TPLF Inc. as a ‘silent killer’: commentary eight Aklog Birara, PhD

February 24th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

“Communities need leaders who create a better place to live. Children need leaders who help them reach their potential. Family and friends need leaders who model purpose-driven lives.”

John Maxwell, Leadership for Every Day

Have you ever wondered, as I have, why Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people are caught in a vicious cycle of disillusionment, dispossession and disempowerment? Have you pondered, as I have, the simple truth that the vast majority of the Ethiopian people have less say and thus less power over their political and economic affairs in their own country compared to a few ethnic elites and foreign investors such as Saudi Star and Karuturi? Have you taken a few minutes of your time to reflect why Ethiopian Christians working in Saudi Arabia find themselves in a predicament for praying in a Muslim State while Saudis are free to build mosques and to pray as they wish anywhere in Ethiopia?

Anywhere one looks, Ethiopians within and outside the country cry for a government leadership to protect theirs and their country’s national interests. These and other core policy related questions on Ethiopia and Ethiopians suggest an enormous gap in organization and leadership that is purpose-driven. I would argue that the urgent gap in responsive governance is ethnicity, religious and demography neutral. All Ethiopians feel it in some form or another. All Ethiopians have a stake; and are thus responsible in filling the vacuum. In light of this, it is time that we expand and embrace the definition and action steps that will lead the entire society to a better and more promising alternative than the current one. We cannot do this as long as we are guided by the ethnic and divisive script imposed on us by TPLF Inc. We need to consider the higher moral ground that the same way “families and friends need leaders who model purpose-driven lives,” Ethiopian society and communities anywhere and everywhere should expect to defend their human rights; improve their lot; and chart a more promising future for their children. Can this really be done? Can Ethiopian political, civic and faith leaders and intellectuals surmount their own narrow interests and prejudices for the sake of the country and its diverse population? The simple answer is that there is no other choice. Otherwise, we should stop the entire business of protest politics and politics as a business enterprise: the model TPLF Inc. has imposed on each of us.

I suggest in this piece that Ethiopians who wish to be treated with respect and dignity anywhere in the world and who wish a better future for this and the coming generation stop the none sense of ethnic and religious or demographic divisions. They can start with baby steps: stop demeaning and undermining one another. Reach-out to and talk to one another as adults. Work with and collaborate with one another. Campaign against all forms of injustice collaboratively. Accept our diversity as a source of strength and celebrate one another. Demand and promote innovative, inclusive, smart and wiser alternative organization and leadership–with demonstrated capability of grasping what is at stake and with commitment to set aside minor differences; and the discipline and consistency to forge a unity of purpose among all ethnic, religious and demographic groups. If we fail to do this fast, we have no one to blame but ourselves. These baby steps will not be easy.

In the Ethiopian context, a unity of purpose must affirm failures of the past without being trapped in it. It must affirm commitment to justice, the rule of law, unfettered and equitable access to economic and social opportunities, and representative governance based on free and fair elections. A child in Gambella must believe that he/she is an Ethiopian and deserves the same rights as a child in Tigray or Oromia or Addis Ababa and so on. Creating favorable conditions that embrace each child regardless of ethnic or religious affiliation would have the best chance of safeguarding past gains while advancing a more promising future for the vast majority of Ethiopians that the current system is unable to deliver. This will not happen unless adults show commitment that transcends ethnicity.

The acid test of alternative organization and leadership is readiness and ability of political, civic, religious and other elites to mobilize the country’s mosaic and establish a brighter and more inclusive alternative that restores faith and confidence in the political process of the future. This will not be as easy as it seems. If it were; it would have been achieved by now. I will give you a simple example on hypocrisy. A group of activists tried to mobilize the Ethiopian Diaspora in the Washington Metropolitan Area for a protest against Saudi Government mistreatment and human rights violations of Ethiopian Christians. Religious leaders failed to participate and give moral support.

Given the formidable forces we face as people , any alternative organization and leadership would have little chance of success unless and until we unlearn the debilitating impacts of ethnic politics: the ‘silent killer.’ How can we do this? Why not embrace and practice such fundamental principles as integrity, purity of heart, spirit of cooperation with one another, commitment to serve the entire population and the country in our day to day lives? Why not show capacity to reject all forms of ethnic, religious, gender and age based prejudice, corruption, nepotism and discrimination ourselves? Why not subordinate narrow, personal and group agendas to the common good? How difficult are these to do? How would we triumph over TPLF Inc. without dramatic changes in our own mindset, values and how we treat one another as Ethiopians? I suggest that discussing alternatives without demonstrating real change in our own dealings with one another will not be credible in the eyes of the Ethiopian people or the global community. This is a real challenge for all activists.

At the risk of repeating, those of us who wish to pursue a more promising future for all Ethiopians must appreciate that our own division is the single most important contributor to the strength of TPLF Inc. By all accounts, less than a quarter of Ethiopians accept the legitimacy of the current governing party (Gallop). It is thus an understatement to say that regardless of ethnic, religious or demographic affiliation, 75 to 80 percent of the Ethiopian people want change. The root causes of disillusionment, disempowerment, dispossession, abject poverty, hunger and intellectual and financial capital flight out of Ethiopia is deliberate ethnicization of politics and economics by TPLF Inc., a monopoly. Almost everyone is reduced to subservient status.

Almost everyone is forced to fear the system that keeps them entrapped. People know but cannot contest that the primary motive of ethnicization is to run the country purely as a business monopoly. The formation of political parties on the basis of ethnic affiliation serves the ultimate purpose of command and control over local, regional and national politics, resources and markets. This is by no means to suggest that there are no second class type beneficiaries. Some prefer second class status because they have not experienced a better system; and are suspicious of change. TPLF Inc. is smart enough to remind secondary beneficiaries that they should guard against restoration of the old system. The hidden message is specific to one so called dominant ethnic group. The tragedy is not so much that this camouflage persists; but that the rest of us fall into the trap. The result is a reinforcement of ethnic division that serves TPLF Inc.
Duality of ‘silent violence or killing’
Ethnicization of politics and economics serves two strategic objectives: divide and rule and extract as much rent as possible from the national economy. The greater the division among Ethiopians; the larger is the opportunity to extract rents in different forms.

Extraction is hard to do in a multiethnic society unless some of the benefits go to supporters and ethnic elites who serve as intermediaries. Foreign Direct Investment operates within this environment and serves TPLF Inc. best. Whether we accept it or not, it is, largely intermediaries who facilitate the policy and decision-making authority of TPLF Inc. When you are a subordinate, the likelihood of dissenting against the dictates of the merged state is negligible. The Constitution, laws and regulations are bendable and changeable in accordance with the demands of TPLF Inc. Anyone who threatens TPLF Inc. risks the possibility of losing his or her private property or citizenship at any time. There is nowhere to hide except fleeing the country. More intellectual flight, especially those who are national leaning means more domestic vacuum that can compete and safeguard national resources and markets.

Under this system, regulations, laws, banks and other financial intermediaries serve political purposes: the staying power of TPLF Inc. They are therefore not value neutral. How else would you explain the phenomenon that generals and high officers–paid modest salaries to defend the country–are among the wealthiest and most powerful people in the country? Their powerful and wealth status resembles corrupt governance in Egypt and Pakistan than Ghana, Mauritius or Brazil. These generals and high officials are coopted through financial and economic incentives the same way as ethnic elites who belong to the EPRDF and who serve as intermediaries. Both are among the lead proponents of TPLF Inc. This phenomenon leads me to assert that the business of ethnic politics in Ethiopia today is financial and economic reward. It is the notion of “what is in it for me” that seems to prevail throughout the entire system. Some in the Diaspora reflect the same values. This is why the Diaspora’s role in prolonging the system that divides and disempowers is coming under increasing scrutiny by activists. In any case, it is fair to conclude that the system does not encourage commitment to and service to ordinary citizens, communities and the country.

In this sense, the Ethiopian Prime Minister is absolutely right when he said to business leaders last year that if people are not careful they will more or less lose their country. Why did he say this? Increasingly, foreign firms are assuming the pillars of the economy while Ethiopians with wealth are either investing in consumption oriented ventures or taking their monies out of the country at an alarming rate.

The problem is that it is the system that created selfishness, greed, capital flight and unbelievable income inequality. This phenomenon does not surprise me a bit. It takes an enabling social, economic and political environment to encourage saving and investment in productive sectors. It takes national leadership to motivate the private sector to do what is right for the country and its diverse population. Some of the most corrupt nations in the world, Indonesia for one, were and are still led by nationalist groups. At least, what is stolen is invested domestically in factories that generate jobs and raise incomes. This is not the case in Ethiopia. It seems that the system has created a culture of greed, fear of the future and total disregard for this and the coming generation and the overall development of the country. The current motto is “What is in it for me?”

In this reward and punishment type of arrangement that serves TPLF Inc. and its allies well, the real and potential losses for communities, the society and the country are self-evident. They are everywhere for anyone willing to see. Sad but true, some in the Diaspora who run back and forth on a visit to the country as tourists or to manage their assets or to access opportunities fail to reflect on how the vast majority of the population lives. It is glitz of villas, apartments, eating places, hotels, roads and other physical infrastructure– that needs to be maintained and paid for—that catch their fancy and immediate attention. I often wonder whether Diaspora tourists ask the prudent question of how road infrastructure that lasts an average of five years will be maintained. Who will pay the maintenance costs?

A properly and well integrated and planned economy stimulates productivity and raises individual incomes from large numbers of people. Investments in industry, agro-industry, agriculture and so on trigger structural changes in dramatic and sustainable ways. Infrastructure alone will not do that. The Ethiopian economy is import dependent.

Industry accounts for about 4 percent of exports. By structural changes I have in mind factories that offer job opportunities to millions. I have in mind a smallholder farming revolution that is supported by low cost inputs such as fertilizers, better seeds, access to credits and markets and so on. A smallholder farming revolution would do wonders for the country and the rural and urban population than land giveaways to Saudi Star to feed rich consumers in the Gulf or to Karuturi to supply cheap foods to Indian consumers. For this to occur, Ethiopian smallholders deserve tenure security and freedom to produce and market and gain higher incomes so that they can send their children to school and so on. I suggest that glitz alone does not contribute to sustainable and equitable growth and development regardless of the number of high-rises, condominiums, hotels, eating places for the few well-to-do, including Diaspora tourists, villas etc. Ask a simple question. Who, among the Ethiopian poor or low level civil servants or soldiers or factory workers or Saudi Star employee can afford to live in a condo in Addis Ababa, Mekele or Gondar?

Portrayal of ‘silent violence or killing’

The Socialist military dictatorship killed innocent people in public and boasted about it. TPLF Inc. learned from this mistake and ‘kills quietly or silently’ than its predecessor. This makes it more dangerous and sinister. We see this vividly in the brutal beating of Andualem Aragie in jail. Given this most recent example, dissidents and reasonable people in the Diaspora cannot afford to forget and neglect enormous losses for the society and the country under TPLF Inc. Loses occur on a recurring basis. The concern I have is that we seem to be in a mode of just accepting loses as normal; and go on as if nothing has happened. Here are clear and harmful examples with devastating impacts. Ethiopia lost its sea ports for which the society pays billions of dollars for services. This loss took place without the consent of the Ethiopian people.
In a secret deal with the now northern Sudanese government led by President Bashir, Prime Minister Meles’ government granted substantial pieces of Ethiopian territory to Bashir’s regime. During the initial period if TPLF Inc. lands from Gondar, Wollo and other regions, were carved out and reconfigured for the benefit of what is commonly known as “Greater Tigray,” a condition that will not serve the greater good. This ethnic based reconfiguration and incorporation will create animosity among the population for generations to come.

TPLF Inc. granted millions of ha of the most fertile farmlands and water basins to businesses and individuals from 36 countries and to Tigrean elites. Oakland Institute reported that 75 percent of domestic owners in Gambella are Tigrean. This comes across as internal ‘land colonization.’ Ethiopians suffer silently from a double whammy: foreign large-scale commercial farm colonization by invitation and real natural resource transfers to ethnic allies. Karuturi, Saudi Star and other foreign owned large-scale commercial farms are the new landlords in the country. These new land lords gain profits by dispossessing Ethiopians. How would an Anuak child feel about a condition that displaces and dispossess her/him? What are the rest of us doing about it? Transparency International, Global Financial Integrity and UNDP all confirm that billions of dollars of scarce foreign exchange is stolen from Ethiopian society each year. Corruption is a net cost to this and the coming generation in multiple ways.

Ironically, foreign owned large-scale commercial farms are protected by branches of Ethiopia’s police, security and defense forces. Those who struggle for alternative organization and leadership ought to ask, “Whose interests do police, security and armed forces protect in Gambella or the Ogaden or anywhere?” It certainly is not the interests of the people who are forced out of their lands or the long-term interests of the country. Opponents have a moral responsibility to educate ordinary soldiers, police and others that their repressive roles on behalf of TPLF Inc. will alienate them from their own extended families and communities. We cannot do this in meaningful ways if we are detached from the Ethiopian reality on the ground.

‘Silent violence or killing’ does not discriminate

Regardless of ethnic or religious affiliation, those who dissent against the above and other social, political and economic injustices are subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment without any let up. Andualem Aragie, an individual who hails from Gondar, was beaten up in his cell by an inmate because he stood for justice, democratic freedom and the rule of law. He did not dare to challenge the system because of his ethnic affiliation. He did this as an Ethiopian. His is a prime example of ‘silent killing’ by TPLF Inc. I do not have any proof to suggest that the inmate was planted by the governing party. However, I challenge the notion that anyone imprisoned by the one party state cannot and should not expect safety and security even in jail. It is a travesty that says more about the cruel and unjust system than about the inmate. The system does not tolerate dissent or symbols of dissent whether in jail, in the Diaspora or within the country.

This takes me back to the formation and acceptability of ethnic-based political parties under TPLF Inc. I argue that this is part of the strategy of divide and rule; and a clever mechanism to coopt and subordinate the majority by using ethnic elite and other self-serving intermediaries. The more division there is; the less challenge to and dissent against TPLF Inc. Aspiring elites are recruited to the club on the basis of their submission, commitment to defend and serve the system while advancing self-interest. The business of ethnic politics is therefore to ensure that narrow band of-largely ethnic elites- are well served. Those of us who want a better future for all Ethiopians need to accept the truth that ethnic division and narrow self-interest entail enormous costs for the majority of people; and for the long-term viability and security of the country. The economic and financial incentives that accrue from this system are so critical for the beneficiaries that they become both pawns and the most avid supporters of ethnicization of politics and economics. At one level, it is hard to blame secondary beneficiaries. It is a matter of survival. What other option do they have? Those of us who oppose the system do not show consistent commitment to come to the aid of those who suffer within the country. Secondary beneficiaries who may resent the system know our weakness, namely, our inability to mobilize resources and aid those who advance justice and fair treatment. The challenge for us is to make distinctions between the top leadership of TPLF Inc. and the rest. We can plant seeds of separation among constituent parts that sustain TPLF Inc.

Focus on the system that sustains ‘silent violence and killing’

I suggest that our singular focus should be less on our division and more on the system that sustains repression through division; and breeds social and economic inequality. I further suggest that the real political and social foundation of the struggle for a better and more inclusive society is in Ethiopia. TPLF Inc. created the EPRDF to mobilize dissatisfied ethnic-based political elites in order to enlarge the party’s narrow political power base. To some, this strategy gave ethnic politics a democratic façade. This façade has no human face. However, it is, ultimately, the Ethiopian people who should judge in a free and fair election. The system now uses this ethnic architecture against those it perceives inimical to its well-designed political, social, financial and economic goals and interests. This is why Andualem and others are paying with their lives. Like other patriotic and nationalist individuals who stand for justice, the rule of law and political pluralism, he represents the hopes and aspirations we all share. He is thus a symbol of a brighter future. TPLF Inc. applies the same methodology of punishing him, his family and friends and his community by making life totally intolerable. The intent is to make sure that others fear the brutality of the regime.

Given this recurring history of gross human rights violations against the innocent and those who stand firm for justice and freedom, I am saddened to note that even Andualem’s dire and deplorable condition does not move and revolt those of us in the Diaspora in meaningful and sustainable ways. I opine that we can no longer see him or others like him just as another individual activist individual in trouble. Rather, we must see him as a symbol of resistance and defiance from a new generation of potential leaders who represent hope and promise: “purpose-driven lives.” It is time that we wake up and reject ‘silent violence and killing’ against any Ethiopian such as Andualem who stands for justice and freedom.

  1. Dereje
    | #1

    “By all accounts, less than a quarter of Ethiopians accept the legitimacy of the current governing party (Gallop). ” First of all, It’s safe to assume that the writer meant to say “Gallup not Gallop”. The last Gallup poll conducted related to Ethiopia was in 2007. In that, more than 36% of the respondants approved the governments work. Compare that to any government in a developed countries, US congress has a 9% approval rating, it’s pretty good. But to go from that polling to say about “legitimacy” is where it becomes clear the radical and irrational nature of the mock opposition of the Diaspora. The writer looses all credibility by citing something which is not true to make a cheap point. The poll was not aout legitmacy – end of discussion. For those of us who are lucky enough to visit our beloved country, the answer to the question how the “poor” can afford to live in a condo is clear enough to see. The government is doing all humanly possible to make housing as affordable as possible. To the extent in a free market system there will be winners or losers is a fact of life. Maybe the writer lives in some utopian world which I’m not familiar with. Otherwise, the income, social and class inequality cannot be the invention or creation of the Ethiopian government. For most of hard working and law abiding citzens, TPLF is a heaven sent needed change for this country we called Ethiopia. Your narrow mindness and back ward thinking views are so yesteryears, no one with sane mind will take you seriously. This is only intended to satsfiy your own ego and the few who refused to grow with time. What a lost soul – perhaps mind. To give credential to “Dr.” in your prefix, please at least have the simple and easily provable facts straight. That’s the least you can do to what is left in your ever diminshing stature.

  2. Sam
    | #2

    The Ethiopian Prime Minister, wrote Aklog, said to [Ethiopian] business leaders last year that” if people are not careful they will more or less loss their country.” The reason he said that Aklog elaborated “increasingly, foreign firms are assuming the pillars of the economy.” I do not know how much foreign firms invested in Ethiopia’s economy. Having seen first hand how Ethiopian families found it impossible to earn a living, however, I assume it might not be that great number as Aklog’s article implied. I agree though in the long run if Ethiopian business men are not willing to invest in their country, the Prime Minister prediction might bear fruit. There are two reasons why Ethiopian business people are not making it in Ethiopia. First, their business knowlege is very primitive. While I was in Addis the last time, I read about a guy who committed suicide. He was a business man. He borrowed money from a bank to start his business. The first thing he did was to buy fancy cars for himself and his wife even before starting to invest in his business. Well, it is no suprise he finally took his life. Even those who were not intoxicated by borrowed money, their buisness vision is lacking. Practically every one of them is investing as Aklog put it in “consumption” oriented business. Everyone of them has a cafe, a restaurant, or a bar. Nothing different. Practically all of them try to count their profit the very day they opened their business. This not hearsay. I spent a considerable time to study about Ethiopian business while I was in Addis. Second, the business community does not feel guranteed under EPDRF the free market is the sole principle they are functioning under. They reasonably afraid having a misunderstanding with government officials or cadres might sink their business. This is not an unfounded fear. So if the Prime Minister really afraid Ethiopians are losing their country to foreign firms, the government he leads should have done its outmost to quell this fear. It is my understanding as of now the government has done very little, if any, to mitigate this fear.

  3. and lenatu
    | #3

    re dereje and his comred
    the truth the matter is it is you two who has no clue aboutthe situation in ethiopia.currently there are about 26 country who get some piece here some piece there you can find out simply by asking your friends back home how many coutside companies present right now.for you two to say the country is in a better shape makes you a good cadre of the ethnic based ruling clic in ethiopia.the truth is the first time in history the ethipian people land and farm is taken away from the people by force and given to the higher bidders.the tigrai liberation front in addis ababa is an ethnic based organization who is imeplmenting raciest ethnic policy with out the will of the ethiopian people.one can simply understand from your writting you are the supporter of the rotten regem in ethiopia.you can fool people once,twice but you can not fool people three times.the ethiopian people are well aware off the situation that is why they are objecting it.i have a little advise for you two that kind of spreading wrong news unfounded rummer among the ethiopian people is over. the ethiopian people are smart enough to know your wrong propaganda to help the regime sustain for long with out the will of the people will not work any more.victory to the ethiopian people struggle to be free from tyranny!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Anonymous
    | #4

    I couldn’t agree more with Dr. Aklog Birara.
    EPLF and TPLF have been preaching hate like a cult religion for 40 years to divide and rule Ethiopia in order to accomplish their goal, which was to give independent to Eritrea and now bo build Greater Tigrea. For 40 long years, until now, Essayas and Meles have never stopped preaching hate and have been misguiding, misinforming, lying and preaching hate among Ethiopian ethnic groups to divide and rule Ethiopia and loot the country and sell its land. The leaders of the Opposition leaders have a lot of work in their hands, they have to work extra harder to free the brainwashed Ethiopians mind, such as the OLF and ONLF who have been converted to Essayas and Meles cult religion to hate one single ethnic group. OLF and ONLF need to know that every Ethiopian from East to West and from North to South lived with poverty and struggle to make ends meet for generations. No other leader in the history of Ethiopia, have ever given a special treatments to other ethnic group and build his/her province at the back of all Ethiopians as Dictator Meles has done in Tigrae province. Dictator Meles has not stopped building Tigrea province on the back of all Ethiopians since he has taken power by force almost 21 years ago. So far, Dictator Meles has built in Tigrea province, up to date International Airport, Colleges, modern College Dormitories, Condos, Homes, Apartments, Clinics, Hospitals, Laboratories, Roads, bridges, etc. All Ethiopians have been struggling for generations equally during Haileselassae and suffered intensely during Mengestu and the worst of them all under tyrant Meles. The time to come together is passed due, we must unite and fight the common enemy TPLF that is killing our country and our people.

  5. Tedese
    | #5

    Why are we blaming foreigners for our woes. If some body is making long term investments how can it be against anybody. This means tey are bringing money from outside and investing in the country. it is not always easy to get investments. A lot of countries are working very hard to get investments.

  6. Belew
    | #6

    I feel sorry for “And Lenatu’s” mother. If indeed he’s her only child, she can consider herself as having none as well. What a poor soul.

  7. Bezu
    | #7

    is there any way to get rid of the likes of “And Lenatu” of the world? They are a disgrace to any civilized society.

  8. Yeshi Tola
    | #8

    mr. Belew, instead of writing a constructive comment you are insulting both
    Lenatu and his mother. He is absolutely right what he said about the economic and political lives of Ethiopians. These hate mongers so called rulers grew up in families of bandas, who never liked Ethiopia and its history. Do you think they work day and night to better the regular peoples’ lives or build fancy buildings and fill their own pockets? And they came to power by spilling blood and they are still doing it to innocent Ethiopians. You know what Dereje and Sam is talking about is an artificial economic growth that put the gap between the few rich woyanes and the rest of the people so wide. You know some people believe a story when a foreigner tells them but when it comes out of Ethiopians they are eager to contradict and refuse to accept. So they should read more and do some research before trying defending murderous dictators.

  9. ጉረኞች
    | #9

    Dereje
    Only woyane and life time slave, like you, of the tyrant Meles live in utopia. What evidence do one need to prove that you are one of the dumbest cadres of all than what you say “For most of hard working and law abiding citzens, TPLF is a heaven sent needed change for this country we called Ethiopia.” To the contrary of what you said, woyane gujiles have been stealing the hard earned money of the hard workers Ethiopians. Woyane has been begging the international community to feed 12 million starved Ethiopians under its watch, not to mention its maladministration and gross violations of human right. At the same time, it has been stashing aid dollars in foreign banks. You shameless criminals!!!

  10. Girum
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    የሶሻሊዝምን ጊዚያዊና ታሪካዊ ውድቀት ተከትሎ ከዚያም የቀዝቃዛው ጦርነትን ማክተም ተከትሎ እንዲሁም የደርግ ስርዓትን መውደቅንና የቅጥረኛነትና የባንዳነት ኢትዮጵያን ኢትዮጵያውያንንና ኢትዮጵያዊነትን የማጥፋት ድብቅ መሰሪ ተልእኮ ተቀብለው በባእዳን ሃይሎች እየተረዱ ስልጣን ላይ የወጡትን የወያኔንና የሻእቢያን ክስተት ተከትሎ ከዚያም ይህች ሀገር እየተከተለችው ያለውን የምእራቡን አለም የካፒታሊስት ስርዓት ተከትሎ ከዚያም እስከ ግንቦት 7 1997 የኢትዮጵያ የውሸት ምርጫና ይህንንም ተከትሎ እስካለው አጠቃላይ ቀውስ ድረስ ብዙ ኢትዮጵያውያን ይህች ሀገርና ህዝቦቿ ወደ ምን አይነት አስከፊ ሁኔታዎች ውስጥ እየገቡ እንደሆነና በምን አይነት እኩይና መሰሪ አጥፊ ሃይሎች እየተመሩ እንደሆነ ከእንቅልፋችን ባነን በቅጡ ለመረዳት እንዳልተቻለ ይሰማኛል፡፡
    ከዚህ በመነጨም ብዙዎቻችን እነ አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ከደደቢት በረሃ ዲሞክራሲና ዳቦ ጭነውልን እንደሚመጡ አድርገን የጠበቅን ብዙ የዋሆችም ጭምር ነበርን፡፡በእርግጥ የደርግን መውደቅ ተከትሎና የወያኔን/ሻእቢያን ስልጣን ላይ መውጣት ተከትሎ ሊመጣ የሚችለውን ከበስተጀርባ ያለ ከፍተኛ አደጋና ቀውስ አስቀድመው እንደ ነቢይ የተነበዩና ያስጠነቀቁም አስተዋይ አርቆ አሳቢ ሰዎች ነበሩ፡፡
    በተቃራኒው ብዙ ጥራዝ-ነጠቅ አስተሳሰብ ያላቸው ኢትዮጵያውያን ምሁራንና ፖለቲከኞች በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ በአቶ መለስና በወያኔ አማካኝነት ዲሞክራሲ የሚባለውን አይተነው የማናውቀውን ነገር ለማየት የናፈቁ የቀን ቅዠት ውስጥ ያሉ ህልመኞች ነበሩ፡፡አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ከአለቆቻቸው ባእዳን ሃይሎች የተሰጣቸውን ኢትዮጵያን ኢትዮጵያዊነትንና ኢትዮጵያውያንን የማዳከምና በሂደት የማጥፋት ተልእኮ የቤት ስራ በቅጡ እየሠሩ ነው፡፡በአቶ መለስና ወያኔ እይታ እየሰሩ ያሉት ይህ አይነት አጠቃላይ የጥፋት ስራ ተልእኮ የተቀደሰ ተግባር እንደሆነ ነው የሚታየው፡፡ስዘሊህም አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ይዘውት የመጡትን የጥፋት ተልእኮ በሚገባ እያሳኩ ነው፡፡ለዚህም እንደ የአስቆሮቱ ይሁዳው አይነት አሳፋሪና አሳዛኝ የክህደትና የባንዳነት ተግባራቸው ከባእዳን ሃይሎች በሚሰጣቸው የእርዳታና የብድር ዳረጎትና ደመዎዝ የወያኔ አኬልዳማ የሆነውን ኢፈርት የተባለውን ለዚህ የክህደት የባንዳናትና የቅጥረኛነት የጥፋት ተልእኮ ስራቸው በቢሊዮኖች ዶላር የሚቆጠር ሀብት የሚያንቀሳቅስ ትልቅ የኢኮኖሚ ኢምፓየር ለመመስረት ችለዋል፡፡ስለዚህም ይሁዳ ክርስቶስን በ30 ዲናር አሳልፎ እንደሸጠው ሁሉና በዚህም 30 ዲነር አኬልዳማ የተሰኘ መሬት (የደም መሬት ማለት ነው) እንደገዛበት ሁሉ አቶ መለስና ወያኔም ኢትዮጵያን ለአዳከሙበትና ላፈራረሱበት አሳፋሪና አሳዛኝ የቅጥረኝነት ተግባራቸው ኢፈርት የተባለውን ትልቅ የኢኮኖሚ ኢምፓየር በዝርፊያና በእርዳታና ብድር ገንዘብ ለመመስረት ችለዋል፡፡
    ሌላው 3ኛውን አለም በጎሳና በዘረኝነት ወይንም በሌላ መልክ በረቀቀና በተቀነባበረ መንገድ በከፋፍለህ ግዛው ፖሊሲ ስልት መግዛትና መዝረፍ የግሎባል ካፒታሊዝም አይነተኛ ተፈጥሯዊ ባህሪ ነው፡፡ግሎባል ካፒታሊዝም ለስርዓቱ የሚመች ተስማሚ የራሱን የመደብ አባላት(Class Structure) ለመፍጠር ሲል የግድ ጥቂቶችን በዘር በሃይማኖት ወዘተ አመቺ መሆነው መልክ ማሰባሰብና የራሱ አገልጋይ ማድረግ መቻል አለበት፡፡ግሎባል ካፒታሊዝም ሁል ጊዜ ጥቂቶችን በዘር በጎሳ ወዘተ ለራሱ ፍላጎትና አላማ ሲል መልምሎና አሰልጥኖ በተለየ ሁኔታ በማሰማራት በብዙሃኑ ላይ ሃይል እንዲኖራቸውና እረግጠው እንዲገዙትና ለዝርፊያ እንዲያመቻቹለት ያደርጋል፡፡በዘረኝነት ላይ የተመሰረተው የወያኔም በኢትዮጵያ ታሪክ ውስጥ ያለው ድርሻ ከዚህ መሰረታዊ እውነታ የሚመነጭ ነው፡፡የሀገራችንን ተጨባጭና ታሪካዊ ውስብስብ ሁኔታ በቅጡ በጥልቀትና በስፋት ለመረዳት በአንድ በኩል የግሎባል ካፒታሊዝምን ታሪካዊና ተጨባጭ ግሎባል ፖለቲካል ኢኮኖሚ ጠንቅቆ መረዳት ሲገባ በሌላ በኩል ደግሞ የወያኔን ታሪካዊ አመጣጥና የሚመራበትን መሰረታዊ ድብቅ አይዲኦሎጂ በቅጡ መረዳት ግድ ይላል፡፡ወያኔ ጥንቱንም ሲመሰረት ይዞት የተነሳው የሚመራበት መሰረታዊ ድብቅ አይዲኦሎጂ ደግሞ ብዙዎቻችን ጥራዝ-ነጠቅ ሰዎች እንደምንለው የአልባንያ ኮሚኒዝም ወይንም አብዮታዊ ዲሞክራሲ ወይንም ልማታዊ መንግስት ወይንም ነፃ-ገበያ ወይንም ዲሞክራሲ አልነበረም፡፡ይህ የወያኔ የራሱ ልዩ የብቻ የሆነ ድብቅ መሰረታዊ አይዲኦሎጂ ደግሞ አንድ የራሳቸው ተስፋ-ኪዳን ደስታ የተባለ ወያኔ “የትግራይ ህዝብና ታሪክና የትምክህተኞች ሴራ” የሚል ርእስ ባለው አስተሳሰብን መሰረት አድርጎ የሚያቀነቅን ነው፡፡ይህንን መፅሀፍ በቅጡ ላነበበ ሰው ወያኔ እንዴት አድርጎ የትግሪኛ ተናጋሪውን የህብረተሰብ ክፍል በተሳሳተ ጭፍን አስተሳሰብ የጥላቻና የዘረኝነት ዘር እየዘራ እንዴት አድርጎ ለትግል እንዳነሳሳ ለመረዳት ይቻላል፡፡ይህ የተሳሳተ መሰሪ አስተሳሰብ የፈጠረው ስሜት ደግሞ ወያኔን እንዴት አድርጎ ለውጭ ባእዳን ሃይሎች መሳሪያነት በቅጥረኝነትና በባንዳነት እንዲያገለግል እንዳደረገው ለመረዳት ይቻላል፡፡ታሪክን በቅጡ የሚያውቁ ባእዳን ሃይሎች ደካማ አስተሳሰብ ያላቸውን የወያኔንና የሻእቢያን ዋና መስራቾች ለራሳቸው መሰሪ አላማ መጠቀሚያ አደረጓቸው፡፡ወያኔና ሻእቢያ ድግሞ በተራቸው የትግሪኛ ተናጋሪውን የህብረተሰብ ክፍል በነፃነት ስም አሳስተውት ወደዚህ አይነት ሁኔታ ውስጥ እንዲያመራ አደረጉት፡፡ስለዚህም ግሎባል ካፒታሊዝም የእንደዚህ አይነት የወያኔ/ሻእቢያ አይነት በባንዳነትና በከሃዲነት ተሰልፈው የቅጥረኝነት ተግባር የሚፈፅሙትን ሃይሎች በረቀቀና በተቀነባበረ መንገድ መጠቀሚያ ያደርጋቸዋል፡፡ከዚህ በመነጨም ዛሬ ኢትዮጵያ የተዘዋዋሪ ቅኝ ግዛት ውስጥ ነው ያለቸው፡፡መረን የለቀቀ ዝርፊያው አፈናው ሸፍጡና ይህንንም ተከትሎ ያለው አጠቃላይ የትውልድ ዝቅጠትና እንዲሁም እየታየ ያለው ስር የሰደደና የተስፋፋው አጠቃላይ ስነ-ልቦናዊ ማህበራዊ ኢኮኖሚያዊና ፖለቲካዊ ቀውስም ከዚህ የመነጨ ነው፡፡
    እንደተመኘሁሽ አገኘሁሽ አይነት የራሷን ማንነት ለዘመናት ጥብቃ የኖረች ይህችን ጥንታዊና ታሪካዊ ለቅኝ ግዛት አልንበረከከም ብላ በኩራት የኖረች ሀገር ለዘመናት ጥርስ ሲነክሱ የነበሩ ባእዳን ሃይሎች ያገሩን ሰርዶ ባገሩ በሬ እንዲሉ ወያኔንና ሻእብያን በቅጥረኝነት ተጠቅመው በቂም በቀል በረቀቀና በተቀነባበረ መንገድ ዛሬ አበሳዋን እንድታይ እየተደረገ ነው፡፡እውነታው ይህ አይነት ውስብስብ ሆኖ እያለ ግን ብዙዎቻችን የሀገራችን ችግር የተራ የምርጫ ዲሞክራሲ አይነት ችግር እንደሆነ አድርገን ማቅረባችን በካንሰር ወይንም በኤድስ የተጠቃን ሰው በጉንፋን የታመመ አድርጎ እንደማየትና በዚህ አይነት እይታ መፍትሄ ለመፈለግ እንደመድከም ይቆጠራል፡፡በአንድ በኩል እየተፈጠረ ያለው አጠቃላይ ምስቅልቅልና ችግር በሌላ በኩል እኛ መፍትሄ ብለን እየሰጠነው ያለው ነገር ፈፅሞ የማይገናኝና ፍየል ወዲያ ቅዝምዝም ወዲህ አይነት ነው፡፡ከምንጊዜውም በላይ የኢትዮጵያዊነት የኢትዮጵያና የኢትዮጵያውያን ህልውናና ደህንነት አደጋ ላይ በወደቀበት ወቅት በብዙዎቻችን ዘንድ ችግሩ በምእራቡ አለም ያለው አይነት የምርጫ ዲሞክራሲ እጦት እንደሆነ አድርጎ ማቅረብ የሀገራችንን ሁኔታ እጅግ የተወሳሰበ እንዲሆን እያደረገው ነው፡፡ዝንጀሮ ቅድሚያ የመቀመጫዬን እንዳለቸው የሚቀድመውና የሚከተለው ነገር እንደ ጋሪና ፈረስ ተምታቶብን ስለነበር ዛሬ ዲሞክራሲንም ብቻ አይደለም ያጣነው ጭራሽ መሬት የላችሁም ተብለን እንደ ኢትዮጵያዊ ዜጋና እንደሰው የመኖር ህልውናችንም ጭምር አደጋ ላይ እንዲወድቅ ሆነና አረፈው፡፡ተምሯል ተመራምሯል ተብሎ የሚጠበቀው ኢትዮጵያዊ ምሁር የምእራቡ አለም ዘይቤ በሆነው ዲሞክራሲ በሚለው የቅዠት አለም ውስጥ የሚኖር ስለሆነ ይህ አይነት የወያኔ አሳፋሪና አሳዛኝ ክስተት በዚህ ሀገር ላይ ሊፈፀም እንደሚችል አስቀድሞ ለመገንዘብና አርቆ ለማሰብ አልተቻለውም፡፡ከምንጊዜውም በላይ የኢትዮጵያዊነት የኢትዮጵያና የኢትዮጵያውያን ህልውናና ደህንነት አደጋ ላይ በወደቀበት ወቅት ዲሞክራሲ በምን መሰረት ላይ ለመገንባት እንደሚቻል ለማሰብ በራሱ የሚከብድ ነገር ነው፡፡በሎጂክ እኮ ይህ አንድ እንቁላል 3 ነው እንዳለው ተማሪና ለዚህም የጅል አስተሳሰብ እናት በል እንግዲህ ሎጂክህን ብላ እንዳሉት ዛሬም ከኢትዮጵያዊነት ከኢትዮጵያና ከኢትዮጵያውያን ህልውናና ደህንነት ቅድሚያ የማናውቀውን የምእራቡን አለም ዲሞክራሲ ስላማለለንና ስለመረጥን እማማ ኢትዮጵያ እኛን ጥራዝ-ነጠቅ ምሁራኖችን ዲሞክራሲ ያድናችሁ እያለችን ነው፡፡

    እግዚአብሄር ኢትዮጵያን ይባርክ!!!

  11. Anonymous
    | #11

    I really feel sorry for the Belew and Bezu kinds, these are some of the brainwashed cadres that have no room left in their brain to think for themselves. Their brains have been brainwashed and trained to believe in the philosophy of the two hatemongers, Isayas and Meles for 30 to 40 plus years. Regardless, the despicable crimes against humanity that have been committed on Ethiopians, the looting and selling the land of Ethiopia, the TPLF cadres see Meles as their idol and whatever their master Meles says, the TPLF cadres take it as a word of god and nothing that is reasonable matters, because they don’t know any better.

  12. ጉረኞች
    | #12

    ጋሽ ግሩም
    የወያኔ መዓዛሽ እየከረፋ መቷል:: ያሮጊት ፈስ; ያሮጊት ፈስ ይሽታል:: ጊዜ ይፍጅ አንጂ መጋለጥሽ አይቀርም:: አስቲ ግሎባላይዥሽንን በስም በስም ለይልን:: ስንት ጊዜ ብጠይቅህ መመለስ አቅቶህ ትሽመደመዳልህ::

  13. tewbel
    | #13

    First lies and then statistics. According to figures (obtained by GebeTa table calculator masde in,,,,????) we get from reliable sources that Ethiopia is devloping so fast that the median income of the ordinary Ethiopian citizen has surpassed that of the US by 50 percent. If you don’t believe this go to Ethiopia and see by yourself, recommend that you take a video camera with you. Dr. Aklog is an remitting inoclast who has no understanding of quantum maths necessary to grasp Ethiopian economics.
    YeayT misikr dinbiT.

  14. Girum
    | #14

    #12 commentator!!!
    Are you crazy???
    What are you talking about???
    I do not want to argue with such crazy guys like you!!!
    Go to a psychiatrist before you write such trash things!!!

  15. Dagne
    | #15

    Thanks Dr Aklog for this piece. This note is to respond to the comment stated by Sam,

    I don’t know how many read the comment articulated by Sam. It is an interesting one and convincing only for those who lack the wisdom to see the root cause of the problem. Undermining the intelligence of Ethiopian investors is a naive comment that is consumed only in coffee shops.

    The investments that are allowed and have easy access are the kind of investments in the ‘consumption’ oriented sector. With due respect, Sam has no idea or refuse to investigate how many projects were refuted and how many project documents were stolen by the kind of Azeb. By no standard Azeb can be smarter and knowledgeable investor than the thousands of Ethiopian business men and women. Doing research in that sector will help to realize that Ethiopian investors are a lot more wiser than Sam labels them. It is only because they were not given a chance!!

    The system or the establishment needs to advise support and guide people in the business sector if the government is interested in the prosperity of Ethiopians. It is also wrong to assign the demise of Ethiopian investors with the failure of the investment and connect that to purchase of expensive cars. This can be said only if the person who writes have the evidence. There are several other frustrating reasons that pushes to someone to commit suicide.

    The very reason you consider yourself as a citizen of a Nation is when you are given the opportunity and priority to venture in different sectors and not through various laws and restrictions that prohibit investors. Moreover, not through the insult and demoralizing labels such as ‘primitive’.

    The problem is much deeper than the reasoning of Sam as eloquently stated by our dear compatriot Dr Aklog Birara.

    Thanks

  16. Anonymous
    | #16

    can the tplf cadres explain this to us? why as you still in Ethiopia? leave our country and have all the foreigners invest in greater tigray? go sell your land not ours. why stay in a land you hate? when are you liberating your country from ????? no clue who you are trying to free yourselves from. the door is wide open pack up and leave.

  17. weyne
    | #17

    Ananymous,

    You couldn’t have said it better. Very well advice!

    Sam,

    I guess you are the most sophisticated business man haha, you mean if we don’t follow freemarket, globalization ,etc and copy everything from other countries what we do at home even from basic of development such as meeting the basic needs of the people according to Sam is not business. He is brainwashed that unless the few profit, hedge-fund, globalization, crony capitalism, our own way of development is “primitive” Use your brain for once instead of copying this is the evidence leadership is the lack in Ethiopia. It is Ethiopian people to make the leadership accountable. TPLF/Meles and Shaebia were smart that as soon as they took over they started the divide quiakly by redistricting the regions and giving more incentive the group that benefit them the most who are the OLF because they can play with their mind that past regimes had oppresssed the Oromos blalba, OLF has been so instrumental for the divide and rule plan of TPLF and Shaebia, they succeeded. What is more, they are working day and hard to divide the people through religion. They are so desperate that they invited Wahabists from Saudi Arabia, Evangelists from the West to do the division. Therefore, the people of Ethiopia because they are not united because of this, they will not make TPL/Meles accountable for their crimes. So it is upto the people to stop such haeinous crimes and to make TPLF/Meles as leader to work for the people not vice versa. However the people are no so divided with different voices and arguments, it is impossible to stop TPL/Meles. The people must realize that their plight has nothing to do with religion or ethnicity or past regimes, it has to do with TPLF/Meles and must unite and bring down this regime.

  18. Anonymous
    | #18

    Only brainless woyanes think, incarcerating, hurting, looting, killing innocent Ethiopians, intentionally leaving Ethiopia landlocked, giving thousands acres of land to Sudan free and clear, rooting out people from everything they know and love and selling the country’s most fertile land to foreign billionaires is a progress. How much more harm can these Woyanes do to Ethiopia and Ethiopians and how much more can woyanes show how much they despise Ethiopia and Ethiopians? When is Enough is Enough for Ethiopians to stop the madness of TPLF?

  19. Teshale
    | #19

    It appears Weyanes have effectively taken control of this forum,now.Only uprisin is our solution for our enemies.God willing it is coming soon.

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