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09/10/12

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Ethiopia: Why I am Supporting President Obama’s Re-election - Alemayehu G. Mariam

Why I am Supporting President Obama’s Re-election

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

Disappointed but…

Did I enthusiastically support presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008? Absolutely! Do I agree with everything he has done over the past four years as president? No! Has he carried out all of the promises he made in 2008? No! Am I disappointed in President Obama in 2012? Yes! But so are millions of Americans who supported him in 2008. So are tens of millions of other people throughout the world who saw his election as history making and wished him well.
Still Support President Obama

Despite lingering disappointments, I support the reelection of President Obama because he represents my values. As President Bill Clinton put it in his speech at the Democratic Convention last week, there are two choices in the 2012 presidential election:

If you want a you’re on your own, winner take all society you should support the Republican ticket. If you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibilities— a ‘we’re all in it together’ society, you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. If you want every American to vote and you think it’s wrong to change voting procedures just to reduce the turnout of younger, poorer, minority and disabled voters, you should support Barack Obama. If you think the president was right to open the doors of American opportunity to young immigrants brought here as children who want to go to college or serve in the military, you should vote for Barack Obama. If you want a future of shared prosperity, where the middle class is growing and poverty is declining, where the American Dream is alive and well, and where the United States remains the leading force for peace and prosperity in a highly competitive world, you should vote for Barack Obama.

I want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibilities— a ‘we’re all in it together’ society.
The rallying cry the Republicans have resurrected from three decades ago is, “Are you better off now than you were in 2008?” Let the facts speak for themselves.

When President Obama took office in 2008, the U.S. was losing 750,000 jobs per month. In 2012, there are nearly 100 thousand jobs added every month. Under President Obama’s watch, over 4.5 million private sector jobs have been created in the U.S. Are we better off in 2012 than we were in 2008? Yes!

In 2008, the U. S. economy had crashed. Trillions of dollars in investments were vaporized on Wall Street and the auto industry teetered on the verge of collapse. By 2012, the stock market valuations had doubled; and the American auto industry did not die in bankruptcy court as Mitt Romney had prescribed. By June 2012, General Motors’ sales figures were up by 15.5% over 2011. GM had sold 248,750 vehicles, registering its best performance since 2008. Chrysler had its best sales figures since 2007 with gains of 20.3 percent. Are investors and the investment climate better today than it was in 2008? Has the American auto industry “come back roaring again”?

Until President Obama put his presidency on the line and enacted the Affordable Health Care Act in 2009, some 40 million Americans had no health insurance. By 2014, most Americans will have access to affordable health insurance. They can shop around for competitive coverage using “health insurance exchanges”. Insurance companies will not be allowed to cherry pick the healthiest patients and discriminate based on preexisting conditions. Parents can keep their children on their insurance until age 26. Older Americans who use the Medicare program will continue to get discounts on their medications. Are these millions of Americans better off today than they were in 2008? Certainly!
Before President Obama created the Consumer Financial and Protection Bureau, crooked financial institutions ranging from credit card companies to student loan sharks used all sorts of legal tricks and confusing language to trap and rip off unwary consumers. The hedge fund managers and Wall Street financial manipulators lived high on the hog while millions of Americans lost their homes and investments. Are American consumers better off in 2012 than they were in 2008? You bet!

Women comprise 47 percent (or 66 million women) of the total U.S. labor force. In many industries, women are paid less than their male counterparts. Before 2008, women did not have the legal right to enforce their right to equal pay for equal work. President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which protected women and all other workers who are victims of wage discrimination on gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability. Are these Americans better off in 2012 than they were in 2008? No doubt about it!

As of June 1, 2008, the United States had 182,060 military personnel deployed in Iraq. In 2012, all U.S. combat troops have been pulled out of Iraq. By 2014, all combat troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan. President Obama signed a law to help veterans by providing tax credits to employers who hire them and expanded educational access and various reemployment and transitional services to veterans. Under President Obama’s watch, the world’s view of the United States “improved sharply”. Are these members of the armed services better off in 2008 than they are in 2012? Is America more respected and viewed in better light than it did in 2008? Do we have a better Commander in Chief in 2012 than we did in 2008? Darn right we do!

It is true that not all are better off today than they were in 2008. Osama bin Laden was much better off in 2008 masterminding terror from his his villa in Pakistan. So were many of his brothers-in-terror: Sheik Saeed al-Masri (Al Qaeda’s number three commander), Anwar al-Awlaki (Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), Abu Hafs al-Shahri (Al Qaeda’s chief of Pakistan operations), top Al Qaeda leaders Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, Ilyas Kashmiri, Ammar al-Wa’ili, Abu Ali al-Harithi, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, Hamza al-Jawfi, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, Ali Saleh Farhan, Harun Fazul and Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan (Al-Qaeda East Africa), Younis al-Mauritani, Tehrik e-Taliban, Baitullah Mahsud, Jemayah Islamiya, Noordin Muhammad (Al Quaeda Indonesia), Abdul Ghani Beradar (Taliban deputy and military commander), Muhammad Haqqani (Haqqani network commander), Lashkar-e Jhangvi (Qari Zafar leader) and Hussein al-Yemeni, Dulmatin (top Jemayah Islamiya leader responsible for the 2002 Bali night club bombings which killed over 180 people) and many, many more. These guys were definitely better off in 2008 than they are in 2012!

President Obama knows his work is not finished and he has a lot more to do in improving the economy. But the road he has travelled over the past 4 years has been a hard one. He faced stiff opposition every inch of the way. He was obstructed, blocked, thwarted, vilified and demonized. The top leader of the Republicans in the Senate vowed, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president. That’s my single most important political goal, along with every active Republican in the country.”

As President Clinton observed, President Obama “inherited a deeply damaged economy, he put a floor under the crash and began the long hard road to recovery, and laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses, and lots of new wealth for the innovators.” There is a lot more to be done. More jobs need to be created and more investments must be made in education, job training and infrastructure improvements. But President Obama cannot fix problems that have taken decades to create in one term.

President Obama, Ethiopia and Africa

Did President Obama deliver on the promises he made for Africa to promote good governance, democracy and human rights? Did he deliver on human rights in Ethiopia? No. Are Ethiopian Americans disappointed over the unfulfilled promises President Obama made in Accra, Ghana in 2009 and his Administration’s support for a dictatorship in Ethiopia? Yes. We remember when President Obama talked about the need to develop robust democratic institutions, uphold the rule of law and the necessity of maintaining open political space and protecting human rights in Africa. We all remember what he said: “Africa does not need strong men but strong institutions.” “Development depends on good governance.” “No nation will create wealth if its leaders exploit the economy.” Was he just saying these words or did he truly believe them?

There is always a gap between political rhetoric and political action. Many Ethiopian Americans who supported President Obama enthusiastically in 2008 today criticize him for hypocrisy and for failing to deliver on his promise of promoting democracy and human rights in Ethiopia. Should we really criticize the President for being indifferent, disinterested, unconcerned and uncaring?

Truth be told, what the President has done or not done to promote good governance, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia is no different than what we, the vast majority of Ethiopian Americans, have done or not done to promote the same values in Ethiopia. That is the painful truth we must face. The President’s actions or lack of actions mirror our own. Just like the President, we profess our belief in democracy, good governance and human rights in Ethiopia and elsewhere in Africa. But we have also failed to put our values in action. President Obama was constrained in his actions by factors of U.S. national security and national interest. We were constrained by factors of personal interest and personal security.

In the pursuit of Al Quaeda in Somalia and the Horn of Africa, the Obama Administration shelved human rights, good governance and democracy in Ethiopia. Waging a proxy war in Somalia and snagging a drone base were the icing on the cake for the U.S. The Administration shamefully turned a blind eye when elections were stolen in broad day light, journalists and dissidents and opposition leaders were jailed at will. U.S. National security and national interest trumped Ethiopian human rights and democracy. That was wrong in my view because the pursuit of a U.S. anti-terrorism policy in the Horn was not mutually exclusive of the pursuit of a principled human rights policy in Ethiopia.
But let us look at ourselves as Ethiopian Americans and what we have done or not done to promote human rights, good governance and democracy in Ethiopia over the past 4 years. When it comes to speaking up and standing up for these values, most of us have chosen silence and inaction. While the vast majority of us privately extol the virtues of democracy and human rights in Ethiopia, we are scared stiff to make a public statement insupport of our beliefs. We are afraid that if we speak up, the regime in Ethiopia will take away our homes and investments. We are afraid that we will not be issued visas to travel there and even face persecution. We placed our personal interests and personal security over the national interest an security of Ethiopia.

But there are other hard questions we should ask ourselves: What did we do to bring pressure on the Obama Administration to promote human rights, good governance and democracy over the past 4 yeras? Did we organize to have our voices heard by the Administration? Did we exercise our constitutional rights to hold the Administration accountable?

In all fairness, when we point an index finger at President Obama and accuse of him of not doing much in Ethiopia or Africa, we should take a quick glance at the three fingers pointing at us. We should rightly be disappointed with President Obama for his record in Ethiopia and Africa. But we should be more disappointed with ourselves. The ultimate fact of the matter is that it is not President Obama’s responsibility to free Ethiopians or Africans from dictatorship although it is his moral duty not to support dictatorship. But as President, he balances and must balance American national and security interests just as we balance our personal and security interests and act accordingly. It is wise for people who live in glass houses not to throw too many stones.

But President Obama deeply believes in human rights and knows how hard and difficult it is to make it a reality. Last Spring, he made that clear in the context of the long and arduous struggle for human rights in America. “The civil rights movement was hard. Winning the vote for women was hard. Making sure that workers had some basic protections was hard. Around the world, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, what they did was hard. It takes time. It takes more than a single term. It takes more than a single president. It takes more than a single individual… What it takes is ordinary citizens who keep believe, who are committed to fighting and pushing and inching this country closer and closer to our highest ideals.” Protecting human rights in Ethiopia and Africa is hard, very hard. It was hard for Nelson Mandela. It is hard for President Obama. It takes ordinary citizens like ourselves to fight and push for democracy, human rights and good governance in Ethiopia and the rest of Africa.

Remember, November 6, 2012

This is not the time to blame one another or trade accusations about what President Obama has done or not done in Africa or Ethiopia. We all know about the deep and structural problems of Africa with dictatorship and corruption. It takes a lot more to fix Africa than what an American president can do in one term. As Ethiopian Americans, we must not make the mistake of being a single issue group concerned only about a single country or single continent. We must understand that our issues are intertwined with the issues and problems of others. We must not forget that when we vote for President Obama, we vote for him as President of the United States, not Ethiopia or Africa.

On November 6, we face a single question. That question is not about human rights or democracy in Ethiopia. That question is about what kind of society we want to see in America. As President Clinton said, “If you want a you’re on your own, winner take all society you should support the Republican ticket. If you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibilities— a “we’re all in it together” society, you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”

President Obama in his acceptance speech said:
America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won’t promise that now. Yes, our path is harder – but it leads to a better place. Yes our road is longer – but we travel it together. We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up. We draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes, but we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon, knowing that Providence is with us, and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on Earth.

I shall vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden on November 6, 2012 because I would like to be a part of a United States of America of Shared Opportunities and Shared Responsibilities. I support President Barack Obama not because he is a perfect president but because he is an imperfect president seeking to build a more perfect and harmonious America of shared opportunities and shared responsibilities— a “we’re all in it together” society.

I believe President Obama understands what he has to do in the next four years and that he has miles to go before he sleeps. Put in the poetic words of Robert Frost: “The woods are lovely, dark and deep./ But I have promises to keep,/ And miles to go before I sleep.”

President Obama still deserves the full and unflagging support of the tens of thousands of Ethiopian Americans in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Wisconsin and the rest of the states. I ask all of my readers and supporters to help re-elect President Barack Obama. Yes, we still can…

64 comments

Comment from: addiszemen [Member]  

“A FANATIC IS ONE WHO CAN’T CHANGE HIS MIND AND WON’T CHANGE THE SUBJECT” W. Cherchill,
Simply in amharic “yedenqorro liqsso melisso melalisso”

Almaria came up with a big catchy phrase and topic, and thud at the end, he is still shading his crocodile tears and usual lies about Ethiopia.
“One cannot reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others” Lou Tzu,
The problem with almaria and co. Is they try to lecture us about freedom, democracy and humanity, which they themselves denied to others when they were in power, and also now insulting and intimidating anyone who chose to support our govt. They live in denial of every growth and transformation back home. They try to discredit and dehumanize our govt. But the truth is out. Almaria & co. Are the loosers who have nothing to give but lies and devilish wish of destruction.
Thanks to US Ambassdor Susan Rice who told them the truth, that they are only fulls and IDIOTS.
The bottom line is, you can talk the talk and you can lie and try to discredit our strong and accountable govt, but can you deny the 80 million Ethiopians who came out in one voice in front of the whole world to assure their support to EPRDF?
I don’t think so. Because your reputation tells it all. You’re a sold out banda to Ethiopia’s enemies and a pathological liar who cannot be trusted.

“ANYONE WHO DOESN’T TAKE TRUTH SERIOUSLY IN SMALL MATTERS CANNOT BE TRUSTED IN LARGE ONES EITHER” Albert Einstein,

09/10/12 @ 22:56
Comment from: Ethio1 [Visitor]
Ethio1

You “Ethiopian Review” Magazine in which you and Yilma are Assistant Editors declared Afeworki of Eritrea, the right hand of AlShabab as “MAN OF THE UNIVERSE". What year is this? Born Again Democrat?

09/11/12 @ 00:12
Comment from: Ethio1 [Visitor]
Ethio1

Al,

The “Ethiopian Review” Magazine in which you and Yilma are Assistant Editors declared Afeworki of Eritrea, the right hand of AlShabab as “MAN OF THE UNIVERSE". What year is this? What a change of position. Born Again Democrat?

09/11/12 @ 00:14
Comment from: john john [Visitor]
john john

Wow Al this look like your true confession if he re-elected you can get hitched with your lover legally and spread democracy everywhere while nearly 50 million American out of job living on food stamp.
Good luck and happy new year.

09/11/12 @ 00:24
Comment from: Tekle [Visitor]
Tekle

I like President Obama for the reason that he is the most respectful of African countries and encourages every one of them to solve their internal disputes without external intervention. He has made me and every African very proud of his mind boggling achievements. He is smart as whip who found an intelligent way to stop an economic calamity the world have never known. He deserves to be re-elected. I think USA should recant its term limit act and have him serve for a 3rd time as its President. That is my opinion.

But our ‘professor’ is writing the article for some other shrewd reasons. He is writing it applying for a future job that may crop up if President Obama is elected. How come a person who has been profusely accusing the USA for its financial and military generosities to our country over the years all of a sudden nominates its president to serve again? I bet you this ‘professor’ has his eyes zeroing in one of possible vacancies in the next Obama administration. May be The UC, San Bernardino has started noticing their ‘professor’ spending more time writing articles and diatribes on the Ethiopian Diaspora websites and The Huffington Post than teaching.

09/11/12 @ 00:33
Comment from: jazzman [Visitor]
jazzman

Whaw….

Al upgraded himself from a ‘fool and idiot” to a ‘bozo and naive’….

for one week…mekoyet deg new…

09/11/12 @ 00:50
Comment from: Geresu Duki [Visitor]
Geresu Duki

I’ll vote for Obama. He inherited a lot of mess. Let’s give him four more years and let’s wish him to success. God Bless him.

09/11/12 @ 01:46
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Hey Adgi Banda when you say such a
JOKE “but can you deny the 80 million Ethiopians who came out in one voice in front of the whole world to assure their support to EPRDF?.."that means for you , the
millions of North Koreans who paraded
infront the caskets of the Kim El Sungs were also legimate .By the way denounced by your dear Friend
Mrs Rice…LOL !!!!

09/11/12 @ 02:05
Comment from: Solomon [Visitor]
Solomon

Alemayehu G. Mariam if you know how to write like this for President Obama, what happen to Pm Meles Zemawi. President Obama is great person, educated, intelligent and flexible. Pm did great job to, by teaching himself he fought poverty and spread education as much as he can. Why you didn’t write a single positive sentence about Pm Meles Zenawi. Meles Zenawi was strong proudful person “wye gegena le natu la aned Enatu Ethiopia”. I was shocked when your pen writes positive things for the first time about someone. Alemayehu it is not good to write one side of a person because it does not help for anything except it looks like personal. Meles picks up the economy and Ethiopian pride again. World acknowledged Ethiopians as game change on Pm times again.

09/11/12 @ 02:09
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

The Question is certainly not voting for or against President Obama .But to sanction an
evil international politics,followed by this Administration , based on the savegarding of the TPLF Ethno Mafia Regime .Even voting for him we must raise our voices denouncing the bad actions of his Administration specially the politics of his State departement consisting of dealing with despots as the late Crime Minister by giving him Military and specially Financial Assistances.

09/11/12 @ 02:21
Comment from: iu [Visitor]
iu

The right question
“But there are other hard questions we should ask ourselves: What did we do to bring pressure on the Obama Administration to promote human rights, good governance and democracy over the past 4 yeras? Did we organize to have our voices heard by the Administration? Did we exercise our constitutional rights to hold the Administration accountable?”

We did nothing except shouting when Meles comes to America. That is one small part. The big part is to organize 3 or 4 days or even a week and sit in Washington DC to express our disappointment to the US government about the human right issue in Ethiopia. I will be there for sure!!! I am in the border to Canada, but for good reason I will be there!!!

09/11/12 @ 02:54
Comment from: YHD [Visitor]
YHD

Conflicts, instability, famine, deep rooted impoverishment and backwardness are the undesired but most prevalent realities in the Horn of Africa. It is very understandable as to why the primary objective of the US policy on Ethiopia is based and focused on resolving the noted basic problems. In line with that policy, the Ethiopian Government has obtained significant assistance from the US in the humanitarian, economic and security areas and applied the assistance very efficiently to strengthen our national and regional security and in supporting the development activities in the effort to eliminate the prevalent poverty and backwardness from our Nation . In this regard both Obama and the PM Meles played there cards correctly and effectively.
Building democracy and nurturing good governance are another two important areas that need a lot of hard work and improvement that both Governments agree work together. Contrary to some individual’s expectation of a spontaneous change and outcome, the transformation process in those areas, so far, has faced many challenges and obstacles and has never been smooth and free of bumps. It is still a work in progresses and may require more time to get where it is desired to be.
Let’s not forget for a minute that 99% of our common problems are related to the deep rooted impoverishment and backwardness our great country and our people are suffering from.
A note to the writer: Next time try to speak and wright for yourself. You represent only yourself. You are acting as the self-acclaimed, self-proclaimed, unelected, un-mandated representative of Diaspora Ethiopians. Understand that, there are many who do not share your views and your judgments.

09/11/12 @ 06:02
Comment from: Rev. Tegga Lendado [Visitor]
Rev. Tegga Lendado

Dear Editor,
I prefer a roaring lion to a quiet wolf. There is time and place to speak up and to keep silent. Without judging his motives, I enjoyed reading the good professor’s article. Thank you.

09/11/12 @ 06:43
Comment from: marcus [Member]  

Obama is the worst president of America since the incompetent Jimmy Carter.

He has no work experience to speak of. He is a loser, deceptive, full of talk and devoid of action.

09/11/12 @ 07:12
Comment from: Wondu [Visitor]
Wondu

I agree that “We should rightly be disappointed with President Obama for his record in Ethiopia and Africa…fact of the matter is that it is not President Obama’s responsibility to free Ethiopians or Africans from dictatorship although it is his moral duty not to support dictatorship.” It is more than a ‘moral duty’ not to support dictators. It is ‘an American’ to aid a dictator to continue oppress is people. Moreover, as Ethiopian American, it is a rare find get a candidate that has some common shared values with mine. One of this values lies in the realm of family and God. Obama repealed the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy which is a no no. Second, he is an advocate of gay marriage (which gays are entitled to to pursue happiness their love life but, I don’t believe, it shouldn’t be call marriage just as much as we don’t call suicide homicide). Third, Obama’s foreign policy of helping dictators stay in power so long as they do American’s dirty job is ‘an American’ in nature.Therefore, each Ethiopian-American should wisely cast their precious votes with all due consideration. Let as not follow political leaders for a change. Voting is as personal as any political process gets so lets do it so.

09/11/12 @ 08:26
Comment from: Tsubuk [Visitor]
Tsubuk

Marcus and similar guys here.You simply don’t know politics. Please by any means don’t compare President Obama accomplishment with your dirty divide and conquer principle.Whether Obama wrote a book or not or community organizer or not he broke the barrier for all of us. Forget about leading a country and a major political party. please any of you here barking how many unknown organization lead?As to Meles he was dictator ruled the country on Iron fist with out free speech and free election.Yes some of you benefited from his Administration for being loyal to him than your country.Please by any means don’t simply bring Meles to this category.Under Meles to get a promotion and education you need to be either member of his Ethnic party or loyal to him.Promotion was based not on your hard work rather to loyalty to Meles regime and his mouth pieces. Let’s see really there is rule of governance and constitution there?Do you guys really think Woyane let Hailemariam Desalegn to lead the country till 2015?If there is Democracy yes but even then he will be a puppet like the President sitting out there in a palace.We know what it look like election and democracy Ethiopia. Leave alone your Ethiopian brothers and sisters. Meles Jailed foreign journalist for simple crossing of border to Ethiopia.Yet there are thousands of Ethiopian crossing there country for better life not even Africa but from Mexico to USA not jailed for years and years.Do you think if Meles in power, will Ethiopian will release those two Swedish Journalist from jail? you give me your answer and your own leadership experience instead of bashing President Obama.In general we are incoherent people to each other.

09/11/12 @ 08:46
Comment from: tigist [Visitor]
tigist

By the way who are you AL? You are ” borko” you do not have a moral to say any thing about President Obama, he is the united state president not you. adopted citizen (like some one adopted animal. you do not have any role in adopted country, but you have the right to work for living. If you have a role in US politics we would see you article in Washington post or New york time not in Ethiopian review.

09/11/12 @ 09:35
Comment from: Tsubuk [Visitor]
Tsubuk

Tigist did Al said he is president of USA? What do you mean adopted animal? Does this mean all those Ethiopian in USA? Do you really think to write an article one must be a member of a political party?What thought is that?I guess Al not living in Ethiopia or not came from your school of thought.Please get a life.

09/11/12 @ 10:16
Comment from: Negat Melese [Visitor]
Negat Melese

Who do you think you are? No one recorgnizes you other than the likes of you. You all are YETARIK ATELA.What are you for us for Ethiopia nothing!. I have news for you Mr. Crazy, there is no short cut for power in Ethiopia. We do not need you here remember this pls. We have no place like you and your friends. Try Asmara - who knows may be…….!

09/11/12 @ 10:21
Comment from: nenewe [Visitor]
nenewe

Alemayehu G. Mariam
you’re disappointed but … There is no but for our disappointment in your article. if you are worth your penny, please, do us a favor and post your article somewhere else maybe as Tigist said, on one of the national papers. besides, it lacks painfully originality. do not disappoint us again. People visit this site to discuss about a lot of issues that deal with Ethiopia not Obama’s re-election.These sites post your articles because there not for their worthiness. your previous articles on various sites were not that great and you don’t seem to get it when many readers tell you go away.

09/11/12 @ 10:25
Comment from: kul [Visitor]
kul

ገብረ ማርያም ሆዬ ወንበሯን ከመሞቴ በፊት እለቃለሁ እያለ ሲፎግረን ኖሮ ሞት በቆረጣ ገብቶ አጋደመው:: ለካ ምርጫን እንጂ ሞትን ማጭበርበር አይችልምና?!
ኃይለ ማርያም የሚሉት ደግሞ ሳያስበው ወንበሩ አጠገብ ደርሶ ካሁን ካሁን ተቀመጠ ሲባል የሆኑ ዱርዬዎች ወንበሩን ከኋላ ስበዉበት በቂጡ ቁጭ ሊል እየተንገዳገደ ይገኛል:: መስሎሻል:)
አል ማርያም የተባለው ደግሞ ውሉ የማይታወቅ ክታብ አይሉት መነባንብ እየለቀለቀ ግራ ተጋብቶ ግራ ያጋባል::
በዚህ ሁሉ መሀል ምስኪኑ የአገሬ ህዝብ ወትሮውንም ጣራ የነካዉ የኑሮ ውድነት ይባስ ብሎ ሰማይ ላይ ወጥቶበት አንጋጦ ይመለከታል::
አዲሱ አመት ምን ያሳየው ይሆን????

09/11/12 @ 11:25
Comment from: Tomma Ekka [Visitor]
Tomma Ekka

In response to Tegga Lendado’s Comment:

Dear Tegga,

One never judges a book by its cover. I guess you are not a frequent reader of Al-Miriam’s diatribes dispatched in the last 26 years or so thus far; simply charged negatively; and always obstructionist-inclined and unproductive. Actually, Al-Miriam, who claims and is a self-designated professor in an unknown community collage somewhere; and Elias Kifle of Eritrean aka Ethiopian Review in Washington DC; as well as the self-designated Addis Ababa Mayor in fantasy; but never even one minute in reality; as well as Gimmo-7’s Chair person, Birhanu Nega Bonga of Becknell University somewhere in PA; are well paid stooges of Shaabia (EPLF’s) leader Issayas Afeworki. As their standing obstructionist mission, they work to create nothing but chaos and confusion within the Ethiopian community in Diaspora. They are known liars in Diaspora whom majority avid to even speak of. So despised by this wolf like negatively inclined devilish man Al-Miriam; who has shrewd intensions with this article, how could you innocently applaud what you read from the outer surface of Al-Miriam’s cynical message? You need to revisit deeper and find out who this snake is among the masses in Diaspora. Try to take what he writes with a grain of salt. And as Winston Churchill once said: A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind; and won’t change the subject. So are the above mentioned Afeworki boot-lickers who consistently fabricate: Made in Washington DC Obstructionist news in Diaspora.

09/11/12 @ 12:27
Comment from: Abeba [Visitor]
Abeba

Al Mariam is loosing it. It won’t be too long before we see this guy running naked in the middle of university of California where he is teaching. Mr. Al Mariam I can not speak how good a lecturer you are to your students, but as of lecturing the diaspora about your HRXXXX, the 275 + 2 articles that I read, you have failed misreably to convince me. Good luck on the article that you may have started to be posted for Monday September 17, 2012.
Happy new year!

09/11/12 @ 12:53
Comment from: peritrean [Visitor]
peritrean

Pro. AL. You are wrong. Obama is a mouth piece of the American Empire.

Obama is just a front man he can only do what the JEWS tell him to do.

Out of 10 advisors 9 of them are JEWISH. Amarica is a Zionist controlled government.

Since his SELECTION, Obama have violeted several international and national laws.

Obama have assasinated an American citizen without going to court.

Continued to kill millions of muslims around the globe. Often without a credible evidence.

He has increased American expansionist police, often by killing intimdating other nations.

American economy will collapse sooner than later. The dollar has lost its value.

09/11/12 @ 13:37
Comment from: Ahad [Visitor]
Ahad

Ahad
“The fools and Idiots”
I concur with Suzan rice when she called the likes of Al mariam as “fools and Idiots”.
Human rights and democracy 101: is respecting the voices of the people and the Ethiopian people have spoken by voting with their tears for the late PM Meles Zenawi.The Ethiopian people have declared and vowed to make reality the Vision of the late PM. But again the desperate Diaspora is living in its own planet. Mr Almariam listen to this what the New Elected president of Somalia, Hassan Shiek, Said: when he was asked his wishes, he said he wishes to die loved like Meles Zenawi!. Actually Meles Zenawi has become a nightmare for the radical diaspora after his death than in life.

09/11/12 @ 14:02
Comment from: marcus [Member]  

‘peritrean’ said:

“Obama is just a front man he can only do what the JEWS tell him to do. Out of 10 advisors 9 of them are JEWISH. Amarica is a Zionist controlled government.”

Another conspiracy theorist sponsored by the Maoist Mafia criminal syndicate leader Isaias Afeworki!

Jews are dynamic people. They invent many things including medicine to help humanity.

Do you remember, in 1992/93 Isaias Afeworki went to Israel to get his malaria (the version that attacks the brain) treated? Recently an Israeli MK (Member of Knesset) even joked saying that they may have given him the wrong medicine and that may be why Isaias has been behaving erratically.

If you are an immigrant in the West, try to have an ambition and help your kids integrate into the host society and achieve in education and be successful in life, like the Jews.

What distinguishes the Jews from others is an intense love of learning.

Einstein said: “The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice, and the desire for personal independence, these are the features of the Jewish tradition which make me thank my lucky stars I belong to it.”

Look at what the Jews have built, against all odds, surviving the holocaust and genocidal Arab attacks, to build an inventive and a high tech society in Israel.

By the way, can you name Obama’s 9 Jewish advisors? Are they qualified to get their position?

Furthermore, can you name at least 9 recent Jewish Nobel prize winners in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine and Economics and Fields Medal winners in Mathematics?

Have you ever heard of Gregory Perlman, the Russian Jewish Mathematician or the Hungarian Jewish Mathematician Paul Erdos (who died in 1996)? They were brilliant but poor.

I hope you are not going to tell us next to appoint Isaias Afeworki to solve the problems of the American and the World economy.

Surely, things could be better if Isaias Afeworki stops behaving like the leader of a Superpower. Then, his followers might start to behave
in a modest way.

09/11/12 @ 14:23
Comment from: marcus [Member]  

I should say:

They are/were brilliant but poor. Perlman is still alive staying with his mother on the outskirts of Moscow.

09/11/12 @ 14:27
Comment from: belay zeleke [Visitor]
belay zeleke

Al,did you not know Susan was talking about you when she calls you guys fools and idiots?she called Meles world class PM.An Internet warrior can not replace EPRDF.Only community orginzers on the ground.

09/11/12 @ 15:08
Comment from: Tulu Proud ET [Visitor]
Tulu Proud ET

Professor you are once again so right.

To change the devastating political course in Ethiopia it is by far Ethiopians responsibility than any other country’s or the US.

Like you said President Obama has to balance and choose first what is good for the US than what is good for Ethiopia.

Selfishness, short term false gain and greed are the enemy of Ethiopia. The short lived gain is costly, temporary and dangerous. We should go for the long term gain that will last for long and benefits everyone.

We Ethiopians first must gather and exchange peaceful and meaningful information. Have we done that? Not really. So to bring changes, to make the dire situation known and put pressure on the administration that is where we should start.

Professor you are once again so right. To change the devastating political course in Ethiopia it is by far Ethiopians responsibility than any other country’s or the US. Like you said President Obama has to balance and choose first what is good for the US than what is good for Ethiopia.

Selfishness, short term false gain and greed are the enemy of Ethiopia. The short lived gain is costly, temporary and dangerous. We should go for the long term gain that will last for long and benefits everyone.

We Ethiopians first must gather and exchange peaceful and meaningful information. Have we done that? Not really. So to bring changes, to make the dire situation known and put pressure on the administration that is where we should start.

We all have to know EPRDF is for only Tigres. The hate for Ethiopians and looting is ingrained in them. Their mentality is I am here by force and I will take everything and do anything. Non-Tigrea Ethiopians are mistreated, murdered, looted as burdens on their own land and country.

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

You said,

“Another conspiracy theorist sponsored by the Maoist Mafia criminal syndicate leader Isaias Afeworki!”

First of your attempt to make me fringe, conspiracy theorist, big fail.

Second nobody sponsored me. I just choose to think outside of the box.

I don’t waste my time watching CNN, Criminals NEWS NETWORK aka mouthpiece of the Evil empire.

As for me I am doing fine, thank you very much. As for you you sound like every other indoctrinated sellout.

Going back to my point, my mention of the Zionist (JEW)is simple.
Time again they have been proven to have been distructive ppl.

They have been explled from over 50 countries…so you mean to tell me all those nations were wrong?

Or this ppl. who migrated from ISRAhell around the globe are demonic by nature.

The engineered distraction of America will countinue until they bring the global governement they have been trying to bring about.

Obama is their FRONTMAN that is and that is all. So you think some mediocre senator from a Chicago, thugish city becomes a President by chance? really.

09/11/12 @ 15:13
Comment from: Belay Zeleke [Visitor]
Belay Zeleke

Amhara shall arise and crush tigres into dust

09/11/12 @ 16:00
Comment from: Negat Melese [Visitor]
Negat Melese

Belay Zeleke

Do not use that respected name please because he does not agree with you. Are you talking about ETHIOPIA? If yes you are at a total mistake. The Amharas and Tigres are cousins and remember every thing in Ethiopian history is originated from the North. So whether you like it or not you yourself is not far from it.

09/11/12 @ 16:12
Comment from: Jordan [Visitor]
Jordan

BIG NOO to Obama this time!!..I ddont wanna fooled again this time!!…

09/11/12 @ 16:35
Comment from: marcus [Member]  

‘peritrean’ said:

“First of your attempt to make me fringe, conspiracy theorist, big fail.”

Why is it big fail? You are still recycling rumours and innuendos.

‘peritrean’ also said:

“Second nobody sponsored me. I just choose to think outside of the box.”

You are in a cave, which is worse than a box. It is highly likely that you are sponsored by the Maoist Mafia criminal syndicate boss who is blaming everyone except himself for his total failure.

It is well known that Obama is incompetent but why blame Jews for for his fiasco? There are Jews of different political positions, including Republican. In any case, you cannot backup you accusations with concrete facts.

Listen, why do you worry about the American election, while ‘Eritrea’ is being r-a-p-e-d big time by none other than Isaias Afeworki?

This act is also going on in the Sawa military camp, in the army, in Libya, Egypt and in the Sinai desert left and right. Are you going to blame Jews for this as well?

By the way, how do the highland peasants who paid a heavy price in the past 50 years, and still continue to pay, pronounce ‘Eritrea’? Is it ‘Ertra’, ‘iritrea’, ‘iltra’ or ‘ilitrea’? This is the pitfall of being a fake nation, an amalgam of disparate tribes with no common bond and psychological makeup, other than being colonial servants and with a foreign label for a name and a common hatred for someone. The name, ‘The Promised Land’ or ‘El Dorado’ would have been even better.

Know thyself first!

09/11/12 @ 17:32
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Those of you who would like to read my response to the good Professor, you may go to Ethiopian Review and read my detailed comment under the comment section. I tried to post it on nazret.com but for some reasons nazret.com didn’t post it. The heading of my comment is “Why I am opposing President Barack Hussein Obama’s failed presidency for a second term.”

09/11/12 @ 17:33
Comment from: Neger Akebabaye [Visitor]
09/11/12 @ 20:48
Comment from: silicha09 [Visitor]
silicha09

I am absolutely not voting..for one reason only..It is unacceptable in my beloved culture to give a marriage certificate for two same sex ppl..it is immoral..don`t vote please….

09/11/12 @ 21:10
Comment from: toMarcus [Visitor [Visitor]
toMarcus [Visitor

Listen it is clear that you are flatline,dimwit, cheerleader of a dieying empire.

Sorry I cant help you with that. All I can say is you sounded like every nimrod I meet. Nothing new about that.

If you freken print the dollar, btw, the Federal reserve bank is a private bank owned by JEWS.

If you own all of the major news media…

If you own almost all of the major banks in the western countries and US. Then my friend you are a ruler.

The empire you are cheering is raping your little behind but you are too busy enjoying itu forgot to feel the pain.

Speaking of cave, your behined is the one caved in on you. Better go to homedepot get you some kneepad…and assume the position like you chimp god MELES, AKA YOUR LEADER WHO USED WORSHIOP issiays

09/11/12 @ 23:34
Comment from: john john [Visitor]
john john

Fool me once shame on me fool me twice shame on you the good old American word.
lord save this nation from this mess.

09/12/12 @ 00:06
Comment from: kassa_immanuel_gebre [Member]  

Pro Al.I disagree with you on this one, as I have done to the some of the issues you presented in the past.. BHO is wrong man for America who has done almost nothing as he promised to do. In fact he said in 2009 ” if I cannot fix the economy, it is going to be one term proposition.” Ever since, he added 5 trillion dollars to our national debt. He did not go through in the Arab spring George Bush started. Our military is not as strong as he came to the office and many others that he is incapable in lifting America.

Therefore, since the economy is not fixed, unemployment is going higher, our national security is threatened by allowing Muslim brotherhood to flourish in America, BHO has become a threat to the foundation of America, by joining hands with the liberal, leftist, Communist and Jihadist who want him to be re-elected for second term that will change America tragically to it’s very worst. I am sure you and I as the rest of freedom loving world will ever want to be governed by Sharia law. Therefore, Why Barack Hussien Obama for the second term? Enough is enough of this president and must think very seriously of replacing him by comptent president.

Fellow Ethiopian Americans who are flourishing in America must study the issues that we are faced with, and vote on nov. 6th. to evict Obama and replace him by Romney Rayan to save America.

God bless you and God bless America!
Immanuel.

09/12/12 @ 02:06
Comment from: marcus [Member]  

‘peritrean’, know thyself first!

Learn first how to feed your extended family who are struggling in the countryside against Nature and the Isaias Afeworki created calamity.

Few years ago here is what Yosief Ghebrehiwet wrote at Asmarino.com:

The three questions that Eritreans (both supporters and the so called ‘opponents’ of Isaias) desperately want to avoid are:

1. The beginning: Was the oppression on the Ethiopian side so brutal that it justified the kind of horrendous sacrifice that has been paid in the last five decades? Indeed, with all honesty, can we say it was it a case of colonialism? And if not, what are the real non-nationalist aspirations on the two camps – the Moslems and Christians – that motivated this revolution?

2. The middle: How was ghedli conducted? Was it conducted commensurate to the nationalist aspiration it professed to have motivated it? Or did it follow different strands that betray its religious, ethnic, regional and “urbanite” roots – all of which have to do with questions of questionable identities, none of which are nationalist by nature?

3. The end: Is the nation created out of this movement sustainable? Has nationalism come to Eritrea too late to make any difference in its people’s quality of life, especially since globalization and post-modernism have rendered it a poor imitation of its old robust self, if not totally obsolete? Could the divergent, and sometimes outright conflicting, aspirations of Moslem Eritrea and Christian Eritrea be accommodated to create one viable nation that could make it through the 21st century?

09/12/12 @ 02:44
Comment from: marcus [Member]  

‘peritrean’, if you have any conscience (Hlina)left at all, read
some of Yosief Ghebrehiwet’s poems written at Asmarino.com some years ago:

(1) Mothers and their children

… keeping you at a distance …
As she was faced with detention or
a hefty penalty of 50,000 Nakfa
for a daughter lost in the Mediterranean,
the mother remarked bitterly:
If I could only pay you in Birr …

Equality of the trenches

The authorities ordered mothers
to ululate seven times
at the announcement
of their daughters’ martyrdom,
at last granting them equality at death.

No more sanctuaries

Mothers wept and wept.
From joy or grief, nobody could tell.
For on that very day
their sons trekked home from mieda,
hambohambo went extinct.

The aliens among us

The authorities said,
“Your son died in an alien land.”
She didn’t know which son they meant:
the one that died in the Mediterranean
or in Shaebia’s Eritrea.

(2) The rebellious age

All about uniforms

When the sins of fathers
visit their sons,
they often arrive dressed up
in a rebellious attire
a generation cannot resist.

The rebellious phase

Whose purpose is it?
You say it is yours.
If so, how come a generation
after generation
passed through that very phase?

Give me any cause, left or right

You are the spit image
of your father.
Only that you are left-handed.
But don’t reflective mirrors
play tricks on all of us!

(3) Famine

… keeping Asmara beautiful

Marring the beauty of this city
with her and her children’s presence,
the beggar moved back to her village
to die there quietly
doing her patriotic duty of …

Epiphany during fasting

As the farmer looked at the dusty earth
and up at the clear blue sky,
he suddenly understood:
there is no relating one to the other.
He never prayed thereafter.

(4) Exodus

Titanic Eritrea

“If only they had stayed put
defending their beloved country,
their lives would have been spared.”
But a drowning ship cannot throw a lifeline
to those jumping off its board.

Does the world care?

As she looked at the turbulent sea,
the refugee was struck
by a silly thought:
that this rickety boat
had always made this rickety sound …

Grapes of wrath

Looking for the fruits of ghedli?
Seek it down there
deep in the Mediterranean Sea
or up there in your romantic head
that refuses to see.

Death in numbers only

As he tossed the 73rd body into the sea,
the grim-faced young man
matter-of-factly remarked to himself:
the age of my father;
the old man just turned 73 today.

09/12/12 @ 03:00
Comment from: marcus [Member]  

‘peritrean’, if you have any conscience (Hlina)left at all, read
some of Yosief Ghebrehiwet’s poems written at Asmarino.com some years ago.

Here is some more:

(5) Ghedli history

Hagerawi bayto – Jebha style

The child heard his father say
democracy is a messy business.
Believing everything messy is democracy,
he rolled over and over in the mud
so as to be a great democrat.
50 years of interruption

He erases the past
as soon as it happens.
Now, the only memento he has
is the eraser
he confuses for his heritage.

Slave collar eyes cannot see

Crawling on their fours
they search for traces of ghedli legacy
on the land, on meriet,
while the footprint is boldly imprinted
on the back of their necks.

(6) The cause

Self-determination

With such a grim, determined face
each one of us wore
for such a long time,
nobody bothered to find out
what it was all about.

Believing without seeing

When a nation doesn’t know what it wants
but nevertheless keeps searching with diligence,
it eventually believes conviction
is all that there is to it,
and embraces any cause coming along its way.

Comparative identity

If the Eritrean cause is to be reduced to
“we are better than them”,
no wonder ghebar takes over the point of reference
that Ethiopia used to occupy
to sustain that superior “Eritrean identity”.

(7) The birth of ghedli

The Spark

No regular fireworks would do.
Instead, entire Kunama villages
had to be set ablaze in a great bonfire
to let the whole world know
the birth of the Eritrean revolution.

The first shot at Tegorba

By looking at the hole in the roof
nobody can tell if the shot was fired
by a patriot, a shifta or an outright fool.
But it sure has been leaking like hell ever since,
now pouring down in torrent.

Sept 1, 1961: day of infamy

It unfurled itself backwards and forwards
to claim the bloody past
with its victims’ cries still echoing
and to usher a sectarian future
under whose shadow we are still living.

A long-distance interview from Cairo

When Awate burned down to ashes
entire Kunama villages,
he didn’t realize he was building up his resume
for a position as a Jebha leader
in years yet to come.

Shiftinet from Tegorba to Asmara

Eritreans love to talk about all kinds
of historical beginnings in their revolution.
Hardly do they realize
that it had been a circular journey
where every point is a deja vous moment.

(8) Inflationary pressures on Eritrea

Independence worth one Nakfa

The people of Asmara give a damn
about the inflationary pressure on the currency
but on their individual independence,
as the nihilist ghedli culture
renders it as worthless as Nakfa.

Obsolete nationhood

By the time the turtle arrived
after 30 long, arduous years,
there was no finishing line to be seen.
The nationalist game was no more:
globalization had arrived!

When Eritrea arrived

Every time he thought he arrived,
either the person he had to meet
or the place or the time had changed.
It was then that he realized
arrivals were not entirely up to him.

Run-away linguistic inflation

As the villagers listened to the cadre
talk and talk and talk,
they never thought there would come a day
when such a torrent of alien words
would eat up their language.

09/12/12 @ 03:58
Comment from: marcus [Member]  

‘peritrean’, if you have any conscience (Hlina) left at all, read
some of Yosief Ghebrehiwet’s poems written at Asmarino.com some years ago.

Here is a further more:

(9) Building a nation

Five-star captivity

As Eritrea is readying itself
to reap an abundant harvest
from its gold mines,
the Eritrean dream has arrived:
containers will be made out of pure gold!

The uniqueness of the referendum

How can I recognize something
without ever having seen it before
at least once in my lifetime?
Especially since you are telling me
nothing like this had ever happened to me.

Self-colonization

The lepers were so numerous
that the people thought
it would be more economical
to build a colony for the healthy:
Eritrea was conceived.

The short age of a nation

This nation has a habit
of killing its children too young
to leave lasting memories behind.
However it stretches those memories,
they won’t last it a lifetime.

(10) Resistance

The opposition’s activity

The fly in the bottle
circling on and on, non-stop.
As the traveler with the bottle rests,
it too believes it has done its part
and rests on arrival.

(11) The dead and the living

… where no one dares to dig

To keep their sanity intact,
Eritreans attribute ghedli tsegatat to the dead
and all the ills to the living,
for fear of someone asking them
where the evidence is …

A generational voodoo

The sound system in Eritrea
is messed up:
whenever people open their mouth,
it is the voices of the dead
that come out.

In the name of martyrs

How does one defile martyrs’ name?
Fools: by desecrating their tombs.
The sly ones:
by invoking their names
to silence the rest.

Lifetime in Eritrea

As they take turns to lead,
quicksand swallows them one by one.
And the rest count their years
by how far back they are
from the frontline.

(12) The constitution

The shelved constitution

If Shaebia had already constructed
a shelf up there in its head
long before the constitution was drafted,
why are Eritreans enraged
when the constitution is shelved?

The stillborn constitution

The women of Eritrea wanted to bypass
the agony of birth pangs.
So they named their unborn: Ku’wam.
All came out stillborn.
Agonize before you organize!

Implementing the constitution

A: Do you have the manual:
How not to implement the constitution.
B: Here it is: the Eritrean constitution.
A: Then why are Eritreans complaining
that Isaias is not implementing it?

(13) Nationalism

A patriot never in the wrong

The patriot refused to believe
the nation’s sons died in vain.
And more sons were sacrificed
to defend that idea.
Hey patriot, it has always been about you!

Nationalism in retrospect

The peasants have had it:
First, they were made to fight
for it – for 50 years!
Now, they are told to pronounce it right:
not “Ilitria”, mama mia!

Belief without content

Nobody believes in it anymore.
Not even those who believe
that everyone else should believe in it.
In the end, they agree to drop the “it”
and just keep on believing.

The unbearable stench of nationalism

Odorless as death,
it took us by surprise.
And only those who survive us
will be able to pinpoint
the day we died as a people

(14) Seeking salvation in language

The aliens amidst us

As they heard the cadre talk and talk
without understanding a word,
it suddenly occurred to the peasants
that an alien was in their midst
speaking an alien language!

Heat wave in Eritrea

The name, the map, the flag,
the anthem, Nakfa, shida …
When a nation is held together
by nothing else but symbols,
it gets unstuck under the slightest heat.

Prickly reality

Netsanet, ha’rnet, martyrdom,
self-reliance, patriotism, Yikealo …
Is the reality so harsh
that it has be cushioned
with so many layers of fluffy beliefs?

(15) Lines in the sand

Child soldiers

Children playing hopscotch,
with lines drawn on the sand.
Only a two-legged animal
would invent a game like that.
Do the children really know?

Reality distanced twice over

With colonial border lines,
facts on the ground were established.
With ghedli’s revisionist history,
facts in the mind were planted.
Can we survive this doubly surreal world?

“Eritrea” and its map

When a linguistic
or visual confluence
hides irreconcilable contradictions,
we would rather plant our hopes
in the ambiguity in between.

Colonial borders

Do the children have the foresight
the grownups lack?
When they play ashe’ka’kal ‘alem
they draw lines on the sand
to be erased soon thereafter.

Schizophrenic Eritrea

The problem with colonial lines
is not only with what they keep out
but also with what they keep in:
that arbitrary line is drawn within each of us
to create a schizophrenic identity.

09/12/12 @ 04:46
Comment from: minew [Visitor]
minew

Marcus,

Peritrean don’t know history why they are revolting against Ethiopia. Haile Selassie embraced them and gave equal advantage, if not worse to Eritreans. Today, they are anti Ethiopian with funding coming from Egypt. However thanks to their cousin TPLF, once again they are taking Ethiopia’s businesses while those who have been working hard, their livelihood is taken away.

09/12/12 @ 07:51
Comment from: guets [Visitor]
guets

Ofcourse you would support Obama, you share the same socialist upbringing. I bet you were one of those Maoist with red books in your back pockets and long bushy hair style,that had not met with water for 29 days out of the month.

09/12/12 @ 08:58
Comment from: Ethiopiawinet [Visitor]
Ethiopiawinet

minew
peritrean know history more than you simply because you are a puppy child of feudal fanatic offsprings.
H.Selassie did not embraced them. He divided them into highlanders (whom he embraced) and low landers (who burned them to ash but failed at last) based on their religion as he did to the rest of Ethiopians.
This low lander Eritreans are brave enough to free themselves from religious based feudal so called Amhara government while Oromo, Somali and Afar still fighting for their freedom.
Why the rest of freedom fighters failed to seiz their independence? two points: lack of leadership and 2nd being not embraced 100% by their people but now they are getting there because of religion. Religion can unify Oromo, Afar and Somali. Wait and see the change. You think you are super power for having money via begging.
This is what scares me the most. The Amhara and Tigrai narrow minded fanatics still pursue the old feudal system and its hard for them to be detached from it like that professor in Ethiomedia said.
There is many way to solve our problem and unity can bring prosperity, and strength to all of EThiopians if we follow the example of other brave countries like South Africa, USA, etc.
One thing to do is the following and the rest can be learned from the history of the above countries if we really want live together.
Weed out fanatics, a few neo-fascist like Yohannes offsprings, neo-nazist fanatic extremist hired agents of evil organization like Assta & co. like Marcu, etc.
Those evils are tumor to our unity. They want every single human beings to see the world in their eyes. Even they dare to attack the president of the United States by wishing a copt to replace him. They insult the American people’s inteligence for choosing their president and not Amhara copt as Assta put it.
So what do you expect from this guys about Ethiopia. Hate, division, genocide among Ethiopians, and Ethipia that is partitioned into villages.
Obama is an inspiration for all human kinds. He is human and can make mistakes but he quickly learn from his mistakes. That’s why he is the most feared president on earth by right wing extremists, fanatics, like pastor jones and his employees, Assta & co.,
Prof. Al I hail you for your honesty. You cleanse yourself from feudal poisonous mentality of we, we, we, Amharas!!! BS.
Now Tigres chant we, we, we, hero Tigres!!! Big BS.
What surprised me the most Yohannes progeny Addis Zemen fascist did not mention terrorist or the mountain on Obama as he did whenever he smells no copts but Muslims though Obama has Muslim blood too.
Americans do not see the world in this way may be few extremist fanatic Americans are like Assta, Addis Z. Marcus, etc and not 99.999%
That’s why you see all human races on this earth in America living with just and equal rights under the law.

09/12/12 @ 11:55
Comment from: teshome [Visitor]
teshome

Y?because you are stupid.

09/12/12 @ 12:42
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Does Obama have the gut to condemn the Libyan Islamist terrorists that killed the American Ambassador to Libya? Does he have the stamina to denounce the Egyptian Islamist Brotherhood terrorists that burned the American flags? Not at all! He has always been soft with Muslim terrorists but very tough with the reliable allies of the United States – the State of Israel.

09/12/12 @ 13:10
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

The foxy former President Clinton knows very well his wife would be running for the presidency of the White House in 2016, and, for that fundamental reason and personal interest, he is campaigning very hard for Barack Hussein Obama, but in his heart of hearts he is campaigning and making speeches not for Obama but for his wife. He is a very selfish and mendacious President who wants his Muslim Brotherhood friend, Barack Hussein Obama to win the November 6, 2012 presidential election.

09/12/12 @ 14:04
Comment from: Martha T. [Visitor]
Martha T.

I agree with you professor, I am also guilty of that selfishness. I found some of us to be selfish and narrow minded as the Tigres. Without selfish and immoral peoples Tigres will not seceded.

We must open our eyes.

09/12/12 @ 14:13
Comment from: to-marcus [Visitor]
to-marcus

You said,

“Learn first how to feed your extended family who are struggling in the countryside against Nature and the Isaias Afeworki created calamity.”

I see you do not know much about Eritrea or me. That is fine.

Here are some facts you should know. I don’t need you or anybody to tell me that i need my extended family.

It is in our nature to do that. We do that to almost anybody

Begger culture is your culture. Not ours. We belive in building a country by our effort.

Eritrea could easly give two of our ports to America and get all the aid we wanted to. But we said NO.

Keep on beliving what corrupt western media tell you. We like it like that.

Speaking of FOOD,the only thing on your HODAM mind.Since 2010 we have bumper harvest. When the chimp was begging we were feeding our ppl.

Eritrea as we speak has eliminated

Polio
malaria

Life expectancy is 2nd in Africa.


09/12/12 @ 19:34
Comment from: obboo [Visitor]
obboo

I have never seen a fool like Alemayehu. You my friend have no value of any sort. I donot vote for Obama only for what he stands. Gay, and God. He does not believe in God, but pretends,
ethiopians are conservatives, and we like hard work. we migrated here because this nation is you know it all.

I am saying you are fooooool and no idea what you talk about. you might influence one per cent

09/13/12 @ 00:45
Comment from: marcus [Member]  

‘peritrean’ said:

“I see you do not know much about Eritrea or me.”

I know about Eritrea very well, in fact I know its heartbeat. Furthermore, I happen to know the EPLF/PFDJ inside-out. You should not mistake me with those people from Ethiopia who say “Zeraf”, “Zeraf” when the issue of Eritrea arises.

As far as knowing you is concerned, I may not know you in person, but the way you write and the content of your writing say a lot about you. You are only a blind supporter of Isaias’ government, and you will repeat whatever he says no matter what.

‘peritrean’ also said:

“Begger culture is your culture. Not ours. We belive in building a country by our effort.”

That is typical of Eritreans, who always try to have an inflated opinion of themselves. This is simply a case of “the kettle calling the pot black”. You should know thyself first.

Eritrea has little or no resources. The country survives mainly on remittances from Eritreans working abroad and the various taxes imposed on them including the 2% tax. Even the unemployed are not spared from these taxes. I know that Eritrean Embassies abroad double-up as a tax offices.

Let me quote some stanzas from the brilliant Yosief Ghebrehiwet.

Comparative identity
===============
If the Eritrean cause is to be reduced to

“we are better than them”,

no wonder ghebar takes over the point of reference

that Ethiopia used to occupy

to sustain that superior “Eritrean identity”.

** In Tigrinya, ghebar means civilian (someone who did not participate in the armed struggle).

** Tegadalay means Tagay in Amharic (those who were participants of the armed struggle and still carry guns)

What Yosief is saying here is that in the past Eritreans used to feel superior comparing themselves with Ethiopians. Now, after separation since Ethiopia is not in Eritrea, the comparison is between the Tegadalay and the ghebar (who took the lower position of Ethiopia).

Talking about begging and poverty, here are some more stanzas from Yosief.

Famine
======

… keeping Asmara beautiful

Marring the beauty of this city

with her and her children’s presence,

the beggar moved back to her village
to die there quietly

doing her patriotic duty of …

Epiphany during fasting
==================

As the farmer looked at the dusty earth

and up at the clear blue sky,

he suddenly understood:

there is no relating one to the other.

He never prayed thereafter.

Self-colonization
=============

The lepers were so numerous

that the people thought

it would be more economical

to build a colony for the healthy:

Eritrea was conceived.

‘peritrean’, finally, you also claimed:

“Eritrea as we speak has eliminated
Polio
malaria
Life expectancy is 2nd in Africa.”

Suppose for the sake of argument, your claim is true. What is the use of all that, as Eritrea is losing thousands of its children who vote with their feet by escaping to Ethiopia and the Sudan.

The only group of people who are staying put in Eritrea are the Tegedalay, their generals and the old and infirm of the ghebar.The priorities of the EPLF/PFDJ should be to ‘invent’ medicines for diabetes, blood pressure, kidney and liver ailments.

09/13/12 @ 05:06
Comment from: to-marcus [Visitor]
to-marcus

You said,

“Eritrea has little or no resources. The country survives mainly on remittances from Eritreans working abroad and the various taxes imposed on them including the 2% tax.”

Again like i said before keep on beliveing what the western media tell you.

If we are in such bad shape then why would USA, UK and Ethiopia franticaly lobbyed to sanction Eritrea?

You said,

“You are only a blind supporter of Isaias’ government, and you will repeat whatever he says no matter what.

Bro, I don’t know what to tell you but Issays wiped your Ethiopia ass royaly.

But that is not why I admire him. Issyas predicted the fall of Ethiopias army and libration of Eritrea 30 years before.

Now at that time he was only 29years old and did not even have a tank or superpower sponser.

Now that my friend is a MAN. Come on, you have no choise but to admire. He got guts and vision like no other…

you said,

“Even the unemployed are not spared from these taxes. I know that Eritrean Embassies abroad double-up as a tax offices.”

From my experiance this is a lie. You have to pay tax. How do you expect the government to give you service and not pay for it?

You said,

“What is the use of all that, as Eritrea is losing thousands of its children who vote with their feet by escaping to Ethiopia and the Sudan.”

Marcus, Marcus, I don’t know what to tell you. So I am going to give u assignment. If you live in the USA, try to find an “ERITREAN” refugge.

1ST. ask him if he is Eritrean, now I am going to trust you (like a fool Eritrean that I am). Since you told me he is Eritrean you will find out two things

A. he may not be Eritrean

b. he will tell you that almost 60%of so called eritreans are infact Ethiopians.

To be frank with you this was new to mean. However this is an open secret in AIDS ABEBA and in the agamino land.



09/13/12 @ 09:20
Comment from: marcus [Member]  

‘peritrean’ said:

“Again like i said before keep on beliveing what the western media tell you.”

You are telling me that I heard the 2% information from the Western media?

What right does the EPLF/PFDJ has to tax diaspora Eritreans including the unemployed? This is a fact I know to be true beyond a shadow of doubt as I know the system inside out.

“If we are in such bad shape then why would USA, UK and Ethiopia franticaly lobbyed to sanction Eritrea?”

It is because the EPLF/PFDJ government has been doing mischief all around in the neighbourhood: from Somalia to Eastern and South Sudan, Darfur and even smuggling people and weapons further to the North through Sinai to Gaza and Israel. I know this for a fact (do you understand what I mean by this?) and you may also read the various reports of the UN Somalia Monitoring Group.

‘peritrean’ also said:

“Bro, I don’t know what to tell you but Issays wiped your Ethiopia ass royaly”

But you are still a blind supporter. Do you think Isaias is a supernatural being who makes no mistakes at all?

Isaias has done a lot of good things. Coming from behind, he has outsmarted the Muslim and Baa’th oriented ELF.

He outsmarted and outmanoeuvred Osman Saleh Saabe, Ibrahim Afa and Ramadan Mohammed Nur within the EPLF. He has craftily used the Arabs and conned them as he knows that they are the lowest of the low and bad company.

By working together with the TPLF he has kicked the butt of the ELF out of Eritrea into the Sudan. Through his alliance with the TPLF, he organisation was the most feared in the region including the Sudan. Finally, I give him credit for helping defeat the evil and barbaric Derg.

On the other hand, he had committed a lot of mistakes.

Why did Isaias kill the peaceful and non-violent 1970’s ‘Menkae’ group who were inside the EPLF? The ‘Menkae’ were innocent Haile Selassie University students who wanted to generalise the liberation for all oppressed people of Ethiopia?

Why did Isaias sacrifice the ‘Falul’ group who ran away from the Muslim dominated ELF by immediately sending them into the heat of battle on the Massawa front, in the 1970’s, knowing fully well that they will never come back alive?

After 1993, why didn’t he integrate the Eritrean economy with that of Ethiopia? Why was the worthless Nakfa introduced in the first place since it was known that it will create division with Ethiopia? Is it empty pride?

Why was the military negotiating team led by Sebhat Efrem suddenly recalled from Addis Ababa without reaching any agreement? Why did he order his army to attack Ethiopia over the dust bowl land called Badme, when brotherly negotiations were still possible?

Why did he say he can create a mess in Ethiopia from within and put a lot of Eritreans living in Ethiopia open to expulsion? Why did he say that he will not withdraw from Badme “even if the Sun will not rise again”, humiliating the TPLF/EPRDF government?

Finally, why is he helping an assorted group of Somali terrorists against his own ancestral land (it is known that his origins are from Tembien and Adwa) of Ethiopia?

09/13/12 @ 10:34
Comment from: marcus [Member]  

I meant to say:

“What right does the EPLF/PFDJ have to tax diaspora Eritreans including the unemployed?”

09/13/12 @ 10:37
Comment from: to-marcus [Visitor]
to-marcus

I have to make a CORRECTION. 1st yes every Eritrean who wants service from the governmnet MUST pay tax.

2ND. If you can prove that you did not work, you don’t have to pay tax.

Going back to the main point, you said,

“It is because the EPLF/PFDJ government has been doing mischief all around in the neighbourhood: from Somalia to Eastern and South Sudan, Darfur and even smuggling people and weapons further to the North through Sinai to Gaza and Israel. I know this for a fact (do you understand what I mean by this?) and you may also read the various reports of the UN Somalia Monitoring Group.”

Remember the 2OOO Eritrean soldiers in Somalia that meles bragged about.

Remember the anti-aircraft guns the so-called montoring group said were given to al-shabab with fake serial number…but still in Eritreas hand.

Remember Kenya government(puppet) said 3 plane load of arms delivered to al-shabab

Remember the plane that was supposedly used by Eritrea to deliver arms to AL-shabab…later on was found crashed in UGANDA jungle

HELLLO…anybody their….

Listen all you are doing is defend the evil empire,USA, goal of creating ONE WORLD ORDER, a global governement controlled by bankesters…

Please do yourself a favor…read about PENTAGONS, vision 20/20, a plan to dominate humanity…


09/13/12 @ 17:49
Comment from: marcus [Member]  

‘peritrean’, you are just another blind, dumb and deaf cult follower of Isaias Afeworki.

I know for a fact that during G.W. Bush’s declaration of war on terror, the Isaias’ government spent hundreds of thousands US dollars on lobbyists in order to convince the American government to use Eritrea’s ports for army bases. His efforts ran into political complications and he did not succeed.

In 1993(I think), Tesfamichael Giorgio assassinated on his own door step in Addis Ababa. What was the reason? Tesfamichael Giorgio was the governor of the town of Deke Mehare in the 1970’s. Isaias at that time was on the run away from the Muslim dominated criminal ELF and was hiding with Abraham Tewolde and others in the Ala area (a mountainous area near Deke Mehare).

Tesfamichael Giorgio at that time had acted as a go-between between Isaias’ group and CIA station officers at Kagnew station. Tesfamichael knew too much and he also publicly declared that he is going to write his memoirs. In the early 1990’s the EPLF had a free hand in Addis Ababa and in Ethiopia in general. Killing him with no questions asked was a very simple task.

I do not blame Isaias for trying to get help from the Americans in order to counter the massive help the ELF was receiving from the Arabs (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Syria and Iraq, to name but few). It was a very good move. But what makes me angry is when he and the robots that follow him accuse others of being American puppets. What hypocrisy!

Isaias managed to keep a secret for more than 30 years, from 1971 up to now, by covering up and systematically eliminating key figures who knew about the meeting between him and CIA at Kagnew Station.

09/14/12 @ 10:09
Comment from: to marcus [Visitor]
to marcus

Marcus the mucus….

You said,"I know for a fact that during G.W. Bush’s declaration of war on terror, the Isaias’ government spent hundreds of thousands US dollars on lobbyists in order to convince the American government to use Eritrea’s ports for army bases. His efforts ran into political complications and he did not succeed.”

EPIC LIE, EPIC FAIL.

Stop randomly throwing names nobody knows about. Stop telling stories that you want to belive…

Your mucus brain is clogged up. Why don’t you do yourself a favor, go to your local hardware store and rent a vacuum and suck your retarded story out of your mind….

Or go to your local hospital, ICU ROOM and have an EKG done.

TROLL

09/14/12 @ 16:15
Comment from: marcus [Member]  

‘peritrean’,

Do you know the meaning of the word “random"?

09/15/12 @ 06:39
Comment from: yohan [Visitor]
yohan

Professor ha ha ha………..dinkem Obama supporter …. how comes that you support now obama , did you forget he preised PM Meles. what happen now …something is wrong with you

09/16/12 @ 00:27
Comment from: Gebru [Visitor]
Gebru

@ By Alemayehu G. Mariam
Why I am Supporting President Obama’s Re-election ? Here is my answer to you 1st I vote for Democrat this time, because it’s just the lesser of two evil. 2nd: We Ethiopian never forgot president Obama for sending Ms.Susan Rice to attend PM Meleses’ F.Cermoney. 3rd Voting for Rep.Mitt Romeny is like voting for GINBOT-7

09/17/12 @ 07:10
Comment from: Zebulun Wolde Selassie [Visitor]
Zebulun Wolde Selassie

Today’s Democratic party is what the Republicans used to be 30 years ago, and the Republican party has become the Corporate Fascist Party of America. The best candidate for US president, on the ballot in most states and able to be written in in the states where her name does not appear, is Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party. Only she, of all candidates, would have the integrity to withstand the pressure of the corporate globalists and their military-industrialist marketing techniques. But of course, you say, she can’t win. And Americans like backing a winner. So vote for Obama as the slightly lesser of two evils if you want to, but poor people and poor nations will continue to suffer, and the drone attacks will continue, and the NDAA will continue, etc. America needs an uprising like the Arab spring, only bigger. Here’s to someday knowing that war has perished from the earth. I for one cherish that “unrealistic” hope, and will continue to do so until I draw my last breath.

09/18/12 @ 14:05

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