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Federalism or Internal Colonialism-the Ethiopian situation



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Federalism or Internal Colonialism-the Ethiopian situation

Federalism or Internal Colonialism-the Ethiopian situation

By Yilma Bekele

"The tragic reality of today is reflected in the true plight of our spiritual existence. We are spineless and cannot stand straight." Ai Weiwei - Chinese dissident.

As a concept there is nothing wrong with Federalism as a system of government. There are plenty of examples of such arrangement like as in the USA, Canada, Germany, Mexico and India among others where it has shown to work. That is the system TPLF under Meles and company told the Ethiopian people that they are attempting to construct. It has been over twenty years now since the work has started and the question in front of us is, how is it going?
How is Federalism working in our country? I will tell you about a specific powerful institution in Ethiopian and you the reader, be the judge. The governmental body I have in mind is one of the most important and key sector of our economy and it is currently named Ethio Telecom. Here is a brief description of the history of the telephone in Ethiopia.

The first telegraph line was between Harar and Addis Abeba in 1889. Emperor Haile Sellasie established the Imperial Board of Telecommunications of Ethiopia in 1952. Derge reorganized it as Ethiopian Telecommunication Service and later on as Ethiopian Telecommunications Authority (ETA) in 1976 and 1981. In 1996 TPLF replaced that with Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation. It was born again as Ethio Telecom in 1910. The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation is the oldest Public Telecommunications Operator (PTO) in Africa. (

In our country Ethiopia the Federal Government owns the country including resources, land and most of the vital economy. Communication tools such as television, radio, telephone and Internet are fully owned and operated by the Federal Government. The Ethiopian government is the number one employee in the country. Controlling all this assets give the Federal Government total power on every aspect of the people and country. For the Woyane regime Ethio Telecom is a weapon to amass large amount of money, spy, control, create anxiety and bully the citizen. How TPLF was able to control ETC is the story of what happened to our country. The group known to us as TPLF organized as an ethnic based party took over the political, economic, security sectors of the country called Ethiopia in a very systematic and deliberate way. This assertion can be proved in more ways than one cares to count. Please read Ginbot7 publication on the domination of the military by Tigrean ethnic group. (

Ethio Telecom is another key sector of the economy and a very powerful weapon that was targeted by TPLF for complete take over. How they were able to do that is the history of what happened to the rest of the country. Ethio Telecom encompasses the trial and tribulations of our country and people. In my opinion Ethio Telecom is where Weyane’s star shined.

It took TPLF for years (1991 -1995) to figure out the inner workings of such a large and old organization. In 1996 they restructured it as a Corporation and were able to get rid of ‘trouble makers’ and install their own people in key positions. Its importance did not manifest until around 2000 with the advent of the World Wide Web. Before that TPLF was content collecting spare change. The Internet changed the whole ball game. Communication became the driving force of change. As a totalitarian regime highly motivated to control the flow of information the TPLF saw the dangers of unrestricted access to information and knowledge.

In 2010 Ethio Telecom emerged. The birth of Ethio Telecom was a painful moment in the history of our country. People were played upon, dangled around, set against each other and humiliated. Such a powerful and modern organization in the life of our country was made to look like a failed and useless outfit. The twelve thousand strong body was completely dismantled by the TPLF. Guess who was in charge of this tragedy. None other than current Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Debretsion. He was the architect and enforcer of this desecration of an Ethiopian home grown building block.

To avoid doing the dirty job TPLF gave management services to a subsidiary of French Telecom – Orange (telecommunications). Orange is a third rate multi- national corporation and an easy prey for TPLF to push around. Without input from the workers, without consulting those affected Orange and the TPLF Politburo said ‘we got a deal you cannot refuse.’ They created five categories named N1-N5. N1 included the French team and Ethiopian management personnel. Over half of the twelve thousand employees were dumped on the road side. There was no explanation, no discussion and no review. One of those that was found to be superfluous was the head of the Union Ato Adisse Bore. You see the beauty of Woyane justice? There was no one left to speak for the workers! You can tell the whole idea was nothing but a naked assault on our people when you see that among the personnel the new organization is purported to keep the list included some dead and some on exile. This is how Ethio Telecom was born.

Why do you think Ethio Telecom is a prized asset of the minority TPLF regime? It is because communications is the key to the future. The media opens our eyes to situations and places we will not even dream of. The media is the first causality of a repressive regime. Do you notice the first target of any coup d’état is the control of the radio and television transmission sites? Ethio Telecom is the gate keeper. Ethio Telecom sustains the dictatorship.
Thus they got rid of half of the employees of ETC and made it in their own image. They trained a few, they imported a few of their own from the Diaspora and they either blackmailed or bought the rest. Today Ethio Telecom is a cash cow to the dictatorship and a very powerful security apparatus to safeguard a few while abusing the many. Here is the composition of the N 1 Group managing the enterprise they established.

Please let us keep it real here. This is not some one’s imagination gone haywire, nor a just made up figure. It is real and we treat it as such until proven otherwise. Is this what federalism is all about? Ethnicity is the corner stone of Woyane rule. The above chart is based on Woyanes’ own classification of our people.
This investigative study at its best came out two weeks ago. Fellow Ethiopians took time and effort to find and compile such information so we can have a clear view of the actual situation in our homeland. As they say talk is cheap but facts speak for themselves. After all is said and done the above picture does not lie. It is based on the TPLF’s definition of who is who in today’s Ethiopia.

Why do you think the TPLF regime under Debretsion finds communications important enough to control as a monopoly? It is because communications is the key. Leaders like Meles and now Debretsion are aware of the value of information. They are spin doctors. When it comes to a closed society like ours they make sure they are the only source of information. Our country Ethiopia is the last in any measure of technological advancement, why do you think that is so? They don’t allow it, they don’t foster it, and they don’t encourage it because the more we know the less we think of them.

The Federalism TPLF is building in our country is Apartheid. In the former South Africa the 9.6% white ruled over the 79% black population. In Ethiopia, today the 6.1% from Tigrai region are dominating the economic political and military life of the country. This is a very difficult statement to make and it is a very ugly thought to cross one’s mind. But it is also unfair and being a coward not to face reality. The situation in the military, the situation in Ethio Telecom is not something to ignore. It did not happen by accident. The TPLF party in a deliberate and callous manner created this Apartheid system in our country. The above pie chart showed the so called N 1 group in higher management what do you think N 2 looks like?

Knowledge is power. Knowing what the TPLF party is doing to our country and people helps us realize the problem, discuss the ramifications if left to continue and find a lasting solution so we can all move forward as one people. Uncovering such crime is not ethnic bating. Discussing such unfair and ugly reality is not hating on individuals or groups. It is real and it has to be dealt with. Dr. Debretsion and his friends have to answer why there is such naked discrepancy in the organization they are entrusted to administer in the name of the people. They have to explain to us the people why there are more from their own ethnic group in position of real power and influence than the rest. Is it because they couldn’t find a Gambelan, a Sidama, a Kenbatan, an Oromo or an Amhara to fill such slots? If there is a reasonable explanation we are all ears but changing the subject or accusing one of ethnic bating is not the way to go.

Now they have inserted their own people in key positions what do you think they are doing with the new and improved Ethio Telecom? Are they using it to connect the country, use the new found digital technology to jump start our economy and education system and usher an era of peace and prosperity? I am afraid a mind that relies on ethnicity and village mentality to get ahead cannot be expected to soar like an eagle but slither like a snake biting all that crosses its path. That is exactly what Ethio Telecom is, a venomous snake attacking our people and country every chance it gets. Check out our double digit growing economy.

Country Population Mobile Phone Internet users %population
Ethiopia 90 M 18 Million 960,000 1.1
Kenya 43 M 28.08 Million 12 Million 28
Ghana 24.6 M 21.1 Million 3.5 Million 14.1
Sudan 34.2 M 25 Million 6.4 Million 19

It is clear the regime is not interested in using the new technology to help our country join the community of nations. No question ethnic mentality and government monopoly stifles innovation, kills individual initiative and keeps our people in darkness. Here is a finding by Reporters Without Borders (RWB).
“Ethiopia’s only ISP, State owned Ethio Telecom has just installed a system for blocking access to the Tor network, which lets users browse anonymously and access blocked websites. In order to achieve such selective blocking Ethio Telecom must be using Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) an advanced network filtering system.”

Think about it, the ruling junta is willing to invest such huge amounts of money to spy on its citizens instead of using the money to wire schools and libraries. They use Chines technology to block any and all Internet, radio and our ESAT news broadcast. The few decide what is good for the many. It is not healthy. It does not end well. We have seen what a single ethnic domination does to people and country. Rwanda was just yesterday and South Africa will suffer the legacy of Apartheid for decades to come. The current arrangement in our country will not ensure a strong and vibrant Ethiopia where her children will prosper under one roof but rather a weak and divided Ethiopia that one day will fall prey to outsiders that will exploit the division.

At the beginning of this article I quoted the Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei speaking about the character of his people suffering under the totalitarian system. We in Ethiopia should know exactly what he is talking about. Under the weight of TPLF abuse we harbor deep seated animosity towards each other, instead of fighting the common enemy we point fingers at each other. There is no association, organization club where we Ethiopians relate to each other with respect and dignity. Our political organizations have become places of division. Even our church is not immune from this sickness. We see our Muslim brother resisting and we learn the power of steadfastness and unity of purpose. That is one group of citizen with anti Woyane virus shot.

One fact that should be made clear is that the TPLF party is not practicing this criminal behavior all by itself. We have to look at the enablers that grease the wheels to hurt our own people and destroy our country. Those Amharas’, Oromos’, Wolaitas’, Tigreans’, Hararis’ and others in position marginal power and the willing Diaspora that invests on stolen land and fake buildings are part of this national degraedation. What are going to tell your children when Ethiopia becomes another Somalia, the future Iraq or a dying Syria? When they ask you why didn’t you do something daddy or mommy how are you going to answer? You cannot say I did not know because that would be a lie. You cannot claim I tried because that would not be true. No one would say I did not stand up straight because I am spineless. When you go to sleep tonight think about it, please?


Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]

Yet again another article that make TPLFs and woyanes like Addis Zefzef cry out and beg Ethiopians to not pay attention to reality.

The stage is open for debating Shabian! Go ahead make our day!!!


01/30/13 @ 18:59
Comment from: [Member]

“Internal colonialism” ????
Is this a new english word? In which English dictionary?
COLONIALISM, according to a well known English dictionary, means, when a strong country invade a weaker country, occupy it for the purpose of exploiting resources to enrich the stronger country.
What in the hell is internal colonialism? What has it to do with federalism?
This writer must be confused or is trying to make his ginbot7 point with his usual deliberate act of deceit.
He said, there is nothing wrong with federal govt system, and gave us some example of countries with federal govt system, the likes of America, Canada, and Germany, etc… aproving Federalism!
Then he starts complaining about Ethiopian Federal govt owning everything, especially Ethio-telecom. Before we try to understand what exactly his point was, alas, the usual the FOOLS & IDIOTS of diaspora favorite song, ‘THE WOYANE REGIME’, escaped out of his mouth.
What a fiasco! Just a waste of time to anyone who cares to read this garbage.

01/30/13 @ 19:23
Comment from: Ahun [Visitor]


Years are trampling on you, making you lose not only your senses, but may be your hair (if you have any) your teeth, your hearing, your eyesight….What you will have left is your screed, screech, cry and bull crap….There is a new generation that has no value what so ever for anything you have to say, tsk tsk tsk…miski….n.

Your world will go by before your eyes, without having no impact and significance, and that is good for the world. Even though, you are very toxic, when you are alive, when you eventually perish, than is when you’ll be useful. As a mildly enriching fertilizer.

01/30/13 @ 21:05
Comment from: ejole bishoftu [Visitor]
ejole bishoftu

Mr Yilma,

“In Ethiopia, today the 6.1% from Tigrai region are dominating the economic political and military life of the country”

I think you did a big mistake when you say 6.1% of tigray people rules the country.You think TPLF represents all the poor people and many genuine tigray.You are doing same mistake as TPLF is doing.It is obvious TPLF thinks only tigreans are more trusted but this does not mean people of tigray do same or the reverse is true.Do not be zeregna as TPLF.

However,i agree with most of ur article.

01/30/13 @ 22:46
Comment from: tigraway [Visitor]

Yilma, take a breath and see where Ethiopia is right now than it was under ur Tigrai haters (including you)

you said colonialism, are you saying we Tigrayans are not Ethiopians?

instead writhing rubish here pls read history and wake up from ur sleep and do somthing for ur country, dont be ciber hiro time is

01/30/13 @ 22:51
Comment from: Yonas [Visitor]

What a pathetic display of ignorance and stupidity. What kind of school did you go or you are just a high school drop out. Stop watching Fox television or you took class from the stupid professor almariam. May be consider to read books or watch more Public Television but don’t be lazy and expand your knowledge.

01/30/13 @ 23:01
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Adgi ,Ethno Minority Colonialism System has been institued in the country by your Amice-Agazi bros in the name of Federalism .Whatever your silly argument you can not refer a single Article on the US ,German ,Canadian even Indian Constitutions permiting the desintegration of their Nations as TPLF masterminded Article 39 .The contardictions of your Looter Bros in power that they are dailly violating their own constitutions and Laws ,they talk of the rights of the peoples for self determination
and secession while they are accusing Secessionist movements as Terrorist Groups ,they are instituing Liberal Economic System while “MONOPOLOSING” the whole economic activities ,they did instaure a multy partis system by finally persecuting and imprisoning opposition’s leaders and Human Right Activists .In the Name of the Articles garanteing Freedom of Write and Speech FREE PRESS JOURNALISTS are strowen in prison or
obliged to live in exile .Brainwashed by their Ethno Ideology of Hates of Tigre Power and
never abandoning the Defunt Albanian Stalinists Ideology of a one man and a single parti dictatorship ,these bandits shall never leave the power Democratically in a peaceful way and civilised manner .YE AGAZI AKATTARRI AMICE LEFFAFFI BANDA !!!!

01/31/13 @ 00:10
Comment from: Ts [Visitor]

Basically I just accessed the data supported evidence. it is sad to see such bias by TPLF against others Ethnicity. I have been convincing myself that the gov’t gives equal opportunity of employment and education to all citizen. But the employment opportunity for Oromo, Amhara, and Tigrie in that cooperation at managerial level is in ascending order while the number of population in the country is in the reverse orders. From this data, it is to conclude that either from the beginning, an educational opportunity favored Tigrie to more qualify this ethnicity, or despite all ethnicity are skillful for the post, the government simply preferred to employ Tigrie. This will not give stability!!

The second point you raised about free access to information. There is no such philosophy. There are information that can be freely available but it depends and have its own reason!

The third points is about foreign investors. Government had a reason to contract out any business, mainly if citizen cannot run the investments nor government can it. Do we believe that government cannot run that lucrative business? Unbelievable! This is another critical instability. Shame, shame!!!!!!!

01/31/13 @ 05:05
Comment from: Heny [Visitor]

This man is so ugly, repulsive look both from OUT and inside. melketifuw Yilma, min yilma neh ante yitfa neh enji. All you said about the people of Tigray is altogether false. I am happy though to attribute such an earth shaking power to the people of Tigray. kizenam. yihn kizenhn yastetah hizb ahun endih smun statefaw aygermm. Fandya

01/31/13 @ 05:38
Comment from: Nenewe [Visitor]

Ato Yilma,

I’ve been thinking about it. I agree with your assessment of TPLF’s domination of the political, economic,and social life of Ethiopia. These are facts and the reality on the ground back them up.

Only people who are under the payroll of TPLf deny or prefer to look the other way.

No wonder the gov’t is cracking up over its inability to control Esat and other internet sites who enable us to frely express our opinions.

01/31/13 @ 07:17
Comment from: Tarid [Visitor]

Trash propaganda!!!According to Yilma,the top person in ministry of Communication is Tigre so that we are internally colonized by Tigre. Minstry of education is Amhara so we are colonized by Amhara.Ministry of Trade and the prime miniser himself is from south so we are internally colonized by south nation/nationality.This is what the above article says.

01/31/13 @ 08:05
Comment from: Tefera [Visitor]

lets be honest if inserting your own people in government positions is apartheid and colonialism then one can say ethiopia was under amara apratheid and colonialism for the past hundred years. even those none amaras had to assimilate and take amaras name to rise up and to succeed..but that is some thing the likes of yilma would never say. the fact is out of the 5million tigrians over 90% live in misery like their counter part, unlike south africa whites, so how is that apartheid. i hope pr. AL is reading this and taking notes. people like this former abyot tebaki are a complete turn off.

01/31/13 @ 10:22
Comment from: Ts [Visitor]

You put one here and there but this don’t represent the key areas. If necessary, you criminalize an Oromo educated and experienced intellects into jails. You hunt Oromo students from University. This is not only lack of responsibility but it will create irreversible chaos.

01/31/13 @ 10:25
Comment from: Loongalee [Visitor]

Tefera, you are right. Yilma, why didn’t you say a word when the whole people in Ethiopia was enslved, oppressed and ruled by the Amhara for so many years? I think that country is on the right track with federalism.

Amharas in the country have accepted the federation. There is no armed struggle to cancel it. Why don’t you go back and start armed struggle to dismantle federalism rather than spitting fire from your hideout?

01/31/13 @ 11:48
Comment from: Yirga [Visitor]

የትግራይ ህዝብ ሆይ፥
በኣንተ ላይ የጥላቻ ዘመቻ ሲዘመት ይህ ለመጀመሪያ ኣይደለም፥፥ የጥንቱን ትተን እንኩዋ በቅርቡ የደርጉ ቁንጮ መንግስቱ ኃ/ማርያም የኢትዮጵያ ችግር ሁሉ መሰረቱ ይኸው ክልል ነው ብሎ ኣውጆም አልነበረም? ራሱ አይሆኑ ሆኖ የሽንፈት ማቅ እንዲህ ሊለብስ::
የእዚሁ ዘረኛና ጠባብ አስተሳሰብ አመንጪዎች ሰሞኑን ያመጡት ፈሊጥ ደግሞ አንድ ሰው ከትግራይ ከሆነ ሃብት ማፍራት ፥ በመንግስት ቦታ መቀመጥ አይችለም:: ከተቀመጠም በጉቦ፥በአድልዎ ነው የሚል ነው:: ለነገሩ እንኳን ሃብትና ንብረት አፍርቶ ምንም ሳይኖራቸውስ የትግራይ ልጆች ከያሉበት እየተፈለጉ በኢንተርኔት ሳቢያ ቁም ስቅል እያዩ አይደለምን? ለዚህ ማሳያው ጉዕሽ አበራ የተባለ የትግራይ ልጅ ላይ በአሜሪካ ሊገድለኝ ሞክሯል በሚል ተጨባጭነት በሌለው ምክንያት የተደረገው ደባ በቂ ማስረጃ ነው::
እዚህ ላይ ማሰተዋል የሚገባህ ይህን የሚያደርጉት በአንኮበራዊ አስተሳሰብ የተጠመቁ ጥቂቶች የትኛውንም ብሄር የማይውክሉና በአሁንዋ ኢትዮጵያ መሰረታቸው የተመናመነ መሆኑን ነው፥፥ እንጂማ አንተና ሌላው የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ በታሪክ፥ በባህል፥ በማንነት ከኣንድ ግንድ የመጣን ህዝቦች አይደለንምን፧ የእዚሁ ዘረኛና ጠባብ አስተሳሰብ አመንጪዎች በ1880ዎቹ ሳያንሰራሩ በፊት በታሪካችን የኣካባቢ እንጂ የዘር ችግር የሚባል እንዳልነበረ ታሪክ ያስረዳናል:
ስለሆነም ሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዊ በእነዚህ ከፋፋዮች አማካኝነት በአንድ ብሄር ተወላጆች ላይ የሚደረገውን ይህን ዘመቻ ነግ በኔ በማለት ሊቋቋመው ይገባል:: አመጸኞች ዛሬ በትግራይ ልጆች ላይ ያነሱት ጦር የስልጣን ፍላጎታቸውን ለመወጣት ዋናው መሰናክል ይኸው ወገናችን ነው ብለው ስለሚያምኑ ነው:: ዛሬ በዘር የሚያመካኙት ነገ ደግሞ የስልጣን የማግኛ መሰናክል ነው የሚሉት ሌላ ሃይል ቢሆን ቋንቋቸውን ቀይረው ብቅ ማለታቸው አይቀርም:: የዚህ ሁሉ ችግር መነጩ በራስ ሃብትና ጥረት የመበለጸግ አስተሳሰብና ልምድ ማነስ እንደሆነ ግን ሊነገራቸው ይገባል::

01/31/13 @ 12:44
Comment from: gudfela [Visitor]

Can you imagine allowing the French to take over and making the rest of Ethiopians jobless> That is my concern. I think TPLFites are cowards and have no confidence even to train their people to over seas as Haile Selassie used to do and they come back improve even if they are pro ethnic. But they are totally at the mercy of foreingers by appoining French instead of ethiopians. It is colonization because the Friench are not training and leaving they are there to stay keeping guard if TPLF is ok. We will see when U.S says ok enough then you have no one to turn to excpet Shaiba and even you have damaged your relationship with them. Addis Zemen i think you are one of the appointed in high position. It is colonization. Westerners and Arabs definitely have made TPLF to worship them and everything they are dependent on them to their survival. When you are fighting TPLF, they know that you have to fight the powerful foreingers as well. So they are in safe hands until their next move.

01/31/13 @ 12:46
Comment from: ፊታውራሪ Free [Member]

tefera, trying to justify one wrong with another wrong is stupid, but in trying so, you have tacitly admitted that Woyane is simply a substitute to Derg. The political system woyane’s have adopted demands a fair and equitable division of power and resource amongst all ethnic groups in the country. In a breach of their adopted political philosophy, TPLF has fully controlled all the powerful and highly important posts within Tele and the military. Give us something else that can refute the FACT presented by the writer instead of dwelling on the past to defend the indefensible. All Ato Yilma is asking is for Woyanes to respect the guiding principles of their own ethnic federalism, which by the way very different from the federal political systems we know in Canada, US of America and Germany. It is simple, in today’s Ethiopia the political elite from tigray, who are strangely the strongest proponents of ethnic federalism, fully control the political and security powers, the economy and even religious institutes in the country. How can you justify that?

01/31/13 @ 13:47
Comment from: [Member]


You’re a typical example of the FOOLS & IDIOTS of the diaspora losers, who bring new words and accusations out of their a**, whenever they want to justfy their lamentation.
One thing you keep in mind, that the diaspora losers politics consists of jealousy and hatred, and only based on those fundamental criterion, nothing else.
If whatever is done by our govt these days was in your watch, I’m sure you would be glorifying it. But, alas, it is in somebody’s watch. Somebody you bitterly despise and hate. You will never swallow that bitter pill called reality.
Instead, That is why you create every kinds of words or systems with yor liking to demonize our govt, as long as it satisfies your broken ego.

01/31/13 @ 14:22
Comment from: HagereEthiopia [Visitor]

Hahaha… AZ, you know what Internal Colonliaizm refers to.

When a MINORITY ethnic group holds power and subjugates the rest in a divide and rule hate based Ethnic Federalism, then it IS INTERNAL COLONIALISM. in short AZ, it is TPLF. It includes economic, military political power etc… the concentration of it by the Tigre ethnic group in Ethiopia. Is that clear enough for you? The only problem here is resentment towards that minority group may lead to ethnic violence.. what usually is defined as “GENOCIDE.”

Why did this dude mention ETA? Because the first step to a minority rule is, to make sure the nation is divided not only on ethnic lines but lack of information based on no national language. You/tplf teaches Ethiopians to depend on their OWN ethnic language.. “We do not need a national language.. Amharic is the AMHARA NEFTEGNA language you do not have to learn it..” Some thing to that effect and the uninformed taking that at face value, goes further and realizes his/her ethnic group must not allow others in to its ethnic circle. Of course when people can not communicate, the minority rule continues with its abuse. Much like Tplf.

addis zemen [Visitor]
“Internal colonialism” ????
Is this a new english word? In which English dictionary?
***No dude, you need to read more.

He said, there is nothing wrong with federal govt system, and gave us some example of countries with federal govt system, the likes of America, Canada, and Germany, etc… aproving Federalism!
*** Of course these nations do not divide on ethnic borders, they have ethnic harmony more or less.. have a national language and are free to elect, their govt is not ethnically based like Tplf etc…

I’m sure you know what he is talking about. You are just doing your job of mawenabed.

01/31/13 @ 14:51
Comment from: ፊታውራሪ Free [Member]

AZ, only the brightest can create new words or vocabularies and phrases to fully, clearly and precisely express the situation in their environment. Compare that with the truest Fools and Idiots of the Dedebit hoodlums who can’t even grasp the teachings of their own political ideology and parrot what they are told by their bosses. That is you. Languages are open for growth and expansion. For instance, with the arrival of revolutionary ideas in Ethiopia, the so called ‘ya tiwuld’ has created the word Abyot in Amharic. Perhaps, we should create a new word to describe the incredibly unfair distribution of power and wealth in the country today which the writer has called ‘internal colonialism’. That describes tplf’s political agenda of enriching itself and its tribal cronies through oppression, ethnic and religious division, treason, murder, torture and the pillaging of the resource from the federal or regional states of the country. That is a political system what colonial Italy had in mind when her fascistic army arrived in our country. Be a living and thinking man once in your virtual existence at this website and directly address the issue, which in this case the prevalence of ethnic Tigre favoritism within the security apparatus and Ethio telecom among many. Most, if not all, of the critical positions in tele and the military are held by ethnic Tigres. As a federalist eprdf cadre, that should concern you more than the phrases used to describe it.

01/31/13 @ 15:13
Comment from: guta [Visitor]

Do you deny what the writer presented figures/illustrations? Can you tell us how many Amharas, how many oromos, how many Somali, how many french nationals, how many Tigres are working in the Ethio Telecom management? If you have different figure from what the writer presented, please share it, otherwise you wouldn`t be convincing any one by throwing insult words. Support your stance with facts.

01/31/13 @ 15:33
Comment from: guta [Visitor]

Addis Zemen[visitor]
Do you deny what the writer presented figures/illustrations? Can you tell us how many Amharas, how many oromos, how many Somali, how many french nationals, how many Tigres are working in the Ethio Telecom management? If you have different figure from what the writer presented, please share it, otherwise you wouldn`t be convincing any one by throwing insult words. Support your stance with facts.

01/31/13 @ 15:35
Comment from: [Member]


That’s exactly what I’m saying. For you losers everything is seen through one ethnic group being favored or as you wish to call it a woyane regime.
But for the majority of Ethiopians back home, they’re enjoying the equality, the freedom, democratic system [whether perfect or not, a good start] and the stablity and peaceful existance based on mutual respect of all people of Ethiopia, regardless of their different language, religion, ethnicity etc.., ALL FOR ONE {Ethiopia}, ONE {Ethiopia} FOR ALL.

01/31/13 @ 15:36
Comment from: John [Visitor]

As i read through this article and the comments below, it got me thinking that how polarized we Ethiopian have become over the years. As often we say “You are entitled to your opinion” does not seem to work in this forum. The writer of this article presented a few logical or illogical arguments before us. Therefore as a respected and literate individual, we should try to discuss and challenge his findings, without any form of insult. That is the only way we can improve our country, through many discussions and ideas that gets born, we can try to influence our political system. i would also like to mention, that no modern civilized and democratic country such as Canada or the USA, are free of criticism regardless or your political party affiliate.
As for the content of the Article, i would like to comment that the findings of which the ruling government controls most of the major profitable companies, including Ethio Telecom, sound reasonable correct assessment. And also the writer assumed that majority of key positions in the federal government employee are of origins Tigrean ethnic group in which in my opinion and in the majority of public’s eye seem to be true.. Finally, I would like to comment that the writer also should not generalize that all Tigrean ethnic group are benefiting from TPLF as its not entirely true. Thus i would invite those Ethiopian Tigrean, to speak against any of wrong doing of the ruling government, since it does not represent them fully.

01/31/13 @ 16:17
Comment from: ፊታውራሪ Free [Member]

AZ, How do you explain the discrimination of non Tigre Ethiopians in the military’s leadership positions? For instance, more than 90 percent of the generals in the military are from Tigray, which is totally unacceptable as far as i’m concerned. True or False? If you don’t deny it, how do you explain and justify it then? Please, answer that question directly.

01/31/13 @ 16:25
Comment from: Dariw [Visitor]

Low level propaganda from G7 member.The funny thing is he quoted G7 website as reference.

01/31/13 @ 16:25
Comment from: [Member]

Well, well, well, could this article be part of that campain by some foreign orgs, who were trying to force the Ethiopian govt open certain sectors especially telecom the lucrative business, so that they can exploite and manipulate freely? Who knows, diaspora writers have become a desperate, hopeless sold out bandas for crumbs. What a disgrace!

01/31/13 @ 16:33
Comment from: [Member]


Come on dude, our govt doesn’t function by quota, ie, a certain number of people from this tribe or so.
Each job is given according to your experience and qualification. Especially, in the military, you need to have a well respected, experienced, and quallified leader to lead the troop. In that catagory, happen to be some Tigreans as well as others in the top position. You cannot hire someone who doesn’t have the much needed leadership skill just for the sake of filling a certain quota you’re suggesting here.
Who ever he is or whatever ethinicity they have, you need to have a quallified person for certain position. That’s how Ethiopian govt functions these days.
For you people, who grew up in a favoritism soceity where a certain ethnic group only entitled to rule with a God given right and no question asked, this is odd for you and hard to accept it. We understand dude!!

01/31/13 @ 16:48
Comment from: ETHIO.VISTOR [Visitor]

ALL U LEBA-WONBED-TIGRES denying evrything,while ur’s LEBA MOTHR AND FATHER emptying the country as we speak. ur’s locust infeasted, ROCKY-BANANA-REPUBLIC land is shit with out the rest of ethiopia. FAKOFF! idiots!

01/31/13 @ 16:57
Comment from: Tefera [Visitor]

Free so you actually believe ethiopia was under amara apartheid and colony. Well that is news to me, but i disagree! and i am pretty sure this illitrate hypocrite wont even entertain the idea that claims amaras have colonized their own people. that is all i am saying. But for the record, i am not by any means justifying the current practice of tplf led government where it favors few tigrians and yes we should all stand against it the SAME way we did with the past.
P.S. please next time don’t twist my word.

01/31/13 @ 17:09
Comment from: ፊታውራሪ Free [Member]

Az, appointment by quota but not merit is what ethnic federalism as it is implemented in Ethiopia obsessively demands. Woyane even went as far as illegally appointing three deputy prime ministers to satisfy that obsessive need which shows how impatient and power hungry the political elites of the Tigres are today when it comes to protecting their criminal and unfair political and economical interests. Equitable and fair representation of all ethnic groups is the philosophical hallmarks of ethnic federalism. That means, the system does not allow the overwhelming qualification of one ethnic group for certain government positions; not in the security apparatus or the military or the socioeconomic and political life of the country. At every level, the participation of citizens and the distribution of power must reflect the proportion of each ethnic group in the union. The system, ethnic federalism, ought to create and protect that kind of political, social and economical reality in the country. That is true in the parliament and the lower levels of the military for instance. The majority of our armed forces personnel are from the amara and oromo ethnic backgrounds. When you start looking at the top positions however, tigres are overwhelmingly everywhere. That of course does not reflect nor represent the political philosophy of the ruling party, the ethnic proportion of the country, the political, social, economical and military participation and contribution of the ethnic based regions and people in the federal republic. In other word, there are more amara and oromo qualified and experienced military officers and soldiers than tigres in the country. There are more engineers, doctors, financiers, accountants, economists and other qualified and experienced professional oromos and amaras than tigres in the country. How in the world then we have almost only tigres within ethio telecom and the military leaderships? In a democratic system that favors and rewards merit, such a phenomenon will be considered a strange anomaly that must be corrected, but in ethnic federalism that is considered a criminal and systematic discrimination of certain ethnic groups to sustain the hegemony of an oppressive rule for the benefit of the very few. In other word, what woyane practicing in Ethiopia today is simply an apartheid.

Tefera, it is good we are in agreement on the main and central issue here, but i fail to see where i twisted your words. I did not mention the existence of amara apartheid in the Ethiopian history either. so, i don’t see the need for us to dwell on it.

01/31/13 @ 17:40
Comment from: Ts [Visitor]

@Addis Zemene
Acting as if TPLF!
So other ethnic group deserve death for having higher military position?
What is the speciality of Tigrie in military position? Why other ethnicity are not experienced? Why other ethnicity wasn’t given education opportunity for that position?

Solution: tell to give equal opportunity for all ethnicity.

01/31/13 @ 17:42
Comment from: Fact [Visitor]

Ethiopia was having two military groups namely Dergue and EPRDF force prior to 1983 .They fought and the latter defeated the former and dismantled it for political reason.Because of this up to 1989 all of Ethiopian armies were from EPRDF especially from TPLF. This is not done purposely rather the situation on ground created it.After 1989 this ratio is changed from time to time.In 2011,300 Senior officials of EPRDF army were retired and substituted by officers from different regions.Still TPLF officers are greater in number but decreasing at alarming rate.
In new Federal system all regions are fully administered by people of the region.
In federal ministerial position people are assigned mainly by merit as AZ stated above.

01/31/13 @ 18:49
Comment from: Shewarega [Visitor]

Mr Fact,

Let me lay a few facts for you.

First, TPLF is a non Ethiopian secessionist organization created to seceed Tigray from Ethiopia. It has nothing to do with Ethiopia whatsoever. EPLF to seceed Eritrea, TPLF to seceed Tigray. The difference between the two is that EPLF did not lie. It seceeded Eritrea, it also did not take one inch of land from Afar, Wello, Tigray, Semien, and Gondar. On the contrary TPLF was not only a secessionist organization, but deliberately sought for an expansion of Tigray at the cost of other Ethiopians. Enter, the “Alewuha River fairytale.” As soon as it arrived at Addis, TPLF swallowed blind a third of Gondar and a fifth of Wello into Tigray. That my friend millions of yet to be born Ethiopians will pay for in blood. By whose authority was that done? Were the people of Semien/Wolkkait Tegede asked about it? How can one call itself an Ethiopian when acting from day one as a foreign occupier?

Second, you can talk about your “new Federal system” a million times as a do gooder, but the overwhelming majority of Ethiopians know it very well that it was imposed to divide Ethiopians, kefafeleh gezachew, kefafeleh zerefachew. Just as it was done in South Africa under apartheid, or in Ethiopia under Mussolini. If you think you can tell me my home, my land, Shewa does not exist after a thousand years, and you think Tigray will do so for eternity, I would suggest you need to get your head examined. Nothing, nothing, nothing will stop it from being Shewa. You can divide it, you can call it ye ene Oromo zone, ye ene Amara zone, ye ene Guraghe zone, you can even call it ye ene Adigrat zone, Shewanetun manem manem manem leyaskkerew ayechelem. You can divide Germany, you can bomb it, you can call it names (ttelashet mekkebat malet new), you can loot it, but its too important, its at the center of Europe, it always rises ten a thousand fold. Even it is the one that carries, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, and Greek on its back. Gerbaw eskellatte malet new.

So, my dear, don’t listen too much ETV. That is not how Ethiopians feel, the truth is still out there. They have shown it on MAY 08,2005. The single time they were allowed to show their true feeling. Never forget that SEA OF HUMANITY.

01/31/13 @ 23:34
Comment from: Asfaw [Visitor]

It’s not a nuclear science this Wonbedes even here in the website are ganging up to defend and argue for their ethnic apartheid group. It’s not only the Telecom that surprise me almost every industry is controlled deep inside by those guys. Efort a conglomerate that acquires all the land sell, all industries development including services and export and imports, mining , foreign investments , foreign contracts mainly with china and korea and kick backs, all controlled by 5000,000 milion maggots tigres. And yes all blindly support their band wagon.

Ejole bishoftu don’t be fool.

01/31/13 @ 23:51
Comment from: Fact [Visitor]

Ato Shewarega
During Majesty Haile Selassie time most of Tigray regions are snatched and included in to different Tekelay gizat mainly to weaken Tigraye since Tigray was political power rivalry for long time.Let me give you example from the place I know well. KOREM is a small city in southern Tigray was taken by majesty Haile Selassie and included in to Wello under pretext of administration. This is not a long time history if you are interested you can confirm from aged korem people.After 1983 Korem restored to Tigray .
The other thing is political party agenda is not dogma so it will be changed with situation.Two decades ago OLF was secessionist organization but now most of OLF founders and prominent leaders including Dima Nego and Lencho leta are requesting political power instead of secession.This is due to the fact that most of OLF request such as self governance, using oromigna as official language in the region and others are addressed by the current government.

02/01/13 @ 02:52
Comment from: The Bottom Line [Visitor]
The Bottom Line

Is there anyone that chose to be Tigre, Amahara, Guraghe, Oromo, etc. or the mix of all that??? Is there anyone that chose the country he or she was born? Is there anyone out there that chose his or her parents??? Is there anyone that chose the colur of the skin or hair??? NOBODY!!! so identity politics is Racisim. Identity politics is Tribalism. Identity politics is Apartheid. Racism, Tribalism and Apartheid are all cruel and inhuman. One day they all come to an end. Yes they will be eradicated.

02/01/13 @ 05:15
Comment from: Ts [Visitor]


Are you sure that government is doing good: arrest of students from University, arrest of politicians, arrest of journalists, arrest of religion followers? I don’t think that government is implementing democracy under strong rule of law.

02/01/13 @ 06:22
Comment from: [Member]

እውነትን የተመረኮዘ ትንተና ነው ከላይ የተጻፈው ::
አሰብ ብናደርግ አሁን በ አገራችን ውስጥ የሚካሄድው በደል ግፍ አሰቃቂ ከመሆኖም በላይ ንዴትን ለማስታገስ አያስችልም::
ይህም ንዴት አትኩሮቱ ወደ አራት ኪሎ ውስጥ በተቀመጡት ሌቦች ነው እንጂ በትግራይ ህዝብ ላይ አላተኮረም::
የትግራይ ህዝብማ እንደቀሪው የ አገራችን ህዙብ የ ስቃይ ኑሮውን እየተካፈለ አይደል!!

02/01/13 @ 06:34
Comment from: Tefera [Visitor]

shewarega it seems you are disappointed that tigray didnt separate same way ertra did. but let me ask you one thing can you be consistent and say you dont want OLF and its oromo people to do the same thing tigray did but instead stick with their principle and follow ertra. i know you will never utter such non sense.
Free what is good for the goose is good for the gander. if you entertain ethiopia is under tigray colony today then you have to accept it was under amara colony pre1974. i say it is not and it was not.
fact if tplf is smart it would transfer the power to eprdf and take the back seat, otherwise it will go down taking with it all the positive achievments it has made particularly in terms of development.

02/01/13 @ 09:59
Comment from: Fact [Visitor]

Your comment is reasonable so far but why TPLF seat on back.It is possible to seat at front with other EPRDF affiliate parties at the same time.This is what happening now through group leadership.
For last 11 years Ethiopia is doing good in terms of economic development but it is not reasonable to compare Ethiopia economy with developed nations since it needs time to reach at the same level.The same is true for democracy. Don’t expect strict rule of law in any part of the world especially in Africa.

02/01/13 @ 14:06
Comment from: Ts [Visitor]

Concerning economic development, simply it is better to strengthen and move “forward.” That is having good direction.

Aha! Democracy? A plain suggestion: the gov’t could have hear public outcry. Gov’t still have capacity to release University students and give them training. Can release political and journalists prisoners. You know what giving of democracy in Ethiopia is simply a 15 minutes work, then move on economic activity.

How possible to give democracy in 15 minutes? Just any higher officials e.g. PM DHM appears and reads like this: Hollo Ladies and Gentlemen, we Ethiopian needs to move onto increase our economic development. We are now taking measures towards increasing democracy. Hence, I am here to answer your questions. As of today, students, politicians and journalists who never made damage to property and/human beings are free from prisoners. Dear Ethiopian, however, as you knew, we don’t have a means to free criminals because these criminals who damaged to property, business and/or on human being remain accountable under rule of law. Hence as of today, we make more democracy but we need to see more to engage on economic development. Done! Who objects this? No one. But gov’t will get trust and praise. That is all a 15 minutes democracy. Then, the prisoners will be free say within a week.

02/01/13 @ 18:20
Comment from: Abyssinian [Visitor]


You can’t be serious!

02/01/13 @ 18:31
Comment from: Ittu Aba Farda [Visitor]
Ittu Aba Farda

I have mixed feelings about this article. While I find the revelation and the graph interesting but I am deeply disturbed by the writer’s of words. I am particularly disconcerted by his use of the term ‘Internal Colonialism’. This phrase connotes and tries to justify the divisive outcries of narrow ethno-centrists who have been bedeviling those who worked very hard to create some kind of a united front to wage a successful struggle against a tyrannical regime. Intellectuals like him should be very careful in their choice of words. Otherwise, I liked the message of the article sans the term I just mentioned.

02/01/13 @ 19:28
Comment from: lemmu [Visitor]

I want to raise two points. One is I always like to read comments and from my understanding the tplf followers to this article is like someone very hungry and has been snatched his bread before eating. That shows how pre calculated and deliberate those action are. I know first hand how tplf operates before any action the propaganda spin always paint something working just fine like a garbage and then justify their takeover or target. Simple examples are election 2005, immigration office, the current situation in our Muslim brothers, even siya abraha case and so many others. Thus the author is to the point to see what is going on. Currently the security apparatus has unlimited access to ethio Telecom and this justify the authors point so atop hating and appreciate the vision and the work the author has put.

My second point oromo nationalist movement has deep root in such kind of injustices and exploitation in the past and present regime. I know this author consider the past Ethiopia as perfect and for many that couldn’t be any farther from the truth but for any reason I say welcome to fighting injustice and welcome to understand the real problem that empire faces

02/02/13 @ 04:02
Comment from: heny [Visitor]

Mesfin B,
ኣንተ ቀጣፊ ሽማግለሌ፣
The people of Tigary are enjoying peace and stabiltiy beyond anything else. Thanks to their bitter and long armed struggle, the people of Tigray have managed to uproot the demon, the Derg and its tentacles like you and brought a sparkling, unprecedented economic healing to the country and its people. So we do not need your sympathetic words here, you brute. Cursed be you fate, you senile, wicked. If you think these very people is subjugating you, like what the bastards at ESAT say, have a bit of courage and haste to the bush. There you will find the trenches and canals we used to rely on while fighting against your derg. That is what you need to do.

02/02/13 @ 13:37
Comment from: HagereEthiopia [Visitor]

So what you, AZ, are saying is that in present day Ethiopia, only Tigryans qualify to hold high ranking military posts..
In your exact wording because, “well respected, experienced, and quallified leader to lead the troop.. In that catagory, happen to be some Tigreans as well as others in the top position..”

When you say some out of 100% I’d assume maybe 10-15% but that is not the fact. It is not some. It is 95% of the armed high command we are talking about.. the fact is you are saying a single and minority ethnic group, Tigre which is 6% to be exact, would have what it takes to hold 57 out of the 61 key and mission critical positions within the national military which the rest of the 94% ethnics do not have. Add insult to injury, you are calling non Tigryans inept to hold such positions.

Well Az, it is Ethnic federalism you support and it is very Ethnic to the 6%. That is all we are saying. We are saying not only the military but also economic, political and whatever else. If Tplf’s Eprdf wants lasting peace, there needs to be diversity, there needs to be equality and freedom of self expression/press. It is as simple as that AZ.

02/02/13 @ 20:32
Comment from: Shewarega [Visitor]


You are completely missing the point. You mention this town taken from this province and given to that. That did not only happen in Tigray but all over Ethiopia. They did so not to weaken this or that region but it was done because of the prevailing political situation of the day. For example, Atse Yohannes accepted that King Menelik adminster Wello, since the long ties between Wello and Shewa. Later he took away Wello and gave it to his son Ras ArayaSellasie, Menelik grumbled but did not do much as Araya was his son in Law, but told the Emperor not to give it to Mikael, hereditary ruler of Wello, because Mikael burnt Menelik’s main town in Wello, in WerreIllu.When Araya died the Emperor gave it to Mikael. It was not done to ‘weaken Shewa” rather some current political calculations then. It was the sore that was never resolved between the two.

Another example was the situation in Tigray under Atse Menelik. After he was declared Emperor, of the many contenders to adminster Tigray he chose Ras Mangasha, and also gave him the hand of Kefay, niece to Taytu. When Mangasha died, knowing well the rivalry in Tigray, and noone could match Mangash’s stand, he divided Tigray in three parts, and gave one to Dej GabraSellsie Baryagaber, one to Dej Abraha Araya, and the last to Ras Sebhat Aregawi, to keep the balance. After Menelik died, Ras Seyoum ruled all of Tigray under Iyasu, since he was married to Iyasu’s sister Tewabech. Iyasu hid in Seyoum’s house in Mekelle after he was overthrown for a long time. He was lured out from there by Emperor HaileSellasie’s agents and traveled into Ras Gugsa’s territory where he was captured by the latter and handed to the Emperor. For that HaileSellsie married his daughter to Dej HaileSellsie, son to Ras Gugsa. HaileSellasie divided Tigray into two, the west ruled by Ras Seyoum, the east by Ras Gugsa. Then Dej HaileSellsie joined the Italians, and Ras Seyoum came to rule all of Tigray. This is done all over, in Gojjam, Lasta, Wello, Shewa, Wellega, Harar, Gondar, it was how every feudal society operated. It has nothing to do with “weakening” this people or that. But why I said to you that you missed the point is, TPLF did not only want to weaken this or that people, she said we don’t exist at all. Like a complete alien foreign occupier, completely void of Ethiopia’s past. It is we have told you live under this or that ethnic “Killil” and be just that. As a Shewan I am born of many ethnic, why should I choose one and discard the other. I am an Amara son of SahleSellasie, an Oromo son of Abaebae Tuffa, chief of Finfinae, son of Assenu Odai chief of Derra, of Demoo Bunae, chief of Adaa, son of Sehul Mikael Lord of Tigray, son of Iyasu the great, law giver of Gondar. Why? Why? Why? should I choose one heritage and discard the other? That is what these evil looters do not understand. They sit on my home, my land, my heart Shewa and tell me I don’t exist. They spit on the ancestors that walk bear foot and reestablished this country. Half a million died in Maychew alone to defend their ancestors. They divide this nation that was built and paid for in so much blood. They are not weakening nobody, they just simply say we do not exist outwright. You think we will accept that? Will you accept a militia from Wellega or Sidama settle in Tigray and tell you Tigray does not exist? Think think and think again my friend.


Show me where I said I am disappointed Tigray did not seceed? Hid betelewum erasu ye Tigray sew yetem ayehedem, kemanem belay Ethiopiawi new ena. Go back and read, I said TPLF for Tigray is the same as EPLF for Eritrea. I stand with that point. Their Ethiopiawinet began when they came to power. It will cease, when that inevitable day arrives and they will be removed from it. Edmae yesteh, you will see that. Arogae Sebhat said it all, “Hege Mengestu kelaele Ethiopia yelechem beyaealehu,” end quote. Does Ethiopia exist to honor his kerfatam Hege Mengest, or the HegeMengest exist to adminster Ethiopia? The horse pulls the cart or the cart pulls the horse? Don’t mix apples and oranges. And please leave my Oromo relatives alone, they have suffered enough, past and present. They are more wise than anyone else, its part of their culture.

02/03/13 @ 01:00
Comment from: Ts [Visitor]

@Shewarega [Visitor]

Nowadays Ethiopia and youth of its citizen is not spliting and reparing theories. They are on practical aspects to bring economic projects to enhance economic development.

Your view appears reflect what Oromo have been enduring of various inflection as you also have experineced and witinessed here. But does it useful to bring development and discuss the past theory? You may say here that it is useful to base on the past for future directions. That might be true but it is not useful at all. Rather it is useful to focus on economic activities. Ignore the bad history!

However, Gov’t must not size a citizen like a goat from road side and put in jails. They have to express their ideas freely like what developed countries are doing irrespective of their ethnic backgrounds.

02/03/13 @ 07:13
Comment from: [Member]

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አቶ “ይርጋ”
በርግጥም ልትቀልድ ካልሆነ መተቀር የጻፍከው እንክዋን አዋቂ ቀርቶ ልጆች አንብበወት እንደሚስቁ ጥርጥር የለውም!!!

02/03/13 @ 08:32
Comment from: the_reality [Visitor]

Tigray is colonizing ethiopia and is using ethiopian resources to build itself at the rest of ethiopia’s expense. this is not right and must be stopped

02/03/13 @ 11:02
Comment from: Shewarega [Visitor]


Again you sound like ETV. Lemat lemat lemat lemat. I say to that Lemat my ass. This regime is made up people who sent troops to Eritrea to fight on behalf of EPLF. It is a government full of Eritreans who act like they are Ethiopians, Bereket as some Amara, Tewodros Adhanom as some Tigrae. It is a government made up of people who are out to humiliate, divide, and recreate Ethiopians into some twisted ideology, i.e. Abeyotawi Democracy,lol. But Ethiopians have spat it out. All I am telling you is if you do not want to live under a Tigrae zone, don’t tell others to live under some fake Amara zone etc. Shoving the pain of millions under the rug and talking about let us develop the economy will not save Ethiopia from hitting a ton of bricks. What you need is Glastnot/Prestorika as was done in Russia. But from all the crap I see Tplfites write in here they have been blinded by power and loot. Hiding their head in the sand like the Ostrich. That will not stop the inevitable storm from coming. Past generation of leaders in Ethiopia have learned that the hard way.

02/03/13 @ 12:44
Comment from: gudfela [Visitor]


I hope what you say about Oromo issue is true. Rumor is that in Minneapolis the OLF and ONLF backed up by anti Ethiopian foreingers are gearing up to create mayhem in Ethiopia and declare independence. My guess is as the world is going into chaos whith looming war alll over the world, perhaps OLF and ONLF are taking this opportunity for independence. Ethiopans need to follow up on who are behind OLF and ONLF. Watch carefully Shabia and Eritreans as well as which foreingers have their hand deep in Ethiopia’s pocket.

The bottom line,

Well said. You see, every situation what is going on in Ethiopia is the reflection for the global system in restructuring the world as the powers see it fit. That is my guess. TPLF is playing this role by dividing and conquering Ethiopians for their own game. At the end they don’t see that Tigray, Shabia or not, they are also digging the grave to their own devourment but they are now good tools.

Most Ethiopians like you and other intellectuals seem to miss the point is when you fight TPLF or Shaiba, etc, there is another elephant in the room who is the architect, and that is the foreign hand since the inception of TPLF and Shabia. Now the good thing is that if these secessionist turn their behavior that will even be detrimental to their people so that to defeat foreign powers be it Arabs or West. So we have been complaining on the secessionist since they took over and we have not put a dent to make a difference because we are all part time politicans or fear, selfishness, etc. Diasporas lack of vision is an indication of we are more to blame. I don’t mean emotions, emotions are needed on an actual act, but do really good job on campaing internationally for Ethiopia with clear objectives and tackling both domestically and internationally with what ever power we have. For that it requries reall commitment, team building, hard work. What worries me is all of us acting emotionally that worsens the situation. For instance if we are dissapointed on certain issues, we write letter condemining from individual perspective rather tthan as collective Ethiopians to address the issue. Again individually acting based on emotion indicates how we are not coordinated as one, united Ethiopia.

02/03/13 @ 14:41
Comment from: Ts [Visitor]

as Ap!
It not true true that nowadays OLF or ONLF are asking disintegration. I see you are dreaming and asking TPLF to have only AMHARA language in Ethiopia.


You are hybrid, yah? So support equality of languages, religious and multicultural affairs for all Ethiopian irrespective of Ethnicity background. I mean, the current administration systems is theoretically perfect, but its implementation is biased towards Tigrie.

I forget to ask you. How you remember your grandmother? including the language issues. Hopefully you understand me.

02/03/13 @ 15:41
Comment from: Hagos [Visitor]

Call to Oromo to Struggle: Your last freedom TV Oromia taken away. The fake Oromo represenative at Federal level is selling your rights. Your president also warming up chairs. OPDO is voiceless. If Oromo and Afan Amhara were national language, there would be no objection.

Wake up Oromia! This is re-colonization stage. TV Oromia is known to be a regional mass media but it has been used to transmit Afan Habesha. Afan Oromo was expected to be a major national language. But this was not happen. There is no single private economic company established for Oromo that supposed to be empowered by TPLF. This is totally a sign to stand and struggle for your rights for one and last resolution against Habesha re-colonization. You don’t have media freedom. You don’t have economic company. Your students are eliminated, harassed, injured, and killed from their student life. Your land is sold out to Habesha. Your taxes are collected and transferred to other regions development. You were given a freedom of language but this is taken from your rights. This is a last indication to up raise together. Go and protests. By any means you need to stand now to struggles. You need to take back your lands since they are taking your freedom of language.

Also you don’t have equal employment opportunity.

02/03/13 @ 18:39
Comment from: Fact [Visitor]

Ato Shewarega
Anchiw tamechiw anchiw tarochiw ale Amhara,In previous comment you said,
“TPLF was not only a secessionist organization, but deliberately sought for an expansion of Tigray at the cost of other Ethiopians. Enter, the “Alewuha River fairytale.” As soon as it arrived at Addis, TPLF swallowed blind a third of Gondar and a fifth of Wello into Tigray. That my friend millions of yet to be born Ethiopians will pay for in blood”
I replied,This is not true.Some part of Tigray was taken by Magesty for administration reason.The same area returned to Tigray for administration reason.As concrete example I raised about KOREM. Now you are saying you missed the point.

02/04/13 @ 01:46



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