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A Message To Tigrayans

A fed-up worker decided to quit his job. He approached his boss who was standing behind a workbench, looked him straight in thes eyes, and told him, “Give me my dues, I don’t want to work for you anymore.” The boss asked for a reason, but the worker was adamant, “just give me my dues.” The annoyed boss remarked, “why are you talking to me with popped eyes?” The worker sarcastically replied, “do you want me to talk to you with my eyes closed!”

The other workers intervened and resolved the standoff to prevent punches landing on the boss’s face.

Two days ago I said I will share a message to our Tigrayan brethren—a few could have expected me to speak like a robot when I delivered the message; sorry, I don’t like stiffness. Then there is an annoying manner with which we support our arguments–it turns off some and discomforts others. I think we should neither overdo it nor deny our cultural communications is always sprinkled with quotes from the scriptures. However, I wish our region talked normally, like common people, not like theologians or preachers.

Words do not reflect only language, but also the psychology and cultural foundation of the people. It reflects either the humbleness of the speakers or their arrogance—I wish the stiff stood in front of a mirror and spoke to themselves before going public.

Languages have tones, choice of words, construction, pitch and facial expression and an audience perceives the message based on these elements before they can relate to it or shun it if the speech is full of dry words.

Eritreans Cultures in A Nutshell

In Eritrea we have a few distinct cultures. Sedentary Eritreans are hot-tempered and impatient. In their environment, space is smaller and distances between places are shorter, thus, they are used to reaching their destinations quickly. Usually they are also not good listeners, particularly if a speech takes longer than they expected.

The herdsmen are very patient. They do not mind waiting for a long time until a speaker finishes speaking. Their space is larger and distances are longer; regardless of how long it takes them, they can walk patiently until they reach their destination. And they understand impatience doesn’t make distances closer.

The uninitiated can take the costal dwellers for a calm people, but their rage is just beneath the surface. They are surrounded by hazy, featureless horizons and they have to be certain and resolute to sail towards a horizon they cannot see. But they know the sea is tricky, and compared to the other Eritreans, they are always wary about the unpredictability of their environment—a calm sea can suddenly become fierce and swallow anything floating on it.

City dwellers are a product of the three cultures, and though they keep traces of their original culture, they adopt a new culture—a mishmash of the three local cultures and many traits of foreign cultures that they find in the cities. However, the worst traits of city culture (in varying degrees, from one city to another) is the arrogance, the feeling of superiority, and the aloofness. City dwellers look down to their original cultures and want to climb the ladder of development, alone, forgetting their roots that they show their backs to the moment they become members of the perceived civilized place.

Eritrea is a combination of the above categories of people and cultures that shapes their psyche and their attitudes towards many aspects of life. There are many aspects of this characteristics and their byproducts that needs reconciliation in addition to the pending issue of Eritrea that needs to reconcile with its neighbors.

Reconciliation

My main concern has always been the need for a reconciliation that paves the way for a peaceful coexistence… a vital path to stability and wellbeing of the countries of the region and their people. So, since I like to consider myself knowledgeable (by upbringing and experience), of almost all Eritrean cultures, I prefer to talk and write in a relaxed, uncomplicated straight-talk; I believe that’s the only way towards reconciliation based on truth, not on prejudice and aloofness.

Though my perspective is from the viewpoint of an Eritrean, it’s in no way Eritrea-centric; I am fully aware of the interest of our neighbors. If the interests of all stakeholders are respected, it’s easier to forge a normal, mutually beneficial, peaceful, and forward-looking formula for cooperation. However, it’s important that such an exercise should not gloss over the historical, political, and social problems the people of the region went through for many years. For a vision of cooperation to succeed, it must start by resolving the issues of the past. Only by doing so we can achieve a reasonable reconciliation that would change the statuesque from which no one reaped any benefit but bloodshed and mayhem.

At the moment, I care less for any political leadership, but if a country is invaded, its protection is the responsibility of its armed forces. In such an event, individuals and political parties should take a bold decision in allying themselves with one of the two extreme options. And that makes the position of Eritreans unenviable: allying with the invader is difficult and allying with the tyranny that commands the armed forces is even more difficult. Only the armed forces can resolve this dilemma by taking the necessary decision to save the day.

And this scenario wouldn’t even be considered if it was not brought up by the recent developments in Tigray. I hope the TPLF and its armed forces succeed in protecting the common Tigrayan people who have no one else to protect them. Eritreans liking or disliking the TPLF is immaterial. And I would like to congratulate Tigrayans for their military achievements thus far, despite the eight-months long gruesome atrocities committed against them. They waged a magnificent resistance, and their armed forced triumphantly marched into Makelle. But that shouldn’t make them entertain the idea of marching into Eritrea to unseat the PFDJ regime. Though thus far Eritreans have failed to do that, it is still their sole responsibility.

I understand the happiness of Tigrayans when they entered Mekelle, because as an Eritrean, I had the same feeling on May 24, 1991 when Eritrean forces marched into Asmara. How I wish time froze on that day when we were ecstatic and hoped to enjoy the hard-won independence forever. Alas, it was not meant to be. Unfortunately, thirty years on, Eritreans are living under the grip of a despotic regime that utterly disrespects them and doesn’t recognize their rights.

Medieval Warmongering Culture

Over the centuries, the culture of our region has nurtured the crippling feudal legacy that made the people willingly submissive to any authority that ascends to the helm of power. That kind of timidity is a golden opportunity for the ambitious and selfish leaders. They always took advantage of the peoples’ loyalty and froze the region in a primitive situation with bad governance, corrupt politics, warmongering, and lack of freedoms. Our social and economic development is hindered, and, in its place, ignorance has spread, bloodshed has become a national pastime, and enmity and vengeance are kept alive. Unfortunately, Eritreans find themselves in a situation where they have no choice other than tolerating the corrupt PFDJ for fear of the unknown. And an ancient adage sums up the reason for our predicament: “the devil you know is better than the angel you don’t.” Today, many Eritreans are tolerating the deplorable situation, though they paid their dues for decades to be truly free, because they fear the angel they don’t know.

Eritreans suffer from fatigue due to the endless bloody confrontations– the whole country was turned into a large military camp since three decades (1991-to the present) on top of the previous thirty years (1961-1991) in which Eritreans invested sweat and blood for the sake of an illusive freedom. Had the ruling PFDJ party operated like a liberating force, and not like a replacement of the old occupational regimes, Eritrea would have propelled itself into a developed country and would have ushered a peaceful era. Alas, sixty-years of Eritrea’s life was wasted changing hands from one tyranny and oppression to another. 

Eritrea-Ethiopia Relations

The schisms, conflicts and mistrusts between Tigray and Eritrea are the result of parochial mentality and fanatic adherence to ancient traditions and feuds. True, only education, developments and the realization of citizens’ rights across the region can resolve such a problem. However, good governance is vital to tread in that path; and the intelligentsia, the elite of the societies, are supposed to be the agents of change. Sadly, in that regard, the experience of the region with its elite has been an abysmal failure.

The elite of the society led a magnificent and successful military feats until 1991, but thereafter, they failed in setting up a vibrant civil society. Their attitudes have wobbled between cunning and confrontational postures living in a rigid warlike world of their own, and fixed to brinkmanship. They have failed to transform their societies into a tolerant, liberal, and just societies. Instead of acting like liberators, they chose to peddle populist slogans; they became followers of those they are supposed to lead by tickling their raw nerves.

Now, whether the elite likes it or not, the two countries are destined to live side by side. Neither Ethiopians can tow their country to the middle of the ocean to escape from the neighborhood, nor can Eritreans, Sudanese, or Somalis or others do the same. Therefore, they must make the best of the neighborliness and work for a prosperous future—not by sloganeering and bravados, or by shooting and jailing, but by working hard for the development and prosperity of the region.

Eritrea-Tigray Relations

If we further narrow down the Ethiopia-Eritrea issue to a Tigray-Eritrean relation, it is also problematic and costly because of the embarrassingly prevailing primitive mentality.

Tigrayans could have their misgivings, observation, experiences, and reservation about their relations with Eritreans, so do Eritreans. Here I will touch on the Eritrean misgivings without forgetting the Tigrayan misgivings that I know of—mainly the last collaboration of Isaias Afwerki with Abiy Ahmed in committing atrocities in Tigray, by pushing helpless conscripts in a war they shouldn’t have been part of. Also, there are disturbing news coming out of Ethiopia, that some Eritrean refugees were victimized by angry soldiers—a few members of the opposition were kidnapped from Tigray and other parts of Ethiopia and there are reports of a few who were killed.

The main problem I see is with the misconstrued image of Eritrea that the elite of Tigray perceive, and don’t seem willing to change. Here, the religious element is so clear. When many Tigrayans look at Eritrea, they focus on the Eritrean highlands that they perceive as Tewaḥdo-Christian, Tigrinya-speaking (and they even sub-divide that into smaller segments) and consider the rest of Eritreans as appendages that should adopt that crooked politics leaving aside their feeling, their views, and their national aspirations. Sometimes, this may seem an exaggerated assessment based on speeches quoted out of context, or a slip-of-a-tongue uttered in moments of heated arguments or anger. But even if all that is ignored, there are enough, serious, lopsided views that the elite displays. And that leaves Eritreans always on their toes adding to their mistrust of the Tigrayan elite. That, must be honestly addressed and It must end.

Today Tigray is again in the hands of its own children, but there is fear the 1991-1997 type of exclusive relations will be repeated in the future.

The time between 1991-1997 was the period of the first exclusive agreement between the TPLF and the PFDJ, and from 1998-to date, is a period of the second exclusive agreement between two dictators: Abiy Ahmed and Isais Afwerki. There was no doubt the fate of the second exclusive agreement will face the fate of the first: the first led to the Badme war, the second led to the current war on Tigrai. And both agreements and their benefits were monopolized by the rulering parties, and in both instances, the agreements excluded Eritreans. It didn’t work then, it’s not working now, and it will not work in the future.

Finally, how Tigrayans will decide their future is up to them I just wish they will take a cautious and farsighted decision. For two-decades, myself and my colleagues have been calling for a real dialogue with Ethiopians, but the responses were not encouraging. This time, I am hoping some individuals who consider reconciliation as an important undertaking will be proactive.

About Saleh "Gadi" Johar

Born and raised in Keren, Eritrea, now a US citizen residing in California, Mr. Saleh “Gadi” Johar is founder and publisher of awate.com. Author of Miriam was Here, Of Kings and Bandits, and Simply Echoes. Saleh is acclaimed for his wealth of experience and knowledge in the history and politics of the Horn of Africa. A prominent public speaker and a researcher specializing on the Horn of Africa, he has given many distinguished lectures and participated in numerous seminars and conferences around the world. Activism Awate.com was founded by Saleh “Gadi” Johar and is administered by the Awate Team and a group of volunteers who serve as the website’s advisory committee. The mission of awate.com is to provide Eritreans and friends of Eritrea with information that is hidden by the Eritrean regime and its surrogates; to provide a platform for information dissemination and opinion sharing; to inspire Eritreans, to embolden them into taking action, and finally, to lay the groundwork for reconciliation whose pillars are the truth. Miriam Was Here This book that was launched on August 16, 2013, is based on true stories; in writing it, Saleh has interviewed dozens of victims and eye-witnesses of Human trafficking, Eritrea, human rights, forced labor.and researched hundreds of pages of materials. The novel describes the ordeal of a nation, its youth, women and parents. It focuses on violation of human rights of the citizens and a country whose youth have become victims of slave labor, human trafficking, hostage taking, and human organ harvesting--all a result of bad governance. The main character of the story is Miriam, a young Eritrean woman; her father Zerom Bahta Hadgembes, a veteran of the struggle who resides in America and her childhood friend Senay who wanted to marry her but ended up being conscripted. Kings and Bandits Saleh “Gadi” Johar tells a powerful story that is never told: that many "child warriors" to whom we are asked to offer sympathies befitting helpless victims and hostages are actually premature adults who have made a conscious decision to stand up against brutality and oppression, and actually deserve our admiration. And that many of those whom we instinctively feel sympathetic towards, like the Ethiopian king Emperor Haile Sellassie, were actually world-class tyrants whose transgressions would normally be cases in the World Court. Simply Echoes A collection of romantic, political observations and travel poems; a reflection of the euphoric years that followed Eritrean Independence in 1991.

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  • AMANIEL PAULOS

    אמאנייל פּאולוס
    אמאן אמאנ
    סהאלום סהאלומ
    Awates

    Actually, honestly speaking
    Even though we throw all the criticism and put all the blame
    on the regime and the political leadership, too many of the
    people were also either absent of their duties and even wrong
    or on the wrong side of either history or the political struggle.
    Many of the wealthy or the educated class were only protecting
    their reputation and money from being tarnished and being taken
    to contribute in the defense of the Homeland or for the National
    cause while only one segment the NDF were carrying the load.
    Many just only came out from hiding only after the the US announced
    to lift the sanction or when the woyanes withdrew from Badme and the
    other disputed lands.
    Victory has 10 Million claimants !

  • AMANIEL PAULOS

    Shalom ! Shalom !

    Awates ,

    Actually, honestly speaking
    Even though we throw all the criticism and put all the blame
    on the regime and the political leadership, too many of the
    people were also either absent of their duties and even wrong
    or on the wrong side of either history or the political struggle.
    Many of the wealthy or the educated class were only protecting
    their reputation and money from being tarnished and being taken
    to contribute in the defense of the Homeland or for the National
    cause while only one segment the NDF were carrying the load.
    Many just only came out from hiding only after the the US announced
    to lift the sanction or when the woyanes withdrew from Badme and the
    other disputed lands.
    Victory has 10 Million claimants !

  • AMANIEL PAULOS

    Shalom ! Shalom !
    Awates,

    PHIL 501 A

    A new society is already in the making by
    transforming the old society. In this new
    society a new social class capable of ruling
    or leading the new socio-political transform
    by meeting the new cultural and social norms
    and a new enlightened citizen will be formed
    and be the norms of thee new Societies and
    the new Nations or States.
    This success and goal will be achieved as it is
    already in process by moderating the two
    opposing extremes and extremist views that
    are opposing and cancelling each other now.
    On one side is the culture of poverty and victim
    hood held by big sector of the society and the
    social conciousness associated with it ; and on
    the other hand is the socially debased but which
    is a replica of foreign imposition norm and culture
    associated with foreign colonial culture and the
    social conciousness associated with it. These
    two polar opposite cultures and norms are both
    the result of colonial intervention that created
    social, economic and political imbalance and
    thereby created two distinct cultural norms in the
    same region. Hence need to be moderated and
    need to be brought in to a common fold to create
    and move on as one Society.
    Eritrea needs to return to its native origin and at the
    same time Ethiopia needs to get out of the dark and
    lift itself up. The two should meet somewhere at a
    common mid point both agree with.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት

    ናፍቖት ክሓስም ናፊቐ
    ፉል ከረን ዓሚኸ
    ክቑርጥሞ ቀይሕ ቆርበቱ ጻጽየ

    ኣፈይ ማይ ምዒጉ
    ሳምቡሳ ምስ ዘከርኩ

    ዓካት ፉሒቐ ሽረር ከብላ
    ኣብዛ ዓይነይ ኮፍ ‘ላ
    ትረኣየኒ ብናፍቖት
    ብፍላይ ምስ ዘከርኩ
    ባሊና ክጻወት

    ሓንቲ ሊንጆ ብ ሓሙሽት ክሪንካሕ
    ክቕይረን
    ኣብዛ ቅድሚ ዓይነይ ብልጭ ኢለን

    ቁሩብ ምስ ዓንተርኩ
    ናብ ‘ንዶሚኖ ተሳገርኩ
    ኣብ ቀዳማይ እግሪ
    ከም ሕሱም ከሰርኩ
    ናፊቐ
    ካባይ የድሕንኩም

    ይቕጽል

  • AMANIEL PAULOS

    Shalom ! Shalom !
    Awate readers and writters.
    MY TWO DECADES OBSERVATIONS !
    Hello Awatistas
    Eritreans vis a vis Tigrayans have this
    little secret of the European christendom
    culture of viewing the natives and indegeneous
    peoples of Africa as only source of labour and
    as vehicle to mount on and ride on their back
    carried them to the other side.
    I see it often ,
    When I serve and labour they like it and think
    it is my destiny and is a must for me to do so
    But when I act like a scholar or intellectual they
    think it is inappropriate for me just as they do to
    any Tigrayan and Tigrayan culture.
    Is this attitude normal or chauvenistic ?
    It seems to me as abnormal that came from
    accross the sea with Italians and their view
    towards the Native and indiginous African.
    Why do they ever assume or think I as native
    Tigrayan can not be even excell in scholarship ?
    Unless I subscribe to Italian norm, fashion or
    lordship ?
    I was seen and viewed as odd person or citizen
    here when I came up with Oriental Native and
    Cannanite & Levant knowledge and culture and
    with it
    challenged Italian Roman knowledge and culture
    about political science and government systems
    comaparing pre colonial and post colonial social
    political and government systems in the past few
    years on Awate and other Media outlets.

  • Peace!

    ሰላም ሰብ ዓዋተ

    ወናም ሑቡን ኢትዮጲያዊ ኪሮስ ኣለማየህ
    “ኣለኹ እየ ዝብል የለኹን ኣይጥዕሙን
    ምቕናይ ጹቡቕ ወላ ንሓንቲ ሰሙን”
    ኢሉ ንፍቕሪ ደሪፉላ ቡዙሕ ኣይጸንሔን ብመርዚ ህውሓት ተቐዚፉ

    ሕጂ ድማ ወያነ የለኹን ኣይጥዕሙን ምቕናይ ጹቡቕ ወላ ንሓንቲ ሰሙን እንዳበለት ህይወት መንእሰያት ተጥፍእ ኣላ

    ወይ ህዉሓት

    ጥምየቶ ነይቀትል
    ዘይ ሸብዳዕዳዕ
    ኣለኹ ንምባል ድዩ
    ዝኹሉ ቀልባዕባዕ
    ዕሸል መንእሰይ
    ብጥይት ክብላዕ
    ህዝቢ ክወርዶ
    ዝኹሉ ኣደራዕ

    ዓመታት ሓሊፉ
    ብዘይ መትከል ኮለል
    መስዋእቲ ተኽፊሉ
    ንዘይ ዉዳእ ሸንኮለል
    ግፍዒ ናይ ህዝብኹም
    በዚሑዎ ሸለል

    ንሕና ዘይንዘምታ ኢትዮጵያ
    ትጥፋእ ገደል ትእቶ
    ባሕራ ዘይንዉንኖ ኤርትራ
    ትጥፋ ገደል ትእቶ
    ጥዑይ ሕልሚ ዘይብልኩም
    ብጀካ ንስርቂ ንኸንቶ

    ክርቢት ረመጽ እንዳበልኩም
    ኣታሊልኩሞ ንቲ ዕሸል ድኻ
    ኣብ ሓዊ ጡቢስኩሞ
    ብዘይ ጠቅም ኣጆኻ

    ኣብ ዉሽጢ ዓድዋ ትስዕር
    ኣብደገ ትግራይ ትስዕር
    ዘይ ከመይ ዓዲ
    የእቲኹሙላ ዕግርግር

    ሀይማኖት ቀቢላ ክትብሉ
    መሬት ዓሪቡኩም
    ሕጂዶ ይሓይሽ
    ወዲእኩሞ ህዝብኹም
    ክብረትኩም ተቐንጢጡ
    ናይ ደገ መሳርሒ ኮይንኩም

    https://youtu.be/EmkbXr_aX5E

    Have a Good Weekend:)
    Peace!

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት
    ሰናይ ዓርቢ: ‘ዛብርኽቲ!

    ፈለኛሞ ተሓጋጋዚ ኴኑ ይጅምር: ደሓር ምሉእ ፈለኛሞ: ጽንሕ ኢሉ ድማ ‘ንዳ ፈለኛሞ ይኸፍት።
    መካኒክ ተሓጋጋዚ ኴኑ ይጅምር: ደሓር ምሉእ መካኒክ: ጽንሕ ኢሉ ድማ ጋራጅ ይኸፍት።
    ኣውቲስታ ኣይታንቲ ኴኑ ይጅምር: ደሓር ምሉእ ኣውቲስታ: ጽንሕ ኢሉ ድማ ኤነትረ ይገዝእ።
    ተዛሪብካ ‘ንታይ ኣምጻእካ ‘ንድዩ: ቁሩብ ዕግስ በሉ ናብ ዓርጌን ክወስደኩም ‘የ።

    ኢሳያስ ምስ ሰብ ይፋለጥ: ደሓር ይበኣስ: ጽንሕ ኢሉ ወይ ክኣስር ወይ ክቐትል ይሸባሽብ።
    ንሱ ‘ተዘይቀኒዕዎ ኲናት ይኸፍት። ምስ ጎረባብቱ ምስ የዕሩኽቱ ምስ ፈተውቱ ምስ ኣመንቱ ኲናት! ባቃ።
    ወይ ሓንጎሉ ‘ተዘይጠሊምዎ ወይ ድማ ፈጣሪ ‘ተዘይወሲድዎ ካብ ነገር ምጽሕታርን ኲናት ምፍጣርን ዓዲ ኣይውዕልን።
    ኣመል ምስ መግነዝ ዝበሉ ከም *ዓቢ-ዓርጌን ምስ ረኣዩ ዮም።

    *ካብ መሓዚ ‘ዛ ቃል [ኣቶ ሳልሕ] ፍቓድ ከይረኽብካ ምጥቃም ነውሪ ‘ዩ። ነዓይ ግን ሽለል ይብለኒ ይኸውን በሃሊ ‘የ 🙂

    • Saleh Johar

      MM,
      እዚ ዘረባ: ኣነ ኢለዮ?
      ኣይወጸንን! ኣይበልኩን! ኣብ ዘይጠንቀይ ኣይ ተእትወኒ::

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        ሳልሕ
        ሰለስተ ሽማግለታት [ምስክር] ሒዘ ክመጽእ ተጸበየኒ [ኢልካ ዝብሉ ማለተይ ‘ዩ]።
        ከይተረደኣኒ ‘ምበር ህግደፍ ጥዒመ።

        • Saleh Johar

          ሕራይ መሃንድስና: ግን እቶም መሰኻኽር ቪድዯ ዘይርእዩ ክኾኑ ኣለዎም ብዘይ ጸግዕነት ክምስክሩ ምእንቲ:: ተገንዘብ: እዚኣ ‘ያ ፍትሒ ማለት

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ሳልሕ
            ያ ያ ያ ከምኡ ‘ይትበል። ሽማግለታት ናይ ሰሎሞን [ኣብ ማጨሎ ትብል ድራማ] ሒዘልካ ክመጽእ ይሓስብ። ክቐንዐኒ ድማ ተስፋ ይገብር።

  • woldu hadgu

    Selam Deki Awate:
    To die for your promised land is both KUDUS and JUST. Tigray for Tegaru is their promised land, land of milk and honey. For Tegaru its air is as fresh as the air of Puerto Rico. Its water is as clean as the cleanest water of Port Williams. Its trees are as majestic as the Cedars of Lebanon. Its rocks are glittering and strong as the diamonds of South Africa. Its cows are as generous in milk as the Holstein cow . So they are fighting for their promised land! All people have that right too. Eritreans have that right. Amharas have that right. But no one have right to lust and invade other people promised land.
    What drove the Amhara elites and PFDJ thugs to invade Tigray was and is lust: lust to dominate; lust to expand; lust to expropriate; lust to humiliate and lust to annihilate Tegaru from their God given Promised Land.
    If you take your land not as Promised Land but land of Teff and Coffee, you are doomed and unworthy citizen. If you take your land not as Promised Land but the land of neglected sea, stolen gold and unfree labor, you are cursed and unworthy citizen. Then your unworthiness will lead you to lust.
    Lust doesn’t care about people; doesn’t care about children; doesn’t care about the sick and suffering; doesn’t care about the hungry and frail; doesn’t care about the fruit bearing tree; doesn’t care about the milk giving cow; doesn’t care about the abode that shelters humans; doesn’t care about clinic that give service to the sick; doesn’t care about the Church and Mosque that serves the faith community; doesn’t care about a school that teaches children; doesn’t care about factories that employs workers. Lust cares about NOTHING. Because it cares about nothing its end is nothing.
    The Amhara elites care about nothing and so does PFDJ and their destination is Nothing. Their dream is a disappearing shadow.
    The perseverance and stoicism of Tegaru we are witnessing is the true display of their nature of TRUE GRIT. It is also the demonstration in words and actions of deep love of their People and Land. I envy them and I also encourage you to envy them. Envy, but never lust.
    The movie “True Grit” opens with this proverb: “The wicked flee when none pursueth”

    • Abi

      Hello woldu hadgu
      I agree with you that Tigray is more than capable to provide all the beautiful things you mentioned and more.
      What the Great Tigray missing is a lasting peace. How does Tigray achieve this coveted peace?
      —Get out and never look back to the Amhara lands
      —Get out and never look back at Eritrea lands
      — declare independence and form a peaceful and prosperous nation
      — Invite all Teagreans to come home including all Tegaru temporarily residing in Ethiopia
      — ወዘተርፈ

      • Tkiros

        Abi,
        I don’t think Tigray has all of those things. It sounds like more wishful thinking. I still don’t know why they have declared Independence. I am talking about TPLF. Their situation gets worse by the day. They are trapped and isolated. I still don’t know where they are getting their weapon and ammunition.

        • woldu hadgu

          Dear Tkiros:

          Don’t you believe your shuro is better than other’s steak?

          • Tkiros

            Hello Woldu,
            I don’t eat Shiro. I eat Steak Tartare or Kifto.
            http://mealsbygenetla.com
            Not withstanding the reference to Promiseland- Tigray is desolate place. However, I wish the people well but their leadership is delusional at best. I keep hearing the slogan we will prevail and stop genocide in Tigray… a lot of nonsense.
            Talking about Shiro and Kitfo- Why don’t we go back to basic and #feedtigray.

          • Abi

            Hello TKiros and woldu
            Here is the legendary አለማየሁ እሸቴ
            “ቢደላ ለጊዜው ወረት እስካለቀ
            የሰው ቤት የሰው ነው በውል የታወቀ”
            ይለናል
            https://youtu.be/wwmYdFHE95s

          • Tkiros

            Abi- Thanks for sharing

        • Abi

          Hello TKiros
          There was an awatista ( I forgot his nickname) who used to say “donkorocracy” when explaining stupid ideas.
          I have warned my friend Samiti that Tigray will be on fire if they continue to conspire against Ethiopia.
          I said this before the war started. “ እንደ ድፎ ዳቦ ከላይና ከታች እሳት ይወርድባችሗል”

          አሁን ይህን ሰደድ እሳት ማን ያጥፋው?

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            You are one of those few people at Awate that have lost their souls. Every day, thousands of your country men are dying for nothing. Do you feel responsible for that?
            Colonel Abiy is now a criminal. He will be know for a guy who basically disintegrated Ethiopia [actually, I will thank him for that]. As I said before, the ultimate loser is the Amhara Killil. They have asked for that. Unfortunately, you and the ESAT guys, etc. will not be directly affected by that.
            Peace is free but constantly neglected. Remember, you will be judged later by the Almighty. No where to hide.
            So, repent and stand with justice.

          • Abi

            Hello MM
            ተባለ እንዴ!?!?!?!?!?
            https://youtu.be/TXWaUMzCFCw

          • Tkiros

            Hello Abi,
            The word you are looking for his Dinkrocracy. War at 21th century is best definition of dinkrocracy. I am glad I am not in Tigray. I feel sorry for the people. I also feel sorry for all soldiers on both side of the conflict- how do you explain something like this to you grandchildren or great grand children.
            A Lebanese businessman told me when doing a best deal always think how it will impact your grandchildren. Don’t focus on the short term gain. If the deal will have a positive impact on your grandchildren negotiate and make it happen.

      • woldu hadgu

        Dear Abi:

        You sounded like the ex president who said ” let them go back to where they came”

        • Abi

          Dearest woldu
          ማርና ወተት የሚፈልቅባት : ፍትህና ፍቅር የነገሰባት: ሃብት ተትረፍርፎ ሰላም የሰፈነባት: ከተቀደሰችው መሬት ሲገቡ የማየት ጉጉቴን መግለፄ ነው ::

          የሰው አገር ሰው ከመሆን በጊዜ ሰብሰብ ማለት ይበጃል ብዬ ነው:: ይህ ተራራ ያንቀጠቀጠ ትውልድ አገሩ ገብቶ ያን ተራራ ቁም ስቅሉን ያሳየው እንጂ!!! እስከ መቼ የጎረቤት አገር ሲገነቡ ይኖራሉ ብለው ነው ጌትዬ?

    • Saleh Johar

      Woldu,
      You lost me here. What does Qddus mean to you?
      God given Promised Land.? He didn’t promise any land to anyone, but said, multiply and fill the earth, everywhere. God didn’t create boundaries, people did.

      Some spots are given the Qdus prefix by the people. You would fare better if you leave aside the Qddus thing and stick to the “just people” and other worldly arguments. That you can defend or not but the Qddus Meret and Promised Land thing, simply it doesn’t have any currency.

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        ሳልሕ
        “ሓላል-መሬት” ክብለካ ‘ለ ኔረሞ ህግደፍ ከይመስል ገዲፈያ።
        ካብዘን ኩላተን ቅድመ-ቃል [prefix ተባሂሉለይ ‘ኳ ‘ዩ] ቅዱስ ተኸይፈኒ ግን ቅዱስ-ቅንኢ ‘ያ።
        ምስ ቅዱስ-ቅንኢ ጸገም ዘለካ ኣይመስለንን።

        ናብ ጓል መንገዲ ዶ ሸለው ኣቢለኩም?

      • woldu hadgu

        Kubur Johar:

        You missed the point. I wrote every people have their promised lands. People are set in the land defined by a nation. To those people (every people) the land they inhabit becomes Promised Land. They have the right to defend their land and their action is accepted as Just and Kudus to involve all sectors of the population. Even us, the exiles, call the land that accepted us a promised land.
        By the way why do we all of a sudden become sensitive to spiritual matters while we freely indulge nonsensical worldly arguments. If you take all the words we use that have a spiritual beginning, communication ceases.
        Why I follow all your work is because you are one who will never buckle to mince words, worldly or spiritual when you present your arguments.

        • Saleh Johar

          Woldu,
          True. I recognize the religious sprinkle in our day to day discourse. It’s natural and we should let it be. But the moment we give our political conflicts a religious dimension, unsolvable problems arise. For instance, I love my country. Eritrea is dear to me. But I will not brag it’s qddsti meret. However, poetically, even wars are qddus battles— a famous Arabic poem comes to mind : how can a battle be unholy when my son died in it. I think it was Khalil jubran. For me, my beloved country, my dear country and my dearer people is enough. I don’t have anything against your comment, but remember, the people’s fate was always held to prejudice—Abyssinian wars and politics always had a religious dimension. I am just giving an alert because we all know what that does to countries. እዚ ቅዱስ ዘረባይ ኣብ ልብኻ የሕድሮ: ኣመን 🙂

          • woldu hadgu

            Kubur Haw Johar:

            It is blessing to argue with reasonable people. Thanks. It is just sometimes we use secular words in non secular meaning and vice versa. It is all about context.

  • leGacY

    Hi Kokhob,

    Unable to find your message so I will respond here to your link regarding the release of POW by TDF:

    What can you except from TPLF? This is a thug group. It is my contention that TPLF has abused more tigrawot than any other group since they came to power. Right after putting these miserable people through agony and at a crucial moment when victory seems to be within reach they are now releasing POWs . Of course this will earn him (Debretsion) 500 words article space on the NYT but cant see how this shorten the misery of the Tigray people

    They can do whatever they want because no one holds them accountable. They were in charge when Tigray was about to be wiped out from the face of the earth and no one is holding them responsible. The sad part is that these people will still continue to run Tigray with an iron fist and the misery of the Tigray people will continue for eternity.

    Why should they worry? They have millions of Tigrawot youths at their disposal who are more than willing to give up their life.

    What a miserable place!

    • kokhob selamone2

      Hi Broher leGacy,

      Thank you for above reply. Now, come and talk about the opposite side what will had done? Ask, to your respected self and try to give the answer to your self. Where are those taken from Mekele, Aboy Sebhat, Keria and few more hold by the Ethiopian government? Now, they could not face the hero fighters on the field they are arresting Tigrai people in Addis and towns.

      The culture of Tigrai people is just this, Forgiveness is only solution to this type of enmity. The only way out is love. this is fine job done. “decades of enmity between the two countries” should be this way of solving problems.

      KS,,

  • iSem

    Hi All:
    I interpreted, the chatter that Ethiopia was asking persons of Eritrean origin for 2% as this:
    You go ask the embassy for visa to visit Ethiopia, they ask you to prove if you are Eritrean, you go to PFDJ office, and ask them to validate you are Eritrean; they say yes but you have two pay 2%. But when BN asked about that here, SGJ said it was rumor. And rumor it was.
    BY said that he heard one Eri person who was asked to hand in his Eri ID. So I asked an Ethiopian friend who said that they can call a friend who works in the embassy and my friend told me that yes they do ask for Eri id, but that 2% BS, is not true, We are not PFDJ “aqqtary” the embassy official old my friend.
    But cut it either way, if they are asking Eri ID when instead of treating you as Canadian or American or Swedish, then they are “aqqaterti,” I replied
    But I was unsettled and I called the Ethiopian embassy in Ottawa and I told them I want to visit AA and I am Canadian citizen, do I need a visa and if yes, how do I get it and what do I need to provide you. The lady asked me if I am an Eritrean, I said, am Canadian. she said where were born in Eritrea or Ethiopia, I was born in Eritrea, she said so you are Eritrean origin, I said ok. She said now you have to wait until the e.visa reopens, we have stopped issuing visa to persons of Eritrean origin until further notice.
    Either way, no mater what their goal is Ethiopia is targeting Eritreans as they do that often. they targeted us during HS, during MH and during TPLF rule when MZ was in love with IA. Now pastor AAA is again making the lives of Eritrean harder, humiliating them.
    Ethiopia is a racist country so all Eritreans should boycott this nation for treating them like this. Ethiopia has the right on its own land, to deport and deal with criminals in Ethiopia but it should know that hardworking Eritreans no matter their current plight, they do have power. I call on Eritrean to eave Ethiopia before disaster happens on you like it did in the last border war.
    Let rats and mice dwell on the houses that Eritreans are now renting in Ethiopia, let their houses be a “qqat” grower, take your person and money somewhere else. And Eritreans with foreign passports should refuse to provide their Eritrean id to Ethiopian embassy if they ask for it. If Pastor Abiy want to cozy up with IA on the expenses of Eritrean, then Eritreans should use their power, Ethiopia should be honored for an Eritrean to be in Ethiopia, trekking the danger to come live there because it says it safer for them than their own country, that is an honor, and Eritrean have being blessing Ethiopia decades with their presence, with their ingenuity, with their flourishing business and they should take that power and abandon Ethiopia to the dust that it is.

    • Abi

      iSem
      You told me some time back not to comment when I’m angry. It was the best advice I received from you:)
      I can definitely tell you are extremely angry. Please take a breath, enjoy some ice cream, take a power nap…
      Come back again.
      You are breathing fire right now. Not a good thing.

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. Street thug (TPLF) commits a drive-by slaying and maintains an evil constant smile all at the same time he receives his life imprisonment sentence; to dumb and thick to understand the disadvantaged position that he has cast for all Tigrayans to suffer for decades to come.

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. Addis Ababa, July 15, 2021(Walta) – Anna Gomez, who has been a member of the European Parliament for 15 years, said it was unfortunate that the terrorist TPLF had put children at the forefront of terrorism

  • AMANIEL PAULOS

    Shalom !

    It looks like some Catholics and Pentecostals
    are still offended by my political opinions and
    speeches I made last year.
    They are frozen and unable to move on.
    Am I right ? I feel so because their Awate
    site seems to be frozen / Deskila.
    So I decided to come here and say sorry and
    ask them apology and forgive me inorder
    to move on and for the sake of peace.
    I am only ONE and they are many
    So I better take the Sacrifice of being first
    to forgive and say sorry and move on.
    Majority rule. Demo in action !

    • AMANIEL PAULOS

      I mean their participation at Awate forum
      is slow .

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት

    ቀርኒ
    ሰላም ከሊኡኒ
    ክበኣስ ደልየ ‘ብለኒ
    መዓልታዊ

    ሰላም ዘይትገብር ኣንታ ቀርኒ
    ‘ንተበልክዎ
    ከመገለ ይጥምተኒ
    ግርም ‘ዩ ዝብሎም
    በዓል ስኒ በዓሊ እዝኒ
    ‘ንታይ’ዩ ጸገም ቀርኒ
    ድማ ይብሉኒ

    እሞ
    ቀርኒ ኣፍሪቃ
    ‘ቲ ቀርኒ ደኣ ከይከውን ጸገምካ
    —-ዘንቲ-እለት
    —-ኣብ ኲናት
    ተሸኺልካ

    ኣንታ ቀይሕ ባሕሪ
    —-ከም ገለ’ባ
    —-ሽርፍ ኣብላ
    ነታ ቀርኒ
    —-ሰላም ‘ተረኸብና
    —-‘ንተተመሰለልና
    —-‘ንታይ ክንብል
    —-ንሓስቦ ‘ኳ ጠፊኡና

  • leGacY

    Hello Awate Community!

    Abiy’s strategy to completely block any exit from Tigrai when he launched his offensive had unintended consequences contributing to the rapid reversal of fortunes for the TDF. When I look at the videos titled from “Hara Meret” I am taken by the universal participation of tigrawot from all walks of life. If let’s say it was easy to escape to Sudan would most of have stayed and fought?

    Communications blackout also had another unintended consequences i.e with communication completely shut off it was a lot easier to concentrate minds with less destruction. Who knows what the generals were telling them not that they needed a lot of imagination with Abiy’s evil deeds.

  • Metshaf Jigninet

    Hello everyone,

    News/Information/Statement

    Ethiopias Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, promised to take action against what he called the countries enemies after Tigrayan forces captured the city Mai Tsebri.

    He said, “we will defend and expell the attacks of our internal and external enemies, whilst speeding up the humanitarian work”.

    • leGacY

      Hello Metshaf,

      Amhara nationalist are gunning for him. Tiny man with brain the size of a dime should be really concerned for his safety. They are claiming that foreign forces not their incompetence is to blame for giving up land they stole without a single shot.

      Our society is afflicted with this curse of always assigning blame to others. It is never us.

      As a result, we never progress.

      You know what fascinates me most is the speed with which the word ETHIOPIA is vanishing from Amhara lexicon . No emmiye Ethiopia or Andit Ethiopia. Just Amhara tenes!

  • Aman Y.

    Greetings all!

    The so called strategically executed retreat did not seem to work for Abiy as much as it did for TDF. Wendim Abi, I believe the vibration was felt 1080 north to south in minutes.

    I had a chance to go as far as May Tsebri , the most currently liberated city, a couple of years a go. One of the Eritrean refugee camps, May Ayni, is located by the city. One has to cross the Tkezie river and go through a mountainous area to rich the city. It must have been a difficult one.

    I was not for the last offensives by TDF . I felt it was un necessary sacrifice since they could have acquired the regions legally and diplomatically. After the current advancements made, the Tigray land liberation is inevitable. It might have taken years, if they had to wait for legal and diplomatic solutions. The urgent access needcould be the reason for the rush.

    We are at a situation similar to when Nadew EZ was destroyed. Abiy has no choice but accept most of TDF’s prerequisite terms and solve the problem politically. I hope he comes to his senses for the sake of the people in the Horn of Africa.

    • Samuel

      Selam Aman Y.
      I don’t think wendim Abi will respond to your message anytime soon, he needs time to collect enough excuses to engage with the forumers. If you have his contact info can you invite him a song called “ስትገረፍ ታወረዋለህ”.

      Thanks,

      • Abi

        Samiti ሓወይ
        I’m observing the unilateral ተኩስ አቁም 🙂
        የሚገረፉ ካሉ ሰብስበህ አቆይልኝ:: ጊዜ ካገኘሁ ብቅ ብዬ ሾጥ ሾጥ አድርጌ እመለሳለሁ:: ለጊዜው ተንበርክከው ይቆዩ::
        የቐንየለይ ጎይታ ሳሚዬ

        • Samuel

          ወንድም Abi,
          ንገረኝ ጥፋቴ ንገርኝ በደሌ
          ልኴለሁ ምርኮኛ ከተምቤን መቀሌ
          መፅናኛ እንዲሆን ልጋብዝ ብርሌ
          ዘፈኑም ይለቀቅ ይከፈት “መሳቅ ነው ኣመሌ”
          እስክስታውም እንዳይቀር ልኴለሁ ባጫ ደበሌ።

          Thanks,

          • Abi

            Samiti
            አንተ ምን አጠፋህ ምን ስህተት ስትሰራ
            ጢምቢራህ እስኪዞር ስትረግጥ ዳንኪራ
            ጠጁ ሲንቆረቆር ብሩንዶ ሲቆረጥ
            ቅቅሉ ዱለቱ ጥኡም የዶሮ ወጥ
            ሆድህ ተወጥሮ ተመሳስሎ ከምጥ
            ተራራው ሲጨነቅ ምድር ሲንቀጠቀጥ
            አለም ስትረበሽ ጀግና ሲቁነጠነጥ
            ከእንቅልፍህ ስትባንን ደስታህ ሲቋረጥ
            ህልምህ ቅዠት ሲሆን ሽንትህ ከታች ሲያመልጥ
            መጣልህ ደበሌ ሳሚ በቶሎ ሩጥ
            ባጫ ከተፍ አለ ሳሚ በጏሮ አምልጥ
            ሳተናው ጀነራል አያውቅ መለማመጥ

          • kokhob selamone2

            Dear Brother Abi,

            I enjoy the above Amharic poem. Not in the content, but the way you arrange it. And I will visit if Samuel will reply to you and enjoy it also.

            KS,,

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            I’m just warming up:)
            ሳሚ የደበሌን ሥም ሲሰማ ደበሎ ለብሶ ደደቢት ዋሻ ውስጥ እየተንደባለለ ነው::

          • Samuel

            ወንድም Abi,
            የኣዲስ ኣበባ ልጆች ምንድ ነው ነገሩ
            ሰው ቢፈለግ ሰው ጠፋ በከተማ በመንደሩ
            የሰውነት መለኪያው ሆኗል ባጫ ባላገሩ
            ሰራዊቱ ይነዳል በብርሃኑ ጁላ
            የሳተናው ታሪክ ሁነዋል ኣተላ
            ይደፈን ይሸፈን ዘቅተዋል ታሩኩ
            ስንቴ ላስታውስክ ሁለቴ መማረኩ።

            ሰኣቱ ኣልፈዋል ሃዘኑ በዝተዋል
            የኢትዮጵያዊው ልብ በጣም ደንድነዋል
            የደግነት ታሪክ የጭካኔ ሁነዋል
            ልባችን እንዳይራራ በጣም ተጎድተዋል
            ይቅርታ መጠየቅ መሸነፍ ሁነዋል።

            Thanks,

          • Admassie

            ሰላም ሣሙኤል፡

            ለባጫ ደበሎ የተለቀሰለትን ሙሾ እንሆ፦

            ዋይ ዋይ! የት ትሄዳለህ ዋይ ዋይ!

            ባለ ሃምሣ ደበሎ…ባለ ክምር ውሽት፣
            ዋይ ዋይ!
            ባለ ድኩም በቅሎ…ባለ ቁልምም ብረት፣
            ዋይ ዋይ!
            ባለ ጭንጋፍ ወኔ…ባለ ቅሬ ሃሞት፣
            ዋይ ዋይ!
            ባለ ክንድ ምላሱ…ባለ ድርት ተረት፣
            ዋይ ዋይ!
            ዝርግፍ አድርጎት ሽሽ ይሄን ሁሉ ምርኮ ይሄን ሁሉ ወጣት!!
            ዋይ ዋይ!
            የት ትሄዳለህ የት ትሄዳለህ
            ጀሌህን ጥለህ!!
            ዋይ ዋይ ዋይ…

          • Samuel

            ሰላም ኣድማሴ,
            ምን ይሆን ምስጥሩ ኣሁን ክተት ሲሉ
            ትናት በጉልበት ኣስመለስን ብለው ሲኳኳሉ
            ዛሬ ምን ተገኘ የእርዱን እርዱን ጥሪ በየክልሉ
            ዋይ ዋይ ዋይ! የባጫ ክህደቱ
            ተዋርዶ ወጥቶ ለህዝብ ኣዝነን ነው ማለቱ

            ኣሸነፍን ሲሉ ሲጫጫሁ ቀረርቶና ፍኮራ
            ሽንፈት ሲቃደሱ ተሰራብን ሴራ
            ባጫም ይቀልዳል ይመታል ዳንኬራ
            ፀሎት ይጀመራል ኣውጣን ከመከራ

            ምን ይሆን ጥበቡ ምን ይሆን ምስጥሩ
            ከሰማዩ ይሆን ወይስ ከምድሩ
            ከሳር ከቅጠሉ ወይስ ከኣየሩ
            ከዝርያው ወይስ ከውሃው ካፈሩ
            ኣስተዋይ ሰው ጠፋ ከመላው ኣገሩ
            ዋይ ዋይ ዋይ! እንዴት ነው ነገሩ።

            Thanks,

          • Abi

            Samiti ሓወይ
            እዋይ!!

            ባጫ ባላገሩ የሚሰዋ ለሃገሩ
            ባጫ ባለ አገሩ የጀግንነት ምስክሩ
            ባጫ ባላገሩ የታሪክ መምህሩ
            ባጫ ባለ አገሩ ቆፍጣና ወታደሩ
            ባጫ ባላገሩ አይደራደርም በክብሩ
            ባጫ ባለ አገሩ መረብ ምላሽ ድንበሩ!!

            ሲነሳ ባጫ ሲቆጣ ባጫ
            ሲጠፋብህ መግቢያ መውጫ
            “ባላገሩ” ትለዋለህ መች ታውቅና ያገር ክብር
            መች ፈጥሮብህ ያገር ፍቅር የባንዲራ ክብር
            “አገር ሲያረጅ ጃርት ያበቅላል ”
            የተባለው ባንተ ደርሷል!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ሰላማት ሳሚ
            ባጫ ደበሌ
            ሕጂ ኸ ንታይ በለ
            ባጫ ዝጸልእ ሓቂ
            ምሩኽ ፍቱሕ ናይ ደርጊ
            ኔርካ ዶ ንተዝበሃል
            ኤእ ኣይነበርኩን
            ኣይፋል
            ምባል ኣይመሕፈሮን

            ሓንቲ ዝጠራጠር ግን ኣስናኑ ማራ ስለዝተራሓሓቐ ፊልተር ምግባር ኣጸጊምዎ ከይከውን።
            መቸም ባጫ ንተተባሂልካ ደኣ ንታይ ቁም ነገር ክርከብ። ወለዲ ሃስየሞ።
            There was one Seinfeld Episode about parents naming their kids.
            “Jerry: Did you ever notice a lot of butlers are named Jeeves? I think when you name a baby Jeeves; you’ve pretty much mapped out his future. Not much chance he’s gonna be a hitman. “Terribly sorry, sir, but I’m going to have to whack you.”

          • Samuel

            Selam MM,
            ናይ ባጫ ሓሶት የብሉን መዕረፊ
            ፎቶሾፕ ኢልዋ ናይቶም ምሩኻት ሰልፊ
            ኣቢ ብድሕሪት ከንጨብጭብ ሰሚዐ
            ደንፅዩኒ የዕይንተይ ኮሊዐ
            ኣስናኑ ግደፎ ዝብኢ’ውን ፈሪሑ
            ዓይኑ ግን ኣይግድን ኣቢ’ዩ ዝወስዶ መሪሑ።

            😊😊 I like Seinfeld, I have seen most of the episodes. I like Two and half men, family guy as well. Of course the big bang theory too.

            Thanks,

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat Sami,
            3/4 for me 🙂
            I love Seinfeld, 2&1/2 men & of course the big bang theory. I become totally relaxed when I watch those shows. Hey, whatever helps! 🙂

  • AMANIEL PAULOS

    Shalom ! Shalom !
    Awates ,
    AMAN ! AMAN !

    It seems to be the politics of the region
    is taking the right course and seems TDF
    is winning and advancing only after Aviy
    and his reformers party has done a good
    job reforming the party and charting a new
    vision and winning strategy . Aviy and the
    TDF leadership deserve the credit for this
    rectified progress and transformation of the
    PTLF party.

  • kokhob selamone2

    Dear All Awate participants,

    Are you watching the Tigray people are advancing?

    KS,,

    • iSem

      H Kokob Selamone2
      So are you the KS the poet, first:
      Please, please, please refrain from posting Tigray good news here unless your NTTN

      • kokhob selamone2

        Dear Brother iSem,

        What is that NTTN ? Is that the vibration for Nationwide Telecommunication Transmission Network?

        So now I am only giving information, just wondering if you guys are following only. At speed of light things are changing in horn. I hope I am not disturbing you men and women participants, if so please tell me. Yes, so I can stop.

        KS,,

        • iSem

          Hi KS:
          NTTN can mea what you say but in this case as coied by Berhe Y it means
          Nhan Tegadelti Tegadelti Nhna:-)

          • kokhob selamone2

            Deari brother iSem,

            Ok, I got it.

            What about giving you the latest information on the Tigray development, will you mind? If you really suffer, from it I can stop,

            KS,,

          • kokhob selamone2

            Dear All brother iSem,

            And this is very important news, I cannot ignore it

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi-wOcD2YyE&ab_channel=ATVasena

            ATV: ህጹጽ ኣዋናዊ ዜና – መንግስቲ ትግራይ ሎሚ 16 ሓምለ 2021 ሓደ ሽሕ (1000) ምሩኻት ወተሃደራት ኢትዮጵያ ካብ ማእከል ምሩኻት መቐለ ነጻ ለቒቑ

            KS,,

  • leGacY

    Good Evening Awate Community!

    Not sure if you’ve seen the new video making rounds in pro TDF circles on Amhara forces running away from southern Tigrai. This is hilarious. Ubiquity of cellphones affords an insight into areas that we would never have dared to imagine. You have to see these thieves running for their lives. Laugh out loud. I think I spotted Abi’s uncle there.

    • Samuel

      Selam leGacY,
      Respect is not fear. When we showed them respect they thought we fear them. History is being made and it won’t stop there! We will eliminate/paralyze all our enemies wherever they are. Truth is on our side.
      Until Abiy/PP and IA/PDFJ sympathizers create another excuse, TDF will continue to destroy its enemies, at this point the momentum has completely changed in favor of TDF. What I love the most is the name of the operation “Tigray mothers’ operation”.

      Ethiopia forces and Eritrea forces have killed, raped and burned our villages, they have done every possible crimes, one by one they will pay the price.

      I am sure Bacha Debele will come out and say “we have withdrawn our forces from all parts of Ethiopia except 50 KM radius of Addis Ababa, we will never let the Junta to control 4 Killo”. The wishy-washy leaders of Ethiopia and Amhara elites will never stop creating excuses, they will keep their denial identity until they no longer hide their downfall.

      One funny comment on social media “TDF በዚ ፍጥነት ከቀጠለ 4ኪሎ አልፎ እንዳይሄድ እሰጋለሁ”. A Kenyan reside in Addis Ababa.

      Thanks,

      • leGacY

        Hi Samuel,
        Speaking of names ,reports indicate that Theodros , Menelik and Abbay brigades have been decommissioned by TDF. The only one still standing is Aregahegn brigade.

        Bacha doesn’t know what photoshop is. Hahaha…

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Legacy,

          It is amazing TDF (a) has kept the “moral” of the fighters high to liberate their land (b) kept the “momentum” of the war by running after the fleeing Ethiopian army from town to town, dislodging the enemy form i
          fortress to fortress (c) kept the winning “strategy” that has designed by the central command, where the enemy could not get a breathing period from battle to battle.

          After the success of “wefri addetat Tigray” in the Southern front, they brought Raya and Alemeta in their control. Now they have started to liberate the western flank of Tigray, village by village and town by town by defeating the invaders. An amazing military success. Once they opened the western border, they can expedite the humanitarian aids to the needy Tigrian people. Tigray is prevailing in front our eyes.

          Regard

          • leGacY

            Hello Wedi Hidrat!

            There is no honor amongst thieves .Amharas are now all out to get Abi as they blame him for forcing Amhara forces to flee Tigrai without a single shot( yea, right!)

            Conspiracy mills are on high drive at the moment on how the WEST, EU, AU is to get Amhara people. A nation with only 15% of households with running toilets? Who has got the time?

            What is funnier is even to watch Amhara people contorted to say whether this is an Ethiopian issue or an Amhara issue. Of course the later will just paint their made up fight as a tribal tirade.

            The other good news is the TDF will keep all poisoners of war i.e none of that we will release except senior officer nonsense (Whose daft idea was it anyway?)

            I hope Abi’s uncle made it safe to Desse.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Legacy,

            It is delightful to see holding the POWs in humanely fashion – a lesson to invaders who killed TDF’s POWs right in spot – a character of army that differentiates one from the other – as such, one who uses the rule of the jungles and the other who follow the rules of war how to handle POWs.

            Second, they have to hold the POWs (a) until they register them the international Red Cross to expose Abiy and his lieutenants who denies about them (b) hold them until they find a political solution to the crises. Me think.

            Regard

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Kibur Mr. Amanuel Hidrat,

            About handling POWs, what TDF is doing is as you described, but most of the regulars and Liyu Hile in the southern front were almost entirely destroyed over the night of the first fight.

            The next morning, a few that remained and some Amharic speaking residents (who might have aided the invading forces or just scared) left toward Kobbo in a hurry.

            Most of the surrendering lots were farmers and TDF already released several of them and told them to go and farm their land instead.

            The Wolkait front is also riddled with farmers in addition to regulars and EDF remnants plus recalled retirees with relatively modern armament. There are already hundreds of POWs so far, but I haven’t heard whether any of those verified farmers were released yet.

            PS:

            Regarding handing POWs to the Red Cross, that was TDF intent but since Ethiopian government has declared that they are not their forces, TDF will not release them, at least, for now.

          • saay7

            His Fantiness:

            When I read this from you “ Liyu Hile in the southern front were almost entirely destroyed over the night of the first fight.”, I asked myself who is this guy and what has he done with Fantis account ? You never struck as someone who celebrates war and death before.

            I have a question. The Abiy gov did something unthinkable in the history of Arab Kilo residents: declare an unconditional ceasefire. Wouldn’t it have been better if the Tigray rulers* had said “we are reciprocating in kind: but we maintain the right to resume it unless the Federal gov negotiates in good faith to address our demands” and then reaching out for an honest broker that both sides trust?

            saay

            * I said Tigray rulers because today I noticed that the announcement they published was from “Government of Tigray” and not “the Government of regional state of Tigray.”

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Saay,

            You are right. It sounds awful when I read it just now. I should have put that part in quotation mark which was really the case. I was listening to a news peace, kind of summarizing in my head, typing fast, added my thoughts, and posted after a few spelling corrections.

            Answer:
            Ignoring the real reason for the fake ceasefire, Tigray rulers couldn’t accept a ceasefire while a good chunk of Tigray was under occupation. The ceasefire is so fake, Ethiopian rulers have forgotten it already. Bacha Debele promised Amhara rulers help with whatever is remaining of EDF.

          • iSem

            Hi FG:
            When I read the statement the special forces were almost decimated, war mongering did not come to my mind, not just because it was you, even if others said it. The only thing I thought about was, is this really true, “almost destroyed”, is the news true or false. To me it was reporting, something in the past happened, we can debate, no it did not happened, it was exaggerated etc.
            We had same debate here when someone said, “the EDF was destroyed” did not say I whish EDF is destroyed, or we will destroy EDF and we had debate over events that was reported to have happened. Instead of their veracity, exaggeration or truthfulness.
            Do not report if something happened, do not say the Eritrean forces killed many Ethiopians soldiers in the Tseronna front because they are human beings, do not say the Ethiopia captured Barentu because lots of our brothers died defending it
            I was running yesterday and tripped and fell, I will not tell anyone, because it was my beloved body that was involved in the tripping and falling. That is why am running to keep it healthy ad fit, the temple of my being. Absurd, right?
            war make people insane, but I did not think it breeds absurdity

          • T. Kifle

            Selamate Saay

            you said
            “we are reciprocating in kind: but we maintain the right to resume it unless the Federal gov negotiates in good faith to address our demands”
            that’s what they said exactly. If the unilateral ceasefire is to be materialised, certain conditions shall be met. they came up with the conditions. you must have seen the consolidated preconditions for ceasefire released by the gov. of Tigray.

          • Abi

            Selam Ayte T Kifle
            The federal government declared a unilateral ceasefire without any preconditions. Why didn’t the TDF reciprocate in kind instead of wedging war on the Amharas and Eritrea? All the TDF did was የሂሳብ ማወራረድ ዘመቻ against its closest neighbors.
            The Sad thing is all the Tigrean elites thought that their ሂሳብ ማወራረድ issue is with only the Amhara and Eritrea.
            The whole country is wedging a coordinated campaign to eradicate the terrorist TDF for the last time.

          • Peace!

            Good morning Abish,

            Turkish drones are responsible for the latest miscalculation. Indeed this is a sad joke and the elites are enjoying from comfort zone.

            Peace!

          • Abi

            Hello Peace
            The new joke is
            የኢትዮጵያ ህዝባዊ ጦር ለሚማረኩት ህፃናት አገልግሎት የሚውል ጡጡ ይዞ እንዲዘምት ታዟል::

            ሲመቻቸው እምበር ተጋዳላይ ሳይመቻቸው ጎዳና ላይ ተንከባላይ አይሰራም:: ድንበራችን መረብ ምላሽ ነው ብሏል ጀነራል ባጫ ደበሌ::

          • Peace!

            Hi Abish,

            That’s funny! Dereje Habtewold killed me with that one yesterday. It is really sad no sane Tigrayan with balls can stand and hold TPLF accountable for its war adventure. Perpetual war serves only TPLF, not Tigryans.

            Peace!

          • Abi

            Hello Peace
            I used to think that Tplf and Tigray are two separate entities. I was wrong. Tigray is TPLF and TPLF is Tigray. This time around the army is aware of this fact. Tigreans are 100 % behind TDF. Let us not kid ourselves. ማባበልና መለማመጥ አያስፈልግም:: ያጎረሳቸውን እጅ ነካሾች ናቸው:: ከሌለው ላይ ማጉረስ ሞኝነት መሆኑን ጦሩ ጠንቅቆ ያውቃል:: የትግራይ ህዝብም በሁለት ጉንጩ እንዲበላ ሊፈቀድለት አይገባም:: ከፈለጉ መገንጠል መብታቸው ነው::

          • Peace!

            Hi Amish,

            ተሽዉደዉ ነዉ ባክህ PFDJ did the same thing to Eritreans. It just is a matter of time .

            Peace!

          • Abi

            Peace
            I totally disagree with your position.
            The people had a chance to work with both the federal and the provincial governments. Instead, they were supporting and conspiring with the thugs.
            “ካዩኝ ስቄ ካላዩኝ ሰርቄ” ያለፈበት ጨዋታ ነው::

          • Elenta

            Selam Abi,

            This war helps only TPLF and PP not the people. Since the war is in Tigray the Tigrayan will be affected more so TPLF should be the one who should take extraordinary step to stop this war. Even accepting defeat. They need to swallow their pride for the sake of their people.

            No Amhara or Oromo will come to administer Tigray. It will be other Tigryans like Dr. Mulu or others. After 5 years TPLF member will have a chance to rule Tigray with a different party name. “TPLF or Death” slogan will take you no where. You know where did DERG end up with “Ethiopia or Death” slogan with Eritrea.

            Once peaceful they can ask to ceased from Ethiopia. Article 39 guarantees the Tigryan to decide their future peacefully even though TPLF denied that right to the Ethiopian Somali.

          • Abi

            Hello Elenta
            TPLF and their activists here and everywhere are declaring victory every minute of the day.
            They refused to accept the unilateral ceasefire afforded by the government without any preconditions. The government gambled BIGLY in this regard. Fortunately, Ethiopians bought into the one sided ceasefire.
            What followed was disgraceful to put it mildly.
            Tplf declared a ሂሳብ ማወራረድ ዘመቻ on its immediate neighbors.
            I hope they decide to secede in the near future. Why should the whole region suffer because of Tplf?

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selam Elenta,

            “TPLF denied that right to the Ethiopian Somali”

            Not really. The request was made early in the formation of the regions and PM Meles only asked the elders to take time and think about until the following year (or few months, I forgot).

            When he went back according to their appointment, they told him that they have withdrawn their request. They thanked him for talking them into taking time to think about it and parted friends.

          • Elenta

            Selam Fanti,

            Do you think it’s the Tigryan elders,

            who rejected postpending the election for one year?
            who decide to go war with ENDF?
            who rejected EEBC ruling?

            I don’t think so. Its TPLF.

            TPLF executed , exiled and arrested ONLF leaders then MZ ask the terrorized elders with gun pointing on their sons and daughters with his enablers(I think you guys call this group BANDA). What do you expect?

          • woldu hadgu

            Dear Peace:

            Did PFDJ EVER apologized to the people of Eritrea?

          • Peace!

            Hi Weldu Hadgu,

            Apologies not accepted in advance. Nothing will erase the crimes committed by both TPLF/PFDJ gangs agains innocent people. You may call and try—-ዝደወልኩሙሉ ዓሚል ናይ ሕዉሓት ስነ ስርዓት ቀብሪ ንምክፋል ናብ ትግራይ ወጺኡ ኣሎ😂

            Peace!

          • Saleh Johar

            Woldu,
            Here you are right. They are not even used to say nice things. That’s if we limit it to the attitudes towards the people.

          • Samuel

            Selam Abi,
            Have you ever thought why ENDF has become such a joke – asking additional 9 regional states special forces? What happened to ENDF? Why do you need all these special forces if ENDF is still formidable force? Remember you are fighting ONLY ONE Regional State. It’s really shameful to see Ethiopia becoming like this. You have to be ashamed by the leaders of Ethiopia.

            How could one regional state fight against 9 regional state special forces, ENDF and Eritrea defense force? Remember that TDF don’t have an outlet to the rest of the world, so how could one regional state become such powerful that ENDF can’t even handle alone? How is TDF getting the small, medium and heavy weaponry? How can TDF became such a threat in short period of time?
            Have you ever thought about it? I am sure you have an excuse, I am just stating the facts. The simple reason is “Truth is not on your side”. Think deeply.

            Thanks,

          • Abi

            Samiti ጎይታ
            ተራራ ያንቀጠቀጠ ትውልድ ምን ይሳነዋል አያ!!!
            I’m thinking, thinking….

          • Peace ToAll

            Hello Abi,
            የናቃችሁትን ማደጋስካርን አሁን እባካችሁን፤ የማደጋስካር ህዝብ ድረሱልን ሰትሉ ህፍረትም የላችሁ? የንቀት መጨረሻው ደረጃ ደርሳችሃል፡፡

          • woldu hadgu

            Dear Peace:

            Drones never win. People who fight for justice win.

          • Peace!

            Hi Woldu Hadgu,

            Wrong. Justice and TPLF do not go together. Looting, killing and torturing are the true colors of TPLF. And it is ending as expected.

            Peace!

          • Bayan Negash

            Gash Abi, Peace!, and all,

            I couldn’t figure out why the recent operation was called “Operation Mothers (OM)”. Operation Alula-aba-Nega was not that difficult to understand. The OM, however, was perplexing for the mere fact that the most endearing term -mother – was used for a war operation.

            When I saw Getachew Reda taking a picture with his mother understood why they called it OM so the man can take a picture with his mother for a photo-op. Imagine the obscene nature of war where it makes us lose our humanity. To put underage children in harms way for a photo-op and to use the term mother for propaganda purposes is beyond the pale of any decency. Of course, decency has no place in wars one would retort. But then that’s the whole point of this TPLF led war, which was nothing more than for vanity’s sake. The 1998-2000 war was a war of pride that massaged the ego of the two leaders. This one is a war of vanity.

            I was listening to the late Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam’s speech in which he gives his assessment of the political ambiance of Ethiopia. His remarks are spot on. Frail, breathing with the aid of oxygen tank. Essentially, it must have been his last public comments prior to his passing Spetember 2020. The issues he raises applies to our entire region. Although the video is 11 months old, it could as well have been 51 years ago, the nature of politics, the fundamentals we miss about it all he is spot on. As anything else, there are things he says that contradicts to his premise but there is a lesson to be gleaned in today’s situation. When are we going to learn to solve our problems via talks. The man says, politics is about being able to drop your sticks and start talking to one another. He is right. The way we conduct politics is no politics, it is uncivilized. It is obscene. It is detrimental to the wellbeing of the countries involved. Nothing good comes off of it.

            A friend sent me a video clip in which Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam and Meles Zenawi were having a discussion about ethnicity, whether Amharas can be called ethnic groups. It gives a glimpse to the mindset of TPLF from the get go in how ethnic federalism was being conceived in 1991. At any rate, now the war with Tigray has been escalated to a war between all Ethiopians and Tigray, akin to the way MZ was able to make the war of 1998-200 as a war between Ethiopia and Eritrea, not between TPLF and EPLF. Now, it is no longer between Amhara and Tigray, it is between Ethiopia and Tigray. Nobody wins wars, TPLF is, again, making a big mistake in pushing the drumbeat of war too far. I am no military analyst but I cannot see the ending of this bringing any useful outcome to all involved.

          • Abi

            ሓውና በያን
            These Mother Lover thugs forced the mothers ( including pregnant ones) and children to the war theater. You have seen the New York Times picture where children carry guns twice their weight.
            Getachew care less about the mothers and children that he forced to the war.
            I hope the United forces will remove these terrible thugs for the last time. The whole region should never be affected by the reckless nature of the thugs.

            I have said in the past that ethnic politics is the last thing Tplf should promote. They thought it will be possible to cheat all the people all the time. A Very stupid idea from the very stupid thugs. The Ethiopian people said to TDF አፍንጫህን ላስ!!!

            አፍንጫህን ላስ means do something that is absolutely impossible.
            (ገንዘብካ በርሄ)

          • woldu hadgu

            Dear Abi:

            As a human being should you first worry about the raped children or about the children who choose to carry arm and die in dignity rather being objects of future rape?

          • Abi

            Selam woldu hadgu
            ከቤተመንግሥት አጫዋች ቁም ነገር ስትጠብቅ ነው የተሳሳትከው ጌታው::

            If you are basing your opinion on the Tplf propaganda machine, you will definitely make a wrong conclusion.

            Glad to have established a diplomatic relationship with you.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            ስለ ናፈቅከን ነው?

          • Abi

            Berhe
            አንተን ከመናፈቅ አፍንጫዬን መላስ ይቀለኛል:)

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            ኣይ የጎንደሬ መግደረድር፥ እነ ግን ስትናፍቐኝ ኣልቻልኩም።

            You know Ethiopia and if it happens “the republic of Tigray” will be represented by fine runners. I know you were nominating ጌቹ to represent.

            I was thinking may be he can replace the whale you know the one they found in the pool in Brazil:)

          • Abi

            Berhe
            Since ጌቾ is omnipresent and multitalented, he can comfortably compete in different activities.
            He is a one man Olympic team.
            He is expected to win the gold medal in Sumo wrestling, both 100 and 200 meter sprint, …

            Nobody replaces the whale! You know what First Lady said back then? ኧረ እንኳን አልሰመጠ:: ታይታኒክን ማውጣት ይቀላል እሱን ከመጎተት::

          • iSem

            Hi BNB:
            Your take of war: that wars do not benefit anyone even the winner is correct. However, here is issue: calling Mothers war was to mind, revenge on behalf of the mothers who were raped, killed by the invaders. An apt name If all other regions are joining then, as you said, it becomes Ethio against Tigray and Ethiopia may not need sea access any more, sea access will become redundant as it will create its own sea access, its own ports colourful sea access, superior to Eritrea’s, as unlike Eritrea’s, Ethiopia’s will be sea filled to the brim with blood. Our red sea, key bahrachin will have descritive meaning
            If you can learn from war then nations can build better future for them like the the world did after WW2
            I disagree that TDF is beating the war drums, Abiy’s ceasefire was not genuine, but TDF should have given him grace of a few weeks and made their demands as Sal told Tkifle. But in general I think Tigray has the right to defend it self, God given right. Who invades his own region with the help of a foreign country. I will answer that for you. A lunatic like pastor Abiy. Add to that the invader is committing crimes that border on genocide.
            If it is true the other regions join with full force, armed Ethiopia to its teeth will be disaster, Tigray will be defeated but Ethiopia will go with it painfully. Tigray will fight like the Jewish did in the Masada war. My two cents

          • T. Kifle

            Selamat iSem,

            You are spot on on 99% of your comment. I just want to make a small point on the well thought rebuttal of BN has got it wrong again.

            Sem, Please, don’t despair! the 9 regions have no reason to fight a war of expansionist ambition of one trouble-making nation. All the special forces are deployed against the will of the majority of the people and even the forces themselves are opposing it from the get go. No matter the numbers, there is a major ingredient missing on the other-side: Cause;

          • Abi

            Selam Ato T Kifle
            Tigray brought ethnic politics to Ethiopians. Tigray is the first and last casualty of ethnic politics.
            Kind of ባነደዱት እሳት መቃጠል::

            The federal government begged ( ተንበርክኮ) the Tplf bigwigs to :
            -ሰርቀው የሰበሰቡትን እንዲጠቀሙበት
            – በማንኛውም አይነት ወንጀል ተጠያቂ እንዳይሆኑ
            – የሰላማዊው ለውጥ አጋር እንዲሆኑ
            – ወዘተርፈ

            What did the Tplf leaders choose instead? Camped in Tigray for three years conspiring against the government despite all the ልመናና ማባበል:: I don’t need to remind you the Lightning attack on the NC.
            ከአራት ኪሎ በድንጋይ ያባረራችሁ ቄሮ መትረየስ ይዞ መጥቶብሃል::

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selam TK,

            Humor of the day:

            ተጋሩዎች እጅ ወደላይ ማለት በኦሮምኛ Harka ol qabaa (ሀርከ ኦል ቀባ) ማለት ነው! ለኛዎቹ ጥይት አታባክኑ ብዬ ነው!

            አቡዳውድ የኦነጉ ልጅ (Twitter Account)

          • Samuel

            Selam Fanti Ghana,
            Let me add another humor from Digital Woyane – DW is thanking Antony Blinken for his principled position saying “የቕንየልና ተጋዳላይ ገ/አንቶኒ ወ/ብሊንከን”

            Thanks,

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ሰላማት ሳሚ

            ጉድ ረኺበ
            ሓደ ተረገም ይሓተኒ
            ሓንቲ ኩሊት ዶ ፍርን*ት ይብለኒ
            ሓንቲ ፍርን*ት ይብሎ
            ንሱ ኣየፈለጠን ሰለስተ ከምዘለኒ

            ኣይደንጎየን
            ሓንቲ ዓይኒ ዶ ሓንቲ እዝኒ
            ክብል ይሓተኒ
            ነገር መጺኣ ሕጂ
            መልሲ ይጠፍኣኒ

            ከመይ ‘ለ ክመርጽ
            ወይ ክር ኢ ወይ ክሰምዕ

            ቀሊል ምርጫ ‘ይኮነን
            ጭር ኣበልኩሉ
            ንደመቀ መኮነን
            ክሓትት ላይፍ-ላይን 🙂

            ደሓን ይእቶ መሊሱለይ
            ኣነ ዘይምልስልካ ባዕለይ
            ኣይብለንን?

            እዚ ደኣ ከም
            ወያነ ዶ ህዝቢ ትግራይ?
            ከም ማለት ‘ኳ’ዩ ኣይብለንን
            በል ሕራይ!
            ተረዲአካ ለኹ
            ሚስተር ደመቀ ኣምሓራይ
            ባይ

            ኢለዮ
            ኣድኒቐዮ
            ብክእለቱ

          • Samuel

            Selam MM,
            ደመቀ መኮነን ኢለዮ ኻልኣዩ
            ንዕኡ ዝትክእ ኣይርከብን እዩ

            ክቐትሉና እንትደልዩ ሓደ እዮም ይብሉ
            ምቕታል እንትኸብዶም ይጅምሩ ክኸፋፍሉ
            እንትጨንቆም ድማ አጀንዳ ክፈጥሩ ይውዕሉ

            ጎበዛት እዮም ኮንፉዝ ኮንቪስ ክገብሩኻ
            በል ተጠንቀቕ ኻልኣይ ከይረኽቡኻ።

            Thanks,

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ሰላማት ሳሚ

            ኣይሓዝካንን
            መስለኒ ክዛረብ ከሎኹ
            ብወዲ መኮንን

            ደመቀ ዝበሎ ባጫ ዘይደግሞ
            ጠሪሰ ኣይኣምንን ንሳቶም ኢለሞ
            ስለምንታይሲ ትሓደ ዝበሎ
            ትሓደ ዘይደግሞ
            ስለዝኾነ ስራሕ
            ናይ በዓል ቂሉ ማሞ
            ኣጆኻ

          • Peace ToAll

            Selam T. Kifle,
            “No matter the numbers, there is a major ingredient missing on the other-side: Cause;”
            I think in addition to cause, plus what do you call it in Tigrgna? but absent in the amharic language “HABO”

          • haileTG

            Merhaba iSem and all,

            The problem we face is that it is difficult to get an impartial analysis based on facts. So far, here, we had commentary that blamed TPLF at the height of the horrendous atrocity. Now, it is followed up by blaming TPLF for not accepting what was given and rolled over and played dead. Clearly, only those who have vested preference would be so obviously one sided. Remind me the last article you read that spoke up for Tigrayans in this conflict?? None, blame them when they die, blame them when they fight back! Under any case, there are are those of us who strongly advocate for justice to our Tigryan brothers and sisters for the genocidal crimes perpetrated on them by PMAA and IA regime’s. They have all the right to chase their attackers wherever they go.

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            Looks like you got a better internet connection.
            እኔስ ሳምንቱ ያለ ኃይልዬ እንዴት ይገፋል ብዬ ሃሳብ ይዞኝ ነበር:: አሁን ሃሳቤን ጥዬ እተኛለሁ:: እንኳን በቶሎ ተመለስክልን::

            ኃይለኛው ተጋዳላይ በተከሰተው ድንገተኛ ግጭት በተፈጠረው አለመረጋጋት ምክንያት የእረፍት ጊዜያቸውን አቋርጠው የሚናፍቁትንና የሚናፍቃቸውን ህዝብ ለማረጋጋት መሃላችን ተከስተዋል::

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ሰላማት

            ዓሻ ዘይለበመ
            ድኻ ዘይሃብተመ
            ስንኩል ዘይሰጎመ
            ሃካይ ዘይዓመመ

            ጸማም ዘይሰመዐ
            ዓይነ-ስውር ዘይጠመተ
            ዳለይ ላማ ዘይዘመተ
            ወዲ ዓመት ህጻን ዘይመጎተ
            ወዲ ተስዓ ዓመት ዘይመከተ
            ዘይከተተ
            መን ‘ዩ ከምዚሉ ዝሓተተ?
            ‘ንድዒ ከምዝመስለኒ ግን

            ደበሳይ ወልዱ ደራሲ
            ሰሎሙን ድራር ሃንዳሲ
            ዞባ ማእከል ህግደፍ መዋሊ
            ኣዛዚ
            ምስ ደገዝማቲ
            መን ተማጓቲ

            ዝግ በሉ! ህዉኻት ናብ ካልእ ዞባታት ክሓልፍ’የ። ‘ንታይ ዝበለ’ዩ በጃኻ ዝህዝብና? ዓቕሊ ‘ምበር ስኢኑ።

          • iSem

            Hi HTG:
            I am glad your application was denied. Your sabbatical application that is LOL
            I agree with you but TDF needs to fight at both fronts: military and diplomatic. Sal’s succinct analyst is right. It is not to give pastor Abiy time, it is for self preservation LOL
            Your last sentence? I agree I even said they should chase EDF all the way to Eritrea even to Badme, because they never announced cease fire. Do not tell Sal I said this, he is in the east, he is sleeping

          • Haile S.

            Selam MoKosi😁, HaileTG

            You said “Remind me the last article you read that spoke up for Tigrayans in this conflict?? None,….”

            If you gather all the commentaries you did since you came back from your prolonged sabbatical leave, it is a very voluminous volume bigger than the ensemble of articles at Awate criticizing TPLF.

            Apparently, you are camping somewhere in a forest so to miss connections. May the breathe refresh your thoughts! Have fun

          • Abi

            መምህር
            ልትናፍቀኝ ነበር 🙂
            ኃይለኛው ሞክሼህ የጀነራል የምግበን ጦር በበጎ ፈቃደኝነት ተቀላቅሎ መንገድ ሊመራና ሂሳብ ሲወራረድ ምስክር ለመሆን ወደ አስመራ ዘምቷል የሚል ጭምጭምታ ከወደ ስሜን ይሰማል::
            እስቲ ጆሮህን ጣል አድርግ…

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-TG,

            “blame them when they die, blame them when they fight back!”

            When they hate, not only they lose their rationalities, but also they deny the realities on the ground that the whole world are talking about. Here is their logic: the army mass massacring because it is a war, the army gang rapping because it is a war, the army looting properties because it is a war, the army burning crops because it is war, the army picking young kids shot them and throw them by the cliffs of mountains because it is a war, the army disassembled factories to steal them because it is a war, the army loots universities and hospitals because it is a war. All these atrocities and vandalizing properties are done as if there is no rules for wars. They are blinded by hate to all these crimes of inhumanity.

            Regard

          • Peace!

            Ahlen Beyan,

            The problem is profound the current war is just a symptom. If you look at TPLF’s record, it is full of T’shif D’msis approaches, and that, apparently, is costing the poor Tigryans enormously. It is shocking to watching them celebrating for capturing a pickup truck and displaying a license plate for proof after they’ve lost everything politically and economically.

            The real TPLF is dead –it’s abandoned its timid vision, more than half of its founders either expelled, dead, or captured. It has become a revenge group and a device for foreigners with no potential to represent Tigryans interest. It is embarrassing in 2021 TPLF and its elites do not even know which way to go – independence or stay and accept the reality.

            Peace!

          • Elenta

            Selam Peace,

            Its indeed a revenge group who likes to see disintegrated Ethiopia and Eritrea rather than independent Tigray that lives peacefully along side Ethiopia and Eritrea as a neighbor.

          • Peace!

            Hi Elenta,

            የሒሳብ መወራረጃ group as if they didn’t commit crimes and looted the country inside out.

            Peace!

          • Abi

            Peace
            ዱቤ ያለበት ጫታም እንዴት ነው ሂሳብ እናወራርድ የሚለው? ያለምንም ጥርጥር መርቅኗል ማለት ነው::

          • woldu hadgu

            Dear Elenta:

            Action speaks more than words. The savagery of PMMA and IA over the people of Tigray was done to disintegrate Tigray and not vice versa. You have eyes to SEE and ears to HEAR. Trust your senses.

          • woldu hadgu

            Dear Peace:

            A seed had to die to grow fresh fruit. Worry about the “undying” PFDJ.

          • woldu hadgu

            Dear Beyan:

            Vanity is to mock and belittle humans in distress. How low can you go? Where did “love your enemy” went? Do you forget what held the complete annihilation of the people of Tigray? TPLF!

            Don’t you wish PFDJ did the same to your people?

            In you I see unhealthy ENVY.

          • saay7

            Selamat T Kifle:

            What I saw was a wish list; the North Polr moderator was alert he would have demanded they start their preconditions with a salutation: Dear Santa. And there was not a single day of pause to wait for the “terms/preconditions.”

            There is something seriously wrong with the Ethiopian elite when they take turns being obstinate.

            saay

          • Peace!

            Hi T Kifle,

            TPLF is famous for its grotesque tactics that it says something and does the opposite. If you think the mile long preconditions are realistic and prepared in good faith, you are not being honest. As soon as the unilateral ceasefire declared, it portrayed itself as victorious and affirmed Asmara and Addis its war destination. This is a serious matter otherwise it is irresponsible and stupid to drag innocent kids into a vicious war without clear mandate. If independence is the right solution, the Tigraysns are entitled legally, if else, then the people of Tigray have the right to know for assessing if the price is right.

            It is a total disaster when lack of purpose and direction takes a toll on butchered war. Now, it appears TPLF is losing everything it gained on the diplomatic aspect, and domestically, the Oromos, Debub, and Somalis are coming for Abi’s support. TPLF is back to fabricating excuses and crying for help.

            Peace!

          • T. Kifle

            Selamat Saay,

            still you didn’t get the point.
            AAA packed everything and left Mekele. Empty banks, no communications, no electric power, no humanitarian access whatsoever. how is that you understood it as a ceasefire?
            ከፅውያኻስ ዋጋ ይህባኻ ድዩ ዝብሃል?
            It was a deceptive design to resort to war through other means and start it all along in Amhara-Tigray pretext.

          • saay7

            T Kifle:
            All the things you listed are negotiable after a cease-fire. But the TPLF did not cease fire for even a day. If it had declared a cease fire with a condition that it would expect all the things you listed to be resumed in, say, a week then it would have the moral authority to resume the war. Right now it doesn’t and its gripped by mission creep all driven by, I am sorry to say, some supremacists slogans: extreme self-praise and extreme-contempt for the other.

            saay

          • T. Kifle

            Selamat Saay,

            So you are telling me about holding the moral high ground not the practicality of the ceasefire. The Tigray government has been calling for a political solution since November. Every peace effort was brushed aside by the regime.
            So after the hard battles he left Mekele but remained with the tone of ethnic violence asking the Amhara state to fight on its own to secure its borders and maintain the Raya-welkayte belt. He said, ‘Wolkaye belongs to Begemider and the brave Ahmara people are more than capable enough of defending themselves’
            it is all about buying time for regrouping and planning another battle. He is not a man of peace. So like I said before
            ብረት ኮይና ዳናይት ዓዲ
            and please understand that we are not enjoying war.

          • saay7

            Selamat T Kifle:

            I am not disputing you regarding the Nov-June phase of the #StupidWar. It was a One Ethiopia Activists driven war: Abiy and his generals listening to every single stupid idea of the One Ethiopia activists.

            I am talking about June 28 – present phase which is driven by some weird Tigray-Is-Undefeatible testosterone. And I am surprised you are minimizing the importance of moral high ground: the whole reason Tigrayans had the unprecedented level of suppport from EU, US and their affiliated NGOs is because of the moral high ground they had. Now, when all of them, and the UNSC, is calling for ceasefire and they reject it, they will lose it. And without the EU and US as their cause amplifiers, it is simply a numbers game between two mutually-hate-harboring antagonists.

            Don’t do it.

            saay

          • T. Kifle

            Selamat Saay,

            I understand what you mean.
            I don’t know if the government of Tigray rejected ceasefire. Given the character of the man at the helm, it put some strings including unconditional withdrawal of all invading forces from the sovereign Tigrayan territory, urged the government to release all public services and make sure that the government is not using the respite for regrouping.

          • saay7

            Selamat T Kifle:

            At the risk of repeating myself, it should have given a pause to the war, even for a week, given a deadline and then it would have maintained the moral high ground.

            In this stupid war, even the slogans are stupid: Tigray Prevails, Tigray prevails with its muscle, Ethiopia prevails… it’s all beyond frustrating to proclaim war and outcome of war as your mission in 2021

            Saay

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Saay,

            I think the degree of atrocities that were taking place in the villages and towns they occupied should be taken into account. They kill scores of people daily for absolutely no reason. How can TDF be expected to be patient especially when dealing with viscous force led by a lying machine?

          • Abi

            Fantastic
            Are you talking about TDF?
            Who counted how many people TDF killed in the last several weeks?
            Your Fantiness, ኧረ እየተስተዋለ!

          • kokhob selamone2

            Dear Brother Abo,,

            Give, us one example ..as such.

            KS,,

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            “ሲያብል የተኛ ሲጠሩት አይሰማም” ይባላል::

          • Peace!

            Hi Abish,

            Just heard Getachew Reda has broken Usain Bolt’s speed record in running out of Alamta.

            Peace!

          • Abi

            Peace
            Rumor has it Getachew never made it to Alamata. It was the usual ቆርጠህ ቀጥል zibazinke.

            Otherwise, he is definitely a strong candidate for the upcoming Olympic Games representing the Kingdom of Tigray. Zero to hundred in less than 7 seconds!!!!
            Mr Bolt, watch out!!!!

          • Peace ToAll

            Abi,
            Sorry to correct you…The Republic of Tigray

          • Abi

            Hello Peace ToAll
            የቐንየለይ
            ሁልጊዜ ለመማር ዝግጁ ነኝ:: ከሊቁም ከደቂቁም::

          • Peace!

            Hi Fantish,

            እንታይ ድኣ ደሊኻ ውግእ ናይ ዑንወት ኣደ እያ ህዝብና ኻኣ ለሚድዎ እዩ።

            ሓደ ግዜ ንእስያስ ህያብ ጫማ ምስ ኣምጽእሉ ማራ ተሓጊሱ ዓቕነይ ድኣ ከመይ ጌርኩም ፈሊጥኩሞ ምስ በሎም ተጣማሚቶም እምባእ ክንደይ ዓመት ዲኻ ራጊጽካና ኢሎሞ ንብለካ።

            Peace!

          • woldu hadgu

            Dear Saay:

            There is no logic in your argument. From South came unilateral ceasefire. But none from the North. So you want TPLF to stop fighting the South but continue engaging the North?

          • saay7

            Woldu:

            The call is to reciprocate to those who offered unilateral ceasefire (South.) Give your conditions to maintain the ceasefire, within a reasonable timeframe, then respond accordingly. Otherwise you are living off the fumes of the West’s goodwill (subject to abrupt change) and military fortunes (subject to reversal.)

            The North is run by a psycho who has never met a miscalculation he could pass.

            saay

          • woldu hadgu

            Dear Saay:

            But the South and North expeditions are well coordinated. They are Siamese twins that must be dealt according to their nature. Once you try to engage separately you are doomed. It is a conundrum.

          • saay7

            Selamat Hadgu:

            I would think otherwise.

            “We have been calling for a ceasefire and for a negotiated political solution since November and we welcome the Federal government’s belated acceptance of what we, the region and the world has been calling for since November.

            “We will honor the ceasefire effective immediately. But to ensure that this ceasefire is being made in good faith, we are requesting that the Federal government implement the following : 1, 2,3,4… by _________.

            “With regard to Eritrea, it is unclear whether they are in our land at the request of the Federal government or if they are free lancing. If they are here at the request of the federal government, we expect them to abide by the ceasefire. If they are freelancing, they won’t be bound by it, and therefore we won’t.”

            This should be the policy. It’s not because… let me say something provocative this Friday. Replace the word “Tegaru” with “Amharu” in all the slogans, songs and chants TDF uses. The org would be dismissed as a chauvinist, supremacist org. There is an obscene amount of pride and braggadocio that the TPLF and its supporters should watch out for. Pride always proceeds the fall.

            saay

          • Abi

            Hello Saay
            I have to admit that I’m pleasantly surprised that you have become a more refined politician and a statesman these couple of months.
            Thank you Sir.

          • Abi

            Hello Saay
            Sorry to disturb your class but አንድ ኢትዮጵያ is not stupid. It is the way, a bright way, a strong way, the ONLY way!!!!

          • iSem

            Hi T.Kifle:
            I think Sal is correct on that .TDF could use the same time to rebuild and fortify, it is not like wasted time. It will be a bonus to TDF on moral standing. Accept the cease fire and give them ultimatum with the demands
            As to ብረት ኮይና ዳናይት ዓዲ, I am afraid this will be even more prominent

          • woldu hadgu

            Hello iSem:

            It is sweet to be an armchair critic. Vanity of vanity!!

          • iSem

            Hi WH::
            I prefer to be arm chair critic and vain than a war monger. and by refusing to give peace a chance that makes you a war monger
            Sal’s assertion are excellent. Your county has been giving war and blood shed chances , even if the cease fire is fake, give it a chance.
            Just because you can, you do not squander a chance for peace, you do not push war. This logic even my German Shepherd. .
            And understand that ethio is in civil war, it is stupid war that will accomplish nothing at the end

          • Tkiros

            Isem,
            I still don’t understand the end game of TPLF? If you are playing chess you make moves to achieve a goal.

            I think they are living off bravado not some well thought out strategy. There only strategy is prolong the conflict and make it costly for Ethiopia. However, the longer the conflict goes for them the worse it is…. Also, by Dr. Abiy asking for cease-fire and withdrawal and no engagement- he took away from them the initiative.
            Their only strategy is for the conflict to be a pyrrhic situation where the central government will ask for settlement. If the central government doesn’t get engaged what does it mean?
            TPLF strategy was rushed and 20th century- it doesn’t reflect the situation of 21th century warfare. Alot of people are going to die for nothing.

            A power struggle expressed via violence and not dialogue.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Sem,

            Unilateral cease fire from Addis government is both in its appearance and its essence is a tactical move to buy a breathing time to regroup and reassess the lost of “multiple battles” in the project of the war as designed by the two evils in Addis and Asmara. It is a tactic in a strategy of war to find a new strategy of recuperation and rejuvenation your demoralized army from a defeat.

            So the preconditions demanded by TDF is a test for Abiy how honest he is on his unilateral ceasefire and a test how unimpeded access of humanitarian aid could allow to all affected Tigray region. Otherwise, this calling for high moral ground in an atmospheric war situation does not work when the grand plan of Issayas and Abiy is still simmering beneath their ceasefire. The good thing, the central command of TDF new the tactics of their nemesis and stick with their plan until the preconditions are met.

            What the peace loving people could do is (a) to stand unwaveringly with the victim be it the government or the general public (b) to understand that evils are evils in their “words” and their “acts” where there is no “peace” in their endeavors. We don’t expect them to turn in to angels, but treat them as they are and defeat them. Who doesn’t want peace, stability, and prosperity to their own people, except evil men who enjoys wars and death to satiate their egos for life long power. Evils must be defeated. otherwise, we will live in endless misery under their grips to fulfill their dreams, however they define their dreams. To strive for peace is natural for rational people, but we also should be realistic how the peace should be attained.

            Regard

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Amanuel
            Unfortunately, you miserably failed to read not only what is on the ground, but also what is on the paper.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Abi,

            What is in the ground? And What is in the paper?

          • Halaf Mengedi

            Selam Saay The Great – I honestly think you should share this title with Haile TG :).

            You never struck me as someone who celebrates war and death before. I expect that from TMH and Assenna

            Well said sir. I don’t know how long and what it will take to get out of this kind of mindset – glorifying violence. I don’t mean to single out His Fantiness. It is a deep rooted sickness across our communities.

            Few months back, It was PMI Abi/PIA camp stupid war/death/destruction victories intoxication and today it is Woyane/TDF turn for intoxication. Few weeks/months down the road, it will probably be another round of death/destruction/misery victories intoxication (Camp Abi/PIA or another destructive actor?)

            Assenna – It is a pity it totally lost it’s credibility to Eritrean cause. So emotionally one dimension approach to the coverage of war in Tigray. I think, it will remain with few hard core supporters (just like the people who supports PIA what ever the reality is … ). This is based on personal anecdotal assessment of my friends (most of them are part of the silent majority).

            HM

          • Abi

            Fantastic
            ያገሬ አዋቂ “ኧረ አትጨርሰው!!!!” ይላል የነገር አዝማሚያህ አልጥመው ሲል::

            Your Fantiness, እባክዎ አይጨርሱት!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ሰላማት ፕሮፌሰር ኤማ
            ‘ቲ ናይ ክልል-ኣምሓራ ሓላፊ ሽጉጠይ ክሰትያ ‘የ ዝበለ ንታይ ኮን ክገብርዩ ሕጂ? 🙂
            ከምዝመስለኒ ኣብ ዘይወጽዕ ጣዕሳ ኣትዩ ‘ሎ።

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Mehandsay,

            We have seen them and heard them regurgitating many things beyond their capacity. Do they care what they have said and haven’t? I don’t think so. They have no shame whatsoever. I am still astonished by the success of TDF, after being encircled by allied forces from every conceivable corners of the state. They made history, and are still in the making.

            Regards

          • Saleh Johar

            MM,
            ጏረበት ተባሂልካስ! ቃልቃል ዝብል ዝመኸኸ ሓጺን ዘይትሰደሉ ግዳ::

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ሳልሕ
            ሩህሩህ ሰብ ዶ ‘ይነበርካን? ምስ በዓል ከምዚ ከማይ ተናቖቲ ክትዛረብ ምስ ጀመርካ ኣይግድን። “ወዘረባ ምስትህተከ ለከመከ” በለ ድኻ ናይ ግእዝ [ኤእ! ኣነ ‘ይኮንኩን 🙂 ]

            ‘ተን ክልተ ሓጺን ምሳይ ዘለዋ ዩራኔምን ፕላቲኖም ‘የን። ‘ታ ሽጉጡ ምስታይ ትሕሾ።
            ናተይ ኣምኪኸ ተሰዲደሉ ተካል ኣዋርሕ የሕሊፉ ናብዛ ጉድጓዱ።
            ንሳስ ንዓምናያ ትግባእ። ስለምንታይሲ ሳላ ድኽነት ብዙሕ ግራማት የብለይን። ኩሉ ነገር ‘ኳ ብቑጠባ ዩ።

          • kokhob selamone2

            Dear Aman,

            It is normal to see victory now. And yes it is amazing to see them just~ in speed of light- and yes no one can stop them any more.

            KS,,

  • Fanti Ghana

    Selamat Memhir and All,

    Great article, as usual!
    I am a strong believer of our peoples wisdom and decency. With the right leadership, guidance, and awareness, a lot more can and will be achieved.

    • Abi

      Fantastic
      The problem is , in the immortal words of Mr Kim, you are here , Getachew Redda is there .

    • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

      Hey Fanti,
      What I like about you and KoKohbay is that you guys are so positive!

      What’s funny about Negarit’s weird [oops very entertaining] videos is that once I have told my wife about it, she is now the one who tells me about the latest ones. She says your friend new video is so funny. This is every week. I am not sure where she get the idea that this guy is my friend? I don’t even wear a cap. Guys with a cap can’t be my friends 🙂
      It reminds me Seinfeld’s episode of Frank Costanza’s lawyer. Man with a Cape 🙂

  • leGacY

    Hello SGJ,

    It is your view that the monotonous rigid presentations format on Radio/TV in our region is as a result of foreign influence.ie cadres that were pushing communist/socialist manifestos.

    My Q :
    A: there was no radio/tv before that era-how do you know how our formats would have sounded like? May be this is how we are wired way before even socialism touched our land.
    B: How does Somalians sound like since they went through the same experience too.

    On a separate note, why do abashes ask a long-winded questions? Sometimes it is hard to distinguish between the moderator and the guest-speaker.

    Lastly, we suck at even showing simple solidarity!

    If I was a friend of Tegaru, I would list the number of transgression committed on them and then let them know that my heart bleeds for them and wish them strength and reassure them that this too shall pass. PERIOD.I will probably refrain from extending qualified solidarities as they tend to fall flat.

    • Saleh Johar

      Legacy,

      The rigid presentation is our “Legacy” 🙂

      Now to your questions:

      1.“no radio/tv before that era”.

      My nick name is Philips! I grew up around radios and news and I do not remember a time without radios. I think the broadcasting style was an imitation of the BBC (very calm and professional), Huna AlQaHira, the Egyptian radio which was pan-Arabist, socialist and militant tone, and Sout-Umdurman, the Sudanese radio which copied Egyptian radio… and later by the Ethiopian radio that was influenced by all that and others. The anti-colonialism struggle had overwhelmed the media and the broadcast of the time was full marching band music and a military man reading “communique #1” after the frequent coup d’états, particularly in Sudan. Our region, including Somalia, learned broadcasting from those and became more rigid and monotonous until our news readers capped it by a genius innovation of ending every sentence with ummmmm replacing the fullstop.

      2. why do abashes ask a long-winded questions? Sometimes it is hard to distinguish between the moderator and the guest-speaker.

      I think it’s lack of humility, particularly in modern times, and lack of training in schools about debating and logic—we had a vibrant debating clubs in middle school but no more. Children learn to listen and obey. And when they get a chance to freely air their views, they don’t know how to debate and what the end goal of a debate is. Most people participate in a debate, even if they had nothing to say, or do not know the topic, but to assert their presence and not to feel left out. Think of a person with a humble education debating constitutional laws with a constitutional lawyer, or a dresser arguing with a brain surgeon. Chaos in the public discourse.

      That’s my layman’s view on the topics you raised. I hope it adds something…thank you

      • leGacY

        Yekeneyeley , SGJ!

        One thing I am always jealous of Eritreans of a certain generation is the plethora of experiences everyone seems to have. I never met an Eritrean who doesn’t speak at least 4 languages. Everyone seems to be well versed about a lot of topics. As always is the case , life is the biggest open university.

        Your observation is probably right on the mark. We are not used to public speaking and most of the time we are told “silence is gold” so the minute we are afforded the opportunity to speak or ask , we go round and round in circles. It also seems like we think we are graded by the number of words we speak which might explain why our leaders speak for hours when they are in the mood to grace us with their wisdom. Only Abi is the exception. Because all the words he knows can’t even fit in one hour. My god! that man is just so dumb.

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selam leGacY,

          Your last sentence is hilarious. Abi has been called so many things but never that. He successfully acts dumb, clever, or genius depending on the season. Once you pay your dues like the rest of us, you will eventually like him.

          • leGacY

            Hi Fantish,
            hahahah…It was the one with the ashy legs!

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት

    ነቢት ብዘይ ወይኒ
    ብዘይ ስጋ ዝግኒ
    እግሪ ብዘይ ሳእኒ

    ሃገር ብዘይ ዜጋ
    ቅልዋ ብዘይ ስጋ
    ብዘይ ሰብ ዕዳጋ
    ኩፖን ብዘይሪጋ

    ወዲ ትኳቦ ብዘይ ክራር
    ባርያ ብዘይ ጊታር
    ምዕሩግ ደርፊ ብዘይ ኣብራር

    ኣይመስለንን
    ኣይረኣየንን
    ጠሪሱ ኣይብረሀንን

  • said

    Greetings,
    Thank for the article if only Tigrayan could heed to your advice .

    Ethiopia has rarely enjoyed stable sovereignties internally .Abiy government blamed the crisis on the TPLF, accusing it of an attack on an Ethiopian military base at Sero. But this may well have been a response to provocation, and it supplied Abiy with needed pretext. It is well known in both side were Preparing for war had been under way for some time and both side has provoked a civil war that has no promise of quick and easy solution. Abiy Appearing to have learned little from the history of Ethiopia , Many of the Ethiopian hardcore generals and politicians ,they showed a startling disregard for the lessons of history, buoyed up perhaps by a confidence in Ethiopian mighty power and based hand, numerically superior . An awesome power of its military force, deployed against TPLF guerrilla army with decade of experience .Having needlessly invaded Tigray, Abiy army has been comprehensively routed in short period . Ethiopian army was defeated that what much of the world sees as a humiliating defeat and retreat.

    With almost nothing to show for it. Ethiopia ,It has lost thousands of its own troops and seen the death of tens of thousands of Tigrayan —soldiers and civilians alike. The TPLF had opposed the Derg, and Abiy had participated in the armed struggle against Mengistu and later served in the Ethiopian military, Abiy had a good inside knowledge of TPLF of power.
    Add to this Ethiopia itself still faces upheavals on a range of fronts, Ethnic conflicts have persisted to the present period, including clashes between the Oromo, ethnic group against ethnic Somalis, between the Oromo and the Gedeo people, the Gumuz people against Amharas and Agaws , Welkait and Raya were returned to the control of Amhara Region. So the ethnic war still going on. It’s unclear whether this Tigray civil war can be settled peacefully?

    Abiy has prioritized centralization of power over regional and ethnic security, spurning the advantages of previous polices of ethnic autonomy. Abiy has overturned the established power base of the TPLF diminished advantage, or simply can not ignoring TPLF disturbing track record of death, abuses and festering corruption left by TLFP and they never made any change. Corruption that has festered throughout the system has lined TPLF top leaders and their minion pockets,. an isolated elite from the mases . TPLF corruption persisted , was on an epic scale. And TPLF have not learned from failed polices during the reign of Menelik II ,King Haile Selassie and Mengistu’s policies.

    TPLF top down policies controlled Ethiopia… national resources, in the process stealing their people’s future was very obvious . They never learned from past mistake And their past abuses can not be ignored. And this what brought them down. Tigrayans dominated senior ranks of government. Meles introduced ethnic federalism, allowing the country’s main ethnic groups to govern the areas they dominated. Tigrayans had benefited disproportionately under Meles’ system of ethnic federalism and the dominance of the TPLF was warranted to say the least in a country like Ethiopia .why TPLF did not purged the corruptions . Tigreans complained that they were being persecuted in a crackdown on corruption and abuses by Abiy . The ghost never dies, it always comes and comes back.

    From the beginning I have being deeply critical of how the war was conducted and an necessary war and the chaos of the brutal civil war that inevitably meaning more civilians killed and injured .And aid funding collapsing amid a catastrophic drought in Tigray . And millions of people currently require humanitarian assistance , we must relentlessly defend the basic values of compassion, inclusion and cooperation to help Tigrayan to build their life , we need people to show kindness, generosity and warmth, Tigrayan people at the moment of need . A great deal of the kindness is needed. regardless of TPLF politics blunder.

    Horrifying to any freedom-loving individual. During 27 years Ethiopian knew only one man rule MZ, one absolute authority by TPLF . Tyranny toke over completely. Ethiopian saw the wickedness, subjugation and corruption, Ethiopian they never lived by the rule of law and democracy. Because TPLF/ EPRDF, it has become a security state and police states like the former Soviet bloc states and Albania of by gone era . The crime they committed was mostly against average Ethiopian and political opposition .And keeping many ethnic group and other lesser types from much in the way of participation in the power sharing and where any average person who dares seriously challenge the ruling authority of TPLF/ EPRDF is squashed like a bug. And TPLF/ EPRD heavily criminalizing demonstrations, nonviolent resistance . while the TPLF ruling class and full power of authority to themselves and they are immune from prosecution and get to keep their ill-gotten millions dollars get away with and regardless of how many people die because of their crimes. All of which has ultimately spread chaos rather than democracy or stability in Ethiopia that ultimately affected Tigray ,is what we see today .
    Given how history has played out within short time , it come to hunt TPLF. In fact, what we have seen come, But not TPLF they were intoxicated and drunk with power. TPLF political agenda and its vision turned on its head. They have never won the day , have fallen badly and full-blown tyranny. And on the losing side of history and today far away in participating and sharing in central power, they once controlled exclusively for themselves.

    And this has brought Ethiopia and Tigray to this moment of civil war and great crisis and danger to all.. And the point of no return is now visible and clear . All this could have being avoided easily if TPLF and Abiy were peace seeker ,I mean real peace or at least subside substantially not to go to war again , and maybe something resembling balance take and give, win win situation. From any angle you see , the evidence that they entirely failed and TPLF/ EPRDF, they are known variety of tin-pot fascists dotted around Ethiopia. All things considered.

    For the power sake. Amhara and Tigray had fought all kind of wars historically till present day , they could never have learned nothing from it. In any event, who time worth remembering, something way less messy and much less destructive than they ‘ve shown themselves to be. They had their shot and they blew it. They are intoxicated with power. TPLF, They took Tigray down with them? They showed pretty plainly that they ‘ve mostly never been a life-embracing and both side embracing long live death. Apocalypse of Ethiopian army and TPLF, they really enjoy killing their fellow folk in ever larger numbers, smiting damn near anyone who lacked the power to stop them. Beyond the violence toward others, they have always been inclined to do stuff at the end of day that was likely to kill them and their people as we have seeing .

    If one is an Activists imagined a glorious future and human rights defenders, you want future to go right the good way, but along the way civil institution .One man monster as always is the case .The issue you believe being hijacked by your comrade ,.He become a heinous, mendacious, diabolically evil person .in this I am for activism are manifest examples of ‘the good’, or love, in action and encourage a culture of compassion and see the good spontaneously erupt eventually . We instinctively know this to be true, I am against false values and corrosive army power and the idea ‘survival of the fittest’ rule the day , and we have rogue warlords being worshipped as gods. Many slowly loses his grip on reality. They are made shockingly possible by those heroes in the so-called false media of our region and their diaspora big mouth and false writers ,agent of evil propagating for them.

    There are no heroes or happy endlings .Go to war and just to build it back up and start all over again the next year . I can’t think of a better analogy for the absurdity of military occupation in the civil war and kill your own people . That do not make any sense and in which a sane human being can rationalize a life devoted to madness. The most terrifying reality of even the most Amhara and Tigrayan Ethiopian monstrous imperial tyrants that was well recorded . And that is precisely what war is. It is horror and devastation and humanity most depraved. It’s harmful to society at large. TPLF talk of secession is growing. It has always been a micro-undercurrent, but it is relatively common nowadays. Tigrayan seemed they would never be sovereign for many reason and it is more complex than other possibilities being discussed, In most cases, no serious actions toward any doable secession have transpired. But they might be one day an independent nation .

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. Had ‘parts’ of the Eritrean opposition not been eating, drinking, living and breathing TPLF for the past 20+ years, it is likely that positive change would have come by now to Eritrea. Just take a look at this webpage and observe how many articles are glued to the TPLF and/or Tigray. Continued Inability of the Eritrean opposition to separate itself from TPLF/Tigray affairs and to fully concentrate on Eritrean internal matters will cast a cloud of distrust and make it extremely difficult to move forward in a positive direction. The Eritrean opposition needs to leave its comfort zone and think out of the box.

  • Dongolo

    Selam Saleh Johar. A few comments/questions:
    1) You are at times speaking as though Tigray is a country instead of a region. Why?
    2j The TPLF is not a caretakers/protector of a country for they are terrorists. Do you believe that the TPLF has not committed any crimes against the State of Ethiopia or her people?
    3j On what basis do you assume that Eritrea invaded Ethiopia? If this were the case, it would be reasonable to assume that the Ethiopian Government would vehemently complain, no?
    4) Regarding atrocities committed against Tigrayans and Eritreans in Tigray. Has there been any independent investigation to identify who the perpetrators actually were?
    5j Do you believe that the war in Tigray could have been prevented if the TPLF had simply withdrawn from Badme?
    Thanks for your time..

    • leGacY

      Hi Dongolo,

      Your points amount to asking us the prove to you that the earth is flat. It is the only power capable of reconfiguring the HORN map. Wait your turn .If you are good we might leave the lights on on our way out.

      For now sit tight and wait for your fate to be determined by the TIGRAY D FORCES.

    • Tkiros

      Dongolo
      I don’t necessarily agree with all your points- however you ask very important questions. I don’t for example belief the TPLF is terrorist organization no matter the designation of the Ethiopian government. It is rebel but not a terrorist.

      • Dongolo

        Selam Tkiros. Thanks for your comment. TPLF leaders have been indicted on terrorist crimes and on May 1st, 2021 the Federal Government of Ethiopia approved a parliamentary resolution designating the TPLF as a terrorist organization. Eritrean troop deployment into Tigray region to support the Ethiopian Government’s efforts against a terrorist group, does not make it an invader, especially considering that the TPLF was illegally occupying and refusing to withdraw from Eritrean land.

    • Saleh Johar

      Dongolo,
      Thanks
      1) Tigray is a region in Ethiopia and that’s what it know.
      2) cut that out, the terrorist designation has Bechatte me a joke long ago. Abiy and Isaias are terrorizing all
      3) it’s an aggression and it’s all over the place google it. If you are denying that I can’t help you.
      4) I don’t belive you don’t know that!! Google it
      5)if you believe the war is over badme I scant help. It’s and was war of warlords.

      • Dongolo

        Selam Saleh Johar. Thanks for the prevaricate Google weather update.

        • Saleh Johar

          Genzebka Dongolo, don’t mention it. I hope I answered your equivocate questions 🙂

  • Metshaf Jigninet

    Selam Kbur Memhir Saleh,

    Thank you, for the article, and the latest Negarit video on YouTube. I enjoyed it as always.

  • Abi

    Selam Ato Saleh
    Great Negarit edition despite some unforced errors regarding the outcome of the current war.
    Tplf did not win.

    Here is the legendary በዛወርቅ አስፋው appreciating the current Negarit edition.
    ትናንትናን ያየ ስለነገ ያውቃል
    ታሪክ ያስተዋለ ከጠቢብ ይልቃል::
    I agree with her.

    https://youtu.be/okbU7azgrvk

    • Saleh Johar

      Ras Abi,
      I do not like zero sum game. Let everyone be a winner and live happily. Why go there!! If Tigrayans rally behind the TPLF, recognize that they won. But as we say, you can slice out fat from a dead fly , and analyze it adinfinitum . But for what purpose? Ego? You are bigger than that.

      • Abi

        Selam Ato Saleh
        I agree with you Tigreans rally behind TPLF 1000%. There is no question about it.
        The government won the war but failed to win the hearts and minds of the people.

        • iSem

          Abiy:
          I advised you not to read tea leaves or believe in the prophecy of what AAA told you. If you mean the federal government by “The government won the war but failed to win the hearts and minds of the people.” when did this happen like today as I did not check the news this weekend otherwise what we know is Abi left Mekelle on Jun 28, and in the way he forgot an entire platoon, I wish your dreams come true, pray for them but as it stands the government declared unilateral war and war rages in the west. If you mean Tigray government, you are also wrong because you contradict yourself, they won the war and the hearts of the people.
          Just to refresh your memory, winning is like the 1991, winning is like the 1998 when Ethiopia entered Barentu and Senafe and the despot was packing to go back to Sahel, and entering Mekelle is winning, partial winning. Also winning is when TPLF liberated Tigray in 1989
          You are so very welcome Abi

          • Abi

            iSem and leGacY
            I let you believe in whatever makes you shine for the moment.
            ሮኬት ታንክና መድፍ ይዞ ሸፍቶ በከዘራና በሸክም የተመለሰን የሽፍታ ስብስብ አሸነፈ ስትሉ አለማፈራችሁ አይደንቀኝም::

          • leGacY

            Hello Abi,

            That’s just gibberish.Useless Amhara militia , ye Bacha Torr and Eritrean army tried to snuff out 10m Tigrawot.

            We called your bluff

            I have no doubt every Amhara is probably busy running numbers. You are probably wondering how on this earth are you going to stop the Tigray D Force just by yourself.

            I need not remind you that fikora is not substitute for boots on the ground.

            Don’t worry we will live the lights on for you .

          • Abi

            leGacY
            As I said earlier, whatever brings smiles on your face is okay with me.
            I’m comforted that you promised to live the lights on for us. However, we have already upgraded to a five star amenities. We are well above Motel 6.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Sem,

            This is also a second liberation of Tigray people, when Abiy Ahmed invaded Tigray in collaboration with foreign forces. One hopes that there will no be a third liberation war in the future. To avoid that scenario, the Tigray people should trigger article-39 to secede from the Ethiopian empire and have their own independence. If not they are doomed to go to a cycle of war. Because the hate and enmity of the Tigray people and the Amara people is irreconcilable to make them live together as one people. After all these atrocities, the Tigrians must think twice before they decide their fate – a decision that brings peace with themselves and their neighbors. They can’t go to a cycle of war to hold intact the Ethiopian empire.

            Regard

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Amanuel
            The other day His Fantiness ( Fanti Ghana) was lamenting and questioning why ONLY Eritreans are pushing Tigreans to choose secession ?

            Have you ever read any of the Tigray representatives in this website threatening to secede from Ethiopia?

            Do you really believe that it is Tigray that holds Ethiopia together?

            Do you think the Tigrean issue is with only the Amharas?

            Do you expect Ethiopians will be bothered for a second if Tigray choose to secede?

          • iSem

            Hi Abi:
            AH will comeback to you on his own and this is not on his behalf, I do not want to your one line mind to think so (getting more multiline lately, though) LOL
            1. I do not know any Tigray reps here, they are individuals and they can vote when they are given their chance.
            2. Tigray is not the glue that keeps Ethi together for sure, but they, TPLF were responsible for it to survive for 27 years as we, (we Eritreans could have easily dismantled it then and I wish we did), for sure for their own interest but they did, some ppl think of that as a glue
            3. Not the only issue with Amhara but the bigger issues, It was the Amhara or in their name that enslaved them for a century, it was the Amhara or in their name who oppressed, murdered them during the HS and Dergi and it is them or in their name that raped, massacred, invaded them under Abiy Ahmed. So not the only issue but the major issue and it was the Amhara with foreign mafia groupies of IA that did to them crimes like ISIS and Boko Haram. Tell truth now, Abiyot is all about truth not just Dabbo
            4. They should be bothered, not that Tigray is important, but if secedes, it will be an inspiration, a role mode, will instill, we can also do it attitude for the two other, Oromo and Ogaden. A sizable Oromos want Oromia nation. The hegemony ambitions of Amhara will back fire if Tigray secedes and if they were smart they would have nothing to do against Tigray, their hegemony will dwindle and they will be crashed. Why? There is no going back to Medemer, TPF made them test the ray of freedom to speak their own language, live their culture without imposing the language and culture of one ethnic. The Ethnic federalism had its issues that was needed refining, I wrote so long time ago, but there is no going back unitary system now, not without bloodshed. If your mindset is willing to make the ppl kids TDF arrest cannon fodders, you will regret it, your mindset is back to Dergi era, as the 8000 prisoners we saw did not look like fighters with a cause. That madness did not work from1961 till 1991 because you had no cause. What do you think changed now? the Soviet planes failed you then and now the UAE drones failed you.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi iSem,

            3. Not the only issue with Amhara but the bigger issues, It was the Amhara or in their name that enslaved them for a century, it was the Amhara or in their name who oppressed, murdered them during the HS and Dergi and it is them or in their name that raped, massacred, invaded them under Abiy Ahmed.

            Man, you asked me to slow down but I think you really need to slow down.

            I can say now for the history buff that you are, I don’t think you know what are talking about in this case.

            For example, HS build the modern church at Axum. All Ethiopian emperors, including HS have to come to Axum to be crowned as emperors.

            A lot of Tigray nobles were intermarried with the Amhara Noble and including with HS family.

            Many people from Tigray were at higher positions during HS and Derg.

          • iSem

            Hi BY:
            So what he built the church to serve his “noble men” and banda in Tigray. Why do you think the Tigrayans were, most of them destitute and poor in Asmara and working in menial jobs in the villages and that job is called ZeraAy. ZeraAy was so menial that he eats his meal in different housed in the village everyday. This does not mean some Banda who were allied with HS did not benefit in the high society. But even if HS did not commit crimes against them that I can cite from the top of my head, to Abi’s point (is their issue only with Amahras), generally yes.
            So before you pull hair to answer my question why they were marginalized in our country, it is because after Yohannes was defeated and the Amharas won, they became refugees in Eritrea, and that is starting 1889 and after 100 years they came back to Mekelle.
            Oh, actually I remembered from top of my head, HS closed many schools including the parochial schools in many parts of Tigray, and the schools that were in Mekelle and Aksum were elitists and many Tigrayans were deprived of the most basic of educations.
            what is this canonizing of HS, he also opened churches in Sudan, biggest church in Sudan and in Eritrea with Rev. Demtros, I think but what else did he do in Eritrea that triggered the ghedli (besides the eradicating the federation)?
            yea, your last sentence makes sense, you negates your comment, it was good for nobility, it is always good for nobility every where.
            I differ to Fanti to add his input about HS’s actions in Tigray.
            It was during HS that the first Woyane started and crushed and it was during his reign that the students in Addis Ababa were pushing back against the Monarch, am sure they knew that the built the church (am talking about Tigrayas now)
            Your argument of HS built church and emperors come to Aksum to be crowned remind of some entity which tells us, we built dams, and built colleges
            I know Abi and his mindset romanticize HS by ignoring the rest of his actions and mentioning the church, you canonizing him. Worse.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi iSem,

            See my comment to legacy.

          • iSem

            Hi BY:
            By enslavement, I do not mean they were bought and sold like the slaves in USA. I meant oppressed. So can you expound on notion of HS building the biggest church in Axum vs-vis their oppressed after they lost power

          • Berhe Y

            Hi iSem,

            I was wrong you are right.

            May be it’s me but I feel that all common sense is lost. I did not want to contribute to the division and conflict between the people.

          • iSem

            Hi BY:
            I was right on what and you were wrong on what?
            Also the reply you gave to LeGacy does not apply to me, I was no feeling enslaved (oppressed) by HS or others in Tigray, I was oppressed like you by them in Eritrea, me and you probably not directly but through our parents and our society
            I was just addressing Abi’s musing: if TIgrayan’s issue is only with Amahara and I said, not only issue but the bigger issue and my logic was based on the historical facts of the war between these to peoples for dominance. You came up with HS building church and I gave my rebutt to that. So where I was right and were you were wrong? You are right on the church building but HS did build churches and schools in Eritrea but at the same time he burned Wekid Dibba in 1975 and multiple village in lowlands in 1968, also killed hundreds people in Agodat in 1976, Ona in 1970 etc. So can we apply the same logic?
            Now to apply common sense, though nothing justifies killing civilians, at least theAogordat and Ona crimes were triggered by the Eri rebiels killing a spy (Agordat) and shooting a commander (Ona). Saleh Johar has written his experience as a young man when he went to Ona to bury the dead, it was gripping account.
            So the rebels exposed the civilians by their attacks on Ethiopian and the later took their wrath on poor civilians. Rebls could have more careful, and HS should not have taken it on the poor people
            So, applying the common sense principle, do you think that building the church vis-vis the other crimes in Tigray are balance

          • Berhe Y

            Hi iSem,

            When I say I was wrong, it’s not for what I said but the fact that I am involving myself in the affairs of Ethiopians where other Ethiopians like leGacy are telling me that I am wrong and to mind my business.

            My comment with regards to the church was, it’s not that HS build the largest church in Ethiopia. No there are other churches in Ethiopia/ Addis Abeba that are bigger I think, like the holy trinity church.

            What I said was, the Ethiopian kings need to go Axum to be crowned as Emperors. That seems very odd to me, that the kings go to a place and people they consider to “enslave” to recognize their power.

            I was not by no means defending HS and specially the crimes committed by his government. No matter who did what there is yes justification for killing innocent defenceless women and children. My response was not to praise HS or what he has done but responding to your comments with regards to the relationship the Amhara and Tigray people had during that time.

          • iSem

            Hi BY:
            You remind me of Sal when he said UFF when debating with his cousin Gheteb LOL. By he way where is Gheteb at this time? is he ketitu, lomi zey ketet bdewu kme zmotte
            So UFF: So you said: “….. it’s not for what I said but the fact that I am involving myself in the affairs of Ethiopians where other Ethiopians like leGacy are telling me that I am wrong and to mind my business.”
            So let us parse that sentenced, I did not saying you are inserting yourself in Ethiopian affairs? So I cannot be right on that, probably LeGacy said that. It is not making sense, how you are saying that me, I never said say away from “my” Tigray affair. Actually it was you who said since this war started that we Eris should not be focused on Ethiopia or something along the lines.
            LeGacy and I are not in one team, and we do not have the same disagreement with your comment, so why mixing us up. He/she had issue with your intermarriage comment and enslaved. Since it was me who first mentioned enslaving, I corrected it, by saying I did not mean it as in selling and buying, rather as oppressed

            Also I only quoted you and my issue was not you said “big” church or small.

            So does your reading of history say that HS regime say it subjugate Tigrayans or it treated them as equals. But the church building, the crowing in Tigray vs the oppression of them was the debate point, so one can construe that by bringing these two facts, your implying that HS did not subjugate them.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi iSem,

            I will refrain on commenting “on how the Ethiopians / Tigrayans feel about their rulers.”

            When I say you are right and I was wrong, because as I understood / implied that leGacy is agreeing with you and opposing with me.

            Now Uff …:)

          • Abi

            Berhe and iSem
            እናንተ ኡፍ ኡፍ ስትባባሉ ራስ አቢ እፎይ ብለዋል::

            የራያው ተወላጅ አማራው ጌታቸው ረዳ ከአይበገሬው አማራ ጋር ሂሳብ ሊያወራርድ ከትግራይ የመንደር ልጆች አሰባስቦ ዘመቻ ጀምሯል የሚል ጭምጭምታ ይሰማል::

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            I don’t know what your mean ጌታቸው ረዳ comment. Do you mean he is on military campaign?

            Hope you enjoyed the game yesterday. You disappeared so you must taken the loss presets hard;) I was thinking.

            It’s a tough loss for England and it must be really tough for those players who missed but hopefully they will build from this.

            Everyone on the Italian team was sobbing including their coach:)

          • Abi

            Berhe
            ጌታቸው በአማራ ላይ ጦርነት ከፍቶ ሂሳብ እያወራረደ ነው:: ወደ ኤርትራም ይዘምታል ተብሎ በከፍተኛ ጉጉት እየተጠበቀ ነው:: ታላቁ ኃይሌና ትንሹ ሰመረም ለመዝመት ተዘጋጅተዋል::

            I disappeared for a while enjoying the game and the festivities. Impossible to win trophies if you miss three penalties in a row.

            Did you watch Copa America final Argentina vs Brazil Saturday night?
            Argentina won 1-0.

            Two finals in two days! It can’t get any better!

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            Thanks for explaining. I was wondering where about of ታላቁ ኃይሌ. ትንሹ ሰመረ is in charge in the mean time.

            I read the highlight how Messi won the best player but didn’t watch the game. But I definitely missed the game.

            CECAFA Cup Under 23 is starting next week in Bahia Dar.

          • Abi

            Berhe
            You haven’t missed anything at all. I wasted 2 hrs of my life watching the game.

            ታላቁ ኃይሌ መንገድ ለመምራት ተመርጦ ስንቅና ትጥቅ ሊቀበል ማሰልጠኛ ገብቷል::

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Berhe nebsi,
            When I feel tired or miss back home, I listen to this music and feel I am with old friends …Laid Back – Sunshine Reggae
            Remember, I had mentioned about this music before 🙂

          • Berhe Y

            Selam Mehandis,

            Thanks for the song. Last time I told you I will tell you a story another time.

            There was this enda Shahi near next to my uncle shop (enda dukan). When ever I use to go to Shuq, we always pass by the show to visit my aunt (my uncle’s wife) who use to run the shop. The two women get along really well, and my aunt always orders something from the bar/ shahi place. It was usually capiccino with bane laurato…and the women go on and on.. taking while I am usually play with my cousin. We go to the Bet Shahi and it’s always dead, hardly anybody was there. In it’s old hay days, the owner was a Yemeni and it’s the best place to be, I don’t remember those days. We go to play Jotenni. When the owner (left or died I don’t remember) he left the shop for his Eritrean wife. Since she didn’t know how to run the shop, her brother, his name was Hagos was running / inherit it, and he has yes experience and not the best customer service.

            At some time, they catholic sisters opened an open house for the street girls. The girls would go to sleep there but during the day they get a break I think and would come to the bet Shahi. All the sudden the place got really busy and lots of activities started to happen.

            You remember I told you gaul Adwa (I don’t know if she really is from adwa) but she was known like that. She was the group leader and at least4 or 5 girls around her when they were on their walk to Ketema. The actor, Queen Latiffa reminds me of her.

            So while my mother visited my aunt as usual, then all the sudden laud music started to play of which, Sunshine Reggae was one of them.

            Few weeks later my sister got the same tape and she started playing to song at our house.

            I think few months later she heard the song again abd she said “ሳን ሽይን ክበሃል ከሎ ሓጎስ ሓሊፉሉ”.

            We laughed so hard and I still remember the moment when I hear that song.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hi Berhe,
            This is interesting! This song is part of my life and it is for the better.
            BTW, I am not sure if it is the same person but the gual Adwa woman is familiar. If this is the same person, I have another story about her 🙂 I hope she is alive and well.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi MM,

            Glad it’s better for Better.

            She use to roam and in charge of the street from 2nd police station all the way to Bar Bereket (forget the long street name) but mostly on the back of Cinema Dante, close to the Jews synagogue..

            I pictured her when I saw the movie Set it Off Queen Lattifa as Cleo. She was friendly and says hi with attitude but for sure you can’t mess with her.

          • Peace ToAll

            Selam Abi
            Abi መላሱ
            እንዴት ነሽ ጎንደር እንዴት ነሽ ስቆጣ፣
            የበተንሽው ዱቄት ተጋግሮልሽ መጣ።
            By the way Alamata is under control of TDF, They’re heading to Kemsi to open the gateway to Finfine for the mighty Kush- OLF

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Peace ToAll,
            You could have added it no more ኣላማጣ
            ወፍሪ ኣዴታት ትግራይ ጌሮማ ገበጣ
            ንጸላኢ ኣዘንጊዕካ ጉበጣ
            ኣይፋል ዝበለት ብቐትሪ ዕበጣ
            ጌሮማ

          • Abi

            Selam Peace ToAll
            ላሳየኸው መተላለፍ የመልስ ምቱን በግጥም ላጋጭህ ወይስ በስድ ንባብ ልውረድብህ?
            ምርጫህን ከደጅ ሆነህ አሳውቀኝ::

          • Peace ToAll

            ትከርሚያለሽ ብዬ
            ኮረም ላይ ላይሽ፣
            አላማጣም የለሽ
            ዋጃም አላይሽ፣
            መሽሽ ነው አመሉ
            እግር ኛው ልብሽ።

          • iSem

            Hi Abi:
            ኡፍ ኡፍ and እፎይ are the same, one is Tigre accent and the other Amhara accent LOL
            Can you say the grape vine about GR again, so how is that good news for Amhara?

          • Abi

            iSem
            ኡፍ አትጨቅጭቀኝ!!
            ኡፍ means you are tired and done with arguing.
            እፎይ means you are happy or relaxing depending on how you say it.

            The GR thing is not grape vine. It is a sour grape the Amharas are forced to experience.

          • iSem

            Hi Abi
            Eshi getaye Raas Abi

          • Peace ToAll

            Selam iSem,
            It is during HS era that the land i.e. from Aloha Melash all the way to Korem was snatched from Tigray and awarded to his son Algaworash Wosen to be under Wollo administration. That is our recent memory and there are so many elders like Ras Mengesha Seyom to attest to that. Well for the other part of territorial dispute, it is easier to refer to books and maps before it was fudged during HS administration. The purpose was to take away the fertile land and to deprive education except religious church so that Tigrayans will not have three meals a day. Do not forget the reason why he sold Eritrea to Italy, if Tegarus stay together, he knows he will not stay in power. Everything is associated with the zeal for power

          • leGacY

            Hi Berhe,
            Will you stop sullying our names ?It is not enough your people spent 8 months raping our sisters and mothers and now you are making up stories to defame our people’s name. There is only one intermarriage i.e between Menelik’s daughter and Yohannes son which didn’t really work. Intermarriage in Ethiopia is very rare as it is a highly segregated society. Pleas, don’t count the 5 people intermarriages .

          • Berhe Y

            Hi legacy

            I will stand corrected then. It’s not my place to comment then.

            If you agree that Tigrawot were enslaved by Amhara for 100 years then who am I to argue with you.

          • leGacY

            Hi Berhe,
            .Don’t be melodramatic. No one enslaved us.

          • AMANIEL PAULOS

            Shalom
            leGacy,

            you found IT ! / eurekaED it !

            This has been the word I missed and I had
            been looking for ”[ melodrama (tic) ]” !! A right
            descriptive word that had ben MIA for me for
            over 2 decades. I say thank you for finding it !!
            I always knew and felt it is there missing some
            where in the surrounding air but couldn’t see or
            find it for all these years but only now with your
            help. eureka ? Thank you again !!
            I also thanked moderators too !!
            Now I can go to bed for sleep.

          • Metshaf Jigninet

            Hey leGacY,

            It was a segregated society, true. But, it’s on a level that can’t be compared to recent history at this point in time, for understandable reasons.

            However, intermarriages weren’t rare at all, and when it comes to dating it is even more prevalent to date outside your own ethnic group. For example, I remember the women saying Tigrayan men are cheaters, but good providers.

          • leGacY

            Hi Mesthaf,
            Of course these are based on pure observation/intuition.No data to support. My experience in other African countries is that there a lot more intermarriages than ours. Because of cultural, size, economics and mobility issues many people settle for what is available in front of them. I can understand your point of the younger generation being much more open to dating beyond their tribe. We have some country don’t’ we? I don’t think I have seen Oromo/Tigraway intermarriage. Even if there are, they must be very rare.

          • Metshaf Jigninet

            Hey leGacY,

            It is based on several random encounters, at least more than a dozen different people who don’t know each other would describe the pro and cons of dating, or marrying a certain ethnic group. They all literally said the same thing and I also met many couples.

            However, you’re right about Oromo and Tigrayan couples being rare. Now that you mention it, I’ve never seen that combination myself.. :/

            Seen: Gurage + Tigrayan. But Gurages are known to only marry their own, according to what they told me themselves.

            Amhara + Tigrayan, or Amhara + Gurage is more common from what I’ve seen.

            I agree with the fact that people settle for what they have infront of them because of the reasons you mentioned, besides emotions for one another.

          • AMANIEL PAULOS

            Shalom
            Metshaf….,

            I am a Tigrayan but my I had wives from both
            the Oromo and Guraghe ethnic nationalities
            when I was in Addis Ababa we just
            didn’t have a child.

          • Metshaf Jigninet

            Selam Amaniel Paulos,

            Thank you for sharing!

            Every ethnic group have beautiful culture/customs and most importantly beautiful women to appreciate. 🙂

        • leGacY

          Hi Abi,
          Go easy on the qat eski…the Amhara government lost. It was humiliated. It has been made a world laughingstock. I don’t know what realm you live on .Acceptance is the first step to recovery. The sooner you start that process the quicker we can start reconstruction.

    • Bayan Negash

      Gash Abi,
      Timeless song that never gets old. Listening to it right now in the wee hours of the night after so many years has given it completely different flavor. Gripping to listen to every word of the lyrics. በዛወርቅ አስፋው’s version of this classic song is spot on. My first time to hear this version of the song. She does an excellent job.

      • Abi

        ሓውና በያን
        Glad you enjoyed it.
        She is just amazing!!
        ትዝታ ሁል ጊዜ አዲስ ነው አያረጅም::
        Here is አንጋፋው ሚኒሊክ ወስናቸው ትዝታ አያረጅም ይለናል ::
        https://youtu.be/eX7AA5qz-kw

  • AMANIEL PAULOS

    Greetings 1st
    to Awate readers

    1 Month Sanction passed on Awate Moderators
    by
    AMAN !

    July 11 – Aug. 11 / 2021

    Because Awate moderators failed to prove themselves
    and failed to improve their records of their services to
    the public, I as freelance contributor to the website will
    or decided to put a monthlong sanction on them and the
    site they are moderating.
    Sorry for the inconvinence you may feel or encounter but
    it is a right decision on behalf of defending free speech &
    free expression of citizens against censorships and silencing
    regimes.

    • haileTG

      Hey AP and moda!

      Could it be that AP is preparing his text on word then pasting onto disqus?? that always creates formatting problem for your disqus copy. If that is the case, a simple remedy would be to position the cursor at the end of each line and press delete. You need to do that all the way to the end of your document repeating it for each line (Please do this for the disqus copy once you transferred it not the word version). I don’t know if the problem is something else (the program you use??). Hopefully this helps. I am sorry this is causing you so much trouble:(

      • AMANIEL PAULOS

        Hello haile TG
        Shalom !
        I am not Acting . I am just communicating.
        And that is impossible as they are exact
        opposites to each other. I don’t duplicate
        things when I communicate. May be that
        possible on e-planet of the AI world.

        • haileTG

          Hey AP,

          For sure, no doubt you are trying to communicate. It must a lot for the moderator to re-format each time too…

  • AMANIEL PAULOS

    Hello
    Awates,

    Shalom !

    Importance of strong National Identity
    and having priorities right for any Nation
    before interacting in International politics.

    What has happened and still seems happening to
    Eritrea and Ethiopia is that they started interacting
    with Powerfull nations and countries before having
    their own established National identities by which
    they are identified which would have helped them
    to put their National priorities right. The countries
    interacting in the world politics have always their
    priorities lined up and do not show compromise
    on their National identities even if they talk about
    give and take in their well financed PR services to
    sell themselves.
    Thus a country like Ethiopia and Eritrea entering
    such long established tradition of politics built on
    competition and AWDIQKA MIHLAF is only to be-
    -come a stepping stone or only calling for their
    own death.

  • Brhan

    Hello Awatistas,

    Great reading from Foreign Affairs magazine

    Does America Really Support Democracy—or Just Other Rich Democracies?

    Washington’s Fight Against Autocracy Will Fail If It Leaves Out the Poor

    By Jake Werner

    July 9, 2021

    https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2021-07-09/does-america-really-support-democracy-or-just-other-rich

  • kokhob selamone2

    “we are all in the same boat.”

    Dear all ,

    Here is almost the same from SBS

    ኣብ ትግራይ ዝመጽእ ዘሎ ለውጢታት ንፖለቲካ ኤርትራ ብኸመይ’ዩ ክጸልዎ?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyfOQNz8WiQ&ab_channel=AANMEDIANETWORK

    KS,,

  • Bayan Negash

    Selam Amanuel Hidrat,

    I have not finished watching the link you shared in a different thread. I am half way through. I am bringing it here because I see some parallel to what SGJ is saying in this current Negarit and many other discussions that have been ensuring for weeks on end now. Allow me to start by asking you a straightforward question since you often use that term when characterizing yourself. The question is this: What lessons have you gleaned from the video clip you shared? Any relevances you see with the central message the speaker conveys to our region? For those who may have not watched it, here is the link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO3izbn201s

    • Abi

      Hello Bayan
      Thank you very much for this informative link.
      I will be back later with my answers to your question . I like to give the priority to Ato Amanuel.

      • Bayan Negash

        Selam Abi, and all,

        Thank you, Abi for your willingness to engage. I usually try to invite all in any conversation I’m involved in, this one is no exception. I just inadvertently forgot to include all. Please don’t wait for my input. I am going to hopefully get a chance this evening to collect my thoughts and give a response to AH’s well thought out response that he kindly shared.

        • Abi

          Hello Bayan
          Ato Amanuel said everything I wanted to say.
          One interesting thing that surprised me is, the speaker said that the whole thing is a 200 year long aberration or something like that. In other words, China’s taking over USA is kind of normal and expected.
          Kind of “ታላቅ ነበርን ወደፊትም ታላቅ እንሆናለን”

          When we bring it to our current situation, His Excellency PMAA is positioning Ethiopia towards China instead of USA. “As a gateway to Africa”, Ethiopia should play a pivotal role.
          Ethiopia is where China monitors the whole Africa.
          Ethiopian airlines is doing its part in connecting Africa to China and beyond.
          Enough for my zibazinke now. I wait for your hateta.

          It is frustratingly short discussion. I can listen to the discussion for hours without taking a breath.
          Thank you for bringing it to our attention.
          የተማረ ይግደለኝ!!

          • Bayan Negash

            Hey Gash Abi, Amanuel H., and all,

            I couldn’t agree with you more the way Amanuel captured the message is an apt one. The parallel I tried to draw is this: That when one has political clout is when it should relent and give others a chance to shine. Ethiopia’s history has been one bereft of the kind that the US is doing toward other nations bey having them be educated in this country. Ethiopia could’ve become a hub of educational institution for others just like it has a stellar record in aviation industry. If you look at the contemporary history of Ethiopia, just as far back as King Haile Selassie, you will see how he used the divide and conquer approach instead of extending the olive branch to all Eritreans, he tried to have certain segments of Eritreans to his side instead of all Eritreans. Derg tried to use its military muscle to subdue Eritreans. The TPLF/EPLF one is rather enigmatic relationship trying to explain it in a straightforward manner. Fanus Network has a Tigrinya interview it conducted with an Eritrean guest who offers extensive list of grievances between the two that goes back when they were revolutionary organizations. This would be of great benefit to all having it translated to Amharic language. Forgive me, Abi, I’m sharing it not to rub it in; rather in hopes someone who has quick fingers could summarize it just the way Amanuel did with the English one.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y24062ZBVYc

            What the US has done to the world in this arena (letting people from the world over coming here to receive stellar education) is monumentally important to recognize as a selfless act. There are about 372,000 Chinese getting higher education in the US, about 700,000 abroad. It is that education that’s allowing China to develop rapidly, in the processes of overpassing the US, if has not already. The US’s contribution via its higher education institutions is making the world a better place. The only hope is that China doesn’t become this thankless nation and begin to flex its armaments muscles to challenge the US. That will be a road to destruction for the world at large. That’s why the speaker was warning the US to be careful what it wishes for, it may come true in that if China becomes a democratic country, the hawks within its population someday may run amok, and they could become a nuisance not only to the US but also to the world at large.

            So, circling back to our discussion. Ethiopia still has in its purview to become a force for good. Instead of trying to out-humiliate one another, wish TPLF and the AA government start extending an olive branch, thereby, seeing their combined force as a force for greater good. SGJ’s Negarit 136 is an excellent addition to the kind of conversation that can be had. I mean for 3000 years; Ethiopia has tried to become a nation-state under the barrel of a gun. It’s time to try it under the barrel of a pen and a pencil, if you will, that might prove to be the much needed remedy that will stabilize the HoA.

          • Abi

            ሓውና በያን
            I failed to find something to disagree with.
            I know you don’t agree with me but PMAA is the leader who has the vision to guide the region to a brighter future.
            Now that the GERD conflict is almost settled and the dam is filling, Egypt and Sudan don’t have much interest in arming and supporting the brainless ወንበዴዎች in Ethiopia.
            Ethiopia will gather her energy and all available resources for development activities only.
            I truly believe that the future is brighter!!!!
            Thank you for all the best wishes you generously extended.
            ወንድሜ ስልህ ክብርና ኩራት ይሰማኛል::
            Here is a very special song by a very special singer ገብረአብ ተፈሪ exclusively for you.
            https://youtu.be/_I2v9-Y4bbU

          • Bayan Negash

            Gash Abi,

            From your mouth to the gates of heaven as the Egyptians would say when they hear something optimistic. I needed a little optimism this morning. And over the WhatsApp, only a few minutes ago, I was telling a friend that I needed an uplifting song that goes with my morning coffee. Little did I know Gash Abi had already had it ready for me three hours ago anticipating my mood for this Sunday.

            As for Ethiopia may your wishes come true. Saboteurs are plenty. They thought by shooting ስመኘው በቀለ dead they were going to set the project back. Well, not so. Ethiopia didn’t fall over the cliff into the abyss. It managed not only to finish the project but all indications are there is enough water for all the regions concerned. Ethiopia is casting its buckets at long last right under its nose, the water, the lifeline, that’s rightly hers to claim, claiming it she has.

            And then they tried a different tack to murder a beloved Oromoan artist, Hachalu Hundessa – that too came to pass. Unfortunately lives are cut short for political gain. This is what must be stopped if Ethiopia and the whole region is going to blossom like the rest of the world. The region needs not pass through the mayhem path. There’s gotta be a better way. Gash Abi, let me stop it here. I really came to thank you about the song you exclusive shared with me but ended up writing a hateta size note.

            Have a wonderful Sunday, bro.

          • Abi

            የቐንየለይ ሓወይ
            Getting ready for the game.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Beyan,

      First, if I don’t like the lecture and the worldview of the lecturer, I wouldn’t bring the link to share with Awate University. The guest is a brilliant lecturer whose understanding on the mutual global economy and balance development, is unique in itself from those in the western thinking. Interestingly enough, his answers to the questions from the attendees was amazing, even surpass his concisely presented notes. Here are some take home points from his lecture on my end;

      (a) The importance of interdependence of US and China to the growth of global economy, peace, and stability.

      (b) the extra territorial application of domestic laws of the US over the other countries.

      (c) Unlike the US, China is not engaging on importing communism.

      (d) Unlike the US, China has no aspirations for superiority

      (e) the two drives for Chinese is (i) to stop humiliation and intimidation by the Unipower US (ii) to revive Chinese civilization.

      (f) US has to learn how to behave when it is number one. Because how US behaves influence on how to behave China for the global good,

      (g) Finally, he warned US to be careful what it wishes. Looking democracy in China at this time might bring Chinese to nationalist that upset stability. China has to change with its own pace.

      I have debated and argued on different occasions, that the US system that focus on “individualism” does not work for a country like China with big population. Just Imagine the current crises of democracy in the US – a country that has 1/4 the population of China. Every country has its own specific realities that govern changes and its evolvement.

      So in a nutshell to answer your question, I have gleaned “seven points” from the lecture of the distinguished guest at Harvard, Kennedy school of government and Institute of politics, Now, I want to hear from you what you have gleaned from listening the lecture,

      • Bayan Negash

        Selam Amanuel, Abi, and all,

        I must say, you have done a marvelous job at capturing the essence, the letter, and the spirit of the man’s message to the T. Anything I add in that regard will be a repetition. When I was listening, i say listening, because I tend to rely on the audio as I feel there is no point in sitting and watching a man standing in the podium talking for a whole hour. I do the same most of every interview I listened to.

        At any rate, as I was listening throughout it all, all I could think about was the late Prime Minster Meles Zenewai, TPLF, EPRDF. I could see a parallel in the analysis being given in that Ethiopia could become this mini-US in the parallel story I was imagining. The rest of the Horn of Africa could be seen as emerging economies. One can any country in place of China, say, for our purposes, Eritrea. With the Meles’s intelligence, he could’ve disarmed IA by rubbing his ego a little, humoring him a little, cajoling him a little. IA is attention seeking maniac. We all saw it in 2018 when PM AA was all over him with hugs, with accolades even in his Nobel Prize statement. I mean, he showered and massaged IA’s ego to a hilt. And he won him over. Unfortunately, IA is not easily maneuverable.

        Now, Ethiopia during Meles had a unilateral power that it could’ve used to its sphere of influence. Ethiopia could’ve chosen the high road and be a champion of peace, progress, economic empowerment of its neighboring countries. What we have seen, however, is Ethiopia that could easily be tempted by warmongers like IA in Eritrea who had shown his proclivity toward quickly descending to a skirmish instead of using the International Court to get what he might rightly say is his territory. We saw it in the Greater Hanish with Yemen. We saw it in Badme with Ethiopia. This is an excellent junction to segue to SGJ’s current piece. I read the accompanying transcript to the video, which is why I brought the link in this space to hopefully have constructive dialogue. A great deal of wisdom is contained within.

        For example, he provides “historical, political, and social” context for Tigrayans to be cognizant of during this critical junction in their history of winning back the capital, Mekelle. I seldom rely entirely on someone else’s idea to make my point for me. This, however, is exceptionally perceptive. He, thus, says:

        “I am fully aware of the interest of our neighbors. If the interests of all stakeholders are respected, it’s easier to forge a normal, mutually beneficial, peaceful, and forward-looking formula for cooperation. However, it’s important that such an exercise should not gloss over the historical, political, and social problems the people of the region went through for many years. For a vision of cooperation to succeed, it must start by resolving the issues of the past. Only by doing so we can achieve a reasonable reconciliation that would change the statuesque from which no one reaped any benefit but bloodshed and mayhem.”

        […]

        “And this scenario wouldn’t even be considered if it was not brought up by the recent developments in Tigray. I hope the TPLF and its armed forces succeed in protecting the common Tigrayan people who have no one else to protect them. Eritreans liking or disliking the TPLF is immaterial. And I would like to congratulate Tigrayans for their military achievements thus far, despite the eight-months long gruesome atrocities committed against them. They waged a magnificent resistance, and their armed forced triumphantly marched into Makelle. But that shouldn’t make them entertain the idea of marching into Eritrea to unseat the PFDJ regime.

        “Over the centuries, the culture of our region has nurtured the crippling feudal legacy that made the people willingly submissive to any authority that ascends to the helm of power. That kind of timidity is a golden opportunity for the ambitious and selfish leaders. They always took advantage of the peoples’ loyalty and froze the region in a primitive situation with bad governance, corrupt politics, warmongering, and lack of freedoms. Our social and economic development is hindered, and, in its place, ignorance has spread, bloodshed has become a national pastime, and enmity and vengeance are kept alive. Unfortunately, Eritreans find themselves in a situation where they have no choice other than tolerating the corrupt PFDJ for fear of the unknown.

        […]

        “The elite of the society led a magnificent and successful military feats until 1991, but thereafter, they failed in setting up a vibrant civil society. Their attitudes have wobbled between cunning and confrontational postures living in a rigid warlike world of their own, and fixed to brinkmanship. They have failed to transform their societies into a tolerant, liberal, and just societies. Instead of acting like liberators, they chose to peddle populist slogans; they became followers of those they are supposed to lead by tickling their raw nerves.

        “Now, whether the elite likes it or not, the two countries are destined to live side by side. Neither Ethiopians can tow their country to the middle of the ocean to escape from the neighborhood, nor can Eritreans, Sudanese, or Somalis or others do the same. Therefore, they must make the best of the neighborliness and work for a prosperous future—not by sloganeering and bravados, or by shooting and jailing, but by working hard for the development and prosperity of the region.

        […]

        “The main problem I see is with the misconstrued image of Eritrea that the elite of Tigray perceive, and don’t seem willing to change. Here, the religious element is so clear. When many Tigrayans look at Eritrea, they focus on the Eritrean highlands that they perceive as Tewaḥdo-Christian, Tigrinya-speaking (and they even sub-divide that into smaller segments) and consider the rest of Eritreans as appendages that should adopt that crooked politics leaving aside their feeling, their views, and their national aspirations. Sometimes, this may seem an exaggerated assessment based on speeches quoted out of context, or a slip-of-a-tongue uttered in moments of heated arguments or anger. But even if all that is ignored, there are enough, serious, lopsided views that the elite displays. And that leaves Eritreans always on their toes adding to their mistrust of the Tigrayan elite. That, must be honestly addressed and It must end.

        “Today Tigray is again in the hands of its own children, but there is fear the 1991-1997 type of exclusive relations will be repeated in the future.

        “The time between 1991-1997 was the period of the first exclusive agreement between the TPLF and the PFDJ, and from 1998-to date, is a period of the second exclusive agreement between two dictators: Abiy Ahmed and Isais Afwerki. There was no doubt the fate of the second exclusive agreement will face the fate of the first: the first led to the Badme war, the second led to the current war on Tigrai. And both agreements and their benefits were monopolized by the rulering parties, and in both instances, the agreements excluded Eritreans. It didn’t work then, it’s not working now, and it will not work in the future.

        “Finally, how Tigrayans will decide their future is up to them I just wish they will take a cautious and farsighted decision. For two-decades, myself and my colleagues have been calling for a real dialogue with Ethiopians, but the responses were not encouraging. This time, I am hoping some individuals who consider reconciliation as an important undertaking will be proactive.”

        (SGJ, Negarit 136)

        P.S. Now, there is a great deal of stuff that one can say about the US and China parallel won’t fit with Ethiopia and Eritrea. I agree wholeheartedly. But, what I am driving at is, as SGJ suggests, for us to encourage the people of Tigray and their leaders to consider a different path, a path 180 degree away from war. Nobody wins in wars. In aftermath, civilian spend decades attempting to recover from the damage it leaves behind. Can we all come together, Ethiopians, Eritreans, Tigrayans, and whoever else that wanna come to the bandwagon of peace, to pressure these leaders to find an alternate solution to a war. Those who seek solutions when they have an upper hand are magnanimous people.

  • Brhan

    Thank you, SGJ, for this timely article,

    Bigotry is sickness. Bigots who attack other people based on belief and ethnicity might think that they are doing that because they are victims and have a right to do so. Well, they are missing that their behavior is a symptom of their disease. We find bigots who attack other people outside of their environment, mistreating their people based on gender, sect, class, region, and color. Once you are a bigot in your own house, you will be the same outside. People move, and as they move, they can face different kinds of hate directed at them. They move to another country and become immigrants, foreigners, and outsiders. Their national pride evaporates. They move to another continent, and there the color of their skin overshadows becomes the important than their belief, background, and language. They were bigots, and now they have become its victims.

    Hopefully, the UFOs will unite humanity if they frequently visit our region. They will help us think about how to fight them back scientifically. To do that, we will first open our books to learn ABC & 123: welcome to knowledge, the cure of our many disease. The word “knowledge” is form the word “know”. We do not know each other very well. Let us start and say: let me tell you about my favourite breakfast and you tell me the same and etc and etc

    • kokhob selamone2

      We are in the same boat – Dear Brother Brhan and SGL,

      Thank you for this nice and very timely article,.

      Let us do our best to solve all problems, And come with clear solution.

      Sure they ( Bigots), thought they are supporting us. The same people are living in very emotional state of mind. That is like a jock to me. I am thinking to create the new style of struggle which very fine and lead us to higher consciousness.-to raise our consciousness. Let us come with new poems in our Jebena page regarding the same subject, We are able to do this and I know by united hand it is possible.

      With liberating all of us- toward awaking which he describe it ኣብርሆት (enlightenment) , and Ethiopians he (SGL) is a head of all of us when comes to this point. I wish he will come with the new book as he said it, SGL promises’ us this will be materialized soon.

      Thank you all, and Regards

      KS,,

    • woldu hadgu

      Dear SGJ:
      Your thoughts are so sober, deep and true. And I don’t have enough words to thank you for that. We Eritreans are lucky to have you and few others. This article though short and compact, have answers to many of our enigmas. It is also a balm to our disturbed souls. I hope all Eritreans read and re-read this article. But above all I hope that responders in this forum will not dilute this gem with their usual destructive aims and games.

      We the unlucky generation have lost 60 precious years but regrets are not the answer or solution. It is only when we don’t recover that Time will mock us. So I will take TODAY as the beginning day and will do everything in my ability not only to recover but to lay the foundation for a house built on a ROCK.

      God bless you brother,