My Take on Tecola’s Article Messay Kebede

May 17th, 2015 Print Print Email Email

Let me begin by saying that my comments do not diminish my friendship for you or my high regard for your commitment to Ethiopian unity and prosperity. Still, I find myself compelled to state publicly that the article you posted under the title “We (Ethiopians) Get the Government We Deserve?” is based on faulty information about the conference, exclusively gathered from video clips. In no way do these clips give even an approximate picture of the content of the papers and the subsequent discussions. They present only highlights taken out of their context and, as such, little able to convey the general spirit of each paper. The purpose of the clips is not so much to narrate the conference as to give you the appetite to watch the complete video. I wish your article was written after you had a more thorough knowledge of the conference.

Above all, I would like to dismiss your shocking affirmation according to which the participants “projected as a whole hate of Tygreans, not just the individuals in Power in Ethiopia.” An affirmation of this nature coming from you is disconcerting, to say the least. I, for one, would have never participated in a conference conspiring against an ethnic group, still less against Tigreans, who by all account are one of the pillars of Ethiopian history and culture. I hope you know this. The reality, however, is that no one paper reflecting or advocating hatred toward Tigreans was read at the conference. On the contrary, the contributors clearly separated the Tigrean people from those who rule in their name and from those individual Tigreans as well as Amhara or Oromo, etc., who support the ruling clique and profit from the regime. Moreover, the conference did not talk only about violence and war: peace and reconciliation were also largely debated in many papers as well as during the discussions.

Another disconcerting feature is the way you describe the participants. You speak of “power hungry fantasy ridden, hateful bunch of over-educated, and over-experienced, deteriorating and ageing politicians represented arrogantly.” I don’t know what to make of this statement or what you intend to achieve. What is more, you always complain that many Ethiopians hurry to insult you instead of reading what you wrote. I catch you doing the same thing, since you were neither present in the conference nor had read any of the presented papers. Likewise, I do not see how your description of the participants does not apply to you. Notably, it seems to me that you belong to the same age group and that your advocacy of age discrimination seems of poor taste. And if talking about politics and the future of Ethiopia is to be power hungry and fantasy ridden, I do not see how this statement is not an echo of the position of the present regime accusing people of terrorism each time they voice a dissenting view. You cannot deprive me of the right to have a say in the affairs of my country without siding with the existing regime.

Yet, you too are not happy with the regime. Better still, you propose a solution, which calls, to my utter dismay, for some kind of coup d’état by senior military officers. My intention here is not discuss the feasibility of this idea; rather, I want to underline its main implication. It seems to me that you have reached the conclusion that the TPLF is no longer able to reform itself, even less to come up with a policy capable of dealing with the mounting problems of Ethiopia. However, for some reason, the existing opposition parties, be they peaceful or armed, do not appear to you as viable alternatives. You are equally adamant to the prospect of a popular uprising. What, then, is left but the military?

What would be the outcome of your proposal? You know that the senior level of the army is completely dominated by generals, who in addition to being of Tigrean origin, wholly embrace the ethnic ideology of the TPLF. You want to get rid of the upper civilian command of the TPLF while maintaining its military component. In this way, true power will still remain in the hands of the TPLF. You want to reform the government but without changing the political elite. This is your dilemma! It is also baffling to me how you can seriously expect reforms from army generals who are notorious for their embedded corruption and invested interests in the business ventures of the TPLF. If this is the best idea you have for the future of Ethiopia, then I strongly advise you to ask ESAT for the complete video of the conference and watch it attentively. You may find there better, much better ideas.

  1. Anonymous
    | #1

    I am pained to write that one of our top national scholars and a philosopher at that participated at such hate corroded atmosphere, which excluded Ethiopia’s leading writers and philosophers of Tigrean origin, who continue to mightly contribute to the articulation and defense of Ethiopianity, and

    he should have put sense in the minds of the organizers of the conference.
    I am wounded that even Professor Messay Kebede, whose books I reviewed and admired, stooped to this level of political mediocrity.

    Having said this, I will continue to hope that he cleanses himself philosophically and behave as one of the leading Ethiopian philosophers.

  2. Dagnew
    | #2

    I think most of professor Tecola Hagos`s commentaries have their roots in his clear anti-Amhara political views. This is also the problem the TPLF guys are burdened with. It is not difficlut to find out this though he is trying to sound as subtle as he could. I can not fathom why the TPLF guys have not freed themselves from this bondage after 24 years of misrule, corruption and repression by their ethnix front.

  3. nabil
    | #3

    ፕሮፌስር መሳይ ለምርጥ አስተያየቶት ምርጥ ምስጋና አቀርባለሁኝ:: ፕሮፌሰር ተኮላን በተመለከተ የምለው አውቆ የተኛን ቢጠሩት አይሰማም ነዉ ነገሩ!!! ሞት ለ ኢትዮጵያውያን ዙሉዎች(tplfists)

  4. tewbel
    | #4

    I WONDER WHAT ALL THESE CONFABULATIONS OR ENDLESS REPETITIONS OF DISCOURSES USED TROUGH OUT THE YEARS BY POLITICIANS AND INTELLECTUALS OUTGROWN BY TIME AND EVENTS CAN BE OF CONSEQUENCE?. IN A FEW DAYS THE ELECTION WHOSE RESULT WILL SECURE THE REGIME RULE FOR ANOTHER FIVE YEARS IS UNDERWAY.
    WILL A CONFERENCE HELD THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY FROM THE SCENE WILL INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME ????

  5. woyane is in crisis -politically and financially?
    | #5

    corrections;
    Thank you for show him the right way to go.
    I read couple of Pro Tecola articles. He consistently suggests:
    Non-Tigrean Ethiopia do hate Tigrean people; and accuses non-Tigrean Ethiopians as war mongers; we are all Dergist ; and so on.., and so forth.
    His suggestion to have a military gov’t with senior Tigrean commanders tells it all. There is no point to argue with him. T

  6. gem
    | #6

    Tecola hagos is unmasking himself rapidly and is looking like that guy who is writing on Awramba Times (mesay kebede?) it won’t be too long before Tecola goes back to Addis Abeba to fall on the lap of Tplf.

  7. Haile
    | #7

    Ethiopian Intellectuals are good for one thing and one thing only , writing a weekly articles to show who is smarter than who and just criticizing each other but they will never work togther for their country or their people

    Good Luck

  8. Ancient-Yeha.eu
    | #8

    የኮሜንቶች ክርፋች-ዘጊ ሆይ, በተለይም የግእዝ section’ንን አስመልክቶ!
    ልታፍነኝ ትፈልጋለህ, ግን ደግሞም በሙሉ ልብህ አይደለም!
    የሆነ ችግር አለብህ! ችግርህስ ከእኔ ጋራ ወይንስ ከራስህ ጋራ!!??
    ለማንኛውም ማወቅ ያለብህ, አንተን ለማስደሰት ስል, የአንተን መንፈስ የሚያስደስት መእክት እንደማላስተላልፍልህ ነው! ምንጊዜም ሳስተላልፍ የሚመስለኝን ብቻ ነው!

  9. Bedlu Shibashi
    | #9

    Professor Messay Kebede:
    what was the crucial role played by Gurages when TPLF took power? Your next of kin Soddo Guragis foremost, Kassu Ilala and his brother-in-law are fervently anti-Amharas, anti-Oromos and anti-Somalis. I don’t want you to come as a champion of one Ethiopia, when in fact, you advocated for Amharic language for all Ethiopians during the reign of Mengestou. I prefer Tecola, who is inside out a TPLF and makes no bone about being a true son of Tigryan, unfortunately born in Wollo.Sorry, I don’t like people who are into what they can get. I hope this much is clear.

  10. Anbabi from Dallas
    | #10

    Well said. I totally agree.

    If Ato Tekola has any virtue of humility, he has one or two things to learn from this writing and the author:

    1) The author has not deviated from the subject matter.

    2) The author used his factual based premise to correct inaccurate assertions by Ato Tekola and to make objective analysis of Ato Tekola’s claims and proposals; and lastly to make the author’s own arguments and logical conclusions. No hyperbole or no ludicrous claims and no preposterous proposals here.

    3) The author used highly professional etiquette that is more fitting to his title. No hooligan-like diatribe or defamatory, discriminatory language used here.

    However unlikely, it is my hope that Ato Tekola will use this article as a reflective mirror to re-examine at least, his ways if not his political viewpoints.

  11. Teodros Kiros
    | #11

    I am pained to write that one of our top national scholars and a philosopher at that participated at such hate corroded atmosphere, which excluded Ethiopia’s leading writers and philosophers of Tigrean origin, who continue to mightly contribute to the articulation and defense of Ethiopianity, and
    he should have put sense in the minds of the organizers of the conference.
    I am wounded that even Professor Messay Kebede, whose books I reviewed and admired, stooped to this level of political mediocrity.
    Having said this, I will continue to hope that he cleanses himself philosophically and behave as one of the leading Ethiopian philosophers.

  12. garamaw
    | #12

    You Badilu Shibashi, you are the least educated creature, even more morose than the known idiot Dawi. You know, most readers know well about the missing thing inside the skull of Dawi, but no matter how Dawi lost important part of his brain, he is quite healthier than you. We do not simply like your unrefined English. That is it. Do not bother to reply.

  13. hunde
    | #13

    Dear all,
    please go back and review what Prof. Tecola has written before. You will find a consistent patter of:-

    1. He want to show us he is an objective person by insulting few of the TPLF political leader (specially Meles Zenawi), he think that by doing so people will consider him as opposing some part of the current government. But he is fully in support of the current system by full heart.

    2. Deep inside he has ethnic problem, it seems he is a narrow minded and he want to vent this by blaming others on ethnic mindedness. As the saying goes, if you are a nail everything you see is a hammer.

    3. He is also, sorry for the word, bet “balege”. just read how he insulted the scholars attended the conference. It is a widely recognized knowledge in Ethiopia, elderly comes with wisdom and a lot to learn from their experiences. We have been blaming Ethiopian scholars for not contributing for the struggle for freedom and democracy. But for Tecola these are a deteriorating individuals. For him the best people who have to be engaged and lead Ethiopia is the uneducated and barbaric TPLF generals.

    4. I don`t know even how he dare to tell us the Ethiopian election is around the corner. really? even at this high educational status you claim you have achieved, you don`t know at least the minimum standards of a fair and free election. Shame on you.

    5. The solution he gave, organize a military to lead….. I haven`t heard such a childish solution for the complex problem our country is facing. It is a surprising revelation Prof.

    6. He is also blaming the scholars for being power hungry…. the same propaganda was being persistently promoted by Melese and Other TPLF leaders. What is wrong for someone to dream for power in the county of his/her own? On one hand, he is saying they are old and deteriorating and on the other hand he is saying they are power hungry. If the person is old and deteriorating, I don`t think they will look for power in a country like Ethiopia, rather look for a safe retirement. The intention Tecol was making is to discourage scholars to participate in the political discussion so that his barbaric and uneducated TPLFist keep on stealing and killing. what an immoral person?

    Let me say my gut feeling, the guy must be up to something. I believe, he is indirectly sending a message to the TPLF leadership that he is a staunch supporter of their policy and their leadership, he is looking for some position within TPLF.

    But he is the most arrogant, childish, bad-mannered scholar I ever came to know recently. I can understand know why he was complaining that people were insulting him….you deserve that man. There are many innocent and objective Tigreyans, you are just non of those….and don`t dump your rotten ethnic hatred on others, keep it for yourself until it suffocate and kills you….

  14. ከበደ
    | #14

    ተይድሮስ የፃፈው Anonymous እያላቹ የምታወጡት ለምንድን ነው? ልክ አይደለም፡፡

  15. endax
    | #15

    One thing we should new we all ethiopan but difrant mather if we are ethiopans we shouid come tow gather and sat dowen and tohke than we came up the soletion this the time tow a take action we are in bege mass people wake up and lase dow samting god bilase ethiopa and people of ethiopa.

  16. B
    | #16

    T kiros
    You always copy these philosophical terms but you never had any meaningful philosophical work done like MESAY did. You copy philosophical terms does not mean you are a philosopher. The mere fact you think tribal is one evidence. MESAY is free of this.
    If you want to be a good person get out tribalism.

    Thank you.

  17. Ewenetu Yenger
    | #17

    This is a very good lesson to Prof. Tecola who sometimes writes article driven by other factors than facts and intellect. Prof Messay was very magnanimous and friendly in his tone, did not deviate from the subject, balanced in the subject of the matter in his response to Prof. Tecola. I was tempted to say that he is an apologist for TPLF , then i thought that would be like doing what he sometimes does using defamatory language. I know he is more nuanced than the typical TPLF apologist and unlike them, he loves his country. I do not know what causes him to go below the standard of the person his stature, may be he is short tempered or suffer from other type behavioral disorder, but he sometime goes beyond what is norm.

  18. Cheru
    | #18

    #14 Kebede
    You are right on the money. But i suspect Mr. Tecola himself is the one who is masquerading as anonymous. Read back most of the posts under the name “anonymous”, the style of writing is too obvious. Why does Tecola stoop so low? As #13 above (Hunde) said this is typical Bilgina (Meqilel).

  19. Mergia
    | #19

    WE should understand that professor Tecola Hagos suffers from the mental disorder known as Amharo-phobia. This is the disorder the TPLF people are long diagnosed with but have not received professional advice, guidance or treatment. It is possible to cure this disorder if the patients like professor Tecola Hagos seek treatment and follow ups. Until then professor Tecola Hagos and the other TPLF ethnicists should be treated as patients in need of treatment. The other abnormality or mental illness the TPLF people suffer from is pathological lying or compulsive lying. Both ailments are chronic in the TPLF and need attention when one initiates discourse with them. The following response to professor Tecola Hagos,like the response of professor Mesay Kebede does not take into accout the mental disorders Amharo-phobia and pathological lying the TPLF people are suffering from.
    http://www.ethiomedia.com/100leads/4887

  20. Teodros Kiros
    | #20

    Dear #16

    You must be too busy for not consulting amazon.com and see a list of books under Teodros Kiros, better still, you may just google the name and start reading, You may want to begin with Self-Construction and The formation of human values and then go down the list. I warn you not to begin if you are not sufficiently literate.

    May I humbly advise you not to begin attacking before you learn how to read and write.

  21. Alem
    | #21

    @Teodros Kiros
    Dear Dr. Teodros,
    1/ So you are saying Dr. Messay should have cleared with you or “master thinker” Tecola ["philosophers of Tigrean origin"] to participate in the conference?
    2/ How did you determine the conference was “hate corroded” without participating in it or even before the video was made public?
    3/ What makes you think Dr. Messay can “put sense in the minds of the organizers of the conference” where you failed to put one in Tplf?

  22. ከበደ
    | #22

    ሚስተር ቢ(16) ይገባኛል ለ ዶክተር መሳይ ማገዝህ ነው ነገር ግን የዝምድና ጉዳይ አይደለም የአገር ጉዳይ ነው፡፡ እዚህ ላይ የምናወራው ፓለቲካ ከሆነ የተጻፈው ጽሁፍ አይተን ብቻ ነው መፍረድ ያለብን እንጂ አሁን እያደረከው ያለሀው ደክተር ተድሮስ ኪሮስ የትግራይ ተወላጅ ስለሆነ ብቻ የፈለገ ታአምር ቢሰራ የማይዋጥልህ ከሆነ በኩፍኛ ታማሃል፡፡ምክንያቱም ሁለቱንም ጻሃፍያን ኢትዮጵያውያን ናቸው፡፡ ምናልባት ስለ ዶክተር ተይድሮስ ማወቅ ከፈለክ የፃፋቸውን አስር መጽሃፍት ኣንብብና የሚገባህ ከሆነ ስለሱ ማንነት ተረዳ፡፡ እንደ እብድ ውሻ የሚያደርግህ ተው እና ወደ ትክክለኛ መንገድ ተመለስ፡፡የኣንዱ ክልል ተወላጅ ከኣንዱ ክልል ተወላጅ ኣስበልጠን የምናስብ ከሆነ ከቆምንበት ኣንድ እርምጃ ሳንጋዝ እዛው ቁመን እንቀራለን፡፡ እንደ እብድ ውሻ የሚያንቀዠቅዥህ ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ፍቱን ፀበል ኣለ እጠቁማሃለሁ፡፡እስከዛው እግዚአብሀር ምህረቱን ይስጥህ፡፡

  23. Zanquila
    | #23

    Definitely professor Techola has proven himself untrustworthy and unreliable person on account of his harsh criticisms based on faulty and expired thinking and biased judgment of fellow Ethiopians. The problem with professor Techola has been his loyalty to the criminal organization he has strong affinity to. He never had tried to be fair and unbiased towards those who had gone extraordinary mile in the fight against the suppressive and oppressive regime of the TPLF; what he is on and in is sticking to the gradually perishing regime.

  24. B
    | #24

    To T. Kiros

    Amazon and google sale everything including napkin. I choke whenever I try to read your copies. You may try to imitate philosophers or try to consider yourself a philosopher. But your erratic diatribe proves that you are shallow and illogical writer.

    Look at your shameful comments on Mesay

    ” ….which excluded Ethiopia’s leading writers and philosophers of Tigrean origin, who continue to mightly contribute to the articulation and defense of Ethiopianity, and he should have put sense in the minds of the organizers of the conference. I am wounded that even Professor Messay Kebede, whose books I reviewed and admired, stooped to this level of political mediocrity.”

    1. Who are the leading writers of Tigrean origion? Who voted that they are leading writers?

    2. Should Mesay Kebede be your prisoner of conscience and ask your permission to participate in any event because you reviewed his book?

    To Kebede if you are not Kiros himself

    I have never seen Mesay and I do not know about his birth place or neged. But I read his articles with interest.Unlike the self aggrandizing T. Kiros, Mesay never said he is the leading writer or a philosopher. T. Kiros talks about wisdom, but he lack wisdom. Whenever T. Hagos sneezes, T. Kiros coughs. T.Hagos wrote about the meeting he did not partcipate or know about. T. Kiros followed and get wounded because Mesay attended the meeting without consulting him. Is this expected from a person who brags every time that he is a philosopher?

    Kebede,

    The unpolished words you utter such as “mad dog” proves your immaturity and/or your nurture in bad environment.

    Who you think should seek holy water treatment now? The self-aggrandizing and extremely impolite people or the sober ones?

    Thank you

  25. Aba Dagnew
    | #25

    To Tedros Kiros;
    Dear #16
    You must be too busy for not consulting amazon.com and see a list of books under Teodros Kiros, better still, you may just google the name and start reading, You may want to begin with Self-Construction and The formation of human values and then go down the list. I warn you not to begin if you are not sufficiently literate.
    May I humbly advise you not to begin attacking before you learn how to read and write.

    The dignity and the ability of a human being is above and beyond reading and writing!King Minilik the 2nd together with his wife Queen Tayitu Bitul led the Ethiopian people to victory over colonial Italy.The Ethiopian history knows that they were never professors however patriotic Ethiopians who utilized the human capabilities to achieve the victory of Adwa!
    So who the hell you think you are to suggest to one that one has to have PHD to speak about issues concerning mother Ethiopia?Because according to you and likes the 80% of Ethiopians have to be professors in order to liberate Ethiopia from the TPLF apartheid!
    I know for sure how much you and likes do jealously compete with the likes of Dr Messay Kebede!I want you to know that the Ethiopian people shall liberate Ethiopia from the TPLF without your and likes hypocrisy!No body buys what you write or say!How could the majority of donkeys expect support from a bunch of literate hyenas?
    The salivation of Ethiopia and it’s people is certain over the grave of TPLF!

  26. Aba Dagnew
    | #26

    Teodros Kiros;

    “Afincha Simeta Ayin Yalekisal”

    Our ancestors were philosopher enough to show us the know how to scrutinize you and likes(Tecola)!

  27. GEORGE
    | #27

    Ethiopian intellectuals you are in very historical moment of the need for awakening.
    Do not waste your precious time on the methodology of struggle as to its legitimacy.
    Because whenever it is a matter of survival any body has the right to use all possible means. As far as I understand the situation of Ethiopia is a matter of survival. Not just a matter of farcical democracy. TPLF at its apex is puppet or member of a very secretive and satanic international cabal. I think that is what makes the struggle very complex. From his articles I guess that the guy Tecola is privy to such matters. So it is better not to ridicule his ideas hastily. When he proposes a military take over he is giving us possible hints about its future implementation if things go messy. However by nature TPLF is neither a military nor a civilian because it is just a mercenary thug or cabal. So what this guy proposes is just change of cover of a certain gift. Any way what the West wants is to maintain the status-quo in any possible means. The West knows that democracy is just an absolute farce in Ethiopia. However the west still continues to support TPLF as long as there comes no other puppet like TPLF. If only the so called oppositions adapt themselves to become the next puppet will they get support from USA+UK+ISRAEL. Ethiopian intellectuals better embrace faith in God to harmonize them as an additional instrument of struggle. With out faith in God shallow and superficial knowledge alone can not save us from the savagery of international satanic enemies. TPLF is also puppet of Zionists. That is why it is undertaking ethnic politics. I deliver my heartily advice to Ethiopian intellectuals to primarily focus on TPLF cabal and the integrity of your historical nation than wasting time on the farcical democracy. Democracy can come through its own natural process but first save your historical nation from disintegration. The price you have to pay to compromise your differences in order to unite and temporary abandon the farcical democracy is by far very less than the price you have been paying under the savagery of TPLF thug. If a benevolent and nationalist dictator has to free Ethiopia from the agony of the incumbent TPLF thug accept that as a temporary solution and work that way. I think the dire situation of Ethiopia is not a type to inculcate the indulgence of democracy. The global elites (both evil and good) understand that the direct application of democracy can become the main source of disharmony, destabilization and disintegration in the 3rd world. Wake up this way and think differently. However the military take over or artificial coup-detat option proposed by Dr. Tecola (may be planned by TPLF and West) is another systematic way of just maintaining the same status-quo. Because the military is mainly TPLF. Additionally like the case in Egypt the military of TPLF is also the type of military that has ample stake in the economic sector as well.

  28. Anbabi from Dallas
    | #28

    Mr. T. Kiros said:

    “… The formation of human values and then go down the list. I warn you not to begin if you are not sufficiently literate.
    May I humbly advise you not to begin attacking before you learn how to read and write.
    … hmmm¿ … I must say, I have difficulty finding HUMILITY in the above statement of Mr. Kiros, where he characterized a fellow Ethiopian as ignorant/stupid. The way I see it, the so called advice is not humble in any sense the context. To the contrary, the “advice” reveals a disturbing picture of a character flaw of boasting, egotistical and arrogant nature.

    … formation of human value … Wow!

  29. Girum
    | #29

    Mr Kiros were you aware abouth this fact that “… the conference was open to the public to present, participate or attend. Call for papers had been posted on almost all Ethiopian websites since February 2015. Anybody, who had interest in the theme, objectives and focus of the conference, as clearly stated in the call for papers, was more than welcome” or you hace no access to internet at home to get topical information on Ethioia?

  30. Anbabi from Dallas
    | #30

    Mr. T. Kiros wrote:

    “… The formation of human values and then go down the list. I warn you not to begin if you are not sufficiently literate.

    May I humbly advise you not to begin attacking before you learn how to read and write.”

    … hmmm ¿ … I must say, I have difficulty finding any kind of HUMILITY in the above statement of Mr. Kiros, where he characterized the fellow Ethiopian he was responding to as ignorant/stupid.
    The way I see it, the so called advice does not show us a humble person/writer in any sense of the context. To the contrary, the “advice” reveals a disturbing picture of a character flaw of boasting, egotistical and of arrogant nature.

    … formation of human values … Wow!

  31. Abere
    | #31

    It is difficult to not respond to Prof. Tekola’s commentary, but I see Prof. Mesay ‘s response as a mere attempt to save face.

  32. Waaqoo
    | #32

    I have read Tekola Hagos’s article and it is not offensive as it is portrayed here. In fact Tekola has a point that rings in my head very well. In the first place, the speakers of that conference are selective for obvious reason (of course I don’t agree with Tekola’s racial one) which are in league of G7 the main backer of the conference.
    As Tekola pointed out, the conference is sidelining seasoned politicians, scholars, community leaders, diplomats and knowledgeable personalities about the politics of Ethiopia. The gathering looks like G7 affair lest to be East African. It also tries to sooth Issayas Afeworki’s solitary isolation in the hermit kingdom.
    As an Ethiopian, I don’t feel it represents the width and breadth of the Ethiopian society, instead it was a PR exercise for G7 to look viable. Quite frankly, it was understandable that G7 number 1 (Birhanu Nega) was actually talking as if Arat Killo is under striking distance of his rebel forces. He was much concerned about what form of government (parliamentarian or presidential) that how to practically salvage the nation from the grip of TPLF thugs. It was quite amazing.
    As to me, I did not expected Dr. Messay (a respected scholar) will respond to score some points, after all Prof. Tekola is entitled to his opinions as much as the bunch of scholars presenting their view at G7 conference (Aka ESAT).
    If the conference has to be balanced, it should have included forceful TPLF critics such as Tekola and Getachew Reda from Tigray proper. Understandably, Tekolas’ criticism was pointed at ESAT not Messay and other speaker. Hence, Messay is overreacting to cover ESAT’s blunder.

  33. aha!
    | #33

    “Ethiomedia is a website that claims to present “Ethiopian News and Daily News from Ethiopia”, perhaps in the likes of ESAT.ORRG or Finote.Org, which present news, editorial comments, individual point of views, interviews and opinion letters of individuals from Ethiopia. What we see in the Ethiomedia by foreign correspondents is views from the leaders of loyalist opposition party, which now formed OPDO/EFDF/medrek/fdre, a mirror image of TPLF/eprdf regime in terms of political modeling and what we see for the most part in Ethiomedia are articles of opinions by the elites in the Diaspora that is leaning towards the current “System of Political Ethnicity”, ethnic federalism, ethnic secessionism and totalitarianism and or state capitalism and monopoly of land mass, telecommunications by TPLF politburo and its affiliations with crony capitalism that engaged in exploitation, political, economic strangle hold of the country’s resources by TPLF/Political, TPLF/EFFORT, TPLF affiliated enterprises and foreign corporations much like the Dutch Boers of ex-apartheid South Africa.

    Having said that I thank Abugidainfo for bring it up for discussion, your rebuttal with reference to Prof. Tecola Hagos’s criticism on “the the Horn of East African conference”, which I support from vantage point and that of Dr. Begashaw’s point of view, but not from the Medrek party at home nor the armed struggle’s point of view of Ginbot 7′s original set up/platform, which is nothing more than AFD1 to a new AFD2, without merging with the national agenda for unity, territorial integrity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, where the last item refers to individual freedom, liberty, and equality to exceed ethnic and secessionist rights, that sets the distinction between the ideologies for Ethiopian Nationalism versus the current government structure and constitution embracing the ideologies of “System of political ethnicity, where individuals carry gossa cards”, ethnic federalism, secessionism, and totalitarianism and or/state capitalism………, that denies the individual freedom, free market capitalism at least in terms of private ownership of land anywhere in Ethiopia as the bases for democracy and democratic government elected by the people to put in place.

    It is not a question of individuals ethnic identity that matters, what matters is the appearance of ones views supporting implicitly or explicitly supporting parties with ethnic rather than national agenda and/or supporting either one of the two ideologies, because in Ethiopia the confrontations in the last 24 years bois down to the Ethiopian Nationalism vs. “System of Political Ethnicity”, ethnic federalism/ethnic home lands, a division of Ethiopian land mass according linguistic regions, rather than retaining the original provinces and developing the country’s resources according to ecological regions to avert the disintegration of Ethiopia, to avert ethnic cleansing, to create a condition for ethnic secessionism and future boundary conflicts and develop Ethiopia as a one nation State, where the government is care taker of the natural resources and eminent domain over these resources.

  34. Ethiopia and her people shall prevail!
    | #34

    To Teodros Kiros;
    You wrote comment on comment number “1″ as Anonymous then you put the same comment on comment number “11″this by it self justifies how much restless and coward you have become like those within the TPLF inner circle.

  35. jizijaiy
    | #35

    It is much better for Professor Tecola Hagos to reflect on searching himself in him and seek for tranquility and observance of his life. since his time with his darlings and buddies in the TPLF mafia organization, he has had done his best share to bring the criminal organization, TPLF to where it is today. Nothing remains stationary; TPLF is in the second phase, from vegetative state to a final phase, death, this is effectively happening. Professor Tecola Hagos must seek professional help, if he fails to cure himself of the disease that he had been inflicted with for too long before it is too late and even going to get professional help would have of no value at all. It is also advisable to him to not play hide and seek with himself; it might be possible to be a mouse but not a cat as this needs him to be curious. So, Professor Tecola Hagos, before he comes out of his hiding place and risk himself of another shame and humiliation, it is better of him to take a pause, think fast when he is dragged by old habit, and think slow when he is pulled forward by charged emotion and polarization.

  36. Waaqoo
    | #36

    The internet technology has given us an opportunity to learn, socialize, do business and organize in unprecedentd way. Not withstanding all those positive contributions to ma kind, it is regretable that most of us abused it in a very retrograsive way. Unless we learned how to be civil, all the time we wasted poring at Ethiopian websites is a point of concern. Over dozens of comments, it’s hardly possible to have constructive and balanced dialogue. At the time where our country is at the lowest point of its history, we are at each others throat for the sake of trashing the other guy. What a despicable state of affairs we are indulging at? My heart aches! Oh my country Ethiopia, there is no a way out of these madness and barbarity let alone to salvage you from the grips of retarded lawless government!!!

  37. Waaqoo
    | #37

    I also advise the Abugida website administrators not to censor comments by citing there may be TPLF gangs or similar. You shold allow comments on real time rather than taking time to censor whether they adhere to the code of conduct. I think actions should be taken after your readers has a glimps of that content and understood your actions are necessary. The reason I commented is I suspected that you are delaying some comments that may not in line with your narrative even if it is posted at the bottom of the page.

  38. Dawi
    | #38

    aha said:

    [[.. rebuttal with reference to Prof. Tecola Hagos’s criticism on “the the Horn of East African conference”, which I support from vantage point and that of Dr. Begashaw’s point of view, but not from the Medrek party at home nor the armed struggle’s point of view of Ginbot 7′s original set up/platform, which is nothing more than AFD1 to a new AFD2…]]

    In the conference, Dr. Nega said that all opposition including ethnic parties agree on making the future government a democratic one but, we don’t have a relationship built on trust. The unionists think ethnic parties are not democratic (as in aha) and the ethnic parties think unionists want to bring the old order.

    Prof. Messay unequivocally opposed using arms struggle in fractured ethnic societies so that it won’t end up as in Libya, Yemen and Syria. That view is similar to Prof. Tecola’s postion on the present government of Ethiopia.

    Prof. Messay talked about the good old “class struggle”, as the only game that subverts inter ethnic fighting; inother words, Ethiopia becoming a “middle income country” helps the country to a smooth transition to “democracy”. I concur!

    EPRDF feel they are taking the country to a “middle income” in the quickest way possible to mankind and saying it with a lot of merit considering the rate of growth for the last 10 years. The opposition don’t have a faster alternative; at least not yet.

    The controversial issue for all seems to be the quickest path to “democracy”?

    On that Messay says arms struggle is needed to bring TPLF/EPRDF to the table because peaceful struggle by itself didn’t do it. This is a position G7 took a long time ago & working at it as Dr. Nega acknowledged and thanked the endorsement by the known scholar at the podium. They have the notion that there is no choice between peaceful and arms struggle; both need to be used to bring EPRDF to the table.

    Prof. Messay said without arms struggle, they will end up a laughing stock by Woyane as in the Oromo group that went to Addis recently and came back embarrassed.

    They may have some point there.

  39. Anonymous
    | #39

    @Anonymous

    I am not sure what your motive is here. The workshop did not invite any particular person privately. It sent invitation to all Ethiopians and those who truly believed they were Ethiopians accepted the invitation. Professor Tekola could have accepted too, but he did not. Why? I really don’t know. Tekola did not even come to the workshop as a listener, but he for some unknown reason thought was good enough to comment on the workshop without actually being in the workshop. This to me is narcissistic at its best

  40. Anonymous
    | #40

    @Anonymous
    I am not sure what your motive is here. The workshop did not invite any particular person privately. It sent invitation to all Ethiopians and those who truly believed they were Ethiopians accepted the invitation. Professor Tekola could have accepted too, but he did not. Why? I really don’t know. Tekola did not even come to the workshop as a listener, but he for some unknown reason thought was good enough to comment on the workshop without actually being in the workshop. This to me is narcissistic at its best

  41. aha!
    | #41

    Dawi @38, you have rightfully served as a spokes person for the for the late prime Minister and perhaps the current ideology of “System of political ethnicity, ethnic federalism, totalitarianism and/or state capitalism compounded with crony capitalism engaged in exploitation, political and economic strangle hold of the countries resources……..

    This time around the argument is addressed to Prof. Tecola Hagos on his remarks about “The Horn of African Conference”, the video of which I listened and partially supported from Prof. Messay Kebede and Dr. Begashaw’s point of views. To that comment these elites would assure me with that response of whether they stand by the ideology of Ethiopian Nationalism of Ethiopia as a one nation state maintaining its grandeur and a beacon for freedom of other African nations, now succumbing to ethnic and secessionist politics and/policies stipulated in the constitution subjecting the silent majority of Ethiopians to ethnic minority dictatorship now and ethnic majority dictatorship in the future by maintaining the status quo. To that end the only pragmatic way that the opposition parties can unite to to overcome the TPLF/eprdf regime of ex-liberation fronts is coalescing around the goals for unity, territorial integrity, sovereignty of Ethiopia and Ethiopians with strategies to achieve those goals in a non-violent struggle for freedom and democracy by the association of free individuals forming a party around the national than ethnic agenda to form a government that rules by the consent of the governed.

  42. Dawi
    | #42

    aha,

    In the conference notice Dr. Nega taking the podium over and thanking Prof. Getachew and particularly Prof. Messay for endorsing what G7 wrote years ago and practicing it on the ground today; arms struggle that is! Andy has shown how it is done on the ground eating dust & sleeping on it in the Eritrean desert with those he was training. So there was nothing new in the conference.

    Dr. Getachaw lamented on the following Prof. Tecola statement as if it is a strange idea but it was not.

    “I have now a different perspective in that we, who love Ethiopia warts and all, must rethink our attitude toward the current Ethiopian Government. I am suggesting that we need to approach the Parties in power in order to work with them improve their leadership and correct some of the harms they caused on Ethiopian citizens that we see and read about in the media.”

    Prof. Messay said the same thing in the conference in different words; he still would “approach” EPRDF and bring them to the table at the end; except he wants to use arms struggle to force them come to the discussion because he has given up with just peaceful means doing the job. That’s it.

    As Dr. Nega said we can’t wish ethnic thinking to go away, we should eliminate the incentives for it; the bottom line as he said, “confidence building” is what is needed among opposition; however, it shouldn’t be shocking some of us still hope and imagine for the possibility of reconciliation with the present government and all opposition ends up becoming part of the development endeavor that is taking place today.

  43. Abere
    | #43

    “Alebabsew Biyasru be arem yimelesu”

    Dr. Mesay, after pondering for long enough you are now back to support Prof. Tekola’s analysis. Amazing.

    Abetu!

  44. Samuel
    | #44

    The Tigrayan nationalists including Dr. Tecola Hagos do not want their front organization TPLF, to be controlled and ruled by leaders of Eritrean descent. But the prevalence of Amharo-phobia in the Tigrayan society is helping the Eritrean leadership of the TPLF to control the TPLF and retain their absolute power in Ethiopia. The Tigrayans are very much concerned about the scenario of Amharas returning to power and avenging all the atrocitie of the TPLF. Thus, they prefer the Eritrean rule than being divided and losing power and their economic privileges in Ethiopia. The Tigrayan media and elite are the main players in the the Eritrean TPLF leadership machinery of lies, deceptions, imprisonments and killings. But the Tigrayans must know that they can not continue to pillage and eat Ethiopia alone. Their Eritrean leaders are amassing enormous wealth that can be invested in Eritrea (directly or indirectly).

  45. Gedefa Beyene
    | #45

    Is Tecola Hagos a professional doctor? I think He loved the ethnic politics.I always read his article, he is the supporter of TPLF. He has right to support TPLF , I shamed about his profession. Ethnics politics is a cancer disease.He has to stop his poisonous politics. If he want to participate the workshop, he can do,but he does not want.it is sad. I appreciated Dr.Messay.He did a right thing.God job.

  46. aha!
    | #46

    Furthermore, please listen to the narratives at least in part to #33 and #41 @ finote.org/May29EVE_Hr2B.

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