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Ethiopia; How To Train Your Prime Minister: Divest From Meles' Regime!

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12/12/11

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Ethiopia; How To Train Your Prime Minister: Divest From Meles' Regime!

Ethiopia: How To Train Your Prime Minister: Divest From Meles' Regime!

By The Mitmita Girls

It has been some time since we served up our brand of tongue lashing on the state of madness in Ethiopia; even committed dilettantes like us need a month or nine to recover from the very exhausting process of skewering our esteemed Prime Minister via our blog.

When last we broached the topic of human rights, Egypt was in the midst of its Arab Spring and the Mitmita Girls asked whether Ethiopia would follow with its own brand of Abyssinian Tsedey. Some nine months later, the devil still refuses to take our Meles back but our courageous young men, jegnoch, have taken to emulating Buddhist monks and have begun setting themselves on fire.

Rest in freedom, Yenesew Gebre. Your soul was no doubt restless in Meles’ hell on earth.

The Mitmita Girls honor the right of a people to protest by any means and we pay homage to those who have given their lives instead of giving into tyranny. Yet we wonder…having been dispossessed of everything by our esteemed prime minister’s junta, must we now give of our very lives—by our own hands?

Historically, individuals in a show of protest or to highlight a grave human rights violation have taken extreme measures. In Ethiopia’s own history, Atse Tewodros, rather than submit to colonial rule, is said to have committed suicide. Whatever his leadership failures may have been, he is noted for his immense bravery and for the pride with which he held his Etiopiawinet. It was in his estimation preferable to die than to live under the rule of the British.

In the United States, in the early 1900’s in the midst of the struggle for the right of (white) women to vote, Alice Paul a renown activist who was imprisoned staged a hunger strike and was put in a mental ward. When a psychiatrist interviewed her as to her protest method, she reportedly explained that the hunger strike was a tradition in old Ireland. You starve yourself on someone’s doorstep until restitution is made and justice is done. The doctor noted that it didn’t sound like an effective method and she allegedly responded “a stinking corpse on your doorstep? What would the neighbors say?”

Drastic protest tactics are effective when you are trying to shock the conscience of a community and propel them to action. Not only does the world community know of our plight, it has decided that it doesn’t care to hear about yet another African country with a faux-Marxist-cum-faux-capitalist dictator. With the West, you have to be the cause célèbre du jour. The only thing en vogue about our country these days are our Ethiopian babies accumulated by netch Americans as though they are the latest stilettos from Blahnik.

Beyond our inability to induce the West to stop funding the Prime Minister’s every whim, these protest tactics—shocking as they may be--will not succeed because two elements are missing: shame and a mass movement.

Self-immolation and hunger strikes are effective for a government that can be shamed. They are compelling for a regime that will be moved to act because endeh? sew min yelal “a stinking corpse? What will the neighbors say?” We do not have such a government in Arat Kilo. With much of the West in Meles’ pocket, stinking, bleeding and burning corpses can litter the road from Kulubi to Debre Zeit to no avail. Knowing their penchant for the ridiculous, the regime is apt to fine the families of the dead for disturbing the landscape.

Second, there is no visible critical mass—there is no mass movement. No doubt everyone is whispering in their homes and the brave ones out loud about the brutality of the regime. But Meles has effectively paralyzed the opposition—they are imprisoned, dead, outlawed, exiled and otherwise demoralized. It may seem as though we have reached the end of our ropes and that nothing on the horizon will rid us of the Prime Minister and his coterie. Bleak as things may seem, our answer cannot be for our people to begin burning themselves. Unless and until we build a mass movement, we cannot allow our jegnoch to self-sacrifice. We don’t caution because we don’t believe in the possibility of creating the environment for change in Ethiopia. We do believe. Indeed it is hope and a sincere belief in such a possibility what sustains us.

Let us survey the situation: The current regime rules the majority of our population through fear. But more importantly, it is the active participation by all of us in the system that supports the government. Meles’ regime flourishes because he has managed to seduce the expats and the upper class with land, investment and access. Still, many a businessman and woman have complained to us that the tax codes are stifling and that the government exercises eminent domain and imposes harsh penalties without due process. And they say this without irony! As though an otherwise bankrupt government would implement “democratic processes” in its version of capitalism!

The reality is we are not quite as fed up as our dearly departed brother, Yenesew Gebre. Meles’ government exists more than twenty years after he boldly strolled into our capital because we allow it to. Because we, you, yes YOU, permit it. It is the investor class, the expats, those of us in the Diaspora, who fuel Meles. We are all complicit. You and the Mitmita Girls. We want to travel to Ethiopia, visit family and friends, enjoy the attractive and comfortable entrapments of pseudo capitalism—the saunas, the restaurants, the resorts, the spas, the hot hotels, the even hotter young and nouveau rich who litter the scene. All of it makes our beloved country so beguiling. A few days in the fashionable metropolis known as Addis and we too are resentful of the poor. We want to divorce ourselves from the machinations of the regime at the same time that we enjoy the byproduct of its policies.

Until we decide that these few platitudes are not enough, that the clubs and the resort traps and five star hotels accessible to the few are not what a nation should be about, Meles will continue to rule. In the interim, our young men and women must employ other protest methods and learn from previous social movements.

Instead of hunger strikes and self-immolation, let’s look at boycotts and divestment. First up is the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In post slavery America, life for people of African descent in the United States was regulated by a series of draconian laws that supported a doctrine known as “separate but equal.” In essence these rules mandated segregation between the races with the proviso that the accommodations (whether they are schools, public transportation, housing, restaurants etc.) must be “equal.” As we know, the accommodations for Blacks were much inferior to those provided for whites and more importantly violence directed at African Americans—including mobs attacks, lynchings and murders—were common place occurrences and were used to brutally sustain this system of second class citizenship.

Appealing to the “hearts and minds” of the white population was not an effective strategy. In December 1955, the NAACP in coordination with local human rights groups in Alabama began a boycott of the transportation system in Montgomery. The arrest of Rosa Parks who refused to give us her seat on a bus for a white patron was the propelling force that united a community and begun the protest. The boycott lasted a little over a year during, which time the Black population en masse refused to ride the buses—a move that crippled the bus system that began losing money within two months of the protests. As a result of the boycott, the buses were desegregated and the fight against Jim Crow scored a major victory.

Let us move from that hemisphere to the African continent for our second example. You are no doubt more familiar with apartheid in South Africa. One of the major factors that contributed to the fall of that unjust system was divestment. Universities, corporations and governments began to systematically remove their investments from the South African regime. Beyond expressing moral outrage, organizers used economics to compel change.

Meles’ ethnocentric policies might not have had quite the same separate but unequal accommodations we saw in Jim Crow America and in Apartheid South Africa. Nevertheless, we think the methods used to move both countries towards a more egalitarian society are appropriate for Ethiopia.

As noble as it is to give your life for a cause, we would rather that we all lived and instead hit Meles and his henchmen where it hurts most: their pocketbooks.

The question is what must each of us do to bring about this change?

Will Ethiopia’s captive population, do like the Algerians in the 1960’s and rebel against this seemingly foreign occupation? Will we wake up one day, elelelele ringing from the voice of all the women, a new flag in hand and the denizens in full support of a boycott?

Will the investors stop supplying the regime with money?

Will the Diaspora refuse to sit on its hands and begin to meaningfully organize for divestment?

Divest? We can hear some of you chuckling and rolling your eyes. But countries and systems much mightier than Meles have been brought down by boycotts and divestments.

It is time for a different strategy; the old tactics have failed. Meles’ conscience is in his pocket: The Mitmita Girls Call for Divestment!

33 comments

Comment from: mengistu haile [Visitor]
mengistu haile

In so many years you are the first person who wrote an aricle that make sense.

Congratulations for a job well done.

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

What we need to comprehend is the fact that we can’t beat Meles at his own game after all he’s willing to spill the blood of the innocent and trample on people’s rights with no remorse. What really hurts Meles however is the economy, since he can’t brutalize the forces of demand and supply. In any case his version of freakonomics just doesn’t hold any water.

Here is an idea, what’s the regimes bread and butter (aside from aid of course), What would happen if it was deprived it’s main foreign exchange earners i.e. coffee, flowers etc. Fact is even though Western governments might be immune to the antics of dictators, the people that purchase the produce from the supermarkets might be repulsed by the idea of their money being used to support a dictatorship. The unfortunate effect of the strategy however would be the workers will be hurt.

12/12/11 @ 02:58
Comment from: Tenaw Yared [Visitor]
Tenaw Yared

Hi, DERGOCH, daughters of Mengistu. You must know and accept that you will never come back to reign Ethiopia so long the GIGNOCH are alive. Do not fool yourself writing all this crub rather sweep the floor of McDonald to get the next bread.
From Addis Abeba

12/12/11 @ 03:18
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Eventhough there’s an impression that things are blocled by the state of “TERROR” imposed by the Crime Minister and his SS Agazis .
There will soon Mass Uprising that will wipe all them .I know the Crime Minister ,his Agazis and bandas shall once again spread their
usual propagandas that they have the support of majority of the peoples .But the fact is each days that passed more and more peoples are starving ,and days to days
life is getting worse .How can these
evil looters can gain the Support from those they are opressing and impovrishing .Egypt and Tunisian Spring Revolution have started by the determination of tens peoples who started the fight and finally joined by millions of peoples .I know the TPLF Thugs infecting this website shall once again argue that such a thing shall never happen in
Ethiopia .So what did argue Ben Ali
and Mubarak Supporters before the
uprisings .The same as the Crime Minister , Mubarak and Ben Ali imprisoned their oponants accusing them for terrorism .And also obliged “FREE
PRESS” journalists to exile .And you know what did finally happen .The Crime Minister along his looter wife ,the Tigre Mafiosis ,their SS Agazis hope by “TERRORISING” the peoples they can remain for ever in power .Their bullet can kill one ,two ,three even
thousands of peoples but what can they do the days determined peoples shall assault them . Tunisian peoples uprising and
Al Tarir square events shall be simple picnics comparing what will
happen soon at Meskel Square and Arat Kilo .

12/12/11 @ 05:43
Comment from: tadoes [Member]  
tadoes

Oh no Emperor Tewodros did not take his own life to avoid being ruled by British Colonialists. He committed suicide to avoid capture. The British expedition which did not lead to a colonial conquest in Ethiopia was not about colonialism but about freeing prisoners (some of them diplomats) our own otherwise brave Tewodros had kept in detention.
So clearly your analogy is flawed. And so your conclusion.
You could have done with a bit of fact checking.

12/12/11 @ 05:47
Comment from: addiszemen [Member]  

Mitmita girls, you should be more realistic rather than being dellusional.
Isn’t that the apple and orange thing, to compare Ethiopia to the aparthied era South Africa or the racist Jim Crow era America?
One thing you failed to notice, Ethiopia these days is not about the few investors you’re calling to boycott our businesses. Ethiopia is about the mass. The people, for the people and by the people, working together with whatever it takes for a better future by eliminating our common enemy poverty.
Looks like you’re out-dated.

12/12/11 @ 06:30
Comment from: Ase Henok [Visitor]
Ase Henok

How do U claim as Ethiopian?
I deeply read the article, and U come up with new tactic of boycott and divestments because U believe that the self-immolation of Yenesew Gebere didn’t mobilize the mass against the government ,why didn’t the mass movement happen as you wish?
In the last twenty years, the government of Ethiopia answers the basic questions of the people of Ethiopia- /Nation, Nationalities & Peoples/- peace, democracy and development.
The EPRDF led government has perfect economic policies & strategies that could transform Ethiopia, Nowadays, peasants possessed a huge amount of finance, as a result of an organized support of Government for Agricultural development.
I appreciate those Diasporas who have political difference, but invested in their country-Ethiopia.
Currently, the people of Ethiopia enjoyed the fruits of development at all aspects, electricity, telecommunication, Road, Housing, and Health. Moreover, the people fully aware what the government is going to do!
Mitimita Girl! I don’t think that you want us -Ethiopian to develop! However, our development lays in our Hand, Mind, and Land!
Ethiopia is one of the four fast growing countries in the world (according to BBC). It is fact that the support of the International Community as aid/ Loan for our development is important but the last 8 years growth is the effort of the Ethiopian people and the diligent commitment of the Ethiopian government to execute its policies & strategies which are designed as per out realities, not as the prescription of the west and the east!
I found it difficult to believe Mitimita Girls as Ethiopian, because, at this historical time, we Ethiopians shall join our hands to end our poverty which is the current number one enemy of our people and country!

12/12/11 @ 06:37
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]  

Why is that it had to be exaggerated, hyperbolic and stereotypical when ever Diaspora is engaged in political thinking about Ethiopia? You mumbled about racism in USA, foreign occupation in Algeria to apartheid in South Africa but, does this really fit to Ethiopia’s political struggle?

What makes you think that you are engaged in investing in Ethiopia and now call for divest and that will take the Amhara elite to power? What investment you are talking about? Are you talking about the remittance you are sending to your relatives, do you call that investment, what an illusion is this?

I want to remind you that you have never invested in Ethiopia though you have been desperately trying to stop investment but, miserably failed to do so. Whether you invest or not in this case whatsoever you do you are insignificant to what is going on in Ethiopia and the Ethiopian mass.

Mitmitawe kerto dehna dekuse behonchuhe yeshale neber :)

12/12/11 @ 09:07
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]
Bethihu

I like your name Mitmitta girls!!!’ LOL.

It would been sounds even much better if you were added a Kitffo…

RIP to Alemayehu!

12/12/11 @ 11:08
Comment from: Uloos [Visitor]
Uloos

Investment from Diaspora Ethiopians is like a drop in the ocean when compared to the Foreign Aid that is pouring from Washington, London, Beijing, Bon and other countries. These are the investments that are fuelling the killing, imprisonment and torture, rampant corruption and mass murder in the south and east of the country.
We need to hire some potent lawyers and lobbyists that can shed light and expose the excesses and abuses of the regime and help us weaken the regime financially by denying them the cash flow.
We must bring the “stinking corpse? What will the neighbors say?” to Washington and London. I think they should practice what they are preaching and cannot afford to have the “stinking corpse” in front of their doorstep.
The next step should be to bring the gun fight to his bunker in Arat Kilo. This will require to temporarily halt the ethnic hatred in some of you towards OLF, ONLF and Eritrea. We should all work together and organize a common front to bring down this brutal regime.
Stop pushing poor Ethiopian students and youth into the Jaws of Death by encouraging them to participate in demonstrations. The security forces and the military are under the command and control of Tigreans who are Meles’s privileged tribe. They will shoot to kill everybody as they shot and killed everybody in 2005 demonstrations.
Foreign Embassies will keep to be silent about these abuses against the Ethiopian people because they do not want to lose their jobs and the lavish lifestyle they are enjoying in the Ethiopian Capital.

12/12/11 @ 12:02
Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  
mesfin_b

Let us hurt the Shifta circle/aka EPRDF where it really feels it the most. Let’s boycott - EAL and most of all “do not” channel the money to our family members through the banking means. Instead let’s find a better way so it doesn’t reach the Ethiopian institutions.
Then and only then Meles with his cohorts feel the wartth of Ethiopian cpmpatritots.
The amount of fund being sent back home by all Ethiopians abroad is so much that if this gets stopped Meles would hang himself.

Good article Gilrs. I commend you for that.
Dawn with thugtatorship.

12/12/11 @ 13:02
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Hey Adgi banda whatever the level of
your usual childish propagandas the
reality of Today’s Ethiopia is not as you’re supposing fooling us “The people, for the people and by the people, working together with whatever it takes for a better future by eliminating our common enemy poverty. “but in fact “The bandit agazis for the Tigre Mafiosis
and by the TPLF bandits ,looting the
entire country for their own sake and by impovrishing the peoples as the whole” .

12/12/11 @ 13:36
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Hey Useless ‘Uloos)it’s thanks of the diaspora"s money that the peoples in the country aresurviving .Specially those who your ignorant moron parasite bros are insulting as cubbies or parking lots.Extraterrestre ( a proper nickname for a TPLF invader )what’s the pride of a thuggy guy like who unshamedly receives subsides from
the evil Azeb while the majority of the peoples are starving .

12/12/11 @ 13:48
Comment from: C'est moi senait [Visitor]
C'est moi senait

There is one thing similar to Mugabee of Zimbabwe and Meles of Adwa, they know how to run a nation by gun point and starving those who are against them. A funny thing is Melese is becoming a copy of Dictator Pinochet from Chile. And not only that he has scared like vampire all opposition parties and drove them out of the country,and created a false opposition Sekarams parties that he collected from Tej bet.

In todays Ethiopia there is no opposition party, but an FALSE ELECTION supported by all parasites charities and NGO.
Change has to come to Ethiopia from inside Addis ababa not by running like a rat in deserted barren land with a few GIMMATAMS shiftaa who kill a few weyannes solder in border of Somalia or Sudan, or by those kuutarams Crack-heads from Washington Dc .who sing a WE SHALL OVER COME or dance with a so called human right,amnesty etc.a rags and lesb. Org. We have to hit weyannes in st. Of addis.that is a real struggle . A genfffffot 7 is a media party with full of dogs who know how to bark rather than bit.

12/12/11 @ 14:26
Comment from: koster [Visitor]
koster

All tyrants like Hitler, Stalin, Mussoloni and Mengistu had also collaborators. Unfortunately, hodam Amharas, Oromos, etc are all collaborating in the looting and killing due to short-gained advantages. At last all will be thrown to jail one by one.

12/12/11 @ 15:22
Comment from: Tatek [Visitor]
Tatek

Mitmita Girls, thank you for this eloquent article of yours. It is both timely and effective.

To the Woyane/TPLF parasites and the EPRDF sellout; it always amazes me to read your pathetic and stupid comments trying to defend the sadistic and lunatic policies of narcissist Mellesse. As usual, the contents of your comments are all lies, denials, and delusions. It seems you and your master Mellesse continue to live in deep denials all these past twenty years. As far as Ethiopians know, Mellesse and his Woyane/TPLF thugs are world class experts in lying, deception, and playing Ethiopians and foreigners alike.

Mellesse’s economic development is delusional and has an entirely ominous agenda. Woyane/TPLF is in its last leg and needs the financial means to continue its racist, criminal, and terror reign even for few months. The idea behind Mellesse’s economic development is one more mega mischievous scheme to play Ethiopians into dreaming about the hallow development, milk Ethiopians of their hard won money, and fatten the pockets of the Woyane big wigs. It is also a means to collect money for the Woyane/TPLF terror group’s war chest.

Withholding remittances and divesting from Ethiopia is very important for the struggle of the Ethiopian people for democratic governance and rules of Law. All those of who have investment in Ethiopia and those who plan to invest need to evaluate the current and future risks to their investments. In today’s Ethiopia, the risks for any type of investments are real and extremely high. Time is running out fast for any one with investment in Ethiopia. From all indications, the Ethiopian birr will be depreciated very fast, inflation will move extremely fast growing as much as 250% within a year, and wealth is being taken outside of the country at an alarming rate. These are all indications for a catastrophic collapse of the economy. Think of what happened in Hitler’s Germany in the 40s or Mugabe’s Zimbabwe in the last few years. This means you will loss practically all your investments.

As far as Ethiopians are concerned, Mellesse and his Woyane/TPLF thugs are murderers, torturers, kidnappers, and terrorists that committed unspeakable crime against Ethiopians. Yes, Mellesse and his Woyane/TPLF thugs are the ultimate treacherous criminals that committed treasons after treasons against Ethiopia. They fought the Ethiopian Army for the secession of Eritrea and made Ethiopia a land locked country. Mellesse and his Woyane/TPLF thugs divided Ethiopians into ethnic groups and planed, coordinated, and executed ethnic violence among Ethiopians. He created the first ethnic apartheid in Ethiopia in the twenty first century. Mellesse and his Woyane/TPLF thugs gave and sold Ethiopian territories and lands to our enemies. There is no place for treacherous and treasonous criminals like Mellesse and his Woyane/TPLF terrorists let alone in Ethiopia but the World over. That is the fact and Mellesse and his Woyane/TPLF thugs cannot do anything about it.

12/12/11 @ 18:56
Comment from: ቤዛዊት እንድርያስ [Visitor]
ቤዛዊት እንድርያስ

Mitmita Girls; you kind of remind me of
ሶስቱ ወፎች የቲቪ ድራማ.

12/12/11 @ 20:19
Comment from: t7 [Visitor]
t7

How to teach the prime minister something, how to train a lap dog prime minister a few tricks…

1. Ten Commandments and the Covenant laws (Deuteronomy)
2. The Wongel (Gospel) and the exhortation of St. Paul*.
3. Silence and Prayer: no tv, internet et al, at a time.
4. Repentance…

…will reveal to the invading Woeyanes that everything they have done from plundering to killing is a reciprocal act. Every crime and illegal acts they have committed is going to happen to themselves. When they realize this, they’ll freak out and think about dropping everything and leave abrubtly.

No self-immolation, implementation of divestment, boycott etc necessary unless it comes with the territory, unless it is spontaneous.

*Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
for which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds…. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. - Colossians & Galatians.

12/12/11 @ 22:08
Comment from: bela@ቤላ [Visitor]
bela@ቤላ

አውቆ የተኛን ቢቀሰቅሰት ………
ሚጥሚጣ ኢትዮጵያ ሀገራችን ዛሬ ያለበችበትን ሁኔታ ያላገናዘበ ፅሁፍ መሆኑን ይገባችኋል፡፡ ለነገሩ ያገሬ ሰው ሲተርት አውቆ የተኛ …………..አንድ ነገር ልበላችሁ በህይወት የንጉሱን የደርግን አሁን ያለውንም መንግስት ዘመን ለማየት በቅቻለሁ ተመስገን ነው፡፡ ምንኑን ከምን በማወዳደር ነው፡፡ በምንስ መስፈርት ነው የዚህ አይነት “እናንተ ያላችሁት” ተግባር በህብረተሰቡ እናፈፅም ጥያቄ የምታቀርቡት
ለውጥ የሚመጣው እና እየመጣ ያለውም
• ባግባቡ ታክስ በመክፈል፣
• በውጭ ሀገር ያለው ኢትዮጰያ ተሰብስቦ ሀገሩን ለማልማት ሲጥር ወዘተ…
እኔ ግን አጣጥሜዋለሁ በሀገራችን የተሰሩትን ጤና ጣቢያወች፣እንደዘጋ ግብር አልከፍልም ብዬ እናቴን እና አባቴን በሽታ አልገድልም እኔ የምጠብቀው ከሚጥሚጣዎች የወባ መከላከያ አንጎበር የፀረ-ኤች አይ ቪ ኤድስ መድሃኒቶችን ለህ/ሰቡ በሁሉም ጤና ጣቢያዎች በነጻ አልያም በርካሽ ዋጋ የሚደርሰበትን መንገድ መቀየስ አየደለምን?፡፡
የዛሬው ወጣት በሚጥሚጣዎች ቅንጥብጣቢ ታሪካች እና በሌለ የህዝብ እና አፖረታይድ ምሳሌ አይነሳሳም
አውቆ መደገፍና አውቆ መቃወም የሚችል ህ/ሰቡ እየተገነባ ይገኛል፡፡

12/13/11 @ 03:36
Comment from: meyisaw [Visitor]
meyisaw

Unity begins when at least the majority is focused on a particular goal. Such is not our case and most of our setback is already mentioned. The Diaspora leaving in the free society is also infected with various divisions and mostly self interest. Sadly many of us have no common language ! those who are immersed themselves in the luxury of the woyane are the worst on such idea of coming together and fight in unity. Others who as long as they contain a full belly, do not really care about the whole situation. Within the country, many contribute to the existence of such system without awareness of how it impacts to the longevity of the corrupted regime.

Meles and his bandits are well aware of those collaboraters and whenever there is a blinking light threatning their power they can manage the “use and throw” policy.
As long as we have no common language meaning to see forward and seek for change our dream will not come true. We the Ethiopians more than any nation in the world are known for not getting united and accomplish a certain goal. The suffering will take some time unless a miracle occurs!
To set fire on myself like Yenesew or the young fellow from Tunisia takes more than bravery the last option!

12/13/11 @ 05:54
Comment from: AGONAFER [Visitor]
AGONAFER

Why We diasporas invest in Ethiopia.

1. To look good infront of family and friends.

2.So our elder family members worship us for buying a house for them while the ones in Ethiopia couldnot AFFORD it.

3.TO hire labor for cheap and treat them any way we want to.

4. For satisfying our need to give orders .

5. To avoid discussions about Ethiopia by playing the card that reads
“I am an investor making me a higher grade ETHIOPIAN so I donot engage in discussions with regular Ethiopians YOU DO NOT KNOW I DO ”

6. Last but not least hoping to make profit enough for our great grand kids to live on .

12/13/11 @ 08:37
Comment from: Henok [Visitor]
Henok

May a kilo of mitmita be placed in your private. Then, you will feel what mitmita means.

12/13/11 @ 08:57
Comment from: Tgrayo [Visitor]
Tgrayo

A little piece of self aggrandizing futteta.Lol at jegnoch and Rest In free.Dinqem allu.Did u coin that phrase yourself? Really? brilliant!!!

12/13/11 @ 09:42
Comment from: Honest [Visitor]
Honest

While I was visiting my dying mother in Ethiopia, my friend and I who is a fellow expat were discussing about how beautiful a certain 5 star Hotel was in Addis in front of my Mother. My Mother (may God rest her soul) said ” A beautiful Hotel, isn’t that just what the poor in Addis need?” sarcastically after listening to our animated conversation. Mitmita girls, you along with my mother’s words that she spoke when she was on her death bed have now inspired me. DIVEST is now my new motto!!!

DIVEST!! Hurt the snake Meles where it hurts the most!!! DIVEST! DIVEST! DIVEST!!!!DIVEST!!!!! DIVEST!!!!!!!

12/13/11 @ 10:12
Comment from: Motmuata Girls [Visitor]
Motmuata Girls

Enanteh Mitmita Girls aydelachum, motmuta bicha nachu. selemataqut guday atawru.

12/13/11 @ 13:32
Comment from: jigjiga [Visitor]
jigjiga

Hi Mitmita Girls,you seemed that you were prepared,divest undressed and ready to dance nakedly in front of the EPRDF forces.What a best entertainment to watch on that night! look when all the Anchiii(Mitmita girls) undressed and divested with their naked body ready to dancing on podium stage, means that on Addis street.And of course the REST Ethiopian army forces who were fully loaded their guns and that ready to watch such new entertainment imported from DC by the mitmita girls.What the jokes,the Kenjet grils think their simple mouth play showdown it will brings their old fashion dream.

12/13/11 @ 14:56
Comment from: Ras Thomas & Associates of Ethiopian Patriots [Visitor]
Ras Thomas & Associates of Ethiopian Patriots

Get this: You those are mad with
illusive dreams of evil.
Ethiopia is very stronger than ever
militerly,economicaly and politicaly
Ethiopian army is operating in more
than 5 African countries. our economy
is booming like south east Asia. and
political our relationship to all our
African brothers as well as super
powers such Great China,USA, Europe
is excelent. We isolate your boss
Issias.
So, you need a cure. Males did not
need training.

12/13/11 @ 17:21
Comment from: kozokozo [Visitor]
kozokozo

Serial-killers rarerly do visit a halfway house.No chance for Zinawi to even have a glimse of sunken sun;once he is locked in,not even the second coming of christ will bail him out from that eternal prision that he will be visited by his demons and tease him on anything they want.

This askari can not be trained or can’t be conditioned to be a human being.Man!I wonder wheather God has created him or just devil birthed him;when you think of the wicked crimes that this robber committed,you would wish God must have been selective in bringing the right human being to this beautiful earth.

12/13/11 @ 18:35
Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  
mesfin_b

የ ሚጥሚጣ ልጃገረዶች የጻፉት ጥሩ ግንዛቤ ያዘለ አመለካከት ነው ::
እኔ ደግሞ ከዚህ በተሻለ አመለካከት
ኤንዴት ይህን ሽፍታ እንይዘዋለን ?
መለስ ከነ ግብረ አበሮቹ የሌባዎች ቀንደኛ አጭበርባሪ ቀጣፊ አወናባጅ የሆነ ስግብግብ ሰው ነው ::
ከበረሃ ቀናቶቹ ጀምሮ ህልሙ እንዴት ሰዎችን አታልዬ ስልጣን ጨብቼ የ እትዮጵያን ህዝብ እበዘብዘዋለሁ ነው :: በ ሃያ አመታት ውስጥ ወደ 12 ቢሊዮን ገንዘብ ተዘርፍዋል መለስ እራሱ ፈራጅ አሳሪ የሸንጎ ዳኛ ሁኖ አይተናል ::
ደግሞ ሰወዬው ያልሆነው ነገር አለ ?
ለዚህ ሁሉ አሰቃቂ አረመኔአዊነት መፍትሄ የሚሆነው
ህዝባዊ ትግል ተደርጎ ሂትለር መለስን ከነ ግብረ አበሮቹ በ ሃይል ማንበርከክ ግዴታ ነው ::

ሞት ለ ቲ ፒ ኤል ኤፍ
ሞት ለ እ ህ ዴ ግ

12/15/11 @ 06:42
Comment from: AGAZI WOMAN [Visitor]
AGAZI WOMAN

MITMITA GIRLS why are you preaching something you don’t practice yourself?
You are expecting investor class, the expats, those of us in the Diaspora, to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that you do not actually have yourself.
You are practicing Hypocrisy by geting involved in the recommending AND deception talk about divesting and boycotts to others .
Hypocrisy is not simply failing to practice those virtues that one preaches but also and is thus a kind of lie.
MITMITA GIRLS without having courage to undertake divesting or boycotts, found it easier to recommend to the investor class, the expats, those of us in the Diaspora to live like poor in Addis while we got money enough to live good. Mitmita Girls are liers and insane go back to the biaching which you know best and leave us alone.

12/15/11 @ 18:22
Comment from: MARAKI [Visitor]
MARAKI

COMPANIES LIKE THE INDIAN COMPANY KARUTURI FUELS THE MELES REGIME WITH MONEY.THE WRITER SAID “Meles’ regime flourishes because he has managed to seduce the expats and the upper class with land, investment and access". I SAY IT FLOURISHES BECAUSE OF THE FOREIGN INVESTORS LIKE KARUTURI.
In a sparsely populated area of 3.4 million hectares of Gambella Regional State, foreigners have become an increasingly common sight over the past five years. A growing number of companies have shown interest in venturing into the agriculture sector there and the government has been letting them.

The number of companies who have been granted investment licenses in the region has jumped into the hundreds since 2005/06. Yet only 34 licenses had been granted in the five years before that. This interest by both local and international companies to lease land in the region has been met with criticism from pundits as nothing more than land grabbing.

There has been no environmental impact assessment done to date and people are being driven off their lands forcefully, allege these pundits, one of which is the Oakland Institute, a think-tank based out of California in the United States.

However, theirs is not an accusation the Ethiopian government seems to have given much attention to. It has been staunchly refuting the allegations and has been accusing these proponents of disseminating such claims to promote hidden agendas. The investment allows for job creation, technology transfer and helps in food insecurity on lands that have lain bare without any agricultural activities on them, it argues.

The government believes that the lands which are not used by small farmers should be used for huge commercial farms and thus requires huge capital investment. Indeed some of the companies involved in the region’s plan for big projects require heavy machinery and investment in infrastructure.

One of the companies that have acquired land, perhaps the biggest in Africa, is India-based Karuturi Agro Products Plc, which received a 100,000ha plot. It plans to plant sugar cane, rice, cotton and maize.
A project by a subsidiary of Karuturi Global Ltd, through the Agro Products Plc, is the first venture for the company. Karuturi is known as the biggest rose producer in the world. Having finished a one-year-long harvest of seedlings on 63ha for its sugar cane plantation, it is now planting 10,000ha with it. Also in the works is the erection of a sugar factory.

Karuturi believes that accusations of residents in the area not based on facts.
“The area used to be covered by forest which we had to clear,” Karmjeet Singh Sekhon, project director, told Fortune. “Our projects benefit not only the company but also the local people in terms of employment and transfer.”

SOURCE : www.ETHIOPIAINVESTOR.COM

12/15/11 @ 22:04
Comment from: Afarman [Visitor]
Afarman

what kind of article is this, I couldnt stop loughing.

The EPRDF seems to be very very stable the article proves that. All dergue daughters are now confined to their cyber lifes, the EPRDF right now doesnt seem to face credible opposition from a credible political group. The opposition groups are now truning some forums as their battle front.

Lets see how this battle will unfold, the EPRDF doesnt seem to take notice of what goes on in this or that website. The government is busy dealing with the day to day business of running the government. The country is investing its resources in maintaining peace and stability in the country to ensure continued development. As we speak now the country is building the biggest hydroelectric dam in Africa. Schools, Universities, roads, bridges etc are being built, the construction of a 2000 km rail project has started..

When the government is engaged in such kind of activities, dergue girls aka mitmita girls are writing trash to satisfy the political ego of ethnofascists. Ethipia doesnt have interest in getting engaged into tit for tat campaign with loosers. The EPRDF has defeated its enemies one by one since 1974. This is golden year for our country, and the darkest era for dergue boys and girls. The ongoing political system in Ethiopia is consolidating on the graveyards of the Dergue.

Mitmita Girls aka Dergue Girls can keep on writing trash, after all we live in a democracy, so enjoy it as long as it gives you hope. what you are doing is no less or more than political masturbation, so keep on dreaming. Your dream of seing an uprising of some kind in Ethiopia is not going to work. I have heard of people talking about the Orange revolution, tsunami, Arab spring, tahrir square, Mohammed bouziz aka Yenesew gebre etc …all this is trash, if you really support Mohammed Bouziz act please, come to Ethiopia and burn your self. Yenesew Geta’s death is a tragedy, he was suffering from mental health issues and you are trying to exploit this sad incident to encourage uprising in Ethiopia. If that inspires you why don you do it?

The reason why I like the EPRDF is this..they didnt expect others to die for them, they went to the bushes and paid sacrifices for their beliefs. Dergue girls or boys have neither the gut nor the strength to fight, you expect poor ethiopians to die for you. That wont work in 21st century, specially the EPRDF doesnt entertain that.

I look forward to hear another trash from your UNCLE ayatollah Alemayehu and his commrades, they come here every week to spread ethnofascist propaganda of hate.

12/16/11 @ 05:54
Comment from: Philip [Visitor]
Philip

Whenever I am in Ethiopia all I see are Ethiopians, my beautiful & proud people. But it doesnt take long for me to see why we as a people and a country are in a constant struggle. As long as we remain so devided along ethinic lines and continue to name call and demonize each other success will never take root. Why do we argue about things that happened before most of us were even born. While I love being in Addis I wont invest my money anywhere people are not allowed to speak freely their opinions. Where the press is cencored & opposition political thinkers are jailed. When will people learn that Ethiopia’s strenth will come by embracing the diversity of all her people & giving all her perople a voice and an oppertunity to succeed. When I read these blogs I am discouraged that any unity can come to Ethiopia because the irrational hatred runs so deep. Whether its the current government or a new government I dont know if the power, hatered and greed will allow ethiopians to unite as one people, one country and claim their right to succeed in the 21st century. One thing I am sure of is that as long as we stay divided along ethinic lines and embrace the negative tone of our retoric we will continue to fight amongst our selves instead of building a future that we can compete in with the rest of the world. We are one of the oldest and greatest cultures in the world its time we let the hate go and begin to act it.

12/17/11 @ 08:40

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