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Ethiopia: Obama “Moonwalking” Human Rights in Africa?

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03/17/13

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Ethiopia: Obama “Moonwalking” Human Rights in Africa?

Obama “Moonwalking” Human Rights in Africa?

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

The great American poet Walt Whitman said, “Either define the moment or the moment will define you.” Will the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as president of Kenya define President Barack Obama in Africa or will President Barack Obama use the election of President Kenyatta to define his human rights policy in Africa?

Following the presidential election in late December 2007 and the Kenya Electoral Commission’s hurried declaration of incumbent President Mwai Kibaki as the winner, supporters of opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga in the Orange Democratic Movement alleged widespread electoral fraud and irregularities. For nearly two months following that election, ethnic violence and strife in Kenya raged resulting in more than 1200 deaths, 3,500 injuries, and the displacement of over 350,000 persons and destruction of over 100,000 properties.

In March 2011, Uhuru Kenyatta was indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on various counts of crimes against humanity arising from the post-election violence. The details of the ICC charges against Kenyatta and other defendants are set forth in exhaustive detail in a 10-count indictment.Kenyatta allegedly conspired, planned, financed, and coordinated violence against the supporters of Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement. He allegedly “controlled the Mungiki organization” and directed the commission of murders, deportations, rapes, persecutions, and other inhumane acts against civilians in the towns of Kibera, Kisumu, Naivasha, and Nakuru. Kenyatta’s trial is scheduled to start at The Hague on July 9. Kenyatta's election running mate and vice president-elect William Ruto as well as other top Kenyan officials are part of different ICC cases. Ruto’s trial has been postponed to May 28.
Kenyatta and Ruto are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Kenyatta's lawyer Steven Kay claimed the ICC charges were “determined on false evidence, evidence that was concealed from the defense and the facts underlying the charges have been put utterly and fully in doubt.”

U.S. efforts to ensure free and fair elections in Kenya after 2008

The U.S. was among the first nations to recognize the validity of Kenya’s 2007 presidential election. At the time, U.S. State Department Spokesman Robert McInturff announced, “The United States congratulates the winners and is calling for calm, and for Kenyans to abide by the results declared by the election commission. We support the commission’s decision.” But U.S. validation of that election was completely unwarranted since there was substantial credible evidence of rampant electoral fraud and vote rigging in favor of Kibaki and considerable doubt about the neutrality and integrity of the Kenya Electoral Commission.

Over the past two years, the U.S. has made significant investments to promote free and fair elections in Kenya and prevent a repetition of the 2007 violence. According to the U.S. State Department, “since 2010, the U.S. Government has contributed more than $35 million to support electoral reform, civic education, and elections preparation in Kenya. In addition, since 2008, we have provided more than $90 million to support constitutional reform, conflict mitigation, civil society strengthening, and youth leadership and empowerment, all of which contribute significantly to the goal of free, fair, and peaceful elections in Kenya.”

Obama’s defining moment in Africa?

The March 2013 presidential election in which Kenyatta won by a razor thin margin of 50.7 percent is not entirely free of controversy. Raila Odinga, who received about 43 percent of the votes, has rejected the outcome of the election and filed action in court alleging collusion between the Kenyatta and the electoral commission, not unlike what happened in 2007. This time around, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered only half-hearted congratulations and assurances to the people of Kenya and applauded the fortitude of those who counted the ballots. But his congratulatory statement belied an apparent disappointment as manifested in his omission of the names of the election victors. “On behalf of the United States of America, I want to congratulate the people of Kenya for voting peacefully on March 4 and all those elected to office… I am inspired by the overwhelming desire of Kenyans to peacefully make their voices heard… We ... will continue to be a strong friend and ally of the Kenyan people.”

Prior to the election, it seemed President Obama and his top African policy man Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson were playing a bit of the old “good cop, bad cop” routine. President Obama in a special video message to the people of Kenya said that though he is proud of his Kenyan heritage “the choice of who will lead Kenya is up to the Kenyan people. The United States does not endorse any candidate for office…” He assured Kenyans that they “will continue to have a strong friend and partner in the United States of America.” But Johnnie Carson who was also a former U.S. ambassador to Kenya, was more blunt in hinting to Kenyans that their “choices have consequences”. Carson hectored Kenyans that they “should be thoughtful about those they choose to be leaders, the impact their choices would have on their country, region or global community.” Does that mean electing ICC suspects in crimes against humanity could bring about crippling sanctions?

What is good for the goose is good for the gander?

Now that Kenyatta and Ruto are elected, will the U.S. do what it did with Omar al-Bashir of the Sudan, another notorious suspect indicted by the ICC? Or will Kenyatta and his government receive special dispensation from sanctions and other penalties?

Carson argued that Kenya and the Sudan are two different situations. “I don't want to make a comparison with Sudan in its totality because Sudan is a special case in many ways.” What makes Bashir and Sudan different, according to Carson, is the fact that Sudan is on the list of countries that support terrorism and Bashir and his co-defendants are under indictment for the genocide in Darfur. Since “none of that applies to Kenya,” according to Carson, it appears the U.S. will follow a different policy.

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry seemed to provide a more direct response in his “congratulatory” statement in explaining why Kenya will get special treatment. “Kenya has been one of America's strongest and most enduring partners in Africa… and [the U.S] will continue to be a strong friend and ally of the Kenyan people.” That is diplomatese for “we will continue with business as usual in Kenya” come hell or high water at the ICC. Carson's predecessor, Jendayi Frazer, cut to the chase: “Kenyatta knows that he needs the United States, and the United States knows it needs Kenya… And so I suspect that while it might be awkward, there won't be a significant change in our policy stances toward Kenya or theirs toward us.”

A double standard of U.S. human rights policy in Africa?

It seems the U.S. has a double standard of human rights policy in Africa. One for those the U.S. does not like such as Bashir and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, and another for those it likes like the late Meles Zenawi, Paul Kagame, Yuweri Museveni and now Uhuru Kenyatta.

Following Bashir’s ICC indictment in 2009, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, demanded his arrest and prosecution: “The people of Sudan have suffered too much for too long, and an end to their anguish will not come easily. Those who committed atrocities in Sudan, including genocide, should be brought to justice.” Just before her resignation last month, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton urged: “Governments and individuals who either conduct or condone atrocities of any kind, as we have seen year after year in Sudan, have to be held accountable.” The U.S. has frozen the assets of individuals and businesses allegedly controlled by Mugabe's henchmen because the “Mugabe regime rules through politically motivated violence and intimidation and has triggered the collapse of the rule of law in Zimbabwe.”

Legend has it that President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said of Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza that “Somoza may be a son of a b$$$, but he's our son of a b$$$$h.” Despite lofty rhetoric in support of the advancement of democracy and protection of human rights in Africa, the United States continues to subsidize and coddle African dictatorships that are as bad as or even worse than Mugabe's. The U.S. currently provides substantial economic aid, loans, technical and security assistance to the repressive regimes in Ethiopia, Congo (DRC), Uganda, Rwanda and others. None of these countries hold free elections, allow the operation of an independent press or free expression or abide by the rule of law. All of them are corrupt to the core, keep thousands of political prisoners, use torture and ruthlessly persecute their opposition.

No case of double standard in U.S. human rights policy in Africa is more instructive than Equatorial Guinea where Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has been in power since 1979. Teodoro Obiang is said to make Robert Mugabe “seem stable and benign”. The U.S. maintains excellent relations with Teodoro Obiang because of vast oil reserves in Equatorial Guinea. But all of the oil revenues are looted by Obiang and his cronies. In 2011, the U.S. brought legal action in federal court against Teodoro Obiang’s son Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue to seize corruptly obtained assets including a $40 million estate in Malibu, California overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a luxury plane and super-sports cars worth millions of dollars. In describing the seizure action, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer crowed, “We are sending the message loud and clear: the United States will not be a hiding place for the ill-gotten riches of the world's corrupt leaders.” (Ironically, U.S. law requires the U.S. to return any assets or proceeds from an asset forfeiture court action to the government from which it was stolen. In other words, the assets or proceeds from the forfeiture action against son Teodoro Nguema Obiang will eventually be returned to father Teodoro Obiang Nguema!!!)

But the U.S. has not touched any of the other African Ali Babas and their forty dozen thieving cronies who have stolen billions and stashed their cash in U.S. and other banks. For instance, Global Financial Integrity reported in 2011 reported that “Ethiopia, which has a per-capita GDP of just US$365, lost US$11.7 billion to illicit financial outflows between 2000 and 2009. In 2009, illicit money leaving the economy totaled US$3.26 billion, which is double the amount in each of the two previous years…” Is there really any one wonder who in Ethiopia has the ability to amass such wealth or "illicitly" ship it out of the country and where much of that cash is stashed? Suffice it to say that the dictators in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda... may be kleptocrats, criminals against humanity, genociders, election thieves, torturers, abusers of power… , but they are OUR kleptocrats, criminals against humanity…”

Does the Obama Administration have a (African) human rights policy?

If anyone is searching for the Obama Administration’s global or African human rights policy, s/he may (or may not) find it in the recent statements of Michael Posner, the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the United States. Posner said American human rights policy is based on “principled engagement”: “We are going to go to the United Nations and join the Human Rights Council and we’re going to be part of iteven though we recognize it doesn’t work… We’re going to engage with governments that are allies but we are also going to engage with governments with tough relationships and human rights are going to be part of those discussions.” Second, the U.S. will follow “a single standard for human rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and it applies to all including ourselves…” Third, consistent with President “Obama’s personality”, the Administration believes “change occurs from within and so a lot of the emphasis… [will be] on how we can help local actors, change agents, civil society, labor activists, religious leaders trying to change their societies from within and amplify their own voices and give them the support they need...” But does “engagement” of African dictators mean sharing a cozy bed with them so that they can suck at the teats of American taxpayers to satisfy their insatiable aid addiction?

Since 2008, the U.S. Government has spent $125 million to support electoral reform, civic education, constitutional reform, conflict mitigation, civil society strengthening, and youth leadership and empowerment for free democratic elections in Kenya. But just north of the Kenyan border in Ethiopia, how much has the U.S. invested to support electoral reform, civic education, civil society strengthening, etc., has the U.S. invested? (That is actually a trick question. Civil society institutions are illegal in Ethiopia and no electoral reform is needed where the ruling party wins elections by 99.6 percent.)

In May 2010 after Meles Zenawi’s party won 99.6 percent of the seats in parliament, the White House issued a Statement expressing “concern that international observers found that the elections fell short of international commitments”; but the statement unambiguously affirmed that “we will work diligently with Ethiopia to ensure that strengthened democratic institutions and open political dialogue become a reality for the Ethiopian people.” To paraphrase William Buckley, “I won't insult the intelligence of the White House by suggesting that they really do believe the statement they had issued.”

“There’s serious evil in the world, and hardship and pain…”

There is a great moral irony in the Obama Administration’s human rights policy in Africa. The President seems to believe that he is moving the African human rights agenda forward while appearing to be backsliding metaphorically similar to Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalk” dance. My humble personal view, (with all due respect to President Obama and his office and mindful of my own full support for his election in 2008 and re-election in 2012), is that President Obama needs to straight walk his human rights talk, not "moonwalk" it. I feel he does not have the confidence in the power of American ideals that I have as a naïve academician and lawyer. He is in an extraordinary historical position in world history as a person of color to advance American ideals in convincing and creative ways. But it seems to me that he has chosen to stand his ground on expediency with little demonstrated faith in American ideals. He now finds himself on a tightrope of moral ambiguity, which impels his hand to choose expediency over consistency of ideals and principles every time he deals with African dictators. He has chosen the creed of realpolitik at a time in global history when the common man and woman stand their ground on principle and ideals of human dignity.

In the “Arab Spring”, ordinary Tunisians, Egyptians, Syrians, Yemeni’s and others who have always faced privation, oppression, corruption and destitution rose up and stood their ground on the principle of human dignity and the rights of Man and Woman. They wanted basic human dignity more than loaves of bread. It is true that one cannot eat dignity like bread nor drink it like milk. But dignity is like oxygen. It is the essence of human existence. If one cannot breathe, one can neither eat nor drink. Human beings without dignity merely exist like the beasts of the wilderness -- aimless, purposeless, meaningless, desultory, fearful and permanently insecure.

It seems to me President Obama has crossed over from the strength of American ideals to the weakness of political expediency. He has chosen to overlook and thereby excuse the cruelty and inhumanity of Africa’s ruthless dictators, their bottomless corruption and their endless crimes against humanity. He says he will “engage” African dictators on human rights. Some “engagement” it is to wine, dine and lionize them as America’s trade partners and “partners on the war on terror”! But the real terror is committed by these dictators on their own people every day as they smash and trash religious liberties, steal elections, jail journalists, shutter newspapers, fill their jails with political prisoners and so on. “Engagement” of African dictators for the sake of the war on terror and oil has created a monstrous moral complacency which tolerates and justifies the ends of evil for the illusion of good.

In his first inaugural speech, President Obama served notice to the world’s dictators: “To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” In July 2009, in Ghana, President Obama told Africa’s “strongmen” they are on the wrong side of history: “History offers a clear verdict: governments that respect the will of their own people are more prosperous, more stable, and more successful than governments that do not…. No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery. That is not democracy, that is tyranny, and now is the time for it to end… Make no mistake: history is on the side of these brave Africans [citizens and their communities driving change], and not with those who use coups or change Constitutions to stay in power. Africa doesn’t need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.”

Senator Obama before becoming president said: “[Reinhold Niebuhr] is one of my favorite philosophers. I take away [from his works] the compelling idea that there’s serious evil in the world, and hardship and pain. And we should be humble and modest in our belief we can eliminate those things. But we shouldn’t use that as an excuse for cynicism and inaction. I take away … the sense we have to make these efforts knowing they are hard.”
Perhaps President Obama has forgotten his philosophical roots. But Niebuhr’s philosophy has special relevance in dealing with not only the evils of communist totalitarianism but also the evils of dictatorships, criminals against humanity, kleptocrats, abusers of power and genociders in Africa today. I wish to remind President Obama of his words in his first inauguration speech: “Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake.”

If I had a chance to have a word or two with President Obama, I would ask him eight naïve questions:

1) On which "side of history" are you?
2) If "Africa does not need strongmen", why does America need them?
3) Why does America support governments that “do not respect the will of their own people” and as a direct result have made their countries failed states (not “prosperous, successful and stable ones")?
4) Why can’t you help ordinary Africans "end tyranny" in the continent?
5) When will you stop "moonwalking" your human rights talk and actually straight walk your eloquent talk in Africa?
6) What are you prepared to do in the next four years about the “serious evil” of dictatorship, corruption and abuse of power in Africa and stop using the war on terror and oil as an excuse for “cynicism and inaction” ?
7) Do you think the people of Africa will render a “verdict” in your favor (assuming you care)?
8) When will you start living up to the “ideals that light up the world” and give up “expedience”?

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

49 comments

Comment from: My2cents [Visitor]
My2cents

Honestly, Obama could care less about th outcome of Kenyan election. Worse, he does not give a damn about situation in Ethiopia given the plate before him. Thanks to Egypt, Congo, Somalia and Boko Haram, who so far have been upstaging us, Ethiopia won’t make the ugly contest for attention. W. Bush did not even mention Ethiopia at all in his autobiography. It would be a surprise if Obama mentions our country in his post presidency book. However, the tears of a pious Ethiopian woman who has been victimized by Gifenga baleGizewotch can uproot them once and for all. A pious Ethiopian wields more power than the leader of the free world.

http://www.tsowell.com/spracecu.html

03/18/13 @ 00:32
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed

Where are the ears of our eloquent President Obama? Are you going to make any African trips yet?

Where is African Spring? Do you think we Africans are not ready for any Spring?

President my wife gave you a voice thinking we will remember you as a man of words, a man of change, a man of inspiration, a man of character, a man of pride. If you fail in any of these, you fail the young of Africa. No hope for any future president of color. No hope to bring Africa into the a respectable continent. Are we really monkeys? Or are we humble and walking creatures? Are we lame and deformed or are we thinking and bright? Your position on these reflective questions will help us clear our vision for Africa.

To me you are a good speaker, but your speech lacks sometimes flesh and all the time bone. President Obama, get your flesh and get your bone and just say is “Enough” “Bekka” “Gay".

Put Africa map back again into civilized world.

Thank you Prof Al Mariam. Sometimes being an academician puts you to be a far fetched writer. But it is too urgent to forgo Africa change. For that I admire you. All we have to do is hold the President accountable for his words. For America to lose Africa for China will be a cost it will never afford to incur. If you change Ethiopia where the AU is centered you change the whole of Africa. We will chain every dictator who comes to Addis Ababa and hold him accountable.

03/18/13 @ 00:35
Comment from: EriPride [Visitor]
EriPride

Al,
You never cease to captivate my way of thinking.

The word “moonwalking” on Africa say it all LOL

If Ethiopia would been blessed about ten (10) sharp minds like yours, Ethiopia would have been the asset of Africa instead of the bawl of leftovers.

Democracy “Obama way” means enslaving Africa as the breadbasket of former colonizers but not the indigenous.

Keep up the good work.

03/18/13 @ 02:53
Comment from: Girma Negash [Visitor]
Girma Negash

The double stand of US America has begun not today, It is in one hand the leading democratic country and fighter of human rights and democracy, on the other hand care-less attitude towards many undemocratic or dictator governments in the world. Because it is not advantageous to the country being confronted with Middle East or African countries which produces and exports oil or gas or with some strategically necessary countries in the regions. So I don’t think so at near future America’s foreign policy towards Africa’s dictatorial regime will change.

03/18/13 @ 03:31
Comment from: minew [Visitor]
minew

Alemayehu is making his living out of his nonsense writing especially related to Ethiopia. Let him Enjoy his earnings from our traditional enemies like…

03/18/13 @ 03:45
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Obama famous Accra Speech has finally been shut down by Suzan Rice mourning her Great Friend the Crime Minister Meles Zenawi .

03/18/13 @ 03:50
Comment from: Ts [Visitor]
Ts

It is not fair to ask a mocking question about the standard of human right, otherwise you are offering an awareness for some people who might not experienced it at all. Simply, even if you get a chance and ask those questions that you have listed them down, there will be no single answer for you, Prof. Alm.

Human right doesn’t has a single standard nor it be double standards. It is a dimension less to create a window of opportunities for the designers and supporters in promoting it even the international human rights. The opportunity is to create an economic power, to colonize through a common senses of law, and to rule against other disadvantageous countries, minority groups and an economically poor individuals.

03/18/13 @ 04:22
Comment from: solo [Visitor]
solo

WHY IN THE HELL DO YOU ASK OBAMA ABOUT AFRICAN PROBLEM? WHEN DO YOU THINK THAT AFRICANS TAKE CHARGE OF THEIR COUNTRIES AND RULE WITH LOW AND DIGINITY.INSTEAD YOUR DUMB ASS ASK SOMEONE TO LOOK INTO YOUR PROBLEM. THIS TELLS ME THAT YOU ARE INCAPABLE OF SOLVING A PROBLEM.YOU STILL WAITING SOLUTION FROM YOUR COLONIAL MASTERS,SLAVE MINDED PITTY. WAKE THE HELL UP AND USE YOUR BARIN….YOU ARE A WASTE

03/18/13 @ 07:35
Comment from: Lobby [Visitor]
Lobby

CANCER Al G/Mariam again: Naive, ignorant and WICKED! Obama hasn’t been able to fight for the “Rights” of his fellow Americans who elected him a president! Just give it up: There is NO soup of “Human Right” you will be donated from Neocolonialist monster empires! You may continue obsequiously licking their “behind", but, indeed, you wont have any! I can imagine how disappointed you are, because your treason against Ethiopia hasn’t yield anything!

America never cared about dictators, nor did it care for the “rights” of its people! Is it because you haven’t known about America’s policy in trading with Mubarak’s Egypt, Sadam Hussien, international terror sponsoring Saudi Kings…when they abused and butcher their own people? Hahaha! Of course you know this! But you are consumed with hatred and lust over power! In fact you hate Africa, most especially Ethiopia. You are disappointed because you couldn’t unleash this holocaust on Ethiopians!

But you know it, you CANCER! That the West has always wanted Africa to remain poor and live in agony of hunger, disease and conflicts! You also know it that, “Human Right” is NOT a handout you get from anyone, leave alone from Neocolonialist oppressors! But you are now a POISON and you cannot see reality! You would rather your mother’s “private organ” be desecrated by Western gangs than compromise and contribute your own with your own people whom you owe your “success"!

CANCER, you can continue releasing your poison! We the new generation of Ethiopian youth are determined to work with our differences for the COMMON GOOD of all of us! We continue fighting for our rights! One thing we NEVER do is commit TREASON on our Ethiopia, just like what you are doing now! We have problems but we never bet against our family! We have so many legitimate political questions but we never bet against Ethiopia!

03/18/13 @ 07:59
Comment from: rahwa [Visitor]
rahwa

ye ergo zinb.

03/18/13 @ 08:40
Comment from: ethiovistor [Visitor]
ethiovistor

OWE-BAMA

Never again vote for a BLACK PRESIDENT!

In our planet, I can’t think of a single black president doing his job accordingly.When it comes to looting ask the “DEAD, DECAYED, BLACKNED, NEGROIED shabian/@game ugly king-kong from ADWA, who joined the fire ground of HELL without taking a single stolen penny. People should leave our AFRICAN AMERICAN black president alone, since his busy studing and predicting the NCAA championship, attending BEYONCE’s gritty new track with MALIA and SASHA,while hunging out with FAKER-WOODS for 18-holes. It is a golf hole people!

03/18/13 @ 09:08
Comment from: teshome [Visitor]
teshome

How many books he reads, what ever degree he has, he is moron.Denkoro.

03/18/13 @ 09:09
Comment from: ethiovistor [Visitor]
ethiovistor

teshome

Are u calling the ELITE professor DENKORO? come to his office u will see a few of his PHDs and credentials hunged on the wall, while MEHAYEM WEYANE like u hunged the WONBEDES relatives ISAYAS and MELESE ugly picture. OOPS! forget to mention the QUANTA on the rope ,the AFRO SHIFTA picture and ur’s higest authentication of MESERETE-TIMHERT ceritificate u hunged on the kitchen wall. Did u get the TAXI license yet?

03/18/13 @ 09:45
Comment from: heny [Visitor]
heny

Mr. AGECHAM. No matter how many pages of articles you write, you are a deadly enemy of Ethiopia and thus you shall never set your shefafa egir on its soil.
AGECHAM bisbis

03/18/13 @ 09:50
Comment from: Amoraw [Visitor]
Amoraw

I for one was among those who had no expectation from this man Obamab when he become US President. Many were deceived to believe as savior of democracy and good governance in Africa which was wrong. We were not at all in his agenda to do some good things instead to be used for his strategical war against terrorists and alike. For that matter, I can not recall a US President who really made a positive impact of change. They were only here to manipulate, collaborate with corrupted leaders and remove those who stood against them. Africa should arise united and refuse the American hegemony. In latin America it was Chavez who become a headache but now they are relieved.

I really don’t give a damn if Obama is flying to the moon. Mengedun cherk yarglet!!

03/18/13 @ 10:13
Comment from: ethiovistor [Visitor]
ethiovistor

HENY
NOW! the idiot TEGRES trying to be the private owner of ethiopia! LOL!
The professor is from ADDIS-ABABA and he is very respectful of his KILIL. The problem we have is those who come from the crybabies land of SHIFTAS, WONBEDES, DELDEY AFRASH sin city and suffocating the natives clogging our residece by unwanted immigrants especially from the jungle of :THE BANANA REPUBLIQU OF THEIVES and BANDITS. who don’t respect there KILIL.

03/18/13 @ 10:47
Comment from: Amhara Tyrants Fron ( Kinijit) [Visitor]
Amhara Tyrants Fron ( Kinijit)

heloo amhara people , how are you my dear people ? its almost 22 years since we have been deposed from Power by TPLF. For how long we live without ruling Ethiopia and looting the money and resources ???

03/18/13 @ 11:30
Comment from: gary [Visitor]
gary

ICC is rubbish, it was made for Africa only, so far former Liberian president Charles Tailor on trial, president Al Bashir still in power, Uhuru kenyatta elected president despite court trial pending, the other guy who is on trial also from Kenya elected vise president. So, ICC is irrelevant, how many non Africans have been indicted? none!

03/18/13 @ 12:05
Comment from: selamta [Visitor]
selamta

@ethiovisitor.JUST b/c a fool has a bunch of degrees wont make him better than you and me no matter how you feel.YOU have a gutter mind that digests whatever a PHD holder says or does ,even if it siding with the enemies of ETHIOPIA and now he wants to dictate to OBAMA? What a shame for you and the idiot professor you admire so much. The time for fools and idiots has been buried for good back home, but you have every right to wage war in cyberspace but it will just be yesterdays story recycled for your toxic diaspora to wallow in and dream to bring change……. are you kidding me?
cheers fools

03/18/13 @ 13:22
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Adgi ,go back to your own Agazi Desperate Rocky land ,you can even make a pilgrim to honor your Dead Master ,actually roting in hell .Than barking Amharas ,Amhara with your stinky mouth . Talking of the ICC ,time to make filed Agazi Bandits cases ,for their own crimes of Ethnic cleansing and Genocide they have and are still commiting with their Bandas ;against Amhara ,Anuyak ,Afar ,Ogadenese ,Oromo ,Sidama and even Tigrai Peoples .
Including for the killings of inocent peoples in Addis and many other cities .Afterall Uhuru Kenyatta ,Charles Taylor ,Laurant Gbagbo cases are the same as the ones of the bandits actually ruling the country .

03/18/13 @ 15:18
Comment from: ethiovistor [Visitor]
ethiovistor

SIR

That is 100% impaired excuse to say. Of course he is better than u and i, no matter how u bluff to make ur self looks better by scratching a few scribbles and proven ur-selves that “u are under idiopatical chronical inferiority complex” which affects heavily personality and mood disorder. ! Matter of fact he is the only GENIUS ethiopian who can put realities and matters on-prospective manner than anybody i have known off. Professor has one of the greatest untapped resource to our society. It’s more specific than it is personal, the problem is attempting to recognaize the elite genius PROFESSOR is that it takes near-genius to obey it. As u witness he is very talented in different realms, with a reasonable answers to s diversity of matters, Yet the WEYANE HODAM DOGS and dumb-azz ethiopians suffers a great loss because they don’t know how to nurture someone’s sharpnes, and infact he is in different and hostile to paid TPLF bandit and privillaged trashes.

03/18/13 @ 15:23
Comment from: ethiovistor [Visitor]
ethiovistor

SELAMTA/sir

03/18/13 @ 15:35
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Knowing very well Barack Hussein Obama cares less about the human right violations in Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Latin America, Professor Alemayehu Gebre Mariam voted for the human rights-violator supporter, President Obama. Alemayehu’s vote for Obama was based simply on color, not on qualities of leadership. The President is half black and half white; however, Alemayehu Gebre Mariam is totally dark with contorted and unpleasant face.

Of course, Physical appearance has nothing to do with a person’s visceral or intellectual articulation of the process of new ideas and sharing those original ideas with people thirsty of new knowledge and wisdom.

St. Augustine of Hippo was the ugliest person in his physical appearance, but he was the brightest black African bishop who wrote The City of God, the most celebrated book in the Roman Catholic Church Christendom as well as in many other Christian denominations.

The hypocrite Professor is now turning the hit on Barack Hussein Obama by accusing him for financially and politically supporting the following African leaders:

1. Kibaki of Kenya

2. Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya

3. Bashir of North Sudan

4. Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe

5. Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia

6. Paul Kagame of Rwanda

7. Yuweri Museveni of Uganda

8. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea

When Alemayehu Gebre Mariam voted for Obama, he had a wishful thinking that Obama would pick him up and send him as the United States ambassador to Ethiopia. Obama didn’t pick him up; unfortunately, the power-greedy Professor has now started aligning himself with the future president of the United States of America by openly denouncing Obama’s foreign policy and lack of support for the Human Rights violations in China, in the Middle East, in Africa, and in other parts of the world.

The professor accuses Obama of weak leadership in dealing with human rights violators:

“It seems to me President Obama has crossed over from the strength of American ideals to the weakness of political expediency. He has chosen to overlook and thereby excuse the cruelty and inhumanity of Africa’s ruthless dictators….”

When the professor accuses Obama for collaborating with the African leaders, he has forgotten something important, i.e. Obama is not the President of the whole world. Obama is the President of the United States of America. He has nothing to do with the internal political affairs of the African States. By any means and at any cost, he has to keep the American interest all over the world intact and make the American people happy, secured, and prosperous. Who cares what the above eight leaders the Professor mentioned do in their own countries for their own people.

The Professor goes further and asks what America has done for Ethiopia:

“But just north of the Kenyan border in Ethiopia, how much has the U.S. invested to support electoral reform, civic education, civil society strengthening, etc., has the U.S. invested?”

Strengthening civil society, providing civic education, and supporting electoral reform are the exclusive rights of the Ethiopian people, not the American people. The Americans have their own problems to fix: they want to end the war in Afghanistan; they want to invest more money on educating their children; they want to rebuild the deteriorating bridges in their states, they want to lower the deficit they are facing, and they want to hire more unemployed American workers.

If Obama wants to have a dialogue or a political engagement with the African leaders, it is up to the President; however, engaging the African leaders does not make the President of the United States of America as he is sharing the same bed with them as the Professor asserts:

“… But does ‘engagement’ of African dictators mean sharing a cozy bed with them so that they can suck at the teats of American taxpayers to satisfy their insatiable aid addiction?”

The American government has the right how and when to use the American tax payers’ money, and that is why each American state is represented by its elected officials to allocate the American tax payers’ money according to the needs of each American state, not according to the needs of Somalia or Ethiopia. Of course, Americans are generous people in helping poor countries all over the world.

President Obama is not responsible for the existence of evil in this world or for completely eliminating it from this earth. The Professor assumes as if Obama were responsible for any misfortunes many country are facing today:

“I take away [from his (Obama’s) works] the compelling idea that there’s serious evil in the world, and hardship and pain.”

We all know there is poverty, disease, in equality, and even human trafficking (fortunately the Professor is lucky that he is not swept away by this cruel human trafficking because of his color) in some parts of the world, but America cannot solve all these problems by herself. The whole world must work together, hand in hand, to at least minimize the predicaments of billions of poor people on this planet earth.

The gist of the Professor’s article is still the Arab Spring: he wants to introduce the Arab Spring to the Ethiopian people through his political supporters, the Ethiopian Jihadist Muslims who have been protesting in the city of Addis Ababa for almost over a year:

“In the ‘Arab Spring’, ordinary Tunisians, Egyptians, Syrians, Yemeni’s and others who have always faced privation, oppression, corruption and destitution rose up and stood their ground on the principle of human dignity and the rights of Man and Woman.”

Excuse me, Mr. Professor, did the Tunisians, the Egyptians, the Syrians, the Yemenis, and the Libyans get what they wanted and at what cost? The Arab Spring main purpose in all those Arab countries was not for the establishment of democracy in those countries. The main purpose of those Muslim revolutionaries was simply to declare the barbaric Sharia Law as the law of their states. We don’t see Muslim women in those countries getting their freedom. They are still considered domestic animals and inferiors to men. Where is the Muslim dignity the Arab Spring brought to the Arab-Muslim world? Do you know how many people died in Syria? Over 70,000 Syrians have been killed so far as the result of the Arab Spring.

As a ruthless enemy of the Ethiopian people, Alemayehu Gebre Mariam wants to bring the bloody Arab Spring Movement to Ethiopia and see the bloodshed flowing freely like the River Nile in the capital city of Addis Ababa. When such things happen to the Ethiopian people, one can see the cowardly Professor, sitting in his comfortable chair, laughing and chatting with his worthless Jihadist Muslim friends.

I will respond to your childish questions this way:
1) On which “side of history” are you?
He is on the history of the American Founding Fathers.
2) If “Africa does not need strongmen", why does America need them?
America does not need Africa but Africa needs America.
3) Why does America support governments that “do not respect the will of their own people” and as a direct result have made their countries failed states (not “prosperous, successful and stable ones")?
It is not America’s business to meddle in the internal affairs of any country.
4) Why can’t you help ordinary Africans “end tyranny” in the continent?
His priority is to help ordinary Americans to find jobs and help their families.
5) When will you stop “moonwalking” your human rights talk and actually straight walk your eloquent talk in Africa?
America is a free country where anyone can walk forward or backward, right or left, up or down. One can also talk anything on any subject in America.
6) What are you prepared to do in the next four years about the “serious evil” of dictatorship, corruption and abuse of power in Africa and stop using the war on terror and oil as an excuse for “cynicism and inaction” ?
It is not your business to know what the President of America is going to do for the next four years, and it is the full responsibility of the African people to deal with their leaders and solve their own problems.

7) Do you think the people of Africa will render a “verdict” in your favor (assuming you care)?
The African people’s verdict on the President of the United States of America is not valid.

8) When will you start living up to the “ideals that light up the world” and give up “expedience”?
The first duty of the American President is to light up America, and he is not elected to solve the problems of the rest of the world.

Professor Alemayehu, why don’t you advise the African states to stand up on their own feet instead of begging President Obama to give them some handouts to run their countries?

03/18/13 @ 15:41
Comment from: kul [Visitor]
kul

Dear Prof. Al Mariam,

You ended your article by putting eight questions to President Obama. Similarly, if I had a chance to have a word or two with you, I would ask you eight naïve questions too:

1) On which “side of history” are you i.e. on the side of Ethiopia or on side of its enemies?

2) If “Africa does not need strongmen", why are you hesitant to denounce Isayas?

3) Why do you tacitly support a dictator that “does not respect his own people” and as a direct result has made his country a failed state (I am sure you know whom I am referring to here)

4) Why can’t you distinguish between your hate of Meles et al and Ethiopia’s interest?

5) When will you stop your “deceiving” propaganda talk and actually start a real talk and walk about Ethiopia and its interest?

6) What are you prepared to write in the next four weeks about the “serious evil” of dictatorship, corruption and abuse of power in Eritrea and Ethiopia and stop using Meles et al as an excuse for denouncing anything good happening in Ethiopia? (now we know where you stand on GRD)

7) Do you think the people of Ethiopia will render a “verdict” in your favor while you are clearly siding with Ethiopia’s sworn enemies? (assuming you are Ethiopian)?

8) When will you start living up to the “ideals that you often quote” and give up “hypocrisy”?

03/18/13 @ 16:03
Comment from: mek [Visitor]
mek

This is another nonsense from confused prof. The problems of African can be solved by African talk and understanding the problems of their brothers not by USA. USA has its own problems to solve. The US did not even ratify the ICC so how do you think it will bring criminals to International court.
The best way for African to solve our issues with democracy to talk to those people who do not agree with us than to shot at them.

03/18/13 @ 18:44
Comment from: Ethiopiawinet [Visitor]
Ethiopiawinet

President Obama
is the President of the world whether you like it or not. I can prove it to you in one second if you want to.
Shut you filthy mouth cave people.

Prof Al
Your intelect is that of civil/high society, broader, lookin matters in every angels, not confined to cancerous backward religion of hate.
How come then one expect from a bunch of children to understand your brainy article.

Teshome Abebe
wrote an article that attack, humiliate, insult, label, etc on the religion he has no knowledge.
He insulted highly educated people who converted to Islam volunteerly without bribary or missionary such as Rabbi, Monks, priests, Congressman, actors, actress, models, etc. and the whole world Muslims. He told us how bad is our religion and how angel his.
And yet haters here praised his poisonous murderous venomous trash article and not Prof Al’s? Just like birds of the same feathers fly together. They are in one pot. Dumb, idiot with little brain.

Can any one give me one Ethiopian intelect of Prof. Al’s level in Ethiopia or abroad. Come on only one.
How about Africans or our neighbors, Sudan, Egypt, S.Arabia.
You will be surprised they are in hundred of thousands.

Lobby
I see you frying in the pan when you see Prof Al’s article.
I know you just want build dam. You don’t care about the consequence thereafter.
Can you compare building dam to human rights violation? Which one you want take as priority.

If the government of a country deny you your God given absolute right as a citizen, give you a deaf ear to your request, demonize you, make lie dramas, label you, kill you, torture you and jail you, would you care about that country after all forget about the dam. Would you migrate as you did or what?
Those majority Ethiopians who called minority would not care less for your dam. They car for their survival first and then the dam.
That’s why Prof Al who is not from the majority supported the right cause even though he is one of you in religion and race.
It takes you thousand of years to become like him to do what he did. It’s 100% hard for you to support the right cause for you are at the bottom of the world intelecualy, in everything.

Teshome Abebe and Coptic controlled country is one of you. Abebe and the government can not leap the line their ancestors marked for them. They stay in their confined box and attack the outsiders without having slightest knowledge about them. They are admant to changes.
Prof Al is different person that is the reason you see few people like him in quality and kind for they are precious diamond human kinds.


03/18/13 @ 18:53
Comment from: addiszemen [Member]  
addiszemen

ethiopiawiNot, the talliban from torra borra,….

Just because this banda almaria supported your terrorist movement, you’re calling him brainy and the most knowledgable guy in the world? You’re very funny and stupid too.
Selling oneself to enemies of Ethiopia and breaking the record in Ethiopia’s history for being the worst traitor of all time like almaria means, he will go down in the annals of history as being the most treasonous person. He is even more sinful than JUDAS of escariot.
Judas sold only one man, Jesus Crist. But almaria sold 90 million people!!
As somebody once called the English American war traitor Benadict Arnold, “BLACK AS HELL"!!!!

03/18/13 @ 19:36
Comment from: tink_tank [Member]  
tink_tank

why do you think USA has a responsibility for all other world?….. you should worked out your on human rights your self. I do not know your level of intellectual, but you should go their and teach them you are. Obama he can dance any type of dance lets not get him involve.with this mambo jumbo.

03/18/13 @ 20:09
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Ethiopiawinet, you are still the same shit, shitting on this web site! Why don’t you use your original screen name – Gragn Ahmed? For how long do you want to stay on nazret.com, deceiving people by changing your screen name? What happened to your other screen name – Seattle?

How do you know Al. Mariam is a Christian, not a Muslim? Don’t you think Al. Mariam represents the Mecca idols – Al – Lat and Al – Uzza? His name is also very close to the Muslim moon-god, Allah. And that is why you are worshipping him and asking him to submit to your worthless idol, Allah. Because this wallowing person has supported your Jihadist movement, doesn’t mean it is the end of the world for the Ethiopian Christians. The Christian world, unlike the backward Arab-Muslim world, is not short of geniuses, and Teshome Abebe is one of those geniuses. Al Mariam never produces new idea of his own; whenever he writes an article, he wants to lengthen his article by saying Jefferson said this; Socrates said this; Roosevelt said this, and this, and this….He cannot write a single page without depending on other sources, and that is why he mentioned the following names just to make his article longer and borring:

Kibaki of Kenya

2. Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya

3. Bashir of North Sudan

4. Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe

5. Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia

6. Paul Kagame of Rwanda

7. Yuweri Museveni of Uganda

8. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea

There is no need to mention all these unnecessary names. He could have simply summarized their policies in one sentence since he believes all of them are corrupt dictators. I hope your friendship with him will last long, especially when he joins your religion. I hope he will do that, and we will never consider him as an apostasy. Of course, in Islam, if some one leaves Islam and joins another religion, you will kill him, but we Christians never kill anyone for denouncing his religion.

03/18/13 @ 20:11
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]
Bethihu

The diaspora Ethiopian communities should denounce the sold out or enemies’ mouthpiece. Especially, we should watch the propagandas of the following individual or groups that they have no interest for Ethiopia’s development or well being, but they are working hard to fulfill their masters…

Alemayoh G. Mariam…
Elias Kiflom…
ESAT..
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God bless the world!!

03/18/13 @ 20:26
Comment from: sf [Visitor]
sf

Dear friend @Ethiopiawinet [Visitor],
You asked mr.Teshome Abebe to give you a well known Ethiopian intelects
in Ethiopia and abroad?
“Can any one give me one Ethiopian intelect of Prof. Al’s level in Ethiopia or abroad.”
Here are some of our intelects abroad
*Addis Zemen
*Assta B. Gettu
*Lobby
*and all woyanne Cadres.
Please accept this people as Ethiopian intelects,because “In the country of blind one eyed man is a king.”

03/19/13 @ 09:02
Comment from: Ethiopiawinet [Visitor]
Ethiopiawinet

Fascist alcoholic Addis Zemen

Wow! you count the people you label them terrorists, tora borists, which compromise 50-60% of 90 million (I hope you don’t go to 100m. though the right number is 79 to 83 million) Ethiopian population called “Ethiopian” Muslims.

90 millions is good figure to get a good hand out from donor countries.

Prof Al supported terrorist movement you said.
Have you seen so called terrorists by you government doing a single act that terroriszed your government?
Ethiopian people never said they are terrorized instead supported them.
So why did you pick “terrorists” on
Ethiopian Muslims?

How come you and even monarchist Amharas here used different labeling on Prof Al and not terrorist. Why? because he is not Muslim?

This is what you call it tyrant and oppressive regimes system. Put one religion on the sky and the other to the bottom to help them rule for a little more years.

Prof Al came out against this crime and human rights violation. Not because of love of Islam.
May be!!! you are scared that most of intelects converted to Islam as Assta mentioned so Prof Al.
You can question him on this since I don’t have a clue.

He also did same thing on dam. He sees danger coming that will drag the country into war for centuries to come which this in itself will disintegrate this fragile unjust country into small countries like prior to 1887.

The majority Ethiopians (Muslims) say if there is no justice, if one dominates the resources, the government, the media and the country at large then why would one die for the benefit of the oppressor country. Why migrate and leave the country (your own land) for them? Try to take your land back at any cost. Religion is different but your rights is your survivals.
You can not use religion as pretext to deny them their absolute God given right. You can keep the labeling in your bank but not their rights.

People ask this kind of questions. Do not take this at ease because of your arrogancy and ignorancey in your brain.

Confront the reality like Prof Al vivdly put it for you and then solve it to bring peace, prosperity and life for all not only for copts of the north.
Why this pill is hard for you to swallow it. It’s not that bitter but cure for your visceral and peripheral well beings.

Teshome Abebe
sutured and tailored Ethiopian Muslims with the rest of the world.

It’s ok for South Sudan and others be helped by their religious followers around the world and not for Muslims. Why? Read his trash logically weak childish biased article. Laughable.

There are many things that are gross and inhuman thought on the heart and mind of you people as Teshom exposed your real skin.

You will never be able to cross the line marked for you by your toxic hater ignorant backward fanatic coptic feudals and see the reality in the world as Prof Al overcame those backward toxic ideolgy of feudals.

Instead of regretting of the past blunder, genocide like Tamagn did, Teshome and the rest even went further to exacerbate the oppression on Ethiopian Muslims. This will never be tolerated and you will pay the consequence as you paid it in case of that small Eritrea. Accept it.

Let me tell you even in your dream you will never reach that stage of normality and intelectual status of Prof Al.

The depth of the knowledge conveyed is too great to be simply hearsay gleaned inside your cave box mentality chat among you.

Prof Al’s like knowledge requires another century to acquire it, never mind a couple hundred years ago when there were few texts and scientific instruments, and even fewer translations for your feudal who fed you what you are spitting here. Idiots ‘hola’.

I have no doubt in you for your credibility either. You can not be taken in by bribery, race or religion but by human rights.
God bless you.

03/19/13 @ 11:10
Comment from: Melkamu [Visitor]
Melkamu

kul aka fitawrari, just shut up dude, your spineless brain no match to Professor Al who read hundreds of political science books, The professor knows each ingredient of politics. He also loves his country like you but he does it scientific way not like your yoyo emotion. Ignore Essayes for the moment, your number one enemy is woyanie at home looting bleeding testing the integrity of Ethiopiawnet.

” BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY”


03/19/13 @ 11:37
Comment from: Ethiopiawinet [Visitor]
Ethiopiawinet

Assta

Evil of all evils always propogate and agitate lie, war, hate, genocide, and so on to quench his bloody thirsty evil throat.

You are nervous of all intelects, highly educated people will convert to Islam as you mentioned one here Prof Al. There is no bribery or missionary here in the process, the conversion takes place volunteerily just like secularism.

You are right if you have knowledge then you can distinguish dead book of coptic which is traditional, uncivilized, rigid, and confused religion from the real people of the book.

You said that if a Muslim converted to Ethiopan coptic religion by bribery and missionary then that Muslim will be killed.
Show me one evidence in Ethiopia and where it happen.
Pentes spent billions of dollars in bribery in Ethiopia preying on poor, children, woman, sick, old, illiterates, and covert them in ten of thousands.
Liar talk about this.
You may jump to outside countries may be that war torn countries. This countries do not represent all world Muslims.
In Indonesia alone 8 millions bribed Muslims joined Pentes. Have you heared about this forced coversion.
How many people killed there. Again bring on your evidence if you have one. Do not take us to the country I mentioned above.

I think I cornered you. You may start asasinating my religion and the whole Muslims as ususal to hide your evil lie behind this pretext.
No one buy it anymore.

If you are a real human beings and not evil agent then join Prof Al and people like me to stand for human rights irrespective of religion, race, location, etc affiliations.

We all are human beings on earth. In a few decades we all will be dust in the wind and new generation will take our places. so why don’t we leave them a peaceful, loveable human earth for them.
If you attack others people’s religion, human rights and they fight you back, what will get you out of this. Misery, disease, war, hate, and all the bad staff.

In Quran and of course in the people of the book says that through diversity we brought you beauty and to know each other to appreciate it and praise Him for this. I hope I quoted right.

03/19/13 @ 11:48
Comment from: kul [Visitor]
kul

Dear Melkamu,

I know Prof. Al Mariam has a JD and PhD. I also know he is a well versed and well-read person. I never tried to compare myself with his intellect. But I don’t think one needs a PhD to identify good from bad. Hence, I will not hesitate to call him out when he writes something that makes no sense. I mentioned Isayas in my earlier comment because I want to know why Prof. Al Mariam is sympathetic to him. I consider both Woyane and Shabia as number one enemies of Ethiopia. As you may know not long ago both woyane and shabia were collaborating in the business of looting Ethiopia. Both Woyane and Shabia work hard to destroy the spirit of Ethiopianism. So, it is my opinion that any Ethiopian who aligns with Isayas should think twice.

P.S.
Dear Melkamu, please don’t confuse me with Free.

03/19/13 @ 14:41
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Ethiopiawinet aka Gragn Ahmed aka Seattle (visitor),

There was no any more blood-thirsty person than the Muslim false prophet Muhammad (May curse be upon him!), and there was no any person who killed more people than the child-molester Muhammad the false prophet. Adolf Hitler of Germany might have killed few million people for a limited time in some designated areas; however, Muhammad’s followers have been killing, killing, killing, and killing for 1400 years, and still they are killing thousands of people every single day all over the world.

Ethiopiawinet is the product of those killer Muslims, and he is training Jihadist Ethiopian Muslims to kill the Ethiopian Christians because he has to follow what Muhammad taught him in Quran 2:191; 5:51; 8:12; 4:90; 8:20; 8:39; 92:8; and in many Hadith verses.

All the books the Ethiopian Orthodox Church uses are holy books and remain holy for eternity, but your Quran is fiction as I have demonstrated to you before. This is what your fairytale Hadith says: “Satan Cast a False Quran Revelation on the Messenger of Allah’s Tongue” (Tabari VI: 107). Therefore, your Quran is a fiction revealed to Muhammad by Satan. Muhammad himself had confessed saying the following words:
“The Messenger said, ‘I have fabricated things against Allah and have imputed to Him words which He has not spoken’” (Tabari VI: 110).
Hence, Quran is a fiction, fabricated by Muhammad the false prophet whom Satan inspired him to fabricate such a misleading book.

You have not learned how to paraphrase someone’s sentences, and that is why you got my statements wrong. I have never written such awkward statement with misspelled words. This is what you said as if I had said it: “You said that if a Muslim converted to Ethiopan Coptic religion by bribery and missionary then that Muslim will be killed.”
That is the way you write and that is the way you deceive other people: prove me if I have said “by bribery and missionary….”
The truth is Christians never kill any one who changes his religion, but Muslims kill any person who leaves his religion, Islam (Quran 4:90).
You stated in your broken English: “Show me one evidence in Ethiopia and where it happen.”
No Muslim in Ethiopia can kill any Ethiopian Muslim because of his change of religion and go free, for Ethiopia is a Christian country, not a Muslim country. If Ethiopian Muslims were, God forbid, in power, no one will be free to leave Islam. All Muslims in the world live in fear of being killed if they leave Islam. Islam cannot survive without intimidating, bulling, terrorizing, and finally killing those who attempt to leave Islam.
Can you show me which verse of the Quran says “…through diversity we brought you beauty …”?
Muhammad the false prophet advises his followers: “Believers, take not Jews and Christians for your friends” (Quran 5:51). Do we see any diversity in your satanic Quran? Didn’t Muhammad also say, “Two religions cannot coexist in the Arabian Peninsula” (Tabari VIII: 130)? Then, “Umar investigated the matter, then sent to the Jews, saying: “Allah has given permission for you to be expelled” (Tabari VIII: 130).
Do we see any diversity proclaimed or allowed by the Messenger of the Devil, Muhammad the false prophet? Do we see Muslims giving their daughters to Christian boys in marriage?
Muslims never bring beauty to diversity; in fact, Muslims are very famous in bringing adversity to beauty; dishonesty to civility; immorality to morality; abnormality to modesty; naivety to maturity; bestiality to dignity; barbarity to modernity; and cruelty to humanity.
Ethiopia has been the land of so many beauties but the Jihadist Muslims, like Ethiopiawinet and his likes, are smearing and disfiguring her beauties through their deceptions, lies, treasons, and illegal protests.
The government of Ethiopia has a mandate to expel such Jihadist Muslims from the Christian land of Ethiopia and send them to the Muslim lands of Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Egypt, Pakistan, and other Muslim countries.

03/19/13 @ 19:23
Comment from: My2cents [Visitor]
My2cents

In his first inaugural speech, President Obama served notice to the world’s dictators: “To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” In July 2009, in Ghana, President Obama told Africa’s “strongmen” they are on the wrong side of history: “History offers a clear verdict: governments that respect the will of their own people are more prosperous, more stable, and more successful than governments that do not…. No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery. That is not democracy, that is tyranny, and now is the time for it to end… Make no mistake: history is on the side of these brave Africans [citizens and their communities driving change], and not with those who use coups or change Constitutions to stay in power. Africa doesn’t need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.”

Now what is wrong with holding a man responsible for his own actions, or in this case, promises? Obama is clever in that he knows exactly how to connect to each one of us but his motivation remains only to be liked by all. In a way, he is devieving us. By the way, Professor AG is target because he exposes the daylight out of wrongdoers unlike any.

03/19/13 @ 20:20
Comment from: regassa [Visitor]
regassa

I have no credential like the professor.to think as critically as he is, but as saying goes “life itself is a school” I would courteously express my difference of opinion on this article because I do not believe a leader of another country, especially country that was built on a moral code of “love yourself” stand for others,am I clear?

03/20/13 @ 17:51
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed

In the face of negative stereotyping against Islam and Muslims in the post 9/11 world, it is very important for Muslims to return to the pluralistic vision of the Quran and establish cooperative dialogue and relations with other religions in their communities.

A dialogue is also necessary to learn about the beliefs of other people. The text books that deprecate other religions and inculcate abhorrence of Christians, Jews, and Hindus, also need to be revised or replaced. Our differences and disagreements are not to be feared, rejected, or stamped out. God wants us to use our differences to learn, through dialogue, about ourselves, about others, and about truth.

In my upbringing and subsequent laborious studies, Islam comes across as a gender, racial, and religiously egalitarian religion. A religion that teaches that all human beings are completely equal in God’s sight and are created as such and that all human beings are endowed with consciousness and wisdom through which he or she can know God personally. The true essence of Islam only emerges after one strips away the cultural, ethnic, and ideological build ups and dross. However the Islam I have found practised is very different in that distinctions based on race, creed, class, religion, and gender occur all the time in the societies that claim to be Muslim models.

Islam and the Quran are clearly appreciative of diversity and dissimilarity -in creation, culture, and beliefs- within human world. Discarding the pre-Islamic tribal culture inculcating tight groupings based on family and lineage the Quran describes all human beings as part of one super unit which is humanity. It addresses the totality of humanity as ‘Bani Adam’ (children of Adam) in several places. For example the following verses from the Quran endorse the principle of diversity as an essential element of the scheme of creation.

“O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that latter are better than the former. Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other names…….”

(Sura Hujrat, verse 11)

“O mankind! We created you from male and female and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily, the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is he who is the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is fully informed.”

(Sura Hujurat, verse 13)

“If thy Lord had so willed, He could have made mankind One People: but they will not cease to be diverse.”

(Sura Hood, verse 118)

In the first verse the Quran upholds unity by exhorting its adherents to respect the dignity of all human beings. The next two verses affirm the diversity among human beings through nations and tribes. The Quran recognizes and respects the facets of identity determined by these divisions forming smaller and larger collectives of humankind. While the Quran conveys respect for everyone, it does not confer nobility or higher worth upon any group or ethnicity. Instead the single evaluative standard for the Quran remains moral consciousness of God (taqwa).

In verse 99 of Sura Younus the Quran explains that if it had been God’s Will to not to grant free will to humankind, He could have made all mankind alike and all would then have Faith. Thus the men of Faith must guard against the temptation of forcing Faith by any means of compulsion. Hence the Quran upholds diversity and tolerance as part of the Divine Will. The Quran sees disputations in the matter of religion as futile and urges its adherents to find common grounds of belief through civility, compassion, sincerity, and a genuine concern for the good of others. This also reflects in the following verse from the Quran as it lays down the code for Muslims’ conduct with the followers of other Abrahamic religions.

“And argue ye not with the People of the Book, except with means better than mere argument, apart from those among them who inflict wrong and injury upon you. Tell them that we believe in the Revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you: our Allah and your Allah is One and it is to Him we submit.”

(Sura Ankaboot, verse 46)

As mentioned above, the Quran describes that God could have kept us all alike but He chose to give us diversity in religion, language, culture, colour, and race to test our capacity for right conduct and for harmony and peace.

“….. To each among you have we have given a law and a way of life. If Allah had so wanted He would have made you a single people (professing one faith and following one law) but He wished to test you in what He has given each of you. So excel in good deeds. To Allah will you all return in the end and then He will show you the truth of the matters in which you disagreed.”

(Sura Maida, verse 48)

“From among Allah’s signs are the creation of heaven and the earth and the difference of your tongues and the variation of your colours.”

(Sura Rum, verse 22)

The Quran’s respect for diversity in tribal, ethnic, national, and religious differences is at variance with the Biblical depiction of the Tower of Babel, in which God punishes the human race for competing with God by distributing it into different groupings with mutually incomprehensible languages. The Quran also suggests that human nature has also been created diverse in inward disposition and personality and not just in language, colour, and creed. {“… Everyone acts according to his or her own disposition.” Sura Bani Israel, verse 84}

to be continued…

03/20/13 @ 18:22
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed

There is a history of Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, and members of other faiths living together in harmony in a pluralistic society under the Muslim rule. As I wrote in a previous essay, let’s take a look at the major tendencies of a society that conforms to the spirit of the Islam’s ethics. The first thing that comes to mind was the exceptional ethnic and religious diversity that existed in the early centuries of Islam; this was unknown to other civilisations of those times. The Muslims from a diverse origin used to live in perfect harmony with the rest of the population (dhimmis), as the Jews and Christians remained loyal to their faith and were free to fulfil their respective religious obligations. They were not subject to any pressure to abjure their faith and to embrace Islam. Contrary to what would happen quite a bit later, the non-Muslims benefited from a protection that the outsiders did not find in any other society. The Prophet had set the example in his life, when he used to take his allies and his hosts under his wings and would not allow anyone to humiliate them or to treat them harshly. Moreover, these Jews and Christians adopted Arabic language and effectively contributed to the culture of the Islamic society. They were perfectly integrated, more than a thousand years before the Western societies, which after many twists were able to produce the harmony that had once existed in the societies of Baghdad and Cordova. These dhimmis had a special status that guaranteed them a complete protection. They were not only considered as protégés but also as allies. They were described by a term that meant ‘people of the pact’. They could accede to high posts in the State. Some would become ministers. Nourished by strong Islamic culture, one of the great Jewish thinkers, Maimonides, found the inspiration in Averroes to renew the links between faith and reason in Judaism. A few centuries later Levinas –under the influence of German philosophy- would do the same to give scriptures a new hermeneutic. Evidently, these ‘allies’ were subject to taxes, as were the Muslims themselves, they probably had an advantage in that their tax liability consisted of fixed amounts, whereas Muslims were subject to zakat which is proportionate to resources. Thus Islamic society is pluralistic in character, allowing harmonious cohabitation of religions.

Islam respects all religions. When Caliph Umar arrived in Jerusalem after the conquest of the city by the Muslims in 638, he was given a tour of the sites by the Christian Patriarch of Jerusalem. As the time for prayer approached ruing the tour, Umar asked for a place where he might offer his prayers. The Patriarch offered Umar the opportunity to pray where he stood in the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Umar turned down the offer saying where he, the first Muslim ruler in Jerusalem, would offer his prayers, his followers would build a mosque and that he did not want that spot to be with a place of importance to Christians. Thus he prayed outside of the church across the street at a spot where a mosque, called the Mosque of Umar, still stands opposite the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This shows Umar’s respect for Christians and their places of worship.

Hence, Islam urges its followers to engage compassion, acquire knowledge, and assimilate wisdom regardless of origin and creed. In its early centuries the Muslim civilization was the vanguard of human progress because it was not reluctant to acknowledge truth and to acquire knowledge from whatever source - Muslim or non-Muslim, past or present. Ali, the fourth Muslim Caliph and a highly revered figure by all Muslims, said that one should evaluate a discourse based on what it says and not who says it. The exclusivists, who now seem so rampant and powerful in Muslim thought and society, only became a potent force in the wake of Mongol onslaught and well over six hundred years after the advent of Islam.

03/20/13 @ 18:23
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Muslims never believe in diversity and never live in harmony with the Jews, the Christians, the Hindus, and the other non-Muslim nations. Muslims have always been at war with the kafirs (the Jews, the Christians, and the Hindus).

As selfish and greedy they are, Muslims have divided the world into two camps: The Islamic world and the world of war. The Islamic world is a world dominated by Muslims, and the world of war is the world that has not yet been conquered by Muslims; therefore, the Muslims are at war with the Christian, the Jewish, the Hindus, and the non-Muslim world until all the non-Muslims submit to the Muslim world. There are numerous verses in Quran and Hadith that clearly explain the war that exists between two houses – the house of war, the non-Muslim world, and the house of peace, the Muslim world (Quran 2:190-193, 4:76, 4:95, 8:38-39, 8:65-69, 9:29, 9:123, 47:4; Ishaq:208, Bukhari 1:387, 4:196, 4:220, Muslim 1:31, 4:1062, 4:4294).

Muslims always consider the Jews and the Christians (kafirs), which means non-believers; therefore Jews and Christians are not welcomed in the Muslim communities. They are excluded until they accept the principles, doctrines of the Muslims around them.

The fictitious Quran teaches the Muslims:

“Let not believers take disbelievers as allies rather than believers. And whoever [of you] does that has nothing with Allah, except when taking precaution against them in prudence. And Allah warns you of Himself, and to Allah is the [final] destination” (Quran 3:28).

This Quranic verse binds all Muslims to hate, to avoid, and never to help the disbelievers (the Jews, the Christians, and the Hindus). If they ally themselves with the non-Muslims, then they will have nothing with their Allah. This particular verse teaches Muslims hatred, disloyalty and deceptions against the non-Muslims. It authorizes the Muslims to lie to and to terrorize the Jews, the Christians, and the Hindus.

Tabari, a well-known Muslim scholar, describes Quran 3:28 beautifully:

“If you [Muslims] are under their [non-Muslims’] authority, fearing for yourselves, behave loyally to them with your tongue while harbouring inner animosity for them … [know that] God has forbidden believers from trusting or being on intimate terms with the infidels rather than other believers—except when infidels are above them [in authority]. Should that be the case, let them [Muslims] act friendly towards them while preserving their religion” (Tabari d. 923 AD).

What Tabari is telling us here is that when Muslims see the situation is not in their favors, they can hide their animosity against the Jews, the Christians, and the Hindus (the non-believers) while they are still showing them (the non-believers) a smiling face because the Muslim Allah has forbidden Muslims to trust the Jews, the Christians, the Hindus, and the other non-Muslims. In short, when non-Muslims are above the Muslims, the Muslims must be very friendly toward the non-Muslims, but at the same time they should not give their hearts to the Jews, the Christians, and to the Hindus.

That is exactly what the Muslims are doing in Europe, in North America, and in many other parts of the world where Muslims are the minorities. They talk to you nicely; they show you their smiling faces, and they even want to chat with you, but you must remember what Tabari said above. They can show you their smiling faces and they may even invite you to their schools or to their Islmic meetings; however, they will never, ever, give you their hearts. They will never tell you the truth; if they do that will be against their religion, Islam, that says: “God has forbidden believers (Muslims) from trusting or being on intimate terms with the infidels rather than other believers—except when infidels are above them [in authority]. Should that be the case, let them (Muslims) act friendly towards them while preserving their religion.”

Another very distinguished Quranic scholar, Ibn Kathir (d. 1373) tells Muslims’ dishonesty and deception in the following paragraph:

“Whoever at any time or place fears … evil [from non-Muslims] may protect himself through outward show.” [As proof of this, he quotes Muhammad’s close companion] Abu Darda, who said, “Let us grin in the face of some people while our hearts curse them.” [And another companion, simply known as] Al-Hasan, who said, “Doing taqiyya is acceptable till the Day of Judgement [i.e., in perpetuity].”

We can clearly understand now the sentence: “Let us grin in the face of some people while our hearts curse them.”

In whose faces do Muslims must show superficial smiles? It should be in the faces of the American people, in the faces of the European people, in the faces of the Latin American people, in the faces of the Russian people, in the faces of the Australian people, in the faces of the Jewish people, and in the faces of the Canadian people.

Are Muslims limited to cheating people by showing their charming and smiling faces only? Not at all! What does the last sentence of Ibn Kathir say? It says: “Doing taqiyya is acceptable till the Day of Judgement [i.e., in perpetuity].” Muslims can lie until Judgment Day, which means until all of them die and leave this world.

Therefore, who can in his right mind make business with Muslims, establish friendship with Muslims, play with Muslims, chat with Muslims, take a train or a bus or a plane with Muslims who continuously lie, deceive, hide their motives in order to harm the non-Muslims? Only the fools trust Muslims; only the fools go to school with Muslims; only the fools make a business deal with Muslims, only the fools travel with Muslims, and only the fools call Muslims for an interfaith meeting, and theses fools by far are the Americans, the Europeans, the Australians, the Canadians, and many other non-Muslim nations.

We must remember the House of Islam and the House of war: The House of Islam belongs to one Ummah – one Muslim community – and the House of War is the Jewish, the Christian, and the Hindu world which is being attacked every day by the House of Islam that belongs to one community (Ummah).

To demonstrate that the Muslims are at war with the non-Muslims, let us see what one of the Quranic verses says: “… the disbelievers are an open enemy to you” (Quran 4:101). This means the Jews, the Christians, the Hindus, and all the other non-Muslims are a declared enemy of the Muslim Ummah with whom Islam is in a state of war or conflict. Hence, Islam permits its adherents to lie to non-Muslims and to fight their enemies, the non-Muslim world. In this case, with all the clear evidence we have at hand, we Jews, Christians, Hindus, and other non-Muslims should never trust the Muslims because they always see us as their ruthless enemies in their heart of hearts, if not openly in our face when they know we are the majorities.

To show us that Islam highly values or respects human life, Muslims say: “whoever slays a soul, it is as though he slew all men.”

To hide their deceptions, they do not quote the entire verse. This is what the verse says: “For this reason did We prescribe to the children of Israel that whoever slays a soul, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men” (Quran 5:32).

This means Islam allows Muslims to kill any person for a peccadillo, for a little mistake, but you can see them quote only part of the verse: “whoever slays a soul, it is as though he slew all men.” The complete verse is: “For this reason did We prescribe to the children of Israel that whoever slays a soul, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men.” We can vividly see now how Muslims continue to deceive us, the Kafirs.

All Muslims generally love what Allah and Muhammad love and hate what Muhammad and Allah hate. Muhammad and Allah love Muslims who wage war against the Jews, the Christians, and the Hindus. Allah and Muhammad hate Muslims who associate with non-Muslims, because Muslims are one Ummah and their loyalties are to this one Ummah and this one Ummah belongs to the House of Islam. The rest of the world is considered an enemy to be fought and defeated and bring it to the House of Islam – to one Ummah.


03/21/13 @ 03:15
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Muslims and Jews under Muslims rules were mistreated badly:

1. They were considered infidels.

2. They were forced to accept the superiorities of the Muslims.

3. They had to pay jizya (poll tax) to the Muslims.

4. They were considered inferiors.

5. They were forbidden to mock or to criticize the Quran, Islam or Muhammad.

6. They were not allowed to touch a Muslim woman but Muslims could touch or rape a Jewish or a Christian girl.

7. They were excluded from public office and armed service.

8. They were not allowed to ride horses or camels.

9. They were not allowed to build synagogues or churches taller than mosques.

10. They were not allowed to construct houses higher than those of Muslims or to drink wine in public.

11. They were forced to wear distinctive clothing and were not allowed to pray or mourn in loud voices as that might offend the Muslims.

12. They had to show public deference toward Muslims- always yielding them the center of the road.

13. They were not allowed to give evidence in court against a Muslim, and their oaths were unacceptable in an Islamic court.

14. To defend themselves, they would have to purchase Muslim witnesses at great expense.

15. They were considered as slaves while the Muslims were regarded as masters.

It is a curse indeed to be under a Muslim rule as we witness today what is going on in Egypt and in many other Islamic countries where Christians or Jews or Hindus are the minorities. We must work hard Muslims in Ethiopia should never have the majorities status.


03/21/13 @ 03:17
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

werner2010 (visitor),
Thank you for providing the nazret.com readers the source Gragn Ahmed plagiarized. I know Gragn Ahmed never writes such a well-organized document by himself. As I have explained with evidence Muslims are allowed to cheat, to lie, and to hate the non-Muslims. Following that doctrine taught by Muhammad the false prophet, Gragn Ahmed did indeed steal the following document. This is not the only time he has plagiarized someone’s documents.

Dear nazret.com readers, the following document was plagiarized by Gragn Ahmed. You must compare this document with the document Gragn Ahmed posted yesterday as if it were his own.

ISLAM AND DIVERSITY (By A.Z)

In the face of negative stereotyping against Islam and Muslims in the post 9/11 world, it is very important for Muslims to return to the pluralistic vision of the Quran and establish cooperative dialogue and relations with other religions in their communities. A dialogue is also necessary to learn about the beliefs of other people. The text books that deprecate other religions and inculcate abhorrence of Christians, Jews, and Hindus, also need to be revised or replaced. Our differences and disagreements are not to be feared, rejected, or stamped out. God wants us to use our differences to learn, through dialogue, about ourselves, about others, and about truth.
In my upbringing and subsequent laborious studies, Islam comes across as a gender, racial, and religiously egalitarian religion. A religion that teaches that all human beings are completely equal in God’s sight and are created as such and that all human beings are endowed with consciousness and wisdom through which he or she can know God personally. The true essence of Islam only emerges after one strips away the cultural, ethnic, and ideological build ups and dross. However the Islam I have found practised is very different in that distinctions based on race, creed, class, religion, and gender occur all the time in the societies that claim to be Muslim models.
Islam and the Quran are clearly appreciative of diversity and dissimilarity -in creation, culture, and beliefs- within human world. Discarding the pre-Islamic tribal culture inculcating tight groupings based on family and lineage the Quran describes all human beings as part of one super unit which is humanity. It addresses the totality of humanity as ‘Bani Adam’ (children of Adam) in several places. For example the following verses from the Quran endorse the principle of diversity as an essential element of the scheme of creation.
“O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that latter are better than the former. Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other names…….”
(Sura Hujrat, verse 11)
“O mankind! We created you from male and female and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily, the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is he who is the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is fully informed.”
(Sura Hujurat, verse 13)
“If thy Lord had so willed, He could have made mankind One People: but they will not cease to be diverse.”
(Sura Hood, verse 118)
In the first verse the Quran upholds unity by exhorting its adherents to respect the dignity of all human beings. The next two verses affirm the diversity among human beings through nations and tribes. The Quran recognizes and respects the facets of identity determined by these divisions forming smaller and larger collectives of humankind. While the Quran conveys respect for everyone, it does not confer nobility or higher worth upon any group or ethnicity. Instead the single evaluative standard for the Quran remains moral consciousness of God (taqwa).
In verse 99 of Sura Younus the Quran explains that if it had been God’s Will to not to grant free will to humankind, He could have made all mankind alike and all would then have Faith. Thus the men of Faith must guard against the temptation of forcing Faith by any means of compulsion. Hence the Quran upholds diversity and tolerance as part of the Divine Will. The Quran sees disputations in the matter of religion as futile and urges its adherents to find common grounds of belief through civility, compassion, sincerity, and a genuine concern for the good of others. This also reflects in the following verse from the Quran as it lays down the code for Muslims’ conduct with the followers of other Abrahamic religions.
“And argue ye not with the People of the Book, except with means better than mere argument, apart from those among them who inflict wrong and injury upon you. Tell them that we believe in the Revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you: our Allah and your Allah is One and it is to Him we submit.”
(Sura Ankaboot, verse 46)
As mentioned above, the Quran describes that God could have kept us all alike but He chose to give us diversity in religion, language, culture, colour, and race to test our capacity for right conduct and for harmony and peace.
“….. To each among you have we have given a law and a way of life. If Allah had so wanted He would have made you a single people (professing one faith and following one law) but He wished to test you in what He has given each of you. So excel in good deeds. To Allah will you all return in the end and then He will show you the truth of the matters in which you disagreed.”
(Sura Maida, verse 48)
“From among Allah’s signs are the creation of heaven and the earth and the difference of your tongues and the variation of your colours.”
(Sura Rum, verse 22)
The Quran’s respect for diversity in tribal, ethnic, national, and religious differences is at variance with the Biblical depiction of the Tower of Babel, in which God punishes the human race for competing with God by distributing it into different groupings with mutually incomprehensible languages. The Quran also suggests that human nature has also been created diverse in inward disposition and personality and not just in language, colour, and creed. {“… Everyone acts according to his or her own disposition.” Sura Bani Israel, verse 84}
There is a history of Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, and members of other faiths living together in harmony in a pluralistic society under the Muslim rule. As I wrote in a previous essay, let’s take a look at the major tendencies of a society that conforms to the spirit of the Islam’s ethics. The first thing that comes to mind was the exceptional ethnic and religious diversity that existed in the early centuries of Islam; this was unknown to other civilisations of those times. The Muslims from a diverse origin used to live in perfect harmony with the rest of the population (dhimmis), as the Jews and Christians remained loyal to their faith and were free to fulfil their respective religious obligations. They were not subject to any pressure to abjure their faith and to embrace Islam. Contrary to what would happen quite a bit later, the non-Muslims benefited from a protection that the outsiders did not find in any other society. The Prophet had set the example in his life, when he used to take his allies and his hosts under his wings and would not allow anyone to humiliate them or to treat them harshly. Moreover, these Jews and Christians adopted Arabic language and effectively contributed to the culture of the Islamic society. They were perfectly integrated, more than a thousand years before the Western societies, which after many twists were able to produce the harmony that had once existed in the societies of Baghdad and Cordova. These dhimmis had a special status that guaranteed them a complete protection. They were not only considered as protégés but also as allies. They were described by a term that meant ‘people of the pact’. They could accede to high posts in the State. Some would become ministers. Nourished by strong Islamic culture, one of the great Jewish thinkers, Maimonides, found the inspiration in Averroes to renew the links between faith and reason in Judaism. A few centuries later Levinas –under the influence of German philosophy- would do the same to give scriptures a new hermeneutic. Evidently, these ‘allies’ were subject to taxes, as were the Muslims themselves, they probably had an advantage in that their tax liability consisted of fixed amounts, whereas Muslims were subject to zakat which is proportionate to resources. Thus Islamic society is pluralistic in character, allowing harmonious cohabitation of religions.
Islam respects all religions. When Caliph Umar arrived in Jerusalem after the conquest of the city by the Muslims in 638, he was given a tour of the sites by the Christian Patriarch of Jerusalem. As the time for prayer approached ruing the tour, Umar asked for a place where he might offer his prayers. The Patriarch offered Umar the opportunity to pray where he stood in the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Umar turned down the offer saying where he, the first Muslim ruler in Jerusalem, would offer his prayers, his followers would build a mosque and that he did not want that spot to be with a place of importance to Christians. Thus he prayed outside of the church across the street at a spot where a mosque, called the Mosque of Umar, still stands opposite the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This shows Umar’s respect for Christians and their places of worship.
Hence, Islam urges its followers to engage compassion, acquire knowledge, and assimilate wisdom regardless of origin and creed. In its early centuries the Muslim civilization was the vanguard of human progress because it was not reluctant to acknowledge truth and to acquire knowledge from whatever source - Muslim or non-Muslim, past or present. Ali, the fourth Muslim Caliph and a highly revered figure by all Muslims, said that one should evaluate a discourse based on what it says and not who says it. The exclusivists, who now seem so rampant and powerful in Muslim thought and society, only became a potent force in the wake of Mongol onslaught and well over six hundred years after the advent of Islam.

03/21/13 @ 13:13
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed

As any person understands I never claimed that it was my original source. Instead Christians claim Bible is God’s word but they have modified it. That is the same people who are telling us now I have plagiarized. Assta Getu your whole Book is a plagiarized Book.

Constantinopole plagiarized it.

03/21/13 @ 19:04
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Gragn Ahmed, the plagiarizer, the thief, the liar (visitor),

You have never seen me posting someone’s document as my own; you continue telling a lie. This is not the first time you have been stealing someone’s article. You have done it several times. In fact, I caught you changing the document I posted and writing your name on the document because you thought the document was very damaging to your fake religion. You cannot defend your religion by plagiarizing someone’s work. I am sure the nazret.com readers are laughing at you because you are the most dishonest person on this web site.

Mr. Werner is hundred percent right you must apologize to the nazret.com readers for misleading by telling them as if the document you posted were your own. I know you very well you cannot write like that in your entire life time.

You are now blaming the web site, telling a lie on me, and calling Mr. werner Islam hater. Instead of putting the blame on yourself, on your lack of good education, integrity, and honesty, you blame others for exposing you to the public.

You are a thief, and you have nothing to say about your theft: if I were you, I would come forward and ask the readers for their forgiveness.

This is what I have been telling the world that deceiving, stealing, and lying are permitted in Islam, and that is why you have the word “taqiyya.”

How stupid and ignorant you are for refusing to accept your plagiarism and theft on a day light.

Once again, thank you very much, Mr. Werner, for catching Gragn Ahmed aka Seattle aka Ethiopiawinet red handed. I know he will steal again and try to hide his crime.

Shame on your wives, shame on your children, and shame on you, Gragn Ahmed, for stealing someone’s document and claiming it as if the document were yours.

What a beast you are! The Holy Bible has never been plagiarized, but your false prophet Muhammad had plagiarized parts of the Bible, and that is the fact.

Whatever you try to cover yourself from shame and disgrace you have incurred, you cannot be the same person again. The damage is done! You are wounded and you will never recover from your self afflicted wound.

03/21/13 @ 22:04
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Gragn Ahmed (Visitor),

Who is Seattle, and who is Ethiopiawinet? Both names are your screen names you use alternatively. When you are attacked under your first screen name – Gragn Ahmed – then you switch to either Seattle or Ethiopiawinet. Do you think nazret.com readers do not know you that you are a crook, a robber, a thief, and a number one pretender and an attention-seeker person?

Theft is not a hereditary thing: it is a learned thing. You learned it and practiced it since you were a child. You practiced it as a pickpocket, as a shop lifter, as a burglar. And now you are very old that your eyes cannot see properly and your brains cannot comprehend correctly, you turned your entire efforts to plagiarizing someone’s work and claiming it to yourself.

Mr. Werner was trying to correct your illegal practice of theft, but a conceited person like you detests correction because he is too proud in his daily robbery and accusation of others. If you hate correction from others, then, you will remain as a dull-witted individual throughout your life.

You are the one who is mentally sick, not Mr. Werner: you are the one who calls non-Muslims kafirs, infidels, inferiors, unclean, pigs, and people of the books. I will tell you on your face Muslims of your kind are less than heathens. Didn’t your false prophet Muhammad rape a 9-year-old Aisha? He was 54 years old when he raped Aisha? Didn’t he sodomize his black slaves on a daily basis? Didn’t he kill over 900 innocent Jews of Yathrib in one day? Didn’t he teach his followers to lie to, to terrorize, and to kill the kafirs and to confiscate their properties?

When you plagiarize someone’s work, you are confiscating someone’s properties – all the same!

You stated: “Assta B. Getu, your Bible is a plagiarism.” If you believe the Bible is a plagiarized book, from what source was it plagiarized, and who plagiarized it? The truth is the Bible is the true word of God, and it is not like your fictitious Quran. To make your Quran as a revealed book, your prophet Muhammad copied some parts of the book into his fictitious Quran. In this case, your Quran is a plagiarized book since you believe the Bible is plagiarized.

The main topic here is not the Bible or the Quran: the main topic here is you are a thief, or the main headline is Gragn Ahmed was caught stealing someone’s property, which means plagiarizing one author’s document and how to bring Gragn Ahmed the thief to justice to face a fair trial by a jury. That is the main headline! To change the head line, you accused Werner, Assta B. Gettu, Assab , Addis Zemen, Wayane, and many others, perhaps, for conspiracy against you.

I am sure if you were brought to a jury, you would be found guilty for wittingly stealing or plagiarizing one author’s document, and you would be punished for about 10 years in jail without bail.

Attention! Attention! Attention, readers!

Gragn Ahmed was caught red handed plagiarizing someone’s document and claiming it as if the document were his. He was asked to apologize but refused to do so because, he said, the Bible was plagiarized.


03/22/13 @ 10:24
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Gragn Ahmed aka Seattle aka Ethiopiawinet (visitor),

Don’t try to change the subject to cover up your theft. I want you to affirm you are a notorious thief. You must prove to nazret.com readers you are not a crook, and you must promise us you will never steal or plagiarize again any document that belongs to another person. Until you do that you remain a thief, a plagiarizer, a crook, a robber, a shoplifter, a burglar, a liar, a deceiver, a superficial Muslim, a terrorist Muslim, a misogynist Muslim, a rapist Muslim, and an opportunistic Muslim.

Stay, please, with the subject, and the subject is plagiarism or theft perpetrated by Gragn Ahmed!

03/22/13 @ 12:46
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Breaking News!

“Germany bans three ‘anti-democratic’ Islamist groups
by Editors : Mar 21, 2013 :

Authorities in Germany have banned three Islamist groups, accusing them of being “anti-democratic” and seeking to impose sharia law.
DawaFFM, Islamische Audios and An-Nussrah all adhere to ultra-conservative Salafist doctrine.
Police mounted raids against the groups on Wednesday, but no arrests were made.
German officials have said videos produced by DawaFFM partly inspired the man who shot dead two US airmen at Frankfurt airport in 2011.
An-Nussrah was judged to be part of the Millatu Ibrahim organisation, which had been banned in June last year.
“Salafism, as represented by the groups banned today, is incompatible with our peaceful, democratic system,” Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said in a statement.
“DawaFFM, Islamische Audios and An-Nussrah aim to change our society in an aggressive way so that democracy is replaced by a Salafist system and the state of law replaced by sharia,” he went on.
Searches were carried out early on Wednesday morning at the addresses of 20 people in the states of Hesse and North-Rhine Westphalia, the interior ministry said.
Computer equipment and propaganda material in German and Arabic were seized, as well as more than 10,000 euros (£8,600; $13,000) in cash.
German officials also accuse the groups of encouraging violence against those who do not agree with their views..”

Ethiopia must do the same thing to the Jihadist and bearded Muslims in Ethiopia, and let the citizens of Addis Ababa have a peace of mind in their daily lives.


03/22/13 @ 13:22
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Correction: Christians and Jews under Muslim rules, not Muslims and Jews

03/23/13 @ 10:42

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