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Ethiopia: An "African Spring" in 2012?

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01/02/12

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Ethiopia: An "African Spring" in 2012?

Ethiopia: An “African Spring” in 2012?

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

Waiting for the Dawn of “Africa’s Spring” in 2012? How about an “EthiopianTsedey” in 2012?
In 2011, we witnessed the “Winter of Arab” discontent made glorious by an “Arab Spring” followed by an increasingly hot “Arab Summer” and deeply troubled “Arab Fall”. Bashir al-Assad continues to massacre his people by the dozens daily in plain view of Arab League “observers”. The Egyptian junta is increasingly baring its teeth and mauling protesters guarding the Egyptian Revolution, and raiding the offices of human rights organizations in that country. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia “arm-twisted” Ali Saleh in Yemen to accept a deal to give up power in “return for immunity from prosecution” (he will not face justice for any of his crimes) and “medical care” in the U.S. When tens of thousands of Yemenis expressed outrage over the deal, Saleh unleashed his Republican Guardsmen who responded with the usual deadly gunfire. Tunisia, the cradle of the “Arab Spring”, is wobbling on its feet as the Constitutional Assembly approved a new caretaker government tasked with drafting a new constitution to replace the original one that has been in place since independence in 1956. Libya's National Transitional Council is facing the daunting task transitioning Libya from Gadhaffi’s madcap Jamahiriya system (“direct rule of the masses”) to a functioning multiparty democracy against a backdrop of entangled tribal politics.

Is an “African Spring” Looming on the 2012 Horizon?

No one predicted an “Arab Spring” last Fall, and hazarding a prediction of the arrival of “Africa’s Spring” this Winter may be like predicting the arrival of the Spring season by watching the proverbial groundhog watching his shadow. Is an “African Spring” looming on the 2012 horizon? There is a short and a long answer to this question. The short answer was provided by Albert Camus, the French philosopher and Nobel laureate, in his book “The Rebel”, over one-half century ago. “Africa’s Spring”, like the “Arab Spring”, will arrive when Africans rebel. “What is a rebel?”, asked Camus.

A man who says no… A slave who has taken orders all his life suddenly decides that he cannot obey some new command. What does he mean by saying ‘no’? He means, for example, that ‘this has been going on too long,’ ‘up to this point yes, beyond it no’, ‘you are going too far,’ or, again, ‘there is a limit beyond which you shall not go.’ But from the moment that the rebel finds his voice—even though he says nothing but ‘no’ —he begins to desire and to judge. The rebel confronts an order of things which oppresses him with the insistence on a kind of right not to be oppressed beyond the limit that he can tolerate.

In other words, “Africa’s Spring” will arrive when enough Africans wake up, stand up and say, “No! Enough is Enough!”
The Power of the Powerless is the Power to Say “No, Enough is Enough!”
Africa’s great independence struggle against colonialism was essentially a reification (realization) of the rallying cry, “No! Enough is enough!”: Enough of colonial exploitation, colonial dehumanization, colonial discrimination, colonial segregation, colonial division, colonial ethnic fragmentation, colonial polarization and colonial corruption. In his independence speech in 1957, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, the leader of the first sub-Saharan African colony to gain independence declared, “We have awakened. We will not sleep anymore. Today, from now on, there is a new African in the world!” A succession of “new Africans” followed in Guinea, Cameroon, Togo, Mali, Madagascar and 39 others countries on the continent.

If there is to be an “African Spring” in 2012, there must be “new Africans” in Africa who must awaken from the forced hibernation of dictatorship and oppression, stand up and say to the ruthless dictators, “No! Enough is enough!”. Enough of African dictators exploiting Africans, dehumanizing them, dividing and ruling them, ethnically balkanizing, polarizing and fragmenting them, and enough of robbing them -- of elections, the public treasury and peace of mind (terrorizing them) -- blind.

The Calculus of an “African Spring”

In his study of resistance and rebellion, MIT professor Roger D. Petersen asked: “How do ordinary people rebel against powerful and brutal regimes?” Petersen was interested in understanding “ordinary people and the roles they come to play during times of rebellion and resistance against powerful regimes.” He wanted to know how and why do individuals (not the “nation”, the “people”) decide to take a variety of risks by participating in a struggle against an oppressive regime.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, Petersen examined the threshold or decision points of an individual within the broader context of his community and socio-economic system. Petersen identified seven threshold points of individual roles in a rebellion against or in collaboration with an oppressive regime. At Zero level, the individual remains neutral and does nothing for or against the repressive regime or the uprising/ rebellion. At Plus one, the individual is engaged in relatively low risk anti-regime activities such as attending mass rallies and protests, graffiti writing, passing out or seeking out anti-regime literature and participating. At Plus two, the individual becomes involved in locally based armed resistance units or providing direct support for such a unit. At Plus three, the individual becomes part of an armed resistance group.

Conversely, individuals may also collaborate with oppressive regimes. At Minus one level, the individual is involved in low level cooperation with the repressive regime by participating in such activities as officially sponsored mass rallies and working in some capacity for the repressive regime. At Minus two level the individual could be involved in locally based armed militia units organized to protect the regime. At Minus three level, the individual participates in extreme actions such as extrajudicial killings and torture on behalf of the regime or chooses to join the regime’s armed and security forces.

Facing extreme repression, individuals undergo a dual-stage process “moving first from neutrality to acts of nonviolent resistance and then to participation in community-based rebellion organization.” Petersen concluded that “whether individuals come to act as rebels or collaborators, killers or victims, heroes or cowards during times of upheaval is largely determined by the nature of their everyday economic, social, and political life, both in the time of the upheaval and the period prior to it.”

African Dictators’ Calculus of Individual Control

African dictators are fundamentally “briefcase bandits”, as George Ayittey describes them. These dictatorships function essentially as Mafioso-type criminal syndicates and cartels and are run and operated by and for members of the dictators’ families, friends, cronies, tribal, ethnic and religious group members. Stated simply, African dictatorships are kleptocracies or thugtatorships whose principal aim is to cling to power so that they can freely plunder the public treasury and the national economy. They cling to power by disempowering individuals and denying and violating their human rights, including universally-recognized and internationally guaranteed rights of self-expression and due process of law.

The power of fear is the supreme power in the hands of African dictators. The entire society is monitored by a vast network of secret police enforcers and informants (police state) who operate completely outside of constitutional or other legal constraints. For instance, dictator Meles Zenawi assured high level American policy-makers that “We will crush them [opposition leaders] with our full force, and they will vegetate like Birtukan (Midekssa) in jail forever.” Uganda’s dictator Yoweri Museveni echoed the same message when he told a press conference: “There will be no Egyptian-like revolution here. We would just lock them up. In the most humane manner possible, bang them into jail and that would be the end of the story.” Such resolute expressions of brutalization are intended to strike fear and trepidation in the heart of every individual in society. The message is clear: Resistance by any individual is futile. All resistance will be crushed.

African dictators understand that charismatic and ideologically driven individuals and small dissident circles are often “first actors” in the streets and catalysts for uprisings and rebellions. They understand that such dissidents could lead large numbers of dissatisfied citizens cross the bridge of fear to the land of freedom. They do not want a repetition of the Bouazzi syndrome in Tunisia. When Yenesew Gebre, a young Ethiopian teacher in Southern Ethiopia burned himself to death protesting human rights violations, the dictatorship paraded his alleged family members on the airwaves to testify that Yenesew was crazy as a loon. Yenesew was only mad as hell at those who had denied him his basic human rights. Gadhaffi said the young people protesting his regime were dope fiends who were being manipulated by outside forces.

Africans dictators maintain their kingdoms of fear through a system of informants, secret police forces and security agents. They create and maintain a pervasive climate of fear and loathing in society, and use every means at their disposal to completely disempower, disenfranchise and dehumanize the individual. They penetrate every nook and cranny of society to monitor fully the activities of each individual and household. Spies and informants are planted in village-level organizations, schools, universities, civil and religious institutions, the bureaucracy and military and beyond. Dr. Negasso Gidada, former Ethiopian president and presently the leader of the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party, has documented that in his parliamentary election district “the police and security offices and personnel collect information on each household using structures called "shane" in which five households are grouped together under a leader who has the job of collecting information on them. Each household is required to report on guests and visitors, the reasons for their visits, their length of stay, what they said and did and activities they engaged in…” Robert Mugabe’s notorious Central Intelligence Organization maintains a similar system of monitoring and surveillance. The irony of it all is that African dictators who rule by fear and are feared by the people in turn fear the people who fear them.

One of the prominent Founders of the American Republic said, “This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.” Africa’s dictators understand that an ignorant population is the most fertile soil upon which they can plant themselves and flourish. Controlling a society teeming with ignorant individuals is much easier than controlling a nation of well-informed and inquisitive men and women. “Ignorance is bliss,” is the slogan of the high priests of African dictatorships. They toil to keep their subject population as ignorant as possible while providing and reserving extraordinary educational and learning opportunities for themselves and their supporters. It is a well-known fact that a young person in Ethiopia is unlikely to have access to higher education unless s/he becomes a party member and supporter of the dictatorship. Upon graduation, civil service jobs are generally off limits to non-party members. Banks will favor party members in giving out loans for business enterprises or other ventures over all others. African dictatorships aim to entrench themselves by cultivating their own enlightened elites while plunging the rest of society in a state of blissful ignorance.

On the other hand, African dictators will spare no effort to keep the population ignorant and benighted. They shutter independent newspapers and block any potential sources of critical information, including filtering of internet communication to prevent dissemination of critical information and jamming of external radio and television broadcasts. Zenawi jammed the broadcasts of the Voice of America (Amharic program), an official agency of the U.S. Government, by claiming that the VOA was advocating genocide. “Ethiopia has the second lowest Internet penetration rate in sub-Saharan Africa (only Sierra Leone’s is lower).” Equatorial Guinea's dictator Teodoro Obiang Nguema has done exactly the same thing by banning the independent press and blocking the foreign media. Such extreme actions are taken to keep individuals in society dumb, dumbfounded, uninformed, unenlightened and ignorant.

George Ayittey’s “Law” on Defeating African Dictatorships

George Ayittey, the distinguished Ghanaian economist argues that African dictatorship says African dictators cannot be defeated through “rah-rah street demonstrations alone.” To purge Africa from the scourge of dictatorships, Ayittey says three things are required:

First, it takes a coalition to organize and coordinate the activities of the various opposition groups. It is imperative that you have a small group of people-- call them an elders’ council to coordinate the activities-- [composed] of eminent and respectable personalities who have no political baggage. They must be able to reach out to all the opposition groups. We formed one in Ghana called the Alliance for Change… Second, you got to know the enemy, his modus operandi, his strengths and weaknesses… You find his weaknesses and exploit it…. All dictators [operate] by seiz[ing] the civil service, media, judiciary, security forces, election commission and control the bank. They pack these institutions with their cronies and subvert them to serve their interests. For a revolution to succeed, you have to wrest control of one of more of these institutions. Third, you have to get the sequence of reform correct…

Last year, there were ten elections in Africa. The dictators won all ten… Why? Because the opposition was divided. In Ethiopia, for example, there were 92 political parties running to challenge the dictator Meles Zenawi… It
shouldn’t be this way. The council should bring all of the opposition into an alliance…

Before an “African Spring”, an African Reawakening From Hibernation

The power of the powerless individual is the power to say “No. No More! No Way. No How! Enough is Enough!” As Prof. Petersen suggests, each individual has a tipping point when s/he will fight or collaborate. For Bouazizi in Tunisia and Yenesew in Ethiopia, they reached their individual tipping points and, tragically, burned themselves to death. The question for every African living under a dictatorship is not whether to remain neutral (for there can be no neutrality in the face of evil), but whether to become or not to become part of a system of oppression, brutality and injustice. The university professor makes that choice when s/he waxes eloquent justifying that dictatorship is indeed democracy. The judge makes that choice when s/he imposes a judgment directed by the political bosses. The police or security officer makes that choice when s/he is ordered to shoot innocent civilians. The soldier make that choice when s/he occupies a village in search of “rebels.” The bureaucrat makes that choice when s/he uses official power to empower the powerful and disempower the powerless. The man and woman in the street will make that choice every day in everything s/he does and thinks about.

Kwame Nkrumah was right when he declared in 1957, “We have awakened. We will not sleep anymore. Today, from now on, there is a new African in the world!” Nkrumah himself, the international symbol of African freedom and Pan-Africanism, could not bear to see an awakened Africa. In 1964, he declared himself president-for-life, banned opposition parties and jailed labor and opposition party leaders and judges. Justifying his dictatorial actions he wrote, “Even a system based on a democratic constitution may need backing up in the period following independence by emergency measures of a totalitarian kind.” The great Nkrumah was fatally infected by the terminal disease known as “absolute power”. But Nkrumah was right before he started roller skating on the wrong side of history; and like all dictators who came after him, he underestimated the will and resistance of individual citizens and their ability to unite and wrest their freedom.

All African dictators mistake decades of fear-enforced silence for surrender and resignation. Their arrogance blinds them to the palpable anger, loathing and pent-up rage of their citizens. They ignore and sneer at the immutable law of history: “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” Africa’s Spring will arrive when Africans “have awakened; [when Africans] will not sleep anymore; [when] today, from now on, there is a new African in [Africa]” who is willing to stand up and say, “No! Enough is enough!”.

Previous commentaries by the author are available at: www.huffingtonpost.com/alemayehu-g-mariam/ and http://open.salon.com/blog/almariam/

36 comments

Comment from: addiszemen [Member]  

LOL!!!!!

African spring has been here for millions of years and will be here forever, as well as Ethiopian tseday. But almaria and co. Continue to cry until their death.
Hey almaria, if you run out of munition and bad news to write about Ethiopia, just shut up and go to some monastry to pray for your soul. Though your sins are unforgivable, th mercifull God will minimize your punishement.

01/02/12 @ 01:49
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Nobody bet even a penny that the March 1974 (Yekatit 66) peoples uparaisal ,eventhough the spirit vanished by the Junta Derg,could overthrow the Imperial Regime .The same as the 2011 “Arab’s Peoples Spring of Liberty ” concerning the Tunisian ,Egyptian and Libyan despots .SO WHAT SHALL HAPPEN SOON IN ETHIOPIA !!!2012 THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA IN ETHIOPIA !!!! THE END OF
TPLF BANDITS AND TIGRE MAFIOSIS TYRANNI !!!!!

01/02/12 @ 05:21
Comment from: Toommaa Ekkaa [Visitor]
Toommaa Ekkaa

Comment on Sudden Miracle:
Before an “African Spring”, Alemayehu G. Mariam’s sudden Reawakening From Hibernation! PFDJ’s Information Minister Alemayehu G. Mariam aka Amed Ali Abdo, is limping toward the upcoming African Springs March in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Although he has been losing his core military staff he refused for public calls to abandon his misinformation camaign he carried out since 20 years now. Alemayehu has no money.
Yet, the PFDJ-Minister of Disiformation, at the back of the pack in public opinion polls in Diaspora, is vowing to soldier on, even if that means his life works will split the confidence of pivotal Ethiopians in Diaspora and allow for victories by the incumbent regime strongly."Nobody’s working harder,” Alemayehu says, declaring his defamation campaign “strong” and suggesting that sheer hustle will carry his types through African Springs to victory. Regarded as a Diaspora defamation group’s’ heroine, Alemayehu has struggled to revive his defamation campaign since his standing dropped sharply in the last two years. That turned out to be the low point of his defamation campaign in recent months. He has now decided to spend the final week before the Africa Springs march into Ethiopia on a bus tour of the 50 states to meet Diaspora Ethiopians. On Thursday, during his defamation camapign he even passed around pieces of cake to diners in the town of Nevada to mark the end of the tour that had him cramming in 10 or more meet-and-greets a day in cafes, bowling alleys and pizza shops. Sometimes the crowds barely registered double digits; in other places they spilled out the doors.
We hope Alemayeu G. Mariam’s day dreams for Africa Springs does not toun to be an other fiasco as was the case thus far.

01/02/12 @ 07:50
Comment from: DAMO [Visitor]
DAMO

Ethiopia MUST be free from TPLF murders in 2012. Ethiopians do not have any other choice other than eliminating the blood success. The killing and looting have to end. Collective humiliation by a minority parasitic group has to end. There is no more excuse. In our country, we have been killed, imprisoned, looted, starved and humiliated. Our land has been sold to the highest bidders. Our women have been subjected to modern slavery in Arab countries. Our young children are dying in high seas fleeting their own country. Enough is enough. Ethiopians have one and only one enemy: TPLF. Meles Setanwi and his hench men have to be eliminated by any means necessary. Please, Ethiopians of all walks of life: MAKE 2012 ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT YEAR IN LIFE. DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO UPROOT ONE OF THE WORST MAFIOS AND MECENARY ELEMET IN ETHIOPIA.

01/02/12 @ 09:50
Comment from: zagabiw [Visitor]
zagabiw

Ehmm, Prof. Al Mariam,

Why do you keep a blog in Huffington Post only to have five people comment, and all seemingly Ethiopian? Just wondering ..

01/02/12 @ 10:03
Comment from: Gashe Mamo [Visitor]
Gashe Mamo

When the dictator Meles assured the high level American policy makers that he will crash the opposition with his full force and allow them to vegetate in jail…….he really means it. Let alone political meetings, secret police is being sent in big “Edir” meetings so as to assure no political debate is taking place freely.
They know it & we know it that the hate towards their rule is on the verge of spilling. They are on their top alert to see who is mobilizing. the mass, so as to not only take action but also to frighten others who are taking the lead part.
They make the way so narrow that only violence resists violence…
…..As usual thank you prof. for your educational article ….

01/02/12 @ 10:12
Comment from: biruk [Visitor]
biruk

Dear “professor” Wishing you that you will come out of your obsessions and hatred about Ethiopia.
With your “great” education and “brilliant” world out look why don’t you be a model to us by practicing what you preach to us day in day out?

01/02/12 @ 10:20
Comment from: Yirgacheffee [Visitor]
Yirgacheffee

The attention starved Ali Mari,

The only spring you’ll be getting is the spring in your mattress where you can lay and dream/blog about returning to your pre-1991 power-status.
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01/02/12 @ 10:30
Comment from: Heny [Visitor]
Heny

Alemayoh,
You do not seem to heed my reply to your persisitent call for Arab spring in Ethiopia. There will not be any Arab spring out there. What will be abundantly available there is “water spring” and good harvest in the “spring season". These two types of springs will keep flourishing in Ethiopia under the leadership of the EPRDF government. But the Arab spring is for Arabs and we have passed through this period long long time ago: in 1974 and 1991. PERIOD

01/02/12 @ 10:43
Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  
mesfin_b

As the great professor said , it is high time to unite under one cause which is “Mother Ethiopia” and rise against(tyranny=Meles,Tribalism=Meles,Misappropriation of national treasure=Meles)
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01/02/12 @ 10:52
Comment from: Hail [Visitor]
Hail

Prof Al, this is an excellent analysis. It is true Ethiopian spring is going to happen soon. Thanks, Prof.

01/02/12 @ 11:48
Comment from: virginia [Visitor]
virginia

Thanks Professor Alemayehu. Your pen is painfull for TPLF mafia groups.

01/02/12 @ 11:52
Comment from: berhan [Member]  

Politicians and diapers have something in common. They should both be changed regularly, and of course for the same reason.

01/02/12 @ 13:17
Comment from: estif [Visitor]
estif

Al Mariam, do you have a really good friend back home who can tell you the present situation, then you will at least update yourself and broaden your perspective and current affair, I guess you still stuck in a cement concrete, move on ,move on

01/02/12 @ 13:51
Comment from: C'est moi senait [Visitor]
C'est moi senait

People who are highly creative often have odd thoughts and behaviors—and vice versa.
Both creativity and eccentricity may be the result of genetic variations that increase cognitive disinhibition—the brain’s failure to filter out extraneous information.
When unfiltered information reaches conscious awareness in the brains of people who are highly intelligent and can process this information without being overwhelmed, it may lead to exceptional insights and sensations.

01/02/12 @ 15:04
Comment from: ethiopia [Visitor]
ethiopia

keep crying. what do we get from our government of Ethiopia? getting poor? tell me which government of Ethiopia except)the recent government, talking about economy.the only thing you guys dont like about meles is because he is not amhara. i am tell it like kind of person. it is what it is!!!!!!!!!!Ethiopia is good for u guys until everybody is amhara.if not oh! my god Ethiopia is getting bad. for your information Ethiopia is for every body .not just for people like you. .do you call your self Ethiopian?

01/02/12 @ 15:16
Comment from: Biz [Visitor]
Biz

To Heny,

Would you please proof-read your posting, your misspellings makes your incoherent ideas more meaningless. I am certain that you don’t have a mental capacity to comprehend what the dear Professor’s article is all about, you just blindly oppose whatever he is writing with out giving any counter point.

01/02/12 @ 15:21
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]
Bethihu

Al Mriam, the only deferences between you, and YENESEW is that you are living in the west dependent on your weekly mental enhancing medication, and you are able to compose your weekly hate preaching about the Ethiopian government….

Hate is a cancer sickness!! And look at that hate candle burning in your deep soul and heart doing to you?!?!

The Ethiopian people will never expect any good will from such as you all mentally challenged indeviduals or groups that your daily crying is nothing but just to bark like mad dogs to ease
your pain…..LOL!

Otherwise, the Ethiopian people and their government are working hard to develop the country to eradicate poverty, and backwardness that have been the main enemy of our society for hundred of years..

God bless the world!!

01/02/12 @ 16:13
Comment from: Mohammed [Visitor]
Mohammed

I admire you mr Alemyehu. you are brave and persistent. I have learned many things by reading your papers and know that I knew little on justice and human rights. Maybe you know it or not but everytime you write, you are documenting history and educating the indifferent.

Keep on instilling these ideas for this new year which makes us happy because each day is getting us nearer to the day when we would be free.

Allah yirdah!

01/02/12 @ 16:45
Comment from: myka [Visitor]
myka

poor opposition. :(
what happened to Kinijit revolution? You know like the Orange Revolution in Ukraine or the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon back in 2006, 2007.
what happened to Ginbot 7 revolution?
Now we are on to the next thing..now it is about Arab Spring, right?

what happens when this also doesnt work?

Look for something else from abroad?

Why do we have to import these foreign ideas? Do you not trust in the Ethiopian people to come up with our way out of tyranny, good Professor? It was the Ethiopian people who overthrew the Emperor when they decided he was not reforming fast enough. It was the Ethiopian people who overthrew Dergue when they decided he was no longer good for the country….BELIVE IT OR NOT THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE CAN MAKE INTELLIGENT DECISIONS ON THEIR OWN!!

This brutal regime is very lucky to have an enemy like you who waits for foreign ideas before acting. Dictator Meles is indeed laughing at you Professor and those you expect something worthwhile to come from you.

-myka

01/02/12 @ 17:13
Comment from: extraterrestrial [Member]  
extraterrestrial

@ Mesfin B [Visitor]

It seems you don’t now real professors, Have you ever been at a university and met real professors, it seems not. That is why you are admiring this dumb professor. He have completely missed the main point why there can be NO popular uprisal in sub-Saharan African countries, yet they said he is a political science professor. Forget this banana head fake professor but, you as a politically motivated person you should have known why there can be NO revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Even if it seems too late now you can still go to your grave informed if you read; show me your genuine interest to know & I will send you many African and non African research findings on the political nature of sub-Saharan African society and the conclusions that there can be NO uprisal in sub-Saharan Africa. Don’t show your ignorance by appreciating the inappreciable … “the great professor” lol

Don’t wash your dirty underwear in public, IGNORAMUS !!!

01/02/12 @ 18:21
Comment from: john john [Visitor]
john john

Keep up with your day dream in DC. We are not oppresed as you are our main goal is eradicate poverty for good.

01/02/12 @ 19:41
Comment from: Mo Ethio [Visitor]
Mo Ethio

Alemayehu G. Mariam aka Dreamer…Please come up with your own theory..We Ethiopians don’t really care those terms that had been used repeatedly by every journalist around the world ” Arab spring". listen Al, Ethiopia is not an Arab country. If you want to start any kind of revolution, you have to participate and involve in person in Ethiopia. As always no one is going to die for you cause. It seems the only interest you have is to grab power without sacrifice. As far as the announcement by your friends OLF, It is a setback for you right? I know OLF finally realized Oromia is part of Ethiopia. news flash when TPLF fighting for liberation of tigray, they realize that Tigaray is part of Ethiopia.now Olf and Al understands Oromia is part of Ethiopia. Al if you want the Arab spring, go to Syria and help out Syrian.

01/02/12 @ 20:03
Comment from: sosi [Visitor]
sosi

so ru ready to replace the PM!

great dream of the year

01/02/12 @ 20:06
Comment from: los angeles [Visitor]
los angeles

you keep on dreaming! I don’t really know what motivates you to such negativity and annoying propaganda that you try to spread around. once again I would suggest that you go back to your homeland after 40 years at least to appreciate the progress. I know that you don’t have any chance to promote your self to become some one in Ethiopia, in burdon of some poor uneducated people. instead be positive if you really care about your own people as well as your country.

01/02/12 @ 23:46
Comment from: tes [Visitor]  
tes

mr Alemayehu I have just one question for you.
where do you live ? in usa haa ? I bet you have a nice life that u have so much time to write all these poisoning articles,I see it this way.what did the libian people get after that disasterious war ? what did the egyptian revolution benifit the poor people ? for a change ? we dont have the luxury to choose we have no time to lose we sleept so much and left behind we too poor that we all get embarassed to say we are ethiopians what we need is to take of these embarassing name and image then after change and that change has to be both from the bottom to top changing the leader would do litter if the 80mln people thinks the same. so my point lets priorotise things which comes first food or change ? i will leave the answer to u sir ! I beleive its our responsibilty to do everything we can for the better image of our country ! make no mistake the revolution, the civil war the unrest the famine … is all what the BBC AND all whites expect us to do do ! lets be different nd surprise them ! lets be one and beleive in our country despite all the challenges we have today, lets be optimistic that doesnt cost us a penny ! peace and love ! may god bless Ethiopia

01/03/12 @ 01:20
Comment from: Sober [Visitor]
Sober

Keeping the record straight:

Mr. Alemayehu G. Mariam and his likes do not accept a Federal System of Governance in Ethiopia which is the minimum demand for organizations such as TPLF, OLF, ONLF, and so many others. With all due respect to their opinions, I would like to remind Mr. Alemayehu and Co. that they are out of touch with reality and objectivity. Whether they like it or not, a true and functional Federal System of Governance is a critical requirement for establishing peace, and maintaining stability and national integrity of Ethiopia. An effort, how well intended it could be, but lacking basic understandings of the real problem could end up creating more devastating damages than bringing solutions. I have more positive view for MADRAK from the opposition camp, even though I do not support their neo-liberal economic policy.

01/03/12 @ 02:49
Comment from: sf [Visitor]
sf

Dear prof. Al thank you for your writing. You are a venom for dictator and cadres. It is a well written document for generation to come.
You said “Enough is enough!” If you allow me to change the word colonial with TPLF,we can read as follow: Enough of TPLF exploitation, TPLF dehumanization, TPLF discrimination, TPLF segregation, TPLF division, TPLF ethnic fragmentation, TPLF polarization and TPLF corruption.
At last the ETHIOPIAN people will win, with out any doubt.

01/03/12 @ 03:36
Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  
mesfin_b

To Extra terrestrial.

FYI I had graduated MAGNA CUM LAUDE
in IT/ Software Engineering. Pleas let me know if I can be of any assitance in as far lecturing you on software development. I do know when the “DE FACTO” master of yours at Arat Kilo is embezzling the nation’s wealth, looting in the name of our motherland, the good Professor can’t ignore it. Instead, his patriotic duty and his social conscious dicates him to enlighten us.For this I thank him as well as respect him.
If you and your “Shifta-from-the-cave” master try to hundwinkle us we shall get you as was “Gadafi".
At last I didn’t mean to write about my educational background to brag but to simply answer your question.
BTW is that why you chose alien “Pseudoname” on blogsite?
******Happy To 2012 To All******

01/03/12 @ 13:36
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Hey loser Angel you mean the Holly
land of your leba master full of misery and desperacy where peoples
are dying .And minority looters
are getting wealthy .Afterall Prof Al is defending the Fundemental rights of the Ethiopian Peoples while your leba master and his Agazis are apauvrishing them !!!!!

01/04/12 @ 18:39
Comment from: Dagnachew Kour [Visitor]
Dagnachew Kour

Teddy or tadias.
Who told you, Marc is YEKATIT? Ante ahiya doma ras. You or your pro are one coin with two sides.
Loosers.

01/05/12 @ 13:37
Comment from: comment [Visitor]
comment

Dear Prof. please edit the comments posted under your writings. I am sure Weyane purposeful is waging trash propaganda against you.There are individuals like Heny who comment in different username and paid for doing so from the tax I pay to my mafia self imposed government.

01/05/12 @ 21:55
Comment from: extraterrestrial [Member]  
extraterrestrial

Mesfin B [Visitor]

I respect you for the way you show your disciplined background even if we are fundamentally different in the way we wish what Ethiopia should be in the future, me wanting and would like to die for the equality of all the small and discriminated people to see the light of their deserved right and you wanting to install the MONKEY amahara supremacy over all the multinational Ethiopia.

Even if I strongly disagree with you I do indeed respect the way you responded showing your own self respect. That is what I admired here and now in this comment but, not and never not on your biased MONKEY amhara stand point, on that regard we are going to face each other in the opposite of the battle field. Thank you for being civilized.

Keep it up and take care.

HAPPY ETHIOPIAN MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MONKEY DIASPORAS!!!

01/07/12 @ 16:10
Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  
mesfin_b

የሳምንቱ አስቂኝ ቀልድ የተጻፈው በ አንድ አንበጣ ለቃሚ አስራአንድ የ ለመለስ ቅጥረኛ ነው ::
If TPLF’tes are the “beautiful People’
then I must be putting out the master piece of their pic “EVERY TIME I SIT ON THE JOHN AND LET MY S*** OUT”
enough said!!!
መልካም ገና ለሁላችን ስመኝ የመለስ የጭን ገረዶች ግን በቅርቡ ዋጋቸውን እንዲሚያገኙ በመተማመን ነው ::
To Extra terrestrial
thank you and may your “civil union” with Meles the Chimp be legalized soon!!
P.s. till then I can send 2by4 for your Sodomization enjoyment!!!!!


01/08/12 @ 11:07
Comment from: extraterrestrial [Member]  
extraterrestrial

Mesfin B [Visitor]

Cool & easy bro, be blessed and remain so!!!

01/09/12 @ 15:40
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Dengayatchew for your Information
Yekatit is in European Calander falling on March .Ewenetem Dengay
Yehonk BANDA !!!!As Yekatit 66 I
mean March 74 ,2012 SHALL BE THE YEAR
OF FREEDOM FOR THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLES LIBERATED FROM TPLF BANDITS
AND TIGRE MAFIOSIS !!!!!!

01/10/12 @ 20:01

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