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10/25/10

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Categories: Alemayehu G. Mariam

Ethiopia: Feed Them and Bleed Them

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Ethiopia: Feed Them and Bleed Them

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

Western Donors as Accessories to "Democricide" in Ethiopia

The helping hand that feeds Ethiopians is the same hand that helps bleed Ethiopia. Every year, the U.S., U.K, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, Japan and other Western countries hand out billions of dollars in "humanitarian" and "economic" aid to the regime of dictator-in-chief Meles Zenawi in Ethiopia. Every year, these donors turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the notorious fact that their handouts are used to prop up and fortify a repressive one-man, one-party totalitarian dictatorship. Today, Western donors have collectively embraced the proverbial principle to "see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil" of what their "aid" money is doing in Ethiopia.

Last week, Human Rights Watch (HRW) pried open Western donors' eyes to see the havoc their aid money is wreaking in Ethiopia and unplugged their ears to hear the truth about the evil they are helping to spread throughout that poor country. In a report entitled, Development Without Freedom [1], HRW sketched out the architecture of a vast kleptocracy (government of thieves) whose lifeblood is continuous and massive infusion of foreign aid. The report represents a devastating indictment of Western donors and their client regime for crimes that, if committed in the donor countries, would constitute Class A felonies:

Led by the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), the government has used donor-supported programs, salaries, and training opportunities as political weapons to control the population, punish dissent, and undermine political opponents--both real and perceived. Local officials deny these people access to seeds and fertilizer, agricultural land, credit, food aid, and other resources for development. Such politicization has a direct impact on the livelihoods of people for whom access to agricultural inputs is a matter of survival. It also contributes to a broader climate of fear, sending a potent message that basic survival depends on political loyalty to the state and the ruling party.

HRW charges that Zenawi's regime has used Western aid to benefit its supporters by giving them special access to micro-credit (small loans designed for poor households) loans and benefits under the productive safety net program (multi-year cash payments to those vulnerable to famine to avoid disaster from food shortage emergencies). The regime has misused state educational facilities for political purposes and engaged in systematic political indoctrination of students, repression of teachers and purging of individuals who are unwilling to support the ruling party from their jobs. In sum, after 19 years and "investing" $26 billion in "aid", the crowning achievement of Western aid in Ethiopia is the establishment and entrenchment of a one-man, one-party totalitarian state!

The Western donors refuse to accept any responsibility for the misuse and abuse of their aid money in Ethiopia; and the conspiracy of silence to cover up the ugly facts uncovered by HRW continues. A few days after HRW released its report, a gathering of vulturous poverty pimps known as the Development Assistance Group (DAG) representing donor states issued a statement denying the undeniable. "We do not concur with the conclusions of the recent HRW report regarding widespread, systematic abuse of development aid in Ethiopia. Our study did not generate any evidence of systematic or widespread distortion." [2] DAG co-chair Samuel Nyambi was manifestly dismissive of HRW's findings when he arrogantly proclaimed that "development partners have built into the programmes they support monitoring and safeguard mechanisms that give a reasonable assurance that resources are being used for their intended purposes." In DAG-istan, what HRW found and reported simply could not happen. HRW made it all up! The report is all lies and fabrications!

The fact of the matter is that it is in DAG's self-interest to bury the truth and keep covering it up even when the truth it is exhumed for public display. For DAG to acknowledge any part of the HRW evidence is tantamount to self-incrimination. They could never admit that the things HRW reported occurred under their watch. As the HRW reports demonstrates, DAG and the donor countries "have done little to address the problem [aid abuse/misuse] or tackle their own role in underwriting government repression... even though they recognize [civil and political rights] to be central to sustainable socioeconomic development."

Huddled together in DAG-istan, the poverty pimps have collectively resolved to continue to do their usual aid business in Ethiopia because "broad economic progress outweighs individual political freedoms". In "their eagerness to show progress in Ethiopia, aid officials are shutting their eyes to the repression lurking behind the official statistics." They say "their programs are working well and that aid was not being 'distorted.'" They refuse to carry "out credible, independent investigations into the problem." The "donor country legislatures and audit institutions [have failed] to examine development aid to Ethiopia to ensure that it is not supporting political repression." They refuse to "wake up to the fact that some of their aid is contributing to human rights abuses" in Ethiopia. The Western donors have ignored calls to "seriously weigh the impact that their funding has on bolstering repressive structures and practices in Ethiopia." They are unwilling to do a "fundamental re-thinking of their strategy."

The People of Ethiopia v. Western Donors

When I wrote my commentaries "Speaking Truth to Strangers"[3] this past June and "J'Accuse" last November [4] , I argued that in a perfect world Western donors in Ethiopia could be prosecuted for being accessories before and after the fact to the crime of first-degree "democricide", gross human rights violations and for aiding and abetting Zenawi's kleptocracy. The recent HRW report furnishes a fresh boatload of damning evidence for use in the criminal conspiracy case of The People of Ethiopia v. Western Donor Countries to be tried in the court of international public opinion and in the consciences of all the taxpayers in Western countries shelling out their hard earned money to support one of the most brutal dictatorships in the world.

The silent conspiracy between the Western donors and Zenawi's regime operates on a couple of simple premises. The Western donors in their chauvinistic view believe there are two social classes in Ethiopia. One class consists of the large masses of poor, impoverished, illiterate, malnourished and expendable masses who will not amount to much. The other class consists of the tiny class of elites who maintain a lavish life style for themselves and lord over the masses by manipulating the billions given to them to strengthen their chokehold on the political structure and process. The silent conspiracy is sustained by mutuality of interests. The Western donors want "stability" in Ethiopia, which often means the absence of internal strife that will not undermine their economic and political interests in the country. They want regional "stability", which means having someone who could be called upon to patrol the neighborhood and kick the rear ends of some nasty terrorists. For those addicted to aid, it's all about more aid, more free money to play with.

As long as the Western donors meet their dual objectives, they do not give a rat's behind about what happens to their aid money or what harm it does to the Ethiopian masses. When confronted with the truth about the misuse and abuse of aid money as has been documented in the HRW report, the donors will deny it ("we have built in safeguards, it couldn't happen), play it down ("nothing to it"), ignore it ("nor worth commenting"), excuse it ("it's not as bad as it seems"), rationalize it ("we've got to work with the government"), and wax legal about it ("there is a sovereignty issue"); and to fool the people occasionally, they will come out in public, put on a show of feigned outrage and pontificate about democracy, the rule of law and the rest of it. After all is said and done, they go right back to business as usual.

Ethiopia: The Potemkin Village

A Potemkin village is "something that appears elaborate and impressive but in actual fact lacks substance." Western aid has reduced Ethiopia to a Potemkin village. It's all a façade, a smoke and mirror show complete with illusions and sleights of hand. DAG is full of it when it counterclaims against HRW's findings[5]:

The aid provided by members of the DAG in Ethiopia is transforming the lives of millions of poor people through basic services such as healthcare, education and water, and long-term food security. Our programmes are directly helping Ethiopia to reach the Millennium Development Goals.

In their annual dog and pony show, these poverty pimps have been singing the same old song for years: "We are saving lives in Ethiopia by the millions. Imagine how many millions would have perished but for aid; how many children would have not gone to school. See the clinics and hospitals that aid has built." They challenge us to look at how much economic development aid has brought to Ethiopia: "Behold the shiny glass buildings. See all of the fancy roads that snake over the hills and valleys. Look at all of the universities we helped build. Look at the double digit annual economic growth. Aid money made all that possible."

What they don't tell is the fact that many of the shiny buildings have little running water and many more stand unfinished or vacant. The universities have few books and educational materials and even fewer qualified instructional staff. The hospitals and clinics have few doctors and virtually no medical supplies or equipment to care for 85 million people. Ethiopia has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world. Inflation has made it impossible for the vast majority of Ethiopian families to meet their basic needs. The poverty pimps say nothing about the fact that famine and hunger stalks a third of the Ethiopia population year around. As to "double digit" economic growth, it is all made up by Zenawi's regime. [7]. So the smoke and mirror aid show goes on and on. The multi-billion dollar alms industry keeps on humming and squeezing more and more money from the wallets of hard working men and women in the West.

The fact of the matter is that aid is incapable of creating or sustaining economic development (its effects under the best of circumstances are transitory). As Dambissa Moya has argued [6],

In Ethiopia, where aid constitutes more than 90% of the government budget, a mere 2% of the country's population has access to mobile phones. (The African country average is around 30%.) Might it not be preferable for the government to earn money by selling its mobile phone license, thereby generating much-needed development income and also providing its citizens with telephone service that could, in turn, spur economic activity?

To add insult to injury, it is now becoming clearer than ever that aid has become the principal tool of repression, human rights violations and suppression of democratic institutions in Ethiopia.

Western Donors on the Horns of a Dilemma in Ethiopia

Based on the HRW report, one can reasonably conclude that U.S. aid policy in Ethiopia is reeling out of control. U.S. tax dollars given as aid are being misused by Zenawi for political purposes in violation of U.S. law with the apparent tacit approval of U.S. authorities. Cumulatively, the U.S., as the largest aid donor in Ethiopia, has been singularly responsible for the creation of a repressive Frankenstinian regime over which the U.S. has little influence or leverage.

Zenawi's contempt for the Western donors in general is nothing less than the proverbial "bite of the hand that feeds." The Economist recently noted, "Mr Meles's contempt for what he calls the "neoliberalism" of the West is as plain as his admiration for 'generous' and 'dependable' China. Chinese Communist Party officials were feted at a recent EPRDF conference... The Europeans and Americans find this galling, since they continue to pay for many of Ethiopia's hospitals and schools, as well as handing out free food." Zenawi's contempt is not just for "neoliberalism" (market driven approach to economic and social policy), but also the very essence of what the U.S. and the West in general claims to be its fundamental values including the rule of law, civil and human rights and free democratic processes and institutions.

After sucking up $26 billion dollars of aid, Zenawi is telling his Western donors that they are chumps and wimps, and he is going to dump them for the rising sun of East Asia. The Western donors don't seem to get it; and they keep shelling out billions more to keep Zenawi on the dole as he thumbs his nose at them and sneers at their policies. That is nothing new. After troops under the direct command and control of Zenawi massacred 200 unarmed protesters, wounded over 800 more and jailed 30,000 opponents following the May 2005 elections, Western donors took him to the side and told him, "Be nice. Don't do stuff like that. Anyway, here is a couple billion to do what you will." In May 2010, Zenawi announced that he had won the elections by 99.6 percent. On September 23, 2010, the U.S. agreed to write him a handout check for a cool $229.3 million. It is sad to see American taxpayers not only having their back pockets picked, but also their rear ends kicked.

I believe there is another less visible, but equally catastrophic, damage caused by the unsupervised Western aid in Ethiopia. The cumulative anecdotal evidence is compelling and shows that Western aid has helped create in Ethiopia a culture of poverty captained by poverty pimps and their client regime. A review of World Bank, IMF, U.N. and US AID studies and reports over the past 5 years demonstrates the near-total dependence of the Ethiopian economy on foreign aid. Today, aid is to the Ethiopian economy as khat (a popular hallucinogenic drug used in the Horn of Africa) is to the poor addict who is unable to function without that drug. Like khat, aid gives the Ethiopian economy a burst of short-term energy followed by economic lethargy and long-term incapacitating addictive dependency. One cannot help but worry over the fact that the next generation of Ethiopians could adopt a way of life and a set of attitudes that glorifies international handouts and panhandling. The millions of Ethiopians permanently trapped in a culture of intergenerational poverty may have no choice but to kneel down before the altar of foreign aid and pray to the gods of free money for their daily existence.

Time to Re-think U.S. Aid Policy in Ethiopia: Need for Congressional and Other Investigations

It is time to re-think U.S. aid policy in Ethiopia, regardless Zenawi's apparent threat that he will turn to China to get money with no strings attached. The time for U.S. pretension must end. If there is a scintilla of fact that has any merit at all in the damning evidence assembled by HRW (the HRW report is fully corroborated), it is time for the U.S. Congress to get involved and exercise its oversight functions by undertaking a formal investigation.

There are numerous congressional authorization and appropriations subcommittees and committees that have jurisdiction over U.S. foreign assistance programs. The Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations and the House's Committee on International Relations have primary jurisdiction over bilateral development assistance. To the extent funds are misused from U.S. contributions to multilateral development banks, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Financial Services Committee have authority to investigate. The appropriations committees and subcommittees in both Houses could also look into the HRW's findings for misspent and illegally expended funds.

The Office of the Inspector General of the State Department has authority to investigate instances of fraud, waste, and mismanagement that may constitute either criminal wrongdoing or violation of Department regulations. The HRW report provides ample legal basis to launch an official investigation by the OIG. The United States Agency for International Development (US AID) is purportedly committed to rooting out corruption in the use of aid funds. U.S. AID claims, "Corruption damages international development and poverty alleviation by limiting economic growth, reducing social cohesion, skewing public investments, and weakening the rule of law... Democratic governance rooted in the rule of law contributes to long-term, sustainable economic and social development." AID's feet need to be held to the fire until it sets up an independent investigation of HRW's findings. The U.S. Secretary of State could also order an investigation of the HRW findings.

If the Western donors want to redeem themselves in the eyes of the Ethiopian people, they must fully embrace HRW's prudent and sound recommendations to deal with the problem of aid misuse and abuse.

In light of the government's human rights violations, direct budget support to the government should not even be considered, and programs supported by international funds should be independently monitored. Credible audit institutions should examine aid to Ethiopia in the context of whether it contributes to political repression. External donors must also demand that Ethiopia does more than pay lip service to respecting fundamental human rights; they must be more vocal about the steps Ethiopia should take to ensure that its citizens enjoy the rights to which they are entitled under the country's constitution and international human rights law.

No Business Like the Panhandling Business

Anyone who says "there is no business like show business," has not tried the international alms (begging) business. What could be more fun than sitting around and waiting for the "aid man" to show up and hand out free money to use like a drunken sailor. International panhandling is a lucrative business. Everybody is in it. The panhandlers who live off handouts frolic in their dreams every night shaking down the aid money tree. The rock stars, bankers and aid bureaucrats who work 24/7 peddling aid across the globe are intoxicated by it. Even ivy league professors have gotten into the act; they have found a new calling as "entrepreneurs of aid" in much the same way as the procurers of the world's oldest profession. Giving alms to Ethiopia is one of the favorite "indulgences" of the Western donors. It is their way of sanitizing their consciences into believing that they are doing good in Africa. If they really want to do good, let them teach Ethiopians how to fish and be self-sufficient. They don't need to supply a villainous fish monger never-ending boatloads of fish and give him the power to decide who to feed and who to bleed.

RELEASE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN ETHIOPIA

66 comments

Comment from: Seleme [Visitor]
Seleme

. . .as i`ve said before, its political REPRESSION!!!!. . .


10/25/10 @ 01:37
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]
ment4you

Meles needs to go! He has overstayed his welcome!

10/25/10 @ 01:42
Comment from: Jose [Visitor]
Jose

Hi Almariam
Thank you that you given up with the issue of Birtukan and be thankful that you have something to write atleast, HRW’s report.
Thank you for you for the first time admitted that there are many schools, clinics, roads and other developments in Ethiopia. But as you said the universities have no sufficient books and other materials because you you Ethipopian scholars abroad are helping these institutions in donating boooks and serving the universities. The clinics are running out of doctors because Ethiopian doctors in the diaspora are helping their country in their profession…. etc.

Out of all trashes you wrote you said something interestingit ‘’is time for the U.S. Congress to get involved and exercise its oversight functions by undertaking a formal investigation'’.Good. What do you think the result will be? No doubt it wiill be the same to that of DAG’s then you will tell us that the US congress is Woyane. hahahahahahahahahahahahahah. Ahiya.

10/25/10 @ 02:01
Comment from: Tezibt [Visitor]
Tezibt

To Jose

When you have an opportunity to criticize the point made by the Prof. calling him Ahiya is a way to show the world how uncivilized you are. First of all, Ahiya does so much good that your ignorant A**. I have many disagreements with the prof. but if I am good enough, I will express my opposition to his ideas in a civil way. Your types, from all corners of political spectrum are the one’s who make life difficult.

10/25/10 @ 02:32
Comment from: TULTULA [Visitor]  
TULTULA

AL, you are realy infected with MAD COW DISEASE. you need help man. you are repeating the same old poletics what the pas opesition individuals and parties have been propogating. What is new here you are trying to tell your followers? We know you are trying to bring Ethiopia to what the feudalists and the dergists like have been abusing it. You havn’t seen yet, you never bring this country back. this is bad dream. get over it. just sweet dream-that is enough for you. you can not do more harm, we will resist and hit you back strongly. you better know that.

10/25/10 @ 02:37
Comment from: Kedir [Visitor]
Kedir

You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership. Leadership must be based on goodwill. Goodwill does not mean posturing and, least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping followers. We are tired of leaders we fear, tired of leaders we love, and of tired of leaders who let us take liberties with them. What we need for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do away with the need of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of a job, never out of followers. Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away.
In Ethiopia, where aid constitutes more than 90% of the government budget, a mere 2% of the country’s population has access to mobile phones.

I don’t care for mobil, I care for clean water, better health care and education…. for my people. No matter how much wealth TPLF collect, he going to enjoy it knowing how he collect it.
What makes a leader a great leader suppose to be when he bring first and for most the need of his people aheade of his personal ambision that is the only way he could remember as a great leader unless some day he will join another african leader who live in shame and hiding or jail or overthrown.

Dear Meles again,

Four rules of leadership

First,
No matter how hard-fought the issue, never get personal. Don’t say or do anything that may come back to haunt you on another issue, another day….

Second,
Do your homework. You can’t lead without knowing what you’re talking about….

Third,
Legislative process is one of give and take. Use your power as a leader to persuade, not intimidate….

Fourth,
Be considerate of the needs of your Opposition, even if they’re at the bottom of the totem pole

10/25/10 @ 03:41
Comment from: enough [Visitor]
enough

isn’t USAID owned by US?As far as I know it is member of DAG.

You believe the report of HRW from NY[who interviewed 200 opposition members like Jewar], and you are telling us you don’t believe in the research made by embassies,credible NGO, IMF, World-bank?

What can I say ..except I realized how low you are getting in trying to defame EPRDF

10/25/10 @ 03:42
Comment from: menalebeh [Visitor]
menalebeh

You are one of the most arogant so called professor!

10/25/10 @ 04:04
Comment from: Haimanot [Visitor]
Haimanot

Here comes again the BIG Fool.
Your life will end up for nothing, doing nothing to your second country- Ethiopia. Jilajil

10/25/10 @ 04:22
Comment from: M.J Tyson [Visitor]
M.J Tyson

There is evidence to support proper management of Aid, but there is no evidence to suggest other wise. DAG which represents 24 organization from around the world have raked up and shamed the HRW of such lies.Those very few extremist have become loners that the world just seems to see right through them and as sigh of contempt ignores there blabbering.

10/25/10 @ 05:06
Comment from: teshome [Visitor]
teshome

Al-Mariam/Aram/ Al-Haram/ good for nothing.You are working 24/7 to satisfy few individuals.PM. Meles is working hard day and night to change our people’s life.You are stupid and selfish. I don’t read your crap.
Long Live For Meles.
Peace to Ethiopia.

10/25/10 @ 05:10
Comment from: TekleHaymanot, north America [Visitor]
TekleHaymanot, north America

Our mian problem are Tigria becouse without their soppurt he would never can stay on power for one ench minut.So they Tigria people all they have one only alternativ are they look up him Meles as they are Mesih till he is in Power or they will follow him till his hell.
There is no game over Ethiopia people longer.

10/25/10 @ 06:35
Comment from: sami [Visitor]
sami

Ato Alemayehu,u are always offduty.writting alot of pages everytime only oppossing & criticising every steps, but our country going on the track of development.even the the so called HRW said” development with out freedom” as HRW told us “the whole money gets from the donors given to the government supporters” this very funny.the supporters are not ethioians, the cofirmed development ( by HRW )is,(schools,clinics,universits, etc ) you think only for the suporters.do not be a fool Ato Alemayehu.What is the meaning of freedom on your dictionary ? Insulting the whole people.We have freedom we know it is not 100%. but we hope we will reach there.and please do a butter thing for your country.

10/25/10 @ 06:53
Comment from: haimanot [Visitor]
haimanot

Abo yihe ahya yehone gegema, min adrgu new yemilen? gigm yale wegegna bite

10/25/10 @ 07:52
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Hey Jose ,touthless keletam banda you’re just laughing on yourself .Before dropping your usual shits ,you
and your thuggy bros and systs must meditate about the fate of your leba master and his agazis .Blinded by their fears of the Horn of African becoming shelter of Al Qaida terrorists Western Blocks leaders specially ,USA ,are dealing eyes wide
shut with the blood sucker Zenawi .Look what did happen to former tyrants from Mobutu to Jonas Savimbi
in the name of fighting Soviet expansionism in the Continent Western blocks armed ,fed and financed these evil despots .At the End they finished badly abandoned by
the same guys who did support them .
So what will be the next fate of your leba master and his agazis including all of you ,the TPLF Thugs
along your bandas ,slaughtered and burnt by the Ethiopian Peoples .

10/25/10 @ 08:33
Comment from: Yoyoma [Visitor]
Yoyoma

This is what I call a person with anger, jalousie, maybe you’re angry because you’re no part of the growth, you don’t contribute a penny for your country, you don’t help no poor, now if you cannot make a diffrence let those who work do their job. Ethiopia is doing fine without you. You have never been there to witness all your accusations. I wonder your background, When is the last time you did a single good to your country? at least Berhanu Nega has been on the ground and tried to make a diffrence. Can you tell us one good experience you tried in Ethiopia, It’s hard for me to take all your writting positively. you hate so much, nothing will make you happy than seing Ethiopia in trouble. I have been in Ethiopia, during the derg, when woyane started, and I have witnessed the growth and diffrence by going every other year, I see more every year and I believe we’re in the right direction, Not everything is perfect, we still have a long way to go, at least people are not starving like before. Donation isn’t bad if you think about it positively. Rather than complaining why money went to Ethiopia, try to find a way to account or audit where the money went. 80 million people is a lot of responsibility, if you think you’re smart why don’t you beg to contribute for the sake of the poor people who definitely need help and not someone who don’t want the rest of the world to help.

10/25/10 @ 08:51
Comment from: Muluye [Visitor]
Muluye

because of our leaders we Ethiopians feel all like beggars because every time we say we are from Ethiopia - people in the west think about hunger, aid and war……..how sad; neighbouring countries who have less friendly land for farm and irrigation are saying NO to aid - do I need to mention their names ? I guess you all know. To show off the governmet is building some beutiful houses in Addis and its surrounding but that is not the priority for Ethiopia right now.

10/25/10 @ 09:06
Comment from: Dawit [Visitor]
Dawit

I had never seen an Ethiopian who severely bends down to WHITEs, especially USA like you. The paradox is he claims he live within where he has no clue of their game.

I do know about his profession ,neither do have I interest to comment on it. But one thing is very clear and that is he doesn’t know how politics works, I believe his soul is that of gullible who is easily tricked by words, and as he never been to the country for more than 30+years his mentality is still that of the Hailesselassie’s regime.

Of all the things the use of ill driven words towards very credible institutions and famous professors shows how he categorically put people with different ideas as his opponents. He lacks the ability to entertain ideas, in fact he goes beyond and insult them—what a shame.

You are just pathetic liar who is living in his own world…how can one lack the vision to see the truth from lies.

You are advising USA to interfere in Ethiopia, I say NO WAY . But let me remind you USAs- president Obama openly admitted the developmental progress recently, now you are asking him to swallow his own words..thank GOD you are not his advisor.

The more you scribbled the more we really know you deeply.

10/25/10 @ 09:38
Comment from: addiszemen [Member]  
addiszemen

Thank you Nazrets, atleast wo don’t have to see no evil ugly picture of this Eritrean Almaria. I hope in near future his jealousy filled and envious article will stay where it belongs, on Eritrean review.
No read evil.

10/25/10 @ 09:42
Comment from: Andual [Visitor]
Andual

i already have read what you are trying to to spread your toxic and evil mission across the people of Ethiopia. we ethiopians are not waiting more from those who are ethiopian only by name. We know that you are not free to let your thought freely as you are belonging to your live but remember that we ethiopian are striving to get ride out of poverty and by then we are exerting our maximum effort to make hisory -poverty. But you, who are thinking through the mind of the chaterboxe and non responssive organizations ,make sure that you will be asked in the history of ethiopian so please try to be junoin whenever you are speaking over the ethiopia and ethiopan….

10/25/10 @ 09:59
Comment from: c´moi senait [Visitor]
c´moi senait

Get ride of these parasites donners/charity. Beggers weyannes are the one who wants the NGO.
We do not need beggerisem, it is the year 2010 heading to 2011 and still mama ethiopia is Nr. one in beggers list becouse of these GIMMMATAMS beggers weyannes and their Help org. that are now invading us.
The first thing we the TRUE ethiopians do is to THROW out these parasites from ethiopian soil and their beggers weyannes too.

10/25/10 @ 10:46
Comment from: Didimos [Visitor]
Didimos

…ዥብ፡ከኼደ፡ውሻ፡ጮኸ።
” their aid money is wreaking in Ethiopia and unplugged their ears to hear the truth about the evil they are helping to spread throughout that poor country” ይሄም፡ምዕራባውያንን፡ከየዋሃን፡መቍጠር፡ይኾናል፥…አህያውን፡ፈርቶ፡ዳውላውን፡ያሠኛል።
የኢትዮጵያ፡ሕዝብ፡ባለቤትነቱን፡አላስከበረም፤ምዕራባውያን፡ሌላውን፡ዓለም፡እንደተቀራመቱ፥ኢትዮጵያንም፡ሊቀራመቷት፡ነው፡ቢባል፡እንኳ፡የሚሰማ፡ይኖራል።ከዚህ፡ሌላ፡የሚባለው፡ዲያስፖራውን፡ለማሞኘት፡ብቻ፡ነው።ምዕራባውያን፡የሚሠሩትን፡ያውቃሉ፤አልማር፡አንበል።

10/25/10 @ 10:48
Comment from: Beratu [Visitor]
Beratu

Thank Prof Al;

You make the crimes of TPLF thugs crystal clear for the ordinary pople. We greatly apprceite your reltless effort of exposing one of the worst gangs who kill, loot and rape in the name of a govremenet. We need to find a way to work together and and end the killing and looting ones and for all. I expect your next writting to be on HOW TO WORK TOGETHER to erdicate TPLF cancer from our beloved country.

10/25/10 @ 11:10
Comment from: Goodnew [Visitor]
Goodnew

ato alemayehu you lost it bad this time.you are dying for attention.i have never seen a man in your age and edu.level wasting his time to make a point when there is none.

10/25/10 @ 11:13
Comment from: gergud [Member]  
gergud

al mariam i have a ticket for you to to ethiopia to witness it first hand…

Oh sorry i forgot you get paid by H.R.W

ketrega mehonhin resche now eko

10/25/10 @ 11:13
Comment from: Abe [Visitor]
Abe

What a none sense. Does any one has the apetite to reads his countless articles? He should be selective and make some sense, a mere hate can not lead to victory.

10/25/10 @ 11:27
Comment from: Kena K [Visitor]
Kena K

Not long ago when the Ethiopian government took some measures to register and check what all the NGOs were upto in Ethiopia, as a result of which some NGOs simply mysteriously vanished from the country, Alemayehu and his anti-Ethiopia friends were first to make noise accusing the Ethiopian government that it had suppressed the NGOS from conducting their activities freely. Forgetting what he had said then, the same Alemayehu is now calling those organizations “poverty pimps"!Amnesia inching its way into the brain matter indeed!
Alemayehus frantic cries can simply be summarized by a panick stricken behaviour demonstrated by bashing anybody that is standing on his way. When the opposition political parties whose disastrous and humiliating results in the last two elections in Ethiopia became a loughing matter to all of us who observed their childish drama,it equally shattered Alemayehus fervent desire to see the fall of the ruling political party in Ethiopia. When that avenue of hope crumbled in his very eyes, Alemayehu resorted to and picked up the “release Birtukan Mideksa” card which he had hoped would make him a hero if the Ethiopian government had succumbed to the pressures by the so called “human rights activists” and released her from prison. To his great disappointment, that did not happen but instead, to the surprise and shock of those who had believed the version of her previous story, she was heard in front of television cameras admitting that she had lied to the people of Ethiopia and therefore asked for pardon. Another avenue of seeking recognition and attention by Alemayehu was slammed shut on him. That humiliating defeat not being enough for him, he quickly picked up the Human Rights Watch story hoping that it would help him gather steam to continue his diabolic campaign against the people and government of Ethiopia. Why he thought the Human Rights Watch story would fortify his campaign against the people and government of Ethiopia is very obvious. He and his disciples very well know that the Ethiopian government is making very significant political, social and economic reforms, which was unequivocally confirmed by the Development Assistance Group of Ethiopia(DAG)immediately after the fabricated story by the Human Rights Watch was released. Alemayehu and his friends, therefore, have to make every possible effort to derail or halt the economical progress being witnessed in our very eyes, by spreading lies and unfounded allegations jointly with Human Rights Watch and other so called human rights activists.
One fact which Alemayehu does not understand is that the list of donor countries who give millions of dollars are run by democratically elected governments who are accountable for every coin they spend by way of donations to Ethiopia or other countries. They are not a bunch of gangsters who recklessly throw the tax payers’ money to any country they wish.
We will see another huge economical leap in the coming five years a fact which Alemayehu and his anti-Ethiopia friends are scared to death to see hence their relentless compaign to undo what has been achieved so far.

Ethiopia shall prosper!!

10/25/10 @ 12:01
Comment from: amoraw [Visitor]
amoraw

Dear professor Al Mariam I blong to those who like reading your commentries on Ethiopian politics. But I have to be frank with you. I like them because of the superb cummunication skills eployed rather than the ideals. In fact they are devoid of the latter.

10/25/10 @ 12:34
Comment from: Taye [Visitor]
Taye

“The fact of the matter is that it is in DAG’s self-interest to bury the truth and keep covering it up even when the truth it is exhumed for public display.”

How about this: It is in HRW’s self-interest to portray Ethiopia and many in the developing world as corrupt and oppressive.

Dear Al Mariam, next time please try to be more fair in your analysis, as that is the minimum expected from someone who claims to have the interest of justice at his heart.

Cheers!

10/25/10 @ 13:29
Comment from: Yirgacheffee [Visitor]
Yirgacheffee

Cry to Them and Derg Them!

.

10/25/10 @ 14:50
Comment from: ankober [Visitor]
ankober

almariam
when will you stop begging the westerners to do your dirty job.if you have to fight the regime fight it from the mountains of northern ethiopia not from the cafes of north america,
kebt

10/25/10 @ 14:59
Comment from: Ambessa [Visitor]
Ambessa

Al,

You are the lowest of the low.

10/25/10 @ 15:37
Comment from: observer [Visitor]
observer

I have noticed that Almariam has identity problem. The fact that he has changed his name to Al mariam for media purposes when his given name was Alemayehu indictes that he is trying to get by as an Arab national and in the way try to get acceptance. It is clear that Almariam is not proud of his Blackness. When that is the case trying to pretend to care about the people of Ethiopia is a meaningless effort and he is not going anywhere with it.Before writing your complaining letter next time be proud of who you are and your heritage.
Peace

10/25/10 @ 16:41
Comment from: Hak [Visitor]
Hak

Here goes a guy who have no respect for his readers. He thinks his readers don’t analyze who will sway with his argument.

10/25/10 @ 17:14
Comment from: Mehret [Visitor]
Mehret

Keep them alive and take their Human Rights away.
Feed them enough for them to stay alive.Then own them that’s the western way.
."A nation without respect to human rights is like a barn full of cattles". Judge Birtukan Midekssa

10/25/10 @ 18:03
Comment from: Workeita [Visitor]
Workeita

Almariam,
Why don’t you contact the people you are accusing by using KECHINOO SHIBO and try to find out their side of the story. That way we move forward than repeating the same old story year end year out. By the way Al how come I didn’t see you at the conference held by The 5th Anniversary of Ethiopian Election Massacre Remembrance task force that invited patriotic Ethiopians around the world to participate in a worldwide volunteers conference that was held on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 4:00 PM Washington DC time.

10/25/10 @ 18:17
Comment from: BH [Visitor]
BH

Thank you for great article. The TPLF gang must be exposed and rmoved at all cost.

10/25/10 @ 18:24
Comment from: Minyaregal [Visitor]
Minyaregal

Thanks Prof. Al for the continued superb exposition of truth and Woyane machinations.

Woyane is a bad fruit. You do not expect a good fruit to come out of a bad fruit.

Ethiopia may appear to make some economic gains, thanks for the aid money.

But a nation especially one like Ethiopia, will never reach any where and its latent talent and enterpreunership unfold so long as a tyrant rules the nation.

Meles and cohots have no love to Ethiopia and their efforts are all designed to cling to power, whatever the cost!!

Hence, dear Al, continue to expose these Woyane thugs! The true result of Woyane folley will emerge soon, when the famine at some corner will be exposed and Woyane’s phony development comes to light!!

The simple Logic 101 is:
Good fruit will never come from a bad fruit.
Woyane is a bad fruit.
Hence, no good fruit will emerge from Woyane.

Go expose the bad fruit, dear Professor Al!!

10/25/10 @ 18:44
Comment from: Agamino [Visitor]  
Agamino

i thought this guy was a teacher some where. now i have a doubt if he does work at all!
every minute he bombard us with the same garbage the so called “article", except the title.

AL mariam= Maferiay

10/25/10 @ 19:33
Comment from: Yirgacheffee [Visitor]
Yirgacheffee

Ali Mari,

Howcome whenever you talk about the poor or lower class sects of our society, you always use the term “them, them them,…"! Even Mengistu never used that term. Who do you think you are Mr. classy. Woyanie didn’t liberat your sorry azz from Derg by trying to be classy. They did it by getting down and dirty in the bushes living and eating like the poorest of our nation. In fact, even Mengistu once said “Our Ethiopia is poor and we will stand with our poor mother".

So much for looking down at our people Al Mariam,…keep on writing your worthless articles and enjoy your aff(mouth) tigil!

10/25/10 @ 19:50
Comment from: gerachew [Visitor]
gerachew

Ato alemayehu, timhirt memar endante mehon kehone bafinchaye yiwta! maferya!!

10/25/10 @ 20:33
Comment from: tazabi [Visitor]
tazabi

Thank you professor Al.Mariam to make all the TPLF cadres to cry when ever they see your articles.the reason is just because you are consistently exposing them how they are looting the country behind the curtain.So I do not surprise by their bad response because all of them who are” Tigrians/TPLF".

10/25/10 @ 22:00
Comment from: stephanos k. [Visitor]
stephanos k.

Thank you Professor Al. Mariam to make all these TPLF cadres to cry at you when ever they see your article. The reason is just beacause you are exposing them how they are looting the country behind the EPRDF curtain.I am sure that almost all of them who are responding you with bad words are “Tigrians/TPLF".

10/25/10 @ 22:13
Comment from: ewnetu tazebe [Visitor]
ewnetu tazebe

Not long ago when the Ethiopian government took some measures to register and check what all the NGOs were upto in Ethiopia, as a result of which some NGOs simply mysteriously vanished from the country, Alemayehu and his anti-Ethiopia friends were first to make noise accusing the Ethiopian government that it had suppressed the NGOS from conducting their activities freely. Forgetting what he had said then, the same Alemayehu is now calling those organizations “poverty pimps"!Amnesia inching its way into the brain matter indeed!
Alemayehus frantic cries can simply be summarized by a panick stricken behaviour demonstrated by bashing anybody that is standing on his way. When the opposition political parties whose disastrous and humiliating results in the last two elections in Ethiopia became a loughing matter to all of us who observed their childish drama,it equally shattered Alemayehus fervent desire to see the fall of the ruling political party in Ethiopia. When that avenue of hope crumbled in his very eyes, Alemayehu resorted to and picked up the “release Birtukan Mideksa” card which he had hoped would make him a hero if the Ethiopian government had succumbed to the pressures by the so called “human rights activists” and released her from prison. To his great disappointment, that did not happen but instead, to the surprise and shock of those who had believed the version of her previous story, she was heard in front of television cameras admitting that she had lied to the people of Ethiopia and therefore asked for pardon. Another avenue of seeking recognition and attention by Alemayehu was slammed shut on him. That humiliating defeat not being enough for him, he quickly picked up the Human Rights Watch story hoping that it would help him gather steam to continue his diabolic campaign against the people and government of Ethiopia. Why he thought the Human Rights Watch story would fortify his campaign against the people and government of Ethiopia is very obvious. He and his disciples very well know that the Ethiopian government is making very significant political, social and economic reforms, which was unequivocally confirmed by the Development Assistance Group of Ethiopia(DAG)immediately after the fabricated story by the Human Rights Watch was released. Alemayehu and his friends, therefore, have to make every possible effort to derail or halt the economical progress being witnessed in our very eyes, by spreading lies and unfounded allegations jointly with Human Rights Watch and other so called human rights activists.
One fact which Alemayehu does not understand is that the list of donor countries who give millions of dollars are run by democratically elected governments who are accountable for every coin they spend by way of donations to Ethiopia or other countries. They are not a bunch of gangsters who recklessly throw the tax payers’ money to any country they wish.
We will see another huge economical leap in the coming five years a fact which Alemayehu and his anti-Ethiopia friends are scared to death to see hence their relentless compaign to undo what has been achieved so far.

Ethiopia shall prosper!!

10/25/10 @ 22:16
Comment from: ewnetu tazebe [Visitor]
ewnetu tazebe

I think Alemayehu G.Mariam is mentally
sick person.I don’t really understand why he is westing his time by writing such meaningless and hatefull thing. He is not alone he has a few friends like elias kifle, berhanu nega, andargachew tsegie, ….no matter what
they say Ethiopia will go forward and its people now more aware of who is the true person working very hard to make a difference in their lives. Alemayehu and his ill friends will never be happy about ethiopia because they like to see the people ethiopia fighting each, like to bloodshade, hunger etc..those things are the only make them happy. finally Alemayehu and his anti ethiopia parasites will disapear and ethiopian will be better of without them.
Ethiopia will prosper. and its enemys will defeated.

May god bless our beautifull Ethiopia.

10/25/10 @ 22:28
Comment from: lion [Member]  
lion

The plant professor is smoking pot. He is advocating no aid to Ethiopia. You might well say do not fly to Ethiopia as well. Your article is rubish and lack of vision and clear dirction. There will be a day that you will regret from writing this kind of garbage against the civilized people of Ethiopia. If this writing is proven to your work, it will hunt you for life time, because it will be archived and stored in safe database for as long as you live. No question about the expression of your believe is free and democratic, but to be in the hate related politcs is something no one wants to tollerate. You are made because you did not get piece of leadership role and you no important in Ethiopian politics and American politics as well. That is why you spend the entire of your time writing nothing but negetive of Ethiopian government and people. The country does not need this kind of inflamatory writing. There are many bright and young adult who can think and comprehand poltics better than anyone back home at the century. You have no contribution to the people of Ethiopia other than getting old and fat here in America at the expenses of tax payers money. Good luck aging and crying foul in America.

10/25/10 @ 22:34
Comment from: ene [Visitor]
ene

Does this guy ever wrote any positive thing about Ethiopia? This is what I hate most about Ethiopian opposition groups. They are always against the ruling party whatever the ruling party accomplished. We are seeing a double digit growth in our economy, better school, health care and more. This guy needs to appreciate what is being done back home rather than criticizing and wasting his time. I don’t know if this guy is really a Professor as they call him; however, if he is, I assure you he is the dumb one. Ato Al-Mariam, please do something good for your country rather than criticizing every step of its development. Thank you!!!

10/25/10 @ 23:11
Comment from: Bergude [Visitor]
Bergude

Who ever your name is, Alemayehu or any other. For sure you are not appointed as Financial Controller of Western Europe or United States. In the first place, those donor countries are highly samrat and they know what they are doing. You so called Professor should mind your own business and enjoy your luxury life. Why on earth you get involved to the country you only know in a very long distance.

The Ethiopian people or government should be grateful to the donor countries and for sure the money would be used for infrastructure of the country. You must be a hostile to Ethiopia and the people who try to object this good venture of others. If you are trying to practice your writing skills go back to school or occupy yourself on something else.

Ethiopia is a mother of many brave men and women who sincerely wish to see her growth.

10/25/10 @ 23:53
Comment from: Secretary [Visitor]
Secretary

The objective of development partners in Ethiopia is to provide assistance that supports effective development and poverty reduction and that reaches its intended beneficiaries. Respect for human rights is central to our work and to sustainable development. And some members of the DAG include human rights issues regularly in their dialogue with Government.

The aid provided by members of the DAG in Ethiopia is transforming the lives of millions of poor people through basic services such as healthcare, education and water, and long-term food security. Our programmes are directly helping Ethiopia to reach the Millennium Development Goals.

We take allegations of misuse of development assistance very seriously. That is why, even before the earlier HRW report, One Hundred Ways of Putting Pressure , the DAG commissioned an independent Aid Management and Utilisation Study in Ethiopia to examine the vulnerability of the programmes we support to possible misappropriation.

We do not concur with the conclusions of the recent HRW report regarding widespread, systematic abuse of development aid in Ethiopia. Our study did not generate any evidence of systematic or widespread distortion. We, nonetheless, recognize that the programmes we support are not immune to the potential for aid misuse and have therefore included safeguard measures to address these risks. These measures include a range of rigorous checks such as regular financial audits, independent evaluations, independently-commissioned surveys and field monitoring visits to make sure our aid achieves the intended development results and its benefits reach those who need them.

The DAG Aid Management and Utilization Study concluded that there are generally good accountability mechanisms and safeguards in place that provide checks on possible distortions. The study recommended, however, that safeguards could be further strengthened to include a greater focus on, for example, transparency and independent monitoring. Donors in Ethiopia are working jointly to strengthen programme-specific systems, in line with the study recommendations. And we will take forward a second stage of the DAG study to review further the effectiveness of accountability measures and safeguards on the ground and to cover other important donor-financed programmes. We believe that implementation of such measures will further reduce the potential for the type of misuses with which the HRW report was concerned.

About Dag Ethiopia

The Development Assistance Group (DAG) comprises 26 bilateral and multilateral development agencies providing assistance to Ethiopia. The DAG was established in 2001 initially as a forum for donors to share and exchange information. The main objective of the DAG is to ensure a more effective delivery and utilization of development assistance to Ethiopia.

DAG actively works within the Paris Declaration framework of Aid Effectiveness and Harmonisation to foster and catalyze police dialogue and co-ordinate support in the preparation, monitoring and evaluation of the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (Plan for Accelerated and Sustainable Development to End Poverty) and the universal Millennium Development Goals.

The day to day coordination of DAG is managed by a secretariat based within UNDP Ethiopia.

10/26/10 @ 00:28
Comment from: zaki [Visitor]
zaki

Almmamo
no one choose you for government
MR.DERG.PRO.

10/26/10 @ 00:44
Comment from: wongel [Visitor]
wongel

tplf cadres are all over with their low illitrate critisism of the good proffesor. When ever Al writes they pee on their pants.
Al I can’t wait to read your next article.

10/26/10 @ 00:57
Comment from: Seleme [Visitor]
Seleme

addis zemen,

. . .do you think we believe what you said?. . .the original Eritrean is your seeler Evil Master. . .dont mislead us with your foolishness here. . .


10/26/10 @ 02:42
Comment from: Seleme [Visitor]
Seleme

Cheffee,

. . .suck them and kill them!. . .evil leeches!. . .


10/26/10 @ 02:44
Comment from: temesgen [Member]  
temesgen

alemayehu aka almariam, why do you always pretend as an opposition when we all know that you are another foreign puppet who indirectly support the meles zenawi regime. I remember you dancing with the enemies of the Ethiopian people in 2007 in Washington DC.

10/26/10 @ 03:20
Comment from: temesgen [Member]  
temesgen

jose, almariam is a foreign agent. Now that their puppet “birtukan” is exposed, he is scared to continue in the same road he has chosen to take in 2007.

10/26/10 @ 03:21
Comment from: Zeleme [Visitor]
Zeleme

STOP Crying YOU TIGRIA Woyane people.

The Truth is that YOUR TIme Come For END.The only Thing You have is To DEFENDE The Cheif of Dictator ZEnawi and His Dirty WIfe Azeb.

Thanks Prof.Al mariam.


10/26/10 @ 06:35
Comment from: Molla [Visitor]
Molla

I am sorry, but I totally have lost any respect for this man and will address him for what he is. It is safe to say, this the so-called professor doesn’t belong in scholar’s club. He is just ignorant to be considered scholar. In the education world that he knows, it seems a research done by HRW from far away in New York is more plausible than the donors group comprising governments and diplomats who actually have presence in Ethiopia and have access to those people who supposed to be discriminated against due to their political affiliation. What an idiot can think of this apart from our well-celebrated professor who knows everything.

I don’t know in what educational procedures that says you could find the truth from some one who did the research thousands of miles away than those who actually live in the country and have a regular contact with the people?

This man lost it big time, and his ugliness is exposed. He defies the logic and any proper way of doing things just to save the humiliation he is about to face. The professors that I know aren’t afraid of being proved wrong. In fact they encourage you to debate them and to prove them wrong. But this professor insults you and calls you names if you come to challenge him.

Is this the same professor that is supposed to stand for freedom? Is this the same professor who supposes to think logically? Is this the same professor who likes to advice the likes of Mr Obama?

I am sorry Alemayehu but you don’t deserve the respect that is usually given to professors and scholars. You are one blood thirsty, confused, and illogical thrash who doesn’t have anything to contribute to Ethiopia.

10/26/10 @ 09:51
Comment from: Invisibile [Visitor]
Invisibile

He keeps going backward.

10/26/10 @ 11:36
Comment from: Help Democratize Ethiopia [Visitor]
Help Democratize Ethiopia

Alemayehu G. Mariam, thank you.

Those 5 words will sum up the charity propoganda and agenda.

Keep Ethiopia backward and on begging while bleeding its resources.

10/26/10 @ 17:05
Comment from: loonmalee [Member]  
loonmalee

Alemayehu, kun ganda kee waan taeef yeroo cufa as jiraatta. Arraba malee waan biraa waan barte natti hin fakkaattu. Biyyiti itti dhalatte sun akka abbaa kee harkaa baate san harka kee keessaalle akka baate beek. Amma kunoo afaan abbee nu xaxe saniin sitti himuu irra jiraa beek. Melesiin wonti jibbituuf afaan keenna ka isin cuftan waan nuu baneef. It is over for you.

10/26/10 @ 18:26
Comment from: Yirgacheffee [Visitor]
Yirgacheffee

Zeleme [Visitor],

Its better to cry in power than to cry for power.

.

10/26/10 @ 22:35
Comment from: alex [Visitor]
alex

if professor means to be like alemayehu i prefer to stay as a leyman. alemayehu if u realy want to remove EPRDF from power u dont have to spent ur valuable time for nothing, u have left one option, and that is to be a loyal partner with davil… please do it before the kingdome comes first

10/27/10 @ 09:20
Comment from: Sanduk [Visitor]
Sanduk

In case you have not seen it here is the word from the best independent source:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2010/1027/1224282071786.html

Al Mariam, admit it - you fell.

10/27/10 @ 12:50
Comment from: Shaweldema [Visitor]
Shaweldema

Hello sir you spend so much time saying negative about your own country evetually you will die before you contribute some. you are an angry man rip

10/28/10 @ 08:30
Comment from: abu anja [Visitor]
abu anja

can you banda piglets ever come up with any response that gives sense
at all. you post only rubbish insults.my guess is you are all rtards with IQ 5.you can squezze a
million bandas and will never produce an equivlent of one Al Mariam

10/29/10 @ 05:35
Comment from: mershiti [Visitor]
mershiti

professor alemayehu,
you are the best you are the best you are the best you are the best………..YOU ARE FAR FROM ETHIOPIAN INTELLECTUALS OR POLITICIANS BY LIGHT YEARS FOR REALLLLLLLLLL…GOD BLESS YOU AGAIN AND AGAINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN.

10/29/10 @ 15:38

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