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May 28, 2009

Africa Union Stands By Recommendation For Eritrea Sanctions

Filed under: News — eritrearealclearpolitics @ 7:11 am
By Peter Clottey
Washington, D.C
28 May 2009
 

 

The Africa Union (AU) says it stands by its recommendation to the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on Eritrea despite Asamara’s sharp denial. 

The AU said public pronouncement by Sheik Dahir Aweys, a Somali opposition leader that his insurgent group receives help from Eritrea supports its suspicion of Asamara. 

Somalia has often accused neighboring Eritrea of supporting hard line insurgent groups including al-Shabab who aim to overthrow the new Somali administration. But Asamara denies the charges describing the Africa Unions recommendation as irresponsible and illegal. 

Ambassador Nichola Bwakira is AU’s special envoy to Somalia. He told VOA that the continental body is right to recommend sanctions to be imposed on Eritrea.

“Article 23 of the AU charter foresees and stipulates that AU can impose sanctions on a member state on specific issues. And in this case the AU Peace And Security decided to request sanctions against Eritrea because of the role it is playing in the conflict presently in Mogadishu,” Bwakira said.

He said the Africa Union was aware of Eritrea’s role in supporting Somali Islamic insurgents who have been waging war against the new administration.

“To substantiate all these, I will like to mention that Sheikh Aweys has publicly stated that he is receiving assistance from the state of Eritrea. So, the position of the AU is based on those facts,” he said.

Bwakira said there was no need to present empirical proof to challenge Asamara’s denial of involvement in supporting Somali insurgents.

“There is no need to ascertain the fact of the matter because the beneficiary of the assistance has said it publicly…do you need more proof than that? Public admission,” Bwakira said.

He said there confirmed reports of Asamara’s support to the insurgents.

“We had information about training and funding that it had never been stated by the beneficiary before. But now it has been publicly stated by Sheikh Aweys,” he said.

Last week, the Africa Union recommended to the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on Eritrea after accusing Asamara of supporting hard line Somali insurgents who are fighting the government.

This prompted Asmara to recall its ambassador to the AU’s headquarters in Addis Ababa a move which is could turn acidic the diplomatic relations between Eritrea and the continental body.

Bwakira said the continental body will keep its doors open despite Asamara’s recall of its ambassador to the Africa Union.

“I think the Africa Union remains open to hold discussions. If Eritrea wants to contest that by all means they would be able to take all the steps to deny and prove its innocence,” Bwakira said.

He said would prefer to repose confidence in Asamara not having a hand in the Somali ongoing violent clashes, but the evidence could not be avoided.

“We would be happy if Eritrea was not supporting the insurgency in Somalia,” he said.

Bwakira gave high marks for Somalia’s new administration who he said has surmounted difficult challenges posed by opposition forces.

“I think the government has been performing very well under difficult circumstances,” Bwakira said.    

Mogadishu accuses neighboring Eritrea of supporting Islamist militants with planeloads of AK-47 assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons to fuel fighting there.

But Eritrea’s President Isaias Afewerki has sharply denied the allegation, saying United States agents were spreading lies to tarnish the reputation of his government.

Hard line Somali Islamic Insurgents including al-Shabab and Hizbul Islam are fighting President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed’s government with the aim of taking over the country.

Al-Shabab has described the new Somali administration as a creation of the west to control the natural resources of the country.

Described by Washington as a terrorist organization with strong ties to Al Qaeda, al-Shabab has refused to recognize the new Somali administration vowing to violently take over the country and impose the strict form the of Sharia law.

Somalia has been without an effective government since 1991 after former President Mohammed Siad Barre was overthrown in a coup d’état which led to a deterioration of security in the capital, Mogadishu and the entire country.      

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May 27, 2009

‘Military should free Dawit by force’

Filed under: News — eritrearealclearpolitics @ 9:33 pm

Published: 27 May 09 07:41 CET
Online: http://www.thelocal.se/19684/20090527/

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The head of the Moderate Party’s youth wing has proposed that the military be called in to free Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak, who has sat in prison in Eritrea for more than seven years.

“Eritrea and the regime there have chosen to kidnap a Swedish citizen; that is unacceptable. Therefore I think that we should consider a military strike to free Dawit,” Moderate Party youth head Niklas Wykman told the TT news agency.

“I believe Dawit has certain rights as a Swedish citizen and we should protect them.”

He added that his suggestion, detailed in an opinion article published on the Newsmill.se website, deserved serious consideration.

“It is absolutely a serious proposal which I think should be considered,” he said.

Wykman’s views came on the heels of an interview conducted by Sweden’s TV4 with Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki during which he explained that there were no plans to hold a trial for Isaak or to release him.

“Sweden can’t back down from a dictator who unjustly imprisons one of our citizens,” Wykman writes on Newsmill.se.

“We can’t sit quietly and wait for his oppressors to release him.”

Isaak came to Sweden as a refugee more than two decades ago, taking Swedish citizen ship in 1992.

Isaak returned to Eritrea without his family to work for an independent news magazine when the country gained independence.

He was arrested in September 2001, after the magazine published an open letter from political dissidents and has remained in prison ever since.

“Now we see Eritrea’s president saying clearly that he is uninterested in having a dialogue with Sweden. He don’t want any diplomatic negotiations, he doesn’t want a trial, but instead says that they have their own way of handling this. We also have our way of dealing with our citizens, I believe: we should protect them,” Wykman told TT.

Wykman was skeptical about the chances that diplomacy would eventually lead to Isaak’s release.

“Now Dawit has been in prison an incredibly long time and at some point you have to ask yourself how long we can accept that he’s been held kidnapped,” he said.

 TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se/08 656 6518)

http://www.thelocal.se/19684/20090527/

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May 26, 2009

Swedish journalist interview to Pr.Isaias Afewerki

Filed under: Media — eritrearealclearpolitics @ 9:47 pm

Please click the link…..http://tv4play.se/aktualitet/nyhetsmorgon?videoId=1.1014115&renderingdepartment=2.34562

In the TV interview conducted by a Swedish journalist Donald Boström, Isaias says that everything in the world, including policies in Africa, Swedish political system, media and free speech at local and global levels, elections, …literally everything is controlled by special interests in Europ, Washington and by the CIA.  He even went to the extent of asking the journalist back when he drew comparisons between the state of media in Eritrea and that of North Korea. The journalist may have been a bit intimidated at that point as he was not fortunate enough to conduct his interview via satellite link like the AJezeera journalist who was able to ridicule Isaias some time ago… Isaias also says ‘there will never be elections in Eritrea’; ‘Dawit Issak will never ever be released from prison; he even ‘doesn’t care’ where he is.  Eritrea’s economic and political system is one of the best in the world, better than that in Sweden. When it comes to diplomatic relations with that country, he said, the idea doesn’t even cross his mind for seconds during the 365 days of the year. He went on to say, even at this time, Eritrea doesn’t need aid. Time and again Isaias referred to the Monarchies in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Morocco as well as ‘10,000 prisoners in Israel’, to say: ‘if others are allowed to do bad things why not us?

Eritrea breaks with African Union

Filed under: News — eritrearealclearpolitics @ 9:25 pm

afrol News, 20 November – The Eritrean government today announced it is recalling its Ambassador to the African Union because of its “failure” to condemn Ethiopia’s “gross violations” of the existing peace agreement. Asmara is thus sending a strong signal the peace process is about to fail.

According to a strong worded statement by the Asmara Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Eritrea is very much dismayed by the failure of the African Union to uphold its charter and shoulder its treaty obligations.”

The African Union is one of the key authors of the Algiers Peace Agreements that ended the 1998-2000 Ethiopian-Eritrean border war. Together with the UN Security Council, the African Union is the guarantor of the peace agreements, which, according to Asmara, “obliges it to take appropriate punitive measures against the transgressing party.” The Eritrean government is quoting an article of the peace agreements.

The Ethiopian government has rejected the decisions of the international Boundary Commission set up as consequence of the Algiers peace. According to Asmara, Ethiopia is also “in serious breach of the Algiers Peace Agreements.” Further, the Ministry says, Ethiopia had “violated the AU’s fundamental principle of the sanctity of colonial boundaries.”

– But despite these gross violations by Ethiopia, the African Union remains deafeningly silent, the Eritrean government statement says. “Eritrea finds this abdication of responsibility by the AU, whose headquarters is in the Ethiopia capital, Addis Ababa, in comprehensible and unacceptable.”

In the event, Eritrea had “no option but to recall, with deep regret, its Ambassador to the African Union.” The Ministry does not elaborate on when its Ambassador, Salih Omar, is to leave Addis Ababa or if there exists an opening for negotiations. The Ambassador is reported to still be in the Ethiopian capital.

Since the international Border Commission started its work, the already fragile Eritrean-Ethiopian relationship got even worse. Ethiopia has challenged the Commission’s conclusion, which originally had been observed to give concessions to both parties, although placing Badme, the village where the dispute had begun, on the Eritrean side of the border. The internationally funded demarcation process has been widely obstructed.

The rhetoric in Asmara has returned to war level over the past few months, while Addis Ababa stubbornly has rejected to fulfil its obligations to accept the Border Commission’s ruling. So far, none of the guarantors of the Algiers peace – the AU, the US, the European Union and the UN – have put serious pressure on Ethiopia, at least not in public.

As the Eritrean government is afraid of losing the peace and Ethiopia gains in self-confidence, observers are concerned about the possible outbreak of new armed action at the fragile border. The strong worded Asmara statement demonstrates the level of frustration reached in Eritrea and that there now remain few options but a return to arms.

First reactions by AU staff were summed up in surprise and deception over the Eritrean decision. AU spokespersons told the press in Addis Ababa that the Union indeed was urging Ethiopia to respect the Border Commission’s decision but had no ways of forcing Ethiopia to do so. Also UN spokesmen said they were trying to pressure Ethiopia.

http://www.shabait.com/staging/publish/article_009980.html

By staff writer

© afrol News

May 25, 2009

AU Calls For Sanctions Against Eritrea Over Somalia Fighting

Filed under: News — eritrearealclearpolitics @ 8:40 am

By VOA News
23 May 2009

The African Union is calling on the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions on Eritrea because of its alleged support of Islamist insurgents in Somalia.

The pan-African body said Eritrea’s ports and airports should be blocked and that a no-fly zone should be imposed over Somalia.

An east African regional group, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, has already called for sanctions against Eritrea, which is accused of arming and financing the insurgents. Eritrea’s government denies the charges, saying it is the victim of an international conspiracy.

The new sanctions request came on Friday as more than 40 people were killed during fighting in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

Government troops have been using heavy artillery to shell positions recently gained by the insurgents.

A journalist from the local station Radio Shabelle, as well as several civilians, were among those killed in Friday’s fighting.

Fighting has killed more than 100 people and displaced an estimated 45,000 Mogadishu residents since hardline Islamic militants launched an offensive against Somalia’s U.N.-backed government earlier this month.

The insurgents control most of southern Somalia after two-and-a-half years of fighting, while the government controls only small pockets of the capital.

The African Union has a peacekeeping force of 4,300 soldiers on the ground, but its mandate does not allow it to pursue the insurgents.

A U.S. State Department official has said Eritrea’s government is, in his words, “fanning the flames” in Somalia, while the Security Council has expressed concern over the reports of Eritrea’s alleged involvement.

The Associated Press reports that on Friday Eritrea sent a letter to the U.N. Security Council, rejecting the accusations.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2009/05/mil-090523-voa05.htm

May 23, 2009

24 ግንቦት ናይ ግድንዩ ከነብዕለኪ !ኣይምሰልኪ ግን ህዝብኺ ዘቕሰንኪ ትግባሬ ቅዋም ከየረጋገጽኪ !

Filed under: News — eritrearealclearpolitics @ 9:26 am

24 ግንቦት 1991 ንህዝቢ አርትራ ዓቢ ሃገራዊ በዓል እዩ። እወ ናይ ሓደ ዘበን መሪር መግዛእቲ ባዕዳዋውያን ሓይልታት፡ ብኽቡር መስዋቲ ቡሉጻት ዜôጋታት ዕዉት ስለ ዝኾነ።
መስርሕ ፍትሕን ደሞክራስን ንሞዕዋትውን ፡ ምስቲ ኩሉ ፡ ዝርኤ ዝነበረ ሓርጎጽጎጽ ኣብ ሚየዝያ 1993 መስርሕ ረፈረንዱም ተዓዊቱ። ኤርትራ ብወግዒ ኣካል ማሕበረሰብ ዓለም ኮይና።
ኣብ ግንቦት 1997 ፡ ውርሻ ስዉኣትና ዝኾነ ፡ ንልኡላዊት ሃገርናን ፡ መሰል ዜጋታትን ዘውሕስ ፡ ብውክልና ህዝቢ ዝተመረቐ ቦኽሪ ናይ ነጻ ሃገር ፍትሓዊ ቅዋም ከም ዝጸድቅ ኮነ።
እዚ ናይ ልዕሊ ሓደ ዘበን ፡ መሪር ቃልስን ፡ ዓወት ናጽነትን ግን ፡ ነቲ ባህርያዊ ጉዕዞ ምዕበባለታቱ ብዘይ ዕንቅፋት ክቅጽሎ ኣይከኣለን ። መራሕ መንግስቲ ኤርትራ ኣቶ ኢሰያስ ኣፈወርቂ ፡ ትግብሬ ሃገራዊቅዋም ስለዘጣዓሶ ብጉልባብ ወራርን ውግእን ወያኔ ፡ ዕድመ ስልጣኑ ከናውሕ መሪጹ።
ኣብ ከምዚ ዝኣመሰለ ሓፈሻዊ ኩነታት ሃገርና ኤርትራ ከኣ ኢና ን24 ግንቦት መዓልቲ ናጽነትና ናይ ግድን ዮሃና እናበልና ፡ ግን፡ ብዘይ ቀልዓለም ከምዘይቀሰንናላ ንገልጽ ዘሎና።
ዝኸበርኩም ኣንበብቲ !
ኩነታት ሃገርና ፡ እቲ ሕማቅ ፣ ብዝኸፋኤ እንዳተተከኤ ስለ ዝኸይድ ፡ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ፡ ነዚ ዘሎ ውሽጣዊ ፖለቲካዊ ወጥሪ ኤርትራ ፡ ብግቡእ ኣለልዮ ክገጥሞ ብዘይምኽኣሉ ፡ ጌና ድሕሪ 18 ዓመታት ናጽነት ሃገር ይሳቐ ኣሎ።
ሰልፊ ደሞክራሲ ኤርትራ ( ንትግባሬ ቅዋም ) ነቲ ጠንቅን ፡ መፍትሕን ብግቡእ ስለ ዝተገንዘቦ ፡ ምስቲ ኩሉ ዘጋንፎ ፡ ውሽጣውን ግዳማውን ፣ዕንቅፋት  “ትግባሬ ሃገራዊ ቅዋም ኤርትራ እንኮ መፍትሒ ንፖለቲካዊ ወጥሪ ኤርትራ ምኻኑ ይኣምን።
ጠንቂ ፖለቲካዊ ቅልውላው ኤርትራ ፡ ቅዋም ኣብ ግብሪ ዘይምውዓሉ ደኣ እምበር ፡ ብቀንዱ ፡ ህላውየ ህግደፍ ኣይኮነን ። እቲምንታይ ፡ ህግደፍ ሃገራዊ ሓይሊ እዮ፡ ዝኾነ ሃገራዊ ሓይሊ ከኣ ክህሉ ፡ ባህርያዊ መሰሉ እዮ። ኩሉ ኣብ ውሽጢ ሃገር ዝህሉ ሓይሊ ኣብ ትሕቲ ሕግን ስርዓትን ፡ ( ሃገራዊ ቅዋም ) እንተኸይዱ ጸገም የብሉን ።
ስለዚ ፡ ንህግደፍን ፣ ነዞም ተቓወምቲ ጉጅለታት ክምጠንቂ ናይዚ ዘለናዮ ቅልውላው እንተወሲድናዮም ፡ ኩሎም ፖለትካውያን ሓይልታት ወይ ጉጅለታት ኤርትራ ፡ ቅድም “ክጠፍኡ” ኣለዎም ማለት እዮ ! !
እዚ ከኣ ብጥዑይ ኣእምሮን ፣ ሃገራዊ ሓላፍነትን ፣ ዝሕስብ ኣይኮነን ። ሃገራዊ ቅዋምና ንዳህስስ !
ንትግባርኡ ክንግስግስ !
ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ብሓፈሻ ፡ መንእሰይ ወለዶን ሰራዊት ምክልኻል ኤርትራን ከኣ ብፍላይ ተባዕን ቅነêዕን ተበግሶ ኣንተወሲዱ ፡ ብርግጽ ፡ ኣብዚ ውሽጢ 2 ዓመት ብቅዋም ትግዛእ ሃገር ክትህልወና ዘሎ ተኸእሎ ዓቢ ምኻኑ ዘሎና ጽኑዕ እምነት ደጊምና ነረጋግጽ ።

ዮሃና ኤርትራ !

ሰ.ደ.ኤ ንትግባሬ ቅዋም ጨ/ሽወደን
22 ግንቦት 2009

May 20, 2009

Ethiopia Allows Deported Eritreans to Reclaim and Invest in Ethiopia

Filed under: News — eritrearealclearpolitics @ 8:09 pm

ሎኽመኛ ስርዓት ወያኔ ንኤርትራዉያን ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ተወለድትን ነበርትን ዝነበሩ ኤርትራውያን ንስድራቤታት ብምብትታን፡ ንድፋጭኦም ወጽዮም ዘጥረይዎ ቀዋምን ተንቀሳቓስ ንብረት ብምዝራፍ፡ ካብ ተቖጺሮም ዝሰርሕሉ ዝነበሩ ሞያታትን ስርሓትን ብምዉጻእ፡…ወ.ዘ.ተ ድሕሪ ንኤርትራ ኣብ ዝባኖም ተኸዲኖማ ዝነበሩ ልብስ ጥራይ ሒዞም ከምስጎጉ ድሕሪ ምግባር ድሕሪ 11 ዓመታት መመላእታ ጡዑይ ዝነበረ ብጓሂ ምስ ሞተን ነባሪ ሕማም መሰሕደረ፡ ናብ ካልእ ሃገራት ምስተሰደ፡ ዘርሞዞርሞ ምስተረፈ፡ ሕጂ ንብረትኩም ተመሊስኩም ክትሓቱን ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ነበርቲ ኬንኩም ወፍርታት ከተካይዱ ትኽእሉ ኢኹም ዝብል ኣዋጅ ኣዉጺኡ ኣሎ። ነዚ ኣዋጅ ብእዝንኹም ንምስምዑ ድማ ዝስዕብ ቀሌቤት መርበብ ሓቤሬታ ጠዉቑ።

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ተማዕደዉቲ ንሓደ ሕብረተሰብኣዊ ትኹላዊ ምትፍናን ንምፍጣር ዝጓዓዙ ፖሎቲካዊ መስመራት ኤርትራ፡

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ኤርትራን ህዝባን ዳርጋ ዘመናት ኣሕሊፉ ግዳይ ናይ ዓራባዊ ስልጣኔ ዝደገሶ ኣፍሮ-ዓረባዊ፡ ምዕራባዊን ሓበሻዊን ስልጣኔታት ካብ ዝኸዉን። በብወገኖም እዞም ሰለስተ ስልጣኔታት ንረብሓታቶም ኣብ ኤርትራ ንምርግጋጽ ብዝፈጥርዎ ሽርሕታት ንገለ ዜጋታት መንነቶም ኣብ ሞዓሙቕ ጸሊም-ገብኢ ኣጥሒሉ፡ ስግረ-ደባዉን ስግረ-ክፍለዓለማዊ መንነት ኣብኡ ከምዝዑቆቡ ብምግባር ንኣኽረርቲ-ጽንፋዉያን ኮይኖም ንኤርትራን ህዝባን ከምዝሕሙስዎን ሕሉፍ ታሪኹን መጻኢ ኣንፈቱን ከምዘጥፍእ ንክገብርዎ ዘይብልዎን ዘይገብርዎን ስጉምትታት የሎን። ኣብ ክንዲ ኣብ ኤርትራዊ መንነት ርዒሞም ንምህናጽ ሃገርን ሃገራዉነትን ዝቃለሱ፡ ባህልናን መንነትናን ብሓፈሻ ምስ ስግረ-ደባዉን ስግረ-ክፍለዓለማዉን ዘለዉ ኣህዛብን ሃገራትን መራኽቦ ቀሌቤት ኣለዎ ብምባል፡ ነቲ ድሮ ብከቢድ ዋጋ ተኸፊልዎ ዝተሰረተ ኤርትራዊ መንነትን ሃገራዉነትን ክሸራሩፉን ከዳኹምን ይርኣዩ። ነዚ ከቢድ-ጉራቔናዊ ዝምባሌ ኣብ ዉሽጥ ህዝቢ ቁቡል ኮይኑ፡ መታን ህዝቢ ክስዕቦም ድማ፡ ብድሕሪ ዓበይቲ ፖሎቲካዊ ጭርሖታት ከም ሃገራዉነት፡ ሃይማኖት፡ ኣዉራጃ፡ ቀቢላ ፡ ዲሞክራሲ፡ ሓርነት፡ ዋዕላ…ወ.ዘ.ተ ተጋሪዶም፡ ብዘይ ስክፍታ ተወዲቦም ክሰርሑ ይርኣዩ።

ኩሎም ኣብ ኤርትራ ዝርኣዩ ፖሎቲካዊ ክስተታት ጽልዋታት ናይቶም ኣቀዲመ ዝጣሕመስክዎም ስልጣኔታት ጽልዋታታትን ተገዛእነትን ተምበርኻኽነትን ዘለዎም እዮም። ኤርትራ ድሕሪ ናይ 18 ዓመታት ናጻ ካብ ባዕዳዊ ገዛኢን ልዕላዊት ሃገር ኮይና ድሕሪ ምቑጻራ፡ ዛጊት ፖሎቲካዊ መስመራትን ፖሎቲካዊ ዝንባሌታትን ኤርትራዉያን ካብቲ ዉዱዕ ባይታታትን ዉዱዕ ብድሆታትን ኣብ ክንዲ ዝነቕልን፡ ንዕኡ ንምፍታሕ ኣብ ክንዲ ዝህቕን፡ ከም ኣሻይና ገመል ንድሕሪት ን1940፡ 1950፡ 1960፡ 1970ታት.ዓ.ም.ፍ ዝነበሩ ዝንባሌታት ንእኦም ክኽልስን ኣብኦም ክቋማጣዕን ጊዝያት ይዓርቦ ከምዘሎ ዘጠራጥር ሓቕታት ኣይኮነን። እቲ ቀንዲ ምኽንያት ከምኡ ሞኾኒኡ ድማ ክልተ መሰረታዉያን ነገራት እየን።

1.ለዉጢ ሕጊ ህይወት ምኻኑ ስለዘይርድኡ፡ ንዝሓለፈን ህልዉን ጥራይ ስለዝሓስቡ ናይ መጻኢ ብግቡእ ዘማዛዝኑን ዝጥሙት ብዘይምኻኖም እዮም።

2.ናይ መንነት ቅልዉላዉ ስለዘለዎም እዩ። ሃገራዊ መንነት ንሓደ ዉሱን ህዝቢ ዝጠምር ስነ-ኣእሙራዊ ስምዒታዊን ማሕበራዊን ህያዉ ናይ መንነት ፍሕሶ ከንሱ፡ ካብዚ ክዉንነት ሕቶ ንምምላጥ መቦቖላዊ ቛንቛ እንከለዎም ካልእ ቛንቛታት ቛንቛና እዩ ኢሎም ይጽዕዱ፡ ምስ ኣብ ስግረ-ዶባት ዝርከባ ኤትኒክ ጉጂለታት መንነቶም ብምትእስሳር ኣብ ሓደ ምኣዲ ብክልተ ኢዶም ክበልዑ ይህቕኑ፡ ሃገራዊ ጉቡኦም ንክፍጽሙ ኣብ ዝሕተትሉ እዋናት ንሓንሳብ ሃይማኖት ባህሊ እንዳምጽኡ ሃገራዊ ጉባቶም ምፍጻም ይሕንግዱ፡ ብኣንጻሩ ዋላሓንቲ ዋጋ ዘይከፈሉሉ ከቢድ መሰላት ይሓቱ። ንመንነቶም ንሓንሳብ ብሃይማኖት፡ ንሓንሳብ ብባህሎም፡ ንሓንሳብ ብኣዉራጅኦም፡…ወ.ዘ.ተ ክገልጹ ይህንደዱ። ንሃገራዊ መንነት ብምኽሓድ ድማ ኣብ ቅድመ ስሩት ዝምድናታት ብሙዉሻብ ነቲ ክካየድ ዝግብኦ ምርግጋጽ ግዝኣተ ሕግን ምህናጽ ዘመናዊት ሃገር ኤርትራን ኤርትራዊ መንነትን ከም ፍልሖ ኮይኖም ከቖንቕኑዎ ይሕልኑ።

ብመንጸሩ’ዚ ቀንዲ ተረባሕቲ ናይ ምልካዊ ስርዓት ህ.ግ.ደ.ፍ ከንሶም፡ ነዚ ህሉዉ ኩነታት ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ገጢሙዎ ዘሎ ብድሆታት ብምዝማዝ፡ ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ንምብርካኽን ፍጹም ጽግዕተኛ ናይ ኣፍሮ-ዓራባዉን ሓበሻዉን ስልጣኔታት ንኽኸዉን ብዘይ ሓንቲ ካልኢት-ናይ ጊዚየ ብዘይምቁራጽን ምስልካይን ዲግዲጊት ተዓጢቆም ዝሰርሑ ኤርትራዉያን እዉን ዉሑዳት ኣይኮኑን። ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ስነ-ኣእሙራዉን ኣካላዉን ኪናት ካብ ዝእዉጅሉ 3 ወሎዶታት ኣቑጺሩ ክቕጽል እዉን እዩ።

እዞም ሙሱልያትን ዙሩጋት ኒሕን ሓቦን ዝኾኑ፡ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣብ ከቢድ ብድሆታት ክጽመድ እንኮሎ ድማ ብርዖም ይስሕሉ፡ ብረቶም ይዉልዉሉ፡ ዘይቁዱስ-ኪዳናት ይማሓዘዉ፡ ምስ ጸላኢ ሃገርን ህዝብን ይማሻጠሩ፡ ኣሰይሰይቲ ናይ ዕንወት ንኽኾኑ ዝተፈላለየ መንጠሊናታት ናይ “ሊቃዉነት ወይ ፈሊጥነት”፡ “ተጣበቕት ሰብኣዊ መሰላት”፡ “ተቃለስት ንህዝባዊ ሓርነት”፡ “ነብያት ወይ ሃዋርያት ፍትሕን ሰላምን”፡ “ሃገራዉያንን ሓለይቲ ህዝቢ”…ወ.ዘ.ተ መሲሎም፡ ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ከምዚ ይብልዎ፡-

1.ሃገራዊ መንነት ወይ ኤርትራዊ መንነት የብልካን።

2.ኩሉ ዝተቃለስካዮን ዝኸፈልካዮን መስዋእቲ ንዘይትፈልጦ ዕላማን ዘየሎ ነገራት እዩ።

3.ኤርትራ ብቁጠባ ንሓዋሩ ዓቕማ ክትኽእል ስለዘይትኽእል፡ ምስ ኢትዮጵያ ክትሓብር ኣሎካ።

4.ተቃሊስካ ዘራጋገጽካዮ ሃገራዊ ናጽነት ን18 ዓመታት መመላእታ መድሃኺኻ፡ መድኸይኻ፡ መስደዲኻ፡…ወ.ዘ.ተ ስለዝኾነን ደቀይ ትብሎም ገዛእትኻ ካብ ባዕዳዉያን ገዛእቲ ስርዓታት ንላዕሊ ስለዝጮቖንኻ ካብ ሃገራዊ ናጽነት መግዛቲ ይሕሸካ ነይሩ ዝብሉ እዉን ኣይተሳኑን።

5.ተረባሒ ናይ ሃገራዊ ናጽነትካ ስለዘይኮንካ፡ ረብሓኻ ዝራጋገጽ ብፈደረሽን ወይ ኮንፈደረሽን ምስ ኢትዮጵያ ምስ ትኸዉን እዩ።…ወ.ዘ.ተ ክንደይ ኢልካ እሞ ክጽብጸብ እዩ!

ነዞም ከምዚኦም ዝኣመሰለ ጉራቔናትን ምስሉያትን፡ ከቢድ ተነጽሎ ካብ ኤርትራን ሕብረተሰብ ኤርትራን ዘለዎም፡ ዕጥቂ ራህዋን ሰላምን ዘይብሎም በትክታት ዕዱን ባይታን ሂወትን ዝሶኽዓለም ድማ ምልካዊ ስርዓት ህ.ግ.ደ.ፍ እዩ። ምልካዊ ስርዓት ህ.ግ.ደ.ፍ ልክዕ ከምቲ ብደገ ኮይኖም ንህዝቢ ኤርትራን ሃገር ኤርትራን ዝፋታተንዎ ዘለዉ፡ ብዉሽጥ ኮይኑ ልዕሊ እዞም ጉራቔናት ይፋታተኖ ስለዘሎ፡ ህዝቢ ኤርትራን ሃገር ኤርትራን ኣብ ሓደገይና ቃራና መገድን ዘይምሕሩ ሮቛሕታት ዉድቀት ተጸሚዱ ይርከብ ኣሎ።

ክልቲኦም እዞም ብዉሽጥን ብደገን ኮይኖም ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ ዝፋታተንዎ ዘለዉ ፖሎቲካዊ መስመራት ሓደ ዕላማ ዘለዎም ኮይኖም፡ ተማዕደዉቲ ንሓደ ሕብረተሰብኣዊ ንቱኹላዊ ምትፍናን ንምፍጣር ዝጓዓዙ ዘለዉ ፖሎቲካዊ መስመራት ስለዝኾኑ፡ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ብግቡእ ኣለልዩን ባዕላዉን ማሕበራዉን ንቕሓቱ ክብ ኣቢሉ ክቃለሶም ከምዘለዎ ምሕጽንታ ዘድልዮ ተርእዮ ኣይኮነን። እቲ ኣብ ደገ ዓሪዱ ዘሎ ግራቔን ነቲ ኣብ ዉሽጥ ዘሎ ጉራቔን ኣጻብዕቱ ብምምልካት ክነብር ክፍትን እዩ። እቲ ኣብ ዉሽጥ ዘሎ ጉራቔን ድማ ነቲ ኣብ ደገ ዘሎ ጉራቔን ኣጻብዕቱ ብምምልካት ክነብር ክህቕን ስለዝኾነ፡ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ብዘይካ እቲ ባህርያዊያን ጸላእትታት  እንብሎም ወዲ ሰብ ዝፈጠሮም ጽምዲ ጸላቲታት ብዉሽጥን ደገን ከምዘለዉዎ እዉን ክግንዘብ ኣለዎ።

እዚ ዘለናሉ ዘመን ኣዝዩ ሓደገኛ ዘመን እዩ። ወዲሰብ ኣስተዊዒሉ ክሓስብን ክንቃሳቐስን እንተዘይክኢሉ ሓደገይና ጋሻ ዉሕጅ ጸራሪጉ ክምርቕፎ ምኻኑ ክንግንዘብ ኣሎና። ኤርትራ ካብ መግዛእቲ ናጻ ዝወጸት ሃገር እያ። ኣብ ናጻ ኤርትራ ናጽነትን ሓርነትን ክደምቕን ህዝቢ መታን ከስተማቕሮን ክረብሓሉን፡ ሕግን ስርዓትን ዘኽብር፡ ሓድነት መሬትን ህዝብን ምርግጋእን ዘዉሕስ፡ ኩሉ ኤርትራዊ ማዕረ ዕድላት ኣታዓዳድላ ማሕበራዊ ኣገልግሎትን ምጣኔ-ሃብታዊ ጸጋታት ዝራጋገጸሉ፡ ዜጋ ካብ ኣብ ዉሽጥ ሃገሩ ሸለብ ገለብ እንዳበለ ብፍርሕን ጭቆናን ካብ ዝነብር እዚ ዝቕንጠጠሉ፡መባእታዊ መሰላት ዜጋታት ብግብሪ ዝኸብረሉ፡…ወ.ዘ.ተ ምእንቲ ክራጋገጽ ኣብ ኤርትራ ቅዋማዊ ፖሎቲካዊ ስርዓት ክንተክእል ክንበቕዕ ኣሎና።

ነዛ መሰረታዊት ክትዉቓዕ ዘለዋ ቀንድን ናይ ቀረባ ዕላማ ንምዕዋት ድማ፡ ብሃይማኖት ብኣዉራጃ፡ ብቀቢላ፡ ብናይ ዕድመ ሰብ ጸጋ፡ ብመማህርተይ መተዓብይተይ፡ ብመጋድልተይ ዝነበረ፡ ብወዲገዛዉተይ ወዲ ታቦተይ፡ ብጾታ…ወ.ዘ.ተ ተወዲብናን ተቃሊስናን ክንበጽሓ ኣይክኣልን እዩ። በዚ ብልሓታት ተወዲብናን ተቃሊስናን ንምልካዊ ስርዓት ህ.ግ.ደ.ፍ እንተኣለናዮ እዉን ብመሰረቱ እቲ መልክዕ ቃልሲ ንሕብረተሰብ ኤርትራ ንትኹላዊ ምትፍናን ዝደፍኦ ሮቓሒን ስልትን ስለዝኾነ እቲ ኣቀዲመ ዝጣሕመስክዎ ቀንድን ኣዉራን ዕላማ ፈጺሙ ክብጻሕን ክዉቃዕን ኣይኽእልን እዩ። ብኣንጻሩ ኤርትራ ኣብ ዘይምሕር ኪናት ሕድሕድ ክትሽመም ምኻና ካይ ደቀስካ ዝሕለም ሓቂ እዩ።

ኣብ መዛዘሚ ሓጺር ነዚ ዘለናዮ ኩነታት ኣማቲ ዓንቀጸይ፡ ኣብ ሓንጎል ዝኾነ ነባቢ እሞ እቲ ፍታሕ እንታይ እዩ? ዝብል ሕቶ ክልዓል ከምዝኽእል ዘጣራጥር ሕቶ ኣይኮነን። እቲ ፍታሕ ብሓባር ጥራይ ኢና ከነናድዮን ክንረኽቦን እንኽእል ብምባል ይዛዝም።

 

ወድሓንኹም!

 

ዓወት ንህዝቢ ኤርትራ!

ያፌት

20/05/2009 ዓ.ም.ፈ.

CROSSROADS!
Awate – Featured Articles
By Ali Salim – Jun 16, 2009   
 

Dear  Awate,

“Does the Planned DC Demonstration Support Inciting Ethnic Hate and Ethnic violence against the Tigrinya?” Four Ethnic Organizations and a number of websites that support them are engaged in spewing hate and inciting ethnic violence against the “TIGRIGNA” (bebihade feliTnayom ale’na). EDA does; do you? Confess before we get into some Dick Cheney style enhanced techniques.

 

I need to know because that’s what my Uncle (Yemane Monkey) said (behind closed doors). And if what I heard on Meskerem is true then Yes to our Monkey Constitution and No to your secessionist wars. Amm’ar (prosperity) n’Mesfinawi Hagos! (Hallelujah!) It is still a family secret (and please don’t tell anybody) but uncle Monkey said he might pay our flight back (and two nights in Gahtelai with a detour to Wedi Leges Resort) as soon as you confirm that Inciting Ethnic Hate and Violence is what you stand for. According to sources close to Mankino, unilateral gestures of goodwill (some negotiated) to re-accommodate old veterans (yika’alo jignas) who might be needed in the upcoming Eritrean Idol is well underway. You might hear of more high profile families sneaking through the heavily guarded Eritrean-Sudanese border zey al sha’Ara min Ajina (unscratched like hair through dough). Some of these are bearing fruit. Don’t make Monkey mad (for the sake of the people he might hurt). Please do not believe them (they are all Hasewtin).

 

Yours Sincerely         Ri’esi Tanika

 

 

 

 

Derebni wo beka, sebegni wo ishteka describes how some of our brothers in the highlands are reacting to the new developments in the Eritrean opposition. You may be tempted to think that white people would be offended if the Ku Klux Klan is criticized. The truth is, no white man would give a flying finger if you burned the Ku Klux Cross upside down and stained it with whatever you think fits the occasion; except those who are either members of the Klan, subscribe to its ideology or have an interest in their business. Compare that to the reaction of our Tilyan towards anyone who even dares to mention the possibility of the existence of someone who thinks he would recognize a guy who had nightmares about the KKK. I feel sad that we don’t have a chapter in Asmara when all we need to complete the white uniform is a pointed hat. Something is fishy here and we need an exorcist. You know what; I demand that we have a KKK branch and that it be placed directly under Fillipos just to make it easier for those brothers (including the honorable Ri’esi Tanika above) who might decide to come out of the closet (just like Sir Elton John did).

 

 

 

The argument that Eritrea is held hostage to an obsessively possessive and arrogant culture of a bunch of fascists in the Highlands is a fact (unless proven otherwise). A workshop report authored by the Horn of Africa Group on Eritrea’s Regional Role and Foreign Policy (2008) states that “A sense (illusion) of uniqueness that characterizes the Eritrean (Tigrinya) highland culture may have combined with Eritrea’s historical frontier mentality to predispose the young nation …” to isolationism. Extrapolate the Foreign Policy focus of the report to include education, commerce, land appropriation and more in the last 18 years (and beyond); and smell the stink of this arrogant megalomaniac culture on which “Eritrea’s historical frontier mentality” (itself) is rooted in every bit of it. All those who view this fascist culture as part of our national heritage (excluding myself) need to step back and take a good hard look into it and say yikhdenena.  It is time to dim the lights; place candles in the corners; and set the mebokorya (with some Jawli) and meditate: “O Goytay! Protect me from myself – Amen” (repeat seven times).

 

 

 

Just in case we (Lowlanders) are not making our case clear and that we might be sending the wrong signals of what we intend to accomplish by standing alone to face the monstrous kabus and what we perceive to be a Tigrigna-wide conspiracy of Eritrean Neo-Nazis, I will make the following clear. Our brothers in the Highlands might choose to wait and hope that their former masters in Axum would never pay them another visit (to return the favor) especially if they intend to stay a little longer for some DNA tests in their quest for genealogical reunion (Rabina yejm’ae al shamlmay the Lord reunite the family). Nothing personal and I don’t mind. In fact I will attend a course and be ready to volunteer (just in case Halibet Hospital calls for a kitet of testing technicians). As far as we, Lowlanders, are concerned, there is no time to waste and no time to rest; “not for a day not for an hour and not for a minute; not when the stakes are so high” (words that changed the course of history). We see the prospects of a lifetime opportunity to set the record straight (in rebuilding Libi Tigray into a straight two-way communication) for a nation where every single Eritrean “will … be judged … by the content of their character” (MLK) right in front of our eyes. The life span of the politics of woosy apologists has expired. This is the time for hard straight talk and a plug to the endless political Hashewye of opposition politics.

 

 

 

The Assumption: Highlanders will never sell their own (no matter how bad it gets) for an unknown bet and will never raise a finger unless they see the real consequences of gambling with neo-fascist games imminent and at their doorsteps. The bulk of the highlands waited for the eleventh hour before they could raise their bowing heads to face His Majesty Girmawi Qedemawi (and don’t ever think this was a coincidence). Lomi kem timali … they will catch up and call Higdef worse names than our own borrowed terminologies (wait and see: the rule is always the same, we start and they finish). We are dealing with the culture of serfs and followers here and if we follow them we will be following the nutcase in Asmara forever. Ignore their barking dogs just like our forefathers ignored the Andinet and their shiftas. We have a responsibility to lead (I hope we finish this time).

 

 

 

The Motivation: abu-sheneb will be history sooner than most ishi goytaying Highlanders would like to believe; and his departure will be followed by what at least one expert (Terrence Lyons (2006)) described as a “violent and chaotic transition”. We are doing our part to prepare for the warlords of the next Somalia; you (Highlanders) may either “not join but follow” us (during this starting stage; we will leave the finishing to you) or start reading Treasure Island and The Pirates of the Caribbean (supplies are available through Abdalla Jabir and Eways).  

 

 

 

The Seven Commandments (quotes are from Posen (1993)):

 

  1. Thou shalt not trust blindly. You are in the game only if you can physically guarantee that all players have a fair and equal power to influence the rules; and assess by practically (laboratory style) testing that the other partner has no more capacity to influence them unfairly than you do.

 

  1. Thou shalt stay cool. Stay in the game and make sure never to run out of breath before your partner does; race to the point where your relative power advantage is a little more than what is required for basic survival; whenever your partner surpasses this point of saturation change gear just in case (the old habit haunts again).

 

  1. Thou shalt not forget. Listen to tizita a lot more that you normally do and always “assume the worst because the worst is possible”.

 

  1. Thou shalt not let thy guard off. Every morning just after lemanay does his usual exercise, ask yourself “how did … (he) behave the last time (he was) unconstrained?”

 

  1. Thou shalt never take “may be” for an answer. Empty goodwill promises and non-binding commitments will never make you safe and will never “deter those who wish to repress”.

 

  1. Thou shalt always dance with thy back to the wall and never engage in back rubbing kiskista.

 

  1. Love thy neighbor and bow only to the Lord.

 

 

 

Several amazing writers on Awate wrote impressive articles keeping the heat and the interaction among the community of gossip masters and nay internet jeganu (like myself) alive (special hugs to Burhan, Ahmed, Selam, Amanuel – and the Awate duo). One of my favorite writers, Amanuel Hidrat, wrote a response, Challenge the Evil with Optimism, (he never said whether my arguments were the evil or the optimism – I must admit his well deserved criticism). Emma quotes Max More (the Transhumanism guy) as saying “optimism is the fuel of heroes, the enemy of despair, and the creator of the future.” And as a gesture of gratitude for his very reasonable assessment of the concerns of Eritrea’s ethno-religious harmony, I have chosen an additional quote of Max More (that I found on Wikipedia): No more gods, no more faith, no more timid holding back. Let us blast out of our old forms, our ignorance, our weakness, and our mortality …” (ignore the last one unless you plan to go for cloning).

 

I am reading Blood Memory by Greg Iles on the side. It is page 42: “Tonight (that the commandments have been revealed) sleep enfolds me like the ocean depths on a free dive, a bright upper layer that deepens in color and density as I descend, swimming down, down, down, away from the chaos of the surface, into the blue cathedral of the deep. My sanctuary from the world and from myself. No thoughts here beyond the exigencies of survival….”

Refs mentioned above (all available online):

 

  1.  1.       Healy, Sally (2008); Eritrea’s Regional Role and Foreign Policy: Past, Present and Future Perspectives; Chatham house, London UK.
    1.  2.       Lyons, Terrence (2006); Avoiding Conflict in the Horn of Africa: US Policy towards Ethiopa and Eritrea; Council of Foreign Relations; NY USA.
    2.  3.       Posen, Barry (1993); The Security Dilemma and Ethnic Conflict; Survival:  Global Politics and Strategy, vol. 35, # 1.
    3.  4.       www.mskrem.com June 14 – 15, 2009 

 

  

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CROSSROADS!
Awate – Featured Articles
By Ali Salim – Jun 16, 2009   
 

Dear  Awate,

“Does the Planned DC Demonstration Support Inciting Ethnic Hate and Ethnic violence against the Tigrinya?” Four Ethnic Organizations and a number of websites that support them are engaged in spewing hate and inciting ethnic violence against the “TIGRIGNA” (bebihade feliTnayom ale’na). EDA does; do you? Confess before we get into some Dick Cheney style enhanced techniques.

 

I need to know because that’s what my Uncle (Yemane Monkey) said (behind closed doors). And if what I heard on Meskerem is true then Yes to our Monkey Constitution and No to your secessionist wars. Amm’ar (prosperity) n’Mesfinawi Hagos! (Hallelujah!) It is still a family secret (and please don’t tell anybody) but uncle Monkey said he might pay our flight back (and two nights in Gahtelai with a detour to Wedi Leges Resort) as soon as you confirm that Inciting Ethnic Hate and Violence is what you stand for. According to sources close to Mankino, unilateral gestures of goodwill (some negotiated) to re-accommodate old veterans (yika’alo jignas) who might be needed in the upcoming Eritrean Idol is well underway. You might hear of more high profile families sneaking through the heavily guarded Eritrean-Sudanese border zey al sha’Ara min Ajina (unscratched like hair through dough). Some of these are bearing fruit. Don’t make Monkey mad (for the sake of the people he might hurt). Please do not believe them (they are all Hasewtin).

 

Yours Sincerely         Ri’esi Tanika

 

 

 

 

Derebni wo beka, sebegni wo ishteka describes how some of our brothers in the highlands are reacting to the new developments in the Eritrean opposition. You may be tempted to think that white people would be offended if the Ku Klux Klan is criticized. The truth is, no white man would give a flying finger if you burned the Ku Klux Cross upside down and stained it with whatever you think fits the occasion; except those who are either members of the Klan, subscribe to its ideology or have an interest in their business. Compare that to the reaction of our Tilyan towards anyone who even dares to mention the possibility of the existence of someone who thinks he would recognize a guy who had nightmares about the KKK. I feel sad that we don’t have a chapter in Asmara when all we need to complete the white uniform is a pointed hat. Something is fishy here and we need an exorcist. You know what; I demand that we have a KKK branch and that it be placed directly under Fillipos just to make it easier for those brothers (including the honorable Ri’esi Tanika above) who might decide to come out of the closet (just like Sir Elton John did).

 

 

 

The argument that Eritrea is held hostage to an obsessively possessive and arrogant culture of a bunch of fascists in the Highlands is a fact (unless proven otherwise). A workshop report authored by the Horn of Africa Group on Eritrea’s Regional Role and Foreign Policy (2008) states that “A sense (illusion) of uniqueness that characterizes the Eritrean (Tigrinya) highland culture may have combined with Eritrea’s historical frontier mentality to predispose the young nation …” to isolationism. Extrapolate the Foreign Policy focus of the report to include education, commerce, land appropriation and more in the last 18 years (and beyond); and smell the stink of this arrogant megalomaniac culture on which “Eritrea’s historical frontier mentality” (itself) is rooted in every bit of it. All those who view this fascist culture as part of our national heritage (excluding myself) need to step back and take a good hard look into it and say yikhdenena.  It is time to dim the lights; place candles in the corners; and set the mebokorya (with some Jawli) and meditate: “O Goytay! Protect me from myself – Amen” (repeat seven times).

 

 

 

Just in case we (Lowlanders) are not making our case clear and that we might be sending the wrong signals of what we intend to accomplish by standing alone to face the monstrous kabus and what we perceive to be a Tigrigna-wide conspiracy of Eritrean Neo-Nazis, I will make the following clear. Our brothers in the Highlands might choose to wait and hope that their former masters in Axum would never pay them another visit (to return the favor) especially if they intend to stay a little longer for some DNA tests in their quest for genealogical reunion (Rabina yejm’ae al shamlmay the Lord reunite the family). Nothing personal and I don’t mind. In fact I will attend a course and be ready to volunteer (just in case Halibet Hospital calls for a kitet of testing technicians). As far as we, Lowlanders, are concerned, there is no time to waste and no time to rest; “not for a day not for an hour and not for a minute; not when the stakes are so high” (words that changed the course of history). We see the prospects of a lifetime opportunity to set the record straight (in rebuilding Libi Tigray into a straight two-way communication) for a nation where every single Eritrean “will … be judged … by the content of their character” (MLK) right in front of our eyes. The life span of the politics of woosy apologists has expired. This is the time for hard straight talk and a plug to the endless political Hashewye of opposition politics.

 

 

 

The Assumption: Highlanders will never sell their own (no matter how bad it gets) for an unknown bet and will never raise a finger unless they see the real consequences of gambling with neo-fascist games imminent and at their doorsteps. The bulk of the highlands waited for the eleventh hour before they could raise their bowing heads to face His Majesty Girmawi Qedemawi (and don’t ever think this was a coincidence). Lomi kem timali … they will catch up and call Higdef worse names than our own borrowed terminologies (wait and see: the rule is always the same, we start and they finish). We are dealing with the culture of serfs and followers here and if we follow them we will be following the nutcase in Asmara forever. Ignore their barking dogs just like our forefathers ignored the Andinet and their shiftas. We have a responsibility to lead (I hope we finish this time).

 

 

 

The Motivation: abu-sheneb will be history sooner than most ishi goytaying Highlanders would like to believe; and his departure will be followed by what at least one expert (Terrence Lyons (2006)) described as a “violent and chaotic transition”. We are doing our part to prepare for the warlords of the next Somalia; you (Highlanders) may either “not join but follow” us (during this starting stage; we will leave the finishing to you) or start reading Treasure Island and The Pirates of the Caribbean (supplies are available through Abdalla Jabir and Eways).  

 

 

 

The Seven Commandments (quotes are from Posen (1993)):

 

  1. Thou shalt not trust blindly. You are in the game only if you can physically guarantee that all players have a fair and equal power to influence the rules; and assess by practically (laboratory style) testing that the other partner has no more capacity to influence them unfairly than you do.

 

  1. Thou shalt stay cool. Stay in the game and make sure never to run out of breath before your partner does; race to the point where your relative power advantage is a little more than what is required for basic survival; whenever your partner surpasses this point of saturation change gear just in case (the old habit haunts again).

 

  1. Thou shalt not forget. Listen to tizita a lot more that you normally do and always “assume the worst because the worst is possible”.

 

  1. Thou shalt not let thy guard off. Every morning just after lemanay does his usual exercise, ask yourself “how did … (he) behave the last time (he was) unconstrained?”

 

  1. Thou shalt never take “may be” for an answer. Empty goodwill promises and non-binding commitments will never make you safe and will never “deter those who wish to repress”.

 

  1. Thou shalt always dance with thy back to the wall and never engage in back rubbing kiskista.

 

  1. Love thy neighbor and bow only to the Lord.

 

 

 

Several amazing writers on Awate wrote impressive articles keeping the heat and the interaction among the community of gossip masters and nay internet jeganu (like myself) alive (special hugs to Burhan, Ahmed, Selam, Amanuel – and the Awate duo). One of my favorite writers, Amanuel Hidrat, wrote a response, Challenge the Evil with Optimism, (he never said whether my arguments were the evil or the optimism – I must admit his well deserved criticism). Emma quotes Max More (the Transhumanism guy) as saying “optimism is the fuel of heroes, the enemy of despair, and the creator of the future.” And as a gesture of gratitude for his very reasonable assessment of the concerns of Eritrea’s ethno-religious harmony, I have chosen an additional quote of Max More (that I found on Wikipedia): No more gods, no more faith, no more timid holding back. Let us blast out of our old forms, our ignorance, our weakness, and our mortality …” (ignore the last one unless you plan to go for cloning).

 

I am reading Blood Memory by Greg Iles on the side. It is page 42: “Tonight (that the commandments have been revealed) sleep enfolds me like the ocean depths on a free dive, a bright upper layer that deepens in color and density as I descend, swimming down, down, down, away from the chaos of the surface, into the blue cathedral of the deep. My sanctuary from the world and from myself. No thoughts here beyond the exigencies of survival….”

Refs mentioned above (all available online):

 

  1.  1.       Healy, Sally (2008); Eritrea’s Regional Role and Foreign Policy: Past, Present and Future Perspectives; Chatham house, London UK.
    1.  2.       Lyons, Terrence (2006); Avoiding Conflict in the Horn of Africa: US Policy towards Ethiopa and Eritrea; Council of Foreign Relations; NY USA.
    2.  3.       Posen, Barry (1993); The Security Dilemma and Ethnic Conflict; Survival:  Global Politics and Strategy, vol. 35, # 1.
    3.  4.       www.mskrem.com June 14 – 15, 2009 

 

  

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated ( Jun 16, 2009 )

May 17, 2009

US alarmed at Eritrea ‘arms link’

Filed under: News — eritrearealclearpolitics @ 5:46 pm

The US says it is seriously concerned by reports Eritrea is supplying arms to foreign fighters and Islamic hardliners fighting government forces in Somalia.

“This as a disturbing development,” President Barack Obama’s top official on Africa, Jonnie Carson, told the BBC.

Eritrea denies any involvement in arming or financing Islamist militants trying to overthrow the government.

Following a week of violence, 100 people are dead and 30,000 more have fled Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

There have been a number of reports of foreign fighters, with possible links to al-Qaeda, fighting alongside hardline Islamists of al-Shabaab and Hisbul-Islam, said Mr Carson, the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

 

AFRICAN UNION IN MOGADISHU

  • AU force in Somalia (Amisom) was mandated in January 2007
  • Supposed to be 8,000-strong but currently has only 4,300 troops
  • Comprised of soldiers from Uganda and Burundi
  • Sierra Leone has offered battalion, which would take force over 5,000
  • Restricted by security situation to operations in Mogadishu
  • “We’re extremely worried about the reports.”

    “There seem to be fairly serious and creditable reports that al Shabaab does have, amongst its fighters, a number of individuals of South Asian and Chechen origin,” said Mr Carson.

    “This is a very disturbing situation and reflects the seriousness of the problem in Somalia.”

    Mr Carson also expressed concern about flights from Eritrea were carrying weapons and ammunition to Somalia to supply al-Shabaab.

    “There have been numerous reports that the government of Eritrea has, in fact, been supplying weapons and munitions to al-Shabaab.

    “These are reports that we do find credible,” he said.

    Somalia’s President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has appealed to Islamist insurgents to negotiate as intermittent fighting continued for an eighth day in the capital, Mogadishu.

    But his former ally and Islamist spiritual leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys has rejected his overture.

    He told the BBC talks were not possible while African Union troops were in the city where they are guarding key sites.

    On Friday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a statement calling for opposition groups to end their offensive, renounce violence and join reconciliation efforts.

    “There is no doubt, from sources overt and covert, that in the attempted coup of last weekend there was significant involvement of foreigners, some from this continent and others from outside this continent,” the UN’s envoy to Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdalla said.

    In recent days there have been suggestions that the Somali government might collapse, but Mr Carson ruled out deploying the 2,000 American troops currently stationed in neighbouring Djibouti into Somalia.

    “This is an internal Somali matter,” he told the BBC.

    “I think that there would be no case of the US re-engaging on the ground with troops.”

    The Somali authorities control only one major road in Mogadishu, with the assistance of about 4,350 African Union troops.

    UN slams extremists’ offensive in Somalia, warns Eritrea

    Filed under: News — eritrearealclearpolitics @ 2:18 pm
    16 May 2009, 0142 hrs IST, AFP
     
    UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Friday condemned a bid by Somalia’s Islamist extremists to oust the government by force and voiced concern about reported Eritrean arms supplies to them. 

    The 15-member body unanimously agreed a non-binding statement that “condemns the recent renewal in fighting” by Islamist extremists, “which constitutes an attempt to remove (the) legitimate authority (in Somalia) by force.”

    The council also expressed concern “over reports that Eritrea has supplied arms to those opposing the legitimate government of Somalia in breach of the UN (17-year-old) arms embargo” and called on its sanctions monitoring panel to investigate.

    Thursday, the United States already accused Eritrea of “fanning the flames of violence” in Somalia and demanded that it halt its support for extremist groups in Mogadishu.

    The Council also reaffirmed its support for Somalia’s transitional government as “the legitimate authority” and demanded that “opposition groups immediately end their offensive, put down their arms, renounce violence and join reconciliation efforts.”

    “The ongoing attempts to take power by force can only delay the political process and prolong the suffering of the Somali people,” the text added.

    It was issued as Mogadishu residents fled Friday as pro-government forces scrambled to contain an insurgent onslaught that has left more than 100 dead over the past week.

    The embattled Somali government, entrenched in an ever-shrinking tract of the capital, appointed a new army chief late Thursday after failing to repel the offensive that heightened international concerns over the lawless nation.

    The fighting has “so far claimed the lives of more than 135 people,” the UN’s refugee agency said in a statement, adding that it had counted 315 wounded and 30,000 displaced.

    Friday’s council statement also urged the international community to help beef up security forces of the Somali transitional government and reiterated the council’s support for the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) that is struggling to try to contain the violence in the lawless country.

    It expressed concern “at the loss of life and the worsening humanitarian situation arising out of the renewed fighting.”

    Forces loyal to the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed resumed clashes with radical forces including members of the Shebab group last week.

    Wednesday, UN special envoy for Somalia Ahmedou Ould Abdallah blamed Islamist leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys for the renewed violence and accused him of seeking to topple the government.

    Aweys and Sharif were two of the Islamist leaders who took over most of Somalia in 2006 before being ousted by an Ethiopian invasion in support of the TFG.

    Sharif eventually joined the UN-sponsored reconciliation process in a deal reached in Djibouti last June and was elected Somalia’s president in January, days after Ethiopia completed its military pullout.

    Somalia has lacked an effective central government since plunging into civil war with the 1991 ouster of president Mohamed Siad Barre.

     

     
     

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