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Abu Dhabi to Khartoum Line Through Asmara

Four days after returning from Abu Dhabi where he met Mohammed Bin Zaid of the UAE,  on Monday, September 9, Isaias Afwerki traveled to Sudan for a two-day visit where he met General Al Burhan and other officials.

In a statement issued after the visit, the Sudanese foreign minister said the two countries agreed to cooperate in the “defence and military fields, including the ground forces, the air force, the marine forces, the defence industries, training and medical services.”

The two governments also discussed cooperation in the security fields, particularly the building of their defense capabilities which, according to our sources, the UAE has promised to fund.

The two governments also agreed to combat “organized cross-border crimes”, mainly human trafficking operations that has been going on in the Sudan for over a decade. The European Union will fund that agreement since it has been working for many years to prevent refugees from crossing to Europe through the Mediteranean Sea.

Isaias’s visit to the Sudan is the first in five years. In 2014 he visited Port Sudan to attend a local tourism promotion festival organized by the Eastern Sudan government. During that visit, Isaias didn’t meet the now-deposed president Al Bashir of Sudan.

Strained relations

Since 2017, tensions between the two countries resulted in Sudan closing its borders with Eritrea over what it described as security concerns. The border closure resulted in consumer pricehikes in the Eritrean markets. Eritrea gets most of its food supplies from the Sudan where organized smugglers operate with the cooperation of officers from both countries.

Since last year when popular protests against the Al Bashir government rocked the Sudan, the Eritrean government’s reaction has been lukewarm, as was the UAE. However, Isaias Afwerki quickly objected to the joint African Union and Ethiopian mediation led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia characterizing it as internationalizing the internal Sudanese crisis.

In June 2019, General Abdulfattah Al Burhan, the chairman of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), visited Eritrea and met Isaias Afwerki. Two weeks later, his deputy General Mohammed Dogolo, commander of the Rapid  Support Forces, also visited Asmara and met Isaias Afwerki. According to our sources, both visits were orchestrated by the UAE with the pretext of pacifying the Eastern Sudan frontier, in order to bolster Isaias’ position in the Sudanese crisis, and to limit Ethiopia’s influence over the Sudan.

However, the TMC was not the only power that needed to be brought under the UAE’s control; the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) had more influence and it objected to interference by other countries, including the UAE, in the Sudanese affairs.

After many months of popular protest, last August the TMC and the FFC signed a power-sharing  agreement. However, The UAE that is flexing its financial and military muscles in the region is expected to pressure Sudan through Isaias Afwerki to get political concessions; neither UAE nor Eritrean officials attended Last August’s signing ceremony in Khartoum. Surprisingly, on the same day of the ceremony in Khartoum, Isaias Afwerki was presiding over a graduation ceremony of a batch from the Sawa military camp, a short distance from the Sudanese border.

Both Eritrea and UAE are coordinating their policies on Sudan and the UAE considers Isaias its primary ally in the region.

Shy smiles

Between 1993 and 2006,  Isaias’ government hosted many Sudanese opposition parties and personalities. And in 2006, Isaias was instrumental in getting the Sudanese government and its opposition to reach a settlement which came to be known as the Eastern Sudan Agreement. Based on that agreement, the Eastern Sudan opposition forces became part of the government and a few of its leaders were appointed to senior government, including ministerial, positions. However, Isaias Afwerki continued using the Eastern Sudan leaders as a leverage to pressure the Al Bashir government to get economic, security and other concessions.

Last July, news from Eastern Sudan indicated General Mohammed Dogolo was recruiting youth from the region to bolster the Rapid Response Forces that he commands. Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea objected to the recruiting considering arming Eastern youth an Eritrean national security risk.

In 2018, unexpected ethnic conflicts flared up and continued briefly in 2019 until it was brought under control by the efforts of the communities. However, more ethnic clashes were stirred last month in Port Sudan and resulted in the death of scores of civilians before it was brought to a halt by the interference of the RSF. Eritrean opposition elements believe the crisis was steered by the Isaias regime that manages a wide network of intelligence assets in the Sudan.

Eastern Sudan hosts about half a million refugees who have been living in squalid refugee camps where the first batch began to arrive in 1967 fleeing the scorched earth policy of Haile Selassie’s government. In addition, Eastern Sudan is home to a large population belonging to social groups straddling the border between the two countries.

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  • 1eritrea

    When is this idiot going to care for his people? In Asmara we have not much food, food very short supply and one meal a day is the norm.
    We look like we are defeated , tired and waiting for death to come.
    We are isolated from the world.
    Seems no one cares.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    Selamat Awate!
    Sorry, I had to do this.

    ሰብ ህግደፍ
    ዝተንከፍኩሞ ነገር ዘይልከፍ

    ብጾትኩም ትሓርዱ
    ዋላ ‘ቶም ተሰደዱ

    በዓል ናይ ስያትል ኣባ ኸብዱ
    ኣብ ክንዲ ንዓዱ

    ን ኢሳያስ ክብል የጽምመና
    ዓጀው ይብል ከም ዝጥዓመና
    ከፊኡዎ ‘ሎ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ‘ተበልና
    ዕሱባት ወያነ ኢኺሙ ይብለና

    ጎይትኡ ዝዓበየ ወያነ
    ኣዳዕዲዑ ይፈልጥ
    ስለምንታይ ደኣዩ ‘ሞ ብግምጥልሽ ዝገልጽ

    ካብ ኢሳያስ ንላዕሊ ወያነ
    መን ኣሎ ዝኾነ?

    ወዲ ሃጸይ ዮውሃንስ
    ናይ ወያነ ንጉስ
    ንመን ደኣዩ ‘ሞ ክቕሽሽ?

    ንብጻዩ ኢብራሂም ዓፋ ከዲዑዎ
    ከም ተራ ሰብ ተስዊኡ ኢሉ ጎስይዎ
    ሓቂ ‘ዩ ተስፋይ ተምንዎ

    ንጎይትኡ ከሕጉስ
    ስም ሰማእታት የሞግስ

    ሓሳዊ በልዎ ለኽባጥ
    ሓሶት ዘርጊሑ ንሓቂ ምዕባጥ
    ነዚ ዕባይ ቤትምህርቲ ሰውራ ለኽባጥ

    ሀ ኢሎም ዝመሃርዎ
    ከደዖም ከም ዘይዓለምዎ

    እንታይ ኣዲኡ ይገብር?
    ኣብ ስያትል ኮይኑ ዘዕገርግር

    ክሳዱን ከብዱን ሓባጥ
    ይኣክል በልዎ ምግልባጥ

    መደናገሪ ሰራሕተኛ ወዲ ካሳ
    ነብስኻ ኣብ ስያትል ደቂሳ
    ብደም ዝጠልቀየ መተርኣሳ

    መዓልትኻ ተጸበ
    ናትካን ጎይታኻን ፍርድኹም ቀረበ
    ጸሓይኩም ዓረበ

    ክንጉሕፈኩም ኢና
    ጓሓፋት ምዃንኩም ስለ ዝፈለጥና
    ረሰሓት ዘይትጸርዩ ዋላ ተተሓጸብኩም ብሳሙና
    ኣምላኽ ይቦርቁቕኩም ካባና
    መታን ክርህወና

    ዓባቕ ምዃኑ ንገርዎ
    ግን ንሱ ዘይፈለጠ
    ኣብ ዜሮ ሰዓት ከም ዝድርብይዎ

    ንዓና ፍሉጥ ‘ዩ
    ንሱ ግን ብዓበቕ ከምዝጠፍእ ተሳጽዩ

    ኣይመስለንን ዝበርሃሉ
    ሕጅስ ናይ ኢሳያስ ዒሉ
    ንሱን ብጾቱን ናበይ ከምዘብሉ
    ባህሎምን ክብረቶም ተበሊሉ
    ዘመናውያን ጌላሉ

  • Haile S.

    Selam Yohannes,

    Welcome! Great to see you back.

    I don’t know if the problem is with me only, but I have difficulty pasting a text on the ‘Reply’ to a commentary.

    Yohannes, as you mentioned, IA is accumulating a very huge burden of problems to Eritrea. The verbal wishful principle of “self-reliance” (ብጽፍርና) slogan has been just barely attractive to some gullible foreign third-worldist admirers of his. Other than that, contrary to expectations, it has dragged down the country decades back in many aspects of development. With the amount of money he could get from these monarchs, he could have easily established some great institutions. Now there is nothing to think of a legacy that would survive him. The only Eritrean Monument, the monumental gallantry that brought independence of the country, belongs to all Eritreans and he is just part of it as a leader. He is effacing any attribute of leadership he deserved by his tyrannical rule. If Eritrea stands still, it is because of the exceptional resilience (to borrow his word) of Eritreans to tolerate any weight exerted on them including his. He undermined and killed the only legacy he could have left, the constitution. Yesterday Saleh Younis (Saay) posted on Eritrea Digest an interesting commentary entitled “The day Isaias ran a coup on Eritrea” where he concludes the best arm remaining to Eritreans to remove IA with is this ‘defunct’ constitution. Bringing legality to the prevailing illegality is the best choice to implement meaningful and less risky change to Eritrea. What is your take on that? Yohannes, you have been an advocate of moving forward in your last 3 or so years of commentary. What has to be done to bring the opposition forces, traditional or not, to a consensual axis of action? Without forgetting all the nascent initiatives like yiakl and those that try to bring together various eritrean societies together.

    • Yohannes Zerai

      Selamat Hailat,

      Thank you so much for the welcome; I am glad to be back. (But you know how it is with me: I genuinely try to be back and I feel I am back no sooner than I find myself sliding back into truancy once again — of course, all that happens dictated by circumstances!)

      Coming back to the substance of your comment: First of all, I find it very informative; and second of all, I must admit that I felt cornered by those powerful and profound questions it presented. I am not sure if I would be able to come up with reasonably sensible answers to those questions, but I would be glad to give it a shot. Nevertheless, even doing that would require me to do quite a bit of thinking. So, I will have to get back to you on that. In the meantime, please accept my appreciation for the quality of your comment.

      • Haile S.

        Thank you Yohannes,
        Cornered:-) I also felt it after scribbling it the way I did. Of course was not intended. Come back soon and as frequently as possible.

        • Yohannes Zerai

          No, no; it is not the way you worded your questions which gave me that feeling. It is rather the power and gravity of the questions themselves.

    • Yohannes Zerai

      Selam Hailat,

      My apologies for not having been able to get back to you as quickly as I had intended. It always seems to take longer than anticipated to get back to some unfinished business and pick up where one left off. It was no different with this one.

      Interestingly enough, and as I organized my thoughts to respond to your comment, I convinced myself that the stuff you threw at me both in the form of ideas and questions merits detailed examination and analysis — a task that is better accomplished in a full-fledged article than in a brief commentary. I have, therefore, decided to take my time and engage in the former. But for now, I owe you at least a brief answer to the question you posed in your comment.

      I personally view the intense and widespread Yi’akl diaspora movement of the last few months — together with what seems to be a rapidly growing dissent of the Orthodox Tewahdo Churches of the diaspora — as a general movement which has created a Unity of Purpose within the opposition camp. This movement or mass action has served the invaluable purpose of political agitation and sensitization thereby preparing the groundwork for political change. But it cannot, in and of itself, implement political agendas. This is because, by their nature, mass movements do not carry out organized political action; that job uniquely belongs to political organizations/parties.

      Our struggle for change should, therefore, advance to the next level — and objective conditions suggest that it is ripe and ready to do so. That next level is, of course, the task of building Unity in Action which would have two fundamental parts to it:

      1. Establishing political parties where each would (i) build its power base by recruiting politically-active, registered members, (ii) articulate its political philosophy, principles and goals, (iii) lay out its plan of action, and (iv) propagate (ii) and (iii) among Eritrean communities at home and abroad.
      2. Having political groups/parties commit to entering into mutually agreed mergers and strategic alliances with other parties on the basis of compatibility of their philosophies, principles, goals and plans of action.

      NOTE: We Eritreans often tend to be too quick to put down our own political movement. But the fact of the matter is that, despite all its weaknesses and shortcomings, the movement has been making tangible progress in recent months. For example, buoyed up by the Yi’akl momentum, it has recently been tackling both Tasks (1) and (2) above in a manner that is distinctly more serious and enthusiastic than in the past.

      So dear Hailat, in short, the only sure way of bringing unity to the Eritrean opposition — hence success to the movement for change — is to subscribe to the time-tested, old-fashioned enterprise of building political parties, expanding their power base and promoting trust, coordination and alliance among them.

      I promise to oblige to your request and expound my views on the interesting notion of “Bringing legality to the prevailing illegality” in my planned article on the subject.

      Thank you.

      • Haile S.

        Selam yohannes,

        Thank you for giving deep thoughts to my questions and planning to expand them in a form of an article. I agree with you there is no magic potion other than that classical political parties and the way you condensed their strategy should be. I look forward to reading your thoughts from the fathomless well.

  • Yohannes Zerai

    Selamat all,

    For nearly three decades, Eritrea’s dictator Isaias Afewerki has used (i) his arrogant and deceptive rhetoric, (ii) his propaganda machine (i.e., the country’s exclusively state-controlled mass media at his disposal) and (iii) his party’s misinformation & disinformation instrument ( the so-called “03 Department” of the PFDJ) to brainwash his lackies and opportunist supporters and to mislead the gullible among the Eritrean population about himself and his tyrannical regime.

    The main propaganda items that the dictator and his henchmen have incessantly been pushing over the years by means of these sleazy techniques include the following:

    1. The Eritrean government is guided by the principle of “self-reliance”. As such, it relies on its own means (i.e., human, financial, material, etc. resources) and does not accept external financial and political support/assistance intended to influence its policy (Note: This falsehood has been relentlessly hammered into the minds of the population in the form of the outrageous and worn-out slogan “ብጽፍርና!”).
    2. Eritrea’s national assets are used exclusively to further national interests and to benefit the Eritrean people, NOT those of other countries.
    3. Eritrea pursues independent domestic and foreign policy, NOT policies which are dictated and/or influenced by external forces.
    4. Unlike other African leaders, Isaias Afeworki is a decent leader known for his clean-living that is comparable in its modesty to that of ordinary Eritreans. This decency is symbolized by his “working man’s attire of sandals, oversized khaki shirts and baseball hats!!”

    It is nevertheless very important to emphasize that the record of periodic events, tangible developments and real situations of the last twenty years have amply demonstrated that all these deceptive claims and semblances are nothing but pure lies and pretensions. As I had indicated in one of my past comments at this forum, there has not been a single month since Eritrea’s national independence in 1991 when Isaias has not had an Arab patron of one kind or another commanding his allegiance. Through the years, Isaias managed to find his successive patrons among: initially, the aging and short-lived kings of the Saudi monarchy, then Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, Egypt’s Hosni Mubarek, the Al Thanis of Qatar, back again to the kings of the House of Saud, Egypt’s el-Sissi and lastly the Sheikhs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)!

    At any given time, the ‘reigning’ patron played the role of: (i) telling Isaias what to do in the realm of regional politics (and perhaps even in domestic affairs as well, like how he should deal with political dissent in the country), (ii) providing him with a steady flow of petro-dollars to finance the operations of his PFDJ’s Gestapo — the criminal secret police that does all the spying on, kidnapping, rounding up, jailing, torturing, disappearances and executions of innocent citizens, (iii) letting him divert some of this money flow and stash it away in Swiss banks.

    The level of control that Isaias’s latest patron — the Sheiks of the U.A.E. — exercise over Eritrea’s dictatorial regime is frighteningly disturbing and beyond belief. For all intents and purposes, the port city of Assab and its environs (along with its port, airport, military facilities and territorial waters) are the territorial possessions of the U.A.E, NOT of Eritrea. In return for his subservience and for handing over a substantial piece of Eritrea’s sovereignty to the Sheiks, Isaias is regularly receiving hundreds of millions of dollars which he neither have to report to the Eritrean people nor to account for in any way. And it is no secret that for the last 3-4 years — since the establishment of the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen — Isaias has been taking orders from Saudi Arabia and U.A.E regarding his decisions/actions in the region including his relations with Ethiopia.

    Against that backdrop of Eritrea’s subservience, therefore, it should not come as a surprise that Isaias had to travel to Abu Dhabi to receive orders from his bosses and to subsequently visit Khartoum to fulfill the mission the latter have assigned to him. In short, Isaias is simply busy trying to do the bidding of his U.A.E. bosses as he is obligated to do by his service contract with the Shikhs — nothing more, nothing less!

    Thank you.

    • Paulos

      Selam Johnny,

      It seems, we are all afflicted with a fatigue syndrome where the feeling is not only Sisyphean but chasing the wind as well. Consider this: It has been 18 long years since the G-15 disappeared and they are reduced into a sort of a monument where we commemorate in passing come September 18 with a lame theme “ኣይረሳዕናኩምን.” I am not sure what it means to be honest.

      The same can be said, if Isaias is a hero with a hermetic bent or a villain or even worse a w*ore who is being pimped around with whoever is the highest bidder. I personally am not sure what it means either. We are all tired! Respectfully.

      • Yohannes Zerai

        Hi Paulos,

        Thank you for raising an issue that, I am sure, troubles most of us at one moment or another and which has perhaps become commonplace in recent months: Are we doing enough to change the abhorrent conditions that prevail in our country? There is no question that there arise, from time to time, conditions and circumstances that create in anyone of us a feeling of discouragement and doubt in our ability to achieve the results and outcomes we strive and hope for. But such feelings should not be given any more significance than is due to, for example, fleetingly momentary mood-swings.

        I am a believer that taking the time on a specific day each year to remember and commemorate our arrested/disappeared post-independence heroes such as the G-15 has considerable psychological and moral values. But I do agree with you that annual commemorations should not be all there is to our allegiance to the ideals for which those heroes gave up their freedom and well being (and some even their lives). An appropriate and fitting tribute to the sacrifices they made on behalf of their people would be to continue the struggle needed to achieve the freedom and justice they advocated and wished to be instituted in their country.

        As such, this should be a time when intensification and acceleration, not decline and slow-down should characterize the struggle that must be waged to save our country from descending to the very abyss that the sworn enemies-of-the-people are trying to drag it into. This intensification should, in fact, pervade all ‘Citizen Actions’ of political mobilization including: getting organized and engaging in discussions, debates, meetings, demonstrations, propagation of democratic and progressive ideas, political agitation for mass action, etc., etc., etc. The fuel for such intensification is, of course, being provided by developments and activities triggered by the Yi’akl movement, by the rapidly growing movement organized largely by dissident clergy of the Tewahdo Orthodox Church in the diaspora and, ironically, by the escalating defiance and human rights abuses of the Isaias regime.

        When we zoom in on the state of our own Awate Forum, one can make the following general observation. It is obviously an unavoidable fact of life that whatever endeavor we engage in, we are bound to experience periods of slackening activities. But whatever their cause(s) such low-productivity episodes should not be viewed as insurmountable for, needless to say, they are not. What needs to happen in such situations is for those who are conscientious in pursuing the ideals that we all stand for to spring into action and infuse energy and passion not just to ensure continuity of the activity/process, but also to spur those of us who tend to lag behind from time to time.

        Thank You

    • Millennium

      Hi Yohannes:

      Apart from the fact that you see Eritrea having good relations with the countries you mentioned above, you have not presented a single piece of evidence that proves that the Eritrean government has been doing the bidding of those countries at the cost of Eritrean national interest. Owning your own policies does not mean you have to completely isolate yourself from every one


      • Yohannes Zerai

        Selam Millennium,

        Thank you for your comment. To make it short, let us look at a couple of actions that the Eritrean government is known to have taken in the recent past and see if you and I can agree on a rational characterization of whether each of those actions represents “dependence” or “independence” of policy:

        The Eritrean leader and his government:
        1. Have allowed the country’s sovereign territory to be used as a staging ground for a devastating Saudi-Emirati allied military aggression against Yemen thereby, inadvertently or by design, sowing the seeds of enmity between the Eritrean and Yemeni peoples.
        2. Backed “Saudi Arabia in its row with Canada and condemns in the strongest terms possible the irresponsible, provocative and audacious statement issued by the Canadian Government against the Kingdom to advance certain political agendas.” This shocking stance — which was declared in an Eritrean government press release — was taken in regards to an issue which concerns just Saudi Arabia and Canada and which has nothing to do with Eritrea!
        3. (i) Betrayed the popular struggle of the Sudanese masses and threw their support behind a military junta that had been killing and maiming citizens to usurp state power; (ii) Formally opposed and slandered — and tried to undermine — the coordinated mediation efforts of the Ethiopian government, the AU and IGAD aimed at persuading/assisting the contending parties in the Sudan to find an equitable, negotiated settlement of their political dispute. (iii) Have subscribed to a grand scheme developed, sponsored and advanced by the powerful Arab trio of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt to strengthen, enable and encourage the Sudanese military junta to quash the popular uprising and take control of the country. To the above observations should be added the Eritrean government’s pathetic role of a “paid operative” coordinating its mercenary activities with members of the trio not just through diplomatic channels, but by having its leader conduct repeated pilgrimages to these countries to “knock on the doors of financial, hence political power” in the Middle East.

        So, if you tell me that you do see the slightest tinge of “independent policy” in these actions, I would simply say “Good for you!” And should that be the case, you would be happy believing that Isaias and his regime do pursue an independent policy; and I would be content knowing that they do not. And under such circumstances, we both would be patting ourselves on the back for saving the time and energy we would have wasted on arguing the subject back and forth between the two of us.

        Thank you

        • Nitricc

          Ato Yohannes; aren’t you a little tired or ashamed of bashing the government of Eritrea while you never say a word about your TPLF thugs crimes against Eritrea. What you have listed is comical. if it wasn’t for your hate and ignorance of Eritrea;
          1) Eritrea can lease land to anyone and who ever leased the land can do whatever it wanted. I.E. Eritrea leased Assab to UAE and UAE can do what ever it pleases. Again you wouldn’t know that, how can you? I can sell you a knife and weather you cut an apple or some once throat is your business.
          2) Again it shows Eritrea’s courage and political independent when Eritrea called out Canada. No African country will dare to call out a western country in support of Arab country, again it is a sign of courage and political independence. do you think your TPLF thugs will have done the same thing against Canada? Hell no!
          3) What? what about Sudan? I guess you haven’t seen the warm and a hero welcome PIA received in Sudan? Dude, get a grip, I can understand you are distraught with what is going on Mekele but leave Eritrea alone and mind your own business.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            DearNitrickay and Millenium
            This is a man who has been trying desperately to deny Eritrea its rightful share of foreign development funds and investments. All his articles were geared towards alarming the international community not to engage Eritrea. It has been a year since things started falling apart in his dim world. Otherwise, Eritrea has every right to do business and security arrangements with friendly governments. It is a member of the Saudi-led coalition geared towards fighting terrorism and securing the Red Sea Basin. Eritrea does not need a permit from YZ.
            The Houthi group is a terrorist ally of Iran. It has overthrown a legitimate government recogni6and supported by the UN. And we know what Iran and its ally, Qatar, are doing in the region. No wonder why we read lots of BS sympathetic to Qatar in this forum. Just because people like YZ operate under the sense of a sellout mentality, they think every transaction others do is also an act of “mercenary”, to use his word.
            Regarding Sudan, the protesters are the ones talking to the military, no one has forced them to do so. And the military has seen part and parcel of the change. Unfortunately, elements in the civilian coalition were emboldened by western media and by some countries to push for the military to handover power to them. No one elected those protesters to claim power, and the country was in a state of active civil war, therefore, the best scenario was what Eritrean suggested which was dialogue between Sudanese which would lead to power sharing. During the power sharing period Sudanese will have the opportunity to organize for elections.
            But as is the case with these guys, they want every decision Eritrea makes to pass through Mekele. In their dim little world, they think even the president’s visit to Ethiopia should be approved by Mekele. Sad.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam MS,
            I never thought your conscience so callous. Are you advocating involvement of the regime in the name of our people in the murder of children and infants in Yemen?

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Nitricc,

            Aside from the jingoistic sense of the contents in your # 2 and 3 items of your comment, what you stated in # 1 trivialize state affairs and the dwarfs the matter to mundane estate developer’s transaction. Moreover, contending Eritrea did that and this does not carry any sense in our country’s current condition. Everything that happens and done is one despot’s affair because there exist no institutionalised state affairs.

          • Yohannes Zerai

            Selam Nitricc,

            Any person of average intelligence would not fail to see that what I presented in my previous comment strictly relates to the actions and behaviour of the Eritrean regime and has nothing to do with TPLF. But your brain is, undoubtedly, wired in such a way that it requires periodic mental recitation of the name “TPLF/woyane” in order to function. Moreover, for not-so-difficult-to-fathom reasons, your mental faculty seems to have been rendered incapable of making a distinction between the “Eritrean regime” and “Eritrea” (the country and its people) in comprehending the substance of simple, straightforward written information.

            You opened your commentary by accusing me of

            “… bashing the government of Eritrea while you never say a word about your TPLF thugs crimes against Eritrea.”

            The well-documented facts about realities in Eritrea speak for themselves as to who is really bashing whom! So, let us leave that aside and turn attention to the TPLF thing. A person may commonly be held accountable for stating or writing inappropriate and/or inaccurate stuff about a second party. But, only in the wacko world of Isaias and Nitricc would one be accused for not attacking an entity even when that entity has no relevance whatsoever to the information being communicated verbally or in writing!

            As for the points you enumerated in your comment, let me quickly try to respond:

            1. Some 20 or so years ago, your demigod, Isaias Afewerki had publicly and arrogantly declared that “No Eritrean territory would be placed at the disposal of any country or external force for any reason. We will not allow any country to have a military base in Eritrea. Eritrea is not for sale!” It turns out that what he actually did some years later is exactly the opposite, and you seem to have proudly endorsed his actions. Would you have the courage and integrity to at least admit that he is a liar and a cheat?

            2. “ኣበይ ኣለኻ ዘይበልዎስ፣ ኣብዚ ኣለኹ በለ” ኰይኑ ነገሩ። By every standard of stature, importance, influence and power, the criminal PFDJ government cannot even dream to be in the same league as the Canadian government or even the Saudi government! The only way it can poke its nose in their affairs (as it did a few months ago) is, therefore, only as a client state of one of them. Motive: to curry favor with a benefactor!! Pure and Simple.

            Despite the “Role of Spoiler” that DIA tried to play to sabotage the continental mediation effort in the Sudan, the sponsors of the peace mission achieved a resounding success in bringing the two sides in the Sudanese conflict to jointly form a transitional government to lead the country for the next three years. Embarrassed by his disastrous failure and anticipating to be treated as an outcast by the more capable regional leaders who assembled in Khartoum for the occasion, Isaias became the only leader in the region to absent himself from witnessing the signing of the Transitional Government Pact in the Sudan. In Nitricc’s book, that is called heroism!!

            As for your claim of a “warm and a hero welcome PIA received in Sudan”, I only need to remind you that Idi Amin Dada, the “Butcher of Uganda” too was accorded a “warm and a hero welcome” in the few countries that cared to invite him for a visit!!

            Finally, Nitric, I part ways with you hoping against hope that some of what I have written above will sink in. Good bye!

  • Paulos

    Selam Hailat,

    You’re something. You should see me laughing. ብላዕ-ኢልዎ “was” very talented dude. He understood people of all stripes including the well off and ከምዚኸማይ ጀሃላት as well.

    Now back to the Prostate stuff. Here is the deal: If I was a Libertarian, I would still averse them mushrooms for they are Pro-State. But I am not. I am for Keynesian with a socially moderate bent.

    That said however, we have hypertrophy and hyperplasty where the former is the increase in size as in when your biceps get puffed up after intense workout and the latter is when the number of cells proliferate due to some sort of stimulation where what is usually the case with cancer including Prostate. Of curiosity, the gland is located between the bladder higher up, the testicles further down and the male organ. Semen is thick and the prostate gland dilutes it by adding liquid stuff. That is pretty much its main function is.

    In a rather intuitive philosophical take, why does it turn into cancer over the age of 50 in men in tandem with Menopause in women which also kicks in over 50? Is nature taking its own course by telling us that, the years of reproduction are over for the sole purpose of the darn genes was to pass on into the next generation where we are nothing more than a means for the selfish gene to live ad infinitum. Perhaps.

    • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

      Hi Dottere,
      Wow, this explanation is simple enough, even I can understood!
      Just curious though, before this gland becomes cancerous, is there any indication that a person can notice, say the semen gets a little thicker?

      • Paulos

        Selam ማሃንድሳይ,

        Not sure to be honest. I would say, the Family Physician or a specialist in that area would know more after running relevant physical exams and other tests as well.

    • Haile S.

      Welcome Paul,

      I was getting jealous of absence. I was planning to be absent like you and all other absentees. Now you are back, i am changing the plan. The envy to do like everybody reminded me of a childhood anecdote. There was this man know as Bahta Che’Alo (ባህታ ጭዓሎ) who was afflicted of the love of his region, Akele-Guzai. He use to go to every wedding and all kind of festivities of people from the region including of course funerals & mournings. At one time, I don’t know if there were several mournings at the time, it is said that he lamented saying አይ አይ – እዞም ኣከለጉዛይ ጥራይ ዲና ንምውት፡ እዞም ሓማሸን እዞም ሰራየ እዞም ሎጎ እዞም ከረን ድኣ ኣይሞቱን ድዮም – አይ አይ….He was one of the funniest guys who entertained mourners and flattered parents at weddings.
      Interesting take on the science, I will come later on it and Mehandsha’s question.

      • Paulos

        Selam Hailat,

        Not sure if it is just me but I feel like Awate is changing and one can lose interest to the extent of going absent. The narrative is probably narrowing into a specific focus and that could as well be one of the reasons as opposed to the earlier narratives of diverse take. Methinks.

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          I hope this has nothing to do with me, again 🙂
          The reason I am saying this is that any public company I have joined their stocks went down south and those startups went belly-up. See the trend?
          I will do some test to check if my theory holds water.

          • Paulos

            ሰላማት ዶቶረን ፈረቓን ማሃንድሳይ,

            ግድየብልካን ኣንሳሓብ ዝተጀመረሉ ጋና ቅድሚ ምምጻእካ እዩ::

          • Haile S.

            Selam Mehands & Paul,

            I agee with Paul, you are for nothing here. Me too! With the tigrigna poems, we do our best at least to entertain.
            On this morning discussion on the prostate cancer, not being a physician, though in medical field, duty of prudence oblige, the only thing I can easily say is it can stay asymptomatic for long time; therefore screening for it after the age of 50 is necessary. And reading materials on it are abundant. Where is Dr Hope?
            Paul: what you said is right. Nature is culling us. If it was not for the little conscience, we would not be different than the reproducing bull. In fact, are we that different? In some animal species, insect like the praying Mantis (ፈረስ ኣደይ ማርያም) or the black widow spider, as soon as the male mounts and spreads his gene, the female who just enjoyed him, turns him into food by devouring him as a delicacy. I guess we can say prostate devours us.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    Selamat seb-Awate:

    ኢሳያስ ዝተንከፋ
    ኣብ ደቓይቕ
    ሽሕ ዶላር ትቕየር ናብ ታዕሪፋ
    ከም ሕማቕ ቫይረስ ዝለኸፋ
    በኻ ሱዳን ምምጽኡ ተረፋ

    ሱዳን ኣይፈለጠትን
    ስርሑ ዝኾነ ክብትን
    ቅዱስ ድሌት ከበርዕን
    ከይደቀሰ ‘ሓድር
    እከይ ክመክር

    ሱዳን ክትፈልጦ ኔሩዋ
    ኣጻጽያ ክትፈልጥ ዝፈቱዋ ዝጸልኡዋ
    እዚ ርኹስ ‘ንትርፎ ከዕንዋ

    ጽቡቕ ኣይክመኽራን

    እንትርፎ ሕንፍሽፍሽ ከእትወላ
    ቆርበት ከልቢ ተኸዲኑ ‘ዝ ጒሒላ
    ኣይፈልጠቶን ናይዚ ተረገም ሜላ
    ትሰምዒ ‘ዶ ‘ለኺ ዓላ

    ኣባኺ ዝጀመሮ ብ ኣብረሃም ተወልደ
    ሰውራ ከይሰጎመ እግሩ ከይሰደደ
    ዕንወት ጥፍኣት ምሕሳድ ለመደ

    ‘ዚ ቁራጽ ተመን
    ከመይ ‘ሉ ደኣ ‘ዩ ሕጂ ዝእመን?

    ንገርዋ ንገርዋ
    ሰብ ዓዲ ሃሎ ሰብ ዳባርዋ

    መሬትኩም ወሲዱ
    ንሱ ወዲ መሬት ንሱኹም ክት ስደዱ
    ዝገበረ ኣረሜን
    ንዘይ ኣምን ይወከስ ናብ የመን

    ንገርዎም ንሱዳን ‘ቶም ትፈልጡ
    ብ ባዶ ሰለስተ ናይዚ ኣረሜን ከይተጎበጡ
    ብሓሶት ብንፋስ-ሕስድና ከይ ጎበጡ
    ሓንሳብ ተነኺሱ ኣበይ ከየምልጡ

    በጃኻትኩም ንገርዎም
    ብ ኣግኡ ምሃርዎም
    ሓገዝ ናይዚ ዲያብሎስ ይትረፎም
    ከይዓበሶም ኣፎም
    ከየ ‘ንገፍገፎም
    ሂትለር ጁኔር ወዲ ኣፎም

  • Mez

    Hi everyone:

    “….particularly the building of their defense capabilities….the UAE has promised to fund”

    Seeing how UAE behaved ,lately in yemen, and also in Somalia, Ethiopia… it is unlikely that uae would fund a military industry. This is especially counterintuitive, knowing that the Sudan is just out of an endless war which consumed well over half of its yearly budget allocation–over the past how many decades.

    I would assume pia, must have been pisseedoff about the success of the popular revolt in Sudan, which helped him (in the past) as the least risky “release valve” of potentially toxic eritrean sociopolitical stresses. That reality is being rapidly transformed to a new and bad one for pia; not for uae, not for the Sudan….


    • ሓድ ሓደ ግዝየስ መምህረይ መዝ
      ይመስለካ ዝኣቶኻስ ኣብ ሜዝ

      ተንሳፍፍ ኣብ ቀላይ ባሕሪ ቅንፍዝ
      ትፈዝስ አሞ
      ይብለካ ትዝ
      ተስቕልካ ኣብ ልዕሊ ሓረማዝ

      ናብቲ ጎበዝ ጎቦ ጎባብ ጎባግዝ
      ናብቲ ጎበዝ ጎቦ ጎባብ ጎባግዝ
      ግአዝ ግ አዝ አዝ
      ናዶው ናዶ ግ አ ዝ አዝ
      ናብ ዓርቦ ሮብዕ በለስ
      በለ ወ ወ ወ ጎበዝ ጎቦ

      ዓርበሮቡዕ ክንደይን
      ዓርበ ሮቡዕ ቡዕ ቡዕ ነቢዕ
      ቢ ዕ በጉለ ክክ ሌክ ቡዕ ቢዕ

      ጎቦ ጎቢክ ቢክ
      ክ ክ ክ ክ ኪ ካ ኪ ካ ኩ
      ክክክ ኩ ኩ ክክታክትክ

      ጥኙ ጅ ስኩስው ታክቲ ቲ ክ
      ስትክትክትክ ትክክ ስስክትክትክ ትጅክ ትግድግዽ ስጥግጣግጥግጥግታታ ትጅክ ታጝሽግጣ

      ሰላጣ ቁስጣ ኮሚደረ
      ተደራዲ ረ
      ወል ኣኽደር ኸደረ
      ን ሳዓ ራዓረ
      ስዔረ ሳዕራ
      ኣ ሞራ ኣስመራ

      ጎቦ ጎቦዝ ጎቦ ጎባብዝ ጎቦዝ



  • Brhan

    Dear Awate,
    UAE is loosing in Yemen, and this will be repeated in the Sudan. The Sudanese people have said no to UAE interference in the Sudan and when people say it is headache for dictators no matter what agreements they sign or money they pour.

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Ahlan Pencil,

    “However, the TMC was not the only power that needed to be brought under the UAE’s control; the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) had more influence and it objected to interference by other countries, including the UAE, in the Sudanese affairs.”

    All are under the control of UAE and her allies. The FFC and most of the Armed Forces opposition visited UAE and received funds. It is clear none of the ruling group is outside the UAE camp. Isais’ security agreements with the transitional government proves it.