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Hate Speech Within Eritrean Communities

On March 15, 2019 New Zealand was rocked by a cowardly attack on two of its mosques, fifty innocent Muslim worshipers were gunned down and many others injured. The attack targeted Muslim worshipers as they were gathering for their weekly Friday (Jummaa’) prayers. This callous attack wasn’t the first of its kind on a place of worship, but certainly was one of the deadliest attacks in recent years. On October 27, 2018 a Jewish synagogue was attacked in Pittsburgh during the Shabbat morning services, eleven people were killed and seven were injured.  On January 29, 2017, a mosque was attacked in Quebec City, Canada; six worshippers were killed and nineteen others were injured.  In June 17, 2015 the African Methodist Episcopal Church was attacked in Charleston, nine African Americans were killed and many injured. All of these attacks were committed by individuals linked to white supremacy.

On April 9, 2017, twin suicide bombings took place at St. George’s Church in northern Egypt where at least forty five people were killed and many others injured. This attacks was claimed by ISIL. All of these attacks had three things in common: they were cowardly attacks on innocent worshipers, they were hate driven and they targeted sanctuaries dedicated for peace, devotion and spiritual comfort.

Religion and history

After every violent attack, particularly on a place of worship, the world struggles to explain these unexplainable acts of brutality. Many of the perpetrators of these crimes readily explain their actions and justify them in religious, historical and nationalistic terms. They perversely misuse the same religious texts that inspire millions of the faithful around the world to be kind, forgiving and loving to others. Obviously, their fringe and obnoxious interpretation of religious text has to do more with their own perverted views, more than the religious text itself. They cherry pick religious texts out of context and manipulate them to fit their gruesome and detestable outlook of the world.

They use past historical glory or grievances or rivalries to validate their convoluted views. History isn’t perfect and it reflects the evolving human experience, with all human limitations. It reflects the realities of the past and its occurrences can only be understood within their own historical context. History represents the shared experience of human experience from which lessons can be learned and used to make today’s world a better place. Analyzing past history without considering the ever changing global social, political, national and interfaith relations isn’t only archaic, but utterly foolish. The “manifesto” of the New Zealand attacker was full of references to past historical rivalries in an attempt to revive the long forgotten bitterness and insinuate hate and discord.

Despite their different names, means, claims of religious and national affiliations, these hate mongers have one thing in common, they all belong to the same school: “the school of hate”. A school whose core foundation is, to hate, vilify, malign and attack anyone who is different and doesn’t subscribe to their narrow and exclusive ideology!

Eritrean concerns:

The globally rising tide of hate should be of great concern to Eritreans at home and in diaspora. Eritreans generally pride themselves for being tolerant and more accepting and as such they belief that hate will have no place in their society. Relatively speaking that is true, but there is no denial that Eritreans had their share of mini hate mongers and subtle hateful expressions directed at others. Groups such as the “Makelai Aliet”, the dark skinned indigenous Eritreans, the Tigriyan laborers (referred to as “Agame”), minority religious groups such as Jehovah Witness and other were recipients of various forms of subtle hate. Further, we live in a global village where ideas flow seamlessly beyond borders and languages. Like any other society in the world today, Eritreans are not immune to the venomous hateful messages that are wide spread in the social media.

Within the Eritrean social media there is a growing expression of hate under different names and guises, such as “Agazian”, “Tigray-Tigrinya”, “Jihadism” etc. The hate messages spread through these forums are receiving increased audience and shouldn’t be underestimated. Similar to other hate mongers in the world, they use religion and history to spread Islamophobic or anti-Christian or ethno-supremacist hateful rhetoric. Hate breeds hate with deadly consequence for all. Eritreans have every right to be proud of their mutual peaceful interfaith and inter-ethnic relationship, but should not be complacent in the face of rising voices of hate among them. As noted by the Israeli researcher, Inbal Ben Yehuda[i], extremist groups such as –Agazian- are “a minority within the Eritrean diaspora. Like many right-wing extremist movements elsewhere, their supporters may not be especially numerous, but their vocal and even violent nature makes them potentially influential”. He further notes that this particular movement –Agazian- has contributed “to the radicalization and intensification of political discourse in the Eritrean community around the world”.

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, whose country was subject to a recent hate attack, eloquently summarized what communities need to do to combat hate when he said[ii]: “we have to chase out this hatred from our parties, fight it online, denounce it at town halls, and push back when it reaches our front door. Choosing to stay silent, while hatred stews, is complicity in its most cowardly form”.

Conventions of understanding

Perhaps it is time to reiterate and spread certain key conventions to create an inclusive and accepting social norm and combat hate. To that end, here are some conventions to consider:

  • It is perfectly fine to be devout, deeply religious, but it not fine to be hateful to others who don’t share your faith or belief.
  • It is perfectly fine to take pride in your national or ethnic ancestry, but it is not fine to vilify others who don’t share your ethnicity.
  • A hate directed at a certain group is a hate directed at all and shouldn’t be tolerated.
  • Interpretation of religious text and analysis of historical occurrences should not be left to amateurs who have a lot to learn and understand before they step in public forums.
  • Free speech is a universally cherished right, but hate speech is the antithesis of free speech and pure evil.
  • Debating and discussing different points of views objectively is healthy and mature, hatefully vilifying others is ignorant and uncivilized.
  • Ignorance and fear breads hate; outreach among faith communities, ethnic and social groups is key to combating hate.

Hate mongers are a fringe of the fringe. There are more good people than bad in this world. When the good people tolerate hate directed at others, the voices of evil take center stage and poison mutual social relationships. The Arabic proverb says: “major fires starts from small fire sparks”!

[i] https://972mag.com/the-far-right-nationalist-movement-roiling-eritreans-in-israel/135179/
[ii] Speech delivered at the House of Commons on March 18, 2019 by Justin Trudeau

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  • Hameed Al-Arabi

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    • Mez

      Dear Hameed A,

      I don’t know the exact possible options and numbers. But what you presented is part of the vision 2063 of AU; and probably part of China’s one belt silk road. The details matter a lot. And even then you may not want to bypass a macroeconomy with 10x10x8 consumer to the south. This is a sort of socioeconomic suside.

      Thanks

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Ahlan Mez,

        Why do we wait for 2063 of th AU? I think, it is irrational and a mass suicide to do that. We have about 3000 km and an open plain to our destination, the Atlantic Ocean. Secondly, such kind of project is not happening for the first time in the world. Many countries have constructed roads of tens of thousands of km that cross continents. I think, it is not impossible to wait until AU wakes up from its sound sleep after 50 years. The road projects towards Ethiopia are minute projects and costs a lot of hard currency to build them, they are impractical.

        Al-Arabi

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Hameed,

          I like your thinking and I like your optimism. You are right there is no reason why this can not be done.

          For example, there is cross train, which is how CANADA was build that’s double the distance. Canada is a population of only 35 million where the population you are mentioning ten times that, and the country has really harsh weather (half of the year) unlike that of plane in Africa. It costs 500 Canadian to go across, 4 day and three nights travel. Imagine when we make Eritrea a tourist heaven, how many people from Africa would love to come?

          I would add as well, Internet and fiber lines are also expanded along the same lines.

          I think cooperation with Ethiopia will equally benefit the region. Ethiopia has clean energy to export and light up the electric train as well.

          It’s kind of like what Ethiopian Airline did for the airline, we will be doing for train / internet and they can do for electricity as well.

          To be honest, I think it will be total waste for Ethiopia / Eritrea to build another train from Assab to Addis when they already build one from Djibouti. Sure they can build between Assab and Djibouti to join the line but totally useless to build a parallel one.

          Berhe

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Berhe Y,

            Ethiopia could join the project if only they forget their greediness and rolling of their eyes towards our sovereignty.

            Al-Arabi

  • Nitricc

    Hi All a good news for Ethiopia and the Ethiopian airlines. Ethiopia did the right thing for net handing the block box to Boeing. If Boeing had the block box you know what the results would be,” pilot error” good job Ethiopia and the reputation of the Ethiopian airlines will stay impeccable.
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    • Blink

      Dear Nitricc
      This is a good news for all stakeholders of air travelers and most importantly to Ethiopian air line. The fact Ethiopian air line didn’t allow Boeing to have the BLACK BOX shows the air line is standing for their brand , I think if weyane were on power they would simply lick Boeing and their customers is a good thing for all Africans, which company in Africa has the stomach to say no to the west multi corporation

      You remember Meles the midget was kneeling down to one fertilizer corporatipn .

      • Nitricc

        Hi Blink; I guaranteed you if TPLF was in power the block box is in the hands of Boeing. No doubt. For a change Ethiopia did the right thing and for that her current leaders should be commanded. Speaking of Melles and his weyane; tell me one country they did not kneel? that was their whole existence to be bend by everyone.

        • Blink

          Dear Nitricc
          Meles the midget must feeling the heat from his destructive ethnic politics , Meles Ethnic politics put Ethiopia nearly to the Ruwanda thing , The number of IDP in Ethiopia is the result of Meles evil plan to milk ordinary Ethiopians. The way he divided Ethiopia based on hate can be related to the way he cheat the aid money . I believe almost all NGO and especially these American aid ganges as well as European African specialists are all going nuts due to Abiy resilient hand of good will .

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Blink and Nitricc,

            You see what I mean. Where the PFDJ supporters dominate the internet, this is what we get, uterly total non sense.

            Saay is correct, the PFDJ let alone with the living they like to fight with the dead.

            Blink, how is the yiAkil business going on the ministry information office?

            Ab may zArewet Anchiwa konka aleKa.

            Berhe

          • Blink

            Dear Berhe
            You are just trying to make a point by covering your mouth with net . Do you think Meles would resist to give Boeing the black box ? I don’t.

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  • Hayat Adem

    Dear friends,
    IA’s regime has put blanket accusatuon against three countries in a single paragraph. Turkey, Qatar and Sudan are explicitly mentioned by name as acting and ganging up in subversion against Eritrea. This is unusual not just because it accuses three countries in one in a naked and undeplomatic language. It also implied those countries’ acts of subversion also is aimed against Ethiopia. IA was known on picking up fights with everyone. This time, it has beaten its own pace of severing relations by naming and accusing three countries at the same time.

    • Kokhob Selam

      Dear Queen,

      He is just trying to attract people,,

      Just watch at those chosen countries..Do you think that is without calculation? Look, Sudan what is left on this nation? The dictator Beshir is almost gone..Now,Turkey also the men in high level are surrounded in congress (they are busy) the only nation okay is Qatar..

      KS,,

      • Mez

        Dear Kohob S,

        1) You are probably correct in saying Al Bashir’s government is weakened. But it is not yet dysfunctional.
        2) These triplate countries:
        2.1) have quite deep rooted popular movement as a combination of Muslim brotherhood and neo-ottoman empire supporters.
        2.2) further, they have strong popular base support in Egypt and across the Middle east.

        3) what pia’s government had done is by any account a diplomatic disaster.

        4) But that may be the only viable strategy to fight and control the internal political dynamics in Asmara. If you see the whole evolving situation, the west is pushing towards reform. The prevailing peacefulness with Ethiopia is creating big trouble for pia. He have to do something of bigger proportion, something like what he had announced.

        5) this will also push him closer to Egypt. Under this new situation Egypt may exponentially increase it’s support for pia regime–remember gerd is not yet a settled issue.
        6) finally the Turkish religio-nashinalists (neo Ottomanists) slowly but surely want the world Muslim leadership to originate from them; they want to push aside ksa, and controle the two holiest Muslim cities.

        7)pia is offering himself and his country to be a tool for all these things to come; he is just simply crazy.

        Thanks

        • Hope

          Selam Mez:

          Your superficial analysis might sound correct.
          But irrespective of what PIA has said or done,they are FACTS,irrespective of the motive of the press Statements.
          Are you denying what the Al Beshir’s Sudan,Qatar and Turkey have said about and done to Eritrea as a nation,not just to PIA?

          Please clarify.

          For the record,what the GoE or PIA said is NOT for the first time but prob for the third time–and based on facts.

          You sound contradicting though by clearly “testifying and confirming ” the destabilizing efforts of the Trio against Eritrea in particular and and that of the Horn and Middle east in general.
          For God’s sake,what do you expect the GoE to say or to do?
          If you question the facts the GoE clearly stated,am ears for your “Expert Analysis and rebuttal”.

          Guess what?

          Am so GLAD that the TPLF does NOT have the power it had until few yrs ago as that could have a devastating impact on the National Security Interest of Eritrea with the help ogf the Trio aka Evil Axis,which you sound to be NOT interested to protect at all.

          Do you remember that similar EVIL Trio Axis?
          The Evil trio Axis composed of The Sudan, Yemen and Ethiopia which sponsored JOINTLY to isolate and contain Eritrea?

          If so,why are you questioning and belittling the ‘concern’ of the GoE if you are a real Eritrean?

          You claimed shamelessly:
          “pia is offering himself and his country to be a tool for all these things to come; he is just simply crazy”.

          By doing what he has done,he,PIA,successfully got Eritrea out of the COLD,and in fact.has STOOD TALLER,STRONGER and even the SOLE WINNER.

          “In the worst or in the best case scenario”,the GCC and Cairo can easily push al beshir to the cliff…thereby the Turkish and Qatar Terrorists can stay away from the Rd Sea.

          Irrespective of the outcome or the impact on Eritrea,as you clearly alluded,PIA and its GoE are entitled to do what is the best of their interest by doing what you said :

          “5) this will also push him closer to Egypt. Under this new situation Egypt may exponentially increase it’s support for pia regime–remember gerd is not yet a settled issue.
          6) finally the Turkish religio-nashinalists (neo Ottomanists) slowly but surely want the world Muslim leadership to originate from them; they want to push aside ksa, and controle the two holiest Muslim cities”.

          • Mez

            Dear hope,

            You asked: “…For God’s sake,what do you expect the GoE to say or to do?…”

            Just two major things: 1) attract fdi
            2) build skilled (unmatched) human capital.

            the rest will roll by itself.

            Thanks

    • Hope

      Selamat Gual AboyAdem:
      U sound a bit upset coz the weyane are indirectly implicated here.
      BTW,do u know how the Weyenti paid the $3 Billion Cash to the Turikish Gov for Investment in Tigray?
      “As far as the GoE’s Press Statement is concerned, it stated the facts as they are and you cannot refute those facts it stated.
      The Ethiopian Gov already gave a warning to the Al Beshir Gov for its destabilizing business against Ethiopia thru and in collaboration with the weyenti.
      You tell me Ms “Ambassador” Hayat Adem what you would have done if you were in Eritrea’s and Ethiopia’s position?
      Simple solution:
      Just push Al Beshir while standing nearby the cliff RIGHT NOW.
      ” IA was known on picking up fights with everyone. This time, it has beaten its own pace of severing relations by naming and accusing three countries at the same time.

      • Nitricc

        BTW,do u know how the Weyenti paid the $3 Billion Cash to the Turikish Gov for Investment in Tigray?

        Hi Hope; I know the weyanes are the dumbest group of people I have ever observed but to pay the Turkish $ 3 billion is a little beyond their pay grade. I know they are dumb but not that dumb.

    • Blink

      Hayat
      Yes it is shockingly poor way of dealing. One thing is clear, Turkey and their Muslim brotherhood lunatics are harboring our region for more influences. What do the Otoman murderers plan to do in the Red Sea will be interesting to watch but for PFDJ to put their hand on such way at this time is simply horrible. By the way , what do the Turkish say while in Sudan ? How is the their Ummah going on ? Beyan would be an interesting asset for such things but since he went for a secret mission I think he is a changed man Beyan if you are around say something. Hayat , the border intrusion of 1997 was the main reason for the 1998 war between Eritrea and Ethiopia , weyane are the main intruders .

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Ahlan Her Highness Hayat Adem,

      He slapped three countries by one blow. It is a sign of panic and shows that they are in a mire condition. They thought this will ease their stress, but they assisted absentmindedly the present move of Eritreans inside and outside Eritrea. It is only enough if Sudan allows Eritreans to operate from inside Sudan. And any war against Sudan will bring the end of the regime quickly. ይኣክል ህዝብና ወሪጣተን ኣላ:: When things go opposite of what was intended is an indication of the END of the regime. I think, Qatar, Turkey and Sudan will never bring them an outlet. They just fueled the fire that burn them.

      Al-Arabi

      • Hayat Adem

        Dear Al-Arabi,
        n’zibe’e abmintayu haremkayo
        ab affu
        ‘mo agfaH’kalu
        It is like a boomerang effect.

  • Brhan

    Selam Alikum Sheikh Ismail,

    Thank for your timely article. The title of the article should be “some hate speech among the Eritrean communities” because hate speech is an old problem in Eritrea and we have to cover all types of it. We have also to talk about efforts which tackled it based on the Eritrean experience, as a source for our future laws and educational resources. Last but not least we have to talk about criminalizing hate speech, because together with raising awareness, it helps to permanently eradicate it.

  • Hayat Adem

    Dear Hope,
    I feel like I can be nice to you today. I feel like
    you are in the same mood. If so, you and I must aIgree at least on one point today.
    And I want to continue from last time. I asked you the other day to comment on the challenges of the three priorities of Eritrea as a nation. My take is you didn’t disagree with the identification of the major and most urgent problems. Now, I want to tell you that I don’t beleive those problems are beyond the capacity of Eritrea and Eritreans. “Independence”, for example is already achieved. It was achieved after a long struggle, heavy sacrifice and against all odds. What remains is is the easiest part. It is about deepening and sustaining it. Here, the best option is not even about doing something. It is about being refrained from doing something that endangers it. I would think the most dangerous animal putting Eritrean independence at risk right now is IA. And it has been through out but more so, clearly post referendum. What do you think about what i said above?

    • Hope

      Selam Gual AboyAdem:
      This is NOT Rocket Science.
      I repeatedly called for the IMMEDIATE Removal or Departure of the same BEAST you are talking about but it should be by and through Eritreans, NOT thru Weyenti or CIA or their mercenary-The Pseudo-Eritrean Opp, for a clear and obvious reason as we do NOT and CANNOT trust them equally or more so like we do NOT trust the same Beast. as we have had bad experience with all of them.
      I don’t accept the empty bravado of saying” Weed out the PFDJ by all means possible” including at the expense of Eritrea’s Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity and National Security Interest without considering the unknown outcome of that approach.
      And my firm principle is that ,until we are READY that we Eritreans can execute it,I prefer the status quo.even though am afraid of, that we are running against time as the hellish MEDDEMER thing might be cooking in faster than we thought under ground based on the behind the scene, killings, kidnappings and demotions and freezing of our Top EDF Commanders including the at Aseb Front and that of our Navy, where we heard rumors that a Junior Col is taking over as our Navy Commander over Gen karikare with an excuse of health issues.
      Gen Samuel/China is being rumored to be officially frozen from the Aseb Front role even though he has been out of the picture.
      This is NOT just a hoax news form ERENA or Assena, which I do NOT trust form my own reliable sources.
      Once that spoiler is gone, I believe the sky shall be the limit for Eritrea and Eritreans.as we do not have an issue with Human Resources, Governance,Politicians and Leaders as well as Economics/Diplomacy and Finances as Eritreans are a self-governing and disciplined people as Prof SAAY said it,and Eritrea is said to be one of the RICHEST Countries based on the Natural Resources it is endowed with, not touched yet for whatever reason, which is one of the reasons I blame the PFDJ Leadership and list as a Conspiracy NOT to make Eritreans to utilize their God-given resources….call is sadism or else.
      Here is my dilemma/ my apparent Flip-flopping stand:
      -How to remove the beast–the Strategy and as to why we have failed thus far
      -Trust issue with our Opposition
      -Trust issue with our N Neighbors
      -Trust issue with the CIA and its puppets
      My concern is based on facts and history.
      Talking and writing articles is NOT enough–for 25 yrs now.
      But to tell me NOT to talk is but …..

      • Hayat Adem

        Okay Hope,
        Fair enough. What are your relative telling you about SibHat?
        Gen Karikkare was the one I was referring to the other day when I said then that some local commanders are inspiring localities to prepare and defend themselves.
        Now, let me ask you some very easy and specific questions.
        You and I have the same concern about risks. Eritrea’s independence and security must be defended at all expense. There is one think you and I differ. That is you think the status quo is preferable than the unknown. I would think nothing is more dangerous than the status quo to Eretrea’s existence and security at this time. I would say, if the present continues for 1 to 2 years from now, Eritrea would not be existing. What and why do you think the oppostion can do worse than Pfdj?

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Hope,

        Bouteflika resigned after mass protest. It took them just over a month. Well done the people of Algeria.

        Ezi RoKRaK will be next. We need yiAkle inside Eritrea soon, it will happen.

        Berhe

        • Hope

          Selam Berhe:
          But you are comparing apples with oranges.
          But relatively speaking, prob it its time to apply the Algeria’s experience…now that the “External Factors” are minimized even though the wekharu weyenti are looking for some loopholes..

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Hope,

            The regime in Algeria was thinking that there will be no one dares to stand lofty against them. Suddenly, things have changed upside down. I think, you are not far from that scenario, and yours might be the easiest one. Just a small move and everything you represent will be history. I am sure, you will say, this is impossible. It is good to continue with that spirit until you are stricken dumb.

            Al-Arabi

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hope,

            Are you saying the Eritrean people are not equal to other people from other parts of the world? Why if it can be done in Algeria why not in Eritrea?

            Listen, weyane are just across the mereb river, why don’t you go and fight them, they are not in another continent.

            Berhe

          • Hope

            Berhe:
            U love those hasadat weyenti,don’t U?
            I told U that they are NUMBER ONE /Numero Uno enemies of Eritrea and Eritreans.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hope,

            Now, I really doubt you have have a problem with weyane. How can you dream about them day and night…I think it’s called ፍቕሪ ሕሱም.

            Why don’t you mind your own business…

            Berhe

          • Hope

            Berhe :
            Why can’t I mind with their business when the are crossing the redline of my business?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hope,

            ዘረባ ጥራሕ፡ እሞ ሓዲኡ ዘይትገብር፡፡

            ለይትን መዓልቲን ክትቁዝም ክትነብር፡፡

            Berhe

          • Hope

            Selam “berhino ” MeArey:”
            Why don’t U do the same against the PFDJ rather than bluffing nonstop hiding behind the computers?

          • Hope

            Behrhe “Shokkor”:
            We already successfully quarantined your hasadat weyenti.

          • Hope

            Bereh:
            Sir,u tell me as to why it has taken Eritreans 20 plus years but only few months for Algerians to bring down Boutiflika?
            Do U really read what people write?
            There is a huge difference between Eritrea and Algeria historically, socio-politically and geo-politically; and Algeria and Algerians were at relative convenience or position to have done what they have done.
            They have had no enemies like Eritrea have had and they have never had to go thru what Eritrea and Eritreans have gone thru.
            Hope this helps but hanguel derho and RiEsi Akkat will NEVER get it.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hope,

            I am going to call you Hangol derho now. It’s very similar..FLN come to power in 1962 (58 years) and it’s been in power since. Boutifilka was president for 20 years. So the Algerian people were fighting since 1962 to replace this party…

            Actually Eritreans will achieve sooner than Algeria because so far for us it’s 27 years. There is more reason we have to do it now before the power is transferred from PFDJ to another guy PFDJ or his son and wait until 28 years…which is exactly his plans.

            Berhe

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Hope,

            You have forgotten their enmity with Morocco. You are continually obsessed by Weyane like your god. Eritrea and Eritreans remind you the crimes you have perpetrated against innocent Eritreans. You are practicing here a kind of escape from the horror of your crimes that chases you day and night. All of you know very well that in the UNITY of Eritreans conceals your end.

            There is no difference between you and Isaias. He likes to give unending lectures about the world, but when he is confronted with real questions about Eritrea he embarrasses, bubbles, sweats, farts, balloons his checks and chest. Do the same happen to you? I mean, you ….

            Al-Arabi

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hope,

            Please drink some water and seat down when you listen.

            Go to FB and search for “ይኣክል! Enough!!”. In that page you will see the yiAkl message from Keren.

            እዋናዊ ሓባራዊ ጻውዒት ንመላእ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ!

            It’s authentic and as authentic as it can get. You can hear the noise and the car travelling while the person recording the video. And you should recognize Keren. And if it starts in Keren, it will be the beginning of the end of these regime.

            Berhe

          • Paulos

            Selam Berhino,

            Isaias will issue a decree to install cameras in every corner of every city.

            On a serious note though, we need to follow through what Haile Menqerios suggested and what we have discussed here as well when we emphasized on the urgency of ሃገራዊ ዋዕላ to chart a way on how to navigate through in the event Isaias the menace flees the country. It is not a question of if any more but a question of when where he increasingly finds himself cornered from every angle.

            ትማሊ ዓዲ ቀይሕ፣ ሎሚ ከረን ጻዕዳ፣ ጽባሕ ኣስመራ ቤላ!

            ይኣክል!

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Paulo,

            You are right. Last night I was watching an interview of Milkias Mihreteab and I think Mussie Zena. I forgot the guy who was doing, it’s was on FB.

            So last week, they had a meeting in DC and most of the people were those former journalist and activists and probably some professionals ..I was Dr. Araya FB saying he is going to DC to attend a meeting. Also Amanuel Dawa in his interview said they were planning a meeting in DC, which I suspect what the meeting they were talking about.

            And the topic is exactly that..what is that we need to prepare for post IA. So I think everyone is on the same thoughts.

            One thing I must say…with 99% accuracy is that, the PFDJ supporters are the worst of the worst of US. If you recall for the past how many years they dominated the internet with their vocal, filthy, divisive and ugly politics. I was starting to doubt, what is happening to our people, our culture and our respect for elders, for the rule of law and for basic human decency, it’s the main reason that I come here in AT and AT because I can’t deal witnessing their filth.

            But now when I listen the hundreds of people in yiAkl video message, I see how mature, how articulate, how respectful and how far thinking our people are that I have no doubt that Eritrea is in safe hands. The Eritrean people, I can say over 99% totally detest IA and all he his lies, it’s like the people have been doing cleansing for everything that he is and what he has been building for the past 27 years…there is not even ONE word, ONE phrase to resemble anything and everything that he is and stands for. How is that possible, because all these people they know no body except him and his party but there is ZERO influence what so ever.

            Paulos arkey, please if you can think a little hard and write down your vision and what Eritrea should be and draw the road map what you think.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; all of your references are FB; I mean do you have anything better to do? Besides, I thought FB was for teenagers in a convenience of gossip. Comedown Berhe. there is no a Yakil revolution. it is all fake this is all fake that is hatched by digital weyane. And I see you are mentioning the UN guy. I haven’t heard in years and why is he making noises? Ah; power!!!!

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            Yes, I have nothing better to do, except checking FB on line and wishing to see IA run for his life.. Why video from Keren is fake?

            He is Eritrean, and he is entitled to comment. He was forced to leave his post by IA. And if he wants power, so what’s the big deal as long as he earn it from the people.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; I was trying to save you from the usual disappointment you and your so-called justice seekers. Obviously you have no idea how the system is built and function. And I don’t even know what you are talking about Keren and I didn’t see it. All I observed was your endless FB references.

          • Hope

            Selam berhe:
            If you are talking about kerenites chanting Aktra,aktra,kefaya,,Kefaya,YiAkil,YiAkil in Blin,Arabic and Tigrniya,you are too slow.
            How do rule out that Hope might be part of it?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hope,

            You are double agent;) so you may have been there to spy on others..too bad for you..Eritreans are not hiding and more.
            This must be the biggest shock to the PFDJ system. They have no idea how to fight this.

            No I was taking about video directly from Keren.

            Berhe

          • Hope

            Selam Berhe:
            If u believe withnout a shred of evidence that hope is a double agent,it sounds that Berhe is a100% Weyane Troll and Spy Agent here at my own Eritrean Awat Univ.

  • Teodros Alem

    Selam
    ambassador haile menikeros(head of UN in AU) has said two crazy things (which u guys don’t want to talk about it) in one of ethiopia’s foreign policy forum in addis.
    he siad 1, the 3A integration plan has to lead ethiopia and eritrea and including the entire horn region to unity. 2, he is the first diplomat ever who think gov to gov ( pm to President) talk or agreement as 2 person’s agreement or talk.
    the amazing thing is no so called nationalist (opposition and pro) wants to talk about his “unity” statement. I said nationalist my foot.

    • Selamat Tedros Alem,

      I just viewed an interview with Ambassador Haile Menqerios with Eri Media (I think.) Rest assured, in the interview, he succinctly explained all the statements he made during the Ethiopian foreign policy forum in Addis.
      Where there appeared controversial statements there were none. His responses, he said, were confined to answering questions pertaining only to the event which he was an invitee. He stated, regional integrations are a world wide phenomena and the horn of Africa’s regional integration is based on global forces and as such he is in support of it.
      Ambasador Menqerios, in the interview, clearly stated that the issue of sovereignty is the business of only the people. No government, especially the dictatorship of Eritrea’ s Isaias can decide and impose anything that puts into question the sovereignty of the nation. In other words, Isaias can not all of a sudden decide to unite Eritrea with Ethiopia and come to the people saying I have decided and now we are united. Because Isaias is not given such power to decide such things. The Ambassador believes sovereignty can only be decided by the people.
      And the people may or may not decide to change the current status of their sovereignty.
      There are no controversial statements made by the Ambassador at the Addis foreign policy event. His statements, which were specific answers he was making regarding the event itself were taken out of context and sensationalized by numerous entities who have an agenda to spin and create controversies according to their political or pseudo political desires.
      There is nothing there or nothing to speak of. I found him to be an Eritrean with solid Eritrean stands and an excellent matured addition to the Eritrean political arena after his long absence due to his work with the UN. From the interview (and the interviewer pressed him on similar questions to yours) I found nothing to worry about any of his views including the issue of Eritrean sovereignty. If Eritreans are not talking about what you are saying is because either they have viewed the same interview I have or they have no reason to believe Ambassador Haile Menqerios has Eritrea-Ethiopian political stands that is different than theirs, i.e. the Eritrean Heart Beat.

      tSAtSE

      • Millennium

        Hi GitSAtSE:

        True, what the ambassador said at the forum is not contraversial at all; he was stating the obvious. Raising the issue of economic integration among the countries of the Horn is a topic fit for discussion on such a forum. The campaign against him is just part of the political game being played by the two sides; this time, it was just the other side’s turn to try sling the mad back at the opposition and make him look like he was compromising the sovereigninty of the country. What I did not like about him in the interview was the fact that he did not rise above this obvious game. On his part, he was working hard to make it look like it is president Isaias that is compromising the sovereignty of the Eritrea. The other apparent fact is, even though, he stated he is happy about the peace agreement, the whole content of his speech tried to sow seeds of doubt in the process. He was effectively lobbying the prime minister not to make deals with the president. How does that promote and encourage peace?

        Regards,
        Millennium

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Millennium and tSaTse,

          Exactly. I am sure like everyone else who oppose the dictator of IA, he would like to see Isayas Afeworki removed and warning Abiy Ahmed to keep arms length when dealing with Isayas.

          tSAtSe ጠፊእካ ከኒኻ፡ አብ ፈስ ቡክ እንታይ ይበሃል አሎ? Or you are still think…useless campaign…

          Berhe

          • Selamat Berhe Y,

            Useless and dangerous are the false narrative propaganda of the story tellers such as your buddy Yemane Teklegiorgis, What is his appeal to you? Is it because he is named Yemane like yourself?

            I do more YouTube and barely FB. So I can’t tell you abb faisebook entayy kemzbahal zelo. Why don’t you give an update on your yiAakil campaign. What is its expansion rate at this moment? Has it reached its peak yet. Any how AB TEGBARINET AB WISHTTI HAGER is what matters! As your buddy Hamid Al Aarabi said Hazo Hazo tSinkurr kunettat segirna alonoa iyu itti ewanu,

            You are late on Joshua.

            tSAtSE

          • Berhe Y

            Hi tSAtSE,

            Nay MoKsi gedifika tezareb. It’s not appeal to me but he is telling the truth about the devil and secrets.

            I was wondering for a long time, what could possibly be a good reason IA can be so cruel to Eritreans. Why? And at the same time, after all the things he has done, how come there is no one who comes out and tell what they know. Well I am not disappointed by Yemane. I do believe in faith, karma or what ever you call it, but in short what goes around comes around. Life always pays in its own ways…specially to those who do harm to others…

            YouTube kab belka dma regode.

            For now, check

            Falfasa
            Fanus Network
            ATV asena

            I will give you more next week.

            As for Jeshua, it’s ok it makes no difference, for someone who is pretending asleep.

            Berhe

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan GitSAtSE,

            I wonder, where has gone your maths and computing knowledge that you brag about it always. Any knowledge, when it is not reflected in your daily life and daily dealings, it means, you don’t possess that knowledge. It seems, you come across those fields, but you don’t master it in reality. It is not part and parcel of you. You are two alien entities.

            I am sure, you don’t feel, but the people of Eritrea are pulling the carpet from under you feet. If you have the minutest memory just compare the voices against the regime between the year 2000 and 2019. You feign you don’t know. Again, this exposes your wangling.

            Al-Arabi.

        • Selamat Milenium,

          “…, it was just the other side’s turn to try sling the mad back at the opposition and make him look like he was compromising the sovereigninty of the country.”

          I do not think the Ambassador is lobbying the Prime Minister not to make deals with the President. It could be demonstrated the Ambassador is trained and has practiced the promotion and encouragement of peace. For the past two decades, while sides Vs. side were squabbling and undermining the potential and progress of Eritrea, Ambassador Menqerios Haile was working on numerous projects for the promotion of peace as a special envoi to the General Secretary fo the United Nations.

          I am glad you bring the comparison between President Isaias Afeworki with Ambassador Menqerios Haile. The two of them split after the major cataclysm event in young Eritrea’s history. Of the Fifteen contemporaries Eritrean revolutionary leadership who demanded institutionalized discipline and governance from the single headed unitary authoritarian Isaias, Menqerios is the sole sample leader who has the strongest legitimate platform that should resonate with every single one of us Eritreans. No Eritrean, with an ounce of decent of observation capacity, can deny the absence of dependable institutional decision making body of governance in Eritrea. The legislative branch of Eritrea’s government with the universal formula that is accepted as being the equal representation of a people that confidently govern themselves with justice is the big elephant in the room that is no where to be seen. It could se said, in the hierarchy a true legitimate Eritrean Representative, there stands no one that is more legal, experienced, and seasoned than the Ambassador. The shut down Eritrea’s legislative body, its members jailed, and made to be silenced and inoperative and dispersed internally and externally has not a single one vocal representative to speak not only for its body’s sake, the Eritrea’s Representational Government, but also for the people which it was legally mandated to represent. The evident lack of institutional governance in Eritrea is proven by the absence of the relaying of sovereignty vital information from those governing to those governed at the most critical junction of time of Eritrea’s history. As though it has been delegated to be the mouth piece, Prime Minister Abby’s Ethiopia updates the current status of the peace rapprochement to Eritreans who are eager for the essential information. Essential information for the way forward for the Eritrean nation, which the seemingly dictatorial office of the President of Eritrea Isaias Afeworqi and the numerous ministries and departments under its control have not effectively informing the Eritrean people.

          As far as I am concerned ( and I dare to say as far as the Eritrean people including the faithful supporters of government, aka PFDJites,) Ambassador Haile Menqerios is an un indicted legal representative to Eritrea’s legislative body who has steered clear of Eritrea’s governance in the past nearly two decades. As far as I or we know, he has not been charged with a crime or treason by Eritrea’s government and in the past nearly two decades has been working for global peace, security and cooperation under the United Nations. He accepted the order of the day and since he became jobless as a result of the suspension of the Eritrean Legislative Body of Government, he sought and pursued his revolutionary goals by working as an intermediary for the resolution of conflicts in the continent of Africa. As far as we can stretch the concept of what is legal and legitimate, the Eritrean government has not legally charged Haile Menqerios as it hasn’t charged those incarcerated whom we come to know as G15. Hence, the Ambassador Haile Menqerios is now as legal and legitimate representative of the Eritrean people as is the dictatorial President Isaias Afeworqi. And now we stumble on the absence of the Judiciary Body of the Eritrean government as a result of the the absence of legal charges on a single member of the Eritrean Legislative Body of Government. The only one standing stronger Today with an impressive experience and knowledge of international laws and norms as a United Nations envoi for peace and cooperation between nations, is Ambassador Haile Menqerios.
          As aged, seasoned and experienced as the dictatorial President Isaias Afeworqi by virtue of the two practicing their positions in life unhindered and without interfering with one another’s business for nearly two decades there is nothing legal to exclude neither one of them from assuming the leadership role in Eritrean matters particularly in the momentous event of the final resolution of the Eritrean Ethiopian international conflict. There is no other candidate that is worthy with a weighted significance importance due as an alternative leadership to that of the dictatorial President Isaias Afeworqi other than Ambassador Haile Menqerios the Eritrean People should emphatically give focus to at this date and time.

          After nearly a year since the Eritrean Ethiopian peace rapprochement, Prime Minister Abby’s Ethiopia, for reasons of its own, for the first time reached out to an alternative to President Isaias’ Eritrea by inviting the Ambassador Haile Menqerios in its Foreign Policy event it hosted last week. This could be indicative of the Ethiopian Legislative Body of Government’s power to not only question and assess the Prime Minister’s work performance but also very possibly for the purposes of giving legal legitimacy for any agreements signed and to be enforced between Ethiopia and the dictatorial President Isaias Afeworqi. The Ambassador Haile Menquerios was vetted and invited to observe and give his feedback, an a seasoned professional expert in foreign relations and conflict resolution under the UN, to the naive PM Abbeys handlings thus far of his foreign policy on Eritrea. Is the invitation of this select Eritrean Ambassador an indication of some frustration by the Ethiopian Prime Minister towards the conditions and functionings of President Isaias’ Eritrea which has proved to be dysfunctional due to it’s significant lacking of healthy bodies of institutions of government? Is the invited Ambassador Haile Menquerios the most qualified and legitimate alternative not only all Eritreans can rely on but also those dealing with Eritrea when genuine reflections are conducted on all of the variables concerned.

          The Ambassador Haile Menqerios applauds the PM Abby’s efforts and encourages peace cooperation between Eritrea and Ethiopia and further condones the goal of regional integration in the Horn of Africa. He, however, warns that absent of institutionalized acknowledgments and involvement, based on international laws and norms, any and all single person deals and agreements between PM Abby’s Ethiopia and dictatorial President Isaias’ Eritrea will be rendered illegitimate and the overall lasting peace between the two nation’s people will be dead on arrival. In the Eritrean Tigrigna language the Ambassador Haile Menqerios is raising the essential concept missing in Eritrea, And it is Tikelawinet. He is stating that to support an exercise of peace rapprochement, with the very vital ingredient of pertinent institutionalized bodies of representative government, would be to support a futile exercise. All we have to do is ask what role does the variable of Institutionalized body of government such as the Eritrean representative legislators play in guaranteeing international agreements? What role does the institution of representational government through a functioning body of representatives play in the security and peace for the Eritrean people? Is the concentration of vital and critical decision making on a single individual viable for the continuation and progress of the nation called Eritrea?

          “…, it was just the other side’s turn to try sling the mad back at the opposition and make him look like he was compromising the sovereigninty of the country.”

          When it comes to the sovereignty and the continuation of a prosperous progressive Eritrean nation, at this critical junction amongst Eritreans there should not be sides and the playing of taking quid pro quo turns. All Eritreans should consider all the givens thus far and weigh very heavily all the variables then render their true votes on what is right and what is the right thing to do going forward. Thou my Amharic is very limited, and the Ambassador Haile Menqerios utilized English when he commented on the Ethiopian foreign policy event hosted by PM Abby, the take away from his comment for me was the issue of this big elephant missing in Eritrean politics. And it is the guarantee of the institution of representative government to ratify and legitimize any and all international agreements concerning Eritrea. As there are no legal charges towards the Ambassador Haile Menqerios nor could any Eritrean accuse the Ambassador of sabotaging or campaigning against the State of Eritrea in the past two decades, then every Eritrean, including those categorized as supporters or the PFDJ, should give ample consideration to this seasoned and experienced
          Eritrean Statesman as an alternative to President Isaias Afeworqi. In this defining of the nation momentous moment the big elephant in the room is the virtues of representative government vs. the virtues of the authoritarian dictatorial government of Isaias Afeworqi.

          To date there are a few Eritrean media outlets that are giving due consideration to the reemergence of Ambassador Haile Menqerios to the body of Eritrean body politics. There is a great panel discussion on SBS global radio that I have just heard. For me it is as if it was scripted for the Ambassador to play a major role on how events can and will turn in the future for Eritrea irrespective of who is believed to be on the driver seat. I see no reason not give due respect to the timely re involvement into Eritrean fairs by the Ambassador. I also do not believe he is discouraging or “sow(ing) the seeds of doubt in the process” with regards to peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia. In fact he was a very select and targeted invitee to the Ethiopian foreign policy event by the Prime Minister Abby.

          tSAtSE

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan GitSAtSE,

            First of all before we jump to agreements with Ethiopia or select as our whims any other entity or Haile Menkerios, the Eritrean people have to tidy and order their home affairs.You have to apprehend that when we say institution, it means, should be elected by the people. Also you have to conceive that the institution becomes nullified when its member are less than half of its members. This confirms that Haile Menkerios could not represent any institution at present. The same goes with Isaias who doesn’t represent the people of Eritrea

            Dr. Abie Ahmed invited Haile Menkerios to utilize him as spice in his cooking of the soup that he is preparing for Eritrea and her people. I think, the path that leads to respecting Eritrean sovereignty is clear if Dr. Abie Ahmed wishes to be honest. Dr. Abie Ahmed is untruthful person as a result of that he puts his guest Halile Menkerios inside the circle of suspicion.

            Moreover, when you – GitSAtSE , the notorious ANDINET guy – praise Haile Menkerios certainly misgivings will raise to its highest levels.

            Is Haile Menkerios a new player in the sale and enslaving Eritreans?

            Al-Arabi

          • Millennium

            Hi GitSAtSE:

            I agree with you that the ambassador had not been involved in an overt effort to overthrow the government of Eritrea during the last 20 years; I don’t want to speculate about his covert actions. Yet in his few pronouncements regarding the Ethio-Eritrea stalemate, he tended to downplay the transgression on the part of the Ethiopian government with connection to the border ruling.

            But then, when he warned the prime minister about the risks of making deals that are not institutionalized or the risks of deals that are made between the prime minister and the president, it is not clear what he meant by that; does it mean the prime minister has to wait until Eritrea conducts an election and is represented by what the ambassador considers is a legitimate leader? Does it mean the prime minister is right to make peace with Eritrea but should not enter into trade and other such deals with the president until Eritreans sort out their domestic problems? Or could it be he is asking the prime minister to put pressure on Eritrean leaders to do similar political reforms like the one he introduced in Ethiopia? Wouldn’t that be more of the same thing? Wouldn’t that look like inviting the prime minister to intervene in the internal affairs of our country?

            You seem to think he was invited to the forum by the Ethiopian government as an alternative voice of the Eritrean people; that could be true, but considering the fact that he was airing mostly TPLF’s talking points, he might as well have been invited by TPLF—-especially when you see that he did not acknowledge that TPLF is still perched on legitimate Eritrea territory. Remember, TPLF is still a member of the coalition that is setting policy in Ethiopia. It is also good to remember the cozy relationship he had with the former bosses.

            Regards,
            Millenniu

          • Selamat Millennium,

            “You seem to think he was invited to the forum by the Ethiopian government as an alternative voice of the Eritrean people; that could be true, but considering the fact that he was airing mostly TPLF’s talking points, he might as well have been invited by TPLF”

            You have a point and it maybe true that it was in fact the TPLF that invited the Ambassador to the Ethiopian foreign policy event and not the Prime Minister. The Ambassador did state that if the agreements between the PM and the President were for the purposes of sidelining the TPLF then such a peace agreement will not hold. It would not be a lasting peace. Irrespective of who invited the Ambassador though, we have to be truthful and honest with ourselves that each and every point he has made does make a lot of sense. If we consider the last Eritrean Ethiopian to be between the TPLF and Isaias’ EPLF/PFDJ or a war between Eritrea and Tigray, then from the outcome of the peace rapprochement thus far, there is not real effort from either side towards a lasting peace. President Isaias’ Eritrea still remains on a collision with the TPLF. The border is again closed after reopening with much fanfare and there are rumors that President Isaias is telling Eritreans of the inevitability of a war once more with the TPLF.

            Let us take a look at TPLF’s maneuverings since the peace rapprochement and what its strengths are. A year later Ethiopians are questioning the effectiveness of the Prime Ministers political, social and economic performances. I just viewed/heard the Prime Ministers pronouncements to Ethiopian Media. He stated very clearly in this event that the only agreements signed between him and Eritrea is the general agreement that both nations will work towards creating peace between them. Both the Asmara signed agreements and the Saudi signed agreements are exactly the same thing. There were no additional and specific agreements between President Isaias and Ethiopia. The Prime Minister, other than getting President Isaias on board, has not succeeded with his declared plan of creating peace with Eritrea by his full acceptance of the Algiers agreement and his enforcement of withdrawing from Eritreans territories in accordance with the final and binding agreement. The TPLF were successful in stopping Prime Minister Abby plan by rendering him powerless to effect anything with regards to the Eritrean Ethiopian border conflict. The essentially flexed their very real power in Ethiopia still by making it clear to everyone that the road to any peace or any deals goes through them the TPLF. The TPLF as the dominant real power wielding of the EPRDF are also showing indications that they can manipulate Ethiopian internal political dynamics with or without re electing Prime Minister Abby to lead Ethiopia next year. Thus far the only party having everything go its way is the TPLF. They are still at odds with Isaias and are maintaining their policy of no war no peace. They may reascend to to the top of running Ethiopia once again overtly or covertly by electing a new Prime Minister who will run Ethiopia according to the TPLF wishes. Essentially right now and thus far, the PM has not veered from their wishes in so far as following through with the exact declaration of peace intentions with Eritrea he initiated. The TPLF said no and put preconditions on the peace rapprochement and the Prime Minister let them have their way by not choosing not to challenge them based on jurisdiction. We can extrapolate that the TPLF does in fact have the power to stifle the federal governments jurisdiction. Isaias realizing this then immediately reverted back to the two decades long status of no war no peace with Ethiopia and the peace rapprochement is barely holding. And all cooperation projects that are being undertaken or studied by commissions from both nations can only bear fruit if and only if they satisfy the TPLF. A TPLF friendly next Prime Minister of the Federal government can even reverse the little advances made this year by further closing the entirety of the Eritrean Ethiopian border and stopping all trade to a screeching halt.

            Given all this worst case scenario what is missing in Eritrea and what needs to be done to steer it towards an Eritrean beneficial well thought out Eritrean foreign policy? The dictatorial President Isaias nature is doing all the decision making and is proving to be ineffective to formulate lasting peace with Ethiopia which includes the TPLF and Tigray. If reports are true the dictatorial President Isaias is considering another war with the TPLF which means war with all of Ethiopia as it is Ethiopia’s federal government’s duty first and foremost to protect Ethiopian peoples and territories. So the sixty four million dollars question is what do the Eritrean people want and how do they want to proceed in dealing with all of Ethiopia? We don’t and can’t know. Why?

            We don’t and can’t know what the Eritrean people want because there is absolutely no discussion amongst Eritreans regarding any national policy be it domestic or foreign policy. There is no mechanism or national platform that is functioning to determine the wishes of the Eritrean people. The Eritrean institution that is mandated to do such critical discussions and decisions has been suspended since 2001 if not murdered. There is only the top to down decisions made by the Presidents office and as a consequence catastrophic divisions amongst Eritrean are building up and gaining momentum. All indications are, including the blunders of the peace rapprochement, Eritreans all over the world are rendering a vote of no confidence to this decades long single individual’s authoritarian rule. The only remedy is to return to representative governing of Eritrea where any and all decisions will be attributed to the people and the results or consequences will be credited to the people as they will be the sound decisions of the collective peoples representative government. With more inputs from representatives of the people more and better ideas can be generated to come up with an Eritrean foreign policy towards Ethiopia, including Tigray and the TPLF, that may possibly break this stalemate since 2001 that has greatly stifled any real progress for Eritrea. We know what is missing in Eritrea. We know what has not worked and continues not to work. The Ambassador Haile Menqerios has made it clear what it is that is missing. It is the lack of real functioning Eritrean institutions in addition to the institution of the executive office. In particular the very vital institution of the people’s representative legislatures.

            Irrespective of who has engineered the reemergence of the Ambassador Haile Menqerios who has revealed or emphasized recently of the critical variable any nation or people should posses to govern themselves and maintain healthy international relations, Eritreans must realize that absolutely nothing can be accomplished without their right to give input through their elected representatives. Eritreans should not sit idly while their nation continues to dive into chaos due to mistrust of one another and the further internal divisions that are definitely inevitable. The lack of an institution the empowers the people is a guarantee recipe for disaster. So it boils down to who is doing more harm by supporting a not so viable option from of governing and uniting the Eritrean people domestic policies. What is there not to be desired about the existence of representative government in Eritrea? We now know that without the guarantee, support and ratification by the people’s representative, the international peace rapprochement with Ethiopia is incapable of progressing forward even by an inch. In addition to the missing institution of representational government in Eritrea we also have a non existent institution of the judiciary. How would Eritreans determine the legality of the agreement with Ethiopia without a constitution?
            Eritreans have relied on the wisdom of their revolutionary leader President Isaias Afeworqi and have provided him the best benefit of doubt for far too long. Eritreans surely did not net one single individual who is endowed with all wisdom and experience capable to lead their nation. There are numerous other extraordinary Eritrean citizens including the selfless Eritrean veterans of the war for independence. One such veteran who has fortunately managed to survive healthy without being incarcerated indefinitely, disappeared or murdered is the Ambassador Haile Menqerios. Not only did he survive unscathed from the numerous dangerous obstacle he faced, he also was able to gain priceless experience of what works to resolve conflicts in the African continent on the basis of international laws and norms for the past two decades with his employment with the United Nations. Surely every Eritrean, including you, not miss what a great asset and major role this Ambassador is and can contribute towards resolving the stubborn dilemma Eritreans have been cursed with.

            What are the arguments against the need of institutionalized form of government in Eritrea? I am all ears.

            tSAtSE

          • Millennium

            HI tSAtSE:

            It is always important to look at what one says contextually; context is always important. Generally speaking, the string of words that come out of your mouth might sound true when looked in and of themselves but may still be dishonest when seen contextually. Prime minister Meles, for example, always sounded innocent and logical when he offered to talk and end the stalemate between Eritrean and Ethiopia—who can be against dialogue?—but looking at the bigger picture and when you think of why the arbitration was necessary to begin with, then you may have your doubts about the sincerity of his offer. Remember the reason they had to go to arbitration is because they couldn’t solve their differences through bilateral or multilateral talk.

            The same is true with the ambassador; it is apparent that ultimately, the Eritrean and Tigray leadership are going to have to talk but Tigray cannot occupy an internationally recognized Eritrean territory as a ransom for the talk to happen. Apparently, the rest of the Ethiopian government does not seem to have a problem with handing over this same land back to Eritrea; yet Tigray is reneging on this and is defying the ruling of the international community as well as the stand of their own federal government. Now, why should the Eritrean government do the bidding of TPLF and engage in talks with them before they vacate the land now …..when they have lost much of their influence—when it did not do so when they were in position of power? why especially now when even the federal government has unconditionally accepted the ruling?

            With this background, when you see the ambassador take the side of the culprit and voice their talking points, it becomes difficult to take his words at face value. It looks he was encouraging the Ethiopian prime minister to change course and side with TPLF and put conditions of the same sort and requesting the Eritrean government to sit for dialogue before Ethiopia pulls out of Eri land.

            And regarding the issue of institutionalization; again he technically is right that the talks be between institutions but the question again is, should the talks be suspended until such time Eritrea has a parliament before the prime minister goes ahead with the deals; what exactly was the ambassador trying to achieve by airing his misgivings about the unfolding talks?

            Regards,
            Millennium

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Millennium,

            He did not raise the issue to support TPLF side but rather to warn the PM what ever deal he is making with the dictator does not have the legitimacy of the Eritrean people. And there is ample example of that:

            1) The PM what he said in Switzerland about, Eritrea embassy, Eritrea boarder or Eritrea military. No need separate.

            2) the PM announcement and plan of rebuilding Ethiopia navy.

            And Isayas Afeworki declaring, Eritrea / Ethiopia are same people, you are our leader and I have handed you the key,etc.

            And many Ethiopians are also raising the same questions.

            Are these suppose to taken as a joke and we should not be concerned with? I think that’s all he was asking that he had a chance to do so.

            Berhe

          • Berhe Y

            Hi tSAtSE,

            Wey Enklil.

            Look, it will be a while for IA and Abiy to meet again, I will even guess, Abiy will stay away until 2020 election is over. IA will not forgive him for inviting Amb. Haile to the meeting and for mocking the president. In case you forgot, he tried so hard for Koffi Anan not give him a job and IA revoked his Eritrean passport and asked him to return. Anan refused and I think Embeke of SA helped and he got the job (no hard evidence but educated guess, I am aware of SA immigration policy).

            IA refused to cooperate it’s the UN, he did not even want to meet him in Asmara in the last hour trying to save the UNMEE but he didn’t care.

            As to Amb Haile role, I think it’s goid that he was doing good for him self and that’s good. But as far as Eritrea grim human rights and the abuse that was going on, and for him for staying quite and minding his business, he hardly does not credit, and for sure he did nothing to help awareness of his commerades that were detained (unless he was doing something behind closed doors) which we have not seen bare fruit.

            Everyone else who was fighting the dictator for the last 20 years deserve much praises and respect if you ask me.

            Berhe

          • Selamat Berhe Y,

            It is unfortunate that you fail to realize the value of those that can effectively bring change and choose insane characters with equally insane narratives who author sensationalized fictional spy novels for the sake of the limelight.

            YiAAkil! Enough! with the drunkard drivers endangering Eritrea’s future and ENOUGH with their irrational choices of promoting crazies instead of recognizing seasoned and strong Eritrean Statesmen.

            Did it occur to you that the Ambassador Haile Menqerios was contributing to peace and cooperation in the continent of Africa and was not necessarily “working for himself.” By steering clear of all the ineffective opposition dramas and immersing himself into the higher cause of creating peace rather than further conflict, the Ambassador Haile Menqerios is positioned to play a greater part than most towards brining the desired change for Eritreans.

            There is absolutely no comparison between your digital opposition of the likes of Yemane Tekelgiorgis, the most disturbing character polluting Eritrean media, and leaders of the highest caliber, the crem de la crem of Eritrea such as the Ambassador Haile Menqerios.

            I am beginning to be concerned about your retardation like Nitricc has been for a long time.

            Wake up Berhe Y Aarkey.

            tSAtSE

          • Berhe Y

            Hi tSAtSE,

            Let it be clear that you are defending, president who is accused of crimes against humanity. So the difference between you and me is, you support the dictator at home I don’t.

            So don’t make it an issue or a choice between Haile M. and Yeman T. There is no issue, they both are in the sane side, against the dictator. Hello are you there, hilmi derho!

            As to who should be the next leader of Eritrea, Haile, Yemane, Andegergish or Mehamed Hagos, Ibrahim Atta, or even Abde Reboo I don’t care as long as who ever might be elected by the people. Anyone but the dictator or who ever he appoints is good enough.

            I have no problem with Haile or his achievements and what he was doing in the last 20 years. Good for him for being a diplomat and soliving world problems. Am I proud as Eritrean, sure I am. Was he helping Eritrea directly or indirectly, I don’t know but I have seen no evidence that he did.

            First of all, Hangul derho, he doesn’t have to be member of the opposition to help his people in need. I never heard him speak or raise the case of Eritreans in dire needs and using his influence to help. For example, during the crisis in Lampadousa, or the addiction and organ harvesting in Sahara, Israel open concentration camps, human slaves in Libya or Eritreans destitute at the streets of Europe or forgotten refugees in Sudan and in Ethiopia.

            What is the peace that he brought to Eritreans then. I know small organization like my friend Ghezae Hagos who help bring thousands of refugees to Canada, over 12 thousands in the last 5 years through directe, successive campaign and lobbying.

            He has no more obligation than you and I but when you tell me he is Eritrea best, I am telling you he will not be my first choice, assuming you believe in choice that is.

            IA is finished, AbqiEu is the next slogan.

            You better start writing and practice your melQes. I heard MS is doing it right now:).

            Berhe

          • Selamat Berhe Y my retarded Aarkey,

            The problem with you digital opposition who fan the fires with mob mentalities is your lack to lock on what is pertinent and the real subject matter in any given real moment.

            You chicken head think I am here electing the next President. Who would be more knowledgeable about the attainment of true peace and conflict resolutions other than a man who has for the past two decades been working on it with the added burden to do it for his own nation. The Ambassador gives you the only legitimate platform with a very vital issue that no Eritrean can deny? Based on his vast experience of the intricacies of international laws and norms, he rendered that with all the power that President Isaias has he cannot single handedly decide the fate of Eritrea. Without the involvement of the Eritrean people with solid institutionalized government any deals and agreements signed in the peoples names cannot and will not be recognized as valid agreements. The trump card is in Tigrigna called Tikalawinet.

            Natkas >>> Mengedi Hadigkas gualmengedi, Menn illuka n President yaHatSio alo tSAtSE nHaile menqerios? Teberaberr kab retardationka.

            tSAtSE

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan GitSAtSE,

            I back brother Berhe Y in his recommendation, “You better start writing and practice your melQes. I heard MS is doing it right now.” because, “IA is finished, AbqiEu.”

            Al-Arabi

          • Berhe Y

            Hi tSAtSE,

            How many times I have to repeat, I have no problem with Haile Menqirios. He is member of the G15. He is on our side.

            I have Zero problem with what you wrote above.

            I have no idea what you talking about.

            Are you saying he is uniquely qualified to resolve Eritrea problem?

            Ok yIKunelka. I am not going to argue on that…my problem is one and one only IA and his gangs.

            Berhe

          • Alex

            Hi TSAtSE,
            Haile Menqerios is the last person that I will select to lead Eritrea. As warsay who was in the front lines in the 1998-2000 border battles with weyane I gave up on him when he stated in one of his meeting few years ago we lost the war to woyane. I was there and even though we lost some battles we did not lose the war, since we showed weyane in adi bagio and assab front our capability in defending our sovereign lands.

          • Selamat Alex,

            The last time I saw the Ambassador Haile Menqerios was in 2001 immediately after the successful defense of Eritrea by the EDF comprising both of Warsay and YikeAlo. The panicked Eritreans Tri-State was gathered anxiously to hear from their government. By chance the Ambassador was in NY and gave a very reassuring seminar to the Eritreans gathers in such a very trying time for the young Eritrean nation.

            It is okay for you to consider Haile Menqerios as the last person to be an alternative to Isaias Afeworqi. At least you will give him his do consideration albeit the last person. At the very least I understand that you must also have a “first person” alternative to Isaias Afewrqi. And I would like to hear your first alternative to an Isaias Afeworqi. Is it not the consideration of thought and actions of alternatives heal a sick nation? Who then is your first alternative to the rule of Isaias Afeworqi? Let us recognize our least common denominator for a change.

            tSAtSE

          • Alex

            Hi GitSAtSE,
            Thanks for your response. On top of my mind are Gen Sebhat Efrem or Mesfin Hagos. I will be honest with you my first choice will have been Saleh mckey(RIP), a hard working and honest person who did a lot of positive change when he was in charge of ministry of health.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Alex,

            You guys have no shame to mad slung people’s reputition. Haile M. and Haile DureE happen to be Eritrea’s best diplomats on two most important diplomatic effort the country needed.
            1) During Eritrea’s independence he was the ambassador in Ethiopia and AU while Haike D was heading the referendum in Ethiopia (if I recall). Eritrean referendum happened successfully with full international recogunation.

            2) During the war, he was ambassador to the UN and Haile D. as FM. Again Eritrea existence was tested with reckless leadership of Isayas Afeworki but the dou were able to engage and bring the international community involve and seal the deal to going to court and successfully delivered.

            On the other hand, the reckless dictator was declaring, we will never withdraw from Badine even if the sun doesn’t rise, and when Eritrea lost Badime (no apology, no I take full responsible abs I resign) but blamed others.

            If you were in Asab front, you knuw damn well that IA has given the order to withdraw from Assab but due to the work of Haile at the UN, weeks before the IN send the most senior members of the SC (US, France included) but revoked by the dictator and lead to the 3rd round were Ethiopia deeply penetrated inside Eritrea and including Barentu.

            You are full of crap, if you were there you know exactly what happened. You will NEVER praise IA for the way he conducted the war and support his regime.

            Berhe

          • Alex

            Hi Berhe,
            I know what happen in 1998-2000 since I lived it unlike you who fed info from closed minded people. I did not slung his repetition but himself who throw us under the bus(warsay and yikealo) with his unadvised opinion that we lost the war to weyane.

      • Teodros Alem

        Selam GITSAISE
        Actually his exact words was “ANDENET” and as far as i know this kind of statement is controversy in eritrean poltics and he is diplomat so he has to know words matter.
        am talking about his statement on ethiopia foreign policy forum in addis.

        • Selamat Teodros Alem,

          “ANDENET” means unity. Ambassador Haile Menqerios is not scary to Eritreans. Don’t you worry yourself much.

          tSAtSE

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam gitsatse
            I was curious to know why the double standard, that is all. nationalist my foot.

          • Selamat Teodros Alem,

            There is no double standard. It is all concockted to undermine a pertinent and timely wake up call from the Ambassador Haile Menqerios. I should know better than you since I am an Eritrean nationalist. You should be worrying more about the TPLF underhand maneuverings of recent with success. Eritreans are perfectly capable of weeding out the bad and the ugly from the good, Chilax!

            tSAtSE

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam gitsatse
            I have witnessed when people viciously attacked before, for just saying a little bet of what the ambassador has said .
            If u remember all the noise ,PIA , YG, 3A and so on have been attacked viciously just because they say ethiopians and eritreans r one people, brotherly people, economic integration and so on . but the ambassador came out and said our integration vision has to be to create ANDENET and he is ok.

          • Selamat Teodros Alem,

            “If u remember all the noise ,PIA , YG, 3A and so on have been attacked viciously…”

            Perhaps those you mentioned did not deserve the attacks. Is there a rule that states because there exists prior attacks on others, all future people that follow their path must also be attacked? I for one did not condone the attacks on PIA and 3A. And consistent with my methods, I am now also saying the Ambassador is not deserving of your prescription. I am hoping you followed the logic above because I want you to consider the following logic too.

            Perhaps PIA, and 3A (I have never given much thought to YG – I simply just don’t like him) were deserving of the attacks. They both started to celebrate and put on a fantastic show for everyone without starting and doing the very hard work of making peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia. They slaughtered cows and feasted by considering the outcome a guarantee before they actually did any work at all on achieving peace. They simply unitarily commanded that Eritrea and Ethiopia are ANDINET bound, the people are one etc… without alleviating the people’s concerns and without asking what both the Eritrean and Ethiopian people consider to peace at this moment in time. Who are they to declare ANDINET if either one or both people of Eritrea.and Ethiopia or both DO NOT want Andinet? After decades of war there are numerous things that first need to be reconciled between Eritrea and Ethiopia before any talk or thought about Andinet, Yet their arrogance, the PM and the Press, with great fanfare were celebrating a very hard to attain end before breaking ground for the actual work. 3A and PIA deserved the attacks for a lot more reasons than just uttering the word Andinet

            AND for sure the Ambassador Haile Menqerios is NOT now deserving of any attacks especially by Eritreans.

            “the ambassador came out and said our integration vision has to be to create ANDENET and he is ok.”

            Yes he is ok because he is speaking in a foreign language while he is thinking with his native tongue Tigrigna. By definition all integration and mutual cooperation of two distinct entity is a work towards some form of unity. Unity is not necessarily only the union of two separate states. Unity in spirit and brotherhood is what the Ambassador had in mind. But some how because he used the taboo in the Amharic language word for an Eritrean to utter even if he can’t think of an alternative synonym for the word unity, you Teodros Alem convinced yourself what the Ambassador meant in his phrasing. Can you now entertain an alternative logical understanding to your stubborn stance? Hope you get it now, Chilax!

            tSAtSE

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam gitsatse
            I said they pia, 3A and yg attacked just for saying a little bit of the ambassador has said, i didn’t said they have talked about Andenet with ethiopia. at the matter of fact i never heard them(yg, pia and 3A) mentioned Andenet with ethiopia except same people, one people two countries, integration etc..
            but what this ambassador guy said is clear and simple and 3A and the state foreign affairs minister(burtekan) response for his comments also clear and simple.
            What a confusion.

        • Hope

          Selam Teddy:
          It is a choice of wrong wording.
          He is NOT an Amhara or Amharic Professor.
          What he meant was ” Integration”, NOT Ethio-Eritrea Unity.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam hope
            If that helps u, keep deceiving urself.

          • Hope

            Selamat teodros:
            OOHH ,wrong number,Disregard.
            Diros kemechie jemiro metarem takalehina?
            Ask Berhe what Hanguel derho or Riesi akkat means.
            Or ask Semere Andom what one-celled brain means.

          • Teodros Alem

            Selam hope
            Why don’t u ask them what is ga and stup means.

      • Hope

        Selamat Sellie:
        “Welcome back.
        U said:
        .”In other words, Isaias can not all of a sudden decide to unite Eritrea with Ethiopia and come to the people saying I have decided and now we are united. Because Isaias is not given such power to decide such things. The Ambassador believes sovereignty can only be decided by the people.
        And the people may or may not decide to change the current status of their sovereignty.
        But check history as to how, why and what this Dictator has done and can do though –to this minute..
        He has controlled everything including the mind of Eritreans, not just Eritrea as his own private property, which is to tell you that he can easily destroy Eritrea at any time based on what he has done thus far since 1970.
        He has been doing everything by himself and the Cabinet does NOT have any clue based on what gathered form the same Cabinet members.

        Preparing the ground for MeDDEMER and creating a Conducive Environment is the first and foremost step and the final step is just as easy as it sounds.

        Consider the following–forgive my naivety though.

        -Apparent Secretive Agreements

        -Lack of Transparency

        -The confusing languages by the PFDJ Leadership

        -Lack of Constitutional Gov and banning of Strong Institutions

        -The alleged “reshuffling, demotions, freezing, kidnapping, disappearance and killing of the Top Eri Officials and Commanders among others make one suspicious about what might come up at the end.(Close to or more than well 38 well experienced Colonels and 12 Generals are either DEAD and /or kidnapped or disappeared within less than 10 yrs on top of the detention of those top Founders of EPLF/ELF–in communicado or dead by now)

        -It is full of GRAY here. and we have a LEGITIMATE right to be suspicious.

        This is NOT the era of the EPLF-ELF Rivalry of the Secret EPLF Party business but an Era of Independent and Sovereign Eritrea

        • Selamat Hope,

          It matters not much what the unrepresentative rule of Isaias decide our do is the message, So long as there is no institutionalized body of government, specifically the representatives and the body of the legislature, to recognize and ratify any and all agreements between Ethiopia and Isaias, the agreements are not binding in accordance with international laws and norms.
          As far as the Eritrean People are concerned, Meles and Isaias border agreement is final and binding BUT Meles and Isaias agreements are NOT binding. The people of Eritrea are not represented nor have given their rightful input.
          Haile Menquerios emphasis is Tikalwinet Vs wilqawinet.

          No longer a reason to fear the doings of the boogie man dictator Isaias Afeworqi.

          tSAtSE

  • Selam All,

    It is in the news that the EU is supporting road project(s) from the ethiopian border to Eritrean ports with 20m euros. Military recruits will be used, and the eu says that they will be paid normally, and i think that it will make sure that they will get the money. The aim is to create jobs locally for the young so that they do not become refugees. Maybe this is the beginning and not the only project.

    Nevertheless, eritrean human right activists say that this is ‘forced labor’, and it is illegal, and they may even bring to court the eu for violating human rights, if it goes along with it.

    What do you think; is it about human right or is there some other reason?

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Horizon,

      Off course it’s human rights issue, what else?

      Please apply the Golden rule. If you are a parent, do you allow the state to take your own children and force them (if they like to or not, if they want or not)?

      Do you thinkits ok?

      If EU wants to solve the refugee issue, it needs to solve the source of the refugee, which is the president and his government.

      Instead of appeasing the dictator, they should do all they can and helping / working with democratic forces inside / outside the country.

      What’s 20 million anyway? Isayas has billions stashed in EU accounts, that’s not even amount to the basic interests they got from.

      Berhe

      • Hi Berhe,

        Nobody is talking about the open ended military service or the regime. Nobody says that it is right. It is about the young earning some money i am talking about here.

        So, you are suggesting that they should sit idle, especially now when there is no reason to be at the borders, earn the $17 or so per month.

        If they enter the job market, it means a lot for the young and their families, and it is a sort of freedom. If there is job for the young there may not be the reason to be in the military, once they have served their normal term. Job availability could be one of the reasons the young are made to stay in the barracks and in the trenches.

        A lesson has been drawn from the gold mines, and the eu is not a profit organization. They are there to help. If you think 20m euros are too little, you should show how you are going to use the money for more help to come.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Horizon,

          What I am saying is, we do not need charity from EU or anyone else so that we stayed slaves in our country.

          This may be unfair coming from someone who is in the west and not going through hardship but at the end of the day, we want our people to live free and with dignity.

          Eritrea has no more unemployment problem compared to other countries or people. In fact, if the people are left alone to manage their own business, Eritrea will need to have to allow people to come in for employment to keep up with the demand.

          I am not saying Eritrea will not appreciate charity from EU or anyone else when it needs it but it should not be used to keep our people hostage and slaves in their own country.

          All EU can do is, to help at the SC and other places so countries like Ethiopia abide by international norms so Eritrea is not required to keep it’s people in the boarder as an excuse.

          In short, what I am saying is, EU should help to find long term solution by looking at the root cause..i.e. dictator ship in Eritrea.

          Berhe

          • Hi Berhe,

            O.K., eritrea does not need charity (as you call it), economic help (as i call it), because it is a developed country that can even import workers from the neighboring countries like ethiopia, let alone providing jobs for its own citizens.
            Help either from the developed countries or anywhere else, will keep the people hostage and slaves. What eritrea needs is political support and not economic help.

            Don’t you think that political change within your country is your own job? The eu is not like the usa that exports fake democracy with the barrel of the gun by intervening in other people’s country and occupying it to change the regime, most of the time with another dictator that serves their interest, as it has done in latin america and the gulf countries. I don’t remember the eu condoning dictatorship in eritrea or ethiopia.

            Do you think that it is fair when such things like, eritrea, a third world country, does not need economic help but political support only, comes from someone who lives in the west?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Horizon,

            I am not saying Eritrea does not need economic support.

            What I am saying is, it should not force anyone (sawa or otherwise) to work in anything so the they young do not become refugee in Europe.

            The intention of this economic aid is not to help Eritrea economically, but to help Europe politically (avoid Eritrean refugees).

            So in other words, you and Europe are saying, Eritrea refugee problem in economic and I am saying it’s politics.

            So if Europe wants to help (I didn’t say to solve, help) then it should help the forces who are fighting to remove the dictator (politically), which will bring a lasting solution.

            If Eritreans can live freely in their country, then Europe can deport every Eritrean refugees.

            But lastly, Europe is so weak and it does not have the power to tell the dictator, enough with this Sawa nonsense, you have no threat from Ethiopia and no excuse. Here is some money to help you mobilize the sawa and create jobs and release all of them.

            Berhe

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Ahlan Horizon,

          Yesterday, you were speaking about bribing our people by feeling their stomach and today you have switched to bribing Eritrean Defense Forces. My friend, your ploys are roofless. You are dealing with a people experienced in all kinds of ploys. I understand the big problem that faces you at present is the Eritrean Defense Forces. You want to swindle them through such bare deceits that even a kid can understand. If you have jobs give it to your starving youth and people. Eritrea is not for sale by money collected from donation. It is better to developed and civilize the 3000 years old imaginary nation.

          This ploy too will not work, now tell us your next plan. Anyhow, we thank you for your greediness that brought Eritreans to one point. Sovereignty of Eritrea is very dear than what you expect and it is a red line.

          Al-Arabi

          • Berhe Y

            Ahlan Hameed,

            Please check Falfasa latest video titled “የቀንየልና ኢሰያስ” and how this actions dealing with Ethiopia have united and energized the Eritrean people.

            Berhe

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Horizon,

          I did not say they should seat ideally. I am saying the Eritrean people need to rise and remove these regime. The same way the qerro people is for EPRDF and others.
          The qerro did not seat ideally when they land was taken and given very little for it.

          If it’s about money, Nevsun was making 1 million dollar profit a day for three years. A company that has no asset anywhere except in Eritrea now worth about 1.2 billion when it was sold to the Chinese, PFDJ owns a lot of the shares.

          Even with that, there is hardly any economic change for the people, IA was arming Ethiopian government opposition.

          He got 500 million or so from UAE, he still did not create any jobs.

          Few years ago the EU gave him 250 million dollars but there is no body that benefit from that.

          So these 20 million is nothing except a coin change that will go to his coffers.

          Ethiopia / Abiy gave us the best help that we can ask for. They accepted the boarder decision and IA declared, we have peace.

          Now the people are asking, ok now let’s go home and do our business.

          So Ethiopia / Abiy they need to stay in the sideline and enjoy the show.

          Berhe

      • Hope

        Berhe and Ismael:
        So,what is a better idea then?
        Of course the EDF should be compensated well from the EU Donation or aid fund.
        The so called Human Rights Activists should sue the EU and the GoE if the GoE does not pay the EDF.
        But do not try to put the cart before the horse.
        Block the $25 million?
        Sounds familiar,huh?
        The same argument you made against the $250 Million EU Aid for Eritrea?
        So sad that an Ethiopian sounds more compassionate for Eritrea than Eritreans simply coz you hate the PFDJ??
        Right?

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Hope,

          Now you are waiting for 20 million Tuqabo to feed out people.

          Eway Wurdet. NsKAs yaEi tegadalay nerka nay buHaqi.

          Berhe

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Hope,

          Simple. He! EU you preach democracy and human rights, don’t you. Invest then in helping the Eritrean people and their youth to get rid of the despotic regime, and let them erect normal law and order abiding governance system. Then let your investors find opportunities in Eritrea and create jobs for the youth.

          • Hope

            Selam Ismael:
            Regime change you mean?
            I though they did their best and failed miserably?
            If u r still talking about economic sanctions, they also already failed in that regard too.
            Who was behind Arbi Harnet,Exodus and drain of our Youth…etc..?
            The best thing to do is to argue and to make sure that what the EU donates the GoE is effectively and efficiently /properly used., which, to its credit, the PFDJ Gov has done well and it even refunded back to the donors after achieving the goal of the Funds and the EU knows it well.
            BUT no more slave labor in 2019 though–under any circumstance….while getting some $ from the UAE and the EU..

    • Lamek

      Selam Horizon, I hope it’s true because it will be a temporary solution for some families in dire economic situations. The human rights aspect of it is whether the workers will be forced or willingly employed. Will they simply be well compensated or will they have worker rights such as breaks, safe working conditions, worker compensation in cases of on the job injury etc. If the IA regime uses them as his own property as it’s track record glaringly shows, then the EU will have funded gross human rights violations and they will also be guilty by association. They have to be very careful and deliberate with this.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Horizon,

      Allow me to bounce back the question to you. What do you think, and by extension what does the government of your country think? If you want to know what I think, if true, it would be curvee where the government of the despot would act as vassal and poor conscripts as labourers. The government will swallow wages after deducting the subsistence portion of it. It would be just be kind of modern feudalism. Actually, the regime has been exploiting free labour of conscripts in exchange of subsistence rations. It did the same with contract workers it sent to some Arab countries such housemaids in Lebanon and some Gulf Sheikhdoms. The contractors paid to the government and the latter handed over wages to workers. The regime would not allow any project unless given control of the funds. This was the reason it had conflict with NGOs and UNHCR in the 90s.

      • Selam Ismail AA,

        A similar thing was happening to people coming from the eastern bloc during the communist derg, with what you mentioned happening to eritrean workers in the middle east and the gulf states that are pro regime. I believe that the same thing is not going to happen with the eu. The eu has no reason to succumb to the regimes wishes or blackmails.

        From what i read lately, the aid package of the 200m euros were not disbursed due to disagreement between the eu and the government of eritrea on the choice of project. I can’t say what the eritrean regime wanted that came contrary to eu’s plan that they were forced to withhold the aid package. This time too, it will not be different, because the eu had said that it will monitor that workers are paid properly and their rights respected. If the workers are not properly paid, eu’s plan to curb refugees will be a failure, and they know it.

        There was also a plan by the eu to invest half a billion dollars in ethiopia to create jobs for refugees. I am not sure what became of it.

      • Yohannes Zerai

        Dear Ismail and Haile S.,

        Hello to you both; sorry for coming in late!

        Both of you have, in your respective comments, touched upon the key issues of the case at hand. Namely, that the government exploits forcibly-conscripted Military Service recruits, forces them to live and work in subhuman conditions and generates at their expense hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars for the benefit of PFDJ and a handful of “officials”. I want to proceed along the same lines and add few specifics in support of your arguments.

        If Eritrean human rights groups have, indeed, decided to take the EU to court in connection with the anticipated role of military personnel in the EU-funded road project in Eritrea, it ought to surprise no one. Such a prospect only means that these groups have done their homework and are confident (as they should be) about the amount and quality of evidence they are capable of presenting in support of their case. Let us not forget that there are some pretty smart people in those groups who really know what they are talking about!

        As one weighs the nature of the proposed EU project, there is no need to resort to assumptions and hypotheticals regarding how the government is likely to handle the project’s management and finances. There are precedents in the country that could serve as a basis for a rational expectation of what is likely to happen with the EU project. Some of the key considerations in the case include: (i) how are the issues of disbursement of project funds and participation of military personnel likely to be handled if the EU-funded project goes through and (ii) why do human rights groups find it wise to take on the EU and challenge it legally vis-a-vis the rights of the workers of its “development projects” in Eritrea.

        There exists in Eritrea a well-documented history of projects which, in some key aspects, are similar to the EU Transportation/Road project being discussed here — All are: (i) externally-funded development projects, (ii) implemented with extensive participation of military/National-Service personnel, (iii) questionable in their government-dictated treatment and compensation of those personnel. One can easily present at least half-a-dozen such projects as a result of which a record has been firmly established on how the government manages such projects and their workforce. But in the interest of time, and the self-evident nature of each of those cases, it will suffice to outline just a couple of them as examples.

        1. Bisha Mine Project. Military Service conscripts were brought in to work at the mine’s infrastructure-development activities surreptitiously as regular, freely-employed workers of the PFDJ-owned Seghen Construction Company, an engineering subcontractor of the project. As negotiated between PFDJ and Nevsun Resources, these “company laborers” were to be paid in US dollars at rates that are comparable to those paid in South Africa* for similar jobs. Accordingly, huge funds (calculated on the basis of those rates and the headcount of Seghen workers at the mine) were paid regularly to PFDJ in U.S. Dollars to cover the company’s labor cost. This was over and above other payments such as operational cost, lump sum profit, etc. that Seghen was paid by the mine project.

        These were huge dollar amounts that were generated by the “sweat” of the recruits, but officially went to PFDJ (not to the government, mind you) as revenues of its construction company; in actual fact, only God knows in whose pockets all that money ended up! [It is noteworthy that the slave-like conditions under which conscripts were forced to work at Bisha is at the center of a lawsuit that a group of former conscripts has brought against Nevsun Resources at a Canadian court in British Columbia.]

        All the while, the government was “gracious” enough to pay the conscripts 400 Nakfa/per person/per month (as compared to the monthly rate of 150 Nakfa that conscripts elsewhere in the country were being paid at the time). Indeed, in reference to this inconsequential difference in “slave wages”, the poor conscripts were amusingly told that they were the “lucky bunch” to be making more money than conscripts working elsewhere!!

        2. Dahlak-Island Tourism Project. Until Eritrea, a few years ago, switched sides to the Saudi-UAE faction in the ongoing political rivalry of the Gulf region, Qatar had funded the government’s small-scale Tourism Development Project in Dahlak Island. Eritrea’s regime released very little information about the project but, based on leaked information, it was known to consist of a large, five-star hotel as the main element of construction of tourism facilities in the island. The living and working conditions of workers in Dahlak as well as the arrangements for their remuneration were essentially the same as those for the Bisha Project. Workers were to be paid — “through the government-owned construction company” — in US dollars at the rate that construction workers earn in Qatar. As in the Bisha Project, the Qatari-funded project paid all the millions of dollars in worker salaries regularly and directly to PFDJ.

        But the two projects also differed from each other in some significant ways: (i) Unlike at Bisha, the ENTIRE workforce in Dahlak Island was made up of Military Service recruits disguised as workers of a party-run construction company, (ii) the activities of these recruits and their interaction with Qatari contractors/engineers were regulated and monitored by members of the military intelligence service and (iii) they were made to permanently reside in the island, were prohibited from contacting and/or interacting with Qatari personnel on the island except on purely technical matters related to their jobs, were forced to sign an agreement that they will never discuss their experience in Dahlak with anyone when they eventually leave the island.

        So, contrary to the false accusations that blind supporters of Eritrea’s dictatorial regime habitually throw around, patriotic Eritreans are opposing ONLY those externally-funded projects which, knowingly or unknowingly, promote the regime’s (a) abuse, exploitation and enslavement of National Service recruits and (b) its embezzlement of millions of dollars of the country’s revenues that belong to the people!

        Thank you.

        * South African salary scale was used because the engineering contractor of the Bisha Project was from that country.

    • Haile S.

      Selam Horizon,

      The aide is welcome and I hope it gets implemented and augmented more. However, there are too many anomalies in this already controversial issue. With the extremely prolonged service, the acquiring of a double status (servicemen/women and employees), the international labor laws, the absence of constitution that govern the country’s local labor laws etc etc , it would be surprising for the EU to go forward without at least convincing the eritrean regime to come to conformity with the original principles and practices of the military service it promulgated or without EU risking a legal pursuit. The onus is squarely on the Eritrean regime to swallow its overblown pride of inflexibility. Had it officially announced months ago that the 18 month service will be scrupulously applied from then on, the present controversy would not have happened in this manner. Now it need to swallow the bitter pills for its own and the country’s wellness. If it does that, it could herald the end of its blindness and the begining of reversal of its stride against the wind? The regime’s either I win or … at the risk of the country loosing all, policy, its constant fight against its disarmed citizens and against the benefits of the country need to end. The regime needs to acknowledge that fighting against all odds need not be fighting against the benefits of the country and its citizens.

    • Selamat Horizon,

      “Military recruits will be used, and the eu says that they will be paid normally, and i think that it will make sure that they will get the money.”

      You say “It is in the news…” And I have no reason not to take your word for it. And
      in the same news the EU emphasized normal pay and guarantee the normal pay will reach the conscript laborers. Not exactly diplomatic. The implications is that the EU would not only generously give 20M Euros but they will not allow the embezzlement of monies by the Eritrean and or Ethiopian project management entities. But if their goal is to curb African/ Eritrean and or Ethiopian migration, I suppose they have every right to insist on making sure that the young conscripts, would be migrants, are intact paid “normal” handsomely.

      As for Eritrean Human Right Activists, if it is true they said this would be forced labor and will take legal action, then I think they are dumb. At this junction the Eritrean HRAs should want to curb Eritrean migration much more than the Europeans. They should want Eritrean youth to stay at home and take care of their business themselves. They should want Eritrean youth to remain in Eritrea and challenge the miss governance or their nation. To stay at home and have more resources poured by the Europeans should be a welcome. With more resources the better and stronger the challenges. The conscripts having normal pay in these road projects would have less worries about whether or not their basic necessities will be met thank to the Euros. Then they would have more energy available to them put into action the challenge of their socio and political needs.
      If the Eritrean Human Rights Activists believe EU will be violating human rights of the Eritreans by bringing adequate pay into their home land then wouldn’t the human rights activists be violating more horendous transgressions by not curbing the mass migrations? Who is to blame then for the tens of thousands of lives that are lost in the deserts and high seas? I don’t know if I am being coherent but the Eritrean human rights activists or the Eritrean opposition in general need to stop being reactionaries to any and all international deals that are made with the official and unfortunately the dictatorship government of Eritrea. They need to press for strategies towards the change they seek in Eritrea by applying pressure internally. They should focus only on Eritrean domestic policies from the inside, Until there is a change in government, and maybe they become the government, they should refrain from having policies of stands on Eritrea’s foreign relations. Nations and regional governments will have their rapprochement with Eritrea, through the offices of the dictator, and make deals and agreements solely based on their needs by proposing mutually beneficial projects. The Eritrean opposition can not stop these nations from doing such. The only practical thing left for the Eritrean opposition is to focus only on Eritrean domestic issues. They should put all their efforts on pressuring the dictatorship government of Eritrea from inside of Eritrea.

      Keeping the conscripts at home in Eritrea and stoping their migration is a win also for the Eritrean opposition. Why challenge the EU then for doing a job for you, The plan is to keep the youth at home and when at home the youth can tend to the business of challenging the government.

      The way it is shaping though, the way all things are shaping the ultimate looser will be the current dictatorship government of Eritrea. It is at the mercy of the Eritrean people now. It seems to be cornered and with no way out other than god forbid another war. We are in the fourth quarter of the FINAL FOUR – SPARTANS!

      tSAtSE

      • Hameed Al-Arabi

        Ahlan GitSAtSE,

        The road construction and 20 million Eru is not a solution. It could be a temporary relive of pain. After one or two years of road construction and consume of the 20 million, where do you think the youth will go? Certainly, they commence to migrate again to Europe. Your opinions are a polished deceit. This is just a distracting ploys from the greedies to assault the Eritrean Defense Forces and occupy Eritrea.

        Al-Arabi

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; something is wrong with this world. Just yesterday the great Eritrean rapper was killed.
    ” The Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was killed in a shooting outside his clothing store in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon Hussle, 33, whose real name was Ermias Ashgedom.”
    The world is getting amazingly Stupid.
    RIP

    • Selamat Nitricc,

      Sorry for your loss. I know quite a few folks that will be missing the hella out of Nipsey Hussle. Tragic, RIP

      Stay strong!

      tSAtSE

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear GitSAtSE,

        Yes dear, the dead is no more around us, He has gone from this illusion or Matrix we call life. Since someone will leave life, in such way or the other it is not to labelled his life remembering his past in our culture,,, even if he was the most criminals beyond the line. Yes his history recorded in his soul for karma (Karma is not only for punishment but also for positive)

        Let us hope for his best in next life..that is all. :”ምውት ኣይኽስስ ‘ ኳ ዝበሃል….” ኣብ ባህልና:: RIP..

        KS,,

      • Nitricc

        Hi TsaTse and Kokob-Selam: I don’t know about you but I am shocked by the silence of the Awate-forum on this young man’s untimely death. In LA South central neighborhood; Nip was bigger than life, went from nothing to lifting very troubled and dangerous South Central area and changing so many lives. What is interesting is, as tragic as his death is, he single handedly made Eritrea to be recognized by US celebrities while his own people in
        Awate-forum won’t even bless him with simple “RIP”.

        • Selamat Nitric,

          The height of celebrity status he rose to is unmatched by any Eritrean in the past present or maybe even future. I am not a fan of rap with exception of old school rap of the likes Chuck D and Flava Flave in Public Enemy, KRS-1 and the school of hip hop and of course TuPac and Bigie. Rap these days I cannot stand. Nipsey Hussles lyrics, however is almost like old school rap. There is a lot of conscientious lyrics he drops. I am extremely impressed with the clean productions of his videos and music. His video productions is as good as top Hollywood A+ productions. I am perplexed by how he managed all the logistics for squeaky clean cinematography that included arial, sea and ground filming. Hands down, all Eritreans should acknowledge and take pride of the achievements attained by Ermias Asgedom Aka Nibsey Hussle. [ You should ask the Admiral Salim Younis to do article about the music and life of Nipsey Hussle. Just nudge him. The success The Giant Nipsey Hussle scored and how deep he penetrated into a very difficult industry to penetrate should be known far and beyond the AmEritreans. And The Marathon Continues!

          I saw Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Nipsey Hussle chopping it up in the back of a limousine and then a commentary by Stephen Curry about the tragic loss of such a promising life Nipsey Hussle was. More than likely they were discussing Stephen Curry’s progressive shoe business and possibly Nipsey’s The Marathon Continues clothing store carrying Curry’s shoe. The Marathon Continues branding is as clean and effective as Nike advertisements.

          What I cringed on with regard to Nipsey is his funeral circus like show in arena. It is without a doubt he was a rising star in more ways than one but I didn’t think he warranted a funeral fit for a Whiteny Houston or Michael Jackson. I think they went overboard, whoever they are, in trying to make another Tupac Shakur out of Nipsey Hussle or Ermias Asgedom. His The Marrathon Continues will gain from the show thou.

          Now Nitric brother you and I have been, for the most part, on two opposite sides. Also I take prescribed medications for certain paranoias as you very well know. So allow me now to add to the numerous conspiracy theories with regards to Nipsey.

          And it is:

          I believe Isaias Afeworqi himself was financing with hard capital the numerous projects Nipsey was undertaken. I don’t buy that Nipsey made that kind of money by just selling mixtapes out of the trunk of his car. I also add Isaias Afeworqi to be a suspect in the murder of Nipsey Hussle. I have a theory that goes back to the death of Legend Abraham Afeworqi and the effect or impact on the YPFDJ Abrahams death had. But I will wait until you inquire for further breakdown of my theory to state it all. So Ask me.

          tSAtSE
          P.S. To the Admiral Salim Younis, Surely you can grace us with a comment on this thread if not a full article regarding the music and entrepreneurship of Ermias Asgedom aka Nipsey Hussle. Do it for all your homies the GitSAtSE AmEritreans. It will not only make Nitric say “some at Awate” do not give due respect to Nipsey but I guarantee the article written by you will generate great discussion – So won’t you think about it Admiral!

          • Nitricc

            Hi Tsatse; To understand and appreciate Nip; one must experience the real life of America’s inner city life and its struggles. Life in the hood is like a hospital; once you get better you leave the hood. By better i am saying financially. Nip got better but he refused to leave the hospital, the hood. He stayed and he tried to make his community better. There is humongous lesson to learn from his deeds and that the very reason why world wide sympathy and respect he got upon his death, that is excluding the Awate-community. He learned through reason than rhotheric. He acted objectively than subjective. Money didn’t persuade him to leave the hood but humany convinced him for the greater good.I know it very hard to see what the person he was due to his sagging punts and the body tattoos but it is all there in his music. Again to get his music and to know his accomplishments one must know what life in the hood is. Everyone dies and he is dead know but what he left to the African diaspora in general and young Eritrean in particular is immortal. I thought about presenting my very first front page article in Awate then i remember who my audience are and i got discouraged. What gots me is even the Ethiopians showed their respect but not my awate. listen to this Ethiopian. it hurts Tsatse.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DokjxVGpXXA

  • Millennium

    Hi Ismael:

    Excellent piece; I think the first antidote to extremism is the rejection of politics that is based on such fault lines like religion, ethnicity and similar pronouncements that can easily lend themselves to the virus that is hate speech

    Regards,
    Millennium

  • Ismail AA

    Selam all,

    This is extremely timely reminder from a wise man of moderation. Multi-faith and cultural diverse societies like our own need opinion makers and wise leaders like Sheikh Ismael Ibrahim al-Mukhtar. He is right that hate monger fringe elements start evil and vicious propaganda hiding behind slogans, and mainstream of societies pay the price. In our case, the so called Agazian madness started by social outcast such a nameless guy in London who had a day at court of law and condemned for fraud and theft.

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Ismail,

      Yes indeed and it’s the right message.

      As far as the Agazian, you are right it’s madness. I saw a video of the main Agazian guy and I think he was his second person when they have a fallout and they were spilling their dirty laundry out in public.

      What the two of them revealed was that they were supported by some TPLF branch. I don’t know who from TPLF was supporting them, or even initiated their project but I was sick to learn who ever they were go that level to create division among our people.

      I think what ever their plans were, it has turned against these agazian group and I think they have disappeared.

      I think we need to stay vigilant and keep out eyes wide open, even with the yiAkl movement that we are witnessing, we have to stay alert what evil plan that can come from them to divert and destroy our hopes.

      I must say these yiAkl challenge is moving well, because for the first time we have been free from anyone influence and we have make sure we stay independent and stay focused.

      Berhe

      • Hope

        Selam berhe:
        Late better than never.
        Denguiyu eyyu zirideAka.
        Basically ,you are listening to Hope.
        “I have NEVE EVER seen an Independent Eri Opposition thus far.
        The ENOUGH Movement is being hijacked or at lest being infiltrated too,if you want to know the truth.
        .Who has been sponsoring the
        – COWARD Eri Islamic Jihad Movements brahim Huran?
        -The Secessionist RSADO and the DMLEK of Kerneliwos
        -The Akelguzay,the Blin,The Saho,the Nara ,etc–:”Liberation Movements”
        -The Sactism
        -The AgAzian Movement
        “I think we need to stay vigilant and keep out eyes wide open, even with the yiAkl movement that we are witnessing, we have to stay alert what evil plan that can come from them to divert and destroy our hopes”.
        Finally,good job Berhe.

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Hope,
          Dear, are you alright? Do you check what you type?. Who is brahim Huran?

          • Hope

            Thanks Ya Ustaznna:
            I already corrected it as it was a simple typo error.
            Amglad that I did mention Ustaz Khalifa Hussein(?khalifa Hussein).

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Ustaz Ismail AA,

            His uneasiness is a dread from what he hears and sees. He is in a dire condition. I think, his hands are implicated in crimes against innocent Eritreans.

            Al-Arabi

          • Hope

            Ya Arabi:
            I hope you are NOT one of those Jihadist that cold-bloodedly murdered few of my cousins at Eri Sudan Border.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hope,
            I wonder if any of your relatives have escaped murder. They have been killed by the Derg, by weyane, by the pfdj, by jihadists, but the Boy Scouts, … by everyone. It’s sad.

          • Hope

            Ahlen Saleh:
            Sayterut abiet saylikut wediet.
            Have you ever read what Al Arabi has been labeling Hope for?
            It was meant to make him feel the pain..
            A Criminal PFDJ Agent,etc…

            And hope you do NOT have a selective vision problem.

            And the answer to your question is :

            A BIG YES that my relatives were murdered,poisoned,burnt alive..,kidnapped and ,made to disappear by :
            Derghi
            Weyane
            Jihadists
            Janhoy
            PFDJ

          • Saleh Johar

            Hope,
            No one will wait until you do your “meTrat “. Any comment you do is public and will get a public comment on it. You mean you do not know that? Okay, that’s how it works.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Hope,

            This is pleadings of culprits that assures that you are embroiled in slaying innocent Eritreans heartlessly by poisoning, kidnapping, torturing and butchering. You think that you will continue at large forever, but the day you will be behind iron bars is not far. I know, the name Eritrea and her people cause you panic, therefore always you like to speak about TPLF and Ethiopian issues. Your fleeing to the outside world confirms your implication in sadistic, insensitive and inhumane practices against Eritreans.

            Al-Arabi

          • Hope

            Ya Arabi:
            As Millenium told U,u do NOT make any sense.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Hope,

          I am not naive to think that Eritrea has no external enemies. The difference with with Hope is, that Hope thinks all Eritrea problem are attributed to it’s external enemies, while giving very little attentin to internal enemy. But Berhe thinks all Eritrea problems are attributed to our inside enemy called IA and PFDJ, while the problems with external enemies are (the most majority) of them because of our internal enemy. .

          If Eritrea has no inside enemy called IA, all the external attempt will fail by the government and the people.

          Like the agazain, the Eritrean people will, tell. them Ak Tifi and they will be lost souls..

          The problem is, there are a lot of Eritreans, the most majority of them (including those you listed) have nothing to do with weyane or anyone else if they were able to live in their country free.

          For example, Arbi Harnet is created in honor of wedi Ali..why do you call them fake? Why do you say sactism is fake? How do you know he is fake? He is sending inside information from inside Eritrea.

          Now stop calling the yiAkl as fake. Stop it. sure they may some weyane stoogies there but stop it, because it’s not true.

          Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Now stop calling the yiAkl as fake. Stop it

            Hi Berhe; I know it is time for PIA to make some changes or just leave the power to someone but this YiAkil BS is just that fake.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            I know this is really hurting you. Just because you saw some people cheering and clapping you thought the whole ERITREAN people are supporting him.

            This is just picking up momentum for all the yiAkl that have others started.

            Haji Musa said yiAkil not long ago in Asmara infont of thousands.

            Dictators they do not go willingly, they always stay until the end their fate.

            Berhe

          • Hope

            Selam Berhe:
            I think the only solution for me is NOT to read you or respond to you.
            You declared shamelessly:
            “Hope thinks all Eritrea problem are attributed to it’s external enemies, while giving very little attentin to internal enemy”,when you are the one,who should be checked and challenged since you are the one, who is attributing our problems exclusively to the PFDJ,the reason we,at times, think you might be a TPLF Cadre,like many here.
            I “lectured” you about the devastating role of our own leaderships including all the Conspiracy Theories you can imagine, and yet you keep accusing me for being a PFDJ Apologist.
            I am the one and prob the ONLY one, challenging both the TPLF and PFDJ.by listing all the details both have done to Eritrea and Eritrea and Eritreans .
            But I WLL TELL YOU this:
            I will side with and support the Devil I know well than the the Angel and its disciples I don’t know about.
            Irrespective of its crimes and failures,It was and is, the PFDJ you are demonizing, that saved and kept ERITREA intact, NOT the TPLF and its Eri Pseudo-Opp mercenaries.
            Do you know as to who have been behind the Arbi Harnet Movement,the Assennas,the ERINAS,etc…?
            You go and fgure it out as it is all over the Internet.
            you are contradicting every second and in every statement you make.
            If you believe Agazian abd the cheap eri pseudo-Opp mercenaries have been sponsored and baby-sited by none but the Weyenti hassadat,why can’t you accept the possible fact that the same hassadat can hijack the Sactism and the Arbi Harnet?
            Sactism reports form Eritrea.?
            Eway tekalitery.
            Dude, it became nay Adebaby Mistir that simon berkhet, Getachew Redda and Getachew Assefa as well as Ayte Debretsion Gerenchiel have been behind all the TPLF Eri Mercenaries and the fake Eri Media Outlets.
            Berhe:Either try to know more and better or zip your mouth

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hope,

            First of all, you stop lying.

            What mind I have changed about the Agazian thing. I condemned them from the very beginning and if I recall, I have put the criminal found guilty document of the guy. I emailed google and I encouraged others to do the same because he is using the platform fanning hate which I think should be considered a “hate crime”. I do not know who his sponsers are and I still do not know with facts. I learned about their recorded phone exchange with his guy and I heard them talk about TPLF and it’s support and fallout. So this information re-enforces my suspicion about the TPLF and their ill intention about Eritrea. I am even on a record saying, IA and TPLF may even have a secret deal / agreement that they are working towards i.e. disintegrate and make Eritrea weak so it becomes an easy target for them.

            second of all, I will not zip up.
            You like everyone else, are entitled to your own opinion, you don’t own the facts. You can blame TPLF and PFDJ equally and it’s your wish. I don’t care about TPLF because we have declared they are our enemies. I don’t expect anything positive to come out of TPLF. The future of our country does not depend on the good will of the TPLF, the Amhara, the US, the Arabs or anyone body else. Our future and depends on us Eritreans and the problem we have in our country is the result of our government which is IA and the PFDJ. Blaming others is not a priority because there is nothing that I can do about it, except being like you a crying baby. TPLF is not forcing my people to go into exile.

            Thee: You can stop responding to me as you like.
            Stop being so damn and use your thick brain to think sometimes. I say PFDJ, the party that is responsible for all the misery our country finds itself. I am not blaming the Eritrean people and those Eritreans who are party of the regime who have nothing to do with decision and orders that is given to them from the higher up.

            If you are saying the PFDJ as a party (the one that has 150 members) is responsible for all the decisions that is taking place in the country , please elaborate. This is why you need to think and open your thick head. The party has been dissolved since 2001 and it has never met since. 15 members went to jail, many have since died and lots are in exile. The party is in name only and the only people who are in charge are IA and his few followers. I am blaming this group and these party..is this hard to believe or you የሕምመካ እዩ because you were a member.

            Four: Any information that damages the PFDJ is welcome.

            I don’t care where the information is coming and I don’t care who is funds it, anyone and any information that comes that make IA and his group weak is welcome. AI, HRW, US government or anyone else.

            Is Amanuel Iyasu Eritrean? Yes.
            Is Amanuel Iyasu working for the better good of Eritrea? Yes
            Is he fighting the PFDJ? Yes.
            Is he getting money from weyane? I don’t know and I don’t care. As long as he doesn’t do any harm or any intention to harm Eritrea.
            Is he working to harm Eritrea the country and the people? NO, as far as I am concerned.

            Good enough for me. The same goes for all the other groups / individuals you mentioned..Arbi Harnet, sactism or what have you. As long as they are in the fight to remove IA and his groups..they are on my side. I am telling you for the 100 times, I don’t care where they get their funding as long as they use it to fight the regime, they are my kind of people.

            If you want to fight the TPLF and save the people of Tigray…please go ahead and fight them.

            Berhe

          • Hope

            OK Behre:
            Let me give you a simple analogy.

            -So basically u r telling me that the role of the USA,
            Cuba,Yemen,Libya,USSR,E Germans,Britain,France,etc… against the Eritrean legit Struggle is non-essential and did not have any role since our only direct enemies were Derghi and Janhoy.

            Am telling U that both enemies should be fought against.

            -Weed out the PFDJ by all means including at the expense of losing Eritrea is what you are telling me by avoiding the hidden agenda and the collateral damages or the unknown outcome of those ‘Collateral Enemies” or “bystanders..” through their mercenaries.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hope,

            Don’t twist my words, if you don’t understand what I said, ask me for clarification.

            What did we do to, Cuba, Yemen, Libya, USSR, E Germany, Britain, France, US and others? What have we done to them? Other than highlighting and asking for them to support our struggle, what can we possibly done to them.

            But did we stop fighting Ethiopia, while fighting them. No. we were fighting Ethiopia because that’s the priority and it’s was achievable objective.

            Nothing changed, I am telling you we do the same thing. That’s fight PFDJ, because it’s achievable and let’s not focus fighting others, like TPLF and others because it’s useless.

            Are you telling me we have the same capacity to fight TPLF? What’s the objective anyway, remove them from power? I call you PFDJ because that’s what PFDJ strategy is, to keep the people attention diverted so they don’t focus on PFDJ and your strategy seems the same.

            How many times I have to repeat? Did the people of Tunisia lose their country because they removed their president. Did the people Egypt lose Egypt because they removed Mubarek. Why do you equate removing Isayas as removing Eritrea.

            I am saying is, the Eritrean people will remove Isayas Afeworki and his stooges. I didn’t say the Eritrean defense forces, Eritrean civil servants, Eritrean government institution or anything else…the handful PFDJ operatives.

            Sure you can fight TPLF all you want..let me repeat…I really do not care. But I do not want the Eritrean people to pay for it by following you in suicide mission. We want to keep our Eritrean secure and in tact, but first we need to remove the dictator.

            Berhe

          • Hope

            Selam berge:
            Minia kolel and EshkiElal koinu negheru.
            2+2= 4
            “U r the one twising simple things.
            Ha Hu Hi Ha’a Hie h HO.
            As much as or worse than what the Eastern., Western and the pseudo Socialists Arabs contribute to the suffering of our people and to the delay of our Liberation, the role of the TPLF has contributed to:

            -the sufferings four people
            -The delay of Phase II of our Independence
            -the prolongation of the PFDJ Power directly or indirectly.

            There fore, per Logic 101:

            Deduction:

            Both enemies should be dismantled and fought. Against.

            More so against the external powers since their agenda is quite clearer and worse than the Internal or domestic Enemy both in the short and long term.

            You cannot separate both.

            Another 2+2;2×2 is always 4::

            If the PFDJ or the GoE was not there and/or if the TPLF Junta was allowed to execute its dirty agenda against Eritrea and Eritreans, what do you think the fate of Eritrea and Eritreans would be/would have been?

            Consider the role of the CIA and its State Department including the neg role of the UN and its UNMEE along with their mercenary TPLF during the most critical time when our our Independence was put in question mark.

            U R so naïve and even fake when u declared:
            “Sure you can fight TPLF all you want..let me repeat…I really do not care.”….

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Hope,

            ተፈዲሕካ፡ ሽጥራኻ ደውር

            More so against the external powers since their agenda is quite clearer and worse than the Internal or domestic Enemy both in the short and long term.

            አብ ሓመድ ድመ ናይ ህግደፍ መንደፍ የራኽበና::

            Berhe

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Berhe,

        If every initiative is a suspect, nothing can be done against the regime. Now you are throwing your suspicion against ”yeakil campaign”. Lucky the regime. With such kind of endless suspicion we can’t even unite our society. Very sad!!!!

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Ustaz Aman Hidrat,

          If you read the change that occurred on our people from 1999 to 2019, you will never be demoralized or frightened. It is certain that the people of Eritrea will topple their enemy and install a democratic nation that respects rights of her citizens.

          Al-Arabi

        • Hope

          Selam Ustaz Aman:
          Who would expect that Aman Hidrat et al would be Agents of the dead-for–good PMMZ/TPLF?.
          I never expected the EPDP will be a victim of the PFDJ/TPLF and few narrow minded regionalists…but BINGO–you get what u see..
          It is juts to show /warn you that we have been so bad in this regard and we need to learn from our past mistakes and come up with better and effective strategies.

          • Saleh Johar

            Good idea Hope,
            Effective strategy? A nice proposal. But what the common ground to build that strategy be? I am just curious.

          • Hope

            Saleh:
            Why are U asking questions the answers you now to?
            Yep,learn from your past mistakes and come up with more Constructive ,Functional,,Inclusive and Reconciled Opp with an effective and efficient strategies.

          • Saleh Johar

            Hope,
            I will be blunt.
            Will you be part of the project you are proposing? Can you elaborate the highlights of the would-be members? Including their positions.

        • Berhe Y

          Dear Aman,

          I am not sure I understand what you mean?

          Berhe