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04/15/13

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Ethiopia: Liberating a "Prison Nation"

Ethiopia: Liberating a "Prison Nation"

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

Ethiopia today is a “prison of nations and nationalities with the Oromo being one of the prisoners”, proclaimed the recently issued Declaration of the Congress of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF). This open-air prison is administered through a system of “bogus federalism” in which “communities exercise neither self-rule nor shared-rule but have been enduring the TPLF/EPRDF’s tyrannical rule for more than two decades.” The jail keepers or the “ruling party directly and centrally micro-manage all communities by pre-selecting its surrogates that the people are then coerced to ‘elect’ at elections that are neither free nor fair”. Ethiopians can escape from “prison nation” and get on the “path to democracy, stability, peace, justice, and sustainable development” when they are able to establish a democratic process in which “all communities elect their representatives in fair and free elections.”

The ODF is a “new movement” launched by “pioneers of the Oromo nationalist struggle” who “have mapped out a new path that embraces the struggle of all oppressed Ethiopians for social justice and democracy.” Central to the collective struggle to bust the walls and crash the gates of “prison nation” Ethiopia is a commitment to constitutional democracy based on principles of “shared and separate political institutions as the more promising and enduring uniting factor” and robust protections for civil liberties and civil rights. Shared governance and the rule of law provide the glue “that will bind the diverse nations into a united political community” and return to the people their government which has been privatized and corporatized by the ruling regime “to advance and serve their partisan and sectarian interests.”

The Declaration foresees genuine federalism as the basis for freedom, justice and equality in Ethiopia. It argues that the ruling Tigriyan Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) hijacked the federalism, which was originally birthed by the “mounting pressures of the struggles for self-determination by the Oromo and other oppressed nations”, and subsequently corrupted it into a political scheme that serves the “present ruling elite’s aspiration of emerging and permanently remaining as a new dominant group by simply stepping into the shoes of those that it replaced.” The ODF “aspire[s] to build on the positive aspects of Ethiopia’s current federal set-up” by “remov[ing] the procedural and substantive shortcomings that stand in the way of democracy and federalism.”

The Declaration finds traditional notions of unity inadequate. “Invoking a common history, culture or language has not guaranteed unity. We similarly reject the present ruling party’s presumption that it serves as the sole embodiment and defender of the so-called ‘revolutionary democratic unity.’” It also rejects “the ruling party’s illusory expectation that the promotion of economic development would serve as an alternative source of unity in the absence of democratic participation.” The Declaration incorporates principles of constitutional accountability, separation of powers and check balances and enumerates “bundles” of participatory, social and cultural rights secured in international human rights conventions. It proposes “overhauling” the civil service system and restructuring of the military and intelligence institutions to serve the society instead of functioning as the private protective services of the ruling party and elites. The Declaration broadly commits to economic and social justice and condemns the mistreatment and “eviction from ancestral lands of indigenous populations, and environmental degradation.”

Significance of the Declaration

The world is constantly changing and we must change with it. Henry David Thoreau correctly observed, “Things do not change; we change.” We change by discarding old and tired ideas and by embracing new and energetic ones. The old ideas which demonize other ethnic groups as mortal enemies are no longer tenable and are simply counterproductive. In a poor country like Ethiopia, the vast majority of the people of all ethnic groups get the shaft while the political and economic elites create ethnic tensions and conflict to cling to power and line their pockets. We change by casting away self-deception and facing the truth. The truth is that “united we stand, divided we fall”. When the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, Benjamin Franklin said, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” For the past 21 years, we have been falling like a pack of dominoes. They have been hanging us separately on the hooks of “ethnic federalism”.

We must be prepared to change our minds as objective conditions change. As George Bernard Shaw said, “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” We must change our ideas, beliefs, attitudes and perspectives to keep up with the times. The alternative is becoming irrelevant. No organization can achieve unanimity in making change because change makes some in the organization uncomfortable, uneasy and uncertain. However, change is necessary and unavoidable. In line with George Ayittey’s metaphor, we can change and remain viable and relevant like the Cheetahs or suffer the fate of the hopeless Hippos.

It is refreshing and inspiring to see a transformative and forward-looking declaration forged by some of the important founding members and leaders of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) emphatically affirming the common destiny of all Ethiopians and underscoring the urgency for consolidating a common cause in waging a struggle for freedom, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia. These leaders show great courage and conviction of conscience in changing their minds with the changing political realities. The reality today is that the “economic and security interests of the Oromo people are intertwined with that of other peoples in Ethiopia. In addition, their geographic location, demography, democratic heritage and bond forged with all peoples over the years make it incumbent upon the Oromo to play a uniting and democratizing role.” It must have taken a staggering amount of effort to overcome internal discord and issue such a bold and positively affirmative Declaration signaling a fundamental change in position. These leaders deserve commendation for an extraordinary achievement.

I believe the Declaration is immensely important not only for the principles it upholds and articulates but most
importantly for the fact that it represents a genuine paradigmatic shift in political strategy and tactics by the founders of the OLF. The Declaration signals a tectonic shift in long held views, ideology and political strategy. It represents a profound change in the perception and understanding of politics, change and society not only in Ethiopia but also in the continent and globally. By emphasizing inclusiveness and common struggle, the Declaration rejects the destructive politics of ethnicity and identity (the bane of Africa) for politics based on issues of social, political and economic justice. By embracing a common struggle for freedom, democracy and human rights, the Declaration rejects ethnocentrism (the arrogant philosophy of narrow-minded African dictators) and fully accepts federalism as a basis for political power and shared governance.

What are we to make of the Declaration? Is it merely an aspirational statement, an invitation to dialogue, a call to action or all of the above? It appears the Declaration is not merely a statement of principles but also an invitation to dialogue and a call to action. It affirms the universal truth that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” and acknowledges that “struggling for justice for oneself alone without advocating justice for all could ultimately prove futile”. It urges Oromo groups to stop “trivial political wrangling” and “join hands with us in strengthening our camp to intensify our legitimate struggle and put an end to sufferings of our people.” It counsels the “ruling regime to reconsider its ultimately counterproductive policy of aspiring to indefinitely stay in power by fanning inter communal and interreligious suspicion and tension.” It proposes a “country-wide movement sharing” a common “vision, principles and policies” to “propel Ethiopia forward and ending the current political paralysis.” It pleads with the “international community to stand with us in implementing our vision and proposal of transforming the Ethiopian state to bring peace and sustainable stability in Ethiopia and Horn of Africa.”
Dialoguing over “Federalism” or the futility of putting lipstick on “bogus federalism”

It is the privilege of the human rights advocate and defender to speak his/her mind on all matters of human rights. I should like to exercise that privilege by raising an important issue in the Declaration and respectfully taking exception to it. The Declaration states:

We aspire to build on the positive aspects of Ethiopia’s current federal set-up. However, to make the simultaneous exercise of self-rule and shared-rule possible it is necessary to remove the procedural and substantive shortcomings that stand in the way of democracy and federalism… [which] can be accomplished by [allowing] subject nations, in due course, freely elect delegates to their respective state and central constitutional assemblies. When this process is completed, the present “holding together” type of bogus federalism will be transformed into a genuine ‘coming together’ variety.

I consider myself a hardcore federalist who believes in a clear division of power between a national and sub-national (local, state) governments. In fact, I consider the “Federalist Papers” written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution as unsurpassed works of political genius on the theory and practice of federalism. Having said that, I do not believe there is an alchemy that can transmute “bogus federalism” into “genuine federalism”. Just as there is no such thing as being a “little bit pregnant”, there is also no such thing as building upon “bogus federalism”. Either it is genuine federalism or it is bogus federalism.
As I argued in my May 2010 commentary “Putting Lipstick on a Pig, Ethiopian Style”, discussing the elections, “You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig. You can jazz up a bogus election in a one-man, one-party dictatorship with a ‘Code of Conduct’, but to all the world it is still a bogus election under a one-man, one-party dictatorship… They want us to believe that a pig with lipstick is actually a swan floating on a placid lake, or a butterfly fluttering in the rose garden or even a lamb frolicking in the meadows. They think lipstick will make everything look pretty.” You can put lipstick on “ethnic federalism” and call it “federalism”, but it is still bogus federalism.
As I have often argued, the late Meles Zenawi, the chief architect of “ethnic federalism” in Ethiopia was driven by a “vision of ethnic division. His warped idea of ‘ethnic federalism’ is merely a kinder and gentler reincarnation of Apartheid in Ethiopia. For nearly two decades, Meles toiled ceaselessly to shred the very fabric of Ethiopian society, and sculpt a landscape balkanized into tribal, ethnic, linguistic and regional enclaves.” He crafted a constitution based entirely on ethnicity and tribal affiliation as the basis for political organization. He wrote in Article 46 (2) of the Constitution: “States shall be structured on the basis of settlement patterns, language, identity and consent of the people.” In other words, “states”, (and the people who live in them) shall be corralled like cattle in tribal homelands in much the same way as the 10 Bantustans (black homelands) of Apartheid South Africa. Ethiopia’s tribal homelands are officially called “kilils” (enclaves or distinct enclosed and effectively isolated geographic areas within a seemingly integrated national territory). Like the Bantustans, Ethiopia’s 9 killilistans ultimately aim to create homogeneous and autonomous ethnic states in Ethiopia, effectively scrubbing out any meaningful notion of Ethiopian national citizenship. You can put lipstick on bantustans and call them “ethnic federalism” but at the end of the day a Killilistan with lipstick is a Bantustan without lipstick.

Before committing to “build up on the positive aspects of Ethiopia’s current federal set-up”, I urge the ODF and all others interested in institutionalizing genuine federalism in Ethiopia to carefully study and consider the long line of Apartheid laws creating and maintaining bantustans in South Africa. I commend a couple of illustrative examples of such laws to those interested. The Bantu Authorities Act, 1951(“Black Authorities Act, 1951”) created the legal basis for the deportation of blacks into designated homeland reserve areas and established tribal, regional and territorial authorities. This Act was subsequently augmented by the Bantu Homelands Citizenship Act, 1970 (“Black States Citizenship Act & National States Citizenship Act, 1970) which sought to change the legal status of the inhabitants of the bantustans by effectively denaturalizing them from enjoying citizenship rights as South Africans. These laws imposed draconian restrictions on the freedom of movement of black South Africans. These laws further sought to ensure that white South Africans would represent the majority of the de jure population of South Africa with the right to vote and monopolize control of the state machinery. The Group Areas Act of 1950 (as re-enacted in the Group Areas Act of 1966), divided South Africa into separate areas for whites and blacks and gave the government the power to forcibly remove people from areas not designated for their particular tribal and racial group. Under this Act, anyone living in the “wrong” area was deported to his/her tribal group homeland. The law also denied Africans the right to own land anywhere in South Africa and stripped them of all political rights. The lives of over 3.5 million people were destroyed by this law as they were forcibly deported and corralled like cattle in their tribal group bantustans.

Recently, Prof. Yacob Hailemariam, a prominent Ethiopian opposition leader and a former senior Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda commented that the forceful eviction of members of the Amhara ethnic group from Benishangul-Gumuz (one of the nine kililistans) was a de facto ethnic cleansing. “The forceful deportation of people because they speak a certain language could destabilize a region, and if reported with tangible evidence, the UN Security Council could order the International Criminal Court to begin to examine the crimes.” A year ago to the month Meles Zenawi justified the forced expulsion of tens of thousands of Amharas from Southern Ethiopia stating, “… By coincidence of history, over the past ten years numerous people -- some 30,000 sefaris (squatters) from North Gojam – have settled in Benji Maji (BM) zone [in Southern Ethiopia]. In Gura Ferda, there are some 24,000 sefaris.” Meles approved the de facto ethnic cleansing of Amharas from the “wrong” areas and repatriation back to their kililistan Amhara homelands. Through “villagization” programs, indigenous populations have been forced of their ancestral lands in Gambella, Benishangul and the Oromo River Valley and their land auctioned off to voracious multinational agribusinesses. The undeniable fact of the matter is that over the past two decades the Meles regime has implemented a kinder and gentler version of Bantustanism in Ethiopia.

The perils and untenability of Meles’ “bogus federalism” have been documented in the International Crises Group’s report “Ethiopia: Ethnic Federalism and Its Discontents”. That report points out the glaring deficiencies and problems engendered by “ethnic federalism” in “redefine[ing] citizenship, politics and identity on ethnic grounds.” The study argues that “ethnic federalism” has resulted in “an asymmetrical federation that combines populous regional states like Oromiya and Amhara in the central highlands with sparsely populated and underdeveloped ones like Gambella and Somali.” Moreover, “ethnic federalism” has created “weak regional states”, “empowered some groups” and failed to resolve the “national question”. Aggravating the underlying situation has been the Meles dictatorship’s failure to promote “dialogue and reconciliation” among groups in Ethiopian society, further fueling “growing discontent with the EPRDF’s ethnically defined state and rigid grip on power and fears of continued inter-ethnic conflict.”
“Ethnic federalism” is indefensible in theory or practice. While intrinsically nonsensical as public policy, “ethnic federalism” in the hands of the Meles regime has become a dangerous weapon of divide and rule, divide and control and divide and destroy. Those in power entertain themselves watching the pitiful drama of kililistans compete and fight with each other for crumbs and preoccupying themselves with historical grievances. The ICG report makes it clear that in the long term “ethnic federalism” could trigger an implosion and disintegration of the Ethiopian nation.
Meles used to boast that his “ethnic federalism” policy had saved the “country [which] was on the brink of total disintegration.” He argued that “Every analyst worth his salt was suggesting that Ethiopia will go the way of
Yugoslavia or the Soviet Union. What we have now is a going-concern.”

The truth of the matter is that ethnic balkanization, fragmentation, segregation and polarization are the tools of trade used by the Meles regime to cling to power while lining their pockets. In a genuine federalism, the national government is the creature of the subnational governments. In Ethiopia, the “kilil” (regional) “governments” are creatures and handmaidens of the national “government”. In a genuine federalism, the national government is entrusted with limited and enumerated powers for the purpose effectuating the common purposes of the subnational "governments". In Ethiopia, the powers of the national “government” are vast and unlimited; and there are no barriers to its usurpatory powers which it exercises at will. There are no safeguards against encroachment on the rights and liberties of the people by the national or subnational “governments”. Simply stated, “ethnic federalism” as practiced in Ethiopia today is not only a recipe for tyranny by the national “government” but also the creed for secessionists in the name of self-determination. “Ethnic federalism” is an idea whose time has passed and should be consigned to the dustbin of history along with its author. “Well, back to the old drawing board!”

The Curse of Meles

According to those in the know, the late Meles Zenawi used to say “Diaspora Ethiopians can start things but never manage to finish them.” Regardless of the veracity of the attribution, there is a ring of truth to the proposition. Since 2005, we have read lofty declarations and heard announcements on the establishment of political and advocacy groups and organizations. We have welcomed them with fanfare but they have come and gone like the seasons.

I do not believe those who drafted the Declaration of the Congress of the Oromo Democratic Front will be visited by the Curse of Meles. The Declaration seems to be the product of an enormous amount of organizational soul-searching, discussion, debate, introspection and contemplation. The ODF has come up with an honest, practical, bold and hopeful declaration. I have some questions as do others; but the fact that questions are being raised is proof that the Declaration has considerable appeal, credibility and traction. I ask questions to engage in dialogue and discussion, not to undermine or cause doubt about the worth or value of the Declaration. To be sure, I raise questions about the Declaration in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King’s counsel: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” My questions originate from the question: “What does the Declaration do for all of our people? With sustained effort and the good will and cooperation of all stakeholders, there is no reason why new alliances cannot be created and old ones reinvigorated to move forward the struggle for freedom, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia. I am inspired by the Declaration’s commitment to wage a united struggle: “We will exert all efforts in order to pull together as many advocates and promoters of the interests of diverse social sectors as possible in order to popularize and refine the principles and processes that would transform Ethiopia into a genuinely democratic multinational federation.”

I understand “to pull together” means to stop pushing, shoving, ripping, picking and tearing each other apart. That is why I have an unshakeable faith in the proposition that "Ethiopians united -- pulling together -- can never be defeated by the bloody hands of tyrants!”

Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam teaches political science at California State University, San Bernardino and is a practicing defense lawyer.

26 comments

Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed

Ethiopia is a nation of prisoners. But it is not open air. It is under climate of fear filled air not open air.

Meles promised us he will demolish Showan led Amara dynasty. But he left us with Tigre led dynasty. But people are tired of it.

We are ready to change this system. Qatar should be with us. The Somali should be with us not Wayane. the current regime of Somalia must be kicked out as it too loyal to Wayanes.

One thing I know is this Wayane is hated so much and we are ready to die to depose it. America must not side with Wayane. China has no choice but to listen to America. But above all Ethiopians are ready to die.


04/15/13 @ 01:21
Comment from: The pen is mighty [Visitor]
The pen is mighty

Is the pen truly mightier than the sword? Ato Alemayehu Mariam is really being effective here by just using his pen and persuasive skills. He is thousands of miles away and yet his pen is a stab to those who hate the truth. His pen is an agonizing sword that stabs the hearts of those who think they are getting away with mischief. His pen strokes are an ear sore and a screetch to those who violate human rights in ethiopia. They have no words to describe their suffering. How are they going to combat the far away pen who is causing all the damage by just using friction on a piece of paper, yet causes immense suffering to the abusers of Ethiopians. Oh please stop it, stop the screech, it is agonizing, stop stabbing us. Do not write no more, please do not. Truly the pen is mightier than the sword.

04/15/13 @ 04:17
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Agazi Bandits are simply the Chief Architechs on the Desintegration of the Nation . In the name of Federalism ,they have institued Tribalism .And with their so called development of Agricultural Economi Land Grabing desplacing local peoples for the sake of Foreign Looters and the Tigre Mafiosis . By targeting Amharas they
are fulfilling their evil agenda of destroying Patriotic Feeling about “Ethiopianism” which they consider as a threat for their evil Ideology of Tigrai domination .Desplacing Afars from their lands in the name of Sugar Industry development and destroying
houses of Raya’s peoples in the Name of the Rule of Law after invading Northern Gondar and Western Wello Amharas fertile lands prove once again of their evil agenda for creating the Great Tigrai Republic .
Oromos ,Anuyaks ,Somalis are also victims of their Land Grabing programs ,loosing their own lands for the sake of Chinese ,Hindus and Arab Looters .While desplacing Amharas from the South ,the Ogaden and Benichangul they are simply ploting to
light the Fire of Inter Ethnic wars which would permit them to impose and save their evil Regime . Time to get united ,by avoiding the Trap into which these bandits wanna
us to fall .But on the contrary fight the true enemies of Ethiopia ,that mean the Agazi Bandits ,the Tigre Mafiosis and all their Bandas .

04/15/13 @ 04:28
Comment from: Habesha [Visitor]
Habesha

Hello,
I agree with most of what you have written, but there’s something I want to point out. In today’s world it seems that democracy is the most just system, and it is, but is it the most efficient?
Do you truly believe that democracy is for Ethiopia or for that matter for Africa?
I for one, don’t. Most of us Ethiopians are illiterate so what it is the use of democracy if you can’t even read your rights and understand them?
You have to look at the geopolitical position of Ethiopia, our country is holding on a thin line due to numerous external and internal enemies.
Don’t get me wrong, I think that there are monstrous things that our government is doing but it is for the better good.
I believe that in 15 years most of our people will be “educated” enough to reclaim their rights.
But till then we should be working with the government to pull our country to the top not astray.
Thank you.

04/15/13 @ 06:46
Comment from: addiszemen [Member]  
addiszemen

“During the time that the atomic bomb was being hatched by the United states at Alamogordo, New Mexico, applicants for routine jobs like janitors, were disqualified if they could read. Illiteracy was a job requirement. The reason: the authorities did not want their trash or other papers read.”
In the same token, STUPIDITY is a standard criteria to be a FIDO “Fools & Idiots of diaspora Opposition” of Ethiopians. A “case in point” the above article and it’s author, with the foolish comments that followd.
Otherwise, why should the treacherous almaria been tolerated, who commits a deliberate act of treason and betrayal?
“gim le gim abiro yazgim” endillu, who cares for the dead and hopeless diaspora FOOLS & IDIOTS opposition cry? As long as they stay where ever they are, it is their constitutional right to be stupid.
Do we need to add any more about the dead FIDO, except turning the soil on them and say the last word, BURN IN HELL!

04/15/13 @ 07:35
Comment from: Heny [Visitor]
Heny

Almariam,
Can you tell us how much Shaebya and Egypt pay you for your servitude to write craps like this? No matter how much and for how long you write, the Great Renaissnce Dam will be damed and the vision of Meles the great will be materialized. ayyy almariam shimew asken eski with more jokes of this sort

04/15/13 @ 08:46
Comment from: Peruse-Venal [Visitor]
Peruse-Venal

Mugging of other ethnicities life in prisoners, either for the case of political or freedom of expression, by the TPLF while the TPLF has free its own ethnicity from a mild environment of jailing is veritable. No message is translated by TPLF to free others equally though all belongs to the country, Ethiopia.

As to the case of federalism and a prospect for equality for all, the current administrative system seems logically practicable, but economical disempowerment of other Ethnicities except the TPLF group is additionally a blatant phenomenon in the country.

I guess the Author’s inquiry of what ODF is having a plan for other ethnicities other than for Oromo people is a pleasant question. However, as a rational human being, anyone can answer that the ODF has neither power nor willing to influence other ethnicities negatively, but strive to advocate for voiceless people: prisoners. In this regard, it is really appealing if all ethnicities such as Amhara, Oromo, Gambella, Ogaden and so on, work together and say to the TPLF enough is enough. It would be better off if the question of this Author would be rephrased: what can we do with ODF in improving the welfare of all people impartially in the country?

04/15/13 @ 08:52
Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  
mesfin_b

Professor Alemayehu, as I thank you for your deligent tutorial article, I have noticed your relentless exposure of the Ruling Dicatotial Shifta circle is sending a tremble amongst its sympathyzers.
The moment you write article about our motherland current misery the cyber “henchmen” of the TPLF Miafiosos will start spewing trash.
It is getting clearer by the day how tyranny rules in Ethiopia. It is a sad picture how our homeland is crushed in a vise-like grip of the defacto rulers.

04/15/13 @ 10:16
Comment from: Kena Keb [Visitor]
Kena Keb

What the genius Meles Zenawi said about the diaspora as quoted here by Alemayehu is based on well-founded observation which the toxic diaspora community refuse and remain adamant to accept the truth and nothing but the truth. This toxic community is composed of mainly grumpy senior citizens who once upon a time were sympathizers and active members of either the DERG,EPRP,MEISON and other criminal groups who were the architects of tyranny and murder of thousands if not millions of Ethiopians. They all fled the country and are now shading crocodile tears about the Ethiopia they left in poverty and misery. Have we not seen the rise and disastrous fall of Kinijit in our own very eyes? Are we not seeing the once hailed Berhanu Nega’s Genbot7 being split and heading definately into oblivion? Is what we are hearing what the split group of Genbot7 not good enough in which they are exposing the rot and corruption within this organization where millions of dollars contriubted by innocent and misguided Ethiopians is misappropriated or has simply tracelessly vanished? Are we not seeing the once upon a time hailed and so called activist Tamagn Beyene earning his living by ripping off 30% of the money contributed by deluded Ethiopians for the television station ESAT? Are we not witnessing the same ESAT fabricating fictitious stories about the attempted assasination plan on another deranged individual, Abebe Gelaw which later was found to be an utter nonsense and lie? Are we not seeing the Oromo movement being split numerous times since its inception? The list of the mishaps and lies about what came and have gone within the toxic diaspora community have no ends. All this is happening simply because what it preached within this community is based on lies,founded on bigotry and hatred miles and miles away from the very truth happening in our country. It is only the people of Ethiopia who can witness and are witnessing the remarkable economic growth from which their very lives are being changed.The likes of Alemayehu G/Mariam, Birhanu Nega, Aklog Birara, Getachew Haile, Seid Hassan, Negede Gobezie, and many other professors and doctors who comfortabley earn their livings and enjoy the comforts of the wealth in the West can not by remote gauge what is best for the ordinary person in Ethiopia. Their thoughts and minds are still stained from the crimes they helped promote and committed during the bloody days of the revolution.
How correct Meles was when he rightfully perceived their motives and capacities?

Ethiopia is prospering and shall continue prospering!

04/15/13 @ 10:48
Comment from: Aberaham [Visitor]
Aberaham

The archaic dynasty of Feudal oligarchy of “king of kings” is under the bile of earth! We have known all along that you and your like’s futile attempt to replace the government of Ethiopia – that for the first time in Ethiopian history represents the will of the people - by the Amara ruling cliques is based on a narrow-minded-big chauvinism. You and others like you can try to hide behind ‘democracy’, ‘freedom’ … etc. but the vast majority of people, in fact, know your real intention. It will not happen! You are indeed a fool and an idiot.

04/15/13 @ 12:15
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]
Bethihu

“Ye-ne Alemayoh Enat atichenk! Ligish gegna new nebsu tebaki” teblowal aydel…LOL.

The funny thing about this dulusionsl stone aged man is that he has no clue about today’s Ethiopia, and he thinks he can get a way with all kind of his trashy propagandas that undermines the interest of the Ethiopian people…

Most of all, he is against all the development that have had conducted by the Ethiopian people:

He is agonist the Hedasie Dam!
He is against the Gibie Dam!
He is agianst the Tekeze Dam!
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So, what kind of an educated individual would blindly oppose everything that going on in his x-country, and became an instrumental mouthpiece to those external enemies that would love to see the Ethiopian people live in poverty forever?!! Well, Unfortunatetly, there are many selfish diaspora idiots, but the new hardworking jeneration of the Ethiopian people will never holdback by those sick minded old and detuched people…

So, let those idiots, entertain each other with their fabricated stories, and let the Ethiopian people develope their country…

God bless the world!

04/15/13 @ 13:25
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

AZ ,Bethitu ,Abereham and Kena the Agazi scavengers ,it’s not only Prof Al who is actually denouncing your Bandit masters LIES and PROPAGANDAS but also your own bros Aba Mela .An undenible ,Truthful even Naked FACT how much your looter masters ‘ dying regime is surely in good shape ….LOL !!!! What next doest it mean that the new Agazi Pop is on the eve to beatify your Dead Master or the evil widow has confessed to him recognising all
her sins by promising to render the moneys and wealth she and her Dead Husband have stolen from the peoples….LOL !!!!

04/15/13 @ 14:46
Comment from: Tarid [Visitor]
Tarid

Almayehu always wag his tail when he see new opposition movement. Last year he was saying a lot about Ethiopian national transitional Council of Dr Fisseha and now he preach us about congress of the Oromo Democratic Front.BTW do any one know status G7 popular army.What about Dr Feseha fake transitional council.

04/15/13 @ 15:35
Comment from: gashe_mamo [Member]  
gashe_mamo

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With no ideology to follow, the regime has skewed to the unknown. Those with the intention of milking the country are still attached. The few privileged may increase their tone of empty rhetoric languages. They are accompanied by mercenaries. As usual they are afraid of truth. They are still quarreling with faithfulness. They kept their friendship with lie & deception.

The articles of the prof., reflecting, mirroring and expressing truth must be bleeding them deep down. They still use vulgar languages. Real citizens are aware that none of them qualify to comment on truth and reality. Instead all Weyannes and cadres can only kneel down in front of the Prof. and lick the dirt from his feet. Officially that is their true position and where they should be!…..

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04/15/13 @ 15:41
Comment from: Yophtahae New Thinker [Visitor]
Yophtahae New Thinker

The Ethiopian Political elite in the opposition has failed to understand the emergeing “millenial generation", a new coalition of interests that are different from the 60s generation. The farmer, the urbun dweller, students and shop keepers are different from the previos era. Today’s generation is smart enough to die for a cause that is not outcome based. He / she sees the cost-benefit analysis. Today’s population has seen and heard about theree regimes. It has read history. It is very difficult to fool 80 million people. Our Diaspora politicians must cool down, work for tolerance and reconcilliation within themselves.They must always put their shoes in the shoes of others. It is easy to work for prosperous and strong Ethiopia. We have to destroy the shame of hate and arrogance within us.

04/15/13 @ 16:33
Comment from: adisu [Visitor]
adisu

I am happy when i read Change . It is good to change. we need to see in a naked eye. we have to liberate ourselves from old attitudes. We have to be rationale beings. it is possible . it is the first step. the writer has made a stride in this regard. I wish he uphold his view. he was rejecting everything . even today he contradicts himself. He appreciates the change from others , while he remained the same person. a good teacher is to play exemplary role . he needs to have a receptive mindset. so please change yourself.

04/15/13 @ 18:18
Comment from: Peruse-Venal [Visitor]
Peruse-Venal

Simply TPLF is an evil. This TPLF sells other’s property to other people without a will of the property owners. For example, they give the Oromos and the Amharas land to Benishalguli. In doing so, the TPLF creates conflict between other ethnicities. Further the TPLF sells others property to foreigners, including to Arab. TPLF kills other ethnicities. These all are entirely unacceptable and must be removed by action.

-It is time to get ride off the TPLF.
-It is time to reconcile among other ethnicities.
-It is time to upheld equality of all people in the country.
-It is time to bring up on the world stage the malignity of TPLF.
-It is time to get voice from developed nations to impose embargo against the TPLF.

Now it is not a time to say enough is enough, but it is time to curb the killing of human beings. It is time to release politicians and Journalists imprisoned by the TPLF.

There is no way to implement a bureaucratic paradigms of the Chinese politics. Rather! Rather!There should be a ways for all people to get all equality like the USA, England, Canada and so on.

After all, why human live deceased caused by the TPLF? BTW, why this website didn’t report the down gunned of innocent people in Ethiopia recently?

04/16/13 @ 02:59
Comment from: Bacha [Visitor]
Bacha

It took ages for the so called Oromo politicians’ intellect to grow to the level where they are now, and form ODF. They still have to grow more to grasp the concept of Prof’s teaching. God help us to grow out of tribal mentality.

04/16/13 @ 05:07
Comment from: tekle [Member]  
tekle

People who hate diaspora Ethiopians are only Tigre’s, so my friends don’t listen to these cancerous shabia remenants. It’s a matter of time for Oromos to extraminate them off Ethiopia.
Go Ethiopia
Go injoolee Oromoo!!
@addis zemen Tsila, you and your kids are gone pay in blood!! Ante banda! Keep hating diaspora and hard working Erhiopians just because they dislike your ethnocentrism.
I wish i get you somewhere, I will remove all your senses and slow cook you!

@My Ethiopian friends,
Avoid all these toxic bandas and cadres!

04/16/13 @ 05:41
Comment from: Aleka Gebre Hanna [Member]  
Aleka Gebre Hanna

Are You a Chee-Hippo or a Hippo?
Professor Alemayehu G/Maria Said, “you are a Chee-Hippo, if you believe a person’s value is determined not by the collection of degrees listed after his/her name…”
Aleka Gebrehana Said, Listing Collected Degree (PhD) After his/her Name Resulted In Ridiculous Case of Intellectual, Ideological, Political Correctness
None of us expect a life where we will never be offended or sheltered from conflict or hurt feelings. However, many self-appointed saviors from Academia (Alemayehu, PhD) are trying to make this a reality, through aggressive speech codes, boring articles with quotations from famous people and literature, legal rulings and corporate policies,…

Intellectual, Ideological, and Political Correctness originally flowered in academia and spread like a virus through the government and corporate worlds. It has devolved into a tyranny of the most offended person in the room.

Intellectual, Ideological, Political Correctness complaints now range from the sublime to the ridiculous, and they are stifling the honest assessment, and debate, of issues in our lives.

Damn proud to be a Chee-Hippo!

04/16/13 @ 13:06
Comment from: wedi_tigray [Visitor]
wedi_tigray

You wild neftegna adgi. We will rule Ethiopia for eternity so keep crying. You should thank Tigray for bringing democracy and development to the country. The only thing neftegna bring is war, starvation, and destruction.

04/16/13 @ 13:57
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]
ment4you

Addis Zefen the Shabian

Is that the same “Fools & Idiots of diaspora Opposition” that you are that are single handily power Ethiopian economic growth while Azeb and the likes continue to manipulate the backing system to pad their off shore accounts?

Do you live under a cave? The only fool I see is woyanes and TPLFs like yourself screaming to convince us that you are Ethiopian and TPLF is the best thing that happened to Ethiopia ever! Now that is what I call a disparate fool!

04/16/13 @ 14:23
Comment from: Axumawit [Visitor]
Axumawit

@New Thinker
Amen!brother!

04/16/13 @ 14:46
Comment from: Yophtahae New Thinker [Visitor]
Yophtahae New Thinker

I am an Ethiopian who believes in the goodness of humanity. Some of the hopeless hateful comments against ethnic groups make me sad. Beneath the hate and shame we all are humans. Ethiopians have to lean forward and even look others beyond their nations as brothers and sisters. Political opinion is not created in our genome or chromosome.We have more potential to be good. We are also living in the 21st century, hopefully a century of hope and knowledge. Please drop these deamining hateful speech and posts. the opposition and some of the commentators must reason out rationally without hate. It is even good for your survival. I am afraid you can be decimated and alienated for such hate. Ethiopia is lucky enough to have many smart compatriots in the Diaspora, I am afraid we are going to marginalized for such talk. There are many social movements who use the gentle power of the faith pulpit, their conscience and peaceful resistance without deamining each other. remeber George Wallace and MLK? So sad for my people.

04/17/13 @ 13:48
Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  
mesfin_b

ወያኔ በክፋፍለህ ግዛው አመራር ህዝባችን አንድነት እንዳያገኝ ብሎም ኢ ህ አ ዴ ግን እንዳይወረውር ይጥራል::
ራሳቸው ህጉን ደንግገው ፈላጭ ቆራጭ ሁነው እራሳቸው ዳኛዎች በመሆን ማሰር መግደል ስራቸው የሆኑት እነኚህ የትናንትና ቁምጣ ለባሾች የዛሬ ሙሉ ልብስ አድራጊዎች ትናንትና በረባርሶ አድርገው እንዳልታዩ አሁን ጫማ እየመረጡ የስርቆት አቁማዳቸው እየዴለበ ያሉት የ አገራችን መሪ ተብዬዎች ናቸው::
ታድያ ይህን እያየን ለምን ይሆናል የምንለው የ ኢትዮጵያ ልጆችዋ በ ናዝሬት ድረ ገጽ ላይም ሳይቀር የ ቲ ፒ ኤል ኤፍ ፍርፋሪ ለቃሚዎች ሲሰድቡን ወ ግሩም ጊዜ የሰጠው ቅል መቸም ድንጋይን ይሰብር የለ!!
-ህዝባችን በረሃብ ሲማቅቅ
-ኑሮ ግሽበቱ ሰውን እንዳይኖር እያሰቃየው
-ኑዋሪው ካለበት ሲባረር
-ወጣቱ አገር ጥሎ ስደት ሲገባ
-ሴቶች ዜጎቻችን ወደ አረብ አገር ለ ቤት ሰራተኝነት ሲሄዱ
-ህልማዊ የሆነ ባጀቱ ገና ያልተገኘለት የ አባይ ግድብ እየተባለ ሰዉ ከጉሮርው ተነጥቆ ክፈል እየተባለ
-መሬት ለውጪ ኩባንያዎች ለመቶ አመታት ኪራይ በሳንቲም ደረጃ ክፍያ በነጻ አለመባሉ ያስገርማል!!
እየተከራየ
-በ አፋር ያሉት ህዝቦች በረሃብ እያለቁ::
የ ህዝባችንን ጭቆና የሚያሳውቁትን ጋዜጠኞች ሽብር ፈጣሪዎች ናችሁ ብሎ ዋሽቶ ማሰርወረ ስንቱ ግፍና በደል ተነግሮ ያልቃል::
ታድያ የወያኔ ካድሬዎች ይህን አንባሻ የቀደደውን አፋቸውን በ ናዝሬት ድረ ገጽ ላይ ይከፍታሉ

04/17/13 @ 16:26
Comment from: aman [Visitor]
aman

well.i ve great respect for professor but but his comment is one sided. Sometimes abstract. He likes to compare situation with U.S and europeEurope.and when we talk about dactsfactsit should be relative to our culture,history. Socio economy facts.for example. When there is famine in Ethiopia. We can blame some policies contributed to it. But our appeach should be scientific. But political thinking and knowledge is black or white. Our society is stuck in the political mind set up of enemy or supporter of eprdf thats it. There no medium that can accommodate us.so professor your writing are so consitant and routin. Intellectual should think above politics and scoring points you could bypass eprdf contribute something to the poor ethioians. Who don’t ve access to ready your daily analysis. You are intllecrualintellectual look at the big picture

04/17/13 @ 18:15

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