Ethiopia: What Should Ethiopians Expect in a Second Obama Term?



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Ethiopia: What Should Ethiopians Expect in a Second Obama Term?

What Should Ethiopians Expect in a Second Obama Term?

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

It is proper to congratulate President Obama on his re-election to a second term. He put up a masterful campaign to earn the votes of the majority of American voters. Mitt Romney also deserves commendation for a hard fought campaign. In his concession speech Romney was supremely gracious: “At a time like this we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work, and we citizens also have to rise to occasion.”

There has been a bit of finger-wagging, teeth-gnashing, eye-rolling and bellyaching among some Ethiopian Americans in the run up to the U.S. presidential election held last week. Some were angry at President Obama and actively campaigned in support of his opponent. They felt betrayed by the President’s inability or unwillingness to give effect to his lofty rhetoric on human rights in Africa and Ethiopia. Others were disappointed by what they believed to be active support for and aid to brutal African dictators. Many tried to be empathetic of the President’s difficult circumstances. He had to formulate American foreign policy to maximize achievement of American global national interests. Terrorism in the Horn of Africa was a critical issue for the U.S. and Obama had to necessarily subordinate human rights to global counter-terrorism issues.

I was quite disappointed by the President’s failure to implement even a rudimentary human rights agenda in Ethiopia and the rest of Africa. But I also understood that he had some fierce battles to fight domestically trying to shore up the American economy, pushing some basic social policies, fighting two wars and putting out brushfires in a conflict-ridden world. I gave the President credit for a major diplomatic achievement in the South Sudan referendum which led to the creation of Africa’s newest state. President Obama authorized the deployment of a small contingent of U.S. troops to capture or kill the bloodthirsty thug Joseph Kony and his criminal partners. He launched the kleptocracy project which I thought was a great idea. As I argued in my column "Africorruption, Inc.", the “business of African governments in the main is corruption. The majority of African ‘leaders’ seize political power to operate sophisticated criminal enterprises to loot their national treasuries and resources.” I felt the kleptocracy project could effectively prevent illicit money transfer from Ethiopia to the U.S. According to Global Financial Integrity, Ethiopia lost US$11.7 billion to illicit financial outflows between 2000 and 2009. I gave the president high marks for working through the U.N. to pass U.N. Resolution 1973 which endorsed the effort to protect Libyan civilians and his use of NATO partners to shoulder much of the military responsibility to rid Gadhafi from Libya after 41 years of brutal dictatorship. More broadly, I give him credit for closing secret C.I.A. prisons, ending extraordinary renditions and enhanced interrogations (torture), trying to close down the detention camp in Guantánamo Bay and move trials from military tribunals into civilian courts and abide by international laws of human rights. No doubt, he has much more to do in the area of global human rights.

I believe he could have done a lot more in Africa and Ethiopia to promote human rights, but did not. I have written numerous columns over the past couple of years that have been very critical of U.S. policy. In the “The Moral Hazard of U.S. Policy in Africa", I argued that neither the U.S. nor the West could afford to sacrifice democracy and human rights in Africa to curry favor with incorrigible African dictators whose sole interest is in clinging to power to enrich themselves and their cronies. In my column, “Thugtatorship: The Highest Stage of African Dictatorship”, I argued Africa's thugtatorships have longstanding and profitable partnerships with the West. Through aid and trade, the West and particularly the U.S. has enabled these thugocracies to flourish in Africa. A few months ago, in my column “Ethiopia in Bond Aid,” I argued that international aid is negatively affecting Africa’s development. “Before much of Africa became ‘independent’ in the 1960s, Africans were held under the yoke of “colonial bondage”. ‘International aid’ addiction has transformed Africa's colonial bondage into neo-colonial bondaid.” In another recent column “Ethiopia: Food for Famine and Thought!”, I criticized the G8 Food Security Summit held in Washington, D.C. this past June as a reinvention of the old colonialism: “The G-8’s ‘New Alliance’ smacks of the old Scramble for Africa. The G-8 wants to liberate Africa from hunger, famine and starvation by facilitating the handover of millions of hectares of Africa's best land to global multinationals…”

But despite disappointments, misgivings, apprehensions and concern over the Obama Administration’s failure to actively promote human rights in Ethiopia and Africa, I have supported President Obama. For all his faults, he has been an inspiring leader to me. Like many Americans, I was awed by state Senator Obama’s keynote speech at the Democratic national Convention in 2004 when he unapologetically declared: “There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America. There is not a liberal America. There is not a conservative America. There is a United States of America.” These words continue to inspire me to dream of the day when young Ethiopian men and women shall come together from all parts of the country and shout out and sing the words, “There is not an Oromo Ethiopia, Amhara Ethiopia, Tigrai Ethiopia, Gurage Ethiopia, Ogadeni Ethiopia, Anuak Ethiopia… There is only a united Ethiopia where ‘justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.’”

During the advocacy effort to pass H.R. 2003 (“Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act of 2007”), we had opportunities to meet with U.S. Senator Obama’s staffers in his district office and on the Hill on a number of occasions. Our meetings were encouraging and there was little doubt that Senator Obama would support H.R. 2003 if the bill had made it to the Senate floor after it passed the House of Representatives in October 2007. In February 2008, our advocacy group, the Coalition for H.R. 2003, formally endorsed Barack Obama’s presidential bid. We declared that “it is time for the U.S. to abandon its support of African dictators, and pursue policies that uplift and advance the people of Africa. It is time for an American president who will stand up for human rights in Ethiopia, and demand of those who violate human rights to stand down!”

Over the last four years, our enthusiasm and support for the President flagged and waned significantly as Africa remained on the fringes of U.S. foreign policy agenda. During the recent presidential “foreign policy debate” Africa was barely mentioned. There was only passing reference to Al Qaeda’s presence in Mali, the third poorest country on the planet. (According to the Economist Magazine, Ethiopia is the poorest country on the planet.) But not to make excuses, the President had a lot on his foreign policy plate. The Arab Spring was spreading like wildfire sweeping out longtime dictators. Nuclear proliferation in the Middle East remains a critical issue. The global economic meltdown threatens certain European countries with total economic collapse.

Hope Springs Eternal in Ethiopia and the Rest of Africa

I am hopeful that human rights in Africa will occupy a prominent role in the foreign policy agenda of President Obama’s second term. An indication of such a trend may be evident in the announcement two days after President Obama’s reelection that he will be visiting Myanmar (Burma) in a couple of weeks. After five decades of ruthless military dictatorship, Myanmar is gradually transforming itself into a democracy. President Thein Sein has released political prisoners, lifted media bans and implemented economic and political reforms. Amazingly, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is the acknowledged opposition leader in parliament after two decades of house arrest. Last week, a State Department spokesperson underscored the need for human rights improvement in Ethiopia according to a Voice of America report. There are favorable signs the Obama Administration will pursue a more aggressive human rights agenda in Africa.

President Obama Would Like to Leave a Legacy of Democracy and Freedom in Africa

Historically, second-term presidents become increasingly focused on foreign policy. They also become acutely aware of the legacy they would like to leave after they complete their second term. I believe President Obama would like to leave a memorable and monumental legacy of human rights in Africa. I cannot believe that he is so indifferent to Africa that he would leave it in worse condition than he found it. When he became president, much of Africa was dominated by dictators who shot their way to power or rigged elections to get into power. In much of Africa today, the absence of the rule of law is shocking to the conscience. Massive human rights violations are commonplace. In Ethiopia, journalists, dissidents, opposition leaders, peaceful demonstrators, civil society and human rights advocates are jailed, harassed and persecuted every day.

Needless to say, for President Obama Africa is the land of his father even though he was born and raised in America. I believe President Obama, like most immigrant Ethiopian Americans, would like to help the continent not only escape poverty but also achieve better governance and greater respect for the rule of law. He would like to see Africa having free and fair elections and improved human rights conditions. In his book Dreams From My Father, he wrote, “… It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela. And if later I saw that the black men I knew – Frank or Ray or Will or Rafiq – fell short of such lofty standards; if I had learned to respect these men for the struggles they went through, recognizing them as my own – my father’s voice had nevertheless remained untainted, inspiring, rebuking, granting or withholding approval. You do not work hard enough, Barry. You must help in your people’s struggle. Wake up, black man!” A man whose life’s inspiration comes from Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, W.E. B. DuBois and Nelson Mandela cannot ignore or remain indifferent to the suffering of African peoples. I think he will help Africans in their struggle for dignity in his second term.

U.S. Human Rights Policy in the Post Arab Spring Period

In the post-Arab Spring world, the U.S. has come to realize that its formula of subordinating its human rights policy to security and economic interests in dealing with dictators needs reexamination, recalibration and reformulation. By relying on dictators to maintain domestic and regional stability, the U.S. has historically ignored and remained indifferent to the needs, aspirations and suffering of the Arab masses. When the Arab masses exploded in anger, the U.S. was perplexed and did not know what to do.

The U.S. has been timid in raising human rights issues with Africa’s dictators fearing lack of cooperation in the war on terror and other strategic objectives. The U.S. effort has been limited to issuing empty verbal exhortations and practicing “quite diplomacy” which has produced very little to advance an American human rights agenda. I believe the President understands that America’s long term global interests cannot be advanced or achieved merely through moral exhortations and condemnations. We know that the President’s style is to exhaust diplomacy before taking more drastic measures. As he explained, “The promotion of human rights cannot be about exhortation alone. At times, it must be coupled with painstaking diplomacy. I know that engagement with repressive regimes lacks the satisfying purity of indignation. But I also know that sanctions without outreach--and condemnation without discussion--can carry forward a crippling status quo. No repressive regime can move down a new path unless it has the choice of an open door.” For the past four years, few African dictators have walked through the door that leads to democracy and human rights. Many of them have kicked it shut. I am hopeful that in the second term, the President will go beyond “exhortation” to concrete action in dealing with African dictators since he holds their aid purse strings.

President Obama is Not Just a President But Also a Constitutional Lawyer and…

I believe President Obama’s experiences before he became a national leader continue to have great influence on his thinking and actions. As a constitutional and civil rights lawyer, I believe he has an innate sense of moral distaste and repugnance for injustice and arbitrariness. President Obama cut his teeth as a lawyer representing individuals in civil and voting rights litigation and wrongful terminations in employment though he could have joined any one of the most prestigious law firms in America. He spent his early years doing grassroots organizing and advocacy working with churches and community groups to help the poor and disadvantaged. To be sure, he has spent more time doing community work than serving on the national political stage. As a constitutional and civil rights lawyer, law professor and advocate for the poor, I believe President Obama understands the immense importance of the rule of law, protection of civil liberties and human rights and the need to restrain those who abuse their powers and sneer at the rule of law. I think the community activist side of him will be more visible in his second term.

Ask Not What Obama Can Do for Ethiopia, But…

Some of us make the mistake of asking what President Obama can do for us. The right question is what we can do for Ethiopia by organizing, mobilizing and lobbying the Obama Administration to establish and pursue a firm human rights agenda. In his victory speech on election night President Obama said, “The role of citizen in our democracy does not end with your vote. America's never been about what can be done for us. It's about what can be done by us together through the hard and frustrating, but necessary work of self-government.” Governor Romney in his concession speech said, “At a time like this we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work, and we citizens also have to rise to occasion.” These are the principles Ethiopian Americans, and others in the Diaspora and at home, should embrace and practice. It should be time for a fresh start. We should learn from past mistakes and begin to organize and reach out in earnest to the Obama Administration. Many groups have had success with the Administration in advancing their causes including Arab Americans, Iranian Americans, Armenian Americans, Macedonian Americans, Serbian Americans and many others. As human rights activists and advocates, we should demand engagement by senior U.S. officials and diplomats on human rights issues.

The U.S. knows how to apply pressure on dictators who have been “friends”. In the 1980s, the U.S. played a central role in the transition of the Philippines, Chile, Taiwan, and South Korea from dictatorship to democracy. The United States also kept human rights agenda front and center when it conducted negotiations with the Soviet Union and other Soviet-bloc countries. The question is not whether the U.S. can advance a vigorous human rights agenda in Ethiopia or Africa, but if it has the political will to do so. I am hopeful that will will manifest itself in President Obama’s second term.


Comment from: C'est moi senait [Visitor]
C'est moi senait

We true Ethiopians do not expect any thing from AHRIMAN follower. He is going to visit Burma next week and there you have an earthquake hitting them to warn them that the son of a AHRIMAN is coming. The AHRIMAN followers are now dominating the world religion ,culture and economy.

Be aware of AHRIMAN . He is now as modern as this president.

Obama will never visit Ethiopia you wan to know why. Ethiopia is protected by holy Ark that we have and the son of AHRIMAN will die if he put his feet on holy land of Ethiopia.

11/12/12 @ 01:20
Comment from: HAMETIC & SEMETIC=Hamassien [Visitor]

@ C’est moi Senait [Visitor]
come on GIRL some times be positive thinking, When you Think positive things will happen to you. And good for your mind soul.
you live in America, but you hate American System,…that’s weird.

11/12/12 @ 03:05
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

In the next Obama term we expect the “fool and idiot” Al Mariam to die a long painful death. Then we will celebrate and party. What a beautiful day it will be when reports Al Mariam’s death, it is going to be Glory Hallelujah!

11/12/12 @ 03:06
Comment from: ayan [Visitor]

dear prof areayahu

you keep writing this useless meanigless papers god knows what you trying tosay certainly you dont you know what stupid is a person doing the same thing again and again expecting different outcome.
obama is not ethiopian whatever he does is based american national interest period if burning ethiopia benefits his nation he wouldnt hesitate to do so please get out of this slave mentality,it too late for you stop corrupting the young genration

11/12/12 @ 03:16
Comment from: Marcus [Member]

Hussien Obama the hidden Muslim enabler never had a proper job in his life.

His supporters are former jail birds (ex-prisoners), drug dealer Latinos, arse bandits (Homos), terrorists, single mothers (slags), Hollywood loonies and all types of parasites.

Muslims everywhere are having a field day at Hussien Obama’s election. In America, this means a suitable environment for Muslims and other parasites to breed uncontrollably on the welfare system Hussien Obama has promised.

Four more years of incompetence and sabotage! God save America!

PS: By the way, Alemayhu GhebreMariam looks like an arse bandit.

11/12/12 @ 03:23
Comment from: Hailu Abebe [Visitor]
Hailu Abebe

I have never seen such useless,stupid,and coward like Aremariam in my life.Aremariam, for your Information,According to the press release of African Union President Obama has confirmed will be coming for the 50th Jubilee of African Union witch be held in May here in Addis to be a guest of honor.

11/12/12 @ 04:10
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Hulu Abolbattaw ,who the hell tells you that President Obama shall attend your so called 50th AU Jubilee ,Adgiforum ,Bandalandonline ,Pig Ben maybe the Agazi Ass Hole Extrapente and the Shabyan Gan Teshekammi Adgi…LOL !!!!!!Maybe Banda Pastor HMD with the help of his Qataris Masters shall build a new Jubilee Palace to receive President Obama with the new Self Agazi Appointed President the Slut Azeb Mesfin …LOL !!!Where the remains of the then Crime Minister shall be transfer to a New Mausolem
financed by the Sheraton Sheik Next to the Statut of Nkruma inside AU headquarter…LOL !!!At the same time you ,the TPLF Thugs ,shall inaugurate a New Memorial for your Dead Great Leader with the presence of State Department Officials and AU Ambassadors , in Washington next to the Abraham Lincon’s , entitled :
“TO THE GREAT LEADER AFRICA EVER HAD “….LOL !!!!Keep on dreaming ,

11/12/12 @ 05:01
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Merzezeragnaw(marcus) ,your new Master the Incompetant new Crime Minister looks like a Baboon Arse …LOL !!!

11/12/12 @ 05:05
Comment from: iu [Visitor]

Work for yourself, don’t look for others to solve your problem.

11/12/12 @ 05:50
Comment from: Heny [Visitor]

Banda Almariam,
your destinies hang on that of Obama? ayyyyyy yante neger. God indeed loves Ethiopia to have enemies like you.
Down with Almariam apostate
Down with Almariam the agecham (jawy)shaebyan slave.

11/12/12 @ 07:11
Comment from: Me [Visitor]

Dear Mr. Gebremariam,
For me it is always a real pleasure to read your light bringing analytical articles. Thank you so much. However, concerning the reelection of President Obama, for the minorities it is not only what he accomplished or not. It is also a dream coming true after a long journey. We should not for one moment forget that the symbolic value of the win is much greater than what our country women and men put as Mr. Obama’s success or failure. The psychological and the historical aspect of his reelection should be stressed, and we should be aware of it. By the way Ethiopia is not the epicenter of the planet!

11/12/12 @ 07:17
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Hyena ,what the hell can you expect from the reelection of President Obama than praying for the preservation of your Agazi Bandits bros and Bandas…YE SHABYA SHELLE ,YE AGAZI KIT LASHI LEKAMMI BANDA !!!!

11/12/12 @ 08:23
Comment from: sf [Visitor]

To all Ethiopian,

“There is not an Oromo Ethiopia, Amhara Ethiopia, Tigrai Ethiopia, Gurage Ethiopia, Ogadeni Ethiopia, Anuak Ethiopia… There is only a united Ethiopia where ‘justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

Wow, What a great dream dear prof. Al. Your dream is the same as Dr.Matin Luther King.
We all like to see your dream which is our dream to be true in our live time.
God, Allah bless you and ETHIOPIA.

11/12/12 @ 08:29
Comment from: usfu [Visitor]

* There is no philosophy of human right in real world.

*Ethiopia needs economic growth. A contribution toward this by anyone is admirable.

*President Obama has a number of works to fix American’s economic issues like debit, tax and Job creation, earning from foreign investment. For any action, he is empowered with his bipartisan

* Ethiopian including the above author must forget vengeance against Ethiopian gov’t. Otherwise it is not contribution to economically poor people rather it will be obstruction of development.

* Ethiopian gov’t also must stop arbitrary detention like Junedin’s wife, and it is best to freer journalist otherwise they were engaged on law breaking actions. This will help to develop trust b/n gov’t and people.

* It is very difficult to speculate why President Obama visits Buram. Even it is difficult to see the impact of his visit on Ethiopia. For example, suppose that Burma will be used to destabilize China. Then, the effect on China will affect investment in Ethiopia.

* Each region has President in Ethiopia like Western. It is difficult the analogy used by the author to implicate on Ethiopia cases: No oromia, Tigray, amhara….

Last, When Ethiopia further economically grow, and industrialized the issues of peace will be conducive. Henceforth, there will be no need to look out-migration.

11/12/12 @ 08:53
Comment from: C'est moi senait [Visitor]
C'est moi senait

Obama vist to Burma brings an other earthquack and burminess are poor Ppl. Like ethiopia, but they plant opium which is à big income to poor farmers. They can neve be à treat to china even the Wester nation start to invest there.

11/12/12 @ 10:03
Comment from: [Member]

I was just following you until you put me off with “I gave the President credit for a major diplomatic achievement in the South Sudan referendum which led to the creation of Africa’s newest state.”
Please read about the Naivasha Agreement and see where the credit should go to. Even George Cloney played a much better role than Obama.

11/12/12 @ 10:29
Comment from: [Member]

Question: How many here actually voted for Obama because you though he was going to “promote human rights” in Ethiopia?
[cricket chirping]
[cricket chirping]
[cricket chirping]

11/12/12 @ 10:37
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]


Meles is DEAD. Your time and stay in Addis is over. Time for you to go back Asmera where you belong. A parasite with dead braincells like you have no place in our country.

For morons and dependents like you there is one answer to hunt you down and snuff the life out of you so we can clear the country of losers with inferiority complex.

11/12/12 @ 10:42
Comment from: Menberu [Visitor]

In 2008
Prof Al Mariam, Dergue Junta, Feudal remnants & other anti-ethiopia groups voted for Obama.

Mr. President, we Ethiopian Americans as a whole voted for you, you should have a reply for us. Report card which represent EPRDF submitted.

What can I do for you ? Asked Mr. President,

We want you to get ride of EPRDF/TPLF that is why we voted for you.

Obama called Zenawi & told him that he is ordered by Ethiopian Americans who voted for him in order to over throw Zenwi’s weyane government !

At the time Zenawi laughed & asked Obama “Is that what they wanted from you ?”
Obama replied “Yes that is it !”
Zenawi said to Obama they are “IDIOTS", Obama accepted IDIOT best fit for them & echoed to his staff Ethiopian Americans who voted for me to get ride of EPRDF/TPLF by using my presidency are IDIOT’s, therefore, please keep calling them IDIOT’s while you meet them.

President Obama’s staff echoed the name given to anti Ethiopian Americans inside motherland by quoting ” He used to call them Idiots, they are Idiots”

2012 US election came & Idiots divided, Pro Al Mariam asked Idiots to vote for Obama. You Idiot how come you sidelined with Obama, Idiot is for you, we are not Idiots so we’ll vote for Mitt Roomny.

Idiot Al Mariam faction Idiots voted for Obama & other Idiots voted for Roomny.

Al Mariam faction Idiots succeeded & Anti Al Mariam Idiots have got their Red & Idiot Card with them.

Both Idiots remain to convince one Idiot to other Idiot.

We laughed by nature of Idiots.

” Idiot Awakening !”

11/12/12 @ 10:51
Comment from: usfu [Visitor]

Even husband and wife started Rom kill each other. Source: the written document above.

11/12/12 @ 11:33
Comment from: Christian [Visitor]

“What Should Ethiopians Expect in a Second Obama Term?”

Africa expects nothing other than him not to be the Arabs’ agent in the white house as he was for the last 4 years. During his presidency, Islamic terrorism and wahabism spreading like locust all over the world mainly Africa the Saudis, Qatar and other oil and gas nations are financing it.

USA and other western nations need to have a clear and decisive approach towards the Arab/Middle East Islamic nations started from Saudi Arabia. The source of today’s world including war, terrorism and economic crisis is caused by them. The price of one barrel oil with three digit dollar payment means very well calculated economic war mainly against the west by Arabs.

For Instance; In Saudi

-Women are not seen as full grown human being with full right and obligation as any human being but naturally born minors always need to be told by man what to do or not to do to the very detail on daily life throughout their life time.
-Women are not allowed to walk alone even in their own neighborhood without male that has to be a husband or family. They are not allowed to associate with any man at the same room/place in any social or legal gathering including school or workplace.

-women have no right to choose or refuse their male partner but have to accept what their parents or family imposed on them. If the man says no, she will not get divorce despite the man can marry other women (up to 4 legally) and move on with his life. They are not allowed to drive a car, to wear a cloth with their choice based on the weather which is most of the time hot and demanding very little cloth to cover personal body parts let alone to cover from head to toe.

-The word democracy is not allowed even to be mention let alone to be exercised among the citizens including women. Yet, USA and other western nations are saying nothing about democracy, rule of law, human right and so on while preaching lots about it in countries that are by far better than the Arabs with these regards. This shows the idea of democracy, rule of law, human right and so on they are talking about other nations while nothing about the Saudis and gulf nations is that they don’t care about those things but only for their business and interest.

-There are many things USA and other nations together have to do in Saudi and Middle East in general in order to bring some peace and development on earth including stopping Child marriage and prosecuting those converted from Islam to other religions including Christianity while they are using money to convert many Christians mainly domestic workers and also coming to other nations too. . The Arab oil has to be cheap using alternative energy sources and cars and other engines need to work with electric power coming from Hydro, wind, Solar and so on.

-Any human being or group that is against Israel/Jewish people always will pay at the end the worst price as Hitler , All Nazis and the German people did including the millions innocent. Therefore, USA and other western nations always have to keep in mind that Israel is the hearts, minds and soul to billions Jewish and Christians as one family.

That means, Obama needs to have a very different approach towards Israel than he had in the past 4 years. The Highlander Ethiopians very much want and looking first and for most nothing from USA but always be with Israel and be against her enemies in a way they have to be defeated once and for all in order the rest of the world could get peace and stability that are badly affected by the desert creatures

The reason many people didn’t want Obama to be re-elected is because of his position towards Israel which was/is not good and on the other had his unbelievable position towards the Arabs that have no democracy at all and committing the worst human right atrocity including against women. Domestic workers and none Muslims in general including disallowing them to worship at home let alone to build churches, Synagogues, temples and so on. If Obama corrects the mistakes he made/is making towards the above two very separate issues, he will be one of the best presidents USA ever had.

It is not secret, the highland of Ethiopia prefers any USA and European nation or leader that is committed with the security of Israel while dealing with the Arabs that are the source of all troubles in the region and all over the world including in Ethiopia. Currently they are exporting mass poison production called Wahabi using money, Investment, tourism, diplomatic and so on. The world is silently watching their dead. But for how long?

Nile river water for Israel.

If Egypt gets it with plenty for so long way not Israel based on agreements with all Nile basin nations. Egypt and Israel are boarder nations. The Nile water is reaching with Israeli border by canals built by Egypt. If the majority Nile basin agrees, no one the Nile river to reach inside Israel with canals as Egypt is doing inside her territory.

11/12/12 @ 12:27
Comment from: tazabi [Visitor]

pr. Al, its not fair to blame obama for the gross mistake made by kinijit in 2005. remember kinijit went from mere 12 seats to almost 200 seats, yet told eprdf to shove it and call its supporters out..this is like a baby sneaking down his cribs in the wee hours of the night and destroy his legs for live by trying to prematurley run. there is nothing a mother can do…

11/12/12 @ 12:29
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed

Marcus [Visitor]

Obama is the winner of both electoral vote and popular vote. Out of this how many are drug addicts and how many are prostitutes and slags and whore? And how many are very hard working, defranchized, and struggling for their means, good fathers and mothers? How many of them live in Ohio? How many of them live in Iowa? How many of them live in Florida? How many of them live in California? How many of them live in Pennsylvania? How many of them live in Maryland and Virginia? If you call all of these Obama addicts then something is wrong with your brain shit Marcus the dead wrong Shabia son of Essayas. When you criticize Obama you are failing the immigrant hard working Africans, Asians and Europeans. You are failing the poor black Africans who are poor for no fault of their own. You are accusing the women who want better medical care and less expensive or affordable one. You are mocking over those who can not afford to go to college to be able to lift them out of poverty. Do you know that most college professors voted for Obama. Do you know most of the Jews supported Obama. In New York and New Jersy? What about conneticut and New Hampshire? What about Massachusets? What anout Rohede Island? are those white nothing to you?

You failed to mention who the hell are the Romney supporters. You are simple Elias Kifle enabler, a shabia dog and a KKK associate and coccaine seller.

Romney supporter are drug addict whites, racists, anti Immigration lunatics, killers, bandits, anti UN bandits, Moromone fantics, Pente fanatics, Muslim haters, anti of everything……, greedy people etc.
Romney will kick your ass once he gets in power. But he will never be. Only ignorant farmers the former slave state supported Romney as you do. Sadly those slave states (Red states, Bible states who believe in Pente like Obama never accepted a black President. If I were black I would move to the North.

Clearly America failed to act as one. The 50% divide is between the South and the North.

11/12/12 @ 13:47
Comment from: men [Visitor]

Ethiopian or all african expect from Obama only to comply his own words to real and true practic:
No alliance with Ethiopian or African killers, no hand alliance to african life time dictators on power, no alliance hand with ppl vote robber, that is all and of cource very simple….

11/12/12 @ 14:55
Comment from: Kebede [Visitor]

Obama is the American President; he was elected by the American Citizens, not by Ethiopians. He knows where his power emanated; he has no hand to manipulate in Ethiopia politics in the way the ‘old dogs’ thinking. Please man thinks like a professional lawyer if behaving as a law professor is difficult for you, do not letdown yourself as one idiot.

11/12/12 @ 15:54
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11/12/12 @ 16:00
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

Breaking News: Al Mariam is pregnant!

11/12/12 @ 16:53
Comment from: Ittu Aba Farda [Visitor]
Ittu Aba Farda

I like this article. I also agree with the professor that we should congratulate President on his hard-fought victory in the election. As admitted by himself, he has a work cut out for him to turn around the aching problem. I hope and pray for him that the ‘insurgent’ Tea Party die-hard will get the message we voters sent to everyone at the capital. They should find a middle ground to avert another recession in the coming months. And also, I hope and pray that President Obama will not have Susan Rice as his nominee to replace the ever-talented Hillary for the Secretary of State position. If she is nominated and confirmed by the US Senate, then I don’t expect any new approach at all as far Ethiopia is concerned. I will continue praying for the better for the people we all left behind back home in all peaceful ways. I don’t like the current religious theatrics being played up by both sides. It is my personal conviction that there has never been religious oppression or persecution in our times. There were more mosques than churches in the region I was born and raised. I don’t remember any official from the Haile Selassie government who stopped my father and I from going the mosque for our daily prayers. In fact, it is my childhood fondest memory when all students from the local elementary school parading to our mosque to share the holiday with us. They came beating their drums and singing patriotic songs. That is my indelible memory from the 1950’s. But when I hear this latest story of religious intolerance, it disturbs me a lot. Any incidence may have been exploited by both parties. We should not forget the fact that religious fanatics and jihadist elements have been on standby to muddy the water and incite violence among our harmonious people. I hope the editors of the interactive media among us understand the danger and will refrain from publicizing this hyped up outcry.

11/12/12 @ 16:55
Comment from: Tutu [Visitor]

MR: G/Mariam, This Ethiopian Expects nothing from President barrack Obama. I do not know why we Ethiopians expect other countries especially The United State to bring change to Ethiopia. We are so accustom to getting aid, now we want Obama to throw our government. What are you doing beside writing articles accusing of other countries not doing any thing to restore human right in Ethiopia. In the last two years we saw the people of Tunisia , Egypt, Yemen and Libya taking the streets of their cities by the storm. Yes thousands of people lost their lives but they brought change to their countries. They did not sit around and look at President Obama. He helped them Because they started the flame. Ethiopia is our responsibility. We can not be living in the United State sipping from American democracy, Eating a well balanced food, drinking clean water and expect the U.S president to bring change to your country. If you have some thing to say, go to Ethiopia and challenge the government. Better yet Become a shifta and fight them. Isn’t that what woyane did. You need to give up the good life and make some sacrifice. Do not sit behind the computer and display your dissatisfaction of Obama for the job we Ethiopians should have been doing.

11/12/12 @ 17:58
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Hey Menperperu ,of course President Obama and his Administration have already ride your Dead Master as a Mule or a Donkey since 1988 as did the Bush Administration .Certainly your Leba Master was the best Mule
specially Tigrai Adgi used by the Americans for their African ,Specially the Horn Of africa , RODEO….LOL !!!! For your Information Rid not Ride ,which really shows you are the Most Idiot more than the Idiots TCHINKILATEBIS WUSHA BANDA !!!!

11/12/12 @ 18:18
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]

Alemayoh G/Mariam brought a good question that what Ethiopia should expect from the reelection of President Obama? Tell Almariam shut the hell off…LOL.

The 80+ million Ethiopian would say, please let the toothless barking dogs of Ethiopian origin part time politicians know that they are just hate preachers and to leave the Ethiopian people alone!! Because, Ethiopia and its government is well respected around the world and its relation with any country is based on mutual relationship….

Almariam & likes are just crying nonstop to mislead people and divide people….Also, I’m afraid they will corrupt the future generation of Ethiopian American…?!!

God bless the world!!

11/12/12 @ 18:51
Comment from: My2cents [Visitor]

As Senait mentioned, president Obama is going to Asia, and particularly to Myanmar, the former Burma, and Cambodia next week. The visit is intended to encourage partnership with Asian countries in order to curb the influence of China, who will soon have a nuclear submarine roaming the world. The activities by America in the region is not sitting well with the Chinese who just this week made a noise about the escalation of U.S debt. But what troubled a lot of critics is the fact the president of America is visiting Myanmar long associated with Ethiopian-like oppression.

Over the decades, the Burmese government has subjected its citizens to epic misrule, systematically destroying every institution of society except the Army, whose leaders have made staying in power their overriding goal. The streets of Rangoon and Mandalay are monitored by the secret police and by a group of armed thugs known as Swan Arr Shin—the Masters of Force. Dissidents are routinely tortured. The generals’ irrational economic policies have reduced one of Asia’s richest countries, once the world’s leading exporter of rice, to penury. Burma’s gross domestic product per capita is now less than half that of its neighbor Cambodia. Economic sanctions—a form of protest against the government’s human-rights abuses—have made the country even poorer.

11/12/12 @ 18:53
Comment from: My2cents [Visitor]

Obama has the Ethiopians’ blessings after the Bushs gave the country inadvertently to the wolves. That is the secret of Obama in short. Two days after his re-election, three high ranking figures fell from grace: General Davis Petraeus of CIA, the CEO of Lockheed, and the founder of Waffle House. Clearly this is not the time for whites, the status quo and the old guards. When the Bushs installed Meles atop the seat of King David, they opened the flood gate. Time for Mexicans to rule America; time for juniors, nobodies, for unlikely and unexpected longshot Obama to ascent the and thrive; the upside down and inside out - to be. They will never figure what hit them. The enba of Ethiopians has caused many to crash and burn.

11/12/12 @ 19:23
Comment from: [Member]

the question is why we expect any thing from westerners??? we should be responsible for our own failure. when can we stop being mentalilly and emotinally slave to westerners?? Obama is not responsible for our own failed, corrupted, one sided tribalic Govern!!!!

11/12/12 @ 21:18
Comment from: eselem [Visitor]

Extraterrstrial/ET,Heny/Tunniam and the rest piglets…, I thought that you are turned to dust like your dead master/draqula. Are you hatched like a locust again?

11/12/12 @ 21:18
Comment from: My2cents [Visitor]

“The question is, does the president want to launch a major fight with Congress over his choice of secretary of state?” said Aaron David Miller, a longtime diplomat who is vice president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

The Senate and House have scheduled hearings on Benghazi this week, which will keep the heat on Ms. Rice as the White House begins its deliberations. At least one influential Republican, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, has already come out against her. “I’m not entertaining promoting anybody that I think was involved with the Benghazi debacle,” Mr. Graham said Sunday on “Face the Nation” on CBS. “Susan Rice needs to be held accountable.” - NYT

11/12/12 @ 23:26
Comment from: john john [Visitor]
john john

Green light for Islamist fanatic what else in the name of DEMOCRACY and HUMAN right us usual the fake propaganda the Washington Dc way.
Money talk bullshit walk,

11/13/12 @ 01:02
Comment from: My2cents [Visitor]

Andreu: Where do I start? A little background here—my mom’s parents were from Slovakia. I remember my grandparents being so docile, truly wonderful people. My dad is from Serbia, his father being Croatian and his mom being Serbian. My dad’s dad died when my dad was a boy, but from what my dad says his father was a very agreeable and loving man. My dad’s mom, however, was neither docile nor agreeable but rather opinionated and feisty. She didn’t let anything slide. I remember relatives being annoyed with her because of this. Hence, I think the Serb blood dominates my veins.

I don’t agree that I’m a righteous champion nor a jealous obsessive. I’m a mom who tries to instill morals, ethics, and values in our children’s lives. I believe in stating the difference between right and wrong, not whitewashing it for fear of being labeled judgmental. Does this mean I’m morally superior? Absolutely not. When I received a court-ordered subpoena to appear for a deposition (or have a warrant out for my arrest), there was no option but to tell the truth. For some to suggest that I had a choice of showing up for the deposition or that I should’ve lied about the hospital incident because personal information was shared among friends to a doctor by the patient says a heck of a lot more of those people’s lack of ethics than their lack of basic understanding of the law. I’ve always felt the truth was important. I never felt the freedom to just walk away and let the truth be hidden nor did I want it to be hidden. Telling the truth was always easy but, man alive, the repercussions of doing so were and are hard. Tom Goldman of NPR and Alan Abrahamson, then with the Los Angeles Times, did pieces on our depositions back in 2006. As a result, Frankie really paid the price, even today, for not lying about the hospital room and/or for not putting duct tape over my mouth. Speaking of Frankie, no one else had the courage to come forth publicly the way he did. He outed himself voluntarily by answering a question put forth to him by Juliet Macur of the New York Times: “Did you ever dope?” Talk about courage! That was a life-changing moment. He could’ve lied and denied it, but he was man enough not to. Frankie’s been in the unique position of having been on both sides: Dope and do very well, or refuse and have your career come to a sudden halt. It hasn’t been easy for us. As much as Frankie would’ve liked for me to keep quiet at times, he respected me enough to let me be me. I do feel terrible that it’s affected his work in cycling, so I have curbed the volume and intensity somewhat. But I’m grateful that Frankie never expected me to not be who I am throughout this journey. - Betsy Andreu

11/13/12 @ 02:25
Comment from: 1000 wives [Visitor]
1000 wives

My2cents [Visitor] You are idiot Serbia and Slav we don’t want those killers of Muslims like Marcus. I hate copts they are simply savage. Look at how opinionated and she is very inflexible and rigid and arrogant and doma.

11/13/12 @ 09:35
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

You must ignore 1000 Wives aka Gragn Ahmed, a bewildered Muslim and an enemy of Christianity. Serbians are proud people who defended themselves from that Turkish beast – the Ottoman Empire, and finally became a recognized state in1918. Serbians are dedicated Christians despite their sufferings under the Jihadist Turkish Muslims. These proud and brave Serbians could have wiped out all the Muslims around them had not Bill Clinton bombed them to protect the Jihadist Muslims from extinction. That was really the greatest mistake Bill Clinton perpetrated in his presidency when he mercilessly attacked the Serbian Christians. However, Christian Serbians will continue growing in the Balkans and spreading Christianity everywhere. Serbians are welcome to come to the Christian land of Ethiopia and settle there if they want too.

I would say: “Ethiopian Jihadist Muslims get out of Ethiopia and Serbian Christians come and join your Ethiopian Christian brothers and sisters.”

11/13/12 @ 16:44
Comment from: 1000 wives [Visitor]
1000 wives

Assta Getu

Serbians are welcome to come to the Christian land of Ethiopia and settle there if they want too(SIC).

you wrote:

I would say: “Ethiopian Jihadist Muslims get out of Ethiopia and Serbian Christians come and join your Ethiopian Christian brothers and sisters.”

But what is happening to your christian supporters. This is the 100 times you wrote the same statement but nothing happened so far. Why? Can you explain why they are not following your killing instruction? Are they not coward? Because many of them wrote the same thing over many times? So, I conclude that copts are cowards.

11/13/12 @ 22:25
Comment from: 1000 wives [Visitor]
1000 wives

But what is happening to your christian supporters? This is the 100th time you wrote the same statement but nothing new happened so far. Why? Can you explain why your people are not following your killing instruction? Are they not coward, really? Because many of them wrote the same thing over many times? So, I conclude that copts are cowards.

11/13/12 @ 23:57
Comment from: Marcus [Member]

‘1000 wives’ said:

“So, I conclude that copts are cowards.”

So, is this a death wish on your part?

Why are you brain-dead Muslims obsessed with death and sex?

11/14/12 @ 04:19
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Gragn Ahmed (visitor),

O are you getting smarter and smarter? Not at all! In fact, you are going down and down by the hour.

I wrote: “Serbians are welcome to come to the Christian land of Ethiopia and settle there if they want too.”

I am not going to teach you English here; you better go to school and learn it. I have never met any retarded student like you in all my careers.

This will be the last time to teach you the difference between “too” and “to.”

In my sentence, I used the adverb “too,” which means “also.” I don’t have to use the preposition “to.”

This will be your last English class from me; you must take some remedial English course at any school near you.

11/14/12 @ 11:36
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed

Serbians are welcome to come to the Christian land of Ethiopia and settle there if they want too.

You are not making sense. Since too = also, then i will replace it:

Serbians are welcome to come to the Christian land of Ethiopia and settle there if they want also.

This is confusing, is the adverb also referring to the verb “settle” or to the verbs both “come and settle” ??

As usual you fanfare and boast. But the matter of the fact is English is not a sign of good scholarship. A farmer in Kenya or South Africa can probably knows better spoken English than you who spent years struggling to teach yourself. I have not invested as much effort as you did to try to teach myself? If I did I am sure I will challenge you more.

Serbians are welcome to come to the Christian land of Ethiopia and settle there too.

“if they want” for me is unnecessary otherwise you need to separate them with a comma.

That is what I thin but thank you for teaching me English at least you tried. Keep doing that.

11/14/12 @ 13:07
Comment from: Obama Forward [Visitor]
Obama Forward

Ato Alemayehu, I am truly amazed at you, that after the website that you are catering to “The Ethiopian Review” has been trashing Obama, with all the pro Mitt “The Liar” Romney ads and mouthing of at his policy that you are now asking “What the Ethiopians expect in a second Obama term?” I guess you seem to have forgotten that Obama was elected my Americans to server American interest. If you want to affect change in Ethiopia do so by organizing yourself and Ato Kifle in a manner consistent with those who are fighting and dying in Ethiopia in an attempt to get rid off the TPLF regime . What I see in you, Ato Alemayehu and your buddy Ato Kifle is you are using this website in making money by advertising ads for the likes of Mitt “the ever lying” Romney. I wonder if the Huffing post knows how You make your other money. Get real what you guys are looking is to benefit yourself. You really do not care what happens in Ethiopia.

11/14/12 @ 14:34
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed

America will be hispanic dominant soon.

American whites are aging. Most of them are unmarried and no kids. they have below 1.8 fertility rate.

I Romney was elected he will clone more whites and kick out hispanics and refuse to renew DV and other visas for foreigners and encourage white English to come to America. Romney was the most aggressive pure christian zealot who wants to control all the world and evangelize with 8 kids for each famliy of Pentes.
But vote count betrayed him and his pride as a white man not accepting defeat again a second time after the loss of McCain was very bitter to swallow. In simple terms, the math did not work for Romney to control minorities. African Americans are in trouble unless they come up with hispanic dominance problem.

No way whites will come back any more. A bit worrying is who will invent and win the Nobel Prize? I have not seen hispanics win that.

11/14/12 @ 15:09
Comment from: alibira [Visitor]

Alemayehu ethiopianc do not need crap. keep on Begging ….Just watch for your own social sequrity get ready for your cremation looser

11/14/12 @ 17:11
Comment from: Marcus [Member]

Gragn Ahmed said:

“A bit worrying is who will invent and win the Nobel Prize? I have not seen hispanics win that.”

A good observation by Gragn Ahmed for a change. But the same problem also extends to Muslims, what do you think?

11/14/12 @ 17:43
Comment from: 1000 wives [Visitor]
1000 wives


First tell us if any copt won any Nobel prize.
Muslims have won many Nobel Prizes and they are good peace makers. As to their invention you should thank Muslims for transferring the torch of science to eastern Europe. We contributed the number zero, we developed the Indian and Persian knowledge and we made it Islamic. You still witness two scientists Abdul Selam from Pakistan from Pakistan and Ahmed from Egypt in chemistry who won science Nobel Prizes. Your fellow students travel to Treisty Italy for training in Abduselam center. Iranian scientists are the best in Asia and also Turkish both in the West and in their native countries. The Fermi lab in measuring the speed of light is Iranian.
Many doctors from Muslim countries are working for the West. Malaysia is a vibrant economy. Indonesia has immense potential.

You are empty skull so it is not worth talking to you.

11/14/12 @ 19:53
Comment from: 1000 wives [Visitor]
1000 wives

where is Assta Getu? What is wrong with you. You need to comment on my last correction that I made. Why you keep silent. Say I am down and gave up. We will have mercy on you otherwise go to Sawa. lol. I have never seen such a quiet coptic person.

11/14/12 @ 19:57
Comment from: gudfela [Visitor]

Indeed, I notice, except George Bush jr, I never recall any other head of states visiting Ethiopia. Especially Hillary Clinton, I wonder why? She has visited Eritrea even wearing Abesha traditional kemis and have taken pictures I think with Isayas, pictures are on Google. How is it that Hilary Clinton never visited Ethiopia and why? We will see at the end of the 4 years term if Obama will visit Ethiopia I doubt. In fact, it is more important for him to visit Mayanmar than Ethiopia since China is more crucial for U.S than any other neighbors near Ethiopia.

11/15/12 @ 03:55
Comment from: Marcus [Member]

‘1000 + 1 wives’,

1) Whether Copts won Nobel Prize is irrelevant to the question of Muslims winning that prize.

2) Abdusalam is from the Ahmadiya sect, which is not considered by the majority of Muslims to be proper Muslims.

3) If we count Abdusalam, there are only 2 Nobel Prize winners out of the 1.4 billion walking, taking terrorist Muslim robots. What a poor rate of return!

4) 0 and the digits 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 were invented by Hindus not Muslims. The knowledge only happened to pass through the Middle East.

5) The Mathematicians and scientists of the Caliphate era were Christians, Jews or Muslim apostates (those who left Islam) living in Muslim occupied lands.

6) Every civilised land occupied by Muslims was turned into a public toilet. You only need to look at Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, to name but few, to realise this fact.

11/15/12 @ 08:06
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed

5) The Mathematicians and scientists of the Caliphate era were Christians, Jews or Muslim apostates (those who left Islam) living in Muslim occupied lands.

Tell me who among those who won the Nobel prize is a professing christian or Jew? You are one of those apologists. India is one billion what does it do? China is one billion what did it do?

Civilization is not permanent. It is up and down. But on another note you never ever failed to answer my question. As always you evade the question. You claim you are orhtodox. But you never ever failed to show us a clear evidence whether orthodox is a toilet religion with no prominent scientists ever to be found.

You also never answered why only 600 million or fewer of the population can invent while the rate of invention by other Christians living in South America and Africa are pathetic. There are 2.5 billion profession christian and only 1/4 of the christian population is active in science. The rest is ignorant. How do you explain that.

Check to see if you got a cyber brain virus infecting you. You point out that Abduselam was an Ahmadeya but at least he claims he is Muslim and he acknowledges Quraan. But tell me who among western scientists is really a good christian? Your record is disappointing no. Tell me if Galileo or Isaac Newton, or Einstein himself ever supported christianity. Infact, christianity had a very negative mark on science. It never allowed it to flourish. Church was adamant. Copenicus had to struggle to change the belief that Earth was the center of earth to Sun was the center of the universe. He faced fierce opposition and threat and abuse. Nothing happened during Muslim dominance. All scientists practiced their religion.

You hyped the contribution of Jews. On one note you tell us Muslims persecute Jews and
Christians. On the other hand, you tell us Jews and christians held prominent positions. What is wrong with your stupid brain. How many Jews were prominent compared to Muslim scholars? Was Avicenna (Ibn Sina) a traitor? Was Ghazali a traitor? was ibn Rashid a traitor?

Jabir ibn Hayyan (ca. 8th – 9th centuries) was an alchemist who used extensive experimentation and produced many works on science and alchemy which have survived to the present day. Jabir described the laboratory techniques and experimental methods of chemistry. He identified many substances including sulfuric and nitric acid. He described processes including sublimation, reduction and distillation. He utilized equipment such as the alembic and the retort. There is considerable uncertainty as to the actual provenance of many works that are ascribed to him.[23][24]

Drawing of Self trimming lamp in Ahmad ibn Mūsā ibn Shākir’s treatise on mechanical devices. The manuscript was written in Arabic.
The Banu Musa brothers, Jafar-Muhammad, Ahmad and al-Hasan (ca. early 9th century) were three Persian sons of a colorful astronomer and astrologer. They were scholars close to the court of caliph al-Mamun, and contributed greatly to the translation of ancient works into Arabic. They elaborated the mathematics of cones and ellipses, and performed astronomic calculations. Most notably, they contributed to the field of automation with the creations of automated devices such as the ones described in their Book of Ingenious Devices.[25][26][27]
Ibn Ishaq al-Kindi (801–873) was a philosopher and polymath scientist heavily involved in the translation of Greek classics into Arabic. He worked to reconcile the conflicts between his Islamic faith and his affinity for reason; a conflict that would eventually lead to problems with his rulers. He criticized the basis of alchemy and astrology, and contributed to a wide range of scientific subjects in his writings. He worked on cryptography for the caliphate, and even wrote a piece on the subject of time, space and relative movement.[28]

The eye according to Hunain ibn Ishaq. From a manuscript dated circa 1200.
Hunayn ibn Ishaq (809–873) was one of the most important translators of the ancient Greek works into Arabic. He was also a physician and a writer on medical subjects. His translations interpreted, corrected and extended the ancient works. Some of his translations of medical works were used in Europe for centuries. He also wrote on medical subjects, particularly on the human eye. His book Ten Treatises on the Eye was influential in the West until the 17th century.[29]
Abbas ibn Firnas (810–887) was an Andalusian scientist, musician and inventor. He developed a clear glass used in drinking vessels, and lenses used for magnification and the improvement of vision. He had a room in his house where the sky was simulated, including the motion of planets, stars and weather complete with clouds, thunder and lightning. He is most well known for reportedly surviving an attempt at controlled flight.[30]
Thabit ibn Qurra (835–901) was a Sabian translator and mathematician from Harran, in what is now Turkey. He is known for his translations of Greek mathematics and astronomy, but as was common, he also added his own work to the translations. He is known for having calculated the solution to a chessboard problem involving an exponential series.[31]

A page from al-Khwārizmī’s Algebra
al-Khwarizmi (ca. 8th–9th centuries) was a Persian mathematician,[32] geographer and astronomer. He is regarded as the greatest mathematician of Islamic civilization.. He was instrumental in the adoption of the Indian numbering system, later known as Arabic numerals. His developed algebra, which also had Indian antecedents, by introducing methods of simplifying the equations. He used Euclidian geometry in his proofs.[33]

al-Battani (850–922) was an astronomer who accurately determined the length of the solar year. He contributed to numeric tables, such as the Tables of Toledo, used by astronomers to predict the movements of the sun, moon and planets across the sky. Some of Battani’s astronomic tables were later used by Copernicus. Battani also developed numeric tables which could be used to find the direction of Mecca from different locations. Knowing the direction of Mecca is important for Muslims, as this is the direction faced during prayer.[34]
Abu Bakr Zakariya al-Razi (ca. 854–925/935) was a Persian born in Rey, Iran. He was a polymath who wrote on a variety of topics, but his most important works were in the field of medicine. He identified smallpox and measles, and recognized fever was part of the body’s defenses. He wrote a 23-volume compendium of Chinese, Indian, Persian, Syriac and Greek medicine. al-Razi questioned some aspects of the classical Greek medical theory of how the four humors regulate life processes. He challenged Galen’s work on several fronts, including the treatment of bloodletting. His trial of bloodletting showed it was effective; a result we now know to be erroneous.[35]
al-Farabi (ca. 870–950) was a Persian/Iranian (born in Farab, Iran) rationalist philosopher and mathematician who attempted to describe, geometrically, the repeating patterns popular in Islamic decorative motifs. His book on the subject is titled Spiritual Crafts and Natural Secrets in the Details of Geometrical Figures.[36]
ibn Sina (Avicenna) (908–946) was a Persian physician, astronomer, physicist and mathematician from Bukhara, Uzbekistan. In addition to his master work, The Canon of Medicine, he also made important astronomical observations, and discussed a variety of topics including the different forms energy can take, and the properties of light. He contributed to the development of mathematical techniques such as Casting out nines.[37]
al-Zahrawi (936–1013) was an Andalusian surgeon who is known as the greatest surgeon of medieval Islam. His most important surviving work is referred to as al-Tasrif (Medical Knowledge). It is a 30 volume set discussing medical symptoms, treatments, and mostly pharmacology, but it is the last volume of the set which has attracted the most attention over time. This last volume is a surgical manual describing surgical instruments, supplies and procedures. Scholars studying this manual are discovering references to procedures previously believed to belong to more modern times.[38]
ibn al-Haytham (965–1040) was an Iranian scientist born in Basra, Iraq (during Iranian Buyid Dynasty) and years later moved to Egypt as an adult. Hasan Haytham worked in several fields, but is now known primarily for his achievements in astronomy and optics. He was an experimentalist who questioned the ancient Greek works of Ptolemy and Galen. At times, al-Haytham suggested Ptolomey’s celestial model, and Galen’s explanation of vision, had problems. The prevailing opinion of the time, Galen’s opinion, was that vision involved transmission of light from the eye, an explanation al-Haytham cast doubt upon. He also studied the effects of light refraction, and suggested the mathematics of reflection and refraction needed to be consistent with the anatomy of the eye.[39]
al-Zarqali (1028–1087) was an Andalusian artisan, skilled in working sheet metal, who became a famous maker of astronomical equipment, an astronomer, and a mathematician. He developed a new design for a highly accurate astrolabe which was used for centuries afterwards. He constructed a famous water clock that attracted much attention in Toledo for centuries. He discovered that the Sun’s apogee moves slowly relative to the fixed stars, and obtained a very good estimate[40] for its rate of change.[41]
Omar Khayyam (1048–1131) was a Persian poet and mathematician who calculated the length of the year to within 5 decimal places. He found geometric solutions to all 13 forms of cubic equations. He developed some quadratic equations still in use. He is well known in the West for his poetry (rubaiyat).[42]
al-Idrisi (1100–1166) was a Moroccan traveler, cartographer and geographer famous for a map of the world he created for Roger, the Norman King of Sicily. al-Idrisi also wrote the Book of Roger, a geographic study of the peoples, climates, resources and industries of all the world known at that time. In it, he incidentally relates the tale of a Moroccan ship blown west in the Atlantic, and returning with tales of faraway lands.[43]
ibn al-Nafis (1213–1288) was a physician who was born in Damascus and practiced medicine as head physician at the al-Mansuri hospital in Cairo. He wrote an influential book on medicine, believed to have replaced ibn-Sina’s Canon in the Islamic world – if not Europe. He wrote important commentaries on Galen and ibn-Sina’s works. One of these commentaries was discovered in 1924, and yielded a description of pulmonary transit, the circulation of blood from the right to left ventricles of the heart through the lungs.[44]
Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (1201–1274) was a Persian astronomer and mathematician whose life was overshadowed by the Mongol invasions of Genghis Khan and his grandson Helagu. al-Tusi wrote an important revision to Ptolemy’s celestial model, among other works. When he became Helagu’s astrologer, he was furnished with an impressive observatory and gained access to Chinese techniques and observations. He developed trigonometry to the point it became a separate field, and compiled the most accurate astronomical tables available up to that time.[45]

Finally, you are also wrong that Hindi invented zero. Do you know what the word Hindi is? It is not equivalent to the present land of India. I think that is where your confusion is. Plus, make sure you a lot of mathematical skills very developed during Islamic era. It was a very dynamic society not as you want it to be a dull society. Greeks gave up on science don’t you appreciate Muslims translated Greek so we were able to transfer the knowledge to the West? The original scripts of Greek were lost. so, don’t you at least give some merit to Muslims. You are completely dismiss of Muslim civilization. That shows me how stupid you are.

I advise you one thing. Please be fair to your self and be consistent in our analysis. You tell us one thing and then you apply it differently to Islam. That serves you nothing. The lucky thing is if you really want to find out information you just need to do google. So you can’t lie.

Ena ene men largeh. You come up with all excuses to

11/15/12 @ 13:05
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed
11/15/12 @ 14:36
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Gragn Ahmed,
When it comes to invention, we find Muslims out of the word invention: they have never produced anything for the last 1400 years.

Read the following short article by and Australian scholar, Mr. Charlie (Feb 21, 2006):

“You say most of the ‘populars’ were Muslim and then note 3. Are you kidding? Muslims have invented virtually nothing. Let me list the important inventors (not actors and boxers) who were non-Muslim:

Einstein (atomic energy) - Jewish
Eugene Bourdon - (Bourdon tube pressure gauge) - France
is Braille (Braille) - France
Michael Faraday (Electric Motor) - UK
Dennis Gábor (Holography) - UK
John Tyndall (Gas Mask - something we need with Muslims in the world) - UK
Thomas Savery, Thomas Newcomen, James Watt (steam engine) - UK
Charles Macintosh (Waterproof Fabric) - UK
Bill Gates (computers that work) - US
Leonardo DaVinci (helicopter among others) - Italy
Thomas Edison (electricity and lightbulb) - UK
Alexander Graham Bell (telephone) UK

Muslims are the ‘looters’ and their lack of past invention is the reason they are not powerful. Muslims may be growing in number but the next great world power will be China, which the West relates well.”

Muslims had copied every think from Greek scientists and philosophers; therefore, they have never contributed anything to us, and that is why they are angry all the time at the west, and finally they declared that western democracy is “evil.” According to Muslims, all western civilization is a curse and a disgrace.

11/15/12 @ 16:07
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Gragn Ahmed, this is what Islam is about and what Islamic marriage is: Read the following article and examine the teaching of Quran about the status of a woman either in bed or in a kitchen.

“Muslim chops up wife after sexual criticism in bed. (Thursday, November 15, 2012)
This horrendous and tragic story highlights the precarious sense honor of a Muslim man and explains why they pour into the streets and act like savages any time anyone says something that they perceive as insult.
A 37-year-old Egyptian contractor killed his wife with a cleaver and chopped her body into four parts, reported Egypt’s Dostor newspaper.
The horrific incident occurred after the couple was involved in a heated altercation. The husband claims that his wife questioned his virility in bed and also derided his poor financial status.
The victim allegedly also compared him with her first husband who she claimed was a better performer in bed.
The man could not take the insults anymore and in a fit of rage he killed her with a cleaver, which is generally used to cut meat.
Later, he not only chopped her body into four parts but also cut her tongue out and dumped the body in a remote area near the village border.
The horrendous incident came to light when villagers informed the police about a body that they had found. She was identified by her neighbours as Nadia S. The husband was found absconding from the village when the police went in search of him.
Further police probe revealed that the husband and wife did not have cordial relations and there was animosity between them. The husband, Imam Abu Shaleeta, was tracked down and arrested.
He broke down during interrogation and admitted chopping his wife into pieces for daring to question his manhood.
The husband revealed that they had started their final argument when the duo had gone to the city to get their new car registered.
The issue escalated and he lost his head when his wife made fun of him which left him vulnerable sexually and financially.
The husband admits not feeling any remorse or guilt over killing his wife so brutally and admitted he would do the same and not hesitate killing her again and again no matter how many times the same situation came up to stare at him.
The case has been referred to the prosecutor.”

11/15/12 @ 21:44
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed

Wayane copts forced Muslim women and men of Dera to get naked and asked one woman to pull the penis of a man tied to a tree and pull it along.

What a barbaric coptism.

11/15/12 @ 22:00
Comment from: gudfela [Visitor]

“There are 2.5 billion profession christian and only 1/4 of the christian population is active in science. The rest is ignorant. How do you explain that. ” Hey, don’t be ignorant, first off, profession should not be defined by what religion you are , that is generalized statement. Second, it is ignorant statement saying unless your profession is in science, you are ignorant. Really? Let us call Davinici ignorant then because he was in art profession. Let us call Rousseau ignorant because he was not in science but in literature, etc. Besides every profession is one way is associated with science since science is the study of every matter and atom as well as metaphysics which is religion is science, philosophy is science because we are concerned with living and non living things within the universe.

How dare you criticize that christianity and science don’t go together. Really? Look around you, who are the Chrisitans in the West and East inventing things. yes their democracy says the separation of church and state so that religion should not interfere in your ability to independently to think when it comes to professions. Muslims on the other hand, went backwards once they accepted Mohammed. They stopped science and progress for the sake of Islam. Tell me which Muslim nations have progressed using the opportunity of Petro dollar such as democracy which is science also? All you see even in UAE is how to over use every resource for shiny things rather than doing tangible work 1st cenutry. Not to mention how they mistreat their women in the name of Islam. Take for example why they are mistreating the Ethiopian women. I wonder why you don’t Ethiopian but paid agent. his makes me believe you are not Ethfor their people and nation. All they do is obsession to spread Islam rather than progress ahead. They are still wearing their skirt like the By the way is very small mind of you to say who is who is scientist or award winners in Orthodox faith, etc. can you include Easter Europeans?

11/16/12 @ 06:29
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed

Most of you are ignorant and can not read any thing yet let alone respond to my posts.

You did not have to write a long nonsensical story about Profession. When you comment please post my comments first so that I can tell where exactly I need to respond to you. From what you wrote I think you spotted one word which was “profess". Profess means willingly accept a faith or idea or cause or movement whereas Professional is a profession or a job. So, it is not clear what you meant by the whole post about Da vince. I have no reason to talk about Davinci. Who care whether art is there or not. Who cares about your yared Music other thatn wasting time.

What I wrote about is Christianity and its church objected to Science and never understood it. This is, however, does not mean that science could not develop, Thanks to the liberals and progressive science finally found a root in a christian culture. But Christianity never ever contributed anything to science and will never ever. Instead the more we do away with christianity the better opportunity for scince. I suggest West will be better with Islam because Islam is not against science.

Science did not exist in Arabia at the time and once our Prophet Mohammed, may be peace on him, came to Arabia people came out looking for knowledge. Knowledge has a high position in Islam. I am sure it is a matter of time before Islamic culture come back. But as to your copt I don’t see you growing unless you reform your fucken dirty Bible behind Agases Woman and teach her a lesson that you don’t mess with Islam.

11/16/12 @ 16:13



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