TPLF Inc. survives through repression and not public trust: commentary ten By Aklog Birara, PhD

March 8th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

“Where there is corruption, there is more poverty.”

Robert Klitgaard, one of the world’s authorities on corruption

Those of us who enjoy freedom from constant harassment, intimidation and fear need to remind ourselves each day that the Ethiopian people continue to suffer from poor, corruption-ridden and repressive governance-induced hyperinflation, hunger and malnourishment that is legendary, growing unemployment that drives thousands out of the country each month, glaring wealth and income inequality, pervasive corruption and illicit outflow of resources, dispossession and dislocation of hundreds of thousands from their homes and ancestral lands, and massive transfer of the pillars of the Ethiopian economy to foreigners and a selected few ethnic elites.

The thesis in this commentary is that TPLF Inc. has lost the trust and confidence of the Ethiopian people. There is very little evidence to show that it is ready or willing to reform itself. Nor is there any indication that the donor and diplomatic community appreciate the dangers the country faces in terms of its long-term stability and security and the welfare of its people. What could be more dangerous than the wholesale transfer of the pillars of the economy to foreigners and ethnic allies? The task to support the Ethiopian people rests with all who accept the dangers ahead and are ready, committed and willing to sacrifice time, resources and creativity now and not when things fall apart. We need to move from talk to action; and action is not overseas. It must be rooted in Ethiopia with the Ethiopian people who bear the brunt of repressive governance and economic mismanagement.

In commentary nine of this series, I showed how aid has done little to boost the capabilities of the Ethiopian people including smallholders. Close to 13 million Ethiopians depend on some form of international emergency food aid. A World Bank study last year showed that more than 5 million Ethiopians depend entirely on remittances. Thus, at minimum, 20 percent of 90 million Ethiopians depend entirely on some form of assistance from outside. Nationally, 21 percent are chronically unemployed. It means that growth has benefitted the few; but has not produced employment for most. At minimum 41 percent of the population is not part of the development process. With per capita income of $350 and with 46 percent wishing to immigrate, it is not hard to suggest that the mythical growth propagated by TPLF Inc. is not meaningful to most Ethiopians. It will not be until and unless Ethiopians enjoy a semblance of freedom to hold their government officials accountable.

In light of this, it does not take much to conclude that the country is more dependent now than ever before in its history. The Ethiopian people have less say and power compared to foreigners who own a large chunk of the pillars of the economy. Equally unprecedented is gaping inequality, corruption and illicit outflow. All these and more are indicators of repressive and corruption-ridden governance.

Anchor the struggle in Ethiopia and embolden Ethiopians
It is the above reality that leads me to suggest again and again that the vast majority of the Ethiopian people reject TPLF Inc. It is also this that prompts me to argue that any struggle for a better future for the Ethiopian people must be anchored in and led by civil society and political groups within Ethiopia. Those of us who sit on the sidelines must be persuaded that we are losing a country and all that this implies. No amount of wealth would recompense such a loss for generations to come. TPLF Inc. is now in the business of mortgaging the entire country in the name of development. What responsible government would allow or encourage the deforestation and desecration of lands around churches and monasteries such as Waldiba in the name of development? What is happening in Waldiba, Gambella, Ogaden, Afar and others erode trust and confidence in the regime. It does not seem to care. A recent example on corruption shows that confidence and trust in TPLF Inc. and its associates is practically zero.

I should like to remind the reader that graft, bribery, mispricing, jaded procurement, embezzlement and illicit outflow are possible in the absence of oversight. Independent oversight is virtually impossible when there are no nationally-oriented opposition parties, independent civil society organizations, academics and journalists. For this reason, TPLF Inc. does anything it wishes and gets away with ‘murder.” Here is the truth. “In Ethiopia today, it is argued, all civil society organizations, opposition political parties, individuals and groups in private enterprise, and other groups are described as rent-seeking, while in contrast, EPDRDF (run by TPLF Inc.), the ruling party, is claimed to be the only one which has developmental credentials.”
This attribution of “rent-seeking” to all opponents is granted to deceive and establish grounds for harassment, intimidation and fear; and to ensure that there is no competition. Here is part of the menu of evidence that says it all. In its seminal report last year, Global Financial Integrity (GFI) lamented that “The people of Ethiopia are being bled dry. No matter how hard they try to fight their way out of absolute destitution and poverty, they will be swimming upstream against the current of illicit leakage.” The reader will recall that, in 2009 alone, Ethiopia lost “US$3.26 billion in illicit outflow, exceeding both the value of its total exports and the total development aid it received that year.” You will agree with me that it is not leaders or members of “civil society organizations, opposition political parties” academics, journalists or other persons who did this. Critics are in jail or have been forced out of the country. Opposition political parties do not have the freedom to operate in the country let alone own businesses and steal from the society.

Top leaders and supporters of TPLF Inc. do not like people with integrity. Anyone who speaks the truth against the system is an enemy of the party and state and goes to jail if not worse. Truth and patriotism, justice and freedom and other indicators of good governance are inimical to TPLF Inc. As a result, it puts the argument upside down and accuses opponents of “rent-seeking.” The greatest “rent-seekers” are those who run the merged state—ethnicity, party and government. It is they who have perfected political capture and made it an instrument in the accumulation of incomes and wealth nationally. Governance is a business; and businesses will do anything and everything to thwart competition. At least, in the business world, there is some form of regulation and ethic that guides and governs them. In the case of TPLF Inc. there is nothing that contests it. Any contest or any telling of the truth will land you in jail unless you flee for your life. This cannot go on.

In “A Climate of Corruption: Ethiopian edition,” Janice Winter of Investigative Journalism captured mistrust and lack of confidence in the Meles Government when she said this. “Conveniently for Meles, no independent institutions in Ethiopia exists, to check the veracity” of anything, including “of government high growth rates” or corruption or gross human rights violations including killings and rapes. She continues to suggest that, “Indeed, the average growth for Meles’ entire 20 year rule is less than 5 percent (below the African average of 6 percent.” Ordinary Ethiopians know this better than Diaspora tourists who see glitz and accept it as structural change in the economy. Each and every day, Ethiopians live with “hyperinflation, widespread unemployment, a stagnant private sector and corruption.” Here is one critical point that I would like the reader to take. One of the casualties in Ethiopia today is the truth. Top officials of TPLF Inc. fabricate untruth like General Motors fabricates cars. The high growth phenomenon is part of the untruth factory; as is the fabrication that anyone who dissents is a terrorist. In 2005, the regime stole the election after it lost decisively and explained to the world that it had won. By any definition, fraudulent electoral outcomes emanate from corruption and lies.
Security, police and defense forces are deployed in parts of the country where there is potential dissent and threat with little or no differentiation. The Anuak killed or massacred in Gambella, Somali girls and women raped, indigenous people forced from their ancestral homes in the Lower Omo Valley, Tigreans kept numb and silent in Mekele and elsewhere, Amhara speaking residents in the Southern part of the country forced to leave their homes and property and Christian churches razed to the ground, Oromo students harassed, jailed and killed for seeking fair treatment and justice—these and more violations are justified by TPLF Inc. in the name of peace, security and the constitution. For almost 21 years, it has gone uncontested in pitying one group against another; in assaulting one group in isolation from the other and so on. The rest of us watch an untruthful group do this day after day. My question is simple. Don’t you find these as elements of justifiable cause for principled unity and action in unison? I do. These actions by TPLF Inc. erode public confidence and trust in their government and its officials at any level and in any region.
On Yekatit 1, 2004 Ethiopian calendar, Shiferaw Shigute, President of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP), was accused of corruption and embezzlement. This is not surprising as such occurrences from urban and rural land sales and leases, permits and trade are routine. What is stunning is what he said. He admitted that he and Azeb, Meles Zenawi’s spouse and one of the wealthiest persons in Ethiopia today, colluded and stole millions of dollars in illegal trade of coffee, Ethiopia’s main export.

Mispricing of coffee and illegal trafficking and trade in coffee and other commodities are among the major sources of illicit outflow. Meles Zenawi was forced to reverse the decision against Shiferaw. Family comes first; and not justice or the rule of law. The law and constitution are manipulated to serve an unjust and corrupt system.

In a similar vein, Mr. Omet Obang, Regional President, Gambella, was accused of ‘murders and massacres’ of his own people. He said, “If I go to jail for crimes against humanity, Meles Zenawi should to. It is he who gave me weapons and orders.” Obang did not go to jail and Meles remains in power. This is how the system works; and how corrupt it is.

Reports of endemic corruption and recurring illicit outflow of funds and other resources by UNDP, Transparency International and most prominently, GFI prompted global outrage and concern among donors and diplomats in Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian government was forced to hire an outside firm to conduct investigations of corruption. The country’s so-called Anti-Corruption Commission that has absolutely no teeth hired a Tanzanian firm, Kilimanjaro International to investigate corruption, a cancer that has infected the entire system. The firm was financed by the World Bank and cost almost half a million dollars. The firm interviewed and surveyed 6,500 persons and institutions. To the dismay of TPLF Inc. officials but not to Ethiopian society, the investigation concluded that five of 27 government institutions are the most corrupt across the entire country.

I should like the reader to remember that all state institutions cannot be alike. They play different roles. Some possess authority and power that allow them access to resources; and others not. Some have direct effect on the day to day lives of people and others do not. The five most corrupt institutions of government identified are the following:

1.Courts. In a country bound by laws and not political allegiance, courts adjudicate matters fairly, justly, impartially and with the highest level of integrity. The institutions that adjudicate the law and regulatory system are, themselves, soiled in corrupt practices. Officials have been reduced to rationalizing and defending a tainted system that cannot be saved without radical reform. Impartiality and justice are only dreams in Ethiopia today.

2.Police. In countries where institutions are de-politicized and de-ethnicized, public service and security are fundamental and observed by police. This is not the case in Ethiopia today. The police serve as instruments of harassment, intimidation and fear. They do what they are told regardless of innocence.

3.Customs. Licenses, import and export permits duties, trade transactions, fees and so on depend on ethnic and party affiliation. Thus, customs officials and their allies at the top have unlimited opportunities to game the system. It is who you know and who you ally with that matters most. No wonder that customs is one the most corrupt institutions in Ethiopia today.

4.Local and Regional Administration. Urban and rural lands, commodity marketing, the provision of services such as seeds and fertilizers are among the major sources of corruption and abuse of public trust. The SNNP and Gambella examples offer a glimpse of massive collusion. Nothing worthwhile occurs without some insider deals in local and regional administration in Ethiopia today. Now, global finance capital is in the act.

5.Municipalities. Does anyone know any urban place in the country where permits to acquire a piece of land, build something of value and licenses to operate something, to initiate a business and so does not require some form of bribe. This is why Freedom House and the Wall Street Journal concluded last year that the cost of doing business in Ethiopia is among the highest in the world today. It is “one of Un-freest countries in the world.”
Are there institutions that are relatively free of corruption? Yes; they include Ethiopian Airlines, the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, the National Bank of Ethiopia and the Postal service. I should caution that it is not easy to steal from an airline. Is it? It is not easy to steal from a commercial bank at least directly unless you rob it. By the way, the government robs banks by forcing them to lend to it. The National Bank has become a piggy bank that prints money and contributes to hyperinflation and the erosion of the Birr everywhere in the country. These relatively corruption-free institutions are not the real service interface between the government and its citizens. The five are. So, it really does not make sense to compare apples and oranges as the Tanzanian firm has done.

Given the mix of the survey, the Tanzanian outfit concludes wrongly that corruption is 78th in the hierarchy of national crises. In my assessment, corruption that leads directly to illicit outflow is at the top of national crisis. Further, it is not sufficient to confine investigation on corruption to money and related concerns. Equally important is political corruption that has led and continues to lead to the rigging of elections. TPLF Inc. ‘won 99.6 percent’ of the votes in 2010 by barring others from competition. The ‘silent violence’ against dissidents, opposition political parties, civic organizations, teachers, students and others is a form of corruption.

The forced relocation of 1.5 million Ethiopians from their ancestral lands by 2015 is an abusive of authority and therefore a form of corruption. TPLF Inc. does not allow opponents to offer viable options; affected citizens have no say in the matter. Continued exodus of hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians from their country in search of alternatives abroad emanates from a corrupt and repressive system that does not allow them to prosper within their own homeland. More directly, corruption and illicit outflow of massive amounts of resources out of the country deprives communities, the society and the country the investment capital they need to expand productive capacity and capabilities: build quality schools, health facilities, safe drinking water, and access roads to rural communities, factories that produce fertilizers, basic consumer goods and so on. It is when the structure of the economy changes dramatically that hyperinflation can be contained Corruption and illicit outflow is therefore a tax on this and the coming generation. It is principally the system that produces and tolerates it.

Given the above, how and why would people trust the TPLF Inc. government, its officials and institutions that are corrupt and tolerate corruption; that lie to them that they are better off today than before it took power 21 years ago while compelling them to accept lies as truths; and that repress them while telling the world that these are done in the name of peace, national security, anti-terrorism and development? I am convinced that lies are an integral part of the ethos of TPLF Inc. and will not change until the entire system changes.

Governments with moral and ethical leadership change when they lose the confidence and trust of their citizens. TPLF Inc. and its civil servants seem to be both arrogant and oblivious or are in complete denial that they are unloved and unwanted. Berhanu Kifetew, the head of the Anti-corruption Commission confirmed this when he dismissed the modest findings and conclusions by the firm he helped hire. He said the study lacked “analytical and statistical depth.” This is a pattern. TPLF Inc. reached the same conclusion on killings and massacres following the 2005 elections; the same conclusions following the massacres in Gambella and the Ogaden.

The reader should never doubt that Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people are hurting big time from corruption and recurring illicit outflow of resources. The reader should not doubt that the beneficiaries of the system cannot possibly change the corrupt and repressive system that keeps them employed. The reader should not doubt for a second that corruption and illicit outflow undermine public trust and confidence in the government, its institutions and officials. Corruption will keep Ethiopia poor and push millions more into poverty.
What can we do?

We can do a great deal. It is up to those—within and outside the country–who love the country and respect the hopes and aspirations of all of the Ethiopian people, to work in unison and leave a legacy of peaceful transformation anchored in Ethiopia and owned by the Ethiopian people that future generations would recite and the world would admire. The key is to decide that change will only come if we support the Ethiopian people, civil society organizations, youth, opposition political parties and others in the country. The anchor is Ethiopia; and the social forces are the Ethiopian people. It is they who should guide our thinking and our actions.

3/07/2012

  1. Girum
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    It is so prominent to see what has been really happening in Ethiopia for the last 20 years, especially following Ginbot 7 1997 National Election. Ato Meles and TPLF backed by foreign MASTERS have three main grand-plans things doing in Ethiopia.
    1) To systematically severely weaken Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet through divide and rule through ethnicity, religious class sex and all other every means possible.
    2) To systematically economically plunder and weaken a society outside the domain of TPLF and its ethnic Tigrian affiliates.
    3) Based on the above political and economic means then to creates psychological, social, Economical and political polarization and chaos in Ethiopia that paves the way for inevitable disintegration.

    Therefore all the problems you mentioned are already predicted and deliberately done so that Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet get severely wakened and then disintegrated. This is the grand plan whether it will succeed or not. Look all that has been happening in the world following end of cold-war. Following every internal conflict, war and economic chaos then there inevitably follows disintegration or balkanization. In Yugoslavia, USSR, Czechoslovakia, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and tomorrow most potentially Libya, Syria, Nigeria etc. Recently in Libya one region called Srebrenica has already requested or waged autonomous regionalism. The same balkanization scheme has devised for Iraq among Sunni Shiha ad Kurdistan regions due to the aggressive war by the West against Iraq. Following those all years of war in Sudan, the main motive was to divide Sudan in to two. So deliberate instigation of potential internal conflicts and disparity among different factions and ethnic and religious in a certain country is with the deliberate end-game to destabilize and then disintegrate that big strong nation in to smaller weak nations that have no power to resist foreign influence so that they will become feeble subservient stooge client regimes. I do not agree with the mere misleading economical analysis and comments given by usual international financial institutions like IMF and World Bank. The facts presented by such institutions can be true but the worth of such facts is only for those Economist who simply play games with the facts and who can not wisely associate the very aim and implication of the economic chaos with the devised agenda behind this economical events. As long as we can not understand the economic and social crisis is of deliberate political motive not that has simply happened inadvertently out of lack of skill or knowledge about governance. Like NATO is the one that does overt forceful war aggression against sovereign 3rd world nations using military power then those international financial institutions are also covert Economic aggressors who create such economic chaos (through their known economic medicine called SAP Structural Adjustment Program )and are gradual silent killers of 3rd world nations. In nations like Ethiopia where there is stooge client-regime like TPLF and then there is no need of aggression and gradual systematic economic plundering and divide and rule can weaken the nation and can lead to destabilization and inevitable disintegration. Recently in Nigeria IMF advised the regime there to increase the price of fuel by removing subsidy. The mass revolted and it was restored to normal as usual. The aim was to cerate such sort of economic shock in the society so that social chaos will follow and the nation shall destabilize. So the aim of IMF and world bank in 3rd world nations is to create economic chaos so that social and political chaos will follow so that the nation shall destabilize and disintegrate in to smaller weak nations. Ato Meles as a messenger of this evil grand plan and agenda he knows what will follow after such pervasive psychological, social, economical and political crisis and chaos. Ad that is why he usually threatens that Ethiopia shall disintegrate if TPLF leaves power. And hence why we need the witness of IMF and World Bank that is based on economic figures and nomenclatures that do not make that much sense to the mass while the mass clearly senses what is really happening pervasively in the nation? I mean to witness the actual facts in Ethiopia we even do not need as such professional economists. I mean IMF and World Bank not only mere financial institutions but are also politically driven instruments of the Western countries especially USA and UK that are established under the agreements of Breton Woods following World War II. So though such institutions are telling factual things, impossible to cover-up, regarding Ethiopia, well then they do not tell the political motive behind the facts. Such institutions create such an insidious deliberate crisis and chaos then after the problem happens they cry a crocodile tear like by blaming the incumbent government. So especially for the last 5 years such pervasive dynamically aggravating social and economic problem in Ethiopia is so deliberate in order to destabilize the nation and then to disintegrate it. So not only war of aggression is necessarily required to destabilize and disintegrate a certain nation but also gradual insidious systematic means like this in our nation can be used to achieve the required goal. The from time to time irresponsible response given by TPLF for the from time to time dynamically aggravating crisis and chaos and also the entire unfamiliar ghost felt hovering over the nation is very evident that something very deliberate and heinous grand-plan is underground to destabilize and disintegrate this historical nation. Though it seems genuine condolence, when the West sympathizes us by blaming the incumbent TPLF, it is like a crocodile tear that dose not make sense and is also worthless.ይህ አይነት የሚጠበቅና የታቀደ ችግርና ቀውስ ከተፈጠረና ከፈጠሩ በኋላ ከተጠያቂነት ለመዳን እንደ ጲላጦስ ከደሙ ንፁህ ነኝ ማለት የተለመደ ተግባራቸው ነው፡፡አቶ መለስና ወያኔን መጀመሪያ እየረዳ ስልጣን ላይ ማን አወጣቸውና ነው መጀመሪያውኑ፡፡እንደ አይ.ኤም.ኤፍ እና የአለም ባንክ አይነቶች በስም አለም አቀፍ የፋይናንስ ተቋማት በተግባር ግን በዋናነት የአንግሎ አሜሪካን ዋና ጥቅም አስጠባቂ የፋይናንስ ተቋማት የሚሰጡት ምክር ድጋፍና ትንታኔ ሁሉ በንፁህ የኢኮኖሚክስ ህግ ብቻ የሚመራ እንደሆነ አድርጎ ማሰብና ከበስተጀርባ ከፍተኛ የሆነ ፖለቲካዊ ግፊትና ተፅእኖና ፍላጎት የሌላቸው አድርጎ ማሰብ እጅግ የዋህነት ነው፡፡ስለዚህም ስለ ኢትዮጵያ ኢኮኖሚ እነዚህን የፋይናንስ ተቋማት እየጠቀሱ የሚናገሩትን ሁሉ በቅጡ ሳናገናዝብ እንደወረደ እየተቀበልን መልሶ እንደበቀቀን ማስተጋባት ብዙም የሚጠቅመን ነገር የለም፡፡ምናልባት ለደካማው ስብእናችን ወያኔን ሲረግሙልን ወይንም ተጠያቂ ሲያደርጉልን ለጊዜው የፖለቲካ ትርፍ ያገኘን መስሎን ደስ የሚለን ሊሆን ይችላል፡፡ነገር ግን ሌላም አገዛዝ ነገ ሲመጣ እነዚህ አለም አቀፍ የፋይናንስ ተቋማት ላይ ሙሉ እምነት ጥሎ በእነሱ እንደፈለጉት የሚመራና የሚሽከረከር ከሆነ የወያኔን ያህል ባይሆንም ነገም ሌላ ተመሳሳይና ተቀራራቢ ጥፋት ከመሰራቱ የሚቀር አይሆንም፡፡ስለዚህም በራሳችን አስተሳሰብና አመራር የቻልነውን ያህል መንቀሳቀሱ መልካም ነው፡፡አሁን ማን ይሙት እኛ በውስጡ እየኖርንበት ካለነው ኢትዮጵያውያን ሌላ የኢትዮጵያን አጠቃላይ ሁኔታ በተለየ መልክ የሚያስረዳና እኛ ይልታየንን ሚገልፅ ሌላ የውጪ ተቋም ያን ያህል ያስፈልጋልን፡፡እስከመቼ ነው በዚህ አይነት አዙሪት ውስጥ የምንኖረው እረ?አቶ መለስ ችግሩን እራሱ የኢኮኖሚው እድገት ይፈታዋል እንደዚሁም 11 በመቶ እያደግን ነው እያሉን የመካከለኛ ገቢ ውስጥ እንድንገባ ሌላ 20 ዓመታትን በትእግስት ጠብቁኝ እያሉን ነበር፡፡አንድ ወቅት ላይ እንዳነበብኩት ከሆነ በዘመነ ግሎባል ካፒታሊዝም የኢኮኖሚስቶች ዋና ተግባር ባብዛኛው ሆነኝ ተብሎ እንዴት ችግር መፍጠር እንደሚቻልና በዚህም ችግር የመፍጠር ዘዴ እንዴት ትርፍና ሀብት በአቋራጭ በፍጥነት ቶሎ ማካበት እንደሚቻል ነው ባብዛኛው የሚያስቡትና የሚመክሩት፡፡ስለዚህም ለችግሮች መፍትሄ የመስጠት አቅማቸው እጅግ የመነመነ ነው፡፡በቁጥሮች ስብስብ ብቻ ያለውን ነባራዊ እውነታ ለመግለፅና ለመረዳት የሚቻል አድርገው ማሰባቸውም የችግሩ አንዱ ዋና ምንጭ ነው፡፡መቼም አንድ ሊትር ዘይት ከ20 ብር በአንድ ጊዜ 50 እና 60 ብር የገባበትን እውነተኛ ምክንያትና ሌላውንም ከኢኮኖሚስቶች የተለመደ በንድፈ ሃሳብ ደረጃ ከተቀመጠው የዲማንድ ሰፕላይ ህግ ብቻ መጠበቅ እጅግ ሞኝነት ይመሰልኛል፡፡በተመሳሳይ ሁኔታም በዚህች ሀገር ውስጥ ለተፈጠረው አጠቃላይ ስር የሰደደና የሰፋ ቀውስ እውነተኛ ምክንያቱን ከወርልድ ባንክና ከአይ.ኤም ኤፍ ማብራሪያ መጠበቅ እንደዚሁ ሞኝነት ነው የሚሆነው፡፡ምክንያቱም የተለመደው የምናውቀው ኢኮኖሚክስ የሰውን ልጅ ድብቅ ክፋትና ስግብግብነት የሚገልፅበትና በቀመር ውስጥ አንደ አንድ ግብአት የሚከትበት ቀመር እስካሁን አልፈጠረምና፡፡ነፃ-ገበያ እየተባለ ላለፉት 20 ዓመታት ዘወትር ሲለፈፍልንና ሲዘመርልን እኛም አብረን ስንዘመር የነበረውም በእውነት ላይ የተመሰረተ ነፃ-ገበያ እንዳልሆነ ሆድ ሲያውቅ ዶሮ ማታ ሆኖ ዝም ጭች ብንልም ሁላችንም እየተረዳነው ነው፡፡
    ይህ የሰውን ልጅ ድብቅ ክፋትና ስግብግብነት እንኳንስ በተለመደው የምናውቀው ኢኮኖሚክስ ህግ ሊስተናገድ ቀርቶ በምርጫ ዲመክራሲም ባለ ፖለቲካውም እንኳን መፍትሄ ሊያገኝ ያልቻለ የአለማችን ካንሰር ነው፡፡ለዚህም ነው እነዚህ አለም አቀፍ የፋይናንስ ተቋማት በተለመደው ሁኔታ እንዲህ አሉ እነዲያ አሉ የሚባለው ነገር ብዙም የማይዋጥልኝ፡፡
    Any way though things are so challenging it is my hope and belief that together with our strive almighty God will save us from the coming gloomy chaos.

    God bless Ethiopia!!!

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  2. koster
    | #2

    Dr Aklog,

    Please tell us like John Perkins what you were doing with your former employer – IMF/World Bank. Were you really serving the poor or you were blinded by your benefits and serving their purpose which we all know at least since John Perkins disclosed some of the evil acts.

  3. Alamah …?
    | #3

    koster :
    Dr Aklog,
    Please tell us like John Perkins what you were doing with your former employer – IMF/World Bank. Were you really serving the poor or you were blinded by your benefits and serving their purpose which we all know at least since John Perkins disclosed some of the evil acts.

    What’s your point? If you don’t agree with the writer say so. Are you acusing him? If so, of what?

  4. Abiy Ethiopiawe SegawiWe-Menfesawe
    | #4

    Dr Aklog and the reader;Girum,who wrote his comment must remember what Dolf Hitler said about the people.

    “THE GREAT MASSES OF THE PEOPLE WILL MORE EASILY FALL VICTIMS TO A BIG LIE THAN TO A SMALL ONE.”

    Many times Hitler was using lies publically and he said to his own party members on the third Reich:-
    “If you tell a lie long enough,loud enough and often enough,the people will believe it.”
    This is what Meles Zenawi doing every time.You can’t count his lies.
    Let us not forget the important saying from Dostoyevsky in his book”The brothers Karamazov:-

    “Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”

    ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky,

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