The Grinch Who Stole My Bucket-List Meles Zenawi and How He Keeps Squashing Every Habesha’s Dream! By Degol AreAdom

April 21st, 2011 Print Print Email Email

Meles Zenawi is making audacious pronouncements bewildering friends and irking foes with a torrent of projects of magnitude never heard of. And he is in a hurry. With a sense of indignation and fury Meles is claiming to build: (more…)

Meles Zenawi is making audacious pronouncements bewildering friends and irking foes with a torrent of projects of magnitude never heard of. And he is in a hurry. With a sense of indignation and fury Meles is claiming to build: no other than taming Abay; face-off arch enemy Egypt and give it a bloody nose in the process; push Ethiopia’s current savings from 7-8% to 40% or higher in a year or two and raise billions to dam the damn river; topple the government of Eritrea; eliminate food security and poverty from the face of Ethiopia for ever and ever! All these dreams will come true at once with one swoop! So we are told! Incredulous as it may sound yet you would like to give him the benefit of doubt because these are in your Bucket-List : a wish list you dreamed so much for so long and believe will pave the way for a happy and prosperous Ethiopia. Things that are heart warming and make your eyes teary! Meles Zenawi knows how you feel about them and will dangle them in your face, but like Grinch disguised in Santa cloth he has dubious design for Ethiopia: steal and ruin our dreams!

Beginning with the bungled Gilgel Gibe II there are six or more power projects to name: Gilgel Gibe III and IV, Tana Beles II, Gojeb, Tekez II, Nazret wind, Ashogeda wind etc that are incomplete or in the pipe-line estimated to generate more than 8000 MW of additional electric energy, more than enough to satisfy Ethiopia’s needs for the next ten years (even at a whooping 15% annual GDP growth, according to rosy EPRDF scenario). These projects alone need more than 30-40 billion Birr. So far Tekez I and Tana Beles I produce less than a 1/3 of their capacity, and Gilgel Gibe II has been messed-up. Yet Meles Zenawi wants us to forget these and rally behind him for a more sensitive and contentious projects: irking Sudan, Egypt along with Eritrea all at the same time. Funny he also would like us to believe that Egypt and Sudan will pay hard currency to buy electricity generated from a project they object and will do everything to undermine. Though no-brainer it will be important to remind him that once Eritrea and Ethiopia got to war, Assab (a well established port) became desolate despite the obvious benefit it would have brought both countries: when you are at war you are at war, be it with Egypt, Sudan or Eritrea. The same could be said about the myriad of projects he is releasing in what looks like a Tsunami: build close to 500,000 condominiums, boost textile export from the paltry 12 millions USD a year to 1 Billion USD a year (that is right 1 Billion), build 10,000 KMs of rail, build several hundred thousand KMs of asphalt and all weather roads, build five super-sized sugar plantations and processing plants. And oh there is the gas fields and fertilizer plants, the IT and industry villages. 30 Billion here, another 40 Billion there , another 70 Billion here, another 100 Billion there. Only a partial list! Wow!

It was claimed 50, 000 farmers in Tigray and about 100,000 farmers in Gonder and Gojam will stand to benefit and irrigate their farmland from the respective and newly built dams of Tekez and Tana Beles. Yet we have yet to see a single farmer tapping to these resources. Of course these are not the real reasons for Meles recent furry and torrents of new projects, he has other dubious reasons up in his sleeve. Otherwise why would he be jumping from one project to another before we got to see its fruition? What is the fate of Gilgel Gibe III that is claimed to produce 1800 MW with the Government of Kenya behind it and deep in the hinterland of Gibe valley, far way from the border and well protected from preying eyes and saboteurs? What is happening to that project? Since no international financing is available aren’t we supposed to use domestic financing to build it and build it now? It certainly will more than satisfy our current demand, with enough left over to export to Kenya and Djibouti. With a bit of help from China and domestic financing (if and when everybody is on board not just EPRDF lackeys) we most certainly can do it by ourselves ( still with enough left over to satisfy corrupt contractors from China and Salini of Italy and EPRDF officials such as Sibehat Nega). But the country will be spared war with Egypt or Sudan. So why dam Abay at Sudan border before you began implementing the one on the pipe-line and better secure Gilgel Gibe III and IV? A puzzle? may be not if you only knew Meles Zenawi!

The headline grabbing says “Ethiopia to dam Nile and build 5300 MW Hydroelectric plant”, when of course the immediate plan is only for 700 MW (quoting Meles and his Energy Minister Alamayohu Tegenu, if you read carefully you will find it in the subtext). So he sidesteps Gilgel Gibe III and a ‘safe’ 1800MW project and invites Egypt to the ring for a bloody fight over 700 MW? Why? Why? Why?

Of course Ethiopia has every right to dam Abay, particularly when it is not diverting or reducing a drop of water: not only that, every Ethiopian dreams for a fair share of the water we can use for our need (not just generate power). One of the first in our bucket-list! Historically Egypt has been opposed to this and has done everything to scuttle Ethiopia’s effort to exercise its right. But a new Egypt is in the offing: Egypt is undergoing a new political system and is feeling the bangs and going through the labor of democracy. So why throw a wrench in this process and rattle the current political dynamics of Egypt? Only to play the bad boy? The spoiler? What a true Grinch! Egypt is so worried by Meles’ recent pronouncements that it just sent to Uganda a high delegation team including representatives from the new revolutionary youth (mind you the same revolutionaries who help topple Mubark, future leaders whom Ethiopia should win friends amongst). Why is Meles doing this? Why now? He knows what is in every Ethiopian’s bucket-list and like the true Grinch he is out to steal our dreams and ruin it forever by making new enemies and/or throwing fuel into old rivalry! His haste is unbelievable…hopefully Mott IyeTeraw Yihonal! To use and manipulate our pride and wishes for Abay is treacherous! We will dam Abay when we are fully ready, there is a nation-wide consensus and mobilization with opposition parties, civic institutions, labor unions, and the free press rallying behind it: exactly like what the Egyptian are doing now lobbying Nile countries such Uganda not just trotting the globe with a bunch of ruling party cadres and drumming a war beat.

Meles current bravado is amazing. You see Meles Zenwai is so weak-knee when it comes to Sovereignty even his admirers can’t defend his handling related to Assab, Badme and Irob and most recently his misadventure into Somalia. He has no credibility when it comes to national feelings and pride. This time around he tries to wear a nationalist cloak and declares to topple Isayas’ government, the same government he personally chaperoned around UN corridors. Talk is cheap! Meles Zenwai may have beef with Isayas, but he has no credibility on this issue. Ethiopians and many Eritreans would like to see Isayas go, this too is in our bucket-list. But we are not sacrificing tens of thousands of Ethiopia’s youth to score Meles’ beef with Isayas, or help facilitate Meles’ treachery, only to yet again get cheated-out of our natural and sovereign rights. His haste and current foray into Nile and Egyptian politics is no different, a diversion from domestic affairs, and fear of his own demons, and to squeeze every Habesha dime and squander it like he always does! We tell him go to Hell! No more stealing from our Bucket-List!

1, Bucket-List: Everything you dreamed and wanted to do before you die: like you got to see Ethiopia hosting the world cup and winning it! Seriously though: every household with electricity, access to clean water, every child in school!

2, Grinch: The Christmas spoiler from Dr.Suess children book series. Grinch, greedy with shriveled and mean heart disguises himself as Santa out to steal toys and presents from homes with children eagerly waiting for Christmas.

  1. DRAMA
    | #1

    SOMETIME IN THE 90′S, A PROFESSIONAL PROJECT PLAN TO DAMN THE BLUE NILE, BOTH FOR ELECTRICIY AND IRRIGATION, WAS INITIATED BY FEW ELITE ETHIOPIAN INDIVIDUALS. THE REGIME COMPLETELY DISCARDED THE IDEA & THE IMPLEMENTATION. YEARS LATER, WE SEE ALL THESE PROGRAMS TO PRODUCE EXTENSIVE ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION. THE “FERENJ”, THE REGIME’S MASTER MUST HAVE ENDORSED; IT IS ABOUT TIME THEY SAY. WOULD ANYBODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND NEGATE A CLEAN ENERGY PRODUCTION? I DON’T THINK SO. BUT THE 1ST IMPORTANT QUESTION NOBODY IS ASKING IS… WHY DOES THE GOVERNMENT PAY SO MUCH MONEY TO FOREIGNERS (EX. TO SALINI,GILGEL GIBE’S CONTRACTOR) TO BUILD THESE PROJECTS, WHEN ETHIOPIAN EDUCATES ARE SITTING IDLE WITHOUT A JOB. SOME OF YOU MAY HAVEN’T SEEN THESE EXPERIENCED ETHIOPIANS, BUT THEY DO EXSIST. AS A MATTER OF FACT, MANY OF THEM. THE 2ND QUESTION SHOULD BE WHO OWNS THESE PROJECTS AFTER THEY ARE DONE????????? WILL IT BE SOLD TO ETHIOPIAN INVESTORS? OR A DICTATOR GOVERNMENT WILL REGULATE ELECTRICITY? OR WILL IT EVEN BE OWNED BY FOREIGNERS?
    ETHIOPIA IS POOR. SO IF THE REGIME HAS MONEY TO BUILD ALL “THE DREAMS”, THE MONEY MUST POUR IN FROM FOREIGN INTERESTS WHO HAVE THE GREED TO INHERIT AN 80 MILLION POPULATION WEALTH, OR THERE MUST BE SOME SOURCE WE ETHIOPIANS ARE NOT INFORMED ABOUT; SOME NATURAL RESOURCE THAT IS GETTING TAPPED BUT WITHOUT THE WEARINESS OF OUR PEOPLE. WE DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT KIND OF RESOURCES WE HAVE IN THE COUNTRY TODAY. I CAN GIVE YOU GUYS ONE EXAMPLE, GOOGLE ETHIOPIAN OPAL. THAT COULD BE ONE EXAMPLE. WE DON’T KNOW WHO IS MAKING THE MONEY OUT OF THAT, BUT DOLLARS ARE ENTERING ETHIOPIA IN EXCHANGE TO OPALS (AN EXPENSIVE JEWLERY IF IT HAS QUALITY, WHICH THE ETHIOPIAN HAS). IF IT IS ETHIOPIANS, WHAT ARE THEY DOING WITH THAT MONEY TO THE ETHIOPIAN LOCALS? ANY DEVELOPMENT OR IS IT ALL ABOUT BEING A HODAM?
    SO THERE ARE THE TWO ISSUES THAT SHOULD CONCERN ETHIOPIANS WHEN MELES OR ANY GOVERNMENT WANTS TO BUILD ALL THESE ETHIOPIAN SO CALLED DREAMS ACCORDING TO THE AUTHOR?
    1. WHO IS BUILDING IT? WHO MAKES THE MONEY?
    2. WHO OWNS IT? AND WHO MAKES THE MONEY OUT OF THE ENTERPRISE?
    THE MONEY TO BUILD THESE PROJECTS OR ANY ENTERPRISE SHOULD BE JUST A CONCERN? NOT AN ISSUE. MONEY CAN COME FROM ANYWHERE AS LONG AS THERE IS AN ROI (RETURN OF INVESTMENT). WE JUST HAVE TO WORRY THAT THE GOV. WILL NOT SELLOUT OUR COUNTRY, AND WE HANG DRY, SLAVING FOR FOREIGNERS. OBVIOUSLY, I AM NOT DISOURAGING FOREIGN INVESTMENT AT ALL. FOREIGN INVESTMENT IS CRUCIAL TO BRING IN KNOWLEDGE AND WEALTH FOR ADVANCEMENT, HOWEVER, WE JUST HAVE TO HAVE GUIDELINES FOR IT, EX. ETHIOPIANS OWN 51% & FOREIGN INVESTORS OWN 49% ( FAIR INVESTMENT RULES). WE CAN’T JUST SELL OUR COUNTRY AND OUR WEALTH IN THE NAME OF GROWTH. WHAT IS THE USE OF GROWTH IF WHAT ETHIOPIANS ARE OWNING IS TINY, JUST TO SURVIVE? IS THAT DIFFERENT FROM FEUDALISM? NOT IN MODERN SENSE. MAYBE FERENJ WILL PLAY “ENCULELECHO” WITH US ONE DAY, IF WE ARE BLIND TO OUR MONEY.

  2. DRAMA
    | #2

    LET US ALSO MAKE SURE THE DAM OF ABBAY IS NOT A MINI CHCKEN DAM THAT WILL ALLEGEDLY BE BUILT JUST TO FOOL THE PUBLIC AND MAINTAIN THE IRRITATION OF “THIER MASTERS” TO PREVENT AN ATTACK.

  3. HELELE HANBABE
    | #3

    WELL-SAID! GOOD ARGUMENT. THE BOGEYMAN, (AYA JIBO), MELES ZENAWI KNOWS HOW TO PLAY DIRTY POLITICAL GAMES. THIS TIME HIS MISCALCULATION SEEMS TO BE AN ACUTE POLITICAL BLUNDER. I MYSELF WILL NOT BUY A BOND THAT I THINK MAY END UP IN DEFAULT, PERHAPS INTENTIONALLY. IT LOOKS VERY SUSPICIOUS.

  4. Amraham Mebratu
    | #4

    Meles cannot be trusted on any national issue after what he did repeatedly…..I wish I can trust the dude, but I really can’t. His policy making since the days of the armed struggle have been ambiguous to say the least. He is using Abay as a temporary political tool to distract Ethiopians from a possible uprising, like we see in north Africa and the middle east…..You have to be totally naive about politics or you are an EPRDF cadre to believe Meles on this issue…….Meles jumped from attacking Shabia to the Abay issue without flicking his eyes once…This tells you something. Also Meles will never topple Shabia…He has been a life long Shabia supporter since his youngster days…He is just confusing the Ethiopian people as usual….This time it’s not working for him and he is surely scared….Wont be long till he is deposed.

  5. Abetu Geta
    | #5

    Poor guy! Go ahead and finish reading (watching) how the “Grinch” story ends. You worried how Sudan, Egypt and Eritrea would feel, right? I wonder what makes you call yourself an “Ethiopian”. I rather want someone die trying rather than the likes of you worrying about the neighbors feeling. Ethiopia and the real Ethiopians are on the path of no return to progress and good thing you are not aboard the train.

  6. Melaw Tefa
    | #6

    Grinch indeed.

  7. FOOD & WATER FIRST!
    | #7

    A father that loves his children would make sure that his children have enough to eat and clothes on their backs before he goes out and spend all his limited resources on remodeling his home and sends his wife on a extra extravagant shopping spree. The heartless and the cold blooded Melse has no business spending the very limited resources of Ethiopia on non emergency projects while millions of Ethiopians go hungry every day and where millions of Ethiopians expected to die for lack of food, water and basic medical care. This lunatic has no an ounce of kindness on his body and obviously, he doesn’t care if Ethiopians live or die.

  8. tamene
    | #8

    AbetuGeta ‘die trying’? what… ድሀ በህልሙ ቅበ ባይበላ ኖሮ አመድ ይወረው ነበር goes the saying Meles is only a crook has no human moral to reasoning or listening. He is stuborn like mule never afaid to say something today and negate tomorrow. Who trusts a crook? Who trusts a person that robed, disgrased a nation. Who trusts a killer who never regrets to massacre teen age boys and girls and call them ‘bank robers’? AbetuGeta unless you have full involvment in the crimes of Meles, I don’t think you would consider yourself as ‘Ethiopian’. Ethiopian means the person, the soul – the breathing talking walking – the person that says yes or no freely. Ethiopia is not abstract not invisible… Killing Ethiopians, commiting crime against innocent Ethiopians wont go witout consequences. Meles will face trial one day, sooner or later. He is not the person who develops Ethiopia – no nation ever been built by a crook.

  9. The concerned
    | #9

    If this peaceful act won’t work, what would u all do

  10. YEMM
    | #10

    Zenawi and the woyane clique are looking like the Shieks of the middle east who are suddenly discovering themeslves as patriotic and people loving.
    The Saudi sheik recently promised to donate billions of dollar ‘from his own pocket’ to the saudi young people to get married , to set up business and to be educated.
    The woyane have no good intentions for Ethiopia from what we can see from their history in the last 20 or 30 years.
    the woyane are selling up swathes of land to desperate Arab and pakistani, chinese and indian traders and merchants kicking away our people from their ancestral lands.
    Sudan is taking away Ethiopian land stretching from Gambella to Gondar in exchange for sudan refusing ethiopian patriotic forces operating from its land,
    The woyane have given away the rights of our country to have access to the sea, as a result of which we are forced to pay millions of dollars to Djibouti and Sudan to use their ports.
    There is no political or press freedom in Ethiopia,
    THERE is no chance of employment unless you are a puppet or woyane cadre
    Business economy of the country is in the hands of EFFORT(the economic arm of the tigrei people liberation front, TPLF)
    On every count, the WOYANE have proved to be anti-progress, anti-freedom, divisive and violent group who only seek their power by whatever means. The woyane are intent of destroying the hope and aspirations of the people. The so called projects the woyane are banding about are distractions form the main issues of democracy , freedom and justice in Ethiopia. No thing else.

  11. Dan
    | #11

    [[.Meles Zenawi is making audacious pronouncements bewildering friends and irking foes with a torrent of projects of magnitude never heard of. And he is in a hurry. With a sense of indignation and fury Meles is claiming to build:]]

    Lack of development/poverty can bring revolutions therefore, what Meles Dictatorship is doing is taking swift decisions and facing on “torrent of projects of never heard of”. What is wrong with that?

    All other countries resolved crises with grand actions. Marshal laws in Germany, Japan after world war II and elsewhere. Threats have to be dealt with in grand way to solve them. Off course you end up making some errors while doing that. So what?

    One fact is accelerated development is going to accelerate the demise of any dictatorship. The faster we reach a middle income country the quicker the demise of a dictatorial regime.

    ” face-off arch enemy Egypt..bloody nose” The way I see it, it is passed due we face any bully that try to stop us from using our resources. Why would any one complain at Meles dictatorship for doing what we needed to do yesterday anyway? BTW, the face off is working; just look at the latest response from the Egyptian Derg?

    Th Blue Nile Dam is a scale up from Tekeze, Gibe 1,2,3.etc .so it is doable. Toppling Eritrea? Won’t cost anymore than what is going on now. The Dictatorship only tweaked it’s method of engagement.

    I give Tekeze B, Gibe C -, Beles B. IMO, the average is overall good. We can’t complain considering how hard it is for the dictatorship to get loans for these projects.

    Swift decisions and doing several projects at the same time is justified for the level of poverty we are in.

    All oppositions that have any sense should embrace such actions to not be marginalized by the inspired Ethiopian population.

  12. Kemba Walker
    | #12

    What is wrong with having a bold and ambitious plans. It is one thing to oppose Meles on his political views and it is another thing to kneel down for Egypt as the writer argues. Now Egypt is saying it wants to renegotiate on all issue(I know they are trying to buy time) and Ethiopia is saying every discussions should come thru Entebe. This is an impressive bold move that the Ethiopian government did to challenged the international community that supports Egypt and also cornering Egypt to sign the Entebe agreement. I am sure our strength in this front will change many things in our country. I still believe that all of our internal and external problems are getting out of control due to this cancerous problem that emerges from Abay which was bleeding us for centuries.

  13. Selam
    | #13

    What has been a secret fear for Melese for years has fully come to the fore at the present. It is impossible to say what this trapped creature is contemplating this days. As it is pointed out by the writer and others, he is making a mad dash run and pushing multiple agendas simultaneously.These unpredictable and bizarre behavior don’t not speak competency or strength of the regime. On the contrary, they speak of mounting frustration, alarm and dread of the coming Hizbawi Amese.This constant cry of war with Eretria is one experiment the regime is using if not to thwart as a breathing space for survival.Once again,the card of greater Tigray is being weighed heree. There is only one way to bring this dream about,Melese must devise a plan with some co-operation of Eretrian force to remove Isayase.Then why at this time war with Eretria unless he is playing the card of G.Tigray as escape route from the coming uprising?Either way he devised,in the end,Smart ale!legese will be caught by the net of his own making.He is might be quick thinker an animal instinct,but he has no farsighted vision.

  14. RedOne
    | #14

    I never dreamt that any Ethiopian would oppose a development project on Abbay. I underestimated the power of hate and envy which seems to be inherent in Ethiopian psyche. In a rural Ethiopian village, a man sets fire to his brother’s farm when his brother begins cultivating a more profitable cereal. Why? Envy!
    http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/2011/03/weird_science_envy_holds_back_agricultural_development.php
    Compare the reaction in a Nigerian paper to our planed dam and the vision to export power to seven nations:
    “Ethiopia queen of nubia,how beauty are thy feet, Oh! Ethiopia pls giv us a small portion of ur electricity. Pls can som1 tell dem to make 9ja [Nigeria] d 8th country to benifit.”
    The dam will be built, no matter what. Meles will not live forever, but this dam will stay to serve our people.

  15. Zerayakob Yared
    | #15

    Every work and “Idea” of those ጭንጋፎች እስከነ ጭልፊቶቻቸው is, as if it is as a result of ስንባደ ! እንታይ ኮን ይኸውን ዘሰንብዶም ዘሎ ? ምናልባሽ ኣብ ቢሮኦም ግድግዳ ዶኾን ናይ ጭንጋፍ ግርማ ወልደጊዮርጊስ ስእሊ ከይኮነስ ናይ ኩስቶን እገለን ኣሰንባዲ ስእሊ ተሰቒሉስ በብምዓልቱ እንዳርኣይዎ ይኸውን እዙይ ኩሉ ማህለቂያ የለሽ ስንባደታት ? (ሃሎ ሆላንድ ከማኡ’ውን ኖርዌ)

    ቀደሙኸ መንፈሰ ሽምቑቅ ተለሃይ እምበር ተቖጸ መን በሎ !

  16. Belachew Aredo
    | #16

    1) We have to by now know that, Meles has been and is a servant of the west.
    Therefore, he is taking direct orders to talk about building the so called dam on abbay. This is to put pressure on Egypt current government so, that they will keep their relation as it was during Mubarek presidency with all concerned countries.
    2)This will help him to divert the attention of the angry Ethiopians not revolt against his bad administration.

  17. Development without freedom
    | #17

    All dictators like to involve in big projects like building dams. These projects are often expensive and wrong priority. But dictators would like to build them any way because they believe it serve them as symbol(statue) of their greatness.

  18. Berhane
    | #18

    Only in Ethiopia. Why can’t we say certain things are going well in our country and let us join hands and develop and take them to the next level. Equally certain things are not going well and let us improve them so that the good things can continue unabated. what is that you lot want for your country? For hunger,destitution and humiliation to continue? No chance of this. With or without you the country would march ahead while you lot can sit down tight where you are, and munch your greasy hamburgers and increase your cholesterol count.

  19. Degol
    | #19

    @RedOne

    No one is opposing damming Abay, that is why it is atop of our bucket-list. But we do not trust Meles Zenawi with Abay. Abay is not just another of the ‘projects’. It has so much political, national security, national identity, historical, cultural, livelihood significance to Ethiopians. That is why he is rubbing our feelings, he knows how deeply we are attached to that. But look what he did to Asab, look what he did to Badme! Never mind with the whole Eritrea!
    So if you ever trust Meles to protect and promote Ethiopia’s interest be my guest. On the other hand if you are willing to visit his most recent records particularly those of paramount national interest I will argue you are bound to have ire feelings about the whole thing and you will begin seriously questioning his motive. That is set aside what other commentators said about how dictators cherish Mega projects that will leave a gargantuan tax bill on the shoulders of citizens. Remember at the end of the day each and every Ethiopian pays for it and not Meles Zenwai. Another thing on his credibility: just the other day when he spoke to the African ministers and his own Parliament he bundled Egypt and Sudan in the blame ( remember “…Egypt and Sudan were to suppose to contribute 30% and 20% each towards the project, instead they are scuttling our effort” speech) yet few days later in his interview with Al Hayat he separates the two ( ‘Sudan good and fully behind the project and Egypt bad’). He can’t even keep his lies straight!

  20. RedOne
    | #20

    @Degol,
    thank you for your reply, but I remain unconvinced by your arguments. You need to give credit when credit is due. The current government had built Tana-Beles on a tributary of Abbay without any support from outside, and despite Egypt’s decades long opposition. That is a bold move that need recognition. This gives me confidence that the renaissance dam will be reality on time. As to Asseb, it belongs to Eritrea. We have lost it when a local sultan sold it to Italians in 1869, and again when Menilik acknowledged Italian colonial administration over Eritrea. I may agree with you on Badme.
    This is the first Ethiopian government that showed both the resolve and faculty to defy the decades-long Egyptian threat and sabotage against our utilization of Abbay.
    Furthermore, 2004 less than 20% of the cities and rural areas had electricity, in 2010 it is 40%. Ethiopia has been commended for it’s efforts and achievements towards attaining the Millenium Development Goals targets. These are arguments I understand.

  21. Degol
    | #21

    You are entitled to your opinion not the facts RedOne. Assab does not belong to Eritrea, Assab is Ethiopian and will be Ethiopian. if you think this is outrageous then visit your history books if you are younger than 25. In case you forgot, until May 1991 Assab was Ethiopian. Please do not cherry pick your arguments. We did not lose Assb with a local sultan or Menelik, we “lost” it with Melez Zenawi: the only leader in modern history of the entire world who lobbied and walked the UN corridors to secede a coastline land locking allegedly “his own” country, (The ones you are trying to blame were either at the receiving end of a coerced contract or with little idea of the significance or implications of a deed they were poorly advised or never advised or represented). If you personally feel Assab belongs to Eritrea and Ethiopia has no rights to the coastline then no point pursuing this argument. Of course your position with Meles and Abay will show consistency: kudos!
    Let us follow your line of argument: Mengistu Hailemariam expanded education by 4 fold, tripled hydro electric power generation, expanded fertilizer use by like 20 times ( expanded Issepa CPE, party membership to 2.5 million and now EPRDF topped it off to 6 million). So long live Mengesitu Hailemariam? Right, Mr. consistent?

  22. Dan
    | #22

    Degol,

    Not disagreeing with you about the moral issue of TRUST, the first speech was the following:

    “On the basis of benefit from the project, Sudan and Egypt should cover 30 and 20 percent of the cost, respectively,” Meles said. “However, due to absence of fairness in the system, Ethiopia is the only country bearing the costs”.

    On Al Hayat he separates the 2 and places a diplomatic dagger between the two countries. What is wrong with that?

    Don’t we all know Egypt plays such WAR of words all the time? Why not us for a change?

  23. Dan
    | #23

    RedOne said:

    [[……Asseb, it belongs to Eritrea…]]

    Based on the fraudulent separation of Eritrea in 1993?

    For crying out loud, that is as good as the Nile Water Agreement of 1929, granting Egypt the lion’s share of the Nile waters.

    On this subject look at Daniel Kindie, Haile Larebo, Yacob Hailemariam (2000, 2001, & 2007), Abebe Teklehaimanot (2007), Belai Abay and Zeru Kihishen (2000) and others.

  24. kentu
    | #24

    Ethiopians we need cultural revolution because the the main solution . china communist party when the start the government the people was extremely backward like alcoholic,adultery,physical and mental weak ,illiteracy gambling,lazy so Mao suting say if we want china to develop in short periodprd we need to create the people through cultural revolution so European takes 460 years but china withen 30 years one of strongest nation in the world. one of their polices was one child in one family it is great policy because you have enough time to take care the child so within 20 years so child they are brilliant because the have full attention from their families and they are productive society in contrary when weyane and shaibia control ethiopia they start the same way but it doesn’t continue because even they are not ready for change most of the fighters looking for job, unemployed thieves, wanted from police for theft when the inter the countries within months they start corruption stealing drinking, use the power to abuse your own people one day i ask for a fighter why are using abusing the law he told me we spend our time not to free the people we fought for us like shift

  25. kentu
    | #25

    Now i will tell you a story related with our own experience. God send his messenger to earth to satisfy the need of human being the messenger start from eurobin ask the european that he is god messenger and ask him what he want and the man told him i need a villa and a very nice car the messenger told his if i gave you this i will gave your neighbour double and the man say i don’t care about him even gave him 10 times and they gave and left to Arab countries and told them the same question and the Arab man told him i need a shop and a villa but i will gave you your neighbour double and the answer was the same like European the 3 journey was to Ethiopia and ask the man i am a messenger of god so he send me to satisfy you and what do you need the man i need 2 house and 2 car and the messenger say if i gave you this i will gave your neighbour double so the Ethiopian say wait what about bad it is going double? the messenger say yes and the man sat please cut one hand and one foot the messenger was scary why you choose to cut your hand and your foot the answer was my neighbour stay without a hand or feet this shows us how our evil mine we have look Ethiopia and Eritrea

  26. Waka
    | #26

    To all the comments to justify woyannes last playing card (nile dam)you are doomed if you try to justify woyannes venom in the name of national interest or your knowledge about the nature of the guy is as simple that wont never benefit our beloved motherland period. Melese zenawi is an occupier being helped by some Ethiopian enemies and a tyrant who has been working all his life to destruct Ethiopia and it will never never change till he goes to his grave.

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