Scots vote for unity shaming Ethiopian separatists By Robele Ababya

September 28th, 2014 Print Print Email Email

I am not in the mindset of making comparison between two countries at the opposite poles on the poverty spectrum in terms of economy, social justice, and democracy. But in short Scotland is in the category of highly industrialized regions in Europe and the Scots enjoyed basic freedom of speech for centuries; whereas undemocratic Ethiopia under the TPLF tyrannical rule is one of the poorest countries in the world – just above Niger that is at the bottom rung of the poverty ladder.

Destitute Ethiopia is enslaved in the abyss of “unprecedented global crisis” – in terms of the nowadays popularly used in the media to describe the current political turmoil in the world in which neo-colonialists and their associated corrupt supper rich constitute a complex set of strange bedfellows that change alliances frequently. Political leaders of the industrialized democracies, blinded by lust for power and blatant greed, have lost their moral compass in our global village; wars and the scramble for natural resources are forcing unparalleled number of human beings to flee their homelands or villages either as refugees or victims of evictions in the name of development. Thus, nn the present circumstances in the face of widespread social unrest, revolution on a global scale is very likely. God forbid the prospect of a 3rd world war.

Snapshot on history of Union of England and Scotland

Scotland has been part and parcel of the British Empire, so big in its era of glory in which “the sun never sets”. Its rulers including Scots used the abominable divide and rule policy along ethnic and religious lines in order to maintain stability in their colonies – leaving a trail of ticking time-bombs that these colonies had to inherit as they became politically ‘independent’ but economically subservient.

The sun does set and rise in the UK of today that is militarily powerful, economically prosperous, and democratically exemplary with unfettered freedom of expression. In Scotland and the rest of the UK it is unthinkable to hold political prisoners or prisoners of conscience. But it is deeply hurting and disappointing that The UK is providing direct financial support to the regime in Ethiopia where gross human rights violations are the norm, political prisoners are in their hundreds, and all pillars of democracy are completely controlled by the EPRDF party.

Genesis of the United Kingdom (UK)

Quote The Acts of Union were two Acts of Parliament: the Union with Scotland Act 1706 passed by the Parliament of England, and the Union with England Act passed in 1707 by the Parliament of Scotland. They put into effect the terms of the Treaty of Union that had been agreed on 22 July 1706, following negotiation between commissioners representing the parliaments of the two countries. The Acts joined the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland (previously separate states with separate legislatures, but with the same monarch) into a single, united kingdom named “Great Britain”

The Acts took effect on 1 May 1707. On this date, the Scottish Parliament and the English Parliament united to form the Parliament of Great Britain, based in the Palace of Westminster in London, the home of the English Parliament. Hence, the Acts are referred to as the Union of the Parliaments. On the Union, the historian Simon Schama said “What began as a hostile merger, would end in a full partnership in the most powerful going concern in the world … it was one of the most astonishing transformations in European history.” Unquote
The above paragraphs are presented for the readers to scrutinize and establish the uniqueness of the genesis of the UK 307 years ago that is entirely different from that of Ethiopia.

Intellectual giants and renowned universities of Scotland
The accomplishment and the impact of their outstanding works on civilization are I am sure quite familiar to graduates of American universities in science, economics or engineering:-
1. James Clerk Maxwell (13 June 1831 – 5 November 1879) was a Scottish mathematical physicist; In the millennium poll—a survey of the 100 most prominent physicists—Maxwell was voted the third greatest physicist of all time, behind only Newton and Einstein.
2. Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922)[4] was an eminent Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone.[N 3]

Bell’s father, grandfather, and brother had all been associated with work on elocution and speech, and both his mother and wife were deaf, profoundly influencing Bell’s life’s work. His research on hearing and speech further led him to experiment with hearing devices which eventually culminated in Bell being awarded the first U.S. patent for the telephone in 1876. Bell considered his most famous invention an intrusion on his real work as a scientist and refused to have a telephone in his study. Many other inventions marked Bell’s later life, including groundbreaking work in optical telecommunications, hydrofoils and aeronautics. In 1888, Bell became one of the founding members of the National Geographic Society.”

3. Adam Smith (16 June 1723 – 17 July 1790) was a Scottish moral philosopher and a pioneer of political economy. One of the key figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, Smith is best known for two classic works: The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). The latter, usually abbreviated as The Wealth of Nations, is considered his magnum opus [great work] and the first modern work of economics. Smith is cited as the “father of modern economics” and is still among the most influential thinkers in the field of economics today. Souce:Google.

Unfortunately for the same periods stated above, Ethiopia did not even have institutions of higher in science and technology.
A list of ten top universities in Scotland is given below:-
University of Edinburgh (Founding date 1583, ranked 17th in the world)
University of Glasgow (Founding date 1451, ranked 51st in the world)
University of St Andrews (Founding date 1410, ranked 83rd in the world)
University of Aberdeen (Founding date 1495, ranked 51st in the world)
University of Dundee (Founding date?, ranked 219th in the world)
University of Strathclyde (Founding date 1796, 257th in the world)
Heriot-Watt University (Founding date 1821, ranked 369th in the world
University of Stirling (Founding date 1967, ranked 501- 550) in the world)
Robert Gordon University (Founding date 18th century, university status in 1992, ranked 701 in the word)
Note:- According to International Journal of Scientometrics, infometrics and bibliometrics, total number of universities in the world are counted to 17036. The information can be found on their website

The Scottish Referendum of 18/09/2014

Mr. Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister of the UK, listed seven “real risks” of independence that he said had been unaddressed by the Scottish Nationa Party (SNP):
• The uncertainty over what currency Scotland would use.
• The default from debt “threatened” by the SNP after Salmond suggested that an independent Scotland would decline to assume its share of the UK’s debt if Westminster rejects a currency union.
• The need to build up £30bn in reserves if Scotland resorts to “sterlingisation” – using the pound outside a formal currency union.
• Prices rising in the shops.
• Increases in interest and mortgage rates.
• A million jobs linked to Scotland’s membership of the UK.
• A financial shortfall that not even oil revenues can make up for. He said: “A massive financial hole that means the risk to the NHS does not come from us, it comes from the policies of the SNP.”

In his passionately powerful appeals to the voters Mr. Brown was able to show that the cost of separation is far more expensive than the cost of remaining united. The voters listened; the vote was a convincing result of 55% to 45% in favor of retaining the 307 years old Union!

I was listening to the BBC on the eve of the Scottish Referendum that I would like to share with readers. Two friends at a crowded pub in Glascow were expressing their optimism that their side was going to win. But both vowed that their friendship would come first no matter what the outcome of the votes may be. The pub was packed with enthusiasts 400 of which were supporters of “Independence” against only 66 in favor of Unity. I was pleasantly impressed with the maturity of democrats in the pub. The quasi-flawless vote resulted convincingly in favor of preserving the UK intact buts pledging to address other issue raised by SNP.

My plea to proponents of secession

Ethiopia is an ancient country that had a system of laws while Europeans were still barbarians. The gallant Oromo people have been and still are part and parcel of Ethiopian civilization for time immemorial. As a majority it is foolhardy and practically untenable for some OLFites to think of secession; on the contrary they should collaborate with the Amhara and the rest of the ethnic groups in favor of unity in order to expedite independence from the TPLF occupation.
Let the Scottish Referendum serve as an example in the noble undertaking of getting out of the trap of the obsolete “Nations and Nationalities” policy. The Ethiopian people have suffered for decades in waiting for the supreme rule of law in their country. Let us settle for the motto: “One country, Ethiopia, one person one vote!
All political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Ethiopia including:- Andualem Aragie, Eskinder Nega, Andargachew Tsige, Abraha Desta, Bekele Gerba, Reeyot Alemu, Leaders of the Ethiopian Muslims, the 9 bloggers and 3 Journalists, et al should be released immediately and unconditionally!


  1. Amanuel
    | #1

    The convicted prisoners you have mentioned in this article have broken the law of the land, that is why they are prisoners to begin with. Any political opposition may have his/her openion heard without undermine the rule and law of the land, if you decide to override and violate the law in the name of opposition then you should expect the law to take its course.

  2. woyane is in crisis -politically and financially?
    | #2

    1. ጽሁፍህ ያነጣጠረው በኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ላይ በመሆኑ አዝናለሁ ኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ድምጽ በየትኛው ነጻ ምርጫ ሳጥን ሲሰጥ አይተህ ወይም ሰምተህ ነው ይህንን ክስ ያቀረብከው? ወይስ ወያኔ የሚያራግበውን መድገምህ? ወያኔ አገሩን ከገነጣጠለ 20 አመት አልፎታል አንተ ገና በኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ለማላከክ ምነው ፈለግህ? ወይስ ወያኔ ተጠያቂ እንዳይሆን ፈለግህ?

    2. አንቀጽ 39 የሕገ መንግስቱ አካል አርጎ ያወጀው ወያኔ ሲሆን ከፍተኛ ድጋፍ ያገኘውም ክቢሪትሹ መንግስት ነው
    ጎርደን ብራውን ደግሞ ለመለስ የቅርብ ጋደኛሞች አጋሩም ነበሩ ለሕገ መንግስቱ ቀረጻ ባይሆንም ልማታዊውን መግስቱን በገንዘብና ፓለቲካ ይረዱታል.
    ለመሆኑ በዚህ ሕገ መንግስት ቀረጻ የትኛው ሕዝብ ውይይትና ውክልና ነበረ ልትል ነው ካለግለሰቦች በስተቀር?

    3. እንበልና ኦሮሞ ሕዝብ አንተ እንዳልከው ስለመብቱ ቢጠይቅ ማለትም የፍትሕ እኮልነት የሕግ የብላይነት የራስን መምራት ጥያቀ እንጂ ብልጽግናና ቴክኖሎጁ መስፈርት ሳያማሉ መብት ጥያቄ ማንሳት የለበትም ለማለት ነው የፈለከው?

    4. እግረ መንገድህን ላስታውስህና የገንዘብ ድጋፍ ማድረግና ወያኔን መንግስት እውቅና በመስጠት የረዳቸው የቢሪትሽ መንግስትና መሪዎች ናቸውና ታዲያ ለራሳቸው የማይወዱትን ለኛ ሲለግሱ ምነው ጠንከር ብለህ አልጻፍክም?

    በነጋራችን አደራህን በመለያየት ችግራችን መፍትሄ ያገኛል ባይ አይደለሁም ግን በአገራችን ላለው ፓለቲካዊ ችግር ጽሁፍህ ለውይይቱ የሚረዳ ተዛማጅ ነጥብ አላመጣም
    በርግጥ ስኮቲሾች ድምጽ በመስጠት አሸናፊው አብሮ መኖር የተሻለ ነው የሚለው ፋክት ነው ለውይይት የሚሆን ነገር ግን የለህም


  3. Andnet Kebreab
    | #3

    This an excellent piece blaming secessionist minorities.

    | #4

    “on the contrary they should collaborate with the Amhara and the rest of the ethnic groups in favor of unity in order to expedite independence from the TPLF occupation.”

    collaborate with the Amhara (against)the TPLF occupation!!?? ምን !!?? እዚህ ላይ “ፈትኻ-ፀላእኻ ኣነ እየ…..!” የሚለውን የነሱውኑን ምሳሌ ሙሉ-ለሙሉ ከማስፈሬ በፊት, MLLT እንደነ “NICOLE”(ስዩም መስፍን ካድሬዎቹን ከሻዕቢያ የሆነ ክፍያ ሰጥቶ ሲቀበላቸው, እንደታዘለች ካለምንም ክፍያ በምራቂ መልክ የተለገሰችው!) እና እንዲሁም ሌሎች ብዙ the GEDAREFኦች ስልጥኖች ጠበቆች እንዳሉ ባውቅም, ግን የማይመስል ነገር ሲገጥመኝ, ለጥብቅናም ባይሆን, የሰው ልጆችን በማይመስል አባባል ማወናበድ ትክክል አይደለም ከሚለው ነፃ ከሆነው ግፊቴ ብቻ በመንደርደር …..HA..HA…, አገራቸው ነውና occupation የሚለውን ቃል አስወግደህ በ’KULTURA the SADO-MASO HABITUS እየቦጠቦጡ ያሉት, ብለህና ከዘር ዘርም ሳትለይ እንዲያው The looting-gangs ብትላቸውሳ!? ይሄም ደግሞ, “The Woyane regime in Ethiopia spends millions of dollars to maintain one of the largest armed forces in Africa, uses scarce foreign exchange to purchase military hardware from East Europe and large sums of money on propaganda to keep the level of anxiety high, “ ከሚለው የይልማ በቀለ አባባል ጋራ ቅራኔ ውስጥ ካልከተተህ ነው:: ምክኒያቱም, ይልማ ገንዘቡን በሙሉ አገርን ለመከላከል ነው የሚያውሉት ለማለትም እየቃጣው ነውና…………!!

    ብመወዳእትኡ ግና ፈናዊ ቓል ሆይ, ብሕቶ መልክዕ ክሰናበተካ’ሞ ፈቓድካ ይኹን, ከምይ እዩ ነገራቱ ኹሉ!? ኤምባሲታት ናይ DC ሎምዓንቲ ተዓፅዮም ዶኾንዮም ዊዒሎም ኮይኖም, ወይስ ድማ ፅሓይን ውርጭን ምቑቛም ስልዘይክኣልካ ዲኻ ከምዚ ኸማና behind the computer ኣብ ገዛ ዊዒልካ ዝኒሐኻ…..!!??

    ህብረተሰባችን እኮ እርስ-በራሳችን እንድንናከስ ብቻ ሳይሆን PRODUCTIVES እንድንሆንም ይጠብቅብናልና….!!

  5. Observer
    | #5

    The article is filled with too much negativity and hidden agendas that trying to blackmail and attempt to destroy Ethiopia’s unity and Ethiopias advancement and progress. Certainly the article is written by anti-Ethiopian element.

  6. Dawi
    | #6

    Robele said:

    [[..Let the Scottish Referendum serve as an example in the noble undertaking of getting out of the trap of the obsolete “Nations and Nationalities” policy. The Ethiopian people have suffered for decades in waiting for the supreme rule of law in their country. Let us settle for the motto: “One country, Ethiopia, one person one vote!...]]

    First of all, the majority are not poor in Scotland; if that was the case if most likely would have been a Yes vote to independence.

    What a Scottish Profession in global health said was “the shorter the life expectancy of voter – the bigger the chance of them voting Yes. ….The lower the income of Scots the more likely they were to vote Yes.

    That was exactly what happened in Scotland and this is a country relatively wealthy and among the developed nations of the world.

    Sunday Post analysis into last Thursday’s vote show the four areas with Yes majorities – Dundee (57.3%), Glasgow (53.5%), West Dunbartonsire (54%) and North Lanarkshire (51.1%) – all share one important characteristic: they house some of Scotland’s most severe areas of poverty.

    Other areas with marginal No votes were Inverclyde (50.1%), North Ayrshire (51%), Renfrewshire (52.8%) East Ayrshire (52.8%), which have similar socio-economic profiles.

    But in the most affluent areas of Scotland, the No margin of victory was widest.

    For example, Glasgow’s two most affluent suburban areas – East Renfrewshire (63.2% No) and East Dunbartonshire (61.2% No) – stand in marked contrast to the city.

    Other Scottish cities with a strong upper and middle class element had comfortable No majorities – Aberdeen (58.6%), Edinburgh (61.1%) and Stirling (59.8%).

    Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie said: “The 88%, 90% turnouts tended to be in areas where there was less social deprivation – areas where, you could argue, people are well-served by the current constitutional framework.”

    When it comes to our country, “nations and Nationalities” should be looked at as an alternative to immediate referendum and a transition to “one person one vote”. How else do you appease secessionist of all hues running loose among poor people? It is their nature to create endless squabbles or break the country apart.For us Eritrea is a good example to learn on how secessionists can hijack and take over poor peoples aspirations to be free of poverty first a foremost and turn it into smut.

    That is why, a semi authoritarian Developmental state to get out of Poverty is not an option but a necessity to make the transition to “one person one vote” without a break up.

  7. Abdi
    | #7

    It is wrong to draw an incoherent parallel between Scotland and Ethiopia. Scots generally are unhappy about the unequal marriage of over 300 years with the English invaders. It is a question of time they will be independent in the foreseeable future. Compared to Scotland, how old is modern Ethiopia? People are not even allowed to say I am an Eritrean, Oromo and Somali. I vividly recall not to long ago the outrage against Al-Jazeera for interviewing Jawhar Mohamed and another journalist. There is nothing wrong for people to take their own destinies into their own hands. One should keep an open mind to iron-out political differences in order to live harmoniously. The Sudan is a perfect case in point to let the Southern go their own way. I wish President Obama should appeal on behalf of his ancestors the Luo, in Kenya, who are a third-class citizen under the dreadful Kikuyu since 1960. He did appeal on behalf of English unity with the Scots.

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