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Ethiopia: Time for Radical Improvements
By Alemayehu G. Mariam
It is time to bury the hatchet and move forward in Ethiopia! Nelson Mandela taught that “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” I would add that your enemy also becomes your friend and your ally. Historically, when warring nations of Native Americans made peace with each other, they would bury their axes (hatchets) into the ground as a symbolic expression of the end of hostilities. I say today is the perfect time for all Ethiopians to bury the hatchet of ethnic division, religious sectarianism, regional conflict and human rights violations. It is the perfect time to shake hands, embrace each other and get our noses to the grindstone to build a new democratic Ethiopia where the rule of law is upheld and human rights and democratic institutions respected.
Today, not tomorrow, is the best time to put an end to historic hatreds and resentments and open a new chapter in Ethiopia’s history. Today is the best time to unchain ourselves from the burdens of the past, close the wounds that have festered for generations and declare to future generations that we will no longer be prisoners of resentments of the past. Nelson Mandela said that “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” Mandela did not drink from the poison of resentment and managed to outlive most of his “enemies” and is still alive and kicking at 94. But today there is a lot of resentment going around in Ethiopia and in the Ethiopian Diaspora. There is the quiet and despairing resentment of those who feel wounded and defeated by loss. There is the gloating resentment of those who feel victorious and morally vindicated by the loss of others. Then there is the resentment of those who are indifferent because they just don’t care. Today is a great day to say good-bye to historic animosities. Today is a great day to end bitterness, not tomorrow. Reaching out to our adversaries must begin today, not tomorrow. Reconciliation must begin today, not tomorrow. Most importantly, “radical improvements in good governance and democracy” must begin today, not tomorrow.
Let’s Begin Radical Improvements in Good Governance and Democracy Today
In 2007, the late Meles Zenawi expressed his “hope that [his] legacy” would be not only “sustained and accelerated development that would pull Ethiopia out of the massive deep poverty” but also “radical improvements in terms of good governance and democracy.” Today is the day to begin in earnest radical improvements in good governance and democracy. These improvements must begin with the release of all political prisoners, repeal of anti-terrorism, civil society and other oppressive laws and declaration of allegiance to the rule of law.
All political prisoners in Ethiopia must be released. Their situation has been amply documented for years in the reports of the U.S. Government, U.N. agencies and various international human rights organizations. The 2011 U.S. State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in Ethiopia (April 2011) documented “unlawful killings, torture, beating, and abuse and mistreatment of detainees and opposition supporters by security forces, especially special police and local militias, which took aggressive or violent action with evident impunity in numerous instances; poor prison conditions; arbitrary arrest and detention, particularly of suspected sympathizers or members of opposition or insurgent groups; detention without charge and lengthy pretrial detention…”
In its 2010 World Report-Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch (HRW) concluded that “torture and ill-treatment have been used by Ethiopia's police, military, and other members of the security forces to punish a spectrum of perceived dissenters, including university students, members of the political opposition, and alleged supporters of insurgent groups… Secret detention facilities and military barracks are most often used by Ethiopian security forces for such activities.”
A report of the U.N. Committee Against Torture (November 2010) expressed “deep concerns about numerous, ongoing and consistent allegations concerning the routine use of torture by the police, prison officers and other members of the security forces, as well as the military, in particular against political dissidents and opposition party members, students, alleged terrorist suspects and alleged supporters of insurgent groups such as the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). It is concerned about credible reports that such acts frequently occur with the participation, at the instigation or with the consent of commanding officers in police stations, detention centers, federal prisons, military bases and in unofficial or secret places of detention.”
It is difficult to accurately establish the number of political prisoners in Ethiopia. International human rights organizations are not allowed access to political prisoners or to investigate their situation. But various reports provide estimates that vary from several hundreds to tens of thousands. Recent estimates by Genocide Watch peg the number of political prisoners at around one hundred thousand. Political dissidents, critics and opposition leaders continue to be arrested and detained every day. In the past year, an undetermined number of members of the Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDM) and the Oromo People’s Congress (OPC) have been detained for political reasons. Other opposition parties have reported similar arrests of their members. Alleged members of the Oromo Liberation Front continue to be arrested and detained without charge. In just the past few months, journalists, opposition political leaders and activists, including Andualem Arage, the charismatic vice chairman of the opposition coalition Medrek, Natnael Mekonnen, an official of the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party, the internationally-celebrated journalists Eskinder Nega and Reeyot Alemu, and editor Woubshet Alemu have been sentenced to long prison terms.
Radical improvements in good governance and democracy also require repeal of the so-called “Anti-Terrorism Proclamation No. 652/2009”. Over the past few years, this “law” has been used to round up and jail dissidents, journalists and opposition party political leaders as “terrorists.” The law has been condemned by all international human rights organizations. Human Rights Watch criticized the law as “potent tool for suppressing political opposition and independent criticism of government policy.” The vaguely drafted “anti-terrorism law” in fact is not much of a law as it is a velvet gloved iron fist used to smash any opponent of the regime. Speech aimed at “advancing a political, religious or ideological cause” and intending to “influence the government”, “intimidate the public”, “destabilize or destroy the fundamental political, constitutional, economic or social institutions of the country” is classified as “terrorism”. Making or publishing statements “likely to be understood as encouraging terrorist acts” is a punishable offense under the “law”. Anyone who provides “moral support or advice” or has any contact with an individual accused of a terrorist act is presumed to be a terrorist supporter. Anyone who “writes, edits, prints, publishes, publicizes, disseminates, shows, makes to be heard any promotional statements encouraging, supporting or advancing terrorist acts” is deemed a “terrorist”. A person who “fails to immediately inform or give information or evidence to the police” on a neighbor, co-worker or others s/he may suspect of “terrorism” could face up to 10 years for failure to report. Two or more persons who have contact with a “terror” suspect could be charged with conspiracy to commit “terrorism”.
Under the “anti-terrorism” law, “The police may arrest without court warrant any person whom he reasonably suspects to have committed or is committing terrorism” and hold that person in incommunicado detention. The police can engage in random and “sudden search and seizure” of the person, place or personal effects of anyone suspected of “terrorism”. The police can “intercept, install or conduct surveillance on the telephone, fax, radio, internet, electronic, postal, and similar communications” of a person suspected of terrorism. The police can order “any government institution, official, bank, or a private organization or an individual” to turn over documents, evidence and information on a “terror” suspect. A “terror” suspect can be held in custody without charge for up to “four months”. Any “evidence” presented by the regime’s prosecutor against a “terror” suspect in “court” is admissible, including “confessions” (extracted by torture), “hearsay”, “indirect, digital and electronic evidences” and “intelligence reports even if the report does not disclose the source or the method it was gathered (including evidence obtained by torture).
As I have previously commented, the “anti-terrorism” law criminalizes democratic civic existence itself: “Thinking is terrorism. Dissent is terrorism. Speaking truth to power is terrorism. Having a conscience is terrorism. Peaceful protest is terrorism. Refusing to sell out one’s soul is terrorism. Standing up for democracy and human rights is terrorism. Defending the rule of law is terrorism. Peaceful resistance of state terrorism is terrorism. But one must be reasonable about “terrorism”. Nelson Mandela was jailed for 27 years as a “terrorist” by the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Following his release, he said, “I was called a terrorist yesterday, but when I came out of jail, many people embraced me, including my enemies, and that is what I normally tell other people who say those who are struggling for liberation in their country are terrorists. I tell them that I was also a terrorist yesterday, but, today, I am admired by the very people who said I was one.” The “antiterrorism law” must be repealed.
The so-called Charities and Societies Proclamation No. 621/2009 must be repealed. This “law” has been severely criticized by all of the major international human rights organizations. Among its draconian elements include prohibitions on foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from engaging in human rights and democratic advocacy activities in Ethiopia including advocacy of gender and religious equality, conflict resolution or justice system and electoral reform. A local NGO that receives more than ten percent of its funding from foreign sources is considered “foreign”. Since few Ethiopian NGOs are financially self-sufficient, the vast majority depend significantly on foreign sources for their funding. This law has effectively put them out of business. The law allows an administrative body to have final authority over NGO disputes by granting it broad discretion to deny, suspend or revoke the registration of any NGO. Criminal sanctions and fines are also provided for violations of the law exposing NGO officials, members, volunteers and service recipients. Moreover, this law flagrantly violates various sections of the Ethiopian Constitution dealing with freedom of expression, assembly and association as has been pointed out by various human rights organizations.
Ethiopia today stands at the crossroads. It can march forward into democracy by taking confident steps that begin radical improvements in good governance and democracy. Or Ethiopia can continue to slide backwards and deeper into the vortex of dictatorship. Or it can free fall into chaos and strife. The choice is ours to make. There are important lessons to be learned by all. Those in power should be mindful that “making peaceful revolution impossible is making violent revolution inevitable.” Others should heed the message of Dr. Martin Luther King who once told the great Harry Belafonte his concerns about racial desegregation and its potential consequences: “I fear, I am integrating my people into a burning house,” wondered Dr. King metaphorically referring to the potential for racial conflict and strife that could result from outlawing discrimination. Belafonte, somewhat taken aback asked Dr. King, “What should we do?” Dr. King told him that we should “become the firemen [and] not stand by and let the house burn.’” We all need to be Ethiopian firemen and firewomen and begin “radical improvements in good governance and democracy” today, not tomorrow!!
Hope the rest of TPLF leaders listen to your advice. We need independent Judiciary system where the rule of law is upheld. We need a strong democratic institutions not strong dictators. Time for change.
Dr. Alemayehu is right so does Gidey.
Thank You Al. May God Bless you. I hope the opposition and government bodies look forward.
What did Al Mariam contributed toward the development of Ethiopia
Answer: He wrote 274 articles without missing a single week.
What did PM Meles Zenawi contributed
toward the development of Ethiopia
Answer: I can not start to put it on a paper since I can not finish it…
RIP PM Meles Zenawi.
No compromise with the evil. The confrontation with the evil Diasporas and their remnants must be strengthened.
The passive and appeasement policy with the evil Diasporas must be abandoned and a new confrontational policy and a new battle field must be opened deep in Diasporas territory.
No negotiation with the evil Diasporas. No deal with the bla bla bla generation, no contamination with lie.
What can I say you got the best brain….
Al is right but what makes change the policy will not change We believe oppositon to come and join teh crown as is Meles legacy and policy follow again. don’t expect any type of change. we have see development prospority and love with Meles adminstrator. “If not break don’t ficx it” we are fine
Just talk, you are excellent Googgler.
Abeba and ExtraIdiot
The difference between the two is unlike Meles Al did not go on ethnic lased distraction of Ethiopia, he did not collaborate with shabia, he did not break Ethiopia apart etc where should I stop?
You & your Co Elias kifle,mehayimu but a good actor tamang etc u guys need a radical chnage.Toxic diaspora eat your heart out.EPRDF will continue the same direction thats most ethiopians want.The old system never come back.
What do u contribut to your country except bilittilng PMMZ.The world witnessed people like Bill Gates,Susan Rice etc.I know people like u can’t handle the truth.
Long live ethiopia & ethiopians!
Rest in peace PMMZ.
What kind improvement does this lazy, crazy and mad is demanding? Where is he now? Where is he have been for the last 10 or 15 years?
Real Ethiopians are in Ethiopia. Real Ethiopians never ever abandoned their nation no matter what. Real Ethiopian will pay any scarify for her by being with her.
Yet, this boqbuaqa, Hodam, weak and lazy member of Diaspora is demanding other to do the nation in a way that would be good for him. Then he would go back and doing nothing but destroy the nation as dergue was. We know these rats are Derge children/criminals.
Abebe Gellaw (he, His sons, wide and any one associating with him will never ever touch the Ethiopian soil generation to come) behaved like a pig and dog against the hero Prime Minister of Ethiopia in DC.
When they asked him why you didn’t behave this way when you were in Africa and you had a chance to do so?
His answer was “there they would arrest me.” These types are the doomed and crazy anti Ethiopian Diasporas. No determination. No believe and commitment. They are always looking their interest and safety while treading in the name of Ethiopia.
What matter is Ethiopia and Ethiopians in Ethiopia? Trust me, those handful Individuals including this crazy (al mariam) will never touch the Ethiopians soil. They can damage the Ethiopian image in abroad. But, we will destroy them in Ethiopia telling the truth about them to the Ethiopian people.
This is an open war with them now. These are Dergue creating and benefited while destroying the nation.
Tamagn was making jokes to dergue cadres while Melaku teffera was massacring all youth, intellectuals and anyone he didn’t like in Gonder and Begemeder as a whole. These are individuals in Diaspora such as Tamagn, Elias Kifle, Abebe Gelaw, All of them in ESAT and the rest. The Children and young actors to the worst criminal in the Ethiopian History which is Dergue and that Monster ugly Mengistu.
The era of intimidation and terrorizing the community just started yesterday. I heard the heavy artillery and tank start moving to Addis using the local roads. What is so emergency to be on alert stage right after the funeral, simple whatever the seven gang’s decision will be the public has to accept it without questioning it otherwise we are prepared????. God knows what will be the feat of our country will be but I have a filling it is going to be shocking like replacing the pm by Azeb (the X 1st leady) or bring Seye from Bosten ….etc mark my word it going to bizarre.
We have seen the light at the end of the tunnel with developmental state theory. why do we need radical improvement. The authore has not set his foot in Ethiopia for more than 30 years but he has always been trying hard to convince us what he really doesn’t know.
He used to say there would be power vacuum bla bla and now he changed his gear and keep telling us radical improvement. To be honest with you, you are useless to Ethiopia.
Temekeru (also known as Agazit woman)
Disguising under Ethiopia will not work. You are TPLF puppy who is trying to hold on to Tigray power at the expense of majority Oromo and Amhara.
Instead of expressing your opinion in a civic fashion, engaging insults with an intelligent man shows how idiotic driven mind has a control of your myopic and tribal agenda.
If you want to turn a blind eye, a deaf ear as to what is happening in Ethiopia just the last 2 weeks, I can not help you with that since you are willing to be foolish and stupid like your master the editor of Ethiopian Review, Al mariam, Elias Kifle, Yelma and the most hated and wanted person in Ethiopia Abebe Gelaw.
RIP Our beloved PM Meles Zenawi the son of Ethiopia and the father of Ethiopia as Susan Rice calls him
Are you still singing the same song for 21 years since Monster Dergue left Ethiopia after destroyed her and you Degrue children/criminals became like a colony of bee after loosing its queen? Yes, addiction is the bad thing could be the reason for destruction of death of life. Your case is the same. Ethiopia is not the garbage basket like you looking her for your shit life. Because in the west you are nothing and the failed creature.
Any one who is bad to Ethiopia while living in abroad is the worst enemy no citizen in Ethiopia would tolerate. So, rotten in abroad. You lost Ethiopia not only when you left her because of your personal benefit but being bad against her while in abroad.
Meles is benefited Ethiopia tremendously not only when he was alive but he is benefitting her more after his death, too.
The Ethiopian people from Gonder to Awassa, From Jima to Dire dawa and all over the country showed the deepest respect, appreciation and love to Meles for everything he has done for Ethiopia. The International community have witnessed the most Miracles phenomenon the Mass Ethiopian people behavior towards Meles. No one including the Ethiopian enemies such as anti Ethiopian Diasporas too will not deny, discredited or do what so ever reason to lie about it.
Yes, you dedeb Diasporas most of you are Dergue criminals children, family members and beneficent have told all lies as if Meles was bad to the Ethiopian people. But you worthless Diasporas your lies and who you are for real are exposed.
What are you going to do? Still fund rising which is your way of living/tactic to steal, cheat and exploit the Ethiopian Diasporas and those foreigners against Ethiopia? It is more you are defeated for good in international arenas rather than guessing what are going to do from here and now on.
You worthless. Those in ESAT especially in Europe are bozenes/worthless living with income support which is aid. Meles’s death was/is a big loss for Ethiopia. But the Ethiopian people behavior following his death, gave/give the highest place to Ethiopians living in Ethiopia and those in abroad real Ethiopians. The same times the doomed and worthless Diasporas like you-The joke Tamagn followers are exposed in the way they are liars, criminals, cheap, backward, ignorant and with limitless bad habits and conducts no one trusts and relays on them, of course the Ethiopian foreign enemies.
The international community witnessed how Ethiopia prospered and the people became part of the modern world because of Meles. The pictures since the death of meles coming from Ethiopia to the entire world including more than 9 hours funeral ceremonies are showing and telling the about facts going on in Ethiopia. Your lies are this way exposed. From now on no one will even allow you to come to close to them. They know how stupid and worthless punch of Durge criminals and their children/family and followers are.
The same times, real Ethiopian Diasporas are now getting the best case and weapon to expose and discredit you in abroad. The Ethiopian people know very well about you including when Tamagn demonstrated against the construction of the Hedase dam and asking the international community not to help the Ethiopian people. The Ethiopian people mainly the young generation who is free from Dergue poison and is smart like Meles know very well about the Criminal anti Ethiopian Diasporas like Tamagn, that dog Abebe Gelaw, income support and fund rising champions in ESAT and so on.
Let all of you go to hell. You will never ever touch the Ethiopian soil. Your dream to see Ethiopia in Chaos and destruction following the death of Meles didn’t materialize but became the kind of paradise to Ethiopians and hell to anti Ethiopians Diasporas and the foreign enemies of Ethiopia that are supporting and looking to use the Anti Ethiopian Diasporas to destroy Ethiopia with left over reward. We know how things are working in your world.
Peace or War depend on the wills of the Next TPLF Regime
Head and the Agazi Officials .But with the Experience of 21 years of the evil rule of the Dead Crime Minister .There ’s certainly not a single Hope !!!!
Modern Ethiopia doesn’t need directions from you so does Meles.
Better Ethiopia can be constructed by young Ethiopians NOT by Almayehu.
Just know how to guide your own lost life in USA first.
I just can believe those words are comeing out of ur brain… after all he is your fellow contry man..if u disagree with, just point it out why you disagree with him… to say simply go to hell.. you sound very foolish.. change is good and change is coming to Ethiopia.
Prof Al.. keep writing those soul serching articles…we thankyou.
You sometimes amaze me, you loser. You do not know the right context when sayings and maxims are said while writing. Look one here.
“It is time to bury the hatchet and move forward in Ethiopia.” This is said when two groups/entities who have had long armed feud and have been causing immense damage upon each other. But you losers have been fighting through words from afar (mostly America). So what matchet are you talking about, ante koshasha balege shimagle? We have the matchet, the bomb, the missile, the rocket launcher, the all types of armamants. But you have nothing there.
So which matchet is that you want to bury then, ante fandya?
Also I hate your as Mandella said, as Socrats said, as Plato put it, as Aristotle said, according Shakespeare. according to this and that….
You loser rely upon your ownknowledge. Do not spend your time quoting the work of others. Be self reliant, like our brilliant PM Meles Zenawi. wisha yewisha lij. You have to write more than 300 other articles each year during the tenure of PM Hailemariam Desalegn so that you will die writing.
300 + 21= 6300
where the 21 years is the power of HE Hailemariam Desalegn. hahahaha
Correction: In my above comment, read the arthmetic as 300 X 21= 6300. Hope Almariam will be shocked upon seeing this.
HRH 5680 Al Mariam
Ethiopia has crossed your so-called “cross-road” 21 years ago and is marching along the steep hill leading to the middle income nations club.
Your excellency, we could never have made it so far without your 274 weekly decrees on democracy and human rights and the invaluable special edition HR 5680 Bill. By the time you grace us with your next 274 decrees the Grand Renaissance Dam would have be completed. I for one recommend that your excellency inaugurate the Dam as there is no other human being has written such lengthy weekly regal articles for the country he “loves". I hope you will bring along you fellow “democrats and champions of human right” Isayas and Elias for the grand occasion.
Your excellency, I know you love quotations and wonder if you could include the following quote for one of your next articles.
Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!
AWEKO YETEGNANE BIKESEKESUTE AYSEMAME!
The writing has been on the wall for the past two weeks already, the Ethiopian people want and demand the continuation of all the policies of the Great PM Meles.
In many interviews and posters heard and seen throughout the country in the past two weeks, what the people talk about is the continuation of the mega development projects, and nothing more and nothing less.
Hailemariam Desalegn was reassuring the Ethiopian people in his funeral ceremony speech by saying “All his initiatives will keep going forward, all the transformation plans will progress,” and nothing more and nothing less.
In his first speech to the nation today he said we are ready to start the development work with a new spirit and more speed, he also make it very clear that there is no space for those who don’t embraced the peaceful way of political struggle, I do believe this message is about the Ethiopian Diasporas who have opted to a dangerous adventure of violent and deceptive political agenda.
I don’t think any leadership or any amount of military power can promote a new policy against the policy of PM Meles in Ethiopia. The continuation of PM Meles policy is no more a choice to any leadership in Ethiopia but a demand and instruction by the Ethiopian people. If you don’t believe this you will die doubting it but, not reversing the Great PM Meles vision for Ethiopia.
The country is is engulfed with a new working spirit and determination to achieve the Growth and Transformation Plan. A true awakening and a genuine renaissance for growth and development is spreading like fire in the country, working for free on Saturdays is now a new pledge from many factories and civil institutions is now getting common to hear, a one month salary pledge every year until the renaissance dam is completed is also another new phenomenon becoming common now.
Two things for sure we cannot afford to happen. The first is to continue on the same road of dictatorship and the other is to let our country go into chaos. Both the TPLF/EPRDF government and the opposition should revise their stand so that they can see where they are erring, and then take a giant step forward towards reconciliation, normality and a united Ethiopia.
If Ethiopia fails socially, economically and democratically, with the instability that might follow, she would be an easy prey for her enemies and she might not even exist altogether, with a great suffering for her people. Can our people continue to risk disaster, mayhem, disease, famine, wars and generally an imaginable tragedy, because our elited hate to live together or because they are obsessed with power? Can any sane person think for a moment that after separation of the so-called republic of Tigray, Oromia, or Amhara etc, these mini-states would be an Eldorado? This weird concept is only in the distorted imagination of some power hungry individuals. Learn from the fate of Eritrea to understand what would be the fate of these mini-states. They would be prey to lurking dictators.
The regime should stop seeing phantom enemies everywhere and the opposition should aim for power sharing and not for full power, which is impractical. The opposition should shade its tribal skin and wear the mantle of a united Ethiopia, if it cares for the future of the people it says it represents. Both, the government and the opposition should be proactive and talk to each other.
The regime should not dwell anymore on what MZ has achieved but what it can do itself. With the first opportunity, it should correct the flaws of the late PM, and it should make sure to avoid repeating them. The first hundred days in office of the new government will show its real color. Ethiopians are expecting that political prisoners would soon be back home with their families, the detrimental antisocial laws would be repealed and democracy will start to shine in Ethiopia. I pray to God that the new government will not disappoint our people.
The past is gone forever and the future is ahead of us, and Ethiopians should work hard in good faith, so that they will be masters of their fate.
Does anybody know who Alemayehu G. Mariam is? What is his background? Was he a member of the Derg or MEISON or EPRP? Is he a member of one of the perpetual loser ethnic liberation groups?
Was he a lecturer at Addis Ababa University? I know most of these people as I used to work there. These people are hypocrites and have no credibility at all. Some of them in the Social Sciences, such as Mesfin W/Mariam and Messay Kebede are not even good at their own chosen subjects. If Alemayehu G. Mariam was somebody smart at the University I would have known about him.
The only person from the opposition I have respected is Prof. Asrat Woldeyes. He was a truly gifted intellectual. Unfortunately, he turned his personal problem, a rocky marriage to an Eritrean woman, into hatred of Tiginya speakers. What a sad end for such a great man! RIP!
I am no fanatic supporter or a member of the EPRDF. But at this critical time, when the future of Ethiopia is at stake, for the sake of our National interest I support the current government.
Ethiopia is under threat from the various Egypt sponsored terrorist groups such as the underachiever OLF (by the way I have nothing against the lovely and generous Oromo people) and the Ogaden terror gang. There are also the assorted Muslim riffraff who are trying to talk and walk like the evil Wahhabi cult followers.
Under no circumstances should this government repel the various security measures that are currently in place. Desperate times require desperate measures. One of the conditions for relaxation of the security laws should be a total surrender and complete and verifiable disarmament of the various terror groups.
The government should ignore the various Western liberal leftist groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, who are suffering from withdrawal symptoms due to the collapse of the Soviet Empire. Let them pontificate and hair-split from their well heated or air conditioned offices.
On the other hand, the government should strive to settle the border dispute with Eritrea in a brotherly way. Do not forget, the people of Highland Eritrea are our own flesh and blood. Isaias Afewerki has a very good track record of putting the Islamo-fascists in their place for the last 50 years. He can be a good ally and eventually the alliance may lead to a reunification between the two brotherly countries.
Sure, you can contribute to Ethiopia - using the foundation well established by the late PM Meles. There is nothing new in Ethiopia, only in your mind. You idiot.
Did you Susan Rice’s speech? She had discussion with Meles about the “fools” - those are you and your friends – Abebe Gellaw, etc. Or “idiots” as Meles called you. And you are.
By Alemayehu G. Mariam
“It is time to bury the hatchet and move forward in Ethiopia! Nelson Mandela taught that “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” I would add that your enemy also becomes your friend and your ally. Historically, when warring nations of Native Americans made peace with each other, they would bury their axes (hatchets) into the ground as a symbolic expression of the end of hostilities. I say today is the perfect time for all Ethiopians to bury the hatchet of ethnic division, religious sectarianism, regional conflict and human rights violations. It is the perfect time to shake hands, embrace each other and get our noses to the grindstone to build a new democratic Ethiopia where the rule of law is upheld and human rights and democratic institutions respected”
Amen to that.
you need to stop falling in the same trap these radical ‘opposition’ find themselves in. today i read addisu legesee speech about meles’ how he doesnt take comfort with what the party already has, and said had kinijit had a leader like meles, they would have made the smart decision and ethiopia would not go back as it did, now i see you are making the same mistake. the perfect time to work out and negotiate with your oponent is when you are strong or he is weak not the other way around.
“Comment from: Bona Fide [Visitor]
Two things for sure we cannot afford to happen. The first is to continue on the same road of dictatorship and the other is to let our country go into chaos. Both the TPLF/EPRDF government and the opposition should revise their stand so that they can see where they are erring, and then take a giant step forward towards reconciliation, normality and a united Ethiopia.”
—I couldn’t agree more.
I like some of the constructive comments. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the professor’s article, it is well written, even for a professor. Having said this..…I think the opposition in the west must really clean house, otherwise, people will believe that that there is no better alternative to the status quo. How about some new faces with new ideas that are not straight out of a poly sci text book? Cleaning house means ridding itself of the many elites, hypocrite, racist, chauvinist supporters that plague them today… Cleaning house means stop talking about “going forward” under the banner of “going back.” Stop discrediting everything instead of saying o.k., but we can do better and this is how. Stop allying with other dictatorships / enemies in the name of democracy…. Stop trying to block US aid or sabotage development. Stop trying to mimic a western model without taking into consideration the political reality on the ground. I hope a new generation of moderate leaders emerge within the country with new ways of thinking to take Ethiopia to the next level. Competition is good and genuine HR activist, genuine journalist have an important role in improving any democracy, but they must first clean house and take an unwavering ethical stance while trying to be practical instead of living in a glass tower.
Hamsa Aleka Tekle said “…The country is is engulfed with a new working spirit and determination to achieve the Growth and Transformation Plan. A true awakening and a genuine renaissance for growth and development is spreading like fire in the country, working for free on Saturdays is now a new pledge from many factories and civil institutions is now getting common to hear, a one month salary pledge every year until the renaissance dam is completed is also another new phenomenon becoming common now. .".
What a Joke ,typically Maoist and Stalinist evil politics of exploiting the poors in the name of
National Economic Development .Not only the majority of the peoples
are starving and worst these looters ,enjoying the comfort offered by their Leba Master ;wanna them to work without being payed .Hey Bandaw ,why not instituing “SLAVARY” back in the country !!!AHYA TCHINKILATEBIS BANDA!!!
Give as a vision and let us read what should be done next. Don’t west your time responding to others in silly conversation but be the person and give us direction.
My friend, not EPRDF is dead but Meles. The policy matters anymore! I like your motivation, but south Africa is different to Ethiopia. Some diaspora do not recognize diversities and should be willing to operate under the constitution. If you are talking about who can lift out this country from poverty, it is not the diaspora but the people living and testing what it feels to live in Ethiopia who could do that. I am sorry but people loved the late PM! Your motivation again mentioning now and now is none sense, instead, since now the diaspora need to be changed and start thinking healthy and avoid hatred!!!
Is this guy Al mariam for real? Now that all ethiopians are united.The whole world is speaking the truth.I think he is feeling lonely, and he knows that his articles is not going to make sense after now. Bichawin yebela bichawin yimotal. Melese was from the people to the people.Melese has died, remember there are 84 million MELESES!!!
I think the “Sheep/wolf” analogy is misguided… Not to mention that Jesus Christ taught humans to love eachother.
@Marcus I’m with you all the way!
“PM Meles Zenawi the son of Ethiopia and the father of Ethiopia”
I hate to burst your bubbles reality is far from the world you created for yourself. A dictator and a tyrant that broke up Ethiopia and ethnic baiting fool who has been acting in the best interest of and flying the flags of TPLF and shabian sympathized till his demise is no HERO of Ethiopia. He surely can not be its son and he certainly isn’t the father. I think all the Kings Ethiopia had are rolling in their graves by foolish and shameless attempt to rewrite history.
The dictator is DEAD he isn’t coming back!!!!
I agree with the Professor. I think it is a watershed moment for us and Ethiopia–time to make amends and build better Ethiopia. Lets start by changing the label “opposition.” We need to rid of this dismissive connotation for two reasons: First, the diaspora or any of the non-woyanne parties are neither are diametric view nor homogenous in organization. We, the diaspora, are not always in opposition of what is going on in Ethiopia. Whereas, we support the development efforts, we denounce the biased and unjust party polices and undemocratic political practices. Secondly, the diaspora is not one unified entity.It is rather an amalgam of caring Ethiopians from all walks of life. Hence, we have very diverse view. Therefore, to lump the diaspora in one group as if we were a unified political party is inherently erroneous.So, please let us not call ourselves “the opposition.”
I agree with the Professor. I think it is a watershed moment for us and Ethiopia–time to make amends and build better Ethiopia. Lets start by changing the label “opposition.” We need to rid of this dismissive connotation for two reasons: First, the diaspora or any of the non-woyanne parties neither are diametric in view nor homogenous in organization. We, the diaspora, are not always in opposition of what is going on in Ethiopia. Whereas, we support the development efforts, we denounce the biased and unjust party polices and undemocratic political practices. Secondly, the diaspora is not one unified entity.It is rather an amalgam of caring Ethiopians from all walks of life. Hence, we have very diverse view. Therefore, to lump the diaspora in one group as if we were a unified political party is inherently erroneous.So, please let us not call ourselves “the opposition.”
Thank you Mr. Alemayehu for your article. I agree with some of your statements regarding the release of journalists and political prisoners. I also want to see freedom of speech and press. I want the regime to stop prosecuting dissents for holding different opinions. This should be also a two street. Meaning dissents especially Diasporas need to stop hating for being differ from them and supporting the current regime. Put in your mind that like it is your right to oppose it is also other persons right to support. That way we can have a health dialogue and discussion in all matters. In the mean time Mr. Alemayehu started his post with the wrong foot and statement. The Ethiopians, who are living in Ethiopia not the Diasporas, are not enemies or show animosity towards each other like some of the opposition parties and Diaspora journalists like to portray us. I am not saying there is no racist thinking among some folks that arise from the basis of ethnicity. But it is not entirely the government fault like some of the Diaspora pundits would like to portray it. As Hosea, Old Testament puts it in chapter 4 verses 4 “Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame!”. Jesus also said in Matthew 7:3 “why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” Before we blame someone for our shortcomings we need to look deep into ourselves and see if we are far from it. We need to start from ourselves and completely throw out racist thinking from our mind. We must treat each other with respect and love to see a united Ethiopia that people of all ethnic, color and religion live side by side harmoniously. I am sorry to say this, but most pundits and opposition party leaders are responsible for inciting ethnic division among Ethiopians especially between Diaspora Ethiopians. You don’t have to go far away to see that. All one need to do is read the comment section of every Ethiopian related article to see the deep hatred we have towards each other. Ask some opposition followers why they hate the current regime with passion and you can find that they know nothing about the economic policies of the current regime and its political goals. Their hatred is to the fact that the leader of our country was from Tigray region. They hate the idea of being led by minority. I am sorry to say this, but they believe that it is Amharas’ God given right to be head of state. The irony is; this same people went and chose Obama, who happen to be a minority by his admission when he checks African-American on the census paper, 4th ago. They are happy when it benefit them but are against to that same idea when it is not to their interest. Just ask Tamagne why he was silent during Durg regime when Durg massacred tens of thousands of innocent Ethiopians and doing much horrendous stuff to people of Ethiopia. Why he didn’t say a thing when Melaku Tefera slaughtered young Ethiopians in his birth place. Actually he was busy entertaining this cruel people. I still remember the time he ran a lap or so inside Addis Ababa stadium praising the Derg regime while condemning EPRDF. He was complaining about EPRDF just a week after Derg being overthrown without even given them a benefit of a doubt and chance to know them better. Talk about being in prison and under gun. Where was he during that very terrifying Derg regime? That shows, his problem was neither EPRDF polices nor human rights violation but EPRDF or specifically TPLF soldiers and leaders ethnic. If human rights violation was his issue, he would have fight Derg more than he is doing right now. I would have been respecting him for that. I don’t have any problem for standing against human rights or opposing ones’ political standing and policies. I respect that. It is oaky to be an activist if you think the current regime has problems but it is very wrong to have a double standard and being hypocrite when it doesn’t serve your matter. I urge every pundits, activists and opposition leaders to fight from inside not from outside if they thing Ethiopia is on the wrong track and the current regime is responsible for that. You can’t serve any purpose if you scream and oppose from very far away while enjoying your comfort. Go to Ethiopia, live Ethiopians life, experience their day to day life, eat and drink what they eat and drink, sleep where they sleep, suffer their suffer. If you get prosecuted or imprisoned so be it. If you die for the betterment of Ethiopia and Ethiopians let it happen. That way you can inspire millions with your courage and pave the way for the others to follow. I admire Eskindir Nega and his wife, the journalists and all the political activists who are in prison. They are fighting for what they believe. I admire EPRDF also. They gave their life and pour their blood to oust Derg. If any of you pundits, activists and opposition parties have what it takes, have the courage and go to Ethiopia and fight there if you believe change is needed. Don’t act like what Abebe Gelaw did. That is not the way heroes act. Anybody can do what he did on their comfort zone. When they know that nothing will happen to them if they shout. He said that he didn’t say anything when he got the chance in Tanzania because he was afraid something would happen to him if he says what he believes. How in the earth you call a person a hero and an activist when he is afraid of saying what he believes no matter where he is or the situation was? How can you call you call yourself voice of Ethiopians like ESAT and Abebe Belew claim to be, if all you report is bad things about Ethiopia and just the voice of the opposition only? Whether they like it or not there are many Ethiopians who love the current regime. Where is there voice? Just state the fact that most of the pundits and activist in Diaspora are opposition parties’ voice and we can understand that. I don’t know the last time they even set their feet in Ethiopia. But I know one thing for sure; they know nothing about the current state of Ethiopia. Believe me if you want information and what is gonna on in Ethiopia, it is beneficiary to talk ones’ family, friends or neighbors who live in Ethiopia. If you really wanna find out the truth gather up, go out from your circle and talk to different people from different background that still live in Ethiopia. Seek the truth. Gather up your information from different kinds of credible source. Don’t believe what the Diaspora pundits told you since they are serving their politics and try to make you believe in what they believe by twisting the truth. I wish they are objective journalists instead of being subjective.
May the blessing of God always be with us.
Hey Degu ,you know what most of us in the Diaspora want for the good of
the country and its peoples .First the End of TPLF Despotism and Agazi
Tyranny .The total respect
of the vote and the wills of the majority the peoples .The END of TPLF and Tigre Mafiosis Monopol on the economic activities !!!The End of TPLF repression against the Opposition and the Free Press .All Poletical prisoners and Free Press journalists must be free .The institution of a National Military Force and a Police Institution out a
one Party and a single Ethnic Group Domination .Lands leasing and other
economic activities offered to Foreigners must be done with Transperancy based on the respect and interests of local peoples !!!
That means : DEMOCRACY ,FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND WRITE ,FREE ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES ,SOLIDARITY ,PATRIOTISM ,
Hey Messay ,what do you think concerning an evil Tyrant ,I mean your dead Leba Master ,who by the past :monopolised the whole power ,usurpated the peoples vote ,fired his own comrades ,institued a clientelism mafia system for only his clans and families .You shall soon witness what will be his fate after Agazi Comedias ending and when the Files of his evil rule would be finally opened .And this day you will soon meditate
on the truth meaning of your famous tale “Bichawin yebela bichawin yimotal"…LOL !!!
Professor, didnt you hear that the deputy PM and the rest of the TPLF junta vowed to continue with the late PM’s agenda until 2015? Your advice is good one, but will never be adopted by the current leadership. Sorry to our mother land.
Shall we continue coating the poisen of tplf by eprdf or shal we drive for real the teory of eprdf. Meless had driven tplf in Ethiopia and Eprdf internaitonal. And see the result. God how happy i am he is dade. At least no innocent man be killed by him.
Dear Almayehu GM,
There is is no short cut to power for the likes of you in the name of ‘Time for radical improvement’
You and your arcticles past /present have not done any good for the allevaition of our country’s povery. Poverty will be eradicated from our country through good wishing and self sacrificing and hard working real Ethiopians of which Meles was one. God bless you
I am not expecting a dead person to come back and rule us. As a christian woman, the only person that did that is Jesus Christ!
But for Meles before he departed from this world, he made sure that he instiled his visions in the millions of young people in Ethiopia. We thank him for doing just that.
RIP the late PM Meles Zenawi
Mister, we tell you again, improve yourself radically or go to hell with your opinion. By the way, why doN’t you publish you trush on your own blog instead of polluting a news site. Desperate looser full of self ego.Disrespectiful person. Glad we have no place in new ethiopia for such sickos.In ethiopia no one would even say hello to you, lest hear your undigested vomitt.
I was watching Dr Eleni G.medih last night about Ethiopian and the economic challenges and success so if you really worried and have your own thoughts so why you don’t try to do something for that country which educated you instead of your discure here. Why you don’t try to make history for your people instead of eating Hamburger and talking to much…
I think something is wrong with you….o I forgot people here on this web site are taxi drivers and parking attendancer’s and some of them are also ethiopian enemies so write short with simple English dinkem professor
No change, no appeasement and no compromise with Diaspora.
No contamination with evil but, confrontation and a final assault.
Marcus ye Shabia wust Arbenga,
Keep dreaming. Your Atse Isaias is dying a slow death just like his cousin in Addis. If death can’t catch up with him sooner, it is a matter of the time before the Eritrean people rise up against the “Great leader” Kim ill Aferwki just like the folks in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Syria are doing now and throw his body to the sharks at the Red Sea. I know most of you are paranoid or in denial but everyone else can sense the power shifting away from you the minority orthodox of the north toward the center and south. Nothing you do can stop the tsunami coming your way. Your peaked during Haile Selassie’s feudal era in collaboration of the church. It is down the hill since then. Nothing can stop the Tsunami coming your way. No amount of security measures and stomping basic human rights on the majority can stop your eventual defeat. The old lion of Judah days aren’t coming back. Either get in terms with reality and learn how to share the country equally with the rest or populace or be crashed by the high speed freight train coming your way. Remember Yugoslavia? It is not there anymore you wonder why? I hope Ethiopia will not follow that route but the way you greedy selfish hyenas act it sure looks is going that way.
A Pledge not to be silenced by the loud Silencers and intimidators!
David S. Sep 3, 2012- It has been one day since the burial of the late Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi. Since the day that the world heard of his passing, the fateful Monday August the 21st, Ethiopians across the world, especially the ones at home has been in a deep and inconsolable sorrow. The guilt feeling of ifs and the overall understanding that we have not given him the credit he was long due seems to overwhelm many. No one in his right mind, including his closest friends and allies, did not expect such an outpouring up on his death. His family’s grief has become a countries mourning. A region’s hope is broken and Africa seems to scream in one voice. What an unfinished business. In such a tender age, with so much to give, without deliberation and planning, the one of a kind leader of the emerging country passed the button to the next generation.
The Eulogy of this great man was given by presidents and high level dignitaries from all across the world. One by one, from President Yuri Museveni of Uganda to Omar Al Bashir of Sudan, Paul Kagami of Rwanda to Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Susan Rice of USA to European Commission delegate, reaffirm what has been the constant team since his death: This was a Prime Minister with purpose, uncanny brain and a gift to negotiate. With a central team of lifting Ethiopia from Poverty and changing the fate of Africa at the same time, he fought an uphill battle and made a difference. For Ethiopian’s, this was an affirmation of our status in Africa. A source of pride to all of us. Alas, he is gone! If he could just come back for a day and saw the outpouring of Ethiopians, the respect he generated and the collected shame we felt for not recognizing his did when he was alive, I guess he would have said “I have done and people have seen it” and would have rested in peace. Well, he will not come back and we will be left with the heavy burden of knowing this.
For many Ethiopians who are mourning inconsolably, it did not mean that he was a person without fault. Not at all. He is human and he might have stumbled during the course. There are many issues that I always wonder why he decided this way versus the other, that if I had a chance yearn to ask him to hear his side of the story. I am sure many have such burning issues to pose. But, all his “failures” were in attempting to tackle the abject poverty and destitute life of his people. He has one simple but also complex task: to lift millions of Ethiopian from the misery that they have been entrenched for Melina!! Not a small task by any measure. To do this against the tide of near doers, who neither know hard work or attempt it but were full of excuses and sharp tongue to lash out against all that is good, who have a broad dirty brush that smear everything that has been done with one stroke. The sad thing is the majority was silent: those who support his ideology and path, those who are neutral and want to hear and see more to make their own informed decision were all silenced by the loud mouth of the few opposition. They claim that they are opposition, but I call them loud silencers; intimidators who do not want to hear anything except their echo! Can you imagine how much good he could have delivered to Ethiopia if we the Diaspora were with him in one page? Every time we see him in a meeting, if we were civil and discuss with him our admiration, his limitations and what we thought is wrong? If we gave him the chance, opportunity and time to be judged favorably by foreign countries and organizations who have the capacity to humanize or dehumanize a person/a country?
After his death, now we know that they actually had much better way of studying him than what we tried to portray him to be. Alas, for fear of the backlash, all except few never openly admired him nor allowed him to represent us in the corridors of the higher offices in much more way than he had already done till his death. What a shame to us; to a country who never had a president as visionary as him, as intellect as him and respected worldwide and to not recognize all this before his death is something that will hunt us forever.
Alas, that never happened and we missed the opportunity, he missed to see our love before his death and our beloved country might be the big looser in all this. What we gained because of him is without limit but what we could have gained with our support to his ideals is what we will never know but could easily imagine.
What is going to come remains to be seen but a unity that has been an illusion to Ethiopia and Ethiopians seem to visit us up on his death. May we have the blessing, the wisdom and fortitude to keep it like this! we should not make a mistake again. Let us give the benefit of the doubt to the next leaders and help them succeed. Their success should mean Ethiopia’s prosperity. Opposition without reasoning, intimidation to those who does not share opposition’s view must stop. One thing that we have to promise to ourselves is that we shall never be intimidated by those loud mouth hallow opposition forces who does not give a room to a different view. Difference is great and always a source of growth. What we need is this difference to flow in a media of civility, individual respect and mutual interest. If we do this in our future political discourse, Prime Minister Meles did not pass in vein. Let us sign a pledge of alliance to do so. Let us start a new and bright Ethiopia now!
Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. The age to come will be for those of us who, like Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego, can survive the fire of idolatrous hatred that even upon this website is being poured out upon the children of men in the name of POLITICS. May the cleansing spiritual fire of the Almighty Creator burn away all illusions and protect those of us who love all humanity and wish to see all people prosper. “Tribal war can’t solve the problem,” as the song says. To hold one down in the gutter gets the stench of the gutter on the one who does the holding down. We must become a new people, one whom our history has not prepared us to be. Open your minds before it is too late.
when are you going Al Mariam? Or you still gonna sit here and enjoy the American life and watch us do what you are preaching for us to do? Are you serious? You go there, try what you have been preaching to us and see how it works for you then we will join.
Talk is CHEAP let’s see u Walk!!!!
I was wonderin if we use current Ethiopian situation as a reason for reconsiliation and smart move by the oppositions to come up with new direction. Ethiopia need a choice of party that can depend more than one party.As much as I have problem to understand Diaspora oppsitions, I am appealing for new way of political strategy beyond our personal vendetta and feelings that maight help the nation to have a choice of parties that can be dependable like EPRDF. I also urge the government to give a chance for parties to try to prove themselves for the people instead of griddy one party and one man show.
I think you have said so much in the past and don’t think you should start to preach some kind of reconciliation by quoting Nelson Mandela this time. Sorry, keep going the same direction without glancing here and there. It is amazing you even quoted what Meles said in 2007 about good governance. Wow, what a change. Unfortunately came too late which is paradoxical. RIP Meles!
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