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Watching American Diplocrisy in Ethiopia



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Watching American Diplocrisy in Ethiopia

Watching American Diplocrisy in Ethiopia

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

America is Watching!?

Diplomacy by hypocrisy is “diplocrisy”.

Edmund Burke, the British statesman and philosopher, said “Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.” We’ve heard many promises on human rights in Africa from President Obama and his Administration over the past four years. “We will work diligently with Ethiopia to ensure that strengthened democratic institutions and open political dialogue become a reality for the Ethiopian people… We will work for the release of jailed scholars, activists, and opposition party leaders… We align ourselves with men and women around the world who struggle for the right to speak their minds, to choose their leaders, and to be treated with dignity and respect…. Africa’s future belongs to its young people… We’re going to keep helping empower African youth… Africa doesn’t need strongmen, it needs strong institutions. We support strong and sustainable democratic governments…. America will be more responsible in extending our hand. Aid is not an end in itself… [Dictatorship] is not democracy, [it] is tyranny, and now is the time for it to end… America is watching…” All empty promises and cheap talk.

Last week, the U.S. State Department released its annual Human Rights Report for 2013. In his remarks launching that report, Secretary of State John Kerry announced

…[These] reports show brave citizens around the world and those who would abuse them that America is watching…
So anywhere that human rights are under threat, the United States will proudly stand up, unabashedly, and continue to promote greater freedom, greater openness, and greater opportunity for all people. And that means speaking up when those rights are imperiled. It means providing support and training to those who are risking their lives every day so that their children can enjoy more freedom. It means engaging governments at the highest levels and pushing them to live up to their obligations to do right by their people...

Is America really “watching” and “standing up”?

I am always curious when someone is watching. Big Brother is watching! Aargh!!
When Kerry tells “brave citizens” in Ethiopia like Eskinder Nega, Reeyot Alemu, Wobshet Taye, Sertkalem Fasil, Bekele Gerba, Olbana Lelisa, Abubekar Ahmed, Ahmedin Jebel, Ahmed Mustafa and so many others “America is watching”, what does he mean? Does he mean America is watching them rot in Meles Zenawi Prison #1 in Kality and/or #2 in Zewai? Does he mean America is watching Ethiopia like birdwatchers watch birds? Or like amateur astronomers watching the starry night sky? Perhaps like daydreaming tourists at the beach watching the waves crash and the summer clouds slowly drifting inland?

Is “watching” a good or a bad thing? If we believe Albert Einstein, watching is no good. “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” (Silent watchers, watch out!) Like Nero Claudius Caesar who watched Rome burn from the hilltops singing and playing his lyre. Or, (I hate to say it but it would be hypocritical of me not to) like Susan Rice who watched Rwanda burn. Her only question was, “If we use the word 'genocide' and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [Congressional] election?”

I like it when Human Rights Watch (HRW) watches because when they watch they witness. They saw the genocide and crimes against humanity in the Ogaden and Gambella and they have witnesses. They watched independent journalists jacked up in kangaroo court and railroaded to Meles Prison #1 or #2. (Sounds like the equivalent of a hotel chain? Well, they do put chain and ball on innocent people at the Meles Zenawi Hilton.)

I like watching watchdogs watch crooks, criminals and outlaws. I mean “watchdog journalists” like Eskinder, Reeyot, Serkalem, Woubshet and many others. These journalists used to watch power abusers and alert citizens of the crimes they were watching. Now the criminals are watching them in solitary at the Meles Zenawi Hilton.
I also like the way the watchdogs’ watchdog watch those who dog the watchdogs. I am referring to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The CPJ guys are like McGruff, the crime watchdog, always tracking to “take bites out of crimes” committed against journalists. Not long ago, they watched and sounded the alarm that Reeyot Alemu was heading to solitary confinement just because she complained about inhumane and inhuman treatment in Meles Zenawi Prison. Last week, the CPJ watched Woubshet Taye being hauled from the Meles Zenawi Prison #1 to Meles Zenawi Prison #2.

(They think he will be forgotten by the world lost in the armpits of Meles Zenawi Prison #2.)
I pity those who just watch. Like the “foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear” or those who may “indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand.” I have no idea what the Obama Administration is watching, perceiving or seeing in Ethiopia? I would like to believe they are watching human rights abuses and abusers and the criminals against humanity. But how is it possible to watch with arms folded, ears plugged and wearing welding goggles? I wonder: Could they be watching the tragicomedy, “The Trials and Tribulations of the Apostles of Meles”? Perhaps they are watching kangaroo courts stomping all over justice and decency? I am certain they are not watching the political prisoners. Perhaps they are watching the horror movie, “Dystopia in Ethiopia”? Sure, it’s a scary movie but it really isn’t real. But if it is real, what’s the big deal? The same horror film has been playing all over Africa since before independence. Get over it!

From where I am watching, the Obama Administration seems to be watching Ethiopia peekaboo style; you know, cover your face with the palms of your hand and “watch” between the fingers. “I seee yooou!” That is, stealing elections, sucking the national treasury dry, handing over the best land in the country to bloodsucking multinationals, jailing journalists and ripping off the people.

Doesn’t “America is watching,” sound like Orwellian doublespeak. You know, “War is peace. Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.” Dictatorship is democracy. Watching is turning a blind eye.

When America is watching, those being watched in Ethiopia are watching America watching them. They watch America waffling and shuffling, double-talking, flip-flopping and dithering, equivocating, pretending, hemming and hawing and hedging and dodging. But those chaps in Ethiopia watch like George Orwell’s Big Brother (Nineteen Eighty-Four) who watched everybody and everything in Oceania. Well, Big Brother Meles is gone from Ethiopiana but the "Little Brothers of the Party of Meles" keep on watching and yodeling:

…The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.

Oceania Ethiopiana!

I have been watching America watching Ethiopia for a very long time. I have been watching the Obama Administration watching and coddling the criminals against humanity in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda. I must confess that I enjoy watching and re-watching President Obama’s speeches in Accra, Cairo, Istanbul and elsewhere. “History is on the side of brave Africans...” (whatever that means).

I liked watching former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton declare moral victory on the Chinese and capture the commanding moral heights. “We don’t want to see a new colonialism in Africa… It is easy to come in, take out natural resources, pay off leaders and leave… and not leave much behind for the people who are there.” Right on! Power to the people of Africa! Down with colonialism! (I think that may be a bit passé.)

Sometimes I feel bad watching. When I watch hard earned American tax dollars bankrolling ruthless African dictators who laugh straight to the bank to deposit their American tax dollars, I really get bummed out. I am peeved when I watch the American people being flimflammed into believing their tax dollars are supporting democracy, human rights and American values in Africa. But when I watch those miserable panhandlers “enfolded in the purple of Emperors” bashing and trashing America on their way back from depositing their foreign aid welfare checks, I just plain get pissed off!!

“America is watching,” but is America watching where its tax dollars are going? It is NOT. According to an audit report by the Office of the Inspector General of US AID in March 2010 (p. 1), there is no way to determine the fraud, waste and abuse of American tax dollars in Ethiopia:

The audit was unable to determine whether the results reported in USAID/Ethiopia’s Performance Plan and Report were valid because agricultural program staff could neither explain how the results were derived nor provide support for those results. Indeed, when the audit team attempted to validate the reported results by tracing from the summary amounts to the supporting detail, it was unable to do so at either the mission or its implementing partners… In the absence of a complete and current performance management plan, USAID/Ethiopia is lacking an important tool for monitoring and managing the implementation of its agricultural program.

Watching diplocrisy in Technicolor

There is nothing more mind-bending and funny than watching hypocrisy in Technicolor. Earlier this month, in an act of shameless diplocrisy, Secretary Kerry expressed grave reservations about the legitimacy of the election of Nicolás Maduro as president of Venezuela. Maduro won the election by a razor thin margin of 50.66 percent of the votes. Opposition leader Henrique Capriles rejected the results alleging irregularities and demanding a recount of all votes.

Kerry supported Capriles’ demand for a recount. “We think there ought to be a recount… Obviously, if there are huge irregularities, we are going to have serious questions about the viability of that [Maduro] government.” White House spokesman Jay Carney also issued a statement calling for a recount of all the votes.
… Given the tightness of the result -- around 1 percent of the votes cast separate the candidates -- the opposition candidate and at least one member of the electoral council have called for a 100 percent audit of the results. And this appears an important, prudent and necessary step to ensure that all Venezuelans have confidence in these results. In our view, rushing to a decision in these circumstances would be inconsistent with the expectations of Venezuelans for a clear and democratic outcome.

In May 2010 when the late Meles Zenawi claimed 99.6 percent victory in the parliamentary elections and leaders from Medrek, the largest opposition coalition, and the smaller All Ethiopia Unity Party alleged glaring election fraud, vote rigging and denial of American food aid to poor farmers unless they voted for the ruling party, the U.S. response was “see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil.” White House National Security Spokesman Mike Hammer could only express polite “concern” and muted “disappointment”:

We acknowledge the conclusion of Ethiopia’s parliamentary elections on May 23, 2010...
We are concerned that international observers found that the elections fell short of international commitments. We are disappointed that U.S. Embassy officials were denied accreditation and the opportunity to travel outside of the capital on Election Day to observe the voting. The limitation of independent observation and the harassment of independent media representatives are deeply troubling.

An environment conducive to free and fair elections was not in place even before Election Day. In recent years, the Ethiopian government has taken steps to restrict political space for the opposition through intimidation and harassment, tighten its control over civil society, and curtail the activities of independent media. We are concerned that these actions have restricted freedom of expression and association and are inconsistent with the Ethiopian government’s human rights obligations.
…We urge the Ethiopian government to ensure that its citizens are able to enjoy their fundamental rights. We will work diligently with Ethiopia to ensure that strengthened democratic institutions and open political dialogue become a reality for the Ethiopian people.

Victory by 50.66 percent is irrefutable evidence of election fraud in Venezuela but "all Ethiopians should have confidence" in the 99.6 percent election victory of Meles Zenawi? Sounds like election certification in Oceania. Rigged elections are free and fair elections!

Watching “fools, idiots” and sanctimonious diplocrites

If Susan Rice is to be believed, critics of Meles Zenawi and his regime (and by implication critics of U.S. policy that supports the regime) are “fools and idiots”. I guess if one must choose between being a “fool/idiot” and a hypocrite/diplocrite, one is well-advised to choose the former. A fool does or does not do the right thing because s/he lacks intelligence and understanding. S/he has the potential to learn and make right choices. But the cunning diplocrite does the wrong thing with full knowledge and understanding of the wrongfulness of his/her acts. S/he is unteachable and incorrigible. No one knows more about the difference between right and wrong than diplocrites, yet they do wrong because they don’t give a _ _ _ _!

The U.S. has been practicing diplocrisy in Ethiopia for the past two decades. It has propped up the regime of Meles Zenawi with billions of dollars of “development” and “humanitarian” aid while filling the stomachs of starving Ethiopians with empty words and emptier promises. Since 1991, the West in general has provided Meles’ regime nearly $30 billion in aid. In 2008 alone, $3 billion in international aid was delivered on a silver platter to Meles, more than any other nation in sub-Saharan Africa. In March 2011, Howard Taylor, head of the British aid program declared Ethiopia will receive $2 billion in British development assistance. In 2010, the EU delivered £152m to Meles Zenawi.
In December 2010, Human Rights Watch called on the Development Assistance Group (DAG), a coordinating body of 26 foreign donor institutions for Ethiopia to “independently investigate allegations that the Ethiopian government is using development aid for state repression.” In July 2010, a DAG-commissioned study issued a whitewash denying all allegations of improper use of aid. In August 2011, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the BBC reported the “Ethiopian government is using millions of pounds of international aid to punish their political opponents.” The report presented compelling evidence of how “aid is being used as a weapon of oppression propping up the government of Meles Zenawi.” Despite numerous documented reports of aid abuse and misuse, Western leaders and governments continue to hide behind a policy of plausible deniability and the massaged and embellished reports of swarms faceless international poverty-mongers creeping invisibly in Ethiopia.

The Center for Global Development in its comprehensive 2012 report cautioned, “The United States could be making a dangerous long-term bet with its assistance dollars by placing so little emphasis on governance in Ethiopia”, and US policymakers should temper their expectations for future development prospects in Ethiopia under the current regime. Sorry, no one is listening at the U.S. State Department, only watching.

Watching truth on the scaffold and wrong on the throne

“America is watching.” But is anybody watching America? The people of Ethiopia are watching America asking, “Is America watching? Watching what?”

The powerful don’t believe the powerless are watching them because they equate powerlessness with blindness. The powerless do watch because that is all they can do. They watch boots pressing down on their necks. They watch crimes committed against them as they sit helplessly with empty stomachs and hearts filled with terror. When Kerry says, “America is watching”, he should be mindful that Ethiopia’s poor and powerless are watching America with outrage on their faces, sorrow in their hearts and resentment in their minds.

I have watched Ethiopia’s “best and brightest” fall silent, deaf and mute watching truth on the scaffold and wrong on the throne. They have been watching the scaffold and throne like bystanders watching a crime scene -- horrified, terrified and petrified. Perhaps they should heed Dietrich Bonhoeffer's counsel, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

But if Robert Lowell is right, it does not matter who is watching silently, watching peekaboo style, watching by turning a blind eye, watching for the sake of watching or not watching at all, because there is One who standing within the shadow watches the watchers, the watched and the unwatched :
Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,— Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown, Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.

Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam teaches political science at California State University, San Bernardino and is a practicing defense lawyer.


Comment from: Abyssinian [Visitor]


With all due respect, please take your time, gather your thoughts, map out a plan of what you want to convey and then present it in a coherent manner without quoting irrelevant people. today was Burke. Last time, you quoted about 8 people who we, Ethiopians don’t give a damn about. I have criticized you about this before and I shall continue to do so because you think (a)it makes your position more believable or (b) you can’t rely on your own logic.

In case you haven’t noticed, you are gradually degenerating to calling people names like a drunkard in a bar.

04/29/13 @ 01:04
Comment from: Amlakaman [Visitor]

I wish this guy does not post his picture . I can’t stand him .
I am surprised he is still writing about Meles Zenawi . Why don’t you leave the brother alone .
Are you proving Meles Zenawi’s lable of you and your buddies to the world that you are really a bunch of “FOOLS & IDIOTS “

04/29/13 @ 01:27
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“Fools and Idiots” indeed…

04/29/13 @ 01:44
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04/29/13 @ 01:56
Comment from: Kena Keb [Visitor]
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Are we not used to these eye-catching phrases for the headlines in Alemayehu’s otherwise long hollow and otiose disquisitions which we have been reading ad nauseum week after week?
He is now attempting to challenge, as he had done before, the US government’s policy makers to make policies that may please him and be in accord with his relentless efforts to disqualify and denigrate the Ethiopian government. We are all aware that Alemayehu’s past record have proven that all his attempts to injudiciously support any purposless and jumbled campaign against anything that comes out of our country have ended miserably. All the rallies he has campained for have one by one proven to be shortsighted and thus have ended in oblivion so that is why Alemayehu keeps on coming back to his old favorite subjects again and again parroting what his friends in the Human Rights Watch and other anti-Ethiopia groups/individuals beat their drums about. Does he not realize that the political dynamics in Africa are very different from what they were during the cold war days in the past and that Africa can not be dictated as it was then? The times are such that it is the big powers who have to come to terms with the conditions of Africans unlike professor Alemayehu who in his nostalgic way of thinking still believes that Africa is to be pushed around. The government and the people of Ethiopia know what is best for our country and will not be navigated by few anti-Ethiopia individuals like Alemayehu and his disciples in the toxic diaspora community. The overwhelming majority of Ethiopians in the diaspora have taken distance from Alemayeh’s poisonous messages and are making a huge difference in what is happening in our country.

Ethiopia is prospering and shall continue to prosper!

04/29/13 @ 03:03
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

The mother of all Fools and Idiots is Al Mariam!

04/29/13 @ 03:28
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Now it’s been two decades that the Dangerous Games of Geo Strategical politics played by the US government have been established in Africa .During the cold war ,US did count on evil despots and Butchers as
the then Mobutu and Co. in the name of Fighting Soviet Expansionism on the continent .And today they are relaying on warlaords and local bandits the likes of Meles ,Kagame ,Musoveini and co .If the Agazi Bandits are imposing Tribalistic ,Ethno Mafia Dictatorship
in the country is because of the support given by State Department Lobbyist Groups the likes as the UN Ambassador and Co . The Struggle of the Patriotic Diasporas ,specially the Ethio-American must focus also on denouncing the evil games played by these peoples .If we let things worsening ,it’s unfortunatly and undeniably “TRUE” that the fate of our Motherland shall
be the same as Coutries as the Congo Democratic Republic and even Somalia .Ethno Federalism is afterall
the Time Bomb of the Agazi Bandits and Tigre Mafiosis to destroy the Unity and Sovereignty of the country .

04/29/13 @ 03:51
Comment from: [Member]

“there is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity” Geothe,

The FOOLS & IDIOTS of diaspora opposition (FIDO), are suffering from undiagnosed mental disorder known as HYSTERICAL NEUROSIS.
The likes of alMaria, tamange, and elliass kiftaff, etc. who are showing a violent emotional outbreak of mental disorder,which makes them cry foul and negativity, and curse the whole world for their own failure and short coming in life, with their wanna be disciples here on this website, like TEDDY, mesfinB, men4you, etc.. old and hopeless, mentally unstable individuals, who only know the sentence “99.9% of Ethiopians starving", can only be categorized as a cyber toothless and worthless Hayena, whose irritating and annoying laugh heard once in a while, which doesn’t deserve a reply. Because it seems like they are born to cry in jealousy and envy, no matter what!!

04/29/13 @ 05:26
Comment from: True Ethiopians please stand up. [Visitor]
True Ethiopians please stand up.

Some say breaking up Africa into pieces may make non-Africans stronger. Who broke up Africa into pieces to begin with? Africa need to unite.African Union need to be free from the anti-constitution genocidal Hailemariam Desalegn to be able to unite Africa. That is why true Ethiopians/Africans are finally joining the struggle saying drones do not scare us to save Ethiopia/Africa from destruction .
Awi Zone, Ethiopia is calling for the real Ethiopians to please stand up.
In Awi zone , Yigem town 7 civilians got killed , 20 more are injured countless disappeared after raid was done by the Ethiopian federal police starting mid Miyaziya . The injured are being helped in nearby hospitals like the Bahir Dar hospital. 200 young mostly amharas from the region with the number keeping going up continuously are going to jungle to engage in armed fighting. Starting Miyaziya 13 , 2005 hundred sixty federal police officers have been going from house to house searching for weapons, torturing, killing, arresting and vanishing young Amharas .Some of the victims were currently evicted from Benishangul Gumuz region and residing in Awi Zone currently . 4 federal police officers were reported to be injured in the process. The civilians that run to the jungle for self defence/ preservation reasons are labeled as terrorists (shiftas) by the government. Most civilians in the area are currently buying arms before they go join the struggle in the jungle.The government held meeting giving full authority to whoever is interested to kill the so called shiftas that went to the jungle .It is similar to the dreg’s red terror time when even the lowest cadres in the regime like the abyot tebaki kebeles had permission to kill the young without judgement made in the court of law.

04/29/13 @ 05:54
Comment from: Dan [Visitor]

I pity this guy because not even a single word of the mumbo-jumbo he writes is taken seriousely. I suggest he focuses more on his personal affairs than writing about subjects he does not understand at all.

04/29/13 @ 06:01
Comment from: Seyoum [Visitor]  

Professor with due respect, it is uncomfortable to say that you are another scholar with a “Balconi” view. It is not whether Jhon Kerry is watching or not. It is about how you watching - watching down from a balconi with a boosted attitude of ‘i know everything’.

The US forieng secretary will do anything that you expect (lobbying) them to do. Because, they know the case very well than you do. They know that all those “brave citizens"-you say, are either convicted or alleged of plot and terror or other serious crimes. America has more seriois cases of their own to deal with than messing with ours. Just, to make you guys happy, they gonna say “America is watching". The case is not about human rights or dictatorship, bla… is legal issue. The guys that you argue for need not J. Kerry’s words. They need a defense lawer…because the case is all in the court….i thought you are training for defense lawer….allright….so, get down of your “blaconi” help these guys.

We are tired of your foul play and blame games…come down to the existing reality…. that egoism batch of yours (60s) - the Afro-hair-cut generation of you…is messing on our future. Either shut or do something worthy.

04/29/13 @ 06:10
Comment from: Abi [Visitor]

Good to see you again the poor, cursed Prof. Ale Mariam/Almariym, ArMAariam, etc.. as usual barking like a mad dog.
And his weekly copy/paste from the book of curses!! :-)

04/29/13 @ 07:37
Comment from: Cheri [Visitor]  

Prof. Alemayehu Satan, played typical behaviour of the so called ‘Self Appointed Saviors’.

Aleka Gebrehana Said, Listing Collected Degree (PhD) After his/her Name Resulted In Ridiculous Case of Intellectual, Ideological, Political Correctness.

None of us expect a life where we will never be offended or sheltered from conflict or hurt feelings. However, many self-appointed saviors from Academia like Prof. Alemayehu Satan,are trying to make this a reality, through aggressive speech codes, boring articles with quotations from famous people and literature, legal rulings and corporate policies,…

Intellectual, Ideological, and Political Correctness originally flowered in academia and spread like a virus through the government and corporate worlds. It has devolved into a tyranny of the most offended person in the room.

Intellectual, Ideological, Political Correctness complaints now range from the sublime to the ridiculous, and they are stifling the honest assessment, and debate, of issues in our lives.

This remnant of the deposed feudal/derg regime intellectual barks against everybody. He forgot to mention what his cruel, tyrant, dictatorial deposed regimes done against Ethiopia, the people of Ethiopia & now he became the self appointed savior for Ethiopia & the people of Ethiopia.

During American presidential election he tried to force/order the Ethiopian Americans to Vote YES for Obama & Vote NO for the other. Obama elected but he didn’t get ride of the government in Ethiopia & give power to Prof. Alemayehu and his followers. Because of that he started writhing against Obama’s administration, now thinking the forth coming november Congressional election to Vote NO for Obama’s party.

We will wait & see if the coming president of America is from Republican due to Prof. Alemayehu’s Vote cast & get power to Prof. Alemayehu and his followers come true.

04/29/13 @ 08:11
Comment from: [Member]

Dear Prof.
The Americans or the whole world are watching silently. This is the fact. We have to concentrate on the solution to get the attention. Your expertise, your connection, your stylish articles, your knowledge should be devoted to practical solution!
That was a magnificent article and magnificent writing!….


04/29/13 @ 09:02
Comment from: Lazy Observer [Visitor]
Lazy Observer

Now, now, now look here… Is this the intellectual giant of the uncompromising freedom seeking enlightened elite that was supposed to bring freedom and democracy….. Is this the Professor that was to provide, by the power of his pen, the inspiration for change that was supposed to shake the East African nation of 85 million…

I think not!!! Ar Maria may copy-paste some catchy phrases, quote a few lines here and there but in essence all he is a “Fool and Idiot” that can’t come up with an authentic thought to save his life…

Al Mariam… One finds it difficult to comment on the substance of this essay as one finds no substance… Its not even wrong and misguided like most of your previous work…

I see a pattern of meandering and degeneration that is becoming more dominant in your work and I suspect this change is not limited to your essays but indeed to your whole thought process…

04/29/13 @ 10:07
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]

Alemayoh G. Mariam

If any member of the state department ever come across to your out of touch or nonsense weekly articles againist your X-country’s developments, he/she probably precieved you that you have no credibility to address any concern about human right issues…

Look at you, you are all over everything! You pretend to be human right activist, environmentalists, political activists, military analysts…LOL. I would gues, you may have had unconditional support form those your like a naive audience for all your nonstop crocodial cring, but you should know that you are embarrassing yourself, so called professor…

However, Ethiopia is an independent country that has a good or mutual relationship with the United States of America and with the rest of the world for that matter. So, you should know that the American tax payers will not buy your idiotic useles political activits and they will never stop their fanatical help or relationship with current Ethiopian government just because you want them…

Most of all, you should know that, those Ethiopian whom are living in the country are responsible to shape up their own country affairs, and they are doing a marbles jobs. For example, they are doing a great jobs in road consitraction, hidroelectric projects, educations, and so many other infrstractures…

God bless the world!!

04/29/13 @ 11:20
Comment from: Belal Y. [Visitor]
Belal Y.

Joseph Goebbels, the Minister of propaganda of Nazi Germany, said “Propaganda should be popular and not intelectually pleasing". Mr. Mariam, your insipid articles are neither popular nor intellectually pleasing. You are missing your targeted audience (I assume Ethiopian mass) time and again.
The majority of Ethiopians do not know the Edmund Burke in your article and they do not care a dime. My question for you: have you properly identified your targets? If you knew your targets (Ethiopian mass??) do you know you are not communicating properly through the article above? It just looks insanity doing the same thing over and over again and expecting results. If I may add, there is also big jealousy on your part hidden beneath directed at persons in power at Arat Kilo.

04/29/13 @ 11:54
Comment from: addisethio [Visitor]

those who like to promote peace, democracy, press freedom should never find an alli with one of the worst human right abuser isayas afeworki. credibility counts for something. those who want to promote democracy should understand economic stability is a pillar of a building a genuine free society and those who stand against economic interest of a nation as al mariam has repeatedly done are also retarding steady and gradual democratic improvement. those who truely want to promote tolerance and conflict resolution peacefully do not stand idle when inflammarory and hateful things are promoted by so called free press. when was the last time al mariam stood up to that kind of free press? again credibility counts for something.

04/29/13 @ 12:28
Comment from: gudfela [Visitor]


You said something important… Ethiopians themselves are silent, deaf, and blind to crimes therefore, why should America care if Ethiopians don’t care? Help people that help themselves. If you have been watching the Egyptians rising, America quickly turned in support of the protesters because Americans knew they would look bad infront of the world if they keep supporting Mubarak while the entire Egyptians were out and protesting. Americans go where the power is, the winner is , not go to someone who expect change from outisde. Careful, thought out strategy must be done to bring change. Don’t give enemies who ever they maybe what they want, unrest inorder to tighten the grab. We may not want TPLF today, but TPDM is another Eritrean-lead group that is again want to bleed Ethiopia depleting its wealth. That is what Shabia wants, another puppet to be controlled so that it can suck the wealth of Ethiopia, that is the concern is for ERitrea and the tension will not stop unless Eritrea has full control of Ethiopia to direct the economy towards it. So while getting rid of TPLF is important, without other alternative that comes from TRUE Ethiopians not through Eritrea is another debacle.

04/29/13 @ 12:33
Comment from: addisethio [Visitor]

a man who is hell belt on setttling a political score with dead person and madly obsessed with revenge that he would, with stroke of a pen dismiss a valid historical grievance of a collective nation could never be a spokeperson for anything noble. al mariam contaminates and poisons anything and everything he touches.

04/29/13 @ 14:23
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

Gashe mamo [Visitor]
“That was a magnificent article and magnificent writing!….”

Leke nehe lema begebya le andegna kefele temari novel newe &#59;)

04/29/13 @ 17:16
Comment from: Ras Thomas and Associates of Ethiopian Patriots [Visitor]
Ras Thomas and Associates of Ethiopian Patriots

You are still trash talking?
Ethiopian people now know you well and who you work. OK
You are cheap traitor who is working his own enemies Eritrea and Egypt.
You are so old and sick now, soon will die. So, go back to faith of your grandfathers and go to church
if you don’t. nobody will hear your trash talk. and when you die you will go hell.

04/29/13 @ 18:58
Comment from: Yigermal [Visitor]

Well, it looks like paid cyber agents of TPLF are busy at work. Do Genuine Ethiopians who detest this racist and stupid regime in Ethiopia stop visiting

Very sad to read unintelligent comments from TPLF agents and their family members abroad on Professor Alemayehu’s yet another top of the line article. The way I look at it, these TPLF agents are barking one after the other because the Professor’s articles are like hard hit on their balls … it hurts and they say all sorts of nonsense to get some relief. Listen, you people we are going to be free soon and Professor Alemayehu will write to his people in the people’s language from his motherland soon … Firifari lekami leba hulu, Yesun gimash ewket binorachihu endih zeregna athonum neber.

04/29/13 @ 20:28
Comment from: gudfela again [Visitor]
gudfela again

Al Mariam,

We need popular uprising. While we are not ready to sacrifice we can not expect America to sacrifice its true servant wayanes. gudfella exactly summarized this point. Can we plan something while Kerry goes there and protest peacefully? That will be the antidote to dictatorship. We need Egyptian Spring or Arab Spring. Period. That is the solution.

04/29/13 @ 20:37
Comment from: Minyaregal [Visitor]

All these trash talking Woyane.

Look, all of you are well-paid agents spending your time on the Iternet with your salary paid by this d*irty regime, the Ethiopian government, which collects the money from poor Ethiopians.

Shame on you saying all these terrible things about Preeminent Professor Al Maiam. What bad did the guy say other than a cogent analysis of the failure of America’s diplomatic policy towards Ethiopia where the US is showing a lukwarm its turning a blind eye towards acting and on responding to violations of human rights in Ethiopia? It is now a globally recognized fact that the Ethiopian tyranny is terrorizing the whole population except a few Tigrians. It is falsely claiming it is fighting Islamic terrorism which is not even true.

The United States is handing over Ethiopia on a silver placte to Chinese communists while foolishesly handng money to the terrorist Ethiopian government money raised from American taxpayers.

Professor Al cogently and without resorting to any name calling cooly explains his position. In the United States there is what is called freedom of speech and the press. You Woyane agents who have been advised by your tyrant masters are simply trying to deny the professor to his freedom guaranteed in the US Constitution. I can imagine how much your would love to torture and kill Al Mariam if he were in Ethiopa by the hatred you spew in your writings simply because he is exposing the Woyane dedebits in a logical unassailable argument. You resort to name calling when you cannot stand this intellectual giant.

Professor Al mariam is unstoppable and will continue to fight against Woyane Tigrean tyranny until we see this dictatorship removed from Ethiopia.

04/29/13 @ 22:36
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

Yigermal [Visitor]

It seems the number of Eritrean commenting as Ethiopian is decreasing, they are giving up but there are still many around including you.

04/30/13 @ 02:53
Comment from: Yo [Visitor]

Because of this pseudo professor’s and his likes there are no strong and viable opposition party’s in Ethiopia.
When you fabricate things people eventually will know the truth.
Sometimes it makes you think he could be a member of EPRDF, writing endless articles on purpose.
AL-Mariam is a laughing matter. Only
Friends and family who read the comments after each of his articles can stop him. Apparently it is taking longer time than we thought for him to stop.

04/30/13 @ 05:52
Comment from: Yigermal [Visitor]

Extraterrestrial bileh rashin yemit-tera sewu,

I am not Eritrean and there is nothing that sounds pro-Eritrean in my comment above. You are obviously one dedeb tigre and everytime you see TPLF, you think that it is someone from your old friend Shabia’s country.

My message to you and all TPLF regime sympatizers and firifari lekamis is simple, join the struggle for freedom and democracy before it is too late or you will be hunted down and rot in prison for the crimes you are commiting when the time comes …

Professor Alemayehu’s message delivered in an eloquent language (you will only dream about writing at his level … they don’t teach writing in Civil Service College a.k.a. Dingay mamretcha, and if you ever went there, they taught you how to lie)
to the Obama administration is that wether they support the struggle for freedom or not, the Ethiopian people will not stop from marching forward and we will soon be there.

04/30/13 @ 13:30
Comment from: yo [Visitor]

“Insanity” is doing the same thing over and over each time expecting a different result.
Tell the truth to your readers the so called professor, what changed in Ethiopia since you started writing endless anti Ethiopian government articles including your worst recent article about The dam?
The truth of the matter is the government is liked by significant portion of the population at the present time.
How did this happen? Their positive work indeed. The other main reason is The toxic diaspora lies. The Ethiopian people are way smarter than you think.

04/30/13 @ 15:07
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

The best proof that Prof Al is telling the Truth .That it makes bark
the Agazi ’s Hyenas Pack each Monday on this website .From the Amice Adgi ,the wannabe Agazi Joseph Goebels Belai ,the Village idiot Extra and the Bunch of Agazi Whorshiper BOZENES ,are on the eve to commit mutual “HARAKIRI” to save their dying ,Ethno Mafia Facist Regime…LOL !!!!!

05/01/13 @ 12:01
Comment from: Seattle [Visitor]

Meles Zenawi prison #1 Kaliti
Meles Zenawi Prison #2 Zewai

You know Professor Alemayehu’s message is hitting the point by the number of dedebit cadre’s comment here.

They are good at personal attack nothing else.

05/02/13 @ 01:40
Comment from: OY [Visitor]


What do you know about why the great Professor writes?

Stop living in denial and admit that you do not have any knowledge about why the dear professor writes because if you did know why he writes you would not have said he is getting the same result from all his writings.

Please check yourself before you wreck yourself because if Zenawi checked himself in time he would not have died .Zenawi is dead with his colon/kosht fried beyond recognition not to mention the overdosing of drugs.

05/02/13 @ 03:55
Comment from: gudfela [Visitor]


You said: “The United States is handing over Ethiopia on a silver placte to Chinese communists while foolishesly handng money to the terrorist Ethiopian government money raised from American taxpayers.”

When you said the above quote, you must then believe, Ethiopians are not the rightful owners of Ethiopia but USA to decided what to do with Ethiopia. Most likely it is true. That is why it is sad that we have already built this mentality Ethiopia does not belong to us but to USA.

05/02/13 @ 11:42
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Mr. YOYO ,is true a Regime which controls 99.99 % of the parliementary seats ,which gain 100%
of the Regionals and Local Administration ,based on Fake Elections .Whith a North Korean
Stalinist Insperation ,Old Fashioned Ideology of Despotism . Worst based on an Ethno Mafia Looting System .Has surely the peoples support .Not really alive ,maybe from
their tombs…LOL !!!!!

05/02/13 @ 17:20

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