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In Search Of An Appropriate Politics For Eritreans Diaspora

After years of silence and indifference, it looks that some Eritrean academics and professionals in the Diaspora have started to come up with personal views on the ways the Eritrean politics is being played out. I read an article dated June 16, 2015 on the Internet that primarily forwards ideas on why it is important that the two opposing political forces,  i.e.,  pro-government and opposition need to engage in some kind of communication to build mutual understanding. The author  warns, failing this, the political factions ‘need to be aware that the attitude of initiating and intensifying polarization in politics leads to developing narrow mindedness and insecurity followed by utter ignorance and savagery.’  The author, Dr Tesfay Ghebremedhin, an economist, goes on to say, because of the actions of these political factions Eritrean scholars and professionals have kept themselves isolated in their hiding places.

Building common understanding

The main message of the professor’s article seems to aim at building harmony and peaceful relations among political forces in Eritrea. He shares his wisdom calling on political actors to draw on cultural practices and resources of resolving disputes. Among the major points highlighted in his article is that we, Eritreans, lack capable politicians who can take up issues of political nature open-mindedly. He observes, ‘It doesn’t make us national political heroes merely by conducting endless and fruitless meetings and fruitless conferences in an enemy country’. He also says in the opposition camp politics has become a business and seems to tell the silent majority, ‘beware of these businesspeople’.  In the same way, his advice to the pro-government is to be open to critiques and that they should not consider a government critique an enemy.

In what follows, I will, by way of comment, show how my understanding of Eritrean politics differs and explain how I understand Diaspora politics. I argue that despite his genuine intentions his criticism and portrayal of the opposition doesn’t only create fear and mistrust but also helps to encourage silence and indifference. I will also try to illustrate with an example, why the kind of mutual understanding his article purports to build among the opposing forces will remain a wish for some time to come. Finally, I will conclude by giving my personal observation on the role of ‘intellectuals’ in society.

Ideologizing neutrality

Societies of each era make available the best of what they are capable of producing. The 1940s Eritrean politics produced the Woldeabs and Ibrahims vs the vocal Unionists. These political figures didn’t have to go to college to learn politics. And it is fascinating to find in 1952 members of Eritrean parliament debated issues such as the official languages and the logo of the Eritrean flag.  It is in fact strikingly interesting to note the grounds on which they based their logic are similar sixty three years later₂. The 1960s created their own political elites. In the era of armed struggle the space allowed only nationalist revolutionaries, and critics with liberal political views were met with hostility. All efforts of Diaspora political activism were channelled towards helping the national liberation. Building on the legitimacy inherited from the era of the armed struggle, the regime used and abused the Diaspora structures for its own survival. The result is a unique government that remotely controls its immigrant communities wherever they reside. It is clear now a major support base of the government is in the Diaspora.  Unlike the opposition forces who do politics with meagre resources and voluntarily, pro-government forces operate from their embassy bases, in which case the embassies and their active operatives have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

Against this backdrop, it is very important to ask ourselves whether thinking in terms of polarities i.e. pro-government vs. opposition is realistic enough and if it is really helpful to our understanding of the Diaspora politics. And let us ask ourselves if we are doing justice to the justice seekers by placing these two categories of Eritreans on a pair of scales and subjecting them to criticism using the same yardstick. The first step, I would say, should be understanding the complexities within the political landscape, which is very much part of our history. If we dismiss the opposition as too fragmented to qualify as credible opposition or if we claim they are doing politics for a living, hence, they are not to be trusted, we would be doing more harm than help in bridging the differences that already exist.  I think some of the veteran politicians are doing politics only because they have been pursuing politics for their whole life and they want to see it through to its conclusion. They are also doing it in on a voluntary basis, which is why they have not been competent enough. This is not, however, to say that there are no weaknesses within the opposition. Surely, it has become a disappointment to many and particularly to the population in the home land who look upon the Diaspora as a source of hope.

We cannot derive the kind of equation claiming these are two evil forces that confront the ‘silent majority’ or those who are ‘non-aligned’ or those distancing themselves from politics like the author himself. Let me explain why professor Tesfay’s proposal of building common understanding doesn’t seem to bring about the sought-after results because the objective situation and the PFDJ culture don’t lend themselves to a civilized discourse. Let me give one example: a fresh media item that brought together both of these opposing parties to debate a current issue. (June 16, 2015, Al Jazeera’s, The Stream). Baffled by the debating parties’ representation of ‘reality’, the journalist poses the question ‘does this make sense?’ Indeed as you might have watched, the young Eritrean American paints his own version of reality. He angrily interrupts the UN employee, ‘no!! there are no reprisals in Eritrea, you are talking about some another country, there are no reprisals in Eritrea!… ’

Clearly to the astonishment of an external observer there were ‘two realities’; and so not even the least common ground for discussion.

On the point of common ground for debate, Jürgen Habermas, one of the most influential thinkers of our time, identifies four criteria for effective communication₁. According to his Theory of Communicative Action, sincerity and rightness are two factors that allow validity claims in communication. What he means by sincerity is, one has to mean what s/he says and by rightness, he means what one says should be right. Rightness in turn raises ethical and moral considerations. If we use these criteria, our two young Eritrean Americans cannot in any way claim their arguments fulfilled these values of sincerity and rightness. Instead, they resorted to brazen dishonesty and cynic deception to justify the gross and systematic human right violations being committed in Eritrea. Such being the rift and lack of minimum common ground for debate; I would say Professor Tesfay’s proposal in search for appropriate politics for Eritrean Diaspora is possible in an ideal world or under a significantly altered political order. It should, however, be mentioned that I am not against moral guidance offered to the youth. My doubt is if the traditional moral values the author invokes are completely eroded or nonexistent.

Many of us do not seem to make an effort to understand the complex nature of the political diversity and how that affects us. The author is doubtful that leaders of the opposition would willingly come together and unite as one political group because they do not want to lose their subsistence funds they receive from their sponsors. I am neither aware of such funds nor sure how generous these funds to be of such influence. I assume the problem is more intricate. If we imagine the Eritrean political landscape as a spectrum between a hard-core PFDJ and a radical opposition we might make some sense of what is actually happening on the ground. Where I live is a highly politically intoxicated city. Many times in the camp of the moderate justice seekers there is the wish to engage with the ones in the margins of the ‘silent majority’. But these categories are not as confused and frustrated by the weaknesses of the opposition as we might believe the case to be. They are in fact more calculative. Like the pro-government, they weight the costs and opportunities of the moves they want to make, particularly with whom to associate during significant events. They are smart enough to manage the resonance within themselves.  But the unintended consequences of their actions are detrimental to the justice seekers and in effect align themselves with the pro-government forces. This kind of position and mentality is clearly the commonest. Hence, it needs neither popularising nor ideologizing.

Eritrean economy and youth flight

The author also wants us to take consolation in the fact that the problem facing Eritrea is not worse than what other countries face. He writes, Eritrea is facing particularly ‘economic hardship and exodus of productive human capital should not surprise us as other countries are in the same situation.’ I wish to be educated by an academic of his stature and ask him how many countries prefer a contraband economy like Eritrea does. How many of them release neither their national budget, nor the revenue from their booming mining industry? And what is his view, as a learned Eritrean, on the recent phenomenon of an emerging oligarchy that owns both the slave labour and the natural resources? ₄ What about the profiting from cross-border and oversees trade including, alleged human trafficking? Can the good professor share his knowledge about the reason for the shortage of the supply of Nakfa in the market and why people hoard their cash at home?  Nowhere does he, in his article, address the causes of why the youth are fleeing and why life in Eritrea is bleak.

And in his subtexts, i.e., what is not explicit but implied is that Ethiopia is an ‘enemy country’ and a source of the opposition funds. The issue of safeguarding our sovereignty is another major points raised. Frankly, I am inclined to say that such a talk is highly ideological and repeated ad nauseam by regime supporters for such a long time that it has now lost its appeal. It is the language of the masses that we all were deluded until the end of the year 2001. Worse even is that it masks real issues that need proper articulation. Let me now raise a very general but relevant subject. But I want to make it clear that this is not directed at Professor Tesfay Ghebremedhin’s person.

The role of intellectuals in society

Despite Isaias’ age-old hostility towards intellectuals, many Eritrean intellectuals had contributed to the efforts of national struggle. Through the EPLF’s transnational governance some of the critical ones were silenced; others tamed into the regime’s culture. When the new nation sought their support some Diaspora intellectuals who were already in the Mass Organizations happily availed themselves. Expert economists drew up macro-economic policy with export promotion strategy. But this did not sit well with the malevolent dictator’s own version of development that allows the tyrant to remain as an absolute head of state unaccountable to any government body. When war broke out, it dawned on these experts that the small Eritrean economy couldn’t absorb the shock. And in a hostile region the market shrank and Eritrea started its ‘march of folly’ into total economic collapse.

I am not blaming the Eritrean experts for not being prophetic. Absolutely not. But, I would expect economists to raise the alarm when they see things moving contrary to what the science of their disciple teaches them. Attending a public lecture by one of the advisors, what I noted was contrary to expectation. About a decade ego now, talking about the Eritrean economy, a distinguished professor spoke highly of the ‘Warsay-Yikalo’ project describing it as ‘Eritrean Marshal Plan’. We also witnessed such intellectuals, with one leg in the US and another in Eritrea, continue to advise the regime in its economic and public policies. It appears they enjoy both material and symbolic advantages. Their symbolic advantage derives from their perception that they are closer to the power base

Generally speaking, intellectuals tell their students that they should not be involved in politics because that will compromise their academic freedom and integrity. We are not sure if that can be an excuse for not speaking the truth on behalf of the voiceless. Apparently, we tend to believe that intellectuals always tell the truth. A recent position taken by a certain Eritrean intellectual is embarrassingly the opposite. As depressing as it is, it has been revealed that an anthropologist of long standing, who went to one of the best universities in the world discredits the UN Human Rights Inquiry on Eritrea⁵. This is a moment for us to seriously and critically look into ourselves.

Through proverbs and adages, the Tigrinya language and culture makes a distinction between Knowledge (mihro) intelligence (a’emiro), and wisdom (libona). It helps us understand how the society values each of them. Furthermore, these proverbs and sayings, point to the elements of the culture and help our understanding how the society thinks.  Common sense has it, the older we grow the wiser we become. One may then ask why is ‘the truth’ which is universally a highly valued virtue suffering in some quarters. Ironically, this issue concerns anthropologists. Given the enviable academic capital this Eritrean had earned, I wish he had gracefully retired in his home country.

In conclusion, I have to reiterate that I am not trying to belittle the contributions of well-wishing intellectuals such as the author of the article in question. Their society needs its intellectuals in these most difficult times and their contribution is judged by the extent to which it helps better the lives of their fellow Eritreans citizens. The proper analysis of the actual and potential resources should shed light on what the future holds. Their contribution will be also measured in terms of their public duty to bring about peace, prosperity and justice to the voiceless and not by how they justify their purposeful and unforced support to tyranny at the most critical moment of the society.


1. Outhwaite, W. 1996. Habermas: A critical Introduction. Cambridge Polity Press.
2. Tesfay. Alemseged. 2005. Federation Eritrean with Ethiopia. From Matiezo to Tedla: 1951-1955. (ፈደረሽን አርትራ ምስ ኢትዮጲያ ፤ ካብ ማቲየንሶ ክሳብ ተድላ 1951-1955).Asmara. Hedri Publishers. pp 168-174.
3. Ghebremedhin, Tesfay. In Search of an appropriate Politics for Eritreans in Diaspora.
4.  Woldemikael. M. Tecle. 2013. Introduction: Post-liberation Eritrea. Africa Today. Vol 60 no 2. Indiana University Press. Pp v-xix.
5. ትሕዝቶ ጸብጻብ ተወካሊት ሰብኣዊ መሰል፡ ብመሰረቱ ጌጋ፡ ንተኣማንነቱ ትኲር ዳህሳስ ዘይተኻየደሉን ንበሃሊቱን ወካሊኣን ዘሕፍር እዩ” ኤርትራዊ ምሁር፡ ፕሮፌሶር ኣስመሮም ለገሰ. Report.

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  • Abi

    Hi sir
    The bright side of your story is there is a smart woman in Mekele that dumped you. Good for her !

  • Pass the salt

    Hello Aman,
    Yeah, we were all wondering where you were. We know now you were busy revising documents. Mystery solved!
    What documents did you say you revised? And from what to what?

  • Abi

    Hi Observer
    I don’t know how I missed your well written comment. Could you please guide me to your trusted source. Is it the observer or guardian.
    Are you and AMCE cousins?
    I promise you to be more observant not to miss your comments again. Shame on me!!


    Oh yes I am an Ethiopian and also an Eritrean. But
    because the name Ethiopian was given a different
    and alien meaning from its original for the last 100+
    years in general and the last 60 years is particular
    I was always unhappy to call and describe myself as
    Ethiopian due to the shamefull name the HSI, the MIL,
    and the TPLF regimes successively put on the country
    and the name.
    As you know majority of genuine and true ethiopians were
    embarassed to be called by that name which only means
    HS, Mengistu or woyane except for those ignorants and
    illetrates who do not know what ethiopia is and what its
    history and people are. Such kind of people can be easily
    be driven like animals and can easily be made to be put
    into burning firejust to be called ethiopian and get the name.
    This is what HSI and the other two successive regimes has
    been doing to them.
    There is a historical and psychological reason which is often a
    result of resentment and of being a second class and not primary
    part of the original Ethiopia and Ethiopian history for them do so
    and to allow themselves to be treated like animals dying evrywhere.
    So some unknown individuals like HSI, mengestu and Meles and with
    illegitimate claim to power have been playing on them and were making
    them die for their own individual and family fiefdom of power and wealth.
    Though they think so ,they have done nothing good to Ethiopia except
    being a cause for its destruction and impoverishement. I am glad Eritreans
    were not part of this shamefull history.
    Ethiopia has been dislocated from its real self and history since the early
    1850’s and all the years since after is a history and reality of decay,impoverishment
    and destruction on a downwad spiral movement with especial emphasis of the last
    50 plus years. So no matter how good the intentions; it is a fact of tragic and shameful
    history. Hence the name, guess how shameful it might be for those true citizens.
    Shewan farmers has become instrument of this shameful history during the HSI regime
    against their country and people of Ethiopia by making them illetrate and ignorant followers
    of HSI & family wishes under false Ethiopiawinet. Similarily, southerners under Mengistu,
    and some few Tigrians under woyane are also made to do the same against Ethiopia and
    Ethiopiawinet serving individual dictatorships and their wishes and agendas contributing to
    the destruction of the country Ethiopia and making true Ethiopians embarassed and shamefull
    to be called Ethiopian.

  • tes

    Dear Amice@ETK,

    ESAT/EPPF/TDPM allied themselves with the most brutal regime in the world residing in Asmara. If they are an ally of such brutal regime, there is high probability of being brutals once they come into power.

    I against the presence of these terrorist groups in my country. Eritrea should be free from them. They are destroying my country.

    Those who said, “Ethiopia Tikdem” before they destroyed us and now are destroying us. Worse, they have no reason to be there axcept they wanted to be agents of DIA.

    ESAT and his likes, as terrorist as they are, they must leave Eritrea now. If not, we Eritreans, will open an open war against them. In fact, if there is going to be in Eritrea, it is against ESAT/EPPF/TDPM/G-7, etc. Today no one is defending the brutal regime in Asmara except those terrorist groups.

    If you love Ethiopia, fight a good fight. You have a fertile ground in the hearts of Addis Abbaba. Politically you will win against EPRDF government, militarily you will only serve dictators.

    Therefore, I am against these terrorist groups residing inside Eritrea not against fight in Ethiopia. if Ethiopians have a cause to revolt, let them do it but not in the land of Eritrea.



      Who didn’t depend on Eritrea and its people’s struggle to bring change in Ethiopia ?
      without going too far…….TPLF…..is the main beneficiary of depending on Eritrea.
      It is always impossible to bring change in Ethiopia without first depending on Eritrea
      for many reasons.
      All the changes occurred in Ethiopian politics are only the results of Eritrean people’s
      struggle and the mobilization of the whole nation relying and depending on Eritrea first.
      some examples :
      1: Ethiopian revolution occurred in 1974 as the result of 10 years persistent resistance
      (armed and political) of the Eritrean people lead by its organization ELF which completely
      neutralized the HSI regime and brought it to a halt.
      2. In the aftermath of the revolution TPLF and EPRP have to rely and depend on the EPLF
      (Eritrean people struggle again) to challenge the Dergue regime while the EPLF is doing the
      greater job of dismantling the Derg junta regime.
      3. And so on and on………….
      So Eritrea and Eritreans should always lead and mobilize Ethiopia to bring change and better
      future. Thus, if eprdf agreed to give a political space to EPPF/TPDM/G7 in Ethiopian politics
      it means a victory to them over the TPLF because it is only the denial of space by the eprdf
      that forced them to operate from Eritrean mountains. So better not like Dergue or HSI ! If the
      eprdf chose to be so…….it will find out what is for it…….they will bury it like what happened to
      the Dergue and the HSI regimes. Thankyou, though you and all the TPLF seems to be learned
      the lessons now because unlike yesterday, you are all moderated and talking with a subdued
      tone. Only the arrogance and belligerence of the TPLF and its supporters brought all this onto
      you and all the TPLFites.
      Now you know and understand the power of the people both Ethiopian and Eritrean. And keep
      going but do not forget to look back on your shoulders and talk the low key tone you have adopted
      recently……..because if you don’t…………..you know you will find out the rope on your neck.
      We are riding them/the TPLF

      • tes

        Dear AMICE@ETK,

        We, Eritreans, yes we helped Ethiopians to outcast dictators and killers like Hailessilasie and Mengistu. That is what Eritreans dearly paid parallel to their plight for freedom. Thanks for recognizing that.

        But now, Eritrea is living under brutal dictator and Eritreans need to get rid of this brutal dictator, worse than Hailessilassie and Mengistu. We Eritreans are fighting against and we need to do it by ourself, no need for your help. Just keep your hands clean.

        But you Ethiopians who made us to bleed before are equally now allying with one who is bleeding us. If you want to fight with EPRD, do it in your land and leave us alone. The ESAT/G-7/EPPF/TDPM are backing DIA. Doing that, they are enemies of Eritrean people. And we Eritreans won’t tolerate it.

        A mafia is a friend of a mafia. PFDJ is a mafia so are all those who rally with him.

        Remember, I am against calling for justice in Ethiopia. I am against those who are backing PFDJ.PFDJ as a terrorist is a terrorist regime so are those who work with him.

        PFDJ’s terrorist act has far reached Geneva. And you know what, members of ESAT/EPPF/TDPM were there to deny Eritrean sufferings. This is absolutely unacceptable and morally wrong.

        Therefore, get away with your terrorist group from the land of Eritrea. If not, stay there, like the Derge soldiers, the North will be the grave yard. I am saying it and keep the note.

        A dictator’s friend is a dictator next and Ethiopian people should take care of from not falling again into Abyssinian war mongering killers. They are under incubation right inside Eritrea.


      • Abi

        Hi AMCE
        You sound an ethiopian with a unique nick. Keep coming. I like your unique writing skill. Do you teach creative writing? I’m in!

        • Fanti Ghana

          Hello Abi,
          You are so twisted man!

          • Abi

            Fanti aba mesTet biq yilal bametu
            Ej neschalehu endet senebetu?
            Ej yeminesutin chila bilehachew
            Egir lemiyanesut ej nesahachew

        • Rahwa T

          Dear Abi,

          I think, Amche is Hope’s nick for today. The slight change that I noticed is that he has spent few hours editing his comment. That is a good. Or else he should be his first cousin.

          • Abi

            Hi sistu
            Moderator siraw ejigun siyasaqiq
            Hulet egir yalew zinjero meTebeq
            Beru tekeftolet aTir yemizelew
            Wededshim Telashim zinjero bicha new
            Zinjero siTebiq Saleh moderator
            ToTa hono meTa Hope yemayafir.

          • Wolde ab

            Selam Abi,
            You are crazy and I am impressed!
            Are you sure you are not Gashe TSegaye reincarnated?

          • Abi

            Hi Wolde ab
            Egzer yakbrlign
            Wolde Ab kegonu ,keQegnu yawlilign.
            Motin ashenfo dagim yetenesaw
            Ene eskemawqew YeAb lij bicha new

  • Abi

    Hi Tes
    This is what you wrote on assenna on July 8, 2015 at 2:24 am
    ” Our hard earned independence is rendered useless and becomes a pity of world. If ethiopias are willing to help us to decimate PFDJ they are more than welcome .in fact eritrea is at the edge of the cliff and help from ethiopia or any other force is great opportunity. It should be taken with both hands.”
    Tes, I rest my case. All I want from you is to apologize to Hayat and Sem. You called them names you should not have.
    Hayat is not a vampire. She is a QUEEN.

    • Ted

      Hi Abi, you know where to go to find bad stories about your northern neighbours. What tes said in Assena, well, tes is still intoxicated by UN resolution and his approval of invasion of Eritrea is like a drunkest guy ever going for more beer. Indeed the QUEEN of Sheba deserves apology. As for Sem, the whole Eritrean team is working on him.

      • Abi

        ” the Queen of Sheba ?” Now you talking!
        Ted, people change their minds all the time. Nothing new . But, look Tes’s advice to PMHD 8hrs ago and what he wrote on assenna in the same day. One person, one name, two websites, two exactly opposite comments. What am I missing ?
        Btw, Sem deserves apology .

        • tes

          Dear Abi,

          Stop please multiplying first. check, check, check!

          You have tried so many times to fabricate a lie against me and this is your continuation. The good thing is liers will always have consumers. Here is Ted, the wise PFDJ becoming unwise by following you.


        • Ted

          Abi, the Queen suppose to be the queen of us all, unfortunately, as you know blood is thicker than water, she chose you (the true decentes of King Solomon).”What am I missing ?” leaving assena aside, It is strange tes has become the valuable strategist for PMHD. He has a point, he fears G7 and other Ethiopian opposition may get ground in side Ethiopia if the Ethiopian army get bogged down in conflict with Eritrea. It is not that he disapproves the posturing of Ethiopia but he worries If PMHD fails, it takes down the Eritrean opposition in Ethiopia along with him. Now, as Sem, tes has become your problem too. You can use them as you see it fit.

          • tes

            Dear Ted,

            I know the more than 45,000 Ethiopian terrorist soldiers are protecting your rotten regime. I have no choice but to oppose them. They are servants of DIA.


          • Ted

            Hi, tes “protecting your rotten regime” don’t flatter yourself. You have not shot a single bullet to know who is fighting or against you.
            Sticking to the point that matters,(justice for Eritrean people) it is not only worthless but out right dangerous to put your dreams on the hands of UN or Ethiopia. You have seen the need for change in your own eyes in Geneva that we are capable of being master of our destiny.

            Did you see the heart felt plea of the greatest MS to his former comrades. That kind of plea is what we need from the opposition to their comrades: the call to to come together for the sake of Eritrea.

          • tes

            Dear Ted,

            You see, I didn’t comment any under MS’s message to his x-comrade. I have as always a reservation against MS’s way of struggle. I just kept quite because I didn’t want to appreciate crying in front of the killers by calling for justice. That is what MS did. His letter is void and unnecessary.

            MS has a habit to show his chauvinistic style by landing in meshrefet net. He did that when he oppose for those who stood against Eritrean’s national slavery and now is allying with reformers for the sake of saving his x-comrades.

            Concering my fight: it is a very complex fight indeed and you will not undertand it being in the PFDJ camp.

            Reformers(Aka Chauvinists) will not be happy with me simply because they know I am exposing their hybride regime agenda (as brother Amanuel Hidrat has put it).

            Abyssinian fundamentalists will not be happy simply because I am against their war mongering agenda

            Opportunists will not be happy with me simply because I am not giving room for them.

            I am against those three and unfortunately they all are in the justice camp.

            Fighting against PFDJ is the simplest ever thing that I have in my mind.

            Diehard PFDJ, you should have remembered that I was in Geneva before commenting by saying, “You have seen the need for change in your own eyes in Geneva that we are capable of being master of our destiny.” Don’t try to hide your hate against those who attended Geneva.


          • selam

            Dear Ted
            I wish I have your way of saying to slash and crush these idiot people who wish weyane hand to kill our innocent young men , I wish I am like MS who pin point all the points in a matter of few words, and I wish if I can write Haile the dreamer to use my words to the opposite of his harsh words to any thing about Eritrea. In this few dyas just may be 20 days we have seen people abandon their core value just for few camera or interviews by western medias , we have seen our so called Eritrean representative use words that can never be selam words at worst time. Look there are two kinds of people ,1 Flip floppers who flip sides like a ball in a 45 degree down to the slope , we do not mind for such oeople to be nuts and idiots at last.
            2. We have people who are committed to the well being of Eritreans and they will never ever change their stiff stand on protecting the well being of Eritreans and they will never ever change their stand for few dollars and for few western cameras.

            we do not need to take sides on which one is the best choice for our people because their faces , their past criminal records , their personal interests can just tell all. Please ted stay as you are and the humble nature of your and MS and others will come out winning. To see people change their sides and even wish for weyane intervention is just normal but who walk yhe high voltage cable is another thing they never inetend to apply on their idiot Alapha Omega head.

      • tes

        Dear Ted,

        In Tigrigna we have a saying, “Dedhri Adgi zikedes tirat adgi lemede” You could have checked first before endoring what this old man is saying.

        Concerning UN’s resolution, first of all there is no UN resolution. We have only COI’s findings.


        • Ted

          Dear tes, resolution L23 ring a bell?what you wrote advise to PMHD, it is the new you. For your information, no country with conflict of interest shouldn’t be allowed to sponsor/adapt UN resolution. It shows clearly UN’s inherent contempt for Eritrean Gov.

          • tes

            Dear Ted,

            Stick to the point first, was he Tes or tes that put a comment in assenna?

            Concerning an advise, it is an advise. In fact I wrote similar calls to Ethiopian government several times.

            More than that, it is an open opposition statement against his speech that targets sovereign Eritrea’s land. If you have an eye, read my advise to PMHD. Don’t be a blind reader.


    • tes

      Dear Abi,

      Oh my God, can’t you stop lying. I have never wrote in Assenna. Stop stop stop this none sense defamation. You must stay corrceted.

      Very Rarely I write in Assenna. Not because I don’t like to do it but I have my home here at awate.com that I believe is my first and lasting destiny.

      If I write, I will say it here too. I believe assenna is equally a responsible page.

      Check first who wrote it there but first adjust your eye glass.

      This is only what I want to say.


    • tes

      Dear Abi,

      I knew who you were referring into.

      Tes the Assena

      But here I am

      tes the awatista

      We have read also some comments from Tes, I am not sure if he is the same, here at awate recently too.

      my nick name is tes, and my full name is Tesfabirhan Weldegabir REDIE.

      You used to call me Prof Tes, Tes, Tuss, bla bla. And finally you got confused. Why don’t you stick to the nick-name given here. In fact, it is one of awate.com’s guidelines to stick with the given nick-name.

      Therefore, you are violating awate.com’s posting guidelines. Worse you first got confused and you confused the already confused individuals like Ted.

      For your confirmation, I brought the copy of the page here. http://assenna.com/%E1%88%85%E1%8C%8D%E1%8B%B0%E1%8D%8D-%E1%8A%95%E1%8C%8E%E1%88%A8%E1%89%A3%E1%89%A5%E1%89%B2-%E1%88%83%E1%8C%88%E1%88%AB%E1%89%B5-%E1%88%9D%E1%88%95%E1%88%9B%E1%88%B5-%E1%89%A5%E1%88%9D%E1%89%95/comment-page-1/#comments

      • Abi

        Since when you changed your nick from “Tes” to “tes ” ? This evening? You have always used “Tes” until your last comment. You are funny.
        In the assenna comment you are trying to deny, you said” rotten administration ” , in your response to Ted you said ” rotten regime ” , earlier you said ” rotten tomato “. You see the pattern. I follow pattern as a habit. I’ve been around long enough to know who said what without checking their nick. I’m not kidding. Besides, I tend to remember for a long time. For example , when you started commenting here you came up with a diagram which you said designed it while you were in China. Time flies! Over two years now.
        Btw, I had hard time adjusting to your new nick “tes “. I hate autocorrect. Keeps on writing ” Tes”. Hahaha.

        • Pass the salt.

          I disagree with you. He has always used ‘tes’.

          • Abi

            Hi PTS
            He never used “tes ” before. He can change his name anytime as he did now. Look, he changed it to tes from his file. What he can’t change is the way he was addressed. Scroll down a bit and you will find yourself addressing him as “Tes”. You will find the moderator, Nitricc, me, yourself addressing him as “Tes” just in the last 24hrs.
            Hi Tes
            Hello Tes
            Selamat Tes
            Prof Tes
            You will never find ” Hi tes ”
            Very elementary trick.
            ” gimel serqo agonbiso ”

          • Nitricc

            HI-Abi; here all you need to know to rest your case. Look what Tes wrote in one sentence.
            “Oh my God, can’t you stop lying. I have never wrote in Assenna. Stop stop stop this none sense defamation. You must stay corrceted. Very Rarely I write in Assenna. Not because I don’t like to do it but I have my home here at awate.com that I believe is my first and lasting destiny.If I write, I will say it here too. I believe assenna is equally a responsible page. Check first who wrote it there but first adjust your eye glass.This is only what I want to say.”
            “I have never wrote in Assenna”
            “Very Rarely I write in Assenna”
            i guess, is this one of Newton’s principals? What a joke Tes is.

          • Abi

            Hi Nitricc
            I think Tes/tes is consistently inconsistent . the solution is to write less and read more.

  • tes

    Dear Dr. Chefena,

    Thank you for coming with this noble idea. I called recently for Eritreans to write more articles that will help us to see beyond and outline a strategy that will let us prosper. You did a right step. Thank you.

    Not directly but indirectly I am in a discussion and reaction related to your topic. As discussion goes on, I will join the folks and put my take.

    A sentence that reads: “We also witnessed such intellectuals, with one leg in the US and another in Eritrea, continue to advise the regime in its economic and public policies. It appears they enjoy both material and symbolic advantages. Their symbolic advantage derives from their perception that they are closer to the power base” has lots of things with it. Yet we will face the same problem. Most educated Eritreans are outside Eritrea. It an a must to take their responsibility again but I am afraid, we may still enjoy our material and symbolic advantage.

    How many of us are ready to go back and build the nation? is one of the biggest challenge ahead of us. The challenge is more now as some tried before and failed or get disappointed absolutely.

    I wish you will expand this so that we can learn the possibility of Eritrean intellectuals to build again the nation.

    With at most respect


    • Chefena

      Hi Tes

      Hi tes
      As you well know, it is sometimes not so easy to elaborate
      on each point mentioned in our writing in such forums. But, to clarify what I mean by ‘material and symbolic
      advantage’, I need to explain that
      individuals crave for symbolic power or want to accumulate a symbolic or capital
      too. This idea is taken from the French theorist, Bourdieu who argues that
      there are ‘capitals’ other that the
      economic capital. This departs from the classical Marxist theory that puts overemphasis
      on economic motive to explain social action. With the regard to the issue
      whether we would find ourselves caught in a similar dilemma i.e. Diapora
      Eritrean going back home to build their nation, I really have nothing to add as I argued nothing in that line.
      The people I refer in this posting are very few, yet who had left strong influence
      on the state of affair in Eritrea since the late 1990s. I see no need in going
      into details of this people. But, these were a team of economists mostly who came from the US.
      They were not on the payroll of the government funds but had their salaries
      paid from international organisations. You can image what that means when
      converted in the local currency. So, these were the kind of people with ‘symbolic’ power or advantage as well. Otherwise, there inherently is nothing wrong for the Diaspora to shuttle back and forth.That is, in fact , what characterizes all Diaspora communities; they are always transnational.

  • selam

    Dear Micheal
    You are all over begging for bombing of the the Eritrean people by weyane. On what evidence do you think the guided missiles of weyane will only kill PFDJISTA ? What an idiot idea or corrupted GPS system do you have? I can not see you and some awatista wish such evil idea on the face of the YEMENI people wish to duplicate on our people. American guided missiles killed innocent people than al qaeda members. I think you are the arc enemy of our people. You are all over the websites talking rubbish , what kind of evil thinking do you have?

    • Michael Tesfamariam

      Dear Selam
      I couldn’t just be more clearer, that is exactly what i would do if i was given a chance to do so. Your private quarrel with Woyane should not be allowed to delude you. Clear.

    • sara

      Dear selam
      I think he is high or something? I picture him sitting alone in front of his computer in a small dingy
      apartment staring at the wall talking to himself.
      was i close?

      • haileTG

        Hi Sara,

        Lol..ከም ቀደም ይመስለክን ውሒጅ ጂኔቫ ይወስደክን…haha. That is not the image of justice seeker now. The regime supporter is the “left alone nerd” this time. justice seeker is young trendy, modern and sophisticated. The pro regime are nerdy people who still stick a handkerchief that they wiped their nose with on their chest or under the sleeves by their wrist. The young are more connected and are in groups of many when they interact.

        • Blata Hadgu


          Sara is a dude who is a hell bent PFDJ and Selam is a confused girl neither here nor there. These are the good for nothing the dictator is left with. I say, no sweat on giving them a heed.

  • selam

    Dear solomon
    Yes you are right we Eritreans need to look at each other and solve our differences with out getting aid or help from Ethiopia , especially the weyane regime. But as you can see the ESHI GOYTAYE just gave weyane the driver sit on the COI and on the UN , can you see the difference in your hamble heart of 9 , I suspect you will think with the good one.

  • tes

    Dear Observer,

    Aha, I thought that I am reading news from Tesfanews, aka Turning News of PFDJ. If Ethiopians were able to accept Issaias Afewerki’s presidency, they could have done it in 1991. Now there is no way for the rotten tomato to back-up ESAT bla bla. In fact they are doing such terrorist acts at the cost of Eritrean people.

    Remember PFDJ is a terrorist regime and can host only terrorists. before, he hosted Al-Shabab and trained South Sudanese, East Sudanes and Darfur rebel groups. Sudan got divided. If there is any nearby responsible part for the division of grand Sudan, he is only PFDJ. If we have chaos in Somalia, he is only PFDJ. If we have terrorist attack in Kenya, he is is only PFDJ. And now, if there is war in Ethiopia, it is only PFDJ.

    ESAT/EPPF/TPDM are banckrupted politicians who can never debate in front of justice. They love being terrorists. And they are now on war with Ethiopia it is only because of an open hostility of PFDJ regime.

    Ethiopia: just like that of MZ, they should use a double minded strategy to play with PFDJ regime. Ethiopia should focus on her development and let PFDJ be sanctioned once more again.

    If those terrorists are disturbing, let them be barking. they have nothing to do. If Ethiopia decided to go war against PFDJ, it will only be a big mistake. Eritreans will stand against and Ethiopian terrorists will get a fertile ground for their anti-peace mission.

    Advice for Ethiopia and PMH, going into war by crossing a sovereign land has never being easy and people of the invaded nation has never stopped from fighting against invader. For what ever reason it is, people stand against invader. This is a proven fact throughout the world history no matter how long it is. No sane person accepts invasion. The best strategy for Ethiopia is therefore to follow PMZ’s strategy of “POVERTY is Our main Enemy”. PFDJ’s dream is to see a crippled Ethiopia, as Nitricc used to say, “beggars” (Nitricc is the perfect example of PFDJ’s line of thinking against Ethiopia). Lessons we have learned so far has proved that war can change even super power country into a beggar. That was what it happened for Ethiopia before when the criminal Hailessilassie and dictator and brutal killer Mengistu decided to go into war against Eritrea. Whether Eritrea is under PFDJ or not, the people will stand against Ethiopian aggression. Hence, it is better to let those terrorist groups be categorized internationally as “Terrorists” in which Ethiopia needs to invest some couple of more millions in diplomacy rather than billions in war. And, when ever these terrorists land inside Ethiopia let them be neutralized.

    The good thing is, Eritrea will soon be free from any terrorist destination country hence Ethiopia should not be distracted from its right path, “Fighting against poverty by all means possible”.

    I want to see a prosperious Ethiopia. And sure Eritrea will join her to build modern eocnomy in the horn. Doing that, I am quite the old days of Axumite kingdom, that once was a highly civilized and cross-oceanic civilization to come true. Not only that but we will build also a strong economy crossing the Nile river.

    Together we will prosper.

    This lady is really an inspiring lady. Eritrea and Ethiopia in particular and Africa in general need such inspiring lady.



    • Abi

      Hi Tes
      What is happening today? I read two exactly opposite comments from you . Please tell me there is another Tes with your style of writing commenting on another site. I’m lost. HELP !!!!

  • S.Tesfa

    Dear all,
    The allegation that “those who participated and staged the rally in Geneva are financed by TPLF and most except few are Ethiopian” is also claimed and posted on dehai.org.
    Is it that they posted the piece above on dehai.org is from some one else other than Nitricc or Nitricc is (KiffE!!??)
    At least, some one should let us know the source of the info. Whether it is an opinion of an individual or PR rep. (propaganda) of PDFJ against the justice seekers.
    For your reference, the “opinion” was posted on Dehai.org by “Kiff E”.
    Out of curiosity……..?
    Defamation or opinion !?

    From: Dehai
    Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2015 09:57:14 -0400

    From: Kiff E

    Subject: T.P.L.F. exposed;-Staged & Financed the rally in Ethiopia and Europe

    Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:28:17 -0400 (EDT)

    T.P.L.F. exposed;-Staged & Financed the rally in Ethiopia and Europe

    For the first time ever, the T.P.L.F regime has allowed rally by
    Eritreans in the heartland of the capital of Ethiopian Addis Ababa to
    support The UN Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea. But this rally was a
    must for TPLF and came with precondition mainly to Eritreans who live
    as refugee in Adddis Ababa .,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


  • saay7


    Wait, wait. He knows Ethiopia’s population because they take a census. He doesn’t know ours and he is just guessing. Apparently, we are 4 million. Except when we are 6 million of whom 1 million are exiled.

    He is trying to do that David Goliath thing. It doesn’t work when David is amputated.


    • Erty

      I believe you are suggesting that Eritrea being David and Ethiopia being Goliath. Your figurative assertion is wrong. I give you Eritrea being David but Ethiopia is both David and Goliath.

  • Pass the salt

    Quick question.
    Somebody said this today: “The whole of Eritrea’s four million people have always been mobilized, as a small nation, as a young nation, fighting against 90 million Ethiopians”
    Who was it?

    • haileTG

      Dear PST

      That was T Gerahtu speaking to Reuters journalist in Geneva today.

      • saay7

        Selamat Haile:

        Here’s a follow up question. You know the classic joke: how many _____ does it take to turn a light bulb? Here’s the Eritrean edition: how many years does it take to have a working constitution? Answer provided in Gerahtu’s interview with Reuters.


  • Pass the salt

    Leave them Woyanes alone:)
    From a low-key rebel group mentored by the EPLF, they turned into a government running a complex nation with a population nearing 100M, and a government Obama is about to visit. PFDJ on the other hand grew downward. From a highly sophisticated mass-run rebel group that rendered underground medical services into a one-guy government, tired of governing and running diaspora gwaylas and demonstrations. And a government whose sole head of state visitor is Albeshir.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Salt; well we differ on the development part but it is true; Ethiopian population is exploding while the need for aid is increasing; do the math before you try to talk about development and growth. Regarding President Obama going to Ethiopia shows his hypocrites and his stand on human right issues. The other day I was talking this guy from Gahanna and he said Obama is a bad luck. He said; as soon as Obama visited Gahanna; the country went south. Let’s see what happens to Ethiopia after his visit to Ethiopia.
      As far as I am concern; president Obama will go down as the worst president in history of the USA. What kind of president of a free world will be busy and wasting his time sanctioning like Eritrea while letting the likes of ISIS terrorizing and destroying humanity as we know it? Obama is responsible for emergence and emboldened of ISIS.
      So; if Ethiopians going to jump with joy because they got a visit by one of the worst president ever; then, it shows you what they are.

  • Crocus

    Greetings Awatistas.

    “What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us
    from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.” (T. Merton)

    The inability of Eritreans to come together for a common worthy cause only reflects the deep fissures that underlie the society. A lasting solution will seek to pave over the fissures, so an edifice can rise higher. What is needed is tough love. Dare to name names. Dare to name
    and shame agents of disunity. Shame the selfish, the loud mouths, and those on whom education has been lost. It is pointless and ineffective to talk in generalities. Most humans are not indifferent to their reputation or legacy, especially if they have been coddling ignoble lost causes. In my experience, Eritreans seem to dread breaking step with other Eritreans, regardless of their feathers, more than they dread the abhorrent regressive system and its medieval potentate. “Let’s all hung in there together,” is at best a feel-good mantra, at worst the prayer of lemmings.

    Also, much can be achieved to help nudge everyone move forward by reigning in baiter (bigots), maestro’s of red-herring, and all disciples of hyper-nationalism, religion, and hatred. That is a sure formula for failure. Quit tarring Ethiopia, the US, the EU, the AU, the UN, and God’s kingdom.
    There is price to pay bashing neighbors and world institutions. Such arrogance can only dribble from short-sighted feeble minds. It is about not burning bridges behind. This too is a fissure of the mind that needs fast paving over. If only people realized the forces impelling world events,
    and how fast the times are moving. In the life of nations, Time is always of the essence. Every year Eritrea keeps marching on its step, times will have lurched forward to the point it would
    require a decade to make up for a lost year. An individual can afford to be obstinate, not
    a nation.

    On a personal note:

    Chefena – Perhaps I had not taken notice before, but I was pleasantly surprised to run across your name here. I liked the spirit and tone of the article. Well done! Better the higher road than the abyss. Me: oh well, someone in the family (among the Gonderés). My sincere (belated) condolences on the passing of your father. Should not we all be so lucky to have lived as
    long as he did, a long productive life!

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Dear Crocus,

      I like your comment. Most importantly your reminding comment, which says ” there is price to pay for bashing neighbors and world institutions. such arrogance can only dribble from short sighted Feeble mind.”

      Amanuel Hidrat

      • Crocus

        Dear Amanuel:

        For whatever it is worth, I do watch RT (Russia Today) from time to time. It is hard to miss the resentment Russians harbor towards the West. A lot of it has to do with the sanctions triggered by the crisis in the Ukraine. I doubt Russians are helping themselves. Yet, wise or not, they are in far better position to give the finger to whomever they wish than most other nations. With a rich landmass stretching over 11 time zones (compared to only 4 in the US, for example), a commendable level of technology, and military tradition, Russia speaks from strength. Also, Russia has a sizable constituency in the world: China, Iran, some of the former Soviet Republics, and the global Left in general support it. The goodwill comes in handy in the UN, the Security Council, and elsewhere it is needed.

        Still, life is not a bed of roses for Russians. Greece and Israel have their own crosses to bear as well, much of it a backlash to what is perceived to be sheer arrogance and aggravation by the two nations. Hard to believe that the empty bravado of PFDJ politicians and their minions will be forgotten. They continue to indulge in crude, embarrassing, and unstatesman-like conduct at the expense of the millions of Eritreans. In the process, the nation gets dragged through mud.


    • Chefena

      Dear Crocus

      Thank you for the (belated) condolences. Better late than … Yes, should not we all be so lucky to have lived as long as he did! He was graced with long life, nearly double the life-expectancy of an Eritrean

  • NoDrama

    You can’t invent such a Blivet, would you? The PFDJ goons would rather live in a fantasy world where their omnipotent and omniscient dictator reigns immaculate than envisage that many well meaning Eritreans are fed up and went him gone or dead. What a psycho would imagine the TPLF flying Ethiopians to Geneva to protest in support of the CoIE findings disguised as Eritreans? Do people to really negate their commence sens to such an extent to justify the unjustifiable? God have mercy on us!

  • Bayan Nagash

    Selamat Michael,

    Exactly what I was feeling Michael. What international protocol is the PM talking about – does that apply only when it comes to the North of Ethiopia and not to the South of it. Empty bravado these politicians spew is such a passe it rings hollow after a while and this epitomizes it.

  • haileTG


    You see, PFDJ goons have had it all mixed up, and you Nitricc as a student of the UoA (University of Awate:), surprisingly fell for it:) If “TPLF” took to having Ethiopians to march for Eritrea approach as a means, wouldn’t it make sense to do it in the Adiss rally than the Geneva? If it can mobilize over 6000 Ethiopians to pretend to be Eritreans in Geneva, why not do so with 80,000 Ethiopians inside Ethiopia? Now if we do the math:

    $250 X 6000 = $1 500, 000 is a very generous offer to pay those Ethiopians to march. Assuming that each person cost them on average another $500 to travel to and fro the Geneva demo, that is another $3, 000, 000!!

    So, roughly the goons are claiming the “TPLF” shelled out $4,500,000 or roughly 93, 100, 050 Ethiopian Birr according to today’s exchange rates….hahha

    • Nitricc

      Hi Haile; what up? Haile you are undermining the stupidity of the Ethiopian leaders. At one time; they paid the entire expense; air ticket, food and hotels; for Eritreans in any corner of the world to go to Ethiopia and to participate as Eritrean opposition to the current government of Eritrea. Think about it? Let’s say; 500 Eritreans went to Ethiopia to participate in the toothless conference; well, I let you do the math.
      My point is they will pay and do everything to fight Eritrea. Point blank; they paid millions of dollars for hacking company to spy on their own journalists; what do you think they will do and pay to fight PFDJ?
      Take a look at this

      • haileTG

        Selamat Nitricc,

        Unless you stop by-passing facts and figures, the A university may differ your scheduled graduation this year..haha

        The current opposition movements in Ethiopia claim to receive 34,000 ETB per month each from the Ethiopian government by way of good-will allowance. That is about $1700 USD per month per organization. Compare that to PFDJ’s $500,000 to G7 to help with ESAT and other huge logistical and weapons and training and living expenses to Ethiopian opposition. $1700 can hardly cover an annual cost to maintain photocopiers (forget purchasing one). Recently, an EYSC representative was debating Kald Abdu online and one of his criticism he raised against Ethiopia (as something hampering meaningful collaboration with the opposition) is the latter’s unwillingness to give generous financial assistance considering the potential to future state-state collaborations and benefits to be have once change comes in Eritrea. To think that Ethiopia would shell out to the tune of 100,000,000 ETB to help organize and lead a demonstration that took place after the UNHRC has conclude deliberations and tabled resolutions is highly irrational and totally out of the realm of the current relationship between Ethiopian govt and Eritrean opposition based there. Holding and hosting a conference entirely another matter.

  • Abi

    Hi Nitricc
    One more thing
    The addis beggars were in Geneva pretending eritrean vets. my sources tell me they protested to protest instead they made more money begging. Ethiopian airlines made several flights shuttling beggars. May be they took buses. Who knows?

  • tes

    Dear Nitricc,

    Good job. You replaced Aman’s corner. Aman may not be happy though nothing will make him more happier thanseeing someone following the foot steps.

    Nitricc = Aman corner.

    Since you are a true awaitsta though voice of the dictator, I invite you Abraham Afewerki’s song, “Minbar”.

    I wish you spent your 10+ years time advocating for justice. Now, you are simply a lonely wolf day light hunter.


    • Pass the salt

      Thanks Tes. I didn’t know there was Abraham’s song I never heard of.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Tes; do you know what bothers me? When people try to chew on both sides of their mouth! Why it is okay for you for UN to do what is doing to Eritrea? you keep saying justice and justice; let me tell you what justice is….
      Justice is a binding agent of morality; with out morality there is no justice. In fact, for you to support the UN’s unjust, politically charged accusation of Eritrea; you have forfeited your right to speak of justice. You are devoid to morality i.e. you can’t be an agent of justice.

      • tes

        Dear Nitricc,

        Before going into your hallucination, you have no right to talk about the word “justice” by itself. You have never ever mentioned the word “justice” and you don’t know what it means.

        For you, justice means to be a racist against other people. You are number one who insult entire population of one country.

        You are the one who tried to rationalize the death of 360+ Eritreans in lampedusa.

        You are the one who never advocates for humanity but for war and enemity.

        How bankrupted you are to talk about justice Nitricc? You absconded your morality since your coming on this earth.

        You are devoid of humanity.

        In fact I wonder why you can’t be tired of “anti-humanity”? I bet you are member of KKK, not of the white race KKK, but of Anti-humanity KKK.

        Enough for you to stay around. Get away like that of Gheteb. You are unwanted individual in the most wanted page. Except the diehard PFDJites, all justice seekers are tired of your anti-humanity. We are saying, “Enough with PFDJ junta so is enough with Nitricc”. Your voice is full of blood. We don’t want to hear it anymore.

        Enough Nitricc. Even we will not allow you the Amen Corner.


        • Nitricc

          Hi Tes; what time is it in France? stay away from it. lol why are you rumbling? I bet you are drunk to the brim. If it wasn’t for your stupidity And drunkenness; you could have addressed my response to you. idiot.

          • tes

            Dear Nitricc,

            You are really so funny. I know you can’t tolerate my Newtonian reaction. Who is idiot, let the page talk by itself.

            The day Nitricc dies has just arrived. Stay close. You know how Gheteb was kicked off.

            You see I can confidently say*, “I am the only one with full and detailed medical/ideological inscription of anti PFDJism, opportunism and Abbyssinian fundamentalisms” And you are in the final blow of my weed’em Out treatment.

            Nitriccay, you are funny pal.


            *Others please skip this line. It is only meant a strong wispher to Nitricc, the funny puppet. if you read it, I will only say, “why?”

          • Abi

            Prof Tes
            Leave Nitricc alone . He is just having fun.
            Tes, I read your comment somewhere else today. You are supporting ethiopian invasion to get rid of PFDJ. Are you changing your mind? I think you have a little bit of explaining to do.
            Could you please comment about it.

          • tes

            Dear AT,

            I am not violating any rules and I don’t mean that they should go away. I am purely talking on their political game. What I am saying is what I have said in “Geneva”, “Enough is Enough with PFDJ”. Then what is wrong with this?

            If I do a mistake, I usualy accept without reasoning. But here I believe that I am not doing. I know for the simple fact that no one can be kicked unless he violates posting guidelines.

            I am here therefore talking on political line of thinking kick-off.

            Read my lines please.

            For Nitricc, I came on purpose. He is trying to distruct the on-going high level discussion and I am not happy with his acts; For that, I came with my Newton’s law.

            An appeal to AT on this occasion: I have been called by Nitricc so many things including Abi. Since I know who I am, I am not concerned for what they say. But I would like you also to take care of such defamation.

            This is my first time appeal within almost one year and half stay concernig about my own self. Nitricc and Abi should stop their defamation campaign where ever I reacted. This has nothing to do with my personality but for the sake of superior Awate Room. On my political stand, tthey can say what ever they want but not on personality.

            Sorry, i don’t want to make an appeal for myself and I hate that but today, your moderation forced me to say.

            With at most Respect


          • tes


            AT, I wish Gheteb was kicked off. This is just my wish. My struggle goes far from kicking, it is called “Weed-them-out”. In my strategy, kicking is a very simple thing to do.

            I know AT’s guidelines and I am not against but a wish is a wish.

  • S.Tesfa

    Dear all,
    PM Hailemariam Ethiopia will not tolerate any more transgression by Eritrea going forward!


    • Hayat Adem

      Dear S. Tesfa,
      Thanks for sharing the clip. Also, I would like to know what your reading is into this? I listened to his words carefully and I couldn’t make any new sense in the context of position change. First, he is repeating what has been being said by the Ethiopian regime. 2) He is even saying it in less assertive intonation than what Meles said. Third, he was just explaining based on a question asked by a representative.

  • Bayan Nagash

    Selam to All,

    While intellectuals pontificate, Eritreans inside Eritrea are crying to be heard as they unequivocally let it be known that “The government [srAt PFDJ that is] has declared war on us” Martin Plaut writes, “an appeal from people suffering inside Eritrea… A rare insight into what goes on inside the “North Korea of Africa”. Please read on:


    • Berhe Y

      Dear Beyan,

      Thank you for bringing this article to the attention. The discussion on AT forum are of extremes. On the weekend I was reading so much about the true meaning and proper translation of the “lobby”, as if it matters. I wasn’t sure if it was a joke (which I didn’t get) and not sure why so much time / energy was spent.

      Starting yesterday, I am reading about series discussion on the discourse / divide of Eritrean Muslims/ Christians. Although this is an important topic and it should be explored, I fail to see why it’s so important now that we can focus our energy at this point. The way I see it, if we try to apply the golder rule “Treat others as you would like to be treated” and add, “try to see the issue from the other person respective / point of view”, really then there is NOT much that we can not solve.

      As for priority, for example, two important things happened just last week.

      The first is the COI approval to investigate (it’s ONLY 1 year away). I think we started really good but far from coming to terms and focus on how we should align our selves to help those who are leading the cause. This article you just forwarded is a good example that needs to be brought / circulated to the media and members of the HRC and COI.

      The second article is the leaked document of Eritrea Charge affairs, Berhane vs Hermon Cohen. I think it’s an important document that, I guess for the first time it helps us to “see/read” through the thinking process of the PFDJ and it’s supporters. Actually I am a little bit impressed that they do have this type of channel of communication at ALL. The mafia that I think they are, I thought they work on hush, hush and code, let alone a proper communication mechanism that follows certain protocols. Which is a good thing, and it means that a lot more inside information can come out if we have the insiders working for us.

      So what are we suppose to do about this document and how will the key players react.

      Eritrean Government:
      Well, the Eritrean government and the representative will work to investigate and find who the culprit of this leak is. And for sure they will create a way to secure such communication in the future and in a sense we gave them an opportunity to close their doors. Was this the best strategy to release it? I don’t know but had it gained what it’s hoped to achieve? I don’t know.

      Ambassador Cohen:
      With this letter if it’s circulated to those that matter (the white house, the state department) I think the ambassador lost a great deal of credibility. His livelihood (his lobbying firm) depends on a good relation ship with this two institutions and if as a result of this leak lost that opportunity, I think we have a person who may have on path to revenge. Considering the outcome, I think it will make sense that he will side with the Eritrean government and do what he can to mend fences and fix the problems, for example, he will convince the Eritrean government to “release those US employee prisoners” and gain some lost credibility. This is also the least expensive means for the Eritrean government to recover from this embarrassment. Would the white house and the state department buy this gesture. I think they would considering there is other biggest problems in the region, like Yemen. Remember what the Ambassodor said in his interview with ESAT, American foreign policy always takes the “stategic interest first and human rights second”. So for all the human rights in Eritrea issue, for the US it’s secondary compared to it’s interests.

      The opposition camp:
      Now that we have the leaked document and SAAY speed of light translations, how do we capitalize on this? Do we contact Ambassador Cohen and tell him if he is not aware, hey this is what they say about you? Do we contact the white house and the state department and look what the Eritrean government is trying to do? Do we let media outlets know about the leaked document?

      I think, I would rather focus on a list of issue, which are prioritized list which have the maximum effect with lease of efforts first rather than focus on lowest priority which require the most efforts.

      Just a thought..


    • Abraham Hanibal

      Hi Bayan Nagash;

      Thanks for linking this important article by Martin Plaut that shades light into the misery of our compatriots inside Eritrea. It empphasizes the fact that Eritreans in the diaspora have to listen to the cries of their fellow citizens at home, instead of the endless lies, bogus excuses and cover-ups by representatives of the repressive regime in Asmara.

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Hello wedi – Hanibal
        1. Selam
        2. EnqaE bedeHan temeleska (welcome back).
        3.The forum is kicking on, just a somber climate, the sort of atmosphere you see when awatistas get really serious.
        4. You are expected to brief the forum according to tradition.
        5 . While on your long vacation, have you run into a guy called Rodab? He is probably watching TDF?
        6. Meet the great Ted, he has assumed your role effortlessly.
        7 . Gen.Nit is in “dewta” phase; remember wayanay mid eighties.
        8.Oh, yes, and a peaceful coexistence has taken over between Saay and Gual Adem; and between Rahwa T and nitrickay. The status of tes and Selam is not yet known.
        9 . Semere has not yet recoveref from July 1 (Canada Day) hangover.
        10. HaileTG is marshaling, no sign of letting up.

        • Abraham Hanibal

          Selam Mahmuday;

          Thanks for the kind words as always.)) Though I was not commenting, I was still around following yours and others’ great debate inputs in this great forum. Let’s hope and work so that something tangible comes out of the recent findings of the COI, like the indictment of those responsible for the grave human rights violations in our country.

        • haileTG

          Merhaba Mahmuday,

          T’Hisho T’Hisho when it comes to marshaling. Actually, you were on Satellite radio all over Eritrea today:) here is your letter being read to millions of Eritreans in Eritrea…


          • Mahmud Saleh

            MaraHaba HTG
            Thanks Haylat, i will listen to it later this evening.

          • Pass the salt

            You are THE man. This a well developed article.
            I also like you to contribute more articles to Radio Medrek. It’s a good and patriotic Radio station.

          • haileTG

            ሰላማት ማሕሙዳይ፡

            ሓደ ሕቶ ክሓተካ፡ ክልተ-ሰለስተ ግዜ ምስ ነብሰይ ተማቲኤ’ሞ፡ ደሓን ካብ ዘይምሕታት’ሲ፡ ሓቲትካ ሓዲኡ ምፍላጥ ይሓሽ ኣብ ዝብል በጺሔ። ሓደ እዋን ምስ ሓደ ተጋዳላይ-ነበር ሓውና እናዕለልና’ስ፡ ኣዝዩ ዝገርም ሕቶ ሓቲቱኒ። እታ ሕቶ ድማ ኣርጊጸ ክምልሻ፡ ዝበቅዕ ድሕረ-ባይታ ወላ’ውን ርጡብ መጫበጢ ስለዘይነበረኒ፡ ብቐዘዝታ ሰጊረያ። ኮይኑ ግን ክሳብ ሕጂ ዘይተመለሰት ሕቶ ኮይና ጸጸኒሓ ትመላለሰኒ። ሕቶይ ካብኣ ትብገስ ኮይና፡ ንፖለቲካዊ ሃልኪ ኣይኮነትን። እንታይ’ድኣ ኣብቲ ጉዳይ ጸኒሕ ወይ ዝረግአ ትዕዝብትታት እንቶሎካ ንምፍታሽ’ዩ።

            ብዝኾነ፡ ምስቲ ዝጠቐስክዎ ገዲም ተጋዳላይ፡ ብዛዕባ ህሉው ኩነታት እናዘተና፡ ብወገነይ ኣብ ፍትሒ ዝነገሶ ዲሞክራስያዊ መስርሕ ኣብ ሃገርና ኣዝዩ ዓቢ ተኽእሎ ንቕልጡፍ ምዕባለ ከምዘሎ ገሊጸ ምስ ወዳእኩ፣ “ስማዕ እባ ክሓተካ” ይብለኒ። ኣስዒቡ ድማ “ኢሰያስ ኣፈወርቂ ምስከደ፡ እታ ሃገር ክትህሉ’ያ ኢልካ’ዶ ትጽበ?” ኢሉ ይሓተኒ። እዋእ፡ እንታይ እሞ ክምልሽ። ትዕዝብቱ ግን ካልእ ሓደገኛ ነገር ብድሕሪት ከምዘሎ እዩ።

            ብወገነይ ኢሰያስ ኣፈወርቂ፡ ኮነ ኢሉ፡ ብደይ መደይ ዝፍጽሞ ጸይቅታት ከምዘሎ፡ ካብ ዝተፈላለዩ ቃለ-ምስክርነታት አግንዘብ’የ። ንኣብነት ኢሰያስ ኣፈወርቂ፡ ንመስርሕ መንገዲ ኣየር ኤርትራ ክዕንቅፍ ዝወሰዶ ስጉምታት (ክብሮም ዳፍላ)፡ ንሕርሻዊ ንጥፈታት ምህናጽ ዲጋታት ብዝምልከት፡ ንጸብጻብ ከኢላታት ብምንጻግ ዝወሰዶ ኣዕናዊ ምትእትታዋትን፡ ምስራሕ ጽርግያ ከረንን፡ ቀረብ ማይ ምጽዋዕን ብኤውሮጳዊ ሕብረት ተመዊሉ፡ ብኩባንያ ጀርመን ክምራሕን፡ ናይ ውሽጢ ሃገር ኩባንያታት ዝተሳተፋሉን ፕሮጀክት፡ ብዘይተገልጸ ምኽንያት ደው ኣቢሉ ምብኻኑ፡ (ቃለ-ምስክርነት ኢንጂነር ፍሰሓ ንጉሰ፡ ኣባል ሓይሊ ዕማም ቤ/ጽሕፈት ፕረዚደንት)፡ ኮለጅ ሕክምና ድሕሪ ጽቡቕ ምጅማር፡ ዝወሰዶ ኣዕናዊ ተበግሶታት (ዶር ሃይለ መዝገበ)፡ ኣብ ጎኒ ኣባይቲ ዝተሃንጹ ኣባይቲ ምፍራስን፡ ካልእ ማአለያ ዘይብሉ ብዕሊ ዘይተገልጸ ሃገራዊ ናይ ግዳም ዕዳ ኣብ ምኹማር (መዛግብቲ ዓለማዊ ባንክ)፡ ከምኡ እውን እዚ ዘይበሃል ካልእ ምስ ወተሃደራውን፡ ጸትታውን ሃገራዊ ጥልመንትን ዝኣመሰሉ ከስተንትን ከለኹ፡ ኣዝዩ ኣሰካፊ ስእሊ’ዩ ዝረኣየኒ።

            ስለዚ፡ ክቡር ሓው ማሕሙዳይ፡ ናይ ገድሊ ተመኩሮኻን፡ ምስኡ ብዝተሓሓዝ ናይ ቀረባ ትዕዝብትታትካን፡ ምርኩስ ገቢረ ክሓተካ ዝደሊ፡ ብፍሉይ ጥርጣረታት ዘሕድረልካ ነገር ኣሎ’ዶ ኣብዚ ጉዳይ? ማለት’ሲ ሕመቕን ብልሽውናን ዝስዕቦ ፍሽለት ገይርካ’ዶ ትሪኦ እዚ ኩነታት ሃገርና፡ ወይስ ካልእ ኣብ ጽብብ ዝበለ ጉጂለ ዝተወሰነ፡ ሓደ ናይ ጥልመት መስርሕ ይካየድ ይህሉ ዝብል ስክፍታ’ዶ ኣሎካ?

            ከምቲ ቐዲመ ዝገለጽኩዎ፡ እዚ ንፖለቲካዊ ሃልኪ’ለ ዝሓቶ ዘለኹ ዘይኮነ፡ ድሕረ-ባይታኻ ኣብ ግምት ብምእታው ቁሩብ ተወሳኺ ርእይቶ ንምርካብ እዩ።

            በል’ስኪ ሓደ ክልተ በለና፡ እዝግሄር ይሓግዝካ 🙂

          • Mahmud Saleh

            marhaba HaileTG
            እቲ ጥርጣረን ስክፍታን ክምዕብል ጸኒሑ። እዚ ኣብ ልዕሊ ኤርትራን ህዝባን ዝወርድ ዘሎ በደል ብሰንኪ ሕጽረት ዓቕሚ (capacity) እዩ ክትብሎ ኣሸጋሪ እዩ። ተመክሮይ ከተዓባቢ ኣይደልን፡ ኣንባባይ እውን ዘይከውን ስእሊ ክወስድን ከጋግዮን ኣይደልን። ዕስራ ዓመታት ተፈልየ ኣለኹ። ዝበዝሑ ካብዞም ኣብ ኣርእስቲ ዜና ትሰምዕዎም ወከልቲ ህግድፍ ይኹኑ ኣምባሳደራት እቲ ቀደም ተጋደልቲ እንከለዉ ይረኣዩኒ እሞ እንታይ ወረዶም እየ ዝብል። ካብ ዓንተር ህግድፍ ጀሚርካ፡ ናይ ወ.ጉ.ሚ. ካልኦት ሚኒስተራት…ናይ UN ኣምባሳደርና …Kenya…Israel… ወዘተ… እንታይ ወረዶም ኢኻ ትብል። ገሊኦም እሞ ኸኣ ዘይፍትሓዊ ኣተሓሕዛ በኦም ዝጀመረን ክንደይ ከልበትበት ዝረኣዩ እዮም። ፍርቖም ስንኩላን እዮም። ዝበዝሑ፡ ክሳብ ጉባኤ 1994 ከማርሩን ክጠርዑን እንተዘይኮይኖም ንኢሰያስ ብስራሕ ረኺቦሞ ኣይፈጡን (ኣብ ሜዳ ሓደ ሰብ በደል ምስ ዝመላለሶ እሞ ፍታሕ ምስ ዘይረክብ፡ ትኽ ኢሉ ናብ ቤት/ጽ ኢሰያስ ክኸይድ ልሙድ እዩ ነይሩ። ኢሰያስ ፍትሓዊ ስለዝነበረ ከይኮነስ፡ ቅጥዒ ወይ ሕጊ-ኣልቦነት ክተኣታቶ የተባብዕ ስለዝነበረ እዩ። ምኽንያቱ፡ ባህሊ ይኹስኩስ ነይሩ። እቲ ባህሊ፡ “ሓደ ፍትሓዊ፡ ሓደ ላባም፡ ሓደ ሰራሕተኛ፡ ሓደ ኣቦ፡ ሓደ መራሒ ጥራይ እዩ ዘሎ። ብደሕርኡ ጠፋእና” ዝብል ሰረተ-እምነት ዘስርጽን ዝኹስኩስን እዩ ነይሩ። ኣብ ሜዳ ዝበዝሕ ተጋዳላይ ግዜ ኣይነበሮን። ኩነታትን ፍጻሜታትን ይጋልቡ እዮም ነይሮም። ግን እኹል ግዜ ዝነብራ ናብቲ ገባርን ሓዳግን እንኮ በዓል መዚ ዝቐረበት ዓንኬል ነይራ እያ።
            እዛ ዓንኬል እዚኣ ኣብቲ ብ1994 ዝተኻየደ ጉባኤ በሎኽ ኢላ ወጺኣ። ዝበዝሕ ኣባላታ ኣብ ፈጻሚት ሽማግሌ ናይቲ ውድብ መጺኦም። ባዕሉ ድማ እዩ በብሓደ ዝሓረዮም።
            ካብዚ ቀጺሉ ትዕዝብትታትካ ይመጽእ። ኣነ እውን ልክዕ ከምቲ ናትካ ትዕዝብትታትን ስክፍታን ኣለኒ። ኣብ ዝሓለፈ ሰሙን ምስ ሓደ ካብ መስረትን መራሕትን ህግ ናይ ቀረባን ክፉትን ልባውን ዕላል ኣካይድና። እዛ ዝሓተትከኒ ሕቶ ሓቲተዮ። ናብ ቦትኡ ስለዝተመልሰን ፍቓድ ስለዘይሓተትክዎን ብቐጥታ ክጠቕሶ ኣይደልን። ምስጢራት ዘውጸኦ ኣይነበረን ግን ኣባታውን ህዱእን ምኽርን ተመክሮኡን ለጊሱልና።ኣብ ሜዳ ነብሰወከፍ ኣባል መሪሕነትና ኣብ ዝተፈላለየ ጉዳያት እንታይ መርገጺ ነይርዎ ዝሓትት ይኹን ክፈልጥ ዝደሊ ሰብ ኣይነበረን። ድሕሪ ናጽነት እውን ከምትፈልጦ እዩ። ገሊኡ ውሳኔታት የደንጹዉኻ እዮም። ወላ ነታ ስልጣኑ ዘስግኡ ኮይኖም ትረኽቦም። ገሊኡ መልስታቱ “እምበር’ዶ እዚ ሰብ ብጥዕንኡ ኣሎ” ዘብል እዩ።
            ንኣብነት ሓንቲ ካብ መልስታቱ፡ እቲ ሰብኣይ ክሳብ ክንደ’የናይ ካብ ሰባውነትን ክውንነትን ርሒቑ ከምዘሎ ዘርኢ እዩ። “እኽሊ ኣብ ዓጺድ በጺሑ እንከሎ ስለምንታይ ገባሮ ናብ ታዕሊም ተኾብዂቦም ይውሰዱ” እትብል ሕቶ እያ ነይራ። ኣብ ኤርትራ ሕጽረት ዝብላዕ መግቢ እንከሎ (እቲ ዓይነቱ ንጎኒ ገዲፍካ ማለት እዩ) ሓደ መራሕ መንግስቲ ” ዓጺድ ደሓን ነርክበሉ…” ኢሉ ከነኣእሶ እንከሎ ጸገም ኣሎና።
            ገሊኦም ተጋደልቲ፡ እቶም እስራኤላውያን ገለ ደኣ ወጊኦሞ ከይኮኑ እናበሉ ይሕጭጩ እዮም። ከም ትዝክሮ፡ ብ1993 ዓሶ ሓሚሙ ብኣፈርክቡ ኣብ እስራኤል ተሓኪሙ ነይሩ።
            ኮለል ኣቢለ ናብታ ሕቶኻ ክምለስ፡
            Frankly, ተመሳሳሊ ሕቶታት ይመላለሱኒ እዮም። እወ ወይ ኣይኮነን ክብል እውን ጭቡጥ ሰነድ የብለይን። ግን ሓደ ነገር እናተረጋገጸ እዩ ዝኸይድ ዘሎ። ኣምባሳደር ዓንደብርሃን ዝበሎ እዩ። ክሉ ስራሕ ኢሰያስ ዘረጋግጾ ነገር እንተሎ፡ ኤርትራ ባዕሉ ዘምጸኣ ጌሩ እዩ ዝኣምን። ኤርትራ ከም ውልቀ-መናፈሲኡ እዩ ዝቖጽራ። ብዘይክኡ ህላዌ የብላን። እዚ ድማ ኣዝዩ ሓደገኛ እዩ። Most individuals who have known the man tell us that he is a control freak guys. Everything, including projects and how they are funded are evaluated in terms of his desire to remain the omnipresent CEO. To him, his talk of a “free political choice/line” means free reign on subduing Eritreans. We know the country is dependent more than ever on Development Funds and grants, so his talk of Hara Mesmer would only mean his uncontrolled repressive majors on Eritreans.
            So, brother, I don’t know if there is an equivalent to the freemasonry conspiracy theory, but all the signs tell us the man is determined to ditch the country unless things do not go his way. Unfortunately, his way has been that of disaster. Stay tuned.

          • haileTG

            Thank you Mahmuday,

            I have enjoyed reading your candid reply. Let’s hope the problem eventually comes down to such kind of extreme hunger for power. Because in such case, the majority’s good will shall save the day in the end.

            Thanks again

            PS: እሞ እዛ መርፍእ ናይ እስራኤል፡ ኣብዚ እዋን ብዙሓት ሰባት ስለዘለዉና ብኡ ሸነኽ፡ ከነጻርያ’ዶ በቶም ኣብኡ ዘለዉ…haha ንተ/ማርያም ተኸስተ’ውን እተን ዝተረፋ መራፍእ ኣልጊቦምሉ ከይኮኑ ድማ እብል ኣነ 🙂

          • Mahmud Saleh

            ዝኸበርካ ሃይለ ሓያል
            ኣንታ ርጉም፡ ሕጂ ኸኣ ምስ ወዲ ባሻይ ክተባእሰኒ ደሊኻ?

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Mahmud,

            This is probably one of the best articles/letter (To wedi Gerahtu) that I heard/read from former EPLF tegadaly since I Adhanom’s letter to “Semere Wedey”.

            thank you,
            Berhe Y.

          • tes

            Dear Mahmud,

            Something serious discussion is going on. Why freemason conspiracy or conspiracy theory in general here ? Do you think that the conspiracy theory can be applied to DIA and his clicks.?

            I would like you to discuss more on this subject matter?

            haileTG, anything to say about this subject?


          • Fnote Selam

            Hi Mahmud,

            Just listened to your letter addressed to Amb TG. Absolutely brilliant!

            Thank you!


          • Bayan Nagash

            Selamat Haile TG,

            Powerful message from Ustaaz Mahmud. Thank you Samuel for deciding to read this open letter. I did not read it, I sure am happy that I heard it through your voice, Samuel – very moving, indeed!!!

          • Abraham Hanibal

            Selamat Haile TG;

            Thank you for posting the audio of Mahmuday’s letter to his former teacher Tesfamichael Gerahtu. It is indeed a strong message of reprimand to Wedi Gerahtu, calling him to ask himself “what did I struggle for?”. This is a very important question all those ex-tegadelties who’re serving the Isayas clique have to ask themselves. If the enslavement of Eritreans, and the denial of their basic human rights was the objective of their struggle, it was, indeed in vain and a wasted life.

            እዚ ረዚን መልእኽቲ ተማሃራይ ቤት ትምህርቲ ሰውራ ነበርን ተጋዳላይን ሓውና ማሕሙድ ሳልሕ፥ ን ወዲ ገራህቱን ካልኦት ከምኡ ዝመሰሉ ንምልኪ ኢዶም ሂቦም ዘገልግሉ ዘለዉን ቁሩብ ክስቆሮም ተስፋ ንገብር።

          • saay7


            Whoa, I thought I was going to see some humorous video but what a pleasant surprise.

            Mahmuday, you are a man of surprises, which is commonplace now at Awate University. Whoa, strong stuff my friend. Here’s a 20-minute chop of Mahmuday’s address to Ambassador Tesfamichael Gerahtu. Powerful like a waterfall and it breaks down even rocks to pebbles:



        • Ted

          Dear the Greatest MS. I listened what HTG posted. You blew my mind. I cant imagine the pain and unpleasant contemplation you went through writing the letter. Thank you. ” the heroic People of Eritrea don’t deserve this”.
          It is my hope the good ambassador take your(Eritreans) plea to the heart.
          Don’t be despair, the people have spoken.If we don’t come together to fight what is right for our country, It is only ourselves to blame from here on.

    • haileTG

      Dear Bayan,

      Thank you for the link. Indeed, the situation seems worse by the day and what is described on the letter is mild by the harshness of the situation on the ground. Here is also a related theme and seeks to put more pressure on the regime and sway the EU to act rationally towards the real condition of our people.


    • saay7

      Thanks Bayan:

      Here are Eritrean youth in Asmara very bluntly telling all the YPFDJ that they should be on their side and not on the side of the dictator. I wish they were more blunt and said the following:

      1. You claim that Eritrea is land of laws and that you support the Government of Eritrea;
      2. One of these laws is the Proclamation on National Service (82/1995)
      3. This proclamation says that all Eritreans 18-50 has a national obligation to serve in National Service for 18 months;
      4. The proclamation also says that Eritreans aged 18-40 are required to participate in compulsory national service which includes military training;
      5. The only exceptions are for people who are going to school (who can defer national service but not avoid it) and those deemed unfit for health reasons.
      6. There is no relgious exemptions. There is no geography exemption: Eritreans in Europe, North America are covered by this law.
      7. Instead of shirking your national duty and pretending that flag bandanas, flag wrist bands are national service, please fulfill your duty and serve your country right here in Eritrea and give us relief.
      8. We hear that you are always asking for evidence whenever the commander-in-chief is accused of one terrible thing or another (although you never ask for evidence when your compatriots are accused). So you may be asking for evidence that what we are saying is true and want a copy of the proclamation. Here it is:


      Thank you and we hope to see you REAL soon.


      • Mahmud Saleh

        Dear SAAY

        “Thank you and we hope to see you, your dad and grandpa REAL soon.”
        May I add:
        An Honest PFDJ cadre orientation to the supporters of PFDJ and its version of National Service. He continues:
        “But not for ‘ዙራ’ሞ ሃገርካ’ , or Tour De Erythree, but for a real service and experience of the National Service as it stands today.
        Tour Menu include but not limited to:
        1. Overstay of service for unlimited and undisclosed period of time (No question here, the national service law was meant for the heck of it, like similar laws we have declared in the past. Just show us any law pronounced by us that we have lived up close to its letter, forget its spirit).
        2. Particularly the females, we don’t guarantee that there won’t be advances of sexual predators. We admit you to the service on “as it is” basis.
        3. We don’t guarantee the visitation to or by your family,
        4. No guarantee that you will miss the age of productivity and fertility
        5. The likelihood that you may run into arbitrary arrests and harsh punishments, including torture is high; also in case of your detention, the chance that you will see a judge is nil. Deal with it, that’s the real NS.
        6. We don’t discuss it, but there is a chance you will serve your commanders, just to give you a heads-up.
        7. Place your “my right:, “free speech”, “due process”, “transparency”, “accountability”…in a safe place until you return back to your diaspora sweet homes. But please keep this to yourselves. Remember, we are all “Hade libi.” We are you, you are we, we all are HIM (aka Nsu). Understood? We don’t badmouth about ourselves. Do we?
        8. In case you are discharged from your duty (may be when you get 50) write a your exit impressions. The format is at SAAY’s desk.
        Any one who want to enroll? Anyone?…Please raise your hand. Anyone who want to enroll in NS? No?…
        Well, you see, that’s what your peers are going through in Eritrea.”

        • Saleh Johar

          That was excellent message to Tesfamichael.

          When I met him for the first time in 1991, he struck me as a likable person, I met him again twice in Addis Ababa coming back from South Africa and on his way to Asmara before he was appointed as an ambassador. His views and statements are difficult to reconcile with the impression I had about him. Unfortunately, as you mentioned, many have chosen to freeze their conscience and consider it just a job. It wouldn’t be that bad if it was a normal job, but serving a dictator for this long is very sad. I wish they awaken and side with their people and remember their history and struggle. How could they not see the country heading towards the abyss–they must see that. At this moment, no one can feign ignorance. There are a few of them that I know and who are serving the tyrant and I feel very sorry for them. Your message is genuine and I hope it will awaken them.

          Good job Mahmuday

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan Saleh
            It’s puzzling to me Saleh. The damage their policies have caused to the country is so obvious, and they have been given more than enough time to correct course. Sometimes even a hardened politician will have his/her moment of awakening. I don’t really expect any awakening from the close-knit circle. To me it was personal. He was, to some extent, a good-wisher, a supporter and a close friend. But at some point, national issue must override personal attachments. I hope I was not personal, and the message was not so much to directed to him, but to EPLF tegadelti who are serving the purpose of keeping PFDJ in power at the expense of the nation. The last time I saw him was in London about 7-8 years ago. When he heard I was in town, he invited me via a mutual acquaintance to his office in London, and we did have a candid discussion. I remember the hot issue was Djibouti.

          • Tzigereda

            Hey Mahmuday,
            Best message! Synergy of soul, mind and heart.
            Thank you!

  • Tewelde G/mariam

    Ethiopia, as a former colonialist and with a scar of military and political defeat, for you to imply that it has no hostile intention on our country and that it has not been trying to recoup what it had lost under the guise of helping the opposition is simply disingenous, probably with intention of misleading others.

    However, as being propagated by isaias afewerki and his agents, to lay the entire blame of our problem on Ethiopia is also disingenuous and misleading. It seems there are strong faction within the PFDJs led by isaias afewerki, whose lips utter patriotism but whose hands dig the grave of Eritrean Sovereignty.

    There are some evidences that can shed light into the darkness where the faction is performing its dubious activities. For example, on the eve of the EPLFs’ military Victory on Ethiopia and its Soviet surrogate, isaias afewerki handed over Badme to woyane, and the 1998 Eritrean Ethiopian war was fought on its account. Why would isaias afewerki voluntarily give Badme to woyane and then turned around to take it by force? This is dubious. Isn’t it?

    The two initial Ethiopian military offensive were successfully crashed by the Eritrean Defense Forces. Just before the third Ethiopian offensive howevet, isaias afewerki, under the slogan of miraculous Victory, takes the mantle of Eritrean military command, and the Ethiopian military , finding undefended Eritrean territory, sneaks deep into Eritrea and launches a surprise attack on Eritrean Defense Forces from their rearguard. Can this be a coincident? Or, could it be isaias afewerki took the command to that effect? Time will tell.

    Isaias afewerki had also ordered our Assab Front to withdraw but the commanding officer rejected the order and Assab was saved.

    His rancor against the Peace Keepers, the UN General Secretary, the UNSC and USA etc.in the aftermath of Algeirs treaty might also have been designed to get Eritrea hated on his account and bring about the ruinous No War No Peace situation on the country.

    From all that and many other telling evidences, I think it is possible to connect woyane and isaias afewerki as one and the same, and that the so called oppositions and supporters of isaias afewerki are simply manipulated simpletons.

    • አዲስ

      Hi All,
      Some people live in nana land. Don’t they? Drinking their own kool aid, cooking up conspiracy theories and then go on and actually believe in them. Beautiful stuff.

      • Abi

        Selam Addis
        David Baldacci’s ” The Camel Club” all over again. i love spiced up conspiracy theories like this one . IA working for woyane. It is more than beautiful.

  • Ztrain

    [from the moderator: Next time start your comment with Salutations]

    YES !! to bottom-up grassroots driven politics !
    NO !! to top-bottom political prescription !!
    Do you always wonder why the educated people you mention on your posts
    are always so ? I mean sometimes you wonder about their personal and the
    other time about their career and education life.
    Let me tell you as it is without a lie and bias.
    It is only because you and your politics are ( not them) on the wrong side of
    history and politics. You just crate a small “agudo” of politics made of clay and
    try to fool the whole people, the world and even dare to try it on our educated
    citizens who do not have any problem to decode even 1st world politics let alone
    3rd world politics like yours; and when the toy you made of clay to fool the people
    broke down after few or only several days; you just try to blame the others and look
    for some scapegoats like the case of what you are doing on our educated or intellectuals.
    So just look inside yourselves first and have courage to have or acquire wisdom ! then you
    will find ears that hear you !!
    Thus, it makes no sense at all to blame our educated citizens while one is on the wrong side
    of his own history and politics ( either by choice or fear) or on the twilight zone unable to come
    clean and clear of his thoughts and actions to share with the people.
    The reason I said this is because the opposition to PFDJ is trying hard to look like it is offering
    a choice to the public; it actually is not. Rather it actually is supplementing its opponents work
    of being against the people and the nation.
    ( Note :(Based on) If what they have put as accusations so far are correct and to be trusted
    and are taken to be credible) !!
    Therefore, the people takes the politics promoted by both camps of organized groups only as
    extremist way to Eritrean mainstream and categorizes it as out of the mainline or stream of the
    choice of the people who gave them ample time to correct their ways and return to advancing
    the peoples wishes first than flying on their extremist wishes of alienations , divisions and power
    mongers always splitting their own organizations and also affecting the peoples agendas with this
    deadly virus of theirs. No to coercing and blackmailing the peoples wishes please !!

    • Abi

      Hi Ztrain
      I like your nick. Welcome aboard !! Get ready for a bumpy ride.

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    The educated or the class of intelligentsia played a great role in the Eritrean Revolution. The Eritrean intelligentsia as part of the educated working class was key and active in organizing and cooperating with the other trade unions.

    Here, we should remember that the Isayasists’ KOM, unlike that of the socialists’ trade unions, does not have any power to fight for or advance the rights of its members. Nor does, as a trade union, have any right to communicate with other divisions. In short, it can be said that Isayas is using the KOM system as part of his divide and rule means to hold onto power.

    In Eritrea, against all the odds and specifically the Italian regime’s laws, the Eritrean trade unions were formed. As early as 1940, the Eritrean trade unions started to voice against the alien rule. Although a small number of the Eritrean intelligentsia allowed itself to be instrumentalized in the politics of Ethiopia, most of the educated Eritreans stood for Eritrea and the Eritrean people.

    Nice to see our intelligentsia awakening at this juncture of time! Let’s all unite for the sake of more successful investigative work of the COI (Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights).

    A call to Awate family (moderators and participants):
    Awate moderators should take initiatives in setting up sub-committees on complaints of forced 2% payment in African countries and the Middle East as well as other abuses of the regime. The established sub-committees (on different issues) can be replicated in all other Eritrean websites.

    The mission of the established sub-committees is to make the mission of COI powerful by creating follow up centers all over the world and reporting to COI. The sub-committees can focus on those who are stuck in problems created by the Isayasists, such as, wrongly accusing members of the pro-people and pro-democracy or involving them in problems intentionally instigated by the Isayasists. The sub-committees can also guide or offer, those abused, connections with helping people in their geographic areas.

  • Tadesse Kidane

    “As depressing as it is, it has been revealed that an anthropologist of long standing, who went to one of the best universities in the world discredits the UN Human Rights Inquiry on Eritrea⁵. This is a moment for us to seriously and critically look into ourselves.” indeed, an intellectual is one who can separate ጽሩይ ካብ ሕንትኽታኽ. ስለዚ ከም በዓል ዶ/ር ተስፋይ ኮነ በዓል ፕሮፈሶር ኣስመሮም፡ ካብ ምስ ትጥሕል ዘላ መርከብ ህግደፍ ምስታ ትነብሕ ዘላ መርከብ ህዝቢ እንተትውግኑ ይሓይሽ እብል።

    • Ztrain

      But Eritreans have already said and declared that
      Both ships are unworthy to board on for our journey !!
      The only worthy is the train we are in which is bound to victory !!
      A “tinebih” ship is not an alternative to ” titihil” ship to get consideration !!
      What is chosen is the train bound to victory and Glory !! And we and only we
      the people own that one !!!
      Dear Eritreans !!
      Get rid of these old and faulty ships owned by the expired politicians and leaders
      as their only fate is either to “MINBAHH” or “MITHHAL” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      And board the train of the people and owned by the people and destined to Victory !!

  • Semere Andom

    Dear Chefena:
    I also read Dr. Tesfay’s calling for harmony in our politics and my take is, the article was a code for let us reform PFDJ and then we can live happily thereafter and forever. It is suspect that for a professor, whose tag line was, “sorry I do not do politics” to now come and pontificate about the divide we knew forever is part and parcel of the strategy/campaign of PFDJ to wither the heat it is getting restlessly from all directions.
    The appropriate call for any Eritrean and intellectual worth his salt is to call upon PFDJ and its support to stand with the Eritrean people and to also call on the fragmented opposition to get their act together and use your writing skills to help frame the issues that bedevil us today.
    Just because you want to spread the blame equally to all groups doe not make you an intellectual and that is what he has done in the article in question. The PDJ supporters and those who want justice for the people are not adversaries, trying to advance and advocate that their own ideas/politics is the best for the country, rather this is the fight between those who want basic human decency and those who want enslavement entrenched generationally
    Dr. Tesfay is a friend, a peer, a school mate, a fellow “mendeferino” of Dr Gideon and although more insidious thatn Gideon he is there to advance the PFDJ agenda, just like his friend
    We cannot/should not lump every Eritrean intellectual but their record so far has been that of shame starting from the Ghedli era, their talents, their technical and academic skills have always been to foster and protect the tyrant. They seem to have split personalities when they teach their white students and preach to their Eritrean people: they would tell the former think for yourself, a void crowd mentality and lecture the later, outsource your thinking because God has gifted you with IA to do the thinking for your just rejoice and sing hymns and praises.
    I am not sure about academics telling their students to avoid politics, though, poitics is the art of harnessing and integrating myriad disciplines and where to better learn the skills than in academia

  • Amanuel

    Hi Chefena I couldn’t agree any more, specially on your take regarding the anthropologist. It is sad to see a well educated and experienced person to prop the criminal regime. But we shouldn’t be surprised. In 1998 he came to London beating the war drum. An Eritrean in this 60s told me then ” what a disaster? This man is an Eritrean by birth and he spent all his working life in Ethiopia. That makes him the perfect person to mediate this senseless war but to see him beat a war drum like a teenager is beyond me.”