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He is supposedly now no longer a Muslim, but in any case — he is now positioning himself as a strategist and political engineer. This interview is quite interesting and revealing https: He says he is just supporting the movement that has its origin and leadership internally, but his ego is such that he leaves one with little option than to to make the audience conclude he is the one pulling the strings. He is just one of those personalities that have huge political ambition, and was lucky enough to find the Oromo cause to latch on to.

Such personalities can be devastatingly dangerous unless they are constrained by institutional limits. Hi Amde, the reason i brought up is, I can not make up my mind weather it is good to ignore such insane person or opposed it strongly in populace. Maybe he suffers from a combination of some narcissism and megalomania, but then that is almost a minimum psychological requirement for any politician from Obama to Wed-Afom.

There are very legitimate issues he is advocating for — democracy in Ethiopia, unresolved Oromo questions, class issues such as the recent farmer grievances. He just seems to me to be boundlessly ambitious, and willing to use the latest tools to make his dreams come true. If it was the 19th century, he would be out there as a shifta fighting until he is recognized and promoted with some feudal title, land, and a wife from an aristocratic family.

If it was the 20th century, he would be If a professional Marxist-Leninist revolutionary cadre, using its theoretical analyses to form his own party and rule through the politbureau.

He is using the 21st century American political analysis he learned in Stanford and Columbia to do opposition politics in the age of social media. He is for sure refreshingly different in his analyses etc Check this out http: But crazy he is not. The logic seems to be messy, as in the case of a scatterbrain. I did not ask you where the man is exiled and who put pressure on him. I will reclaim my old nick,Hope,if allowed. Hi Ermias; I know you need more training like the one you shared with us, you know like you close your eyes and they tell you something and you open your eyes.

First and for most; leave AT out of this depression of yours. You have all the symptoms of depressed religious thug. I thought that was the real reason for religion to exist; for delusional people like you to hang on it. Now, Why are you beating on them? All they did is tolerate you with your endless nick names,endless goodbyes; endless complains, and endless beiching.

How about you show some class and give them the respect they deserve. I have told you long time ago, stop beating on AT and go do what you do best, as usual go beat your wife. Oh yes, please take care your kids and spend some time with them than worrying about Nitricc! I also read somewhere here and other ethiobian press releases that ethiobia is fighting against terrorists, in fact the recent upheaval is instigated or fed by terrorists according the ethiobian news releases,then will this make ethiobia by default a member of the coalition of Islamic states?

These monsters are going to devour their own creators, and scared as they are, these countries are running around to form a coalition of Islamic States to save themselves. The last time I read about the coalition, Eritrea an observer member of the Arab League was not mentioned in the list of countries, let alone ethiobia. The Ethiopian government can call the last unrest a terrorism act, nevertheless it was a political unrest, having nothing to do with Islamic extremism.

Ethiopia is a secular country and she is not an Islamic State, and there is no reason she will ever be part of this coalition of Islamic States. As you said it correctly,the few Gulf States are turning themselves into a nightmare and quagmire they created themselves, But a State does not have to be an Islamic State to be part of the Anti-Global Terrorism Coalition.

Dear Hope, Nobody is denying Eritrea the right to make any sort of alliances with anybody she wishes. Ethiopia is doing the same thing under the AU and other world powers , but it is not going to be with the so-called coalition of Islamic States, where religion seems to be the main amalgamating factor.

It is Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States who gave the coalition a religious garb. That is where the problem lies. This anti-terrorism coalition for one reason or other is presented as an Islamic Endeavour, while terrorism is a common problem affecting all humanity.

It could have been a regional coalition of one sort or other, where Ethiopia as a member of a geographical region could have found it difficult not to participate. TPLF had an opportunity to reform and revamp its policies and strategies to win the hearts and minds of Ethiopian people and to avoid the imminent social quest for change that potentially causing the country to crumble.

It is a lesson TPLF failed miserably to understand that oppressed and marginalized people by politics and from economics will definitely rise when the situation is matured. I am afraid any effort to win its future might be too little too late given the demand for real representation and participation and no to TPLF economic and political monopoly is gaining ground to a point where cannot be reversed. Sara, As you may know our dictator is in Saudi Arabia since Saturday.

His media hid this until yesterday. And yesterday while still in Saudi, Isaias, using the MoFA nickname, issued a statement of support for the Saudi coalition. The question is why did he bother to do that. He has an absolute power, he can do whatever he likes to do. Unless his hosts demanded he make it public. This snake man tells the world behind close door that the national service is back to 18 months.

Now that is what we need official statement on. Sara, you should be easily able to figure out that IA is holding on to dear life. They have big fears of Iran and the Yemeni houthis. With Eritreas proximity to Yemen, they can use it for a little while and recycle it. Ethiopia and Eritrea will only be in a coalition to destroy each other. He is an extremely desperate man and to lengthen his power, he will do anything even if that means more sanctions to his regime or even the Eritrean people. He is a disgrace.

He calls the weyanes beggars but who is begging left and right, Emirates, Saudi, Qatar, Germany, the list goes on. He has absolute contempt for Eritreans, more so for his supporters but stupidity abounds in Eritreans, specially diaspora, these days. The idea of giving base to IS if they declare war on Ethiopia with all its risks for us is really understandable, it is survival issue of IA and CO.

But PFDJ will not stop at that, and with risk of being accused as dramatic I would also add that IA will be willing to prostitute women, sell organs and slave trade Eritreans to finance his love affair with IS.

One of the problems with the oppositions even those who are vocal and want IA to be removed is that they have not internalized the how far IA and his groupies would go to survive. You are not making sense and I thought your style was childish. I see Hope is excited about this development, not knowing that such a move is likely to bring the problem home. Horizon is using Somalia as an example even though Ethiopia intervention is what exacerbated the situation there. The Union of Islamic Courts where only dealing with the warlords internal affair before Ethiopia decided to push them, Alshebab was then the result of that debacle.

It is a well documented fact that Eritrea, as a Nation, has been a victim of all evil tactics,threats,sanctions,sabotage,etc—one can imagine and you are telling us Eritrea as a Nation does not have a RIGHT to make Alliances and to join Coalitions to get out of all the above threats,etc—.

Is this a Political or Intellectual Acrobatism or Bankruptsy,when you just wish Eritrea to sit idle and remain the victim of all these evil tactics and threats? There is NO perfection or pefect and ideal rules in Politics and Security related issues. There is NO perfect Diplomacy or Policy either.! Pros and Cons should be evalauted and assessed when dealing with such kind of sensitive issues of high importance from National Security Interest point of View. The PFDJ is doing what it is doing after it ran away from better options,at least fromits pint of view and based on the facts on the ground.

It looks like you were answering at Semere, from you long answer you are saying Eritrea is doing it just to survive, the threat that you mention is pointed at Ethiopia and Ethiopia will make the same case about Eritrea. You know the coalition is to fight non-state actors deqi hidirtina if in Eritrea.

My question was simple, let me put it another way then. To join the coalition, do you have to create a terrorist at home or where home grown terrorist is not an issue are you going to send Eritreans to fight elsewhere to support with the coalition?

I am all ears, tell me what tickled you with this new move from Eritrea. Since I am not saying it is good for Ethiopia, no point bringing it to the discussion. Unfortunately TPLF has its own internal challenges, and until and unless the real Federalism is implemented, the ruling regime remains the top enemy of the Ethiopian people, not terrorism. Plus with Djibouti is now facing uprising, the role of Ethiopia, if choses to join the coalition, will be pretty much insignificant.

The TPLF are a bit paranoid because of past experience. For a long time, they had been marginalised, made to starve and beg. With the help of the EPLF, they kicked out the evil, corrupt and cancerous Derg through hard work and sacrifice. But they need to build more trust, despite the hate campaign that is being conducted against them. I do not accept this false claim. Are you saying the Oromo are oppressed because they did not continue their invasion and impose their Gada system? The Oromo advance northwards reached all the way to Tigray and Gonder, and if it was left unchecked it would have reached Eritrea.

By the way, do not get me wrong, I love Oromos. When they are not angry, they are lovely and generous people. In particular, I love their beautiful ladies, and I always dreamt of marrying ten of them. After all, there is only one life, which is in this World; it is better to live happy. What I dislike is this perpetual hankering back to past perceived injustices and cling to the simplistic, black and white only, OLF narrative.

The Oromo should abandon the inferiority complex filled mentality and should move on to achieve greater things. This simplistic approach has not helped Black Americans. If we look closely, the Oromo have been part of the intricate fabric of Ethiopian society for many centuries.

They should admit certain undeniable facts about their history. Do you know he started as a domestic worker and worked his way all the way to the top? He single handedly crowed Haileselassie. Talk about a king maker. He should have been the king himself. I hope he is in heaven. Fitawrari HabteGiorigis is from a mixed Oromo-Gurage family. You are right, he started from a low position. It is said that, as a young man, HabteGiorgis was captured by Menelik in one of his campaigns in the South.

He rose through the ranks through sheer ability natural intelligence. A well measured analysis of the current unrest in the Oromo and Amhara regions. I need not add not even a word as everything that ought to have been said has already been said, but for the sake of minute keeping let me recap the gist of the article.

The Growth and Transformation Plan GTP which is in its second year five years plan has enabled cities to register rapid economic growth which has contributed to the current tension. Paralleled with the aforementioned point is its succfull agenda to empower nations and nationalities has also awaken a sense of hyper-nationalism which has inspired nationals to fight for their rights wherever they see injustices.

I came across this very interesting speech by Prof. Lumumba, which is somewhat related to the topic we are discussing. Credit goes to A. Sayed Bohashem who shared it on Facebook. Angafaw abi will have a lough when Eritrea is mentioned, but the message is really important. The professor laments, and rightly so, why Africa continues to falter on securing food security.

I have argued in this forum if Ethiopia is to avoid famine in the future, we have to focus in producing more corn than teff. Corn can be used in so many ways than teff. It is a high yielding crop, cheaper than teff, with a very rich byproduct that is perfect for animal feed. We can produce over quintal of corn per hectare , it is not labor intensive, and can be produced multiple times a year.

Not more than 10 quintal per hectare and extremely labor intensive, and used ONLY to make injera. Time to switch to CORN and drop teff. Mahmud, I laughed when the professor mentioned coffee and Eritrea in the same sentence. As we know Eritrea was once upon a time a major coffee exporter in the galaxy. As many revers as there are in the south, Rice must be introduced as an alternative to Teff. I have heard that teff is also suspected of being a major cause of hepatitis which strand I am not sure in Ethiopia by researchers.

Do you have any information on this? Hi MN, Teff cause hepatitis? In light of current Ethiopian unrest, What has changed to make you think external factors as opposed to failure of the Gov former guerilla fighters responsible for the Unrest. I have asked Abi about a claim related to teff.

Do you know anything about it? First, do you accept my claim that guerrilla liberation movements will never deliver democracy? If you answer yes, you will be my disciple, but if you answer no you have to justify your answer. Democracy is based on the three pillars — the rule of law, a free press, and an independent judiciary. Can you provide an example of a country that represents your quack definition of democracy in practice?

Hi, MN, Most probable no relation to teff, you missed the humor. I cant generalize and say yes or No. Some might create chaos and some can make it work for their country how they see it fit. I like you to answer my question if you can — In light of current Ethiopian unrest, What has changed to make you think external factors as opposed to failure of the Gov former guerilla fighters responsible for the Unrest. The current problem is a mixture of many things. There are many factors, no one side is innocent.

I feel it is bias and unfair analysis.. You remember, that the TPLF were received with a mountain of hostility. People hated tigrayans more than they hated the killer and corrupt Derg. Do you think this is rational? I am not claiming that the TPLF are democratic here. They have to fight tooth and nail to stay in 4 kilo, unfortunately they still do.

They rub many groups in a wrong way doing that including Eritrea. How they go from here is critical for them and Ethiopia. Your question has been answered. You need to improve your clarity of thinking to get to the gist of what I said. As far as guerrilla movements delivering democracy is concerned, you said: Hi, MN, timid aside, i give you Veit cong.

If it makes you feel better, Ethiopia can pass this minor glitch if TPLF is willing to give space for those asking for it, other than that what TPLF did to Eritrea has no bearing whatsoever how Eritreans see things in Ethiopia. TPLF never been an issue but its handlers.

Now, Eritrea has turned the corner for the better, and wish the best for Ethiopia. Am I right to say that you used to live in Ethiopia and you owned a property there? If my assumption is correct, it is you who have an interest, one way or another, about the fate of the TPLF. Personally, I have no connection whatsoever. So, according to you, the murderous Viet Cong ushered democracy and prosperity.

You are a brilliant observer. Given the choice, would you like to live in Vietnam? Hi MN, yes i lived in Eritrea after independence. You will win, you are more purposeful than me. We talked about it before. This is a laughable statement.

You are a liar and a hypocrite. The truth is that your are irritated with the TPLF because of what they have done to you or your relatives in the heat of the war environment. Tell me, and be honest with yourself for a change, what can a nobody, a person of low calibre can do to make the TPLF vacate occupied Eritrean land? Either you are a delusional muppet deceiving yourself or you are ranting to vent your frustration on an internet forum about some confiscated asset of yours by the TPLF.

From your input on this forum, I do not believe that you care either about the people of Eritrea or the land. What is bugging you is your own personal affairs with the TPLF. Hi, MN calm down, did i touch a nerve. If you care to know if i care for my people, yes i do. The worst is behind us. Breath 10X before responding… Are you, as usual, trying to project your personal problems onto others in order to comfort yourself? You can repeat slogans umpteen times to give the impression of being a nationalist, but you need to answer my question in relation to what work you have done in Eritrea to help ordinary Eritreans.

Back to vietnam , democracy? They are happy and prospering after grueling civil war with their socialist single party ruling. I do everything i can, details not important in this scenario. Trademark of skirting past questions. But what can you do, if you have limited ability, the safest path is to skirt. In the first instance, you need to prove Semere A. Secondly, if logically constructed, your rebuttal does not have to be garbage. While you are doing now is throwing garbage and self declaring victory.

You need to rise up above personal grudges and write a well planned article on the way forward for Eritrea. Did the Viet Cong murder at least few hundreds of thousands of people? Did the Viet Cong deliver democracy? You claimed you lived in Eritrea. In what capacity did you help the ordinary people of Eritrea while you were there? MN and Ted, damn, you guys are meaner than junk yard dogs to each other. That thread went from Teff and Hepatitis to guerrilla fighters and democracy.

The answers are simple in both cases:. How much teff must one eat before they have enough toxicity to affect their liver? For the ordinary habesha people, they will never have enough to even remember how it tastes like. So even if it has some toxicity, it is probably of least impact and could never cause any sort of epidemic problems.

Guerrilla fighters and democracy? This reminds me of a question a westerner asked Mahatma Gandhi years ago. The question to Gandhi was: It would be nice if any guerrilla fighters could deliver democracy. Maybe that would set a good precedent for Medrek, in case they end up in power by force or not because they were mostly guerrilla fighters in their past life.

These chaps, such as Nitricc, Ted and the rest, are people one is unlikely to associate with in real life. They are from the lower strata which you can tell from their mannerisms, language and depth of understanding. Here we are, the internet has put us in the same classroom. So, it is a hard job, but I am using this opportunity to train them. It is not why say or do; our cousins are in deep shhhht.

The Oromo and the Amara are negostioting who gets what. The Oromo wanted the Weyane heart to rip it from its cage. And the Amara wanted the head of the weyane as is. On this kind of situations; how do you want them to act? Time has arrived Beseferut Quna Mesefer. Dear RoL, Teff is becoming a super food and the crop of the future that would feed the growing world population, and yet you and Abi are condemning Teff to extinction.

Have pity on poor old Teff. It is said to be rich in protein, minerals especially iron and calcium and it is gluten free. Teff flour is made in to biscuits, porridges and other items, and it replaces wheat and rice for people sensitive to gluten.

Moreover, cheap electricity in Ethiopia will solve the problem of deforestation. Quinoa is another super food, but unlike Teff it is very difficult to cultivate outside the region it normally grows, while Teff grows over many latitudes. Future technologic innovations in farming surely will improve yield and solve other problems. I vote for Teff, even though I have a long time to eat enjera, unfortunately. Hi Horizon, Amde and all I wish Teff could efficiently be produced in a way that the farming community is able to meet the excessively high demand of our growing habesha consumers but I think even in the 21 century this supper grain is being harvested by way of labor intensive ancient farming methods which is why its price has been skyrocketing to the point majority of the low income population can not afford it for this reason Teff has become a luxury to the affluent segment of the Ethiopian society.

I will be surprised if modern machinery such as combiners are utilized in the Teff farming sector. I reckon Teff is highly nutritious so much so that you can live on it without additional nutrients however the fact that there has not been a breakthrough in modern farming technology to increase its yield is making the ratio of supply and demand all the more out of whack.

I recall not very long ago, the Ethiopian government had banned the export of Teff due to the fact that the grain is in short supply even to meet local consumption. Teff gets compared to crops that have had two centuries of agricultural science and engineering behind them and gets dismissed. Hi Rule of Law Any crop with high yield will do.

I care less As long as we are not hungry. Selam Abinet, How come you are too much into corn? Nutritionally, corn is nowehre close to Teff. They have even started calling teff superfood. What we need is modern agricultural practices and we will do just fine with teff. Corn is core Maize is Amazing! Teff is for the rich Beyond our reach. Teff super food For those who can afford Deha yibla beqolo Endihon melelo!

Why you laughing about our coffee, you know it is a rare type that we do not export jealous as always. Do you know in Canada teff is horse feed, you can import it at cheap price while switching to corn. Teff injera can then be for the rich only.

Merhaba AOsman Tes was lamenting that his mother in Eritrea could not afford coffee. I think you export everything you harvest to the West. All 2 quintal of coffee a year. It worse than that for Nitricc. Addis Yelem, Something is wrong with you.

Addis, Well did you start with salutation? They are kind of strict on that. We are getting somewhere with my invstigation. PTS The wardiyas over here are arresting comments while the wardiyas in my country are killing my people. I had a feeling that if they are tolerating you over here, it had to be at the high price of having you defile everything the Ethiopian gov. They need the obsessive hatred of Eth. They would kill to have the usually fiercely nationalist Amharas reduced to the rank of perpetual complainers to slow down the habesha nation.

Like those DC esat morons. You Sudanese nomads have no integrity, no heart, no intellectual confidence in your jihadi propaganda! Over all,in my opinion,the analysis is ok but quite softer and at times,it sounds a bit partial as if the lives of 75 people is worthless! To keep the Dam in Tigray??? Sounds a dream and impractical but considering the expansionist ambition of the TPLF,it is possible! Therefore people have the right to speculate based on history!

This is my opinion! But nowadays the once powerful empire appears to show signs of crack. Now that the matriarch hyena has disappeared indefinitely, the pack is finding it difficult to survive on its own. This is unheard of in the status quo and in the future, the people of Ethiopia in general will use the opportunity as a leverage to ask for more. And to that end, they have done a great job amassing massive amount of wealth in secret accounts.

This is the best analysis I have read by an author who command a deep knowledge in the Ethiopian political affairs and thank you. Dear awate, Ok I change my comment to — you are the awate we know and love, and with this fine article you look taking the path of Tshreen on line. It is not about Addis master plan all these things are happening.

It is the collection of events that happened against the people of Oromo. That is happening between the lords; the Weyane and the Oromo people. The greedy Weyane are destroying what the Best Ethiopia has to offer. We are not even talking about the Welkayit case. That case in its self is a nuclear bomb ready to go off. They are openly declaring that by saying we are not Tigryans.

They want the land to be returned as well as their identity as Ye-Gonder Amara. Not to mention the land that belongs to Gonder was given to Sudan silently as bribe. The up rising is on and Ethiopia under Weyane will never be the same. The only thing the way out of this is if Egypt tries to attack Ethiopia, then only the then the Ethiopian people are united. It is really funny to see Peace! Ted, Nitricc and Hope to talk on behalf of Ethiopians while opposing any move from outside that talks about Eritrea.

Worse now Niticc is assuming himself as Oromogna. What more these PFDJ agends can say? It is the other way around. There are no boundaries to injustice and persecution. I think you missed my point.

Plus, I put as follows: What else can a citizen gain more than avoiding fear. Got it, thank you! It has not been easy for opposition groups to partnership with TPLF that never interested on stable and democratic Eritrea.

MN, all governmnets are greedy by their nature; the only difference is how they hold up in meeting the least things that people demand. You are right, many of the TPLF leadership have found corruption to be irresistible. How is it possible for someone on a government salary to turn into a millionaire purely by magic? In so far as the issue of corruption is concerned, the TPLF have have failed miserably. But, on the other hand, your claim that the PFDJ robs to give it to the less fortunate is false.

The PFDJ have sucked the oxygen out of the economy, strangling private enterprise. The facts on the ground also indicate that the ordinary, but proud, people of Eritrea have been reduced to begging. Other than businessmen connected to powerful Generals, it is only those people who have relatives abroad that are able to survive in the current economic climate.

Furthermore, the PFDJ Generals have become zonal warlords with unlimited access to free labour and a tight grip over the black market economy, siphoning off money to numbered accounts abroad. What all Ethiopians and some thankless and gutless Eritreans failed to understand is that Eritrea and her leadership are the only once who taker care their veterans.

Even the great USA, failed what Eritrea do exceptionally. In the USA, when you are in-service and holding gun; you are a hero and every one thanks you for serving. Once you are out of the service and the gun; you are homeless; you addict, ill from PTS, and ultimately commit suicide.

You will be amazed how many veterans are suffering and committing suicide and the Government is doing nothing with its wealth. As poor as Eritrea is; she is taking care of her veterans.

Eritrean leadership is not stashing the money like the weyane are doing it. There are some values the government that should be measured and evaluated on. You sound Tigryan; tell me the truth, do you think the people of Tigray should be starving? After all what they did to bring those corrupted leaders on to power? Worst; the majority of Ethiopians think that the people of Tigray are benefiting because the leaders are from Tigray!

So, when I say PFDJ shares its resources with the people at least the people have a clean water to drink and something to eat. They had a potential to achieve even higher, but they ended up blundering left and right. But still, with some reform, they can put things in order. The issue of veterans in the West is very sad.

Am I wrong to say that you have lived neither in Eritrea nor in Ethiopia? Are you originally from Outer Mongolia? Eritrea taking care of its veterans, really? Hi MN it is funny a begging African can make fun of Sicily.

For that matter about anyone. Besides when good at bagging you need a good English to get what want. I am not a Tigrayan. If the Tigrayans make you feel hot under the collar, feel free to go and fight them rather than vomiting illiterate junk day in day out; this is not changing the reality. Hi MN a monkey from Africa can not make a fun of Sicily. The end of the story. Obviously you have no idea. I can waste my time with professional baggers.

When you use Ad hominem attack on others, which is a logical fallacy, you are also inviting a similar attack on yourself. Do you understand what I just said? You are still calling me monkey, beggar, Tigrayan, Dedebit etc. You think I am like Hayat when name called?

No, I will make you cry for mercy. Oh my god, Nitricc, you have again missed your night classes! Self-reliance, self-improvement is the slogan. Selam aron I agree that authorities have the duty of ensuring public safety. While I recognize that the state has the responsibility of ensuring law and order, I also understand that unrestrained actions of the state forces people to get more militant. In most cases, we listen to organizers, elders, religious leaders, village elders, educated figures of the community…etc.

Therefore, if there is a will by the state to let demonstrators express their views peacefully, the police can exploit these social values where people can police themselves while conducting the peaceful demonstrations.

Experience has taught them that either they have to protect themselves while demonstrating or forgo the right of doing so because they have lost faith in the police force. My question is why? Why were some regions pushed to the brink where it seemed to them that the only way that they could assert their voice would be through organizing militantly?

They have concluded that the police would attack them if they were to go out carrying the demands they wanted heard according to the way they wanted them carried out, i. The state has the responsibility of upgrading its riot control mechanism.

It has the responsibility of upgrading the capacity of its police force. For instance, there was news of an unarmed mother protecting the arrest of her son who was shot to death along with her son, high school kids shot at, or clubbed to death…etc. Those news bother me dear aron. Therefore, it is a responsible thing to pressure authorities to change their behavior. Hi Mahmud, I have no problem with pressuring Govt when they mess up or dialogue to get better results. I actually have no problem with people protesting to make their grievances heard.

In this case the people have real concern tha t the city is expanding into their villages. I hope the government will solve the problem to the peoples satisfaction. What I dislike is the opposition that could not and would not find one issue they could agree with, so much so if the people demand the master plan be implemented tomorrow, the opposition will flip flop in one day and demand the plan be implemented, take advantage of the public unease and turn it into complete crisis.

The Government should also recognize heavy handed dealing could backfire and apply some wisdom. May the cool heads win. Thanks for the reply. Yes, may the cool heads win! The powerful are always protected by multilayered interests.

Plus, the issue of land and the push-pull of interests involved as illustrated in the quoted portion of your reply above are issues developing countries grapple with. I also want to commend you for your levelheaded comments which hold one to get straight up when issues such as this occur. I always choose not to compare and contrast Ethiopian and Eritrean governments.

In fact, before this article showed up, I urged people not to make that mistake when debating the issues concerning solely Ethiopia. They should be debated in their own since the primary driving dynamics are the result of the relationship between the people and the government of Ethiopia.

It is by nature that I tend to relate to subjects; I grew up seeing people abused by authorities, be it Ethiopian or Eritrean; I sympathize with all the people of Ethiopia because they sympathized with Eritreans during our struggle as evidenced by the moral, political, military relations their rebel groups had with Eritreans; during our independence…. It is within this line that I sympathize with Tigreans, who might have migrated peacefully to the affected areas, have now found themselves hunted down by thugs.

Therefore, I carry no bias towards certain social group. Hi Vet Mahmud I can not thank you enough. Your last sentence says it all. It is all about the poor people. The rich and the connected will always be alright. Given the fact that the ongoing unrest is a result of bad governance that the Ethiopian people are fed up with fake elections, fake parliament, fake economic booming, fake president, fake prime minister, and fake political parties, how material the propaganda claimed in this article is to have an effect on flaring up the situation?

Well, for the oppressed poor people of Ethiopia, any attempt to observe consciousness in decapitated TPLF head is meaningless. So, you care about the oppressed people of Ethiopia more than you care about the liberated people of Eritrea? I think the article is about Ethiopia so is my comment. Speaking of Eritrea, I have said it many times that sustainable change will only come from within, so please help your people rise up and claim their destiny instead of praising TPLF and belittling Eritrean History which what you and the notorious cadres have been doing in this forum.

I know you are a nice guy and I know where your heart is except that you keep falling into a trap with the sellouts. Where did I say you are notorious cadre?

But I can safely say you are an orthodox extremist. Ethiopia is very far from accomplishing a truly inclusive democratic systems with fiercely independent intuitions, think tanks and vibrant free press that scrutinize the excess of the government in every aspect of policy, favoritism, corruption.

So when in TPLF dawned and it implemented policies that were in stark difference with the last two by creating EPRDF to save the county from disintegration, no one was looking for perfection and the ethnic federalism that many are bitching about is what kept Ethiopia intact for the last 25 years.

All the imperfection, the excess that EPRDF exudes was anticipated as the country both refines its it Federation and distributes power, wealth and the equality to those who were left behind by the former regimes. TPLF started to lift the Tigray people from the a century old destitution when they went hungry while some ethnic groups prospered, when they died prematurely when others were enjoying longevity, when they became slaves in their home lands, in the land where Ethiopia was invented.

And to its credits TPLF has somehow succeeded, where Eritreans and Ethiopians mocked Adi-Grat, now this village is home of a higher learning, a university.

TPLF, EPRDF, Tigray centric government, take your pick must be commended for keeping Ethiopia intact for 25 years, for lifting some people, for lighting the darkness in Tigray for creating a stable government. This article by AT that many are pooh-poohing for its bias has done a good job for admitting that the Ethiopian have become conscious of their rights and demanding it when their government showed excess and took them for granted.

The fact that they were able to organize and demonstrate is an eloquent testament to the budding tolerance and the seriousness of the government to break ranks with the dictators of Africa, notwithstanding the unfortunate deaths of course. Ethiopia an otherwise rich country that can feed its people is still famous for hunger and famine and it she is the best has been, whether its bests days are ahead will depend on how the government lives up to its promise of a fully fledge democracy.

No one can tell the future, for we all know a lunatic leader can plunge the nation to ethnic strife. Its diversity, both a blessing and a curse must respected and must not be tinkered with for pleasure. But AT has courageously penned this piece and as usual it stayed away from the Eritrean crowd mentality. Way to go AT! The hogwash that we hear is from two sides, the PFDJ lackeys who are angry that Ethiopias has nto integerated so far as their prophet IA has said and those whose are mad that some Tigrayans and others are able to eat tire Siga.

I would have agreed with you, if you were not too condescending and your penchant about pontificating over things you know and understand very little about. It is your cake. Believing that fallacy is in your blood. I am really impressed by your above post. It is to the point and there is no malice in it. Yes, I can pick a word here and a word there to challenge a point, but why, when the picture you drew is compelling. This is a normal behavior of a neighbor. Those folks who carefully craft their statements to hide their true feelings, and there are many by shading their crocodile tears, forget that we know each other very well.

Most of grew up together. Their attempt to fan trouble on behalf of their soul brothers the Oromos and the Amharas is sickening to say the least. The office was tasked with a master plan for the city, and professionals were paid salaries from the government coffers and they brought a proposal which in the long term will be shown to have been a good proposal, and that could in fact be amended to also include farmer protection going forward.

The professionals are not at fault — it is the politicians and bureaucrats who decided not to do their job which is to be the conduit between the government and the people. Bishoftu is not part of Addis. It is very much an Oromiya city. But it can now be considered almost part of the Addis Ababa metropolitan area.. Much like people refer to Dallas when they actually mean the Dallas-FortWorth metroplex and the numerous smaller towns within it.

Power is obtained through struggle and sacrifice. Did you ever struggle against the evil Derg, that was shading the blood of Eritreans and Ethiopians alike with impunity? When the Derg was spilling blood like water during the Red Terror, did you lift a finger? What price did you pay to liberate a single town or village from the clutches of the Derg? What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

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