Monday, December 04, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
A new African phoenix is born
As black and as famished as ever
Carrying the same loads of thorn
The same batches of infamy
Of disease, of wars, of hunger
The same scars in the horn
As politicians to each others whisper
Sweet lies; with no conscience to scorn
As they exhale and praises inhale over dinner
And more ranks to their siblings adorn
Africa stands aloof as distant as ever
As unique as an alien unicorn
Writhing in mounts of litter
Burdened, broken and outworn
Friday, October 06, 2006
A Mystery Plague Affects Ethiopians Worldwide
There has been a sudden and strange and incurable plague scientists have named "Panethiopianist" that has struck the people of Ethiopia all over the globe in the last few years.
"This is a very strange thing that has occurred totally unprecedented in mankind's history" said a White House representative. "Never has such a phenomena happened where an entire group of over a 80 million people have suddenly changed their collective ideology".
In Ethiopia, civil wars have ceased. While leaders have come together to discuss numerous and drastic changes to improve the quality of life for there fellow countrymen in terms of leadership, political structure, education, technology, health services and agriculture. "The decisions made for our country that has suffered centuries of exploitation and corruption by the monarchy, the Derge and until recently the TPLF, will be made solely by Ethiopians for Ethiopians", stated Gertrude Mongella, President of the Ethiopian Union parliament. "We will not allow any input from non Ethiopians to dictate to us how we should run our country. Soon, the problems that have ravaged this country will be a thing of the past".
Educated Ethiopians, especially those who are graduating from various colleges and universities in Ethiopia have now completely understood the political world as it is, and not as they wish it to be. They have also come to realise, there enemy's vicious tactics of dividing them among themselves, and the impact of Geo-politics on there national movements. "We now have to depend on our own political creativity, material and spiritual resources and organisational capability for the realisation of a better country for all Ethiopians" A young student, Yared Tibebu stated. "We have to learn from our mistakes, improve our weakness and capitalise on our strength".
"We have to realise that any political movement, that does not learn from its mistakes, that does not improve its performance, that does not accept criticism, that does not have the intellectual wherewithal to reinvent itself from time to time, that does not alter its propaganda with a radically changing international political climate, that does not undertake the necessary paradigm shift when time demands it, that always reacts to events instead of being proactive, that blames others for its failures, that does not accept responsibility for its action and that always follows old ways of doing things instead of designing new strategies and tactics for mobilising people, Marshalling resources, winning friends, neutralising potential enemies and isolating the real enemy is doomed to facing repeated setbacks like that of the past political movement, the TPLF" stated the new energetic leader of the country Dr. Berhanu, who party was voted in with a clear majority of the votes in the resent national elections.
This phenomenon has caused a lot of illness, anger, confusion, paranoia, distress and resentment in non Africans, especially in Egypt and the Arab countries, who had lost a loyal ally in the despot Meles Zenawi.
"Well I know it is a dream for now, but if we all pull our weight together and support our jailed elected leaders and there vision for our country. This could be the list of our accomplishments" stated... well Ethiopian paradox.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
when the dawn of freedom breaks
“I am writing this book entirely devoid of any type of hatred. I know any idea and politics built on hatred is self-defeating and destructive and not productive. Being imprisoned by the forces of the regime has not changed this position by me. Far from prison weakening my position, in fact being in prison has strengthened my belief that hate is a feeling that one not at all ca afford to being burdened with. I held this view during the election campaign; I feel it more strongly now in prison.”
‘As or when the dawn of freedom breaks’ is the title of a major book authored by the jailed elected mayor of Ethiopia, Dr. Berhanu Nega. The breaking of freedom’s dawn signals a scenario of hope and even seeing an edifying possibility under conditions of adversity and difficulty. It makes compelling reading when the author is in jail and his pen, head, heart and spirit- together and in unison defy the will of the jailors and his own physical limitations walled in a small prison room. The spirit with which it is written is rich and generous in calling all those in the struggle not to employ feelings of hatred and motives of vengeance and other destructive impulses in their struggles to bring about irreversible and sustainable change with the core engine of freedom and democracy. Dr. Berhanu openly announces he has made all effort never to be guided by hatred even against those who jailed him. He makes the most profound maxim that fear, hatred, vengeance are antithetical to the project to create a society of united Ethiopian people with freedom and democratic agency.
Fear and hatred undo democracy and freedom and thereby destroy the dreams and imagination for making a new world possible entirely free from poverty, violence and hunger! His work is indeed a timeless contribution given his circumstance of being walled in, forced many times under duress to conditions of sickness. In less than a year he produced not only a master piece in terms of analytical work on the Ethiopian journey for democratic renewal, but above all he produced a powerful message that the struggle must not be driven by fear, hatred and vengeance. The fact that the regime uses actions built on hatred, blackmail, threats, deceptions, fraud, killing, fear and vengeance means that the opposition should learn to transcend these motivations and reach high level spiritual, political, intellectual and psychological harmony. He recommends the building of genuine debate, conversation, dialogue, communication and the broadest possible alliance to change the difficult un-freedoms built structurally by the dominance of one party rule and an ethnically re-structured society, and elections rigged under that same rule. It is unity and alliance that will eventually unhinge one party dominance control and ethnic- based gerrymandering. If the alliance succeeds then Confucian harmony amongst us will prevail and a harmonious society built on free debate of policies and communication amongst citizens will stimulate overall societal progress.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
The tyrant's relation with the rulers of the world
Meles Zenawi and Arkebe Iqubay are shown in this dated photograph taken in the Welqayit desert in Gondar/Tigrai border in the late 80s. Around the same time (1986), Mr. Meles authored the infamous book entitled "The Eritrean Struggle: From where to where" that established him as more concerned about EPLF issues than Ethiopian issues. In this book, Meles writes, "...In these days where Imperialism has dominated the world, the colonialism question can not be addressed separate from the Imperialist's need for capital investment and search for raw materials. While the Ethiopian ruling class has benefitted politically and economically from its occupation of Eritrea, the most beneficiary is American Imperialism...." Copies of this book which was an essential TPLF reading material were collected and destroyed when Meles came to power. A reprint was released recently by former TPLF members.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Remembering the June 8/2005 massacre
"...Dawit then met some friends and, his father says, began to chat with friends when he saw the police chasing a group of young boys who were running towards where he and his cousins were talking in a circle 30 meters from his home. Instantly, the troops started firing at the boys who were running to their houses and killed one of them. Shocked by the merciless killing, Dawit and his friends decided to get back home with their heads down and running. '' But too late, he was gunned down from the back," says his father with his eyes swelling with tears." - The Reporter, June 2005
Mourning the death of two sons By Mariam Belay On the third day of the protest that took place last week ,Wednesday morning, the Mercato area, like any other part of the city, was lifeless and abandoned.
Fekadu Negash, 20, who works in a garage, was at his home around a place called 'Addis Ketema'. He was standing by his door when he heard shootings and screamings. He went out to see what was happing, and before he knew it, he was shot dead on his doorstep.
His younger brother, Abraham Yilma, 18, came running out of the house and called his mother shouting that his brother was shot. Both of them went out, and as Abraham took a step to pick up his brother, he saw the person who shot him.
"He picked up his hand and said, that's my brother, let me pick him up," their mother, Etenesh, recalls in grief. "Then he shot him too. I saw my sons lying on the road, their blood flowing like water."
"The youngest of the two came out of the house and saw his brothers. The man was going to shoot him if it wasn't for the screaming of my neighbors."
Soon after, an ambulance came and took the two brothers. Their mother was not allowed to go with them, and she did not know where they were taking them.
She later heard that one of them was already dead when the ambulance came, but the other one died on the way to hospital. Together with some relatives, their mother went to the Black Lion Hospital, where she hoped to find them.
They had to walk on foot, as the minibus taxies were on strike and there was no transportation. When she got there, she did not find them, so she looked for them in other hospitals, to no avail.
The next day, she went to Minilik Hospital, where a thorough search was carried out and their bodies were found lying there. Their funeral was on Friday.
People of the neighborhood, and those who heard their stories gathered en masse for the service, carrying national flags and pictures of the two brothers.
"The people of Ethiopia buried my sons and I was so grateful to see so much love," their mother said. But the people were not left alone to bury the dead peacefully. When the mourners were returning from the funeral, "they took them away and arrested them.
It was only after mothers went to the nearest fire brigade police station and pleaded with them, falling at their feet, that they released their children, after beating them severely" Etenesh is now left with only two sons.
The one who was almost shot and spared when women started screaming is still traumatised as a result of the shock he went through, seeing his brothers dead and startled by the gun that was pointed at him.
The youngest is only 11 years old and in despair like the rest of the family. "My children, my brothers and sisters, all of us, are living in anguish. There is nothing in the world left for us," Etenesh said.
The family depended on the meager income that Fikadu used to earn working in a garage and on what Abraham brought home working as a taxi assistant, after he came from school. Although their mother used to work in a coffee enterprise picking up coffee beans, she did not earn much and left the job four years ago.
To add to the income her two sons used to bring home, she has been selling home-made bread. "They were striving every day to take the burden off my shoulders. Their dream was to work and support me and their younger brothers," she said mournfully.
"They were shot dead on Their doorstep they did not even go out to the street, that's what makes my grief even worse." Giving birth to her sons at an early age, the first when she was 18, Etenesh has a reason to say that the two were not only her sons but also her companions.
Although she got them from different fathers, she brought them up together and saw them grow up day by day before they perished infront of her eyes. She almost went insane unable to bear her sorrow, but as life goes on, she is coping.
There was a rumor that Etenesh had committed suicide, but it was proved wrong as the writer of this article talked to her in person this Wednesday. "I seek justice from the people of Ethiopia" she said.
"I am poor. I can not sue the government, nor can I claim anything. Today it is my children and children of many others. What about tomorrow and the day after?" she asks. - The Reporter, June 2005 ----
Meles Zenawi on BBC Hard Talk...
HT - On the 8th of June, while police in Addis were faced with a large crowd, many of them students, what orders had you given the security forces?
Meles - Stop insurrection.
HT - Simple as that?
Meles - Yeah.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Blogs under attack by tyrannical government
Since his regime lost the May 2005 election to the opposition the government of Meles Zenawi has been cracking down on pro-democracy protestors, leaders of the opposition and civil society, and the free press. Since May 2005 over 100 peacefully demonstrating youth have been killed by security forces carrying druganov sniper rifles and American Humvees donated to the government for counter-terrorism action againsts Islamist threats emanating from Somalia. The government has also shut down all free press publications. In a ludicrous move to quash the opposition movement, the government has jailed the entire leadership of the oppositon (including parliament electees, the mayor elect of the capital Addis Ababa, members of civil society and the free press including 5 Voicce of America radio journalists) and trying them in its kangaroo courts on trumped up charges of treason and genocide. Mind you the government kills over 100 pro-democracy protestors and jails upwards of 40,000 (yes that is 40K) in concentration-like open camps, and turns around and blame all this on the opposition. The recent crack down on the Ethio blogoshere is an extention of this repression. The government is losing it and is in its deathbed writhing. These atrocities need to be told all over the world. Ethiopian’s can’t overcome poverty without participatory democracy, free information, open communication and market economics. The regime of Meles Zenawi is standing in the way. The Ethiopian people have expressed their wish in May 2005. The Meles regime and the US government which is backing him need to be told enough is enough. No more tolerance for obstruction to democracy and the free flow of information via print, airwaves anf the internet. We need the support of all in exposing the suppression in Ethiopia. The recent crackdown on blogs by Meles’ regime with the technical advice of the Chinese government need to be stopped. Stand with the Ethiopian people, stand for unfettered exchange and freedom in the blogosphere!!!!!