I have been a reader, commentator and occcasional contributor at www.awate.com since 2013. It happened so as it was the only website that can feed my hirsty and curiosity to engage in elite politics. As I expected, the website has indeed nurtured my expecation. Since the first time my comment appeared as one of the new comment update section list, I was overwhelmed to visit again and again until it became my subliminal addiction.
Encouraged by the appearance of my ordinary comments in the forum platform, I decided to contribute articles too. It was amazing experience to see your articles being published in a website that you adore most. Not only that, the website is one of the very few best sites where few but high calibre elites publish.
I believe the articles published at awate.com have a political power to influence the Eri-Ethiopian politics in general and the Eritrean elite minority politics in particular. Without doubt, I was proud to consider myself as part of this elite group and name the web-site as my university. Though I had a different political perspective than most of these political gagnsters, I loved to stay there.
After, almost four years 24/7 presence, I started to realize that I have been detached from the majority. What I mean “the majority” are those Eritreans who are fighting against the dictator at a louder voice but through different means.
Not only the isolation, I also realized that the politics that is served at Awate Website has little to do with the the people’s desire to bring a massive change. It is at this time that I started to think on my own but indpendent ideological views to deal with the Eritrean politics by creating a strong bond with the masses.
The experiences I have and the analytical mindset I came to encounter at awate forum, I have learnt that all the political elite gangsters at awate are not really close to the people but with the monsters of PFDJ politicians. Their focus was more on what “had been said” and could be the consequence that what the oppressed need to bring a change. In short, I could say, no one is interested to equip the masses with ample political tools that can help them nurture their mind and use it against the oppressive PFDJ regime.
After realizing this gap, I decided to merge political elitism with people’s desire for change. I came to be well aware of the elements the majority people are looking for by removing PFDJ. I also learnt how the struggles conducted to achieve that.
The Missing Elements within the Political Struggle
Eritrean political elites are not fully equiped with elements of liberty in line to the 21thC definition of human rights. Globally speaking, what they seem most cared for is “justice” than any other basic and comprehensive elements of Eritrean desire to achieve full liberty. Even to worst of my disappointment, no one is confident what democracy has to do with Eritreans. Some favor power sharing than people’s full fledged participation in expected to be a just democratic country. For most, the priority is to take down the oppressive regime at all costs than designing pro-dictatorial regime statehood.
Though the priority is undoubtefully to let the monster regime from power, there are two missing key elements to happen before and after that. First, the skill to mobilize the masses, and second, to accomodate the masses after the demise of the regime. Of course, mobilizing the masses requires understanding the loose bonds that exist between the Eritrean societies and build the brigde of trusteeship so that people can come closer than ever before united and be a fearless voice. And, after the demise, the masses need at most high degree of assurances of liberty to granted by thepolitical atmosphere that is expected to exist. In between, political elites can be the key players to adjoint these missing elements.
To my disappoint, I was scared to learn that human rights issues are the least favored subjects to be in the forefront of these political elites agenda. Most of them consider human rights in line to 21thC is a luxury. Instead, they keep on stressing on, “Justice”. To an innocent society, no word is better to hear then the word justice itself. However, it must be accompanied with innocense. Otherwise, it can be as cynical word as it appears to be.
Within this political specturum, political gansgters which are housed at Awate Forum are neither successful to mobilize the masses nor innocent to describe what justice is meant in its true sense to the masses. Removing PFDJ regime is not enough to call it justice by itself. And neither is suffice to consider it with full certainity to bring a just country that will gaurantee full libertyof the citizens. For the last 25 years, Human rights topics are at scracity. Though there are human rights activist gangsters, it is very rare to find political gansters who advocate for and fight fully for in line to the universal declaration of human rights. Achieving human rights is left to those human rights actvisits or to the international organizations who are expected to be guarantors of these rights then after.
The truth is, no other can guarantee full human rights of citizens unless there is full readiness of the politicians who have a potential place to control power. When politicians are more concerned about power sharing than guaranting human rights of citizens, nothing more can be an expected to be nighmare of eroding qualities of people’s liberty.
No power can give liberty without considering what liberty is. Plus, at a higher level, no justice can exist without echoing a just justice. These complex political endeavours need full fledged political readiness. So far, I haven’t become confident on how these readiness is being implemented. Above all, the majority of the political gangsters I encountered for the last five years are timid to say it loud that they are all for the universal declaration of human rights in accordance to the worldwide accepted perspective of liberal values. Instead, they bring social values to be at the center for a reference. For example, in my five years stay at awate.com, U have not read a single article that advocates for an absolute guarantee of human rights. Instead, I have read on article that focuses on Child and Old-aged people by not mentioning the notion of universal declaration of human rights.
Our political gangsters: Unprepared for a Peaceful environment
When a struggle becomes the life, peace has might have little room left to be accomodated. It is as if what Thomas Jeffesson did when declared “all men are equal” while he continued to enslave hundreds of slaves. I am bringing this historical paradox to relate what is happening today among the political gansgters of Eritrea, the elites.
There are many indications to prove this. For example, awate.com published a news article through its one of the most referenced and believed to be credible news column, Gedab News under a heading, “Ethiopia reiterates of its acceptance of the boundary ruling.” This tiles is misleading as it indicates Ethiopia had previously accepted the border ruling as it did in 2018. The truth is Ethiopia did not accept it fully in 2002 as it has done now. Although Eritrea had accepted the Border ruling that was decided by the Border Commission on April 3, 2002, Ethiopia had some pre-conditions though it accepted in principle. From both sides, sixteen years passed without any meaningful initiation to settle the issue peacefully.
The news reads,
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“…Sources from Ethiopia indicated that PM Abiy Ahmed is expected to issue a directive to release many prisoners remaining in jail, some of them since 2012.
Lately, the government of PM Abiy has emptied many prisons around the country. The released prisoners include opposition members, journalist, and other political prisoners. However, the release did not include individuals arrested after the Awalia school crisis of 2012.
The Awalia school protests erupted after officials of the school and other Muslim activists protested the alleged government interference in the private affairs of the school. However, government sources alleged its clampdown on the Awalia school protests was because of the infiltration of extremist Muslims activists who were agitating the Muslim community. The protests resulted in the arrest of hundreds of protesters who expanded their demonstration to the Anwar Mosque in the heavily populated area of Mercato.”
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What Gedab News did was unexpected. Instead of providing the news as it is, it provided a misleading title to the news. Not only this, instead of focusing on the news accordingly, the first three or four paragraphs it highlighted rights issue inside Ethiopia which is totally a non-relevant issue as per the title.
In fact, the issue brought primarily dates back to 2012 political crisis and is entirely an Ethiopian internal affairs. It is perplexing to read such mixed-up cases. Of course, being an urdent reader of Awate website, such approach and content-wise political sophistication is not new to me. Awate.com has more inclination towards human rights abuses committed by PFDJ regime for Eritreans in general, and Eritrean Muslims in particular. I understand why it does so for the Eritreans. What I could not figure it out at this particular moment is creating a link between the border ruling new decision with an old news that concerns Ethiopians first than any.
Being familiar with awate political inclination, may be it is part of the promise held from the late Osman Saleh Sabbe who is believed to be one of the most prominent and controversial political figure of Eritrean revolution Eritrea because of his passion and link with the Arab nations, especially Syria and iraq. Before joining the Eritrean Liberation front (ELF), Sabbe was more passionate to fight for the rights Eritrean and Ethiopian Muslims more than he ever sought to fight for the Eritrean rights to self-determination. In fact, he joined the armed struggle while he was an activist for the rights of Eritrean and Ethiopian Muslims. These political interest emerged while he was a student in Ethiopia. Though he shifted his energy to the cause of Eritrean people, throughout his stay in the revolution, he incorporated his early dreams within the Eritrean struggle by merging it within the concept of Arab Nationalism. Sabbe has injected this ideology through those early members of ELF who were trained in Syria and then Iraq and other Arab countries. Though, there is no clear indication for the existence of such political ideology as pure as it is within the ELF political discourse, there is no doubt that it had great impact on the way ELF was running its struggle. Today, such ideologies exist here and there in its silent behaviour; Awate webiste seems one of these protectorates of such ideologies.
Not only the news published through Gedab News, an article written by one of the prominent political elite gangsters, Saleh AA. Younis under a title, “Ethiopia PM Aby Unscrambles the algiers Agreement,” it is quite clear indication on how the news that is coming from Ethiopia is wanted to be perceived. Though Saleh Younis seemed to break down the whole scenario into a more readable form, how he concluded his article gives the whole notion of his mindset.
These two sentences given in the conclusion section by Saleh Younis tells everything how he [Saleh] seems to look into Abiye’s era
- “…the PM is going to take measures that will keep the TPLF too busy dealing with its kilil issues to bother him at the Federal level. “
- “For a guy so easy to lampoon, prime Minister Abiye may yet become one of the most consequential leaders Ethiopia produced.”
These sentenses are clear indication of pessimistic mindset of Saleh’s expecation from Dr. Abiye.
of course, Ethiopia has gone through a very complex political process to reach where it is today. The crisis within the modern governance system of Ethiopia is full of power hungry leaders, revolutionaries and warmongering tendencies. Nevertheless, since 1991, it has witnessed a smooth increments of democratic atmosphere. Learnigng from what had happened before, only a magical discourse and wisdom can bring a lasting change inside Ethiopia.
Hope of Peace that need to be worked out
Despite the political uncertainities, there is one hope that one good hearted Eritrean politician can wish to happen and be part of this happening: PEACE BETWEEN THE COUNTRIES. For the first time in history, the sovereignity question of Eritrea has some legal status to stand by itself by following international pacts. Ethiopia has re-affirmed its position on the legal status of Eritrean sovereignity by accepting the border ruling of 2002. This is a great step towards peace once these two countries have come to terms on the border ruling after experiencing three years of devastating but senseless war that broke out because of border case.
It is discouraging to see some of our political gangsters to look powerless and pessimistic on this important period of time. As if business is going normal, they seem to be not ready to be actors in the peace making process. Instead, they seem to be hopeless within Ethiopian politics, and people of no role to the peace deal between Eri-Ethiopia.
Had the aforementioned gangsters’ website had a courage to go beyond fears of uncerainities and focus what good can come out of these new developments, they could have positive impact and support of the Ethiopian side towards Eritrea.
Without doubt, more than ever, Eritrean political elites are hopeless and non-optimistic. In fact, their almost two generation struggle has exhumed all the energy they had without producing any meaningful change. But they have one possible, in fact most valuable, work to accomplish at this critical time. And this is to promote peace betwee the two countries at all costs. They could have a historical contribution if they use their collecive experience to tell what has happened and what shouldn’t so that peace between the two countries can flaurish. Unfortunately, they are further cultivating seeds of mistrust by bringing a non-relevant issues. If they stop to cross the poltical sovereignity of Ethiopia and just wish peace to be between the countries no matter what challenegs exist, the energy of peace could have a power of transforming into a positive wave.