Alliance with ostracized despot of a troubled state – By Robele Ababya

July 30th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

To begin with

The ongoing debate of forging some sort of alliance with Isaias as a strategy for evicting the tyrant Meles from power is capturing headlines in some pro-democracy media outlets. (more…)

To begin with

The ongoing debate of forging some sort of alliance with Isaias as a strategy for evicting the tyrant Meles from power is capturing headlines in some pro-democracy media outlets. Civilized dialogue is good and it should be done without fear or shame of historical facts of which Ethiopia is rich.

I have sincere respect for the people of Eritrea. In fact I hold the belief that ordinary people everywhere are basically good unless misled by their despotic rulers holding complete monopoly over all the pillars of democracy and strict control of national wealth.

I am not alone in the belief that knowledge of history is imperative both to leaders of a nation and followers. Unfortunately objective recording of history was difficult in the absence of democracy in Ethiopia and indeed in countries in the Horn of Africa. We were made to glorify rulers rather than critically examine the performance of governments of the day as loyal listeners to selectively disclosed information to the public.

The new generation is demanding freedom of the press as assurance to safeguard its freedom by ensuring that the atrocities of the past must not repeat. This is why knowledge of the history of the past is essential; one must have the courage to read even the shocking ones perpetrated by despotic leaders. People of independent mind liberated by education and appreciative of the realities of this age of knowledge and information have nothing to fear. Of course opportunist elites serving tyrant masters may as usual insult or threaten me for my views.

Admirable tolerance of the great Ethiopia People

There are episodes signifying the greatness of the Ethiopian people in terms of among their tolerance, bravery, hospitality and love of independence among other enviable virtues that I would like to bring to the attention readers.

Episode (I): The first one was the act of forgiveness to the captured Italian soldiers in Ethiopia after the defeat of the Fascist regime of Mussolini at the end of WWII. The Monarch immediately after His return to Addis Ababa issued a decree that soldiers of the invaders taken prisoners should be treated humanely and handed over to the central government safely. A renowned guerilla fighter during the resistance told me that he and his compatriots travelled far and wide in western Ethiopia and collected prisoners and delivered them safely to the nearest provincial capital as decreed. Everyone knows that those Italians who wanted to stay in Ethiopia did so holding lucrative jobs and married to Ethiopian girls and producing children. No Italian was forced to go nor abused despite the suffering perpetrated on the Ethiopian people including spraying of poison gas on poorly equipped patriots and innocent civilians. The great people understood that the soldiers were executing the cruel orders of their brutal commanders.

The above is in sharp contrast to the grisly treatment unleashed by Shaebia on the Ethiopian soldiers taken prisoners of war – after the victory of the former with significant assistance of TPLF without which defeat of the latter would have been impossible. It is impossible to forget among other atrocities:

• The gruesome barbaric massacre in cold-blood of surrendering soldiers;
• Ordering Ethiopian soldiers to walk through the dessert barefooted leaving their personal properties behind;
• Spraying bullets with machine guns on soldiers ordered to walk barefooted across the desert ;
• Extracting gold-filled teeth of soldiers to remove the gold;
• Looting and gross violation of basic human rights of Ethiopians in Eritrea after the end of the war.

I got first hand information from my own adopted grandson was a victim among those who, with their valuables confiscated, were forced to walk barefoot across the desert. That was a draconian act of savage brutality.

Episode (II) The second one was the cruel eviction by TPLF regime of Eritreans from Ethiopia. Prominent scholars like the legendry Professor Mesfin Woldemariam vehemently opposed the ethnic cleansing. Citizens of Addis Ababa witnessed the exodus of their neighbors in tears. There were good times when our children played harmoniously together and even took turns to spend nights in the residence of the other over weekends. I know so because I was a host as were my Eritrean friends. Such was the extent of trust before the Meles regime culminated it albeit for a short time in the sense that there are encouraging signs that people bound by blood, common culture and history are trying to revive that common bond.

As everyone would recall, the fate of Ethiopians evicted from Eritrea by the Shaebia regime; was to live in squalid conditions in improvised shelters in Addis Ababa in full view of their fellow citizens and the international community for many years. This surely attests to the decorum and compassionate nature of the Ethiopian people including Eritreans I knew then and I now know in exile. It is unfortunate that dictators created the barrier between people bound by blood and common history.

Episode (III) The tyrant Meles allowed evicted Eritreans to return, reclaim their appropriated property, live, work and invest in Ethiopia. Ethiopians hardly showed any sign of xenophobia. There is no denying the fact that Erireans during the Imperial regime enjoyed lucrative positions in government and business.

It is true that the Derg committed cruel atrocities in Eritrea that evoked anger among the people. Even then prominent and or patriotic Eritreans with vision and foresight chose to struggle for unity. One example is that, the speech made by the renowned “Lion of Ogaden”, General Aman Michael Andom at the fully packed Saba Stadium in Asmara in favor of unity, the speech sent shiver to the camp of Shaebia. The maverick General was acclaimed Ethiopians as their hero and beacon of hope in restoring peace and territorial integrity of Ethiopia. I was among those who coined the phrase “Rising Star” in praise of the General and he knew it. I intend to write an article on this subject.

Ostracized dictator

Relationship between Eritrea and the defunct OAU, and later now with its successor the AU, was seldom cordial owing to the habitual arrogance of Isaias. If anything it has worsened due to the destabilizing role he is playing in the entire region of the Horn of Africa. The AU has recommended appropriate action to be taken on Eritrea. The Intergovernmental Agency for Development (IGAD) has suspended its membership.

The United States of America is openly complaining of the direct assistance of the Eritrean regime including supplying weapons to the extremist Alshabab insurgents linked to Al-Qaida.

The proxy war in Somalia instigated by Isaias has caused enormous humanitarian crisis in terms of death, hunger, dislocation of people and other calamities. There is no doubt that the proxy war lords, Isaias and tyrant Meles, will be held accountable for such heinous crimes against humanity. It is not surprising therefore that Bashir of Sudan received the very first official visit to Eritrea notwithstanding the summon served on the latter by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to answer for his crimes against humanity – especially for heinous crimes perpetrated on the black Africans in Darfour. It is not also surprising that Meles gave Bashir a lavish state dinner in Emperor Menilik’s Palace in Addis Ababa, which dinner was boycotted by Western Diplomats.

The point I want to make is why engage with the dying regime of Isaias at this late hour given that he left no stone unturned in his entire life to destroy Ethiopia.

‘Eggs’ in the basket of Isaias

Eritrea has been home to several dissident groups bent on the destruction of Ethiopia. The Oromo Liberation Front was one of the first to open its office in Asmara even when its leaders were part and parcel of the TPLF government until they were disgracefully expelled from power and sent into exile. The secessionist Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) has been a welcome guest in Asmara as is the faction of Dahir Aweyes in Somalia fighting the Transitional Government.

So Isaias has all ‘eggs in his basket’ that he can treat as he pleased. If he had really wanted to mend relations with Ethiopia, he could have broken or sent the dissidents back to where they came from.

It is too late for Isaias to remedy his colossal political mistakes and forge normal relationship with Ethiopia that he hated all his life. It would be folly to regard him as a repentant leader instrumental for the birth of a strong democratic Ethiopia.

The way forward

Isaias and tyrant Meles are two faces of the same coin. It is only the removal of the duo from power by their respective peoples under their tight grip that would bring sanity to the politics of Ethiopia and Eritrea as well as end the proxy war in Somalia and bring regional stability.
As I was always saying we Ethiopians have only God and ourselves to usher in the rule of law and genuine respect for universal human rights. The right of the individual guaranteed by law of the people, made by the people, and for the people should be our guiding principle on the way forward. We should not rest in our struggle until individuals with merit, regardless of their creed or ethnic origin, have equal opportunity in all spheres of activity in the Ethiopian society.

The foremost burning agenda is to struggle for the immediate and unconditional release of the icon Judge Birtukan Mideksa and all political prisoners. It is difficult to hold back ones tears while reading the various articles about Birtukan. She is a hostage of a coward regime; she, her septagerian mother, and 5-year old lovely daughter are being physically and mentally being tortured by the merciless ruling regime.

LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!!!

Robele Ababya (robele_ababya@yahoo.com)

  1. Lema
    | #1

    Robele,
    EPLF agents talk smoothly, they infiltrate and destroy with in. That is why we are landocked and are in the mercy of mercenaries.
    Only a strong patriotic government and a society free of agents can bring peace in the region.
    TPLF crippled EPLF in the 1998 war by getting rid off agents first. Unfortuately Mengistu fall to the trap of the infiltrators.
    So instead of crying here – go cry at the EPLF door. Peace & reconcilation comes through Asseb. Let them first return Asseb to Ethiopia and we will respond kindly. Let them stop financing the OLF,ONLF and we will return the intiative in two folds.

  2. Me
    | #2

    As soon as i posted my comment about Robele’s article I saw Lema’s rubish. Here you go again what a sad story living with this kind of ppl and expect a better life……..sad to be born in East…until something miracle enlighten Ethiopians to know the real truth about Eritrea. Eritrea never been Ethiopian, colonized YES by whom?? by ETHIOPIA, ITALY, EGYPT, ENGLISH..the list can go I am begging you to have the carrage to go back to history and read about those facts.

  3. borutola
    | #3

    dream s/thingelse its not too let.

  4. Berhan
    | #4

    Thank you Robele and I like to thank Mr Ayal-Sew Dessye for his outstanding work. I think our problem we do not see things strategically. We do not have any new ideas and just trying to do things in the smae old way. It seems to me that we do have a very short memory. We cannot forget that Isays is the most dangerous perosn and his party EPLF is ready to destroy Ethiopia if they can get their chance. How can we forget the horiffic crime they commted against Ethiopia and Ethiooians ans some people now want to work with Isayas?

  5. Picaso
    | #5

    Dear Robele,

    As an Eritrean I find the article more balanced and thoughtful. Nonetheless, there are some issues that I might disagree with. With all my hatred to the PFDJ regime in Eritrea and its dictator, I still believe that the EPLF did not mistreated the captured Ethiopian soldiers. In the contrary the Dergue soldiers were hanging the captured EPLF fighters in public. In fact this was a very routine practice of the regime. Although, the EPLF was not a government at that time and hence not accountable to the Geneva Convention of treatment of captured soldiers, the organisation was taking care of the soldiers and I personally remeber the time when we sent them back home. Mind you those soldiers were torturing the people and no revenge was taken on them. However, in your article you indicated that they were walking in the deserts without their shoes and their tooth if it was gold was taken out. About walking without shoes I would not deny it because as a prisoner the first thing that is done anywhere is to remove the shoe of the captured so as they will not be able to run. But their tooth being taken out like that of the Nazist practice against the Jews is beyong reality. That is totally lie. So it is good to set the record straight. Else, with the innocence of the peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia in all the situations is unquestionable for me. Nonetheless, it is the duty of both the peoples to be aware of the manipulations by the dictators and other extremest elements.

    Dear Lema,

    My response to the person who has commented with the name Lema is simply do not be blind with useless extreme nationalism. Today the world is coming closer with out the imaginary political boundries. Respecting the sovereighnity of nations is the basis for any future collaboration be it between Eritrea and Ethiopia as well as other states. There are international laws that govern the interaction. But as long as both countries agree then there could be other arrangemnets as well. Nonetheless, talking about Ethiopian patriotism and controlling Assab has taken Ethiopia nowhere except endless bloodshed and death of innocent people and devastating the economic and social situation of both countries. Remeber when you talk about war there shoul always be someone that must die for sake of the cause in your case the overtaking of Assab. Who is going to fight for your stupid idea? the poor Ethiopian peasants? the young people who are bright future of Ethiopia? You should be awaken from your sleep walking and you are not going to fool anyone. However, if you sincerely believe that that is your objective I will always support you only if you are willing to go the and fight with a gun in the Danakil deserts in 50 degrees temperature. You will soon die from dehydration let alone by a bullet. That is the reality. If you are a true patriot as you said then you are welcome to come with your gun. But if you are trying to pretend as a patriotic then hide and clap your hand for those who will be toasted in the war, then you better stop your idiotic ideas. The choice is simply do not try to fool the innocent peasants who are trying their best to live a better life day and night. If this is your idea, then I challenge you and all people who genuinely believe in the cause join together and launch their offence in the deserts not on the internet.

  6. aha!
    | #6

    Your narrative concerning the attrocities caused by EPLF is accurate and commendable. These attrocities does not reflect on the people of Eritrea who yearn for unity and freedom of indivduals in Ethiopia as well as in Ethiopia. The fact remains TPLF and ELF are enemies of Ethiopia and are the two sides of the same coin interms of political interest of Eritrea. That being the case Eritrea is a host to different liberation movement and a temporary enemy of TPLF, quarelling over their agreement to exploit Ethiopia harmoniously together, and developed into skirmishes over border dispute, which costed both sides unnecessary blood shed of 100,000 soldiers, from all over Ethiopia.

    If you look at the alignment of Ginbot 7, EPPF and TPDM, leaving aside the controversial liberation movemnts with seccessionist agenda, that alignment is similar to TPLF and EPRP with ELF, only now it is a government, nevertheless enemy of Ethiopia, where in the previous case they were working together to oust the Dergue regime through the armed struggle.

    If these factions are wedging war against the TPLF/eprdf regime, whose lined up alter ego is Medrek, with the EPLF/Eritrea as vanguard by Ginbot 7, EPPF, TPDM, etc. for unity of Ethiopia, and freedom of individuals, instead of fighting independently from within Ethiopia, one has the tendency of imposing the dictates of victor, or the devastation of the looser. In both cases the silent majority of Ethiopians are bound to suffer, when these two dictators engage in war as in the past.

    Win or loose the political atmosphere will be the same, except that it might lead to negotiation for normal relation between the two, with TPLF/eprdf and Medrek and Ginbot 7 intact, yet incapable to bring freedom and unity of Ethiopia by armed struggle, which includes Eritrea and/or the ports.

    The side of the equation is to press full steam for a peaceful struggle and armed struggle from within to achieve the goal for Unity and freedom of Ethiopians. All politicians with ethnic agenda on one side and all politicians for national agenda on the other side of the equation to bring about freedom, human right and democracy by one one vote.

    Any other discussion with the concept of your enemy’s enemy is your friend does not work, let alone to raise the seccessionist state of Eritrea, economically and culturaly interdependent with Ethiopia to the level of a librator and a developed democratic nation. Let the Eritreans liberate themselves from their Dictator and the Ethiopians will collaborate with them, not the otherway around. Then in a democratic process, there will be govrnemt that catering to all Ethiopians, whether the leadership comes from the south, the west, the north or the East, in the best interest of Ethiopia as a whole.

  7. proud ethiopians
    | #7

    Here we go again. Mr. Ababya, with all do respect Sir, why do you insist a relationship with Asmara? Have you heard of the phrase “YEWEGA BIRESA YETEWEGA AYERESAM” Two evil tyrants (weyane & shaebia) while in the jungle planned and poltted to dismantle and destroy Ethiopia and Ethiopians. However God and Karma got the best of them. Their relationship tunred into dust. They started evicting each other, commiting crime on each other. they have massacared thousands of ethiopian in the so called badema war.we ethiopians will never forget that. At present both are at each others throat. one wants to destroy the other one by any means possible. Well, we ethiopians can use Asmara until our goal of met then we dump them, take our Asab back, build a wall and wish them luck. yes free all innocent prisoners.

  8. peace
    | #8

    Well said. It is about time Ethiopians are praised for once instead of Eritrea. Really, Eritreans that were close to me now speak in different tongues. We have been so estranged. Of course this is due to the propaganda of Shaebia. They still believe by destroying Ethiopia Eritrea will be like Singapore. Ethiopians are mother to all Horn of Africa let alone for Eritrea. But Ethiopia’s reputation has been damaged under tPLF.

    Me,

    Please post documentation that Eritrea has never been part of Ethiopia. If you also believe that, it is really about time to stand on your own feet and stop war with Ethiopia because the main reason for the war is because of the economic problem that Eritrea is facing and Issayas is denying this. STAND ON YOUR TWO FEET

  9. Anonymous
    | #9

    @Lema
    so you feel sorry for mengistu. In 1998 serawit mekilhal ertra took all land from abasinya. We will never give assab its with in Eritrean territorial boundaries. Meles will step down soon and issayas too hopefully.

  10. Ethiopian
    | #10

    For the people who are opposed to cooperation with Eritrea. why do you recommend. you never give a pragmatic method into toppling Meles yet you are quick to criticize what others are doing. Give an alternative method.
    Ethiopians have established the only way Meles & co will be deposed is through armed struggle. In order to start armed struggle a safe base is needed. Around the horn Eritrea is the only viable option. Thus, staring good relations with Eritrea is not a necessity if we honestly want to free Ethiopia from Meles’s tyranny.
    It’s time to be pragmatic and proactive. “By any means necessary” is the motto we should wage our struggle.

  11. anonymous
    | #11

    As always,I admire Mr Robele’s views that are derived from an intimate knowledge and love of our people and a visceral antipathy towards their oppressive rulers.

    Like him,I also say Isayas must go.As he is a desperate die-hard despot who has played all his cards,he should not be given a new lease of life.

    His latest scheme of a CONFEDERATIONAL tie with Ethiopia,I think,is exactly that ploy to stay in power and he should be denied of that chance.

    Instead,support must wholeheartedly be given to the cause of the Democratic Movement in Eritrea and the democratic forces in Ethiopia aught to work closely with their counterparts in that country.That is the principle and the vitality of the pro-democracy movement in the region.

    A people-to-people alliance is the natural alliance that bears fruit not the expedient people-to-dictator provisional tie.

  12. mateos
    | #12

    1st of Lema, Assab had nothing to do when Haile Selassie and his cronies were burning and murdering the low lands of Eritrea, Assab had nothing to do when Mengistu cronies were burning and murdering Eritreans and Tigryans from all walks of life OR YOU DID NOT KNOW BECAUSE YOU WERE LIVING IN THE OUTER SPACE THEN. So Lema get out of your little hole and smell reality. I’m not a politician and I don’t believe I will ever be because I’m very much opinioniated person and in politics that will never lead you anywhere. If Ethiopians and Eritreans have to live side by side respect for each other must be the begining of all man kind. At the end of the day Meles and his mafia family will captured and brought to the court of law. His dreams to disingrate Ethiopia and plot lands will never be achieved. Ethiopians will be united again no matter what ethnic group or region are they from. In conclusion: What EPLF and TPLF had done is free their people from the ongoing slaughter of derg. What the current TPLF mafia family is doing is where derg left of in 1991 and worse. Most of my Ethiopians friends that I associated with nowadays had never been ashamed as they are today. Under the leadership of the TPLF mafia family Ethiopia had been associated with starvation, donation, backwardness, a- – kissing of NGO’s and other western diplomats, child molestation “adaption”, and these is taken place in the 21st century when the world is becoming a little village.

  13. Getu
    | #13

    Abugida – We love you!

  14. Lili
    | #14

    I don’t know why we Ethiopian can’t forget Eritrea. Let them be Singapor or whatever. Ethiopia started to show sign of development though there are human right abuses. Now we are on different track so let them enjoy their way and we ours. We shall see who dies first!

  15. Lema
    | #15

    This is the third time my comment on issues of Eritrea based on the facts has been deleted because it calls in standing up for the interest of Ethiopia.

    And it should be also noted that articles of Robele Araya and other comments related to the issue of Eritrea has been popping up in this website for quite sometimes. This is not the only website but also ER and others are campainging to change the situation in favor of Eritrea.

    Once again the EPLF and Eritreans are using their Arab dollar and infiltration system to hurt innocent Ethiopia.

  16. ZAGWE
    | #16

    Eritrea is Eritrea and Asseb port belongs to Eritrea a gift by our dear leader Mao-Zenawi.
    We should never think to merge with Eritrea. What we should be dong is get rid of this tyrant Zenawi, and get Asseb to the Ethiopians people of Afar which is their life blood and land. We can do this one way or another. As far as Isayas, it is Eritreans responsibility what to do about him.
    We should never beg him, talk to him or negotiate with him.

    Long Live Ethiopia!

  17. alazar
    | #17

    The looser between ethiopian-eritrea coopeartion is the tigrain people. Isayas of eritrea believe united sudan & united ethiopia, not ethnic based politics like weyane TPLF. you only have to lister the interview in gave to Elias of ethiopian review. make your judgement. weyane fear is that ethiopian will work with eritrean government. that is weyane worest fear.

  18. yebeglemd lebashtekulaw afewrki
    | #18

    Robele Ababya wrote: “…Of course opportunist elites serving tyrant masters may as usual insult or threaten me for my views…,”
    Notwithstanding the ethiopian adage ” ከባለቤት ያወቀ ቡዳ ነው” I disagree with the writer. After all isn’t this issue also mine too?
    The opposition comes also from the afewerki pupets. The other one comes from misinformed compatriots.
    The OTHER group is the so called lfs. I hope Robele Ababya would come up with a viable opinion regarding these group. These lfs have a legitimate issue and they cannot be left out in resolving the political crisis in the region. Their issues should be taken care very cauciously given the meles regim’s propaganda and ….
    In the traditional conflict solving the part which brings together or calls on the belligerenet parts for reconciliation is a neutral and a well known and a respected group of people or individual or entity.
    Eritrea has an issue with the meles regime. Therfore, doesn’t qualify for such arbitration.
    What we see isn’t cooperation with Eritrea as the commentator called Ethiopian tries to portray what is going on in asmara. It’s afewerki led,manipulated and organized anti meles movement, to do unfinished job among the two_meles and afewerki.There may be a group which fgihts for the ethiopian unity among these…but misled and fell in this trap.

    Ethiopian dares to tell us the following:”In order to start armed struggle a safe base is needed. Around the horn Eritrea is the only viable option.”
    This situation this writer tells us different story. That’s armed struggle is not the right method of struggle at this time. Nothingelss.
    The following is baseless since Robele seems suporter of the peaceful struggle: “…you never give a pragmatic method into toppling Meles…”

  19. Lucas
    | #19

    Lucas

    Mr Robele your assessment on the issue is WRONG

    In yr previous article u stated that : u quoted :

    “Eritreans voted for independence with a staggering 99.83 %, which result was proudly declared by Dr. Amare Tekle – a person this writer knew well. This was hardly unexpected given that the choice to be made was between “slavery” or “freedom” and the people obviously went for the latter- freedom.

    As a matter of fact the option to vote were :

    A) FULL INDEPENDENCE
    B) FEDERATION WITH ETHIOPIA
    C) TO BE A PROVINCE OF ETHIOPIA

    Why are you continuously inseminating false information ????? WHY ??
    It is not in our culture to mistreat or torture people.
    The Captured DERG POW were humanely treated.
    Given the choice to go back to Ethiopia or to the Sudan. The most opted for the Sudan”, as they would be shoot dead at spot by the DERG, because considered as traitors.!

    Take the case of the Cap. Petros Beyene the commander of the Ethiopian air Force.
    He bombarded Eritrea from North to the South East to West (using even
    Gas and cluster bombs) !! killing elderly and children. He was captured and stayed in the Liberated area of Eritrea (he wanted to stay in Eritrea) for more than a decade
    He learned tigrigna and was a good friend of the Eritrean leadership.
    After the Independence he decided to go to be reunited with his family.
    During the war of BADME he bombarded again ASMARA !!! and was shot down
    for the second time and taken prisoner !! and he is still in prison !!
    As you can see it is not in our culture to torture prisoners.
    You will never find a single honest soldier who will tell you a different story. The Eritreans behavior was a decent and NOT a savage one.
    We could be the example of Africa,

    But if you have any piece of evidence SHOW it in this site !! I am challenging you.

    It is amazing to read your writing and the writing of Shaleka DAWIT.

    Killers and son of killers have no right or moral ground to speak about
    good future of Eritrea. or on behalf of Eritrea.

    Would you believe Gobbels or Hitler if they would say that they were concerned about the prosperity of the Yeweish people ?

    Your “Union”to the motherland Ethiopia has proven to be fruitless doomed to fall with so many blood of innocent Eritreans.
    Your Federation to the motherland Ethiopia was marked with blood of many
    innocent Eritreans.

    The only left option was Full Independence . And Independence we got!
    with the sacrifice of Innocent Eritreans Freedom Fighters.
    So leave us alone

    We invite you to be concerned and try to find a durable solution to those 10 or 15 millions Ethiopians who are daying of hunger.

    As for us, you and your a likes symbolizes misery death blood, rape, horror.

    If you like or not ERITREA will never be the same again.

    Peace for Ethiopians and Eritreans

    _

  20. Lucas
    | #20

    I would like to rectify my previous statement

    the name of the captured pilot is Bezabeh Beyene and not Petros Beyene.

    Apologize

  21. michael
    | #21

    civilization is not in our grasp, because we have so much hatred for one another. The history and the facts are there. We should try the road for harmony,peace and prosperity. that means our thought process has to change. If you want change first you have to convince yourself to change.
    Look at your surounding in a broader perspective. peace for all the ppl of the region and the continent as a whole.

  22. alazar
    | #22

    I will tel lall my fellow ethiopian again. the loser of ethiopian-eritrean cooperation is the tigrain.
    Isayas of eritrea believe united sudan & united ethiopia, not ethnic based politics like weyane TPLF. you only have to lister the interview in gave to Elias of ethiopian review. make your judgement. weyane fear is that ethiopian will work with eritrean government. that is weyane worest fear.

  23. dejen
    | #23

    well
    lets stop blabering ,misinforming people for a moment and challenge every writer of this kind to come with EVIDENCE or any kind PERSUASIVE HINTS and put forward to the public bcs these evidences would help creat a relief to all of us and accelerate our cooperation.
    otherwise you are desinformed or you found the cooperation with eritrea a bitter pill to swallow.if that is the case i would reccommend to get used to the pills bcs the bitter the pills are the most effective remedy to our misery.

  24. hate & civilization
    | #24

    michael :civilization is not in our grasp, because we have so much hatred for one another. The history and the facts are there. We should try the road for harmony,peace and prosperity. that means our thought process has to change. If you want change first you have to convince yourself to change.Look at your surounding in a broader perspective. peace for all the ppl of the region and the continent as a whole.

    This one is hard to understand. Are you telling us that “hatred” is inherent in us? In another word, Are you telling us that hatred appeared in our society before civilization and there is nothing we can do?
    Why people hate each other? Is hate manifestd only in a backward societies? Have you ever heard about xenophobia?

    How can I put into practice Your advice_”Look at your surounding in a broader perspective.”, where “OUR” politicians tell us you belong to this or that ethnic and do this or that? How can I get out of this artificial cocoon created by our adversaries and I’m entrapped in unknowingly or mislead….?

    You said “The history and the facts are there.” Bring them to us. Break that artificial protection or barrier and enlighten us.

  25. alazar.
    | #25

    We, ethiopian must work with eritrean government to destroy weyane tplf. it is only option we have. we, ethiopian should recieve logistic support plus military support from ethiopia. we should fight the tigrain inveder from all direction all means.
    looser between ethiopian-eritrea coopeartion is the tigrain people. Isayas of eritrea believe united sudan & united ethiopia, not ethnic based politics like weyane TPLF. you only have to lister the interview in gave to Elias of ethiopian review. make your judgement. weyane fear is that ethiopian will work with eritrean government.
    that is weyane worest fear.

  26. alazar.
    | #26

    We, ethiopian must work with eritrean government to destroy weyane tplf. it is only option we have. we, ethiopian should recieve logistic support plus military support from ethiopia. we should fight the tigrain inveder from all direction all means.
    seya, gebru asret, ethiomedia abera bely, tigri legoch(kids) have tigrain intrest a heart. they are looking after their tigrain brothers not ethiopia. Therefore, don’t be fool by thier propaganda.
    looser between ethiopian-eritrea coopeartion is the tigrain people. Isayas of eritrea believe united sudan & united ethiopia, not ethnic based politics like weyane TPLF. you only have to lister the interview in gave to Elias of ethiopian review. make your judgement. weyane fear is that ethiopian will work with eritrean government.
    that is weyane worest fear.

  27. alazar.
    | #27

    We, ethiopian must work with eritrean government to destroy weyane tplf. it is only option we have. we, ethiopian should recieve logistic support plus military support from Eritrea. we should fight the tigrain inveder from all direction all means.
    seya, gebru asret, ethiomedia abera bely, tigri legoch(kids) have tigrain intrest a heart. they are looking after their tigrain brothers not ethiopia. Therefore, don’t be fool by thier propaganda.
    looser between ethiopian-eritrea coopeartion is the tigrain people. Isayas of eritrea believe united sudan & united ethiopia, not ethnic based politics like weyane TPLF. you only have to lister the interview in gave to Elias of ethiopian review. make your judgement. weyane fear is that ethiopian will work with eritrean government.
    that is weyane worest fear.

  28. adam
    | #28

    dejen, we are in the same page. are people are suffering because the tigrain are killing, looting, saling our womans & land to others.
    ethiopia has been under sieged by weyane TPLF for the last 18 years. if we ethiopian don’t wake up. it will contune and our people will suffer.
    The looser between ethiopian-eritrea coopeartion is the tigrain people. Isayas of eritrea believe united sudan & united ethiopia, not ethnic based politics like weyane TPLF. support our sruggle for freedom.
    you only have to listen to the interview
    he gave to Elias of ethiopian review.

    make your judgement.

    weyane fear is that ethiopian will work with eritrean government. that is weyane worest fear.
    Medrek party is a wayne extension, the core economic & military power is tplf, tigrain 1st citzen and other second.
    yeap. seya, and gebru asert is another coin of TPLF. They(seya&Gebru) are more loyal to tigrain people than ethiopia. real ethiopian oppostion are G7,OLF,ONLF,EPPF & TPDM. other in addis are power hungery

  29. xzxzxzx
    | #29

    Alazar:
    it is obvious that you are from eriteria. to me you are the same as weyane. i don’t care what Isayas said to elias. isayas is the cousin of meles. i don’t trust tigres.

  30. adam
    | #30

    bunabuaua,alex,perplexed, Asfaw, xzxzxzx,peace,Picaso, you all tigrain working for weyane under cover. we ethiopian know u. promise we will come after you.

    # 1 problems of ethiopian are those tigrain looting, raping, and selling our country ethiopia. we have to fight them any means necessary. I know u tigrain. but that is beside the point. all civil society in ethiopia must up rise fight those tigrain inveders hand by handy. as you know ethiopia has been under sieged by weyane TPLF for the last 18 years. if we ethiopian don’t wake up. it will contune and our people will suffer. The looser between ethiopian-eritrea coopeartion is the tigrain people. Isayas of eritrea believe united sudan & united ethiopia, not ethnic based politics like weyane TPLF. support our sruggle for freedom. http://www.eppfonline.org/. support them in any way. It is your duty as ethiopian to free yourself from those tigrain rats. you only have to listen to the interview. Isaya gave to Elias of ethiopian review.

    make your judgement.

    weyane fear is that ethiopian will work with eritrean government. that is weyane worest fear.
    Medrek party is a wayne extension, the core economic & military power is tplf, tigrain 1st citzen and other second.
    yeap. seya, and gebru asert is another coin of TPLF. They(seya&Gebru) are more loyal to tigrain people than ethiopia. real ethiopian oppostion are G7,OLF,ONLF,EPPF & TPDM. other in addis are power hungery

  31. Free Bertukan
    | #31

    Meles cannot resign as long as tplf wants him to be the PM. His allegence to the party is stronger than his ego. He is simply implementing eplf/tplf’s programs because tplf is a creation of eplf to destroy the Ethiopian Empire, Abyssinia. Tplf will not give in to any election apart from itsef. So Ethiopia is stuck with tplf for a long haul.

    Isias is angry with Meles’ Ethiopia because he could not milk the cow anymore. He created ethnic division policy to disunite Ethiopia and keep it as such for 60 years a he promised in 1993. He is stiil using the Tigrian and the Oromo nationalism to divide and conquer Ethiopia.

    Eritrea’s independence pauses a threat for regional/Ethiopia’s peace. In the interest of global peace and collective security, Ethiopia must its port of Assab which was illegally given to Eritrea. The creation of an Eritrea nation carved out of Ethiopia is a European and Egyptian colonial conspiracy to control the Nile and pluder Ethiopia’s resources. Eritreans have been instrumental to this conspiracy willingly or unknowingly. The fact that Isias is leasing Assab to Iranian nuclear project and Meles giving the fertile millions of acres of land to Arabs and Asians is a ploy to further implicate the region in the Middle East impasse. So, the power players, Eplf/tplf are now quarelling over the plunder as Megistu rightly put it. My question to you is why do you think Europeans and Arabs want Ethiopia to be land locked? Can Ethiopia survive without a free sea port? The answer is no. If isaias is serious about liberating Ethiopia, let him return Assab to Ethiopia, its legitmate owner. Let the new ‘liberators’ G7 and others negotiate this item if they are true friends of Ethiopia and Isaias. You cannot like Ethiopia and Isias at the same time. Ethiopia is you enemy infront and Isias is one behind. Know thy enemy first!

    Peaceful and struggle is the only way out. The United Diaspora has more power than Meles in achieving regional peace. Free Bertuka!

  32. alemue
    | #32

    Free Bertukan, you are tigrain under cover. we will get you soon.keep hiding.
    Ethiopia has been under sieged by weyane TPLF for the last 18 years. if we ethiopian don’t wake up. it will contune and our people will suffer.
    The looser between ethiopian-eritrea coopeartion is the tigrain people. Isayas of eritrea believe united sudan & united ethiopia, not ethnic based politics like weyane TPLF. you only have to listen to the interview he gave to Elias of ethiopian review.

    make your judgement.

    weyane fear is that ethiopian will work with eritrean government. that is weyane worest fear.
    Medrek party is a wayne extension, the core economic & military power is tplf, tigrain 1st citzen and other second. yeap. seya, and gebru asert is another coin of TPLF. They(seya&Gebru) are more loyal to tigrain people than ethiopia. real ethiopian oppostion are G7,OLF,ONLF,EPPF & TPDM. other in addis are power hungery man with no value.

  33. ባሳምን
    | #33

    እትዮፕያ ረሃብ ,ረሃብ እትዮፕያ

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