Do you, Meles, really think or trick? By Seifu Adam from Oslo

March 19th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

Dear Prime Minister Meles Zenawi,


Apologies if the title of this paper touches any of your nerves. It is not meant to insult your intelligence at all; it is rather deliberately made to attract your attention to the most important element of being human, (more…)

Dear Prime Minister Meles Zenawi,


Apologies if the title of this paper touches any of your nerves. It is not meant to insult your intelligence at all; it is rather deliberately made to attract your attention to the most important element of being human, genuine/quality thinking. Some of your supporters do argue that you are more intelligent and brilliant than an average Ethiopian although most of them do not seem to be aware of what that does mean and how they arrive at that conclusion. But I am not interested in your level of intelligence as such but in how you choose to be heard by millions of Ethiopians. For me, the speeches you made/make for various audiences appear to have fundamental characteristics which transcend spatio-temporal dimensions. I arrived at this conclusion following years of effort to successfully understand the quality of your thinking (I am not alone in studying people like you, you established perhaps one of the most complex and dense human networks to spy on ordinary Ethiopians). By now, it seems that I know the chemistry of your thinking better than you know it, another surprise to you. It is the qualities of your thinking as manifested in your public talks that need to be closely examined so that we Ethiopians can effectively understand you and then force you to change your mental configurations.

So now please allow me to characterize your thinking. That you do not out-think an ordinary Ethiopian. You just make dirty tricks to fool none but only your likes. Hold on Mr. Meles, we got a rough and long road to go. Whatever books you amassed and read (recall that you told Ethiopiafirst.com editor- seems a new recruit- that the most important asset you got so far is your library), whatever schools you attended to (as far as I know Wingate and the Open University), whomever scholar you identified yourself with (such as Jeffrey David Sacks of Columbia University), and whatever awards you got (only an award from Yara Foundation?), you are useless to yourself and to the Ethiopian people if your thinking is full of manipulation.

You manipulate because you need recognition, vote, reward, and generally support from the people. You do not use sound evidence and valid reasoning in your public talks whatsoever and you just insult our intelligence by assuming that manipulation- playing tricks- will work on us. You take it for grants that we are not insightful enough to detect the evil tricks you are using. I can say that you are not even an accomplished trickster, let alone being more brilliant than most Ethiopians. You just appear to fool only those who choose to be fooled. I can see that I look a bit emotional and offensive, which I do not care about as you always offend me and million Ethiopians. We no longer afford to stay on the defensive as that leads us to nowhere; we promise that we get to attack your thinking and all the tricking.

In your so called news conference last Saturday, you released your yet latest contempt to and trick on Ethiopians, which frankly speaking blew my mind off more than before. You were asked whether a North African like uprising will take place in Ethiopia. Your answer perfectly matched popular expectation that such an uprising is unthinkable. Thank you again for not breaching your by now well understood thinking style. You remained consistent after all these 20 years of talk.

You reached at this conclusion based on invalid premises. You also raised some conditions, which are similar to the conditions in North Africa which could not silence popular revolutions there, which do not allow an uprising in Ethiopia. Your rationales behind your conclusion are that 1) EPRDF won 99.6% of the votes, 2) EPRDF entered into a five-year contract with the Ethiopian people, 3) the constitution requires that people should wait until the end of the contract to oust the party if they are unhappy about it, 4) there are enough forums for showing up grievances if the people are not satisfied with the progress made so far, and 5) EPRDF is working day and night to fulfill contract obligations. Let‟s see the truth value of each of these rationales next.

Vote count. You argued that you won almost all of the votes because Ethiopians believed that EPRDF is no match to any party with regard to bringing fast socio-economic development and democratic culture. If that was the case, I would be the first to congratulate you and your party. But in real terms, how did you get such number of votes in a country where various political parties fielded several noted individuals across the breadth of the country? Let alone other people‟s, the votes of those who stood against you (I mean those who ran for the elections), their colleagues, their family members, friends and supporters would have exceeded 1% had the election been fair and free. The EU observation report detailed some of the most pressing frauds you made, which you categorically ignored as usual. Plus, you and EPRDF itself were candidly surprised by the votes you snatched. This was partly because deep inside you, you knew from the outset that the people of Ethiopia are tired of you. You from your heart and mind knew that you did not deserve such a victory. You believed that you did not work hard to win such votes fairly. In anyway, you once again usurped the people‟s voices, at least a significant part of them.

Dear Mr Prime Minister, let me now take it for grants that you won 99.6% of the votes. Do you really think this is a necessary and sufficient guarantee against a possible popular uprising or revolution? Frankly not. Take the North African dictators who are already ousted from office and those who are still strangling with popular uprisings. They reported that they all won majority votes. The same people who were praised for choosing their parties are now being cursed. Cursed only by those who wanted to trick their people. So what is the exception to Ethiopians? Are we any less patriotic than our North Africa friends? Or, do you believe that theirs are Islamic revolutions? Not at all. There is no mention of religion in their struggle, they die for and get democracy- not in your usage of the term of course but in the true and transcendental sense of it. Muammar Gaddafi recently told the BBC that Libyans “they love me all”.

Mr Meles, you seem to be comforted with this same slogan, “Ethiopians love me all”. This way you want to communicate albeit in a tricky way that you are with the people and the people with you but deep inside you, you know the reality. You know that Ethiopians are certainly having the harshest times in modern history. You know that we the majority are governed and controlled like zoo animals. You know that most families have to break bread only once a day. You know that civil workers do not get promoted or rewarded because they are not EPRDF members. You clearly know that nationalities are seeing each other as potential threat simply because of your divide and rule policy. You know that fellow Ethiopians are crossing and dying in the Sahara and Sinai deserts and in the Mediterranean and Red seas while trying to escape your cruelty. Innocent framers are kicked out of their age-old farms in favor of your foreign investors, investors who directly export their produces to their home countries while Ethiopian markets are under supplied. You know that you suffocated the health and education sectors in the name of equality and access. The list is endless.

Do you really think that Ethiopians love you all given all these and other social-economic and political breakdowns? Get ready to face the truth my prime minister- I learned this from your Prof. Andreas Eshete. There are already several virtual groups who take the initiative to initiate popular uprisings of the North African nature. And you already begin to test some of it in Gamo Gofa. More and worse is yet to come and everywhere. And that is why you are
relaxing your muscles by ensuring huge police and military presence in Addis and major towns. You perfectly understood the conditions in your actions but deny them in your words. In your latest media briefing, you truly lacked the poise required of a gentle leader. Generally, vote count could not be considered a reason for the improbability of mass uprising in Ethiopia. Your conclusion is baseless and is just a trick, a trick which will and should not save you this time regardless of the duration of your contract.

The five-year contract. You repeatedly told journalists that EPRDF entered into a five-year contract with the Ethiopian people. Your main trick here is that Ethiopians must patiently wait until the end of the contract if they want regime change. This does not hold any water, Mr Meles. Consider again your former North African colleagues who were just ousted from power. They did have entered into contract with their respective people and their contracts were still valid by the time of the uprisings. That unexplainable oppression and frustration urged the peoples to terminate contractual agreements.

And you clearly know that Tunisia and Egypt are by far at higher points of the development continuum compared to Ethiopia. Any sensible person can see the difference. So there is no point why we Ethiopians should prolong our suffering by waiting until your contract expires. The people have had given you more than enough contract periods already. You have been tested for the last 20 years. Through the daily observable poor quality of living, the Ethiopian people have already given you more than enough notice, a notice that reminds you of terminating the contract anytime soon. So long as one of the parties is dissatisfied with the other party and so long as appropriate notices and required compensations are given to the other party, there is no logic in sustaining the contract. You got our leaders, businesses, and more importantly our kids as hostages. You amassed huge assets from the Ethiopian people. Consider them for the time being as compensations for the immature termination of the contract. There will come time when you will be asked to account for the lost national wealth though. You must accept and live the fact that contract period is not now a necessary let alone sufficient condition to depress popular uprising whatever retreat you made to your constitution.

The constitution requirement. You unequivocally indicated that the only constitutionally accepted way to change government is through denying vote cards upon expiration of the contract. You raised stuff from the constitution only when you wanted to terrorize people. You are trying to leave a message that any form of uprising is unconstitutional and thus if
people try one, they will face terrible consequences. In the first place, we are not afraid of and are used to quotes and ultimatums of this kind. If you quote, we can quote and from the same source.

In the constitution, it is indicated that people have the right to make peaceful demonstrations, the right to assemble, … Who denied that very constitutional rights in the first place? Why do you chase independent journalists day after day? Why do you refrain from allowing people to demonstrate peacefully (you know that they are all unarmed- you confiscated their rifles and pistols long before)? Why do you regularly use national resources for party (EPRDF) consumption? So you are the first and sole breacher of your own constitution. If we are denied of peaceful demonstration and all other basic human rights enshrined in the constitution, we have the natural right to go for them, and this is rather in defense of the constitution. Again your quote of the constitution is baseless and is planned to instigate fear among the people. A genuine political space as specified in the constitution was rather your right way to choose.

Open political space. You argued that there are enough forums for showing up grievances if people are not satisfied with the progress made so far by EPRDF. Really? Could you mention some of them please? Is Gimgema part of the forums? How many really independent media are shut down by you? And how many journalists and politicians are jailed and prosecuted for the mere fact that they expressed their opinions about politics in Ethiopia? How many public servants are fired and demoted simply because they used to tell the truth about TPLF and its likes? The fact is that only those few cadres and officials do have more than enough forums to shout for you. During your reign, ETV, Addis Zemen, Ethiopian Raido, Radio Fana, and others never belonged to the mass. They are your personal properties and EPRDF propaganda machines. To be frank, it is the absence of genuine political space that crippled opposition parties and individuals. It is because of the absence of political space that urged us to consider other possible alternatives in our fight for freedom.

EPRDF is working hard. Your other argument against a popular uprising in Ethiopia is that your party is working day and night to the betterment and well being of Ethiopians. What a foully trick! You have been saying this for the last two decades. What did you achieve for the mass? You reached at the helm of dictatorship because of your hard work. You worked hard to divide the country. You worked hard only to allow the Sudanese to own our fertile lands. You worked hard only to lose Eritrea and our sea ports. You worked hard only to exchange Ethiopian women for Arab money. You worked hard and make sure EFFORT controls every business that can be imagined. Army generals are from a single nationality and this is the result of your hard work. The police and soldiers are feared like starved wolves because of your hard work. College graduates do not know how to write a CV let alone to become entrepreneurs by themselves because of your hard work. A person from north Ethiopia could not get a job in western Ethiopia and vice versa simply because of your hard work. You really worked hard to rewrite Ethiopia‟s history. You worked hard and succeeded in persecuting hard-educated Ethiopian scholars and replaced them with incompetent and immoral foreign lecturers. Let me be even fairer to you- you worked hard to expand the country‟s infrastructure and used that to trick your people and western donors. The list is again endless. Your hard work is on oppressive and repressive realms of life. Trick yourself and your likes.

Concluding remarks. That an uprising will not take place in Ethiopia is nothing more than wishful thinking and ordinary trick. All your reasons in support of your conclusion do not consider current developments in society and hence are simply invalid. You covered the real stories and narrated dirty tricks. But we Ethiopians probe behind your masks. We take charge of our own mind and emotions. We are not as gullible as you thought we are. One day, Meskel Square will witness a yet another grand revolution of its kind. A kind of revolution that never took place in Ethiopia before- a revolution that should usher Ethiopianism itself in the first place.

Mr Meles, this should not be the last piece you will read from me. I determine to expose your tricks from your other talks part by part. God willing, the next paper will focus on how you trick innocent people regarding the „successes‟ you made so far. Part III deals with your dirty tricks used in relation to opposition parties and independent media. The last section of this part challenges your foul plays concerning Ethiopia‟s future if EPRDF leaves or is forced to leave office. Unlike this paper, Part I, the last two parts of my series will use conceptual frameworks to better scaffold my analysis. I will draw on international literature on thinking and tricking. Please do not get frustrated by this piece, Mr Meles. A lot interesting points could be gained from the upcoming papers too. This way, we will not let you trick the Ethiopian mass in the open. We will write and circulate papers to every node in our social networking, including your supporters and sympathizers. In the process the latter will learn or at least should not dare to preach any more how brilliant you are.

The writer can be reached at seifu.adam@gmail.com

  1. beru
    | #1

    It is Well written .I wish he could read all.

  2. Kush-Kush
    | #2

    Dear, Mr writer the TPLF/EPLF tribalist leader can say what ever seems right to him and one should not take notice and argue about it . Whether he won by 99% or 1% did not matter . What matter most is that the fake election was a make believe story and all dictators always claim they win by this and that number . Best examples: the late dictator of syria Hafiz AL Asad won by 99.9%, the Ethiopian military junta leader Major Mengistu Haile Mariam won by 96.5% and Husni Mubarek of Egypt won by 98.5% . Also the dictators progress is measured not by the standared of the ordinary people, but by the puppets around them and specially their luxurious life style . Let me be aloof for all the points you listed except one . You the writer said, ” You worked hard only to lose Eritrea and our seaport .” What I believe is history will repeat itself and if that is the case it is the matter of time we will be one nation and one people like the Germans and the Yemenis . We must stirve for the unity of the people and work to dethrone the TPLF/EPLF tribalist dictators once and for all. In the end one must not fall on the TPLF/EPLF ethinic politics trap . Selam Tena Yesteligne !

  3. ይገርማል
    | #3

    በስራም ብዛት በንሮውም ጫናነት እንዲሁም በፖለትካ ፓርቲዎች ብዛትና ሽኩቻቸው አለመደሰት ምክንያት ከፖለቲካው ሰፈር ራቅ ካልኩ ሰንበት ብያለሁ:: ወሪም መስማትም አልፈልግም ነበር; ሰሞኑን በአለችኝ ትንሽ ጊዚ አንዳንድ ጽሁፎችንና አስተያይቶችን እቃኝ ነበር: አንዳንድ ጥሩ አስተያየቶችንም አንዳንድ ደግሞ የሚሉትንና የሚያወሩትን የሚያውቁ አይምመስሉም አንዳንዶችም ተሳዳቢዎችና ዘላፊዎችን አይቻለሁ ይህ ፈጽሞ አላስፈላጊና ስድነት ነው:: ሆኖም በትቻለኝ አቅምና በመሰለኝ መለካምና ጥሩ ቀና የሆኑ አስተያየቶችን ለመስጠት ሞክሪአለሁ: የዛርው ጸህፊ ግን በጣም ግሩምና ከልቢ ውስጥ ያልውን ነው የጻፉት ብል ማዳነቅ አይሆንብኝም::በቀጥታም ሆነ በተዘዋሪ መስማቱ ወይም ማንበቡ አይቀርም:ይህንንም ሀቅ አይክድም እንደምንመጣበትም ያውቃል:ምን አይነት ሽብርና ስጋት ላይ እንዳለም ከአለፈው ቅዳሚ መግለጫው መረዳት ይቻላል:ምን ያህል ትቢተኛ እንደሆንም አይዘነጋም:: ደጋግሚ በሊሎች አስተያየቲ እንደገለጽኩት አሁንም የሚያሳስበኝና የሚያሳዝንኝ ነገር ቢኖር የፓርቲዎች ብዛትና ወጣቱ ትውልድ የት እንደገባ ነው? ባለፓርቲዎቹም ጼሀፊዎቹም ከ40 እና ከ50 አመት እድሚ በላይ ያላቸው ናቸው: እንደምታስታውሱት በኛ ወጣትነት ዘመናችን በየጫካው እየተሰበሰብን ዲሞክራሲን በጃችን እየጻፍን ንጉሱ እንዲወርዱ ስንጮህ ደርግን ስንቃወም በርህ ገብተን ስንዋጋ ምንም እንደፈለግነውና እንዳሰብንው ህሳባችን ሙሉ በሙሉ ባይሳካም ብዙ መስዋእቶችን ከፍለናል:: ይህ ለውጥ ለአዲሱና ለመጭው ትውልድ ነው:የራሳቸውን እድል በራሳቸው የመወሰን ህላፊነት አለባቸው:እኛ ታግለንና ለፍተ ያቆየንላቸው መልካም ስራት የለምና::
    ኢትዮጵያችን በሰላምና በዲሞክራሲ ከነጻነት ወዳድ ህዝባ ጋር ለዘላለም ትኑር!

  4. abby
    | #4

    The writer did an excellent job by explaining the Meles’s trick. I can not wait to see part II of the writer’s article. Good job brother, go for it.

  5. DRAMA
    | #5

    IT SEEMS LIKE WE ALL KNOW HOW DUMMY AND MENTALLLY DISTUBED THE SELF CLAIMED ETHIOPIAN LEADER IS. APART FROM THE MENTAL INFERIORITY, WE NEVER SHOULD LEAVE OUT THE PART THAT HE IS A MAJOR BUTLER TO THE CAUCASIANS. THAT BY ITSELF IS A HUGE PROBLEM. NEVER FORGET THAT HOUSE NEGROES HAVE THEIR OWN PROBLEMATIC CHARACTERISTCS (INFERIORITY COMPLEX). OUR SELF PROCLAIMED LEADER IS A GERDAME!!!!!!!!!!!! DID I READ ETHIOPIAFIRST?
    THESE GROUP OF PEOPLE ARE THE ONE’S I CATAGORIZE AS THE “HODAM DIASPORA NETWORK” THAT RETURNED HOME BECAUSE THEY ARE TIRED OF PAYING BILLS ABROAD. THERE IS A GROUP OF DIASPORA PEOPLE THAT WENT HOME TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHAT WAS LEFT FROM THE REGIME. “ALEKLAKIS” OF THE BLOOD SUCKING REGIME. SUCKING THE ETHIOPIAN POOR PEOPLE BEHIND THE CURTAIN. THEY ARE CHICKENS THAT ARE AFRAID TO TELL YOU THEY SUPPORT WOYANES OR ARE AFRAID TO SAY THEY ARE WOYANES. THEY ARE “MEHAL SEFAIRS”. THEY ACT SMART, WHEN THEY ARE NOT, AND ARE AIMING TO HELP THE WOYANES BY COLLABORATING WITH FERENJIS AND THE LIKES. SELLING ETHIOPIA ON THE INTERNATIONAL AUCTION! WHATEVER THEY ARE GETTING DONE IN ETHIOPIA, THEY THINK IT IS DEVELOPMENT. OBVIOUSLY, THEY ARE COMPARING WHAT DEVELOPMENT MEANS TO THEIR OWN CHICKEN BRAINS. THEY THINK THEY ARE OUR DOMESTIC INTEREST GROUPS, WHILE THEY ARE WASHING ARAB’S AND FERENJI’S ASS EVERYWHERE THEY GO. IS THERE ANY LIE ABOUT THIS? I DON’T THINK SO. THEY CAN READ THIS AND SHUT THE HAIL UP, BECAUSE THE INFO IS CONSISTENT WITH THEIR BASELESS CHARACTERISTICS.

  6. Alaska Gold
    | #6

    It’s a very interesting piece in that it started as real scientific research into the patterns of the PM’s way of communication to end up as a pure diatribe from one of his opponents. Through insinuations and innuendos, typical of the Diaspora, the writer argues against his own perceived facts. For starters, the opposition parties in some instances have won the majority of the combined votes only to lose the seat to EPRDF in a winner takes all arrangement. You can blame the system if you want to, but to say the opposition didn’t even win 1% of the vote is disingenuous at best. I never heard anybody complaining when Kinjit won 100% of the seats in Addis Ababa. We all know why it’s the case. What is good for the goose is good for the gander – as the say goes. So, the “Vote Count” claim is more of you not accepting the outcome you seek than the realty in the ground. One more time, the EPRDF at no time claimed a 99.6% victory of the popular vote. That’s your own propaganda. They won seats with as little as 45% of the vote! Your second argument is the derivative of your first misconception. If you were to believe, as many Ethiopians do, that the EPRDF got the mandate to lead the country, then that will make it “The five-year contract” under the constitution. Again, your argument about “The constitution requirement” stems from your disrespect of the constitution itself. You wouldn’t preach in Oslo or Berlin to happen the same if you wanted to. This is because you have a great respect for “others” constitution than your own – inferiority complex. As to the peaceful demonstration, they were not devised as a tool to create chaos where none is guaranteed. If there is a group or a party responsible to blame for its malfunction, then that will be the so-called opposition and the minority in Diaspora not the government. Why would the EPRDF enshrine this clause in the constitution to begin with if they don’t want to enforce them? You also mentioned about “Open political space” and listed some of the medias to back up the argument. For me, it would have been enough to point out your good buddy Eskinder Nega and close my case. Since you caught me in a good mood I’ll add the names of Fortune, Ethiopian Reporter, AddisAdmas, ShegerRadio and more. By the way, have you seen any of the caricatures of the PM circulating in the daily papers mocking him as a person and as a leader? You also question if “The EPRDF is working hard.” I feel sorry for you for not able to see what the entire world at large is witnessing as to the progress of the country. I agree with you when you say, “You really worked hard to rewrite Ethiopia’s history.” That exactly is what’s happening in today’s Ethiopia. If anything the PM is being humble about achievements under his leadership. Your complaint about the positions held by the EPRDF members is laughable. Of course, to the victor goes the spoils like it or not – where else is not the case? So, please, before you try to disguise yourself as a researcher – a bad one at that – you better get your facts straight. Hate is not a substitute for substance.

  7. kahessay
    | #7

    Kushekush, sorry, you always wrote a malign and vulgarily. I do not like your chating and treason.

  8. Waaqoo
    | #8

    A very telling message to the dictator in Addis.
    I remember This same Woyane boss has been claiming “if you lock a person in a house, he will certainly smash the window to free himself” in defense of Eritrea referundum. By the same token if he locks Ethiopians in giant prison, isn’t he expected that we will opt to free ourselves by whatever means?

  9. HELELE HANBABE
    | #9

    @ALASKA GOLD:HAVE YOU EVER READ ABOUT IMF’s REJECTION OF MADE UP DATA REGARDING “DOUBLE DIGIT” ECONOMIC GROWTH IN ETHIOPIA? HOW ABOUT THE ARTICLE IN WHICH THE ECONOMIST MAGAZINE TRASHED WEYANES’ CLAIM OF “DOUBLE DIGIT” GROWTH? DID YOU EVER HEAR THAT THE DRAFTED CONSTITUTION OF ETHIOPIA WAS RATIFIED SECRETLY IN NEFASIT TOWN (ERITREA) BEFORE IT WAS PASSED BY THE RUBBER STAMP DO NOTHING PARLIAMENT WITHOUT ANY PUBLIC DISCUSSION? DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY TIMES MELES HAS BEEN CLAIMING BOGUS DATA AS FACT AND THAT HE DOES NOT CARE WHETHER OTHERS ACCEPT OR NOT? DO YOU KNOW THAT MELES NEVER WANTS TO PROVE WHAT HE CLAIMS AS TRUE? WEYANES’ DATA ARE NOT SUBJECT TO REFUTATION AND HAVE IMMUNITY FROM BEING AUTHENTICATED. MELES, “THE GREAT DEMOCRATIC LEADER” WHO CAME TO POWER BY WAY OF THE BARREL OF GUN IS ENTITLED TO LIFE TIME DE FACTO MONARCHY WITHOUT CLOTH. REMEMBER WHAT MELES SAID AND WHAT GADHAFI SAID AND COMPARE THE SIMILARITIES. YOU WILL GET PARANOIA AS THE CENTER OF THEIR SPEECHES. GADHAFI CALLED LIBIYAN REBELS AS AL KAIDA MESSENGERS AS MELES SAID PROTESTERS IN ADDIS ABABA AS LUMPEN. NOW YOU CALLED SIEFU AS A HATER. EVIDENCE AND ARGUMENT ARE YOUR ENEMIES. ALL YOUR LIKES LOVE FACT FREE ARGUMENTS AND BOW TO THE “GREAT LEADER” LIKE THE SUBJECTS OF GADHAFI. WHEN WILL YOU PEOPLE GROW UP?

  10. በለው!
    | #10

    Dear Seifu Adam,Congratulation! What a great analysis! What a talented challenge! you dissected it keep going.Thanks again(…)

  11. Mad man Meles
    | #11

    Well written and great analysis, thank you.
    Let me add about Meles’s mental status: it is my strong believe that everything what Meles does and says explain itself that he suffers from Bi-Polar or some other kind of mental disorder. Some of these mental sickness makes Meles to think that he is the best and the brightest and the only powerful man in the world. Nothing in this world gives the mentally unstable Meles more thrill, happiness and superiority than giving orders innocent people to be tortured and put to deaths. My fellow Ethiopians no matter how we slice it, we have to realize that Ethiopians are under the leadership of a mentally disturbed inhumane creature and we must find immediate solutions to get rid of the bloody hand mad man Meles to stop the human sufferings and save lives.

  12. Girmachew
    | #12

    Drama @ #4, please try to master your English first before you comment on something you don’t have a grasp or the temperament for it. You are incapable to comprehend issues of this magnitude. Further more, your chain of thought – thought is a big word for you – exposes your little beleaguered brain than anything else. What a loser.

  13. Kush-Kush
    | #13

    Dear Kahesay, could kindly tell me where I become vulgar and malignant? If you can not show it to the readers, is it not a shame to spoil someone’s name? I am more than willing to learn and to correct myself .Selam Tena Yesteligne!

  14. Sam
    | #14

    Seifu, to think and trick are not totally exclusive of each other. To trick, you have to think. Had I chosen a headline for the article Seifu wrote, it woud have been to think and survive. Meles thinks because he worships his survival. That did not start when he stumpled upon Menelik palace. It started long before then. Survival within the TPLF required he thought better than others around him. The thinking he was working on was tied up with survival instinct. Such a person could lead a country having first the best interest of the nation? I doubt that. I do not necessairly mean he does not have the nation interest. What I mean is to him his survival always comes first. When cornered, meles always thought his political survival as the most important. During the aftermath of the 2005 election how he planned to suppress dissent showed how to great length he would go to stay in power. He brought people who hardly speak Amharic from the South, and wanted the Addis residents to pay the price for voting KIIJIT. The populace got the message. They surrendered after a few hundreds were wasted. This is what I say to think to survive: pull the ethnic not being well acquinted of each other weapon from the stock for emergency. It worked well for him and his party.

  15. Lemdnewu YemtTelut
    | #15

    @Alaska Gold
    You concluded your post by the following: ” Hate is not a substitute for substance.”
    This is a serious accusation. Most of you, Meles supporters, like to spice up your comments with such accusations of your opponents. You don’t tell us why others hate you as you tell us. Tell us the reasons. I don’t think you have one.
    You are the ones who hate others. The facts are all over the world. On your mind you have the notion of ‘They hate us.’
    You know that you’re minority. You’re suffering from guilty conscience.It’s not too late to heed to the ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE dreams

  16. Tolagna
    | #16

    I haven’t had yet developed Written English to fully and deeply express my thought,openions and perception on anything and everything,but I had and still have a through understanding of the mechanism of Meles Zinawi’s brain.it’s just that I don’t have an excellent skill as Mr.Seifu Adam has.Please,join me in thanking Mr.Seifu Adam for pricesily and vividly put it on the information bord on behave of those of us and on behave of millions of Ethiopians.The information that Mr.Seifu Adam put it is the most invaluable facts and truth on the grintling pig,Meles Zinawi;moreover,all of us should be able not only to read the minds’ of Meles Zinawi,we should also be able to disect the tiny brain of Meles Zinawi in order to prevent him from attempting to fool Ethiopians and the rest.Thank you

  17. Kaleab
    | #17

    Ok.I got the message.But in reality most of you guys who write articles about Ethiopian politics concentrate your criticism directed at one direction,i.e,Meles and Weyane.If you look on the wider picture,you seem to jump Shabia and OLF altogether.These 3 deviles are the primary cause of the woes in the horn today.To tell you the truth they are together with the same objective of making each other powerful,rich be on top at the expence of the very people they claim to represent.Come on guys let us see you write about the other hidden and well knowen skims the mentioned groups intentions,than the same tyring rhetoric that we read all the time.

  18. Yalfal K.Belachew
    | #18

    Dear Mr. Writer !I greatly admire you for writing this bold article regarding our Dictator.However he is overwhelmingly obsessed and inflated with ethnocentrism,egoism and Sadism.The Ethiopian people has given him the chance to do the best for the country.He didn’t even came to Neutral or 0.Like the balloon he has forgotten his limits.So does his supporters who filled the balloon with air.The end depends on the pressure we exert !! You are doing your share !!

    So my dear I thank you and look forward for your 2nd and 3rd articles.

  19. LetMeSaySome
    | #19

    Lemdnewu YemtTelut @#14, HELELE HANBABE @#8, I get perplexed by people of your kind all the time. I don’t know for sure if you guys are such intellectually dishonest or unable to fathom gossip from reality. If your issue with the current government were about policies, governance and trustworthiness then this forum and the platform it provides would not suffice as a medium to reach your goals. You sure know where the fight of ideas is taking place. Any statistics either presented by the government or any other institution doesn’t matter in the overall scheme of things if we don’t want to see what we see and don’t want to hear what we hear. The argument is not about half full or half empty glass argument. It’s rather an empty or full glass argument. To accept there is no economical, social, institutional, cultural and environmental progress under this regime requires the willing suspension of disbelief. It also is clear from all the code words, Menlik Palas, minority, TPLF, Woyane etc, the premise for your disagreement is more of racial than substantive. If you don’t want epitomize that as a “hate” then I don’t really know what to tell you. Just let’s be honest and let’s call a duck a duck. This reminds me about the saying:”If somebody is saying it isn’t about the money, it’s about the money.” Let’s engage ourselves in a more civilized and constructive discussion in the mold of “Alaska Gold @ #5″ . Until then, let’s stop the kidding and yell at …………….

  20. TAMRAT
    | #20

    Well written and good facts, Melse reigme has to go.These regime want to stay as long as they can. However We have to remove the regime by all means we can. The regime lies too much, life in Ethiopia are bad. Every thing controlled by one tribe from Air port to millitary commaned. This is not right.

  21. rezene kadissaba
    | #21

    Alaska Gold – you must rename yourself – Ethiopia Gold – I sometimes believe what diasporas do or belive have no direct outcome to what is going on in Ethiopia. But I feel different when I read such informed comments from personalities like you.
    Cheers from Addis – Atitfa

  22. Lemdnewu YemtTelut
    | #22

    @LetMeSaySome
    You wrote: “… all the code words, Menlik Palas, minority, TPLF, Woyane etc, the premise for your disagreement is more of racial than substantive. …”
    One can see from this part of your post that who you’re. Why don’t you keep quiet if you cannot support your arguements with facts. I don’t think you have fact to disprove your being minority. But I am happy to hear from you what you feel about others. It unites us to fasten your demise.

  23. Typical Woyanes
    | #23

    Alaska Gold, rezene kadissaba and the likes,
    You can’t help it, because you Woynes are clueless, senseless, heartless and inhumane individuals that enjoy human miseries.
    I bet you won’t repeat the senseless statements you made in front of:–
    —the teachers, journalists, bankers, and business owners who have lost their jobs because they are not members of TPLF mafia group.
    — the tens of thousands of Ethiopian mothers and fathers who lost their children by Agazi Army.
    —the tens of thousands of Ethiopians children who lost their parents by the ruthless Agazi army.
    —that mother who lost her two sons minutes apart right in front of her door.
    —that family who lost their father and mother right in their back yard in front of them.
    —the millions who are expected to die for lack of food and water.
    —the Ethiopians in Gambela and Gondar who have been chased away from everything they know and love to give their land to Sudan and foreign billionaires.
    —the millions who are struggling to make ends meet while tyrant Meles and his close mafia buddies looting the country to live large and stashing millions in foreign countries.
    —Britukan, the other political prisoners and the tens of thousands innocent Ethiopians who are locked up in Woyane prison without a day in court and rotting in jail and tortured.
    —the millions of Ethiopians who can not even find cooking oil, sugar, fuel and other necessary items.

    It is impossible to mention all the 20 years of endless misery and the human abuses Woyane thugs have caused on innocent Ethiopians.

  24. Alemayehu
    | #24

    Dear Alaska Gold and DRAMA. Why do you deny the true thing that happend in Ethiopia.I am from Addis Ababa. I am one of the victime of Ethiopian poeple.You know it, who is going to scholar and who is promoted any position . You know what did the government the last 20 years. If the person are not the member of woyane , we can not get any benefite ,even we can not get simple short training and bounes. you creat a false BPR in order to dissmise the innocent profesional worker with out any reason that was your pretext.You know that where the manager comes from.you know that where are learing woyane family. you know that who is got the city house and land for house. you know that how many presioner in the jail.you know that who is dancing at the movement, you know that who is constructing a huge bulding by abank birr. you know that who are dismissed from the job. I can not explain all things, please remember the following main points and do not write the buleshit and stupied idea. we are preparing to stepdown this regim by the motto of “Ethiopia or death”.You can’t help it, because you Woynes are clueless, senseless, heartless and inhumane individuals that enjoy human miseries.
    I bet you won’t repeat the senseless statements you made in front of:–
    —the teachers, journalists, bankers, and business owners who have lost their jobs because they are not members of TPLF mafia group.
    — the tens of thousands of Ethiopian mothers and fathers who lost their children by Agazi Army.
    —the tens of thousands of Ethiopians children who lost their parents by the ruthless Agazi army.
    —that mother who lost her two sons minutes apart right in front of her door.
    —that family who lost their father and mother right in their back yard in front of them.
    —the millions who are expected to die for lack of food and water.
    —the Ethiopians in Gambela and Gondar who have been chased away from everything they know and love to give their land to Sudan and foreign billionaires.
    —the millions who are struggling to make ends meet while tyrant Meles and his close mafia buddies looting the country to live large and stashing millions in foreign countries.
    —Britukan, the other political prisoners and the tens of thousands innocent Ethiopians who are locked up in Woyane prison without a day in court and rotting in jail and tortured.
    —the millions of Ethiopians who can not even find cooking oil, sugar, fuel and other necessary items.

    It is impossible to mention all the 20 years of endless misery and the human abuses Woyane thugs have caused on innocent Ethiopians

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