HERE AND THERE II

HERE AND THERE II Dedicated to the struggle of the Eritrean youth for freedom from slavery By Fetsum Abraham//3/1/2013 Hypothesis: The Eritrean regime is at its most vulnerable condition at this point in time. It is spiritually detached

HERE AND THERE II
Dedicated to the struggle of the Eritrean youth for freedom from slavery
By Fetsum Abraham//3/1/2013

Hypothesis:
The Eritrean regime is at its most vulnerable condition at this point in time. It is spiritually detached from the people creating a void in between that is desperately waiting to be filled by a mass based organized political entity. This new development must be matched with a new strategy that can efficiently confront the challenges associated with. We cannot travel on the same road anymore because the new equation needs new variables for solution.
The question is; what do you suggest to this effect?
ACTION
I see the following ideas as important initiatives towards this drive:
1) It is time for the resistance to create a central command for generating a one-shot income from its supporters to develop Community Centers all over the place from which it can make money to efficiently manage its political business: lobbying western powers to support and finance it; organizing entertainment concerts to develop art, unity and make money as well.
2) It is time for the opposition websites to create an environment for debate between opposite ideas on the future of Eritrea. We have to pressurize ASSENNA, AWATE and ASMARINO to upgrade their strategy to this level of operation and we need to contribute to this end financially, so that our allies in Africa and the WEST will notice the resistance. This will also help to get funds from them.
3) This is the right time to shift the gear of momentum towards aggressively challenging the companies dealing with the government in the mining industry. We can start by organizing a synchronized international protest against them in similar fashion to how the Diaspora did it against the Eritrean Embassies. Constant pressure against the companies will do the magic in my opinion. This should be the main focus of the Resistance from now on.
Testimony
I do believe we all have different imaginations as to how to deal with President Isaias Afwerki’s end. Personally, I did not appreciate what the Libyans did to Kaddafi; it was inhuman and barbaric; a moment of spiritual meditation to me, the truth as to how ego can destroy a spiritually weak human being at last; and what an angry society can do to its central cause of misery. Divinity asserted its “what goes around comes around” philosophy through the karmic consequence of Mr. Moamar Kaddafi, for the rest of us to learn something from!
I, however, did not feel sorry for him: he asked for it. Kaddafi was a victim of arrogance, rigidity, self-deception and extremely thin penetration of human feeling and running a society. Yet, he could have saved his life and that of his family’s in exchange to his Peaceful resignation. So could Sadam!
To me, Afwerki is Kaddafi at very minimum characteristically, and so would be my feeling should he put himself in his role model’s unwise situation. But I prefer his safe exit as the best solution to the stalemate without hesitation and I would fight to the end defending his right to do so should he choose this and give us the chance to help. Because, I believe there exists an opportunity for him to negotiate said exit at the expense of his power. Whether he will chose his power or his life by ceasing the final moment is none of my business, but I know the first choice is fatal; needless to stress that today is said moment for Afwerki to survive in whatever condition his KARMA allows him to deal with survival outside the country. I do not think Eritreans should have any problem with this, do you?
Theory
I may have one more important communication to do (FORTO) with the president but monologuing to Afwerki does not mean he will respond. He did not respond to Obama (3-5 times) let alone to a low profiled conventional individual like me: I am not that naïve to expect a feed-back from him, nor do I care about it more than the peaceful resolution of Afwerki Vs Eritreans (his safe exit and the society’s well-fare as a result, if possible).
In so saying, I think he reads us everyday because he wants to know everything that concerns him especially at this decisive time in his journey. His fear of death would not allow him to sleep without reading us, since the things we do here directly affects his life more than his fading political power.
What do you think he does with all the time he has where nothing is going on normally in Eritrea: No leaders or diplomats to meet because of the isolation and the sanction; no business affiliated issues to monitor because of the State monopolized economy; no press conferences to do in the complete absence of journalism and no war to fight because of the relatively peaceful situation with our neighbors?
There is no tourism to accommodate because of the non-conducive environment (restriction of movement, ridiculously inflated NAQFA exchange rate, hotel/restaurant problems, and no airliner (Queen-Bee is not healthy to fly), gas, electricity, etc), no friends to visit for political business, no meetings to effectively attend internationally (AU, UN, IGAD), etc. As he said it in the EriTv interview last year he has a lot of time to sleep; so does he to play around.
In a country currently floating like a leaf on a sea without any tangible national policy and direction except protecting his power, the president has nothing else to do except surfing the NET.
Nothing is happening economically except depending on the gold-cash as the only source of foreign exchange by which the nation buys commodities and brings to the market for people to buy. There is no backup system that saves the regime should this only means of cash stop. One paralyzing blow against his god-cash by challenging the companies dealing with him will most certainly nullify him out of the economic game, which will necessitate the eventual political downfall of the regime.
In the going, I, as a conditionally pacifist activist only represent myself in my one-dimensional imaginary communication with the Omnipotent President. I do not see any problem with reminding my brother his best alternative without expecting anything in return for at least two reasons:
“[a] Psychopathic leader demonstrates an inability to comprehend the meaning and significance of his own faults. This is way he never tries to remedy the faults, instead he punishes critics.”
I do not think his advisers can tell him the truth without risking their lives; nor do I think the confused president is in the right state of mind to really grasp what is going on. I think he is dizzy with so many problems, only flowing with the wind in so far as the nation is concerned. We know he is deceiving himself but I do not think anyone knows if his self-deception is intentional or accidental (mental problem). Does he know what is waiting for him or he is floating with the country like the leaf on the sea only focusing on how to continue uselessly parking on the society with maximum control?
Whether I am tripping like him or not, there is a chance to exchange ideas trying to see all the possibilities that may take place in our struggle for freedom. The best card in this final confrontation between the Eritrean society and President Afwerki in my opinion is a peaceful departure to his safe heaven in exchange for his resignation from post. This offer is time sensitive and the Eritreans reserve the right to resolve the stalemate by any means necessary including nullification, otherwise. Which ever takes place first will do the job.
In the mean time, the Eritrean experience should never steal your moment; use it as a melancholic entertainment!

aseye.asena@gmail.com

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42 COMMENTS
  • Paradiso March 1, 2013

    Is Egypt better off after Mubarek? Let the Eritrean refugees in Egypt, Libya and Yemen speak. This is taken from a UN website:

    http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97562/Egypt-s-turmoil-makes-life-tougher-for-refugees

    • ahmed saleh March 1, 2013

      It is up to Egyptians to answer that question either better
      off or not after Mubarak . Concerning those Eritrean poor
      refugees the blame goes to their government who forced
      them left into such conditions . Unless we come to our
      sense truthfully on identifying the source of our failure ,
      it will not stop by itself . God forbid the worst scenario
      may occur because of those thugs indide the country .

  • Zeray March 1, 2013

    Fetsum,

    You did it again. Thank you for showing us the way to peaceful democratic path. If we are to construct democracy in Eritrea, we must show the world we believe in justice by bringing the accused to court. We believe in respect and dignity of human being. And those who betray their people and commit crimes against their own must face justice according to the rule of law internally or internationally. At this time we must focus on how to move on and start the well articulated action points you enumerated and even solicit for more ideas to build on those.

    You were kind to Issayas to liken him to Kadaffi. I liken him to Hitler. Issays, just like what Hitler did to the Jews, had exterminated or disabled many Eritreans by his underground cells, unbearable container jails and by daily tortures. We have witnessed people who went blind due to the sudden movements from pitch dark to bright sunlight, we have witnessed insanity due to unbearable punishment. The list will be made when Eritrea is free, because PFDJ is unable to take away Eritrean experience and the truth will simply erupt. Hitler and Issayas have one thing in common they are both psychopaths with fatal attractions.

  • Sahle Yosieph March 1, 2013

    You can’t give what you don’t have. You are trying to free your President. You want to be righteous in the mist of fire. The era of apologist is over. Please makeup your mind, which side you on.

  • Freweini March 1, 2013

    Folks,
    The only thing i am not able to figure out is when you mention ‘opposition’. My friends don’t fool yrselves there nothing called opposition if there was one with a purpose you & i would have been called to hear on where they stand, i haven’t seen one yet.
    Mr. Futzum good article indeed, keep up the good work.

  • MEHRETU HABTE March 1, 2013

    RESPECTABLE HGDEF,

    ” ሻሉቅ ማሉቅ ምኻኑ ናትና ደም”
    I really love it. specialy the historical fact of faluq ,maluq….our brothers ” mereta sebene”in Akeleguzay. I truly love the poem ,I am not sure I deserve such an attention..but,..to go further to the origin of the true history you mentioned….. ንሕና ኩልና ፋሉቕን ማሉቕን ሻሉቕን ደቂ ንጉስ ሜሮን፣ደቂ ንጉስ ደምብያ ኢና።ጌጋ ይኽልኣለይ እምበር፣ ንጉስ ዜን እዩ ጎንደር ደምቢያ ዘምሓድር ዝነበረ ሓወቦና ድማ (ሓዉ ነቦና ንጉስ ዜን) ሓውዜን(ትግራይ) ተባሂሉ ዝጽዋዕ ዘሎ ኣምሓዳሪ ኔሩ። ብኡ እዩ ሓው*ዜን፨ሓውዜን ተባሂሉ እቲ ቦታ ።ምስ ኣሕዋትና መረታ ሰበነ መጺእና ንገሊኦም ኣብ መረታ ሰበነ ገዲፍና ንሕና ድምበዛን መጺእና። ድምበዛን ፣ዝተባህለ ብመሰረቱ ደምበዜን ማለት ፣ደምበ ናይ ንጉስ ዜን ማለት እዩ።ስለዚ ንሕና ድምበዛንን መረታ ሰበነን ኩሩዓት ዓጋመ ጥራይ ዘይኮንናስ ፣መኳንንቲ ጎንደሬ ኣምሓሩ ውን ኢና።ኣነ እኳ ንህዝብና ቀስ ኢለ እየ ክነግሮ ሓሲባ ኔረ።ምኽንያቱስ ዓጋመን ጎንደሬን ሒዝና ዲና ድኣ ኤርትራ ኢልና ንቃለስ ዘለና ከይብሉ ኢለ፣ግን ንስኻ ካብ ተሃወኽካ እቲ ምስጢር ክድርጉሖ ተገዲደ።ኣጆኻ ኣይንፋላለን ኢና ።ብጌጋ ተረዲእካኒ እምበር ኩልና ኩሩዓት ደቂ ስባጋዲስ ፣ኣቢሲናውያን፣ግንከ ኤርትራውያን ኢና።እምባሕ በል ህግደፍ።ፈላዪና ይፈለ።

    • ahmed saleh March 2, 2013

      Kubur HAWEY MEHRETU
      When I was young fresh breed ASMARINO spoiled kid joined GEDLI , after training in Barka they
      ship me in KEBESSA on that viotile region then to get me killed by Eythiopians army , but me
      poor and innocent kid was happy because I missed my MOM . At that time to station around Asmara
      eventhough the frequent wars against enemies it was a priviledge to Asmera boys.
      Regardless the love and care we get from those peoplein Dimbezan is one of the reason which make
      me proud of my Eritreanism . I do not forget their hospitality to my mother when she visited me.
      And there is historical events to be told too when time permit .

      • ahmed saleh March 2, 2013

        When Dimbezenay cry is our cry .
        When wedi Hirgigo cry is our cry.
        When wedi Tzlema cry is our cry.
        When wedi Hazemo cry is our cry.
        When wedi Senhit cry is our cry,
        When wedi Aseb cry is our cry .
        When wedi Shambuko cry is our cry .
        When wedi Togorba cry is our cry .
        Any tears shed from Eritrean is our shed tears .

      • Zebib March 2, 2013

        Dear Ahmed Saleh,

        This is a beautiful and touching story. I hope to read in black and white the historical event told so that not only us living today, but generations ahead could walk tall looking back at their heroic and humane history. Your post is loaded with truth, love and poetry, if I may say so.

        May God hasten the time when we be all at home to, among other things, record our tough struggle but full of rich and touching human interaction that will fill us with pride and purpose and yes DIGNITY.

        Thank you.

        • ahmed saleh March 2, 2013

          Zebib
          I love my Eritrean people dearly no quuestion to ask .

          • Zebib March 2, 2013

            I am not asking any questions!!!!

          • ahmed saleh March 3, 2013

            Zebib
            Sorry for misunderstanding . When I said no question to ask . it is just general speaking
            nothing else . And about some events which took place are sensitive enough that needs
            researched studies . Because of those many lives lost to stupid politics . In fact even
            myself couldn’t find the answers of why it happened . unfortunately , the grown-ups of some
            higher education background who know first hand about it might explain the true story .
            For example Alem Goitoom of MESKEREM net was HAMASSIEN political commissioner but now he
            act as a fool to mislead people and also others out there too prefer silence .

      • MEHRETU HABTE March 2, 2013

        Brother Ahmed ,

        ..You can feel ,I do care for our Eritrean people.We are Eritreans ,not because we hate & foolishly put down Amharas & Tegaru of Tigray,but because we have rich loving culture & our national identity is Eritreans.
        Speaking of Dimbezanians ..My grandmother came from Adwa,when she was very young & married to a sexy Hamashenai grandfather of mine, of course her accent was dimbezanian.No body made her feel different.My uncle by marrying to my auntie came long time from Oromya, his Tigrinya was the funniest you ever heard .At the time Oromos were known as GALAS..so ,to sweeten it ,his nick name was Galuy…His kids were Jebha Tegadelti .Everybody loved him ,he was my best uncle.
        I love all the people you (Ahmed).. cry with because ,I feel the pain of loosing my close relatives.
        HGDEF thinks I am dividing Eritreans ..because ,after learnning from (Tesfay Temnewo)…I realized the crime that was commited against Akeleguzay ..specially intellectuals..in my name by Hamasien Chegwar Dangas..as narrated by Ex EPLF combatant Tesfay Temnewo. ,himself from Adekolom ,Dimbezan. I typed a heart felt solidarity & apology …to my Akeleguzay brothers & sisters.i am hard on the diasporan narrow minded..But, we are talking about murder.And I stand with an Akeleguzay broad minded justice seeker ,than a sick minded Hamasenay like Isaias ,Efrem..etc
        HGDEF thinks I am dividing Hamasien ,Akeleguzai…..not, Isaias that murdered lots, but also singled out Akeleguzai to be murdered.
        He thinks ,he will shut me up by saying I am Axum..Agame..INDEED I AM AGAME <AMHARA <GURAGE <SILTE <ADERIE..all Semetic ..originated from Southern Yemen to Axum & then all over Habesha land .,But Afar ,kunama, Saho are my fellow citzens.
        It is like love…Family love to my sisters,son…,..romantic love to my girl friend,… brotherly love to my brother Ahmed Saleh…etc.
        Historically ,we are extension of Ethiopia ,Djibouti,Sudan..etc..or the other way round, they are extension..One blood.
        Ahmed you are full of love ,that is why at times you clap with one hand ..figuratively speaking.

        WE ARE ALL ERITREANS, NOT ASHAMED OF OUR TRIBAL /RELIGIOUS/REGIONAL IDENTITY..,I would be a liar if I say I love Saho Peolple while denying my roots.

        My hat is off for your respect

        Hawka.
        P.S…Next time we meet in Eritrea ,you are buying lunch..that dimbezan thing hospitality…ha..ha

        • Sarah March 3, 2013

          Mehretu,
          well said. I can not agree more.It is this history of human migrations and relationships in east Africa that PFDj’s want to unfortunately erase and make eritrean people think that they are not related to anyone in that area. As you said we are eritreans but are brothers to all the people around us. We could not have grown from the grounds like plants do.

          • MEHRETU HABTE March 4, 2013

            Sarah ,

            People like you & I are happy people ,we are comfortable with who we are .If we adjust our thinking everything will follow. I have the love of people at the root of my principle..of course at times I act like Jerry springer show.

            My sisterly love to you.

    • belay nega March 2, 2013

      mehretu habte

      so the choice we did in 1961 was it

      “WIN TO LOOSE?”

      • MEHRETU HABTE March 2, 2013

        No,Brother Belay Nega,

        It was a legitmate question & struggle..It should have been flexible & accepted regional autonomy as offered by derghi..or should have had ..some confederation style agreement with Ethiopia…with common currency & free flow. Of course that would not satisfy the empty pride agitators ..that put empty bogus pride, before peoples love.
        Any suggestion besides echoing EPLF/PFDJ’ s destructive agenda ???

        • belay nega March 3, 2013

          mehretu

          I THINK P.E.A WAS GOING THAT WAY AFTER INDEPENDENCE

          WOYANE’S MOTTO INSTEAD WAS AND STILL IS THIS [TEMKEHTI] SHOULD BE CRASHED

          NOW UP-DAWEN APPROACH DON’T YOU THINK IS DISGRACEFUL AND DANGEROUS?

          IF YOU GO BACK AND THINK ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVES YOU MENTIONED HOW CAN YOU TRUST ETHIOPIANS AFTER WHAT THEY DID TO THE FEDERATION?

          IF THE AGITATION WAS NOT THE WAY E.L.F AND E.P.L.F WERE CONDUCTING DO YOU THINK ERITREAN PEOPLE WOULD HAVE ENDURED THE HARDSHIP AND BEAT DERG THE BIGGEST ARMY IN AFRICA?

          STRAIGHT FORWARDLY DON’T YOU THINK ETHIOPIANS ARE THE BIGGEST ACTORS IN THE PROBLEM WE SUFFERING FROM?

          WHATEVER THE REASON WHAT WILL BE THE LONG LASTING SOLUTION?

          • MEHRETU HABTE March 4, 2013

            Brother Belay ,

            Winning should not only be measured by armed means.I do not mean Eritrean warriors to accept Derghi at face value & take Derghi at face value.
            No, involve internationally recognized agreement and an agreement that would not let the Ethiopian federal Army tio set foot in towns.State & municipal affairs to be managed by Eritreans .Amharic to be Ethiopia´s national & official language..Eritrea would use Tigrinya & Arabic.
            Of course Ethiopians arrogance & romantic love with the ports has played a very negative role ,If they were not stupid ..they would have learned Eritrea neede Ethiopia more than the other way round.
            Now ,we are where we are & Ethiopia is thing of tghe past. But, It is in our advantage to have extremely close relations with Ethiopia & establish Horn of Africa or Igad common market ,free trade..we Eritreans are resilient & innovative people .If left free of dictatorial govt. we can do more than surviving.
            Tanganika & Zanzibar created Tanzania one country. I am not enamored with Eritrea ,but Eritreans.I do not mind if Sudan gets a healthy govt. & together we create one country called SUDARITREA.
            Hawka

  • Meretse Asmelash March 2, 2013

    Dear brother Mehretu, with all due respect I heard many times people interpreting Dembezen literally as “too much blood shed” or dem beziHunna. In other words I don’t think it meant the Ranch of King Zien or “ብመሰረቱ ደምበዜን ማለት ፣ደምበ ናይ ንጉስ ዜን ማለት እዩ። But, since I am not a historian I may be wrong.

    • MEHRETU HABTE March 2, 2013

      I was quoting the half written ,half legend,…. history of Dimbezan,ኣብ ትንታኔ ክፋላለ ይኽእል ዩ።እቲ ታሪኽ ግን ተር ኢሉ ኣብ መዝገብ ዝተጻሕፈ እዩ።ከምቲ ዝገለጸካዮ (ደም በዛን) እንተኾይኑ ድማ ብኣምሓርኛ ደም በዚሑና ማለት እዩ።ኣብ ሓደ ኢና ዘለና ። ዝገደደ ጎንደሬነትና የብርህ_____ሃ__ሃ__ሃ Of course, you said dem beziHunna…I am not miquoting you..It just (dem,bezan)is very close to dimbezan.

      Meretse ,Ahmed ..I love our interaction…thanks

  • belay nega March 2, 2013

    “Whether I am tripping like him or not, there is a chance to exchange ideas trying to see all the possibilities that may take place in our struggle for freedom.”

    THE FACT IS

    E.L.F BOUGHT A CAR WITHOUT CONSIDERING THE RUNNING COST

    E.P.L.F MINIMIZED THE COST BY BORROWING SPARE PARTS FROM ETHIOPIA[TIGRAY,OROMO….] AND DROVE IT TO THE OPEN END DESTINATION

    THE RECKLESS DRIVER AHMED NASSER AND
    THE NON LICENCED KERNELIOS WHO NEVER BEING ERITREAN:

    -MENTALLY
    -IMMOTIONALY
    -CORDIALLY
    -SPIRITUALY

    WHO NEVER SAID [ UWE NE NESANET]
    WHO NEVER HAD ERITREAN ID

    ARE TRYING TO TRADE THE CAR TO A LEAKY BOAT WITH NO COMPASS

    ARE TRYING TO ON BOARD ERITREAN PEOPLE WITHOUT LIFE SAVING JACKET

    ALL WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO IS:

    “WIN BY LOOSING”

    MR FETSUM

    AS AN ERITREAN YOU OK WITH THAT?

  • Edmonton resident March 2, 2013

    THE BRILLIANT MUHRETU

    since you lived in edmonton alberta i knew you had it in you.at the time i was pfdj..and you changed me a little at a time .you are brave..keep up.
    edmonton misses you

  • MEHRETU HABTE March 4, 2013

    Edmonton Resident ,

    I think you had it in you ,the need to change . I am glad though that I had a small portion of it. I also learn from a lot of people.

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