc…

            -Audio-Visual and Historical Facts assisted factual narration of what Eritreans have gone through within in the last century and in 21st century….

            I mean —you could do it and you could come up with the BEST Book, Documentary on Eritrea and Ethiopia in particular and on Horn in general and the over all Geo-Politics of our region.

            I know it takes time, energy and $ but since you invested heavily on this issues and topics, the only thing you have to do is :

            -Compile up and edit what you have written and said/done already in an organized manner ..

            Just Hope’s usual naïve suggestion and opinion.

            You declared:

            “God, almighty, I wish the whole EPRDF and Isaiasists would just wash away from the people and let us build healthy relationships.

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selamat Ustaz Saay,

          Brother Hope is saying that Dr. Demeke Mekonen got the FM position, which makes sense, but I was intrigued by the sudden resignation of Pres. Gedu.

          PS:
          I had a good laugh and lots of lessons from Dr. Newitol!
          We miss you!

      • Hayat Adem

        Dear St. Fanti (title restored, effective immediately)
        I agree with Saay’s take below, he was fired. And I think he was fired right on the spot. If it was a planned resignation, he would have done it just before the meeting started so that Ambachew would have a chance to table his priorities for the discussions and decisions at the Amara parliament convention.
        And I think Dr. Newtol may have something to do with it. He has now started stretching his meddling hand to a the bigger regions and veteran parties (save Tigray and Tplf). Gedu was unimpressive guy on all fronts: no charisma, no oratory skills, no deliverlogy, no strategic leadership and he was literally a vegitating leader.
        They say Dr. Ambachew is a more militant guy who hates Tplf even more than Geddu. Someone sent me an extensive q&a he gave to a local media. He seems to be more consume about Welkayit and Raya. If hould be pursuing that futile mission, he will be offering to the Amara people the same sh–t. But, defnitely. I see that backfiring and he too will resign after few months of elevating the conflict.
        I have a firm belief, relatively and temporarily speaking that is, Tigray and Tplf are harvesting some gains out of the chaotic leadership. They seem to have been working hard on security build up and readiness for any eventuality, delivering to the public with an urgency of guilt for forgetting their people for too long in favor of the center, and on unifying and mobilizing their people around the immediate threat and the future. This was what I have predicted when Newtol came to power. Then, I said that the coming months would be weakening Eprdf and Ethiopia while strengthening Tplf and Tigray.
        Now, I am not at loss to understand the fate of Tigray and Ethiopia are destined in the same boat. What that means is that the weakening of Eprdf and Ethiopia will eventually translate in the weakening of Tplf and Tigray. That is why I included the qualifiers “temporarily” and “relatively”.
        How does the IA factor count into all this? IA must have been enjoying his moments since the “game over” announcement. He sent monkey to check if Tplf was struggling for his last breather. And he did and reported back. Monkey was startled to see Arkebe in Newtol’s welcoming group. What the hell is this guy doing here? Moneky was quickly reassured by his handlers that Tplf was totally spent and Arkebe had signed for the new sheriff “yetedemere” in town. Monkey seemed comforted by it and relaxed. Monkey and his Saleh and everyone else with them were hosted and rested at the Sheraton. They have felt the warmth of Addis without Tplf. It was all about new faces and new spirits. No veteran Tplf came to meet or see them well except the care free old man (I didn’t already told you about the encounter of the old man from Tplf and monkey at the Sheraton when they meet, I will save that story for another day).
        Monkey was taking note of all the changes since his last time in Addis (May 1998). Even their guards looked different now. They are well fed and well built distinctively different of the Tplf security as they used to know them. Now, they hardly over hear Tig conversation among the security guards. That sense made the odd couples (Monkey and Saleh) relax and feel at home. They were speaking and behaving openly and freely without having to hold back.
        While preparing to return to Asmara with a lot of gifts and reports to deliver to IA and were saying everyone good bye, one of their guards during their three day stay in Addis advanced towards Monkey to say goodbye. The guard carefully angled for Monkey and waited until it kind of cleared off. When he felt the moment, he approached and offered his hand for a goodbye shake and whisphered in a lower voice to Monkey with the following words in Tigrigna: “Hiray bel, Bitsay Yemane, selam guEzo… bel zekireni anew’wun wedi entiCho eie. Safe flight comrade Yemen; I too am from Enticho town.” Monkey gave back a stoneface confused by the situation. He didn’t expect an Enticho man company at the airport. Ah, weyane rugumat!
        IA has played his cards close to his chest. IA’s biggest liability will be time. His playbook would have been perfect for his purpose had he has enough time. But, things are catching up much faster than he moves. He had too many enemies to destroy. Weyane is one. IGAD is another. AU is another. Now, he is trying to chew on both sides. He is looking to set up an alternative to IGAD. Abiy as an alternative to Tplf didn’t do enough to out pace Weyane. He wanted to play the Amara and Tigray against each other. The Tplf are playing it smart at this late time at least for self-preservation.
        Ethiopia has become too much for Abiy, too big a ship to steer. He doesn’t have what it takes for such a huge and complicated country. Eritrea is too small for IA, too tiny boat to steer. For that very reason, the two guys are finding some thing they miss in each other’s world. It is like, both of them are having half dollar note of the same paper, each finding it difficult to make use of it separately. For that very reason, they will be looking for each other more often; and for that same reason, both are doomed.

        • saay7

          Selamat Hayat:

          That’s quite a tour de force:)

          I feel like I am doing a “wait! there’s more!” like a late night TV commercial. But three additional pointers:

          1. St Fanti is always St Fanti. Whenever you think you are right and he is wrong, always know he is right. That’s what I do. For me, His Fantiness was place on this earth to write this one article when we Eritreans were at our lowest point, and everything else is just extra:

          http://awate.com/eritrea-heroes-made-of-steel-by-fantighana/

          2. Did you watch the Aboy Sebhat video with his new stone-faced TPLF cadres where he is just stunned by the turn of events that led to Abiy being the Prime Minister? I love the authenticity of it: a man, a veteran politician, completely mystified AND refusing to pretend he knew all about it.

          3. The post-Gedu dude was the one who was supposed to be the president of Ethiopia; he turned it down. And now Abiy gets all the glory for naming a woman, Sahlework, the first Ethiopian president. Gedu’s replacement is yet another “advisor” of PM Abiy, to add to the entire basement of advisors who came up with the idea of having him pose with a book whose author, Ronan Farrow, tweeted “A lot to unpack here.” and the idea of paying millions of Ethiopian birr to have dinner with.

          4. Abiy’s proposal to reconcile Somalia with Kenya came crashing down (on day two) because he violated mediation 101: he made it explictly clear he was adopted the Kenyan position. He should have let Lemma do the brokering: he has a better poker face. Abbiy is, like his older brother Isaias Afwerki, just a bundle of emotions incapable of restraining from disclosing his feelings.

          There is more but now you are certainly delving deep into Dr. Newitol:)

          saay

          • Haile S.

            Hi Sal,

            Thank you for the link. I never read this magnificent ገድለ ኣቡነ ገብረ-ፋንቲ ጋና።

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Millennium and Hailat,

            Man, man, man. Every time that “article” is mentioned, I can’t help it but cringe for not attempting to write it better. Not that I am a great writer, but because I started it as a reply to one great Awatista at the time it left me with the sense of “I could have done better.”

            To my delight, everyone was merciful and hooked themselves to the intention than to the delivery and I am grateful for that.

            Thank you both!

          • Haile S.

            Selam Fanti,

            I need to mention this. You said your favorite name till then was an Eritrean named ኢትዮጵያ. In the 80s I knew a magnifique Tigryian lady that stood out of her peers named ኤርትራ. I hope she kept it.

          • Millennium

            Hi Saay:

            Thank you for the story by Fanti Ghana; amazing, timeless story, written beautifully by a beautiful soul

            Millennium

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Saay (Aya-AdiU),

            I like people of “true self” whether I support their idea or not than the “parasite chameleons” as you use to call them. Principled people who don’t weaver and don’t falter in their fight are “real souls” who deserved nothing but respect. Win or lose your principle should be the identification of who you are. If you find Aboy Sebhat authentic, then it is good for him.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Hayat,

          “”Hiray bel, Bitsay Yemane, selam guEzo… bel zekireni anew’wun wedi entiCho eie. Safe flight comrade Yemen; I too am from Enticho town.” Monkey gave back a stoneface confused by the situation. He didn’t expect an Enticho man company at the airport.”

          This is hilarious. An” Enticho man” to an “Enticho man” made him lost in the wilderness of sophisticated Ethiopian security watch.

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selam Hayata,

          Hurray, thank you for the big breakfast and for the restoration!

          I agree that the recent political football has been a blessing for TPLF and Tigray, but as you alluded to, unless a solution is found soon it may end up equally damaging in the long run.

          PIA seems to be keeping the door closed but not locked for TPLF in case Dr. Abiy fails to deliver. He could wake up one morning and turn the whole drama upside down.

          I hope the Amhara and Tigray leaders to mature enough to make peace between the two regions. It would be tragic to witness these two people who suffered a lot to be dragged into a confrontation of not their making.

          Happy IWD!

        • Nitricc

          Hi Hayat; it sad to see mumble on and on. Kharma is a b-itch! It was only yesterday your sick wish on Eritrea civil war, surgical attack and absolute disorder. Now to see you on suicidal mission with happening with your country. I wish your country gets better and peace shall prevail. One thing is clear, Ethiopia will distingrde before TPLF comes back to power. So, the best idea is your TPLF to make a deal and work for the country to be peace and stability. As far as Eritrea, well Eritrea has turned the corner and left to her destination.

          • Hayat Adem

            Nitricc,
            1) civil war
            2) surgical attack
            3) absolute disorder
            You got number 2 right, but 1 and 3 wrong. That is an improvement, bravo Nitricc boy.
            How does a person like me wish “disorder” in Eritrea? It is even worse, how does a person like me wish “absolute disorder” on Eritrea?
            I think you are not only too young to serve Eritrea, you are way worse than that. You are a mess! But again, what else is new?!

      • saay7

        Fantiness:

        A missed opportunity to name Workneh the Minister of Transportation. Here he shows he knows the stats for all the paved roads in Ethiopia; he can’t do two things at the same time so he forgot to breathe:

        https://twitter.com/zelalemkibret/status/820372015991361538?s=21

        saay

    • Hope

      Selamat Gual Aboy Adem:
      You sound VERY excited about these sad developments.
      You conveniently avoided mentioning the cancer and the ORIGINAL SOURCE of all our problems, the TPLF.
      You NEVER EVER tried to comment about the TPLF’s refusal to demarcate the border.
      Weyane officially declared to mess up and break apart the Dr AAA Govt and you are just celebrating that effect.
      You sound to be party of the mess in Oromia and Southern Ethiopia.Digital Woyane might try its last dirty option but if history is to be the witness, it might be digging its own grave.

      • Blink

        Dear Hope
        She is not happy she is just confused about things that happened outside weyane control. The new Amhara region boss is more hardliner than his predecessor and she as well as weyane know well about him, The crack she said happens in OPD is her wish , Abiy is just nullifying weyane spy , remember the vice primer is more weyane than OPD , he was a weyane planeted spy inside the OPD , he is a Tigrian so she must be feeling the pain of his removal from Vice prime .Lets wait for the election of 2020 . As far as the Tigrians are rooted out from the Fed we can see the peace process go smooth .

        • Hope

          Ahlen Gen Blink:
          It is so sad to see such a kind of well articulated Elites to act like that.
          But as a human being, I would have agreed with you about seeing those old and new enemies of ours to go thru the HELL we went though so as to feel the heat but I don’t wish war to any one.
          I hope you were NOT on the war fronts at one point .
          The last war the TPLF Junta declared and exercised it on Eritrea and Eritreans is BUT beyond one’s imagination.
          I had an opportunity to discuss with “left-over friends/survivors) and two Senior Commanders (a Gen and Colonel),who were at Battle Fronts about the war and the battles at Baduma,where I lost all my old friends(Senior Tegadelti) from my own village(15 of them),at Tserona and Eagri MAekel and at Aseb Fronts.
          Their hell bent destructive agenda on Eritrea and Eritreans would make you say anything and wish the worst thing to /for/about /on them.
          I prefer NOT….to say or wish them anything bad but the best and Peace……
          They don’t get it, do they?
          They think that being forgiving and forgetful people is a sign of weakness and dumbness(Asha hamshenay,Huh?).
          Wish them the best and peaceful resolution of their conflict.
          If they go to war ,they will be a burden on Eritrea…
          NO no no,we had enough of suffering for 60 yrs…,not to mention the 20 yrs of nightmare they made us go thru.
          We need the peace Process to go smoothly.
          hey still are wishing us the worst and refusing to demarcate our borders and yet,they tell us that we are their brothers and sisters.
          Am all for Regional Reconciliation and Mutual Integration. as well as Peaceful Co-existence..
          About Hayat?
          God bless her,man!

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Hope,

            The worst thing is to give a blind man staff and tell him to fight. Of course, he will hit friend and foe altogether. And the worst ignorance is when a person doesn’t know the cause of his dilemma and shoots at the results believing, “the 20 yrs of nightmare they made us go thru.” TPLF are not your main enemy. Your enemy is the very guy you dance with and feel happy. Meddamer is sweet you give to a kid to be happy for a short time. Man, make yourself ready to change gear.

            Al-Arabi

          • Blink

            Dear Hope
            You are perfectly right sir , yes I know about the war with weyane and I also know some opposition were ready to ride the weyane tanks for the sake of power grap ,remember some opposition leadership are on record saying we can share Asseb With weyane lead government. I just wanted to tell you that the causality from our side was more in 2nd weyane invasion than first and third . Third invasion of weyane was not that much costly but the mismanagement of the war by Issias did put us in many obstacles. Anyway I wanted to to hold on your always hard stand about Eritreans and Eritrea sovereignty. The opposition all of these power hungery guys are not ready for democracy nor do they care about Eritreans wellbeing, most of them are ready to spill blood for their own narrow game . Issias is cruel dictator but he kept the diaspora divided across religion and ethnic at baye and the peace with Ethiopia is simply a golden ticket for Eritreans to do something with it for peace . We need peace because there is no other choice but if there is any chance for Abiy to smash weyane , well what can I say , let’s all help him. The weyane digital army are all about lies and distortions so let them get quick death.

  • Hashela

    Selam All

    It speaks volume that the contribution of GitSAtSE in reponse to Chefena’s posting is considered as a key defense paper by the Medemer faction here at Awate. A confession of failure!

    It is a stunning observation that the justified disgust of Woyanes drives otherwise patriotic Eritreans to the Medemer camp whose overarching goal is the dissolution of Eritrea as a sovereign state. Need supporting evidence? Just listen to the official and periodic oracles of the high priests and ceremonial masters of Medemer.

    While I admire Chefena’s analytical and linguistic capability to skillfully unravel the evil and treasonous nature and double face of PFDJ, I vehemently oppose his attempt to play down Woyanes’ evil nature and the immense harm they have caused. If you want know Chefena’s stand, pay attention to his opening sentence.

    So it seems we are left with Medemerists and Revisionists of our recent history and experience.

    • Consolation

      Selamat

      ህቡባት ዝቓንዩላ፥ ከረን ምስ ሓሸላ
      መጸውዒ ኮይና: ክትራኸስ ከላ
      ብሓንቲ ከዳሚት፥ ናይ ወያነ ባምቡላ
      መን ኰኒኪ ኢኺ፥ ትወራዘዪ ንብላ

    • Mez

      Dear Hashela,

      You are ramming everyone on your way, without giving any helpful perspective–a sort of “the third alternative….”.

      As you see now, things seems to be on a “pendulum motion between our two oldies (inherently elf/eplf way of looking things) “.

      Thanks

    • Blink

      Dear Hashela
      If You asked What the Good doctor did not mention in his hyped article, the answer can be simply impossible to even guess. Who is chefena and what he does in the land of 3000 years history, I mean weyane and chefena has history together. Remember this good doctor samsonite was traveling to weyane controlled government non stop in search of power by the blessing of Meles. His record can be a surprise to most people in this forum. There are people who can provide you with things you and others in this forum forget to mention about chefena and some others . For chefena it is not about justice nor does he care about sovereignty.

      • Amanuel

        Hi Blink
        Your allegation is unfounded in fact a lie. You are free to criticise his article but stop this old fashioned PFDJ tactics of character assassination associating any one critising the regime with TPLF.

        • Blink

          Dear Amanuel
          He is in this forum and he really doesn’t need you to jump the fence for him .Oh yes chefena does not talk about history.

          • Amanuel

            Hi Blink
            I have duty to defend him when I see a lie has been told against a real person. He is using his real name and you are taking advantage of that and spreading lies to assassinate his character.
            It is unfair you guys are hiding behind nicknames and spreading lies, which will cause distress to the individual and his close families and friends, while you are accountable to no one. Chefens uses his real name and he is accountable to his reputation, his families and friends. However, ghosts like your self have nothing to lose. BTW why you afraid to use your real name?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            sekam Aman,

            I salute you for defending the integrity of the good doctor from these cowards ghosts, who are here to blackmail with lies to anyone against the regime.

          • Blink

            Dear Amanuel
            To be honest ,I personally don’t believe you are using your real name , I can just pick any name but I don’t wanted to act as if I am using my real name, you see the difference . Chefena wanted a weyane twisted leader in Asmara and the Eritrean people rejected him , the truth is ema weyane packs are all noise and we know their noise is all evil , some people from some where can actually list their Addis hotel room number as well as Hawasa bus plate number their used , no one is hiding from anyone . Weyane financed people has been the root cause of disorganized opposition. Dividing Eritrea across Ethnic lines just like in Ethiopia failed miserably. Power by affirmative action failed and it will never ever happen in Eritrea .

          • Amanuel

            Hi Blink,
            My real name is Amanuel and I live in London. You can ask MS.
            As per Chefena regardless your repeated lies they are not going to stick.

          • Blink

            Dear Amanuel
            What is this ? Joking shouldn’t be mixed with things you consider truth. $100 , come on stop this childish game

      • Nitricc

        I mean weyane and chefena has history together. Remember this good doctor samsonite was traveling to weyane controlled government non stop in search of power by the blessing of Meles.

        Hey Blink. Can you elaborate a little more in the above take of yours? tell me more….

    • Selamat Hashela,

      “It speaks volume that the contribution of GitSAtSE in reponse to Chefena’s posting is considered as a key defense paper by the Medemer faction here at Awate. A confession of failure!”

      Even if it is so, it is a better option for Eritreans than wait around for a prayer the Eritrean Opposition has been and is waiting for. It is undeniable that, as you and others view PM Abbie’s medemerr vis-a-vis Eritrea, there is an option and a remote possibility Eritrea’s federation with Ethiopia is an option and a remote possibility of it being a reality. It still bodes well than what the Eritrean Opposition has to offer.

      I don’t believe this is the time for such unrealistic option for it has to wait its turn. At the moment what is of utmost import is the demarcation and solidification of the recognition of two independent sovereign states. The end goal being peace, prosperity and dignity, I do not believe dignity could be absent of a sovereign Eritrea. The current rapprochement call it whatever you like including medemerr, guarantees Eritrean Ethiopian border demarcation and the full recognition of Eritrea and its sovereignty. Unfortunately, the reduction oriented as it has always been, the Eritrean Opposition is playing the role of an obstructionist and using a monster they also called medemerr in order to rile up and beat the war drums for the region no matter where it first ignites. Eritrean Opposition’s preference for the chaos to start inside Eritrea and with the Eritrean people rising up to create the upheaval. A rational person can deduce that all who are privy and a party to the process and the outcome of the Ethiopian-Eritrean Rapprochement can utilize deductive logic to extract that it is to the utmost advantage of each player to close the chapter of enmity by first completing the demarcation and establishing, without any benefit of a doubt, the sovereign state of Eritrea, It is to the advantage of Isaias and Isaias’ Eritrea, it is to the advantage of PM Abbie and his vision for Ethiopia, Eritrea and the region. For all know absent of delivering and respecting the dignity of the Eritrean people, which means a sovereign Eritrea above all else, all efforts for anything short of prosperity, peace, and dignity are futile.

      If you would like me to play the devil’s advocate of the devil you call medemerr, then at least state explicitly of you define it. Leave no part undefined and include all its best or worst consequences in the event of its occurrence, I will gladly then be the poster child and defend it until I can not anymore where when you would succeed in your goal and we can put the matter to rest.

      tSAtSE

      • Hope

        Selamat Sellie:
        Hashela declared:

        “It speaks volumes that the contribution of GitSAtSE in reponse to Chefena’s posting is considered as a key defense paper by the Medemer faction here at Awate. A confession of failure!”

        It is the Opposition style of deceptive and manipulative failed propaganda and character assassination. So, ignore.

        Wedi Binbina/Bishiqua to be labeled as a Meddemerr Agent?

        Tsatse hit back:

        “Even if it is so, it is a better option for Eritreans than to wait for a prayer the Eritrean Opposition has been praying to materialize

        I advice Hashela to read Semere Tesfay’s Campaign Speech about Eng Solomon….Wedi Abbay Barentu.

        But I give him a benfit doubt and some credit for saying this:

        “While I admire Chefena’s analytical and linguistic capability to skillfully unravel the evil and treasonous nature and double face of PFDJ, I vehemently oppose his attempt to play down Woyanes’ evil nature and the immense harm they have caused. If you want know Chefena’s stance, pay attention to his opening sentence and his response to GitSAtSE. Woyane are present and their threat to Eritrea’s territorial integrity is immenent. They are not history!”

      • Ismail AA

        Selam tSAtSE Solomon wedi Hawey,

        Being one of the diligent readers of what you have been posting under this thread, I would like to ask you a couple of questions and expect honest answer.
        1. Who do you trust most on the future of Eritrea- Mr. Isayas or the opposition?
        2 If you say either of them, would you like to spell out why and what say to promote your choice and stem off its opposite?
        3. If both are not trustworthy in your view, what is would be your alternative?
        4. Do you sincerely believe the Woyane, or its leadership rather, is and remains a perpetual threat in apparent and real sense, as the regime continuously tries to sell to its supportive power base?

        • Selamat Ayya Ismail AA Haw Abuye,

          “Being one of the diligent readers of what you have been posting under this thread, I would like to ask you a couple of questions and expect honest answer.”

          I thank you and am honored that you are been amongst the diligent readers. I especially value your reading the opinions I have written and it is my privilege to answer your questions as best as I can.

          1. Who do you trust most on the future of Eritrea- Mr. Isayas or the opposition?
          When I logged in, there was a pleasant posting. A surprise to me as it was announcing the inauguration of the office for Bay Area Eritreans for Democratic change. Here in the year 2019 about ten minutes walk from my residence, an office for an Eritrean Opposition is being inaugurated. It is good news of course! But it is also an indication of the level and strength of the Eritrean Opposition to have waited over three decades to open a an office, a base of operations in one of the largest Eritrean diaspora community. At least now, I can speak of the existence of an Eritrean Opposition because now exists a physical office with an address that I can refer to or visit to see what sort of work they have been, are, and will be doing.
          By 2019, given the strong demand for a formidable Eritrean opposition, I am afraid the supply has been very weak if not nearly non existent.
          At the moment Mr. Isayas and his Eritrea is better positioned to deliver on the needs and aspirations of Eritreans better than are the Eritrean opposition. I do not trust the Eritrean opposition to amount to anything significant for the fight of justice, rule of law and peace in Eritrea. I trust better, though I do not condone his historical transgressions on numerous Eritrean nationals, Mr. Isayas coupled with the current Ethio-Eritrean developments to deliver what are the basic necessities with a decent standard of living for the Eritreans in Eritrea.
          Where as the events that we are witnessing can be considered events near or at the finish line, the Eritrean Opposition is just now arriving at the starting line. Case in point being the inauguration of an office in Oakland where I live. During the Eritrean Armed struggle we spent nearly every single day at an office -biet tSiHfet- until victory day. And here we observe the Eritrean Opposition is just getting to it after decades of its virtual reality existence. There have been and are a thousand and one virtual congregations with guess speakers narrating absurd personal narratives, complaints and descriptions of harsh conditions they experienced in the environment that is naturally the harshest of conditions by definition. Their efforts seems to convince listeners to dislike the Eritrean armed struggle and its product, independent Eritrea, based on the harsh conditions they personally experienced. These narratives have been the extent of the Eritrean Opposition’s activities not realizing an armed struggle is supposed to have been harsh by definition.
          I propose we revisit and view the history of Eritrea, including the nearly thirty years old transitional government of Eritrea and the governing of Eritrea with objectivity and without bias. The popular and the noisiest narratives are not necessarily the truth or the right things to do. All that has been associated as part of the Eritrean Opposition has been very wrong, uncoordinated and unorganized. I can’t with good faith put a trust in that.
          An office for the Eritrean opposition is being inaugurated in my vicinity. I hope to revisit this same question in a years time and report that I have been proven wrong because my inquiry has shed some light into the activities of the Eritrean Opposition that would make me put my trust on it.

          2 If you say either of them, would you like to spell out why and what do you say to promote your choice and stem off its opposite?

          (I am not quite sure if I understand the whole of your question.)
          Mr. Isaias’ Eritrea can finalize the deals with PM Abbie’s Ethiopia in these current rapprochement activities of both nations. Eritrean People will demand the explicit disclosure of the agreements, in particular the sovereignty issues. Based on the revelations as well as intra-Eritrean demands that are mutually exclusive of the relations with neighbors, the Eritreans in Eritrea will gain significant concessions from Mr. Isayas because he has no more wiggle room or options and it is the natural order of things. He can no longer or he would not be able to hide from the Eritreans in Eritrea what the facts on the ground are. The Eritreans in Eritrea will base their next move on these things that will come to light once the rapprochement agreements and the Ertrean Ethiopian sustainable peace, prosperity and dignified relations between the two are solidified and revealed for all.
          The Eritrean Opposition should not play the role of junior obstructionists or ill wishers in alliance with the senior obstructionists which are the TPLF leadership.

          3. If both are not trustworthy in your view, what would be your alternative?
          Both are not trustworthy for sure, but one is more abled and is cornered to deliver what Eritreans need. The odds favor Mr. Isayas’s Eritrea for the overall benefit for Eritreans in my view.

          4. Do you sincerely believe the Woyane, or its leadership rather, is and remains a perpetual threat in apparent and real sense, as the regime continuously tries to sell to its supportive power base?

          An emphatic YES! More than any other Ethiopian category, the TPLF leadership has sinister plans and minefields they have laid out for their dream of incorporating Eritrea under their dominance. I am not sure what the regime tries to sell its supportive power base, but based on my own observations and analysis, decades long of data, I believe the greatest threat to the aspirations and hopes of the Eritrean people is the TPLF leadership.

          I beg your pardon for the late response. I have caught the flu and am currently battling it.

          Regards,

          tSAtSE

          • Ismail AA

            Selam tSAtSE,

            I cannot state my gratitude as strongly as I wish, inspite of the damn flu that interferred to share your energy with me, for sparing time to answer my questions. It hurts me when your total loss of trust of the opposition is confirmed in unambiguous term.

            At least, I anticipated fair consideration for those of us who saw which direction things were tilting since 1991 as early as that time, and tried to uphold the right of opposing which many like your self joined in manners and ways chosen. The issue is not what we did and have not done, or even approaches chosen or alliances entered. The issue whether it is fair to deny credit to the extent of judging them “untrustworthy”. It just pains and the sensitive it means reminding them every benefit and interest they sacrificed was in vain.

            Moreover, I anticipated clues how the current politics Ato Isayas is playing in conjunction with Ethiopia’s ruling team whose anchor is antoganism to a common villain called the Woyane “cancer”, as some allow themselves to opine, would turn into dividends and benefits you explained our people inside the homeland can accrue from. If I read what you provided correctly, you are suggesting Ato Isayas would become malleable to the extent of letting the people to lead normal life under law and order that guarantee margin of freedom to improve their life under the shadow of pax-Afewerki-Ahmed would provide. Given the past resume of Isayas, I am not sure how realistic such an anticipation would be.

    • Haile WM

      Hello Hashela,

      many don’t know what they are opposing, some will bash the opposition all and all but these people are milisha Taff as SAYY defined them.

      Just to state the obvious: I rather be opposition than PFDJ (this one is to those labeling opposition everything and anything). it’s a national sport to discredit the opposition as if the opposition is culpable on the current eritrean problem.
      no, it’s PFDJ the sole responsible if this huge failure as a country not the opposition not TPLF not the CIA etc…

  • Haile S.

    Dear Awate People,
    Just a general comment:

    Eritrea’s last quasi 60 years of struggle can be divided into two. The first 30 years were a fight for its independence from Ethiopia. The last quasi 30 years are on how-to and who-will reconcile it with Ethiopia. This role was and is still played by the two faces of the same coin, Jebha and Shaebia. Whatever one of them does is automatically opposed by the other. Their game is especially well played thanks to the opposing interests of Weyanes and Ethiopia. Even demarcating the border is part of the game for both Jebha and Shaebia. When one verbally prioritizes it, the other diminishes its priority. When the priority changes, the roles change automatically, just like in a Seesaw game. Who is going to stabilize this Seesaw and ask these two giants to unmount their comfortable saddles?

    ቃልሲ ኤርትራ
    30 ዓመት ንነጻነት ካብ ኢትዮጵያ
    30 ዓመት መን’ዩ ዘተዓርቕ ምስ ኢትዮጵያ
    ወጮ ኩሉ ጊዜ ወጮ እያ እንተገላበጥካያ
    ኤርትራ ዝቐትላ፡ ቅልስ ጀብሃ ምስ ሻዕብያ

    ጀብሃ ምስ ሻዕብያ
    ወያነ ምስ ኢትዮጵያ
    ክልተ ኢዱ መጋዝ ሓርሓሪ ድልየት ኤርትርያ
    እቲ ሓደ ናብታ ሓንቲ እንተዘለለ
    እቲ ሓደ ነታ ሓንቲ ክሓቁፍ ይፍለ

    ጀብሃን ሻዕብን ኮይኖም ክልተ ገጽ ሓንቲ ሳንቲም
    ዘይጠማመቱ፡ ዘየተግብሩ ዝኣተውዎ ካትም

    • Mez

      Dear Haile S,

      An outstanding statement:

      “…on how-to and who-will reconcile…. This role was and is still played by the two faces of the same coin….”.

      1) Eventhough people’s take may vary by wide margin, the Eritrean internal body politics looks perpetually piggybacked to the Ethiopian. That throughout the past 60 years–in a boom & bust mode of occurence. Circumstantial evidence indicates that, it is now even more amplified than ever.

      2) the new thing, at present times, is that there is no antagonistic (global/regional) power who wants to desperately match supporting of the opposite side penny-for-penny.

      2.1) As a result for now, especially in Ethiopia, political posturings are in an orientation of openness and and possibly competetive coexistence among players.

      2.2) the Eritrean internal political dynamics is, at least for now, business as usual.

      Thanks

      • Haile S.

        Selam Mez,

        Thank you. I agree with you. The sad part of Eritrean political discourse is that Instead of concentrating on what can be eaten everyday at home and shared with the closest relatives and neighbors, the talk is slipping to what one considers Kosher to him and Haram to the other without realizing that they might have more in common between their Koshers and Harams than what distinguishes the two. There is a common expression in Tigrigna and French for this: ዘረባ ጸማማት or “dialogue de sourds”.

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Haile S.,

      Are you saying, ELF (opposition) went to Ethiopia so they can reconcile with Ethiopia?

      Agheb. Bejaka, it’s unbecomg of you to say that.

      ELF is people like Isamael, Amanuel Hidrat, Saleh Johor, there is no other ELF.

      If they cause was to reconcile with Ethiopia, why have not join the Ethiopian army and fought against EPLF in 1981?

      They were denied to go to their country and contribute with what ever means they have, politically, socially, economically.

      The only reason they stay this long to fight PFDJ is because of their principle, the principle why they joined the liberation front in the first place, that is to live free in their own country.

      I am suspecting, you say this because they operated in Ethiopia during the TPLF times. Do you know why they went there? I think it’s because they had no choice or may be they saw the opportunity to gain power as Ethiopia, Sudan and Yemen promised help. That’s is for their strategic advantage and NOT because they wanted to reconcile with Ethiopia.

      I know I am extending the word reconcile more than it needs to be, but when you give the same weight and make them equal to EPLF, I didn’t think it’s fair.

      I think specially those of us, critice them from the comfort of our homes, with our families, with our previllages should be the last people to do so. I think we should all support each other in one camp, that is the camp of people opposing IA rule, and those who are members of his government and those who support him in anyway possible.

      I don’t see a middle ground but a clear divide and we should chose which side we wanted to be.

      Berhe

      • Selamat Berhe Y.,

        “If they cause was to reconcile with Ethiopia, why have not join the Ethiopian army and fought against EPLF in 1981?”

        Some did. There were ELF factions, including that of Abdela Idris who did choose to return to the battle ground fields, and there are reports of his collusion with the Ethiopian army or the Dergue for the purposes of crushing the EPLF. We do have first hand knowledgeable people amongst us that can give better account of the events and incidents post the civil war between the EPLF and the ELF.

        In the 1998 border war between the EPLF and TPLF, had TPLF succeeded in its objective to change the power dynamics of Eritrea, and the Eritrean Opposition were to be beneficiaries of the war, would there have been a relation between Eritrea and Ethiopia that we could call a reconciled state between the two states. But you are not even sincere in your use of the word reconcile in your entire comment. You are having it to mean federation, unity and a suzerainty relationship between the EPLF and Ethiopia and absolutely nothing for the relationship that was between the ELF and TPLF’s Ethiopia.

        Haile S. should also inquire about when was the opportune time to reconcile Eritrea with Ethiopia? For there have been several. Are the current circumstances right in front of us, during our life time, these reconciliation efforts of PM Abbie’s rapprochement the most opportune and with returns and benefits greater than ever before? Is it to the benefit of Eritrea and of course Ethiopia that all efforts should be put for the realization of the two reconciled states? Does it matter to Eritreans whether the ELF or EPLF are doing it currently?

        “They were denied to go to their country and contribute with what ever means they have, politically, socially, economicall”

        That is an incorrect statement. They were afforded to go to their country and contribute with whatever means they have. Definitely socially and economically but also including politically. What they were denied was to participate fully under the pre independence organization format. That is they were denied to participate as ELF because the EPLF were also dissolving their organization of EPLF. Now, post independence Eritrea and the rational of everything the EPLF or its spinoff transitional government of Eritrea, government of Eritrea, or the dictatorship of Isaias Afeworki is an important matter that should be revisited and fine combed to give a better picture than that or those painted with propaganda. There was this huge monumental task to create a government from scratch, one that would establish itself as government and be respected as such on top of reconstruction and the securing of material and non material sources essential for a teetering toddler to survive amongst giant and seasoned nations around it. Were there excess? Yes. But there were a lot more mitigating circumstances and theoretical rationals for the reasons of all the stages up to its development level of the current stage. Closing the chapter with reconciliation to Ethiopia can usher in an Eritrean government that has established itself, is respected and strong enough for a change of government and the intra-Eritrean power dynamic.

        “I am suspecting, you say this because they operated in Ethiopia during the TPLF times. Do you know why they went there?”

        To visit their cousin third removed from their aunt on the fathers or is it on the mother’s side. Of course to reconcile with Ethiopia. What sort of reconciliation they had in mind, we don’t know because TPLF Ethiopia did not succeed fully as it had planned. The Eritrean Opposition were fully on board for phase two of the TPLF Ethiopia idea of reconciliation with Eritrea. It was by reduction. Reduce all resources and outlets of the EPLF spinoff PFDJ’s Eritrea and in the process you reduce and weaken significantly Eritrea until it capitulates and then perhaps camaflauge and give the appearance of Sovereignty by installing the Eritrean Opposition, who were by now nearly all in Ethiopia in closer proximity to the TPLF, and established a suzerainty relationship between Eritrea and Ethiopia. Ethiopia being the dominant of the two.
        Today’s case can not be the same sort of reconciliation. The Eritrean demand is sourced by the sacrifices they have withstood, They could not possibly accept anything short of full dignity. What is it Isaias’ Eritrean will bring home to Eritrea. We should accelerated so that all matters can be resolved sooner than later.

        “I know I am extending the word reconcile more than it needs to be, but when you give the same weight and make them equal to EPLF, I didn’t think it’s fai..”

        Yes you have extended the word reconcile, more like trying to hoodwink us to preserve your intent and propaganda use of the word. Reconcile does not mean unity or andinet with Ethiopia,

        tSAtSE

        • Berhe Y

          አንታ ጻጸ፡

          What ever Idris Abdela did or he did not do, let history be the judge. From what I know, I wished they have listed to him, to finish IA and his group when ELF had the might to do. ELF spared them and now it’s history. In my book, anyone who fights the regime of IA, no matter how big or small is a hero. End of story…they can go to Ethiopia, the can go to Sudan, they can go to Mars if they need to, it does not change anything, they are fighting injustice. Period.

          The only way to settle if they have the support of the people or not is simply by holding election and let the people judge who they wanted to lead them. Very simple concept for someone who mastered mathematics in paper only but have no common sense because you saw a couple of people waving flags and image of the dictator that you assume, the Eritrean people is in love with him.

          ዓቕሊኻ ጸቢቡካ ትአትዎ ጠፊኡካ አሎዶ ክንብል፡፡ ክሳብ ክንድዚ እካ ክሳብ ትርህጽ ንትጽሕፍ ርኢናካ አይንፈልጥን፡፡ እዛ ናይ ባሊጋኻ ኢሰያስ ተስፋ ካብ ዝረክብ ጀሚሩ ሳላ ዶ/ር አቢ፡ እቲ ኩሉ ንግሆ ንግሆ ከም ሰብ ዛዕጎል ሔይ ሔይ ዘብለካ ዝነበረ፡ ሃጠወ ቀጠው፡ ጽሑፋትካ ገዲፍካ፡ እንሄ ፕሮፖጋንዳ ናይ ዕሱባት ተተሓሒዝካዮ፤ ቲኒን፡ ሚኒን ትብል አለኻ ከም ጣንጡ፡፡

          ሓንቲ ነበር ጥራሕ ከዘካኽረካ፡ ሓቂ ብረሳ ተቀበርካያ፡ ብእግራ ትወጽእ፡፡ ዝገዓርካ ተጋዓርካ፡ ዝበልካ ተበልካ፡ ዝዕበጥ ሓቂ የለን፡፡

          ሓደ ነገር ግን፡ ክሓተካ፡ ናይ ብሓቂ ኢየ ተሻቂለ ዘለኩ ብአኻ፡፡ እዚ አበ ፌስ ቡክ፡ ዝበሃለ ዘሎ “ይአክል” ዝብለ መልእኽቲ፡ እንተ ሰሚዑዎ ድአ እንታይ ክብል እዩ ኢለ ናይ ብሓቂ ተሰኪፈ እየ ዘለኹ፡፡ ጨርቅኻ ከይትድርቢ አዝዩ ዘተሓሳስብ እዩ፡፡

          አብ ሓደ ወርሒ ዘይአክል እዋን፡ ልዕሊ 300 ኤርትራውያን ካብ መላዕ ዓለም፡ ብግልጺ፡ ብዘኾርዕ አገባብ ይአክል ኢሎም ተበጊሶም አለው፡፡ ገና ድማ፡ ካብ መዓልቲ ናብ መዓልቲ እንዳ ዓበየ ይኸይድ አሎ፡ ከም ማዕበል፡፡

          ጽባሕ ንግሆ ድማ፡ እቶም አብ ውሽጢ ሀገር ዘለዉ፡ ከምኡ ከም ዝገብሩ አየጠራጥርን እዩ፡፡ ንዓ ንዚአቶም ድማ ሕጂ፡ ጀብሃ ዶ፡ ወያነ ዶ እንዳበልካ እስኪ አጸልሞም፡፡

          በርሀ

          • Selamat Berhe Y AArkey,

            “What ever Abdela Idris did or he did not do, let history be the judge.”

            BaElikha memtSiee derfi baElikha meTfiee derfi. Go back and read your post to which I responded too. You have said something that is historically incorrect, I responded and now you want history to be the judge of it. Your hypocrisy and delusions, of the Eritrean Opposition, is unprecedented.

            As for the yAAkle face book campaign I have been aware of it. I comb daily and extensively what is happening regarding Eritrea. Yes say it is a wave and you are proud of it. I am glad it makes you feel good about yourself, but unfortunately the campaign is dead on arrival and will fizil away along with all the virtual reality constant hoopla we have been observing for decades.

            You don’t like the word Woyane. So I will say it again and again so that you appreciate it more: WEYANE!

            tSAtSE

          • Berhe Y

            Hi tSAtSE,

            I think you rather prepare your melQes for your god father. His days are numbered, you bet on the wrong guy.

            Now let me go and enjoy listening one of my favourite ERITREAN you tuber Falfasa, he is the best.

            The people are keep multiplying everyday.

            Berhe

          • Selamat Berhe Y AArkey,

            Yes go on and enjoy youtube the hypnotic dosage that deludes you into thinking something is actually being done. I think I may adapt the new phrase a few have been using here: Digital Woyane, catchy phrase.

            tSAtSE

      • Haile S.

        Selam Berhe,

        To start with, by putting names you are making it personal. I never mentioned names. Yes I was talking of those that were stationed in Ethiopia from where they didn’t prioritize the border issue, but now the reflection coming from their camp is the demarcation first. My understanding about this camp and about those doing every wrong in administering Eritrea is the positions they take. When one places himself on the south, the other goes on the north etc etc. This “Pavlovian reflex to oppose” what comes from the other and placing oneself as an instrument of change doesn’t look for me a promising optimistic strategy.
        Yes, I admit, I am speaking from my comfortable home. So does the PFDJ guys reproach me or you when we talk from the guts. The who are you to say this attitude is one of the reasons that puts us in the present situation as well as the reason that make us to dare to speak.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Haile S.

          I am sorry if you think I made it personal. I was just responding to the ELF/EPLF the same side of the coin description you were giving.

          Personally I don’t know anyone who was against the demarcation of the boarder now or before. Even those who were stationed in Ethiopia, I think their position was for the best outcome of the Eritrean people. I don’t know anyone who publicly said, they were not for demarcation. If you say, they have not pressed Ethiopia enough or they didn’t make their stand public, you may have a point but it should be to specific group (if they were) and not the entire ELF groups.

          Now you are saying they are asking for demarcation now even though before they didn’t. You may be correct on this but honestly, I don’t think they are doing it so that to be in opposite end of the PFDJ government. PFDJ is telling us, peace has come, and Ethiopia PM said publicly that he accepted fully the decision and is it hard to ask, how come it’s not done now.

          If the boarder is demarcated, again I don’t think they will lose sleep on the other hand I think they will be happy to see that happen.

          My real contention with your approach is, you are giving it in equal terms both the culprit, that is IA and the victims, the rest of the opposition.

          Berhe

          • Haile S.

            Selam Berhe,

            Thank you for your kind response. I am also sorry if my remark irritated people. The reason I presented my remark the way I did is because Eritreans policy (ELF or EPLF/PFDJ) towards Ethiopia and their relationship to her appeared on how to weaken each other (ELF or EPLF/PFDJ) than what strengthens present or future relationship of Eritrea vs Ethiopia. And this was based on the long historical animosity between the two camps and where they place themselves vs Ethiopia and on the prevailing rhetoric here and elsewhere. I don’t believe one force (ELF or EPLF/PFDJ) can eradicate the other. Even though, ELF appears out of the picture as a force as it use to be, it is still a force to reckon and has a legacy. Thus my expectation from whoever appears to talk ELF to avoid the rhetoric and my expectation to become the adult in the room. Of course my presentation is a bit caricatural in presenting the one administering the country and those opposing and had never had the chance to oppose the regime face to face on the same pedestal. I am fully cognisant that what I said would have been more palatable if it was presented in a drawn caricature in the form that appears in Charlie Hebdo. It appears hard because it is in words.
            Best

          • Selamat Hail S.,

            “The reason I presented my remark the way I did is because Eritreans policy (ELF or EPLF/PFDJ) towards Ethiopia and their relationship to her appeared on how to weaken each other (ELF or EPLF/PFDJ) than what strengthens present or future relationship of Eritrea vs Ethiopia.”

            I call them the reductionists. No positive value added for Eritrea in all of their actions.

            tSAtSE

  • Kaddis

    Dear Gash Chefena –

    I enjoyed reading your piece but not sure if I share your view of the fear of losing sovereignty. We have been discussing here about Eritrean sovereignty and similar issues from the start of the change in Ethiopia.

    I don’t think much has changed from our prediction. Abiy’s administration let alone crossing to Eritrea and building a naval force – its not in a position to deal with its own regions be it Somali, Tigray or the Southern peoples state. Plus – the new power – the Oromo elite and its activist base is not interested in Eritrea. Their understanding of Eritrean and Ethiopian historical relationship is very similar to the Awate family. In fact the Oromo elite seem to be tired of Abiy and picking a fight with him on a condo distribution; the fact seems for sleeping with the Ankoberities ( lovely ). He is becoming a liability for screwing the chance to show the Oromo leadership capacity. The Oromo elite was excited and mobilised its scholar base to lead the democratisation and in the process unify their nation – perfectly fine for me – but Abiy failed on both counts. The Oromo seems to be tired of Abiy cause more and more he is looking like Isiaias than Uhuru …we are now at Hailemariam maregn stage.

    His priority, just like Isaias, wants to be a regional bully (shuttle service) avoiding IGAD.. before securing his seat at home. Abiy sidelined all the existing institutions, the media ( no presser) and created the weakest bizarrely restructured cabinet. Saay already told us the early symptoms of a (weak) dictator a while back. The problem is when you want to be a dictator without the military, social and economic capital.

    Abiy is taking Isiaias’s advise – looking down on every section of our society – regional elites, political parties ( asking to merge and dissolve ) the youth etc – I can go on and on what went wrong the last year…

    My fear is – we don’t know how much support and promise Abiy got from the Americans; that means he can go recklessly violent assuming there is no power the Americans can’t crush. And if that promise is shared by Isiaias…god forbid

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Kaddis,

      Abiy isn’t really a politician, nor could he be a statesman for a dire situation. He already messed up with “developmental state” that had showed economic progress in a dramatic fashion never seen in the history of Ethiopia. He will also messed up with the Federal arrangement of governance if the Ethiopian social groups did resist forcefully. He already messed up with the struggle of the Eritrean people by giving new lease for the survival of our tyrant by bringing this bogus medemer rhetoric slogan. The foreign pressure won’t work, unless their messages find traction on the internal front on the ground. I always enjoy your “feeds” from the internal political development of Ethiopia, because either directly or indirectly does influence our politics. Keep coming please.

      • Nitricc

        <blockquote He already messed up with the “developmental state” that had showed economic progress in a dramatic fashion never seen in the history of Ethiopia
        Hi Aman-H; since when is browning money and building shiny skyscrapers
        considered development? My man the country is about to be on the hands of creditors. I mean how do you see things. The country is broke and you are talking entirely deferent. I know you are trying to give the credit to the dead midget, PMMZ. give it up Aman.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Nitrickay,

          Since when borrowing money became wrong or sin. Do you know how much debt the US has to China and other countries. In case you are not aware of it, here is the US debt:

          “As of October 2018, foreigners owned $6.2 trillion of U.S. debt, or approximately 39 percent of the debt held by the public of $16.1 trillion and 28 percent of the total debt of $21.8 trillion.”

          • Nitricc

            Hi Aman-H; you are not comparing the USA to Ethiopia, are you? The USA can do that and easily can pay-off by just selling weapons. Had Ethiopia invested the browed many in agriculture that is one thing but to build toothless building and toothless trains are just a waste of resources. Again there is one salvation for Ethiopia; drop everything else and invest on Agriculture. that is not only sure investment but Agriculture will give a job to the jobless youth and the only way out for Ethiopia, that is if the Chinas didn’t take over the country.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Nitrickay,

            If security and stability of the county is maintained, Ethiopia can also manage its debt. Many foreign and domestic investors are ready to make commitments. Ethiopia not only can produce agricultural product, it has many mineral resources. They just need to stick with the “developmental state” and stop conspiring each other. The Asian tiger countries did it in the same way. They only need a visionary leader like MZ whose eyes are focused on the poor and the poverty of the country.

          • Nitricc

            Many foreign and domestic investors are ready to make commitments.

            Hi Aman-H; forget about foreign investors, if I was an Ethiopian, I won’t invest five cents in Ethiopia. As an investor the first thing to consider is stability and the rule of law. In Ethiopia neither stability nor the rule of law is upheld. So, why do you think a foreigners to invest in Ethiopia? Hey Aman; you never give in do you lol. ” They only need a visionary leader like MZ” MZ is nothing but a crook who left Ethiopia in stage of distraction. I have no idea what you in that midget. Your MZ is responsible for all the problems in Ethiopia today.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Nitrickay,

            You don’t read the entire comment. You have the habit to pick “a line” irrespective it’s relation with the rest of the comment. In the intro of my comment, I put a caveat “ if the security and stability of the country is maintained.” If you read that you don’t need to comment this.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Aman-H; No, because you don’t mean that. You are just saying it for sake of saying good things. Deep inside of you know that there will be no stability or the supreme of the rule of law in Ethiopia. So, I commented to expose your cover. because you know the truth.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Nitrickay,

            My “caveat words” doesn’t indicate that there is security & stability. Because, the word “if” assure you that there isn’t. There is no cover up talk with me. My comment is straight forward whether people likes it or not. For years you read me and could not know me unmistakably. Start today and know me as pointbkank.

          • Nitricc

            Hey Aman-H: what I mean to say is you are trying to be politically correct when you say those things. I am not saying you were dishonest and all I am saying is you trying to be nice and at the same time politically correct. If not, unless a strong leader that comes and kill a few, I see no hope for Ethiopia to be stable nor the rule of law to be functional. Just to day the Oromos lead by jawwar are out for blood because apartments were dispatched to the rightful owners. you tell me AMAN?
            “”””This is in Bale, Oromo Region. Machete welding Qeerros are demanding, goaded by JaWar inc, Addis Ababa residents not get apartments which they have bought with a decade or more monthly savings. Insanity and madness has reached its pinnacle””””

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Nitrickay,

            This comment of yours justify to the statement I made repeatedly that the man is unfit to address the crises of the Ethiopian people. Political crises can not be resolved by “let us love each other”. Political crises are resolved by making compromises among the stakeholders. A true leader should always show up in the crises scene to address the concern of the people, and he isn’t that kind of leader. He want to control crises by remote control from the Minelik palace. Do you when I knew him that he is bogus? When he said Derg is not defeated by EPLF/TPLF alliance. Second, when he said the last 28 years of Ethiopia is the darkest era in Ethiopian history. The Oromo people didn’t see it that way, the Somali Ethiopian didn’t see it that way. The Afar people didn’t see it that way. The Tigray people doesn’t see it that way. Except the Amhara people. He did it to satisfy the remenant of Derg and the Amara elites who lost their power after the defeat of Derg. That is all. The guy is not authentic leader. He is fake who only seeks power to fulfill the dream of his mother and not the dream of the Ethiopian people. Not only that he extended the life span of our despot.

          • Nitricc

            Not only that he extended the life span of our despot and the misery of our people.

            Hi Aman-H; I disagree with your quoted statement. PMAA resolved very difficult issues for Eritrea. You are thinking that PMAA extended life span of PIA but I will argue the opposite is true. PMAA left PIA necked. PIA is left with no excuse thanks to PMAA. He can’t say ” we are under sanction” thanks to PMAA; solved. PIA can’t say ” we can’t hold election because we are in a war station, thanks PMAA; solved. PIA can’t say national military endless, thanks to PMAA, solved. I mean there is nothing PIA can say to make any excuse thanks to PMAA. PIA have only on option; reform, release the prisoners, hold election and pass on the power to the next inline.

        • Kaddis

          Hi Nitricc –
          Countries grow with credit. Ask the Europeans who are trying to grow without it. Even if Ethiopia loose everything today – no one will regret trying and the relative quality of life we lived in the process.

          Even the most liberal magazine FT could not hide the success saying ‘ Ethiopia did half the miracle’ …we will do the other half when the time comes.

          Addis is now full of visiting or settling Eritreans; met so many mostly in clinics and they are so nice. Its very fascinating to have a chat with specially with new arrivals appreciating the small things that we take for granted.

          • Nitricc

            no one will regret trying and the relative quality of life we lived in the process

            Hi Kaddis; obviously you are not looking at what I am seeing but I hope your son and grand son will able to say that. Your irresponsible government and the greedy nature of the grownups, the right here and the right now attitude will leave your future generation in absolute slavery. the future is in Africa and when you sell it away your future now then your children must pay the price for the treble and greedy crimes you committed. So, my friend your quality of life is not so much and rest assured to be dark for the future. You seem to value the opinion of FT but did FT also mentioned the 8 to 10 millions who are hungry and waiting for help?

      • Hope

        Selam Kaddis and Amanuel Hidrat:
        .”Abiy isn’t really a politician, nor could he be a statesman for a dire situation”.Courtesy of Ato Amanule Hidrat.
        .”…but Abiy failed on both counts..”
        Courtesy of Kaddis.
        ..If you guys consider yourselves as “Politicians” and belittle a man, who has proven to you to be the BEST:
        ..-Soldier with a 5* Colonel Status, earned as such based on his intensive experience
        “”-A PHD Holder in Political Science and Conflict Resolution, who resolved one of the worst and intricate inter-ethnic conflicts in Ethiopia
        -A BOLD and Charismatic Leader, who resolved one of the worst Conflicts Africa has ever witnessed and brought up a Fresh Peace in one the worst Conflict Zones for decades and generations in the world,aka, the Horn of Africa
        .,-A Chap, who has been posted and served in different and sensitive Posts of the Ethiopian Gov
        -The BEST Leader Ethiopia and Ethiopians in particular and Africans in general ever produced and seen and who SAVED Ethiopia from collapsing politically, economically, militarily and socially
        Etc…
        THEN:
        With all due respect to you all,who the HECK you guys think is a better Politician, a better Leader and Peace-Maker?
        rWhat both of you are lamenting and crying crocodile tears is NOT Dr Abiy’s fault but someone’ else, which you know very WELL
        Talk about few left over criminals and opportunist loser, who are working hard to sabotage and to be obstacle to the success stories the same Dr. AAA has achieved.
        As far as Dr.AAA’s alleged role on the alleged Conspiracy Theories about the remote, if not the IMPOSSIBLE,UNREALISTIC and IMPRACTICAL re-unification of Eritrea with Ethiopia is concerned, I care less if he dreams the same day dream his predecessors and the chauvinists and derghi left- overs dreamt about as it is NONE of his or that of PIA’s BUSINESS but that of the Eritreans and ONLY that of the Eritreans….and even if,God forbid, Dr AAA et al and PIA succeed in unifying Eritrea with Ethiopia,it still will be squarely due to the the failure and the responsibility of the Eritreans.
        Cheers.
        With respect.
        Hope
        of Mr Amanuel Hidrat.

  • saay7

    Selamat Dr. Chefena:

    A writer writes. And a reader picks up a piece and obsesses over it. My friend Eyob Medhane is beating up on “Ankober”; Philsopher Tsatse has made it a jumping off point for his critique of opposition…

    Let me address Eyobai first. “Ankober” and “Ankoberite” is really part of the EPLF-TPLF-EPRP (and any leftist org) critique of imperial Ethiopia. I believe Jordan Gebremehin used it first. The most cogent explanation I heard of it was from an Ethiopian writer (I wish I remember his name) but it made such an impression on me that I saved it:

    “Ethiopia had two Zera Yacobs: one of Axum, the other of Ankober. The Axumite Zera Yacob was a philosopher upon which we still practice our life. The Ankoberite Yacob was a king upon which many monarchy and nobility followers still strive to survive and thrive.”

    So here, Ankober is a metaphor (like saying “Sparta”) as is “Ankoberite” (like saying “Spartan.”) I wish Dr. Chefena had followed up the Amhara and Oromo descriptions with qualifiers “elite, ruling class” etc. This is what he meant, but it is not what he wrote so your outrage (just this time) is not manufactured:)

    On the musicians, well, they were called part of the “public diplomacy.” They really are no more than conscript artists and it is hard to criticize hostages: the same Wedi Tkul who was singing ክንዲ ሽሕ ሓደ to a near empty venue in Bahir Dar was singing his tribute to Weyane (Weyanay) in 1995. You have singers singing tunes of exiled Eritreans (Osman Abdurehim, Tewelde Redda) and singers singing Yemane Barya’s tribute to Eritrean having a parliament without any sense of irony. Just think of them as: conscripted folk and you will have sympathy for them.

    The fiction people like Sirak Bahlbi sell (the amazing Eritrean Navy) in contrast to actual facts (college of marine science and technology closing) is just life under Isaisism (there is no PFDJ.) I wrote a friend to confirm the news and he was non-plussed: so? Halhale College of Business & Econ is closed and relocated to Adi Keih, whose college of arts and social science has had its departments of journalism and mass communication closed and with the fine arts not accepting new students to history, archeology, sociology, anthropology.. but you know this better than me: it is your field.

    Essentially, the Isaiasists (classic or latter day) have just become experts at nothing but coining new insults and meaningless phrases: game over, digital weyane, blah blah. There is a video circulating on Instagram (look up user name salemhaile) of Asmara kids near Bar Lino being innovative on the water crisis in our capital city. When people actually think that Isaias is not only fit to lead but the best for Eritrea after he has taken it from one disaster to another catastrophe for 27 years, we have a difference of opinion, don’t we. The problem is: part of the argument of those who think he is fit to lead is that we should never have a timetable for when we can put that to test by casting ballots.

    As for Ambassador Bruno, he is either the only Eritrean official who has total autonomy to write what he wants, or he is the man they use to float trial baloons of their policies, or he is drunk. I have my theories.

    saay

    • Eyob Medhane

      Sal,

      Oh I get so, the term “Ankober” & “Ankoberite” is coined by leftist war propagandists, which their bleeding leftist heart didn’t give flying freak stigmatizing a small village farmers, as ruling elites. So much for being “men of the people”, “power to the people” and all that hoolabaloo.. So, you’re telling me that there was actually a writer, who picked up on that and popularized it? That doesn’t sound much of a writer to me, but a propagandist😁😁

      You’re right. I would have shrugged it off, if Ato Chefena qualifies his humongous generalization of my people with “elites” or even “some”. But, since he didn’t, it was obligatory to me to say,

      ዘራፍ የጠቅል አሽከር የጠቅል ሎሌ
      አሳዶ ገዳይ በሰው ቀበሌ… 😂😂

      About the singers, they made me feel really sorry for them today. I saw an interview of Ato Bereket and Ato Asghedom… where they drifted off….and mumbled some unrelated stuff…So..trust me. They already have my sympathy..

      • saay7

        Eyobai:

        Do you need a ladder to get off that high horse?:) Stop demogoguing: the political reference to Ankober is as a seat of imperial Ethiopia, not for whatever its demographics are. Plenty of towns and in all fields—philosophy, economy—are forever associated: Chicago school, Vienna Circle, Berlin Circle etc.

        On the musicians, I was telling Dr Chefena to feel sorry for them. I heard Bereket Mengisteab—he of the mekhete years—talking about the oneness of the two people etc.

        saay

    • chefena

      Selam Saay,
      Thank you for your elaboration on the term “Ankoberite” as well as the most recent facts on the state of higher education in the home-country.

  • Selamat Dr. Chefena Hailemariam,

    If there is one question I like for you to answer for me, it would be: what field of study did you achieve you Doctoral degree? It is because I value education I ask. Also, I would ask follow up questions in order to generate progressive discussion and dialogue, as Eritrean brothers and sisters, with mutual respect and honesty above all. [I was very disappointed as Ayya Amanuel Hidrat’s dishonestly closing our conversation yesterday for example. So ,Dr. Chefena I look forward to your response, but now based on the article, the little information I have, I will say a little or a lot about how horrible the Eritrean Opposition is these days, which judging from the article, it includes you. This however is a respectful progressive criticism to correct your erroneous ways and make light the very heavy loads that is dragging the progress of the true Eritrean Opposition.

    To be fair, I will tell you a little about my self and education. I hold degrees in Electrical and Computing Engineering as well as Applied Mathematics. Therefore by training I am quick to pick up or notice inconsistencies or inequalities in an equation. And there is a grave dangerous cliff, I have deduced, that the Eritrean Opposition is driving us all over the cliffs age that is in dire need of an immediate correction.

    Long before the words “Eritrean Opposition” became popular or even were known, as a student organizer, activist and a member of EPLF’s Eritrean Students Union, now a youth organization I OPPOSED THE EPLF OPENLY. I was voted to be a delegate representative for the North American Student Union at the Second Congress of the EPLF in Sahel. But my opposition began when as a freshman at the university I encountered a majority of Eritrean Students from an ELF background. As I was on the mission to found a Eritrean Student Union at the University of Buffalo, (I was voted and became the founding father and first president of the ESA) I gathered the Eritrean Students and sensed their hesitancy and lack of desire to commence the formation of the union. It was obvious I was a member of the EPLF which was the cause of the Eritrean Students hesitancy to be part of the new organization. However, I made it clear that the Students Organization we are embarking to create is independent and autonomous of the EPLF. It will be an Eritrean Students at the University to educate the university community about our home nation Eritrea through books literature and guest speakers from Eritrean organization, including the ELF and EPLF, etc… would be the extent of our activities. I assured the that the ESA will not be an extension of the EPLF. We formed the students union and of course the EPLF fought and succeeded to gain control of our union by sidelining my self and another founding father utilizing the influx of the very students we assisted and pulled/recruited into the university.
    A mere three month after Eritrean independence, in August of 1991 at the EPLF annual Congress, I read a two page assessment, questions, projected warnings and dangers in the near or far future and away forward suggestions for our new Eritrean Governors. The seminar was presided by MaHmood Sherifo, EPLF veteran Tegadalai leader now in the dungeons of the PFDJ or dead after his and numerous other EPLF leaders and journalists were rounded up and arrested on September 18th, 2001. That very night I penned an essay titled “Metamorphosis – From a Tortoise to a Hare Instantaneously” and published it on a then popular Eritrean Website (I think Visafirque or it could be Asmarino.) Though I am not much of a writer, I wrote several times more and became an elected member of a local newly formed Eritrean Opposition Organization. In NYC I printed 5,000 copies of the 1997 Eritrean Constitution, I drove to the 2002 PFDJ Festival/Congress and at the risk of danger and safety to my person, I proceeded to distribute to the gathered Eritreans a copy of the Eritrean Constitution under the watchful eyes of PFDJ organizers. When the pressure mounted, I took the operation outside and while every one dancing to the tunes of the visiting Eritrean artists, I placed a copy of the Eritrean Constitution on as many cars in the parking lot belonging to the PFDJ Festival attendees. In the same year I march with hundreds of Eritreans in the protests against the PFDJ. I marched with ELF’s Ahmed Nasser in Washington DC as well as the Awate’s Saleh Johar Ghadi and numerous notable veteran Eritrean Fighters for the liberation of Eritrea.

    The word “Opposition” I have always felt was a misnomer, When I was part of the EPLF I did not oppose the EPLF, rather I was for the EPLF and opposed certain ways and suggested other ways in order to correct or put on the right path my organization as I was part of it. And throughout the list of activities I have listed above I was not opposition to Eritrea, rather I was FOR Eritrea as it is my Eritrea. And when now I am not opposing the opposition, including your erroneous article, rather I am FOR you, the Eritrean Opposition because you are mine and so has been and is the Eritrea Opposition.

    However, with the current narrative and WRONG propaganda and activism of the Eritrean Opposition, the Eritrean Opposition is the gravest danger to the well being of Eritrea and Eritrean Sovereignty as well as the well being of the entire regional peace, including Ethiopia. The Eritrean Opposition is in dire need of sanity and correction for its own sake and the sake of the Eritrean and Ethiopian Peoples. The Eritrean Opposition is exhibiting characteristics of unprincipled political stands, playing the role of the obstructionist junior to the senior obstructionist of peace prosperity and dignity for both people of Ethiopia and Eritrea. The senior obstructionist being the TPLF leadership. The Eritrean Opposition is also full of the traits of fanaticism and occult behaviors and in general it is embarking blindly without any coherent and well strategized goals and objectives towards the edge of a very dangerous cliff at a very dangerously rapid speed without breaks.

    I am now convinced that Dictator Isaias Afeworki’s Eritrea and the PFDJ is much more capable, better positioned and with much more efficiency and less costs to bring the lasting peace, prosperity, and dignity to the Eritrean people, the Ethiopian people and the region than the Eritrean Opposition. I realize now what the greatest weakness of the Eritrean Opposition has been for the last decade. The Eritrean Opposition has been a force of reduction and dead weight to every Eritrean strength. Their one and only strategy to bring change in Eritrea has been to reduce and weaken the strength of Eritrea. It has been a consistent reduction propaganda machine. The Eritrean Opposition have not embarked on a single ADDITION to strength project or strategy in the past two decades. Their game plan is to reduce the strength and weaken their enemy in the process weaken Eritrea and Eritreans, the regime falls, a vacuum of power is created and then those who have been waiting in prayer for decades with their fancy titles and Dr. credentials, who occasionally pen an essay or two but have absolutely nothing substantial and progressive that adds to the value or Eritreanism to show in their portfolio, slip into the governing positions of Eritrea after the fall of Isaias and the PFDJ. NOT going to happen.

    And Finally, for now and until you respond in order to commence the in dire necessary dialogue, I will critique Dr. Chefena’s article. Judging from your choice to write this essay, I am presuming your Doctoral degree is in fine arts – but I will await your response to be sure. I am only going to list briefly the flaws of this article.
    1. I saw the performance of the Eritrean Cultural Troop tour in Ethiopia. I saw nearly 20 sets and the performance was from all Eritrean nationalists, Tigrigna, Tigre, Saho, Kunama, Nara, Hidarib, Blen, Rashida, Afar. To their captive Ethiopian audience, they showed how diverse Eritrea is. That Eritrea is NOT only Asmara or Massawa and Eritrea is certainly NOT only Tigrigna. The mission was to introduce and or reintroduce the whole of Eritrea to the Ethiopians that know Eritrea the least. Hence the choice of Amhara and Oromia Killis of Ethiopia and further south. The Tigray kilil, by virtue of its proximity knows very well all of Eritrea and how diverse Eritrea is. People to people knowing one another, did it occur to you it is best to START WITH THE ETHIOPIAN REGIONS THAT KNOW ERITREA THE LEAST? Or should I speculate to the real reason you think why Mekele should have been the first stop?
    2. The Ethiopian Oromo and Amhara are as much our brothers and sisters as are the Ethiopian Tigray and many others. It is the time of long lasting peace for both the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia. We would like to leave behind wars and destructions and forget and forgive what we have done to one another long ago. In a time of healing why are you fanning and beating the drums of war by recalling ways of thinking and acting of the past. If the Oromo and and Amhara are longing to utilize favorite parts in Eritrea it is because that is what is going to happen in time of peace. They utilize your assets and Eritreans utilize Ethiopian assets in a fair trade deal. If the Oromo and Amhara desire even more like to to reunite Eritrea and Ethiopia and be peaceful, what makes you think they are the only ones who wish or aspire for this. I for one as an Eritrean I keep open the possibility of reunification of Eritrea and Ethiopia so long it is done in the right way and is the desires of the majority of Eritreans and was arrived at through a mutual understanding and respect towards one another by both the Eritrean and Ethiopian People. We are after all brothers and sisters embarking and pursuing long lasting peace for ourselves and one another. However, I must state that the one and only priority and objective for both people MUST BE the demarcation of the Eritrean Ethiopian border, the full recognition of the sovereignty of both nations, the building of trust and coming to a mutually beneficial agreements for the utilization of one another’s assets for the benefit of both peoples.

    3. Why not Mekele first? Because the TPLF leadership is undeserving. Not only are the wounds of the last war not nearly healed, but also immediately after PM Abbie’s announcement of the Ethiopian-Eritrean Rapprochement, the TPLF leadership took preemptive actions to play and is continuing to play the role of the obstructionist towards a rapid and lasting peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia by putting unnecessary and illegal hinderances.

    4. As for the PFDJ’s choice of nationalistic songs and nationalistic themes in their art, doesn’t occur to you it is what is necessary for the Eritrean youth to form strong bonds with their country. Just consider the rate of Eritrean Youth fleeing and migrating to far foreign lands. This is a loaded one and we shall elaborate on it together as we proceed. But I just want to let you know it isn’t much of a critique on your part Dr. Chefena.

    I agree with you on the not giving due credit to Tewelde Redda on the song Shigey.

    Shigey Habuni!

    Regards,
    tSAtSE

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Hi Solomon,

      Waw, “I will tell you a little about my self and education. I hold degrees in Electrical and Computing Engineering as well as Applied Mathematics.” Really, you master all this fields. Many suffer to master a tiny section of any field, but you are the jack of all. To understand what Dr. Chefena wrote and form debating about you have first to acknowledge you are half-baked. When you come down to your level you will hear what people tell you. You know often the followers of despots are the half-baked minds. If their boss guide them to the cliff, they follow without question. As usual tomorrow Isaias will change his mind and I am sure you will follow. Yesterday, you were saying border demarcation first, but when the despot instruct first integration you follow without question. “Little knowledge is dangerous”.

      Al-Arabi

      • Selamat Hameed Al-Arabi,

        I suggested we should have a matured conversation. Come back with a better and progressive attitude. I am saving my energy to dialogue with a Dr.! Dr. Chefena.

        Hey Hameed Al-Arabi: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste!” Don’t waste yours go get an education.

        tSAtSE

        • Hope

          Selam Tsatse:
          Ignore as he is not your match,buddy.
          I don’ t understand his motive or purpose.

      • Nitricc

        I hold degrees in Electrical and Computing Engineering as well as Applied Mathematics.” Really, you master all this fields. Many suffer to master a tiny section of any field, but you are the jack of all.

        Hi Al-Arabi; I see nothing wrong with what Tsa-Tse have said. Since you have the biggest and loudest mouth; I am assuming you to be educated highly. So what do you have? since engineering Applied Mathematics are “tiny sections” of education. Please tell us! I don’t if you are sadly ill person or incredibly foolish, no clue.

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Hi Nitricc,

          Since you are mentally crippled person, I see the form dallying you, deal with you with great care. Isn’t that enough to make you understand that you are, ” sadly ill person or incredibly foolish, no clue.”

          Al-Arabi

    • Millennium

      Greetings:

      another brilliant piece

      Millennium

    • Hope

      Selamat Tsatse:
      No surprise to see such a brilliant response and rebuttal from a Computer Scientist and Mathematician.
      Hope the AT to post your comment as an Article.
      I thought you are way younger than most of us..
      I agree with most of what you said but I respectfully disagree with your over-rated crediting of the PFDJ.
      The deceptive and manipulative tactics the PFDJ has used since its inception is but TRUTH,not to mention its notorious lack of Transparency and Accountability.
      Making peace in the Horn is a great and noble cause but making Peace within Eritrea and among Eritreans should come FIRST or should go along with making peace in the Horn.

      • Selamat Hope,

        “I agree with most of what you said but I respectfully disagree with your over-rated crediting of the PFDJ.”

        And that is perfectly fine that you disagree with me, but our disagreements will not and can not vary much. Your poignant and sharp piercing statements in another thread that you have commented with bravery as you were fighting from within to make changes, particularly about your father, I wish him well – my father is in his nineties back home, spoke volumes to me. I have seen the PFDJ and their ways when they were at their worst. They man hunted me which I cary the burden of having nightmares when I think about it. And so I ask you the question where do we cut off. Sounds familiar – Of course I want Isaias Afeworki to step down from power. We the people from this point and line will not budge. The Eritrean Opposition is asleep and has been in a traumatic hypnotized with speaking lies and fairytales as if it is a show of soap sitcom television we want. Over saturated with lies and they lack any kind of game plan. And so I say the odds for a total win win for the Eritrean People in Eritrea, the odds are to let the dictator complete the deal. He would have to present his vision now. What is it that the dictator seek for he can find it and he is ready to step down now. What does he want his legacy to be because the time is now to speak the truth and let the rule of law rule. He will have to defend his case and the PFDJ must demand it from him now.

        “Making peace in the Horn is a great and noble cause but making Peace within Eritrea and among Eritreans should come FIRST or should go along with making peace in the Horn.”

        It is common sense. If it is a lie don’t tell it. It is shameful really to create stories of intrigue that are based on a lie and lie to everyones sense of intelligence and tell them that you are standing up for truth. And yes I agree that Eritrean and amongst Eritreans peace first is a must. As it stands the Eritrean Opposition is going way to far in propagating lies and bizarre narratives. If they are unable to sift through the lies and can not keep up with utilizing the current technologies responsibly all they will net is a sad back and forth of flip-flopping false narratives post Isaias Afeworki’s Eritrea. And they should be more listening than barking and transmitting a monotone signal and day dream the rest of the 23 hours in a day. They do not even value the value of dialogue just barking one tone constantly as if they are hi hailing Hitler in as zombies in an occult.

        The math does’t lie. The odds for the Eritrean People is to be patient, make the man make the deal, weight for yourself, and by yourself I mean the Eritrean People in Eritrea and then demand what is rightfully yours accordingly.

        We share the burden to get through some stubborn heads to get them to have a very balanced view of all things Eritrea as if there aren’t PFDJ Eritreans who have been fighting, continue to fight and are as eager to reconcile with their brothers and sisters yeah they are called Eritrean Opposition.

        tSAtSE

        • Amanuel

          Hi tSAtSE
          I am a bit confused you are very bitter out the opposition. To whom you are referring by opposition BTW? The opposition is a big tent. In there you could find individual activities who wants change as well as organised parties or movements.

          My second question is you want IA to complete the deal and gone. What deal you are referring to? Demarcation which him and Abiy said is a low priority or there is another deal you are privy of?

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Selam Xaxe (the greatista-ever)
      I have not read Dr. Chefena’s piece. My short reaction to your excellent comment should not be seen as prejudicious to the Dr’s article. I jot these lines to let you know that these days you are in your elements producing unrivaled critiques. Thank you,Sir. No matter how much one wants the Eritrean government gone, echoing the digital propaganda of an unrepentant enemy is nothing but volunteering to becoming as the extension of “digital weyane”. Again, I’m not commenting on Dr. Chefena’s article, but this has been my observation since TPLF was made to pack up and head to Mekele. I will read the article later, and will comment if I gather the energy. Gracias.

    • chefena

      Selam tSAtSE
      Thank you for taking the initiative to introduce/ identify yourself.
      1. Am a sociolinguist by training. Critical Discourse is a method I use to deconstruct dominant/ false narratives. And in terms of my epistemological and methodological position, I use qualitative data / linguistic data to analyse and understand society. Therefore, I don’t think either your training, your mathematical models, or your engineering tools will be employed here to help you ‘notice inconsistencies’ in my article. Modern critical social scientist use the term ‘positivists’ to refer to those who believe that the dynamics of social and natural phenomenon can only be explained through mathematical proof.

      2. As regards the details your activities in the student association, I don’t see the relevance of as I am in no position to comment on them now. I was never part of them.

      3. Although I don’t have to reply to the all claims you make about the ‘flaws’ of my article, in the interest of building mature discourse, I will try to address them.
      4. I never agued for ‘Mekele first’. This is an allegation. In my deconstruction I didn’t absolve the Woyane for their resistance to abide by the EEBC ruling. At the moment, the power base has shifted in favour of Team Lemma, so I don’t discuss history.

      5. This is a post-Woyane era, and I am particularly dealing with a contemporary event dominated by the ‘medemer’ discourse. According to what has been coming from Abiye and Isaias talks, the boundary issue is rendered irrelevant. To substantiate my claim, I focused on cultural products that are being used for covert political ends. Every effort PFDJ does is to give us the impression that it is pushing for the sovereign Eritrea territories being demarcated, which is false.

      6. You write “should I speculate to the real reason you think why Mekele should have been the first stop?”. Entirely up to you, I have no reason to feel intimidated. I would rather ask you to speculate on much more significant questions:

      7. This is regarding your rationalization “the choice of Amhara and Oromia Killis of Ethiopia and further south”. First, why did the Cultural Troupe perform behind closed chambers in these Kilils you say they needed to know more about Eritrean culture ? Secondly, despite the wide acclaim and warm reception that Hele Melles and her band received in Mekele she was excluded in this last tour. Why? Oddly enough, despite the fact that she is one of the best PFDJ vocalists. And let me add do you have any knowledge of why Sham Kaleab was stripped of his band leadership soon after?

      8. To Eyob Medhane: Selamta! The term ‘Ankoberite ’ was borrowed from the late Eritrean-American scholar, Jordan Ghebremedhn’s book PEASANT AND REVOLITION: A Critique of Ethiopian Studies. I appropriated the word in the exact sense as used by author in his serious academic work. I have no enmity with the ordinary Amhara, or any other Ethiopian. I interacted with them, studied and worked with the Amhara and Oromos and that is why I find GitSAtSE’s suggesting “The Ethiopian Oromo and Amhara are as much our brothers and sisters as are the Ethiopian Tigray……” a little patronizing. Preaching hate is not in my nature.

      Izi WodeHanKum

      • Selamat Dr. Chefena,

        1. Therefore, I don’t think either your training, your mathematical models, or your engineering tools will be employed here to help you ‘notice inconsistencies’ in my article. Modern critical social scientist use the term ‘positivists’ to refer to those who believe that the dynamics of social and natural phenomenon can only be explained through mathematical proof.

        Are you sure? I was so eager to have you proof read me as I take your through Hilbert’s curve-is infinite math useful? Okay I will sharpen my pencil and do linguistics as it is all mathematics anyway. And what proof is it that you shall employ and solve a problem. I suppose now we are in contention. Dr. you should never undervalue any knowledge including the mathematics of a slave.

        “or your engineering tools will be employed here to help you ‘notice inconsistencies’ in my article. ” Oh I did not realize you had a further aversion towards know how. Relax, I was merely getting to know you. Before you tell me a bout Modern Social Scientists, you are still gathering data and beta testing your models, or are simply taking orders from your contemporaries the parameters of your un fine tuned and uncalibrated instruments disseminating lies or half baked theories. Hey blame it on your long stares at linguistics and machine language as you are as you have said modern after all.

        2. As regards the details your activities in the student association, I don’t see the relevance of as I am in no position to comment on them now. I was never part of them.

        Then what do you base your struggle on. Were you born an elitist intelligentsia. What credential is it that you posses to give the Eritrean Opposition your recommendations and orders. Is it all based on your analysis of a concert once upon time in Bahrdar? And you say “them” as if they are objects you abhor, You must have your reasons and you will teach me with linguistics. I am all ears.

        4. I never agued for ‘Mekele first’. This is an allegation. In my deconstruction I didn’t absolve the Woyane for their resistance to abide by the EEBC ruling. At the moment, the power base has shifted in favor of Team Lemma, so I don’t discuss history.

        Shall I scroll up, copy it and pasted below this sentence? I suppose an engineering background goes along way. You sound nervous and on trial. What is more surprising is that those who like yourself propagate lies with their worthless made up careers who have not utilized their linguistic modern social science knowhow to organize and strategize to gather one hundred and one engineers, 200 mathematicians, one hundred factory workers, five hundred farmers, fifty bus drivers, seventy five cab drivers, two hundred architects, two hundred civil engineers, five hundred construction workers… etc. in Eritrea. Utilize their linguistic to effect positive progressive change as opposed to telling lies and have baked doctoral degrees in an insignificant non dent making to the over all struggle, articles about song and dance.
        Is there more to this Modern Social Science cracker box accreditation tale of yours?

        7. This is regarding your rationalization “the choice of Amhara and Oromia Killis of Ethiopia and further south”. First, why did the Cultural Troupe perform behind closed chambers in these Kilils you say they needed to know more about Eritrean culture ? Secondly, despite the wide acclaim and warm reception that Hele Melles and her band received in Mekele she was excluded in this last tour. Why? Oddly enough, despite the fact that she is one of the best PFDJ vocalists. And let me add do you have any knowledge of why Sham Kaleab was stripped of his band leadership soon after?

        Don’t know man. All I saw was that the diversity of Eritrea was taught within hands reach of our Ethiopian brothers and sisters, Some may have vague recollection as soldiers in Eritrea, it was a young audience. Too all the rest of the questions in that paragraph, all I can say or play along in the game of “How shocking don’t know the answer just guess?” They all did were not to the personal satisfaction of dictator Isaias Afeworki is my guess.

        Goodness the last one is addressed to Eyob Medahane. I don’t have to give a response. Well Doc thanks for the walk through Modern Critical Social Science and you did say you were sociolinguist. I will have more questions through the Hilbert curve later, cheers.

        tSAtSE

    • Semere Tesfai

      Selam GitSAtSE

      Man, o man! You’re on fire; and I’m impressed with every comment of yours.

      Just want to let you know, I’m planning to organize a fundraising campaign from coast-to-coast, to erect a huge statue of the genius hardworking TsaTse (ጻጸ), in Hilet Tekhurir (ሕለት ተኹሪር) of Tesseney Um-Hajer or both, facing the great rivers of Gash or/and Tekeze where the inquisitive curious promising young boy perfected the art of swimming – in both the still and the gashing waters 🙂

      Semere Tesfai

      • Hashela

        Selam Semere

        It speaks volume that the contribution of GitSAtSE is considered as a key defence paper by the Medemer faction here at Awate. A confession of failure!

        While I admire Chefena’s analytical and linguistic capability to skillfully unravel the evil and treasonous nature and douple face of PFDJ, I vehemently denounce his attempt to play down Woyanes’ evil nature and the immense harm they caused. If you want know his stand, pay attention to his opening sentence.

        So it seems we are left with Medemerists and Revisionists of our recent history and experience

    • Amanuel

      Hi tSAtSE
      I think you could have criticised the article and put your comment with out asking the authors qualifications and with out blowing your own trumpet on your way.

      The existence of Eritrea is as the result of enormous sacrifice by its people. There are thousands of people who did miracles but haven’t told a sole about their heroism because not only out of modesty but also feel they would be cheating on our martyrs. I hate to break it to you that oranasing meeting here and writing papers there as activist is not going to cut it.

      Having said the above let’s talk about the opposition. It is big tent and it has all sorts of things. If you are in it, you can chip in your skills, like organisation, leadership and focus which are lacking. If you out of it, please stay way and refrain from peeing on it.

      • Selamat Amanuel,

        “Having said the above let’s talk about the opposition. It is big tent and it has all sorts of things. If you are in it, you can chip in your skills, like organisation, leadership and focus which are lacking. If you out of it, please stay way and refrain from peeing on it.”

        Say anything that has the characteristics addition with regards to its activities and organizing methods about the Eritrean Opposition that you are involved with. At least point me a specific thing I can do and with whom. You are not achieving anything by making a two three lines or a half paragraph statements on this forum. Ans save me the invitation to join the choir orchestra singing the one monotone tone for decades – the repetition of mantra chants with half truth, pseudo history and bad judgment in foreseeing the near or far future of a sovereign Eritrea. I don’t do choir nor do I participate in giving false sympathies to a constant claim of being the victim.
        Point to the true Eritrean Opposition. Here is your opportunity.

        tSAtSE

        • Amanuel

          Hi tSAtSE
          Sorry to disappoint you that it is an era of Twitter and you should try to express your opionon with fewer words.
          My idea is focused on creating unity of ideas, that every one who wants change in Eritrea can rally around. For example the following three points can bring not only the opposition but also moderate regim supporters together. These are
          1) Free all prisoners of conscience
          2) Invite all Eritrean to participate in their country political life with out precondition, then
          3) Have a constitutional government

          I hope you agree on the above points and the next question will how.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Solomon,

          The opposition organizations represent themselves and their supporters. They don’t represent you. They are fighting for their rights like everybody who is fighting against the tyrant of the state of Eritrea. I know you can’t do better than them. Because you haven’t shown so far to lead by example (if you believe that you are from the opposition camp), except shouting against them. If you can not be the alternative for them, can you stop all these name calling. If you are the supporter of the evil regime, then it will be understandable for us why you are doing it. Eventhough, I am not a member of any political organization, I support them their fights against the regime however small it might be. I support the stamina “ኒሕ” of any Eritrean who fight against the regime be organized or on individual base. I don’t see on your side except ambivalen position sometimes supporting the policy of the regime and another time the opposition.

          ተቃላሳይ “ቃልሱ ረሲዑ” ለይትን መዓልትን ንብጸቱ ክነቅፍ ወይ ክጸርፍ ዘሕልፎ ናይ ቃልሲ ናውቲ ዘይፈልጥ ጥራይ እዩ:: ናይ ምምራሕ ብቅዓት ምስአን ሓጥያት ኣይኮነን:: ክሳዕ መተካእታ ዝፍጠር ቃልስኻ ምቅጻልውን ኒሕ እምበር ናይ በለጽ ጉያ ኣይኮነን:: እታ ኩሊ ግዜ ክንገብራ ዘለና ነገር: ቅድሚ ናይ ካልኦት እንታይ ገይሮም ኢልካ ምሕታት: አነ እንታይ ዝረኤ አስተዋኦ ንህዝባዊ ቃልሲ ገይረ እልካ ምሕታት ዝሓሸ ይመስለኒ:: ከምኡ ምስትገብር ነቲ ገደብ ዘየብሉ ክስታት ትገብሮ ከም ልጓም ክሕግዘካ ይኽእል እዩ’ሞ ሕሰበሉ ኢኻ::

          • Selamat Ayya Amanuel Hidrat,

            “The opposition organizations represent themselves and their supporters. They don’t represent you. They are fighting for their rights like everybody who is fighting against the tyrant of the state of Eritrea. I know you can’t do better than them.”

            What fighting? Name one accomplishment that adds value to the the strength of Eritrea. If there has been any accomplishment by the Eritrean Opposition they have been accomplishments of REDUCTION!
            Yes, I can do better than them. I can speak the truth and bring them out from their delusional hypnotized states of existence. I will be asking what have the Eritrean Opposition done, what have they accomplished and that will result in the outcomes -astewatSioU- of things that I have done. You just simply don’t agree with it. You have the freedom to classify my in whatever category that makes life and your understanding easier for you. I have no control of that. I am confident that my opinions will be accepted by rational and reasonable people. I expect people to continue repeating their zombie like Eritrean opposition mantras day in day out. It gives them solace and the delusion of thinking that is opposition.
            Stick with the topics that I am specifically discussing and recognize the significant shortcomings of your brand of Eritrean Opposition. A virtual reality only existence. You should start first by understanding PM Abbie’s medemerr vision for what it truly is. Otherwise you will be left behind. Discuss those issues than worrying whether I am a regime supporter or not. My record and history attests to my solid stands on Eritrean matters.

            tSAtSE

          • Hope

            Selam Ustaz Aman Hidrat:
            You eloquently said:

            ተቃላሳይ “ቃልሱ ረሲዑ” ለይትን መዓልትን ንብጸቱ ክነቅፍ ወይ ክጸርፍ ዘሕልፎ ናይ ቃልሲ ናውቲ ዘይፈልጥ ጥራይ እዩ:: ናይ ምምራሕ ብቅዓት ምስአን ሓጥያት ኣይኮነን:: ክሳዕ መተካእታ ዝፍጠር ቃልስኻ ምቅጻልውን ኒሕ እምበር ናይ በለጽ ጉያ ኣይኮነን:: እቲ ኩሉግዜ ክንገብሮ ዘለና ነገር: ቅድሚ ናይ ካልኦት እንታይ ገይሮም ኢልካ ምሕታት: አነ እንታይ ዝረኤ አስተዋኦ ንህዝባዊ ቃልሲ ገይረ እልካ ምሕታት ዝሓሸ ይመስለኒ:: ከምኡ ምስትገብር ነቲ ገደብ ዘየብሉ ክስታት ትገብሮ ከም ልጓም ክሕግዘካ ይኽእል እዩ’ሞ ሕሰበሉ ኢኻ::

            Is this your own quote?
            Sounds like something copied from a PFDJ Propaganda Manual.
            The thing is that you are saying and doing exactly the opposite of what you said.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hope,

            Can you find it anywhere if it is a quoted statements and show you readers? Second you don’t have the ability to identify the language of PFDJites and the language of ELFites. If you have that ability, you could not ask this wicked question.

  • Millennium

    Hello all:

    I wrote the these list of wishes on this forum a couple of years ago; one step at a time my wish is being real. This year is much better than any of the last 20 years for us Eritreans

    My wish for Eritrea and its people in 2017

    • It is my wish for the sanctions to be lifted

    • It is my wish for Ethiopia to pull out of Badme

    • It is my wish for a sense of normalcy to prevail

    • It is my wish to see the problem with Ethiopia find a lasting solution

    • It is my wish that we see some positive political development, regardless how small it is

    • It is my wish for national service in Eritrean to be rolled back to 18 moths

    • It is my wish for PFDJ to convene the Front congress

    • It is my wish for the government to institute some semblance of judicial order

    • It is my wish for the government to exercise due process of law

    • It is my wish for the government to succeed in their effort to secure food security for the country

    • It is my wish that there is an increased inflow of foreign direct investment

    • It is my wish civil organizations like organizations for youth, workers or that of women are given sufficient space to act in the interest of their constituents freely

    • It is my wish that there is enough progress to the extent that those advocating for revolution with a morbid sense of urgency are seriously discouraged

    • It is my wish that the call for change of policy on the part of the US succeed

    • It is my wish that all of us concerned Eritreans have enough power to push the officials to make incremental changes in the right direction

    • It is my wish those burning with hate do not have too much power lest we meet the fate of Libya or Syria

    Regards,

    Millennium

    • Nitricc

      It is my wish for Ethiopia to pull out of Badme

      Hi Millennium; I like your wishes. let me comment on them.
      This one will take time. The situation between TPLF and the Federal government must be resolved. PIA will do anything to protect PMAA.Pushing for Ethiopian troops to pull from Badime and demarcating the border will give TPLF to play dangerous game to the peace process and PMAA. It will happen but it will take time, depending what happens to TPLF. Right now, TPLF is itching for war with Amara. However; consider your wish came true.

      It is my wish to see the problem with Ethiopia find a lasting solution

      There is no other option. It must be done on the right way. I see very promising future.

      It is my wish civil organizations like organizations for youth, workers or that of women are given sufficient space to act in the interest of their constituents freely

      Huge one!!!!! this is so important Eritrea future rests on this one.

    • Hope

      Selam Millenium:
      Wishes are NOT enough.
      We have to PUSH for more and realistic changes…
      30 yrs and counting for wishes..

  • Eyob Medhane

    Hello Awate team,

    I just droped by to say sad to see you this way,

    You USED TO BE decent and actually superior to many websites. I now see you sinking deeper and deeper into ugly mud, where all trashy sites are buried in. I hope you’ll come out of it one day. If not, Rest In Peace.

    Your writer accuses and casts the ENTIRE people of Amhara and Oromo as ’emeies’, including a small insignificant village of Ankober with it’s full of farmers plotting against you?

    How pathetic. How desperate.

    “…we are now witnessing the re-emergence of Ankoberite greater Ethiopian
    narrative that feeds the Amhara expansionist dreams. Bur what is rather
    bizarre is that the Oromos have now joined in reinforcing such
    expansionist narrative….”

    • Selamat Eyob Medhane,

      I share your frustration. As if the Eritrean Opposition, including this opposition website, were not working diligently to bridge the divide between the two nation’s people, as if they were not advocating for peace between the two nations as they sought refuge in Ethiopia, were hosted by the people of Ethiopia, were afforded all facilities and assistances to organize their “justice” and “democracy” Eritrean organization, their hypocrisy is out in the daylight now to repay the people of Ethiopia by fanning the fires of hate that have long dissipated and healed. Rather than be an ADDITION AND POSITIVE FORCE in these opportune times, and contribute to the lasting peace between Eritreans and Ethiopians by encouraging at the very least the Ethiopian Peoples to Eritrean Peoples rapprochement as well as the rapprochement between both nations governments, sadly the Eritrean Opposition for “justice, democracy, rule of law, and PEACE”, blinded by their very narrow hate driven objective we see them today play the role of OBSTRUCTIONIST TO PEACE by bombarding the Eritrean People with the literature of hate filled against the Ethiopian People to create and prolong WARS. This they do because of their inadequacies of not achieving a minuscule fraction of a goal of any of their objectives in their “so declared struggle” against “tyranny.” They have not made a dent on the true struggle for their Eritrean People , their Ethiopian people. Their current narrative and futile attempt to rile up the wise Eritrean People utilizing old enmities and scratching long healed wounds, is based solely on holding to a stance that is opposite that of their declared enemy. Whether A is right or wrong, in this case WRONG, if Isaias’ Eritrea has stance B, then they choose A. If tomorrow, the alliance shifts where Isaias Eritrea is at odds with the Ethiopian Amharas and Oromos, THESE HYPOCRITES will make a complete reversal and start their double faced preaching how the Eritreans, Amharas, and Oromos are indivisible brotherly and sisterly peoples.

      As if the entire Ethiopian population are residents of Mekele in Tigray, they are crying great injustice why the Eritrean cultural group did not make that the priority.
      We know it is their contrarian hypocritical nonsensical political stands the choose to take. Political stands not based on critical sound analysis that filters wrong for right. The cry for Tigray’s Mekele, today, could also be an indication of who has been their benefactor yesterday and even today.

      One thing I can not agree with you on is the “rest in peace” to the Awate website. We have invested way to much in the struggle to end up burying it this way. IT IS WORNG, VERY WRONG, as you have said, but we will not give up on it and SHALL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR ITS SURVIVAL. We shall continue to speak and bring it back where it belongs on the correct path ones again.

      tSAtSE

      • Saleh Johar

        Gitsatse,
        There are people who feel “Tedemrenal” and others who do not embrace that arithmetic. What is the problem, when the Tedemrenal group can express their views, others have equal rights. Slow down my dear.

        • Selamat Saleh Johar,

          No I can not and shall not slow down when I see lack of quality and leadership to those who have given our trust. The Eritrean Imperative you should know better. Yes, the criticism goes for you too Ayya Saleh Johar.

          As for my tedemoronal comment to Ayya Amanuel Hidrat, do you really believe I belong to the tedemronal category. The dishonesty of Ayya Amanuel Hidrat and his condescending posture got the best of me.
          My fight for Eritrea is as long as yours. I was very cognizant at the battle of 1977 in Teseney….Perhaps its time you slow down Ayya!

          tSAtSE

          • Saleh Johar

            TsaTse,
            If I believe you were I wouldn’t have commented. But I think the replies to comments in Ahrerrrr kebblen Eyye manner is beneath you.

            Thank you for letting me know I am in the criticized group, but I don’t understand why I am being criticized. If you just Demirkanni for fun, don’t worry. I am used to it. But if it is of substance, please explain. So that I understand what it is all about.

          • Selamat Ayya Saleh Johar,

            “But if it is of substance, please explain. So that I understand what it is all about.”

            If you have relegated your self as only a facilitator of the entire spectrum of the data then a moderate criticism could be that as senior editor you give the platform to highlight only the sentiments of false information. There isn’t a rational paper that has been published on the website that weighs the pros and cons of all possible outcomes. Your focus is as others the agenda of the removal of the regime and with the only method that has been tried over and over again. The reduction method. Mildly, I can say there is an absence of the your hands on analysis or presentations of the concepts that are of more importance. There is an arms race amongst the media outlets, a purchasing spree of modern equipments and technologies to grab the attention of the starving consumer. But the substance they are feeding is of no use to giving clear light to things as they are. It is perhaps due to shortages of resources. But are the resources going to pertinent investigative reporting, There is a clear apathy in your participation of the people to people rapprochement for example as your were considered a diplomat of the highest caliber in TPLF’s Ethiopia. I am hopeful that you do see there is substance in those areas I have pointed out to be your weakness.

            tSAtSE

          • Saleh Johar

            Selam Tsatse,
            If I didn’t know you I would be surprised–I am aware of your occasional mood swings when you start to latch at one thing and then go lashing at everything. I would rather stand by and not engage you. But lease remember, you can’t lash at awate and SJ whenever you are frustrated–find a better punching bag. A few weeks ago you accused the moderator for, is it censoring?) your comment and when a moderator explained you didn’t care of acknowledging your mistake (forget apologizing).

            As for providing platform, you should know better!!! Even people are here only to defame awate and spews insults are given that. You are given equal chance. Is that accusation correct (forget fairness)?

            Thank you and I will stay out of your way until we find a favorable time…. and an agreeable topic.

            For today: HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Solomon,

            You asked; “ do you really believe I belong to the tedemronal category.” If you support and advocate for the PM’s “medemer” then of course you are. In fact you don’t mind if we are tied with Ethiopia by Federal arrangement as long as the medemer brought peace and prosperity to both people. I didn’t misrepresented you, nor do I want you to go against to what you believed on, if that is the principle you stood for. I love principled people even if we don’t see eye to eye in many issues. I abhor wobbling and ambivalent people.

            Second, you accuse me with dishonesty and condescending posture that has never crossed my thought process since I involved in politics, for I know there is no virtue in them. Being stubborn on the principles I stood for, did infact makes me honesty to the idea I am fighting for, and more so to the contrarian idea holders. I am against the Eritrean regime since they denied me to keep my “body and my thoughts” intact and “live in freedom” in the country I fought for. I am against the regime for everything it stood for. The regime hasn’t any kind of value worth of respecting. I am fighting to regain the respect of my beloved people and bury the relics and vestiges of the regime.

            Third, if you support medemer which is anti Eritrean Sovereignty and a strategy that gives life support to the despot, it doesn’t make against the regime, for you are giving new lease for the evil man to continue the oppression of our people. So brother our position puts us at opposite ends struggling for different values. It is the nature of politics, unfortunately.

            Second

          • Selamat Ayya Amanuel Hidrat,

            “In fact you don’t mind if we are tied with Ethiopia by Federal arrangement as long as the medemer brought peace and prosperity to both people.”

            Either you are purposely not understanding what “medemerr” is or you don’t understand “medemerr.” You are utilizing it at the moment as boogie man to scare others. It is adding or uniting. You are used to utilizing the opposite. The Eritrean Opposition which you belong too utilizes subtraction. As long as it subtracts from Isaias’ Eritrea it is okay for you. You will utilize it even if it subtracts significantly from a prosperous , peaceful and dignified Eritrea that is sovereign. My view and understanding of medemer is different than yours. Yours is wrong and mine is correct. So you will have to understand it as I understand it as it actually is and then question my audacity to be for it.
            I believe that the first thing that must be done is to demarcate and respect the symbolism of recognizing two distinct sovereign neighboring states. The medemrr is doing just that. In our conversations of several days a go, I was illustrating with facts that I have repeated several times whereas you were speaking of lies, things that have not happened on the ground. To you medemerr is a tool to scare others. There were things you have said that did not have on the ground. You have created it the from the figment of your imagination to derail the focus from others who are focusing what matters more.
            Peace, prosperity and dignity is the context of the Eritrean Peoples aspirations. The completion of a true and lasting peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia has never had a more opportune time than Today. It is important to view PM Abbie as a man of integrity. His medemerr vision does not consist of incorporating Eritrea as part of the current of the federal scheme of Ethiopia. Though he believes, as should any one, Eritrea is the closest candidate to be federated with Ethiopia than anyone else. There is a possibility, albeit very weak at this moment, that Eritrea may even choose it for itself. There is also a very big possibility that the relations, after and only after assuring Eritrean sovereignty, are close and comfortable enough, and the Eritrean people may start to think that by choosing the be federated with Ethiopia there are other advantages that could make things better. Peace, prosperity and dignity. I believe dignity is the assurance of Ertrean sovereignty first and foremost. And medemerr is consistent with my belief. We can deduce this from the facts on the ground as is. Isaias’ Eritrea is better positioned, more capable of bringing the issue of Eritrea’s sovereignty to close the chapter and move on as the rest of the world. As soon as the contents and vision are revealed to the Eritrean public, the Eritreans in Eritrea will be able to know their cue. The unnecessary noise and misinformation from the Eritrean Opposition should cease and commence on strategies of adding to the forward progress. Let me close for now by stating that even in your misunderstandings of medemerr it is a negative as well. I am for an independent and sovereign Eritrea.
            I will continue to say more with the rest of circumstances you have raised in your comment above. It isn’t, for example, a case of how severely you are victimized by the regime. It is rather about the overall value we should evaluate and start to forget and forgive for the sake of everything Eritrea other than ourselves. We should not be the hindering pebbles for everything else to flow naturally and only then do we our selves start to move with the currents and smooth sailings. We have been stagnant for a long time. Our end is as it should be for the ultimate peace, prosperity and dignity.

            tSAtSE

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Solomon,

            It is okay if you make U-turn. But, the quoted statement was your opinion and your stand. Now you are for demarcation and for Eritrean sovereignty to be respected. Case closed. Don’t worry I fully understand the medemer of the PM and his subordinate.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Solomon,

            Question: Why are you jumping to meddamar instantly? Your boss jumped to that branch just you follow him without thinking. Where is your maths and computing that says one+one equals two? You just jump without knowing the result. As I told you yesterday, you are half-baked mind. I say so because I didn’t see any trace of maths and computing in your logic.

            My friend, look the world around you where many countries live in peace and prosperity without leaping to unbaked meddamar policy. I wonder, about your thoughtless hopping to the extreme end. Really, your likes applied to them the Amharic adage perfectly, “ስሮጡ የታጠቁት ስሮጡ ይፈታል”:: It means, who belts as he runs will be unfastened quickly.

            Al-Arabi

          • Selamat Hameed Al-Arabi,

            Okay you have played your role of being some sort of substance like an onion or a tomato maybe even a rancid potato to thicken the soup. Now buzz off. I would call you hammema but I have more respect for my fellow insect species.

            tSAtSE

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Solomon,

            Why do you rush for Meddamer and being slaves of the poorest and rotting country? I have gotten the answer from your comment. Hammema usually hovers, buzzes and throngs over rotten things. On the contrary, when rational people choose to be slaves, they choose countries like USA, rich countries where they obtain some benefit from them. Now, tell me who is hammema those for sovereignty or slavery and unity with the poorest country in the world?

            Your maths and computing failed you even to choose the best kind of slavery. You are truly half-baked mind whose only concern is to fill his stomach with raw meat and stinking drinks.

            Al-Arabi

    • Saleh Johar

      Eyob,

      Ankober was the center of expansionist Ethiopian ideology. Instead of being mad, how about correcting the author what definition to use. Minilik Palace will always be that unless you decide to change it.

      I am sorry you are sad–he is a writer, not our writer. We do not pay writers to do pieces and you know that.

      The Amhara, Oromo, etc, is your own invention, your own classification and you proudly use it on your maps, building signs, letter-heads, etc. In brief, you wave these references repeatedly. Is it vulgar in your case? There is no way one could imagine it as a vulgar term unless you change it, only then will people refer to the political entities and conglomerates in the new names. Deal?

      • Eyob Medhane

        Gash Saleh,

        I don’t understand. Because there are ethnic groups called “Amhara” or “Oromo”…and regions that are called by the same names, is it appropriate to classify the entire tens of millions of people, who live there or belong to that ethnic group as subscribers of them as exactly same ideology? Is that what you mean? They are human beings. They are not factory made robots, you know. Fine. Then, I will go with what you suggest. “Keren people are goofy” “Akale guzay are annoying” “Seraye are crazy”…. Substitute, goofy annoying and crazy with the most vile accusations. if you find that wrong, I am sorry. But, it is wrong…

        • Saleh Johar

          Eyob,
          You refer to the “Italian Fascists” because they are Italians. If the fascists were from Kenya, you would refer to them as Kenyan fascists. Wrong? I only saw the mention of the names you seem to disapprove of, in that way. What am I missing?

          Then, you should know better than to use an article written by an author to get at the Awate Team. That’s all

          • Eyob Medhane

            Gash Saleh,

            Befetari. Stop digging, when you’re in hole. You refer SPECIFICALLY Italian fascists. Not the entire Italian people. By saying Italian fascists, you specifically are addressing people, who follow fascist ideology in Italy.

  • Hope

    Selamat Prof Chefena:
    Well articulated but you only touched the tip of the iceberg.
    As I repeatedly lamented,our problem is NOT about knowing the modus operandi thru its all kinds of deceptions,fear-mongering and a toxic mistrust tactics among Eritreans of walks of life including among family members and friends and “loyal” agents, direct and indirect acts of brutality through its half a century old organizational security apparatus.
    We all know all the problems and all the solutions but we do NOT know how to solve our problems.

    Lack of effective and efficient strategies,that is.
    It is own problem,the Opposition Camp and the Silent Majority.
    Talk about these ineptness and ineffectiveness.

    As far as Sirak Bahlibi is concerned,we know and he knows what he exactly is doing.
    He is talking about Ghurgusum,a public tourist area,not about the real Eritrean or Ethiopian Navy and what is cooking in behind the scene.
    He is one of those Ustaz Kibrom listed(Hey Kibrom,where r U?Hope U r doing well.)
    As to the Sibrit’s Cultural Tour of Peace,I do not have any problem with it but wondering about the serious sabotage and COLD reception it encountered in Bahirdar and at the Millennium Hall of Addis.

    As far as bypassing mekelle is concerned,why surprised?
    Don’t you know why?

    Why are you afraid to narrate equally the sabotage of peace and demarcation by the Weyane?

    Am I missing something?

    You concluded by saying:

    “As we move into a significantly changed political realities, new regional relations and shifting alignments we in the justice seeking camp ought to be watchful enough to go after the PFDJ’s machinations and expose its deceptive narratives. It is time that we seize the momentum for change to undo the false consciousness that PFDJ is a defender of our sovereignty”.

    I thought it has been past due to do so ….20 yrs and counting?

    What happened?

    Why have we failed thus far?

    What can we do better?

    Those are the hot topics,challenges and dilemma that we should address ASAP and ACT swiftly before it is too late.

    As Gen Nittric declared it,we could NOT even manage a Forum to the minimum.

    Something must be WRONG among Eritreans to allow a single individual to mess up with an entire nation and its 5 Million people,who challenged all powers and won against all odds.

    Ustaz SGJ:

    Please be so kind and refrain from blaming people like Hope,Mahmuday,Geteb et al.as they are simple ordinary citizens,who are equally concerned like you but struggling for Justice in their own way.

    I asked you those questions above and you NEVER EVER dared to address and answer them other than blaming others.
    Show me your GUT and COURAGE and address them.

    My call is directed to all of the Opposition Camps,Figures,Intellectuals,Professionals,Activists,Religious Groups and their Leaderships as well as all the Civic/Civil Society Orgs,etc…

    You added:
    “The regime prefers deliberate ambiguity over clarity and seriousness on major issues of national importance. As its track records show, there has always existed a mismatch between its rhetoric and practice, between its covert policy of widening the existing crack within the Eritrean society on the one hand and preaching unity on the other”.

    What counter measures can we take to reverse the PFDJ decpetive and manipulative courses then?

    • Haile S.

      Selam Hope,

      I was also intrigued by the mention of Gedem. Gedem is a mountain (900 meters altitude) on south-eastern side of Hirgigo. It is one of the closest mountains to the sea in Eritrea. It is not clear to what the person who tweeted is referring. To the mountain, to a ship known as Gedem or to an excursion on the sea near Gedem. That is also part and parcel of the PFDJ and YPFDJ who inflate their chest by just mentioning names of Eritrea or visiting, taking a photoshoot and post it giving an erroneous image of Eritrea and Eritreans.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Hi Hope,

      The entire people of Eritrea were the revolution and at present they are the opposition. You have to apprehend, opposition is not confined for special group or person. What is the purpose of confining the opposition to a certain group? Do you want to say that those who oppose the regime are few and weak, and the rest of people support the regime? Understood my friend, it is the zigzag teaching of the despot, really an expert. Come down from dividing the people of Eritrea, the strategy of the despot.

      Al-Arabi

  • Haile S.

    Selam Chefena,

    Only those who know what and how to watch the regime closely can make such analyse, like you did, exposing its modus operandi full of oddities. For me one of the essential messages I gathered from your post is what you said in these few sentences:

    “It is time that we seize the momentum for change to undo the false consciousness that PFDJ is a defender of our sovereignty. The regime prefers deliberate ambiguity over clarity and seriousness on major issues of national importance.  As its track records show, there has always existed a mismatch between its rhetoric and practice, between its covert policy of widening the existing crack within the Eritrean society on the one hand and preaching unity on the other”.

    Absolutely! The regime works by evasion, leaving every consideration on the side and behind by headlong rush. It is a regime that constantly attempts to convince and prove itself to itself. The conversation has never been between it and citizens, but between itself, trial and error, and continue running away from its people.

    One point of caution is that those of us opposing the regime and Eritreans as a whole need to be careful not to go into the mud that the regime is taking us i.e by over-emphasizing the oddities of the regime. For example avoid implicitly sanctifying our yesterday tormentors (those that hide in Mekele) by concentrating on the birth of another aspiring tormentor (the neo-Dergists). I don’t think it served us well in the past by doing the same to both, by sleeping with the former and targeted-admonishing the fathers of the later.

    • Nitricc

      One point of caution is that those of us opposing the regime and Eritreans as a whole need to be careful not to go into the mud that the regime is taking us

      Hi Haile; you don’t need no body to take you there. You all are doing just fine to be there, read the article. When there is millions of issues you people can write, but to waste your time and energy on such is crime and an absolute mud sliding. what a way to destroy the so-called justice seekers struggle. lol

      • Haile S.

        Selam Nitricc,

        I thought you would rejoice at what I said. You are on the defending at all cost mood. I am not sure you read and understood what I said.

        • Nitricc

          Hi Haile; I got you. just having fun.

  • Berhe Y

    Dear Dr. Chefena,

    Thank you for the taking the time to expose what seems harmless propaganda but is being carried out at great care and expense.

    It shows how much the PFDJ is banking on deceiving the public and to what length it goes to try to hide it’s intentions.

    I watched recently to great movies with my son.

    1) Ghandi: although I had watched it years ago but when I saw it again, I couldn’t stop but admire the movie and how he carried out his struggle.

    2) The Hunger Games: How King snow uses the game show to deceive and manipulate the people in order to continue his grip on power. It reflects the great amount of resources the regime of IA spends in the endless/useless soup opera like movies and the example you just gave.

    People like Sirak Bahlibi, who I think works in the Eritrean embassy at Sweden, spends his time recruiting the YPFDJ and useless propaganda to deceive the public. Can you imagine someone like him who worked as an engineer at BT for years, can use his education, his experience and spend towards making the country and the people lives better by giving his expertise and knowledge to advance technology, transfer of knowledge and what have but instead spends day and night fuming propaganda that actually serves nothing to the well being of the nation but hide the intentions of the regime.

    Berhe

  • Ismail AA

    Selam all,

    The author has successfully torn asunder the regime’s vile propaganda facade under which it tried to hide in art and culture. This a bonus contribution to amateurish readers of art and culture, who may not find it easy to disentangle propaganda from essence of art. Of course, for those whose heart over works for every mishap the regime suffers, this article will confront them as ruthless tormentor.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Ismail; I respect your opinion and it is your right to express your feel but when the so-called justice seekers go down that low and dirty; they cheapen and depreciate what ever the cause they are fighting for. No wonder no one can touch PFDJ.

      • Amanuel

        Hi Nitricc
        It is a sophisticated cultural criticism and I don’t blame you if you didn’t get it. Please stick to the accompanying photo of empty hall. As that tells all you need to know.

        • Nitricc

          Please stick to the accompanying photo of empty hall. As that tells all you need to know.

          HI Aman; in that case, then, why go all to that trash? genius.

          • Amanuel

            Hi Nitricc
            I don’t want you to get in trouble for going around to arrest people, because they wrote a piece you wouldn’t understand.

        • Millennium

          Amanuel:

          If you are saying the above article is “a sophisticated cultural criticism” what ever that means, I think the long and convoluted sentences that the author used deceived you. Nitric did not get anything from the piece probably because there is, frankly, nothing to get. A piece of advice: look for a substance in the essay and do not be impressed by long, empty and winding sentences

          Regards,
          Millennium

          • Amanuel

            Hi Millennium
            My wish for you to be free and use your real name.

            Please read it again and again to grasp the artistic criticism.

          • Millennium

            Hi Amanuel:

            I can easily use the name Amanuel and you would just think it is my real name; Millennium is as real to the readers as Amanuel is; and please do not ask me to read that article again, put it by your bed side and read it before you sleep if that is the kind of read you enjoy. Realize others may have finer tastes

            Best regards

            Millennium/or put Amanuel

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; I guess, every one has a bad take. This is by far the most toothless and right down garbage take I have ever read on awate forum. Who ever approved this piece to be posted on awate’s front page should be arrested.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Nitrickay,

      When an article is against your taste, something against your demigod and his kingdom, you salivate to throw every kind of insult, even if it comes from an astute academician. That is part your character we have understood for years. If you were a decent man but you disagree, you could have rebutted his argument. You can’t do that. Am I right Nitrickay. One who doesn’t respect people could never expect respect from others. You know that. You know Dr Chefena is not ”ghost” like you. He is a real person who cares about his people and worries about the sovereignty of his country when its leaders conspire against it. I can only say be respectful person. That is all.

      • Millennium

        Hi Amanuel:
        We can only judge a person by what he has presented here not by a degree a certain university conferred on him; are you implying that Nitric has to respect the writer because he is a doctor?

        Regards,
        Millennium

        • Nitricc

          Hi Millennium; Is he a doctor? I never heard of him on this forum. Oh well, he must be a history or sociology doctor then?

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Hi Millennium,

          Ditto: to the reply I gave for Niticc. It is about the etiquette of debate and mutual respect.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Aman-H! The difference is I am sure you knew the person so, for you
        to be hypocritical and defensive are understood, but for me I have no idea who this person is and I gave my opinion on the article. I didn’t say anything
        about the writer but I gave my take on the article. What I don’t get is why are
        so upset? I understand you must share the author’s disappointment for Eritrean cultural group to skip Tigray and Mekelle but I don’t really care. I hope they never go to Tigray and Mekelle. I don’t care. The question is why are you pissed off for Eritreans skipping Mekelle?

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Hi Nitrickay,

          I am sure it is not a simple cultural critism for you to understand. There is nothing a problem with that. If it happened to be so, you could engage the author by asking questions to things you don’t understand and rebut to things you disagree. That is the decent approach of engagement. Courtesy: If you don’t want to engage him, skip him, others will engage him. You don’t need the language you have used. It is not good for you and isn’t good for the forum either. It is a matter of principle to defend anyone to say what he or she believes but with due respect. I can challenge you to write one simple article of your taste, in order to compare its sophistication with that of Dr Chefena, you simply dare to call it “garbage.” Sometimes, it is good to know our limits. It is only when we know that, that could also be students of others.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Aman-H I will head your constructing criticism but I was mad I wasted my time. I got nothing out of it. However; I shouldn’t have used the language I have used. My bad.

          • Saleh Johar

            Nitricc,
            I love it. You have always expressed your views that people have the right to express their views. Stay there my dear, don’t abandon that principle as along as it is a two-way discussion.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Hi Nitriccay,,

      How is that? ” Who ever approved this piece to be posted on awate’s front page should be arrested.” are you sure?

      But keep going Nitricay, express your idea..You are doing fine …..

      KS,,

      • Saleh Johar

        Selam Kikeb and Nitricc,

        Did Nitricc say arrest? Bad luck because I was the “teregna webmaster” last night. Would bail do? Someone bail me out, please 🙂