Elections, Qatar, Commodity Exchange and Teddy Afro – By Yilma Bekele

April 27th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

All these far flung concept, country, system and a celebrity have one thing in common. The current Ethiopian regime is the unifying factor here. It is a well-planned and calculated move by the princess of darkness from Arat Kilo. They are a ploy to put too much up on the screen, too many things all at once and it is very difficult to focus. We are inundated with too much information. It is difficult to hit a moving object. (more…)

All these far flung concept, country, system and a celebrity have one thing in common. The current Ethiopian regime is the unifying factor here. It is a well-planned and calculated move by the princess of darkness from Arat Kilo. They are a ploy to put too much up on the screen, too many things all at once and it is very difficult to focus. We are inundated with too much information. It is difficult to hit a moving object.

When there is too much noise from the regime, you know something is up. You have to be alert to separate the chaff from the grain. They just throw everything at you. This time their main aim was to deflect attention from the sham ‘election’ they were orchestrating. It was considered to be a non-event by everybody except the regime.

All the reports by major media and internationally respected organizations concluded that the government was running UN opposed. It was systematically preventing any opposition participating in a meaningful way. The so-called election was an utter failure with everybody ‘ including the ‘loyal opposition’ dropping out the last minute.

It is good enough for begging, borrowing, ‘close your eyes and let me fool you’ purpose, but nothing else. Only Woyane thinks it was a good idea. They hope in time the world will forget and it will be fait acompli. In the eyes of the world players Ethiopia will be considered another ‘failed state’. In the international arena, legitimacy is a powerful calling card. Ethiopia lost that in the aftermath of the 2005 elections. Now it is sinking deeper into the realm of Jean Bidel Bokassa and Mobutu Sese Seko.

Remember during the Kenyan election fiasco, they always mentioned the stolen Ethiopian election and the aftermath. When they are discussing Zimbabwe they always bring out the 2005 election. It has become a landmark for stealing and killing to stay in power. The Ethiopian government does not have legitimacy to utter a word regarding these major incidents in our continent. Instead of being a respected and neutral go between the warring parties we are shamed into sitting in the background and keeping quiet. It is because the power of those in charge does not emanate from the people rather it comes ‘out of the barrel of the gun’ directed against the people. We are being held as a good example of ‘poverty stricken and botched elections’ with the government accused of killing hundreds of civilians in cold blood. Another ‘banana republic’.

Nothing like diversion to change the subject.

Qatar was thrown into the mix to involve the foreign media. Instead of reporting about the failed elections, the inflation, and the famine they gave the ferenjis something they could report. They reported it dutifully. ‘Ethiopia severs ties with Qatar’ was everywhere. It was a non-news but Woyane made it news. Qatar does not give a damn regarding the so-called ‘diplomatic relations’ with Ethiopia. Ethiopia needs Qatar not the other way around. Thus trying to give a finger to a 700-pound gorilla is not a good idea. It is fortunate the gorilla found it amusing and shrugged it off. If they were hot headed like Woyane over twelve thousand needy Ethiopians will be sent home. Hey they are indifferent to seventy million Ethiopians, a few thousand in Qatar is nothing to loose your sleep about.

Next was the story of the famous ‘Ethiopian Commodity Exchange’ (ECX). Only TPLF will come up with something like this. Who needs comedians with Woyane around? You can trust them to pretend the most absurd is the most rational. Let us see, the concept of a ‘Commodity Exchange’ in Ethiopia will be as out of place as a ‘water park’ in the Sahara, a ‘monastery’ in Las Vegas or a ‘Hitler’ museum in Tel Aviv. It just doesn’t flow.

Commodity exchange is one of those purely capitalist enterprises, which has basic requirement of its own to succeed. The first is ‘Democracy’ where ideas and wealth is exchanged openly. Then we need open and transparent system where the information presented should have credibility with the consumer. Independent institutions not beholden to any government or outside forces are a must. Faith in the fairness of the system is the most critical aspect of the capitalist system.

Today’s Ethiopia doesn’t even come close to any of the above. The economy is controlled by the government or its subsidiaries, the Central Bank does not know the difference between Gold and Lead and the communication system is still rooted in the last century. Most of all there is no such thing as ‘private confidential’ information in Ethiopia. The Police State knows everything. The much-ballyhooed opening of the so-called ECX is nothing but another scam on the ferengis and a smoke screen to divert our attention from the election fiasco. The girls of ‘Mitmita’ blog have a hilarious take on this unique institution. (http://www.mitmitaye.com/)

At last the minority regime was forced to use what is has been holding in reserve for the last year and a half. Throw our beloved Teddy Afro into Kaliti. TPLF planned this a long time back. Teddy has been a thorn on their side for too long. The young man has the nerve to come up with lyrics and songs that stirred our inner soul and increased our pride on being Ethiopian. What the Woyane was destroying, Teddy was building. What the Woyane was insulting Teddy was praising. One Teddy was greater than the sum of all Woyane.

Teddy’s imprisonment was a two-pronged attack. The first is to divert attention till they finished seating their minions as the new sheriff in all of Ethiopia. The second was intended to show that Woyane is in charge. Nothing like a high premium prisoner to show who the boss is. Another attempt to emasculate us and break our will to challenge them. Not to worry, all their loud statements end up biting them back. Woyane is the same old confused, disoriented ‘keystone cops’ that can’t shoot straight even if their life depended on it.

As their imprisonment of Kinijit leaders ended up galvanizing the country against them, as their unprovoked invasion of Somalia is uniting the Somali against them, so will the imprisonment of our favorite son make us angry and end up making us see the real nature of Woyane. We have three thousand years of built up ‘Ethiopianess’ DNA interwoven in our very essence. Believe me Woyane is a shooting star here now gone in a second phenomena. We will still be here. Just keep your eyes on the prize. Melkam Fasika my beautiful brothers and sisters. May the Ethiopian God give Teddy the strength in this time of hardship!

  1. Wosenu
    | #1

    Yilma Bekele,

    The last 14 years China`s economy been growing 12% average yearly more than any country in the world included the WEST, in the mean time China is not Democracy, China is one political party system, but its fast growing economy becoming the envy of the world. Capitalistic enterprise system to succeed does not mean countries have to adopt western form of Democracy as you put it in your article. The matter of fact, if you study the history of most successful Asian countries economy, most of them never adopted democracy of the west but democracy of their own, but comand market comodity system which guided by conditions and situations (Demand and supply)of their country economy. Otherwise to simplify and apply cut&dry and fitall approach to diverse countries and diverse economic stage may not do it. Since every country have their own different economic base and different economic challenges we should allow these countries to do it as they see it see, without hypocratizing and imposing foreign concept upon them. After all true Democracy is all about allowing the people to manage their own business as they see it fit.

    Regarding Teddy Afro, I will be biast and unfair for me to take a side,since non of us knows what realy happens, except that everyone pulling the rope to their own direction to score political agenda. Thus I have to leave the case to the court, Even though it may not be perfect,but I am sure the civic court of Ethiopia do better job than we, thus i will leave the judgement to the court officers to handle the case according to their best professional duty.

  2. Malet
    | #2

    Wosenu???? are you one of responsible person for the death of thousends innocent people and You are one of the Devil who is trying to destroy Ethiopia, we know from your comment you are one of the weyane=TPLF=mafia=Devil group. Don’t try to write your bullshit comment here. you are trying to tell us about kangaro court in Ethiopia which is runing by Devils??? The time is coming soon you and your friend to go hell!!! We are united and we will fight for our freedom and you will get your price soon.
    God Bless Ethiopia!!!!
    Death for weyane & Meles=Devil!

  3. Wosenu
    | #3

    Melet,

    We all entitled to our openion regardless of whether it is worthy openion or not, and in process we also learn and master one of the greatest gift of Democracy, which is “TO AGREE TO DISAGREE”.
    BUt because of disagreement openion given, to accuse some for the death of thousands of people without inkling evidence shows how the person doing the accusing is suffering from lack of knowledge and process of Democracy, and such person usually devoid the culture of Democracy.
    In Democracy we all love each other as an rational being (adult),not as crying infant.

  4. Ketema
    | #4

    So wosene you think sort of prosperety can be exchanged for sub-standard, would you like to live in china? I do not think so. Freedom is individual not group concept.

  5. | #5

    are you one of responsible person for the death of thousends innocent people and You are one of the Devil who is trying to destroy Ethiopia, we know from your comment you are one of the weyane=TPLF=mafia=Devil group. Don’t try to write your bullshit comment here. you are trying to tell us about kangaro court in Ethiopia which is runing by Devils??? The time is coming soon you and your friend to go hell!!! We are united and we will fight for our freedom and you will get your price soon.
    God Bless Ethiopia!!!!
    Death for weyane & Meles=Devil!

  6. Robele Ababya
    | #6

    Ato Wosenu is clearly an ardent supporter of the brutal TPLF regime. His grasp of basic economics is lacking; for there is no and never was democracy in a command economy in those Asian countries he cited for the success of their economies. Command economy thrive only under dictatorial or totalitarian regimes.
    What does he really mean by saying that the “greatest gift of Democracy is to AGREE TO DISAGREE”. In case he does know “democracy” is a two-part word originating from Greek where “demo” means “people” and “cracy” means “rule or govern”. Democracy therefore means government of the people by the people and for the people. This the unniversal principle of democracy that repressive regimes of the likes of TPLF do not uphold. In a democracy, people freely elect their leaders and their votes do not get robbed in broad daylight as was done by the despicable Zenawi regime.

  7. Alex
    | #7

    Wosen;
    are you going tell us the woyanne kangaroo court is free and independent. Please don’t kidding us. Let alone we ethiopinas the world knows about the woyanne kangaroo court. Hade it been so I wouldn’t have any worry if woyanne govering the nation.That way people in ethiopia are struggling for an independent system.
    Regarding the stock excange you miss something when mentions about the china.. Even if the china don’t have any a democratic system the government has not been involved in business activities as woyanne do. Instead the china goverment working hard to level the playing ground so that every business man to have an equal business opportunity. This is not happening in Ethiopia. what woyanne is doing taking all business to his hand.(total monopoly).
    Wosen.. I can a sure you that the ethiopian stock excange will not work in Ethiopia. I wonder to know what woyanne will come up with when they know it is not working…

  8. Wosenu
    | #8

    MR. KETEMA,

    Freedom is the state of mind. But dealing freedom in collective manner setting requires inevitable social contract, which supported by moral center.

  9. Windsorite
    | #9

    Deja vu! all over again.

    The curse of modern time is,that almost everything does creat controversy. Even the case of Teddy`s fatal accident driving while intoxicated seems getting more than its share of controversy. What is not getting attention and controversy is the death of poor vendor young boy who life shattered by drunk driver. WHO SHALL STAND FOR THE TRUTH AND HELPLESS POOR BOY WHO LOST HIS LIFE ? ? ?
    Of course you can not depend on you conscience and mental sight since it is tainted by imbalanced unrestrained political desires, refused to see the true colour of justice since your immagination tainted and is out of focus. Our Ethiopians civilization counted more than 2000+ years,but counting ages is no guarantee of maturity nor justice,specially when it comes to the helpless poor,underprivilage,underrepresented poor victimes. Just like the American court system, When you go to court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who are not smart enough to get out jury duty,even though jury duty serves greater purpose.
    Then What is Ethiopia gov to do, Should the Ethiopian government allow Teddy Afro get away free even though the victimes families still awaiting Justice and for process of trial to begin, or should the Ethioipan government respond to Teddy`s supporters political pressure by aborting justice and overriding the Justice system ? ? Of course this route might been easy alternative to do to avoid controversy and to please Teddy`s unthinking avid supporters, If that is the case then what is awaiting tomorrow for Ethiopia if we allow preferntial treatment for individuals ? Can our justice system be trusted again ? What is upholding the “Justice” is not the court or the government nor law makers but the confidence of the mass, which gives legitimacy to its constitutional gurantee judical branch of power.
    This is also the main nachor reasons we Ethiopians should not allow Teddy Afro to go free without due process of the court, thus the system deserves the benefite of the doubt to excute its constitutional assigned duty.
    Just like the Chines proverb “A GEM IS NOT POLISHED WITHOUT RUBBING,NOR A MAN PERFECTED WITHOUT TRIAL.”

    Let it be.

  10. koratu
    | #10

    Dear Wosenu
    All i can say about your TPLFite care comment is , could you give a limit to your LEKE AFE cadre propoganda

  11. Allen 7
    | #11

    Wosenu
    You can write this to your UNCLE Zenawi and he will like your comment.
    Our country is colonized by woyanne thug for the last 17 years and Our country will be libered with God’s help.
    Death to zenawi

  12. WEGESHAW
    | #12

    Let us hear to our Honorable human rights defender Mr. Obang Meto’s call for the may 15th worldwide rally and our slogans should sound as follows:
    1) Let the world knows about Ethiopian hidden genocide!
    2) World court at Hague please investigates the unjust massacre of over 150,000 young soldiers over the border conflict of the years 1998-2000.
    3) Melese Zenawi and his TPLF party have ordered the massacre of over 200 people in Addis for they used their basic rights to peacefully demonstrate to tell the world that democracy has been reversed in Ethiopia by the use of force.
    4) UN, World court, European parliament please investigate the over 400 Anuaks massacre of 1983 which was admitted by Human right groups.
    5) Please investigate the killing of University students in Addis
    6) Investigate the killing in Oromia, Gonder, Awasa, Areusi, Ogaden
    8) Release over 40,000 Ethiopians who are still in prisons of TPLF in different parts of Ethiopia.
    9) Stop the massacre in Somalia. “Weyane army”, get out of Somalia!
    10) Investigate the looting of Ethiopia by TPLF, and the stilling of Ethiopian Gold.
    11) Release the Ethiopian beloved son “TEDI AFRO”, and stop the revenge against him and Ethiopia. Fair trial if he have been guilty .Free unless proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt
    12) We condemn any kind of extremism, but stop massacring poor civilians under the slogan “WAR ON TERRORISM”.

  13. Kokeb Demeke
    | #13

    Why did`t Teddy help the dieing helpless poor boy, instead of leaving him on the street to bleed to death ????????
    Teddy is cruel and coward, he does not even value childs life.

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