President Obama, Camp David is for peacemakers, not for dictators By Ephrem Madebo

May 17th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

In my social life, political or any, I don’t remember to have seen any movement that captivated the imagination of the entire segments of a society like the 2008 Obama presidential campaign did. Obama 2008 was one for the ages so much so that it brought an end to the Anglo-Saxon domination of the executive mansion of the US of America. Most importantly, Obama’s victory gave people of color the hope that; if they work hard, they can rise to the highest standard of honor. All in all, Obama 2008 was full of promises and full of hope. Yes, hope… hope to America, hope to Africa, and hope to the world.

The United States is a country of immigrants, and through the years, especially, after 1974, hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians have immigrated to the United States and have become part of the changing faces of America. Today, the Ethiopian community is a noticeably large community in many metropolitan areas such as Los Angles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Seattle. In the Washington Metropolitan Area [District of Colombia, Maryland and Virginia], the Ethiopian Diaspora is a large voting block that can tilt the balance in a closely contested election.

In 2008, inspired by his message of change and his catchy slogan of “Yes We Can” [Yechalal], Ethiopian Americans joined Obama’s grassroots movement in unprecedented numbers and became part of the American political process with passion and aspiration unseen in any previous US elections. Today, the Ethiopian Diaspora is an active participant of local politics here in the US, and it is also passionately engaged in the politics of its homeland. The Ethiopian community here in the United States is actively involved in lobbying and other political activities to shape policies in favor of its homeland, or to challenge the homeland government. In general, because of its emotional attachment and deep cultural association, the Ethiopian Diaspora places great importance on its homeland.

In 2008, the then candidate Obama’s “Change” and “Yes we can” slogans couldn’t have come at a much better time for most Ethiopians here in the United States. Ethiopians in the United States were sick and tired of the blind policy of George Walker Bush’s administration towards Ethiopia. Especially, President Bush’s despicable silence when Meles Zenawi callously killed over 200 peaceful Ethiopian demonstrators was just beyond the pale. By the way, many of the dead were shot by machineguns mounted on the US made Humvee armored vehicles.

In 2008, we Ethiopians joined the Obama-Biden bandwagon hoping and believing Obama’s foreign policy would take a different route towards Ethiopia. In fact, Obama’s inaugural speech in January 2009, and his speech in Accra, Ghana six months later, reinforced our hope and our expectations. However, today; four long years later, other than his campaign rhetoric and unfulfilled promises, President Obama’s policy towards Ethiopia did not change from his predecessor. Like his predecessor whom he usually blames for bad polices, President Obama himself has embraced Bush’s bad policy and has provided lifeline to the otherwise dying tyrant regime in Ethiopia. Today, to make things worse, President Obama has invited Ethiopia’s killer dictator to Camp David. This is nothing, but a slap on the face for many Ethiopian Americans who volunteered for Obama 2008 and who still are putting the ground work together for his re-election campaign. As an American tax payer, I want the president to answer why he is using my tax dollars to invite a man that has kills my brothers and sisters to Camp David. I wonder why Africa’s vicious dictator is allowed to contaminate Camp David, the very same place where two state men [Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat] reached a Middle East peace accord.

Mr. President, here are two of the promises you made to the oppressed people of the world. You made the first promise on the rotunda of the US Capitol in January 2009, and the second promise was made in Ghana’s Parliament in July 2009.

To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist. President Barack Obama, Inaugural Address
What we will do is increase assistance for responsible individuals and institutions, with a focus on supporting good governance – on parliaments, which check abuses of power and ensure that opposition voices are heard; on the rule of law, which ensures the equal administration of justice; on civic participation, so that young people get involved. President Barack Obama, Accra, Ghana, 2009

Mr. President, PM Meles Zenawi’s fist was clenched before you made the above two speeches in 2009, and ever since. Besides, in his country Ethiopia, the only two places for dissenters are jails and grave yards. Mr. President, Meles Zenawi, the man whom you invited to Camp David has always been in the wrong side of history. However, you still invited this bad man to Camp David to join the party of democratically elected leaders. Mr. President, is this a reward or a punishment? I’m sure you understand that I’m not asking you to end dictatorship in Ethiopia, we Ethiopians can do that. I am not asking you to punish Meles Zenawi, we Ethiopians will kindly serve him justice something he denied to many of us. Mr. President, all I’m asking you is to honor your own words. Yes, honor your words!

Mr. President, in July 2009 you went to your ancestral land of Africa and you addressed the Ghanaian Parliament on different issues concerning Africa and the United States. On this historic day, you raised pressing African issues such as the abuses of power, opposition voices being heard, the rule of law, and good governance. Mr. President, abuse of power is common in Africa. But, the case in Ethiopia is very different. PM Meles Zenawi is a man who has power with impunity, he is the power, and he has the power to abuse power. Mr. President, I know this is difficult for an American to comprehend, but this is what we Ethiopians put up with every day.

As to the rule of law, Mr. President, forget it! There is no rule of law in Ethiopia, but the rule of one man. In Ethiopia, one man can take your freedom and this same man can set you free, and this man who can do everything and whom you invited to Camp David is PM Meles Zenawi.

Mr. President, I’m sure you’ve got the picture by now; therefore, I don’t have to tell you about good governance in Ethiopia because there could never be good governance where there is power abuse and where there is no rule of law.

Mr. President, I hope you remember the political set-back you and your party suffered when you lost the House to the republicans two years ago. Well, this isn’t much Mr. President; you still have 190 democrats in the house, a ratio of 38:49. The ratio of opposition to ruling party seats in the Ethiopian parliament is 1:546. Mr. President, I hope this clearly shows you how opposition voices are heard in Ethiopia. Mr. President, let alone listening to opposition voices, PM Meles Zenawi does not even allow the existence of a meaningful opposition. And this is exactly why journalists, authors, newspaper editors, and prominent opposition party leaders are either in jail or outside the country.

Mr. President, just in case you think it’s only me naming Meles Zenawi a dictator, here are two testimonies, one by Assistant Secretary Johnnie Carson and the other by Earl Gast, USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa. These testimonies were made on the April 18, 2012 hearing of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on African Affairs.

Ethiopia is one of the starkest examples of the risks that emerge when a country lacks sufficient democratic checks and balances. By significantly constraining political speech, human rights, and the ability of civil society and the media to hold government officials accountable, the Ethiopian Government is creating an environment that is ripe for instability and that sends mixed messages about its place in the international community. Earl Gast, USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa

In Africa there are eleven (11) leaders who have been in power for 15 years or more; and of those, nine who have been in power for more than two decades. Some of these leaders emerged during their countries’ independence movements or times of armed conflict and see themselves as indispensable to their country’s future. Indeed, some of these leaders see themselves as the embodiment of the state. Assistant Secretary Johnnie Carson

When Mr. Carson referred to some of these leaders who have been on power for over two decades and who see themselves as the embodiment of the state, he was referring to none, but Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Mr. President, when I look back at your campaign promises, read your town hall addresses and listen to your inaugural speech, it just amazes me [as dictator as he is], how and why you invited Meles Zenawi to Camp David. According to your own aids, Meles Zenawi has none of the traits that a good leader has, and he is a typical example of an autocratic leader that you vowed your administration would fight in Africa. Mr. President, is Camp David the place of the fight? Please let me know so that I can keep the hope alive. Brace up Mr. President; these are the same questions you will be hearing from tens of thousands of Ethio-American voters this summer. I voted for you in 2008, I’m not even sure if I’m voting this year, but if I do; it won’t be for you! This is how you took the hope out of me!

Mr. President, I understand that America has interests to protect, but I also understand that America has fundamental values that it must not compromise at all. Democracy, liberty, equality and justice are fundamental American values upon which the US government is established. America cannot and must not turn away from these core values in the name of free market or global war on terror. In fact, America’s war on terror is justified because it is to protect democracy, liberty, equality and justice – not only in America, but around the globe. Mr. President, Meles Zenawi, the man you invited to Camp David this weekend, is the enemy of freedom, justice, and equality. As a human being, as an American tax payer, and as a native of Ethiopia, I don’t want my president to reward a person who abuses, tortures, and kills those who don’t agree with him.

Finally, Mr. President, I believe we Ethiopians as a nation have that God given indefeasible right to abolish any regime [ including Zenawi’s regime] that we find oppressive, unjust and divisive, and establish a government whose roots are democracy, liberty, equality, and justice- just like your government. Mr. President, I’m not asking for a blessing or a green light to fight for my own liberty. Fighting for liberty is my inalienable right. Mr. President, I would rather see you breaking your promises than do worse in keeping them. I’ve already said it above, and I would like to repeat it – all I’m asking you is to honor your own words. Yes, honor your words! May God bless America and Ethiopia!

ebini23@yahoo.com

  1. Dawi
    | #1

    [[..I wonder why Africa’s vicious dictator is allowed to contaminate Camp David, the very same place where .... Anwar Sadat.. reached a Middle East peace accord...]]

    I wonder where Ephrem thinks he is taking us with his Sadat example.

    Dictator Anwar Sadat was the vice-president of Dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser since 1956. And the recent Hosni Mubarak was the vice-president of Dictator Anwar Sadat.

    We are talking about Egyptian brutal dictatorship since 1952.

    BTW, Sadat is a guy was threatened to bomb us if we use our own river.

    Dictator Meles countered Sadat by inaugurating Renaissance Dam. Our Dictator is not any less than their Dictator. :-)

    “Contaminate” my b@@@ Ephrem!

  2. Tariku
    | #2

    What an articel at a time the eveil dictator meles come to america. I am not voting for obama. Thank you Efrem

  3. aha!
    | #3

    The logical stance for Ethiopians to be heard as a US tax payers is to from a political action committee (PAC) and the logical stance to bring individual freedom, liberty and equality to have precedence over ethnic and secessionist politics and/or policies from the current and future political party alignments, and from the constitution one for all as the prime responsibility of all Ethiopians abroad to replace ethnic rule of majority or minority to a democratic rule with individual freedom as the center piece of the constitution. The major task for the Ethiopians is to align themselves with tax payers upon which they were educated, raised not to their ethnic-based political parties that directley and indirectly supports ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinsm is to dimantle it by way of abandoning it upon which TPLF/eprdf stands and reinvigorates itself as a ruler of ethnic zones/killil mengistats as puppet federates ethnic zones with ill defined boundries, a prelude to secessionism and future boundry conflicts, dominated by ethnic rule rather than the democratic rule.

    When Ethiopians abroad put their house in order and speak in one voice for the tax payers at home under the common goals for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, they can be listened to but not by posturing with the comparison of the 2010 parilamentary election of 1: 546 to that US congress with Mederk in mind, which is a party with ethnic agenda and Mirror image of TPLF/eprdf regime, win or lose would have constituted a bicameral chamber of parliament, and their poise before US congress as the alternative to TPLF/eprdf regime was deceptive, to say the least.

  4. Tiglu
    | #4

    u seems u r z lover of ur country.wanting america slave our nation.shame on u!always ethiopia never defeted by forigen interest.

  5. johnk
    | #5

    That is right. He indeed took my hope out of me too. I’m not gonna vote for him this year. I didn’t see any “change”. It was just empty words.

  6. eourt
    | #6

    Well, Kennedy was not Anglo-Saxon and many others. But they are white Male, if that is what you meant by Anglo-Saxon, which is the dominant tribal group in Britain.

    Obama’s first responsibility is to America. Whatever promises he may have made, if he sees fit supporting a dictator, a murderous one at that, would promote American security, he would do that, irrespective of his past pledges. So it is just wasting your time talking to a guy who has zero interest in the people of Ethiopia.

    The only party that has a vested interest in the affairs of Ethiopia are the Ethiopians. I say make your appeals to Ethiopians to get up and throw a dictator not a president of an alien nation.

  7. ethio
    | #7

    Good Job ! Mr Madebo.

  8. Anonymous
    | #8

    wow great speech and valuable message to the president of USA, who is ignorant and in dark while thousands of African are deprived of their basic right and end up the dictator’s jial. thanks again

  9. selamta
    | #9

    ‘Finally, Mr. President, I believe we Ethiopians as a nation have that God given indefeasible right to abolish any regime [ including Zenawi’s regime] that we find oppressive, unjust and divisive, and establish a government whose roots are democracy, liberty, equality, and justice- just like your government. Mr. President, I’m not asking for a blessing or a green light to fight for my own liberty.’THEN MR MADEBO JUST GO DO IT.IT IS NOT LIKE SEATING IN THE USA AND WISHING IT TO HAPPEN.WHAT A CONTRADICTION YOU PEOPLE ARE, YOU SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON YOUR G7 EMBEZZLERS MORE THAN YOUR CONCERN FOR ETHIOPIA. Finally sir Ethiopia is in good hands
    peace pepole

  10. koster
    | #10

    Well written but the US government always speak of peace and democracy but in reallity love war and “friendly tyrants” – from Mobutu-Mubarek-Meles. Do not expect anything from the US government, unite and fight against Tigreian fascists as Menelik fought against Italian fascists. Do not be cheated because of the blackness of fascist Meles he is no different from Graziani or Mussoloni. Mussoloni invaded Ethiopia to loot and build Italy and fascist Meles invaded Ethiopia to loot and build his dream country called “Greater Tigrai”. Say no to state terrorism in Ethiopia.

  11. Tesfay Kidane
    | #11

    Ato Efrem Madebo is becomimg more Amhara than the Amharas themselves and spreading the anti-Tigray propaganda. What he writes shows that he is a newly baptized Amhara and conducting an anti-Tigray campaign. Ato Efrem Madebo should have known that the heroic people of Tigray have paid a lot of price to liberate the south from the brutal and racist Amhara rule. By siding with the Amharas, ato Efrem has been ungrateful to the people of Tigray who have liberated his people from the Amhara colonial rule. Thanks to our intelligent and world class leader, the prime minister Meles Zenawi, the people of Tigray have long known that the Amharas are our enemies and will try to attack us using stooges like Efrem Madebo

  12. Tariku
    | #12

    Eourt,

    Open your closed mind. Ephrem’s message is not Anglo Saxon. Though I think he used the word correctly. His message is timely and wonderful. You choise to ignore the mesage and went to an item to correct the writer. Here is the modern definition of Anglo Saxon [ this is just one definition]

    “Outside Anglophone countries, both in Europe and in the rest of the world, the term “Anglo-Saxon” and its direct translations are used to refer to the Anglophone peoples and societies of Britain, the United States, and other countries such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand” Did you get it mr “corrector”?

  13. Manto
    | #13

    selamta,

    There is no reply for you, you are EPRP!

  14. @tel
    | #14

    It has become a ritual for the the ethno-fascist woyane junta to act like unleashed mad dog, and labeling those who stand for justice, democratic rights as fundamentalists, terrorists and extremists.

    How on earth do the woyane expect to live without opposition and in peace when they are engaged in the wanton destruction of Ethiopia?

    For 21 years, they have been inciting tribal/ethinic violence and division, looting the country to the bone and selling the land and uprooting the population from their own land.

    Hunger, famine, exile, imprisonment and torture, unemployment, lack of any basic freedom to speak or write against woyane, etc etc has become the norm for millions of Ethiopians. what do the woyane expect to happen when people are so much brutalised?
    Is there any country in the world where people are as badly treated as the Ethiopian people are?

  15. Girum
    | #15

    @ Ephrem Madebo.
    ***********************************************
    Mr. President, I understand that America has interests to protect, but I also understand that America has fundamental values that it must not compromise at all. Democracy, liberty, equality and justice are fundamental American values upon which the US government is established. America cannot and must not turn away from these core values in the name of free market or global war on terror. In fact, America’s war on terror is justified because it is to protect democracy, liberty, equality and justice – not only in America, but around the globe.
    **********************************************
    Dear writer Ephrem Madebo.
    It is good you assertively remind the blatant hypocrisy of nations and leaders of nations, especially who dominate the world and who claim they have better values than others to advance like a messenger. But who is after all without values and we Ethiopians also have such marvelous virtues unless we disregard it? So it is better we come to our own sense and identity in our own meaning and purpose rather than undeservedly worshiping those superpowers who perpetually commit hypocritical double-standards and failed to live up to their promise and our expectation. So the problem is not as such with their inherent hypocrisy but rather mainly with our own perpetual trust and expectation we posit on their eloquent words. If the hypocrite Obama failed to live up to his promise and US majority mass expectation, then what is wrong with it do same thing for the rest of the world? As far as I understand the problem with most of we naïve and gullible Ethiopians is that we still do not some how understand the intricate system of Anglo-Saxon USA who is the main godfather of Global Capitalism. “Democracy, liberty, equality and justice are fundamental American values upon which the US government is established.” As you say so and other also believe in then has gradually deteriorated and evolved to become a historical hearsay or legendary folklore that is no more practical these days. So many knowledgably scholars in the West has said it repeatedly that there has been so many decades of perpetual fight between the “Founders” of these fundamental American values and that of “Robber Barons” who are deemed as the Oligarchic elites of the global capitalists system. If you seriously follow and envisage the course of history of USA starting from Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln to JFK you find this clandestine fight for power and domination of the system And hence now I think(and so many knowledgeable scholars also believe in ) that the “Robber Barons” have got some superior power and control over the system and that is why we happen to see and experience such hypocrisy and double-standards of such stooge leaders and the ensuing perpetual deterioration of those fundamental American values inside as well as outside of USA.
    And these knowledgeable scholars in the West say the following amazing fact. The System (the Capitalist Elitist Class and Capitalist system) controls You (The Majority Mass) through election but you can not control the System through election. As far as I understand we naively and gullibly worship the events and undertakings of those showy periodical elections as if they are end-games, but actually they are just means of something vital that follows them. Just tell me what is that much worthy to chose between two things (Democrat or Republicans) as long as behind closed doors and behind the curtain both eventually advance and serve mainly the interest of the Capitalist Elitist Class and Capitalist system and not the majority mass whom they both promise and claim they stand for during campaign events?
    And in these pervasive heydays era of global Capitalism that is why even in 3rd world nations such types of showy and bogus electoral democracy(even if applied in some places) fulfills neither the basic needs nor the aspirations of the majority mass. As long as the pervasive system of global capitalism is persisting and advancing intact without proper scrutiny, then it does not significantly matter whether Mr.X goes and then Mr.Y comes to power, peacefully bogus electoral democracy or by force. And finally you better understand that USA is just an Empire and as usual Empires do not have any history of advancing Democracy to the outside world except expanding domination for resource plundering. And indeed such Empires even eventually evolve in to becoming oppressive of their own local peoples they mainly reside in. And such truth is revealed when we see the response of US and UK against the “OCCUPY MOVEMENT”. As Jorge Orwell said it already in that all animals are equal but some animals are more equal, the reality we have to face is that American values by themselves have been becoming very discriminatory in that we the poor peoples of 3rd world do not deserve those values.
    But dear brother Ephrem I do not that much worry about those American Values (If they gradually happen to be bogus)as long as an Ethiopian I have my own Ethiopiawinet values. However the problem with most of us is that we prefer to speak and communicate in foreign unfamiliar norms vales and languages in which we failed to understand one another by totally abandoning our own. While we Ethiopians allow Meles to enter our own Menilik Palace 21 years ago then what is wrong if Obama invited and allowed him to enter Camp David? Dear all readers please do not get fooled in believing that Global Capitalism is ruled by the values of Free-Market and Liberal-Democracy which is a total hoax. Global Capitalism is ruled by the meta-governing motto in that the fittest, under any cost of others and by any means, wins and survives. The second rule is that if you are compatible with the first rule motto then you are a friend(Birds of the same feather fly together) and hence it does not as such matter whether you are ‘Democrat’ or ‘Dictator’ to get the secluded companionship. The 3rd rule is that there is no such a thing as value or long lasting humanly friendship but rather long lasting interest (Money or something that can directly or indirectly generate or protect money) and hence you are wanted as long as you are indispensable. There is no such a thing as US foreign policy or interest , they way we perceive it, that is as such very orthodoxy and not compliant with and not based on these above 3 obscure governing rules of Global Capitalism whose epicenter and crux is mainly that of Anglo-American. The foreign policy hype and application mainly originates from these 3 inalienable inherent governing rules of the system.
    And if these 3 inalienable inherent governing rules of the system are changed significantly then the system no more exits and continues as usual in its own intended and designed way. So there is no any unique foreign policy that is incoherent with these above 3 rules that is partially to be followed for the only sake of Ethiopia and Meles. As long as these 3 inherent obscure governing rules are persisting and pervasive, then there is no any foreign policy to be significantly changed though Obama had been hyping “Change We Can Believe In”. And hence the ‘change’ hyped itself is primarily aimed at not to “CHANGE” the inherent pervasively persisting system. As some knowledgeable scholars put it, the Global Capitalists system clandestinely maneuvered by elitist oligarchies (Robber Barons) is so resilient in its tactics but so prudent and steadfast in its strategic objectives. So the change hyped by Obama was not indeed meant for real change but some sort of resilient tactic to achieve a certain strategic objectives. What is after all as such new with it in that our local leaders also exploit the boring rhetoric like Renaissance, Developmental-state blab bla just to confuse and elongate their miserable governance? And hence it is as long as Meles/TPLF as a SLAVE staunch stooge client-regime of the MASTER (West and Gobal Capitalism) has currently fulfilled the above 3 criteria and that is why he is there in Camp David. So our shouting and pledge to Obama does not bring as such any difference. Well then there may be an influence and difference but it will be like to change the face of the SLAVE person who will serve the same MASTERS. And well in that case when appropriate and/or inevitable forcing condition and time comes, then according to rule No-3 above then the masters will do it to change the face of the SLAVE. Till then who cares about our shout and our misery? Any way a letter to Obama is such a good strive unless it happens like “ለቀባሪው አረዱት”. Well in that case to know and tell the death even to the mourner or funeral attendant or ለቀባሪው is by far better than not knowing and then not telling it. Well indeed in that case shouting is such a great task, better than silence, in that he and the system know that we know his and its blatant hypocrisy and double standards. If we think it the other way round it is good Meles is invited so that Ethiopians in USA and Europe can show their well coordinated and unprecedented opposition demonstration against Meles so that the whole world will see it once more the degree of resentment against this nuisance.
    God Bless Ethiopia and The Whole World!!!

  16. Girum
    | #16

    @ Ephrem Madebo

    *******************************************
    Mr. President, I understand that America has interests to protect, but I also understand that America has fundamental values that it must not compromise at all. Democracy, liberty, equality and justice are fundamental American values upon which the US government is established. America cannot and must not turn away from these core values in the name of free market or global war on terror. In fact, America’s war on terror is justified because it is to protect democracy, liberty, equality and justice – not only in America, but around the globe.
    *******************************

    Dear writer Ephrem Madebo.
    It is good you assertively remind the blatant hypocrisy of nations and leaders of nations, especially who dominate the world and who claim they have better values than others to advance like a messenger. But who is after all without values and we Ethiopians also have such marvelous virtues unless we disregard it? So it is better we come to our own sense and identity in our own meaning and purpose rather than undeservedly worshiping those superpowers who perpetually commit hypocritical double-standards and failed to live up to their promise and our expectation. So the problem is not as such with their inherent hypocrisy but rather mainly with our own perpetual trust and expectation we posit on their eloquent words. If the hypocrite Obama failed to live up to his promise and US majority mass expectation, then what is wrong with it do same thing for the rest of the world? As far as I understand the problem with most of we naïve and gullible Ethiopians is that we still do not some how understand the intricate system of Anglo-Saxon USA who is the main godfather of Global Capitalism. “Democracy, liberty, equality and justice are fundamental American values upon which the US government is established.” As you say so and other also believe in then has gradually deteriorated and evolved to become a historical hearsay or legendary folklore that is no more practical these days. So many knowledgably scholars in the West has said it repeatedly that there has been so many decades of perpetual fight between the “Founders” of these fundamental American values and that of “Robber Barons” who are deemed as the Oligarchic elites of the global capitalists system. If you seriously follow and envisage the course of history of USA starting from Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln to JFK you find this clandestine fight for power and domination of the system And hence now I think(and so many knowledgeable scholars also believe in ) that the “Robber Barons” have got some superior power and control over the system and that is why we happen to see and experience such hypocrisy and double-standards of such stooge leaders and the ensuing perpetual deterioration of those fundamental American values inside as well as outside of USA.
    And these knowledgeable scholars in the West say the following amazing fact. The System (the Capitalist Elitist Class and Capitalist system) controls You (The Majority Mass) through election but you can not control the System through election. As far as I understand we naively and gullibly worship the events and undertakings of those showy periodical elections as if they are end-games, but actually they are just means of something vital that follows them. Just tell me what is that much worthy to chose between two things (Democrat or Republicans) as long as behind closed doors and behind the curtain both eventually advance and serve mainly the interest of the Capitalist Elitist Class and Capitalist system and not the majority mass whom they both promise and claim they stand for during campaign events?
    And in these pervasive heydays era of global Capitalism that is why even in 3rd world nations such types of showy and bogus electoral democracy(even if applied in some places) fulfills neither the basic needs nor the aspirations of the majority mass. As long as the pervasive system of global capitalism is persisting and advancing intact without proper scrutiny, then it does not significantly matter whether Mr.X goes and then Mr.Y comes to power, peacefully bogus electoral democracy or by force. And finally you better understand that USA is just an Empire and as usual Empires do not have any history of advancing Democracy to the outside world except expanding domination for resource plundering. And indeed such Empires even eventually evolve in to becoming oppressive of their own local peoples they mainly reside in. And such truth is revealed when we see the response of US and UK against the “OCCUPY MOVEMENT”. As Jorge Orwell said it already in that all animals are equal but some animals are more equal, the reality we have to face is that American values by themselves have been becoming very discriminatory in that we the poor peoples of 3rd world do not deserve those values.
    But dear brother Ephrem I do not that much worry about those American Values (If they gradually happen to be bogus)as long as an Ethiopian I have my own Ethiopiawinet values. However the problem with most of us is that we prefer to speak and communicate in foreign unfamiliar norms vales and languages in which we failed to understand one another by totally abandoning our own. While we Ethiopians allow Meles to enter our own Menilik Palace 21 years ago then what is wrong if Obama invited and allowed him to enter Camp David? Dear all readers please do not get fooled in believing that Global Capitalism is ruled by the values of Free-Market and Liberal-Democracy which is a total hoax. Global Capitalism is ruled by the meta-governing motto in that the fittest, under any cost of others and by any means, wins and survives. The second rule is that if you are compatible with the first rule motto then you are a friend(Birds of the same feather fly together) and hence it does not as such matter whether you are ‘Democrat’ or ‘Dictator’ to get the secluded companionship. The 3rd rule is that there is no such a thing as value or long lasting humanly friendship but rather long lasting interest (Money or something that can directly or indirectly generate or protect money) and hence you are wanted as long as you are indispensable. There is no such a thing as US foreign policy or interest , they way we perceive it, that is as such very orthodoxy and not compliant with and not based on these above 3 obscure governing rules of Global Capitalism whose epicenter and crux is mainly that of Anglo-American. The foreign policy hype and application mainly originates from these 3 inalienable inherent governing rules of the system.
    And if these 3 inalienable inherent governing rules of the system are changed significantly then the system no more exits and continues as usual in its own intended and designed way. So there is no any unique foreign policy that is incoherent with these above 3 rules that is partially to be followed for the only sake of Ethiopia and Meles. As long as these 3 inherent obscure governing rules are persisting and pervasive, then there is no any foreign policy to be significantly changed though Obama had been hyping “Change We Can Believe In”. And hence the ‘change’ hyped itself is primarily aimed at not to “CHANGE” the inherent pervasively persisting system. As some knowledgeable scholars put it, the Global Capitalists system clandestinely maneuvered by elitist oligarchies (Robber Barons) is so resilient in its tactics but so prudent and steadfast in its strategic objectives. So the change hyped by Obama was not indeed meant for real change but some sort of resilient tactic to achieve a certain strategic objectives. What is after all as such new with it in that our local leaders also exploit the boring rhetoric like Renaissance, Developmental-state blab bla just to confuse and elongate their miserable governance? And hence it is as long as Meles/TPLF as a SLAVE staunch stooge client-regime of the MASTER (West and Gobal Capitalism) has currently fulfilled the above 3 criteria and that is why he is there in Camp David. So our shouting and pledge to Obama does not bring as such any difference. Well then there may be an influence and difference but it will be like to change the face of the SLAVE person who will serve the same MASTERS. And well in that case when appropriate and/or inevitable forcing condition and time comes, then according to rule No-3 above then the masters will do it to change the face of the SLAVE. Till then who cares about our shout and our misery? Any way a letter to Obama is such a good strive unless it happens like “ለቀባሪው አረዱት”. Well in that case to know and tell the death even to the mourner or funeral attendant or ለቀባሪው is by far better than not knowing and then not telling it. Well indeed in that case shouting is such a great task, better than silence, in that he and the system know that we know his and its blatant hypocrisy and double standards. If we think it the other way round it is good Meles is invited so that Ethiopians in USA and Europe can show their well coordinated and unprecedented opposition demonstration against Meles so that the whole world will see it once more the degree of resentment against this nuisance.
    God Bless Ethiopia and The Whole World!!!

  17. Kush-Kush
    | #17

    Dear writer, I read the article with great interest and it is flawless and very argumentative . By having said this I am strongly disagreeing with your appeal to the president of America . I am confident that you have the knowledge, the skill and the experience to lead us where we want to be . What we Ethiopians need is a person or group who can unite us and lead us for victory . You the writer of this article well know that how we Ethiopians are divided in party lines, in region, and worst of all in ethinic lines. No one has addressed those problems and because of that we became the laughing stock . The TPLF tribal leader is diparaging our movement if there is one in every possible way . Here in America and else where the TPLF followers are working hard to fragment our movement . Here I want to emphsize one point that is no movement can come to victory with out mobilising the whole nation . What I am trying to get across to the writer is that we can not win the battle with the TPLF unless the people of our FOURTEEN PROVINCES involve and actively participate and included . Selam Tena Yisteligne !

  18. aha!
    | #18

    The elites in the diaspora put ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism as the three main ideologies built into the constitution under the rug. These three main ideologies are the causes for the prevalence of ethnic and secessionist politics and/or policies built into the constitution. These ideologies serve as hinderance to individual freedom, liberty and equality to have precedence over ethnic and secessionist rights along totaliarianism, hindering private ownership and capital to the silent majority of Ethiopians, except for TPLF and TPLF affiliated enterprises in terms of capital and land and foreign corporations in terms of land as means of production in a free market capitalism. In support of these ideologies we have the teletafi (ethnic federalist) parties from inside looking out/advancing from the ouside looking in/advancing are the loyalist (ethnic federalist) opposition parties, including Tigrai-Harena and UDJP for democracy, human right and justice with ethnic agenda, where human right is the common denominator for all paties including those with national agenda. As such this type of alignment of parties in Ethiopia puts the poloitics in Ethiopia unique or different from dictatorial regimes in Africa, where all of them undergo a democratic process of election, but also defines the Ethiopian political parties into a polical models of TPLF/eprdf, OPDF/EFDF/fdre both with ethnic agenda as their basic platform, reflecting ethnic rule rather than democratic rule and on the opposite side of the spectrum lie the those parties with national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, where the last item refers to individual freedom, liberty and equality. The difference between these two major alignments as between day and night, designated in tems of conceptual model as negative forces of disintegration and positive forces of integration, which leaves the option of one or the other, rather than a compromised solution, nor reconciliation. For the lat 21 years the balance had been tilted towards the negative forces of disintegration, resulting in humanitarian, economic, political and environmental crises perptrated by TPLF/eprdf regime supported directly and or indirectly by the the teletafi and lyalist opposition parties. It is about time for these parties switch sides to the positive forces of integration to tilt the balance and there by ratify the constitution free of ethnic and secessionist politics and/or policies. Then and there the Ethiopian regime will be in par with other African dictators if it does not govern by the consent of the goverened. To stream line this process is the responsibility of the the political leaders of all parties as house clearing chores to be beneficiaries of President appeal to African dictators, who remain dictators after been elected through a democratic process. Whereas the silent majority of Ethiopians are subjected to ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism and minority ethnic rule/ethnic dictatorship.

    What you cited as President Barack Obama’s at US Capitol in Jan. 2009 and Acra Gahna in 2009

  19. aha!
    | #19

    Ctd…….. you are refering to the second aspect of dictatorship in Africa, the first aspect of which rests on Ethiopians to dismantle ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism along with ethnocratic rule to form a democratic government with a democratic rule of the people by the people and for the people by emulating the US Constitution.

  20. aha!
    | #20

    Kush-Kush ! You have an insight into the ethnic and secessionist politics and/or policies built into the constitution, that the author is oblivious about, never the less well written argument in this article. You wrote I qoute, “You the writer of this article well know that how that how we Ethiopians are divided in party lines, in region, and worst in ethnic lines”. You should be comforted that there are parties aligned with the national agenda for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians to counter ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism as I have tried to present as the core ideologies pertaining to Ethiopia, that have to be resolved by Ethiopians themselves by coming together under one national agenda and strategies to achive those goals. The loyalist and the teletafi parties and the ethnic secessionist factions are trapped with the current set up of the constitution of ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism. To them it is like eating your cake and have it too. While the the teletafi and loyalist opposition partiesparticularly the Oromo ethnic group maintain the idea of fantaci-land called Oromia with ill defined boundries from Borena Negelle to Sellale, from Nemptti to haremaya Kotu, from kefa to Sendafa, the ethnic secessionist would like to use that as the pretext for secession, that is untenable in all aspects, than to maintain the original provinces in tact with their respective assorted ethnic groups as federated states and develop the country according to ecological regions.

  21. treaty
    | #21

    [Ephraim Madebo],
    I do believe many of us hold to be true our movement suffers a lot because of misguided principles. What we lacked the most is not so much writing applications to world organizations to complain about the state of affairs in Ethiopia. Be it a compliant about the sold land to the Sudan or writing letters to Saudi embassies concerning the mistreatment of our women, or writing to Indian embassies to complain the damage caused by Karaturi,or our preoccupation about democracy whic has become a misplaced expectaion of our making,we really need practical means to untangle the problem at hand .What is needed the most at the present hour is resolve to chart out a practical course to our movement.
    I find the writings of many Ethiopian opposition supporters, opinion molders, pundits, and activists out of touch with reality.Ofcorse there is exception to every generalizations. For instance, the following writers are exception to this rule Abebaye Robela,Dr.Aklog,Ambasader Emiru,Tekle Yeshaw.Beyond these many writers present trivial. I mean their very assumption about international politics and how Washington’s policy is crafted flawed. Most of it is based on information gained from mainstream media and from sources unquestionably accepted. The fact of the matter is this. Élite owned media presents a world view intended to promote the interest of the very few. But we know that different societies and class of people are entitled to interpret human events according to their own perspective.

    As a result influential western society’s foreign policy is heavily influenced by interest groups. As some pointed out above notably koster and Kush Kush, the west for the sole purpose of public relations use democracy, rule of law, justice and freedom to misinform the developing nations. In practice they use every means to work with dictators, tyrant or even fascistic regimes.
    Historical incidents are rampant in that western nations many times before have done political blunders . This formula has never changed. I mean the formula on the one hand where the mainstream media preaches democracy and rule of law. On the other hand, the cohabitation of, under the influence of interest groups, tyrannical, fascistic and communist regimes and western financiers is common practice.

    My advice to all activists is this. First, we need to unlearn some of our bad habits of acquiring information. We need to stop squeezing everything like sponge from mainstream media. We need to educate ourselves by considering other sources of information outside mainstream news. Second, we must have self-confidence and belief in the EXTRAORDIANARY ability of the Ethiopian people to liberate themselves from tyrany.Such attitude is absolutely important to win our freedom. Begging and pleading is a misplaced expectation and a waste of time which will heavily weigh on our moral if we don’t rectify our mistake timely.

    Here is some source that points out western interest groups in the past financed fascist governments such as the Nazis, tyrants and Communists.
    1- http://www.thehiddenevil.com/nazis.asp

    2-http://www.iahushua.com/WOI/us_nazis.htm

    3-http://www.thehiddenevil.com/communists.asp

    4-http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/communism/wall_street_bolshevik.htm
    5-http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig5/walker1.html
    nn

  22. treaty
    | #22

    Sorry,I realized the sources I gave out have not opend up,here is other list.

    1-http://www.thehiddenevil.com/nazis.asp

    3-http://reformed-theology.org/html/books/wall_street/chapter_07.htm

    4-http://www.reformation.org/wall-st-bolshevik-ch11.html

    5- Just google “Aid to dependent dictators by Bill Walker”

  23. Eourt
    | #23

    Tariku,
    What modern definition? So by you definition, the modern Amharas include all Ethiopian tribes speaking Amharic as first language, right?. That is your logic, and you are confusing language with people. Anglophones are people who speak English as first language. Anglo-Saxons are ancient tribes who are now known just as English.

    For your information Kennedy was Irish. And he wasn’t the only non Anglo saxon president. You know how the Irish feel about Anglo-Saxons, right? Have you ever heard of the Scotts and the Welsh love for Anglo-Saxon?

    Since you proved yourself to be lacking, I will add this: Anglo-Saxons (English) of England, N.America or Australia) are speakers of Germanic language, while Kennedy’s ancestors spoke Celtic language, which is now approaching extinction (even in Ireland)

    But that wasn’t even my main thrust. I was in fact ridiculing the idea of writing such open letter to Obama, as if Obams cares. Obama’s first priority is America. If dealing with Meles is good for America he will do so. I am merely pointing to people like him, if you want something done in Ethiopia, depend on your own people.

    Are you Efrem Madebo? If you are, which one do you hate more, being wrong or being corrected? Yes I did read what you wrote, but I didn’t see the need to comment futher.

  24. Anonymous
    | #24

    Eourt,
    I am not sure what you are saying. My brother if u want to learn open ur mind and learn. If you want google the word anglo saxon and you will get what I mean. I did not give you my definition. Please be open, no idea enters a closed mind. I don’t thhin efrem has time to read your rubbish.

  25. Hana
    | #25

    The fascist and racist Meles Zenawi has the blood of the innocent on his hands and must face justice. His blind and die-hard Tigrayan supporters are sharing the loot with him and are not sensitive to the oppression,discrimination, marginalisation and suffering Ethiopians are facing. I am shocked to learn that the Tigrayans I know openly identify themselves with the ethnical fascist Meles Zenawi and defend his fascist crimes of applying ethnic cleansing against the Amharas. Ethnic cleansing is growth and improvement to thse blind Tigrayan followers and supporters of the fascist and racist Meles Zenawi.

  26. eourt
    | #26

    So “Tariku” is “Anonymous”, and perhaps someone else, too. Since you said Madebo has no time to read my “rubbish,” I assume you could be him, if not how else would you know he did not or would not read my ‘rubbish”, huh? After all I don’t see him as being such a “no-time-to-read-your-rubbish” guy.

    And you had to google what Anglo-Saxon means? What, are you grade school drop out? Listen, dork: read carefully before you write. You probably heard the word Anglo-Saxon in my comment for the first time and had to google it. I have no problem with that. But, I am sure when you googled you read something like this: The Aglo-saxons were a Germanic tribes who invaded England, right? But you probably also read Anglo-saxon is the language of the old Anglo-Saxons and their descendants. But no where it would tell you that Celtic Irish was Anglo-Saxon. They speak the language of their old masters, English; but they are not Anglo-Saxons themselves.

    So Mr “Rubbishing” Anonymous, why are you so hung up on this word anyway? I don’t care weather Madebo believes that all former American presidents were Voodoo priests. But someone is going to point out that they were not all Voodoo priests. And that is the kind of point I was making.

    Having said that, I still believe our strength is in our people, not an alien state’s president. Of course, Madebo might be an American citizen, but he is not writing as an American. He was writing as a person of Ethiopian Ancestry. For your information, I am Ethiopian with no hyphenation, and I don’t live in the US.

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