The Tigre Question – Teodros Kiros (Ph.D)

March 24th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

In a beautiful spring evening, at a friend’s lovely apartment, a group of Ethiopians are chilling out and heartfully discussing Zernet (ethnicity), a hot topic, in these days of division.

A middle-aged man raised his Courvoisier, which he has been nursing, for a good while, and declared, “I remember fondly when it was more than enough to just be an Ethiopian. In the good old ways, all that one had to say to declare who he is that he is an Ethiopian, now it is all different.” He paused, and a young woman joins the discussion. (more…)

In a beautiful spring evening, at a friend’s lovely apartment, a group of Ethiopians are chilling out and heartfully discussing Zernet (ethnicity), a hot topic, in these days of division.

A middle-aged man raised his Courvoisier, which he has been nursing, for a good while, and declared, “I remember fondly when it was more than enough to just be an Ethiopian. In the good old ways, all that one had to say to declare who he is that he is an Ethiopian, now it is all different.” He paused, and a young woman joins the discussion.

“Oh Yes. That is what my parents tell me, that they never had to identify themselves as Tigrean or Amhara, as they do now. Now,” she added emphatically, “the first question I am asked is what are you then. Amara Nesh?” She sighed and concluded, “Oh! How much I hate the question, but how pressured I feel to answer it.”

A young man bursts to say,” Worse still. Once I declare my identity as a Tigrean, faces change, and with drinks added, I am often told that Tigreans are running the country, and that resources are being moved to Tigray, when the rest of the country is suffering. I then control myself and try to explain that this is not true, that almost all the beggars in Addis are Tigrean; that a majority of Tigreans live in squalor; that most Tigreans are not free to express themselves; that only a handful of Tigreans are in top echelons of power, to no avail, my friend have already made up their minds.”

He stops in exasperation, and an older female declares that, in fact, certain key positions in Addis are reserved for Tigreans. The young man tries to break in to correct her, but she would not let him, and then he decides to nurse his pain with silence and lots of drinks. He shuts from the world and smokes away.

Home discussions of the variety I just summarized are typical now, and that the Tigre question in particular is getting out of control, and the regime in power is responsible for this deadly misunderstanding, which calls for a dispassionate analyses.

There is a serious problem of stereotyping with grave consequences, which we Ethiopians must correct, if we wish the motherland well. That not all Tigreans are beneficiaries of the wealth, the power and the connections that the regime in power has amassed for the members of its inner circle, some of whom happen to be Tigrean-Ethiopians. That is the first fundamental truth that we must own, that we must keep mind, when we meet Tigreans. That some of these Tigreans are dirty poor; others have comfortable incomes, and very few are conspicuously wealthy. Our scholars need to have the hard facts and disseminate them among us, so that we can think intelligently, factually, and truthfully. That is the fundamental feature of a genuine Ethiopian. We need not open our mouth, until we have the facts on our finger tips.

It is not the vagueness of the situation that alarms me, as much how entrenched these stereotypes are in our civil discourses, when we are expected to be at our best. Our politics seems to trail behind the divisive civil discourse that is ethnicizing and racializing our Ethiopianity, our ANDENET.

Our jokes are much better that our belligerent ethnic discourse. Our Ethiopianity is honey sweet when it is flavored by our ethnic jokes, which are done with great humor and lots of fun. That is when we Ethiopians are at our best, when we make light of being; lighter still is the way we poke fun at our ethnic roots. Thus the humor full descriptions of the Gurages, the Oromos, the Amharas and the Tigreans are typically and consistently civilized. These jokes are healthy and they spice up democratic life and make life light and bearable. The same cannot be said of our racist stereotyping of one another.

Our poisonous stereotypes belong to a totally different order. It is those that distress me here, and which I am openly presenting to the Ethiopian public. What we need to do immediately is think before we speak, when it comes to the Tigre question, and realize that we cannot put all the Tigreans in the same basket, as there are Tigreans who are part of the regime that is playing us against one another, and forcing us to stand behind Meles Zenawi each time we are ethinicized, denuded of our individuality, and disallowed to be first and foremost Ethiopians, and then only if necessary, declare our ethnic origin.

We must move beyond ethnicity towards unity. We must stop narrating, describing, and categorizing individual Ethiopians whom we do not know. Addressing the Tigre question is an important beginning as we refine the complex politics of ANDENET.

  1. Dinshu
    | #1

    Tewodros kiros

    You are here just to defend you ethnicity. In reality all spies, most murderers and puppet to foreign countries are from Tigray. Are not they. Let readers judge.

  2. Azeb
    | #2

    Why is this man called kiros is again again boiling our blood in defense of his cousins?

    Who is killing Ethiopian from seven years olds to elders? Who is doing that? can you answer this question Ato Kiros?

  3. yehualashet
    | #3

    Instead of jabbering unncessary words to us why don’t your turn your face towards your Tigreans and inform them to stand with the rest of Ethiopians? Can you do that?

    Inform them to stop spying our families. Inform them to stopp robbing the countries wealth. Inform them to stop disintegrating the country. Inform them to stop killing children and adults. Inform them to stop cleaners of foreigners. Can you do that?

  4. Kemal
    | #4

    Dr tewodros Kiros Last name PHD

    Your statements are misleading. I want every Ethiopian know that the beggar Tigres in Addis are not real begar’s but spies(Joro Tebi). Any one of you who goes to Addis stay away from them.

    Your remember during the TPLF jungle life the spies were “Eqa lewaches”. Now they spread spies in the name of Beggars.

    Thanks

  5. Salima
    | #5

    Tell me who is resposible for my 17 yrs old cousin who suffered all the miseries in the unverse in Ogaden? Tell me know! Tell me!!!!!!

  6. m.kibra
    | #6

    IN A NUT SHELL, ONE ONLY NEEDS TO SEE WOYANE’S CURRENT CAMPAIGN PROPAGANDA. YES!PICTURES CAN NOT DEPICT LIES! THE DEVELOPMENTS THAT ARE CARRIED IN TIGRAY ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT BE FOUND IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. THEY SHOW ADDIS PART OF BOLE AND YOU BE THE JUDGE WHEN THE BIG COMPLEX AXUM HOTEL APPEARS, TRIED TO HIDE THE SIGN. WHEN IT COMES TO GONDAR TOWN , PARADED THE MUSTARD COLOR OLD BUILDINGS BUILT BY ITALIANS.HOW MANY UNIVERSITIES SCHOOLS HOSPITALS CLINCS ARE BUILT IN TIGRAY? GONDAR ARUSSI SHOA ETC ADDIS IS FLOODED BY SO CALLED LIKE KIOSIK PRIVATE COLLEGES OR CLINCS ZERAFA WHERE AS TIGRAYANS BENEFIT UN UP TO DATE STATE RUN WELLEQUIPPED INSTITUTIONS. PART OF ADDIS DOES NOT HAVE A 24 HOUR ELECTRIC OR WATER SYSTEM. CHECK HAGER TIGRAY.BY THE WAY THE BEGGARS WERE INFORMANTS WHEN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TRIED TO RUN AWAY FROM THE AGAZI SOLDIERS. GUYS CHECK AND COMPARE THE DEVELOPMENT AWARD CERMONIES IN DIFFERENT AREAS. KE LEDU BIN!!EVEN TIGRAY TV PROGRAM GETS A LION SHARE OF TIME.

  7. kume
    | #7

    Dear Mr. Kiros,
    You don’t convince a single Ethiopian on this kind of untruthful discussion. First Admit that which ethnic group in general is the most beneficiary from the woyane regime. Then I admit as an Ethiopian not all Tigreans are the beneficiaries. It takes 100 years to make all Tigreans the beneficiary of meles regime. In general speaking this is the truth. After you admit that I can discus the next issue how we get here who is responsible for this all mess?? Blaming the victims makes the situation worst than better.
    Thanks
    Kume

  8. Elder
    | #8

    Look, this stereotyping between the perceived rulers and ruled is a reality all over the world. Black Americans will tell you they’re worse off then whites, the Irish will tell you they’re second class in London, the Quebecois will tell you they are second-class in Canada, the non-Kikuyu will tell you Kikuyus are better off in Kenya, etc.

    These stereotypes are unfortunate but part of human and social reality. And usually, they have some element of truth.

    It is true that though individual Irish can be far better off than individual English in London. But in general, the English do better, not necessarily because of overt discrimination, but simply because they have the social and other networks accumulated over years of history. People hire and work with whom they are related, whom they know, etc.

    The Ethiopian reality is even more stark because 1) the government explicitly emphasizes ethnicity and 2) it’s a minority ethnic grievance based ruling party. I am not making a normative statement here – sociology and political science tell us that parochialism in normal in these cases.

    So there is no doubt that Tigreans have more access to government rents – resources, land, jobs – than others. Are they better off than others as a result? That’s hard to tell. Maybe they’ve started off so far behind that they’re still catching up. Maybe only a few are able to take advantage of this access because of other factors.

    Because Tigreans have this access, does that mean that they are ‘bad’ people? Absolutely not. This is the key. Any other group in their place would have done the same thing. EPRDF rule is like ruling minority autocracies anywhere in the world.

    Unfortunately, this awareness does not exist among the masses and it’s difficult to propagate it. So articles such as Teodros’ are important to remind people that it’s only by reaching out that we weaken the divisive strategy of the EPRDF.

  9. Azarya
    | #9

    In defense of Tewodros K.

    I have followed Tewodros’s postings with interest and I see nothing maliceous or vicious intent in them. If names mean anything, Tewodros appears to be a Tigrayan and is bound to be scrutinized with unjust zeal whenever he discusses any Tigre related issue. This is downright unfair and if we pursue such a paranoid attitude, we deny ourselves the opportunity to engage in dialogue that help us in clearing out suspisions and fears planted by EPRDF.If anything, such paranoia plays us right into the hands of Zenawi who salivates over the prospect of another 18 years domination. We don’t want to do that, do we?

    My own take is an overwhelming majority of Tigreans line up behind TPLF fully knowing its policies are not in the best longterm interest of the province. The reasons are quite apparent and I will mention a few: natural tendency of minorities to ally with or defend their ethnic groups, sense of insecurity about the future including repraisals, sense of losing entitlements regardless of whether that concept is fair or unfair etc.

    Now, if we are to build a nation that has semblence of stability our starting point should be to identify the fears and aspirations of all stake holders Tigreans and all; le’s put them on Excel spreadsheet and I am serious about this. Unless we have clear understanding on these fears and aspiration of stake holders, we can never hope to address our problems in a conflict resolution format.

    And politics is about conflict resolution, real or imagined!

    For those who rush to label people, I am not from Tigrai and I resent declaring that.

  10. Lemma
    | #10

    If you look at most Tigres they do not have what we call “Yilugnta” in their greed and racist brain. This PHD kiros guy is the same.

    Ethiopians, how many of you are betrayed by your former Tigrean friends? As far as I am concerned I see every where Ethiopians talking about being betrayed by former Tigre friends.

    Yes Generalization is not good. But if most of them are “Kehadis” generalization works! Ok

    You see only few Tigres like Ethiomedia working with the rest of Ethiopians. To reverse our generalization we need more citizines of Tigres to work with us.

    Can Kiros Tewodros do that? or He is going to continue to warn us to be patient to his cousins?

  11. Yimer
    | #11

    Azarya

    You must be one of those beggar “joro Tebies”.

    There is no logical way to defense Kiros while we all know that more than 99% of Tigres are lining behind Meles to make Ethiopia land locked, to devide the country in Ethinic line, and to kill, imprison and rob our families. Those of you who deny these facts are denying the suffering of your families, friends and the people of Ethiopia.

    We all know Tigrai is not a self sufficient province. Know compare Mekelle with Nekemte, Debre-Birhan, Yirgalem, Jimma, Dessie you name it? Jou think the buildings, the schools, clinics, hospitals were build from Tigrae resource? Is that what Dr. Kiros is telling us?

    Unity does not come by hiding facts but by revealing them. You know what I mean Dr. Kiros? Ai ductrina? It did not pull you out of race defense!

  12. Eqa lewache
    | #12

    I agree with Kemale. Dear kemal those Lewach lewachoches whom you and other fellow Ethiopians call them as “Eqa Lewashes” are billioners now and enjoying at Sheraton.

  13. Negus
    | #13

    Mr. Teodros, we have TPLF as a criminal group. Instead of focusing on that, why do you color it with another stupid stereotype as “Tigre question.” When are you guys to learn to stop “phrase mongering”? Eritrea question, tigre question, oromo question Ogaden question? Why don’t look at the larger picture of Ethiopia (instread of handling the fragment), and address the issues of governance, democracy and human rights?

    To dear Eritreans – Yergo Zinb – don’t jump in into an Ethiopian business, and mess up things. We know you can’t live without us, even if Issayas clubs you like you are lifeless.

  14. Girma Kassa
    | #14

    This is one of the excellent article I have ever read. Dr Kiros is basically highliting the danger we are facing. He is asking us to base our judgement on hard facts not emotions.

    I think some of the comments I read here are by themselves evidences of the uggly politics of ethnicity introduced by TPLF and to where we have descended. I think Ethiopians must learn to think beyond their prefudices and must not let themsleves be trapped with the poison of TPLF leaders. The TPLF leaders want us to be divided in ethnic groups. They want us to not to be seen as ETHIOPIANs. let us not play in their hand.

    I salute Dr Kiros for his boldness

  15. Tedla
    | #15

    Dear Ato Girma

    You are denying realty as Ato Kiros is denying. You have to be on the side of the Ethiopian people who is Shading trears becuase of these people. This is something you can witness as we speak on the ground.

    Go your self and see. All the main stream bussinesses are owned by Dr. kiros’s relatives. Most Tigreans are spies.

    Ethiopians are sobbingg. And yet you and Dr. Kiros are forcing us to stopp even sobbing. What kind of judgement is it? Do you think this will bring unity with these groups of people?

    You better be furious against these groups of peole who are enjoying at the expense of our misery. Do not try to look an “An Angle”. Even Angeles tell evils to stop crimes.

    Thank you!

  16. Zenawi G.M
    | #16

    Dear readers:

    It is not worthy my time to replay to same of the statements writing by Dishu, m.kibra, Lemma, such statements are stupid and illiterate statement such as “all Tigerans are spies, murderers, and puppet to foreign countries are from Tigray” I am so sorry for your stupidity and ill informed individual because you don’t know the history of Ethiopia I am really ashamed that you are human begin.
    M.kibra, your statement says “look at Mekelle city you can see buildings are all over” what about them? Have you ever seen the city of Addis Ababa? How many buildings are built during Meles regime? I am sorry you are blind you don’t see with your own two eyes, because you are seen only with one eye and you are also thinking with half of your brain. You should see over all development in Ethiopian cities, towns, villages, roads, electricity’s, and telephone and etc. I don’t think you will understand what I am trying to inform you. But read and investigate what is going on in the country open your mind and eyes, my follow uneducated country man. Lemma, I don’t think you know Tigrians very well. I don’t think you know the history of Ethiopia at all; if you are in fact Ethiopian please read your histories you might find how the Tigrians defend Ethiopia for centuries. Betrayal is not in their vacuolar. In fact they are fighters and they fought and killed their enemies to get power and it continued for many generations same time they get their power same time loose their power and it goes to the other groups mainly to the Amhara dynasty this is not betrayal this is a power straggly but what can we expected from uneducated individual only stupid statement such as yours.
    Dr. Teodros Kiros is trying to unite Ethiopians and work for the common goal but you are taking it in to different topic which is typical of 3rd world mentality, please get over your paranoia. People like you don’t read or survey but you talk here says which is nonsense “99% of Tigrians are behind Meles” what a stupid remark if this is true or lets say 30% of Tigrians are behind Meles believe me Meles will be in power anther 50 years to come. Do you get the idea? You should pray that the majority of Tigrians are not with Meles but the way I see it you are giving him sold armies. Do you get it my stupid brother?
    Good bless you. Please get same facts before you say something.

  17. Peace
    | #17

    Hello all,

    I know most of you are emmotional while some are looking this issue in mindful way. So far, Ethiopians have followed the mindful way of “peaceful” struggle against TPLF/Weyane. It did not work. Instead, since 2005 election, the situation is getting worse for Ethiopians. The question is why are we still under this brutal dictatorship, several factors: obviously TPLF followers, the West, opprtunistic diasporans who are filling the pockets of Weyane for the sake of business,etc., our division- most of all the OLF instigating more divison so no Oromos will stand with Ethiopians, and most Tigreans by not coming out and condemening TPLF, for sure, if in number, they will have power by standing with the rest of Ethiopians. The last two are dangerous opportunists, because their complete disregards of “All Ethiopians” could lead to the threat of disintegration which is really counter productive for both because they themselves will be in the middle of it.

    Thanks

  18. Selam
    | #18

    I will start with “our country is reaching a very critical stage” not because of Woyane which made its intention to all clear from the get go, but the apologist continuous blame the victims at all cost. The educated are worst than the average person, simply because they should know better.

    There are lots of good Ethiopians who could not get a chance to speak when the “media”, follows the self appointed apologist like Dr. Kiros who plays the ethnic card just like the Woyane leaders have been playing it for so long.

    Ethiopians are unique people; we will overcome another brute force like Woyane. Because we are self regulating and law abiding society with out laws, but this brut force is more dangerous than what we saw before. We have to be proactive than reacting to a spin of Woyane and its apologist.

    The damage is already been done by the ethnic peddlers on our country and society. I believe alike what we were lead to believe on the surface, more so on Tigrians name than any, but let us fast forward to the solution so that the peddlers do not continue to pin us down where they want us.

    The core tribulation of any society since the time of human existence has been the lack of representation, noting more, our society is not an exception. In fact, due to our unique culture of tolerance it is much easier for us to overcome it than many others. This is where the call to all Ethiopians to be proactive to focus on the bigger prize against brut force comes in. The ethnic, religion, class, gender etc peddlers will always be with us for ever but should not take us to the gutter with them. Do not let them dictate what we want by instilling fear and conflict among us.

    For your information these peddlers interest is not ethnicity, human right, equality, representation etc. but it could be any-a means to get to and stay on power. This has been evident when peddlers change their colors many ways over in a short span of time to their intended goal.

    The important thing to follow up is not what one peddler says and does but to be pro active in supporting those who want to bring about representative government, while we defend them from the peddlers who undermine them. Incidentally, that is the biggest treat for any peddlers.

    Dr Kiros would do himself and the “Tigrians” he professes to speak for a favor, if he expose and isolate the small number of peddlers he knows very well who they are. The rest of the rubbish makes him look like an educated peddler himself. After all, for a highly educated individual we expect so much guidance from him than where he is heading. How come he dose not have a principle stand on democracy (which he give lip-service) and act on it (which he never did) to bringing about a representative government than milking the ethnic stereotype brought and promoted by the self appointed representative of “Tigrians” that entitled Woyane to be leader of the rest of Ethiopia in its own twisted Abiyotawi democracy of federalism?

    Dr, Please talk to us how we can make the election transparent and impartial so that we can have leaders we freely choice to rule us. Until then every individual who serve the seating government should realize that he/she helping to undermine democratic governce from forming. Be on the right side of history.

  19. Kocki
    | #19

    Dr. Kiros

    Who should talk about “Amara Question?”, Oromo question” Somali question etc.

    Are you guys born with these “Zer” Question or they inject something in your brain when they make that number eleven on your eye brows?

    What kinds of people are these and Kiros likes?

  20. Kocki
    | #20

    Dr. Kiros

    Is your next topic going to be Amhara, Oromo, Smalia etc question? Lord!!!!!!

    Are you guys created with particular “zer question” gene? Or Do they inject you with Zer staff when they draw that number eleven on your eye brows?

  21. Peace
    | #21

    There are also true heroic Tigrayans but very hard to find read:

    The Ongoing Startling Walk of the Diaspora’s Tigrayans
    Tuesday, 18 March 2008
    By: – Getachew Reda
    I believe that you are aware that I now have my own web blog dedicated to the struggle. The page is legible in Tigrigna. I came up with such strategy in order to create a common bridge where all Tigrayans can comment and post their political views and opinion.

    Having said this, you might wonder what I observed talking to the Tigrayans whom contacted me via e-mail and phone calls. During my conversation with many of them, I have noticed that they are not as organized compared with the strong TPLF/Meles associations. One cannot simply compare the TPLF Diaspora community with the Tigrayan opposition.

    However, I had my doubts regarding their organizational strength and unity; I am now fully convinced that they are totally lost, dispersed, dysfunctional, misinformed, disunited and self & group discontent among each other, most of all infected with backbiting one against the other. It is sad!

    I visited each of their websites. Many of them are not updated. If they are active websites, those that are up to date on their news are simply posting a copy of the news articles found on other major websites. Many of their websites are not dedicated to posting articles written in Tigringa for Tigringa readers, which could help to teach and open dialog with the Meles supporters. Though I admit that each of those that I contacted are willing to be more organized and contribute to the struggle. However, their background conflict amongst one another seemed to be the obstacle that is preventing them from coming together. Each had his own complaints/grievances against the other. I found it difficult for me to trust who is speaking the truth, since, I was neither with their organization nor with familiar.

    I have contacted individual Tigrayans who are well known and praised for their postings and books about TPLF. Therefore informed them of my aim of communicating with them and that it is of the utmost importance that we come together as one regardless of our political views. We need to challenge the strong and well-organized TPLF, in order to liberate the minds of those who have fallen captive to the TPLF cults. Goodness gracious! No response. For your surprise, I have repeatedly communicated with such popular writers even before this time to consult them, no answer at all.

    I also contacted individual leading members of a popular Tigrayan opposition party by phone. The first thing I experienced was having enough time to express myself, who I am. After he asked me who I was and how I came to know him; he explained that he never heard of such name (Getachew Reda?), or read any article on any website written by such name. I have also yet to answer his question if I am a member of any organization. After passing through such screening process, I managed to convince him. He agreed & promised to work together and will contact me. I have not heard from him since.

    A person who knew the insides of many of the individuals who is familiar with the numerous Tigrayan organizations told me that they are simply good at posting resolutions and bravados. According to my experience attempting to bring them to communicate through my web blog as a fresh site for all to start has proven to be disappointing. The many Tigrayan PhD holders are simply worst than the uneducated regular citizens. They should have jumped in and participated in the struggle rather than simply looking from a distance.

    I am not doing this because it feels good. No, it is painful, mentally and physically stressing as well as a time consuming mission and it supplies one with many unwanted enemies. The time I spend educating the uninformed could have been spent with me going to school or partaking in some other private work that would boost my financial income. Instead, I spend the time trying to liberate Ethiopia from dangerous anti-Ethiopia divisive groups. I do not regret my devotion and will continue as long as I am alive. When the Ethiopian people can freely move and organized in every corner of the country as they wish with no one restricting their movement and without being asked what language he/she speaks or to which tribe/group that they belong.

    Regardless, the startling, malfunctioning weakness of the Tigrayn opposition in the Diaspora, my effort will continue to bring them to one spot and start to do something together to liberate the TPLF cults who are solely driven with naivety and emotional ethnocentric revolutionary songs at the expense of the nation losing its dignity, sovereignty and its flag.

    At last, I like to appreciate the few Tigrayans who are still working with me trying to arrange teleconferences and are still trying to reach individuals as well as organizations. Those of you who are willing to contact me provoke the dysfunctional Tigrayan opposition. You are welcome to contribute articles and comments on my site in Tigringa or Amharic. Please do use Ge’ez Unicode. Download the font from the Ge’ez Unicode download website. Contact me
    ( getachre@aol.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
    http://www.Ethiopiansemayblogspot.com

    //-// Ethiopia will prevail!

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  22. Tariku
    | #22

    Zenawi GM

    You are out of walk just like your son Meles. You think we can learn history from you! Semai besaq mote! Perhaps we now one thousand times longer history than your hundred years Fabricated Banda History.

    As far as power struggle. You will find none in Ethiopian history that states one ethinic group was fighting with another for power. It was only greed people like you who were fighting for power. Even now by the time the band meles his buchilas advertize for ethnic fighs no ethinic group is fighting with another for power.

  23. Mussa Ghedi
    | #23

    Oh The Mighty Allah, please save those poor Ethiopians that praise your name at dawn and dusk with empty stomachs. Please protect them from these hateful voltures that prefer to scavenge on hate and biase. Please give more courage to those that aspire to uphold unity through equality and understanding. Allah please afford us the finest detergent to get rid of our egnorance regarding our peoples, our diversity and the beauty of the land you have allowed us to inhabit. Please give us the courage to scrutinse our self knowledge and the wisdom to bring justice and hope to our land and people through a united effort. Give us the patience to listen to all who speak out irespective what they say and the knowledge to analyse their words carefully for an optimistic end> Amen
    Allah bless

  24. Biri
    | #24

    What a sad state of affairs that a criticism against the TPLF is taken as a criticism against Tigreans. Paradoxically, anti-Haileselassie and to some exten, anti-Mengistu regime’s campaigns were couched in as anti-Amhara, with very little crticism.
    TPLF still broadcasts about the so called Amhara rule, but I am yet to read/see the good Doctor… writing a piece denouncing it.
    The fact of the matter is that everyone knows the people of Tigray are not responsible for TPLF actions. We know that they did not elect the TPLF.
    I tell friends and colleagues(formal/informal)and write about it that the struggle is against the TPLF, not against Tigreans-period!!

    However, TPLF uses Tigreans as core cadres in every corners of the country and in every institutions(prison to defence ministry!).
    The so called investors are predominantly TPLF cadres. In short, what Ethiopians see at large is that Tigreans are the vanguard of this killer regime. These thugs could be 5- 10% of the people of Tigray, but for those who suffer in their hands, it makes no difference. They are seen as agents of Meles Zenawi who uses Tigray as the power base for the ethno dictatorship.
    Given that fact, we will need to address the issue from its roots and that the honest thing to do is to call for a unified actions by all Ethiopians to remove this cancer that uses Tigray to dehumanize all Ethiopians.
    Therefore, yes I agree with you Dr Ted Kiros, that the future focus will have to be:

    ”Home discussions of the variety I just summarized are typical now, and that the Tigre question in particular is getting out of control, and the regime in power is responsible for this deadly misunderstanding, which calls for a dispassionate analyses.”

    And a genuine action against the tyranny of Meles Zenawi’s TPLF/EPRDF regime!

    Regards

    Biri

  25. Siye
    | #25

    These idiots who cannot understand this article have surely fallen to Meles’ trick, but the other ones that try to use the author’s name as an ethnic loyalist are most likeyly to be supporters of TPLF unless extremely naive!!

    For those of you who care to learn read the following article:

  26. Siye
  27. Zenawi G.M
    | #27

    I will like to respond to some comments for the following statements which some are constrictive and others distractive to our unity. Ethiopians must understand one thing unless we are aware of TPLF and Eritrean ways or tactics of operation it will stop us from continuing progress to wards united Ethiopia. Let’s say with one voice stop this nonsense once for all.
    I will like to start my responses with Biri statements, “However, TPLF uses Tigreans as core cadres in every corners of the country and in every institutions(prison to defence ministry!).
    The so called investors are predominantly TPLF cadres. In short, what Ethiopians see at large is that Tigreans are the vanguard of this killer regime. These thugs could be 5- 10% of the people of Tigray, but for those who suffer in their hands, it makes no difference. They are seen as agents of Meles Zenawi who uses Tigray as the power base for the ethno dictatorship.
    Given that fact, we will need to address the issue from its roots and that the honest thing to do is to call for a unified actions by all Ethiopians to remove this cancer that uses Tigray to dehumanize all Ethiopians.” I will not agree more, you are in the right trick. Now lets see it intelligently and work together regardless ethnicity, chauvinism or nationalism. If we are divided we will give Meles and his thugs more years in power.

    Siye, you are right these idiots can not see farther than their own individual interest even they understood the article they want to pass distractive messages to the rest of us. “These idiots who cannot understand this article have surely fallen to Meles’ trick, but the other ones that try to use the author’s name as an ethnic loyalist are most likely to be supporters of TPLF unless extremely naive!!” I agree with you they are TPLF and Eritrean supporters which they want us to stay the way we are divided and fighting at each other. Dear follow Ethiopians please wake up we need our country to ourselves Ethiopia for Ethiopians.
    Dear Mussa Ghedi, Mighty Allah blesses you. You are right our country Ethiopia needs a lot of prayer from all of us. Please contuing praying we need unity, Justice and equality for all.
    To my illiterate Tariku it shows you don’t know anything about Ethiopia. If you can read here is a line or two of the rich history of Ethiopia.
    “At the turn of the first millennia, the dominant kingdom was in Aksum. This was a very advanced civilization. They were the first Africans to mint coins. They were powerful enough to take military expeditions into South Arabia. Aksum began to decline in the seventh century. The Zagwé Dynasty was next to rule Ethiopia. The most prized of the Zagwe kings was Lalibela. This period saw the arrival of Christianity and the Nine Saints” However, I assume you are Meles or Mengistu H. Mariam historian or product, you will not understand the history of Ethiopia. Please read or study the rich history of our country. Banda history is your history not Aksumite history ok.

    Dear Ato Girma Kass you are 100% right excellent comment thank you very much. Please write more some of us need your well rounded education.
    God bless you all.
    I love you

  28. Zenawi G.M
    | #28

    I will like to respond to some comments for the following statements which some are constrictive and others distractive to our unity. Ethiopians must understand one thing unless we are aware of TPLF and Eritrean ways or tactics of operation it will stop us from continuing progress to wards united Ethiopia. Let’s say with one voice stop this nonsense once for all.
    I will like to start my responses with Biri statements, “However, TPLF uses Tigreans as core cadres in every corners of the country and in every institutions(prison to defence ministry!).
    The so called investors are predominantly TPLF cadres. In short, what Ethiopians see at large is that Tigreans are the vanguard of this killer regime. These thugs could be 5- 10% of the people of Tigray, but for those who suffer in their hands, it makes no difference. They are seen as agents of Meles Zenawi who uses Tigray as the power base for the ethno dictatorship.
    Given that fact, we will need to address the issue from its roots and that the honest thing to do is to call for a unified actions by all Ethiopians to remove this cancer that uses Tigray to dehumanize all Ethiopians.” I will not agree more, you are in the right trick. Now lets see it intelligently and work together regardless ethnicity, chauvinism or nationalism. If we are divided we will give Meles and his thugs more years in power.

    Siye, you are right these idiots can not see farther than their own individual interest even they understood the article they want to pass distractive messages to the rest of us. “These idiots who cannot understand this article have surely fallen to Meles’ trick, but the other ones that try to use the author’s name as an ethnic loyalist are most likely to be supporters of TPLF unless extremely naive!!” I agree with you they are TPLF and Eritrean supporters which they want us to stay the way we are divided and fighting at each other. Dear follow Ethiopians please wake up we need our country to ourselves Ethiopia for Ethiopians.

    Dear Mussa Ghedi, Mighty Allah blesses you. You are right our country Ethiopia needs a lot of prayer from all of us. Please contuing praying we need unity, Justice and equality for all.

    To my illiterate Tariku it shows you don’t know anything about Ethiopia. If you can read here is a line or two of the rich history of Ethiopia.
    “At the turn of the first millennia, the dominant kingdom was in Aksum. This was a very advanced civilization. They were the first Africans to mint coins. They were powerful enough to take military expeditions into South Arabia. Aksum began to decline in the seventh century. The Zagwé Dynasty was next to rule Ethiopia. The most prized of the Zagwe kings was Lalibela. This period saw the arrival of Christianity and the Nine Saints” However, I assume you are Meles or Mengistu H. Mariam historian or product, you will not understand the history of Ethiopia. Please read or study the rich history of our country. Banda history is your history not Aksumite history ok.

    Dear Ato Girma Kass you are 100% right excellent comment thank you very much. Please write more some of us need your well rounded education.
    God bless you all.
    I love you

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