Which Way USA? By Anteneh Shiferaw (Engineer)

May 13th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

Open Letter: To President Barack Obama

“The French People have made their choice . . . Francois Hollande is president

of France and he must be respected,” Nicolas Sarkozy, AF-Press!!
On the 6th of May 2012 the French people have had elected its’ legitimate leader with a difference of small margin, nearly with 51.5 per cent to 48.5 per cent. Imagine that the difference is really very small; however, Mr Nicolas Sarkozy had neither said that the Socialist had elected Francois as their president nor the margin was very small; rather, what Mr Sarkozy had said publically was that the “French people have made their choice . . . Francois Hollande is President of France and he must be respected,”
Mr Nicolas Sarkozy’s acceptance of the choice of the French people is one of the key fundamentals of democratic politics and values which your government upholds it since the founding father of American democracy, George Washington, and later consolidated more by Abraham Lincoln.

In fact, history teaches us that while George Washington led the USA’s Independent War which was called ‘The Revolution War’ of mainly the year 1775 – 1783 and as the first elected President in 1789 put all the bases of USA’s democracy in which Abraham Lincoln had also consolidated it more with his profound speech of the 1858 stated as “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free . . .” To uphold these legacies and historical democratic values you had also launched your presidential candidacy on the weekend of Lincoln’s birthday with a speech on the steps of the old state capital in Illinois.

Sadly, when the Ethiopian people, for the first time in its modern history, have had elected their leaders in a Ballot Box with a relative peace on May 15, 2005 general election and a secular democratic political party named ‘Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD)’ had won the election with a grand slide victory in all cities of the country including ruler areas – - – as a case in point in Addis Ababa where by diversified Ethiopian Communities are living all the Federal level and Local seats were all taken by CUD except just only one seat in which TPLF was ashamed and left naked in public and in front of different diplomatic representatives.

As a result, the TPLF’s leaders had refused to accept the verdict and choice of the Ethiopian People and consequently Meles declared as his group was re-elected and farther went so-far and imposed a state of Emergency countrywide to change the course of the election from peaceful to day time vote rigging , violence and gun down 200 innocent Ethiopians just in Addis Ababa city only and finally instead of respecting, as what Mr Sarkozy said to the French people to respect Francois, the then newly elected legitimate CUD leaders were humiliated, mistreated and sent to prison for TPLF had refused to concede defeat with grace. According to TPLF’s leader, Meles, all that ups and downs with the name of democratic election was nothing but a symbolic gesture to deceive Western Aid Donner. Otherwise, as usual, Meles had publically and blatantly declared that “- – - those who oppose the new power order have only to do what TPLF did, that is, go to the bush, start the war, and become a victorious army.”

During the May 15, 2005 election the leader of the European election observer team Hon. Ana Gomes, MEP on her November 03, 2005 Urgent Appeal letter to her colleagues in the European Parliament under the title of ‘Another bloodbath is taking place in Ethiopia’ had clearly stated it “Meles was invited to rub shoulders with G-8 and African Commission leaders in Scotland. That amounts to rubbing salt in the wounds of Ethiopians who thought that democracy was at reach when they massively turned out to vote on May 15, 2005.”

Although Hon. Ana Gomes and her European election observer team were unable get the support of the European Parliament to change the vote rigging and the killings of TPLF against innocent Ethiopian she had genuinely discharge her responsibilities at her capacities. For that we Ethiopian had a great respect to her and her team. Astonishingly, however, the Carter Center which was led by Mr Jimmy Carter himself and the then American Embassy to Ethiopia had never said a single word than a cover up mission.

Now, here again and again, the western power in particular USA has failed to help to address the fundamental problem of Ethiopia, and Ethiopian hoping and believing that democracy is possible in Ethiopia and voted peacefully to the then opposition CUD are each day picked up in each cities, towns and villages of the country and became victims of the ethnocentric regime of TPLF. As a result, although Meles and his close associate are directly accountable for their personal decisions to massacre our people at different times, we believe that ‘God and history will also remember’ USA’s double standard foreign policy towards to Ethiopia.

Mr President,

We Ethiopian remember Mr Jimmy Carter on many very bad scenarios; one of these are: when Somalia had waged war against Ethiopian sovereignty in the 1977 with the support of the then Soviet Union, Mr Jimmy Carter had refused to help Ethiopia and even deliberately had frozen Ethiopian foreign currency which was deposited in the USA’s bank so that Ethiopia could not able to buy any arm and instead simply surrender to Somalia’s aggressions without any resistances. However, when Soviet Union had realised that USA was not supporting Ethiopian’s cause, it had immediately left all its’ bases in Somalia and peaceful moved in to Ethiopia and supported the Ethiopian patriotic with arms and logistics to fight back the USA supported Somalia in which this had technically reduced our sovereignty to the level of Soviet Union form of colonization for nearly fifteen years. In the meantime all TPLF leaders were taking the military training in Somalia and elsewhere in all Arab Countries to wage their gorilla war to secede Tigre region from Ethiopia. For that matter when Meles Zenawi landed to Addis Ababa Airport in May 1991 from the London conference by special Sudanese Airways he came with Somalia Passport; on the same token, while two month before this happened Meles Zenawi, as usual, had visited and convinced Gaddafi of Libya to help his war (TPLF’s war) with: cash, supply of all necessary fuels for military tanks and high military advisors to be available right in the front with TPLF fighters to launch the last military assault against the Ethiopian arm so that all East African Countries including Ethiopia be under Arab league with Gaddafi’s leadership in which Gaddafi had met all Meles’s demands without any reservation.

However, when 9/11 inhuman act committed against the American people and modern societies by in large and Meles Zenawi officially switched in his alliance with USA/West with the name of anti-terrorism paradigm Gaddafi was astonished with Meles deceiving tactics and was showing his Video record to public how Meles was expert to exploit situation and immediately changed his position from the slogan of Arabism to Americanism/anti-terrorism to stay in power, for only his personal ambitions.

Unfortunately, after 21 years of TPLF’s massacre and genocide committed against innocent Ethiopian across the country USA is still supporting the TPLF sectarian and ethnocentric group against the will of our people with the name of an alliance against terrorism in the region. Most noticeably when top USA diplomats such as: Ambassador David Shinn, Ambassador Herman Cohen and many others officially had said to public media outlets “we prioritized American security interest in the region than Ethiopian Democratization agenda” is rubbing salt to our existing wounds. Sadly, your invitation of Meles Zenawi to the G-8 meeting of next week is not only considered playing a dirty game against Ethiopia and its’ people but also undermining American long-time democratic principles, legacies, values and traditions. In fact this is not short of saying that Ethiopia and its people are so primitive and don’t need any democratic change in their government.
In 1989, I remember in BBC, when the then vice president of USA George Herbert Walker Bush campaigned against Mr Michael Dukakis for the presidency, he said “What Dukakis knew about American politics? He came from kitchen . . . ,” this was interpreted as strategy to play the race card, in directly to tell that Dukakis is originally from Greece family/families; while forgetting that Greece was the birth place of modern democracy. Whatever the case, Senior Bush’s strategy had succeeded for that time. However, after 20 years of time George Herbert Walker Bush’s bad speech he had seen how American democracy devolves faster than expected and elected a black family background immigrant in its history. In fact this was not only victory to you but to all Americans who had been questing for democratic equality of race and gender, and most importantly it is also victory for American democracy and Abraham Lincoln’s legacies!!
Similarly, the very known historian, poet, playwright, an author, a university Professor Firkre Tolosa had asserted history that during the reign of king of kings Minas (r. 1559 – 1563) Ethiopia had created a founding principles of modern parliamentary democratic system of almost similar to Great Britain. However, due to the continued war waged against Ethiopia by the then Ottoman Empire and later by the new European colonialists have had jeopardized our civilized breakthrough even in the medieval period. Meaning, although our history is a war history resisting against different kinds of invading forces since the medieval period and including in the modern era due to The Nile River and Red Sea geo-politics and Ethiopia left far behind from modern civilization our people still deserves an equal democratic opportunities and fair relationship like any other sovereign states. Otherwise, if USA continues to undermine and ignore our grievance and plights inflicted by TPLF armies history will always remember its token democracy and be judged morally and politically by the generation to come too.

Mr President,

What must be clear to USA leaders and diplomats are, when Ethiopian used to fight with the military junta of Mengistu H/Mariam and the Soviet Union’s technical colonization within the big cities of Ethiopia, almost a generation had perished within that fighting. The power gap created due to the infighting within inside have had helped TPLF to exploit the power vacuum and first with the support of Mr Jimmy Carter and later with direct command of Ambassador Herman Cohen of the May 1991 London Conference single handed arrangements TPLF had got the green light to control the whole of Ethiopia without including any genuine representative who cares for Ethiopia and its’ people. This had given an ample opportunity for TPLF to massacre and commit genocide against Ethiopian loving societies: in particular the Amharic language speaking societies, the Gambella region and the Afar people, etc. in all parts of Ethiopia. Nevertheless, although the hardship to overcome this TPLF’s deconstruction agenda against Ethiopia is so tough and challenging this does not mean that we Ethiopian could not be able to stand together and bring down the Meles regime by our own efforts and means; we assure you this. Because Ethiopia had survived from ashes of many enemy destructions including the religious war waged by Ahmad Gran’ in 15th- 16th century which was supported by Somalia, Yemen, Egypt, Turkey, and by all the Middle East countries; so, what we need form USA and its Western alliance is to stop helping and financing the killing army of TPLF.

Mr President,

When I said genocide is still going on in Ethiopia, perhaps, you may not be aware of this at all or categorically may be not worried about it either, – - – who cares for the dead fish except the fisher man principle. However, within the newly subjugated, annexed by Tigray in 1991, towns and villages of Gondar and Wollo alone (please refer the Fig. 3 below with the coloured one Northwest and Southeast colours, totally 8 towns and more villages within it), almost 2 million Amaras had been reduced to ashes since TPLF controlled these towns and villages while the rest are digging the big mountains to rehabilitate proper Tigray region, the heart land of TPLF, as prisoner and servant until they die in agony and hunger.

To quantify the genocide committed by TPLF in the above 8 coloured towns, for instance, if we take what had happened in ‘Kafta Humera’ of the above Fig. 3, in early 1980th there was a normal size high school facilities for the local inhabitants Amharic speaking communities. However, as this community believes historically as part of the region of Gondar and their language is Amharic, TPLF had eliminated them all within a short span of time and all forcefully vacated their villages to the new settlers from the neighbouring region of Tigray. For that matter, currently, one cannot find a number of ten Amharic speaking family holds within that big towns and villages. Sadly, similar policies had been implemented by TPLF leaders and army generals to the rest of the other seven towns and villages as part of TPLF’s ethnic cleansing policy.

I personally believe that any Tigrean or whoever it is has the right to move any part of Ethiopia and work and live peaceful and harmonically with the localities. However, with policy of ethnic cleansing and annexing these towns and villages without any historical clue to Tigray region is an absolute violation of human right that amounts to double genocide.

In fact, historically these subjugated towns and villages of Gondar and Wollo that neighbours with Tigray region were the main rival forces of the then Axum Kingdom that causes it collapse in 1137 and moved power form Tigray of Axum to Lasta that centred Walqait Simen of Gondar and the Agaw areas of Wollo, Zagwe dynasty (r. 1137 – 1270). This is a historical fact in which TPLF is trying to overwrite with its policy of ethnic cleansing and genocide against these vast areas communities since its/TPLF inception. Why these vast areas of communities became TPLF’s victim for the simple reason that Zagwe had defeated the Axum Kingdom and moved the central power to these areas during the medieval period? Why such genocide?? These genocides are not only done by the current TPLF’s leaders and army generals, but this includes those who are now claiming are in the opposition camps too!! You cannot hide from justice!! Justice will be made when time permits!

Mr President,

TPLF, its leaders and army generals as well as their special force called Agazi are deliberately committing genocide against our brothers in: Gambella, Afar, the South and as well as in West part of Ethiopia targeting strong Ethiopians who have no any interest to be an instruments to TPLF ethnic politics. Most noticeably the Amharic speaking societies are unable to live in their country. This is a very serious issue which you cannot ignore it either. As a matter of facts while the Ethiopian Population growth increase from 70 million to 85 million within the last 21 years of TPLF ethnic ruling the Amara population had rather dropped down by 10 million, from 27 Million to 17 million based on the previous census data conducted by the previous government. There is no any other ample evidence more than this.

Soon after I had started writing this letter, as a matter of chance, I had read a wonderful letter addressed to you by a prominent and known Ethiopian activist Mr Yilma Bekele. Mr Yilma had eloquently explained each and every issue of the country, such as: the media press, the ethnic politics, the administration, the economy, and the corruption. And I had decided not to repeat these topics, rather, what my letter seriously focus is about the genocide committed by TPLF and its leaders. We cannot share this problem with Chinese leaders as their principle is just one and only one, i.e., whoever runs the country run your business by ignoring the plight of any respective people. So, my fellow Ethiopian fundamental question is which way USA is going on? In one of your books, The Audacity of Hope . . . P. 319 you had wrote as: “We should not expect to help Africa if Africa ultimately proves unwilling to help itself.” So, why you had contradicted with your principle and goes to the extent of inviting Meles to eat dinner on the same table as if he is democratically elected leader of Ethiopia? Is that still to arm TPLF as a hired arm to kill our people and compromise our democratic right as most of your diplomats declared USA’s security issues are more important than Ethiopian democratic process?
I thank you,

  1. nodd
    | #1

    Only the Ethiopian people can free thmselves from the shackles of ethno fascist dictatorship. Dont expect the USA or france or england to stand for you. they can’t, they won’t unless their interest is threatened.

  2. noy
    | #2

    Free Eskinder Nega, Andualem Araghie, Bekele Gerba, Ayalew Mekonnen and all other political prisoners.

  3. selamyihun
    | #3

    Your writing is good and you expect someone to solve your problem.2005 election lacks political maturity from the opposition groups. They were pretending to solve Ethiopian problem while they were part of the problem. come up please with new ideas which constructs Ethiopia instead of blaming others.

  4. selamta
    | #4

    AYE; NOW WE HAVE STARTED PROMOTING OURSELVES MORE THAN WHATEVER EVIL PLAN YOU HAVE FOR ETHIOPIA BY TELLING US YOUR AN ENGINEER ,WHO CARES OR U HOPE THAT OBAMA IS GOING TO RUN AND RESPOND TO YOUR SHENANIGANS B/C YOUR AN ENG. WHAT A JOCK YOU PEOPEL ARE

  5. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #5

    Thanks a lot Obo Yilma. I am sure President Obama will cringe when he shakes hands with this murderer. He knows the crimes of this ruthless PM Meles Zenawi. Woe to the mothers of those young boys and girls who were gunned in a broad day light just because they protested a rigged election in 2005!!! Woe to the fathers and mothers who were made target practice even though they had nothing to do with the demonstration!!! Woe to those toddlers who never saw their murdered parents coming back to them that fateful day!!! Woe to the mothers whose eyes have dried up of their tears crying out for justice all these years!!!!
    This killer is so eloquent alright!!! John Wayne Gacy knew how to talk!!! Ted Bundy was so skillful in communicating with others in a charming way just as this killer PM Meles. The difference is Ted and John did not have the chance to be top level public officials. Thank God for that!!! I am afraid that when this thug extend his hands to shake hands with President Obama, he is extending his blood-drenched hands to the leader of the most democratic and powerful nation of today’s world!!! Dear My President!!! When you gaze at this guy across the desk on your meeting day, you are looking at a reincarnated Ted Bundy who possesses the most powerful army in the Horn of Africa. The blood of those 196 innocent people who were gunned down in cold blood by the order of this ruthless PM are screaming out loud at you for nothing else but due justice!!! I understand your predicament facing you fighting a more dangerous terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda. That is what he is smartly exploiting. In the long run he is not worth it. And he has the blood of innocent people on his hands!!! I did not make this up. It is in the State Department archives. You may also hear the same from those members of the inquiry commission he himself set up to investigate the killings. They had told the truth and nothing but the truth but they had to run for their lives for doing so!!! I am sure they will be very happy to tell you the truth nothing but the truth about the killings along with the whole story of the time. Dear My President!!! Nowadays you can’t even report of court proceedings in Ethiopia and if you do you will be slapped with heavy fine and lengthy incarceration!!! Mind You, My President, that all those reporters who reported on the current John Edwards trial would be heavily fined and thrown into jails for 8 months or longer in PM Meles Zenawi’s Ethiopia!!! Or at least they will be harassed and threatened with their lives until they are forced to flee their country. And such victims are found living everywhere and they can attest to my claim. Someone has to tell this guy to shape up and I strongly believe the Good Ole’ USA has enormous capabilities to do just that.

  6. Birtu/can
    | #6

    Obama and his administration are well aware of the fact that Meles Zenawi is a “son-of-a-bitch”. What separates him from others is that he happens to be “THEIR” son-of-a-bitch! As long as Meles continues safeguarding U.S. interests around the horn, he remains untouchable. But, the U.S. is betting on the wrong man who is not trustworthy and if push comes to shove will not hesitate to pull his Chinese card and wave it in their face. By sheer hatred, Meles is radicalizing the horn of Africa i.e., Eritrea, Somalia and now Ethiopia pushing them closer into the hands of Al Qaeda. The u.s. misguided foreign policy had explode in their face time and again. Case in points: Iraq and Afghanistan. Bush(MR. mission accomplished)declared war against America’s one time ally Saddam Hussein looking for weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist. After thousands of American soldiers perished and billions of dollars wasted–money that could have been used for domestic consumption sustaining the economy–Iraq is still in deep shit. In Afghanistan, it is American trained terrorists who are wrecking havoc to this day even though their leader Osama Bin Laden is no more. In both countries, the vast majority of the people are still suffering as opposed to being liberated. America’s refusal to turn over weapons bought by Ethiopia during Somalia’s aggression is one of the factors that contributed to Mengistu jumping fence to the socialist camp. One can say Mengistu was pushed to the edge where he couldn’t help but embrace socialism. America abandoned Ethiopia uncontested and it was downhill for Ethiopians ever since.In the long run, America’s continued support to Meles Zenawi is going to back fire as long as its interests around the horn is concerned. Inviting a diminutive worthless dictator whose hands are dripping blood to Camp David is equivalent to insulting or disrespecting eighty million Ethiopians. That can only happen in America where 1% is said to control 99% of the population. Melese’s job is to keep the interests of the 1% intact whichever way the order is coming from. In return, the 1% will keep a blind eye of his atrocities and provide him a life line whenever his chips are down. My question to MR. Obama is why not invite Hitler from the grave or the current leader of Al-Qaeda Al-Zhawri while you are at it? Frankly, i don’t see any difference between the dead Hitler and the living dead Meles Zenawi! He is no less criminal than they are for us Ethiopians, unless you value Ethiopians blood as not important as Jewish or American blood. Shame! Shame! Shame!

    FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN ETHIOPIA!!!!

  7. koster
    | #7

    The US government talks of peace and democracy, unfortunately they love “friendly tyrants” like Meles Zenawi who prolong their reign of terror by war and famine. Fascist Meles is the Osama bin Laden of the Horn of Africa and the party lead by Meles TPLF is the al Qaida of the region which are great meance to the region now and in the future.

  8. Dashen
    | #8

    Engineer? Who are you trying to impress? For that title in your sleeves I’d have expected a more coherent and deep political analysis. Well, it wasn’t meant to be. For folks living in a country who saw a 750 vote margin leading to the presidency, your citation of French elections (51.5% vs 48.5% – a landslide by western standards) as case in point about democracy doesn’t even give weight to the bragging you tried to display your scientific competency by calling yourself engineer. When and how are you guys going to come to grips with reality and realized this tired idea of Kinjit winning in landslide is just a creation of your fantasy not based on facts? It doesn’t matter how often you recycled a lie – it will still remain a lie. If EPRDF was so genius coordinating the rigging of the votes in the rural area as you alleged, what makes it hard for them to do the same in Addis? More to the point though, the country has moved on and sighed a big relief about the prospects of led by a dysfunctional group of hate mongers in the name of democracy. History has proved you wrong and the Ethiopian people just gave their seal of approval in the last elections by their vote. While you are busy in re-telling this old and tired fairytale, the world is seeing in Ethiopia and Meles a beacon of hope and progress. While the world is busy to learn how Ethiopia is doing things so right, you are busy to tarnish the image of our beloved country. Where you should be a proud and contributing citizen you are fighting the old wars of yesteryear and cringing to the old wounds. The presence of any leader let alone a leader from so-called poor country – in a such a forum should have feel all of us with the sense of achievement and joy. No, your narrow minded thinking will never allow you to see things for what they are. Is there a perfect democracy in Ethiopia? NO. Is the trajectory leading that way? YES! Is this a big improvement from what it was say 15-20 years? ABSOLUTELY! In a country which have never known a functioning democracy or democratic institutions to come so far as to have so many independent thinkers expressing themselves wherever they go is quite an accomplishment by any reasonable measurement. Yes, those who who shout “FIRE” where there is none to disturb the public at large in order to advance their ill devised goal of overthrowing a legitimately elected government need to be taken to court. As a government, the EPRDF has the responsibility to apprehend and take the necessary actions for the good of the country. Indeed, I’m talking about the likes of your hero Eskinder and Co. Let my country go through its own baby steps and mistakes. Let my people get the necessary education to determine who is the fake and legit engineer – no pun intended. For that to happen we need to start feeding ourselves and establish a strong middle class. That’s where Meles is seen the as strong leader and visionary by so many in the continent and around the world. That’s the story behind this invitation – thank you Mr. Obama! You can count on my vote. As to you dear Mr. Engineer, it’s back to the drawing board or the lab. Good luck!

  9. saqwiqii
    | #9

    Whether a prtnership or solidarity,between Zinawi and Obama or the fascist regime and the US,we have to first identify precisely.But,we have to be aware that Zinawi foreign propaganda campaign has done well and it worked;this has been the best tool Zinawi used to keep his regime going and appeared to be incontrol.The best propaganda tool and organ of the Zianwi’s regime is his embassies scattered throughout the world and used it successfully.What Ethiopians must do is to intrisfy organized,ongoing,effective,and network to counter act Zinawi’s distructive activities.

  10. በጎ አድራጊ ወይስ ኢንቨስተር
    | #10

    በስም ሳልጠራችሁ ኖር በማለት ስላምሁኑ እያልኩ ሰላምታ አቅርቤ ኮስተር ባለ ቃል በርቱ ይቻላል እላለሁ

  11. በጎ አድራጊ ወይስ ኢንቨስተር
    | #11

    በስም ሳልጠራችሁ ኖር በማለት ሰላምታ አቅርቤ ኮስተር ባለ ቃል በርቱ ይቻላል ስላምሁኑ እያልኩ እሰናበታለሁ

  12. Anonymous
    | #12

    Whatever when I see u let people post their opinions freely on your. Website, then I will believe your talk about democracy. Try practicing it first.

  13. MA
    | #13

    “THEIR” son-of-a-bitch! remember Pres, Pervez Musharaf & Pres, Housni Mubarak were once “their son of a beach”. when the time came they gave them a “nice” kick on their rear end.

  14. Girum
    | #14

    @Dashen

    ስለመለስ/ወያኔ አገዛዝ መልካምነት ስታወራና በተቃራኒው ደግሞ ፀኃፊውን ያለ ርህራሄ አፍህ እንዳመጣልህ ስትዘልፍ መመዘኛህ ምንድን ነው?ለአንድ ማህበረሰብ ወይንም ህዝብ ወይንም ሀገር የውድቀት ሁሉ የመጨረሻ ጫፍ ነገሮችን ትክክል ወይንም ስህተት ተገቢ ወይንም ተገቢ ያልሆነ ሞራላዊ ወይንም ኢ-ሞራላዊ ፍትሃዊ ወይንም ኢ-ፍትሃዊ ብሎ የሚመዝንበት መመዘኛ ሚዛኑን (Intrinsic-Virtues/values and Norms) ሲምታታበት ወይንም ፈፅሞ ሲጠፋበት ነው፡፡ይህ ደግሞ እንደ እኔ እይታ አጠቃላይ የትውልድ ዝቅጠት(Generational Systemic Crisis) ማለት ነው::እኔ እንደ ግለሰብ እዚህ አይነት የመጨረሻ አስከፊ ሁኔታ ውስጥ የገባን አንዳይሆን እፈራለሁኝ፡፡የመለስ/ወያኔ የቅጥረኛነት የዘረኝነት የከሃዲነት አስነዋሪና አደገኛ ፀረ-ኢትዮጵያ ፀረ-ኢትዮጵያዊነት ፀረ-ኢትዮጵያውያን ተግባር ቀስ በቀስ እጅግ እየከፋ ከመጣው የግሎባል ካፒታሊዝም አለም አቀፍ ስርዓት ጋር ተዳምሮ ኢትዮጵያ በሁለት አስከፊ ስርዓቶች መካከል አበሳዋን የምታይ ምስኪን ሀገር እየሆነች ነው፡፡ሆዳቸው አምላካቸው ነው ክብራቸው በነውራቸው ነው እንዳለው ቅዱስ መፅሀፍ አንዳንዶች ይህንን ሊወድቅ እየተንገዳደገደ ያለ በታሪክ አሳፋሪና አሳዛኝ የሆነ የወያኔ ስርዓት በገንዘብ በጥቅም በስልጣን ተደልለው በአደርባይነት ለማዳን ላይ ታች ሲሉ ስናይና ስንሰማ እጅግ ይገርማል፡፡ስለዚህም እንደዚህ አይነቱን የገዛ ህዝቡን የሚዘርፍ የሚያፈናቅል የሚያሰድድ የሚጠላና የሚንቅ ከሃዲና ባንዳ አረመኔ አገዛዝ መልካምነት ስናወራ ምን አይነት የስብእና ደረጃ ላይ እንዳለን እራሳችንን ቆም ብለን መጠየቅ ተገቢ ነው፡፡በዘመነ መለስ/ወያኔና እና አለቃቸው ዘመነ ግሎባል ካፒታሊዝም የስልጣኔና የእድገት እንደዚሁም የትክክለኛ ህይወት መመዘኛችን ምን እንደሆነ በራሱ መረዳት እጅግ ግራ የሚያጋባና እንቆቅልሽ እየሆነ ነው የመጣው፡፡ሞባይል ወይንም ላፕቶፕ የያዘ የተማረ ወጣት ወይንም ጎልማሳ በቀን 3 ጊዜ የተመጣጠነ ምግብ መብላት ወይንም የተመጣጠነ መጠለያ ማግኘት የማይችልበት እጅግ ግራ የሚያጋባና እንቆቅልሽ(Paradox) ዘመን ላይ ነው ያለነው፡፡የህዝብና የሀገር ሀብትና ገንዘብ እየተዘረፈና በአርዓያ ስላሴ የተፈጠረው ክቡር የሆነው የስላሴ ህንፃ የሆነው እራሱ የሰው ልጅ ክብር እንደሌለው በየጎዳናው እየተጣለና እንደ ቀልድ እየፈረሰ በተቃራኒው በዚህ የብዙሃኑ ህዝብ የሥቃይና የጥፋት ስራ ለጥቆቶች የዘመኑ ሰዎች ኪራይ መሰብሰቢያነት እየተገነቡ ያሉ ህንፃዎች እውን የእድገታችንና የስልጣኔያችን መገለጫና መመዘኛ ናቸውን?ላለፉት 20 ዓመታት ያህልና አሁንም ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ እየታየ ያለው እድገትና ስልጣኔ ለጥቂቶች ወያኔዎችና በተያያዥ ያሉ የዘመኑ ሰዎች ላይ ብቻ ያተኮረና በተቃራኒው ግን የተቀረውን መላውን ኢትዮጵያን ኢትዮጵያዊነትንና ኢትዮጵያውያንን ህልውናና ደህንነት እያፈራረሰና እያናጋ በዚህ አደጋኛ የሆነ አሳፋሪና አሳዛኝ ጥፋት የሚገኝ ብዙም አስተማማኝ መሰረት የሌለው አርተፊሻል የሆነ እድገትና ስልጣኔ ነው፡፡ብዙሃኑ ህዝብ እየተራበ እየተቸገረ እየተሰደደ እየደኸየ እየተፈናቀለ ጥቂቶች ከስርዓቱ ጋር ሰምና ወርቅ የሆኑ ሰዎች በዚህ መከራና ስቃይ የቅንጦት ህይወት መምራታቸው እውን ይህ እድገትና ስልጣኔ ነውን?ነው ወይንስ የተቀረው ብዙሃኑ ዜጋና ህዝብ እንደሰው አይቆጠርም ማለት ነው?እንደ መቶ ሰው ወይንም እንደ አስር ሰው ወይንም እንደ እጥፍ ሰው ሙሉ ሰው ግማሽ ሰው ወዘተ የሚባል አዲስ የሰውነት መመዘኛ ካለ ደግሞ ይነገረን፡፡የሰውን ልጅ በህይወት ለማኖር የሚያስችል መሰረታዊ ነገር ሁሉ(Evolutionary and basic needs) ማለትም ንፁህ አየር ንፁህ ውሃ ምግብ መጠለያ መልካም ቤተሰብና መልካም ቤተሰባዊና ማህበረሰባዊ ፍቅር መግባባትና መከባበር እንደዚሁም መልካም ስነ-ምግባር ወዘተ ሁሉ የነበረው እየጠፋና ይህም በቅጡ በሌለበት ሀገር ውስጥ አዲስ መጥ ስለሆኑ ስለ ግኡዛን ፎቆች ወይንም ሞባይል ስልኮች ወይንም ኮምፕዩተሮች ወይንም አዳዲስ መጤ የሆኑ የኑሮና የህይወት ዘይቤዎች እንደ ስልጣኔና እድገት አድርጎ ማውራት የህይወትን ጥልቅ ትርጉምና አላማ በቅጡ ካለመረዳት የሚመነጭ ይመስለኛል፡፡ ስለዚህም ዛሬ ኢትዮጵያውያን ከሞባይል ስልክ ወይንም ከኮምፕዩተር ቅድሚያ መሰረታዊ ነገሮችን ቅድሚያ ያስፈልጉናል፡፡ The nation is itself being led by a group of irresponsible, corrupt and psychopathic and sick individuals called Meles/TPLF. Dear Engineer it is good strive to write such letter but your letter is like a letter written to a hypocrite Obama telling a story about a psychopath Meles. The WEST and his MASTERS pretty well know that Meles is such a “son-of-a-bitch” (as one commentator Birtu/can
    says so) who is a psychopath who chronically hates, betrays and disdains Ethiopia, Ethiopiawinet and Ethiopians. And his miserable abusive governance against we Ethiopians also mainly arise from his psychopathic personality. And indeed that is the very main reason why Meles is clandestinely installed by the WEST in the first place to rule this nation in such type of unprecedented misery and agony. Meles is just a son of BANDA ancestors who are treacherous and hateful of Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet. He does not even fulfill the most decisive criteria (Respect, Loyalty and Love for a nation) to become a leader of this nation. However, as long as he is their clandestinely installed stooge client-regime then he is just “their-son-of-a-bitch” and hence dear Engineer your letter is like “ለቀባሪው አረዱት”

  15. wow
    | #15

    Engineer,

    You have presented explicitly for the first time what is going on at the borders of Tigray and Amara regions. It is really worrisome. The game of war is staged now between Amara and Tigray. TPLF is trying to revive the Axumite regime of 11th century. Nothing wrong but are you kddding me? Why were they campaigning against Amara then if they are trying to revive Axumite regime? Apparently the above article reveals the secret rivalry between Amara and Tigray long. The Amara took power, from Axumite, is it? can any one also bring reliable information also how power transfered from Axumite to Amara? I really want to know. Why are Tigrayans are now bringing this issue, arent they in small minority? That explains that Tplf is trying to depopulate as much Amaras as possible so that there is no threat. I am sure mass abuse is going on even forced to go to Arab countries today are Amara women so that they don’t marry and have children in their respective amara region. This is indeed systematic killing of the Amara tribes. In the mean time, TPLF is campaigning to international including OLF and Arabs and west that Amnara is backward society who is using backwar relgigion orthodox (which explains the Arabs and muslims systematic humiliation of Ethiopians within and outside of Ethiopia). If what is going on between Tigray and amara borders, then Tplf is going to break Ethiopia apart because it knows that it will never survive if West and East turn against them. That is why the “economic development” means quickly rearranging Ethiopia’s maps. This is serious issue and needs to be addressed for Ethiopians as a whole.

    That being said, I doubt the U.S will change. The U.S is no longer whta it used to be, it is hijacked by groups and only serves these groups. Meles/Tplf already said allegiance to this group that is why Tplf is capable of committing many crimes in Ethiopia and they don’t care. The regiion soon will be fragmented land owned by the global elite. Eritrea and Tigray however will become the Axumite only in name only. What guarantee is there that the Axumite were only Tigryans or Eritreans? If we check DNA, Sabean era included probably, the Arab and cushitic type. This is by no means evidence that they could be 100% Tigryans. Wow, indeed they are really backward society. While calling Haieselassie feudalists, etc, they are trying to bring Axumite, it will be nice nothing wrong with that but why on bloods of many Ethiopians for this achievement and is very back ward. Once they set up Axumite Empire, I hope they follow history. Will they put a woman for leadership? I doubt, knowing Tigrayans and Eritreans in their mistreatement of women, the Axumite will not follow its true history and proabalbly a ruthless leader like Meles will take over and Tigrayans and Eritreans will beg for the fragmented Ethiopian people in the South. By the way, OLf is maybe waiting for Oromia, from TPLF. that is why they are not participating in any Ethiopia’s issues and just watching. Watch they will be stabbed in the back too, after all, the land of Ormoia is fertile, will be used to transport resoureces from Oromia regions to Greater Tigray/Axumite any extra will be sold to foreigners. Oromos, since they are well known to be worriors, will slowly be eliminated. Thus OLF opened the door for Oromos extinction by refusing to unite.

    Will this happen, it is only god who decides. sooner or later, ego will destory those who show it.

  16. Tazbiw
    | #16

    It is good to see the freedom movement of Ethiopia
    pioneered by EPLF/EPRDF joined by almost all the
    ethiopian people and its parties these days.
    Almost everyone is gripped by the freedom to ethiopia
    fever as correctly envisioned and articulated years
    ago by eplf/eprdf and the now PRESIDENT ISSAYAS AFEWORQI
    and H.E PM MELES ZENAWI in their field days.
    This present day initiation and fever of freedom correctly
    justifies how Eritreans and Tigraians were pionners and
    were able to forsee true freedom of Ethiopia contrary to that
    old regime defendants tell Ethiopia was free while it really
    was not.
    The fact on the ground is talking that different from their
    preach and ethiopia was really not free before eprdf/eplf
    liberation of the people.

  17. Birtu/can
    | #17

    Anteneh,

    Rest assured Dashen’s comment was sponsored by woyane’s embassy in Washington. Whenever woyane’s dogs bark to a comment in that manner, it just means the message has touched a nerve. Anyhow, here is a comment by Meghan Daum of Los Angeles times (May 10,2012) i want to share with you in regards to the state of Obama’s administration.

    OBAMA, OUT OF PLACE

    To many who were feverishly devoted to Obama’s candidacy four years ago, what was most exciting wasn’t just the idea that American voters could elect a black man. It was the idea that we could elect-and be represented by-someone who was unapologetically intellectual. But in the current political climate, intellectual can too often equal ineffectual. Thanks to a system that’s broken by partisanship and pandering to the lowest common denominator, being in politics-even being the president-may have less to do with holding your ground than holding your nose.

    There you have it!Hold your noses folks!There is a foul stench coming out of the white house!!

    FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN ETHIOPIA!!!!

  18. Dawi
    | #18

    Girum…Girum….Girum..

    Girum – I don’t know what your measuring stick is to say such things. I don’t know why you use heavy words like he “hates”, “betrays”, “disdain” etc. He, as any hot blooded Ethiopian in the Ethiopian Student Movement in the 70th was angry of the suffering of the then semi-feudal Ethiopia causing to the majority of people in Ethiopia.

    He was so angry he formed a group in the region of his birth to bring change. However, in his maturation, as Seye was quoted made Woyane NO MORE.

    He professed Ethiopian Renaissance and bringing Ethiopia to her old glory fast as the Asian Tigers. That is his agenda today IMO.

    He do not wish to see harm come to his beloved country. He fought tooth and nail to keep African Union in his country continuing the legacy of HIM & Mengistu defending Ethiopia/Africa. He built the army/air force to defend her from any potential enemy. Did you see the latest Air force graduation? I was impressed. Check it out.

    As a citizen of that land, he is not crying in the wilderness as some of you do but, as one out of love who wants to see his nation avoid the pitfalls by working to develop a strong economy first. As talk is cheap, it won’t build us Democracy however, a strong economy is a pre-requisite for a viable Liberal Democracy.

    Again what is your measurement? If you have looked at some video on YouTube of the 22nd world economic forum you find Ethiopian leadership, particularly Meles’s performance excellent. All the major participants praised his leadership and were asking him how he did it so that they can learn to do same. Case in point, Nigerian President asked Ethiopian Commodity Exchange to create a similar organization in his country so that his country can benefit from the innovation. Mind you, this is a country that have a large stock exchange already.

  19. Dawi
    | #19

    [[...Sadly, when the Ethiopian people, for the first time in its modern history, have had elected their leaders in a Ballot Box with a relative peace on May 15, 2005 general election ...]]

    Why do we talk about a party “winning” or “losing” an election?

    Actually political organizations and alliances do not actually “win” or “lose” in a democratic society but people are the ones who lose or win..

    Kinjit may have won by higher percentage of votes but are the core concerns and challenges of our society such as the issues of the independent national liberation movements (OLF,ONLF etc) discussed clearly, objectively in public forums? NOT. OLF/ONLF were sitting on the side lines.

    Only if we did that and only if we discussed our core concerns in public forums, we as a society really “win” any election. If we opt out to emotional thing where the loudest drama make it to the final “tribal council” it is not a democracy but just a game. Woyane has done that and we all have learned from that the hard way.

    It is positive that OLF/G7 are talking and working together now but are still resolving issues. Other former Kinijit coalition members are in some stages of unity formation which is a necessary step to take.

    Winning occurs when the core concerns and challenges of society are discussed clearly, pragmatically, objectively and thoughtfully in public forums. Then, and only then, do we as a society really “win” any election. Otherwise leave what we have in power because the society have already paid for their job training.

    IMO, the Economic development in the mean time is the way to go. It is the necessary base for the coming Democracy.

  20. Weylekey
    | #20

    Answer Tazbiwin who says:
    Wow Dawit ሆንክ መሰልክ Dashen ተራራ?

  21. ጉረኞች
    | #21

    Dashen
    May be you have filled your big belly with stolen $$ from poor Ethiopians and the juicy fat you accumulated in the process may block your vision to see the rampant poverty. Except you and the dictator, the whole world knows millions of Ethiopians are starved every year because of incompetent governance of the midget blood sucker dictator Meles. You have even the audacity to tell us that prisoners of concise like Eskinder and others are guilty as charge. One of the greatest damage committed by the midget dictator is the blatant mockery he made out of the justice system of Ethiopia. Even the Dergue dictator Mengistu showed the greatest respect to civilian courts by restraining himself to excessively manipulate the court for political action he took. He either used the military martial court or no court to commit his atrocious actions. But, the midget dictator and the likes of you do not have the slightest gut to take actions without manipulating the court system that many civilians use it for day to day activities. The court system has no value other than entertainment as its credibility is highly damaged. Don’t be too carried away because of the dictator’s invitation, no one in the land of Ethiopia will take woyane seriously under any circumstances. Lies, nepotism, corruption, all associated ill manners are your trade mark of yours and you can never deceive a single soul in Ethiopia. የሌባ አይነ ደረቅ መሆን አኮ አውቂ አያስብልም::

  22. ጉረኞች
    | #22

    Dawi
    “…what is the measure?”, you asked. The measure for poor performance is none other poverty.
    In MPI, Ethiopia is only the second, even Somalia has performed much better than Ethiopia. http://www.ophi.org.uk/policy/multidimensional-poverty-index/

    “Ethiopia has the second largest poor population in Africa and it is the second poorest country in the world according to the New UNDP Human Development Multidimensional Poverty Index (Developed by Oxford University).” http://www.africaw.com/major-problems-facing-ethiopia-today
    If I were you, I don’t even attempt to talk about development in Ethiopia as this kind of poor performance never happened before. Not only in political freedom, the people of Ethiopia totally lost under the midget dictator leadership in all counts.

  23. love
    | #23

    Are you kidding me, Meles patriot? Can you explain why he said Ethiopia’s flag is “a piece of cloth”? Can you explain why he gave land to Sudan and port to Eritrea? Can you explain why giving away land for cheap to foreigners? It is laughable trying to portray TPLF or Meles as patriot and good for Ethiopia. Any luck of this so called “development” thank, 21st century of globalization, diaspora.

  24. Tsinat
    | #24

    thank you your article is strong long live you
    thanks

  25. Dawi
    | #25

    [[...Are you kidding me, Meles patriot? Can you explain why he said Ethiopia’s flag is “a piece of cloth”?... Can you explain why he gave land to Sudan and port to Eritrea?.. Can you explain why giving away land for cheap to foreigners? ..]]

    That tired “flag is a piece of cloth”? song again? So what if he said that? What is it made of some kind of metal? :-)

    What if he said we should have the right to burn the flag? Is that a crime?

    Recently “Occupy Oakland protesters” burned an American flag. It may surprise you but it is not illegal. The Supreme Court upholds that burning the flag in protest is freedom of speech.

    Show me the paper work of Sudan give away? Sudan can’t keep its own territory let alone to take ours. Verbal agreement don’t count. If Meles is playing diplomatic games, the next government can change that so if I were you I won’t lose any sleep over that.

    Seye & others have regretted the port issue with Eritrea, we should claim our ports is correct.

    The land lease agreement is correct at the time. It was what the market bears in my opinion. Bottom line is becoming net exporters of food. It is going to happen’Insha’Allah’! our man Karaturi said so recently.

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