The discord between Sweden and Meles Zenawi by Feyissa Woyessa

November 19th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

The Ethio-Swedish cooperation is long standing and goes back to the period of emperor Haile Selassie. Records show that Sweden is among the wealthy European countries offering a significant aid package to the ethno-fascist government of Meles Zenawi. Albeit limited and unlike many of its western counterparts, Sweden continued to provide some assistance under the Marxist rule of Colonnel Mengistu Hailemariam too.

Swedish aid has seen significant increases during the rule of the fascist and racist Meles Zenawi,making the latter one of the most important reciepents of Swedish development assistance in Africa. Despite the deplorable human rights records of the ethno-fascist dictatorship, the other western countries have also been increasing their aid. The European Union has been expanding and increasing its partnership with the government of Meles Zenawi. As a consequence, Meles Zenawi has become the darling of the donors and is committing atrocities with impunity. This is where we see a direct contradiction between western foreign policy on one side and the issues of democracy,human rights and good governance on the other. The increasing western support to the discriminating and ethno-fascist rule of Meles Zenawi, attests to the absence of real

commitment on the part of the west to address the root causes of poverty
and underdevelopment in Ethiopia. The removal of corrupt, nepotic and racist dictators like Meles Zenawi is the most important pre-condition for achieving the goals of development, prosperity and stability in Ethiopia.

Sweden`s official development aid is disbursed through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). SIDA is in charge of administering and accounting for Swedish official aid. However, the Agency operates within the policy guidelines set by the Swedish government.

With the coming to power of a center-right government since September 2006
in which the Swedish conservative party or locally known as Moderata Samlingspartiet has the leading role, human rights have received some focuses. For example SIDA officially describes the development in Ethiopia as negative in terms of democracy and unfovorable for development cooperation. This focus on the issue of human rights has caused some discomfort in the fascist government of Meles Zenawi. The other contentious issue ( more serious) has been SIDAS broad development involvement in the Amhara region which is officially known as SIDA Amhara Development Program (SARDP). SIDA has been financing a broad development program focusing on rural development in the region contradicting to some extent the policy of Meles Zenawi. Sources in SIDA mention of Meles Zenawi`s direct and indirect disapproval of this program. Zenawi has been
trying to press SIDA to phase out this program. However, many in SIDA are aware of Meles Zenawi`s anti-Amhara policy and actions and have been trying to help the needy.

As is well known, prioritization of the de facto state of Tigray in all areas of development assistance is the operational policy of Meles Zenawi.I refer to Tigray as a de facto state because it and Tigrayans have a special and privileged status in the ethno-fascist rule imposed on Ethiopians. Tigray is practically a state running its own affairs and taking care of its own interests in isolation from the rest of Ethiopia. Since Meles Zenawi considers the Amaharas as the enemies of the people of
Tigray (his power base), he does not approve any aid benefiting the Amharas directly or indirectly. Meles Zenawi`s anti-Amhara teachings have widespread acceptance in the Tigrayan(what others refer to as weyanne) community in Sweden. In spite of this,it is common to see the greedy or hodam Amharas knocking at the doors of Meles Zenawi`s Embassy in Stockholm
in search of some crumbs from the Tigrayans.The TPLF leaders consider the Oromos as subjects who are easy to manipulate and use against the Amharas.

Inspite of this degrading attitude of the Tigrayan elite towards the Oromos, the Oromo resistance and struggle are the only challenges threatening their power in Ethiopia. Other oppressed and marginalized Ethiopians including the Amharas have a lot to learn from the Oromo resistance and struggle. The combined sensitive issues of SIDA Amhara Development Program (SARDP)
and some Swedish focus on human rights, have led to disagreements between Sweden and Meles Zenawi.

Feyissa Woyessa, Sweden.

  1. Tewodros
    | #1

    You know what? Amhara is one of the most endangered race in Africa due to the despot Zenawi. They are suffering the unimaginable pain due to poverty, lack of good governance and justice, disease and what not.

    What I observed in the university is incredible. Tigrean students are very much active politically due to purposeful preaching of Woyane and Oromos are also very much aware of politics due to public resistance. But students from Amhara region are purposefully made deaf and blind by the likes of Bereket Simon, Addisu Legesse, Demeke Mekonnen and many others. This is pure genocide.

    May God Bless Ethiopia,

  2. Anonymous
    | #2

    To Feyissa Woyessa:

    Your argument is so simple that one can belive that we are at the begning of humanity. Very simple and no comlex att all. I don´t belive that Oromos in Sweden are behind this articel. I belive the Oromos in general and those who live in Sweden in particular are educated and can se the complexity of the human nature. I don´t think that you represent the Oromo people in general or the Oromos in Diaspora or in Sweden in particular.

    God save Ethiopia and the Oromo people from indiviuals like “Feyissa Woyessas”

    Gorogoto from Sweden, Stockholm

  3. kush-kush
    | #3

    What are you trying to get across to your audiance? Do you have any hidden goal? Do you really care for the Amharas? If you care, you will never attempt to divide the Ethiopian people on ethinic lines . I urge you to carefully think what any ethinic movement policy looks like? It is a crime to antagonize and divide the people and you and I know what we gained- suffering,humilation and calamity . Why don’t you act like your name? The meaning of your name is Adinew . I hate your gut and I detest your work because we are what we are . In the end I am an Ethiopian and belong to all ethinics . Do you know the meaning of my name?

  4. Drama
    | #4

    THE WRITER IDENTIFIES MELES AS ETHNO-FACIST, BUT HE IS ALSO AN ETHNIC MONGER, PROMOTING ETHNIC TALK SO IT INSTILLS IN OUR MINDS. ARE YOU TRYING TO POISON OUR HEALTH MINDS. SORRY BUT WE ARE ALSO SMART. WE CAN’T LET YOU DO THAT TO US. GOOD LUCK, WOYESSA. I KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT YOU, YOU NEED HELP. YOU ARE NOTHING BUT ANOTHER IMITATING INDIVIDUAL WITH ETHNIC COMPLEXES ECHOING MELES’ PSYCOPATH WORLD. ARE YOU THE PUBLIC RELATION OFFICER FOR WOYANE? HOW MUCH? MR. WOYESSA, PLEASE FIND YOUR OWN MAJORITY OR MINORITY COMPLEX PROBLEM AND SOLVE IT BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. IF GUNS GET INTO YOUR HANDS, YOU WILL ULTIMATELY FIND YOURSELF IN RED TERROR. DON’T FOOL YOURSELF. YOU HAVE FOUND OUT ONLY LIMITED PEOPLE LIVE WITH YOUR VIEWS, SO YOU COME TO US WITH THIS TYPE OF ARTICLE SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT YOUR PSYCHOPATH IRON AGE POLITICS. GET A LIFE, YOU SURELY NEED ONE. DID YOU HAVE FUN TODAY?

  5. Hashish
    | #5

    Hei Drama,
    What are you talking guy? Woyyessa talked about Meles’s malicious policy against Amhara and other Ethiopian people. Why you hate to hear about names Amhara, Oromo, Tigre, Sidama, Somale, etc. except Ethiopia. Are you a MULE embarrassed to say MY FATHER IS DONKEY?

    You have to be proud of who you are. You belong to some group, so find yourself.There is no more old Ethiopia, forget about that because 1. Eritrea has gone for good, 2. Old people with old idea are decreasing in number due to death and Woyanes imprisonment 3. There is irreversible new mindset and political structure in Ethiopia.

    Come back to your sense and think correctly. You are not the only one assigned by God to guard Ethiopia.

  6. idiot dictator
    | #6

    Who ever your name is, hashish. You have a small world and a chicken brain. That is why you fantasize about a certain ethnic group. Imagine dummy, there are over 80 ethnic groups just in Ethiopia and there are thousands around the world. Why do you think one has to talk about few ethnic groups amongst thousands? Maybe you feel so important out of those thousands, right? Good for you but you don’t mean shit to others. Stop smoking so you can think clearly.

  7. idiot dictator
    | #7

    Woyessa, you seem to know some about those Swedes that have converted you into protestant giving you and your friends opportunity to leave your country through church. Your masters have indirectly brain washed you. You come abroad and insist to differ from your african and ethiopian brothers by language, ethnic identity, and obviously by religion. If I tell you africans are one, you would tell me africans are stupid. You have a nasty divisve outlook towards brotherhood unity. Do you think that will make you bring you forutunes? You seem to reserve the idiot dictator’s mentality. One Africa, One Ethiopia.

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