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National Security Team Discusses TPDM Role in Roundup

In the late afternoon of November 5, Brigadier General Tekle Kifle “Manjus” presided over a meeting to discuss, among other things, the fallout from the youth round-up that was conducted on the weekend of October 26th where, for the first time, it was disclosed that an Ethiopian opposition group based in Eritrea, the Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (TPDM/De.M.H.T), was engaged in altercation with civilians.

The meeting was attended by top security officers including Colonel Fitsum, Colonel Wedi Qeshi (Police Department); Colonel Wedi Isaq (Central Zone (Asmara) police); Colonel Wedi Afwerqi (Office of National Security); “Lenin” (National Security Office); Colonel Ghirmay (station unknown); and, Major Wedi Halima, battalion leader.

Here’s a summary of what was discussed as disclosed to our source:

  •  Major General Philipos Weldeyohannes, who was supposed to attend the meeting, declined on the grounds that Tekle Manjus is his junior and cannot call him to such a meeting.  Tekle Manjus indicated that the meeting was being called under the directive of President Isaias Afwerki.
  • President Isaias Afwerki, reported Manjus, wants a detailed report as to how the “sensitive case”  of TPDM was exposed to the public;

In the meeting, Colonel Wedi Afwerki explained that he didn’t have sufficient time to organize the youth round-up (giffa) given its unusual urgency and deadline.

He also noted that, for days before the operation, there was no electric power in Asmara and, therefore, radio batteries were not charged. This, he explained, resulted in lack of communication with the command center. Therefore, he explained, units were not able to ask for additional forces from the command center especially when a riot erupted near Hamasien Restaurant.

Speaking for the police, Colonel Wedi Qeshi and Colonel Wedi Isaq explained that they did not have advance information about the round-up; that they only heard about it when the owner of Bar Mesob Werqi called the police to report the riot.

For his part, Wedi Halima, in charge of the battalion that was involved in the roundup, indicated that although his commanders had given clear instructions to TPDM/De.M.H.T. to stay in the background and to have his battalion engage with Eritrean youth,  his agelglot (national service) disobeyed direct orders to round up youth, and that’s when the TPDM got involved actively.

The attendants of the meeting were stunned when Brigadier General Tekle Manjus informed them that President Isaias Afwerki said that he learned about the incident through informal channels.

Following the conclusion of the first agenda item, Tekle Manjus moved on to discuss other issues of concern, namely:

  • How to control the civil disobedience that is growing, particularly in the Ministry of Health (especially with the doctors) and the Sports Commission;
  • The importance of sending a strong warning to all secretarial staff, particularly those assigned to senior posts, to refrain from leaking confidential information to the public;
  • That the ministries, particularly Education and Agriculture, should be reviewed carefully as they are disproportionately stacked by individuals from a narrow geographic region (a specific geographic region was mentioned.)

Throughout the meeting, “Lenin” (nom de guerre) listened but didn’t comment on anything; while Colonel Ghirmay took notes of the meeting.

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  • Nitricc

    Beyan since you engage me with civility and graciousness let me tell you my personal history for the REASONS of my bad, lazy and careless writing habits. Since you have a kids , you may help them not to be bad writers like I am.
    Since I can remember my parents never said no to anything I ask. I ask for something, First they explain and then if the answer is yes, then they demand something in return, if the answer is no, they always have explanations. I agree or disagree, that is different story but never straight yes or no answers.
    So, like any other kid I loved to watch movies and my beloved cartoons. Since I can remember how to write, whenever I asked to watch a movie or my favorite cartoons, they never say no. I can watch all I want as long as I write everything about the movie or the cartoon I watched. My mom was the police for that agreement. I watch one movie, and then I cannot watch the next one without writing about the movie I watched first.
    Everything I write about the movie I have watched, my mom stacks them neatly to hand them to the general, my dad. On Sundays my dad goes through it and he comments and we talk about it. Then my dad trusted me and stopped checking what I have written but the agreement still on. I watch one movie I write. The writing becomes a job and I started to cut corners and write anything just to get my mom of my back. So, in a way I betrayed that trust and keep write gibberish. I know my mom, back then can’t read English and my dad stopped checking my writings, I was in a full swing deceiving my mom, my dad and most of all myself. This is where I developed that bad, lazy and carless writing. And it become a habit.
    To be honest it did affected me from anything I do, I work with numbers and symbols. Even in my academic life, my girls did the writing. Then I started participating at awate.com, not only I was exposed for everyone to see but I understood the severity of my deceptive actions. No, worries, once I am done in the program I am in, I will heed your suggestion and find the nearest community college and start my ESL. I will clean it up.
    The moral of the story is, no matter what, if you do something do it right. So my good friend Beyan, no problem it is all fun. So, what you are witnessing is the price of the betrayal I have committed against my parents

  • Thomas

    I don’t think this taking the militia for more training and digging trenches in this case new. The regime always play with the minds of these people by having them to patrol (making wardias during night) Asmara. Every time the regime feels like it, they force these people for more military training. Surprise, they anything they are asked because they consider themselves as the lucky once because they get live in Asmara close to their families. You got to think about those thrown on the deserts of Denkalia, remote areas close to Sudan and the border fronts close to Tigray confronting the big Ethiopian army.

    So, as bad as it is, they consider themselves the lucky once as they get to live in Asmara with their kids and wives. I think we all know that the regime is only able to prolong their stay in power through manipulation, intimidation, deception, divisive tricks and all times through torture, detention, killing and putting those who utter a word opposing this abusive, ruinous and terrorizing mafia style government. It is really amazing to see how the regime is able to survive after committing these gruesome crimes.

  • Papillon

    There sure is a degree of fascination with L.T. where he seems “far out” of the “norm” as he engages us in his own right. I am at odds with his relentless blubber where he tatters on a typical PFDJ rant neither here nor there. But if I am to take him serious and if I was to be given a question formatted in a clinical setting, I would pick “Broca’s Aphasia” out of the four multiple choice questions.

    • Danny

      Perhaps L.T. Is sending us a military radio code that we need to decode to figure out what HGDEF is upto these days?

    • rodab

      Did you smuggle “Tesfom” to Tigria in a blink of an eye? Now what are we going to do for shro/berbere supplies?

  • haile

    Selamat Awatistas

    Here a song for your Sunday [Monday if you’re in some parts of Russia:]


    E*N*J*O*Y (to borrow Yoni nebsi from Radio Erena 🙂 )

  • L.T

    There is much truth in Salih “Tesfom”‘s coomments about the “Habesha”lyrics like”Tigria Adey Z’adeyee..lemlem saaye kiniley.ye ye”If Tesfom are from border crossing there , we can find his comman multi-Habesh mob sense in Tigria and in Welqait.It costs.Adi Qaula are on the Tigrai side of the border.The second-hand Berbere and Shiro imported from Tigria by Tesfom.Without Tefom will be no more “Berbere and Shiro” in Ertra but we Ertran we would be happier without Bereber and Tesfom.
    Now,Tesfom cross from Ertra into Tigria in the blink of an eye,thanks to the Papi,Haile Edaga Hamus,Emma Kuda Areza and Meda-hanie “The Azmarino”compete lack of interst.A quick chat about the animal football team.

    • haqi

      the gift that keeps on giving. pls don’t stop writing, you are one fascinating hgdef. peace

    • Let me do my best to translate LT’s የቃላት ጋጋታ:

      1. Salih nicknamed “Tesfom” commented on “Habesha”lyrics like”Tigria Adey Z’adeyee..lemlem saaye kiniley.ye ye”
      2. In Tigray and Wolqayt xegede there are many Tesfom’s
      3. Tesfom imports second-hand Berbere and Shro from Adi Quala of Tigray.
      4. Tesfom is an Azmarino with complete lack of interest about Eritrea
      4. Eritrea neither needs Berbere nor Tesfom.
      5. Tesfom makes his cross border contraband quickly without being detected by border patrol agents.

      Finaly, LT acknowledges what he calls the animal foot ball team these include Papillon, and Haile who hail from Edaga Hamus; and Amanuel who hails from Kuda Areza for collecting data about Tesfom, and his profession.

  • Hameed

    It seems, they remembered Nekfa trenches and want to make Asmara trenches to protect themselves from the looming threat. I think the trenches are dug for Demht to use it in its defending the regime from the Eritrean military forces that may attempt toppling the regime. It is a desperate move that will lead to no where.

  • Abinet

    Eyob,you just spoiled my Sunday morning .i reserve my Sundays to solve the mysteries of the all time great philosopher LT ( “Addis means town,….nothing is older than 3000 years” ). btw,thank you for the song .i always enjoyed the late Bahiru. I have to admit Teddy played it very well.

    • Eyob Medhane


      Oh come on. You know LT will come with some more deep thought quotes. (Remember the old Saturday Night Live sketches ‘deep thought’) I think It was LT that was writing them..

      You are very welcome for the song. Wedi Tikabo’s voice has a lot of similarity with the Late Bahiru. Listen here..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXugU4rKtUg and Listen to Bahiru here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcmgcxYA2GY Other than for Wedi Tikabo being young man, thereis a lot of similarities in their voices. For your Sunday, which I sort of ruined, as a ‘let me make it up to you’ gesture, I leave you with Selamawit Gebru, Amharic version of Wedit Tikabo song of the first link.

  • haile

    Selamat Awatistas

    Confirmed News From Asmara…

    The regime in Eritrea has ordered all of the peoples militia in Asmara (pretty much everyone ordered to carry arms) to go to locations further out of Asmara for some sort of digging and works for the whole week starting today. People will go @ 5:00 A.M Asmara time and return in the evening hours each day for the next 7 days. Please confirm by calling Asmara if you will but many are scrambling to secure transport, if not they would have to travel on foot.

    How long is it going to last like this… desperate measure after desperate measure !!

    • Eyob Medhane

      ሰውየው ለቀቀ!!!

      Sorry, I usually try not to comment on Eritrean politics, unless the name ‘Ethiopia’ comes up, but I just couldn’t resist on this one. In Addis slang, when someone going completely crazy, we say ሰውየው ለቀቀ.. or ሰውየው በጨጨ.. It seems to Isayas እየበጨጨ ነው:: What the heck is gonna do with a seemingly digging trenches? Learned people, analysis, please…..

      • Sabri

        እዮቤ፡ ሰውየው ከበጨጨ ዘመን ኣልፎታል። ለራሱ በጭጮ ሌላ ሰው እያስበጨጨ ነው።

      • saay


        The UNs International Labor Organization (ILO) bans forced labour. And Eritrea is a signatory to this convention. The two step process of arming the people first, then forcing them on labor intense projects is to give it a military context: not covered by ILO ( which bans forced labor for political and economic purposes. That’s why Amnestys charge against Nevsun and the subsequent testimonies in Canada got both Nevsun and the regime rattled.)

        As to why Isaias does what he does, remember the only postsecondary schooling he graduated from is China’s cadre school. That’s where the idea of the totalitarian commune was preached. The warning signs are there: the punishment of Asmara and its residents; the mockery of city-dwellers and the idealizing of the villagers whose livelihood has allegedly seen dramatic improvement… There was one group of Mao devotes who carried that to its extreme: depopulating the city and force marching the people to villages to create a peasant economy. That was Cambodias crazed Pol Pot.


        • Eyob Medhane


          I think there seems to be something more than trying to circumvent the ILO regulation. It seems they are afraid of something. They seem to be agitated. I concur with Sabri and Haile. There seems to be after Lampedusa, everything is going off truck on them. They used to be good at trying to save face and avert coming tide against them, and this one seems to be really challenging for them to deal with.


          I love response. See, Sal. Learn how to be ‘Yarada lij’ from Sabri.. 🙂

          • saay


            Regarding የኢሳያስ ሞኝነት፥ please refer to “እብድና ብርድ ያስቃል በግድ”

            “Closet Amara” እንዳትለኝ እባክህ. I am Habesha Plus: I have transcended my abeshaness. So have you by the way: the test is: if you were to go to deserted island, and live there for life, what 3 things would you take with you?


      • Papillon


        One of my fav lines in “Metrix” is when the software programme in flesh says, “You see Mr. Anderson, that is the sound of inevitability” as the train was fast approaching to run him over.

      • Eyob,

        I like your sense of humor. You are hooked on Eritrean politics. I think the next government should give you an Eritrean citizenship provided that you are allowed to hold more than two citizenship. You deserve it, don’t you think. The reason Issayas is calling all able Eritreans to go out and dig trenches is his another scheme to round up. Last time he tried using DeMHIT not only failed but caused uproar among Eritreans who only want to be rounded up by their own. This ኣፈሳ or ግፉ is then a reaction, or teach Eritreans who failed the obey the Fuehrer.

      • haile

        Eyob እራሱ ለቆ እኛ ሳያስለቅቀን let me clarify 🙂

        You might have been lead to imagine “trenches” when you read “militia” “armed” “digging”, sorry to have mislead you there. The work is actually to do with what they call zala (terracing?) and so forth. As far as I know, not to do with trenches. What is strange is that most people have to be there by stopping their normal bread and butter activities. The fact that this one is slated for 7 constitutive days is strange. Such things do happen as a general rule of the “forced labor” regime, but extending it like this for a week must have a different objective. My final take here is that this is consistent with my earlier point in another thread that the only way the regime can react now is by meting out harsher measures, which in turn would make the bad situation worse (figure of speech). The regime doesn’t have other leverages to calm things down by improving conditions. This is why it is cornered.


        Thanks. Ya I read that news [about qebri] on other websites. I don’t seem to have much on that any way. I also read what you wrote when IA was reported dead. I will answer on that thread later.


    • Sabri

      Thank you Hailat. It seems this desperate action is taken after the Lampedusa victim’s family in Asmara decided to make memorial day at mekabir harbeegatat today. Of course this kind of action by people is not good for the government. However, their desperate action doesn’t save them.

    • PreachTheTruth

      What’s the fuss? Their sons and daughters fled the country so someone has to develop the nation.

  • saay

    Selamat awatistas:

    Mining companies report lost time injury frequency rates per million labor hours. An incident is when a laborer/miner misses one shift because of injury or accident.

    Would you like to guess what Nevsun reported for its Bisha mine? Wait, let’s get something for comparison.

    This is what Ashanti reports:


    Do you see any zeroes on that list?

    And this is what Nevsun reported in its quarterly report: it’s laborers who are 90% are Eritrean worked for 13.5 million hours without a single report of accident or injury. Not one. Zero.

    Well, you say, human rights activists including Amnesty have said that some of the employees work up to 16 hours and they are treated as slaves. So how would Nevsun even know what the injury rate is?

    You are being silly. Nevsun says (in its quarterly report) it has commissioned report that it and the Eritrean regime will publish in January 2014. After that it will commission a report with a meat packing company on how well they treat the cows they slaughter.

    Disperse, nothing to see here. Eritreas gold brought us loss of water and electricity. Now that Nevsun has launched the copper era, what is next?


  • Danny

    There is got to be a scientific research on how to comprehend L.T.’s postings.

    • rodab

      For unknown reasons, I am fascinated by his messages. I love them.

    • Beyan Negash

      Danny belabor no more. Read it NOT left-to-right, nor right-to-left, rather bottom-to-top. No empirical data needed here, it is an outlier, an aberration, if you will, an exception to the rule and each time I did this it worked for me.

      Give it a shot, but again, I maybe the exception to the rule in this deciphering and ascertaining process. I must admit though that I am speaking from experience here. I’ve used similar approach with one other Awatawi who not only is consistently inconsistent, but incoherent as well. Once I began employing this bottom-to-top approach when reading his messages, it instantly began to make sense so much so that I am left puzzled no more. No name blurting needed now, I am a 110% certain you know who I am talking about.

      • Nitricc

        Beyan minster of Kolel
        Every one knows, including the awate.com that I am the Worst writer. You don’t have to go around the bush to tell people how I suck at it. Yes, I am bad writer. Now what?
        I wish you knew what I do. So, please forgive me for not majoring in toothless history.
        Go head give me few dead white people has said 100 years ago.

        • Beyan Negash

          Nitric Hawwey,

          I like “minster of Kolel” so long kudda (as in hade-hade comes ms saEsEt) attached to it; it is far better than a tyrannical monarchy post you tried to endow me with.

          Niticc, each time I want to go the Ermias way, I find the door blocking me rather than allowing me to leave and I find myself drawn to you because you do make us think in your own way. So, please no offense, for everything I say to you it comes with the typical sarcastic habesha way, which is one way of showing endearment toward you.

          Now, one that readily comes to mind is your incessantly relentless challenges to the opposition as you want them to show you how good of an alternative can they become, as it were, challenging them to show where the meat of their plan of action is? And, so far, nobody has been able to answer that in a coherent fashion. So, for that I say Kudos to you my friend. Keep up the good work.


  • Sabri

    Selamat Awetawyan,

    Last time when the news spread about the health of president, I wrote the following piece in tigringa. But never published before because the situation changed quickly and the president gave speech on TV. I see the relevance of the article in the current situation. When you read it please see it within the context of the current situation.

    ውልቃዊ ትዕዝብትታተይ ኣብ እዋናዊ ኩነታት ኤርትራ
    ኣብዚ እዋን እዚ፡ ፕረዚደንት ኤርትራ ብጹንዕ ሓሚሙ ወይ ከኣ መይቱ ዝበሃል ወረ ብሰፊሑ መዛረቢ ኾይኑ ኣሎ። ኣገዳስነቱ ኣብ መጻኢ ኤርትራ ዓቢ ስለዝኾነ ናይ ብዙሓት ትኹረት እንተሰሓበ ኣየገርምን። ብወገነይ ነዚ ጽሑፍ እዚ ክጽሕፈ ዝደረኸኒ ሓደ ምኽንያት፡ ፕረዝደንት ብጹንዕ ሓሚሙ ኣሎ ኢለ ስለዝኣመንኩ እየ። እምበኣር ከምኡ እንተድኣ ኾይኑ ኤርትራ ማእዘኑ ናበይ ከምዝብል ኣብ ዘይተፍልጥ ኩነታት ትርከብ ኣላ ማለት እዩ። እዚ ነታ ሃገር ናበይ ከምርሓ ይኽእል? ኣብዚ ቐረባ እዋን እንታይ ፍጻሜታት ክኽሰቱ ይኽእሉ? ክቕልቀሉ ዝኽእሉ ተርእይቶታ፡ እንታይ እንታይ ክመስሉ ይኽእሉ? ኣብዚ ህሞት እዚ ብዙሓት ሕቶታት ክቐርቡ ባህርያዊ እዩ። ብወገነይ ዘሎኒ ትዕዝብትታት ከቐምጥ እየ። ቕድሚኡ ግና ንድሕረ ባይታ ምድህሳስ ኣድላዪ ኾይኑ ስለዝስማዓኒ መንግስቲ ኤርትራን ስርርዓቱን እንታይ ከምዝመስል ሓጺር መግለጺ ብምሃብ ጽሑፈይ ክፍልም።
    ዽሕሪ 2001 ፖለቲካ ኤርትራ ብሓደ ወልቀሰብ ከምዝዕብለል እናጎልሀ መጺኡ። ንቡር ምሕደራ ሓደ መንግስቲ ዕሸሽ ተባሂሉ ኩሉ ብፕረዝደንት ከምዝውሰን ተገይሩ። ዝኾነ ምስ ፕረዝደንት ፍልለይ ዘለዎ ኣካል፡ መንግስቲ ወይ ይድስክለ ወይ ይእሰር። እምበኣር፡ ፕረዝደንት ዓብላልነቱን ህላውነቱን ንምርግጋጽ ዝተኸተሎ ሜላ ከምዚ ዝስዕብ ይመስል። ኩሉ ዓበይቲ ናይ ሃገር ጉዳያት ኣብ ቤት ጽሕፈት ፕረዝደንት ዝውሰን ኮይኑ ኣብ ትሕቲኡ ንዝዓዩ መራሕቲ ብሓርፋፍ ኣብ ክልተ ጉጅለ ይምቀሉ። እቲ ሓደ ጉጅለ ኣዘዝቲ ሰራዊትን ጀነራላትን ዝሓቆፈ ክኸወን ከሎ፡ እቲ ኻልኣይ ጉጅለ ድማ ብኣባላት ማእከላይ ሽማግለ ህግደፍ ዝተወከሉ ይኾኑ። ክልቲኦም ጉጅለታት ተሓታትነቶም ብቐጥታ ንፕረዝደንት እዩ። ፕረዝደንት ብመገዲ ቀዳማይ ጉጅለ ገይሩ ንጸጥትኡን ንህላዌኡን ዋሕስ ዝኾኖ ጉዳያት የሰላስል። በቲ ኻልኣይ ጉጀለ ኣቢሉ ድማ ንናይ ውሽጥን ደገን ፖሊሲታት ይሕንጽጽ፡ ተራ ህግደፍ ኣብ ሕበረተስበ ኤርትራ ዓቢ እጃም ከምዝህልዎ ይጽዕር፡ ብዓቢኡ ድማ ንቑጠባ እታ ሃገር ይቆጻጸር። ብመገዲ ሚኒስትርታቱ ኣብሉ ድማ ኩሉ ኣብ ላዕላዋይ ጽፍሒ ዘተወሰነ ጉዳያት ተግባራዊ ይኸወን። ኣብ መወዳእታ ብመገዲ ኣኼባ ካቢነ ሚኒስትራት ኣቢሉ ንህዝቢ ይግለጽ። ካብ ሚኒስትራት ጀሚሪካ ኣብ ማእከላይን ታሕታዋይን ጽፊሒ ዝረከቡ ጽላታት፡ ካብ ላዕሊ ዝመጾም መመርሒ ካብ ምትግባር ሓሊፎም ካልእ ዝፈልጥዎ ነገር የልቦን። ንተኣማምንነቶም ንምፍታሽ በብግዚኡ ምክትታል ይግበረሎም።
    ኣብ መንጎ ቀዳማይ ጉጅለን ካልኣይ ጉጅለን ሙሉእ ስመረት ኣሎ ኣይበሃልን። ብፍላይ ጉጅለ ሓደ፡ ኣብ ጸጥታ ፕረዝድነት ዓቢ ተራ ስለዘለዎም ፍሉይ ሓለፋታት ኣለዎም። ዋላ
    ልዕሊ ሕጊ ኮይኖም ኣብታ ሃገር እንተተንቀሳቐሱ እውን ዝሓቶም የልቦን። ኣባላት ማእከላይ ሽማግለ ህግደፍ ደፊሮም ክቃወምዎም ኣይክእሉን።ንኣብነት፡ ብዘይ ባርኾት ኣዘዚቲ ሰራዊት ዋሕዚ መንእሰያት ንደገ ክንድዚ ብዙሕ ኣይምኾነን። እምበኣር ፕረዝደንት፡ ነዘን ክልተ ጉጅለታት ሚዛን እንዳሓለወ እዩ ክኸይድ ጸኒሑ። ነዚ ኹሉ ኤርትራ ትኾዶ ዘላ ዘይንቡር ኣካይዳ፡ ብሰንኪ ሰንኮፍ ሃገራዊ ጸጥታን ምትእትታው ናይ ደገ ሓይልታትን እዩ እንዳተበሃለ ንህዝብን ሰራዊትን ይምኽነይ። ሰፊሕ ጎስጕስውን ይካየደሎ። ጎኑ ጎኑ ድማ ፖሊሲ ርእሰ ምርኮዛን ነጻ መስመርን ብገፊሑ ይዝርበሎምን ኣብ ኣእምሮ ሕበረተሰብ ክሰረጽ ገፊሕ ጻዕርታት ይካየደሉ።
    እምበኣር ምምሕዳር ኢሳያስ ብሓደ ውልቀሰብ ዝተዓብለለ ብምንባሩ ኤርትራና ነትን ኣድለይቲ ዝኾና ኣዕኑድ ትካልት መንግስቲ ክትምስርት ተሓሪሚዋ እዩ ጸኒሑ። ሰለዝኾነ ድማ ንሱ ብሃንደበት እነተድኣ ሓሚሙ ወይ መይቱ እታ ሃገር ኣብ ሓደጋ ከውድቓ ዝኽእል ተኽእሎታት ከምዝቀላቐል ፉሉጥ እዩ ነይሩ። ንሱ ኣብ ዝእለየሉ እዋን ድማ ሃጓፋት ክፍጠር ባህርያዊ እዩ። ከምቲ ዝበሃል ሞት ወይ ከኣ ብርቱዕ ሕማም ፕረዝደነት ኣጋጢሙ እንተደኣ ኣሎ ኾይኑ፡ ኤርትራ ኣብ ዘይርጉእ ኩነታት ትርከብ ኣላ ማለት እዩ። እሞ ኣብዚ ቐረባ እዋን እንታይ ፍጻሜታት ክንርእይ ኢና? ብልኽዕ ንምትንባዩ ዘጸግም እኳ እንተኾነ ክመጽእ ዝኽእል ተርእይቶታት እንታይ ክመስል ከምዝኽእል ውልቓዊ ትዕዝብትታተይ ከቐምጥ።
    1. እቶም ኣብ ላዕሊ ዝጠቐስክዎም ክልተ ጉጅለታት፡ ሚዛን ኮይንዎም ዝጸንሐ ፕረዝደንት እዮ ነይሩ ኢልና ኣሎና። ንሱ ኣብ ዝእለየሉ እዋን ድማ እቲ ሚዛን ስለዝመዛበል ነዚ ንምትዕርርያ ገለ ክምህዙ ኣለዎም። ሰለዚ ምእንቲ ረብሕኦም ክብሉ ኣብ ሓደ መኣዲ ተኣኪቦም ክዝትዩ ክግደዱ እዮም። እቲ ብዕጹው ዝካየድዎ ኣኼባታት ብቐዳምነት ኣብ መንጎኦም ናይ ምትእምማን ባይታ ንምፍጣር ዝኣለመ ይኸውን። ነዚ እንድሕር በሰላም ዛዚዞም እቲ ኻልኣይ ዝስዕብ መድረኽ ድሕሪ ፕረዝደነት ክመጽእ ዝኽእል ስርዓት እንታይ ከምዝመስል ጽዑቕ ዝርርብ ኣብ ምክያድ ዘተኮረ ይኸውን። ቀሊል ጉዳይ ስለዘይኮነ ከሰሓሕቦምን ከዋጥጦምን ይኽእል እዩ። ብዝኾነ ክሳብ ኣብ ሓደ መደመደምታ ዝበጽሑ፡ ኣብታ ሃገር ዝኾነ ሓዲሽ ተርእዮ ከምዘይተቕለቀለ ኣሚስሊካ ምቕራብ ኣገዳሲ ይኸወን። ብኸምኡ እዩ ድማ ሜድያታት ኤርትራ እቲ ምዱብ መደባታተን ከም ቀደመን የተሓላልፋ ዘለዋ፡ ከምእውን ፍሉይ ምንቅስቃሳት ኣብ ከተማ ኣሰመራ ዘይረኣን ብተወሳኺ ንሕማም ፕረዝደንት ሓሶት እዩ ኢልካ ምዕባጥ ኣገዳሲ ዝኸውን። ብዝኾነ፡ መራሕቲ ህግደፍ ክሳብ ኣብ ሓደ ውዱእ መደምደምታ ዝበጽሑ ኩሉ ነገር ኣብ ንቡር ቦትኡ ከም ዘሎ ኣምሲልካ ምቕራብ ዝተረዳድኡሉ ጉዳይ ይመስል። ግን ክሳብ መዓስ? እዚ ገለ ሰሙናት ተሪፍዎ ዘሎ መዓልቲ ናጽነት ኩል ግዜ ፕረዝደንት መደረ ዘስምዓሉ ዓቢ በዓል ስለዝኾነ ቅድሚኡ ገለ ክገብሩ ኣለዎም።
    ንበል፡ ከምቲ ዝወጥነዎ ኩሉ ጽቡቕ እነተኸይዱሎም ልቢ ኣዕብዮም ኣብ ምርድዳእ እንተድኣ በጺሖም ቅድሚ ናብ ህዝቢ ምቕራቦም ብውሑዱ ነዘን ዝስዕባ ነጥብታት ጉቡእ ምላሽ ዝሓዘለ ሓሳብ ሒዞም ክቐርቡ ይግባእ።
    ፍታሕ ንሽግር ሰራውትን ኣገልጎሎትን
    ዕድሚኡ ሓጺር ዝኾነ ናብ ቅዋማዊ ስርዓት ዘሰጋግር መንግስቲ ምትካል
    ነቲ ንነዊሕ ዓመታት ምስ ኢትዮጵያ ዘሳሓሕብ ዘነበረ ጉዳይ መፍትሒ ዝኾነ እማመ ምቕራብ
    መጻኢኡ ዝውስን ህጽጽ ጉባኤ ህግደፍ ምጽዋዕ ኩሎም ፖለቲካዊ እሱራትን ጋዜጠኛታትን ብህጹጽ ክምዝፍትሑ ምግባር ቁጠባ ኤርትራ ዝበራርበረሉ እማመ ምቕራብ።
    ኣብ ቅድሚ እዞም መራሕቲ ህግደፍ ተገቲሩ ዘሎ ሕቶታት ማእለያ የበሉን ብዉሑዱ ግና ነዘን ኣብ ላዕሊ ዘጠቐሰክዎን ሕቶታት ክምልሹ ኽኽእሉ ኣለዎም። እማመታትን ሓሳብትን ምቕራብ ንበይኑ እኹል ስለዘየኮነ ብቐዳምነት ኣብ ተግባራውነቱ ከተኩሩ ይግባእ። እዚ እነተድኣ ብግብሪ ከተርጉሙ ፈቲኖም ብእመነተይ ኣበተን ዝጸንሑለን ሓጺር ናይ መሰጋገሪ እዋን ካብ ህዝብን ሰራዊትን ንግዚኡ ተቐባልነት ክረኽቡ ይኽእሉ።መሰጋገሪ ግዚኦም ምስወድኡ ድማ ስልጣኖም ብቕጽበት ንቅዋማዊ መንግስቲ የረክቡ። ኣብዚ እቲ ዓቢ ሕቶ ዕጫ መጻኢኦም ከመይ ክኸውን እዩ ዝብል እዩ። ስልጣን ቅድሚ ንቅዋማዊ መንግስቲ ምርካቦም፡ ንህላውነቶም ዋሕስ ዝኾኖም ነገራት ምንዳዮም ኣይተርፍን እዩ። ስለዚ እቲ ዝመጽእ ቅዋማዊ መንግስቲ ሓፈሻዊ ምሕረትን (General Amnesty) ገለ ሕድገታትን ክገብር ክጽዕሩ እዮም።
    2. ብኻልኣይ ወገን ቁሩብ ግዳማዊ ለውጥታት ኣካይድካ፡ እቲ መንግስቲ ከም ዘለዎ ክቕጽል ይፍቱኑ ይኾኖ እዚ ግን ዘይሩ ዘይሩ ኣይከዕውቶምን እዩ።
    3. በንጻሩ አኼብኦም ነንሕድሕዶም ዝተኣማመንሉ ባይታ ከንጽፍ እንተድኣ ዘይኪኢሉ ግና ምፍንጫላት ከስዕብ ይኽእል። እዚ ድማ ኣብ ዘይተደልየ ጎነጽ የመርሕ። ወጺኢቱ ድማ ሕንፍሽፍሽ ጥራይ ኮይኑ ይተርፍ። እዚ ተርእዮ እዚ፡ ንባዕዳዊ ሓይልታት ክፉት ባይታ ስለዝፈጥር ተጻባእቲ ሓይልታት መስሎኺ ዕድል ይረኽቡ እሞ ህላውነትን ሓድነትን ኤርትራ ኣብ ሓደጋ ክወድቕ ይኽእል።
    4. ብድሕሪ ኢሳያስ እቲ ስርዓት ከምዘለዎ ክቕጽል ዝደልዮ ኣባላት፡ እተን ጉጅለታት ከምዘለው ፍሉጥ እዩ። ኣብ ቦታ ፕረዝደንት ኮይኑ ሚዛኖም ክሕልዎሎም ዝኽእል ሰብ ክረኽቡ ኣጸጋሚ ሰለዝኾነ ክወንነቱ ምሁሙን እዮ። ዋላ ከምኡ ክኸውን እንተወሰኑውን ዕድሚኡ ሓጺር እዮ ዝኸወን።
    ኣብ መወዳእታ ወያነ ነዚ ሓዲሽ ተቐሊቂሉ ዘሎ ፍጻሜታት ብዕቱብ ከምዝከታተልዎ ርዱእ ነገር እዩ። እቲ ዝመጽእ ስርዓት ንዓኦም ዝስማምዕም ምኻኑ ክሳብ ዘረጋግጹ ኢዶም ኣጣሚሮም ኣይክርእዪን እዮም።በዚ ሕጂ ንርእዮ ዘለና ወያነ ንጊዚኡ ስቕ ዝመረጹ ይመስሉ። ኣብ ዳሕራይ ግና ናቶም ነጸባራቕ እንታይ ከም ዝምስል ምርኣዩ ኣይተርፍን እዩ። በቲ ኾነ በዚ መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ኣብ ዝሓጸረ ግዜ መግለጺ ክህብ ክኽእል ኣለዎ።


    • I think this article was written to explain Ethiopia’s situation during the death of PM Meles Zenawi. It perfectly matches with it. If it was written for the Ethio case it is brilliant and as i said it fits perfectly with what we have seen, but if it was written – as you claim – for Eritrea, you need a lot to do how PFDJ operate.

  • Haqi

    Seb Dika nay behaki? How can you support the evil dictator who jails 15 yrs old ciham Ali? Can pls explain what you mean I support the Goe? What govt? Prove there is a govt to us pls?

    Nitric you are selfish weirdo kem satan/diablos isaias. Seb aykonkumin hgdef Eko

  • Papillon

    Dear Sal,

    Was it actually this letter that came to be known the “Berlin Manifesto*”? Even if hindsight was say 10/20, I would still be chuckling all the way to the end of the letter as I did through out the past fifteen minutes or so. It is just astounding. I don’t know how long the surgeon, the accountant and the constitutional lawyer have been living in this part of the world but for sure the American in them has gotten the best of them. It has been thirteen years since the letter was penned and delivered to the sadist and they highlighted on the letter that Eritrea was hitting rock bottom. Unless it is Turtles all the way down to the abyss of the bottom, one would be really scratching his or her head to find a word in a bid to describe the situation as it stands now. One as well would be hard pressed to know how much they trembled at his sight as he met them alone, given the fact that the letter is imbued with sheer timidity, sugar-coating and sheer appeasement at the expense of throwing the Weyanes under the bus for it was a sort of trendy back then to show your patriotism by bashing and trashing the Weyanes.

    Through out history, totalitarian regimes particularly dictators abhor the intelligentsia community but it is really fuzzy if the aversion is towards their intellect or their presumed lukewarm or mercurial nature. The fuzziness rather becomes clear as one is invited to read a new edition of of the “Berlin Manifesto” authored by latter day replica of G-13. The similarity of the two letters is deceptively striking. The G-13 thought that the sadist was a Kitten to play with when he is in fact a rabid Tiger. Thirteen years after the fact the same mind set is taking deep root where the vanguards of the society are terribly amiss of the nature of the sadist. To be more precise, if one is to find any difference between the two letters, it would be found in a letter that would be written by the usual suspects (read: Saleh Younis, SGJ, “Haile” to mention but a few).

    *Of course I read the “Berlin Manifesto” when it was made public (leaked) for the first time.


  • My next prediction for my beloved Eritrea –

    1: As a young man I trusted that one day Eritrean freedom would come true, and it did in early 1990’s – after many precious blood had given their lives either fighting against the enemy or for speaking the truth and challenging authority. The last group will never stop to call out, from their grave, and no one has spoken on their behalf yet as to what their crime was – This last group will always remain as a thorn for the current leadership and (those who are pestering under the name of “opposition” from outside of Eritrea pretending they have a clean bill as well).
    2: Post 1991 I predicted that Eritrea was running like a salvage car that appears running just fine at the beginning and all wheels come lose down the road – No one stopped and questioned to the statements that was being disseminated by current leaders and those who were jumping in to the wagon for lack of comprehending the danger ahead. It was not the mine fields that were a problem in Eritrea – it was the mine fields and traps the leadership was placing in and around every Eritrean community – inside and outside Eritrea that would become a trap for all. I had no power but spoke at every opportunity that the leadership was misguided and they sometimes sounded like street kids and behave like tags. Womanizers, drunk, opportunistic, vindictive, jealous – but we all gave them a green light. Kept riding a car with no break too. Hey, the euphoria was on and we all are all guilty here…
    3: I then gave a stern warning to a group that was too deeply involved with current leadership, and that was many innocent blood will be shed and many will be eliminated by current leadership. And it has come true! This very group that I discussed our countries predicament – had one thing in their mind( I think and I am quite sure to this day) and that was – stick together so long as there is either a passive or active element of “war” with Ethiopia. Well, that is fine but why was and still is that Eritrean citizens are not getting a fair trial? Holding your house hostage for someone’s (the war of 2000) fault is a double whammy! Right? You treat your people right and fight the fight! Land is secondary in my world. If and when you have your people on your side – you could run over any wall…. But not so in Eritrea.
    4: Eritrea has now become a dysfunctional country. Many are dying and some swallowed by the sea, others harvest for their body parts, others raped and impregnated by complete strangers, others in foreign countries as prisons, and few more in refugee camps. Worst yet – few are vanished inside Eritrea. All these I had spoken it would become real.

    5: What is next: It is almost close to becoming sectarian fight. If not bloody days are still ahead. I cannot see any other way out of this!
    Why : There isn’t any local leader that has a gut to stand up and be a here in Eritrea. Strangely enough most of the leaders have blood in their hand – so protecting their secret till their days come calling from above – none of them will be bold enough to see the suffering of Eritrean. They know and understand it but their are up to their throat with criminal act and they will not be able to point their finger to just Issayas. Because, Issayas will point the finger at them!

    6: So what to do….. Opposition groups…. work your differences, understand what is ahead, differentiate what you will bring to the Eritrean people, isolate yourself as to what you need from Ethiopia and why? Remember – people inside Eritrea still have their opinion regarding this big elephant next door.

    I am negative in all aspect of this message but I am positive there will always be one person like the one who stood up and took his voice to the air in January 21. For all Eritreans Christian or Islam or any other out there…He is a true hero and his name will always and should remain in the land of Eritrea!

    May God bless Eritrea and bless the souls of the innocent…

  • Sabri

    As I see it the main difference between G 13 and G 22 is:

    1. The letter of G13 is a reaction to the disastrous war between 1998-2000. They proposed the immediate implementation of constitution. And their letter is addressed directly to the president.

    2. The letter of G 22 focuses mainly on post 2000 era. They are proposing law and order without mentioning the implementation of the constitution. Their letter is directed to all ministers and the chairman of youth and woman association. All the leadership of youth association including the chairman they included in their letter are not in their position. ( deskilom eyom). That they don’t check this simple fact shows how they are ill prepared. It seems their letter is only a reaction to the Lampedusa catastrophe.

    3. The G 13 letter is more grounded on the reality and propose tangible solution.

    4. Both letters propose reform. At the the time the G 13 letter is written the chance of reform was high. At this time that possibility is zero. It makes the letter of G 22 non- functional.

  • Saay, Hailat, Papillon,

    In my view G-22 and G-13 are the same in their intent and their approach….And that is begging for a dictator to changed his heart and reconcile the irreconcilable interest of a despot and the public at large. What makes G-22’s effort futile and a mission to no where is, they can’t even learn from G-13. The only difference between these two group is the subject they are addressing. G-13 were addressing the senseless border war in that they were asking Issayas and his colleagues to evaluate what went wrong with the outcome of the war, while G-22 are addressing the fate of our youth and in that the regime failed to address the exodus of our youth.

    What the regime consciously doing is to punish the young generation and rule by intimidation and sending prison everyone who questioned his wisdom. Issayas took himself as the alfa and omega of Eritrean conscience, so everyone has to worship him to follow every instruction even to the path of death. There is no way in between to make a detour for he knows better his fate than G-22 if he opted their advice. Hence Issays already opted out their plea before the letter has reached in his hand.

    Eritrea at this time need someone who are courageous and understand that the conflict between the despot and the public at large is irreconcilable and hence the only way out is to get rid of Issayas. The more they begged him the more he despise them.

    • Nitricc

      Aman I know your view is depended on “Histroy” this where history makes you look dumb.
      What if this is orchestred just for the goverment to give a face saving exit.
      I think the government will make Change. It is all drama and strategy for reason to change

  • Nitricc

    Haile Z Hadami 🙂
    You said
    /Let me throw my two cents here:)
    I have always believed that those inside Eritrea have tremendous resource and know how to fill the gap once the regime falls down./

    What led you to believe that?
    If indeed your wishful thinking holds and the government falls, how do the majority people who are armed by the government play the role? Do they help to narrow the gap or they enlarge it?
    Give the reason for your answers. If you answer it at all that is.
    You have a history to take a flight than the fight, lol

    • saay

      Ha Nitricc ma man:

      You have a history to take a flight than the fight, lol

      Now I know why you think history is entirely subjective and useless. Because it enables you to write your own version of history, one where the browbeating you got from Haile The Great is translated into you beating him senseless.

      The problem with that kind of dismissal of history is, of course, you have to accept everything as equally valid. For example, Ethiopia can say it has accepted the boundary commission ruling and it is ready to withdraw right this instant, it is just that the EEBC and Eritrea were unreasonable. Why not: history is useless, according to you 🙂 Also, Ethiopian hypernationalists can say that the referendum vote was fake, 99% of Eritreans were part of Mahber Andnet in the 1940s, or Ethiopians peacefully withdrew from Afabet in 1988, nothing happened in SheEb or Una, Why not, history is useless and subjective anyway 🙂 Also, the Axis powers won in World War II.


      • Nitricc

        Sal you can’t catch me like that 🙂
        Okay you got me and I owe you explanation.
        For now let me say this. The histoy if PIA is rejecting any calls for a change
        According to the history the G-22 are wasting their time because that is what histoy indicated but what if PIA is really cornered and needed an exit and accept their call for a change.
        Then what happens to the history?
        Sal, I have to explain more but I don’t know. I just find it history is mis leading

        • saay

          Nitricc (the independent)*:

          I understand what you are saying. You are saying history is not always a good guide to the future. Just because this is how it always was, it doesn’t mean this is how it always will be. This is the mind of a revolutionary, which is why I have a lot of hope in you. Keep un-peeling that onion:)


          * title you earned by saying that 1. Isaias has no new ideas; 2. No justification for arresting people without charges for over a decade. As little as that it, it is impossible to hear if from the cultists: the Selams, Arayas, Merons. Thus, you get the “Independent” badge from the University of Awate. credits transferrable.

          • Nitricc

            I am not good at saying like thank you and that but the words you say and coming from you about me, it means everything to me. And I can not express it enough to tell you that I will be more than you hoped for. I have no choice but to be the one. So, Sal my man, don’t you ever worry. I got this. Sure, I have few weakness and shortcoming to over come but at least I know I have, so, I will fix it. I am row and stupid and I know i have a lot to learn but it is a process. I am on it. I do support the GoE for reason and I just need a reason not to and so far, I have not gotten one.
            But if this thing to blow up in my face, then I will be accountable and I am the first one to tell you so. As much as you thing I got it wrong, I got to believe deep inside you know I have a case here. I understand everyone is saying let ‘s change but what I am saying is, to WHAT are we changing? I admit we need change but to what are we changing? That is my point.
            Sal, one day you will be proud of me.

          • saay

            Selamat Nitricc:

            I ALREADY am proud of you and I have no doubt you will reach your potential which is far more than what fear has allowed you to settle for.
            To me, Isaias is insanely old fashioned: he harkens back to the days which believed that children have to be whipped to be taught discipline. He harkens back to the days of Theory X of human management. Instead of being a head of a household, or CEO of a company, he is head of a state and his old ideas of managing people are a liability to the country.


            btw, never put yourself down and call yourself “stupid.” The subconscious mind has no filter, it listens, it accepts, it acts on it. I like it better when you are gloating 🙂 One of the reasons Muhammed Ali was the greatest boxer is because he kept telling himself he was the greatest. I like the Gurena in you, keep it up.

      • Dear saay,

        Nitric will take history when it fits to his narration. Let say for instance, if I try to tell the history how EPLF brought the conclusion of our liberation struggle, he will elate and laugh with open mouth upto his ears. Yes nitric!!! So Nitric history teaches you to learn from your mistakes as well from your success. A lesson to take it home.

        • Nitricc

          Aman you got a point. You are right. Okay I must re-evaluate this thing. The other day I was reading a response from Gadi and he said, ” if few people told you missing your hear, you ought to check it” something like that 🙂
          Okay Aman you got a point.
          Fine Aman, let me think of it and may be I will promote you to police chief 🙂

          • Nitric,

            I am glad Sal make you walk few steps to the right direction. The man has the ability to read the mind of individuals and hence he uses different tools under his disposal to convince his argument….most of the time the right of argument. I will not forget how pulls Haile and my self to a kind of rapprochement. He is a good “kelassay” if you know the meaning of Kelassay. But long at last you have proved that I am not dummy at least from your comment. Yes Nitric.

            Sal, don’t stop to use the variable tools you have in your disposal to bring our own like nitric…the future of Eritrea to the people’s movement.

          • saay


            You are too kind. Think of it this way: for a person who is sympathetic to the government to appear at awate and share his/her thoughts, at a place where the PFDJ has told him/her to avoid like a leprosy colony…it tells me the person is curious (doesn’t quite believe the hyperbole of the regime) or is a true believer who comes here to demoralize awatistas.

            My assumptions are: whichever category the person belongs to, (a) they love their country, Eritrea and wish the best for her; (b) they are afraid that there are people who hate Eritrea, and they want to defend her. If they don’t love Eritrea and are not protective of her, my God, why would they be here? The Internet has so many great choices if you want to turn your mind off Eritrea and entertain yourself, be informed. Everybody is here because they love Eritrea. That includes our Ethiopian friends. That, alone, is a basis for discussion with anyone.

            When praising Nitricc, I was dismissive of Meron, Selam, Araya. I was wrong to do that–particularly because I am one of the hosts of this website–and I apologize for it. Araya, I am sure it is my cholesterol and diabetes 🙂 Smile.


          • corection,

            Read as “how he pulls…….”

    • haile


      yoy ya ya…calling me z hadami? Well I thought of scoring up with a devastating blow, but the rational in me won the day 🙂 I will zip it for now. Next time if you get a run away urge to provoke haile, come well armed with plenty of reinforcement:) haile can go crazy on ya 🙂

      If you think that I run away from your arguments that the opposition support the sanction that not only the regime brought it upon itself by claiming al shabab were progressive force attempting to unite Somalia through Islam but also is maintaining it in place by refusing to account through formal investigations then you ain’t clear with the going on down there. Also, if you think I would run away from a feeble logic of the woyane would invade, given that the regime kicked out UN peace keepers to invent no war no peace you’re deeply mistaken. Your session on choice vs responsibility has been OK, however your problems are far deeper. You see I need to open you up to the concept of ROLES that are next down the peel 🙂 still, Roles are reflective of goals that are born out of Values that we hold consistent with our beliefs. Some one has messed up your beliefs when you were little and impressionable (evidence – you claim to be concerned about Eritrea as well as to hate every thing about your Eritrean aspect). You see, haile has his job cut out, your’s is a delicate case that I would get to the bottom of in good time 🙂

      Your questions about people who are resourceful and capable being in Eritrea, well I have first hand knowledge of such great people who are holding up till what they call “ezi nay shifta sirAt” is removed. Go there and observe and meet people.

      Your issue about the guns only exposed your hidden nature of being fully aware of the reasons they were given out were for sinister reasons of blackmailing in cruel fashion. However, on scale of 10 for responsible behavior, despite the regime had dolled them out in wanton, the people managed not to harm each other yet (in over a year). This against the fact that it left them in dark streets with no policing and free-for-all guns! They score 10. The regime by virtue of its unsafe distribution of arms scores 0. On suicidal nature scale out of ten. The regime made buddies with alshebab linked Aweys while 21000 civilian somalians were sloughtered. It scores 10. The people managed to self impose their own curfew when alshabab and other Somali hardliners were residing in hotels in Eritrea during the 2006 war in Somalia. They score 0 (or 10 on survivalist scale).

      So, since someone who supports the regime has brought you up to hate being Eritrean, we know who the hater is:-)

      peace out

      • Nitricc

        Well, Haile, I just exposed you that when you are challenged you go personal.
        Great once, like everyone is calling you, they won’t go fishing to insanity saying and present them as facts. The great once, they deal with the issue and they will be honest with it. When I say this don’t you ever think because I know more than you do. In fact, I am must be the least knowledgable person on this forum let alone to be compared with you. I had great expectation to learn and pick some lesson from you but what I read on this one is, you are typical. Nothing great. I know the ” Haile the great was coined by Sal the great but every conformist picked the term and they turned you in to this big head and better than anyone. Cool down.
        You are not better than anyone, as stupid as i am, as dumb as I am I can challenge you neck to neck. Issue for issue, dust for dust. So please Haile, I don’t possess micro grams what you are but don’t you ever put me down.
        Having said that I respect you.
        P.S. are hanging around with my good friend Beyan? Reading you sounds Beyan, all over.

        • haile


          ..and what exactly did I say to put you down?

          – You woke up this morning and called me hadami for no apparent reason! I refrained from returning in kind…ya zipped:) where is the put down in this?

          – You said you believed I run away from Jebena, I summarized that it wasn’t the specifics of your detail that would be the focus but fine undertones that are putting you in a self-contradictory state of reason. I prefer to bring good quality arguments to you. Where is the put down in this?

          – You asked specific questions and I gave specific answers, where is the put down in this?

          – I quoted your previous statements to make a personal observation. Where is the put down in this?

          You can’t really throw any old mud at us and accuse us of putting you down when we shrug it off! I think that there is nothing wrong or “stupid” about the interior of your logic, it is just you are deploying it to defend the indefensible and it is failing to work. For me, when you say you hate being Eritrean, it is a collective failure of us the older generation that brought you into this reality. Because we can’t afford that as people and nation. We have high expectations of you to help the realization of our martyrs hidri. But look at what the PFDJ turned you to be! It is an irresponsible entity that made the Eritrean youth at home to want to day than be Eritrean and the Eritrean youth in the diaspora (under its influence) to hate every drop of Eritrean in them. I would borrow from papillon to repeat “HGDEF mendef deqi sebeyti” 🙂

          True Eritreans have suffered long enough, and the distraction of PFDJ is just around the corner. If I have offended you by being called hadami and decided not to respond in kind then I am sorry! See, Eritreans are a sea of strength, unlike HGDEF the arrogant SOB.

          Here is a nice song for ya my friend (see not only apologize but tip you too:) enjoy:



  • Papillon

    Dear Sal,

    I have an “assignment” for you. Could you please shed light on the differences in content that is between the letter which was written by G-13 and G-22. Hope that will help us to see the G-22 letter in isolation from its apparent weakness as it takes the entity in Eritrea for a government let alone for a regime. Thanks.


    • saay

      Selamat Papillon*:

      (Eyob, close your eyes/ears; I am about to romanticize Arabs.) In an Egyptian play, I forget which, the comedian Adel Imam is being interrogated by a prosecutor and asked to analyze something and he replies, “Uul enta be’a”: roughly translated to “you go first!”

      So, here’s the G-13 “Berlin Manifesto”:

      and here’s the 2013 November edition of Mhuran Akal Manifesto

      So, you go first, Papillon 🙂

      One clear difference, the G-13 KNEW their audience: it was addressed to Isaias Afwerki and only Isaias Afwerki.


      * Let the record show that it is our own Papillon that has coined the term “G-22” for our latest mhuran akal 🙂

      • Papillon


        Deal. I am in a middle of something right now. Will try my best later on. Hope you won’t flunk me as you did eons ago.

        • Papillon

          Hey Sal,

          You see I am pretty much caught up with something. I didn’t even see the “copy right reserved” on G-22 coinage. I am flattered to say the least. የቐንየለይ ክቡር ሓወይ

        • saay


          You know Awate University is a credit-no-credit class. And each semester is brand new:)

          Speaking of universities, hint: one more difference between G-22 (2013) and G-13 (2000)deals with a national disaster/sabotage that occured in 2005 that the G-22 consider a trigger, a push factor in the exodus of Eritrean youth. Sabri, Haile, Meron and I spent a lot of time debating it here 🙂


      • Eyob Medhane


        I am not gonna let you ruin my day by you ‘romantacizing Arabs’ .

        By the way, egziabher yiyileh. You hooked me on to Jano Band.
        How about me romantacizing Habesha?

        • saay


          You are welcome. Romanticize Habesha every day, twice on Sunday, they are my people, ante chemlaqa:)

          Here’s the ultimate Eritrean, I mean, habesha. Now that you have eased yourself into accepting Jano…this is the other side of Mereb. When we, north of Mereb River, want to tell our people that they are much bigger, much better than being slaves of the horrific, awful, barbaric (use every adjective you want, I wont say you have crossed the line) Gulf Arabs, this is what we would play (it is our version of Menelik, Yohannes, Teodros, Ras Alula grandness): Our Ghedli. TariKh alewo iti gobo: that mountain is historic. Listen with an open mind (just erase from your head “Eritrea” and insert “Habesha” if it helps you open your mind.)


          and a bonus: Dehaika Habeni



          • Eyob Medhane


            I know you are very much Habesha at heart. That is one of the reason why I feel free to say what I feel to you. I really mean it.

            Actually, I like wedi Tikabo’s voice. (Not the lyrics 🙂 just kidding)There was an Ethiopian singer named Baheru Kegne, may he rest in peace. They have very much similar voice and style, despite the fact that Baheru was an old man. Unfortunately, Baheru didn’t get as much popular as he should have been, when he was alive. Younger musicians like Teddy Afro made a lot of money on his songs and style at his expense. Here is Baheru’s one famous songs sang by Teddy Afro (pure Imression)

    • rodab

      My friends Papillon and Sal,
      I can not resist your chat here so I will join weather u like it or not :-). For now, without going deep into their messages, I see 4 basic differences between the two groups:
      1) obviously& one group has 13 members, the other 22 🙂
      2) one group addresses the president only, while the other addresses the president and the ministers minus Osman Saleh (I wonder why the foreign minister was omitted)
      3) while one group wrote its letter in English, the other one wrote in both English and Tigrigna,
      4) while members of one group are familiar personalities, members of the other group are not.

  • L.T

    The Addis mayorTop Doctor Arkebe oqbay within 23 months:-)Way Ane Tigria the land of accident …the Papillon land…the crisis to be a Doctor within four hours..Your life revolution are like Hollywood films..Wey ane dekey..Mekelle si a department of business without basis instructed with lowest paid people…People of Tigria feeds by charity save the children..My Tigria land..Tigria is away….

    • saay

      ^ I will have what he is having. 🙂


      • Eyob Medhane


        Can I have some, too?…One of the posts that puts a smile on my face is LT’s. Of course, I always read it watching ‘animal football’….:-)

    • rodab

      Dear LT,
      I know you are unresponsive to ppl’s queries, but for a change, help me untangle your mystery-filled messages. I will make it easy for you to reply. just say yes or no to my guesses.
      1) Addis mayor stepped down after 23 months? Did he have accident in Tigray? Was he a doctor and performed something for 4 hours?
      2) this business in Mekelle, is it related to the Addis mayor? Is it illegal? It doesn’t have the required qualification? Stuff is underpaid?

      • Eyob Medhane


        Let me translate it for you,

        ‘Arkabe Oqubay, who is from, Mekele, Tigray, which is also Papillon’s land, a land that is so poor, which lives with Save the children charity got his Ph. D in 23 months. It’s like becoming a doctor in just four hours by accident. life of revolutionaries like Arkabe is like a Hollywood film. A man without a basic knowledge of business, yet became mayor of Addis Ababa is now a Doctor. Oh…my Tigray, it’s just gone awa off the debunk, now. .’

        Here you have it, untangled. I speak LTnga. Try to learn it. It’s fun. It also come with a lesson of ‘animal football’, right Sal. 🙂

        • haile

          Whoa! How long did that take to reconstruct Eyob!! Do you know L.T’s favorite kick @ awate is reading his posts and laughing his head off? L.T me no Tenqwalay… I just see stuff, can’t help it 🙂

        • rodab

          Not bad Eyoba.
          I still need confirmation from L.T…if you got it right, we may need your service again 🙂

        • saay


          Impressive! That Haile dude once used his greatness for something that ruined things: he suggested LT go through google translate iterations. LT followed the suggestion and wrote something coherent but entirely boring (standard scratchy hgdef CD circa 2005). Lucky for all of us, LT has gone back to his incoherent but accidentally profound postings. Your translation services a perfect supplement: like lyrics to the song “Louie Louie” 🙂 for you young ones, “Louie Louie” is a song whose lyrics everybody guessed but nobody knows:



          PS: I am calling PETA on you for your animal football.