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Gulf States v Qatar: Isaias In the Middle

General Sisi’s overthrow of Mohammed Mursi’s government in Egypt has re-aligned Arab politics with many Gulf States in support of Sisi, while Qatar is fiercely opposed.  Consequently, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirate (UAE) and Bahrain have withdrawn their ambassadors from Doha, Qatar.  In the middle, manipulating or being manipulated, is Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki.

The three Gulf States have poured millions of dollars to stabilize the new regime in Egypt, while Qatar has maintained its tough stance.

Attempts by other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), to resolve the differences between the Qatar, on one hand, and Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain on the other, have failed.  Kuwait and Oman have not joined the other GCC countries in withdrawing their ambassadors.

Qatar has indicated it will not reciprocate by pulling its ambassadors from any of the three countries. But observers believe if this crisis is not resolved, Saudi Arabia might take other stringent measures such as banning Qatar from using its airspace.

For a few weeks, the Saudi Foreign Minister has been shuttling between the Gulf States to find a common position against Qatar, which Saudi Arabia accuses of violating the non-interference clause of the GCC. He was not successful.

At the same time, Qatar claims its position regarding Egypt and Syria is not a GCC issue but an external matter.

Among the accusations leveled against Qatar by the three Gulf countries is that Qatar has become an emboldening center for Islamists whom Qatar supports by providing media airtime, and logistical support.

Qatar is also accused of supporting the Huothi rebellion in North Yemen, an area bordering Saudi Arabia, a charge which has also been leveled against the regime of Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki.

The visit of Isaias Afwerki to Qatar on Saturday comes amid unprecedented diplomatic chaos among the Gulf Countries.

Isaias has asked Qatar for financial support because Eritrea is going through serious shortage of hard currency.  Meanwhile, Eritrea is also being courted by Egypt as an ally in a possible Nile showdown between Egypt and Ethiopia.

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  • Sinibaldi

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    tender desire.


  • haile

    I thought along similar lines at the start of this debate when talk of war was high among both sides. Egyptian army is one of the biggest in the middle east. Ethiopian army may have better equipment and experience (peace keeping and interventions) as it compares the regional countries (Eri, Sudan, S Sudan, Somalia, …) but Egypt is the next level up both resource and tactical advantages of its armed forces. The Somalia intervention of Ethiopia has also shown the limitation of its armed forces when the rebel groups forced a change of policy in Addis to withdraw. However, it turns out now that there is tiny or no risk of Ethio-Egypt confrontation on this issue. It appears that Egypt is very much aware of Ethiopia’s moral right and Ethiopia is very much aware of Egypt’s crucial needs in connection to Nile. All the talk now is to shout the loudest in order to secure the best outcome to one’s side in the final negotiated settlement. So, I don’t think the woyane have to wear their bombproof helmets anymore 🙂

    • Suzy

      The progression of a drafted baseball player is single A, then double AA, then AAA, then Major League Baseball. When comparing Egypt and Ethiopia, it can be said Egypt is in the Majors while Ethiopia is still Single A. In other words they are in different leagues. Eventually this is going to come to a confrontation because Egypt’s lifeline depends on the Nile. When somebody threatens your livelihood, when you are confronted with survival issues, all bets are off. Ethiopia barely has a single A army but thinks it is in the AAA or majors simply because it gets leftover armaments from the US Army.

  • Nitricc

    The arrogance of the Egyptians is amazing. wow
    “I recall the words of the late Anwar Al-Sadat, who said that if need be we will go to Ethiopia and die there, not die of thirst where we stand.”
    “…………Ethiopia should also apologise for its attempts to impose a fait accompli on downstream countries, something which runs in the face of international law.
    The negotiations are continuing, but if this attitude on the Ethiopians’ side persists it will be a matter of weeks before they collapse. In this case Egypt will have to consider taking other measures to protect itself……”

    What measures; send few F-16?
    The Egyptians are arrogant. And they know the Ethiopians are cowards never stand up for what is theirs. Ethiopia should apologies? For what???????


    • Suzy

      I’ve a feeling this row will end with a few Egyptian bombs dropped on Weyane’s head. As usual, Ethios will say “Akaki Zeraf” and then go back to eating choma and tre siga and forget about the whole thing. Egypt’s huge army and airforce is built to fight the Israeli Army. Ethiopia is no match for Egypt. Ethiopia can not even beat a few Somali rag tag militias with all the help it gets from the US Army. I really believe this time Ethiopia has bitten off more than it can chew.

    • Horizon

      Why did you bring this liar, a supposed professor, who unashamedly corrupts science, history, world politics and truth, in order to serve his masters in Cairo? A scientist is a servant of science in all its depth and breadth, and he is not a doormat for politicians as this person is. This pathetic creature has no scientific knowledge; rather he is a second-class political sellout, who is a shame to all scientists. He could not have been any more ignorant and a scoundrel.

      Nitricc, you do not seem to be short of adjectives for Ethios. Yesterday it was “beggars”, today it is “cowards”, and
      tomorrow nobody knows what you would come up with. Funny, this time you try to avoid telling us your wishes right in our face, you chose to do it rather indirectly . You must be extremely angry with Ethiopians. I hope that you would not make a faustian bargain to see Ethiopia burn
      to ashes.

  • said

    The Gulf Union of Diplomacy at a Critical Test What’s originally been modeled as a full Political, Economic and Defense Union between the Arab Gulf states of the GCC after the European Union, remained, despite similar period of longevity since the EU of 26 European Countries finally forged into a full-fledged Union, the GCC remained a Diplomatic Union until finally, that
    too, is being put to the test in the current ensuing crisis between the Emirate
    of Qatar and three of the other GCC member countries lead by the Kingdom of
    Saudi Arabia.

    Failing to heed repeated warnings by an increasingly politically and regionally
    assertive Saudi Monarchy, the rulers of Qatar are now facing the wrath of the
    Saudi Monarchy in the lead of two other GCC member states of the UAE and the
    Kingdom of Bahrain.

    Failing to fall in line to the dictates of the mostly Saudi Rulers with regard to the
    GCC Countries’ supposedly unified position vis-à-vis the late political
    developments in Egypt and the unreserved support granted Egypt’s new rulers,
    the Saudi Monarchy with the other two GCC Countries escalated the confrontation
    with the rulers of Qatar as symbolized by the recalling of their ambassadors
    countries’ from Doha. The Confrontation, in the judgment of some
    observers, could further escalate by the Saudi authorities by the imposing of a
    total boycott against the Emirate of Qatar that could see the closing of
    borders, Qatar’s only terrestrial access, as well as the banning of in-bound and
    out-bound air flights into and from Qatar from using the Saudi Airspace that
    would truly render very difficult travel to and from Qatar.

    The deteriorations of relations and these current developments among GCC member
    states, while never perceived they could ever reach that point, signify the
    fragility of an apparent Gulf Union that failed, despite the passage of three
    decades, of striking roots towards the forging of a real union between the oil
    rich six Gulf States, members of the GCC.

    In comparison with the European Union that covers every political, economic,
    security and foreign relations aspects as a one solid block, with full
    harmonized laws and regulation touching on every aspect of the functioning of a
    sovereign state, the GCC member states jealously guarded the independent
    sovereignty of each single member state over every political, economic,
    monetary policies and foreign relations. Common Institution building and
    the relegation of some of the important functions of the single Sovereign States
    members of the EU to new formed common EU institutions helped progressively
    ensure the forging of a deeper union among the EU member states. For example,
    come the year 2,000, the Euro became the single common currency of all the EU
    member states with the exception of the UK. A single Central Bank is
    managing the monetary policies of all the EU member states. Same goes with
    respect to the Defense and the Foreign Relations functions and policies as, for
    example, Lady Catherine Ashton, the EU’s Head of Foreign Relations, as amply
    witnessed during the recent 5+1 talks over the Iranian Nuclear Program, leads
    at the forefront in acting on behalf of other foreign ministers of member
    states when discussing the EU’s foreign relations with other countries.
    Same, to some extent, goes with regard to the freely elected European

    However,and in comparison with the European Union with regards to the above, the GCC
    remains more of a form as each of the member sovereign states continued to keep
    their cards close to their chests and paying mostly lip service to initiating
    substantive steps that could lead to the forging of a real full-fledged Union a
    la European Union.

    With very strong indication that the Kingdom of Oman is likely to opt out of the GCC
    by considerations of increasing divergence and deep differences with the GCC
    countries’ foreign policies, as lead by the Saudis, with regard to relations
    with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Oman, as well as Qatar, are very keen
    of maintaining, even developing, closer neighborly relations with Iran and
    perceive the Saudi hostile position towards Iran as dangerous, recalcitrant,
    impractical, short-sighted and potentially counterproductive.

    The GCC as a potential Union is being threatened to unravel with the breaking up of
    relations with Qatar. Saudi Arabia-Bahrain could form one block by
    themselves as the UAE, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar each will reassert their
    independent sovereignty despite what’s little of it if ever was relegated to
    the less important few common GCC institutions that were created.

    Unlike in the case of the European Union that saw the gradual forging of the Union
    possible, the GCC Union failed to establish the governing rules and laws that
    emanate from the liberal values observed in truly functioning representative
    pluralistic democracies that would ensure the striking of deeper roots and
    ensure the continuity of the union. Paramount in this regard are the
    liberal labor laws; the strict adherence of human rights laws; the status of
    women; freedom of expression; the due process of law; freedom of religion and
    freedom of worship, as well as the orderly succession of power through the
    ballot boxes in free universal suffrage.

    In line with the Constitution/Charter of the EU, before any single candidate
    country aspiring to joining the European Union can be admitted to the Union,
    these candidate member countries would first need to conform and harmonize
    their governing laws in all aspects to the European Union governing liberal
    laws. I gained some insight to the working of such a process in this
    regard during an extended business stay in Serbia seven years ago as Serbia at
    the time was preparing to be qualified to joining the European Union.

    The GCC Union is a Top-Down Union of member states that are mostly governed by
    decree. It follows, that the necessary common institutions that needed to
    ensure the forging of a real and a genuine union were somehow absent.
    Despite the lapse of three decades, each of the six member GCC states, with the
    exception to a certain extent of Kuwait, never developed the kind of democratic
    institutions that would permit the forging of a genuine union. Thus, things
    fell back to political whims of the very few at the helm at each of the single
    Sovereign member states with regard to decision makings pertaining to crucial
    national interests.

    The origin of the current mounting political disputes between Saudi Arabia – UAE –
    Bahrain Rulers, on the one hand, and the Qatari Rulers, is the
    Qatar’s going it alone opposing the recent coup d’état that took
    place last July in Egypt, and the continuing support that Qatar
    continuing to lend to the opponents of the current regime in Egypt. The
    Saudi Government desiring to forge a single Gulf stand in support of the new
    Egyptian rulers, are irked and consider the Qatari stand and policies in
    this regard as non-conforming to the consensus among the majority of the GCC
    Countries’ rulers. Apparently, the Saudi Rulers are genuinely concerned
    that Qatar’s position on Egypt would undermine the current ruling regime in
    Egypt as it could feed into the increasing sharp polarization and
    affecting the political stability of Egypt.

    Again,not been governed by a common political value system that stems from a
    Universally observed value system, in the example of the European Union,
    policies and laws tend to change and differ in the GCC member states following
    the rulers and a close network of henchmen’s whims and shifty perceptions of
    the national interest, often, interchangeably that of the ruling class’ interests.

    The current crisis in the GCC with Qatar being disenfranchised, marks a precedent
    that had never been witnessed before of an increasing aggressive posture by the
    Saudi Rulers since the start of the war on Syria that had been followed with
    the same vehemence with the strong and unreserved support lent the planners of
    the coup d’état in Egypt.

    The apparent breaking up of the GCC is coming at very critical time; rather at a
    crucial juncture for the Saudi Royalty in particular as the succession of power
    to the third generation of the Bin-Sauds represent by and within itself an
    unpredictable challenge. The break-up of relations among the GCC Member
    states could very well compound an already sensitive security situation
    singularly and collectively of the member states and the political stability of
    some of the ruling regimes in that region.

    With the current assertive and aggressive Saudi political posture, regionally and
    within the Gulf, it wouldn’t seem all that far-fetched that the Saudi
    authorities could cause the tension to further escalate with Qatar to the point
    of a direct or an indirect intervention, including the hatching of a possible
    internal coup.

    In all cases should things, God forbid, develop to that stage that would bode ill
    for the GCC Countries at large given their already fragile and exposed
    political and security structures.

  • Asha Golgol

    Awate are tireless detractors of Eritrea are shamelessly flounting their dim imagination for all to see!!

  • SMichael

    I think it is unfair to say this and that about the dead.
    Let God judge him as it is too late now to curse him or judge him.
    What is the point now to talk about the dead?
    This is disgusting.
    Can you close the topic for GOOD.?
    AT,weren’t you upset when Assenna tried to say this and that about Ali Abdu,who fortunate and lucky to have timely medical care?

  • Nitricc

    A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
    David Brinkley
    I always wondered about the word Great and greatness. I am equally intrigued the different between success and failure. Every year, every opposition predicts the fall of PIA; this including my beloved awate.com. Year and year out people say PIA days are numbered, he is done, he is isolated, he is dying, I mean the predictions are endless and the man keeps reinventing his wheels every time people count him out. At one Awate-team’s post; awate-team dapped PIA as irrelevant dictator whose time has passed and expired. Now the same team telling us that the “irrelevant dictator” all of a sudden the dictator is not only prevailing but he is in the middle of things. Why is it when ever he is counted out; he comes back strong and stronger.
    Once I read a rare post by staunch anti PIA and my favorite writer, Ismail Ali, in his point blank blog.
    Here is what he had to say.
    “……Though I chose not to, I could also have added Isaias into the mix or used his name interchangeably with the organization as well because for good or ill he was and remains the prime mover and shaker of the movement. It is testimony to the incredible power of a forceful personality that a single individual brought EPLF into existence, the same individual carried it through the turbulent years of the struggle for independence, and the same one remains its sole leader to this day!
    Call him anything you wish: Eritrea’s Napoleon, Eritrea’s Stalin, “a dictator with no clothes” but no sensible person who pondered over his achievements (in his heydays that is) would call Isaias a stooge. A small ragtag army was all he had in the beginning and his precious “nhnan elamanan”. From this humble beginning he rose to erect something very akin to an “empire” that he still presides over undisputed: the EPLF/PFDJ/GOE colossus. I must therefore grudgingly salute him if for nothing at least for his will-power and cleverness……”
    It is a true testimony greatness of PIA what you are witnessing as we speak. Read what the job-less in Andnet.com is saying; read his butler at awate.com is trying to say behave of the job-less; pay attention all the waste of time and good for nothing debating about the Gedli and its effects. Mind you, it was created and led by one man and that man brought it to its fruition, case closed, the end of story, then, why is all this talk? Why? because they couldn’t understand; the greatness of this man. and his degree of success. They can not figured it out; they are at loss i.e. they must debate and talk to make sense and understand what once the great man archived. If not what is the point talking about Gedli and degrading the greatness of Gedli?
    take it or leave it Gedli will live for ever. you don’t like it, go kill yourselfe.

  • RIP Jigna

    General Wuchu never went home for the day without personally meeting every mother who came by his office to ask about the whereabouts or death of her son or daughter. He felt he had a special responsibility to mothers. That is what all his colleagues are saying about him. That is the mark of a great man in my book!

  • Ermias

    Ok now I am confused. Most people here allege that generals and colonels have a lot to do with the mass exodus of our youth. But now I see that even some staunch regime critics are praising Wichu. In my opinion, he was guilty by association at the very least.

    • haile

      Selam Ermias,

      Let’s put it in perspective, Wuchu served his country with gallantry and there is no amount of accusation to erase that. In my opinion, his failure is to do with not having the courage to dissociate himself from taking part in the crimes that the IA regime unleashed on the Eritrean people. Wuchu is to be admired for joining the armed struggle without the basic skills of reading or righting and coming out as a decorated general in the other end. I would not dispute his entitlement to the military position, but his educational background must have rendered him easy ball for IA. If wuchu had refused to be involved in civilian matters, it would have been a different story. For the 20 years he spend in meda, well we still need to be grateful (the 23 well tsk tsk tsk… bad man)


      • Ermias

        Thanks Haile, I couldn’t agree more.

        • haile

          No problem Ermi. One funny twist is however, wuchu would have a funeral on Mar. 8 , Inl. Women’s Day. The father of 9 General was also known for his love of women and many ex-girlfriends still bitterly swear when they hear his name 🙂 The second funny thing is that the HGDEFites are very aware of Wuchu’s achievement is not much other than in the Military, so they are calling him Worrior Tegadalai. You see, Eritrea doesn’t have a “warrior” caste and the word is of more appropriate within a tribal system. Any way, the goddess of Warriors (of course a woman) ba’ela ab zufana tqebelo lom’zeben megabit shomonte 🙂

          • Ermias

            Funny indeed Hailat. I was watching Eri-TV late last night and Asmelash read a short paragraph statement about Wuchu. He enlisted in 1971, he was a hero, he was ba’al hadar abo shomonte “WILAD*”. He will be buried on March 8, at mekabir harbegnatat Asmara. They had a candle and a flag showing behind the state. That’s just about all they said. They use everybody like a newspaper. There is a new paper every day so yesterday’s paper is useless.
            *Is it common to say abo shomonte WILAD? Just curious, not trying to exploit anything.

          • haile

            Yes Indeed. It is hard to write much about people like General Wuchu. Well, they are plain army men. It was disgusting of IA when he sent him to deal with the issue of the UoA students. What does Wuchu know about answering civilian questions and university students at that. True, Wuchu might have thought IA assigned him the duty sincerely. And Wuchu did what wuchu does. If he was lucky enough to occur to him that IA was playing the same dirty game as when he promoted him to chief of stuff while on a death bed, then he would have told him shove his instructions and it doesn’t have anything to do with the armed forces. But, we all still don’t think quickly on our feet.

            Today, PFDJ thrives on hazen and are trying to chew this simple death of a General that requires nothing more than an army protocol send off, to politicize it for mending their broken faces. I think people need to refrain from over analyzing wuchu, he is a strong fighter, stood for the nation at the height of massive bloodshed to ensure its independence. I have many memories of wuchu that spin my head with loughs. One of which is if you tell him you need cigarettes he would retort ኦኦ.. ነዚ ዲኻ፣ ኪድ ጨብ ኣብላ ካብ ገሊኦም 🙂 Those who mislead wuchu are as much to blame, he was a fierce military man and that was that…

            Here is a tribute to Maj. General Gebregziabher Andemariam (Wuchu), Chief of Staff of Eritrean Armed Forces https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8WOGTxoVR4

      • Abe

        The undemocratic nature of HIGDEF is rooted from the start of Gedli,it didn’t start in Asmara,they where brutal to one another and the public at large then,they are heinous criminal dictators now.
        Wichu was at the fore front of that criminality, No Excuse.

    • OnLooker

      A morally right act does not always produce a good outcome. Wuchu may have in the past had a stellar performance in advancing what was morally acceptable-fighting supposedly foreign domination. Alas, now he and others are judged not by their past performances but the outcome of their past collective action, and recent performances. The order of the business is that If the outcome is bad, so is the performance that led upto it. Wuchu is despised not because of his distant past performances, but rather his recent actions or ommisions thereof.

      Are these tegadelties (not all but most) running amok in Eritrea inherenlty bad? Is it in their genetic make up of these tegadelties to be such cruel, cynical and disagreable human beings ? They are part of the larger society but lived in isolation for many years under a socialist ideology. That idealogy must have some thing to do with them being inhuman masters. If that’s the case, Eritreans need to reject the initial state (terefmeref ideology) in ordrer not to produce tomorrows tyrant.

      Tegadelties may as well be the product of a flawed Eritrean culture. Any Eritrean, given the chance, can perhaps turn into extremely ruthless, and cruel leader. If that’s so, then we need to either reestablish a new culture, or restore the old; if not, the present culture will continue to determine future tyrants.

    • Nitricc

      what a dumb person. it is amazing Eritrea can produce people like Wichu and here is Ermias.
      Hey Ermias what is your IQ?

  • haile

    ወይ ጉድ፡ ሎምዘበን ገለ ክንርእይ ኢና!! ሬሳ’ዶ ንሬሳ ይሓዝነሉ’ዩ ደቀይ። ውጩ ደኣ ናይ 20 ዓመት ተጋዳላይ፡ ናይ 23 ዓመት ጉሒላን በላዕ ሰብን፡ ተሓጺቡ ናብ ጭቃ። መሳኪን ህግደፍ፡ ብሓይሊ ብኸያ ክብልወን’ዮም ነዚ ቀዳመ-ሰንበት። ከመይ ለካሚኹም ይግበሮ።

  • RIP Jigna

    It was announced by Eri-TV today that Major General Wuchu had died at the age of 64. The legendary warrior who is known by his nickname was a commander and a military leader who dedicated his life to his country. He became a warrior tegadalay at a young age and remained in the military following Eritrea’s independence, rising to the position of Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defense. General Wuchu is one of the giants of Eritrea’s armed struggle for independence. As a commander with the EPLF during the fight for independence, he was present at most of Eritrea’s key battle victories as evidenced by the old video clips of interviews he gave before and after key battles that are often shown as documentaries on Eri-TV. The legendary general had a brash demeanor and was known as a courageous and hyperconfident man who inspired a great deal of confidence in the men and women he led in battles. There is a famous clip of him addressing the tegadelti troops he led during the Afabet campaign telling them that they were that day because they had honored their invitation to participate in the final burial of the Dergue. His confident pronouncement elicited a roaring laughter and applause from the tegadeltis who were ready to go on the attack. I hope someone will find that clip and post in is honor. General Wuchu will no doubt be mourned by Eritreans around the world this weekend. The Government of Eritrea has announced that he will be buried at Asmara’s Patriots Cemetery this Saturday. Our condolences to his beloved EDF, his 8 children and fellow warrior tegadeltis with whom he served and led.

    • SMichael


  • Rodab

    First off, RIP our hero Wuchu. It is my believe that he was a good and brave soldier, specially during Ghedli.
    I also learned just today that he was made chief of staff of EDF. Wow! something has to happen to know who holds what position these days! Isaias made him chief of staff while he [Wuchu] was on his weakest point as far as his health goes and this shows not only the president’s self-serve-first attitude but also his total incompetency poor judgement to be in charge of anything, let alone that of a country. And we are supposedly in a no-peace, no-war situation. What a fitting to put a dying man in charge of the army! Isaias, Isaias, do you not have advisers or are they under mouth arrest!?

    • haile

      Selamat Rodab,

      Indeed RIP Maj. General Gebregziabher Andemariam (Wuchu). He was recently promoted to Chief of Staff and he was in wheel chair at the time. The decision to promote him may be “poor” judgement or not on the part of IA based your assessment of the latter’s intents. If you believe that the purpose was to inject new sense of moral and dynamism within the EDF, then you’re right it is a “poor” judgement. But if the intent was to further concentrate power into the hands of the Presidency (vie the President’s office security attache) then it was hard to judge that it was “poor”. Because it does exactly that. Either way, it wasn’t like such wasn’t the case anyway, but considering the mounting pay and leave related discontent within the army, directly controlling the commander level positions would likely reduce the risks of Forto II.


      • SMichael

        Thank you for your responsible response and comment.

    • SMichael

      Can u please stop this childish joke and judgement?
      Gen Wuchu deserves more than the Chief of Staff position.
      Do NOT be too naive or think that people are too naive.
      The simple reason for making him the Chief of Staff during his last days might be just to Honor him,albeit belatedly.

  • T..T>

    Let me add from 2011-ELF veterans’ discussions
    that Isayas is already dead. His doctor
    found no pulse (lacks expert power or a team of experts), no blood pressure
    (lacks public support), and no breathing (lacks room of support from
    neighboring countries and the continent).
    Then, what? The Arab Gulf
    countries are resuscitating him. Why? No
    body knows. His links with the Arab Gulf
    countries are the Massawiis. Each
    Massawii is Isayas’s ambassador. Isayas
    cannot afford to displease those countries.
    Only from Saudi
    Arabia, Isayas makes about a billion U.S.
    Dollars from 2% tax and other services.
    The opposition knows that. Many
    tried to delink Iqama renewal from renewed passport. Only through the U.N. the Eritreans can
    achieve that – delinking of Iqama renewal from renewed passport and deny Isayas
    all the monies he uses to run his embassies all over the world. Don’t tell us the 2% tax amounting to only
    $20,000 from Canada and the U.S. can do
    what he is doing here and there.

  • Eyob Medhane

    Sal and Aman,

    I am sorry I missed that. But the guy is very good. A friend of mine from Israel forwarded me the link of his other song ‘Gize’. If he is living in Eritrea and releases his songs there, he must be one in a million, escaping Isayas guillotine, somehow…. May God keep him as is…


  • Eyob Medhane

    Haile or Sal,

    Please help me out here. Have you ever heard of this guy? Does he live in Eritrea and did he release this song, while he is living there? I know my Tigrigna is very weak, but even for someone like me, his ‘semena worq’ should be penetrating… How come any of you haven’t discovered him and his message, yet?


    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Hey Eyob,

      I believe Saay brought ( may be a year ago) his song to awate forum. I don’t think you will bit him on such collections.

      Amanuel Hidrat

    • saay7


      The song actually came out right after Forto (January 2013, when you were in Addis with its 0.00 bandwidth), and you missed all the chaw-chaw, including at Awate Facebook page. We particularly had fun with “Senbetu”, which many thought was a reference to Sophia Tesfamariam:)

      Yes the artist Orion Saleh did well But it’s a cover song of Ato Ateweberhan Seghid. so all the Semna Werq belongs to a different artist targeting a different abuser 🙂


  • Ahadu

    I really enjoy the debate raging between the different known personalities in this forum : Sal + Sal,Amanuel,Hayat, eyobay and Haile : impressed by haile and Eyobai for their timely pick of utubes or chops.Any ways take a break for a moment and listen to Memhr Amanuel Sahle and his advise on the never ending ; Nihna vs Nisom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLPJX3gFVZ8

    • haile

      Selamat Ahadu,

      I have come across this one recently (can’t remember if it was this video or read about it though). It is understandable that people like Amanuel Sahle have to settle in places that would, as closely as possible, provide them the ambient setting for their main source of inspiration i.e. culture and society. Since currently Eritrea under HGDEF is a no go area for most Eritreans who thrive in their field, Tigray is next best place to recreate the right setting for them to flourish again. Saying that, I am amazed that the all time best Eritrean painter artist Michael Adonai have chosen Australia, after escaping from Eritrea recently. Michael is another artist with deep and powerful bond to culture and society which serves as the source of his artistic expressions. The Australians have provided him with most (if not everything) that he materially need to continue doing what he loves to do, but I doubt that they can provide him the aura and ambiance that awakens the flow of his creative inspirations. I suspect Mr Amanuel Sahle would soon have another big time artist Michael Adonay in his apartment block in Mekele. What can we do with “HGDEF mendef deqi sebeyti” as Papillonn once observed 🙂


      • ghezaehagos

        Selam Haile and all,
        First of all ‘M’wuQ selmata,’ to you all awatistas.
        Indeed Haile, Eritrean men of letters, artists and actors are leaving their beloved nation. For some in their twilight years. By now our nation would have been a culture and economic hub; given our innate ingenuity and quick-mind. Alas! it became a bad laboratory of Isaias, the hugely-frustrated, the failed and ‘bad-mad-dangerous-to-know-scientist.’
        Ghezae Hagos

  • Alex Deana

    “meanwhile Eritrea is also being courted by Egypt as an ally in a possible Nile showdown between Egypt and Ethiopia”…..I often wonder if there is any sane Eritrean out there capable of thinking with MIND rather than HEART?…..Eritrea can always irritate Ethiopia, but what most Eritrean elites(most living in comfort zone) don’t often think of is, at what cost to the poor citizens in Eritrea?

  • Eyob Medhane


    Have you guys heard about is?


    The useful line in this AP news is

    “…..Israel forces intercepted the ship, the KLOS C, in international waters off the shores of Sudan and ERITREA, 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) from Eilat, Israel’s southernmost point and only Red Sea port, Lerner said…..”

    አይጥ ሞት ስትሻ ስታበዛ ሩጫ:
    ሄዳ ታሸታለች የድመት አፍንጫ::

    • SMichael

      You r paranoid now thinking that Eritrea was going to get them??Huh.So what?We deserve to get them so as to defend ourselves.
      AT,I am sick tired of tolerating such kind of people who are officially ng declaring for the destruction of Eritrea.
      R u part of the agenda?

  • Rodab

    Please expand the information on why the trio fiercely support Al Sisi whereas the Qataris are opposed to him. Is there socio-religio-culturo-economic reasons behind this, or is it just personal relations between the leaders involved? Perhaps the Saudis and others are looking for excuse to go after Qatar for the sins of that sinful Al Jeezera? If the latter is the case, PIA should join the crusade against Al Jeezera. As we all remember, his very last interview with journalist Jane was the most disasterous of all the interviews he has done in his life. I don’t believe he recovered from that to grant interviews to foreign journalists. Anyway back to my question earlier, Why do the Saudis support the regime in Egypt, and why do the Qataris oppose it?

    • SMichael

      R U being too naive or purposely bringing up the issue for debate.
      Just in case though,Qatar gas been the of the West to mess up the alleged enemies of the West.
      Take the cases of Libya,Syria and now Egypt.
      R U telling us that U R not aware of, that Sec Hillary Clinton warned or advised the Emir of Qarar to isolate PIA?
      General Sisi and his current Gov are against the interest of the West and Qatar,is as expected, at the fore front against Egypt now.
      This is not Rocket Science,dude.

    • AOsman


      Qatar does not feel the threat of the Arab spring, actually it is for it. You may have seen its influence over the Arab and other nations increase over the years. Qatar is small, but ambitious.

      The ruling families of Saudi, UAE, Bahrain and others feel under threat and if the wind of Arab spring is not halted, they will its next victims.

      With Egypt falling under the revolution and worse the Brotherhood taking charge, there was no doubt that the spring would have spread the revolt into the GCC nations. Even the West recognised this danger, which would have an implication on their national security (oil supply..economy), the American were covertly supporting the opposition, Tony Blaire was calling for guided/controlled change and he went further later to rationalise the takeover of AlSisi. Mursi was undermined from UAE, Saudi chipped in while Qatar tried to support his government. With Mursi overthrown, Qatar complains of foul play, Saudi and others claim legitimacy of AlSisi, their policy on Arab spring and Egypt thereof is diametrically opposed…since it is a matter of national security, now they are honing on Qatar to temper its game or else. Basically Egypt must be stabilised and at the moment it is faR from it.

      The Qatar vs Eritrea relationship, falls within the context of Qatar trying to expand its influence in Africa, once you have the spoiler in you book, it is easier to resolve crisis in the Horn, if Qatar can manage what the UN and West have failed, the door gate of influence will be wide open.

      Unfortunately, DIA strives in crisis, he may have frustrated Qatar, but prolonging a crisis is his game. Now what is interesting, DIA may be readying to sell for the highest bidder. Egypt may need him if it plans to sabotage the dam construction, but Qatar may pay more for him to do nothing as a way to irritate Egypt…anyway he can play his chess so long the cheque is paid to keep his regime alive. It is in this situation that local politics yields little and the oppositions need to be ready to deal with the geopolitics of the time and position themselves to hasten change before DIA destroys what is left of the nation.


      • Rodab

        Your analysis is good and makes sense. You also seem to posses some knowledge of the region.
        One little question: why is Qatar itself not worried about the Arab Spring? It certainly is not a democratic nation, so why are the Qatari people not excited about the movement like their neighbors?

        • AOsman

          I know little about the Middle East.

          On your question, I don’t think Qatar has the Sunnah vs Shia problem like Saudi, Bahrain, Yemen and others. Don’t quote me here, I don’t think it fears overthrow from the Muslim Brotherhood, actually it has their ideologue Sheikh Qaradawi in good term and living in Qatar (probably the only country that would accept him), actually one of the complaint from the named GCC countries was that he was criticising them on Friday sermon and worse it was beamed on Qatari national TV.

          Qatar has experimented with free press, change of Head of State. Qatar has a small population ( around 2million population) and one of the highest GDP close to $100k, the country is booming like crazy and the Qatari citizen are given responsibility early, with career prospect and good wage, what the chance of revolt? I think little.

          Same May be said with one or two others, but Qatar may top the list. What would interesting if all of them gang up and take measures, can Qatar withstand isolation and sanctions? I doubt it.


          • sara

            just a little correction….
            the pop of Qatar in 2006 was 270 + thousand, the ratio of foreigners to nationals is 1qatari to 10

          • AOsman

            Thanks Sara, each one of them must feel like a king :).

  • Boku

    Awate’s second piece on Qatar visit. Sign of desperation. No fact just speculation.