Yefara poletica (Amharic pdf) from Ayalnesh

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Ato Bedru Adem

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Kinijit Support Forum in Atlanta Press Release (Amharic pdf)

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Mulumbet Reta of Kinijit Seattle Support Group

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Hall of shamers

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Bertukan Leqma

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Yetiglum, Yehagerim Balebet Hizeb Inji Mirtoch Aydelum (Amharic pdf) by Hama Tuma

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In the Name of Christianity ….. (Amharic pdf)

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In politics – Quality Counts

By Obang Ujilu
Forbidden City
, China, 2007/09/28 

The story of Hamaz and Fatah is a good example of the downside of disunity and mistrust to those who aspire to liberate their own people from bondage, misery and repression. These two organizations are very popular around the world and active in the struggle of the Palestinian people for so many decades. The founder and chairman of The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) the late Yasser Arafat had been also acclaimed visionary leader and world known personality. 

However they had such legacy of leadership and experience, the Palestine people are not yet fulfilling their targeted goals. These parties, Hamaz and Fatah, instead of focusing on common ground to advance and fulfill their long held vision, they turned out at each others neck ever since Hamaz got victory in the parliamentarian election. In amazing turn of events, the conflict exploded into street battles, ambushes and assassinations after Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah threatened to call fresh elections. 

The conflict between Fatah and Hamas involves vested interests, rival structures of patronage, family networks, the personal ambitions of leaders, and, of course, differences of approach on religion and the state of Israel. This problem can only be summed up into lack of purpose of unity and trust for a vision that was equally shared by both. Their reluctance to shore-up common undertakings, humility, cooperation and investment of resource costs them dearly. By now, they are disappointing themselves and the people who trusted them. They action become a source of division, instead of unity for the Palestinians. 

Beside foreigners’ interference, their inability to listen to each other contributed for the most part of the impasse that is only beneficial to their opponents. They sent themselves apart on the argument of “mine is the divine”. In a situation where people tend to listen with their ears but not with their heart, makes it extremely difficult for one to empathize or understand what the other is really talking about. An organization that ignores the power of listening will certainly bound to failure. 

By the same token, the current Ethiopian oppositions are walking down the same alleys as that of the unfortunate Hamaz and Fatah.

We hear all sorts of accusations thrown around some that are very unfair and lacking in substance. Politics has turned into something rough and we often see politicians on the top echelon who try to advance themselves while tearing their comrades down. It much resembles a place of gambling, where one person’s gain is derived from others’ losses. Unfortunately we’ve grown accustomed to it and we aren’t too surprised when we see selfish ambition on display in our politics. It’s an attitude of “I’m going to do what’s best for me even if it costs you.” Selfishness is the root of selfish ambition. And if we’re promoting ourselves instead of the interest of our nation we’re not going to win ourselves let alone tyranny.

The secret of every discord in our struggle is that we seek our own way and our own glory. The philosophy of “me first” has the power to blow our world to pieces, whether it is in marriage, business, or politics. If we are marked by selfish ambition and conceit, no question about it, we are murdering our unity. This is a rough time that we are facing with a challenge to resolve our internal differences. We must remember that for this country to go forward, it has to be united. It has to be one nation. In fact, it is as much reliant upon the Ethiopian people as it is on the leadership we choose to have in place. Our resistance shall be a model of cooperation and dialogue, not a place of conflict and distrust.

Ironically, almost all politicians recognize that politics is full of wobbles and buckles, tremors and crisis. But very few are well prepared with the necessary passion to respond and overcome effectively, that led them to falter half way before victory. We have to bear in mind that politicians make decision that may affect the life of 80 million Ethiopians. When they are going to make decisions they have to take a good deal of responsibility and balanced judgment. Political decision shall strike a balance between the hidden self and the interest of our people. In politics, self-centered motive on ones’ own career and goal is a breach of responsibility. Politicians have to exhibit unique persona that distance it self from the trap of vanity and narcissism. Although politics encompasses many paradoxes and dilemmas that makes it easy to justify acts of power and aggression, that doesn’t mean one can walk freely without taking responsibility.

Several people have to make effort together even if to accomplish the tiniest job for a better outcome. No great dream can be tangible single-handedly. In the contemporary global order merger and union are the ruling of the day. Although united efforts present some challenges, their advantage outpace over unilateral action. Whenever people work together, it is inevitable that various disagreements and grievances should come to the surface. Sometimes one will receive a smaller share of the credit, while another receives a larger portion. Some attain to high positions while others have to be satisfied with lower ranks. At times, it is something which has been said which offends another; at others it is some ill-considered action which seems to hurt another’s interests. Whatever the bone of contention may be, there are bound to be recurring instances which may breed resentment. It is humans’ nature and the environment under it operates made him or her feels resent, jealous, vindictiveness, maliciousness and bitterness towards some colleague.

In such run-down time individuals approach to turn minor glitches around is crucial in such a way that by turning oneself into a self-correcting machine to avert the looming crisis. If one has to work for a vision greater than self, it is vital that one has to defuse within him/herself the antipathy he/she feels towards another. It is no less than saying good-bye the grudges they may harbor to pave the way to get back to work together.

Our politicians shall bear in mind that patriotism does not come from knowledge or university degree; it comes from emotion and faith. We should be standing behind our country a full 100 percent, whether we are knowledgeable or not. In this time of crisis, Ethiopia desperately needs our support, not our doubt in our own faith.

Once a good friend of mine told me by saying, unlike the past glorious history of our nation, the cowards outnumbered the brave. Those in power preyed upon this cowardice to maintain their power. In contemporary Ethiopia finding enough people willing to put their bodies on the line for their own liberty is usually the difficult part. The protesters of my generation lack but the elucidation of a common purpose. The immediate task we are facing now is to scale our struggle many centuries back and bring the spirits and candor of our forefathers to rally us united for the glory of our nation as it was recorded in Holy Scriptures and the towering historical edifices. Once we have found our Adwa, our Menelik, once that unity of purpose is achieved, the tenuous edifice of power erected with the help of the cowardly may begin to wobble.

As my friend pointed out this is the plain truth that every Ethiopian is cognizant of. The problem is to put this truth into practice. Many of our brothers and sisters have a lot of zeal for their motherland and a strong desire for unity, but they lack the ability to translate this desire into a practical reality. Such people – though they may bemoan the disarray of the Ethiopian struggle and vow enthusiastically for their united action – usually found themselves striving to unite people around their own perspectives, opinions, and choices, an undertaking which is almost impossible for them to achieve better results. This partisan venture will then ended up in fueling controversy, mistrust and confusion.

What we need is a framework that accommodates differences of opinion while uniting the people around the true basic interest of our nation, not around the opinions and interpretations of a specific individual or group. Regretfully, our people are divided more than ever and no leadership took charge to turn this humiliation around. Yet, the necessity for Ethiopians unity remains, even if it cannot now be realized in the current political atmosphere. It remains as a paramount duty for every citizen to play its part to preserve the nation and the people welfare as our past history begs for. 

It is absolutely essential to work in a way that our efforts are balanced, consistent, and mutually supportive, not haphazard and contradictory. There are cases where certain individuals or group have an ardent desire to revive one aspect of their vision while others among them have an equal desire to revive a different aspect of their own. Though each of these aspirations are good, the conflict and mutual resistance that arises among these people causes many of their good efforts to be waste, suck their strength, and leads them to abandon their efforts altogether. Because of this, many members of the general public, and even a number of scholars, fall victim to anxiety, confusion, uncertainty, and lethargy. They get turned off from their noble contribution which is desperately needed by their own country because of the skirmish, rivalry, and moral corruption they saw. It is no wonder if they seek out an environment of peace and stability that is free from tension, even if that environment is far removed from any positive activity.

Zeal by itself can bring us nowhere without some grains of conscious decision. We have to take quality time to hammer out our differences and to shape our vision in a responsible manner that is ideal to put into practice. Remember, we can’t tear down the sky because we make a big noise, without understanding our own limits. In such grand venture one’s ultimate loyalty must be for the interest of our nation and the reign of truth. There are occasions where part of the truth is with one person and part of it is with another. What is important from us is to figure out with decent wisdom how we can connect and make them worthwhile. Engaging in undermining others legitimate efforts which are neither deviant, nor misguided, nor contrary to the interest of our nation is not less than an act of perversion of justice against the Ethiopian people.

Another negative tendency that drains our strength is to rally around a specific set of ideas or particular opinions relating to secondary matters. This tendency can often derail us from the envisioned mission. It exposes us to the danger of division that is certainly beneficial only to our opponents. All stakeholders who may aspire to be leaders must be openly told to purge their hearts of selfishness, malice, narrow-mindedness, hatred, and bitterness and replace them with selflessness, kindness, tolerance, forgiveness, and compassion. Let them know, theirs nation begs for a change of attitude that correct itself to mobilize people to a unity of purpose. Our unity from south to north and from east to west is absolutely essential to push our dream one more step forward.

Long live Ethiopia!

With respect

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