The last Ethiopian standing. By Yilma Bekele

July 21st, 2013 Print Print Email Email

That is exactly what I feel like now. Who died and left me with this burden is not clear to me but believe me I feel like I am all alone and it is up to me to carry the flag and sing the national anthem. This business of being an Ethiopian has never been easy but you would think with experience and practice I have gotten the hang of it. I am afraid I am hopeless in that department. I still feel the burden.

They say the environment shapes our behavior. I am not here to argue whether ‘nature’ or ‘nurture’ is the defining role in our development I will leave that to the scientists. Speaking for myself I believe the environment has played a big role in shaping who I am today. I am a transplanted Ethiopian who has been culturally shocked, mentally molded, philosophically tampered and forced to question realty on a daily basis. I have no idea how that central theme of being Ethiopian has managed to survive in all the thousands of ways my central core has been violently breached.

I have survived it all thanks to my family and that little town in Southern Ethiopia that imbued me with respect for elders, love for your neighbor and the beauty of leaving with different cultures in a mutually beneficial way. Those values are what differentiate the beast from the human. I believe that upbringing gave me an advantage when later on in life I found myself in circumstances that I have never thought I would find myself in. I have confronted moving to Addis from my small town, crossing an ocean to come to America, being the object of curiosity in small town in Oregon and coming to terms in growing old in the US with that wisdom I learnt while growing up that says ‘it is not really that bad just deal with it.’

As I said I have dealt with most things in a calm collected manner. The one thing that is really causing me pain and agony is this business of defending my country Ethiopia. It feels to me, mind you I might be mistaken, or a little touchy but it feels to me that every Hagos, Ketema, Kuma, Abdella, Betiso etc. is dumping on me for crimes I have no idea I committed.

Well you my Ethiopian reader, can I call you that without offending you, any way you must be thinking why the heck am I telling you all this in the middle of summer? It is because a few things happened the last few days and I felt they were directed at me. Not personally you know but since I feel I am the last one standing it felt personal in a roundabout way.
The big momentous event was my dear friend Jawar declaring he is Oromo first and his Ethiopianess was imposed on him. I have no problem with that. In fact I believe Jawar is Oromo, Ethiopian and American. He has got choices. Which one he puts primary is all up to him. I also don’t know if being an American was imposed on him or he voluntarily filled up a form and swore allegiance to the star spangled banner. With this speech he seems to dig the hole a little deeper. He was heard equating Ethiopian Oromo Moslems with those in Somalia and Djibouti claiming it to be one and the same struggle. I am afraid his next Al Jazeera appearance he is going to have to answer the question are you Muslim first or Oromo first. Good luck my friend.

The only thing I have problem is his assumption of the role of a spokesman ship for the Oromo people of Ethiopia. As far as I know he has never been elected to any office. He has never been sent as a delegate by any group in present day Ethiopia to speak for them. He has not articulated their demands in a coherent manner, written books about their glorious history, interpreted the nuances of their culture or educated the rest of us about the Oromo condition. In other words other than others declaring him an up and coming young intellectual and him playing that role to the hilt he has not bothered to study, interpret, add on the history and role of the Oromo people in what we call Ethiopia. Of course I stand to be corrected if someone could present me with a proof showing Obbo Jawar’s vast contribution to the knowledge base of Oromo history, Oromo culture and Oromo Psychology.

In the You tube video being distributed he is addressing a gathering of Oromo Muslims. I am assuming he was invited as an analyst regarding the Ethiopian Moslem confrontation with the dictatorial regime taking place in our country.

How did our political analyst approach the challenge is a good question to ask. All I could say is he did not respect the sensibilities of his audience. He was confrontational. He was dismissive, he was arrogant and he was an extremist of the highest order. That is the impression I got after watching this Duche like sermon. From what I understand the Ethiopian Moslem issue is regarding state interference in their religion. It is not about political power, it is not about demonizing the rest that don’t have the same belief. Then why is the speaker turning this peaceful issue of respect into one of violent confrontation? Our Ethiopian Moslem leaders have done a splendid job of making friends with all Ethiopians regardless of religion and gone the extra mile not to antagonize anyone and succeeded beyond expectations. The rest of Ethiopia has embraced their quest for fair treatment and stood side by side with them. Why is our young intellectual turning this simple request for respect into a jihad?

Is it possible our dear friend Jawar grew up in Woyane Ethiopia thus his understanding of our common history derives from that perspective. It looks like he never bothered to scratch below the surface and learn if there is more. What is education for if not to answer vital questions in a rational and measured manner? What is the point of learning if not to pinpoint problems and look for answers that would bring not only lasting solutions but harmony? Why would anyone boast about cutting peoples necks off because they follow a different god? Caught in the heat of the moment my young friend said that.

That was a week ago. Many people wrote their opinions about that. That is the beauty of democracy. It is all about the individual’s right to speak and write what he thinks and others to respond. We all learn from the diverse views and the give and take. Some we reject off hand, some gives us a pause and a some really say what we believe and we go ‘I am not alone.’ So that is what I was doing when I came across this audio by Ato Abdi Fite on Ze Habesha.com. It is presented in a rational manner but misses the point by a mile. It just does not seem to answer a very simple question that it itself asks. Who is us against them?

As far as I am concerned Ato Abdi Fite has locked himself into this small room and anybody outside is the enemy. Is that the way it is? What is the difference between the Oromo farmer, the Amhara peasant, the Tigrai laborer, the Adal pastoralist, the Ogaden herder, the Gambellan fisherman, the Dorze weaver etc.? Aren’t they all victims of the system? Isn’t this what the struggle is all about? Can one be free while the rest stay in bondage? Shouldn’t we all work together to liberate them all so they could grow and prosper?

Ato Abdi was repeating himself so much I thought we were on a never ending loop. Just because something is said many times over does not make it turn out to be a factual statement. It is just false hood but told in twenty minutes instead of two. The central theme in his audio essay is to accuse the rest of Ethiopians ignoring the plight of his Oromo people. Does he have a leg to stand on?

Not really. When in the sixties the Ethiopian students confronted the Imperial regime their number one slogan was ‘land to the tiller.’ They did not specify Amhara, Oromo, Sidama, Tigrai etc. land but their demand was all inclusive. When they went out and established EPRP and other anti-dictatorship associations they did not think in terms of ethnic affiliation but a nationwide movement. Today the Diaspora which Ato Abdi is addressing, I don’t see any ethnic based successful movement working to get rid of the ethnic based TPLF that is tormenting our country and people. We have one voice that abhors ethnic division, avoids ethnic/religion divide and concentrates in uniting the many to get rid of the few troublemaker woyanes.

It is true we popularize some of the victims of the TPLF but that is a political move. We are aware there are thousands of Eskinders, Reyots, Wubshets, Bekeles, Abubakers but we mention those victims as a symbol for the many. We don’t even ask what ethnic group they belong to nor do we care.

Instead of telling us where we failed him I wish he would tell us where he called on us and we ignored his cry. Instead of accusing us of not paying attention to the Oromo question I wish he would tell us what he did to popularize the Oromo issue. In today’s Ethiopia the system is the problem. The solution is to unite all the victims in a democratic and equal association to smash the system and build a new one that respects their aspiration to be free, to be seen as equal and form a lasting union. Being a polarizing figure like the road taken by Meles Zenawi is not the way to go. Uniting people to work for a common solution they could all live with is the Mandela way and it is much preferable and lasting.

What I find troubling about our two Oromo operatives is their failure to see the futility of the treatment they are prescribing to resolve the ethnic divide in our country. The medicine they are ranting about has been administered by the OLF for the last forty years. What exactly has it achieved other than give a false sense of cure while the disease is causing untold damage to our people? With wisdom born from experience the present day OLF is in the process of revising their failed policy and searching for ways of working with others like them that are feeling the brunt of TPLF fire. That is what leadership is about.

Our young intellectuals seem to be gung ho about opening old wounds and reviving past mistakes. What is also surprising is their suicidal drive to offend the one friend they always have on their corner. I am referring to the progressive forces in the Diaspora that are working hard to expose the TPLF regime. The Diaspora is the most important and natural ally of the oppressed people of Ethiopia. There is not one Diaspora organization that opposes the right of the Oromo people to determine their future without undue interference from outsiders. We feel the liberation of the Oromo is the liberation of the Amhara, the Gurage, the Tigrai and all Ethiopians.

Timing is very important in political struggle. Today our country seems to be entering a new stage with the death of the dictator. The political parties are making good progress in wiping out fear from their constituents. We have broken the regimes strangle on mass media thanks to ESAT. It is a shame the ranting and a childish tantrum of a few is taking our eyes away from the prize. All I can say is grow up, coming up with bizarre talk trying to garner attention lasts a few days but in the end you have to live with yourself. .

  1. Garo
    | #1

    How about the genocide that has been committed over the years by different rulers of the country? Did it unify the country? What does it mean? It means the forces of oppression have not achieved their goal. The struggle for freedom is alive and well.

    Ethiopian nationalism upon which the country is established has been the main source of division because by its very nature it is exclusionary and inhumane.The nationalists attempt to destroy different cultures and languages did not work. But they insist on walking on this dead end road.The sad thing about these people is that they keep doing the same thing and somehow expect a different result. What a shame!

  2. Ethiopian from Minnesota, U.S.A
    | #2

    I applaud the commentator for his insightful reminder of the political malady that has infected our nation, Ethiopia, for decades. Two concurrent enemies are always the sources of the ongoing political problems of Ethiopia.
    1. The ruling system
    2. Self-serving, self-aggrandizing, power-mongering, ethnic-bashing, narrow-minded, tribalism-promoting, anti-unity pseudo-intellectuals.

    The second group is the worst cancerous demon of the political problem of the country.

    Let me start with GARO: I feel sorry for America, if you live in USA, a melting pot of ethnics, nations, cultures, languages, and religions. Mr. Garo questions the Ethiopian nationalism as the source of division because by its very nature it is exclusionary and inhumane. REALLY? REALLY? REALLY? You are so blinded with your narrow-mindedness of tribalism that you refuse to open your eyes and confused mind to see the flourishing growth of the cultures and languages in our beleaguered Ethiopia. Though I do not support mostly what the current ruling system does, I tip off my hat to it for its work on the development and showcase of the cultural and linguistic richness of the country. This educated derelict who lacks the sensibility of living together, working together, sharing the good and the bad, refuses to see where he lives, if he lives or resides in USA, to understand the value of UNITY. What do we learn from our life and living in USA? United States of America cannot only be the source of our livelihood or only a place where we get good education or a place where we come to have our wives or girlfriends to give birth to our children so they can have a better future or a place where we can bring our parents or relatives to get the best medical treatment. But USA is the best example for all the world to learn that it does not matter where you come from or whether one is rich or poor, educated or uneducated, married or single, religious or atheist, straight or gay, black or white, European or African, Asian or Latino, male or Female, people can come from different corners of the world to live and prosper together with the sense of belonging to one nation under one Constitution and Flag. If we cannot learn this value of Unity being or living or residing in USA, we are not worth of the education we have, if any. Promoting tribalism and division among our people ethnically, religiously, linguistically, culturally by anyone is a crime on humanity.

    Mr. Garo, what is the dead end road you are talking about? Working for UNITY is an open avenue where people can travel continuously to achieve their goals and to reach their destiny. What the dead end road is the mind that has been closed and left in darkness to see the better future of humanity while the option of understanding has intentionally been buried under the pile of ignorance and stupidity. Sir, if you live in USA, let me create a scenario for you. Let me assume that you live in Jackson, Mississippi. Let me assume you are a citizen of USA. A redneck racist sees you walking on the Main Street in Jackson, MS, and confronts you and shouts out, ” Hey N….., get out of my City because you don’t belong here.” Brother/Sister, do not lie. You would be out of your mind, spitting fire of anger, extremely furious, saddened and confused because this assumed idiot racist has taken away your sense of belonging in Jackson, MS, as well as in USA. You would rush to find a Civil rights attorney to sue the redneck. You have that constitutional right to fight for your right.
    Who has given you the right to take away the right of Ethiopians to promote Unity among the different ethnicity for their collective growth and benefits? Why should all Ethiopians with diverse cultures, languages, and religious beliefs work together to establish United States of Ethiopia or Abyssinia (USE or USA)? What a shame is your attitude of divisiveness not struggling for UNITY!

    Going back to Mr. Yilma Bekele’s comment on the two mentioned Pseudo-Oromo spokesmen, they are not expressing the sentiment of the Oromo people of Ethiopia. The Oromo people have sacrificed with the rest of the other ethnic groups of Ethiopia for the well-being and UNITY of Their country, Ethiopia, for hundreds of years and many generations. The Oromo people regardless of their personal religious beliefs have kept their country, ETHIOPIA, with their brothers and sisters of other tribal groups, free and independent. The Oromo people bleed when the rest of Ethiopians bleed, they feel the pain of their other Ethiopians as their own pain. The death of other Ethiopians is felt as their own death. They suffer when other Ethiopians suffer. Don’t tell me that my Oromo brothers and sisters who have paid with their lives and blood have gone in vain for division. My Oromo brothers and sisters paid the ultimate price with their lives for the UNITY and ONENESS of the nation. The Obbo Jawars, the Abdi Fites, and their cohorts are not representing the beliefs and wishes of the Oromo people, but profiting and making their living by selling divide and rule propaganda like other ethnic or tribal oriented political individuals or organizations. The Obbo Jawars and Abdi Fites as well as other hate mongering, country dividing, peace disturbing, tribalists are lacking self recognition, and are looking self importance in the arena of negativity. It does not matter what classification or sub-classification we belong to. First and foremost we are human beings, and we belong to that class and it is our main identification. As human beings, our first real concern should be how to live in harmony and love until we go to the final resting place. But the Jawars and Fites of the world have misplaced and confused their priority of their existence. They need to search their miserable soul of division, chaos, hatred, and destruction to come in grips to why God (if they understand his presence) brought them temporarily to this earth. The mission of humanity is to search the way how to enable oneself and others to live in peace and in possible harmony with others by diminishing the unwanted pain. I am only not saying all these to the Jawars and Fites of the ” OROMO Liberating” political distortionists. In every ethnic or tribal group in our Country, Ethiopia, there are menaces like the Jawars, Fites, and it is our duty to point out and isolate them. They are the screws and aberrant of the society.

    One thing is for sure that Ethiopians of all ethnic and religious groups are far wiser and more understanding about their nation and its survival than the so called educated derelict pseudo-experts or analysts of the Ethiopian or Oromo or Amhara or Tigray , etc. affair.

    Thanks Mr. Yilma Bekele for your comment. Keep writing and provoke us to vent our views.

  3. Dawi
    | #3

    [[..Is it possible our dear friend Jawar grew up in Woyane Ethiopia thus his understanding of our common history derives from that perspective.]]

    No.

    The fact that Jawar speaks more fluent Amharic than many of us tells you he was brought up in Derg time.

    [[..Instead of telling us where we failed him I wish he would tell us where he called on us and we ignored his cry. Instead of accusing us of not paying attention to the Oromo question I wish he would tell us what he did to popularize the Oromo issue…]

    This is very touchy bro. Yelma and you almost made cry (just kidding!) not because you don’t mean what you’re saying but we have passed that stage of appeal to demagogues like Jawar because our compatriots of ESM and other paid their lives as prizes fighting for land to the teller.

    OLF and Woyane are the ones who set up the ethnic federation of Ethiopia. Jawar is proud of that achievement as he said it in interviews many times.

    It is undeniable it has brought progress to the Oromo national self determination enriching culture language etc. He and the rest of Ethiopians do not have a quarrel with Woyane for that. However, he likes it so much he wants OLF to be like Woyane! And take turns of being the lord running the State.

    Unfortunately for Jawar, the Meles “vision” will not allow the existing ethnic federation to be a permanent set up for Ethiopia; it is only a transition. The “Developmental state” concept shall make such arrangement history sooner of later.

    Bro. Yelma have at least something in common with HD. They both hail from south. Maybe HD as nationalist as you are. Give him a chance.

    It seems to me, supporting HD in implementing the rest of Meles’s vision, mostly the social development side of the coin to stop the ethnic demagogues from rising up again and making a come back and taking over the state to be the war lords in our country is the right thing to do for Ethiopian democratic advocates all over.

  4. Quickthinker
    | #4

    I read you article Mr. Yilma some are interesting other I don’t know what to make of them. Regarding the article you just wrote, concerning Abdi Fite, i don’t know if you had purposely omitted the fact that he was physically attacked by so called “ethiopians” hoodlums for airing his views in the capital city. i grant you,you may, may not be aware it but i hope you will follow-up. but can you imagine if simple act of speaking one’s mind can result in physical attack in civilized country like this what fate one may facing in Ethiopia from the very group that love unity. as matter of fact people resist being called ethiopian because this group cheaped it, made into dustpan.
    second point am alluding from what you been writing you are from the south, you may not be southern but born or lived there most of you life. correct me if am wrong. if that is the case then why would you wait, or want other to enlighten you about Oromos, how come you did not know about them, aren’t you from the same country, aren’t you their neighbor, have you drunken their coffee, test their honey, what has prevented you from contributing to Oromo history, if you are ethiopian that love everyone. why should you give the responsibility to Jawar or other people aren’t they your people. Have you ever asked yourself why Oromo don’t feel Ethiopia as its crafted excluded them. lets say for the sake of argument there is a grain of truth to their claim, have you undertaken any research to find out for yourself if this true or not. i hope i will hear from you.. reach me at Motibulto@gmail.com if you want to discuss this further. thank you

  5. Kato
    | #5

    When in the name of the almighty is this demagogy going to stop? There is only one Ethiopia and it belongs to all. Isn’t it about time to stand our ground and unite? Every Ethiopian deserves freedom.All deserve that. Do these self proclaimed intellectuals understand the havoc they are causing? Jawar and co: you can think Oromo first and then whatever you want to be, but please do the rest a favor and keep that for yourself. We have gone through that time and again so don’t scratch again where others have have seen the futility of that moronic approach. The message is think big. Use your breath for the good of the masses. We have had enough of your childish nonsense. Let’s focus on waging a peaceful resistance against that very system that is dismantling the core of Ethiopia. If that dismantling process goes further, nothing will be left worth fighting for even your oromo first nonsense will dissolve in your face. Be serious and Focus on the big picture and in order for that to happen each and everyone of us has to unite to bring about change. Remember there is no such thing as Oromo first, where we are all mixed in blood. Are you and your likes going to perform surgery to separate that chain of blood line? Grow up and either shut up or leave the ground for those who have learned their lessons and are already beyond that jibber jabber of yours.
    Ethiopia is for all that includes our muslim brothers and sisters(by the way that goes without saying) that includes all that are born in Ethiopia.
    THIS IS FOR Jawar:
    “THE FIRST LAW OF HOLES STATES THAT IF YOU ARE IN ONE, STOP DIGGING.
    realize that you are already in one. Stop digging
    LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA

  6. Tole
    | #6

    All the aspiration about Ethiopian unity is good. Every body believes that Unity is strength. But what type of unified Ethiopia? I think the present time Ethiopia is by far better than the past Ethiopia and the Ethiopia you (Yilma and the likes)are dreaming for. YOu are blood sucker hooks. Every nation and nationalities of Ethiopia are aware of why this old Amhara are crying for the unity with their undercover destroying the language and culture of other Ethiopains. Well done EPRDF, Jawar, Abdi and lover of equality, justice and freedom of all Ethiopians. 100 years we have seen what these old Amharas done to us. Why Yilma and the likes try to speak about Oromo to day, yesterday we know what Yilma and the likes were writting and preaching. I’m chrstian OROMO, but my Muslim brothers have done better than the Orthodox christian brothers. Go back and refer history, ask intelectuals how the Orthodox Christianity was and is treating and preaching about the other tribes in Ethiopia. Do you think we are going to speak Amharic by force? should we change our names and name of our Children? should we all become Orthodox as you preach one religion and one country? shall I sing only about the beauty and heroes of Gojjam and Gonder? You haven’t been to Ethiopia recently. You didn’t see how all the tribes are enjoying the different cultures, languages and history. Not the False history that you are writting? the history which declares the superiority of one tribe (Amhara) over the others. The true history which is inclusive of all and balanced. This is practical my Yilma. If you are intelectual tell practical points not your illusions? Do you know how the different Ethiopian tribes arehappy in exercising their culture and speaking their own language. Since you speak your own, you don’t know how it feels if someone who was deprived of the right of speaking his laguage, gets it back. I think it’s like when you speak Amharic with Amharas while you are in Chinese speaking community. But YOU are bilnd and deaf to these pleasure that we got!!!!! Long LIVE ETHIOPIA, but not the Ethiopia YILMA and his dogs are barking for!!! FEDERALISTIC ETHIOPIA BASED ON EQUALITY, JUSTICE AND FREEDOM!!!!

  7. Tole
    | #7

    All the aspiration about Ethiopian unity is good. Everybody believes that Unity is strength. But what type of unified Ethiopia? I think the present time Ethiopia is by far better than the past Ethiopia and the Ethiopia you (Yilma and the likes)are dreaming for. You are blood sucker hooks. Every nation and nationalities of Ethiopia are aware of why this old Amhara are crying for the unity, with their undercover destroying the language and culture of other Ethiopains. Well done EPRDF, Jawar, Abdi and lover of equality, justice and freedom of all Ethiopians. 100 years we have seen what these old Amharas have done to us. Why Yilma and the likes try to speak about Oromo today, yesterday we know what Yilma and the likes were writting and preaching. I’m Christian OROMO, but my Muslim brothers have done better than the Orthodox christian brothers. Go back and refer history, ask intellectuals how the Orthodox Christianity was and is treating and preaching about the other tribes in Ethiopia. Do you think we are going to speak Amharic by force? Should we change our names and name of our Children? should we all become Orthodox as you preach one religion and one country? Shall I sing only about the beauty and heroes of Gojjam and Gonder? You haven’t been to Ethiopia recently. You didn’t see how all the tribes are enjoying the different cultures, languages and history. Not the False history that you are writing. The history which declares the superiority of one tribe (Amhara) over the others. The true history which is inclusive of all and balanced. This is what is practical my Yilma. If you are intellectual tell practical points not your illusions. Do you know how the different Ethiopian tribes are happy in exercising their culture and speaking their own language. Since you speak your own, you don’t know how it feels when someone who was deprived of the right of speaking his language, gets it back. I think it’s like when you speak Amharic with Amharas while you are in Chinese speaking community. But YOU are blind and deaf to these pleasure that we got!!!!! Long LIVE ETHIOPIA, but not the Ethiopia YILMA and his dogs are barking for!!! FEDERALISTIC ETHIOPIA BASED ON TRUE EQUALITY, JUSTICE AND FREEDOM!!!!

  8. ጉረኞች
    | #8

    Abdi Fite’s video is a childish made up story. According to his funny story, an Ethiopian was extremely mad at him because a foreigner uttered a few more words in Oromiffa than in Amharic? I would have whipped his sorry butt for his incapacity to even make up a believable story. It is a waste of time to analyze anything about that video. I was surprised when I saw it posted on webpage. If the intent of posting was to expose the extent of foolishness in the minds of the so called “oromo” separatist, it may have served its purpose. Other than that, it doesn’t deserve any discussion.

    Dawi
    You said: “The fact that Jawar speaks more fluent Amharic than many of us tells you he was brought up in Derg time.” So, all the Federal jobs are left to Amharic speakers. You failed to Meles credit for that. Jawra has gotten so fat and bigger recently and may look like older than his age. But, you do not need any birth certificate to guess his age, he is definitely a product of ethnic federalism, which blocked Ethiopians from different ethnic groups the ability to communicate with one language. There goes the “Developmental State” of Meles.

  9. Garo
    | #9

    @Ethiopian from Minnesota, U.S.A
    I am in the west by choice. Nobody forced to become the citizen of this great country I am in. You don’t get it do you?
    Sure you want unity as long as your kinds are at the top.The TPLF also wants unity on their terms and conditions. They don’t want Ethiopia’s disintegration as long as they are at the top.

    Ethiopian nationalism is an ideology that is colonial in its very nature. It says there are certain groups who should rule because they are superior to others. The rest of Ethiopia should be just happy god gave them their rulers. It is not just in government, the church had a major role in dehumanizing the non Abyssinian sections of the communities.
    There are specific references in church teachings which are derogatory towards certain groups and it mentions one group especially by name.

    The so called unity side does not speak for the people of that country but for an elite urban Amhara group. They don’t even speak for peasant Amhara. The peasant Amharas of Gonder, Gojam or Northern Shewa are not being accused of doing anything against anybody in the south although some went to the south built the system that we have today. The peasant in Chilga doesn’t care if Ogaden is gone because he or She does not know what the hell Ogaden is.

    This urban Amhara group despises these peasants too, but does not exclude them like it does other groups.
    So don’t tell me my friend just because the name Ethiopia is mentioned in their thousands of declarations, they are speaking for all Ethiopians for their full God given rights protected. That is why they dance around the issues that are important in the country today. Because if they start listing what they stand for instead of saying democracy their true color will come out. It is easy for anybody to say democracy or unity. Even the TPLF is saying it.Now nobody in his right mind believes what they have in Ethiopia is democracy.Of course the leadership can claim for themselves all the rights in the world, but that does not make it true.

  10. Garo
    | #10

    @ጉረኞች
    Do you care to be specific when you say childish. You are entitled to your opinion but you are not entitled to the facts.

    You see this is the problem. You guys even try to be witnesses to an incident that happened when you were not around. Defending the indefensible
    is no way to get along. Now you are condoning violence? Whatever happened to the tolerance and unity you guys are preaching about. Oh I forgot that only applies to certain people not Fites’ kinds. I wonder what kind of democracy and what kind of freedom of speech that is? Ethiopian kind of course.

  11. Anonymous
    | #11

    Sir I do not know who you are, but from what you say I assume you are from ormo tribe. Let me tell you something that you and your kind of people denying the fact for sometime. The people you call Amara are the people that reserves you dignity and your oromoness for long time. That people paid a lot of price to reserve what we have right now. If it was not for Amara and Tigre, you would not speaking oromegna could be French or Italian. You should appreciate what Amara and Tigre did for every nation and nationality, as you call it know. @Tole

  12. Dawi
    | #12

    [[..You said: “The fact that Jawar speaks..fluent Amharic than many of us tells you he was brought up in Derg time.” So, all the Federal jobs are left to Amharic speakers. .You failed to Meles credit for that…]]

    Ha – Meles is a former Marxist revolutionary/theoretician, accomplished economist and the one who developed the theory of “developmental state” in the African setting. He started implementing it in Ethiopia before his untimely death. HD/EPRDF is continuing his vision today.

    To answer you question as a Marxist he led the Woyane/EPRDF applying the principle of “untied front” with uniting people with many views including narrow nationalists however, he has to handle the ethnic demagogues and others by not going over their heads. Off course there were times he had threw some of them out of the party by stripping their shirts. Seye and assoc. are case in point.

    He demanded unity against the Derg on the bases of a united front with many groups who want to fight the Derg’s dictatorship and finally succeeded to defeat it.

    So the underlining problem of Ethiopia national question is not the creation of Meles/Woyane as you and others seem to insinuate. They just took a different approach to deal with our old problem. And don’t take me wrong I am not here to defend their draw backs; they can do that themselves.

    I am only pointing out the revolutionary aspect of Meles’s final timely theory on development that gives priority to dealing and defeating poverty in our country; IMO, the rest shall follow suit.

    [[..Jawra has gotten so fat and bigger recently ...]]

    Yes – he has become a fat cat. :-) As opposed to the skinny young man he use to be…..but, unless you prove otherwise I still think he is the product of mostly derg era.

    [[..which blocked Ethiopians from different ethnic groups the ability to communicate with one language. There goes the “Developmental State” of Meles…]]

    Well the South and HD are leading your cause and they are at the center stage today. Contrary to your understanding the “developmental state” is going to help us reach harmony down the line.

  13. Anonymous
    | #13

    @Garo
    Dear Garo: Brother or Sister I get it. I am glad that you are in West by choice that you are not forced or enslaved, except the enslavement of the mind with backwardedness dwelling on the political thinking of the 18th century (the Mesafint era). My question to you is that what did you learn or acquire from the culture of the West that you can apply to the betterment of the beleaguerd nation of Ethiopia instead of pocking its wound to cause more pain to it? Who are my kinds at the top? You do not assume that I belong to this or that clan or tribe or group without knowing who and what I am just because I advocate for Unity. I can come from Oromo, Amhara, tigre, Gurage, Wolayta, Gambella, Hadiya, etc. But Since you are so infected or infatuated with HATRED towards Amharas or Tigrays, you jumped to the usual beligerent condemnation of the the two mentioned ethnic groups of ETHIOPIA assuming that Ethiopia has always been governed by individuals from the Amharas or Tigrays. Your outright denial that governance is always a collaborating effort among ethnically or tribally differnt people with common interest and benefit as well as with common and similar ideology. On the top of the power posts there are always Oromos, Amharas, Tigrays, Wolaytas, Gurages, Hadiyas, Somalis, Gambellas, and others. We can discuss that this collective group of individuals cannot always represent the wishes, aspirations, beleifs, wants, needs, and thinkings of the Ethiopian Majority. These members of the governing body on the top of the power pillar of the country do not promote the needed democratic principles which they engraved on the constitutional documents. They continuously lie and cheat the peoples of Ethiopia. They do not represent the Oromos, Amharas, Tigrays, Gurages, Benshangules, Gambellas, Hadiyas, Wolaytas, Somalis, and others. They work and promote their own agendas to enrich themselves. To be fair they do a little bit of good things to the development of the Country. But if they nave been smarter by allowing the participation of all Ethiopians, if they have listened to the suggestions of the Ethiopian masses, if they have developed self confidence and self assurance without relying on the power of bullet and prison instead of their god-given ability of their straight thinking mind,I would have supported them wholeheartedly. But they are walking on the road that Derge walked on. That is pure stupidity of the highest proportion. Please do not equate the Amhara or Tigray masses with the governing body. The Amhara or Tigray masses are shading the same tears of agony as other Ethiopian masses. It is travesty of the truth if you insist beleiving in the assumption of the role of the Amhara or Tigray masses as oppressors. I do not give a shit what you assume about the Oromo or Amhara Or Tigray or Other elites. The elites are the manipulators of the Ethiopian tragedy for their own profiting and benefits. Leave the masses alone , and do not add insult to their injury if you have the human compassion in your soul and heart. Advocating for UNITY cannot make me belong to this or that ethnic group. Living in the USA made me realize what people can accomplish when they unite and have the sense of ONENESS. This the most valuable education I got from my stay in the West. Thank you

  14. ጉረኞች
    | #14

    Garo
    I was so specific, what more do you need? His kind of made up stories are not new in cyber politics. The ethnic hate mongers, small fragments of oromos have been writing similar stories elsewhere all the time. Such none sense do not come out from main stream Oromo politics. No sane person will take it seriously.
    Coming to the serious issue, I appreciate you recognized that the resentment your kind of people have in Ethiopia is not about ethnic oppression by Amhara. As you rightly pointed out it is conflict between “civilized” urbanized community and “un-civilzed” rural community. This is a wide spread occurrence, and happens to a lot of other ethnic groups who come from rural settings including to ethnic Amhara. Can you explain why particular groups of oromo are so resentful and raise it to a level of ethnic group. The urbanite speak Amharic but all are not ethnic Amhara, there are plenty of Oromos too who discriminate against Oromos who come from rural settings.

    I will agree to your claim that someone in Chilga may not care for someone in Ogaden, if you agree the same to a kotu Oromo from Gelmso in Harege do not care for an Orommo in Anfilo, Wollega. There is nothing that tie the two together other than the language as the rest of their culture is significantly different. Following the same analogy, let’s agree also there is a lot in common between an Oromo in Sellale and an Amhara in Gojjam despite they speak different languages. An Oromo in Anfillo may have much in common with Gumuz than an Oromo in Negaale. We have heard similar declaration from the prime ethnic demagogue the late Meles. He asked what is the significance of the obelisk in Axum for the Wollayta Hailemariam Desalegn? The Ethiopian society is so complex, buddy! That is why some of oromiffa speakers do not like to be administered by the new ormoiya kilil created by the ethnic architect woyane.

  15. Anonymous
    | #15

    @Anonymous
    Are you in your right mind? Please refer to you comment and make your distorted mind spin to see the light of reality. Are you equating the Amharas and Tigrays to colonialists? You are the most obnoxious, idiotic moron. You and your kinds are anti-unity, hate mongering, conflict creating, anti-Ethiopian racists. Shame on you. Disgusting idiot!!!!

  16. Tole
    | #16

    @Guregnaw: you don’t know thusands of Amahara still living in Oromia can’t speak and understand Afaan Oromo ‘cose they hate the people and the language, where as foreigners learn it in weeks time. what Abdi presented is reality, that we all faced. Let me tell you what happened to me in Addis 15 yrs ago, I was with my friend from Addis and went to his home, we were watching Ethiopian television. It was Tigrigna program, then the next was Afaan Oromo. you can guess what his mother did when the Tigrigna program was finished and Afaan Oromo started. she switched off, knowing that I’m OROMO and the only Afan Oromo televesion program was one hour. Guys you better speak the realities and look forward to solve the problems. you better widen your dimention of your Ethiopia. Better to evolve.

  17. Daniel
    | #17

    Oh no, here we come again. You Oromo separatists are living in an illusion. Wake up and get your facts straight. There will never be an independent country called Oromiya. You are wishing a never ending chaos. Civil unrest and war amongst all Ethiopians . Have you already decided the map of Ofomia? Do you think it will be easy as it is drawing into a pSper? What are you planning to do the with the Oromos in Raya and Gojam? Oromo as a majority can not succed. It’s impossible and impractical. It’s as if the Russians are trying to separate from the Ruusian Federation. If your problem is with the name Efhiopia …. You may call the whole country Ethoromiya. Or Armamamiya I don’t care OLF could have achieved its sim by now if the people were buying it. .

  18. ጉረኞች
    | #18

    Tole
    I do not understand why you guys give that much emphasis to a language. Speaking or not speaking a language is not an indicator for hate or love of an ethnic group or an oppression of an ethnic group. There are a lot of Oromos who do not speak Oromoiffa, so do they hate Oromo? There are a lot of Oromos that leave this world for good with out speaking any other language. Does that mean they hate other ethnic group. Language is nothing, man, except means of communication. Those who find it useful will learn different language than theirs and those who do not find it useful do not even bother to learn it. It is not a love and hate relationship with any ethnic group.
    Coming back to your story of your friend Tigre who invited you to his house but his Mom switched off the Oromo channel, I’ll ask you to think of this. Have you appreciated her for welcoming you to her house, knowing you as an oromo? Which one is more important, the one hour show the oromo program or the so many hours you spent under her roof? Probably you may have slept over her house and ate the food, drink the tea she prepared. But you have an audacity to complain for switching off a TV program even linked it to hatred. You are simply none other a spoiled brat, my friend!! ጋሮ እንደተባለው ምስኪን ተላላ የሰለጠንክ ይመስለሐል ተጮቅኛለሁ ብለህ መለፍለፍ!! ለምን የፖለቲካ ስልጣን ላቆበቆቡ ሆዳም ፖለቲነኞች መቀላጃ ጅል ትሆናለህ:: አሁን ነቃ በልና አያት ቅድም አያትህ የሞቱላት ኢትዮጵያ ለመጠበቅና ህዝቦቿ አብረው በእኩልነት የሚኖሩባትን መንገድ አመቻች:: ዝም ብለህ በሰባራው በሰንጣራው ወይም አዋቂ መስሎ ለመታየት የዘረኛ ፖለቲካ ውስጥ ገብተህ ከምትፈተፍት::

  19. Dawi
    | #19

    ጉረኞች said:

    [[.. The Ethiopian society is so complex, buddy!..]]

    It is complex all right but, not enough to deter someone like Jawar from pocking at it or for ONLF/OLF/EPLF creating havoc and destructing us from fighting our main enemy….poverty.

    [[..ethnic demagogue..the late Meles..asked what is the significance of the obelisk in Axum..]]

    The problem is with those like you who take phrases out of context and misconstrue what Meles said in the past. That is why he completely ignored your accusations all along taking it as a worthless piece of crap to eat up his valuable time to, if you ask me.

    As the history of Ethiopia is mainly centered around “obelisks” like Axum, Lalibela, Gonder etc. other regions are ignored therefore, his saying for the unpretentious was a general statement on the disparity of history that was divisive. No amount of denial changes that fact.

    The same with the Ethiopian flag. He said it was cloth; unless you believe it is mainly made of metal it was a non issue. However, for citizens to have the utmost respect and pride for their flag, you need to do more than waving the flag on their face. That is why Meles put all his efforts in how to bring and restore the “Ethiopian renaissance”.

    That is also why the “renaissance dam” is more than the 6000 Mega Watts!

    So practically he did more in his life time to add value to the Ethiopian flag than all of you that write crap combined together misconstruing his statements ever be able to do.

  20. galeta
    | #20

    OH God, The Ethiopians got the hundred years homework. 22 years down and 78 years to go. By then, hopefully, we have figured out what Etthiopia means.

  21. Ethiopian from Minnesota, U.S.A
    | #21

    @Dawi
    Let the man rest in Piece. His time has come and gone with him. History will judge him when fairy tales become ancient. Keeping on talking what Meles did or did not does not remedy the ongoing political controversies. Continuously defending all the actions or reactions of Meles by you seems to be crap. You continuously try to make the man more saint and absolute right than he himself thought to be. He was human full of deficiencies and mistaken outlooks like all of us. Come on, Dawi, you are better than what you sound to be. it is understandable that it is your job to follow this forum from your cubicle in one of the Embassies or Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Information or the Office of the Prime Minister, and to defend the indefensible actions of your bosses, past and present. Bro, I feel you. You have to raise your kids, feed your wife, and have a wonderfully comfortable life. But you go through soul torturing moments because of the dishonesty you spread on this forum. You are the one who misconstrue the intentions of the discussions to fit your agenda of lies of the political party in power. Renaissance Dam is not a problem; the nonsensical dummy political party in power with 6000 Mega Watt lies which you are part of is the problem.

  22. Kato
    | #22

    Dear First Oromo Ethiopians, those who are standing at the threshold to be an Ethiopian and still undecided and Ethiopians:
    I wonder what will happen if by some miraculous force we all meet in an Amphitheater infested with beasts and the gates closed or say we find ourselves in a furtile jungle infested with beasts all over, would we start cannibalizing against eachother or would we try to get our acts together to master the predicament we are in? Like joining forces to fend of the beastes and devise a means of survival. Mind you all I am talking about is a Jungle and not Ethiopia!
    In an extreme grave and dangerous sitiation even people that do not know eachother, practically strangers to one another help eachother to survive.
    Petty and shallow minds can’t see the tree while in the jungle let alone identify where and when the beasts are going to attack.

    Get this: You all that are living and dreaming hate if you don’t get rid of yout bitterness you will die bitter. Bitter people that play the poor victim are doomed for life, that much is clear EHIOPIA will move forward with or without you.

    Peace

  23. Zerayakob Yared
    | #23

    the classical TPLF,የተነሳበትንና ግን ግቡን ሳያደርሰው በባንዶች አመራሩን ስለተቀማ የተጨናገፈውን አላማ, ከምብሓድሽ ባንዶችን አባሮና,አመራሩን ራሱው ይዞ ግቡ ያደርሰው ዘንዳ ብትተባበሩንና አብረን ለዘወትሩ በሰላም ለመኖር ያለውን ምርጫ ብንከተልሳ ምን ይመስላችኋል?
    ልክ የአሚእሪካን civil war በሰሜኖቹ አሸናፊነት ካለቀ በኋላ, ጦርነቱ አልቋልና ከእንግዲህ ወደህ ሁላችንም የአሜሪካን ዜጎች ነንንና አብረን አገራችንን እንገንባ በመባባል አገራቸው አሜሪካን አሁን ላለበትና ኢትዮጵያውያንም ለሚወዱት ቦታ እንዳደረሱት ሁሉ! ወይንም
    ፕሮይሰኖች ሌሎች ጀርመኖችን በጦርነት አሸንፈውና የጀርመንን አንድነት ካረጋገጡ በኋላ, ጠቅላላ ጀርመኖች ባንድነት ሆነው, ጀርመን አሁን ላለበት ደረጃ እንዳደረሱትም!
    ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ አብሮ መኖሩ ይሳካ ዘንዳ ደግሞ ሌላኛው አስፈላጊ ነጥብ, ተበድለናል ባዮች የሚያሰሙት ብሶት በስነ ስርአቱ, በተለይም በድላችኋል በተባዮች ዘንዳ ተሰሚነት እንዲያገኝ ያስፈልጋል:: በስነ ህሊናም በብሶት ተሸካሚዎች ቦታ ዘንዳ ሆኖ ብሶታቸውን መገመትና አውጠንጥኖ መገንዘብም ያስፈልጋል:: እንደዚህ አይነት ተግባር ለመተቃቀፍና “ዛሬ ትላንትናን አርግዞ ይጓዛልን” ለመወጣትና, ዛሬ ትላንትናን ሳይረሳ ግን በትላንትናነት ብቻም ሳይወሰኑ (ዘወትር ትላንትናዎች ከመሆን ለመላቀቅ)ወደ ነገ እንዲንራመድ ይሳካ ዘንዳ ይጠቅማል:: ይሄ ሳይሆን ቀርቶ እንዲያው, ብቻ ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ያሉት ሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ሁሉ ጠፍተው, ብቻውን አማርኛ ይንገስ እንጂ, ሌላው ነገር አያሳስበኝም በባዮች ዲንቂራነት ከደረቅን, ውጤቱ ጥላቻና መራራቅ ይሆናል:: የዚያ ውጤት ደግሞ ምን ሊሆን እንደሚችል, እዚሁ አንዳንድ ኮሜንት ሰጪ ወንድሞች እየገለፁልን ነው:: ያ እስኪመጣ አንጠብቅ!! በርግጥ ብሶተኛ ተናጋሪዎች በራሳቸው በመተማመን መናገራቸውን አረጋግጠን ብቻ ነው የምንወዳጃቸው:: የባእድ ሃይል ተላላኪዎች ሆነው ካገኘናቸው, ውድቅ ይሆናሉ!

  24. ጉረኞች
    | #24

    Dawi
    One can easily rightly guess you are completely possessed by the evil spirit of the midget Meles. This one should rank on top of all. So, my ancestor Amhara should have made an equitably distribution of obelisks, rockhuen churches and what have you. You do not have to defend him on everything,you know. Ridiculous! The guy will go down as the worst enemy of Ethiopia in the history book, have no doubt about that.

  25. Kato
    | #25

    Dear Dawi,
    Long time now since we exchanged our views.

    Allow me to add to what the Ethiopian from Minnesota so eloquently laid out. It is in deed tragic but really obvious that you are on the look out to find gaps and promptly fill them with nicely painted pictures of how good the regime in Ethiopia is. It is apparent and obvious that the infatuation you are suffering from is caused by the regime that is constantly at work to dismantle the core of Ethiopia. Jawar is so minute and not even worthy to discuss when compared to the predicament Ethiopia is in now.
    You really seem to be a nice guy and for sure you know a lot better and yet you are defiantly promoting a regime which in its core has no good will in reserve to prpmote Ethiopia and its people. Won’t try to speculate why you have chosen to go that route. We all have choices and you have made yours.
    Well enjoy your journey while it lasts.

    Respectfully

  26. Dawi
    | #26

    Kato,ጉረኞች, Minnesota:

    The same folks who put militant Jawar on a pedestal & now denouncing him like hell don’t want to give the benefit of the doubt to a moderate “religious” HD so that he consolidates power and continue to solve our problems. I don’t get it.

    As you may have noticed I like the “developmental state” paradigm. Even though I like Meles (as you’ve figured it out :-)) it is not personal.

    The arm chair revolutionary Jawar has similarity with the practical Meles. The practical took Ethiopian Student Movement’s revolutionary politics of Marxism, applied it in the real world by transforming an ethnic identity to a state power and to a state of the art developmental economic policy, particularly after the year 2002. No one can deny the respect of such a force of intellect but, unfortunately some of you do exactly that.

    The per capita income of the nation was not above 600 USD between 1985 and 2000 based on purchasing power parity. But after the nation started to implement the developmental state policy, the per capita income has started to increase at a higher rate. Thus the per capita income which was stagnant before 2000, has reached 971 USD in 2011. Within eight years the per capita income increased by more than 350 USD.

    According to the 2011 Human Development Report released, Ethiopia’s HDI was 0.363 showing massive improvements in Human Development Index (HDI), The country has the third fastest annual HDI growth rate in the world since year 2000 that means this growth is a dividend of the “developmental state” paradigm started by that man.

    What can I say??

  27. Zerayakob Yared
    | #27

    How is this ሽፍንፍን ጉዳይ ? Thank you !

  28. ጉረኞች
    | #28

    Dawi
    Hold your horse!! Are you telling us 87.3 + 6.8 = 94.1% of the population living under poverty is impressive? Do you want to score 99.6% as that of the last victory of Meles.

    The report stated “In the 2011 HDR, Ethiopia was ranked 174 out of 187 countries……Ethiopia’s 2012 HDI of 0.396 is below the average of 0.466 for countries in the low human development
    group and below the average of 0.475 for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa….However, when the value is discounted for inequality, the HDI falls to 0.269, a loss of 31.9 percent due to inequality in the distribution of the dimension indices. …..In
    Ethiopia 87.3 percent of the population lived in multidimensional poverty (the MPI ‘head count’) while an additional 6.8 percent were vulnerable to multiple deprivations.”

  29. ግሩም
    | #29

    ውድ ፀኃፊ ሆይ ከፅሁፍህ በኢትዮጵያ ጉዳይና በጃዋር ወቅታዊ ሁኔታ ምን ያህል ስሜትህና መንፈስህ እንደተረበሸና እንደተጎዳ ለመረዳት ይቻላል፡፡ነገር ግን ሁለት ነገሮችን መረዳት እጅግ ጠቃሚ ነው፡፡አሁን ያለው የሀገራችንና የዓለም ችግር ከሁለት ዋና ዋና ነገሮች ይመነጫል፡፡አንደኛው የእውቀት ማነስ ችግር ሲሆን ሁለተኛው ደግሞ የሰይጣናዊ የክፋት ስራ ውጤት ነው፡፡ሁለቱም ዋና ዋና የችግር ምንጮች ትናንት ነበሩ ዛሬም አሉ ወደፊትም ይቀጥላሉ፡፡ለመጀመሪያው መፍትሄው ትክክለኛውን እውቀትንና እውነትን ለማግኘት መጣር ነው፡፡የሁለተኛው መፍትሄ ደግሞ የእኩይን ሃይል(Evil-Power) ለመብለጥና ለማሸነፍ የሚያስችል የመልካም ሃይል(Good-Power) አቅም መገንባት ብቻ ነው፡፡ለዚህም ነው ኢድመንድ ብሩክ “All that it is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” ያለው፡፡ስለዚህም ከእኩይ ሃይል ጋር የተሰለፉ ሃሎች በሚያደርጉት ነገር ብዙም መበሳጨትና ማዘን መፍትሄ አይሆንም፡፡መፍትሄው የእኩይን ሃይል(Evil-Power) ለመብለጥና ለማሸነፍ የሚያስችል የመልካም ሃይል(Good-Power) አቅም መገንባት ብቻ ነው፡፡አንዱ አቅም ግንባታ ደግሞ እኩያን ሃሎችን ሴራ ውስጣዊ አሰራርና እንቅስቃሴ በቅጡ መረዳት ነው፡፡እንደሚታወቀው ብሄርን ሃይማኖትን ፆታን አይዲኦሎጂን ወዘተ መሰረት ያደረገና አጠቃላዩን ሰብዓዊነትን ያላስቀደመ ማንኛውም አይነት አክራሪነት(Extremism or Fundamentalism) ያን ያህል የሚፈለግ ነገር አይደለም፡፡ነገር ግን ይህ አይነት አክራሪነት(Extremism or Fundamentalism) በዓለማችን ላይ እየተስፋፋ የመጣበት አንዱ ዋና ምክንያት የታችኛውን የዓለም ህዝብ በተለይም የታዳጊውን ዓለም ድሃ ህዝብ ብሄርን ሃይማኖትን ፆታን አይዲኦሎጂን ወዘተ መሰረት ያደረገ አርተፊሻል ልዩነት በመፍጠር እርስ በርሱ እንዳይተማመን እንዲፈራራ እንዲናከስና ህብረትና ፍቅር መስርቶ አንድ ጠንካራ ሃይል እንዳይመሰረትና ዘላለም እየተረገጠ እየተመዘበረ በባርነትና በስቃይ ውስጥ ዘላለም እየተዝረከረከ እንዲኖር ለማድረግ በግሎባል ካፒታሊስቱ ሃብታም ልሂቃን በረቀቀና በተቀነባበረ መንገድ የተሸረበ ሴራ ነው፡፡
    ስለዚህም እዚህ ላይ አንድ መረዳት ያለብን ትልቅ ወሳኝ ነገር ከውጪ ለታይታ ያህል ህዝብን ለማደናር አክራሪነትን እንዋጋለን የሚለው የምእራቡ አለም መንግስታት እራሳቸው በረቀቀና በተቀነባበረ መንገድ ከበስተጀርባ የአክራሪነት ዋና ደጋፊና አቀንቃኝ መሆናቸውን ነው፡፡ለምን ይህ ይሆናል ለሚል ወሳኝ ጥያቄ መልሱ ደግሞ አክራሪነት በተፈጥሮው ሰብዓዊነትን እውነትን ፍቅርን እውቀትን ሳይሆን በተቃራኒው ብሄርን ሃይማኖትን ፆታን አይዲኦሎጂን ወዘተ መሰረት አድርጎ ጥቂቶችን የሚያቀርብና በተቃራኒው ደግሞ ብዙሃኑን የሚያገል አሰራር ስለሆነ ይህ አሰራር ደግሞ የራሱ የግሎባል ካፒታሊዝም አይቀሬ የመደብ አወቃቀር (Class Structure) አሰራር ውጤት ነው፡፡ሁል ጊዜ ከበስተጀርባ በምእራብ ሀገር መንግስታት እየተደገፉ ስልጣን ላይ የሚወጡ አክራሪዎች ህዝባቸውን ለጭቆና ለምዝበራ ለድህነት ለስደት ለርሃብ ለበሽታ ለውርደት ለመከራ ሲዳርጉ እንጂ የተሻለ ነገር ሲያመጡ በታሪክ አልታየም፡፡ትልቁ የረቀቀና የተቀነበበረ ሴራ አፍሪካና ታዳጊው ዓለም አርተፊሻል በሆነ ልዩነት እርስ በርሱ እየተናከሰ እንዲባላና የተፈጥሮ ሀብቱን ተጠቅሞ ወደ እውነተኛ ስልጣኔ እድገትና መልካም ህይወት እንዳያመራ ማተራመስና የተፈጥሮ ሀብቱን መዝረፍ ነው፡፡ይህንን ለማድረግ ደግሞ የአክራሪነት ባህሪ ያላቸውን እንደ ወያኔ ኦነግ ሻእብያ ወዘተ አይነት ህብረ-ብሄራዊ ያልሆኑ ቅጥረኛ አገዛዞችን በታዳጊው ዓለም ውስጥ ስልጣን ላይ እያወጡ መጠቀም ነው፡፡ኒዎ-ኮሎኒያሊዝም ማለት አንዱ አሰራሩ እንደ ጥንቱ አይነት ካለው የኮሎኒያሊዝም ቀጥታ ወረራና አስተዳደር ይልቅ ቅጥረኛ አገዛዞችን በገንዘብ በሚሊታሪ በደህንነት ወዘተ እየረዱ እነዚህን ለሀገራቸውና ለህዝባቸው ተገቢው ፍቅር ታማኝነት አክብሮት የሌላቸውን ህሊና-ቢስ ሆዳም ባንዳ ሃይሎች መጠቀም ማለት ነው፡፡ይህንን ስናይ ዛሬ የምናያቸው ብዙዎቹ አክራሪዎች ምሁራንና ፖለቲከኞች የባእዳን ሃይሎች ቅጥረኞች ናቸው፡፡ለማንኛውም የሚከተሉትን የመረጃ ምንጮች ብታነባቸው የአክራሪነትም መንስኤ በአንድ በኩል ግልፅ የሆነ የምንመራበት ትርጉም ያለው የህይወትና የፖለቲካ ፍልስፍና ስለሌለን ነው፡፡ይህንን በሚመለከት ደግሞ እጅግ የማከብረውና የማደንቀው ዶ/ር ፍቃዱ በቀለ በቅርቡ በጉልጉል ላይ የሚከተለውን አይነ ልቦና ከፋጭ ፅሁፍ አቅርቧል፡፡
    http://www.goolgule.com/political-philosophy/
    አቡጊዳ ይህንን የዶ/ር ፍቃዱ በቀለን ፅሁፍ ቢለጥፈው ጥሩ ነው፡፡ኢትዮጵያውያን ምሁራንና ፖለቲከኞች ለዚህ አይነት በሳልና የሰከኑ ፅሁፎች ውይይቶችና ክርክሮች ለምን ጆሮ ዳባ ልበስ እንደምንል አይባኝም፡፡በቅዱስ መፅሀፍ ህዝቤ እውቀት ከማጣት የተነሳ ጠፋ እንደተባለው እንደዚህ አይነት አይነ-ልቦና ከፋች ፅሁፎች ከገባንበት አዙሪትና ማጥ ለመውጣት እጅግ በጣም ጠቃሚ ናቸው፡፡ጦርነቱና ትግሉ ደግሞ አካላዊ ብቻም ሳይሆን ከዚህም በላይ በእኩይና በመልካም ነገር(Between Evil and Good) እንደዚሁም በሀሰትና በእውነት መካከል ያለ አእምሯዊና መንፈሳዊ ጭምር ነው፡፡ሌላው ስለአክራሪነት አደገኛነትና ምስጢራዊነት የሚከተለው ቢነበብ እጅግ ጠቃሚ ነው፡፡
    http://zaidpub.com/2013/07/04/ikhwan-muslimin-muslim-brotherhood-not-who-they-claim-to-be/

    እግዚአብሄር ኢትዮጵያን ይባርክ !!!

  30. Anonymous
    | #30

    Dawi,

    Inveterate is all I can say.

  31. Dawi
    | #31

    ጉረኞች :

    [[..Ethiopia 87.3 percent of the population lived in multidimensional poverty (the MPI ‘head count’) while an additional 6.8 percent were vulnerable to multiple deprivations.”..]]

    Our main enemy is poverty, you are correct.

    The following is from UNDP sight for 2013:

    http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2013/03/14/human-development-index-in-2013-report-shows-major-gains-since-2000-in-most-countries-of-south/

    [[..Sub-Saharan Africa: The average HDI value of 0.475 is the lowest of any region, but the pace of improvement is rising. Between 2000 and 2012, the region registered average annual growth of 1.34 percent in HDI value, placing it second only to South Asia, with Sierra Leone (3.4%) and Ethiopia (3.1%) achieving the fastest HDI growth...]]

    When I look at the GDP and HDI growth I observed from their starting point after the nation started to implement the “developmental state policy”, year 2000. So today in the year 2013 it is still one of the fastest in Sub Saharan Africa.

    You may have some wishful thinking but the starting point is a starting point.

  32. ጉረኞች
    | #32

    Dawi, the master of misquote
    “Our main enemy is poverty, you are correct.” I didn’t say that anywhere, did I? If you ask me who our main enemy is, I will say it is woyane.

    On another note, following your logic…. the fast growing economy may have propelled our need for democracy. It seems that you might have to stop the growing economy to stop our need for democracy.

  33. Dawi
    | #33

    [[..On another note, following your logic…. the fast growing economy may have propelled our need for democracy. It seems that you might have to stop the growing economy to stop our need for democracy..]]

    Exactly.

    “developmental state” HD/EPRDF who are considered semi-authoritarian during such transition have great incentives to achieve greater inter-group equality (fighting ethnic/religious demagogues of all hues) to stay in power; If they “stop the growing economy”. [ ጉረኞች - You win! :-) ] they will be overthrown for sure.

    Such incentives might explain the fact that democracy was slow to arrive to South Korea and Taiwan, that were at the time GROWING RAPIDLY [as in Ethiopia now] and off course it hasn’t arrived yet to Singapore.

  34. Anonymous
    | #34

    The ruthless TPLF are the deadly cancer of Ethiopia. The highly arrogant TPLF hate the people and love Ethiopia’s natural resources.

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