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Ethiopia - Gossip in the name of Ethiopian People

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12/23/07

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Ethiopia - Gossip in the name of Ethiopian People

Ethiopia - Gossip in the name of Ethiopian People


I have not been actively involved in Ethiopian politics as a member of any political party for a long time, however recently I have been actively surfing Ethiopian websites in order to read information about Ethiopian politics in particular and to understand the current situations in general. More than that, up to recently, before I have left Las Vegas for a while, I have actively participated in every Ethiopian political meeting that addresses Ethiopian current political and economical affairs. Recently, after I have witnessed first hand the devastation of Iraq by its own people in addition of outside factors, and then the escalation of hatred among different religious groups and the fear they created to children, women and ordinary people, I obliged to scribble my thoughts about the current senseless political drama in and outside of Ethiopia.

Most Ethiopians, including myself, often wonder about the place where this political drama occurs and the participants who are actively involving in this drama and then vehemently attempting to decide the political fate of individuals as well as political organizations and, of course, the political process of the country. Most Ethiopians know that political struggle or strike against government or institution will occur due to politico-economical oppression and suppression including lack of basic human rights as well as deficiency of economical and social freedom. Without these major politico-economical imbalances and contradictions, there is no major struggle, and even if there is, it will not be successful. Having said this, the primary people who have faced the aforementioned political, economical and social discrimination and injustice are the one who live in Ethiopia. Those people are the back bone of their struggle to determine their destiny, and to bring political democracy, economical prosperity and social harmony in their country. The 2005 election which CUD and UEDF were involved was a good example for the above statement. These organizations, particularly CUD, successfully organized the people at the grassroots level and brought them to execute their right by electing their own leaders. If was not to Weyane’s heinous and undemocratic political actions, the first democratic institutions could have been established in the country. This showed that the almighty power is concentrated in the hand of Ethiopian people. The rest is secondary. The Ethiopian Diasporas have no more function than playing a supporting role to the struggle that actively occur in Ethiopia. We can be very effective in supporting the struggle economically and politically. We can raise a lot of money to the political organization or organizations we are favoring. We can also lobbying foreign governments, political institutions on behalf of particular political organization or even on behalf of the country. HR-2003 which was, initiated, organized and executed by the few determined people (Al Mariam and others) in diaspora is a good example. Other than these, we have no major rights to make a decision on behalf of the people who suffer in Ethiopia and saying who should be the leader of particular organization or who should be knocked out from certain organizations. We do not have the moral ground until we decide to go and live again in Ethiopia and share the burden of those unfortunate people.

Of course, we have the moral duty to provide constructive criticisms to political organizations or individuals as long as it can help them to correct or amend their policies or programs to the good of the people. But when it goes beyond that and becomes destructive and demeaning, then it loses its objective. That is what has happened in the last few months in Washington DC in particular and in the western hemisphere in general. Instead of trying to understand the core of the problems or contradictions between political organizations or between individuals within political organization and help to find out a workable solution, certain individuals or group of individuals are flaring up the problems by supporting one individual/group and insulting or defaming the reputation of the other individual/group. For instance, I have read an irrelevant, childish but well calculated article in the name of the Ethiopian people to defame the reputation of Hailu Shawel. The writer attempted to explore everything from the death of Pro. Asrat to the personal family matters to destroy the good name of Mr. Shawel. Among other things the one that saddened me the most was the part he wrote, “The main reason Mr. Shawel returned from US to Ethiopia during the crisis was to prevent Dr. Negas election to Addis Ababa mayor office”. Is this how we are going to pay back the person who organized the Ethiopian people day and night by using his elderly labor, by spending his personal wealth, and by putting his feeble health at risk, and brought an effective opponent political organization in Ethiopian history? Contrary to the senseless accusation, the reason Mr. Shawel went back to Ethiopia was to be with his colleagues during the crisis and to fulfill his leadership duty although he understood well incarceration was waiting for him. Rather he should be admired for his heroic action and determination instead of insulted by those pathological and delusional pseudo-intellectuals. Mr. Shawel I salute you for your courage and political work for that unfortunate country. On the other side of the coin those name callers (misnomers) tormented one of the well accomplished economists who could survive in any part of the world and raise his children without any problems as a Weyane’s accomplice. How can you accuse a distinguished professor of being a government operative when he left his job in the US and went to Ethiopia and tried to help his country and then openly opposed the government’s undemocratic work, participated actively in the opposition force and because of that went to prison not only once but twice? The diaspora‘s bizarre behavior did not even stop to accuse Birtukan who left her young child and went to Kaliti for the sake of her people. Let me ask you questions you gossip-mongers: how many Ethiopian women have you seen in each political meeting that organized in or out side Ethiopia? How many Ethiopian women are involving actively in Ethiopian politics recently let alone in leadership position? I leave the answer to the Ethiopian people.

The other irresponsible parties who are actively pouring salts, with or without knowing, to the wound of the Ethiopian people are the so-called Ethiopian news websites (gossip-sites). In the first place I am not sure the editors of these websites are professional journalists. If they are, then, they are degrading the profession itself and the excellent name of those Ethiopian journalists who have sacrificed their time, energy, and life for the betterment of their country by exposing the evil and undemocratic nature of the government. In addition of not having the moral and ethical standard which is the litmus paper of a good journalist behavior, some of these editors’ minds are blinded by vengeance and taking sides. Conversely, other than providing unaltered news to its audiences, the exemplary and even minded journalist’s main duty is to give a balanced stage to its participants in order to entertain different ideas. This way the people will get the chance to listen to both sides and make their own decisions. Through process they will eventually develop mature democratic culture. Instead of performing this kind of noble job, the good so-called websites turn themselves into gossip sites by picking the person they don’t like and trashing his reputation. For example, one of the sites restlessly has been attacked the undisputed name of Dr. Taye by creating untrue but sensational stories. This unwavering political scientist have proved himself and gained international respect by fighting a one man battle with Weyane to keep the freedom of Ethiopian teacher association regardless of 6 years of incarceration. Taye may differ with others with ideas and policies but he is not questioned in his integrity. He earned his respect not only among his friends but also from his enemies. What about Mersha, Eyasu, Asefa and others who have been in struggle since their young age for the cause they believe without forming a family or having a house to shelter. Who are we to disrespect the good name of these heroes? Why don’t we leave the judgment to the Ethiopian people? Are we better than the vast majority of Ethiopians who reside in Ethiopia because we live in the west and have access to a computer? We are preaching about democracy, multi parties system, and basic human rights but simultaneously we could not tolerate different ideas or thinking than ours. How do we then differ from Weyane? Besides that what is the advantage of the disintegration of CUD or EPRP to other political organizations except rolling back the democratization process of the country. Do we really understand the negative impact of the crumbling of multiethnic political organization to the good relationship of different ethics and to the stability of the country as a whole? We will never see the full democratic process of the country in the future unless we solve these political crises wisely.

In conclusion, I believe Ethiopia’s destiny is at cross road. I believe Ethiopia is like an intubated patient who is admitted in intensive care with multi-organs failure. In order to survive, this kind of patient needs multi-specialty physicians who are expert in their fields. To save this patient successfully, not only expertise in their field is required, but they also need to create good communication skills to exchange ideas freely among themselves and to have a healthy working environment. Otherwise, the chance of this patient succumbing to her disease is more than fifty percent. That is why it is vital to leave personal/ group egos or vendettas to the side and work in harmony for the sake of Ethiopia’s existence. A country with non-drainable source of heroes/heroines does not cry when these children sacrifices their life for her integrity or survival. Instead of crying she would be proud of them. However, a country cries and becomes miserable when she needs a hero/heroine badly for her existence and could not find him/her. At one historical juncture Ethiopia had heroic children who fought Italian aggression and saved her from colonialism. Today Ethiopia is crying because it lacks heroes/heroines who can fight selflessly against narrow nationalism and dictatorship with good vision and bring her children together for a common cause. I hope more Hailus, Brhanus, Brtukans, Mershas, Tayes, and Eyasus will flourish to fight for their country.

GOD BLESSES ETHIOPIA.


Mulugeta Kassahun
urosurgerymd@yahoo.com

22 comments

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Comment from: Tefera Atlanta [Visitor]
Tefera Atlanta

The article is well put together and it should be recommended to all concerned Ethiopians. Our spirit toward Democracy should focus on unity, tolerance, and humility. Let us all say no to negative reports because it is not doing any good to the future of Ethiopia. It is easy to divide because the Devil thrives in division and confusion. At the same time, it is hard to unite because the process involves bringing many souls(all Ethiopians) together. Though the path is narrow, please let us all choose to walk toward uniting the spirit of the people.

12/24/07 @ 02:09
Comment from: mira [Visitor]
mira

use less organizations who are these people he is talking about old fishion amhara go to hell.
never and ever dream to come back again, what have you done to ethiopia for the last one hudred years in power? shame on you better others who are trying to live as ethiopia even if suffering becuase one day they will be falourish with development. got hell with your bado proud we do not want you to lead ethiopia even for one day.
love and unite to all people of Africa, down to old boys called kinjit or cud what ever name you call it.

12/24/07 @ 07:39
Comment from: ababu [Visitor]
ababu

Poor english!

U the Amhara complex! if you don’t know how Ethiopia is complex in terms of culture, language what have u couldn’t speak about the one-ness thing. First u should belive on the identity issue. Don’t tell us about the Amhara balabats u mentioned them above, there are a number of people who pay their own life for their country that u don’t know them at all. CUD…what have Hailu couldn’t be a solution to the complex nature of Ethiopian poletics as they are promoting something evil (Shewa centric) not at all!
First u should also undestand that other people (70 mill) people also love their country as u do. Ethiopia is after all about people not about the land!

please go back to school!

12/24/07 @ 08:18
Comment from: elron [Visitor]
elron

ETHIOPIAN REVIEW (traitors) WEBSITE IS THE WORST ETHIOPIAN MEDIA OUTLET OF OUR TIME. Supurb observation"The other irresponsible parties who are actively pouring salts, with or without knowing, to the wound of the Ethiopian people are the so-called Ethiopian news websites (gossip-sites). In the first place I am not sure the editors of these websites are professional journalists. If they are, then, they are degrading the profession itself and the excellent name of those Ethiopian journalists who have sacrificed their time, energy, and life for the betterment of their country by exposing the evil and undemocratic nature of the government. In addition of not having the moral and ethical standard which is the litmus paper of a good journalist behavior, some of these editors’ minds are blinded by vengeance and taking sides. Conversely, other than providing unaltered news to its audiences, the exemplary and even minded journalist’s main duty is to give a balanced stage to its participants in order to entertain different ideas. This way the people will get the chance to listen to both sides and make their own decisions. “source MULUGATA KASAHUN ,GOSSIP IN THE NAME OF THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE

12/24/07 @ 08:57
Comment from: biructait [Visitor]
biructait

hi man i red your article,but i dont think you really dont understaand what our country really need! ethiopia we are not special peoples who traped by bad leaders,very close to god and bright future becase of oposition parties. i hate this stuff. comeon man we are the poorest country on earth, we are the mopst talkative and faultfinder. we are poor not bacase of governments now and in the past but bacase of peoples like you !! see kuba or chaina they dont have good governmet in my opinien but they have more hands to work than than to write some useless things on internet. ethiopia future in not on one party it on me ,on you and all the peoples of ethiopia. may be you think that now i am the suporter of the governmet this is the problem our inherited problem ruther than hearing what some one said we are so busy on classifing each other. i am a student abrode i always dream to do some thing usefyll to my country. but i embaresed by you and your kind always make the country hell, becase of governent,try to be a very close son or what ever of ethiopia. country is people ,the poples that needs food water and hospital each day. dont you see that.the will not be haven in ethiopia as faras we are not doing somethine usefullnot thinking about changing the governmet. god ,you wanna me to tell you some thing if ucd get in to power after one year or even less than that ,you and you kind start another propaganda. oh they are not doing what they promise bla.. bla
please wake up ,we have to do alots of things for ethiopia. dont you see she is waiting for you.she doesnt like alotmore speakersbut workers!!!!!!
this in not only for you but also for your kind. comeon WE ARE in 21 centuary there in no go back, ethiopia needs hand to work.do you think by saying GOD BLEES ETHIOPIA, wecan solve one tiny problem. no, we have a mountain of problem but the pillar of the problem is we are not BLESSED TO WORK ,TO THINK POSITIVE WAY, TO BE REALL LOVER OF ETHIOPIA.
GOOD BLESSES US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

12/24/07 @ 10:31
Comment from: GOITOM [Visitor]
GOITOM

Mulugeta! The end justifies the means.All those guys you mentioned-Eyasu, Mersha,Taye and Hailu are losers.They haven’t accomplished anything in terms of Ethiopian politics.As far as i am concerned,telling it like it is should not be interpreted as gossip.

12/24/07 @ 11:59
Comment from: geb [Visitor]
geb

Mr. Mulugeta Kassahun, you pumpkin head!

You stated “If was not to Weyane’s heinous and undemocratic political actions” If you think Woyane is not democratic, you don’t know Ethiopia at all. Besides you are living in the US and you will not know a gadom thing what is going on in Ethiopia.

CUD is nothing but a collection of useless group who came to participate if they could regain the power they have lost. If you think CUD has the best receipe for Ethiopia in their disarry organization, you are wrong. A person like you who is filled with hate and follows the flod, will have the all mighty hell. Adjust the balace so you can have some mercy in life.

Peace to all Ethiopian people.

12/24/07 @ 17:07
Comment from: baymeno [Visitor]
baymeno

Ay Mulugeta, you said ” if we put our effort and “MONEY”

“Foll me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.” Goes the saying. You come out from your hibernation realizing that the ” Fools", the die-hard cud supporters, will still contribute money for the lost cause of cud?

You are too let mulugeta. UCD is dead, and Diaspora are regreating for their lost money let alone to give you additional one.

I guess you better go back to Las Vegas and look for a job and stay out of politics.

God Bless Ethiopia!

12/24/07 @ 17:53
Comment from: Get it right [Visitor]
Get it right

Ababu,
I think your name should be Baboon.
Let me tell you what the Amhara did for the last 1000 years not just for 100 year as you tried to tell us:
They teach you Amharic. Lucky you!!
They save you from been a slave for Italy
They kept your history and culture for you and me.
They save your behind from Mojahidin or fanatic Islam
Now it is you and I to keep our Country together and safe in stead of trying to criticized the last 1000 or 100 years heroes like Ase, Tedrowas, Gebrie, Alula, and soon

What did you do for your Country before you try to criticize 32% of the Amhara people?
Shame on you man!.

12/24/07 @ 20:20
Comment from: ababu (the real one) [Visitor]
ababu (the real one)

the above ababu [Visitor]12/24/07 @ 08:18 is a moron who cannot even come up with his own nick name.

Dear readers, please ognore the fake ababu. He is a BANDA from Eritrea trying to divide us Ethiopains.

12/24/07 @ 20:42
Comment from: abel [Visitor]
abel

Good observation, I am sure those who have competent and right mind will comprehend your frustration, but some simple Simpson likes ababu(person who comments on your article) will continue their name calling and destructive mission. You can not do anything about those cursed individuals, telling them is as the same as pouring water on the stone.
Anyhow, criticism positive or negative should be encourage and for sure, those political leaders who believe in their idea would not be frustrated or discouraged by blackmailing or character assassination, since their action is their witness.
Anyhow, I personally support criticism regardless it’s negative or positive content. False accusation is always inevitable in the political arena, however, anyone is innocent until proven.
Our problem is deep rooted. Apparently, Most of our political leaders agree not to agree, and they are repeating the same mistakes. The current kinijit division is the same as EPRP’S Ha and Le division, without any vital political difference, but based on personally hate, power and privilege.
Surely, no one is happier than TPLF by the division of kinijit; at the same time the hope of million Ethiopians are shattered. It seems the end of Ethiopian struggle.

12/24/07 @ 23:10
Comment from: Tasew [Visitor]
Tasew

The division of kinijit is clouding the hope of million Ethiopians who are subjugated and terrorized by the ruthless Tigrain tribal warlords. Ethiopians stand behind kinijit, hoping to end the misery and the suffering inflicted by the barbaric Tribal chefs, however, our dream become a nightmare. Our irresponsible and reckless leaders instead of strengthen our unity and crush the head of the serpent(weyane) they choose to fight each other for minor problems and helping to feed it.
Now the Tigrain tribal warlords are laughing at us, they are belittling our people as usual.
Surely, nothing else but power, ego, and privilege kills our struggle.
Do not blame the people who are criticizing those leaders. Those leaders deserve to be held responsible since they traumatized our hope and paralyze our struggle. If they were genuine and honest they would not create such kind of mess because of minor difference.

12/25/07 @ 00:14
Comment from: KOKO [Visitor]
KOKO

Good observation, however, someone who is blinded by power, privilege and ego does not give ear for such kind of treasured suggestions. Most of Kinijit leaders have ultimate goal that is why they are crumbling before even going one step forward.
Eventually, they throw dust in our eyes; they shattered the hope of million Ethiopians, and paralyzed our struggle.
Virtually those individuals should be held responsible what they have done. They are a bunch of megalomaniac, self-centered, pompous, and all knowing individuals who are unable to practice ABC democracy and solve their minor problems.
What do you expect if those filthy bigheaded individuals were in Minilik palace, do you think they would be better than Melese? I do not think so; they are another despot who wants to rule the people with iron fist like their contour part Tigrain tribal chef, Melese Zenawi.
I think you need to give them crush course about democracy and at least they would improve and start standing with their feet again.

12/25/07 @ 05:29
Comment from: gubna [Visitor]
gubna

this is for biructait commenter in your opinion, democracy mean that has to be Cuban or chaina style you have to understand the deferents. you believe only a one man state and mind only. the different leaders will delivered idea to govern the people by expand the multi system for computation rather than that the Marxist system will destroy Ethiopia.

12/25/07 @ 13:18
Comment from: gubna [Visitor]
gubna

this is for biructait commenter in your opinion, democracy mean that has to be Cuban or chaina style you have to understand the deferents. you believe only a one man state and mind only. the different leaders will delivered idea to govern the people by expand the multi system for computation rather than that the Marxist system will destroy Ethiopia.

12/25/07 @ 13:19

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