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Mesfin Hagos Should Resign From His Political Party

[This is part 3 of 3 in a series under the title of “Can Mesfin Hagos Lead Under a Banner of “One Country, One Destiny”?]

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom” Thomas Jefferson

The earlier two pieces1 were meant to show how complex the Eritrean socio-political terrain can be. And negotiating such complexity requires a leadership that should rise above and beyond religious, regional, and partisan politics. One of the fundamental challenges that stood in the way of organizing, mobilizing, and challenging the system in Eritrea has been and continues to be having NO leader they all can believe in. A leader with a foresight, who can bring disparate political, civil, and social activists into one coherent movement is needed urgently. Our collective injudiciousness is one major culprit in this regard.

A Leader

For the purposes of this article, a leader is defined as one who can build a consensus from mosaic political, social, and civil society. A leader is one who is able to streamline the mass toward a clear goal so the people may follow their leader(s) until the intended objective is achieved. The intended objective should have clarity and purpose. Clarity and purpose in Eritrea’s case is the removal of the brute regime so that Eritreans may have “one country, one destiny” in the process of joining the civilized world community.

For these to materialize, however, confidence building measures must be envisioned by the mass that is willing to be led. For example, in the three-part interview that Mesfin Hagos did with ERISAT2, he showed moral courage by taking a decisive position about the need for activists like Agazians to become obsolete. This is what a leader with a moral character does. Agazaianism stands in the way of “one country, one destiny,” therefore, it must be rejected.

The culture of secrecy may have served its intended purposes during the struggling years for independence. Unfortunately, that culture of secrecy appears to haunt the movements in diaspora today. On the other end of the spectrum, the ELF and EPLF cloaked in secrecy divided Eritreans then and continue to haunt the diaspora bitterly now. Can a leader penetrate that psyche and bring all involved into the fold?

Secrecy

What of the secrecy, concealment, and mistrust that is so pervasive in Eritrean society inside Eritrea and abroad? These are the most important components that a leader must unequivocally be able to disentangle from the Eritrean body politic. Secrecy and concealment of information breeds mistrust. The remedy: Eliminate secrecy. Period.

The ubiquitous secrecy that looms large in the country is writ larger by the 10-minute broadcasting done by France 24, the French public TV3. It secretly taped some footages that show Eritrean soldiers moving and breaking heaps of rocks seemingly out of the 19th century world with their bare hands. Amazingly, France 24 was able to interview some of the soldiers. Inside Asmara, too, the agency was able to talk with young Eritreans around a Cyber Cafe eager to connect with the world at large.

Of particular interest for this article is the incessant culture of secrecy and the ostensible negative outcome that comes associated with it. Lack of transparency, for example, in the diaspora can be mitigated by a leader who is able to navigate it. Such a leader would certainly have a better chance of leading effectively.

Transparency

“Transparency is the antidote to hypocrisy and lack of it is a sign of dishonesty” Asik S. Kirare

Transparency in the context of sociopolitical activism requires finesse in what to share and what to withhold. On the one hand, a leader would need to keep the activist followers informed. A leader also needs to be keen to note what he/she shares will be countervailed by the regime at every turn. Therefore, the ability to separate the sociopolitical wheat from its chaff will be of paramount importance. As such, fellow activists should demand transparency until the objective of unseating the regime is realized. In other words, a leader needs to be keen on not only knowing the distinction between strategies and tactics but must also embody it to a hilt.

Leadership Challenges

Mesfin Hagos’s visits to Tigray caused a rift within his political party to a point of its foreign affairs representative, Suleiman A. Hussein ended up resigning because of principled disagreements he had with the path his party chose to pursue4.

In a brief over the phone interview, Suleiman offered some ominous scenarios that could play out long term. Antagonizing Ethiopia by siding with TPLF/EPRDF (with a provincial power) will have an unintended consequence for the future of Eritrea. The narrative that TPLF/EPRDF of Greater Tigray that it is advancing can only come at the coffin of Eritrea and vice versa. There cannot be one without the other.

If one goes back a decade or so in the resistance movement, one sees leaders of one Eritrean group or another refusing to depend on the TPLF-turned-EPRDF to effect change in Eritrea. Ambassador Andeberhan is the epitome of this camp (See his compelling arguments in the link below)5.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are a number of Eritrean political parties who embraced for the fight to take place in any space and place. Mesfin Hagos’ position evolved toward this position only recently. One of the contentious issues that rendered diaspora Eritreans ineffective is their disagreements of whether to fight the regime from Ethiopian territories.

There were two camps:  Those who were vehemently against such a movement due to EPRDF’s mishandling of Eritrean resistance movement (Listen to Amb. Andebrhan’s interview cited above). And those who believed any place and space is as good so long it was conducive to rid of the regime in Eritrea. That line of division is still on the same trajectory. Those who believe it wrong to meet with TPLF/EPRDF (secretly or not) as these efforts left the opposition movements in tatters when EPRDF was in power. TPLF/EPRDF breeds into the frenzy of the mistrust, it not only magnifies it, but renders the movement ineffective, incompetent, and inept, all rolled in one.

The evolving of Mesfin Hagos to this new position raises more questions that he can only answer. In fact, it would be incumbent upon the man to explain what made it now pertinent to work from Tigray when it has retreated into its killil (province) as opposed to when it had the awesome power running Ethiopia? Why now? Why not then?

There is another layer of complexity to operating from Tigray State’s TPLF/EPRDF province. Can Tigray State really be an effective ally to the Eritrean resistance movement while the federal government of Ethiopia and Eritrea are political bedfellows in the ever shifting of alliances of the Horn of Africa? After all, isn’t the road to Mekelle via Addis? Be it Mesfin Hagos or any other leaders would have to go through the Addis Ababa government territory when traveling to Tigray province. The possibility of this working appears to be tenuous at best because without the federal government’s blessings, it is rather hard to believe a successful alliance can work between the Eritrean opposition group leaders and the Tigray State.

All indications at this moment are that Mesfin Hagos appears to have attracted attention from various shades of activists. Activists who wouldn’t see eye-to-eye are foraging for him to lead them to the motherland. But, Mesfin Hagos has yet to plainly assert for the people to follow him. He appears to have been caught by a surprise to the positive responses coming from the young and the old. Therefore, the fundamental question that Mesfin Hagos must answer is this: Is he ready to lead? If the answer to this question is in the affirmative, this paper assumes it is, then, based on this presumption, there are some corollary issues that he must be willing to address.

Suspend or Resign from Political Party

First and foremost, at minimum, Mesfin Hagos must suspend his political affiliation or resign from it so he may lead without any political baggage overshadowing the anticipated leadership. This is the number one critically important step that he will have to take. Next, he has to recruit individual veteran fighters as well as younger generation activists whom he knows he can count on. These individuals have to fulfill the number one criterion above about not only should they have no affiliation with any political party but also must be willing to abide by the principles of transparency and accountability

Additionally, in one of his interviews when Mesfin Hagos was asked about the younger generation being oblivious to the cause, his answer was, it is not just these categories who are missing in action. Where are the educated Eritreans was his rhetorical response, which leads to the following statement: Whoever takes this task cannot possibly do it without the help of technocrats, robust media outlets, conferences, meetings, outreach efforts to countries like America, rallies of various sorts, artists, including singers, etc. These kinds of spaces will require a fulltime job. Therefore, allocating resources will be one of the first needs that Mesfin Hagos and company will need. So, technocrats, bureaucrats, retired accountants, political scientists, sociologists, marketing and management skills will all be needed if the resistance is going to have any political teeth that can bite from diaspora all the way to Eritrea.

Just recently, Mesfin Hagos tried to make a clarion call not only to end SAWA but for the kids to abscond from going to SAWA (The indefinite national service) this year5. Now, this kind of a demand will have no biting power unless the security forces or the military in Eritrea is behind this idea who will look the other way, or the regime will force them wholesale by a gffa method, put those who absconded in jail, what have you? There is a campaign by younger generation Eritreans in diaspora6 who attended SAWA high school advocating the end of this military high school, which they say is a pipeline to indefinite military servitude or a path to exile? Now, this is why there needs to be a coordinated effort to effect change. SAWA is a symptom of the larger problem. The regime must vanish for a holistic “one country, one destiny” to take root in the country. The regime keeps doing what it does best: Taking Eritrea and its people to the brink of extinction. We can’t seem to prioritize what’s the most important fight that we must undertake to effect change.

Concluding Remark

This is why leadership that believes in transparency, honesty, moral integrity, political acumen, which will naturally lead for a trust to flourish among Eritreans the world over is urgently needed. A leader of any stripe should make a clear distinction between what needs to be kept on a short leash and what must be communicated to the public on an ongoing basis so the wavelength of activism, the morale, the motivation remains intact. If everything is kept under the rug, it will be replaced by a rumor-mill machination that would ostensibly destroy any movement.

For good or bad, leaderless movement is like that chicken with a severed head, it may stumble and walk a little, but its demise in short order is a definite outcome. TPLF-turned-EPRDF had done a wonderful job in guaranteeing Eritrea’s independence at the earlier stages in the aftermath of the revolution. However, its ethnicity based political movement up until EPRDF’s ousting from the seat of power by the Abiy Ahmed and Lemma Meghersa political genius, appears to be on a trajectory of a colossal failure. For more on the ethnic based body politic, see Saleh “Gadi” Joha’s recent interview with ATV.7

This isn’t to shift the blame to EPRDF as to why Eritrea’s opposition keeps stalling at every turn. There is a whole lot of blaming that can go around. Eritrean Forum for National Dialogue (EFND) came to the scene quietly and one conference later it was never to be heard from again. Medrek made a great deal of splash, gave a great deal more of hope to Eritreans, but, it too, evaporated into thin air. Baito seems to stall more than it does anything else and all other political opposition groups have contributed to the weakening of the movement.

Similarly, the civil and social activists, too, appeared to follow the same path as the political ones. Personality differences leads them to a hasty solution: The founding of their own civil society, which is really a lazy answer instead of working due diligently to rectify their differences while staying in the organization they helped cofound, they simply choose to start a civil society with almost identical goals as the one from which they haphazardly chose to sever from.

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References:

  1. Links to Part 1 and  Part 2
  2. Mesfin Hagos Interview with ATV: Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.
  3. France 24, French Public TV 
  4. Suleiman A. Hussein’s Interview 
  5. Ambassador Andebrhan’ Interview  with ATV 
  6. Mesfin Hagos’s Message to SAWA Students 
  7. Fanus Network on SAWA 
  8. Saleh G. Johar Interview with Selam Kidane

About Beyan Negash

Activist, a writer and I am a doctoral candidate (ABD) in Language, Literacy, and Culture at New Mexico State University (NMSU). I hold a bachelor of arts in English and a master of arts in TESOL from NMSU as well as a bachelor of arts in Anthropology from UCLA. My research interests are on colonial discourse and post-colonial theories and their hegemonic impact on patriarchy, cultural identity, literacy development, language acquisition as well as curriculum & citizenship. The geopolitics of the Horn of Africa interests me greatly. My writings tend to focus on Eritrea and Ethiopia. I have been writing opinion pieces at awate.com since its inception (1 September 2001).

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  • Beyan

    Selam to All,

    I wanted to take a moment to thank all who took their time to join in the discussion, to whom I didn’t reciprocate in kind. I saved Woldegebriel’s, Ayneta’s so that I may give the due consideration their opinions merited. Unfortunately, time was not on my side, needless to say, I wasn’t able to respond in time. This is to acknowledge that your input was very valuable, I simply wanted to say thank you for elevating the discourse by staying on topic.

    Sincerely,

  • Ismail AA

    Selam Haile,

    Thank you so much for the alert. It is indeed a must- to-listen conversation. A a lot of weighty issues have been covered. Beyan got an opportunity to consolidate matters he had discussed in his three-part article to share his thoughts with broader audience in a medium ordinary persons can understand (Tigrinya), and one would also wish the same could be done in Arabic.

    The lead issue that provoked the host to invite Beyan was the hitherto illusive problem of why the change-now camp has been lacking a unifying national leader or collective leadership. The salient questions is, and has been, whether nations make leaders or emerge from its bosom. Needlessly, this process becomes a lot more complicated when nations house diverse components of inhabitants. This has been, and remains, the hardship Eritrea has been facing as home of multiple socio-cultural and religious entities in which each is set to vey for a place within it. At the heart of such circumstances stands the issue of trust with the ultimate objective of each segment seeking assurance or guarantee to self-preservation in the broadest sense.

    Within such conditions, the choice would involve priorities of whether to ensure first laying down ground to harmonize stakes and interests of component within a diverse nation or first finding a leader who can unify the stakes and interests. In my view, the impediment to emergence of a national leader or leadership is that every single entity within the nation wants to make sure that the leader or leadership would ensure fulfilment of its stakes and interests.

    Thus, if each of them would stand on that position there would not be any hope for a leader to emerge. Thus, I think search for harmonization of stakes and interests on which national unity can be anchored should precede the search for a leader. A polarized nation cannot produce leaders; a nation enjoying unity of purpose in a common future can. A polarized nation of diverse entities get bogged in searching sub entities rather than national leader or leadership.

    • Woldegabriel Tesfamariam

      Selam Ismael AA

      I would first like to thank Haile. S for his thoughtful sharing Beyan Negash’s interview, which as expected, was very insightful and educating. The point you raised in your post is indeed crucial that need to be properly analyzed for the way forward. However, one needs to pose a while and ask oneself why are we in such precarious situation in the first place? In a normal political discourse, politicians are self-serving creatures who caters their personal and group interests. But are we really in a normal political discourse? Aren’t we at a dangerous cross-road where our survival and identity is systematically being eroded?
      May be your affirmation, I quote “A polarized nation cannot produce leaders, a nation enjoying unity of purpose in a common future can” could be contentious. Are we really a polarized nation? I don’t believe so. True, there are differences of outlook on major issues that could be ironed out. Yes, there are issues between ELF and EPLF mindsets. True, there are myriads of challenges that need to be addressed. Even the most polarized nations like Ethiopia and Somalia have and are producing leaders. In fact, it is a divided nation that is set to embrace a unifying leadership. The more we let these divisions roll down indefinitely, the more the political gangs dig their trenches deeper and deeper.
      I believe, the current political discourse demands a different approach that converges to dispel our Achilles-hills and come out with a solution or a set-piece i.e. transitional leadership(s). A popular leadership would emerge out of this exercise. But first, let us get rid of the imposter at Adi-halo with the available alternatives we have and then go to the next step. As I mentioned in my earlier post, we could lay the conditions (or preconditions), timing, boundaries and objectives for this transitional leadership(s). I think that is the way forward. On conclusion, I fully concur with Haile. S assessment of Mesfin Hagos. Personally, I have serious reservations on Mesfin Hagos. But I am betting on his age, regrets and residual guilt to do the right thing for posterity.

  • Haile S.

    Selam Awate people,

    Here is a MUST LISTEN interview with Beyan in tigrigna on his recent 3 part articles.
    “Leaderless opposition” Conversation with Beyan Negash. “መሪሕ-ኣልቦ ተቓውሞ” – ዕላል ምስ ሓው ኣቶ በያን ነጋሽ
    https://youtu.be/NF6-gBwUaVE

    • Beyan

      Selamat Haile and Ismail,

      Haile, thanks for sharing the conversation I had with haw Ghebrense of Minnesota’s community TV. Making a transition from the written word to the spoken one is not easy. The world of the optics has its own dynamics. And that dynamism can be disastrous if one is not careful with what he/she says for there is no way of undoing it, especially when it is live as this one was. In the written world, one thinks through what one writes, revise it, seek feedback if necessary, etc. In the optics world however if you make a blunder, there is no reversing it.

      It appears I’ve managed the litmus test okay. Receiving a positive commentaries like you two gentlemen did in public – in this space – and others in private as well gives me assurance that I held my own. On the private end, I have written the following that I think is relevant to share here:

      Hope is a powerful antidote. We have to keep pressing forward. The Manleys of leadership will eventually come together. It’s why I decided to speak to it when I was asked by Gherense…speaking is by far my least favorite endeavor when it comes to social and political commentaries. the reality however is such that the world appears to be reading less and less. We may well be transitioning to the world of optics. Reading may well be on its way to retreating as did oral history.

      So, gentlemen, let us hope our people begin to recognize and realize that our best chance to effect change back home isn’t by fighting one another but as Ismail succinctly got tot the point of “trust and hope”. He said, “…the issue of trust with the ultimate objective of each segment seeking assurance or guarantee to self-preservation in the broadest sense. [] Within such conditions, the choice would involve priorities of whether to ensure first laying down ground to harmonize stakes and interests of component within a diverse nation or first finding a leader who can unify the stakes and interests. In my view, the impediment to emergence of a national leader or leadership is that every single entity within the nation wants to make sure that the leader or leadership would ensure fulfilment of its stakes and interests.

      “Thus, if each of them would stand on that position there would not be any hope for a leader to emerge. Thus, I think search for harmonization of stakes and interests on which national unity can be anchored should precede the search for a leader. A polarized nation cannot produce leaders; a nation enjoying unity of purpose in a common future can. A polarized nation of diverse entities get bogged in searching sub entities rather than national leader or leadership.”

      I couldn’t have said it any better

      Respectfully,
      Beyan

      • Haile S.

        Selam Beyan,

        You passed with flying colors. It was great seeing you talk. You treated the subject with the seriousness it deserves. I believe your interview gave clarity to those who might not have captured the essence of your 3 articles.

        You touched so many aspects of Eritrean opposition. Your reminder on the need to hit at this regime who got used to “domestic abuse”, hitting at citizens with every instrument it can is timely. As you and Ismail echoed, the learned reflexive hitting at each other must stop. Hitting back using every instrument available is like copying the regime and dispersing energy. Searching for internal enemies and trying to expose every supposed collaborator like hunting game just for trophy purpose is debilitating. Overkill is a sign of weakness.

        One other important aspect you mentioned is the absence of acknowledgement, exemplified by Mesfin Hagos’s passiveness (in one of his recent interviews) on the freeing by ELF of prisoners that includes Haile-DruA. People, especially leaderships should learn how to appreciate and acknowledge each other. Obliviousness is not an inviting character of leadership. You said a lot of essentials, I again invite everyone to listen to your interview.

        Thank you again!

  • Yosief Ghebreselassie

    Eritreans need unity to drive out the dictator, period. We need to get him out bij hook or by crook! We need sb who has the experience and spirit and who can lead. Whether you have political ambition or not is not important now!

    What is important now is drive the dictator out of our country, and be watchful!

    Many have been bullying and accusing this chap, so he had to keep quiet just like many of the older leaders, but they are also the people we know! do not forget when many left the country, like me and probably like you they were fighting. Mesfin is a distinguished hero, He is more than bachelor, master etc.
    A revolution is not a dinner party any way ! Killing and being killed is normal. Having said that he may be convicted later on , so he has like many others to explain a lot… But is this now the time?
    Finally, let me say this, every patriot knows Mesfin Hagos, and those who do not know their history, probably not.

  • Abel

    Selam Beyan,
    Sadly you still romancing with made in HGDEF phrases such as, Tigray Tigrigni, Abay-Tigray, Agazian.. and whatnot.
    Why would Tigray needs Eritrea for its survival?..Why on hell would Tigray need the service of a failed state ? a ghost country emptied of its productive youth? A country that its very survival is at stake? the best we expect from Eritrea is to get its act together(if possible) and contain the influx of refugees to Tigray. As we speak, there are over 18,000 Eritreans all over Tigray in schools turn a makeshift shelter. Their Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner covered by the government and people of Tigray that you and the rest Eritreans look down.This is in addition to the tens of thousands in camps under UNHCR and those living in cities and villages ,,like ordinary citizen. Why would Tigray care whether Mesfin Cometh or go,who cares , just stay out of Tigray, handle ur own problem on your own in Eritrea, Tigray is not to involve in a proxy war or a military base of ur armed struggle (if any?). Fyi, Tigray just concluded successful election on its own in spite of all efforts by Eritrea and Addis Ababa, there was nothing ERIOROMARA could do except watch in agony as Tigrayans comfortably lineup and vote… a taboo in Eritrea.
    Get this fact straight, we do not need Eritrea, we do not need blessing of any one,Tigray and Tegaru are capable, able and determined to make it and prosper WITHOUT help from anyone.

  • EritreanHillBilly

    Hello Beyan,
    This is an interesting article. However, do you ever ask what qualifies Mesfin Hagos for any leadership role. What has he done since independence struggle. I will give you an example there is person by name of Amanuel Mehreteab who wrote a book called Wake up Hanna.. about post independence Eritrea.
    He was part of EPLF high ranks and when Eritrea became Independent he immediately went back to school to get his Bachelor, Master, and PhD degree…
    You know he could have just taken a position and not take any self-development action.
    Instead he decided to back to university with his daughter…

    What has Mesfin Hagos have done after Independence to transition to civil society? What has he done after G15 lock down? Is he on side lines grooming and developing the talent of next generation?
    “Mesfin Hagos tried to make a clarion call not only to end SAWA”… do you think high school students even know who Mesfin Hagos is? They are probably thinking grandpa is talking…

    Eritrean have the least educated leadership probably in the world. Why do they also have the least educated leaders in the Opposition. Out of 5 million people, we can’t find any educated folks… or is it that old tired backward Gehdli type of thinking…
    Look at Jawar M… he has I believe Harvard and Stanford on his resume…

    Realistically, you can’t put Mesfin Hagos and leadership in the same sentence at least not in civil Eritrea.

    • Eri.Star

      Your mistaken. World isn’t ran by smart people. Those people employee smart people. Toughness, boldness and Risk taker needed, most smart people don’t posses or willing to courage up to be.

  • Ayneta

    Dear Beyan and Awate:
    . Thank you Beyan for bringing this issue to our attention. I think it is a timely topic that needs to be explored further as it may have implications for future initiatives in the effort to bring out change in Eritrea. I will argue here that it is relevant and justifiable to seek a symbiotic working alliance with Tigray and TPLF. This is in contrast to some arguments being peddled in the media which oppose any form of relationship with Tigray to effect the much needed change in the country. Some even dismiss the mere mention of Tigray and TPLF as treasonous and equate it to sub-nationalism.

    1. Forming workable alliance with TPLF is not new. It is a well-known fact that EPLF, to their credit, forged a strategic partnership with TPLF to bring down Derge. Without taking away any credit from the incredible heroism displayed by EPLF, such partnership was instrumental in expediting the collapse of Derge paving the way for promising future between the two countries. It is to be recalled that this reciprocal relationship continued
    until the two countries went to war in 1998.
    2. The partnership that was borne and nurtured during the armed struggle made it much easier and acceptable for Eritrea to gain its much deserved national recognition globally and in the UN. This is not to argue that Eritrea wouldn’t have been offered its righteous place eventually, but the path could have potentially been messier and even bloodier if Ethiopia was under a leadership that would refuse to accept Eritrea’s independence, another gainful benefit of the partnership.
    3. Tigray and TPLF are not our eternal enemies. True, the Ethio-Eri war of 1998 has badly damaged the image of TPLF/Tigray in the eyes of many Eritreans for a good reason. But if we could look beyond this unfortunate incident, we can clearly see that, historically and strategically, the other ethnic groups in Ethiopia, notably the Amharas were and remain to be the ever threat to Eritrea’s sovereignty. We should remain cognizant that it was the Amaras which fought hard and dirty to annex Eritrea with Ethiopia in the first place. They were the reason for the bloody 30 year armed struggle which cost the country dearly. In
    my opinion, they are still lurking in the background to wreak havoc to Eritrea when opportunity avails itself. If only our memories were not ephemeral!

    4. There is no perennial enemy in politics. 30 years ago, it was the Amhara which were considered Eritrea’s no 1 enemy, now it is TPLF. The former are now perceived as less evil and many of us seem to toy with idea of working with them to eliminate TPLF for good. If such effort succeeds and TPLF is made to vanish, and a delusional leader emerges from Ethiopia who claim to have the right to the Red Sea, it would mean de javu
    towards armed struggle 2.0. It sounds familiar?

    5. Tigray is a formidable buffer to Eritrea from a major attack that may emerge from the center of Ethiopia. Like I explained above, in the long run, TPLF, particularly in its current shape and form, doesn’t pose an eternal threat to Eritrea’s sovereignty, the Amhara’s do. Why not grab this opportunity now? EPLF did it during the armed struggle, why not us? Simply said, it is in our history to work with TPLF and it paid big dividend. I believe we could forge similar partnership with them and save Eritrea from the brisk of utter collapse and fend off any possible threat from the mainland.

    In conclusion, I understand the grievances and mistrust many Eritreans [including me] harbor towards TPLF and Tigray. It is not ill-founded and merits recognition. But we don’t have to trust them to work with them to achieve our immediate objective which is to save the country before it reaches a point of no return. Partnership does not necessarily call for absolute trust between parties involved, but the recognition that it will achieve desired goals for the involved parties. We have it in our history. EPLF did it, why can’t we do it?

    • sara

      selam ato ayneta.
      trust ,,, trust who? as the saying goes… fool me ones ….
      btw, those you want us do join in partnership … have said it openly there was no strategic relations but tactical during the days of our armed struggle…. even believing
      their claims of they recognize eri sovereignty is a folly if you remember what happen later and what is going on on the ground now.
      my take is 98.8% of eritreans do want to own their cause themselves alone.

    • Nitricc

      it is in our history to work with TPLF and it paid big dividend.

      Hi Ayneta; to fit your narratives , you mixed few facts to repress the truth. Working with TPLF was the greatest mistake of Eritrea and Eritreans. “It paid big dividend”?
      Sure Eritrea paid 20+ K lives by working with TPLF. Eritrea went backward 50 years because of the cancers. Can you imagine where Eritrea will be today had no war and kept her youth, the productive part of society was lacked up in a refugee comp wasting their life. the worst thing to happen for Eritrea is working with TPLF. It is true they supported the Eritrean dependence where they had no choice but to support and equally true they tried to reverse it when they got strong. Don’t take my word listen to Gebre-Tsadkan, he told you in your face. You can’t trust this people. Sure peace between Ethiopia including Tigray and Eritrea is good and must be one but working? Hell no. Since a wall is expensive to built around the border make it cost effective by facing with TNT’s. Let them take Badime and keep them out, for ever and ever. You can’t trust them. stop glorifying the known evils.

      • Eri.Star

        Allies with Tigray. Costed us more lives and continued the struggle for almost another decaded. Megestu conceded we will lose Eritrea and went into talks with Jebha.. Which is why why went to Addis for TIGRAY… What has lowlanders Muslims or Tigre ever done, to make us all lose half a century of growths and prosperity.? Is it TRIBAL SUPREMACY ???

    • Woldegabriel Tesfamariam

      Selam Ayneta,
      Nobody in his right mind would endorse a complete shutdown or outright severing relationship with the weyanes/Tigrai people (isayas’s Bermuda triangle). Likewise, nobody in his right mind would trust the weyanes at all (weyane’s Bermuda Triangle). Even Mesfin Hagos, knowing them inside-out, visited them for strategic reasons or otherwise. I think nothing came out of this meeting, but the turmoil it created in the higdef camp could not be underestimated. That is politics. I believe, opening a small window for the weyanes could be beneficial in the long run, but believing them or sharing with them anything is outright insanity. They have proven themselves, time and again, to be irredeemably untrustworthy and crooks. When it suits them, they change their colors like a chameleon. I wouldn’t bet on isayas and weyane being amigos all over again. They are all bent to the annihilation of the Eritrean-self (identity). Needless to go to the truism of their evil intentions, let me share my views on the themes you discussed. I believe,
      1. It is pertinent to first define our enemies and continue with a well-defined (diplomatic) relationship;
      2. Caution should be taken on citing the unscrupulous and questionable relationships between EPLF and TPLF as a historical bedrock for future relationship. (as far as I know, there was serious reservations and objections from the fighters as well as high level EPLF leadership. But as usual isayas had his way);
      3. Stop blaming weyane for all our ills and accept isayas was their enabler. Nonetheless extricating the weyanes and watering down their roles is an inexcusable blunder that we should cease;
      4. Only rational minds have the gut and the resolution to embark on self-criticism when what they believed was wrong. I strongly believe we should embrace individuals who are gradually distancing themselves from the weyane vision and nudging towards the Eritrean people’s interest and vision. That is the way forward!

      • Haile S.

        Selam Woldegabruel and Ayneta,

        Woldegabriel, I agee with what you said.

        Let me say this on the relationship with “Amhara”. The saying that goes ‘there is no permanent enemy’ also applies to “Amhara”. Tigrayian worlords were wreaking havok in Eritrean highlands and the eastern lowlands for more than two centuries. Eritreans knew “Amharas” directly after the federation with Ethiopia. Before that, at least after the fall of the Gondarian dynasty, if at all Eritreans faced “Amhara”, it was through the intermiduairy of Tigryan warlords.
        Tigray warlords always employed either Amhara or Oromos during wars against Mereb Mlash and it is what they did in 1998 by symbolically and prematurely freeing and incorporating the Derg generals they imprisoned themselves.
        Tigryan leaders will never agree to be taken as buffers between the two nations. Rather they will want to remain king makers both North and South. That is what they did and endeavored to establish in the last 27 years or so. When TPLF cried saying Tigray was forgotten and underdeveloped more than any place for decades under the Ethiopian leadership, they know well that was not true. Tigray was no more forgotten than many other provinces. What they were saying in their vision was it didn’t get the place it deserved as decider of the nations fate and perhaps more. That is what they endeavored to achieve by establishing footings like EFFORT. Otherwise Tigray was forgotten to begin with by its own able and prominent citizens who left for better places north and south.
        If giving your king’s head on silver platter to foreign kingmaker was bringing permanent peace, it would have been done in Eritrea.

        • sara

          selamat ato haile,
          you reminded me of one thing of the 3nd offensive on the central front going around keskese melash mountains and soira…when you
          mentioned —“against Mereb Mlash and it is what they did in 1998 by symbolically” – when they were shouting at us, those who know the languages of the invaders used to tell us who is who and the majority were poor from dawn south who knew very little about us and the surrounding environs.

          • Sultan

            Ahlen Ya Sara:
            You were involved in that deadly face-to-face and hand-on(to)-hand/ neck-to -neck battle at Mt Soira?
            GBU!
            Stay safe and healthy young sis.
            Lost quite a few cousins, nephews and my own villagers there on that day /week when you guys made the miracle to retake over that Mountain against all ODDs.
            Well, I guess all fronts were deadly …

          • sara

            selam ato sultan,
            the first time i commented in this forum was many years ago when such issues was discussed, i wrote few lines to Haile the great,
            some thing that happened at the Buri front… and what our platoon leader said to us with little experience of the situation…if i remember well… i said something, “don’t trust those who are shouting to you …from the other side” …they are not your compatriots… some thing to that effect… imagine even when in that boom boom situational your enemies could pretend like your side .
            i remember haileTg started commenting as true and honest patriot who only sees things eritrea/eritreness, with no politics of the usual internal squabbles we see here… then during the course of his stay he shifted his position and became like every body partisan to one side.that’s why i remember i said what i said…. the sad thing is he quit the forum, and hope he is doing well wherever he is…

          • Sultan

            Ahlen Sara:
            Hope and Mahmuday Saleh caught Haile TG as you perfectly did!

      • Nitricc

        Hi Woldegabriel; I agree with you but If i understood you correctly you are not differentiating between the Tigray people as people and their criminal political party, namely TPLF. I really believe the worse thing for Tigray to happen is to be represent by criminal TPLF. The Tigrayns have no friends, TPLF did everything to sow a discord with every one of their surroundings. I agree, at the end of the day, Eritrea have to find out the best way to work with Tigrayns but not possible as long as this TPLF exists. It is impossible to work with this people. I disagree with your point when you said…

        3. Stop blaming weyane for all our ills and accept isayas was their enabler. Nonetheless extricating the weyanes and watering down their roles is an inexcusable blunder that we should cease;

        I see nothing wrong for PIA to extend his helping hands and trying to work with them, after-all; they are next to Eritrea, sharing borders and few cultural similarities. I see no fault for PIA and Eritrea in helping TPLF and the people of Tigray. The problem no one knew how fast and viscous they can turn on Eritrean people. They betrayed every one and they are suffering as result of that. I truly believe had they maintained a good and peaceful relationship with Eritrea and Eritreans, they could have been in power for the next fifty years. So, in fact every Eritrea’s problems came directly from TPLF thugs. There is nothing wrong for Eritrea to trust and helping them, the problem is their betrayal that followed.

        • Woldegabriel Tesfamariam

          Selam Nitricc,
          I think you misunderstood me when I said “stop blaming weyane for all our ills and accept isayas was their enabler”. I was not referring to the post-independence cooperation between isayas and weyane (Ethiopia). My core message is the cause for all our ills is isayas, who enabled the weyanes to literally piss on us because we do not have any institution/structure to fight two formidable enemies who work in tandem. Of course the onus to defeat these mortal enemies falls upon us. And undoubtedly, we shall win! History repeats itself.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Woldegabriel,

        There has never been trust among parties anywhere, for that matter. They act for their own interest, if not for mutual benefit. You don’t make agreement on trust based in politics. They enter into agreement to try out either to get an upper hand benefit or mutual benefit, and in the process either they will withdraw or go for it. Since in politics, agreements are not done on trust basis, the issue of betrayal is irrelevant, if the agreement is not enforced for implementation. Eritreans have experienced many agreements that failed miserably. Example is the Khartoum Unity agreement between ELF and EPLF. We don’t enter into agreement b/c we trust each other. That is false premises. We don’t accuse EPLF of betrayal when they annulled the agreements.

        Regards

        • Woldegabriel Tesfamariam

          Selam Amanuel,
          May be there was some misunderstandings with my last post. First let me clarify that the word “trust” was applied in its political context rather than its sociological meaning. Hence, it was based on the sum-total of the intrinsic political characters, values, ambitions and historical developments and facts that defined and molded the “weyane” as a political entity.
          However, I was baffled with some of your thoughts. Defending criminals could have a legal and moral grounds but defending crime is quite different. What do you call a unilateral annulment of a mutually consented agreement? How do you define the word betrayal? Is “the winner-take-it all” an acceptable political maxim to you? Is politics to you a win or lose game? Who pronounces a mutually consented agreement “irrelevant”? Are you sure all agreements, be it political or business, are based on not trusting one another? Don’t you think most agreements are predicated with trust? Of course there are exceptions like the mistrust between the British and the French as well as the Arab and the Israelis. Yet, with all their political wrangling, they continue to work together. But it doesn’t mean they trust each other. Cognizant of their past history, every negotiation passes through a long and arduous verifications. In a nutshell, this what “trust” signifies.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Woldegabriel,

            Let me bring something to your attention: An accusatory argument is not a healthy attitudes in a debate. It dies right at the beginning. But I will give you one more try to engage you, if you could benefit from the engagement. Let me ask you. If I don’t pronounce TPLF is un trustful criminal, does that in any shape or form tells that I support TPLF in everything they do? If you say yes, you are accusing based on the brainwash manual of PFDJ. If you say no, then you are a crook who enjoys blackmailing. Where did you see me defending criminals? If I was that kind person, I would have support the criminal gangs in Eritrea that are suffocating the Eritrean people. Second, I don’t heed to a call to join them for their ugly hating. So check out your words.

            Now let me go to the issue of “trust” and to your question that are pertinent to it. Trust is “ a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.” So politicians and governments are not trustful of each other as organized entities. Believe it or not governments are evil unless they are checked by citizenry to the extent of giving their ultimate life. Governments are run by politicians who make their interest ahead of the public interest. You don’t need explanation to these, as you are capable to discern the relationship of politicians and government as Institute. Therefore, governments and politicians don’t make agreements on “trust basis”. If they don’t see for a long run benefit from it, they use the agreement as a tactic to strengthen their power, and in the process withdraw slowly to annul the agreement. The game of politics of EPLF and TPLF was and is precisely that. Public trust is different to their governments based on a host of reasons. That is why we see Eritreans who support the regime and oppose the regime. Look the supporters of the regime like Nitricc, Dongolo, consolation, Semere Tesfay, trust the Eritrean government, and people like myself and many others oppose it, b/c we see it as criminal. You see my friend “criminal” is relative to many and to some is absolute. If the government of Eritrea is criminal to you and me, it is not to those individuals I mentioned – hence we debate with them on issue that matters to our nation to influence them on the debate (unfortunately they are not debaters).

            In politics, until you establish institutions and form a constitutional government, unfortunately it is the winners-takes all, is the rule of the day. If you are lucky, winners can allow a transitional government for certain period and open for competitive elections.

            Second, I am baffled by some of your thoughts and arrogance, as you are baffled by my thoughts, that is why debate is needed.

            Third, don’t add “business” to my statement. Yes, political agreement is not based on trust, it is based on conflicting interests on search of a mutual benefits, without legal binding to them. For instance, US was part of Paris climate agreement. Since there is no legal binding to them, they withdraw from it.

            Betrayal in politics is applicable when there is binding legal agreements. If one of the parties withdraw from the spirit of the agreement that binds them to enforce the agreement. The rest of your questions are irrelevant to the subject.

            Regards

          • Woldegabriel Tesfamariam

            Selam Amanuel,
            I believe, we have both picked up valuable perspectives from our discussions. Rest assured that I am neither a crook nor a subscriber of higdef’s brainwashing manual. May be you have to avoid restricting the options you give people from a simple yes or no choices (just joking).

          • Consolation

            Selam All

            “ሰራቕ ሞባእ ባዕሉ ይለፋለፍ”: ይብሉ ሰብ ዓድና
            ኣይትድከም ከተእምን: ወያነ ከምዘይኮኑ ጸላእትና
            ሕቖኦም ክንሰብሮ ኢሉ: መን ግድ’ዩ ፈኪሩልና
            ውዕል ኣልጄርስ ፈሪሙ: መን ግድ’ዩ ክሒዱና
            ዝበልዐት ከብዲ ኣይንጽበን፡ ክትምስክር ንዓና
            ኣይንጽገምን ከነለሊ፡ መን ጸላኢ መን ፈታዊና።

          • Nitricc

            Defending criminals could have a legal and moral grounds but defending crime is quite different.

            Indeed Sir; What we have here is just that and I couldn’t said it better.
            Thank you.

    • Consolation

      Selam,

      Eritreans will never ever trust Tigrayans for the simple reason that they untrustworthy. What needs to be done is to defeat them the way, for example, the Germans were defeated. It was only after they were totally humiliated that Germans became trustworthy in Europe. A similar humiliating defeat needs to be inflicted on Tigrayans to cure them of their back-stabbing disease!

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት

    ሓደ ሕደ ግዜስ
    ትሓስቡ ዶ ተስተንትኑ
    ስለ ምንታይ ህዝብና
    ኣጥፊኡ መኣዝኑ
    ኢልኩም?

    ትሓስቡ ዶ ስለምንታይ ህግደፍ
    ዘይተጓሕፈ ምስ ዝኹሉ ግፍዒ
    ኢልኩም?

    ህግደፍ ወይ ሞት ዝብሉ
    ህዝቢ ‘ናጠፈአ ከም ኖርማል
    ዝስሕቁ ዘዕልሉ
    ‘ና ረኣዩ ‘ናሰምዑ ሓቂ ኣይኮነን
    ኢሎም ዝካትዑ
    ዝበልካ ‘ንተበልካ ዘይሰምዑ
    ክትሪኡ
    ስለምንታይ
    ኢልኩም ትሓስቡ ዶ?

    ‘ምበር ዶ ከም ዓለምና
    ሓንጎል ተዓዲሉና
    ማለተይ ‘ሲ ክሓስብ ዝኽእል
    Hardware ብዘይ software
    ተንከስ ከም ዘይብል
    ከምኡ ከይከውን
    ጸገምና
    ኢልኩም ትሓስቡ ዶ?
    ኣነስ ክሉሳዕ ከምኡ ይብል

  • said

    Greetings,
    A lack of True Leadership?
    Eritrea as a nation is be going in the wrong direction for decades on a wide range of politics, social, economic and foreign policy issues and Eritrean people are justifiably upset and sad and angry. One question we are regularly asked is, what are we suppose to do and , without being pessimistic but who are we but spectators to this high drama.
    What we need a person with known qualified quality leadership to lead ,by example , a humanistic, intellectual ,independent rationalist and progressive, who can unite most opposition and be the person helping transform Eritrea potential and possibility into one of Eritrea most prosperous ,one who can pursue radical policy and an agenda of radical social reform and looking after every part of Eritrea and welfare schemes to end upper elite domination and lift up the poor soul of Eritrea .By making better changes and questioning the existing social hierarchy and weakening it, but a leader who can release potential new forces, bringing different part of Eritrea and ethnic group and classes into the mainstream,” be it highly professional and wise leader. A pragmatic decision maker, who can display formidable skills or A fiery orator who demand future Eritrean government respect the linguistic and cultural diversity of the country’s heterogenous population.
    Most important is Shaping your Nobile Ideas to Come to concrete reality, one tries to overcome this resistance by present Azamara regime and many deal soul interlocuter showing the sheer depth of futures consciousness within Eritrea will take time.
    A leader that will be shaping the future Eritrea, futures of Eritrea, are open to pluralistic and democratic possibilities, A leader should be much more concerned with shaping rather than predicting the future Eritrea.
    To be sure, Predictions are difficult, especially about the future of Eritrea. I am not able, and I have no idea and not too interested in predicting the future Eritrea. In any case, The future is the best place to find whatever Eritrean looking for. We can’t change the past. We can interpret it, rediscover it, draw lessons from it, but we can’t change it. Neither can we change the present. In real life change is not as this moment instantaneous; it takes time. So by the time the present has been changed, it is already the future.
    The future as the only arena where real change – hopefully for positive– is possible. the future not one thing in the singular – as the future – but in the plural, as futures. Futures are an arena for numerous possibilities – where all kinds of alternatives to the present can be envisaged and developed., although forecasts and predictions are a very significant and important part in our world. Eritrean as a whole, are not very good at looking towards the future or exploring alternative futures paths. With all the respect. We tend to be very nostalgic about the glories of our recent Gedaly history and some are very fatalistic about our current Eritrean state dire problems.
    Some Eritrean are disillusioned by Eritrean intellectual scholars sellout to IA dead ideology , they are arrogant and ignorant and absolutely incapable of receiving any fresh inspiration from modern thought and experience for better Eritrea .
    As Eritrean what we have is hope of the future and it is intrinsic in the very idea of future. The knowledge of the past and An awareness of the future can empower Eritrean people and open up possibilities where none existed before. The future is a frontier where all things are possible, including the possibility of breaking the power of present regime and the hold of the present over our future. But for that to happen Eritrean should see the future not as a mere political or commodity but as a domain of alternative potentials and promises for brighter future.
    Eritrean state should not be allowed to misuse religious authority. that the idea of human rights and citizenship are totally consistent with Christianity and Islamic values and norms. Eritrea would change in the future to meet the challenge of human rights, gender equality, and the rights of minorities, by developing a new ethical framework of rights and responsibilities.
    Often times I scratch my head in complete bewilderment when I come across articles, speeches and declarations by respectable Eritrean intellectuals expressing outrage and strong opinions over a passing event or a matter of consequence to perceived welfare and the wellbeing of the populous or their dearly enshrined national symbols or values as much defined by the herd mentality devoid of intelligent critical scrutiny as to visitation to the very source of recurring episodes.
    It seems, in line with the Eritrean Intelligentsia’s playing it safe sticking to the sidelines – avoiding to plunge head-on into the crux of the matter – Eritrean intellectuals dwell over peripheral and incidental issues pertaining to matters touching on the core and affecting Eritrean existence and the future Eritrea wellbeing; such as in the case of the present Eritrean phenomena lasting for almost three decade causing wide spread upheavals, destructions and threatening the whole future existence of the Eritrean as people and as surviving sovereign entities.
    This, as all carried out by the Eritrean Asmara regime as well as a slew of other misguided organizations in the name and under the banner of communist manifesto that dominates the Eritrean governing epistemology as it enjoys a poignant hold on the soul and mind of the average Eritrean mind.
    However, Eritrean intellectuals are – in a dereliction of responsibility – foremost steering away of engaging in a serious and disciplined critical scrutiny of the Eritrean Islamic and Christian Heritage and Eritrean Historic Narratives as a starting point in the long and ardours process that could lead to separating the wheat from the chafe, of debunking the vast accretions of layers and layers of Christian and Islamic narratives as to their true authenticity, origins and the circumstances under which such narratives were compiled and often contrived under the auspices of a self-serving despot .
    Eritrean intellectuals in their greater majority are found delinquent in assuming their duty as guiding intellectuals, leaving the field wide open to IA and his cohort to dictate their versions and visions of the interpretation of politics future much reliant on ill-scrutinized Eritrean Heritage and often distorted Eritrean Historical narratives.
    Thus, given the dour state Eritrean find themselves in as communities seriously falling behind the rest of the human race on the track of advancements – i.e. keeping up with a modern world – it becomes incumbent on Eritrean to energetically engage in the demanding arduous process of the “Profound Reform of Eritrean politics and it divers Heritage and as Historic Narratives.”
    The sense of urgency long stems from the need to shield Eritrean worlds from the vagaries of recurring seismic events touching on the very existence of Eritrean worlds and their future wellbeing. All by reason of leaving the field wide open to PFDJ to dictate their distorted versions of the false and failed political system.
    This, in response to the fact that much of the ills and inertia holding back Eritrean from achieving meaningful leaps of progress in the physical and the cognitive/intellectual spheres in line with consistently advancing world, lie in the misrepresentations of Eritrean cultural and political Heritage and the distortion of the related historical narratives as dictated and monopolized by the PFDJ versions.
    The dilemma of Eritrean is further compounded by many among them realizing the source of the problem compromising the potentials of Eritrean worlds’ advancement in a deeply competitive world; yet, fail to muster the courage of conviction to initiate the process and embark on a rallying march for profound Eritrean transformation.
    Except for a very few of Eritrean intellectuals possessing the intellectual integrity to engage in persistent drive at reform, begin the process of socio-political transformation, blazing the trial for future generations, however, a continuing unholy alliance of dictator state.
    When to come to Eritrea the past is not dead it is present in every sense; some of it is people who are deeply sleeping in coma. The current nightmare and daylight daymares that we are having arise out of present Asmara murders lodged deep in our past and present that have continued into the future. No amount of feigned amnesia will erase the bloody truth of IA/PFDJ HOROR history, understandably being human, the cheap grace we bestow upon ourselves. We been for long time being feeding on great tapestry of all kind of lies that surrounds us, hard to believe lies uttered by IA nihilistic and Era media mouthpieces for some time. Some have dead consciences for not acknowledging being active accomplices in the suppression of truth and the vicious murdering of Eritreans.
    Believe in hope that despite the enormous odds which exist today, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as active good citizens, to define the real honest truth of our lives and our country, our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves and depend upon Eritreans all of us. It is a realty and in fact mandatory only then change will come
    A lack of true leadership capable of assuaging the public’s anxieties and help dispel much of the sources of tensions and uncertainty. Unfortunately – notwithstanding the overwhelming challenges ravaging Eritrea currently, not the least of which the worsening economic situation and the surrounding political uncertainties.
    that could potentially impact the security future Sovereignty –we do not need a leadership as represented by variety assorted kind leaders and a failed type ,they appear to be passive failing to assume the lead in assuaging the public’s anxieties and the general public’s sense of uncertainty. However, a savvy observer is baffled where to lay the emphasis in attempting to explain the reasons of the Leaders of opposition , apparent passivity before a very demanding situation. Some goes to blame it on the personality and idiosyncrasies of the opposition leaders . They consider the leaders s personality does not lend itself to crisis management, of the lack of sufficient endowment and the acumen of insightful grasp of the inherent subtleties and the intricacies of the complex demographic makeup of Eritrea , specifically the amorphous web of ethnic, tribal and regional structures and tribal interrelations. This, as well as the delicate and sensitive ethnic divides – long left untacked – between the main constituent blocks of the nation population, mainly
    The complexities and the intricacies of the above the demographic realities, increasingly daunting as they are, appear to escape the radar screen of the opposition leaders . Besides, others blame the opposition leaders ’s apparent passivity on the leader’s apparent lack of the leadership and honesty
    In their assessment they reckon that the Eritrean opposition leaders are intentionally keeping a Low Profile out of genuine helplessness to influence the events and the inevitable powerless, awaiting for all to Fall Well in Place in Due Course when all ultimately Happens. This is the only explanation one can deduce in view of the apparent passivity of opposition leaders in the midst of the socio-economic and socio-political seismic disruptions ravaging Eritrea ’ lives as were funneled. The at this crucial juncture appear desperate for guidance and the allaying of sense of loss as opposition leaders does not appear to be currently providing to them. The economic hardships the of nation find themselves in at present raising their levels of anxieties and uncertainties are not been assuaged by the opposition leaders being the ultimate legitimate leadership

    • Saleh Johar

      Hi Said,
      An advice
      Wouldn’t it be better if you wrote articles instead of article length comments? I hate to tell you this but comments are supposed to be brief succinct and not long winded. However, articles has to be original and to the point. Pls think about it

      Thank you

      • Kokhob Selam

        Dear Saleh and Said,

        This was long time advice from me ..and this advice is very good..”articles has to be original and to the point. Pls think about it” Yes. Said,

        Said. Think about it…

        KS,,

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam Kokhob Selam,

          Yes, you and others have told him about it. Amanuel Hidrat wrote a lengthy post to dissuade him from writing such a long comment.

          I think what said fails to understand is almost nobody reads his 10 page comment about a 2 page article.
          If you go to an auditorium and speak to empty chairs, what is the point. Vocal exercise.

          Mr. K. H

          • Kokhob Selam

            Thank you Mr. K. H.

            I think by now, he is already convinced,,

            KS,,

          • said

            Selam Ks
            i read your note with interest, it is not easy ,i have being long written comment written for over ten years in verities of subject and rarely interacting due to lock of time .
            We are a country with great diversity, you as individual me are distinct and separate individuals. Not only is each fingerprint unique, each personality is unique as well. Each person is unique in his tastes, interests, abilities, and chosen political activities. As per say
            My long comment is for peace and harmony and how to bring change and to not develop divisions and conflicts within our communities themselves. One need a lot of humility and humanity aspect . one learn from this quotation “‘Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God,’ writes the Apostle Peter, ‘That He may exalt you in due time; casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you’ (I Peter 5:6-7).”
            as individuals, despite our similarities in ends and your values,and mine may not be same despite mutual influences, I try express with my unique imprint as an individual’s own personality.
            You know The knowledge and development and up bringing of individual variety of our society tends to be both the cause and the effect of the progress of civilization. Sadly I which I can say As civilization progresses and advance , there is much more opportunity for the knowledge and development of a individual and lager society and unique to each person’s reasoning and tastes in a growing variety of fields. And from such the knowledge and opportunities come the advancement of knowledge and progress which one day Eritrea will have its turn add to the society’s civilization., on which civilized economies depend. First regime must go before it happen. It is obvious, therefore, we all do our best

          • Kokhob Selam

            Selam Mr.Said,

            See, above reply to you..Thank you ..

            KS,,

          • Selam Kim Hanna,

            Whenever i come across Said’s comments, i really feel uneasy for two main reasons. First , i am not going to read his comments, and second i know that i am missing something important that this guy has to say, because i believe that he has interesting things to say. It was my wish that he could make his comments much shorter, so that we could read his opinion without much effort. I hope he will do it for the sake of his readers.

          • said

            Greetings, Horizon and KS
            As readers of this site are well aware, my comment is long. with minor clarifications on subject of day and with quotations in all my commentaries
            You are aware of the teachings of Jesus Christ, for He said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Political comment some time become personal. I do not condemning others, but not reproving others as well . A reproof is for another’s benefit, but condemnation expresses only derision and scorn. In that spirit, I am highly aware and attempting to correct my own wrongs .it is not easy when you try to covey a board message, you will antagonize and make enemies, what I write make many people uncomfortable ,it is not intentional and nor meant to be that way . I beg God’s forgiveness for my short coming ,for my ignorance, and negligence on my part, at end of the day I have a lot to learn .I beg the reader, your understanding and have forbearance. Thus, I hope as I reprove the questionable conduct I will highlight in the spirit of learning from each other. There is a lot hypocrisy who are Charlton, in this site , one need to understand that those on power “authorities” in our region , they do not speak for all of us.

            My comment it is most often or certainly are cognizant of its true meaning, as I have cited above in my long comment and very often not edited or refined. I am against those who are closely aligned with the ruler .
            It Is not easy to defend and be independent and advocate for down beaten people, simple my agenda is people, often voiceless minority which I have already discussed above and many other comment consistently ,as example and I do questioning of any who write with narrow agenda or hate,

            “We live in a culture of my people and country first and extreme atheistic relativism, where the only authority dogma is accepted and tolerated is that we should be intolerant of those who actually believe that there are falsehood, thinking and reflecting absolute truth hood of the regime . Combine this with popular attitudes reflecting sensitivity to ‘multi-cultural diversity’ and ‘politically correct language,’ and the terms false heretic and liars end up ,we all need to have a courage and strength to defy authority and speak truth.

          • Selam Said,
            I don’t think that anybody is examining the substance of your comments, which as i said earlier are very important and interesting. What i personally am saying is that we are missing your wisdom because of the long comments you write. Usually we do not afford much time and whenever what we read takes time, we have the tendency to skip and go to shorter messages. That is my point. It is about the loss to the readers and not about the value of your opinion, which i believe enriches the information that circulates in the forum.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Selam Mr.Said,

            As Horizon, express it bellow, what we all say is that you go to put your comments in brief (this section is designed for comments) and should be short as we all do it,,

            What I think, are all saying to you is just put in article form but again you should see how to write an articles..again just collect all information you want to transfer to the reader..That is all..In short we all are missing the knowledge and wisdom just by jumping it..Think about it please..That is good for you..and the reader thank you again..

            KS,,

      • said

        Selam SJ

        Thank for your note , I am aware of the length of my comments? sorry , some time I get cared on , I will try to be short.

        Said

  • Brhan

    Hello all and happy Monday,

    ውልቀ መላኺ ምስ ወያነ ብዕላል
    ኢድ ብኢድ ተተሓሒዙ እንተኸደ ሓላል
    ተቃዋማይ ንትግራይ እንተኸይዱ ግን ሓራም
    ትብል ኣንታ ህግደፋዊ ነውራም
    ካብ ምርሳዕ ድዩ ወይስ ካብ ሕማም
    ፈውሲ እባ ድለ ከይትኸውን ጸማም

    • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

      ሰላማት ብርሃን
      ዝገርም ‘ዩ

      ናይ ‘ንዳ ንሕና-ንሱ ንሱ-ግን-ንሱ
      ‘ንተፈትዩ ዓቢ-ዓርገን ኢሱ
      ኣብ ንሱ ዝኸዶ ቦታ ሓላል ክድቅሱ

      ኣምብሬዛ ተጸሊኡ
      መቓልሕ ይኾኑ ብድሕሪኡ
      መሬት ምስ ወገሐ ኣበይ
      ኮን ‘ዮም ክሕብኡ?

    • Consolation

      Selam Brhan,

      There is a world of difference between master and slave.

      ክተፈልጡ ፈትኑ: ከተለልዩ
      ከዳሚን ኣኸዳሚን: ፍልልዩ።

      ሻዕብያ: ጎይታ ወያነ ኢዩ
      ቀደም መሪሑ: ኣዲስ ኣእትዩ
      ሕጂ መኪቱ: ኣብ መቐለ ሰንድዩ
      ክጽምብል: ኣሎ ተዳልዩ
      ሓንሳብን ንሓዋሩን ንጭፍራ ክደብዩ።

      እቶም ተጓሒፎም: ዝተደርበዩ
      ተረፍ ዘልምጹ: ቀደም ዝበለዩ
      መዓልቶም ኣኺሉ: ኢንሄ የእውዩ
      ዕጫ ኸዳዕ: ኣይንሱ ኢንድዩ
      ነታ ስሚ: ምስ ወያነ ይሰትዩ።

      • Brhan

        Selam Consolation
        ሳላ ዓዋተ ዶት ኮም
        እነሆ ሓሳብካ ብናጻ ትገልጾም
        ህግደፍ ምስ በሉኻ ትም
        ተባሳጪኻ ቀኒኻ ክትቁዝም
        በል ኩሉ ግዜ ናዓ
        ሓሳባትካ ግለጽ አንታ ቆልዓ
        ክመጸካ ንደንበኻ ኮይነ ጋሻ
        ሓሳበይ ክገልጽ ብዘይ ፍተሻ
        እንታይ ትብል አንታ ወዲ
        እሂን ምሂን ሃገር የዕቢ ዓዲ
        እዚ ዘነጽግ ግን ስዲ

  • Nitricc

    Hi all; you got to listen to this. I think they are confused. Some one has to translated to Ras Abiy and the rest of Ethiopians. this is madness. I see the end of Ethiopia as the nation we know it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFqzCv_bk5A

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam Nitricc
      How is that when little , twisted, Stony, negative, cursed, cruel, narrow, extremely selfish, looters, no significant importance part and people of ethiopia separation means the end of ethiopia? It is the other way round, it’s the healing of ethiopia, not the end, it will be the true renaissance of ethiopia, it’s like a dream come true for ethiopia, it’s like ethiopia and ethiopians r healing from cancer.

      • Nitricc

        Hi teddy; i said that because your government is weak and useless. For the record, i love PMAA and i hope he can pull it of, but i can see that for two reasons. For one, PMAA come from the TPLF thugs system and there is a master and salve relationship, he will always have that effect, just like TPLF have with Eritrea. TPLF believes and will die believing Eritreans are the masters. That is why they couldn’t defeat the Eritreans. Deep inside they think the Eritreans are better than them. the second one, he is an Oromo; They are psychologicaly defeated over years of repressions. They can’t do it. if not why can’t PMAA pull the plug and cut of the budget?

        • Teodros Alem

          Selam Nitricc
          I thought u said tigrai is about to separate and that is the end of ethiopia kind of things? i said, it been said for over 40 years because the things what i said above and eritrea is good example.

        • borat

          If he cuts the budget Tigray will be fine. It may feel a little pain but it can shrug it off. The tax revenue collected in the region both by Tigray state and the federal gov almost offsets the budget subsidy the fed sends to Tigray. They will also stop depositing gold to central bank and Sesame exports (worth over 100 mln usd) from the region will directly go through Sudan. On the other side, it will set the precedent for other regions as they realize that if Tigray can survive on its own so can they. It will also strengthen the people in the region as a whole.

          • Consolation

            Hi Borat,

            You have been fed fairy tales such as Tigray sending more to the federal government than it gets back and having fabulous gold wealth. Really? If this were the case, the TPLF goons would be singing it every day. What we heard instead is Debretsion whining that withholding the budget is tantamount to declaring war. The reality is that over 50% of your people live on food aid and as everyone knows, the TPLF has been using that whip to control them. The only reason Abiy is not cutting off the budget is because he feels sorry for the average Tigrayan who would suffer the most. The TPLF mafia have hoarded enough to last them a decade. That is why he is applying surgical treatment to get rid of the cancer such as freezing assets, confining the thugs in Mekele, changing currency notes. As is evident from what is happening inside Tigray, the TPLF is self-destructing. When stalwart supporters and retainers such as Daniel Berhane, Mehari Yohannes, Alula Kebede ditch the thugs, then the writing is on the wall. BTW, tell us about the serious scuffle going on between Debretsion and Alem G/Wahid?

  • Woldegabriel Tesfamariam

    Selam all,
    Most of us anticipated Dr. Beyan to indulge into elaborating his panacea for our present predicament. But he is too smart to fall into such a folly. He endeavored to put forth a common front or platform whereby anyone could be part of the solution through interactive engagement. To me, he achieved that with great distinction.
    1. No matter how intelligent, impartial, nationalist, visionary, politically matured, etc. a person could be, his views will not have any traction unless he has an audience. By dividing his articles into three parts, he not only prompted us to wait patiently and not to be judgmental, but also gave us sufficient time to digest the issue thoroughly.
    2. He positively provoked everybody to a way forward in his first part by tangentially mentioning Mesfin Hagos, without going into details, to quest for alternatives that could positively change the inherent political stagnation in the diaspora and beyond.
    3. He opened a discussion forum that could evolve into an elaborate blue print where everybody could contribute to its build-up.
    Needless to articulate where the disarray of our opposition forces has put us, the need for an expedient action to reverse the current political situation is beyond life and death. Unless we are expecting the almighty God/Allah to come down to earth and liberate us from the imposter in Adihalo, we are obliged to pose and ask ourselves of our role at this crucial junction. As clearly acknowledged by Dr. Beyan, we need:
    – A leader who has the trust of the people inside Eritrea (the people at the forefront to make the revolution succeed);
    – A leader who has the full trust of the military forces that could deter an undesirable bloodshed and civil war;
    – A leader who has a proven integrity with his uncompromising stand regarding Eritrea’s interest and sovereignty;
    – A leader who has military acumen to make the final push to purge the imposter at Adihalo;
    – A leader and a fallible human being amongst us who can provide leadership and coordination between various opposition groups in the diaspora.
    In my view, the last point is the most difficult one as there are many genuine or otherwise interests, persuasions, ideologies, backgrounds, stands, etc that may hamper smooth transition. None the less, as the proverb goes “we cannot avoid sleeping for fear of bad dreams”. It is time Mesfin Hagos proactively, independently and without partisan baggage take the historical responsibility of leading the people of Eritrea from the mantle of slavery and dictatorship. I believe, all genuine Eritreans and opposition parties/groups/movements will rally behind such a timely and genuine endevour.
    To make this happen, we should cleanse ourselves from the many misconceptions we had been espousing for a long time and refrain from:
    1. Condemning people who chose to use Ethiopia/Tigrai to fight against the dictatorial regime. At the time, it was a right strategy they full-heartily believed and pursued. However, after what has transpired during the last decade which clarified the evil intentions of the weyanes beyond any doubt, it is incumbent on them all to dissociate themselves from weyanes and join forces to liberate the Eritrean people.
    2. Looking onto all EPLF members as irredeemable dictatorial and undemocratic. True, the system was monstrous and has brainwashed not only the “Tegaeltis” but also the young “Sawa generation”. But we should realize there are many principled, educated, rational and democrats who fought the system and even martyred in that pursuit.
    3. Promoting unsubstantiated appeasement to weyane and the Baby Doc (PMAA). Obviously, the future of the baby doc and weyane in Ethiopia is sealed beyond doubt. They are the last species of their kind of the Ethiopian empire. I know Eritreans who were collecting signature for nominating the baby doc for the Nobel Prize. Maybe they had political rationales for their actions, but they must now unequivocally condemn him for what he is doing to pulverize Eritrea.
    4. Biases and name-calling to former ELF members. From my limited experience, former ELF members are better educated, more rational and with good caliber to discuss/debate ideas with relatively few prejudices. To bridge the gap between the ELF and EPLF mentality, I believe Mesfin Hagos should invite some former ELF members who are not members of the mushrooming political parties to his core advisory group.
    5. Unmitigated negativity towards our fellow citizens who do not share our point of view as well as to our Tigreans/Ethiopian brothers who would continue to be our neighbors and brothers. To this end, we must be fully alert that the current regime has a sophisticated misinformation and disinformation capabilities to sow mistrust within the rank and files of the new movement.
    Everyone, friends and enemies alike, recognize our unwavering resilience, but shame us for our lack of unity to dispose one mortal dictator/imposter. We were unable to forge forward due absence of a unifying leadership. We and nobody creates that opportunity. Everything in life is time bound. Considering the dangerous crossroad, we are in, we need to bridge our differences and fast-track a provisional memorandum of understanding that guides the new leadership(s).

    • Consolation

      Selam WT,

      I am bemused by the list of qualification you specify for the leader that is to lead you to the promised land. Why have you failed to find such a leader so far?. Has it ever occurred to you that there may be something wrong with your cause? For 20 years, Eritrea faced powerful enemies who were bent on annulling our sovereignty. We have now defeated all of that and don’t you think it is a little ridiculous for the Eritrean collaborators to imagine that there is life after death. I assure you, you are not going to find a leader to do what you dream. What you need is to wake up from your hallucination.

      ኣብ ክሕደት ዝተቖማጥዐ
      ሃገሩን ህዝቡን ዝኸድዐ
      ምስ ጸላእቲ ዝተሰርዐ
      ኤርትራ ትሙትኢሉ ዝጎስዐ
      20 ዓመት ኢዱ ዝተንዐ
      ረኽብኩ ኢሉ ክሕደቱ ዘይሰምዐ
      ሓዲሽ ትልሚ እንተሰንዐ
      ንብዓት ሓርገጽ እንተነብዐ
      ውሕሉል ቃላት እንተሰዅዐ
      ዝወግኤ ዝጠለመ እንተረስዐ
      ዝተጠልመስ ኮቶ ነይረስዐ::

      • Aron

        Hi consolation,
        Of course there is a big problem to our cause. It is called dictatorship by none other than yours truly isu. Ideas can not compete in Eritrea and he is holding down the country and people by the muzzle of the gun. Anyone who disagrees is dead, in dungeons or exiled . What could be worse than not to have political space to oppose and present your views to the public win or loose. Aron

        • Semere Tesfai

          Selam Aron

          Aron: please allow me to interject here. You said:
          “Of course there is a big problem to our cause. It is called dictatorship by none other than yours truly isu. Ideas can not compete in Eritrea and he is holding down the country and people by the muzzle of the gun. Anyone who disagrees is dead, in dungeons or exiled”

          1. – The reason the Eritrean opposition is not getting any traction inside Eritrea is because Isaias Afewerki is “holding down the country and people by the muzzle of the gun. OK, I get It!
          Now tell me

          A. – Who is “holding down “the Eritrean opposition by the muzzle of the gun” outside Eritrea? They are not getting any traction outside Eritrea either?

          B. – Why are those who went through hell to reach to the West supporting the “repressive dictatorial regime” in large numbers. In fact they are/been the backbone of the PFDJ government.

          How do you square your explanation with the reality on the ground?

          Semere Tesfai

          • Aron

            Selam Semere,

            As it is normal for any government to have supporters and detractors, I will grant you pfdj has its share of supporters. What is not normal is I just graduated high school when according to my dad, mom and our entire tribe was singing wedi afom bri anbesa bereKa and swearing by his name and almost 30 years later he is still in power killing and disappearing all his comrades. In some countries while he still is in power power changed 6 – 7 times. In the state where I live at if elections were held between isu against a cheese cake, cheese cake will win hands down. Aron

      • Sultan

        Selam Conso:
        Am Not sure I would agree with your input or feedback.
        I suspect that you did not finish reading him but you just assumed that he was a WeyAne troll….. coz you thought he was saying bad stuff about PIA

        -I think what he said is ACCURATE on Leadership Qualities.

        -He agreed with you and CONFESSED and regretted for ,that the Opp was WRONG during he last 20 yrs of its Unholy Alliance with WeyAne
        -That he stressed for Unity and Reconciliation
        Regret to tell you that u sound like those at the TN.
        Please, open your eyes and ears …

        • Consolation

          Sultan,

          The stain of treason cannot be erased as easily. Those who have for the past 20 years served to destroy Eritrea have lost any legal or moral right to have any say about Eritrea. There is no reconciliation with traitors and back-stabbers.

    • Haile S.

      Selam Woldegabriel,

      You squeezed the essence of Beyan’s article into few crystalized paragraphs. Brilliant! You are bringing back the debate to the “neglected” land, the home front, which we don’t miss evading from through a small door of controversy we pick from articles of essence like this one. I hope participant on these issues will remain concentrated on the points Beyan and You raised to elevate the discussion, thus advancing the Eritrean cause.
      Let me pick something from your commentary. You mentioned the self-destructive undermining of segments of our population (the educated at that) through ‘biases’ and thoughts of ‘irremediability’ cutting the roots on which the country partly stands. How true! Such destructive undertaking and cheap propaganda designed to create wedge between the population and keep the boulevard of power free from competitors is the hallmark of Isaias Afewerki (IA) since his early years. It could have also sunk in the thoughts of those who accompanied him for all those years. Such thoughts need to be rooted out of those who aspire to lead.
      Here is what IA was replying in 1979 to a group of Belgian and Eritrean Solidary Committee members who visited the field. I got it from a booklet the committee published at that time in French* (errors in translation mine).
      *Temoignages, Retour des Maquis d’Erythree. Compte rendu de voyage d’une delegation du CBSE et CBAME en Erythree Avril 1979.

      Q – What is the role of intellectuals?
      IA – This is a difficult question. It is a fact that most of the EPLF executives and organizers are intellectuals, but their role is unsatisfactory. They are often a burden to the front; they take positions of the extreme-left or the extreme-right. There are those who read books all day long, but who are incapable of facing practical problems. We also have a number of Eritrean intellectuals who have studied abroad and who only know about the Eritrean revolution through brochures and books. Part of our United States Student Organization went far as to say that the EPLF is a counter revolutionary force.
      These people think that they are more important than the proletariat. They do not recognize the role of the proletariat and the masses in practice. If the intellectuals are not completely linked to the masses, it is difficult to trust their intellectual capacities. We had here an intellectual from the United States, to whom we immediately entrusted with the task of translator and interpreter in the school of cadres, given his erudition and his knowledge of languages. After a little while, he comes to tell me that the food and the amenities are not good enough, while our combatants at the front spend 3 or 4 months in the trenches, even during the rainy season, without sufficient food supply. A fighter can hardly move because of enemy fire and bombardment. And this intellectual comes to tell me that the living conditions are bad for him!

      Q – Are these intellectuals re-educated?
      IA – There is no way to educate them; the guy I just mentioned couldn’t come to terms with his situation after all. There is only one solution: to send intellectuals to places where hard political, economic and social work is done. Here we had a case of the extreme right.

      Q – And what is happening with the intellectuals who do the work in the field?
      IA – 90% of them change.

      • Sultan

        Selam Prof Hailat S.( Yessss, PROFESSOR!)
        A French Journalist , prob the same one, reported by quoting IA as saying:
        “I prefer a farmer with his shovels ( Zappa), who does his job well rather than an Intellectual talking Metaphysics”!
        This quote prob is a modified one from what you translated well!
        “ There is only one solution: to send intellectuals to places where hard political, economic and social work is done. Here we had a case of the extreme right.”!
        He might have had a point… but…
        The actions have spoken volumes.

  • Samuel

    Selam All,
    Here is an interesting interview with Dr. Henok Gabisa, he is law scholar explaining the constitutional feud between Federal government and Tigray state.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNC1XZtA1zE

    Thanks,

    • Sultan

      Sam:
      How much did u guys pay him for this?
      After I listened to Dr Bekele Garba’s garbage and gibberish talk and interviews and after witnessing the actions and dirty and fake propaganda of the certain mercenary “ Dr” something from DC recruited by Alula Solomon, I gave up on Oromo Intellectuals, who used to be my fav group .
      Caution here that I am not generalizing and I completely respect their opinions and political stands but I completely lost them.

      Something is wrong with the Oromo Activism and struggle and as to what exactly they want after they got everything they want and after controlling everything except the official Oromia Independence, which they could have achieved politically if they want.
      No one has threatened to rip them off their Federal State and status.The time now for them should have been to make Oromia the hub and Medina of Tourism and Economic Development since they are endowed with huge and endless natural resources(60-75% of Ethiopia’s Economy)!
      They even have literally controlled and even owned Finfine!

      • Samuel

        Selam Sultan,
        Instead of focusing on the individual why don’t you focus on the substance of his interview/argument? He is making his point referencing the constitution, so you have to argue and correct his mistakes on the merit of his argument. Otherwise, your view is based on “TPLF hatred”, not based on objective analysis, which I can understand your point of view.

        For many months we have been told the election in Tigray won’t take place, now they are saying the election won’t have any value, tomorrow they will regret “extending the term limit” unconstitutionally. We will be here in this great site to witness the story, we will see what will happen next. Slowly but surely things are changing and moving in the right direction.

        Thanks,

        • Sultan

          Sam:
          Again, it is NONE OF MY BUSINESS but yours.
          I just opinionated from an Eritrean interest perspective; and hope you won’t expect an Eritrean to have a positive attitude towards and perception of the TPLF …. no matter how good the TPLF might be for obvious reasons and facts you know well.

          I wish the TPLF and the Tigrai people the best of luck with their elections.
          Let me ask you few questions:
          -Do you believe that the TPLF is providing a conducive environment for fair elections?
          -Since when did the TPLF achieve a fair election ?
          The Federal Govt could have taken effective punitive measures against the TPLF for its outlawed and destabilizing efforts and its disobedience to the Federal Govt but it chose not to for obvious reasons as it is clearly stated in the recent decision by the House of Federation.

          • Selam Sultan,
            Have you heard that the ambassador of Eritrea in Japan, who seems to act as the spokesman of the Eritrean government, condemned the elections as illegal (don’t remember the exact words he used, something similar anyway), journalists have been barred in addis from traveling to mekele, and already some participating parties are saying that it is not going to be free and fair, because they can’t travel to the countryside, and many people are intimidated and even imprisoned. It is going to be a fake tplf elections of the meto-be-meto type, but with a lesser number.
            Tplf is cooking an election and eating it itself, all for political reasons, to prove what it is not, the government of Ethiopia. The sky is not going to fall down in Ethiopia on the next day after the elections as digital woyane says.
            If push comes to shove, the federal government maybe forced to take punitive measures at some point. The aim is to have the government condemned by the international community and to get some legitimacy, but the world knows tplf, a kleptocratic/criminal dictatorship and the mastermind of today’s Ethiopia’s political and social instability.

        • Sultan

          Congrats Sam for the completion of the Election.
          Did you read or listen to Prof Negassu Ghidada about the Constitutional Drafting process?
          Sounds like Dr AAA’s assertions and arguments are right.

  • said

    Salam Beyan

    How do you deal with person who over sow the detention, torture and murder of our people, they saw them as their enemies, as well as their family members. EPLF/PFDG ,victim of innocent ’s political prisoners, including long time EPLF high cadres, were sent to have confessions extracted under torture. Most were then murdered after being sent to the “unknown killing field” and those who enforced the murderous of EPLF inhuman party line, and punished by inquisitors for those who deviated from approved extreme EPLFD leftish ideology and damned thousands of Eritreans to needless deaths .
    For those enablers claiming they merely carried out orders from above or handed them down. Dutiful cadre . what do you say to victims of EPLF/PFDG.
    Living among us are top EPLF/PFDG people who came from upper echelons , living quite life with children in diaspora , some hard core, regime’s former backer are living peacefully in retirement and involved politics should they leady us again, because of their legacy and name recognition, without facing justice. These are not just past brutalities that we can do a lot about it and it is present also. They are part and parcel of the very evil and cruelty of the regime, the country have been ruined perpetrated and justified under broad sun light, under our noses and led the country to brink of disaster. Showed we for give and for get their crimes in name of Jesus and that their actions were °necessary° to save IA and who justify such regimes behavior.

    For purpose of reconciliation and unity ,showed we express clear sympathy for their crimes.? They should not paly a role for future of Eritrea, We should defeat them ,it is a necessity not just for Eritrea but for humanity. What do we do to an unrepentant today EPLF/PFDG and former hardcore cadre. with a record of crime. What do we with those diehard intellectuals who had played major role with IA. Misguided, and they remain highly loyal. who are morally reprehensible and politically flawed and combination of arrogance and ignorance , supported IA . it is sickening ,curious and very disappointing that they do not see this sick man IA as he is , who gambled with Eritrean lives after 30 years clear for all to see. it is immoral and unjust to side with evil regime, I wonder why?.

  • Selam All,
    The decision by the [house of federations] on the coming elections in the regional state of tigray despite the postponement of all elections by the federal government, was unanimously characterized as unconstitutional and therefore null and void. Moreover, the peaceful and legal way to solve the problems with the regional government of tigray will continue as much as the federal government is concerned, in order to protect the people of tigray from social, economic and political consequences that may arise as the result of stricter measures that could be taken.

    • Nitricc

      Hi Horizon; i think the unthinkable is happening, the end of Ethiopia. If i was PMAA, i will I announce the exercisiment of article 39 and get over with it. They are trying to play you. I do believe the Derg was fitting for Ethiopia but it made a mistake by concentrating on Eritrea and let TPLF go wild. Has the Derg left Eritrea and put everything to pressure TPLF, this won’t happened. Now the right thing to do with TPLF is leave them alone and announce TPLF’s leaving the federalism. Let them go. They have nowhere to go and they are just playing with you. I feel sorry for you, you guys are trapped. The goal of TPLF is simple, control Ethiopia or else, distracted the union. that is all. As of Eritrea, take Badime and get lost, Eritrea has nothing to do with you. If PIA wants anything with Ethiopia, take him and shoot him. screw him.

      • Selam Nitricc,
        On the contrary, it is the end of tplf that is in sight. It is the one that is trapped between relevance and irrelevance. It can’t go forward or backwards. It will never come out a winner, nor can it accept defeat out of its arrogance. Time is working against it. Its fate is to wither away with time. “የወያኔ ጉዳይ፣ ከወደቁ መንፈራገጥ ለመመላለጥ፤”, as the saying goes.
        It is up to tplf to dare and try to implement article 39. The problem is that it can’t go away with Amara lands, which it incorporated into tigray, at the time when it was omnipotent, that will complicate things.
        Tplf can’t destroy Ethiopia alone without its henchmen, oromo ultranationalists, who are serving it and are wearing the tplf flag with honor, forgetful of what tplf had done to olf.
        No tplf will ever set foot again at 4killo to rule Ethiopia. That is out of the question. It was a one time chance that is gone forever. Of course, it is a different thing for future tigrayan parties that feel Ethiopian.
        Finally, why are you giving us badme and IA as if they are your personal properties? What is the catch?

        • Aron

          Hi Horizon,
          Don’t you get it. Nitric always loved DIA because DIA hates Tigray and TPLF with everything he got as much as dear Nitric does. Both of them live and breath to one day see the demise of TPLF and the subjugation of Tigray. Both careless about Eritrea or Eritreans. They both loose sleep and care for what happens in Ethiopia than in Eritrea. They can’t talk enough about Ethiopia. Both know more about Ethiopian politics and intrigues more than seasoned Ethiopian journalist or politician. Their mood brightens up when they talk about Ethiopia as is evidenced when Isaias is in Ethiopia we saw him smiling with his 32 of them his things ear to ear and we cant see a smile when in Eritrea.

          If you notice Nitric worries about Ethiopian human rights more so he changes every subject Eri to Ethio issues and clips or whatever else have you. Nitric believed when his avenger Isaias told him game over like when he told him the sun will never set.

          I like to think Nitric is gullible blinded by deep hatred towards anything Tigray like Isaias. But some have argued, according to Berhe he is Reasi Dorho and some others argued he is Single cell or Protozoa / ameoba meanig he is one issue guy boxed in. He believed Isaias was going to avenge him and punish those inferior creatures across the river. Now dear Nitric discovers mission accomplished was declared premature by his demi God Isu and his creature AAA and he is upset he was taken for a ride gives up and says to hell with Badme or Isaias showing his true colors it was never about Eritrea or Eritreans. Those people about half million or more around the border all of them suffered, displaced and died for Isu and his followers and enablers ego.

          If Isaias wanted to solve this problem he could have solved it twenty years ago in hundred different ways the simplest one being, the dialogue stupid.
          Dear big brother Nitric, may melaKti Tigray forgive you. Aron

          • Nitricc

            hey Aron: please accept my respect to you. i asked you if you an Agazian and your honest enough to ell me the truth and i rest my case. you are noting but a TPLF thug and get lost. You are nothing buts thug

          • Aron

            Hi Nitric,
            I am always honest to what and who I am. No confusion there. I dont have identity crisis or am not ashamed of.my being. Stop trying to make it some kind of an insult. I am agazi and double triple proud of it. unlike you i don’t try to be what i am not. Aron the agazi

          • Selam Aron,
            You told us that you are an Agazian. Most of us, i believe, do not have a clear picture of what an agazian is, and what agazianism as an ideology really means, and where the difference from greater tigray lies how it can be a solution for the region, or if it is a hegemonic power in formation, and to which powers (regional and international), it is related, etc.
            Do you have the time to tell us few fundamental points about your movement?
            Thanks.

          • Aron

            Hi Horizon,
            Like I said before at this point I don’t belong to any organization because I strongly disagree to some of the leaders views that some citizen don’t belong. I disagree with the view Moslems are the source of all our problems and they are inherently bad and Christians are good. I believe strongly in the unity of Tigray Tirgni and I am hoping someone will emerge that will lead us towards that goal sooner than later through both peoples consent. I see where Tigray is heading right now and Isaias is not going to live forever. It looks like it is inevitable. I just hope we will have representative democracy after Isu so there will be justice for all. Aron

          • Nitricc

            I disagree with the view Moslems are the source of all our problems and they are inherently bad and Christians are good. I believe strongly in the unity of Tigray Tirgni

            Aron, why lie know? the fact is you hate Muslims. The very idea of Agazian is excluding Muslims. Take it or live it, Eritrean Muslims are the real owners of Eritrea. Now the Army is under real Eritreans hand and tomorrow, Eritreans will elect an Eritrean Muslim for president. And you will be crying with the TPLF thugs, you guys are the curse of humanity.

          • NewDawn

            Selam Nitricc, why the hell does it matter if the next leader is muslim?

          • Nitricc

            Hi Newlow; Because Eritrea was initiated and created by Eritrean Muslims, they are real owners of Eritrea. Why do you think Idris awate is the father of Eritrea. The Eritrean Muslims and lowlands paid the most pries, ever for the independent of Eritrea. And read my lips the next Eritrean president is an Eritrean Muslim. I will fight for it. I know it is a divesting news to you Agazians, but rest assured. we know your games, One Eritrea is the order of the day.

          • NewDawn

            Selam HAngol adgi, are you a Muslim? How did the Lowlanders and muslim pay the most? Everyone played their part, but truth be told christian and kebessa payed the most lives. Most people that flee Eritrea are christian tigrinya due to National service. So maybe your twisted hidden dreams might come true.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Newlowdown: I can understand your emboldened negativity about Muslim Eritreans emerges from the bone-less Eritrean Muslims on this forum. I get you. they here defending and kissing your thugs behind day and night made you to underestimate the contribution and the importance of Muslims. I know, the Kebire, the Ibrahim Sultan and the Ibrahim-Affa’s are truing on their graves at the cowardness of the todays Eritrean Muslims. without the lowlanders there no Eritrean fight for independence. For me Amina from Kerekebt is my sister, Mustefa from Nakfa is my brother before Gebre-Anenia from freaking Adi-grat or Tigray. disgracing the Eritrean Muslims on this forum disgrace, i am happy to be upgraded from one cell-organ to hangol dorho to hangol Addi. lol I thank you very much sir. I know you are encouraged but forget it, Eritrea is here to stay for ever and over.

          • Sultan

            Holly Molly Nittric!
            The quote of the century:

            “ For me Amina from Kerekebt is my sister, Mustefa from Nakfa is my brother before Gebre-Anenia from freaking Adi-grat or Tigray”!

            I promoted you to a 5* Full General, Sir!
            You sound like Wedi Hajji of the Tigrayit YouTube Channel.

            U forget Ali Ibrihim of Sahil, aka “The General” by the derghi soldiers and their Commanders since he used to be a nightmare to them( Consult Mahmuday for details)!

            What about Wedi Ali of Forto?

            What about Col( Gen)Salih Osman(?), the Aseb Front hero/ and the SAVIOR of Aseb, who destroyed the strongest 4 TPLF Divisions in 5-7 days and made Gen Seare and Gen Siyye to run away with their tails between their legs wetting and soiling their pants with urine and fxxxces until a rescue helicopter airlifted them to Addis?
            This is not to discriminate between Muslim and Christian heroes and heroines but to back up and supplement your incomplete list.
            NB:
            The influx and flooding of the Eri Highlanders from home and abroad in 1970s and 80s, indeed, contributed to the strengthening of our armed struggle.
            But I know and understand where u are coming from .

          • Selam Aron,
            Thanks for the response.
            I had to try my luck for more information by searching the internet, and i came across Semere Andom’s, August 2, 2016, article on awate.com, “The Agaiazians Have Testosterone Too!”, which carries interesting information about this elusive movement.
            In addition, i could gather the following points, which of course can’t be complete.

            Tigrigna Speaking Eritreans and Tigrigna Speaking Tigreans come from common ancestors called “Agaiazians”.
            The Agazi nation will be the land of Orthodox Christians with second class Moslems citizens.
            There is also this interesting information that Agazi was a feudal lord, a chief, a shifta or a leader of a district in East Africa and Agazians were his slaves and servants. I believed that it was a tribe that came from somewhere else, probably from southern Arabia, as usual.
            Their common enemies are Muslims, Oromos, Amharas, and therefore agazians should come together to fight their enemies.
            Their aim is to divide eritrean muslims and christians and to divide Eritreans into highlanders and lowlanders.
            It is also to counter the rapprochement of the governments of ethiopia and eritrea by forming a union with highland eritreans. Etc.

            Aron, do you believe that such a plan could succeed in our region? It doesn’t seem to come in peace because a peaceful movement doesn’t divide people into religion and ethnicity. It says that it will be democratic, but how can it be democratic by creating religious and ethnic divides? Don’t you think that this is going back in time when we live in a different world, and all the problems around us are due to injustice, inequality and absence of respect for others? Even if you don’t belong to any organisation, do you think that such concept will ever materialise in our region?

          • Nitricc

            Hi Aron, you are even dumber that i thought. You don’t know Eritrea and Eritreans because you are not. The other day i was talking with a Tigryan and among other discussions he told me that Eritrea has changed. i said how come? he responded that when the border was opened he said he visited Eritrea and he said the border guards can’t speak Tigrigna and i was sad, he said. I told him, finally the real owners took charge of their country. What your stupid Agazi behind you failed to understand is Eritrea is shaping nicely, the real owners of Eritrea are in place. The next president of Eritrea going to be a lowlander a Muslim. The other day i was telling Beyan that Mesfin Hagos is irreverent because the Army is completely changed, the real Eritreans are taking over, that is none Tigrigna speakers. I am very happy Eritrea is not under double dippers like you. the Real Eritreans are taking ownership of their country, Go cry with the thugs as a thug you are.

          • Aron

            Hi nitric,
            Now I know one thing for sure. It is a complete waste of time and effort for me to argue with you. I am a working man and I don’t mind sharing my time and views with reasonable people. once you start assigning owners of Eritrea by region or religion like Tesfasion the current head of Agazian, I am done.

            For me it matters less where the leader comes from as long he is there to implement what the masses want. I want secular Eritrea that abides by laws with institutional checks and balances. I don’t want Eritrea to be owned by any particular religion, I want Eritrea to be owned by Eritreans governed by laws. You come out and sound like a bigot. That wouldn’t have bothered me that much because it easy to dismiss a bigot. It bothers me a lot because your motive is to saw discord and much more sinister than simple bigotry.

            Your juvenile insults aside, your desire for kebesa to be depopulated is real. You show real joy when disaster befalls on highlander refugees or displaced highlanders. You have been showing your unabashed hatred for anything Tigrigna. I hate to tell you, Tigrigna the language of the agazian habesha people be it Christians or Moslems, is here to stay.

            The other thing that bothered me in your personal story, you were born outside eritrea 55 years ago and you never been to Eritrea and your parents were Jebha tegaderti. Did they give birth to you and went back to gedli leaving you behind. Just curious, don’t read in to it. Another hole in your story, you have a little sister that is about 33 years your junior since she is only third year in school making her 21 / 22 years old. Possible but unlikely.

            “Aron, why lie know? the fact is you hate Muslims. The very idea of Agazian is excluding Muslims.” I hate noone. the only thing i hate is the imosition of religion upon others like you are doing now. I want to you quote me for anything I said that disparages any race, creed, religion, sex or even juvenile insult towards any group of people like you do and I will contribute $1000.00 to Awate university. I have been here for a long time. My first response was against I believe to Hayat Adem’s article that advocated for Ethiopia to invade Eritrea or something like that. Happy hunting. I don’t have to take any take it or live it from you because God honest truth I don’t even believe you are from Eritrea. I challenged you last time for both us to show our pictures and our community where we stay at because you keep acting more Eritrean than the rest of us calling us all kind of names because we disagree with you. Now here the offer stands again, put up or shut up. Aron z agazi.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Aron; disregarding your BS; let me respond to one one point you mentioned. you said;;;;

            your desire for kebesa to be depopulated is real. You show real joy when disaster befalls on highlander refugees or displaced highlanders.

            In every tragedy there opportunity. And life have her own way leveling the playing filed. It is true the Kebesa people are out in doves and that opened for the lowlanders to come to their rightful places. I am really happy while i am sad what happened to the highlanders. Like i have said, nature has in her way leveling the playing filed. If this don’t happen, today the lowlanders won’t be the commanders of the army and they won’t be were they are. Even to go further, the Ethio-Eritrea war is a gift for Ethiopians and the Eritrean lowlanders. Have you guys are smart enough to agree and work together, that is the Tigringa speaker of both sides, it was the end of Ethiopians and the Eritrean lowlanders. Now, i was telling to your other Agazi, you emboldened because of the weakness of Eritrean Muslims on this forum. for the life of me, i have no clue they kiss your faulty behind.

          • Sultan

            Selam Aron:
            Dude,with all due respect,Gen Nittirc is way better and more informed than a self-declared GaEgazian.
            You might be proud for being who you are but make sure that you are declaring here that you are anti Eritrean Unity by self-declaring yourself as a member of the AgAzians ,which have stood FIRM against the other major Eritrea.

            The Gen well deservedly whipped /beat your azz up well with a long EPLF Halenghi,from that perspective-for being an Anti-Eritrea devil.

            Read him again.He brilliantly corrected and advised you and your one-celled GaEgazian Tigreyan twin .

            The Tigrayit Speakers aka BeniAmir and their kins from Lowland Eritrea are roaming across Ethio-Eritrea border and protecting the Eri Borders with their open eyes 24/7 vigilantly.
            I know my kins,cousins and nephews from the Lowland Eritrea well.
            The only thing I know about a Lowland Eritrean is for being Hattir,Faris wo Battik(consult those at Eri-Tigrai border for translation or call SGJ…..lol).

            This might sound offensive to the Kebessa Eritreans,which is NOT my intention, but the facts on the ground are but facts.

            I think SAAY made a similar comment but with a different context that the Lowlanders are issu’s targets to safe-guard him in a negative way by creating polarization and confusion among Eritreans but Gen Nittric said things in a real sense.
            Hint:
            The ratio or % of the Lowland EDF members to the Highland EDF members running to Tigrai is zero or negative for obvious reasons even though you or another GaeGazian (a certain Mebrahtu- Bright something) argued about some stats in ref to Highland vs Lowland Sawa and National Service members,which is a different story and topic.
            But Gen Nittric was responding to the lost tigraway.

  • Sultan

    Selamat Dr Bryan:
    Thanks for this final piece, which clarified my dilemma and “ confusion” about the previous two pieces.
    Even though I partially agree with Dongolo’s take about the argument he made about your approach,I think Authurs have different ways of writing.
    I guess it is a writing skill of experienced Authors.
    My feedback:
    On Leadership Qualities:
    What you perfectly alluded is the real Leadership Qualities every Leader should be equipped with , not just Gen Mesfin Hago et al.
    A while back Gen Sibhat made an ELOQUENT SPEECH on a Leadership Qualities, which indirectly sound to hit on and criticize the Eritrean Leadership, which could be one of many things that led to the apparent sidelining and targeting of same Gen Sibhat, and to his eventual demise.

    On Gen Mesfin Hagos:
    Your argument on his confusing Tactical and or Strategic Alliance is SPOT ON and logical . It has confused a lot both from both camps / aisles…- pro and Anti- PFDJ.
    The clarifications he gave are:
    -All other efforts have failed
    -The Alliance is ONLY political and for the best Interest (future)of Eritrea
    -Convinced that PIA is the # Enemy of Eritrea
    -That, by default or proxy,the current Federal Govt of Ethiopia is also the enemy of Eritrea for making a dangerous Alliance with same enemy of Eritrea
    -There are no alternative venues for the Eri Opposition other than taking the risk of bypassing the Abay Govt
    Are these arguments/ approaches true, legit,factual, realistic , practical and/ or safe ?
    I don’t believe so ;but when you exhausted every path,venue ,strategies and all options to save the country, then what do you do?
    There are only two choices:
    Either you give up and abandon the struggle / surrender
    OR
    Do and act out of the norms and take any risk if the benefit outweighs the risks of your act and the outcome of your actions.
    Are we Eritreans there?
    Am not convinced.
    We have strategies that we have never applied advised effectively and efficiently .
    What we have to do now is try to apply the effective and efficient strategies we have failed to apply this far.
    Hint:
    -New strategies of bringing unity among the Eri parties and organizations besides unifying the polarized Eritreans at Community and International Levels( Bring together the Association of the Eri Student and Youth , Civic Societies, Women, Activists and Intellectuals( Lawyers, Politicians, etc…) and of utmost Importance, of Eri Inter-Faith( Religious) Organizations)…. under ONE UMBRELLA and under ONE Centralized Leadership Committee representing each group and association mentioned above)
    -Applying a centralized Leadership Committee rather than fighting power by individual leaders and parties ( Getachew Reda exposed the power hunger and struggle among Eri Parties and Leaders)
    Note:
    A Genuine National Reconciliation is a prerequisite for all these….. through the principle and Spirit of Forget and Forgive by admitting all our sins and accepting all the past mistakes so as to build TRUST among us all Eritreans.
    -As you alluded it, create a similar United but Independent , Neutral and unifying Media Task Forces and outlets free from external interference to be led by an Advisory Committee

    -Develop a Centralized , Accountable, Transparent Committee for Raising Funds / Fundraising Activities as a means of Resources to achieve the tough and ambitious strategies and the activities .
    My final note:
    As I begged you in my previous comments on the first two articles,I renew my appeal to you to come up with a fourth and follow up Article to focus on:
    -Our real and perceived weakness, mistakes and failure during this long journey of struggle for justice as a nation, as Citizens, as a people, as Communities, as Activists as Parties and as Civic Societies

    -New effective, realistic and practical strategies and solutions based on the above past experience

    I k ow we have exhausted these things at different times and for a bit since your articles sound to be more organized , it is only fair to complete them to their “ perfection”!
    This is a big and very difficult task and homework but if we don’t things in the proper, right , correct , realistic and practical ways, well, as usual, we are deemed and predestined to fail.
    SymtrighlevfirvJUSTIVECcannot be achieved through par time job.
    It requires heavy sacrifice ,huge amount of dedication time, energy and resources …. the Eritrean Armed struggle style ( specifically the EPLF style)and the SGJ style of spending ore than 30, 000 hours.

    But it is very feasible and achievable PROVIDED we do it in a united, coordinated and organized way through a strong and centralized Leadership Committee with decentralized subcommittees to do the division of the labor in an effective and efficient way!
    Why can’t we do it the above way rather than rushing into risk alliances with risky and unowned outcomes?

    • Ismail AA

      Ahlen Sultan,
      Reading your input carefully shows you have a lot of ideas. It’s a kind of a farm land soil fallowed for decades and ready to be ploughed and turned to green crop field, if I may use the analogy. So, if you would decide and get on the job you have all the skill of coming up with a good front page article yourself rather than asking Beyan to do it. I mean it is easier to put what is in your head in writing by yourself rather than wanting someone else to do it.

      • Sultan

        Thanks Ustaz Ismael!
        Well, I wish I have the ability, expertise and articulation to do so.
        My limited expertise is in Public Health and Clinical Medicine and I know some what as to how to write articles in those fields , particularly in Public Health Research.
        Plus,the topic is one of the most, if not, exclusively the MOST important one(s) issue and topic,which needs special expertise and articulation .
        I wish Bohashim would join Ustaz Beyyan to come up with the best Article on this topic since this topic is his expertise.

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Sultan,

          Your humility is greatly appreciated. Everyone of us has limits, and recognizing this is virtue. Yes, what our good brother, Beyan, has ably tackled is a topical matter, of which he was keenly cognizant, and decided to invest time on – just to call on all interested to think, write and talk about it. When some who should know and contribute try to act cynical and voice scepticism about the aim of Beyan Negash, it is dismaying, and make many think us doubt whether we are all serious about the conditions wreaking havoc our young nation.

          • Sultan

            Ahlen Ya Ustazna Wo Amuna Ismael :
            Appreciate your well registered and well acknowledged exemplary humility and mentor-ship here at our Virtual Univ, The Awate University.
            Wish you a healthy life and longevity so as to be The Co-Dean of the future Awate Univ at the home town of Awate with Prof SGJ,and/ or our future Emba Soira Univ.

    • Beyan

      Selam Sultan,

      Many thanks for taking the time to write back and you’ve captured many of the essences that a leader must be privy to and what needs to be done if we are going to succeed in the endeavors of seeking to effect change in Eritrea. I will confine my responses to three areas. Your response had so much more that it could’ve become an article, were you to organize it by categories.

      As Ismail had aptly captured what I was thinking when I read your rejoinder. I would just add what higher education in any field gives us is the capacity to research, to organize our thoughts, to be critical thinkers thereby to generate coherent papers. Amanuel Hidrat is one wonderful example who comes from the Sciences field but took it upon himself by challenging himself and got into the fray of sociopolitical discourse. Paulos, who is a medical doctor another good example in how one can traverse across field of endeavors. Haile, Berhe, Semere Andom, Ahmed Raji, Dawit Mesfin, etc., they all come outside the social sciences field. Some of the ideas that these ‘forumers’ share in this forum gives a clear indication that the knowledge in one field of endeavor is transferable to another field. There just needs to be the will to challenge oneself. As for me, it a combination of labor of will and labor of love, where a blank page slowly come alive with ideas – That I find extremely gratifying. That’s all. Now, let me return to the three areas I promised to focus upon:

      (1). On “compromise and concessions” Mesfin Hagos should make to “his colleagues like Amb. Adhanom[,] Suleiman and other [p]ersonalities so as to work together. Indeed, Amb Adhanom doesn’t usually participate but I know firsthand the man has a vast knowledge on matters of military science, for example. Suleiman’s diplomatic skills also I’ve seen firsthand. And, I am certain there are more than enough Eritreans in various field of endeavors who can be tapped if a leader decides to put him/herself into the fray to lead. I have yet to hear that passionate imbuing from Mesfin Hagos.

      (2) On the notions of how “We should have used the YeAkil Movement to our best advantage”. I gave incomplete response to Brhan on a different thread in this article when he brough up the Yiakel movement. Well, this gives me an opportunity to expound upon it a bit more. When I started writing the three pieces in question, I had done a great deal of readings that needed to be done, watched video clips more than my share of it to find salient points, and talked to a number of people, albeit informally, to get a sense of their perspectives. All of these enriched my thought processes. So, the three articles are the amalgamation of many thoughtful people whose insights I deeply admire. I am certain of this: Were they to read the three articles they will find their ideas enmeshed with mine. Those who gave me permission to quote I gave credit to. Those who wanted to stay below the radar, I honored their request and with the caveat which I much appreciated in that they gave the green light to use the synthesis of their ideas whenever I deemed it fit to do.

      On the Yiakel movement, one video clip I’d like to share here and one scholarly article that I believe are worthy of the forumers here to spend time indulging in. The video captures the generational gap; whereas Asgedet, former tegadalit presses for the need of staying independent of Yiakel movement and that the women movement should collaborate and affiliate with many movement, not just the Yiakel one; and the young woman from Dallas insisted in merging the women’s movement with the Yiakel movement. The former tried to saliently point out the history of women’s movement in Eritrea’s context. How they were swallowed whole by the liberation movements. The sense of maintaining an independence while working with other movements seems to not register with the younger generation.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7YhQXtbiZU

      The two scholarly articles below deal with opposition parties and civic organizations, national service, forced labor, and mass exodus respectively.

      https://www.academia.edu/12751418/Eritrean_Opposition_Parties_and_Civic_Organisations

      https://www.academia.edu/32245278/Eritrea_National_Service_Forced_Labor_and_Mass_Exodus_Is_There_a_Way_

      • Sultan

        Thanks Dr Bryan!
        “That is what I am talking about, Sir”!
        We Eritreans are ENDOWED with rich and endless resources but the problem is that we don’t know how to effectively and properly utilize our resources.
        That what the whole point of my stumbling about getting organized, getting coordinated and working on UNISON!

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; well, article 39 is conformed with out a word. The madness of the thugs is mind bugging. I haven’t seen a single Ethiopian flag on the toothless and worthless ugly motorists show. The question is what the point? i feel for the people of Tigray.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=438&v=Gi3K1IVVtN8&feature=emb_logo

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Nitricc,

      It looks like taxi drivers protest / support. I didn’t see any other kind of car.

      Berhe

      • Nitricc

        Hi Brehe; they are desperate. Ask your self, what is the point? I had a hope and vision that the two countries could do something special, economic integration, and growing to gather and all that but i become to understand it is not possible. The other day i read Beyan explaining about leadership, he is wrong. a true leader should take his people and nation to NOT they want to go but where they should ought to be. I can give a personal story, my father runs our household with iron fist. My younger sister wants to go in to fine arts but my father stood his grounds and demanded she goes to medical school and today she is the 3rd years medical school at Brown university. We talk almost everyday with my sister and she can’t agree more with my father’s demand that she went to medical school. For instance; my father doesn’t have the same feeling between my sister and me. he thinks for me going on my thinks i disrespected him but i did what i have needed to do and i exceled with what i do, regardless he feels i didn’t respected him by not doing what he wanted me to do. The point is, leadership is not any different that parent ship. it is okay to demand what the best from you children and in fact from your government. the same thing goes my demand for Eritrean government, that is Eritrea and Eritreans are very capable to do things in our own way. I don’t want anything with Ethiopia. If PIA decides to do anything with Ethiopia, he has to go. Eritrea paid so much to settle for a little. NO!

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Nitrric,
          “… Eritrea and Eritreans are very capable to do things in our own way. I don’t want anything with Ethiopia. If PIA decides to do anything with Ethiopia, he has to go …”. I am afraid some die-hard loyalists to the despot would be very angry with you. You know it never crosses their mind that the Eritrean people are sovereign and they can decide their destiny without the despot doing it for them.

          • Nitricc

            Hey Ismail; I can careless what others think or say. My support to PIA comes it is not for what he does but from what TPLF thugs have in mind for Eritrea. My support will continue till the thugs are gone and the danger for Eritrea is eliminated. Many Eritrean’s believe wrong that TPLF supported Eritrean independence. that is wrong. The truth is they supported Eritrean independence when they were weak and they tried to revers the independence when they got stronger. I truly believe the thugs had a sinister plan toward Eritrea. So, my stand is not in support of PIA but for well being of Eritrea. I will stand with PIA when he stands for Eritrea best interest and i will oppose when he doesn’t. right now i oppose Eritrea’s involvement in Ethiopia. The Eritrean people have paid dearly and deserve better. I could careless about PIA but i do care about the well being of the nation and the people.

        • Sultan

          Abshirka Ya Gen Nittric , the very reason I as to why I nick-named you as a General.

          I heard that your Daddy is an EPLFite( X-EPLF Fighter).
          Your sister is going to be an MD and at Brown Univ?
          Wow!!!
          Your Dad’s “ Dictatorship” paid off!
          Good for her and congrats to the entire family.

          I do some little “ quasi-mentoring “ and some mini “Career Development Counseling” to few Eri and Ethiopian close family friends(shihshish…. don’t tell Abi, please)!

          Give her my contact info, please, in case!
          Hahaha, kidding buddy as a Brown Univ Med Student does not need one like me.

          Agree with you partially that a very good Dictator is needed in third world countries but the dictatorship of Issu is but too much and out of the ordinary for obvious reasons we debated about in detail and based on Ahmed Raji’s Data and Stats…. among others.

          • Nitricc

            Greetings Sultan; minor correction for you. my both parents were ex-ELF fighters and they hate EPLF for obvious reasons, EPLF kick their behind lol. I am not shay to tell them in their face. To their credit they told everything what has happened and i agreed with EPLF and that is the very reason i am die hard EPLF. It is tragic what happened and it shouldn’t happen but i do understand why it happened. Their differences were irreconcilable and they can’t coexist side by side, i am fully in agreement with EPLF’s action. this is anther reason my support to PIA, it is no easy the decision he took. leadership is everything, let alone a struggle for independence, even a household some one has to lead and be a decision maker. Nothing happens with out my father’s say and i do agree with his system, although sometimes he lacks in understanding that time has changed and he should have adjusted as such but no, whatever he says, it goes, no question is asked. Thanks for your support to my sister, she doing very fine and happy, although she is a little nervous because she is told she has do a year of service in Eritrea upon graduation. Since i can’t do that i am encouraging her to do so. it is a noble act.

          • Sultan

            Selam Gen:
            Eritrawinet is but being SPECIAL!
            It will pay off, it is just a matter of time.
            Stay on your ground firmly.
            Enjoy:
            https://www.facebook.com/339716643130848/videos/996461634162888/?vh=e&extid=PerouWuS401wzhfb

          • Sultan

            Apologies Mod. It was still Sunday night in my time zone.

          • Abi

            King Sultan
            Glad you participated in the children’s lives. They need every kind of help from the community.
            I have participated in my local high school for a total of seven years. I was a ranking member ( just kidding) of the AP/IB program.
            During these years I worked in different committees from community outreach to fundraising for trips to tutors assignment…
            I enjoyed it greatly.

        • Abi

          General
          I like your father already even if his success rate is only 50%:)
          He raised an Ivy League Med school student and a toothless militia:)
          You are one proud son!

          My son wanted to major in finance and marketing or something like that. I was not interested in his BS. I told him in his face that I disown him if doesn’t go to Med School. I don’t tolerate BS.
          Please pass my heartfelt greetings to your parents. Tell them I love them. I’m not kidding!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            Do you know why the 3rd world countries do not invent that much?
            One of the reason is people do not study what they like. Why?
            1. The govt assign you what to take [by GPA], in some cases
            2. People decide what major to study to impress others
            3. Parents tell them what to study

            One time, I was reading an article about one Asian father told his son to study medicine but the son like art, a lot. The father was adamant and the son went to med school, graduated and fold his diploma in to four and threw to the father’s face. He then told him, here is your MD diploma and now I am going to do mine and went back to study art.

          • Abi

            MM
            In my case I TOLD my boys what to study depending on their potential.
            College is extremely expensive to study your hobby. You can study your hobby on the side or after graduation.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            I used to think that way, when I was in college. I was wrong.
            First, it is not a hobby. This is 3rd world way of thinking.
            If you study what you really like, most probably you will be successful.

          • Abi

            MM
            I know a lot of people with college degrees who work at Starbucks. Yes, they are excellent in making frappe:) Of course, they studied their hobby.
            You got to be marketable upon graduation.
            Give me a 3rd world break!

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Abi and Nitricc,

            I remember the conversation between you and Nitricc. I am surprised it was that long ago.

            Whenever, I see and hear the Ethiopian and Eritrean children propensity to succeed in the academic world, I swell with pride.
            Yes, the parent’s high expectation is part and parcel of their success. The kids themselves have the necessary raw material to rise up to the top when the opportunity is presented.

            I feel exactly like you and Nitricc’s father. You assess the circumstances and provide leadership for your family, period. What Nitricc failed to see, probably due to his environment, was his father saw the capacity and potential in him for a higher goal.

            Let me tell you the opposite style of parenting. In the U. S, I think it was in California, sane parents gave permission for their 16 year old daughter to go around the world in an average size boat, because she wanted to do it. It was on national television news. I was livid, I thought it amounted to a child abuse or neglect. Eventually, I don’t think it took place, I hope.

            Gold star for you and Nitricc’s dad.

            Mr. K.H

          • Abi

            Mr Kim
            Thank you for your vote of confidence!
            Immigrants should know how and where they should spend their money even if it is borrowed.
            መልካም በዓል ለወዳጅና ዘመድ እመኛለሁ::

          • Nitricc

            What Nitricc failed to see, probably due to his environment, was his father saw the capacity and potential in him for a higher goal.

            Greetings Kim; No Kim, i have not filed to see my capacity, in fact, i excel on it. i wish i can find the courage to tell my story and then will be bragging and i can not do that, However; i can tell you that it is my father who failed to acknowledge what i have archived. it is a story that will be family matter.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Nitrric,

            No need to tell.
            I am glad you are happy with your accomplishments. In the U.S unlike other places there is a lot of successful satisfying career choices available.
            I hope to hear one day on television, that the new national security advisor to the President of the U.S, General…..so and so born in Gojam, Ethiopia from Eritrean parents blares out. I will fall off my chair.
            See when you become successful, everyone try to claim you.

            Mr. K.H

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            Your 3rd world break is granted!
            I was just sharing about your comment with my kids and my son just told me are you sure Abi is not you? 🙂
            So, are you saying those who studied social science are just did their hobby, meaning not exactly real accomplishment?
            BTW, you are under the “list of Starbucks”. You know what that list is. If the list is not clear to you, please refer to this:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOjSEW09NxE

          • Abi

            MM
            Tell your son Uncle Abi expect only the very best from him.
            Thanks for the link.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            Will do.
            I know you have purposely avoided to answer about that social science major 🙂
            I had this Quantum Mechanics Prof. used to say what’s your major, when he get asked with a question that intrigue him. Out side of Physics, Applied Chemistry, Engineering and Math, he used to say what a shame. One time he said he doesn’t see any difference between medicine and history because all you need is memorizing. No creativity at all. So, don’t put social science field down. Think twice.

            Oh, that guy shared a noble prize with another chemist 6 yrs later!
            Invite you to listen a friend just shared with me but have no idea what she saying. Sounds good though.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okbU7azgrvk

          • Abi

            MM
            You know I don’t like avoiding questions. How do I teach you a thing or two if I avoid your question:)
            Let me tell you a joke before I avoid it
            ልጅ አባቱን በጥያቄ ያጣድፈዋል:: አባት ደግሞ ምንም ስለማያውቅ ለሁሉም ጥያቄ መልሱ “ምን አውቄ” ነው::
            ልጅ: አባዬ ይሄ ምንድን ነው?
            አባት : ምን አውቄ ልጄ
            ልጅ : አባዬ ይሄ ነገር እንዴት ነው የሚሰራው ?
            አባት : ምን አውቄ ልጄ
            ልጅ ጥያቄውን ቀጥሏል:: አባትም ” ምን አውቄን” ቀጥሏል::
            በሁኔታው የተናደደች እናት “አባትህን አትጨቅጭቀው” ብላ ልጇን ትቆጣለች::
            አባትም ሚስቱን “ተይው እንጂ ይጠይቅ አለበለዚያ እንዴት ላስተምረው እችላለሁ?” ብሎ አረፈው::

            Back to topic
            Social science is important. I hate it when students paid a lot of money for their education only to see them struggling to find a suitable position in the work force.
            I believe There is a book “ a mortgage without a house “ where students with astronomical debts could not find jobs that is paying enough to pay down their debts.
            You don’t borrow heavily to study for the sake of studying.
            This is why I advocate for vocational training. Don’t get me started on this subject:)

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            I know about that 🙂
            Even though your suggestion [vocational training] tilts to my favor, I can’t publicly advocate on that 🙂

          • Abi

            MM
            Make sure your wife is always around to rescue you:)
            Worked for me:)

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            That’s a great advise!

          • Saleh Johar

            MM and Abi,
            I am enjoying the forum, very peaceful for the first time in a long time. Thank you.

            On the song you posted, I think it’s the best Ethiopia has produced so far. There are many excellent tunes but I always like Tzita.

            I thought of leaving it when the ugly saxophone blurred but thank to God, it was brief and I think they threw that pipe away after the first few notes. Thank you.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat SaleH [it really bothers me that I can’t call you Dr. SaleH]
            I will be sensitive to this saxophone from now on 🙂
            Does that mean to any FiHira’s song? Politics aside that is.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear MM.

            He is very sensitive to this saxophone,,Since I was long back from you, in this site it was the same with me..but I didn’t stop attaching links. Just don’t attach it before make sure there is no such instrument..to minimize the sensitive part..and please inform him but putting the warning to this gentle man..

            This is an example of my poems that got saxophone..

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAQh3BxA9g0&list=UUV-cNrE066v0lDxenqNnvgg&index=4&t=0s&ab_channel=KokhobSelam

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat KoKhobay!
            I hear you. I have the same issue with GeAat. For some reason, I can’t stand it but a lot of my family love it.
            When it comes to songs, I have a very steep Q filter but this is one of 5 artists that fits that bandwidth and I hope you, Saleh and others enjoy it:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX4uAuAyfrM

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear MM.

            Do you see the link I attach..This was in 2014..Just visit it pleas and come to give me you suggestion,,,,

            KS,,

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat KoKhobay!
            I was just listening to it. You are not only a great artist but also human rights advocate. I am proud of you!!!

          • David Samson

            Selam MM,

            GeAat?

            Nor do I. I have never touched it and never will.

          • Abi

            Kokobe
            Thanks for sharing this masterpiece. ( I remember you shared it with us before) . I don’t know why you chose the background music. I’m sure you have a good reason.
            The song was originally by His Excellency Tilahun Gessesse.

            ሰላም ላንቺ አለኝታዬ
            እንደምን አለሽ አበባዬ
            መኖሪያሽ ጠፍቶብኝ አድራሻሽ
            እቱ ንገሪኝ በየት ላግኝሽ
            ….

            If you listen to the song while reading this poem, it makes a perfect sense. He is narrating his hardships while looking for love , just like you looking for peace.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abo.

            Yes, I have good reason to make is the back ground..See, we work hard since ever for those two people unity,,people to people is the peace solution. This was before Dr.Abi come to power..without the two people agreement it is impossible to see peace and unity among those two nations..it is just what we have experienced those 2 years..And now more to works hard are you ready? Let us work for the peace and do it practically..Dill? let us do it practically…

            KS,,

          • Saleh Johar

            MM,
            Do you remember the guy whose role in the BonneyM I never understood? He iwas as bad as the saxephone. Umhumhumemmnh, he will interject and murmur sonthing in the middle of the song and then roll like a skateboarder. Avoid listening to music without that ugly thing and you will thank me.

          • Abi

            Ato Saleh
            You talking about “Rivers of Babylon “?
            Sorry you called the wrong number. MM knew nothing about Boney M. He was tending goats somewhere around Mendefera in the 80s.
            Growing up Boney M was a big deal! Daddy Cool, Ma Baker… of course Rivers of Babylon!
            የአካባቢውን ሰላም እንዳያደፈርሱት:)

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            You see what you now did, SaleH?
            I had to listen about four of their songs 🙂
            መማቕርቲ ይበሃል ንሱ!

          • Hashela

            Selam Saleh

            Your hatred of Saxophone is disturbing the otherwise peaceful atmosphere. Saxophones are people, too, to rephrase Romney’s infamous statement.

          • Saleh Johar

            No Hashela,
            If saxophones were people I would campaign to lock them up for disturbing serene atmosphere.

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            I stopped listening to ትዝታ after በዛወርቅ played it.ln my opinion Others tried it and failed.
            Nobody played Tzita like her.
            You got a good taste of music. Abi approved!
            If you listen to Getachew Mekuria , you will be hooked on saxophone. I promise.

          • Saleh Johar

            I agree Abi. Bezawerk delivered an excellent version. But do t forget the guy who had it on record in two versions— slow and fast, I think it was getachew something. It was the best.

            On saxophone, I think Ethiopians introduced it to us. I think it is the biggest non military crime. I tried to get used to it (not like it) but I failed and gave up a long time ago. Pls consider it an endangered instrument and don’t ever export it. 🙂

          • Abi

            Selam Ato Saleh
            ጌታቸው ካሣ ነው::
            He did a great job playing Tzita.
            እኔ ሳልከፋ ምንድን ነው ቅሬታ
            ስንት እየተሰማኝ አለሁ በትዝታ
            On saxophone , I gave up on you:)

          • Sultan

            Selamat Abbu and Gen Nittric:
            Abisha, any lay person could tell your achievement as an individual person and as a dedicated Father and Husband, the reason I insisted that you could have done the best in this forum if you use your potential as you should.
            SGJ picked it up easily and acknowledged and appreciated you when you shared with Ustaz Berhe with few top 10 tips how to be the best Daddy.

            No one would be surprised about your superb Community Service and the Ethiopian Communities are much better organized in such noble causes, the reason I sneak in and work with the Ethiopian Communities!
            One of the best and inspirational Mentors for my nephew was the Univ of MN Junior Ethiopian-American Univ Bio-Medical Engineering Student. My nephew was part of that Community and coz of her, he did the best and was awarded with $ and Certificate of Achievement”!

            Now,”Go and figure it out”my “ bravado” about my special advocacy of the special Mutual Ethio-Eritrean Relationship including the mutual and respectful Economic Integration…by leaving behind the ugly past history and to work for making up “ The lost opportunities”!

            Congrats…. for being the best Daddy and Inspirational Community Servant!

            General Nittric:
            I have always known something good stuff hidden behind your “rhetoric and bravado” and your love for Eritrea !

            Admire you for being who you are and for your firm and principled STAND and on your knowledge of any subject matter raised here.

            Oh yeah,for being a “Humble Eri-American Achiever”!

            Wether you are a Major or Colonel, or F-36 Pilot,do it your way as best as you can and EXCEL further on what you do, as you proudly declared it.

            Of utmost importance, for being the Best Big Bruh and the best example ( Abnet) to your genius sister.
            You will never regret but to be PROUD for what you have done for the little Genius sister.
            Very rare in the USA to find such a big Bruh( Brother)!
            Keep it up.
            Doing a sort of “ Internship” or a Year of Volunteer Medical Service in Eritrea for your sister is going to be the BEST and the MOST rewarding experience EVER!
            She will never regret it but cherish it,love it and enjoy it.
            I fully understand her perceived “ anxiety and fear” for doing that specially if she will end up with $300k in student loans.
            We can talk about Sponsorships through the UNDP and related agencies .

            Just a little Caution/advice:

            As MM correctly said it, pushing kids to do “beyond their limit” or to over-achieve things beyond their interest might have some undesired consequences !
            Indians are quite known for such case scenarios where the parents expect their kids to OVER-ACHIEVE and most do so; but a recent study confirmed that Suicide rate has increased among some kids in this category.

          • Abi

            King Sultan
            እዚህ ጋር ወራጅ አለ:)
            I advised Hawna Berhe regarding the opportunities and challenges of AP/IB programs in High Schools. I don’t advice people on parenting.
            I see what you are doing here. You are putting stumbling blocks to prevent me from building my wall.
            Operation aborted until the end of the year.
            Thanks for all the kind words.
            ርሁስ አውደ ዓመት

          • Sultan

            Selam Guaddu:
            Ghenzbka, my Brother-in-Law!

            “EnquaE’ Nabzi AbkeAnna, Amet Selamin Fikrin, Rahwan, TiEnan Yigberelka mis MilU’ Betesebka”!
            Safe trip back to home for your kids and the First Lady!
            This COVID-19 thing bothers me though..

          • Abi

            King Sultan
            ቸርነትህ በዛብኝ!
            ሰላምን , ፍቅርን , ራህዋን ,ጤናን
            ሁሉንም ለኔ? ኧረ ለአንተ አንድ እንኳን አስቀር:)
            Thanks for the best wishes.
            ጏድ አቢ

          • Nitricc

            I like your father already even if his success rate is only 50%:) He raised an Ivy League Med school student and a toothless militia:)

            Hay Abiy; i can’t stop laughing, lol. please don’t encourage him, that is what exactly he thinks. for the sake of humility and Eritrean culture i won’t tell what i do but i am cool with what i do. let me share something with you. When my sister accepted in to five medical schools, although Dartmouth university was the best offer, my dad choose Brown. He called me and he instructed me to fly in to roadiland, find apartment, furnish the apartment. I did that by paying the first month rents and the security deposit. The rent was 1600 hundred per month. After i moved in my sister, i called him i have done all he asked me to do. While i was excepting a word prize and good job well done, he said one more thing. i say what? from now on the monthly rent of her apartment is your responsibility. Here i am stuck with it for the last three years and one more year to go. I am happy to do it, but he thinks i am a toothless soldier yet, he knew i can afforded it but never gave me a credit for it. The good thing is that she is grateful and appreciative. I love my dad but he never forgave me for going my own way. he feels i disrespected him but it is what it is. one thing i learn from my parents is that Eritreans are hard-headed and ego driven. My point is, it does not matter how your kids go, as long as their doing just fine, accept it. We all can not be doctors, Chemists, CEO’s and all that but just accept it whatever your kids turn out to be.

          • Abi

            General
            I remember when you were looking for advice for your “ relative “. I told you that very weekend I and my son was searching for Med school. I remember Dartmouth offered some kind of scholarships and I encouraged you to jump on it.

            Always listen to your Dad! He knows best. Your sister is a genius unlike her brother:)
            Funny thing is like your father, I don’t like to say more than “ good job” for something my boys MUST do like studying hard and succeed. All they have to do is sleep, eat, learn.
            I don’t award trophies for participation. No Sir. I know I sound rough on them but it is what it is. Work hard and achieve higher. No BS.
            Love your Dad! Honored to hear about him.

  • said

    Greeting
    Thank you Dr. Beyan for your Article.
    You never get a second chance to make a good first impression” –old proverb,

    New leader his appointment, however, solves nothing. with a new leader, we will still have an old problem. Public support around a New Leader have to rally around.
    That isn’t because MH is the wrong man for the job. with whom I do not wholeheartedly identify with his vision. We should be against the very grain of those former EPLF /PFDJ political culture and against ,this murderous banality. We hope to have a far superior choice. MH I do not know his recent accomplishments diplomatically and we know his past legacies He comes with own badge , There was a popular belief that top leaders, EPLF /PFDJ hardliners, they beliefs in “collective delusion.” ,the non elected authorities, the PFDJ establishment largely remains above anything, they put the interests of the state were more important than narrow political interests and they professed a distinct identity with their master. and bend with the prevailing wind. The sellout leaders and enablers who went along with IA. In promoting exclusionary ideologies, and flaming ethnonationalist sentiments. They were disproportionately sensationalized and extreme, on account of the noticeable harms on the nation. they instigating division and rifts in our society that sometimes prove to be irreparable. Sadly this is a social epidemic that will further fragment an already divided country, it is a historical resentment that might never recede from view and one that can be construed as the raison d’être of many principles of new political practice . Zealot EPLF /PFDJ hardliners betray every single ideal and principle for which Eritreans dream stands. they have come this far. Why would they change course now? And thanks to the propaganda of “patriotism” and enemies conspiring against the country, they remain untouchable. their day will come. They need to end their silence on this injustices matter, before too late . One hopes that sanity will prevail, from day one IA has only one purpose, to undermine dissident political leaders and independent journalists and many others who do not agree with him , when ever IA is enraged, to score political points, slander individuals who cannot defend themselves he will call them traitors, and destroy the remaining of them all ,one by one, Besides, there’s a pattern here. offering no evidence. Of course that won’t move the needle. It is deja vu, as it already happened . IA contempt for nation is in plain sight and so openly cruel and callous and an unrepentant warmonger.

    IA NNNN Hate and false Ideology of dehumanisation, it started with words, therefore, also needs to start with words, start by rehumanising. those who have been dehumanised. NNNN it is a dangerous form of dogmatism continues to brew. All these seemingly disparate events have one fundamental thing in common: a systematic hatred of and bias against segment of Eritrean people who are regarded as different than IA mainstream people ; the dehumanisation of the “other” ,

    Origin stories of IA are a dime a dozen; his rise to power an historical event, he started a political movement with narrow vision against the others . Determining the origin of the leftist movement’s development and birth of EPLF growth in late 70th and 80th ,going through over the past many years is at best a messy task. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, high days, in a moment of leftist and Marxist enlightened self-interest, the EPLF consolidated its religious and secular arms, through the work of NNNN dramatically shifted Eritrean political landscape. IA core cadre he armed, trained and protected his “leftist” vision And this how IA became so powerful dictatorship. This is not an enviable position to be in, happily, his cadre minions happily and eagerly participated in a hideous network of murder, torture, is known fact and innocent human beings were put cage by unaccountable tyrants , which has plunged Eritrea into a hellhole of gangs and government goons brutalizing Eritrean people. By most brutal regime it is beyond anything ever seen in Eritrean history, no result ,not in anything that might ameliorate the suffering of ordinary Eritrean people. Out doing Derg murderous dictatorship south of Eritrean border. It’s the same old story reputed many times. Ethiopia It inflicted horrors in a war that left tens of thousands innocent human beings dead .

    What is Eritrean manifesto agenda, struggle for “justice and equality? And universal human rights?
    Democracy According to Encyclopedia Wikipedia, the characteristic equal protection of human rights, civil rights, civil liberties and political freedoms for all people.” This is a reasonably fair and accurate description which is to fundamentally transform Eritrea.

    Anyone who knows anything about recent Eritrean history knows, it is a history of inequality and oppression, that there has been no justice and equality and social justice in Godless pagan PFDJ cultures. Regime treat of minorities is appalling. And boiled over into the larger society , to express this truth in modern idiom, almost invariably discriminate based on ethnicity and on the basis of whatever else that can make one different from the PFDJ ruling elite in charge of Eritrea . that various forms of oppression have been practiced in Eritrea . Oppression is by no means unique to PFDJ. Its Oppression has been central to its survival , in fact, a feature of over time, Could the message be any more obvious? selfishness and rapaciousness are prominent aspects of regime nature. This should not surprise. Regime history of oppression is fact . instead of building a democratic, and just, society, Regime simply use Oppression. what it is what they know best It was hard to stomach. the usual scripts
    Eritrean progressive should reject oppression and deem it both wrong and immoral.
    To united we stands as the only culture that has had the compassion and humanness to make a deliberate and systematic effort to eliminate oppression and tyranny
    To treat Eritrean diversified minorities with compassion and understanding? Eritrean minorities to be given the full measure of human respect and equal rights. To give equal rights for all people , As far as we know Is starting point ,our minorities can hope for fair treatment and equal rights. They are entitled to certain fundamental inalienable rights which they possess simply by virtue of being human.

  • Brhan

    Merhaba Dr. Beyan,

    I enjoyed reading the third part.

    You have called in your article Mesfin Hagos to resign from his party. Also you are calling that he forms a group, that include technocrats. Although there are many groups fighting against the dictatorial regime, the YiaKel or Kifaya or Enough movement ,which has attracted significant support from outside and inside of Eritrea, was not mentioned in your article. If I am not mistaken , are you seeing this movement doesn’t fit in your vision, so we have to come with a new group. The movement , includes technocrats , but more than that it has started to achieve its structural and institutional adjustments in North America. Is not this a good asset for the movement to attract Mesfin Hagos?

    Also as I mentioned , the struggle against dictatorship has also come from Eritrea. Wedi Ali and the Forto operation are recent examples. And such changes can erupt anytime in Eritrea. Mesfin Hagos’s first step was to communicate with the public inside Eritrea, and particularly with grade 11 students that are obliged to go to Sawa and this a good step. He is still respected among the veterans of whom many hold key positions in the army and can be considered to lead.

    Last comes about his visit to Tigray, Ethiopia and meeting with TPLF leaders. The issue of visits of Eritrean opposition figures to Tigray will depend on the relationship between TPLF and the regime in Addis Ababa. So far the regime in Addis for its political interest is talking softly with TPLF , unlike its dealing with other parts, such as Oromia, Wolayta and Sidama where it is using fists and guns. As long this soft dealing is alive, I see the Eritrean opposition figures won’t have any problems including visits to Tigray, Ethiopia, where a huge number of Eritrean refuges are living there. No body spoke when Isayas and Debresion walked holding hands. احرام لمسفن وحلال لأسياس؟ Is it ok for Isayas and forbidden to Mesfin?

    • Semere Tesfai

      Selam Brhan

      “You (Beyan N.) have called in your article Mesfin Hagos to resign from his party. Also you are calling that he forms a group, that include technocrats. Although there are many groups fighting against the dictatorial regime, the YiaKel or Kifaya or Enough movement ,which has attracted significant support from outside and inside of Eritrea, was not mentioned in your article. If I am not mistaken , are you seeing this movement doesn’t fit in your vision, so we have to come with a new group.”

      Brhan: let me help you here. Don’t waste your time looking for treasure in Mesfin Hagos. The article is not about Mesfin Hagos. Mesin Hagos is irrelevant in this article. Mesfin Hagos is just a distraction. You know Beyan is not blunt. Since he is not blunt, he has to make a lot of Shenkolel to make his argument. And in the wilderness of Shenkolel, every reader is lost in the jungle of Beyan’s carefully crafted words.

      I’m very blunt. I would’ve told you like it is – even on part one of his article. But I’m not going to volunteer myself to make Beyan’s case. Try harder and dig deeper – then speak-up your mind.

      Semere Tesfai

      Semere Tesfai

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Semere Tesfai,

        Why do you want to make it harder for Birhan either when you are “very blunt” and know what is in the mind and heart of our good brother Negash right from the start? I thought all of us (serious ones) share this space to discuss public affairs of our nation. I am just curious why you want to uphold what you already know about the ulterior motive when the writer had invested time to explain his views in three well written consequent and coherent articles.

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam Ismail AA,

          Semere Tesfai is, based on reading his multiple posts, a very intelligent and knowledgeable individual. Contrary to his statement, he is not really blunt. He resides in “shenkolel”. I don’t know what that word means but I got the drift from his usage of it and it describes what I mean for the moment.

          As disagreeable as he is often, most of the time his comments have a lot of weight. He points to a lot of alternative views, he believes are note worthy.
          He said,..”But I’m not going to volunteer myself to make Beyan’s case.” I wish you challenged him to be blunt and have it on the table.
          He at times leaves me wanting as to what he meant. Perhaps, it might be the result of using his own full name.

          I kinda like Nitricc for being blunt with its own faults. Semere Tesfai is not blunt at all.
          Sometimes, I wish I could switch traits of Nitricc to S.T and vise versa.
          Boy, I could have learned a great deal from either one of them, alas both come with their own shortcomings. I guess that makes them human.

          Mr. K.H

        • uf

          Selam Ismail AA,
          There was an old man,back home. He used to say to those people who were visiting dead relative.” itom zelowu kefiowna alewu”
          ‘those living {human] are worst.
          And Semere T is one of them.

    • Beyan

      merHaba Brhan,

      You raise an interesting question. The Yiakel movement is another classic case of a movement among many, as soon as it grabbed attention and imagination of Eritreans the world over, was confronted with a leadership crisis. The same case of a rudderless activism that many others before it did, some of which I cited as an example. In Los Angeles area the Yiakel movement was starting to splinter and similarly the fiasco we saw in DC area are examples of a Greek mythological Hydra with multiple heads and as soon as its head is cut two heads grow just as fast. And then recently it tried to redefine itself via the educated lot with PhDs and all in which attempts were made to have Global Yiakel movement similar to Global Initiative that wasn’t able to globalize its vision. So, Brhan, what we are faced with is a case of a movement lacking strong leadership that can steer the ship, but it needs that rudder so it may navigate the torrential terrain of a movement that seems to drift as soon as it initiates one.

      So, what needs to happen is leaders need to spell out their goals and objectives in a clear and transparent manner. The mass needs to be willing to be led by people with experience in matters of movements. If every little disagreement is going to grow Hydra heads, we will be facing the same problem over and over again. The followers need to step back, pause, and give leaders a chance to lead.

      As for Semere T’s comments, he is entitled to his opinion just as you or anyone in this forum is. Ismail made the point clear for Semere. Going into side issues of reasoning behind why people write the way they write is the anthesis to a good spirit of dialogue that you Brhan are trying to genuinely engage in. I thank you for such a spirit.

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        Selamat Dr. Beyan
        The hgdf 03 has played a major role for creating divisions and this created huge mistrust among us.
        Then, it is about time to hire a qualified and principled foreigner [say some one from Senegal or Ghana or Tanzania, etc] for few years until we have some trust of each other.

        • Beyan

          Selam MM,
          Higdef 03 and/or its honcho would’ve been better off hiring or leasing Eritrea to Corporate America for a decade so the country would have some semblance of national order. After which, it can be handed back to them, hopefully, they won’t run it to the ground again. If they do, then, they can re-lease it to the highest bidder to overhaul their mess -:)

          As for your suggestion to the diaspora movements “hir[ing] qualified and principled foreigner[s]”, hey, if they take pro bono work get paid in arrears, it could work -:)

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat Dr. Beyan,
            I think we could afford ~$5M/yr for about 5yrs or so.
            Think about how much of $$ the few HGDF clicks are looting us in broad day light.

          • Abi

            MM
            5M /yr? Is it a retainer fee?
            Who in the right mind work for that kind of pocket change? A lobbyist charge you that kind of money to talk to a low level staffer at the US Congress on your behalf. He might make two phone calls a year.
            Get real.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            You are getting slower these days…the German beer is not helping?
            Re-read my original comment and tell me if 5M/yr is good enough or not.

          • Abi

            MM
            Guinness is not German. እንዴት አይነት ጉድ ነው! ስንቱን አስተምሬ እዘልቃለሁ?
            5M/yr is a pocket change.
            You are getting slower very fast.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            On the contrary.
            My best advice to you is, Isayas is neither good for your country nor to any nation on this planet.
            Koshemshem time is over and he will led to your country’s disintegration. He excels on destruction.

          • Abi

            MM
            ወዳጄን ምን ነካብኝ?
            ወዴት ነው የምትንሸራተተው? ጨዋታችን እኮ በአመት 5 ሚሊዮን የሚከፈለው የኤርትራ ገዥ ማፈላለግ ነበር::
            በል ተወው! እኔው እንደፈረደብኝ መጥቼ ስልጣኑን እረከባለሁ እንጂ በአስተዳደር ጉድለት ስትበደሉ ለማየት የሚያስችል አንጀት የለኝም:: ደመወዙ እንኳን በቂ አይደለም ግን ከፈጣሪ አገኘዋለሁ ብዬ ነው:: ለፅድቅ ይሆነኛል:: በአንድ ሰው አንድ ብር…
            አምስት ሚልዮን ኤርትራዊ በአምስት ሚሊዮን…
            ይሁና!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            I hope I understood you right. Are you volunteering to lead us?
            We will politely decline 🙂
            Why do you think I mentioned those countries? You can’t be neutral 🙂
            No offense my NIL

          • Abi

            MM
            እዋይ
            ኤርትራዊ የማስተዳደር ከሃያ አምስት አመት በላይ ልምድ አለኝ::
            ይህ እድል እንዳያመልጥህ::

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Abi and MM.

            I am enjoying your give and take conversation,,I wish everybody is reading it..Go ahead and continue please..

            KS,,

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            I admit, you couldn’t be worse that HGDF [because there is not any worse than this evil system], but that’s not what we are looking for.
            BTW, I understood when you say you have > 20 yrs of experience, BIL 🙂

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Abi,
            For your positive effort, let me invite you this song, I just heard 🙂
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd9gO09DUMQ

          • Abi

            MM
            እንዲህ ነው እንጂ!
            ትግርኛ ዘፈን ተሻሽሏል 🙂
            የቐንየለይ

          • Haile S.

            Good morning Jetaw,

            Voice- and look-wise, Dawit Tsige is indistinguishable from the young Tekle Tesfazgi. A true reincarbation of TT?
            https://youtu.be/TvoXdQOdBrc

          • Abi

            ሊቀመኳስ
            Are you saying Ethiopians are ahead of the curve in cloning themselves?

        • Consolation

          Hello Mehandis,

          Waving the white flag is the fate of the defeated. Your reliance on foreigners to take you to the promised land has been ongoing for the past 20 years. The latest attempt to create an alliance with the dead Weyane using Mefin Hagos as the Eritrean Chalabi has fizzled out. So it is no surprise to see you making yet another ludicrous suggestion to hire a Ghanaian expert to mold you into shape.

          ረሲዕካዮ ዲኻ ናይ 20 ዓመት ታሪኽኩም
          ከደምቲ ክትኮንዎ ወያነ ክለቓቕበኩም
          ኣብ ሃዋሳ ኣላጊቡ ባይቶ ክምህዘልኩም
          ኣብ መቐለ ኣኪቡ ፋሕ ጭንግር ከእትወልኩም::

          መሳርሒ ካብ ምዃን፥ ታሪኽ ከምዘይብልኩም
          መዓስ ኢኹም ትመሃሩ፥ ካብ ተመክሮኹም
          ኣብ ሕልሚ ካብ ትነብሩ፥ ባዕዲ ከዐውተኩም
          ይኣኽለና ዘይትብሉ፥ ዓቕምኹም መዚንኩም::

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selamat Consolation
            Awate forum, please allow me to speak in GHDF’s crude language.
            Well Consol, a foreigner [no offense to the people of Tigray and Tembien in particular] is leading Eritrea to the ground and we need to try another one from another country.
            You seem to be from that secretive circle.
            Did you see what your boss did to the people of Quazien few days ago? He arrested the whole village.
            Did you hear that sole-cell american foot soldier, nitric?
            Yes, he did.

          • Consolation

            MM,

            ሓንሳብ ከዳሚ፥ ኵሉ ግዜ ከዳሚ።

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Consolation,
            Are you saying your boss, Isayas, is Kedami? Agree and amen to that!

      • Consolation

        Selam Beyan,

        If I go to a physician, the first thing he has to do is diagnose what the cause for my ill symptoms is before he prescribes medications. He may give me temporary palliatives to ease some of my symptoms but he doesn’t order major treatment before knowing what the problem is. Now you guys have been busy for more than 20 years coming up with bizarre scenarios and weird solutions that reek of quackery. You are just the latest to try his hand. The thousands of articles posted in this website alone attest to that. Don’t you think that it is about time that you guys used all your abilities to understand yourselves, your assumption and your conclusions. For the past two years now, people who have sold themselves to the Weyane have been trying to sell the idiotic proposal that Eritrea is being sold by none other than the man who spent his life liberating it not just once but twice. A logician would tell you that you can deduce anything you like from a false premise. That is why the great scientists waste a great deal of their time in making sure that their premises are not faulty.

  • Nitricc

    Hi all; please forgive me in brining this horrible thing to your attention. Trust me i am horrified and shocked but here i am to declare that there no idea with Ethiopia and build the freaking wall. this is shocking. keep your freaking democracy and fake election. I mean how low can the Ethiopians go? President Isaias cut your BS with Ethiopia NOW. I am speechless and sad. what the hack is going on in Ethiopia? When you are an adult do freaking you wanted to do but the children? I know there some wanna be Eritreans who are losers kissing behind TPLF thugs but they have no morals and they are iodates. Eritreans cut your losses short and let go any kind of relationship with Ethiopians. I do regret ruining in to this clip and i have no choice but to share with you. It is the matter of time this kind of BS to speared to Eritrea. Shut the border for ever. Eritrea will be fine. I am done with the freaking Ethiopians, they gone to the gutters. hell no.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AHO-h1fPOw

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; This is it. If the federal government failed to stop the thugs from the fake election; I think, it will be the end of the federalism. As this writer puts it, who is going to stop the other killis to do what ever they want?

    የፌደራል መንግስቱ መንግስትነቱ የሚረጋገጠው ነገ ነው! – (ጌታቸው ሽፈራው)
    1) የፌደራል መንግስቱ ሕጎቹን የማስከበር ግዴታ አለበት። ይሁንና ትህነግ የፌደሬሽን ምክር ቤትን ውሳኔ ጥሶ ምርጫ አደርጋለሁ እያለ ነው። ትህነግ አደርገዋለሁ የሚለው ምርጫ ሕግን በመጣስ ብቻ አይደለም። በየቀኑ በፌደራል መንግስቱ ላይ እየዛተ እንደመንግስት እንደማይቆጠር ለማሳየት እየጣረ ነው። ይህ ደግሞ በቀጣይ ሌሎች ክልሎች ከፌደራል መንግስቱ እንዲያፈነግጡ ምሳሌ ለመሆን የሚያደርገው ነው። የፌደራል መንግስቱ ይህን ክልላዊ ውርጋጥነት ካላስቆመ በስተቀር በቀጣይነት ሌሎች ክልሎች ከምንም ተነስተው የፌደራል መንግስቱን አሰራር ጥሰው የፈለጉትን ቢያደርጉ የማስቆም ሞራልም አቅምም አይኖረውም።

    • Selam Nitricc,

      I really do not think that the other killils are interested in what tplf is doing. Tplf is the rogue element in the ethiopian politics, and it is avoided by all except the few oromo ultranationalists. Tplf is doing its level best to get relevance, and it is gambling, without a serious thought about the consequences of its actions. Following tplf’s path, and reacting with punitive measures because of the elections, will lead the federal government to the quagmire tplf wants it to be.
      War with tplf will destabilize ethiopia, especially at this stage when ethiopia has a formidable enemy egypt, and trump has aligned himself with al sisi.
      To tell you the truth, i am afraid that trump may go as far as imposing sanctions on ethiopia if elected again, for the sake of his favorite dictator al sisi, and he will force agreement on palestine so that his dream comes true, his dream being winning the NPP. Looking at the economic measures he has taken lately against ethiopia, this is my conclusion, unfortunately.
      I want to say that ethiopian-americans should be extremely serious for whom they are going to vote in the november elections, because the outcome means a lot for ethiopia. Nothing is impossible for trump, a businessman and a reality show star, with no moral barrier.
      Coming back to tplf, the elections will be a show that signifies nothing. There will be a lot of kebero beating and dancing, and the next day it will be business as usual for the ordinary tigrayan. Therefore, the federal government should be very careful not to fall in to the pit tplf is preparing for the federal government and for ethiopia as a whole.

      • Abi

        Horizon
        ይህ Tplf የሚሉት ጉድ መርዝ እንደላሰች ውሻ መክለፍለፍ አብዝቷል::
        አንድ በጣም የምወደውን አጭር ግጥም ላካፍልህ::

        ‘ ከፍ በል ከፍ በል ከፍ በል ከፍ በል ከፍ ከፍ: ከፍ ከፍ
        አሁንም ከፍ ከፍ
        ከፍ ከፍ : ከፍ ከፍ
        ከዚያ የወደቅህ እለት አጥንትህ እንዳይተርፍ’

        ታገል ሰይፉ ( ጠላቴን ስረግመው)

      • Semere Tesfai

        Selam Horizon

        “The (TPLF) elections will be a show that signifies nothing. There will be a lot of kebero beating and dancing, and the next day it will be business as usual for the ordinary tigrayan. Therefore, the federal government should be very careful not to fall in to the pit (quagmire) TPLF is preparing for the federal government and for ethiopia as a whole.”

        Among other things, after the TPLF election, these are the things the Ethiopian Federal Government should do

        1. – The objective of the Ethiopian Federal Government must be (a) to preserve Ethiopian unity and territorial integrity and (b) to defeat the Woyanes without punishing the people of Tigray .

        Now, the question that comes to mind is: how do you defeat the TPLF thugs without punishing the people of Tigray? And this is how

        2. – The minute the TPLF thugs announce their newly elected government, the Ethiopian Federal Government should declare the election and the newly elected Tigrean Killil government illegal. and stop any communication with the newly elected Killil government

        3. – Allow Tigreans outside Tigray to elect their provisional Killil and federal representatives in a free and fair elections and announce these newly elected Tigrean Killil and Federal representatives to the people of Tigray and Ethiopia. And for their safety let the provisional killil leaders operate their business from outside the Tigray Killil – from Amara and Afar regions

        4. – Stop all the federal funds that were given to the TPLF government – instead give all the funds to the newly elected Tigrean provisional government.

        5. – Then the Ethiopian Federal government must (a) seal air-tight the Tigrean land borders (b) stop all the air flights in and out of Tigray (c) cut off all communications – internet, TV, radio that is owned by the TPLF (d) give all air time (radio, TV, internet) to the new provisional government.

        6. – Allow only civilian (non-governmental) goods and services to enter Tigray – goods and services that okayed by the Ethiopian Federal government Authorities – be from inside Ethiopia, Eritrea, or from the Sudan. Goods that have dual use (government and civilian use) should be distributed by Federal authorities

        7. – Negotiate with the TPLF authorities, Ethiopian Red Cross and other non-governmental Ethiopian Humanitarian organizations to operate freely to help the people of Tigray. Don’t allow any foreign NGOs into the Tigray Region – at all.

        8. – The newly elected illegal Tigrean Killil government should not be allowed to have any diplomatic relation with any outside government

        That would be good for starters and go from there.

        Semere Tesfai

        • Selam Semere Tesfai,

          You are spot on. All the points you mentioned above are tplf/woyane’s nightmares, and it is the reason tplf is saying that any measures taken against it is equivalent to declaring war on tigray. This way it believes that it can avoid them.
          It seems that deep down other than the bravado of war and implementation of article 39, tplf has no power to do anything else. It can’t wage war unless attacked and the federal government is not going to do such a crazy thing, tplf can’t come out of its state and invade others, secession is easier said than done, and tplf is already between a rock and a hard place. Add to this the things you mentioned above; tplf is fighting a lost war.
          Soon the people of tigray will see the reality on the ground, and they will revolt against tplf, because i doubt that they are ready to sacrifice themselves and their children for the second time. What did they gain after the seventeen years of sacrifice? Nothing. It was the guys from adwa who gained everything.
          It is said that already some tigrayan fighters are deserting the sinking ship and crossing over into the amhara region, which will be worse if the crisis worsens. Tplf will not lead tigrayans to any promised land, but certainly it will take them through an adventurous journey with an unknown destination.
          Finally, i think that there is an urgent meeting going to take place (taking place) to decide what measures to take against tplf’s mutiny, and we may hear the suggestions to the federal government.

        • Saleh Johar

          Selam Semere,
          Allow me to thank you for your civilized approach, I don’t remember you going out of your way to insult your others. You know that I do not agreew ith most of your views but I can only admire the way you defend your positiuon without personalizing your difference as we see from some individuals here. THank you

          2- Your comments above are well thought of action items. I was wondering if you noticed that many Eritreans are trying to do just that with the PFDJ thugs. Do you thing your suggestions to Ethiopians on how to deal with the TPLF in an internal conflict could be used to face the Eritreans local difference?

          Thank you

          • Ismail AA

            Ahlen Saleh,
            You forgot that the PFDJ is a lone democratic entity in the region. By the way, did you note realize the word “thug” has lost meaning due to over use by some here – relevant or irrelevant all the same.

          • Aligaz G

            Ismael,

            The English word “thug” derives from the Hindi “Thuggee” who were notorious for running murdering and looting networks in Pre British India. Their favorite method of murdering their unwitting victims was strangulation. The habesha “tug” is a local variant hence all habesha politicians including TPLF are “tugs” and not “thugs”. Thereby ameliorating any possibility of overuse in this forum. cheers

        • Samuel

          Selam Semere Tesfai,
          I don’t want to get into your genius recommendations, let me educate you the Ethiopian constitution. The reason I say that is because you seem to miss the constitutional limit of the federal government power. The Ethiopia federal government has limited power, it doesn’t have unlimited power like IA/PFDJ constitution (if there is one).

          Article 52 Powers and Functions of States
          (1) All powers not given expressly to the Federal Government alone, or concurrently to the Federal Government and the States are reserved to the States.
          (2) Consistent with sub-article 1 of this article, States shall have the following powers and functions:
          a) To establish a State administration that best advances self-government, a democratic order based on the rule of law; to protect and defend the Federal Constitution;
          b) To enact and execute the state constitution and other laws;
          c) To formulate and execute economic, social and development policies, strategies and plans of the State;
          d) To administer land and other natural resources in accordance with Federal laws;
          e) To levy and collect taxes and duties on revenue sources reserved to the States and to draw up and administer the State budget;
          f) To enact and enforce laws on the State civil service and their condition of work; in the implementation of this responsibility it shall ensure that educational; training and experience requirements for any job, title or position approximate national standards;
          g) To establish and administer a state police force, and to maintain public order and peace within the State;

          Reread Article 52 (1), it is very important, some Ethiopians (pro Abiy) miss this part of the constitution all the time intentionally, “All powers not given expressly to the Federal Government are reserved to the States”. Thus, Tigray election is constitutional, look article 52 (2-a), meaning Tigray has the right “to protect and defend the Federal Constitution;”

          When you respond, please respond based on Ethiopia constitution, otherwise keep your silence.

          Thanks,

          • Teodros Alem

            semuel
            What u talking about? Nobody is disputing the constitutional rights of the states, what the federal gov saying is tigrai administration is violating the federal constitution, the house of Federation is saying, the state of tigrai is violating the constitution.
            As usual u came up with a twisted way of seeing the situation, the house of Federation is the one that determine if any laws or system of administrative is constitutional or not .

          • Samuel

            Selam Teodros Alem,
            You said “what the federal gov is saying tigrai administration is violating the federal constitution“. Can you specify which constitutional article Tigray government violating? Don’t repeat the narrative, just provide me the article number and I will respond you accordingly.

            Thanks,

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Samuel,
            Sorry for my laziness to find out, but I do not know whether Ethiopia has a constitutional court or panel of justices. Who adjudicate in case constitutional dispute arises?

          • Samuel

            Selam Ismail AA,
            The House of Federation (HoF) has the power to interpret the Constitution. Article 62 explains the power given to the HoF. Here is some part of the article:-

            Article 62 Powers and Functions of the House of the Federation
            (1) The House has the power to interpret the Constitution.
            (2) It shall organize the Council of Constitutional Inquiry.
            (3) It shall, in accordance with the Constitution, decide on issues relating to the rights of Nations, Nationalities and Peoples to self-determination, including the right to secession.
            …..

            Thanks,

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Samuel,

            Thank you so much. Does it mean an inquiry panel comes to existence on ad hoc basis whenever conditions call for it?. I mean there is no an independent constitutional court as such. Anyway, did the HoF set up an inquiry panel in relation to the current dispute?

          • Samuel

            Selam Ismail AA,
            The Council of Constitutional Inquiry is kind of an independent department under the federal government. Its main task is to interpret the Constitution and submit its recommendations to the House of the Federation. When you get a chance you can look into “Article 82 Structure of the Council of Constitutional Inquiry”.

            Most of the time the HoF can decide when constitutional dispute arises. For example land dispute between two states, zones or Nation Nationalities related issues, etc.

            If you recall few months ago the Council of Constitutional Inquiry (CCI) has provided “recommendations” regarding the term limits of the House of Peoples’ Representative and the federal government to the HoF. Accordingly, HoF has extended the term limit of the federal government. However, many scholars, Tigray government and other regional governments has opposed the HoF decision was unconstitutional. There was no Constitutional basis to extend federal government power beyond the term limit.

            Article 54 Members of the House of Peoples’ Representatives
            (1) Members of the House of Peoples’ Representatives shall be elected by the People for a term of five years on the basis of universal suffrage and by direct, free and fair elections held by secret ballot.

            Thanks,

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Samuel,
            I am sincerely grateful for your generous information and the link. Thank you very much. Let us hope wisdom will win the day, and the parties in dispute resort to dialogue and settle discords on the basis of the constitution. I think our Ethiopian brothers and sisters understand the country does not afford further rifts or escalation of outstanding differences. Again, I thank you so much, Samuel.

          • David Samson

            Selam Samuel,

            I do not follow the ins and outs of Ethio’s politics. Here is an article on BBC.

            https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-53807187

            Assuming the election in Tigray goes ahead, what is your intake and how do you see things unfolding following the election?

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Dave,

            In any federal arrangements states can have their own “state laws” and “electoral laws” that governs local parliamentary elections. Keep in mind that each state has a governor and local parliament to run the state.

            Second, the central government has nothing to do on how states sent their representatives to the national parliament. So as far as the election process in the state of Tigray for local leaders and parliament to run their state, it is legitimate and is with in the right of the state.

            Third, there is no any provision either in their statuary laws or their constitutional law, that the parliament or the prime minister that could enable them to postpone the regular cycles of elections. Abiy and the parliament can not enforce “unwritten” and “un ratified” laws to dictate states and postpone national election. Federal governments can do their elections even in wartime. The only reason why Abiy is doing this unconstitutional is simply that his party is not ready or has not the prospect of winning at the regular scheduled election cycle. This is one of the tactics of authoritarian rulers. Nothing new.

            Regards

          • Samuel

            Selam David,
            Just FYI, The election will take place without any doubt, it is constitutional and the Tigray people are fully supporting the election. I just want to confirm you that the election will happen on-time without any hesitation. There is nothing the HoF or federal government can do except “issuing press releases”. They can do that until October 5.

            What is next?
            Whoever wins (most likely TPLF) will have the legitimacy ”to protect and defend the Federal Constitution”, it will resist the federal government’s unconstitutional term limit extension. After October 5 GC (September 25 EC), the federal government will be illegal government based on the constitution article 54(1).

            Thus, the newly elected Tigray government will inform Abiy sponsors, Africa Union, and others about the situation in Ethiopia. Tigray will start “new direction” to resist legally the illegal group in Addis Ababa.

            Two things can happen After Tigray election and before October 5th:-
            1. The federal government (Abiy group) will agree to release all political prisoners, share power and reinstate the election as soon as possible.
            2. The federal government (Abiy group) will continue to use “all means” strategy. This could mean a lot, it could lead disintegration. I see two outcomes in this case
            A) Finally Abiy group will surrender or
            B) They will continue fighting and disintegration will be imminent. Worst scenario.

            Note that Based on the Ethiopia constitution, the Nation states (regional states) created the federal government, not the other way around. Thus, the federal government don’t have legal basis to threaten the regional states or Nation States their constitutional right.
            It is true that all regional states are not created equal, they may not have the power to resist or defend their constitutional rights, which in effect the federal government is silencing their basic right. However, after the election, the Tigray government will take that lead for all Nation and Nationalities and defend the constitution.

            Based on the constitution article 54, after October 5, the federal government will be expiring its term limit, as a result it won’t have the public and regional states confidence to lead the federal affairs. Which will lead full-fledged resistance against the illegal government/group based in the capital.

            Generally, The election will give Tigray government the mandate to defend the constitution, Tigray government will be the only legal and capable government who can defend the constitution. The region states and Nation Nationalities who believe Abiy government is an illegal government will start to join Tigray government to fight (by all means) the illegitimate group in the capital.
            Based on my understanding except few regional governments most will join Tigray government to resist the illegal group. Oromia, Afar, Southern people are already in full-fledged resistance with the federal government. After the election Tigray will join with full force (“new direction”) and take the lead to resist the illegal group.

            Note that this illegal group lead by Abiy, the first thing they did was they silenced Somalia regional state, then they silenced Amhara regional state, then they silenced some part of Southern people, then they tried to silence Oromia, they arrested prominent political leaders but the Oromo and Southern people kept resisting, still on going. Abiy tried to silence Tigray in many ways but he couldn’t, he even tried to send a group of military to kill Tigray leaders but it failed badly. I am sure someone will write a book what Abiy has done in the last two years, for now let’s leave it there.

            Thanks,

          • Abi

            Samiti
            Another ሞቶ በሞቶ for the record books.
            እንደ ሃይሌ ገብረሥላሴ የራሳችሁን ክብረወሰን በመስበር ተወዳዳሪ አልተገኘላችሁም::
            በአሮጌ ተወካዮች ያሸበረቀ መልካም አዲስ አመት እመኛለሁ!
            በአዲሱ አመት አዳዲስ ጥብቆ የተላበሱ አሮጌ ተወካዮቻችሁን እዛው መቀሌ አቆዩዋቸው:: አዲስ አበባ ቦታ የላቸውም::
            ርሁስ አዉደ አመት ሃውና ሳሚና

          • Teodros Alem

            semuel
            I will not provide u the article number but i can tell u this for sure, according to the federal constitution , conducting election is given to the ethiopian election Commission, they r constitutionally assigned to conduct election in ethiopia, state and federal gov election.

          • Samuel

            Selam Teodros Alem,
            Based on the constitution the “Election Board” has the constitutional right to conduct an election (just to conduct an election), however it doesn’t have constitutional right to prohibit to do an election. Thus, if the federal “Election Board” can’t conduct the election in Tigray, then Tigray can create its own “Election Board” to conduct the election, refer Article 52 (1) “All powers not given expressly to the Federal Government are reserved to the States”.

            Thanks,

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Samuel

            Remember this: Always

            A. – Federal Laws supersedes State Laws

            B. – Every state law that is enacted is to complement and supplement existing Federal Laws – not to contradict them in any shape or form

            C. – The magic phrase in state law is in accordance to Federal Law.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Samuel

            Selam Semere Tesfay,
            There is no contradiction in my statement, my argument is based on the Constitution of The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, I gave you the article number as a reference. Thus, you have to support your case based on Ethiopia constitution.

            Let me repeat what I said yesterday, The federal constitution Article 52 (1) says “All powers not given expressly to the Federal Government alone, or concurrently to the Federal Government and the States are reserved to the States.”

            Give me an article number that supersedes this constitutional law?

            Thanks,

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Samuel,
            I think people are confusing academic sense of what federal to state and state to federal suggests with a specific condition as the relationship between federal and state laws in accordance with the working constitution of the Ethiopia.

          • Samuel

            Selam Ismail AA,
            I completely agree with you, in academic sense the federal-state relations could be seen as — the federal gov has more power than the states, however in Ethiopia case even though the federal government controls the Banks and Tanks, the States have more power constitutionally than the federal government. The federal government can’t have power more than what is specified in the constitution, thus either the constitution has to be amended (constitutionally) if not the States will have the final say. This was done intentionally because of the history of Ethiopia governments, they have the tendency to centralize power, which could lead to suppression of Nation and Nationalities rights. If you let them once they will take it forever, or it will be bloody to take it back.

            Thanks,

          • Sultan

            Selamat Wed Ad:
            I would NEVER betray my fav “ Intelligent Cheguar Danga”!
            The other magic thing, if I may add, is that the Constitution Process , drafting, and its implementation were / had been controlled, manipulated and interpreted by none but the same TPLF, in the very true words of Dr AAA , where he challenged it declaring that the Constituon in question was UNCONSTITUTIONAL and unconstitutionally drafted, ratified and implemented.
            My only reservation is :
            It is none of our business since we Eritreans have no constitution to talk about vis-a-vis the Ethiopians and their Constitution.

            The Ethiopians are debating on the interpretation of their implemented Constitution ,about Democracy , Democratic Institutions and Elections while Eritrea and Eritreans do not even have one let alone to debate on its interpretation .
            But if u r going to challenge me that we don’t need the chaotic Ethiopian Style democracy, I agree!.
            But we need something to guide us so as to build strong institutions.
            I already challenged u on this on another thread
            Implementing the 1994 EPLF Charter could have been a good starter.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Samuel,

            Article 52 of Ethiopian constitution does correspond to the “tenth amendment (amendment X)” of the United States which says:

            “the principle of federalism, also known as states’ rights by stating that ‘the federal government has only those powers delegated to it by the Constitution’ and that all other powers not forbidden to the states by the Constitution, are reserved to each state, or its people”

            Accordingly, if there is no power either to the PM or to the parliament to postpone regular elections in your constitution, the people of Tigray has the right to perform their regular election as scheduled by the law. Semere Tesfay can not bring any article from your constitution pertinent to the issue at hand to make his argument. Actually, he is not making legal argument, rather he is making political argument for Abiy.

          • Samuel

            Selam Amanuel Hidrat.
            Thank you for the information, I didn’t know US constitution has similar spirit. It looks like it is the fundamental principle of federalism, which I firmly believe it should. The federal government should have limited power, its power should be limited to protect the constitution. Any power not delegated to the federal government should be reserved to the states.

            Thanks,

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          ሰላማት ሰመረ ተስፋይ
          መልስታት ከይበዝሐካ ‘ናተሰከፍኩ ቁሩብ ወስ ከብል
          ምርጫ ዘይኣምን ህግደፍ ‘ናደገፍካ ብዛዕባ ናይ ካልኦት ምርጫ ምዝራብሲ ከምዚ [ሓደ ጥዉይ ጨርቂ ድኻ ንጄፍ ቤዞስ ከምዝ ንተጌርካ ክት ህብትም ኢኻ] ከም ምባል ኴኑ ስመዓኒ።

          • Semere Tesfai

            ሰላም ጆሚትራ

            “መልስታት ከይበዝሐካ ‘ናተሰከፍኩ ቁሩብ ወስ ከብል
            ምርጫ ዘይኣምን ህግደፍ ‘ናደገፍካ ብዛዕባ ናይ ካልኦት ምርጫ ምዝራብሲ ከምዚ [ሓደ ጥዉይ ጨርቂ ድኻ ንጄፍ ቤዞስ ከምዝ ንተጌርካ ክት ህብትም ኢኻ] ከም ምባል ኴኑ ስመዓኒ።”

            ጆሚትራ ዓርከይ፡
            ሕጋዊ ምርጫ ዘይጸላእኩ! ዘይወጸኒ! ከምኡ ደኣ……….
            ኣፍንጫ ወያነ ክህረም፡ ዓይንኻ ዘርባዕባዕ ዘብለካ ኮይኑ’ምበር

            ሰመረ ተስፋኢ

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ብሩኽ ሰንበት ሰመረ
            ናይ ዝኾነ ኣፍንጫ ክኾርፍ ከሎ ባህ ኣይብለንን። ብጀካ ናይ ህግደፍ!
            ስማዕ ‘ባ ሰመረ ወያነ ደኣ የዕሩኽትኻ ‘ዶ ኣይነበሩን ንጀብሃ ክት ሃርሙ ከለኹም?
            መቸም ኢሳያስ ናብ ዝበለኩም ኢኹም ዕጽፍጽፍ ትብሉ።
            ፍትሒ ንፍቶ ሰመረ ነብሲ ፍትሒ ንፍቶ።

          • Semere Tesfai

            ሰላም ጆሜትራ

            “ስማዕ ‘ባ ሰመረ ወያነ ደኣ የዕሩኽትኻ ‘ዶ ኣይነበሩን ንጀብሃ ክት ሃርሙ ከለኹም?
            መቸም ኢሳያስ ናብ ዝበለኩም ኢኹም ዕጽፍጽፍ ትብሉ።
            ፍትሒ ንፍቶ ሰመረ ነብሲ ፍትሒ ንፍቶ።”

            1. – ጆሚትራ፡ ና ገድሊ ታሪኽ ሂወተይ ጋጊኻዮ ‘ለኻ ‘መስለኒ። ኣነ፡ ኣማንኤል ሕድራት፡ ናይ Nitricc ወለዱን (ኣቡኡን እዲኡን) ተጋደልቲ ጀብሃ ኢና ነርና። ማለት፡ ኣነ ናይ ዎያነ ትፌዞ (ዓርኪ) ኮይነ ኣይፈልጥን።

            ረሲዐልካ ‘ባ ሓደ ነገር – ጀብሃ ተደፊኣ ሱዳን ክትኣቱ ኸላ፡ ኣብ ውግእ ሕድሕድ ተወጊአ፡ ብቓሬዛ ተጸይረ እየ መሬት ሱዳን ኣትየ።

            2. – ጆሜትራ ሓወይ፡ ብልበይ ክዛረበካ – ምስ ዝኾነ ሰብ፡ ናይ ሓሳብ ፍልልይ ክህልወኒ ይኽእል ‘ዩ ። ግን ፍትሒ ጸሊአ ወይ ንሓቂ ክጉዕጽጽ ኢለ ሃቂነ ኣይፈልጥን። እቲ ዘይሰማማዓሉ ሓሳብ ድማ፡ ቀኒዐ እየ ዝዛረብን ዝገልጾን። የቐንየለይ።

            ሰመረ ተስፋይ

  • Nitricc

    Hi all; i was going to share a clip with you but it is kind of early for a link. Anyway; i watched very funny Tigryan’s demonstration in Philadelphia. This is the first time Tigryans went out in the streets with people like Alula Solomon and the rest of the thugs. this shows the end is near. They are so desperate they have no idea what to do. The slogans are so funny lol please watch it and you will understand what i am talking about. The thugs are done with their usless Eritrean supporters. the END!!!!

  • Dongolo

    Howdy all. An Eritrean offensive on TPLF positions in Badme, during a Tigray election for separation, would not be considered as an offensive on Ethiopia. Even a limited number of mortars set afloat will cause havoc to a TPLF rigged election.

    • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

      ዶንጎሎ
      ሕጂ ድማ ውግእ?
      መቸም ንህዝቢ ኤረትራ ከተጥፍኡ ኢኹም ተዓጢኽኩም።
      ካን! ብዘይ ውግእን ወረ ውግእን ክትነብሩ ዘይትኽእሉ ፍጡራት?
      ናይ ድያብሎሳት ዘርኢ።

      • Dongolo

        Selam መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ. If the TPLF really wished to avoid a blood battle and to restore peaceful relations they would simply withdraw from Badme instead of using it as a political bargaining chip.

        • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

          Selam Dongolo
          But that’s not what DIA wishes. Remember, that is not his priority?
          You know why? He want it to be his excuse to decimate the left over.

          • Dongolo

            Selam መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ. Medications for anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders may sometimes help people with complicated TPLF grief recover. Antidepressants can be particularly helpful in easing TPLF induced brain chemical imbalances that trigger depression and exacerbate feelings of TPLF grief.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selam Dongolo
            Just realized that your intention is to diver us from this fine article of Dr. Berhe. I will stop here.

          • Consolation

            Selam MM,

            You are making a habit of making senseless comments. How can the destruction of the Weyane be a diversion when Mesfin himself and all his followers (meskerem.net, for example) were hoping to ride to Asmara on Weyane mules (I was going to say tanks, but just realized that the thugs don’t have any :)?

          • Nitricc

            Hi Conso; hahahaha They do have tanks but they don’t how to operate it. The so-called 17 years fight against Derg; they never learned how to use and operate tanks. That was the reason EPLF mechanized force was forced to go all the way to Addis-Abeba. A Derg general witnessed that if Eritreans weren’t involved TPLF could never pass “Hamusit” I guess that was the place EPLF went to war tanks to tanks. I really don’t care about the Tigrayns what I found out to be problematic is the bribed Eritreans, who are defending the thugs day and night. They have no morals. The fight is no more with the thugs, they are dead, the true fight is with bribed people who corrupted to the core.

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Selam Consolation,
            If you can’t remove the so called dead weyanes without tanks from Badme, what would have they done to us if they had any tanks?
            I am so glad they didn’t acquire [or operate] tanks.
            We are so lucky that hgdf [sorry DIA] is our capable leader!

          • Consolation

            MM,

            Game Over!

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            Consol,
            Please confirm you are not a robot 🙂

          • Abi

            MM
            እዋይ!

          • Consolation

            MM,

            ኤርትራዊ እንከሎ ብትውልድ
            ነፍሱ ዝሸይጥ ወገኑ ዝኽሕድ
            ወያነ ተቐቢሮም ኢሉ ዝስንብድ
            ዘንጸርጽር ዝዅሪ ዝዓብድ
            ካብዚ ዝዓቢ፥ ካብዚ ዝኸብድ
            ኦ ኣምላኸይ፥ ውድቀት ኣይተርድ።

          • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

            ኣንታ ደባስ
            ክንደይከ ትፈቱ ምንኻስ
            ከም ኣምብሬዛ ቂምታ
            ኣብ ስንኻ ምንካስ
            ባቃ ኣርኢኹምና ናይ
            ሓንጎል ምዕካስ
            ካብዝ ኽሉስ ኣይመሓሸንዶ
            ጽቡቕ ምኽሪ ምልጋስ?

            ኣነ ዘልኩ ህዝበይ ተበዲሉ
            —–ንስኻ ግን ጥር ኢልካ
            —–መረብ ሰጊርካ
            ወያነ ተቐቢሩ

            ትብለኒ
            ኣነ ናይ ወያነ ‘ንታይ የእተወኒ?
            ስለምንታይ ህዝቢ ኤረትራ
            ጅሆ ተታሒዙ ‘ባ ንገረኒ
            መልሲ ሃባ!

    • Consolation

      ዶንጎሎ ኣታ ዶንጎሎ

      ወያነ ተጠፍአት ንዘሻቕሎ
      ጭፍራ ክትጠፍእ’ያ ክትብሎ
      ተሰምብዶ ኣለኻ ተጸልሎ
      ኣይተባህርሮ፥ ፈሊጥዎሎ።

      • Haile S.

        ኮንሶሎ ምስ ዶንጎሎ

        ሰዴኖ ፐርሰሜሎ
        ደቂ ሓደ ካንሸሎ
        ሰብ ዓዲሓሎ
        ውግእ!
        ንመን ደስ ክብሎ
        ሰላም ሃብዎ ንይክኣሎ
        ብማዕዶ ይትረፍ ተኽእሎ
        በጃኹም ነግፍሕ ኣስተውዕሎ
        ክንደይ ጊዜ ክንፈራረድ ንሞቕሎ
        ምትህርራም ይትረፍ ብማርቴሎ
        ንስኹም ኣይትስሕንዋ ‘ዛ ፈርኔሎ
        በጃኹም
        ኣብ ቦታ ውግእ ሰላም ንትከሎ

        • Consolation

          Selam Haile S.

          Your hypocrisy is astounding. You are in full support for Mesfin Hagos to ally with the TPLF thugs and start a war against Eritrea but abhor the idea of Eritrea kicking the thugs out of sovereign Eritrean property.

          ክልተ ዓይነት ውግእ ኣሎ
          ነቲ ሓደ ፍትሓዊ ንብሎ
          ከተክላኸል ነፍሰኻ እተልዕሎ
          ክብረትካን ንብረትካን ክሕሎ።

          እቲ ካልኣይ ሰራቒ ዘንቅሎ
          ዘይናቱ ክግብት ከምዝመሰሎ
          ሰላምካ ክዘርግ ቃሕ ኣብዝበሎ
          ከምቲ ወያነ ኣብልዕለና ዝተኸሎ።

          • Dongolo

            Selam Consolation. Extreme hypocrisy seems to be a common trait of those that have cohabited with the TPLF for the past 20 years. Treasonist behavior and moral turpitude are their hallmarks. Willing they have proven to be in terms of engaging in political prostitution and supporting terrorist individuals/groups whenever necessary and in supporting any negative action against Eritrea (i.e. U.N. Sanctions).

          • Haile S.

            Selam Consolation and Dongolo,

            Please be serious. You are the representatives of PFDJ. Come up to the level of you party that claims to be the ‘perfect DJ (democratic & just) party’ ever instituted in the world. Stop acting like instructed petty foot soldiers. You should be the eyes and ears of your party in the industrialized world. Instead of encouraging your party to continue working in the antiquated middle age way, please try to to bring it to the 21 century.

            Your and your party’s methods of silencing are simple, silly and of the bygone era, the inquisition. You create what you calll ‘untouchables’ and you paint everyone who raises a voice with that epithet.

            Tell your party to change, to end and come to terms with its ‘undemocratic centralism’. It already served its purpose for independece, albeit at the cost of so many brilliant brains. Since then instead of acting like a government that governs citizins, it became a sect. A sect of exclusion of who ever puts a step outside its so called ‘undemocratic centralism’. If at all your party includes, it is individuals who fill ናይ ጣዕሳ ወረቐት, the inquisition way.

            In the last 30 years, under your party administration, Eritrea has been at wars. Wars were won and lost. Eritrea has been draged from war to war by its enemies in order to weaken it in the battle. The ultimate goal is winning the battle. Your party went into all these wars willingly without apparently distinguishing between wars and battles. Your party had readied Eritrea to wars, but not for the battle. It never prepared the country for stability, reconciliation, social harmony. It never stopped from amputating itself off the perfect instruments of the battle, i.e the young with fresh brains. It trains them and forces them to leave at younget age for a better world.

            The battle? it is the economy stupid!

            Eritreas enemies know how to get an upper hand in the battle, by dispersing and depopulating eritrea’s population by any means, making the left opportunity theirs. And you party has been the perfect accomplice in this. Beyan’s call to MH or to Suleiman, to take Ismail’s example, is to get out cleansed of the culture that drove our country into that quagmire.

          • Nitricc

            You are the representatives of PFDJ

            Hi Haile; how do you know? are just guessing or you know that for a fact.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Nitricc,

            Card holder or de-facto member is the same. Of course a good guess based on what they say.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat,

            “ Eritreas enemies know how to get an upper hand in the battle, by dispersing and depopulating eritrea’s population by any means, making the left opportunity theirs. And you party has been the perfect accomplice in this [effort].” Very true.

          • Dongolo

            Selam Amanuel Hidrat. Are you not the same age as Mesfin Hagos? Why are you not in Makale providing him at least ‘academic’ support? You will likely find Dr. Paola there as she frequents Makale on vacation.

          • Abi

            Dongolo
            Dr Paul is running for office at the upcoming election in the Great State of Tigray. Leave him/her/them alone.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Haile

            “In the last 30 years, under your party administration, Eritrea has been at wars. Wars were won and lost. Eritrea has been draged from war to war by its enemies in order to weaken it in the battle. The ultimate goal is winning the battle. Your party went into all these wars willingly without apparently distinguishing between wars and battles. Your party had readied Eritrea to wars, but not for the battle.”

            “Eritreas enemies know how to get an upper hand in the battle, by dispersing and depopulating eritrea’s population by any means, making the left opportunity theirs. And you party has been the perfect accomplice in this.”

            In you comment, the word “battle(s)” should be “war(s)” and the word “war(s)” should be “battle(s)”. My two cent

            Semere Tesfai

          • Haile S.

            Thank you Semere.

            It was a disconnect between the finger/eye and the brain.

          • Dongolo

            Selam Haile S. My ‘petite belette dans l’herbe’, because one has not committed treason by sleeping with the TPLF, should not automatically imply that they are PFDJ.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Dongolo,

            Soyez curieux mon cher ami comme une belette
            Restez pas figé comme votre régime obsolète

            I thought you would accept membership with a badge of honor!

          • Teodros Alem

            selam haile
            I have a question, 1, who r eritrea’s enemies? Those who trying to reverse eritrea independenc? Or those who say eritrea and ethiopia should be normal peaceful neighbors, like ethio-djibuti, or ethio- kenya or usa- Canada? or ia there any other enemies?
            2, What is economy for u? It is building 1-2 industries, roads, hotel and other here and there or transformation the entire economy? if u say transfomation the entire economy, what do u think will take to transform the entire eri economy?

          • Consolation

            Selamat,

            ሓመድ ድቤ ወያነ ስለዝተራእየካ ዲኻ ክንድዚ ዓጀውጀው ትብለ ዘለኻ።

          • Consolation

            aye Haile

            ሓመድ ድቤ ወያነ ስለዝተራእየካ ዲኻ ክንድዚ ዓጀውጀው ትብለ ዘለኻ።

          • Consolation

            Selam Haile,

            ዝሞተ ይቕበር:: ሓመድ ድበ ቀብሪ ወይ ሓመድ ምልባስ ማለት ኢዩ። ግን ስለምንታዩ ቀብሪ ወያነ ክንድዚ ዘህተፍትፈካ?

          • Consolation

            selam Haile S.

            ጭል ጭል: ደወል ተደዊሉ
            ከበስር ሰዓት: ወያነ ዝቕበረሉ
            ምስቶም ዕስራ ዓመት ዝሸቀሉ
            ኣብ ቀላይ ክሕደት ጥሒሉ
            ዝጽበ ዝነበረ ኤርትራ ክትሞተሉ
            ከመይ ጌሩ ክውሓጠሉ
            ሓመድ ድቤ ጭፍራ: ተበልካዮ ኣኺሉ።

          • Haile S.

            ሰላም ኮንሶላስዮን

            ወያነ 2 ዓመት ኮይኑ መይቶም ካብ ዝበሃሉ
            ‘ዚ ሓመድ ድበ ንሰምዖ ዘለና እንታይ ድኣ’ሉ
            ምስ መቱ ድዮም ክቕተሉ

            እሞ ኮንሶሊኖ ገለ ኰንካ ኣሎኻ
            ምስ ዝመተ ትበኣስ ከም ሓሰኻ

            ንስገሮ እዚ ሃጠው ቀጠው በጃኻ
            ሓንኲሉኒ ይትረፍካ ቀምሽ ኣዴኻ

            ንዓ ተመለስ ናብ ወረ ዓድኻ
            ኣይናፈቕካን ይመስለኒ ዓውድኻ
            ሃፍ ዘብለካ ዘሎ ‘ንታዩ ከም ወዲ በረኻ

            ንላዘብ ዝጠቕመና ንኹልና
            ‘ከማኹም የለን’ ይትረፍ ዘንዕቐና
            ካብ ክሳድ ንላዕሊ ገዲፍና ምስጋና
            እንዳፈልጥናዮ ንድሕሪት ዘሎ ዝመልሰና
            ጸርፊ ገዲፍካ ንዓ ቁምነገር ኣምጽእ ንኹላትና

            ቁም ነገር እንተዘየልዩ ንኹላትና እትብሎ
            ስቕ ኢልካ ኣዕልል ጠሰስ ዘብለካ ምስ ደንጎሎ
            ምልካይ ገዲፍካ ንዘይፈተኻዮ ጸለሎ

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            ሰላም ደባስ,

            ሓንሳብ እቲ ቁርቁስ ተወዲኡ’ዩ ትብለና: ሓንሳብ ኣውያት ካብ መሬትና ውጹ ዝብል ተስመዓና:: ኣንታ ደባስ ዘይደባስ:: በቲ ቁርቁስ እንተ ተኸተዕናካ ብኣውያት ትመጸና:: ንኣውያትካ ከነህድእ እንተመጸና ናይ ቱታ ፈኸራ ተስመዓና:: ኣብ ሓደ አድሊኻ ክትካታዕ ዘይምኽአልካ ዋላኳ እንተገረመና – we can not miss the stand of a bluffer. If hyper- nationalism does not match with the action needed it is bluffing.

  • Selam Beyan.
    If i have understood well and armed struggle is the final choice, and this is going to be carried out with the blessing of tplf, i should say that i see difficulties on the way.
    The first question is if the federal government of Ethiopia will allow a regional state to facilitate the invasion of a sovereign country, with which it signed a peace agreement only recently and for which PMAA received the NPP.
    In addition, Ethiopia has too much of its own problems to add more troubles, and war and getting implicated in any sort of war is what she would avoid by all means possible, if the reform in the country is going to succeed.
    If we take in to consideration the unipolar world after the demise of the Soviet Union, the fear of regional instability, etc, who would support armed struggle other than the Marxist-Leninist tplf in this post revolution and post cold war world, where armed struggle is not seen with good eyes by the West, Russia may not have the will, China will avoid any implication by all means, and success without support from the outside is impossible.
    Finally, what would be the reaction of the people of Eritrea when they hear the sound of war coming from tigray, when there is so much suspicion towards tplf and it’s greater tigray narrative, as mentioned by the author?
    Solution from within has always been my opinion, but no one knows when the Eritrean society within the country will say enough is enough.

    • hawkeye

      Selam Horizon,

      if any change is to come from within, I believe change will start in Western Eritrea and not Asmara. We should start closely watching the situation in Eastern Sudan. There have been demonstrations and political violence there. Tigrayit in Kassala are currently protesting a governor. If anything, I believe that will spread on over to Eritrea.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ሰላማት ዶተረ
    ይበል! ይበል! ይበል!

    እሞ
    መስፍን ሓጎስ
    ቅልቅል በል ናብ ናይ ዓዋተ-ዳስ

    ካብ መዝነት ፓርትኻ ተኣለ
    ደሓር ድማ
    መስመር-ግልጹነት ኣምርሕ በለ
    ዶክተር በያን!

    ጠርንፎ ነዚ ሰብ ብማዕረ
    ጨዳዳት ክሕተሙ ክጽገን ዝተሰብረ
    መጻወቲ ዓመጽቲ በብእብረ
    ከይንኸውን ዩ ዝበለ
    ዶክተር በያን!

    ጠባይ ናይ ሻዕብያ እለዮ
    መታን ዝጸነሐ ቁስሊ ከተሕውዮ
    ንመን ምስጠቐመ
    ጠባያት ናይ ዋህዮ?

    ክኢላታት ኣብ ጎድንኻ ኮፍ
    ጠርነፍቲ ሓለይቲ ሃገር ሕቖፍ
    ሽዑኡ ምሳኻ ኣለና ክንብል
    መንእሰይ ‘ውን ሆ ክብል ክድብል

    መንሽሮ ሃገር ህግደፍ ክእለ
    ግልጹነት ይዕስለካ ‘ዩ ዝበለ
    ዶክተር በያን!

  • Dongolo

    Selam Beyan. Just a few comments: 1) The road to Makale isn’t necessarily thru Addis Ababa as movement is also taking place from Sudan; 2) The role/importance of ELF is being overplayed given the generations’ advanced age and passing, 3) TPLF re guaranteeing Eritrea’s independence during early stages? No not really as the EPLF was clearly in the drivers seat and the TPLF was a passenger; 4) Opposition basing themselves in Tigray (hosted by TPLF) against agreement of Ethiopian Government cannot simply be expressed as Eri opposition based in Ethiopia; 5) Some opposition elements/efforts have been launched from Eritrean territory illegally occupied by the TPLF; 6) No Eri opposition based in Tigray or Ethiopia has any chance to succeed.

  • Brook

    እንዳ ዓዋተ እንቋዕ ንመበል ሓምሳን ትሽዓተን ልደትኩም ኣብቀኣኩም ፦
    መበል ሱሳ ዓመት ክትጅምሩዋ ኮለኹም፣ መርበብኩም ናብቲ ናይ ቀደማ ከምትምለስ ተስፋ እገብር። እዚ ዝኸውን ግን ብጀካ ጸርፊ ንዓበይቲን ምሁራዊ ትንተና ዝህቡ ገዳይም ተጋደልቲን በላሕቲ ምሁራትን ምንሻውን ስርሖም ገይሮም ሕቱኽቱኽ ዝብሉ ሰባት ካብ መረባኹም ክተልግሱዎም ከለኹም’ዩ ሞ ፣ ኣበርክቶኦም ትሑት ወይ ድማ ዓንቃፊ ዝኾኑ ሰባት ኣብ ደገኦም ንክጸንሑ እንተገበርኩምዎም ምሓሸ እብል። ንኣብነት ከም ባዓል “ቴድሮስ ኣለም” ዝባሃሉ ሰባት ንምንታይ ከምዝተዓገስኩምዎ እንዳገረመኒ ናይ ከም ኣቶ ኣማኑኤልን ዶክተር ጳውሎስን ካልኦትን ትዕግስቲ ኣዚየ ይንእድ። ናይ ከም ባዓል ቴድሮስ ኣለም ዝ ኣመሰሉ ድኹማት ጸርፊ ተጻዊሮም ኣስተምህሮ ኦም ምቕጻሎም ፍሉያት ይገብሮም።

  • Abi

    Hello Beyan
    I don’t know who I like the most? You or Mr Suleiman? It is safe to like you both. I like smart people. Suleiman got off of the sinking ship with his integrity intact. Kudos!

  • Consolation

    Selam Beyan,

    It is logical to infer that you reached this conclusion when you started to write your three-part article. But why did you kept the juicy part until now? An honest presentation would have started with the conclusion and then explained why. It seems to me like you were waiting to see which way the wind was blowing and now having concluded that the Mefin Hagos balloon has fizzled out, you can safely urge his resignation. I would have had a lot respect for your opinion had you started your three part article with this conclusion.

    • Beyan

      Dear Consolation,
      Your conclusion about my having said for MH to resign, I am able to infer you have not read the article. The word resign from his party and/or suspend it was premised on the presumption he wants to be the leader. To my knowledge, the man has yet to say he wants to lead. It’s some segments of our diaspora activists who are dying to have a leader who are pushing the leadership mantle on the man. So, there was a qualification in my assessment in that assuming MH wants to lead, based on that assumption I enumerated what he would need to do. By the way, this doesn’t apply only to MH. My contention is that anyone is just as good as MH if that someone is willing to join the fray of leadership, then they would, in my humble opinion, have to make some serious adjustments as I tried to enumerate. The enumerations are my limited perception of the whole deal. The hope is that others will add their perspective as I hope you will once you read the piece.

  • Hello,
    Coming from me, one need not be surprised.
    However, which party alliance did Mesfin Hagos have or is?

    • Beyan

      Hello Yosief,
      I seldom keep tab of who belongs to what party. But, during of interviewing Suleiman, albeit brief, I followed it up by asking him the same question. HIs answer was Unity for Democratic Change (UDC). His formal title before he resigned was Deputy Chairman who handled foreign affairs.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Dr Beyan,

    This is an excellent and “an independent article” worth of its value and its message, that address as to what is needed by the opposition groups. The flow of the composition from paragraph to paragraph is not only smooth, but their connectedness and feeding to each other is impressive, to convey to the core of your message – “the need of a leader” who unites the Eritrean forces. The clarion of your thoughts and it’s contribution towards “a resolution” to the political crises of Eritrea is commendable. Well done, brother.

    Now, let me say few thoughts on the kind of a leader Eritrea needs at this critical juncture. For the purpose of your article here is what you believe a leader should be:

    “a leader is defined as one who can build a consensus from mosaic political, social, and civil society. A leader is one who is able to streamline the mass toward a clear goal so the people may follow their leader(s) until the intended objective is achieved. The intended objective should have clarity and purpose. Clarity and purpose in Eritrea’s case is the removal of the brute regime so that Eritreans may have “one country, one destiny” in the process of joining the civilized world community.”

    I wholeheartedly believe on the qualities of leadership you summarized on the above quoted statements. But I doubt MH to own those qualities – an acumen and a charisma to rally the public around him. Big doubt on my side. However, since we don’t have a singular leader with those qualities, the opposition could form “committee leadership” made of technocrats that could avoid this silly competition until we remove PFDJ from power.

    Second, the over all economic and cultural relationship – as long strategy with the Ethiopian government and Ethiopian people is rationale and must done for mutual benefits. But currently (a) when Abiy become a partner of our despot (b) When Tigray Government and Tigray people became the target of Issayas and Abiy’s federal government, there is no any feasibilities for the oppositions to launch a fight from Tigray Kilil. Therefore, the current strategy should be to forge alliances with all Ethiopian oppositions including TPLF to foil the “conspiratorial relationship” of Issayas and Abiy on all fronts.

    • Beyan

      Selam Kbur Haw Aman,

      Many thanks for the vote of confidence. Indeed, “committee [based] leadership” is the likely answer to this. MH can play a pivotal role bringing these disparate elements to see matters in a unified vision, thereby averting “…silly competition until we remove PFDJ from power.” This is the step many are not seeing as they squabble over where to tie that proverbial goat as the Tigrinya missela quaintly captures our predicament. Why bother how to divide the political pie before you get the actual pie.

      This is why I find belonging to any political party at this moment way too premature and way to constricting. Independent thought is curtailed when someone commits to a party. All these parties will invariably be transformed into something unrecognizable entities because the nation and its people would have transformed – to something better, one hopes – but transforming they will. It will be a new day in Eritrea and new parties with new ideas will undoubtedly emerge. So, I say, collect your heels and disassociate from party politics so that outside of the box thinking takes hold. As it stands right now, many of these political parties have been preoccupied with the numbers game: Who has how many in one umbrella. As though the more they come together, the better equipped they make themselves believe to be. Political parties without any constituencies mean next to nothing. Look how Trump is keeping his 37% or so loyal followers based on his identity politics. Our political parties, they couldn’t even attract ten percent of the population to follow them.

      Your assessment about the current political climate in Ethiopia and Eritrea is right on the mark. The opposition needs to have alliances as you rightly asserted with all Ethiopian activists including Tigrayans so long it is based on certain principles and those principles must spelled out in a transparent manner so there won’t be any confusion. The public must be privy at least to they why and the how parts of the alliances. Leaving people in the dark is made in the EPFDJ world. The last thing one wants to do is copy the regime, inadvertently or not

      • Teodros Alem

        beyan
        u and anam h said ” the eri oppositions needs to have alliances with all ethiopian oppositions(ethnic based oppositions)”, i know i know but this alliance will automatically make eri opposition part of ethiopia opposition, i know where u guys heading, u didn’t even say with tplf but with tigraians.
        the funny part is, everything turned upside down, i mean it’s clear who is working to reverse eri independence and who is working to keep eri independent.

    • Nitricc

      When Tigray Government and Tigray people became the target of Issayas and Abiy’s federal government, there is no any feasibilities for the oppositions to launch a fight from Tigray Kilil.

      Hi Aman-H; what exactly did the federal system do to the Tigray people? The federal government increased Tigray’s budget, forgive the loan for fertilizers while your thugs collected from the farmers. What exactly are you talking about? You can be a tigryan but you are not allowed to decisive people. respect your readers intelligence.

      Therefore, the current strategy should be to forge alliances with all Ethiopian oppositions including TPLF to foil the “conspiratorial relationship” of Issayas and Abiy on all fronts.

      Right in your dreams. too ttoo tooo tooo late. Your TPLF thugs are as good as dead. You have no shame. it is impossible to sell your soul over air ticket and free food, you must be a Tigryan.

      • Beyan

        Selam Nitricc,

        Really! I hope Aman H. severely ignores your nonsensical attack to his person. Why can’t you attack his ideas. “TPLF thugs are as good as dead…you must be a Tigrayan”. Kenday qoyqi tifettew ekha anta Nitricc.

      • hawkeye

        Selam,

        you guys have been saying TPLF is dead for 20 years. No one cares anymore. Even Eritreans in Eritrea don’t care about TPLF as much as you diaspora thugs do. We’re all over it.

  • Nitricc

    There was a grand plan and the grand plan failed that was orchestrated between TPLF and Oromo elites. Once they toppled the Abiy government the was a plan to topple the Eritrean government too. That was the reason MH was chosen. Now that the plan went South there is no need for MH to do anything. The sad party is his good name and heroic deeds are wasted for nothing. Ten years ago, could have done something to challenge the Eritrean government but now it is nothing but a waste of time and resources. I hear many people say that he has positive recognition and acceptance among the military. That is wrong, the people in the military who knew him are long gone. If any, MH may even look as enemy to those new military people since he is coming from TPLF comp. Any TRUE Eritrea can-not and won’t accept anyone who associates themselves with TPLF and Tigryans. What TPLF did to Eritrea and Eritreans is mind bugling. If I was MH, I just go home. What is going to happen to him? Nothing. Just enjoy what ever time you have left. I never thought TPLF and MH will check out at the same time.

    • Beyan

      Hey Nitricc,

      Interesting observation. Only time will tell whether what you say will have merit in terms of the military background of MH had expired and that “the people in the military who knew him are long gone.” I don’t know where your source is to this grand speculation. They may have aged but sizable number of them I contend might still have some influence in the military brass. I suppose someone with military background and who follows that aspect of the nation could give data. Absent that, your guess is as good as mine.

    • Kim Hanna

      Selam Nitricc,

      You are blunt. Occasionally you intercept to bring logic and as you say good common sense to the table.
      This article and comments deal with the very complex nature of the Eritrean problems and suggestions of solutions.
      In the scheme of things an Ethiopian should just make him/herself aware of the issues and be quite about it.

      However, reading the comments and assumed conversations leads me to say, wait a minute.
      Ethiopia was and is in the healing process from the trauma of two (2) bloody revolutions in a relatively short period of time.
      One of the traumatic event was when EPLF together with TPLF marched in to Addis with their tanks and guns. A new dramatic experimentation was imposed on Ethiopia as a result.
      At least in some circles Eritrea as a thorn on the side of Ethiopia was removed for good. For some it was happy days and for others it was painful to watch the trauma and its implications. Thirty years later, time heals as they say and some progress is being made on that front. There is still unresolved problems and wounds that is still waiting for its time to heal, at least in the case of Ethiopia.

      Now the same people who administered that traumatic and painful revolution want to involve and open wounds in Ethiopia today for their perceived internal revolution in Eritrea.
      I think all Ethiopians in a unanimous voice should say …..LEAVE US ALONE. Ethiopian and Eritrean relationship must be guided by any and all international rules and norms, and nothing else.
      No matter what, a good healthy percentage (that is when a consensus appears) of Eritreans blame Ethiopia for everything gone wrong in Eritrea. This time let them blame us for not getting involved in their internal affairs.

      Reading, Amanuel Hidrat, Beyan and Nitricc a rough representative comments tells me that the solutions and visions you expressed appears to me to be a pie in the sky. (A. H…Committee of leadership..{ Derg??} )

      My humble take is that there is not going to be a Thomas Jefferson type of an individual who would mold a vision, where everyone would agree to shape and stand up the Eritrean Democratic Republic.

      As Beyan said to Nitricc as a side comment…”I suppose someone with military background and who follows that aspect of the nation could give data. Absent that, your guess is as good as mine.”

      My guess is there is an Eritrean Security Officer now on the ground who would eventually come to the top. He may not be aware of it himself but he is there. He has a name and an address.
      In due time he will take the reins of power.
      My hope for you all and for us to the south, is that….. any help you can give plus positive thinking and prayers, send it in the direction of the Good Dictator and avoid the Bad Dictator.

      Mr. K.H

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Kim,

        “A committee of technocrats” is not the same as “a committee of army officers.” A smart guy like you, how could you miss the difference of the two?

        • Kim Hanna

          Selam Amanuel Hidrat,

          In the leadership position of a nation, the difference between “a committee of technocrats” and “a committee of Army officers” is the uniform.
          In our neck of the woods, the committee in either case functions until the line of authority is established. Once the nation is sufficiently stabilized, it is a matter of time that one individual among the rest will become more equal than the others. In my opinion, even our average citizen demands it.

          In our discussion, if you bring concepts of legislation, judiciary and the executive, I would say you have been away from home too long. That is a good dream to have, not when we are trying to survive by staying afloat.

          If you select 33 Awatistas and give us just one simple topic to come to an agreement, it probably will take us years to come to an agreement, if ever.
          Our problems cannot wait indefinably full of uncertainty.

          Mr. K.H

          • Abi

            Mr Kim
            I truly believe you meant to say 3 not 33. Are you kidding me?
            In my humble opinion the only time 33 awatista come in agreement is their love to General Nitricc.

          • Kim Hanna

            Selam Abi,

            Ha ha, I better say between 3 and 33 to cover all the bases. You never know what Nitricc will come up with.

            Mr. K.H

      • Ismail AA

        Selam K.M.,

        “… Ethiopians in a unanimous voice should say …..LEAVE US ALONE. Ethiopian and Eritrean relationship must be guided by any and all international rules and norms, and nothing else”. Very sensible way sovereign nation-states should conduct mutually beneficial relations. Jingoism and hyper nationalism cannot serve national interests. Peaceful and sustained cooperation do not. Thanks for this mature way of thinking.

  • Haile S.

    Selam Beyan,

    Resign? Already? Ooof, I was saved from fainting by the subtitle below the image.

    After reading your article, I said, it should have been Re-sign. I thought MH was retired from politics until I suddenly heard his mounting on the leadership of the Dongola horse once mounted by Hamid Idris Awate, when Eritrean resistance was under one leadership, albeit brief. Great to see him back re-signing to the fight that will bring normalcy to the Eritrean state. The other day, I was hallucinating about the EPLF-ELF divide that is consuming us and driving us nuts since birth of each and everyone of us. I was saying with this divide-to-perpetuity, there is no hope. Every newborn subconsciously aligns to one of these two figures that don’t want budge at all. With the coming of MH and bringing under his umbrella all the ELFists, finally, there is a glimmer of hope. The hollow space between the EPLF & ELF seems to be not completely insurmountable. For Eritrea to move forward, these forces have to come close together, transform their history to a statue and pass the country to a brighter generation that plans and thinks for development.

    Question for you, do you believe MH is giving enough impetus to a sincere cross talk between EPLFists and ELFists for national reconciliation? Or is he being taken as the opportune bride-groom to bury the blood-feud in the absence of one of the families? Is the father (Eritrean leader) with some personalities around him, the only obstacle to such reconciliation?

    On Resign – resign from every bad practice that served the purpose in his old EPLF and from all prevailing debilitating practices that was carried over to his present party, absolutely YES. Brilliant! As you said such call also applies to every groupies and civil societies in the mangrove of the Eritrean opposition.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Haile,

      I, among many, am always amazed by surgical clarity of your views. Yes, that was what I intended to state, though not in so unambiguous way I must admit, when I wrote that Mesfin, with all due respect, will have to unload the heavy baggage he shares with people who are tormenting our nation if at all he will be able to be a candidate for the role Beyan would like him to assume. Moreover, I am not worried about the much talked about ELF-EPLF divide. I belong to that generation. The differences are not really acute as some may think them to be. In fact, mother nature is playing its role to narrow the divide.

      What worries me more is whether the young generation will be able to be aware on time about the fabrics that tie their nation, and care to find the balancing mean as the founding fathers had done. Their problem rests in a constitutional structure they need to craft, and in the way rights and duties will be the standard measure of citizenship. At that point, thus, it will not be a problem to search a leadership or leader who can hail from ELF-ite or EPLF-ite ground – a Mesfin Hagos or a Saleh Ibrahim.

      • Beyan

        Selamat Ismail & Haile,

        Ismail, very encouraging and an insightful comment. I wholeheartedly agree with your optimistic view as well as on the uncertainty and the worries you shared of whether “the young generation will be able to be aware on time about the fabrics that tie their nation, and care to find the balancing mean as the founding fathers [mothers] had done.” Recognizing and identifying where the problems lies is sometimes difficult for people to see particularly when they are wrapped into the emotions of things. Indeed, “[t]heir problem rests in a constitutional structure they need to craft, and in the way rights and duties will be the standard measure of citizenship. At that point, thus, it will not be a problem to search a leadership or leader who can hail from ELF-ite or EPLF-ite ground – Mesfin Hagos or a Saleh Ibrahim.” Well said brother!

      • Haile S.

        Selama Ismail,

        Your generosity is immeasurable. Thank you! I was merely saying the same thing you said with a twist on the surprising title. Admitedly, the divide torments me. It is reassuring to hear from you Ismail saying there is no unbreakable barrier when the eyes are focused on the nation. With the interest MH has captured, there is truth to it. Hopefully he rises to the plate as you wisely pointed at in your comment.

      • Consolation

        Selam Ismail,

        The differences are not really acute as some may think them to be. In fact, mother nature is playing its role to narrow the divide

        For 20 years, you and your friends slaved for the TPLF to destroy Eritrea and you think that the lives of the 19,000 Eritreans who paid the ultimate price to defeat you and your Weyane masters will somehow be all forgotten! Do youthink the 90,000 Eritreans who were cruelly deported by the TPLF thugs will forget the back-stabbers and their Eritrean servants! You must be day dreaming, Your only hope is for mother nature to terminate your misery!

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Consolation,
          Thank you, but “severely igno[red]”. Thank you Beyan for this pertinent term you had suggested to Aman. Dear virtual fellow human specie, we come here to discuss serious stuff; not to play neighborhood kindergarden “politics”.

          • Beyan

            Selam Ismail,
            This borrowed phrase from dehai between 1995 – 200 when I was active stays with me and it served me well then as it is now. There was another term also that was common then when someone simply joins a forum to insult. The word is ይርዳእካ as in someone who would go from house to house to beg and the norm was back in Akhriya to either dole out any food. In the event there was no food to be offered, the gentle term ይርዳእካ is used to let the person know to try their luck on the next house. So on and so forth.

    • Beyan

      Selam Haile,

      The editor in-chief has a way of catching readers attention. Between the stamp on the image and the title, I must say, one would be hard pressed to skip the article.

      At any rate, the EPLF-ELF divide continues to sap and drain our energy. As to your question related to that divide, it’s one major hurdle that would require a massive convention with a serious reconciliation process of the South African proportions. Dr. Awet, I’m certain there are other scholars, who might be able to help us tackle it. So, MH and the cohorts he would end up working with would have to pass the buck to the experts who can study this closely. Prioritize. Prioritize. Prioritze should be the name of the game.

      At personal level, for example, I refrain from engaging on this particular topic because as you said, as if we are born with such a disposition, we line up to one camp or another. That’s part of the reason why we can’t seem to avoid the log-jam out of which it becomes rather difficult to snap out of. This is why we need a collective leadership that can prioritize and in unison take a position of straight out refusing to discuss such issues there will be time and place for it after the regime’s demise. The regime itself could easily implant individuals who will raise the issue knowing how emotionally charged the subject matter is. Once we take that bait, you know any other topic will end in a cul-de-sac.

      The word plays on Re-sign versus resign needed to be taken with tongue-and-cheek. Thank you for finding one lighthearted way of addressing it.

  • Ismail AA

    Selam Beyan and all,

    First, l must salute with a sincere appreciation my good brother, Beyan, for this well-written three-part expose about a widely preoccupying issue for us Eritreans at the present juncture of our existence as an independent nation, which also finds itself at the center of a worrying national dilemma of what to do in order to extract itself from socio-political morass the authoritarian regime has created. Having diligently read each part of the article, I can confidently state that each part has fulfilled the purpose Beyan had appeared,
    to me at least, to had intended to transmit. The first and the second part enlightened the reader about what the problems actually are, and as well as how the available mediums of transmission could be judiciously deployed to, as streamlined tools, serve our unified goal of working to bring the overdue change in our country. Part three has cogently, and in extraordinarily coherent manner, what is required in order to create a political-social set up that can be nationally perceived as reasonable trajectory towards a national consensus that can allow emergence of a trustworthy leader, or collective leadership I should add.

    The core of the message around which this expose has been designed is that, since the current opposition set up has not been able to establish a coherent unified movement from which a new and credible leader who can garner required mass-driven power center, it should be reasonable to resort to an already known leader in the person of Ato Mesfin Hagos, on condition some necessary issues will be made to obtain.

    For this to happen, Beyan has shown that Ato Mesfin Hagos will have to make a radical departure from the political association he belonged thus far. In my view, this might not really be sufficient because the man has already decades long political baggage. This is to say that he will have to make credible departure from his past record, which he can commence by offering to Eritrean public opinion sincere testimony about his role in what EPLF had transformed to a despot-owned destructive regime. What is known about him thus far is that he has been posing reserved or unwilling to do so.

    Thus, to start from a new ground which Beyan has indicated, he will need to confront the challenge his past erects before him. The idea of setting himself free from the old political constructs so that he can embark on building a new construct in the way Beyan has explained- establishing a power-center out of diverse socio-political human a d material resources – will be a formidable feat. Anyway, in whatever way this important contribution would be appreciated and debated here in this forum, or even elsewhere, I personally benefited much because in this precarious times we as Eritreans are passing such productive contributions are essential, and gratitude is due to Beyan, and others who might plan to follow in the footsteps of Beyan.

    Happy 59th Anniversary of the Eritrean struggle.

    • Beyan

      Selam Ismail AA,

      I appreciate the compliment you lavish me with for which I feel undeserving, but I’m humbled by your encouraging words. The hope is that for once we can stay focused on what ails us rather than looking outward for an enemy that might as well be in the figments of our imagination.

      You’ve captured the spirit in which the first two were meant to capture culminating with the third to see if the common man/woman can be in cahoots with their leaders and to be led by the collective leadership that runs the gamut in terms of its composition. Your word of caution is well in its place in a sense that MH will have to turn the old adage of ‘old habits die hard on its head’. Perhaps if he surrounds himself with the right leaders, it could work. We shall see.

      • Ismail AA

        Dear Beyan and Haile,

        Knowing my kind of an ambivalence about Mesfin Hagos, I would like to let you know why I entertain such a caution about him. Having had positive perception about him and his other comrades-in-struggle who started to voice concern in the aftermath of the border war, many of us in exile hoped things would take a positive turn in the interest of the country and its people. In fact, I would like to share now that this was a lead factor the ELF-RC of the time had considered in its assessment of the state of affair at its congress in Gonder in 2001.

        But, to my chagrin, time elapsed and Isayas rounded up Mefin’s colleagues and threw them in jail. Mesfin escaped detention because he happened to had been outside the country. When he arrived in Germany, a BBC reporter met him and asked him about the situation back home. He told him, and I hear him saying, that the problem was not so acute as the question of the reporter had insinuated, but it was just an ordinary dispute as happens in a family. He stated that if Isayas would be willing to convene the 150- member council things will settle down.

        Since that time I have been tracking him, and found him not deviating an iota from that stand. It is only now that we heard him branding Isayas as an enemy of the people. So, if he will not change his reservation to put his past at the disposal of the people as part of an over all exposure of the history of his organization, his venture for a new role would not be so easy.