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Eritrean Democratic Alliance Invited To The EPRDF Congress

August 28, 2015: the tenth conference of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) opened today in Mekele, the capital city of the state of Tigray.

The four major parties that form the EPRDF coalition had earlier held their respective congresses and the Mekele congress will chart strategies at the federal level.

According to Walta information, Prime Minister Hailemariam stated that the efforts of the “past five years have enabled the country to be self-sufficient and we have paved the right track to leap forward and take the country to a middle income level.”

The conference that will be adjourned on August 31, will assess the first Ethiopian Growth and Transformation Plan  (GTP) and plan for the second GTP which mainly focuses on alleviating poverty.

About two-thousand people have come to Mekele to attend the congress. They include representatives of ten countries, political parties, reporters, guests of honor, and veterans of the Ethiopian struggle against Mengistu Hailemariam’s Derg regime that ruled Ethiopia until the EPRDF dislodged it in 1991.

Over the last few years, the EPRDF was under pressures from several Western countries to normalize relations with Eritrea. The relations between the two countries has remained in a state of no-war-no-peace since the end of the two-year devastating border war in 2000.

In an unexpected move, the EPRDF invited the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA) to the Mekele congress. Jemal Saleh, the current leader of the EDA, an umbrella of about a dozen Eritrean political organizations, delivered a speech in which he described the plight of Eritreans living under the PFDJ rule, the exodus of the youth feeling the indefinite forced conscription, and called for more sanctions against the Eritrean government.

An Eritrean journalist who covered the congress said that Jemal dedicated most of his speech to “praise the EPRDF” instead of taking advantage of the platform to focus on the main message of the Eritrean opposition.

Jemal Saleh is the leader of  the Democratic Front for the Liberation o f Eritrea (SAGEM), an organization that is the founding member of the EDA.

A leader of an Eritrean opposition organization told Gedab News, “this is significant because it means the EPRDF could have decided to limit its recognition to the EDA that represents political organization, it must have realized the ENCDC with its hodge-podge composition has damaged the opposition.”

In 2011, EDA created the Eritrean National Council for Democratic Change (ENCDC) in an attempt to enlarge the umbrella. However, it became a platform for power struggle and inaction due to many reasons, mainly because most of its members are “individuals and self-described Diaspora civil associations who shouldn’t compete for power against political organizations.”

Meanwhile, Gedab News learned that several discussions are going on between EDA member and non-member opposition organizations to reconcile their differences that mainly erupted over the creation and membership of the ENCDC. The opposition leader said, “at this time, the Eritrean opposition can only be saved by strengthening the EDA or creating a similar alternative umbrella.”

There are serious discussions between the EDA member organizations and the EPDP and others.

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  • passer_by


    I would not waste my energy to respond to you in kind – madam Papillon.
    You do not even know where I am from ? I could be from Eritrea, from Ethiopian or from Uganda for that matter. It does not matter. Just discuss the issue whose the title is “Eritrean Democratic Alliance Invited To The EPRDF Congress”. Talk within the context of the issue. Mixing up issues and emotional lamentations would not take you any where.
    To come back to the issue.
    If you want to piggyback on repressive, and undemocratic Ethiopian regime (100% winning vote – a laughing stock) to the promised land of true democratic Eritrea, then you are no better than the repressive regime in Eritrea you want to replace. In fact far worse with an emotional instability.
    The stability of Ethiopia having a true democracy, true development with true corrective measures of the past is vital for the whole East Africa. Ethiopia, “as of now”, has almost 50% of the East African Population and borders six East African countries. I hope you can see from this on wards.
    Let me leave you with this. There was already a motion within the TPLF circles to amend the Constitution for Meles to run for the Third Term “three-pit of 99.6% WIN” when Meles was alive. But the Almighty God has his own plans.
    And indeed the mighty Woyanes also have a change of heart. They Chose their beloved leader “Hailemariam Desalegn”. Funny indeed. A freaking joke.

    Haile TG,

    I do not claim to be a messiah. You asked me what my moral obligation to the situation in Eritrea. My reply to you would be I wish you would be quiet and let people like “Semere Tesfai and others” who understand the Eritrean Calculus very well and who seem to have a practical and viable answer to the Eritrean Issues TALK. You just be quiet, listen and learn. The alliance of Tigre and Tigriyna sharing the power is one of the most viable (not 100% perfect) for Eritrea that I heard so far. Of course having the full rights and privileges of all the minority Eritreans respected and well represented. And such alliance that your favs (the woyane) fear the most.
    It is a very thoughtful and deep one. Imagine Europe as a whole. The moment the alliances of the French and German governments power in EU slides EU is totally gone. There are many smaller EU governments well represented under this alliance which benefit from EU for stability, democracy and growth.
    Finally just for your curiosity and to make your list of the opposition longer; I hated the repressive government in Eritrea since 1993 when many Eritreans were detained and no one to this day knows their whereabouts. I hated the repressive government in Eritrea after the arrest of Biteweded Abraha, and I hated the repressive government in Eritrea after the arrest of so many innocent Eritreans, not only after the incident of Sept. 18, 2001. Are you happy now? The list is longer. BUT, I am not going to jump into your La La Land Opposition Group with full of “hidden agendas” which some of them would not waste a second to destroy Eritrea to fulfill their inherent agendas. Go SHOOT now and that is all you got.

    • Hope

      Bingo Halaf Menghedi!
      You are investing on the right Stock!
      Keep hitting hard!
      Btw,Pappilion should be the first one to be asked the question of ID,when it come to who is who!
      She could the same HA or her twin sis!

      • sara

        Dear hope
        interesting @???
        no further questions.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Dear Passer-by,,

      Let me quote you to show your contradictory take: ” The moment the alliances of the French and German governments power in EU slides EU is totally gone. There are many smaller EU governments well
      represented under this alliance which benefit from EU for stability, democracy and growth”. In other words this statement implies as follows: (a) EU stood on its feet because the alliance of Germany and France (b) The moment the alliance of these two rifted that there will no be EU as such. (c) Because the alliance of these two countries, that many smaller EU governments have stability and democracy on growth (correct me if I am wrong in dissecting your statement).

      Now for any country, that determine its stability and their democratic process is their internal dynamics. It is under those circumstances that whether the external influence (bad or good) will find a resemblance of traction. Besides you can’t throw to the side, the many contributions of other EU countries to the stability of EU. Second at least historically, the alliance of the two didn’t create EEC nor do they had the influence to transform EEC to EU with a single Euro currency. History is always a good guide when we debate.

      Therefore, don’t be fooled yourself that the alliance of Tigrigna and tigre at the risk of the other social groups will bring the Eritrea of all its citizen. The starategy of semere is looking for alliance of convinience not for stability. second the tigre people are more closer to other social groups that tigrigna people. It won’t happen. As matter of people that shows the lack of knowing the internal dynamics and internal socio-relatioships of Eritrean society.
      (I will edit it later this evening).

      Amanuel Hidrat

      • haileTG

        Selamat Aman,

        Remember when we were told that woyane was no more after election 2015? The condition has now improved to “death bed” 🙂 So, if alliance is of a source of strength, why is all the aggro against a next door neighbor from these people? We know that wishing disintegration of Ethiopia is a favored day dream of certain quarters. It would have been great if such people pontificate about democracy and stability in one the worst African gulags than appear to be more catholic than the Pope.


        • Amanuel Hidrat


          Ethiopia is on the move, they found the right constitution that holds them together and the right path for economic and social development – that really fit to their reality. Those who dream day and night the disintegration of Ethiopia do not posses the right thinking mind, the least I can say. Mehret Yewrdelom Tiray Eye zibil. One should only hope the stability of Ethiopia (the biggest country in the horn with its big population) in order to influence other unstable countries in the region. Hailucha, just keep the right struggle in your belt, you will finally prevail. (Read the earlier comment, I edited it).

          Amanuel Hidrat

    • Yoty Topy

      Hi Passer_by,

      “There was already a motion within the TPLF circles to amend the Constitution for Meles to run for the Third Term “three-pit of 99.6% WIN” when Meles was alive.”

      Do you have evidence to backup your statement ?

      • አዲስ

        Hi Yoty, passer_by,

        Since when do we have a term limit for the PM to begin with ? or did passer_by just wrote one for us in our constitution ? 🙂

        May be passer_by is talking about our ceremonial president’s term limit? Are you that tired of our ribbon-cutting president already?


        • Yoty Topy

          Hi Addis,
          Leba lamelu….

          I was hoping to see him ‘sinfetaret’ trying to stretch that 🙂

  • Kim Hanna

    Selam passer_by,
    Good night too! The drive by or pass by shooting you did missed the building. You cannot even aim straight.
    I wonder why you didn’t use multi purpose ammunitions from “Human Rights Watch” “International Rivers” and ” Amnesty International” to augment your drive by shooting? In case you don’t know, they have perfected the delivery system as well. The only bad news is everybody is on to them now.
    Good night again.

  • Dear Hope,
    It is from a site you can trust.
    Read what it says under the heading, “the coming of the Agaw”, if you have the time.

  • Abi

    Hope Gerageru
    Now it is proven beyond any reasonable doubt that the Blin people are Amharas.

    Logaw Shibo eyale Tiyit eyanTaTa
    Blin wede ageru temelso meTa!

  • haileTG


    So you want to be a messiah? Right? Many people are calling for justice in Eritrea and respect international norms in external matters. Why don’t you condemn the whole world while at it and wash your hand off your true moral obligation of helping to put down the fire in your own home. When hgdef has disposed of veteran leaders like a piece of garbage and is enacting disturbing acts of crimes against humanity, it is left alone because the matter belongs to Eritreans. There is a difference between dealing with your issues or advancing to the next level of global citizenship. I just found your death bed prediction hard to believe. IA is on a death bed, we didn’t even saw him back from Qatar, and you are telling us a growing and emerging country’s leadership is on death bed…huh. at least, accept that not having census, budget and constitution means DEAD.

  • Hope(Unlocked?)

    Halaf Menghedi:
    Keep it UP,Bro!
    Stay around and keep dosing more stuff…

    • Semere Andom

      Merhab Hope:
      Ummet awate sefleleteka
      mi tu hawka eytsalem
      qetbekka saeko
      lakin selam nay rebitta
      sami’e y’ntani?

  • Saleh Johar

    Hello all,

    Eyob, Abi and others,

    Introducing my people, the die-hard Eritrean Blin of Keren.


    • Eyob Medhane

      Gash Saleh,

      That is really beautiful, but if I may say looks a lot like “Logaw Shibo”, which is a wedding ceremonial song in Ethiopia…Have you guys sort of.. “Taken it” or “borrowed it” from us? Just wondering… 🙂

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Eyob,
        no one borrowed from the other. it is for both. some must have moved from his place to place long back that.

      • Saleh Johar

        No Eyob, this are the original people who invented the dibela itself it. Some six-centuries ago they left behind some people there to teach you how to do it 🙂

    • Dear SJG,
      The greatness of awate.com is that we (Ethiopians and Eritreans) discover ourselves so often on this site, and yet we are not aware of it or do not accept it. I could not believe my eyes or ears. Here are people who represent two cultures (two worlds) in one, Ethiopian and Sudanese. The song is Ethiopian, while the dress and the sword is Sudanese (from what I know). Just amazing.

      • Saleh Johar

        Ouch Horizon,

        Sudanese? This is how half of Eritrea dresses! It is the national dress around where I grew up.

      • Dayphi

        horizon 3arkey.
        The dress code, the lyrics, the sword dance is as Eritrean as Abaعkhe and Ikelet misl Hsaset. If Ethiopians and Sudanese emitate us in some or all, we are flattered by that, and i dont think ustath has any problem with it as well.
        Thank you Ustathi for that upload.

        • Abraham Hanibal

          Hi Dayphi,

          I think it is difficult to prescribe a given culture, tradition, and dress codes to a particular country in our region. There has been extensive cultural exchanges between the peoples of the horn of Africa, even extending accros the Red Sea for centuries- similarities that the nationalists among us are not willing to acknowledge. Paradoxally, these similarities and common history have not contributed to a peaceful coexistence among the peoples of our region.

          • Abi

            Hi Abraham
            It is because we emphasize our minute differences.

    • Abi

      Aya Sahilu,
      You made it clear that your grand parents are from Minjar.
      No wonder you love ethiopians.
      Welcome home! Please bring the rest of the people with you.

      • Saleh Johar

        Hi Abi and Horizon,
        Thank you for welcoming me to the Minjar. Why not, who knows. A DNA analysis might surprise many of us.

        Horizon: on national dress, even the dignified Ejje Tebab is imported by Punjabi Indians that was used by the Mahraja’s in their polo games, which the British adopted as a horse riding attire, and Abyssinians as a national dress. Until then, our dress was just a wrapped around netsela. Or a skirt made of hides.

        • Dear SJ,
          The climate, availability of material that can be used to make clothes and contact with different societies influence how people develop over time the way they dress. Qemis and neTela made of cotton for our women and eje-Tebab and teferi suri for our men, were traditional clothes in Ethiopia in the early twentieth century. I imagine that the same is true in highland Eritrea too, to a certain extent, despite Italian influence. I do not know why they call it teferi suri, although similar trousers were worn earlier.
          I remembered what Gandhi said during his visit to London to discuss Indian independence. When asked why he was so lightly dressed in such a cold weather; his answer was
          that, the royalty who was standing next to him was wearing enough for both of them.
          I really find beautiful the skirts made of skin decorated with beads warn by women of some of our ethnic groups and tribes.

      • saay7

        Hey Abi:

        This is guaranteed to bring back Eyob because I am about to mention his favorite King of Kings, Tikur Sew, Menelik II. Here’s a text from his correspondence with Italians as he was doing his part in the Scramble for Africa:

        “The land referred to as Eritrea is not peopled by Abyssinians, they are Adals, Bejas, and Tigres. Abysinnia will defend her territories but it will not fight for foreign lands of which Eritrea is to my knowledge.”

        That land has The Blin of Bogos*, which you are now, belatedly sending your love notes to. Those same people you saw in the video, that you are so touched by, were the once massacred in Ona. If ICC was around then, Haile Sealasse I would definitely have been referred to it just on the basis of Ona. Not saying all this to drudge up and scratch old wounds, just to correct the impression that Eritreans woke up on September 1 and just started shooting aimlessly because some Arabs told them to.


        *Actually name of a book by Michael Gabre. Saw it once, was saving to read it and, in my nomadic life of refugee, it was gone. Anybody read it?

      • Kim Hanna

        Selam Abi,
        No need to respond to it, I was just making an observation.
        Minjar, indeed. I watched it with amazement. They are my people too. Other than the dress and the missing “Zeraf, Zeraf, Ye Haile Selassie Baria” individual performance it is a spitting image of Minjar and the neighbors.
        Now the upcoming argument will be did the “Blin” came from “Minjar” or “Minjar” came from “Blin”?
        After we have a legitimate duel for a couple of decades we will come up with the answer.
        “we really don’t know, does it matter?”

        • Fanti Ghana

          Hello KH,
          Why don’t you ask me?
          The Blin subtracted the bride and the Minjar added zeraf to it, but you both got it from Tigray, Agame/Kilteawlaelo, to be exact. It is a very traditional Wedding and Buhe chifera in most of Tigray. Now, everyone may relax.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Fanti,
            You are just anxious to get into the duel of Minjar and Blin, aren’t you?
            BTW: Are you sure you have “Buhe Chifera” in Tigray too? Not in the Tekle Haimanot area of Addis?
            I am one of those guys who believe and say “Trust but Verify” However, If I accept what you say about the song and dance part as a Meto Bemeto fact then the only missing link to complete the square is Nitricc’s Gojam.
            The same song and dance is found in Minjar, Blin and Tigray and I suspect in Gojam, what are we to make of it. It adds to the pile that we are the same people.
            We are different is certainly not in the cards, is It?

          • Fanti Ghana

            Hello KH,

            That is better. I am officially ‘in’ now.

            Are you kidding me? Hoya-hoye, which is what Buhe really is, is the most common tradition throughout Ethiopia and most of Eritrea. I remember being amazed when I saw a traditional Welayta celebration of Hoya-hoye.

            If you recalled my being in Addis about 4 months ago, I went to visit a dear friend in Adama, and one of our childhood memory was about how he stole a mesob full of dabo from a neighbor that was being readied for Buhe kids; which took us almost all night to eat.

            Until about 10 years ago, I used to think Buhe was exclusively Northern tradition until I saw that Welayta cultural celebration I mentioned above.

            Hayloga Ho, danced similar to the Blin Memhir Saleh posted, is also a wedding song in most of Ethiopia; Usually sang to call the bride out on her way to the groom’s house.

            We are all ONE my friends!

  • Pass the salt

    Here is Sunday’s song. The original singer is Mengisteab Gebregergis. It is rumored that his best friend, Efrem Belay, stole the song and sold it in Ethiopia when he fled. I don’t have the facts, rumor and youtube comments is all I have. I’ve also seen an Ethiopian artist, Abrhet Abdu singing it on Tigray TV. Hopefully someone with better knowledge will set the record straight for us.

  • haileTG

    OK passer_by, let’s hear it from the horse’s mouth 🙂



    So, unless you can get us more specifically relevant evidence to back up your black is white assertion, then nothing will be relevant to deliberately irrelevance argument.

  • haileTG

    Selamat awatista,

    Commemorative event of the start of the Eritrean armed struggle was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The event attracted thousands of people and representative of the city’s administration had also delivered a speech of support. (Now Nitricc don’t ask me why TPLF didn’t send representative to the event, considering the EPLF/TPLF history:-) May bee saay can answer that question, but here is reportage of the successful event in Addis.


    • Papillon

      Dear Haile TG,

      You see how strange and bizarre it sounds. Eritreans celebrating independence in a country they seceded from. And a representative of the host country extending a moral support for the entity that has pushed not only for independence but a nirvana turned the dream into a purgatory. Under normal circumstances, a delegation would fly to Eritrea to observe the celebration and the three thousand plus youth would take a break either from their studies or business ventures to celebrate independence not only in their own country but with their families over dinner where relatives visit with a spirit of festivities and ብላዕ ስተ ኣውርዶ ‘ቲኮኛክ ኣውርዶ ‘ቲዊስኪ mood. But of course, the Eritrean people haven’t been too lucky. Not for long though! God bless Eritrea!

      • haileTG

        hey Papillon,

        Tolerance is the currency of stability and the latter is a central pillar of peace and development. The hidden, yet unmistakable message here is that if Ethiopians can find room to tolerate commemoration of a conflict that they were party to and by their adversaries in that conflict, in their own midst and country, how much tolerance can they have towards their own people and fellow country man/woman? Far more. This very logic rips apart the flawed thinking of passer_by who is counting that Ethiopians will not have room to accept and respect their own people, be them from north, south, east or west of their country. Tolerance grows over time, when planted and tended for. And that is what has been happening in what we see in Ethiopia today. The PFDJ’s diabolical mindset has born its poisonous fruit for all to see. What would the G-15 be doing and saying right now, 14 years into their solitary confinement, still facing the same wall that they did for decade and half (those alive), still in the same darkness and still wondering what might have become of their loved ones. The PFDJ is of an evil entity and when it sees good, it smells blood and burns in anguish. When it sees disasters and catastrophe, it rejoices and drives its strength from such evil. That is why all it dreams about are other’s failure and distraction. Luckily, their high priest is soon to go senile, if his haircut is anything to go by 🙂

  • Papillon

    Dear Passerby,

    You can’t possibly get any funnier than this. For real. I tell you what: an insanely wealthy cousin of mine recently came back from Eritrea who had taken with him his teenage daughter as well. And the way he put it, he was deeply saddened with what he saw with his own eyes. He said that, what defines present day Eritrea is rampant poverty, hopelessness and unimaginable corruption with in the high echelon of the power to be. What struck me the most however is when he said, he was glad he took his teenage daughter with him for it will be her last visit to Eritrea simply because, he is absolutely convinced that, there will not be a put together Eritrea any longer.

    Now as much as your head is messed up by a propaganda machinery run by Yemane and greased by Asmara-Rose, the Mathematician and by the guy with the caricature of Amilcar Cabral, you’ve the temerity to tell us that, the Weyanes are done and over with. A system founded on myriad of lies can not be expected to tell the truth over night. I specifically remember right after the G-15 were thrown to the dungeons, the guy who lies through his teeth (literally) told a reporter that, it would be easy to bring the G-15 to the court of law as the Weyanes are doing to Syie Abraha et al but the fact that the allegations against them are dire, we want to spare them the death penalty. And it’s been almost 14 since Yemane Monkey said that and the 15 souls whose humanity is turned into a letter and a number as in G-15 are descending into the abyss with a sinking heart on our end. In a stark contrast, Syie Abraha and others are out and doing remarkably well. Your pathetic lies however remains unabated and renders a once hopeful nation falling apart under its unbearable weight (read: lies). You should see me screaming my head off for I can’t possibly stand f*&%ing liars like you.

    Here is a treat for you and knock yourself out with it. Before you do that though, compare it with the silent clips where Eri-TV shows when Isaias meets the “cabinet” as they pretend to take notes and listening to him as well.


    • Kokhob Selam

      ዝኸበርኪ ፓፒሎን፣
      እዚ ኣዝዩ መሳጢ ምዕባለ ኣመራርሓ በዚ ዝኸዶ ዘሎ እንተቀጺሉ ኢትዮጵያ ናብ ምድረ ገነት እያ ክትቅየር – ዓይኒ ሓሳዳት ይድፈነላ:: እዚ ተረኽቦ ንዓና ንኤርትራውያን ርኹስ ዘይኮነስ ቅዱስ ቅንኢ ከሕድረልና ይግባእ :: ብርግጽ ኢትዮጵያውያን በጺሐሞ ዘለው ደረጃ ዘይንበጽሓሉ ምኽንያት የለን:: እቲ እንኮ ምኽንያት እዚ ኣብ ስልጣን ተራዕርሪዑ ብዘይካ ህልኽን ቛይቂን ካልእ ዘይፈልጥ ኣብ ርእስና ተወጢጡ ዘሎ – ንክልኢት እኳ ንምዕባለን ሰላምን ዘይሓስብ እከይ ጉጅለ እዩ :: እዚ ድኹምን ድንቁርን ጉጅለ ግን ከምኡ ዝኣመሰሉ ብገበን ዝተቆማጥዑ ሑሱራት ኣይሰኣነን : እንተ ቶም ገለ ብስምዒት ዝተዓብጡን ዘይተበራበሩን ግን ካብ መዓልቲ ንመዓልቲ ብስምባደ ካብ ዑምቀት ዘለዎ ድቃስ ክበራበሩ ንርኢ ኣለና :: ሓንቲ መዓልቲ ሃገርና ‘ውን ከም ሰባ ናይ ምርድዳእን እሂም ቢሂም ዝዓሰሎ ተሓታትነት ዘለዎን ኣሳታፍን ጉባኤታት ክህልዋ ተስፋ ይገብር

    • Mizaan1

      “..simply because, he is absolutely convinced that, there will not be a put together Eritrea any longer.”

      He will be accused of being hopeless for this statement.

      I am absolutely convinced of that too and I am hoping people will quickly grasp this reality and start a new way of thinking.

      The ultimate solution is this:

      All ethnic groups in Eritrea should decide their fate by themselves including everyone who pledges their allegiance to Habesha, no matter what their language or religion.

  • passer_by

    It is so funny to see intelligent people not seeing “the coming of woyane’s use for the US is coming to an end”. Read US embassy re-opening in Eritrea. The gesture to invite Eritrean Opposition to the conference is simply to raise a flag for the world to see “How still ‘it’ is Relevant ” in its dying bed. Exerting maximum energy,if any left, during the last breath.

    The Woyane’s could not undo what they did to Ethiopia the last 24 years -the killings, the displacement of people from their homes, the looting, the incredible wealth by the elite Tigryans at the cost of the poor Ethiopia can not be hidden – “gemel serqo gonbes ” is impossible. How are they going to hide all the Buildings, Hotels, Construction Companies,… owned by the few elite whose wives, and children fly to Dubai, Paris, London for shopping, to celebrate Birth Days or spend week-ends… These are irreversible and do not think Ethiopians to simply wallow it. Injustice can not fade away in to the sky as a morning fog does. No, It can not. It is even funnier to see the errand boy PM Hailemariam Desalegn refuting openly the ethnic policies with out any criticism from the very body the EPRDF (read TPLF – Tigray People Liberation Front) that constituted the policey 24 years ago. TPLF elite now realizes that the very Ethnic Rule they instructed 24 years ago has done its purpose and want to discard it if they and their off springs to live as the wealthiest people in Africa. They think “who owns the wealth can rule with out being in power”. Dream Again.

    • Nitricc

      Hey passer_by, i agree the weyans are trying to be nice. just last two weeks there was a diaspora weekend in Addis where the diasporans were treated lavishly in the best hotels, best food, with whisky flowing like water. so, to your point, people are nicer when they are dying so, may be weyane is one too.

      • haileTG

        Haha Nitricc,

        I have re-instated your Gen. Nitricc title (Don’t worry Mahmuday is on holiday:)

        • Nitricc

          Hey Haile TG hahaha Mahmuday still refused to tell me what Baklabash mean though. Did I say it right? If I can read between the lines,I guess it means what once SAAY demoted to lol. Anyway thanks for the vote of confidence.

    • Pass the salt

      Hey passer_by,
      “Abay Tsehaye and six more veteran TPLF leaders honorably discharged from TPLF CC”
      Show me something like that from the fast aging tyrannical clique in Asmara.
      After over 40 years in leadership, there is no sign any new blood will replace any of the badly aging hyenas. Their numbers have certainly dwindled, not due to orderly transfer but because they eat each other. They just keep on marching towards the cliff draging our country’s future with them.
      P.S you can keep my old name:)

    • haileTG


      As PFDJ roars to the skies of regeneration and growth, look the dying, dead, never to recover woyane lowered to such bankruptcy, as reported here:


      • Ted

        Hi, HTG if only Eritrean opposition in Ethiopia had invested on it. They would have had something to show for;-(

        • haileTG

          Hi Ted, there is a condition to stop them doing that: they can’t re-invest their allowance. They have to bring new money. That is like you can’t pay credit card with credit card, that is circulating the same money 🙂 When Eritreans give them money then they can ask them to be invested.

          • Ted

            Hi HTG, do you blame those Eritreans ,we know who, holding back their money. It looks like wasteful as throwing away every snot soiled መንዲል to garbage;-)

          • haileTG

            Haha Ted, and the snot soiled psychology goes on a troll advising other’s and how to spend their money…haha

      • Dear HTG,
        It is not difficult to imagine that some of the pilots flying these ultra-modern airplanes could have been Eritreans, as they used to do in the past. It is so disappointing to see that some selfish and ambitious individuals could screw the life of so many people. What a pity!

        • haileTG

          Dear kbur Horizon,

          All isn’t lost. There is indeed no reason for us to succumb to those kind of people. The opportunities to be have will not allow that for the longer term. With Ethiopian being a leading airliner in Africa, it will not be far fetched for it to subcontract the Eritrean national carrier needs and all its offices and fleets be run by local employees in Eritrea. Even that is a small fraction when you factor in the potential large scale construction needs in Eritrea once IA is gone and the tremendous expertise and machines and other assets that has already on hand with Ethiopian companies in the field. Add to that tourism (Hayat had once made impeccable analysis about), road constructions, railway development, agricultural projects and energy sector and higher education and the rest. Both countries have a great win-win situation where one gets the business for expansion and the other gets a good deal from a trusted and brotherly partner. In between all that both people prosper and the future generations get to build strong and solid bond. I don’t think the few selfish and power ambitious individuals will have enough muscle to hinder that when the time becomes right. If the worst comes, we can pay for them to relocate to the Bahamas holiday resort to retire on a permanent bases. With the kind wealth our both countries be able to amass, that would feel like peanuts:-)

    • Music Novice

      Greetings Passer_by,

      Given the choice, what would you like to be? An “intelligent” person or an “errand boy”?

      Passer-by, I have got some good news for you: your idol Isaias is an intelligent person up to a point, no doubt, but was a full-time errand boy for the CIA in the past. Do you know the saying that “there is no fury like a woman scorned”. Isaias is like a jilted woman, his tantrums during the post-independence era are away of signalling that he could still be a useful errand boy for the CIA.

  • Light at the End of the Tunnel

    By African Intelligence,

    The recent lobbying of the State Department by the former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Herman Cohen, for it to normalise its relations with Eritrea, has paid off.

    The US embassy in Asmara will soon reopen its doors.

    Its chargé d’affaires, Louis Mazel, recently posted a number of short and unusually positive messages about Eritrea on the embassy’s Facebook page, in particular about Eritrean cyclists participating in the Tour de France cycle race.

    This development is in line with the reconciliation of Eritrea with the States that are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and its return to favour with the European Union

    Source: TesfaNews:
    So the GCC,The EU then the USA—–then Weyenti…..
    Where are those wishers for a Collapsed State of Eritrea going to hide now?
    -The Sanctions are to be lifted
    -the $380 Million Euros is coming
    -The $1 billion per annum Potash income is coming in
    -$1 Billion per annum income from Gold,Cu,Zn,is coming in
    Kudos to Mr Cohen and Mrs Sofia Tesfamariam….

    • Amanuel

      Hi LATEOT
      Good news but the reality is as follows
      1) Eritrean and USA relation won’t return to normal until the two USA embassy employee are either brought to court of law or freed.
      2)380m Euros will not materialised. As usual the Europeans will put preconditions at the last minute and IA as being stabourne will not accept it like what happened with last 300m Euros.
      3) As for $2billon from mining, the problem is not lack of money, it is rather mismanagement. Remember during 2009 and 2010 there was a lot of talk about Bisha gold this or that but by 2013 the result was more electricity cut, shortage of modicin and lack of normal services. In the end IA came out and said don’t talk much about gold sale, even it doesn’t amount to half energy budget of the country.

    • haileTG

      Hi messenger of Hope 🙂

      If that is considered Light at the end of the tunnel, then you’re only seeing reflections of distant stars in the sky because you’re in a lying down position facing up inside that tunnel. In fact, that was how the burial chambers in the great Pyramids were designed so that the corps can directly face the heavens 🙂

      A supposedly “self reliant” junkie regime to pin all its HOPE on the mercy of outsiders (even Sophia – more Ethiopian and Tanzanian than Eritrean:) is a great comedy plot. So, do you think the so called “lights” at the end of your dark (very dark) tunnel will be lit up?? Perhaps on September 18, 2015 to commemorate the brutal abduction of pro democracy reformers in Eritrea? You think you can have $2billion a year as per your expected gains from mining and still need $380 from EU (that gives away hgdef mendef hargefgef:)

      Don’t worry, the lights at the end of the tunnel will remain switched off till the diabolical regime is in power because the switch is with them not with proverbial cow in the sky. Meanwhile the state collapse continues….

      • saay7


        Here’s what I have learned:

        (1) The mothership of all ተጻባእቲ, America, the country which must be “rebuffed resolutely”, the home of Langlely, is elevating its embassy in Eritrea, at the behest of Herman Cohen, so it can spy on and sabotage the self-reliant government of Eritrea which poses a “threat of a good example” upsetting America’s hegemonic ambitions in Africa;

        (2) This was reported by Africa Intelligence, sister website of Indian Ocean Newsletter which, until recently, was considered part of the ተጻባእቲ network (French edition) that has to be “resolutely rebuffed.”

        So now, whom is a good soldier of PFDJ to resolutely rebuff now? Can’t be awate because now that the US is bff with Eritrea its funding of us ተጻባእቲ will dry up and we will shut down. Can’t be Weyane because the US will “order” the Weyane to comply with the EEBC and the Weyane will dutifully say, “yes sir” and snap to attention. Can’t be the UN, because the US will order it to lift the sanctions and it will. Life will be very boring for the PFDJ when all of these changes (which will come to pass in a matter of weeks) solve none of its problems and has no ተጻባእቲ to blame.


        • haileTG

          Hey saay,

          I think the new ተጻባእቲ could be now diverted to the Eritrean people (hade libi) who would try to run away for better pastures risking the newly minted young and fresh face of hgdef. Even the prospect of the people having to share on the windfall that will come under their name and from under their feet in itself is በለጽ፡ ነብሰ-ፍትወት፡ which can easily be re-phrased as ሸርሒ፡ ዓሎቕ and to go after them on 2001 Take II 🙂 So, the only possible new ተጻባእቲ will be Eritreans in Eritrea.

    • Abi

      I like your Sunday special nick. Hopefully you will keep it.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear light at the end of the tunnel,

      ኣንታ ብስራትካ ይጥዓም ከመይ ዘለ ብሩኽ ዕለት :: እሞ ሕጂ ድኣ ዲሞክራስያዊ ስርዓት ከይትከል :- ሃገር ኣብ ሰላምን ራህዋን ከይትነብረ ምኽኒት ገይራ ተቅርቦ ዝነበረት ጉጅለ ህግደፍ እንታይ እያ ክትግብር ?
      ንህግደፍ ብዘይ ኩናትን ረብሻን ምንባር ማለት – ንዓሳ ካብ ባሕሪ ኣውጺእካ ንበር ምባል እዩ ዓርኩ !!

  • Papillon

    Dear Amde,

    The Weyanes have known Isaias for forty years but he has only known them since 1998. And that is precisely the reason they knew all along what kind of Eritrea under him will come forth. But the interesting thing is that, Isaias is the only person who has a clear understanding not only about Eritrea but the deepest psych-recess of the people as well. And you can only imagine that, he made them get beaten at his own game where the recent debate about five point plan is being debated when the real issue should have been why the war came into effect in the first place. Isaias has brilliantly created a matrix where people are made to believe that they are living in a real dimension where they have chosen to pop in the blue pill if you will. Moreover, as much as Isaias is squarely found guilty not by his own people but by international arbitration for starting the war which has costed thousands of lives, he is still in a war footing to reck havoc in Ethiopia simply because he has already assessed and calculated how far including the intelligentsia community can stride. The border issue is not at stake at all. What is at stake is the existence of a menace that is eating up the Eritrean populace particularly the younger generation. Now, instead of focusing on that, it is really bizarre to see people debating the merits and demerits of four, five or what ever point plan as if it is the center of gravity. The center of gravity is the dictator himself but again veering off has become the norm like a brain on a high dose lithium bouncing back and forth between mania and hypomania.

  • Tewelde G/mariam

    The core of the Ethiopian based so called Eritrean opposition will never want realize the aspiration they put on paper for they do not mean it and neither will woyane allow them. They sound glittering word only to fool the naive Eritrean into becoming their tool in the destruction of his/her own country. This logic also applies to those Eritreans as well as to the Eritrea based ethiopian oppositions who have been taking isaias afewerk’s forgery for the truth.

    It seems some of the well meaning eritreans are failing to learn the lesson of their bitter past. Like an addicted but clueless gambler, they are throwing their future to chance. The good thing is, our propensity to be easily prey to treacherous enemies is also our triggering imptus to bury our foe in the very graves they had dug for us. Yes, it is costly but it also shows our good moral caliber. The ten thousand Eritrean demonstrators in Geneva against the coniver attests to our inherent capacity to rise up from the ashes.

    As I have been repeatedly demonstrated, woyane and isaias afewerki are working in collaboration for the same strategy, decimation of Eritrean Sovereignty; their antagonism is tactical, including the woyane border instigations and the 1998 war in which hundreds of thousands of young Eritreans and Ethiopian perished. There was no other reason for isaias afewerki to cede Badme to woyane other than to serve him as a pretext for war. His act of declaring of eritrean independence without demarcating its borders and his outrageous acts in the aftermath of the cessation of hostilities , among many others, were all part and parcel of their conspiracy against Eritrea.

    The case of the disintegration of ELF is another valid point that sheds light into the collaboration of isaias afewerki and woyane. But the case also show us vividly our ineptness and blindness to their conspiracy because instead of defending ELF in unison, we lent them a helping hand by jumping into each others throats along subnational lines.

    However, in the wake of ELF disintegration, the worst betrayal against our nation was committed by those who knelt before Mengistu Hailemariam to divide Eritrea along highland and lowland divided, the very act our people had rejected when it was offered earlier by the British Occupation Army. Todate, these are the core of the Ethiopian based Eritrean opposition with their original intent intact against Eritrean unity and territorial integrity, and on whom woyane relies to realize its evil dream. We must reject them!!!

  • Amde

    Hi Pappillon

    I believe you have it (almost) exactly right. I wish people would read your posting again and again. Isayyas holds the trump card right now as far as Ethiopia is concerned. His grip staves off the fear of a failed state on the northern border. Imagine a Somalia but with everybody trained in military craft, and the military stockpiles of a state. Between Somalia and the heavily populated sections of Ethiopia, there exists the Ogaden bush/desert, at least some kind of a buffer. Nothing like that exists between highland Eritrea and Tigray, both densely populated. All Isayyas has to do for better relations with Ethiopia is to just promise to play ball with the issues Ethiopia wants to talk about.

    Why would Ethiopia in some shape or form dislodge Isayyas and potentially precipitate the very thing it fears? What form of believable guarantee can the Opposition provide Ethiopia that the post-Isayyas phase will not descend into chaos? Of course they cannot without integrated work with Ethiopia.

    This whole Badme discussion is a dangerous and crippling dead end. It will get resolved when Ethiopia is ready and on Ethiopian terms. And that could happen tomorrow with Isayyas announcing it.

    In the meantime Ethiopia stays with status quo because the alternative is far far worse. There is a lot of sympathy for the plight of Eritreans among Ethiopian people and government, and both (the people and government) are doing a lot but the fear of changing the status quo is stronger. Eritreans have their work cut out for them in changing the fear.


  • Asmera

    Hi A man,
    I haven’t get clearly your point. To my understanding Eritreans were first class citizens during Derg as well as during Haileselase. However the two choices given to them during secession were “freedom or slavery” of course their choice was one and only one “freedom” so, today Eritreans and Ethiopians can’t live together, the best solution is to build fence between the two countries, preferably electrified to protect any boarder crossing. The imagination of your selfish Eritreans were that Ethiopia can’t not survive if Eritrea is gone away, but the reality is now the opposite. I believe Afar people are Ethiopians not Eritrea, so the next Ethiopian government will work to get back our Ethiopian brothers back to their mother land Ethiopia.

    • AMAN

      Oh yeeeeeh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Thank you for reminding me ! I almost forget it !
      I am now in my new post CEO Cairman of the board !
      I sometimes get emotionaly attached to the department
      of Broadcasting and information which I worked for many
      decades as operations manager.
      My new post requires different approach, attitude and
      work ethic. Forgot that I was promoted, but it is only one
      week on the new job/post > Sorry missed some links >
      Thank you for reminding. Please come up often with
      such pieces of info that we do not need to forget due
      to lengthy extension of time and to much to accomplish.
      Thankyou again

  • Pass the salt

    መራሕቲ ወያነ በብሓደ እንዳተኣልዩ ስልጣን ንንኡስ ወለዶኦም የመሓላልፉ፣ እንተ ሰበ ስልጣን ህግደፍ ግን እቶም ኣብ ተስዓን ሓደን ዝነበሩ ሚኒስተራት ክሳብ ሕጂ ከምኣ ኢሎም ኣለዉ፣ ዝሓቐቑን ዝሃደሙን ገዲፍካ ማለትዩ። ኣማስይኡስ ብሰላም እቲ ዕዮ መንግስትነት ናብ ሓድሽ ወለዶ ከስግሩ ድዮም ዋላስ ከም በዓል ሙጋበ ስሊፒንግ ዳይኖሰርስ ተሰምዮም ኣብ ኣኼባታት ድቃስ ክሳብ ዘሰንፎም ኣብ ስልጣን ተላሒጎም ክተርፉ እዮም?

    ሃገረይ ጉድ ተኺባ።

    እቲ ሚኒስተርነት ንባዕሉውን ንእንዳ ስዋነት ኢዮም ቀይሮሞ ዘለዉ። ኣብዛ ቦታ እዚኣ ገለ ትምረቕ ኣላ ተበልካስ ኩሎም ሚኒስተራት ኣብኣንተኣኪቦም ትሪኦም፣ ንጽባሒቱ ከኣ ሓለቐኦም ይገይሽ ኣሎ ተባሂሉ ከኣ ኩሎም ከም ተማሃሮ ዘብዘብ እናበሉ ናብ ኤርፖርት ይኸዱ፣ ኣብ ባዓላት፣ ፈስቲቫላት ሙሉእ መዓልቲ ምስውስው ክብሉ ግዜ ሃገር የባኽኑ። እሱኮዩ ትርፉ ኣብ ክንዲ ንሃገር ንሓደ ዕቡድ ፕረዚደንት ምግልጋል፣ ዕምሩ ደኣ የሕጽሮ እምበር።

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Pass the salt, today you pass hot chilly to PFDJ supporters.

      ናይ ክብሪ ሕቶ ኳ እዩ :: ርኹስ – ሕሱር ምዃን – ካበይ ከ ወረስዎ ? እምበር ርኣይ እንዶ ክንደይ ወዲ ሃገር ክብሩ ንምሕላው ነዛ መራር ሰዓት ተጻጊሙ እንድዩ ዘሕልፋ ዘሎ :: ንቀልባዕባዕ ድኣ ኣይናይ ምህሮን ዓቢ ፍልጠትን የድልዮ ኮይኑ ::

      እቲ ጽቡቕ ግን :- ወላ ንሱ እቲ ዘምልኽዎ ‘ውን ዘይኣምኖምን – ኣብ መመዓልቱ ዝጉሕፎምን ምዃኑ እዩ – ከም ‘ዚ ባሪስታ ወላ ነብሳ እንተሃበትካ ዘይት ኣምና ::

    • haileTG

      Selam PTS,

      እቲ ጸገም፣ ኩሉ ነገር ኣብ መንገዲ እንከሎ ተበላሺይዎም። If your pilot decide to commit suicide while you’re onboard a flight, what do you do? IA knows Eritrea means nothing to him now. Let’s admit it, the guy will not even have a burial ground in the land he spent all his life. He knows that for a fact. His regime members know his system is their only hope to cover the betrayal they committed. Once his system falls apart, they are on their own to justify their acts. He knows He can’t depend on them (because he wouldn’t be a dictator otherwise) and they know they can’t depend on him because there is no incentive for him to do anything that would give them safe landing. When all rational avenues are closed off for them, they are coming up with delusional expectation that he will die sooner and things will change. That is assuming he does die and if so, all of the two and half decade long crimes will be buried with him. They won’t and they can’t. So, IA is effectively imprisoned by his own folly and his band of regime loyalists are also effectively imprisoned by having to surrender their fate to a man who knows his fate is sealed. Very few had the quick thinking to see beyond and not only abandoned the regime but also started to talk to the people and work in the justice camp to redeem themselves and build new facts on the ground. The slow one’s of them completely went on the hiding hoping the problem go away (yes, there are many, I am not just saying my old acquaintance Ali Abdu:). When the COIE reports its findings on Crimes Against Humanity, things will accelerate because that will be unstoppable magnet that will tie down the lot of them. The obvious attempt will be that those PFDJ criminals will then come back hiding behind religious and regional garbs. That is the only way they can ruble rouse in order to blow dust to obstruct revealing their identity. This is where the opposition’s competency will be lacking most. But we’ll wait and see.


  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear both Eritreans and Ethiopians, here it is enjoy it.


    • Abi

      I love you.

    • saay7

      Kokhob Selam:

      I beat Abi: I was the first to up vote it.

      Actually really really good, and the music is a perfect compliment with that nice sax near the end.

      One thing though: next time, please be kind to the ASL (Amharic as Second Language): the verses were zooming way too fast and some disappeared before I could finish reading. Eyob thinks it’s not an ASL but old age issue.


      • Eyob Medhane


        True, it is not an ASL issue. Update your glasses, and while you’re at it, the verses do reappear immediately, on the paper image on the right side right after they are zoomed out……

        Great job Kokhob…


        ASL question to you…

        What does “melti” mean in Amharic? A word that appears in Kohobs’ poem…

        • saay7


          Well…when they appear on the scroll in the right, I need a magnifying glass to read:)

          And it appears that you missed a couple of Awate classes: “melti” was discussed by Professor Abi and Professor Fanti. Melti (amharic) = melti.(Tigrinya.) Ante melaTa.


          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Saay7,
            Lol, the meaning was written in 2014 in Jebena page by me.

            Dear Eyob tell us now the meaning.

          • Eyob Medhane


            Ha ha..

            Ante melata…is very funny…

            Melti is ‘Achberbari’ a deceiver, a trickster…

            I knew you didn’t know it. Score 1 for me… 🙂

          • Kokhob Selam

            Yes Eyobay .

            I can’t stop laughing. how did he brought that ante Mela Ta.

            yes Eyob. as you said the word can be translated a deceiver ..in such poem the meaning goes .መልቲ ማለት እውነተኛ ጸባያቸውን የመደበቅ ችሎታ ያላቸው – ራስ ወዳድ ገለ ሰቦችን የሚገልጽ ቃል ነው::

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Kokhob Selam,
            I think another very similar word is “QeTafi”, but if you tell me it is not I will stand corrected.

          • Ted

            Hi Kim.
            QeTafi is close but melti is not to mean malicious. Melti is more like prankster or used for mischievous kids.

          • Dear Ted,
            You are right. መልቲ can be translated to a prankster, naughty person, mischievously and annoyingly clever. ቀጣፊ near, but not exactly.
            I hope Abi will forward it to the right place, Waldba university at the Waldba Monasry in Gondar, where the meaning and etymology of the Amharic language are researched.

          • Abi

            Hi Horizon
            All these to describe Fanti melti? I have to agree with you.

          • Eyob Medhane

            Horizon, Abi

            The only close Amharic expression I could come up with for “melti” is “quch belu” 🙂

            In the context of Kokhob’s poem, though “Achberbari” would be close. But, I think PFDJ and Isayas have way passed “melti” (a harmless trickster) They are just pure evil. (Note to Kokhob Selam)..

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear KH,

            It works. But Qe Tafi has become frequently use word in normal case and some time jokes.

          • SenaiErtrawi

            Qorbet begie ztekhedene tokhla? 🙂

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear SenaiEritrawi,

            are you describing the word .መልቲ or what? if so Poem you put is not far from the meaning.

          • SenaiErtrawi

            Yes, based on your description; “እውነተኛ ጸባያቸውን የመደበቅ ችሎታ ያላቸው – ራስ ወዳድ ገለ ሰቦችን የሚገልጽ ቃል ነው::”

      • Kokhob Selam

        Thank you Saay7.
        I use to work on other programs but this time I use sony vegas pro 11. it is too heavy in such simple computer. for sure I will put into consideration about the speed of the words movement. thank you.

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam Kokhob Selam,
      What a talent! What a timing! What a great job.
      You just raised the bar on many levels.
      Who said Harvard University is the one and only one that produces top students with distinction.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Thank you KH.

    • Saleh Johar

      Waw Kokob Selam,
      Really nice. Enjoyed everything was fine, the xylophone is great and the washint, I can live with its synthesizer version, and then at the 4:14 mark that ugly thing came…I muted it and continued reading 🙂 Magnificent indeed.

      • Kokhob Selam

        THank you SGL.

        at 4:14 the saxophone Ha,ha.. most of the poems in classical music are having saxophone. Nest Saturday I will prepare one without. thank you.

    • Papillon

      Dear Kokhob Selam,

      Absolutely brilliant! Thank you so much.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Papillon,
        thank you. keep watching every Saturday.

    • Fanti Ghana

      Hello Dr. KS,

      I already commented on the video itself at YouTube, but I am feeling left out at AT, so I am repeating that comment here.

      Hello Dr. Kokhob Selam,
      You have unparalleled talent of writing poems in several languages, no doubt, but your love of your kin and all of humanity is also above reproach. What an honor to call you a friend. You truly are our shining morning star!
      Thank You.

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Fanti,
        I saw it. I am very much happy that there are people who noted my vision in life. in fact after I read this wonderful I have prepared I have add 5 more new poems about universal brotherhood and kindness. thank you very much.

    • passer_by

      Boring! Boring! and Boring!!

      Bells of Peace can not ring amid the ashes of Injustice -Contradictory and Impossible. They will refuse to RING. Injustice must be corrected for the Bells of Peace to RING,

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Pass-by,
        I understand your feeling. we are all in journey as you do. now, I believe the struggle is fist with self. the hero is the one who live life fully and moment to moment conquering his ego. that is the man who will be able to change himself first which in turn will change the society. there is a voice and a none stop calls in nature that rings always for peace and love, but only the calm and peaceful people can hear it. for those boring and for those affected by the mess everything is tasteless.

        War, was never a solution to bring justice it may have some role for limited time. if you won in war (nevertheless of your aim) and don’t make inventory of the entire war ending it by reconciliation, then you are not for peace and you are going to create another war living in cycle of war.

        nature is kind (God – or Allah etc.) injustice was created by us. none of us is free on this. Look back our case, how many poor people have been killed for something they even don’t know? how many of Ethiopians who dead in Eritrea knew the story or how many of those freedom fighters knew what that national question was all about? it is the innocent who pay for it. isn’t enough now? aren’t we able to solve political issues peacefully.

        Love, love and love my friend. get peace of mind. be calm and relax. the massage is to people. the massage is about people to people dialog and it was always there since ever. people should know we are one universally. man, should live respected and dignified in his short life without monopolizing others.

        Hopefully you will enjoy my next poem. I beg you not to stop hearing and watching my Saturday poems.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear Awate friends,
    It is Saturday in horn. as promised my poem is ready in YouTube. I will wait the first choice under which title to put it. it is all about peace of the innocent Eritrean and Ethiopian people. within 10 minutes if I don’t get reply where to put I will put it under this article.

  • Kokhob Selam

    Dear awate friends,
    It looks to me Ethiopian government is hearing the voice of people like me – we need a representative that can convince Ethiopians to leave Badme. we need a party that can take responsibility and calculated risk who never allow all the rumors to victimize by some useless groups and PFDJ. And yes a party which is active in and out side our country. and of course a party that will create love between our two innocent people – people to people. is the invited EDA the right party? well why not and if not still that is a good chance to have an Eritrean party get invited in such event. Let us hope for the best.

  • Saleh Johar

    Hi Papillon,
    Don’t you think the quest for a strong umbrella is an ongoing struggle, regardless of amputated arms or legs? The alternative is throwing the towel and submitting to the monsters. It is frustrating that little has been accomplished, but no one is giving up. Please see it as a challenge to conquer the hurdles regardless of the number of setbacks. That might be considered futile by those who give up, but others see the spirit is the embodiment of resilience.

    • Papillon

      I wish I was strong like you Saleh hawey. Sometimes it really gets you when you don’t see any crack through the dark clouds. We had our hopes high up when Wedi Ali went out the norm to do something and that hope got smashed then we have the CoI and it gathered tremendous momentum but you see these bunch of stupid stupid and stupid three ladies and a guy on each other’s throats over something trivial. It is just sickening. Hope it gets better for that is the only thing we can afford at least in this very moment.

      • Saleh Johar

        Papillon ,

        An unsolicited advice: never allow the foolishness, the laziness, the indifference, and the negative pontification of some disude you from doing what you think is right. Some pursue a cause because it is trendy, for egos, and for trivial reasons. They fall out for trivial reasons. If you pursue a cause because it is right, that In Itself is the reward. No cause is a I dined because of some foolish people or foolish action from your aisle.

    • Nitricc

      Hi SJ, I got to give to you. your fate is not only strong but unshakable. otherwise, let alone the toothless opposition, even the so-called activists and human right fighters are at each other throat and going for the kill. don’t you think, in life everything should be examined, checked, scrutinized and ultimately accepted or rejected? I am questioning your blind believe in the toothless oppositions. I do understand your resentment for PFDJ but with person your caliber don’t you think should examine things and call it for what it is?

      • Saleh Johar

        I am part of the opposition. You want me to give up on myself? I do examine the state of our opposition and I see why it is faltering. But stooping being an opposition, until the brutal regime is removed, or I die, I will not sell my conscience. I believe everyone should do his thing. I never asked you to abandon the PFDJ, don’t you think you are off when you ask me to abandon my allies in the struggle against the monster of who you are indifferent at best? And then, what do you think is the most honorable thing in this period if it is not struggling against the PFDJ monsters?

        • Nitricc

          Hey SJ, would you please begin your post with salutation. hahahah. it is awate.com policy. sorry i get a kick out of it, don’t ask me why. Okay, SJ, i can ask you why you gave up on PFDJ but i dare not, because I kind of know but you gave on PFDJ for a good reason not because PFDJ are part of yours; they are. if you can find enough reason and logic to detach your self from your own PFDJ; why not apply the same reason and logic when it comes to the oppositions?
          I am omitting the “indifferent” part, because, i am bit confused which of us is indifference?

          • Saleh Johar

            Okay Nitricc

            Sorry for the missing salutation, please help remind all,

            Your suggestion that I treat the PFDJ and the opposition is disappointing. Did you lose your sense of fairness Nitricc? Leave injustice for the toothless.

            The PFDJ ha committed grave crimes against my people and my country, forget about their crimes against me personally. What have my allies done to me to equate them with the criminals? They are incompetent, toothless, some are selfish egotists? None of that is a crime that equates them to the monsters. Do you see your logic Nitricc? Okay I will rephrase it: do you see your toothless logic, Nitricc?

          • Nitricc

            SJ. well, that is the problem. the toothless oppositions are protecting the PFDJ from a real opposition who can challenge the PFDJ. SJ, that is my exact problem. i am all the way for opposition; REAL opposition with a clear national programs and politically INDEPENDENT! if you think i am happy with PFDJ or i am indifference; then, we have a great deal of gap between each other. the one question every honest Eritrean needs to answer is, why is this government still standing? as soon as you ask that question and brain storm the answers; then, you are no longer “indifference”. you are awaken and enlighten.

          • Saleh Johar

            I appologize if I misrepresented your position regarding the PFDJ. But you think the opposition is protecting the PFDJ? I am in the opposition, you think I am protecting the PFDJ? And all those tireless individuals and entities are protecting PFDJ? That is not tenable. However, I do understand your conclusion which you have reached using a wrong methodology. The fact that a broad based, popular opposition, lacking organized and focused tactics, elongates the struggle. But if you take my position and your position, if we claim we are struggling for the same goal, and we destry each other, then how are we going to form a formidable organization? Who can absolve himself for the damage on our struggle, you or me? See, it is our combined position. The opposition is weak because in our ranks are the selfish, the langa-langa, the mischievous, the ones who consider the struggle a hobby, etc. So, we should not patronize allies our cause (which the struggle, the opposition). Only then we can work together. But if not, then there will certainly be an entity that will take it upon itself and perform the task as it see fit. People are not going to be bogged down in endless, nzzate, endless meetings and communiques. And many to that point. But it worries me, because that is not how I would want it to be.

  • Eyob Medhane


    Now for the next chapter of “EDA menyu”? On Tesfanews… 🙂