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Will The Controversial Books By Former Minister Berhane Abrehe Be Out?

Close friends and relatives of Berhane Abrehe informed Gedab News that two books authored by the former Eritrean Minister of Finance are being printed and will soon be available in the market.  According to the information, the two books will be around 210-250 pages each and are entitled, ”Eritra Hagerey [Eritrea My Country].

Details of the books’ content are not yet available, however, what appears on the cover of the books that Gedab News received, reads like an expose of Isaias Afwerki, the president of the Eritrean ruling party.

A quote on the cover of one of the books reads, “…in a renewed courage, [Berhane Abrehe] has presented a plan, in a civilized Eritrean manner, on how to end dictatorship [in Eritrea] and how to prevent it from reappearing again”.

It’s not clear whether the books that are being printed outside Eritrea, have a similar theme and if they are a two-part series. The books will be available in the market very soon.

Until a few years ago, Berhane was being medicated in Italy until the PFDJ stopped paying his bills and then prevented him from leaving the country. A close friend of Berhane told Gedab News, “I told him to get out of the country in any way possible, but he adamantly refused.” He added, “Given his past experience with Isaias Afwerki, he knows the consequences, but he said he would rather die in his country and is still in Asmara.”

Berhane has been in poor health for a long time.

A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Berhane joined the EPLF in 1975 and worked in the Department of Agriculture until 1986 when he became a member of the Higher Commission on The Economy, a four-person committee chaired by General Ogbe Abraha, a member of the G15 who were jailed almost two-decades ago. No one knows whatever happened to them.

The former minister had a falling out with Isaias Afwerki over the need for budgets and audits. As a result, his ruling party and ministerial portfolio were taken away and he was frozen.

It’s not yet known how much inside stories the books will expose. However, given the serious confrontations, that Berhane had with Isaias Afwerki over budgets and auditing of the Nevsun operated Bisha Gold Mine revenues, a lot of critical information are expected to be explained if the books ever come out as planned.

Berhane’s wife was in jail in Asmara, since a few months ago as a punishment when their adult son escaped from Eritrea. She is still in jail.

Related Links:

  1. United Kingdom Home Office: Country of Origin Information Report-Eritrea (March 16, 2007)
  2. The Snake & Its Skins (February 25, 2009
  3. Fox News Gets It Wrong On Eritrea (April 1, 2011)
  4. Eritrea 2014: Isaias Afwerki & His Musical Chair (July 19, 2014)

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  • Saleh Johar

    @george,
    I am just curious. Since the entire argument has been the court ruling should be implemented, and since one cannot choose and select parts ruling and findings, what do you think the court verdict was on who started the war. I think this should be the argument between you and Bere to rest. Do you care to quote the ruling or you would rather wait for volunteers to do so? If SAAY is in the mood, he might explain it and save us the circular argument.

    • @george

      Dear SJ

      Well Well …..i am surprised a man of your caliber engaged a minion like me. I am really honored. Maybe i pop a bottle of champagne…anyhow, i think you should read our dialog carefully. The point i was trying to make os that Berhe have habit of posting false statements. He accepts false narration disseminated by Eritreas enemies. I have given some examples above. But, no thank you for your attempt to fram the dialogue. It is not the what i am trying to address.

      • Saleh Johar

        @george,
        What you posted is flattering but I am still curious to know who started the war based on the court ruling. Please let me know.

  • Peace!

    Hi tesfu,

    See that’s the problem with you NAZIs. Personal attacks, that’ all. I call him HITLER for what he has been doing for the last fifty years. And you are seating here and attacking a person you have never met and seen.

    Peace!

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam peace bus
      Now it looks like u find out the ethiopia revolution is real. Right? U can’t hide it, like u used to be. “Attati”.I mean deal with ur atite.

  • Simon Kaleab

    Selam Peace,

    Ok.

    Na-z! is a mistaken description. Because it is associated with ‘R-ace’ superiority, world domination and e-xter-mination of certain groups. Clearly such things are not happening in Eritrea.

    Trump is voted into office by humble working class people who have been victims of Global Capitalism. They are far from Na-z!s. I think, you have been reading/listening to the mainstream media too much.

    • Peace!

      Hi SK,

      I know. I am referring to the cruelty of the Eritrean HITLER and his supporters. You are creative you even made forget the subject. Ohh ya ….are you saying denying refugges to return home is justified?

      Peace!

      • Simon Kaleab

        Selam Peace,

        No refugee should be prevented from returning.

        • Peace!

          Hi SK,

          Thank you.

          Peace!

      • abdulworld

        Hello Peace,
        I think calling IA Hitler is little off any chart… Guy couldn’t get pass Badme.
        I know he is not famous but IA is more like Pol Pot. Outside the mass killing- you will see significant parallel but Pol Pot and IA… It is almost eriee..

  • Peace!

    Hi Nitric,

    It looks like disqus swallowed my reply:

    I have never blamed you, but your Nihna N’su N’su N’hna PARENTS. You are an innocent NAZI’s 👶.

    Peace!

  • Peace!

    Hi Tesfu,

    I can reverse that and make my point if you are suggesting the other way. Nevertheless, if you are defending the Eritrean HITLER, then be brave and make your position clear. .

    Peace!

  • Nitricc

    Hi religious thug; you are nothing bit a Dush Islamic fanatic. You are nothing but A-hole BS. Useless; you are the example of society’s ill. Your kind should be illuminated from the face of the earth. What happen to you PMAA aviator? sucker.

  • Berhe Y

    Hi @george,

    “I have not change at all. I have no choice. I am still nasty and rude. I despise weak individuals.”

    Carry that budge of honour. One should not expect anything better from someone who worships IA.

    Everything has an end, we will see how IA movie will end. Did you see the clip of his cousin on BBC. It must be really, really sad to hate yourself and your identity so much.

    WodHanka.

    Berhe

  • Selamat Awatista,

    DIA agrees to debate Former Misnister of Finance live on Eri-TV. Moderators are yet to be selected. Isayas has also agreed to….

    Here is a question I would have for both gentlemen:

    Given that there will be a major global event accross the sea from us in 2022, what measures would you take to encourage Eritrean entreapanuers to promote gain for the Eritrean economy? Would you think buying or leasing 10 helicopters, developing the hotel and hospitalities Eritrean industury and offering loging and entertainment at night and transport to the Fifa World Cup 2022 games at game time as a feasable business opportunity for the Eritrean small businessman? What should your fiscal politicy for the Eritrean economy for the next FIVE years be considering the very competative buyer’s market for the Erirean Sea coast?

    Cc: Hameed Al-Arabi, Nitric, Ayya Ismail AA

    Hade neTbi Shudushte Hade Shomonte bado seleste….

    tSAtSE

    • Ismail AA

      Selam tSAtSE Solomon wedi Hawey,

      Creative as usual. I will leave the question to the Minister to Al-Arabi. Here is mine to Isayas: When are you going to show us your back?

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Salam tSAtSE,

      The major problem will be debated and executed immediately is our human resources development. When human beings are well skilled and free the rest will be managed easily. Priority is to the people of Eritrea. As you know developing a sophisticated human being at least requires 25 years from birth date. I am very sad we have lost about three decades under a primitive ruler.

  • Peace!

    Hi Tesfay,

    I like your honesty: “ I hope some one from highlander take care of him, not a Moslem” I like it..ምስኦም እንዴ ዓብየ ዳቦይ ንሩ ገዛይ እንድዩ ነይሩ ከማን ኣይበልካን. Thank you!

    Peace!

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Salam @ george,

    Please, watch the photo of your uncle when he was a teen age with his relatives in Mekele. Nice Sunday to you with your cousins.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDW9saKgJwk

  • Berhe Y

    Hi @george,

    I must say either you are changed tactics or you have bought some manners of being polite. It’s nice, yeSebiqelka eyu, please continue to be like that even if you do not agree.

    Eritrea is entitled to protect itself and it’s interests. IA as a leader that’s his job and that’s he responsibility to do so. The problem I have with IA, no body knows ir even he has the mandate to do what he does. In other words, he is not accountable to no body and that’s where my source of problems with him originates and it still continues.

    I do not fall or give him a credit where he suspended the National Assembly, shelved the constitution, disappeared journalists and members of the National Assembly as if nothing happened and move on. None of his victims are related to me in any way or shape, and my immediate family (just by lack) have never been exposed to PFDJ cruelty that is unique or exaggerated. So I don’t have any axe to grinde or any revenge. My opposition to IA is based on principle and I can tell you, I would not have any problem if he installed political reform that would take the population out of the mess they are in, because any progress is better.

    But don’t expect me to praise him for doing his job, like making diplomatic and economical relation ship with neighbouring countries.

    Like I said, what happens in Ethiopia or any other neighbour country is of little concern as it is their internal matters and they are capable of resolving it themselves.

    Eritrea have no means or have no reason to get involved. And I don’t know Eritrea should have the problems it has with it’s neighbours was necessary to start with. Adom alewom adina alena.

    Even if I accept the damage Ethiopia was causing in Eritrea, I believe IA should NOT revenge it on the Eritrean people. Weyane or no weyane, Ethiopia or no Ethiopia, Eritreans should mind their business and live in peace.

    You are surprised that I focus on IA, when criticizing Eritrea? Really, who else is there to criticize? Eritrea is IA and IA is Eritrea today.

    Let him leave the Eritrean people alone and people can live him alone.

    Let me ask you, since you seem to be in good mood. What do you think IA needs to do to make the lives of Eritreans normal? Normal like any other normal person in the world have. Free to move, free to get married and start family, free to start business, free to pray, free to write, associate with whomever he chooses…

    I like Paulos and it’s his right to visit Ethiopia, drink what ever he chose to drink and he can have any opinions he like to have. If he admires Weyane, there is nothing wrong with it. He is ordinary citizen, he is free to do what he wants as long as he doesn’t break the law, I see nothing wrong. He is not anti Eritrea, he is not anti his people.

    PFDJ abd their supporters need to get it that, they are not 2 years old babies who need the assurance from every citizen, that we like them better than weyane.

    Berhe

  • Nitricc

    Ras Abi; I thank you sir! hahahahahaha. I don’t know who said it but it is perfectly normal for a child to be afraid of the dark but how do you explain when an adult is afraid of the light? I am trying to show Berhe the light and the source of the problem and he is having none of it. how sad is that? The whole point of Eritrean opposition is not to the best interest of the people nor to the nation but entirely based on hate, revenge and grudge of PIA. As much as PIA and his government screw up; no one followed and supports the opposition. For instance, take Ethiopian opposition; Dr. Brhanu left his job and the USA for the love of his country and people. Take Endargachew Tsige, he left his job, his family and UK for the love of his country. Name me one Eritrean who left UK or USA to lead the Eritrean opposition? That is the main reason PMAA can’t find any one to force PIA to sit and negotiate while PIA made every Ethiopian opposition to strike a deal with the government of Ethiopia. I can tell you this, Ethiopia is on the right path. In my opinion the election should be postpone to the next five years. By then the dust should be settled and the way for ward should be crystal clear.

  • Berhe Y

    Hi @george,
    If you are saying IA was too weak and afraid to get involved during the S. Sudan crisis because he was sanctioned, you have a point.

    But his involved in Sudan from early 90’s. He evicted the Sunday embassy and handed it over to the opposition, he was involved in east Sudan, Darfur in his hay days with Gadafi he was involved in Chad, and he was involved in the Congo during Kabila… and now he is involved in Yemen… everywhere he could put his hands on he JUST does.

    Berhe

  • Wedi Erey2

    Selamat all,

    It is interesting to witness the irrationality of the “opposition” to peace in the Horn.

    They have been describing the PFDJ gov as isolationist. And now they are jumping up and down because Ethiopia has an embassy in Asmara. Who said it is free of charge? All the embassies pay. If Ethiopian Airlines is buying/leasing Boeing 787s why can’t the Ethiopian government pay rent on a lovely Art Deco building in Asmara? And who said that the Eritrean Embassy in Ethiopia is a gift of the Ethiopian government? It is customary for embassies to rent or buy.

    But this outrage just shows the “opposition’s” true colors. One day they are serving the TPLF leadership that was trying to install a puppet government in Eritrea (taking money from them, meeting them in Ethiopia during active war, parroting their every word) and the next day they are saying that IA is selling Eritrea’s sovereignty because he is promoting regional cooperation.

    Ato Berhane Abrehe is not part of the “opposition”. He is a man who has served his country for decades. And he is courageously speaking his mind. Whether you agree with none, some or all he has to say, he is to be respected.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Salam Wedi Erey2,

      The opposition are Eritreans they will not be evaporated, will remain forever true Eritreans. I think when head of a country says, “Anyone who says we are two peoples he doesn’t know history. I have given you all my responsibilities. Guide us and I will follow you”. Isaias who was mimicking for twenty years demarcation first has forgotten the border and he is doing a big sale of Eritrea already.

      My friend, Isaias publicly declared that he is an Ethiopian. If you don’t believe that ask any Ethiopian and he will tell you that Eritrea returned to them or on its way to return fully to her mama.

      What Isaias has declared in Ethiopia is not a sudden decision; this was his mission from beginning to end. TPLF knows about the mission of Isaias and they were waiting for him to comply according to agreements between them. The Eritrean opposition was just a hostage in the hands of TPLF. They don’t want the opposition to topple Isaias. They were putting many obstacles in front of them from taking any positive step towards eradicating the regime.

      TPLF and Isaias have agreed in all details Isaias is executing now, but their only difference was who will be the KING OF ETHIOPIA. I hope you understand fake (ቅዳሕ / ምስሊ) Eritrean.

  • haileTG

    Selamat awatista,

    Ato Berhane Abrehe’s message yesterday, and his book publication is a rare event in Eritrea since the demise of the nascent free press in early 2001. Given the the fact that the conventional belief is that removing IA would clear an important hurdle to normalizing the country, it is natural to fully support the Ex-minister in this regard.

    Looking at his proposed way forward however, how much political support can it garner? Here is what he said:

    1- To Eritreans – to continue pressing on with the struggle against the dictator, fully knowning that only them can decide their own destiny.

    2 – He confirmed that he wrote the two books, but didn’t go further than that.

    3 – To IA

    a/ to call the national assembly in order to debate/scrutinize “many issues”
    b/ to appear for one to one debate on TV against Ato Berhane
    c/ that the assembly will vote him out of his chairmanship and elect a new chairman. This new chairman will also be appointed as head of the GoE.
    d/ that there is a movement for change under way and anyone attempting to hamper or impede this movement will be attacked by the Eritrean youth
    e/ that IA is signing agreements with regional and international entities/states without proper authorization by the assembly,also in a manner that will put the country in a long term geo-strategic harms way.
    f/ that if IA attempts to disrupt this movement for change, he will not succeed, as it is effectively out of his hand.

    Given the above are the key points made by the minister, how many in the opposition see this as a viable mechanism for an actual transition? It would be unfair to judge that this is all what Berhane is proposing, it could be that he had no time to expand on some of the points. However, can such a transition, i.e. a change of chairman be enough to change the course of events? And one final point, how much of the above content appear identical to the one announced by Dr Andebrhan during the launch of MedreK?

    Thanks

  • Blink

    Dear all
    I just wanted to say hello to the sanction flag wavers and clappers . Can you please say something new about your reasoning to sanction? Ohh no sanction because Eritrea is under confederation with Ethiopia, Somalia and now Djibouti. Confederation is the new beloved word for some . Too bad they are left on cold by weyane and by the dictator. Someone please accept new CV and updated applications for the new position in Tigray. Arena are hiring too . The five plan in principle and the five plan actual agreement ahmmm.

    Someone pls help explain this
    1. 1994 war or wind of war with Sudan guilty Eritrea
    2. Yemen vs Eritrea, guilty party Eritrea
    3. Ethiopia vs Eritrea about Border war guilty Eritrea
    4. Djibouti vs Eritrea, guilty party Eritrea
    6. PFDJ =Tigrinya , guilty the highlanders
    7.every person benefiting, highlanders
    8. Awate shifta
    9. Revolution of Eritrea, due to Arabs
    …..,,,

    A weyane horse and a horrible riders are all out of the game.

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Blink,

      Do you or anyone else, know which house residence or what ministry it was that was given to Ethiopia as Ethiopian embassy?

      The Eritrean government, renovated and handed over totally for free, as per Ethiopian PM.

      Berhe

      • Blink

        Dear Berhe
        There’s nothing wrong with that of renovation and giving to Ethiopia, I think the building is the old world bank building because this doesn’t look the old Ethiopian embassy second we don’t know if Ethiopia paid for the renovation. The tumor is removed and I hope the dictator will resign from his post .

        My question to you berhe, why are people saying confederation, federation and many things. Still wondering if these people care for the people.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Blink,

          I don’t know if there is anything wrong or not but usually countries buy or rent their own embassies at their own expenses. I heard the PM video and according to him, it’s not the old embassy. He said it’s new and it’s in one of the best locations and the Eritrean government renovated fully by it’s own expenses and handed them over.

          Isayas to resign? Never. It’s not because he is Isayas but the type of dictator ship we have in Eritrea, it’s single person dictatorship. The single dictator ship what they ask is “is my safety granted if I leave power” and if there is any doubt then they will never leave. I think the answer to that is, NO. No body can give him safety so he will ride it out until the end.

          These type of dictator ship usually their end is:

          1) old age
          2) violent removal from power
          3) Coup

          Federation / confederation, I really do not know. I don’t think IA will want that, at this point. I think he has a purpose now, he will make peace with Djibouti soon and then they will do it with Sudan and S. Sudan etc.

          In other words, IA will stop being a bad boy in the region and all countries will welcome it. He really was a real problem for all of them.

          Berhe

          • Blink

            Dear Berhe
            I was just trying to say we don’t know if Ethiopian government did the same in Addis too.

            I just wanted change with out bloodshed and for that to happen Issaias has to have a say how he will resign. We need peace and we need it because if any force is used it will be too bad for the country and the people inside as PFDJ did not build any institution to help the change.

          • haileTG

            Hi Blink,

            I think most people agree on smooth transition. But it will be those who effect it that will decide his exit, not him. Essentially this seems what is on offer by Berhane and his group*. I doubt that there will be armed conflict if all of the army is of similar inclination.

            *I am saying group in here based on my best judgment of the Berhane saga as a whole rather than just on what Berhane claimed alone.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi HaileTG,

            I really like to hope that there are group behind Berhane.

            I don’t want to say too much and give ideas to PFDJ and how people are thinking and reacting.

            Where is bAwet tezazimu report of saay?

            Berhe

          • @george

            Dear berhe

            You said “he really was a real problem for all of them” lets start with the easy one….

            1. How was Eritrea a problem to south sudan? I need a real answer not like SAAY “answer” where he go tangential…(yeah i used spell checker)

            2. Explain to me how is that all these peace came to be and the only thing gone is WOYANE.?remember now PIA is still in power and Eritrea despite MASSIVE and UNRELENTING pressures came victorious. Something you can not deny.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi @george,

            I don’t know anything so why you are asking.

            1). He was a problem for Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, and at some point I read Eritrea was interfering in S. Sudan. I know Eritrea has a lot to do during the 90s helping S. Sudan when Isayas was at war with Sudan.

            2). By Isayas accepting peace even though none what he was demanding from “weyane” was materialized.

            – Ethiopia: giving them unfettered access to everything, and removing the opposition he was supporting

            – Somalia : he will stop his involvement in their affairs

            – Djibouti: he will give them what ever that they were demanding

            – S. Sudan: he will stop what ever that he was doing to interfere.

            Sudan will be next.

            It’s not that because weyane are gone, but Isayas started to behave as he was told to do by PMAA.

            Now my turn:

            1) What relationship did Ethiopia gained with any of these countries since the weyane are gone?

            Berhe

      • Desbele

        Selam Berhe,
        It is the former World Bank Office. Not sure but Eritrean investment office headed by Dr.Woldai Fitur were there too after WB left .
        It is in front of the Attorney General around Croce Rosa.

  • Aligaz G

    Dear Horizon,

    It is important to know the details of all agreements so far. The press (Ethiopian :)) need to start asking questions. And so far PFDJ has not shown any desire to take confidence building measures such as releasing political prisoners etc. And as things stand the truth of the matter is the opposition need to organize organize organize. Peace and trade with Ethiopia and other neighboring countries is good but hiding behind Abiy will not save PIA for long.

  • haileTG

    Hey Horizon, would I be wrong if I paraphrase your take here that you mean that the majority of Eritreans are down beaten and too hungry to mind flushing Eritrean political independence down the drains? I doubt that takes into consideration the raw feelings of an average Eritrean. Hope the peace holds but I can assure you material benefit is unlikely to buy Eritrean hearts and minds. A deeper understanding is needed of one another for the current reapproch to take hold.

    • Selam HTG,

      I hope it is never too late to say welcome, “WELCOME BACK HTG”.

      Maybe “too hungry” is not the term i would have liked to use, nevertheless, bringing up a child that is well fed, healthy and educated, seeing him/her get married and bring up grandchildren, husbands and wives living and getting old together, the normal social fabric that was there two decades ago and now absent returning, the sound of peace and prosperity coming to every citizens ears that is tired of a lifelong sacrifice, etc., in my opinion, are enough reasons for people to care less about a political situation that has not benefited them up to now, and to choose an in between situation. We are talking about an independence that brought no freedom, peace, or economic well being, and enslaved the people for at least two decades.

      What have they got and what are they losing, will always be the dilemma for any human being in this situation. Independence-freedom-prosperity denied, a permanent sacrifice, and the meaning of life, will revolve in their minds.

      A confederation of two sovereign countries that can be dissolved any time the one or the other party wants, although i personally am not for it, is not against eritrea’s interest, in my opinion. Yes, it will be a rescue for the dictator, and that i think is the side effect of the whole issue of the new ethio-eritrean rapprochement, which cannot be avoided as things are today in eritrea, (i.e. a one-man show). The last scenes from eritrea do not seem to be showing that people are opposed to this one-man show.

      • haileTG

        Selam Horizon,

        I think your argument makes logical sense, however Eritrea under IA defys all logic! Hence, your hypothesis doesn”t meet the objective reality as it is unfolding. Mind you, it is the illogical posture on our side that is leading into this odd situation that you are both right and wrong. How so you may ask. Actually, what is transparent in this discussion is the critical faultline of the current peace process, mutual misunderstanding! Let me explain…

        The view from PFDJ Eritrea is that Ethiopia is in crisis and being saved by IA. It is a moment of vindication as viewed by PFDJista that they are the now the king makers of Ethiopia. I understand this as delusional grandstanding but the reality for them. Read IA’s body language when he is with PMAA, it is one that try to project that of a dominant partner, not even equal. PFDJista will soon call you out ungreatful for their trouble to save your country.

        On the flip side, you capture the view of most Ethiopians accurately. It is that of a hungry, broke and isolated Eritrea crawling and seeking for mercy. Both views in either side would naturally lead to arrogance. And here my friend will start the disintegration of the whole thing. Ungreatful Ethiopians at the throat of unhreatful Eritreans.

        If Eritrean priests in diaspora pro regime Orthodox churches refused Fithat to women and children of Eritrean victims of Lampedusa but can attend dance events organized by the regime while those bodies were being recovered and stacked in coffins just to show diabolical loyality to the regime, then we need common understanding on what logic is in this context.

        PMAA understood correctly that this is the time to put one foot in Eritrea before IA is gone and a hardened nationalist factions take his place. That was a master stroke by PMAA to read the times correctly. Once IA is removed, a whole bunch of Eritreans will wake up but it would be too late because Ethiopia is already back in Assab and will use military and diplomatic force as needed to ensure it doesn’t do the same mistake of 1991 again. Ever. This is the hard truth.

        • Selam haile TG,

          I think that it is the inherent mutual mistrust and misunderstanding between the two people that blocks the way to any smooth and genuine future relationship. This passionate show between the two leaders may cool down soon and relations may reach a bottleneck any time, and the whole idea of the new rapprochement may end up in a major failure.

          It seems that it’s just in the nature of things as they happen to be in the ethio-eritrean case, that is devoid of a viable solution. Maybe, the whole thing is nothing more than a dream of two people, and by next year we might remember it vaguely, most certainly to nobody’s disappointment. That is why i stand for a normal relationship similar to a relationship between any two sovereign countries, without the rhetoric of one people two countries.

  • saay7

    Hey Abi Dabo Breath:

    The subscriber you have dialed Is not In service. We are sorry. You have reached a number that has been disconnected or is no longer in service. If you feel you have reached this recording in error, please check the number and try your call again. Doo-doo-doo

    saay

    • Abi

      Hey Saay
      A typical Saaytanic response. Well played Sir!
      I think I called a wrong number or it is a dead link.
      Or may be the person I’m trying to reach is busy doing doo doo as he mentioned it unwittingly. Take your time. Will try again later. It’s all gooood!

      • saay7

        Abi:

        Years later, when they ask you, where when you when you heard about the lyrics of Abrar Osman, the chant of the revolution to end hgdefism and PFDJ, you can say, yeah, I remember it was my friend saaytanish who shared it with me on September 6, 2018

        ይኣክል ንበል ኩልና
        ንፍትሒን ንልዕልና ሕጊ
        ንቕዋም ኢናዕ

        Wait for Dr. Beyan Negash to drop it:)

        saay

  • MS

    Ahlan Alex
    I think they love me so much, and you know Habehsa love is expressed in an unruly way, not t generalize but that’s how some put it. As you put it, some don’t like me because I was among the those who have stood up to foreign interferences in Eritrean domestic issues; some don’t like me because I was among those who made a daring dash to obliterate Wayane frontline. The forum looks more Eritrean now except one qdaH (my best awatista, Al-Arabi); he puts smile on my face. Yeah, we just have to take it easy; enjoy the entertainment part of awatistas’ inputs, and process the political part of it calmly. Keep being yourself, Alex. Eritrea is heading towards a promising future.

  • Aligaz G

    Abdul,

    Please give me a clear definition of the word. Referencing Maya is a nice move but insufficient.

  • Aligaz G

    Alex,

    I agree with you that there are no official agreements released about of a formal confederation. However no details about any of the agreements reached so far have been released. And based on the tight coordination exhibited by the two leaders any number of questions can be raised including whether or not relationships are heading to a confederation. Scare tactics are not the issue because most people have already made up their minds about Abiy’s intentions. But the longer the PFDJ delays genuine change in Eritrea the greater the danger. It’s a question of courage.

    • Alex

      Hi Aligaz,
      You can not tell us we don’t know what PMAA and PIA agreed, since the five point peace plan was out for every body to see. What we want from the Eritrean Gov is to give the peace dividend to the Eritrean people who sacrificed a lot in the last 20 years.

      • Aligaz G

        Alex

        Theoretically they are implementing Algiers but in actuality they are ignoring the border. So what is really going on? You are not curious? And the “peace dividend” you are looking for is actually a domestic policy change which was never really linked to the border war. The “20 yrs sacrifice” you mentioned looks like some sort of social experiment. Who knows when this sort of national experiment will end if ever.

  • saay7

    Selamat Alex:

    I take Isaias Afwerki at his words and actions and over at my little blog I have given my rationale for why I think Eritrea is sliding into a confederation with Ethiopia. People (you included) are free to disagree with it as long as we accept that:

    1. I am definining confederation and not federation. (Confederation is a union of sovereign states where institutions are joined but don’t have legal authority over citizens);
    2. I am not disagreeing that confederation may actually be in the best interest of Eritrea; my objection is the total secrecy
    3. There are no confederations left anymore. Confederations either collapse into divorce (Serbia Montenegro) or dissolve into unity or federation.

    It’s not a scare tactic to say that if it wasn’t bad enough that we the citizens of Eritrea don’t know what our government t is doing now we have situations where citizens of another country (Ethiopia) know what’s happening BEFORE members of the executive branch of the government do.

    saay

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Saay,

      Sorry just to focus to none relevant issue. Did I hear you right, your little blog? Really. I know Abi mentioned something the other day and didn’t understand the reason behind.

      I don’t know much and don’t eat to make a big deal but, I don’t see any need for it when you already have your own page at awate.com Alnahda.

      You have to make it easy for us lazy readers:).

      Besides you know first had the labour it requires to run a website and why double the efforts?

      KefuEi Sebiqu ab dembe Awate Hakot mibal eyu zewaSe.

      Berhe

    • Alex

      Hi Saay7,
      I completely agree with you in that the Eritrean Gov should explain to the Eritrean people who sacrificed so much in the last 20 years about all the deals made with Ethiopia and how their life will change for the better. Like I stated yesterday, the Gov need to institute constitutional government so there is checks and balances unlike now were there is deafening silence which is not helping the people who are looking for the peace dividend. Finally, I heard the 5 minute recording made by Berhane abrehe and I am moved by his eloquent message that should move every body into common purpose in asking the Gov to institute rule of law ASAP with out all the excuse of the last 20 years. Is the book will be translated in English?

  • haileTG

    Selamat awatista,
    The fact that Ato Berhane decided to send a message of confirmation to his penning of the two books shows the coordination between the diaspora and home opposition. His response was indeed to the pockets of resisting voices who challenged the authenticity of the books. A pro regime fb user, a guy who calls himself hagerawi dihnet, gave a false flag warning last week by claiming IA was in good terms with Berhane! And the book was fake. Yet, that individual will continue to lie and invent as usual. I remember when someone said the hoax defection at Tsorona, PFDJista were over the moon to say didn’t we say so. The opposition is more civil than that, no stooping to that level here. Ato Berhane”s message nullify the notion that the diaspora opposition has no links to that in Eritrea. The book and the follow up information has only been made possible through such solid connection. That is the truth friends.

  • Paulos

    George,

    I am sure ኣብ ስሬኻ ጻሕጺሕካ’ለኻ።

  • saay7

    Hey Abi:

    Is this the right time or are you in DTZ (dabo time zone)? So this is what happened, assuming you care about the feelings of your neighbors north of Mereb River:

    1. Abiy arrived “unannounced” much like Meles Zenawi used to in the 1990s and showed loved and affection to Isaias (just like Meles used to);
    2. Oh, wait, a day before, Ethiopian media told us Eritreans that an Ethiopian ship was arriving in Massawa
    3. Then Abiy gave a press conference and all the journalists who had a live mic and camera were from Ethiopian media (the Eritrean State TV guy had one of those micro tape-recorders which he will spend half his day transcribing. So now: Eritreans have no private or public press)
    4. Then Abiy and Isaias (or “Issu”, “Wedi Afey” as he calls him) awaited the arrival of the Somali prez also coming unannounced
    5. Then the three of them signed a “tripartite agreement” whose terms nobody knows
    6. Then we gave you an art deco building in the fancy Croce Rossa neighorhood in exchange for the gaudy one you gave us in da hood (Mesqel)
    7. Then your PM went to Addis and said these cargo ships will be a regular feature to Eritrea—- but nobody knows what the terms are.

    You may now resume eating your dabo.

    saay

  • Saleh Johar

    [Hello Abi, Eritrea is not a province but a sovereign nation for which so much blood was spilled, thanks to the conquerors. You can be a disagreeable as you wish, but you will not be allowed to insult Eritreans–we will not allow such aggression and disruptions behind the veil of an innocent looking tasteless humor. Enough bloodshed if that means anything to you. You can try posting such messages in the now-friendly PFDJ websites. Kindly stop your insults //Moderator]

    Hey Saay

    The ONLY important thing happened in the last 24 hours is that Abiyachin visited his ports and the northern province. What did I miss?

  • Saleh Johar

    Nowinc,
    They are waiting for the instruction which will come in one word order: chopla!

  • Paulos

    Selam My Good People,

    Why do you think is going to happen now given the daring call on Isaias to resign. Any idea?

    • David Samson

      Selam Paulos,

      It might or might not create its own momentum. Mind you, Berhane has been under the watches of Simon Bokedingel’s and his co since he resigned as a minister. Has he got sympathisers within the army? Only time will tell.

      • Paulos

        Selam David,

        Well, as people are in a guessing game on who the anonymous writer on the Times is, we sure have our own to speculate as well.

        First of, it was so smart to present the demand in a legit way including the demand for resignation was along those legit lines as well—nothing subversive. More over, the reason he challenged Isaias to take him on a one to one televised debate is to make a point In history should Isaias resorts to killing him instead. As in a call for a debate was met with elimination. Hope that will not be the case.

        If my reading of the message is right, Birhane is not alone. He is many. He is part of an organized resistance where the clue is in his rather assertive tone when he said, ወይልኡ!

        • Fanti Ghana

          Selamat Dr. Paulos,

          Exactly my feeling too about Mr. Birhane not being alone. He sounds like an elected speaker for a group. He warned “Ato Isaias*” from trying to stop “this change that has been in the making for a while,” but offered him a graceful exit when he said something like “you will be removed and a new leader will be elected in your stead peacefully, civilly, and according to Eritrean decency.”

          * Note how he never called him “president.”

          • Paulos

            Selam Fantination,

            That is actually a good point. You’re right. He was trying to send a message that he was never elected and as such he addressed him as Ato instead of President.

          • Selamat Denmarkino AArkey Professor Paulos,

            Galactic Canibalism —

            በጃኻ ሕካያኻ ‘ባ ቀጽለልና። It is known that every galaxy, including our milky way, has a black hole in it’s center. And currently waves generated from 30 solar mass blackholes are being heard with the numerous amplifying antena satelites and telescopes etc… Before I shift gears to the analagus circumstances relevant to the forum’s discussions, allow me first to request your help in reconciling the following:
            An astrophysisits says the universe is 13.8 Billion years old and follows up by sayin that the furthest object we can see in the universe, i.e. the astrophysist, is 100 Zeta miles away (10^23 miles). These consecutive statements made by the physist do not make sense. HELP. I even considered the rapidly expanding universe as a rational for the above.
            Now for the Galactic dynamics in the super cluster that is the sum of the two clusters Horn of Africa and the Arabian Gulf both consisting of small and large galaxies. For example Eritrea can be considered as a significant stand alone galaxy that can infact be subdivided into even smaller ones. Ethiopia is an even significantly larger super galaxy with large sub cluster and supper clusters galaxies that have been approaching one another rappidly in recent times. And I have mentiioned the existence of black holes in evey galaxy.
            As one galaxy devours a neighboring galaxy it absorbes the supper stars, stars planets and eventualy it opens wide to swallow the center of the other galaxy which is a black hole. But the black hole of the gaboled up galaxy has a voracious appetite itself and feast it does until it makes it’s way to the NEW CENTER of an even larger galaxy which is the result of the merger.
            Denmarkino AArkey, so I feel that only you could do us justice by measuring the QUANTITY of the entropy to effectuate the right action Eritreans should take to have their due in these dynamics of galactic cannibalism that is occuring “in broad day light” as one awatista put it.

            Hade Netbi Shudushte shemonte bado seleste seleste tishiAte Shemonte shemonte….
            Binary: 1.1001111000110111011
            Decimal: 1.6180339887498948482…
            Hexadecimal: 1.9E3779B97F4A7C15F39

            ሕራይ በል ሓክየና!

            ጻጸ

          • Paulos

            Selam Tsatse Arkey,

            You should see me laughing. That is ingenious to say the least where you found a reasonable link between ጸሊም ጉድጓድ and the dynamics in the Horn.

            Here is the deal though, you said, “…the farthest we can see…” In a sense, you are saying that the reason we can not see beyond certain distance [In this case we say it is 13.8 billion years ago] is the fact that light is not reaching us—we can not see light that is coming further than that. The reason light is not reaching us is simply because as you said it, the universe we are in is not only expanding but it is accelerating as well. If you notice, we can interpret the “light can not reach us” as in the light can not escape the “Black-Hole”—that is why it appears dark to us! As if we are beyond or outside the “Event Horizon.” Now, if the Universe we are in was not expanding or if we were not accelerating, the Black Hole we are trying to escape from would have swallowed us.

            If you remember, the other day we said that, two virtual particles as in if one of them say, the anti-particle gets swallowed by the Black Hole and the other escapes to the universe, the particle turns into a REAL particle simply because it starts to exist in a real time frame–they stop annihilating each other. Suppose the particle that escaped was say, an Awatista, the swallowed anti-particle would appear to the Awatista as if it is a radiation coming out from the Event Horizon. That means it would appear to him as a Hologram. If we are, including the universe is the product of the escaped particle, this means what we think real is in fact a Hologram in essence.

            N.B. The thing that makes the Universe accelerate and expand is something kind of “creepy” thing called Dark Energy. It is 27% [by volume] of the entire Universe. How do we say, “Dark Energy” in Tigrinya?

          • ሰላማት ደንማርኪኖ ዓርከይ ፕሮፈሶር ጳውሎስ፡

            I am seeing Pi, not only in the cirlce where it belongs – the ratio of the cirle’s diameter to it’s radius, everywhere. For example, 2 divided by Pi is also the ratio of any rivers meandering length over the straight line distance from it’s source to the sea. Okay, as if that is not enough , now I am seeing black holes፣ ጸለምቲ ጎዳጉድ፣ everywhere.

            I don’t suppose you subscribe to the theory that our existance is infact inside of a black hole which has allready swallowed us. We can explain the ጸሊም ጉድጓድ in side of our universe/existance with fractals. አዘን ኣብ ሕምብርቲ ኩለን ጋላክሲ ዝርከባ ጸለምቲ ጎዳጉድ ኩለን ቅድሜና ምሳና ወይ ድሕሬና በታ ቀንዲ ጸላም ጉድጓድ ዝተዋሕጣ ኢየን።

            ብ ትግርኛ “Dark Energy” ጸሊም ዓቕሚ ንበሎ ምበልኩ ኣነ። ዓቕሚ ካኣ ምስ potential energy ሓንቲ ቃል ን ዝተዓቕበ ፍጥነት/ፈጠነ ስለ ዝኾነት፡ ደጊመ አንተ ሓሰብኩስ፡ dark energy ብትግርኛ “ጸለሎ ፍጥነት” ኢየ ዝብሎ ኣነ። አዛ “ኢየ ዝብሎ ኣነ” ግን አንድዒ ቋንቋኢይስት ወይ ቋንቃውያን ከም ብዓል ሃይለ አስ. ንዚ ናትና “ኣይተ ጸሊም ጉድጓድ” ጥዒምካ ከይብሉ አንተበሉ ምስ በሉ ህዲኤ መልሲ ይረኽበሉ።
            አቲ ኣገዳሲ ግን ብዛዕባ አዚ ጋላክሲያዊ ካኒባሊስም ፈናመና ኣቶኪሮም ዘስተውዕሉሉ ነቲ ውሽጣዊ ዳይናሚክስ ናይ ኤርትራ ምሕደራ ከመዓራርዩ አነሃለካ አዛ ድምጺ ሚንስተር ፋይናንስ ኣቶ ብርሃነ ኣብርሀ ብድምጹ ጋልክሲታት ስጊራ ዓው ዓውታ ከም ዘሎ ትሕብር።

            For those who are perplexed as to how the sound waves of the minister was able to be propogated, well it has to do with electromagnetism. Electromagnetic waves are created when electric current and magnetic fields come to gether. In this case the magnetic field is the Eritrean opposition inside Eritrea and the electric current is the Eritrean diaspora opposition. ኩሉ ወዲ ሃገር ብዛዕባ ጠንቂ ጋልክታዊ ካኒባሊዝም ብ ኣተኩርነት ብጥርኑፍ ሓይሉ ስርዓት ሓቲቱ ስርዕት ባዕሉ ይመስርት።

            ሓደ ነጥቢ ሽዱሽተ ሓደ ሾሞንተ ባዶ ሰለስተ ሰልስተ ትሽዓተ ሾሞንተ ሸሞንተ ሸውዓተ ኣርባዕተ፠፨

            Decimal: 1.6180339887498948482…

            ጻጸ

          • Paulos

            Selam Tsatse Arkey,

            This is fun stuff. In a middle of something right now. Will catch up later.

          • Paulos

            Selam Tsatse Arkey,

            In the beginning, there was Field, not that kind of Field that had two Fronts in it as in ጀብሃ and ሻዕብያ but the kind of Field when there was absolutely nothing before anything. And the Field was symmetric. Close to three minutes after the Field came into being, something started to happen to it. With in the scientific parlance, something called “Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking” happened to it. And the Field was split into four fundamental Forces as in Electromagnetic, Strong, Weak and Gravitational Forces. Certainly, the symmetry breaking was spontaneous but the question is why did it happen?

            That is obviously a metaphysical question but could it be because of the serpent who talked Adam and Eve into eating from the forbidden fruit? And subsequently, the perfect and sublime Field was broken? Or is there something arcane to it?

            Let’s first see what a symmetry is all about. And what spontaneous symmetry breaking is as well. Suppose eight Awatistas are invited to a dinner say at Hailat S’ place. And let’s say that they all sat around a round table. And let’s also say that, Hailat places a fork on everyone’s right hand side. Right before they started eating however, one of them picks up the fork which was to his left. And that single action breaks the symmetry of everyone using the fork on everyone’s right hand side. Instead, everyone picks the one to his or her left. The key idea here is that the symmetry of how they sat however is not changed–as in the sitting symmetry is not changed. This means the fundamental order is conserved, it is just that the dynamics among them is altered. What about when the fundamental symmetry is broken? The straight forward example to that effect is when liquid water is converted to an ice crystal. Here is the key: The reason liquid water turns into an ice crystal is because the water molecules hangs on some “impurities” that are found with in the liquid. The impurities bring about a fundamental break with in the symmetry of the water molecules [If water was 100% pure, it would take longer to freeze if not never.]

            Now, if we go back into the spontaneous symmetry breaking of the Field, we get into the challenge that had consumed Particle Physicists since the early 60s. They looked for the “impurity” that had caused the breaking of the Field with in the first three minutes after it came into existence. And in 2012, they found it to be the famous Higgs Field! The Higgs Field gives mass to the four fundamental Forces as they interact with it throug its particle otherwise knows as Higgs Boson. It was named after the man who sought after the “impurity” for the last 50 years or so—Peter Higgs. More ሕክያ later on each of the Forces and what they actually mean from a metaphysical point of view.

        • David Samson

          Selam Paulos,

          IA can not handle ‘Ras b Ras’ with Berhane; he usually chickens out when called and comes up with fake excuse to run away. Berhane is TsebaTsegeb and can easily knock him out in the first round.
          It is highly unlikely IA will give him a free space to roam around if he smells danger. I am hoping against hope he will be given some free time by the media. It is astonishing to see how these reputable news outlets still employ second-rated foreign journalists. Lately, the BBC seemed to have fallen in to the same trap. Most of these so-called journalists are from Africa. They ask questions like, what do you think, or what is your opinion? I will give you some of the last few seconds………

          Arron Maaso and likes neither do have any integrity nor have the courage to ask meaningful questions to politicians. They also show blunt bias. Since Berhane stands against ‘Medemer’, he will be ignored. If he is interviewed by either BBC or VOA on the phone, his line will be cut out.

          • Paulos

            Selam David,

            Hope the useless VoA guys do not try to contact him for as you said, they will be biased. I like Beyene from SBS instead. What I would say is, hope Ayay gets hold of Birhane’s number and interviews him or Assenna or Tes Maharena for that matter.

            As you said, Isaias is ዘራጢ and ከዋፊ in chief and what he does best is sucker-punches if any or leaves the country while the person he decided to eliminate meets his fate. The Opposition should call a world wide demonstration in support of Birhane Abrehe.

          • Nowinc

            Paulos,
            My bet is
            1- Berhane’s communication outside of his house is already cut off. Completely sealed off.
            2- IA dogs are investigating everything and everyone seen around Berhane recently. How did the book, how did his audio message get out…
            3- IA security net is overstretched and frantically working to quash further voices of opposition from within.
            4- Historically, peaceful atmosphere had been a challenge for IA. It is no different this time. Behind the curtain he is under lots of pressure to do lots of things.
            5- I trust there are unsung heroes around IA working for what’s best for the nation.

          • Paulos

            Selam Now Inc,

            We shouldn’t forget the fact that Birhane has a wealth of life’s experience in his hands. He was born at midnight but it was not last night. More over, the good old noble ethos of a Tegadalai is back to him where the cardinal principle is ዕላማ ልዕሊ ሂወት and ጽንዓት ብመትከል ኣብመትከል።

            He is well aware of the speed and magnitude of the danger that is coming to him and he has already preempted all the scenarios Isaias would have in his sleeves. Men more often get consumed with the idea of death when the inevitable is a matter of any time and only few live a life time with in the any time-soon. Birhane is one of them as he engages in a serious conversation with death about leaving an enduring legacy behind.

            “I have seen the promised land” MLK said and he also said, “I may not get there with you…” These are the words of giants when Einstein said, “Mediocrity is a plague” thinking about the rest of us.

    • Abraham H.

      Dear Paulos, kudos to our new hero Mr. Brhane Abrehe; unfortunately, I do not have any illusion that Eritreans are suddenly going to answer his call. He has shown unparalleled bravery by openly calling the despot righfully a dictator. But nothing will happen until the killer fear, indifference, apathy, evasion of harm, instead of dealing with the root cause, etc are the hallmarks of the Eritrean psych.

      • Paulos

        Selam Abraham,

        In a wider scope, the audio sends a clear message to Abiy and the other leaders in the Horn where it is shaky at best to invest on Isaias when he can not make peace with his own people much less with the neighbors.

        • Abraham H.

          Selam Paulos, I think, by now it is very clear that Abiy and co. care only for their interests; the well-being of the Eritrean people is non of their business. This is might come back as a shameful history to Mr. Abiy and co. later on when Eritreans get out of the shackles of DIA’s rule.

          • Paulos

            Selam Abraham,

            Mind you, this is the very first time in the history of the nation that, Opposition is not only confined to the Diaspora. There are Opposition inside Eritrea as well. The Opposition in Eritrea may not have an acronym but it has a clearly defined political platform with a workable vision as well.

            If Isaias was so smart, he can turn the rising tide into his own advantage by recognizing Birhane and the rest with opposing views as a nationally recognized political party. But I really doubt if he is cut out for that kind of thinking.

          • Abraham H.

            Dear Paulos, Isayas believes that Eritrea is his private property, and that he has the right to do whatever he pleases with it. According to him, he either rules Eritrea unchallenged or no Eritrea at all. Well, one single person can be crazy enough to believe such things; but he would never be able to live out his insanity unless there were not enablers. So, I think, the blame is more on those who are defending him and keeping his rule intact.

          • Aligaz G

            Abraham,

            1. Why not be more definitive on Abiy’s future legacy? You sound conflicted when you say “might”.
            2. What is your stand on TPLF (Murder and Torture Inc Ethiopia)?
            3. Did you ever “care about the well being” of the people of Ethiopia when they were struggling against their inhuman oppressors?

            But then maybe you are one of the Awatistas who spoke out against Meles et al years ago. If so apoligies in advance for lumping you in with pro Murder and Torture Inc Ethiopia vocalists.

            cheers

          • Abraham H.

            Dear AG,
            1. I’m talking about the future, hence the uncertainty
            2.My stand on TPLF is not just black or white. I applaud them for the economic rehabilitation they have helped bring in Ethiopia for the last 27 years; and I criticise them for the human rights violations, deaths, arrestations, their ambivalent stance towards the border ruling, etc
            3.answered in nr.2

          • Aligaz G

            Abraham,

            Every dictator speaks about peace and order or national security or economic growth as justification for oppressive rule. TPLF is no exception PFDJ likewise. I suppose we can always say Mussolini’s trains ran on time or Hitler built the autobahns so let’s all applaud the good parts. Right?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Abraham,

            I think we need to pay close attention to Ethiopia interests and see if they would be will to forfeit them on our behalf. And if were in their position would we have done the same?

            I am not trying to discourage you from criticizing them but it helps if we re realistic. For example:

            PMAA said because the lack of space in Djibouti Ethiopia has asked Saudi Arabia if they can use their ports they export by flying them over.

            This to me sound very expensive proposition and it will cost them lots of money. What happened since with done examples.

            1) Ethiopia shipping successively (conveniently I will add) to transport zinc to China, worth many hiubdreds of thousands.

            2) Eritrea have paved the road from Assab to the boarder and also Massawa to the boarder and ready to be used. Ethiopia can start using them.

            3) Djibouti has dropped the fees it use to charge.

            All these and others will add up to make Ethiopia reap the benefits and help with its foreign currency shortages.

            Have you seen the video of the Ethiopian Embassy and how nice it looks? Since when was the responsibility of the host country to renovate embassy?

            They give him a couple of gifts and lubu bTaHgos ktkos Delya abd give them all they want and a lot more they didn’t ask.

            To me Ethiopia to abandon these and other economic benefit (like the Airlines) is very unlucky.

            I think we should device a way for the Ethiopians help the situation instead of just criticizing them for looking out for themselves first.

            Berhe

          • Abraham H.

            Selam Berhe, I don’t really understand what you are trying to tell me here. Are you asking me to look the other way while the ordinary Eritreans’ lives stay the same miserable , with the potential of being prolonged, for the sake of Ethiopia’s interests? No way, that is not in my principle. The Abiy team should not look for a short sighted benefit, instead, they should focus on how their rapproachment with Eritreans worst enemy is going to impact the relation in the long run. Besides, they can’t preach about love, and inclusiveness, while trying to pamper the tormentor of our people, somone who is the exact antithesis of those lofty ideals. In other words, by coming with my criticism, I’m doing my little part in what you said we should do, i.e., “I think we should device a way for the Ethiopians help the situation instead of just criticizing them for looking out for themselves first.”

    • haileTG

      Selamat Paulos,

      One thing that is going to happen for sure is that IA will be getting a preview of how his history will be told. This most unlucky man called IA was given the rarest of chances to greatness by the Eritrean people 27 years ago. He squandered all that to become the worst remembered individual in the history of our nation.Despite the lip service that his “personal interest beholden” supporters give him, none of them had ever written anything like a book about him for posterity. He has a collection or small library of books about him that tell him how foolish, cruel and unhinged he was all his life. In his desperation, he is trying to buy time with even more stupidity! As he gifted Ethiopia an Embassy premises free of charge, he is counting on courting Djibouti to get off sanctions. In his bizarre calculations, he still hopes to hoodwink his way out of responsibility. Also, adding Somalia to veil his shameful compromise of Eritrean independence, he still thinks he can fool us, although he only has few marbles left rolling upstairs. I he will have a breakdown.

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; I was just reading that the Somali president while he was in Asmara, He held discussions with Ogden opposition groups. I say to myself, Eritrea is unloading every opposition groups from her soil by making deals with their respective governments. The entire Ethiopian oppositions are in and agreed with the Ethiopian government. How come the Eritrean oppositions do the same thing, make a peace with the government of Eritrea? Oh, I get it, there are no groups worthy enough to be called oppositions that demand The Eritrean government to come to the table. Now, don’t go banana when we tell you there are no oppositions to the government ofEritrea. This is the undeniable evidence. The end of the story!

    • Berhe Y

      Dear Nitric,

      I think you need to show some little respect. You don’t think the journalists, the politicians (g15) and the rest opposition who have been in exile since 1981 when EPLF conspired with TPLF to remove them out. And all those Eritreans who spent their life time in refugee camps longing to return home do not mean anything to you?

      Ethiopians and Somali or any other citizens do not have the same level of repression as Eritreans have.

      Anyway, ERITREAN people are not going to beg, never begged but take it with their own.

      But for you, even you see pride in the cruelty of IA and they way he is showing his cruelness to the ERITREAN people.

      Don’t worry it’s just a matter of time.

      Berhe

      • Nitricc

        Hi Berhe; I don’t think you read or understood my point. How are you going to compare G-15 and the journalists with the so-called oppositions who are in Ethiopia or Sudan? How many oppositions are in EThiopia, 10, 15, 20, 30 whatever the number is, PMAA can’t find one opposition to force PIA to sit with? Do you know how many Ethiopian opposition PIA made PMAA to sit with? TPDM, G7, ONEG you get the point. Again it is clear evidence that there are no oppositions to the government of Eritrea.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Nitricc,

          I understand you perfectly. You are telling us, the reason IA have not met with any Eritrean opposition is the fault of the Eritrean opposition.

          Doesn’t matter their numbers but they are already grouped under one umbrella, ENA that would be sufficient and a good start.

          Weather the Eritreans are in Ethiopia or they are inside Eritrea (under prison of IA), they are all Eritrean opposition.

          And even if we take your self serving examples, didn’t the Ethiopian PM met with opposition inside his country first? Including those who were behind bars?

          Ok, lets forget the Ethiopian stationed opposition, why not start with Eritrean based. Like Minister Berhane who is now an opposition inside Eritrea.

          ክበልዑዋ ዝደለዩ አባ ጉምባሕሲ ቆቃሕ ይብሉዋ እዩ ናትካ ነገር፡፡

          You know it takes courage to face your opponent and debate, reason, principle what ever it takes to want to make peace.

          Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Berhe; you are getting worst. lol Okay let me try one more time. PIA made sure all of his insurances ( Ethiopian oppositions) to sit down with PMAA. why can’t PMAA do the same thing with the Eritrean opposition who are camping in Ethiopia? can you answer me, please!!

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Nitricc,

            You have asked very important question:

            “PIA made sure all of his insurances ( Ethiopian oppositions) to sit down with PMAA. why can’t PMAA do the same thing with the Eritrean opposition who are camping in Ethiopia?”

            The answer is very simple. The Ethiopian opposition founded and funded by Isaias, while the Eritrean opposition was before all the new Ethiopian rulers starting from Meles Zenawi. It is very difficult to pack such kind of opposition in your luggage and travel with it in your ventures.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            I don’t know is the honest answer.

            But I think you should be asking the PM instead no? It’s not like IA is forcing Ethiopia to make peace but Ethiopia wanted it.

            So the Eritrean opposition grouip where ever they are, they are ready to make peace inside Eritrea.

            Now can you ask the PFDJ why it’s not making peace with Eritrean opposition?

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; hahahahahah you said ” Now can you ask the PFDJ why it’s not making peace with Eritrean opposition?” hahahah because there none!!!! that is the whole point. There are no real opposition that is worthy of demanding PIA to sit down with. By the way, Yes it did force PMAA to talk to the Ethiopian oppositions. I don’t know if you know this but when TPLF were in power they propose peace plan that Ethiopian soldiers will leave Eritrean land, including Badime but there was one precondition, that is Eritrea must expel all armed groups from Eritrea. Eritrea said no deal and told the Weyane to go to jump in to the lake. PIA made sure all Ethiopian oppositions are taken care of.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            ትደልዮ እሞ ይዝንግዓካ

            Since you declared there is no opposition group worth of IA time, now can you ask IA to release all those political prisoners please.

            I know you said Sept 18 so I will wait. I stop being not nice to you since you hoped for their release and that’s good enough for me to believe that you feel sadness.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; let me ask you this. Do you think G-15 and the journalists will be let alone this long but in prison in its self; if Eritrea had effective opposition? If you ask me, the so-called oppositions are equally responsible for G-15 and the journalists. If there was an effective and intelligent oppositions; No one would have been arrested and kept. Again, try to think a little deeper.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            What you are saying is called “ Victim blaming ” in Psychology. And that’s exactly what you are doing.

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; can you please answering me. Do you think G-15 and the journalists will be this long in prison in its self; if Eritrea had effective opposition?” If you have any guts and you want land to the source and then answer it.

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Salam Nitricc,

          In the Sudan there was many opposition groups. The government of Sudan was debating with them one by one. They didn’t put terms of being united to debate with them. A responsible government doesn’t leave stone unturned to bring peace, stability and prosperity to her citizens. A government is responsible of all her citizens whether being supporters or opposition. I didn’t hear about a government that is only responsible from those who support her only, did you hear any?

  • David Samson

    Selam All,

    He is indeed a brave man to call IA by his real name:dictator IA.
    What we would expect in the coming weeks?

    Gheteb and his co will unleash a furious personal attack to tarnish the image of this brave man.

  • MS

    Selam All
    Now that I hear an affirmation from veteran Berhane Abrehe, the former finance minister, spelling it out, loud and clear that he had written the books that have been the topic of widespread discussions, I rest my suspicion that they might not have been authentic, doctored, heavily edited or might have been heavily edited. Therefore:
    1. I have no apology because I have nothing to apologize for, because;
    A/ I called for Eritreans inside Eritrea to brave censorship; write out their views.
    B/ I called for the constitution of a platform or a committee that ensures the publication and distribution of such “leaked” books, audiovisuals, and so on.
    C/ I never questioned Berhane Abrehe’s authenticity. I recognized that he could brave writing those books. The question was about the authenticity of the said books, not about the man himself; it was not about his character or about if he could brave censorship.
    D/ his brave stand will be handled separately from the books he produced; Indeed, he is a brave man, and I never questioned that. The books, like similar products, will be judged by their content,
    E/ I will ask more; questioning should be welcome. We must encourage asking questions the same way we are encouraging Eritreans inside the country to speak up.
    F/ I welcome such initiatives because they fall within my vision that a peaceful transition must be grounded on domestically driven and led efforts.
    G/ it is all about credibility. The so-called Diaspora Opposition media will have to work hard to earn credibility. Berhane Abrehe belongs to an emerging brand of opposition, the middle-way, one that anchors on domestic potential and one that encourages a peaceful transition, something I have been calling for. I hope to see hundreds like him. I’m for the freedom of expression; I’m for the restoration of the states ante, for the resumption of the democratization process from where we left in 2001; I am not for retributions. I am for reconciliation and moving forward for the sake of enduring peace. I’m for Eritrean “medemer”; it is time we have come together and shouldered the responsibility of laying the bridge to the future. It is time for the ghedli generation passed the torch to the new generation in a smooth way. I believe IA and PFDJ will remain part of the next phase of transition.
    No, apology for asking for a clarification, no apology for suspecting the authentication of controversial books. I would apologize if I injured the character of Berhane. All we have asked for was a proof that the alleged books and their contents were in fact owned by Berhane Abrehe.
    Now that we have heard him loud and clear, we must do everything to ensure his safety, and to encourage similar dissenting voices. I love dissenting individuals, and he will remain a hero in my heart along with my comrade Biteweded Abraha and the rest.
    I rest here for now.
    And now, for the firing squad….

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Mahmuday,

      After all your denials, now you accepted it without any apology to your former comrade-in-arm. If you had any doubts about it, at least you should wait for more confirmations without coming with a long hateta to falsify authoring his book. Now what did you learn from this episode? Do not rush to judge and reserve your comment until you prove he wasn’t. But, Berhane stood against the brute despot, that you chose to go an extra mile to congratulate him.

      • MS

        Ahlan Emma
        The business of dismantlement is over, you have no choice but to jump on the bandwagon of domestically driven peaceful change.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Mahmuday,

          You see how you are diverting your criticism. We are talking about the comment you did against his book earlier and your comment after you heard the audio. So It was very simple to say I apologize on my earlier comment. You can’t support Berhane who is denouncing the despot, while you are supporting the despot who became the cause of our misery. You can’t walk on both positions.
          Sad.

        • Beyan

          Selam MS,

          You can do better than “the bandwagon” argument, which is rapidly becoming a moot point as soon as you utter it. Do you have any substantive point like what Amanuel H. is challenging you upon? Or we will be going on the non sequitur journey to nowhere.

          BN

    • Shum

      Hello Mahmud,

      I promise no firing squad here. However, after a quick read, there’s an air of “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”. I think it’s fair to question if something is authentic. I just wsh you gave the opposition more benefit of the doubt. And I wonder, are you not in opposition to PFDJ harmful policies? I see two checkbboxes here. Pretend we’re in the third grade.

      1. Are you not living in Diaspora?

      2. Do you oppose the harmful policies of PFDJ.

      So, doesn’t that make you Diaspora Opposition. It certainly makes me one. I fit both descriptions. I’m not so-called. I AM in opposition. There’s nothing suspect about my stance or position on this. So, how about we drop the so-called poo poo fest?

      You’ve laid out a list of agreeable steps you’d like to see that most in the opposition would agree with. I just don’t understand why you said these things like they were never uttered before, like oh I don’t know, since forever. The opposition is not monolithic. We disagree on much, but we all agree we are in opposition to the cruelty and actions of PFDJ that has hurt our country. Do you?

      • MS

        Selam Shum
        1. On # 1, I don’t like ሕብእብእ ። I never considered myself part of the diaspora opposition, and I wrote enough explaining why I could not see myself as a part of it.
        2. On #2, I wrote enough on PFDJ and its policies. Those who understand me do understand me and those who want to think the way they think will naturally not understand me.

        • Beyan

          Dear MS,

          With all due respect, I don’t think the opposition needs someone who is willing to get the benefit of the doubt to a known murderer over someone who merely wrote a book. Talk about mixed priorities.

          Perhaps, you are waiting to see IA in the court of law to be tried under the jury of his peers for you to finally say, oh yea, he is now guilty as charged. “what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!” of Walter Scott is all I can think about on the untenable positions you’ve been taking over the years.

          Sincerely,
          Beyan

          • MS

            Selam Beyan and PAULOS
            we will be judged by what we have said over the years. Change is coming, and that change is not something you guys claim to have effected. Period. But you are welcome to jump on the bandwagon. Eritrea has survived the encirclement and it is now embarking on a new era led by the domestic forces that have been called imbecile and slave. I never questioned Berhane’s brave character and the potential for thousands like Berhane. I have always trusted my people. Those who have been agitating for the Wayane regime to have them yanked to Asmara could not be placed in the same basket with Berhane Abrehe.

          • Beyan

            merHaba MS,

            Indeed, “we will [all] be judged by what have said over the years”. Look, nobody is taking credit for what Aboy Musa did in Akhriya. Nobody claimed any credit for what Weddi Ali did in Forto. Nobody is in the shoes of those brave souls who perished in the hands of the man you proudly call your president like the G15. Please save us your lecturing for wanting “to jump on the bandwagon”. We are not. All those who are on the social justice front are saying is kudos to Eritreans who are challenging the man at the helm. How about you encourage your president to go out and debate Ato Berhan in public square in support of the man who is putting his life on the line.

            Sincerely,
            Beyan

          • MS

            Dear Beyan
            With all due respect, as an intellectual, read my post, and criticize it based on content. I hate to repeat myself, and I’m not going to dissect my comment to defend myself. Oh, the bandwagon, indeed, dear Beyan, moderate your position and call for national dialogue that includes PFDJ. That is the expedient and safest way forward. እቲ ተር-መንተር ሲ ነዞም ጨጓር ዳንጋ ሕደጎ፡ ንስኻ ልዕለና ክትገብርን ክትመርሓናን ዘለካ ሰብ ኢኻ። I also called on the government to rise to the occasion and pave for a fresh departure.

          • Beyan

            Dear MS,

            Dialogue, discourse, conversation, ehin-mihin, indeed, nothing beats it. I hope that’s what will transpire consequent this brave man’s move in deciding to speak out. My fear is that, he becomes yet another sacrificial lamb for the insatiable man at the helm who wields all mechanisms of the stick that can make people disappear in a flash. My only hope is that the people take over Ato Berhane’s residence and make a makeshift tent to protect the man who may as well be the savior of the nation, today before it’s too late. At this point, that’s all what I can wish for.

            Cheers,
            Beyan

          • Nitricc

            Your Majesty: There is a saying that goes ”
            “Politics at bottom is not all that complicated. It’s allabout timing”
            This thing is coming at the wrong timing. The country is on the move and I see the people hopeful and exited. Let it take its course. I have a good feeling this things will end up the best option for a change in Eritrea.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam MS

            “Those who have been agitating for the Wayane regime to have them yanked to Asmara could not be placed in the same basket with Berhane Abrehe.”

            Well said my future prime minister!!!

            Thank you for being yourself; and thank you for being a proud Eritrean

            Semere Tesfai

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam SemereTesfay,

            How do you evaluate the bravery of Berhane Abrehe in his message to Issayas in particular and to the Eritrean people at large in general? Do you welcomed his call? Do you think Issayas will be bold enough to heed the patriot’s call to face him in a debate? A hero is born from the belly of the beast.

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

            They are stuck. They can not possibly blame it on the Weyanes for they have said, the Weyanes are out and six feet under. Game over እግረይ as in my foot!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dr Paulos,

            Indeed they are stuck. Once the magic “Wayne” is demystified from their mind by the two words “game over” that were uttered by their master, they have to wait a new excuse from him.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Amanuel H

            1. – “How do you evaluate the bravery of Berhane Abrehe in his message to Issayas in particular and to the Eritrean people at large in general? Do you welcomed his call?”

            Berhane Abrehe’s courageous move is very commendable. There is nothing wrong opposing any PFDJ leader(s) or opposing the PFDJ government itself. Having opposition keeps a nation healthy; and the absence of opposition leads into political stagnation – which nobody wants.

            The question for the great majority of Eritreans has never been, and never will ever be, whether to have or not have, an opposition to any the ruling party (PFDJ or not PFDJ). The question has always been:

            WHOSE AGENDA AND WHAT AGENDA, TO ADVANCE IS THE OPPOSING PARTY, OPPOSING THE PFDJ GOVERNMENT – ERITREAN PEOPLE’S AGENDA OR FOREIGN INTERESTS AGENDA?

            And let’s face it: The Eritrean opposition organizations and the vocal REGIME CHANGE political activists are hired, funded, coached, guided, marketed by foreign interests. And every hour of each day they are parroting foreign interests talking points – and that is very concerning to the great majority of Eritreans

            Anyway, as far as I know (to this moment), the book is written 100% in Berhane Abrehe’s own words and his own will, he is not on the payroll of any foreign government(s), he is not calling for VIOLENCE, he is not doing it for vindictive reasons (even if that is the case, it is OK; he just has to own and defend his position(s)), he is doing it with the intent to help the next generation to better our governing system. And I don’t have any qualm with that.

            I hope I answered your question

            Semere Tesfai

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Haw Semere,

            So you are saying “Berhane” does not deserve an equal podium with Issayas to debate on the critical issues that matters to our nation. In other words there is no a single Eritrean who deserve to debate with him in an equal status in the same podium. Or in other words, at this critical time, he is the only leader capable to lead our nation. Is that how your views are encapsulated? It is your turn.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Amanuel Hidrat

            ኣብ ዓልም፡ ዝምንዛዕ ‘ምበር ዝትኮብ ነገር የለን። Berhane Abrehe has to earn his place. Sorry; writing a book won’t cut it!!!

            Amanuel: Do you know why the Ethiopian opposition are negotiating power sharing with the ruling party and the “incompetent, ጨጓር-ዳንጋ፡ መሃይም” PFDJ guys with only “ጠበቕ stories to tell” are outsmarting you in every move and keeping you out in the FREEZING COLD?

            The Ethiopian opposition have the hearts and minds of their people. The proof: they galvanized Ethiopians in every city and town and they ENDED Woyane’s Political Supremacy in Ethiopian politics forever. But, but, but, but you don’t have the hearts and minds of the Eritrean people. You’ve only the hearts and minds of Woyane, COI, SEMG, ICC, Sheleila……

            The point: in order Berhane Abrehe to deserve a podium next to Isaiais Afewerki, he must create his own ቄሮ and his own ፋኖ. And he is not there yet.

            ዓለምካ፡ ባዕልኻ ኢኻ ትፈጥራ!!! Neither Berhane Abrehe nor you are entitled to any podium. Create your own podium or die trying!!!

            Semere Tesfai

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Semere Tesfay,

            We have locked our horns to debate, to ask questions on our views, and answer them precisely without going tangential. Now Semere, we are commenting and asking questions about Berhane a member of the parliament, who is challenging Issayas to restore the parliament. If they have equal power in the parliament, why couldn’t Issayas debate with Berhane? I know Issayas has dissolved the parliament which is okay with you by the way. Do you still believe that Eritreans are not matured enough to have a parliament, to challenge the self-appointed individual? Why are you always against his challengers all the way from G-15 upto now? Do you believe Eritrea has enough people who could lead and govern the nation, if they are given the normal political process? Your turn.

          • saay7

            Happy Friday Semere T:

            And let’s face it: The Eritrean opposition organizations and the vocal REGIME CHANGE political activists are hired, funded, coached, guided, marketed by foreign interests. And every hour of each day they are parroting foreign interests talking points – and that is very concerning to the great majority of Eritreans

            1. Any evidence for this? “hired, funded, coached, guided, marketed”, that is.

            2. What are “foreign interest points” about:

            a. Free all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience
            b. End the undeclared but defacto state of emergency
            c. End indefinite national service
            d. End culture of violence and impunity
            e. Bring about rule of law and constitutionalism

            If you find out that Mr. Berhane Abrehe’s book makes the same calls, will it be evidence that he too is “hired, funded, coached, guided, marketed” by foreign interests? Because, clearly, he wrote it while Eritrea was in a “state of war”?

            saay

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Saay7

            Good Friday to you as well. Now that out of the way……

            1. – “You (Semere T.) said the Eritrean opposition organizations and the vocal REGIME CHANGE political activists are hired, funded, coached, guided, marketed by foreign interests. And every hour of each day they are parroting foreign interests talking points.”

            Saleh: In life perception is everything. And both the Eritrean opposition and the PFDJ regime have perception problem. The Eritrean opposition for being tools of foreign governments (foreign governments using them to finetune their policies and to punish the PFDJ regime); and the PFDJ regime for being ethnic Tigrigna dominated regime.

            And for the good of us all and to move forward in a positive way, both the opposition and the PFDJ camp has to work very hard to erase that perception and to narrow the gap in between – all without criminalizing each other. The wrong way to tackle the problem would be both to be DEFENSIVE and:

            PFDJ TRYING TO PROVE, IT IS NOT ETHNIC TIGRIGNA DOMINATED REGIME. AND AT THE SAME TIME, THE OPPOSITION TO TRY TO PROVE THAT THEY NEVER RECEIVED ANY HELP AND THEY NEVER COORDINATED THEIR ANTI PFDJ ACTIVITIES WITH FOREIGN INTERESTS.

            That is all I can say for now.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Shum

            Hello Semere,

            Saay, if you don’t mind my interjection, I have a question for Semere. Semere, if you could be kind enough to elaborate on something. This is probably the third posting in the past few weeks I’ve seen you say that you reject criminalizing politics by both sides or something to that effect. I agree with you but i wonder if we have the same understanding of criminalizing politics.

            I see a difference between individuals or groups without power or infrastructure for imprisoning and judging making accusations and a group that has the power to and actually criminalizes politics and the people who have a point of view. To be specific, Eritrean civilians in Eritrea and abroad regulary ACCUSE the Eri government of human rights violations and extra-legal violations. It is the only avenue they have. They cannot criminalize in the sense that they don’t have personal power to jail and detain anyone nor do they have a government they can petition to do anything about it. It is similar to what we Eritreans did during our long struggle for liberation. Remember that when regular civilians were trusted instead of called Koblelti, Tigrayans masking as Eritreans, etc.

            On the other hand, PFDJ actually criminalizes politics or any point of view they view harmful. We have seen it often. They lock up people for any reason they see fit without need for legal or moral justification. Not even diaspora Eritreans are safe from it. I know Eritreans personally who were detained traveling back home because someone in diaspora said and made stuff up about them. These are not even opposition types.

            Wouldn’t you agree that there is a a difference here in what we are doing and what PFDJ is doing to our people. Question for you, how many Ertireans are detained, jailed, tortured and being killed by opposition-minded Eritreans without due process as opposed to PFDJ?

          • Saleh Johar

            Semere,

            Would you allow me to engage you as rationally as I can because your waltzing debating style is polished with oil, it’s very slippery. I do not know how to hold to any of your arguments. Please engage me rationally, just a talk between two citizens, without incrimination and accusations that you cannot prove.

            1. Am I right in saying that perceptions do shape our convictions, but we have to pursue truth by divorcing our perceptions for the sake of a smooth debate? If you agree, please, let’s do that.

            2. Do you think it is right to lambast anyone who opposes the PFDJ together? Do you agree that anyone, in any position is prone to be corrupted, to become a lackey, to be unpatriotic, to be a criminal, to be anti-Eritrean, etc? If you agree, then it is an unnecessary thing to bring it in a genuine debate when we are debating specific issues.

            3. Do you recognize the right of citizens to oppose the government on specific issues? If yes, then do you have a problem of people accusing the PFDJ of violating the human rights of its citizens, for imprisoning them haphazardly, for keeping them hidden for decades, for playing a negative role in the pursuit of reconciliation among citizens, for being totally veiled and lacks transparency due to its citizens?

            4. The Tigrinya factor–I suggest that you drop this snare because that is not a major factor and citizens will accuse the power of the day with similar accusation regardless of who is in power. And since according to your argument it is a matter of perception, and I appealed to you to divorce perceptions and emotions for the sake of this debate, then it is a mute subject. Let’s go to rest–you can arise it on another occasion if you wish and I will engage you to your heart’s content.

            5. THIS IS PERSONAL: I always feel insulted when you level your accusations on the opposition without qualifiers. Therefore, naturally, I am included in your accusations–it is not a perception, it’s your general accusations, ayni’blei sny’blei. Now, nothing I do is influenced by any foreign government, entity, or interest group. I own my views and I am sure of why I oppose the PFDJ, and I know the general opposition camp, it’s is as diverse as the PFDJ camp. Whatever you accuse the opposition of having of ills, it is natural it exists within the PFDJ camp. If there is a spy in the opposition camp, there is a spy in the PFDJ camp, etc. That is why such reasoning in arguments are beneath you and I suggest you avoid them–that is very cheguar danga 🙂 You do not have to be true to that categorization just to feel loyal to your affinity. You are a learned man and I expect you to reason out like one.

            6. Do you know that myself and my colleagues are frustrated and disappointed when people who are supposed to be fair and just are bombarding us with all the accusations when we have no power over the people and the country when they have to be fair? Do you understand how disappointing it is to see learned, supposedly fair citizens, are always supporting the regime and go out of their way to insult their compatriots in support of a regime policy or position? Do you see how we feel when you do not support all the national issues that we in the opposition raise are treated as is coming from the enemy of Eritrea when we have an equal stake as anyone of you–those who support the regime overtly and covertly?

            Dear Semere,

            This is my honest appraisal though very brief. Please think about it honestly before you respond and try to be fair to your compatriots who have to deal with a cruel regime in addition to your wrongfully applied wrath

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Saleh Johar

            1. – “Am I right in saying that perceptions do shape our convictions, but we have to pursue TRUTH by divorcing our perceptions for the sake of a smooth debate?”

            True. But as two independently minded people, my truth won’t always be your truth; and vice versa – which is good in itself.

            2. – No. Yes. Completely agree

            3. – Yes I do agree.

            (1. b). – “Do you have a problem of people accusing the PFDJ of violating the human rights of its citizens?

            – Accusing the PFDJ regime violating the rights of every Eritrean citizen? Yes I do have a problem with that accusation!

            – Accusing the PFDJ regime violating the rights of some of its citizens? No; I don’t have any problem with that accusation

            (2. b) “Do you have a problem the PFDJ regime imprisoning Eritreans haphazardly, keeping them hidden for decades, playing a negative role in the pursuit of reconciliation among citizens, for being totally veiled and lacks transparency due to its citizens?

            That is a POLITICAL OPINION you’ve to sell to the Eritrean public – convincingly – which you’ve failed miserably. But this is the cold truth: there was Adi-Quala, NaKhura, Sembel…… prisons during ጥልያን: እንግሊዝ: ሃይለ-ስላሴ: ደርግ: ህግደፍ, there were prisons during ELF and EPLF during Ghedli years with tons of mistakes and misdeeds and THERE WILL BE prisons after ህግደፍ. That is a fact I know.

            And keep in mind: Justice systems and prison systems are run by humans; not by saints.

            4.- “The Tigrinya factor–I suggest that you drop this snare because that is not a major factor and citizens will accuse the power of the day with similar accusation regardless of who is in power”

            Your house, your delicacy, your call. You served it for almost two decades, I just reacted to the aroma and said የዕንጥሸው.

            5. – “I always feel insulted when you level your accusations on the opposition without qualifiers.”

            I don’t blame you! Who wouldn’t feel that way when categorized him/herself with such losers 🙂

            6. – “Do you understand how disappointing it is to see learned, supposedly fair citizens, are always supporting the regime and go out of their way to insult their compatriots in support of a regime policy or position?”

            It is not the “fair people” going ASTRAY, it is the product that you’re selling is DEFECTIVE.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Saleh Johar

            ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬ Selam Semere,
            I was hoping we will not engage in acrobatic debating in my last post—I pealed to you to avoid that, man! You wrote, “my truth won’t always be your truth; and vice versa:” what is that, Semere, acrobatics?

            1. Truth is not opinion—that is pseudo truth. Truth is measurable using agreed upon measures of virtue, honesty and integrity. You can use moral measurement by going to human history, religion, philosophy, even folktales. Truth is not as trivial as you make it sound. Let’s use universally agreed upon measurement, not one made on the go.
            2. The context is clear: a violation of one citizen’s rights is a violation of all human rights. I do not play relativity judgement game in this one. Many morally anchored people will be abhorred whether one person is killed or a thousand—they just use different terms to describe the difference—like massacre, genocide, assassination, etc. The PFDJ is violating the rights of people is a TRUE statement unless we resort to relativism.
            3. You think raising an issue of imprisoning citizens and complaining about it is POLITICAL OPINION? What is not a political opinion when it comes to governance, sovereignty o a citizen, rule of law? Isn’t all within the realm of politics. I am sure you wanted to say PARTISANSHIP. If that is the case, I understand. But selling that to the Eritrean people is what I have been doing, but the difficulty, as you well know, is that the Stockholm Syndrome gets in the way. Just beware of that. And remember, there are many poor people who stand under the sun all day to sell a basket of tomatoes and sometimes they return home without selling one or all the tomatoes rot and they lose. Would you say they were not involved in an honorable task because they could sell their fruits? Think about it and use a better measurement—selling ideas is not popularity contest, the gist of the message can be measured if you just realize there are universal tools to measure that.
            4. Your statement “Adi-Quala, NaKhura, Sembel…… prisons during ጥልያን: እንግሊዝ: ሃይለ-ስላሴ: ደርግ: ህግደፍ, there were prisons during ELF and EPLF during Ghedli years” is outrageous. Again, justification. Many of us are asking for the implementation of rule of law, then the courts can decide who goes to any of the prisons. The exitance of prisons is not a carte blanche to jail people simply because you have prisons. Then what do you do if you have many hospitals? You force people to go there, because there were hospitals “prisons during ጥልያን: እንግሊዝ: ሃይለ-ስላሴ: ደርግ: ህግደፍ,? At least that would be not as bad as sending people to prison 😊 Think again my dear
            5. “And keep in mind: Justice systems and prison systems are run by humans; not by saints.”
            Really! Unhinged people who are not restrained by anything? That was the medieval type of prisons Semere, we are in 20018, remember! Why don’t you watch documentaries of the different prisons around the world, check Norway for example. Before you jump, I have no illusion that Eritrean or the rest of the world will be Norway anytime soon, but here feel free to use the relative status of countries, it is a result of compassion, civilization, prosperity, and rule of law.
            5. Semere, I appealed to you in my last post, because I know from past experience with you, to drop the Tigrinya snare. You wouldn’t because that is the only thing you believe will stick on me and I will be defensive. You have proven to me you are not at that level yet, if you have the power, you will stop subjects like sociology, anthropology from college curriculums. Why do you lots keep dissecting Ethiopia along Amhara, Tigray, etc. but you will not touch that when it comes to Eritrea? I am committed to explain what I know of the underlying Eritrean social problems because I believe I am bicultural and I know the sickness of both segments. But you want me to wallow in the Hade Lbi stuff and dance to the 9 beherat music shows. No, me dear. I consider this topic vital in our discourse because if we do not discuss it, we will never find a solution. And that project failed because you are up in arms the moment that topic is raised. Semere, you are not the STANDAR BEARER OF people who speak Tigrinya. Be humble, it is also my language—now here is a bonus: I do not know of a race or a segment that is called Tigrinya and it is coined—but can’t you see it is POLITICAL similar to what you considered to be political just a few lines above? I am sure you are not Tigrinya, you are Ansebetay, Hamassenai, Ertrawi. In that order because that is what I learned from society, not from the PFDJ and other socialist minions. Again, you can stack your identities in any other way that fits you
            This is the last time I will talk to you about the subject because you are not there yet, in due time when you get enough mnqqaH about the subject 😊
            6. I don’t blame you! Who wouldn’t feel that way when categorized him/herself with such losers 🙂
            My dear, it is not nice to have such a deep contempt for your compatriots—what country is Eritrea with half its population losers? Are you not ashamed of characterizing your own people and country in such an abhorring manner? I will leave it at that.
            7. “It is not the “fair people” going ASTRAY, it is the product that you’re selling is DEFECTIVE.”

            YEP. You got it Semere. You remind me of the three blind people who wanted to identify an elephant by touching three different parts of the animal, each had a different description of the elephant. Which part did you touch, Semere?

          • Peace!

            ሰላም ሳልሕ,

            ሰመረ እንዳፈለጠ እዩ ሸንኮለል ዘብለካ ዘሎ ናቱ ሕማም ኣስላማይ ናብ ስልጣን ስጋብ ዘይመጸ ወዲ ኣፈወርቂ ነዛ ዓዲ ወላ ሕምስምስ እንተበላ ከም ዓወት እዩ ዝቖጽሮ. እንተዘይ ደኽምካ ይሕሸካ!

            Eritrea ካብ ከምዚኦም Ebola የድሕና ኢልካ ምጽላይ ይሓይሽ.

            ✌️

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Peace

            “ሰመረ እንዳፈለጠ እዩ ሸንኮለል ዘብለካ ዘሎ ናቱ ሕማም ኣስላማይ ናብ ስልጣን ስጋብ ዘይመጸ ወዲ ኣፈወርቂ ነዛ ዓዲ ወላ ሕምስምስ እንተበላ ከም ዓወት እዩ ዝቖጽሮ. እንተዘይ ደኽምካ ይሕሸካ!”

            Peace: ሕማቕ ዘረባ ‘ዩ፡ ጡፍ በሎ። ምስ ኣስላም ‘የ ዓብየ። ጽልኣኒ፡ ተቓወመኒ፡ ኣይትፍተወኒ…. ግን ዘይናተይ ኣይትሃበኒ። በጃኻ!!!

            ሰመረ ተስፋኢ

          • Peace!

            ሰላም ሰመረ,

            Basic logic: ወዲ ኣፎም is famous for hating Muslims; ሰመረ ተስፍይ shares his views; therefore, ሰመረ ተስፋይ fill in ————-.

            ✌️

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Peace,

            ሰመረ ተስፋይ fill in ————-.

            The answer is Semere Tesfai hates Muslims from his core. In that, he transcends his boss. I wonder, now his boss joined Ethiopia with more than 60 million Muslims. I guess nowadays Semere Tesfai leaves in awful contradiction. ኩሉ ዎዯ እንድዩ ኾይኑ Where will the Baboon (ጋውኛ) escape?

          • Peace!

            Hamid Al-Arabi,

            That’s too obvious! I was just trying to tell Salih to invest his precious time on something meaningful.

            ወዲ ኣፌ ንኦሮሞን ኣምሓሩን ዓዲ ኣረኪቡዋ. ባዓል ደመቀ, መተክያ, ደረጀ, ኣምሳሉ, ወርቅነሽ, የሺመቤት are 😎 in Massawa 😂😂

            Peace!

          • haileTG

            ሰላም ሰመረ፡

            እዚኣ’ስ እታ ኩልና ንሓምየካ ግን መን እታ ቃጭል ይእሰራ’ልና ንጠማመተላ እዩ ቶሮግ ኣቢልዋ። ዘይንሳ ድኣ ካልእ እንታይ ዝፈልየካ ሃልዩ። እቲ ርእይቶኻ’ኮ ኖርማል እዩ።

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Peace,

            Do you believe that the Isaias regime is a religion based dictatorship? Do you also believe that the motivation of regime supporters is religion?

          • Peace!

            Hi SK,

            I didn’t say that, but I can tell you this, no leader in Eritrean history oppressed, tortured, and killed Muslims more than the seating dictator. Go to the lowland all the way to refugee camps in Sudan and listen to countless horror stories . I am talking about Eritreans who are not even allowed to return to their own “home”. Are kidding me!!!!!

            Peace!

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Peace,

            So, you claim, Isaias’ regime “killed Muslims more” but it is not a religion based dictatorship. You also claim that Isaias hates Muslims, as does Semere T, which you with high probability believe is the reason for his killing of Muslims.

            This is a strange position to hold. It is getting better and better!

          • Peace!

            Hi SK,

            I used obvious facts and simple logic to prove my point.

            1 Does ወዲ ኣፎም, hates Muslims? YES.

            – Look at how muslims represented in his dicatorial government 0% (not counting the likes of Osamn Salih who can’t even trusted to go to Dijuboti by himself)
            -He denied hundreds of thousands Eritreans the right to return to their own home
            – In the early nineties, he rounded up hundreds of innocent teachers and killed them in a cold blood murder

            the list goes on…..my friend

            2 Is ወዲ ኣፎም religious? NOP. There is no religion that gives a right to torture, disappear, kill people and destroy a whole country for personal egos.

            3 Hitler persecuted millions of innocent Jews. Was he a religious monster, NOP; were/are his worshipers Nazis YEP.

            Peace!

          • Blink

            Dear peace
            Just using common assumptions, if the PFDJ are All Tigrinya , are haters of Muslims and are clapping to the killings of Muslims are being dragged to a propaganda machine that narrowly passed to be Nazists . This forum is simply the place for horrible ideas of such things . Do you peace believe that the Tigrinya are Nazists?

          • Peace!

            Hi Blink,

            You are putting words in my mouth. If you disagree with what I said, then go ahead and address my evidences one by one.

            It is True DIA hates muslims to death. It is a fact. ሸንኮለል ዘይብሉ!!!!

            Peace!

          • Blink

            Dear peace
            I make my own conclusion about the points you made .you said DIA hate the Muslims in Eritrea ? And I am saying by that conclusion he is loving someone , right peace ? Let’s not forget the main game here , PFDJ is a Tigrinya clandestine and is supported by them . So my drawing is perfectly clear unless you don’t want to address them .

            My question to you , do you believe the Christians are loved by Issaias? Because you are taking just the Muslims in to the victim circle and that my fiend is dangerous we all have to omit if we are really honest . I believe Issaias loves no one and he kills everyone he sees danger to him . The Muslims are not spearheaded to a killing spree by PFDJ than others . Remember Kosovo that’s what you are saying.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Peace,

            Let us, for the sake of argument, say that there are no Muslims in Isaias’ government.

            You just said: the Isaias government is dictatorial and that Muslims are not included in this [dictatorial] government. Will you be happy to see Muslims in the dictatorial government? Will the inclusion of Muslims in the dictatorial government make it more democratic? Peace, you seem to be dazed and confused beyond control.

            On a separate note, Isaias is accused of killing and disappearing very many Christians now and during the Ghedli days, do you believe that he is anti-Christian?

          • Peace!

            Hi SK,

            I am not interested in ኩዳ ዓረዛ .

            1 I stated obvious facts that you are purposely ignoring them. If you can’t prove me wrong, then you should refrain from calling names.

            2 ወዲ ኣፎም murdered many Eritreans for different reasons. መንካዕ, የሚን, ethnic ኩናማ, ….

            3 Do I wish Eritrean Muslims be part of Nazi style government? NO. No Sane Eritrean, Muslim or Christian, should be worshiping a murderer.

            * Please stick to the subject so People can take you serious.

            Peace!

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Peace,

            You sound alarmed. I just pointed out your contradictory assertion.

            You are also too shy to answer some of my questions.

            A different try: Is the Muslim religion more important to you?

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Saleh Johar

            Thank you; thank you; thank you. You wrote this much and this long because YOU CARED. Thank you again!

            Wow! I was about to head home to face the wife and kids. Now I have to face Saleh Johar. Mann-O-Mann!

            1. – “Truth is not opinion. Truth is measurable using agreed-upon measures of virtue, honesty, and integrity. You can use moral measurement by going to human history, religion, philosophy, even folktales.”

            Well Saleh I could only say this. ተጋደልቲ ከለና፡ ህጁም ክንሃጅም ከለና፡ እቶም ደቂ ክበሳ እልልልልል ንብል ነርና (ጥቓ ኣስላም ‘ተሊና ማለት ‘ዩ)፡ ንበይንና ተሊና ድማ ዘራፍ፡ ገዳይ፡ ቱታ፡ ታታታታ ንብል። የሕዋትና ትግረ ድማ ክሃጅሙ ከለዉ ኣዋልድ፡ ኣዋልድ ሚ ‘ግል ሊበላ! ይብሉ ነሮም – ንብለካ።

            ኣብ ግዜ ጣሊባንን ISISን ድማ፡ ‘ኣላህ ዎ ኣክበር’ እንዳ በሉ ይሃጅሙ ነሮም ይባሃል። ከምኡውን – ኣብ ነብስወከፍ units of ጀነራል Nitrcc ኣቕሽሽቲ ኣለዉ ይሰምዕ። ማለት በዓል ጀነራል Nitrcc ነቲ Shock and Owe ቡምባታት ክዉንጭፍዎ ከለዉ፡ ነቲ ቡምባታት ኣብ ዕላምኡ ክሃርምን፡ ብኣድማዕነት ዕንወት ከኸትልን ጸሎት ዝገብሩ።
            Thank you for understanding the TRUTH.

            2. – “The context is clear: a violation of one citizen’s rights is a violation of all human rights. I do not play the relativity judgment game in this one.”

            Saleh: I never denied nor condoned PFDJ wrongdoings. And if I don’t deny or condon it, I can’t be against seeking solution for it. My position is: let’s lower the temperature, let’s stop criminalizing each other, there is enough blame to go around. That is my position.

            3. – “You think raising an issue of imprisoning citizens and complaining about it is POLITICAL OPINION? What is not a political opinion when it comes to governance, sovereignty o a citizen, rule of law? Isn’t all within the realm of politics. I am sure you wanted to say PARTISANSHIP.”

            I guess you’re right; “PARTISANSHIP” could be better word. What I meant is we ALL are forming our opinions without hearing the whole truth. The PFDJ regime side of the isle is saying “because you didn’t hear about it doesn’t mean they never had their day in court. Their crime is treason and they had their day in Military Court Tribunal. And government is not going to try them in an open court – to protect its sources and methods” – which is justified if true. And the opposition has its version of truth – without ironclad proof. That is what I meant.

            4. – “Again, justification. Many of us are asking for the implementation of rule of law, then the courts can decide who goes to any of the prisons”

            I don’t have any qualm with that. But – rule of law or not rule of law, who ends-up behind bars will ALWAY be contentious if a political figure is sitting behind bars. That is a fact.

            5. – In all honesty, I don’t know what you’re asking. Can’t make head or tail of it. I know it is hard to be blunt on ethnic identity, region or faith. But I assure you I don’t mind, be blunt and shoot, and you won’t be disappointed. Word!

            6. – ” “It is not the “fair people” going ASTRAY, it is the product that you’re selling is DEFECTIVE.”

            Was supposed to be a humor – ended-up in bad taste. Sorry, I screwed -up!

            Semere Tesfai

            N.B. Just to make it up for you, let me leave you with this ሕካያ. When I first joined ELF after re-organization of units (ባዕድል ተንዚም) in Barka LaElay, I was assigned to Haili (ስርያት ኣቡ-ርጀላ) 73 and our second in command (ናኢብ ኣል-ስርያ) was Afa Ahmed(t). And Afa Ahmed was ወልፋን ብል ጀበና (ቡን እብ መሪራ)።

            One day while we were in a place called DembaE few distance from Engerne, our unit did three things early in the morning (1) We sent our guard (who was from the Nara ethnic) to the near top hill (2) We sent two guys to hunt/kill Gazelle(s) (ኢራባት) for lunch (c) Our guard positioned at the top of the hill and feeling secure, our second in command Afa Ahmed started making his morning coffee with መሪር and started playing and joking under the cool shades.

            While playing and joking, a spy from Ad-Kukuy lead few vehicles loaded with ጦር ሰራዊት towards our unit. 15-20 minutes after our guard stayed on top of the hill, our guard started yelling at the top of his lungs and saying ኣራባት ምጣኣኩም ሃላ፡ ቅሩብኩም ሃላ ምጣኣኩም ሃላ፡ ኣራባት ምጣኣኩም ሃላ – ቅሩብኩም ሃላ፡ ቅሩብኩም ሃላ፡ ቅሩብኩም ሃላ…….. should I leave my position and join you? And out team leader says, stay where you are, stay where you are, we’ve sent two people to hunt, we can’t shoot at Gazelle here; we’re too close to the enemy. And, while our team leader and our guard were talking back and forth the Ethiopian vehicles got within few metes and started showring us with bullets. ሾኡ ድሓዝካ ሒዝካ፡ ባ…….ው ሃርባ!!!

            Sorry I will edit it Monday. Have a nice weekend.

            Semere Tesfai

          • saay7

            Selamat Semere T:

            What you said was “And let’s face it: The Eritrean opposition organizations and the vocal REGIME CHANGE political activists are hired, funded, coached, guided, marketed by foreign interests. And every hour of each day they are parroting foreign interests talking points – and that is very concerning to the great majority of Eritreans.” Let’s break it down:

            1. “Let’s face it”: this sentence is used when encouraging people to acknowledge a hard truth
            2. “The Eritrean opposition…are hired, funded, coached, guided, marketed by foreign interests.” This is an accusation that a group of people are not just hired but funded, not just funded but coached, not just coached but guided, not just guided by foreign interests. Sounds definitive and categorical and applicable to all opposition.

            So the evidence? It is a “perception.” But perception is created by experience (for example someone who was in the opposition narrating his/her experience) or information (something said over and over and over, regardless of whether it is based on facts or not.)

            Then, having participated in creating this perception of the opposition, then you create another false equivalence: that the biggest sin of the PFDJ is that it is perceived as Tigrinya dominated regime. Not even close, buddy. The biggest sin of the PFDJ is that it has applied torture, disappearance, extrajudicial killing to stay in power and to shut off any call for constitutionalism, rule of law, and civil liberties.

            saay

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Semere Tesfai,

            The people of Eritrea watch practically on the ground with all the world to see A BIG SALE OF ERITREA in regional and international market by Isaias. Some customers accept the sale and some of them refuse it. The regime endeavored to market Eritrea to America, but they refused. They sold to Iran for some time and when they have gotten a better deal they changed their sale to UAE. And the biggest of all the sales was when Isaias in front of your eyes has sold Eritrea to Ethiopia. The reason that was given we are one people, I have given you all my responsibilities to guide us and I will follow. If this is not a big sale, then what is a sale?

            Now, Mr. Semere, give me one example in which the opposition sold Eritrea openly.

          • Haile S.

            Selam Srmere,
            It is curious how you framed your responses. After trying to discredit all opposing forces to the regime by putting then in one basket l refering to BA you said “…he is doing it with the intent to help the next generation to better our governing system…” It appears you are saying the present generation are helpless and done for any improvement or don’t need it at all. That is exactly the way the regime is governing the country, with that same mentality. It wants to create its own new generation, own education, own citizen etc. On the way sending hundreds of thousands of youngsters into exile and death on the road. A country cannot be solidly founded without a social cohesion and generational link. The regime cannot reinvent the wheel.
            Isayas not only should heed to the call of his colleague, but even to a layman citizen when a pertinent question is raised. BA’s requests are the ideal means to arrive at the best reconciliatory solution to the country’s problems, the face saving way as BA put it. It is curricatural to put all our difficulties on outside forces and weyanes. Look we look worst than weyanes when we treat each other. The weyanes were certainly not innocent because they ignored calls for reason. Look, what makes our regime different than them? It ignored calls from its citizens for decades. Instead of leading, it is impossing and impossing its will that is not sanctioned by debate and concensus.

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Haile S

            “It appears you are saying the present generation are helpless and done for any improvement or don’t need it at all.”

            Where did you get that idea? When did I ever said or implied that?

            Semere Tesfai

          • Haile S.

            Selam Semere,

            The distance and/or disconnect between your ‘commendable’ compliment to Berhane Abrehe (BA) and your recommendation for IA not to heed to his call and furthermore summarizing BA’s message as pointing to future generations while at the same time lumping and reducing all present eritrean opposition forces to sellout for foreign influence gave me that impression.
            Let me turn the question for you. The few independent media that existed in eritrea were dessimated ~20yrs back. No resistance against the regime was able strech roots let alone to fluorish. Those few who attempted were accused of going against the independence of the country and colluding with weyane. Woyane was made to be the badge of dishonour teinting everyone who opposes the regime. Unders these circumstances, it is impossible to establish ቄሮ or ፋኖ in eritrea. Above all making parallels between ethiopia’s and eritrea’s situation does not make sense at all. That is why aside their bad internal and external policies, they were able to advance ethiopia significantly ahead of eritrea. Weyane’s history is embracing everyone who voluntarily or by ulterior motive adheres to their plan. Yes they excluded, but they included a lot. Those that they included are the one bringing changes now. EPLF/PFDJ’s history is history of exclusion of their members let alone to include from exteral parties. BA is not an opposition, he is an EPLF/PFDJ who deserves to be heard. If you believe having an opposition is healthy, hhe question for you then is: how should an opposition be formed and what should it oppose?

          • Semere Tesfai

            Selam Haile S

            1. – “The distance and/or disconnect between your ‘commendable’ compliment to Berhane Abrehe (BA) and your recommendation for IA not to heed to his call and furthermore summarizing BA’s message as pointing to future generations while at the same time lumping and reducing all present eritrean opposition forces to sellout for foreign influence gave me that impression.”

            Haile: Two points here:
            (a) Any advice, critique, recommendation, outrage…… directed towards a governing party/regime (PFDJ or not PFDJ) is intended to correct/reform/change/halt the status quo – or stop business as usual and change the way our government been run . And perfection/efficiency in governing is approached through decades of CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT. And I believe that was the intention of Mr. Berhane Abrehe.
            (b). – The Eritrean opposition as a whole has failed to earn the respect of the Eritrean people, the Eritrean opposition as a whole has failed in being an agent of change, the Eritrean opposition as a whole has failed in presenting itself as an alternative leadership that could lead the nation in a positive direction, the Eritrean opposition has failed to galvanize the Eritrean public towards a bright future……. And I’m not the first one to tell you this!

            2. – “Woyane was made to be the badge of dishonour teinting everyone who opposes the regime.”

            And that is not false accusation. Tell me: from the Eritrean opposition, who stood against Woyane when they occupied sovereign Eritrean territories for twenty long years? Who opposed the Woyanes when they were conspiring with global, regional, and neighboring states/powers to harm Eritrea and Eritreans? Isn’t it a fact that the Eritrean opposition were publicly colluding with the Woyanes to do harm to Eritrea and Eritreans? If you are demanding accountability from the PFDJ government, then why are you not demanding accountability on the opposition side as well? Isn’t that dishonesty?

            3. – “Woyane was made to be the badge of dishonour teinting everyone who opposes the regime. Unders these circumstances, it is impossible to establish ቄሮ or ፋኖ in eritrea.”

            If the Eritrean opposition can’t win the hearts and minds of the Eritrean people, if the Eritrean opposition don’t have a message that is appealing to the wider Eritrean public, if “it is IMPOSSIBLE for the Eritrean opposition to establish ቄሮ or ፋኖ in eritrea”, then……

            THEY ARE ON THE WRONG BUSINESS. AND PLEASE TELL THEM TO THROW THE TOWEL AND LEAVE THE STAGE TO THOSE WHO COULD

            4. – “EPLF/PFDJ’s history is history of exclusion of their members let alone to include from exteral parties.”

            People rally behind a better leadership that has better message/vision of hope and optimism – for a bright future – which the Eritrean opposition got none. And unfortunately, the Eritrean people haven’t seen that from your Woyane inspired ethnic, regional, Islamic brands of opposition. And to no one’s surprise, they faced the fate of their mentors.

            Semere Tesfai

          • Paulos

            Ato Semere,

            Do you know what Trump said when he was asked yesterday if he listened to Obama’s speech in Illinois? He said, tried to listen but fell asleep in the middle.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Dr. Paulos,

            “People rally behind a better leadership that has better message/vision of hope and optimism – for a bright future”. I surmised this has jolted you to resort to an unlikely euphemism involving Mr. Trump.

          • Paulos

            Selam Kbur Haw Ismail AA,

            Very true. As much as I disagree with what Trump had said about Obama, I was trying to say that what Semere scribbled is not only a stale and run of the mill but painfully boring to the extent one would be Narcoleptic. It is just incredible to see for how long these people will churn out the same lame excuse about the unfortunate circumstance befell on the nation.

            Why is it dandy when change comes to Ethiopia but ሓራም in Eritrea? Don’t they get tired of seeing the same man in power for the last 50 years? I really don’t get it.

            As for the philosophical and temperamental differences between Obama and Trump, it is the product of a healthy democracy where celebration of differences is its core signature, a signature that took hold when Hamilton and Jefferson defined the polarized nature of American politics. That is precisely the reason we say, it is downright pathological to see the same man with a single agenda on how to stay in power for 50 years and counting till a brave soul in Tegadalai Birhane says enough!

          • MS

            MarHaba Brother
            The folks you are dealing with have reached a point of no return as far as dealing with REAL Eritrean challenges is concerned. The government of Eritrea and its Ethiopian partner demolished their hideouts in Assosa (Hawasa) and Bisheftu (Debrezeyti); the next step is now cleaning up their traces in and around MeQele. They have no courage to admit they were wrong. The era of dismantlement and regime change is over. Eritreans need to rise above the politics of grudges and the personalization of issues.
            Berhane Abrehe belongs to the emerging moderate Eritrean opposition, one that tries to create an inclusive ground for all Eritreans. The smart ones from the so-called opposition have already hopped to the bandwagon driven by BA, the rigid and belligerent one will have a hard time to readjust their position. I agree with SAAY, and I spelled out similar petition in one of my article penned after the Ethio-Eritrean agreement, I again endorse it. I believe the majority of Eritreans want to move on, and move they will. Like it or not PFDJ will have to introduce meaningful changes before it gets carried away by a gathering wave.
            “a. Free all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience
            b. End the undeclared but defacto state of emergency
            c. End indefinite national service
            d. End culture of violence and impunity
            e. Bring about rule of law and constitutionalism”
            END.
            I know the firing squad has run out of munition, so I’m walking with my head held high, akayda gemel eKeyd aleKu.
            P/S; Ignore the religiously charged charges. You are doing fine. I like a clean fight. If people want to discuss substance let them debate you the way SGJ and SAA are doing. By the way, I read SGJ last Mother of All Hateta “MAH” dealing with one of our esteemed Awatista, the terrible Mahmuday, and I think he was spot on, if I was to see it from his perspective. And I respect his remarks. But if we are dealing with politics, the rules will be political. Thus the debate will continue…ksab meriet zwegH.
            With love to all the shooters.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear MS

            Long time..isn’t that true?

            How is that possible? You know that..

            KS…

          • MS

            Ahlan Kokebay
            Always with love. I’m using smart munition so that you don’t get hurt…haha… I only hope to see an atmosphere where we are able to sit down, look back at our bickering and see how foolish we were, I mean all of us, as Eritreans.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Ahlan MS,

            What “Always with love. ”

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UiJpr8cisg&feature=share

            KS,

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Salam Semere Tesfai,

            It is natural the people of a nation to be in different baskets. A body of any living creature has different organs, but they work in unison to make life move on. To the superficials it seems there is no connection between diaspora and those inside Eritrea opposition. I think time is ripe now to emerge the opposition inside Eritrea openly and challenge the despot.

            The tone of tegadalai Berhane Abrehe seems to be authoritative and have the power to force Isaias to comply. I hope they know well the nature of Isaias who doesn’t know except cunning and burying. They should be in advance of any Isaias plan. They have to understand that Isaias is quick in taking action against those who contemplate to throw him out of power.

            I hope his colleagues and the people of Eritrea in general to rally behind this brave tegadalai.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi MS,

            Just to remind you these what you said earlier

            Could Berhane brave to write a book? Yes.
            2. Do these excerpts look like they came from Berhane’s mind? I doubt it STRONGLY for their redundant and shallow content. I don’t hear Berhane’s voice (the man I have come to know through his friends and through the decision he made to resign) in these excerpts but could discern the voices I’m familiar with from the Diaspora activists. So, what is the possibility that this book could be linked to Berhane?
            A/ That the book may not be authentic; this is one possibility.
            B/ Behane Abrehe could have given broad ideas that he had endorsed, but the writers have doctored those ideas to their liking.
            C/ Berhane could have written a book and trusted it to his friends to do editing. Those editors could have edited it so heavily that Berhane’s voice is lost in translation, and the content of the book might have been tempered with knowing that Berhane is not in a state where he would be able to correct the errors.
            D/ it might be an outright hijacking of a recognized name where Berhane would not respond to such an act as it is customary of the organization in which he lived. So many possibilities.

            Emphasis added.

            All these without having any evidence. Had Berhane died without making the comments with his own voice, you would never believe it and give it second thought. Not only that, you accuse those people responsible for the release for all the wrong you have suspected of committing.

            That’s why you need to apologize if you have any decency in you.

            Berhe

          • Blink

            Dear Beyan
            Do the opposition need someone who was begging or wishing weyane to do what bush did in Iraq too ? You was one of these who were calling for the stick of weyane just like Bush did to sadam , Qazafi with the Ethiopian air power to run wild over Eritrean heads and you will watch the act sitting in your sofa laughing and cheering for Ethiopian forces .

            Why would Eritreans need people with such views?

        • Shum

          Selam Mahmud,

          Thanks for the answer to my questions. I understand you clearly. Here’s what I got out of it. Feel free to correct me where I’m wrong. You are saying you support PFDJ and believe it to be the only body to lead the way for Eritrea. You believe that PFDJ has done what needs to be done to keep the country safe from neighboring countries, namely Ethiopia but other forces as well. But you oppose the bad policies that you have laid out in the past.

          If that is your position, all well and good. As I have mentioned to Gheteb, that is the kind of PFDJ supporter I wish we had more of. Ones that confront PFDJ when it does wrong and gives it praise when it does well. My issue is you are lumping Eritreans in opposition as if the majority of them were part of the Woyane agenda. You know that is not true. We have values and principles just as you do. We looked at PFDJ on balance and found it more harmful than good. it is our right. Why lobby insults at us and label us so-called as if we can be dismissed outright? We have family and interest in our country just as you do.

          • MS

            Ahlan Shum
            Well said and I understand your point. I wish if there is a filter because everyone claims to be an opposition, even bruK mexaAi, and the ghedli bashers. I know there are many patriots in the opposition. The sad thing is that I have been pushed and shoved more often by these patriot elements who should have understood my viewpoint, respect them, and then try to work out on issues that serve as a common denominator. Unfortunately, they want me to characterize things the way they do, and I’m not that type of a person. I care more about the overall process and the process is promising. BTW: it is not a must that PFDJ be the leader in the transition but given the rancorous atmosphere, there must be an organized political force that serves as a steering agent. I fear for a power vacuum. That is all. I have no love with PFDJ that I fear I might lose.

      • Saleh Johar

        Selam Beyan and Shummay,

        First, Shummay, belated “Welcome Back Home”.

        Second, let me try to help you understand Mahmud Pasha’s attitude according to my experience in the last few years since he came out.

        1. You cannot understand Mahmud unless you see his calendar, it reads 1975, the zenith of the partisan squabbles.
        2. He has the biggest brush ever created when he refers to the “opposition” which he vilifies with a reason or without one. It’s his hobby.
        3. I appealed to him to be specific about the target of his assault, but he will never stop his sometimes outright insult, other times subtle provocation. I gave up
        4. He has a habit of cleverly presenting a “non-apology-apology” to forget about it in no time and resort to his usual ways.
        5. His knowledge of what went in the last 2 decades is nil at worst and rudimentary at best. I think this is because he was so detached and going about his life until he decided to come out for reasons he knows.
        6. Unlike many in the EPLF who believe the PFDJ stole their legacy, he accepts the PFDJ a natural continuation (many people agree with him on this) but anyone with a purpose would not take that kind of stand unless they are reckless and do not fully understand what is at stake.
        7. To him, anyone who doesn’t subscribe to his group values is a suspect and should be left outside Eritrea that is erserved by “good nationalists” like him.
        8. To him, Isaias is the pilot of the “EPLF-turned-PFDJ” ship and should be protected overtly and covertly, and if not possible, subtly.
        9. Anyone who crosses the line of partisan “decency” and attacked the PFDJ is a weyane lackey. Berhane Abrehe was close to getting that title until he proved he was serious–and who knows, he might prevail, therefore the change of heart.
        10. In spite of his smooth comments when he wants to calm down his critics, I feel he will not hesitate to pass a life sentence verdict on many of us here.
        11. I have explained to him that the “Weyane Lackeys” and many of us who are considered the despised “Diaspora Opposition” know them and that they do not represent by a tiny fraction of the opposition, but he will not get it.
        12. Most of his comments are posted with the sole purpose to provoke (or demoralize) the “Diaspora opposition”.
        13. Your question, (what would a Diaspora Eritrean who opposes the PFDJ be called) is brilliant. One is either a diaspora opposition or a diaspora affiliate of the PFDJ–or his favorite classification, “silent majority”.
        14. I am not sure he knows that the opposition I know, my diaspora opposition colleagues, despise anyone who is an apologist of the regime and they can smell them even when they make a trip to meet the capo in Adi Halo. Yes, that far a distance let alone close by.

        I am a proud diaspora opposition denied the right to enter my country by the Hungugu regime and its enablers, overt and covert supporters.

        The above is my 14 point peace proposal, with anyone interested.

        • Ismail AA

          Selam SJ,

          I admire your stamina. You didn’t forget MS has arears to pay. On the eve of Id Al- Adha you posted unusually long appeal-cum-criticism, which encouraged me to support through a kind of footnote post because I felt disgusted by his recalcitrant blanket allegation about servility of the opposition to Woyane. At the time, he reported back saying that he would be busy for the Id and would respond thereafter. I have kept on watching but up to know it is ነደኺ ማይ ውረድላ.

          And, now look at this: “The so-called Diaspora Opposition media will have to work hard to earn credibility”. Who is to earn and who is to approve credibility are clear in MS’s mind. Since “IA and PFDJ will remain part of the next phase of transition”, you and me, and anyone who opposes the regime, will have to earn credibility from none other than the great capo. How many times should one apologize for the same mistake? It should be the burden of chained attitude.

    • Paulos

      Selam Muhamuday,

      With all due respect, the reason you doubted if it was in fact the extraordinary man as in “The Champion of the Great Revival” Jigna Tegadalai who dared to lock the bull with its horn, Birhane Abrehe is simply because you never believed in the Eritrean people! This day is the day where historians dub “Resorgimento.” Attila the Hun once said, “Sucrifice is the passion of all great men.”

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Hi MS,

      You wrote days ago:

      “MS Amanuel • 4 days ago
      Selam Amanuel
      Ha…ha…not only the right to rubbish them, I have the right to burn them because I paid money to get them. If you find them useful, then that is fine. How about that? Relax, man.”

      One of the traits of SCHOLARS is they apologize when they make a mistake. You have labeled the news forwarded by Gedab as fake news. Now it is not fake; therefore, at least you have to apologize for Gedab News. I guess you are programmed only to apologize to your boss. Now tell me, are you scholar? I hope you don’t cheat yourself by feigning that you are scholar. The worst thing in life is when a person beguiles himself.

  • Beyan

    Dear Nowinc,

    The people are not going to sneak in and sneak out information or their ideas and concerns anymore. The day for that is done and over with. It is time that Eritreans inside Eritrea to stand with Ato Berhane – in unison – to show IA he can’t get away with murder as he used to. The mass should gather in the compound of Ato Berhane’s residence and protect his safety, make sure that he is protected from the cowards who come in the dead of the night like vampires to eliminate innocent individuals for no discernible reason. If this doesn’t embolden the public, I don’t know what will.

    This, for me, is a day to celebrate. A day off from anything else and a day to everything Eritrean is all that I can think of right now.

    Cheers,
    Beyan

  • Beyan

    Greetings Awatawyan,

    This is stunning!

    Here is a man of his words. He is not only affirming he is the man who wrote the book, but also has left no shadow of a doubt that he is ready to debate IA in public square about issues that ኣቶ ብርሃነ ኣብርሀ ኪዳነ sees pertinently in need. Hope those who doubted the authenticity of the man can now give ኣቶ ብርሃነ ኣብርሀ ኪዳነ a heroes welcome which he rightfully deserves. Let us all use Ato Brhane Abreha Kidane’s book or his image, any image that highlights we stand with the man as we did with many others before him.It is time we support some such heroes in unison as we did with Aboy Musa’s Akhriya uprising case. As we did With weddi Ali’s Forto case. As we did with the G15. Finally, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t an on coming train, but a ray of hope for peace and prosperity for Eritrea.

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

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Dr. Beyan,
      You and I, and many as well, have read inputs that went as far distance as possible to establish doubt about the authorship of this committed patriot. Now, that they heard it from him, I think personal integrity should call on them to apologize to the former minister and those who trusted them and succumbed to their scepticism mongering efforts.

      • Beyan

        merHaba Ustaaz Ismail AA,

        You’re too kind. The court of the public square demands that some such individuals put a picture of the man for a week as their profile image to own up to the man who has shown what personal integrity means. He is the definition of integrity today. His picture should be synanomous with it. The dawning is within reach. When I saw that blue flag accompanying the initiator of Ghedli in Expo, the beginning of the end – I hoped and wanted to believe – was in sight. Now, with this stunning challenge calling on the man to come on TV to discuss issues pertinent to Eritrea from his colleague and from the capital – that’s just music to all of our ears.

        Cheers,
        Beyan

    • saay7

      Dear Bayan:

      Before the inscrutable question arises, I have confirmed from multiple sources that is his voice, the voice of Berhane Abrehe.

      The books are now available for sale at Eritreanliberty dot com. Go to the “store” tab and you will find the two volumes of the book.

      Maybe this will emoblden his comrades to reverse Eritrea’s slide into confederation with Ethiopia and to actually demand a dividend from peace.

      saay

      • Beyan

        Thank you Sal Y. for confirming so we don’t go on that merry-go-round, cyclical diatribe. How do we know that’s his voice? We will have to authenticate his voice before we can say anything about the content. I hear you loud and clear. Thank you, too, for giving a way of ordering the book. Now, this is really critically important that we all not only buy the book but begin to be vendors and sell it in our respective communities. You know how we Eritreans tend to stay away from ordering anything online. To those who are from the old school, let us make it easy for them to purchase it. I gotta run. My daughter is hollering that she is ready to be dropped to her school.

        Later,
        Beyan

        • saay7

          Selam Bayan

          You are going to have an excellent weekend. The great Abrar Osman has dropped a single which is now in the Asmarino post production studio. It’s an absolutely delicious dish that will us all humming the chorus.

          What a difference 24 hours make.

          Saay

          • Beyan

            Man! You’re always few steps ahead. I can’t catch up. I know weddi Meharena said he was working on that project. What a great timing!

            Nelly’s “Hot in here lyrics” are calling on me. I know that’s sooooo 2008, but that’s exactly what I feel like doing.

            Want a lil bit of ah,
            Ah,
            And a lil bit of ah ah
            Lookin for the right time to
            Shoot my team (you know)
            No deceiving, nothing up my
            Sleeve, no teasin
            I need you to get up
            Up on the dance floor
            Give that man what
            He askin for

            Cuz I feel like bustin loose
            (I said)
            Its getting hot in here (so hot)
            So take of all your clothes
            I am getting so hot. I want take my clothes off [ I can literally do that, too. I am in my lil crib, at home today. This is just one of the best days in recent memory] Off to listening to Abrar now.

            Cheers,
            Beyan

          • Fanti Ghana

            Selamat Saay,

            Indeed, what a difference a day makes. Thanks for pointing me/us to Abrar’s
            video. What a nice statement of history, hope, as well as a wake up call that
            video is making!

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam Beyan,

      Thank you very much for the recorded audio message of the former minister Berhane. I hope this will convince “the doubting Thomases” who doubted on authoring his book. Thomas doubted the rise of Jesus Christ from the dead, until he showed the nails marks on his hand. Heroes take every risk in their lives for the common good of their people. Berhane will be listed on of them. Again thank you.

    • Paulos

      Selam Dr. Beyan,

      “The Great Revival” unfolding right before our eyes. A great day to be had! Remi Martini, Hennessy and Courvoisier ክንጨርም ኢና this weekend!

      • Saleh Johar

        Paulos,
        It has been years since I last did that, but if I lived closer to you, I might have been tempted by a glass of Merlot 🙂

        • Nitricc

          Hey SG; what happened to the awate-forum posting link policy? always it is better “the rule of law over the rule of the individual” let’s stick to the rules.

          • Beyan

            Good General Nitricc,

            Rules are made to be followed up-to-a-point. There are circumstances in which moderators make an exception because they note the gravity of some important breaking news. This is, I contend, one of them.

            Cheers,
            Beyan

          • Nitricc

            Hi Beyan; fair enough but I posted a tribute in honor of Eritrea martyrs on the day of June 20 and AT deleted the links and they told me, there is a rule. So, if there are exceptions, why be politically motivated and corrupt intent? Do you think a link for Eritrean martyrs on June 20 qualifies for your exception? I don’t what you guys see on this but it is not like there is an earth shuddering revelation in here. The dying man is talking and trying to be a hero at the last minute. If this was done, two, three or four years ago; I could have given him some props. But Now Tool late to little.

          • Nitricc

            Hey SG, I was responding to you, I wasn’t singling you out. You understood me wrong.

        • Paulos

          Selam Ayay and Dr. Beyan,

          As it happened, just a month ago, I drove from Denver to L.A. through Arizona visiting family. Of course I live on the East-Coast. While in Pasadena, thought about you guys. Wish it was now and of course ሓንቲ ሓንቲ ምበልና ኔርና and of course it would’ve been on Ayay, ንሱ ካብ ኩላህና ዝናኣሰን ዝሃፍተመን ስለዝኾነ።

          • Beyan

            merHaba Ustaazna and Dottore,

            እዚ ኩነታት ከምዚ ኣቀላጥፍኡ እንተቐጺሉ’ስ ኣብታ ዓድና ግዲ ንራኸብ ንኸዉን!

            BN

          • Saleh Johar

            Beyan,
            Don’t forget you will need a visa from those who still believe the country belongs to them alone 🙂

          • Beyan

            Kbur Haw SGJ,

            ንሱስ’ሞ ኣይመስደመመንን ነይሩ:: What I am afraid of is that the venue of the visa might be Ethiopian embassy excluding, Tigray, of course -:}

          • Saleh Johar

            Afraid, Beyan!
            Of corse that is where consular services are provided. Brush your Amharic dear.

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Beyan,

            No you got it all wrong. Tigray is part and parcel of Ethiopia and Isayas. He fight is with TPLF leaders for squeezing him out of Ethiopia.

            Berhe

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Dr Paulos,

            You live in the east coast, in my territory? I must know you then or you are hiding from me. I will look for you using my own security apparatus. Just kidding.

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

            You never know, we may have crossed paths before. You never know 😂.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Dr Paulos,

            Aha, then you should be working in the bio-pharmaceutical research in my state, as biochemist. Am I right buddy?

          • Paulos

            Emma,

            Will tell you more ኣብ ኣስመራ ምስ ተራኸብና!

      • Beyan

        Selam Dottore,

        By necessity, the cheers will be virtual one, I guess. I suppose if you don’t live closer to Ustaazna SGJ, you are not in North America. Otherwise, given sufficient advance note, we may just show up, eh -:)

        Cheers,
        Beyan

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; I am following this Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia activities and I really like it. That is the only way out. I see that Eritrean, Ethiopian and Somalia foreign minsters are heading to Djibouti which is an excellent idea but why is it Sudan excluded? Why not finish the job and bring Sudan to the front? All this interesting game is played while TPLF is sidelined in Meqele. So, PIA told you game over, it is truly game over. I know Sudan is in love with TPLF and that could be the reason why Sudan is also ignored. My advice is, TPLF give it up and be part of the change. Sudan join the party; there something good about to happen. Eritreans; get ready to invest and prosper and flourish. the real game about to start.

    • Berhe Y

      Hi Nitric,

      I don’t know what ever Isayas touched turn into ash as per Serray, the reverse mides touchb as saay loves to quote him.

      Yeman G. Said, first Eritrea and Ethiopia. Now Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. Next he said it will be Sudan and South Sudan.

      Sure it does sound good but not sure for Eritreans as yet. I don’t think he will change anything willingly, but regardless I see this an opportunity that his regime can be exploited for positive change.

      Berhe

      • Nitricc

        Hi Berhe; At least Eritrea will keep her youth from fleeing the country. Once the peace is on and the national service is limited to 18 months; no country will extend an asylum to an Eritrean. Those days are gone. Once the Eritrean youth are rejected for asylum anywhere in the world, and then Eritrean youth stays home. Once they are in the country, they will pressure even rise up to correct the system. Any way you look at it, Eritrea is changing like never before and PIA is heading to his final destination.

        • Berhe Y

          Hi Nitric,

          That’s one way look at it. But institution like the UN and most western countries will probably wait it out to see real change before making drastic policy chsnge.

          Running away from extended military service is not the only reason to make refugee claims. Political persecution is one of them if they can substianate reasonable fear, which s still the case as long as the regime does not bring people to court and have the freedoms to do so without fear.

          In other words the regime of IA have to make considerable changes, which I doubt he will do.

          Berhe

          • Nitricc

            Hi Berhe; PIA is doing it from his heart. He knows this thing had to make it right. He is running out of time. One very clear indication is, PIA expelling all the rebels witch PIA gave them shelter to hold Ethiopia in check. But now he knows he doesn’t need them. I believe he will do the right thing.

  • Natom Habom

    HELLO SELAM AWATISTA
    DR ABIY AHMED RESPONDED FOR YOUR MULTIPLE CALL AND PLIES
    SO HE WENT BACK TO ERITREA AND HE IS VISITING ASSAB AND MASSAWA THAT MEANS FOR THE ETHIOPIAN HELP ADICTED OPPOSITION IS GAME OVER TOO
    NOT THE TREAT BY YOUTUBE OR FORUM WILL CHANGE THE COURSE OF THE HISTORY SORRY FOR THOSE WHO MISSED THE TRAIN ,WITH THE TPLF YOU GUYS
    TRIED HIJACT THE PEACE PROCESS AS YOU WERE CONSERN FOR PEOPLE ,THE SAME PEOPLE WE SAW RECEIVING ABIY WITH JOYS AND

  • Abraham H.

    Hello Nowinc, the situation in Eritrea has been like this for the last 17 years after DIA unceremoniously dissolved what was of political institutions within the PFDJ/the pfdj CC, and the government, the Eritrean Parliament. The only difference today is that Eritreans are witnessing on broad day light the robbery of their country, thanks to the media coverage by the Ethiopian news media.

    • Selamat Abraham H,

      Though Aya Saleh delegated me to audit the website and the world wide web while I am at it, these days it may feel like to some as if I was assigned the role of a pedant auditing/editing. Allow me to illustrate

      How is one to reconcile xenophobia towards ethiopians with the picture you paint of Eritreans as helpless/dumb/indifferent/etc.. when you said:

      “…..is that Eritreans are witnessing on broad day light the robbery of their country, thanks to the media coverage by the Ethiopian news media.”

      Ethiopians in the media reporting they are thiefs. Inappropriate to say this: ኣንታ ኣነስ ዝሰምዖ ዘይብለይ (ቱ ኢሉስትሬት ነጋቲቭስ ኣን ኢንተንሹናል ኮንትሪቡሽንስ ፎሮም ዘ ሶርሰ።)

      ሓደ ነጥቢ 61803889

      ጻጸ

      • Abraham H.

        Selam ጻጸ, blame it on my poor English, but what I’m trying to say is that there is no difference as to how affairs have been conducted in Eritrea from the last 17 years. The only difference is because the developing relation is with Ethiopia, a country with which Eritreans share lots of commonalities, hence the weight of the events that are taking place. There is no consultation with the Eritrean people regarding the bilateral relations and deals that are being made. Let alone the people, even those who are supposed to be in the leading leadership positions are not being consulted. And although DIA would really loved to hide every bit of information, he is quite unable to do it, thanks to the Ethiopian media coverage which has a responsibility towards its own people if not towards the Eritreans. And yes, I believe what is going on is a broad day light robbery of the Eritrean people’s interests. It is “Eritrea merita ember hizba ayedlyenan iyu” all over agian, this time facilitated by an ‘Eritrean’ culprit.

  • Aligaz G

    abdul,

    Papagalloism seems to be a favorite of yours. Wouldn’t you agree?

  • Berhe Y

    Dear abdulworld,

    I have not read all the exchanges in the thread but I noticed on a couple of points you made.

    You wrote:

    What is surprising is not that Gedhli generation endup with one of worst dictatorship ever… what is surprising is we Eritrean could have looked around and see what happened to every African after 60s…
    What blinded us from learning is our insularity even in diaspora.

    I don’t know how much familiar you are with real Eritrean history but I am reading in you that you think you have a higher intellect that the collective Eritreans in Ghedli generation were and still are.

    What about if I tell you that we have learned at every african countries and we have learned from their history and we do not want to repeat the same mistakes they made. 100%.

    The only thing we were short of doing is, remove IA from power using force as in coup but we were prepared to do every thing right. I will just focus on EPLF

    1) You need to refer to EPLF congres documents of 1984 and how the future of Eritrean government would be. You need to read the question / answers were being asked to then Secretary General IA from tegadelit, the diaspora and within Eritrea. Specifically Sagem megazine of 1990..

    1) independence – achieved in 1991
    2) referendum – 1993
    3) constitution (drafting and ratifing) – 1994 – 1997
    4) Isayas started war – 1998 – 2000

    Implementation stalled.

    5) Sept 2000 before the Algeries agreement the National Assembly passed a resolution:
    a) Implement the constitution
    b) Draft political party formation document
    b) Have democratic election in Dec 2011 (almost a year after party formation).

    The G-15 which were members of the National Assembly, out of their own will decided to challenge the President:
    1) conduct regular meetings of the National Assembly / party
    2) implement the constitution
    3) be accountable to the body (such as budget, etc.)

    Then in Sept 2018:
    1) He arrested the G-15 and journalist
    2) Shut down the private Press….

    The G-15, the journalists, the intellectual (G-13), the websites (awate.com and others), the civic societies, etc..the only thing short of not done is, take down / assassinate the president.

    Everything thing else I think they tried, but let’s say we failed to make the change.

    Why the G-15 failed to remove the president using force?

    I will paraphrase “We will not be like any other African country who use force to remove the leader. We will not erase our history of sacrifice but instead we will do it peacefully” or something like that…and for that they chose to sacrifice their lives and start the movement for change. And that movement has been going on since….

    And here we are in Sept 2018 with all the things that happened in between.

    for all practical purpose Asmara looks like some turn of century Italian city.. It is called Frozen City.. in 100 years you don’t see any real mark from Eritrean genius or people.

    Again here you are making a lot of assumptions. Please abdulworld, what’s so difficult in building high rise buildings, highways, and bridges? Really…… But the government of IA is the obstacle and he basically chased out everyone who can out of the country. In those 6 short years, few building were build…such as:
    Intercontinental hotel / Asmara Hotel
    Korea building complex in / Asmara / Massawa
    Lots of road / construction

    Papagalloism is symptom of insularity. At this rate, we will be several decades behind the world.. a sort African hillbillies. So, when rest of world is working on artificial intelligence we start on intelligence…

    You are making is sound like, the people of Eritrea (at least the majority of them) willingly wanted to left behind from progressing. I don’t know what planet you come from but there is no society anywhere in the world who wanted to stay behind in the dark ages where there is the opportunity to reach for the stars. Eritreans are no different…but the government has a huge role weather progress is possible or not.

    Let me ask you this? Do you consider the Chinese made significant progress during the Mao years?

    Berhe

    • abdulworld

      Hello Berhe,
      First thanks for thoughtful response.
      “I am reading in you that you think you have a higher intellect that the collective Eritreans in Ghedli generation were and still are” I will ignore response like this because I believe in effective communication.. “mind reading” is form of cognitive distortion.

      1. IA was already changing guards and establishing “Yes Man” in late 1980s you can read Dan Connell interview with Petros Solomon to get an idea.. also remember that EPLF/ELF were butchering each other in early 1980s.

      3. I applaud what G15 tried to do.. but IA and his folks were placing themselves in position in 1980s already..

      4. The fact that Eritrea ended up dictatorship that resembles in 1960s instead Africa of 2000s indicates that they didn’t learn from African countries doesn’t it. You ended up with dysfunctional government that lives for majority of its people hell.. and its people refugee.. for no reason.

      5. The question is why didn’t they learn the lessons? my theory is simple-insularity.

      5. I don’t think you understand what I am saying… with regards to frozen city or Asmara still looking an 100 year old Italian city…

      6. Of course, no people want to be left behind… but too much emphasize placed on IA or EPLF.. what I am telling you is the elements of Eritrean culture is still feudal and is not able to adjust and excel in the modern world. Just look at diaspora community… they resembles more like the gypsies of Europe…

      7. You have study the culture and mentality and find ways to regulate some of feudal elements to the past and preserve some of best elements and acquire some best elements from west.

      8. If the whole world is running a marathon… do you condition and prepare yourself for 100m dash.. This is what Japanese and far east asian cultures learned quickly. They realized the West had made some major leaps. They studied and researched the West and took the best of what they need… they weren’t pappagallos.
      They were too intelligent enough to know that pappagalloism will keep them caged…

      9. For example in the last 20 years- is there any Eritrean website that provides news with high journalistic standard? How can influence people who don’t believe or support the government? Where can they go…

      • Berhe Y

        Dear Abdulworld,

        Fair enough no need to “mind reading” though I don’t think I was doing that. But I can’t help it the way you describe the collective Eritreans society and you made it like it’s by our own choice that we find ourselves in where we are.

        We are under the yoke of dictatorship that we have no choice but to fight with what we have.

        I have heard you describe Ethiopian economic and other development in positive ways. Now what has changed for Ethiopia in such a short years, from a country that a big number of its citizens staved to death while it has all the means to avert it.

        Do you think our intellectual capabilities are anywhere different than that of Ethiopians.

        I think it was the Derg dictatorship (even compared to Eritrean standard, it was a lot more mild) which was dragging them back.

        Speaking of the Eritreans in diaspora, I don’t think over all we are in sorry state. Like any first generation immigrants, those who settled to the country first, its natural that they face hardship. But the next generation, hopefully does better than them.

        In case of Eritreans most of the first generation were either students or ghedli generation. In their case, they didn’t develop trade skills or had none (compared to many other first generation immigrants – like Italians or Portuguese, Greek, Jews etc) that they have to learn all from scratch. Their focus was towards academia or members of the fighting force which they didn’t have much to offer but settle to whatever they can.

        But I can tell you, specially those former ELF, they children have done really well in terms of academic achievements and overall success.

        As a community we have not developed a network where we can help each other do well rather than live in silo without looking out for each other (for example like the Eritreans in Ethiopia used to do). And I think this is due to the sophisticated network of IA security apparatuses that is hell bend in destroying our organizations where ever they pop, and the news / media are also victims of such although I consider Awate.com as one of the finest website by any standard, specially content wise.

        All you are doing, to put it simply you are describing the symptoms but not the root cause.

        And if we need to lift our society, we need people like you who have the know how to lead the way to better future.

        Berhe

        • abdulworld

          Hello Berhe,
          In terms of mind reading- you are telling someone “you think you have a higher intellect that the collective Eritreans in Ghedli generation”… that to me is mind reading.. you were not asking you making a statement.
          1. I am not interested in comparing Eritrea to Ethiopia. I never understood Eritrean obsession with comparison with Ethiopia..

          2. Again- if you feel the community is not able to develop organization or community center for their children and grandchildren… that just shows or short-sighed.. you don’t see any Eritrean-American chamber of commerce anywhere..

          3. My own observation is ELF/EPLF poisonous feud was carried over to America and other diaspora from the beginning- the tone was set from beginning and that poison will have relevance as long as Gedhli generation… you are free to read a book by American anthropologist name Tricia Redeker Hepner who wrote a book called.. solidier, martyrs, traitors, etc.. That section of book is sad.. they were completely oblivious to how detrimental and poisonous the feud was…

          4. In terms Awate.. I give it credit for creating the space and place for alternative opinions and views. But I don’t think it is as effective as it could be…

          5. I think I told you possible root cause..

          6. All I pointed out was with all lessons that could be learned from other after countries… once we had our own country 30 years after most of Africa.. we didn’t learn from them…
          I will give you an example- most Rwandan tutsi left their country as refugees in 1960s.. they were scattered around East Africa.. when they finally got back home.. they learned a lot from the mistake of neighboring countries in terms of corruption, accountability, etc.. instead of trying to mimic Europe and be pappagallos… they went to East countries like China, Singapore and Malaysia.. and worked and borrowed best practice from those countries..

          • Saleh Johar

            Hello Abdul,

            I am curious and want to know what you have in mind when you wrote,” But I don’t think it is as effective as it could be…”
            Please elaborate, we need any feedback and suggestion that would help us improve. Please do that.

          • David Samson

            Selam Abdul,

            “Tricia Redeker Hepner who wrote a book called.. solidier, martyrs, traitors,”.

            Interesting!
            I am not sure if you can remember we discussed the era of ENESA(Eritrean Students in North America) and the tragic death of ‘Mengisteab.’ not long time ago.

            As you have read the book, do you know if the author has written anything about ENESA?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi abdulworld,

            I find your comments condescending and you forget the biggest obstacle to what’s point inside Eritrea and outside is the regime of IA. If you are saying, we should be fighting the regime effectively and better then you have a point.

            But if you pointing out all failings we have as if we have a country and a government that is opened for business and everyone can contribute their best without the interference of the security apparatuses of the regime, then you should study that instead.

            I know a lot of former ELF fighters and including my own family members. Majority of them have moved on with their lives and they did the best they can to make life if their family and children better. So many of their children have done well in school and in job opportunities at highest levels. Their parents, all they can do was, have a community center which they use to get together and celebrate once in a while. The EPLF hafash wudubat gave them all kind of names, all kind of insults, like why they use the Original flag instead of the new flag, why they don’t come to EPLF organizer festivals, or maealti Suwaat so they are anti Eritrea so they stayed away and most of the new arrivals were turned off so they didn’t join them.

            The EPLF is in control of the country, the diaspora communities and anything in between. Until this regime is removed there is nothing good will come in Eritrea.

            I am not obsessed with Ethiopia, I was using it as an example that leadership/ government is the key to any progress of any country and society.

            For example you said, while the rest of Africa is flirting with Artificial Intelligence we start with intelligence…

            Either you have no idea what you are taking about or you don’t know how are countries possible to advance to AI.

            Let alone AI, which requires a significant amount of data collection and instant access, any software that can do a meaningful work requires a huge software development efforts. For that you need to train students at young age and throughout university to build the skills and learn the ropes to make it meaningful.

            Eritrean young are running away to save their lives, let alone to focus on software development. India in order to become the super house it has become for software development (now all major US technology companies are run by Indians – google, MS, Adobe, Nokia) as an example. My believe is that these CEO are hired to run those companies because they know how to access the Indian talents in India.

            IA has closed the only university that could have developed the talent needed for software develooers and others the country needed but he has shut off all pissibilities and people are voting with their feet.

            Professor Haile Debas, who was the dean of medicin school at Univesity of California SAN Francisco at the time was member of the G-13. He was one of the Eritrean intellectuals who went wrote the letter to the president which was known as the Berlin manifesto. Along with his colleagues he went to meet the president in Asmara around 2001. He offered to resign from his post in UCSF and dedicate his life at teaching and healthcare in Eritrea, the two areas of speciality. His salary at the time was over 450K. Few years later, in the interview he gave with Asmarino said, his plans to go back and give is delayed because its not possible while the current government is in power.

            You don’t think Eritrea would have advanced in healthcare if such people were contributing to its growth? Same goes in every sector of the society and the economy.

            Berhe

  • Saleh Johar

    Ras Abi,
    Exactly. But leaders or followers, no difference.

    So, you think I am dividing people? It seems “Medemer” is your yardstick.

    My friend, those who do not respect my history and make the torment of Eritreans worse, have always been against Awate and his ideals–freedom and dignity. I know them and many Eritreans know them. They do not matter (as in they are scary and will not change) because their motive and goal is well known and it led to decades of bloodshed in the past. They are the same violent, aggressive groups. There is a risk they could immerse the region into another cycle of bloodshed.

  • Desbele

    Selam Semhar
    ኤርትራዊ ናብ ሳዋ
    ኢትዮጵያዊ ናብ ማሳዋ
    ሰቦምን ጽዕነቶምን
    ዓጋመ ትጽዋዕ ባቡር ክትስዕብ እያ ይበሃል ኣሎ
    Game over! Congratulations pfdjites

    • Haile S.

      Selamat Desbele,
      Allow me to extend few lines your beautiful poem:

      ኤርትራዊ ናብ ሳዋ
      ኢትዮጵያዊ ናብ ማሳዋ
      ኤርትራዊ ናብ ዶብ ሓለዋ
      ኢትዮጵያዊ ኣባሻውል እንዳ ስዋ
      ኤርትራዊ ትምኒቱ ክዓልብ ኦታዋ
      ኢትዮጵያዊ ናብ ኣስመራ ክብል ቅልዋ
      ኤርትራዊ ተኣሰር ወይ ካብ ዶብ ፈነዋ
      ኢትዮጵያዊ ተመለስ ዓድኻ ሓግዛ እማዋ
      ኤርትራዊ ንህግደፍ ተገዛእ ተምበርከኽ ፍተዋ
      ንሳ ትኹን ርእስኻ ከም ኣትላስ ተሰከማ ሓልዋ። ወጹብ!

    • Semhare

      @disqus_o5AboYXK7k:disqus That is what reconciliation means .

  • Aligaz G

    abdulworld,

    Bakunin split from Marx based on ideological differences and Chomsky’s intellectual lineage is from the Bakunin anarchist side. Also you must realize there is a concept called dictatorship of the proletariat which is really a hybrid of Bakunin and Marx and this is espoused more by EPLF/TPLF. Without getting lost in unnecessary ideas, let’s just say if you were to sit with PIA or PMMZ and broached this topic with them they would be bewildered by your ideological naivete. In fact why would anyone be surprised the ghedli generation ended up in a one part totalitarian state? You are too young but every revolutionary of that time wanted to be like Ho Chi Minh and Che Guevara not like George Washington and Avraham Lincoln. It is hard to capture the feeling of that time but the general consensus was that the structural problems were so deep rooted a complete destruction of the feudal regime was called for. Then the revolution took a Robspierrieian turn (off with their heads) and this was welcomed by the anarchist stream. Here is something interesting about gedli – people forget that ELF/EPLF was operating for a long time like the vanguard party for the entire Ethiopia.

    cheers

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Aligaz G.

      Regarding what ideological notions the EPLF/TPLF had espoused, your views could have emanated from readings you had. But the following surprised me most: ” Here is something interesting about gedli – people forget that ELF/EPLF was operating for a long time like the vanguard party for the entire Ethiopia”. Do not you think such an emphatic statement, and “interesting” as you have prefaced it, require you to provide evidence or source?

      • Aligaz G

        Ismail,

        Why are you surprised? Even after independence EPLF/PFDJ had to be stopped by force from “interfering” in Ethiopia’s “internal” affairs. As we all know by now Badme was not about Badme. There was a semi humorous discussion a while back about what kind of a mafia don PIA is. The simple truth is he turns into a capo di tutti capi whenever he gets the chance.

        • Ismail AA

          Dear Aligaz,
          Let us glance back with intent to very recent history. When you mentioned ELF/EPLF, you was sure you meant the EPLF before 1978 (hoping you are aware about that date). Before 1976, you know that the ELF/EPLF was an amalgam of three organizations formed in 1972: ELF/PLF, Selfi Netzanet and a third junior partner (ELM) under the late Mohammed Said Naod. This broad united front was led by the late Osman Saleh Sabbe as political leader and a military affairs field committee led by Isyas Afewerki.
          Now, my question to you was if you can provide a source that inform us the ELF/EPLF acted vanguard party for “entire Ethiopia”. Depending on assumed or real interference in affairs of others in any form as you have mentioned to deduce statement of fact of historic nature amounts to vulgarization of scholarship. Or what do you think?

          • Aligaz G

            Ismail,

            Thank you for reading my post so carefully. The reason I simplified to ELF/EPLF was because of the numerous groups that split and merged periodically until EPLF reached its final form and ELF was completely defeated. Now one way to illustrate my wild conjecture about which party was the vanguard amongst the rebel groups is to recognize there is a “cascading of fronts”. EPLF to TPLF to ANDM etc. And guess what? Their programmes and hierarchy are basically the same. 03 O3, 04 04, 06 06 check check check. Even EPRP came under the spell of EPLF and fought for its favors. I mean isn’t this all common knowledge? Now if this amounts to “vulgarization of scholarship” then mea culpa. But if you want documented sources then we need to interview PIA on the record on this topic. BTW out of curiosity who in ELF authorized Issaias trip’s to China? It must have been the same person who sent Menge to Addis from Harar. 🙂

            cheers

          • Ismail AA

            Dear Aligaz,

            Thank you. I can understand now the parameters within which you had framed your views. Political details can sometimes goad one to form opinion without intending to trespass the terrain of a particular discipline.

            As to your last question, Isayas was sent as one among a group of young fighters for training. At that time no one remotely imagined anything about the person beyond educatioal level requirements the training programs had demanded. The political environments that produced Mengistu and Isayas were quite different from one another.

          • Aligaz G

            Ismail,

            My point in asking the last question was that sometimes difficult people are sent to far off places just to get rid of them. This is a common maneuver in habesha politics. For example nowadays trouble makers are usually offered ambassadorships to really distant posts.

          • Abraham H.

            Dear Aligaz G., thanks for asking also on my behalf about who on earth sent Isayas Afwerqi to China in the year 1967(?), just a year after he joined the ELF, while his misgivings and enmity to the mother organization of the Eritrean revolution was clear from the get go. Also why was he spared after he came back from China, it took him just a year to break away from the ELF after he returned from China. I can’t just grasp it the degree of naivety that was displayed both in the ELF and later on in the EPLF as to the intentions of Isayas. Those fatal mistakes that were committed half a century ago have indeed cost Eritrea several wasted generations and opportunities.

          • Aligaz G

            Dear Abraham,

            Apparently Mengistu’s boss in Harar hated him so much that he sent him to Addis in response to the call for two low ranking soldiers from each unit to set up a coordinating committee (Derg). Once Mengistu gained power he made sure his former commanding officer was among the first group of 60 massacred. The rest, as they say, is history.

          • Berhe Y

            Dear Abreham,

            I think the leaders of ELF were not naive but instead they chose to take the safe road, thinking Eritrean people interest ahead of themselves. IA and his group were taking a very dangerous path that would lead to civil war between the Christians and Muslims so they decided to appease him instead.

            Even after he split, they decided to take peaceful measure (dialog) instead of eliminate the organization all together.

            IA on the other hand not only wanted to eliminate ELF all together but he did it with help and support of TPLF.

            We can say it was a mistake now…but we would not have known / predict what the future would have looked like now.

            Berhe

  • Saleh Johar

    Abi,
    Is it outrageous? Then be it my dear. I have no qualms about those who denied me my childhood, and those are denying me a visit to my country. Try to imagine yourself in my shoes, you will have peace and so will I. Cheers, Ras Abi 🙂

  • Paulos

    Selam My Good People,

    Remember Tennessee Williams famous play “A Street Car Named Desire”? Well, Meqele named ship has just arrived in Massawa port. The play is about a dysfunctional and pretty messed up family who try to make it right as the days go by but to no avail. Hope the namesake of the ship and it’s implication departs from the ending of the play and Isaias makes peace with his cousins—Tigreans instead.

    • Abraham H.

      Dear Paulos, I think the tactic that PM Abiy and DIA are employing when it comes to the TPLF is “let’s just ignore them, until time and developments within Ethiopia and Tigray takes care of them”. What they have done is they have just frozen the issue that has direct impact on the role of TPLF vis-a-vis Eritrea, i.e. the border issue, and instead focus merely on issues like political, diplomatic and economic partnerships. Both DIA and Abiy given guarantees to each other of not attacking each other militarily and security guarantees, matters which are very significant to both. Then it becomes very easy to ignore or sideline TPLF.

      • Paulos

        Selam Abraham,

        I actually have a different reading about the rising new game of events. Will try to comment on it on the weekend.

      • Nitricc

        Hi Abraham; When your master supreme president Isaias Aforki said game over to your beloved TPLF; that was the done deal. Abiy is handling the situation the right way. It is a matter of time before the people of Tigray throw out the corrupted and greedy TPLF leaders. So, You are right that is the game plan. Just ignore the broad day light hyenas and wait for the people of Tigray to react and TPDM to get situated. So, When PIA said game over, it meant it the game to be very over for your beloved TPLF.

        • Consolation

          Hello nitric,

          It is a brilliant strategy. The dirty weyane are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Thewy cannot accept openly the Algiers agreement. They will keep singing that idiotic position that it should be left to the settlers to settle the border. Why they imagine that |Eritrea would regard this idiotic position now when it had rejected it for 20 years speaks about what a bozos we have dealing with. So the border with Tigray will remain closed a sort of “no peace no war” situation for them to enjoy.

          In the meantime, the Tigray economy build on the sand of looted money and massive subsidy from Ethiopia will begin to tank. The Amharas are closing their borders. We will see how long these bozos will last.

          The only regret is that the scumbag Meles Zenawi is not alive to see the humiliation of these scavengers.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Consolation; At the end of the day the people of Tigray should not be held hostage by few greedy, old and corrupted TPLF leaders. In the mean time, I wish PIA will show some mercy. You talk about humiliation? I am off today and I had the chance to around the you tube and some Ethiopian websites and I couldn’t believe what I was reading. For instance; I was on Aiga forum and I read this…

            ” What is wrong with Wedi Afom? He wants Ethiopia’s Airline and Ship Vessels to fly in and dock but does not want people to people relationship develop? Why is he denying his own people living in the border area to be free? If the current relationship is still based on an exploitation scheme it is not going to last! መቐለ ብድሃን ተመለሲ!(smile, but why Meqelle of all the Ships?)”
            Wedi-Afom? what happened to ” the mad dog” what happened to the “Eritrean despot” what happened to ” the crazy dictator” what happened to ” the one man in Asmara” What happened to all the books of insults? Now Wedi-Afom? hahahahaha. Okay, PIA come on have some mercy. You win, be a good sport and let the Tigryans cross the border. I know what you mean PIA, they had 18 years to make it right and some Oromo guy came in and solved it with 18 days. I know, I know PIA, but come on we have to live next to them be nice. lol wow is the word.

    • Consolation

      Hello Sir,

      You seem to be losing it. So a ship called Mequele has docked in Massawa and you think you can prove your favourite theorem from it! A plane called Ethiopian lands in Asmara three times a week. You could have proven a bigger theorem using that! But Now, consider this Dottore: What if Mequele belongs to the Ethiopian government and not to your Weyae friends? Do you see that your conjecture is as silly as it was 40 years ago when the ELF made it.

      • Paulos

        Dude,

        Symbol matters. It is tantamount to flying the Weyane flag in Asmara. Dig?

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    • Berhe Y

      Dear Paulos,

      If you think IA has a problem with the people of Tigray, you must be in deep sleep:). There is nothing IA would rather see, than the glory of Tigray and it’s people.

      His problem is with TPLF leaders, who were thinking “small” and focus on “Tigray” only rather than thinking of the whole Ethiopia including Eritrea.

      Berhe

      • Abraham H.

        Dear Berhe Y, i think it was two contrasting strategies that of DIA and the TPLF leaders. Isayas’ dream was always the greater scheme of Ethiopia together with Eritrea, where he could be the master at best or with significant influence at the least. Nowadays, he seems to be inching towards the latter though at the twilight of his life. While with the TPLF it was ruling Ethiopia as much as possible, and when the going gets tougher then coming with the plan B of Greater Tigray with parts of Eritrea.