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Isaias Travels Through Ethiopia To Mogadishu Via Nairobi

Gedab News received a leaked copy of a letter detailing Isaias Afwerki’s airplane flight schedule.

The letter was sent by the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Kenyan Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure with a copy to the Eritrean Embassy and The Civil Aviation Authority at Jamo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

According to the letter, Isais traveled from Asmara to  Mogadishu via Nairobi and returns on the same route.

Contrary to what the Eritrean media reported, Isaias was not on a state visit to Kenya but used Nairobi as a stopover while transiting to and from Mogadishu. President Kenyatta didn’t receive Isaias at the airport.

The reason for Isaias’ travel through Ethiopian and Kenyan airspace is, reportedly,  to avoid flying over the Red Sea and Bab Al Mendeb.

A direct flight from Asmara to Mogadishu is about 1089 miles while the same flight via Nairobi is 1787 miles, an additional increase of about 60% to the distance.

Isaias rarely announces exact dates of his travels, however, his visit to Somalia was unofficially reported five days ago.

Meanwhile, communal strife has caused the death of scores of Ethiopians in the Kenyan-Ethiopian border town of Moyale which reportedly has been without power and water supply for many days.

In [another] news, Gedab learned that the hunt for the previous Ethiopian spy-master, Getachew Assefa, is still raging. A source said, “Getachew’s supporters contend he is targeted because he is believed to have a lot of dirt on many EPRDF influential leaders, and the hunt is an attempt  to silence him and not necessarily  to bring him to justice ”

In April 2018, Getachew Assefa was removed from his position as head of the National Intelligence and Security Services. The federal government has issued an arrest warrant against him. He is a member of the TPLF’s Executive and Central Committee and now lives in the Tigray region.

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  • Dear Selam,

    In my opinion, amharization of ethiopia started to come to an end more or less with the derg, and the rights of the different ethnic groups of ethiopia was brought to the forefront when the derg ascended power, without saying that it went a long distance.

    In the last three decades we lived in the age when ethiopianism was demeaned and denigrated, and ethnic nationalism was worshiped, and therefore, most probably they will accuse you for not being part of their ethnic group, and not for less ethiopianism, for ethiopia was the red rag that infuriated many beyond control.

    Ethiopia is a rose garden with different beautiful flowers, her ethnic groups, their tradition and culture. That is what some hate to see. Ignore them, ethiopia is equally home to these different colors. The old concept of more of an ethiopian, less of an ethiopian or not ethiopian at all, is dead and gone with the feudals, chauvinists and conservatives. Nevertheless, no doubt, we need the continuous existence of ethiopia. Ethiopia equally belongs to all her people without any exception. I dream of a day when ethiopia is ruled by an ethiopian from gambella, afar, somali and any other small ethiopian ethnic group, to deflate the chauvinism and conservatism some backward people continue to have.

    When you say, “Ethnic federalism is not a problem if we are using for good purpose.”. That is indeed true. Unfortunately, it was not meant for good, but to divide and rule, and it was tplf that was ruling some killils indirectly through proxies; somali, afar, benishangul, gambela, etc.. Only on the surface were these people free, or even anybody as a whole was free in ethiopia. Remember what happened in the afar kilil, somali, amhara (bereket simon), etc, where people demanded tplf proxies to be removed from the regional governments.

    Unless ethiopians agree on one thing, that there are “administrative limits” and not “internal borders”, borders that were carved out on the map of ethiopia by tplf and olf, when they were in the bushes, without consulting the local people, and unless all understand that ethiopia is a free country, home to any ethiopian and any other legal foreigner as well, and they can live freely anywhere in the nation, the genie of narrow ethnic nationalism will continue to affect ethiopia for a long time, and the genie unleashed by tplf will not return back to the bottle so easily, and it may even destroy the country, as some continue to dream for that day.

    When ethnic federation came with tplf and olf, most of us believed that it will put to rest the ethnicity question in ethiopia, when different ethnic groups start to care for their own affairs themselves. It will be the actualization of each ethnic group’s dream. What we didn’t know was that it was a sugar-coated pill that could kill ethiopia, because the core aim was to divide, weaken and rule ethiopia forever from the center, and for olf to have its own enclave where it will be the uncontested master, and if possible declare independent oromia, where olf dictatorship will flourish. As we see today, dawud ibsa has not changed his mind, and he lives in his own world of lies, swaying between, we did not say we will disarm, we do not have olf fighters in wollega, they are out of our control, the eprdf is the problem, etc. “ባልጋ ላይ ቢያስተኙት መሬት ላይ ኣንጥፉልኝ ኣለ፣ ኣይነት ኣነጋገር።”

    Indeed , it is not the first time killings occur between ethnic group in ethiopia. Nevertheless, the main reason has always been over resources and mainly at inter-ethnic border areas, and never for hating each others’ eye color, or in such big numbers. An oromo and a somali will not kill each other if they meet in the streets of addis ababa, or any other place where they can not call their own. When ethiopia was divided into provinces where ethnic groups overlapped and lived together, although there were minor conflicts mainly between individuals or a small group of people, but never to the extent we see the last decade and more, when mass killings take place, properties are destroyed, and ethiopia now has the biggest internally displaced population in the world. If you dig just a little bit to find the root cause of the recent disturbance, you could always find ethnic politics that is being pushed by the elites from all sides.

    Finally it is very true when you say “there is lack of education, and some people want to see chaos”.
    Thanks.
    (sorry for the late response).

  • Desbele

    Hi Ayneta,
    I shared it from fb. It is written by Yonas H. I share your impression on the tigrigna. I am amiche but with a deep love of Tigrigna. I am a big fan of tigrigna writers – Woldeab Wmariam and Amanuel Sahle. Yonas is an addition.

  • Paulos

    Selam Gedab News,

    Conflicting news are spreading around on social media about General Sibhat Ephrem. We would be grateful if you could share what you know thus far if not at all. The regime is in a complete silence about it. Thanks again.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Dr Paulos,

      A close friend of mine, who is related to the family has confirmed from his sister in Sweden, that the General was wounded and rushed to the hospital for treatment. It is not life threatening affliction.

      • Paulos

        Selam Davide and Emma,

        Than you guys! Wish him full recovery for it is our cherished tradition and value not to wish anyone bad.

    • David Samson

      Selam Paulos,

      According to Bado 3 gossip, he miraculously survived an attempt assassination. Two from Sawa’s generation young men was waiting for him at his home. They fired a couple of shots at him. Under normal circumstance, the likely chance
      of survival is close to zero. His body is riddled with bullets. What we still do
      not know are the followings:

      The motive for their action

      The extent of his injury and his condition

    • Saleh Johar

      Paulos,
      I know the Gedab News team has been trying hard to sift through the confusion; it is disappointing. But there is a saying in Tigrayeet: “Shaafig Ewoor Wellid” it literally means, THE HASTY BEGETS A BLIND BABY. You can guess why 🙂

      But right now a colleague is finalizing it. It will be on in moments.

      • Paulos

        Thank you so much Ayay!

    • Abraham H.

      Dear Paulos, the only ‘official’ mention of Sebhat’s situation I’ve seen so far is the tweet from the regime’s ambassador to Japan posted on meskerem. The PFDJ thugs have already started to attack him for posting his opinion. This kind of freedom of expression is a sin in the weird world of pfdj, not surprising.

      • Paulos

        Selam Abraham,

        It looks like this is the ቦሎኽ moment we all been waiting for. When we say, things are as bleak as they get, a courageous soul pops up to give hope to the people. This could be it as in the end of tyranny!

  • Desbele

    Dear Awatawian,

    Sharing important read from Yonas Habteslase in fb.

    ሻዕብያ ማለት ናብ ጻንታ ዝወስድ
    ቀመር ድኽነት እዩ !!

    1- ቅድሚ ሻዕብያ ምእታዎም ኣብ ገዛኹም ክንደይ የሕዋት ኔርኩም :
    2- ካብዞም የሕዋት ክንደይ ኣብ ዓደቦኹም ገዛ ሰሪሕኩም ትነብሩ:
    3- ኣብ ገዛኹም ቅድሚ ሻዕብያ ምእታዎም ክንደይ እንስሳ ኔረናኹም ሕጂ ክንደይ ኣለዋ: ክንደይ ኩንታል እኽሊ’ኸ ተፍርዩ ኔርኩም ሕጂ’ኸ:
    4- ቁጽሪ ገባራይ ኣብ ዓድኹም ክሳብ ሻዕብያ ዝኣትዉ 1991 ክንደይ ኔሩ: ሕጂ ክንደይ ኣሎ: ገባራይ ማለት ቁጽሪ ኣባይቲ ዘይኮነ ኣብ ዓዲ እናገበረ ዝነብር እዩ:
    5- ኣብ በረኻ ዓድኹም ዝነበሩ ዓበይቲ ኣግራብ ድሕሪ ሻዕብያ ምእታዎም ኣለዉ’ዶ:
    6- ባይቶ ዓድኹም ዘፅድቆም ዝነበረ ስርዓተ መሬት: ስርዓተ ኳደረ ስርዓተ ሕዛእቲ: ስርዓተ ዓመታዊ ባዓላት ስርዓተ መርዓን-ፍትሕን ሕጂ ዘሚኖም’ዶ ጠፊኦም:
    እዚ ኣብ ላዕሊ ተዘርዚሩ ዘሎ ከፊል ናብ ሃገር ዝወስድ ቀመር ህዝብን ትሕዝቶ ጸጋታቱን ኮይኑ ምዝቅባብ ከተማን ምብራስ ዓድታትን ውን እስከ ንርኤ:
    እቲ ኣብ ዓድታት ፋሕ ኢሉ ፍረ መሬትን እንስሳን እናፍረየ ዝነብር ዝነበረ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ሎሚ ኣብ ከተማን ሓውሲ ከተማን ታእኪቡ ይነብር ::
    ኣብ ከተማ ክነብር ዘምረጾ ኻኣ ዓብዩ ዘይኮነ ካብ ኣፍራይ ናብ ለማኒ ስለዝተቀየረ ጥረይ እዩ:: ኣብ ዓድታት እናፍረኻ ክትነብር እቲ ኣፍራይ ዝኾነ መንእሰያዊ ጉልበት ክህሉ ኔርዎ :: ንሱ እንተዘይ ሃልዩ ሓዋላ ክትቅበል ንኽተማ ካብ ትመላለስ ኣብኡ ምምባር ክትውስን የገድድ እሞ ከም ሳዕቤኑ ኻኣ ዓደንቦኻ ይፈርስ::
    እቲ ዝኸፍኤ ኻኣ ነቲ ብልማኖ እትነብሮ ህይወት ከተመኛ ከምዝተቀየርካ ስለዝስማዓካ እዩ::
    ስለዚ ኣብ ሃገርና ዝተራእየ ዕቤት እንተሃልዩ ዕቤት ለማናይን ስደትን ጥራይ እዩ::
    እቲ ካብ ውሽጢ ሃገር እንተርሓቀ ኢትዮጵያን ሱዳንን ዝነበረ ስደት ሎሚ ክሳብ ካናዳን ኣውስትራልያን በጺሑ:: ድሕሪ ሓደ ክረምቲ ወይ ሓደ ቀውዒ ዝምለስ ዝነበረ ኻኣ ዕድመ ይፍታህ ስደት ተቀይሩ::
    እቲ ኣብ ጎደናታትን ኣብያተጾሎትን ተጸጊዕካ ርስሕ ዝበለ ክዳን ተኸዲንካን ዝነበረ ልማኖ ኻኣ ናብ ባድላ ተኸዲንካ ኣብ ሳሎን ኮፍ ኢልካ ብተለፎን ስለዝተቀየረ ማዕቢሉ ወይ ዘሚኑ እቲ ብመደብ ዝተሰርሓሉ ቀመር ድኽነት ሻዕብያ ኻኣ ተረጋጊጹ::
    ኣብ መወዳእታ እዚ ሕጂ ገጢምና ዘሎ ድኽነ እቲ ብሕብረተሰብና በተኽ ወይ ጻንታ ተባሂሉ ዝፍለጥ ካብ ምዕጻው ቤት ናብ ብፍራስ ዑና : ካብ ስደት ናብ ምርሳዕ ሽም እንዳ ዝኸይድ ዳግማይ ዘይሰርር እዩ::

    • Paulos

      Selam Desbele,

      እዚ ዮናስ ዝባሃል ሰብ ነዚ ተረኺቡ ዘሎ ሰላም ክዕንቅፍ ዝደሊ ናይ ወያነ ካድር ክኸውን ኣለዎ! 😂

      • Haile S.

        Selam Paul,
        ዝንጥል ኣቢልካ ንሰብ ሽም ምሃብ ዘይፈቱ ድ’ኣ ኮይነ እምበር፡ መን ይፈልጥ ዝብል መልሲ እዩ ኣብ መልሓሰይ መጺኡ ዘሎ። ስለምንታይ እንተበልካኒ፡ እቶም ኣብ 1 ክሳብ 6 ተጠቒሶም ዘለዉ ነጥብታት ካብ ዝኾኑን ካብ ዝዝርግሑን ቅድሚ 1991 ነዊሕ ጌሮም እዮም።
        ብተወሳኺ ግና፡ እስኪ ኣንታ ጳውሎስ ንዓድኻ እስኪ ተመለስ። ነዞም ወያነ ግደፎም፡ ብኣቡነ ኣረጋዊ ኢለካ ኣለኹ። በዓሎም እያ ሎሚ።

  • FishMilk

    Hi Girmay. You might need to give it a break as you level of ‘articulation’ is almost as magnificent as your level of ‘comprehention’. You are clearly soaring in clouds much higher than planet earth which I stand upon. On the side, your fortune telling skills are simply incredible. You are living proof that the TPLF has an active Space program.

  • Ismail AA

    Selam George,

    Couldn’t make anything of what you wrote. It would be mutually good for both of us, and readers as well, if you can take time, cool down and re-read the stuff and see if it makes sense to yourself first, and then post it. Then we can have meaningful conversations.

    And, a point in passing, if I may. From your last sentence, I assume you are way young to the long odyssey of Eritrea’s affair. I respect that unconditionally. I see in you great potential that can develop and benefit our people down the road, hopefully.

  • Selam Hope,

    It is indeed true when they say that a week is too long in politics, when you see a group that imagined itself invincible few months ago, losing power so suddenly, and now begging to be saved. It is said that abbay tsehaye literally bowed to IA and begged him on a radio interview to forgive tplf for its past actions, and to bury the hatchet.

    That was exactly what they did in 1998, when they begged the ethiopian people, and especially those whom they called “derg soldiers” up to that time, to come and die defending tplf in the 1998-2000 war. After sacrificing tens of thousands of young ethiopians, they turned around and told the ethiopian people that it will be business as usual, which culminated in the 2005 addis ababa massacre.

    Could you trust tplf, when it comes unashamedly and asks IA and the people of eritrea for a similar sacrifice in order to save its skin. Eritreans should always have in mind the story of the frog and the scorpion. What would happen after tplf crosses over to the opposite side, to safety, with the sacrifice of the people of eritrea, is a serious matter to contemplate about.

    When they committed crimes, they did not ask anybody, and when they looted they enjoyed the money alone, and now, when it is the time to pay for their many crimes, they want to share the responsibility and the burden with eritreans, who were also at the receiving end of their criminal acts.

  • FishMilk

    Hi Dr. Hope. You hit the nail on the head! Agazianism was hatched by the TPLF.

  • FishMilk

    Hi George. Those who have committed treason by cohabitating with the TPLF over the past two decades should in fact serve prison time of no less than 5 years; that would be consistent with the way the U.S.A. treats traitors against the State.

  • Haile S.

    Dear Awatawian,

    For a change, and as a holiday and new year post card, let me share with you a french TV program (in french), I try to watch as much as possible, known as “rendezvous en terre unconnue” or meeting in a strange (unknown) land. The french TV host Frederic Lopez takes well-known french celebrities for 2 weeks stay to very far less-discovered places for culture shock and discovery like in this one to the Suri people in Omo area in Ethiopia in the link below. Frederic does NOT tells his guest where he is taking them until in the plane. Frederic and his guest stay with a family or a group (group of young shepherds in this case), participate with the daily chores and discover the life of these ‘strange’ places. In this show of a year ago, Frederic takes Kev Adams, a french comedian and actor to the Suri people in Omo area in Ethiopia. It is in french, but I think everyone can follow. At least you will enjoy the scenery. I was thinking of link another shaw where Frederick takes a french model Adriana Karembeu to the Semien mountain area to stay with a Amhara farmer family, but I couldn’t find a full show on youtube. The highlights are:
    – Frederic prepares his guest, blindfolds and takes to the airport till they fly far from Paris.
    – From addis they fly to Mizan, then drive to a meeting place with the hosts, then walk hours and hours to where the shepherd’s camping place. They pass most of the time there. One of the talks that you may not understand by the gestures is the reason some of the shepherds carry arms. It is to defend raid from neighbours coming to take cattle. A man must give 30 heads of cattle to the girls family to be able to marry and raid is an easy way of collecting that amount of cattle.
    – In the camp they do and talk of daily activities and chores. I don’t think translation is necessary.
    – Later they go to the village, talk to the women, and ends in the a yearly show of force (fight) that was prohibited by the government, but the people do it by not telling the fighting place. I hope you will enjoy it and take whatever lessons we can take from. I can answer question if necessary.
    Happy holidays
    https://youtu.be/dJapsQzb4wA

    • Paulos

      Selam Hailat,

      Happy Holidays to you too. My two kids are keeping me super busy and hope will watch the link tmrw instead. Thanks for sharing the link though.

      • Haile S.

        Hi Paul.
        It is great watching with kids, but be informed that at the fight at the end, the men/shepherds are bare/naked with no covers at all. So that you know!

    • Ismail AA

      Dear Haile S,
      Thank you for this beautiful initiative. It’s necessary to pay attention to other things. Very happy holiday season.

      • Haile S.

        Selamat Ismail,
        I know it is difficult to follow the conversations when one doesn’t understand the language and I don’t know if you understand french, but for your and others pleasure let me translate 2 scenes. When the hosts met the guest (Kev), after introducing their names, they ask him where does he come from. He answers from Paris, as if these forest nomads know where Paris is. When he sees them intrigued where! He says you know the Eiffel tower and explains its shape with his gestures. Later the next or so Frederic and Kev asks the guys if they believe in something or in God. They say no, they only have their cattle. Then Frederic goes in explaining his belief in god…. then the guys don’t understand asking him how are you sure about that… and one of them follows pointing to Kev, is it because you were afraid your god will come at night to take you away that you were sleeping in a bag (sleeping bag). Imagine the idea of sleeping in a bag is so intriguing to these guys used to sleep on a cow skin in the open air alk their life. BTW, I am not becoming a stranger, just translating the idea, otherwise I know that is how our people sleep when they go far from their village for grazing purposes (ምሕዳር) and I have slept one night beside Tegadeltis like that.

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Hailiat S.,

          I do sincerely appreciate sparing time to translate this seemingly simple but profound in meaning piece of story. You bet, I am not that much versed in French save a few things that my studying and curiosity had instilled in my mind. Back to the essence of the story: if heaven has a place for folks of piety, I think the cattlemen in this story should get priority. Innocence by nature is more reward worthy than piety through rigor of worship and prayer.

          Moreover, the way of life that, I assume, drew your and my attention now is the akinity of the way of life the cattle herdsmen led to our own in rural villages. Sleeping in open air space under all conditions of weather is similar to our own social life in the countryside.

          I hail from authentic and proud rural life in Eritrea. I was born on cow skin (ማእሲ on ንእዲ) and slept on that very thing throughout my early childhood years. I passed through phases መጓሰ መሓስእን ምራኹትን፣ then ኣጣል፣ and then ከብቲ until I moved to a town and wondered for the first night how people slept on a strange ንእዲ with four legs with a huge ድሩዕቶ (ፍርናሽ) spread on it. When I was shown to get on that four legged structure and laid down on it, it was soft and comfortable. But, after a few moments it felt too soft for my back that was conditioned to hard surface and could not sleep though I became accustomed fairly instantly.The point: all peoples do pass through similar social way of existence. At the time I just shared with you, I could have felt more comfortable with the interlocutors of Frederic and Kev than a Haile and a Saleh in Asmara and Keren.

          Thank Haile for returning me back to memories of my proud origin.

          • Haile S.

            Selamat Ismail,
            Absolutely! FYI, my grandmother never slept on bed when she visited us. We had ማእሲ for her or anyone coming from village.
            Wouldn’t it have been great if Frederic took Nitricc to ፎሮ and ኢራፋይለ area for 2 weeks? 🙂 🙂 🙂 .

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Haile S,

            Many others, too. If one is not exposed to rural Eritrea and life there in all its facets, constructing Eritrea, and thereby Eritrean-ness, as a concept in mind cannot be complete. It will be part-of-whole centered outlook rather than assuming a wholeness that transcends parochial and compartmentalized perceptions. This is one, will be, of the structurally formidable challenges of nation building of which the post liberation generations would do better to be aware of.

          • Peace!

            Hi Hailuwa,

            “ማእሲ” ንእዲ ማለት ድዩ?

            Peace!

          • Haile S.

            Selamat Peace,
            ማእሲ ማለት ዝለመጸ ናይ ከብቲ ቆርበት እዩ። ከም ምንጻፍ ንጥቀመሉ፡ ንበይኑ ኣብ መሬት ኣንጺፍካ ትድቅሰሉ። እንተደሊኻ’ውን ኣብ ንእዲ ተንጽፎ። ንእዲ ማለት ካብ መሬት ሓፍ ኢሉ ሙሉእ ዝተነድቀ ብጭቃ መሬት ዝለመጸ፡ ንሓደ ሰብ ዘደቅስ ዓራት እዩ።

          • Peace!

            Hi Hailuwa,

            የቐንየለይ! Glad you are here!

            Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            ንመምህር ትግርኞ ምእራም ጌጋ እንተዘይ ኮይኑ: አብክንዲ “ዝለመጸ ቆርበት” “ዝለፈዔ ቆርበት” አብ ክንዲ “ዓራት” “ሓውሲ ዓራት” እንተተባህለ
            ዝሓሸ አይመስለካን? Just a thought.

          • Haile S.

            Selamat Emma,
            ትሕሾ ትሕሾ፡ you better it (Kbrom’s)። ኣብ ትግርኛ ምምሃር ክንዳኻ ክኸውን ኣይክእልን እየ። ዘለኒ ካየጥፍእ ብዝገብሮ ጻዕሪ እየ ናይ ትግርኛ ፈላጥ ዝመስል እምበር፡ ፍልጠተይ ከም ዓለመይ። ሓቅኻ ኣብ ክልቲኡ ነጥቢ። ኣብቲ ቀዳማይ፡ ዝለመጸ ዝበልክዎ፡ ዝበዝሕ ማእሲ ጸጉሩ ለጊሱ ስለዝለምጽ እየ እምበር፡ ሓቕኻ።

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hailat,

            No brother. I am a student of you.

          • Paulos

            Selam Hailat,

            ንእዲ is also called መደብ. No?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Dr Paulos,

            “ንእዲ” መደቀሲ
            “መደብ” ኮፍመበሊ

          • Paulos

            Oh ok. Thank you Sir!

          • guest

            Haile
            Thank you for bringing our attention to this beautiful documentary.

            I don’t speach french but I can see in the face of the participants the clash of two worlds.
            If your time permits, can you tell us bit about the discussion of the “plateau” of the woman. The Frenchs were puzzled the body ornamnets. Also the dicussion that Frederic had with the young lady inside the hut

            Thank you

          • Haile S.

            Selam Guest,

            Thank you for finding it interesting.
            When the guests arrive at the village, they are received by the village chief carrying a Lion’s paw on his chest. This was transmitted to him from his father from great great great…fathers and it is believed to protect the village. The guests are received in the house for the young and singles. This hut and its compound normally belongs to the lady Kev interviewed her inside. During the interview she explained him that when her mother died she offered the hut as house for the young and singles untill she gets married. Before he went in the hut, Kev asked his interest to see the inside of the hut, to which one the guys told to go in. She was inside and welcomes him. He asked her why the roof was so low. She says it is because on the upper lever is the grain store, which later will be used as sleeping area for children. For now it is a perfect grain store where the smoke from the bottom goes up there protecting the grains from insects attack. Kev asks here do people sleep there and how many. She says yes up to ten people, boys on one side and girls on the other. Their discussion continue outside later when he went to interview the lady with plateau. Regarding the plateau, there were 2 ladies answering his and his friend’s questions, one with and the other without. The lady with plateau told them that when a lady is ready to get married, she gets a plateau. She added, she wore it that day to receive them. A lady must wear it when receiving guests. She said it is painful at the beginning, but later they get used to it and no pain at all. It is a sign of beauty. The bigger, the prettier. The married lady without the plateau tells them it was her decision not to have a plateau. When asked what her parents say, she said they accepted her choice. At this moments the non-married who talked to to Kev in the hut joins and says she is going to have a plateau to be pretty and attractive. She explains them, the plateau is like beautiful clothing you wear that adds to your beauty. The other reason for her choice to carry plateau is to receive large number of cattle and a gun. She says if a bride doesn’t carry a plateau, her parents in law will not give here a gun. Answering to their question, she says a gun is necessary to defend against neighboring cattle raiders. At the end of her talk she asks Kev he come later and they will talk, but there was no follow-up of that on the show. On earlier occasion, she shepherds explained to the guests that in their culture it is the lady who expresses her interest on a man by offering him a pearled bracelet.
            Normally, unmarried men has no right to talk to married women, but the guests are allowed, thus Frederic and Kev were able talk to them.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            Very interesting story. It somehow takes us back to our memory to reminisce certain of our traditional cultures in the rural areas or in the hinterlands of Eritrea. Thank you for the story. It is a cultural refreshing story.

  • Ismail AA

    Dear George,

    If you are referring to TPLF, to the contrary it had been redeeming soul brother to the despot than being mortal as you state. Of course, I am stating this assuming you are very well versed with how Isayas’ political fortune took turns within Eritrean liberation struggle and its politics. Sadly, fellow compatriots like you tend to circumscribe their engagement to despot’s chosen agenda. When he got cornered by challenges largely of his own making, he altered former soul brothers and saviours to deadly enemies. Then, those who sold their will and moral rectitude had to tune with his call and ensnare themselves to his ego until he makes a turn around and set a new trap.

    Once upon a time, for example, he his henchmen admonished ordinary fighters for tunning to, and listening to, Amharic music. Then, dear Goerge, the world had turned over and felt comfortable with folk music in Bahr Dar, and took the podium with broadest ever smile known of him and spoke in Amharic at the Millenium Hal in down Addis. Now, the Amahara are good brothers to him, and his supporters repeat the same after him. Until he changes, the poor Tigrians will stay as mortal enemies, and his surrogates will follow suit.

    A final word, if I may. Our country under the rule of a vicious man who is our own cannot claim to stand on higher moral ground when mothers of 400 victims of the infamous Lampedusa waves of death are denied repatriation of their remains and give them decent burial in the soils of their villages. This is just one painful example.

  • Peace!

    Hi Alex,

    They are AGAZIAN extremists. By the way they are not Eritreans since they consider Eritrea as a norther part of Tigray.

    I think the people of Tigray should disown TPLF before too late. Waging a war on another front to divide Eritreans is not going to save them either.

    Peace!

    • Alex

      Hi peace,
      Thanks for the clarification. Agazian is a ploy used by TPLF to try to divide Eritreans which will fail like their 20 year conspiracy against Eritrea and Eritreans. Eritrea consist of proud 9 ethnic groups. We think as Eritreans not based on our ethnicity which a rarity in Africa.

    • Selam

      Selamat Peace,

      I have a question Peace. How do you define to be an Eritrean? If some one born in Eritrean and his ancestors are from Eritrea but does not support Eritrean independent would you call him an Eritrean or not? Why?

      Have a nice day.

      • Peace!

        Hi Selam,

        If someone voluntarily strips his own citizenship and replaced with whatever he wishes, I can’t help but remind him not to try to impose on others.

        Peace

  • Acria

    Selam Ayneta,

    The Ghedli principle should be used to liberate our country from our current quagmire. I think that is the only solution to declare war on this regime and liberate the country. Nevertheless, that is being challenged by the awareness of our youth of a secondary option of liberating themselves rather than their country. That temptation of looking yonder for liberating self was not that much manifested during the Ghedli era. It was a country first mentality era. At this stage of our history, that is a bygone mentality, to a greater extent. You see Ayneta, the Ghedli principle, as much as we needed it, it might belong to the history books without the willing and active participation of our youth.

  • Hope

    Selam Alex:
    Read or listen to voa Tigriniya .
    The Gen was allegedly airlifted on emergency basis from Orota Referral Hospital Center to a nearest Tertiary Care Center :Middle East????

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Dr Paulos & All,

    The “Addis Standard” one of the known news paper in Ethiopia, on today’s edition, criticized the prime minister for failing in securing citizens’ basic security. The writer being baffled by the situation has to say this: “ the silence from the federal government and the regional states of both Oromia and Somali regional states is near deafening.” This is the kind of criticism I have made in this forum against the PM, for which they call a TPLF propaganda against the PM. But in reality people are dying and the prophet of peace is nowhere to meet the challenge and stop the killing of each other. He is busy to secure his power than to shepherd the people and protect the basic security of the Ethiopian people. Since it is the eve of weekend, here is the link to read the article.

    https://addisstandard.com/oped-a-government-led-by-a-reformist-prime-minister-is-failing-citizens-basic-security-priorities-please/

    • Paulos

      Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

      Many thanks for sharing the article but I must say that, either it was written in haste or lacking proper theme editing, simply because it seems to contradict itself.

      In a longing tone it gives credit to the ancien security apparatus and in the meantime it condemns the apparatus for its violent past, for instance.

      The question that needs to be asked is, why did the intensity of the violence increase when Abiy came to power? The article to its credit [apart the contradiction] identified and tacitly questions if it was the right policy to bring back to the fold groups whose modus operandi was alleged violence. More over, sidelining people with a wealth of political experience wasn’t the right move for the country to the very least was at peace with itself when they rode the mantle of power.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Dr Paulos,

        As to why the intensity of violence increased with the bogus prophet, is because (a) he lifted the “state of emergency” untimely for his own political end (b) the release of prisoners without due process of rule of law. His wicked political aim, now came home to roost. When he tries to sabotage his own “social forces” by allying with the worst dictator known of dividing his society by all kind of social ills, and when he failed to make his priority to address and resolve the latent social conflict that comes on and off, then it is incumbent to see the unexpected shaking their core unity. I don’t see in him any redemption from the trap of the evil man. The red light signal from Dr Mesfun, Dr Andreas, and Jawar is neglected by PM Abiy. We shall see how the situation unravel.

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam aman h
      I know i know but let me just say 2 things.
      1, addis satandard is opdo(eprdf) undeclared affiliated news paper (tsedale lemma)
      2, before eprdf take any military intervention, they always do propaganda to say ,”the military measures was taken because of the people demand it” ,so what addis standard is doing is the usual writings before the military intervention.
      3,whatever happens in ethiopia is none of ur bissness or why don’t u change ur name as oromo name and say 100 times a day ethiopia, ethiopia? so that u make a little sense.

    • Hope

      Selam Ato Amanuel Hidrat:
      The honest questions that should be asked are,among others :
      1)Is it coz the PM has ignored the problem as you have you tried to implicate many times or there is more of continuous sabotage of the same PM by anti -Peace elements?

      2)Have you listened to Dawid Ibsa’s Press Release of Conference?

      3)Why is the OLF not complying with the Peace Accord it has signed with the Federal Govt?

      4) Do you have any clue about the new love affairs between the TPLF and the OLF and the $100 million. financial support thecTOLF allegedly transferred to the OLF?

      5) Do you know why there has been a serious influx of WMD from Tigray to Oromia and Addis?

      6)Who do you thinkk might be behind this arms smuggling and why?

      • Selam Hope,

        The aim is to plunge ethiopia into chaos and civil war. A leader who very easily says, go and kill, while the criminals are hiding within the society and they can easily run and hide in the vast forest areas, show that some people continue to be nostalgic about the tplf era. They want democracy to fail in ethiopia and dictatorship to come back, thus to go all over again through similar killings, incarcerations and torture, as in the past, in order to discredit the new government. When tplf was killing and throwing into prison innocent citizens, and torturing them, they did not show such sensitivity. They still call it bravery and decisiveness, even if the victims were innocent and unarmed civilians.

        PM Abiy is trying to win the hearts and minds of the people first and foremost, and he wants to show that any measures he will be taking in the future are the demand of the people and the regional government than that of the federal government. Already most ethiopians have been made to abhor ethnic federalism that has brought killings of men, women and children, and destruction of properties, in regions where people of different ethnicity and religion used to live in harmony. Unfortunately, ethnic federalism are non-negotiable despite the drawbacks, as much as tplf and olf are concerned, and it seems that they are behind these disturbances.

        What is being written and said is directly and indirectly in support for intervention with the consent of the people. Already a state of emergency has been declared in the border area between benishangul and oromia regional states. The same thing most probably will be implemented between somali and oromo regions in moyale and harar areas. We know that the same people will come in force to accuse pm Abiy if he takes measures they recommend.

        Right or wrong, i hate to trust jawar and dawud ibsa, and a lot of money is circulating in ethiopia to destabilize the new government and cause chaos. Nothing happens in a vacuum. Who are these criminals, how do they get the ammunition, who are pushing them from behind, who will gain from the chaos, etc, are indeed serious questions that should be asked, as you mentioned above.

      • Selam

        Selamat Hope,

        You ask a good questions I will add some more.

        1. Why the government of Ethiopia and media ask OLF leader which part of the agreement is not implemented?
        2.What are the agreements between government and OLF?
        3. Does the agreement has details or general that you can interpret as you wish?
        4. Where is the problem? in the agreement itself or in implementation?
        2. If the government comply with the agreement but not OLF . Why not the government replay to OLF accusation with evidence?

        In my opinion instead of blaming OLF it is better to find out the truth and show the public where the problem is and who is not complying with the agreement.

        We are hearing a lot of accusation about weapon smuggling by TPLF, but we have not seen any evidence yet. The government of Ethiopia should do more to convenience the public.

        PMAA is doing a lot of good things but about stability of the country still needs to do more and it is urgent. Why is not he doing or tell the facts?
        Facts and evidences through investigative journalistic and hard talk needed otherwise all are political game and propaganda including fake news.

        Have a nice day.

    • Peace!

      Hi Emma,

      It is ironic that all of sudden you seem too conscious about the unrest as if it started yesterday. You are famous in this forum for advising Eritreans to mind their business and to leave Ethiopian matter to Ethiopians. This was when TPLF was in charge and the killing of peaceful protesters and internal displacement at its pick time. At that time, you did not only ignored the mass killings and displacements but you aggressively dismissed others for speaking up against it, although dispatching troops with machine guns to kill peaceful protesters is not the same as TPLF manipulated ethnic clashes, if you insist to blame Dr Abiy and absolve Meles.

      The point here is not about your sudden and acute u turn on Ethiopia rather your credibility as a veteran justice seeker and the Eritrea you have in mind. Don’t you think the ideal equation for change in Eritrea shouldn’t fluctuates with changes in Ethiopia, and is it fair to point fingering others for not sticking to Eritrean cause when you yourself obsessed with blaming Dr Abiy and defending TPLF day in and day out?

      Peace!

      • Blink

        Dear Peace
        Where have you been man ? I hope you were doing well with what ever you do . Yes the man is known for knocking down anyone who criticizes weyane . The flip side of his defense is not only evil but more like showing his true views to selected justice.

        • Peace!

          Hi Blink,

          እግዝሔር ኣውጺና እዩ ዘብል. By the way It is no longer a secret TPLF has been empowering and financing AGAZIAN extremists, and its cadres are now on front seat.

          Keep in mind the talking point here is don’t criticize TPLF, and of course, Ghedli was bad.

          Peace!

          • Blink

            Dear Peace
            I just got one picture Tesfasion and his pals having meetings with the Weyane spy master ( not getachew) and also Mehari ( Hdri guy) the horrible talker . I am shocked these Tigrinya speakers based in Mekele and adwa are acting as Eritreans in the internet world. The Tigrians who are pushing the Agazian or Andnet failed to read Eritreans history.

          • Peace!

            Hi Blink,

            Here they are at the redrawing map table. Let’s see how far can they go.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/46d2ed5ce567728ccd2b7ea144d638a1cd40eca519056fef1c35758d85c30059.jpg

          • Peace!
          • Blink

            Dear peace
            Horrible people supported by the horrendous TPLF guys . What kind of skin do they have , I mean on the one hand they claimed peace and love with Eritreans without apologizing for the crime they committed over Eritreans and now they are trying to make ዓባይ ትግራይ by paying criminals.Trust no one in this world especially these TPLF people.

      • FishMilk

        Hi Peace. The ‘name of the game’ for most posters here who have been cohabitating with the TPLF over the past two decades, is simply to discredit PMAA and his Government. These diaspora dreamers will connive, twist and turn with the best contortionist artists in their futile attempt to achieve complete removal of the PIA/PFDJ regime, though they will never ever reveal who they have in mind as a replacement. They sold their souls a long time ago and simply have nothing to loose.

        • Peace!

          Hi Fishmilk,

          Replacement? whhooo.. whaaat… Ohh…Yehh… Lil Jon, rapper 🙂 Now it is clear who was/is in their mind as they openly wish for Ethiopia to disintegrate. Poor Eritrea!

          Peace!

        • Ismail AA

          Selam FishMilk,

          Just a word of wonder, if I may. You are on record in this forum accusing (alleging would be a better term) people to have sold their souls to nemises of the despot in the region. But I wonder when you will buy your soul from the despot and become yourself and regain decency of judicious judgement.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Ismail AA. Good try but no cigar! There is a massive difference between those who purposely sided with the enemy (TPLF) and those who chose not to pursue this treasonous path (be they PIA/PFDJ supporters or not). And still, many of you choose to continue supporting the TPLF, endlessly criticize PMAA, and try to sell-off ridiculous conspiracy theories. You have completely lost credibility.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam FishMilk,

            Those bereft of morality and grace of fair judgement, and enslave themselves to rationalization of heinous crimes of a regime, have no normal human conscience to speak about credibility of others or lack of it.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Ismail AA. You purposely and coyly refuse to acknowledge the existence of significant numbers that have not/do not support PIA/PFDJ but never chose to commit treason and cohabitate with the TPLF. You guys made your bed a long time ago and now you have to sleep in it.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam FishMilk,

            We better not enter the terrain of persecuting who committed treason on whom and when. I can guarantee you the despot will be the last person to be in that situation. Moreover, dear FM, I would prefer to sleep in a bed I make by my free will and judgement than sleeping in a bed the despot made and sleep in it at the whims and needs of its owner.

            As to the number you have alluded to and have sceptical views on the despot and his party, I respect them as concerned compatriots; I will continue to do so. But I believe it would be in our people’s interest for them to abandon ambivalence and make decisive decision, and be in position to make difference in the nation’s effort to break the chains of one-man despotism.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Ismail AA. I believe that those that have not/do not support PIA/PFDJ may well be the silent majority. But again, my problem is not with this group of people (as I have been one of them since the G15) but with those that sided with the TPLF over the past two decades AND continue to do so. Many Americans hate Trump but that does not mean that they collaborate with Russia against the U.S.. A number of posters here are chasing conspiracy theories or trying to defame PMAA instead of entering into discussions on how we might engage PIA/PFDJ in a more constructive manner.

        • Blink

          Dear Fishmilk
          The game of these people has been always to deconstruct the essence of reality in order to make their false claimed identity of justice come true. If You look their background music everything they have is strikes were the norm for Eritrea stands for. We Eritreans are being set in to quizzes by people who has no shame to tell their lies. We will wether this and also come back to roar. The fact that these guys are still rooting for weyane is mind boggling.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Blink. Lost souls that have chosen to commit treason against Eritrea by siding with the TPLF are extremely desperate. They have come to realize that ONLY the TPLF will ever support their presence in Eritrea and that is why they are now attacking PMAA, pursuing conspiracy theories, and refusing to enter into discussions on instructive engagement with PIA/PFDJ.

          • Blink

            Dear FM
            Their plan has been always beige and to the existence of unrecognizable by the naked eye of all Eritreans. They have been asked to come to their senses long time ago and at that time they asked for a share they don’t deserve. Imagine to go all the way ኮሮኮን and come back in 1991 from western world and claim over sized share , ok that is history to most but to many surprise they started to coddle with weyane in 1993 -2018 , this is an age long journey of loneliness and yet they are still hoping for a miracle by the grace of dividing Eritreans across ethnic, religious and regional abandonment of crazy game , yet they could not get 0.00001% of support mind you this is over the suffering we are going through all over the globe. I don’t think they recognize the crimes they committed by spewing propaganda of hate . The Eritrean people are being tested inside and out side and yet they seems to pass every crooked game played by their enemies .

            Go back 8 years back and look at their comments made for weyane leadership, you will be surprised by the sheer cowardly behavior. An old typist who uses his innocent finger to defend the revolution yet lost the credibility of all Eritreans because he insisted to have his narrow vision over all Eritreans. I sympathize with the Ba’ath party help gone all rogue.

      • Haile S.

        Selam Peace and all,

        ኩሉ ይደሊ ዝደልዮ ክሰምዕ
        ጠሰስ ተብሎ ከንብብ ከዳምጽ

        ዝርርብ ኮይኑ ስምዒታዊ
        ንግዚኡ ደስ ዘብል ድልየት ዘርዊ

        እታ ዝድልያ ይወስድ ቆንጺሉ
        ሓቂ እንሆ ይብል ካብ ጽሑፍ ዘንጢሉ

        ዝደልዮ እንተዘይረኸበ ስምዒት ዘበራብር
        ሸፈፍ ጽሑፍ ይብሎ ጠሊቑ ዘይምርምር

        ካብ ምውቃስ ኩሉ ጊዜ ምሁር ጠሊሙ ስሒቡ
        ምሓሸ ምሁር-ዝወቅስ እንተዝምህር ኣጥሊቑ ሓሲቡ

        ነገራትና ኮይኑ ተሓጺብካ ኣብ ጭቓ
        ኣነ ዝደልዮ እንተዘይኮይኑ ኪዱ ዓለም-በቃ

        • Selam

          Selamat Haile. S and all,

          It is true everybody will read and hear what he want. Starting from theme to the subject and the subject that advocates his/her interest are points of selection. Articles that opposes his/her idea are also some times selected to read or heard, if in case they can give some munition to advocate his/her opinion.
          As you said if we are emotional and try to make someone 100% evil or saint, we will lose the reality because human does not have either of it. Off course the percentage vary from person to person.
          Criticizing or praising a leader should not be a problem. The problem should be on what base do we criticizing or praising. Is that based on facts, evidence or reality on the ground? if it is we should accept the truth and work to make it better, if not defend with facts, evidence and reality on the ground. Just focusing on why he find out the mistake will not solve the problem or convince the person. We should bring facts and evidences to disprove what he saying or posted.
          What we see here a win lose strategy. in win lose strategy emotion play a major role. Emotion leads us to lose our temper and not to understand the value and advantage of critic that comes whether from our supporter or opponent.

          Have a nice day.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Selam,
            Thank you for not only translating, but also elaborating the ideas I was trying to express.
            Best regards

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Peace,

        Leaving aside your baseless accusation you adamantly keep throwing at me from time to time, I will go straight to your question you asked me towards the end of your comment. Do I think ‘the ideal equation for change for Eritrea should fluctuate with change in Ethiopia’? Absolutely not. With the despot at the helm of power you will never see change even if it looks ideally possible. The regime kept the Eritrean people as hostage using the border issue to decimate the social fabric of our society. And when Ethiopia accepted the ruling and showed their readiness for the demarcation of the border, he told you that it isn’t his priority. So in short he is not ready to finalize the border and there is no an iota of hope as to the release of prisoners and the reign of rule of law. As a matter of fact, the continued influx of Eritrean refugees, even after the so called “peace agreement” (which doesn’t bring domestic peace within the countries) is a true indicator that there will be no change in Eritrea. If you think with the kind of regime we have, keep your dream with yourself. I don’t live in an Utopian dreams.

        • Peace!

          Hi Emma,
          With all due respect I did not accuse you of anything I only pointed out a gross inconsistency on your stand on the current Ethiopian politics. You defended the federal system and argued peaceful and democratic Ethiopia was vital to the region. But, apparently, that has changed recently to be precise after TPLF retreated to Mekele. It is ironic the killing of over five thousands peaceful protesters in a broad daylight, the 100% election scam, the arrest of journalists under fake terrorism law, the arrest and torture of Muslim scholars, and the massive corruption did not cross your mind to criticize TPLF, let alone to condemned it and stand with justice seeking Ethiopians. Who do you think is responsible for all crimes? Obviously Dr. Abiy was not in charge, did not shoot at protesters, and did not buy and divide Eritrean opposition groups in fact he is enjoying high approval rating within just few months, not 27 years.

          Again it is not my intention to go TPLF on you rather I found your moral judgment and your stand on justice a bit hypocritical. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

          Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Peace,

            For the first time you quoted me exactly in regard what unity and stability entails for Ethiopia: And I quote “You defended the federal system and argued peaceful and democratic Ethiopia was vital to the region.” Yes indeed. Now instead debating on th “merits” and “demerits” of that “ idea” or nature of government, your argument was defending that governmental philosophy is defending TPLF, and hence your never failed to tag me as supporter of TPLF. Am I not right Peace? Supporting the nature of governance installed in Ethiopia is different supporting TPLF. Beside Federalism or specifically the kind of Federalism they have is a “negotiated” agreement proposed by the drafters Lead by late Kifle Wedajo and the then OLF leader (his name escaped from my mind) we recently informed by Kaddis and Admassie.

            Second, since you are obsessed with TPLF, here was position: I am for gradual opening democratic space by balancing it with the security of their citizens in order to secure stability and the economic development that was flourishing in front our eyes.

            Third, I don’t believe in looting properties and burning industries in the name of “peacegul demonstrations” that affect livelihood of thousands Ethiopian people who are employed in those manufacturing companies and private sectors. Therefore I was on the side of PM Hailemariam Desalegn’s Government to stop this destruction whatever it takes. If that makes me supporter of TPLF, then you don’t know which government is responsible for that whether you support the steps taken at that time or not. In my book all the credits and the flaws in the policy of the government belongs to EPRDF not to TPLF. And you don’t. Hence we are in opposites philosophically and in policy matters. I have no problem to have that contrarian position. What I have a problem with you is to characterize my position and try question my moral credibility. Before you check the credibility of others check your credibility.

            Fourth, it is okay with me, you to have all kinds of hope with the “bogus political prophet” for Ethiopia. And I don’t. So brother, after the PM have lifted the “state emergency” untimely for his own political end and releasing all the prisoners of all colors, it will not take time to reinstate SOE and start to fill up his prison houses. In politics if you don’t balance between “democratic freedom ” and “National security” you can’t govern your people peacefully. On my view the current PM either does not have the capacity to ensure or is on mission to satisfy the strategic interest on the region of some powers. So far he failed his nation in letting his people to be at each other’s throat and stagnated the economic progress achieved in the last two decades.

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            Ignore facts and focus on what my obsession was when I simply responded to your very own post. Totally not your style. I do not know how would you reconcile the claim that you are resisting a despot on one hand and supporting another criminal on the other hand. Nonetheless, calling protesters looters on their own land cannot be a logical defense for your unconditional support for Brutal TPLF. The point here is not your defense for such criminal organization even for the crimes it admitted and apologized for rather the implication of such double standard on the Eritrean cause. This is a major disease if not a fatal virus that continues to consume every progress achieved by the opposition camp. Was TPLF a reliable partner for the justice seeking Eritreans? NOPE. Are TPLF leaders begging the dictator for forgiveness and fresh start? YES. How would explain that?

            Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Peace,

            If you are accusing me of “unconditional supporter of TPLF” how do you want me to debate on substance? You can’t debate on substances of my argument. You are just after those who haven’t views like your view. Actually, it is the opposite, that the “fatal disease”is right on your mind when you are unable to talk beyond wayane. Your thoughts is totally paralyzed that you couldn’t think beyond Wayane. That is why I put my “last paragraph” in my previous comment, to test and check you, as to whether you could focus on the substances I argued or keep on the usual cry wayane this wayane that with a concluding remark you are “supporter of wayane.” You can’t debate without wayane even when they are out of the loop from the governing body.

            Now, let us make “a peace” if you accept this deal: (a) We can debate on the Eritrean issue that matters us most and work hard to find a middle ground for common understanding (b) whatever opinion we have about the Ethiopian politics, let us leave it as “our simple opinions” that puts us on opposite end, which doesn’t demand necessarily common understanding. We don’t have a stake in their politics and our opinions will not have any influence on their politics. If you agree on this, it will help us on focusing on our issues.

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            Again, you posted about Ethiopia, and I thought your position on that matter was relevant and fair game in framing my replies, nothing else. And I repeatedly told you it is not weyane that bothers me rather it is the politically motivated double standard. ብኸመይ ክገልጻ ኢኻ ደሊኻኒ?? ናዓባ

            Happy Holidays!
            Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Peace,

            You know we don’t agree on the Ethiopian issues and on the policy of the current government both in domestic and foreign. Because of that I gave a suggestion how to maintain our civil discourse. If you agree on the two points I suggested for you, we will be productive in our exchanges. Otherwise, wayane this wayane that will not come good out of it. It is just waste of time. If it gives you satisfation then continue. I know then and I know now that EPRDF party is the only governing body, no matter from what Ethnic is or was the Prime minister. You don’t agree on that. That is our stand and our comprehension on the Ethiopian politics. If you want peace treaty between us consider my suggestion or bring your own.

            Happy Holidays to you & your family

    • Paulos

      Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

      It seems, Isaias’ in tandem with Egypt’s long term strategy is working–to create weak Ethiopia. Isaias has invested hugely on OLF and other groups during their 17 year long incubation in Eritrea, as such Isaias is getting the dividend in two prongs: To put Abiy on leash so that Isaias remains relevant in Ethiopia’s affairs; and if possible, to create a replica of Southern Lebanon in Ethiopia as in a state with in a state–a state where Isaias fully controls.

      Lee, the former President of Singapore was asked why Gorbachev was removed from power. He said, Gorbachev made a fatal error when he loosened up the political grip on the society in a misplaced time frame. Not sure if that can be said about Abiy the fool. Mind you, the only Kilil where Isaias and Egypt have no hand is Tigrai simply because the Weyanes clearly understood the said scheme way ahead when Abiy was in honeymoon with Isaias.

      • Berhe Y

        Hi Paulos and Emma,

        I think you need to make an honest assessment the way TPLF was running the country and if you can come to conclusion what they were doing was to create a lasting peaceful and democratic country. Just focus on justice aspects, rule of law, freedom of expression, association etc.

        I understand the development is one aspect but the justice aspect of it irrelevant of outside forces, IA, OLF etc.

        The second point is, what was their long term plan towards Eritrea as a united nation? And what negative role they were playing towards Eritrean unity, specially those who are fighting the regime.

        Berhe

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Dr. Paulos,

        Iyayas’ absolute cheiftainship on the country allowed him to heavily invest in anti-EPRDF government armed contingents. They were better funded and armed than the poor young Eritrean conscripts and veteran fighters in the trenches along the troubled borders. This is what Mola Asgodom had publicly testified. The despot had no system to hold him responsible for how recklessly spent the severely scarce resource of the country. In a word, he rule a country without normal economy.

        But bear with me for a moment. The despot will still remain small in the affairs of the greater region. Actually, an awareness of this hard reality is the scourge he suffers from because he thinks bigger than himself and a nation he rules. Eritrea can only big in the region through its lofty morality and creativeness as well as resourcefulness of its people; not through reckless self-aggrandizement and false aspiration of its leaders.

        Thus, the despot will continue to be a footnote auxiliary in the affairs of the region. He would use the poor resource of the nation to find spoiler operations where ever political abnormality and turmoil exist. At the present, Ethiopia and its transitional challenges offer him chances to harvest dividends of his investment in Berhanu Nega, OLF and others. His flirtation with Amhara Kilil and further to the south with Dr. Abij and his Achilles heel, Dawoud Ibsa. As soon as things would settle down in Ethiopia, the despot would recoil to his real size and continue to torment our people until we, the people, say in unison enough is enough and place him and his regime to where they deserve to belong.

        • Paulos

          Selam Kbur Haw Ismail AA,

          I absolutely agree. As it happened, I just finished reading Sal’s transcripted interview with SBS right after I made the above comment. And he seems to agree with the central thesis that Isaias has invested on OLF and he is reaping the benefit when he controls Abiy to the extent of having him for a pawn.

          Furthermore, Sal rightly observed that, Abiy, under pressure from the dire reality in Ethiopia is trying to distance himself from the grips of Isaias, as we in this Forum expected to happen. That said however, it is a little too late for Abiy to slip out of Isaias’ hands.

          If we step back and examine the dynamics as it unfolds, we see something is amiss from the equation—the role of the Eritrean people. The reason Isaias is in a free ride absolutely unrestrained is precisely because the Eritrean people opted to leave the country as the news as recently as yesterday when it said that close to 25 thousand Eritreans have asked for a refugee status in Tigrai instead of staying back and demand for their voices to be heard.

      • FishMilk

        Hi Paulos. You continue with your ridiculous conspiracy theories while defending and supporting the TPLF. What? You say that Elvis Presley was spotted in Asmara with PIA?

    • FishMilk

      Hi Amanuel Hidrat. Google PMAA and Nobel Peace Prize to get some idea of how the Horn of Africa and the world has embraced and respects this incredible man.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Fishmilk,

        It is ironic one who never feel ashamed of himself to kill his siblings riding on the back of wayane, now to tell to the victims of their conspiracy as to who is their enemy, without any hint about the people who is talking about, on their comprehension in politics and governance. Your deceitful propaganda will dissipate and disappear in the thin air very soon, even if you try to hide behind a pen name (the hiding of the cowards) who have no any confidence in the things they say and in the political philosophy they advocate. The saying goes like this: As the wayane Belong to you, your victimised siblings belongs to us (the accused). For you it doesn’t matter to kill your siblings as long as they want a share from the Eritrean pie. That is the political cultural you grew up.

        • FishMilk

          H Emanuel Hidrat. You simply cannot use bad blood between the EPLF and the ELF from almost 40 years ago to justify your cohabitation with the TPLF (now and over the past two decades). You simply cannot get you mind to move beyond the early 1980s. Father Time has simply passed you by and you are long detached from on ground-realities in Eritrea these days.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam FishMilk,

            You don’t get it. What I am telling you is simple: As the Wayane belongs to you, your victims belong to me. Don’t say to us “Wayane” when you are the beneficiary of their alliance to do the dirty things against your sibling. Damn, you can not exonerated from the crime you committed.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Amanuel Hidrat. Traitors who committed treason against the State of Eritrea since the 1998-2000 border war by siding with the TPLF cannot and shall not ever be confused with crimes committed by both the ELF and EPLF some 40 years back. Come out from hiding from my pen name? Unlike you, I can still travel to Eritrea without fear and still have the opportunity to push for positive change from within.

          • Haile S.

            Selam FishMilk,
            ገመል ደጊፍካን ተደጊፍካ
            እንታይ ብጉምብሕ ምኻድ ኣድለየካ
            Happy Holidays

          • FishMilk

            Hi Haile S. I do not need to justify not being a traitor or having committed treason for I chose never to cross that line.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam FishMilk,

            Do not try to equate us. Damn. The ELFites have never looked a hand from wayane to kill their sibling. When you are unable to push out ELF from the field, you call SOS help from them, and they sent you 6,000 troops to ride on for the criminal act against your own people. Unfortunately, the OFFJcontinue to suffocate our people for which you are proud ofat large and you are proud to continue as a culture. My friend, the Wayne are your partners to push out ELF when you couldn’t. They are your parteners to defeat Derg, when you can not do it alone. You dyed together you survive together. That history makes you, simply one of the same character and creed. When you betray each other, don’t bring your fallouts and your spinoffs of your ills to ELFites. You are the true wayane in character, in principle, and in betrayals. Your (the org you associate) “betrayal” to ELFites and your “coziness” with TPLF is in history book for our young generation to learn your ugliness. So FishMilk the “Wayane” that is why you are trotting in this website behind a nickname -the act of cowards.

            Second, since you are from the PFDJ operatives you don’t need nickname to hide from them.You are trying to hide from us and the “public at large” to not be identified yourself with the dirty game you are doing in this website. As simple as that.

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Aman H., “ou are trying to hide from us and the “public at large” to not be identified yourself with the dirty game you are doing in this website”. Very true, it is the same with all the pfdj thugs that frequent this website. They are afraid of the day after their demigod DIA is gone for good, and hopefully when justice takes over tyranny in Eritrea. They know that they are on the wrong side of history by backing the most oppressive regime Eritrean have ever seen; but because of their greed, opportunism, and cowardice; they chose to sdie with the despot.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Amanuel Hidrat. You can endlessly go through all the contortionist and diversion acts which are all too familiar with those that have and continue to side with the TPLF. However, a traitor remains a traitor and has lost all credibility and is in fact guilty of treason.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam FishMilk,

            On the guilty one tries to hide behind nickname. The clean one has nothing to fear of and comes with full disclosure. That is who am I. The reason why you are going back and forth to Ethiopia is to do the “dirty and unholy job” of your demigod to destabilize Ethiopia in conjunction with the OLF you have been training them in Eritrea. The devil incarnated individuals who could not survive in peace. I hope the naive PM will understand the evil plot you are doing against the unity of Ethiopia,

          • FishMilk

            Hi Amanuel Hidrat. Treason is the only crime defined within the U.S. constitution and is punishable by not less than 5 years imprisonment. And, those that committed treason by siding with the TPLF while it was at war with Eritrea, should face a similar fate. However, for those traitors that committed treason who wish to one day return to Eritrea in the post-PIA/PFDJ period, I personally would not have any qualms with them receiving a reduced sentence of something like 2 years imprisonment. Yes, you did not use a pen name while openly cohabitation with the TPLF, as you were obviously before so convinced that they would overthrow the PIA/PFDJ regime and lead you to glory. I bet you must love that old song by Bruce Springsteen titled ‘Glory Days’. By the way, I am currently in the U.S. for another week or so. Does that mean that I am trying to destabilize the U.S.? You guys need to give your ludicrous conpriracy theories a break.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi FishMilk,

            You gave me something to laugh the whole day. You really make it my day. So because you don’t have laws you will Court by the laws of USA. I don’t believe to be that naive to tell me that. Don’t worry when the despot breathed his last breath, the Eritrean people will have constitutional laws that governs them, and we will be judged by the lawless PFDJ gangs. Thank you for the laughs. With that I conclude to debate with a clueless individual.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Amanuel Hidrat. You are welcome! I am glad that I have been able to make a 69 year old Americano laugh.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi FishMilk,

            You know my age also. Did you get my birth certificate from my village? You still trying to keep me laughing. Now I will start to love you.

          • FishMilk

            Hi Amanuel Hidrat. You address me ‘Selam Fishmilk (the coward)’ without nada being said from the moderators. You then mention ‘gutless cowards’ on another comment without moderator comment. Good on you bud.

  • Brhan

    Hi Ayneta,
    There used to be Mr. Yosief Gebrhiwet , mainly writing at asmarino.com and once or twice at Awate, who used to cover the issue intensively. Anyone who knows his whereabouts?

    • Blink

      Dear Brhan
      YG is suffering from his dishonesties. The man is simply a dishonest person with an enormous amount of words that he try to make a name out of Eritrean aspirations. He is doomed from the reality to make an independent country. YG and people like him explain Eritrean revolution for the narrowest side of one Ethnic group ( Tigrinya) , remember his experience in his youth age made his views to remain horrible about our revolution . I hope he is suffering on his sitting.

    • Desbele

      Hi Brhan,
      YG has recently discussed current development in Youtube released by Eri-media. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTod-_rkGPA.
      One great brand he gave for Shaebia is “ቁርዲድ”.