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Ethiopia: Ethiopian Americans Gotta Vote in 2012!

Ethiopia: Ethiopian Americans Gotta Vote in 2012!

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

In September, I expressed my support for President Barack Obama’s re-election. I told my readers that I enthusiastically supported candidate Obama in 2008 but was disappointed by his Administration’s policy in Ethiopia and Africa following his election:

Did President Obama deliver on the promises he made for Africa to promote good governance, democracy and human rights? Did he deliver on human rights in Ethiopia? No. Are Ethiopian Americans disappointed over the unfulfilled promises President Obama made in Accra, Ghana in 2009 and his Administration’s support for a dictatorship in Ethiopia? Yes. We remember when President Obama talked about the need to develop robust democratic institutions, uphold the rule of law and the necessity of maintaining open political space and protecting human rights in Africa. We all remember what he said: “Africa does not need strong men but strong institutions.” “Development depends on good governance.” “No nation will create wealth if its leaders exploit the economy.” Was he just saying these words or did he truly believe them?

I also argued that in all fairness there is plenty of blame to go around. I cautioned those of us who are quick to point an accusatory index finger at President Obama for what he has not done in Ethiopia and Africa to beware that three fingers are pointing directly at them.

Truth be told, what the President has done or not done to promote good governance, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia is no different than what we, the vast majority of Ethiopian Americans, have done or not done to promote the same values in Ethiopia. That is the painful truth we must face. The President’s actions or lack of actions mirror our own. Just like the President, we profess our belief in democracy, good governance and human rights in Ethiopia and elsewhere in Africa. But we have also failed to put our values in action. President Obama was constrained in his actions by factors of U.S. national security and national interest. We were constrained by factors of personal interest and personal security…

But there are other hard questions we should ask ourselves: What did we do to bring pressure on the Obama Administration to promote human rights, good governance and democracy in Africa over the past 4 years? Did we organize to have our voices heard by the Administration? Did we exercise our constitutional rights to hold the Administration accountable?

But I also gave President Obama high marks for many accomplishments over the past four years. Under his watch, over 5 million private sector jobs were created. The U.S. auto industry came roaring back even though some had urged, “Let Detroit go bankrupt!”. President Obama put his presidency on the line by spending all of his political capital in enacting the Affordable Health Care Act which offered health insurance to some 40 million Americans who had none. He established a Consumer Financial and Protection Bureau to oversee crooked financial institutions who had been ripping off consumers for years. He signed a law that secured the rights of women to equal pay for equal work. President Obama ended the war in Iraq. He has promised to end the war in Afghanistan in 2014. He has pursued Al Qaeda relentlessly and ended the criminal career of the most infamous terrorist in a risky military operation, which had it failed, could have doomed his presidency. Last week, Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey described President Obama’s response to “Hurricane Sandy's” devastation of the east coast of the United States as “outstanding” and his Administration’s handling of the relief operation as “excellent”.

President Obama has proven himself to be a resolute commander in chief and a president open, ready, willing and able to engage in bipartisanship, collaboration and cooperation to get the nation’s business done. But the road he has travelled over the past 4 years has been a hard one. He has faced stiff opposition at every turn. He has been obstructed, blocked, thwarted, vilified and demonized by those who loath him personally than disagree with his policies. The top leader of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, vowed, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president. That’s my single most important political goal, along with every active Republican in the country.” President Obama knows his work is not finished and he has a lot more to do in improving the economy. He needs another term to complete his work. He needs the support and vote of every Ethiopian American.

It is Really About the Right to Vote in America

I write this column not so much to reiterate my support for President Obama but to underscore the enormous importance of the right to vote in America. Perhaps no one knew the importance of the right to vote than the hundreds of our brothers and sisters who were mowed down in cold blood by by troops loyal to the ruling regime in Ethiopia in 2005, and the tens of thousands who were imprisoned for peacefully protesting their stolen votes. While I would urge Ethiopian Americans to vote for President Obama, I believe it is far more important for them to exercise their right to vote for the candidate and issues of their choice.

Those who are not students of American politics and constitutional law may not be aware of the history of struggle and the untold sacrifices and and the high price paid in lost lives to secure, protect and defend this precious of all rights. When the American republic was forged in 1787, only white male property owners had the right to vote. When the first census was taken in 1790, there were 3,893,635 persons in the thirteen colonies and the four other districts and territories which later became states. There were 807,094 free white males, of which 10-16 percent met the property requirement to have the right to vote! The 1,541,263 free white females did not have the right to vote. The 694,280 “persons” (slaves) did not have the right to vote. The 791,850 free white males did not have the right to vote.

The property requirement for the right to vote was gradually dropped; and by 1850 the vast majority of white males could vote without significant obstacles. But some states sought to exclude and suppress the voting rights of disfavored groups. Between 1855-57, Connecticut and Massachusetts adopted a “literacy test” (a test of one’s ability to read and write) to discriminate against Irish-Catholic immigrants. After the American Civil War ended in 1865 and slavery was abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Congressional enactment of various civil rights laws, the former slaves formally gained the right to vote with the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870. “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

But the states were not prepared to allow the former slaves to become their political equals by exercising their ultimate citizenship right. Beginning with Florida in 1889, ten states in southern United States adopted poll taxes (in order to vote, a citizen has to pay a poll tax) to keep African Americans from voting. Large numbers of impoverished African Americans could not afford to pay the poll taxes and were disenfran- chised by this requirement. For decades, many southern states devised various means to keep African Americans from voting. Some used “white primaries” (political parties excluding African Americans from party membership and closing the primaries to everyone except party members). Others complicated the voter registration process by requiring frequent re-registration, long terms of residence in a district before voting, registration at inconvenient times such the planting season, providing inaccurate and misleading information about voting dates, etc. Still others used “gerrymandering” (creating electoral districts by manipulating geographic boundaries to dilute the electoral strength of minority groups and create protected districts) to deny African Americans representatives of their own choosing. Electoral fraud was rampant in the states which sought to restrict African American electoral participation. Ballot box stuffing, throwing out votes for disfavored candidates, deliberately miscounting votes, changing votes from one candidate to another were common. Violence, threats and intimidation of African Americans were also commonly used to keep African Americans from voting despite federal laws against such criminal acts.

Women were not considered worthy of voting rights until 1920 when the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified guaranteeing women's suffrage. “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Native Americans did not acquire full citizenship rights including the right to vote in federal elections until Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act in 1924.

Though many of the laws and practices aimed at preventing African Americans from voting were invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1950s and 1960s, it was the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (and its expansion in 1970, 1975, and 1982) that enabled African Americans to finally and effectively exercise their right to vote. This law bans racial discrimination in voting and outlaws barriers to voting such as literacy tests. Most importantly, it requires certain state and local governments to “preclear” proposed changes in voting or election procedures with either the U.S. Department of Justice or the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It also requires that certain state and local jurisdictions provide assistance in languages other than English to voters who are not literate or fluent in English, in addition to granting authority to the U.S. Attorney General to send federal examiners and observers to monitor elections.

Deja Vu 2012: Voter Suppression or Protection of Electoral Integrity?

In the last few years, we have seen a spate of new state laws proposed and enacted to presumably strengthen the integrity of the electoral system. Some of these laws require “photo IDs” and proof of citizenship to register or vote. Other state laws aim to restrict voter registration drives, abolish election day registration, reduce the number of early voting periods and limit absentee voting opportunities. Still other states have sought to make it more difficult for people who move to stay registered and vote and prevent citizens with past criminal convictions from voting. Anonymous private groups have put up billboards and sent out flyers to intimidate, confuse and mislead potential voters, particularly those in the minority communities.

These laws appear to be benign and reasonable on their faces. There is little that is objectionable about requiring some form of official photo identification at the polls. It is customary in many countries to show identification for voters to cast a ballot. But despite lofty claims of protecting the integrity and prevention of fraud, the real reason behind these laws appears to be voter suppression. In a recent court case in Pennsylvania, the State of Pennsylvania admitted in a court stipulation that in passing its voter ID law, the state had no evidence of voter fraud. None! Indiana passed a voter ID law in 2005 even though there was no evidence of a documented or prosecuted case of voter impersonation fraud. Five voter impersonation complaints were filed in Texas in 2008 and 2010 out of some 13 million ballots cast. All of these laws are sponsored and were enacted by Republican state legislators and governors. In five states, Democratic governors vetoed ID laws passed by Republican legislatures. Such laws raise eyebrows in light of the ferocious declaration of the Republican minority leader of the U.S. Senate Mitch McConnell, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president. That’s my single most important political goal, along with every active Republican in the country.”

Truth be told, these photo ID laws seem to be reminiscent of the old practices of voter suppression using literacy tests, poll taxes and the like. With new waves of immigration and diversity in the the electoral population, some may find the demographic trends alarming and threatening to their political power and dominance. Millions are expected to be disproportionately affected by these laws including African Americans, Hispanic and other ethnic voters, the young and elderly and mostly democratic voters. It is not clear how these laws will affect the 2012 presidential elections which are said to be too close to call. But it is clear that there is a looming, imminetn and ominous threat to the right to vote which was gained through two centuries of blood, sweat and tears of African Americans, women and others.


In the 2000 Presidential Election, Al Gore won the popular vote by 50,999,897 to Bush’s 50,456,002 (or by 543,895 [0.5%]). Bush won Florida 2,912,790 to Gore’s 2,912,253 (by 537 votes!) and got that state’s 25 electoral votes winning the Electoral College by 271-266. It is not difficult to imagine that in a close election such as the current presidential election, every single, solitary vote really counts.

In Northern Virginia, Florida, Ohio and Colorado, there are tens of thousands of Ethiopian Americans eligible to vote. Though I would be very pleased and appreciative if they voted for President Obama, I would be equally happy if they exercised their right to vote for whomever they choose. If the idea of one party winning 99.6 percent of the votes in Ethiopia offends any Ethiopian American, s/he should make sure his/her one vote counts in America!


Comment from: nenewe [Visitor]

“Better the Devil you know than the Saint you don’t”
I do hope, though, his re-election which will be followed by the cabinet reshuffle wouldn’t elevate Mrs Susan Rice to a higher office in any capacity that might deal with Africa.

11/05/12 @ 01:10
Comment from: Ejole Ambo [Visitor]
Ejole Ambo

Professor Alemayehu asked one of his better students,"If you were to give someone an orange,how would you go about it?”
The student replied,"Here’s an orange.”
Pro. Alemayehu was outraged."No! No! think like me”
The student then replied,” Okay, If I were think like you I would tell him ‘broken contract,broken faith, broken country Ethiopia I hereby give and convey to you all and singular, my estate and interest,right,claim,title,claim and advantage of and in,said orange breast cancer in Ethiopia,together with all its rind,juice,pulp,and seeds,and a declaration in deference of human right in Ethiopia,all rights and advantage with full power to bite,cut,freeze and otherwise eat Ethiopia’s Reyot, the price of my courage ,the same or give the same away with and without the pulp,juice,rind and seeds anything herein before or hereafter or in any deed, or deeds,instrument of an early warning for famine in Ethiopia whatever nature or kind whatsoever to the contrary in anywise notwithstanding…”

11/05/12 @ 02:12
Comment from: C'est moi senait [Visitor]
C'est moi senait

Shall I reveille the upcoming election from my book of xxxxxx which I posses. Starting Egypte the Bishop Tawadros has been chosen as the new pope of Egypt’s Coptic Christians, becoming leader of the largest Christian minority in the Middle East who studied in UK and has closer relation to Ethiopian and Syria Copt .

Have you notice a bracelet that Obama has on his hand? That was given to him by an Ghana/Benin voodoo priest which keeps him from any harm etc…. But time is running for his bracelet and he may be facing a very critics situation like kenedy.And THE OTHER XXXX will managed to rise back with help of the secret society to turn on the vote and……shock the voters in an unexpected closer victory . He is wearing inside the oldest type of holy dress used to be wear by kings during the war against unholy phagans and against Arabs ….he got it in Jerusalem from the future tellers.

11/05/12 @ 02:34
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Voting Obama or Romney ,whatever our choices .Our voices must be heard on the US politic followed in our Motherland .Our pressure must strainghening on any Administration that it’s ceased its supports to the TPLF Regime Tyranni .Even in the Obama’s administration peoples as Mrs Suzan Rice and Co. must be condemned for their support given to the bandit agazis ignoring the wills and the rights of the majority of the Ethiopian peoples .

11/05/12 @ 03:47
Comment from: megedlay [Visitor]

Alex; the usual senseless long list of lies and hatreds

11/05/12 @ 03:58
Comment from: Heny [Visitor]

Ante agecham. neznaza shimagle.

11/05/12 @ 04:24
Comment from: [Member]

This is to let everyone know that I am a registered Democrat voter. I am 100% for all Democrat candidates from President Obama all the way to the local State Reps.
ለብዙሃኑ ላልቆሙት ለ ቢሎዮኔሮች ብቻ ለሆኑት Republicans ድምጼን አልሰጥም!!

11/05/12 @ 06:23
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Hyena ,antchi lekammi wusha banda !!! Hidjena lemayehukush hedesh tategni ,SERAFET Ye MENDER AWEDELDAI !!!!

11/05/12 @ 06:50
Comment from: [Member]

“Yawina eziya maddo begg yagidal sew, kallaye kalssema BAL ahiya new”

In other words, “confusion of goals and perfection of means, in my opinion, to characterize our age” Albert Einstein,

The aging and confused almaria is trying to hold the Obama adminstration or the American govt in that matter a HOSTAGE, as if he has the power to influence Ethiopian Americans whom to vote, what to eat, where to go, what to wear, and generally how to live their lives.
Ethiopian Americans will vote for Obama or whom ever they want not because you told them. They vote accordingly to whom they think is good for their children in the future, to whom they think is better creating jobs and better economy, to whom they think can achieve peace and security.
Ethiopia is not a colonized state to be governed by America. Ethiopia is governed by indepndence and strong govt which is capable of adminstrating and ruling the country. The United States of America knows and understands this fact very well. They cannot interfere nor tell us what to do in our govt’s policy or what so ever. Except ofcourse encourage and thank us when we do good things. ie. Eradicating Alshebab’s terrorists from the horn and bringing the much needed stablity and freedom in the horn, working hard and developing Ethiopia’s economy on our way to eradicate poverty in our country, etc…
The out of touch and dellusional almaria keeps fantasizing in unrealistic world. He thinks his few supporters the vocal ones between 200 and 300 can out weigh the one million Ethiopian americans who are the true and honest ones who understood what really is going on in Ethiopia and are supporting the on going Growth an Transformation Plan, by going back home in huge numbers. Seeing is believing, ato almaria. “I HEAR AND I FORGET, I SEE AND I REMEMBER, I DO AND I UNDERSTAND.” Confucios,

11/05/12 @ 06:57
Comment from: [Member]

And I may add, TALK IS CHEAP!!!!

11/05/12 @ 07:12
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

Hey the horse face I knew it all Al Mariam, does the “fools and idiots” Ethiopian Americans like you are voting?

11/05/12 @ 07:55
Comment from: ETHIO.VISTOR [Visitor]

heny Who ar u calling AGECH?

“ALEMAYEHU is THE EXACT FACE OF HANDSOME ETHIOPIAN” I bet u are uglier than the dead meat zinjero MELES AZZ,FACE and AZEB’S shit load buttock. Please! erase Ur’s “BOLO # from the side of yr’s faces,agech and forhead before u undermind the super I.Q of elite professor. DEDEB TIGRE!

11/05/12 @ 10:07
Comment from: Hanna [Visitor]

Why does the author believe that America should impose change on Ethiopia or any other country? It is those attempts to impose on other countries that has left America 16 trillion in debt right now. It is time for people to take responsibility for their own house and clean it up.

Obama was correct to focus on America, ending the wars, and finding ways to stop the financial crisis that Bush left America in. To say that he should have focus on borrowing more money to impose change on Ethiopia and Africa instead is foolish. True lasting change must come from the African people themselves. Obama is right in his current stance that America needs to do some nation building at home instead of constantly borrowing money in attempts to impose change abroad.

People also forget that the President’s role is to enforce the measures passed by Congress and defend the Constitution of the US. If Congress does not pass an initiative on Africa or Ethiopia, what do you expect Obama to do?

The last 4 years has shown us that if Obama makes it known that he supports a certain action the Republicans in office will make sure it fails in Congress. How will bringing pressure on the Obama Administration end Republican obstructionism. The author’s criticism is aimed in the wrong direction; the pressure should be placed on the Republicans that are blocking everything.

11/05/12 @ 10:35
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed





11/05/12 @ 11:14
Comment from: [Member]

What’s mind boggling to me is the ridiculous notion that we Africans entertain; as if our naturalized votes somehow have the potential to force the administrator to change its outlook about Africa. How many here seriously think of voting for Romney if he were to say: “I will visit every country of the dark continent and encourage the riches of my country to heavily invest in the continent"? None. We’re too obsessed with ourselves. Tax, social services, obamacare all other governmental programs that benefit us individually weigh way more than the foreign policy, no matter how beneficial it seems to our motherlands.

11/05/12 @ 11:14
Comment from: my2cents [Visitor]

The state where we reside in, both the popular and electoral vote go to one candidate because 60% plus vote for one candidate. Most coastal regions or states for example go for Obama. So if you live in California, New York and Massachusetts and vote for Romney, you are wasting your vote. There is the anti-christ out there already. Nobody knows or cares to combat him. The world is tilting toward the abyss. The unbelievable continues to happen in our country. If the chosen one was on the ballot and he was revealed to us, we would vote for him in a landslide.

11/05/12 @ 11:21
Comment from: Visitor [Visitor]

What made many to become unable to understand is what America presented as a professor of politics and a doctor, who write words like “Gotta". If he had a staff which wrote such things for him, just for promotional services, they could wake up of their shock. Otherwise, the guy is a Piazza paste’ House, ex- soldier like thing whom many thought is Mr. Negussie Woldemariam’s victim of bully and sanction that made him a retard. The latter, church deviants, have evil tricks that can make a president a homeless. Because of that, I am not gotta vote.

11/05/12 @ 11:26
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Adgi when you are refering that only 200 to 300 peoples are following Prof Al by the way opposing your Agazi bandits bros .By the way the no more 50th agazi supporters and Tigre Mafiosis
gathering on each occasion in TPLF
official representations in USA..LOL !!!Afterall american authorities have never thanked you
for your mercenary mission in Somalia .On the contrary they are happy to have such Donkeys following them and applicating all their orders as Shepherds .TCHINKILATEBIS DENGAY RAS BANDA !!!

11/05/12 @ 11:33
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Hey the monkey face extraterrapente
and what about you an Agazi alien
hidden in USA by the Tigre Mafiosis ."LE VOTU ENDEWONE ENQWANE

11/05/12 @ 11:51
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]

Alemayoh G/Mariam

As any American citizen, you have the right to vote and support whoever poletician you want to see elected. However, you seem to be appointing yourself as a chairman of the African-Ethiopian American, and you sound like you have a big influence on what kind of choise he/she should make…LOL.

Get real and know your limit man? You are no body, but one of the those very few diaspora annoying opposition groups who are crying nonstop for attention. Otherwise, the majority of Ethiopian are grateful for all the great relation and colabration exist between the two countries and governments….

God bless the world!

11/05/12 @ 12:29
Comment from: mez [Visitor]

Are you trying to be a kings maker? I don’t really care whom you vote for and why you vote for anyone, but I can’t understand why you also try to influence politics in Ethiopia, when you r an American citizen. Go ahead and vote fo your country’s presient here, but stop meddling in Ethiopian politics, because that is what happens when you change your citizenship!

11/05/12 @ 13:59
Comment from: Amhara Princess [Visitor]
Amhara Princess

The Gorgeous, highly enlightened Prof Al made countless profound points as ever!! Thank you Prof.

Anybody with the right to vote & will not exercise this precious right is a Goddamn fool. Even if Multi Party Systems often do not address most people’s issues, are in a way restrictive, I believe it is best to weigh up what is best for the average Joe & elect the better evil in politics. Or else, in Western democracy, if less & less decent people decide to cast their votes and more & more evils elect their kinds on many levels, then that is pretty unfair, stupid. I think Voting should be compulsory like Australia, especially National/General ones!

Go Obama! Forward! Wedefit :)

11/05/12 @ 14:03
Comment from: Hamba-Richo Manchoo [Visitor]
Hamba-Richo Manchoo

Dear Professor:

Thank you very much for giving us the “A,B,C’s” of the meaning of Voting and Democratic Rights,for us, Ethiopians. We re still “Feudal & Aristocratic” in our political minds. Though, I am not from the USA., I have been advising my contacts from the USA., more or less, to follow your advise. In the early 1960s, I remember losing our hard work of three months long campaign, in the rural Ethiopia, to a rich person, who was not even from our village. This rich person brought his flyers/pamphlets of a “Red Flying Horse", along with a $.50 cents bribe, just 3 days before the election day, and won the election. Yes, we need to learn from people like you, and must work hard to protect our Basic Rights, whereever we live. No matter, how we conclude about the Democratic rights of peoples in the USA., yet, it is only in the USA., we saw the First African descent president, in the Western Democratic countries. My compatriots, if you are eligible to vote, please go out and demonistrate for your Democratic Rights, by casting your vote for President Obama, and assist his Party continue with its “INCLUSIVE AGENDA".
Thank you

11/05/12 @ 14:09
Comment from: my2cents [Visitor]

We are voting for personality and image more than anything. We know that Obama is no person of self-interest. No one can talk about him of unquestionable financial affairs in oil or other big name business. He does not even own expensive suits. He and his wife only had one car in Chicago. He does not create waves. He does not make any mistakes. He does not create enemies. Because he is an anti-figure, the Europeans love him. Blacks naturally back him. The Hispanics, women gays and other ethnic minorities are all for him. The intellectuals are all for Obama. The lower middle class and the poor are for him, too. It is too tough for anybody to beat Obama. But Christians and those with worthy ideals have issues with him whether on abortion, stem cell, his wealth re -distribution ("socialist") stance, overtures toward Muslim countries, immigration, the national debt, big government and many more. He is a very clever man who cultivated his image and carved out his political path methodically. But the republicans are smarter than him. Right now, though, the time favors neither the republicans nor whites altogether. Like Meles, Obama pretty much has accomplished most thing he wanted to to do. It is all Obama. The iconic Obama. He is a one man phenomena like El Nino.

11/05/12 @ 16:18
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]

Every time this man writes it is amazing how many TPLF and EPLF are incensed and ready to respond without reading and obviously not understanding what he wrote, here are a few examples of the idiot crew:

Addis Zefzef the bushti shabian
Heny the brainless primate

to mane a few. LOSERS!!!

11/05/12 @ 17:30
Comment from: Taxi D. [Visitor]
Taxi D.

Ejole Ambo [Visitor]

Was that a recipe for Orange “chimaki"? I am lost. Very interesting tho.

@ visitor , visitor
Get off that mushroom please :-)!!!

11/05/12 @ 17:51
Comment from: Kebede [Visitor]  

Please make your text shorter. Regarding Ethiopian Election not 99.s% but 99.5% of the seat. You must know the difference. You are poletical science prof.

11/05/12 @ 20:44
Comment from: Gebru [Visitor]

@ TEDDY [Visitor]
WOW ! “Even in the Obama’s administration peoples as Mrs Suzan Rice and Co” I think you loosen your mind ? What a shame ! If you care about Ethiopia, why don’t you come back and participate in our Democratic process ? American Constitution created for American people, and it’s Interest not for other countries including Ethiopia. Why you prominent African American political figure such as Ms. Susan Rice ? what is your point ? It dosen’t matter Obama or Rom-Money they both stand for their people and lead their country based on American Interest, but if you think you care for your people you should back to Ethiopia. Please ! Ms. Rice she is deserves our respect don’t blame her for your non sense issues. I think you better read first before accusing political figures around the world. I believe for our problem we need our own solution not others…..

11/06/12 @ 06:50
Comment from: Gebru [Visitor]

My bad ! It’s just by a mistake sorry for repeating word…

11/06/12 @ 06:54
Comment from: sami [Visitor]

I’m voting for Obama.

11/06/12 @ 10:02
Comment from: Deerbeyaber [Visitor]

Dr. G. Mariam had his insight laid down to us. Alot to learn and to use. Whoever we’re going to vote our vote is valued. We saw respect between them. No belittling one another. Vote, Vote, and Vote.

11/06/12 @ 15:12
Comment from: My2cents [Visitor]

Second Obama term likely to include a thank you immigration legislational pass for Mexicans from the lame duck president. The highly unpredictable presidency might bring the biggest challenge yet for Obama including a war with Iran and another big surprise attack by Al Queda. As for the economy, he could care less because he can’t solve it and he won’t run again anyways. He will sleep well over the economy actually. If voters were smart, they would have voted for Romney who would try his best to improve the economy to win a re-election.

11/06/12 @ 22:22
Comment from: werner2010 [Visitor]

Emma Goldman said “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” How true.
Anyway, I am happy that Obama won, because of the marvelous drohns that are giving islamist terrorists real headaches wherever they are.

11/07/12 @ 12:37
Comment from: Ras Thomas & Association of Ethiopian Patriots [Visitor]
Ras Thomas & Association of Ethiopian Patriots

Mr. Almanyehu, let us remind you that Mr. Obama is not our president but he is president of USA. Although he is friend of Ethiopia and also, he
is half Kenyan. which makes our relative.
Mr. We know you hate Obama because you supported him in 2008, motivated
you by your illusions of false hopes
thinking that he will help you to

destroy your homeland Ethiopia, but
he is more smart than that. He knows
what is possible and what is not.
Also, he knows Ethiopia is an ally
of USA and Kenya too. Again as you said he made his pariority to the interests of county he leads and continent that he originates.
So, Mr. Alamanyehu why you don’t make
your principles like Obama, the interests of your homeland Ethiopia and country where you hide yourself
Now, first time Mr. Alamanyehu, you
confessed truth about you loss of dreams which was to change Ethiopia
like Somalia. You confirmed the truth
that Ethiopians rejected your plan and Obama the same. So, now in order
not to be sick with you grievances, we have vital important advice for you: We are your people. Please listen this advice.
You are now an aged man and physicaly
disable. You are living in your last
days of your life in a foreign land.
You spent all your time with talking
trash about your country and impossible plans to divide and destroy your country. Now, you need to save the last days of your life Ok
Go to nearst Ethiopian Orthodox church and go back to your God who create you. spent few years that may remain your life to worship him and as him forgiveness. Your merciful will forgive you and we your people will forgive you. because you hurted yourselve more than you hurt yourself
come back to home also and facus what is good than evil thinking and talking. If you still like to talk
about how we can free ourselves from
the foreign country who wants to dictate us not to use our water in order to feed our people, instead of trash talking.
God bless Ethiopia and God forgive our brother Almanyehu.

11/07/12 @ 15:03
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Gebru ,who the hell are you supposing fooling .The lady whom you are refering is the one who did insult Ethiopian Peoples .By presenting a blood sucker Tyrant and a murderer bandit as a Saint and a Hero .Secondly if your Agazi Bandit bros are still in power is thanks of American Moneys and material assistances .Which means also Ethio Americans’ Tax moneys too .

11/08/12 @ 16:02
Comment from: Yigedeb Abay [Visitor]
Yigedeb Abay

hi A/Haylemariam, Are you mercinerries of America? while you wright such agenda Ethiopian investors got 1million birr each.Still you are talking the same agenda. how you are generating lies like a fiction?

11/09/12 @ 09:59



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