Why I think Putin is in the Right: Ukraine Crisis By Tecola W. Hagos

March 18th, 2014 Print Print Email Email

I. Introduction: General Background

I have been following the escalating crisis in Ukraine for some time now. Some six years ago, I wrote my first article supporting Putin in his effort to save and preserve the asset of the Russian people that was being gutted by carpetbaggers from the West using local corrupt Russian officials and newly minted Russian businessmen in all kinds of scheme buying up Russian assets for pennies. Even the venerable Harvard participated, without its corporate knowledge, but through its unscrupulous functionaries (in one of its international institutions) in a corrupt scheme that would have transferred the controlling interest in a banking franchise worth billions of dollars to such foreigners.

Even though history should not put anyone in a straightjacket, one must heed some of the lessons of the past. I have no sympathy to the leadership of the old Soviet Union, especially Josef Stalin, despite the fact that I greatly admire the monumental technological achievement and the building a world class Soviet Military and space technology. Mikhail S. Gorbachev and Boris N. Yeltsin were the two unpatriotic Russians who betrayed the people of the then Soviet Union with their immature and jaded view of the West. Gorbachev’s book Perestroika [Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World, 1991] clearly shows a rustic politician trying to play the role of a statesman. The book is full of cliché and poor understanding of history.

Soon after the destructive process of the dismantling of the Soviet Union was underway, it was followed with “free for all type” looting of the great wealth of the People of the Soviet Union in the guise of economic reform and introduction of a free enterprise economic system. In reality, the denationalization of the main mining and energy interests, for example, was a process that was manipulated by a handful of corrupt Soviet citizens financed by outsiders (who had in turn accumulated their wealth taking advantage of local conditions around the world through exploitation.

II. The Role of Great Powers

The important role played by great empires and great powers is often eclipsed by one aspect of the dynamics of the building process of such great powers, namely the destruction they left in the wake of their dynamic evolution. Without the bulldozing march of such great powers through history, it is unlikely if mankind would have reached this level of wealth and hygiene, and productivity that we have now. There is no way around the uncomfortable fact that all of human achievement is, to a great extent, a result of great empires and powers. I am not saying that life with a degree of technological advancement will not be possible without empires, but that it would have been very minor with some neat, orderly, and highly predictable advancement like toy-set of villages with trains and busses et cetera.

It is extremely disturbing to me to see the members of the leadership of the United States in a political sinkhole where they end up supporting street thugs, neo-Nazis, ultra racist nationalists, and fascists in the current Ukraine crisis. President Obama, Secretary Kerry, Senator McCain, Ambassador Power, even former Secretary Clinton have made statements either accusing Russia of aggression or crudely threatening Russia with sanctions or some unspecified harm. I just wonder, who do these people think Russia is? Some small country in the Middle East that they are used to bomb routinely with drones? Here are the historical and current facts for Russia: Russia defeated Napoleon; Russia defeated Hitler: Russia is armed to the teeth with nuclear weapon; Russians are a great People with long and proud history. Russians never have been conquered by anybody. Some modesty by such leaders from the United States and Europe is a must. They ought to treat Russia and its leaders with respect.

The type of language, attitude, and bravado that is displayed in the media by such Western leaders talking down to Russia and placing sanctions against important Russian personalities is utterly childish and moronic. Do these leaders in the West understand that is how World wars are started? No matter how superior the collective power of the West might be, if push comes to shoving Russia is capable of hitting with nuclear bombs every single Western nation resulting in the destruction of millions of people and incalculable destruction of historic cities with their museums and irreplaceable history. How is one insignificant country like Ukraine, especially now that it is run by some out of control neo-Nazis and fascists, determine the fate of millions and threaten World Peace. If Russia retakes its old territories such as Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, et cetera, is it nobody’s business in the West? In considering the last thirty years, whether it is NATO or AU, the Western countries should never have continued their hostile manipulation to destroy the Russian people once the Soviet Union imploded by its own inertia in the 1980s.

The leadership of the United States does not seem to understand the role to be played by a super-power in the life of the peoples of the world. It seems the United States has never out grown its revolutionary beginnings—a mental state of being of an oppressed group fighting against an established power. I see that same mentality of a rebel in every leader of the United States, be it civilian or military, who happen to confront some world crises. To my dismay what I have witnessed over thirty years in my life here in the United States is the fact that the United States politicians talk and act as if they are still fighting the British Empire of the 1770s. They do not seem to internalize the fact that the United States is now the super-power and must shade the mental shackle of a rebel. What is tragic is that such political leaders allow such Super Power to be manipulated by some members of the fringes of societies in the rest of the world, such as the neo-Nazis and fascists of Ukraine. The fact is that the United States is being manipulated and pulled into the power struggle of local groups in Ukraine. Rather than setting the agenda for the world in cooperation with other World powers, such as Russia, the United States is dictated to by minor local events on the ground in Ukraine’s local fracas. Here is where the United States should have shown statesmanship by dealing directly with the legitimate national political leaders of Ukraine rather than siding with such destructive fringes of that society now in power.

I find it truly puzzling, in fact bizarre, that the President of the United States would stoop so low hosting the leader of such violent groups of individuals from Ukraine who have violently overthrown an elected Government and leadership. In fact, it is tragic that President Obama, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, a vociferous advocate of law and order, would end up in such unstatesmanship situation. Maybe he as well ought to have invited the leaders of the KKK and the Aryan Nation to join them at that horrifying meeting. The President keeps referring to a “peaceful demonstration” that drove out the legitimate Ukraine Government, whereas it is absolutely clear that the so called “peaceful” demonstrators were armed and did violently attack the Government Police with Molotov bottle bombs, axes, knives, clubs even guns. This form of association with Ukrainian neo-Nazis, fascists, racist nationalists et cetera is not becoming of a Super Power lead by a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. How I wish the Founding Fathers’ presence of mind in a crises like this.
I believe President Obama should have sent high level delegation or even should have traveled himself to meet with Putin to talk face to face to resolve the problem and not use the crises as a media event to shore-up his own sagging domestic political items. Russia’s interest in securing its border for both economic and military reasons is a legitimate one. The national security concern of Russia must be recognized by the West as such, and the West should pull back the incursion of the AU and NATO into Russia’s former East-Block or federated territories. The West after twittering the whiskers of a sleeping bear right in its own den is now complaining that the bear has become aggressive after all such numerous provocations. The Bear is fully awake and defending its interest.

III. Vladimir Putin

It is quite remarkable that Putin has not lost his direction despite the fact that he might have amassed great fortune for himself in the process of protecting the asset of the Russian people. I have no evidence that he did such a thing except that I have read in numerous articles about his fabulous wealth. Even if that is true, it does not bother me at all—better a Russian than some carpetbagger who would suck the wealth of Russia and remove it all to the West, as was the case with the activities of the Oligarchs who absconded with billions of dollars into the West.

I believe the Ukrainian current leaders and their supporters are mainly from Western Ukrainian with German and Teutonic decent, and in all probability mostly children or grandchildren of Nazi collaborators who murdered Jews, Russian Slaves, and Tartars et cetera in tens of thousands during World War II. What the current leaders of Ukraine call nationalism is fascism and Nazism raising all over again its ugly face. As ex-President Clinton put it in a recent speech, Putin is a great Russian patriot, who loves his country and people and fights courageously to preserve some respect and dignity for the Russian People. Putin is vilified daily by the Western press and by the leaders of the United States, Britain, France and even by Germany. This type of rudeness and bullish behavior is unbecoming for any leader let alone for leaders of the most powerful nations in the World. I see greatness in any genuine concern for ones people, and that is what I have observed in Vladimir Putin now and in the past.

I wrote a few years back:”Go for it, Putin. You are doing the right thing in protecting the vital interest of the People of Russia. You have done the right thing by standing up for the economic interest of the People of Russia. You have done the right thing by blocking the carpetbaggers from looting the wealth of the People of Russia.” Now, move in and take back all the old territories of the Soviet Union, now states, ceded by traitors. That scheme of ceding territories and creating puppet states did not help alleviate any of the political or the economic problems facing the ordinary citizens of such regions. The people of the old Soviet Union, including Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, et cetera have a far better future being integrated with the new Russia; otherwise, ordinary citizens of such ceded territories (now states) will be simply used and abused by the Western Corporations and their corrupt often dictatorial local surrogates.

IV. Where Would Ethiopia Figure out in the Ukraine Crisis

My fellow Ethiopians, just because Ethiopia is not in a public way in the sphere of influence of Russia or the Balkan countries, it does not mean that Ethiopian interest is not affected by the crisis in Ukraine. Ethiopia is a client-state for Ukraine buying mechanized weapon systems especially armored vehicles and tanks for some time now. It might even have Ukrainian technicians and experts in its weapon industry. I am speculating here, and have no first-hand knowledge about the presence of Ukrainians in Ethiopia’s military industry. At any rate, Ethiopia might be asked by the United States and the EU countries to support the United States lead campaign against Russia. The issue might be brought up in the United Nations General Assembly if it had not been already put in the General Assembly’s emergency procedure for consideration.

My suggestion for the leaders of the Ethiopian Government is to adopt the Chinese model of response (in the Security Council) by abstaining but informing both the United States and Russia that Ethiopia’s interest is to act as an intermediary to defuse the current standoff between the West and Russia from getting out of hand leading to World War III. In fact, to justify the non-partisan position Ethiopia is adopting, the Ethiopian Government immediately should form with African countries and others from the region and South America a mediating group. Since Prime Minister Haile Mariam is the Chairperson of IGAD, he could use that Office to form quickly a mediating group between the West and Russia.

If this Ukrainian crisis is not defused quickly we are heading into a situation where major war is unavoidable. The Western Leaders must stop this nonsense of sanction and also talking to the media with threats against Russia. I urge President Obama to listen to Prof Stephen Cohen’s well-thought out and balanced views on the crisis. He should remove Ambassador Power for her appalling incompetence and undiplomatic provocative language. All parties to the crisis ought to focus on the problem by acknowledging the security interest of Russia and the right of self-determination of the Crimean people. If not done in quick succession, we are heading down to World War III. And we will all be losers. Maybe Ethiopia would survive the nuclear holocaust.

Tecola W. Hagos
March 18, 2014

  1. Anonymous
    | #1

    May be I missed reading it, I was wondering, if Tecola had written an article criticizing the US government for ignoring the unspeakable crimes of TPLF regime, and an article on why Susan Rice as US diplomat gave undeserving praise to a dead brutal dictator that gunned down over 200 innocent Ethiopians in the streets of Addis, that locked up 50 to 70 thousand innocent Ethiopians and a tyrant that died with blood of countless number of innocent Ethiopians on his hands!?

  2. aha!
    | #2

    The preceding article by Prof. Messay kebede reflects on the foreign policy of the west as not being equitable, while your article siding with Russia reminds of the principle that two wrongs does not amount to one right. Enjoy your free ride on Ethiomedia, the right arm of Agfa Forum and transfer of that article to Abugida-Info, website with a forum for commentary.

    I could and would not to complete reading past the thesis statement, since it does not address the secession of Eritrea from Ethiopia, instead of letting us know of the TPLF/eprdf regime’s geopolitical importance between Russia and the West, which is far fetched. If the Derg regime fell with the dismantling of USSR and adoption of democracy, what do you think happens to TPLF/eprdf regime which benefits with its affiliation with Ukraine and Russia, I presume, as well as benefiting from massive budget support, grants from the western democracies.

  3. Dawi
    | #3


    Prof. Tecola’s stand on Eritrea is clear from day 1. As is Prof. Messay’s for that matter. They both detest secessionists.

    There are no “two wrongs” here.

    When he tells you that “Mikhail S. Gorbachev and Boris N. Yeltsin were the two unpatriotic Russians” and as such puppets of the West [he feels the same way of Meles & co.] I don’t agree with him on that but, he is boldly describing the “enemy” who Prof. Messay kebede reflected upon on the “policy of the west”. The West is not just the fluffy stuff “not equitable” as you pointed out but it is a known predator who accumulate its wealth by taking advantage of local conditions around the world through exploitation.

  4. Yihdega Itiopis
    | #4

    Interesting write ups! But Dr Tecola got it wrong. He was with the TPLF when his party sold out Eritrea. In fact he was the deputy minister of foreign affairs, so he was a party to the dismemberment of Ethiopia. He was the author of the ethnic cleansing personnel policy at foreign affairs under the direct supervision of Seyoum and subordinate Hagos Gebrewahad. Now he is saying that he is supporting Putin for “getting back” part of Ukraine. Why can’t Dr Tecola tell his former friends (TPLF) to emulate Putin and also get back Eritrea? After all his ethnic group is partitioned between Eritrea and Ethiopia, like the Russians in Ukraine and Russia. Can’t Dr Tecola see this?

  5. Belay
    | #5


    You said you hate Stalin. But you worked with Stalin II-Legese Zenawi as soon as he took power. What a hypocrite! Shame on you! To tell you the truth Stalin had self- confident and he was better. Zenawi was a co-ward and puppet of the west and served them like slave until he died.

    Please revisit your thinking. You are full of paradox.

  6. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #6

    I don’t see any civility in calling the entire native Ukrainians as descendants of former Nazi collaborators. It is the same as calling the entire people of Tigray as collaborators of Fascist Italy. In the meantime, if I have to comment on the situation in The Crimea and the pertinent Putin’s move to snatch it batch to his fiefdom, I have to acknowledge the very fact that Crimea legally belongs to Ukraine. If there is a movement among the Crimean population that calls for the unification with Russia, then that has to be conducted by the UN after both sides are given sufficient space to conduct propaganda work. On the other hand, I don’t blame those inhabitants living in Crimea who are ethnically Russian for feeling unsafe under the current situation in Ukraine. When they see Tartars are returning to reclaim Crimea potentially bringing with them religious extremism, they may have legitimate reason to be concerned about their safety. It goes parallel to what has been happening in our own Ethiopia since the early 1990′s after bigots (narrow-mined nationalists) marched thru Addis. Every minority in every newly regional fiefdom was threatened to leave his/her home. They are lambasted over by being accosted ‘I will gouge your eyes out and shove them down your throats if you don’t leave now’. Somalis, Amharas were forced out of their homes where they lived for generations in Oromia; Oromos were forcibly driven out of their domiciles they lived for centuries because it is now called Somali Region. A lot of these innocent people were victimized including by way of genocide because they had nowhere to go. Nobody should be proud of such heinous acts. Nobody!!! Such displacements of innocent people have not ceased to take place yet. To fight unjust system is one thing but condemning and arousing people against an entire ethnic people is totally different matter. We should all be very careful about labeling the entire ethnic people Nazis, bandas or Neftegnas intended or otherwise. We should all keep in mind that there is always a considerable section of any given society that may not have the skills to quickly look through such accusations. By the time they realize the fallacies of such name calling it may end up to be too late for many because innocent people have already been victimized. In the meanwhile, I am confident that cool heads will prevail on this matter and amicable solutions will be sorted out for Crimea and Ukraine as whole. But Putin has begun to concern me a beat. He better cool it.

  7. ግሩም
    | #7

    Through out history predatory financial capitalism (and indeed also the owners behind it) has not only been the main motor force of global capitalism but also it has been the main cause of most global wars and the subsequent agony and destruction of the entire humanity. The causes of world-war I, world-war II , old Cold-War, the new current Cold-War and possibly that of World-War III traces back to the tail of predatory financial capitalism. Predatory financial capitalism has the modus operandi of artificially creating and funding both sides of the thesis and ant-thesis of antagonistic forces based on tactically contrived concepts like Fascism, Nazism, Socialism, Communism, Capitalism and the likes in order to strategically emerge as the new victorious synthesis. Predatory financial global capitalism is a system of Global Empire of Empires. Some lower rank Empires and strong Nation-States are struggling to maintain their sovereignty and territorial integrity in order not be swallowed by the master Global-Empire while many are aligning themselves with master Global-Empire as subservient clients . The current situation in Ukraine is no more different from this global power relation related to global capitalism and its neo-liberal and neo-colonialism imperialistic projects. It does not matter whether the term tactically used is Fascism, Nazism, Socialism, Communism, Capitalism, Democracy, Free-Market etcetera as long as its strategic motive traces back to the prevalence and triumph of predatory financial global capitalism and its order. Predatory financial global capitalism has been striving to thrive out of global confusion, global chaos and global wars that has been causing such a great agony and destruction for the entire humanity. Global chaos and global wars serve as the alleviating pressure-valves to soothe the inherently contradictory inner workings (Capital Vs Labor Vs Material Resources) of predatory financial global capitalism or they also serve as its consolidating factors. War is good profiteering for the MIC (Military Industrial Complex),that serves as an input for war, as well as for the ensuing reconstruction process after destruction as an out put of war that requires foreign Capital. What we have seen during World War-II, cold-war, and then in those real wars in Iraq, Libya, Syria etcetera is this scenario. After Cold-war so many strong nation-states are systematically plunged in to chaos, destabilization and then doomed to eventual Balkanization and regime-changes in order to align and amalgamate the resulting subservient client-regimes to the system of the global-empire. This has become the usual workings of global capitalism and its neo-liberal and neo-colonialism imperialistic projects. The current move by Putin as a leader of lower-rank Empire to strengthen his position to resist the expansion of NATO and the West’s Global-Empire by annexing Crimea back to its mother land Russia is admirable. However, whether Putin remains subservient or resistant to the system of predatory financial global capitalism and its Global-Empire will be tested through the page of time in the future. The case of Crimea/Ukraine/Russia is a bit different from that of Ethio-Eritrea case. However both are closely related to global capitalism and its neo-liberal and neo-colonialism imperialistic projects.

  8. dodo
    | #8

    flip-flop, flip-flop the hallmark character og Ato Tecola. You are trying to be relevant by indulging in all sorts of topics, about which you have little or no clue. Were you not the one following the CIA agent Paul Heinz wherever he went and devising a “Final Solution” of the Amhara. As a sort of a de facto deputy Foreign Minister of Tyrant Meles and his TPLF government, you were plotting the demise of Ethiopia together with US agents Susan Rice and Samantha Powers (whom you now try to criticize) Your past will always follow you.Nowhere to hide!
    Putin is a great leader and I am glad that Russia is finally emerging out of the cold to reclaim its glorious past.

  9. Abegaz
    | #9

    I salute the good professor. Putin is the guy that restored Russians’ pride. He can have billions of dollar. It does not matter. Gorvachove weakened the USSR and Yelsin the bull killed it in 1991. Yelsin the bull mismanaged the Rusian economy. Before Putin came to power, Russia was on the verge of extinction under Yelsin the bull: money laundering, embezzlement and all sorts of corruption. Food was a scare commodity. Putin came in at this difficult time and put everything in order. Russian economy grew four-fold. People’s Salaries increase four times, law and order maintained and importantly Russian nationalism at all time high. Yeslsin is a practical leader. Crimea was Ruian from the get go. It was wrongly given to Ukraine by Krucheve who is half Ukraine himself. Yelsin never corrected this. It required a great personality like Putin to reintegrate it. Much of southern and eastern Ukraine is historically Russian and people are Russian. Some of the places in eastern Ukraine are sites where great wars fought by Russian against invaders. Putin has every reason to have a say in Ukraine affairs.

  10. Abegaz
    | #10

    To all name callers:

    Yes, Professor Tecolla worked with the TPLF for a brief period in the hope they will be reformed and get civilized. When he realized that the TPLF cannot change he left them. What is the big fuss here? Professor Tecolla is our hero. No one is immune from mistakes. It is bigotry headedness to dwell in the past. I am sure haters of the good professor are the current TPLF people or their supporters. We oppositions from early on, love the good professor. He is our treasure.

  11. Somali Man
    | #11

    Mr. Hagos has every right to express his opinion; however, the rest of us should have the gut to criticize his points , but his personality. I am wondering that Ethiopian are so good insulting; although , I was hear that they are polite and respect others.
    Those of us in the South wonder always that the heart of Ethiopian lies in its feudal thinking where ones has eliminate the other one if he disagrees with his /her opinion. I had seen in the hey of student movement and I am seeing today in the cyber world.
    Moreover, it seems that we are all ethicist, but we preach greater Ethiopia unified under rule of law and democracy. What is hypocrisy per excellence !
    Lastly, the Prof had a lot of good points when he criticized the Western to loot the wealth of others; by the way according to the latest survey in Russia , Stalin was one of the three loved men and that is why Putin is imitating him. To Oromo man who is claiming that Somali Region is yours ; I had not been surprised when I had seen Lencho to have a map that includes all Ethiopia territory except he did not include the district of Colombia , DC at the time.
    To sum up let us be civil and attack the idea of person , not his personality or character as Somali saying goes we have all our shortcoming if we look in the mirror

  12. aha!
    | #12

    Addendum: Having expressed the geopolitical position of the TPLF/eprdf regime’ Prof. Tecola’s concluding statements were the voluntary advice to the regime to stay neutral between the West and Russia, if and when it’s brought up before the United Nations General Assembly. It is up to the TPLF/eprdf regime to decide over a situation between a rock and hard place. But what the silent majority of Ethiopians are yearning are economic and political freedom by ratifying the constitution in terms of Article 2, the flag, Article 46, ethnic federalism, article 39 (1) ethnic secessionism/ethnic nationalism and individual rights to super cede ethnic and secessionist rights and alignment of parties along the national rather than ethnic agenda voluntarily and reflectively and restore press freedom and independent branches of the government to form a democracy and democratic government to assert its geopolitical position. As of now it is a puppet of the two sides (East and the West).

  13. Dawi
    | #13


    Some times I wonder if you are cognizant of your hypocrisy?

    Former President Negasso, Endargachew Tsige of Ginbot 7 and others were in TPLF/EPRDF? There are those like the PM who joined later.

    So what??

  14. Sam
    | #14

    Techola has sensationalized the Ukraine crises. He made it as simple as black and white: Russia is right to annex her former colonies even beyond Ukraine, and the West should shut up, he seems to have believed. But this is a wishful thinking. He blamed Gorbachev and Yeltsin for the collapse of the Russian empire, and Putin’s intent to restore the empire must be applauded the way he sees it. Both assumption were wrong. Gorbachev and Yeltsin by fierce desire did not disintegrate the empire. They responded to the objective reality of the time. The communist ideology expiration date was there to be seen by astute politicians. And they saw it, and reacted to it. As for Putin’s desire to restore the former Russian empire, I have no knowledge that he has the desire. How Tecola became privy to Putin’s ambition is anybody’s guess. But the Russian empire had gone for good. Any attempts to restore it not only is irrational, but also impractical.

  15. Teodros Kiros
    | #15

    As usual, I continue to learn much from this sagacious and courageous writer. We Ethiopians are lucky to have masterful thinkers in the persons of Tecola Hagos, Messay kebede and Ghelawdewos Araia. I for one feel illuminated by this illumined political thinkers.

  16. Yohannes Ke Dallas
    | #16

    Abegaz Dawi Tecola,
    You look like one in three different names. Tecola, a former TPLF official and a current supporter of the system should not be immune from any scrutiny. You wrote “he has served for a brief time and when he realized that the TPLF cannot change he left them.” Abegaz, Were you there with him when he left them? Unless you are in denial mode, the account that is surfaced and well known by many is that he has been purged from TPLF. He loves to work for woyane but he holds grudge against those who fired him and he now acts like a cool headed opposition analyst. He is not and should not be against TPLF, the very party that he devotedly serving. If you rub Tecola, you will see that he is TPLF from his core.
    You also said, …”It is bigotry headedness to dwell in the past.” This was the reason why I mentioned the likeness of Abegaz and Tecola as one. And this is equitable as saying , please do not mention my past and do not talk about my tplf record and let me say whatever I want to say but don’s mention my old story. I will put the old Tecola’s phrase that he mentioned in one of his scribbles. “If you stink, cleanse” So dear abegaz, Because of your hero’s shady background, most of Tecola’s article readers are on edge and see his scribbling with a grain of salt.

  17. RO$$
    | #17

    If the west is crying about the wrongs in the Crimean referrundum, how is it that they kept quiet and approved when shabia/tplf decided unilaterally eritrea should secede, given that the situation in ukrain /crimea was the same as that in Ethiopia.

    -the Ethiopian people did not have any say in the referrundum
    -the referrundum was held at gun point, under the slogan of freedom or slavery
    -Ethiopia’s or eritrea’s interest was not considered.

    the secretary general of the UN at the time who sanctioned the shabia /tplf referrundum was the egyptian Butros Butros ghali. BUTROS BUTROS GAHLI CONGRATULATED SHABIA AND TPLF ”for fulfilling the ambitions of eritrean people”.

    Butros butros the vowed enemy of the Ethiopia could not sleep with delight when the opportunity presented itself for him to go to Addis Abeba to shake hands with shabia/tplf. The long term objective of egypt which has supported and funded shabia/tplf was achieved and Butros Butros was jumping in delight when he signed the paper approving UN STAND FOR the so called referrundum.

    UN, the west , EU is all about self interest. Only the people on the ground suffer.

  18. RO$$
    | #18

    By the same token the present day leaders of Tigre people liberation front are the sons and daughters of bandas who sided with enemies of Ethiopia during the battle of Adwa. These bandas were the main forces the Italians used to carry guns and ammunitions , to fight and to supply fodder for the italians.

    The New York times recorded as follows about the war and how the italian and their bandas were wiped out by the victorious Ethiopian army led by Menelik. There were 4 NATIVE battallions, native here means bandas.

    Three thousand Men Killed, Sixty Guns and All Provisions Lost.

    Baratieri’s Strategy Condemned.

    All Available Steamers for Transport of Reinforcements to Abyssinia are Ordered.

    Persistent Rumor of Ministry’s Fall

    Rome, March 3 – The present campaign against the Abyssinians threatens to become one of the most disastrous in which the Italians arms have ever taken part, and what the final outcome will be it would be hard to predict. It was rumored today that the latest defeat of the Italians by King Menelik had compelled Ministry to resign, owing to the popular disapproval of the Government’s policy, but tonight this report is denied.
    Details received here today of the defeat on Sunday of the Italian Army show that the Italian losses were very heavy, they being placed by some at 3,000 killed. It is still impossible to ascertain the precise losses, but popular opinion credits the report that the number of killed is not overstated. Thus far the reports make no mention of the number of wounded. Among the dead are Gen. Albertone, Commander of the Left Brigade, and Gen. Dabormida, Commander of the Right Brigade.
    The news of this latest disaster has caused the greatest excitement throughout Italy, and the Opposition party is taking advantage of it to make violent attacks upon the Government’s policy in attempting to extend the sphere of Italian influence in Abyssinia.
    The Pope is greatly disturbed by the news.
    Among the many reports current today was one to the effect that Gen. Baratieri had committed suicide, being unable to endure the humuliation of his defeat.
    Published on March 4, 1896 in the New York Times.
    Read original story from NYT
    On March 2, 1896, the New York Times wrote the following article.
    ABYSSINIANS DEFEAT ITALIANS.; Both Wings of Baratieri’s Army Enveloped in an Energetic Attack
    Massaowa, March 2, 1896 – Gen. Baratieri attacked the Abyssinians yesterday. Gens. Albertone, Arimondi, and Dabormida commanded the left, centre, and right brigades, respectively. Gen. Ellina commanded the reserve.
    The Italians captured the passes leading to Adowa without opposition. Gen. Albertone, with four native battalions and four mountain batteries , engaged the enemy, but where soon overcome by overwhelming odds.
    Gen. Arimondi was ordered to cover the retreat, but his position prevented him from complying with the order. The Abyssinians in the meantime made an energetic attack, which soon extended to the whole Italian front and enveloped both wings.
    A desperate struggle ensued. and finally the Italians were compelled to abandon their positions. The nature of the ground prevented the batteries from moving. The Italians are retiring behind Belesa. The losses sustained are unknown.
    The New York Times
    Published March 3, 1896

  19. Dawi
    | #19

    Yohannes Ke dalas – you’re the Judge and Jury !

    As you are so deeply involved in the judgment of individual persona, I don’t think you read many of the thoughts that is presented on this forum.

    Your studying of behaviors as a habit don’t allow you to hear the full write ups. That is why you are quick to attack the person without attempting to understand what he saying.

    Lastly, it beats me why you asked Abegas if he was present when Tecola left TPLF?? Does that tell on you that you only believe you eyes but shut your ears so that you don’t listen to other thoughts? Being you must be hard.

  20. Dawi
    | #20

    How are you ግሩም?

    [[..The current move by Putin as a leader of lower-rank Empire to strengthen his position to resist the expansion of NATO and the West’s Global-Empire by annexing Crimea back to its mother land Russia is admirable...]]

    As “globalization” is connected to huge increase in FDI, those countries that have the luxury to complain about are the once that benefited from such funds. FDI is highly concentrated and unevenly distributed around the world. So what does FDI or “globalization” got to do with us? :-)

    Very few countries are actually involved in such game plans. Among developing countries FDI is mostly placed in East and South Asia mainly China. We do know that such investments are attracted to large markets or the potential of it.

    Meles was known to have worked very hard on how to make Africa the beneficiary; his scheme prepared our country for such funds by marketing/selling its soul to FDI & Multi National Corps (MNC); showing off our huge potential of land (you call it land grab), labor and as a gateway to the rest of Africa. Such a brilliant scheme was done to make Ethiopia among the very few nations who can benefit from the evil eye of FDI-cum-”globalization” as the east Asians did. We can’t deny there are signs the scheme is working in Ethiopia. If you ask me, I don’t have a problem with that? Do you?

    Be that as it may, I salute you for admiring Putin for annexing Crimea and expect you to do same when our time is up.


  21. Tseye
    | #21

    I have no qualm with many of the points Dr.Tecola raised about this particular issue, the current crisis in Ukraine. My chief dis agreement with him is this with many of the points he raised as a cause of the problem by the west can be said about Ethiopia.

    Tecola said,

    “It is extremely disturbing to me to see the members of the leadership of the United States in a political sinkhole where they end up supporting street thugs, neo-Nazis, ultra racist nationalists, and fascists in the current Ukraine crisis.”

    Yet the same can be said about the relation of the west with the TPLF regime .Even though he attempt to dag the parallel. This is why,I believe, many Ethiopians don’t take Tecola seriously. It appears obvious that Tecola as some one rightly said is an official supporter of TPLF.

    But the other person DAWI ,on this forum. who seem to have developed a habit of defending Tecola and would have us assume from his writings he regards Mas unpatriotic is assuming to much. Dawi you just pilled an onion close to my eye in saying “being you must be hard”.

  22. Abegaz
    | #22

    Yohanne,I assure you that I Dawi and prof Tecola are different persons.

    On that note, at first the good professor gave the TPLF the benefit of the doubt. In short time he understood that the TPLF was cheating in the name of Democracy. You leave an organization for a reason. and his reason was conviction for truth. I even gave them the benefit of the doubt at first until Tefera walwa came to the VOA program and declared that the TPLF recognizes Eritrea’s secession. That was before they came to size power when they were closing in. Prof. Tecola has been consistent, and a fierce critique of the banda Meles ever since he left the TPLF. I was an opposition to the TPLF from the get got since the bad mouth of Tefera. But that does not make me better than the Tecola.

    The truth is, the TPLF guys hate Prof Tecola to his bone. That is understandable. His criticism puts them to shame. So I would not be surprised if most of the critique of the good professor are TPLFites.

  23. aha!
    | #23

    Abegaz! The overarching test I use for the this article is that of flow system charting used in programing to develop a software to perform a task, and modeling, where by it fits the idea of providing a face saving advice to TPLF/eprdf regime, after describing the confrontation between Russia and United States. This advisory capacity has also been reflected in his article about resorting to constitutional monarchy as a unifying factor when the TPLF/eprdf regime was in trouble at some point, but not specifying which line of Monarchy Atse Yohannes or Atse Minelik II. As far as being critical with the late Prime Minister is personal but not political that did not amount to a change in ethnic and secessionist politics and/or policies built into the constitution. TPLF being the architect of the constitution with ideologies of ethnic federalism secessionism and totalitarianism and/or State capitalism, supported by the teletafi and loyalist opposition parties, security, federal police forces, cadres to maintain the status quo that has perpetrated humanitarian, economic, political, and environmental crises for the past 23 years. The question is where does the author’s idea now and in the past lie with respect to challenging the TPLF/eprdf regime, other than challenging the late Prime Minister.

  24. Give us a break!
    | #24

    As they say, “Show me your friends, and I will tell you who you are” From the get go, dictator Meles was known by TPLF and by most Tigrians that he was the most radical, hateful racist, unstable, coldblooded and a remorseless killer that hated Ethiopia, particularly Amharas. Why in God’s name, any sensible man/woman that believes in God want to work or associate with a known sociopath that denied Ethiopians their God given rights, spilled the blood of so many patriotic Tigreans and countless number of Ethiopians?


  25. kentu
    | #25

    realy I am gekalen oing to give you real advice we are in a big problem you now it what it is our calture we change our side easly like abamela and Solomon tekalin as opposition like gumebet 7 you need to take strong action against this idiot people kile them or turture them so the other people scare to do bad staff as a good lesson

  26. kentu
    | #26

    they are using as a buisseness to make money but I don’t blaime them because they know that we are weak

  27. MOSES
    | #27

    Please think a little bit more than FDI and Meles.
    If you want to read pls work on the bottom website.
    It broadens your perspective to see the big picture.

    good reading

  28. Anonymous
    | #28

    I don’t think, you either misunderstood his point or you are trying to interpret the way you want to. In the movement of Ukraine crisis, there were elements of neo Nazis, even by most European countries understanding, they are called fascists. I don’t think Tekola Hagos stated that the whole of Ukrainian people are neo Nazis unless you want to score a point. I am not a fan of Tekola Hagos for long time and don’t like his most views but on this article, he has some vital points to be appreciated.

  29. fikir
    | #29


    What is really confusing is that these empires don’t seem to be clear and they are doing good job of confusing us as people call them as the Masons, Zionists, Illuminatis, Nights Templars, bankers, West so on. The fact remains that indeed through all these divisions and wars, some shadow/invisible groups are climbing high alright. It is not just directed towards the poor countries but also countries in Europe. It still needs to be clear who is really pulling the strings.

  30. Anonymous
    | #30

    Sam. I don’t know what you are talking about? which are the former colonies of Russia? sir! make things straight. Around 1920,the Bolsheviks gave the eastern and southern Ukraine land from Russia, then in 1954 the leader of the communist party gave Cremea of Russia as part of Ukraine. There is very deep historical root between Ukraine and Russia. The so called the wests try to create tension and conflict instead of Ukraine and Russia solve their problem. it is obvious why the west is doing this. so, anti Russia mentality is not healthy without seeing the causes of the problem. what are you saying about the will of the Cremea people. is it a fake referendum? as those who hate Russia claim. We have to be careful when we judge things. when our information is based from biased media, then we can come to false conclusion.@Teodros Kiros

  31. Anonymous
    | #31

    Have I read ‘Ethiopean weapon industry’? When exaggeration got exaggerated !!

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