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Dam On The River Nile

The Horn of Africa region saw two weeks of hectic travels. And Eritrean officials travelled the most. If the leaders were enrolled in a travel-miles program they would have accumulated so many travel credit.

On June 25, Isaias visited Sudan and met Abdelfattah AlBurhan, the Chairman of the Transitional Military Council. And on July 6, he travelled to Cairo and met President Abdelfattah AlSisi of Egypt. On July 18, PM Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia travelled to Asmara and met Isaias Afwerki. And on July 19, General Filipos Weldeyohanes, the Eritrean Chief of staff, visited Sudan leading a delegation of three other Eritreans generals who  met their Sudanese counterparts. It was the first time the official Eritrean media gave prominence to official travels other than Isaias’ and  the duo of Osman Saleh, the official Foreign minister and Yemane Gebreab who is widely known in Eritreans circles as “the chaperon of the foreign minister.”

Isaias is Abiy Ahmed’s Kefeel

The Arab Gulf countries have a sponsorship regime; all expatriate workers are required to have a Kefeel, (sponsor) who controls their movements, allows or disallows them to change their workplace, holds their passports, and signs approval documents to enable them to get exit visas, driving licenses, and even to rent a house. Isaias has positioned himself as Abiy’s sponsor in the royal floors of the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Abiy is a “new-bie” in the region, with no experience in dealing with the Arab Gulf diplomatic culture. On the contrary, Isaias is thirty years older than Abiy, and is versed in Arab political culture. Abiy must be excited to have an able godfather as Isaias. but Isaias, now seventy-four years old, believes Abiy is a “malleable, ambitious colonel”. And having him close is a golden opportunity that helps him to find cracks through which he can sneak into Ethiopian politics.

As soon as Isaias secured a place in the new alliance with Saudi Arabia and UAE, he abruptly dropped his Qatari sponsors of many years. The switch was smooth as the Saudi-UAE alliance was frantically buying support for its “Operation Destroy Yemen and Qatar” which it launched in 2015. And Isaias found a seat beside Egypt’s Al Sisi who was already onboard the Saudi-UAE coach. Isaias took the assignment to sponsor Abiy because Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt were more interested in Ethiopia and the Nile politics than Qatar was.

However, as the war in Yemen dragged on, the Saudi-UAE coffers were fast emptying and unprecedented financial crisis was looming over the Arab Gulf since the region has become a fertile ground for the ambitions of MBS of Saudi Arabia and MBZ of the UAE. They have been pounding Yemen since 2015 and still going at it. Yet, they are still engaged in Libya where a serious confrontation with Turkey is on a pressure cooker.

In the Horn of Africa, Abiy Ahmed and Isaias have cemented an alliance to destroy the TPLF, the ruling party of the northern Ethiopian region of Tigrai. The region’s military bellows are keeping the fires that consumed the region alive. And the never-ending feud rages on though it has already claimed the lives of tens of thousands of soldiers, forced more than that to seek refugee all over the world and froze development. So far, the war is being escalating in the media, but it could easily flare up and result in an all-out war.

Dam On The River Nile

The conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia was on the right path until it got more fuel in the beginning of the year. One reason was the Covid 19 induced tremor, the other was internal anxiety and public dissatisfaction in both countries. While Egypt faces popular dissatisfaction, Ethiopia faces civil strife and political turmoil. Both Al Sisi and Abiy Ahmed used the Dam on The River Nile dam as a diversion of the public anger. Egyptian activist and trolls became loud while  the official talking-heads overbid each other to appear more nationalistic and more pro Al Sisi. At the same time, while Ethiopians activists resorted to mythologies and awakened the demons of anti-Egyptian rhetoric, while racist Egyptians resorted to cheap propaganda.

Interestingly, many Arabic speaking Ethiopians who were traditionally absent from the political scene, effectively swarmed the Social media platforms serving the Egyptian talking heads what they gave. Thus, virtual populist fight over the Dam on The River Nile is raging on a battleground provided by Facebook and YouTube. Neither Isaias nor Abiy liked it; they didn’t like were that might lead. But AlSisi liked it since it was an excellent tool he can use as he mobilizes Egyptians to invade Libya and depose the internationally recognized government. The Saudi-UAE block wants to install Khelifa Hafter, the renegade retired Libyan general after AlSisi overthrows the Libyan government. However, Turkey is backing the internationally recognized Libyan government, and overthrowing it has proven to be difficult and costly for the Saudi-UAE block. But that story keeps branching out endlessly. Every country in the region from Algeria in the West, to the UAE in the East is involved in Libya in one way or another.

Where Did All That lead?

Isais travelled to Cairo to convince AlSisi to cool down the Egyptian rhetoric on the Nile issue with Ethiopia and said that Abiy was already contemplating pulling the plugs from the Internet. He also cautioned him to stop anything that might weaken Abiy Ahmed because his replacement would be more nationalist and uncompromising with Egypt. Of course, that wouldn’t be good for the long-term plans of the Saudi-UAE led alliance.

On July 18, Abi traveled to Eritrea to be briefed on Isaias’ meeting with Al Sisi in Cairo; Isaias assured him AlSisi has agreed to cool down and he must handle the Nile issue carefully.

Isaias’ advice to AlSisi, in addition to the shock of the start of filling of the Ethiopian dam, sent tremors all over Egypt whose talking heads have remarkably slowed down though the runaway social media activists are still at it. But Ethiopia pulled the plug on the internet and suffocated the local activists, though the diaspora is still active demonstrating against the prevailing political and security situation in Ethiopia. In one American city, the Ethiopian demonstrations were so crowded that some people mistook it for the Black Lives Matter protests.

But now the Ethiopian Internet is reconnected, and activists have resumed their work cautiously. But when the Internet was shutdown, hundreds of civilians were murdered, many properties were destroyed, and thousands of people were arrested. And during the last week, daily doses of disturbing and gruesome images of mutilated bodies, violence and lawlessness appear on social media overwhelming Ethiopian and Eritrean platforms. Meanwhile, the mayhem is continuing unabated in many parts of Ethiopia.

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  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት

    ኣብዪ ተልመደ ኢኻ ተባሂሉ
    ከጽብብ ዓቕሉ
    ጀሚሩ

    ቅድመ-ኩነት ጸቓጢ ክትከውን
    ብ ቀንጸልቲ ክትምስገን
    ንስኻ ድማ ብኣኣቶም ክትሕበን

    ናይ ታሕቲ ጭሕምኻ ላጺ ተባሂሉ
    ንሱ ግን ኣብ’ኡ በጺሑ ተደናጊሩ
    ንታይ ከምዝኾነ
    እንድዕሉ
    እምበርዶ ብሓቂ ተማሂሩ
    ‘ንምንታይ ንዓይ ትሓቱ?
    ወሪዱኒ

  • Selmat,
    I am posting this here because the thread I intended for, I just learned, is close. My article submission and starting a new thread is pending. Until then:

    Selamat Mr. Dawit Mesfun, Berhe_Y AArkey, Sire Amde, and Awate Forum Pundits,

    [Note: Fractals and chasing infinity is on hold. My visa was extended and now I am reconsidering my boycott of not contributing dollars to Awate.com but I am still insisting for a public apology from our brother, the prolific, Saleh Johar Ghadi. Feel very free to ask me “for what?” if you need me to jog your memory on how it was you have offended yours truly. Hint: Yes I will utilize the pay-pal button and of course you know as I know that I or any one who opens their wallets do so not to benefit you personally.]

    1) Mr. Dawit Mesfun: My open letter will be address to two individuals. They were both my best childhood friends, classmates and comrades/bSotey. I am the youngest biological brother of one of them. The other is the youngest brother, of the un elected, head of State of Eritrea President Isaias Afeworqi. According to a former Eritrean Freedom fighter, (nay TiesAA those who joined after the fall of Nadew Iz.), a resident of Virginia, USA, who by happenstance I reconnected with on a recent three way phone conversation, my older brother holds an office at the President’s Office in Eritrea. As I was “excommunicated” from family and friends, I ha

    ve had next to zero contact with my older brother for the past 19 years, and a total of four or five interactions, since the fourth quarter of the decade 1970’s, with the brother of Pre

    sident Isaias Afewrqi, hence forth Dictator IA.

    My older brother is Dr. Tedros Sium (“Wedi Khartum” at Beit Timhirti Sewra and “Kartame” when with the EPLArmy(Field Medic during the final push battles from Sahil to Asmara). Post Eritrean Independence, he sought out higher education by securing admittance to the University of Asmara, followed by a scholarship to attend Leads University in Great Britton, a Masters through correspondence and on location from Great Britton, and a Doctorates from Hong Kong University. Post independence he served, the DIA Administration, in the Ministry of Education, and held the post of Eritrea’s National Human Resources Director. I am perplexed as to why Dr. Tedros Sium would currently hold his office at the “President’s Office and what would be his function, if news I received recently is true. For now, I suspect due to DIA’s infatuation with any thing China, Dr. Tedros Sium may have secured his new occupation with close proximity to DIA because he is now among what I will call now, “The China Club.” His expertise, I surmised from very little data available to me, is Curriculum Design. Though I possess the opinion that the overall quality of education in Eritrea to be a near total failure and give the Ministry of Education a failing grade, for numerous reasons, I believe and can attest that my brother is indeed a true educator at heart and mind since he learned his first written character HA “U”. Within two years of enrolling at Azilo grade level Enda Padre Hillet Sudan, Teseney, by 1978, my brother and I were promoted to Grade 6, both of us ranked top 5 of the class. My success and quick ascent to be my brother’s classmate with in one year is solely due to his transfer to me all that he has learned, each and every day at our rotunda mud with straws top hut, denqeb Arkobkobay branches fenced four huts compound. For three years he stole chalk, “grush” from Enda Padre and utilized our Kanshelo‘s removable zingodoor as a chalk board to transfer all his knowledge and have me be at his 3grade level by the time I became eligible to enroll in school at Enda Padre in 1977, month before the ELF liberated Tesseney. My older brother did not attend the the same class room with me 6th grade with me at the Eritrean Refugee’s School Cambony Campus in Khartum Sudan. He and 18 others, minus Rezene “Sherifo”, returned to Eritrea’s Meida and joined Beit Timhirti Sewra in SaHil, Eritrea.

    I see your “Deqi Maybela” and raise you “Deqi Telata

    In Sixth grade I shared a desk, banko, with my best friend, comrade/btSay, Robel Afeworqi, the brother of the despot Eritrea’s Dictator Isaias Afeworqi. I believe I saw Robel last in Washington, DC at the annual Eritrea Congress/Festival either in August of 2001 or 2002. It was the first time Robel Afeworqi, the legendary Eritrean singer song writer Abraham Afeworqi, and my self were to be in the same location since our “Deqi Telata” days, 1970-1981. After genuinely embracing one another with love, I recall Robel Afeworqi handing me a business card with an e-mail address dot gov (.gov) extension. I assumed at the time he was employed by city, state or federal government in the USA. I was at the DC annual Eritrean Congress/Festival with the sole purpose to distribute, free of charge, five thousand copies of the 1997 Eritrean Constitution which I printed utilizing my corporate office 20 printers and paper, on the thirtieth and thirty first floors of One Penn Plaza in New York City.

    Until now and since my official opposition and rejection of the Dictator’s rule of Eritrean government, I have not mentioned in private or public these two best friends of mine of long ago when we were “Deqi Telata.” They are both brothers. Robel, the brother of the Despot Dictator in Eritrea and Tedros my brother serving the Despot Dictator in Eritrea. I consider them both to be my brothers because they are. What has separated and may continue to separate us is our Political Stance or METKELNA Perhaps, it is and will remain irreconcilable differences. I feel now is the right time to have a conversation through open letters and I sincerely hope that the two and all of our “Deqi Telata” childhood friends read these letters and are “liberated” enough to engage fully.

    I see a strong correlation with your open letter initiative and the recent suggestion of having a conversation, here at Awate Forum, regarding the futures massive economic integration for the northern regions of Ethiopia with Eritrea. The Dean of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Newton Garver once tapped me to join the department and pursue philosophy. I didn’t but took several courses with Dr. Garver that I can safely say I have some expertise of recognizing violence, be it overt violence or covert violence. I will order a copy of Derida’s book, read it and utilize to continue a conversation with you and hopefully others here and elsewhere, your initiative the open letter friends and what I believe to be a strong corollary the massive economic integration of Eritrea, Tigray and Amara regions.

    Berhe_Y AArkey,

    After I posted a response to the Sire Amde, I realized that I did not include your name in my listing of Awatistas invitation to start the conversation regarding Amde’s suggestion. Your the most qualified and experienced when it comes to the topic of economics opportunity both on the micro and macro level. I recall manny posts of yours where you were identifying economic sectors that can be exploited for strong development.

    If you have not read my earlier post to the Sire Amde, please do. In it I say Amde is commissioned by Abi and you say he is sent by Isaias:

    Pay attention also to my mention of Amdes and the Admiral SaaY7 role on constructing the foundation of the bridge that lead to the Eritrean and Ethiopian rapprochement. As you are now congratulating Amde on his successful consultation to PM Abi regarding the GERD. Leads me to believe that my earlier theorization perhaps does have merit. Though I can not help but feel that the Admiral SaaY7 is left out in the cold after delivering a very imperative piece. I will read on EritreaDigest your suggestion.

    1) For now, Berhe_Y AArkey would you please elaborate on your claim that DIA sent Amde to Awate Forum?

    2) What are your thoughts on Eritrea’s future as a Sultanate and Amirs owning all the land that will be converted to fields of crude oil pumps?

    GitSAtSE

    • David Samson

      Selamat Sele,

      I have to admit that today is first time to read your comment from A-Z. You always write in Greek and have not got a clue about what you write about. Our brain is loaded with data and do not have the time or capacity to decipher your enigma. Life has become too complicated to learn philosophy again.

      Shall we wait until we see the full article or can I fire some questions to you?

      • Selamat David Samson,

        Fire on! And I am glad as I have been thinking about your delegating Eritrea’s Justice Department to Italy or Westerners. Let me for now just say that your suggestion to the Eritrean government has already occurred.

        I have this theory, which I mentioned in my last response to Amde, that the Eritrean governors, since independence, have invested heavily in importing expertise to study all the natural resources that Eritrea has to offer. We have all witnessed the Bisha Gold mines. But I believed the jack pot and mother of all natural resources and source of mega capital will be crude oil. I encourage you to read my long posts. If you tolerate them I assure you will discover gems. I aspire to be better story teller than the prolific Saleh Johar Ghadi. Along the lines of the next best American Novel on par with Miguel Garcia Marguez.

        Back to the point. The great sultan crowned king Isaias Afeworqi Ibn HIM Haile Selassie did out source and delegate Eritrea’s Justice Department to Italy and the Western World. It is a matter of looking at it from a different angel something which you have said. If Eritreans want justice then they would have to go to Italy and the West and experience it there. He emptied Eritrea’s population since he took over the land for the sole purpose of owning all the oil fields that the low density land he owns will inevitably be the King Dom of Crown Princes and Amirs starting from Abraham ibbn Isaias Ibbn AfuDehab ibbn HIM Haileselasie Teferi Mekonen…. Only need Eritrea’s land not its people fulfilled. There are no Eritreans left to need justice or a justice department. Italy and the west have been delegated since 1991. This is consistent with the suggested topic of massive economic integration of Tigray, Amara and Eritrea. Give it some thought. What are your thoughts on it.

        Does the Sultanate kingdom of Eritrea even want or need economic integration. KSA and the GCC are DIA’s models of Eritrea’s future and both are heavy investors in capital and expertise for the transformation of Ardd al Aritreria to be mirror images of massive oil fields. Why do you think they emptied Eritrea’s population and have not invested on human development or future industries of any kind?

        But please.. Fire ON! I will be glad to utilize my visa extension to stay here. And I have lots of work to do to wake up and refocus the currently complacent Awatista intellectuals. What a disappointment and a waste of all the knowledge and know how. Stuck on repeat.

        I need to shorten my posts before I loose you… Sorry not my style. If you skip it your loss. You will soon find out. Stopping here now though.

        GitSAtSE

        • David Samson

          Selamat Sele,

          Glad you are the only one to see my point. Why do we need to migrate to Italy seeking jobs, instead of inviting the Italians back to
          Eritrea to give us jobs, as they do with justice right now?

          Rumours have been circulating on the successor of IA. It is
          an open secret that IA has been grooming his son to be his heir to the throne. As you rightly depicted IA as “Sultana”, IA wish to follow his Arab’s financiers and pass on the mantle to his family.

          In the event of Abraham taking office, he needs experts to run his little empire. African dictators always lean to close families, tribes and relatives to loot their subjects. As you are someone who is not only clever but a close friend of the family, I thought you are jeopardising your chance of rubbing shoulders with Eritrean future royal family. Fate has it, dictators live to outlast their subject, so why do not you want to fall out with ISU and his family by publishing an article?

          Growing up, we heard lots of rumours that given the location of Eritrea, the oil in the region will eventually tilt towards Eritrea
          and in the future, Eritrea oil stock will -out-weigh KSA. Please do not ask me how. I have no idea. I heard it when I was a child. IA had commissioned a second rate oil company to explore the potential of oil in the Red Sea. The company found Bado oil. I am really glad, the company did not find and ISU did not pursue it further. It is not difficult to imagine what IA could have done with oil money. There is a high chance the entire horn region was in flames. By now, the west could have enough with IA’s adventure, they could have put him behind bars. IA’s Petro Dollars are instability and chaos.

          As it questions of Economics, I will leave them to the
          in-house expert Berhe_Y AArkey.

          • Selamat David Samson,

            “In the event of Abraham taking office, he needs experts to run his little empire. African dictators always lean to close families, tribes and relatives to loot their subjects. As you are someone who is not only clever but a close friend of the family, I thought you are jeopardising your chance of rubbing shoulders with Eritrean future royal family. Fate has it, dictators live to outlast their subject, so why do you want to fall out with ISU and his family by publishing an article?”

            How was it that Voltair was able to return from exile to Paris and be greeted by hundreds of intellectuals. Prior to returning to his country, Voltair did rub shoulders with royalty. For example when Fredrick II of Prussia invited him. These intended “Lettres Philosophic” could possibly net me invitations from from the royal class other than Eritrea’s and perhaps I will return to Asmara or Tesseney a decade before a French Revolution in Eritrea and go to heaven before witnessing the beheading of my good friends members of the Eritrean Royal family.

            For the past several days I took an unplanned vacation which happens to be unpaid since stopping work means stopping cash flow I earn daily when I worked. You are probably familiar with OG Mandino’s book The Greatest Salesman in the World which triggered my current vacation and probably extend. It surfaced on and around my resting area mysteriously and I picked and read it cover to cover. On chapter three Pathros responds to Hafid: “Wealth, my son, should never be your goal in life. Your words are eloquent but they are mere words. True wealth is of the heart and not purse.”

            I was a sure in and sought after by Eritrea’s royal family a couple of months, either in June or July of 1991. I was in my early 20s, a junior or senior studying ECE and working the grave yard shift at a mobile gas station. To this day I try to figure out how it was that I received the phone call as well as how was it that the gas station’s phone number came to their knowledge as I am certain cell phones were only used by 1% of the world’s population. I picked up the phone and said “Frank’s Mobile.” On the other end calling from California was Paulos Afeworqi, the elder of the youngest brother of IA. speaking on behalf of his Robel and himself and after having a conversation about “Deqi Telata” and telling the Martyrdom WeyniHareg, a prominent member of “Deqi Telata, in battle, Kebid Bret, they got right to business and offered me an opportunity hop on aboard I suppose. Neither they or myself have knowledge of my older brother mind you. Out of politeness and the reserving the benefit of doubt I provided them an address where the expressed mailed the documentation for the project I was to lead in the east coast of the USA. That they thought of their childhood friend and provided me what could have been a great opportunity deserves a sincere thank you. And I will thank both Paulos Afeworqi and Robel Afeworqi sincerely now, because I am quite sure I did not do so after receiving and inspecting the documents to be utilized. I recall asking them in perhaps one and only correspondence regarding the project. After considering our age, a little after the end of our teenagers, and the logistics of acquiring the materials and international law agreements at such speed, I am afraid I came to one and only one conclusion before I asked them the following question without reservation. Who does this project belong too. Their response was a rich uncle of theirs. Perhaps Afeworqi or it could be a maternal uncle but I suspect that it could be the case of the African tradition of calling your elders, including your older brother, “uncle.” I did not implement the project in the east coast. At the time I was busy co authoring a speech I delivered to Mahmud Sherifo and Hagos Kisha facing tens of thousands of Eritreans on August of 1991. My basis then, now and forever is love. Love of METKELNA. Metkel, lessons of which Paulos, Robel, WeiniHareg, Jemal, Awet, Musie, Nebai, Aster, tSigereda, Gual EfTTer, Senait, TiEgisti Ova…. and hundreds more received plenty of lessons and fell in love with. And as far as I know, your first love is very strong. And I am confident that my childhood friends Paulos and Robel will extend an invite OR respect my triumphant return to Tesseney which is my preference to rub shoulders with hundreds of Eritrean intellectuals with a lot of wealth due to their mining the true wealth of Eritrea.
            And I pray to god it does not happen, but if it does let it be in a decade’s time after I author The African Candide, these Lettres Philosophic and other critically acclaimed works and my unhindered triumphant return to Tesseney. A decade after the literature has sparked a French Revolution for Liberty in Eritrea and America. For to love METKELNA is to love liberty that is the only royal shoulder I wish to rub with.

            And now I must utilize my vacation to do some research part of which to read and analyze awatistas. Thus far all I am getting is complacency and the comfortable chatter of jolly elites at an Enda Siwwa, content only with accepting their self constructed model of the machine they exist in. RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH NOW NOW NOW….

            Regards,

            GitSAtSE

  • Haile S.

    Dear Awate team member, SGJ,

    ሳልሕ ስማዕ ጊዜ ይኸደካ ኣሎ
    ንዓ ቃል-መሕተት ኣርክብ ተሎ
    ኤሱ ኢንተርቢው ጸሚኡ ይውረ’ሎ

    ጀግና ኤሱ በዚን በትን ተወጢጡ
    ሕማም ዕርቂ ሒዝዎ ድኻም ሞይቱ
    ኔው ነጀው ክብል ጎረቤት ኣመያይጡ

    ቤተሰቡ ገዲፉ ኣቐሚጡ
    ኣሕዋቱ ንጎረቤት ረጥሪጡ
    ንዕኡ ከውርዱ መታን ክማየጡ
    ለጋስ ከምኡ ርኢኹም’ዶ ትፈልጡ ?

    ንባዕልኻ ካይበልካ ንኻልእ ምዃን ጽድቂ
    መጽሓፍ ቅዱስ ዝኣዘዞ ናይ ኡነት ዲንቂ!

    ካብዚ ኹሉ ሓደ መንግስተ ሰማይ ዝኸድ እንተሎ
    ኤሱ እዩ ንኻልእ ዕርቂ ዘሕዊ፡ ባዕሉ ሓሚሙ እንከሎ

    ኢንተርቢው ብኢንተርቢው ኮይና ኣላ ከባቢና
    ካብ ጉድጓድ ኮነ ኣብ ሳተላይት ኣብ ጎዳና

    ሳልሕ ጆሃር ንዓ ጉየ ከይተቐደምካ
    እነ ፈልፋሳ ዝምሕሩኻ ካይመስለካ
    ንዓ ተሎ ኣተግብር ኢንተርቢውካ
    Scoop ኣምጽእ ንዘለኣለምካ

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Handesa, (Engineer)

      Wow,

      “ሳልሕ ጆሃር ንዓ ጉየ ከይተቐደምካ
      እነ ፈልፋሳ ዝምሕሩኻ ካይመስለካ
      ንዓ ተሎ ኣተግብር ኢንተርቢውካ
      Scoop ኣምጽእ ንዘለኣለምካ”

      How is that? I was planning to put the same type of poem..You camw before me..Nice..

      KS,,

    • Saleh Johar

      HaileS,
      Funny.

      I am so excited I am taking it seriously. But I need a manager to arrange such an interview. That’s why I am appointing you my manager, immediately. I am sure you already thought about it. Once you arrange it, all I need is 48 hrs notice and I will be there in a neutral country away from a 200 mile radius. Let’s do it.

      • Haile S.

        Hey Saleh,

        Funny! You sprinkled me back 🙂 :-). The first film to be recorded in the world (by Louis Lumiere) was entitled “l’arroseur arrosé” or the sprinkler sprinkled. You must have seen it.

        I wish I had connections to do this, I wouldn’t hesitate. I always thought I knew Gen-Phill from his name and face, but not sure, perhaps an illusion. But even if it was real, it happens that you know him personally better than I ‘did’.

        Anyway the plan is now in the open, I Hope someone with connections will grab it.

        ዎ ይሙን፡ ዎ ይሙን ወደ’ያ ገረመስቀል
        መልእኽቲ እንሆ ካብ ሳልሕ ተቐበል!

        • Saleh Johar

          ኣንታ ሃይለ. ካን ኮይናትካ ኣብ በሪኽ ደይብካ ዎ ወደ’ቦይ ገረመስቀል ምድሃይ እያ ዘላትካ? ልብይ ሰርካኒ

          በል ጏረበትን መሓዙትን ኣኻኺብካ ወዲ ውሻጠ ኣዳልየኒ: : ደሐን: ርእየልካ ‘ለኹ

      • Haile S.

        Selam Saleh-GJ,

        Please read my previous response to you first.

        እሞ ድኣ እቲ Eritrean connexion ጊሳጸ እንድዩ ነይሩ
        GitSAtSE ቦኽ ኢሉ ክነሱ፥ ዓሕ ሓሳብ እንዶ ቀይሩ !
        ተስፋ ንግበር ሕጂ’ውን፡ ኣይትሓዘለይ፡ እንታይ ተኸሲሩ

        ብዓላማ ናህና ማለተይ እዩ፡ ምስ ኤሱ ከይተዋቓዓኒ
        እቑጠብ’ለኹ ካብ ሕማቕ ቃል፡ ማናጀር ስለ ዝሰየምካኒ

        • Saleh Johar

          HaileS,
          I really do not see anything else, that is my capacity. Don’t be hard on me. But if it’s qnie, tederer 🙂

          • Haile S.

            Selamat Saleh,

            No ሰምና ወርቅ here, just telling which message was first which second. ሰምና ወርቅ was on the top first one.

  • sara

    selamat… ame saleh,
    As your article is very informative to those of us not that much into politics,,,
    i would appreciate, if you could also tell us, if Eritrea is part of the Nile basin countries?.
    if yes, then what is our role and contribution, if not why we are not ?, considering one of our rivers also streams towards Sudan.

    • Aligaz G

      Sara,

      Eritrea is part of the Nile rivers basin countries.

    • Saleh Johar

      Sara,
      Yes it is. Technically because the Gash flows to Atbara that flows to the Nile. But it’s insignificant compared to the volume of the Nile.

      • Haile S.

        Saleh,

        I hope to make you smile and Abi happy with this story.

        You know Maibella (ማይበላ) flows to Gash and then to Sudan. When we were young children growing in Asmara we use to believe that the Sudanese were agriculturally rich because of our fertilizer.

        • Saleh Johar

          HaileS,
          I bet there are some who still believe so forgetting they have the Nile. “sudan bzey haja baarda entay yfelTa” was my favorite. 🙂

  • Kaddis

    Dear Awate,

    Nice piece,

    A paragraph on whats going on in Somalia due to ‘the gulf patronage’ system, as one Somali regional expert said, which Eritrea and Ethiopia is messing up with, would have added more clarity how scary the situation in the horn is. Somalia’s center, like in Eth, is trying to consolidate power so fast and recklessly – the shaky system they built over the years is crumbling. You can see clearly IA’s influence there as well. Its really sad to see Ethiopians fantasize here, Eritrea will benefit from this diplomatic hustling ( not shuttle) and the GERD power ( will it produce electricity?) as if Eritrea’s rulers were short of ideas and resources to grow the whole 30 years. The recent pictures I saw Asmara cinemas and buildings decay, the empty streets of Asmara …are they waiting for an electric power from Ethiopia?

    The more the Amharic class feels its coming closer to the driving seat – the more insensitive and nasty it becomes – I see that is growing against the Oromo, tigray and other nationalities on social media. Please hold your horses – relying on a low level cadre opdo PM and a lifetime dictator of Eri and assuming your Amharic corner will be spared of their reckless oppression, killings is so naive.

    • David Samson

      Selam Kaddis

      Looking at Ethio’s politics from 6k miles away, the line has been drawn under the sand. On the red corner, you have the Abiy’s supporters and the blue his opponents. The Red corner will cheer him up as he becomes more totalitarian. For them, the end justifies the means. In other words, if Abiy locks away all his opponents, it is a well-done job. No question asked and at any price. The other day, I alluded to this line of thinking. It looks like we are heading towards “Ethiopia First”. He is backed by the majority media, both inside and outside the country. By pure coincidence, all these backers are “Amharic Speakers”. There might be some exceptions, such as the 360 guys. A campaign has already started to silence them. Abiy is following Bookkeepers linga: the books must be balanced. He has to lock up Lidetu to appear as if he is an equal opportunity offender. How is Lidetu an extremist is beggars believe? He must be used as a sacrificial lump to appease his Oromo detractors and followers alike.

      On the blue corner are mainly the ethnic federalist. They are weak on media. You have TMH and OMN. Their big hitters are silenced. They have already made their mind up to oppose Abiy from the outset. There is no middle ground— even the level-headed minds are swept away by. We always go back to our basic: Habesha politics boils down to us versus against us.

      • Abi

        David
        On the blue corner you have Chelsea. On the red corner you have Arsenal.
        Go Arsenal!
        Should play in Europa League next season.

        • Aligaz G

          Abi,

          Just came back.from Kulubi. Completely safe drive going and coming.

          • Abi

            Aligaz
            የቁሉቢው ገብርኤል ይከተልህ: :
            My hope is things will get better soon with PMAA applying sticks along with carrots.

          • Aligaz G

            Abi,

            The whole thing is really a naked power play using poor unemployed youths who are easily manipulated. No need for sticks.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Dave,

        You said it all my thoughts in your own words, before I put them in a comment forum. Thank you, Dave.

        Regards

      • Kaddis

        Hi David –
        You are right – habesha politics is winner takes all. The risk we have been trying to show the players, as much as possible, is Ethiopia managed to create one big power consolidator in the recent past – using violence and external players. Haileselassie, Mengistu, Meles …came out a sole power. Many, including me, was hoping this time the distributed power bases, north, center and south in general , manage to come to terms and create a competitive parliament etc…
        I dont think this is not in the interest of the power brokers …so we are in a process eliminating others for AA to consolidate power – no one seems to care how bloody it will be

    • sara

      selam ato kadis,
      you mentioned ” pictures of asmara decay, empty street ” its true and more , and as you see and read in this forum …as much as we own the problem,and we are day in day out arguing each ather to look for solutions of our own, we also know the ather factors that made it worst which is not of our making , that we can not do anything except to tell give us a break… please…

      • Kaddis

        Dear Sara – sorry, for not coming out clear on my writing …my brain works in Amharic so …
        I am a firm believer that people are active & powerful as much as the governments allow them to be. So I am not trying to appear jegna, brave or anything – Ethiopians were kissing the kings shoes, killed by derg in front of their mothers, starved to death and oppressed to the maximum during EPRDF/Tplf time and continuing ..we function to the limits of the government…maybe few years of breaks in between.

        I was trying to defend the Eritreans from the Ethiopians naive writers here – when they said Eritreans will do better once the GERD produce power and Isiais shuttle in the region materialize. I was arguing if there was an interest to grow by the current Eri rulers – no need to wait for GERD – to keep Asmara clean.

    • Nitricc

      lifetime dictator of Eri

      Hi Kaddis; i have to ask; what is to you? You sound like you live in the greatest democratic country and democratic leader.

      • Kaddis

        Lij Nitricc –
        Now that Isu is part of our internal politics – we see him in person way more than we wish – expect more characterization of him from Ethiopians …letting him dance on our floor and crying when we speak about him is not fair …

        Democracy is relative – Kenya is miles better democratic than Ethiopia and Eritrea is incomparable to any country that I know …sorry
        on the brighter side for you – since we are heading the Isu way – you can come back and say the same thing about Ethiopia when we reach your level …very soon : – )

        • Nitricc

          Hi Kaddis; I don’t know how you think that PIA is bad for Ethiopia. I was talking this young Ethiopian Airlines hosts and told me that people in Addis live in absolute fear. She said, when this Hachalu thing happened, they were given an emergency number to call when attacked by the Qerro. My man, all i am saying is let’s cut that democracy BS and give peace to the people where they can go home safely to their family. I blame no one but the white man. they throw this democracy BS to the Africans and they Africans will kill each other to the cows comes home. Simply put! Democracy will never work in Africa for the next 30 years.

          • Kaddis

            Lij Nitricc –
            Yes there is insecurity and fear around Addis and many cities. The violence could come from many sides. One, you should ask why there was no significant ethnic attacks during the oromo protest until 2018, unitl Abiy came? Like the black lives matter movement – street protests could be easily manipulated by infiltrating with harsh actions to dilegitimize it. There was no major displacement of the Amhara from oromia in 4 years of the protest. Why now? In addition – there is violence due to the lack of reestablishment of local authorities through electing your local government etc..

            I don’t complicate democracy – in Oromia they started protesting for being tired of their local opdo corrupt adminstrators – if you let them replace it with voting – it would have been stable by now.
            I dont know your definition of democracy but I don’t think you are willing to live under no proper courts, justice system, some sort of representation to present your case, some form of media and other minimum stuff. Which of these are undeserving for Africans?
            Isias beneficial for Ethiopia ?…the Amharic class is clapping for his every move – so irritating for some of us who know what he has done the last 30 years. Lets see their reaction when Ethiopia starts having an exit visa and sawa after 30 years

          • Nitricc

            The violence could come from many sides. One, you should ask why there was no significant ethnic attacks during the oromo protest until 2018, unitl Abiy came?

            Hi Kaddis, let’s be fair. democracy and a rule of law are not one. off course i need courts, police and judges but not fake elections and the distructions that comes with it. and Sure, things got out of hand when Abiy came and stopped shooting at the people and the people got embolden and lost fear and respect of the government. Some times i wonder how Abiy is still standing. He have no stomach for the job. My fear is, he will lose the control the country. Yesterday i was watching his interview in Tigrigna, he sounded a little funny for me but i thought did well expect on the content of his message. No wonder no one respect or fear of him. that interview sucked and all he said was azz-kissing thugs. If he greasing them, we will see but from that interview; he failed epic-ly as a leader with a troubled country, unemployed youth and undisciplined masses and off course Corona. God help you.

          • Kaddis

            Hi Nitricc – okay we are getting somewhere : -)

            If you need courts, police and judges – obviously we have plenty in Ethiopia – unless they are appointed by elected representatives – the judges will be loyal to their bosses, means to tplf, to Shabia, to Prosperity party or republicans. But as you said we need judges that are loyal to the supreme laws of the land …that only comes through election.

            I can tell you in 100 percent certainty – countries which are not doing election until they are sure to do a democratic one will never, ever have elections. The only way to have not fake elections is to do as much election as possible until they become not fake.

          • Nitricc

            he only way to have not fake elections is to do as much election as possible until they become not fake.

            Kaddis; practice never make you perfect, practicing prefect will close to perfection. In Africa what is needed is not practice but the education and the ethnics that will help you practicing perfectly. if what you are saying true, then look at your TPLF. they practiced it for 25 years and every got faker and faker till they ended up with prefect 100% range after that there was no where to go. So, you get my drift.
            Africa is NOT ready for democracy, what is needed is a strong man who is honest and corruption free who pushed things through with an iron fists while the masses are being educated and understands the balance of duty and obligation. Till they understand power and accountability. …… you know

    • Saleh Johar

      Kaddis,
      We have that in one of our older articles. The problem is we sometimes are cautious not to repeat ourselves Unless we are provoked enough 🙂

  • Selam All,

    Ethiopians should be proud of Arabic-speaking Ethiopians who played a major role in deconstructing Egyptian propaganda against the gerd, especially during the last months. They managed to change to a certain extent the one-sided view most Arabs had due to the relentless Egyptian propaganda, and some rational voices were heard from Arab countries.
    In addition, Ethiopian Muslim fathers came out and defended Ethiopia’s rights on her God-given natural resources, and they condemned Egypt’s outrageous demands.
    Muslim-Christian relationship at the leadership level is showing a new age of rapprochement. It is a great thing to see Muslim and Christian fathers praying together. This leads towards the peaceful coexistence of both religions, who after all worship the same God. Moreover, such practices by the religious fathers will block the way of religious extremists from both sides.
    The killings of people of other religions and those from different ethnic groups, and the burning of churches and mosques we saw mainly in oromia, and in some other places to a lesser extent, are due to extremists hiding in the respective communities. It is the work of extremist politicians who are ready to use religion and ethnicity as a weapon to ascend power, people who have made oromia an ungovernable region of Ethiopia.
    (P.S. it is not necessary for all Ethiopians to learn Arabic as some people may say. Interested individuals can do the job perfectly well. As we saw on youtube, a small group of ethiopian muslims showed us that they could convey the truth about ethiopia’s rightful position on the Nile to millions of Arabs).

    • Dongolo

      Selam Horizon. Ethiopia nowadays, as has been the case for the past 29 years, is a complete chaotic mess in terms of religious divide. And, it’s only getting worse with the help of idiotic Abiy Ahmed and TPLF bad money, unless Ethiopia’s Government can quickly get its act together to include immediate removal of the TPLF, I am then afraid that Ethiopia’s days (at least in a form similar to that of today) likely number <1,000.

      • Selam Dongolo,

        This is my response to both of your comments.
        I don’t understand where you see Abiy’s weakness. Do you call it weakness when he has quarantined tplf in mekelle, and he has put behind bars Oromo extremist – ultranationalists like jawar, who thought he was untouchable, bekele g, and others? In addition, it seems that dawud ibsa, who acted deceitfully by working behind the curtain with tplf and olf-shenee, and had created his own hit squad the so called olf-torbe, an urban killer group that assassinated politicians and prominent ethiopians, seem to be on his way to prison, after being deposed as head of olf. Thousands of their savage and barbarian killers and arsonists are also behind bars. Are these the signs of his weakness?
        They called his patience weakness ,and his persistence in giving them the chance to come back to the way of the law, cowardice. From now on, it will not only be carrots, but also sticks for those who break the law, by inciting disturbances through religious and ethnic differences, or kill innocent people and destroy properties. The difference this time from tplf era is that ethiopians will not be incarcerated or killed because of political dissent, but for illegal acts.

        Now, if you expect Abiy to invade a regional state in order to give you back badme, that will never happen. We are in this quagmire because of tplf and eplf conspiracy during their time in the fields. No ethiopian government will solve that at the expense of its own people. The solution is in the hands of the reneged tplf.
        There is no need to remove tplf by force, but to leave it there in its isolation until it withers away with time. Most tplf leaders are old people whose mental faculty is deteriorating with age. In addition, people always get fed up with dictators, and at the end they usually turn against their tormentors. That is the fate of tplf in the long run. Why create a problem when nature can give its own solution. For how long do you think it will go on to destabilize ethiopia before it begins to destabilize the state of tigray and tigrayans will be at its neck?

        • Dongolo

          Selam Horizon. The pure and simple matter of the fact is that Ethiopia is failing to fulfill its responsibility as per peace agreement as Abiy’s leadership has been too weak to control the TPLF.

  • mad mullah

    Hello Saleh,
    An interesting article written more like a day time mini-series. It is captivating way to tell a story but it has a lot of assumption.

    You sure are promoting and trying to make IA relevant. You should work for the Eritrean Foreign Ministry.
    It kind of remind of Eritrean who used believe without a its own Port Ethiopia can’t survive and be successful. That was myth- Since Ethiopia is doing well and successfully achieving its goal.
    Now it is without IA Dr. Abiy wouldn’t be able to deal effectively with Arab countries and he needs insight from IA to deal with Arab countries.
    Again that is another myth.
    Dr. Abiy did is master class on diplomacy when he came into power in 2018. He quickly made several strong moves or initiatives. Everybody that was paying attention was confused in daze condition by all the moves he was making…
    That was great strategy… instead of waiting for countries to figure you out you make quickly make strong and decisive move to set the tone.
    I don’t think Dr. Abiy needs anything from IA on how to deal with Arab countries. He is actually funding and building the Port of Berbera with UAE. Ethiopia will have 20% stake. What is IA doing with Arab countries? Except military related..
    The only thing IA has in common with Arab countries is that they are all dictators and they enjoy photo-ops.
    IA just needs attention and that is what he gets from Dr. Abiy.
    You stated how IA sees Dr. Abiy.
    Let me tell you how Dr. Abiy sees IA.
    Dr Abiy sees a familiar semi-literate guerilla fighter who has run his country to ground
    Dr. Abiy sees an old warlord who hasn’t capable of building a civic society
    Dr. Abiy sees a dinosaur that needs to be flattered and made relevant
    Dr. Abiy sees an African capital of denqorocracy
    Dr. Abiy sees that there is another port opportunity for Ethiopia with minimal cost
    Dr. Abiy sees a nearly failed state with 100K refugee in Ethiopia and one million in Sudan…
    Between the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia- as betting man I would put all of chips on the 44 year old PhD. Imagine the kind of system Ethiopia has to have to produce someone like that…
    Also, I think you make too much of situation in Ethiopia. I think what Ethiopia is going thru is something countries like Ghana and Nigeria even Kenya encountered. It is not the best but it is something societies with civic society have…

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Mad Mullah,
      Your comment stat reread good. But one you said I am promoting Isaias, I surmised it must be awate of time. Sorry.

      1- please read the byline and address the AT but don’t throw that promoting isais thingy if you wish to be taken seriously

      2- …. I forgot what I wanted to say, it doesn’t seem important anyway.

      Take care

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        SaleH,
        #2 is stronger than #1 🙂

      • Sultan

        Ahlen Ya Salih:
        I thought mad mullah was complimenting the AT through you, which you understood somehow but partially.
        The mad mullah‘s sarcastic way of telling you that you “ prompted’ IA was quite a nice way of saying that you tried to give to IA more than he deserves it,to express my naive understanding , not that you didn’t grasp his positive intention !
        My only disagreement with the Article is as Consolation said it, directly or indirectly and irrespective of IA’s intention, if peace reigns in the Horn n any way including through IA’s effort , be it for his personal interest or otherwise by default, Eritrea at least will be in peace with its neighbors !

        It is my personal view that PIA deserves credit if he succeeds in keeping the horn peaceful, irrespective of his intention or personal interest !
        One more thing though, as far as Dr ASA is concerned, he more than deserves credit for his effort in making or attempting to keep the horn peaceful, which he has done WELL thus far, not to mention what mad mullah alluded that the same Dr AAA has, indeed, done his best to bring peace to the horn in general and to the Ethiopia and Eritrea in particular.
        Granted, it is beyond unfair to blame him for making peace with IA and for not sharing the peace dividend with Eritrea and Eritreans as that is beyond him!

        • Saleh Johar

          Sultan
          There a a world of difference between promo and promo te. That misreading took you on a different road. Read it again.

          • Sultan

            Selam Salih:
            I reread it /you and I got the gist of the message but I stand on my over all feedback despite that I fell off the topic and message …

          • Saleh Johar

            Yes Sultan,
            The opposition I know makes periodic appraisals of their performance. Yet, the mistakes cannot be glossed over. But remember an opposition element is not a foreign judge but one determined to fight against the unjust regime. You criticism would be appropriate if directed to the PFDJ not its victims.

            Another tHing that should not be overlooked is the huge number of referees sitting over the fence and switching allegiance with the wind though they are stakeholders. I think the bonafide opposition are not prepared to do what you suggested. The fence sitters are better positioned to do that.

            I understand your position perfectly but you are equating the the abuser and the abused who cannot be held on the same pedestal. Think about it.

        • mad mullah

          Hi Sultan,
          You make very good points.

          One: Peace and demise of IA- I think what the Awate Team is missing is that peace will lead to demise of IA. He will end like Ben Ali of Tunisia or like Qaddafi or Idi-Amin of Uganda. However, if there is conflict and problems- he can use that to stay in power until he dies. Peace is beginning of the end for his regime. The 20 year border stalemate has only acted as fuel to keep him in power. Open border can lead to uprising.

          Two: The Awate Team has consistently under-estimated Dr. Abiy. What is Dr. Abiy reflection of? Where does Dr. Abiy come from? Dr. Abiy is product of the Ethiopian Political System of last 30 years. Just imagine a political system that produces a 42 year old PhD who is running a country with 100+ million people. The Eritrean political system needs miracle to produce someone like Dr. Abiy if it ever can. The Eritrean Opposition which scattered around the free world can’t even produce someone like that… That is why I am confident the Ethiopian political system no matter the weekly storm will withstand any challenge and pave a way that is role model for the rest of the Horn.

          Three: What is Arab culture that Issias knows so much about and is expert in? That he needs to teach Dr. Abiy about?

          Four: Dr. Abiy and his age.. Yes by African standard he is young. That doesn’t mean he got to learn anything from Issias. You can only learn from those doing or achieving- of course you can learn what not to do… Dr. Abiy frees political prison and try to win popular support. IA imprison people and try to use gun to stay in power.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hi Mullah,
            You are right, Ethiopia elected a leader it made but the Eritrean opposition could not produce a leader like him. You forgot to mention the Eritrean opposition failed to inaugurate development projects or build universities!!!

            Don’t you think you are mistaking the Eritrean opposition for the ruling party they are opposing?

          • mad mullah

            Hi Saleh,
            I am not talking about inside Eritrea. The Opposition is the same coin just different side. The Ethiopian political system has produced 42 year old PhD to be prime minister. Maybe if the Eritrean Opposition in diaspora focused on producing plants and something for next generation they wouldn’t be in disarray.
            One major benefit of 42 year old PhD is he isn’t hampered by past grievances and history.. he can chart a new path… Imagine if the Eritrean opposition started promoting leadership similar to that… Imagine what would happen… no more ELF vs EPLF baggage…
            I keep repeating it but this adage is true- revolution or change happens when people get a taste of something better… or a good example…

          • Saleh Johar

            Mullah,
            It’s wrong perception meant to distract. EPLF and ELF are history and they do not have anything to do with the present. But I understand lazy analysts try to pigeonhole everything in these boxes because it is easy and anyone can repeat the indefinitely and sound knowledgeable. The dimension are very different

          • mad mullah

            Hello Saleh,
            I think it make difference when you have generational change. That is what we are witnessing with Dr. Abiy in Ethiopia. The strength of the Ethiopian political is such that it handed over power to 42 year old PhD. The Eritrean Gedhli generation has an opportunity to do to same. I don’t think they are going to do that..This is the Eritrean tragedy. They don’t have a strong political system. It is very reactive political system that they have…

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Mad mullah
            First, I am not sure why you need to be mad. Chose smart mullah, nice mullah, innocent mullah, etc. it will help
            Now, going back to your comments. From what I see; it is only colonel Abiy. I am still waiting to see Dr. Abiy.

          • mad mullah

            Hello
            There is nothing wrong with my moniker mad mullah… google it.
            Since Eritrean are accustomed to military service and so I am not surprised you use moniker like general colonel lieutenant – you probably never seen a PhD lead in Eritrean community. So, you are not accustomed to Dr. so I am going to give a little time to get used to it.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selam mad mullah
            If I had to tell you how many people I know with a PhD, you would probable say …get out of here 🙂
            To make it better or worse (since you seem negatively charged), two of them [were, teachers] Nobel prize winners. So, I know what a PhD means.
            However, there are also bankrupt PhD holders and HGDF supporters [this is what I couldn’t comprehend]

          • mad mullah

            Hello
            I am not negatively charged.. I speak my mind and share my perspective. Your perception might be the negative lens. I am glad you know so PhD and I hope you association with them brings you new sight or perspective.
            I am impressed with political system of Ethiopia that produces a dynamic 42 PhD in Conflict Resolution to lead the country. This is an outlier. It is good role model for future generation of Ethiopian.
            I believe Dr. Abiy has the potential and vision to take Ethiopia to next stage of its development.
            I believe he will set an example of Gobezocracy- intellectual prowess mixed with dynamic pragmatism.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi mullah,

            How many tines do you have to repeat “Ethiopia produced 42 year old with PhD in conflict resolution leader”. Eritrea produces nothing. We know., we know. Who is comparing…

            Google falfasa you tube channel. Search interview with Gorgo Drar and listen to his journey and his life. Now tell me why someone like Gorgo would not be a good leader that Eritrea could have produced.

            Last time I asked you, if you know or have experience in Eritrea and you didn’t answer. I suspect you know nothing except what you read and glorified stories.

            Berhe

          • mad mullah

            Hello Berhe,
            I will repeat it 1000 times. It is impressive. I am glad as Eritrean we live in neighborhood that produces someone like that… Ethiopia is blazing away…
            The question I ask myself is what kind of Political system produces someone like Dr. Abiy and gives him a chance to lead 100+ million people?
            It is the System that impress me and not just a person.

            Whether government or opposition- why can’t we our system produce anything like that?

            Our political system whether in Eritrea or Diaspora can’t produce anything like that… at least not now…

            I am Eritrean from Keren area and last time I was in Eritrea was in 2010.

            I watch this guy George Drar… it is interesting.. something between Tony Robbins and Eckhart Tolle?

          • Sultan

            Mad mullah:
            U made me MAD and “ betrayed” me after I read your statement claiming “ Our political system whether in Eritrea or Diaspora can’t produce anything like that… at least not now…“
            I guess SGJ proved me to be wrong.. hahaha..
            I thought u were my little Cousin!
            Eritrea dues of hundreds of Dr Abiy but we haven’t created a conducive environment to make them act like Dr Abiy both here in the diaspora and at home due to our failed Eri Political culture.

          • mad mullah

            Sultan,
            There is nothing wrong with stating the obvious. It took modern ethiopia four leaders Haile Sellassie menguistu meles hailemariam to get to Dr. Abiy.
            I am more than ever convinced a good political system in eritrea or in diaspora opposition is necessary to produce someone like Dr. Abiy…
            We should learn from our neighbor.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Mullah,

            Now that I know Eritrea and you have personal experience out if the way, I honestly do not understand your point.

            The example I gave about Gorgo is to show that there are many, many talented people that can be leaders in Eritrea as well. Having a PhD is impressive but the journey one goes through to get in life is more important in my opinion.

            In Eritrea there is no system. The only system we have right now is Isayas Afeworki system, he does what he wishes. So until we get rid of him, I think we are stack where we are.

            Now I wonder if you really understand what went on in Ethiopia and what led to bring Dr. Abiy to power. Yes please repeat it all you want, but you make it sound like Obama moment where the system (US constitution and the people’s vote) that brought him to power. It’s more like what happened in Russia when Gorbachev resigned, and brought Nelson and he made room to Putin.

            None of that happened in Ethiopia. Honestly he got in there by tricking everyone, who bled, died, jailed. Let me repeat the events as I recall them.

            Let me remind you that, EPRDF had won 100% in the last election.

            1) Young Oromo start protesting when the master plan was changed to expand on lands if the Oromo.

            2) the demonstrators went in and many people died and jailed.

            3) the government backed down and reversed its decision but the demonstration went on.

            4) this was supported by OMN (Oromo Media) and well thought out and organized peaceful resistance methods used. The signs “crossing hands” was really an organized plan, to bring attention, to show resistance as well as to recruit young people.

            4) tge Ethiopian Olympian gave it international and country wide attention when he crossed the finish line crossing his hands to show support and sympathy with those Kerro demonstrators.

            5) business were affected m, roads were closed and the division in the party started to crack.

            6) the former prime minster (Haile Mariam, which I think deserves a lot of credit) wanted change to happen and quickly (search the Mo Ibrahim video interview) and he resigned so to give space to others for the change to happen.

            7) Abiy was member of EPRDF / Oromo party and he was nominated from the four coalition to stand for election within the EPRDF.

            8) The Amhara party (Getu) supported Abiy (which he played the TPLF) as they thought the Amhara / Oromo will not support each other and they were hopping for a candidate from other smaller ethnic group.

            8) I think Lema megersa who was head of Oromo party and he did something ( I forgot exactly) to allow Abi to be the candidate.

            9) TPLF had no choice (to their credit, Debretsion) went along and took the risk without knowing what Abiy will do after.

            Then Abiy become the leader. I don’t know which part of this process created Dr. Abiy or produced it?

            It’s more like a back room deal that happens in a lot of the corporate world, where the few powerful board members make back room deal to bring their own choice.

            Ethiopia is not out of the woods as yet. As we speak, Abiy is on a mission to replace the EPRDF system (that brought him) with something else (his prosperity party). There is the election issue in Tigray and the freedom of speech is being heavily curtailed and no body knows where it will end.

            The same Oromo young who were the change makers now are challenging Abiy. What will happen we have yet to see.

            If you want a similar situation in Eritrea.

            1) IA goes to comma, and the party (PFDJ) nominates another person to take over.

            2) IA never makes it and dies while he is getting treatment in UAE.

            3) the PFDJ cries and wailes compares him to Mao and wants to preserve his legacy and lead business as usual.

            4) This new guy happens to be soft (his son) and not evil by nature and wants out.

            5) the young Sawa serving and on extended military service start to demonstrate and pressure the government to release prisoners.

            6) the new guy and his supporters create a divide and he wanted to resign so to allow reform and make room for new leader.

            7) the PFDJ appoints a young 42 year old with PhD from the YFDJ recruit serving in its diplomatic mission in Europe to take over.

            This young leader speaks, Arabic, Tigre, Tigrinya and English fluently and charms mullah and others.

            Mullah would be cheering the PFDJ system to brought a young PhD holder leader.

            BTW, IA was 45 years old when he become a leader in 1991.

            Melles was 38 or something.

            Mengustu was 35

            And Haile Slassue e was 18 when crowned, just kidding he was 38.

            Berhe

          • mad mullah

            Hello Berhe,
            I am glad you spend time to bring your point of view to light. The reality is the Ethiopian system no matter what produced the one of a few head of state with PhD in Africa. Also, he is an expert in Conflict Resolution.
            He is replacing the EPRDF with Prosperity Party… that is natural progression of development. The EPRDF has been around since 1991 it is time to move next stage of development.
            In terms of Eritrea. I don’t think you realize PDJF is dead. It is only Issiasism that is left in Eritrea. You can read SAAY article on this topic.
            If Eritrean put a PhD in power that would be miracle… a country that sends its best mind to military base and close its universities doesn’t value education. Just meet some of Sawa graduates and talk to them about education… we are losing our respect and administration for learning and education. Denqorocracy is becoming a new norm.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Mullah,

            I am not disagreeing with you about the education condition in Eritrea. But I can say confidently, that Eritrean abroad, compared to our small population have achieved great things and will continue to do so.

            You seem to be hypnotized by his title and achievements. Last time I brought this up, I got in trouble with some of our Ethiopian friends. Check out Saay medemer 101 clip, when Dr. Abiy was introducing his book.

            I am sorry I can’t imagine someone with PhD in social studies doesn’t know how to say Marx:).

            And hold on, assuming that he is one of a few head of state in Africa with Phd. Actually Africa have some of the most educated and qualified leaders.

            I thought what he said today about Eritrea and the president as champions of peace is really disheartening to hear as an Eritrean. He has no integrity left in him, praising IA as champion of peace. I understand he has look at his interests but calling him champions of peace? As an Eritrean this is really an insult.

            Berhe

          • mad mullah

            Hi Berhe,
            I don’t really care if you call it Mark or Marx… play those games trying to find fault with someone. It seems juvenile to me not even worthy of a response.
            Dr. Abiy performed a Master Class on conflict resolution in first year by doing trips and trying to set a peaceful tone.
            If he flatters and gives light to IA that is great news for Eritrea. I am more concerned with Eritrean in Eritrea suffering.
            IA is warlord like Jonas Savimbi or Aideed in somalia… he runs Eritrea like a guerrilla army. Peace and open border is recipe for his demise.
            What I am concerned about in Eritrea is denqorocracy because of Issiasism. The disrespect for educated and proficient people in Issiasism. All the talent and educated people in eritrea that had an opportunity left already. Denqorocracy is the new norm. Like I said just talk to someone of Sawa graduate.
            The best thing that the Opposition can do is fight Denqorocracy. Put someone educated and people with advance degree in the front.
            Just like Rwanda and Botswana are example of successful African country. The EPRDF system which produce Dr. Abiy gives the neighborhood in Horn to ask why can’t we produce a young PhD to lead our country…
            Of course, the alternative is 74 year old college drop out…

          • mad mullah

            Hello Berhe,
            My main concern is denqorocracy. If you talk to recent graduate of Sawa can you see a new cultural deficiency with less respect for education and learning and proficiency.
            The most talented and most educated members of Eritrean society that can find a escape mechanism have already left.

            What is left is denqorocracy and issiasism.

            This denqorocracy has of its element in Gedhli generation and is impacting Eritrea diaspora.

            On Dr. Abiy… I really don’t care if you call him Mark Marx Mart or Kmart.. it is not a big deal. I think there is juvenile element in the Eritrean opposition that wants to find fault in Dr. Abiy for simple fact that Dr. Abiy gives limelight to IA.
            The opposition is blinded by its hate of IA to the point it will do things detrimental to the plight of Eritrean people to achieve its goal. It is not different from ELF vs EPLF tragedy. Denqorocracy is not a new Eritrea disease.

            We are going to disagree.

            I believe the demise to IA will be open border and peace and you and opposition feels that demise of IA will be due to global isolation of IA and suffering of the Eritrean people.

            I am not hypnotized by titles or achievement. I just simple asked myself what kind of system produces someone like Dr. Abiy?
            The sad reality is that Eritrean in Eritrea or opposition in Diaspora haven’t been able to produce something like that…
            This is not unusually I remember a Kenyan at airport in Nairobi asking me why can’t Kenya system produce someone like Paul Kagame and his system…
            We have to go beyond individual and look at the system or culture that produce exceptional human beings.
            Of course, Ethiopian system could have produce an ex-military person with minimal education like Mengustu fortunately for 110+ million Ethiopian that is not the case.

            The rational question to ask yourself is what will lead to demise of IA and system of denqorocracy.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Mullah,

            I take it, if you made up your mind on something, you do not give a second thought your leave any room for doubt ….

            The sad reality is that Eritrean in Eritrea or opposition in Diaspora haven't been able to produce something like that...

            I don’t really see any point to continue this, and I don’t know how many times I have to repeat myself. We are where we are today. What do you suggest that we do. Let’s leave the comparison aside. BTW, I am not trying to compare Eritreans with Ethiopians or that I am not happy with Ethiopian people political or other achievements. My purpose is to help you understand as I feel, you are putting Eritrean people ability in doubt and reading it from your own view.

            For example you said “Eritreans in Diaspora are not able to produce something like that [someone like Dr. Abiy] I suppose”. Are you series? Let alone to lead the people of Eritrea, Eritrean have become part and parcel of the political establishment on their adapted countries. I will give you some example focusing in those in politics for now.

            Berhe

            Some of the successful:
            1) Arhe Hamednaca – Former ELF fighter and now member of the Sweden parliament for the past 10 year or so.
            2) Joe Neguse – is Eritrean American member of congress.

            Some of the Hopeful:
            Ibrahim Omer: is a Sawa graduate former refugee who is a Candidate for the Labor part in NewZealand.

            Some of those who attempted:

            Dr. Berhan Ahmed: Run for Australian Parliament as the first African born Australian. He also run for mayor of Melbourne.
            Saron Gebresellassi: a lawyer by profession run for the mayor of Toronto in Canada.
            Andom Ghebreghiorgis : ran for election as democratic candidate to the U.S. House of representative in New York’s 16th Congressional District.
            Yafet Tewelde: run in the Canadian federal election as member of member NDP in Canada.

            Mussie Ephrem- Served for many years as advisor to the Swedish national Parliament in foreign policy.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Brehe; it is amazing how two people can think so differently. What you listed as success and successful; not only they board me to death but those are the worst jobs to have. Who wants to be a mayor? Parliament or congress? Wow. if i can be a president or prime mister, maybe; because i can change things but anything else, hell NO! Berhe you seem to have this misplaced admiration and respect for authority figures. They are nothing but crooks.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            Don’t push me to call you hangol derho. Those that I listed are not authority figures but publicly elected people representatives who chose to serve. I listed them because the discussion is about Eritreans reaching higher public offices. As a dictator war-shipper something you don’t understand.

            There is a big difference. You admire the most corrupted and the most authoritarian on the face of the earth and you try to flip the argument.

            Now I invite you to listen to Yemane Barya, Hagerey Zibele.

            Berhe

          • Sultan

            Selam Berhe:
            So you know my little Cousin Gorgo Drar?
            Gorjo’s history!That was the tip of the Icebeg
            Check Gorjo’s videos about life and life skills as to how to live a better and productive life and make a better family!

            Falsalfa?
            My nebsi, an Eritrean ID and icon @ its ( their) best.
            He reminds me about Osman Salih Sabbe’ and Ibrahim Affa as well as MelAke Tekhle and persons , the BEST people and Leaders Eritrea could produce, the reason IA and Abdela Idris silently or otherwise silenced.

            Hayat Aden gave him an A+!

            Not sure you understood mad mullah fully since he was not talking about lack of good leaders of Eritrea but about the hijacking and silencing of them, and blocking and banning by IA a conducive environment to produce and to give a chance to have Eritrean Dr Abiys per my understanding!

          • Saleh Johar

            Sultan dear,
            Please do not translate what others say. If someone doesn’t understand something, let them ask themselves. The same with Mullah, what he says is clear to me yet you though I needed someone to explain it to me. Please add your views but trying to translate what we all understand is counterproductive. Just a brotherly suggestion.

          • Sultan

            Salih:
            I always add “ per my understanding” to avoid such a perception besides trying to be positive and optimistic!

          • mad mullah

            Sultan,
            you understand me clearly… no wonder you have picture of some from anseba.

          • mad mullah

            Sultan,
            I think you understand what I am saying. We haven’t a system that can produce people like Dr. Abiy in Eritrea or Opposition.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hope,

            I like Gorgo been following him since he started. I liked his investment advice and not much time fir the Tony Robbins kind of self help. I read a lot of that long time ago, but I like his over all approach and the positive message he is sending and the lessons he is sharing.

            Falfasa is my favourite. I am in touch with both and exchange messages (mostly I comment and encourage them). I also like Yoel and the Samson Solomon.

            All these guys grew up in PFDJ Eritrea and they are all talented and are more than capable of leading.

            I have not seen a very inspiring women role model as yet. I like Feruz Werede but she is more an activist. The few that I know (tge popular) are really have no objective just random halewlew.

            I can’t stand these marketing people that are popping every week, which a lot of them are women and sone of my cousins are harassing me to join:).

            Berhe

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Berhe Y,

            I think you are being annoyed by mad mullah’s emphasis.
            In his defense, it helps if you have an education and knowledge in carrying out your duties for a more likely successful outcome.

            I think PM Meles can be considered a drop out when he took over the leadership of the country.
            In my book, he was an extremely gifted leader and grew in to his position of leadership, so much so, world leaders paid attention. Early on I took Meles and PIA as twins, little did I know that they were poles apart. (Ethiopia’s AMLAK, you could have had Meles, we..PIA)
            In addition, I have encountered many disgraceful and idiotic PHDs that we should never depend on it. Results of performance is the key in my opinion.

            Mr. K. H

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Kim,

            Yeah kind off. I don’t mind the emphasis but what’s got to do with Eritrea and why he keeps comparing them. Eritrea has a dictator, who closed off the only university we have. No body here is defending IA or his system of government.

            Berhe

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat Mad,
            As I said before I see a colonel, you see a Dr.
            You see a Gobezocracy and I see Qoretsecracy.
            We have different views on this newbie and let’s close it here.

          • mad mullah

            Hello…
            I assume you are Eritrean… an unfortunately it will take us another 20-30 years before we see someone like Dr. Abiy produced by Eritrean Political system.
            Like I said via the current Eritrean lens and development Dr. Abiy is anomaly… you can take the camel to the water but you can’t make it drink… we are accustomed to Denqorocracy… I think we are they only country in Africa to be ruled by a college drop out.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hi Mad Mullah,
            Yes, I am Eritrean.
            Isayas doesn’t define Eritrea. እዝ ውን ክሓልፍ ‘ዩ። ተስፋ ኣይትቑረጽ
            It is not because he was a drop-out [actually close to be expelled, just to be clear], but he has sick mind.
            Speaking of drop-out, it is the 2nd college drop-out boss I have worked and hey they have wiped out all my debts. I would love to work for the 3rd drop-out guy!

          • Samuel

            Selam mad mullah,
            You said “I think we are they only country in Africa to be ruled by a college drop out.“.

            Just curious, Do you know that most if not all EPRDF leaders/TPLF leaders who produced Dr. Abiy** and introduced developmental state to the country are college dropouts? Meles Zenawi the brain of the Ethiopia developmental state was second year dropout before he joined armed struggle. What is your point? college dropouts can’t change a country?

            I am sure you are not going to answer my question, because you haven’t answered my previous question. Stop pretending…..

            Thanks,

          • mad mullah

            Hi Samuel,
            The difference between your Eritrean college drop and EPRDF.. that Meles required everyone that wanted to hold position to get their college education. Meles I believe got his Master degree and was consummate learner. You can even read his Thesis online if you like…
            Those EPRDF also opened many university and urge their member to get advance degree… Dr. Abiy is product of that system… because every year as he changed his position he got his higher education.

            In Eritrea, we started worshiping soldiers- Sawa became our university and our bureaucracy was run by denqorocracy.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hi mad mullah
            So, you are admiring what EPRDF’s system then. You were not clear before.
            But, I still see Abiy is a colonel. No worries, we will have our turn.

          • mad mullah

            Hello
            It is free world you can see Dr. Abiy as colonel. What is the old saying you can take everything from man except his education. Make him your colonel at least you have a new leader.

          • mad mullah

            Helllo
            Their system produced someone like Dr. Abiy… I am not a fan of EPRDF for treatment of Eritrean-Ethiopia in 1998 and border war… but have elevated Ethiopia to new level that is just the reality… Just Paul Kagame took Rwanda from Genocide to one of best economies in Africa…

          • Samuel

            Selam mad mullah,
            Stop your hasty generalization, please. Another reminder, I told you last time that I am Ethiopian, thus don’t assume anyone who oppose Abiy is Eritrean opposition or something like that.

            Let me ask you again my previous question:-

            If you appreciate Abiy for freeing political prisoners (rightly so), Why are you not criticizing him now? I assume freeing political prisoners should be your fundamental principle. Why is Abiy arresting political leaders?

            Thanks,

          • mad mullah

            Hi Samuel,
            If you are Ethiopian then you should be proud. I don’t know what you want me to tell you. Sometimes you have to action for safety and security in society. Do you want to see more violence and riots. If the opposition wants to play role setup a political party and start running…

          • Samuel

            Selam mad mullah,
            I knew you are not going to answer it, I will leave it there. Just FYI, You are having both ways, you appreciated him for freeing political prisoners, at the same time you are encouraging him to arrest political leaders who are demanding their constitutional rights to be respected.
            Note that most opposition leaders are in prison, the political space in Addis Ababa has shrunk to zero or submissive opposition like Ezema (the other side of PP coin).

            From your responses I am 100% convinced that you are not much familiar with Ethiopian politics, OR you seem to be stopped refreshing yourself since 2018.

            Thanks,

          • mad mullah

            Hi Samuel,
            I don’t spend too much time on politics. If people are causing violence and and instigating riots put them behind… if they want to form a party and run let them. What am I missing? Even Trump is calling Federal troops to go different cities…

          • Saleh Johar

            Mullah,
            What is the Eritrean opposition to you? One entity? No it’s not. But you are falling into the mistake many overlook. There is no one giant organization the way you describe it. But overall, the Eritrean opposition body is run by young people. And we do not have the habit of shooting members based on age. It’s a popular struggle and as such every age group is present. It’s a chain not separate rings. If you have a specific party in mind, specify it but you blanket identification of “Eritrean opposition” as one body is something you shouldn’t repeat. I think. That is because people on the know would just laugh at it. But you have some reason. Elements with leverage tried very hard to separate the opposition into age clusters and that created a wrong perception. The goal was to separate the malleable and the stubborn veterans and judging from your comments, they succeeded in creating the perception. If we are to discuss issues objectively please identify which party or organization you mean and do not refer in a generic opposition appellation. I hope you think about it.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Sorry for the interruption, Ustaz SaleH 🙁

          • Saleh Johar

            C;mon Mehandis! What interruption? Anyone can have a say on what is being discussed but it shouldn’t be paternalistic. That is the kind of interruption i object to, not the natural interjection.

          • Aligaz G

            Ato Saleh,

            What revolving thingy are you referring to? Are you denying political prisoners in the hundreds of thousands were released?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Aligaz,

            To me “revolving thing“ refers that the once emptied prisons by Abiy are being in the process of filling them, already in the thousands. In short it means, Politicians and none politicians who where released are back to jails again – through Abiy’s revolving door.

          • Aligaz G

            AH,

            If people are being arrested without cause then you might be correct. But the accusations are serious and the public disturbances were organized and led so let’s just deal with facts.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Aligaz,

            If you remember the 2005 election, similar protesters looted and destroyed businesses in Addis, and were organized by the alliance of the oppositions that include Ginbot-7. The government of (EPRDF) took similar action like Abiy. The same demonstrations destroyed and burned industries and businesses during 2015- 2017 that lead to the resignation of HD. Similar action against protesters and leading politicians were taken.

            In a partisanship political atmosphere, people try to justify according their taste and their natural alliance. That was then and that is now. Demonstrations are intended for airing and voicing your grievances. It was grievances then and it is grievances today. If grievances are not addressed properly, demonstrations and destruction of property will continue unabated.

          • Aligaz G

            AH,

            Perhaps

          • Admassie

            Selam Amanuel Hidrat,

            ” In a partisanship political atmosphere, people try to justify according their taste and their natural alliance. That was then and that is now. Demonstrations are intended for airing and voicing your grievances. It was grievances then and it is grievances today. If grievances are not addressed properly, demonstrations and destruction of property will continue unabated.”

            Your note above is the exact summary of the political atmosphere in Ethiopia. The action of the government and its justification in every aspect is similar to that of EPRDF. The difference is, this time,TPLF is not in the power. So, now all of a sudden that typical action, the killing and jailing, becomes holly. Well, the thing is Abiy is saying “መግደልና ማሰር በእኔ ያምራል!” His supporters are clapping “አብያችን ይመችህ:-) አንተ እስከሆንክልን ድረስ አምባገነንነት ለዘልዓለም ይኑር!”

            Some one who was in his circle, now pushed a little bit aside, says “I have seen a dictator in the making and a person full of himself .”

          • Saleh Johar

            Aligaz,
            Didn’t say that, but now that you tell say “hundreds of thousands” yes, I am rejecting that. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS!!!
            A prison with a revolving door is one where some prisoners get out and other prisoners get in… something like that.

          • Aligaz G

            Ato Saleh,

            The number of political prisoners released just in Oromia region was right around 100,000 believe it or not. So your revolving thingy falls flat.

          • Saleh Johar

            Aligaz,
            When you are out to defend a person, somehow any discussion veers and branches out endlessly. I have years worth of experience dealing with the Isaias cult. And this discussion with you has already left the original point and has gone to numbers. It’s the right time to get off board. I discussed it enough and it’s time to move on. Thank you

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            Is there any topic you haven’t discussed thoroughly yet?
            Also, are you equating the criminals who are currently in prison with those political prisoners under Tplf?

          • Saleh Johar

            Abi,
            1-Nope. 2- Nope
            People shouldn’t be in prison for political reasons, now or before or in the future unless it is a court order under a legitimate court. But my comment depend on the type of question and the context. That is my answer to personality defense sounding questions and those who like to branch out on discussions

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            No need to branch out discussions unnecessarily.
            ጉንጭ ማልፋት ነው ትርፉ::

          • Aligaz G

            Ato Saleh,

            You raised the point about prisoners being released and being rearrested – in other words a revolving door situation. The point was raised in order to create a false equivalency between Abiy and TPLF. Fair enough. But when I very gently mentioned some numbers your response is to flatly deny the well known numbers and withdraw from the “field” mumbling something incoherent about cults and their defenders. And to top it all off you accuse me of changing the topic – all in one small paragraph. Genius

          • Saleh Johar

            Thank you Aligaz,
            Let’s move on.

          • Girma

            Selam Aligaz,

            The new prisoners have already outnumbered the old ones. Due to space shortage in regular prisons, several schools and warehouses have been restructured to prisons. So, Abiy has no credit left in this regard.

          • Aligaz G

            Girma,

            Do you have the numbers? Facts speak loudest

          • Girma

            Selam Aligaz,

            No, I have no evidence sir, I just used the existing information to come up with such conclusion.
            In the past all prisoners were housed in state prisons. Now, despite tens of thousands of layoffs, additional buildings are needed to accommodate prisoners. Hence the logical claim, the number of those now arrested is much higher than that of the previous ones.

          • Aligaz G

            Girma,

            Very gently – everybody has … a unique opinion. So don’t present your assumptions as facts. More intellectual traction for you to admit all these exaggerations are a means to fire up the home team and move on.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Saleh,

            When you say: “Don’t you think you are mistaking the Eritrean opposition for the ruling party they are opposing?”

            To the point and is smart argument. I always laugh when these guys make irrelevant comparison. More so, when MM use tigrignized words that are known only to him. How about, commit himself to reading books in order to be familiarized with standardized terminologies and concepts?

          • Samuel

            Selam mad mullah,
            You said “Dr. Abiy frees political prison and try to win popular support.“.

            Just curious, is that how it looks today? In the last two years Abiy has arrested more than 10,000 (ten thousand) Ethiopians, this number is government acknowledged number. Which includes prominent opposition leaders. Here are the ones the government has acknowledged political leaders —

            Oromo Nationalist (Oromummaa):
            Jawar, Bekele, OLF leaders, OMN journalist, etc.

            Ethiopianist groups:
            Eskinder, Lidetu, Yilkal Getnet, etc.

            If you appreciate Abiy for freeing political prisoners (rightly so), Why are you not criticizing him now? I assume freeing political prisoners should be your fundamental principle. Why is he arresting political leaders?

            Thank,

          • Dongolo

            Selam Samuel. You are right, Abiy is simply too weak and is now locking up people in masses just like the TPLF did in my its prime. He needs to quickly take strong action to immediately destroy the TPLF, to maintain his credibility and as a first required measure in order to secure Ethiopia. If he is incapable of doing so, he should resign and give the power to someone like Jawas.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Samuel,

            No principles. Their reaction is based on Tifozenet. If they were against imprisonments back then, they should also be now.

          • Selam mad mullah,

            Why was it that tplf accepted HMD with open arms when he came to power, and hell opened after PMAA came to the scene? HMD was a puppy in tplf’s lap, while pmAA is a tiger they can’t control. Moreover, he made tplf irrelevant in the Ethiopian political playing ground. Hence the hate for this man from the tplf side, right from the start
            From the Eritrean side, i think that it is the wrong concept that Abiy has resuscitated (resuscitating) IA to power, he was in no way going to lose it anyway. As you said, peace and economic development may undermine his power, because if people get something out of peace, economic well being, for example, they will demand for more, i.e., political freedom and the rest. If the eritrean society remains in the same situation as it happens to be for two decades, no change would come, even if the ethiopian pm were absent from the political scene.
            Why doesn’t Abiy tell IA to change, is another point that pops up. In simple terms, it is not in his hands to make IA change his mind.
            Why does Abiy continue to have relations with IA? He can’t make peace and remain unfriendly at the same time, as it used to be during the no-war-no-peace era . He can’t build a bridge and a wall at the same time.
            Look what happened a day ago. Tplf which condemns IA and his regime day and night asked for reconciliation, which the Eritrean regime and Eritrean political groups dumped right away. This is a provocation, when tplf which sits on eritrean land, refuses to respect the decision of the eebc and that of the ethiopian government, asks for friendship for its own interest sake. It is insulting the intelligence of eritreans, thus giving food to IA.
            Therefore, if one way has failed, trying the other way that may benefit the people could bring better results. Why should the rapprochement of the two leaders be anathema without giving it the benefit of the doubt?

          • Dongolo

            Selam Horizon. At this stage, Eritrea should immediately cut diplomatic relations with Ethiopia and annul the peace agreement as Abiy is too weak and has been incapable of delivering what he has promised. Sad in that Abiy extends the long line of Ethiopian leaders that cannot be trusted by Eritrea.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Mad mullah,

      If the piece is written by Awate team (AT), wouldn’t it appropriate to address your comment than to Saleh?

      • mad mullah

        Hello Amanuel,
        I didn’t see who the author was… I think it is decent article and it discuss some of activities in Horn. It however promotes IA…. “Abiy must be excited to have an able godfather as Isaias”… all this is conjecture. It portrays the relation between Dr. Abiy and IA as mentor and mentee. I don’t think this is reality. Dr. Abiy can run circles around IA.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    Thank you, AT!
    *ሓደ-ሓደ ዶ ወስ ከነብል

    ኣብዝ እዋን ሓድሽ ዲፕሎማሲ
    መን ዩ ተላ ኣኺ መን ዩኸ ሃንዳሲ
    ክንፈልጥ ይመስለኒ ዩ ኣገዳሲ
    ኣስመራ ፊንፊነ
    ካርቱም ቀኒኻ
    ድቕድቕ ካይሮ ናብ ኣል-ሲሲ
    እነሀልካ ዳእሲ!

    ሽዑኡ
    ኮለኔል ተብተብ ናብ ኣስመራ
    ክንገር ዝትማህዘ ሽጣራ
    ንሱን መሓዝኡን ጥራይ ብሱትራ
    ካልእ ግን ምስ ዓይና ዓዊራ

    ሲሲ
    ናየል ምባል
    ዝሕል
    ኮለኔል
    ‘ንታይ ከምዝመኸረካ
    ናይ ዓዲ-ሃሎ መሃንዘል
    እንድዒ
    ኣቤት! ጉድኩም ምስወጸ…..

    *ኣንታ ዝግጥምስ ወልፊ ዩ ግዲ

  • Yoni

    Hi AT,
    Great analysis. I thought I was reading Chatham House, Foreign Affairs or African Confidential and I kept anticipating in the analysis.. .but was sorely disappointed. Isais’s regional trotting is irrelevant to Eritrea and Eritreans. The main question is what does Eritrea and Eritreans get from all this. Zero, nada. “Tsmblalit meAquera zeikedenets Endamata eyu nay Isais neger”.

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Yoni,
      The editorial’s aim was to explain that Isaias’ movements and action doesn’t have anything to do with Eritrea or it’s people. It’s all about his personal ambitions.

      • Abi

        Selam Ato Saleh
        I disagree.
        Eritrea is going to be the first Neighboring country to receive a substantial electric power from the dam. Her portion increases throughout the completion of the dam. At the end of the day, Eritrea’s electricity need will be covered by GERD.
        Egypt has asked to co-manage the dam at the last meeting which Ethiopia outrightly rejected it.

        • Saleh Johar

          Abi,
          I don’t understand why and on what but you I know you disagree and I couldn’t guess on what.

          On the benefits of GERD to the region, I am a firm believer it benefits the region and I have stated my position in it when many were against it. I hope you agree on that.:-)

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            I absolutely agree with you on your firm stand on the GERD issues. I’m a witness that you never hesitated to support Ethiopia’s right for its share of the river.

            What I didn’t agree with you was on your assumption that Eritrea doesn’t benefit from Isu’s diplomatic shuttles. I’m a strong believer that Eritrea will benefit greatly at the end of the day.

          • Brhan

            Abi
            Can you give us other examples , how will Eritrea benefit from the dictator’s visit to Egypt to deliver message on behalf of PM A. Ahmed?
            You have mentioned electirc power, so you do not have to repeat it. Now you are saying Eritrea will benefit greatly at the end of the day: greatly in what?

          • Abi

            Brhan
            There is going to be a electric powered brighter peace in the near future.
            GERD is probably the most burning issue in the minds of Ethiopia loving people. Isuye’s involvements in calming the situation that concerns the people is going to have a long lasting positive relationship between the two countries.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            Isuye??? ኢሱየ. wow. How things change.

            BTW, what happened to our wall? Are you still building it?

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            በርሃዬ የኔ ደረቅ
            “our wall “?
            You never supported my wall to start with.

            እኔ ስገነባ ኢሱዬ ሲያፈርስ
            መንገዴ ላይ ቆመ አንጀቴ እንዳይርስ
            እድሜውን በሙሉ ድልድይ ሲያፈርስ ኖሮ
            መገንባት አይማር “ሀ” ብሎ ዘንድሮ
            አልሰማው አለ የራእሲ አቢ እሮሮ

            ዘንድሮ አልተሳካም አልሰመረም ህልሜ
            እንዳያመኝ ሰጋሁ በኢስዬ ፍቅር ታምሜ

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,

            Yes you are correct, I never supported your “wall”. So are you confirming that you don’t support “your wall” anymore?

            I told you on many occasion that you are wrong about Isu and his love and commitment to Ethiopia. Eritrea is just a means.

            Be careful what you wish for. I think Seray who said, Isayas Afeworki has the opposite Mides touch. Everything he touches turns to ash.

            As to your new found love, our people say “ሓዲሽ ፍቕሪ መወዲኢ እኽሊ” or something like this “አዲስ ፍቅር፡ እህል ማስጨረሻ”. My friend was laughing the other day I told him ቅዳሜ ምጣ::

            Berhe

          • Abi

            Hawna Berhe
            I said I need the wall built but Isu keeps demolishing it:)
            What we want and what is actually happening is totally different.
            ኢሱይዬን አትጨቅጭቅብኝ!!

          • Brhan

            Abi,
            Have you heard the English proverb that says charity begins at home?
            Saying “the dictator involvements in calming situation that concerns the people is a slap at the faces of Eritrean people, as well as the Oromo people”

          • Abi

            Brhan
            Are you saying Eritrean people are allergic to peace? I don’t think you represent more than one Eritrean.
            I see you are still in the dark.

          • Brhan

            Abi or Tiny ( because of your tiny mind)
            I don’t think an Eritrean for you is no one but only the dictator.

          • Abi

            Brhan
            My tiny mind helps me realize what is unfolding before us. Your Swollen mind has stopped functioning since you chose to remain in the dark.

          • Brhan

            Abi,
            Do not worry. The more you stay in awate.com the more your mind will grow.

          • Consolation

            Birhan,

            If you are a specimen of those whose mind has grown as a result of hanging out here, then I better stay away. There are a million things I can do to grow my mind and hanging out with the likes of you is not one of them!

          • Brhan

            Consolation,
            If : الحقيقة المرة ሓቂ ወሓጥ ወላ ምራር ትኹንI offended you I am sorry, it is truth and must be said. It was a lesson for Abdu to speak about himself and not to speak by saying “we to depciting himself as if he is representing a group of people. I believe Abdu learned from that and that happened in this forum.

          • Abi

            Brhan
            Nothing more to learn here.
            Everything is recycled hundreds of times.
            The only thing I learned from you and the short circuited MM is the bigoted team “ Amharized Oromo “.
            Thank you.

          • Brhan

            Abi,
            Do not thank me. It is my duty.

        • mad mullah

          Hi Abi,
          How do you know if Eritrea’s electricity need would be covered by GERD?

          • Sultan

            Mad Mullah:
            Abi knows that Eritrea can and will be self-diffident over very soon from the Solar Power, Windmill , Hydrothermal and related clean energy sources, GIATANTEED!
            He knows that the seemingly unfeasible Red Sea. Dam shall be a REALITY within few years once the Potash and Precious Metal Mining as well as the Fishing and Tourism Industries kick in.

          • Abi

            King Sultan
            Looks like you run out of zeros and exclamation marks to decorate your comments.
            Isu has more zeros for sale for some ገራገር like you.
            What was the topic again? You stuffed so much in your comment I got confused.

          • Sultan

            Guaddu:
            I got more zeros saved for u:

            -Eritrea has the cheapest but the cleanest and lucrative sources of clean energy
            -Eritrea’s Precious Metal Mining is worth of $50 billion with a Minimg life of 25 years

            -Eritrea has huge Tourism, Fishing and Salt industries potential worth of more than a $ 1 billion annual income
            -Eritrea has a huge reserve of Potash worth of a $ 1 trillion with a Mine Life of 300 years
            Get ready for this and get some prophylactic medications for migraine and prepare to avoid too much stress to avoid Takotsubu Cardiomyopathy;
            -Eritrea is claimed to have massive deposit of oil and gas,even exaggerated to be more than that of Saudi Arabia and Qatar combined per the US-based Energy Intelligence, and only at N Massawa basin based on seismic and geologic asst due to its strategic and geographic Nuba Basin location

            -The future Red Sea Dam is not only feasible and possible/ achievable but it will the source of the cheapest but the cleanest and the most lucrative Clean Energy worth of billions of $$$ and can cover the energy needs of E Africa and Middle East!

            Finally :
            -Eritrea’s potential of its Afro-animal Industry cannot be minimized
            Get ready
            Oops, I forgot the most important potential if Eritrea:
            Its genius Human Resources potential across the globe!

            Have you realized how many Eritrean Professors are engaged in this forum alone?
            Go and figure it out.

            Thanks to Dr AAA for he has created the conducive environment to jump-start our journey to the Promised Land!
            PIA will no longer be an obstacle to that journey as his time is to be so close to up and to its END!
            The END of story!

      • Simon Kaleab

        Selam Saleh G.,

        Saudi-UAE intervention in Yemen is legitimate self-defence against Iranian meddling in the region since the 1980’s.

        • Saleh Johar

          Yes Simon,

          I am sure you believe so.

        • Brhan

          Hi Simon,
          Is Iran meddling in Ethiopia?

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Brhan,

            Is Iran meddling in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, and Yemen?

          • Brhan

            Simon,
            “ኣብዚ ከባቢ ብጀካ ኢራን ካል እ ሰብኣይ ሰብኡት የለን ዲኻ ትብል ዘለኻ!?

          • Simon Kaleab

            Brhan,

            You are a ducking and diving trapeze artist.

            Can you tell me if you have any information?

          • Brhan

            Abi,
            What do you call a person who thumbs up to Tigirnya poems here in awate forum and can’t answer a simple question written in Tigrinya:
            A) Does not now Tigrinya at all
            B) Ducking and diving trapeze artist
            C) All of the above.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Brhan,

            You are dodging my questions. You are leapfrogging from topic to topic, pillar to post. Nice strategy.

          • Brhan

            Simon,
            You said “my knowledge of Tigrinyais better than your knowledge of English”. English is not my mother tongue but Tigrinya is. I can thumb up to an English poem because I have knowledge of English. You did thumb up for a Tigrinya poems but still can’t answer to a simple question written in simple words in Tigrinya. That made me suspsect if those thumb up of yours are fake. To prove me worong answer my question:
            “ኣብዚ ከባቢ ብጀካ ኢራን ካል እ ሰብኣይ ሰብኡት የለን ዲኻ ትብል ዘለኻ!?

          • Simon Kaleab

            Brhan,

            You need to ask those countries.

            Are you still refusing to answer my questions and jump around from topic to topic?

            Off topic:
            Would you like to share a ghostwriter, for your English, with Nitricc ?

          • Nitricc

            By the way, my knowledge of Tigrinya is better than your knowledge of English. You are not better than Nitricc.

            Simon, the original Cartoon. why are you so proud of about the English language? I wonder if that is all you have to show on your life. Who brags about knowing the English language? I feel sorry for your pathetic life , good luck with the English language.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Nitricc,

            Brhan wants to borrow your ghostwriter. Do not worry, he is a crypto-PFDJ.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Simon, the original overweight slave. i say that because you don’t manage to know your own mother language but you are so freaking proud because you mastered your tormentor language. I wish you know what your master think of you. you should be ashamed not beaming with pride. This shows me your stupid typical African mentality. Hopefully my good friend Kim understands when i keep saying the African mentality. I invest more far in knowing Tigrigna than I do for English, i even give it a shoot at learning Amharic, Because i wanted to know what Ras Abiy and Kim conspire about my country. Do you think they will speak English IN front me? Now you know why i call you Simon, the original cartoon and over-weight slave.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Nitricc,

            Why are you in the USA? Why don’t you go back to Ethiopia or Eritrea to enjoy the freedoms?

    • Consolation

      Hi Yoni,

      Do you actually believe that Eritrea does not benefit if there is peace in the region?

      • Simon Kaleab

        Selam Consolation,

        Eritrea could benefit from peace, but Isaias benefits from permanent conflict.

        • Consolation

          Selam Selam,

          What you say is very silly when the topic at hand is Isaias’ shuttle peace diplomacy. But what is bothering you is the fact that Isaias is going to bury the Weyanes. No genuine Eritrean has any objection to the total eradication of the TPLF. It benefits Eritrea and also Isaias’ legacy in passing to the next generation an Eritrea that has defeated the dirtiest back-stabbers who launched a scurrilous attempt to erase our sovereignty.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Consolation
            Peace can never go in the same sentence with Isayas. Never.

          • Consolation

            Selam Mehandis,

            ዓመታት ለፍሊፈ
            ዘይተኣደነ ጽሒፈ
            ወያነ ምስተጓሕፈ
            ጥራይ ኢደይ ተሪፈ

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat consolation

            ወያነ-ወያነ ምባል ዘብዝሑ
            ወየንቲ ኴኖም ይጸንሑ
            መሰረት ዘርኦም ይኽሕዱ
            ንግዜኡ ግን ሰብ የደናግሩ

            ኣጆኻ! ኣይትፍራሕ
            ሳላ ወያነ ትግራይ ማዕቢላ
            ዘርኢ ወያነ ተኾንካ
            ወድኺ ‘የ በላ

            ስለምንታይ ነብስኻ ትንዕቕ?
            ኣብ ክንዲ ትሕበን
            ካብኣ ክትርሕቕ
            ትፍትን
            ዓገብ!

          • Simon Kaleab

            Consolation,

            Isaias and Eritrea are not one and the same, unless you are a member of the cult.

            TPLF and Isaias can bury each other for all I care. You have no influence over the outcome other than talk, Mentioning TPLF is the fallback position for cult members.

            Finally, your opinion on who is genuine is irrelevant, as anyone could ask the same question about you. Now go back and hide in the tent of the followers.

          • Consolation

            Selam Simon,

            There are genuine Eritreans and there are Weyane servants who have sold themselves for pocket money. Genuine Eritreans are very eager to see the total eradication of the Weyane thugs. It is not just Isaias who will bury the TPLF but genuine Eritreans. As events are moving very fast, we shall very soon see who it is who will hide.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Consolation,

            You may be a genuine Oromo or an Amhara or a Derg cadre. No evidence that you are a genuine Eritrean.

          • Consolation

            Simon,

            I may even be a bot, but one thing I am not is a Weyane stooge. There is nothing more degraded than a traitor, and an Eritrean who slaves for the TPLF is the lowest form of life.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Consolation,

            Which one are you? Oromo liberation, Amhara domination or Derg’s killer squad.

            TPLF’s address is well known. I can organise a whip-round for your one way air ticket.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Simon,

            “ Mentioning TPLF is the fallback position for cult members.” Actually, when they keep bringing it frequently it justify your characterization. No common sense, it is direct from the “brainwashing manual.”

    • Brhan

      Hello Yoni,
      You know that foreign affairs vital to any country but Eritrea’s foreign affairs are conducted by the dictator. As writers, what, the awate team, did I believe is to shed a light go to the news that the regime wants to hide from Eritreans. The regimes brags about its foreign visits news in its media by giving broad and catchy titles. Isayas has a rule: ከምዚ ዓይነት ዝርዝር ዜና ንተራ ኤርትራውያን እንታይ ክዓበሰሎም ኢዩ! When we present such articles, it is not only about shading a light but also challenging the regime’s policy of hiding the news from Eritreans.
      The article might have not covered the whole detalis, but it has tried, to do so, when it is rare to find Eritrean news analysis elsewhere. You can also come with our analysis to add to what presented here.

  • Ismail AA

    Selam Awate Team,

    You wrote about the travels of the dictator around the nations of the region. It’s a familiar end -of-life-span of dictators. Because they have no noticeable legacy save elaborate organs of repression and dungeons, they rush to seek it in statesmanship, and present themselves as peace makers. How many of us do not remember several of them in Africa and elsewhere spending the last phase of their rules as mediators and go-betweens in trouble spots. Did not Emperor Hailesellassie and others like him leave impression of statesmanship, and through well funded propaganda campaigns, posterity got so much enamoured and invested in erecting statues for them?

  • Abi

    Hello all
    The diplomatic acumen of His Excellency President Isu Chisu should not be overlooked.
    Eritrea will be greatly compensated for his troubles and travels.
    የቐንየለይ ሓውና ኢሱ

    Although nothing substantial said about General Filipos’ travels to The Sudan, the purpose is to block the escape routes of the aging Tplf thugs that are fracturing faster than their hip bones by each passing day.

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam
    2 points
    1, 3A went to asmera after a lots of days the dam started filling the first stage of the reservoir, 3A went to asmera 3 days before the completion of the first stage filling .
    2, even though meles knowingly and intentionally let “gerd” loot by ‘ metec”, he was the one started the gerd project, he was the one made ethiopia people and previous govs of ethiopia dream come true.