Asimba: the home of the braves!!!

Tedla Asfaw

Forgive me for not be among the braves who went more than three decades ago to Asimba to make real their dream of united and equal Ethiopia. I have to be honest with you that I came for the first time to see this historical mountain because of the writing of AFP correspondent, Emmanuel Gujon on Dec. 22 about the Irob community at Asimba ‘s  determination to keep their Ethiopian land  and identity no matter what.

The writer focuses on the last ten years of the Irob community history and did not ask questions what Irob looks like before TPLF and Shabia controlled the surrounding area militarily eighteen years ago. Before them there were young Ethiopian visionaries who came to Asimba from all areas of Ethiopia to realize their dream of free and united Ethiopia and start an armed struggle from their base at  Asimba about which many songs and poems were written.

The Irob community joined  this struggle by feeding and sending its young sons and daughters. The main reasons for  Irob people’s  determination to be courageous now facing two enemies, Isaias and Meles is the historical bond it  had with the rest of Ethiopia and the close relationship it developed with other Ethiopians  fighting  fascist Derg, TPLF and Shabia in its recent history.

Young students from colleges and high schools, professionals all joined  hands to fight for freedom and paid a high price together with the sons and daughters of the Irob community and that  relationship which was temporarily broken by TPLF anti-Ethiopian clique failed to destroy the  bond of love for a country according to the piece, “Tiny ethnic group claims Ethiopian allegiance ” by  writer Emmanuel Gujon (Dec. 22).

However, this Irob community is now a bargaining piece for  TPLF. It can be sold any day and time for TPLF’s own survival. The only thing which stops this transaction is finding  a reliable  buyer in Asmera. Meles Zenawi who told us in his own sleeping parliament about the generous Sudanese who received Ethiopian land as a gift could say the same on giving back Ethiopian Irob community and all the land to his beloved Eritreans one day.

This love of Ethiopia by our Irob community we have witnessed and recently disclosed to the whole world through the foreign journalist will not be different  if foreign journalists were  sent to our western boundary and talk to the people of Metema and south to Gambella. The people on those areas like the Irob in north have resisted giving away their land and  identity  and  are now fighting to remain Ethiopian.

The role of those EPRP visionaries, love for a country and freedom,  in our western front thirty years ago was also written on their blood and it is now one of the motivation factors  to fight both TPLF and Sudanese militia. Many like me who have not contributed to this struggle as fighters in Irob/Asimba, and western Ethiopia  should  come out from our closet and honor these gallant Ethiopian fighters.

I thank the foreign journalist for writing about the Irob community and waking up many like me to research our own recent history of heroism which is still going on long after many died and forced to leave Asimba. I salute the website Asimba and Asimba paltalk room for carrying this historical name and educating Ethiopians about our beloved country struggle for freedom and equality. I also suggest for this website to post mount Asimba on its home page permanently to honor those brave Ethiopians and the Irob community who are still continuing the struggle.

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An open letter to Professor Aleme Eshete -December 23, 2008

From Obo Arada Shawl

I have read your article entitled “Hagos, the Cuban Missile Crisis and his deportation…” that was posted at http://www.mahder.com website of December 14, 2008. You seem to be surprised for not knowing how Hagos G.Y was deported and how his “comrades” of the time had betrayed him. We all should understand that his friends not only had betrayed Hagos but they have also betrayed the Ethiopian Revolution in general and the true cause of the Ethiopian Student Movement in particular.

At the time, Hagos G. Y. wrote about the two-headed hydra before he abandoned the Ethiopian Revolutionary Struggle. I do not know to this day whether his reference to the two-headed hydra was to the mythological serpent or the plant hydra? በአፍዋ በልታ በአፍዋ የምትተፋ

Since Hagos left the student movement, the two-headed struggle had continued to this day albeit in a different form.

On the one hand, there is the hydra, which re-grows a portion of its own body even after it has lost or injured. Examples in these categories including friends of Hagos, are plenty.

While on the other hand, there is the hydra plant, which regenerates its stems, leaves, and flowers so long as its roots are not destroyed. Thanks to people such as DEBTERAW EPRP is such an example.

In your article you said the following:
“As a historian and researcher I have been engaged for over 40 years in Ethiopian studies and publications. For a good part of my life I have also been engaged as an activist in the defence of human rights, in Ethiopia and in particular since my exile in Italy in 1986.”

I am writing to condemn in the strongest terms possible against Ethiopian Human Rights activists and to demand the freedom of EPRP leaders. The so-called Ethiopian Human Rights organizations including the founding chairman, professor Mesfin Wolde Mariam have denied knowing Tsegaye G. Medhin, DEBTERAW. Personally Zeru Kihshen (I presume he was your friend) told me about Mesfin’s total denial having known a person by the name of Tsegaye G. M.

EPRP has been vilified in propaganda dissemination by the DERG, Woyane, Shaebia, other groups/organizations and other media groups (the party) as “anarchist”, “socialist”, “agents of imperialism” etc. & etc.

Its members have been criminalized for defending themselves when TPLF declared war on them besieging their base with the largest military operation in guerrilla history and attacking them. That was when DEBTERAW was captured and held incommunicado until today in the dungeons of Tigrai.

This is outrageous, though consistent with rulers of Ethiopia’s anti-democracy policies towards genuine indigenous political parties. The EPRDF is still carrying policies anti-democracy in the name of democracy. አኢትዮጵያ የሰራልሽ ቀርቶ የገደለሽ በላ፡ እሰከ መቸ?

Some high-ranking collective leadership members including Debteraw are not only imprisoned but also held incommunicado since 1991. The EPRP recognized DEBTERAW as prominent PERSONALITY IN THE HISTORY of the organization. In the eyes of his enemies DEBTERAW is classified as “dangerous”. There is severe discrimination and persecution against DEBTERAW and his EPRP. WHY?

The case of EPRP leadership has been in the open since 1991. The prisoners were not even brought to trial let alone released.

What I don’t understand and what is unbelievable is the reason why and how the Human Rights Chairman of professor MWM became ignorant of the whereabouts and why people like you who are historians, researchers and defenders of human rights remain silent on these prisoners.

DEBTERAW is a shining example of what is going wrong in our country. I think it is a fact that again and again, that the voices of activists like you don’t become part and part of the equation when individuals liberties are tramped over.

I am aware of your contribution toward Preserving and Protecting Ethiopian interests and resources, though not for rehabilitation. Why are we so silent about the case of DEBTERAW? Should we wait another 40 years to know?

Cc: http://www.debteraw.com

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Let us reject TPLF and the West democracy experiment for 2010!!!

Tedla Asfaw

The coming “election” 2010 has now become an issue in some quarters and this debate also reached to the ears of Ethiopians back home through the VOA Amharic interview this past week. Ato Teklemichael Abebe former Addis Ababa University President who supported participating on the coming election and Ato Azale Desta member of EPRP who opposes any participation on the election debate was first posted on the ecadf.com website this month and the VOA program (part one)  hosted by Alula tried to continue on that debate which was unheard in Ethiopia because of censorship of websites by TPLF.

Both Teklemicahel and Azale agreed that in TPLF’s Ethiopia, it is not possible to conduct any free and fair election and what was then their main difference? Teklemichael believes that election is part of the struggle to expose the crime of the regime for the world community. However, he failed to mention which new crimes the world has not known so far that he would like to expose.

Let us assume that the world community found new crime in Ethiopia related to the coming “election” of 2010 and then what? What did international community do to the crime committed by TPLF in the 2005 election? Is the hundreds life lost, thousands jailed and many exiled is not enough a crime that warrants action from the West that motivated Ato Teklemichael to conduct another election experiment to get sympathy for poor Ethiopians from the West ?

Is this not what the West have been doing for the last eighteen years in poor Ethiopia and paid the loyal opposition to do ? “Participate in any election, gradually, slowly and peacefully TPLF will comply with the peoples will and hand over power to the people “. Election to “expose” TPLF and educate the West about the undemocratic and tyrannical behavior of TPLF was tested in 2005 and TPLF learnt a big lesson and would not repeat such mistake again and gladly has already started the election campaign.

The Ethiopian people have also learnt their lesson and will not be part of such experiment again in 2010. The rejected election experiment of 2005 should not be repeated again and we have to test a new hypothesis, the total boycott of TPLF including the coming 2010 election.

Ato Teklemicahel’s new call to bring the rejected election experiment as if it is new  will not convince anyone except the known opportunists who are paid to sleep in the parliament and maybe recruit new comers. The West as usual care less for democracy experiment in Ethiopia and is unwise to repeat the same experiment to satisfy their interest and on the way buy five more years to expose our people for more killing and abuse.

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Election of What?

By Yelfiwos Wondaya (December 21, 2008 )

 

As far as the upcoming election is concerned, it is a done deal as has happened during the 2005 election and for the record; I here by say publicly that it shall end in favor of TPLF/EPRDF as ever before again.  Nothing is further from the truth.  The election held in 2005 was over before it is even started and will happen now the same exact way as it was then in 2005. Obviously, we still see the same actors in several political groupings striving to assume power by devious route, all of whom were and still are in the hierarchy of the same organizations and continue to operate under the patronage of TPLF and foreign powers. After all, it is a forgone conclusion that the main assignment for those old buddies of TPLF/EPRDF in several organizations are also to sabotage the defined rules of their own made, and to perform divisive measures that cause disagreement and hostility within a group so to split the groups and thrown them into disarray.  TPLF and collaborators continue to use them to work here, there and everywhere to let organizations going into a separate way.  Isn’t that what happened almost to the entire organizations both inside Ethiopia and abroad?  In this case, it does not take any genius to tell the motive behind this entire unpredictable shift made by the same atypical few, controversial and prosaic individuals in several organizations. The same old buddies of TPLF/EPRDF lurking behind all of those Loyal Oppositions must be exposed now and face the consequences including and up to expulsion and dismissal from their own respective organizations and beyond.  Get rid of them and win the clarity we deserve to win the general war against enemy. 

 

Besides, why allowing such and such devious political groupings whose political agenda is sinister and UnEthiopian to take root in any given organizations and furthermore  giving them a free ride to spoil our plan of action aimed at the hear of our sworn enemy?   Seeing what we saw in them in the past would have been good enough for us to tell which is which.  So far what is done is done in favor of TPLF then in 2005.  And also it must be known that the motive behind this entire hot and sticky move is to make up whatever arrangement is fit to satisfy some selfish personal interest as opposed to Ethiopian national interest.  And they must be told right out. 

 

Next, in order for genuine oppositions to lead the struggles in a cohesive fashion they must closely united and have to develop a working relation so that way they can become formidable and can pose some pragmatic gesture against enemy and collaborators.  Before then, however, our genuine political organizations together with the general public must sort out whatever different political and ideological preferences they might have at the end and must make a joint decision and come to an agreement to work together.  I believe any organization that does not abide by such an agreement is considered to be a public enemy. 

 

Next, it is time to urge all of our genuine organizations be it political or civil to develop from a unity of organization into a unity of thought upon which they could acquire all the tools necessary to lead the struggle to victory.  For that to happen, every concerned individual who believes in our unity and freedom must come out to be strong enough in his/her thought to repel the unfriendly gesture of some elements especially those self-centered elements that have lack of consideration for our national agenda. 

 

Let us not allow TPLF and collaborators continuing to exploit the situation at hand and use those unscrupulous factions against the will of our country.  We have seen factions of all walks of life playing an act of copycatting others and yet they are about to end up bedding with TPLF/EPRDF in due time.  Make no bones to follow them every step of the way and expose their sinister act now.  Let us join with our natural alliances on an equal basis and continue our national struggle against TPLF/EPRDF now.  Refuse to associate yourself with those who are up to running the election in order to take up a parliament seat and bed with TPLF/EPRDF. 

 

Unity is power!

 

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“Election” 2010 in Ethiopia by Minga and Tsion

Dear writers,

I read your article posted on www.ethiomedia.com (Dec 16) on the so called the coming election of 2010. I want to remind you that Ethiopians are not in any business of election and this is not an issue that worried most of our people at the present time. The only one that are worried are the ruling racist ethnic mafia of Meles’ TPLF,  those who are sleeping in parliament paid by poor Ethiopians and those who are currently dancing around to secure a seat  by participating on the coming fake election of 2010.

How comes you failed to mention, living and breathing in Ethiopia is only allowed for card carrying TPLF members and few in the name of opposition who are allowed to make noise here  and there in hotels and offices under the watchful eye of TPLF security ? What makes you believe this will change in 2010? On the recent so called local election we witnessed that TPLF bought the rural and urban people and fielded millions of candidates and this is what to come in 2010 even if foreigners are allowed to monitor the election as you suggested and surely TPLF will comply.

 


The preparation of the so called 2010 election is already underway and we know the winner is TPLF by landslide. Educated people like you should be courageous to tell the whole picture and do not waste our time in teaching us the basics of election which by the way we also learned from TPLF websites. Our poor people have proven us all wrong in 2005 by their excellent deeds, they know what is good for them and do not need our lecturing of what an election is or should be. Election is an exercise by free people and as you well know the country you are residing,
South Africa did not end apartheid by election.

Thanks,

 

Tedla Asfaw                                                                                               

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“Election” 2010 in Ethiopia by Minga and Tsion

Dear writers,

I read your article posted on www.ethiomedia.com (Dec 16) on the so called the coming election of 2010. I want to remind you that Ethiopians are not  in any business of election and this is not an issue that worried most of our people at the present time. The only one that are worried are the ruling racist ethnic mafia of Meles’ TPLF,  those who are sleeping in parliament paid by poor Ethiopians and those who are currently dancing around to secure a seat  by participating on the coming fake election of 2010.

 

How comes you failed to mention, living and breathing in Ethiopia is only allowed for card carrying TPLF members and few in the name of opposition who are allowed to make noise here  and there in hotels and offices under the watchful eye of TPLF security ? What makes you believe this will change in 2010? On the recent so called local election we witnessed that TPLF bought the rural and urban people and fielded millions of candidates and this is what to come in 2010 even if foreigners are allowed to monitor the election as you suggested and surely TPLF will comply.

 

The preparation of the so called 2010 election is already underway and we know the winner is TPLF by landslide. Educated people like you should be courageous to tell the whole picture and do not waste our time in teaching us the basics of election which by the way we also learned from TPLF websites. Our poor people have proven us all wrong in 2005 by their excellent deeds, they know what is good for them and do not need our lecturing of what an election is or should be. Election is an exercise by free people and as you well know the country you are residing, South Africa did not end apartheid by election.

 

 

Thanks,

 

 

 

Tedla Asfaw                                                                                               

Published in: on December 17, 2008 at 4:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

“Election” 2010 in Ethiopia by Minga and Tsion

Dear writers,

I read your article posted on http://www.ethiomedia.com (Dec 16) on the so called the coming election of 2010. I want to remind you that Ethiopians are not in any business of election and this is not an issue that worried most of our people at the present time. The only one that are worried are the ruling racist ethnic mafia of Meles’ TPLF, those who are sleeping in parliament paid by poor Ethiopians and those who are currently dancing around to secure a seat by participating on the coming fake election of 2010.

How comes you failed to mention, living and breathing in Ethiopia is only allowed for card carrying TPLF members and few in the name of opposition who are allowed to make noise here and there in hotels and offices under the watchful eye of TPLF security ? What makes you believe this will change in 2010? On the recent so called local election we witnessed that TPLF bought the rural and urban people and fielded millions of candidates and this is what to come in 2010 even if foreigners are allowed to monitor the election as you suggested and surely TPLF will comply.

The preparation of the so called 2010 election is already underway and we know the winner is TPLF by landslide. Educated people like you should be courageous to tell the whole picture and do not waste our time in teaching us the basics of election which by the way we also learned from TPLF websites. Our poor people have proven us all wrong in 2005 by their excellent deeds, they know what is good for them and do not need our lecturing of what an election is or should be. Election is an exercise by free people and as you well know the country you are residing, South Africa did not end apartheid by election.

Thanks,

Tedla Asfaw

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SOLUTIONS WITH DEBTERAW, II: Call me by my name, address and task

By Obo Arada Shawl (December 13, 2008)


Background Information

Aethiopia is a beautiful country. That is the only reason why the Aethiopians have kept their Independence intact. How, why and what kind of beauty? I leave the real answer to my readers.

 

But for me and for others who think like me, Aethiopia’s beauty lies in its natural-ecological beauty expressed in 13th months of sunshine as in Ethiopia and 3 seasons in just 2 hours of vehicular travel as in Eritrea. In other words, Aethiopia is endowed with mountains for cooling purpose and it is located near the Earth’s Equator for warming purposes. Isn’t that something of value to be thankful to God or to our ancestors? Adam and Eve (A&E) ገርሂ እና ድንቅነሽ

 

According to legend, the people who have inhabited this Land are righteous, humble and God fearing people. With my own experience, these Aethiopians didn’t differentiate between names, boundaries and careers. They all lived as nomads, herders, tillers, traders, warriors, bandits or teachers (debteras included).

 

Philosophically, these Aethiopians had lived on the principle of “live and let live” regardless of name, address or career differentiation. All of them are governed by Market Place በአገር ገበያ and not by Wall Street. I have been visiting markets – from Monday to Sunday as was part of my job and they all were located and based on open market. The amazing part, most of them speak their own dialects or languages with no sense of fear or indignation for not knowing the language of neither of the merchants nor of the government in power. To classify them on language basis is pure racism. There is neither market place for ideas nor for products that govern Aethiopians as at to date.

 

Technically, though, the Aethiopians were living in 17th or 18th centuries, as 90% of the land mass is without communication and transport services.

 

Those who conceived this situation had embarked upon developing freedom of social movement and the open economic market fabrics of the Great Society into the 20th century. Not in technical terms but in philosophical, ideological and political contexts.

 

Kiflu Tadesse who authored the book on “The Generation” has this to say

This is a book about a generation of Ethiopians who embarked on an arduous struggle to transform its country. The first members of this generation were born in the early 1940’s and the youngest in the early and mid 1950’s. It was a generation of activists who came together because of altruistic aims and goals. It was a generation that was visionary, idealist and perceptive and consisted of the most enlightened and brightest citizens. Many of the members of these groups were among the privileged few who had access to modern education. Most of them were successful academically and many were honor students.”

* Emphasis is mine

 

However, a widespread ignorance of a crucial nature in politics, philosophy and economics is apparent in today’s Aethtiopia. What has happened to the Ethiopian  Eway Revolution? Was there something wrong with the stars or the Revolutionaries?  What has intervened or what has happened in between the following years? The answer should come from my readers. Decipher the letter B. You will find the answer.

 

1961 – 1974  = 13 years

1974 – 1987 = 13 years

1987 – 2000 = 13 years

2000 – 2013 = 13 years

·        Hint: Menghistu brothers; international conspiracy against Aethiopia; peace deal and the dawn of DEMOCRACIA

 

If we cannot figure out the years of the software indicators for reflection, conspiracy, peace and downfalls for 52 years, then surely all our docile educated class have reason to believe that WMD (Wallelligne Makonnen – DEBTERAW) have brought to Aethiopia real WMD (weapons of mass destruction).

 

If this is the case, we have to revisit the software path of the Eway Revolution.

 

 Again, Ato Kiflu continues writing in his preface as follows

“ An effort is made to portray events, incidents, decisions and activities realistically. Detailed analysis and interpretations of the activities are not provided, only the account of the history itself. This was done for the sake of fairness and with the intention to express the actual feeling of the fallen comrades. It is the intention of the author to tell their story the way it was made and the way they want it to be told and retold. The correctness or wrongness of events or decision is not the main focus, but an explanation of why things happened the way they did and the attenuating circumstances that influenced decision making.”

** Emphasis is mine

 

This week, I have visited the office of EPRP in Washington, DC. Although I have made several visits in the past, this is my first time to observe a special item of interest. Was it the set up of the office? No. Was it the variety of books? No. Was it the rack on which computers was place? No. Was it the radio room? It was none of the above.

 

It was a painting, hanging on a wall that attracted my attention. I have seen it a dozen of times but never figured it out the way I did it now. ልብ እንጂ ዓይን አያይም የሚሉት ትክክል ነው። The painting has been in the office for almost 2 decades, but to my amazement, I did not give the attention they (the personalities) or it (the painting) deserves.

 

Now that I have, what does this painting represent in EPRP’s office? Who were or who are these personalities? These three individuals were true comrades who honestly believed to be the pioneers in idealizing Aethiopia but only if they would be involved in the Eway Revolution. All three portray different family and education background but above all their true passion in each of the following areas of

·        Politics

·        Revolution and

·        Philosophy

Matters to all of the Great Society of past Ethiopia and the future of Aethiopia, for understanding these three departments of knowledge is a priority. I believe that without these precondition, nothing will go forward and albeit backward. For EPRP, these tasks have been carried out by many of its members and supporters and so the task of the party of EPRP will be focused on organization and leadership.

On Organization

Anyhow, let me go back to what I can decipher from the painting where I can contribute to the truth.

They are from left to right

1.     Wallelligne Makonnen  ዋለልኝ መኮነን

2.     DEBTERAW and  ፀገየ ገብረ መድህን

3.     Tilahun Gizaw ጥላሁን ግዛው

 

As widely believed to be, nameless and faceless members of EPRP and supporters are considered to be followers of Marx-Engels-Lenin. But that was and still is not true. Aethiopian Revolutionaries were not reading or following what Marx, Engles or Lenin have written or said, or as the paintings of MEL as displayed on Revolution or Meskal Square. The majority of EPRP supporters and associates were following their own national heroes of Wallelligne-Debteraw-Tilahun (WDT ሠዐፐ). Let us briefly examine what these personalities have represented and are still representing.

 

Wallelligne Mekonnen: on collectivism

Wallelligne was a person who deeply believed in independent thinking. He was an individualist who believed that collectivism in any form was wrong especially the type of Russian or the Chinese style. I am actually referring to our way of organizing principles -on the basis of nationalities – is very wrong. Organization should not be based on languages alone. Even by the standard of Stalin’s definition, language is one among many. True to Wallelligne’s nature, language be it any language including Amharic by itself is not a criterion for an identity. Wallelligne believed that language is only a tool for communication and a tool for thought processing. Nothing else. That was actually the main reason why he wrote the article on nation and nationalities in order to dispel oppression, as many believed that the culprit is the language of Amharic.

 

Since Wallelligne was a political science student as such, he was writing, thinking and acting on political level. He knew that the Amhara was a symbol of political affiliation not an economic or a cultural affirmation. He did not only address the problem of the national question but he had also attempted to redress it. It is up to us to follow his solution in the right context and in the correct way and not a¢ la Woyane’s way. Wallelligne Mokonnen Kassa did not recommend the future of Eritrea as a state of nine nationalities or as many as eighty-one something in the Ethiopian case and worst at that solely based on geography or ethnic languages.

 

As to his organizational affiliation to EPRP, he was recruited or has recruited others on an individual basis not on a group or national as it was the case with the Woyane and Shaebia’s way of recruitment. Any EPRP member was convinced to join the organization on a personal level and not by threat or cheat. Wasn’t this a wonderful way of organizing a revolutionary political party. There is no regrets whatsoever for those who has joined on this principles of organization.

 

I have no doubt that Walleligne would abhor the concept of ethnic rule. Ethnic rule with all its dogmas and rules, traditions and dialects would surely be a mental disaster. Tribes will subsist on the edge of starvation and at the mercy of natural disaster. A man of self-esteem like Walleligne would not accept the notion that the content of his mind should be determined by muscles, namely by the means of unspecified string of ancestors. Determinism by Marxism is far superior to ethnicity. Collectivism based on language should be abolished. That was not the idea of WMK. Due Consideration might be given to the article of October 23, 2008 (call me by my address: Solutions with DEBTERAW, III). The proposal was not mainly based on the three individual’s wish, but of thousands especially with mixed parentage.

Tsegey Gebre Medhin – DEBTERAW: on myth

The mystic’s doctrine that men must give credit to God for all their virtues and vices was unacceptable to DEBTERAW. Religion encompasses ancestral or cultural traditions, writings, history and mythology as well as personal faith and religious experience. Ritual myths of performance practices or patterns associated with temples or centers of worship, preliterate oral traditions that may vanish as the written word becomes the story and the literate class becomes the authority. Aethiopians must blame for all their sins upon themselves, is the mystic’s doctrine. The principle of men’s right to their own life, their liberty, to the pursuit of happiness would be the ultimate goal of all Aethiopians after the Eway Revolution as declared by DEBTERAW and his party.

 

However, social myths reinforce or defend social values or practices. On the one hand, in our cases, we have seen nationalist modern scholars such as Tecola Hagos (a Tigrian nationalist), Jordan Gebre Medhin (an Eritrean nationalist) whose works of studies was/is as exposed by Girma Bekele in his writings on ethnocentrism is distortion of the highest form.

 

DEBTERAW, on the other hand, expounded the traditional story, typically involving supernatural beings or forces of creature, which embodies and provides explanation. Justification (etiology) a religious belief or ritual or a natural phenomenon was clarified by DEBTERAW, Tsegeye G Medhin to anybody who needed at the time of the revolution.

 

Not all traditional stories are myths. For instance, a person or thing held in awe or generally referred to with near reverential admiration on the basis of popularly repeated stories be it real or fiction is not a harmful myth. Those who knew DEBTERAW personally can testify.

 

So what is wrong with being debtera? DEBTERAW has enlightened the Aethiopian population through traveling – physically, philosophically, socially, spiritually and above all via the Eway Revolution from Assimba via Tselemt, via the Abay river back to the Market Places of Aethiopia.

 

For those of us who do not know the difference between a debtera and a priest, the former is mostly responsible for education (spiritual life of community) whereas the latter has a representative function. Unlike that of the Jewish debtera, the Aethiopian debteras were part and parcel of the church hierarchy for they are poets, writers, musicians, dancers and healers. DEBTERAW has opposed the interference of the state into the affairs of the church and vice versa. By the way, the Independence of Aethiopia has been kept by the work of the debteras. The distinction between the task of the debtera and the priests is the same between personal and business matters.

Tilanhun Gizaw: on altruism

Tilahun Gizaw was the elected student president of USUAA. Tilahun was from the nobility of Tigrai state. His sister was married to Emperor Haile Sellasie’s son.

 

Tilahun has been taking courses in Sociology, which was not popular at that time in Haile Sellassie’s University.

 

However, from our class discussions and personal conversation, Tilahun had the following core beliefs

·        The right to own property over random search and seizure

·        Liberty over oppression

·        Natural right to life over the constant fear of death

 

After his failure to become a student president, he studied the true nature of Aethiopian societies condition and desire first hand. Unlike the unholy claim that he was against the fortune’s of his sister, Tilahun finally took the idea that when Aethiopians have the opportunity to choose, they will choose to be ruled by the consent of the governed not by the coercion of the Ethiopian State. This is what we globally call nowadays as the rule of law, not by the whim of the rulers. How true Tilahun was.

 

As to his altruism, I do not think, Tilahun had believed in this concept. I also think that the author Kiflu Tadesse’s statement of altruism did sink or match with the beliefs of most Revolutionaries let alone with all Aethiopians. Why? It is an appropriate question. Here is why.

 

Altruism is a condition, which refers to people who keep sacrificing themselves and their values. We have seen this state of conditions during the DERG era, the Anja era, the TPLF and the EPLF era. That is to say that altruists sacrifice their friends to enemies, their allies to their antagonists, their convictions to anyone’s wishes, the truth to lie, their strength to anyone’s weakness and the good to any evil.

 

There is a misconception about altruism in the Eway society. Altruism is confused with kindness or due consideration to others. In fact, altruism is a moral theory that preaches that man must sacrifice himself to others. In our revolutionary struggle, many people thought that the comrades should place the interest of others above their own and that they actually are required to live for the sake of others. Was this not our Aethiopian core of confusion? If it is not let us discuss and solve our problems.

 

The reason why Tilahun Gizaw participated in the Eway Revolution was simply to ameliorate the economic and the social conditions of all Aethiopians via the politics of democracy – allowing the will of the majority to prevail while protecting the rights of the minority, including the Royal Family.

Concluding remarks

Unless the term ‘generation’ has different meanings to Ato Kiflu, a generation is defined as the average time between a mother’s first offspring and her daughter’s first offspring. This makes a generation around 30 years in length. Compare this with 33 years of Jesus Christ as one generation. Sociologists mostly accept the classification of generation of Silent (1925-45); the Boom (1946-61); the Thirteen (1962-81); the Millennial (1982-2000) and the New Silent (2001-?). Ato Kiflu should rename his title of his book; otherwise, the generation he is referring to is dying out. It is time for detailed analysis and conceptual understanding of a generation. The struggle is still continuing with or without DEBTERAW. But Ato Kiflu seems to forget WDT. Let us all visit the EPRP office for a reminder of the living and the fallen comrades as Ato Kiflu has displayed a poem on the page of his book.

 

Ethnicity has a history of endless and bloody warfare. We should not wait for that to happen. Our only hope would be to be organized on a common cause and common ground. DEBTERAW has shown us the way to dispel mythology, Wallelligne has written and struggled until death to bring the solution to the problem of nations and nationalities and Tilahun has shown the courage for what was right and honorable in defiance to his social class. The painting that is hanging on the walls of EPRP office is a true reminder of Aethiopian role models for political leadership.

 

In other words, these three giant personalities have shown us

·        How to know ourselves

·        How to love our country and

·        How to differentiate one’s ally from the enemy

$ የዋለልኝ መኮነን የአገር መበተን ዘመቻ፤ የጥላሁን ግዛው የምንቀኝነት አባዜ፤ እና የደብተራው ፀገየ ገብረ መድህን መሰሪ ሥረ በተራው ሕዝብ ዘንድ ሰለተስራጨ ይህን ጽሑፍ ይነበብ።

 

TRUTH WILL PREVAIL

 

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Without Fear or Favor, the Wickedly act of WOYANE Must be Bridled By Any Means Necessary

Yelfiwos Wondaya (December 14, 2008) 

 

By definition, violence is an act of disrupting a peaceful quality of life and it is also an aggression of privacy by intruders against the will of the person or the community at large. Self-defense on the other hand is a plea of justification for the use of force against intruders. Though is there any valid reason than defending one’s own ideas, principles, actions, freedom, family and property against intruders and trace passers alike? Instead of protecting citizens however, the complex of the tyrants’ political institutions, laws, and customs are designed to disrupt citizens’ peaceful quality of life on a daily basis as opposed to the sole purpose of freedom fighters on duty.  True! Unlike self-appointed regimes and trespassers, the sole purpose of freedom fighters is nothing but to defend freedom of speech, freedom of choice and freedom of press from strife. Freedom fighters believe and fight for the safety and the interests of the majority to take precedence over any personal wishes of any bully dictators in their country. Supposedly, though the task of governments is to ensure civil order, protecting the weak from the strong and the law abiding from the lawless, but ironically enough, the so-called governments in many countries of the world are breaking the civil orders, the laws and disturbing the peace of their own respective countries themselves. In effect it gives rise to mass of disruptions and a state of complete disorders to their respective regions and beyond. 

 

The same is true though that the regime led by Meles of TPLF/EPRDF in Ethiopia commits most of the illegal crimes against humanity on a daily basis than any persons who are convicted of a crime including homicides of all kinds.  In other words, it is a tyrant regime whose political authorities enforce laws not in order to maintain peace and stability in the towns, cities and countries but to control them at any cost.  They use and abuse their own laws and power the most by using an excessive force and exercising their powers cruelly and unjustly against humanity in Ethiopia . Often times than not, they also launch a series of campaign against the will of the public aimed at the very heart of the publics’ peace and stability in the name of cracking down on political parties opposed to their tyrant regime. 

 

After all, “violence” is inevitable in Ethiopia so long as TPLF/EPRDF is in power. As the offensive intrusion of TPLF/EPRDF against the will of the public unfolds, taking precautionary protective measures on the part of the public to safeguard its civil liberties is inevitable.  So much so, the people of Ethiopia in general and the genuine oppositions in particular have every right to react in response to WOYANES violent act.   Collectively, we should defy and defy now to the ethnocentric dictatorial regime of Meles Zenawi sat pretty in Minilik’s palace of Addis  

 

Beyond doubt, the vast majority of Ethiopians are believed to be defiant to all forms of tyrant regimes.  They dethroned the king and unseated the military junta.  And yet, let it be known that it is also within the capability of Ethiopians to depose the ethnocentric dictatorial regime out of power in Addis Ababa today.  In fact, an all out war against the ethnocentric dictatorial regime is within their reach also to defend their inalienable rights and achieve their end.  Unlike, some secret admirers of the west, TPLF on one hand and the peace and freedom loving people of Ethiopia on the other are at war against each other. Quite the opposite, the allegedly ideological agenda of peaceful and legal movement promoted by some quarters is nothing more than an elite-centered analysis of conflict. It has nothing to do with the mainstream of the popular movement rising in protest to do away with the current dictatorial regime.  In reality, the secret admirers of such approach have already made it difficult for themselves to gain legitimacy as leaders endeavoring in the current political environment. Afterward, the so-called nonviolent and peace studies stressing on such notions as pacifism, mercy, reconciliation, constructive engagement, and forgiveness had been primarily concerned not with the current reality of Ethiopia but with then nuclear disarmament, the avoidance of international conflict on an international scale to resolve the then cold world war with the soviets. 

 

Be that as it may, an armed struggle that may well bring about a motion to end violence in Ethiopia is in close proximity.  So it is time to plan big and act quickly.  Besides, using any means necessary to defend one’s freedom and employing any methods possible to achieve one’s liberty is a privilege that is granted to any given society under any circumstances.  That is when we can prove their tenuous justification of what peaceful and legal means is nothing but to serve the interest of academic zeal. We must get it over with and cease to be confused and misdirected by those who intentionally give us a false impression about so-called peaceful struggle in a plain, open and emphatic way. Say no more for the answer to their empty dreams!  Let the public itself endorse a campaign of brief action that brings about the downfall of TPLF real. Do what is necessary to bring about the largest possible balance of power against enemy. 

 

After all, any valid means of struggle aiming at ousting WOYANES out of power is not a matter of choice.  It is rather a matter of mandatory comes out of the situation triggered by none other than WOYANE itself.  The situation in which we find ourselves into due to the repressive nature of TPLF in Ethiopia is giving us no option but to use whatever means of struggle is necessary to defend our existence    ‘Give me liberty or give me death’

 

Slowly but surely, the opposition groups need to come out to be strong enough including but not limited in supply with materials of all ammunitions and in the source of all capabilities to fight on in defending of their existence from violence.  The violence aimed at the very heart of our nation must be bridled now or never. Afterward, whichever method serves best our interest i.e. to topple WOYANE so as to replacing it with a democratic system of government is yes it is yet to be put into practice by our people and our united force since we are forced to do so.  Presumably, it may well be regarded as an antidote to alleviate our dilemma and to secure our future.  If there is any other method better than an armed form of struggle to defend our existence from tyranny and if anything at all that can pin down and twist WOYANES’ arm I will be the first to submit to that grand gesture.  Up till then, it must be silly to anyone to believe or to say otherwise in regard to this burning issue.  Hence, whichever method we think is consistent to our movement must be pursued with out postponing it for another decade to come. 

 

With conviction, the utmost method would be the one that leads us to gain a great deal of faith on ourselves and to win a vote of confidence from friends and alike across the world.  Since we are in a search of such a method, which is sound and counteractive to succeed our objectives we have got to choose it earlier than the incidence itself is in place to take its own toll against out fate.  Without fear or favor, the wickedly act of WOYANE must be bridled by any means necessary if you will. With that said, a method that can bring about a counterbalance, a method that we can count on in regard to stepping up our struggle is remained to be second to none to our preferences substituting the first option if ever tested, or if at all fall short to succeed. 

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