Correcting the Focus of Eritrea Focus

Correcting the Focus of Eritrea Focus

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An “Open Letter” by Mr. Habte Hagos of Focus Eritrea was sent to awate.com to express his disagreement with our Gedab News report titled, “ The London Conference Stirs Controversy ” regarding the “Building Democracy in Eritrea” conference that was held in London on April 22-24, 2019.
The following is Awate Team’s response to Mr. Habte Hagos’ letter of in which he accused awate.com to have “chosen to make ill-informed and incorrect assumptions about what took place [the conference].”
Our response is not meant to impugn the character or motive of neither Mr. Hagos, nor the participants, or the organizers, or the funding sources, or anyone else associated with the conference because we believe the overwhelming majority of the invitees are well-meaning.
1.The Trigger
Just after the social media backlash from the Eritrean public, especially the youth within the “#Enough #Yiakl #Kifaya” grassroots movement, several participants told us they regretted attending the conference. However, we believe many are unaware of the controversy and in hindsight, they would feel the same way we did. So, what was the controversy that prompted us to write the report or even pay attention to the conference?
2. Questions Raised by the Youth
First, we believe Mr. Hagos should take up whatever bothered him with the BBC Tigrinya reporter, not with awate.com – the messenger. Better yet, he should take it up with the youth activists who posed live-stream questions to the BBC stressing ‘enough is enough with the divisive conferences that are tearing our society apart.’
Therefore, we were neither ill-informed nor have we made incorrect assumptions. Importantly, the item in question was not an editorial, but a Gedab News report informing our readers about the important and controversial questions raised by the youth.
3.The Conference’s Purpose
When the BBC-Tigrinya reporter asked Dr. Bereket Habte Selassie to explain the purpose of the conference, he said, “ according to the organizers, the purpose was to answer the question of whether democracy works in Africa, and if does not, what are the reasons for its failure .” As a reaction, considering that BBC Tigrinya has wide coverage in Eritrea and Ethiopia, the Eritrean regime’s propagandists pounced at Dr. Bereket Habte Selassie’s remark and run with it to suggest that Eritrea is not ready for democracy.
Furthermore, confusingly, Mr. Hagos’s letter stated that “the aim of the conference was to look ahead to post-Isaias rule.” Two paragraphs later, he said, “the primary focus remained marking the start of ongoing dialogue relating to democratic reforms in Eritrea.” We do not know which one it is!
4. Representation
The issue of representation was raised in the same BBC interview and not by Gedab News, though in many of our editorials we have written extensively about representation, an issue that has bedeviled the Eritrean oppositions for the several decades.
In his letter Mr. Hagos admits that the conference was not inclusive as he had wished it to be. He then added, the Conference Planning Working Group met regularly for 5 months trying to increase the Muslim participants, but fell short of the 30% it initially targeted. He didn’t explain why he thought 30% would be the target, but at the same time he acknowledges that a perfectly inclusive conference would have been 50:50. Does the Conference Planning Working Group think Muslims make up 30% of the population? We hope not, because only the Agazian hate-group is capable of making such a false claim. At any rate, we found out the selection was drawn from a list of a very narrow social circle and that there was a lot of nepotism involved. Worse, even Christians from certain regions were either underrepresented or excluded.
The failure of the Conference Planning Working Group to organize an inclusive conference after trying for five months raises many questions. Why didn’t they change their approach? Then, what qualifies them to organize such a conference when it did not occur to them that the youth have to either go to school or work on weekdays? Were people declining the invitation because they did not like the fact that only 30% of Muslims, women, and youth were initially targeted? Perhaps, since the conference was not publicly announced for, and they might have feared criticism for attending a secretly organized conference.
Knowing that 3 out of the 16 of the Eritrean presenters or moderators were Muslims, didn’t the organizers think people will want to talk about the elephant in the room? Or, knowing ahead of time that the conference will not be inclusive and still holding it was damaging the Eritrean fabric as some of the youth alleging?
Today, Eritreans are once again fiercely fighting to assert their sovereignty that is being assaulted by Isaias, the neo-unionist, and the expansionist Ethiopians. Is it possible that some participants withdrew from attending when they realized that 11 of the 29 presenters were non-Eritreans, for fear of being perceived as ceding the Eritrean sovereign right to chart their own path towards democratic change, to others? The optics do not look good at all — it is already being used as a propaganda fodder by the regime’s supporters.
5. Qualifications
Many of the participants, whom Mr. Hagos refers to as professional delegates, are not known in the Eritrean academic, or professional, or activist communities. This made us curious to find out what criteria were used to qualify the participants. And except for the single press release, no information was publicly available about the conference. However, now that the conference program was made public, we still do not know the selection criteria.
Without mentioning names, and with all due respect to all participants, we believe the vast majority of them are not ‘high caliber and world-renowned Eritrean and international speakers’ as Mr. Hagos would like us to believe. A modest participant told us that he was embarrassed by that characterization and remarked, “it is just a marketing hyperbole like the press release stunt aimed at an audience of one: the donor NGO.”
The conference would have benefited immensely from the many qualified Eritreans who were unfortunately excluded for partisan reasons. They would have provided competing ideas, dissenting views, and broader perspectives; not wanting to hear opposing views is a PFDJ culture and should not be practiced in our public discourses.
Eritrea has plenty of its own well-qualified experts to help it make the transitions. They possess the necessary subject matter expertise in the process of transformation and other aspects of governance–they are capable of addressing all the challenges their society faces, and they understand it better than anyone else.
6. Transparency
The Eritrean public knew about the conference the day it started. And since the organizer was Eritrea Focus, an entity that is a newcomer, we needed to know more about it. But to date, its website does not list its board of directors or management team. It says that it files annual and financial reports, but we are still unable to find such reports anywhere–Mr. Hagos’ letter failed to disclose where such reports are filed or how they can be obtained.
In short, Mr. Hagos’ letter missed an opportunity to put the transparency issue to rest by not disclosing the names of the Conference Planning Working Group. Doing so would have shed some light if any of its members had a checkered past of engaging in exclusionary practices, or in nepotism, or in peddling wedge issues in the Eritrean society. We believe it is the right of every Eritrean to be aware of individuals known for engaging in such undemocratic practices–it’s the obligation of awate.com to inform.
7. Misrepresentation
Just as we call out the PFDJ’s and the opposition’s blunders, we also reported that Eritrea Focus issued a press release falsely stating that Ambassador Haile Menkerios would be the keynote speaker. We wondered why the organizers would start a conference with a false statement, especially when the stakes of losing the trust of the Eritrean people are very high!
Mr. Hagos’ letter does not explain the reason for the false advertisement that can be easily exposed on the day of the conference, when he knew the Ambassador was not attending.
According to our source, Eritrea Focus was notified on April 2, 2019 (three weeks before the conference) that Ambassador Haile will not be able to attend.
We would also like to emphasize that we stand by our reporting, and we firmly believe Gedab News has done its due diligence in gathering the facts from multiple sources, and corroborating them directly by the Ambassador himself.
Finally, Awate.com has been around for close to two-decades and has published thousands of news reports, analysis, and editorial pieces by adhering to a very high professional and ethical standards. It has not earned its reputation as a reliable source of news by ‘ choosing to be ill-informed and by making incorrect assumptions.’
However, since we were told that Mr. Hagos is a recent retiree who finally decided to be part of the Eritrean political activist community, we would give him the benefit of the doubt–he does not know anything about awate.com and how it has been operating for many years. We suggest that Mr. Hagos use this experience as a learning moment, assume personal responsibility, own up to his rookie mistakes, and take time to learn the ropes first before coming out swinging with some wild accusations. Tags Awate Team awate.com Dr. Habte Hagos eritrea Eritrea Focus Gedab News NGO funds Political NGO About Awate Team The PENCIL is awate.com’s editorial and it reflects the combined opinions of the Awate Team and not the individual opinion of team members.
Since early 2018, the Horn of Africa region has been going through dramatic developments. The … Nitricc
Hi all: I am really embarrassed for the Ethiopians as well as feeling sorry for them. there is UN memorandum that says workinh Gebeyho was fired from his UN post due lack of English language. In the UN memorandum didn’t even addressed as Dr rather it says Mr Workneh Gebeyehu. What an embarrassment. I have always said TPLF greatest crime in Ethiopia is, TPLF has destroyed the educational system completely. At one point PMAA expressed that 87% the doctorate holders in Ethiopia is fake and bought from China. in other news Addis Abeba police declared that couldn’t control the crimes in Addis because the SAWA trained defectors are no much for them. Allegedly; the sawa trained defectors are too advanced and very organized to apprehend them. I knew it and keep saying that the defectors are no good. If they were good, they wouldn’t defect. Well, now it is Eritrea’s problem but Ethiopia’s. I have also read in Mekkele and Adi-grat the crime is too high. I wonder those too are the sawa defectors. The good thing is all the criminal Eritreans are out the country. Paulos
Nitrikay,
It is probably fake news. One goes through rigorous process before one gets that kind of coveted position and it doesn’t make sense to fire him due to lack of proficiency of the English language. They must have established his proficiency or lack of it during the interview for the job including his CV.
They should try Gedu Endargachew or Osman Saleh as in “What you call.” 😂. Nitricc
Hey P; It could be but what i saw was leaked internal memorandum of UN memo. i wish i could share the link but you know awate rules. In my opinion; Workineh was appointed to the UN as favor to PMAA. PMAA was getting a lot of grif for holding on to Workineh in power structure. So, probably he wasn’t vetted properly as rigorous as he should have been. By the way; have you ever heard him speak in english? he got his education from Ethiopian civil service so, i can see why the news might be true. Paulos
Nitrikay,
Valid points but it is not fair to judge him based on his not so impressive speeches. That said however, I have serious issues with people who claim to be Ph.D’s particularly those who were granted the degree in Ethiopia. They s*ck! Nitricc
Hey P; i agree. The Ethiopian education is compromised. What do you think about Addis Police report regarding the Sawa trained organized criminal activities. The police said they are overtaken by skills of the Eritreans and Ethiopians of south African returnees. do you buy that? Paulos
Nitrikay,
I don’t follow what is going on in Ethiopia and if I do, I sometimes read Addis-Standard. What’s going on with the returnees? Nitricc
Hey P: there are many Ethiopians who are returned from South Africa during PMAA coming to power and they are executing the criminal skills they learned in South Africa. According the Ethiopian police they have become unstoppable in crime and illegal activities. At least from what the Addis police said. Paulos
Nitrikay,
That is bad! Can’t believe the country is falling apart including the ethnic tension and the displaced citizens. Sometimes I wonder if Abiy understands the magnitude of the sh*t the country is in. I guess the guy is day-dreaming. Nitricc
Hey P: i am following the Ethiopian change very closely. As i can observe, what happens in ethiopia it tends to happen in Eritrea. You know how TPLF split and the same thing happened in Eritrea with G-15. so, my take is there is a lot of lesson to avoid all Ethiopian miss step during this change. You know change is inevitable in Eritrea, so there are endless lesson to learn. We must be careful. for sure Ethiopian style chnage is not for Eritrea. Paulos
Nitrikay,
I happen to have slightly different reading of the “supposed” change in Eritrea. I am still not convinced if change is around the corner or coming anytime soon.
Certainly, I am not discounting the “Yiakil” movement but as long as it is limited anywhere but in Eritrea, it may remain as such. I sure don’t mean to “rain on the parade” so to speak but it is imperative that we have to be realistic. In my opinion, Eritrea is a military institution and change can only be effected if there is a lasting crack with in the institution. The other possibility that I see is that, Isaias under strain and external pressure may call for a reform including a dialogue with the Opposition. Other than that we need to have a serious reading of what is actually on the ground bereft of emotion and feel good news flashes. Nitricc
Hey P; make no mistake; nothing remains the same and change in Eritrea is invertible. You are right at the face, change seems impractical but PIA will surprise you, that is my belief. if not, then, PIA will make the worst mistake of his life, there is a limit for everything. He can not rule this way forever. My advice to you is stay toon and get ready to be surprised. The UAE investment magnitude will entice every concern Eritrean. May 24 is the day. Blink
Dear Nitricc My question is why do the report even mention sawa ? What does sawa has to do with a crime committed by no one rather than their own . Addis is the capital city of crime and I don’t know how crime becomes a news item in Addis now .Any Tigrinja speaker criminals can’t be sawa guys . I believe this game is old and trashy.
Addis was always a crime headquarter and it will continue to be like that. Eritreans living in Ethiopia are an asset ( foreign capital is generated because of many Eritreans) , the addis mayor should openly thank Eritreans living in Addis. Bahri
Blink, Saleh Johar keeps throwing cavalierly the word “bigot”. Soon it will lose its sting. I would say “naTa Kedifas nay Hamata”. Besides why is it an issue who starts something as anyone, any group is free to associate and discuss and find solutions that may free us from Isaias mendacity passed as governance. If that was the case, Idris Hamed Awate would not have started the Eritrean resistance to the emperor if he had to wait for “diversity” of his troop to reflect all Eritreans. He started the revolution with associate he was familiar with and the rest is history. If I had to guess the composition of his fighters was one and the same. No one blames him for that. You start an idea, movement and what have you with people you associate, and the associates will associate with others before you know every strata of Eritrea is on board (the YeaKal movement is an example) by fixing real and imagined problems. If we don’t resist the dictator soon we are doomed, as too many people and groups are in love of sludging the past whenever someone starts something. I am not saying the Focus is perfect and the only way. Saleh can start a better conference if he could and I certainly would not blame him if he gets us sooner to our goals than Focus or others. He sees NGO’s money as haram money- let us face that is part of the game with advantages and disadvantages. Besides Eritrea revolutionary movement was bankrolled from across the Red Sea as there was no other source. You have to get it from somewhere as long as it doesn’t distract you from your ultimate goals. The NGO’s have their own goals and the recipients should have fiduciary responsibility to use it for the betterment of Eritrea and Eritreans. If you know they are mis-using expose them but it has to be based on facts and not generalizations. Dismissing all NGO one and the same is untenable. We have to look forward with an eye to keep future leaders not to stray and abuse us, when if they become one, but now is not the time. The time now is to remove the unelected dictator by whatever means. Just do it. Enough for virtual sophistry. Saleh Johar
Bahri, My dear, the moment you start to compare Hamid Idria Awate with the dellalas, you lose the argument. The Sudanese have a saying, alli Endu Hurgus, berahu yergus. Take it easy. Sorry, I am off. Ismail AA
Selam Bahri,
Glad to see you have changed the tone of engagement. This entry is calmer and more sober than the first one I read yesterday and provoked me to respond by way of a kind of testimony about Awate.com and its managers.
Having said that, I agree with you that it is within the right and capabilities of anyone or group to start initiatives regarding the ongoing struggle for the sake of relieving our people from the destructive one-man plus enablers despotism. But, we should also not lose focus on post absolutism harmonious order we aspire that guarantees national unity that rests on coherent legally sanctioned government institutions.
Solutions we book at the present, on the one hand, and on the other, mistakes we make shall definitely determine the quality of an order we shall have. That is why we have to carefully watch and scrutinize our steps and initiatives while we can and have time. Transparency and openness will our gates to inclusiveness which in turn will permit us to balance and counter balance participations on levels of constituencies.
Hence, the point to make is that there is no problem with initiative taking. The problem is how open we are to checks and counter checks on many aspects. Expediencies and needs of the moment should not over shadow our attention to the kind of gains we project to harvest down the road. We should take risks that could lead to unhealthy succession. Thus, sources of solidarity in funds and public relations should not be limited to need of the moment at the expense of the future. Today’s politically imbued generousities and grants using NGOs as conduit could be investments governments make in order to have footholds to influence and orient post change conditions of nations towards their strategic interests, which when their peoples resist become advance posts to create internal strives and conflicts. We have watched many instances in regions not far from our shores.
Moreover, to add a final word, in regard to allusion to the great Hamid Idris Awate as point of comparison, I think if you would take moments to reflect on the time and circumstances today and at that time, I would like to believe you would figure out the comparison between was misplaced. I do not know how much you are exposed to the history of Awate’s time and the obstacles involved. Those heroes did not have the luxuries wr have today. But, we should as citizens of independent Eritrea celebrate Awate’s wisdom, broad patriotism and sense of accommodation or inclusivity when he advised and warned that the mission he and his 13-man unit had embarked on would not attain its goal without their brothers and sisters in the highlands would not join hands with their compatriots in the lowlands. History had proved him right. Blink
Dear Bahri Remember some people have been investing in Ethnic and religious politics for almost 40 years and anyone who challenge their color is an enemy. Can you imagine these people thinks one ethnic one vote and then divide it in to two religion , you can see how it is being setting up. It is simple like 10 ethnic votes and then divide these 10 across religion and you will find 9 against 1 then they call this 9 against 1 becomes a majority.
Their maths is not really illogical and that is why they run to religion and awuraja. I believe the future of Eritrea will not be safe at such scenario. They need to be challenged at every corner and call spade for spade . Hope
HELLO ALL: Here is an excellenet Summary by Prof Tesfa Ghebremedhin,who used to be in a midway lane.“JOINING THE YOUTH IN SUPPORT OF ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’ MOVEMENT” Gerogee
Hi H
1. There is no mid-way. Mid way is for cowards who hang until they find opportunity to show there true colors. Prof. Was always against Eritrea Gov. he was to afraid to come out of the closet.
Kind of like you always switching teams on a dime. Hope who are you? Are u the guy from Gonder when you are at NAZRET.COM an Ethiopian website?
I wonder how do you decide who you gonna be on a particular day? Flip a coin? Consult your Oracle ?
Have a wonderful night
Please,read the EXCELLENT and FACTUAL Analysis by the GOOD PROFESSOR. Dude, why would you care about Hope’s ID or origin? Didn’t Itell you that I was/am an Yellow Card Holder X-PFDJ? Ytrty to be mopre Catholic than the Pope. A Midway Path is a Non-Partisan,Neutral and Independent–Minded people’s path;not a Flip-flopper’s path.
My nick has been abused many times.
oAm fully aware about the Ethiopian Hope.
u But am NOT an Ethiopian dude but an ORIGINAL and UNSPOILED Original Eritrean …
If U want me to be more specific:
cAn original Kerenite,Wed Gash Barca Abay and Bilenay Tsaida…a son of ELF and EPLF.and a hybrid of Muslim and Christian Families.
aA prototype Eritrean, if you wish.
nHow about that Georgino or is it,Georg ?
tHope Gerogee
Hi hope
Listen ask simple question, what really changed in Eritrea to make the professor you talk about from, being neutral 2 jumping CIA sponsored regime agenda called Yeakil? You keep throwing that, I used to be “pfdj” card-carrying member. Like I’m going to be impressed. There is nothing that would indicate this movement is organic or owned by Eritreans.
But there is ample evidence, which by the way I will never reveal to you, this is highly orchestrated regime change agenda by enemies of Eritrea.
If you don’t believe me and you are a bit of computer savvy. Do yourself a favor create an account in YouTube and put us some video that is anti Eritrean government. You’ll see the people that the IP address. Or if you see the Twitter accounts most of them have been opened recently.
Out of all people you should know this is highly suspect movement Peter you should never accept something without even verifying.
Finally the London meeting admit it they received money from CIA! I want you to prove me wrong! National endowment for democracy is not CIA! Prove me wrong. That’s your homework now Bahri
selam tSAtSE, According to Awate Team, the center of Eritrea’s universe should pass through Awate or at least get their blessing; otherwise it lacks legitimacy. Ali Salim whatever his moniker name was must be well and alive as their bean counter to even raise such an issue as their major argument to diss the conference. No wonder Isaias is playing the Eritrean people when you have friends like Awate Team well and alive. Guys instead of splitting hair like tSAtSe said why don’t you accept Habte’ s apology and his promises to be more inclusive and learn from their mistakes. Give him the benefit of doubt and try over. Get involved instead of being Monday morning quarterback analysts by scripting an opinion her and there on a website. How many Eritreans have access to website to read your opinions, and if they do have good command of English to participate in your discussions. Not in Eritrea and in the majority of the diaspora locations. Obviously writing on a website is not going to dislodge the dictator; it may help but is not going to be decisive. PS: I don’t know Habte or any of the organizers, know anything about Focus; I am not a Christian either if that matters to Awate as their lens is too focused on such issues. Saleh Johar
Bahri (and Blink), I am off today and I have all the time, and the urge to engage. 1. “How many Eritreans have access to website to read your opinions, and if they do have good command of English to participate in your discussions.”
2. Bahri, if you are not Christian, you are going to hell. I might as well tell you that, now. Who cares what you are? You care about religious iedntities, talk about it politely. Do not insinuate any of the issue was about religion, it was about BIGOTRY. And bigotry focuses on religious identity. In Tigrinya we say, natas mother-in-lowa.
For one, you are reading and prejudiced people are mostly the educated who lead the innocent astray. So, you are a target and our job is done as far as you read it. BTW, was the conference in Tigrinya or Saho 🙂
3. For Blink: see how “Ali Salim” comes as a catchphrase to attack you-know-who? Could you tell the veiled bigotry contained in that PFDJsque comment veiled as innocent. Bahri
Saleh, The level of depravity in terms of your “team” has no bounds. It’s just insane as you claim I am a ” target” of what? Because I commented on your self-serving narrow identity focus. I am neither prejudiced nor lead others astray as everyone, I hope, knows how to guide their affairs to safe grounds. I am done as your so called engagement is full of loaded put-downs like bigot, hell, prejudiced, PFDJsque..boy you can load so much feather weight in a cucinetta. GitSAtSE
Selamat Bahri,
Served many tours and in the trenches in defense of Awate when the attacks were relentless. We held the Salihien, Saleh and Saleh, in high esteem as our leaders in the resistance against the PFDJ and dictator IA. The battles were fierce and many were won by those in the trenches. The Pencil or the editorials were of top notch quality, balanced, principled and respectful. No divisive insinuation like you see in this current editorial. No flip flopping like the huge difference between Negarit 27 and Negarit 41. (see for yourself by searching for the videos in “search” above)
I suppose these phenomena exhibited at Awate of late are further proof that “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The same attacks that the PFDJ and IA utilized on Awate1.0 we are observing Awate Team or Awate in general is now utilizing the weapons on Eritrea Focus1.0. The elevation and high respect of the Saleh’s may have been affected negatively with the migration of SY to Eritrea digest. With out the balancing input from SY the sole SJG is of the belief that he can say and do anything he wishes regarding Eritrea without any one to check him. And his negative campaign against a formidable up and coming Eritrean organization, Eritrea Focus, is at a time when Eritreans are on the verge of switching from #Yiakil to the critical and dangerous phase of Hazo Hazo. I suppose SJG and the AT as well as Gedab News and Negarit have not received the memo that nearly all Eritreans have received.
Well, here is a quote from somebody very familiar to Awate to remind them of what time it is:
“We will isolate lying, scheming Isaias Afeworki. We will separate the security services and the armed forces from him. We will reduce him to the status of Omer Al Bashir.” Saleh AA Younis on Eritrea Digest.
Eritrea Focus is a significant force that adds to the preponderance of Eritrean Resistance over the crumbling regime’s support base. Yet Gedab, AT, Negarit and old out dated republished articles have been attacking Eritrea Focus relentlessly by fomenting fire amongst Eritreans utilizing the dangerous divisiveness along religion and region. By the way I am not at all affiliated with Eritrea Focus nor have I ever had contact with them. Though I am considering it now because had they not been a force to reckon with we wouldn’t have seen these hypocritical relentless unfounded attacks by AT, Gedab and Negarit. I am asking Awate to take immediate corrective measures and consider the over all Eritrean dilemma instead of exhibiting jealousy. New leadership are bound to replace old leadership. Don’t you think?
“Annabiba YaEi TTefioUna. MtSmam diyyu MitSimamm knegruna” Wedi Tikabo – Wediboy TeAre, nmeArare
nmeArare nmeArare nmeArare nmeArare Paulos
Selam Bahri,
I am still not entirely convinced if that is the case either with AT or Aya SGJ but let me say this: I specifically remember the day Awate was launched and I have read every article that was written either by Aya SGJ or Saay since then and every time I read their respective articles, their confessional belief never crossed my mind for I saw in them only bona fide Eritreans with serious concerns about Eritrea and deep care for Eritrea as well.
Equally, my reading of the recent conference was with in that scope in mind and I find it disturbing if any concerned Eritrean focuses on head count based as in who was invited and who was left out instead of focusing on how we collectively move forward in post tyranny Eritrea where ethnic or religious divide lose any meaning. I trust Aya SGJ read the intent of the Conference as such. Saleh Johar
Paulos, Thank you or the testimony. Now let me asnwer your concern.
I dis not see it through an identity lens. I explained enough that my Shro (not beef) was over my disgust of the so-called activists acting like mercenaries. If there are no funds, you will not hear from them at all. My message has always been against the NGO corruption. That is my position that I reached after watching it play it for so long. If people read too much into it, I am sure there is nothing I can do but explain the mater over and over again. Unfortunately a few people have already made up their mind, and would not listen–I let them be except when they cross the line and become disrespectful and dishonest.
Thank you again, now please take care of HaileS for me 🙂 Paulos
Selam Ayay,
Are you saying that the only reason they called for the Conference was because of the funds coming from the NGOs? Don’t you think that is a bit of a cynicism in tandem with generalization where it is unfair to put every person who was part of the Conference in one basket?
If I am not mistaken, years ago, you penned a rather scathing article directed at one of the recent attendees [won’t say his name] where you came down hard on him along the lines of your recent take on the NGOs and don’t you think it is rather unfair to paint all of them with the same brush when the intent of the others could as well be genuine and they had to rely on external support to call for a Conference for it was perhaps beyond their financial means? Saleh Johar
Hi Paulos, I have no issue with the invitees. I jam just appealing to anyone attending such conferences to make sure about the negdet before they attend. My target is the “democratization” cottage industry entrepreneurs.
Thank you for remembering my position on NGOs. But that is only one article you remembered, there are many of them. Paulos
Ayay,
When I said, I read almost every single article, I wasn’t kidding and I remember 😂. Paulos
Ayay,
I admire your courage for sticking to your guns but it could be missing the forest for the trees so to speak and the regime can use it for a propaganda ploy as a serious schism with in the Opposition. Methinks. Saleh Johar
Hi Paulos, I agree with you on the propaganda part. Yes, I mentioned that. And I thought about it and had to make a decision, I chose what I thought is the lesser evil. I know a little bit about forests–from Tarzan movies 🙂 When a few trees get sick, unless they are taken to a hospital to be seen by a doctor and cured, they will infect the rest of the trees, then the forest becomes a desert–that was a cartoon movie 🙂 I am hoping it is either Botany or Zoology 🙂 Paulos
ሰላም ኣያይ,
ክኢላታት ናይ ኣውደ መጽናዕቲ ቀላሚጦስ ወይካኣ ኦማት ብሓፈሻ፣ እንተዳኣ ሃልዮም ኣብመንጎና፣ ሕማም ተላገብ ኣብ መንጎ ኦማት የጋጥም እንተደኣ’ኾይኑ መብርሂ ክህቡና ተስፋ ይገብር፣ ‘ተዘይኮይኑ ንታርዛን ክንውከሶ ኢና። Saleh Johar
Paulos, You are asking me a tough question, . Remember how children answer 1+1=2 easily? Then you ask, how about 2+2? Me too! eziaa aytemharkwan. Anything that is not in a cartoon movie, ask HaileS.
Ismail, you provoked me to get even with HaileS. I learned how to type in Tigrinya in a flash, and this is one of my favorite childhood songs. My peers would ask me to sing it and I would ignore them until they beg more, then…
ኣፋ ኮረመሎ ከናፍራ ወርቂ ኣብ ልበይ ሓዲራ ከም ጥርመዝ ኣረቂ ተራራተረራ ተራራ፣ ተራራተረራ ተራራ
I didn’t know (still I don’t know) what that meant. You called for it 🙂
Now let’s read Burhan Ali’s article… and please welcome him back.. Paulos
Selam Ayay,
Ok, from now on any question, and anything related to 2D including “Family Guy” will be directed to you and anything in 3D will be for Haile. But if Hailat says:
ክላ ማሓረና
ንስኻ’ግን ከም ሓደ ካላ ኣብ ኣግራብ ሕማም ተላገብ ኣሎ’ድዩ ክትብል ጻሓይ ዓሪባትካ
ይፈልጥ ይኸውን’ዩ ብዛዕባ ሕርሻ ተዘይኮይኑ ንብርጭቆ GitSAtSE
Selamat Ayya Saleh Johar,
I am not necessarily pestering you. But supposing I just woke and am asking for what is rightfully mine, i.e. information you hold that is detrimental to the survival of my life time struggle for Eritrea, then you are obliged to provide what you are withholding.
It should not and can not be only and only YOUR target. No single individual should possess such great influence. I recall you being an entrepreneurs but then again I did not know there was such a thing as cottage or dairy farm industry. If there are rules to playing the game then you must be consistency in adhering to the rules of the game. The time is now for creating an Eritrean National Assembly which has been missing in Eritrea for nearly two decades. The contents of the research papers and the road map to the way forward must be discussed thoroughly. It is beneficial to all that absolute mutual respect must be the attitude. The representation issue can be resolved with in month. It is up to every body now to identify the most efficient road with the most reasonable leadership. Let us see you lead by showing all of us what is the right was to hand off.the relay stick or SHig.
tSAtSE
ሓንጎል ገናጺሉ እንዳወጠረ ኣድኪሙ ንኣኻ ኣነስ ይትረፈኒ ገለ ካየውጽኣለይ በጃኻ እዚ ዘይዝክሮ የለን፡ እምሕል እንካ ስጋኻ ኣዒንቱ ኣለወን x-ray ዘርኢ ዓጽምኻ
ካብ molecule ናብ black-hole እናነጠረ ሓንሳእ ሴፍ፡ ሓንሳእ ክንቲት እናዓተረ ካብ ጽድቂ ናብ ኮምሳርያቶ ሓማሴን ምሳይ እናተዛወረ ካብ እሳተ ሄርታሌ ዝጉዓዝ ኣንታርክቲካ ናብቲ ዝቆረረ
Superman ዶ ክብሎ ሳሬት-ማን መልሓሱ ሃነን ዘብል ከም ኣብራር ዑስማን ስብከቱ ዝጠዊ ካብ ጸጋም ንየማን
ልኣኮ በል ካብ በልካ፡ ሕራይ ኢለ ክቕበሎ ድሓር’ክኣ – መብጽዓ ኣለዎ ክጋብዘኒ ፍሪታታ ጥቓ እንዳ-ፈርኔሎ ተጸሚመ:-) ክሰምዖ እየ ናቱ ፊሎዞፍያ ናቲ ኣውሎ Paulos
Selam Hailat,
You are something! I am certainly not worthy to take care of you as Aya Saleh put it which is hard to say no to his Excellency.
This may sound a bit insensitive but the reason I am desperately looking forward to Isaias Afwerki’s exit is not so much so that the people can enjoy the freedom they deserve among other perks of life but most importantly you and I can finally chill munching on ፋታ and flushing it down with ድቋ ስዋ along a series of hard core topics ranging from ሃለቃ ገብረሃና፣ ማሪቆሳይ እምኒ ምስ ሕምባሻይ to Philosophy, Medicine, Hard Sciences, Mathematics, and Arts as in Cubism, Impressionism where I can’t wait to tell me more about the latter two in particular. Till then stay well my brother. Saleh Johar
Gziekha tetsebe. I am learning how to type Tigrinya faster and then kerkbelka eyye 🙂 Haile S.
Selam Saleh,
This is from childhood memory when my elder sister was reading us whatever she finds in the newspaper (ኅብረት)፡
ቾምበ’የ ቾምበ ቾምበ ሉቡምባ’ስ መይቱ ጊዜኻ ተጸበ
May be those who were adults at that time remember this journalist or columnist. Ismail AA
ሉሙምባ ሉሙምባ ሓሪዶምኻዶ ከም ባኒ ከም ዱባ ውን ይሕውሰኾ ነይሩ። ክገርመኩም ኣነ ኣብቲ እዋናት ፊደላት ትግርይና ኣይፈላጥን ነይር። Neighborhood children to shout the verses. As it was a kind peer fashion, every one had to say what others said. I just thought it was a January (ወርሒ ጥሪ) song. Later on, I knew what it was about. Lumumba’s death was associated with the cause of independence and colonialism. Haile Sillasie was friend of the latter, while Gemal Abbulnasser liberated his country, and will help Eritrea become independent that was awaited every year in September.
The curious thing was as children and early teen age group, we used to anticipate every September to come with independence of Eritrea. Later, I thought it was associated with the annual session of UN General Assembly. I think elders used to chat about those things and children stealthily spied what was said and reported to their peers. The interesting thing in retrospect was the elders exchanged in whispers and their children sang in loud voice
Now, Haile and Saleh, were your worlds the same as mine? I mean Asmara residence quarters and Keren La’alay, Geza Wereqet etc. Haile S.
Selam Ismail,
Thank for the additional lines on Lumumba. On tiptoeing our elders and fathers, it was pretty the same in Asmara. In celebrating the heroes and damning the villains we eritreans (probably others too) go far beyond our boundaries. The poems on Lumumba is a perfect example. It became a household thing that everybody repeats for years exactly like the …. ኣደ ንጉሰ ኣዴና ኣይትኹና፡ ወደን ይሕረድ ንሰን ይቑነና … ንጉሰ’የ ንጉሰ, እዛ ዓለም ብላሸ. The waiting for September is a generational thing. I think it was not known to my generation. I became aware of freedom fighter because of my uncle when my mother was saying ሸፊቱ፡ ወዲ ዓወተ ወሲድዎ and then the ‘ሽፍታ’, those getting hanged in Edaga-Hamus livestock market. The phenomenon sunk well in my head when one day our daring junior history teacher said, the Mozambique liberation movement is known as FRELIMO and Eritrean liberation front as ELF. Ismail AA
Selam Bahri,
Opinions posted under false names are seldom taken seriously. That is at least what I do; they just remain virtual as their authors. But some times, in ill-considered strive to stunt meaningful debate, they go out of the way to step on faulty or loose ground and drop to the bottom of a black hole of fallacy. It’s at this points that they provoke response.
Now, to the point in case. Bahri claimed that Awate is a hegemon, AT is an ally of Isayas, found a jargon in accounting (bean counter) to recall poor Ali Salem in an attempt to score a point, and most outrageously volunteered to tell her/his religious affiliation. This person has unwittingly testified about what Awate.com and its team are not and not have been. If they were, Bahri would have come up with burden to sell the exact opposite of what he/she claimed. She/he would have argued that Awate is not a hegemon, not sectarian and Ali Salem as well in an effort to establish Isayas is not a hegemon, and actuall a super literal. Fortunately, we have sensible people in this forum. Thanks Dr. Paulos; you have also spoken for many of us. Blink
Bayto must be feeling the best thing from such article then . Saleh Johar
Blink, Accusing people of bigotry is a grave allegation. Such allegation should not be thrown liberally. So, I feel they may be feeling good. In fact, anyone who is victimized should feel good. We should all strive to defend the wrongly victimized without context. Blink
Dear SG I am assuming both sides are in competition. Assume that bayto is 70% Muslim . Bayto are not yet being given the same mirror too. Whom is victim more and why ?
SG , bigotry !! Which part of my comment is bigotry ? Bayto is a political organization and there is no way someone can protect them from anything what so ever . Do we know the source of their financial backers? How is that bayto being given a pass in awate editorials? Taking sides will not help remove the religious steins. Awate editorials is taking sides as well as playing this awuraja game which is too old to give fruits at this time . Saleh Johar
Blink, I didn’t say your comment was bigoted. Please read carefully. The context is the bigotry that has become so prevalent you can’t miss it. Do you know 90% of the insults I get is bigoted–since I started to write? Why do you think that is? In the comment I made, I was just airing my frustration with the bigots, and I thought you could be of some help. Was I wrong? Blink
Dear SG No way , I do not see any benefits from a white men and a unionist mix just as anyone. I don’t picture Eritrea in that religion thing but I admit these Christians and we can say these Tigrinja speakers are in majority every where you go around the west and for that there is no way we can escape their numbers what we have all to do is assume we own it and ask for more transparency.
How do you think if Eritreans in Sudan get their conference and what will be the numbers between the two religions ? SG , yes I know that bigoted thing and it is not new to you , you can’t clean it either because sometimes things complicated . But this editorials is simply digging more and it is possible people will see this as taking side . Hope
Ahlen Ya Gen Blink:“Dear SG I am assuming both sides are in competition. Assume that bayto is 70% Muslim . Bayto are not yet being given the same mirror too. Whom is victim more and why ?”.
Spot on.Thanks for reading my mind.
While I respect him and his relentless efforts for Justice,i attempted to give him some feedback in my own capacity but he will attack me or ban and or call me with nasty names and present me as the worst person in this forum and he successfully achieved to be perceived as such in this FORUM.
Am glad that Tsatse is ” challenging and confronting ” him. I NEVER EVER seen or heard Ustaz Salih Ghadi Johar openly apologizing for his mistakes,to my best recall and knowledge. He rather is quite FAMOUS in criticizing every entity that come out with new ideas and projects and calls those Projects ” Summer or Winter” Projects,when they do not agree with his Agenda or ideas and he dictates things like the god of gods. He joked about me when I asked : -For a Compromise..
Where is this hair splitting of the splitted hair taking us?
ኣነ ትምኒተይ ከም ብጻይ ሃብተ ድሕሪ ጡረታ ክብል ታተ
…. ምስ ቆብዐይ ካብ ዝተርፍ መሲለ ግሩም ፈላሲ
ኣነ ትምኒተይ ይምሕለልኩም ትትረፈኒ እታ ዋንጫ ዘለዋ መንበርኩም ሒዘያ ዝነበርኩ ዱካ እውን እገድፈልኩም ጥራይ ንእሽተይ ቦታ ሃቡኒ ኣብ ማእከልኩም…. ምርጋሕ ገዲፈ ዘሳፍሓላ iSem
Hi AT;“We would also like to emphasize that we stand by our reporting, and we firmly believe Gedab News has done its due diligence in gathering the facts from multiple sources, and collaborating them directly by the Ambassador himself.” If I am not mistaken you mean “Corroborating” and not “collaborating”
Yeah the quality of Awate Team’s editorials seemed to have been degraded a lot. Or may be it is just a fraudian slip as they are “collaborating” and “obstructing”.
I mean AT is in agreement with Georgee Whats next? Ykhdenena!
tSAtSE iSem
Hi Tsatse; Well, we should thank AT for its two scores of years of information and dedication. Our hats should be off in deference. You know, I attribute it to the English language e and the modern spell checks that in its attempt to be to help full does not do a good job, if you have typed corroborate the checker may think you mean collaborate. So absolutely it has NOT been degraded. Saleh Johar
TsaTse, I am dying to know the reason for your change of attitude and your non-stop punches. I wish you could summon some sense and control your rants.
Selamat Ayya Saleh Johar,
It is simply a case of: what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. There are numerous discrepancies with your stance regarding Eritrea Focus. You can start by reconciling your Negarit 27: Nairobi Medrekh. Clearly your aversion to funding started after Medrikh or Eri-Platform refused to share the funds.
Also, wouldn’t you think that in Eritrea several ideas or strategies to overcome the oppression would arise as opposed to just one. Some accept their plight, some vote with their feet and some will organize and resist the oppression. Why is it hard to believe that Eritreans in Eritrea have the capacity to organize and resist? Any how, it has been far too long since I accepted fully or gave the benefit of the doubtt to your every word. Time to develop wisdom my own and become as influential, if not greater, as the Great Gedab Ghadi! Jay Gatsby as the protagonist in GG pails in comparison to the GGG – The Great Gedab Ghadi. Just think of me as Pip from Great Expectations.
tSAtSE Saleh Johar
TsaTse, When you start to comment on issues that you do not have any knowldge of, it is irksome. In short, I can challenge you on this: “Clearly your aversion to funding started after Medrikh or Eri-Platform refused to share the funds.”. My friend, it is only clear in your foggy thinking. I challenge you to prove it. Otherwise, it will not go as smooth as you might think. For the first time I am sking you to retract it or prove it, fair game.
Also, please remember I am capable of mocking and pocking if that is your preferred manner of debate. I just do not want to go there with you. That should only happen when people forget to take their doses. Stop being disrespectful. We provide an open forum for anyone to express their views with respect. That should not be mistaken for an open license to be irresponsible and insult anyone here. My advise is this: if you fall for every gossip you hear, don’t expect others to do the same. Express whatever you believe in a civil manner. Otherwise, as the Amhara would say, Ezzam bet essat alle. Your mocking can create a domino effect. It is only I don’t want to go there, and I am begging you to help me stay civil. My name is clear, Saleh “Gadi” Johar, any combination of that would do, memorize it and reread the posting guidelines.
“My friend, it is only clear in your foggy thinking. I challenge you to prove it. ”
“Hiji genzeb terkhibu, genzeb terekhibu kem gele ile kheA feliTTe”…“Ezen genzeb suQue iiLen kiTefeA…”
You can start this Negarit 27 on December 7th, 2018 at min 3:10
If the link is removed than you know where to find the Negarit 27.
My understanding is you were asking Medrekh to share the funds. I may be wrong in presuming Medrekh refused to share. May be they did share. And then on April in article, another republished article, then on Negarit 41 and finally with AT editorial your aversion or scrutiny of funding is very vivid and for all to see. So, again I ask you: Did your aversion to NGO funding begin after Medrekh refused to share? Because you clearly, unless you have a twin who parallels you Negarit show, are soliciting Medrekh to share funds in this video.
I truly believe respect is mutual and I do have respect for you and all. I am merely pointing out the unprincipled and dangerous stand you are taking with your attacks on Eritrea Focus. You are utilizing divisive issues that in reality aren’t there. All Eritrean groups have every intent and purpose to be inclusive. I will further break down the latest AT editorial as well as Mr. Hagos’ Response to “An Open Letter” and do a teleological comparison:
Teleological — Relating to or involving the explanation of phenomena IN TERMS OF THE PURPOSE THEY SERVE rather than OF THE CAUSE BY WHICH THEY ARISE.
tSAtSE Saleh Johar
Tsatse, weHaTyo entebelkuwas….
“So, again I ask you: Did your aversion to NGO funding begin after Medrekh refused to share? ”
Share with whom? Listen again but do not carry your prejudice when you do that.
Than you do it again, stop sloppy observation if you wish to be credible.
“You are utilizing divisive issues that in reality aren’t there.”
Fisrt, I knew elements like you who would like to brush issues under the table, not everyone is like you. And everybody has the freedom to express their views, unless you think I do not have that right.
Second, what is divisive? Why be driven by your ready-made perception? The issue was NGO interference and you disappoint me, you have not been reading me as you claim, maybe you were not understanding what I say–sorry, I do not speak gibberish. Throughout, I have always written against NGOs and that is my topic. Furthermore, you can fall for any glimpse of ray but don’t expect all to follow your emotional reaction–you have proved to be an avid exponent of diving without studying the matter.
Third, I never disrespect any one, not you or anyone else. But I do know when to respond in kind, to shake the callous who think I humanly impossible tolerance. Just remember that and again, be respectful and clear. Do not ask me about issue you cooked in your head–I am not privy to that and I do not want to be. Don’t ever assume you own the truth, learn to be humble when expressing your views because they are only yours. Ranting and being disrespectful will not convince me. Make a point without stepping on my toes. That is all.
“Share with whom? Listen again but do not carry your prejudice when you do that.” REALY! “with whom” is your wiggle room? Very disappointing indeed.
No need to listen again and there aren’t any prejudices on my part to be carried anywhere. Your little wiggle room exit you found is very disappointing. You were advocating the sharing of the funds with whom ever. Though I can deduce from the video you weren’t soliciting for the sharing of the funds with your favorite charity. It is clear you were pleading with Medrekh to share funds with the ENCDC. You are still considering the NGO funds as good genzeb or Halal so long Medrekh shares the funds; yes I know share the funds with the ENCDC. How is a layman like me going to go further and proof that Saleh Johar Ghadi receives kick backs for being the broker of a deal. In the same video you tell your audience that you were privy to seeing 200K, 300K, 400K Five hundred spent all over the place. Would you care to give some examples? Hence, what’s good for the goose is good for the gender.
Any you are very wrong about folks like me wanting to brush things under the carpet. My friend, the Tokhrir Muslim Eritreans now suffering horror in the Sudan, their DenQeb gated Kanshelow encircled my Kanshelow in Hilet Sudan Teseney. With regards to Eritrea an Eritrean with a christian name could possibly be a much better spokesperson or carer for Muslim Eritreans. The reverse is also true. I do not even consider myself a christian or a highlander. I am simply an Eritrean and all Eritrean issues concern me equally. It matters not at all also from which religion my representatives come from. If the Eritrea National Assembly is composed of entirely Muslim Eritreans, then I would feel as if I am represented. If it is composed of entirely Christian Eritreans then I would also feel represented. So long the representatives are Eritrean I have no problem with it. Their competence and the content of their leadership is what matters. Sorry SJG, I happen to be one who hasn’t been contaminated to think with divisive means. As long as their leadership is just and adheres to the rule of law and the representative is Eritrean then his or her religion does not mean anything to me personally. I do not waste precious time uncovering which Awraja each invitee to the London Conference hails from. Like the Awate Team did when they told us the invitees to the London Conference excluded christian regions. I challenge AT to prove it just like I gave proof when you challenged me.
Sure you have every right to speak your mind and heart. I have fought tooth and nail just like you for freedom of speech. How am I different than you when I am speaking what I understand with civility and rational arguments. Speak on oh Great Gedab Ghadi. There is a political reason why you are being challenged. No on is showing you disrespect. I just trust my faculties to comprehend certain things better than the average person, that’s all. No need for you intimidating posture.
tSAtSE Saleh Johar
TsaTse, Using your own justification, “How is a layman like me going to go further and proof that TsaTse is not mentally unstable”, for example. If you cannot prove anything, you do not throw it into the air. That is called decency and honesty. It doesn’t mean since you cannot prove something you take the liberty to make wild allegations. TsaTse, if you are feeling remorse for any positive step you took towards awate.com, please let me know. There are many people who can volunteer to make that right. We do not sell free rambling, think again. And I am not enjoying this hallow discussion with you. This is my last comment and please stop it at that before you do more damage to the sanity of the forum. Adios. GitSAtSE
Selamat Ayya Saleh Johar,
I proved that you were okay with Eritreans utilizing NGO funding. You were okay for Medrek to share their funding with ENCDC. You pleaded with Medrek to share the funding with their poor brothers. There is a video of you speaking the very words I am using coming out from your mouth. You were for the use of NGO funding only six month ago on December 7th, 2018. The video is Negarit 27. Now in April of 2019, less than a six month later you are lecturing about the evils of NGO funding.
So maybe your contradictory stance on NGO funding or your outlook about NGO funding changed as a result of something else. Maybe Medrekh had no influence on your change of stance with regards to NGO funding.
Nice try, but the layman tSAtSE is about proving whether or not Saleh Gandhi gained personally…. I can’t possibly prove if you deserved a share of the funds after successfully securing funds for the ENCDC. AAsha’s deHan Allo, Zemed Gasha iyyu kefiOuwo zello. I am doing just fine and am mentally very stable. The reason I am challenging you is because of your current propaganda and attacks on Eritrea Focus can be catastrophic for the overall Eritrean cause. DeHan bruH aytishaQuel bzaEba snAemurawi TTiEnai. Zeyy Nayy Eritreana gudday iyyu PTS do mi ti es sheQuelqel n liEli Eisra Amet geiruley.
tSAtSE
Selam tSAtSE,
Lately, when some of us started to celebrate for pulling you from cryptic to plain language to benefited from you views, tenacity and overzeal seem be robbing us from the best of you, and in your. Anger is sworn enemy of virtuous and resourceful persons. It began from the time you came up with the issue of “Hizbawi Tegadlo Harnet Eritra” and the passionate debate that there was in this forum.
Now, to the point that pushed me jot these lines. I also saw the typo error when I first read the item; but passed it because raising it would have made me feel petty. After all, I know some of the gentlemen at AT are authors of books in the English language. Hence, your comment here reminded me of a funny anecdote that happened in Eritrea Festival hall in Kessel, Germany, some years back amidst a hot debate when some participants out there slided to petty matters instead of focusing on the main issue. One of the panelists was Mr. Hussein Khalifa whom up that point in time I new him for not speaking the Tigrigna language at all. He surprised us when he retorted by saying ” እንታይ ኢኩም ካብ ጣንጡ ስብሒ ክተውኡ ትፍትኑ”. It was a witty remark that brought back sanity to the debate. Hayat Adem
Dear Ghedab News, I have received an unverfied tip that Eritreans in refugee camps of the Kessela region are being attacked. Their stay-in camps are being burned down. Could you check out for the authenticity of otherwise this disturbing news and inform the world for possible intervention if true?. Nitricc
I have received an unverfied tip
Hayat; Digital weyane at its best. why do you care? GitSAtSE
Selamat Nitricc,
Hayat cares because a wedge seems to be forming to divide and weaken all Eritreans. She sees an opportunity to add fuel to the fire. On the one hand you have the refugees in the Sudan composed mostly of Eritrean Muslims and on the other hand you have, as alleged by Awate Team, Gedab and Negarit Eritrean Christian dominated non inclusive group.
I am probably not coherent above, but you have been following the efforts to invent divides along religious lines amongst Eritreans by the AT. Gedab will oblige the Weyane with a confirmation of Hayat’s Tip. I bet you ten thousand Nakfa Gedab will repeat Hayat’s diabolic tip.
tSAtSE Lamek
Tsatse, good observation. Anyone who says the regime in asmara is dominated by Christian highlanders is dishonest and with ill intentions. I am afraid Hayat Adem was hoping the attacks were by Tigrinya PFDJ operatives.
You know why I like Mahmoud Saleh these days and you also for that matter? Because you guys are making compelling arguments that a large chunk of the opposition are opposing for their own sinister reasons and the basis of their opposition is typically for narrow interests, personal grudges, out of boredom, you name it. Hayat Adem
Dear Lamek, What happened to you? Honestly, i couldn’t believe you came to 5his this: “I am afraid Hayat Adem was hoping the attacks were by Tigrinya PFDJ operatives.” What a reported was about the victims. How did you know I was hoping the attackers to be from the PFDJ? Why would you take such a risk for no reason? I am so mad at you like i would never be so if it was said by the usual suspects. Nitricc
How did you know I was hoping the attackers to be from the PFDJ?
Hayat; I don’t think you understood what you are and how you are perceived. You may think you are fooling the forum participants but in reality you are fooling no one but yourself. So don’t act like you are surprised when people calling you out for what you are, deceptive. Right now you are praying by every language you knew that something bad to happen to Eritrea that will soften the pressure and give relief to your TPLF thugs. Everybody knows that. Since your surgical attack, meaning bombing Asmara didn’t worked out, civil war it didn’t happen and all your evil wished failed, no one is surprised you resorted to refugees in Sudan. What a sick person you are. You are lucky I don’t have time, if not I could have told you as is. Hayat Adem
Nitricc, What are you doing this time to short of time? If you allow me to guess: it can’t be studying. I am just guessing but if it is, it is no5 0aying off. 8 have onown you for longer 6 years now. Any one who had read your earlier comments would conclude your quality of thinking is degenerating. No one does school to diminish oneself. If you are one of that type, you are unique. There are few exceptional people who strive to excel in stupidity. What possibly could make you busy? Of course, you are not doing a voluntary service to our communities. You told me that you are not ready yet. You are too young to contribute to help Eritrea but old enough to discuss complex matters of our peoples and our region here at awate forum. 5his internet world is not called the “great equaliser” without a good reason. It equalises accesses and opportunities. It also equalises people in stupidities and wastages. So here we are with an 8th grade kid sharing a forum. It feels like an 8th wonder. And strangely, i feel happy about it. Blink
Dear lamek I am kind of used to flip on people’s own stand and I find you to be the one to change my view about you. You remember the day of the kebesa thing days , I was so so opposed to your comments but lately you are becoming serious for good reason. I like your comments when you have the Eritrean map. Lamek
Blink, I unequivocally oppose all these incessant attacks on the poor Tigrinya people. They have suffered so much, paid so dearly for their freedom only to be betrayed and now when I see people in these forum attacking them relentlessly, it makes me agitated. It’s like MAGA. It doesn’t have to be explicit but we know what MAGA means for Trump and his supporters. Can anyone go to court and win anything on that? No. Same here. It’s veilled attack. Nitricc
Hi Lamek; It is a sign of ignorance to talk about religion and dividing people alongside their religion affiliation. I do believe for Eritrea nothing is except to be a secular state. Having said that who do you think suffered more, the Eritrean christens or the Eritrean Muslims, in the last 100 years by all external forces? If you are a just man; you will tell me the truth. I say this knowing you are religious in Christianity. Now tell me the truth? Ismail AA
Selam Hayat,
The trouble involved communities of different affiliations. I heard the news from a contact there. As you know people like me have families and relatives still suffering for decades since liberation in those subhuman refugee dwellings thanks to the despot and enablers. The feuds, according to my contact, are concentrated in the Gadaref area. The duels pitted the Beni Amir and the Takarir (originated from West Sudan and further west to Chad up to Nigeria who had arrived and settled there) and to some extent the Zubaidi Arabs. The Beni Amir consider the latter two refugees. I heard some lives have been wasted. The unsettled situation in Sudan is contributing by way of shortages of necessities of live trigger passions that go out of hand and cause clashes. iSem
Hi Ustaz Ismail and Hayat; Here we go again. Sudan always played will fire and the chickens are coming home to roost. Sad. Sudan had especially under Bashir toyed with the Eritrean ethnicity bty pitting them against each other and its own diverse tribes. The Felata (Tokarirs) who are said to have come from Nigeria and the Eritrrean community in Tessenai have always had polarized relationship since the Massacre of OmHajjerer in mid 1970. The weakened Sudan now will see such attacks and the East shall be ignited again and the victims will be the vulnerable, refugees who have no home to return to and who have not fully assimilated into the Sudan as Sudan plays footsie with their future and some enrich themselves off of refugees. Buckle up for chaos and bloodshed in Sudan And one of PFDJ now in Ela-Ero, Petros Solomn once asserted that Eritreans are like the Jews in terms of their tenacity and Dr. Aradom once told a ypfdj gathering that they have to be successful like th Jews. What they both forgot it the Jews also search for their own across the globe and bring them home and do not call them some Asian imigrants. GitSAtSE
Selamat,
Just to share some examples of the idiotic conjectures, false claims, illogic, implications or insinuations, and lies that are very divisive in the above Awate Team editorial:
1. “He did not explain why he thought 30% would be the target.” Awate Team knows very well of other rational reasons for the low target by the working group. For example, had the conference been organized and held in Jeda or Kuwait any or anywhere in the Middle East, then it would be a target of 10% or 20% or maybe even as low as 5% target for Christian Eritreans invitees to the conference. One of many perfectly acceptable rational for the 30% target. AT should ask and wait for Mr. Hagos to respond instead of digging deeper with the very divisive line:
2. “Does the conference planning work group think Muslims make up 30% of the population?” Very divisive illogic that is intact impugning or calling into question the honesty of Eritrea Focus and all associated with the London Conference. Awate Team lied when it stated that their response is not meant to “impugn.” Oh how impressive, such a subtle undetectable word to cover all the lies starting from the very next paragraph to the end of the article where AT labels or belittles Mr. Hagos as “a rookie.”
3. “Worse even Christians from certain regions were either underrepresented or excluded.” Very divisive. Sowing the seed of hatred going forward. An attempt by Awate Team to starve Eritrea Focus from the support it could have from Christian Eritreans. What did Awate Team do? Investigate the Awraja origins of each Christian participant at the conference. A pure divisive lie which Awate Team could refute with proof by providing a list of every Christian Eritrean participant and his or her respective Awraja. The pure lie, until proven otherwise, is simply thrown out there to “IMPUGN!”
4. “Knowing that 3 out of the 16 of the Eritrean presenters in the conference were muslims, didn’t the organizers think people will want to talk about the elephant in the room?” THERE WERE NO ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM! Pink or another hue hippo. 3 out of 16 Muslim Eritrean presenters is proof of inclusiveness. Eritrean Focus did not declare “No Muslim Eritreans allowed” or “For Christian Eritreans only.” It was not until Gedab News sensationalized the news and created a fake “elephant in the room” and planted the seed and talks of disunity that the talks were steered to hopelessness and differences. Why would the EF organizers think of pink elephants in the room when they intended and planned for it not to be pink elephant in the room?
5. “Or knowing ahead of time that the conference will not be inclusive and still holding it was damaging the Eritrean fabric as some of the youth alleging?” What a pitiful attempt to lean on the youth. SheQettt by Awate Team to pass the buck onto the latest Eritrean craze, i.e. “The Youth!” Awate Team own up that it is in fact you AT and Gedab that are doing all the alleging and the IMPUGNING against the Eritrea Focus and the London Conference. Inform us Eritrean subscribers of the contents of the conference. Discus the merits or lack thereof the research papers presented at the conference. Irrespective of who said it, it is what is said that matters most. Give us the contents and stated goals and strategies presented at the conference. MtSmam nn MitSimaminn anbibna baElina nkhiElo inna. AyTTef Anann iyu mnbab. If the research papers presented at the conference are “damaging the Eritrean fabric” as Awate Team, Gedab News, and Negarit 42 are alleging, allow for the Eritrean people to judge for themselves. NO NO NO the working people and EF DID NOT BELIEVE THE ERITREAN FABRIC WAS IN ANY DANGER. It is AT, Gedab, and Negarit that hold such and erroneous stand against Eritrea Focus.
6. And you must be joking when you give credit to Gedab for doing it’s due diligence. Is watching a clip or two of other media outlets considered due diligence these days? What a shame and very poor quality of reporting. I dare the Awate Team to undo, by posting it again, the list of an entire year’s Gedab News items starting fro August 16th, 2000 to August 20th, 2001. Aboy Andu baElom ynAadu! Post it again so I can direct and expose your wicked divisive methods not to mention your editing it at a much later time. Why was it removed? There is not much to be proud of in Gedab News which has been asleep fir the majority of the past two decades. Almost forgotten. The only hight or acme hayeds of yr2000 to 2001 was Information readily available to every one. It isn’t as if the IA was trying to hide his transgressions. Don’t pat yourself to much.
I can list twenty more lines fringe the above farcical Awate Team’s editorial but people can examine it for themselves. Perhaps I will continue after some rest….
“Annabiba TefiUona YaEi MtSmam diyyu MitSimam knegruna!” Wedi Tikabo in Wedi Aboy TeAre NmeArare.
NmeArare NmeArare NmeArare NmeArare

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