One More Uniting Opportunity for Ethiopia Going Down the Drain By Fekade Shewakena

June 30th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

Think about this for a minute. There is a maddening paradox in Ethiopia. There is an abundance of river waters and harvestable rain in Ethiopia that is more than sufficient to feed all Ethiopians. (more…)

Think about this for a minute. There is a maddening paradox in Ethiopia. There is an abundance of river waters and harvestable rain in Ethiopia that is more than sufficient to feed all Ethiopians. Yet, the country is home to famine, widespread hunger, severe malnutrition and perennial dependence on international food handout. Believe it or not, there is no country in the world which is rich in agricultural resources and obscenely poor and hungry at the same time as Ethiopia. A study on rivers basin development made in Ethiopia in the early 1960s with the help of Americans (the US Bureau of Land Reclamation), speaks of no less than one hundred sites naturally suited for tapping hydro eclectic power and huge irrigation potential that allow multiple harvesting of crops in a given year in the Blue Nile basin alone. Add the eastern river basins – the Shebelle and Ghenale. Then compare this to the tragic reality that we are currently using only a minuscule fraction of this potential – less than 4%. More than 90% of our energy (fuel) comes from burning wood and destroying fast dwindling vegetation which worsens the agro-climatic situation. It looks like the reason we have no petroleum in Ethiopia is the anger of our gods at our failure to use the clean sources of energy that they so generously gave us. The famous saying in Ethiopia “ያባይን ልጅ ውሀ ጠማው” (the child of Abbay going thirsty) is not a metaphor. This is a maddening reality. Like it or not, if you are an Ethiopian, you have a badge of shame you are carrying on your shoulder for failing to change this reality.

If for one reason or another you have lost your sense of shame, try the part of the brain that elicits scare and see this. Ethiopia is undergoing a huge population growth which is expected to double within the next twenty to twenty five years. More mouths than we are able to feed are coming every day. If it keeps growing at current rates, as it most likely will, scary times are waiting ahead. If current realities of Ethiopia’s economic conditions and poverty do not change and change soon, the future of the country is in serious peril. Time is of the essence here. You must be crazy if you think we can beg our way out of this trouble. Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, poverty is not declining in Ethiopia. Not even a bit. It is, in fact, on the rise. The number of destitute poor people is increasing in both absolute number and relative terms. The growth numbers often publicized by the government, even if you don’t believe they are exaggerated, do not relate to the reality on the ground.

The recent growth in construction and transport infrastructure is helpful. There is no question about that. But if you are confusing it with change in the wellbeing of the people and development in itself, you are making a big mistake. Don’t forget that public infrastructures are only as good as the arteries in your body through which your blood is supplied to your entire body. If your body does not produce blood, these arteries on their own will not save you from dying. Unless you create wealth by producing or manufacturing, innovating or extracting actual products for sale and consumption in meaningful size and use the infrastructure to move them from areas of production to areas of consumption, they mean little.

If you cut though a lot of the propaganda bull coming out of Ethiopia, what you see is the old poverty perpetuating structural problems of the Ethiopian economy still persisting. A land holding system that has been proven a failure under the dergue and in many other countries is still intact. Farming in Ethiopia is as predominantly subsistence as it has always been. Massive population pressure on farmland continues unabated. Land parceling and environmentally dangerous cultivation of marginal lands is increasingly pushing the country to the brink. Over most of Ethiopia, famine and serious hunger are only one drought season away. If you believe the current land sale to foreign agribusinesses is going to help dig Ethiopia out of her poverty, you will also believe to see flying pigs in your lifetime. These are not different from the colonial plantations that pillaged Africans to the bone. In moral equivalence, it is the same as forcing your mother, sister or wife to carry a surrogate child for a perfect stranger for the price of less than half a meal a day. Even some productivity increase in agriculture due to the use of chemical fertilizers is at the cost of the future. If what happened in East Asia is any guide, a lot of the farmland that we are cultivating with chemical fertilizers is going to be depleted shortly.

Chemicalization of agricultural land is extremely dangerous if you make intensive use of it for more than a decade. The Asians, to their credit, saved themselves by moving to manufacturing quickly. Now they sell products they manufacture and buy their food. They are also roaming in Africa looking for farmlands to buy. If you hope the next generation will innovate its way out of this problem, you are hoping against hope. The kind of education in the country does not promise that. Do not also forget that, whatever growth we see in some sectors of the economy, is largely a result of massive international aid than wealth internally created.

The only reason that we don’t see famine in Ethiopia today on the scales that we saw in 1984 is simply because we beg the international community early enough. The aid dependent safety net program also serves as the ICU and keeps people breathing. Even as I write this heart-wrenching pictures of famine from Ogaden, are hitting TV and computer screens around the world. This is a preview of what you may most likely see in vulnerable areas if aid agencies walk away from the area for a few months. That is what seem is happening to over 3 million people in the Ogaden and Borena areas as we speak. This only shows how, if we don’t get foreign food aid right now in 2011, people would be dying like flies as they did in 1984. In other words, if all foreign aid suddenly stops today, we may be looking at a disaster of epic proportions. This is where Ethiopia is sitting on – the edge of the abyss.

I bring up these gloomy realities not because I even like to talk about it. Frankly speaking, my normal reaction to the thought of it is to try to run away from it. I have traumatic experiences of seeing people under real famine that keeps haunting me to this day. I talk about it here only and only to underscore the magnitude of the country’s problems and how it needs a strong, united, and massive joining of hands of all Ethiopians across all kinds of social and political divides. It is because I want to emphasize the need for creating a social and political environment where every single one of us can patriotically, passionately and willingly participate and change our shameful reality together. I want everyone to see how the criminalization of political opposition and dissent in our country stands opposite to the kind of tolerance and democratic setting that getting out of poverty requires. The history of all countries that have emerged out of poverty successfully, or those who have beaten adversity, some of which are even considered as models for Ethiopia by Meles Zenawi, shows that they have first succeeded in creating a social and political environment that helped them pull all their human and natural resources and remove destabilizing social and political conflicts.

The proposed dam building on the Abbay River, with all the substantive, political and technical questions surrounding it, carries with it a good opportunity to bring Ethiopians together. Generations of Ethiopians have been gnashing our teeth for failing to use our rivers while others turn it into fortune. The ambition to dam Abbay is not a new discovery. Even our rulers of the medieval times thought about it. The reason we are not able to use it has to do with our poverty than the colonial relic the Egyptians call a treaty that gives them exclusive use. Truth of the matter is that we are not going to significantly affect Egypt or Sudan if we use as much as 20% of the water in the Blue Nile Basin. But this is huge in terms of making a difference in changing our poverty situation. But doing so required all kinds of resources, stability, and a war and conflict free time in Ethiopia and a political leadership that gives priority to fighting poverty.

The thing a healthy community needs to do around the proposal of building such a dam would have been to open forums for discussion on how best to accomplish the task, looking for optimal ways of doing it, and entertaining all ideas including disagreements. The right thing to do if you are a government that comes up with such a big idea is to be persuasive of all people including political opponents. Instead, what we see is that the government and its supporters are turning it into a dry propaganda circus, in some cases falsely portraying the building of the dam as the end of poverty in Ethiopia. The relentless, repetitive, dull, and deafening propaganda being presented about this dam is turning as obnoxious as the “we shall cover Ethiopia green” and “we will control nature” propaganda and sloganeering my generation grew up hearing under Mengistu Hailemariam. Some of the propaganda about this dam laughably looks like the inauguration of a finished mega dam.

Some of the propaganda work directed at manufactured opponents of the dam building is simply astonishing. If you read this piece by the Public Relations Officer in the Washington DC Embassy of Ethiopia, you will be amazed not only by the street language he uses, but also as to whether he is really interested in persuading members of the community to participate in helping the project. In his rant, he treats all questions, doubts, suspicions, differences of opinions literally as a crime. His rage, if honest and not made to impress his superiors, make him look like he would kill all critics of the government if he has his way.

All of this gives you indications as to whether there is a serious project plan that exceeds an outline, or any cost analysis or fundraising plans for the Abbay project. The frantic and haphazard approaches they employ only lends to strengthening the suspicion that this project is here for some political machination and distract a potential rebellion by the Ethiopian people . If you make some informed analysis, as I tried to do, this dam as proposed will perhaps end up requiring twice as much as the suggested amount of money and time. I am not only referring to the galloping inflation that has raised the cost by a couple of million dollars since it was announced. While public contribution for building the dam could be done with relative ease if you are a bit more systematic, we hear sad stories that wretchedly poor people who have difficulty feeding their children and hardly make ends meet are being coerced to contribute money from their meager incomes. I heard recently how a poor mother of two cleaning lady at a government office in Addis Ababa was tearfully begging her boss to distribute her contribution of one month salary of 400 birr ($24.00) over a two year period. It is hard to understand why fundraising for a national good has to look more like some kind of schadenfreude. The potential contribution of the Ethiopian Diaspora, which in my view is capable of covering the entire cost for building the proposed dam, is killed from the start by the way it is handled. Now the few supporters of the regime, many of them whom are in it to seek help from the government themselves, seem to be the only ones left to contribute.

Ethiopia’s problems as they exist are too big and complex to solve even if all 90 million of us come together and work as one. The current approach of cracking dissent and opposition cannot help both the political ambitions of the ruling TPLF/EPRDF or solve the entrenched poverty in the country. While all socioeconomic realities and the mitigation of Ethiopia’s poverty call for more reconciliatory tones and gestures, and practical need at solving all kinds of contentions and conflicts, the recent decree to label OLF, ONLF and Ginbot 7, as terrorist organizations, and the crackdown that followed are sad indications that the this country has to endure more tragic days ahead. Development of the kind that Ethiopia needs cannot be accomplished by a military like operation where everybody shuts up, whipped up into frenzy and gets in line. A simple measure of serious people who are out to fight Ethiopia’s deep rooted poverty is the level of tolerance and persuasiveness they show and a crdibile attempt on their part to create a conducive social and political environment that unites people. Dictatorship is incompatible with poverty alleviation or sustainable development in this century even if you give it all kinds of good names.

Unleashing Ethiopia’s potential requires serious revision of the economic policies particularly the issue of land together and most importantly expanding the political space. The current kind of development planning in Ethiopia looks like the work of a farmer who sets his oxen in opposite directions and forces them to pull the plough. You know you are not going anywhere. By criminalizing political opposition and political differences in our country and trying to lock the country under one political party and autocratic rule, we are assuring that the abject poverty in Ethiopia is assured a safe and comfortable home. Our children are also assured their inheritance of the badge of shame that we are wearing today.

  1. Mark
    | #1

    Thank you Fekade Shewakena for your article. It is unfortunate that Ethiopia always ruled by shallow minded leaders except emperor Menelik. It is also amazing that they have followers who always defend them despite their mistakes. Ethiopia needs someone who is wise, who believes in unity, who brings the people together, who inspires people, who believes in democracy and multiparty system, who has dedication, openness, fairness etc. I know Ethiopia has this kind of potential leaders, but they are obscured by dolt, idiotic, selfish, and tribal leaders like Legesse Zenawi.

  2. Anonymous
    | #2

    thansk mr fekade..this is reality ..

  3. Lucy in America
    | #3

    The word” shame “doesnot exist in weyane’s camp.The UN told officially, meles and his gangister group have lootted and hidden 8.4 bln dollars from the throat of poor ethiopians. Did you see any feeling of shame arround weyane’s camp? The international community said meles and his gangister group sold food aid in 1984 when millions od people were died of starvation. melese said we sold and bought weapons. Meles collected all his servants in the animal guard and said to them we must accussed of G7, ONLF and ONLF as terrorists, his servants said oky. the inewrnational community accused of meles for his stealing 8.4bln dollars and hidding in the foreign banks, meles talks about terrorism

  4. Meles
    | #4

    At least you seem to approve of the dam. Although technically speaking, it is none of your business as a foreign passport holder. Anyway we will build the dam for the benefit of our people wheaten you like it or not. We will see what you say after five year. Maybe the dam is to big for a poor country?

    I wish you either come back to Ethiopia reapply for a passport and start talking about what we will do with our money or feel free to oppose anything under the sun.

  5. Aubong
    | #5

    Mr Meles Above. So does it mean that all foreign passport holders don’t have to help Ethiopia? Do you know Meles Zenawi was holding a Somali passport until 1991, before he even has an Ethiopian passport. I know Fekade has patriotic parents who died defending Ethiopia. You guys have no basic dissense and a sense of shame doesnt exist in your heads. Sooner or later you will learn your lessons and Ethiopia will get the service of her children like Mr. Fekade

  6. gebre
    | #6

    betam yegermal

  7. YEMM
    | #7


    what are you doing here . aren’t you a busy man chewing up your kchat and plotting who to criminalise next and what criminal laws to come up with to lock up all and sundry.

  8. Temmben Abyadi
    | #8

    Paraniod buchila!you keep living in fear,you primitive savage!Not because Ethiopians are up in their sleevs agianst you,eventhough they have reason to do.The weyane leaders are in fear a result of years of substance,and psychological divation. As a result the weyanes can’t even trust their own shadow.When thing get tough weyanes will kill each other I know this.No one of them will stand hardship,under pressure criminls will snap over each other. You pretension of Insider Ethiopian and the rest of us outsiders is laughable.

  9. aha!
    | #9

    The literature value of this article is commendable, indicating the US Bueureaw of Land Reclamation has identified at least handeredsites potential for electric power generation and irrigable lands. Using this as the background your theisis statmenent appears to me as: “There is an abundance of river waters and harvestable rain in Ethiopia that is more than sufficient to feed all Ethiopians”. How you developed your narratives from this statement is baffling to me. While your thesis looks water as an end intead of means to an end, and your conclusion in which you stated: “Unleashing Ethiopia’s potential requires seious revision of economic policies particularly the issue of land together and most impotantly political space”, especially when your narrative do not develop in that direction. It also sounds the plea of the newly formed coalition for political space, when political space is not quantitavely measurable. Being qualitatitative, you either have it or you do not have it through a non-violent uprising to freedom, not by pleading the US government to put pressure on the regime as previously indicated in an interviview when all the leaders of Medrek asserted in one voice sometimes before 2010 election.

    What I would tie this notion of potential irrigable lands is to the humanitarian food aid to be converted into a self-help program to the TPLF/eprdf regime so to carry out irrigation and hydro electric power generation on the these sites to produce food locally with the fund donated by the western developed nations, even when I do not fully go along with it it or this notion as an alternate to the Nile Dam project, which is controverisial and couple that with the revitalization of the Nothern and Central highlands that serve as the water catchment basins to to retain the water, to conserve the soil and raise productivity with little amount of fertilizer on these rolling topographies with extended aid funds.

    Having said that, the driving force behind this suggestions is the constitution with ethnic and secessionist politics and or or policies that led to ethnic federalism and secessionism with underlying totalrianism of derg regime, and its own inclination to Marxist ideology and ethnic dictatorship (minority or majority ethnic rule, as long the political platform is ethnic-based) Ethiopian Nationalism and Ethiopian National Interests do not take precedence. A true liberal/social democracy with independent branches of government is based on freedom and liberty of the individuals to form a party based on Ethiopian Nationalism and Ethiopian National Intersts in a free enterprise/capitalism /mixed economy. Those elements including private ownership of land as one of the means of production and avaiability of capital contribute to the cause effect explanations of the supply and demand and production and GDP models, differently to western capitalism and democracy.

  10. aha!
    | #10

    Correction” last phrase should read “differently than that of the wester capitialism and democracy”.

  11. Genet Wodajo
    | #11

    Ato Fekade Shewakena`s appeals to the TPLF fascists and racists seem to be endless. He has been appealing and knocking at their doors for almost a decade as far as I know from his various internet postings. He has nothing to show for his persistent appeals and recociliatory gestures. One hardline TPLF operative I Know in person described ato Fekade as a confused Amhara person who has missed his political compass and does not understand aite Meles Zenawi. Ato Fekade ought to realize that the fascist and racist Meles Zenawi has no Ethiopian agenda but using the abysmal poverty in the country to collect money in the aid markets. Ato Fekade should also realize that any gesture of good intentions emanating from the Amharas do not get good receptions in the anti-Amhara world of Meles Zenawi. Aite Meles evaluats any appeals or gestures not on the basis of their merits or usefulness but on the basis of the ethnic origin of the person(s) coming up with them. I have also heard about the backbitings and slurs directed against ato Fekade during his engagement to support the TPLF war against the EPLF. These backbitings and slurs came from the TPLF cadres posted in the Embassy in Washington DC. All these show that ato Fekade has been stretching his hands without limits but to no avail. He is among the poor Ethiopian intellectuals who are misreading and failing to understand the fascist and racist Meles Zenawi. This is one of the badges of shame these Ethiopian intellectuals bear. I mean on top of the poverty badge ato Fekade refers to in his article above.

  12. abbabu
    | #12

    Genet Wodajo,

    Your post is completely off target!! You should initiate another thread dealing with “the poor Ethiopian intellectuals”.

    Fekade has made his point effectively, I believe.

  13. YEHUDA
    | #13


    Two points to mention on your comment regarding the article written by Fekade Shewakena. The first is your own usage of the word “RACIST” used to identify Meles Satnawi. The second is Mr. Fekade Shewakena as a person and his article.

    RACISM/ RACIST:- You have mistakenly identified Meles as a racist because a person who oppressed his own people having the same color and other similar characteristics can’t be called “racist” but a dictator and “TRIBALIST” because his race is no different than the people he ruled under opperession. To the contrary, racism is different and always has something to do with gene, such as white vs Black, for example. Racism, therefore, is a belief or doctrine inherent difference among THE various human RACE determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own RACE is superior and has the right to rule others. Because of such misunerstanding of the term, Meles attempted to raise the lavel of the TIGRIANS’ social status to be superior than the rest of the Ethiopian people and called them “golden people – ” I am proud for being born from the “golden people of Tigray”. By inference, however, Meles is telling us for the firs time in history that the Tigrian people are “inferior” because there is more precious stone called DIAMOND or “ENKU”. Who that people are represented by the diamond? Amhara oromo or neither?. In my opinion man is different by his economic status and the question of racism has no place in Ethiopia as Ethiopians do not believe that we are the people of color but THE PEOPLE OF NATION.

    The second:

    The second point you mentioned about Mr. Shewakena’s role in Ethiopian politics is his contradictory position both as a constructive critic and bitter enemy of Weyane at the same time. I do not blame Mr. F. Shewakena because he is the disciple of Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam. Mesfin Woldemariam, a former Diacon, former Marxist, Investigator of prominent prisonors of Derg, former Geography professor, a one time governor of Wellega administrative region, Human Right Activist and Opponent to Weyane, opponent to Mederek and finally become a tarnishing figure of the history of Emperor Theodros. We will not worry about these two figures simply contradictory position are the teaching of the christian God (Jesus) that Mesfin and Shewakena belong. Examole is as follow:

    “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace on earth but sword – (Jesus in Matthew 10:34); …. But bring here those enemies of mine who didn’t want me to reign over them and SLAY them before me” – (Jesus in Luke 19:27)


    “Do not resist an evil person. If someone srikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other (Jesus in Matthew 5:39;) Love your neighbor as yourself.- Luke 10:27, Mark 12:37.)


  14. Behailu
    | #14


    My take on what you said is jsut like your name- Aha!

  15. Kundul Tumata
    | #15

    This is one of the many articles I have ever admired and appriciated. It is truely educational and inspirational. Ato Fekade, as usual, has the point to do when he sits at it. This is what we call shollarly writing for one that any honest and sincere mind should read and employ for good and constructive purpose. Usually I ceased to respond to articles of any kind or any origin because I had had enough of them over the years. At times you read a piece like that of Mr Shewakena’s which attracts all foes alike let alone friends and compatriots. Other times you come across articles that draw parallels between Mahthama Ghandy and empror minilik that squirms and chills you to the bone. And you feel like chosing to live on an island forever.

    I wish we had many Shewakenas on this planet for a long time. That is my own wish against hope and confidence. And longing to have former one for Ethiopia in the future, may be, for our grand children, not for our children. What makes you crazy is when leaders lack the ability to learn from history while they have read many and even composed one themselves. Any way history may judge all in time.
    We remain to witness it, and thank you all.

  16. aha!
    | #16

    Another correction, after the tem in bracket ethnic-based) in sert the phrase ” in which” Ethiopian Nationalism ……

  17. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #17

    Any type of public infrastructure such as roads, communication lines and dams should be taken as something precious and receive nods. I don’t care who is doing it and I will not stand against it. I don’t care if Mussolini rises up for the dead just for the purpose of finishing the road project he started to link Maji with Asab through Mizan Teferi, Jimma and Addis Ababa (Finfine). I don’t give a hoot who is doing it, be it Sarah Palin, Soros, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity or Anthony Weiner. And I unequivocally denounce any harm done to any public infrastructure in the form of sabotage. In the long run, these items are the people’s property.

  18. Gash Polisu
    | #18


    really you are yehuda like your name. you do not understand the meaning of the first verse. Jesus was saying that He did not come to support the status quo the Jewish people were accustomed to. Rather He was saying that He came to change the way the Jews used to practice by sacrificing Himself, thus ending the traditional lamb sacrifices that the Jews used to make to God. Because of this, even most Jews themselves did not accept Him; they have aways wanted to kill Him which they did by Crucification. He rose from grave on the third day. Amen.

    your hearsay aside, I would invite you for civilized debate if you can show me from Bible where Jesus used swords to disturb public peace, to separate wives and husbands etc. if you show me a single verse where Jesus even agitated violence let alone bloodshed, I am here to accept your faith, whatever it is. But then if you have read the Bible carefully, Jesus’s kindness is so infathomable that he even restored the ear of one of his tormnetors whose one ear was cut with sword by Saint Peter.

  19. YEHUDA
    | #19

    Gash Polisu

    I am happy that you read my comment. However, your invitation to debate theology is not welcome as Christians wish to debate but never WIN as history had witnessed time and again. That is why you have 1200 christian denomination while my religion, Judaism has few differences such as Orthodox vs Consevative, Reconstractionist and Kabalism.. etc. THESE DIFFERENCES ARE REALLY ARE NOT MAJOR BECAUSE, IN THE END, ALL AGREED GOD IS ONLY ONE AND NOT THREE IN ONE.

    Leaving your boast as to your invitation to engage into religious debate, I simply urge you to read my article that I had written to debate with another Christian. I have put the link in the web here below:

    Good luck, B.A.K

  20. Gash Polisu
    | #20


    I read your 19 page rant which is based on science fiction, history, Egyptian myth and Jewish customs far removed from God’s instructions.

    1. You did not provide me with any evidence from Bible that Jesus disrupted peace and order and came to antagonise and separate people.

    2. You did not clearly put your argument whether the Messiah you “expect” to come will come any time soon. Without the Messaih, Israel has gathered its people from the four corners of the world under leaders from Gurion to Netanyahu (Solomon and Moses operations). Most of the Diaspora Jews are simply spoiled Americans and I am not sure if they care about your old fashioned dogmatic views, which by the way are representative of those disturbed Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes.

    One of your funny criteria for the Messiah is that he should liberate Israel and be annoited by priests or prophets to be King of Israel. But it is almost 60 years since the State of Israel was declared in 1948 and I do not know if any of your presidents was the Messiah. If they are the Messiah, I have never heard of them perorming miracles, like walking on water. In fact some of them have failed to dislodge rugtag Hezbola from the Litany river.

  21. YEHUDA
    | #21

    Gash Polisu

    You got the answer since the story of Jesus is the result of historical assimilation of Dynosius, Horas, Budah, …..etc because each semi-diety’s story was assimbiled by Airus Calpurnius Pso to replace Judaism by Christianity as briefly discussed on my PDF document at page 6 and the early church fathers’ motive to elivate Jesus from mere man to Godhead. This is true even during the reign of Constantine in 325 AD where Jesus was declared God by 318 to 2 vote. The Holy Spirit was also added later as part of TRIunion God ….and so on so forth. That is why christian had a problem in locating in the Bible where God declared or said that he is three in one or one in three. To the Contrary, God unequvically declared that “I am HE, before me there was no one nor will be another after me” – ISAIAH 43:10.

    1. Answering to yiur question, however, yes Jesus violently disperssed worshippers in the Synogog and even dumped their commedity that they exchanged as a business transaction both for a living, tax for God and tax for Caesar. If you do not consider such action as “violent or disorderly conduct”, then you may have some problem in understanding what fact and laws are in the Romans time just as it is today. As to Jesus additional misconduct in separating/dividing people here is the fact in Jesus’ own word: “… I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter in-law against her mother in-law and a man’s enemies will be his own households” – see under the title “CHRIST BRINGS DIVISION”, New King James Version, 1985 ed. page 858, or Matthew 10:35.

    2. Jews has no specific time period where the Messiah will come but the only indication is before his appearance, the prophet Elijah (Elias) will return and that is not realized to this day. When he come we hope that he will complete the work of prestnt Israeli head of states’ effort to gather the Jews from four corner of the earth. Even if the whole jews gathered to Israel today by present kings/presidents, that the gothering alone will not satisfy all the biblical criteria because peace is not fully assured at present and that is why Israel live under fear of the Jews and guarded herself 2000 Nuclear Weapons …etc. The Solomon and Moses operations you mentioned therefore, is irrelivant.

    Your last comment/question doesn’t make sens at all because if the present Israelis president wer Messiah, they would have done what was required from a Messiah such as building a Temple distroyed by Titus in 70 AD. The present Israeli present government can afford to build an empire let alone a $5,000,000 or less Temple but that was left for the Messiah since as a sinner and corrupted men of the time, they fear not to involve to the work of a Messiah. And finally, the Jews will not take Miracle as manifestation of Messianic status since like christians, miracle can not be a proof of Messsiah. That is why Jesus, a ss jew, warned people not to trust any miracle work since false prophet also make miracle in his name. Far ore than that Jews did not belive anyone who make miracle to be their God. This is true from Moses to Elijah.

    Thank you for exchanging ideas and good-bye for good.

  22. Hailemicheal
    | #22

    I have great respect for you Mr clearly put the reality on the & others who have the capacity &the goodwill are denied to use it in the country.tha is the reason why the country is still impoverished.India and other emerging economies are mentioned as’s the contribution of their intellectuals back home that helped these point here is ,if i am not mistaken ,i haven’seen the solution in your article.actually we unite with all these facts.but what is to be done? How&when?

  23. amazing
    | #23

    Aha you said,

    “..with ethnic and secessionist politics and or or policies that led to ethnic federalism and secessionism with underlying totalrianism of derg regime, and its own inclination to Marxist ideology and ethnic dictatorship (minority or majority ethnic rule, as long the political platform is ethnic-based)” I am very confused, except the Marxism part, aren’t you talking about Meles and TPLF when you talk about ethnic rule? The Derg did not ethnically divide the people of Ethiopia but recognized there has been inequality. What else is your propoganda, you keep blaming the past regimes and yet, you have been in power for over 20 years surpassing the years Derg ruled and worse Ethiopia has never been in the worse situation as she is now. Amazing.. keep blaming the past….

  24. anon
    | #24

    You probably thought you can arrive at the truth by reading about mytalogy and what the eastern philosopers have said about the destiny of human soul and its relationship with her maker. As far as I know the truth is one.It is to be received with child like spirt if ever one approaches it with such humilty GOD is able to reveal it to that one. It appears though you went to the Bible not to receive the truth as GOD ibntended it to be understood,but tyou went there to find faults.And you discoverd no error in it but your own biase.In other words there is not any contrdiction in the WORD of the LIVING GOD but the contradiction exsists in your own corrupt mind.You were subjective in your examination I hope you learn in this there is decidedly somthing wrong in the human nature.Human nature here refers the history of man after “THE GREAT FALL” AS IT IS RECORDED IN GENESIS CHAPTER 3,AND THE BOOK OF ROMANS CHPTER 5.


    2-”But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”IS:64:6

    3 “They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Psa 53:3

    4-”For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” EC.7:20

    5-”For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.’PS,5:9
    6-”They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips”PS,140:3. Selah
    7-”His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity”PS,10:7.
    8-”Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths”IS,59:7.
    9-”The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.” IS,59:8
    THE above verses from the OLD Teastament show THE INDITMENT OF THE YHWH UPON SINFUL RACE.

    Beside,The Old Testament saints testify that they were corrupt and in need of the mercey of GOD for their salvation.

    1-”If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean”
    2″If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.”JOB,9:20.Mr Juda, this brings me to the following truth.We need god’s mercey before we know the truth as God inteds it to be understood by every one of us. We must not rip bible passage from the context and make conform to our prjudice.We have to be humble enough befor the living God ,and learn from him.
    CHRIST said ” Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”MT. 18:3

    Mr.Juda,these are some GOD’S words in the thora-anexclusively the Jewish Bible. Your claim Christians elevate the stature of Jesus is untru rather the Old testament,the Jewish bible declared him to be GOD endeed very God .Yet it also said he will come as the serevant of God to ransom many.
    First,scriptures that testifies about the deity of the Messia,or the Anonted one of GOD.
    1-”For unto us a child is born, unto us a SON is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The MIGHTY GOD The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”.IS,9:6.
    2-”7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in”.PS,24:7

    3- “Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.”PS,24:8

    4-” Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.”PS,24:9

    5-” Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory”. Selah.PS,24:10.
    6-”Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?’PR,30:4
    7-”The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed,saying”
    3 “Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.pS,2:2-3.

    Second, The old testament predicted not only his first coming but his future suffering at the cross. Psalm chpater 22,and Isaiah chpter 53 described the detail of his suffering as the servant of God.



    I hope you candidly examine and ask God for wisdom he will reveal it to you,but we must be sincer in our approach to God,that is what he requires of us.

  25. Teferi Mekonen
    | #25

    I belief in action than talking too much !

  26. YEHUDA
    | #26

    Mr. Anon:

    Just to remind you that I read your comment, I have written this brief message so as NOT to continue debating theology further. As you know there is a debate in theology but there is no winner as such. Therefore, it is a waste of time and let us leave at that.

  27. Anonymous
    | #27

    You are welocmed with those constructive comments and come and participate in the practical national development with PM Zenawi instead of your baseless critics on the regime .

  28. አባቡ
    | #28


    Please start another debate. If your intention was hijacking the real debate over Fekade’s post, you have succeded!!

    As to Prof Mesfin, the CV you gave here is complete nonsense. You twisted facts to suit your argument. This is called ቆሻሻ ሀሊና

    Prof Mesfin was a member of the Investigative Commission established in 1974 before Derg took power. He was an Awraja Administrator during the time of Haile-Selassie. He is a persistent defender of individual rights, not ተለዋዋጭ as you would like to present him.

    So, you better shut up

  29. YEHUDA
    | #29


    IF YOU SAID “SHUT UP” to silence my voice or opinion, then I must assume that you are acting as another rebel without cause – the same character of Mesfin Woldemariam manifested in the web at:

    As to the rest of Professor Mesfin & another beast, Zewde Gebreselassie’s character and how both hate Emperor Theodros as well as ALL Gonderites, you need to read a recently published book titled ” ATSE TEWODROS – TINANT, ZAREM NEGEM” pp.517-549 by author Amare Beshaw available in the United state.

    So, Mr Ababu, first read facts, refuse to driven by emotion then present jenuine argument rather than to ramble somthing that make no sense.

  30. YEHUDA
    | #30


    What a bad day !! Please read (comment no 29) refuse to driven as “refuse to be driven by emotion…………”.

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