Yes, Africa Needs Gayle Smith By Tecola W. Hagos

June 25th, 2015 Print Print Email Email

“There is no escaping our obligations: our moral obligations as a wise leader and good neighbor in the interdependent community of free nations – our economic obligations as the wealthiest people in a world of largely poor people, as a nation no longer dependent upon the loans

from abroad that once helped us develop our own economy – and our political obligations as the single largest counter to the adversaries of freedom.” – John F. Kennedy

General Introduction
The United States was quite a different place in 1961 when the youngest president in the history of the United States, President John F Kennedy, consolidated the effort of the United States Government to aid economically challenged countries around the world and at the same time confront the spread of authoritarian left-oriented ideology spearheaded by the Soviet Union. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) was molded by Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. The purpose of the organization is articulated in its official Website as “ending extreme poverty and promoting the development of resilient, democratic societies that are able to realize their potential.”

Gayle Smith
The position of the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development is not the ‘sexiest’ glamorous position in the hierarchy of the bureaucracy of the United States Government, but it is one of the most important positions in real politick where money talks. I submit to you that President Obama’s appointee for Administrator, Gayle Smith, if confirmed, would be the best thing that happened for Ethiopia up front and for the rest of the African Countries in decades after such a long hiatus of colorless Administrators of the Agency.

I came to know Gayle Smith in 1991 meeting her briefly in the company of several female fighters of the EPRDF, at the time when the EPRDF came to power. I believe she was involved with Nesanet Asfaw of the TPLF in promoting the political participation of Ethiopian females in the political program of the EPRDF. She was well adjusted to the political reality and circumstance of the time and also sharing accommodations with the TPLF female warriors. I had a positive impression of her in that modest surrounding. Later I did write critical articles once she joined the Clinton Administration, due to the underhandedness of the process of Eritrea’s independence and the divisive politics pursued by Meles Zenawi.

Gayle Smith later joined the campaign and administration of President Barak Obama. I continued my criticism of her closeness to the EPRDF dominated leadership of the Ethiopian Government because I believed, at that time, she was exerting undue influence promoting the insatiable appetite of Meles Zenawi’s hunger for power. However, now at this stage of our Ethiopian political game in 2015, I do not believe Gayle Smith is promoting any one political leader from the EPRDF. Thus, I see her now in quite different role with real possibility that she might have positive impact on the economic life of millions of Ethiopians if confirmed by the Senate as the next Administrator of the USAID.

Political Strategy and Economic Development

I really do not want to write this, for I sincerely want to believe in the dedication that I see in a number of Diaspora Ethiopian politicians, even in those who wrongly asses my input on the activities of G7, such as Prof Getachew Begashaw and my good friend Prof Messay Kebede. They are just plainly wrong in their understanding of how Ethiopian real politick works keeping in mind our national survival as the main and only consideration at this stage of our political life. The inside of Ethiopia’s Kilil structure is quite porous and can crumble at any time leaving in its wake a chaotic mess of total civil war worse than that of the decade long Somali crisis. Then what happens after. It is not that difficult to destroy any structure, but a monumental task to rebuild any nation that had crumbled. It is disconcerting to me how politically naïve our scholars and political leaders seem to be, for I see them repeatedly stumbling in assessing situations that may be greatly beneficial for Ethiopia in the long run.

As most of you readers of blogs have witnessed, I too have witnessed over a long period of time how a number of our Ethiopian Diaspora scholars and politicians ignored or inadvertently overlooked the long term interest of Ethiopia, in trying to score cheap points against the EPRDF Leadership in Ethiopia. A good example of such political self-mutilation of cutting one’s nose to spite one’s face is the case of G7 whose members are still smarting against my fact based criticism for something they did at a conference funded by Isaias Afeworki where those Ethiopian scholars and politicians were congregating at a table where the Eritrean national flag was prominently displayed. That scene alone would render them political pariah in the minds of patriotic Ethiopians. However, such disappointing development is effectively countered by a number of dedicated and far wiser Ethiopian scholars and political figures in the recent Ethiopiawinet Symposium here in the Cosmopolitan Washington, D.C. My hope for our bright future is intact.

We do read the same political text, but depending on our personal ambitions we often mistake such personal ambitions for the political goals of the Ethiopian people/nation. I have read commentaries, lengthy essays et cetera in opposition to the building of infrastructure such as dams, schools, major highways, et cetera just to oppose the EPRDF particularly the TPLF. I read now articles antagonizing some distinguished officials of the United States Government for their remarks or for their appointment to higher responsibilities after years of hard work. Unbelievably, I hear now opposition against the State Visit of President Barak Obama of Ethiopia in July 2015. The opposition against the appointment of Gayle Smith as Administrator of USAID is in the same reckless activities of political game players in the Diaspora.

If we just consider how the 2016 United States Budget proposal shows how the United States Congress would budget for the United States humanitarian activities, which the USAID is responsible to administer to the tune of over twenty two billion dollars, that intention of the United States might drum in some common sense in the dense minds of those that are opposing the confirmation of Gayle Smith as Administrator. Certainly, the amount of money at the disposal of the USAID is not a large amount of money compared to other expenditures of the United States Government, but it does impact favorably in the hundred nations where there is funding by the USAID. In Ethiopia alone, USAID projects and programs are numerous, small scale but extremely meaningful in affecting the lives of tens of thousands of Ethiopians.

“USAID implements funding from 12 foreign operations accounts. The overall Fiscal Year 2016 President’s Request for these accounts is $22.3 billion of which $10.7 billion is in core USAID accounts: Development Assistance, Global Health Programs, International Disaster Assistance, Food for Peace Title II, Transition Initiatives, Complex Crises Fund, and USAID Administrative Expenses.”

The breakdown of such funding shows that Africa as a whole is the least funded through the USAD when it comes to promoting capacity building projects, for most of the aid is on food subsidies for starving millions in a number of African nations including Ethiopia. I have extracted the following earmarking in the 2016 Budget proposal: Improve Prosperity and Economic Growth in Central America: Nearly $500 million to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras; Connect and Empower Africa: $133.9 million to support key commitments and investments in Africa; and Continue to Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific Region: $687.5 million to support the expansion of efforts to strengthen governance and democratic processes. In such limited and lopsided assistance allocation for Africa, our effort should focus on building friendship with Officials of the United States Government rather than antagonizing them by writing lengthy criticism based on their past association with rebel leaders such as the late Meles Zenawi.

In fact, it is to our great advantage having as head of the USAID someone like Gayle Smith who had experienced firsthand the poverty and degradation of ordinary Ethiopians in our homeland. Most importantly, Gayle Smith having lived among us, I have no doubt that Ethiopia has touched Gayle Smith in a special way that no amount of reading would supplement. I have no doubt about the genuine respect and admiration she has for our fellow Ethiopians of whatever orientation in our homeland setting.

The Advantages of having Gayle Smith on Ethiopia’s Side

Ethiopian Diaspora politicians in general are misdirecting their protest in attacking Officials of the United States. The best strategy is to cultivate friendly Officials in the United States Government or elsewhere, who will be amicable to the promotion of Ethiopian interest. Despite the fact that I am impressed with the voluminous writings of Prof Alemayehu G. Mariam, I find Alemayehu’s recent criticism of Gayle Smith, the Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, and the mercurial Security Adviser Susan Rice least helpful to us or Ethiopia. [See Alemayehu G Mariam, “The Axis of Shevil: Does Africa Need Gayle Smith?” June 22, 2015.] I do not fathom why Alemayehu would go out of his way to offend those ladies and ultimately their Boss, President Barak Obama, using a title of word-play taken from an article dealing with transsexual operations in Iran, which was posted in the New York Post titled “Axis of She-vil” of 7 February 2008.

I am making such a statement of serious concern against verbally attacking American officials based on my own personal experience. Unfortunately for me personally, the Americans I knew with whom I even had slight misunderstandings never forget nor truly forgive a personal slight. In overtly generalized form of assertion, I posit that they are not as sophisticated as we think they are, for they are visceral almost primordial in their reaction to criticisms especially criticisms that have elements of being critical of the United States itself. This form of American patriotism is not to be scorned but envied. I wish fellow Ethiopians have that form of zeal in the interest of Ethiopia and its citizens. The best way to keep the friendship and support of the United States is not to attack their Officials in scathing articles or essays. I urge, I mean plead on my knees, Alemayehu to stop writing such scathing criticisms of American Officials for the sake of our Ethiopia.

I understand the real dilemma in accepting an individual associated at some point in the past with a political leader loathed by many. I live that experience every day of my life for over twenty years due to my brief association with the EPRDF in 1991 to 1993 for less than two years. The many Derg period Red Terror participants and/or their children now hiding in western nations have continued their terroristic activities harassing both physically and verbally in chats and blogs individuals with a different views about the current leadership of Ethiopia.

I am not at all worried about Gayle Smith’s credential to fit the job at USAID. She is an excellent choice. In fact none could match her dedication and experience in the service of the poor, the disfranchised, and the voiceless in Africa. She had lived for about twenty years in several parts of African countries among those brave and daring freedom fighters who were waging homegrown rebellion against the likes of violent and brutal military dictators like Mengistu Hailemariam, the butcher and rapist of Ethiopia for seventeen years. Is Alemayehu, as well as others, opposing such a courageous person like Gayle Smith who left her comfortable First-World lifestyle to live among the poorest of the poor, and the worst deprived communities in the World? Would it diminish her courage and humane character even if she was an operative of the CIA as some claim her to be?

Conclusion
I do not put much by sporadic and out of control outburst of individuals disrupting Congressional hearings or Presidential addresses here in the United States. It does not take much courage to shout at leaders in an environment that one knows to be absolutely safe. That type of outburst simply illustrate the vulgarity of a newly exposed person from a repressive third world country to the relative freedom and security of a western society. Now, it is going to be even more pervasive and fashionable for some Diaspora Ethiopians to play out their repressed anger that they grew up with in one of the most oppressive child-rearing culture in the world.

The Ethiopian culture itself must be taken to task as the incubator of dissatisfaction in perpetuity, anger, occasional violent outburst, apathy, cowardice, and the contradictory rare nobility of courageous acts of sacrifices in few Ethiopians. Now talking about courage and as a great lesson for the Diaspora opposition, I will point out as a great example of courage of the two Ethiopians (Somali region) who recently faced and challenged Tamagn Beyen and his vulgar supporters, by themselves despite the real possibility of violence and serious harm to their persons. Despite his antics, I like Tamagn as a person for his talent and abilities in presenting his views and his capacity to mobilize many. He is simply in the wrong camp.

The serious flaw of Ethiopian politicians in the diaspora is the fact that they do not seem to know how to identify their real enemies and how to fight such supposed enemies. Should we be targeting individual officials, such as Gayle Smith or Susan Rice as our primary enemies while we are neutered to act against real brutal leaders and organizations that have actually directly caused us harm? Yes, Gayle Smith had close association with Meles Zenawi and a number of commanders of the TPLF as part of her life of rebellion against then existing autocratic and dictatorial governments in several of Sub-Saharan countries. Now that the table is turned upside-down, the condemnation is directed at such empathetic person, a friend of Ethiopia. I do not see such association with rebel leaders in the past as a disadvantage now for the Ethiopian public. If we follow that form of logic, shouldn’t we also disqualify President Obama for his friendly policy toward the Ethiopian Government? Long live USA! Long Live Ethiopia!

Tecola W Hagos
Washington DC
June 24, 2015
You may contact the author on his email address: tecola_w_hagos@hotmail.com

  1. Alem
    | #1

    1/ Tecola does not seem to be able to bring himself to be honest with his facts. He writes “in the company of several female fighters of the EPRDF” instead of “fighters of Tplf.” Meetings at Ethiopian consulate in Washington in the early 1990s excluded all those not from Tigray [included Eritreans]. He thinks people forget or are not as smart as he!
    2/ In the present opportunistic write-up he has “Gayle Smith” 18 times! This must be his “Gayle Smith Manifesto.”
    3/ Observe how Tecola the “human rights laywer” NEVER said a word about the just ended “organized robbery” election which claimed 100% victory. I do understand the opposition in diaspora has always suffered from absence of leadership wasting its energies on hate-mongering, unsubstantive and inconsequential matters. Observe the almost non-existent and desperate reaction to the 100% Tplf victory. The problem? No vision, other than rehashing old tales and utopian ideals [as in Esat concocting G7 forces ambush in Teppi] or substituting Oromiya for a future Ethiopia. Tplf and Eritrea do promote and have a stake in such disinformation. Another factor is the non-participation of former Eprp, Meison, and Derg members because these have yet to come to terms with the fact that that world is no more or is irrelevant in many ways and that their comrades are still around for them not to “divulge” their side of the story [similar to Tplf Seye, etc]. Even worse is the fact that many in diaspora community are tired of the unending altercation for nothing and are already investing in our homeland. Politics to many has come to a dead end. G7 and Moresh, and Olf [except the younger generation] are the only ones who have not figured out the world has moved on while they are dancing to their own tunes.
    4/ I agree with Tecola that Professor Alemayehu often overdoes his stuff; the prof. has yet to make a public statement why Ginbot 7 and Esat are receiving funding from Arabs and Eritrea to promote Eritrea’s interest.
    5/ As to Obama’s “friendliness to Ethiopia” Tecola seems to not understand that Obama is interested in Obama and not necessarily in Ethiopia’s interests or in democracy or in human rights. His upcoming visit to Ethiopia is simply to be “the first sitting president to visit Ethiopia” and to receive empty accolades from African tyrants at Africa Union Hall. That will make for a third “historic” appearance on the continent; one in Accra [where slave ships embarked] and another in Cairo. I don’t think Tecola has yet grasped the content and gravity of the previous two speeches and the false expectations they created or he must have conveniently shelved them out of sight. Yet another problem with honesty. In the end, I have come to appreciate Tecola much more than G7 leaders who could not articulate clearly what they stood for or what they achieved so far. With Tecola one is assured what to expect; he is on point in his consistent support for Tplf and a preference for ethnic power politics over human freedoms and social justice. And in his use of facts to fit his vision [rather than test his vision against the facts]. Don’t think this is a mis-characterization; not at all; all you need to do is to read his many articles in Abugida and elsewhere.

  2. tewbel
    | #2

    Opposing certain policies is legitimate and normal, attacking personally officials that execute them does more harm than good, and has little if not negative change on their implementation.

  3. Belew
    | #3

    Professor
    Your articles are among the very few one can learn from. I like your independence and your diagnosis of the troubled mind of the Ethiopian diaspora. I do disagree on some points -but that is what is alien to most that you don’t have to agree 100% to appreciate ideas. How this elementary principle of civility elude most Ethiopians immigrants is beyond me.
    The oppressive upbringing especially is interesting as a cause of the hateful extreme and the stubborn mind that is not ready to learn.

  4. Manu
    | #4

    Mr. Hagos

    I like the general idea of developing friendly relationships with officials in the higher echelons of he U.S. Government. However, the proposal is easier said than done. First, it assumes that the avenue for cultivating friendly officials is easily navigated. In a system where lobbyists and political brokers have easy access to decision makers and for a substantial fee facilitate access, it is difficult if not impossible to operationalize your proposal. Given this, it makes sense to air opposition to the confirmation of an individual who in all likelihood will not have what is best for Ethiopia at heart. Her track record sis not very encouraging . Nothing against her personally as an individual. It is her policy outlook that is of concern.

    Manu

  5. the observer
    | #5

    Ato tecola you done it again….youforget this land is ameriqueland of the brave…we have the freedom of speech incase you forget…what are you trying to tell us just keep quiet when people in high places ignore our poletics and side with our enemies…say nothing or do nothing..i think you r threating us…you are sending us a subliminal msg..like ur old masters in the tplf…trust me no body will harm prof. alemayehu and his likes for writing their opinions…and once again let me remind you that you are now living in good old usa..not Ethiopia.

  6. Cheru
    | #6

    Mr. Tecola:
    You are telling us to disco-dance for Gyle Smith’s appointment. This is no news at all. The USA African Department is infested with promiscuous and mercenary politicians including these axes of she evils such as Gyle Smith, Susan Rice and Windy Sherman. As far as the USA is concerned there is nothing good that comes out of that country for Africa. Gyle Smith is a good example. You are going over the top in your emotion and are more and more beginning to behave like a heckler in this forum. Your essay, for any decency, looks like woyane’s foreign ministry press digest. I hope they will take you seriously and remove your name form their list of “gone awry and crazy, TPLF apologist”. Remember how Meles ignored you (and ignored you big time) in your heyday with woyane and left you to bite pen in an empty office after you have become an embarrassment and a liability to the TPLF at its foreign ministry. Your inflated tribal ego was deflated for good. You have no love for Ethiopia. You can not cheat any one. Your love is for Tigray and Tigray only. With that you can go to hell, i do not care because i hate Tigray and hate it to the core, because it is the birth place of the full blown fascist TPLF, hate it to the core in the way it is destroying my people. Ha ha! We love Ethiopia (read my lips) much more than those USA mercenaries like Gyle pretend to love their country. Do not worry about that. But really thank you for eloquently presenting as usual your own self-contradiction and turn-coat character when you said the following:
    “However, now at this stage of our Ethiopian political game in 2015, I do not believe Gayle Smith is promoting any one political leader from the EPRDF. Thus, I see her now in quite different role with real possibility that she might have positive impact on the economic life of millions of Ethiopians if confirmed by the Senate as the next Administrator of the USAID.”

    What made you think this TPLF tango-woman and mercenary evil by the name Gyle Smith, is any thing different? How on earth (or on Mars) do you think the great and gifted Professor and human right activist Almariam would be frightened by his attack of the sheevil called Gyle?

    Gyle is TPLF’s crime accomplice since long time. Her appointment is an opportune moment for TPLF to siphon off all the aid money channeled through her in the form of USAID or otherwise. Remember how Gyle helped divert aid money to buy weapons for TPLF and sponsor that crazy TPLF MLLT cerebration while she herself was dancing, wining and stinking around with the male combatants in the bush. At the same time starved men and women of Tigray, for whom the aid money was supposedly raised in the form of Band Aid and others,were perishing like flies. Gyle’s appointment as i said is no news and if anything it is one more proof, as if there are not a million more already in stock, that USA is on perennial mission of destroying Africa and destroyed for good.

  7. Anonymous
    | #7

    Tecola’s nose is getting browner and browner by the minute… Here we go again with Tecola’s same rhetoric of a hidden agenda and undying support to his tplf darlings and his deep oppositions to oppressed Ethiopians in and outside of the country. Tecola has always been a tplf and he’ll always be a tplf and one of their strong supporters and advisors. Peace loving Ethiopians are disappointed with Gale Smith, because she has chosen to support tplf dictatorship regardless of the over all tplf govt power abuse, mass arrests and murderers of Ethiopians.

  8. Anonymous
    | #8

    You writing make me puke.

  9. G
    | #9

    Hagos said
    “the serious flaw of Ethiopian politicians in the diaspora is the fact that they do not seem to know how to identify their real enemies and how to fight such supposed enemies. Should we be targeting individual officials, such as Gayle Smith or Susan Rice as our primary enemies while we are neutered to act against real brutal leaders and organizations that have actually directly caused us harm?’

    The flaw is your disorganized mind. Who said Gyle smith is the real enemy? I read it no where except in your illogical diatribe. Why you lie just to misinform people? Do you think we Ethiopians do not know the real enemy? Gayle smith is condemned for supporting the real enemy since the inception. She is not considered as enemy.

    Whether you or Gyle smith stand behind the enemy, the Ethiopian people will defeat the enemy.

    To the Ethiopian people.

    Do not pay attention to this supporter of criminals. Just do what you can do to remove the butchers of Ethiopia.

    Thank you.

  10. dodo
    | #10

    “Hama Tuma” (a person in the know) has recently posted an article about Gayle Smith thinks “below the waist” She was a concubine of Yemane Jameica of EPLF who was chief laison with TPLF. It has been said that she has offered her services for a number of sex starved gurella fighters of both groups. Her friend Nesanet Asfaw (whom you mentioned) while working at Voice of Germany Amharic Service ( which only employs Tigrean from Tigray only) was also servicing her male colleagues there, and is said to be not sure about the paternity of her illegitimate child. So birds of a feather fly together. Tecola you try to belittle your two year service for TPLF. But in these short years you have done incalculable damage to the Amara. Please remember Rwanda – A million people were massacred in a space of a few weeks. Please spare us your corocodile tears. You may apply to become her Res.Rep. in Ethiopia

  11. anon
    | #11

    Counter response to the article entitled “yes, Africa Needs Gayle Smith by Tecola Hagos”.

    Mr. Tecola the main obstacle for poverty in Ethiopia is the fact TPLF bandits are there to enrich themselves than to govern a nation. That being the crux of the matter you can not argue out of this issue by laudly proclaiming,” yes Africa needs Gayle Smith” or “In fact, it is to our great advantage having as head… Gayle Smith who had experienced firsthand the poverty and degradation .. in our homeland.”

    Shame on you for writing an article which has no substances other than you produced it to vent your own anger and frustration, over Ethiopians opposition over the appointment of Gayle Smith. That this is what you have achieved in this article is evident in the following words.

    “The type of outburst simply illustrate the vulgarity of a newly exposed person from a repressive third world country to the relative freedom and security of a western society. Now, it is going to be even more pervasive and fashionable for some Diaspora Ethiopians to play out their repressed anger that they grew up with in one of the most oppressive child-rearing culture in the world.
    In fact, it is to our great advantage having as head of the USAID someone like Gayle Smith who had experienced firsthand the poverty and degradation of ordinary Ethiopians in our homeland.
    The Ethiopian culture itself must be taken to task as the incubator of dissatisfaction in perpetuity, anger, occasional violent outburst, apathy, cowardice, and the contradictory rare nobility of courageous acts of sacrifices in few Ethiopians.” Tecola , your reclusive state is revealed I n your key board. You are not expert in human behavior.Where
    is the data to support your claim the Ethiopian culture is ” incubator of the said social maladies you listed above? Far be it from me to call your self as you often do an Ethiopian patriot and to pronounce all Ethiopians in general as deviants. You are sick in fact the above description of behavior is fitting to TPLFits and your self. They as a group are indeed deviants.They are khat addicts, money lounderers, looters.

  12. Ougebo
    | #12

    Dr. Tecola Hagos is a confused Tigrayan nationalist because he even does not know or trying to blur the conflict and contradiction between Ethiopian patriotism and Tigrayan nationalism. Here he is telling us that the appointment of Gayle Smith who was the former employee and trustee of the TPLF is good for Africa. He is insulting our intelligence and clearly manifesting the Tigyayan nationalism that is typified by the feeling of superiority and contempt for the other peoples in Ethiopia. The USDA that Gayle Smith will under the control and leadership of the corrupt TPLF and will not benefit neither Africa nor Ethiopia. It is obvious that as a strong pro-TPLF and Pro-Tigrayan Gayle Smith will be instrumental in implementing the aparthied development politics of the TPLF and favor Tigray. In this case the USDA and EFFORT and REST will be merged and serve as the economic umbrella organizations of the TPLF. Dr. Tecola Hagos is glad over thi development is that is why he is engaged in a boring and futile propaganda campaign as a Tigryan nationalist with his false Ethiopian mask.

  13. Tecola W Hagos
    | #13

    Alem, you presume too much. You think you know everything. I am responding to this chat blog the author of which is hiding behind a false name “Alem” only to correct factual errors and to counter insidious allegations. I have no intention to engage such someone as Alem hiding behind a façade, in any constructive discourse. Alem, no one will hurt you if you muster enough courage and fully disclose your identity. You seem to have some native intelligence.

    Fact One: I did not meet Gayle Smith in Washington DC at a meeting that was exclusive of Ethiopians except for Tygreans and Eritreans that Alem implied.

    Fact Two: I have never attended any such ethnic based exclusive public meetings anywhere in my entire life. Period.

    Fact Three: I met Gayle Smith in Addis Ababa, I believe end of 1991 after the Conference establishing the Transition Government, or in early 1992. I met here only twice to date. It was such a casual chance meeting when I was visiting with some relatives in one of the dormitories, I even wonder if she would remember such chance meeting at all. I met her in a company of three or four Female fighters who were from EPRDF (EPDM and TPLF) and we exchanged greetings and polite small talks.

    My own occasional body-guards included two female warriors one from TPLF and the second from EPDM in the first three four months after my arrival in May of 1991 i.e., before I chose not to have body-guards. I came to know a number of fighters from EPDM, TPLF, OPDO et cetera that I could easily identify which group they come from.
    Tecola W. Hagos

  14. USA Fears Blowback
    | #14

    Good comment by Cheru.
    But let us not forget that right now we find ourselves in a very critical period in our history because we were likely a target of USA covert operation starting in the late 1950s to early 1960s and led to a coup de etat in December 1960 and then in so-called Ethiopian Students Movement and the Ethiopian Revolution. That CIA covert operation could have been frustrated if the country’s security organs had done their job well. Countries like China and Russia have often frustrated such USA covert operations against them thanks to well functioning and competent security organs.
    In Ethiopia, also in the rest of Africa, we have to view the USA as a very dangerous enemy with the worst intentions. It’s agenda in Africa appears to be (trust no word what USA and western politicians, experts and journalists say)
    to create chaos, conflicts, wars and failed states, and so far it has succeeded in turning half of Africa into such a place.
    Yeah, USA is in Ethiopia and Africa to create wars, bloodshed and failed states. The USA may do that to prevent China from expanding in Africa and also to prevent the rise of the continent. We need to be aware of this danger and carefully observe USA’s every movement.
    As they say, declining empires are dangerous, and USA is a declining empire.

  15. channe
    | #15

    1. this guy, hagos, is getting above himself everytime he writes something.

    2. the USA government has listed Tigre liberation front as a terrorist organisation. what business does Gayle smith has with Tplf which her government labels as a terrorist.

    3. hagos reveals that Gayle smith lived WITH tplf women fighters AND WAS CLOSE TO AND ACTED AS ADVISOR TO THE DEAD SATAN ZENAWI.

    How can one expect a person like Gayle smith who is so much part of Tplf, to act and behave in a different way from tplf.

  16. Abebe Temtem
    | #16

    Professor Tecola W Hagos, I sincerely thank you for your profound and wise article in defending Gayle Smith and Susan Rice, two highly gifted officials who are serving well their President and their country. They are Our friends and we need to respect them at the very least. Our appreciation of the United States is one of the three highest in recent study by PEW of thirty nine countries. Prof Tecola is simply pointing out to those who write insulting articles against the United States and its high Officials to be thoughtful about the impact on the US – Ethiopia relationship.

    Alem, Dodo, and Cheru you have no moral standing to criticize even your master coward Mengistu Hailemariam who dumped you and saved his skin by running away stealing millions of dollars. Prof Tecola is the very essence of Ethiopiawinet. I know a thing or two of his Family background, and that they are one of the most ancient of the people who created and maintained what you know claim your exclusive Ethiopia. Since you are hiding your identity, you have no family background to be proud of. You are probably children of Red-Terror participants, bandas or askaris considering the vulgarity of your language and your cowardice throwing insults hiding behind faked blog-names. Stop insulting and bad- mouthing our genuine Ethiopian brother Prof Tecola W Hagos, the true defender of Ethiopia’s national interest. Thank you Prof Tecola for your immeasurably wise advice on the issue of the confirmation of Gayle Smith and several other national issues.

  17. Belew
    | #17

    Some of the responses above are telling that many Ethiopians are delusional. Most do not have the humility to recognize that they don’t know the basics of politics and economics both of which require formal training or extensive reading. They respond to an intellectual like Mr. Tecola as if they are on equal footing. This a community which has proved to be poor to acquire meaningful skills in the United States as the so called activists are cab drivers and the like with useless degrees from Russia or Ethiopia. And do they read and explore to learn? No. Weyane bashing is easy and hating an ethnic group because it is “the birth place of TPLF” is the height of ignorance depravity. When we talk with EPRDF, we are talking about a political force which has fought to lead a country in relative stability for a quarter of century. EPRDF has defnutely shortcomings. But it would be childish to describe such political group as group of “bandits, few tribal chiefs who are the puppets of Western powers “. If eprdf was puppets of the Western, why are the main economic institutions not privitized and banking open for Western corporations?
    My point is the way people are characterizing EPRDF is childish. Is there a basic systematic problem with rule if law in the system? Yes. Let’s hear about ways of changing that. Even the idea that TPLF is a bunch of money grabbers does not hold water. How come that donors have said again and again Ethiopia produces results with the money donated than any other countries with still some corruption. Among all the allegations is the blanket hatred to Tigray. If you have to state anything about the ruling party you can say it but don’t show your ignorance by implicitly making liable every Togrean as if all the 6 million are in power.

  18. papie
    | #18

    The writer of the article, please stand on your own. Leave alone AG7 and the popular human right activist Prof. Almariam. Prof Al Mariam openly criticizes the murderous TPLF regime (tplf is worst than derg; tplf=fascist=nazi=ISIS) in his weekly commentaries for the last almost ten yrs weekly. How do u get the moral ground to criticize him. Prof Al does what he does, he knows what he does; who are u for God’s sake to tell him what to write or not. Mr. writer just do your own thing, don’t ever mention names, RESPECT, RESPECT, RESPECT. No one mentioned your name in their article. Why you want to do that… there is a saying in amharic…..”የራሰዋ አሮባት የሰው ታማስላለች”…. Prof Al is the most talented writer. I learned a lot of things from his weekly commentaries.God bless prof AL …. አቶ ጸሃፊ ባሉበት ይቀመጡ::
    You even didn’t mention the killings of opposition members after winning 100% by your tplf friends. You just jump to criticize the best writer. WHo u by the way?????
    God bless Ethiopian patriots

  19. Anonymous
    | #19

    Thanks Tecola. Now we know that, Tecola, the former advisor of the mass murderer, the Ethiopian born Hitler Meles, admitted that he met Gayle Smith in 1991 at the critical time in Ethiopian history when tplf were working hard in manipulating the entire world that tplf were bringing democracy and peace to Ethiopia. Gayle Smith is indeed an ill informed about Amharas, indoctrinated in TPLF agenda and totally brainwashed by tplf. She should have questioned, investigated everything before taking to heart everything what TPLF falsely feeding her their own made up history of Ethiopia to accomplish their agendas. Gayle Smith and Susan Rice need to examine the reality what is happening in Ethiopia, how Ethiopian citizens are being robbed, tortued, incarcerated and massacred, and need to admit that they have been dubbed and manipulated by non other than the most inhumane remorseless killer, Satanic nature of a master of hate, tyrant Meles Setenawi and company. It’s because of people like these two women that gets easly fooled, manipulated, and ill informed that, the African dictators stay in power to loot and slaughter their citizens.

  20. wolde
    | #20

    Al Mariam is a highly knowledgeable writer; he is a man of conscience; he is an honest man; and he is a man of truth. He is not a stooge Thugs-TPLF.

  21. Sam
    | #21

    I am always against the Ethiopian diaspora who believes to have the last say in everything concerning Ethiopia. Especially, when rational thinking is overshadowed by emotion, the US administration would say here they go again and ignore the “cry.” It is prudent to know when to pick a fight or not. In that sense Techola is right. But he did not make a case for her being the right choice. He mentioned that she has known the poverty and hunger Ethiopians are having. But that knowledge is pretty much common practically to all diplomats. Her knowing Ethiopia needs financial assistance could not make her to be a super choice. I hardly know the lady so I am not vouching for her conformation or not. Had Tecola well prepared himself to defend her, however, he would have mentioned she is a dedicated democrat who has served both the Clinton and Obama administration. She served because she must have been compliant to the democratic principle of the Democrat party. If that is the case, the Ethiopian diaspora opposing her confirmation goes well beyond her.The very party that she is a member is to blamed. I do not think the opposition could stomach that kind of argument. It should have been mentioned.

  22. Degu
    | #22

    The weaynne using the Alias `Belew`,
    The TPLF leaders and followers have been misusing public money both borrowed and taxed to shop degrees from abroad. These weyanne degrees are valueless and can not be compared to the earned degrees you call bad (from Ethiopia and Russia). Ato Ermias Legesse has exposed all the weyanne methods of buying and getting degrees.So the weyanne degrees will only be valid and acceptable as long as the TPLF is in power. They will be useless after the weyanne rule and the Ethiopian taxpayers will demand all the buyers and owners of them to pay back the money. The weaynnes/TPLF guys are not only killers but also looters. The approvals the TPLF regime gets from donors and lenders such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) are false and given as long as the regime is in the service of western interests. They know how much the TPLF is stealing directly and indirectly through its mega businesses like EFFORT. They are recording but seem to ignore all this corruption, nepotism, grafting and robbery until the time they do no not use need the services and mercenary role of the TPLF in the region. Africa does not need Gayle Smith whose carrier has been blighted with her close association with the TPLF as the Ethiopians professor Alemayehu Gebremariam and Hama Tuma had revealed to us to scrutinize and reject her appointment. What is good for the TPLF is not good for Africa and Ethiopia. It is better for the Obama administration to post her as the official of the TPLF (EFFORT) than of USDA. This step must be taken to prevent the TPLF from taking over the multi-billion dollar organization USDA and corrupt it. I have found Dr. Tecola Hagos`arguments and points not convincing and unsubstantiated. They are part of his usual diatribes against the Diaspora Ethiopians struggling for democracy. freedom and justice. They do not serve any purpose than defending the misdeeds and heinous crimes of the TPLF in Ethiopia.

  23. Garo
    | #23

    Mr. Hagos
    When are you going to realize that no amount of propaganda that are being spewed out almost exclusively by die hard TPLF supporters of Tigrian origin like you is not going to make any opinions change. The fear mongering that if the TPLF loses power the country will disintegrate is too self serving.

    True Isayas has his own agenda that is to replace the TPLF with his own Tigrian team. He has no intention of giving power to any other group other than his cousins to the South and everybody should know that. The non Tigrian groups in Asmara are just waiting to be victimized again. For example what the hell is the OLF doing in Asmara when the memory of their 20,000 soldiers being handed over to the TPLF by Isayas still fresh? Oh my bad, OLF is one of those enemies that you are scaring the non Oromos with your implicit remarks. It does not work.

    The result of the election that Ethiopia just had does not speak to the strength of the TPLF but rather to its rotten nature to the core. It is no accident that you avoided to mention this day light highway robbery.

  24. Alem
    | #24

    Tecola, Tecola is not your real name; you are hiding behind the name.
    Why do you not respond to items I raised instead of being a smart aleck? Did you copy your “Gayle Smith Manifesto” to Gayle? I can’t understand why an elderly scholar like yourself would court an elderly lady like Gayle? I am using “court” in the sense of job contracts. Before I finish I want to teach you one or two things about carefully reading comments before responding; Here is what I said in #1 “Tecola does not seem to be able to bring himself to be honest with his facts. He writes “in the company of several female fighters of the EPRDF” instead of “fighters of Tplf.” Here is your response; Fact One: I did not meet Gayle Smith in Washington DC at a meeting that was exclusive of Ethiopians except for Tygreans and Eritreans that Alem implied. I did not say you met Gayle; I said you swiped Tplf for Eprdf. I did not “imply” anything. That to me deception; hence, my contention that you have a problem with honesty. Do you understand now? May I ask why you sounded so enamored of [the name] Gayle Smith to have acted as a love bird? You sang her praises to high heaven [18 times without including "shes" and "hers".

    ps: Mind explaining what you mean by "no one will hurt [me]?” Is that a threat? What about “[I] seem to have some native intelligence?” @Tecola W Hagos

  25. jillala
    | #25

    Professor Tecola, you have been such a crazy person for as long as you have been on this earth, including your past partnership with the today’s robbers. What you have done to yourself is entirely your business and responsibility; no one will ever attempt to come to your aid, if you completely lose your narrow and shallow mind any time in the very near future, you will be on your own. Professor, calm your chaotic mind before you walk on the street naked.

  26. Anonymous
    | #26

    Alem,
    Very well said. Thank you! Tecola has always been a tplf and still definitely one of their staunch supporters of tplf. It’s very clear that Tecola still thinks that he is smarter than all the non-Tigrean intellectual Ethiopians put together, ever since Ethiopians trusted and believed the lies and propaganda of tplf to unite Ethiopians and bring democracy to Ethiopia.

  27. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #27

    Obbo Alem and Tecola:

    I wish you two can get together and conduct a civilized discussion so we all can acquire new knowledge in the areas of politics. You owe it to our very dear people we all left behind. Believe it or not, you were educated by the tax money paid by the millions very poor people in the 1950′s and 60′s even possibly the 1970′s.

    In regards to Professor Al Mariam’s criticism limited to the rulers of Ethiopia and its allies, I have had the same question why he refrained from doing the same thing to Al-Toweel evil Isaias of Eritrea. May be he does not think that is his business (priority) since it is a separate entity and let its own intellectuals do the job. But I am not. That demon will never leave us alone even there is a genuine democratic governance back home. He will not let up scheming and plotting to let the country and people go asunder so he can come in to fish in troubled waters. I have been posting comments criticizing him on various websites for many years now. This(Abugida) and some others have allowed my comments posted on their platforms but one or two others seemed to be offended by it. They never allowed my such comments. They allowed my comment when I criticize the Ethiopian government only. I have been puzzled by such censorship. And they do not like when I trash Mengistu either. Once in a while they let it ride after the article is moved away from the front page into the third or fourth page. By then no one will have the chance to see it. That is hideous. If they are doing this to reciprocate the demon in Asmara because they receive some bread crumbs he denied his own people, that is not only right but it is beyond the boundaries of morality.

    By the way, I don’t see any problem for this professor’s participation in the transitional government and the writing of the constitution in the 1991. I also do not have a problem if he was or is a member of the TPLF. That is his inalienable right. Why he left them and moved back here is also his prerogative. What he does with it could sometimes be troubling. May be he will be called upon again to participate in another constitutional conference.

  28. Boru
    | #28

    As a Tirayan nationalist professor Tecola Hagos suffers from lack of fairness,partiality and has lost credibility. Instead of engaging in a rational and civil argument and analysis, he indulges into bashing and demnonizing the Diaspora. He and the other pro-TPLF intellectuals (Dr. Gelawdewos Araia)are now acting as the barking dogs of the TPLF in the Diaspora. To them the ethnic bonds that bind them to the TPLF leaders and benefits that acrue from it are more important than standing for democracy, freedom and justice in Ethiopia. When ethnic favoritism and material benefits associated with it blindfold intellectuals and make them the blind members and supporters of a discriminatory and marginalizing rule,then it becomes necessary for all from Tigray to make soul searching and find remedies.

  29. Abere
    | #29

    We don’t even know yet if Alem is an individual person or an Organization (group of people) tasked to bash Ethiopians. So no need to reply to someone who does not focus on the substance.

  30. Tesfa
    | #30

    It is to be noticed Dr. Tecola a while back ago had called for military dictatorship. With this in mind any thing that he writes in the future needs to be closely scrutinized. That means people need to be reserved from bursting in emotion to settle a score. I prefer to approach his piece cautiously. There is no doubt in my mind He is here ,now, to sell his idea for those who can buy his draft. One way he can achieve this aim attempt to erode the existing solidarity. To this end they are up in arms in with other Ethiopians to remove weyane. As far as many of us are concerned Tecola W.Hagos has made himself in the eye of many Ethiopians irrelevant. Then, why give him room to put wage among Ethiopians by in appropriately responding to his write up? It is one thing to go against the person but quite another to implicate people or some region.

  31. woyane is in crisis -politically and financially?
    | #31

    corrections
    1. Worshiping
    Professor judges Ethiopian as uneducated because we do not speak or write in English as him. Worshiping white people is not a crime but it beomes a problem when you try to impose your view on the rest of us who believe that we are all equal. Material differences, cultural differences, other inequalities do not make us less people. so do not judge by the level English one speaks or write. Get the sense what one says and judge it by its pricniples and evidences in supporting its arguments
    2. Being led by hate, fear and revenge is Woyane supporters true behaviour. Refrain to be led by emotions and irrational fear.

    Prof never argued his support for Gayle Smith by prviding us with evidences, in this article. Always accuses non-Tireans as if we hate Tigrean. Now he rpeated it in writing this article – his argument is led by suspicion and fear nothing else.
    He did not mention what Gayle Smith achieved and related it to why Africans particularly Ethiopian benefit because of her taking this post.

    Read his reasons for supporting her:
    *…I am making such a statement of serious concern against verbally attacking American officials based on my own personal experience. Unfortunately for me personally, the Americans I knew with whom I even had slight misunderstandings never forget nor truly forgive a personal slight. In overtly generalized form of assertion, I posit that they are not as sophisticated as we think they are, for they are visceral almost primordial in their reaction to criticisms especially criticisms that have elements of being critical of the United States itself…*

    It is wrong genralisations of character of any people.
    Secondly the paragraphs shows how the professor argues, it is based on fear ans suspicion rather than on prinicples, reasons and evidences.

  32. Dawi
    | #32

    Degu said:

    [[..These weyanne degrees are valueless and can not be compared to the earned degrees you call bad (from Ethiopia and Russia). Ato Ermias Legesse has exposed all the weyanne methods of buying and getting degrees..]]

    [[..What about “[I] seem to have some native intelligence?” @Tecola W Hagos..]]

    If one wants to be honest, “Native Intelligence” is what a lot of the Weyane cadres have to be where they are now and Alem can choose to take it as a complement! :-) Mind you, I am not smiling in a bad way. That is despite some members of EPRDF have questionable degrees as exposed by Abebe don’t take it out of proportion. Remember even Ermias Legesse was recruited by them and was a tutor of the “native intelligent” cadres for a long time.:)

    The fact is in this country there are studies that show the bottom 1/4 of of all college graduating classes would have been better off not going. Spent too much money, up to 6 years or more of acquiring skills they can’t sell; so unless money is not the object and one likes school so much a vocational school would have sufficed.

    So the Alem’s don’t need to despair by the label, a lot of the most successful people in the world are not College educated but they have “native intelligence”. People like Bill Gates and Richard Branson are street wise. They are intelligent and sharp have learnt how to apply the skills that they were born with to the market place of life. Branson is an English businessman and investor. He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies. He has dyslexia and had poor academic performance as a student, and on his last day at school, his headmaster, Robert Drayson, told him he would either end up in prison or become a millionaire. He was thrown out of school at sixteen . He borrowed 400 pounds about 550 dollars and look where it got him. That is Native intelligence and common sense put to good use.

    I would have to also point out that I know a lot of well-educated people that have very little common sense and seemingly even less intelligence so be careful when you over praise the educated. I don’t believe that formal education is anywhere near the only avenue to gaining knowledge or information. It is certainly not the only way to achieve wisdom. Most of what people see as intelligence within someone is really just a beautiful combination of innate common sense and knowledge picked up throughout one’s life.

  33. Alemneh
    | #33

    USA is a parasite country that has been sucking the blood of earthlings, above all peasants in the developing world, for decades thanks to the financial, economic and world order it imposed between 1944 and 1945. But look how tecola, the beggar from tigray, tries to paint parasite USA as a saviour at the expense of Ethiopia and Africa: ” tecola mentioned that smith has known the poverty and hunger Ethio…no tigrians are having.” No, USA is an enemy of Africa and that is how it is perceived in Africa.

    And it is also widely known that so-called USAID is a CIA cover and the very pale and ugly Smith was a CIA agent while she was with TPLF rebels.

    As far as i know nobody elected tecola to speak for Ethiopia or Africa, so wouldn’t it be wiser if the beggar from tigray doesn’t confuse Ethiopia and Africa with tigray ?

    ” At the tail end of World War II, a new global financial system was concocted that was heavily biased to disproportionately benefit the United States. Over the subsequent decades, foreign countries would obligingly mop up US government largess and finance out of control retail consumption.

    It got to the point where people felt it was a natural right of Americans to have huge homes, cheap gas, and oodles of junk, as well as a government that could buy anything it wanted without giving a second thought to fiscal discipline. Much of this was made possible at the expense of peasant workers overseas.

    For years, they imported US inflation and suffered a tremendous disparity in standard of living, all because of how the global financial system was set up. This system, based on the United States as the center of the economic universe, is now completely fractured, and it’s the biggest game changer in centuries. ”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-05-31/guest-post-it-fixable#comments

  34. Alem
    | #34

    Abba Farda, Good to hear from you; I thought you got tired of the shark-infested swamp that is Ethiopia-related forum and went on an extended vacation. I do take your comments seriously. I also would like Tecola and co. to know they are accountable to the rest of us [as you and I are]. One way to keep them accountable is NOT to let then get away with distorting the facts ALWAYS IN FAVOR Tplf. Please read again all my comments [if you have the time] in this light. Tecola and co. never like that kind of check on them and they strike back with a venom. You or any of the reader could check the veracity of my statements. The response is either that my name is not my name or that I am shabia or not educated [and/or "think I know everything"]. Of course, there is nothing to suggest I said that. The strategy is to distract and NEVER to directly deal with issue at hand. I hope this satisfies you. Keep writing and enlightening our community. Take care.@Ittu Aba Farda

  35. Degu
    | #35

    To `Dawi,
    Your comments concerning education and intelligence are the rehashes of the long standing and known policy of the TPLF. The TPLF leaders do not attach any value to education and knowledge because they have not acquired them. They blame their lack of education and knowledge on the Amhara who discriminated,oppressed and forced them into the bushes. But this lack of formal education and competence has clearly created the feeling of inferiority and absence of self confidence in the leadership of the front. The expensive degree shopping spree the TPLF has launched in the west has overcoming this feeling of inferiority as its main goal.The rank and file of the TPLF also suffer from the serious deficiency of intelligence because persons with the average level of human intelligence can not be controlled and driven like herds. This is actually what happening in the TPLF (being driven like herds). The herd behavior and nature of the TPLFites is a good indicator of their low level of or sub-intelligence. Considering these known facts on the TPLF, its members and blind followers, it is therefore, reasonable to assert that the TPLFites as a whole lack education, knowledge and intelligence. That is why the unfortunate Ethiopia that has fallen into their hands has been like a dying patient in bed.

  36. Degu
    | #36

    To `Dawi,
    Your comments concerning education and intelligence are the rehashes of the long standing and known policy of the TPLF. The TPLF leaders do not attach any value to education and knowledge because they have not acquired them. They blame their lack of education and knowledge on the Amhara who discriminated,oppressed and forced them into the bushes. But this lack of formal education and competence has clearly created the feeling of inferiority and absence of self confidence in the leadership of the front. The expensive degree shopping spree the TPLF has launched in the west has overcoming this feeling of inferiority as its main goal.The rank and file of the TPLF also suffer from the serious deficiency of intelligence because persons with the average level of human intelligence can not be controlled and driven like herds. This is actually what happening in the TPLF (being driven like herds). The herd behavior and nature of the TPLFites is a good indicator of their low level of or sub-intelligence. Considering these known facts on the TPLF, its members and blind followers, it is therefore, reasonable to assert that the TPLFites as a whole lack education, knowledge and intelligence. That is why the unfortunate Ethiopia that has fallen into their hands has been like a dying patient in bed.In the end I would like to congratulate Dawi and his TPLF comrades on their 100% victory in the fake elections.

  37. Development without Freedom
    | #37

    5/ As to Obama’s “friendliness to Ethiopia” Tecola seems to not understand that Obama is interested in Obama and not necessarily in Ethiopia’s interests or in democracy or in human rights. His upcoming visit to Ethiopia is simply to be “the first sitting president to visit Ethiopia” and to receive empty accolades from African tyrants at Africa Union Hall. That will make for a third “historic” appearance on the continent; one in Accra [where slave ships embarked] and another in Cairo. I don’t think Tecola has yet grasped the content and gravity of the previous two speeches and the false expectations they created or he must have conveniently shelved them out of sight. Yet another problem with honesty. In the end, I have come to appreciate Tecola much more than G7 leaders who could not articulate clearly what they stood for or what they achieved so far. With Tecola one is assured what to expect; he is on point in his consistent support for Tplf and a preference for ethnic power politics over human freedoms and social justice. And in his use of facts to fit his vision [rather than test his vision against the facts]. Don’t think this is a mis-characterization; not at all; all you need to do is to read his many articles in Abugida and elsewhere.

  38. Development without Freedom
    | #38

    Alem, you are right. President Obama is only interested in himself. He wants to be called the president who achieved many great things FIRST. It is not bad to have ambitions like that. But when you go ahead and visit Ethiopia, just because you want to be called “the first sitting president to visit Ethiopia” and shake hands with thieves in power,disregarding all the human rights abuses they have been committing then it show how dishonest you are and all your speeches about democracy are lies.

    The only good thing President Obama can do if he goes to Ethiopia is to visit political prisoners in jails, and not to meet and shake hands with criminals in power. If he can not do that, he should not go.

  39. Dawi
    | #39

    Degu said:

    [[..The TPLF leaders do not attach any value to education and knowledge ..]]

    To the contrary, Meles is known to have inverted Kissinger’s dictum that holding office consumes intellectual capital rather than creating it.

    He collected books and read them that is why his view evolved appreciably; from an accomplished Marxist Leninist to a developmental state theoretician. If it means anything to you he did his masters in Economics and ‘African Development: Dead Ends and New Beginnings’ was his unfinished thesis; that is more or less the known vision of EPRDF today.

    [[..The expensive degree shopping spree the TPLF has launched in the west has overcoming this feeling of inferiority as its main goal.]]

    I wish ERDF give the appropriate punishment to those who knowingly bought degrees, other countries do. What is amazing is even here in the USA, following a private degree mill study conducted by Government Computer News (GCN) journalists, government employees essentially lie when they list degrees from unaccredited universities. But the penalty for being found out is limited to “’discipline or removal.’”

    I can give you examples of similar behavior here in the USA. A study revealed that 463 federal employees listed fake degrees among their educational accomplishments, 28 of which belonged to “high-ranking officials including three managers responsible for emergency operations at nuclear facilities,” reported Wired magazine.

    In 2013 in Saudi Arabia, about 620 employees in different government departments have been found to be using fake degrees, informed sources told Okaz/Saudi Gazette; they said a total of 234 doctorate, 230 masters and 56 bachelors degrees were found to be fake.

  40. kirrir
    | #40

    Dawi, you are seriously inflicted with the same illness as the elements above you are. You see, why members in the TPLF lack self- respect which the basic civilization of human beings; when one denies himself or herself, he or she deprives of himself or herself basic knowledge; hence, it is this lack of knowledge that the robbers lack which this in return results in inferiority complex. No wonder the robbers behaves like beasts and goons.

  41. Ittu Aba Farda
    | #41

    Obbo Alem:

    For some concerning reasons I have refrained from posting comments on certain Diaspora websites. For some unknown reasons(at least it remains mysterious to me) they allow extremely vile comments to remain posted on their websites(platforms). I am not worried about myself being gripped with uncontrollable anger but worried about many others who may not take the time to look through those ignoble remarks about certain ethnic of religious groups. The last thing our people is destructive chaos along ethnic or religious lines. I am still puzzled by the decision of the editors of those websites in letting such poisonous diatribes remain on their platform. I really believe that such platforms have higher standards they are expected to live up to than the audience. Getting more hits and visits comes with responsibilities. Our people have lived in a relatively sustained harmony for centuries in the presence of different creeds and ethnic background. Many have tried to undo such a bond from outside so many times in the past. All of them had failed. Our glorious people knew better and we should know better. The former PM along with this demon in Asmara had tried to craft a scheme to send our people asunder up until the early 1990′s. They failed. One has left us to face the Almighty and the other has not given up his evil plan. That is why I am befuddled by those who rushed to Asmara to get direction and sponsorship from one of the most repressive regimes of our time. I don’t condone violence in any form or fashion to find a long lasting solution to the problems facing our people. I despise violence and in doing so I despise those who rushed to pick up guns from Al-Toweel in Asmara.

    Now, in regards to what is going on in the old country, I have criticized the regime’s human and democratic rights records. In the meantime I have been very positive about any news of industrialization of that country. Industry is the only brother keeper I rested my hope for unavoidable change for the better when it comes to the entitlement of democratic rights. I have contemporary history on my side. Taiwan, North Korea, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea and some of the former Soviet satellite countries are my evidence. I have witnessed Taiwan myself. I had the chance to travel there on business trips beginning the late 1970’s. The Chiang Kai-Shek dynasty was in full control. News of dissident disappearances was rampant. But industrialization was in full swing. Fast forward to the early 1990’s, the dynasty was history just because their own people in factories, the military, the rice paddies, the bureaucracy including members of the ruling party itself decided to change. They all refused to run things the old way. And they did that without a destructive bloodshed. That would have been almost impossible if that island nation was still a poor agrarian society. Chile is another example. When I went back to Taiwan in the late 1990’s, I was stunned to find out how people were talking about scandals and crimes by the former dynasty and its leaders. One of the pillars of the change was women. Industrialization has drove women out of home confinements into factories and the public offices. That is why I rest my hope on unabated industrialization and liberation of our women by such development. Our women will not be able to liberate themselves from the centuries old bondage without the spread of factories from the Southern tip to the North and the Eastern end to the West. Al-Toweel Isaias will not give them that on a silver platter but rather something malignant of danger to their very existence. People who know me think that the reason I consider the liberation of women as the deciding factor for getting rid of the ills that bedeviled the old country is because I am the father of a daughter. They are darn right about that. I know how her contemporaries back in old country are still kept at homes in bondage limited to the task of child rearing. They are kidnapped, given in marriage to someone not of their choice, they are sold to the highest bidder with lucrative dowries and if they rebelled about that there is nothing they can do about it. That is if they are lucky enough that they are allowed to live. But go to Taiwan and try to tell the women there to stay home and focus on rearing children. You will find yourself on the curve gasping for air after taking head blows from flying purses by raging women. And don’t ask me for help. You will be on your won in this one. The raging fire from the nostrils of Thelma and Louise will be there to do the works.
    That is why I find no problem with industries spreading throughout that country. Industrialization has an inevitable political dividend. As I said many times before, Industrialization is the fumigator, Orkin of religious extremism of any creed. Above all it is a liberator of women and in doing so the liberator of the society including those lazy bums men. But that wish will not stop me from hitting hard at some of the regime’s human and democratic rights records. That includes the most recent gobbling up of election. Personally I don’t believe it was 100% free and fair in spite of the fact that the opposition is pathetically splintered.

  42. Eskemeche
    | #42

    Could someone please tell Tecola that he was born in the wrong century? He should have lived in the first half of the last century. Please know your time. This is the 21st century.

  43. Anonymous
    | #43

    Tecola haven’t say a word about TPLF thieves and criminals he personally know in Washington DC and New York area that are the cause of the problem he is worried about the Diaspora opposing TPLF.

    Why is he trying to tell us EPRDF knowing there is no such thing but TPLF. I can understand if he is a common man but a person of his caliber?

    He can wish all he wants but until TPLF surrenders the war will go on. As to Eritreans; are most of TPLF masquerading as Tigrians, Amharas, Oromos Eritreans?.

    This man is mentally sick

  44. Kassa
    | #44

    I am sad and disappointed by your effort to disagree instead of finding a common ground and attempt to work together. I think you are one of the over educated Ethiopians who does his/her best to disagree, which you are the best.

  45. woyane is in crisis -politically and financially?
    | #45

    Dear Kassa

    Read the reasons given by professor:

    *…I am making such a statement of serious concern against verbally attacking American officials based on my own personal experience. Unfortunately for me personally, the Americans I knew with whom I even had slight misunderstandings never forget nor truly forgive a personal slight. In overtly generalized form of assertion, I posit that they are not as sophisticated as we think they are, for they are visceral almost primordial in their reaction to criticisms especially criticisms that have elements of being critical of the United States itself…*

    is the above stament good engough reason why we support her role as Adminstrator of USAID?

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