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The Argument is a very constructive provocation about skilled negotiation, global politics, economics, trecherous activities by Meles Zenawi, betrayal by the selfish west, some good ideas, thoughts written by people who shape them. (more…)

The Argument is a very constructive provocation about skilled negotiation, global politics, economics, trecherous activities by Meles Zenawi, betrayal by the selfish west, some good ideas, thoughts written by people who shape them. Recently I’ve been pondering the words of American writer, George William Curtis, who said, “A man’s country is not an area of land, mountains, rivers, and woods, but a principle. And patriotism is loyalty to that principle.” Regular readers of my articles will know that I consider myself a Patriot. Perhaps it may be pretentious on my part to refer to myself in this way but I believe it to be true. Rather than being viewed as a Patriot, over the past several years, I’ve all too often been branded by some “anonymous” federalists as a traitor. The term has been used to describe others who support and defend our homeland as well. Over time such comments have given me pause for reflection and much soul searching. So, I am happy to say that those moments of self-doubt have long since passed.

The reason is simple. The victors, not the vanquished, write history. Take the example of the American Revolution. During that turbulent period, Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying, “We must hang together or we will surely hang separately”. Today nobody questions the fact that Franklin, Jefferson and the like were indeed great American patriots, the fathers of their Nation even, not that I would put myself in their league, but the point is this: Why does history remember them the way it does? Simply put, it’s because they won their struggle for freedom and dignity. Had they lost the revolution and had America remained under the control of England, those same men who are viewed as Patriots today would now be viewed as traitors just like Meles Zenawi is now called today. They would have been tried for treason and been executed, as Benjamin Franklin clearly understood. Those same federalists who so often try to weaken the resolve of those among us yearning for a better future for all of us whether inside or outside of Ethiopia, use words like bozenewoch, tin hat brigade, Neftegna, Tebab or the like to attack our beliefs. They say we have no chance of making a difference and should “stop whining”. They may honestly believe this too but I don’t. I don’t see speaking out as “whining”, far from it. I see it as educating the masses. I see it as ensuring that our concerns are not brushed silently under the carpet. I see it as a necessary step, a first one perhaps, but a necessary step to a brighter future for our people. Some time ago, I read a novel, the title of which I no longer recall and is of no importance, but I do recall one particular passage from it. It describes the thoughts of an individual near the end of his days and goes something like this. “…A tear formed in his eye. So many people counting on us but we failed. Yet did we fail? Is it failure if you plant a seed that others nurture? Is it failure to have begun a thing that had daunted the best and bravest for decades? Is it failure to have called the attention of all humanity to the plight of your people? No, I don’t believe it is a failure. Failure only comes with never having tried like some who sit and moan. The only difference between a Patriots and traitors are their level of success.

(Africa is on Sale for $US.53, 000,000 – A million for each country. Contact Prisoner M Zenawi of Ethiopia)

For God sake, why did Africans Meles: the Somale-Tera Achiberbari Delala to represent them at COP15? Shame on the Dictators and Brainless Club of African leaders who could not find a trustworthy environmentalist to get a better deal from the Summit. Meles Zenawi is a Prisoner and Slave of the West who as said, had no negotiating skill, power and moral ground to represent African continent at Copenhagen. That became evident too, when he sold out Africa to the west through the presidents of France and the United States of America. Africa’s approach to good negotiation isn’t about winning and it isn’t about someone else losing. It is, however, about learning to ‘play the game’, because that’s what negotiation is – a game. And like any game there are rules and conventions. Great negotiators can fight tooth and nail and yet lose with good grace if and when necessary. Not only that, they are a pleasure to negotiate with because they take care of you at the same time as taking care of themselves. Good training can help you become one of the ‘good guys’. You could also have some old negotiating ‘hands’ who could use of brush up, new negotiators who find it a bit intimidating or uncomfortable, people who’d feel a lot more confident if they had some additional negotiation skills – all good reasons to give your negotiators a helping hand. Meles’s fake smile can have double meaning too. A very genuine smile can express either genuine joy or displeasure. Hence one must use caution really with his or her facial expressions. Meles’s Zenawi’s fake African Chimpanzee look alike smile can be easily misunderstood.

And information is a negotiator’s greatest weapon as well. But what does Meles Zenawi know about Global Warming or Climate Change for God sake? Nothing! This little Ape was a so-called negotiator who fooled African leaders to enter the summit picking and blowing his tiny nose without having determined his best alternative to negotiated agreement. The best negotiators know that negotiation is collaboration, not a confrontation. Remember what Abraham Lincoln said, If you are going to fight, don’t let them talk you into negotiating. But, if you are going to negotiate, don’t let them talk you into fighting. One of the best answers to a question in a negotiation is to ask a question: Why do you ask? How would you like me to answer that? I don’t understand? Huh things like that not splitting hair and spitting foul languages like Meles did to the American official last week. ? And ask to have an offer repeated. Often, it will change for the better. When asked for concessions ask, in addition to that is there anything else that we need to discuss before we…? Knowing the counters to every strategy is as important as knowing the strategy itself. Know as much about the other parties’ to best alternative to negotiated agreement as you do about your own. But what Meles Zenawi did at the Copenhagen Summit was that he was told by Presidents Obama by phone and Sarkozy to do as he was told at a cost of the entire African continent’s well-beings and lives. Negotiating meant getting the best of your opponent not selling your dignity and human rights. That was the worst treason Africa has ever experienced in centuries.

The meeting in Copenhagen was always intended to be part of a process for structuring an international agreement, not the end of it as intended. The same was true of the Kyoto Protocol, now currently the only international agreement on climate change which took four years to negotiate and seven years to enter into force. Sad! In contrast the timetable for completion of a legally binding agreement out of the Copenhagen meeting looks on a much faster track. The expectation that Copenhagen would produce a final agreement, however, was in part the work of a previous American administration. Poor countries, supported by China and India, suspect that rich states hope to use the conference to kill off the Kyoto agreement, which commits them to emissions cuts, with penalties for any failure. The developing states would like to see an extension of Kyoto, which does not make any legally binding requirements of them. They are not only pressing to sign a good deal. They are pressing simply to shift the obligations from developed countries to developing countries. That means more urgency to solve problems, not just identify them, more willingness to shift from entrenched positions and more ambitious commitments. We should take the most ambitious level of commitment to cutting emissions, from both developed and developing nations, that is on the table now, accumulate it, make it the basis of the agreement, add to it in ways that we know can make a difference within the next 10 or 15 years, especially in areas like deforestation, and get moving. Nay Sayers and sceptics argue that the steps necessary to bring the United States into compliance with a new international climate treaty will hurt our economy. The truth is that the economy will suffer if we do not capture these energy opportunities. The real truth is, such an accord would itself set the world on a new path to a low-carbon future. And guess what the Ethiopian tyrant Meles Zenawi who acted like a headless chicken said last week? He said, “Because we stand to lose more than others, we have to be very flexible and give in to others”. Criminal and Traitor! What a shame, this wrenched little Chimpanziee is called Ethiopian Prime Minister too? Shame on us!!

Myth #1: Copenhagen is already a failure. Instead of a binding agreement we’ll end up with a political deal that gets us nowhere.

Reality: We are on schedule at Copenhagen to complete the first of a two-step negotiating process designed to finish a new international agreement well in advance of the end of the first commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol in 2012.

Myth #2: The United States is doing little to stop climate pollution and has fallen out of step with the emissions reductions targets of other developed countries.
Reality: The administration has endorsed the same 2050 reduction targets as our allies and the present proposals for 2020 emissions reductions in the American Clean Energy and Security Act and the Boxer-Kerry Senate bill in conjunction with complementary measures that will meet the ambitions of other developed countries

Myth # 3: It’s impossible for the world to meet the IPCC’s targets for stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions to prevent a dangerous rise in temperature.
Reality: We are 65 percent of the way there already.

Myth #4: The United States should not have to act because China and India are not doing anything.

Reality: Both China and India are now moving forward with ambitious plans for emissions reductions and low-carbon development.

Myth #5: China, India, and other developing countries will not commit to an international agreement on climate change.

Reality: Developing countries have publically stated that they will sign a new climate agreement as long as it is equitable and does not inhibit their ability to tackle lingering domestic poverty.

Myth #6: Emissions reductions in developing countries cannot be accounted for or verified.

Measuring, reporting, and verifying emissions reductions is an issue for both developed and developing countries.

Myth #7: Joining an international agreement will leave the United States at a competitive disadvantage and jobs will go overseas.
Reality: Passing domestic climate legislation and joining an international agreement on climate change is the only way to keep America competitive in the emerging clean technology economy

Perhaps you could add as “Myth #8″ that “The US, China and India do not have any existing legal obligations to avoid dangerous climate change. That is widely assumed but a myth.

The negotiations sound more like a trade agreement than a plan to address the damage caused by our economic system. Doing something was never an objective at Copenhagen – the conclusions had been reached beforehand – no substance just lots of ‘hot air’ (sorry about the pun) and it was supposed to be a done deal. The objective was to appear to do something, And that’s what they are currently cocking up. There will be no benefit to the envioronment from Copenhagen – there was never going to be. But more worryingly for the politicians is that it is so obvious to the rest of us. The future of world’s children everywhere are at risk. Where are the willing, ready & able elders who will assume their responsibilities and perform duties necessary to preserve the Earth and its environs as a fit place for those children to inhabit in future? And Meles to decide for entire Africa too? Poor Dark Continent. What a sick joke eh?

Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate – John F. Kennedy

Capt. Woldemikael Dagnachew

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  1. FIREmeles
    | #1

    WHAT IS this NONSENSE by African govenments ?
    Why did they choose him although they know who he really is, they had enough time in the last 18 years to know who the man is ?
    And now they know he is a traitor of the African cause why not they FIRE him ?
    Saying he is selling out or auctioning the African continent is sensationalism, Africans have to fire him immediately if they think he is a bad choice.
    How stupid one has to be to allow someone like Meles to mess with the African continent when they can only say: GO !

  2. Anonymous
    | #2

    Here comes Africa’s 21st century junior and sophisticated modern slave in the wild-wild west!!!!!!!!! for a handful of dollars and cents there is nothing this sophisticated junior slave would not do; and that includes bending back and forth for his masters from east to west and south to north! Good luck my brothers and sisters Ethiopians also good luck to many Afrcin’s who do not know the nature of this ugly midget man from the aiga jungle!

  3. Andargachew tachibele
    | #3

    There is an old Ethiopian saying which goes..”Melelo Sitata Yimelemelal Gobata.” How desperate are really the hoodlums in the the TPLF camp are to choose this misfit to be their leader,to reperesnt them in international political arena? Are they blinded by power,the lof of money and they do not care for their honor and dignity? Now he is out in the open for all the world to see his true picture, the true selfish, greedy,spineless traitor he is. I pitty the idiots who believe they will go on fooling the world and remain in power for ever. The time is near for their end. I strongly suggest that they should join the the Ethiopian people in thei struggle to get rid of this pest.

  4. banjaw
    | #4

    The rightful and sensible principle of action has been lost when Africa nominated
    Melese Zenawi.
    Now Africa has been changed being a begger then a victime and have to be conted
    with what is being offerd and be greatful.
    Such a turnaround on the level of finance being asked for by Africa points to the influnce of some of the big power behind the seen.
    Any big power could esaly blackmail Zenawi.

  5. ደምስ
    | #5

    Some of the African dictators are very angry because they are supposed to get a kick back from this deal. Dictator melese got his part in Paris and via Ombama to kneel down for his masters.

    The losers are:
    Every dictators in Africa except evil melese
    All African people

    Dictator melese has no clue about climate issue; all he care was how much he got under the table. Western nation are not stupid to slect some one else with very knowledgeable in this matter.

    The whole point chosing dictator melese is to get away with a hand shake and some thing some thing.

  6. Anonymous
    | #6

    i think all the leaders in africa is the same they are killer and they don’t think or the rest of there people.why they chose meles he is dectaterin ethiopia he put all the oposetion leaders in jail and now he represent africa.he can’t represent ethiopia he is in power by force.he should be in ail for his crime in ethiopia.

  7. FIREmeles
    | #7

    how disgusting to read the defeatist attitude of the posters, are they so because of the american illness that demolarizes newcomers and make them uncle toms ?
    or are some of the guys loyal to the US and not Africa or Ethiopia ?
    How could they easily believe the destiny of Africans could be determined by a little freak tigre from adwa ?

    No no Africans wont allow little meles to mess with them, watch

    In particular encouraging to hear the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu saying: “I NEVER THOUGHT THIS COULD HAPPEN THIS DAY IN THE WORLD ” !


  8. Anonymous
    | #8

    “this wrenched little Chimpanziee is called Ethiopian Prime Minister”
    I think you have to use decent words to criticize your friends and your enemies alike. CHIMANPANZIEE. WITH YOUR INDECENT WORDS, YOU WOULD MAKE FAR WORSE PRIME MINISTER THAN THE CURRENT PM OF ETHIOPIA.

    | #9

    He who sells his country do not afraid to sell africa so long as the business brings money at a higher bid.

  10. FIREmeles
    | #10

    According to recent developments Meles did not succeed in selling out Africa, that is a good news indeed !
    For more info check out this link:

  11. Guya
    | #11

    Copenhagen will be remembered by Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia as the second most important name right after Adwa where we were victorious. I call it a victory! Because that is where the relentless Meles is exposed and stands bare in public. The world, particularly Africans are seeing what a monstrous traitor is ruling our beloved country for so long. Who, in the first place put him in this crucially important position? Is that not that Tony Blair who recruited and hired him to sell out not only Ethiopia, but the African continent as a whole? For me, his exposition is a positive development. We should work hard to more revelation of his true nature. Now, he is exposed to the world, his secret deals behind the back of Africans should be his last. No body took us seriously when we told them what a traitor he is, who gives away the interest of his own country to others, our strenuous days of demonstrations in world capitals and in front of international organizations are brought us to this payday. The world is realizing what we meant!
    I am taking it as a positive out come in our attempt to oust him. The most important thing to do will be to forge alliance with all disillusioned groups including African activists on question of climate change. First of curse we Ethiopians must make peace among ourselves.
    God bless Ethiopia!

  12. Daniel Asamnew
    | #12

    I just want to say the west knows its henchmen so well,Zenawi was distroying and lootoing and selling Every thing Ethiopia and Ethiopaness for the last 19 yrs ,And in a Sophesticated way European and Us manage to get their Puppy be Elected as a representatives of “African Dictators Union”inorder to betray this time not only Ethiopia but the Continent of Africa .And At the end i have a simple advice for the ppl who belive that Zenawi Endanger Ethiopia and Ethiopian national Intrest To Enrich TPLF and TPLF’s looting wing EFFORT( Endowment fund for the rehabilitation of Tigrai),We heard Enough of Zenawi’s crime against Ethiopian ppl , its natural resources and Even its future potential wealth is on Sale –We must start asking ourselves .If Candle light Vigil,demonstration ,writtting Zenawis crime on various blogs , web sites and radio Station is Enough to Topple this brutal dictator -????

  13. peace
    | #13


    I think it is plus and minus. It is plus because this will expose the true Meles to the world and what kind of person he is. We Ethiopians should take this opportunity to mobilize more people Africa, the world, Ethiopians all over to fight for Ethiopia’s cause.

    It is minus because Meles exposed himself for the West’s benefit so, I believe he will get a full support from the West to continue abusing Ethiopia and even worse.

  14. Sara Abdurahman
    | #14

    DEFINATELY ZENAWI TOOK HIS BORN WITH BEGGING SKILL GLOBAL,he Settled for beggar cramps as usual than negotiate based on justice and scientfic proves.

    | #15

    It becomes obvious for those who wanted to give the benfit of the doubt for the born beggar nature of ZENAWI-,rest assure Zenawi is selling out again not only Ethiopia but also this time round the Whole Continenet of Africa .He turned down a legitmate and just request of African people definately to benfit himself and his organization TPLF(Tigrean people Libtration front) and its looting wing E.F.F.O.R.T(Endowment fund for rehabilitation of Tigrai) Who already claim more than half of Ethiopian GNP

  16. Robele Ababya
    | #16

    The tyrant is a traitor we have known ever since he took arms to dismantle Ethiopia. He sold our vital interests and now that of the African continent.
    Evicting him from office and bringing him to justice has been long overdue due to division in the opposition camp.
    Now we must work hard in collaboration with the rest of Africa, especially young Africans, to paralize Meles politically and bring him to justice for his heinous crimes including genocide.

  17. Drogba
    | #17

    Yes,the victors,not the vanquished,write history.However,in our country case,both are traitors in the eyes of many Ethiopians.The fact is Ethiopia today is just like twenty or seventy years ago.You described yourself as a vanquished who denied to write your history,what history you are talking about? unless of course history of famine,persecution and so on.Who cares about climate change when you are suffocated by your own gov ts beyond any hope of existence.Let us work together regardless of who we are to bring change peacefully so that to free ourselves from the vicious circle in which we are in.

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