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National Integrative Council of Eritrea-USA  

This essay is written to help alleviate the current unifying discourses of Eritreans. My previous, rough draft piece, “GiE-Eritrean Integrative Discourse “ Government in Exile , published @Awate, had  tried to suggest that Salih Younis’s  “GiE” initiative has not only been an Eritrean unifying discourse, but a reference to the other initiatives including reviving one from the shelves of Ato Hirruy Tedla. Saleh Younis had re- initiated the Government in Exile (GiE), which Ato Hirruy Tedla had worked on years ago. One wonders, where Saleh Younis’ team stands on the proposal nowadays. Regardless, I believe GiE had made it possible for Eritrean justice seekers acquire an integrative discourse.

We recently heard some affiliations announcements from Amanuel Iyasu(Assana Media) and Redi’e Mehari(Alena Tv), who formed Eritrean National Force (ENF). Dr. Tsegabu Asmelash and Ms. Frewoini , supports  Ato Hirruy’s initiative, though it deviates  from  his original GiE concept and naming. Other prominent politicians like: Dr. Gebre Gbremariam have publicly spoken against the formation of GiE. Professor Araya Debessay says he does not oppose the idea of GiE, but do not believe the process would work, so he proposes Eritrean National Council (ENC).Professor Araya Debessay is up against particracy and Jacobin Centralism aiming to bring power to the local communities and individual citizens. Yiakl has its own political initiative which has not been disclosed yet, while team freedom is launching a new community movement, Eritrean community for justice and  Eritrean National Front for Justice (ENFJ) with Yes we can! እወ ይከአልዩ!  Slogan. 

In an essay by Stefan Talmon titled” who is a legitimate government in exile?” He says GiE is in exile and doesn’t govern a territory, so, it starts by representing the aspirations of its people inside. In a nutshell he writes that the recognition is attained progressively. Dr. Gebre has a valid argument against the formation of GiE. Though there is a little chance for the countries to give recognition, whoever is qualified will be recognized. The more recognition from influential countries the more people identify with it.

Dr. Gebre talked of the possibilities of forming GiE similar at 1:14 and 1:22 of the tape when he said “ሓቃዊ ወከልቲ ሕዝቢ ኢና ብምባል(by claiming you are the authentic and legitimate spokesmen of the national interest of the country” You can garner more support from our people and distinctive from other redundant acronyms. One cannot say Eritrean Diaspora field can support only one GiE.  After due diligence and winning hurts, the GiE will be the sole representative of the majority and will be identified as the legitimate representative of the majority of the people and get the support it needs.

Eritrean organization and establishments including ENC justify their legality by acquiring licenses as a media civic or parties. GiE can be organized and established like any other organization, in US. The writer was African Missions Empowering Network and having been collaborating with Eritrean Relief and Developments Association in Ethiopia/for refugees. Naming a business is very crucial for to its success. GiE, by its name alone, will be the most integrative drive to unite Diaspora Eritreans and beyond, it will be more visible than the other acronyms and recognized as any other legal existence. Yet, since there many concerns against naming it “GiE”, we can start by forming EPFJ (Eritrean People Front for Justice, ENFJ (Eritrean National Front for Justice) or Eritrean National Force for Justice.

Now, the suggestion is to form an urgent process of forming leaders to represent Eritrea in USA at this very crucial time. Maximum effort would be exerted to put all the opposition on board by identifying their role. NICE’s approach would be to put everybody abroad. NICE Will work with Eritrean Media, Civics, Political Parties and all integrative initiatives. Initial invitations and announcements will be through Media. Email correspondence will follow only with the interested parties. All entities will have the opportunity to present their suggestions and documents deemed befitting the purpose. NICE/Yiakl with the help of other content experts will prepare memorandum of understanding. I believe there are documents, with similar proposal around, with some additional input there can be a complete working document for all future needs.

 

Eritreans Politicians, Justice/ change activists and the people at large have long been segmented and dysfunctional in our struggle since the last time we had our “self-determination “for Independence. It has been hard to peacefully enjoy our shared values and recognize the non negotiable values of fellow Eritreans. In past years, no matter how much we tried to get unified, we could not identify and agree on one single “integrative purpose” the majority shares. The author believes GiE could be the shortest path unifying and a measurable goal to bring Eritreans together and get rid of the regime in a relatively short time. It is hoped GiE to be the next step to integrate all the efforts Eritreans made and achieve the aspirations of Eritrean people.  Now, to make the endeavor  successful, the shared goal of Eritreans should be to remove ISAYAS. This is where the formation of the Integrative institution, NICE (National Integrative Council of Eritrea) comes.

  • NICE would be a pressure exerting negotiating group, morally mandated by a sizable domain of justice seeker stake holders in USA, to guide and help Eritreans together and resolve our destructive problems
  • NICE, Is proposed to be an Ad hock committee of media and seasoned experts on the subject matter, term limited until the formation of GiE
  • Extending the life of the council would be decided, if it needs to continue after the GiE is formed or through the life of GiE and beyond. The existing India’s integration council was formed over 150 years before the formation of the government. While Brazil’s ministry of integration changed, after it served its purpose. NICE should present equal opportunities, and consider Eritreans shared values, to enforce integration.
  • National Integrative Council for Eritreans will work as a Negotiating Council to help realize the needed unity in all aspects of the struggle(Community, Media, Civic, Political Party and GiE). Create a far sighted integrative discussion among fellow Eritreans as they set a leading body.
  • Yiakl, as movement has accomplished in reaching and mobilizing Eritrean The synergy and momentum developed by the efforts of many justice seekers and the many years of toiling of Eritreans has reached to the highest level in Eritrean opposition’s history. Yiakl is hoped to play more role mobilizing the people as a social movement.

NICE should stress struggle is not about being in power and fulfill personal gratifications, but sacrifices to alleviate the Eritrean predicaments.  After all, the main problem, on this crucial time is how to create a neutral or multilateral council, to help close gaps between Eritrean organizations and individuals in all aspects including familial relationships. Religious organizations, which were supposed to be leading in reconciliations, have not been immune to these unhealthy divisions, themselves. The confusions would be cleared, if the actors identify their place of roles on this sacred endeavor of bringing justice.  We need pragmatic approaches to create unity among Eritreans, by identifying our unique purpose. Not knowing our roles  in the struggle  had been one of the setbacks  for the opposition.

In his connecting the dots presentation Professor Mohamed Beshir illustrates the ideal scenery of governmental roles on a concentric cirle diagram. The outer largest crust represents the people and their roles1. Peoples’ Movements, demonstrations, elections, etc. The area(donut) between each consecutive concentric line defines the terms of references or for each sector to play in the government. :2. Media, Civic, religious, advocacy, trade, think-tank, etc, 3  Political Parties: Two or more parties, 4,Governing Body: Ruling/elected political officials,     5.  Government: Public .

Yiakl/ NTF/ ENC, duties would be to help draft the GiE roles and limits each one in the struggle to be approved by a number of qualified personalities nominated from a number of numbers of qualified existing civic and opposition parties. The author and qualified media personalities will present qualifying criteria for the civic and parties. The author will first discuss with veteran media personalities come with a working document for this project.  I am hoping this should serve as a solution for the confused state we are in.

The questions are:

  • How do we prioritize the projects or find out if there are other similar initiatives, floating around, among the Eritrean justice seeker organizations, no one should be left out.
  • Do the stake holders: Eritrean Social movements, the Media, the Civic societies, Religious institutions, and political parties identify and can play their roles?
  • Can we be able to set up or recognize an authorized body that can dispense terms of references with a bylaw or charter? Can we be able to collect nominees with credentials to help expedite the process, with qualifying criteria?
  • How do we do elections?

Urgency due to Recent Developments in Tigray

The unfortunate war in Tigray, has illuminated a more distinctive segmentation among the Eritrean in Diaspora. A segment of the group supports an alliance with TDF (Tigray Difffence Force), states Esayas is endangering our sovereignty, while the other group argues otherwise. The second group believes better to wait passively, change should come from inside, an alliance with TDF would be  more dangerous to our territorial sovereignty, The latter also argues a violent foreign alliance would lead to brotherly collisions and give  an advantage for TPLF’s vendetta to compromise our sovereignty. There is hatred for Tigrayans(TPLF), in connection to the 1998 war between Eritrea and Ethiopia, as they held our land 20 years etc.

And there is nothing wrong to have alliances to remove despotic rulers. The Eritrean commandos (ኮማንዲስ) and the Andnet party (አንድነት) and whoever was on the way of Eritrean struggle for the Eritrean struggle was not spared. An exerted and unified plan has to be made to host the challenges of would be deserting soldiers, to encourage and assure the young, of future plans of resettlements and demobilizations. The writer had worked and saw the challenges of the (Commission for Eritrean Administration CERA /UNHR and many other NGO’s in the early 90’s in Eritrea.

The recent development in Tigray calls for urgency and could be a good opportunity for the much needed change in Eritrea and among Eritreans. Mitigating the causes for differences among ELF/EPLF and TPLF will take as back to the Colonial boundary discussions in dormitories and hallways of Addis Ababa Universities, but no time for that. The hatred between Isayas Aforki and TPLF might lead us to the military pact discussions from 1976 at Afabet to the 1998 economic fallout at the border and his “game over” mantra, we do not have time for that neither. Eritrea is at a crucial time, we should take measures to emulate TDF’s command post, takes risks to trust each other in unity for the sake of one another and the people at large.

Amanuel Hidrat (Awate Forum) writes, “There has never been a time where any country for that matter, including Eritrea, did not involve outsiders to get the upper hand over their opposite. Divisions and interventions in Eritrea’s internal affairs have been as old as Eritrea itself. Ugandan movement and Tanzanian government removed Idi Amin from power. The cooperation of the Indian government and the Bengalese movement in East Pakistan lead to the creation of Bengladesh. The cooperation of the Eritrean struggle and the Ethiopian resistance forces lead to the fall of Derg. Even our own experience teaches us the wisdom and the benefit of alliances against a common enemy. Despite all these facts of the experiences, the evil disruptive despot has managed to confuse us and survive the forces of change and resist to any kind of opposition to extend his reign.”

ንክንሰማማዕ ንሰማማዕ!!   Integratively approach to close gaps between Eritrean organizations and individuals and negotiate interest-based bargaining or win-win bargaining—  negotiation strategy would be to identify common values . Each party of the involved parties work together to find a solution that satisfies the needs and concerns of each party’s goal (purpose). And the parties will announce their shared values against the other who opted not to integrate with the Eritrean cause want to work together.

Amanuel Hidrat (Awate Forum) writes, “There has never been a time where any country for that matter, including Eritrea, did not involve outsiders to get the upper hand over their opposite. Divisions and interventions in Eritrea’s internal affairs have been as old as Eritrea itself. Ugandan movement and Tanzanian government removed Idi Amin from power. The cooperation of the Indian government and the Bengalese movement in East Pakistan lead to the creation of Bengladesh. The cooperation of the Eritrean struggle and the Ethiopian resistance forces lead to the fall of Derg. Even our own experience teaches us the wisdom and the benefit of alliances against a common enemy. Despite all these facts of the experiences, the evil disruptive despot has managed to confuse us and survive the forces of change and resist to any kind of opposition to extend his reign.”

Bayto Yiakl as civic/political is the most rightly situated organization to mobilize the people for the formation Eritreans National Council initiative. Global Yiakl through Yes we can!  slogan ይክአልዩ! ጭርሖ (writer’s suggestion) could help mobilize all the people,  civic, media, opposition parties, and all change seekers to collaborate and create grass root chapters and transform Eritrean community through the slogan “Yikeal”  And “Yes” to “FRONT”! We would rather argue our differences, political ideologies and hierarchy later; Integration should be the shared purpose as a vehicle to clarify Eritreans’ share values. NICE/GiEC will recognize and agree to and focus on problem-solving, not advancing a partisan agenda or particular ideology. Have different areas of responsibility. After the formation of NICE, GiE will be reaching out civic and political organizations, while Yiakl reaches the public. The writer is founding member and was Central Committee and Candidate to the executive of Yiakl had argued against the institutionalization of the social movement, and recently found out it already had developed into hybrid entity meaning Civic and political wings. The writer argues there should only be one role for every organization in the struggle.

The excerpt of my opinion, which was presented then, reads, “The “Yiakle” movement can only be succeeding if we unite and focus on our shared purpose of removing the DICTATOR rather than doubting each other. The lack of our unity has been the setback for the opposition. To make this social movement successful our shared purpose and priority should be removing Isaiah Aforki and his close loyalists. We should not demonize each other with unfound rumors. To the contrary we should trust, welcome and encourage each other, in unity. We should even trust and encourage PFDJITES to defect and join the change seekers. Though, I would not suggest putting the newly converted to the leadership for security purposes.”

Sattel also warns movements end up hijacked by political or end up one, I am afraid that is happening to Yiakl. Clearly defining change is a consistent theme running through successful movements momentums accelerated in time towards a given goal. Gandhi wanted independence from the British. The civil rights movement wanted specific legislation passed. The color revolutions wanted a change in leadership. These were all tangible goals that they could build a strategy around. And the Eritrean people want to remove Isayas.

Eritreans are debating on ill-timed issues they do not have solutions for.  The main current differentiating factor of the political groups is the divide, on their interpretation and understanding of Eritrean “sovereignty”. What is sovereignty? Who is sovereign in Eritrea? Is it God, Isayas Aforki, the land or the individual citizen? Eritreans stand on the Tigray war has been based on prioritization of Eritrean state sovereignty versus popular sovereignty of Eritrean citizenzs.

Throughout the history of human intellectual endeavor, sovereignty has cut across the diverse realms of theology, political thought, and psychology. From earliest Christian worship to the revolutionary ideas of Thomas Jefferson and Karl Marx, the debates about sovereignty—complete independence and self-government—have dominated our history.

Wikipedia references three definitions:

1.”A sovereign state is a political entity that is represented by one centralized government that has sovereignty over a geographic area (territory), and, the state of making laws and controlling resources without the coercion of other nations.”

Territorial sovereignty was introduced after the Second World War and during the decolonization of African states. “Article 2(1) of the UN Charter states, the organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its members’.

By definition, territorial boundary of a country is guaranteed by the UN and it is almost impossible for a new territorial land to be recognized without, the consent of the member state affected. The lack of recognition of the Somaliland could be an example. The most likely and currently risky of losing sovereignty is due to a long term lease of a port for debt, like the most recent 99 years deal between China and Si Rilanka. And does anyone know what the deal between Isayas and Emirates on Assab Port. That should be the most worrisome of losing the sovereignty of Eritrea. Isayas is believed to give in when he is cornered, what do you think he will do if Isays trades trades  Massawa of TDF,  for his survival.

  1. Popular sovereigntyis the principle that the authority of a stateand its government are created and sustained by the consent of its people, through their elected representatives (rule by the people), who are the source of all political power. It is closely associated with social contract .

Self sovereignty (individual) is the liberty to decide one’s thoughts and actions. Thomas Jefferson used the thoughts first penned by John Locke while writing the Declaration of Independence. The phrase ,“life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness,” was an idea first considered by Locke in his Two Treatises on Government. Stated in its simplest terms, the theory of independence is the view that a real object does not owe its existence or its qualities to the fact of its being cognized.

Democracy is a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. In a democratic country people rule .If we are to take a doctrinal approach, considering the fact Eritrea’s population with an approximate of 98%, are Judaic religions as Musllim or Christian believers. And the other 2% are believed to be Animists; I believe Eritrean would tend to elect someone, who would be a guarantor to their values (Human Rights). Since Eritrean people are pious the Eritrean should have a say on how the freedom handled out of the governments abusive and evil iron feast.

Thus, God sent the prophet Samuel to anoint Saul as the first “sovereign king” for the Israelites. The Qur’an goes on to state that a king was anointed by In the second chapter of the Qur’an (although here not mentioned by name). David (Dawud) is particularly important to the religious architecture of Islamic Jerusalem.[1] Dawud is known as biblical David who was, according to the Hebrew Bible, the second anointed king of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah, reigning c. 1010–970 BCE,[5] Both Muslim and Christian attest sovereignty of kings was given to the people by anointing.

Jean Bethke Elshtain examines the origins and meanings of “sovereignty” as it relates to all the ways we attempt to explain our world: God, state, and self. Examining the early modern ideas of God which formed the basis for the modern sovereign state, Elshtain carries her research from theology and philosophy into psychology, showing that political theories of state sovereignty fuel contemporary understandings of sovereignty of the self. As the basis of sovereign power shifts from God, to the state, to the self, Elshtain uncovers startling realities often hidden from view. Her thesis consists in nothing less than a thorough-going rethinking of our intellectual history through its keystone concept.

1. ልዑል==ልዑላዊ==ልዑላውነት፤                Sovereign–Sovereignty
2. ብሄር==ብሄራውነት==                             Nation—–Nationality
3. እግዚእ===ጎይታ ===እግዚአብሄር         Country under God
4.ሃገር==ሃገራዊ ==ሃገራውነት                  Patriotic

The above “deconstruct approach” of extracting the essence of sovereignty leads one to deduce on which one of the Eritreans sovereignty above has been infringed. The Isaias’ regime is an illegitimate one, having stolen the sovereignty from the people, and has been taking the country from one calamity to the other.  The writer believes the sovereignty of Eritrea has already long been, breached by Isayas Aforki.

The Eritrean most common value (ሓባራዊ ክብረታት) missed and displaced our sovereignty (ዘይኑቡር ልዑላውንት) . I had the opportunity to volunteer with a medical mission to the refugee camps in Tigray. The camps had minimum of two churches and one mosque. And all the humanitarian services, such as, supplementary nutrition  for unaccompanied children, for Aids and Mental patients, foot ball recreations and library for children and so on were provided for whatever the UNHCR lacked.

The  concern of those who worship the Eritrean territorial sovereignty  over the Eritrean people in dungeons  and dying the red sea coast over the red blood and the sweat of  young Eritreans on the deserts of Mahmiment to Rahhayt and to  Marsa Teklay to Halibet, Badme,…and now Tigray? Those who do not know better except pretentiously bogus ill-concern lamenting for Eritrean land sovereignty, while they betrayed their comrades in the hell of Eira Eiro, and the young who have been to the slavery of Sawa and saw all the bloody wars. And all the NNN’s (ንሱ ንሕና ንሕና ንሱ), the one who forgot thier loved ones and yoked with the evil. “Where is your brother?”  May God help you save yourself from yourself, especially the God believers, the 98% Muslim and Christians?  And the greedy silent (ላንጋ ላንጋ) majority because of vacation, villa, or the chance burial in Asmara:

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak is to speak.
Not to act is to act.”
― 
Dietrich Bonheoffer

The writer will collaborate with media and veteran content-experts within the opposition for the formation of the unifying institution, NICE (National Integrative Council of Eritreans). NICE would be an organization, authorized by the stake holders, to guide and help bring Eritrean justice seekers together and solve problems. And hereby suggests an integrative approach of interest-based bargaining or win-win bargaining— with a negotiated strategy, where the involved parties work together and find a solution that would satisfy the needs and concerns of each and  what their roles should be , this where National Integrative Council of Eritreans (NICE) comes. When disagreements happen, Survey Mechanisms will be used for a pool of registered voters by the people. And the process will continue forward with consent. Roberts Rule will be applied as rule of thump to conduct meetings.

Yiakl –Will have hybrid function on this initiative

Who should be on the NICE?

  • Members of the committee should not have interest for political seats, to curb conflict of interests.
  • The Majority Members of the committee should have governmental experiences like Ministers, Commissioners, General directors in the Eritrean government and other seasoned politicians like the G-13 and G-15, who would sign a covenant, not to run for a political office.
  • Having been a founder of AMEN and a leader of a church for many years, besides witnessing the divisive corruption and ineptness of leaders of church leaders. The writer advices, the writer advice the inclusion of lay religious personalities, making sure there truck record of voicing for justice. The recently formed peace council of religious leaders in also Ethiopia is a testament to the weaknesses observed.

Suggested action items for NICE are to:

  • Help Eritreans reconcile their differences and work for a united purpose.
  • Understand and promote the politics of give and take and avoid issues, or problems, because others have made them matters of partisan dispute, and learn to forgive each other.
    • Produce a working documents for GiE/NICE after collecting and referencing similar works within the Eritrean Diaspora organizations and other documents deemed important to be used for future, in Eritrea.
    • Win the trust of Eritrean Political, civic, media and the Eritrean people at large.
    • Encourage the silent majority to involve and appeal the PFDJ supporters to abscond

NICE(National Integrative Council of Eritreans USA) will be members of the G13 residing in USA and executive board of Yiakl residing in USA . NICE will serve as the provisional representative of USA Eritreans until a democratically elected GiE USA is set up.

As the provisional GiE USA: NICE is expected to work independently to reach out and help narrow gaps and work to resolve conflicts and help reconciliations. NICE will help Eritreans reconcile their differences and work for a united purpose.  Understand and promote the politics of give and take and avoid issues, or problems, because others have made them matters of partisan dispute, and advise to forgive each other. NICE in collaboration with others will work on the renaissance of independence spirit. Use the knowledge of Eritrean Ex-high officials military officers, and opposition political parties to help the new ideas and efforts put forth to give it credibility and share their long experience of opposition activities in Diaspora and link the Eritrean opposition in Exile with their international connections and community influence. Each Eritrean ex-official volunteer will part of an office set by GiE/ENC in collaboration with NICE. These offices will audit the existing Eritrean Government policies and propose amendments and create liaisons with countries and world organizations.

The author proposes NICE recognizes  Ato Saleh Yunis’s joins the NICE  as  has reinitiated the setting of the GiE. By the same taken,   Ato Hiruy should be part of NICE Europe.  ENC (Eritrean National Congress USA), proposed by Professor Araya Debesay(GI) will be the discussion paper to form an Eritrean Congress USA . ( አልጊብካ ምህናጽ). NICE and Yiakl will work one of the very important roles, setting up guidelines needed, and approach content experts , they deem should work on this sacred endeavor. This should to be done ASAP.

NICE /YIKL will help conduct democratic nonpartisan elections to form the GiE USA. In nonpartisan elections, each candidate for office is eligible based on her or his own merits rather than as a member of a political party. No political affiliation (if one exists) is shown on the ballot next to a candidate. This is looks like anther discourse for the Eritrean “Particracy.”

GiE will appoint executive officers to be approved by NICE/Yiakl(temporary till ENC is formed..

The president will be elected within 6 months. Each political party, civic or individuals will present applicants candidates. Every elected has to give up his/her organization and be solely part of GiE. The elected will be accountable to the ENC

Suggested action items for NICE  Provisional “GiE”

  1. 1. Coordinate diplomatic activities; Work on diplomacy with neighboring countries governments around like Ethiopia/Tigray ,and other countries, US representative and their opposition parties, civic and media.
  2. 2. Condemn all forms of agreements that the dictatorial regime of Eritrea enters with any foreign government or entity;
  3. 3. Call on the Eritrean defense and security forces to stand with their people and be an instrument in charting the democratic change of Eritrea;
  4. 4. Work earnestly in the development and application of a common transitional charter;

GiE to solicit support from international media, NGO, government officials, influential Eritrean and friends of Eritreans’ around the globe. The Ethiopian government through its embassy should be approached to sever its ties with Isayas through media and diplomacy.  Isayas can only be defeated with a crisis impacted situation. The closer of the Sudan boarder was the crisis which forced him to make amends with Ethiopia.

GiE Support and empower Eritrean religious leaders to challenge the government’s injustice supporters and call for repentance and reconciliation. Work on diplomacy with neighboring countries governments around like Ethiopia, other countries, US representative and their opposition parties, civic and media.

GiE respond to the general public’s fear of failure and the uncertainty to handle and save the victory post Isayas by building a plan and capacity to survive the Victory by unifying all justice seekers with a dynamic strategy to create or find common goals to unify Eritrean Political and civics and come up with policies reflective of its diversity in Gender, Religion, Age etc

GiE will identify and support active oppositions and encourage the passive change seekers. The new PFDJ converts should empower not undermine the opposition people who have been invested for decades in the movement. All the new participants of the change should try to be fuels to the fire and accelerate the existing momentum and create a force to push the regime off the cliff. Erode the support of Isayas in our community and garner support from all areas: Media, influential people (Eritrean and friends of Eritreans). The above mentioned short listed revered organizations and personalities are due to my personal acquaintance and my discussions on the subject matter.

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  • Brhan

    Hello Awate forum participants and visitors,

    Firstly a note to the info that I am sharing:

    Source of the info: AJ Arabic, Abi Ahmed’s beloved news agency , December 01, 2021
    The writer: Sanaa Hamed, former Ambassador

    Here we go:

    “War and its ramification: from Ethiopia to Africa, the old.”

    Article/ Opinion:

    There are many possible scenarios regarding Ethiopia, but they agree on a significant change in the Ethiopian political scene. The ambitions of the controversial Prime Minister, Abi Ahmed, have come to an end, and I believe that the near future will not go beyond four possibilities:

    -The victory of the Tigrayan and Oromo alliance, which means the fall of Addis Ababa
    -The mediators’ success in concluding a political settlement that prevents the coalition from entering the capital mostly means Abi Ahmed’s exit from the equation. This in itself is a great victory for the Tigrayans.
    -For an internal coup to take place against Abi Ahmed, which would speed up the political settlement, a victory for the coalition.
    – For an internal coup to occur against Abi Ahmed, led by the hard-line Amhara, and thus the war will be moved to the stage of zero options.

  • Tensae

    ሰበር ዜና – BREAKING NEWS: The Ethiopian government through is spokesperson has just announced the liberation of the strategic town of Gashena along with all its surrounding towns. The Ethiopian army is said to be heading rapidly towards Lalibela and other cities. With the fall of Gashena, the adventurous TPLF army will be cut with no way to retreat and it will have no choice but either to surrender or to perish a la Napoleon’s army. So much for the Brouhaha of the die-hard supporters on this forum and elsewhere! Stay Tuned!

    • Abi

      Hello Tensae
      BREAKING TPLF ( ህወሃትን መፍጨት) በሚለው ተስተካክሎ ተነቧል::
      ገንዘብካ ሓወይ

      • Tensae

        Hi Abi,

        Congrats and welcome back! The correction is well noted and please ready more fitting titles for the soon to be announced victories.

        Cheers!

        • Abi

          Hello Tensae
          Thanks
          ጋሸና ላይ የተወቃው ህወሓት መቀሌ ላይ እስኪጋገር ድረስ ብዙ ተስማሚ አርእስቶችን ዝግጁ እናደርጋለን::

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Tensae,

      Congratulation! the united front of Eritreans and the Amara (keybahrachin) have won the propaganda war. The tactical withdrawal of TDF based on their new war plan is not a lost of battles. As a former Tegadalay making a tactical withdrawal for adjustment should not be misunderstood. Don’t start your euphoric celebration. You will be surprised when the new strategy that was drawn recently by the central command of TDF begins its implementation.

      • Abi

        Selam Ato Amanuel
        ይህ ስልታዊ ማፈግፈግ እስከ መቀሌ ድረስ ይሆን? ምን ይላሉ ጌታው!

      • Brhan

        Selam Professor Amanuel,
        But history tells us that propganda never wins. The person has no clue what news and propoganda mean.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Merhaba Brhan,

          Yes indeed, propaganda alone never wins a war. A war can be won only by an army who has a clear “mission” with knowledgeable “military commanders” that keep the “cohesion and dedication” of the army intact. We have seen this fact on the TDF side, when a young female burned three tanks and lost her hand trying for another. We saw capturing tanks with kalanshinkove. They will surprise the world when they dismiss them. By the way, the central command of TDF dispatched a message in respond to their propaganda,

          Regard

      • Tensae

        Selam Amanuel,

        My apology for the delay in replying.

        I must also tell you that despite our diametrically opposed views on almost every issue, how happy I am to see you kicking. It is my sincere wish that you will keep doing the same hopefully with new and improved views and stands.

        Although you meant it sarcastically, nevertheless, I take your congratulatory note at face value. You should also be congratulated. After all, if I am not mistaken, for what ever reason, and rightly so, you were advocating for the TPLF not to expand beyond the borders of Tigray. By invading proper Amhara and Afar territories, the TPLF committed critical strategic blunders. First, it lost vital human and material resources for insignificant gains. It also bought the animosity of the people, animosities that will be hard to erase for the foreseeable future. Moreover, by committing all kind of atrocities such as the wanton destruction of innocent lives and properties, not to mention wide spread looting and raping, it have lost what ever little moral superiority it may have had, besides any sympathy from the rest of the world. Only the other day, there was a detailed report on Globe and Mail, a leading Canadian daily, by none other than the Tigrayan free lance reporter Lucy Kassa about a wide spread raping spree committed by TPLF soldiers in Amhara regions. Amnesty Int’l has also a similar report. With the departure of its forces from both Amhara and Afar regions, the full extent of atrocities will now be exposed for the whole world to see. Moreover, it exposed Tigrayans living in the rest of Ethiopia to unimaginable misery. But the biggest mistake is in a awakening a sleeping giant namely the Ethiopian population. With a taste of victory, I am afraid, the chasing game will not stop at the border.

        As for the claim of strategic withdrawal, although I fully recognize of its the importance in certain instances, in this case, it is either too late or too little. The genie is out of the bottle and I am afraid it will be impossible to put it back.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Tensae,

          Thank you for appreciating on my still actively participating in this forum.I have decided long long ago that a “struggle will be my life” (ቃልሲ ህይውተይ እዩ). So you will see me in the struggle until my last breath.

          Tensae, don’t worry about my “views” and “stands”. I have never betrayed my conscience. Just check yourself if you are loyal to your conscience. That is what I do in over half a century of my political life, fighting for the emancipation of human conscience and fighting against all kinds of conspiracies.

          On the current war, I can’t add more than I have advised you, for the new war strategy of TDF is not known to the public yet, nor do they started it on the ground. Let us have a patience and not overtaken by the propaganda of the pathological lair pastor, at the heart of the Ethiopian politics.

          Regards

  • Mez

    Greetings iSem,

    Egypt is involved full-time on the subject you mentioned since eternity.

    thanks

  • haileTG

    Merhaba iSem,

    What is tragic about Eritrea is that it never had a chance to see even a brief moment of relief. After 30 years of horrendous misery under PFDJ, it now faces war and sanctions, economic decimation and civil strife! For what? If you meet an Eritrean in Eritrea every 5 years for the past 20 or so years, each time you will find them poorer, tired, hopeless, isolated, disempowered and more terrified. It is disgusting to see those who managed to get out tend to get better in all aspects of life in diaspora but demand death and honor from the helpless people left behind! How horrible that now it is not only the traditional pro-regime diaspora but it is so called opposition turncoats who are demanding the poor people of Eritrea to shed real blood and lose real life for their pure entertainment and bravado. Their sinister language is that they want the blood of Eritrean youth spilt so that they “stand with their country”, how moronic! Did you hear the recent song of one of these diaspora s#$%t stirrers (Zeresenay) saying he is with his people, ready to defend them with blood and develop them with sweat??? He lives somewhere in Europe as asylum seeker. When all is said and done, these people will have their conscience to live with. Also, despite their long tongue, PFDJ never gets a dime from them by way of financial contributions for all their tuta tuta beleka leK’Aka. Ridiculous:(

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    Exactly a week since PMAA launched his bizarre drama of leaving his duties to go to the front, the moral drive he hoped to gain for the war has lost momentum. No military breakthrough apart from the usual pull and push around the Afar plain. He has cornered himself by his typical bipolar highs, believing he can do what he failed to do a whole year and at the cost of rendering the regular Ethiopian army useless for all practical purposes. However, his lack of trust on his generals to do the job may correct, albeit too late to make a dent.

    • iSem

      Hi HTG:
      What Abiy tried to pull was fleece over the people, but this old “technology” it worked for IA zetwari tanki and all the baloney. And Abiy did drive truck:-)
      He is trying to apply this tech during in a wrong era, people will see thru it except of course the minority and peddlesrs.
      It could also be that AA was not safe for him. If Demeqe was smart he would run a coupe now and save Ethiopian from this delusional, and narsistic PM

    • Brhan

      Hello haileTG,
      There are repots about renewed clashes between Sudan and Ethiopia in Al-Fashqa today. The clashes started two days ago where Sudan announced that Ethiopia killed 6 of its soldiers. Ethiopia said the accusation is ‘groundless”. Today Ethiopia is accusing TDF of the clashes in Al-Fashqa. It seems Ethiopia is not telling the truth. How is TDF available in Al-Fashaqa via Sudan? or Gojam? There seems to be a political intention behind Ethiopia’s adventure in Al-Fashaqa. In another news M.Tewekel reporting, from Burga said the next battle is going to be in Bati, and it will be decisive.

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    Tigray leader, Dr Debretsion have filed two complaints with the UN secretary General. In it the government of Tigray accused two state actors, FDRE and Amhara Regional government and one foreign actor, the State of Eritrea for perpetrating acts that constitute genocide under the viena convention.

    Secondly, the letter made complaints about three external actors for failing to prevent acts or risks of genocide under their convention obligations and extending support. They are Iran, Turkey and UAE.

    Tigray not being a UN member State, it is unprecedented in a sense but these countries should worry about potential future ramifications. A very serious matter indeed.

    • Mez

      Greetings Haile TG,
      you noted “…but but these countries should worry….” and that from tplf leader.

      In saying so, I assume you are either sarcastic or fully unaware that–for all practical purposes–tplf’s-tigray is insignificant in every nation measurement metrics.

      Thanks

      • Ismail AA

        Selam Mez,

        If I got the sense of what you stated correctly, namely: independent and sovereign entities (nation-states) in relation to components that constitute them, yes Tigray does not legally and politically count in the register of the UN member states because it still falls under the jurisdiction of Ethiopia.
        But the UN system is not confined in that framework only. UN members become states when they have nations (people) within their territorial jurisdiction from whom they gain legitimacy through instrumentality of exercising their inalienable will and determination. So, there are other essential laws that require them to abide by, and that is the wellbeing and safety of their citizens. There is obligation to commit to the humanitarian law for example, which was meant to prevent mass maltreatment and genocide. I understand Dr. Debretsion’s letter falls within that realm of the UN system.

        • Mez

          Good day Ismail AA:

          From what Haile TG wrote, I understood that dr. Debretsion of tplf is wagering his finger against the three states (see the last paragraph).

          And that seems to me very unusual.

          Thanks

      • haileTG

        Selam Mez,

        Ismail addressed one aspect, let me add one more. If a group, read Ethiopian govt and Amhara supporters, are so desperate and in the “nothing to lose” mentality, yes Tigrayans, even the whole world powers are insignificant. But that is a relative and subjective point of view born of weakness and desperation – hence loss of decency. Yet, take UAE for example, reputation still means huge thing for them. They like to have competitive edge in influencing the region and their place in the world. Any complaints submitted to the UN is there for posterity on file, an allegations of genocide related matters in Africa is not something UAE, Turkey and Iran would want. Mostly UAE because its an ambitious State.

        Your dismissal of Tigray as insignificant, it reminds me of AAU recently issuing the direction that unless you support PMAA your hard earned qualifications are worthless! Such dismissal is local, it doesn’t work like that at the global level.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Hailat-TG,

          His reaction is a typical from a boasting Eritrean mind, specifically the highlander Christian’s mind. ኣንነት ናይ እዚኣቶም እኮ ገደብ የብሉን። Remember his statement does also implies that the Tigray people are insignificant in every measurement compared to Eritrean people. ወይጉድ! ሰበይቲስ እትንዕቆ ሰብኣይ የጥንሳ ይበሃል።

          Regard

          • haileTG

            Merhaba Aman H,

            I always imagined Mez is an Ethiopian. May be I have forgotten but can’t remember Mez having interest on any Eritrea bound news or events. I think he’s written us off as insignificant too:-)

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-TG,

            No. He is one of the so called “PFDJ elites,”and of course a lipstick of the despot and a version of Gedowon Abbay in Europe.

            Regard

        • Mez

          Hi Haile TG,
          Your logic of discussion seems more of pervasive: Lying, Cheating, Stealing.

          Thanks

          • haileTG

            Haha Mez,

            With all respect sir, it is not the logic of my discussion, it is rather the state of your mind and the world it created for you to inhabit. If you change your mind for the better and higher ground, so will be your experience of the world around.

          • Mez

            Good day Haile TG,

            that was my observation from all what you wrote. Just take some time and revise what you wrote, and writing.
            Thanks

          • haileTG

            Selam Mez,

            Got the order sir! What else would like by the side, salad or fries?

          • Abi

            ኃይልሽ
            I like a fried Tplf ( ቋንጣ) on the side. Salad is for iSem the GOAT ( ለፍላፊው ፍየል) .

    • Brhan

      Selam haileTG
      I ask myself why Iran, Turkey and UAE support the Ethiopian gov’t in its war against TDF. It seems Iran, a country under economic sanction, will be eager to collect dollars and the same with Turkey, where its currency is now facing a crisis. UAE is rich but may plan to make Abi under its command as it did to DIA to control the region. I could not find any explanations.

      • haileTG

        Selamat Brhan,

        Yes, Iran and Turkey seem to be desperate to work with anyone, but UAE is a mystery. Perhaps, it wasn’t happy that PMAA failed to complete the job after the early support they gave him and all the talks of genocide, ethnic cleansing and blockades that followed. The only way they can quickly bury such dark shadows from tailgating them would be to help PMAA to finish it. But it is not working out like that. Like GR joked yesterday, more flogging would even get a dying horse to kick and jump. The are troubled by the outcome I think.

  • iSem

    Hi All:
    Did any one check what General Chemda told END/Amhara soldiers: He gave them 3 tips to succeed in the war against TDF. And with every tip he gets ridiculous, so I will mention the third one, the most ridiculous.
    3. If you are Christian say “ብስም ኣብ በወልድ መንፈስ before you you shoot your first bullet, If you are Muslims, say ” ብ አስም ኣላህ before you shoot your first bullet.”
    I can assure you that the Devils will not stand before these words.”
    This reminds me Ethiopian soldiers in Asmara, Mendefera and Agordat kissing the walls of Church before marching to burn villages. Old ingrained habits are hard to shake
    BTW, Chemeda was one of those TPLF captured in 1989 and released. I hope like Bezabe he is is recaptured again and see if his god will save him.

    • Brhan

      Hello iSem,
      I did. The man should be in a mental hospital. The last time I saw him is insulting Jawar Mohammed as “ያረብ ዲቃላ!”

    • Saleh Johar

      iSem,
      That guy is a circus clown who became a circus general. They should try fighting with a cane, maybe it works.

    • haileTG

      Haha iSem,

      ትም ትሓይሽ ሰመረ ዓርከይ፣ እዚ ስርሑን ዘረቡኡን ናይ ዲያብሎስ እዩ። ተዛሪቡ ከየዛርበና’ሞ ምስ ፈጣሪ ሽግር ከየእትወና።

    • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

      ኣይሰም

      ሊሎ ሊሎ መሸላ ጉላሎ
      ‘ንዳ ገብረ ኣዳል ከ ‘ንታይ ይውረ ‘ሎ
      መሃንድስ ኣስገዶም

      ጀነራል ጨመዳ
      ምምራኽ ልማዳ
      ዳግማይ ክትማረኽ
      ትሸባሸብ ኣላ
      ኢልና ተሓሕለፍናያ
      ይሓይሽ መስለኒ
      ንርኢ በለት ዕውርቲ

  • Brhan

    Hello Awatistas,

    Who do you think is telling the truth? Ethiopia or Sudan?

    Sudan: Ethiopia attacked and killed 6 of my soldiers.
    Ethiopia’s reply “Groundless”

  • Tensae

    • iSem

      Hi awat:
      Awate nation, pay attention, awate has begotten an other prophet to its ranks Tensae is prophesizing that there is no tensae for TDF

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Sem,

        TDF has made a strategic withdrawal from Chifra and its surrounding for two reasons (a) they don’t want to reinforce with more force to defend Chifra b/c they want to heavily protect the A-2 highway, the life line for their logistic to the Debrebrhan front the gateway to Addis (b) to avoid the flat lowland of Afar from being easy target of drones and war planes and make a fortified defense in the mountains of the Wollo region. It is the same tactic they have done on the Hyke strategy letting them to the mountains to demolish them. Listen to the military analysis of the Military and Foreign affairs in link below.

        When TDF break the Debrebrhan front and make them runaway to the entoto areas – the outskirts of Addis, they will block the flight of the war planes and capture the central command. Then Tensae and his elks will go to their usual hiding place as they did when the Dessie and Combelcha front was completely decimated.

        https://youtu.be/xSORohNMUU0

        Regard

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Moderator,

          Is the cut time for links up to mid night or is the link is inappropriate? I posted it at 2 in the morning.

          Regard

    • Peace ToAll

      Hello Mr. Tensae,
      “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true”
      Soren Kierkegaard

      • Tensae

        Selam Peace ToAll,

        Copying a quote with out giving proper context is the staff that fools and lazy people alike indulge and you are no exception. Why believing an event that had been witnessed by thousands including international media reporters or for that matter expressing my opinion had to do with the quote defies logic.

        BTW, the oxymoronic nature of your alias is well noted in your naming yourself as “peace for all” while supporting the war.

        • Peace ToAll

          Mr. Tensae,
          There is no need of dancing with jargon words like HEGDEF foot soldiers. The quote describes people like you.

          • Tensae

            Hi Peace ToAll,

            How? Why? I am still waiting for an explanation. The saying ‘the deaf always dances to the same tune” fits you like a charm. ጸማም ሓደ ደርፉ! BTW, which part of you is for peace, left or right? Just wondering!

    • Brhan

      Hello Tensae,
      I think you have a problem in understanding between news and propoganda.

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate forum participants and visitors,

    There is a new trend in reporting the war in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian government has allowed AJ Arabic correspondents, including the Eritrean Mohammed Taha Tewekel, to report from the Ethiopian side. But AJ Arabic, who is now feeding news to AJ Egnlish, has to check with the TDF, which means following GR twittes to say either TDF said that or no response from TDF.

    Look to today’s ( 28/11/2021) AJ English news title:
    Ethiopian gov’t forces in control of Chifra: State media.
    In the same news, we find this:
    Reporting from “the heart” of the town, i.e. Chifra, Al Jazeera Arabic’s correspondent Mohammed Taha Tewekel said the Tigrayan forces “were driven out of this strategic area” by pro-government militia from the Afar region, but also noted “gunfire could be heard from all directions” for hours.

    Do the title and Mr. Tewekel’s reporting reflects fair reporting?. Can we expect AJ’s honest reporting in the coming days?

    • Berhe Y

      Selam Brhan,

      Do the title and Mr. Tewekel’s reporting reflects fair reporting?. Can we expect AJ’s honest reporting in the coming days?

      Why are you questioning Mr. Tewekel and AJ reporting now, specially if he is reporting from the ground?

      • Brhan

        Selam Berhe,
        You can not answer a question by a question!

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Brhan,

          Never mind, Tinsae provided me with the information I needed. I’m curious as to why you’re suddenly doubting the integrity of Aljazeera, which you spent the entire year translating.

          By now, I know what to anticipate from you. When you were asked to show evidence after accusing me of things I never said you disappeared:)

          When the TPLF gathers traction, I’ll look forward to your cheery post.

          • Brhan

            Hi Berhe,
            As haileTG said, AJ is doing fine. It is trying to include the response from the other side. Do you think AJ to have a correspondent on the ground of the other side will make the news balanced?

    • haileTG

      Hello Brhan,

      Of course, reporting will be very difficult under the current ban on media correspondents in Ethiopia. AJ has done great job so far, but it would for sure struggle going forward. Ultimately, sketchy details may be conflicting and disputed here and there, yet major developments wouldn’t be hidden in the end. I think M T T will be fine because he would still have to work through AJ’s internal standards and protocols, which are fairly balanced in comparison to many other outlets.

      • Brhan

        Selam haileTG
        As always , your input is constructive.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ኮኾባይ ደሃይካ ጠፊኡ
    ከም ሓቂ
    ደሓንዶ?

    Speaking of ሓቂ
    ሓቂ ሃዲማ
    ካብ ቀርኒ ኣፍሪቃ
    ኣብ ቀይሕ ባሕሪ ጠሊቓ
    ከይትኸውን ትሕመ

    ገለ ድማ ይብሉ
    ከምቶም ዜጋታት ዝኾብለሉ
    ሓቂ ውን ኮብሊላ
    ብእግራ ናብ ዝጥዕማ
    ኣብ ማእከላይ ባሕሪ ‘ተዘይሰጢማ
    ክብሉ
    ይዝርዝሩ

    እዚ ዄኑ እቲ
    ትዘገድስ ደሃይ ሓቂ
    ጠፊኡ
    ጽቡቕ የስመዓና
    ኣማስያኡ

    • iSem

      Hi MM
      ኣይፋልካን ምሃንድሳይ
      ጊጋ ሓበርታ
      ተወሳኺተይ ሓቂ
      ምኹብላል አካ ዘይብርሃኒ
      ምሃድንሳይ ክጸውየካ
      አሂ በለኒ
      ኣነ ሓቂ ኣይኾብለሉ
      ኣይኾባለልኩ
      ኣብ ማሕይር ‘የዘልኹ
      ተኣሲረ ብሓደራ
      ኣጽንሓለይ
      ከም ኣቅሓ

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        ሰላማት ኣይሰም
        ዝገርም ‘ዩ

        ለካስ ተኣሲራ
        ከም ናቕፋ
        ኣብ ኮንተይነር ሰፊራ?

        ሕሰም ኣይትርከብ
        ሕሰም ረኺባ
        በል ሓቂ ክትፍታሕ
        ጸሎት ኣይትግደፍ
        ድምጺ ከይገበርካ
        ጥንቅቕ ካብ ማሕበር ህግደፍ

  • leGacY

    Good Sunday Awate readers,

    Now that neftegna nationalistic (used loosely) fever has been broken by TDF, here is a road map outlined in this song
    to the next one ,which seems to be sending some folks into an overdrive fit, including a campaign to delist it from popular media outlets.

    You can hug tricolors , churn conspiracies or white wash the pain of our people, there is not a single soul that can stop it.

    Have a good day.

    https://youtu.be/zlvL6Bn0blo

    • haileTG

      Melrhaba leGacY,

      ንዓ ኣይፋልካን በሎ፣ ኣይሰምዕን ኢልካ ደኣ ኣበይ ክሰልጥ። እቲ እዝኒ እዝግሄር ንዓናሉ ካብ ፈጠሮ ስምዕ እንተወዓልካሉ ገለ ኣይብለካን። ብዝኾነ ጠኒንካ ነስመራ ካብ ምኻድ መጀመርታ እቲ ሕሳብ ክንደይ ምዃኑ ይተሓበረና፣ ክንከፍሎ ንኽእል እንተኾይኑ ንኹላትና ግርም፤ ካብ ዓቕምና ንላዕሊ እንተኾይኑ እቲ ሰሪቑኩምን ጎዲእኩምን ዘሎ ግን ዋላ ካልቾና ወሲድና ሕሳብና ንዓጹ።

      ሓደ እዋንሲ ሓደ ኣዝዩ ዝጠመዮ ሰብኣይ ነቲ ካልኣዩ ይብሎ “ኣብዚኣ ጽንሓኒ እሞ ኣብዛ ቤት መግቢ ሓተምተም ኣቢለ በሊዐ ክመጸካ” በሎ። መቸስ ሰልዲ ዘይብሉ ዘሎን ዘየሎን ኣዚዙ በላሊዑ ኣፉ ምስሓበሰ፤ ናብቲ ተቐባሊ ሕሳብ ከይዱ ሰልዲ የብለይን ይብሎ። በዓል ገዛ ኣንጽርጺሩ ሰለስተ ማር ማር ዝብላ ካልቾ ሂቡ ይሰጎ። ሰብኣይ ናብቲ ዝጽበዮ ዝነበረ ዓርኩ ከይዱ “እዛ ገዛ ከመይ ዝበለ መግቢ እዩ ዘሎዋ፣ ጥዒምካዮ ዘይትፈልጥ በቃ። ግን ኣብ መወዳእታ ካልቾ ኣላታ” በሎ ንብለካ። መሲልካ እንታይ ኣምጻእካ እንድዩ፡ ገንዘብካ ምምላስ ዝመስልዎ የለን ለጋስ ዓርከይ 🙂

      • leGacY

        Hello HaileTG,

        Rare combination of traits there Haylish-Wits and smarts (The compassionate smarts kind.)

        Don’t want to direct more darts at you than already have targeted on your back but we are forever indebted for acknowledging the pain of our people UNEQUIVOCALLY .

        Have a blessed Sunday!

      • iSem

        Hi Haile TG:
        This is very rare faltering of your analysis. No Eritrea beside EDF under IA and PFDJ should take even worthy ካልቾ for a delicious meal. Asmara is Eritrean not PFDJ, though they domicile it now by force as they did temporarily Adwa
        Actually this song linked here should be removed as the ” Towards Asmara..” line incites violence, has a connotation of revenge. So I again ask the moderator for only the second time engaging the moderator to remove this link.
        Gen Migbey Haile said it best: we know love more than PFDJ, we know how to treat our neighbors more than PFDJ, we know more compassion more than them, and we do not target the Eri people but if we would not avenge the crimes, we are not Tegru..”
        This song has overtures of entering Asmara, the icon of Eritrea and it is allowed here in a website of reconciliation. This song emboldens revenge
        That is my take

        • haileTG

          Merhaba iSem,

          I understand the distinction, but when you have PFDJ still alive and kicking, it is best to wash your hands off from the whole situation. EDF didn’t only dragged civilians out of their homes in Axum and mercilessly slaughtered them on the streets of Axum, but they refused the people from collecting bodies for days and let hyena feed on the corpse for that time. Imagine knowing your family member not only is killed and then you have to agonizingly wait to see what is left of their corpse to bury. This is a witness testimony btw. Add to that your property and cars are now driving around Asmara nick named “nay woyane”. The truth of the matter is that so long as we can’t remove IA from power and open dialog, our half measure protestations would add to the bitterness the Tigrayans should be feeling about it. Those opportunist opposition who have openly sided with PFDJ, let them go out and mediate between PFDJ and the victims in Tigray. This is far too complex to involve ourselves in 🙁

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-TG,

            Oppositions who do not want to remove the beast at the heart of our politics, by “all means” are always “half hearted opposition” that do not add any significant value to the opposition per se.

            Regard

          • haileTG

            Hey Aman H,

            This time they were not only half hearted as usual, they went further. They obstructed the response of Eritreans, you have seen the abuse they rained on justice seekers, the people of Tigray and the intl community while their country was committing genocide at the same time. They were busy telling regime lies that the TPLF were no more and they were just dispersed ineffective. When we condemned such falsehood in their media we were crudely told we hail from Tigray and other arrogance to the brim. They helped IA to do what he did indirectly and history will judge them. They could have been wiser to weigh the situation and strengthen the home side, alas they jumped head over heels to PFDJ narrative and became mouthpiece of the devil. So, they take far more responsibility than you are kindly apportioned them.

          • iSem

            Hi Haile TG:

            I know that, I am sure you know I know but if TDF enters Asmara, it has no way of controlling the characters that will do the same to Eritreans. Still PFDJ and EDF is to blame for that anger that will fuel revenge. But still TDF can attack EDF and PFDJ by decimating them in the border and bombing their digs etc. If TDF enters Asmara no good will from leadership, no education will stop some semblance of what EDF did in Tigray. And Eritreans should not be the “Jesus” for PFDJ, taking their sins. TDF and the songs should target PFDJ and EDF

          • haileTG

            Sure iSem, I totally second your concerns. I am sure all Eritreans do, even those dancing for PFDJ in the west,. The problem is IA. When IA was intervening in Somalia against US interests and terror concerns, the US warned him to back off or be bombed back to taliban era. If he hadn’t backed off, we would never know what would have happened. Many great cities have been bombed and obliterated in history of war. No country requested exception be made because their city is dear special to them. IA has opened a dangerous confrontation with Tigray. For sure we hope all ends without even a village touched. But violence goes both ways. Surely, PFDJ and their new puppets might have had their reasons to rid of TPLF. Instead they got a new and improved version called TDF. Their baby, their problem.

      • Brhan

        መርሓባ ሃይለTG ዓርከይ

        ነጋሪት152 ሓንትን ክያንትን መልሲ ኮፍ ኣቢላ ትጽበየካ ኣላ።

        (ከም ብርስማመንተ/trailer:
        እከለ ከምዚ ይብል
        ኣይኮነን ‘ቲ ነገር
        እንታይ ይብል ‘ቲ ትካል
        ኢዩ ‘ቲ ቁም ነገር

        • haileTG

          Merhaba Brhan,

          Yes, first thing I heard today! A very deep and honest advise from SGJ as usual. I hope many hear it and take to heart the substance of his presentation. Let me use this opportunity to thank SGJ for that timely and well put point of view. The last thing I heard for the day was Dimtsi Hafash on Youtube, the content is very much about kitet and surprisingly, an allusion to the PFDJ plans to fight in Afar Ethiopia.

          • Brhan

            Merhaba haileTG,
            PF(DJ), has already implemented the plan:
            EDF cross the Eritrean Dankalia to Mille wearing Ethiopian military attire and help the Ethiopian army in Ethiopian Dankalia. PF(DJ) does not tell EDF where they go, and the majority of EDF soldiers might not differentiate between the two Danklias.

  • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

    ብሩኽ ምሸት
    ወዲ-ሰብ ምዃነይ
    ካብ ዝብለኒ ሸተት
    ኣዋርሕ ቆጺሩ
    ዶ ዋላስ ኣቚጺሩ?

    ሰብ ዝብለኒ ካብ ዝርስዕ
    ኣነ ዝደልዮ ክረክብ ካብዝስስዕ
    ንሓቂ ጎስየ
    ኣብ ዝሃረፍክዎ መኣዲ ካብ ዝስዕስዕ
    ሓሊፉ ኣዋርሕ
    ሓንቲ ሂወት ጥራሕ ከምዝውንን
    ኣብ ግዝያዊት ዓለም ከምዝነብር

    ስነ-ሞገት ዘየድልዮ
    ሸውዓተ ሰማያት ዘይቅይሮ
    ‘ንከሎ
    ናፈለጥኩ
    መሎኮታዊ ሓይሊ ‘ተዘይፍረስኩ
    እምባሕ በልኩ
    ንዘይስልጥ
    ኣመል ምስ መግነዝ
    ኴኑኒ

    • iSem

      Hi MM:
      Nice to have you back
      ስለ ሓቂ ትክሙጉት ዝሕርብተካ
      በትሪ ሓሶት ክተሳሲ
      ክትነብር ንሳልስቲ
      ክብርቲ ሂወትካ
      አንኮ ክንሳ
      ዘይትክባኸባ
      ዘይትሕብሕባ
      ክም ብሌን
      ዓይንኻ
      ሓቂ ደፊርካ
      ዘውዲ ሓሶት
      ክትደፍአ ካብ ተወናወንካ
      ካብ ኣጋንንቲ
      አንታይ ይፈልይካ
      ስለዚ ኣነን ንስኻን
      ንቁም ብብህላወነ
      ክሳብ ንቀዎም
      ኣብ ቅድሚ
      ፈጣሪነ

      • መሃንድስ-ምዕባለ

        መዓልካ ኣይሰም

        ‘ንታይ ክገብር ንሳ ተዓዲለ
        ኣበር ዘይብሉ ሰብ ‘ናተደፈረ
        ጎስየ ሓሊፈዮ
        ኣይናተይን ኢለ
        ኣይንታየይን ‘ዩ ኢለ
        ሓለፋ ዘለዋ
        ናተይ እኲያለ
        ትብለኒ ትኸውን

        እወ
        ሓንጎል ተዋሂበ ከም ዓለመይ
        ‘ቶም ካብን-ናብን ዘመላልሱ ህዋሳተይ
        ተሓዋዊስዎም ከይከውን
        ኢለ ይሓስብ ብግምተይ

        እምበር
        ብዱል ብዘይገበን ክብደል
        ‘ናረኤኹ ሸፈፍ ኢለ ዝሓልፎ
        ከምዘይናተይ
        ሕጅስ
        ብኣይ ‘ኳ ክሓፍሩ ጀሚሮም
        ፈለጥተይ

  • iSem

    Hi all:
    The nomore movement has found its own Thomas C Mountain (wedi Aboy Gobo as Sal once called him) in certain Muzungu by the name Jordan Matt, who twits that there is no war in Tigray, that TDF is the only part that commits genocide and that WPF tracks serve the war, that he wishes he would get Ethiopian citizenship. Some Muzungus like this dude and the lady from the the Atlantic Council by the name B. Bruton are lured to tyranny and do not make mistake about it, they are not doing it for free.
    Tip for Jordan Matt : you can get his Ethiopian citizenship by proposing to Hemela Aregawi and asking Simon K Tesfamariam to write you a reference letter to IA that he is supporter of nomore movement and IA will in turn write a letter to Abiy that the union between Hermela is valid and blessed by PFDJ and Jordan Matt should get an Ethiopian citizenship for his membership in nomore. Abiy, will take of his shades to ascertain that the signature is indeed that of Isu and sign the letter in the front lines, in the presence of ENDF fighters who kiss his hand before they die in a war that is designed to make him King.

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    The great Sufi poet and mystic Rumi said “if you wish to heal, you must first get sick”. When we bring up the sickness of bigotry and racism in Eritrea towards Tigrayans, the PFDJista school of thought compatriots talk up nonsense about doing such and such to your country. Eritrean society needs to face its demons in order to get well and go beyond the current state of existence that our people are enduring at home and refugee camps.

    The video below is uploaded to youtube few hours ago. It reports that some members of EDF finding and digging out munitions cache from what appears to be a stone piled underground bunker. The interesting point for this entry is the conversation among the EDF members working there starting @6:20 – 6:41. Here is the transcript text of the exchange

    እዛ ሰበይቲ ሕጂ ዘይትፈልጥ ኮይና ድዩ – does it mean this woman didn’t know
    እንታይ ኮይና ዘይፈልጥ – why wouldn’t she know
    ዋና እዚ ገዛ ድዩ – is he the home owner
    ሰራቂት – thieves
    ኣየርእዩዋን እዮም – they wouldn’t show her
    ተጋሩ ርጉማት እንድዮም – Tigrayans are wicked
    ምስ ደቀሰት፣ እዚኦም ልቦም ዘየርእዩ – may be when she was sleeping – these people never show their heart
    ሰበይቱ ኣይትርእዮን እያ ክትሕርንኽ – she wouldn’t see it, may be she was snoring
    ተጋሩ እኳዮም – [don’t you know] these are Tigrayans//Tegaru

    The EDF members are certainly younger than 30 (most) and their mindset is formed under PFDJ misrule. Notice the fact that they are not actually referring to TPLF but the very racial/ethnic identity of Tigrayan as wicked, thieves, crooked hearted… Can you imagine that given a chance, someone with such mind set towards you would spare your life in what was happening in Tigray a year ago? Would it be difficult to motivate such people to massacre in Axum, loot properties, rape and detonate economic facilities and medical and educational centers?

    When we opposed the deployment of EDF in Tigray through the invasion that was carried out, it was very clear that Eritrean society has not yet regained its sanity in the way it presents against Tigrayans – it is racist and bigoted. Disaster would be a very probable outcome and indeed such disaster has happened – Eritrea is accused of genocidal war in Tigray. The PFDJista like us to believe rosy garden through their demented ERiTV programing. We know the reality and here you see it for yourself. Such stained relationship needs a long time to heal, but the PFDJista want the Tigrayans to be humiliated, killed and raped in their own home in front of their children by Eritrean forces and then act civil and go to the nearest court to press charges. They can fool us if they could. We have no problem whatsoever with the people of Tigray at the level of society to society but history calls upon them to even up with IA in anyway they can. Eventually, Eritreans will reflect and re-consider and reject the path of such bigotry against our closest neighbors across the border. True, there are many good Eritreans who will usher us in such direction, but as the great Rumi said we need to be sick first in order to be healed. We become sick, by admitting our sickness in such regard.

    Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9wtm5hJ4yA

    • iSem

      HI TG:
      where is the link?

      • haileTG

        iSem,

        Added at the end.

    • Halaf Mengedi

      Greetings HTG and all,
      I hope you are enjoying your weekend. It is already Sunday and I wish the weekend was three-four days long :). I think, we have to wait for AI (not IA) driven economy and let the algorithms pay the tax and we could all enjoy our 3-4 days long weekend and get paid fully. Wishful thinking? No, this could happen in our life time with a caveat. Humanity first need to figure out the ethics of AI/Automation and technological advancement driven by AI.

      Back to reality.

      …When we bring up the sickness of bigotry and racism in Eritrea towards Tigrayans, the PFDJista school of thought compatriots talk up nonsense about doing such and such to your country. Eritrean society needs to face its demons in order to get well and go beyond the current state of existence …

      Indeed! Like any society with or without PFDJ ; Eritrea and Eritreans have our blind spots too. Of course, PFDJ and AI multiplied it a thousands times and made our Erena a ፋንድያ ኣድጊ hole at many levels. Morally, culturally, economically, technologically, politically … etc. That being said; racism towards Tigrayans is not a new PFDJ created phenomenon. Sure, IA exploited and is exploiting this to the the fullest.

      … Notice the fact that they are not actually referring to TPLF but the very racial/ethnic identity of Tigrayan as wicked, thieves, crooked hearted… Can you imagine …

      If we have to be really honest, many Eritreans hold this view right or wrong. I don’t have a statistics/research I could refer. The anecdotal/personal accounts of many friends/relatives is something long the lines what the EDF soldiers were saying. I believe it is deeply rooted on distrust. 95% of my friends and relatives are disgusted with anything PFDJ does and the misery IA/PFDJ brought to Eritrea.

      Dear HTG – I really want to be educated on this topic? Why do Eritreans (a lot if not all) have strong distrust toward Tigrayans in general? And what does Tigrayans think and feel about Eritreans? May I ask you to share the big picture view; main events which cemented the distrust. Going back 150 years till now might help to give more context.

      Post PFDJ and with peace, I think Eritreans in collaboration with Tigrayans have a home work to first honestly admit the problem and then work together to a common brotherly solution from the big picture noted above perspective.

      ዝተባረኸ ስንበት ይግበረልካ ይግበረልኩም።

      Halaf Mengedi

      • haileTG

        Merhaba HM,

        Happy & blessed Sunday to you too!

        What an exceptionally well posited questions! Thanks, I would try my best, but just as the problem is shared, as you put it well, so is the solution. I would be very eager to learn from your analysis too.

        Just before I get to the serious stuff, back to the AI, getting longer weekends and bigger paycheck, can’t resist to not pick up on:) While we are with poets, philosophers and mystics like Rumi, let me add what one such caliber person asked: I will pay for virtually anything you’ll need to live on, your job will be to sit and be happy 24/7… you’re responsible for 0% payment towards that that you need, I will take care of it, will you guarantee that you’ll be fully happy at all time? he asks! Well the theory here is that the Liberation that we seek isn’t much from external bondage, ratner our self imposed internal ones. So, AI or no AI, unless we work away from the great demon called MIND and give more space to the God inside called HEART, misery will keep our company forever.

        Now, to the substance of what you asked. But I really want to first acknowledge and thank you for your open minded and judicious reflection on what I wrote. Recently, I raised a similar point, and all I got was an asymmetric stone throwers from residents of the well known State (the State of Denial)!

        You’re right that such tendency is widespread in our society. But, in time, you’d expect it to get better rather than more embittered as we have it in Eritrea. The theory I forwarded months back was in relation to some difficult relationships that existed around 150 years ago when Tigrayan lords collected tax from much of Eritrea. I read in some sources were sometimes the engaged in crop burning and sever punishment for those who default on doing their income tax:) There was also other individuals who mistreated the people directly or indirectly – the roles of the notorious slave trader RaEsi Weldenkiel (oh yeah he was selling Eritreans to slavery through Yemen) and propaganda he spread when he was turned down for promotion…and many other historical narrative can be put together. Because, one can ask a logical question that why are the highland Eritrea and Tigray – same ethnicity, have so much animosity and not love and cordiality? Unless there is an unusual problem, it is very uncommon and hard to find such precedent anywhere in the world. Cross-border kinship is normally a pull factor in any society, not source of conflict like we see between the two Tigrayans both sides of Mereb.

        Finally, whichever way the Tigrayans feel about us, obviously it is not acted out and hence we are asking. Otherwise we would have known. The definitely don’t say Eritreans are thieves, wicked and crooked hearted…and pass that to their children like we do. But surely, the thieves part might have been earned after Itrun and Co. went to Tigray:) I heard Tigrayans use the term “we have psychological differences with Eritreans” as a polite code word for the racist abuse they get from bigoted Eritreans. But, difficult to say more unless a Tigrayan can come and speak from first hand experience like we are doing here.

        Have a great Sunday again, talk to you soon!

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Hailat-TG,

          That is why this website is the source of knowledges, particularly the source of voracious historical account. I have learned two historical account from your comment addressing to HM’s provocative question, that (a) Ras Woldenkiel was a slave trader selling Eritreans (b) that the Tigrian lords were taxing the Eritrean people and werr punishing to those who default tax payments. Thank you for the scoop. I am visualizing Haile-S going to his books/records to checkout the claims, in the process, either to rebuff it with different accounts or to support it with similar arguments. Also possible from Awate university resident and distinguished historian Ismailo (Ismail-AA).

          Indeed the animosity between the Tigrinya speaking of both sides of the river is a big challenge to peace and stability for the two brotherly people. History shouldn’t be a barrier to the new generations to overcome the past mistrusts and look forward to build all the necessary bridges for their own sake to live in peace and prosperity.

          Regard

          • haileTG

            Selamat Aman H,

            You are right, we should forget such old blood and usher a new dawn of understanding. There is always reason why things are the way they are but when PFDJ is added to the mix, Eritreans are robbed their chance to investigate the past and close those chapters that need closure. My historical reference is set around the time of 1870s, the revolt that were going on in the region at the time. 1876 was the year RaEsi Woldenkiel killed Degiat Hailu. At the same time, not only the taxation conflict was part of the greater revolt and conflicts, but there was lucrative slave trade going on from the region to the middle east. Some run away abductees were being taken care of at a center in Emkulu, Eritrea by missionaries of the time. RaEsi Woldenkiel was known to be beneficiary of some of that illicit trade. He died in Axum by the way…1906??

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hailat-TG,

            ስንቂ ሓቦ ዝኾና አዴታት ትግራይ፤ ኣብ ዲሕሪት ደጀን ኾይነን ሰራዊት ክምግባ ኸለዋ ኣብዛ ታሕቲ ዘላ መላግቦ ንመልከት። ሓድነት ትግራዎት ዘኹርዕን ዘሔብንን ንህዝቢ ትግራይ ጥራይ ዘይኮነስ ፤ ንዓናውን ንገዛእ ርእሱ ብዙሕ ትምህርቲ ክንማሃረሉ ንኽእል አብነትዩ። ምስቲ ትምክሕቲ ዝተላዕጠጠ ኣእምሮና ግን አይመስለንን።

            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RYXbKonw6xI

      • Berhe Y

        Selam Halafi Mengedhi,

        First I want to share with, “History of Ras Weldemichael Solomon as told by Hailemichael HaileSilasse (Lingo)”
        https://youtu.be/pZFMcfkyJbA

        To your question why Eritreans feel resentment towards Tigray warlords and solidiers, I think it’s because they are always in one way or another interfering inside Eritrea. Simply put, it’s always the Tigraians who come to Eritrean and created havoc against the population and never was the other way around. IA is the only exception though out our history for the past 200 – 300 years. And there isn’t any love lost under their rule, none what so ever when it comes how cruel they have been towards the Eritrean people, including as recent as during the federation, the Derg and EPRDF.

        Here is a timeline of Eritrean history, I have extracted the events related to Tigray. A lot of Ethiopians use to mock us why we are proud of Italian Colony but I think it has to do with the peace and security they provided us from Tigrayan war lords.

        https://www.zantana.org/timespan/

        In the year 1832-
        Dejazmach Wube of Tigray dominated Mereb Mellash with ruthless miltary raids and pillaging for 8 years.

        Egyptians start their 4-year long raid of western lowlands for lucrative slave trade and taxation.

        In the year 1844
        Dejazmach Wube Intensified His Ruthless Rule
        Dejazmach Wube continued his 6-year long, brutal military administration in highlands, constantly raided lowlands, used divide-and-rule strategy and sought French and British support.

        In the year 1856
        Degiats Hailu and Woldemichael feuded to Rule Mereb Mellash
        Degiat Hailu of Tsazzega and Degiat Woldemichael of Hazzega started vying for control of Hamasien and their feud carries on for 20 years.

        2 Jan, 1868 – 13 May, 1868
        British Expedition Against Emperor Tewodros II of Abyssinia
        British Expedition Against Emperor Tewodros; Kassa Mercha of Tigray assisted the British giving them safe passage, eventually became Emperor Yohannes IV upon Tewodros’ demise

        17 Jul, 1876
        Raesi Woldemichael Solomon Consolidated Power In Eritrean Highlands
        Raesi Woldemichael Solomon consolidated power in the highlands of Eritrea by defeating Degiat Hailu who was favored by Emperor Yohaness IV of Abyssinia at the Battle of Wekidiba

        9 Oct, 1876
        Shalleqa Alula Promoted to Ras to Govern Mereb Mellash
        Shalleqa Alula of Abyssinia is promoted to Ras by Emperor Yohannes IV and assigned governorship of Mereb Mellash to tame the rebel Ras Woldemichael of Mereb Mellash

        20 May, 1878
        The Battle at Biet Meka’e, Asmara, with Ras Barya’u of Tigray
        Ras Barya’u of Tigray was sent by Emperor Yohannes IV to subdue Raesi Woldemichael of Mereb Mellash who rebelled against the emperor. Ras Barya’u was killed in the battle and his army defeated.

        In February of 1885
        Italy Occupied Massawa
        Italy continued to expand its hold from the southern Red Sea of the Afar Sultanate and eventually occupied Massawa with no resistance from the Egyptian occupiers.

        22 Nov, 1886
        Ras Alula Massacred the Nara and Kunama in Eritrea
        Ethiopia’s Ras Alula ruthlessly massacred the Nara and Kunama in Eritrea

        26 Jan, 1887
        The Battle of Dogali

        2 May, 1889
        Treaty of Wuchale
        Treaty of Wuchale, between Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia and Italy, deciding the territories of Eritrea and Northern Ethiopia

        1 Jan, 1890
        The Italian Colony of Eritrea was Declared
        Eritrea defined as the new colony of Italy, deriving its name from the Red (Erythraean) Sea

  • said

    Greetings
    VLADIMIR:
    Let us not waste our time in idle discourse! Let us do something, while we have the chance….at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it before it is too late! Let us represent worthily for once the foul brood to which a cruel fate consigned us! What do you say?
    — Samuel Becket, Waiting for Godot

    For those who charted for war. Who ever they are ? The powers-that-be ? Ask yourself,? They are consistent in pushing for war . all done in our name. It is a violation against its own people. I hate to name them
    The questions here are not philosophical or abstract. The focus on the realities of our people. War was supposed to have ended 30 years ago. But war the culture and mentality continued on both sides of the boarder , War hostility never ever stopped ,yesterday friends today enmity and yesterday enemy todays friends “allies and enemies” both side needed conflict, tensions, One miscalculation, one provocation ignite a war , November 2020 ultimately civil war started and towards the abyss of war.. No need to list the war casualty on both side.
    Non of the fighting group portrays itself as the greatest force on our region for peace, justice, human rights, equality, dotmocracy etc. they are greatest threat to stability to our people in the region and they are lead by warmongering leaders ,they Strat war under utterly mendacious pretexts or at times it is a personal vendetta . Each one of them objectively should consider its own heinous history of criminal destruction. They have destroyed their own country by their own making. and that’s only in the past two decades and a year of civil war , Non of them are based on defensive reasoning. And their civilian population paid huge price .

    The onus is therefore on warmonger . non of them seeking peace. Designating other gratuitously as its mortal enemies . no of them care effectively protect and serve its citizenry? Non them ae known in promoting peace, justices, democracy. Self assessment is needed. The answer is obvious. But it served the purpose of warmonger leaders ? instead of serving the poverty , and real catastrophic human, democratic needs, they propping up a useless, destabilizing and dangerous war to each other. They are continually and relentlessly need conflict and war in order to stay in power, they justify their war policy with false claims? Where’s the evidence? it is absolutely reckless warmongering by all side . It is extremely irrational for most moral people who desire peace and property .
    The war is not about territorial sovereignty . The war is effectively starving the population. We need to sees this for what it is. The war is an ugly ,a cruel war in sacrificing innocent poor people, for some perceived political power agenda and elite corrupt advantage. And the people have had no say nor influence?
    We live in our region with no objective truth when it comes to war , misery, poverty ,ignorance ,morality , ethics – in other words, we have abandoned the law of god or called natural law ethic. We are each left to choose our own side ,as a highest value, and every choice is equally valid, it doesn’t matter – we are not truly guided by the purpose for which we are made to be.
    But what does this mean in practice? There is no fixed target at which to aim objectively , the target is of my understanding and is my making. Any target I choose is no better or worse than any other target I could have chosen. pick your chose In fact, there is no such things as “better” or “worst .” Events are unfolding at a quickening pace. Facing an alarming dangerous escalation and devastation of our people ,that matter the most .
    In other words, there might as well not even be a target. But without a target, there is no purposive pursuit. The pursuit is aimless – a perfect picture for one shooting without a target. What is the meaning of pursuit if the thing one is pursuing is meaningless?
    Hence, the meaning crisis. the civil war is senseless and there is no purpose to target. People experienced war for generation ,we know it , we saw it, with our own eyes. It’s in front of our faces. The war demons we knew were approaching the people in our still are trying to avert their eyes, partly from fear, partly from disbelief.
    We, the people the silent majority like us, have been forced to the front of a fight none of us wanted to be in charge of. We, the people If you’re like me and million others , the an elected government lead this war and many other war preceding it , with out your support. You wanted those more capable, those better positioned, those whose job it is supposed to protect the nation and its people, to take the lead in protecting the nation and its poor innocent people. Do you wanted to fight beside them — you sure as hell didn’t want to find yourself leaderless at the front,. They are taking us down. But history is on the side of the struggle for justice and peace

    • sara

      selamat said,
      your quote “we the silent majority like us”, is quite right, we are too many here but silent as the war is prompted IN front of our eyes as an extension of the actual war theatre somewhere there, but still quite silent, why? and what do you think?
      you know, Ayoub’s saber, or in english the patients of Ayoub is i think well imbedded on us expecting a better tomorrow.

      • said

        Greetings,Sara
        For an objective inquisitive thinker at the twilight of age, two facts of life stick out as nearing the indelible truth: i.e., long experience of observing long-life generally contradictory events; and, a developed, a honed sense of detached judgment approximating the discernible truth as devoid of righteous biases and narrow partisan preferences. So is the dilemma that one finds oneself in communicating one’s strong reservations, as an observer .
        While quite illuminating and gratifying to live the moments of the “Unearthed Truth” of long-held beliefs and values, as another, to be left, at the twilight of age, being deracinated, floating without a reference or group identification, i.e., “Floating as a Feather in the Wind:’

        Our regional narrow political leaders are interested only to advance their perceived National & Communities’ Agendas and political aspirations (not necessarily at the end those that would ultimately serve well the best interests of the people with considered corrupt polity of strings attached) at the expense of the Sovereignties and Legitimate Aspirations of nations is a Travesty that Should be Opposed . what I aimed in trying to say some of us the silent majority may avoid this uncomfortable discussion altogether, probably out of fear of being branded as belonging to the wrong political or ethnic crowd or, possibly, as a result of our insistence on understanding our region war and conflict from our own limited political and ethnic belonging vantage points. And whatever system of beliefs they hold dear, superficial identity politic . But by doing so, we are failing at truly analyzing the roots of the current civil war and political mayhem that engulfing Ethiopia .

        What is required the list is long ,I listed some of them above ,what need to be promoting and what is need is a true understanding of the roots behind these cultural of war and political phenomena, with the hope of engaging and fixing as opposed to simply condemning the ‘other side’.

        Antonio Gramsci, the late Italian anti-fascist intellectual. had written about the “intellectual’s error” of judging without truly understanding, feeling and “being impassioned”. According to him, no knowledge is possible “without feeling the elementary passions of the people, understanding them and therefore explaining and justifying them in the particular historical situation”. Rightly so millions of us suffering and pain being inflicted up on us, with real grievances, we seek human rights ,freedom , justifiable political and economical issue resolved fand stop endless and meaningless war. If we the majority do not engage with all people on an equal footing for the betterment of our people they are left to seek answers from the war monger leaders ,the ‘prophets of war and doom’ –. This cannot possibly be the only option. We have to do our part, we have to stand with justices .

  • haileTG

    Selamat All,

    ሓጺሩኒ እንተበልኩ’ስ ተደቢሩ ይስዕስዕ!!

    Funny to notice that the true and wannabe PFDJistas here think that the periodic up and down of participation in AT is to do with lack of space to entertain their convoluted views, Tigray bashing and mockery of Eritrean opposition. How did they mistake the fact that they are tolerated for the sake of inclusion doesn’t mean that there is any value attached to what they say here. As wedi Tikabo said in his famous MenEsey song…ክበጽሖም ዝኸይድ እናሓመመ, when was the last time they engaged any topic with valuable contributions? Except their dirty, abusive and ugly points of view? People come and go here based on personal schedules, and yes most of us HATE PFDJ and anything that stinks like one. The reason AT is still going strong is because this is where they come to get a good ol whipping. No thanks, keep your PFDJ garbage away, it is an opposition space.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam haile TG,

      The irony is that those individuals demand unconditional rights while they do not dare to make their voice audible about anything regarding the regime and its supreme leader. Some of them have no qualm to abuse the tolerance of the moderators for not becoming more liberal and democratic. These also include Ethiopians who behave disrespectfully roguish and tarnish the image of their decent compatriots. However, the good thing is that the AT is staunchly loyal to its principles, which makes this wonderful forum flourish.

      • haileTG

        Selamat dear Ismail!

        You see, when those guys are away, the discussion gets elevated instantly. Majority of theirs are not commenting because they were kicked out due to indecent activities here. When I was away for a year or so, it wasn’t because I needed more of their retarded narrative, rather for personal reasons. On a good day, their views is irrelevant to say the least and the sad part is they think we’ll fall apart without them! No wonder we have a dispot who is also convinced of that.

    • iSem

      Hi HTG:
      I read your exchange with MJ about giving land away to Tigray.
      You see this is not news, Tigray was given uncontested Eritreans land by EPLF and that is part of the seedling for the Carenage of 1998. So if you asked TPLF in 1980 to send 6000 of its fighters to die in Sahel and Gash to eliminate ELF, are they doing it for free? So if Tigray asks for land, they are justified, almost all the 6000 fighters did not returned, only hundred survived.
      Look at the iron; I know it has been like 38 years since ELF was eliminated by EPLF and TPLF but think a foreign entity helping purge an Eritrea organization. if that did play not pant our present problems/mistrust then nothing will.
      I now the PFDJ here will tell me, this is the past, stop talking about it. How about if the past is haunting us. So even if Tigray claims land for their spilled blood then you should not blame them, you should blame the so called “vanguard” PFDJ for allowing that
      I know they made the deal with the one day dead PFDJ, but future Eri government cannot not just tell them, you did not do it with us, they have to solve this problem. Hence the antidote for all the problems and tangles and boobytraps that PFDJ/EPLF has put for us is to: study Tigray, to support Tigray and help them study Eritrea, I do not think they understand Eritrea, they just understand PFDJ

      • haileTG

        Hey iSem,

        Interesting and scary angle! I was telling him to not give Tigray’s land away because when he referred to non-Tigrayan as such ( to me):

        Either

        A – he is giving me Tigray

        B – He is giving Eritrea to Tigray thus it claims me too

        Or

        He is a confused soul – most likely.

        • iSem

          Hi HTG:
          this notion of the right of Tigrayans asking for Eritrean land has landed me in trouble with friends and foes alike and I have held it for a long time and also robustly defended its logic.
          My logic is premised on the falsehood hood that the precursor of PFDJ has propagated for the sole purpose of elevating IA and sadly this implicates the G15 for their nave support of IA and peddling the falsehoods of his cooking and chores as tegadalai. These things ae not unrelated.
          One thing that not many understand is MZ/TPLF had betrayed IA. IA was to get access to the Ethiopian wealth for Eritreans dying to help TPLF in Ethiopia when TPLF entered AA. But smart MZ when the time was right, when he clinched the support of the West and USA, when the West chose him over IA he denied the unmetered access of IA to Ethiopia. And some more, MZ claimed Badme, the land that was given to TPLF by IA. And also he started the first bullets in a fight knew he would win.
          So in the same logic Tigray can claim lands in Eritrea and we should blame PFDJ and EDF for this not them.
          This war will lead to reconfiguration/realignment of our region and in Tigray and Ethiopia and Eritrea. Think beyond the war, let say Tigray wans to separate, so what will its territory include: Humera and other parts that belonged to Tigray before but was taken by Amhara when Tigrayas were defeated and then retaken by TPLF after 1991?
          The first order of business for Eritreans is this, if you love Eritrea and its people that is:
          1. Condemn unequivocally the incursion of EDF in Tigray during this war
          2. Tigrayans have the right to live without fear and the right to prosper and they have the right to defend themselves not only now but to make sure that they disable any country or group that will threaten their security in the future. These includes dismantling PFDJ, and that there is nothing wrong for TPLF to get help form Eritreans to dismantle PFDJ and vice-versa
          3. And confused ppl like MJ and others to accept that the war will not end when either TPLF/TDF is dismantled or if they come to power in AA with alliance. The war with TDF has started when EDF under the command of PDJ and IA entered Tigray. Get that and plan to solve it and the way to solve it is not by saying stupid thing like we did not rape and kill in Tigray because these are not in our culture” the more you say this the more it sounds stupid.

          • haileTG

            Hey iSem,

            If such a deal existed in order to eliminate ELF then it needs correction for lasting peace. Clearly, PFDJ belief that it owns Eritrea is delusional and on its last legs. We need to have all past agreements on the table and revoke the illegal ones and honor the legitimate ones. We cannot offer lands because all land in Eritrea has historical owners. I wouldn’t accept someone giving away my inherited land and the same with everyone else. But it wouldn’t surprise me that PFDJ would do something like that.

          • iSem

            Hi TG:
            yes, I think so. actually someone told me he saw old video, which was poorly done where the residents of Badme with donkeys gathered in the town center to oppose TPLF’s ruling of Badme sometime after ELF was gone in 1982.
            And a former ELF tegadalay told me that IA told ELF when they were clashing with TPLF over Badme that “jebbha nBadme ayte massahton”
            But will all IA thing we may not have paper trial for his agreement.
            But this for sure for his survival IA will even give one of the ports to Abiy and I whish he does that and the reason for my wish is not for Asseb to go to Ehtio, but to see how many PFDJ supports will oppose/support that. I bet that the people lie Dongolo and MJ will tell us it is good thing and will bring justification to it. I wish is to prove my logic about PFDJ supporters mental state

          • Mez

            Good day iSem,

            Any memory (or recall) about TLF (Tigray Libration Front), and its activity then.
            Thanks

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Hailat-TG,

      These gangs of PFDJites are watching their dream – the extermination of the good people of Tigray disappearing in the thin air in front of their eyes. Miraculously, TDF has turned history to bring back Debretsion to his city Mekelle and drove Abiy to flee from his central command in Addis to hide in Samre, in the Afar region. Just today, two batches of new recruits of Afars has joined TDF in the Afar front to drove him out and make him flee to Asmara, as his final exit, while they are breaking the Debrebrhan front in order to advance towards Addis. TDF are waiting foreign diplomats to leave Addis to launch their missiles to Bole airport and Debrezeit the center of their Air Force before the the culprits escape. Viva TDF!

      Regards

  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista,

    PMAA released Terminator II today with some sound-over of shots fired. The only problem is that his fellow “troops” were sitting without weapons and listening to his speech! How could that be in a middle of an alleged battle? I just don’t get it, are there people in Ethiopia as dumb as our koboro junkies to fall for that?

    • Meba

      Dear HTG,
      It is good to know you follow the where about of PMAA. Stalin proposed 11 million for anyone who showed a picture of PMAA at the war front. You might be eligible to get some money by analyzing the recent video. Otherwise, PMAA yesterday posted a video after capturing the area. He showed the exact place he stood. And told us where he will be in the next 24 hrs. Yes, the video you mentioned was after the recent victory. A needed speech as they continue toward Konbolcha! The people in Ethiopia are proud of their leader! The Americans are learning the facts. People like you will never get it, since you are blinded by TPLF propaganda!

  • sara

    selamat all,
    I learned from my peers here and others there was once upon time an Eritrean website named ASMARINO.com and i think, a according my sources it was poplar website among Eritreans, why did it faltered and is no more active/// do we know why, can you share what
    you know, is there any hope to revive it. what a waste? for a website with a very easy name sake to end this way.
    I wish and pray the only. Only best, poplar, Eritrean website Awate.com to stay the course
    so that we can carry it back to its home in Eritrea, when the situation is conducive.

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Sara,

      Yes it was. I hope it gets revived and gets the glory of her older days.

      Please find a link below from Nov 2001. Please check the articles section and you will see a glimpse of what it use to be.

      https://web.archive.org/web/20011130120239/http://asmarino.com/

      As why it declined, I don’t know for sure but I have personally stop being interested when it started to become a playground of the “andinetawyan/ Ethiophilia” like Yosief Ghebehiwet and those who were challenging the legacy of liberation and its purpose and the very reason for Eritrean existence.

      Your warning to awate is very timely and for the first time ever, I feel it’s going on the path and it’s becoming a play ground of are going on the path of becoming “Tigrayphilia”

      • sara

        selamat ato berhe,
        i think awate is aware of all what you mentioned and is trying to take corrective measures , see under different thread who is invited to dinner.
        its a good start, i guess!

    • iSem

      Hi Sara:
      So you must have been born during the last war, not to know about the great asmarino.com
      Actually, its motto was “ayni felli ayni fellali”. They used to host opposing views and PFDJ wanted it not to host dissenting views and its founder came up with this line.
      I think, the reason it is not that active now is for personal challenges, it takes toll to manage and administer huge website without funding. it hosted all ideas, not only YG. Other websites did not really support YG. He published here at awate too, but not his most controversial one and I say that is good for Eritrea not bad
      It was great webmaster but I would not write its obituary as I hope it will come back after PFDJ is gone.

  • Dongolo

    Selam all. ‘Ministry of Asmara: Eritreans should evacuate #Ethiopia and leave via #Tigray. @CNNAfrica@flyethiopian
    #Eritrea #Satire’…..