"The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being." - Lech Walesa

Friday, 27 November 2015

Famine in Ethiopia: Due to bad weather or policy Failure?

A young boy waiting in front of his tukul for his mother as she arrives with a body of his 4-year old dead sister who died of malnutrition in Shashemene, Ethiopia: Source: NBC: & .Creeping famine-is-back-to-Ethiopia
A young boy waiting in front
of his tukul for his mother
as she arrives with a body
of his 4-year old dead sister
who died of malnutrition
in Shashemene, Ethiopia:
NBC& .Creeping

by Asnake Demena

Twenty four years ago Meles Zenawi, the late Prime Minister of EPRDF was asked about his vision for Ethiopia and its people when he assumed power as head of the state after seventeen years of civil war. Meles declared that if his government remains in power, in ten years every Ethiopians will have at least three meals a day. He also anticipated that if his government remains in power from then onwards for twenty years, Ethiopians not only have three meals a day but also will have the luxury of choosing what to eat. More recently in 2011, the same Meles Zenawi said that “We have devised a plan which will enable us to produce surplus and be able to feed ourselves by 2015 without the need for food aid.”

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Remembering the Meles Massacres of 2005 in Ethiopia Ten Years After

 November 18, 2015

Ethiopian martyrs of June and November, 2005
We remember the Ethiopian
martyrs of June and 
November, 2005
In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future.
When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.
It is for this reason, and not because of the ”weakness of indoctrinational work’, that they are growing up ‘indifferent.’
Young people are acquiring the conviction that foul deeds are never punished on earth, that they always bring prosperity.
It is going to be uncomfortable, horrible, to live in such a country! Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,   The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The betrayal by Mola Asgedom and the way I do look at it

The case of Molla AsgedomSeptember 15, 2015
by T. Goshu
1. Carne Ross, in his book, The Leaderless Revolution: How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in this 21st Century (2011) says,“When confronted by danger and unfathomable challenge, as we surely are, only then are we truly alive.”

Though the book is about the very indispensable role of the majority of people of the world in the struggle for bringing about fair and just political-economies, it strongly underscores that this highly desirable objective for genuine prevalence of the well-being of the people is not realizable without the roles to be played by genuinely concerned individuals, by all the people as citizens of each country, and by all truly concerned members of the larger community of the world. It is self-evidently true that this powerfully stated argument by Ross strongly reflects our own political and socio-economic reality of which we have gone through for the last quarter of a century and we still are going through.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

EBAC Calls on the Ethiopian People to Reject the Redrawing of Ethiopia’s Border with the Sudan

Ethiopian Border Affairs CommitteeSeptember 09, 2015
Ethiopian Border Affairs Committee (EBAC)
On August 28, 2015, the Governor of Sudan’s Gedaref State, Merghani Salih “called for redrawing borders between the Sudan and Ethiopia.” This call is intended to finalize secret deals that EBAC, in collaboration with Ethiopian opposition political and civic organizations, has rejected numerous times over the past decade. Once again, we are obliged to protest this sinister act by the dictatorial governments of the two countries in the strongest terms. Among other things, ceding Ethiopia’s territories undermines its territorial integrity, sovereignty, security and the legitimate interests of the Ethiopian people.

We remind both governments that the respective territorial limits of both countries were defined by the Anglo-Ethiopian Treaty of 1902 at the turn of the last century when Great Britain was the colonial power

Monday, 7 September 2015

Let Teddy Afro Play On and On and On…

Why do they want to drive Teddy out of his beloved Ethiopia?
September 07, 2015
by Alemayehu G. Mariam
Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” opens with the Duke of Orsino declaring to the assembled musicians, “If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it…

The Thugtatorship of  the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) has pulled out all the stops to stop Teddy Afro (Tewodros Kassahun) from playing on his music of love; his music of joy and celebration that has been soul food for millions of Ethiopians for so long.
The T-TPLF is making Teddy’s life as miserable as their own. “Misery loves company.”
But Teddy is not about misery. He is about joy and cheerfulness.
He is of no use to the T-TPLF. He does not sing songs of misery.
Teddy is incapable of singing T-TPLF songs: songs of hate, songs of revenge, songs of injustice and songs of bitterness and acrimony.
He sings happy songs, love songs, songs of peace, songs of unity, songs of love of country and continent, songs of Ethiopianity, songs of Africanity and songs of humanity. That’s all he can sing as a musician. Love.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Ethiopia: Is the T-TPLF Ship of Hate Sinking… S.O.S.?

TPLF Ship of Hate Sinking

September 01, 2015
by Alemayehu G. Mariam
Is the T-TPLF Ship of Hate (I mean state) sinking in an ocean of fear and loathing?
The T-TPLF is the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front, the ruling criminal enterprise masquerading as a government in Ethiopia.

This past May, the T-TPLF claimed to have won 100 percent of the 547 seats in its kangaroo/monkey parliament in a country where the T-TPLF has officially registered some 90 political parties.
But last week, the marionette (puppet) prime minister of the T-TPLF, Hailemariam Desalegn, was not talking like a champion and strutting his stuff like he had won it all by 100 percent.
Hailemariam sounded like he was bleating for help.
Indeed, Hailemariam seemed to be frantically tapping out an S.O.S. (Save Our Ship/Save Our Souls) message.