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Eritrea, Ethiopia’s Hostage

Anyone who went through the miseries and cruelties of the successive Ethiopian occupation (Haile Selassie’s and Mengistu’s) followed by the PFDJ oppression, would never wish for a perpetual rule by similar regimes. In fact, if it was possible, the victims of these regimes wish to erase the painful memories, let alone welcome their reincarnation. But sadly, there is a sadistic fringe of society that always dances to the beat of occupation, oppression, and humiliation.

In the last three years, we have seen frantic attempts to bring back the dark era of occupation by providing more support to the current oppression in Eritrea. It attempts to repeat what it has always been doing, with the same behavior of Andenet (union party), and the servile Militia-Sernay, the hirelings who served different occupational forces for handful of wheat. And that’s the main problem.

Taboos

Serious social blunders in our history are treated like taboos and remain under the surface. However, that leaves the doors open for the oppressors of the past to get a foothold in Eritrea to repeat the miseries of the past. And that is why I urge the people to keep their memories alive. If memories are erased (or, where empty to begin with), nothing stops the culprits from making bad judgements and race to host the perpetrators of the painful past.

Decent people, albeit unhelpful, avoid discussing the experiences of the past to protect a few overly sensitive people whose feelings are easily hurt, even on the face of truth. For instance, why do many knowledgeable Eritreans avoid discussing the crimes committed by the Eritrean Commandis (Commandos) forces that served the Haile Selassie regime? So far, for decades, the discussion about it is so much feared and avoided to the extent that one would think it never happened.

Sadly, it was real–regardless of whether the members of the Commandis didn’t know any better or were illiterate brutes who were easily deceived to believe what they believed. The shocking reality is, that many of the atrocities of the nineteen-sixties, that hundreds of Eritreans still suffer from its repercussions, were committed by the Commandis: the massacre of Ona, Besekdira, Ona, and the many similar atrocities in Semhar and Akele-Guzai and Seraye and other places. These atrocities were committed by the Ethiopian army, the Eritrean Commandis, and to a lesser extent by the Banda, the militia Sernay.

Of course, there were scores of Commandis soldiers who had a change of heart, joined the liberation struggle, and fell serving the Eritrean cause; no one can discredit their roles and sacrifices. But that doesn’t absolve the Commandis institution.

But why bring the topic now?

We have been witnessing the clones of the Commandis– the same crude and brutal character in addition to their bigoted attitudes roaming everywhere. And through them, the same uncivilized, cruel, and chauvinistic injustices, and oppressing the Eritrean people.

Unfortunately, the beating, jailing, killing, and humiliating of citizens is still rampant in Eritrea where the people struggled in a seemingly impossible mission to resolve the situation. Why do people have to be subjected to the vulgar insults and disrespect when they paid dearly to be free citizens? Why do they have to be subjected to the same savage vocabulary?

The savages of the past were Eritreans and those behaving like them now are also Eritreans. What changed? Those who were bandits, sellouts, and hirelings, and were serving the occupational forces are now waving the imperial Ethiopian flag, on our faces, and campaigning to take Eritrea back to that era, under the inheritors of the imperial Ethiopian madness. Isn’t it an insult to the intelligence of Eritreans? Why would a supporter of the PFDJ be mad for seeing the original Blue Eritrean flag while waving the Ethiopian flag? Is that even rational? What’s the logic?

Any honest person with a sense of justice understands what I am saying, though it may be disturbing to some who would rather have such topics to stay buried. However, if some people are vane, jingoists, without a cause, without a sense of justice, without the appreciation of freedom, they may try to discredit what I am saying by claiming they are lies. And here I challenge anyone to prove me wrong on my assertion regarding the abhorring incidents I mentioned above.

The act of waving the Ethiopian flag and at the same time undermining the Eritrean flag in the same breath, is infuriating.

In Ethiopia, advocates of the unitary state, the barefoot imperialists of Ethiopia, have made their intentions clear. We have been witnessing it since 1991 and it became worse after Abiy Ahmed came to power. As a first step, Abiy brought back the veterans of the imperialist and the Derg era operatives. He pursued the same strategy of crushing everyone who demands their rights, and his first salvo was directed at Tigray.

As far as I am concerned, the Tigrayans insisted on exercising the rights despite Abiy’s objection, but no just person would find insisting on exercising one’s right as wrong—particularly when you have a prime minister who prophesied his atrocious plans too early and too openly.

There are some Eritreans, and the ruling party, who see the Tigray as having ill-intentions towards Eritrea… and have territorial ambitions. However, it is widely known that the TPLF and PFDJ have been in a long-standing feud. So, why would anyone try to complicate matters more just to prove the TPLF is a mortal enemy of Eritrea? That simmering regional enmity has always been there, maybe since the 19th century; it predates the two ruling parties of Eritrea and Tigray.

But after witnessing what went on during the last year (forget the previous two since Abiy came to power), would anyone invite the imperialists of Ethiopia to Eritrea just because the PFDJ is only focused on destroying the TPLF (and vice-versa)? Of course, if one is a partisan ideologue, it could be the only way out regardless of the risks and outcome.

The ruling party of Eritrea under Isaias Afwerki could have stood at equal distances from both warring sides. But that is against its nature. The rulers can’t because their only declared goal is to crush the TPLF. And what do Eritreans gain from that? Nothing but destruction and chaos.

The risk of opening the doors for the Ethiopian chauvinists, sectarians, superstitious mobs, and foul-mouthed wannabe ethnic cleansers—the types who boast they can walk to Eritrea brushing their teeth, or the ones who boast they will occupy the Red Sea though their non-existent navy forces, is great Worse, the PFDJ’s most senior officials made their intentions clear when they publicly said they are worried about the wellbeing Ethiopia without any concern for the wellbeing of Eritrea.

And we have a bigger problem

The PFDJ has instilled paranoia and anxiety among many of the Eritrean youth. They have lost hope on the betterment of Eritrea, and they find it natural to aspire for a drastic alternative—even by pushing Eritrea into the abiy’s of sectarian, regional and other conflicts. Their solution is based on brinkmanship: if I can’t have it my way, let Eritrea go down the drain. But they forget there are able Eritreans who would not allow that. They will fight with all they have to prevent that from happening. But is that needed? Can’t we stop the stupid rational and logic and try to think like normal people, like mature concerned citizens? We can and I am confident eventually we will.

I feel sorry for the young who are disillusioned and have lost self-confidence in their Eritrean skin. But that’s where perseverance, dedication and steadfast struggle for justice and freedom is required. Rational, composed thinking, and truth, must be the only way to challenge the adversity, not giving up and submitting to despair.

Finally, I have a regret that Eritreans in the circles of power have so far, failed to resolve the pressing social issues. It’s in their hands and they can prevent the risks facing Eritrea just if they stop being brutal egoists for a while. The situation of Eritrea must not be left to the whims and wishes of a few who have shown us, time and gain, their inability in securing a normal Eritrea where its citizens enjoy justice, freedom, and a normal life. And it’s a crime to watch all of that happening without acting to stop it. It’s a shame that will be glued to the history of those who are able to bring about change but didn’t, on the history of those who kept silent despite the calamity they are watching, and on the entire nation.

It’s time that able Eritreans came out to draw clear proposals and policies that Eritrea should follow once the current cycle of conflict and bloodshed ends–trade, security, ports, diplomatic normalization, internal policies, and neighborly coexistence before it’s too late.

About Saleh "Gadi" Johar

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

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  • Dongolo

    Selam all. Now that the 20+ year old Eritrean-pro-TPLF opposition pipe dream of piggybacking on the TPLF for a free-ride to Asmara has been destroyed, it appears that some wish to now unnecessarily dig up the old unfounded narrative that the EPLF and TPLF had attacked the ELF without reason or provocation. Lest we forget the Battle of Gereger, issues associated with the ELF and TLF, and the ELF’s desire to unilaterally enter into peace agreement discussions with Soviet and Ethiopian Governments.
    http://www.ehrea.org/civilwa2.php

    • iSem

      Hi Dongolo:
      Here you go again. Your shameless clinging to lies.
      Ok. The groups that exist in your fantasy: those wishing to “piggybacking” on TPLF tanks to go to Asmara has more chance now. If there was a will to do so either form TPLF in power and even opposition, it could have been easily done when the despot was cocooned in Adi Halo. But the TPF refused even allowing the opposition to freely roam the border. So PFDJ has been saved by TPLF for some weird reason. And that they came to regret and I hope now they learned and actually allow Eritreans to fight from inside Tigray and attack the despot
      About the liquidation of ELF that is past history still haunting us and the treasonous action that EPLF committed cannot go unpunished in some way. Collaborating with foreign forces against once country is called treason and that hangs on your necks.
      The plan was not to liquidated ELF, I whish that was the plan, the plan was worse than that: it was to render Eritrean struggle useless so Ethiopia can succeed and IA and his groupies to negotiation their CIA deals, but Dergi stupidly (for his own interest) refused and instead tried to eliminate all Eritrean Ghedli after they were wreaked by civil war.
      But that inspired Eitreans and wrongly flocked to EPLF to IA’s chagrin.
      PFDJ will die with the sword they wielded and that sword is collaborating with forefingers to weaken Eritrea, now and before. And now TPLF has wizened up and it twill allow armed Eritreans inside Tigray and they will jointly fight to destroy PFDJ.
      So keep spreading falsehoods and embrace Amhara at the expense of Eritreans life and future.
      The drones that your side you are salivating over will not kill the will to fight against genocide. Even if your fantasy of TPLF leaders surrender, there will be a revolution and Ethiopia know that and we will be in the same boat we were in the late 1970s and that will usher in instability in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
      But surrender of TPLF leaders is more pipe dream than the opposition “piggy backing”.
      I refer you to the words of Gen, Migbye ” It is crime to aske A Tigrayan to surrender, aybhallin.” But this does nit mean TPLF may not be defeated, what am saying is that this will not save PFDJ and Ethiopia’s final demise as a nation.
      But it is your right to dream, salivate and drool.

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. TPLF yesterday fired artillery on Abala town in Afar region near the the Tigray border blocking a major humanitarian route.

  • Haile S.

    Selam Awate people,

    What a pleasant feeling to watch this:

    https://youtu.be/VFDgc_9F6fU

    • Meba

      Hello Haile S.
      Thank you for sharing. I hope stories like this one brings more healings and hopes to the people of the region.

  • iSem

    Hi All:
    A Christmas gift for our PFDJ supporters and those who are on the cusp of becoming full fledged PFDJ supporters
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgAmGHNrz4g

    • iSem

      Hi awate:
      My apologies. I agree, it is a call for genocide against the targets

  • Haile S.

    Selam Awatewian,

    Tesfaye Gebreab is gone.
    Lets discover him from his interview of 2 years back.
    https://youtu.be/3iFDn9vGnVk

    • Ismail AA

      Selam all,
      May his soul rest in eternal peace. What a devastating loss. At a prime productive age of 53 though he has left a wealthy legacy that can stir an urge and challenge to young writers and historians to continue in his foot steps.

      • iSem

        Hi Ismail and Haile S:
        May he rest in peace. I have never read his work, but I have seen him many times covered by EriTv. Out of the wood work he emerged a few years. I am not privy to his history except that he was extensively covered by PFDJ
        I remember an old joke.
        A man ask a friend about the friends brother
        the friend answers, my brother died.
        The man replies :ኣመና ናብ በተክርስይን ምልስ ምልስ ኣብዚሑ አንዶ

      • Berhe Y

        Selam Ismail,

        It really sad indeed. What I remembered watching his interview or some video on YouTube saying, I am paraphrasing “there is so much history to tell about Eritrea that I wanted to write so much. I am 50 years now and I hope to live another 15 years, so I can write one book every year”.

        “ሕጂ ወዲሓምሳ ዓመትአለኹ:: ብሕጂ ሓደ ዓሰርተ ሓሙሽተ ዓመት እንተነይረ: ሓደ መጽሓፍ አብ ዓመት ክጽሕፍ ተስፋ እገብር”.

        • Brhan

          Hello Haile S., Ismail and Berhe,
          Any idea why his death is not reported by Shabite.com? Or Hadas Eritrea?

          • Ismail AA

            Hayak Allah Ustaz Brhan,

            I have no idea. Actually, I have not even had access to his work. I knew him through his press engagements such as interviews. I got first impression about him when I heard him speak about the background of Emperor Hailesellasie’s mother’s origin. The talk was in Amharic and I did not even know he was Eritrean by parentage. I admired his courage and intellectual prowess. In regard to you question perhaps Haile S and others might have some information about his relation with the regime.

          • Woldegabriel Tesfamariam

            Selam Ismael AA,
            What a sad day! What a loss! He knew, the life mission he embarked on would finally cost him his life. He was nipped at his prime. Tesfay Gebreab- the man with the golden pen was a genius, intellectual, historian, journalist, researcher, educator, vanguard of human rights etc. ( I wish somebody writes an article or Negarit does an episode on him). His ability to sleep with the enemy and expose them mercilessly is second to none. Hopefully, we may one day be able to read his in-depth research on higdef and it’s main actors. May his soul rest in peace!

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Woldegabriel Tesfamariam,

            Yes, it indeed is heavy loss. Persons of his quality rarely live long. I agree with if there would emerge a fellow compatriot who has better information about him and would do us service and grace this forum with a short article so that people who have known him and his work would get chance to share what they know.

            Most of his work remain in Eritrea, and perhaps Ethiopia, because his working language was Amharic. One of his works has been translate to English by the historian Alemseged Tesfai, and to Tigrinya by one of the journalists over there. One of his inquisitive discoveries was a cave somewhere in Tira Vollo squarter, Asmara, which is a depot full of precious documents pertaining to Eritrea’s affairs. I was not aware of this fact, which should be a destination for pilgrims of young Eritreans seeking knowledge.

          • Brhan

            Salam Alikum Ustazuna Al-Kabir Ismail,
            One of my memories about the late Tesfaye G/Ab is his courage to criticize the regime.
            I wondered how far he would go in that attitude, but I have not heard or seen any of his presence in media or social media for the past two years.
            I would like to share with you this episode in where he said: Shabiya people do not speak and write books!
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkhvTGXKKwA ( from 20:59- 58)

          • Haile S.

            Selam Brhan,

            ንዓይን ንበርሀን ናይ ሻባይትን ሓዳስ ኤርትራን ተወከልቲ ጌርካ እንተገመትካናስ፡ ድሓን 🤣🤣. እዚ እስማዒል ግና እንታይ በዲለ፡ ለኪምካዮ.

            Yemane Gebreab said this in his tweet: “Extremely sad to learn of the untimely passing away of Tesfaye Gebreab, a prolific author, historian and anthropologist. RIP and condolences to all, his family and friends, at this time of national loss.”
            So I expect shabait to dedicate some pages to this loss in the coming days.

          • Brhan

            ሰላም ሃይለ
            “እዚ እስማዒል ግና እንታይ በዲለ፡ ለኪምካዮ” That proves that my question was a genuine question without any assumption that you mentioned about you or Berhe.
            And Shabite and Hadas Eritrea/Eritrea Al-Haditha , as mass media outlets should, provide the loss of one of a few prolific authors.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Brhan,

            I don’t know, may be they will soon.

            His book “The Nurenebi Files” was translated by Alemseghed Tesfai to English and was launched on December (not sure exact date) but a day or so before his passing.

            Please find, Alemseghed (I assume the speech at the launch of the book) which I read at Shabait.

            https://shabait.com/2021/12/25/book-launch-for-nurenebi-file/

    • Brhan

      Selam Haile S
      May he Rest in peace. I was wandering about his absence from media/social media for the past two years. I just read yesterday from shabite about the inaguration of his book “the Nuralnebi file” translated to English by Alemseged Tesfai.

  • aklilu zere

    To the People of Tigray, Ethiopia and Eritrea:

    I wish you Merry Christmas. May the Almighty God shower you with Everlasting Peace, Joy and Prosperity.

    The following is my prayer concerning you:

    O Lord God of infinite mercy, we humbly implore You to look down on the nations now engaged in war. Do not count Your people’s sins against them, but grant them true repentance, that the lusts of the human heart may be conquered by Your Spirit of gentleness and righteousness. Look in mercy on those immediately exposed to peril. Comfort the prisoners, relieve the sufferings of the wounded, and show mercy to the dying. According to Your good and gracious will, remove the causes and occasions of this war, and restore peace among the nations; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

    With Love and Respect
    Aklilu Zere

  • iSem

    Hi All
    Today is Friday, so I dedicated this talk to PFDJ supporters in this forum as a Christmas gift.
    Her name is Nura (light) and according to her she fasts and also is former member of EDF. She is hade llbi

  • Mez

    Greetings everyone,

    1) The time to make peace (for TPLF) had arrived.

    2) Now, tplf may want to declare its intent to do productive engagement with eritrea, amhara, afar & move that way.

    3) more importantly, it further may want to enter bilateral talks on respective boundary disputes and look for best win-win solutions.

    4) The disagreement with the Ethiopian central government is the least worrisome among many.

    Thanks

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Mez,

      The best and realistic opening to peace extricating Ethiopia from the ongoing civil war and embarking on durable peace will be determined by the intent and conduct of the central government in Addis Ababa, I do not think it will be in hand of the TPLF only. What you have suggested in item 2 (inter-Killil) engagement (get Eritrea out of the game) would need national stewardship at the center – a role the federal government can fulfil within the much talked about inclusive national dialogue. In other word, the federal government should refrain from acting as PP to compete stakeholder in its own right. If it would do that, its role would be the same as TPLF within EPRDF coalition government. The discord between the federal government and TPLF would become “least worrisome” only if both of them, along with other stakeholders) abide by the constitution, and start the peace making endeavors from there. I think the current military positioning along the kilil borders is designed to lead to restoration of constitutional order that can govern the conduct of all players.

      • Mez

        Hi Isamil AA,
        It is really interesting.
        i) My reasoning for the above is simply causality.
        i.1) the badme territorial ownership–the oldest one of all the conflicts–is as serous as ever; per briefing of Debretsion’s just in the past week. That was my reasoning to include Eritrea in the solution formula as very important.
        i.2) solving this crucial border problem would automatically dis-invite pia, and at least a good segment of the eritrean to actively get involved-in. Hence very, very important peace pillar.
        ii) the second conflict segment was initiated and sustained due to a territorial dispute with tplf-tigray and the adjacent areas (south, west, and east in the proper Ethiopia). Talking about this major instability source (as I pointed above in 1) and2)), shall have to be a welcome one. No party would be adversly affected by that.
        ii.1) to further consolidate my point, just observe the destruction in the two regions (by the uninvited warriors from tplf-tigray).

        iii) Please also take into account, the above conflicts predate the ethiopian constitution, and that may severly limit its vitality.

        iv) considering all aspects, it is in tplf’s own survival quest to radically adjust itself and become a political protagonist/ antagonist than being a perpetual war mongerer.

        Thanks

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Mez,

          I agree with you that the problems Ethiopia has been facing and may still face predate the post 1991 constitution. The problems have much to do with the legacy of the former imperial order. Successive regimes had faced challenges of building a governance system that could properly justly address grievances the diverse constituents the empire had housed, that could have harmonized relations between the governed and the governing. It is when the question of power disharmonize this relationship that crises crop up, get fanned and transformed to violence.

          Now, the current constitution was not more than prelude to organized graduated nation building through democratic process. But, as I already indicated, power and its enticement had played role in letting the latent problems Ethiopia had inherited from its imperial past to fester and engender the problems that led to the current civil war whose cannon fodder became the poor peasants. The latter have always been the victims of conflicts in Ethiopia’s long history.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Mez,

      1) It is time the pathological lair and his allies to stop the genocidal war and let the people of Tigray decide their fate by themselves.

      2) Let the conceived “Segar Tigray” born as fiat accompli to be a nation state.

      3) There is no peace with Eritrea as far as the despot is running the state of Eritrea

      4) There could be peace with the Amara social group as far as their hate and empty chauvinistic bravado is harnessed well to avoid bloodshed.

      5) The disagreement with the central government that lead to the war of extermination is indeed worrisome than any issue.

      These are the facts and how they will go forward if peace and stability in the region are sincerely desired.

      Merry Christmas to you and your family.

      Regard

    • Brhan

      Hello Mez,
      You know that it takes two to tango.
      Also, Ethiopia’s woos is not only TPLF but also OLF, WSLF, Beni Shangqul etc. As a result the problem in Ethiopia is not only Tigray but the many regions of Ethiopia.
      It is true that the focus has been on Tigray, both by local and international media, but unrest, displacement and killings of civilians are happening in many parts of Ethiopia.
      The Ethiopian central gov’t and others, including TPLF, must find a solution, how Ethiopia can be governed.

  • iSem

    Hi All
    PFDJ Has already transferred power to the next Generation
    What does this mean? It means the cause for justice has failed and Eritrea, barring the occurrence of miracle, our country is on its way to a perpetual despotism. All the sweat and work for the last 30 years for the rule of law, all the blood and injury for independence has now been officially purged, despite the noise from the opposition. Our opposition
    PFDJ just transferred power and the way to know that is when people perceive that a side is winning the surrenders crescendo. Wodo Geba (he surrendered on his own volition) is not true description, it should be he switched to the winning side. The number of wodo geba increased when Ethiopia had upper hand, not when the going was tough. And now the surrender from the opposition has increased. Aregai Hagos, and many in this forum. Also Tesfom Mehari, Yosief Ghebrehwiot (JStudio) may change their tune soon. Bakri, the young Eritrean who goes by the moniker of Flasfa has been nominated and we may see him switch sides. And we would say, “Bakri once was brave (like awate editor once wrote: Hamdan once was a man)
    But why now? PFDJ has not released prisoners, it has not let on the repression, it has not even softened its rhetoric? Answer with the help of Amhara, Turkey, China, Russia and UAE and PFDJ the ENDF side is winning or was perceived to win and as retirement looms for many the prospect is gloomy and the opposition is not seen as a winner
    How PFDJ did it? They have been sending spies directly from Asmara like Wodi Sewura to the diaspora insidiously for years and groomed them, made them citizens of the host countries so they can use the system to fight the system. Many of them were active members of the oppositions and were collecting info about your personal lives. Now it is maturity time, like the interests paid on majority of guaranteed investment, PFDJ is now cashing and spies are cashing on.
    Saleh Gadi can tell you that how many of those he mentored to take over the baton for fighting for justice have turned on him and now are PFDJ supporters in ideas, vision. Divisions.
    The problem with the opposition is this: do not study and PFDJ’s the MO, IA and his minions.
    So, the fight for justice is dead, power has been transferred to the new generation who has been trained to continue the torch of despotisms. A torch devoid of light, a torch that guides the nation towards the abyss, a torch that generates darkness
    Depressing year awaits for the rule of law

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. Conflict Zone twitter account posting ‘Bridges destroyed by TPLF after its defeat in Amhara and Afar regions’.

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. TPLF and OLA remnants must now disarm! ‘Ethiopian forces have been ordered to maintain the areas they have won back from the Tigray People’s Liberation Force, but not to go further into the Tigray region, the Government Communication Service head, Legesse Tulu, said Thursday’.

    • Dongolo

      Selam all. Legesse Tulu further states that ‘“The first phase operation to expel the terrorist group from the areas it invaded has ended with victory. At this moment the enemy’s desire and ability (to engage in war) is severely destroyed”.

      “The government will take further steps to make sure that (the Tigray forces) desire won’t arise again in the future. For now, Ethiopian forces are ordered to maintain the areas it has controlled”.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selma Dongolo,

        The number of POWs indicate which side is severely destroyed.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Dongolo,

      Yes, the Ethiopian government communications head has confirmed what has been behind-the-curtain diplomatic efforts. The current military positions were a key ground zero (if I may use the expression) demand from where diplomats – former Nigerian president and the US special Horn of Africa envoy, Feltman, – wanted to engage the sides in the civil war in political negotiations. It is becoming clearer that the recent quick military developments were by design rather than been by conquests though the use of some game changing assets such as the drones could have as well been deployed as part of military gains balancing act the Federal Government desperately needed.

      We may soon witness reactivation of the diplomatic activities on the basis of grounds of what the standing constitution provides. From that position, the Federal Government would proceed to face/saving phase of peace/making in the framework of the much talked about all/inclusive national dialogue. For this to happen there will be need for the stabilization of cessation of hostilities and removing the impediments before the TPLF to participate in those activities. Let us hope the Ethiopian peasants where ever they may be will get relief from this destructive conflict.

    • Simon Kaleab

      Selam Dongolo,

      How certain are you that the terrorist Abiy loyalists ‘won back’ those areas, even with the help of foreign mercenaries, drones and their operators?

      Let alone disarm, the TPLF should seek help from friendly nations for more lethal weapons in order to protect their women and children from rapists and murderers.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Dongolo,

      ነዳይ ናይ ልቡ ይሓልም። Heavy war is going on the Western Tigray, on the Humera front. I hope EDA will retreat from that region to secure the lives of Eritreans.

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Aman,

        The report (Addis Standard) about the order to troops appears to stay outside of the borders of Tigray of Tigray appears to be official. There is no response yet from the TPLF side, or may be it is too early to anticipate. Politically considered, if the Fed Gov’t will stick to what it has announced, it will test the alliance between Abij and the despot because the latter will not be interested in peace until realization of his dream of destroying the TPLF. The news about the opening of a new front in Western Tigray, which you have shared, might as well be to preempt the despot from engaging in an adventure to prevent the Abij from engaging in diplomatic solution under the shadow of US-AU mediation mechanisms..

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Ismailo,

          Abiy is not a trustworthy leader at all. He is a flip flapper, because the Ethiopia issue is out of his control now. It is in the control of foreigners, specifically the despotic regime of Eritrea. There is news release from the prime minister’s office today, that contradict with the news we heard yesterday. Second, the war didn’t stop, in fact, it is continuing in three fronts. The good thing is TDF took their rhetorics as ትኽስ ድሙ መዘንገዕ ኣንጭዋ። Hence they are continuing their offense on the western front to dislodge their enemy forces and reinforcing their defense on the southern flank of their borders. The Tigrian youth are flooding to their recruiting camps to defend the assaults that comes from the invaders and genociders. Tigrain are unbendable to their cause and will prevail like the proverbial Phoenix, to emerge from catastrophe stronger.

          Regard

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Aman,

            Sure, Aman. The war may not reach an end unless an agreed upon diplomatic scheme of cessation of hostilities reigns. After all, what is going on is a civil war. The Tigray- Abiy government wrestling is only the highest manifestation which had drawn foreign interest role players that have complicated the situation, as you have noted in relation to the involvement of Eritrea’s dictator.

            Actually, it does not mean the problems of Ethiopia would end even if there would be cessation of hostilities between the federal loyalists and Tigray forces. The country is facing multiple small and big military confrontations that have been disrupting the life of ordinary citizens in different parts of the country. Add to this the toll natural calamities such as draught and man-created hunger have been taking in different regions. It is sad and real devastation of the life of millions.

  • Haile S.

    ሰላም ሰብ ዓወተ

    ሓደ ካብ እቶም ተነቢቦም ዘይጽገቡ ዛንታታት ትግርኛ ካብ
    ሓጺር መጽሓፍ ንባብ ብትግርኛ ‘ኣርብዓን ኣርባዕተን ዛንታ’
    ብይስሃቅ ተወልደመድህን ብ1936 ዝተዳለወ
    ኣብ ቤት ማሕተም ጴጥሮስ ሲላ፡ ኣስመራ ዝተሓትመ
    ዝተወስደ እጋብዘኩም ፡-

    ኣርሓ ደርሆን ውኻርያን
    ብኣስፍሃ ካሕሳይ

    ኣብ ርእሲ ሓንቲ ኦም ዘብዐኛ
    ሓደ ኣርሓ ደርሆ ነበረ ተንኮለኛ
    ሓንቲ ውኻርያ መጺኣ ናብኡ ኣቢላ
    ጸላይት ፈላሲት ተመሲላ
    ከምዚ በለቶ ዘረባ ኣመቕሊላ

    ውኻርያ

    ኣንታ ዓርከይ ኣርሓ ደርሆ ፋና
    ሰሚዕካ ዲኻ እዚ ዕርቅና
    ንኽና እዞም ዓበይቲ ዘበልና
    ብቐዳማይ ሰንበት ዋዕላ ገበርና
    ከይንቐርበኩም ተመሓሒልና
    ትስበረኒ ምሒልና ጥሒልና
    ውረድ እንዶ ግዳ ሰዓመና
    ጽቡቅ ዕርቂ ሰላም ክገብረልና

    ኣርሓ ደርሆ

    ኣነ እንተወረድኩ ክስዕመኪ
    ስጋ ደረውህ ዝለመድኪ
    ስጋ መሓስእ ዝለመድኪ
    ስቅ ደሞ ትብል እታ ኣፍኪ
    እፈልጠኪ እየ እፈልጠኪ
    ብዘይ ንሱ ምሒልኪ ጥሒልኪ
    ክንደይ ፍጥረት እሞ ዘየጥፋእኪ
    ዕርቂ ደሎ ምስ በዓል ንስኺ
    ኩሉ ርእሱ ዓሻዶ እመስለኪ
    ሕልፍ ደኣ በሊ ሰማዕናኪ
    ዕደ ብልዒ ኣነ ክወርደልኪ

    ውኻርያ

    ዓርከይ ኣርሓ ደርሆ ወዲዘን ቀቐውቲ
    ንዓይ ክትቆጽረኒ ምስ ጠለምቲ
    ንዓይ ክትቆጽረኒ ምስ ሰረቕቲ
    ንዓይ ክትቆጽረኒ ምስ ቀጠፍቲ
    ንዓይ ክትቆጽረኒ ምስ ሓሰውቲ
    ኣነ ዝዛረቦ ዘረባ ዓበይቲ
    ሓሶት ዘይኮነ ናይ ኡነቲ
    ኣብ ማእከልና ዝለበረ ጽልኢ ቅርሕንቲ
    ተሪፉልና እብለካ ሰማዒ ክፈቲ
    በዚ ሎሚ ጽቡቕ መዓልቲ
    ኣነ ኾይነሞ ክሓልፍ ህውኽቲ
    ናብ ኩሉ ሰብና ከብጽሕ ኣነ ወረ ጽብቕቲ
    ውርድ እንዶ በል ናብዛ ታሕቲ
    ስዕም ከብከካ ናይ ጓል ሓውቲ

    ኣርሓ ደርሆ

    ናይ ጓል ሓውቲ ዲኺ ትስዕምኒ
    ኣበይናይ ርባ ትፈልጥኒ
    ኣብየትኒ ጉርሒ ኣብየትኒ
    ኣብዛ ታሕቲ ውረደለይ እትብልኒ
    መሓርኒ ኢለኪ ኣይትምሕርኒ
    ግደፍኒ ኢለኪ ኣይትገድፍኒ
    ውርድ ክብል ኩልስ ከተብልኒ
    ከይወርድ እዝጊ’ሎኒ
    ብሓደ ኣፊቱ ዓሻ ክትገብርኒ

    ውኻርያ

    ምእማን ስኢንካኒ ንኣይ ንሓውትኻ
    ኣቦይ ኢለ ኣቦይ ድቡስ ራኻ
    ምስ ዓበይቲ ጽልኢ ዘይብልካ
    ሓራ ወጺእኩም እንዶ ንብለካ
    በይንኹም ክትከዱ ንበረኻ
    ሓስየ ክዛረብ ንኣኻ
    ውርድ እንዶበል ክስዕመካ
    ሽዑ ክትርእየኒ እንተዘይ ኣመንካ

    ኣርሓ ደርሆ

    ምስ በላዕክኒ መን’ዩ ዝርእየለይ
    ኣነስ ኣይወርድን ኣይፋለይ ኣይፋለይ
    ምስ ጓል ድቡስ ራኻ ዕርቂ ነይብለይ
    በረኻ ዝወርድ እግሪ የብለይ
    ደሊኺ’ባ ከተላግጽለይ
    ይመጽእ ኣሎ’ሞ እንሄለይ
    ኣብ ክንዳይስ ንኸልቢ ስዓምለይ

    ውኻርያ

    ክንደይ ትኸፍእ ክንደይ’ሞ ትኸፍእ
    ኣብ ክንዳኻስ ንኸልቢ ክስዕም
    ሎሚስ ተሃዊኸ ኣሎኹ’ሞ
    ድሓንኩን ንዝጊ ይጥዓሞ
    ዳሕራይ ጊዜ ንስዓዓሞ

    ኣርሓ ደርሆ እናነቀወ
    ኪኪ ሪኪ ሰዓበኪ
    ኪኪ ሪኪ ክበልዓኪ

    • Aman Y.

      Selam Haile S.
      Thank you. Orwell’s “Animal Farm” was in the 40’s, I kind of got where he got the idea now. Any relational stories between the sheep and the fox? Lately, I have been thinking, what we have been lacking is a bellwether?

      • Haile S.

        Selam Aman Y,

        Your question is provoking me to say a lot of things that could have made it to an article. But I will stay brief for lack of time.

        I don’t think the story has any relationship to Orwell’s animal farm. Rather Orwell might have been inspired by such stories when he wrote animal farm. መምህር ኣስፍሃ ካሕሳይ doesn’t say where he got the idea or the story. However it is more than likely that he translated it from one of Aesop’s fables (The Rooster and the Fox) and added his own talentful flavor. መምህር ኣስፍሃ ካሕሳይ wrote stories for educational purposes and translated a book (ዛንታ ህይወታውያን ። ካብ መጽሓፍ ሚስተር ባንቲንግን ሃይማንን። ኣስመራ፤ ቤት ማሕተም መንግስቲ፤ 1949 ዓ.ም.)* I am not lucky enough to get and read the book. I even couldn’t get the original by Banting and Hyman. Curiously the first name smells that of the Canadian Noble Prize Winner for the discovery of insulin, Sir Frederick Banting. I am still digging!

        Aesop’s stories exist in different forms in the world. How the stories were spread is not known. I am not sure if the Rooster & Fox story in tigrigna was from generation to generation passed story. As I said since መምህር was translating, it looks translated from European books.

        Aesop was a Greek living hundreds of years before christ. He is presented as someone with bodily defects laughed at by people, not for his stories, but his body. Many believe that he was of Ethiopian origin, a freed slave.** Ethiopia meaning African. He was definetly not from Tigray, as the late memhir Gebrekidan Desta, the Tigray Intellectual said Axumites NEVER claimed they were Ethiopians and they were not Ethiopians 🤣🤣. I am saying this because another Tigray Intellectual ኣቶ ኪዳነ ኣመነ, had told us Tigray is the source of Mesepotamians and Greeks and their civilization.

        In France Aesop’s fables were compiled and published as Fables de la Fontaine, by Jean de La Fontaine few centuries ago. For your pleasure, I am copying the french version and its english automatic translation (from College de France), below to read to your children.

        * Abraham Negash. The Origin and Development of Tigrinya
        Language Publications (1886 – 1991) 2016.
        ** Wikipedia, Quora etc…..

        Le Coq et le Renard

        Sur la branche d’un arbre était en sentinelle
        Un vieux Coq adroit et matois.
        « Frère, dit un Renard, adoucissant sa voix,
        Nous ne sommes plus en querelle :
        Paix générale cette fois.
        Je viens te l’annoncer ; descends que je t’embrasse ;
        Ne me retarde point de grâce :
        Je dois faire aujourd’hui vingt postes sans manquer.
        Les tiens et toi pouvez vaquer
        Sans nulle crainte à vos affaires :
        Nous vous y servirons en frères.
        Faites-en les feux dès ce soir.
        Et cependant, viens recevoir
        Le baiser d’amour fraternelle.
        — Ami, reprit le Coq, je ne pouvais jamais
        Apprendre une plus douce et meilleure nouvelle
        Que celle
        De cette paix.
        Et ce m’est une double joie
        De la tenir de toi. Je vois deux Lévriers,
        Qui, je m’assure, sont courriers
        Que pour ce sujet on envoie.
        Ils vont vite, et seront dans un moment à nous.
        Je descends ; nous pourrons nous entrebaiser tous.
        — Adieu, dit le Renard : ma traite est longue à faire.
        Nous nous réjouirons du succès de l’affaire
        Une autre fois. » Le Galant aussitôt
        Tire ses grègues, gagne au haut,
        Mal content de son stratagème ;
        Et notre vieux Coq en soi-même
        Se mit à rire de sa peur ;
        Car c’est double plaisir de tromper le trompeur.

        The Rooster and the Fox

        On the branch of a tree was on watch
        An old, skilful and skilful Rooster.
        “Brother,” said a Fox, softening his voice, “
        We are no longer in quarrel:
        General peace this time.
        I come to tell you; come down that I kiss you;
        Please do not delay me:
        I must do twenty shifts today without failing.
        You and yours can go
        about your business Without any fear:
        We will serve you there as brothers.
        Build it up tonight.
        And yet, come and receive
        The kiss of fraternal love.
        – Friend, resumed the Rooster, I could never
        Learn a sweeter and better news
        Than that
        Of this peace.
        And it is a double joy to me
        To hold it from you. I see two Greyhounds,
        Which, I make sure, are couriers
        We send for this subject.
        They are going fast, and will be ours in a moment.
        I go down ; we can all kiss each other.
        – Farewell, said the Fox: my milking is long to be done.
        We look forward to the success of the
        Another Time case. The Galant immediately
        Pulls his gongs, wins at the top,
        Unhappy with his stratagem;
        And our old Rooster in himself
        Laughed at his fear;
        Because it is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

        • Aman Y.

          Selam Haile S.
          You must be an educator. The irony is, I have the time for the article, while you posses the matter.

          Merci beaucoup. je n’ai pas pratiqu’e ma langue depuis si longtemps.

        • Mez

          Hi Haile S.,
          You are great.
          Thanks

  • Dongolo

    Selam all.
    Selam all. Time to discuss TPLF Terms of Surrender? Ethiopian forces have taken Sekota and have advanced further north into Abergele (Yechilay now under siege) and are within 101 kilometers of Mekele.

    • iSem

      Hi Dongolo:
      Hold your galloping hare. Temper your giddiness The war has just started.

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate forum participants and visitors,

    “It is expected that the Tigrayan forces will advance towards Eritrea to fulfill the promise made by the head of the front, Debrasion Gebre Michael, last June, when he said, “We will go to our enemies wherever they are.”

    The above is one of the scenarios that AJ Arabic included in an article written by Mr. A. Moniem Idris today 22/12/2021 under the title “They retreated and accepted the negotiation. Have the Tigrayanss conceded defeat, or are they preparing for an upcoming confrontation?”

    The article mentioned three factors that made TDF retreat and put the Eritrean factor first, then local militias and drones.

    In the article, Sudanese military analyst Ahmed Abdel-Karim says that overlapping factors contributed to the decline of the Tigrayan forces, the first of which was their exposure to great military pressure from the Eritrean forces, which pushed their elite divisions to the Afar region, which is close to it.

    Neither the Eritrean regime nor the Ethiopian regime has denied or acknowledged the participation of this elite Eritrean division in the Afar front.

    But GR, in his twit, did, saying IA.

    By sending this elite division to the Afar region, is DIA provoking TDF to open war fronts with Eritrea? Or wanted to pressure the TDF not to enter A.Ababa/Finfne? Or both?

    • Kebessa

      Brhan,
      Now that TPLF is back in Tigray, I am hearing America is planning to neutralize the drones in the sky & give TPLF a fighting chance. In fact, I just saw a youtube news channel saying America fired anti-drone missiles to Ethiopia from their base in Djibouti. I don’t know the credibility of the news but I know America will not sit ideally for Isaias & Abiy to invade Tigray again – specially Isaias. They’re eyeballing him.

      • Brhan

        Kebessa,
        TDF pulled its forces from Amhara and Afar regions. For the US, what matters is the goal and not the means. It sees this will pave the way to peace talks. Coming days will show what more actions and against whom the US will implement if there is a disruption to peace talks. Peace talks mean more lives will be saved, including our Eritrean brothers and sisters in the unlimited national service for decades.

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. Look for the PIA/PFDJ regime to artificially cozy up with major donor countries and to coyly appear open to change, as it is now finishing the 2017-2021 UN Strategic Partnership Framework and will be entering a new 5-year (2022-2026) UN Sustainable Partnership Framework. The PIA/PFDJ regime will again attempt to give a false narrative of what has been achieved (not achieved) over the past 5 years. Aside the UN, a number of other entities such as the World Bank and African Development Bank also will be entering into new project cycles for which the PIA/PFDJ regime will attempt to tap into.

  • Dongolo

    Unless pressure is exerted on major donors to be fully accountable and reportable for development funding (>$280 million) given to Eritrea each year, the PIA/PFDJ regime will continue to be able get away with murder in terms of being given a free hand to conceal lack of progress, rather outright failure, in terms of lack of achievement against almost all human rights and development progress indicators. As things now stand, UN specialized agencies inside Eritrea, the African Development Bank, etc., report what the PIA/PFDJ regimes wishes them to report and the real truly deplorable situation inside of Eritrea continues to be inaccurately projected to the outside world

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. ‘Another, quite new, dimension in the concerted defamation campaign is a wholesale effort to create a new false narrative on the origins of the conflict in Northern Ethiopia.

    In the past, the devious strategy of the Consortium of powers bent, from the outset, on the political-cum-military rehabilitation of the TPLF in one form or another, was centered on downplaying its original cardinal sin. To that effect, the event was coached in neutral terms such as “… the conflict erupted on November 3”; or its mellowed variant of: “Ethiopia’s PM sent troops to subdue the TPLF after a minor attack/skirmish in one military base”.

    Awkward and disingenuous as this narrative was, it is being discarded and supplanted now with a preposterous and outright lie: “that the war was long-planned and first launched by the Ethiopian Government with the encouragement and collusion of Eritrea”. The new appalling refrain now is that the conflict that the TPLF unleashed “was in fact a war of choice” for those on the receiving end.’
    *Source: Article -‘Eritrea: Twisting Facts for ‘Humanitarian Intervention’

  • Halaf Mengedi

    Hello Good people of Awate,
    ወያነን ኣቢን ሕጂ ኸ ናበይ፧ Will peace have a chance and reign supreme? Lessons learned? Halaf mengedi have a wish. Hope this stupid ward ends and a new chapter begins come ልደት!

    ወያነ from the helm of power to Debebit. From Debebit to Debre-br’han and back to Tigray. All this happened in blink of an eye with enormous human and capital cost to all involved. The dream to sit at Arat Kilo and pull the political strings from behind was very tempting. Was n’t it? Woyane does not give a ፋንድያ ኣድጊ about the people of Tigray. Bringing relief to the people of Tigray was not their priority. Why on earth they did not throw what ever they had/have to open the Humera corridor to the Sudan? This is and was is the logical priority of priorities to the well being of Tigrinyan people.

    Abi/Federal from Arat kilo to Debebit and after a hamulating defeat at the hands of Woyane was chased all the way to Debre-br’han. Now back to Tigray. What is next? Of course the federal boarders of Ethiopia is Sudan not Tigray. Tigray is still part of Ethiopia; regardless whatever the situation is on the ground. Ideally, Tigray is not in not a position to dictate Ethiopia and Federal should be fair to Tigray. Is such an arrangement remotely possible right now? Or the stupid war will continue?

    ኤርትራና How old is PIA? If he joined the revolution when he was 20-25 years old and assuming he joined some time 1962-3? It is very tough to guess the Habesha age :). So, he is between 80-85 years old. Hopefully, mother nature will claim him very soon. My reading is that EDF is a formidable force. With positive changes after PIA is gone (hopefully very soon), EDF will be a key to keep Eritrea together and move us to the Eritrea we dreamed about for all these years. It is not an ideal solution and wish but what other PRACTICAL options does Eritrea has? It is the same force which brought Eritrea into existence and I hope it will play it part to make the Eritrea it should be :).

    Halaf Mengedi wonders what Awetawian thinks?

    Dear Amanuel H What do you think? I think your trust and support Woyane and what they stand for. As Halaf Mengedi it sounds like a lot of Eritreans trusting/supporting IA/PFDJ. They always have some explanations and rationalization. Sorry, if you don’t like what I am writing here. I believe it is time for reflection. What might be your reflection sir?

    Hail TG bro – what happened to you? I hope, you are well. I always value your views too. Regardless, if I agree with you or not. ወያነ ኣረኪሶምኻ ድዮም፧ I mean all the analysis you were sharing and what transpired eventually.

    Happy Holidays :).
    Halaf Mengedi

    • Hashela

      Selam Halaf Mengedi

      If you hear all the interviews of TPLF “generals”, field commanders, and soldiers, a persistently recurring and overarching theme was “ሕነ ምፍዳይ”።

      While the top dogs were most likely driven by their desire to re-take power, they skillfully used emotions (“ሕነ ምፍዳይ”) to mobilize a destructive force that senselessly destroyed every civilian infrastructure they found in Amara and humiliated people in unimaginable ways. So ሕነ ምፍዳይ was a powerful force they used. Prior to ወፍሪ ሕነ-ምፍዳይ, TPLF caders carefully constructed horror-scenarios of lootings and mass rapes to emotionally arose the mass and turned the youth into animals or killing machines.

      I eternally grateful that we have a formidable EDF to keep ደቂ ኣሉላ away from our land.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Hashela,

        My philosophy is: when you are hit there is no wrong to reflex back and revenge. ከም ኣያ ዘየብለን “ኣደን ጓልን” ትግራዎት በኽየን ክተርፋ ዘበት እንተበሉ እንታይ እዩ እቲ ሽግሩ? Put your self in their shoes, I bet you will be not different than them, Hashela.

        • iSem

          Hi AH:
          Hashela has just recovered from his depression state is flooding the forum, addressing the wrongs of TPLF, ignoring the crimes of PFDJ.
          He says ደቂ ኣሉላ, but ደቂ ኣሉላ has occupied his so called land for 20 years and his maser was unable to do anything, his EDF could not even protect the land.
          Also he forgot that ደቂ ኣሉላ are running Eritrea. I can bet that if Hashela comes out of closet and tells us his identity he would be self loathing wedi ኣሉላ, who like them is masquerading as someone who loves Eritrea. It is always like that the invaders and non natives wreck havoc on the real deqi meriet

      • Simon Kaleab

        Hashela,

        You are fabricating stories as you go along,
        Admit it, you are a creepy PFDJ cadre.

      • aklilu zere

        Dear Hashela:

        Please avoid pejoratives at all cost and try to argue with civility. Every time I try to read your comments in earnest, such bad words put me off. Protect your personality by dressing your words with appropriate words. You are what you write!!!

        • Hashela

          Selam Aklilu

          Please tell me the international name of Mekelle Airport, and then tell the supposedly pejorative word I used.

    • iSem

      Hi HM:
      IA Joined in Oct 1966 after flanking his first year. I assume he was 21 years old. And from 1994 news in Haddas Ertra, he turned 50 in Feb 1994, that would make him 77. But later, they were saying he was born in 1947, which makes him 74. So he is pushing 80. But like all thing Habesha his exact his exact age is unknown, like his identity
      So no he did no join in1962, he was also anti the student movement that supported the Eri as a nation movement according to his former classmates like the late Michael Gaber and W. Amar. Then suddenly he decided to join ELF.
      Like your assumption about IA, your assertion about EDF being the protector of Eritrea false. In its current form, commanded by PFDJ and IA , EDF is not a protector of Eritrea, EDF is a protector of the mere called Eritrea.

      Abiy and IA will never rest until they liquidate TDF/TPLF and that is not going to happen. Africans like their pedigree are siding with the oppressor and killers and that is a recipe for protracted conflict. TPLF will go to Dedebit as you said, it will fight Ethiopia insidiously to avoid the drone.
      Think the retreat of TDF to Tigray now like the 1978 ghedli retreatd to Sahel and Barka when Soviet intervened but ghedli did not die.
      If drones were not at play, the war would have ended when it started even with the help of EDF the invader.
      I think now TDF will focus on opening WT by force or negotiation, and if that happens things will change. Think about it, how is TDF/TPLF able to become a formidable force after they were supposedly dispersed like dust. Abiy and IA will try to bring TLF back to Nov 2020 and the war will continue and TDF will train and support groups like Oromo and Ethiopia will keep fighting with itself, that is called civil war and all for ego reasons and when all is said and done, the people will be the losers.
      PFDJ and their supporters are cheering now, clapping, doing the two things they know how to do and the third thing is to bribe ppl like Aregai and bring them to they side like they did with Hamdan. Their loud cheers like that of a giddy bipolar person will soon die and surge again and so on. They are not genuine, they are induced

      • Halaf Mengedi

        Selam iSem,
        Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

        EDF is not a protector of Eritrea, EDF is a protector of the mere called Eritrea

        I disagree. EDF at the core is the protector of Eritrea. IA disabled the capability of EDF to organize in any way to remove him and his yes men. IA is brilliant when it comes to security operations to guard his power. IA removed all the bolts and nuts which could make EDF a threat to his power but kept it as an effective fighting machine. Remove IA and his entrenched web of evil designs and EDF will be one of the key pillars which will bring Eritrea back to normalcy. Eritrean will be reborn. I don’t think all the yes men and corrupted generals have the capacity to replace IA and make EDF powerless to help bring an internal change.

        Halaf Mengedi

        • aklilu zere

          Dear passerby:

          Your premise is dead wrong and dangerous. The people of Eritrea and not EDF will decide the future of Eritrea. What is baked by a bad cook cannot be a delicious bread! Every thing built by IA should be dismantled and rebuild with new Mission, Vision and Values: all People Centered,

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam HM,

      No qualms whatsoever, brother. Reflections are quintessential to evaluate your views and positions, as to wether to keep them or change accordingly. One thing that I must make it clear to you is, having different understanding on the conflict of Ethiopian politics in particular and in our region, does not make me a support TPLF except in this particular conflict when the conspiracy was intended to exterminate human race, in this case the Tigray people. However, I was a fan of EPRDF economic policies and its master mind PMMZ. I have a true belief that this civil war will never happen if he was alive even if he isn’t at saddle of the premiership. He was a good at “ፓለቲካዊ ቅለሳ” focusing in the unity of the empire and eradicating poverty. You remember his remark on the “three meals a day” when he was asked by journalist after the front landed in Addis. Since I believe Ethiopia can not be ruled by single party however you shape it, I had a strong belief that Ethiopia can only be ruled by a front-party (coalition of parties) and still believe on it, if the empire can survive from the current political crises, though I don’t believe Tigray will remain with the union.

      Second, I also believe that with the demise of our despot, the two brotherly people (Tigray and Eritrea) will live in harmony with mutual respect. The black hole of Eritrean politics is the devil despot who can not survive without wars. If this war is ended somehow, I don’t think he has more life span to start another war. This is my reflection in a nutshell. My be I could have more reflection after a political settlement to the crises.

      Regard

      • Halaf Mengedi

        Merhaba Amanuel,
        Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

        …He was a good at “ፓለቲካዊ ቅለሳ”

        Indeed. Without PM Meles, Woyane is left with political hyenas with no clear vision and strategy. The people of Tigray are paying for that dearly.

        Second, I also believe that with the demise of our despot, the two brotherly people (Tigray and Eritrea) will live in harmony with mutual respect.

        Amen to that. I hope, this will be a reality soon. No one left behind and it should not be at the expense of any-one. This will ask courage, farsightedness , and the people’s well being at the heart of their hearts (all sides involved). From where I stand, Abi, IA, and Woyane are all the same miserable politicians who do not give a sh*t about peace and the people. I hope, this time lessons are learned.

        Halaf Mengedi

        • aklilu zere

          Dear passerby:

          I really liked your curiosity. You posed good questions but please avoid pejoratives. They make you sound unwise and ignorant.

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate forum participants and visitors,

    Foreign Drones Tip the Balance in Ethiopia’s Civil War

    Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed pulled off a stunning reversal in the year-old conflict with the help of armed drones supplied by the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Iran.
    Source:
    NYT By Declan Walsh
    Dec. 20, 2021, 12:17 p.m. ET

    Some of the lines of the first two paragraphs

    After Ethiopia’s embattled prime minister pulled off a stunning military victory earlier this month, reversing a rebel march on the capital that threatened to overthrow him, he credited the bravery of his troops.

    In reality, the reason for the reversal in Mr. Abiy’s fortunes was hovering in the skies above: a fleet of combat drones, recently acquired from allies in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere who are determined to keep him in power.

    • iSem

      Hi Brhan:
      This was anticipated but The sh**le countries like Turkey and UAE should be held accountable, TDF did not dismantle ENDF in time, I was always waiting for this drone attack and wondering why Abiy was not using them. I now think he had not made the deal. He was docile when TDF was in Dessie. Without drones and China and Turkey and UAE ENDF and Abiy had no chance against TDF.
      Still Ethiopia has lost and I think this is a temporary reprieve for Abiy. USA should not allow this and should deploy military in the border to counter China’s incursions. UAE and Turkey can be told to stop by USA and they can stop, they can bend over for USA. question is, will USA be willing to do that
      In the long run, Ethiopia is a loser, it is keeping war mongers at the expense of thousand of lives of its youth. The West will come to regret its in action when a full fledged dictator is installed in Ethiopia and IA wrecks havoc. Tigray can still train and support other ethnic groups to put Ethiopia out o fits misery.

    • aklilu zere

      Dear Brhan:

      The Ethiopian army is as strong as its weakest link. Its weakest link is its military is demolished and rendered useless. No army can win war with drones alone. The armaments of the German Army in Stalingrad was much superior to that of the Russians. But the German’s weak link was its army was not used to severe winter conditions and was not tested with resilient opposing army.

      Drones shall not save Ethiopia.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Aklilu (our Brana),

        Yes the Ethiopian standing army is obliterated by TDF as POWs and immense of casualties. Abiy is remained with regional Liyu Hayle, militias, and foreign operated drones. And of course wars can not be won with drones. If their retreat as a “goodwill for peace” is not reciprocated by Abiy’s government, and the war continued beyond the Tigray borders, it will be a bloody war of epic proportions. The people’s army TDF will prevail in their war of survival.

        Regard

        • iSem

          Hi Aklilu and Emma:
          It is true drone, and air superiority will not save Ethiopia but it will elongate the suffering of the people of Tigray.
          Also , I think that USA and the West did not want TPLF in Addis, otherwise by now the Abiy regime would have been dead.
          I think Ethiopia will also be barred from going to Tigray like they did in Nov last year but that still means Tigray has prevailed. But in the long run, Ethiopia will be toasted as it should be.
          If TDF entrenches in the Dejen, they can still prevent ENDF from regrouping and exhaust its air power because the drones will need money, they will not bought on debt.
          In any case what TDF/TPLF pulled out is an example to emulate, reaching Addis is not a yard stick and as TDF was saying, it was the icing on the cake.
          Now, what will be the future for Eritrea with Tigray rising from the ashes? They do not have to be in 4 kilo to be a thorn on the side of the despot. Perpetual instability in Eritrea

  • Mez

    Good day everyone, finally tplf seems to to entertain dialog without preconditions.
    What a surprise.
    Now, the next question is if they want to disarm and enter politics as their mainstay, which will exclude tplf sponsored terrorism.

    Thamks

    • Ismail AA

      Selam ustaz Mez,

      Given what you have shared will hold, that will be good news to Ethiopia and the world. The Fed. Gov’t. would demonstrate goodwill in the interest of peace if it would reciprocate positively. At the end of the day, the civil war will have to end through political dialogue. Each side by now must have realized the role of weapons is limited in resolving political conflicts. The facilators should take up the opportunity now, and I feel this could have been the condition they have been waiting when one takes note of the quick withdrawals the TDF has lately adopted.

      • Mez

        Dear Ismail AA and Amanuel H,

        In all our conversations thru–the questions: in all these tplf initiated wars 1) what does tplf want to achieve, and
        2) why in the first place needed to be done so through war/concurring other people, and 3)what does the mainstream ELF biggies had achieved by being overly on the side of tplf are not addressed at all.

        Thanks

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Mez,

          Let me try to answer your question on my side until Ismailo gives you his.

          To begin with, the war is not started by the government of Tigray or TDF. A war is started from its “preparation to its launching”. Abiy and Issayas has started to build their army since Jan 2020. Around Nov 2020 they began massing their troops on the entire Tigray borders. Consequently, Abiy started to remove Tigray military leaders in the northern Ezi. The government of Tigray and their generals knew that they are encircled and will be attacked. They don’t have any option except to preemptively attack the northern ezi as part of their military science tactics. So the war was conceived and prepared by Abiy and Issayas to exterminate the people of Tigray. Don’t be misguided or don’t try to mislead the public.

          (I) At the beginning of the war, it was only to defend their autonomy and their legitimate government.

          (ii) The war was wanted by Abiy & Issayas to dismantle the legitimate government of Tigray. It was Abiy and Issayas who brought the war on the people of Tigray and their government. Once the war is conducted, it is part of their military science to take the war to the enemy’s land. They did not go to occupy the other states (afar and Amara) but defeat their enemy in their own states, and if they need to go to Addis to catch the criminals of the war.

          (iii) I don’t know to whom you are referring when you say the “ELF biggies”. But if you are referring the ELFites in general who are showing who voicing against the genocidal atrocities on the people of Tigray, it is simply “solidarity of Allyship” against forces of evils. Nothing beyond that.

          Regard

    • Hashela

      Selam Mez

      Up to now, for TPLF dialog was only a mean to gain time and reorganize for more destruction and mayhem. One hopes that the Federal Government continues its advance while carefully examining the sincerity of the dialog offer and the demand of the TPLF. As you rightly pointed out, a complete disarmament of TPLF should constitute a non-negotiable demand of the Federal Government. It is absurd that a Killil with 5 millions population can have an army that is larger than the Federal army.

      The Federation Government is keenly aware that the northwestern Ethiopia (Kifta Humera, Walkait, Tzegede) is a key region for unhindered access and economic cooperation between Eritrea and Ethiopia. The Federal Government should be also aware that access to Eritrea through TPLF’s Tigray is unreliable and subject to frequent disruptions and closures. So developing the Himera-Omahajer and Assab routes is vital and is a priority. Any administrative role of northwestern Ethiopia by TPLF will constitute a limiting factor for a vibrant economic cooperation between both nations. And for Eritrea, the fate of northwestern Ethiopia is vital not only for economic but also security reasons. Hence, Amara and (indirectly) Eritrea must have a say about the administrative fate of northwestern Ethiopia in any future negotiation.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Hashela,

        I hope that dialog starts and end this madness soon. You know it’s been very for any news that’s coming from Tigray.

        Assena TV from at least 4 – 6 video per day, did not have any update for 7 days.

        Tefetawi from having daily videos or two, did not have any videos for the last 7 days.

        Why would that be?

        • Hashela

          Selam Berhe

          My hope is the suffering Tigray people dispose the TPLF and normalcy returns to our region. Without TPLF, a silent removal of our despot is imaginable and doable.

          Regarding to Assena and the others, they follow a simple economic rule. No money, no business!

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Hashela,

            “Without the presence of TPLF, a silent removal of our despot is doable”. Shall I keep this as an audible whisper?.This a hard bone, to say the least. Would you like to put some flesh on it. How would that happen?. Or take it as more of the same of what the regime has been saying since 1998.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Ismailo,

            There is no bone on the “audible whisper” that came from Hashela. It is just an exercise of wishes for the gullibles.

            Regard

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Aman,
            Let us hope our people disentangle themselves from self-serving excuses despots and their regimes sell to sow seeds of false hope among ordinary folks.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Ismailo,

            Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen! Thousand times amen.

            Regard

          • Hashela

            Selam Ismail

            You want me to add more bone marks in the soup!?

            Since 1998, all segments of our population have been suffering from the tight grips of the despot and the real threat of Eritrea’s existence as a sovereign state by the TPLF. That threat has been skillful exploited by our despot to further tighten the economic strangulation of our people. If the eminence of the threat dissipates, there is reason and likelihood that an internal upheaval dispose the despot. I have no ጃዕጎል to tell you when and the immediate future of the despot. The reason for my optimism is that the tolerance for suffering is limited, especially when the external threat to the State of Eritrea is minimized. Yes, we know the despot will attempt to create a non-existing threat. By know that engineered threat should be transparent to all.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Hashela,
            Thanks for the clarification. For regimes like the one under which Eritrea has fallen, concocting reasons does not take them that much effort. Take out the TPLF, then there will others such as the CIA.

          • Haile S.

            Selamat Ismail,

            For a seasoned political T-rex (Dinosaur) like you a hard bone is softer than flesh! 😁

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Haile S.,
            Well, individuals like me know their limits, which do not stretch beyond enthusiastic amateurship.

          • Haile S.

            Selamat Ismail,

            ኣንታ እስማዒል እንታይ ወሪዱካ
            ንስኻ ኣማተር እየ እንተ’ልካ
            እቶም ብሎቲከኛታት ኢል ዝብሉ እንታይ ክኾኑልካ
            ንዓ ድኣ ተመለስ ምእንታኻ ዘይኮነ’ሲ ምእንትኦም ኢልካ
            ናይ ምኽሪ ቤት ሊቀመንበር’ከ መን እዩ ክኾነልካ
            ዝኾነ ኾይኑ በእንተ ትሕትና ምስጋና ይብጻሕካ

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Haile S.,
            Your positive attitude toward persons is highly appreciated. It’s an express of nobility and of respect of others. Thank you. I always learn from what you share.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Mez,

      Dialogue is welcomed however it comes. But your wishful thinking of disarmament won’t happen. Asking for disarmament is simply subjugation the wills of Tigray people. The 200,000 TDF will be transformed in to a “standing army” of Tigray that protect the sovereignty of Tigray and its people. Abiy is forced to enter dialogue by the pressure of international community lead by the USA. Second the domestic alliance of Abiy is cracked in to disagreement (watch out the OPDO part of the Prosperity party might dissociate from it). Abiy is looking to disentangle from the despot to find out an exit from the unending ethnic war, as Ethiopia is sinking on the brink of disintegration. The problem with your thought process is: you can not distinguish between feasible ideas and dreams.

      Regards

      • Mez

        Dear Amanuel H,

        1) Regarding tplf’s future political orientation, a clear and decisive boundary conditions shift is visible now than ever before have had happened in tigray.
        2) So is also its capability to sustain such a large, in any quantitative analysis meaningless, standing army heavily shattered.
        3) The ideal thing for tigray-before and now– is to have no standing army at all. Just a strong police, judiciary, spy agency and very close economic and diplomatic cohesion.
        4) At the end of the day to wish for some thing is completely another animal than the power to do it. Please proof me wrong.

        PS: if tplf also have had reciprocated the government’s cease fire back in May–June, tplf would have been in a much stronger stand today than ever had been in the history of tplf or tigray at large.

        Thanks

        • Meba

          Hi Mez,
          You wrote the reality on the ground. Back in June, most Ethiopians were unhappy with PMAA pull out from Tigray. As soon as TPLF started the strategy of Hawzen, Abiy said it won’t happen again. USA and others knew the strength of TPLF and wanted them share power for their own geopolitical advantages. Now TPLF lost more 75% of it’s strength from June, destroyed billions of dollars of factories, health centers and schools etc. The Ethiopian people wants the perpetrators receive justice. But the remaining woyane kids need to be reeducated before joining the rest of Ethiopian young adults. The Tigrian killel administrator who asked the withdrawal of Ethiopian defense forces from Tigrai is the defense minister of the country. With Professor Haregewoing (Hermela’s mother) will lead the reconstruction of Tigray, Ethiopia. Any one who calls himself a patriot for Eritrea, must understand the future is bright for both Independent Eritrea and Ethiopia. Regardless of who is the leader, both are destined to succeed! I returned from Ethiopia and planning to go back in response to PMAA’s call. What impressed me most was even during the worst time when some predicted the fall of Addis, Abiy was visiting the mega projects day and night. The work being done at the moment in Ethiopia is beyond my imagination! Soon Eritrea follows.

          • Aron

            Selam Meba,
            your joke is bad. do you believe in vote? Dr Haregewoini by her own admission is voted out by 95% percent her own people. Or do you want her to impose herself on Tigray like Isu? Aron.

          • Meba

            Dear Aron,
            Sorry for offending you! No I don’t believe in vote. Yes, Dr Haregewoini is voted out by 95% of the respondents! No I don’t want herself to impose on Tigray like the Woyanes. The Woyanes are experts in getting votes. They were voted in by 100% their second national election. But incase you didn’t know, Ethiopians (including Tigray people) know how to boost who ever is in power. “እናቴን ያገባ ሁሉ አባቴ ነው” “ቀን እሲኪያልፍ ያባቴ አሽከር ይግዛኝ”. They also know how to remove arrogantly made leaders. Now take is easy, wait about a year when the Tigray reconstruction starts (after the completion of the Afar and the Amhara regions are completed). The Tigray people will celebrate Dr Haregewoin, Hermela, Aregawi Berhe, Dr Abraham, Dr Arkebe and other true Tigryans who worked day and night to save their people and country.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Meba,

            What happened in the last few weeks must have been a relief to all Ethiopians. Abiy has established a name for himself in history, and I hope he doesn’t waste it.

            I hope the ENDF does not go to Mekele and Tigray to battle the TPLF unless it is absolutely required. I believe that the administration, as well as all internal Tigray concerns, should be left to the people to decide on their own future. Learning and focusing one’s attention on positivity and a better life is not difficult for the young.

            All required food and other supplies should be available, including via Eritrean ports if necessary, so that the people can obtain some relief.

            The TPLF should have no justification or excuse to keep fighting, and it should be held accountable to its people.

            I’ve remarked before that TPLF appears to have the same future as the Tamil Tigers, and that it will be forgotten shortly.

            On the Eritrean side, the administration is taking positive steps and engaging in dialogue with the diaspora. They are lifting all restrictions, such as the 2% tax, and encourage all Eritreans to visit their country, regardless of their political views.

            This could be due to a real desire to begin reforming or it could be owing to a severe need for exchange.

            I believe that people like Ms. Haregewyni should be in the background rather than in the spotlight, as they are easy targets who might diverge development.

            What happens with the United States and its friends, as well as Ethiopia’s economic progress, will have a big impact on how things turn out. The decision of the UN Security Council today will be a good indicator.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Ustaz Berhe,

            “On the Eritrean side, the administration is taking positive steps and engaging in dialogue with the diaspora. They are lifting all restrictions, such as the 2% tax, and encourage all Eritreans to visit their country, regardless of their political views.”.

            It looks the change tone from the Tigray side in regard to the civil war in Ethiopia due to the withdrawal of fighters from Afar and Amhara regions has lit flicker of hope about Eritrea and its struggle against the despotic regime. This is the second time I read pulse of optimism. Again, I would love if you would like to come up with some details of the information you have shared.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Ismail,

            I don’t have many information, but I overheard a couple of PFDJ supporters discussing it on Facebook Live.

            On the weekend, I watched a Facebook live video from a PFDJ supporter. He goes by the moniker (wedi Sewra), and he appears to have made up with another Eritrean fb/youtube personality named (Aregai Hagos). For the most part, Aregai Hagos was an opponent of the regime, but he eventually became a supporter of the Eritrean defence forces since the start of the war and against others who were on the side of TPLF.

            The topic was sort of making peace between the two, but the most important part of the session was listening to many individuals call in and share their thoughts. A lot of them start by saying “ኣነ እካ ንነብሰይ ተቃዋማይ ኢየ ዝሓስባ” and the underlying message was “ሕጂ ዘሎ፥ ምስ አሕዋትካ ሰላም ምግባርን፥ ህዝብኻ ምእካብን፥ ሃገርካ ምህናጽን እዩ። ሃገር ንሓደ ዝያዳ ኣይትብጽሖ ንሓደ ኣዝያ ኣይትርሕቆ ኩላትና ፥ ብዘይገድስ ናትና ፖለቲካ ፍልልይ ንኩላትና ሓደ እያ ትብጽሓና።”.

            1) The 2% tax is not a requirement; to visit your country. It is a tax that is required to be paid, but it is not a necessity that precludes you from visiting if you so desire.
            2) Anyone who left the country illegally is free to return whenever they choose as long as they fill in the “TaEsa wereqet, if I understand correctly”.
            3) Anyone with a meninet is welcome to visit, and those without a can get a visa using their passport if they choose.

            Ironically, it appears that it has enraged some of their most ardent fans, and the finger-pointing has come from them.

            In other words, they appear to be loosening the restrictions established by the diehard supporters.

            We will have to see how things go, but any progress I think is positive in the right direction.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam ustaz Berhe,
            Thank your effort to summarize the fb discussion though there isn’t much in that indicating change of direction as far as the regime is concerned.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Ismail,

            The second guy, goes by name Maebel and the runs the fb page “Alena Walta Hager”, who was the page that released the song “Mendelay” if I am not mistaken.
            I don’t believe the two fb pfdj supporters that I listened were not doing so as out of their opinion but with directive from the higher ups.

            We will follow up closely and see what happens.

          • Brhan

            Hello Berhe,
            I believe any one can have a FB account and say: no need of directives.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Brhan,

            That’s true but I doubt these two guys I mentioned would cross that line with the PFDJ boses and say something without the upper up approvals.

            We will wait and see.

          • iSem

            Hi Ismail AA:
            An other Ismail, Ismail Ali wrote about the mind of a dictator when he is cornered. PFDJ needs money and the 2% is for the most pat paid as needed, meaning a few people really pay it devoutly every hear and many make deals with the PFDJ. Now PFDJ will inject such rumor in their rumor mills. People will visit and spend money and some will be of course arrested for whimsical reasons. So I suggest that people be prudent and put such rumors in their garbage bins where it belongs along side the PFDJ This is rumor deliberately injected, and spread and I can bet that it will never be announced officially and some are becoming part of it by spreading it here. Never will be officially announced.
            The TDF retreat is welcome news specially if leads to peace but whether it does or not, it is not good news or welcome news for PFDJ. If ENDF and TDF make peace, it will not be on terms TDF will surrender, Tigray will never agree to that and that strengthens TDF and we know what that means for PFDJ. If war continues EDF will be in the war massacring Eritreans. Loose loose for Eritrea under PFDJ but we will still have renegades and opportunist like Argai Hagos. He was PFDJ supporters in 1997 so much so that he told his cousin who took a jab on IA that if “I had a gun I will shoot you.” Now he is supporting the EDF,
            Also, the PFDJ and its supports and all tyrants like fancy names that does not reflect their deeds: PFDJ ( a symbol for despotism and genocide), wedi Sawara, a village idiot who has nothing to do with Sewar, he is for all intents and purposes tsere Sewra

          • Brhan

            Merhaba iSem

            The PF(DJ) for Abiy Ahmed is a guest invited to a party. The latter won’t let the former leave the party for home without a cake. The Amhara elites, including Amhara – Americans, are other guests invited to the party, and Abiy knows they need some cakes to take home.
            TPLF knows Abiy’s homework and wants to see the two take nothing from the party.
            Ya Zol, it is about طلعنا من المولد من غير حمص we came out from the party without chickpeas. / to be cut off without a penny!

          • Meba

            Selam Berhe,
            I agree with you that the fate of TPLF might be similar to that of Tamil Tigers. But the Tamil Tigers didn’t rule a nation. Therefore, it might be easier to compare them to the Khmer Rouge regime. Once the dust settles, the truth will come out. But for the sake of the Tigrai people I expect the Ethiopian government to educate those who were brainwashed by the TPLF. Professor Haregewayni (a world class professor) and Hermela were pushed into the spotlight. The majority of Tigrians are silent for now. Once TPLF is removed, you will hear the real people speaking.

          • Halaf Mengedi

            Selam Berihu, A neighbor used to call her son Berihu (Berhe) :).

            On the Eritrean side, the administration is taking positive steps and engaging in dialogue with the diaspora. They are lifting all restrictions, such as the 2% tax, and encourage all Eritreans to visit their country, regardless of their political views.

            Your source please? This is a serious news. Or it is some kind of social media noise?

            Thank you.
            Halaf Mengedi

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Halafa,

            Thank you. Your nick name reminds me Bereket Mengisteab song, Meley.
            አታ ሓላፍ መንገዲ ተረኸብካያ መለይ ሰላም በለለይ

            As to my sources I don’t have official source but I heard it on FB from the regime active supporter as I explained to Ismail who asked me similar questions. Please see my reply.

            I believe it’s real..just to clarify, they did not stopped the 2% but it’s not a reason if one wishes to travel, specially those without meninet or those ስግር ዶብ as they call them.

            And it doesn’t matter if they oppose the regime, participated in demonstrations or what ever.., according to those guys…

            I will find the recordings and share on the weekends.

          • Brhan

            Hello Meba,
            I do not know where in Ethiopia you were? Still, Mr. Redwan Hussien’s remarks and PP’s national dialogue document ሃርራዊ የውይይት ሰነድ indicate negotiations with TPLF, including a referendum. We are talking about one part of Ethiopia heading for a divorce.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Brhan,

            It is inevitable things. But one hope Eritrea and Tigray to have a healthy neighborliness.

            Regard

          • Meba

            Hi Brhan,
            I was in Harrar, Jimma and North Gonder. Mr Redwan gave the remark from Turkey not from Ethiopia. He said there is no dialogue between TPLF and Government. The dialogue document you mentioned is prepared for the participation of governing party and oppositions. Yes, Mr Redwan said, there is one condition for TPLF to participate. Surrender TPLF leaders and take full responsibility for the war. He also said Ethiopia doesn’t accept TPLF as representatives of the Tigrai people.

          • Brhan

            Hi Meba,
            Mr. Hussien can be anywhere, but he says about Ethiopia is loudly heard inside Ethiopia. Secondly, if you notice, the Anadolu Agency put Mr. Hussien’s word “referendum” in bold in the title of its news. The matter is not new; another Ethiopian official, Adanech Abebe, mayor of Adis Ababa/ Finfne, has publicly entertained it a month ago.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Mez,

          Let me start with your “PS: if tplf also have had reciprocated the government’s cease fire back in May–June, tplf would have been in a much stronger stand today than ever had been in the history of tplf or tigray at large.“

          You know on May-June that they were pushed to the mountains of Temben and their people had faced atrocities that has never happened in the region. How could they be in strong position when the Federal government has declared that they are dissipated like a flour in the thin air? What I can tell you is this: know your encounters that they can not be deceived by lies that doesn’t reflect the realities on the ground.

          No-1: It is simply a tactic that enhance their strategy to their cause, that doesn’t go with your wild dream.

          No-2: if the pariah state of our despot, that is on self-imposed alienation, can sustain 200,000 standing army, why can not the government of Tigray who are united in purpose and determined to withstand any conspiratorial army and their foreign alliance. They have proved that on the war.

          No-3: the ideal thing for Tigray is only known by the Tigray people, not by their enemy.

          No-4: The cause of Tigray people is not a wish but a realistic purpose to own their fate by themselves. What they want the Tigray people is to let them alone. If that happened, they will be the most viable state in the region.

          Regard

        • Haile S.

          ሰላም መዝ፡

          ሒሳብ ተወራረደ
          ህዝብ ኣለቀ ታረደ
          ኤኮኒሚ ወደቀ ነደደ
          ህዝቡ ታጥቦ ወደ ጭቃ ወረደ
          ድሮ ጀምሮ ትህነግ 200000 ሺ የታጠቀ ከወለደ
          ጌታቸው ሰኩቱረ እንዳለው ፎክሮ ሰሜን-ዕዝን ካስወገደ

          • Meba

            ሊቀ መኳስ ኃይሌ
            ግጥሙን ምነው ሳይጨርሱት ቀሩ? ራስ አቢ ያለ መሰሎት? እርሱ እኮ ይመለሳል ተብሎ ገና ሲነገር ጀምሮ ተቃውሞአቸውን ባሰሙ ምርጥ አወቲስታዎች ወጥመድ ገብቶ ከጨዋታው ውጭ ሆኗል፡፡ እንዲያው ይሄ የግጥም አደራደሮን እንደ ራስ አቢ በአጭሩ ምላሽ ማፍሰስ ባልችልም ልሞክር

            …ጌታቸው ሰኩቱረ እንዳለው ፎክሮ ሰሜን-ዕዝን ካስወገደ”
            ጀነራል ጻድቃን ደረቱን ነፍቶ ከሞገደ
            ሺዎችን ነድቶ በእሳት ካስማገደ
            ዘር ማጥፋትን ሞያ አድርገውት
            ህግ አውጥተው ደንብ አበጅተውለት
            ሰውን እንደ እንስሳ በክልል አጥረውት
            አማራንና ኦሮሞን አጨራረስናቸው
            የሞቶ ዓመት ቤት ስራ ሠጠናቸው
            የራሳችንን ሲንጋፖር ገንብተን
            ከጎንደሬው ከወሎዬው መሬት ቀምተን
            ከጎጃመ ከወለጋ መሬቱን ቆራርሰን
            አዲስ አገር ቤንሻጉል መስርተን
            ከኤርትራ ደጋማውን መሬት ወስደን
            በምጽዋ በአሰብ ወደቦች አስፍተን
            ታላቂቷን ትግራይ እንመሰርታለን
            በማለት ቀመሩን ሰርተው
            ምዕራቡን ዓለም አወናብደው
            የታክሲ ሾፌሮችን
            ስራ ፈቶችን
            የሆቴል ቤት አልጋ አንጣፊዎችን
            የህልም እንጀራ አብልተው
            በፈረንጅ ምናምን አስክረው
            የዛሬ ነጻ አውጭ የነገ መሪ ነህ ብለው
            ህዝብ ማስጨረሳቸው
            ሃገር ማውደማቸው
            በራሳቸው አንደበት
            በነጮች ሜድያ ምስክርነት
            በየዋሀን እማኝነት
            ስለተረጋገጠባቸው
            ሁሉም ተሰብስበው
            ከያሉበት ተለቃቅመው
            ከገቡበት ታድነው
            ስብሃት ነጋ ካለበት
            ከቃሊቲው ሰገነት
            ይግቡ ይረፉበት
            ያወደሙት ተቆጥሮ
            በደንብ ተሰልቶ ተቀምሮ
            ካካበቱት ሃብታቸው
            ከመቀሌው ጎተራቸው
            ተጠራርጎ መጥቶ
            የተበዳይ ሰቆቃ ተለክቶ
            ዕምባው ሲታበስለት
            የፈረሰው ሲሰራለት
            የወያኔው መዝገብ ተዘግቶ
            የንጹሁ ትግራዊ ድብቅ ታሪክ ወጥቶ
            ሲነገር ገድላቸው
            ሲዘከር ታሪካቸው
            ያን ግዜ እኛም ጮክ ብለን
            ሂሳቡ ተወራረደ ብለን
            ለወገን ለዓለም ድሉን እናውጃለን

          • Haile S.

            Selam Meba

            ‘መድሃኒት ተወለደ በቤትልሒም’ የሚለው መዝሙር
            ተለወጠ ዛሬ ‘ገጣሚ ተወለደ በዓወተ የሚንጎራጉር’

            ይበል ይበል ብያለሁኝ

            ሰላም ይዝነብ ለኢትዮጵያ’ና ለኤርትራ
            ለትግራይም እኩል ከኢትዮጵያ ተጨምራ
            የሰላም ዝናብ ያጥፋው የታንኮቹ አቧራ

            በኣሜሪካ እና በካናዳ መካከል እንዳለው የሰላም መናፈሻ
            International Peace Garden ይመስረት ከሁለቱ ድርሻ

          • Meba

            Selam Haile S.
            አሜን ሰላም ይዝነብ ለኢትዮኤርትራ
            ለአዲሳባ፤ ምጽዋና አስመራ
            ጢሻው ይመነንጠር ስንዴው ይዘራ
            ማጭዱ ይላክ ይሰብሰብ አዝመራ
            ቡናው ይታሸግ ይላክ ወደ አስመራ
            ወደ ከተሞች ቁንጮ ቅያሴዋ ወደ ጠራ
            አይሮፕላኑ ይብረር ይክነፍ ወደ ከረን
            ጥላቻን አራግፎ ተጭኖ ፍቅርን
            ይምጠቅ ወደ ሰማይ ይድረስ ጅጅጋ
            አንድነት እንዲጠነክር የሴራ በር ይዘጋ
            የሰላም ዘመን ነው ማንም ሰው አይስጋ
            Btw It was Tsegaye Gebremedhin who called Asmara “Yeከተሞች ቁንጮ” ቅያሴዋ yeጠራ

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም መባ፡
            ድንቅ ግጥም! ኣንተቻሉም!!

            1080ው ይሁን 108ኪ በጊዜ
            ሁሉ ራሱን ያነጋግር ይግባ ኑዛዜ

            ሁለት ኣገር ላለመሆን ያ ሁሉ መከራ
            ኣጥንት እንዳ’ራዊት ተመገበ ያ ሁሉ ተራራ

            በመሃሉ ሰጋርዋ ታሪካችን ትግራይ ተቀርቅራ
            ኣጋሰስ ኣስተሳሰብ ገዝቶዋት ሆነች አቧራ ላቧራ*

            አረ እንዳው አረ እንዳው ዛሬ ይምጣ ሰላሙ
            መሬት ይብቃኝ ትበል የጠጣችው ደሙ

            * Hint for Hashela in his quest for the meaning of ሰጋር ትግራይ.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Haile S.,
            `እወሓስ ሰጋር በቅሊ` ይብሉ ኣቦታት ተማጎቲ. Any relation with the term ሰጋር as connected with Tigray?. Aman said we are witnessing Tigray in labor to give birth to ሰጋር Tigrai. Just curious, sir.

          • Haile S.

            Good day Ismail,

            My hint to Hashela was in the direct meaning of the word. Not that I concluded he doesn’t know it, but saying the only thing I can think of is its direct meaning and inferences we can take from. If something is not understood immediately by others, then the ቅኔ or a saying is in the mind of the beholder. If any relationship with Tgray, I was just giving a good attribute to it and its ordinary people.

          • Hashela

            Selam Haile

            Yesterday night, it was late and had stop my ሓሸውየ with Amanuel.
            Just by thinking the direct tigrina meaning, I have an idea. The Amharic meaning of the word seems to be unrelated to what it means in Tigrina.
            Knowing that out neighbors often use a corrupted version of Amharic word, one can’t fully rely on the original Tigrina meaning of the word.

            Without looking in a Dictionary, let’s assume ሰጋር is related to
            ስግር (beyond)
            The way Amanual is using (misusing) the word, it possibly means Tigray beyond its current borders. Basically Greater Tigray!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hashela,

            You don’t get it. I gave you a hint that it is a political language. Go and dig out and don’t expect a spoon feed. You are a researcher. Words can have both literary and political meaning, if it can help you. The concept “Wayne and greater Tigray” can not let you to think out of it when it comes in politics, haw Hashela. The brainwash Manuel clogged your mind not to think out of it.

            Regard

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            you are becoming ridiculous!

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Hashela,

            Why don’t you share your research papers and see if he has any clue :).

            Soon the term ሰጋር ትግራይ will be common a word that we will be hearing everywhere :).

            I think it means, ኩሉ ሰጊራ ዝተዓወተት ትግራይ.

          • Hashela

            Dear Berhe

            “Why don’t you share your research papers and see if he has any clue :)”

            Understanding a highly specific scientific papers is tough. So you are right, he would not understand the details of my scientific papers. If he has any scientific paper published, I would also struggle to understanding the technicality of his paper.

            That said, a quick internet search reveals that Amanuel never published a cited academic paper and I could not find openly accessible official documents that show an appointment of Amanuel as University Professor.

            Yet, Amanuel lets people call him “Professor” and his spends most of his time ridiculing accomplished researchers and Academicians.

          • iSem

            Hi Research Hashela:
            professor just means teacher. We just use it for a special teacher in English (university teachers). In Italy even the grade 5 teacher is called professore.
            And STEM is supposed to ground on in facts, but not so in many cases. Would you say that Dr. J Mengel was in STEM fields? I do. I am not sure if your fields is considered STEM (Geography is social science not STEM) but you are not different than Dr. Mengel

          • Berhe Y

            Hi iSem,

            I’m sure it doesn’t escape your notice that Hashela never bothered to advertise or flaunt his professorship. I brought it up because the other person kept asking him to “research it” because he is a “researcher” instead of addressing a simple question in context.

            Hashela is a nuclear physicist:).

          • iSem

            Hi BY:
            He actually mentioned it here a long time ago that he is some GIS expert. But it does not matter. I was not accusing him of flaunting his credentials, but of flatulence of PFDJism:-)
            Nuclear physics is not useful for PFDJ yet, I think Hashela’s expertise in GIS is better for them in identifying the hottest place to build undergorund prisons
            Ps: your reference to AH as an other person reminded of how Ali Abdu removed from the video Haile Derue dancing with IA after the fallout

          • Berhe Y

            Hi iSem,

            Ps: your reference to AH as an other person reminded of how Ali Abdu removed from the video Haile Derue dancing with IA after the fallout

            Not at all.

          • Mez

            Dear iSem
            What are your core messages, I got really confused.
            thanks

          • iSem

            Hi Mez:
            You mean in this comment or in genral?

          • Mez

            Hi iSem, I mean in the comment.
            Thanks

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hashela,

            Don’t be pompous childish and make it personal. I did not say I am a professor. We are hearing you saying I am this and that. After all, our professional skills only serves to our personal lives. No more and no less than that. Unfortunately, neither your profession nor my profession has served to our people. What we are talking in this forum is “politics”. It is not a place where we talk about our professions. if you want to talk about your profession do it with your peers in your work place. Stick with the format of this forum and act accordingly.

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            Thank your for repeating and rephrasing a fundamental truth that I told to you a week ago. Namely, here at Awate our profession should not matter. We are here to discuss our opinion, mostly not supported by data.

            Nevertheless, your constant attack on the academicians and researchers whose opinions don’t coincide with yours is disturbing. One needs only to revisit your recent ‘poems’ against Eritrean PhD holders. Instead encouraging higher education, you spend a substantial part of your time at Awate demonizing people you consider educated.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hashela,

            What did it serve your PHD (if you have by the way, who knows) to our people? Nada. You could claim anything behind nickname. Keep it for yourself, and only I hope it serves to your own life. It won’t serve beyond that. Period!

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            The military setback of TPLF is taking a toll on you. Take a break until the next around of “ሓመድ ሊሒስና ተንሲእና”, provided there is enough remaining soil to lick off in Tigray by now!

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም ሓሸላ፡ ምስ ብጾት ኩላ፡

            ሕልና ዓወተ ደሪኹኒ
            ነገር ምርምር ወጢጡኒ

            ከፈትኩ ጉግል ኣስኮላ*
            ሽሙ ሓንጠጥኩ ክደሊ ዝጽሓፎ ሓሽላ

            ክጽበ ክጽበ ረኸብኩ ክልተ ቁንጣሮ
            ሓደ ዘጻሪ የማን ጸጋም ኢድ ኣተሓሕዛ ፒሮ
            እቲ ሓደ መጽናዕቲ ብዛዕባ ትምህርቲ ምስ ተመሃሮ

            ካብ ክልተ ንላዕሊ ክረክብ ኣይክኣልኩን እንታየ ዝገብሮ
            ተስፋ ካይቆረጽኩ ቀጸልኩ ኩዕቶይ ጽሕታሮ

            ይመጹ ጸሓፍቲ፡ ዘይኮኑ Hashela
            Google, author መሲልዎ ሃበኒ HeLa ድሕሪ HeLa**

            እንታይ በደልኩኻ ተድክመኒ ኣንታ Hashela
            እቲ ናይ ሓቂ ሽምካ እንታይ በደለ በሃበሎም-ታፍላ

            With laugh 🤣🤣🤣 and admiration

            * google scholar
            ** HeLa is the name of an immortal cell line used as cell culture for biological and medical research in laboratories worldwide. The cells were obtained from a cervical cancer of Henrietta Lacks (hence HeLa), who died of the cancer in 1951.

          • Hashela

            Selam Haile

            Thank you for the laugh and sweetening the end of a tough day!
            Just got a paper accepted in the Proceeding of National Academy of Sciences. So if you keep looking at that journal, your hardcore search approach will be blessed with success. I have a typical highlander name!

          • Hashela

            Selam Haile

            ናትካስ ገሪሙኒ

            ካብ’ታ ብዓትኻ ውቃእ ትብለኒ
            በጃ እዛብእ ክትገበረኒ

            ደብዳብ እንተበዝሓኒ
            ኣብ’ቲ ኩርባ ደይብ ትብለኒ
            መታን ጨሚቶም ከይስሕቱኒ?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-S,

            ኣብዚ ዘለናሉ ዘበነ “ብርዒ-ስም” ብዙሓት ሰባት ዘይኮንዎ “ኢና” ክብሉ ስለዝሰማዕና፣ ሓሸላ እንኾነውን ከምኦም ከይከውን ከይኣጣራጥረና ኣይተረፈን። እሞደኣ ሓደ ሳይንቲስት’የ በሃላይ እሞኸኣ ምስ ጃህራ ዝተሓዎሶ፣ ብድሕሪ “ብርዒ-ስም” ኾይኑ እዚ ፈጠርኩ እዚ ሰራሕኩ እንተበለና እንታይ ጥቅሚ ኣለዎ። ሊቃውንቲኮ ንኣንባቢኦም ከም ክፋት መጻሕፍቲ እዮም። ንብብርዒ ስም ዝተጎልበበ ሰብ ጽሕፋቱ ንምፍታሽ ግን ብዙሕ ግዜን ድኻምን ዝሓትትዩ።

            ሓውኻ

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            I have an idea how to help Awate partially covers its expense of this year.

            Each of us (you and me) write a conditional donation check with an amount of 12,000 ( twelve thousand) US Dollars payable to Awate Foundation. The checks should be delivered to Saleh Johar by 15/2/2022 and should payable to Awate Foundation first in 15/3/2020. Saleh must confirm the receipt of checks by 20/1/2022 to you, me and Haile S.

            Before 15/2/2022, I submit documents of my academic credential to Saleh Johar and Haile S. In a video meeting with Saleh Johar, Haile S. and a accredited/licensed lawyer, I confirm my identity and that the submitted documents are mine and are copies of original documents.

            If the certified document I submit are inconsistent with my claim ( a researcher in one of the STEM fields, a tenured professor working in a prestigious university), Saleh submits my donation check to Bank of America and Awate foundation receives the donation.

            If the documents are consistent with my claim, I invalidate my check before 15/3/2022. Saleh Johar takes your donation check to Bank of America and Awate Foundation receives the donation of 12,000 US Dollars from you. I and Haile S. receive a confirmation from Saleh about your irrevocable donation of 12,0000 US Dollar to Awate Foundation.

            Until 25/12/2021, you have time to formally let us know whether you want to take the challenge.

            Take the challenge or stop spreading untruths

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hashela,

            You don’t need to do that. What you need to do is to come up with your real full name. The rest, it is easy for us to find out who you are.

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            Take the challenge or stop spreading untruths!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hashela,

            Take the challenge to come up with your real name. Otherwise you are fake.

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            Read the details of my challenge. Proper reading is essential!
            Take the challenge or stop spreading untruths.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hashela,

            Let me repeat it again: take my challenge to come up with your real name. Saleh and Haile-s are not challenging you. I don’t need a broker to the challenge. Gebito, haw? If you don’t meet the challenge you are fake. I don’t entertain a challenge from a fake name.

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            Case closed! No need for a senseless back and forth.
            Just stop spreading untruth and evidently false rumors.

            Look forward discussing less thornier issues with you before the start of the next Ethiopian rainfall season during which you will predictable turn into a war field pastor who with the Bible at hand praises and blesses the advance the godly Tigrayan Forces.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hashela,

            Can you engage in the debate without provoking with your temper tantrums? If you don’t respect me, pls respect the forum and the forumers. You know me that I can not refrain from reflexing back.

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            As a senior citizen of the forum, your response should be shaped by deep reflection and not reflex!

          • iSem

            Hi Hashela:
            How did you arrive at the $12,000 ?

          • iSem

            Hi Hashela:
            This convoluted challenge. What are your trying to hide to go through this agonizing process.
            This is ridiculous challenge, childish. Gheteb also offered me $100,000 in a challenge to prove that he was an EPLF or PFDJ member.
            But since ኢድ ደለትይቲ ፍተሒ ነዊሕ and when he called me the son of Torserawit, I found who he is and because I have one info in him, the school the high school he attended in Sudan and his year of graduations.
            So Emma does not to take you up on your silly wager and I can give him the recipe that identified Gheteb:-)

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Sem,

            This guy is another Gheteb. You remember when I challenged Gheteb to organize a symposium for him with my colleagues to us his boasting in real time and real public space, he can’t. Again now, I challenged Hashela to come up with his real name, to checkout his credentials for which he is boasting every now and then. He won’t do it. I don’t understand as to why some individuals keep boasting as if they contribute something that transform the world. እታ ትምህርቱ’ኮ ከምናይ ኩላትና ካብ ናብራ ህይወቱ ምቅያር ኣይትሓልፍን እያ።

            Regard

          • Woldegabriel Tesfamariam

            Selam Hashela,
            Hmmmmmmmmmm!!!?!!!

          • Hashela

            Selam Woldegabrial

            My motivation to the above post directed is difficult understand without knowing Amanuel’s disturbing behavior. He has to be challenged in front of the forumers or stop defaming and demonizing people who don’t agree with twisted world view. I know such a challenge seems be unusual and misplaced. Some of Amanuel’ behaviors unusual, especially against people he considers “educated.”

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hashela,

            Questioning who you are is not defaming. It is all in your hand to address my questions and my challenges to you. I asked your “real name” to find out for what you are boasting. Very simple question. How is this defaming?

            But here is your stupidity what you wrote to Berhe about me for things I haven’t claimed.

            “There is no publicly accessible documentation of Amanuel’s performance as a scientist.”

            Did I say I am scientist? In any case the quoted words of yours is interpreted as “I am scientist but he is not.” What for is this all boasting?

            Look Hashela this is my short academic resume in the archive of Awate under “Tebeges” that is displayed in every article:

            “Amanuel studied “Industrial chemistry” at the Poly-technical Institute in Ethiopia, and “Clinical Pharmacy” at St John’s University in the US.”

            It does not say a professor nor does it say a scientist. Therefore, mine is an open book and yours isn’t. So my quest was come to the open, otherwise, zip your mouth and stop boasting.

          • iSem

            Hi Hashela:
            I am not interested in your credentials even if you are not telling the truth.
            I have no reason to think you are lying but why are you using a nick.
            I do not agree with Emma that you should be challenged on your credentials, it is none of my business, if someone wants to lie, I do not care. What I care about is why you as a supporter of the regime using nickname
            Mu suspicion is you are afraid from what Haile TG has accused you here.
            I think the most disturbing behavior in this form is your side, the supporters of mayhem and tyranny. You want to hide so you won’t to be held accountable for your spying. Who knows you are one of those who send the list of Eritreans to be black listed in the airport. When you land in the Asmara airport, your name is checked against a list. That is my theory and Emma should not challenge you to prove you have a PhD and your challenge is ridiculous and I think you will not do it. This is typical PFDJ tactic. A man stands up and says, I will donate 100, 000 and gullible will be fooled and then they pledge, but the PFDJ instigators do not keep their pledge
            An other reason why you hide is to avoid the ridicule of your academic colleagues for supporting a tyrant.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Emma,

            My quest on Hashela on google scholar was ዋዛ ምስ ቁምነገር, hopefully was understood as such.

            A lot can be said on who claims what,… and on nicknames who opposes them and encourages nicknamed guys when it is to his advantage, I am not going to dwell on it. But your comment reminded me of a true story I told here few years back. I couldn’t find it easily to link it, so I rewrote it :

            When I was grade 1, I remember a neighbour bringing his son born ‘illegitimately’ from a woman somewhere in southern Ethiopia. The man & his wife had already several children of which one boy was of the same age as the new comer. The later was practicing his prayers every day before eating and sleeping. When lunching and dinning, he soon realized that while he is praying the plate is already half empty and especially the sauce was almost gone. Then gradually he started running through the prayers saying ብስመኣብወለመንፈስቁዱahadu… ሰላምኢለቺ…ማርያም ቅዱስገብርኤልመልኣክ ኣሜን. Then his greedy brother started nagging & beating him saying he had to pray slowly and properly, the way it should be done to be heard by heavens!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            Anytime, when I see or read ዋዛ ምስ ቁምነገር, I took the ቁምነገር part of it. Hence your note to Hashela.

            Second, I don’t understand what your story has to do with my argument against pen names. I need explanation to it. You know me that I am against pen names of all types for whatever purpose they use them. I wrote a piece about it.

            Regard

          • Haile S.

            Selam Emma,

            If you don’t want to see or you don’t see the relevance of the story to what you are looking from Hashela and in general from what you call ናይ ኤርተራ ፒኤች ዲ and researchers and your expectations from them, then there is a problem. Second you said “You know me that I am against pen names…” I know, I said it… . But it is not the nickname per-se that is disturbing, it is what is said hiding behind it. You have encouraged some of those who insult others behind nicknames. If you cannot reflect back, go back on what you said, question if it was right or wrong, if you are not willing to do these by yourself when you see people questioning your ideas or what you said, if you expect them to write you detailed complaints like it is done to a state or its instututions, there is a big problem. You are not a state! And I don’t see the way forward going back and forth on it like this.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            First, I am disturbed with pen names and what they say behind it. Second, how did I encourage them to come with pen names and say what ever they want. That is not true. I hate pen names to the core. But I don’t have a choice but to engage them whether I support their ideas or not.

            Second, his PHD ( if he acquired) it only serve to him. Not to Eritrea and not to the world community at large. If you have a challenge to this statement, go ahead I have ear to listen.

            Regard

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Haile S.,
            Thank you for the input as usual. My interest in asking was to see whether my suspicion made sense. In other words, my mind tilted more to literary than contextual meaning. Let us hope Aman will educate us about the word.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Ismailo,

            “ሰጋር ትግራይ” ማለት:

            ንኹሉ ስጊራ እትውለድ ሃገረ ትግራይ ማለተይ እዩ። Berhe was very close, by the way.

            Regard

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Aman,
            Thank you for the explanation. Let us hope the future will be peace and work for progress and development.

      • Hashela

        Selam Amanuel

        TPLF is approaching meaninglessness by reduction (Z stands for zero):

        TPLF
        TDF
        TF
        F
        Z

      • Hashela

        Selam Amanuel

        Your choice of words and the content of your writing pretend as if Tigray was an independent state. When the major of Addis Ababa told to TPLF to leave the Federal Ethiopia, the answer was: we will not leave. An astonishing answer given that TPLF stands for Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

        If the desire of TPLF is to stay in the Federal System, how ist possible for the TPLF to form a parasitic state within the Federal Government of Ethiopia and not recognize the Supremacy of the Federal Government and the Federal laws? Please enlighten us?

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Hashela,

          I will consider Tigray as “de facto state” based on the current realities, when the federal government assaulted the state of Tigray with foreign forces as enemy of other state. That is real picture going forward. Tigray will trigger article-39 (put in their constitution as safety valve) through a referendum to be decided by the people instead by the politicians. If the referendum calls for independence, the Tigray will declare its independence and subsequently will try to harvest diplomatic recognition from the international community as de jure sovereign state.

          Imagine Hashela that Eritrea is a state as part of the Ethiopian federalism. Let us say, suddenly an irreconcilable contradiction between the Eritrea state and the central government of Ethiopia started to surface. And the central government of Ethiopia in alliance with Sudan assaulted us exactly the same what it happened to Tigray. I am absolutely sure you will advocate Eritrea to secede. And of course you should. But when it comes to the people of Tigray for obvious reasons you took a different position.

          Any way, for your info, Addis Standard has reported a breaking news. Radwan Husen from the foreign office of Ethiopia has vowed that the people of Tigray could have a referendum, if they want based on article-39 in their constitution. So Hashela, it is a matter of time and a matter of process. Have a patience to understand the long process. First is to calm the guns and allow the international aids to the affected areas (Tigray, Afar, and Amara region), then follows the dialogue for a political process. To go through these process, it is a very tedious, especially with the nature of their contradictions.

          Regard

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            Let’s assume that the quasi-authorative statement of you is consistent with the seasonally changing position of TPLF. The question that arises is then why the untold destruction of life and infrastructure. Wasn’t it possible to carry out the said referendum when in June/July the Federal Army unilaterally declared ceasefire and completely withdrew from proper Tigray?

            Decimated and defeated, TPLF is now forced to negotiate from a weak position and will be forced to swallow a rotting frog that Federal Government is going to shove through the throats of Tzadkan, Migbey and Werede.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hashela,

            It is unwise to answer the “why question” for one who knows the conspiracy of the war and who support it. But if you insisted to be told by myself, then it is because Abiy, Issayas, and the Amara chauvinists want to exterminate the people of Tigray. The conspiracy forces didn’t retreat but severely defeated with tens of thousand POWs that are paraded in Mekelle, and there could no be a referendum in between an active war. I don’t know how difficult for you to understand the situation to insinuate a “referendum” while they were engaging in an active war, where their citizens were pulled from their homes, their churches, and their mosques either to be killed and thrown through the cliffs or burn to show their savagery, and where women are being gang raped and maltreated them by inserting objects in to their uterus to affect their fertilities – a crime of Inhumanity.

            Second, who defeat in the war can be explained by the number of POWs that will tell you the magnitude of the casualties of their enemy. Of course you don’t know about wars and their measurements but let tell what the international communities are saying. They are not pushed but retreat in intact and smoothly to their respective border to address the international pressure as precondition to a flow international aids. Berhanu Jula admitted their defeat before the war was joined by Turkey, UAE, and China through their modern drones and their operators. A small nation against six nations without a standing army and help from outsiders – unheard in the history of warfare. Your celebration is a baseless celebration where “ሰጋር ትግራይ” on its birth in front of our eyes.

            Regards

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            what does actually mean “ሰጋር” in this context? I hope not it means what I believe it means.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hashela,

            You are a research man, do a little research to find it out. Hint: it is a political vocabulary.

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            Basically, you also don’t know what it means.
            Without looking in any dictionary or googling it. I suspect it means something like “transcending” (beyond the current/proper Tigray). In other words it means “Greater Tigray”. A recipe for an endless war and conflict!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hashela,

            I speak what I know. I write what I know. I tell what I know. If that is your tactic to push me to tell you the meaning of the word, it won’t happen. You told us you are a researcher and you have it as a homework.

    • Aron

      Hello Mez,
      what you just said doesn’t make sense to me.as far as I can remember TPLF was for dialog even when they were in Kola Tambien. all they asked for was for the invaders to leave Tigray and allow food aid in. It was Abiy who declared them terrorists by his parliament and closed all roads for dialog. It may be true it is hard for TDF to fight all these countries and their technologies when they’re not even a country. I don’t why you try to blame everything on TPLF only. I never hear you blaming Isu or the Amhara’s or Abiy. you are telling us TDF is doing all the dance by itself. Be fair to Tigray. at least the whole world knows Tigray is trying to defend itself except you and other few,

      Now it seems to me our despot seems to have been betrayed by Abiy if he makes a deal with TDF. Do you have any analysis what is next for our despot and us?aron

      • Mez

        Good day Aron

        Try to analyze a little deeper and harder.

        Thanks

  • Dongolo

    Selam all.

    Strategically launch a media attack on respective donors for blindly funding the WB & UN specialized agencies in Eritrea who execute program/project activities largely under tight control of the PIA/PFDJ Government, and you will no doubt quickly see a lot of embarrassed souls quickly go into CYA mode. Ironically, many of the same donors that are critical of the regime and support sanctions against it, blindly pump funding into the country.

    In the end, Eritrea’s massive problems are allowed to be masked, in large part as a result of the ineptness of donor countries and the WB and UN who they support in Eritrea who serve as pawns to PIA/PFDJ.

  • Dongolo

    Selam all.

    Does anyone really know the number of malnourished (both children & adults)?

    ‘In 2022, UNICEF will support the Government of the State of Eritrea’s (GoSE) response to the humanitarian needs of more than 1.2 million children and women affected by multiple vulnerabilities, including COVID-19.’

    https://www.unicef.org/appeals/eritrea

    Where do the figures come from and why are they not being critically questioned by major donors?

  • Dongolo

    Selam all.

    Do you believe that anyone really knows the level of poverty in Eritrea? Incredible that World Bank has to resort to referencing 1996/97 poverty data.

    Poverty appears to have remained widespread in Eritrea, but the lack of data limits available quantitative evidence. The most recent available survey data from 1996/97 indicate a 70% poverty rate.
    https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/eritrea/overview#1

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. if you were an Eritrean now living inside Eritrea who truly desired regime change, who would you trust the most to provide effective leadership in a post-PIA/PFDJ era?
    1) ELF spawned diaspora opposition members?
    2) Former EPLF diaspora opposition members?
    3) A GiE?
    4) Yiakl?
    5) Frozen Senior Members of the GoE who remain in Eritrea?

  • said

    Greetings,
    As dictators have shown throughout history, they stay in power for very long , how does those tyranny survive long ? the like of Chairman Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Francisco ,Franco and IA. How do dictators survive for long time often till they die ? History is littered with examples of cruel dictators and despots who dominated their countries for years, oppressing millions of “fellow subjects”, and were never forcibly deposed, In China, the Cultural Revolution lasted from 1966 until the death of Mao Zedong in 1976 and was aimed at removing Mao’s rivals in the China communist Party(CCP) . Scholars, professors and government bureaucrats were sent into what amounted to in-country exile in re-education and work camps. Stalin created the Gulag as an instrument of political repression to accomplish the same thing. More than 18 million supposed opponents of the Communist Party were consigned to the camps between 1930 and 1953, the year of Stalin’s death. China and Soviet Union and had to go through a process of self-correction after decades of political repression, For China faintly after Mao death , China new leader Deng he abandonment of communism in all but name and the remaking of the country as a capitalist economy under centralized state control. For USSR bankruptcy and breakup of the Soviet Union. From Spain to china and Russia non of the countries today looks anything like it looked under the dictators. Change will come it may take time in Eritrea ,by Eritrean for Eritrea

    Fear merciless brutality and terror is the tool of choice for our tyrant IA , 30 years of tyranny is a chronically impoverished, politically , socially and economically backward and failed country is obvious . It’s a country where shortages of everything from medicine and to basic food, conditions are common, where most people struggle to make a meagre living, A collective narratives are often successful when they have a bad guy, someone or something that is “other.” PFDJ is incapable of self-correction. Eritrean cultural revolution will continue, if past history is prologue, until dictators of Eritrea dies. the ending has yet to be written.

    We are dealing with people that luck reason and foresight ,they are good in insulting and their criticism revolves around cowardice, treason, naiveté, stupidity, and ignorance. But the critics are living in la la land. we have learned nothing, and we will continue to live in a society that is easily characterized by continuous and perpetual crises, conflict, and endless war . Now is the time for Eritrean from every back ground to engage in some serious soul-searching about where we are as a nation, how we got here, and what we need to do to get our country back on the right track.
    What went wrong?
    The first step in that journey involves a very simple question: What do Eritrean want out of their life in Eritrea to be ? Do you want a life that is riddled with war crises and chaos and in which the rights , freedom liberties of Eritrean poor people are crushed and under constant assault and destruction? Or do we want the restoration of a normal life, one in which you are free to live our life to the fullest in a peaceful, harmonious, prosperous and free and democratic society? For sure answer is clear the later . Question is: How do we get there?

    Meanwhile apolitical Eritrean they too suffer silently and leave their country and Eventually they settle somewhere , those young Eritrean in diaspora, they become father and started a family in the western countries , working with what they could and where they fit in new society. caring trauma of the long war, losing their sense of self, often without understanding why. they missed their families and their homeland , count me as one but i wasn’t sure that i could ever return when I left Eritrea . I sometimes became distant, especially when letters arrived from Eritrea in early days . “Homesickness became a central part of our family’s culture,” at time we feel estrangement from our Eritrean family, and our emotional absence from life in diaspora one. when someone experience and hear member of families death back home and grief process and no provide language can comfort . Social scientist Pauline Boss offers six nonsequential guidelines meant to help people bear their grief: making meaning out of loss; relinquishing one’s desire to control an uncontrollable situation; recreating identity after loss; becoming accustomed to ambivalent feelings; redefining one’s relationship with whatever or whomever they’ve lost; and finding new hope. Two of the guidelines, “meaning” and “new hope,” are especially important for coping, intended to help people consider what the loss signifies in their lives and how they can imagine a future that contains their loss. in which mourners maintain a relationship — if only psychological — with the deceased. “While simplistic declarations of closure are comforting for bystanders, they are hurtful for the bereaved,” Boss writes. “If we have loved, we will want to remember.” we live far apart, and that distance made it difficult to see them, a reality that now haunted us. their death dredged up old feelings of guilt and regret. We some time mourned the time we never spent together,
    Many of us could not be there to comfort them, that they loved us and forgave us in their last moments of life. Without these things, some doubts may linger for some , but that is the nature of loss. Its ending is never perfect, even in the best of times.” With out being physically present and have the usual funeral rituals of mourning and burial. Many of us unable to visit Eritrea and be with loved ones, loss we feel that can be physical or psychological and it has no resolution or closure

  • Brhan

    Hello Awatistas,

    Is the international community failing Ethiopia?
    UN approves independent investigation into suspected war crimes in Tigray conflict.
    https://www.aljazeera.com/program/inside-story/2021/12/18/is-the-international-community-failing-ethiopia

    Ethiopia’s take: ምእንቲ መጎጎ ኣይትሓልፍን ኣንጭዋ!

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. If an Agazian State became a reality, what % of its supporters loving abroad >20 years, would permanently return? Maybe less than 3% ?. Meaning, that these Agazite folks have an extremely sordid way of spending their pastimes.

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. If PIA/PFDJ was replaced by a new democratic government, what percentage of the Eritrean opposition long sympathetic to the TPLF, would permanently return to Eritrea to live? Maybe <1 %? Moreover, what percentage of Eritreans who have resided abroad for 3+ decades would permanently return to Eritrea to live? Maybe <5 % ? The utter failure of the GiE initiative, in that it is largely premised upon antiquated ELF and EPLF legs, should come as no surprise.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Dongola,

      I think judging things outside given time and space would not pass the premise of presumptive assessments that would remain as an exercise in conjecture. The cause of the Eritrean people at this point in time is not about who would live and not live in Eritrea. The issue is able whether the Eritrean people will be empowered to set up a just and legitimate order of governance through properly exercised consent of the citizens who would live in that land. The challenge now is whether liberated and fair-minded Eritreans would discharge of their obligation to help the people get rid of the ruinous despotism and replace it by “a new democratic government”. Return or no return of diaspora Eritreans will be an individual choice. How many of the thousands of Irish people who went to America return to their country? Ierland is still there as Eritrea will still be there irrespective of the percentages who would return or remain outside their land of origin.

      • Dongolo

        Selam Ismail AA. Exactly! The GiE in its attempted establishment from the outside does not pass the premise of presumptive assessments that: 1j Eritreans now living in Eritrea will be incapable of establishing suitable governance, or that 2) A GiE would even be accepted by Eritreans living inside Eritrea.

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Dongolo,

          The task of establishing a government is a concern of the nation as a whole. It is not an exclusive prerogative of part of it. When the playing field will get levelled, the task will get reduced to an exercise of rights and duties of citizens, where ever they may happen to be, within legally installed tools and mechanisms. At this stage of the struggle, the proposals of one or another kind of operational frameworks do not suggest quest for mandate to form a future governance set up for the nation
          Thus, the debate is about establishment of a sufficiently cohesive representative body capable of guiding and organizing the people as a whole to enable them to unchain themselves from the grip of the one-man absolutist destructive regime.

          • Dongolo

            Selam Ismail AA. Wish it were so textbook simple but its obviously not and the representative body that you speak of is only diaspora comprised, no? Am I correct that the GiE does not even contemplate ‘new’ governance evolving from within Eritrea but instead only considers a complete overthrow of the PIA/PFDJ regime with a installed GiE being fully entrusted with executive decision making responsibility?

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Dongolo,

            I have no clue why you seem to focus to GIE only, despite it is only one of several suggestions that have been put forward. As far as I have followed everything said and written about the GIE as an idea, its purpose is trimmed to only one task, which is establishing an agreed reference body entrusted with guiding the struggle of the people to get rid of the despotic regime. For this to happen, the experience of two the major organizations has been cited as threshold schools of thought. This tells more about ideas pertaining to past lessons than role players as persons. Other than serving streamlining and organizing role, the GIE has not requested trusteeship role to empower it to go all the way to erecting a governance system for the country. What you have asked explains concerns of its detractors, especially those who have vested interest in the future of the current regime. To put it briefly, the post regime governance system is the business of the people that will have be crafted as an embodiment of the expressed will of the people. I hope this would not be taken as textbook simplicities.

          • Dongolo

            Selam Ismail AA. You say ‘What you have asked explains concerns of its detractors, especially those who have vested interest in the future of the current regime’. My questions relate to simple much needed transparency and now, as was the case 18 years ago, the regime does not seem to even remotely take the GiE seriously and that in itself, is a major problem.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Dongolo,

            As far as transparency is concerned, that is indeed the measure of efficacy of what is intended. I think we all know, when and how the regime take things serious. I mean to say that the regime, or any hermetic absolutist regime anywhere for that matter, has own way and means of dealing with opponents.

  • Brhan

    Hello all,
    Enjoy this music in this weekend
    Yemane Baria’s Wedbat Adey
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo3qCLnv3_g
    The singer is the younger brother of our SGJ!
    What a voice and play of the guitar!

  • Peace!

    ሰላም ሰብ ዓዋተ

    ዮሃና ንህዝቢ ኢትዮጵያ ብፍላይ ካኣ ንህዝቢ አምሐራን ህዝቢ ዓፈርን ወረርትኻ ቐቢርካ ህዝብኻ ነፃ ብምውጻእካ:: እቶም ናይ ባዕዳውያን ዓሻክር መርሓቶምን እቶም ብናይ ዘርኢ ፖለቲካ ዝተበከሉ ስዓብቶምን ሕልሞም ዝተቖጸየትሉ ማዓልቲ እያ:: ኣብ ንህዝቢ ትግራይ ነፃ ንምውጻእ እትገብሮ ምንቅስቓሳት ካኣ ዓወት ንምነየልካ::

    ሰላም ንቐርኒ ኣፍሪቃ ውድቀት ንናይ ዘርኢ ፖለቲካ!!
    Peace!

    • Hashela

      Selam Peace

      I hope your celebration is not premature. I am afraid that we will have another around of “Game Over” and “ሓመድ ሊሒስና ተንሲእና”

      • Peace!

        Hi Hashela,

        I doubt that’s the actual desire of the majority of helpless Tigrayans; if not, it is up to the Tigray people to make a wise choice given salvaging what’s left is a no brainer move. The families of junta leaders and their supporters are living in diaspora comfortably and busy taking care of their kids attending in elite schools, and celebrating birthdays and weddings.

        ዘይ ስንኻ ሑጻ ቆርጥመሉ” ኣብ ACን Heaterን ቶጎዝጊስካ ንዕሸላትተጋሩ ናብ ዓፈር ምድረበዳ ክዘምቱ ምድጋፍ ናይ ሕልና ሽግር ጥራይ እዩ ክኸውን ዝኽእል::

        Peace!

    • Mez

      Hi Peace!,
      The next interesting big bang would be, which way Khartoum would move.

      A lot had changed since the era of the cold war.

      Would sudan come closer to Eritrea and Ethiopia or stay with the west to serve the old new.

      Thanks

      • Peace!

        Hi Mez,

        We are heading into a new era. France’s evacuation from west Africa after years of brutal imperialism signifies an imminent change. As for Sudan, it is on wait-and-see situation given no one knows who actually is leading the country- the military, the transition government, Egypt or the west. And it’s internal situation is even deteriorating to the extent it may not play a significant role in the region other than a playground for proxy wars.

        Peace!

    • Brhan

      Hi Peace,
      “ዘርኢ ፓለቲካ” Do you mean the current Ethiopia constitution? If yes, Is not the Abiy gov’t saying that it is working day and night to protecte the constitution? Refer to A/Ababa /Finfne mayor.

      • Peace!

        Hi Brhan,

        The legacy of ethnic politics is here to stay for years to come. Thanks to TPLF and its enablers that every ethnic in the region is now severely contaminated. Divide and rule politics, specifically when utilized by minority, is a disaster and its legacy lingers for generations. We need to deal with it with broader approach given peace and prosperity of each country is essential to others in the region. Standing for peace and humanity can make any effort less complicated and open for everyone to have a role. It only requires basic morality.

        Peace!

        • Brhan

          Hi Peace,

          The Ethiopian constitution has cemented the political system of Ethiopia, and the PF(DJ) had good relations with the EPRDF in all aspects: economy, politics, diplomacy and media, which reflected their honeymoon. After the Badme war, the propaganda war started to criticize the system, which was obvious. I do not know if you would say the same before the Badem war.

          All Ethiopians can keep the system or improve it, or come with a new system. The elephant in the room: The difference between Ethiopians and us is that they have had a chance to choose a political system, but we have not since our independence!

  • iSem

    Hi All:
    The weekend is here and I share this link (not that it will persuade those willfully and for their own personal motives decided to cheered this stupid war that will unleash mayhem in our countries) but to share the official facts that TPLF have always stood for independent Eritrea. But the PFDJ supporters like their patron saint IA know how to read minds from what IA said, in early 1990s IA said that , “we know who prays for us or who curses us in the privacy of their home, let alone those who are openly our enemies.” Those who are fans of EDF’s participation in this war tell us that they know the long term goal of TDF so they stand with their “country”, yes “country” not country. Eritrea as a country only exists in geographic mere and a nation is not a mere mere as I am found of saying. PFDJ and their supports, their new supporters savor untruth and prefer it to facts and reality.
    https://www.facebook.com/justice.withfacts/videos/2714684208837683
    PFDJ is the existential threat to our country.
    PDJ is the existential threat to our country.
    PFDJ is the existential threat to our country.
    PFDJ is the existential threat to our country.
    PFDJ is the existential threat to our country.
    PDJ is the existential threat to our country.
    PFDJ is the existential threat to our country.
    PFDJ is the existential threat to our country.
    I repeat it here remembering the Sudanese adage: “repetition can teach even a donkey”
    https://www.facebook.com/justice.withfacts/videos/2714684208837683

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      ሰላም ሳምራይ,

      እዞም ከዳዓትን ሓሰውትን ንሓቂ ክቀብርዋ ዋላውን እንተጸዓሩ ተቀቢራ ኣይትነብርን እያ። መመሊሻ’ያ ንደገ ትወጽእ። መርገጽ መለስ ዜናዊ ይኹን መርገጽ ውድቡ ኣብ ልዕለ ውሳነ ህዝብና ንጹርን ብሩህን ከምዝነበረ እዛ መላቅቦ ዘቅረብካልና ናይ ሓቂ ስነድ’ያ። ብኣንጻሩ ግን፣ ነቶም ዝማሓዛዘውዎ ዘለው ኣምሓሩ፣ ጸረ ኤርትራውነት መርገጽ ከምዘለዎም እንዳፈለጡ፣ ምስኦም ኮይኖም ንምጽናት ሓው ዝኾነ ህዝቢ ትግራይ ክዋደቁ ከለው ናይ ሰብኣውን ናይ ታሪኽን ገበን’ዩ። እታ መላቅቦ ዘቅረብካልና መንዮም ፈተውትና መንዮምከ ጸላእትና በቲ ሓደወገን፤ መንዩ ሓቀኛ መንከእዩ ሓሳዊ በቲ ካልእ ወገን እተብርህ እያሞ የቀንየልና።

      ጥዑም ምሽት

      • Hashela

        Selam Amanuel

        You always try to emphasize that Tigrayans are our brothers/sisters (“ሓው
        ዝኾነ ህዝቢ ትግራይ”). This statement of yours betrays an Agazian mindset.
        Tigrayans certainly share a close kinship with Eritrean highlanders but
        certainly not with the rest of the Eritrean population. Agazians try to
        deprave all non-highland Eritreans their Eritreaness and consider them
        as a population segment that needs to be pushed out. With your deeply
        divisive narrative of ‘brotherhood’, you are feeding the Agazian core
        notion that emphasizes Eritrea belongs only to Eritrean highlanders.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Hashela,

          I don’t know how your mind works really. The fringe elements Agazian from the Tigray people does not represent the Tigray people. They are not part of the political game in my book. Second, if I call to the Tigray people “ሓው ዝኾነ ህዝቢ ትግራይ” and they are, it means they are brothers and sisters to our brothers and sisters in the lowlands. In short the brothers of your brother are your brothers – a wisdom from our traditional heritage. I told you politics is not your forte. Say, for instance: if the Hidareb in Eritrea says our “brothers Hidareb in Sudan” can you tell them don’t say our brothers in Sudan because they are not related to the Highlander Christians? Don’t be naive to easily be trapped in poor politics.

          ሓውኻ

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            The extent you go to justify the unjustifiable and to deny the undeniable is astounding.

            In a stark contrast to your characterization of Agazianism being an idea followed by fringe elements, the grand master of Agazianism and celebrated kitchen “historian”, Gebrekidan Desta, demonstrates that Agazian ideology is a mainstream ‘thought of school’ in TPLF’s Tigray.

            While TPLF ragtag army leaders open incite hate and violence against ጥባሕ-ጥባሕ (read: Eritrean Moslems, lowlanders), you have audacity to tell us that Agazianism is a fringe phenomenon.

            For sure, you and I earn our living by doing that what we are academically trained. None of us is a trained political analyst. That said, some of us have a sober view of what is going around us and some are blinded by misguided allegiance to a toxic organization that is intoxicated by self-perceived ethnic superiority and driven by the need for territorial expansion of its homeland. This sounds eerily familiar, right? Europe went through this in the 1940s!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hashela,

            ሓው ሓሸላ ክሳብ ንሕልናኻ ወኒንካ ብሕልናኻ ትምእዘዝ ንፓለቲካን ታሪኽን ኣወሃሂድካ ንኹነታት ክትመዝን ትኽእል ኣይመስለንን። ሓደ ካብቲ ኣብዚ ደምበ ዓወተ ንገብሮ ጸዓት እንተሃልዩ ከመይ ገይርና ነሕዋትና ካብ ቀይዲ ኣተሓሳስባ ህግደፍ ነጻ ነውጽኦም እዩ። እቲ ኾይኑ እዚ ሓንቲ ኣገዳሲት ሓሳባት ትንክፍ ኣቢልካያ ሰለ ዘለኻ ኣብቲ መልስኻ ቁሩብ ክዛረብ ኣፍቅደለይ።

            ኣብ ኮለጅ እንዳተመሃርኩ ከለኹ ሓደ ካብቶም ፕሮፌሰር መምህረይ ፍልልይ ኣብ መንጎ “ምሁርን” “ዝሰልጠነ-ምሁርን” (between educated and educationally trained) ክጉልጸልና ይዘካራኒ። All who finished high school are educated. Anything you take in colleges and universities are trainings for specialization. Second there is a difference between “a politician” and “political scientist” the former is a practitioner in the mechanics of politics, and the later is a “trained analysts” specialized in political science. Someone who engaged in the practice of politics for decades is a politician.

            Last but not least, in politics brothers went beyond labeling each other and killed each other. That doesn’t erase their brotherhood. Sibling fought in a bloody civil war of our struggle. EPLF in alliance with TPLF have killed their brothers in ELF. That doesn’t change our brotherhood. We could only strive for justice and accountability to reign.

          • Brhan

            Selam Haw Amanuel,

            Do not let negative and toxic people rent a space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out!
            Robert Tew

          • Hashela

            Selam Amanuel

            “ካብ ሓው’ሲ ጎረቤት” ዝብሃል ምስላ’ሎ። This is because when something happens, the first one to show up is your immediate neighbor not your brother who lives far away. So let Eritreans and Ethiopians in north Ethiopia be good neighbors. This is simple, practical, reality-based, all encompassing and not loaded with grievances, exploitations, and atrocities committed in the name of brotherhood.

            If ask Eritreans from every part of Eritrea, the majority will tell you that Tigrayans are our neighbors. This is true. If you ask Eritreans from the highlands, many of them will tell that they share a close kinship with Tigrayans. This is also true.

            The problem is that Tigrayans elites and some Highland Eritreans see Eritrea as a playing ground for their Agazian experiment at the cost of all non-highland Eritreans. Let us be good neighbors!

          • Meba

            Selam Hashela,
            “For the sake of a durable and all encompassing peace, let us be good neighbors!”. In the absence of my favorite commentators on this site, you and Berhe are my new favorites (Haile S and Ras Abe are my all-time favorites). I am following Awate for almost ten years now. I enjoyed the debates I read here and recommended Awate to several Eritrean friends. There were some who appeared to be spokespersons of TPLF a good example is Hayat…, Paul was pro-TPLF but had a brilliant mind who knew both History and Science. I used to get irritated by reading fabricated hatred about Ethiopians and Amharas in particular. But Ras Abi, Horizon (Admass?) and sometimes Haile S responded with what I wanted to say. I agreed with the moderators when they banned/restricted some of them for their extreme opinions. But recently I see tolerance of those who regularly write lies and hatred about Ethiopia. I just laughed reading someone describing good people and bad people. Unless we accept the TPLFs as legitimate Tigrian representatives we are considered to be bad people. We are no more good neighbors. Unfortunately, soon the TPLFs will be forgotten but Ethiopia continues to be Ethiopia. Yes, even if Abiy is replaced (may be in the next election), no good Ethiopian wants to be involved in the internal matter of Eritrea. Is Eritreans don’t like PIA, it’s their problem. But teaching the future of Eritrea (the youth) to hate Ethiopia or Amhara is suicidal.

          • Hashela

            Selam Meba

            The lesson learned from the current conflict is that everybody in the region is and will be affected by the type of ethno-facism that is currently practiced by the TPLF. The current conflict shows also that regional alliance and cooperation is a powerful tool to defeat extremists and tribalists notwithstanding the strong support they get from the West.

            Personally, the (war) reportages unraveled to me the rugged beauty of Ethiopian Highland landscape (Amara). I hope the region heals from the unimaginable destructions senselessly committed by the TPLF and will be soon ready to receive visitors like me.

            My hope is that Abi will serve as a guide when I hike Ras Dashen.

          • Meba

            Hello Hashela,
            Thank you for your good wish for the healing of our region. Once the TPLF is out of the way, the region will move to a rapid recovery. The “No more” movement started by our Tigrai sister Hermela Aregawi is spreading through out Africa and Latin America. When I see Eritreans demonstrating with Ethiopians all over the world, Eritreans contributing thousands of dollars for rebuilding Ethiopia my heart is warmed! The region will be okay and you will start seeing Americans on their knees to bring back Africans…
            Here is a link of recent interview of HA
            https://youtu.be/n5TXqFu9-ZU
            I invite professor Amanuel, Brhan, Isem and Ismael to watch the the capture of Addis Ababa by the rebels: https://youtu.be/-VI-gs28XiY

          • Hashela

            Selma Meba

            The cnn journalist reporting from the newly infested Addis is priceless.
            The more you pay attention the funnier get the frontline reporting: PMAAA and PIA escaping to Zimbabwe, the Capital of Harare!

          • Meba

            Dear Hashela,
            What you said, “the Nomore campaign was initiated by Simon Tesfamariam, an Eritrean, and championed by Hermela Aregaw” is correct! I hope peace comes to our region sooner that the rest of the world can hear our voices. The Awate team did a great job in the past by bringing diverse groups in one place. I hope they will find some wisdom, patience and some humility to make Awate a learning place for all. I hope the participants stop attacking each other and argue intellectually on the issues. No one with sound mind supports the killings of people. Therefore, should not wish the destructions of others unless he wants to see the destruction of his own. The third law of Newton works in politics too! We don’t need to be religious to know love is better than hate. The reaction force for love is love! No-more hate! Let us love our neighbors!

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Hashela,

          I remember when this conflict started and how quickly AI of Assena was mobilized and started attacking Eritrea abd it’s defense forces. You said if I recall correctly “I had no idea how deep TPLF had penetrated the Eritrean opposition. You regret donating money to that organization”.

          Please listen to this video of professor TesfaTsion and what he said about the Agazian and the Tigray-Tigrinya and their hidden plan all along.

          https://m.facebook.com/adem.omer2/posts/4897192716992582

    • Berhe Y

      Selam iSem,

      You have used all these arguments against me in the past and you are repeating them. So even if reply is not for me, I will volunteer to be the donkey.

      First let me share this song so it will make your weekend with your favorite…

      https://m.facebook.com/hani.haile.393/posts/630091078390637

      Thank you for the link. You are acting like a teenager when she first fell in love with Melles speech he gave probably in 1991. People change, politicians lie, situations change… he has many reason to say what he said… from he really meant it…all the way to he had no choice …

      What about Tsadkan what was he doing.., when he was pushing to invade Asseb and he was fired for it… what about Siye.. what is Tsadkan said after and what is he saying now.. is he going to repeat Melles speech..

      Now to series matter.. here is a link that you will interesting, according to you it safe to call him new supporter..and others would call him ሓሳዊ

      https://m.facebook.com/adem.omer2/posts/4897192716992582

      And this is to you and the teenage acting others what Seyoum Harestay said in how change should come and in the conditions for it. I guess he would be called new supporter..as well.

      https://m.facebook.com/fetaw.selam/posts/1443734105658205

      • iSem

        Hi BY:
        The comment was not addressing you but donkey in north America is good, a loyal and the symbol of DNC Party is a donkey
        Though, your general sentiment of the war overlaps with those who fan and cheer mayhem, I do not consider you one who is fanning (meshereft geru, zenbebd) and not cheering this war and the one before, but I have no tools to nuance my comment to exclude your overlapping thinking with those I was targeting.
        About Harsetay, am sorry to say that your side’s assertions are far away from his. I am not sure what he would have said now but he was in Tigray and Ethiopia trying to do what some are trying to do now, fighting PFDJ in Tigray and Ethiopia and mind you, he was invited to abandon and to come to Asmara as an individual. So I am not sure how his speech supports your mendacious stand of this war. It supports mine.
        About MZ. it is a general underpinning of TPLF’s view to Eritrea and no proof that TPLF post MZ had deviated from his thinking. And, am no saying he did it from the goodness of his heart, he had in mind his country’s interest, good for him and that is the point you are missing, or willfully ignoring
        About the future leaders, that is easy to rebut BY, I will use your words: we will deal with it when IA sells Eritrea, so I say we will deal with it when TDF invades Eritrea:-)
        The reason SO Harestay is far away from your side’s is this:
        He believed from1991 that EPLF is an emerging tyrant, and that collaborating with neighboring country like Tigray is kosher. You say or you seem to know that they will invade us and that TPLF is the existential enemy not PFDJ and EDF is the protector of Eritrea. These assertion are false. Because a nation is not only geography, EDF is protecting the geography for sure, but not the people, as long as it is under the command of IA and PFDJ it is a force of evil as it wittingly in some case unwittingly in some case EDF is doing IA’s job, performing his dream and you guys buy into this false, one dimensional, misleading PFDJ propaganda of protecting nation. once IA is removed, many will be purged from EDF and it will be sanitized to be come a force that protects both the geography and people and therefore protector of a nation.
        Oh, how I forgot Monalisa saved by the good Samaritan, the Germans did not commit genocide, remember Oskar Schindler saved many Jewish kind of logic

        • Berhe Y

          Hi iSem,

          Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding. I’ll keep it short because you still have to finish the homework I gave you. You must listen to Professor TesfaTsion’s main speech, which I have posted. I hope you would take the time to listen to what he has to say about the TPLF’s long-term ambitions for Eritrea.

          Regarding your Donkey remarks, I believe you have already used it as a symbol of the DNC, therefore it is in good taste. So, because of you, I did some research on the history of the donkey and how it came to be the DNC’s symbol. It was created by a cartoonist who was a fan of Abraham Lincoln’s party and used the Donkey to show Democrats as jackasses. So I don’t believe it’s due to the DNC’s decision:)

          You see, every time we have a disagreement, you depict my position as if I am in favour of the PFDJ dictatorship and that your position is the better one. That is not exactly what I am doing, at the risk of repeating myself.

          The gist of Seyoum’s argument, which I shared with you in order for you to pay attention, was as follows:

          1) He believes that the international boundaries between Eritrea and Ethiopia should be respected and implemented by both countries.
          2) He backed any change in the country that was backed by Eritreans both inside and outside the country, as per his speech.

          Instead, you were having a pointless argument about why Seyoum was resisting the dictatorship, why he was meeting in Tigray, and why he doesn’t want to abandon his democratic principles by going to Eritrea. Nobody is condemning what Seyoum was doing in terms of his struggle; the argument is over the type of struggle he was engaging in.

          On the other hand, Seyoum is on my side and not yours. You’d label him the “New Supporter of the Regime” if he uttered the same things today as he did then.

          Now please go ahead and listen to the other video.