“THE FAULT… IS NOT IN OUR STARS / BUT IN OURSELVES.” By Tecola W. Hagos

November 12th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

“Men at some time are masters of their fates.

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars

But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2,

I. Introduction
The above quotation is from William Shakespeare’s great play Julius Caesar, wherein Cassius speaking to Brutus, is trying to convince him that Julius Caesar is a danger to the Roman republican system of government. What moved Cassius to a point of frenzy against Julius Caesar was his intense jealousy of Julius Caesar, and not so much the love of Roman republicanism. In Ethiopia also there seems to be skepticism and doubt about the motive of a number of our politicians whether it is their patriotism that is behind all their effort or greed and individual ambition. I try to think otherwise. Nevertheless, I am not discounting the value of intense personal ambition or hatred as a formidable force that might lead individuals to great deeds that benefits society. A number of my fellow Ethiopians might think that such results derived from hate and personal motives would only breed even more complex problems for future generations of Ethiopians.

Our compounded and multi-layered social, political, and economic problems could be overwhelming for any one person to tackle or even identify properly. I see in our activities and in our discourses the manifestations of such deeply entrenched underlying problems. In general terms, they maybe due to our distorted understanding or perception of our individual lives. A year ago, in reviewing Dr. Aklog Birara’s outstanding book Waves, 2010, I wrote, “One must look at the Ethiopian people themselves not just the leadership in order to read correctly why Ethiopia is underdeveloped and in perpetual shortage of food.” I do not want to simplify a complex problem for the sake of clarity. But there are certain facts that must be stated in order to have a clear understanding of our problems. We all did fall into the same trap of heaping all the problems of Ethiopia on the rulers of Ethiopia; such is the trap that is often overlooked by many Ethiopian scholars critical of the rulers of Ethiopia. When Haile Selassie bombed areas in several places in Ethiopia, we did not protest. When the Derg murdered the sixty high Government Officials of Haile Seassie, we in fact applauded. When Meles Zenawi fired on the first Demonstrators, we sheepishly returned home. What do we expect from our leaders if we have such a history of cowardice and appeasement? We must be able to consider the possibility that Meles Zenawi may well be the symptom of a very sick society rather than being the cause of its problems. Such understanding would only add to our strength in order to engage successfully all those who hurt us, including Meles Zenawi.

Some bloggers have considered my form of critical evaluation as beating on the victims; I call it facing up to reality and seeking fundamental solution to Ethiopia’s perpetual suffering, in a process of thinking outside of the box. I believe the most pressing problem in Ethiopia is the level of knowledge (awareness) available as a general factor in the Ethiopian population. One may explain this singular handicap in several ways without ever resorting to IQ Bell curves and Galtonian statistical correlation between cranium sizes and intelligence. One must ask serious often unpleasant questions. Anything less is a betrayal of the people of Ethiopia whom we all prophase to love. Thus, I often write on sacrosanct issues, and I ask questions that may tear right through a person’s ego. How could I be of help if I simply write to please people?

II. The Problem: formulating the right question

It seems to me that we have started at some point in the past with the wrong foot first, which means no matter how long and how far we travel, we will always be marching with that wrong foot first. In another article titled “Lacrimosa for Ethiopia,” I lamented on the state of ordinary life in Ethiopia, how poor and deprived it has been of creature comfort—obvious poverty of material acquisitions and now exceedingly showing great depravity of moral and civic virtues. From my observations and encounters of fellow Ethiopians, I have concluded that there is an acute situation of the erosion of ethical standards. “It is particularly disconcerting and debilitating to come to the realization that our ‘Ethiopian life’ is a life that I can only describe as anecdotal, a life that lacks authenticity. The quality of social relationships is deformed and destructive in most of its aspects, such as gender relationships, family and children related interactions, teacher-student relationships, communal participation et cetera. I cannot understand how anyone with his right mind would conclude that life in Ethiopia to be civil when we see that most Ethiopians live in extremely hostile social environment.” Most problems that Ethiopians endure are very much that of the individual type as opposed to public situations of disfranchisement.

I read in numerous articles and essays, by Ethiopian academics, commentators, and politicians, some kind of a demand-formula that revolves around the acquisition of power. To my disappointment they seem to be missing the point. I hear and see our great scholars and intellectuals writing and talking on issues that are not reflective of our fundamental problems of life in Ethiopia. Too often what they are writing about has to do with political power, which subject seems to be an obsession with Ethiopians from every walk of life. There is a real disconnect between the people of Ethiopia and the elites, the scholars, the philosophers, the students and their teachers. We suffer political feebleness because we lack direct involvement in the problems that individuals are faced with in their daily lives back in Ethiopia. A better part of a solution to a problem seems to be the formulating of the exact nature of the problem. In other words, asking the right question goes a long way in solving such a problem. We have failed in identifying the sources of our problems, and also failed in not asking the right question.

III. Good intentions will get us only so far

There is an aphorism that more or less says “the road to Hell is littered with good intentions.” The saying is thought to have originated with Saint Bernard of Clairvaux who wrote, “L’enfer est plein de bonnes volontés et désirs” (hell is full of good wishes and desires). [Christine Ammer, Dictionary of Idioms - the Most Comprehensive Collection of Idiomatic Expressions and Phrases, Houghton-Miffline. 1997, 542.] I do not doubt that Aklog Birara has only the welfare of Ethiopians at heart when he wrote his five part essay (Part V is not yet posted). [See Aklog Birara, PhD, “Why Ethiopians must unite” Part Three of Five, October 31st, 2011, abugida.] However, good intention by itself does not guarantee correct synthesis of facts or of sound judgment.
I am not in any way questioning Aklog’s motives in writing the article, but of his comments on population growth and the challenge it pauses for developing nations [See Part III]. To wit, he wrote, “I should like the reader to understand that it can be one or the other depending on how a society with high population growth is governed. China is the most populous country in the world today. Its population is not a curse but a blessing for one simple economic and social reason. It has overcome the structural and policy sources of famine, hunger and destitution. It is the most dynamic economy in the world today, transforming the rural economy and integrating it with the rest.” The problem with Aklog’s presentation using China as his centerpiece example in order to show population growth as a blessing is not based on candid presentation of all the relevant factual matters surrounding the success of China. He asserts that economic success of China is due to China overcoming “the structural and policy sources of famine, hunger and destitution,” but failed to tell us that China has implemented a harsh birth control policy, which seems to be based on the belief that population growth is a curse than a blessing, which is a direct contradiction to Aklog’s thesis.
The developmental growth that Aklog is applauding China for is the direct result of one of the harshest birth control systems ever implemented by a government in the history of the world. In 1978 China put into effect its one-child per family policy. For over thirty years, China implemented strict birth control therein limiting the birth rate to one child per family. Despite all forms of corruption undermining such a policy, over fifty percent of the population of China fully participated in the “one child” policy of the Government. And it is reported that form of limitation of family size might have prevented an estimated half a billion potential births that would have been surly added to the Chinese population to date. That is not some small number that one might ignore, for half a billion possible lives would have been a tremendous burden even to the richest members of the nations of World. China’s phenomenal industrialization and development is also in the last thirty years, and there is no coincidence in that, but a result directly connected to the actions of the Chinese Government’s birth control policy. Of course, there are other contributing factors also to China’s development, but none as prominently and as effectively as the one-child family policy.
The implication of Aklog’s assertion about population growth being a “blessing” is even more alarming to me, for it can be extended to encourage and to justify the activities of every Ethiopian family to breed without any control or consideration of the availability of resources to maintain such increases. The traditional approach in Ethiopia is to consider the addition of children to a family as a “blessing,” with little or no regard as to the upbringing of the children in proper and nurturing environment. The traditional approach of open ended family expansion with increasing moral decay over the last thirty years has resulted in overburdening a society beyond its capacity to function as a viable survival tool. It is obvious to me that without family planning in Ethiopia, our society will continue to be faced with increasingly horrendous problems. Overpopulation has already resulted in a breakdown of ethical behavior that is breaking down the social safety-valves. It is highly questionable to think that a government development policy, without a policy to limit the birthing rate, would succeed in Ethiopia or elsewhere for that matter. Population growth is the most acute problem in Ethiopia. And to speak out as such is a very tricky undertaking, for one can be easily labeled as anti-people. Let us not forget that Thomas Malthus trumps Adam Smith any time.

IV. The Calls for “Unity” and/or “Grand Coalition”

Many of the calls for unity, for solidarity, and for renewed vigor, by Ethiopian politicians seem to have fallen on deaf ears. It seems to me the latest calls for “unity of the opposition” have lost luster and seriousness or emotive dimensions. Even in the hands of our most respected individuals, such as Lt. Ayale-Sew Dessye, the call for unity has become mere pronouncement. I read Ayale-Sew Dessye’s recent call for unity with great interest for Ayale–Sew is my hero of an Ethiopian who truly loves Ethiopia and respects Ethiopians. Moreover, disappointingly the call is addressed to the same groups of individuals who seem to be engaged in some form of struggle for political power here in the Diaspora. Our political organizations, including our civic organizations, continuous infighting reminds me of a parable I learned in grade school, of a couple who end up fighting and filing for divorce due to heated disagreement over the issue where a new born calf of their non-existing cow could be tethered.

The call for unity seems to be misdirected, for the call should be for selected individuals in private rather than a public call to political organizations. Such call should not even mention unity as its goal, but focus on creating a viable tool for fighting against the dictatorship of Meles Zenawi. The call must have a clear purpose in order to form a core that is committed to acquire power. It is a mistake to think of “unity” as a goal that need be in place in order to bring about political power change in Ethiopia. We do not function as a society in order to achieve unity, rather through our pursuit of our individual self-interests, we find some advantages in coordinating our individual efforts—that is the essence of unity. In other words, our engagements in society, in social activities, would be the most important building process of unity among desperate people. Unity will not come about due to staged calls and periodic political conferences, but only through direct social engagements with individuals in their private lives. A general call for unity is also the main theme of Aklog Birara’s articles. In all referenced articles in my essay and several others written over the years, the emphasis on unity seems to be a misplaced call, in my opinion. The issue by now should have focused on why all these authors want unity and yet failed to achieve unity all these years of conferences, rallying campaigns, and countless calls. The simple answer is that because “unity” by its very nature cannot be an object-target, but a relativistic existential experience based on the day to day activities of individuals, it is impossible to target “Unity” as an object-goal.

Another prominent Ethiopian who endlessly tries to engage us in a very positive discourse is the indefatigable Prof Messay Kebede, and he too now calls for a “grand coalition” in his recent article. [As an aside, Messay’s Publisher has just released Ideology and Elite Conflicts: Autopsy of the Ethiopian Revolution, a four hundred pages book of in depth study of the Ethiopian Revolution, a must read for everyone. Messay Kebede, along with Profs Getatchew Haile and Teodros Kiros, is the most productive Ethiopian scholar and educator I know.] His recent article is meant to ignite some form of political engagement between the Ethiopian Government and the opposition, in the best interest of Ethiopia and its people. In a way, it is a continuation of his earlier effort to break the political “stalemate” as he saw it to be the case. Such “grand coalition” structure had been tried and left in the back-burner of our political stove for years now, since its first formulation bite the dust after the disintegration of the political structure formed pursuant to the Transition Period Charter. There have been several such efforts since 1992. In other words, it is not the lack of effort on the part of the opposition to engage Meles Zenawi that is deterring future political engagement for the good of Ethiopia. The problem is with Meles Zenawi and the nature of his Government. Meles Zenawi’s game plan is winner takes all, with nothing left to those who might have lost the first round of engagement. With that type of mind set, there is no room for negotiation or even limited participation as an outside political organization and/or independent individuals. Meles Zenawi has become an arrogant little man with tremendous and corrupt political and financial power.

This call of Messay for “grand coalition” also suffers from the same problem I have identified above commenting on Ayal-Sew’s call for unity of the opposition. In addition, what will stand out in people’s mind in bold is not going to be the poignant reasons offered leading up to that conclusionary calls, but the key phrases and words, such as “grand coalition,” “unity of opposition” that conjure up failed notions and negative images that will figure prominently in people’s minds. One must understand that it is the up-swell of “necessity” created by dynamic social discontent and outrage that gives birth to revolutionary outburst, where by timely ideology provides the guidance and the process of change. Thus, it is the unity of purpose and the coalition among fighting factions that will ensure the success of all large scale social changes, and not the inspired simple individual calls from individuals or groups. To be fair to both authors, I do want to state clearly that both have stated the need for strengthening the opposition. However, I do not see such up-swell of “necessity” in the making in the Ethiopian situation in the Diaspora or back home in Ethiopia. As far as I can tell, the Ethiopian political field seems to lack gearing up for a revolution. What we have in the general public, instead, is a sizzling discontent (not yet an outrage) that has no coherent form whatsoever and manifests itself in sporadic outbursts now and then that also die out as fast as they are ignited—such movements are volatile and very dangerous. If violence breaks out, due to some incident similar to the Tunisian case of a young man torching himself in protest, the reaction of the Ethiopian public could lead to serious atrocities.

I do not see how individuals who could not even form a united front as an opposition, which is far easier to form compared to forming a compromise, would be any better situated to be a part of a grand coalition with a well organized well armed, well funded Government and its leaders. We have witnessed the fate of Hailu Shawel, Lidetu Ayalew and Ayele Chamiso who were truly attempting to work with Meles Zenawi a couple of years ago. There is no such thing like a viable coalition without a fairly distributed and decentered political leverage among the parties. It seems to me it is better to let Meles and his associates decompose on their own than give them well intentioned structural engagement that could be easily turned into some form of cover to confuse us even more. In fact, I could even go to the extent of declaring Meles a non-person, and that we go about our way building the Ethiopian society one individual at a time. To use an old cliché, it is a futile attempt to try to improve some bad wine by mixing it with good wine. At any rate, even though I may be criticizing some aspects of their ideas (calls), I want people to know that whether it is Aklog, Ayale-Sew, or Messay, my respect and appreciation of these exemplary Ethiopians is profound and enduring.

V. The possible reactions of Meles Zenawi and our follow-up

Meles Zenawi, if he is as smart and as crafty as many believe him to be, would go along the “grand coalition” route. This political chess opening would give him another opportunity to confuse the Ethiopian public and also provide him with a safety valve and the release of pressure from the prevailing social stress and economic pressure. Meles could easily say let us form a “grand coalition” and suggest who should be part of that coalition. He might even appoint Prof Endras Eshete as his roving ambassador for such purpose. Immediately after such announcement there will be dissenters who would anticipate whether they would make the grades and others that are skeptical and often nihilistic. And a year would pass just bickering over the formation of the “grand coalition.” The process of “grand coalition” in itself would also undermine the political organizations that are already in Ethiopia, some of whose leaders are imprisoned and harassed. For Meles, this formation of “grand coalition” would be like throwing a piece of meat into a den of lions to fight over. It will be just a replay of past theatrics. He will also further ender himself with the West claiming that he is trying to democratize and open his government to a pluralistic structure. All that trickery would undermine even frustrate all genuine democratic movements.

A year ago I wrote in my long article “Lacrimosa for Ethiopia, Part V” that there is an Ethiopian aphorism that is always a source of fascination to me every time I think about Meles Zenawi and his close associates how well they perform their destructive version of political games: When ጦጢት Totit (a young agile ape) was asked what type of contest-game she liked best to play, she answered, “የዛፍ ላይ ትግል” “Ye zaf ly tigle.”

[Trans.“Wrestling on tree branches.”] What Meles does best in politics is the equivalent of wrestling on tree branches, where he is adept with arboreal acrobatics of lies and deceptions. To counter his form of contest is not to go after him to tree tops up in the air, but to pull him down to Earth with pragmatic strategy and short term tactics. Our Ethiopian community is almost dysfunctional in many areas of social activities. Let us concentrate first in rebuilding our fractured society through social and economic involvement before doing politics. Let us ignore Meles Zenawi as if he does not exist and focus our effort in shoring up and healing our fractured community. Let us use the “satyagraha” of Gandhi effectively first. I do not want to be misunderstood here; I am not shy to use violence to achieve political ends, but such activity must be assured of winning and must not unnecessarily expose individuals to prosecution and extra judicial executions by Meles Zenawi and his Government.

The challenge to the dictatorial Government of Meles Zenawi or any body else after him would be in a form of social protest to improve social services and the day to day lives of individual Ethiopians. Such form of social engagement would be successful because it has something tangible for the millions of Ethiopians at ground level. No one likes to be told the effort of almost half a century, i.e., since the late 1960 comes down to naught—a cipher. This is my evaluation of our recent history; almost all of it is a painful loss. For anything worth while to preserve in our social life, we may have to skip few generations back to a time when the spirit of Ethiopiawinet glowed and lighted the path to sovereignty and territorial integrity, and with no ambiguity as to our identity.

VI. Leadership Crises and conclusion

Many people point out in all kinds of outlets that Ethiopia suffers from a failed leadership in the opposition. Writers point out often that our political crises are due to lack of enlightened opposition leaders. The way I see it, our problems are not due to lack of opposition leaders, but due to lack of true believers, followers that are not opportunistic predators. In Ethiopia, almost anyone can be a leader; what may be lacking are true believers, individuals who are dedicated followers who could carry out the visions and commands of a leader. Without true-believers it is impossible to be a leader who could bring about effective changes in any social system, politics, and/or the economy. In our recent history, it is clear that Haile Selassie would not have succeeded without his dedicated loyal Courtiers; Mengistu would not have made it to the top without his non-officer Members of the Derg; Meles Zenawi would not have become fabulously wealthy and a dictator without his Marxist-Leninist faction within the TPLF. By contrast, it is clear that there are no true-believers in opposition organizations, for such groups seem to be peopled with aspiring leaders, and/or individuals with free- thinking mind and democratic inclinations who often seek solutions in their own ways.
One might also consider the problem why Ethiopians failed repeatedly to produce good leaders as a consequence of a social and cultural system that systematically eliminated the Alpha-male from the community through brutal leveling discipline right from childhood throughout ones life. And those that survive that form of abuse from family members, teachers et cetera finally would meet their demise in the hands of dictatorial regimes. What might be left behind, after all the negative pruning is a population that suffers from deep seated psychological destructive energy unable to channel properly such energy into constructive social responses. What we have become in general is narcissists—shallow, uncooperative, and megalomaniac individuals suffering from a Napoleonic syndrome of grandeur. Some years back, Prof Yacob Hailemariam made a poignant observation when he quipped that every Ethiopian walks about with a little “Crown” in his pocket in anticipation that he might become a king any day. The evidence is all around us in the intolerant personality of our leaders.

Now, our focus ought to be on how to create followers and true-believers. This is not an easy task, for it requires paradigm shift in social relations and patience. The easiest approach would be for those Ethiopians with wealth to create foundations, trusts, non-profit organizations and adopt particular townships, schools, team sports et cetera in Ethiopia and provide the people there, no matter how limited, with all kinds of goods and services, including medicine, books, scholarships et cetera. In fact, scholarship fund can be established for Ethiopian students in colleges and universities right here in America. Even some rich Ethiopians who have hundreds of millions of dollars can establish endowed chairs on Ethiopian Studies at prestigious Universities. Involvement of such nature of good deeds by wealthy Ethiopians will impact on Ethiopians through the media or by word of mouth throughout Ethiopia as a positive connection between Ethiopians back home with those Ethiopians in the Diaspora. Just calling for “unity” in hundred variations will not translate into real-life close connections between Ethiopians.

On the other hand, just to be reminded how disconnected we are from our reality and each other, consider the fact that in a short time, we already have forgotten our courageous brothers and sisters in prison. No one is forcing us to be forgetful and oblivious so soon of the fate of our heroes. You see, “[t]he fault, dear [Ethiopians], is not in our stars / But in ourselves…”Ω

Tecola W. Hagos
Washington DC
November 12, 2011

  1. Abiy
    | #1

    Dr.Tecola after all this years now you are telling us the main problem of Ethiopia is her social structure that is seen in the pasivity of her citizens to the ongoing social problems.The following ideas from your piece pointed out to this effect.

    “We must be able to consider the possibility that Meles Zenawi may well be the symptom of a very sick society rather than being the cause of its problems.”

    “Ethiopian life’ is a life that I can only describe as anecdotal, a life that lacks authenticity. The quality of social relationships is deformed and destructive in most of its aspects, such as gender relationships, family and children related interactions, teacher-student relationships, communal participation et cetera.”

    “Now, our focus ought to be on how to create followers and true-believers. This is not an easy task, for it requires paradigm shift in social relations and patience. The easiest approach would be for those Ethiopians with wealth to create foundations, trusts, non-profit organizations and adopt particular townships, schools, team sports et cetera in Ethiopia and provide the people there, no matter how limited, with all kinds of goods and services, including medicine, books, scholarships et cetera. In fact, scholarship fund can be established for Ethiopian students in colleges and universities right here in America. Even some rich Ethiopians who have hundreds of millions of dollars can establish endowed chairs on Ethiopian Studies at prestigious Universities. Involvement of such nature of good deeds by wealthy Ethiopians will impact on Ethiopians through the media or by word of mouth throughout Ethiopia as a positive connection between Ethiopians back home with those Ethiopians in the Diaspora. Just calling for “unity” in hundred variations will not translate into real-life close connections between Ethiopians.”

    You are avery amazing person to me.I have some honest question to you.What do say about your character?Now you want us to believe the problem of Ethiopia the lack of in adequate interaction among her citizens.Therefore the socity is as you put it sick which resulted in producing incompetent leaders.Therefore the conclusion is simple mlese,after all,may not be blamed since he is the product of that socity.This is enlightning view!We must now ,according to you,need not hold responsible for his crime.Consistent to your theme of denegrating the Ethiopina socity,you proposed the institution of prolonged social reformation by the Ethiopian oppostion inorder to produce belivers in the common good.After this many years of your involvement is this what you have in mind as a solution for Ethiopia.

    Look no one is opposed doing what is right for fellow country men.I will say this whether it is the issue of population explosion,deforstation,or poverty Ethiopia is in dire state primarily due to the TPLF regime’s policy. And the simmidate olution to Ethiopia now is to consentrate on methods how to remove TPLF therough all means.That is using “overt and covert”means as Dr.messay pointed out.The Ethiopian public is not infedel when it comes to the affairs of their country.They are envolved more thatn derctors would like to believe.All that is needed now is a steady desimination of information to the our country men and women.I mean information that implictes tPLF”s crime against the country.We can use ESAT to reach the public by specifing commited crimes.Such as the sold land to the sudan,the land lese program to foreigners,the ongoing hunger,the 8.358 Billion stollen by TPLF,the tens of thousends of Ethiopians held in TPLF prison.
    Finally, we need to leave detractors like you to the side and devise a method to bring the tribal prahia down.In my mind this proverb rightly fits you.

    “The legs of the lame are not equal…” I might add only the lame has unequal leg,the word lame jhere is metapohrically used it denotes lepresy which is the darkest sin.

  2. beyya
    | #2

    ””The call for unity seems to be misdirected, for the call should be for selected individuals in private rather than a public call to political organizations. Such call should not even mention unity as its goal, but focus on creating a viable tool for fighting against the dictatorship of Meles Zenawi.;;;””’

    I agree that there is still political infighting among the diaspora politicians which is a music to meles’s ears.

    the more infighting the more the TPLF and mels love it, and no doubt they will add more fuel to the fire in the hope of destroying the opposition in the diaspora.

    as an example we can look at the splits within some of the ETHNO-NATIONALIST groups, and also within EPRP.

    There have been some attempts to form some sort of coalition, but those who call for the coalitions seem to be selective as to whom they should ally with.

    Mr HAGOS is suggesting a call for unity among individuals. this is not a bad idea at all. Starting from mr Hagos himself there are many Ethiopian scholars who are engaged in debates about our country’s situation and how we could get out of the mess we are in. So why not Mr Tecola take the initiative and start building this coalition. We are good at suggesting ideas but when it comes to putting the ideas in pratice we fall short. the view we take seems to be ‘let somebody else do it’.
    that is my suggestion.

  3. Dawi
    | #3

    China’s one-child policy has been singularly effective at bringing down birthrates has been considered as a “myth” lately and Aklog has to be aware that. Development itself brings consiousness to the masses as well. IMO, considering it a blessing now is not a problem.

    Since 1979, when the one-child policy was implemented in China birth rate dropped from 2.75 children per woman on average to 1.5 but fertility rates have fallen even further in other Asian countries where force and coercion have not been employed in recent years, including Japan (1.4 children per woman), South Korea (1.2), Hongkong (1.1), and Taiwan (0.9). The Economist few months ago wrote about how better education and economic opportunity for women, marrying at older ages, and women’s reluctance to try to juggle house & work is more powerful tool even in China? where today most couples only want one child anyway.

    Abiy #1 said:

    “….Ethiopia is in dire state primarily due to the TPLF regime’s policy. And the simmidate olution to Ethiopia now is to consentrate on methods how to remove TPLF therough all means.That is using “overt and covert”means as Dr.Messay pointed out…..”

    The first thing Dr. Messay suggested was to fashion Meles as the “KING” and form a coalition of some sort under his leadership. He controls the military etc. but allows a transition to democratization through the Developmental State. The political idea more or less supports what Meles wrote in his doctoral theses but what Messay’s proposal brings is, the backing of all the stake holders of Ethiopia to help in the rapid transformation of the country.

    As Prof. Tecola clarified Meles can even use proposals such as Messay’s to prolong his “ill intentions” if that is his desire; However, many affirm Meles to have the ambition necessary to play the historical role of a Dictator (he is) as in the Asians Tigers to bring Ethiopia out of her misery and include her into the line of a middle income country.

  4. aha!
    | #4

    I agree with your first theisis statement, which you carried through your conclusion; but not with the second, where you stated ” Our compounded and multi-layered social, political and economic problems could be overwhelming for anyone person to tackle or even identify properly”. Are you trying to defend the current leadership of TPLF/eprdf, because the Ethiopian social, economic and political problem are to overwhelming to solve by one person, and that every political leadership is ganging up on the current leadeship, differently than they did with previous regime? To arrive at at a scientific problem solving formula, which is the domain of political scientists, have you even tried to understand that the cause for humanitarian, economic crises, and political crises in Ethiopia are ethnic federalism, secessionism with underlying totaliarinism along the lack of independent braches of government to bring about justice and democracy to silent, silenced majority of Ethiopians. If you are blaming for the direction OPDN/EDUF/fdre is taking about the reform the TPLF/eprdf need to undertake in a negotiations while maintaining the the above ideologies to form a grand coalition with TPLF/eprdf regime we are on the same page. Otherwise you are deriding the party, you are insupport of as a lesser of two alternatives, which maintain the status quo, and blaming the social, economic problem on the masses rather than the elites of the teletafi and loyalist opposition parties (ethnic fedralists and ethnic secessionist movements is misleading at best.

    As such, the major issues to be addressed are individual freedom, liberty and equality to supercede ethnic rights and secessionist rights, restore Ethiopian Nationalism, Ethiopian National Interests and the Sovereignity of Ethiopia in a non-violent uprising to freedom with the national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians followed by by ratification of the constitution free of ethnic feralism, seceesionism and totaliarinism to establish a truly capitalistic and democratic system in the likes of North America and Western Europe without the population being trapped into nine ethnic enclaves with individual freedom, liberty, equality accountability taking front and center.

    To accomplish these goals with strategies, all the oppostion forces (ethnic federalists, ethnic secessionists must coalesce by signing an accord to stand for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, subsequentely auto cratic, ethnocratic rule (minority now or majority in the future according to what is now saturating the media). What you also failed to grasp that freedom is not achieved by negotiations or dialogue and political space is not quantitative, but it is qualitative, not subject for a dialogue.Reform upon the existing ethnic feralism, secessionism and totaliarinism does not mean change but but maintaining ethnic fereralism, secessionis and toltirinism, which are anti-theses to capitalism, and democracy for the silent majority of Ethiopians and available to TPLF and TPLF affiliated enterprises and cadres and foreign corporations.

  5. aha!
    | #5

    Correction: in the last sentence of the second paragraph, the term with should read “without individual freedom, liberty and equality taking fron and center.

  6. aha!
    | #6

    You must also understand understand that Ethiopian Nationalism, Ethiopian national Interests and the Sovereignity of Ethiopia would not be restored without dismantling ethnic fereralism, secessionism and totalianism to pave the way for feration of states of the original provinces including Eritrea, if they manage to do away with the current dictatorship and discard totaliarinism to give way for capitalism and democracy, by ratifying the constitution.

  7. eritrean
    | #7

    I beleive the whole thing melts down to the prophecy of Isaya Afewerki, namely he gave you home work for the coming 100 years . Unless you ethiopians understand, what really is the home work you have received, you will not solve the problem and it might take 200 years instead.

  8. Belete
    | #8

    In these confusing and utterly depressing times the role of parties, individuals is greater. A cultural revolution is needed. As a nation we can not build democracy when an individual member of a society become self-absorbed, self-centered, spineless citizen. To emptily talk about unity is pointless with addressing the very fragmentation of the social fabric that allows any dictator to sneak in to power. We have to be true to our selves we have become vulnerable to ethnic division and tribalism, have diaplayed tribal hate and division, we have seen individuals who compromised their party’s principled position and betrayed theri party’s stand and buckled under Woyane’s terror. We are seing on a daily basis individuals selling themselve to woyane as trojan horses to acquire wealth by direct embezzlement of public money. Sorry to say we are operating with a society or are talking about a society that beats itself ready to be eaten up by the next cynical dctator. We have to boldly address or own shortfalls and call a spade a spade.

  9. Yohannes
    | #9

    I agreed with most of your outlook however when you talk about leadership of course we lack a leadership, a leader who can stand firm and willing to sacrifice his life to the cause, but the people did not lack believe what we lack is the leader who does not have believe, some of our leaders cannot stand for what he believes any time things become bumpy you cannot find them anywhere or they steal people contributions and turn around 360 degree and join the same people who oppose for long time.
    This is what we see repeatedly in Ethiopian politics, I can give a lot example and names, we definitely lack a leader, personally I am waiting for God to send us the anointed one who can lead the great nation of Ethiopia to the next level (smile) I am hoping that but right now, I almost give up on the Ethiopian oppositions leadership.
    I cannot even understand them, as the same time and as you said Totit Meles tried his best to change the fabric of Ethiopia for good, and he did everything he can to change the Ethiopian people life but amazingly he was ignored by Ethiopian people and when the right time come he might pay for it.

  10. Dawi
    | #10

    aha said:

    “..To accomplish these goals with strategies, all the oppostion forces (ethnic federalists, ethnic secessionists must coalesce by signing an accord to stand for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, subsequentely auto cratic, ethnocratic rule (minority now or majority in the future according to what is now saturating the media)…”

    The problem is they won’t sign the accord on their own good will. Even if they do, like say between OLF and G7 in a democratic way they shall wait until the conditions are met for them to come to power and once they do take revenge against the other groups, thus escalating the conflict between factions even more. That is the history of democratic allaiances.:)

    Under Dictatorship it is a different story. The ruler has total power and there are no more power quotas to fight each other anymore. Development under the authoritarian is going to be the measure of progress in the country. There are several examples in other countries where Dictatorship ended political instability and paved the way for democracy.

    Instead of rolling the dice trying to bring ethnic warlords together why not give the existing to do the job. Since we have one (Dictatorship) now anyway (we don’t need to invent a new one), why not let it run its course particularly if it concedes with Messay’s manifesto. IMO, it shall minimize our pain.

  11. astra
    | #11

    The argument of Tecola is so convoluted that my advcise for readers is to ignore it. As someone devoid of ideas he goes to his usual verbose expose, which is, to also take a phrase from Shakespeare, – MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. I think Tecola is an old man who has no pasttime but write mumbo-jumbo about Ethiopia which writings make sense only to his obviously disturbed and troubled mind.

  12. assfaw
    | #12

    ዶ/ር ተኮላ ሀጎስ ወሬ ማውራትና ችግርን ከመመንዘር ብጤዎችን አሰባስቦ የህዝብ መንግስት የሚምጣበትን መንገድ ቢቀይስልን መልካም ነበር:: ለጥቂት ጊዜም ቢሆን አምኖበት የዘረኛውን ወያኔ መንግስት አገልግሏል:: ተረድቶትም ይሁን ተባሮ ቢተወውም ሰውንና ህዝቡን ከመኮነን ወደ ስራ ቢሄድልን ሀገር ያተርፍ ደግ ነበር::

    በመጀመሪያ ግን እራሱን ነጻ ያውጣ:: ሁለት ወዶ ነጻነት የማያውቅ ነጻ አውጭ እንዳይሆን::

    ሌላው ችግር እንዳል ሆኖ አገር አጥፊ:ገዳይና ዘራፊ የሆኑትን የትግራይ ጉጅሌዎች ይታገል::

  13. chala
    | #13

    [astra],

    I agree with your iea concerning Tecola Hoagos. After all, is this not a man who sat with TPLF leaders ,in their formative days, in office and helped them draft ethinic constitution,and left his comrades -only after find out – he won’t be offered the Foreign Minster postion or some othere important post he sought to get?Beside, his writings have proved to me that he is a practical jocker.I mean he is aman of talk and not of action.
    Here in this piece he tells us “Melese is but a symptum of a sick socity”.
    If Melese is a symptom of sick socity perhaps the manfestation of his sickness can be traced back in his locality Adwa ,and not so much to be sought in the larger socity Ethiopia as he is trying to paint it.
    One negative factor that Ethiopia inherited from the legasey of the resistans war aginst Italy has been the fact that some elements Ethiopian socity and individuals were sell out to the Italians, for a SELATO LEFT OVER FIRIFARI.It is a fact that the prognator of Melese and his grand father in succession have been THE ITALIAN ENKULALE AMELALASHI TELALAKIS who eventualy become Italian AWARDED FETAWRARIS AND DEJAZEMACHES.Consequently,no doubt,Melese grew up hearing disparaging remarks ,apparently, by his peers whose fathers were ARBEGNOCH. In this instance, what happend to him was not unique.It happend to many childreen of Bandas through out Ethiopia.And there is no any history of the childreen of the BANDAS RESORTING seeking any occasion to harm their country.However, Melese’s is different thing.First, of all when Melese use his politacal postion to organize Tigrians through intese agitation against Ethiopians as his organizing principle there was no Tigrians opposing his lies.In other words melese’s view of Ethiopian history and Ethiopians were accepted by TPLF members as final and refind truth.To this day TPLF gurus continue to re-write our history.According to their latest hitory book Ethiopia proper as we know her has no any hitorian save one Teodros.Now we are told ,in one of their book written by one of their village tug, all historical figures are from TIGRAY-Allula Abanega,Emperor Yohness,and Hayelom period.
    Apparently,the HEROS AND VICTORS OF ADWA,melese’s home town, Emperor Menelik 11,his war general Fitawrari Habteghiorghis, Empress Taytu’s ,and other courageous Ethiopians are not heros any more inthe estimation of Tigray people’s Liberation Front officialls.Who most of them happen to be childreen of the Bandas during the Italo-Ethiopian war in 1935.Such heros as Balcha Abanefso,Abebe Aregawi,Belay Zeleke and Amoraw Webine, King Amde sion,King Gelawdeios,are not recognized.

    As far as I am concerned Melese is a producta of Adwa and is shaped by the social invironment around Adwa.He has no any reason to project his own fear upon the larger socity of Ethiopia.To begin with ,he owe us the great Oromo and Amhar heros for his freedom.The psychopath Melse has no one tao blame for his predicament but himself,certainly not Ethiopians.

  14. Dawi
    | #14

    astra:

    That is cold and disrespectful. You’re probably saying that because you don’t read his blog. If you did, you would have known he does first hand research regularly on Ethiopian matters many of us take for granted. It is very humbling for me reading the volume of work he produces regularly. That IMO has earned him the standing to blanketly “insult” the Diaspora Ethiopians when ever he wants to. :-)

    Prof. Tecola is also one the few legal minds Ethiopia has in pursuit of our legal rights to the sea. Any one with respect and pride of Ethiopia would be ashamed of what astra wrote

  15. Girum
    | #15

    Once again I appreciate you dear writer Tekola.
    Unless we make a timely paradigm shift and start to think in a different manner then it is still my strong belief that the entire situation in Ethiopia can not be improved by the usual way of mere stereotypical party politics approach only. Unless the majority intellectual society in the realm of politics stop the way of stereotypical party politics that is entirely based on living the mere illusion and fantasy of the fashionable word democracy, then we will continue in such vicious-circle. Forming party politics and then defining and establishing periodical elections every 4 or 5 years is just a mere complacency and indulgence that is not justified or warranted while there is no any sort of established per-existing preliminary basic systems and tasks carried out as a foundation for such games. I again mention two analogies with regard to the quandary among Ethiopian politics and Ethiopian society.
    1) The CART/HORSE analogy.
    We are mainly confused which one is the CART and which one is the HORSE and also the sequence of the two, which one precedes and which one follows.
    2) The FOUNDATION/FLOORS analogy.
    While there is no foundation at all or there is no reliable strong and good foundation already built, we mostly want to spend a lot of resources to build more beautiful and attractive floors for our dreamt building on the air.

    Therefore based on the above two analogies, Ethiopian politics is almost in chaos and confusion.
    And what I happen to understand from time to time is that the usual stereotypical party politics alone without proper social awakening and enlightenment at a grass-root level is not only worthless but also very chaotic and destructive. Our figure heads and our leaders originate from their own society they belong to and live with. And hence they are greatly influenced and shaped by their society they belong to. And in turn the society is also influenced and shaped by its figure heads and leaders. The society as a whole is a collection of its member individuals and hence each individual contributes somehow to the merits or demerits of a certain society. Like wise a certain society as whole contributes some how to the merits or demerits of a certain member individual that it belongs to. Hence it is some how an interwoven web where the demarcation is very complicated. It is like the EGG/HEN hen conundrum where it is very difficult which one comes first and which one comes next. Therefore, whether Meles is the result of the society he belongs to or the converse in that the society is the result of Ato Meles is some how difficult to figure out clearly and precisely. However, based on age I can say something. For example Ato Meles ruled for the last 20 solid years. And hence the generation that at least belongs to age 20 and below is some how the result of the fingerprint influences of Ato Meles. And hence those generations of age 20 and below are greatly affected by Ato Meles governance for good or for bad.This is what Tekola can not as such deny. However, it is wise to remind that the influence of past predecessor generations to the successors, for good or bad, can not as such vanish immediately and it is gradual process. When thing go bad it is subtle and gradual and like wise when things go to the good direction it is also like wise. The generational problems do not happen overnight and are gradual and hence the solution too. This is juts the law of nature. And in this regard I want to tell that we have to be DISCIPLINED to be compatible and coherent with the laws of nature and exiting realities. And in fact it is this sort of DISCIPLINED approach which is one of the very missing ingredients among Ethiopian politics and Ethiopian society.
    While the problems are very deep-rooted and multifaceted which are of generational cumulative effects, to the contrary we want an overnight solution through the approach of stereotypical party politics and the fashionable bogus democracy through mere periodic elections. This is really the quandary of Ethiopian politics. I was even arguing with some commentators who assume those 1997 Elections as a lost opportunity. Why it is a lost opportunity while the very opportunity did not exist in the first place?
    It was all fantasy and illusion which does not exist in reality. Democratic concepts and ideals are genuine and sustainable only and only if they have a base or foundation at the grass- root level in our day to day walk of life. And hence Democratic concepts and ideals can not be imposed or achieved overnight just through the glance of election episodes that happen every periodic terms. And the whole event during 1997 election was just a SCREENSAVER. And in fact what happened next to it on 2002 was evident of this essence. How comes we expect overnight a saint DEMOCRAT and GOOD GOVERNANCE from DEDEBIT BEREHA? Even the problem is not as such with Ato Meles and TPLF thug it is rather with our wrong childish expectation that arises from our naivety and gullibility which I call it sheer fantasy and illusion. Therefore our premises and expectations were entirely wrong and misconceived. As is mentioned by Tekola, it is like the analogy of a wrong premise of the unborn offspring calf that becomes the very source of dispute for the husbands and wife. Therefore, even in the first place we have been demanding what Ato Meles, TPLF thug and existing realities can not inherently provide and nurture us. And I dare to say that this is the quandary of Ethiopian politics attributed to the so called Ethiopian intellectuals in the realm of politics in the opposition camp and out outside of it. For example rather than arguing and communicating with unfamiliar language of the fashionable word democracy, we should have been able to challenge and condemn Ato Meles and TPLF as to why we are doomed by being deprived of the port ownership of Port ASSAB by sabotage. While Ato Meles and TPLF kick off their ABC of governance by making such shameful scandals how comes we expect democracy and good governance from such irresponsible and corrupt forces. All innocent Ethiopians must have started their determined and courageous fight against Ato Meles and TPLF thug just after the reveal of such scandalous acts. Can any opposition heads explain me as to why they make such a ridiculous and silly dance around the silly song of democracy orchestrated by Ato Meles while he kicked of his ABC of governance by making such scandalous acts and while they keep quite without making a meaningful and significant endeavor to challenge this scandalous act? That is why I call Ethiopian politics if full of dishonesty and irresponsibility. Therefore after knowing this all official scandalous acts committed by Ato Meles and TPLF thug, then demonizing Ato Meles and TPLF for not being a democrat is absolute ignorance and dishonesty. Personally I never as such demonize and condemn Ato Meles for not being a democrat. Because as an Ethiopian, there is no as such a reliable rational basis for us to challenge and condemn ATo Meles and TPLF based on the concept of democratic ideals. to Meles and TPLF can not as such able to provide us what the society had not provided them already. It will be like demanding to reap what we did not already saw. What I severely demonize and condemn Ato Meles and TPLF thug is for being, racist, irresponsible and corrupt when it comes to the general integrity and well-being of Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet. This should have been the real and appropriate basis that can potentially catch such a great deal of support for the opposition camp to seriously challenge Ato Meles and TPLF just after the scandalous act of the ASSAB event and others in continuum. What rather the oppositions prefer to proceed was to ignorantly make a silly dance around the silly song of the bogus democracy orchestrated by Ato Meles based on its manifestation on bogus elections.ላለፉት 20 ዓመታት ባለው አካሄድ የኢትዮጵያ ተቃዋሚ ፓርቲዎችንና የመለስን ዲሞክራሲ በእሳት-እራትና በሚበራ የኤሌክትሪክ የብርሃን ምንጭ ነው የምመስላቸው፡፡የእሳት-እራት በአንድ በሚበራ የቤት የኤሌክተሪክ አምፑል ዙሪያ ዝም ብለው እንደሚሽከረከሩት ማለት ነው፡፡However, despite this blatant failure that is prominent and real, most of the opposition camps do not want to internalize and make a timely confession to admit this failure in order to rectify, adjust and devise proper strategies tantamount to the challenge of Ato Meles and TPLF insidious moves. What rather they prefer is to externalize and condemn Ato Meles for being dictator. Meles is not a mere dictator like Ghadafi or others, more than that he is hateful and traitor of his own peoples and country. And in fact that is what makes him very unique and dangerous. And it is with such heinous person that the oppositions want to make deals and compromises around democratic principles and good governance which is futile, ridiculous and dangerous. Most intellectuals who are inside and ousted of the current opposition camps who were blindly demonizing and condemning the extrovert Derg regime were not as such conscious of with what sort of foreseeable imminent coming force (TPLF and EPLF) they would be dealing with. Simply demanding what existing realities can not support has become the fallacy attribute of most intellectuals in opposition camps. And in fact what had been the very cause to plunge us in to that sort of chaos and failure following the fall of the last Emperor is also such naivety and gullibility among the emotionally driven fanatic young generation. I dare to say that we are some how entangled in some sort of quandary and vicious-circle. We have neither the discipline, wisdom, courage and tolerance like neither our predecessors nor the rational thinking as is prevalent in the rest of the civilized world. We are some sort of unbranded bizarre and confusing and confused generation, may be a clone one. There always exist inevitably the forces of evils. And indeed there also always exists inevitably the forces of good. What maters most is which sort of power outweighs. Based on the ideals of Ethiopiawinet and Ethiopia Ato Meles stubbornly and inherently has chosen to be the forces of evil and in this regard we can not as such have control to change as to why and how other think and hence we can not do any thing about it as such as long as it is his choice. However, what we can have control as such is on our side as to unite and organize all the forces of good with regard to Ethiopiawinet and Ethiopia so that our united and organized power outweighs that of the evil forces of Ato Meles and his affiliate follower. We have to restart and reclaim our integrity and identity of Ethiopiawinet based on a predefined starting point that we some how can agree with what is sane and appropriate. Unless we Ethiopians undertake our town task of social awakening and enlightenment at a grass-root level and make a paradigm shift revolution based on rational thinking then the sort of the fashionable and bogus Western style democracy and bogus free-market economy being strived to be imposed on us overnight through stereotypical party politics and mere bogus elections will keep us trapped in our own version of vicious-circle and hence takes us no where except chaos and confusion. The other main thing that the writer Tekola wants to sideline is the significant and meaningful influence of foreign forces behind Ethiopian politics especially behind TPLF and EPLF.
    It is well know fact that there always exist inevitably foreign forces behind 3rd world poor countries.
    Ato Meles and Ato Esayas when doing this all things for the last 40 years is not without foreign forces influence. Ato Meles has been serving as a stooge and client-regime whose inherent nature is mainly serving the interest of foreign forces rather than own local peoples and citizens. Why the Ethiopian current society is such a bizarre and confused one is also more of a deliberate one rather than an inadvertent one. In order to elongate the hegemonic governance of Ato Meles TPLF and its affiliates in a sustainable manner, then the rest of the society out side of its domain has to be spoiled, disempowered and destabilized in a deep-rooted and multifaceted manner. And Ato Meles serving as a stooge and client-regime has been doing this heinous act relentlessly for the last 20 solid years. And for this diabolical and treacherous services and acts, he has been paid back, in donations in the name of Ethiopians, which he pockets it back by intricate corruption schemes. The plundered 8.4 billions reported by UNDP is very evident in that aid and loans for 3rd world countries through corrupt client-regimes like Ato Meles is the very inherent nature of global capitalism.
    Though backward and uncivilized we are, such social crisis and impoverishment is not the only attributes of we Ethiopians and it is rampant and prevalent every where. If Tekola is criticizing us (which I accept and admit it honestly) for uncontrolled birth and population growth, then how about the proliferation of foreign unfamiliar traits like gay practices and raping of children? Was it the attribute of we once decent Ethiopians? How about the multifaceted and deep-rooted political, economical, social, religious, cultural and psychological impacts of global capitalism? When Ato Meles and TPLF immediately embarked to power before 20 years to what sort of social order we Ethiopians and Ethiopia immediately plunged and engaged in to?Is it not to the Neo-Liberal policies and principles of global capitalism? Is it not true that, behind the curtain in closed doors, Ato Meles for the last 20 years and also in continuum has been Advocating and advancing this Neo-Liberal agenda? What was your close and influential consultation in this regard for Ato Meles? I expect the knowledgeable Tekola ,I very respect and appreciate, to say something on this global phenomenon and its pervasive impacts globally.
    While Ato Meles is strongly believing and galloping his own way stubbornly, diabolically, arrogantly, i do not think so from now onwards ,after such sort of severe damage on Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet, then I strongly doubt that there will be a viable negotiation and coalition with such sort of destructive evil force. Good or bad it may be Ato Meles wants to see his inevitable end game and fate in his own way he believes in. And hence as far as my knowledge is concerned, I think the deadline is over. Dear Tekola, finally I appreciate your unique way of addressing issues and hence keep it up. And in fact such sort of “breaking the ice” trend better continue in a civilized manner of communication and dialogue.

  16. Tecola W Hagos
    | #16

    Dear Girum and Dawi:
    Please, do know that I greatly appreciate your notes/comments not only because you are honest with me (my writings), some one who is not hidding from anyone and fully in the open and a vulnerable target for unscrupulous sacrilegious agents, but also for your nobility of sprit in trying to consider my views for their own worth rather than stereotyping my person. I do not usually defend my self from silly challenges by individuals who do not face me eye to eye, and I do not discuss issues intelligently with individuals that simply write derogatory statements without proof to show me in such light. What we need most in our brothers and sisters is not to be caught in someone else loop, but to be independent thinkers and above all to seek truth and virtuous lives. No amount of huffing and buffing will change our Ethiopian reality, but truth, the search for excellence, and the search for virtue will. Thank you Girum and Dawi and my many friends and the countless Ethiopians here in the Diaspora and back home who understand and appreciate my effort.

    Tecola w Hagos

  17. aha!
    | #17

    Dawi the basic contentious ideologies are ethnic fereralism, secessionism and totaliarinism built into the constitution. Having said that in any acqusition of another company and joinining of political factions, the parties that join together must abide by the same goals and strategies for the national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians with an adopted stategies to achieve those goals to stand on the opposite side of TPLF/eprdf regime.

    This not an idea to create a new ethnic dictatorship but to abolish autocratic rule, ethnic rule and ethnic dictatorshipof ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism. Prof. Prof. Messay Kebede and perhaps Ginbot 7 may have put those ideologies under the rug, where the one perhaps for the current regime fade away by attrition or seek for powersharing with the current regime and Ginbot 7 from the interview in ESAT of the intention to strive for “Killil Mengistat yekul Mebit indinorach” but not to dismantle it and/or ratfy the constituion of its ethnic federalism. secessionism and totaliarinism to start of with a clean slate of captitalistic and democratic society with individual freedom, liberty and equality supeceding ethnic and seccessionist rights to be determined and signed on in the merger, but not to be negotiated later on.

  18. aha!
    | #18

    Dawi the basic contentious ideologies are ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism built into the constitution. Having said that in any acqusition of another company and joinining of political factions, the parties that join together must abide by the same goals and strategies for the national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians with an adopted stategies to achieve those goals to stand on the opposite side of TPLF/eprdf regime.

    This not an idea to create a new ethnic dictatorship but to abolish autocratic rule, ethnic rule and ethnic dictatorshipof ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism. Prof. Prof. Messay Kebede and perhaps Ginbot 7 may have put those ideologies under the rug, where the one perhaps for the current regime fade away by attrition or seek for powersharing with the current regime and Ginbot 7 from the interview in ESAT of the intention to strive for “Killil Mengistat yekul Mebit indinorach” but not to dismantle it and/or ratfy the constituion of its ethnic federalism. secessionism and totaliarinism to start of with a clean slate of captitalistic and democratic society with individual freedom, liberty and equality supeceding ethnic and seccessionist rights to be determined and signed on in the merger, but not to be negotiated later on.

  19. የዚህ ዜና መልዕክቱ ይገለጽ?
    | #19

    የኢትዮ ፖለቲካ ችግር ለመፍታት = (ግለሰብ + አካባቢው + አገሩን ) ፍላጎት አቅም እምነት ላይ በተጨማሪ ደግም ሐብታም አገሮች ፍላጎትና የወሳኝነት ሚናን ይጨምራል

    በአጭሩ የዳበሩት አገሮች ፍጆታ ገደብ የለሽነት ዓለምን ገና ያተራምሳል ባይ ነኝ ደካማዎቹ አገሮች ሕዝቦች ሰላማዊ ኑሮ ፍላጎት ተስፋ ይጨልማል

    በዛሬው ዓለም
    የአንድ አገር ፖለቲካ ውጤት የሚወሰነው በዳበሩ አገሮች ጥቅም ፍላጎት በወሳኝነት ሚና ጎልቶ የሚመራ መሆኑን
    የጣልያን ግሪክ ሊቢያ አገሮች መሪዎች መውደቅ ምስክረነት ይሰጣል ባይ ነኝ

    ክአገር ውስጥ ላለው የተቃውሞ ግፊት የውጩ boost(እንዲያብጥ) ካላደረገ ወይም ትግሉ የሐብታሞቹን አገሮች ፍላጎት የሚጻረር ከሆነ ይኮላሻል

    ዶ/ር ይህንን እንዼት ሳቱት ነው ጥያቄው?

    የዘመኑ ፓለቲካ አገሮች ብቻቸውን በራሳቸው ችግርን መፍታል አለመቻላቸውን ምሳሌ ልጥቀስ እንዴ
    በልማት ይሁን በዲሞክራሲው ቁንጮዎቹ እንካ ቻይናን ገንዘብ ስጪን እንጂ ብለው ሐብታሞቹ ድምጻቸው አጉልተው ሲጠይቁ በዓለም ያለውን ቀውስና ህብረት እንዳስፈለገ ያስረዳል ጥያቄው ልመና ይሁን ማስፈራሪያ ባይገባኝም ማለቴ ነው

    የኛን አገር ተቃዋሚ ድምጽን እንዲቀጭጭ ያደረገው ትልቁ ጉዳይኮ የውጩ ፍላጎት ከኛው ጎልቶ አይመስሎትም

    መግቢያዮ ላይ ያሳፈሩትን ልጥቀስና
    ‘What do we expect from our leaders if we have such a history of cowardice and appeasement? We must be able to consider the possibility that Meles Zenawi may well be the symptom of a very sick society rather than being the cause of its problems.’

    በርሶ ዓይን ለመሆኑ ወያኔ ስልጣን የያዘው አቅሙ ኑሮት አሸንፎ ነው?
    አረ ተው ዶ/ር!!

  20. የዚህ ዜና መልዕክቱ ይገለጽ?
    | #20

    ዶ/ር አንድነት ለአንድነት ማለትን ተቃውመው መፍትሐው
    በልማትና በጎ አድራጉት ስራዎች ላይ መሳተፍ ነው ይህም ሕዝብን ለማወቅ ድጋፍ ለማግኘት ይረዳል ባይ ኖት
    ልጥቀስና
    ‘Now, our focus ought to be on how to create followers and true-believers. This is not an easy task, for it requires paradigm shift in social relations and patience.’

    ሀሳብዎን ሙሉ ሙሉ በሙሉ እጋራለሁ ግን ጊዘው እንዳለፈና እንደማይሳካ ማመን ጀምሬአለሁ ምሳሌ ልጥቀስ

    ርስዎ ባሉት በቀጥታ መስመር ባይሆንም መኢሶን የሕዝብ መንቃት መደራጀት ይቀድማል ባለ ጊዜ ኢሕአፓ እንደዋና ጠላት ያጠፋው መሆኑን የሚዘነጋ አይደለም
    ሌላው ወያኔና ሻቢያ ክልላዊ አስተሰሳብ ተነሳስተው ኢሕአፓን መንጥረውታል

    ጥያቄው
    በዚህ ዝብርቅርቁ በወጣና በጠፋ አለም ማለት በዛሬው ጊዜ ማለት ነው
    አገርና ዜጋዎች የሚባሉት አስተሳሰቦች በድንበር መወሰን ቀርቶ ዜጋዎች ኑሮዋቸው በየዓለም ጥጉ ሁናል
    ስለሆነም ዜጋዎች አቅመ ቢሶች ናቸው
    አገራቸው ያለው ሀብቱም መብቱም የውጭ ዜጋዎች ሁኖአል

    ታዲያስ ዶ/ር እንዴት ምክሮዎ በተግባር ሊውል ይቻላል ይላሉ
    አደራ ሓሳብዎን ብጋራም ተግባራዊ አይሆንም ማለቴ ነው
    ዘመኑን የተከተል ምክር አልሰጠኡም ነው የምሎት

  21. Dawi
    | #21

    Girum:

    “..we should have been able to challenge and condemn Ato Meles and TPLF as to why we are doomed by being deprived of the port ownership of Port ASSAB by sabotage…”

    The reason is EPLF was in charge of Assab not TPLF then and Isayas didn’t complain when he was thrown out of the Ethiopian coalition by TPLF. EPLF (ANGAFAW) Liberation movement didn’t step up to the plate to STAND for Democratization of Ethiopia in general. TPLF – MLLT, who new Isayas’s short comings managed to silence him by offering him what he thought, was a good deal.

    “….as an Ethiopian, there is no as such a reliable rational basis for us to challenge and condemn ATo Meles and TPLF based on the concept of democratic ideals. to Meles and TPLF can not as such able to provide us what the society had not provided them already….”

    I concur.

    “.. Meles is not a mere dictator like Ghadafi or others, more than that he is hateful and traitor of his own peoples and country…”

    He is not like many others all right. :)

    The thing is Meles has stepped up to the challenges of under-development. He has contributed not only by writing a thesis on the subject but by starting to build the foundation on the ground. We can continue to deny the reality but the fact is – that is the only reason he earned the respect of intellectuals like Jeffery & Messay. We know Messay was hurt by this man. He was thrown out of job and country but the only rationalization of writing a “Manifesto” to the Dictator has to be his intellectual honesty after studying the reality in Ethiopia.

  22. Dawi
    | #22

    aha!

    “…the parties that join together must abide by the same goals and strategies for the national agenda for unity…….to stand on the opposite side of TPLF/eprdf regime…..”

    I am saying they won’t. OLF/ONLF and others are not any different from TPLF, chances are they will be worst at the beginning due to lack of wealth (cash,knowledge & other) Woyane has already acquired.

    “..Prof. Messay Kebede and perhaps Ginbot 7 may have put those ideologies under the rug….”

    I don’t know about G7 but Prof. Messay is willing to work with the Developmental State concept which ends up eliminating other forms governments during the transition to democracy. In other words, it is a Dictatorship at the beginning.

    What we have is a special crisis. Inequality, underdevelopment etc are such things. Special crises require fast decision making and curtailing of liberties. Economic development is going to be promoted under the Dictatorship as in the Asian Tigers. Historic Experience as we know it is that richer, educated and more equal countries are more likely to be democratic.
    Once we get to be rich we will seek to be liberated from the dictatorship. Hopefully, our dictatorship by the design (Messay Manfesto) upfront won’t make us go for insurrections, if not the transition will be made by uprising and that transition from dictatorship to democracy will happen. As such, the Ethnic coalition your are talking about will be bypassed all together.

  23. aha!
    | #23

    Dawi, you are right what is is missing from the the “slf-rule and separate development is unequal development, the coalition now a front known as OPDF/EDUF/fdre, a mirror image of TPLF/eprdf is trying to bring to equilibrium of TPLF/eprdf on the one side and OPDF/eduf/fdre on the other side, while maintainig the the contetious ideologies of ethnic federalism, secessionism and tototaliarinism in tact but asking for reform on the equality of the Killil Mengistats (ethnic federalism), to which they should be contending to dismantle it and engage on individual freedom, liberty and equality to supercede ethnic rights and secessionist rights. To the extent the they are not engaged in on that premise and keeping the constitution in tact, does not account for a change in the system and administration of the current regime in order to restore Ethiopian Nationalism, Ethiopian national Interests, and the sovereignity of Ethiopia. Only the individuals free of ethnic and secessionist politics are the basic units of a democratic society can institute capitialism and democracy in Ethiopia, not the ethnic federalists nor the ethnic secessionists, in a coalition/front or separately. Ethiopia can not be ruled by a coalition of liberation movements with Ethnic agenda as their main platform of self-rule but separate development, other than those with national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, an agenda the the silent majority will be behind in its support, I firmly believe.

  24. Abiy
    | #24

    [Dawi]
    you wrote to Girum,

    “The thing is Meles has stepped up to the challenges of under-development. He has contributed not only by writing a thesis on the subject but by starting to build the foundation on the ground. We can continue to deny the reality but the fact is – that is the only reason he earned the respect of intellectuals like Jeffery & Messay.”

    Look you are becoming a laughing stock by the day as you become a dihard advocate of the decadent Melese and his bankrupt policies.
    For your information, TPLF is not has never been a political organization with a vison for Ethiopia.Infact, it can be said TPLF is perhaps the only organization that surfaced to the politcial scene in 1974 in Tigray that never advanced a fixed politcal strategy.TPLF has chnged its policies and strategies many times befor our eyes.When it started out it has a program toliberate Tigray from the union.When TPLF was unable to acctualize this undertakings it joied its sister Organization EPLF in her war aginst EDU and EPRP,and later aginst the DERG.

    Later the West East cold war confrontation was replaced with a sort of coopeation. As the Soviet Union was unable to keep up with the amount of finance needed to compete the military and space techniology race with the U.S Derg was left without friend,which turned out to be a bonnanza for the EPLF-TPLF cabls.Then it become clear tha tderg was facing major chlanges both from within his ranks and from the fronts.At this stage the fonts began to form coolition with disgrentled derg military members as well as with OLF.it was at this stage ,once again TPLF,abondend its secessionist plan and begin to show interest to administer Ethiopia.
    In 1992 when TPLF arived in Addis one of the major compliants of the western nations,who were instruments for groomed TPLF to run Ethiopia, was TPLF leaders and her peasant soldiers have IJMAGE PROBLEM.

    TPLF has to be trained by Ethiopian civil serevants from A to Z. They never had any democratic strategy nor a knowledge how to run a country.How dare you say that TPLF staps to the plate to democrtizze Ethiopia. You made this statment based on HINSDSIGHT KNOWLEDGE.That is you are projecting the present talking points to THE FORMATIVE DAYS OF tplf.

    Look,the last tweenty years has proven beyond resonable doubt to the Ethiopian people and to the world the one man show of Melese rule has been a dismal failure.Period! However, you his advocte have been laboring hard in this forum to defend the indefesible.At times you try to liken him with South East Asian leaders,at other times,you try to tell us Messay and the professors at colombia are still supporting him.
    Time is up .Regardless of what you said,Melese and his clique have made themselves the richest men in the world-$8.382 billion in their possession.

  25. abiy
    | #25

    I argued from the get go Dr.Tecola’s argument about the need to produce believers and followers is unintellegible to me.My question to him is this;does he stll hold this to be true?What do you make of the spectacular death of YENESEW GEBRE?Does his death speek that Ethiopians are in hibrnation or speeks about the jiant waiting tobe awakened?

  26. Dawi
    | #26

    abiy:

    “..You made this statment based on HINSDSIGHT KNOWLEDGE.That is you are projecting the present talking points to THE FORMATIVE DAYS OF tplf..”

    I think your time line is a very good account of the history of TPLF. I have no contention of your characterization of TPLF of not having a mind SET ON STONE from the beginning. Is that good or bad is a different question.

    EPLFites have made fun of TPLF and tried to make them the laughing stock of the world then. The jokes they come up with on a daily basis were so good and accurate we couldn’t help but laugh every single time.

    IMO, the reason Meles & Co. got better at things down the line is because they didn’t have fixed mindset so they don’t avoid challenges. In other words, they were not afraid to embarrass themselves because they don’t know any better. As we know People with a growth mindset tend to embrace challenges. After all, if your abilities grow as you use them, you can only get better by trying new things. It is important a leader seeks continual self improvement to not only become a good leader but to continue as one. IMO, Meles’s arrival to Developmental State Theory is a winner.

    So if Meles was lucky to arrive to that, it is because he took advantage of the opportunities that were available to him. That same opportunity was available to many other people. Winning a DV lottery is luck, being a successful leader can not be luck. It is hard work and dedication.

    What Messay saw in him is that hard work, ambition, passion and vision of a man to be a great leader.

    “..Time is up .Regardless of what you said,Melese and his clique have made themselves the richest men in the world-$8.382 billion in their possession…”

    We have to wait and see what Meles is gonna do with it? Having said that, I have no reason to doubt that he won’t invest it in the Developmental State.

  27. Tulu
    | #27

    Dear Abiy:

    Who on earth will trust Dr. Tecola. Many people have been killed in Harar thanks to the incessant propoganda of genocide by people like tamirat layne and tecola hagos. Dr. Tecola with his anti amhara sentiment and Tamirat Lyne must be among the people who were pushing for some kind of genocide against Amharas in the ensuing years of TPLF in power. The media was abuzz with anti-amhara sentiment. Tamirat layne was giving a political blessing (his speech in harar is remembered) and Tecola hagos must have been giving historical justification, a kind of payback on amharas. Meles, by comparison of evil doers is much better than Dr. Tecola. Meles at least leaves the “bantus” (whatever that means ) to mourn alone. Tecola would exterminate them if given a one day power. We are reading a poison that is covered with honey. Dr. tecola is hateful of amharas and all non-tigres and in the ensuing years of TPLF power wehere tecola was rubbing shoulders with meles there was a high current of pro-tigre and anti non-tigre sentiment and tribal hate running in the country. It culminated in genocide. Looking at what tecola says and talks in the cyber space all along he must have been one of the people who added fuel to the fire along with tamirat layne that pushed people in to genocide. I am seeing a parallel campaign by tamirat layne for the amharas to be attacked and possibly Dr. Tecola giving historical justification. I refuse to be hoodwinked by Tecola.

  28. Girum
    | #28

    Dear Dawi how are you.
    I do not care who wins as long as it is based on truth.
    And in fact I am happy every time truth wins and it is better that we all allow for truth to be revealed and reign us. Unless we are afraid of truth then we become honest and allow for truth to be revealed and spoken officially. And indeed when we become honest and courageous to allow for truth to be revealed then we all get free from our own bondages and then achieve true liberation. Please do not strive to twist ideas for the sake of your narrow personal interests. For me it does not matter how much genius (in fact he is evil genius for me) Ato Meles is and what is more important to me is that I want to judge him is not only his mind but more of by his heart. Yes by his heart in how much the possible deepest respect and love he has for humanity. As far as I happen to understand he is cold hearted. We are not machines or robots and rather we are respected human creatures who happen to manifest in the image and likeness of God. Therefore we deserve human respect and treatment nurturing from our rulers. And in this regard I do not care whatever Jeffery or others say about Ato Meles. Is Jeffery an Ethiopian who lives in Ethiopia and is ruled by Ato Meles? Oh sorry I forgot that who has to evaluate whether Meles is a good ruler or not is our MASTERS from the West. Yes indeed they are the sole evaluators because in the firs place Meles is here at Menilik palace not for the sake of the interest of we majority Ethiopians but for the sake of the main interest the West and TPLF and its heinous agenda. This is what we happen to witness in that while we already know what sort of miserable life the majority Ethiopians have been living under this TPLF thug, then to the contrary foreign agents like IMF and World Bank were witnessing as if such a marvelous economic development had been achieved by the incumbent. Yes Carter was witnessing just at the glance at eve just from the beginning, regarding the free and fair incidents of the previous 1997 Election. Then we all know what followed next. Yes I know that the WHITES/OUR MASTERS as long as stooges and clients like Ato Meles serves theirs sole interest then it is not their problem to awash and hail others with such compliments and appreciations. Oh sorry I forgot it that is it because like “ነቢይ ባገሩ አይከበርም”አይነት ነገር ሆኖ ነው የአቶ መለስ መልካም ነገር ይህንን ያህል እስከ ዛሬ ሳይገለጥልን የቆየው?Dear Dawi I want to tell you that Ethiopia and Ethiopians for the last 20 years and till now have been ruled and experienced such a miserable life ruled by a stooge, client-regime and mafia style leadership that is totally irresponsible, corrupt, hateful and racist regime that it has never saw before in history. It is some how unwise and ignorance to compare Ghadafi with Ato Meles based on a too stereotypical word called DICTARTOR. Ghadafi is indeed a DICTARTOR, a good and constructive DICTARTOR which I do not deny, however he is not irresponsible, corrupt, hateful, racist, puppet client-regime as a stooge as is Ato Meles. He charismatically and honorably managed to DICTATE the fate of his beloved country and his beloved people. And indeed that is why Libya and its peoples managed to achieve such prosperity and development that has brought such a meaningful and significant economic and social upheaval for the majority mass. Such upheaval and independence in Libya which was with out the usual and pervasive influence and patronage of Global capitalism, was intolerable to the Western governments and hence they were very jealous of this achievements. And what they have done is that to topple Ghadafi by force and make such a severe destruction by NATO bombing on the well built infrastructures that is the legacy of 40 years of rule by Ghadafi. We African have to be ashamed of such events in that we fail to solve wisely our internal issues. However, I happen to observe so many Ethiopian opposition camps who parade and applaud such tragic events as if it is an achievement against dictatorship. Therefore if we are wise enough, then for we Africans rather than the slick, hypocrite and stooge client-regimes like Ato Meles who are totally treacherous, hateful, racist, corrupt who undertake bogus elections and then intimidate, arrest and kill peoples due to such bogus election, then we better prefer courageous, honest, genuine, loving nationalist DICTAROIRS like Ghadafi who stand for the majority mass interest and wellbeing. The most surprising thing that I happen to understand in Ethiopian politics is that we are not end-game oriented and rather we are lost for means. Democracy through mere periodic election episodes is just more of a means and not an as such end by itself. And in fact the same is true for free-press. Let’s say that we are allowed to say and shout whatever we want in free-press, but eventually if there is no meaningful change and response with regard to our vital interest then what is the very virtue of simply shouting? And again also let’s say that we are even allowed to install Mr-X and topple Mr-Y through mere elections. Eventually is the over all system is devised in such a way that neither Mr-X nor Mr-Y are to there to inherently fulfill the interest of the minority elitists shadowy oligarchy class behind closed doors and not the majority class who give them tremendous votes then what is the very virtue of democracy through mere bogus elections. Therefore for me genuine, considerate and loyal DICTATORS are by far better that slick stooges and hypocrite treacherous DEMOCRCATS. There are a lot of opposition forces who aspire such sort of bogus democratic ideals for their country and peoples. For them such phony events are the maximum achievements their beloved poor country and its peoples really demand and need in life.
    I am not even to devalue such achievements as we are actually even far of it. But what I am saying is that are we as such desperate for it as if it is something miraculous? Well such achievements can be a success story for stereotypical politicians who enjoy such events. But is it really something that the majority innocent and poor mass as such aspire for in life? Is it really because Ato Meles and TPLF are not as such DEMOCRATS that the majority Ethiopians are very resentful and hateful of their governance? Was Emperor Haieselasie as such a DEMOCRAT in the stereotypical sense of definition? Not at all because no election. To the contrary Meles has been claiming as DEMOCRAT though the means of his bogus elections he time and again cheated us. But when it come to peaceful demonstrations by the mass who was in fact shooting at heads and hearts and then killing hundreds and arresting in so many thousands? Is it not the claiming ‘DEMOCRAT’ Ato Meles? Dear Dawi can you please explain me this paradox. Dear Dawi the stereotypical and fashionable word called DEMOCRCY only served by becoming such an amazing chess board for the crafty and slick Ato Meles and hence does not benefit the majority Ethiopians and not even the naive and gullible oppositions who live this fantasy and illusions of DEMOCRACY.And hence do the majority Ethiopians really want such manipulations and intrigues unders the disguise of democracy? When DERG was toppled by force and TPLF embarked on power,do the majority Ethiopians even expected DEMOCRCAY as such from TPLF thug that originated from DEDEBIT BEREHA? Never ever as such? But the majority Ethiopians never expected that we would be deprived of the ownership of Port ASSAB despite Eritrea is gone as expected. But the majority Ethiopians never expected that we would be segregated by such sort of blatant racism and then become less than second citizens. But the majority Ethiopians never expected that such a large strip of fertile land would be sold off to foreigners and SUDAN. But the majority Ethiopians never expected that we would be looked down like a dog who expects food trashes from his masters. But the majority Ethiopians never expected that we would be harassed and ashamed of being an Ethiopian and Ethiopiawinet. Now a days Ethiopians can be kicked of their property and job any time any where if TPLF wants to do so. Every benefit to get as an Ethiopian has been under the patronage and good will of TPLF thug. In fact once I happen to read some of the excerpts of the soft copy book about “የትግራይ ህዝብና ትግልና የትምክህተኞች ሴራ” which is very amazing and tragic. And in fact in this book I happen to deeply understand what sort evil force (TPLF) is taking control and hostage of this poor and historical country its peoples. And in fact I happen to understand as to why foreign forces get advantage of this perverted misconceived mentality and internal conflict for their own advantage and hence employ Ato Meles and TPLF as a stooge for such destructive agenda. Therefore Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet is being disgraced and disempowered by foreign forces indirectly through the evil surrogate hands of Ato Meles and TPLF. And it is in this sense that when I say I do not expect DEMOCRACY from such TPLF thug. For me it is like “ፅድቁ ቀርቶብኝ በቅጡ በኮነነኝ”.However you wanted to thwart this idea to your advantage as usual to reinforce your idea of Ato Meles as being a developmental state. Democracy was such a fashionable phony dramatic game played by Ato Meles for the last 20 years. Now Ato Meles has some how feed up with this sort of challenging and inconvenient drama that is being revealed outside of its masked cover and hence it is becoming a bit outdated scheme. So elongate and stay in power he has to devise another scheme under the disguise of developmental state.
    And I tell you confidently in that DEMOCRACY was such a phony drama for the last 20 years and the claim of the DEVELOPMENTAL STATE by Ato Meles too is its pahse-2 or part-2 continuation of the same phony drama. Do not go to any where further, for example Ghadafi, the demonized one, was the real developmental state though he did not claim it or decree it clearly for the sake of public consumption and propaganda. The oil resource of Libya has been nationalized during the reign of Ghadafi. Any body who well knows the livelihood of majority Libyans can witness this very reality. Libya indeed has oil and few population but has Ghadafi been as such a very corrupt and selfish stooge like other Arab countries puppets then the oil wealth of Libya would have fallen under the grips of few foreign powers and would have bee been exploited mainly serving others and not majority Libyans. Meles has even been selling off most of all government owned factories and public sector enterprise for foreigners and also for his EFFORT. He is building an economic empire of its own version of quasi-governmental business entity called EFFORT under the disguise of developmental-state. Every vital business and economic activity is channeled through this EFFORT. Other business men unless are affiliates of this EFFORT then they are pushed away and kicked of the business game. EFFORT from its very inception is created and established to plunder the wealth and resources of the rest of Ethiopia by Ato Meles TPLF and other affiliate Tigreans. One of the main aims of negotiation and power brokerage is also to save and sustain this economic empire of EFFORT in the future. After the fall of Derg and When TPLF cling to power to rule Ethiopia, while it is inherently known to be Tigreans Liberation Front, in negotiating with the Western government, is with the sole intention to plunder (trough EFFORT) the rest of Ethiopia and also to pave the way for other foreign forces to do business as usual. Therefore Ethiopia for the last 20 years and also in continuum is intended to be an asylum, not for good governance by TPLF, but rather for a market place to do business as usual through irresponsible and corrupt mafia style leadership of Ato Meles. I do not care about the sort of stereotypical phony democracy but I expect good governance that can genuinely nurture a society and also that can at least provide basic needs as a human-being. And in fact due to the inherent spoiled nature of TPLF thug and because it can not indeed provide good governance for We majority Ethiopians, then it was systematically devised by the patronage and advise of the West to provide us phony illusion and fantasy of democracy for the last 20 solid years. And with this systematic scheme it was successfully possible to contain and disempower the naive and gullible Ethiopian intellectuals inside and outside of the opposition camp. And for others, democracy in a different form, for the young generation, especially for young ladies and girls, is provided through fashionable boutiques, garbage holly wood films, night-clubs and other phony and SCREENSAVER like westernization life styles. And with this sort of heinous scheme, that is democracy being delivered in a different form, it was successfully possible to trap, disable and cripple the young generation from thinking dynamically and critically. Dear Dawi these all is the legacy of Ato Meles and TPLF(and in fact also that of global capitalism for 3rd world countries) and not indeed the legacy of Developmental-State. And had Ato Meles been real DEMOCRCAT, considerate of his country and its people, then he would have provided the generation real constructive DEMOCRCAY, rather than this sort of garbage type of destructive DEMOCRCAY. And why is such thing insidiously devised? To catch and contain the attention of the young generation by such useless garbage stuffs so that it shall lot think critically and dynamically with a potential to challenge and become a threat for the Power of Ato Meles and TPLF. So many oppositions and intellectuals fail to deeply understand this sort of destructive social dynamism undertaking and that has been very pervasive in Ethiopian Society. We are creating a very crippled and short-sighted young generation that is contained and some how too selfish to be considerate of others and also for common social agendas and issues. A new generation that is very reserved, cowardice, cunning, crippled and introvert one in political and social issues that is exactly the opposite version of those of the 1960s that was fanatic, agitated, and very concerned one. And when some opposition forces think and talk about model mass uprisings like that of Tunisia and Egypt they do not happen to take in to consideration this very reality in Ethiopian society.And with this it is evident that what sort of crippled young generation we are creating. Due to this intricate sabotage and manipulation against Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet the livelihood of majority mass is deteriorating and being endangered from time to time. A blood sucking parasitic and rent seeking shadowy minority class has been created over the shoulders and the misery of majority Ethiopian society. How comes such corrupt regime claims or becomes a developmental state? Yes in deed I can agree with you in that it can claim and has become a developmental state for those few blood sucking parasitic and rent seeking shadowy minority class. We have to know that in the background in a meaningful and significant manner Ato Meles and TPLF is indeed mainly serving the pervasive contemporary Global capitalist system of the West. Therefore, we Ethiopians have achieved neither democracy nor bread from Ato Meles and TPLF rule for the last 20 years. Rather what we have achieved is misery, abuse, disgrace and shame in that we have lost our dignity and identity as an Ethiopian. More than any thing that is tragic and disgraceful we are being harassed and jailed by being labeled as A TERRIORIST. Really a very disgraceful and tragic end game of We Ethiopians finally doomed to being labeled as TERRIORIST. Meles is such a chronic and tragic power monger. So desperate for power!!!. He aspires and wants to see Ethiopians disgraced and dehumanized so that they bow to his feet to beg him for survival and freedom.
    And it is with such tragic incidents that he fulfils his egoistic conundrum.
    For Gods sake,It is such hateful and dangerous psychologically insane person enthroned to such power. The guys in jail are not TERRIORIST in the sense and definition we so far know, if any, regarding TERRIORISIM. Even the recent jailing of guys like Eskindir Nega and others contradicts with the recent TERRIORIST definition , allegation and categorization of Ato Meles against 4 groups namely,OLF,ONLF,G7 and Alqadeda as Eskindir Nega belongs to none of them.
    Any way we have come to a tragic and amazing moment of time in history where a certain gorilla fighter thug that originated from DEDEBIT BEREHA accuses innocent Ethiopians as TERRIORIST. Under what rational, scientific, moral, religious and social basis that guys like Eskindir Nega and Debebe Ehetu are labeled as TERRIORIST by the very guy at Menilik palace whose hands are washed by the blood of many thousands of innocent Ethiopians? Do we Ethiopians have as such a history and tradition of being TERRIORIST? Yes indeed those guys and others many innocent Ethiopians can be a TERRIORIST for the guy at Menelik palace in a different sense because they are just a potential threat for the power-monger Ato Meles. Yes indeed he is very TERRIORIZED every day, every hour, every minute, every second and ever microsecond because of his undeserved cling to power by sabotage, intrigue and manipulation. Yes when such individuals and forces cling to power in such ways then they are all time TERRIORIZED and are in perpetual anxiety and hyper- vigilance. Therefore whenever their inherent sin and crime they have committed disturbs them internally they have to sadly externalize it and label others as sinful and TERRIORISTS. And in fact that it is my prayer and wish in that Ato Meles shall not implement a drone attack assassination version in Ethiopia like is the case in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and other places.
    Ato Meles deliberately labeled Ethiopians like Eskindir Nega and Debebe Eshetu as TERRIORISTS not just because that he in fact believes that they are TERRIORISTS but rather mainly because of his heinous and has such a deep rooted hatred and disregard for the majority Ethiopians and Ethiopiawinet, it is intentionally targeted to dehumanize, disgrace and adulterate us so that he will be enthroned to the relative higher position of grace, innocence and respect.
    It is such guy that you are referring us as your model of genuineness and vanguard of developmental state?Genuineness in what essence and for what sort of meaningful and significant constructive contribution for the betterment of the life of we majority Ethiopians? Denying any seat of opposition MPs at the parliament after 20 solid years? Labeling innocent Ethiopians as TERRIORISTS?For the unfamiliar foreign traits like gay practices and child raping and trafficking?Such rampant economical, social, moral and ethical crisis in Addis and other towns? As a leader of a certain nation he is such an official liar model in public who is very crafty hypocrite and cheater and like wise he molded the rest of the society in his image and likeness to be immoral and unethical. These all above things I mentioned and others not mentioned are the sole proprietary and legacy of your model ruler Ato Meles, now as a vanguard of the fashionable Developmental-State, in Ethiopian history.

  29. astra
    | #29

    Is Dawi another name for Tecola Hagos. Same on you!

  30. Dawi
    | #30

    Girum:

    “…Meles has been claiming as DEMOCRAT though the means of his bogus elections ….again cheated us….shooting at heads and hearts and then killing hundreds and arresting in so many thousands?….”

    His claim aside, what we have is a Dictatorship albeit a Developmental one. Look – Economic and social development lead to democratic demands from citizens. When people have their basic needs met they will continue and start wanting political freedoms over the increase of Development. We can claim the fastest way to development is Dictatorship and Development is the requirement for a sustainable Democracy.

    “…EFFORT from its very inception is created and established to plunder the wealth and resources of the rest of Ethiopia by Ato Meles TPLF and other affiliate Tigreans….”

    That may be the case, but TPLF as abiy pointed out, is a Work in Progress.

    Didn’t we just read Azeb took a full control of EFFORT? Keep in mind, Azeb in control is qualitatively different from TPLF in control. My take is without undermining the “affiliate Tigreans” (as you put it) and others who helped him come to power, he can still use the entity to benefit his latest vision which is the Developmental State. Ultimately, the success of the Developmental State is what is going to guarantee the safety and welfare of his “affiliates”.

    “..And had Ato Meles been real DEMOCRCAT, considerate of his country and its people, then he would have provided the generation real constructive DEMOCRCAY, rather than this sort of garbage type of destructive DEMOCRCAY….”

    You must be kidding Girum! You are talking about a guy who calls neoliberalism “dead at the periphery and in the heartland”. :-)

    “…Do not go to any where further, for example Ghadafi, the demonized one, was the real developmental state though he did not claim it or decree it clearly for the sake of public consumption and propaganda. The oil resource of Libya has been nationalized during the reign of Ghadafi….”

    If you have OIL it is a slam-dunk!; the real challenge is what if you don’t have OIL? I suppose you create EFFORT. :-)

    Seriously, I am sympathetic of Ghadafi and Saddam as you are but, we can’t blame their destruction fully on the West. Can we?

    “..The guys in jail are not TERRIORIST in the sense and definition we so far know, if any, regarding TERRIORISIM. Even the recent jailing of guys like Eskindir Nega and others contradicts with the recent TERRIORIST definition , allegation and categorization of Ato Meles against 4 groups namely,OLF,ONLF,G7 and Alqadeda as Eskindir Nega belongs to none of them…”

    We all agree on that. I realy miss Eskindir’s writing to say the least.

    That is where we hope Messay’s Manifesto or similar type of reconciliation can come in if we want to overcome the impasse and work on development as the Chinese, and Koreans.

  31. Girum
    | #31

    *Eventually is the over all system is devised in such a way that neither Mr-X nor Mr-Y are to there to inherently fulfill the interest of the minority elitists shadowy oligarchy class behind closed doors and not the majority class who give them tremendous votes then what is the very virtue of democracy through mere bogus elections.

    *DICTAROIRS

    *DEMOCRCAY

    *DEMOCRCAY

    **********************************************************
    DEAR READERS PLEASE CORRECT THE ABOVE THINGS AS FOLLOWS!!!
    *********************************************************

    *Eventually if the over all system is devised in such a way that both Mr-X and Mr-Y are to be there to inherently fulfill the interest of the minority elitists shadowy oligarchy class behind closed doors and not the majority class who give them tremendous votes then what is the very virtue of democracy through mere bogus elections.

    *DICTATORS
    *DEMOCRACY
    *DEMOCRAT

  32. assfaw
    | #32

    የወያኔ አሸባሪዎች በተለያየ መንገድ እየስናከሉ ኢትዮጵያኖችን ማዋከባቸውን እንደቀጠሉ ነው:: ከመለሰ ጋር ያላቸው ጠብ ከኢትዮጵያን ደህንነት ጋር አይገናኝም::

    ንጹህ ኢትዮጵያዊ ወያኔን ሲመሰረት ጅምሮ የጠላት ቅጥር መሆኖኑ በቅጡ ያውቃል::

    ትርፍ መነጋገር እድሜ የማራዘም ጥረት ነው:: ወያኔ ሰንካላ የጥፋት ቡድን መሆኑን ለማወቅ ጥናት አይጠይቅም ከጅምሩ ስራው ይመሰክራል::

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