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08/20/12

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Cheetahs, Hippos and Saving Ethiopia

Cheetahs, Hippos and Saving Ethiopia

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

George Ayittey, one of the foremost African public global intellectuals, metaphorically suggests that Africa’s destiny will be determined by the promise of the “Cheetah Generation” or the paralysis of the “Hippo Generation”. As he explains,

The Cheetah Generation refers to the new and angry generation of young African graduates and professionals, who look at African issues and problems from a totally different and unique perspective. They are dynamic, intellectually agile, and pragmatic. They may be the ‘restless generation’ but they are Africa's new hope. They brook no nonsense about corruption, inefficiency, ineptitude, incompetence, or buffoonery. They understand and stress transparency, accountability, human rights, and good governance. They also know that many of their current leaders are hopelessly corrupt and that their governments are contumaciously dysfunctional and commit flagitious human rights violations. The Cheetahs do not look for excuses for government failure by wailing over the legacies of the slave trade, Western colonialism, imperialism, the World Bank or an unjust international economic system. To the Cheetahs, this ‘colonialism-imperialism’ paradigm, in which every African problem is analyzed, is obsolete and kaput. Unencumbered by the old shibboleths, Cheetahs can analyze issues with remarkable clarity and objectivity. The outlook and perspectives of the Cheetahs are refreshingly different from those of many African leaders, intellectuals, or elites, whose mental faculties are so foggy and their reasoning or logic so befuddled that they cannot distinguish between right and wrong. They blame everybody else for Africa's problems except themselves.

On the other hand, the “Hippo Generation” is

intellectually astigmatic and stuck in their muddy colonialist pedagogical patch. They can see with eagle-eyed clarity the injustices perpetrated by whites against blacks, but they are hopelessly blind to the more heinous injustices they perpetrate against their own black people. They are stodgy, pudgy, and wedded to the old “colonialism-imperialism” paradigm with an abiding faith in the potency of the state. They lack vision and sit tight in their air-conditioned government offices, comfortable in their belief that the state can solve all of Africa's problems. All the state needs is more power and more foreign aid. And they would ferociously defend their territory since that is what provides [us] with [our] wealth. (Hippos kill more people in Africa than any other animal.) They care less if the whole country collapses around them, but are content as long as their pond is secure… But now is not the time for the cheetahs to take over. They will be ripped up by the ornery and nasty Hippos. Rather, they should build up on their skills, strength and accumulate knowledge and wealth -- in the private sector -- while methodically draining the swamp of the Hippos. Soon, the [Hippos] will find themselves ‘homeless’ and then the Cheetahs can take over.

The youth are the most dynamic segment in any society. Two of history's evil men understood the importance of controlling and “owning” youth. Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the totalitarian Soviet state promised, “Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.” His counterpart in the Third Reich proclaimed, “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” Both used their nations’ youths as cannon fodder to realize their warped vision of world domination. For the past decade, Ethiopia’s dictators have sought to buy the loyalty and allegiance of the country’s best and brightest. Most of the country’s university graduates have been held hostage to dictator Meles Zenawi’s corrupt neopatrimonial system. Zenawi has used various means to recruit, control, politicize and depoliticize the country’s youth. He has made economic survival impossible for the youth of the country except through membership in a syndicate palmed off as a political party.

Now is the Time for Ethiopia’s Cheetah Generation to Lead the Way to National Reconciliation

It is now time for Ethiopia’s cheetahs to take a leading role in the national dialogue to transition Ethiopia from dictatorship to democracy. Such a prescriptive declarationmight be surprising to some coming from a card-carrying member of the “Loyal Order of African (Ethiopian) Hippos”. But over the years, I have learned to appreciate the sacrifices of Ethiopia’s cheetahs and have been awed by their transformative potential. In numerous weekly commentaries, I have despaired over their plight under Zenawi’s dictatorship but nevertheless insisted that they must be the tip of the spear in bringing about democratic change in Ethiopia. In June 2010, I reflected over what could happen if the rage bottled up in Ethiopia’s youth suddenly exploded:

The wretched conditions of Ethiopia's youth point to the fact that they are a ticking demographic time bomb. The evidence of youth frustration, discontent, disillusionment and discouragement by the protracted economic crisis, lack of economic opportunities and political repression is manifest, overwhelming and irrefutable. The yearning of youth for freedom and change is self-evident. The only question is whether the country's youth will seek change through increased militancy or by other peaceful means….

This past April, in my ongoing series on “Ethiopia’s transition from dictatorship to democracy”, I argued against the “conventional wisdom [that] says the important task of managing the transition from dictatorship to democracy should be left to the elites—the politicians, party leaders, bureaucrats, academics and other institutional leaders.” I insisted that “for there to be a truly a… durable democracy in [Ethiopia], the dialogue base must be expanded to broadly include… women and the youth…”

Ethiopian Youth Must Lead a National Dialogue in Search of a Path to Peaceful Change

Ethiopia today is a country without a head of state or a functioning government. The “prime minster” has literally gone AWOL. Apparently, no one knows where he is or even if he is alive. He has not been seen or heard of in public for the past two months. The “deputy prime minster” is as invisible as a ghost. The “president” is… Is there a president? The opposition is as silent as the gravestone. Who can save Ethiopia?
Since the beginning of 2012, I have been talking and writing about Ethiopia’s inevitable transition from dictatorship to democracy. More recently, I called for a national dialogue in the spirit of President Nelson Mandela. I now call upon and appeal to all of Ethiopia’s youth to lead the transitional national dialogue because I believe Ethiopia’s salvation and destiny rests not in the hardened jaws of the hippos but in the soft paws of the cheetahs.

Why MUST Ethiopia’s cheetahs lead the national dialogue for a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy? First, if the cheetahs do not initiate the dialogue, who will? Who can? The hippos have been dialoguing for decades using the language of finger pointing, mudslinging, hatemongering and grudge holding. Second, the future belongs to the cheetahs (an estimated 67 percent of Ethiopia’s population is said to be under the age of 35) and not the hippos who continue to wallow in the muddy politics of ethnicity and sectarianism. Third, Ethiopia's cheetahs are already doing much of the heavy lifting. They have been paying the price for democracy, freedom and human rights in blood, sweat and tears. The best and the brightest have been persecuted, prosecuted, brutalized and silenced by dictator Meles Zenawi. At the top of the list are Birtukan Midekssa, Eskinder Nega, Andualem Aragie, Bekele Gerba, Olbana Lelisa, Reeyot Alemu, Abebe Gellaw, Temesgen Desalegn, Yenesew Gebre, the hundreds of victims of the 2005 massacres and so many others. Fifth, Ethiopia’s cheetah’s are paying the full price for the stupidity, narrow mindedness and incompetence of the hippos. Sixth, unlike the hippos, Ethiopia’s cheetahs have the best chance of leading a successful transition because they are focused on the future and not the past. Current violations of human rights are more important to Ethiopia’s cheetah’s than historic grievances. They would rather seek justice today than remain paralyzed talking about the injustices of yesterday. Ethiopia’s cheetahs would rather steer the Ethiopian ship of state looking through the windshield than looking in the rear view mirror.

Beginning the Dialogue on National Reconciliation

The dialogue on national reconciliation in Ethiopia must begin within Ethiopia’s youth communities. Ethiopia’s cheetah’s must empower themselves, create their own political and social space, set their own agendas and begin multifaceted dialogues on their country’s transition from dictatorship to democracy. They must develop their own awareness campaigns and facilitate vital conversations among youth communities cutting across language, religion, ethnicity region and so on. Their dialogues must be based on the principles of openness, truth and commitment to democracy, freedom and human rights. They must dialogue without fear or loathing. Above all, the cheetahs must “own” the dialogue process. At a gathering of cheetahs, hippos should be seen and not heard; tolerated but not involved. The cheetahs must keep a sharp eye on the hippos who are very skillful in political intrigues and expert at finding ways of getting involved to take over and manipulate the youth.

Informal dialogues among activist youth. For a variety of reasons, it is most practical for Ethiopia’s cheetahs to begin dialogue on national reconciliation at the informal level. For instance, such dialogues could initially take place among like-minded activist youth at the neighborhood level. Activist youth could undertake an assessment of their capabilities, potentials, opportunities and obstacles in setting up and managing a community-based informal reconciliation youth dialogues. Youth activist should focus on creating broader youth awareness and involvement in the dialogue process and utilization of existing organizations, institutions, associations, forums, etc., for national reconciliation dialogue. These dialogues should begin by focusing on certain key questions: Who are Ethiopia’s cheetahs and how committed are they in shaping the democratic destiny of their country? Are these cheetahs committed to nonviolent political change? Are they willing to commit to national dialogue as brothers and sisters?

Cheetahs should rely on themselves (and not expect much help from hippos) in beginning informal dialogues. In the past, Ethiopia’s cheetahs have looked up to the hippos for political guidance and direction. But hippos in and out of power have sought to marginalize the cheetahs.In the aftermath of the 2005 election, the hippos in power understood the power of the cheetahs and took active measures to blunt their impact by organizing them to support the regime and avoid involvement in opposition politics. They tried to control the cheetahs by creating and inducting millions of them into mass organizations and indoctrinating them in the bogus and mindless ideology of “revolutionary democracy”, bribing them with educational and job opportunities and threatening them with a variety of legal and extra-legal sanctions. By co-opting the most dynamic segment of the youth, the hippos in power were able to prevent large-scale youth engagement on the issues of human rights and democracy. Regrettably, the cheetahs were abandoned by the hippos out of power after the 2005 election. Ethiopia’s cheetahs must begin to develop self-reliance in transitioning their country from dictatorship to democracy.

Learning from and supporting each other and learning from the mistakes of the hippos and other youths. Ethiopia’s cheetahs have much to learn from each other, from the mistakes of the hippo generation and youths from other nations. Dialogue involves not only talking but also listening to each other. Youth from Ethiopia’s multiethnic society have much to learn from each other and build upon the strengths of the diverse youth communities. Much can be learned from the mistakes of the hippo generation. For starters, the cheetahs should learn that to disagree on issues does not mean becoming mortal enemies. It is possible to disagree without being disagreeable. Civility in dialogue, though lacking among hippos, is essential for cheetahs .Ethiopia’s cheetahs must also learn from the mistakes of other youth movements. Youth power was the catalyzing force in Tunisia and Egypt. They creatively used mobile technology to mobilize the youth population, but in the end they were marginalized.

Ethiopia’s Destiny Hangs in the Balance

Many societies face generational gaps as the youth rebel against tradition and societal norms. In Ethiopia today, there are two different generations. The cheetah generation wants freedom, human rights and democracy now. The hippo generation wallows in a mucky swamp of corruption, nepotism, cronyism, criminality and inhumanity. The cheetah generation wants to drain the swamp. The hippo generation is hopelessly trapped in the bog of ethnic politics and revenge politics.

Africans know all too well that hippos (including their metaphorical human counterparts) are dangerous animals that are fiercely territorial and attack anything that comes into their turf. Every year more people are killed by hippos (both the real and metaphorical ones) in Africa than lions or elephants. Cheetahs are known to be the fastest animals, but their weakness is that they give up the chase easily if they fail to make a catch quickly or surrender the prey thet have caught when challenged by other predators including hyenas. A group of hippos is known as a crash. A group of cheetahs is called a “coalition”. Only a coalition of cheetahs organized across ethnic, religious, linguistic and regional lines can crash a crash of hippos and a cackle of hyenas and save Ethiopia.

Amharic translations of recent commentaries by the author may be found at: http://www.ecadforum.com/Amharic/archives/category/al-mariam-amharic and http://ethioforum.org/?cat=24
Previous commentaries by the author are available at: http://open.salon.com/blog/almariam/ and www.huffingtonpost.com/alemayehu-g-mariam/

49 comments

Comment from: solomon [Visitor]
solomon

Here we go again same old song.

08/20/12 @ 08:13
Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  
mesfin_b

ፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ጥሩ ትንታኔ ያዘለ ትምህርት ሰጪ ዘገባ ነው ያቀረብከው ::
ጆሮ ያለው ይስማ እንዲሉ እኛም ኢትዮጵያውያን ከዚህ እውቀትን ካዘለ ትምህርታዊ ትንታኔ ተምረን አቶ አለማየሁ አንዳለው የ አቦ ሸማኔ አመለካከት ብሎም አስተሳሰብ ይዘን አገራችንን ማሳደግ ይኖርብናል ::
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ኢትዮጵያ በልጆችዋ ክንዶች ከ አዘቅት ትወጣለች::

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08/20/12 @ 08:21
Comment from: addiszemen [Member]  

How about the hayenas generation of almaria and the diaspora loosers?
“KE JIB QODDA YETESERA KIRAR HULGIZEM QEGNITU ENIBLAW ENIBLAW NEW”
Keep on salivating! Lehacham hullu!

08/20/12 @ 08:23
Comment from: chala [Visitor]
chala

after all you wakes up and smell the reality.

the new generation didn’t leasen your hippo propaganda and die for me rubbish talk from far far away.

If i were you i have two choice i will burn my self infront of white house and show that i am not hippo or you can tell one of your chita young children to do that.

other wise asking others to do a job that you won’t dare to do is morally wrong.

you and your friends pople ike birhanu run away from the country when you are young like chetah instead of fighting for change and now you are asking some to do that the thing you dont want to do.

08/20/12 @ 08:27
Comment from: WIND,FIRE,WATER [Visitor]  
WIND,FIRE,WATER

CAUTION!

Please! NAZRET! do not post the trash talk of TPLF AKATARI-MEHAYEMS,who failed repeatedly to question,respond or criticized based on the issue to elite professer.

SOLOMON

Here we go again the same WEYANE barking doggy. Yeeeeeeelp!

08/20/12 @ 08:31
Comment from: marcus [Member]  

Alemayehu G. Mariam said:

“Youth power was the catalyzing force in Tunisia and Egypt. They creatively used mobile technology to mobilize the youth population, but in the end they were marginalized.”

Alemayehu G. Mariam, why were the youth in those countries mariginalized?

What are the lessons to be learnt?

Would you care to provide your analysis on this topic, if you have the ability, or is it a taboo issue?

08/20/12 @ 08:40
Comment from: Hayelomkel [Visitor]
Hayelomkel

This the first time you and your masters pointed it
The right way.
Th begin with I urge you to request some facts about Ethiopia
From the foreigners residing in Ethiopia to spread your
Future kingdom through blood shade and coup des eta
Second it is well advice for you and people like you to see what
The country looks like for you and most of the hate mongerers
Came through gonder and have no understanding of modern
Ethiopia.
Third I had followed you for years and never read any intellectual and civilized comments except insult and
And preaching the distraction of the country.
And according to your obsession to distroy any body and
Nationality you can befriend with any government or groups
As long as you can take over the EPRDF system.
And finally you believe me
Not you
The hired cheetahs
The grave 7
The ensat
The nazi .com
The Elias kindles
The shabias
The abugidas
The hrw
The NGOs
And the few red code organization may exist but
Will end up loosers like your self
Next time try to give a respect for knowledge and education
The time is closing on you and your traitors of our
Mother land and I think it is time to repent and ask for forgiveness for Ethiopia is always full of forgiveness.

The people loves fairness

We shall overcome !!!

08/20/12 @ 09:08
Comment from: Biniyam [Visitor]
Biniyam

The one thing I like I about the Cheetah generation is they donot take excuses.

The hippo generation always gives excuses for example “Haileseelasie did this mengistu did that throughout history politicians were like that so it is ok If Woyane does somehow unacceptable but similar actions now” the lame excuse of the hippos or the lame excuse of woyanes “We died in the civil war fighting derg so it is ok if you die of poverty now while we rob and loot” Anyway it is time out with the old in with the new!
Dialogue is very necessary for cheetahs but they need the blessing of few hippos to start facilitating the dialogue ,since cheetahs can not facilitate and participate in the dialogue at the same time hippos need to step up and just create a national dialogue which is free from Woyane impostors .

08/20/12 @ 09:44
Comment from: kul [Visitor]
kul

Dear Prof. Al Mariam:

I am glad to hear that you finally started to talk about giving the new generation a chance!!!!! Power-mongering old muggers on either side of the political spectrum are the real enemies of Ethiopia. As long as the remains of the rotten generation of EPRP, TPLF, EPLF, OLF, WPE, etc are still alive, we, the new generation, will not see any hope at all. I just wish all of you old thugs are gone (I mean naturally). We are seeing this happening.

08/20/12 @ 10:17
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]  

To the fake aram professor

“But we aren’t learnin
Same sad story thats a fact
Once step up and two steps back.”

08/20/12 @ 10:18
Comment from: gashe_mamo [Member]  
gashe_mamo

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There is another group like EPRDF which says ” ene kemoteku serdo aybekele “

I don’t think hippo, snake, donkey ….will resemble TPLF. There is no resemblance from the animal kingdom except that one, which led the human race into destruction, THE SERPENT.

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08/20/12 @ 10:34
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]
ment4you

Addis Zefen the Brainless TPLF Bushtiww

Anchi clueless TPLF this is too much of a reading for you so keep quite. What is all these nonsense about diaspora this diaspora that? You actually think you can take on the diaspora with your minimal education and TPLF teachings from Tigray correct? lollll

Stone age brainless idiot!

08/20/12 @ 10:38
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Hey Adgi Banda ,the hyena generation well known in the country
are from your own side the Agazi Bandits and Tigre Mafiosis looting the country at the whole .As stressed
Prof Al the Hipos are your Hodam Aderby Bandas reincarnated by sell out bandas as Pig Ben ,Hipo Selemon and the Aderbayu Tigre Pop whorshipper Mulugeta Asrate Kassa and many more Kersams and fool diasporas .Time to the new generation,the Sheetahs and the Lions,the Hercules Genaration to clean Agazi Bandit ,Tigre Mafiosis and Kersam Bandas stables augias
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08/20/12 @ 11:13
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Hippo Extraterroristbanda and your TPLF jackal vulture
and cricket companions .Your days are over since your leba master has
passed away !!!MORON DEDEB BANDAS !!!

08/20/12 @ 11:20
Comment from: addiszemen [Member]  

TEDDY the loony asshole shabian,…

You look like some crazy guy in the middle of Merkato, standing on a big rock, naked,and shouting to every passer by, “banda, mafiozi the end is near, the end is near” ha,ha,ha,ha!!! LOL!!

08/20/12 @ 11:34
Comment from: oneluv21 [Visitor]
oneluv21

This writer is working without sleep to kill Meles with a pen LOL I mean come on when in Ethiopia’s 3000 history did we see any kind of democracy even that resembles a little bit? The closest one that I can think of is current regime although it has a long way to go. But the most important think is that where were these rats when the midget Hailessalssie and the baria Mengstu were killing people like cattles? Did they cry democasy? no, they were hunting people like animals.

08/20/12 @ 12:25
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]  

TEDDY [Visitor]

You always remind me of unhappy old man who live alone in an old house where I grow up, I used to see him most of the evenings either on his way or back from Tej bet and he used to insult everybody he found on his way and no body really cares of what he is saying because everybody knows that he is a single unhappy old man &#59;)

I was really worried when I didn’t see your comments/insults yesterday and thought you might have passed while a sleep but, thank God you are alive and breathing. Trust me I have a very high respect for the elderly specially those lonely ones like you. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

P.S.(kelitame shemagelie &#59;))

08/20/12 @ 13:26
Comment from: Aberaham [Visitor]
Aberaham

Al, Ethiopia should be saved from the likes of your kind whose faked nationalism is based on hate and resentment. A mediocre academic as you are, you invested your time and energy trying to convince foreign investors, and other countries to halt their support for development in our country in your earlier history of professoriate to sabotage any progress in our country hoping to fulfill your wicked wishes of resentful ambitions. An aberration of your generation – your name do not appear anywhere in the history books of the heroic student movements – that must be why you mesmerize the Ethiopia of old oligarchy and oppose the liberation of our people from deprivation and ignorance. That must be why you shameless oppose vital changes in poverty reduction, improvements in education, infrastructure, health management, and the right of nations and nationalities to exercise their Ethiopian nationalism …No wonder that the change that is burning like prairie fire in our country is torching you and the reactionary friends of you.

08/20/12 @ 13:30
Comment from: Jegenaw [Visitor]
Jegenaw

Hayelimkel, u r so bright and brilliant….
Pro. Alemayehu, Teddy and ment4you… U time is go on.. U already used 100 yrs 4 killing Inocent Ethiopians 4 the sake of power…. So pls gel lost.. Ur fucking fagets… Ur sooo gay… Ur sooo Zergna… U have no reason to hate EPRDF… Zergna ena wushoch nachu… Keep barking dogs bark and the camels march….Long live PM M.Zenawi N peace and Lv 4 Ethiopia

08/20/12 @ 13:43
Comment from: RIP= REST IN PEACE [Visitor]  
RIP= REST IN PEACE

Breaking News

Hurry!!!Who can hear me? Meles Aka Prime Minster died and Seyoum Mesfin, another TPLF is replacing him!

Rest in peace!!!

08/20/12 @ 14:03
Comment from: Tekle [Visitor]
Tekle

Would somebody tell this confused ‘professor’ to shut up? He is talking too much. The noise he is making resembles the noise an empty vessel always makes because there is nothing in it. Would you please shut up!!! You are disturbing our peace. He should be fined for that. I say shut up!!!!

08/20/12 @ 14:14
Comment from: pete [Visitor]
pete

Can somebody please write an objective approach to transition to democracy? I am sick and tired of reading hollow inks that lack objectivity. last I remember, chettah movement gave birth to DERG. Been there over 30 years ago. why recycle old politics? please be original.

08/20/12 @ 15:01
Comment from: gergud [Member]  
gergud

hey nazret is it true that w/azeb mesfin is in germen embassy/refugee/ or asking asylem? if yes
and why what happend?

08/20/12 @ 15:28
Comment from: Amhara Princess [Visitor]
Amhara Princess

flawless analysis from Prof Al as always. Well, the likes of Addis Zemen belong to the sheep & goat generations from the school of Minelik II era thought. While the donkey generation are none other than onehate21’s nation aka Aretera who proudly served as Italian donkeys for many decades, claim to have been Ethiopia’s donkey’s for centuries & eventually freed themselves in 1991 and currently serving as Arab mules. Could it be these facorts that makes them use the word donkey/Adgi 24/7? Hummm It takes one to know one, they say. The likes of Extraterime belong to the astray and wild dogs generation of Tigray region, which the country seems to have countless of :):)

Thanks Prof Al, it was quite funny reading that actually.

08/20/12 @ 15:35
Comment from: YHD [Visitor]
YHD

Mr. Mariam,
Is this a self-criticism? Based on your ideology you fit the “Hippo Generation”.
After reading your article, all I can say is: Does the writer of this article have any idea about the young generation in Ethiopia? Has he met and discussed with anyone of them? Analyzing requires a deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of the subjects; in this case, members of a generation Mr. Mariam never lived together or share none of their experiences. Who are the new generations by the way in Ethiopia?
Aren’t these the products of the new Ethiopia? Most of their leaders will definitely come from one of the Universities bellow:
1.Addis Ababa University*
2.Adama University*
3.Haromaya University*
4.Jimma University*
5.Bahrdar University*
6.Mekele University
7.Hawassa University*
8.Arbaminch University*
9.Gondar University*
10.Dilla University*
11.Soddo University
12.Mizan/Tepi University
13.Mada walabu University
14.Wollega University
15.Debre Markos University
16.Desie/Kombolcha University
17.Debre Berhan University
18.Axum University
19.Diredawa University
20.Jijiga University
21. Semera University
And many other high schools, colleges and universities in all corners of Ethiopia that are not listed above.
Hopefully, next time around you may understand the kind of Ethiopia one could logically invasion not based on ideal toughtes and desires, but based on objective reality.

08/20/12 @ 15:53
Comment from: Nostra Daimus [Visitor]
Nostra Daimus

Professor Alemayehu Gebre Mariam, you are a genius! Ethiopia is just like one human body with all parts trying to go their own way. The parts or different factions will die because the main body dies.
So the solution is to stick together and work for the COMMON GOOD. Let’s stop being complainers and yet be a nation of doers.
Lets forge ahead UNITED, because that’s the only way whether we like it or not. Let’s not quell on the past. Do not let the Viruses like foreign Islamists, Religious groups, jelous neighbouring countries from infecting our body that is Ethiopia. Let the neighbours know that they can join us and share the Bliss that is Ethiopia. Let’s not hate each other! How can we hate each other when we are the cells of Ethiopia. Nobody that hates will survive.
Is Tigray more important than other like Agazit writes everyday? Are Eritreans only God Chosen? Is Oromo different from Ethiopians? Are they the new African Ferengi? Are Somalians Arabs or Africans? Is Islam and Christianity the only righteous Religions? How old is this world? Billions of years and billions of persons were born and died. The religions we are fighting for are a mere 2000/1500 years old. Do you think that the Billions before all went to hell?
There is only one God. He has many names. He wants us to be good and not kill people. God is not an old man that needs a little puny Muslim to kill, He will do it himself.
All Ethiopians are equally important and let’s praise God for being an Ethiopian.
Telat des indelew anadirg. Andnetachn ansber!
Egziabhier yikedsachew,
Amen

08/20/12 @ 16:28
Comment from: warya [Visitor]
warya

Prfo,Alemanehu, “This cheats and Hippo generation” did you legally brow from that funny Nigerian scholar who lecturing on the YouTube? Or you just stealing his staff?

By the way you are belonging the Hippo fraudulent and corrupted generation.

Hey I’m not just blaming him this time for his craziness but now I’m Q? that Ato Alemanyehu if had it the permission or that he is stealing the hard work of other pples?

Just goggle it the African scholars and you could watch the podium speech of the funny African scholar man who talking the “cheats and Hippo generation”

On the other hand Prof Al,his poorly political analysis.He can’t distinguish the differences between the uprising Arab counties like Egpty,Tunis or the current troubling Syiria and Ethiopian peoples.We are different in many ways.A) Ethiopians composes different types of nation and nationalities,different in culture language and religion which making us to be living in federalism system.Our local political views and interest are not making us to unite in the politics.Where those countries like Egypt there people have one language one religion and their political interst makes them to unity overthrow any regime the dislike it.He in Ethiopia we are different and if the Neftenga try upraise on Addis believe it or not no other ethnic will be joying they raher shooting and finish all the Ahmara in Addisabab.Don’t ever be dreaming that any other ethnic will be joying the ahmara uprise.You can’t overthrow New Ethiopia regime in that poor mentalities.

08/20/12 @ 17:44
Comment from: Melo [Visitor]
Melo

Prof. Al. …hippo is not the word to describe tplf and its cadres , but Asama is. You know agame, asama. It fits.

08/20/12 @ 18:33
Comment from: Melt [Visitor]
Melt

The professor shared his thoughts and analysis of the situation in Ethiopia. Unfortunately some of the postings in response to the article are saddening. Why is all the attack, insult and name calling? Why not focus on the content…and challenge, agree or disagree based on the writing instead of attacking the writer?

These behaviors are unhealthy, frightening…and surely not expected from ethiopians or any learned society. Please change and stop the personal attack.

08/20/12 @ 18:52
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]
ment4you

Agazit (Pr0zac) Woman

Your job is to keep your TPLF men sexually satisfied and I know you crave for Amhara men over your lousy runaway men from the jungles; forgotten villages of Tigray and the lawless land of Somalia.

Your men have not only screwed you in turns and packs of tens at a time they have also screwed your brain up to a point you are irreversibly psychologically damages.

Poor woman we sympathize, may your life impove!!!

08/20/12 @ 19:26
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]
ment4you

Agazit (Pr0zac) Woman

Your job is to keep your TPLF men sexually satisfied and I know you crave for Amhara men over your lousy runaway men from the jungles; forgotten villages of Tigray and the lawless land of Somalia.

Your men have not only screwed you in turns and packs of tens at a time they have also screwed your brain up to a point you are irreversibly psychologically damages.

Poor woman we sympathize, may your life improve!!!

08/20/12 @ 19:27
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed

I don’t know how a hippo can write about a cheetah? I mean how does he know a cheetah is what he feels?

08/20/12 @ 19:33
Comment from: HagereEthiopia [Visitor]
HagereEthiopia

AZ,
You seem to be angry at any other alternative to the dictatorial regime you are ethnically aligned with. Like those hippos, you are happy so long as you and those like you, benefit by the virtue of being who you are. What a pity.. you forget no power is eternal.

AZ, the teret applies more to you Tplf cadres as you continue to go on looting past 20 years now. No worries though, your gang seems to be eating itself up day to day. Anyhoooo, Ethiopians see you tplf gangsters as more of a lehacham than any other Ethiopian.

Ethiopia for all Ethiopians!!!
End Ethnic Federalism!!
Kill Tplf!

addis zemen [Visitor]
How about the hayenas generation of almaria and the diaspora loosers?
“KE JIB QODDA YETESERA KIRAR HULGIZEM QEGNITU ENIBLAW ENIBLAW NEW”
Keep on salivating! Lehacham hullu!

08/20/12 @ 20:35
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]
ment4you

Agazit (Pr0zac) Idiot Woman

The Tigray people are # 1!!! lolllllllll

Out right deranged and out of control. Your hate towards Amhara has you in a grip that you don’t seem capable of unlocking. Well if inferiority complex all there is you have to show for your very existence then your worthiness will continue to be determined by those you feel inferior towards (Amhara’s). Now sit and digits on that …. alas we all know your brain isn’t capable….

08/20/12 @ 20:45
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]
Bethihu

Almariam

Mikinay tsibuk eyu, wala hade somunyee…elu derifiwo eyu, Kiros Alemayoh…LOL.

Good to see, those idiots diaspora extrimists, finaly realizing that they are out of touch, and they are clueless about today’s Ethiopia…LOL. You like it or not, todays Ethiopian youngsters are the backbone of the todays Ethiopia and their government…

God bless the world!

08/20/12 @ 20:58
Comment from: HagereEthiopia [Visitor]
HagereEthiopia

A very sensible view point… Melt, welcome to the dirty, unhealthy, ignorant majority at Naz.com where you will learn how low some Ethiopians take their ignorance. For now you have to learn to ignore the bias, negativity, insults, ethnic belittling.. and so on. Just Melt in and…

I say more of us like you will make a difference not only on this blog, but on many others and on the ground. Lead by example, a positive example and you will see people change. I foresee the near future where not only will peace and respect to an opposing view point will prevail in Ethiopia, but also an end to those that thrive from fanning the ethnic hate flame.

Good day!

Melt [Visitor]
The professor shared his thoughts and analysis of the situation in Ethiopia. Unfortunately some of the postings in response to the article are saddening. Why is all the attack, insult and name calling? Why not focus on the content…and challenge, agree or disagree based on the writing instead of attacking the writer?

These behaviors are unhealthy, frightening…and surely not expected from ethiopians or any learned society. Please change and stop the personal attack.

08/20/12 @ 21:00
Comment from: HagereEthiopia [Visitor]
HagereEthiopia

I find this a bit un-interesting… you come up on here and post this as if all here will understand what it is you are saying. Well, many do not speak Tigrigna and it is not the NATIONAL language. Try again in Amharic… so we all can LOL with you, also try to stay off of the ethnic tebabenet you are projecting. Remember Ethiopia is not only Tigray, and Tigrians ARE Ethiopian.

Peace to you!!!
Ethiopia before all others!!
End tebab/zeregnet!

Bethihu [Visitor]
Almariam

Mikinay tsibuk eyu, wala hade somunyee…elu derifiwo eyu, Kiros Alemayoh…LOL.

08/20/12 @ 21:09
Comment from: HagereEthiopia [Visitor]
HagereEthiopia

Let me ask you again OneL, what is it to you what goes on in Ethiopia?

You are not a Tigrian are you..? oh hey yes you are. I should clarify that OneL has come to terms with the fact.. “all who reside in the province of ertra ARE Tigrians.” But then, you are that same OneL who claims to hate Tigrians who claims will burn woyane blablabla… what happened, why the sudden change of heart? Did the Meles regime allow you to go back and reclaim stuff?

By the way how is the democracy in the Sing-a-poor of Africa, ertra?

oneluv21 [Visitor]
This writer is working without sleep to kill Meles with a pen LOL I mean come on when in Ethiopia’s 3000 history did we see any kind of democracy even that resembles a little bit? The closest one that I can think of is current regime although it has a long way to go. But the most important think is that where were these rats when the midget Hailessalssie and the baria Mengstu were killing people like cattles? Did they cry democasy? no, they were hunting people like animals.

08/20/12 @ 21:21
Comment from: AbyssiniaLion [Visitor]
AbyssiniaLion

This funny person is writting about “cheetahs” while being eaten and being digested long ago live by Ethiopian “cheetahs".

Are you dreaming mister? The new Ethiopia is full of “cheetahs”
who are driving one of the fastest growing economies on the planet. You missised to hear the Abysinian Lion roaring since about 15 years, because you are preoccupied filling your bellies with American Burger. Wish you had a chance once in your life to visit the new Ethiopia before you are too old.Your ignorance would be very painful when you see the reality.

08/20/12 @ 23:04
Comment from: RIP= REST IN PEACE [Visitor]
RIP= REST IN PEACE

God gave me the vision, find and read my comment above with its time.
ijoollee Aggaaroo

08/21/12 @ 00:39
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Hey Adgi and Extraterro the two Agazi Hippos infecting this blog with their usual dung .Time for you to be on diet .Now your leba master has passed away and his looter wife
has runned away and the Amice boys replacing him .Unfortunatly for you there’s
NOBODY to feed you .HARD TIMES FOR
HIPPO BANDAS TO BE ON DIET !!!SPECIALLY FOR NORTHERN CRICKETS USED
TO HIPPO’S STYLE OF FEEDING !!!
TPLF THUGS YOUR LEBA MASTER GAS PASSED AWAY THE INFORMATION COMES TO BE CONFIRMED !!!! THE CRIME MINISTER IS DEAD !!!!!BASTA !!!!!

08/21/12 @ 00:40
Comment from: C'est moi senait [Visitor]
C'est moi senait

I TOLD YOU MELESE IS DEAD

I TOLD YOU MELESE IS DEAD

I TOLD YOU MELESE IS DEAD

THAT IS WHY I WENT TO ADDIS TO TERMINATE HIM AND ABUNE DIABLO TOO IN MY SUPER NATURAL POWER THAT I POSSES…

08/21/12 @ 00:47
Comment from: oneluv21 [Visitor]
oneluv21

HagereEthiopia

“Let me ask you again OneL, what is it to you what goes on in Ethiopia?”

Are u for real? What goes in Ethiopia can affect not only Eritrea but the whole Africa if the murders Amhara like yourself take over, we just want the lessor evil which is the Tigrian. How could you forget the last time Eritreans were involved they help to throw the amhara beast government. We can’t just sit doing nothing while the amhara is trying to return

08/21/12 @ 01:28
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]
ment4you

oneluv21

Mengistu was not Amhara he hated and killed Amharas. Hiale Selassie was Amhara he killed very few disobedient tigrays or Amharas or Oromos for that matter. Get your facts together otherwise your head is going to lead you to even deeper confusion. smh

08/21/12 @ 01:42
Comment from: marcus [Member]  

Meles (Legesse) Zenawi is dead!

He correctly identified poverty, disease, lack of education and ethnic oppression as the main enemies of Ethiopia.

His visionary, thinking and problem solving approach was unseen in Ethiopia other than during Emperor Menelik and Ras Mekonen before him.

He is not a perfect man as he is only human; but his positive work will live on and will be remembered by history.

We should thank him for striving to make Ethiopia proud among Nations.

May he rest in peace, but Ethiopia should live on!

08/21/12 @ 04:07
Comment from: JIMMY [Visitor]
JIMMY

@ment4you

haile sillassie’s blood was oromo, but he acted lik he was amhara. get the fact.

08/21/12 @ 08:28
Comment from: Nostra Daimus [Visitor]
Nostra Daimus

RIP Melese.
I remember you when you were at General Wingate High School. Aside of being intelligent, you found your leadership skill when there was an altercation between Tifre and Oromo at the Stadium at the time. Anyway that was kid stuff. You tranformed yourself to be a leader of leaders, that’s an Ethiopian quality enherent in each of us. I admire you for the Economic Change and Infrastructure that you brought to our Beloved Ethiopia. On the other side division among the different races increased during your watch and in business or government jobs Tigrays were given priority. Anyway we hope that the next ELECTED LEADER will follow your good points and right the wrong ones, be inclusive and not exclusive.
Like I mentioned before, more than ever Ethiopia’s enemies will think that this is the opportune moment of distabilizing Ethiopia.
ALL ETHIOPIANS SETTING ASIDE OUR DIFFERENCES, THIS IS A CALL AGAINST OUR ENEMIES!
Ye Etiopia hezb ena andnet yikedes!!
Amen.

08/21/12 @ 12:28
Comment from: HagereEthiopia [Visitor]
HagereEthiopia

from: oneluv21 [Visitor]
HagereEthiopia

“Let me ask you again OneL, what is it to you what goes on in Ethiopia?”

Are u for real? What goes in Ethiopia can affect not only Eritrea…

Yea, I am “for real” OneL.
It is a fact Meles was a very smart regional leader unlike the dumbASS IsayASS, still this is an Ethiopian affair you need not involve in. As for what will happen between Ethiopia and her province is an internal affair that all Ethiopians feel Meles messed up. Like it or not, Amara, Tigre or Gurge, Oromo are united on the simple fact this issue was not resolved in an appropriate manner. So you see, it is not a Tigrian power dominance that will save the false secession, but handling matters in a way that benefits both the nation and her province.

Like I have been saying for years, no power is for ever. Have no worries sooner or later we will resolve our issues with the province by any means. As for the rest of Africa, life will go on as usual with out Meles. A few weeks and he will be forgotten, have no worries.

And fyi… I am not Amara or Tigre or Oromo, I am all three. I am one of the true Ethiopians who ask why did Tplf fight for shabia?

United Ethiopia for Ever!!!!

08/21/12 @ 14:40
Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  
mesfin_b

****correction***
The late HIM was a multi-ethinc Ethiopian leader. he was not only Oromo, nor he was only Amhara.
By far he was the best leader compared to these tyrants, ethnocentric so called leaders.

08/23/12 @ 23:00

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