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07/17/12

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Ethiopia: Desperate Times for Woyane

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in Los Cabos, Mexico, June 17, 2012. Photo Xinhua

Ethiopia: Desperate Times for Woyane

By Selam Beyene

By all indications, these are desperate times for Zenawi and his corrupt and crumbling regime. An evil dictatorship that is founded upon an ideology of ethnic hatred, cronyism, repression, lies, and corruption is unraveling faster than even the most positive predictions have hoped for. For pro-democracy forces, there has never been a more favorable moment than now to polish off the cancerous appendage of the Ethiopian society by forging democratic alliances, formulating innovative strategies, and laser focusing all available resources on the weakest links of the tremulous regime at this junction in history. The consequences of failure to learn from past missed opportunities and to seize this golden prospect to free our people from the shackles of tyranny would be immeasurable.

What are the tell-tale signs signaling the imminent collapse of this accidental phenomenon of history?
The signals include the increasingly apparent infirmity and psychological instability of the despot; the ongoing onslaught by the desperate regime on the independent press, journalists and other democratic forces on trumped up charges; the frenzied pillage of the country’s wealth through misguided and egotistic economic and fiscal policies; the bizarre ideological and propaganda campaigns the despot and his shameless cadres are waging; the spontaneous uprisings by various sectors of the society; and the intensifying corruption and nepotism manifested at every-level of the illegitimate government.

Zenawi’s Infirmity and Delusional Behavior

There are rumors galore, both back home and in the Diaspora, that the dictator is terminally ill and under intensive care in a foreign country. Although there have always been such rumors about the mental and physical frailty of the dictator, the most conclusive evidence about the terminal nature of his illnesses had not been officially available until the recent release of the U.S. State Department documents by WeakiLeaks. Most lately, the Associated Press gave credibility to the ongoing rumors on the conspicuous absence of the dictator quoting the Senegalese President Macky Sall who reportedly told participants of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) meeting that Meles was unable to be present due “to health conditions.”

There is a general consensus now that the dictator has been suffering from cardiovascular and other complications, which in part are attributed to his appalling lifestyle. His infirmity and mental instability became even more apparent to the world when he literally broke down following a confrontation by the audacious Abebe Gelaw at the World Economic Forum in May of 2012. His infirmity was further confirmed when he was observed as a ghost-like figure in a video clip of his meeting with Chinese officials following the G20 meeting in Mexico. Many observers believe that the lack of credible explanation about the conspicuous absence of the dictator from official appearances or about severity of his mental and physical condition by the state-controlled media is an attempt by the Woyanne public relations office to thwart the abrupt disintegration of his jittery power base and to calm down his increasingly edgy followers.

The relationship between mental and physical diseases and tyrannical personality has been a subject of considerable research. In their book entitled A Brotherhood of Tyrants: Manic Depression and Absolute Power, D. Jablow Hershman and Julian Lieb give a persuasive account of this phenomenon with reference to the three tyrants: Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolf Hitler, and Joseph Stalin. In that remarkable study, it is argued that certain psychiatric disorders can be explanatory factors for such bizarre behaviors as those that characterize tyrants, including mass killings, grandiosity and megalomania. Further, it is well documented that tyrants manifest fantastic and delusional behavior patterns as they sense their imminent demise. The most glaring example is Hitler's delusions of racial purity and his contempt for democracy, which he considered a sign of weakness. It was this delusional behavior that led him to profess the concept of a "Third Way" as a compromise between socialism and democracy. Similarly, Zenawi’s increasingly delusional behavior became apparent when he recently stunned even his most ardent foreign supporters with his new theory that he hopelessly formulated to justify tyranny as a sine quo non for development. According to published reports, he insolently asserted: “There is no direct relationship between economic growth and democracy, historically or theoretically. I don’t believe in bedtime stories, contrived arguments linking economic growth with democracy.”

While the death of the dictator may or may not be imminent, the current state of his health and his delusional behaviors have considerable import for the next stage of the ongoing struggle for democracy and justice in Ethiopia. Unlike most dictatorships where the cult of personality is principally built on a projection of nationalism, Zenawi’s totalitarian rule has in large measures been constructed on anti-Ethiopianism and inter-ethnic animosity. The army, whose leadership is dominated by a single minority ethnic-group, is unlikely to be in a position to prop up the continued dominance of the totalitarian rule perfected by Zenawi. In essence, the vast majority of the military leaders have either failed to shed their guerilla mentality or have completely been absorbed in the ongoing pillage of the country’s resources, thereby making them insensitive to the democratic aspirations of the people. As such, the allegiance of these officers, who have not been properly integrated into the Ethiopian society, is to the dictator or to their narrow self interests. Further, since the immense network of internal security apparatus and others in the civil service are basically sustained by the power of money rather than by ideological convictions or love of country, their loyalty to the tyrannical regime is predicted to evaporate as soon as favorable conditions are created in the country for a democratic alternative. Therefore, the continued survival of the TPLF under an ailing dictator is extremely precarious.

Increasing Repression of the Free Press and Journalists

Faced with the beginning of the end, Zenawi’s regime has predictably resorted to heavy-handed measures to silence dissenting voices. A case in point is the recent draconian measures taken against Eskinder Nega and several other journalists and political activists using vague anti-terrorism laws that have made the regime an embarrassment even to those in the West who have thus far turned blind eyes to the crimes committed by the dictator.
In desperate times, dictators do demonstrate frantic behaviors to project an image of strength, as was the case with Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Muammar Qaddafi in their final hours. As lucidly stated by the PEN American Center President Peter Godwin: “By sentencing Eskinder Nega to 18 years in prison, the Ethiopian government clearly means to send a signal to its people: speak against us, and you, too, could be jailed as a terrorist. But is that a signal of strength or of weakness?”

Of course, dictators never act completely alone. Hitler was able to come to power and maintain his grip over Germany, thanks in part to such ardent supporters as Rommel, Von Manstein, Himmler, and most importantly, his propagandist Goebbels. It was Joseph Goebbels who justified the delusional aspirations of the Führer declaring: “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.” It was also this same miscreant who promulgated: “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.” Unsurprisingly, Gobbels’ sentiment about the free press was echoed recently by Zenawi’s despicable propagandist, the contemptible Bereket Simon. In justifying the draconian press rule that sent journalists like Eskender Nega to prison, the shameless scoundrel ignorantly proclaimed to the world: "I don't think that type of media [i.e., the free press] will help the developing world."

The Muslim Factor

There is no better predictor of the looming demise of a dictatorship than the occurrence of spontaneous uprisings by the various sectors of an oppressed society. The ferocious and determined resistance demonstrated by the Moslem community in Addis and other parts of the nation has shaken the oppressive machinery of the totalitarian regime to its core. A remarkable feature of the Moselm uprising in Ethiopia today is that it is in total contradiction to the divide-and-rule policy that Zenawi has futilely implemented to foment inter-ethnic and inter-religious animosity. To this day, despite the brutal attacks by the regime against their faith and religious institutions, Moslem Ethiopians have unswervingly expressed their determination to stand hand in hand with their Christian compatriots, as they have estimably done so for centuries, to deracinate the evils of totalitarianism once and for all.

The Endgame
In the absence of a credible alternative to the collapsing TPLF regime, democratic forces inside and outside of Ethiopia should now formulate a cohesive transition plan to avoid a scenario akin to the one that replaced Mengistu Haile-Mariam’s dictatorship by Zenawi’s style of totalitarianism. With the army leadership in the hands of a minority ethnic group, and immeasurable resources at the disposal of Zenawi’s cronies, the potential for chaos and re-emergence of tyranny are within the realm of possibilities. It is therefore critical that the pro-democratic forces immediately join forces to accelerate the collapse of the tyrannical regime and to ensure the formation of a government of national salvation. At a minimum, the immediate focus of attention should include:

1. Agreement on a platform for the creation of a unity government that guarantees individual freedom, equality, and justice for all citizens of Ethiopia, without regard to ethnicity, race, religion, party affiliation or other prejudices.
2. Formulation of short and long-term plans to influence donor countries and foreign backers of the dictator to immediately discontinue support and aid of any kind to the totalitarian regime. Those in the United States with voting rights should particularly take advantage of the current electoral process to influence Congress and the Obama administration, including the State Department and the Pentagon, to desist from aiding the dictator and to censure his tyrannical policies.
In this regard, we trust that pro-democracy journalists and Websites will play a more proactive and aggressive role to bring together the fragmented opposition groups and to enlighten the wider freedom-loving community about the significance of this historic opportunity.

Selam Beyene, Ph.D.
Beyene50@gmail.com

18 comments

Comment from: Fereja [Visitor]
Fereja

To all born haters
You idiot lazy prostitute chicken head, do u think him deserved to be dead for the sake of ur will? HE Mr Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is the best fighter, leader, expert, visionary and….. etc. The world has witnessed for his best leadership in bringing Ethiopia to be one of the most fastest growing economies, politically stable, diplomatically Winner. He had accomplished alot of things & he has job to bring it to the edge. Do you know how he is the loved one in the entire ethiopian population? Except u the hate mongerer self proclaimed nationalist, but in real the disaster. I wish God give him long years like Matusala & then he will be able to make happen the full transformation of this poor country the people. i know history will remembers him for generations to come. By then he will be missed by the people so much. He was sacrificed his entire life to bring peace, justice, equality & prosperity for this Poor nation and people, but u have spend ur life in western countries living luxury life. By the way did u asked Ur self if u contribute anything for ur country by any chance? So pls leave him alone this great man and appreciate for what he has accomplished. Other wise shut ur stinky mouth. Get well we love u and we all r praying for u. Long live Pm Meles Zenawi

07/18/12 @ 00:33
Comment from: Dejazmach Habesha [Visitor]
Dejazmach Habesha

Thats nazret.com for you.

They started last week with a decent and honest article by Tadeos Anteneh about the horrors of housing in Addis….then finish this week with a trash bin article by another diaspora derg pantsy.

“Desperate times for woyane.”

Its you who are getting so desperate that you are on your knees praying that Meles dies. You are too afraid to pick up a gun like he did. So dancing and wishing death upon him is the closest thing…whos looking desperate? Selam Beyene younger sister of Tamagn Beyene and niece and nephew of Derg butcherer Melaku Tefera.

07/18/12 @ 00:35
Comment from: letHimDie [Visitor]
letHimDie

^^ Look at all this Woyane employed bandas winning about what I call a well writen article. Why do they wine so much? Because they are so blinded by ethnic hate that such arguements that argues the legitmacy of their organization is seen as a threat to their undemocratic selfish organization.
Death to Woyane, Shabia, Onlf, OLF, Derg left overs, and any other anti Ethiopia organization. We demand a true democratic government in Ethiopia NOW!

07/18/12 @ 00:55
Comment from: Gondar [Visitor]
Gondar

rom: Fereja [Visitor]
To all born haters
You idiot lazy prostitute chicken head, do u think him deserved to be dead for the sake of ur will? HE Mr Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is the best fighter, leader, expert, visionary and….. etc. The world has witnessed for his best leadership in bringing Ethiopia to be one of the most fastest growing economies, politically stable, diplomatically Winner. He had accomplished alot of things & he has job to bring it to the edge. Do you know how he is the loved one in the entire ethiopian population? Except u the hate mongerer self proclaimed nationalist, but in real the disaster. I wish God give him long years like Matusala & then he will be able to make happen the full transformation of this poor country the people. i know history will remembers him for generations to come. By then he will be missed by the people so much. He was sacrificed his entire life to bring peace, justice, equality & prosperity for this Poor nation and people, but u have spend ur life in western countries living luxury life. By the way did u asked Ur self if u contribute anything for ur country by any chance? So pls leave him alone this great man and appreciate for what he has accomplished. Other wise shut ur stinky mouth. Get well we love u and we all r praying for u. Long live Pm Meles Zenawi
07/18/12 @ 00:33

I WROTE IN FEW MONTH AGO CRIME ERITREAN NAZI MELES WILL DIE BEFORE,HE COMPLETED HIS FUCKEN DAM,
THANK FOR GOD THE NEW ELECTED EGYPT PRESIDENT MR,MURSY WILL LET HIM TO SING SONG, WE ARE THE WORLD AGAIN,

07/18/12 @ 01:27
Comment from: ayan [Visitor]
ayan

i think the author is confused 1. the comparison way out of line 2.what you call dictators most of them are credited fo there achievments in there country stalin for building russia,agusto pinoche is the perfect example all chile economical achievments are credited to him ask any chilean.he mention about the diaspora cafe polticians leading a nation and talking in cafes are two different things,please stop this garbage analyisis this only qualify to be lectured to those ignorant cafe polticians,you know we most diasporas lack the will sacrifice for the good of the people we just talk either to cofirm with the majority or to look knowledgeble in our little diaspora commnity.
please ask yourself why you wrote this without lying to yourself.

07/18/12 @ 01:33
Comment from: Beza [Visitor]
Beza

Lethimdie, I will change your name to letyoudie. Because, you don’t worth to live in this world if you wish the brain who changed ETHIOPIA for better. The peson who has the dinamics to change AFRICA does not deser ve death in his prime time. This guy has been sleeping for three hours to make his country better place to live which he did. Dummies like they don’tlet him do his job. But with all that pressure he accomplished a lot. Like starting the dam on ABAY which was never been touched by previous governments. Of course he is not alone but his leadership has played significant role. But you have to realize everybody’s life in God’s hand. YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN DEAD BEFORE YOU READ THIS RESPONSE FOR YOUR SHABY WRITING.

07/18/12 @ 01:38
Comment from: Beza [Visitor]
Beza

Lethimdie, I will change your name to letyoudie. Because, you don’t worth to live in this world if you wish the brain to be silent who changed ETHIOPIA for better. The peson who has the dinamics to change AFRICA does not deserve death in his prime time. This guy has been sleeping for three hours to make his country better place to live which he did. Dummies like they don’tlet him do his job. But with all that pressure he accomplished a lot. Like starting the dam on ABAY which was never been touched by previous governments. Of course he is not alone but his leadership has played significant role. But you have to realize everybody’s life in God’s hand. YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN DEAD BEFORE YOU READ THIS RESPONSE FOR YOUR SHABY WRITING. but for the person who wrote this article I DON’T GO THAT FAR TO CALL HER PROSTITUTE LIKE MY FRIEND FEREJA BUT I WILL ADD ONLY ONE WORD ON THAT GIM.

07/18/12 @ 01:46
Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  
mesfin_b

ትክክል ነው:: በርግጥም ህዝባዊ እና ዴሞክራሲያዊ ፓርቲዎች የጋራ ስምምነት አድርገው ጊዜያዊ የ ሽግግር መንግስት ማቅዋቅዋም ግዴታ ነው ::

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አንድነት ጋቢያችን ነው::
ትብብር ጋሻችን ነው::

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07/18/12 @ 06:58
Comment from: Tarid [Visitor]
Tarid

Woyane life is full of up and down but never give up.This article is by some one who donot know woyane well.

07/18/12 @ 07:21
Comment from: Heny [Visitor]
Heny

selam old prostitute
“crumbling regime…". You know what sometimes amazes and refreshes me most? These loser diasporas do not know what to crumble and fail means. they are just ignorants about us. They do not know the formidale and fierce fighter the EPRDF is!! They really do not know EPRDF.

Mesfin jilajil “gabi” nen alk? kiikikikiki. gabina fit

07/18/12 @ 08:20
Comment from: Markos [Visitor]
Markos

Selam Beyene?

You Selam? No. You are Stupid. Your Phd is Garbage.

You are dreaming a nightmare to happen in Ethiopia while you are hiding in foreign country calling yourselves, “PhD” . Your PHD is rubbish and is enough for shit. Do you want the Muslim to take over? You evil backward. The Ethiopian people know very well what are up to some stupid Diasporas like you. You are the number one enemy Ethiopia has.

“There is no direct relationship between economic growth and democracy, historically or theoretically.”
This is fact.
India is the biggest democracy with 1.2 billion populations. China is according to you stupid the biggest Dictatorship.
So, which economy is modern and well developed embracing quality and quantity? Which population is well developed, wise, modern and the asset to the entire Globe including Africa? China.

Meles is right.

“There is no direct relationship between economic growth and democracy, historically or theoretically".

But you dump stupid calling yourself PHD doesn’t get it. Because they brainwashed you to think the way that is good for them while you dump ass Nigger stay stupid and destitute behaving the way you do.

You will never ever get your way in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian people know very well that the worst Enemy Ethiopia has are Few Diasporas like you and the nation is very much prepared for it. There are thousands Meleses on the Pipe Line to take the nation the way she is now. There is no turning but forward the way Meles is started.

However, he is still in control. He has some important jobs to finish Including the Hedase Dam that you are trying everything from the beginning to stop it. Demonstrations against the Hedase Dam in DC will be always your real identification about the kind of relation you have with Ethiopia.

07/18/12 @ 09:28
Comment from: Jemal [Visitor]  
Jemal

It is easy for one person to call him (meles) a great man and the other person to call him an evil. I guess it all depend on which side of the fence you are in. You have to be on the receiving end to know how bad this guy is. It is sad when minority group terrorizes the rest of the community. The way I see it, Ethiopia is one big prison. How can one ethinic group occupying almost all possible goverment jobs and contract. The wrong doers will always be punished, one way or another there will be justice. The dictator is facing the fight of his life and I for one wish him good health so that he can go the same way other dictators have gone that is on the hand of the people he has terrorized for more than two decade. As for the groups like OPDO, shame on you. You little mongrels, you nothing but a puppet, you claim to represent the Oromo but you represent no one but thugs from tigray. You are worst than Woyane. At least the thugs are fighting for their life. A day will come when the leaders of the OPDO will be paraded on the street of oromia and lashed like spoiled little brats. Anyways let’s have a civilized conversation instead of calling each other names based on ethnic affiliation.let’s unite and find a solution to our problem. Yes we have all suffered and some of us have suffered even more. Let’s tell our brothers of the north ( Tigray people ) this government is not doing them a favor except annihilating them from the rest of the country, it might seem a good thing now but in the long term it would be a disastrous for them.

07/18/12 @ 09:31
Comment from: adefris97 [Visitor]
adefris97

dr. selam beyene
you have put it in very short and clear
statement this is what our country needs now today freedom, equality and
no one above the law. thank you for ejucating me doc!

07/18/12 @ 20:18
Comment from: ayan [Visitor]
ayan

adefris97

thank you for ejucating on me doc!

07/19/12 @ 01:16
Comment from: ToLLESSA from A.A [Visitor]
ToLLESSA  from A.A

DON’T DREAM TO HAVE POSITION INPLACE OF HIM.
HE HAS BEEN WORKING HARD TO CHANGE THE STATUS OF ETHIOPIA TO THE BEST ECONOMY & HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL.THIS IS CLEAR EVEN TO THE HATERS.
noone can deny that he is the best & great leader.
don’t dream thinking this is an opportunity to the end of him and have some kind of mess through out the country.that can never happen again.
long live Meless and God bless him

07/19/12 @ 01:58
Comment from: reg dunmall [Visitor]  
reg dunmall

How can a PHD write such biased nonsense. No one pretends Meles is perfect. All this stuff about ethnic hatred is stupid. After 150 years of Amhara domination Meles’s federal system is far fairer. I think you and your type want to go back to the HS times when the Oromos were called Galla and no non Amhara had any power.
Meles has done more for Ethiopia than any of the US diaspora are capable of. As a foreigner I have seen Ethiopia through 3 regimes and the present one though very far from perfect is the best by far.

07/19/12 @ 14:39
Comment from: Afarman [Visitor]
Afarman

Selam Beyene (PHD) kkk, I just don understand where you get your PHD from, you keep on writing trash after trash Like Ayatollah Alemariam and other wanna be terrorists with a PHD.

One goes to University to broaden their analytical and communication skills in addition to the specific acedemic fields of studies. You have failed to show no skill at all. The only skill you got is one, recycling and fabricating stories which has no basis at all.

Selam Beyene, if you got a little brain functioning now just have the patience. Don rush to reach into conclusion collecting trash here and there. PM zenawi is fine and is in good health.

We will all die one by one, there is nothing wrong in being ill or die, its very natural we will all pass through that stage. The EPRDF has always a successor, wether Meles is around or not the EPRDF will continue to go from strength to strenth. Meles Zenawi is a man who is capable of walking the walk, this is a culture well entrenched in the EPRDF culture.

Selam Beyene, keep on dreaming using your little chicken sized brain which is not capable of analysing complicated issues. You talked about the need of a unitary government, you wished for a transitional government. Being as toxic as you are who wants to work with you ? No one

Keep on dreaming a dream, you are amongst the prophets of doom and gloom. A false prophet

07/19/12 @ 15:15
Comment from: Jemal [Visitor]
Jemal

Torture, rampant corruption, phenomenal poverty and human rights abuses have consistently plagued the country(not in Tigray of course) for those claiming progress and peace please look outside the square you live in. Human being live in fear , they can’t speak their mind for fear of arrest and harassment. The stupid kebele and blood thirsty federal police are on the watch. The federal police exists to defend the country against criminal threats, not to suppress the people in the interests of a thin layer of usurpers. A dictatorship that cannot defend itself with its own supporters deserves to be displaced. Some of you can defend him as much as you like but their is no reason for insulting others for their point of view. I don’t understand the progress some of you guys are talking about. If you are talking about the progress in your part of the world (Tigray) then yes but the rest of the country is way backward. Time changes and even dictators are forced to change with time. Where is the progress in Oromia or poor people of Ogaden.

07/19/12 @ 19:18

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