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04/16/12

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Ethiopia: The Bridge on the Road(map) to Democracy

Ethiopia: The Bridge on the Road(map) to Democracy

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

Last week I had an opportunity to address a town hall meeting in Seattle sponsored by the Ethiopian Public Forum in Seattle (EPFS), a civil society organization dedicated to promoting broad dialogue, debate and discussion on Ethiopia’s future. I was asked to articulate my views on Ethiopia’s transition from dictatorships to democracy in light of my recent emphatic commentaries on the subject.

My views on Ethiopia’s transition to democracy originate in and are shaped by my own deepening concerns over the massive, sustained and gross human rights violations in that country. My active involvement in Ethiopian “affairs” and human rights advocacy dates back to 2005 when troops under the direct personal command and control of Meles Zenawi massacred 193 unarmed protesters and wounded 763 others.  Prior to 2005, my interest in Ethiopian “affairs” was academic and involved editorial work in the publication of a scholarly journal and a popular magazine on Ethiopia. The 2005 massacres presented me several stark choices: pretend the massacres did not happen; express fleeting private moral outrage and conveniently forget the whole thing; hope someone will take up the cause of these victims of crimes against humanity, or take an active advocacy role and speak truth to those who abuse and misuse power. I embraced the old saying, “The only thing necessary for the persistence of evil is for enough good people to do nothing.” I chose to become a human rights defender and advocate.  

Democracy (at least in its liberal form) is a form of government based on popular sovereignty (supremacy of the people), but it is an empty  shell if it is not infused with the values of freedom (of association, expression, press), and respect for human rights and accountability (rule of law, independent judiciary, transparency and free and fair elections including  competitive political parties and civil society organizations). Article 21(3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights forges the link between democracy and human rights: “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections…” The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights enshrines a host of political rights and civil liberties which provide the foundation for meaningful and functioning democracies. More narrowly, I regard the struggle for human rights in Ethiopia to be a struggle for democracy and vice versa. That is why I am interested in Ethiopia’s smooth transition from dictatorship to democracy; for I believe that if there is a successful democratic transition in Ethiopia, human rights will be protected, promoted and defended.  

The Bridge on the Road  to Democracy 

We can conceive of the transition from dictatorship to democracy as a metaphorical journey on the road to progress, freedom and human enlightenment (democracy) or a regression to tyranny, subjugation and bondage (dictatorship). Societies and nations move along this road in either direction. Dictatorships can be transformed into democracies and vice versa. But the transition takes place on a bridge that connects the road from dictatorship to democracy. It is on this bridge that the the destinies of nations and societies, great and small, are made and unmade. If the transition on the bridge is orderly, purposeful and skillfully managed, then democracy could become a reality. If it is chaotic, contentious and combative, there will be no crossing the bridge, only pedaling back to dictatorship. My concern is what could happen on the bridge linking dictatorship to democracy in Ethiopia when that time comes to pass. 

I believe Ethiopia is rapidly advancing towards that bridge on the road to democracy hastened by a wide variety of factors: The regime has no legitimacy despite its ridiculous claim that it won 99.6 percent of the parliamentary seats. The economy is in shambles. “Ethiopia had the second-highest inflation rate in [2011], when it peaked at 40.6 percent, according to Addis Ababa-based research group Access Capital SC”. Last month, the IMF reported, “Ethiopia still faces significant challenges, in particular containing still-high inflation, raising savings, and meeting enormous investment needs.” Last year, the IMF warned, “High inflation is undermining poverty reduction efforts. A highly distorted monetary policy represents a severe drag on growth and is undermining macroeconomic stability. Ethiopia’s approach to industrial development is largely ineffective given the extremely low level of manufacturing and industrial development, low productivity levels, and persistent trade deficit.”

The visceral anti-regime attitude is palpable throughout the country and magnified more conspicuously in the regime's massive crackdown and repression. The displacement of large numbers of people in what some have called “ethnic cleansing” seems to have crystallized definite patterns of antagonism towards the regime from all sides. The complete closure of political space has spawned fear and loathing in the population. The disparity between the ruling regime and its supporters and the masses continues to fuel massive discontent. The regime is completely bereft of any new or creative ideas to overcome the complex social, political and economic  problems proliferating in the society; and the cosmetic PR about building dams and expanding investments to mask basic problems has drawn more opposition and ridicule domestically and from external sources. In sum, the evidence and signs of decay in the regime are manifest and numerous. Whether collapse comes from internal implosion, popular uprising or other factors cannot be predicted. 

A Bridge Too Near 

If we accept the philosophical principle that human history is essentially a struggle for freedom and against tyranny and dictatorship, then the natural human tendency is to seek freedom and avoid tyranny. Tyrants and dictators believe that they can always stifle the people's yearning for freedom through the use of force or corruption. But the inexorable march towards freedom imposes its own immutable historical  laws on tyrants. The foremost law of dictatorships and tyrants is that they always fall. As Gandhi noted: “All through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it, always.” Just over the past year, we have seen dictators fall like dominoes in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Yemen. The impulse for freedom and human dignity could no longer be contained by the secret police and the armed forces of the dictators in these countries.

The second law is that fallen dictatorships always leave behind chaos, conflict and strife. That has been amply demonstrated in the wake of the “Arab Spring”. The third law is that the outcome of the fall of dictatorships is unpredictable. To be sure, the fall of dictatorships does not guarantee the rise of democracy. In fact, more likely than not, it often leads to the rise of another dictatorship because, more often than not, those who seek to dethrone the dictators aim to enthrone themselves and continue to do business as usual. Stated differently, new bottle old wine. 

The fourth law is that some dictators will fight to the end to avoid a fall and cling to power; others are more calculating, cunning and rational. When the jig is up, some dictators will fight and others will catch the next flight.  Ben Ali of Tunisia caught the first plane out to Saudi Arabia. Ali Saleh of Yemen fought even after he was singed and disfigured in a rocket attack on his palace. This past February Zenawi granted him asylum after Saleh was denied entry in every other country where he sought refuge. Gadhafi fought to the bitter end until he was captured in a tunnel and killed like a sewer rat. Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d’Ivoire also fought to cling to  power until he was collared like a street thug and turned over to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity. Bashir al-Assad continues to fight and cling to power as his security forces kill, maim and displace thousands of Syrians.

The fifth law is that the transition between the fall of dictatorships and transition to democracy can be managed to minimize the effects of the first four laws. The fifth law applies to the bridge on which the transition from dictatorship to democracy takes place and is the most critical phase in determining the destiny of Ethiopia for generations to come. The first four laws are historically predetermined, but the fifth law is entirely in our hands.

Chaos Creates Ideal Conditions for (Power) Thieves

On the bridge to democracy, there is often a collision between individuals and groups doggedly pursuing power, the common people tired of those who abuse and misuse power and the dictators who want to cling to power.  The chaos that occurs on the transitional bridge from dictatorship to democracy creates the ideal conditions for the hijacking of political power, theft of democracy and the reinstitution of dictatorship in the name of democracy. There is an instructive Ethiopian adage that helps explain this situation more clearly: “Helter-skelter creates ideal conditions for thieves (gir gir le leba yimechal)”.

On the bridge to democracy, all sorts of actors and players will crawl out of the wood work to jockey for power. All sorts of intrigues, power games and shenanigans will be played out. A probable scenario based on historical evidence in Ethiopia suggests the following: Major outside forces will attempt to control and manage the transitional bridge, the transitional period and the transition itself. They will present themselves as “mediators”, offer their resources to manage the transition by managing the stakeholders. They will likely activate their prearranged “leaders” and groups and stage a transitional drama for the general public who are only too happy to see the end of dictatorship and wishfully hopeful of a new democratic beginning. In such a situation, the “mediators” will be in the driver seat of the transitional bus. They will transport the passengers over the bridge to wherever they want.

The military (at least the leadership) will seek to grab political power with the excuse that there is a need to maintain law and order during the transitional period and with false promises of elections and accountability for corruption and human rights violations in an attempt to win public and donor support. If the military intervenes in the transitional process, there will be no transition, only consolidation of military power over civilians. Political parties will regroup and prepare for a power play. Repressed internal forces will likely resurface after the fall of dictatorship to assert their interests and take a seat at the bargaining table. They will try to take advantage of the transitional chaos to position themselves for power and flex their muscles to demonstrate their intentions. New groups will be constituted and present themselves as power contenders and stakeholders. Regional powers will seek a role in the transition to determine an outcome that is favorable to them. Supporters of the fallen dictatorship will try to regroup and reclaim power, or more likely realign themselves with any group they believe will protect their interests and shield them from accountability.

As the various groups jockey for power and influence, the people will be mere pawns in a gambling game of power theft. They will be mobilized along ethnic, linguistic, religious, regional and communal lines. Historic grievance will be unearthed, threats of secession and acts of insurgency will be undertaken, mutual recriminations, accusations and denunciations will dominate the public airwaves. In the end, the people will be left holding a bag filled with confusion, despair, misery, hardship and heartbreak.

On the chaotic (gir gir) transitional bridge, one thing will surely occur: A power vacuum. It is in the chaos and power vacuum that a few calculating and well-organized groups and individuals will execute a well-planned strategy to swiftly capture the ultimate prize of political power and thwart the transition from dictatorship to democracy.

Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

We need to plan for the inevitable, inescapable and unstoppable transition of Ethiopia from dictatorship to democracy. Dictatorship will end in Ethiopia. It is only a matter of when. Democracy will also rise in Ethiopia. It is a matter of how and what type. Let me use another Ethiopian adage to make my point clear: “Sergena meta, berbere kentisu.” (The wedding party has arrived, let us begin to prepare the meal.) The point is that it necessary to begin a purposeful dialogue and plan ahead about the prerequisites for an effective and smooth transition to democratic governance now, not when the dictatorship falls.

I believe dialogue needs to begin now on at least four major issue areas: 1) how to engage and increase the capacity of key stakeholders in identify potential triggers of violence during political transitions and preventing them; 2) identifying and devising strategies and opportunities for reducing ethnic, religious and communal tension and conflict in anticipation of a transition; 3) enhancing the role of civil society institutions in facilitating public engagement and interaction during the transitional period, and 4) anticipating critical constitutional issues that could significantly impair the transitional process.

The failure to plan for an inevitable opportunity for democratic transition is tantamount to planning to thwart democracy and depraved indifference to the reinstitution of another dictatorship. We must learn from recent historical experience. The Libyans failed to plan for a transition and expediently (with the aid of outside “mediators’) united to bring down the Gadhafi dictatorship. Today, Libya appears to be teetering on the precipice of  tribal warfare and deeply beset by political, regional and political antagonisms. Tunisia seems to be doing much better both because Ben Ali left quickly which made the transitional period easier and also because the military was noticeably absent in the transitional process.

Egypt seems stuck on the transitional bridge. After the young demonstrators mobilized to end Mubarak's dictatorship with great sacrifice, they were sidelined by the very military that kept Mubarak in power for decades. Civil society organizations which were the driving forces of the revolution are now facing persecution and repression by the military. Egypt’s presidential election is scheduled for May but last week an Egyptian administrative court suspended the 100-member constitutional assembly which was supposed to draft a new constitution for post-dictatorship Egypt.

The suspension has thrown things into a tizzy and tensions are growing between the various secular and Islamist groups and the ruling military council which currently holds power. Having a new president without a constitution (worse yet with the old constitution) is like putting the cart before the horse. But there are real problems with the constitutional assembly that is dominated by members of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party and the Salafist Nour party (who hold a majority in parliament). Secularist members and even Islamic and Christian representatives withdrew from the assembly reading the handwriting on the wall.  Women were grossly under-represented on the assembly as were representatives of civil society institutions. Few of the assembly members had adequate knowledge of constitutional law to participate in meaningful drafting of such an important document. Beyond fair representation of stakeholders, there are some deeply divisive issues of constitutional significance in Egypt. The major one is the role of Islamic law (Sharia) in the new constitution. What safeguards will be in place to protect individual freedoms, women's rights and the rights of religious minorities and other groups? Ethiopians can learn a great deal from the Egyptian transitional experience.

Who Should Lead the Dialogue on the Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy?

Conventional wisdom says the important task of managing the transition from dictatorship to democracy should be left to the elites—the politicians, party leaders, bureaucrats, academics and other institutional leaders. They are believed to have the best and the brightest ideas for developing the “roadmap” and “action plans’ for a transition to democracy. But for there to be a truly a  successful transition followed by a durable democracy, the dialogue base must be expanded to broadly include civil society organizations, human rights advocacy groups, women and the youth. In fact, the likelihood of a successful transition is increased manifold if civil society organization, advocacy groups, women and youth take a leading role. The reasons are self-evident. Civil society organizations are critical to civil engagement and citizen action for participatory democracy. They are important in facilitating broad-based mobilization in a transitional period and in ensuring responsive governance in the post-transition period. They are also most effective in giving voice to the poor, the minorities and the vulnerable.

The youth are important because the future belongs to them. As George Ayittey explains, there are two generations in Africa: the Cheetah Generation and the Hippo Generation. “Cheetahs seek knowledge, innovation and look for solutions to their problems while Hippos blame others, seek handouts and generally drive our continent to the ground… The Cheetah Generation is a new breed of Africans who brook no nonsense about corruption. They understand what accountability and democracy is. They are not gonna wait for government to do things for them… Africa’s salvation rests on the backs of these cheetahs.” Ethiopia’s salvation rests in the palms of these Cheetahs.

Women need to be given a prominent role in the transitional dialogue because they have been historically ignored, discounted, overlooked and forgotten though they represent one-half of the population. There could be no true democracy where there is no gender equality, and that is one of the glaring inequalities in Ethiopia today. The evidence is incontrovertible that Ethiopian women today suffer significant sociocultural and economic discrimination and have far fewer opportunities than men for personal growth, education, and employment. But women’s involvement in the transitional dialogue is vital because they bring their own unique insights and perspectives to the problems. I believe women have special leadership qualities which are vital to democratic transition and governance. On balance, they tend to be more honest, intelligent, understanding and trusting than men. They are more compassionate than men and more likely to negotiate and compromise. But we will never know know the leadership potential of Ethiopian women because few have been given a chance to prove themselves. They must have a major role in the dialogue on Ethiopia’s transition from dictatorship to democracy. 

From One Transitional Bridge to Many Permanent Bridges 

All of the dialogue on Ethiopia’s transition to democracy must serve to build bridges across the ethnic divides, the religious chasms, linguistic and cultural cleavages and geographic differences. The dialogue ultimately must lead to a national consensus on a vision of democracy -- which I hope will lead to the creation of a government that always fears the people and a political system where the people never fear their government – which promotes peace, understanding and reconciliation of the people of Ethiopia.

So, let the dialogue, discussions and debates continue in the town halls, in the streets, parks and public squares, the villages and hamlets, the neighborhoods, the newspapers, the offices, the youth and women’s organizations, trade and farmers’ associations, meeting halls, the stadiums, restaurants, schools and universities, courthouses and parliaments and on the radio, television, the webpages, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Skype, instant messaging, blog pages and by email…

Let's get to work building bridges that connect people all across the Land of Thirteen Months of Sunshine!!!  

Amharic translations of recent commentaries by the author may be found at: 

http://www.ecadforum.com/Amharic/archives/category/al-mariam-amharic and 

http://ethioforum.org/?cat=24 

Previous commentaries by the author are available at: 

http://open.salon.com/blog/almariam/   and

www.huffingtonpost.com/alemayehu-g-mariam/

19 comments

Comment from: YHD [Visitor]
YHD

The only change which is inevitable is the ultimate decomposition and dissolution of old farts like you with a decayed neftegna mentality. The good news is that many of your friends has abandoned their extreme views and have embraced the idea of a new Federal Ethiopia representative of all the people, nations and nationalities.
The only thing that needs change and transformation is your sick mentality.
It is absurd to see the most antidemocratic individuals like you pretending and swearing in the name of democracy.

04/17/12 @ 02:10
Comment from: teshome [Visitor]
teshome

bla bla bla, crazy.

04/17/12 @ 05:18
Comment from: Shama [Visitor]
Shama

Bravo Alex,

We’ll keep on fighting until we get rid of these agames.

Shama,

04/17/12 @ 06:31
Comment from: addiszemen [Member]  

“HALLUCINATION OF AN OLD MAN”

almaria’s contempt and resentment towards Ethiopia and Ethiopian people can be related with that of Adolf Hitler, almost a century ago when Hitler wrote his own manifesto called MEIN KAMPF or “my struggle” while in prison in 1924. in the book the angry and defiant Hitler tried to show his contempt to the whole world by his lengthy jumble of egotistical rantings and half-baked racial theories. Hitler’s determination in those days to seize LEBENSRAUM “living space” in Eastern Europe for the German aryan master race and his prejudice to a certain people resembles to that of almaria’s ranting of meles this amhara that which is echoed daily on ESAT youtube media.
almaria’s hallucination of “Ethiopia’s transition to democracy” only shows his own contempt for democracy.
Hitler learned a lesson from his own failure of the Munich fiasco which resulted to his imprisonment, and resolved to use different means to destroy democracy. which is now become the same route taken by almaria and his diciples in the diaspora, the coalition of OLF and GINBOT7, the formation of TRANSITIONAL council, and the daily cry of AMHARAS being dislocated. only in their effort of building a new dergue and feudal era rising from the ashes of the old ones.

04/17/12 @ 07:41
Comment from: Belew [Visitor]
Belew

@ addis Zemen

Addis Zemen you are an idiot that is all I can say about you. I think some one told you about hitler and you want to show you have some brains by refering to hitler but again and again you prove you have no brain you are just like a broken record saying the same thing again and again You are uneducated fool!!!!!!!!!!!!

04/17/12 @ 08:34
Comment from: bendo [Visitor]
bendo

This reminded me my granema proverb it says…
“Deha behilmu kiba bayiteta noro nitate yigelew neber”
You live in the dream world and by telling lie too many time to your self you starting beliving it.
dreaming is good utlist it makes you feel important in your dream world.
Wow the professer beliving that EPRDF will evaporate in three month with DC taxi drivers hotel meeting.
I heared this dream the last 21 years and still they alwayes say the next 3 month.
my little sister is born and married while they talk the same thing.

04/17/12 @ 09:26
Comment from: tedla [Visitor]
tedla

Ayeee still talking about the past your rusty brain will soon stop working. old man you are no use for our Ethiopia.

04/17/12 @ 12:24
Comment from: Manalebihe [Visitor]
Manalebihe

Only way to cross bridge is by destroying Whisky-Woyane’s ethnic cleansing campaign against the Amhara ethnic group in southern Ethiopia has made the Amhara rebels angry. So far, over 78,000 people, including children, women,disabled and the elderly have been evicted after every thing they owned was confiscated, as reported by Germany Radio and other media. The following are photos of some of the evicted Ethiopians of Amhara ethnic group. The only way to stop such crime against humanity is to wage an all out war on the fascist Woyanne junta with what ever means available. The least one can do is to stop referring to this criminal organization as “Ethiopian government,” and the fascist dictator as “Ethiopian prime minister.”

The only crime of these innocent children is to be born from Amhara ethnic group. How can any one who calls him/herself Ethiopian continue to stay silent in the face of such atrocity?

Fighters from the Ethiopian Unity and Freedom Force (EUFF) have burned down 1 hotel and over 20 stores in the northern Ethiopian border town of Metemma last week, according the group’s spokesperson. The report has been independently verified from local witnesses.

The attack, which occurred last Wednesday night, primarily targeted Khartoum Hotel, a gathering place for Woyanne security personnel and businessmen in the area. The owner of Khartoum Hotel, Wzr. Tsehai herself, is a longtime member of TPLF.

A large merchandise store next to Kharthoum Hotel was also burned to the ground. The store was owned by another TPLF member named Haddish Berhane who is currently TPLF head of security in the “Amhara Kilil.”

It’s reported that in June 2011, the same group burned down 11 stores in Gondar that are owned by ruling party members.

A convoy carrying the governor of Sudan’s eastern state of Al-Qadarif across the shared borders with Ethiopia on Sunday was attacked by suspected members of the Ethiopian gang known as Shifta, Sudan Tribune has learned.

The attack took place as the convoy of the governor, Karam Allah Abbas, was crossing Um Dabalo area in Abu Sanda Sudanese locality bordering Ethiopia. Abbas was on his way to the neighboring Amhara Region of Ethiopia for a meeting with its governor when he stopped in Um Dabalo after spotting an Ethiopian farmer working in the area.

The governor started an argument with the Ethiopian farmer and told him that the land belongs to Sudan, at which point a group of armed Ethiopian men arrived at the scene and opened fire on the governor’s convoy.

Although no one was harmed in the fire, Abbas immediately cancelled his trip to the Amhara region and called in security reinforcements to escort his convoy back to Al-Qadarif.

Sources told Sudan Tribune that the incident had infuriated the governor who later threatened to sever his state’s ties with Ethiopia without referring to the central government in Khartoum.

The sources added that the governor had also threatened to lead a military campaign against the Shifta gangs and arm Sudanese tribes to fight them.

Sudan and Ethiopia agreed to demarcate their border, signed a number security agreements and also implementing a number of joint development projects for the population on the border zones.

However, Ethiopian opoosition groups criticized the demarcation saying that Prime Minister Zenawi conceded Ethiopian territory to the Sudan to compensate Khartoum for arresting rebels and banning their activities in the neighbouring country.

The governor of the Amhara Region Ato Ayalew Gobeze officially apologized to Abbas for the attack by the Shifta and promised to cooperate with Sudanese authorities in hunting down the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, local security authorities in Al-Qadarif announced on Monday that 12 suspects had been arrested in relation with the attack.

04/17/12 @ 14:42
Comment from: Babile [Visitor]
Babile

Alemayehu G. Mariam

In the same way as yesterday, you keep on telling us having witnessed a bull delivering a calf; black milk is on sale in several malls inside Addis Ababa; the sky is being cultivated to plant rice all over the bounds of Ethiopia. Oh Alemayehu when are you going to free your lunetic thinking line?

Why not call the title of your message: “The Bridge on the Road(map) to Degeneration of Alcoholic Almariam’s devocracy”

04/17/12 @ 14:52
Comment from: jazzman [Visitor]
jazzman

His Own admission about being ‘cluless’ about Ethiopia and its dear people…until 2005.how dumb can you get…Prof ? dumb and dumber…

04/17/12 @ 15:38
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Yehuda ,Adgi ,Tucha and Co .bunch of
liars moron shabyan ass holes and arab prostitutes .Dinkem democracy ,with a blood sucker tyrant
(your leba master ) ,a fake election with a North korean Style result (99%
of parliementary seats allocated to Agazi Bandits ,Tigre Mafiosis and kersam Bandas ),an Ethno Mafia Firms
(TPLF and EFFORT) monopolising the whole economic activities by selling
the country to Arabs ,Turkish Hindus and Chinese Looters .Patriots ,Democrats ,Human Rights activists and Free Press Journalists strown in prison .95 % of the peoples starving while minority Azeb gangs owning everything
with the complicity of evil bandas arab and hindus looters .Worst
Genocide Crimes of Ethnic Cleansings comitting by your Agazis and Bandas .
Hey Adgi you are just laughing on yourself ,adolf Hitler is already reincarnated by your leba master who
made a aimple paste of Mein Kampf with his evil Talaku Tigrai and Mertu Ye Tigrai Lidji evil ideology .
His family members and relatives reincarnating the then Hitler relatives and close advisors .As Azeb
Mesfin playing the game of Eva Brawn ,the Shabya guy Bereket perfectly performing the role of Joseph Goebbels ,the bandit Samora and Agazi looters also acting as Himmler and SS Officers .HERE ARE THEN YOUR SO CALLED DEMOCRACY ,RECASH, NAZI RECKAGE ,SHABYAN ASS HOLE ATTELA BANDA !!!!!!!

04/17/12 @ 18:11
Comment from: Tulu Proud ET [Visitor]
Tulu Proud ET

We are so glad Ethiopia has a caring child like you. Y
our devotion is immense. Thank you Professor you are the means for the repressed and voiceless.

The US will listen to people like you, educated, balanced and dedicated to human and civil rights. Keep it up. Ethiopia needs you.

Your powerful writings sends a sharp pain through Meles and Woyane cadres dead bodies. They growl and torture themselves.

04/17/12 @ 19:02
Comment from: Zmene [Visitor]
Zmene

Addis Zemen:

First, How do you know if the Professor is an amhara or tigrie???

you are the sum total of nothing!!

You are locked up in a narrow box of complete darkness. I do hope you will find your way out of this some day.

04/17/12 @ 23:22
Comment from: Mo Ethio [Visitor]
Mo Ethio

It obviously clear mr. Alemayehu is from a Hippo generation as well as a dormant. the only road map for you,a road to no where so we can’t hear from you again. Your god Mengistu soon will be leaving Zimbabwe, do you have any plan for him? after all he sent you to get education in the west. it is time for you to pay your debt.

TEDDY [Visitor]

I can simply say you are arrogant and narrow minded sub-human. you mentality or mental capacity is below a normal third grader. don’t display your stupidity on public forum.

04/18/12 @ 00:06
Comment from: addiszemen [Member]  

Belew,…

I assume you live in the west. What a waste!!
FYI, yes somebody told me about Hitler, how else would I know about him?
Just go back to your own comment and read it to discover how stupid you sound. DENQORRO.
“KNOWLEDGE IS TO KNOW THE EXTENT OF ONE’S IGNORANCE” Confucius,

04/18/12 @ 08:31
Comment from: Heny [Visitor]
Heny

alemayoh,
min Alem alehna ante dedeb shimagle.
The good think is the brave eprdf/has chased you far away from ethiopia.

04/18/12 @ 17:34
Comment from: sf [Visitor]
sf

@ To all brainless Woyanne CADRES,

When our prof.writes something, why should you always complaining with out basic truth.
If you have any alternative idea or comment let us hear from you Guys.
But the truth is you don’t have any!!! B/c you all are mentally retarded.
As an Ethiopian, i am proud to have well articulated intellectual like prof AL.
Well done prof. AL

04/19/12 @ 07:56
Comment from: warya [Visitor]
warya

Oh my God! is that Ato Alamayehu still keep writing his bias wrong and partially preaching articles.

I’m really in wonder!The fact is that Alemenyehu and his alikes we aren’t living with same Ethiopia.Because,this man and his alike of Neftenga Ahmara elites they are living in the old days of Ethiopia.These don’t living with reality of the New Ethiopia.Whether that Melese regime will leaves the power or not what these Ahmara chauvinistic people are not realize yet is that Ethiopia has been changed and transformed into new federalism republic which of course,will never going back into her darkness.The fact is that Ethiopia’s multi-ethnic diversity and her regional states,may be some of it will go like Eritrea their own.While of course will follow the constitution of the country which charter #39 of the constitution will gives them the rights of choosing to exercise if they desire not stay with this unjust and lawfully formed Abyssinian Empire.Thus,I believe a people like Prof Alemenyehu,according to his view and his written articles which he always contemplates and ironically he claiming that he is against the Meles regime or woyane whatever he calls the regime on the power.But in the reality is that the professor and his alike Neftenga are clear their agenda.They are only spreading a propaganda among the Ahmara ethnic,regretfully to the youth generation.That really it hurts us as well the country’s future.They are trying to mislead other readers too by telling in live as well in writings that they are against Melese Zenawi and his EPRDF party which of course currently holding the power since they are taken over from the Ahmara Derg regime.

The Good thing though that all
Non Ahmara Ethiopians have been known past old regimes of Ethiopia and remembers their painful suffers under ahmara regimes.Therefore,despite of that still some regions having some difficulties most of Ethiopian peoples enjoys and that preferring the current New Ethiopia federalism system.Including the peoples of Ahmara regional states,the masses of Ethiopians can see and tell the differences in the past regime and the present government,they have their own local governing which protects their cultural rights within their bigger federal governments which they have theire rps MPs.I know some will say and argue those MP are nothing and they merely are a just punch of poppets rather than being part of the decision makers of the country.Well,rome not built over night.Its a one step head and a progress that reached Ethiopian people today and tomorrow we will go forwards and we will achieve more democracy system.Its kind of how you look the cup that is half full/half empty.It depends on the person how he/she it looks the Melese government.There is no doubt in my mind that the EPRDF regimes achieved many good things and that reached the whole parts of the country.
Thus,generally my political observation the country is moving forward and that is a good and positive things.On the other hand,and the way I really see it the Professors continues articles,of course after I red them,according into my personal political views,that Ato Al and his articles as well those and his alike readers whose always give hand clubs, applauds to encourage him to keep writing such poisonous articles.Although the professor’s short sighted articles so far it has no effects on non Amhara ethnic Ethiopians,it rather producing unfortunately only for two things and these are in my opinion:1-Such propaganda conveys hateful which in result divides us and that at the end weakening the unity of the people

2)Such chauvinistic articles of prof Alemaneyhu it gives a boost and strengths for those who beliefs separatism ideas due to his articles carrying the ideology of dynasty and Ethiopia must rules for those ahmara who claims they rooted in Solomic dynasty.Mengestu Haile mariam,even used to claim his grand mother ancestors from there.She was related to Ahmara royal-tribes.Therefore,such mentalities of Ethiopia for ahmara tribes must rule of the prof’s article only conveying among Ethiopians mistrust and separations and that is obvious for sure.

Well,if the Neftenga opted to carry out to keep spreading such propaganda surely it will be only producing bitterness hateful among Ethiopians and nothing else my friend.Because,in such shortsighted views articles of the prof,has no effects to regime changing.It rather gives him to the Melese regime more popularity.It will bringing smooth changes in Ethiopia any way.Other possibility is though,such cheap propaganda might be it will creates an upraises n certain region and cities of the country,specially in Amara regions which that it’ll be leading into chaos situation and it will never bringing smooth transitional changes in Ethiopia.
If that is what the Neftenga and their Author,Prof Alemanyehu haile mariam wants they are wrong big time.

The reality is that the new republic federalist of Ethiopia and her peoples will never going back to the oppressive dark era.

04/20/12 @ 05:32
Comment from: Asqign [Visitor]
Asqign

Whats the Ethiopian denomination of “nations and nationalities” mean?
Is it equivalent to the united nations? u mean Gambela is a nation and so as Tgray too?
But your masters ideology is that the nations has all the right to have own rules and regulations and they are the ones to decide inside their kilil means regional autonomy. Where does Gambela stand here? LOL

04/20/12 @ 12:22

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