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Ethiopia: Shadowboxing Smoke and Mirrors



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Ethiopia: Shadowboxing Smoke and Mirrors

Ethiopia: Shadowboxing Smoke and Mirrors

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

Meles Zenawi when he was alive and his apostles today (“Melesistas”) keep playing us in the Diaspora like a cheap fiddle. They make us screech, shriek, scream and shout by simply showing their mugs in our cities. How do they do it? Every now and then, the Melesistas suit up a few of their bumbling and bungling zombies from central casting and unleash them into the Ethiopian Diaspora to “sell bonds” for the “Grand Meles Dam” to be built over the Blue Nile. Anytime these zombies show up to panhandle chump change from their supporters, a welcoming committee of defiant and patriotic Ethiopian activists show up to chase them out of town like campers at a national park chasing coyotes scrounging at the trash bin. For the past several weeks, Diaspora activists have been routing these imposters across European and American cities; but incredibly, these brazen con artists show up in the next city like snake oil salesmen at a carnival. That really piqued my curiosity. Why do these scammers show up in city after city knowing that they will be confronted and chased out by young patriotic Ethiopians? Are they really fundraising by "selling bonds" in the Diaspora or are they using “fundraising” as a cover for something altogether different? Ummm!!!

First, the irrefutable facts about the Meles Dam hogwash. As I demonstrated in my March 11 commentary, “Rumors of Water War on the Nile?”, the Meles Dam on the Blue Nile (Abay River) was the exquisite figment of Meles’
imagination, and now the phantasmic idol of worship for his discombobulated apostles. Anyone who bothers to study the facts of this so-called dam project will readily conclude that it is pie in the sky. It is “self-funded” because the multilateral lending institutions and private investors who normally bankroll such major infrastructure projects wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole standing a mile away. They have determined it is a white elephant. Egypt has also used its leverage to block funding sources. Egypt has contingency military plans to undam the dam if it ever comes on line.

The fact of the matter is that it is impossible for the bumbling regime in Ethiopia, which sustains itself through international panhandling, to raise the USD$6-10bn needed from the people of the second poorest country in the world. The regime does not even have sufficient foreign reserves to cover the cost of imports for three months. Its foreign debt exceeds USD$12bn; and despite windbagging about an 11 percent annual growth, the “fifth fastest growing economy in the world”, yada, yada, unemployment, inflation, mismanagement and corruption have put on life support an economy addicted to international handouts. The idea that nickels and dimes collected from Ethiopians in the country by staging “musical concerts, a lottery and an SMS campaign” and a buck or two from Diaspora Ethiopians could build such a project is simply nutty. Because the dam builders live in a fool’s paradise, they think Diaspora Ethiopians are all “fools and idiots” who will buy fantasy dam bonds. (Just as an aside, those who are buying Meles Dam junk bonds should first consider buying the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.) Anyway, the Diaspora “bond sales” effort has been a total failure. The regime recently announced that it had collected $43,160 from its latest bond sales in San Diego, CA. Yeah! Right!

For domestic public relations purposes, the Melesistas’ strategic objective in pushing the Meles Dam hoax is to create patriotic fervor and galvanize the entire population around an object of national pride while deifying Meles and generating political support for themselves to prolong their lease on political power. The Meles Dam would at once be a hydrological temple to worship “Meles the Great Leader and Visionary” and a symbolic object of national unity that could rally massive support for the regime. The Melesistas have convinced themselves that by talking about the Meles Dam 24/7, 365 days, they can convince the people that the dam is actually under construction. They blather about building the “largest dam in Africa” and Ethiopia becoming a middle income country and a formidable regional economic power in just a few years. They talk about their “visionary leader” and how they will blindly follow his vision to the end of the rainbow where they will collect their pot of gold in the form of Meles Dam bonds. They march on chanting their mantra: “We will follow Meles' vision without doubt or question.”

They must really think the people are “fools and idiots” (to borrow a phrase from Susan Rice) to be fooled by their silly dog and pony show and talk of pie in the sky. The Ethiopian people may not know about a “pie in the sky”, but they certainly know about the “cow they have in the sky whose milk they never see.” But careful analysis shows the Melesistas have pulled this one right out of Joseph Goebbel’s bag of tricks: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Isn’t this exactly what the Melesistas are doing in Ethiopia now – repeat the dam lie, development lie and repress dissent and persecute journalist who tell the truth?

The Melesistas think they are so smart that they can hoodwink not only Ethiopians in the country but also those in the Diaspora. They put on a dam “bond selling” show to convince Diasporans that the Meles Dam is real and that it is the panacea to Ethiopia’s economic woes. “Buy dam bonds! Ethiopia will be rafting on a river of milk and honey once the Blue Nile is dammed.” But only a damned fool would believe that. According to the World Bank, Ethiopia’s “power sector alone would require $3.3 billion per year to develop” in the next decade. Currently, power tariffs are so underpriced that they range between “$0.04-0.08 per kilowatt-hour” and are “low by regional standards and recover only 46 percent of the costs of the utility.” For every dollar they spend supplying power, they lose 54 cents! In other words, these guys hawking the Meles Dam junk bonds and promising billions in profits are losing their shirts on the power they are selling right now! Why would anyone trust and buy dam bonds from those who can’t even make a damn profit from existing dams? Why would anyone buy dam junk bonds when the outlook for the energy sector in Ethiopia is so damn bleak? The Melesistas fantasize that they can pay off bondholders by selling power from the dam to the Sudan, Egypt and the Arabian peninsula. Why the hell would Egypt or the Sudan buy power from a dam that damns them by effectively reducing their water supply for agriculture and their own production of power?

The real aim of the Meles Dam is not the construction of a dam over the Blue Nile but to use the specter of the construction of a gargantuan dam on the Nile to inspire fear, loathing and dread of an imminent regional water war. Simply stated, the dam idea is an extortion scheme to scam the international community and downstream countries for more aid and loans as a price for continued regional stability, avoidance of conflict and maintenance of the status quo. Suffice it to say, one has to be a damned “fool and an idiot” to believe the Meles Dam will ever be built or buy Meles Dam junk bonds and expect a return. (Buying the Brooklyn Bridge is a much better investment.)

Shadowboxing Smoke and Mirrors

So, why do the Melsistas send zombies into the Diaspora on a fool’s errand? They know they will be shamed and disgraced and chased out of every American and European city like stray dogs at a bazaar. They know they will be lucky to squeeze a few hundred dollars at a Diaspora “bond selling” event. Do they do it because they are professional beggars and panhandlers?

There is a deceptively simple method to their madness. They send their zombies in the Diaspora to make us shadowbox smoke and mirrors. They are playing a simple but clever psychological game.

The Melesistas are getting hammered everyday by bad publicity. Hardly a day passes without some report by an international human rights, press or research organization documenting their monumental crimes against humanity. Just in the past few months, there have been numerous reports and press releases by Human Rights Watch, the Committee to Protect Journalists and a host of newspaper and television outlets, including Al Jazeera and CNN, on massive human rights violations, land grabs, ethnic cleansing, suppression of religious freedom and other issues in Ethiopia. Recently, the World Bank made public a 448-page corruption report on Ethiopia. A couple of weeks ago, the U.S. State Department released its annual Human Rights Report on Ethiopia documenting the regime’s “arbitrary killings, torture, beating, abuse, and mistreatment of detainees by security forces, harsh and life-threatening prison conditions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, detention without charge and lengthy pretrial detention, illegal searches, “villagization” (pillagization) program, restrictions on freedom of assembly, association, and movement, interference in religious affairs…” This past week, they got clobbered in the international press for a kangaroo appellate court affirmance of the 18-year sentences of the internationally-acclaimed journalist Eskinder Nega and dynamic opposition leader Andualem Aragie.

The Melesistas have become international pariahs and desperately want to change the topic from Eskinder Nega, Reeyot Alemu, Woubshet Taye, Andualem Aragie..., corruption, ethnic cleansing, land giveaways, suppression of religious freedom and interference in religious affairs and critical human rights reports. They want to take control of the international public relations agenda. They want to shed off their international image as corrupt thugs who trample on human rights and steal elections. They want to reinvent themselves as anti-poverty warriors and statesmen of economic development. They want to be seen as the new “new breed of African leaders” toiling indefatigably to eradicate poverty and promote economic development and democracy.

In a Machiavellian maneuver, they have, to some extent, succeeded in getting Diaspora Ethiopians, particularly the activists, to promote their “dam development” agenda for them in America, Europe and elsewhere. Every time Diaspora activists confront the zombie junk bond dealers and brokers, they are seen talking (but saying nothing) about development, growth, infrastructure projects and how the Meles Dam will transform Ethiopia into an economic powerhouse. (They never mention the massive foreign debt, the USD$12bn that has left the country illegally since 2001, the massive youth unemployment, accelerating population growth, etc.). They always sheath their bloody hands in the glove of development talk. When activists protest and confront these zombies, they appear to be anti-development obstructionist agitators. That’s is the exquisite trick of the Melesistas. They want the world to see Diaspora Ethiopians as a bunch of rowdy, wild, disorderly, loudmouthed, raucous, uncivil and intolerant bunch who will not even allow civil discussions of “development”. They aim to create and nurture the image of a few combative “Diaspora extremists” and an overwhelming number of silent (as a church mouse) regime supporters who are afraid to come forward (or attend their “bond selling” events) and show their support for fear of attack by the “extremists.” In the mix are the hapless Diasporans who have to go back and forth to Ethiopia to secure their property and business interests. Those guys are toast; either they pay protection money (buy dam bonds) or get jacked up on some trumped up charge and lose their properties or worse.

The Melesistas’ strategy to counter bad publicity and capture the domestic and international public relations commanding heights is based on three principles: Distract, distract and distract some more. Distract Ethiopians inside the country from critical political, social and economic issues by bombarding them with inane development propaganda. State television (which is watched by virtually no one in the country) is filled with ceaseless barrages of nauseating and mind numbing amateur development propaganda. It is vintage police state propaganda aimed at convincing a largely illiterate population that famine is plenty, decline is development, poverty is wealth, dictatorship is democracy and the man who destroyed the country is its savior.

The second strategy is to distract Diaspora Ethiopians from vigorously pursuing an agenda that promotes democracy freedom and human rights. They unleash a few smooth-talking empty suits with empty heads and let them wander from one city to another in the U.S. and Europe just to get Ethiopian activists emotionally worked up about a fantasy dam and lose their focus on issues of human rights violations, abuse of political prisoners, ethnic cleansing, suppression of religious freedoms, and myriad economic problems. Some Diaspora activists react vigorously whenever they see these hapless empty suits at “bond selling” events react vigorously believing they are confronting the master criminals. Therein lies the trick. The Melesistas are so clever that they have succeeded in making some of us believe that the puppets are actually the puppet masters. We need to be aware that the empty suits they send into the Diaspora to sell the dam bonds are just schmucks and buffoons who do what they are told; or “zombies” as the great African musician Fela Kuti would have called them (“Zombie go... zombie stop...zombie turn...zombie think...” ) They are bait and are offered as scapegoats to the Diaspora. By chasing the puppets out of town, some of us feel we have chased out the puppet masters. But the puppet masters laugh at us because our victory is the victory of the shadow boxer who knocked out the shadow.

The third strategy of the Melesistas is to distract donors and human rights organizations from criticizing them on their atrocious human rights record. They want to justify and convince them that the masses of ordinary Ethiopians are interested in the politics of the belly and not the politics of the ballot. Meles declared, “My view is that there is no direct relationship between economic growth and democracy historically or theoretically.” They want to convince donors and human rights organizations that the masses do not care about human rights or democracy; they are concerned only about filling their bellies. To them, the masses of poor, illiterate, hungry and sick Ethiopians are too dumb and too damn needy to appreciate “political democracy.”

Legacy of the great manipulator

Manipulation of the Diaspora is one of the chief legacies of Meles. Wikileaks cablegrams portray Meles as a slick, scheming, crafty and cunning hombre. He could have achieved greatness but undid himself because he was unable to tame his voracious appetite for extreme vindictiveness and revenge and could not bridle his bottomless capacity for maliciousness, viciousness and obduracy. Those who claim to know Meles say he knew his opposition better than the opposition knew itself. Distraction, diversion, misdirection, hoodwinking, chicanery, paralogy and sophistry were the hallmarks of Meles’ strategy. The cunning dictator was able to shroud his corrupt empire for two decades by pursuing a propaganda policy of mass distraction and by staging one farcical political theatre after another. As I have long maintained, Meles’ “attitude was that he can outwit, outthink, outsmart, outplay, outfox and outmaneuver boatloads of Ph.Ds., M.Ds., J.Ds. Ed.Ds or whatever alphabet soup of degrees exist out there any day of the week. He seemed to think that like the opposition leaders, Ethiopian intellectuals are dysfunctional, shiftless and inconsequential, and will never be able to pose a real challenge to his power.” In a rare moment of candor responding to a journalist’s question about Diaspora Ethiopians protesting his overseas visits, Meles confessed, “We may be at fault in some way. I am sorry. That maybe we didn’t communicate well enough to those Ethiopians living abroad what is happening, what we are doing here.” Meles’ apostles keep making the same mistake. Like shepherd, like sheep! Like Meles, like Melesistas!

Criminal violations in selling unregistered securities in the U.S.

There have been questions raised about the legality of the sale of Meles Dam bonds as “securities” in the U.S. Under federal and most state laws, a “security” is broadly defined and includes stocks, bonds, debt and equity securities, notes, investment contracts, etc. Unless exempted, all securities must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and/or relevant state agencies prior to selling or offering for sale to the public. A security which does not have an effective registration statement on file with the SEC and/or the relevant state agency is considered an unregistered security. Buying or selling unregistered securities is a crime under federal and state laws. The SEC can prosecute issuers and sellers of unregistered securities under section 20(b) of the Securities Act of 1933 (which regulates original issuers) and seek injunctions if the Securities Act has been violated, or if a violation is imminent. Section 8A also allows the SEC to issue orders to issuers of unregistered securities to cease and desist and seek civil penalties under Section 20(d) if an issuer violated the Securities Act, an SEC rule, or a cease-and-desist order.

Like most states, California Corporations Code sections 25110-25118 set strict guidelines for any securities sold in that state. Any person or entity who willfully sells or transports unregistered securities through interstate commerce or buys such securities could face serious criminal liabilities under California Corporations Code section 25540, subd. (a) with penalties of incarceration for up to three years and a fine up to $1 million. California prosecutors, like their federal counterparts, could also seek injunctive relief and civil penalties.

There are a few limited exemptions to the registration requirement. One of them is an exemption “for certain foreign government securities brokers or dealers”. Pursuant to 17 CFR 401.9, “A government securities broker or dealer (excluding a branch or agency of a foreign bank) that is a non-U.S. resident shall be exempt from the provisions of sections 15C(a), (b), and (d) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78o–5(a), (b) and (d)) and the regulations of this subchapter provided it complies with the provisions of 17 CFR 240.15a–6…” In other words, the bond “brokers and dealers” sent to the U.S. to sell the Meles Dam bonds must meet the multifarious requirements of federal securities law and other regulatory requirements including full disclosure, proof of maintenance of required books and records relating to the bond issues and written consent to service of process for any civil action arising from disputes in bond related transactions. It is highly unlikely that the “brokers and dealers” selling the Meles Dam bonds in the United States qualify under 17 CFR 240.15a–6 and 15 U.S.C. 78o–5(a).

Fight the Power, not the smoke and image in the mirror

Diaspora activists should keep their eyes on the prize, not on the smoke and mirrors of the Melesista Road Show, Carnival and Circus.

Ethiopian Americans are fortunate to live under a Constitution that guarantees our right to free expression and peaceful protest. As citizens, it is our moral duty to exercise our constitutional rights. We have recently seen Americans using their right to protest by launching the “Occupy” protest movement. Historically, the civil rights movement relied on sit-ins, sit downs, teach-ins, rallies and marches as a form of direct nonviolent action to bring about change. Nonviolent mass protests eventually led to passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which ended racial segregation, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which removed barriers to voting. The anti-war and free speech movements relied on non-violent protests to defend expressive freedoms and end the war in Vietnam. Nonviolent protests were also used in the anti-Apartheid movement in the U.S. resulting in boycotts, divestments in corporations and spurring legislative and diplomatic action which hastened the end of Apartheid.

The main point is that Diaspora Ethiopians should be laser-focused on the prize and make sure that democracy will in the end triumph over dictatorship in Ethiopia; human rights are vindicated and human rights abusers are held accountable and any government in Ethiopia shall fear the people and the people shall never fear their government. We should not be distracted by empty suits with empty heads lurking in and out of town to scrounge up chicken feed. We should not be angry at programmed zombies at “bond selling” events because they are just wretched flunkies and bootlickers, who given the opportunity will make a beeline to the immigration office to file for political asylum. We should not mistake the puppets for the puppet masters. We should not confuse shadow for reality.

We should be aware not only when we are being abused but also used. We should never let them make us do their dirty jobs because they can cleverly manipulate our psychological disposition to righteous indignation. We should never react because that allows them to take control of our emotions and reactions. We should always act and never react. Most importantly, we should engage in proactive activism instead of reactive activism. When we are proactive, we plan things out carefully and strategically. Nonviolent protest is a highly disciplined effort. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. taught, “In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self-purification; and direct action.” We should educate and train ourselves in the ways of nonviolent protest. When confronting the zombies, we should maintain a high degree of composure and display self-dignity in our expressions of defiance. At dam “bond selling ” events, protesters should adequately prepare pre-event publicity. Serious attention should given to the development of press kits and talking points. Press and law enforcement liaisons should be trained and designated. Well informed and articulate spokespersons should be selected to give press interviews. Adequate attention should be given to post-event follow up activities.

It is a great disservice to oneself and to our great cause to engage in nonviolent protest without reading and understanding Gene Sharp’s extraordinary work, “From Dictatorship to Democracy” available online for free. An Amharic translation of Gene Sharp’s book is also available online free of charge (here) for anyone to download or print. Ignorance cannot drive out ignorance, only knowledge can. We must educate ourselves in the ways of peaceful protest, or our efforts will produce few results. We are less likely to be manipulated if we keep ourselves informed and develop critical analysis skills that cut through the blather of our adversaries.

While those of us in the older generation ("Hippos") wallow in self-pity and cynicism, it is inspiring to see young patriotic Diaspora Ethiopians ("Cheetahs") using their right to peaceful protest to resist the zombies of tyranny. Just as the task of building a fantasy dam belongs to the Melesistas, the construction of the new Ethiopia is a task reserved for the young Cheetahs. It is painful to admit that we Hippos have not been much of a role model for the Cheetahs. We have unkindly criticized the Cheetahs for their lack of engagement, apathy and single-minded pursuit of flash and cash. We grumble that the Cheetah generation is the lost generation and there is no one to save Ethiopia (but it has been a long time since we Hippos looked into the mirror without smoke).

I am afraid there is little that Ethiopians Cheetahs could learn from Ethiopian Hippos. Perhaps Ethiopian Cheetahs can get inspiration from other Cheetahs. In the past 2 years, we have seen inexperienced youth using social media bring down dictators or force them to make radical changes in governance in North Africa and the Middle East. The key to their success was their ability to get in tune and on the same wavelength with each other, and to be able to speak the same beautiful language of peaceful change and protest. As always, I believe Ethiopian youth united -- across ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, and regional lines -- can never be defeated!

“Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight.” Bob Marley

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


Comment from: [Member]

“there is a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an IDIOT” Steven Wright,

“only IDIOTS refuse to change their minds” Brigitte Bardot,

“any men can make mistakes, but only an IDIOT persists on his error” Cicero,

We know the great rainessance dam is not the only problem of Ethiopia’s enemies, the FOOLS & IDIOTS of diaspora, the likes of Alemaria & co. Rather it is the founder and starter of this great landmark, the great visionary leader PM Meles Zenawi’s attachment, which is eating loser Alemaria alive. It is bothering him why this great dam become the legacy of the great visionary leader PM Meles. His jealousy and envy towards the great Meles made him to act like a child who just lost his candy weeping bitterly and uncontrollably. But unfortunately for him, no matter how he trys to tarnish the image of the great visionary leader PM Meles Zenawi, he will only find out his own blunder and failure in life. Because PM Meles Zenawi was exceptionaly brilliant, visionary, and charismatic leader without precedent.
Whether you like it or not, the great Renaissance Dam will be built. And it is the legacy of the great visionary leader PM Meles Zenawi!!!!

“the heart of a fool is in his mouth; but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart”
Ben Franklin,

Talk is cheap dude!!!!

05/07/13 @ 22:49
Comment from: Lazy Observer [Visitor]
Lazy Observer

See what this lehaCHam is blabbering…?

How can an unprofitable dam that does not exist be bombed by Egypt…?


05/07/13 @ 23:35
Comment from: addiss [Visitor]

Al Mariam: How little you’re going to feel when the dam is completed and the whole country is electrified?

Al Mariam: what would write when the electric trains connect all corners of Ethiopia?

05/07/13 @ 23:52
Comment from: addisethio [Visitor]

Al Mariam AKA Glen Beck do you know that Gilgel Gibe III cost over 2 billion dollars and only 500 million was covered by Chinese government loan and the rest was self financing from the Ethiopian government. So in addition, the dam on the Nile is not solely relaying on bonds to the public, it is also self financed and private banks are also required to buy 27% of their annual deposit towards bond buying which will go toward the dam project. Since 2010 the government has been collecting 11 billion birr from private banks bonds. The project cost about 72 billion birr so do the math. Gilgel Gibe III was started the Ethiopian economy was much lower than it is today and the government was not offering bonds to the public. They hoped to get private loan from JP Morgan chase but that didn’t materialize so they were stuck with financing it by themselves and pretty much did. so do not bet against the Nile dam because of lack of Diaspora bond. 12 billion dollars of external debt isn’t a lot at all considering Ethiopia’s economy and the nominal debt amount by itself doesn’t tell the whole story. The debt to GDP ratio is more accurate measure of the health level of debt for a country. Ethiopia has a very healthy 37% debt to GDP ratio, check the link below.

“No leader in the modern history of Ethiopia did more to take people out of poverty, out of illiteracy, from disease and squalor and from war than prime minister Meles Zenawi. No one did more to eradicate the evils that arise from poverty than he did.”

Former Prime Minister of UK Gordon Brown

“When you educate a man, you liberate a man”

Dr. Ben Carson

Before we start, did you know that Gilgel Gibe III

05/08/13 @ 00:28
Comment from: puff [Visitor]

it is good for you if you disagree and do not want give a penny or you pee for the Nile Dam, why try stop??? because you hate or disagree with project?? you keep making historical erro. just keep teaching your college and collect the money, you are not reaching nothing….

05/08/13 @ 00:33
Comment from: Seattle [Visitor]

Melesistas sending smooth-talking empty suits with empty heads and let them wander from one city to another in the U.S. and Europe. “Schmucks and buffoons who do what they are told;”
He can’t say it any better about this Zombies.
Now let’s wait and see how many cadres \junior Zombies with multiple nicknames will show up here to bark on the Professor.

05/08/13 @ 01:50
Comment from: Heny [Visitor]


“Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight.” Bob Marley
Haha. You sly fox, if you think your ‘Mondayly’ “teret teret yelam beret” can make the Ethiopian people eat up their gold-egg laying hen and bring upon themselves prowling/devouring beasts, you must me a super fool.

The Meslesistas are always on-guard to defuse you and your likes’ plot to sabotage the peace and prosperity of the Ethiopia and it’s people. The gloom and doom that wish to bring upon this beautiful country is visibly seen on your horse-face sized face. The Melesistas are always ready to castrate all your satanic plans

05/08/13 @ 02:10
Comment from: Binyam [Visitor]

First of all you luck ethics how to present ur article & insulting peopels participate in this project, in addtion you can oppose the idea of building z dam but you are trying to relate with your poltical needs, as per my opnion late PM Meles might did good as well as bad things but concerning to Nile you better keep your dirty mouth shout down. I have a reaslon why I say it, the Nile issue is not a recent incident, rather it starts thousands of years ago, so he is the first man who passed all obstacles (financial, poltical) and initate to build the dam, don’t you think this is simple? For me he a hero not you. I would like to tell you that am member of EPRDF or suppirter, but I persenally appruciate the latr PM works, my fear is not to come on power a kind of person like u. You like it or not history will remind him for years ahead. Binyam Tegegn

05/08/13 @ 03:19
Comment from: Kena Keb [Visitor]
Kena Keb

Like many Ethiopians who love and are concerned about what is happening in our country, I have in some instances expressed my revulsive reaction to what other fellow country men primarily in the diaspora, have reflected negatively on recent polititcal situations. At times when the volume and strengths with which the anti Ethiopian muscles were flexed seemed to have reached hight levels, I had wondered if these postulations could possibly have any deleterious impacts. Extremely hostile articles, anti Ethiopia public discourses, street manifestations, even violent physical confrontations and disrupting meetings, flag burnings(outside Chineese Embassy in the US)have been and are still the order of the day in the anti Ethiopia diaspora world. At the height of Kinijit days. aggrandized and overdrawn hysterical expectation in the diaspora were too early to start beating the drums of victory for an imminent removal of the ruling political party. The whole machinery of Kinijit built on loose grounds was soon seen rattled, purturbed and eventually ended into irreparable rubble. Enter Genbot7 jubiliantly welcomed in the diaspora community in disarray promising milk and honey if they only filled his kitty(i.e Birhanu Nega’s) with at least $500. Birhanu Nega a failed EPRP thug was solely responsible for the unceremonial journey of Kinijit to its grave. What followed then in the diaspora world was not only laments of discontent but bitter campaigns by individuals like Dr Negede Gobezie(MEISON and chief architect of the Red Terror), Dr Aklog Birara(MEISON), Prof Getachew Haile(EPRP),Prof Seid Hassan(EPRP), Tamagn Beyene(former DERG Cadre),Sisay Agena(military officer),Abebe Belew, Dr Abeba Fekade(bigot), Dr Asefa Negash(bigot),Jawar Mohammed,Elias Kifle(Isias Afeworki’s cadre) …..and many others against the Ethiopian governemnt. But none has been as fervent but always emotionally and sheepishly motivated like Alemayehu Gebra Mariam to raise his voice and pen against anything good that comes out of Ethiopia. We are used to his style of decorating his articles by catchy words, cliches and platitudes as if they would divulge a high degree of knowledge or intelligence.
With a strong conviction to undo the things in Ethiopia by the articles he has been writing, one important observation which he has failed to notice is the boomerang that is recoiling on him. The irrational and precipitous judgements he has embarked on and sided himself with are embarrassingly exposing him as a person who is dedicated to a cause come distruction or annihilation carried out by anyone with mere intents to achieve these ends. When one anti Ethiopia ship he has jumped on starts to sink, instead of accepting the inevitable defeat with remorse he disembarks with great haste and broaches on the next venture visibly heading into antoher flash in the pan. It can, therefore, be concluded with high certainity that he as well as other anti Ethiopia so called “activists” have been doing the good job to accelerate their own demises than what the Ethiopian government would have needed to counteract. It would only require one interview by ESAT to listen to Birhanu Nega who rambles all nonsenses and disgraces himself as his emotions start to boil up,loses control and the wits dissipate out of his myopic brain in a heart beat. Well done ESAT for the good work!!
Similarly one would only need a moment or two to read Alemayehu’s article adorned with newly coined words like “melesistas” , “Meles Dam” bla bla as if these flashy words would display the “richness” and “depth” of his analytical insight not knowing that this futile attempt would only expose how ignoramus and out of touch he is with the reality in Ethiopia.
Eventhough he attempts to challenge and discredit Meles by describing him as a person whose attitude is to “outwit", “outfox"..bla bla the boatloads of PHds,MDs etc ( Is Alemayhu not with great pain confessing he and people like him with Phds etc are outwitted and outsmarted my Meles? Is he not reacting to what renowned political figures recently lauded Meles when they paid tribute to his outstanding contriubtion and intelligence in a ceremony held in London?)he is, as an individual belonging to the “Hippos"which he has gracefully admitted, nothing but shade crockodile tears for Ethiopia left with the aftermath of the Red Terror that decimated a whole generation of youth who he is now trying to lure them into another trap of deceit by naming them “Chittas". The “Hippos” will continue to mourn their past until the nursing homes receive them into their units but the young people in Ethiopia will not be deluded into the an unEthiopian “Arab Spring” kind of thing to please the “hippos” nor will they be deceived by “religious freedom” or “freedom of expression” and other politically motivated anti Ethiopia dogmas and lose track of the positive prospect which is set to eradicate poverty once and for all out of Ethiopia.
The feigned story to kill Abebe Gelaw as aired on ESAT and “foiled” by the FBI turned out to be a disgrace and utter lie. That the laste PM Meles bowed his head down in response to Abebe Gelaw’s squall as reported by ESAT also turned out to be a total scandalous lie. But emotionally carried away by the foolish compliments he received , Abebe Gelaw went to great lengths to stand in front of a congregation in a church in Seattle where he preached that a big rock came rolling to him from heaven which was then followed by a revelation of the angel Gebriel to him …….. Sadly the priest on duty blessed him for this hallucinatory story. Well done ESAT for another good job!! A boomerang of high velocity!!
Keep on the good work Alemayehu as you continue to pile up scores of palters that are being added against you as the Ethiopian people see to it that the construction of the great Dam will come to completion on time come weather or wind and Ethiopia will be the power house of the region and beyond. Do not forget that you are already outwitted, outsmarted and as a result run out of steam ages ago . Take your last gasp of air and do stay alive to witness the great Dam gloriously erected to add another beauty to a nation whose sons and daughters are sweating 24/7 to make it a reality!

Ethiopia is prospering and shall continue to prosper!!

05/08/13 @ 03:20
Comment from: Enidale wenidesu [Visitor]  
Enidale wenidesu

ofcoure melese is a hero and you are a shadow box… are like “Bandas” whose hands and leg had been cut off those who sided with the italians at the adwa war ….. And its amazing you really think with out your kind of diaspora bond the dam will not be finished,you really stop fulling your self before its too late and put your hand in the making of history…….and finaly all diasporas are not like you,your the type of diaspora that is really confused

05/08/13 @ 04:50
Comment from: Ayalew [Visitor]

This is it!
The guy gone crazy and reached the point-of-no-return.

Do you think for real–is he a professor as he claim to be? If so, I would like to seat in his class once and see him teaching. It must be one of those classes where students fail to attend the class due to the unworthiness of the professor to learn from.
I learned that the university has multiple classes for the same course he is teaching but with different professors. And his class is the one so empty as his brain is.

05/08/13 @ 05:33
Comment from: Seyoum [Visitor]

This is what a losser professor can do…they always think that wiriting a note full of “jargon” make them scholar. You “1960s afro hair-cut” batch have something wrong with you….cant you do other than black-or-white…"shifta or banda” judgment…sorry to say…but soon you are going d……

05/08/13 @ 06:50
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

“While those of us in the older generation ("Hippos")”

No, you are not the Hippos generation but a monkey trying to confuse the new generation. Come on man there is nothing Hippo like in you but a bragging monkey who become a professor by accident without having the qualities.

05/08/13 @ 08:31
Comment from: Eyobe [Visitor]  

Oh my god , Al
Why are you spending your time wrighting trash.i usually don’t support Ethiopian gecernment but now I hear and read the professor wrighting everyday negative makes me samthing has to be don.
I have quotations to professor! Here I go
Do you think the dam is for meles Zenawi?
Do you think Ethiopia never need the dam at all ?
Are you saying we Ethiopian can’t afford to to finish the dam be course we poor?
What you going to say after the dam finished?
Forget woyane can’t you see Ethiopian young engenders working to finish the dam make new Ethiopia?
Meles is dead no more what he have to gain from the dam?
After Ethiopian people get out of poverty what are you going say?
Do you think trashing our beautiful countery help as get out of poverty ?
I very sure you get free education in Ethiopia when are you going to pay our country back?
At end I come to convince what meles Zenawi ” called yedhnet zebengoch ” is you and your supporters .

05/08/13 @ 09:32
Comment from: Awlalo [Visitor]


Autista Italian for Chauffeur.

Melesista,emm, Is it Italian for

Melesist? Aha! I know. I can tell

where you got the term from.

Shabiya, right?

05/08/13 @ 09:43
Comment from: Belay [Visitor]

well daa, its good to see the professor finally admiting the fact that the protestors protesting against the dam make the government look good while making those who oppose it look evil. and its clear from his writing that the man despises any dam that is being built by ethiopia, not just the nile dam. but one thing he over look is what about the right of the people who want to support the dam, dont they mean any thing? even if they are wrong as he predicts and wishes.arent these protestors acting as a dictator when they intimidate and force these people, to turn back??? besides, how can you say “the dam is pie in the sky” and at the same time make every effort against the dam, making you look like the bad guy and the govt the good guy. why cant you ignore it. the only answer is deep inside you think maybe these “unethiopians” will deliver this monumental dam as promised.isnt that what wakes you up in the wee hours Professor? specially when you see the work under progress with thousands of construction workers and engineers and hundreds of bulldozers working 24/7. time to confess Al. you know, it might take 10 or even 20 years but we will one day see the dam standing, because, its in abesha’s blood to finish what he/she started no matter how long it took. look at Lalibela, Axum etc.etc…

05/08/13 @ 10:02
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]

Is Alemayoh G. Mariam from Ethiopia?


He looks like from Ethiopia, but his political stand sounds more an Egyptian under an Ethiopian mask. Regardless his identity, it is clear to all that he is against the interest of the Ethiopian people. So, nobody should pay attention to what this toothless coward has to preach. We have heard enough from this detached man, and surely he will continue to dump his stinky trash till the end of his life…LOL.

However, today’s Ethiopian are pretty much free from this kind of a backward mentality that he/she has no time to spend on “Brie Welde tert teret” any -more. Instead, he/she are busily working hard to transform or develop their country and people forward…

So, Alemayoh G. Mariam and alikes, you should know that your crocodial cry and hate preaching will not stop the Ethiopian people from building the Ethiopian Hedase Gidib or other development activities.

Oh yeah, you all idiots may try to undermine or talk trash against the progress that the today’s Ethiopian making, but if you ever stretch your hand to stop them or to subpage their jobs, I garantee you that they will give you the appropriate punishment…LOL.

God bless the world!

05/08/13 @ 10:07
Comment from: [Member]

Dear professor Alemayehu, as you clearly stated it, we (diaspora Ethiopians) should “laser” focus our aim towards democracy for our motherland.

The “Melesistas” will smokescreen the truth, but we know the Torture, throwing to prison, economic chaos, mass exodus, sky-high unemployment, food shortage, draught, diseases
all are the daily sad rituals of our people.
They can’t trick us for we know the reality.

05/08/13 @ 10:38
Comment from: aman [Visitor]  

What’s wrong with building a dam.its all for Ethiopian cause. But professor your are hate monger. Regardless of your difference with the government. You could have contribute a lot to your community. All freedom fighters or oppositions who really aspire change dont sit some where far corner and scribble pile of senseless story. I think the people dont ve time to read your biring essays. Try to get connected with the people you care for. What’s your contribution for the Ethiopian sufferings. Atleast weyane fought for their cause.

05/08/13 @ 10:48
Comment from: [Member]

Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam,

Why do you have always negative thinking’s on Ethiopia ? Who is behind you and What is the exact…………in distorting the innocent Ethiopian people?

Are you with Egypt as you felt more than the Egyptian not as an Ethiopian citizen?

05/08/13 @ 10:52
Comment from: sabisa [Visitor]

I am really sorry that a professor has to relegate himself to this level.

05/08/13 @ 11:17
Comment from: Amanuel [Visitor]

This idiot is a professor?

The American Education System is in desperate need of repair!!!

05/08/13 @ 11:31
Comment from: [Member]

Prof. G/mariam,
I am wondering, how much longer are you going to suffer from the blind ill feelng which is deeply rooted in your heart and brain??? It’s obvious that you are living a dark and hopeless life. chifin elih edmehin endmiasatirew aigebahim??
dinkem mihur LOL

05/08/13 @ 11:44
Comment from: Tefera [Visitor]

Capital ” under the Road Sector Development Program (RSDP), being carried out throughout the country Recent data indicated that over 100 billion birr (107.8 billion birr or $6.4 bil) had been mobilised for the construction of roads in the past decade and half…. government has been the major financer of RSDP followed by the Road Fund Office, but donors joined in on the second phase".
now, if some one tells you 15 years ago poor ethiopia will invest $6.4billion on its road, i am sure you will tell him its a hogwash, pie in the sky…bla..bla but here we are professor after 15 years with over tens of thousands km roads serving the people. so if i have to bet i will bet on the completion of the dam!
but the point is its one thing to fight for freedom, domcracy and a better ethiopia in general, but it should never be at the expense of the lives of millions of ethiopians by campaigning against ethiopias development, because when you campaign against development you are condemning the very people you claim to care fore, to remain in perpetual poverty and backwardness. we should at least learn from the past that governments good or bad come and go, but what ever little they built is there to serve the people.

05/08/13 @ 11:45
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

In the first place the expression hippo cheetah bla bla bla is not applicable to Ethiopia, Africa is diverse and I know how the Ethiopian phenomenon is completely different. Because someone used an expression to a situation he knows very well doesn’t mean every fake intellectual can pick it up and apply it to a completely different situation. More over we want originality and our own not to be duplicated in a copy pest analysis.

You are neither from the hippo generation or inline with African writers. You are from the monkey generation, I know very soon you will write in support of Gay Rights criminalizing Ethiopia in particularly when it hurt the nation state at heart, that is what you are waiting on your blubbering about Gay Rights, in short anything that makes you feel like a white/intellectual/democrat at least in the inside is FINE.

The hippo cheetah bla bla bla is not applicable to Ethiopia, banana head professor it is a very different situation. If you live with Africans in their second Christ-mass gift for you they will give you a postcard with a RED CARD inside.

Why not the The student and the monkey story of Ethiopia, where the monkey used to imitate the student to write on his exercise books while he is away creating havoc on the students academic life. Finally the student show the monkey when he pretend to slaughter himself and the monkey did the same with a real knife killing herself lol

I love the famous story of “totana temari”

tatana temari, totite hahahahaha

That is what we are sir, we are not cheetah and hippo but student and monkey.

05/08/13 @ 15:57
Comment from: anbesa [Visitor]

i think this prof is getting NO attention when it come on the interest of Ethiopia we all united no matter our political difference this guy is going over the limit

05/08/13 @ 16:19
Comment from: werner2010 [Visitor]

The author rants week-in week-out about a country he has not seen for the last three decades and more. He shows exceptinal ability in saying NOTHING in 10000 words. He refers to himself week after week, and his wordy essays begin and end with “I said this last year, and I demonstrated that in March, bla bla bal.” He coins immature terms and tells lame jokes hoping that they will be echoed by kindred spirits.
To his horror, Meles will be rememberd by history as someone who has changed the country for good. For example, in Britain prime ministers David Cameron descrbed Meles as an “inspirational spokesman for Africa", and Gordon Brown said Ethiopia “made more progress in education, health and economic development under his leadership than at any time in its history".
Meles does not need to prove that he is a man of action, because he has delivered Tana-Beles, Gigel-Gibe I & II, 22 Universities and thousands of primary and secondary schools and health institutions.
Now dear Professor, who is doing the shadow boxing? What have you done for Ethiopia so far, and how come that you have been advocating for Egyptian interest lately? Have you signed some deal with Al-Jazeera?

05/08/13 @ 17:10
Comment from: axumite [Visitor]

shame you!

05/08/13 @ 18:09
Comment from: John john [Visitor]
John john

The Satanic prof. We heard all your argument the dam project will go on while you bark on like toothless dog and no one can undame this project including your desperate master who deliver you a bundle of $$$ in suitcase.

05/08/13 @ 20:25
Comment from: C\'est moi senait [Visitor]
C\'est moi senait

U.S. State Department released its annual Human Rights Report on Ethiopia documenting the regime’s .

The entire world know who is violating a human right. USA.

I think this guy is mentally unstable or need urgent help. The way he hate this dam proves that he is clinically mentally sick.

05/08/13 @ 21:15
Comment from: IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME [Visitor]

Hidasse be Ethiopia hizb lab tegenbito yalkal.I will pray for Prof. Alemayehu for two things 1. So God will heal hi deep rooted hate. He is the most sick person who needs urgent help..2. So God will give him long life so he can witness the GRAND ETHIOPIAN RENAISSANCE DAM.

05/08/13 @ 21:49
Comment from: [Member]

የወያኔ ዝንቦች አዋቂው ፕሮፈሰር ሃቁን በጻፈ ቁጥር እርር ድብን ከማለትም አልፈው ስድባቸውን በ ናዝሬት ይቸከችካሉ!!!
አይ የ የወያኔ ነገር ዳሩ ይሄው አይደል መስረቅ, መቅጠፍ, ማሰር መግደል መሸጥ ወደብ አሳልፎ መስጠት የሆነው እነኚህ ሽፍታዎች አሁን የድልድይ ሰባሪነት ድርጊታቸውን በመስረቅ ለውጠውታል::
ባገር ስም ተዘከሩኝ ብሎ የ ስርቆሽ አቁማዳቸውን የሚያደልቡት የቀን ማጅራት መቺዎች አይን ካወጡ አይቀር አፍጥጦ ነውና በ ሃፍረተ ቢስነት በየ አለሙ አህጉራት እየዞሩ በ ግድብ መስርያ ስም ገንዘብ ለመልቀም አስበዋል::
አሁንስ የ ማጭብረብርያ ዘዴዎች አያጠራቸው ስለመጡ
ነገ ምን ብለው ዶላር ለማግኘት እንደሚያሴሩ ጥርጥር የለውም::

05/08/13 @ 21:54
Comment from: kass lieben [Visitor]
kass lieben

I do not want to say much. This message is for Mr. “Alemayehu G. Mariam” I want you to know that you do not decieve everyone. We know for sure that you are not an Ethiopian. We are not sure about your ethnicity, we can can gues based on your facial features that you may be an Egyptian, a Yemeni or may be a Sudani. It’s clever of you to aqcuire such a typical Ethiopian name? No one from Ethiopia says the things you say, even if he is an Eritrean. You see there are certain things you need to know to really be an Ethiopian. You do not know anything about an Ethiopianism. Remember, you are not smarter than the Ethiopians. Egypit was made stronger economically and militarily because of American support. Egypt was lucky to be considered important regional player. you should be glad that the swiz canal is there to draw western powers’ attention. If not for England helping your country, we Ethiopians would’ve driven Egypt into the Red sea long before the medeaval times!

05/08/13 @ 22:25
Comment from: w.yilma [Visitor]

Wait and see. this an Idiot the so called “professor” will drop his close very soon, and wondering in the street of California. Who is Machiavellian professor, if you truly read Machiavelli book? Is that not you?As Machiavelli said you are lying every week to make a true history out of nothing. You are a true believer of Machiavelli.
You are very small in thinking. Yes the american education system need to be repaired if the system produced you. Maferia, Banda!

05/08/13 @ 22:45
Comment from: [Member]

Kena keb,
thank you so much for being one of the knowledgable people Ethiopia has. Proud of you!!

05/09/13 @ 00:14
Comment from: General Alula [Visitor]
General Alula

Professor Alemayehu,
you called the renaisance dam “Meles dam", you can say that as Meles is the man who broke a decades of barrier to build the dam unlike you who does nothing productive to his country but sit down and write garbage criticizing those who are doing great things.
you said ” Egypt has contingency military plans to undam the dam if it ever comes on line.” whose side are you in any way professor?
who are you to be insulting who are sacrificing every penny they have to build this historic dam? you even went too far to call it panhandling? sham on you professor, that tells every thing about who you are. unlike you this is what bill gates and many other world leaders thinks about the late prime minister.
Gates was responding to question about experiences of corruption and accountability in these countries where his Bill and Milinda Gates Foundation is involved in social welfare projects.
In places like India, he said, there are mixed results. “Fortunately, things like vaccines or bed nets are not that attractive for the political elite to stockpile. And so if you can track the grants to the purchase of the commodity and the commodity getting delivered, then you can make quite sure the money’s not being diverted. It gets more difficult as you get into personnel systems,” he observed. However, this is difficulty with education, road building, and even health systems to make sure that the work is actually being done, jobs just aren’t being given to the politically favoured, as opposed to the people who have the skill sets. “That is not always executed on very well. You see, we see programmes like in Ethiopia where that’s being done well. We see places like India, where the results are mixed,” Gates said.
Bill gates tweeted after Prime minister Meles passed away. “Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was a visionary leader who brought real benefits to Ethiopia’s poor. Our thoughts are with his family” so were many many other great leaders making similar comments. so why are you the only one who is not getting it?
but seriously, do you really have a life? how in the world any body have the time to write one or two extended articles every week?. what is the foundation of your obsessive hate against Meles to a point you don’t even care if your mother land Ethiopia and her people are hurt on your journey of black mailing the great leader? you advocate against the renaissance dame, you are against investing in Ethiopia. well, too bad professor, because Ethiopia is gone keep rising so is your blood pressure.

05/09/13 @ 00:38
Comment from: Abeba [Visitor]

Please leave Ethiopia alone!

05/09/13 @ 00:57
Comment from: sf [Visitor]

Dear Professor,
Thank you for your effort to inform us and the world about what is happening in Ethiopia.
For us you are a good writer, observer and analyst.
I love the way you define Woyanne in simple words.
“It is vintage police state propaganda aimed at convincing a largely illiterate Population that famine is plenty, decline is development, poverty is wealth,Dictatorship is democracy and the man who destroyed the country is its savoir.” [Animal farm]
If he says illiterate, he is referring the Woyanne Cadres who bark here day and night.

05/09/13 @ 02:26
Comment from: Nenewe [Visitor]

I like the new term « Melesistas ». The relentless prof is again at it. Melesistas must have seizures. This is expected because their idol, the late despot, got tarnished and ridiculed by the professor. Their cadres are let loose to invade At one point there were 23 comments waiting to get approved. He made Melesistas all the more idiots and fools to believe such project is underway.
His persistence claim that the dam will not be completed is mindboggling. Does he know something others fool Melesistas don’t? Or is he just an eternal pessimist?
Why, do Melesistas think, they were confronted by protestors to disrupt the events? This happened all over the world from Canada to Australia? Are all these protestors fools & idiots? Why a project as big as this fails to get the backing of all Ethiopians? How come individuals raise more money per city than the concerted efforts of a state? The fundraising/bond selling events were held inside the chancery/consulate show how Ethiopians scornfully see Melesistas.
All said, I would raher buy a bond for the dam than Brooklyn bridge.

05/09/13 @ 03:49
Comment from: Semhret [Visitor]


Dam is a loose loose situation same as anything Woyane promises.

If Meles knew anything he would have known how to stay alive.He did his best to like his life , to like his families life lastly to like his juntas life.;
He even loved his shitty life so much he went to the extent of sacrificing others life for no reason thinking he would stay alive by taking others life i.e. typical wishful thinking TPLF motto “take other people’s eye out so you can have a third eye”
Nevertheless he died without a plan.
Meles/leggese never knew how to lead himself , never knew how to lead his family or never knew how to lead a country to nothing better than destruction.He was a loose canon with no tangible plan or so to speak tangible vision.

Sorry to break it to those of you non-sense ignorant self destructive fools (Melesistas) but the late Meles was a mad khaty lunatic hallucinating his crazy behind off.

05/09/13 @ 04:48
Comment from: [Member]

This vitriolic angry piece shows the personal failure and jealousy of being left out that is consuming so many of these self-centered Ethiopian intellectuals in the Diaspora.

What little respect I had for this particular ‘YEGAN MEBRAT’ , dumb small town professor was long gone when he spilled the filthy thinking that is choking up his monkey brain in March.

As much as I disagree with the ruling elite in Ethiopia today , I cannot for the life of me find any convincing reason why any Ethiopian should denigrate, cast so much doubt and prejudice and wage a campaign of distrust on what is a completely apolitical matter of crucial economic interest for the poor Ethiopia.

Is there any reason to believe such an individual will not actively take sides with the Egyptians if his war monegring professy was at all delivered ? This much betrayal from a man who castigated others as BANDAS. Idiot. Thats what Almariam is.

Damn the trash talking Mesakia professor Tebiye.

What a sad sad man he is.

05/09/13 @ 07:16
Comment from: [Member]

⇉➽ Mr. Extra Trash
According to the professor, there are the hippos and cheetahs. This is a good examples. But,….You belong to a group the professor skipped because it doesn’t worth mentioning. The Anopheles mosquito. This group is well known for sucking blood, transmitting the disease racism, ….who can kneel down to anybody who fills there cordless belly, …..and who bends for leftover. Apart from other similarities…..

You can see all there comments above. It only similar to the mumming sound created by mosquito. There sound may continues until the dark is changed with light and they will be squashed with no more than a finger snap.

My dear, x tarantula you may cry, weep or sob in front of a prestigious article written by true Ethiopians, but it doesn’t change the fact that your grand pa was a ” Banda ” and you are baptized by ” Shabia ” and above all you are advocating for Fascists. What does that make you?……


05/09/13 @ 09:24
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

TPLF Thugs ,Agazi Scavengers ,Fool Diasporas working with them and Aderby bandas none of you can publish
the least information proving patriotic diasporas aginst socio economical development .Than your usual diabeteries against Prof Al and Human Rights Activists .It’s thank of their moneys sent into the country and the NGOs that the peoples in their majority are surviving .The Aim of the so called
Renaissance Dam is no more and no less ,as said Prof Al ,a curtain of smoke to hide your own crimes ,by creating regional crisis with Egypt and Sudan to legitimise your dying regime in the name of patriotism for the motherland in danger .If he really convinced by the Rights of Ethiopia to use the Nile water resources ,why did he in 1992 sign the agreement recognising Egyptian and Sudanese Conditions ,by freezing the Tana Belessa Agro Industrial Projects by desmanteling the Infrastructures most of them sent to
Eritrea and Tigrai .And refusing the Hanger Dedessa Hydro Electrical and Irregations Project .Another Cynical political Move by manipulating public opinions .By the way who are going to benefit from the so called project ,
Messebo Cement Factory and Mesfin Engeenerings both of them EFFORT ownership which means Azeb and TPLF .Whatever the fate of the
so called Dam ,directly or indirectly
the Bonds Selling Moneys shall go into Agazi Bandits Pockets .

05/09/13 @ 09:49
Comment from: Belay [Visitor]

what this professor did to the government 200 weyane cadres could not do. just look at the responses. and as if this is not enough the dude by the name of yilma bekele is wining about the temporary removal of abune petros hwailt for the construction of a light railway crossing addis ababa. can you imagine how a turn off that is to a sane, ordinary ethiopian with a drop of common sense. i mean what planet are these people from???? but i think this is going to be the last article by the professor on nazret. hopefully not.

05/09/13 @ 09:49
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

FIDABadgi ,so you get your new Philosophical inspiration from a former French Erotic Film Star of the early 60th. What a Genius Guy you are .As you know her well known movie is entitled “Et Dieu Crea La Femme” (And God Created the Woman ),
but he made a mistake by creating also a
village Idiot Moron guy like you …LOL !!!!!

05/09/13 @ 10:02
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Hey Hyena doest it mean that your bros Adgi has castrated himself the way using C’est moi Senait Nickname
by C\’est moi senait to post his usual craps against Prof Al…LOL!!!

05/09/13 @ 11:25
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

EthioAdgi that means $1.5 Billons of credits more that have to be paid from one Generation to another ,while Gibe I and II Dams had been out of Services just after their inauguration .Where the hell have you seen your Bandit Rulers bringing all these Moneys than from Foreign States and International Financial Institutions Loans .Fool and Idiot as you are ,you did forget
your supposed Hydro Electric Dam concerned the one which was built at the Belessa River Next to Lake Tana which did cost $100 Millions with the participation of EU .

05/09/13 @ 11:56
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Weregnaw 2010 ,when your looter master as you said :"delivered Tana-Beles, Gigel-Gibe I & II, 22 Universities and thousands of primary and secondary schools and health institutions ” ,so why peoples into the country are living under candle lights suffering of the shortage of Electric services ,Youth with Degrees and Diplomas have no Future than coblestone or finishing in Neigboring Countries as slaves , prisoners or
dying in Sudan or Somali Deserts worst
their corpses found in containers or diving on Indean Ocean.
Call them whatever you want ,Somalis,Eri ,Yemenis but whatever you lie the day is not far that you and your Bandit masters will soon be accountable for the Death of the Youth .

05/09/13 @ 12:13
Comment from: Jo [Visitor]


You keep saying Ethiopia is poor. You seem to be making a point on that over and over. Ethiopians know that and Meles knew that.
The people are working hard to get out of that name called poor country.
So, what is your point?
Insanity is writing article after article with no point over and over
each time expecting a result, but to no availability.
You are insane, a laughing matter with no substance.

P.s even your supporters would not back you up on your last article
except one or two who are just insane like you do.

05/09/13 @ 12:41
Comment from: Gutema [Visitor]

• World Bank, AFDB to Fund $1.26 Billion Ethiopia-Kenya Power Line

• Ethiopia to Get Chinese Funds for $1 Billion Hydropower Line

The above headlines are taken from the same page on in which Your (Al Mariam’s) article appeared - where you are exhorting the Diaspora not participate in raising funds for the building of the Rennaisance Dam and if the Dam is ever built, you are wishing ofr its destruction by the enemies of the country.

Power lines are built to carry electricity and, dear professor, electricity is produced if the dams are built. I do not think there is a grand international conspiracy to build powerlines that will be there for decorating the countryside.

Are you really pro Ethiopia? If you have reservations about the hugeness of the project and the country’s capacity to carry it through, why don’t you come up with alternative, but constructive idias to help your country?

Unfortunately, I do not think you read any of the comments from the readers about your articles and I am sure you would have prefered how Ethiomedia is running the show (where readers are not allowed to talk back )

05/09/13 @ 15:29
Comment from: Nile should not divide Ethiopians for regime change at 4 kilo! [Visitor]
Nile should not divide Ethiopians for regime change at 4 kilo!

To be honest i am no fan of wayane regime that is causing untold suffering especially to Amhara and Oromo using policy of Ethnic cleansing throughout the country and selling our land to foreigners.

In one of the dirtiest crimes against our peoples the government is effectively REVERSING Ethiopian victory over the Siad Barre’s dream of “Greater Somalia” that ended the ETHIO-Somalian war of the 70s with blood and bones of at least a family member of almost every Ethiopian home. By expelling half million oromos from their ancentsral lands, the goevt settled ethnically “clean” somalis, aka Barre’s children, who made clear will join proper Somalia, but will not stop pushing us until they connect Greater Somalia with Khartum as part of the greater project of building the Empire of Islam. It’s an insult to the Ethiopian heroes and heroines of the ethio-somalia war and a shame on ALL Ethiopians for forgetting the sacrifices of our fathers and tolerating somalis to create ethnically “clean” state, on the vast land of Hargarghe where oromos lived for millenia.Ironically if it was not for oromos who came to their rescue in the successives wars throughout history the whole nation and notion of Tigray as we know it and by extension the destruction of our country would not have come into being.

On the Nile issue, I naturally tend to side with even the real cheetas, the hippos and the evil grasshoppers of my country whenever they are attacked simply because our fathers and grand fathers never asked for justice and democracy before they faught and expelled invaders and I am likely to do the same. It doesn’t mean that Ethiopians should stop fighting for regime change at 4 kilo until the Dam is built.

05/09/13 @ 17:00
Comment from: tazabi [Visitor]

For Teddy and the likes, you’ve got ar maria to keep you going.

“Deha behlmu kebe bayteta noro dirk yegelew neber” ale yagere sew :)

05/09/13 @ 17:14
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

Gashe mamo [Visitor]

Little Monkeys admire Big Monkeys, naturally!

05/09/13 @ 19:11
Comment from: john John [Visitor]
john John

Dear Teddy
I personally this you are simply insane. According reporters without border Eritrea below N.Korea as the worst country in the world for press freedom. If you want more go to Aljezera new you can read more more than 10,000 political prisoners suffer in container in no mans dessert. While you worry about Ethiopias matter.

05/09/13 @ 20:34
Comment from: General Alula [Visitor]
General Alula

Like the professor, there were bandas who thought Ethiopia is poor, week and defenseless to fight the mighty Italian army and took the enemies side and fought against their own country. There were traitors who said the Egyptian army is so strong we cant afford to fight them but they were all proven wrong by the patriot Ethiopians who stood their ground to kept Ethiopia the only independent country ever in africa. we are Ethiopians and like our great leader said “I am not worried that the Egyptians will suddenly invade Ethiopia,". “Nobody who has tried that has lived to tell the story. I don’t think the Egyptians will be any different and I think they know that.” you should have known that professor, if you had ever read your history.

05/09/13 @ 22:13
Comment from: yo [Visitor]

Kena Keb,

People like you are needed to fight this insane person and the likes of him with your pen.
Do not under estimate this man as he could be a servant to the Egyptian with all their planning.

Keep it up!

05/09/13 @ 22:50
Comment from: Alem [Visitor]

What I don’t understand is, this project is in the Amara kilil, but what we see is the preparation for land grab chasing out the indigenous people out of there village, undermining the kilil to have their say, and all this woyane annexing authority over it??

Professor got the maximum right to argue and even to organize to stop the project out of this corrupt and barbaric government, that is obvious any profit comes from it will be syphoned by those thug mafia bandits.

IT’S NOT WOYANES KILLIL LEAVE THE PROJECT FOR THE KILLIL, let the people in the killil administer it and talk about it.

moche naw kome mawattaw le nezy leboch

05/09/13 @ 23:49
Comment from: Alegnta [Visitor]

This article is not worth the paper that it is written on! What a great waste of space. The articles are getting longer, alas - “longer is not better!” Quotations out of context are meaningless too. Looking at the responses all my countrymen are UNITED when it comes to defending our country against any foreign adversary! Read our history - Atse teodros, Atse Yohannes, Ras Alula, Atse Menilik, Emperor Haile Selassie would be turning in their graves to read your shameful article as what ever their deferences Ethiopians COME TOGETHER WHEN OUR COUYNTRY IS THREATEND! PERIOD! ETHIOPIA IS YEGEGNOCH AGER! Attack Ethiopia at your peril! I will not even try to make a case for the DAM as point is whatever the flaws in the arguements for its construction your assertion the Egypt will “undam the dam” is disgusting and UnEthiopian!

05/10/13 @ 06:14
Comment from: Ts [Visitor]

It is not difficult to infer from most of the above comments. Shortly, anyone to be good, none-fool, brilliant, erudite and so more worthy from theoretical aspects, that person must be TPLF. But who have a thinking in this line may further bolster the practical aspect, as typically, the Author, Professor Alm. So an intellect contribution of the author will continue and the buzzy sounds wouldn’t get a little attention rather will be a variety of a throw away-toys.

05/10/13 @ 07:35
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Hey Jilo ,who the Hell are you calling Supporters of your Fake Project ,the teeny Agazi community and opportunist Bandas gathering at each TPLF bandits fund raisig .And who run away each time confronted to Patriotic Diaspora Heroes .It’s not because Agazi sell out bandas one ,the Azeb Alahmudi whorshiper ,from Addis ,the other ,the recycled New Agazi Banda ,from Atanta and
also those from Agazi Ambassies and TPLF bandits moutpieces are barking against the patriots and by publishing “FAKE INFORMATIONS” ,that your Evil Racist Regime did gain LEGITIMACY in the Diaspora…LOL !!!

05/10/13 @ 15:21
Comment from: Way to go AL! [Visitor]
Way to go AL!

The Prof set fire on the hornets nest and smoked them all out! No where to hide. That’s why they are all around. Way to go AL!

05/10/13 @ 18:00
Comment from: Debtera [Visitor]

Now a days it is becoming obvious that some of the Diasporas who see themselves as activist and politicians and at times, TRUE Ethiopians [whom are sent from some kind of power intity ] primary intention is to enrich themselves. Though this has been done since the inception of Kinijit, it is clear now more than ever that they are in a big business collecting money from the die-hard diaspora supporters and some other innocent Ethiopians.
One can infer that Kinijit’s motto was NOW OR NEVER!! Sadly, to their Demise the answer from Ethiopian people as we knew it, was NEVER EVER!! However, the Almot bay Tegadays, after they became half diasporas and full time diasporas , they started long distance struggle.
How about the motto? Well, very much alive with sophisticated and fabricated lies. To mention some, the Somali, Gambella, Six million Ethiopians starved, the teacher, the high school student in Gonder, the aid which was for political purpose, Waldba, land grab, Muslim Wondimochachin etc.
They have used such sensitive issues to get more attention and acceptance by the Diasporas. The “Now or Never” slogan electrified more during PM Meles’s sickness and death. The main actor accompanied by ESAT was and still is no other than professor Al Mariam. One might not be that surprise why such people always sing the same song. The schools, the infrastracture, and mega developments in Ethiopia is becoming nothing to them. Then, what might be their mission? It is one and only one POWER!! Nothing less Nothing more! However, by luck or miracle, our country is fortunate enough that Al Mariam and the likes are out of her way! Otherwise, for obvious reason, Nothing could have been accomplished.
Professor Al, did you say Hippos? what a great name you have given to yourself! Yes, Hippos the “Do Nothing” creatures!! I completely agree on that and I say power to you professor! if you are prescribed to write an “article” every week, at least try NOT to write to the American audience or to the HRWs. What you are writing so far, hate, runt and defaming. I’m not sure how many years you need to grow up, but it is one thing you should consider.if I may, my advice to you is professor, I urge you to ask forgiveness from our people and it may help Free yourself from the darkness and fantasy you live in. Rest assure, the Ethiopian people are forgiving !!
Having said that, I still wish professor Al and his supporters, to live longer and witness the Ethiopian great Dam completed and shining! Yes, SHINING for ever!!
Finally, when it comes to the cheetahs, please spare them from shading their blood. If you are thinking the death and distraction of the Ethiopian youth would bring the HIPPO’S ultimate goal, believe you me, you are dead WRONG!! It will not happen in your life time. Last but not least, unless you stop poisoning, fueling, and feeding wrong information to our children, I believe history will judge you harshly!!

Kena Keb [ visitor ] I could not agree more, pls keep up the good job!

NO - for “Now or Never” and YES - for “Now and Forever ” for the development and prosperity of the one beloved country of ours!

05/10/13 @ 21:36
Comment from: gabito [Visitor]

Kena Keb,

You don’t sound Ethiopian and you sure know the details of Ethiopia. Tell me, every one who opposes TPLF is considered anti Ethiopian? You must be joking. After 21 years of TPLF promoting anti Ethiopia all of the sudden they became Ethiopians, how so? Where did you see in any country any dictatorship like TPLF promoting anti their nation except TPLF? Did you see any dictatorship giving up port that benefits the nation like TPLF did? Where did you hear that a divided nation would go to war and win like TPLF did to the nation and claiming they are building the Nile Dam so that to involve a weak, divided Ethiopia into war with Egypt? The TPLF doesn’t make sense at all promoting the Nile Dam only to bring war into the country. I am sure you are helping them with that. The true Ethiopians know that. Almariam is the true Ethiopian!

05/11/13 @ 03:33
Comment from: damte [Visitor]

There is a sayign that goes, if one person tell me that i am a pig, then i would say this person must be crazy, if the second tell me the same i will think he is another crazy person, but if every one is telling me i am a pig, then i would believe it.

does having a prof. title makes one to such a degree arrogant to disrespect what others are saying? Al you are not the only knowlegable professor around. You are degrading the title which shows you really doesnot deserv it.

05/11/13 @ 05:52
Comment from: Is independent from TPLF? [Visitor]
Is independent from TPLF?

I doubt if nazret is independent medium any more. They posted all comments critical of the article immediately and delay or filter the rest, and this is systematic. Smells something fishy here…

05/11/13 @ 11:59
Comment from: Ali Roble [Visitor]
Ali Roble

What increasingly makes me worry is that a single political party which is presided by single ethnic should have monopoly on power,development economics and the truth for the last twenty years and in the future. It is disturbing notion to believe such arrangements will work without setbacks. Such system is prone to corruption, nepotism, power of abuse and unaccountibilty. Regardless of whatever positive has been made at the start, Ethiopia is under one Party State now.

Just look at what happened in Kilil5. The whole region became hostage by few rogue individuals and single clan with no alternative political entity or counter check-ups.

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

John John ,keep on your silly fairytale for yourself ,the way you areconcerned by the fate of your Eri bros engaged only you and your Thuggy Amice Bros not us .For your Information your bandit masters Regime is still on the top of the list with Despotic and Tyrannical regimes
the likes of Eritrea and North Korea
as most of the worst countries for Press FREEDOM .The fact that most of the Free Press, in the country ,are shut down and the journalists are Whether in Jail or in Exile .Kena Keb before opening your stinky mouth time to meditate on the TRUE BACKGROUND of your DC and
UN Agazi Ambassadors both of them Former Mengistu Haile Mariam Close Advisors ,your NY Agazi Mouthpiece Tsahaye Debalkaw Mengistu’s Office Head of the Press ,your Atlanta Sellout opportunist Propagandist Selemon Tekaligni former Issayas and Shabis clerk recently recycled Agazi Banda ,and many many more TPLF cadres and Securities former DErg and ESEPA
cadres and Seteta Abalates rendering the same services to the actual Tyrants .Tenzababew ,time to analyse by yourself how much you and your friends are fooled by Agazis and Bandas with a fake and unrealisable pharaonic project ,which goal it’s only to collect moneys for their own sake and to promote their own image
;afterall shed by the blood of their victims .Where you would understand on the real Meaning of this tale .As said our dear elders “Deha Be Hilmu kibe Bayeteta …” ,the same as you and your Thuggy bros barking “Double Digits” ,"Renaissance Dam” ,why not space shuttles ,Winter Olympic Games ….LOL !!!!!!

05/13/13 @ 16:08
Comment from: Kena Keb [Visitor]
Kena Keb


I do not know whether your comment that I don’t sound Ethiopian means that I am not an Ethiopian by birth or my comments do not sound coming from an Ethiopian but at the same time you approve that “I sure know the details of Ethiopia"(your words). It is because I am an Ethiopian by birth that I know details about my country.
All governments that have come and gone have always disliked the idea of a dam being constructed on the river Nile which may hold true for the present government too. But this present Egyptian government has NOT in any official statement said that it would declare war against Ethiopia if the dam was to be constructed so I do not know where you got the idea of going to war with Egypt.
For your information the right on the river Nile that was granted to Egypt by the colonial power was nulled by all riparian countries so it would be detrimental for Egypt to go against the interest of all the riparian coutries. In fact, Egypt would benefit more from the Hidase Gidib than engaging itself in opposing the construction of the dam. So your postulation that “promoting the Nile Dam only to bring war into the country"(your words) is utterly baseless.

05/15/13 @ 09:14
Comment from: Kena Keb [Visitor]
Kena Keb


Thank you. We who wish all good for our country must stand united to raise our voices against all malicious individuals like Alemayehu Gebre Mariam who have no interest other than trying to do harm to Ethiopia by spreading vicious and unfounded stories with prime intent to gratify their own selfish political ends.

05/15/13 @ 09:29
Comment from: Kena Keb [Visitor]
Kena Keb


I humbly thank you.

05/15/13 @ 11:50
Comment from: Kena Keb [Visitor]
Kena Keb


What profaneness would do to you is to unveil the deep rooted rage and hatred that is entrenched in you as has been vividly seen in the many comments you write on this site. We can have different points of views on many issues, but if your choice of expressing your opinion is by using vulgar and inappropriate language, I find it pointless to reply to your disrespectufl comment pointed at me.
We can always disagree but at the same time be able to debate and share varied opinions courteously.

05/15/13 @ 12:44



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