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Eritrean Leader’s Sandcastle Play

Eritrean president Isaias Afewerki recently ventured out of his hideout at Adi Halo near Asmara to travel to the port city of Massawa for some reflective moments at the beach. [Adi Halo is, of course, the leader’s infamous rural outpost which doubles as his makeshift “presidential office.” The place has an even more bizarre history of having started off as his “site office” for a construction project involving a micro dam he designed and went on to oversee its  construction all while wielding an iron grip over the country!]

A Dictator’s Own Little World

1- Egotism and Spitefulness

Having been chauffeured to his bungalow on the coast in a few short hours, the autocratic leader headed straight for his private beach. Thereclad in his trademark outfit of flannel pants, oversized khaki shirt, and baseball hat–he stood barefoot on the warm sand near the water’s edge and, hands on hips, scanned his surroundings. For a moment, he remained motionless as he gazed out fixedly at the shoreline overwhelmed by the thought of unfathomable quantities of beach sand extending up and down the coast as far as the eye can see.

The thought ignited in his mind a flash of anger over his inability to have this endless resource exploited as raw material for developing a stock of weapons that he could employ to vanquish his enemies, subdue his rivals, and impose political dominance over the region. These fantasy scenarios are, in fact, elements of an obsessive ambition that he has doggedly pursued for nearly half a century. He does so, seemingly, unfazed by the prevalent notion that his ‘vision’ is logically apt to lead to self-destruction rather than self-fulfillment.

2- Deceit at Every Turn

Curiously, it did not take him long to snap out of his angry mood, thanks to his whimsical decision to temporarily get off his high horse and find solace in the harmless prospect of using some of the beach sand to build sandcastles. That’s right, he resolved to build sandcastles with it instead! hoping the pastime will allow him to relive, even if just for a fleeting moment. the innocence of childhood. It also appeared to him that the puerile joy to be derived from the activity would be doubled if he could get his friend, the Ethiopian prime minister to join in. So, he immediately reached out to Abiy Ahmed requesting his company, and the latter obliged by flying out to Massawa the next day.

Having made adequate preparations in the morning of the third day, the strange bedfellows set off for the beach equipped with essential tools and supplies, and began work on building their respective sandcastles in the early afternoon. Enlivened by the soothing sound of waves breaking in the distance, the main task proceeded to completion without a hitch. Over essentially the same length of time, the young, energetic Abiy managed to build a fairly large and somewhat elaborate castle while the aging, enfeebled Isaias had to settle for a much smaller and simpler one.

Finally, they had to build defensive (or curtain) walls as the last step before wrapping up the activity. So, Isaias cunningly proposed putting up a single wall to enclose both castles knowing full well that: (i) most of the labor for it would be provided by Abiy and (ii) he (Isaias) would end up owning an equal share in the “joint property” acquired with their unequal inputs a sly, exploitative scheme of maximizing returns on minimal investment!

3- The Fear Within

Taking no objection to the proposal, Abiy Ahmed got down to work with vigor and had, pretty much on his own, managed to complete nearly half of the wall construction when fate struck. Suddenly, a tsunami triggered by an earthquake beneath the Red Sea floor hit the coast and violently swept the duo away as its 20-foot-high waves devastated everything in their path. At precisely that very moment, Isaias was jolted up from his sleep by the shock of the imaginary disaster only to realize that the whole experience was just a DREAM! He pulled himself up on his bed and, after a quick mental rerun of the dream, he ruminated on what it all meant. Deeply anguished that the dream may be a harbinger of a personal disaster destined to befall him, he wondered if his fellow long-time dictator President Idriss Déby of Chad had had a similar dream in the run up to his demise last April!

In the Realm of Reality

Conceptually, the simplistic dream-world of dictators stands in stark contrast to the world of objective reality where issues rarely, if ever, lend themselves to easy analysis and prediction. The question of the Eritrean dictator’s future and ultimate fate is no different. However, a review of the man’s personal traits, past history, decisions and performance record does provide a rational basis for prognostication of what the future may hold for him.

1- Despotism, Belligerence & International Isolation

President Isaias Afewerki had, early in his continuing 30-year tenure in power, steered Eritrea toward a tyrannical one-man system whose domestic governance is marked by repression, human rights violations, militarism and party-dominated command economy. This has been paired with a foreign policy of confrontation where use of force is the instrument of choice for dealing with issues of disagreement.

Isaias’s long rule has exposed his uniquely cruel and tyrannical nature and revealed his capacity for roguery and belligerence. Yet, through it all, he has managed not only to thwart periodic domestic challenges to his autocracy, but to largely escape liability for the detriments that his political brinkmanship and military adventurism inflicted on the region. Emboldened by these experiences, the dictator has, in the past few years, continued to project an air of invincibility in his actions and behavior. This may be a reflection of his illusory sense of security or just a put-up of a brave front designed to unnerve his enemies.

Whatever its cause, this pseudo-invincibility has been at the center of the leader’s interventionism and militarism that threaten to destabilize the region. Isaias tries to reinforce this false image by pretending to have a political instinct for ‘sensing’ danger a ruse he often uses to gloomily forecast disasters bound to strike his adversaries while remaining blind to his own vulnerability to those same vagaries of fate.

2- ‘The Last Straw’?

Demonizing adversaries and predicting doom and gloom for them is a weapon that President Isaias often uses to whip up pro-PFDJ Eritreans abroad and his foreign collaborators into a frenzy over an exaggerated threat thereby affording them a rallying point for military confrontation. His latest act of such political chicanery is the infamous “Woyane: Game Over!” statement that he declared in June 2018 a statement of intent couched in his usual warmongering parlance! His diaspora supporters and Ethiopian allies were quick to turn that bellicose rhetoric into sloganeering designed to pave the way for military attack on TPLF which was eventually launched in November 2020.

As the war progressed, TPLF proved to be a formidable fighting force capable of holding out against its allied enemies much longer than the latter had planned for. Media reports on mounting civilian casualties, widespread devastation and grievous human suffering prompted the international community to apply increasing pressure on Eritrea to withdraw from Tigray. At first, President Isaias floated a potential deal of troop withdrawal to be undertaken under international security guarantees. But when the US imposed visa restrictions on key officials of his regime and (along with its European allies) threatened tougher sanctions, he relented and withdrew his forces eight months after they moved in. Eritrean troops subsequently redeployed along their southern border and established fortified defensive positions while the TPLF regained control of Tigray.

It is obvious that whatever Isaias achieved in the war had come at a price partly immediate, partly deferred just as was the case with his similar past campaigns. For one thing, a more precarious security situation exists now than had prevailed over the two-and-a-half years preceding the war when TPLF posed no security threat, imminent or otherwise, to Isaias and his regime.

Conclusion

The relentless pursuit of the policies outlined above have earned President Isaias resentment of his people and shunning by the global community with all the diplomatic, political and economic damages it entails. Indeed, he has been gradually sinking in the hole that he not only dug for himself, but strangely chose to deepen from time to time.through his escalating domestic repression and foreign intervention. The ongoing Tigray debacle may perhaps mark the bottoming out of his sinking fortunes. Sadly, this in a nutshell is the legacy of the aging leader.

The current reality for President Isaias is such that the odds are stacked against him — his old age and declining health, the indignation of his own people, the grudges of aggrieved neighboring entities, the exasperation of the international community. There is thus no doubt that the president is in the final twilight moments of his natural and political lives. If history is a guide, Isaias is likely to keep a trick or two up his sleeve that he may pull on his enemies at the ‘right time.’ But even in the best-case scenario of his stratagem succeeding, it may at best buy him a little more time but not avert his inevitable demise.

The sad thing in all this is, while Eritrea’s diaspora opposition squabble among themselves and some even sell themselves to cheerleading for alien political causes,  home-grown forces may suddenly rid the county of the tyrannical regime and put a populist government in its place. Overtaken — and rendered largely irrelevant — by such an event, the former may decide to stay within their comfort zone of inept opposition and relegate themselves to playing reactive politics in perpetuity. Should the diaspora opposition opt for such a role, it would be a setback for the struggle but would be irrelevant to the country’s destiny or that of its people!

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  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    I am probably the only time waster who still reads Shabait – mostly about how Beles can be used to kick start a stalled economy like ours:-)

    Today however, shabait shared diplomatic exchanges between Eritrea’s FM and US Secretary of state. It shows how the IA regime is a callous criminal devoid of any decency. Thanks Shabait for sharing! Keep the sprit of democracy burning…haha

    • saay7

      Selamat Hailat:

      Hold my lemondade ! 🙂

      Usually when Isaias discloses private communication belatedly (his letters with Meles, his letters with Okbe Abraha), they are supposed to show some exculpatory evidence showing us what a ለባም and ዓቃል President he is but I don’t see it in what he chose to publish now. It shows that in May that envoy Feltman had said if the rape session doesn’t end sanctions are coming and now in August the US announces the sanctions are coming.

      If Isaias didn’t want to have it both ways, he could say “we are in northern Ethiopia at the invitation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and, in fact, the treaties we have signed with Ethiopia obligate us to defend it…” But since his attitude is “I don’t owe anybody any explanation and I will do whatever the hell I want”, he is telling the country that is home to Google Earth and a gazillion satellites that its conclusion that Eritreans forces are in Tigray is based on misinformed media.

      I don’t remember this much squealing when Abraha Kassa was sanctioned. But then again the fastest way to get Isaias to squeal is through his pocketbook

      saay

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Saay,

        Countries enter treaties or make military pacts not to quell their internal conflicts, but to make joint defense from foreign aggression.There is no excuse for his flagrant human abuses and unwarranted interference in the ethnic war of Ethiopia.

        • saay7

          Emma:

          From the standpoint of international law, and why the UN was set up, it is to manage relationship among States and not infra-State. The Tigray issue is an intra-State issue. And so long as the head of government of the FDRE does not complain that it has been attacked by Eritrea, the international community has no legal standing to tell Eritrea to be in or out.

          The problem is both Abiy and Isaias chose to lie about it and they decided to wage medieval type of war of raping and pillaging which invited more scrutiny.

          Saay

          • leGacY

            Hi Ato Saay,

            “From the standpoint of international law, and why the UN was set up, it is to manage relationship among States and not infra-State.”

            This is just painfully true.

            How would have the people drafting the UN charter foreseen that someday in the future a leader of a sovereign nation would invite another leader to invade its region. Certainly not from the only African nation that was the signatory to it.

            You could say that the UN charter is overdue for a major addendum but what is the point? The UN’s future like many international and regional organization is bleak to say the least.

        • haileTG

          Selamat Aman,

          The three case scenarios in which external actors participate are: to push for negotiated settlement, to support one side or with independent agenda. Of the three, research shows that the last one substantially extends the duration of the conflict, it hinders peaceful resolution and increases the cost for all domestic actors.

          The PMAA government has said that Eritrea entered the conflict uninvited. Eritrean regime itself, albeit falsely, claims that its participation is in response to missile attacks. Thus, Eritrea’s participation is clearly stated as being for independent agenda. It is not possible to portray it as a collective defense measure on the side of the Ethiopian government.

          The extent of bloodshed being unleashed in Ethiopia as we speak defies imagination. The death and destruction is bone chilling, it is unlikely to remember anytime in history where Ethiopians engaged at such magnitude of bloodbath against each other or external force in modern history. If reports coming out of the battles being fought is any indication, the border conflict would pale as a child’s play by comparison. Ethiopians are brutally mowing down each other, unfortunately!

          With such context, Eritrea’s participation is extremely problematic in every sense of the word. As Gen. Tsadkan said “what the Eritreans are doing isn’t even good for them as a country”. We need to chew on that and ask why. The implications are grave, Ethiopians have somehow to come out of this, what relationship we’ll have with them after that is entirely different question.

          This is why I would caution chairman saay to not enter into this debate. We need him as GiE centerpiece:-) His words can easily be twisted, although we know his rejection of the logic of war. (saay, trust me, even many desperate PFDJ supporters who feel trapped are counting on you). Leave this PFDJ mess alone, demand the end of the #stupid war and the GiE now drive. My 3-cents worth unsolicited advice for Tuesday 🙂

          • saay7

            Haha Hailat:

            Et tu, Haile? I am but a humble chairman of National Task Team (NTT): volunteers trying to facilitate Government in Exile (GiE.). NTT will dissolve itself (ኤንቲቲ ክትሓቅቕ እያ!) as soon as GiE is formed and its members are disqualified from being members of GiE.

            So ኣይትሓዋውሶ: እቶም ኣብ ጫፍ ዘለዉ ድማ እታ ተሪፋ ዘላ ቡሎነ ከይትጠልሞም 🙂

            Saay

          • haileTG

            Haha saay,

            ከነስሕቐካ መስለኒ

            ሓደ እዋን ኤምባሲ ኤርትራ ብጉዳይ መንነት ወረቀት ደዊለ ነይረ። እታ ማሽን መጀመርያ ተቐቢላ

            ንእገለ ቁጽሪ ሓደ
            ንእገለ ቁጽሪ ክልተ
            ንእገለ ቁጽሪ ሰለስተ
            ንእገለ ቁጽሪ ኣርባዕተ
            ንእገለ ቁጽሪ ሓሙሽተ

            እናበለት ክሳብ ቁጽሪ ትሽዓተ ናይ ኩሎም እቶም ንደልዮም ዘሎና ህግደፍ ሽም ትረቑሓለይ። ብዝኾነ ነቲ ዝደለኽዎ ቁጽሪ ክልተ ምስ ሰኣንኩ ዳሓን ኢለ ቁጽሪ ኣርባዕተ ደዊለ ሓንቲ ወይዘሮ ኣልዒላቶ። ኣነ ድማ ይቕረታ ቁጽሪ ክልተ ስኢነየ ናባኺ ደዊለ ይብላ። ንሳ ድማ ኣይትሸገር እቲ ቁጽርታት ኣይግድስን ዩ ሓንቲ ቴለፎያ ዘላ ኩላትና ኢና ነልዕላ ኢላትኒ እብለካ።

            So, you never know, the actual job division may not fit the paper road map 🙂

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat haileTG,
            Could that be the target is for the 2% payers only? I don’t see any other function, beside the spying on citizens.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hey Saay,
            For a sec I thought I was reading ቲኤንቲ and I thought did he mean to say ክትፍንጀር’ያ rather than ክትሓቅቕ ‘ያ then I realize N comes before the T.
            ምሽዶ ናይ ኣብ ጫፍ ዘለዉ ቡሎነታት ናትና ከማን ጠሊሙና ኔሩ. የግዳስ ርሕስቲ ሰሉስ ኴና መስለኒ። ኣቡነ ገለመለታት ዶ ኸውን?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-TG,

            If we were people who demand accountabilities, the culprit Eritrean despot and his enablers, would have not taken the nation to the intra-state war or civil war of Ethiopia, be it invited by the federal government of Ethiopia or by a concocted narration of their own. We are docile people who don’t know their rights and obligations, and who only take instructions from the top. I envy for my people to be like Somalian women who asked about the whereabouts of the children to their government. Hailat, መጣቅዒ ህዝቢ ጥራይ እዩ ዘለና።

            Second, I hope Saay and his team will not be frustrated by the nature of our politics, in their effort to unite the opposition camp – with a timely project – Government in exile (GIE). Actually, I agree with you, Saay to limit his engagement in this forum to maintain his neutrality as the opposition is divided by the war in Ethiopia.

            Regard

      • Brhan

        Selamat Ustaz Saay
        I really do not know where the the regime said the following info , Shabite or YG twitter, but I found this information, that I translated from Aljazeera Arabic.

        For its part, the Eritrean Foreign Ministry said that “the government of Eritrea rejects the letter and the spirit of the allegations, which are absolutely baseless and blackmail directed against it.”

        “This is not the first time that the US administration has floated such baseless campaigns against Eritrea,” it added.

        “Faced with repeated and unjustified accusations, Eritrea cannot remain silent. Under these circumstances, Eritrea calls on the US administration to refer the case to an independent court if it already has facts to substantiate its false allegations.”

        The news also says:
        The US Treasury announced that it was freezing all of Woldyohannis’s property and interests in the United States, and prohibited Americans from dealing with him.

        • haileTG

          Hey Brhan!

          What you have there is the press release put out yesterday. I guess it was written in haste because the annex they attached today shows the US embassy in Asmara was notified few hours before the designation of the general went public (It says today at 10:30 A.M. EST the designation would be announced. Today and 10:30 a.m. mean pretty the same thing for those of us late to get out of bed:)

        • saay7

          Ahlen Brhan:

          It was a press release issued yesterday.

          Foreign Minister Osman Saleh, under whose name it is published, saw it about the same time you did.

          That’s the press release where they promise to share all the annexes and you would think the annexes included something that would exonerate them but all they shared is the American case for treating them like the political lepers they are.

          saay

    • Brhan

      Salamat haileTG
      I do but hardly find relevant issues to share here. But today is like 360 degree change. It is as if they were sleeping and woke up suddenly. But ድሕሪ ማይ አብ ባዓቲ

  • sara

    selamat awtistas..
    I think the sanction by the treasury is in tandem with the accusation by the wyanay general awtistas were discussing few days ago, the thing is the general may call the treasury to say no,,,no he is not the one i meant , there are other generals with /// /// symbol in their face.

    • Hashela

      Selam Sara

      Nice to have you back here.
      With regard to /// ///, the general will make sure to localize the position of /// ///.
      Those with /// /// on the eye browns are considered as willing idiots and servants for the greater purpose.

      Blinded by their hates, they fail to see that we are all /// ///.

      • sara

        selam Hashela,
        As you know this days all eyes and ears are focused to Afghanistan/ Kabul
        and knowing you live in the western world, there are certain things we who reside in the home region are very confused about the media and those who
        are its driving forces of professionals. now my question to you is if you can help us understand the meanings and differences of this titles within the media in the west. i.e. journalist, reporter, translator, interpreter, fixer etc.
        the second question i have is, from my humble experience with out the in-depth knowledge of these professions , i think they are all noble professions, then if that is as what i think… why are this people leaving/running in droves Afghanistan to the west, is there any thing wrong that they did to their people and country.???

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    Considering the fact that we recently have been hearing EDF moving to Western Tigray, and this enabling PMAA to shift more troops to the southern fronts, might have something to do with the sanctions on Eritrean chief of staff. This could be a more robust signal that the Eritrean regime can’t continue to lend its support to prolong bloodshed in Ethiopia. It also shows that the allegations against Eritrea have been deemed credible to warrant such a move. This is the interesting part, why not also sanction the commander in chief IA. Why not also Berhanu Jula? These discrepancies shows a deeper political calculations at play as well.

    • Abi

      ኃይልሽ
      ጥይት ጨርሰህ እንደ ቡሄ ጅራፍ እራስህ እየገረፍክ እራስህ እየጮህክ ነው::
      Just take your army out of the Amhara and Afar lands if you choose peace.
      Why is it complicated for you?

      • iSem

        Abi:
        I do not understand what you said in Amharic:-) But the English part is rich , hypocritical, self-serving, choose one.
        you were dancing when EDF and ENDF, Amhara were all inTigray.
        Here is one tip that will deny TDF any support: EDF should pack up and leave every inch of Tigray, for Amhara and ENDF to also go back to their prewar land.
        TDF will have no reason to stay in Amhara and Afar and if they do, they lose legitimate support and will be perceived as aggressors as their grievances, or what have you can be dealt in a different medium other than war
        But now, when they are land locked, when EDF and ENDF and Amhara are conspiring, when their people are thrown into the Nile river, a genocide in making, they have no choice but to lead this bloody war and chase you guys just like your cousins across the sea, during the Massad siege. If they refuse not to leave from Amhara region after the invading force is gone, you have every right to chase them out. A German Shepherd can understand this simple logic, but you and your mindset could not, cannot, will not and the result will be like the long 30 years saga.
        The stupid pride is getting the better of you and pride being the first sin, the one who committed it, has fallen, remember 🙂

        • haileTG

          Hey iSem,

          If we go to domestic issues, in honor of Dongolo:-), since EDF participation is now coming to sanctioning and other criminal litigations, what would Dr. Andebrhan do now? He supported Eritrea’s invasion of northern Ethiopia on record. Bad politics, he was a nice guy:-)

          • iSem

            Hi Haile TG:
            I am not sure about the nice guy part, he is kind of a bully, you know. His interactions in the University of Asmara indicate that

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            iSem,
            I 2nd to that. This guy is one of those worst Eritreans.
            Nothing nice about him.

          • haileTG

            Hey MM,

            I can’t figure what was in his mind when he lend his support to the unjustified war that might have taken the lives of many thousands of young Eritreans. It is not concluded as yet and may take many more. Can you believe he couldn’t see the political death hole of falling into that? If I am not mistaken, other than NNNN, he is the only politician in Eritrea to go as far as that?? Of course,leave out the talk show youtubers, I mean of those known political leaders.

          • saay7

            Selamat Hailat:

            I don’t know if you had the chance to watch an interview that Yoel had with Bereket Habtemariam who was a junior lawyer representing Eritrea during the Eritrea Ethiopia Claims Commission arguments. As a lawyer representing Eritrea his job was to defend Eritrea against claims made by Ethiopia for damages including on maltreatment of prisoners of war and in the process he had to do a lot of investigation, interviewing etc. He reveals many mind boggling findings, most of whom are confirmations of what we had heard and one of them was based on the number of Eritrean prisoners of war, one of the least publicized wars happened in June 1999 when Eritrea waged offensive to get back Badme (which was taken over by Ethiopia in February 1999.)

            Now, if you are Isaias, what is the one lesson you learned from that? It is that the people, including their most informed elite, will never ask “what happened to our sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters…?” as long as you are able to create a distraction and a narrative.

            When was the last time you heard anybody ask how many Eritreans have died, been injured, held captive, in Ethiopia’s Civil War aka #StupidWar? I can count no more than 2-3. He says Eritreans lives don’t matter by throwing them to unjust wars, and we agree with him by refusing to ask about them every hour every day. The Somali mothers had a fraction of that in the war and they ask about them every day since the war broke out.

            saay

          • iSem

            Hi Sal:
            I will tell you a story you know because zerba begets zerab
            I knew Kerenites whose dads were kidnapped from Keren in 1977 when Keren was under EPLF. Most of the retired men travelled to Asmera to collect their pensions, I was told and EPLF accused them of spying and took them to Sahel, never to be heard from again. They were Muslims and Christians. Some of their young kids lived in Sudan, some like Ustaz MO were older. Some joined and fought bravely for Eritrea, unflinching in the battle fields,
            Then came May 24. Their mothers told them to go ask about your dads, many could not do it, some went once and were told not to ask again, they stopped and lived their lives.
            I cannot reconcile it with this:ኣብ ኩናት አምባሕ ዝበለ ዝደበለ ዝተስራሰረ፣ ኣታ ወዲ አዛ ጥይት አኮ ትቀትል ኮይና ኣትይስምዖን አያ፣ መዖኣንጣ ትበተኽ, ማርያም አደይ!
            Unlike my request to our libertarian friend am not asking for help to reconcile it, but I will take it if it is available.

          • Abi

            iSem
            You are lying again!
            Who is going to believe you when you put “ pensions “ and” Eritrea” in one sentence during the Derg times? Unbelievable!!

          • iSem

            Abi:
            Just to protect PFDJ/EPLF even at the expense of your other beloved butcher, MH. With your knowledge of Tigringa and penchant for love of any despot, am suspecting your name is not Abi but Qtaw

          • Abi

            iSem
            You are not far from the truth. ቅጣው is my dog’s name.

          • Hashela

            Abi

            I thought your dog’s name was በለው

          • Abi

            Hello Hashela
            በለው!!!

          • haileTG

            Selamat saay,

            I haven’t listened to Bereket’s most recent interview yet. It is on to do list, but have heard him many times before.

            The point is saay, I was going to say that is indeed the case, until I remembered something else. We have not only shown inability to stand for the welfare of our fellow Eritreans, but also (quite disturbing) have shown the tendency to use such misery for narrow interest exploits. Case in point, the crocodile tears shed by PFDJ supporters and sympathizers for Eritrean refugees. Even in the justice camp, most tragedies seem to only occupy the airwaves until they are considered no longer the hot thing in current events. Now, to fail to advocate for the welfare of fellow citizens is fine, but to go on and start feeding from the bodies is not captured by mind boggling only. It is mind twisting.

            I would say that we have fallen to the trap of becoming supporters of dirty war on all sides. As you know, in dirty wars, the actual human suffering means nothing. But, incidents of suffering can be used to the hilt to benefit the warlords of the dirty wars. Ethiopia is besieged by a full scale dirty war mentality at this time but may be better than us in this regard. Eritrea is fully immersed in dirty war mentality in the open after 2001.

            When people harp on missiles as the reason for war, that is dirty war in full display. Not out of concern for civilians but simply to find narrative. When someone from Tigray says something stupid about Eritreans with shidelli, the concern is not how the Ben Amiri might be impacted or Muslims in general rather how use it for dirty war exploits. When Dr. Andeberhan made his case for Eritrea in Tigray, it was simply to fight a dirty war in winning supporters and not legitimate Eritrean interests that he truly had in mind/heart.

            So, we need to really awaken our people to the fact that they have fallen to the trappings of dirty war. The Red Sea, Independence, Martyrs, history, Shaebia, jebha, self reliance, woyane, Tigrayans…..are all dirty war entrapments in the way they are used in these times. They are used as a dog whistle to gather particular sections of the dirty war trapped nation of ours.

            When we talk about Eritrean refugees first question should be do I truly care about it, not do I benefit to take their side. If Eritreans are dying by thousands in Tigray, in the same manner, the question should be if one truly cares about it. The same with those in jail, with lack of basic rights etc….

            Our people were seduced into dirty war through manipulation and misguided development of culture. The way out of dirty war addiction is nothing else other than cold turkey, just walk out of it, snap out of it, drop it like a hot cake, jump for safety…. there is no negotiated exit out of it. When people are out of the dirty war mentality, then people do what people do and Eritrea is no different in this regard of struggle for justice. Change would follow soon after, let’s wake our people up that they are trapped in dirty war.

            GiE now!

          • leGacY

            Hi HTG,
            I was hassling for an input from you few weeks ago about that interview.My reasoning as to how TDA can justifiably go all the way to Asmara came from that interview. He said that, in a push to re-establish status quo ante you can cross international boundaries and where you to stop the drive is up to you .

          • haileTG

            Selamat leGacY,

            I see! I didn’t connect it at the time. But, aren’t the international boundaries supposed to be the status quo ante? On a lighter side ግን ኣብ ትግባረ እቲ ሕጊ ኣመና ኣየቕልብሉን እዮም። ዋላ ከብተይ ሃዲመን ነስመራ ገጸን ከይደን ኢልካውን ምእታው ኣሎ ኣሽንኳይዶ እዚ ጉዳይ ሒዝካ።

          • leGacY

            Hi HTG,
            “ዋላ ከብተይ ሃዲመን ነስመራ ገጸን ከይደን ኢልካውን ምእታው ኣሎ ኣሽንኳይዶ እዚ ጉዳይ ሒዝካ።”
            Hahaha…

            So, the way I understood it s that think of a thief came to your house, and in the process of trying to chase him/her- the issue of “is this enough or not” doesn’t cross your mind. While it is understood that you should only reverse the SQA but International Law is also very sympathetic if you somehow went further.

          • haileTG

            Hey iSem and MM,
            the nice guy was a pun intended::) it is hard to get him past his reputation. His justifying of the EDF invasion of Tigray would cost him his remaining ambition in politics. Huge mistake. The “was nice guy” was RIP version in political death.

          • iSem

            Hi Haile TG:
            Ok, I am slow today, I have become like Abi’s dog 🙂

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            ስላም ሃይላት,

            አንታ ናትካ ነገርስ ዘደንቕ እዩ። ኣጻድፍ ትፈጥርሞ መዋጽኦታት ከአ ትፈጥሮሎም። ድንቅ ዝሓወይ አይትሕመቅ። Nice guy = RIP a version of political death, will become a new terminology in Awate University. Keep up, friends and enemies alike are enjoying you.

            Regard

          • haileTG

            Selam Aman,

            Thanks, same with you:-)

            Honestly, that was the stupidest I ever saw Dr. Andeberhan. I would be all ears to hear him how he can get out of it. Even IA didn’t justify it at the start, Osman Salih, PMAA and all NNNN were denying it because they knew the deep illegality of it. Of all people, Dr. Anndeberhan found it right to argue EDF was right to invade 🙁

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat haileTG,
            It seems that your “nice” general has some investments in the USA 🙂
            I am sure the treasury dept knows his business in Juba, Uganda and some other countries as well.
            Maybe they should contact to his one time ውሽሚት [easy on me Saay] as well 🙂

          • haileTG

            Hey MM,

            All of the military commanders are the dirtiest thieves and criminals. The $7000 USD border crossings to Sudan use to be run by Fillipos and kidnapping the travelers upon their arrival was Tekle Manjus’ department of Kidney Distribution PLC.

            Here is a Wikileaks about Fillipos:

            [9](C) Residents of Asmara state they were aware of the
            shenanigans of their military officers and their corrupt
            business activities. For example, General Filipos
            Woldeyohannes (formerly head of the western Gash Barka region
            and now head of the Asmara region) is well-known as the
            “go-to” general to arrange an escape to Sudan.

            ዓወት ንሓፋሽ!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hey haileTG,
            Of course. I keep hearing about the richest Eritreans in Juba are indeed the generals’ money. Eritrean treasury is bankrupt for this reason.
            ዓወት ንሓፋሽ! reminds me of one of this episode:
            Clayton Bigsby, the World’s Only Black White Supremacist – Chappelle’s Show

          • Abi

            ኃህልሽ
            Long ,long time ago, You and I had a fierce debate on the same person , Dr Andebrhan .
            He must have been the first bank robber turned bank governor.
            I’m sure you remember.

          • haileTG

            Abichu , good memory!

            …It seems he is back to his old habits. Unfortunately, wars are a time of forgiveness and re-instatement of old criminals in Ethiopia. In our case, wars are times where old criminals are re-hired on IOU’s provided they’ve managed to run away:-)

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            Do you outsource your comments from time to time? The first part of your comment sounds like it was penned by iSem. I could not find any logic in it:-)
            There are no old criminals re-instated in Ethiopian case.

          • iSem

            Abi:
            yes there are old criminals: Julla, Debelle all were criminals and the other older guy, retired, who butchered in ShiEb. What are you talking about?. I am sure your dog knows this, he has good memory 😉

          • Abi

            iSem
            As expected, you are wrong again!

          • iSem

            Abi:
            yea, repeating the same things excepting different result describes you. perfectly

        • Abi

          iSem
          I read your comment to my dog and he shook his head in disbelief while covering his ears with his paws.
          Don’t do this to my dog.

          • iSem

            Hi Abi:
            Then, like dog, like owner. I read my logic to my dog, he asked me a few questions regarding the background of the conflict. I told it and it said, “this is no brainer.” Your dog must be from the Amhara killil

          • Abi

            iSem
            Give me about ten minutes to respond. I have to find my dog first. He run away the moment he heard “iSem” and “logic” in the same sentence.
            I will be back.

          • leGacY

            Abuca,

            I take it your dog is vegetarian ?

            Otherwise , meat terffo enante bet le w’sha?

          • Abi

            legacy
            ከኔ ጋር አተካራህን አቁምና ልኳንዳ ቤት ፈልገህ ፎቶግራፍ ተነሳ:: ደጉን ዘመን ማስታወሻ ይሆንሃል:: ወደፊት ሥጋ የምታየው በህልምህ ብቻ ነው::

      • haileTG

        ኣትለኝም ጓድ ኣቢ!!

        ለመሆኑ ወገልጤና ኣከባቢ ምን ሆነ ነው የስማሁት ዛሬ? 🙂

        • Abi

          ኃይልሽ
          ከጨጨሆ ተቀጥቅጠው የወጡት ሽፍቶች ወገልጤ ላይ ተገልብጠው እየተገረፉ ነው!!!
          አንተ ግን የሰማኸውን ገምት ካልከኝ ወገልጤ ላይ ቡሃቃ ገልብጠው ሊጥ እየጠጡ ሳይሆን አይቀርም እልሃለሁ::
          ከዛ የዘለለ ሙያ እንደሌላቸው ደጋግመው አሳይተውናል::

          ( Samantha Powers) ሰማንታ ኃይሎች ምን አለች ዛሬ?

      • Haile S.

        Selam Abi and iSem,

        Abi, are you against the statue-quo-ante? If yes, why?

        Statue-quo-ante means things return to before November 3. The Amhara militia go back to their towns and villages. The Tigray militia (TDF) go back to Mekele street and its stadium show. ENDF goes back to Tigray to every place it was stationed and boundary it was safeguarding (Sudan and Eritrea), and Haile TG goes back to sabbatical leave😁. This works for everybody. Statue-quo-ante that doesn’t reward the gain of one over the other!

        • haileTG

          Haha Moxi!

          Not yet…a lot to clean up around here. The last time I left, not very impressed with house keeping on my return:-)

          Btw you forgot one thing on status quo points, Badime goes back under Ethio administration and ENDF – are you up for that??

          • Haile S.

            MoKsi,

            No choice, Badme has been the scapegoat for everything and everybody. It will remain as the bone of contention to those who forgave the meat of peace until peace comes.

        • Abi

          ሊቀመኳስ
          እንዴት ከረሙልኝ
          All I need is Tigray boundaries back to where they were at 1991. ENDF has no business safeguarding Tigray. Badime should be returned to Eritrea with huge compensation.
          Tigray people should demand independence!!
          Haile TG is not going back to Adigrat University. He is enjoying his sabbatical at Awate university.

      • leGacY

        Good day Abuca,

        Silu Semta
        Dero motech tanqa

        Koretsa silu semtew TDF’n likortu , your ill trained militia perished in the hundred thousands of them.

        Webo degmo ketach!

        My condolences.

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          Selamat leGacy,
          It is clear the pastor hates Tigray people for sure because he said it in public and his action but do you feel sometimes he also hates the Amhara people?
          The reason I say this is most of the latest victims of war these days are the Amhara people. May be he dupes them. There might be another angle to his action.
          BTW, you could say the same to us, Eritreans as well. Our young people are dying for nothing. Really, for nothing.

          • leGacY

            Hi Mahandsey,
            It is futile trying to make any sense of what makes this person so tick.
            What I find amusing these days is Amhara elites whining about the strategic alliance between WBO and TDA. The Irony .

          • Abi

            legacy
            The alliance between WBO ( whatever that means) and TDA is
            “ግም ለግም ተያይዘህ አዝግም!”
            “እውር ለእውር ቢደጋገፍ ተያይዞ እንዘፍ!”

            TDF, WBO, strategy, alliance
            All these in one sentence?
            I’m worried! Is Armageddon coming ? Don’t tell me it is already here.

          • leGacY

            Abuca,
            We could almost make two humongous parties and form a new intra-state called ET2. You and your Shabia agars and us and the lovely Oromia.

          • Abi

            legacy
            Who are these “we” and “us”?
            የእንቧይ ካብ! Sorry, sand castle!

    • Brhan

      Selam haileTG
      Berhanu Jula , according to Filli has been irrelevant from day one. In one way, it is always about having the big fish.

      • haileTG

        Merhaba Brhan

        That is true in a way, Bacha Debele is also known as a dancer or Eskistegna:-)

        Counting on though, we now have the two most senior associates in crime of IA are sanctioned: Abrahaley K, Filli and even IA has visa sanctions, more on the way.

        Blinken called again today for Eritrea to “immediately and permanently” withdraw from Tigray.

  • iSem

    Hi Haile TG and whoever cares about this topic

    I believe the existential threat is not all these things. I do not rem or read or heard any bloodshed between Muslims and Christians, with the one exception of 1950s whcich WelWel and I.sultan (IS) extinguished it, and WelWel wrote about it beautifully when IS died: ይዝከረካ ዶ. It detailed the steps they took to quell the fighting. Although EPLF and others used religious and ethnic grievances for their own end, there was no major problems in our society even Jihad; the good Jihadist was not a threat (They jsut wanted to live in their land respecting their customs. How I know this, I actually had jihadist friends and one actually died, after high school when he passed his GCE he joined Eri Jihad), we never had ISIS, the only ISIS and Boko Haram is PFDJ and I do not understand this anguished focus on the relatively small issue. We should be anguished about the entity in power collaborating with the Amahara to change the fabric of Eritrea, not ideas that are debated on open. I hope the only person who changed his party affiliation to Libertarian agrees with me. (Hint: he is conservative, but he has never voted). Nor was bloodshed between the highland regions. Is there any bigotry? Yes. I hear it and see it, and some are depressing, but that will not undue Eritrea. Even YG and this General’s tibha -Tibha comments will not undue Eritrea. It is offending, yes, and would be good idea to avoid it. It was widely known and reported during 2001, 2002 , 2003 that whenever PDJ wanted to do its dirty deeds in Asmara, they will bring in people from Muslim and Lowland, and whenever they want to do dirty work in Tesenay, they bring Christian highlanders. If it is indeed verified to be accurate, this can be something like that, so it is on PFDJ again. The TPLF did terrible things when they occupied Tesnay and lowland when PFDJ was kicked, too. They humiliated 70k Eritreans, most of them nothing to do with PFDJ and yet when the border was open, you saw the euphoria, and even before, this website reported that Eritrea is not safe for Eritreans. I added to that Ethiopia has become safer for Eritreans, as they flocked to Ethiopia after all these things. People are people after all. As Sal said, WelWel talked about Tigray Tigringi, though is wrongly lumped with the violent and anti Muslim Agaazian, it was different, peaceful as far as I know. I do not blame WelWel and even Andnets; a different vision for Eritrean identity was jelling and when the revolution was ignited and soru sure Andnet and HS agents introduced violence in Eri politics. Even in Andnet, I seem to recall it was not only Christians; there were some Muslims as far I can remember.
    This idea that one vision is the only solution for Eritrea is nuts. Even the ghedli said that the Eritrean landscape could only handle one organization (read, the rest must be eliminated). For sure, you do not want many functions fighting for their corners, but more than one vision, EPLF, and ELF, etc. working purely for Eritrea, not on the behest of Ethiopia or CIA is to the benefit of Eritrea I repeat, PFDJ and their evil ideas, hidden agendas are the threat for Eritrea, it is the only force that can undue Eritrea. To focus on this issue is a diversion, and people buy into it, perhaps unwittingly, but PFDJ is doing it to take the attention from the dangerous path they are taking Eritrea

    • saay7

      iSem:

      That’s one long stream of consciousness right there 🙂

      When we reduced the Eritrean School of Thought into two groups, there is one group that believes in highly devolved, decentralized governance (because of Eritreans demography of one super large linguistic group, one large linguistic group, and 7 tiny linguistic groups) because “majority rule” democracy will always marginalize and render voiceless the 7 tiny groups. And another school of thought which says that a small country like Eritrea surrounded by two large neighbors, one of whom we have a “complicated relationship with” cannot afford having 9 mini governments and administrative zones and in any event there no longer is delineation of land unique to a definable group.

      The Islamists and other ethnic-based groups, and federalists belong to the former group (largely ENCDC); and the EPLF and post-EPLF Eritreans who grew up in Eritrea belong to the latter.

      These two groups are Eritreans and have a right not only to advance their views but form a serious partnership, so serious we call it a Unity Government. We also call it a vision for GiE.

      So yeah the libertarian dude you mentioned agrees with you.

      But first, we have to go past the slogans and past the eternal distractions zeragito sends our way to elongate his power: a power he uses for nothing but for the sake of having it.

      saay

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate Forum friends
    The U.S. Treasury Department in a statement said it blacklisted Filipos Woldeyohannes, the chief of staff of the Eritrean Defense Forces (EDF). The Treasury said he commands EDF forces that have been operating in Tigray. The Treasury accused the forces of being responsible for massacres, sexual assaults and purposely shooting civilians in the streets, among other human rights abuses.
    Reuters August 23, 2021.

    • haileTG

      Selamat Brhan,

      Thanks for sharing. Filli is the first one but many will follow. The news release identified EDF as an entity that engaged in war crimes and crimes against humanity. Filli boy was caught up by his association with the entity. This will expand to all those associates of EDF directly or indirectly. When the house of PFDJ goes down, many of its open supporters will find themselves in hiding because they will be implicated

      • Brhan

        Selamat haile TG:
        Many hoped Filli could make a coup against DIA, and at the same time, some people did not buy that, indicating that the former is always at the disposal of the latter. This sanction confirms for those who have hope in him, that Filli is a staunch ally of DIA.

      • iSem

        Haile TG and Brhan:
        Are we back to the Adi Halo days again, the good old days
        Now you have awakened giant here, EDF is targeted will be our next topic, targeting EDF, the Eritrean Defense forces is the undoing of Eritrea will be the new allegation by those self-proclaimed custodians of Eritrea, PFDJ
        Why not do the same for TDF

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Sem,

          In my book, the current Eritrean Defense Force is not built to protect the Eritrean people; rather they are built as an instrument of oppression to protect the Eritrean regime. Hence, it is the army of the regime. What we have to do is to struggle to change the role of army from the protector of the regime to the protector of the Eritrean people – people’s army. Tell the truth and its services as it appeared on the ground. We can not escape from the facts on the ground or be silenced out of fear from the forces of the day.

          Regard

  • leGacY

    Enate Abate!
    Addeye Aboye!
    Howoye Hafteye!

    Stina Abelkayom, Stina.
    Stina Abelnayom, Stina!

    Happy Ashenda tegaru and good evening ,Awet Community !

    Nothing animates higdefs like name of TPLF. In fact they (TPLF) can get the best return of real estate transactions for their supposedly stole funds from Ethiopia in higdef’s psych.

    The cheapest real estate for woyane is in the mind of a higdef.

    Good evening!

    • Solomon Seyum

      Selamatt LeGacy,

      You like DFQs – Differential Equations modeling. HTGodless tekheshifa!!! Your counter offensive is futile. Erdeyy Erdi ShaEbia iyuu. Stay tuned for the DFQs modeling Weyanay!
      I am your teacher EPLF NOW IN SUPPORT OF EDF.
      I AM EPLF! I AM HAKOTE! I AM YOUR ESCORT TO 4Klllo.
      No escort this time AND TPLF/TDF CHOKED at Gonder. NO 4killo, Sorry LeGacy no TPLF legacy. Blame your greed and supper inflated ego.

      ELF, EPLF, Justice Seekers, hgdef and all Eritreans are united in support of EDF.

      Yes, Happy Ashenda Tegaru. Selam ysfenn abb Tigrayy!

      Happy Hamid Udriss Awate Day Eritreans!

      GiE NOW!

      tSAtSE

      • leGacY

        Hi Solomon,
        You believe that berre welde fiction story?
        Be that as it may but what have you done since the time “you escorted TPLF to Arat Killo?”

        • Solomon Seyum

          Selamat LeGaCy,

          You may think this is a good question but I am afraid I will have to start with arithmetic and then speed it up to DFQs and Upper Echelon Matrices.

          The Greed if The Weyane Elite and the Greed of PFDJ had tremendous effect on Eritrea’s progress. MZs choke hold on Eritreans with the No War No Peace for his egotistical duel with his aunt’s son, his cousin Issayas Afewirqi.

          Despite that and against all odds Eritreans are standing strong until they rid TPLF and PFDJ the cause of where BOTH ERITREA AND TIGRAY ARE THUD VERY MOMENT.

          Legacy, I do not hate you or Tigrayans. Why should I? You are family BUT TPLF IS TGE ROOT IF ALL THIS EVIL and some credit goes to MZ’s cousin.

          So how about you answers my question with positive reciprocity spirit.

          Where has TPLF brought Tigray and Ethiopia since I tSAtSE HAKOTE escorted you to 4Kilo?

          I love you LeGacy so let us pursue this line of thought with intellect and then we can both build a DFQs model for the way forward.
          Don’t insult my intelligence as I will not yours. I have lots of respect and love for you Weyanay Tigray and Peace between Tigray and Eritrea is what U seek for it is just. But if it has to be through war then I choose EDF over TDF as it is vice Versa with you.

          What I detest most are the HTGodless non particle field, nutrinos, muands, Quacks BENEDICT ARNOLDS amongst is.

          It is simple, in time of WAR you side with your NATION irrespective of ideology.

          EDF IS NOT PFDJ!

          GiE NOW!

          tSAtSE

          • leGacY

            Hi tSatse,
            I like a lot of the stuff you wrote . I remember you to be a decent chap a while ago. Quiet taken by this metamorphosis.
            Comeback to the right side. Be with the winners ,

            Good evening.

          • Solomon Seyum

            Dear KeGacy,

            It is War!

            And there will be a time for peace!

            TDF must be crushed and brought to its natural proportional size. I am not taken aback by you, Samuel, my Tokhrir brother Fanti etc…

            EDF is NOT PFDJ!

            GiE NOW!

            tSAtSE

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Legacy,

            To go simply with the winners is to sail with the wind without principles and values. Not good at all.

          • leGacY

            Good day Amanuel Hidrat,
            You think so?
            With the exception of rare instances I actually think it is a noble trait. It saves a lot of resources and reduces conflict.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Legacy,

            Aha! Let me ask you this: Suppose the Federal government of Ethiopia became the winner in the current saga. Should you go with Abiy’s government no matter what happened to the Tigrian people? Do not give such “positional statements,” when in fact, don’t do it against your wishes.

            Regard

          • leGacY

            Hi Amanuel Hidrat,

            I think you are citing anecdotal incidents to undermine a generally agreed rule . I think, loosely speaking, that’s how democracy works. Go with the winner. Isn’t it?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Legacy,

            Despite your statement “go with the winner” came with the context of the current war, even if we have to abide by the outcome of the democratic process, it doesn’t mean we have to go with the policy of the winner. Only your fight change to peaceful opposition exposing the failure of the ruling body. And therefore only unprincipled people swing from time to time with the winners.

            Regard

    • Solomon Seyum

      MerGabba LeGacy,

      On the occasion of the 40th of “kitGibbTtuu tibigessu beHayli…”

      Jugna Wetannay Hzbi Tigrayy deserves creditt as he spilled his blood FOR HIZBI TIGRAY IN EURDITAT SAHIIL.

      https://youtu.be/1oKtDZKACmQ

      EDF IS not PFDJ!

      GiE NOW!

      tSAtSE

  • Solomon Seyum

    Selamat Eritrean Awatistas,

    Inviting Ayya IsmailAA, Dongolo, Ustaz Beyan(Abu Shabain Merratainn!), Memhir Berhe Yeman, Memhirey Mez, Hashela, said, Peace, Semere Tesfay, Admiral Saay7, Kubur Kubur Ustaz SaliH Johar Ghadi,

    To share your views and thorough opinions of this EriPs initiative. It is an Eritrean matter that I believe warrants attention and participation. At least an honest discussion about Eritrean initiatives and efforts by Eritreans in This August Eritrean Media.

    https://youtu.be/WMiwSbYjuss

    Eritrean Solutions by Eritreans!

    EDF IS NOT PFDJ!

    GiE NOW!

    Ps:
    HTGodless, nutrinos, Minion Muans and the Quarks Quacks focus on your TDF and Tigrayy TisiEir endeavor. Half hearted or mountain (gobbo libu) heart psuedo intellects and analysis, frankly, I am not seeking. (Brhan must free you from HTGodless field. You certainly belong up top with your Eritrean brethren.)

  • said

    Greetings ,

    Report by NY Times today, Aug. 22, 2021.
    Under the title .My Blood Is Boiling’: War Fever Surges in Ethiopia as Its Civil War Spreads
    A government drive to enlist civilians in the war effort threatens to widen the conflict, forcing ethnic groups to take sides and potentially spilling into the broader region.,see the link
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/22/world/africa/ethiopia-civil-w

    This is a declaration to turn civilians into combatants that will further plunge the country into a genocidal war and create bad blood between peoples for generations to come and an economic free-fall,” said Mehari Taddele Maru, a professor of governance and geopolitics at the European University Institute.

    Over the past nine months of conflict, thousands of people have been killed and some two million have been displaced, while hundreds of thousands of others face famine conditions amid reports of massacres, sexual assault and ethnic cleansing,
    Emboldened by their wins, the Tigrayans issued a set of demands that called, among other things, for a “transitional arrangement” that would essentially see Mr. Abiy removed from power.
    Mr. Abiy rejected those demands and recently urged Ethiopians at home and abroad to defend the “motherland” and be “the eyes and ears of the country in order to track down and expose spies and agents” of the Tigrayan forces.
    Mustafa Omer, the president of the eastern Somali region, which has sent hundreds of soldiers to join the war on the government side, said he would never negotiate with the T.P.L.F., which he said had tortured and killed his brother and made other family members disappear in its authoritarian, nearly three-decade time in power.
    “They caused a lot of harm, and they are looking to bring back the same political designs if they win,” Mr. Omer said in a phone interview. “They are a danger to the country.”

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    Here is a wonderful view from the east to start your Sunday, if you have just under 10min to spare. It challenges the core of religious intolerance as counter to the economy of God! And how we need to watch out against those who try to use religion to divide humanity.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_wXP4vvMSE

    • Solomon Seyum

      HTG,

      I am yet to see your YouTube share and I will so that I can know for myself that you are worthy of the respect exhibited by many awate forum participants for whom I have great respect. Personally I think you are a fraud and a constructed or designed person with high intellect, energy and wisdom with a capacity to click with the Eritrean awatistas with the ultimate goal to become the go to person or be the individual to give wait to the various opinions, political stands and the way forward proposals by the Eritreans providing it as well as following it. There would be absolutely nothing wrong with this if you were not synthetic mad in a lab for the purpose of weakening Eritrea and Strengthening TPLF and Abbayy Tigray. Once you achieved the Liquenti Muhuur memhirr memharan, your job is to undermine and eliminate the Eritrean for Eritrea ideas completely and make the TPLF/Abbayy Tigray way forward, by hook or crook, attractive and acceptable to the Eritrean elites here at awate forum first, then those who respect and follow them for numerous reasons will slowly but reluctantly follow and for those who would never accept or be hypnotized by the devilish schemes of those who believe they are Gods above Allah with the right to rule over all others, I.e. the TPLF and Tigrayan elites – perhaps such as yourself -, by brute and ruthless force they shall submit to their will. And you showed your true colors with your support for TPLF/TDF brute and ruthless use of force when your nostrils and tastebuds mistook the Chianti in your wine glass for the aromas of Arat Kilo.

      Awate.com is the finest wine bottle in the Eritrean wine cellar, no doubt. The two extraordinary Eritrean Saliheins, SJG and SAAY, within days of September 1, 2001 attracted nearly the entire Eritrean Educated Class with access to internet converts and fanatics of the website making awate,com as the most lethal and formidable threat to bring down IA & PFDJ and restore justice and peace through Informing, Emboldening and Reconciling Eritreans. The Educated, Wise, Peace and Justice Seekers for Eritrea by Eritreans – the crem de la crem – highly educated Eritreans were all here contributing high quality educational front page articles and engaging in the forum.

      Awate stock dipped circa 2006 or a little before that when Eritrean Opposition including this web sites leaders advocated for relocation from the Sudan to TPLF’s Ethiopia. It worsened when TPLF elites, political and power strategists joined awate en mass. Then they created some insanely supper intellectual “Eritrean” hypnotists such as Haile THE GREAT, Denmarkino Aarkeyy Professor Paul, MM, to be as voices of reason….

      You HTG are Numero Uno giving weight to the TPLF/TDF/Abbayy Tigrayy way forward propaganda. You are exactly like Higgs The God less non particle. You give massive attention to those non particles that interact with you, just like HiggsTGodkess field – the Muans/Minion AH, Nutrinos/ MdHrinet, and Quarks/Quaks iSEMs.

      Who are those “dividing” humanity with religion? What a dum and stupid statement only a donkoro or fake wise unlearned person would make. Humanity is indivisible. You too have a religion and a god, TPLF/EDF/Abbayy Tigrayy, that divides and destroys all humanity in its environs just so that it reigns as God.

      There is hope in the near horizon as the political propaganda and military adventures of the Godless particles must have emptied their shells with nothing to show or speak of and are contemplating God on the eve of Awate’s 20th and the Great Father of Eritreanism Hamid Idriss Awate’s 60th.

      There IS A God and God IS GREAT INDEED.

      Estafurr Allah mnn

      HTG & HIggs The Godless Non Particle. Physicist are calling for a new physics. Physiatrist are contemplating and are nearly convinced humanity exists as information on two dimensional surface projected onto a three dimensional sphere. Much like the misinformation on this 2D surface of the HTGs, Godless non particles accepting nihilistic war when what they favor has the advantage and quickly revert back to discredit The Creator’s Will to project the hellish reality in Eritrea and Ethiopia 3D space.

      The Higgs The Godless non particle field at awate and the Standard Model of Physics I will continue to present the science. There is a lot Awatistas can draw from to see the evil anti Eritrea mechanisms of the
      Higgs The Godless non particle and the over 14 quanta particles like the Muan Minion AH, non MM Nutrino and the Quacks Quarks iSEMs.

      All an Eritrean Justice Seeker has to ask him/her self is the following question:
      MUST WE INVITE 10/100/1000/10000000 times of injustice for Eritreans in order to give justice who suffered injustice?

      I asked my teacher JOSHUA and he responded by saying that he and all like himself did not suffer injustice. They gave justice to Eritrea as they are confident Eritreans and only Eritreans will soon restore justice to Eritrea by uniting to defeat The TPLF gods and
      their HTGodless non particles field here at awate.

      An AWATISTA and Eritrean Justice Seeker since September 18, 2001.

      Happy 20th Birthday Awathe!
      Happy BaHti Meskerm // Hamid Idriss Awate Father of Eritreanism! 60th Eritrean Awate Day!

      EDF is NOT PFDJ!

      Nation first and foremost! Eritrea for and by Eritreans!

      GiE NOW!

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        Tsatse, indeed Tsatse
        I hate saying this but you are degrading the value of Awate.
        For people who understands Quantum mechanics, your are nothing but blowing hot air. You physics related comments are flawed, to say the least. You are making not much sense.
        You are nothing but a HGDF thug. Period.

        • Solomon Seyum

          MM,

          Muhandis Dhrinett!

          You the nameless and faceless MM and HTG have degraded awate for a long time!

          Hey new jack in awate with no identity! I have been with awate since September 18, 2001. I dare say I deserve lots of credit for giving it great momentum in in the early 2000.

          Long befor the minion Muan was sent to awate by his colleague YG..,

          Ohhhh stories I can tell you about Harbegna Fareed! We spent a month in jail (a cell built by the Admiral), TripleA Cafe, Zaki….

          Your Borrrrrinnnng GTmi designed by the TPLF to kill Eritreanism is degrading Awate! I don’t need recognition from the Uggumm TPLFite. A Muhandis diHrinet who can’t follow instructions unless it is from GR or tSAdqan. Ugummeyy

          Eritrean Justice Seekers and PFDJ supporters are UNITED TO GIVE FULL SUPPORT AND ALL EFFORT TO EDF!

          EDF IS NOT PFDJ!

          GiE NOW!

          tSAtSE

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Tsatse,
            I don’t give a hoot if you are 200 yrs old, living at Awate forum. You are nothing but a hgdf thug.
            Remember, I have asked you you if you know ሸቃ ዳኞም and you never answered that. ሸቃ ዳኞም was a መርዘን to people who are not from their village. Now I know, you are not either. Get your own village you, lunatic parasite. You ARE NOT from ቃላይ በዓልቴት.

          • Solomon Seyum

            MM:

            My Father Haile “Tokhilo” Ghebresilasie, RIP, gave me the name Dagnew as my Shim Qeshi – my baptism on 40th day on earth. Hey dumb dumb Ughuumey! I am praying for my brothers Awett and Hayelom to return from the war safely.

            I have just helped Hayelom rebuild my fathers house in Qalay BeAltiet as it was his wish before he died to build the house for all his children. Non of us are there now and he died a few month ago. AH, you know what it stands for, as the eldest the home in Qalay BeAltiet would be mine but thanks to you UGgumeyy my dream for Hailom or Awet to raise their family may NOT be because of your evil TPLF stupid war!

            Uggumeyy! I am Qalay BeAltiet. Shim Qeshey IS DAGNEW! I promised to take a video and posted here next weekend so that you recognize I AM THE SECOND ELDEST SON OF HAILE “Tikhilo” Ghebressilassie. I Am Dagnew you AH!!!!!

            Kid Zor bell nab Uguumka Agametay!

            tSAtSE

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Tstatse,
            Now, I can see you are NOT from that village. You are one of those Deqi 40tas 🙂
            No wonder you are one of those evil hgdf people. Hazemo is nothing to you, you evil family!
            BTW, do you know who was in charge of the Jemahir in that area in late 80’s?

      • leGacY

        Hi SS,

        Long ,winded, meandering and at times comes across as a kiss up .

        Casted “unread.”

        • Solomon Seyum

          Selamatt LeGacy,

          Thank you for the comment. I will thank you even more to stop your evil war. It will with good over evil TPLF.

          I love you still as we are one family

          Victory to EDF and Eritrea over the evil TPLF elites stupid war.

          GiE NOW!

          tSAtSE

        • Solomon Seyum

          Selamat LeGacy,

          Then why do the TPLF and HTGs delet it as SPAM?

          MOD please explain why my post above was deleted as SPAM. It is political discourse that is effective and making a point?

          Sorry to engage but it is with all do respect.

          The HTGodless Hijjum will continue nevertheless. Purging FilTTet /Science????

          https://youtu.be/fMRZDV7nX7Q

          Happy Sunday!

          tSAtSE

    • Solomon Seyum

      HTG,

      The truth hurts? Such an inflated ego to resort to purging SCIENCE?

      HTGodless and now science less field.

      Hijjum will continue.., Physics, metaphysics, philosophy, history and the way forward.

      I hope you at least read it.

      tSAtSE

      • haileTG

        Tsatse… anta metkeK….why don’t you leave MM alone 🙂

        • Solomon Seyum

          HTG,

          Eweyy Beaumont Ab bewildered menfess Quduss, Estaffur AllaH mn
          HTGodless SheyTTann Hushukh Illini. SheyTTan Hushukh illumi!
          Hijummm! Hijummm continues!

          Go ahead and delete every entry. The TRUTH does NOT escape Qalay BeAltiet! Please tell your Nutrino whose SON I AM!! And tell him to be proud of his Ugguemetay origin!

          tSAtSE

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Tsatse,
            Let me clearly say, YOU ARE NOT ONE OF THEM. Find somewhere, maybe in Tselot 🙂

          • Solomon Seyum

            MM;

            Borrrrriiiiinggg!

            Azgineni
            BKartame
            Had koff yebilukha giytotka Agame!

            With love from Qelayy BeAktuet Ugguumeyy!

            tSAtSE

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Tsatse,
            I hit your nerve, didn’t I? All your hgdf people are fake. Once you mention which village you are, we can easily disproof you. As I say before, find your own. Maybe in Gonder or Gojam? No wonder you are hgdf. Interesting!
            BTW, I have asked my cousins, never heard of your family. Move on to other villages, a fake person 🙂

          • Solomon Seyum

            MM,

            tSilul ikha… HTGodless sent you .., I am done with your distractions. Nutrino you are massless and boring.

            CIO Uggumeyy my last comment to your borringggg…

            It is the Field I AM AFTER AND HE KNOWS IT!

            HTG Higgs The zGodless non particle at awate forum.

            Hijummm science will continue.

            So long Uugummmeyy borrrring MM!

            tSAtSE

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Tsatse,
            Don’t try to fight with the Deqi’bat, you fake hgdf 🙂
            We can easily embarrass you wedi 40! Probably wedi 20, nay QaNew! 🙂

          • Solomon Seyum

            MM,

            My mother Karneshim yes closer to tSelot , my father Quellay beAlteit. Wedi Kilte Emba Eritrawi iyye!!!!

            It is funny tho.. my mother in law Adi QeyiH sister of Dr. FitSum Adi QeyiH in one of our early bun hour conversations thought I was tSelot.

            tSelot SeHrti Hama!!! Jeganuu deqi Jegannu… wait till I take you through a tour of my Jeganu Serraye Familly!!! And I was born in Teseney! I consider my self Wedi Barka Abbay!!! Dejenna khe..,

            Anta Ugguumeyy ita shimkann Agame Adikhan b tigHatt Zeytinegrenna ikha gdaa! Be PROUD SAY IT LOUD I MM AM AGAME AND PROUD!

            TPLF And TDF will be crushed by

            Jeganu EDF!

            GiE NOW!

            tSAtSE

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Tsatse, You idiot!
            Tselot is not nothing closer to Karneshim by Eritrean standard, unless you are faking again, as usual 🙂
            You know nothing about Adi QeieH, when I mention about Hadamu, Hawatsu, Tegeren, or Aba Salama, or QoHaitot. You now nothing about it.
            Listen, you can’t not match the deqi Abat. Stop it and odn’t embarrass yourself.

          • haileTG

            Tsatse,

            Last bell on links, here is one to answer for you until next Friday….

            https://youtu.be/mW-0bZwoGwQ

          • Solomon Seyum

            HTG,

            HTGodless non particle..,

            Ohh neat trick. You mean like this last bell on links?

            https://youtu.be/rwDgfxTulpI

            tSAtSE

          • haileTG

            Tsatse,

            I am going to solve your problem in three simple steps using the hand shaking lema, adopting to mid-point 🙂 l expect you to solve mine too, you have a week:)

            Here goes –

            Hand Shaking- vertex to vertex; n=4

            (n*(n – 1)!)/2 = (4*(3*2*1))/2 = 12

            Mid-point splitting into two:

            12÷2 = 6

            As a ratio: 1/6

            QED 😃

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          Hey haileTG,
          ቁስሉ ስለዝጎዳእኩዎ:)
          ሓባል በልያ ከይቀደመትኪ ‘ዩ ‘ንዳ ህግደፍ!

  • Peace!

    ሰላም ሰብ ዓዋተ,

    ናብ ኣዲስ ኣበባን ኣስመራን ዝተበገሰት TPLF ድሕሪ ዙኹሉ ፈኽራ ኣብ መሬት ኣምሓራ ትሰጥም ኣላ እቶም ናይ Diaspora ደገፍታ ካኣ ናብ Biden ከረውረው (መንከባለል) ተመሊሶም:: መንዩ ተሓታቲ ዝብል ሕቶ ናይ ጽባሕ ንግሆ ሕቶ ህዝቢ ትግራይ ከም ዝኾነ ጥርጥር የለን.

    ብኻልእ ወገን ናይ ህውሓት Major General ተ/ብርሃን ወ/ኣረጋዊ ኣብ ዝገበሮ ቃለ መጠይቕ እቶም ናይ ኤርትራ ጥባሕ ጥባሕ እዮም ክሳድ ኣቅሽሽትና ዝቖርጹ ኣብ ቤትክርስትያና ዝሸኑ ሃይማኖትና ኣጥፊኦም ብናይ ዓረብ ክትክእዋ ዝፍትኑ ዘለው ክብል ተሰሚዑ:: ኣዚ ዋና ናይ ህውሓት General ኣብ ክፍሊ ምርምርን ሰነዳትን ክሰርሕ ከምዝጸነሐ ኣብ ቡዙሕ ኣጋጣሚታት ክግለጽ ጸኒሑ እዪ::

    ህውሓት ንዚ እከይ ተግባር ክትሰርሓሉ ከምዝጸነሔት ሚስጢር ኣይኮነን ግን ሓደ ካብቲ ዘመጽኦ ዘሎ ሳዕቤናት ንናይ ኤርትራ ናይፍትሒ ቃልሲ ፍሕ ብትን ከእተወሉ ከዝጸንሐ ሚስጢር ኣይኮነን::

    ነዛ እከይ ግብሪ ሓደገኛ ህውሓት እንዳደገፍካ ፍትሒ ኣብ ኤርትራ ክተንግስ ምፍታን ናይ ቀልዲ ቀልዲ ጥራይ እዩ ክብሃል ዝክኣል::

    እዚ ናይ ህውሓት Major General እታ ዝሰርሓላ ዘሎ ፕሮጀክት ኣብ ኩፉት መድረኽ ዶርጊሑዋ ኣሎ ሕጂ ኻኣ ንእቶም ናይደለይቲ ፊትሒ Generalትን Activistን እንታይ ከምዝብሉና ሓቢርና ንርእዮ ይኸውን

    ምቕናይ ጥራይ
    Peace!

    • haileTG

      Selamat Peace,

      I am not sure if you have listened to his interview as a whole. Here is the link:

      https://youtu.be/2eoZTQgxU70

      Although, it is necessary to hear the whole thing in order to understand what is being talked about, the relevant section to your entry is about 5min (from 27min – 32min).

      The way it was cut and presented in the video you might have seen (you know whose), doesn’t reflect what the discussion was about. It makes it out as if the topic was religion. Not so.

      In summary, the interviewer asks him what/how can the atrocity in Tigray over the last 9 months be described. She gives him choices as genocide, ethnic cleansing…

      In his response, he says that genocide or ethnic cleansing terms don’t accurately align in terms of definition. Instead, he says that just like the Jews found their own term “holocaust”, the situation in Tigray also needs unique naming and understanding.

      He then propose an area, he calls it “Identity Targeting”. And, he goes on for most part of the interview, to rationalize how it is really the Tigrayan identity that was targeted in Ethiopia. He lists several circumstantial scenarios that are happening in Ethiopia to validate his proposal. At about 27min in the interview, he moves on to Eritrea and trys to validate how the ENTIRE Eritrea is also likely to be used to target the Tigrayan Identity as he puts it, hence its participation in what happened in Tigray atrocities.

      He classify the Eritrean case as follows:

      1 – lowland, majority Muslim, seeking to dominate their fellow Tigrayan highlanders and impose Arab/Islamic identity see Tigrayan identity as a threat, hence they IA used that sentiment of anti-Tigray identity in the lowlands to cause the attacks.

      2 – highland, majority Christians, is a group of Tigrayans whose values and traditions have been eroded by 100 years of colonial abuse and no longer see itself as Tigrayan or adhere to its values, is essentially anti-Tigray identity. The very concept Eritrea, necessarily counters the Tigrayan identity. Hence, he concludes, this group is also used in such atrocity.

      Therefore, the interviewee had a concept he wanted to sell – what happened in Tigray needs new and unique definition as Identity Targeting.

      He attempted to justify how the rest of Ethiopia was teeming with anti-Tigray identity sentiment, how lowlands Eritrea was historically against the Tigray identity in a bid to expand Islam and how highlands Eritrea wa teeming with anti-Tigray identity sentiment due to century old colonial efforts to destroy their values and instill a new identity that is in constant conflict with the Tigray identity.

      Therefore, Peace, the idea of this being some kind of imminent threat against Muslim Eritrea and what have you is a cheap politicking. But, my thoughts on such tendency is that ultimately, those using such topics to get upper hand in our domestic politics, risk setting off an underlying divisions in our society and the problem that causes will be far far far greater than what the current problem whose they try to take advantage of.

      My verdict: no it was not essentially a religion topic, I don’t agree his theory works against the Ethiopian or Eritrean context as he formulated it. He needs to go back to the drawing board and Eritrean lowlands, don’t listen to the Wolf wolf cry here. It is baseless.

      • Peace!

        Hi Hiluwa,

        Your effort for trying to put his words in a different rather neutral tone is commendable, and that shows your good intentions, thank you. But these are his words and nothing seems out of context. Plus this is not his first time to reveal his true colors, and his affiliation to the agazian group is not a secret either. He is a done deal.

        The main point is rather, as a Major General, does his political ambition reflects the organization he represents? I am afraid the answer is hard to so NO. He is not an ordinary citizen to agree or disagree with his position rather he is a Major General doing his job, dispensing his organization political views and strategies.

        Have a good weekend
        Peace!

        • haileTG

          Hi Peace,

          Yes. Remember, his entire position is critical of TPLF in its position and goals. The political environment in Tigray allows for someone to have opposing views to TPLF and still be a part of the TDF coalition. And finally, you can’t have an Anti-Muslim stand and have your only access to the outside world be a Strategic Sudan , a Muslim country. That shows you that TPLF cannot be seen in those terms, nor most of Tigrayans. Every society has its extremists however.

          But, you skipped my key question that pursuing such wrong conclusion is actually more damaging and dangerous to Eritrea as a whole and be avoided at all costs?? What is your view on that?

          • Peace!

            Hi Hiluwa,

            I am jus an ordinary citizen expressing my opinion and concerns, and my conclusions has no impact on the reality on the ground. It is just the ugly political landscape we are in is what generating such sentiments. The anti Muslim sentiment is a good political leverage for domestic consumption. TPLF, PFDJ and even the US use it. It is politics and adds nothing to social values.

            As concerned citizens, we should focus on collective approach that ensures the well-being of everyone.

            Peace!

          • haileTG

            Hi Peace,

            Absolutely! Can’t add anything to that and I can only condemn the use of such language by the individual we discussed.

            Thanks

          • iSem

            Hi Haile TG:
            You are easy on peace. Aright this TPLF dude us Agaazine through and through, so is that an existential threat that warrants the usually Tigringa writer Peace to write in English? LOL
            There is an existential threat in Eritrea, it is PFDJ, its the dehumanizing nature of IA, it is the sending of our people to war to please IA, with no return to our country
            The Agaazine thing is diversion, it is something that can be resolved politically in free Eritrea
            ጣቛ ተረኺብለይ ብኣዝያን ምድንጋር ናይ peace ነገር.
            There is common thread of the PFDJ goons, they love trivial issues while the country Eritrea is bleeding, depopulated.

          • haileTG

            Merhaba iSem,

            ቀደም ቆልዑ ኴና ክንጻወት ከሎና’ስ እቶም ዓበይቲ እንታይ ይብሉና ነይሮም መስለካ “ኣንቱም ቆልዑ ከም ድላይኩም ተጻወቱ ግን ኮሬንቲ ኣይትተንክፉ!” I know what you’re saying but the main point was that no matter how we play politics, it is our individual responsibility to stay clear of something that can set our house on fire:-)

          • iSem

            Hi Hail TG:
            Yea, every kid was told that. We can ask Asmerom Legesse, who said that when he went to AAU, the Ethiopians were surprised a when they saw his screwed driver his language, calling it የጠብንኛ ምፍቲያ. And one-person in the audience asked him what do you you call ካቻቢተ in Eritrean

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            ሰዓት እላፊ ሳይደርስ በፊት አስቴር ከጨጨሆ ሰላም ትልሃለች::
            https://youtu.be/N1umoRjl2zI

          • leGacY

            Happy Sunday Abuca!
            I thought I would treat you this gem material showing newbie fano militias in Ta’alim.

            Good evening brother.

          • Abi

            legacy
            እንዴት አመሹ ጌታው
            አገር አማን ነው? ደብረ ብርሀን ደረሳችሁ የሚባለው እውነት ነው?
            እየገባችሁ ነው ወይስ እየወጣችሁ?

          • leGacY

            Abuca,
            Benatish klipun eyiw.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Haile-TG,

        Thank you for the link to understand the entire message of General/Dr T/Berhan’s interview. Actually he is very critical to the leadership on lack of preparedness on the danger that was looming to the people of Tigray. However, I found his critic a little bit contradictory, if their project was an “Ethiopian experiment” to build modern Ethiopia of multicultural democracy, as he alluded in his explanation, there were no reason off rationalities to prepare a “regular national army” to defend their kilil for any eventualities.

        Interestingly enough in his second interview he came in to a conclusion that the “Ethiopian experiment” has failed and came with his opinion (the opinion of many) to create a sovereign state with a defined borders, its defense force, its diplomacy, its government, its history ….,etc,etc. He argued convincingly that Tigray and Tigray people have all the prerequisites to exist as sovereign nation state. He justified the transformation of the Tigray people in terms of consciousness and knowledge in the last 30 years. He eloquently explained the relationship of TDF and the Tigray people in the current saga. His argument as a well read military intellectual can be influential, specially at this critical stage of their survival.

        Regard

        • haileTG

          Merhaba Aman,

          Yes, he is totally against TPLF, even if you read him between the lines. But, the bigger picture here is that he can be against the leadership and contribute for his society with a space to develop his ideas. If he was an Eritrean, he would be rotting in an underground jail never to be heard from. The difference can’t be more stark. The problem is however, we have so internalized and normalized such oppression in our countries, some of our people can’t tell the difference between a private opinion and institutional responsibility. Because he works for TDF, his views should align with the dominant party in TDF, so goes the argument in our neck of the animal farm.

    • saay7

      Selam Peace:

      Let’s see if this puts anything in context or not:

      1. The general prefers to be called doctor only;
      2. He was Abiy’s boss in INSA
      3. He is wanted by Abiys government (and the Ethiopian people) for massive abuse of human rights when he was Director of INSA
      4. In fact, when the EPRDFs had their “I-will-turn-in-my-bad-guys-if-you-will-turn-in-your-bad-guys” deal, TPLF was ready to surrender him. Then the rest of the EPRDF (OPDO, ANDM, SNNPR) all pretended all crimes were committed by TPLF only so TPLF withdrew the offer
      5. He was kicked out from the TPLF for his radical (anti Amhara, anti lowland/Muslim Eritrea) views.
      6. When our (Eritrean) Agazian nutcases were making noises, he is the only Tigrayan who openly supported them. (Others in TPLF called them dangerous fanatics)
      7. He joined TDF because his years of intel gathering are useful. TDF had been an escape valve for many.
      8. Most Ethiopian media like Eritrean media is content-starved and highly irresponsible and will interview anybody about anything to cover an hour or two. TMH is no better no worse than the rest in that regard.

      When he talks about “clash of civilizations” the correct response is “Habesha please! what civilization?” and move on. If you are worried about Agazian, remember the classic line from the horror movie: “the phone call is coming from inside the house.”

      saay

      • haileTG

        Hey saay,

        Gathering Intel is great, but gathering Intel material on an Intel guy is a class act. Thanks for putting this into the right context 👍

        • saay7

          Hi Hailat:

          Like him, hate him: he is a *very* interesting guy. In his “clash of civilization” nightmarish world he created, he has somehow trapped his beloved Tigray into a land a people surrounded by Muslim/Arab (it’s the same thing to him) Lowlanders: Tigrayan who forgot their Tigray values due to Italian colonialism (Tigrinya speakers in Eritrea), and fairy-tale-loving-Amhara with their dominate-exterminate values (Ethiopian neighbors.) But wait there is more: he is also at war with Tigray’s hierarchical culture: the people can’t just demand accountability from TPLF now because they will have to hold themselves accountable for not holding the TPLF accountable. And oh also he wants a sovereign Tigray state. All of this would be interesting if he was some absent minded Professor at Mekele University but he was an intel boss doing terrible intel things.

          Speaking of INSA, there is another INSA guy, by the name of Biniam. (He was Abiys deputy.) Just before the war he was released from prison and he talks at length on the formula for surviving prison. Watching it, I wished that somehow all Eritrean prisoners could watch it. Then I caught myself: that’s how powerless we Eritreans have become: we dream of prisoners watching how to survive prison videos instead of how to free them now: that’s how our ayatana thought of: prison break ! So that’s how the idea for GiE* came about.

          saay

          * ቀለብ ንግልፍተኛታት you-know-who 🙂 Gotta tend to their tic to give them something to send ንዝምልክቶም ኣካላት

          • iSem

            Hi Sal:
            On your last statement about prisons. Probably our well read leaders like Haile D should have made Vikor Frnaklin a must read, it could have helped them.
            Prison break, releasing 1000 political prisoners from different locations at the same time represented Eritrea’s gilded age (someone wrote here about the Two Eritreas, his name escapes me), but I know optimist like yourself think Eritrea’s gilded age is ahead. from your tongue to God’s ears
            BTW, you should not have caught yourself because short of prison break, reading/listening about what this dude talks about is good. Mandela in Apartheid SA was allowed scheduled letters from Winnie every month, he was allowed to read books, he even wrote his bar exam in prison. So you caught yourself, fine ,but you caught for the wrong reason. He wrote about it in Long Walk to Freedom and Conversations with Myself.
            You talk about the end of prisons, but still punishing criminals, now I want you to go back to your MBA classes and do the analysis of when Eritrea will become without prison, political prisons.

          • saay7

            Selamat iSem:

            Nah, you do it.

            Here’s the interview: begin at the 15 minute mark.

            They should give this interview to anyone going to prison for reasons not clear to them and when they don’t know when they will come out. That is: every single Eritrean political prisoner.

            I mean for those who are not sure they can pull the God thing. I mean that works too for some.

            https://youtu.be/4XTe6CQDI1o

            saay

          • iSem

            Hi Sal Thanks
            But I do what?

          • saay7

            iSem:

            Was I there (ኔረ ድየ)? Whatever assignment you are giving me, I am returning it back to you.

            saay

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Saay,

            From these two interviewee of Ethiopian prisoners, leaving aside the reasons of their imprisonments, we can learn the differences between the “prison life” of Eritrean prisoners and Ethiopian prisoners.

            The Ethiopian prisoners are incarcerated in a standard prison houses, relatively treated humanely; where families can visit them, and allow them to get food and books from their families; Above all, prisoners could come out being transformed with their moral ground intact.

            Whereas, the Eritrean prisoners are thrown somewhere in the mountain caves or man made dark tunnels, exposed to blindness, death, and other health issues; where their families don’t know their whereabouts. It is a stark difference in the nature of their governance and how they treat their prisoners.

            Regard

          • saay7

            Selamat Emma:

            That’s a given. I was pointing out to what they have in common: what happens on Day 1, Week 1 when you are in prison? What sort of questions occupy your mind? How do you conquer fear? What unresolved conflicts show up on stage? What do you do with your anger? How can you use prison to liberate yourself?

            These are questions Biniam explores and answers convincingly, I thought.

            saay

          • haileTG

            Haha saay, – qeleb:)

            I am starting to question the quality of Ph.d. in Ethiopia, as many have become beneficiary in the country. I am happy that it is helping many of those to gain research jobs in the western world, but the basic requirement that demands “original contribution to knowledge” should be upheld in all cases to graduate them:-) otherwise, all Ph.d. level postgraduate programs may need to be relocated outside the country. I think the quality assurance aspect has gone drastically lower over the past couple of decades. Anta qedem’si dottore elka aboy Ezgi eya eko neyra:-)

          • Ismail AA

            Selam haile TG,
            ወርቂ ናብ ኣርቲፊሻል (artificial) ከምተቀየረ ወረ ኣይበጽሓን ድዩ?. Everything is marketable. Academic title insignias are on sale. Nowadays, a three weeks Sabbatical leave to a citadels of academia can make come back with a title. The digital civilization can have both good and bad sides.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Ismail,

            I say this lightly and respectfully. The HTG virus (Highly Transmissible Gastroenterocolitis) is very infective😁. Did you get it? Which citadels of academia lets someone to come back with a title after 3 weeks of Sabbatical unless he pastes it upon himself! Did you mean the later?

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Haile TG,
            Thank you. I got the point. It was failure of stating the matter on my part. What I had in mind were the academic titles mills, and not the bona fide academic institutions.

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም እስማዒል፡

            ድሓር ክኣ ለኸፋ (ነገር) ናፊቕካ ትኸውን ኢለ እየ፡ ትርር ኢለ ተዛሪበ። እንተሓሰብክዎ ግና፡ ንባዕለይ ነገር ናፊቐ ካይከውን!

          • haileTG

            Selam moxi!

            I doubt you’re telling the whole truth:-) This was a clear set up to implicate me while I was in my sleep:-)

          • Haile S.

            Selam MoKsi,

            That is given. ንስሓ ዘየድልዮ! 😁. Change your name to the true one, you will be spared from me and other comrades here from de-abbreviating it the way we want. Besides, I only compared you with nonovirus that is infective (you should be proud), spreads easily and touches everyone, but is not that deadly!

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            ለአንድ ሣምንት የትምህርት ሚንስቴር ሆኜ ብሾም
            I would shut down 95%of the postgraduate programs in Ethiopia and redirect the budget towards vocational education institutions that produce “job ready “ citizens.
            The poor country can use less ወሬኛና ጉረኛ PhD and more አምራች carpenters Plumbers , electrician, nurses, lab technicians, machine operators …..

            10+4 or 12+2 diploma programs
            12+4 degree programs ( some programs may take 5 years)
            12+ 7 medical schools
            Graduate schools? You are out of luck!

            እግዜር የልቡን አውቆ እባቡን ራሥ አቢ ስልጣን ነሳው:-)

          • T. Kifle

            Selamat Haile TG,

            If it helps, he was educated in Cranfield University, Uk. Then tell us about the University’s academic quality as your are better in the know of of that institution.

      • Ismail AA

        Selam saay,
        ´ካብ ጊይይ ምውዓል ክሳድ ምሓዝ´. What a talent and skill. Thank you Saleh.

      • Berhe Y

        Dear Saay,

        If this was not coming from you, I would have said.

        ክበልዕዋ ዝደለዩ አባጉምባሕ ቆቃሕ ይብልዋ::

        The reason I said that, no matter how much you state the fact this guy a lone voice within TPLF, I do not buy it. I do not believe it. For example:

        1) General Migbay said the same thing
        2) TMH host said the same thing
        3) YG going in TMH media says the same thing

        Is this all coincidence? I don’t think so. TMH have always the option and leave out the stuff which is sensitive and publish what they want to publish. And please don’t tell me they don’t know how to edit.

        Here is what I see will happen next:
        1) Those who sympathize with TPLF will try to show how, how TPLF was always for Eritrea independence, paid with their blood, which is true. These guy covered 95% about something else and that is a small portion.

        Who cares, it could be 99% and that doesn’t concern me and he can revise all that concern them and no Eritrean should lose sleep about it. Heck who knows
        , May SGJ will pick a new word the Doctor coined that he will use in his next nefarious. What’s relevant is what he said about a section of our society, that is being singled out purposely to create a wedge and a division between Eritreans. I think those who are promoting that, have come to conclusion, Eritreans no matter how things is tough at home, they are not willing to divide and shoot each other. So they are picking sides.

        2) They will remind us that PFDJ is the number one enemy and a threat to Eritrea existence so stop focusing on this.

        This is true and they are correct to say so. But at the same time, this does not advance their case that TPLF or who ever is associated with, saying this kind of things. But at the same time, they are the first to label veteran fighters who spend all their lives fighting for Eritrea and they have abandoned their family and their country, when they have a choice, to fight for justice are labeled as PFDJ. Why because, all they said, “ they do not support TDF alliance to force change in Eritrea”.

        3) The PFDJ and their goons
        Now they spend the next few weeks, coloring their faces and talking about nothing else but the words of the Doctor and use it as justification why Eritreans should involve in this war.

        4) What about me? Where do I stand?

        The other day, one of the form participants, leGacy said this to me.

        TDF will take of Ethiopia and they will use Ethiopian Air Force to get back and destroy Isayas. Now he may be justified to do that or say that, for what has befallen to his region and his people. But as an Eritrean, I will not accept it and openly support it.

        T.Kifle said:
        Destroying EDF so that it doesn’t become a threat to Tigray / TPLF must be done.

        So all this TPLF good, PFDJ bad is fine by me. But unless you or someone else, can guarantee that, all the harm that’s done to Tigray is not going to be repeated to Eritrea (there is no IA palace, or airplane or one camp if EDF, it’s the whole Eritrea and the entire population) I will not support anything that’s coming and assisted by TDF/ TPLF or anyone else.

        As Eritreans we need to clean our houses and force change and all the wrong that’s done on our behalf and by our own government and army we will need to accept responsibility and find long term resolution.

        • saay7

          Selamat Berhe:

          Hmmm. What I said is you won’t find many TPLF who openly supported the Eritrean Agazian movement. I deliberately say Eritrean Agazian because whether in its current iteration or the original (Aboy Woldeab Woldemariam’s Tigray Tigrini) the longing for cross-Mereb connection to greatness has always come from our side. Always.

          That being the case, it would appear to me it is much more effective (and the right thing to do) to clean up your own house than to constantly catalog and externalize it. If we marginalize our own fascists, we don’t have to worry about fascists in other countries because without domestic support they are powerless.

          Related to this, I have been following the clash of Eritreans between those who think TPLF is the biggest threat to Eritrea, those who think the Qey Bahrachn Ethiopians, allied with our own little fascist Isaias, are. I can see both arguments but remember: this general was kicked out from TPLF and only assumed a role because TDF is collecting everyone during the war. Dini, the dude who said that Eritreans regrets their independence and don’t celebrate it, is still the spokesperson for the Abiy government.

          saay

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Saay,

            You are right we have the habit to externalize our own problems. The boggy man for all our problems has become TPLF. It is the work of the Eritrean regime and his supporters.

            Regard

          • iSem

            Ok Sal, forget for asking your to be a DJ, you call it assignment 🙂
            TPLF had two faces: one is the unflinching, consistent support for Eritrean soverignity that the big guns say. Melles Zenawi in DC when asked about Assab being Ethiopian, he replied with is characteristic witt:”አንኛ የሰፈር ጎረምሳ ሞሆን ኣንፈልግም, but if you the learned people here can dig documentation that due to the back and forth between Italians and Menellik, Assab belongs to us, then do that.”
            And even before 1991, there was a book, and they insinuated that and they had an other map called Abay Tigray. And knowing this PFDJ had alliance with them ( I know you call this part anachronism, but am just saying)
            But I say these are not existential threat to Eritreans, what we have to do is, like what Haile Driue, said, “ብጎቦ ዓይንና አና ጠመትና”

          • T. Kifle

            Selamat Saay,

            Small correction stands,
            Teklebrhan is not kicked out from TPLF. he just beccame a member of the Defence Force and that by default makes him lose his membership like all members of TPLF who became soldiers since 1995. that is it!

          • saay7

            Selamat T. Kifle:

            I will refer to my sources and if a correction is warranted provide it 🙂

            If the underlying principle of TPLF is ህዝባዊነት and it pledges solidarity with people all over the world for the sake of social justice, why is a guy who has zero empathy for Amhara, lowlander Eritrean PEOPLE and espouses such reactionary and militant views a responsible member of the org? Where does organizational discipline stop and freedom of expression begin ?

            Saay

          • T. Kifle

            Selamat Saay,

            To the best of my knowledge he is not a TPLF member at this time either. He just got early retirement after AAA assumed office and has been in Mekele since then as a citizen. I am not sure his influence on the people high up but I personally don’t buy his newfound revelations of the pristine past. He has little to provide how the past will help us democratise and prosper. The people from INSA, including AAA, appear to me, are becoming tasteless. AAA preached so much about his ‘medemer’ book something original whhen in fact has zero contribution to the frontiers of knowledge in any spheres of the topics he claimed it address. He also boasts about Homegrown economic policy where there is not. The guy You mentioned read

          • saay7

            T Kifle:

            Oh man 😂 Weed does not enhance your heartbeat: you are thinking of la cocaine. Weed, in the immortal words of Pato Banton (“I do not do the Coke, I only smoke, sensemilla”) has a different function: “it gives deep deep meditation, it fills the heart with niceness.” Or so I have heard.

            And yes the utter vacuousness of the Prosperity Party “ideology” was on full display when His Abiyness was introducing his book Medemer. Not only did he fail to tell us what it stands for, he mixed up Lenin, Marx, Mao. But he described the awfulness of Stalin perfectly but then went on to throw hugs at Africa’s 2 Stalins (Mengistu and Isaias.)

            Good talking to you

            saay

          • T. Kifle

            Selamat Saay,

            You can see the glaring lack of experience playing here :). I heard people saying the local weed aka Kat temporarily enhances the vital functions.
            During my childhood, legend had it that there were three people in the entire town of Adigrat who smoke raw tobacco leaves whom I knew only one of them. People used to call it ዕጣን ሸያጥን at the time. So experience matters :).

            Regarding the INSA guys, yes they seem to think they are born-again-moralists and advocates of the long past. Luckily, AAA is not far from his childhood era. He put Agaro on the map then, and now Beshasha. We are in interesting times that people from single agency close-in ranks to destroy a country(Many in the government are either from INSA or they were obscure men luring behind some churches and mosques)

          • iSem

            Hi TKifle:
            Sure that is small correction. Purges happens, Tsadqan was purged, So was Siye and many others for sure
            How about the major intel about the intel Dr. Was TPLF ready to give him away to put all their crimes on him

          • T. Kifle

            Selamat ISem,

            Still you missed the point. The correction wasn’t meant to be small. I just wanted to act humble.

            You get it wrong too. Tsadqan wasn’t a TPLF either at the time of purge you mentioned. He was a chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces. He discontinued his membership at the same time Teklebrhan discontinued his membership and for the same reason. Siye was a civilian and got purged for he challenged the Meles’s group for he being soft on Eritrea and ‘submit to the Imperialists of the west’ 🙂

          • iSem

            Hi TKilfe
            Ok, now you have secret party 🙂
            Now you are splitting hair Tkifle. the card carrying membership does not matter. I am sure he voted for TPLF during the fed election, no?
            Forget the adjective “small” then. Was TPLF ready to give away Teklebrhan regardless if he was TPLF or TDF?
            I called it small to compare purging with thinking to give him away, after doing your dirty job

          • T. Kifle

            Selamat iSem,

            You are a moving target. TPLF refused to hand over any individual not because he was Teklebrhan per se but because they realised that AAA weaponized legal laws. I don’t think Teklebrhna is any more a criminal than AAA himself is. So the issue is not about protecting individuals but defend the dignity of the Tigrean person from becoming a play toy of equally criminal man incriminating people because of his visceral hatred on certain people.

            iSem, please understand that the corrections I provide for you and saay are not as if I am hairsplitting on issues. It is a gross constitutional violation and you would be liable for your unwarranted infringement. 🙂

            On a serious note: Defence members don’t double the TPLF membership as it is against the provisions of article 87 of our constitution.

            Tsadkan forced to early retirement because the PM felt uncomfortable with him as a last man on the military hierarchy anymore.

          • iSem

            Thanks Tkifle:
            No, I am not moving. I was on my first question to you. Saay had a list of intel on the intel guy as Haile TG called it. And you only corrected him on the TPLF membership. And you did not address it t on my question, hence my second question that felt like vertigo 🙂
            Do you think the crimes of Tbrhan did was his or he was on his own or behalf of TPLF, ok he was not TPLF, on behalf of the EPRDF or the government to Ethiopia.
            Thanks for this clarification : “Defence members don’t double the TPLF membership as it is against the provisions of article 87 of our constitution.”

          • T. Kifle

            Selamat iSem,

            First of all I don’t believe he committed any crime as such. The second thing, if he committed crimes he committed on his behave and the government he served. I said on his behave because he is an educated adult and had the freedom to leave the job in case he wasn’t comfortable about the course of events in the agency he led. He led an intel agency and did whatever the book had to say about the job. If he made mistakes it is because the government wanted him to do so and in fact within the statute of the agency.

            The problem with the institutions in Ethiopia is not about making mistakes related to stated responsibilities there of. But many of them are involved in corruption rackets on the pretext of organising and equipping the institutions with via international procurement schemes.
            I hardly know thing about those issues related with Teklebrhan.
            In any case, unlike in Eritrea, the security sector in Ethiopia requires you not be card carrying member of any political party. And many after leaving the offices show very little appetite to rejoin the parties.

          • iSem

            Hi Tkifle: Finally , you caught the moving target 🙂
            Thanks for the clarification
            Still there are nebulous things here. But I cannot sit still, moving 🙂

          • T. Kifle

            Isem,
            By the way, as my info goes, he is not charged with any crime related to INSA. Instead he was implicated in the bomb explosion in Meskel Square on that fateful June ኪዳና ምሕረት along with Getachew Assefa, a decent man who served his country with utmost dedication and precision.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Merhaba Sem,

            If I understood T. Kifle correctly, he is saying the army do not carry a membership card of any party. As we know, it is the same thing with the US army too. But Voting either way, to any party, in an election season, while you are in the ranks and files of the national army, does not make them a member of any party. Actually in interview, I heard General Samora saying the same thing.

            Regard

        • haileTG

          Selam Berhe,

          This is not to downplay your concerns, but let me explain from my side why I think that the concerns are nothing more than a distraction and waste of time.

          Suppose that you’re right and a coordinated effort to divide Eritrean society on religious grounds is at play here.

          Many societies are divided like that. The British colonial system divided the once harmonious Muslim and Hindu Indians badly. Many such examples can be cited.

          One thing I can’t put my head around is that why did the Eritrean case survived untold amount of interference over the course of history?

          Eritreans were divided like that under many Tigray lords, Italian colonists, British protocratship, HS rule, ELF vs EPLF civil war, Dergue ras gez initiative, PFDJ attacks on Muslim population….

          Any one of the above would have been enough to fracture the Eritrean harmonious cordiality among the two social pillars of the nation. Today, most highland Christians pull forth first to defend their lowland compatriots, equally many Muslim lowlands pull forth first to defend their highland compatriots. How could this happen after so many insurmountable challenges over centuries?? It is beyond belief! It is a research paper material for a well deserved Ph.d. to be able to authentically answer that. I am not looking for opinion but hard factual answer why?

          So, given such reality and context, your defendants: TMH, Migbey, Dr. Gen.tegadalay…. can’t stack up to create such anxiety. But, going on about it can create unnecessary arguments and bickering among the opposition camp and slow the change momentum. Clearly, PFDJ can get a mileage out of it but the issue is an irrelevant distraction for the justice camp.

          As to the religious harmony among Eritreans, I am convinced that having survived PFDJ it will survive any thing. We should not start the a fire where there is none.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-TG,

            From my point view, your argument is not for the sake of argument; these are undeniable facts as to how the Eritrean people withstood the evils of division, including the current tactics of PFDJ regime.

            Regard

          • Berhe Y

            Hi HaileTG,

            I do not have any doubt about Eritrean people resilience, and against all odds, they will stay together and defeat this conspiracy.
            What’s puzzling is, those who claim to be generals and doctors still haven’t figured it out.

            I don’t know what kind of hard facts to give you other than what’s said and what we have been reading.

            Falfasa had a good video where he see when things started to take shape, titles ሓዲሽ ኮመዲ ብደራሳይ አማኑኤል እያሱ:: or if you want more comedy, you should watch Abrish from meqele.

      • Samuel

        Selam Saay,
        Are those 8 points opinions or facts?

        1. The general prefers to be called doctor only;

        How did you know? In the opening of the interview the interviewer used “Major General Dr. Teklebrhan”, after that she used “Dr.”, is that because of convenience or preference we don’t know. If I have to assume it is for convenience. Just curious to know where you got that info. What attracted me is the word “only”.

        3. He is wanted by Abiys government (and the Ethiopian people) for massive abuse of human rights when he was Director of INSA

        Yes, he is wanted by Abiy government, but how do you know he is wanted by “the Ethiopian people”? Who are those Ethiopians? did they vote for it? Interesting…
        “for massive abuse of human rights”… Those are allegations, thus he is innocent until proven guilty. Don’t forget to use the word allegations when you write such wrongdoings on individuals. It is true crimes has been committed but we don’t know who did what, in general he and others like Abiy are accountable.

        5. He was kicked out from the TPLF for his radical (anti Amhara, anti lowland/Muslim Eritrea) views.

        I was surprised when I read this. What is your evidences for your claim? I hope Abi isn’t writing on your behalf. When was he kicked out? Can you provide evidence the year and for what reason?
        By the way since 1998 he wasn’t TPLF member, I am not sure where you got your claim.

        7. He joined TDF because his years of intel gathering are useful. TDF had been an escape valve for many.

        It is true his experience is invaluable. You are insinuating that he joined TDF to escape from accountability, how do you know he joined TDF because he wants to escape from accountability? Certain level of evidence is good to label him a such. There is a possibility because we don’t know, both of us don’t have evidences but considering the crimes committed in Tigray to label individuals a such without evidence isn’t good. The word “many” doesn’t seem right. There could be some – because we can’t be certain the intention of all individuals.

        The rest is your opinion, I have no problem with that.

        Thanks,

        • haileTG

          Selamat Samuel…haha,

          While you and saay continue to flesh out those differences, let me observe that saay’s info in this case is Intel too. You can’t possibly ask the intelligence community what their evidence is, you either believe them or not. That is a caveat in sharing info from the intelligence workers – don’t ask a question. Sometimes, if you’re a politician, you can say that you can’t answer a question to protect intelligence sources. So, what would be the right way to get an Intel provider to spill the beans? If saay tell you the evidence, you will infer his Intel gathering methodology too. 🙂

          • saay7

            Exactly Hailat:

            ጥራሕ ኢልካ! እምቧእ Samuel! Sources and Methods:) You certainly don’t expect me to give you my sources or a link, did you.

            The easiest one to verify, using your connections is, what was the mans status with TPLF right after the Tigray elections (before the breakout of the #StupidWar. ). And the second, on his insistence he be called doctor not general: you do know this is not the only interview/speech he has given.

            So all 8 points stand 🙂

            If I wanted to give opinions not facts I would say he is the kind of quiet ideologue whose words and belief systems lead to catastrophic wars. Just listen to how he describes his civilization (Axum the Great) and how describes lowlanders and Amhara. If I was giving an opinion I would say he has never interacted meaningfully maybe not even seen ever an Eritrean lowlander because when he talks about their shedeli (ጥባሕ ጥባሕ) he points to his temple not his cheeks.

            saay

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    Going back in time through the dark history of Eritrea under the evil dictatorship of IA and his security agency, please listen for 3min (from 24min – 27min). It narrates how innocent Muslim teachers in Keren were targeted for disappearance. This is an inside scoop from the regime department of national security.

    https://youtu.be/8ouslWW0Cqo

    • iSem

      Hi Haile TG:
      Good to remind people of this curated interview. time flies, it has been 8 years since this was aired
      I was thinking about the Dallas Eritrean who went to Eritrea to attend the wedding his nephew’s wedding, whos father was martyred in EPLF. The Eritrean, a family man and a taxi driver used to debate his PFDJ colleagues and when he left to Eritrea to fulfil his promise: ኣጆኻ ከም ስወአ ወላዲኻ ጠጠው ኢለ ከመርዕውካ አየ.
      The Eritrean was arrested and his account is gripping and revealing about the butchers in Eritrea, who has again taken Eritreans to war.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Haile-TG and All,

    Two days ago I have hinted that the Eritrean Defense Force (EDF) will move to the western part of Tigray to fill the vacuum, left by ENDF and Amara Liyu Hayli that will be pulled to fight in the central and western part of the Amara region. Here is a report from a news outlet giving similar reportage on the re-engagement of EDF in the Ethiopian conflict.

    https://eritreahub.org/is-eritrea-planning-a-fresh-offensive-against-tigray

    Regards

    • haileTG

      Selamat Aman,

      Thanks for sharing! I have read it few days back. In reality, IA is cornered on this one. Damn if he does, damn if he doesn’t. Eritrea will lose however as a foregone conclusion. The TDF seem to be expecting Eritrea’s involvement and have also been threatening about action they intend to take against the regime, may be to prompt IA to get into the fight. Recently we heard two TDF commanders saying they will for sure go after IA in whatever way is available to them. Therefore, IA can wait until the ENDF is weakened and can’t back him up or can get involved hoping that TDF have nothing up their sleeves for him.

      Either way, IA entered the conflict under wrong calculation, without any provocation. As we demonstrated here few days ago, he involved EDF right from the get go and the missile, albeit a bad idea on a civilian populated area, was in direct response to his activities in Tigray at the time (under the best estimation based on reported and witness testified facts at the time). His involvement in western Tigray today is also a direct provocation, and continued intervention, that he will later come to try to whitewash with cover stories as usual.

      Ultimately, no one can can tell what the outcome of such a renewed conflict would be because intentions at the start of a war and its eventual outcome have never been reconciled at any point in history.

      Thanks

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate forum friends

    The news* that I will be sharing with you is unfortunate. It is about the brutality of war, where people kill other people in a gruesome way and savagery.

    I believe anyone who will read it will feel very sad but think about it and ask who is telling the truth or lies. Our understanding of this question will help us stand for the sake of truth, and if we did that, it would be a step towards saving humanity.

    Here you have five witnesses! Mother nature and four human beings.

    1)Fear of water pollution: The Setit river carries Tigrayan bodies and Ethiopian war atrocities to Sudan*

    2) Ethiopians in Kassala Sudan say that they carried tens of Tigrayan Ethiopians floating on the Setit river.

    3) Villagers from Kasala and Gedarif carried tens of Tigrayan Ethiopian bodies

    4) ” Since July 25, 2021, the Ethiopian federal forces and Amhara militia have targeted 150 Tigrayans who were trying to cross the river and killed 10 of them,” said Yacob Mohamed Yacob, director of a refugee center in Hamdayit Sudan. ” 35 of them survived and reached Hamdayit. They informed Fano, and Wolqayit of Amhara militia shot 55 of them and threw them to the river.

    5) “This is TPLF propaganda,” The Ethiopian government on twitter.

    The above points are from Today’s August 21/08/2021 Aljazeera Arabic.

    مخاوف من تلوث المياه.. نهر سيتيت يحمل للسودان جثث التيغراي* وفظائع الحرب في إثيوبيا
    https://www.aljazeera.net/news/politics/2021/8/21/مخاوف-من-تلوث-المياه-نهر-ستيت-يحمل

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Brhan,

      Unlike all the wars we are familiar with, this war was perpetuated to annihilate the entire ethnic from the face of the earth, if possible. That is why the killing was directed to civilians than to the armed Tigrians. Besides that, there are many tigrians snatched from their homes from all Ethiopians towns and cities who are killed in many unknown hidden places. Just wait when the international community get unfettered access to all crime scenes, we will learn a lot about the intention of the perpetrators and the state sanctioned gruesome civilian killings.

      Regard

      • Brhan

        Selam Professor Amanuel,

        The policy of the Ethiopian government is to follow the line of lies. That line is straightforward: ኣጥፍቶ መጥፋት. Sudan, the US, Europeans, and many Ethiopians have advised PMAA to pursue the truth from the first day. He refused. He made lies the base of his policy and continued building lies after lies, including in public. The fall for him will be catastrophic unless he changes his mind.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Solomon,

    Correction for you and your readers:

    Dr Amanuel Mihreteab who is residing in the Texas state was a former EPLF fighter, and who is now a member of the Sinit civic org, is not the husband of Tsega Amdemicael. The Doctor you are referring (Dr Amanuel Mihreteab) who is the husband of Dr Tsega Amdemicael and who is residing in my state, hasn’t joined the struggle nor the Sinit civic org. Now you could edit your comment for the late readers to your comment.

    • Solomon Seyum

      AH,

      Okay. I thought it was and I was sure hoping that he had joined the struggle. I will make the correction.

      tSAtSE

  • said

    Greetings,
    World’s greatest powers whose missions in Afghanistan ended in failure.
    Afghanistan is not divided by Islamism and secularism is not based on these concepts, but first and foremost on Ethnic Divisions

    I’d rather write about our region but with the Afghanistan situation not too far our region , numerous analyses are being voiced about Afghanistan I put referral, an expert who has studied the nation’s dynamics in depth, without being simplistic. Those who analyzed the war from afar behind a computer screen .Afghanistan far too complicated to understand and there are many idea serves only the powerful, and for profit is plainly wrong and many people buy into it. you do not need PHD to understand the neocons and their press lackeys, who had a stake in the war going on forever. It’s about understanding who profits from these seemingly failed invasions, further details about this simple overarching truth. At times what’s going on in their world is of paramount importance.
    I’m not telling you anything new. I put short quotation from reported news , short summary, Critics of the war and pro war , includes the Washington press corps, It’s not so much fact-gathering. , to rely on “officials,” “government sources,” Afghani official government “other talking heads ” as representatives of the defense industry and “all kind of journalists and their motives ” contradictions. World big media, Most of online and print journalism .Those who really knew Afghanistan and those who do not know? For those who have been following the Afghan story for a long while, there is certain similarly with our region .like Civil war and dived country by ethnicity and language .I put three important article that cover Afghanistan from different prospective and angel ,Pls see the link

    Article 1. Like It or Not, Taliban Is Afghanistan’s True Independence Movement
    by Canadian journalist and author Eric S. Margolis is the author of War at the Top of the World
    https://flasshqip.ca/english-french/6011-like-it-or-not-taliban-is-afghanistan-s-true-independence-movement-by-eric-margolis
    In depth article by Former Congressman David A. Stockman was Reagan’s OMB director
    Article 2. Hurrah! Washington’s Pointless Sojourn in the Graveyard of Empires Is Finally Over
    Hurrah! Washington’s Pointless Sojourn in the Graveyard of Empires Is Finally Over – LewRockwell

    Pepe Escobar is a Brazilian journalist works who writes, for Asia Times Online and is a commentator on Russia’s RT
    Article 3.The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Back With a Bang
    The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Is Back With a Bang – LewRockwell

    The American cold war historian Francis Fukuyama wrote recently that the US “is not likely to regain its earlier hegemonic status, nor should it aspire to”. There is no such thing as a global policeman. Individual nations best serve humanity by example or charity, not by war. Military intervention is rarely, if ever, humane. Western regimes have enough woes to confront in their own countries. If they crave moral outreach, it should be through the imperialism of ideas, of receptive minds and open doors, not of guns and bombs. Fukuyama Said, The images of desperate Afghans trying to get out of Kabul this week after the United States-backed government collapsed have evoked a major juncture in world history, as America turned away from the world. The truth of the matter is that the end of the American era had come much earlier. The long-term sources of American weakness and decline are more domestic than international. The country will remain a great power for many years, but just how influential it will be depends on its ability to fix its internal problems, rather than its foreign policy.

    There has been no reckoning over the west’s support for mujahideen fighters against the Soviets in the 1980s, they waged war against the Soviets and the Afghan communists. Afghani have been through nearly 20 years of almost constant conflict since the Russians tried to install their own government in Kabul. Almost everyone in Afghanistan has lost a loved one or suffered property damage USSR failed to mark its stamp in Afghanistan. USSR met strong opposition anti-communist factions. These anti-government rebels were equipped with war materials supplied by United States .Ten year after USSR had to retreat and short after USSR witness to its own collapse. And gradually disintegration of USSR, with it being replaced by 15 Soviet Republics in December 1991..

    Afghanistan expert Anand Gopal, the Taliban all but evaporated in 2001. But Afghan politicians in the new government exploited a US desire to eliminate “bad guys” by falsely claiming their opponents were Taliban supporters. Massacres, mass arrests, house raids and torture followed. a 30,000-strong pro-government militia mobilised by the US – murdered civilians, committed fraud and engaged in theft, kidnapping, drug trafficking and extortion. As Joe Biden puts it. After two decades of war that killed quarter of a million people, The victims are ignored because their deaths undermine the self-serving narrative that allowed the west and its allies to present themselves as the “good guys” .And So was the mass corruption of government officials and warlords in Afghanistan,. while in 2003 his defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld declared that “major combat” was over. the Taliban gathering strength all the while. Meanwhile President Barack Obama to increase the US military presence to more than 100,000 troops. And that the West’s nation-building efforts had failed spectacularly Romain Malejacq said that — like other powers before — the US mistakenly believed it could remake the country using force.

    Since the days of Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan, many have sought to conquer the territory now known as Afghanistan. The country has long been known as the “graveyard of empires”, evoking its reputation for thwarting the expansionist ambitions of occupiers from imperial Britain to Soviet Russia. Romain Malejacq, a political scientist and author of Warlord Survival, about state building in Afghanistan. Said Afghanistan is “a graveyard for colonialist, or neocolonialist foreign powers that aim to rule ”Afghanistan citizens have been subject to colonialism for around four decades.
    historian William Dalrymple dubs Britain’s “greatest imperial disaster” British, invading in 1839
    Rebellions forced a British retreat in 1842. They marched a force of nearly 20,000 out of Kabul only to be picked off by tribal forces along the way. A sole British survivor made it back. In 1919 ending its ambitions.

    As reports indicate despite best arms and forces at its command, during its two-decade hold in the country described as a “humiliating defeat”.
    published in The Pioneer, Jan 16, 1996. Noam Chomsky, In his view, American interventions in Third World countries have not been “humanitarian.” Western powers are not going to say that they are “mistreating” these countries but to justify such interventions, impression is created of the “good” US is doing. “The US media is democratic” and “but what they feel like is determined by the interests of their owners.”

    War for natural resource in Afghanistan. ,it has around $1 trillion in mineral wealth, including iron, copper, lithium, cobalt and rare-earth deposits, according to American geologists.

    The NYT is concerned that the Taliban’s routing of the US-trained Afghan military threatens American “credibility.” US credibility was lost when it invaded Afghanistan in response to a plot hatched. There was only one Member of Congress who stood up against the blind rush into Afghanistan: Barbara Lee. Credit where credit is due… An like ,Bernie voted for the 2001 authorizing the Afghan War and all that followed. Biden did and is now getting the hypocritical wrath of those who started the war and those who didn’t have the guts to end it.

    In 2010 ABC news reported on the XM-25: “Looking like it came straight out of a sci-fi movie, the XM-25 fires highly specialized rounds that can be programmed to explode at the precise location where the enemy is hiding behind cover.” the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing is intimately involved—at every step of the kill chain .Nicknamed the Grand Slam Wing, the 379th is the largest expeditionary air wing in the world. It comprises intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance from RC-135s and E-8s, global strike capabilities from B-52s or B-1s, mobility with the C-17, C-130, and C-21, and refueling from the KC-135 , Drones, satellites, handheld communications devices are also part of the kills chain.

    In a cleareyed and sobering analysis published in The New Yorker early this week, Robin Wright charted our comeuppances in Vietnam, in Lebanon, in Iraq and now in Afghanistan. “The repeated miscalculations challenge basic Washington policy-making as well as U.S. military strategy and intelligence capabilities,” she wrote. “Why wasn’t this looming calamity — or any of the earlier ones — anticipated? Or the exits better planned?”

    As reported on July 8, President Biden stood in the East Room of the White House and insisted that a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan was not inevitable because, while their willingness to do so might be in doubt, “the Afghan government and leadership . . . clearly have the capacity to sustain the government in place.” Biden then vehemently denied the accuracy of a reporter’s assertion that “your own intelligence community has assessed that the Afghan government will likely collapse.” Biden snapped: “That is not true. They did not — they didn’t — did not reach that conclusion.” “the likelihood there’s going to be one unified government in Afghanistan controlling the whole country is highly unlikely.” He went further: “the likelihood that there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.” And then, in an exchange that will likely assume historic importance in terms of its sheer falsity from a presidential podium, Biden issued this decree: on December 5, 2001, the Taliban offered an unconditional surrender. Furthermore, they would disband and disarm: a military force would no longer exist. George W. Bush ignored the offer and continued attacking the Taliban until the end of his term. If only in self-defense the Taliban fought back, eventually regaining the battlefield initiative. Barack Obama fought the Taliban for eight years and Trump did so for the next four. NATO troops from Afghanistan and the havoc they leave behind are only the last chapter in a devastating story.

    As investigative journalist Marc Thörner reported. (He was the only German reporter on site who was not embedded in the military.) Thörner predicted that the complicity of the NATO troops in the war crimes and the “counterinsurgency methods from the colonial era” would turn the population more and more against the West and strengthen fundamentalism. We see the result today: the triumph of the Taliban across the country.at began in October 2001. So Afghanistan was attacked. And warlords of the “Northern Alliance” were the new allies. not only supported war criminals on the ground, they also committed serious crimes themselves. Back in 2001, the UK prime minister’s wife, Cherie Blair, called for moves to “give back a voice” to Afghan women.
    In 2010, then US secretary of state Hillary Clinton vowed to defend Afghan women’s rights. This was a huge part of her so-called feminism—vowing to save the Afghan women, while bombing them.
    the Financial Times wrote: “After the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan, the teenager discovered a freedom that would have been unimaginable” .That’s exactly the problem: all these statements seem to rest on the assumption that the occupation of Afghanistan was a good thing for women and girls—something Hilary Clinton herself claims. But it absolutely wasn’t.
    Nearly 70,000 civilians were killed and injured in the US’s longest-running war—many of whom were women. And when warmongeries and imperialists claim to care for women’s rights—the west government doesn’t care. it spells destruction for women and girls, don’t believe them.

    from the beginning: a neocolonial project, Since 2001, $83bn has been spent building national security forces, the US and its allies built the wrong sort of army for Afghanistan. Modelled on modern NATO forces, the ANA depends on being able to move supplies to the frontline and to maintain aircraft continuously. After years of mentorship and joint operations with NATO counterparts they are thought to be among the best special forces in the world. And squandering of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars, Billions of dollars of U.S. weapons are now in the hands of the Taliban following the quick collapse of Afghan security forces that were trained to use the military equipment. how many weapons have fallen into the hands of the Taliban, but the Biden administration has acknowledged it’s a “fair amount.”. The US military budget is at $ 778 billion?

    New York Times reported on June 1, 2003 that Kabul was now a Western-friendly host, with souvenir shops and rug merchants having multiplied tenfold, they were not wrong. Expensive restaurants with international cuisine had begun to pop up everywhere throughout the city.

    Afghan government corruption that had become firmly entrenched in the system.
    As reported in 2010 when the Kabul Bank, which was responsible for paying government employees and part owned by one of then president Hamid Karzai’s brothers, almost collapsed after almost a Billion Dollars was pilfered from its asset base by connected Afghan elites.
    The fraud proved to be one of the world’s Biggest Bank Failures
    As the Washington Post explained in 2019, it was also embarrassing for the Americans because so much of the stolen money had originated from US-aid programmes: US officials had gone to great lengths to help the Afghan government create a viable financial sector, and now it was at risk of complete failure. Moreover, much of the looted money had originated from the US treasury, which subsidised the salaries of Afghan soldiers, police and civil servants who made up the bulk of Kabul Bank‘s depositors.

    Obama military mission to include regime change would be a mistake. Even as Obama issued those false assurances, The New York Times reported that “the American military has been carrying out an expansive and increasingly potent air campaign to compel the Libyan Army to turn against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.”
    Talban is not the North Vietnamese army,” declared President Joe Biden on July 8th, days after America abandoned Bagram air base, the hub of its war in Afghanistan for 20 years, without telling its Afghan commander. “They’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability. There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of the embassy of the United States from Afghanistan.” By August 15th Chinooks were rattling windows in Kabul, shuttling American diplomats from their hulking embassy. At the city’s airport.
    George W. Bush is the president most responsible for the Afghanistan tragedy. Americans believed the lies we were told about Afghanistan and They believed that they could buy our way out of this mess.
    So comes the end. The tragedy of Afghanistan.
    On August 16th, President Joe Biden appeared on national TV and let the Afghanistan “buck” stop with him: “I will not repeat the mistakes we’ve made in the past — the mistake of staying and fighting indefinitely in a conflict that is not in the national interest of the United States, of doubling down on a civil war in a foreign country, of attempting to remake a country through the endless military deployments of U.S. forces.” God bless you

    • Simon Kaleab

      Selam Said,

      Here I have a real and true expert analysis for you: president Donald J Trump –

      https://video.foxnews.com/v/6268391410001#sp=show-clips

      • said

        Hi Simon K
        As The New York Times noted: “The Taliban capitalized on the uncertainty caused by the [Trump] February 2020 agreement reached in Doha, Qatar, between the militant group and the United States calling for a full American withdrawal from Afghanistan. Some Afghan forces realized they would soon no longer be able to count on American air power and other crucial battlefield support and grew receptive to the Taliban’s approaches.”
        Jon Perr’s article at Daily Kos does a great summary, with the title: “Trump put 5,000 Taliban fighters back in battle and tied Biden’s hands in Afghanistan.” Trump schemed and lied to help his reelection efforts, and the people who worked with our military and the US-backed Afghan government are and will pay a terrible price for it.
        As President Biden said Friday:
        “When I came to office, I inherited a deal cut by my predecessor—which he invited the Taliban to discuss at Camp David on the eve of 9/11 of 2019—that left the Taliban in the strongest position militarily since 2001 and imposed a May 1, 2021 deadline on U.S. Forces. Shortly before he left office, he also drew U.S. Forces down to a bare minimum of 2,500. Therefore, when I became President, I faced a choice—follow through on the deal, with a brief extension to get our Forces and our allies’ Forces out safely, or ramp up our presence and send more American troops to fight once again in another country’s civil conflict. I was the fourth President to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan—two Republicans, two Democrats. I would not, and will not, pass this war onto a fifth.”
        But the February agreement guaranteed that the Taliban could just wait the Americans out. Even before its talks with the Afghan government were to begin, the Taliban already secured a reduction of U.S. troop levels from 12,000 to 8.600 within 135 days. The remainder of American and allied forces was to be completed by May 1, 2021. As conservative David French lamented on March 3, 2020:
        There is a difference between peace and retreat. The Trump administration’s agreement with the Taliban represents a full retreat. It’s an agreement that most Republicans would deplore if a Democrat president made the deal, and they’d be right to be angry […]
        The combination of the planned American retreat and the planned prisoner release would represent a substantial change in the balance of forces in Afghanistan. This would come without any agreement by the Taliban to cease hostilities against our allies.
        At this point, the deal looks worse than a simple withdrawal. America can leave all on its own without also agreeing to seek the release of Taliban prisoners. It can leave all on its own without promising to ease sanctions. So why agree to the additional concessions?

        • Simon Kaleab

          Selam Said,

          You are quoting from the NY Times and the rest of the fake news factory?

          Biden reversed nearly every policy Trump put in place including on immigration and on energy independence. Why didn’t he reverse Trump’s policy on Afghanistan if he didn’t believe in it? Mentally declining Biden is as usual lying.

          To help you concentrate on the issue: it is not withdrawal but the manner of its implementation by Biden that is the problem.

          In addition, if the Taliban broke any agreements and Trump was still in power, he would have made them pay a painful price. Remember what happened to chief terrorist Qaseem Suleimani, a former building site labourer turned general.

          • said

            Hi Simon
            I referred you to number of report, it is not my opinion, But you are back to your Fakes news and you are still at it .I do not have the means to find out Fact from false and fakes news. .I have to relay on your fact checking ,your report and link to Trump Fox and right wing GOP video ,to get my info from you, the only truth in town . if you are using false and fakes claims. the debate have stop her ..How do you know it is true from your side, are you an insider and contacted and coenacted ? leaving Fox news right-wing mouth aside , can you personally confirm from the evidence you have access t? To be true .? do you still believe Joe Biden legitimately won and that Donald Trump encouraged you to believe a false narrative, do believe Trump’s claims of voter fraud are true? do believe Joe Biden won the election fairly in November.? do believe Trump’s will installed soon as president .As reported Donald Trump made thirty thousand lies .what do think

            Have you ever seen Trump admit to losing anything and have anything wrong ? you always bring true news from Fox and white supremacist conspiracy agenda

            What would have to be true for this to be accurate, when i send iinfo link ? How do you know? What information can you personally confirm from the evidence you have access to? or just blind trust

            So As Trump supporters you should ask: Why did so many Trump-appointed cabinet secretaries and judges refuse to support Trump’s claims of fraud? Also, aside from Trump, Republicans did well in 2020. Why would someone stealing an election only steal one office? You have all the answer support Trump’s

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Said,

            I don’t think you know that much about white supremacism. I have been in Europe and America long before you left your beautiful village. I have seen it all.

            Biden has been hidding from the press!

            Here is Tim Graham:

            https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/biden-media-strategy-afghanistan-tim-graham

          • said

            Hi Simon
            You are back to your old arrogance and you never answered any of my question. you really know when i left my beautifully village and you know about me, humble your self ,So you lived enough long enough to be an expert about, the longer you live the better expert you become ,that is interesting ,so age the main factor you seeing all .nothing left .so your are an expert o European and American history and culture and GOP politics .Keep your fox and Graham for yourself , I have an accesses to all the news and report and since you lived long enough and you seeing it all . Try to make your own independent opinion if you can, so that we can learn from you,

    • said

      Greetings,
      I forget to put two article link
      Article 2.Former Congressman David A. Stockman was Reagan’s OMB director, which he wrote about in his best-selling book, The Triumph of Politics. His latest books are The Great Deformation:
      Hurrah! Washington’s Pointless Sojourn in the Graveyard of Empires Is Finally Over – LewRockwell ,Pls see the link
      https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/08/david-stockman/hurrah-washingtons-pointless-sojourn-in-the-graveyard-of-empires-is-finally-over/

      The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Back With a Bang
      Article.3. The US ‘loss’ of Afghanistan is a repositioning and the new mission is not a ‘war on terror,’ but Russia and China
      By Pepe Escobar
      The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Is Back With a Bang – LewRockwell
      Pls see the link
      https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/08/no_author/the-islamic-emirate-of-afghanistan-back-with-a-bang/

  • Berhe Y

    USAID latest statement

    ON THE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN ETHIOPIA
    Statement by Administrator Samantha Power
    For Immediate Release
    Thursday, August 19, 2021

    https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/aug-19-2021-humanitarian-situation-ethiopia

    The TPLF’s offensive into other regions will only prolong this conflict and the suffering of the Ethiopian people. The United States urges the TPLF to halt its offensive and withdraw its forces immediately from the Amhara and Afar regions, the Amhara regional government to withdraw its forces from western Tigray, and the Eritrean government to withdraw its forces immediately and permanently from Ethiopia.

    The United States remains committed to the welfare of all Ethiopians. All parties must allow humanitarian aid to reach the people whose survival depends on it, and they must end hostilities and commit to a negotiated ceasefire.

    • Abi

      Berhe
      አቢቹ ምን አለ መሰለህ ?
      እኔ ወንዱ ፍንክች!!!
      ኢሱካ ምን አለ መሰለህ?
      እኔ ኢሱ ፍንክች!!
      ህወሓት ምን አለ መሰለህ?
      ኡ! ኡ! ኡ! ጆ ባይደን አድነን!!

      ራሥ አቢ ምን አሉ መሰለህ?
      እየከመርክ ውቃው ያንን አመፀኛ ዘረኛ ወንበዴ…

    • sara

      selamat ato Berhe,
      I am a little perplexed with this press release. is this about humanitarian issue ?or about political and security situation in Ethiopia. i think the lady is responsible for US aid that provides humanitarian needs etc. but what is released is about the war and
      who should do what, isn’t this the job of the political side of the US government like
      the foreign ministry (state dep) as what is heard they sent a representative i think some one called flitman..to discuss such matters with the ethio gov.
      I think such a statement by humanitarian entity instead of the state dep is belittling
      the gov.
      where i reside there are 47 NGO’s , and this are only those well known… and with the current development in the country many are visiting the country to set up shop.
      I don’t know how many such entities are in Ethiopia ,but i suspect there are many as
      i see some employs of this NGO”s have served or they move back and forth from Ethiopia.
      frankly, some of the NGO’s are bigger than some gov ministries with their staff and budget and with that their influences in these African countries is big.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Sara,

        I think we don’t need any aid except aid / help we asked for and that’s fits our program and shirt and long term plan is not a bad idea.

        With regards to the statement, I think it’s probably reiterating the US government statement. It seems asking all of them to do the same thing.

        • sara

          selam ato Berhe,
          my point is how come an AID agency is so- politically involved in
          developing countries, and how can we rectify this so that there is less involvement of such entities.
          any way , this is not going to change easily as long as we are dependent on their aid.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Sara.

            I understand what you mean, and the short answer is, we can’t.

            I think it has to do with the current administrator of USAID. She is known for advocating military intervention for human rights violations, such as in Syria, Libya. She was US ambassador to the UN during Obama and she probably still has that urge.

    • haileTG

      Selam Berhe,

      If the Amhara regional government withdraws from western Tigray, the war is effectively over. That would be so because all parties would automatically lose any reason to continue the war.

      1 – Amhara government will have no reason to fight Tigray region if the land issue is referred to arbitration. They have no other conflict.

      2 – PMAA will not have the main support base from Amhara. Again, what would be his reason to fight? To uphold democracy? He can’t justify armed suppression as a way to uphold democracy. So, he will have no reason to fight.

      3 – TPLF can’t justify waging a war to unseat a government. It would have to return to Tigray and engage in political dialog. The world would not support an armed undertaking to change the government.

      4 – IA can’t continue the war because PMAA and Amhara regional govts will no longer require his mercenary services and the UN will be against it any way.

      So, all eyes are on Wolqait, Tsegedie and Kefta Humera. A region of roughly 400.000 people comprising 92% ethnic Tigrayans and 6% ethnic Amhara and 2% other. It was known as the region of Begiemider province before the ethnic federalism but fell to Tigray region by the new federal constitution.

      The land dispute is causing the Amhara to lend their support to the Unitarian PMAA and causes the Tigrayans to oppose PMAA’s undermining of the federal arrangement.

      If the land is resolved, the problem is resolved. All other issues can only be solved legally for there to be international support.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Hailat-TG,

        Good argument, keep up. The truth of the matter will come out eventually. The defiant Tigrian people will prevail and history will be on their side – as a “social force” and as “stoic people” to be reckoned.

        • haileTG

          Hey Aman H,

          Here is a poem by PMAA for MZ 🙂

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxHq0NQXdig

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-TG,

            Thank you for bringing up this poem on the Memorial Day of PMZ. Hailat, you saw how this great leader had left a print in the mind of Abiy before he betrayed him like Judas. Wrong principled people are trustful than renegades unprincipled people. Abiy is an example of the later.

            Regard

          • Samuel

            Selam Haile TG,
            Remembering MZ – Here is Bill Gates tweet today tribute to the late Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi.

            Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was a visionary leader who brought real benefits to Ethiopia’s poor. Our thoughts are with his family.

            https://twitter.com/billgates/status/238054301761667072?lang=en

            Now Bill Gates will be labeled as Junta or TPLF supporter.

            Thanks,

          • haileTG

            Thanks Samuel,

            I assume those who will say Bill Gates is Junta will use MS Office to type it:-)

      • Berhe Y

        Hi HaileTG,

        On the surface what you are saying is true assuming they all can live with each other with their differences. But I think that’s not realistic and each waring parties, TPLF vs ENDF and PFDJ will not just leave things as they are.

        From TPLF side:
        1) On the western front, I think it’s more than the land issue now. For TPLF is key access to the outside world / Sudan. Knowing TPLF will not disarming for its security, it will probably need to boost its military (no trust from both PFDJ and ENDF). Once it build its military it will probably will want to cause trouble to Abiy government with the aim of removing the government. Once it manages to get to power with some form then, if PFDJ is not gone by then it will try to return the favor back ህሳብ መወራረድ with Eritrea.

        PFDJ
        IA will not get a better chance to see TPLF weak than it currently is. Him willing to allow it to regroup and become a problem with him long term, is not willingly will accept with good faith. If he can continue to convince Abiy, to push then keeping TPLF underage with under total control of the federal government for any external relationship. In the long term, he thinks, he will frustrate TPLF. So IA deploying in the western zone, will be his contribution to help ENDF.

        ENDF
        They know if TPLF have the ability, it will not stop until Abiy is removed from power. Abiy will not willingly surrender to what becomes unknown. The economy will be his biggest challenge to sustain this conflict long term. He will try to find alternative way to get support and long term relieve (his trip to Turkey I see it in this way).

        Personally I don’t see a short term solution, without having a clear winner.

        • haileTG

          Selam Berhe,

          I agree with your analysis as far as the deeper calculations of each side. But here is my question, if the Amhara was to be convinced to withdraw from western Tigray, how can any of the sides continue war without a major backlash from the international community? I.e. including sanctions and the rest.

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Ustaz Berhe,

          What we are watching (unfortunately) is not war between two entrenched parties with institutionalized capabilities or tools of war, as I indicated earlier today in another comment. The conflict has fast been transforming to disintegrated localities warfare involving pitting militias involving ethnic affiliations against one another. If this goes on, it will be will borderless and overlapping a civil wars. Thus, a question to you is: Do you really think there can emerge a winner in such a situation?

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Ismail,

            Thank you for your comment. I think the unity of other Ethiopian who are standing with the PM, I believe it’s being underestimated. Weather Dr. Abiy come to power or not, TPLF as political party, it’s time has come to an end by the majority of Ethiopians. I don’t think it was limited to an Amhara as it’s widely believed. In fact, I think, the Oromo has paid the most price to force the change.

            Considering what happened since then it may sound it was better option to go back to old system but I still think the resentment still exists, and the last two years development had fueled it.

            The biggest challenge to Abiy government is the economic hardship, specially with hard currency crunch and debt servicing. If the Ethiopian people are willingly to put up with and sustain it, I think his government can continue to move and replace the shortfall with something else and eventually grow.

            So I think if the war is stalled and long, it will go in favour of Abiy by being large and have the resources of the nation.

            TPLF on the other hand, is disadvantaged, because it doesn’t have the capacity to sustain the economy and run the government and the needs of the population. The support it has by the population may fatigue sync in.

            I am not sure if I answered, but that’s what I think.

      • Ismail AA

        Selam haile TG and forumers,

        In order for a hot war to change to a cold war, there has to be some approach that should provide an incentive to the protagonists. In other word, shoot to subdue an enemy should change to talk to win points at negotiating forum political and legal war. The ongoing conflict and senseless carnage in Ethiopia have transformed from a regular army versus civilian based paramilitary to militia versus militia warfare after the regular army has almost been neutralized after the debacle in Tigray.

        Sooner than later, the war will spread to become savage multi-centered civil war run by marauding warlords. Ethiopian history had seen much of this in the past. Thus, Ethiopians should realize that the ultimate interest of their country surviving the ominous catastrophe of disintegration lies in listening to reasonable suggestions like the one the Americans have been floating. This is an incentive (boon) that provides opportunity that can help all stakeholders, the government in Tigray region included, to return to political and territorial status quo ante of the regions which the current constitution sanctions. At that point, upholding, revising or changing the constitution will be the business of all stakeholders; and not one between the Prosperity Party (under the garb of the Federal government) and the Tigray government.

        • haileTG

          Merhaba Ismail,

          Happy weekend!

          Thanks for capturing the essence of the risks ahead and the potential solution so clearly.

          Looking at the whole picture, it is indeed a sad situation with no real winner at the end. The risks to Ethiopia also has dire implications for the region. Given the activities of OLA, in coordination with TDF, is also picking up, I am not sure whether the ENDF or TDF would be in a position to quell it once the destabilization potential reaches certain magnitude. Today, there were unconfirmed reports of skirmishes between Amhara militia and OLA units. As you know the Oromo-Amhara issue is also of its own center of gravity for destabilization.

          The initial stated purpose of the war, law enforcement, is not even relevant today. PMAA decries it as time of “utmost need” for the country. Unfortunately, Eritrea has taking the wrong path to help the longevity of this conflict by allowing its armed forces into western Tigray. I wonder what the impact of such a dreadful decision will be in our long term relationship with post-conflict Ethiopia. I understand IA’s personal concerns on the issues but that is a far cry from the point view of the risks posed.

          I think that a prolonged conflict would be likely to make more damage than a short military solution. If the conflict drags on another six months, I would be hard to differentiate Arat Kilo from Villa Somalia.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam haile TG,

            The main purpose of AA and Amhara regional government seems to gradually suffocate the Tigray state government and its army by keeping on the blockade. They seem to be hoping this will give them time, and the powers such as the USA would be gradually persuaded by way of leverages from its allies such as Turkey to sway towards their side, and put pressure on TPLF to at least withdraw its expeditionary forces from Afar, and as well as from central and eastern Amhara leaving West Tigray under the control of the Amhara. If this would be their focus, I am afraid they are looking through very narrow trajectory.

            In other words, they appear to being less worried about other problem spots you have mentioned and the emerging alliances and perhaps counter-alliances. Developments as these would make the USA and, even other powers such China and Russia, more concerned about the possibility of sustaining Ethiopia as element of balance in the region in the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean sensitive geopolitical theatre of contention. If Abij and allies self-interest driven calculations would menace Ethiopia’s current state of existence, the momentary stand of the USA resting on humanitarian concerns may change direction. I mean that it may settle on determining the risk enhancing side, especially if the current conflicts keep on multiplying and spreading to many zones like the Oromia and Somali nationalities, the later with its irredentist political roots. The USA, and the regional players behind it, may choose the lesser evil which may emerge as a policy of regime change in Addis Ababa.

            To do that, the logistics needs may impose the search for easy geography and proximities it offers. Here comes the centrality of Sudan and its new relations with USA and allies like Egypt. The USA may want to stay on the humanitarian aspect, and while harvesting the politics its shields. It maybe pushed to pursue a policy that may target the very thing Abij Ahmed and his Amhara allies fear most, and that is the opening of a corridor from east Sudan to Tigray, on the one side, and on another, TDF military push towards the current disputed West Tigray.

      • iSem

        Hi TG:
        These are succinct points, clarifying cogently what is to be done. You would think that there is a sane leader to emerge out of the woodwork from the Amhara that they need to resolve their issues with Tigray without war. Think about it, if you do not like your neighbor you can move, sell your place etc. These two ppl no matter whether Tigray separates or not will be living together until the world ends, unless they have figured out how to move land somewhere.
        But the damage is done with the genocide happening (I hate to say I told you so to those who were cheering the war and thought TPLF will be buried), so this carnage will continue and in 2030 we will be taking about this war it may have some reprieve but its devastating effects will be here with us for a long time
        The reasonable thing to do is as the USA says: first Eritrea to leave, it has no business in Tigray, EDF needs to protect Eritrea’s borders, simple, but we know EDF is not in business to protect Eritrea. EDF should be forced by USA or whoever to leave. Then TDF and ENDF and Amhara also withdraw. That is the sensible thing.
        For all intents and purposes Ethiopia is in civil war, Abiy lit the tinderbox, everyone thinks they will win. No, they will not win, they may occupy towns, but it is not winning
        This war is a different animal than the 1998 war. Ethiopia was united against Eritrea and Eritrea was united against Ethiopia, now Ethiopia is divided devouring itself and so called Eritrean Defense Forces is doing IA’s dirty job. It was doing his dirty job too in 1998 but, there were some sensible ppl left who were at least willing to assess the war ad how it started
        If land is resolved, problem is not resolved, but people will not die and crimes will not be committed. If there are brains left in Ethiopia, PP should oust Abiy and an other leader should lead the next phase, Abiy brought them here, he should pay for it. The country must be in civil war for his ambitious and the irreversible damage that is happening in the weak fabrics that is holding it together.

      • Mez

        Hi Haile TG,
        I think you mischaracterized the core of this triaxial conflict. By waging this war tplf is fighting for its own survival.
        1) Tplf’s future is inherently dependant on the forceful annexation of these amhara regions, and
        2) incorporation of three or four regions from Eritrea.
        The above intents of tplf are well documented since the time of tplf-manifesto.
        Thanks

        • haileTG

          selamat Mez,

          If TPLF survival is inherently dependent on land annexation, doesn’t it make it TPLF=Tigray? And, if so, is expanding the war inside Ethiopia in Ethiopia’s/Eritrea’s interest? Can a land problem be ultimately be solved by war?

          • Mez

            Dear Haile TG,
            Yes indeed; that is what tplf had embraced, as the core political doctrine of tplf, since it’s inception.

            Thanks

          • haileTG

            Hello Mez,

            How can one make a land dispute into a core political doctrine? Don’t they want it resolved? what would happen to the doctrine then? Don’t forget that every dispute has two children called disputants. They are twins and delivered simultaneously:-)

  • Peace!

    ሰላም ስብ ዓዋተ,

    ዕላማ ኣልቦ ህውሓት ሕጂኽ ናበይ?

    ህውሓት ንሒሳብ ምውርራድን ንጽምኢ ስልጣና ክተርውን ትገብሮ ዘላ ናይ ዕንወት ዘመተ ኣሻሓት መንእሰያት ኣብ ሓዊ ትጠብሶም ከም ዘላ ዓለም ሙሉእ ይዕዘብ ከም ዘሎ ሩዱእ እዩ:: ኣብ ምወዳእትኡ ድማ ህዝቢ ትግራይ ክምዝሓታ ጥርጥር የለን ድሮ ውን ቲሒም ምባል ተጀሩ ኣሎ::

    ብናይ ህዝቢ ናዕቢ ካብ ስልጣን እንዱሑር ተወጊድካ ዘለካ ኣማራጺ ጌጋኻ ኣሪምካ ኣድማዒን ሰላማዊን ተቓዋሚ ኮንካ ናብ ስልጣን ምምላስ እዩ:: እንተዘይኮይኑ ኣነ ዘይገዝኣ እትዯጵያ ገደል ትእቶ ዝብል መንገዲ ንህዝቢ ትግራይ ኣብዘየድሊ ጎነጽ ምስቲ ካልእ ሕብረተሰብ የእትዋ ኣሎ:: ናይ ህዝቢ ትግራይ ረብሓ ኣብዚ ኩናት ምስቲ ዝክፈል ዘሎ ዋጋ ኣነጻጺርካ ዳርጋ የብሉን ክብሃል ይካኣል::

    ንናጽነት ትግራይ እንተኾይኑ ኣብዚ ዘብጽሕ ኣይነበሮን ግን ህውሓት ንናጽነት ትግራይ ተቃሊሳ ኣይትፈልጥን እቶም ዝውንንዋ ምዕራባውያን እውን ኣየፍቁዱላን እዮም: : ኣመንዝራ ኮይና ንኸባቢ ቀርኒ ኣፍሪቃ ክትብክልን ክትዘምትን እዩ ህርፍና እዚ ድማ ንህዝቢ ትግራይ ሓንቲ ኣይመላኣሉን ብሕጂን ውን ኣብ ሰማይ ዘሎ ደበና እዩ ዝመስል::

    ብዓፈር ብጎንደር ብደሴ ዕሸላት ኣጥፊእካ ሕጂኽ ናበይ? ንምንትይ ዝብል ሕቶውን ክልዓል ምኻኑ ክትርስዖ የብላን:: ንዕሸላት ተጋሩ ዘድሕኖም ህዝቢ ትግራይ ጥራይ እሞ ብዘይ ውዓል ሕደር ካብ መጋጋ ህውሓት ከውጽኦም ግዴታ ኣለዎ:: ጻድቃን ንናይ ጎይተታቱ ኣፈኛታት BBCን CNNን ክምስጥ ኣሻሓት ቆልዑ ክጥፍእ ድሉው ምኻኑ ኣመስኪሩ እዩ::

    Peace!

    • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

      Selam,
      ስለምንታይ ዉልቀ መላኺ ኢሳይስ መንእሰያት ኤረትራ ኣብዘይምልከቶም ኲናት ጠቢሱ የጥፈኦም ዶ ምባል ኣይምሓሸን?

      • Peace!

        ሰላም,

        ክልቲኡከ ዘይንብሎ እንታይ ኣለዎ ንህዝቢ ትግራይ ካብ ህግደፍ ተማሃሩ ህውሓት ብህይወትኩም ክትበልዓኩም እያ ኢልካ ምዝኽኻር ብፍላይ ኣብዚ ጹንኩር ግዜ ጠቓሚ ይብል ኣነ::

        Peace!

      • iSem

        ምሃንድስ፥
        ነዚኤን ክትጥሕናስ አንቅዓ ረሃጽ, it has been said. Peace writes all the none sense an you did it on sentence
        But we know the answer to that, it is to quench IA’s blood thirst and people like peace are part of it, they are criminals no less. I have accused them of that crime right here and I do so now.
        It is all done in the name of fake goal, to protect Eritrea, PFDJ and the army of IA never protected Eritrea, the ደቂ ገ*ቡ do not understand that.

        • Peace!

          Semere,

          እስኻከ ዕስራ ዓመት ኣብዚ ጊዕትካ እንታይ ኣፍሪኻ ሕነ ክትፈድይ ንኣጋኣዝያን ክተረክብና እምቢ ንብል ኣለና እታ መፍትሕ መለስ ሒዝዋ ሞይቱ እዩ ይብሉ ኣለው ባዕሎም:)

          Peace!

          • iSem

            Peace
            First do not talk about stuff you have no clue.
            But since you asked in the last 20 years we said no to PFDJ and you are part of their crimes. It is simple

          • Peace!

            Semere,

            It is ok ንፋለጥ እሞ ንማለጥ ንቲ ዘይፈልጠካ ተጻወተሉ:: ደሓር ካኣ ደገፍቲ ኣለዉዎ እንዳበልካ ንህግደፍ credit ኣይትሃቦ ዝመሽመሸ ህግደፍ ምጉሓፍ ዝሳኣነ ሕምቀት ናትካ እዩ ነብስኻ ፈቲኻ ኣብ ሙቹእ ናብራ ኣለኻ ይመለኣልካ:)

            Peace!

          • iSem

            Hi MM:
            Aha, this line is a PFDJ line, straight out of their books ፈቲኻ ኣብ ሙቹእ ናብራ ኣለኻ ይመለኣልካ

          • Peace!

            Semere,

            እሞ ገምጢለ ክጽሕፋ ናይ ተቓዋማይ እንተመሰለት😂 ዕድልና እዩ 🙁

          • iSem

            Peace
            am just telling you, your lines and attacks are not even original

          • Peace!

            Semere,

            በጃኻ ኣብ ቆሎን ጥጥቖን ግዜኻ ኣይተጥፍእ ካልእ እንተዘይብልካ ድሓን ሕደር,

            ልዋም ለይቲ ህግደፍ ዘይብሉ 🙂

    • haileTG

      Selamat Peace,

      – For what purpose is PMAA fighting for? Why does he risk the lives of so many of his country men and women? Why does he want the nation to go down to its knees under the chaos and destruction? He has said the people of Tigray were supporting TDF, should he not listen to the wishes and choices of the people? What would he gain at the end of it all? Is he trying to build a nation less than one of its section? Why not choose the path of peace and democratic rights? How is Ethiopia to progress, feed itself and build a future for her citizens by engaging in such mindless war against a movement with a popular support. Is his power more important than the future of 110 million citizens?

      – For what purpose are the Amhara fighting for? Can they not talk through and legally resolve their land issue. Can they grab land by force and Tigrayans grab land back by force, Oromo grab land by force…? Is that the objective of their war, displacement and Ethnic cleansing of local residents? Can they resolve their issue like that? Why not do the right thing and avoid bloodshed with their fellow Ethiopians? Isn’t Ethiopia a greater shared land than her parts? Why are the Amhara fighting?

      – Why is the despotic regime of IA fighting? Is it even an issue that concerns Eritrea? Can he achieve anything other than death and distraction to his own people who are down to their last penny on everything? How can Eritrea have a nation with no Universities, no formal employment, no internet, the most sanctioned, sidelined, weak, refugee producer of epic scale find the reason to engage in a war of no value whatsoever? Support groups who still use the old map? Who still use the red sea question as a party manifesto? How? Why? For what?

      And of course, as you asked, why is TPLF/TDF organizing its people to defend against rape, looting, massacre and ethnic cleansing? Why?…You tell us sir..

      • Peace!

        Hi Hailuwa,

        Last time I checked TPLF was ousted by popular uprising. It retreated to Mekele and ignited the ongoing war with the looted military hardwares and money. This is not a secret. TPLF had a chance to avoid the war and choose different means to pursue its interest but in the end the hardliners won.
        As for rape and distraction, what do you expect? war is all about destruction. we Eritreans are victims too, but we blame DIA, nobody else.

        Peace!

        • haileTG

          Hi Peace,

          But shouldn’t we solve the problem as it is now rather than how it was then? If TPLF finds popular support, then it should be listened to. No? Taliban was given Afghanistan because it was supported, not because what started the war. እንታይ ገበሩ ኢትዮጵያውያንከ ጉዕ ዝማሰሉ ኣብ ምንቲ ምንታ? For PMAA?

          • Peace!

            Hi Hiluwa,

            ጉዕ ዝመስሉ ዘለው 😂 ሒሳብ ኣለና ምሳኹም ኢሎም የለዓልዎም ኣለው:) TPLF was lost when it failed to isolate Abiy, I think.

            Peace!

          • haileTG

            Hi Peace,

            Ultimately, it may come down to power struggle, as the case is always. The solution would be ግራት ካሕሱ vs. መስቀል ኣደባባይ ዋንጫ መን ዓተረ’ዩ:-)

      • Abi

        ኃይልሽ
        —PMAA is fighting to safeguard Ethiopia and Ethiopians from the deadly enemy aka Tplf/TDF
        — The Amharas are fighting to keep themselves against the aggressive and deadly force aka Tplf/TDF.
        TDF brought the fighting to their doorstep deep into their territories.
        —IA is fighting to keep Eritrea and Eritreans safe from the deadly and determined enemy aka Tplf/TDF
        — bonus
        The Afaris are fighting to keep their ancestral lands from the aggressive land grabbers of modern time aka Tplf/TDF
        — All the other ethnic groups are fighting to protect Ethiopia against the deadly terrorist group aka Tplf/TDF
        ኢትዮጵያውያን አገራቸውን ከወራሪወቹ የትግራይ አማፅያን እየተከላለከሉ እንደሆነ ታላቁ ኃይሌ እንዴት ተዘነጋዎ?

        “አሉታ ኮንቱኑዋ!” ትል ነበር ፖፒሎን ነፍሴ

        • haileTG

          Hey Guad Abi,

          የተኛ ውን በሬ – ነካክተው ነካክተው አደረጉት አውሬ!! Isn’t that what I warned you all along. What now wendime… I had no idea the Tigrayans fight like this! No wonder your country was left alone by the colonizers:-)

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            አንጋፋው ይርጋ ዱባለ ይወክለኝ?
            የሰው የለው ሞኝ የሰው የለው ሞኝ
            ካገሩ ከቦታው ከስፍራው ሲገኝ
            ሰው ካላገሩ ሰው ካለቦታው
            ብሳና ይሆናል ሸንኮራገዳው
            ይሉናል ጎንደሬዎቹ
            ከደጀንህ አትራቅ ለማለት ፈልገው ነው::
            https://youtu.be/jJkLmPgFcZk

          • TT Lon

            Hi Halie TG,

            Do you think this is a winnable war? If yes who do you think will win? What does winning mean for TPLF? Does that mean reconquering Ethiopia again and sitting at the helm in Addis? or Just changing the current government to a friendlier one?… What is the end game for TPLF. I honestly do not understand so please shade some light.

            Many thanks

          • haileTG

            TT Lon,

            TDF would win for sure because PMAA doesn’t have “genuine & motivated” popular support. Therefore, federalism will win because the Amhara land issue negates the ethnic federalism and the constitution is based on. The Amhara fighting anti federalism is as winnable as the Brits fighting for global common wealth. Their reputation would go ahead of them. Other than Amhara, Abi has no determined supporter. In war, moral is to the physical in the ratio of 3:1.

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            የዛሬ ነው ወይስ የትናንቱ ወይን ነው የሚነጋገረው? ዛሬ በጊዜ ጀምረሃል::
            እስቲ አልፎ አልፎ ቡና ሞክር:: ለለውጥ ይሆንሃል::

          • haileTG

            Abichu,

            I mostly read about wine than drinking it:-) My day stated with hearty breakfast and the brain is in full gear:-)

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            እንዲህ አሳርፈኝ እንጂ ወዳጄ!! እኔማ ጭንቅ ብሎኝ ነበር::
            Today’s breakfast is Saturday Special!!
            እንዴት አይነት ፉል ኮሬንቲ በሆነ ሻይ አወራርጄ ኳስ እያየሁ ነው::

          • haileTG

            Fantastic wendim Abi,

            Let’s all eat! And let food be plenty! Check this out..
            https://youtu.be/OziavKLYouE

      • TT Lon

        Hi Haile TG,

        Who started the war????

        • Abi

          Hello TY Lon
          Welcome to Awatenation.
          The Greatest Awatista of all times, admired by all friends and foes, for his tenacity in defending TPLF, knows exactly who started the war.
          His frustration is why the Federal government and Amharas did fight back to keep the country from disintegration. His Greatness wishes to see the ታላቋ ትግራይ at the expense of the Amharas in particular and Ethiopia in general.

          I say አፍንጫህን ላስ!!

          • haileTG

            Hey TT Lon and wendime,

            The important question:

            Who will finish the war?

            All wars are left overs from previous wars. No single cause starts a war. PMAA, IA and AmharA govt planned this one for a while. Don’t tell me the NC trigger caused Amhara to grab land. Something is fishy.

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            ልፍታልሽ እኔ ህልምሽ ቅዠት ነው
            ያሰብሽው ሁሉ እንቆቅልሽ ነው
            ገነቱም ሲኦል ሜዳው ገደል ነው
            አልማዙም ነሃስ ማሩም እሬት ነው

            ይልሃል ዝነኛው ቴዲ!
            Abiy Ahmed Ali will finish the war!!!!!!
            No doubt about it!!!
            https://youtu.be/aMQgpyI2lXQ

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት

    ሓዳስ ገዛ ሰሪሐ
    ኣብ ሑጻ መሰረት ተኺለ

    ጸሎት ይገብር
    ወይ ህቦብላ ንፋስ
    ወይ ድማ ውሕጅ ከይመጽእ
    ካን! ከም ህግደፍ
    ኣብ ፍርሒ ይነብር
    መርገም ወለዲ ዘለኒ ይመስል
    ዓሕ

    • Solomon Seyum

      መመ,
      ኣzgineni

      ካrተAme

      ኡነተaየe aloka beAAl ካrተame

      Haff koff tebilka neIshtoyy Agame።

      ጸaጽe

      Ps

      ሀaየለe ሢ / ኢs,
      Allow me maybe an hour to figure out this key board.

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        ጻጸ
        ምሽዶ ኣነስ ወዲ ሓሙሽተ ዓመት ወደይ ከማን ይፈልጦ።
        ዝተምዛበለ ሓንጎል ሒዝካ ሃተፍተፍ ኣይትበል። ጓሓፍ ህግደፍ ዋሒድ።
        በዓል ኢሳያስ: ማንኪ: ክሻ: ‘ንዳምለኽካስ ዓጋመ ትብል [sorry to my Tigrayan Awate members. I don’t mean to be disrespectful but trying to explain to these lunatic people]።
        በቲ ናትካ ኣተሓሳስባ ዝዓበዩ ዓጋመታት ንሶም ዮም። ንስኻ ድማ ሰጊድካ ጫማ ኦም ትልሕስ።
        ስረኻ ዕጠቕ። ኣብ ጫማኻ ወኢዶ ‘ሎ ብፍርሒ።

        • Solomon Seyum

          MM,

          Are you stupid or what? Annessss n hebeyy weyy Agame baligakha Issu amlikhe… bejakha ilnaka msss Kisha Agame Haw Abokha selestiOm nab Agamekha wesudka ab Agam gerebb eseromm.

          Solomon Haile “Tokhilo” Gebresilassie ybahal wey iyye. Legal name Solomon Seyum Haw “Wedi Kartum” “kartame” ab Hailitat (netti Kemakha kedaE geTTamayy Amanuel Iyassu // bzaEva HzaEteyy zerIsta ab fuluuy Hittamm hzawi gmbarr yeElileni belo. tSAtSE78 Wedi Sium Wedi Khartoum nnayy Faitinga Weylikhhaa naanta JedAE weylikha adHarHari … ytSibeyeka iyu zelo Wedi Kartum Hizzu Sewrawi Halengi.)

          Anne’s Selemun Haile “Tokhilo” Ghebresilasie Qelayy beAltiet Tegadalay Aboyy Aaserte YeHwatteyy Abalat hzbawii Serawit Eritra Hji Wnn Jeganue EDF…. Awett die kbleka Hailom

          Menke khonka ikha anta shiftunn Agametay. Iske meAnta weyy Haqinett ente aloka bgltSi Haqenga Shimkann Shimm Agame Abokhann Adi Abokhan I innokhann habenna.

          Nutrino mizzann zeybilka ab HTG Meida al Muhandiss Kissaran dHrinetnn Haff koff zebilukha zelewuu Kesraninn Agamekha Tetragrammaton gaH keybelka.

          EDF is NOT PFDJ.

          EDF IS CONDUCTING A JUST WAR.

          GiE NOW!

          tSAtSE

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Tsatse,
            It is very hard to read your gibberish comment here. I really believe you are under influence. Be sober and come back.
            Don’t try to be a catholic more than a Pope here.
            It is a waste of time to deal with you. BTW, GiE has nothing to do with your believe.

          • Solomon Seyum

            Mm,

            Agame ikha. Shimka, shim Abokha, Adi Abokha… HaQegna’s Abb QaliE.

            Selemun Haile “Tokhilo” Gebresilasie … Qelayy beAlteit.

            Antumm Hawna Agame Haqegna Shumkumnn mebeQolikhumnn indo aTTumuna.

            Sober? Are you kidding me or what? Sober sucks… niKaliEka belo.
            iTomm Haff koff zebulukha Agame goytotkaass KurruAAtt Agame iyom kemzeykemakha shifunn Ouuffunnn fun fun waHid.

            EDF is conducting A JUST WAR.

            GiE NOW!! Kidd biyya Agame intayy afliTTka bzaEba GiE.

            tSAtSE

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Tsatse,
            I really don’t want to get to your level. If not, I would act worse than you. First, pay your due to Eritrea, at least as half of as my family did.
            2nd, if you really are from ቃላይ በዓልቴት tell me if you know ሸቃ ዳኘው’s family. If not, your are super fake.

          • Solomon Seyum

            MM,

            In your dreams to get to my level. What I have paid and am paying twice, thrice infinitt times yours I am giving you their names. Just pick up and speak to your buddy Amanuel at Assena… then call AH ask him who Zekarias Nugguse is to tSAtSE.

            Who are you MM? Names and places. Engineer, how is your arithmetic? 10 / .000000…0000…001 is infinite times.

            Stick around Engineer ohh yes I will be lecturing deep mathematics and physics.

            1 = 1
            1 + 3 = 2^2
            1 + 3 + 5 = 3^2
            1 * 3 + 5 + 7 = 4^2
            1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 9 = 5^2

            Please ziAAbbi QolAA aytibedill as it has been said: please teach your Five year old son how to square his numerical age. And when he turns Six year old, your son simply adds the next odd number 25 + 11 = 6^2. Don’t make me call CPS Abb Oklandii abti Haddishh Adi Antaa no digidi.

            EDF is NOT PFDJ
            EDF IS CONDUCTING A JUST WAR!

            GiE NOW!

            tSAtSE

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ጻጸ
            You haven’t answered my question.
            ካብቶም ናይ ጎንደር ደቂ-ርባዓ ከይኮንኪ ኣይትተርፍን 🙂
            ሕማቕ ግዜ ህግደፍ ኴኑምበር ኣብ ሰምበል መስፈርናካ ኔርና። የግዳስ Dr. ፍጹም ኣብ ቤት ማእሰርቲ ህግደፍ ተዳጒኑ።
            ሕጂ ፈውስኻ ውሒጥካ ደቅስ። ዓጀውጀው በዚሑ።

          • Solomon Seyum

            MM,

            Dr. FitSumm Martyred in 1972.
            Grand Uncle to my Three Sons.

            Ewe Abb Gonderr wnn Gondere Azamad alewunni. Mnn Agebba sle Gonder? zorr bel Wede killilih Agame. Ahuunn meselh Tedemronall? Rasihh Ayhya dedebb Tigrawayy Ahya le Sew lijj Liqawntt snt Chinet yetesekeme sille ItyoPia TTenkara “Ahya” honne Jignaww Amhara Hzbotch.

            Ahunimm ItyoPiA tiQdem! TDF ywdemm!

            tSAtSE

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Ok Tsatse,
            You seem that you are not ok today. So, this will be my last comment on this thread. ኢትዮጲያ ትቕደም ክትብል ጀሚርካ። ናይ ብሓቂ ተሓዋዊሱካ። ምሕረት የውርድ።
            I was not asking the ELF Dr. Fitsum [another great guy that was killed by your fellow hgdf General Abrehaley, btw]. I am talking the Dr. Fistum who got arrested because of Tewahdo belief [Christian equivalent of ጨሓማት, to translate to your world’s expression].
            You haven’t answered the question if you really know ሸቃ ዳኘው’s family from ቃላይ በዓልቴት, ተኺሎ. Since you are claiming you hails from there.
            Don’t go Aregai Hagos on me now 🙂

          • Solomon Seyum

            Mm;

            Thank you for sparing me. Really. You are sooooo boring. More boring than my prescribed meds that I do not take.
            Ehhh please now spare the forum from your boring so called gTTmi.

            Go on Aiga forum with your boring gTmi Dibela, awlo booooorrrrriiiing!

            Ewe AnsaHibb ms Afuuu Arkibbi tSAdqan Agame MeraHikha!!!! Buunnnnaas!

            Boring you are indeed. Thank you sooo much!

            tSAtSE

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Tsatse,
            Out of respect to this great forum, I will refrain. However, hgdf supporters have one main thing in common: very low class act.
            ምትእኽኻብ ናይ ደቂ ገሓቡ!
            BTW, if I were Agame, I would proudly say I am one. However, I am from the other side of the border.

          • Solomon Seyum

            Wuifff

            Mm!!! It figures. It is I to blame to be fooled by this Tigrawayy libu TTiwiywayy!

            Anta Hawnna! Abb Godni Ustazzz SaliH Jiharr Ghadi opposed PFDJ Abb.

            Azgineni bKartame
            Haff koff zebilukha Agame
            Riggemme.

            You are! You forgott John Black along with Areggai Hagos… I raise you John Black and James Brown.
            Now Mm, Ayzzooo SAID LOUD I AM AGAME AND PROUD! tdeliyo gn yzingeAKin.
            Qal libu TTuwywayy do last comment should I be fooled to believe?

            tSAtSE

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Tsatse,
            If I don’t see moderators interaction here in few hrs, I will speak your language with X10 worse than your comment.
            Consider it ኣገጫጫብ ተጀሚሩ።

          • Solomon Seyum

            Mm;

            Please I beg your humanity to give me condolences for I have just lost my Dad Haile “Tokhilo” Gebresilasie Qalayy beAltiet in the last sixth month. You are in the Bay Area California and ask CheAAy Haile. His three children may very well be killed in action. Two are or were refugees in Ethiopia. Three have made it to Germany via Libya and the Mediterranean.

            Don’t be so lazy Ask AI Assena, AH here at Awate CheAAyy or warsayy in Oaklandi.., for good messure ask Beit Timhrti Sewra The Winona sisters on Telegraph once upon a time….

            I will take you a photo of my father Haile “Tokhilo” Gebresilasie RIP Aboyy !and my self in 1980. Dude, in October 25th 2021 I am a true American on the nayy ArbeAA scale of yours..Dr. FutSum (ELF) is my ex wife’s, the mother of of my three son uncle. Her mother’s brother.

            Are you stupid man? My Father Haile “Tokhilo” Ghebresilassie just died. Last time I saw him was more than forty years ago because I oppose the PFDJ! ChiQa AAddi kheA ilka ktmrmrenni. You will recognize him and I in the photo AH (and no that is not an acronym of a name get my drift AH!)

            Bselamm Eireff Aboy MeArrey Teg. Haile “Tokhilo” Ghebresilasie Qakayy beAltiet.

            EDF IS NOT PFDJ!

            EDF IS CONDUCTING A JUST WAR!

            GiE NOW!

            tSAtSE

          • Solomon Seyum

            Mm,

            Death and Birth is the cycle of life. In these tumultuous month however the good lord Debesa for my father blessed me with my fourth son Eidil or Chance on Saint Patrick’s day 3/17/2021.

            Tokhilo lives on. Thank you in advance for your insincere condolences.

            tSAtSE

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Tsatse,
            You have no idea to whom you are talking to. Dr. FitSum was killed by ex-spy of the dictator your worship. You really don’t now where TokhondaE or Hawatsu or Hadamu is. You are one fake as it gets.
            Do you know how far Qalay Bealtiet from Tsorona (at the edge of Agame) is, you fake and lunatic person?
            You cal yourself as Mathematician and physicist but you state some buzz words but nothing more a smoke?
            Speaking of Agame:
            Issyas is the biggest of all Agame, born in Geza Birhanu, Eritrea
            Kisha, From Tembien, born in Senafe, Eritrea
            Monkey, Gojame, born in Asmara, Eritrea
            Abraha Kassa, born around DekemHare, Tigray
            and many of the Generals/Colonels/Ambassadors, born in Eritrea but Alula Aba Nega decedents [many resides in Himbirti, Adi Nefas, Embaderho, etc]
            You and like you, the rifraffs can’t insult the Deqi-Abat any more.

            I have many to details…bring it on.

  • Semere Tesfai

    Selam ወንድም ኣማች፥

    I just got home from work only to find out the whole Awate world on fire. What happen? ጉድ ፈላ!!!!

    ወንድም ኣማች፡ What raw nerve did you struck?

    Semere Tesfai

    • Abi

      ሰላም ወንድም አማች
      ጀነራል ፃድቃን ጉዳት ደርሶበታል ብዬ ለአንድ ወዳጄ ሹክ ብለው የአዋተ makeshift ጀነራሎች ጫጫታ አንተ ጋር ደረሰ ::
      ጀነራል መሃሪ መአሾ መማረኩንማ ቢሰሙ እንዘምታለን እንዳይሉ ፍራ:: ብቻዬን እንዳያስቀሩኝ ፍርሃት አደረብኝ::
      የነቁና የተደራጁ ናቸው:: መታጠቅ ብቻ ነው የሚቀራቸው::

      • Semere Tesfai

        Selam ወንድም ኣማች

        I guess it is about time to switch gears and – roll-over on the streets of the West, play the victim, cry rape and genocide, show the images of starved children ………. Oh well; the drama never ends.

        So, how are the the military strategists and the የጦር ጀነራሎች at the GiE headquarters in the Awate War-room taking it?

        Ohhhhhhh lord!!!

        Semere Tesfai

        • Solomon Seyum

          Selamatt Semere Tesfayy,

          A self proclaimed Captain in the service of GiE… a Veteran of the ELA, Son of an ELA veteran Tokhilo.. brother of 10 ELA and EDF veterans and currently in the EDF….

          Call MOKHSKHA Semere RiEsom in Addis though I suspect you are cognizant of tSAtSE Setanta Oto.

          EDF is conducting A JUST WAR!

          GiE NOW

          tSAtSE

          Ps:
          Read Walt Whitman Oh Captain my Captain, then discuss with mokhsikha Semere RiEsom “Demeyy yteHankokh yEtSimteyy wn yQeTTqeTt”

          Fi JamiAAt Al KharTTum, BaHri!

          Present at the time Fisehayye “Jashwa” Yohanniss.

        • Abi

          ወንድም አማች
          The situation room was not accessible for outsiders .
          It was like code blue!!
          A mouth to mouth resuscitation saved the lives of two senior Generals.

          • Peace!

            Abish,

            Good one!! ገደልከኝ 😂😂😂😂

      • leGacY

        Abuca,

        I think you seemed to confuse this platform for Zehabesha. You can’t just make stuff up and expect to get away with it.

        Life is unfair.

        Few months ago you were huffing an puffing when our brothers and sisters were being slaughtered by your soldiers. Now that TDF-WBO are knocking on your doorstep mit’chebitow negger at’hal.

        Take a pill bro.

        • Abi

          legacy
          ኧረ እባክህ ትንሽ ተረጋጋ!
          እሳት ለብሰህ እሳት ጎርሰህ ሳይህ መግቢያ ይጨንቀኛል::

  • iSem

    Hi debators: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_ie2Wy-VBc
    I am asking the war mongers here, those who like Amb Andebrhan think Eritrea has the right to invade Tigray to help ENDF tell this forum that what wrong you see in the editorial by Amanuel of Assenan.
    If nine of your siblings are in the war, if two of your cousins are in the war, would not you oppose IA/PFDJ/END incursions and waste of the lives of your loved ones.?
    It should not have mattered whether you have siblings or not in the carnage, but your hypocrisy, is out of this word to use the name of your loved ones to make a case for your wrong stand, but let it be for argument sake: would not you do it (oppose) for the sake of your loved ones. Any human being who is sane and who has the benefits of people at heart should oppose the war that is not in defense of Eritrea
    The former PFDJ members in this video except Gen Tekeste will still keep the Sawa slave camp and the school, whose graduates will perish in Tigray.
    I am accusing all of those cheering the war with that crime, sending the kids to the butcher’s board. And not only they are dying in vain in Tigray land, they have no right to ask for their right
    The late Amb Adhanom said many memorable things (I know this week is about memorable things, bear with me do not roll your eyes LOL) but one of his best was this: in EPLF death was not the worst thing the fighter faced, “the worst was the repression of his/her inalienable right to speak,”
    Sawa school is populated with underage kids kidnapped from the embrace of heir parents to spend a year in a military school to be brain washed and “fattened” to go to war to die for a cause that does not belong to them, to be sacrificial lamb for IA blood thirsty dreams and and am accusing every war monger with that crime and I do not have to prove my case against you, you have to prove your innocence.

  • Brhan

    Dear Moderator:
    Does your broom applies to someone who writes false info and lies that a news agency, Reuters , reported that info?
    I believe you agree with me that this person is disrespecting this great Eritrean website and its forum.

    • Brhan

      Abi Peace! • 4 hours ago • edited
      Peace
      Reuters is reporting that General Tsadqan is severely wounded and his ልዩ army is totally destroyed.
      TDF is DEAD.

      Abi leGacY • 3 hours ago
      legacy
      Reuters has already revealed the hospital he is getting treatment.
      His army suffered a devastating blow.

      • iSem

        Brhan:
        Abi is right because Ge Tsagqan was in Debra Tabor with his Kelashin K
        Also Debrtsion’s leg was amputated in May, the singer Abraham G was also severely wounded.
        But so what if Tsadqan is wounded? He is there to die, he could have easily stayed in Addis like Samora. He could have left the country. We are talking about the people not cult here, for Abi all is about cult worship, if you provide dabbo even with all indignity, that is fine for Abi, it is all about the stomach
        Link is allowed today, so Brhan please give Abi and Peace the good news, it has been all bad news

        • Brhan

          iSem
          This is about our website, awate.com. He can express his ideas but he should not be allowed to tell a lie about an info and its source. He should dump his lies elsewhere!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Brhan nebsi,
            This is the guy he openly states the extinction for his own fellow citizens [Tigrayan]. There must be something wrong with him to state this kind of evil wish.

      • haileTG

        Selamat Brhan!

        If you drive in Asmara, you normally fill up gas from street tenders. The young men who sell the fuel congregate in small groups of two or three sellers per location. It is better to set them against eachother on price if you want to save one or two nakfa on price of your gas. The guys call eachother Shell, Total, Mobil… So, you ask Shell if he can cut you a better deal than Mobil 🙂 On boring days, I usually stop by them for the fun of some early afternoon arguments and laugh, not being stingy on nakfa though.

        Abi follows such fake sources as Reuters, BBC, NYT…they are just his fellow youtube vendors who churn out seber ziena. Not the real deal media companies. Abichu never reads real news, he only flicks through the pictures of Abi Ahmed on the article:)

        • Abi

          ኃይልሽ
          ጀነራል መአሾ ተማርኳል:: ስንት ጀነራሎች ቀሩ? አንድ ከግማሽ መሆኑ ነው?

          • haileTG

            Abichu,

            Who is he? TDF? Now, we have 7. I think AH was right with his number…40? About the capture, I doubt it, the militia can’t capture a stray chicken let alone a General. I also heard TDF generals are all highest level in martial art black belts:-)

            https://youtube.com/shorts/BN0n6E932-Y?feature=share

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            I’m sure the martial arts skills come handy when they do their እምበር ተንከባላይ ትርኢቶች around the world.
            AH is consistently wrong in every aspect. Don’t count him. Also, don’t take whatever he counted seriously.

          • Dongolo

            Selam haileTG. Maybe you are confusing black belt with Black Label; though these days the warlords must be drowning themselves in Mes from Hagare Salem.

          • Peace!

            Hi Abish,

            Poor ማዓሾ 😂 ኣበዱ ጀነራሎች:) I heard more to come የስግብግቡ መጨረሻ እየተቃረበ ነዉ. Dr Abiy should finish the job.

            Peace!

          • Abi

            Peace
            I agree with you that Abiy should finish the job before ቅዱስ ዮሐንስ::
            We don’t need old problems in the new year.

          • Solomon Seyum

            Gashe Abi,

            EbakiH ante demo. Gimash weyimm meqeness ayawQimm sewyow. Le negative vote medemerr neww al Alem Tinish qoytow tayale TDF ende duqeit shonn, HTG be giltSE weTTa Tedemronal yillal.

            Higgs The Godless non particle…
            Now shall we move on with the Higgs Bozo field, the Nutrino and the minion Muann… the Quack Quark… al tebalemm aydelemm “ye temare ygdelign.”

            How it works the field and the non particles here. Please don’t cut physics class and go to drink TTala or Guinness.

            Wedaje Gashe Abi wendime ye Amhara lijj! I b love you always. So long you too stay in your beautiful kililil and come for a swim in Asseb! Awo ye lijochih Asseb yante neww. Yeniemm yante neww.

            Ahunim ItYoPia TiQdemm! TDF ywdemm!

            Heyyy… Does it show listening to all Amhara people’s broadcasts attentively has skyrocketed my Amharic.

            Gundann tSAtSE

        • Brhan

          Selamat haileTG

          Awate.com and Reuters. Two great news and credible information sources. We should not allow a hallucinated person to play with fire.

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    The UN, through its secretary general, put forward a three point plan for ceasefire in Ethiopia. They include: Unconditional ceasefire, unfettered access to relief and resumption of basic services and an all inclusive political dialog.

    It is possible that the call would be backed by the UNSC in its meeting next week.

    The PMAA govt didn’t respond but made two interesting moves:

    a – it called on AU for support on grounds that Ethiopia always helped African causes historically. Thus, PMAA says AU should lend support to Ethiopia in these “utmost need” times. One can understand this as a call for the AU to not give its support at the UNSC for the SG’s proposals.

    b – it just announced that it will hold a national dialog in September to reduce the tension in the country. It doesn’t say who will participate, but says it is a continuation of PMAA plan for uniting the country since he took office.

    The Tigray govt also responded through GR’s tweet. Even if it says the UNSG call is “commendable”, it says it is short on elements such as withdrawal of forces (siege) and investigation of violations. It also alludes to ambiguity in the wording “Ethiopia led” that the SG used. The Tigray side says that it hopes that doesn’t mean the Ethiopian government.

    So, this is the first time after the US demands that a third party is putting forth a peaceful resolution terms. As it is, the points fall short of what both parties hope to be the case. But it is an interesting developing situation to follow.

    • iSem

      Hi ሃይለ:
      First this is the correct spelling of your great name, not with “Ha” as in Haile Silasie:-)
      Now the UN is too slow, while a mini Rwanda is going on (from all sides)
      And AU to support Ethiopia as a pay back for hosting them is stupid, but it can happened Ethiopia has done nothing for Africa, Ethiopia is a symbol of Africa’s hunger and blood shed. And the pantheons of dictators may heed Abiy’s call for two reasons: firs they are dictators and second they hate TPLF for all their ferocious actions in the last 30 years. African leaders do not a story of from rugs to riches, so they hated it when TPLF from nothing came to power to lift their people from 100 years of servitude and now from kissing the dust and from extinction to defending their land

      • haileTG

        Hey iSem

        We don’t have the N’gus ha in Tigrigna nor the Tsehay ts’e, so you’re spot on:-)

        The UN is set up for peace among nations, not within nations. In recent times, the UN is involved due to humanitarian crisis, otherwise countries would defend their sovereignty based on the advantage of the ruling class.

        • iSem

          Hi ሃይለ:
          But Dongolo asked you what will happen after TDF is defeated. he did not say defeated he used a different word that only happened in Biblical times.
          So one of the answer should be we will have: “the N’gus ha in Tigrigna nor the Tsehay ts’e”
          About the UN, I had some idea after Sep 11 and also after Sep 18, to dismiss every dictatorship country from the UN membership or to create a UNCN/UNDN, UN for the Civilized Nations (UN for Democratic Nations) and countries are admitted to UNCN/UNDN based on metrics of democracy: free elections, absence of killing, free press, imprisonment, worship freedom and memberships is reviewed every 3 or 5 years

        • Haile S.

          Selam MoKsi,

          Almost a week! No escape, ዩር ሞኽሲ ኃይለ ኢዝ ሂር። ኣይጋደፈካን’የ!

          You said “… We don’t have the N’gus ha (ኀ) in Tigrigna nor the Tsehay ts’e (ፀ)…”

          Who is ‘we’ in that sentence? Are you wearing your honorable EPLF badge? The no usage of the letters was practiced and implemented by EPLF during the struggle and following independence, respectively.

          Yes we (Geez ‘script-descendants’) do have those. They come from Geez! The first Tigrigna written materials consisted of few bi or tri-lingual dictionaries or manuals and the book to considered as first is recital of travel (ወረ ጉዕዞ) entitled ጥብላሕታ ብ ፍስሓ ግዮርጊስ ኣብዝጊ. Have you read any of these? If you do, you will see the dropped out letters that you comfortably said “we don’t have” were used in those books. The poor letters were dropped out for conviniency. The first culprit in this was Yohannes Kolmodin, who just dropped the letters when transcribing the history he was told for his book “Traditions of Tsazega and Hazega”. Every able Eritrea who went to modern missionary (Swedish) education thereafter followed him. Though culprit, on my side, he is excused because of the monumental work he did. I will excuse you, when you do a monumental work leaving aside the skewed reportage you do here!

          • Berhe Y

            Dear ኅይለ,

            As you are worthy of ንጉስ do you sign your name with ኅ instead unlike HaileTG:).

            The version of Geez that I have in my phone, it has both ኅ and ፀ, but it doesn’t have (Ke or Qe) but instead (ke and qe) only.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Berhe,

            Thank you for the crown! Though I am afraid the guillotine may follow. In the 90, I use to write it ኃይለ to annoy my EPLFite friends expressing my opposition to the drop off of the letters.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear ኃይለ,

            I think it make sense if they are dropped from setting a standard spelling / typing point of view. If you drop the three alphabets, it’s another 27 combination of letters less that one needs to learn:).

            But it looks elegant to use them I think.

            I use iphone and will try what you suggest, mine switches the alphabets to geez and I like it much better than typing qe or te.

          • haileTG

            Merhaba MoKsi,

            እንታይ ደኣ ሎሚስ ቅልጥፍ ኢልካ ዶስ ኣነየ ዚሒለ? እዘን ኣባትር ድማ በዚሔን: ንዓይ ድየን ኩለን? 🙂

            Those are interesting origin you shared, thanks. I remember having the same chat with an Ethiopian linguist who worked in Ethiopic studies many years ago. He told me duplication was becoming a problem and there was heated argument at AA University against the shortening of the letters with a view to making it efficient for automation and computerization. Se is another problem in amharic that was proposed to be dealt with. So, EPLF must have been ahead of its time:-)

            As to my skewed news, I already said it to guad Abe, you guys better start giving us paper sellers some respect. We don’t write it, nor do we care who is being pummeled by the content 😀

          • Solomon Seyum

            Selamat Haile S.,

            See Ustaz SaliH Johar Ghadi’s lecture on the forbidden color purple and Pakistani Ijje Tebabb.
            We deA ewe indiuu bQuanqa ferenji – HTG is fluent in French, however the field HTG utilizes positive and negative spins of the mass less particles interacting with it. Depending on the energy of the interacting with it. We wi, sivuple misio, (ferenjis genna aymelekhkuann) deA niHna KuruAAt Hzbi Agamen, KuruAAt Deqi Qellayy BeAlteit, the giEiz descendants… We Wi Haqi iyuu zerebakha. The more you collide with HTG, the more you expose the Higgs The Godless non particle wave here.

            And wouldn’t you know it, the Hedron particle collider center is in Switzerland. See Ustaz SJG’s Switzerland argument to YG.

            PS:
            Long during the last days of Visa Afrique or shortly there after I predicted and urged the Admiral to lead as Head of State. Glad that he has as of now. Once he did, he has crossed the Rubicon and can no longer wish to be a Saint as there is only one and only one Saint in this Higgs Field. Seidnna Haw Abuye Ayya Ismail AA.

            Speaking of Abuye… My father has died a few month ago.. There Albert Camu… The Stranger.

            By definition Government is responsible for the security of it’s citizens.

            EDF is conducting A JUST WAR. It is erroneous to equate EDF and PFDJ.

            GiE NOW!

            tSAtSE

          • iSem

            Hi Moksi N Haile TG:
            Good o see you. So we need you to straighten the skewed reportage here.
            Haile TG’s only skewed reporting was his mendacious report telling us ENDF left Mekelle. Straighten that up, please

          • Haile S.

            Selam Semere iSem,

            I say skewed choices of news from my MoKsi because he hides (deliberately or not) the good news prepared by his good friends from us the forumers. Consider this for example “Glimpse into the Antiquity of Eritrea – ‘Adulite Civilization'” aired on Embassy media https://youtu.be/X2LlvlHCMV0.

            Again a much more interesting, not so known, that deserve to be known, searched and researched forgotten civilization in the heart of Eritrea near HalHal, Arato or Aratu, from EriTV. As a keen and knowledgeable Eritrean on Eritrea who wandered throughout Eritrea, you must have known this sight either as a ruin of ancient civilization or as a fortification when you were a freedom fighter.

            It was an August 8, while hopping from TV channel to channel to follow event in Eritrea and Ethiopia, I fell upon this EriTv broadcast entitled ጥንታዊ ቅርስታት ሓልሓል ዓራቶ (Ancient ruins of HalHal Arato), https://youtu.be/rJrYwY28pG0. A great surprise for me that made me realized I know little of Eritrean history. I was mesmerised by the history, by the journalist’s visible passion, by the keen knowledge and memory of the inhabitants of the area and, most importantly, by the young professional ladies who tried to interpret the oral history coming from the gentlemen and inserted some possible historical and scientific explanations. Eritrea is indeed endowed with many such historical sites and ruins. Though getting deprived, of the young and hopeful professionals as well as the departing oldies, custodians of rich oral tradtion and history, there is hope from these people we see on the reportage, trying their best in calling the attention of the sleeping authorities and of all of us elsewhere.

            Arato appears to exemplary site of suffering that have endured, not only the assault of time, but also the trampling and tampering of war and neglect, forgotten from the attention of authorities and the ghostly professional diggers. Where is GheTeb?

            Please enjoy watching. The dusty stones are treasures!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-S,

            Thank you a scoop from our history. I have passed through Halhal on my way from Barka Tahtay to Sahil in mid 70s. I wish I had knowledge about this historical place to have a look at it. However, I saw the historical battle field of Halhal where Omer Izaz and his colleagues had waged in late 60s. Again thank you for the scoop,

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          Hi iSem/haileTG,
          I don’t buy this nonesense certain alphabets are reserved for a King or Fire, etc.
          There must have been different sounds for each that we lost track and couldn’t pronounce it correctly at this time, just like the Amhara people can’t pronounce ሐ & ዐ and also not sure if they can say ኸ & ቐ either.
          I am talking about:
          ሀ vs ኀ
          ሰ vs ሠ
          ጸ vs ፀ

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Hailat-TG,

      One of the demand of US, through its Secretary of State and its envoys was the withdrawal of Ethiopian, Eritrean, and Tigrian forces from Tigray, Amara, and Afar regions respectively. It means they were demanding status Quo ante on the borders of the kilils before they sit on negotiation. I don’t think US will accept the UN Secretary General’s proposal as is, in the UNSC meeting. But it is a good sign at least the UNSG to come up with a proposal for ceasefire.

      • haileTG

        Hey Aman H,

        Your point makes good sense. In addition, when both sides don’t like the proposal, that is a sign of a good start. They need to negotiate as to what to add or take out, but it gives the proposal a feel of impartiality that each side needs to work to own it.

  • haileTG

    Happy Friday Awatista!

    Here is walk around the colorful town of Debarq in Gonder where Eritrean refugees are planned to be moved to – not to Debarq proper but outskirts area to the east.

    https://youtu.be/OzmF8awgmRs

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Hailat-TG,

      We can not stop this endless Eritrean refugeesim since 1969. Our ineptness of not doing something about it, is originated from the abysmal and ignorant Eritrean politics lead by the enemy of our people – the Eritrean despot. It cringes me to see Eritreans as refugee everywhere.

    • Solomon Seyum

      Higgs The God less non particle,

      TGF back at ya!
      https://youtu.be/JZtPcFbjt04

      Hijji wn tegomtSEtSE!

      EDF is conducting a JUST WAR!

      GiE NOW!

      tSAtSE

      • haileTG

        tSAtSE – SS

        You’re required to address with my chosen alias as per the forum rules. Otherwise, you are welcome to follow me around while peeing around your downvote like a dog. Please go back to the rules before you get slapped back.

        • Solomon Seyum

          HTG ,

          Is it not your chosen alias?

          Pardon me but I am lecturing on the Higgs Field that is responsible for giving mass to the mass less non particle TDF.

          You do know that the Standard Model in physics is now complete. HTG is a field. You do know the chemists seizing the word atom from Democratus came up with that ridiculous model we call the periodic table. In the HTG field there are Minions (Muans) sub particles that we shall call the weak force and with them Nutrinos (Muhandisatt DiHrinett)..,

          Don’t get me started with what we are seeing inside the black hole… eight concentric rings that suggest we may be inside a three dimensional sphere that is a hologram projection of a two dimensional surface. Physics is what I am presenting as evidence of HTG the field. (Even iSEM is speaking physics when he tells Gash Abi parallel lines converge..)

          Higgs The God less non particle. Where in the above do you see non facts or science.

          Izzy Wynn Meida iyu.

          EDF is conducting A JUST WAR. TDF is unjust to the core.

          GiE NOW!

          tSAtSE

          • haileTG

            tSAtSE,

            You can just start like that and get all creative you want. I have no problem with your sling shots, you know me, I would just dust it off and start chasing you around like a fire breathing monster…I have never met an Ant who survived that.

          • Solomon Seyum

            HTG,

            By your own admission you are God less. Let’s talk about the field HTG that every one in this forum has been entrapped in. Eritrean Ants Eritrean GiAnts Eritrean Gi tSAtSE have long survived and will continue to survive you fire breathing TDF. Pitt you have no idea what Qekayy beAltit have had the capacity to survive yours fire by breathing fire. We shall see who is chasing who soon.

            Higgs The God less non particle is a field here in this forum.

            EDF is conducting a JUST WAR. TDF is UNJUST to THE CORE!

            GiE NOW!

            tSAtSE

          • Samuel

            Selam Solomon Seyum,
            Just curious – How does “EDF is conducting a JUST WAR” and “GiE NOW!” go hand in hand? If I am not mistaken GiE doesn’t recognize PFDJ as the legitimate government of Eritrea, the extension of that is GiE doesn’t approve EDF going to war (except defending its sovereign territory).

            Thanks,

          • Solomon Seyum

            Delaney Samuel,

            Chess is your favorite game? Am I not right. Which office is it you answer to? GR or tSAdqan. Do you want me to start as black or white with Ruwey Lopez or the Queens Gambit? Too late. How can I expect a Dama Baliqa to recognize the Noble Knights that are EDF.

            Check mate. TDF is UNJUST to The Core.

            EDF is conducting A JUST WAR.

            EDF is NOT PFDJ. Therefor, Abb zeyguddaykka TiliQue aytibel tSAdqan dikha GR.

            GiE NOW! Gudayyna iyuu.

            tSAtSE

          • Solomon Seyum

            Selamat Samuel,

            Check mate in less than AAShera moves… Ruwy Lopez and the Queens Gambit.

            Pitty Dama Baliqa’s incapacity to recognize the Noble Nights EDF CONDUCTING A JUST WAR.

            Do you recollect sharing numerous 2018 TPLF looonnnnggg and unending sibsebawochh Meqeke WusTT.

            Ms Senayy Timnit nHzbi Tigray wo niAkha Haw Samuel Wedi Tigrayy.

            tSAtSE

            Ps: Is it contractual or are there Weyenti jignawoch controlling the forum or discus…… Your loss, for the lesson you erased was valuable to your growth.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Hailat-TG,

          What for SS stand in addressing him? In the parlance of medicinal language “SS” denotes half strength whereas “DS” denotes double strength.

          Regard

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Prof. Emma
            SS his name & last name for this clueless Tsatse

          • haileTG

            Hey Aman and MM,

            Yes, Aman, I think MM reminded me why I wrote it. I thought I forgot to prefix it with A. Then I remembered that wasn’t the case:-)

  • Solomon Seyum

    Selamatt Kubur Haw Eritrawi Beyan (Abu Shabain Merratainn!), Kuburr Haw Eritrawi Berhe Yeman.

    Indeed you are JUSTICE SEEKERS. Thank you for your strong STAND!

    tSAtSE

  • Solomon Seyum

    Selamat,

    Let’s apply the Catholic Church apology to Galileo and acknowledging a mistake in order to proceed with reconciliation. Therefore, itti Meida wn abzi iyuu mo, allow me to confront the field/meida (Galileo, hence physics on the quanta scale.

    HTG: Higgs The God (less) particl.

    Of Bozans and Bozos as well as Minions and the negative spins… (Consider the up votes and all the negative votes)

    HTG- pre requisite // DFQs, Partial Differential Equations and upper Echelon Matrices.

    Ty,

    tSAtSE

  • iSem

    Hi All:
    I did not understand when MM said AA Hamdan tewaridu:
    Now I know.
    In 2002 Awate had an editorial about him: how he was a lone man in pursuit of democracy for Eritrea, but Alamin M S came to Germany and offered him100k and Hamdan was a converted man. Awate team had this memorable line about Hamdan:
    Once Hamdan was a man.
    I guess Haman had slip of tongue when he kept saying we paid 100k martyrs, he was confusing it with the seed money he got from PFDJ. We still do not know how many died in the long war for independence.
    Once The Pencil penned memorable lines. this is what it said about about M, Shangab: a 44 year old man who leads a youth organization.
    PS, it could haven been Gedab news , am just saying the Pencil penned for poetic effect 🙂
    “Ya hillelic” the Pencil
    I want to know who wrote those line and what they were drinking: my guess is Sal wrote when imbibing green tea or Saleh Gadi wrote it when drinking tea with shigara.
    Now I have become tsaste 🙂

    • Saleh Johar

      iSem,
      You reminded me of the tekal getsu Hamdan. During the Badme war, or a little before it, Hamdan surrendered to the PFDJ because they diverted German funds meant to promote the Eritrean press, to Hamdan–thanks to Alamin. That is when the late prof. Tekie told us to follow the example of a certain journalist (he didn’t know his name) who reevaluated his position and decided to work with the government. We just laughed and kept joking about it.

      There are tons of material about him in the archives but for today, here is a 2001 Gedab News:

      Oct 6, 2001: As reported in a previous issue, Hassen Kekia, a long-time supporter of EPLF/PFDJ who used to host EPLF leaders at his home in the Sudan in the 70s, was arrested last week, also without charge. Sources close to Hassen Kekia inform Awate.com that Hassen Kekia was arrested shortly after he confronted the journalist Abdulkader Hamdan and accused him of “selling out.” Mr. Hamdan is a private journalist who used to be critical of PFDJ but is now seen as one of its main apologists.

      • iSem

        Hi Saleh:
        Thanks. It is amazing. Betrayals, taking opportunity, backstabbing are part of the game. I am sure you have your share of personal experience of such things.
        I knew a guy here who was one of the ppl who challenged ELF to solve the problem with EPLF and was imprisoned. I guess they used to call them Falul. When the 1998 broke he and an other comrade of his wrote that they were “ab goni mengistina, ndhent adna”. Since then he became ardent supporter of PFDJ and he started going back home. He got sick and died in 2017
        So I believe this is part of the game, You trust people, then they are, something else.
        I rem you had an interview with this journalist and you gave him “an exclusive” about the meaning and origin of “Gedab”. is name was Michael. Then he turned against you or he became a PFDJ supporter
        Eritrea is in danger and we are far away and we think we are safe, we are not: your wife, your brother and even a confidant friend can give you away these days. The epoch of betrayals, self serving agendas, alluhuma ynnejinna
        I have a lot to say about this subject that I raised, but better stop her and talk to the plant, that will never betray, never stop giving you its beauty, and a dog that will never share that he saw you naked 🙂
        Time to read Animal Farm and 1984 and the the Road to Wigan Pier.
        The Arab Poet whos said this: was wrog:”The enemy kills a hero and the land begets thousands heroes. Did he mean, One PFDJ may defect but the land beget thousand defectors to PFDJ. Sal Y remind of the poet’s name. Sorry I mean Saleh Gadi, not Sal. Sal will confuse it with some obscure singer that no body heard of, like Kamal Terbas: Kassala her Mountains are high. 🙂
        PS: Sal you quite these days, better you be solving this war and developing ideas

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት

    ወዲ ዝድያብሎስ ‘ንተመረሐ
    ንዝመጽእ ኣርብዓ ዓመታት
    ‘ንታይ መስለኩም?
    ዝብል ሕቶ ቀሪብሎም
    ንተጎተቲ ህግደፍ
    ኣሜን!
    ዝብል ጥራይ ዩ ኔሩ መልሶም
    መን ክሕዘሎም
    ተሃስዮም
    ‘ታ ዘይነበረታ ሓንጎሎም

    ዝገዝእ ጥራይ ይኹን
    ዝጸቅጥ ሂወት ሰብ ዘባኽን

    ብጽፍርና ዝብል
    ዜጋታት ዘመዛብል
    ዓወት ንሓፋሽ! ንብል
    ጭርሖ ናይ ስንኩል
    ሃብቲ ሃገር ‘ናጓሕጎሐ
    በላሕቲ ዝቕንጽል

    ብዓመጽ ዝነብር
    ዝፍራሕ ‘ምበር ዘይከብር
    ምስ የዒንቱ ዝዓውር
    ምሁር ‘የ ይብል
    ከደናግር
    ካቲቮ ናይ ፈገራገር ፈገር

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate forum friends:

    Tigray crisis: Ethiopian teenagers become pawns in propaganda war

    If you want who is telling the truth and who is telling lies, here is an info from a neutral source

    By Vivienne Nunis

    BBC News, Africa correspondent

    Published21 hours ago

    ( I will put the link tomorrow)

    • haileTG

      Selamat Brhan,

      Due to widespread information propagation about the war, I limit my sources to the official statements given by the political leaderships of each side and compare that to eachother and international media sources.

      These offices are: the office of PMAA, the govt of Tigray and TDF CC, the govt of Amhara regional state and YG Twitter handle or Shabait.

      In my personal experience, it appears to me the TDF CC or Tigray govt is most reliable. The Eritrean side is tone deaf silent and the PMAA/Amhara are extremely unreliable.

      When you look at the mass propaganda by non official sources, all of them are as bad as eachother as far as passing falsehood around day in day out.

      That is my experience.

      • Solomon Seyum

        HTG,

        “… the mass propaganda by non official source, all of them are as bad as each other…)

        Including the field responsible for the mass to the mass less particles.

        Higgs The God (less) particle. Modeling, is it?

        tSAtSE

      • Abi

        ኃይልሽ አርከይ
        I’m having trouble matching the noun with the adjective. Please help!

        • haileTG

          Guad Abi,

          Pleased to help:-)

          T for Truth, Tigray govt, Tigray region to the west

          P for Peddling lies, PMAA, personality cult

          E for Eritrea govt, EndiEley, Entay Felite

          Use the above trick to memorize which nouns go with which adjectives. Pleasure to help, see you on exam day:-)

      • Berhe Y

        Hi HaileTG,

        Just for clarification, does the tweets and interviews of Getachew Reda represents TDF and Tigray government.

        • haileTG

          Selam Berhe,

          The tweets, yes. the interviews no as they reflect his own take on issues. We are talking about information about those factual incidents only btw.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi HaileTG,

            How about the interview he gave with BBC hardtalk ?

            Was he not representing TDF ?

          • haileTG

            Selam Berhe,

            The factual statements he gave in those statements are reliable until proven otherwise. Don’t forget the willingness to cooperate with independent investigations as well.

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            ምነው ወዳጄ እንደ ተልባ ስፍር እየተንሸራተትክ አስቸገርከኝ!

          • haileTG

            He Abichu,

            ተልባ ቢንጫጫ ባንድ ሙቀጫ ሆኖባቹ የለ ለናንተ ጎራ ወንድሜ:-) Where are my weekend links now!

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            Here is your buddy, the one and only Getachew Reda telling you that your army controlled ጅማ::
            Your GPS needs to be recalibrated.
            https://youtu.be/Pv_Ha1gkCrY

          • haileTG

            haha… good one!

          • Berhe Y

            Hi HaileTG,

            Thanks. I was not questioning the validity of his statement but trying to figure out if he is authoritative representing Tigray, as his title is the spokes person.

            Until he is referred as spokes person, unless he specially stating, I think everything he said represents TDF / TPLF.

          • haileTG

            Selam Berhe,

            Actually, I have no issue with that at all. But as per Brhan’s main thread, the BBC report investigates on the truth of allegations and claims made. To stay on safe side, I usually only follow the main offices of the three sides. My conclusion, as underscored as mine alone, is what I stated. I would be very willing to be corrected if there are facts that can be stated to dispute otherwise.

          • Peace!

            Hi Berhe,

            Please listen to Gebru Asrat’s interviews. TPLF is not as institutional as people might think. It is a composition of gangs. Meles gangs are replaced with Sebhat’s by kicking Samora, Abay Weldu, and Azeib out. And now that Sibhat himself is in jail, and the rest are either dead or hiding in a rabbit hole, such leadership status is a plain joke.

            Peace!

          • Abi

            Peace
            Reuters is reporting that General Tsadqan is severely wounded and his ልዩ army is totally destroyed.
            TDF is DEAD.

          • Peace!

            Hi Abish,

            I thought he was at the doorstep of Addis lol.

            Peace!

          • Abi

            Peace
            Unfortunately, the General took an emergency detour towards the nearest hospital. His travel plan is temporarily suspended.

          • leGacY

            Abuca,
            Not a good day for gen.tsadkan. In addition to sustaining injury there is also a warrant issued this morning for his arrest.

          • Abi

            legacy
            Reuters has already revealed the hospital he is getting treatment.
            His army suffered a devastating blow.

          • leGacY

            Abuca,

            Of course.Do also hear voices ma bro? Jock aside, it is no more fun poking at you . Cuz I recognize mental breakdown when I see it and my friend you are exhibiting clear symptoms.

            Abuca peace be upon you . We know you tried to exterminate us but we still love you.

          • Abi

            legacy
            You are exterminating yourselves in your reckless excursions into the unknown and extremely dangerous territories further from the rat holes.
            You can’t possibly poke Ras Abi unless your desire is finding yourself in his pocket.

          • Abi

            Hello Moderator
            I found it in the news report. Last time I provided a news link, it was deleted within two minutes.
            You can delete the comment if you believe it violates the posting guidelines.
            Thanks

  • iSem

    Hi All:
    News that EDF have occupied Western Tigray. We are back to where we were, no sight that this stupid war and carnage will end soon

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Sem,

      There wasn’t a complete withdrawal of EDF from Tigray, to begin with. But, Abiy’s recent visit to our despot in Asmara, on his way to Turkey, made me to think that they will struck certain agreement to change the momentum of TDF. And I think, in my view, the move of EDF in to the western region of Tigray is to replace the Ethiopian forces (ENDF and the Amara Liyu Hayli), who will be recalled for reinforcement in the besieged central part of the Amara Kilil. Let us see, how it evolve.

      But where are the voices of Eritreans who cares about the lives of our youth and who claimed as proponents of peace? Surprisingly, some of them are with self-baptized nickname “peace.” If they can not condemn the Eritrea regime of sending our youth to die in a war of occupation, they can’t be the proponents of peace nor do they care about the lives who die in this senseless war.

      Regard

      • haileTG

        Selamat Aman H,

        It is to be expected that Eritrea would re-enter the conflict as long as a peaceful resolution is not attained. If PMAA goes down, IA is the next target politically or militarily. If he doesn’t do something to distract TDF, it would cost him dearly. But if he decides to take preemptive action, even waiting in western Tigray is not enough. He is cornered between a rock and a hard shoulder: avoid war and wait to pay the cost of PMAA collapse or go to war for which the outcome is unpredictable.

        Those who have resolved to tactically align with him in the opposition have the same problem to deal with politically. They will be silent as long as IA appears to gain ground but will make noise if his fortune starts to reverse.

        It is a tricky situation all around.

        • Abi

          ኃይልሽ
          I know you meant “ a shoulder to lean on “.
          አቢቹና ኢሱካ ትከሻ ለትከሻ ተደጋግፈው ….

        • Dongolo

          Selam haileTG. But happens if the of the TPLF (inc TDF) is annihilated?

          • haileTG

            Selam Dongolo,

            If TDF is defeated (annihilated) then the IA regime will have a sigh of relief, PMAA is most likely to hold power for a long time to come. IA will be assured a safe transition when the time comes (perhaps his son may take over). Very likely Assab would go to Ethiopia.

          • iSem

            Hey Haile TG:
            You forgot these things: if TDF is dedfeated, there will be perpitual rebellion like Afganistan and Qtaws will multiple and roam in Eritrea. Names like Ethiopia, Alehilgen, Abiyot, Mentegbesh will be in style. And if you are complaining when iSem said do not celebrate May 24 instead find a real liberation date, then if that happens we will be celebrating Nov 4 or the day TDF is annihilated

          • Dongolo

            Selam haileTG. In essence, you are asserting that a TPLF (inc TDF) conquest of Eritrea, is Eritrea’s only hope. Interesting. I guess the GiE can close shop now, as according to you, they have no possible role in Eritrea…with or without a TPLF (inc TDF) conquest.

          • haileTG

            Selamat Dongolo,

            You make an interesting observation, yet your analysis and conclusions lack depth.

            Of course, after many more years, by some luck Eritreans may come together politically. Short of some unexpected Wed Ali type insurrection, most of Eritreans at home are more inclined to leave the country. The regime has sufficiently broken the back bone of the country’s change seeking youth population. Eritrea is in its own league in registering depopulation in past decades in Africa. The effects of recent migration trends will kick in soon with another population decline. That would give you an idea of the internal driven change time scale. Not never but will take a while.

            Despite most Eritreans opposing the regime, owning to internal division and perception of external threat, they oppose each other more. The last 30 years Eritran diaspora opposition has done many commendable work in exposing the regime and helping refugees, but political unity is not one of them. Today, we are as far apart as we always were except it got worse due to the events in Ethiopia.

            GiE was not born, as far as I understand, in response to Eritrean opposition becoming united and making change a real possibility. Actually, the opposite is true. The GiE seems to me a response to an intractable divisions among the political forces in the opposition camp and the real possibility that the regime of IA may be booted out by the escalating bone fires in Ethiopia. In such situation, the potential change can obliterate Eritrea’s history and legacies of what united most Eritreans, Ghedli. We’ve seen how PP started to erase TPLF and Tigray history when they thought they won the war. You get my drift. So, GiE came with the vision to form a political transition platform for all the disparate groups within a framework of Eritrean authentic history of struggles and the legal groundwork that followed in the formation of the first post-independence parliament. This was in response to regional changes that far outpace internal momentum. Hence, GiE has more reasons to continue and flourish than close. Because, potential change is in the offing and no single political force is ready by any yardstick.

            So, if TDF loses, the main threat to IA, next to himself, will be eliminated. GiE may take a longer term plan and use the extra time to motivate the opposition forces to unite and so forth. But, GiE is criticality needed because it is unlikely that TDF will back down from settling the score with IA the hard way or the easy way. Eritrea is left to GiE, not their concern.

            So, Dongolo, I honestly hope you see the damage you do when you are funding Eritrean opposition division, because you would be shooting yourself in the foot. The next war between TDF and IA is to preserve IA in power or to let him go, pure and simple. He wants to stay in western Tigray, well and good, let him pay for it. Otherwise, Eritreans should not be in Tigray war for any reason whatsoever.

            That was a good topic you raised however.

        • Solomon Seyum

          HTG:

          In the Higgs The God (less) particle .., the field / itti Meida izi medida!
          Seyyy Qota. As weight is a product of mass interacting with gravity, the only field giving weight to HTG is the Higgs Bozo HTG.

          Reflect by looking in the mirror. You have excluded your self from dealing with politically, you do realize. Yes you are right. So it shall be only a military solution with TDF crushed.

          Higgs The God lesscreature HTG. Estafurr Allah!

          TDF IS IN A JUST WAR!

          GiE NOW!

          tSAtSE

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        Hello Prof. Emma,
        Most of these hgdf supporters have no direct family involved on this war. They don’t care how many young Eritreans die for nothing. That makes me sick.

        • Solomon Seyum

          Muhabdis diHrinett,

          Azgineni

          Md: bmintayy

          BKartaame,

          Md: entayy Aloka bKartaame?

          Haff koff Tebileka niEishteyy Agame/TDF

          tSAtSE

      • Solomon Seyum

        AH,

        The TDF momentum must not only be stopped but also TDF must be crushed.

        I am an Eritrean with three brothers and sisters in EDF. Look no further.

        tSAtSE

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Solomon,

          If you are with three brothers and sisters in the EDF, who are fighting inside Ethiopia, you must be one from those who oppose the participation of EDF in this senseless war to save your brothers and sisters. But unfortunately, we are living in a world of full of irony, where we become the punch bag of your insults, simply for advocating to save your brothers and sisters from this meaningless war. ጉድ እዩ ዘለናዮ ዘመን።

          • Solomon Seyum

            AH,

            Sorry for your misfortune in living in a world of irony. If there was a Nobel Prize for the most rigid person, AH you got my vote. Which reminds me of your glee and rebut for me to debate your self proclaimed unbiased CONTENT of the Norwegian. I shall. Something about your darling TDF being exemplar worthy to be studied by the world, heck, the entire universe’s military schools… Did you even check the TDF YouTube site was the host to the expert professor.

            There is a fallacy to your argumentation above. Including the true statement about my opposition to the war. Only your basis or reason for this truth is not because I have siblings… It is my siblings who are doing the saving not the other way round. It is because I am against war…. as in saving all Eritrean, Tigrayan, Amhara … etc people from war. But your darling TDF gifted us with this vicious war. It is to late to save my siblings and all the innocent lives perishing in this war imposed on us by the TPLF/TDF. And in this war TDF must be crushed as it shall be crushed, to restore peace and justice. And don’t you dare call me or the Eritreans, including my siblings, PFDJ. EDF is in a just war for the sake of all that is Eritrea.

            The only irony here is your pretentious or delusional belief you stopping suffering despite your causing the war to escalate with effort. You are a warrior with TDF as I am a warrior with EDF.

            tSAtSE

            Ps:
            Admiral,
            There is no such thing as a “stupid war”. For that matter … or a smart war. War is what you inherited. You just simply have to take charge of it. I doubt we have the luxury to wish it to go a way. It is the way we must travel. And by virtue of our commitments….

            EDF IS FIGHTING A JUST WAR!

            GiE Now!

            tSAtSE

          • Berhe Y

            Hi tSAtSE,

            Here is TDF army dancing to the tune of heading to Asmara.

            https://twitter.com/shewgimahmed/status/1427597057058123776?s=21

            Some of the words…

            በሎ በሎ በሎ
            ውዕለት ትግራት ተዝዚሙ አሎ: ነስመራ ይበሀል አሎ
            ሰራዊት ትግራይ ተበጊሱ’ሎ: ነስመራ ገጹ ይጋዓዝ እሎ

          • sara

            selamat Berhe,
            we all wish…or dream to go to heaven, don’t we?

          • Abi

            Sariti shikorina
            Just called to say hello.

          • Solomon Seyum

            Gash Abi,

            I just called to say I love you.

            tSAtSE

          • Abi

            Hello Solomon
            I love you too, brother!

          • sara

            selamat ato Abi,
            plenty of rain this days for August. my greetings to our sis & kids.

          • Abi

            Shikorina
            Your sis and kids are saying አትነይ ከሜለኪ
            Soon, the sun will shine 24/7 . Stay strong, ሽኮሪና!

          • Peace!

            Hi Abish,

            I just read the Generals fake news, memos, and comments, Endie? Abi Temareke Bicha New Yekerachew. Men Yazachew Eskahun Addis Alderesum? Good to see you….:)

            Peace!

          • Abi

            Peace
            Good to see you too, Peace!
            I think they took the scenic route to Addis.
            ተፈጥሮን እያደነቁ: በየተራራው ፎቶ እየተነሱ : ታሪካዊ ቦታዎች እየጎበኙ….
            ምን ያስቸኩላል አዱ ገነት ለመድረስ?
            ተጋዳላይ ስታሊን ያለውን ሰምተሃል? እኔ አልነግርህም:: በሣቅ ብትሞትብኝስ?
            የአዲስ ህዝብ ይቅርታ ጠይቆ በናፍቆት እየጠበቀን ነው ብሎ አረፈው::

          • Peace!

            Abish

            የቁልፉን password መለስ ይዞት ሞተ እየ ተባለ ነው 😂. It might be easier to locate the password than to dying in a stupid mission.

            Peace!

          • Abi

            Peace
            The problem is the remaining leaders of TPLF are searching for the password ( ቁልፍ) at the local locksmith:-)

          • Solomon Seyum

            MerHaba Sara Ukhtii, Ya Hileilik,

            Imagine zemene Mayy grinbiTT no AAQebb godena Asmara bAgame Abb Halewa koyynuu… Genet kHalmmu Dowww ilki…tSEre meTqaEti ba iya rigitSE genetomm.

            tSAtSE

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም ሶሎሞን፡

            እቲ ትሓስቦ ትተኽሎ ትሃንጾ
            ይትረፍካ “ብጸርፊ” ኣይትዳህጽጾ

            ዓጋመ ኩሩዕ-ህዝቢ ከም ደቂ ቀላይ-በዓልቴት😁
            ህዝቢ እንታይ በደሉ፡ መራሕቲ እንዳበልዎ ክተት

            ኣይጸገብካን ትመስል ናይ forum ናኹራ
            ኣብዚ ጽናሕ፡ ካይቀነኻ ካይትኸደና ኣንኮራ

          • Solomon Seyum

            Selmat Haile S.

            TishiAAte DeQu Tokhilo mokhsikha Haile Qelayy beAAltit .,. RIP.

            Kemm tSerfi aytrAyo.,.

            Agame iyom Agame. Inaa kheA Qekayy BeAltit KuruAAt! Hailelom, AAwet, Simiti .,,…. TishiAAte abb EDF nikhulenn TishiAAte bihieratt
            tSAtSE Asrayyom meInti biherre Jeberti. Asherrra! 🙂

            tSAtSE

          • Haile S.

            Solomon,

            Can you please download one of the Geez softwares and write in legible characters. You sending me back to my preschool period where I learned to read spelling every letter one by one ስሰ ልሎ ምሞ ንን …. Please!

          • sara

            selamat tSAtSE,
            remember Keren XaeDa, it seems you miss Hope and Tes a lot.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi sarita and tSAtSe,

            ነዚኦም ሒዝካ : ቅሳነት ጥራሕ::
            https://youtu.be/tykmaWAXPMY

          • Dongolo

            Selam Berhe Y and thanks for the link which sheds light on the school of thought of many here. Incredible it is, with all the anti war -innocent civilian- rhetoric they have been dramatically exuding, that they are now placing all bets on the table for the TPLF to make a political assault on Asmara. Their game plan from the get-go has never been a secret.

          • haileTG

            Selamat Aman H,

            You seem to understand the “three brothers and sisters”? Help me get it:-)

            Is it

            Three brothers and three sisters = 6 siblings

            One brother and two sisters = 3 siblings

            Two brothers and one sister = 3 siblings

            “Three brothers and sisters” only make sense if it is the first. Which shows you the system of modern day child trafficking and slavery for what it is.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-TG,

            I am sure he want to say two brothers and one sister. እቲ ዝብልዎ አይፈልጥዎን እዮምሞ አይትሓዘሎም ኢኻ።

          • haileTG

            Hey Aman,

            True but hard to believe knowing tsatse:-)

          • Solomon Seyum

            HTG Bozo and the Minion AH,

            Muans and Bozons,

            In total I have Nine Siblings with EDF. Now you Bozos do the math.

            The selective deletions of my introduction to physics..,

            HTG: Higgs The God less non particle…

            Muand and Nutrinos mass less particles. Is the MOD afraid of honest discourse or is it defense?

            tSAtSE

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            How material is this to the cause you have been fighting for all your life? I mean this is embarrassing and unforced political suicide. From prominent opposition figure to TPLF FAKE NEWS promoter and to emotional cyber General. eway!!

            Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Peace,

            You can’t talk about “war and peace” for you don’t have knowledge on either of them. By that it means, you don’t know when wars are conducted and peace are demanded. Your talks are not based on human life preservations but on hate and enmities. You can’t advocate for war and play with the lives of Eritreans when it is avoidable, to satisfy your enmity.

          • Peace!

            Hi Ema,

            I never said I have knowledge and experience. I am here for guidance and wisdom from matured elders with experience; apparently, you are not one of them. You turned out to be a race driven warmonger and hypocrite. You support oppression in the south and oppose in the North, and that make you a burden to Eritrean cause and a cheerleader to TPLF leaders. Do you know how many children are dying to save TPLF cliques’ false dream? Kelte Chogri Abquilka Belom Kitbil 24/7 ayemelkaalkan Eyu.

            Peace!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hi Prof. Emma,
            It is amazing to see the reasons some people became hgdf or anti-hgdf and flip-flop when something changes. For instances:
            1. Some people start to be anti-hgdf when something affects catholics then you see them snapback to their default mode: being hgdf followers. We have seen few of them again & again
            2. Some of these became hgdf followers because their parents were expelled from Addis. It is a grudge, nothing political
            3. My wife is hgdf follower and I need to be on her side
            4. I have a villa that I have built and I can’t to be on the opposition side
            5. Issayas is from Tselot [he has never been btw, Geza Birhanu to be exact] and he is from my region and I don’t care how devil he is.
            6. DIA is a killer but he is a Christian like me
            7. DIA is a killer but he is from Kebessa like me

            Just for heck of it, if DIA has turned to be say, from Tesseney [say again, as Abdella], the majority of the followers [not to be mistake with supporters btw] would be disappeared overnight.

      • Abi

        Selam Ato Amanuel
        እግዜር እውቀትን ለሰው ሲያድል እርስዎ መጀመርያ ተሰልፈው እግዜር ከመጨረሻ እንደጀመረ ማረጋገጫው ከላይ ያሰፈሩት አስተያየት ነው::

  • iSem

    Hi Abi:
    Maybe you live in interesting times, neither a curse nor a blessing! An Amhara, a group that has never were allowed to express themselves until here in awate and until TPLF came to power. A group that in their long “3000” years history presided over their rich country but poor people, beautiful people but ugly country and 30 years ago they were freed from themselves and now they complain because they lost the fake title of the king of kings and Gods reps on earth. And call Justice Seekers TPLF lackeys. It is unhealthy. They embrace and give comfort to PFDJ, our version of red terror and Pol Pot
    Abi with you propaganda and lies you are making this forum unhealthy and you are forcing those of us who like you and have a soft spot, despite the heated debate, to start despising you.
    You are captivating when you unleash your artistic and linguistic talents, you are hilarious when you tell us jokes including the “kummora”. You shine when you debate and tell truth with ease and economy (sometimes we call it one-liners to take on you, but it is a gift), You are admired when you ask about the wellbeing of those who are absent for a long time
    You have a lot of good things. But you stray and make it unhealthy
    No one here is TPLF whether you scratch them or dig deeper. We are here to get rid of PFDJ our tormenter. Reconsider
    Ps:
    I am posting here as I was unable tor reply (comment removed) to Abi’s snide and unhealthy habit of calling us TPLF lackeys while we are anti PFDJ and TPLF happens to be anti-PFDJ now, but most of us were anti PFDJ before TPLF was one .

    • Abi

      iSem
      Let me make things a little bit more clear for you and whoever is interested.
      I care less about Tigray, the people of Tigray, TPLF, TDF and everything related to Tigray as long as they confined themselves in their own kilil.
      You and your friends can worship, promote, defend, etc etc etc … Tigray and Tigreans until Jesus Christ comes back. Your problem, your issues, your concerns.
      ተግባባን?

      • iSem

        Abi:
        Oh, you believe Jesus will comeback? that is moving a bit to towards civility. I mean civilization.
        I respect that you do not care about TPLF and TDF and Tigray and Ormos, your issues, your choice, you can worship the anguish inside you belief until King HS comes back and Assab is back with Ethiopia
        I am asking you, nay telling you do not call us TPF supporters, that is not or name
        ተግባባን???

        • Abi

          iSem
          Sorry, I failed to make myself clear in my previous comment.
          እንደገና እንድሞክር ይፈቀድልኝ
          Whoever dreams to see a disintegrated Ethiopia is a TPLF thug.
          አሁን የተግባባን ይመስለኛል::

          • iSem

            Abi:
            I am not sure about GR, he is closer to yours. But my desire for Ethiopia to disintegrate is because I care about her, and I want to put her out of its misery
            Ethiopia can be saved if you keep doing your witch craft

          • Abi

            iSem
            I already know you and logic remain parallel.

          • haileTG

            Abichu,

            I upvoted you because it is funny not that it applied to iSem who is one of the greats:-)

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            Asymptote እንዳልለው ላንተ ምን ይትረፈኝ? በ parallel ይቆይ::

          • haileTG

            Guad abi,

            lines, curves and points are all logical, you guys need to look into chaos theory or the theory of limit and catastrophe 🙂

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            We have already covered chaos theory a while back. We are practicing catastrophes of all sorts as we speak.
            የት ነበርክ?

          • iSem

            Hi Abi:
            Let me educated you here. Being parallel to logic is much better than your opposite direction to logic, parallel lines meet at infinity, at least
            Now HTG: two upvotes I deserve for the iSemian comeback that leaves Abi to the dust

          • Abi

            iSem
            I strongly disagree with your logorrheic ( almost said logic!) approach.
            It is better to be on the opposite direction to logic for there is a possible head on collusion. Boom!!! There, you meet logic accidentally.
            If you are parallel to logic, no chance!
            ኃይልሽ : iSemam sewyew.

          • iSem

            Abi:
            That is Gambling. Einstein told you parallel lines meet at infinity. Learn new new stuff, among them admit the new reality that Meklele is in siege by Fano and Assab is part of Ethio
            BTW, you are spelling Haile’s name wrong it is the other “Ha”

          • Abi

            iSem
            —“ parallel lines meet at infinity “
            I believe it when I see it.
            —“Assab is part of Ethio “
            I believe it. I don’t need to see it.
            — “ Mekele is in siege by Fano “
            I ordered it.
            — “ you are spelling Haile’s name wrong it is the other Ha”
            Ha Ha Ha Ha…

          • Solomon Seyum

            Weddaj Gash Abi.

            Minneww. I told you not to cut physics class. Tolo Bey ahun ante pomodoro/TTimaTTim ketchup endatihun.

            See the parallel lines converging here and now as you always have been a believer that Allah Is Great!
            HTG is H The God less non particle,
            HTG there for can NOT be Great!

            Now you see Allah’s face and you are a believer Allah will Akbarr…
            Estafuru Allah mn Al kafirun HTG Al SheyTTan al rejomm.

            JumAA Barika ya ma Emunnin! Allah wu Akbar! Al Hamdi li Allah Rebuna AlAAlemin.. Malik youmm Al Deen! Iya KenAEbidu kenestAEiin..

            HTG is an evil God less non particle field giving mass to the mass less TDF non particle. TDF is UNJUST TO THE CORE.

            EDF, Amhara liyyu Hail inna ENDF are conducting A JUST WAR!

            Wedaj Gash Abi, I love you always.

            GiE NOW!

            tSAtSE

      • Samuel

        Selam Abi,

        Whoever dreams to see a disintegrated Ethiopia is a TPLF thug.

        If the government can’t protect its citizens and control its territory it is the practical meaning of a failed state. For your knowledge a failed state is a disintegrated state, that is the work of Abiy and Amhara elites. Ethiopia is officially a failed state and genocidal state where basic needs and responsibilities of a federal government can’t function properly.

        The Brits say – Penny wise and Pound foolish. You tried to gain a small territory but you are losing the big enchilada (Ethiopia).

        Before the beginning of the war you had both Amhara region and Ethiopia on your control, at the end of the war you will have neither Ethiopia nor Amhara region intact (do I have to spell it out – Agew-Qmant Regional State).

        The Truth Will Set You Free!!

        Thanks,

        • Abi

          Samiti
          አንድ ቀን እውነት ከአፍህ ሳይወጣ ክርስቶስ ተመልሶ ሊመጣ ነው::
          There is a little difference between TMH and Awatenation.
          Here people say “ እዋይ! አንታ ሣሚ: ሃሶት አትዛረብ!”
          Sell crazy at TMH.

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          ሰላማት ሳሚ
          ኣይትሓዘሉ። ሓመድ ድፋጫኦም ‘ኳ ‘ዮም ዝሰትዩ ዘለዉ።
          ኣብ ወጻኢ ስለዘሎ ‘ምበር’ኳ: ክሃድም ሽበድበድ ምበለ ኔሩ።
          ምፍካር ብዘይግብሪ
          መሕፈሪ
          ርኢናዮም በዓል ተሻገር ዋላ ታማኝ ዋላ ጽጌ። ተበርጂናቶም ዓለም!

          • Brhan

            MM Nebsi
            It is better to see the how truth affects the desperate. ኣታ ከምዚ እውን ኣሎ እውን ትብል….መወዳእትኡ የጸበቕሉ ኢላና ዶ ንጸሊ?

      • Solomon Seyum

        Gashe Abi,

        I like you as you are. They think therefore they are TPLF. The last sentence an exact quote Rene Decarte. Don’t play hookie on the field most responsible for giving mass to the mass less particles. HTG //

        Victory to the Amhara Mass… Enashenufalenn!! (Note: I like you even more if you contain yourself in your killil AS YOU ARE of course.)

        Gundann tSAtSE

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate Forum Friends,
    UN experts demand Eritrea release journalist jailed for 20 years
    Rights experts fear Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak, detained in a September 2001 purge, may no longer be alive.

    African News.Com — August 19, 2021

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. Good to see that the UN is actively again trying to pressure the release of Dawit Isaak. If many commenters here, spent at least 1/10th of their time on Eritrean domestic issues such as this, instead of being preoccupied with Tigray and trying to ride an imaginary TPLF train into Asmara; focus, purpose, trust and credibility would then be better served.

    • Abi

      Hello Dongolo
      What you terribly missed is the fact that most participants here are like “scratch off” lottery tickets. You scratch the surface lightly, what you find underneath is TPLF.
      This reality has been more and more apparent in the past several years.

    • haileTG

      Selam Dongolo,

      It is the opposite! Comments here should spend at least that fraction of the time on non-domestic matters such as Africa or Middle East. All time is spent on Eritrean domestic matters. Even riding a TPLF train as you put it is Eritrea bound. Except that it gives you nightmare at this time. There were time when we discussed CoI at depth, your likes came to curse the same way. Children of some of the disappeared even wrote articles here. The Eritrean Ambassador to France even called police on them in the past. The barbaric PFDJ is surrounded by its own misdeeds internally and externally. First and foremost you should call for the PFDJ to focus on domestic matters, announce numbers of dead in Tigray conflict and be public with its secret agreement with PMAA on its attempt to hand over Assab if it wasn’t for their plan being ripped to pieces by the turn of in events in Tigray war. PMAA is completely demolished by the TDF that is obliterating ENDF on its push south. Forget PMAA naval agreement or signing deals on behalf of Eritrea, while even the PFDJ joke cabinet is disbanded and can’t discuss it.

      PFDJ, supporters and sympathizers are on the wrong side of history. They have no right to set agenda or topic for free thinking Eritreans. Because, freedom of expression is the main target in your very example, don’t use it to target others freedom of expression.

      Finally, for awatista, I was recently questioning why IA said to PMAA that the formers grandfather was buried in Gondar? Could it be that at the time, believing TPLF will be gone, his son will take power in Eritrea and ENDF would give security protection, IA was planning to be buried in Gondar alongside his grandfather? Because it is difficult to provide a long term burial site for IA in Eritrea. None of his likes, brutal dictators, around the world ever managed to be buried at home. The same with IA, Eritrea will not be his burial place. Gondar was smart idea but, it is too late to ride the imaginary train to Gondar on a coffin draped with the green yellow red flag.

      • Dongolo

        Selam haileTG. Your comment means a lot coming from somebody spending 95% of their time defending and promoting the TPLF (inc TDF). You forgot to mention ‘Trust Me’…:)

        • haileTG

          Selamat Dongolo,

          That is Eritrean issue, trust me 🙂

    • iSem

      Dongolo:
      Nice try. But have you raised demotic issues ever, expect perfunctory comments against PFDJ to fool people?
      The issues of prisoners were debated here for a long time. Now you guys put us through yet an other existential threat by inserting Eritrea in the Ethiopian war. That is diversion you want us to talk. Can you chew gum and walk, then talk about domestic issues and the threat.
      When the issue were debated probably you were torturing ppl in Adi Abayto and Ela-Ero, probably you are privy to something about Dawit under your torture and you want us to talk about him because we will be able to release him
      So stop pontificating and cut it is short. Do not tell us what issues is important to Eritrea, We know well, this issued is hitting you hard

      • Dongolo

        Selam iSem. Your cognitive capacity leaves much to be desired as I have several times before criticized the PIA/PFDJ regime for extrajudicial imprisonment. Particularly in the case of minors, it is horrific, tragic and totally and unequivocally unacceptable. Most of the G15 were very close friends of mine, one of which, I spent time in prison together under the Derg regime. I broke ranks with the PIA/PFDJ regime when the G15 were imprisoned.

        • haileTG

          Selam Dongolo,

          You and Brhan shared the same story within a minute of eachother. The story was one sentence long. Except yours was followed by lines of accusations on Eritrean opposition. Why? You had two points to bring home apparently: Statement of fact about DI and an assault on opposition. Most was on the latter. Whereas Brhan informed us of the news, hoping that we can debate it. We can’t be sure why you’re talking about DI, his predicament or to undermine those seeking justice for him?

        • iSem

          Hi Dongolo:
          Good that your broke ranks, when did you relaps?I
          I am sorry you were in prison, but for someone who went through that, I would expect that you will be anti war, not cheering it.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Well iSem,
            Have you listened to that guy, Andebrhan’s interview?
            He said Eritrea had a right to invade Tigray. He only objected for not admitting that they were in Tigray. And, guess what, he claims he is Delay FitHi. I really believe these Top ex-EPLF are still with HGDF. I don’t trust these guys anymore.

          • iSem

            Hi MM:
            I did. And here goes our dilemma, when learned ppl act talk like morons. Amanuel was at his best editorial, What do you think?
            And Dr. Assefaw was , never mind. Enrayage Haile was not bad, but all hypocrites

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hi iSem,
            I gave up on all of those 4. Not sure what their plan is but they were out of focus. Dr. Asefaw said ንጸመም. I guess another 30 yrs or more. My interpretation to that is ተጸመሙ until we die, after that is your problem. For now, we don’t want you to know our criminal record, we are part of it, etc.

  • iSem

    H All:
    I could not have said it better myself. Check Amanuel Assena take on the the current state of our affairs and the and his logic why TDF should attack PFDJ

    ATV:ኪኖ ኣርእስተ ዜናታት P3 & Final – እዞም ትማሊ ካብ ሳሕል ክሳብ ኣዲስ ምስ ወያነ ዝሰርሑ ስለምንታይ`ዮም ሎሚ ዘፈራርሑ? Amanuel Eyasu

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selma Sem,

      I have listened to his argument. I have nothing to add or argue, except to tip my hat for him – on the courage he exemplify and on exposing them as to why they are acting the way they are acting. Just think about these individuals that Amanuel Iyasu is referring to: As if they weren’t on the forefront in the formation of alliance with TPLF to push out ELF and Derg, now, they could not have moral ground to tell us that we can not make any alliance with any force including TPLF to ousted Issayas and his enablers from power. These guys like Trump who took the republican base from the republican establishment, they think Issayas took their base from them. They don’t want to see change that doesn’t come by them and their bases.

      Second, more than exposing their calculations for power of these individuals, he told us that we Eritreans are not less ethno-nationalist and regionalist than Ethiopians, except theirs is in a book and ours is subtle eating our unity.

      Regard

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate forum friends

    The metamorphosis of the elephant in the room*

    1) Billene Seyoum described the relationship with Khartoum as “a little bit tricky” and said trust should be the basis of any mediation but had “eroded” especially following the “Sudanese army incursion into Ethiopian territory.” Reuters 08 August 2021

    From the above, we understand Ethiopia is seeking mediation but can’t trust Sudan to be a mediator.

    2)ቀዳማይ ሚኒስተር ሱዳን ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ሰላም ንምምጻእ ጻዕሩ ክቕጽል ምዃኑ ገሊጹ

    16 ነሓሰ 2021 BBC Tigrinya

    Sudan will tirelessly work to make the warring sides of Ethiopia sit for negotiations.

    3)خلال استقباله آبي أحمد.. أردوغان يؤكد استعداد بلاده لحل النزاع بين السودان وإثيوبيا

    موقع قناة الجزيرة ١٨-٠٨-٢٠٢١

    ትርጉም፡ ምስ ኣቢ ኣሕመድ ዝርርብ ዘካየደ መራሒ ቱርኪ ኣርዶቓን ኣብ መንጎ ሱዳንን ኢትዮጲያን ዘሎ ግጭት መፍትሕ ክርከበሉ ሃገሩ ተዳልያ ከምዘላ የረጋግጽ

    (ኣልጃዚራ 18-08-2021)

    The Aljazeera net news indicated today that Al Fashaga was on the two leaders’ meeting agenda.

    Turkey will play a role in the dispute between Ethiopia and Sudan; Ethiopia will trust Sudan to mediate.

    Mediation*

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Brhan,

      I honestly don’t know why Sudan can mediate at all. It’s not like it has all things sorted out and it has the power or influence to make significant change. I think the mention is because it has the presidency of the AU but it’s inserted or if it wants or not it’s part of the problem.

      I say this because :
      1) it has taken land after the conflict and I read it has build a bridge
      2) it’s place with Ethiopia larger issue the Nile (her position changes)
      3) Sudan has a key role if the boarder with Tigray opens or not and what it would mean.

      • Abi

        Berhe
        The federal army and its support groups are circling Mekele. They are only 11 kms away from the the city center. All the Tplf thugs who left their kilil in the name of ሂሳብ ማወራረድ have got no access for enforcement or anything else. They are practically cut off from their ደጀን:: አይጧ ከጎሬዋ ርቃ ሄዳ ድመቶቹ ሰፈር እየተልከሰከሰች ነው:: መመለሻም የላትም::
        “አዝመራ በበቀለበት አይወቃም” እንደሚባለው አማራው ከየትም ተሰባስቦ የመጣውን የወያኔ ነዶ እየወቃውና እያበራየው ነው::

        • Kebessa

          Abi,
          Are you on General Bacha Debele’s email group? You sound just like him:)

          • Abi

            Hello Kebessa
            Glad to see you back.
            You know me well:)

      • Brhan

        Hello Berhe,
        Who do you think the best candidate to mediate? Any idea?
        Correction: AU’s current president is Democratic Republic of Congo and not Sudan. Sudan is IGAD’s current president.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Brhan,

          I don’t know really, I think the European or the US.

          TPLF had made their demands and Abiy government should provide counter offer with his demands.

          • Brhan

            Hi Berhe,
            Just to share with you: Check News at Aljazeera English for 19-August-2021: The title says:
            Erdogan backs peaceful resolution to Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት

    ዘይዓቕሙ ማራቶን ክጎዪ
    ኮለኔል ኣቢ
    ተሃስዩ

    ምስጓም ዘይክእል
    ናብ ጉያ ዝነጥር
    ዘይዓቕሙ

    ንወዲ ዓዱ ንዒቑ
    ናብ ጎረቤቱ ጠሚቱ
    ብዘይ ምሕሳብ
    ሕጂ ተገዲዑ
    ንበሎ ዶ ሰሲዑ?
    ዘውዲ ክተክል’ዩ ኔሩ ሕልሙ

    የግዳስ ኣይከም ዝሓሰቦን
    ፊልም ናይ ለይቲ ተቛሪጹ
    ኣብ ክንዲ ባይታ ዘሎ
    ናይ ኣዲኡ ትንቢት መሪጹ
    ብዘይፍረ ‘ንቅዓ ርሂጹ

    ኣዲኡ ተጋግያ
    ኣብ ሕልሚ ኣይተራእያን
    ናይ ወልድያ
    ክውንነት ጎስያ
    ንዘይከውን ሕልሚ ሓርያ
    ኤእ ከምዘደለኻያ ኣይኮነትን
    ኣዱንያ!

    • iSem

      Hi MM:
      ነዳይ ናይ ልቡ ሓልም ይብሉ ኣቦዋት
      ስያኮሎጂስት
      ሕለም ይብልኻ ኣብ ሂወት
      መታን ክትዕወት
      ኣል ግርድ ለኡም ቀዛል ይብሉ
      ዓረብ ክምስሉ
      አነ ኣቢ ኣይተጋገያን
      ነታ ዝፈልጣኣ ተዛሪበን
      አቲ ሊቅ ወደን
      ኣየጥርየን የአምሮ
      ኮንቱ ምህሮ
      ካብ ምህሮ የአምሮ
      ካብ ኣቢስ ን አትዮጲያ
      ምሓሻ ዝንጅሮ

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    A good act in this tragic war –

    Afar elders have held discussions with TDF army leaders. Through the discussion, the elders managed to free all of the Afar special force members that were held captives by TDF. They have all gone to their homes with the elders. No Red Cross was needed. Just the elders by themselves were able to secure the release.

    • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

      Selamat haileTG,
      ሕጊ ንዳባ at its best, perhaps?

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Hailat-TG,

      A stark difference between ENDF/EDF and TDF in a military discipline and how they handle POWs and the general public. No surprise at all.

    • Abi

      ኃይልሽ
      Have you said anything when 250 Afaris got killed ( 110 children) by the thugs you are proudly promoting here?
      ለምን እራስህን ትዝብት ላይ ለመጣል ትጣደፋለህ?

  • Bayan Negash (Abu Al-Shabain)

    Selam Yohannes,

    Please note that this entry was penned several days ago. There just doesn’t seem to be a right time to share it, so, here it goes. If it is a little stale, you know why.

    Good to see you back, Yohannes. In any other context, your article would’ve been a delight literature read in that it would’ve shown what the power of the imaginary can unleash. I’m sure you are aware that our moods are remotely controlled by what the political actors decide to do in our region and we are the echo chambers in our own distinct ways. We have been consumed by it for the last three decades, still counting.

    Incidentally, as I was penning what your article was able to elicit within, I am also thinking about those who believe that language is nothing more than a tool of communication. That might as well be in the language of computer hardwire/hardwires, software/softwires when human beings have the control in the feeding of these inanimate objects to offer certain comforts and conveniences. Human language is completely different animal.

    Language allows us to imagine what might seem unimaginable. Literature allows for the thought to be expressed infinitely through the capacity of language. Two striking examples in how language limits one’s thought was on display if one were to closely listen to the recent interview in BBC’s hard talk where Getachew Reda was struggling to say so many things to a point of the host urging him to be concise. Now, what the host didn’t realize is that the man wasn’t trying to obfuscate, he was just having difficulty finding the right words. His inappropriate smile when GR was speaking of the possible disintegration of Ethiopia…when he at least used the word “joke” twice …when using Arat kilo forgetting all along that he was speaking to an international audience who may have no idea what Arat Kilo is… all these speak to a man’s thought being limited by his inability to use as much as he would’ve liked, i.e., the English language. Now, this is not to blame the man, after all, it’s probably his third or fourth language. Beyond acquisition, language allows one to try to negotiate one’s identity one that is conceived in the home language, negotiating the social identity, political, cultural, and of sexual identity and cultural identity using the new language in the process being acquired. Thus, seemingly an interruption of one language to gain another would require not only of reading the word but also reading the world as Freire was fond of saying. The takeaway point is that thought can be limited by language, there is no two way about it.

    When one fluently appropriates a languages it can be seen expanding our horizon, which is what your article did. The beauty of it. The way the narrator was able to get inside the character being described, evaluated, assessed, and analyzed is an Exhibit A why language is more than a tool of communication.

    Back to your imaginary piece.

    The narrator, according to my reading, provides readers binary attributes by going into the mind of the man at the helm of the political power. These binary attributes propel the story to move forward. The undermining of the man and overestimating of the man in the Sandcastle spontaneously. Before, the king of the Sandcastle can be undermined, the reader is given the impression that he is reflective, introspective, aloof, recluse, and thoughtful in deviant ways. In the intro the reader is put on notice that the piece won’t be run-of-the-mill type. It demands the attention of readers at once: “For a moment, [The Sandcastle Man] remained motionless as he gazed out fixedly at the shoreline overwhelmed by the thought of unfathomable quantities of beach sand extending up and down the coast as far as the eye can see.” This is what acquiring a language can do when one knows how to use it in all of its essences. I just wanted to thank you for sharing such a beautiful literature when our mind is being occupied 24/7 by the old country. A delightful escape.

    Cheers,
    BNB

    • Yohannes Zerai

      Selam Dr Bayan Negash,
      Thank you for having taken the time to review an aspect of my article. I greatly appreciate your positive remarks and I am glad you found some value in the manner the article tried to convey my thoughts to the reader.

      Regards

  • iSem

    Hi All:
    Pastor Abiyot Ahmed gave a speech in a joint conference in Turkey and never mentioned the current situation and talked about prosperity that does not exist? He also said Ethiopia has more than 80 languages and ethnicities, what? He cannot count, he does not know how many exact ethnic and languages his country has.
    IA also said we have about19k dead in the 1998 war
    Thanked Turkey for being there for Ethiopia in the time of need. What does that mean?

    • Kaddis

      Selam isem
      While celebrating ቡሄ at a family place, they were trying to listen Abiy …and I couldn’t pass ‘Turkey and Ethiopia had relations since 16 century’ phrase …he still looks in his prosperity gospel penté bubble. Turkey, unless mediating, if it tries to supply arms, only invites its adversaries to do the same for other groups and we end up like yemen. If not yet already.

      • Bayan Negash (Abu Al-Shabain)

        selam iSem and Kaddis,

        Whatever contradictory statements AA makes, one thing that should never be underestimated is the marathon shuttle diplomacy that the man is currently making. There is rhyme and reason to the madness. Consider this: The Azerbaijan and Armenian war, Turkey’s role was not only decisive but a game changer. In Libya, not so much. Not only in war zones but Turkey is also extending its regional influence if we see what it has done in Somalia. It is transforming the country. According to conversation.com, Ankara’s involvement in Somalia is “part humanitarian and part financial, but is at its heart about influence and prestige.” Ultimately, Turkey has gotten “Somalia’s most lucrative assets, the airport and seaport.” Of course, we’ve seen Turkey’s role in the Syrian war. So, nobody knows what kind of promises are being made in this dire situations as desperate times call for desperate measures.

        Not sure if it’s confirmed but AA did swing by Asmara before his trip to Turkey. We know the road project between Assab and Ethiopia is moving without a hitch. Could it be that Turkey will also give a helping hand in the Port business between Eritrea and Ethiopia? According to Reuter’s, “Abiy and Isaias traveled the entire 70-km (40-mile) road that links Assab’s port along the Red Sea to the town of Bure just across the border in Ethiopia, which had not been used since a two-year war broke out between the neighbors in 1998.”

        Just a thought.

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    ABU DHABI, 18th August, 2021 (WAM) — The UAE, in cooperation with the World Food Programme (WFP), has sent an aircraft carrying food supplies to the city of Mek’ele in Tigray region, Ethiopia, to support the humanitarian effort and help to address quickly the needs of thousands of civilians.

    The Emirati humanitarian team accompanied the aircraft and supervised the distribution of rations and food supplies. They conducted interviews with international organisations to determine the needs, especially for the most vulnerable groups, such as women, children and the elderly.//

    This is a good turn of events!

    • iSem

      Hey Haile TG:
      Good for the victims, but this should not be “meqshish” for their uncalled for and stupid intervention in the war in Tigray, helping DIA. They should be accountable for their crimes, or they should go back to the stone age to ride their camels and stripped of their planes and cars.

      • haileTG

        iSem

        The good book says forgive your brother 7 X 77 if need be. Also, was it UAE drones or UAE manned drones, that is a big difference because most people in the US are tabbed with knifes that are made in china 🙂

        • iSem

          Hi Haile TG:
          That is funny. Thanks, we need it in this gloomy days
          For sure, forgive them, but accountable. Even the good books say: any sin cannot go unpunished, so much so Jesus died on the cross all sins on his back.
          BNB sorry 🙂 I am on your case today. Blame it on two cups coffee 🙂 Sal is shaking his head.

          It does not matter: first AUE doe snot make drones, so it could be AUE operated, probably unmanned, remote controlled, AUE skills were used as mercenaries. AUE participated in the war

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Hailat-TG,

          These drones were stationed in the port of Asseb for the war in Yemen. So they were UAE monitored drones that participated in the war of Tigray.

        • Abi

          ኃይልሽ
          They are UAE manned drones. As you know, Ethiopians can’t operate drones.
          You satisfied now?

    • Brhan

      Selam haileTG,
      The UAE and TPLF must have sorted out the issue of “UAE drones” In politics, there is no permanent foe or friend. It is about interest.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Brhan,

        What could be possible interest for UAE involving in internal Ethiopian civil war?

        I find UAE and SA are just pathetic outlaws who call themselves government because they can buy everyone out with all the wrong they put themselves.

        Iran and Turkey on a different league compare to these barbaric regimes.

        And if the drones are the reason why TPLF and Tigray couldn’t resist the invasion and TPLF making peace with them (no matter what they get in return) says a lot about the TPLF leadership and principle.

        • leGacY

          Hi Berhe,
          “And if the drones are the reason why TPLF and Tigray couldn’t resist the invasion and TPLF making peace with them (no matter what they get in return) says a lot about the TPLF leadership and principle.”

          As much as I resent the UAE’s involvement, I don’t blame them for swallowing their pride and accept assistance. There are still millions of people on the cusp of starvation. May be out of guilty the Emirites decided to help out Tigray so why not?

          Rigidity and Zero sum politics has been the Achilles’ heel of our society. We need to move on from these destructive way of conducting business,

    • leGacY

      Hi haileTG,
      They seem to be good at cutting their losses very quickly. Remember they decided to go the rapprochement route after they saw the Iranian drones attack on SA oil fields?

      Abiy is a spent force. It is said that even Issais has said less flattering things about him. Ouch!

    • Kebessa

      Haile TG,
      The bigger significance is Mekelle hosting an international flight, assuming it was not thru Addis.
      One of TPLF’s 9 point demands was direct international flight, if I remember it correctly.

      • haileTG

        Merhaba Kebessa – long time no see my friend!

        Yes, ገንዘብ ካለ በሰማይ መንገድ ኣለ 🙂 I don’t think PMAA would say a word like he haggled with the US on the same issue. If UAE wants to fly to Mekelle, who is to stop them.

  • haileTG

    Selamat Haw Bayan,

    I was about to respond to your last response on our discussion on corruption, but your response was not there at the time of this rejoinder. So, I will provide an orphaned entry in this space.

    …..//

    Your analysis, on sanctions and the role they play in exacerbating the environment of corruption is on mark. Today’s Eritrea is a clear example. If you remember, soon after independence, people would faithfully take every hard currency they got to the bank for exchange. This is just to remind ourselves how well intentioned the public was. Fast forward to 2021, almost all imported merchandise in any shop are acquired via contraband route. The ERI NKF is still exchanging at almost the same rate as 1997 against the USD. However, a $1 USD in 1997 is almost a $2 USD in 2021. It shows us that we can’t use ERI NKF for import/export and hence contraband is the mainstay in that sector of the market. Sanctions have indeed compounded the problem by taking away any USD that can flow to the country from outside sources. Given the economic situation, it wouldn’t be possibly to contemplate any private investment venture in Eritrea, especially during and post sanctions.

    So, since we can litigate against war on grounds of war crimes for the conduct of war which blocks food aid to citizens, I wonder if a new precedent can be had by litigation against sanctions based on the supposedly unintended consequences on the citizens. The way you rightly put it, the long term impact of sanctions, is a cause for concern.

    BTW there is solid research findings that sanctions actually strengthen a dictator and weaken a country. It is often used to loosen up a country prior to some longterm plan formation of a military attack. Save Cuba, most post sanctions countries have eventually been invaded. So, sanctions, as a politico-military venture, should be open to a war crimes type of litigation.

    Thanks

    • iSem

      Hi Haile TG:
      You and BNB know better than me but let me say this: contraband is what the market does to correct the flaws that the policy introduces into the market, so Smith was on the mark 🙂
      As to the sanctions strengthening the dictator, it have to be nuanced: how? It does so by weakening the people, if the sanctions were like that imposed on Cuba but if it was only for the purchase of military gear like imposed on IA then it sends him to Adi Hallo
      Before trading with the outside world, states thrived by trading with in, among its people, but the dictator controls that to suffocate the ppl to submission. So, done well, it is common sense that sanctions can bring tyrants down but, the dictator and other nations conduct contraband, too, that is why they survive and there is no way the world can control contraband and more so when states are involved.
      Simple solution to our vicious cycle of violence and blood shed is Noah’s flood:
      wipe out all the evil doers, start fresh. But God said he will never unleash the flood again.
      BNB is going to cringe that invoked a holly man 🙂

      • Bayan Negash (Abu Al-Shabain)

        Selamat aHwat,

        Interesting thread. Indeed, nuances are the meat of dialogue that I consume joyously. Interesting that iSem, you “invoked a holly man”. At an exact moment when I was about to invoke Dante to Haw haile TG when he stated that “..sanctions, as a politico-military venture, should be open to a war crimes type of litigation.” Hold your horses on Dante’s Inferno for a moment.

        Considering alternative punishments that might directly hit the leaders personally by bringing them to the International Courts Tribunal of sorts instead of sanctions is an interesting proposal. I am not well versed in these matters as haileTG, you have mentioned that there is a body of research that show sanction’s opposite effect on the leaders. But the truth of the matter is sanctions appear to serve as a long term pretext in which the West uses it to justify bombing the sanctioned nation in the end as you alluded to it in your note above. Okay, iSem, let’s get back to the holy of holies, to the world of Dante’s comedy.

        Instead of the flood that “will never” be “unleash[ed] again”, let me go Romano on you by trying Dante’s nine levels of purgatory, eh, you Canadian you? From first circle, “Limbo” all the way to the ninth, the “Treachery”, I think it would serve our people better than the idiotic politicians we’ve been having for times immemorial. The Horn is the unlucky region that seems to attract leaders who shamelessly transgress human decency at every level in their existence as men at the helm of power. Instead of going to hell, they will be assigned to one of the nine levels depending on their transgression.

        Good day y’all

        P.S. Since Dante’s “The Divine Comedy”, is one of the West’s literary canon, an epic masterpiece, they will have no problem being receptive to some such policy proposal based on such concepts, maybe then they will leave us alone. Obviously, it is the utter desperation that’s leading us trying to find one hard and fast and robust sociopolitical answer to the endless miseries that the people of the Horn ceaselessly suffer, the end of which seems elusive evermore.

        • haileTG

          Selamat you two trouble makers 🙂

          Very hard to argue against Haw Bayan’s proposed methodology. But for now, I just want to tweak iSem’s conception of the sanction’s limitedness to intended purpose. Think of a man with a page long criminal records. Can we say such implication would only have limited impact to areas of transgression? such as you said as “military only”? Once one is sanctioned/criminally recorded, all other areas of his life would be impacted directly and indirectly. That is what I am poised to litigate against:-)

  • sara

    selamat awtistas i wish peace every where…
    the world over the news, the agendas, issues topics of discussion whether in the public or private is all about the Taliban and Afghanistan, its not about fires everywhere, earthquake in Haiti, or flooding and climate change or even elections here and there…. only one topic , only about the triumphant entry of Taliban in Afghanistan. the Macrons, Merkle’s ,Jonson’s and Biden’s are all over the news counting the costs and what will emanate from it.
    here in our neighborhood, the hashtags, twitters on going discussion is of the same issue..
    some are saying… we knew this. We saw it before… in syria,irqa,libya.Somalia..Yemen every place the west and specially the US touched got burned and ended a failed state..
    they remember the famous quote of the Obamas ..RED LINE..bla bla in Syria, see where Syria is…. another kind of a joke going around is of Biden’s slogan … AMERIKA IS BACK… diplomacy is back etc…then, they say here NO, Amerika is back to say “Adieu”

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት

    ሎሚ በዓል ደብረ ታቦር
    አሉ
    ‘ዞም ርጉማት ወያነ
    ኣብ ከተማ ደብረ ታቦር ዓንደሩ

    ኣጋጣሚ ድዩ ዋላስ ብብልሒ?
    ጋንታ ኮለኔል ተዋሓጠት ብፍርሒ
    ኢዶም ዝረኸቡ ይመስሉ
    ሰብ ሽርሒ
    ዋላሂ

    • haileTG

      Hey MM,

      I am asking for a shy friend:-) What is the best way to escape a country, if you worked for a couple or so years as its prime minister and some guys from the north are after you? My friend also wants to know if it is better to escape alone or in a group. Thanks

      ከመደመር ወደ ማባዛት
      ከድሮንና ሲቲዌሽን ሩም ወደ ከጀራና ገበሬ፡ ቤት በርጩማ
      ከሰላም ኖቬል ሽልማት ወደ ጦር ኣበጋዝ ተከሳሽ
      ከምርጫ ወደ ኣፈሙዝ ፍጥጫ
      ምን ኣይነት ተለዋዋጭ ዘመን ነው ይሄ!!

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        Selamat haileTG,
        As analog guy, ወጠጥ ከብለካ የ። Let me be digital guy for a moment.
        The answer is one word: UAE

        • haileTG

          Hmmm…MM

          I was to say don’t trust the Arabs or the Westerners for asylum because they may change their mind before the end of his natural expectancy. I was thinking of Africa as a choice, based how Col. Mengistu is tenderly aged in Zimbabwe. But then I remembered KSA had given similar sanctuary to few ex-leaders. So, I’ll let him decide:-)

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat haileTG
            Fake Pente in KSA? That would be difficult to handle for MBS 🙂
            The little fake colonel is not I. Dada.

          • Dongolo

            Selam MM. And now, you wish to throw indirect insult to Pentecostals? Not cool.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat Dongolo,
            This is from a guy who fully supports the criminal DIA, the anti Jehovah witnesses and Pentecostals & the ጨሓማትስ [just want to speak your circles language]? Isn’t it interesting?

          • Dongolo

            Selam haileTG. You say ‘I was to say don’t trust the Arabs’. What is it with you guys and your preoccupation with ethnic bashing?

          • Abi

            Dongolo
            Haile TG is coming out of the Agazian closet ever so slowly.
            I can list several closet Agazians in this forum.

          • haileTG

            Abichu,

            If it takes for me to sign up with Agazian to help you moderate your well established – clearing my throat – past in the topic at hand, well it would do more good for small price. BTW ኣናስገባም ሰርገኛ በጣም ድሯል ሰማሁኝ እኮ

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            You definitely sound terrible with your hoarse voice. What happened?
            Did you cry or is it due to your weekly ኡ!ኡ!ኡ!ኡ! ጆ ባይደን አድነን ጩኸት? Hope you feel better soon.
            እምበር ተንከባላይ !!!

            ሰገኛው ምን አለ መሰለህ?
            እንዳለሽ ፍርፋሪ እንዳለሽ ፍርፋሪ
            የወያኔ እናት ደግመሽ ዳሪ

            ብር አምባር ሰበረልዎ ብር አምባር ሰበረልዎ
            ጀግናው ልጅዎ!!

          • haileTG

            Hey guad Abi,

            This is what is being sang for you and your namesake PM by local children 🙂

            አገርን ለፈሪ፥አይሰጡም አደራ
            ዳር አድርጎት ያድራል፥የማሀሉን ስፍራ…haha

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            መሃሉን ዳር ያደረገው ጁንታ ሲኦል ውስጥ እንደ በቆሎ እየተገላበጠ በመጠበስ ላይ ሲሆን ትቷቸው የሄደው ግብራበሮቹ እንደ ገለባ እየተበራዩ ነው::

          • haileTG

            Guad Abi,

            Your wise countrymen say:

            ሀገር ማለት ሰው ነው!፣ያሉህን ተቀበል
            ሰው በሞተ ቁጥር ፣ ሀገሬ ሞተች በል…

            Time to think and accept the right solution.

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            If you were asked to mention only one important thing that Meles did for Ethiopia, what would that be?

          • haileTG

            Abichu,

            He saved Ethiopia from the path of Somalia into Africa’s fastest growing economy that boasts Hedase dam after the fall of the Dergue.

            That is one thing, take it as a single package:-)

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            መለስ ለኢትዮጵያ ትልቅ ውለታ የዋለላት በመሞቱ ነው::

            ህዳሴ ግድብ የፀሓዩ ንጉሥ ራዕይ ነው::
            ኢትዮጵያን አዳናት የሚባለው ቅዠት ነው::

          • haileTG

            Abichu,

            Logical fallacy! You can’t say someone did something by dying! At point of death, the person doesn’t exist, death is to cease to exist. Therefore, nonexistentance can’t “do” anything. You can only speak of things prior to death. Example, if you slap a wasp and it died, did it feel the pain while dead?

            Analytical skills: R (repeat):)

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            Let me pull a one liner here
            በመለስ መቃብር ላይ ኢትዮጵያ ትለመልማለች!!!

            አንተን ከማስተማር ተራራ መግፋት ይቀላል::

          • haileTG

            Abichu,

            ለወፍ ባሉት ጠጠር
            ወፍ ይመግባሉ
            ወፍ በሳተ ጠጠር – ስንዴ እያረገፉ… would go with the one below:-)

          • haileTG

            haha Dongolo,

            Thanks for taking the bait:-)

            Check again, nothing to do with identity – is who to get refugee from. But, you spoilt it for me, I intended the bait for someone else (you know who:). Anyway, I am satisfied with my catch, you guys are all the same,

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            There was no bait intended in your original comment.
            “ካዩኝ ስቄ : ካላዩኝ ሰርቄ ”
            አይሰራም::

          • haileTG

            ha… Abichu,

            አስመሣይ “ሁለት ጊዜ በላህ ተፋህ ሁለት ጊዜ ተናገርህ ከፋህ”!

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            ሁለቴም አትብላ ስትተፋ እንዳታድር
            ሁለቴም አታውራ እንዳትደናገር
            ስትኖር በዚች ዓለም በራሥ አቢ መንደር
            ብዙ ማዳመጥ ነው ብዙ ከመናገር
            ኃይልዬ ይሄው ነው የሚሻለው ነገር

      • Abi

        ኃይልሽ
        ምን አይነት ዘመን ነው ዘመን ተለዋዋጭ
        ኃይሌ አምላኩን ክዶ ፀሎት ሲያደርስ ለነጭ!!
        ምን አይነት መሪ ነው ሥሙ እንዲህ የናኘ
        መቀሌ ሲጠበቅ አሰብ ላይ ተገኘ
        ቁርሱን አሰብ በልቶ ምሳውን አስመራ
        ውቅያኖስ አቋርጦ እራቱን አንካራ
        ይሄ ሰው መንፈስ ነው ማንንም አይፈራ
        ኢትዮጵያዊ ሁሉ በመሪያችን ኩራ!!

        ኃይሌም ኡኡ ይበል ፈረንጆች ይጣራ
        ወያኔ ላይ ወድቋል ጭንቅና መከራ::

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          ኣቢ

          ካብ ፈልተን ሃዲሙ
          ኣስመራ ይሕክል
          ከምስል

          ኣንካራ ይገይሽ
          ገንዘብ ኣራት ኪሎ ክሕሽሽ
          ክኢለዮ ክብል
          ካብ ሕቶታት ክሃድም
          ኣብ ወወዳእትኡ ግን
          ኣብ ናይ ሄግ ቤት ፍርዲ
          ቅልቅል

          ዘለኣለም ሸላ ክካረ
          መዋእሉ ክጠዓስ
          ምስ ሰይጣን ምስ መኸረ
          ፍኒቶ!

          ኣተርጉሙለይ በሎም ንንዳ ህግደፍ

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Mehandsay & Hailat-TG,

      (1) With the capture of Sokata the capital city of the “Agow region” by TDF and ALF, the entire Agow region within the Amara kilil is liberated. The ALF are now constituting their own provisional administration.

      (2) With the fall of Debretabor in the hand of TDF and ALF just today, the next push of their military strategy seems to be two fronts (a) A pushing westward along “highway-22” towards Bahir Dar or Gonder (b) the Debark front towards Gonder. I don’t think they will push on the southern front towards Dessie. They can consolidate their position on the Combelcha front to resist any military move to protect their gains on that front. Me think.

      Regard

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        Selamat Prof. Emma
        First, I would like to say you will be bestowed an award for the most principled Eritrean, after the fall of the Adi-Halo mafia.
        Back to the subject:
        The little colonel wanna be dictator is on his last days and it reminds me of the other ex-colonel: መንግስቱ ሐይለማርያም በስልጣን ዘመኑ ካደረጋቸው አስቅኝና አስገራሚ ንግግሮቹ 🙂
        I just want to tell the pastor of his followers [Bahr dar & hgdf guys], the truth is beautiful to be on your own side!

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Mehandsay,

          The colonel is invited by President Erdogan of Turkey. Who knows he might arrange for him an asylum.

          • Brhan

            Selam Proffessor Amanuel

            “Turkey to continue standing by ‘brotherly’ Sudanese people,

            The above is news title from the Turkish Anadolu Agency on August 12, 2021

            Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, paid a visit to Turkey last week.

            Al-Burhan, for his part, hailed Turkey, saying the country has “always stood by Sudan.” said the news.

            Sudan has strongly affirmed that its effort will continue to make TPLF and PP sit for peace talks. I believe Turkey will support Sudan on this matter and will give a deaf ear to the colonel in case he wants to sell his agenda to Turkey.

          • haileTG

            Merhaba Brhan,

            What do you make of the news PMAA was in Eritrea. I found no credible source so far?

          • Brhan

            Merhba haileTG

            Secret visits happen. It shows Abiy Ahmed is in desperate times.

          • Bayan Negash (Abu Al-Shabain)

            Selam Haw Brhan,

            As someone who follows the world news as closely as you do, gathering from resourcefully availing what you find to the forum, I am sure this won’t skip your attention. “Turkey’s investments in Ethiopia currently stand at $2.5 billion… It is the second-largest investor in Ethiopia after China – with its state-of-the-art textile industries and cable manufacturing firms.”

            Add to that, AA appears to be shopping around military armaments, chief among which is those lethal drones. Iran appears to be in AA’s sight as well as far the drones are concerned. There was a report I read yesterday in which AA’s administration contacting Iran regarding the drones. Back to Turkey though.

            Turkey also has made a deal with Sudan’s Suakin-port, a port it had access to during the Ottoman Empire. Word has it that Suakin is “…leased to Turkey for 99 years to be revived as a tourism hub for Hajj-bound pilgrims”. This, of course, didn’t possibly seat well with Egypt and the KSA because what these countries see is Turkey expanding its influence in the region, they consider their sphere of influence. I am not sure what has come of it since the signing, but Sudan was happy to get such potentially lucrative attention from these influential nations competing to get access to Suakin port.

            So, I don’t think undermining AA will bode well for his enemies as they did previously, which was a game changer at the beginning of the war.

            BNB

          • Brhan

            Selam Haw Beyan,
            My comment simply asks :When it comes to the war in Ethiopia , does Turkey support Sudan’s continuous effort to make the warring sides sit for peace. Yes, it does. Can AA make Turkey undermine this Sudan’s effort. No, he can’t.

          • saay7

            Selamat Brhan:

            I appreciate your efforts to keep forumers informed by using various sources.

            As to the significance of Abiy’s visit to Turkey or non-visit to Eritrea… The Turkish press (Andalou) says the ocassion marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Turkey-Ethiopia relations.

            Sigmund Freud, notorious for telling us that everything represents a phallic symbol was once asked if a cigar represents a phallic symbol. And he said “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

            Sometimes a visit is just a visit. No?

            saay

          • Brhan

            Merhaba Ustaz saay7
            Yes. Also , just yesterday 17, 2021 Andolu Agency said ” Turkey among top 3-4 armed drone-making countries world wide: President. Ankara pleased to share defense industry capabilities with friends, allies, says Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
            And walta.info said today Erdogan readiness to provide ‘all kinds of support to Addis Ababa’.
            A visit is a propaganda tool too! Yes?

          • Bayan Negash (Abu Al-Shabain)

            merHaba saay,

            A visit is just a visit using Freud’s cigar is sometimes is just a cigar makes for an interesting quip. Speaking of quips, Kiplings also said – inappropriately in today’s world – that “A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke”. Cuomo, the soon to be ex-governor, would vehemently disagree with Kiplings on this 🙂

            At any rate, at the verge of heightened war footing that AA finds himself in, I doubt that he would go to Turkey just to visit for for a visit’s sake. At the least, he is on diplomatic shuttle trying to weigh and possibly solidify his international standing before he makes that final decision whether to go on all out war or capitulate to the pressure that TPLF is mounting at the doorsteps of Addis so he can come to the negotiating table. Hopefully, in the end, it will be the latter.

          • Abi

            ሓውና በያን
            Your hope to see negotiation won’t be materialized since TPLF has been dead for a while now.
            If you expect PMAA will negotiate with the terrorist thugs just because their dreams of reaching Addis, their dreams are just a series of ቅዠት. The reality on the ground is that the federal army and its support groups are already in Tigray. Getting closer and closer to Mekele.

          • Bayan Negash (Abu Al-Shabain)

            Selam Gash Abi,
            When I saw your response to memhir SGJ’s response I almost intervened but chose to staying quiet is the preferred option thinking it might just be Freud’s parapraxis, or in the parlance of the common man, a slip of tongue.

            I know you are soldier’s soldier when it comes to keeping Ethiopia intact. But, when an apparent flood comes your way, sometimes staying out of the way or building a levy might be a preferred option, don’t you think?

            The term terrorist in politics is used as a pejorative to designate what a State despises, an entity that has become more than just a mere threat. Ethiopia is not out of the woods yet. It must find a way out of this potentially dangerous undertaking it’s been taking its people into. Hamas is a terrorist to Israeli and its ardent allies like the US. But for the people of Palestine it is a different story. Look at what the Taliban have been able to accomplish after biding their time on the waiting game. They didn’t say Afghan is “empire’s graveyard” for nothing. There is historical precedence there. Northern Ethiopia has a long history in this regard. So, reconsider your position, at least, be willing to concede that negotiating is an option that will save a whole lot pain and suffering of the people of Ethiopia.

          • Abi

            ሓውና በያን
            I believe you missed the human levy Ethiopia has been building for several years.
            The Ethiopian parliament has already declared Tplf is a terrorist group. Tplf may be a collection of heroes for its supporters and activists. As supporters of Tplf, Tigreans should be labeled terrorists as well and should be forcefully deported from Ethiopia at once. ለልመና እንኳን እንዲቀሩ አይፈቀድላቸውም:: ዳግመኛ አናምናቸውም:
            ዳግመኛ እንዳያንሰራሩ ተደርገው መውደም አለባቸው:: የልጅ ልጆቻቸው ከፍለው የማይጨርሱት ሂሳብ ነው የምናወራርደው:: ለእያንዳንዱ ኢትዮጵያዊ ህይወት በአስር እጥፍ ነው የሚከፍሉት::
            መግረፍ እንጂ መደራደር የለም:: ለሶስት አመታት ተለምነው አሻፈረኝ ብለዋል::

          • iSem

            HI BNB and Saay:
            Freud had a good comeback line and now Kipling. You guys are multiplying our brain cells, piquing our interest, resurrecting items deep in our memory, saliva welling in our mouths to read and relish again. Thanks
            Ok back the ugly stuff: even if a visit is a visit, the war and Tigray will come up and shameless Abiy will ask for whatever he can ask. Ok, let say dictator Erdogan agrees to give him drones. Would they be effective to dismantle TPLF, unless Turkey has the USA type that can be managed from Turkey and Turkey does the operation as did AUE then I think they will be just spying drones. MM, tell us: would not they need training, infrastructure, short of Turkey doing Abiy’s dirt job
            And I am hearing breaking news that ENDF is close to Mekelle flanking TDF. Are my sources 03
            BNB nice on taking the holly mean to the next level going Roman or Roman

          • Bayan Negash (Abu Al-Shabain)

            Hey iSem,
            Gotta run for now, my friend Abi I needed to answer him first. Hopefully, he will heed to some of my suggestions. Will come back to you later this afternoon. Appreciate your prompt response. Go Romano!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Brhan & Haile-TG,

            There is news leaking that Turkey will try to mediate between Abiy’s government and Tigray government. Turkey is the second largest investor in Ethiopia. Could Turkey be a neutral and acceptable by both sides? Will TDF stick with their preconditions? What is your take?

          • haileTG

            Selamat Aman H,

            IMO the most potent driver of the conflict at this stage is the removal of Amhara administration from western Tigray. The US has said that Ethiopian internal boundaries shouldn’t be altered. Also, the current constitution doesn’t allow it. For PMAA, it is against his political support base, for Tigray it is unacceptable to just be pushed off from what they consider their territory and for Amhara is a prize they want to sacrifice the country for. With status quo restored, I see no loss for Tigray or PMAA to enter into negotiations. But, the Amhara won’t support Abiy if he goes that way. I doubt the preconditions on such critical issue will be dropped.

            Thanks

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            አማራ ከምእራብ ትግራይ ይውጣ ስትል ጭራሽ መቀሌን ከቦልሃል!!!
            ጉድህ ፈላ!
            Western Tigray is east of Tekeze river. ( in case you forgot)

            “የሌባ አይነደረቅ መልሶ ልብ ያደርቅ” ይላሉ አማሮች!!

          • haileTG

            Abichu,

            Statistics don’t lie. Check who is being aynedereq or dried eye:-)

            “Based on the 2007 Census conducted by the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia (CSA), this Zone has a total population of 356,598, of whom 182,571 are men and 174,027 women; 71,823 or 20.14% are urban inhabitants. Two largest ethnic groups reported in Semien Mi’irabawi were the Tigray (92.28%), and Amhara (6.48%); all other ethnic groups made up 1.24% of the population. Tigrinya is spoken as a first language by 86.73, and Amharic by 12.18%; the remaining 1.09% spoke all other primary languages reported. 96.25% of the population said they were Orthodox Christians, and 3.68% were Muslim.”

            It sounds you’re inclined to believe Aba Teshager than data…

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            Since you are Great in digging out old and current statistical data, find me the 1984 (?) census for comparative purposes.
            Fabricating numbers to reach to an intended conclusion is a very old trick.

          • haileTG

            Wendim Abi,

            Not so fast:-)

            If you go to 1984 or any data that predates the current, then there is no such place called Amhara as we know it today. Even Afar has to give back some land to Tigray, Oromiya has to swap lands, debub will not exist. All you get is the old provinces under unitary government system. You would discard the constitution and the federal system with it. That is a harbinger of greater instability. The federal system redrawn the map based on ethnicity. In that case, the population of western Tigray is almost all Tigrayans. The data is correct, Aba Teshager is making calculation errors. No wonder you are calling for destruction of Tigray. That was a perfect murder plan that went terribly wrong. I don’t see Tigray not being Tigray as the official constitution affirm.

            Now write me a nice poem:-)

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            Until I get back to you with appropriate poem, I like you to watch “ The Runaway Bride” .

            The federal system and the Dedebit manifesto aka constitution will be discarded.
            Whatever happens to Tigray is not my concern anymore. I just need the federal army get the job done, eliminate every kind of threat from Tigray and get out of there quickly.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-TG,
            Good statistical argument. So It doesn’t matter, the Amaras will lose it either by force or referendum. The “the command of war” and the “statistics” favor the Tigrian people. We saw what makes difference in a war. Just to speak the truth,

            Regard

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-TG,

            I have the same opinion like yours, that they will not give up their preconditions. After all the preconditions should be the basis of negotiation what ever that negotiation entails in the final analysis.

            Regard

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat Prof. Emma/Brhan/haileTG,
            When you are at break, listen to this on YouTube and it is hilarious 🙂
            Search by “ህግደፍ ብሕታዊ ትካል ኣምሲሉ ንፕሮፖጋንዳ ኣብ ዝመስረቶ Horn of AfricaTv ቻነል ዝሰርሕ ዓብድለቃድር ዓብድለቃድር ሓምዳን ዝገጠሞ ወርደት”

          • Brhan

            Selam Professor Amanuel

            “Back home after having a precious time with His Excellency, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. Ethiopia will never forget the critical time cooperation the people and government of Turkey extended to us,” Prime Minister Abiy said. Walta.info August 19, 2021

            Sudan’s leader Al-Burhan ( who visited Turkey a week ago) , for his part, hailed Turkey, saying the country has “always stood by Sudan.” Anadolu. Agency August 12, 2021.

            It seem both Ethiopia and Sudan are comfortable with Turkey. Turkey announced it is ready to mediate in their border dispute. Once that is cleared, the A. Ahmed gov’t , may trust Sudan to mediate in the ongoing war in Ethiopia.

        • haileTG

          Selam MM

          TDF ድሕሪ ሕጂ ክሳብ ኣርባዕተ ኺሎ ዘሎ መንገዲ ቁልቁሎት እዩ ኢሎም ኣለዉ። ፍሬኖ ፈኒኻ ምሕምባብያ ግዲ:-)

  • Bayan Negash (Abu Al-Shabain)

    Kbur Haw haile TG,
    What a hopeful news. What a beautiful morning this is being made. It rekindles a tiny bit ray of hope, perhaps, whoever prevails in the current war, a new team of leaders will arise from the ashes of the war and begin to think of “…unity and a new beginning in a country of diverse people of 18 million – with many ethnic conflicts” as you aptly offered your input. The hope is that he would follow the footsteps of exceptional leaders that Africa had produced in recent years, leaders like the late Mandela who said he could not afford to go on revenge binge because if he does that then his enemies will win. In other words, he would become no better than those who imprisoned him for almost three decades.

    There appears to be a parallel in Hichilema’s experience in that, he “…lost six elections before his current win. He was arrested several times under the previous government. However, he says that he did not see the value in looking back, rather to the work to be done ahead.” Lest someone misunderstands this into thinking that I am equating the man to Mandela who was endearingly referred to by his Xhosa clan name as Madiba.

    I long to see a day when a reference to an Ethiopian Amharan as an endearing reference. I long to see a day when Tigrayans of Agame region being an Agame becomes an endearing reference rather than a condescending one. I long to see a day when Jeberti Eritrean does not become something of less than any Eritrean. Hamasenetay, Akeleguzetay, Serawotay, etc become references of pride, references of heritage as that’s their proper place in our country. The polarized environment that we find ourselves in has made it very difficult to even have any modicum of respect for one another.

    Thank you for sharing this hopeful news amidst the darkened last eight months of depressing environment we found ourselves in. Our region seems to not be endowed with leaders who possess the wisdom to see that building “Sandcastles” are not what Eritreans, Tigrayans, and the rest of Ethiopians need. What’s needed is a Citadel that can last for generations to come, where the region can live in peace with itself, a region that is willing to accept differences as something that can enrich instead of depraved and deprived. The mosaic cultures can become our point of strength rather than the opposite.

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    Some good news from Zambia, outgoing president Lungu has congratulated president elected Hichilema on his win. The news helped to rally Zambian currency and its Eurobonds. The incoming president, having won in a landslide of more than a million votes by 80% registered voters, has promised to not seek vengeance on the previous administration that he called “brutal”. Instead, he called for unity and a new beginning in a country of diverse people of 18 million – with many ethnic conflicts.

    Hichilema, an ex-business man and cattle rancher is an economics graduate and MBA holder. Zambia became the first post-pandemic sovereign default on national debt. He plans to restore relationships with the copper mining investors, to generate taxes to pay for his economic recovery plan. Voters hope that he will be able to create employment in an economy that is yet to be bailed out by international monetary institutions.

    Hichilema lost six elections before his current win. He was arrested several times under the previous government. However, he says that he did not see the value in looking back, rather to the work to be done ahead.

    One of the work that needs to be done is to tackle chronic corruption. Zambia, the second biggest copper producer, is under crippling external debt. Hichilema plans to renegotiate the debt and lower inflation. The economy contracted by 1.2% and loosening of lock down is just being started.

    Overall, a tough time to start his term of office as the new president of Zambia, but all the best wishes for the president elect Hichilema and the people of Zambia is in order.

    • Brhan

      Merhaba haileTG,
      Thanks for the Good news from Africa!

      • Bayan Negash (Abu Al-Shabain)

        Merhaba Brhan & haile TG,

        Kbur Haw haile TG,

        What a hopeful news. What a beautiful morning this is being made. It rekindles a tiny bit ray of hope, perhaps, whoever prevails in the current war, a new team of leaders will arise from the ashes of the war and begin to think of “…unity and a new beginning in a country of diverse people of 18 million – with many ethnic conflicts” as you aptly offered your input. The hope is that he would follow the footsteps of exceptional leaders that Africa had produced in recent years, leaders like the late Mandela who said he could not afford to go on revenge binge because if he does that then his enemies will win. In other words, he would become no better than those who imprisoned him for almost three decades.

        There appears to be a parallel in Hichilema’s experience in that, he “…lost six elections before his current win. He was arrested several times under the previous government. However, he says that he did not see the value in looking back, rather to the work to be done ahead.” Lest someone misunderstands this into thinking that I am equating the man to Mandela who was endearingly referred to by his Xhosa clan name as Madiba.

        I long to see a day when a reference to an Ethiopian Amharan as an endearing reference. I long to see a day when Tigrayans of Agame region being an Agame becomes an endearing reference rather than a condescending one. I long to see a day when Jeberti Eritrean does not become something of less than any Eritrean. Hamasenetay, Akeleguzetay, Serawotay, etc become references of pride, references of heritage as that’s their proper place in our country. The polarized environment that we find ourselves in has made it very difficult to even have any modicum of respect for one another.

        Thank you for sharing this hopeful news amidst the darkened last eight months of depressing environment we found ourselves in. Our region seems to not be endowed with leaders who possess the wisdom to see that building “Sandcastles” are not what Eritreans, Tigrayans, and the rest of Ethiopians need. What’s needed is a Citadel that can last for generations to come, where the region can live in peace with itself, a region that is willing to accept differences as something that can enrich instead of depraved and deprived. The mosaic cultures can become our point of strength rather than the opposite.

        • haileTG

          Merhaba Haw Bayan,

          You said everything that needs to be said wonderfully. I am sure the political struggles in Zambia up to this point has taken many turns and twists and my brief summary of some relevant information, that I thought would be relevant for the forum, does no doubt sell the story short. I am sure Zambia has great story to tell.

          I will take up what you reflected upon from your apt analogy to sandcastle. Indeed, that is the anxiety we share, which is the wish that Zambia should not lose the current progress and should move forwards than sliding back. Such a slide back has become all too painfully common in our dear mother Africa.

          As I indicated in the main entry, one problem President Hichilema is promising is to tackle corruption. This should be a monumentally important task that his administration should work with gang ho mentality. It is my belief that ethnic conflicts, left to cool off, would normally return to their original balances which allowed co-existence since time immemorial. Ethnic differences don’t make use of corruption, rather corruption makes use of ethnic differences. Such is a crucial identification because the ethnic based corrupt leaders have not been seen developing their ethnic groups, save for white Europeans.

          Thus, I wish that Zambia does all it can to come up with innovative ways to tackle corruption, which can be emulated as a model for the rest of us 1.3 billion African humanity. Ukunqoba e-afrika! as our Zulu leaders say – Victory to Africa!

          • Bayan Negash (Abu Al-Shabain)

            merHaba haile TG,

            Indeed, corruption continues to be the folly of many countries in Africa or in the Developing Countries the world over. Each corruption has its own distinctive markers. In some countries it is ethnically based, in others religiously tinged; in yet other ones it is nepotism based. The hope is that nipping it in the bud will require a thorough study befitting the culture that allowed for the corruption to fester becoming an intractable problem. We saw recently, the assassination of President Moise. In India the corruption at a governmental level is so lucrative I had a friend who paid the needed money to get the position in the city government, which took five years for him to secure that post. And when he got the position, it was one major celebration for him and his family for he was going to receive kickbacks in so many forms that wealth was in the horizon shining like gold.

            If we come back to our reality in Eritrea, Tigray, and Ethiopia, I am sure, there would be endless stories that can be told in how intractable corruption has become. Of course, this is no time to discuss that for the sandcastle needs to meltaway before one can even entertain such a notion. I am sure Zambia will have its challenges, the hope is that the leaders’ approach to corruption becomes a systematic one and through some thorough study that befits the culture.

            I recall when we used to hear – soon after TPLF took over in the early 1990s – they tried to quell thievery by showing some balls that they were not going to backdown and they would literally shoot people who stole so that others will learn, and the news will spread that TPLF is not to be messed with. Not long ago, someone told a comparative story between the Sudanese and some Eritrean culture where in the case of the latter the aim was punitive and in the former it was not so (help iSem with the photographic memory). This wasn’t even that long ago yet couldn’t remember the whole story. You get the gist of it though: That Zambia needs to find the right tool to weed out corruption. Hopefully, it won’t be so overreaching that it creates a backlash. Of course, Latin America’s cartel we know is a league of its own that I would not touch that with a 10 foot pole.

            Cheers,
            BNB

          • leGacY

            Hi Bayan,

            You couldn’t resist the temptation of scoring points against TPLF whenever you can.Even in a conversation that includes Zambia somehow you managed to drag the name of TPLF.

            “I recall when we used to hear – soon after TPLF took over in the early 1990s – they tried to quell thievery by showing some balls that they were not going to backdown and they would literally shoot people who stole so that others will learn, and the news will spread that TPLF is not to be messed with..”

            The truth is that measured by any metrics no group in the Horn matches the achievements of TPLF. Not even remotely.

          • Bayan Negash (Abu Al-Shabain)

            merHaba leGacY,

            Glad you couldn’t resist the temptation to comment whenever TPLF is mentioned, however, remotely. Wish you can itemize the TPLF’s achievements versus the systematic killings, imprisonments, and propped up charges they levied against Ethiopians when they had the biggest stick at their disposal. Let readers be the judges. I just responded to SGJ’s entry that you may find of use in which I managed to write an entry without dragging your favorite acronym into the mix.

            By the way, what TPLF did at the inception of taking political power to curtail thievery worked. People started behaving. Whether one agrees with such an approach or not is left for readers to ascertain, which is why I made an emphasis that the remedy needs to fit the cultural disposition in my response above. But, your preoccupation with the acronym makes it difficult for you to see beyond it, apparently.

            A pleasure exchanging some pleasantries with you this morning.

          • leGacY

            Hi Bayan,
            You are a kind person no doubt .
            Have an awesome day ma brother.

          • Haile S.

            Selam leGacy, Beyan

            ሰላም Legacy
            ወዲ / ጓል/ ዘመድ፡ ባሕረጋሲ
            ኣፍቅደለይ ኣብ መንጎኹም ቅልቅል ከብል ርእሲ

            ኬን በሎ እዚ ጥምጥም ቃልሲ
            ሎሚ ኣውጻእካያ ‘ዛ ሽምካ ልግሲ
            ይልመድካ ኣተግብራ ኣብ ሓሸላ ነብሲ
            ዝበለ ኣይመስለንን ንሕና ጥራይ ኢና ናሕሲ
            ኩሉ ኣለዎ ኣብ ሃሃገሩ ናይ ባዕሉ ወርቂ ብሩር ነሃሲ

          • leGacY

            Hi Haile S,
            Another angle walking amongst us . Thanks for the awesome heartwarming rendition of not losing sight of the important things .

            Yekenieley zehawey.

          • Abi

            legacy
            I upvoted you. It is not an error.

          • leGacY

            Abuca,
            Thank you .

          • Peace ToAll

            Dear BN,
            Are the world economist deceiving the world? when they clearly describe the developmental progress during EPRDF era of 27 years.

            “Ethiopia has had the highest rate of economic growth of any large African country over the last decade, resulting in large-scale poverty reduction and renewed dynamism. It has implemented a state-led development model that broadly builds upon the example set by China, but from which it also differs in several crucial regards. More generally, Ethiopian policymakers have largely rejected orthodox development models in favour of an activist industrial policy and heterodox financing arrangements. The success of this development model seems staggering at first sight, as advances have been made not only in purely financial term but also across the board in human development more broadly. This is clearly indicated by the growing number of children who receive basic education, as well as by the remarkable improvements witnessed in the health sector. Developments such as growing popularity with foreign investors and comparative advantage in manufacturing due to low production costs suggest that the success story of the last years and decades can continue well into the future. On the other hand, Ethiopia’s development also faces significant obstacles and potential risks that should not be underestimated, and which include not only natural degradation and price volatility, but also political instability”

            Undergraduate Economic Review, Vol. 15 (2018)
            Evaluating Ethiopia’s Development Progress
            Sambath Jayapregasham, Matthäus Schuster, and Ruben Tjon-A-Meeuw

          • Bayan Negash (Abu Al-Shabain)

            merHaba PTA,

            Anta PTA, I was addressing how a nation can restore a its people free of corruption when it first took the helm of political power just as Zambia President elect is promising to do. So, Ethiopia’s example under TPLF was just one among many possible scenarios that was meant to illustrate a point that such actions need to be culture-specific that befit the country in question.

            On the economic front, nobody could negate that Ethiopia’s economy was growing in leaps in bounds. Here is the cardinal lesson that one should glean from it though. There has to be a balancing act between political stability and economic progress. Allow me to hastily point out to you that, in “Why Nations Fail” the authors argue nations fail to thrive because they don’t develop robust political institutions. Unstable political system inevitably brings economic instability.

            Dear PTA, don’t you find it odd in the stellar economic progress that TPLF/EPRDF led Ethiopia had shown, which you have quoted at length, it didn’t transform the provinces the way it should have. Ask yourself this question: Why is Tigray province finding itself at the verge of starvation within a few months of inception of the war? Isn’t there somewhere that might suggest TPLF didn’t do its due diligence to ensure Tigray didn’t become drought or starvation prone? What you quoted I am sure has certain kernel of truth to it. However, the reality on the ground appears to suggest outside the major cities like Mekelle, Tigray didn’t fair well at all?

            So, the subject at hand that we were discussing was not about economics but about ridding a nation of corruption. You added an interesting layer nonetheless that’s worth discussing at length.
            I thank you for your inquisitive mind.

          • Peace ToAll

            Dear Bayan, Amanuel H
            Thanks for the feed back. I am tired of the repeated misinformation & lies of the elite Ankoberites / ESAT propaganda about the “27 yrs. of darkness” in the feudal society of Ethiopia.

            Numbers don’t lie..!

            1. Life expectancy:
            1990 = 47 yrs
            2018 = 66 yrs (1.4x)
            2. power generation:
            1991 = 380 MW
            2018 = 4300 MW (11.3x)
            3. Electricity access:
            1991 = 15%
            2018 = 45% (30 percentage points higher)
            4. Rural water cover:
            1991 = 16%
            2010 = 65% (49 percentage points higher)
            5. Net enrollment (education):
            1991 = 29%
            2018 = 86% (57 percentage points higher)
            6. Public universities:
            1991 = 3
            2018 = 30+ (10x)
            7. Maternal mortality:
            1991 = 1250/100k
            2018 = 353/100k (72% reduction)
            8. Roads:
            1991 = 19017 kms
            2018 = 121,000kms (6.4x)
            Note: Population increased by ~50M to 110M

            Let Peace Prevail
            Major facts about the “27 years of darkness” narrative of
            #EPRDF / #TPLF of #Ethiopia

            Numbers don’t lie..!

          • Abi

            Hello Peace ToAll
            Peace will prevail once the Tigray elites, Tplf thugs, and TDF terrorists get eliminated from the face of the earth. This project of ሂሳብ ማወራረድ will be finalized soon.
            —The Amharas and Afars should demand a 100 KM buffer zone inside Tigray territories.
            —Those Tigreans who reside in different parts of the country should be forcefully deported back to Tigray. The federal or local governments are not going to be responsible for the safety of the Tigreans.
            —An independent Tigray should not be allowed to import any kind of weapons.
            ወዘተርፈ

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Dude,
            See a shrink…you killing yourself. Your team is loosing big time and you seem to live in your own bubble. Face the reality and drop the awful genocide call, not sure if you are realizing it.

          • iSem

            Hi Abi:
            Hell must be freezing, Abiy Ahmed must be telling the truth, Nitricc must be thinking, Ismail AA must be starting to become rude, Hope must be becoming consistent, the sun must have risen in Badem, Saleh Gadi must be thinking to quit his struggle, Hayet Adem must be starting to be illogical, Sal must be abandoning the idea of retiring in Nefasit, PFDJ must be thinking to free Elal-Ero prisoners, Emma H must be thinking to embrace unitary government, BNB must be starting to be comfortable to quote holly men, Gheteb must be thinking to write against PDJ, Semere Tesfay must be thinking to stop underlining and bolding his comments, iSem must be abandoning unfettered free speech in Eritrea, MM must be thinking to stop writing poems and become proverbial geek, Saint Fanti must thinking to become bigot, Berhe Yeman must be quitting to quote George from Seinfield, Haile TG must be abandoning his data driven debates, because I agree with Abi’s comments. We must do what he is dreaming to do to Tigrayans so to send Ethiopia back to the stone age, where it belongs, back to its roots. The Nazi pedigree.

          • Bayan Negash (Abu Al-Shabain)

            Selam PTA,

            I am going to accept your source without you furnishing it, kbur PTA. I am going to even believe everything you say above. The questions I posed above none of what you provide above address it. Let me repeat it since you brought up the robust economic progress of Ethiopia in the 27 years that EPRDF/TPLF was at the helm of political power. Here it is:

            Why is Tigray province finding itself at the verge of starvation within a few months of inception of the war? Isn’t there somewhere that might suggest TPLF didn’t do its due diligence to ensure Tigray didn’t become drought or starvation prone?

            Any data or any reason you can provide will be greatly appreciated

          • Peace ToAll

            Dear Bayan,
            The people of Tigray are suffering a humanitarian crisis that is entirely man-made. Ethiopian and Eritrean belligerents in the war in Tigray have comprehensively dismantled the region’s economy and food system. There has been wanton destruction of health facilities and food supplies; pillaging of essential services, including of industries which provided employment to tens of thousands of people; and the obstruction of essential relief to desperate people.
            Prior to the outbreak of war in November, Tigray region had mostly achieved food security. That cherished achievement was precarious. Longstanding factors such as low crop yields and enduring levels of poverty contributed to chronic vulnerability. In 2020, these combined with a plague of desert locusts, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and national-level pressures including macro-economic difficulties.

            Mr. Bayan, please read this publication to get the gist of why Tigray region is finding itself at the verge of starvation. I know you know why there is a shortage of food supply, but this will summarize the political, economic, & natural disasters affecting the people of Tigray. I acknowledge that TPLF had neglected Tigray for the last 20 years of their reign.

            Starving Tigray: How Armed Conflict and Mass Atrocities Have Destroyed an Ethiopian Region’s Economy and Food System and Are Threatening Famine, (Alex de Waal, coauthor), April 6, 2021

          • Bayan Negash (Abu Al-Shabain)

            Thank you, Haw PTA. I sure will read it promptly. In fact, I will go to it right now. My only reservation before I read is the author is a known commodity, pro TPLF scholar who might be a bit on a subjective side. I will, nevertheless, read him with an open mind.

          • haileTG

            Selamat PTA and Haw Bayan,

            It is interesting debate going on here. I just want to share one observation, but don’t wish to interrupt the flow here.

            In connection with Covid-19 shutting down of the country, we witnessed the sudden rush of millions of Americans to food banks. Many couldn’t withstand the loss of two paychecks. This was in the world’s #1 economy. What can we attribute such a massive segment of a population living on the verge?

            In all third world countries, more than 90% of the population lives on the verge of potential crisis. 80% of global population lives under $10 a day. Most of the 9.2% in extreme poverty being sub sahara Africa (<$1.90 per day – official extreme poverty line). 40% of the world's poorest hail from 5 African countries, of which Ethiopia is one.

            With the above in mind, can we not attribute the crisis of starvation in Tigray as a response to sudden adverse circumstances rather than a policy failure of the ruling party? Because, the UN preparedness system was working fine until the conflict and ensuing blockade, as well as active warfare.

            Thanks

          • Bayan Negash (Abu Al-Shabain)

            Haw PTA,
            One more question for you: How do you think the war is going to affect all of the stellar achievements that you cited above. For example, number one above: “1. Life expectancy:1990 = 47 yrs. 2018 = 66 yrs (1.4x). That’s the whole point, PTA. Such accomplishments were made into ashes because of the war. 27 years of accomplishments went to dust in seven months.

            By the way, my curiosity got the best of me. I went to our region for comparative analysis. How did Sudan fared during those 25-27 years that you cited. In 1990 mortality rate in Sudan, according to the World Bank, was 55. In 2018 it was 66. Now, Sudan was being led by Al Beshir who wasn’t exactly Meles Zenawi. Population doubled between 1990 to 2018 (from 21 million to 43 million). I was expecting Sudan to be at a big disadvantage because of the political turmoil. Kenya will probably be at the top of the triangle in this comparison.

            The wish here is to see Ethiopia to abandon the idea of war. The idea of hating one’s countryman. The idea is the progress you cited could be increased exponentially if Ethiopians think of peace instead of who should be at the helm of political power. Until such mentality changes, I am afraid, we will be circling the same vicious wagon from here to doomsday.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Peace All,

            What economic model doesn’t have inherent potential risks, especially for the underdeveloped third world countries? In my view “developmental state” of economic model could have the least risk of all the economic models that existed. When it is handled well, it generate the fastest economic development that could transform societies. The South East Asian (Tiger countries) are a living examples of developmental state of economic model. We have seen Ethiopian, when villages are transformed into towns and towns in to cities connected with a net of modern highways. We have seen cottage industries transformed into modern industrial parks, we have seen the middle class growing in lips bounds, we have seen the expansion of higher educations and health services throughout the country. All these and others are just in two decades. When economy and the wellbeing of the people are taken as priority to politics, there is always miracles of transformation of societies in all sectors. It is your turn sir.

            Regard

          • Ismail AA

            Selam haile TG, Dr. Beyan,

            Well, the outgoing president of Zambia accepting the electorates verdict through the ballot box, and the incumbent acknowledging defeat is a once-in-life time gratifying news in Africa. It is bad news for many dictators who govern many countries as bosses of rent-seeking bureaucracies. Many felt a bit anxious (rightly so) when during the vote counting the outgoing president was reported to have voiced that the election was not free and fair. The fact that the complaint came from the incumbent, and not from the challenger, came as cause for concern because the results could be manipulated as usual. But, his eventual acceptance of defeat bodes well for, not for Zambia only, but also the whole Continent.

            Perhaps, if the results of the election will hold, and the president-elect will be left to govern throughout his tenure, it would become a boon or lesson to be emulated. As both of you have pointed out, it is hoped that the purpose of striving (six times) for power of the president-elect would be other than the infamous lucrative license for illegitimate income. As it is argued, corruption is embodied in the social and cultural set ups of poor Third World countries with emphasis on Africa. Politicians and policy makers in the countries of the developed nations peddles attitudes that the culture gifts and grants get accepted as tokens social status, prestige and political power graces those who enjoy them. But the question that should be posed is: Are the societies and governances in the developed countries free from corruption?

            A deeper look at the issues would expound that corruption is not poverty and backwardness specific per se. It is a disease the majority of nations across the world suffer from. The only difference is that, while the productivity of the economies in the developed world societies give space for commissioned corruption (10% commissions), the economies of poor countries are so deficient as to open opportunities for politicians to do whatever it takes to grab power. Then, corruption would stretch from being local by linkage to the lucrative partnership with the influence and goods selling corporate establishments in the developed world.

            Thus, the point to state is that the corrupt politicians in Africa and elsewhere are well connected with rent-seekers in the developed world. The new president of Zambia will not have an easy war with corrupt politicians and elites, given the fact that he himself will be free to become a principled anti-corruption warrior. It is wait and see situation.

          • haileTG

            Selamat Ismail,

            Thanks for such a well rounded take on the issue of corruption and how it permeates all societies, albeit at different levels of challenges. One aspect of corruption is that it corrodes the process of institutionalization in developing countries. Such extensive corrosion renders the affected institutions so perforated and easily breakable. It is important to not only delink corruption with poverty but also its impact can also delinked from political systems. For example, authoritarian systems such as China and other far eastern countries are not spared from the curse of corruption. However, it seems that they are still capable of building and maintaining strong institutions.

            If the degree of institutionalism in a country is directly related to stability, when corruption attacks the institution building process, it transforms into political and subnational tensions that would intensify instability. So, even if it is likely that the war on corruption can’t be won completely, like a virus that we learn to live with, we would do well to deepen our understanding of the particular variant of it that we have in Africa. Otherwise, we are in catch-22 situation in such a way that we can’t stabilize our systems without institutionalizing it and we can’t institutionalize it without the stability we need to do so.

            So, dear Ismail ካልእ እንተ ተረፈ ጋብር ደርዓንቶ ወሲድካ ክልተ ሸውዓተ ምፍታን’ውን ክንሓስበሉ ኢና ማለትዩ። 🙂

            Thanks and kind regards!

          • iSem

            Hi Haile TG
            In Sudan, the “feterinos” are known for their sharp tongues and wit and if they call your stop and you were absent minded and missed it, they will tell you, I called it “ኩንታ ብቅራአ ኣልሱራ”, were I reading a verse and if some one quotes the holly books and does not complete the verse, they will reply: “ትም ኣልኣያ (complete the verse) and I say the same to you complete the verse: “አንተ ዘይሃሾም ከ?” ክልተ ሸውዓተ

          • haileTG

            Selamat iSem,

            ክልተ ዓይነት ኣጠቓቕማ ማይ ጨሎት (ማይ ጸሎት) ኣሎ

            – ሓደ ሸውዓተ መላዓሊ
            – ክልተ ሸውዓተ መምሓሪ

            ድሕሪ ምሕረት እንታይ ዝምላእ ኣሎ?? 🙂

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat haileTG
            I think the highest degree is ሰለስተ ሸውዓተ:
            ወይ መፈወሲ ወይ ከኣ መፈደሲ 🙂

          • Bayan Negash (Abu Al-Shabain)

            merHaba haile TG and Ismail AA,

            Approaching the issue of corruption comprehensively, somewhat universally, using an apt descriptor –“rent seeking bureaucracies” – is worth expounding upon. When developed countries – mainly Western countries – exact sanctions against a nation or nations – the intention, prima facie, might seem to squeeze the corrupt politicians out of power. Peeling the surface, however, it appears to have the opposite effect. The poor of the sanctioned nations appear to suffer more. Black market in that country flourishes. We’ve seen it in Venezuela, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Eritrea, etc. In each of these countries their political leaders use sophisticated methods to export their goods and import the goods and services their elites need. Of course, within each country, one will find a new level of corruption, never had been seen before, emerging.

            The business class uses the hording of goods method to create a scarce in the market. Panic begins to set in. Little by little, some merchants of death, through a new underground economy, begin to slowly sell whatever goods are now in demand at an inflated price earning manifold in return. At the higher level, the corrupt politicians find this underground economy rather one quick way of becoming millionaires. In Eritrea’s case, for example, the Generals use certain civilians to do their bidding for them. Suddenly, these certain individuals who, by all measurements, were poor one sees them owning fancy homes and luxury cars, becoming high rollers in this new underground economy. Of course, the ending tends to be a tragic fall from grace or worse, imprisonment and/or mysterious murder.

            This isn’t to say sanctioned are always bad, but merely to point out the other unexpected – maybe the sanctioning countries expect such – corruptions to flourish. That’s perhaps the intention to put the entire nation being sanctioned upon to helplessly be mired in a corruption prone existence for generations to come. Under this kind of circumstance it becomes rather difficult to rid a nation from corruption.

            haile TG’s idea of developing institutions and professionalization of professions is one effective way ridding a nation of corruption. For example, in the US, one couldn’t imagine bribing a police officer who stops a motorist for some road related infractions. As the profession has been made into an institutions to a point where the Officer wouldn’t even consider to take a risk as to jeopardize his job. The benefits, say, of retiring at 54 years of age or the health benefits that the officer’s family enjoy and other perks related to the professions makes it next to impossible for the average officer to think a bribe as a way to earn extra money. A stake just way too high. One could go on and identifying civil servant positions and effectively making them professions that people will be happy to see it as a respected profession to seek a career in.

            Cheers,
            BNB

          • Woldegabriel Tesfamariam

            Selam Haile TG,
            As always, you have the instincts and gift to share vital information and knowledge to your audience for lessons to be learnt. Corruption is an endemic colorblind problem that knows no race, ethnic or goegraphical boundaries. In fact, it thrives when it crosses boundaries and goes international. It is most devastating when it is institutionalized. What worries me most is when others, at every turn, twist and divert a genuine discussion into another trajectory. You rightly pointed out that corruption feed ethnicity not the other way round. Likewise, Ustaz Esmael defined its intrinsic charaterstics.
            It becomes preposterous to forward generic political judgment without full understanding and knowledge on the subject/environment in question.i was in Zambia during the end of Kenneth Kaunda’s reign. At that time, there was no ethnic tensions or conflicts whatsoever. The problems/issues were: a) Zambia, as a Frontline state for fighting apartheid, was a prime target of South Africa. So tensions over an imminent attack from South Africa was high. Yet people were united.. b) Corruption was rampant and remained a daily menu of discussion among the people. It was alleged that Kaunda had allowed multinational Corp from neighboring Congo(Zaire) to illegally extract copper, the only foriegn currency earner of the country, deep into it’s territory. Corruption was so widespread even Kaunda’s wife owned a chain of duty-free shops in Lusaka.
            Of course this firsthand observation pertains to a couple of decades ago. Even if, over the period, ethnic conflicts were systematically enhanced by subsequent governments and foreign interests, it doesn’t have deep roots to constrain the new president’s endeavor. True corruption would be a serious challenge. But, with Zambia’s well developed rail and road network, if he could manuever to diversifying the economy into the agricultural sector and unshakle himself from the one-product economy (copper), the fight to weed corruption could be easier. It should be noted that Zambia is endowed with a vast idle fertile arable land that could be turned into the bread basket of Africa (similar to Zimbabwe’s cash crop production). However, unlike neighboring South Africa or Ethiopia, it doesn’t have the burdens of inherent ethnic problems.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam WT,

            Well argued. Keep up.

          • haileTG

            Thanks WT,

            Not much to add to such concise and first hand analysis. Just to update you and readers that after discussing Zambia and its challenges with corruption, yesterday Samantha Powers and Hichilema had a long discussion on long-term cooperation. The main topic was to explore ways in which the US can help the work to deal with corruption. At least we are in tune with global politics:-)

            Thanks

  • Samuel

    Hi All,
    Sorry if it was already discussed, but lately because of TDF movements I am using google map more frequently to see the location of Ethiopia’s roads and towns, the name of places are written in English and Geez, however I have noticed that Eritrea’s name of places are labeled in English and Arabic. Can someone help me to understand why Geez letter wasn’t used? Who manages Eritrea’s cadastral map? Just curious to know. I would assume that most Eritreans if not all can read Geez than Arabic.

    Thanks,

    • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

      Hey Sami,
      Not sure if you have seen my comment few weeks ago but thanks to Google our official language is resolved. It is now Arabic 🙂
      Maybe Google’s AI figure out that we really can’t agree and decided to solve it for us.

    • haileTG

      Hey Samuel,

      No idea what so ever. The only thing I can guess is that IA, having noticed the speed of TDF in Ethiopia, suspects the fighters are using AK-47 with a GPS on the side. Hence, it is possible that he passed an order for the roads to be written in Arabic and not Tigrigna:-)

      • Samuel

        Selam Haile TG,
        That is plausible reason 😊, add MM’s Google’s AI data mining based decision making. May be the fund of the cadastral survey had some kind of influence.

        Thanks,

    • saay7

      Samuel:

      The rationale and my guess.

      Several years ago, a friend called Google to demand that its maps accurately show Badme inside Eritrea. (Yes that’s who I hang out with.) He actually got to talk to a breathing human being who told him we would be happy to do that if we get something, anything…. He sent them the EEBC and they said no it must be from a US authority. We don’t care who as long as it is a US agency. Maps are political and we live in the US and we go by US laws.

      My guess:

      Somebody in the US gov told them Eritreans official language is Arabic. The American official must have seen English Tigrinya and Arabic in the country’s coat of arms, in street names, so he must have concluded if going for 2 go for English and Arabic.

      Just a guess. Just like I am assuming the bureaucrat is a he.

      Saay

      • Samuel

        Selam Saay,
        The first paragraph is interesting story and its funny (calling google..), Thank you for sharing.
        Could it be related to the fund for the survey?

        Thanks,

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        Hi Saay/Sami/Hailat & all,
        Nope, that was NOT the reason and if I have to telly the reason you would either LoL or get supper pissed off. It depends. My response was aha!
        However, I am supper happy of the result. Sorry guys [meant the unhappy ones]

        • saay7

          Selamat MM

          Ok, then go for it: share!

          saay

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hey Saay,
            I would ache to share but this is under …you guess it what.

          • saay7

            MM:

            It’s part of joining the Saudi anti terrorism peace and security on the Red Sea Haluma Jara?

            saay

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Saay,
            Very funny but NO 🙂

          • iSem

            Hi Samuel, MM and Saay:
            You are all wrong. And particularly MM and Saay am disappointed at you for being wrong. The reason Geez is not there is, it will be phased out we want to make all of our languages equal by writing them in the same letters. it is not fair that some have alphabets and others do not have. So for equality reasons, Geeze letters will be out and we intend to write it either in Latin or Arabic

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Hi iSem,
            Nope, that’s not the reason. BTW, Even in Ethiopia, Geez wouldn’t be the case. However, there are reasons for both Eritrea & Ethiopia. BTW, this was debated, in both cases.

          • iSem

            Hi MM:
            I was joking but not really joking, being ironic. But the idea of abandoning Geeze is real, was real when I was in high school in the late eighties. It was debated intensely in EPLF. Even in the student unions. I do not know in Ethiopia. Some how EPLF abandoned it
            ok, share

    • Hashela

      Selam Samuel

      I recommend OpenStreetMap which is much more precise than Google Maps in term of the topography, river networks, places (down hamlets), and dirty roads. For Eritrean places (including Badme), the names are shown in three languages (Tigrina, Arabic, English).

      • Samuel

        Thank you, Hashela.
        I wasn’t familiar with OpenStreetMap, it has more detail than Google maps. It has all the three languages. Now it is Google map to blame. Thank you!

        Thanks,

        • Hashela

          Selam Samuel

          If you have a relatively fast computer, click on the “Cycle Map” or “CyclOSM” on the right column.

          • Samuel

            Selam Hashela,
            It has more feature than I expected, it even has Map notes, Map data and GPS traces. It looks like similar to ArcGIS. Years back I have used ArcGIS when I was preparing my thesis – GIS based slope stability analysis. Sorry I turned it into academics – PoC for maps.

            Thanks,

          • Hashela

            Selam Samuel

            ArcGIS is a great tool for processing and visualization of multi-dimensional data, though it has some limitations when it comes to depictions of vectors and tensors. Since most multi-dimensional data are stored in NetCDF format and the ability of ArcGIS to convert NetCDF data, it makes the former a convenient starting point for those whose are not “fluent” in mid and higher level coding.

      • Berhe Y

        Dear Hashela,

        Thank Hashela for sharing and thank you Samuel for asking. Hope you are enjoying your time off.

        Hashela, I will not be surprised if you are one of the main contributors:-). It amazes me with all the wrong that’s going on in our country, there are so many talented and dedicated Eritreans working so hard to make sure we are not left behind.

        There is a YouTube channel called Eri Power, which they invite experts and cover a number of topics to share and advance knowledge. I didn’t watch all of them but they have topics about, finance, international trade, artificial intelligence, economy, food security, rule of law etc.

        Another channel I find if interest is called Mefth, which is run by someone named Tekle who teaches computer coding, video editing etc. one video he has titled ወፈራቃንቃ ትግሪኛ ናብ ጉጉል, where he discussed how to contribute to Google translate and enrich Tigrinya dictionary in order to provide better translation.

        I wonder if there is some sort of association or society that’s working on such initiatives, bringing expert, professionals, students and people with interests to join and collaborate.

        Last but not least and can’t end without sharing about cycling. Apparently there is Eritrean cycling association in North America (May be in Europe as well) but they had their cycling festival in DC area last weekend.

        Lately I am tired of getting those FB or Google ads about “online business” from our communities:(.

        • Hashela

          Dear Berhe

          Your are right, we have so many talented people in so many different hard science fields. When I go to science conferences, I am always gratified to see and meet brilliant young and mid age Eritrean scientists. Equally gratifying, the people I met, they are proud Eritreans and not plagued by self-defeatism, self-denial, and self-flagellation that often permeate Eritrean opposition web sites.

          These scientists who are in Europe and North America, we are privileged to own or have access to incredibly and sophisticated analytical/experimental instruments. It is highly time that we create a network with the goal to provide access to young Eritrean scientists to our labs. I have done this at an individual level. To be more impactful, we need to create a network.

          • leGacY

            Hi Hashela,
            There you go again your exceptionalism nonsene. The truth is that you are no more or less educated than the rest. So stop these lies.

          • Hashela

            Selam Legesse

            “Good morning solitude, how are you doing today. Come and join me.” said a Vietnamese monk embracing the inevitable.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Awate Nation,

    PMAA is on a short visit to Asmara to meet his friend, the Eritrean despot, possibly to ask him to re-engage in the ethnic war of Ethiopia and to boost the moral of ENDF which retreating and fleeing from every battle they engage against TDF.

    The center for research and documentation of PFDJ has reported the following statement:

    “ላዕለዋይ ኣዛዚ ሓይልታት ፈደራል ኢትዮጲያ ዶ/ ኣቢ ኣሕመድ ዓሊ፡ ምስ ላዕለዋይ ኣዛዚ ሓይልታት ምክልኻል ኤርትራ ፕረዝደንት ኢሰያስ ኣፎርቂ ኣብ ኣስመራ ተራኺቡ ተዛትዩ።”

    Regards

    • iSem

      Hi Emma:
      since when IA called himself commander in chief and since when “Merha Haili” (Colonel) Abiy called himself commander in chief?

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Merhaba Sem,

        I reported to the forum the way it is reported. If it was my report, I will not dignify them with “commander-in-Chief.”

        • iSem

          Hi Emma:
          I know your are reporting, I am just saying now they are calling themselves that

          • Abi

            iSem
            የኢትዮጵያ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስቴር የጦር ኃይሎች ጠቅላይ አዛዥ ነው::
            ብትስማሙም ባትስማሙም …

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          iSem,
          Think about this. Their major daily activity is about war and they have nothing else to do. So, if they call themselves CiC, I would say they are correct.
          Besides, in Eritrean case, DIA is the boss of everything, even the distribution of bread.
          Suck it up buddy! 🙂

    • haileTG

      Hey Aman H,

      The news hasn’t been reported any where. Apparently, the source you have is (ask saay) one guy who is reputed to spreading false information about people and events. He is one of hgdef’s minions of 03 who tell each other stories to justify to themselves that the mirror is making a mistake, in fact they don’t look that bad:-)

  • sara

    selamat awtistas…
    The UN is on special session right now…. the UN secretary general says//// kayos ,fear, and uncertainty now in Afghanistan,,,… but he failed to mention who the culprit is in this case.
    I pray for the innocent people of Afghanistan.

    • Berhe Y

      Hi sara,

      As the US and the world attention is focused on Afghanistan, others in other parts of the world will take advantage of the situation to achieve their own goals.

      In our region in particular, I think the war between Abiy and TPLF will intensify to achieve their own objective. And in case of Eritrea, IA, has always, always acted swiftly actions that would suit him. If he had a plan to involve Eritrea in the Ethiopia war since last time, I would think he will act on his desire.

      Really sad for us, the longer he stays in power the longer we are gambling on our future, Eritreans have to take measures to remove him.

      • Brhan

        Hello Berhe Y,
        Your comment above reminds all of us of the English proverb ” Charity begins at home!”

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Brhan,

          What exactly do you mean? Can you please explain to me what I said reminded you the proverb? I think this is the second time you said this to me…..

          • Brhan

            Hi Berhe,
            I just meant that the world is full of events and we have to prioritize ours.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Brhan,

            Well you could have said that, I think. I don’t think your analogy is accurate in this case. If my interpretation is correct, you are saying to me “speak about your own problems before about others problem’. Please read again what I wrote, I was talking about our own problems.

            BTW, why did you say that to me instead of others who also commented before me on the topic same topic such as sara, you, Ismail, HaileTG and others. Or this is your way of ዘሕምቆ ኣለኒ በትረይ ሃቡኒ::

            I need a break, it’s becoming exhausted arguing with the seven generals:-)

          • Brhan

            Hi Berhe,
            Check, my take with Sara and compare what you have said to her with what what others said on the topic. Your context is different than theirs. I liked it and up-voted it.
            Relax…file closed.

          • Berhe Y

            Ok. Thanks for clarifying.

          • leGacY

            Hello Ato Berhe,
            “ Really sad for us, the longer he stays in power the longer we are gambling on our future, Eritreans have to take measures to remove him.”

            I know modesty forbade Brhan to ask you this but what have you done for your country other than of course litigating TPLF 247 ?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi legacy,

            Cheering and clapping ትግራይ ትዕወት.

      • sara

        selamat Berhe.y
        yes , you are right , this will happen and definitely we will see something in
        this coming few weeks or months, i think this is how politics is played everywhere. Take advantage of a new situation, and take action in your favor.
        as for our region, its very bleak considering what is going on in all the countries of the horn, just pray for us we will sail this tide as we did in the past.

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate forum friends,

    “In order, the warring sides reach to negotiations and stop violence in Eritrea, the gov’t of Sudan will meet with all sides of the war in Ethiopia and this for the sake of Sudan,” said Sudan’s PM Abdella Hamdok.

    This news is from today’s August 16, 2021, BBC Tigrinya news aired 3 hours ago.

    The report also says Sudan will continue its effort for peace to prevail in Ethiopia.

    We are lucky to have a country like Sudan in the region that calls and works for peace!

    What is your say?
    ( To our Ethiopian friends, please keep your war masks in your closet)

    • leGacY

      Hello Brhan,

      I would say zero chance at that. Abby and his elk must be held accountable for the 9 months misery they have unleashed on our people. Besides, we are a very vindictive society and the wounds are too fresh to conduct any meaningful peace talks.

      The biggest lesson TDF will have to draw from this conflict is that there cannot be two stable entities sandwiching Tigrai at the end of this conflict. So, which is it going to be? Eritrea or Ethiopia?

      • Abi

        legacy
        Ethiopia and Eritrea will stand tall together!!!
        ትግራይም በአፍንጫዋ ትቆማለች ( ብቻዋን)

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    Happy week, happy Monday:-)

    A view from the West, about the politico-military matters of the East, reads as follows on some newspapers:

    “…But the fact is that Afghanistan was in a civil war long before the U.S. military deployed to the country in what was supposed to be a relatively constrained counterterrorism operation in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks. Despite the valiant efforts of U.S. troops, there is only so much Washington can do if the host nation’s political elite proves to be perpetually fragmented, unwilling to reform itself, and more interested in internal squabbles than meeting the needs of its own citizenry. 

    This is exactly the situation the U.S. faces in Afghanistan – and after two decades, U.S. officials rightly made the decision to stop pretending otherwise.”

    • Berhe Y

      Hi HaileTG,

      It seems the US finally defeated its demon and broke free, free at last! 🙂

      How quickly you forget:-). Aren’t you the one advocating for US or other power intervention in Eritrea?

      This is a very good example, that external intervention doesn’t work if it’s by the US or any other forces who have their own vested interests first and foremost.

      • Abi

        Berhe
        ኃይልሽ definitely forgot his daily prayers ( twice on weekends) to the UNSC, USA, EU…
        Whoever he thought would sanction both Ethiopia and Eritrea.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Abi,
          I think may be he was thinking, according to him, the African super power called TDF:-).

          • Abi

            Berhe
            TDF who?
            Sorry Berhe, no recollection of the thing you mentioned. Spending time with ኃይልሽ made me forgetful. Some things are contagious…

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abi,
            I don’t blame you. He spins faster than hamster wheel.

          • Abi

            Berhe
            ኃይልሽ RPM is approaching the Red zone.

          • haileTG

            Selam Berhe,

            Can you please list “US vested interest in Afghanistan that is bad to the Afghani?”

            ኣጆኻ በርሀ ፈትን፡ ትዓሚትካ ዝለላ ትሕለፍ’ያ 🙂

          • Berhe Y

            Hi haileTG,

            You see how you got your self out of the comments you made and you turn it on me to justify what I said. I was speaking in general terms, now if you need the exact US interests I am sure, they were not there for charity, be it fighting terrorism or what ever that may be.

            My main reason for commenting is, how you are cheering the withdrawal of the US (and the loss of life that may follow) with no regards or care for the lives of innocent people.

            As far you are concerned, it’s not their problem so who cares….This is the same attitude you showed when I asked you about EPRDF intervention in Somalia…

          • haileTG

            Selam Berhe,

            Isn’t the whole purpose of commenting here to offer your opinions and answer questions? Why do you feel threatened by a question? I mean what else can we do here, well except sing songs when guad Abi is around:-)

            Anyway, frankly, I wish peace for everyone in the world but I am not going to lie to you saying that I am particularly concerned if the US stays or withdraws from Afghanistan. No, I am not, let the ax fall where it may, there is big fire burning in my region as it is.

            I was surprised that you said the US was working for its vested interest while throwing billions of American tax payers money to stabilize Afghanistan. In this day and age nobody would spend billions in other peoples country, quite the opposite actually – some are moving generators, printers and household furniture from other countries. Not investing but bombing investment infrastructures. Afghanistan’s Kabul has been transformed in ways that Taliban couldn’t have done. But ultimately, poor or rich, it is their country and they could do what they please with it. US had 9/11 issues, but then stayed for reasons most Americans disagree with. Now they decided that it is time to cut their loses. Good for them.

            I just delivered a Monday morning journal for you to enjoy with macchiato and you want me to change world politics. What do I know, I just sell papers;-)

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            ጋዜጣውን ከመሸጥህ በፊት አልፎ አንብበው:-)
            ከብዙ ውጣ ውረድ ያድንሃል::

          • haileTG

            Wendimie

            ሞኝህ ፈልግ፡ የተነበበ ነው ብለህ ሳትከፍል ጋዜጣዮን ቋ ልትረጋት እንጂ:-)

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            በጣም ነው ያሳቅኸኝ!
            እኔማ እያነበበ የሚያብራራልህ ሰው ልመድብልህ ነበር::
            የቐንየለይ

          • haileTG

            Haha Abi!

            ደህና ተግባብተናል ብልጥዮ። የተነበበ፣ የተብራራ፣ በእጅ ያለፈ ጋዜጣ ከፈለግ የብርሃን ዓርከይ ሱቅ ሂድና ግዛ። የኔ ይቅር ሰው አዝጋሄርም ያላየው በፌስታል የተቋጠረ ፍሬሽ ጋዜጣ ነው። ለባለሳንቲም እንጂ እንዲህ መንገድ ዳር ሁኖ ለሚመነትፍ ኣይደለም። በርሄ ኣንድ ይዞ ሳይከፍል ሄድዋል፣ ኣሁን ድሞ ኣንተ!! ቆጥሬ የተቀበልኩት ጋዜጣ የታባቱ ገባ ልበል ማምሻውን።

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            በቃ ምን አለፋህ ” አታሚና አከፋፋይ” ነኝ አትለኝም!!
            HAILE THE GREAT PRINTING and DISTRIBUTION, LLC.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-TG,

            ተዓሚትካ ዝግበር ፓለቲካ እኮ እዩ ናብ አጻድፍ ዘእትዎም ዘሎ።

          • Berhe Y

            ሰላም አያ አማኑኤል,

            It seems the US finally defeated its demon and broke free, free at last! 🙂

            HaileTG said the following with regards to US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

            I asked him how that square off with his position for US intervention that he was advocating.

            Now you are clapping because he said “ ተዓሚትካ ዝግበር ፓለቲካ እኮ እዩ ናብ አጻድፍ @.

            እዛ common sense ትበሃል ነገር ሓሺሽካያ::

          • Abi

            Berhe
            This sound like something messed up BIGLY!
            I need translation ASAP.
            You know how much I love jokes.

          • haileTG

            Selam Berhe,

            While you exchange with Aman H, something occurred to me when you mentioned “common sense”:-) “facing your demon” or anyone “facing their demon” is an idiom. I hope you are aware of the meaning – given our recent interactions, it is possible that you could misunderstand me for saying the “Afghanis are demons”. If you haven’t misunderstood – then consider this just a reconnaissance mission on my part.

            Idiom: ‘Face your demons’
            Meaning: If you face your demons, you confront your fears or something that you have been trying hard to avoid.

            The US defeating its demons means it has overcome its fears of “withdrawal and its consequence” for a long time that it worked hard to avoid. Finally it defeated it. It got away free from its fears. Free at last.

            I assume you’re on ball with this one though.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-TG,

            Always ahead of them. You picked up where they are off-screen in the discussion, and brought up the idiomatic word to their attention to grasp your message.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Berhe,

            ሃይላት “ትዓሚትካ ዝለላ ትሕለፍ’ያ” ስለዝበለካ ፤ አነ ኸአ ካብ ቀደሙ አብ ዕሙት ፓለቲካ እዩ ዝጎዓዝ ዘሎ እየ ዝበልክዎ። ከምኡ ዘብል የብልካን ማለተይ እዩ። Too slow to understand to what is said.

        • Samuel

          Hi Abi,
          Speaking of daily prayers, እነሆ የኣብይ ጥዋት ጥዋት ፀሎት:-

          አባታችን ሆይ ፤አስመራ የምትኖር (ኢሳያስ)፤ ስምህ ይቀደስ፤
          መንግስትህ ይባረክ ፤ፍቃድህ አስመራና ፤ምፅዋዕ ፤ እንደሆነች ሁሉ፤ ኢትዮጵያም ይሁን፤
          ጉልበት ተሰምቶን በስህተትና በድፍረት ላጠፋነው ይቅርታ አድርግልን፤
          ኣማራው ፤ኦሮሞው፤ ኣፋሩ፤ ደቡቡ፤ ሙስጠፌ፤ ሁሉም ያንተ ናቸውና፤ TDF ጉልበታቸው ያዝልን፤
          እዳችን ለመክፈል ግዜ ትሰጠን ዘንድ እንለምንሃለን፤
          የውስጥ ችግራችን ትተህ በየመግለጫችን ስምህን እየዘከርን ነንና ፤ ኢሱ ሆይ ማረን።
          ኣባባ አሜን!!

          Thanks,

          • Abi

            Samiti
            የተስፋ መቁረጥ እንዳይሆን እንጂ ጨዋታ ጨምረሃል::

          • leGacY

            Hi Samuel,
            Have you heard about the priest from Mhara Kill who sanctioned a curse on the infidels with “May your daughters bare a black dog?”

          • Samuel

            Selam leGacY,
            The church has been the political tool of Ethiopia politics, for years it has been the source of political legitimacy. After the death of Haile Silasie the church’s influence has been greatly reduced, since then Amhara elites has been complaining about it. The political strength of the unitary camp emanates from the church. Thus, the cursing is part of that history, it’s really sad to hear such kind of cursing just because men and women in uniform are saving their lives.

            In this war they have tried everything to silence any kind of criticism towards the PM, that includes denying the atrocities committed in Tigray. The church has left a shameful legacy for its silence of Axum massacre and the war in general. Kudus to Abune Mathias, “they” broke the silence and criticized the killings, targeting churches and mosques (thru leaked video from his unofficial house arrest). The priests are full time politicians and part time servants (not sure about this).

            Thanks,

          • leGacY

            Hi Samuel,
            The truth is that every segment of society failed us during our darkest days including our own leaders. I cannot get rid of an image from a video where Debretsion is seen cracking jokes sitting next to Abii, which by then was plotting to exterminate the Tigray people with his buddy Issais.These was a complete intelligence blander . As leaders they should have seen this coming from a mile .

      • haileTG

        Selam Berhe,

        I know your situation, and duly sympathize with your predicament. But, the US after spending $88 billion in about 20 years in Afghanistan (that is over $4 billion annually) to provide them with state of the art military, technology, economy… it has concluded;

        “there is only so much Washington can do if the host nation’s political elite proves to be perpetually fragmented, unwilling to reform itself, and more interested in internal squabbles than meeting the needs of its own citizenry.”

        As Eritrea is the second lowest before last GDP in Africa just topping the failed Somalia (with about $4 billion GDP), Afghanistan was given equivalent of the whole Eritrean GDP (Gold and others included) on top of its natural resources, including expertise and networking. I am sure this is what you call US vested interest foremost. As to how they blew it, I know exactly how, especially when I look at the way you swagger with Eritrean matters;-)

        • leGacY

          Hello HTG,
          Nothing gets me going than these conspiracy theories that run amok in our society. They think that we are so special that the rest of the world is plotting to undermine us . Nobody really gives a rats ass about us.

          • haileTG

            Hi leGacY,

            The recent theory I heard in the PFDJ circles is that the current conflict in Ethiopia doesn’t have anything to do with the Ethiopia, Eritrea or the region. It is actually USA and China fighting about Bab al Mendeb:-) It has been circulating for few days.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat haileTG
            If TDF were losing, they would say this war is about the juntas 🙂
            The only open hgdf factory is “the fabrication of lies” and it is flourishing.

          • Abi

            MM
            The only place that the dead TDF flourishing is in your brain.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            The dead TDF has now circulated Debre whatever, then Wereta, then no more the headquarter of those criminals. Next?

          • leGacY

            Abuca,

            You look like a deer in headlights. Your entire world is collapsing before you as TDF closes on Finfine.

            Kemmir,assazanshign eko.

          • Abi

            legacy
            አካሲ!! አለ ኦሮሞ

    • leGacY

      Hi HTG,
      I really doubt that the US beat its demons. There is an entire industry that profits from wars and unless this people have adopted farming as a way of living the US will be back very soon. There will be an international incident very soon that would drummed up as do or die and we are back to square one.

  • sara

    selamat all awtistas,
    shall we say good Moring America, the afghan capital is now under the control of Taliban,
    the US has cut and run, per one European politician he said … I will hang my head in shame,
    what a blunder! what happens next… the president..i mean x president has fled the country
    with his family …leaving those who served him in desperation… and looking to the pictures in the Airport was all kayos with many who were promised to relocate left in the open air…
    good lesson to those who bet on America and the west to do their bidding… into power.