Prof. Al Mariam’s response to statements made by Ethiopian “government” lobbyists DLA Piper

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Milleniemun Be-Alicha (Amharic pdf)

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A Good Political Culture.

Frew Anteneh  

A good researcher of any kind first completes his experiment on paper and executes it to get a good result. If experienced enough, will be able to see or determine the result from they way it is planned. Good planning, good result, bad planning bad result. If enough care is not taken, the experimental work can be arrested in the middle due to a number of reasons. The same is with politics. 

A good political culture is seeded, not in the way the political program is crafted but in the way it is executed. No political party will like to appear unattractive in its program and as a matter of reality most craft their programs in good articulation to achieve their goals. Some will remain on paper, some drop out in the middle and some reach their goals. Not all are expected to succeed in their struggle. This is the reality and we have seen all kinds in our past history. 

Our political culture is deep rooted in the past. Wherever we go, our past history follows us. Time changes, so does everything including political programs. A political group/organization/party which doesn’t fit the demand of the time goes out of the picture gradually. The way it goes out of the picture is determined in the way it handles the challenges of the time. This small note is not meant to address the vast history of our past politics, rather to address a small, but an important point. 

Some one has to say something about our current political culture and the trends we follow. Our past political culture is filled with turmoil. From the philosophical background to the way discussions are conducted, there is one notable fact, relentlessness.  

It is evident that everything we say and do have their consequences. It is time that we examine where we are, where we are going and how we are going.  

No one expects all political organizations to have the same program, the same level of understanding, the same number of members, the same background, achievement etc, etc. Differences exist, otherwise all would have been under one political organization. This is basic. At this time, when one is in dire need of the other, besides the differences in their programs, small seemingly irrelevant trends have contributed very much to the current situation. 

All can feel that there is something in the air. The system by its own is working hard to create gaps and differences. This is expected. What is not clear is, knowingly or unknowingly created, within the opposition, some trends are observed. 

The good political culture we have is, most, you can say almost all political organizations are founded based on the love of the people, the love of country and the deep desire to establish a Democratic, stable, peaceful, prosperous country where all live equally as human beings with their National and International Human rights respected. Indeed, very heavy price have been paid for this. This is a noble Good Political Culture we have, i.e. love of country, tenacity in ones believe, daring to pay sacrifices when needed etc. All in the opposition should be proud of this culture. Not every dream is achievable instantly though, so time has come to be a factor. 

The past has taught us so much, now we are experienced enough not to repeat our past mistakes. If this is the case, when the desire to work together is so overdue and timely, why are we witnessing what we see, hear and read? 

It has been mentioned above that everything has a beginning, a consequence and an end. One should not be reserved to point out some of the obstacles on the way of working together. It is unwise to wait until the train misses its rail. 

As a matter of fact we expect perfection from our side. It is natural, but there is no political organization or group or individual who is blessed enough to meet this demand. It as well is difficult to meet all demands. Mistake happen for a number of reasons. Why are we smart enough to criticize relentlessly to the extent of politically massacring individuals and not wise enough to resolve them? There is penalty for every mistake, but for every minor, major mistake why politically assassinate the character who makes the mistake?? If it comes from the other side, it is expected but why from the oppositions themselves?? To be critical of this issue, we are as well responsible for the creations of the defectives, from all groups. Relentlessness and lack of mature resolution of conflicts. The point is made clear here. 

It is good to have WebPages, news bulletins, radio program, group discussions (Paltalks). In fact we need more of them. However, it is not good to have them without an agenda, a goal set to achieve and, of course an input to help bring the much desired unity of thought and action amongst individuals or groups. Serving as the source of the misunderstandings, talking to create mistrust among individuals or groups, political or social, is destructive, to say the least. What started in the small group/corridors tends or turns out to be more obstacle to work together. What starts between two individuals grows to be a big fissure. For this the reader is the judge. One has to realize the impact of what one is saying, writing and propagating. There has to be an end to the unwise frictions which doesn’t bear any substance to the suffering of the poor of the country, in their name we talk, organize, and/or struggle. 

·                    Today, Ethiopia needs her children to be one, for a better future. When some are restlessly working for unity of purpose and action, these small areas of the origins of friction and conflicts have to be taken care of. There are two defined territories, the opposition and the system. There is no middle ground. One is either with the system or with the opposition. If one fails to realize this, big time mistake is committed. To create confusions, gaps and splits among or within the opposition is strictly the work of the system. If one does this knowingly or otherwise, he/she is saving the system, not the people.  In the future Ethiopia, no organization/group is to be left out or remain subordinate to any political group. This being one point, it is time the opposition focus on the agenda of the people and rescues them from the system which has proved itself to be the danger for the people and the country. It is time to say goodbye to smaller differenced and create a much better political culture of understanding  each other, tolerance to ideas forwarded from each, respect and  love to and from each, commitment to the common good and much important of all, pulling the resources, abilities and manpower to work together. If we do these, we will have clear conscience at the end of the day. And if one is not rewarded now, the people will bless and History will remember. 


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Finote_Selam; Finote-Irq (Amharic pdf)

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