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Ethiopia: The Punctuation Mark for the Acclaimed Book “The White Man’s Burden”

Abiy Ahmed Ali (Photo credit : The New York Times/file)

Yonas Biru, PhD

Prime Minister Abiy is building a $15 Billion Palace, while negotiating a $67 Billion international aid package. This article is as much about Ethiopia as the epitome of a welfare dependent nation as it is about a failed international welfare system.

The international welfare system is bankrolled primarily by the US and the European Union (EU) taxpayers. Its beneficiaries can be divided into two broad groups: where international aid is seen as an enabling support (mostly in Asia and South America) and where it is regarded as a welfare system (primarily in Africa). 

Ethiopia had its first World Bank project in 1950. Nearly three-quarter of a century later, it is the number one US aid recipient. It is also amongst the top five Official Development Assistance recipients through multilateral development agencies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB). 

Unfortunately, the nation has become the punctuation mark of William Easterly’s acclaimed book “The White Man’s Burden.” It is also an affirmation of the book’s subtitle: “Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good.” 

The Ethiopian government and its intellectuals at home and abroad are a screwed-up bunch. On one hand they hold a #NoMore banner. On the other hand, they panhandle for ምጽዋት with a sense of entitlement, while crapping the crap about being the pride, እሴት ቱርፋት and ገለመሌ of the black race. Truth be told, we have been the shame of Africa for many twilights. Our inability, as a society, to feel ashamed and humiliated has made it difficult for us to realize we have been in decline past what other nations consider rock bottom.

Currently, Ethiopia is in various talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (WB), European Union (EU) and Paris Club of sovereign creditors of which the US is a part. The talks involve a $67.2 billion aid package. This includes $28.8 billion in grants for the reconstruction of the war-torn country. Another big item is the restructuring of $30 billion international debt obligations to reduce the nation’s financial burdens, including partial debt forgiveness. A humanitarian food aid ($3.5 billion), and concessional loans from the WB ($2.9 billion) and IMF ($2 billion) round out the talks. 

In the meantime, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is building a palace with an opulent environ at the cost of $15.3 billion (14 percent of the nation/s GDP). Le Monde described the project as “pharaonic taken by delusions of grandeur” glamoured up with a waterfall, three artificial lakes, a zoo, and luxury villas. This signifies our Prime Minister’s inability to feel ashamed. He cannot be blamed he is who we are. 

The project is being undertaken without the constitutionally sanctioned oversight authority of the Parliament. The Prime Minister did not mince words telling the Council of Peoples’ Representative they will have no say. No one knows the decision-making process. The contract is given to government-affiliated Chinese companies at the Prime Ministers discretion. We have no way of knowing if there is kick back much less the magnitude of it.

Sadly, this is not the only vanity project under construction. The governor of the Oromo regional state, the nation’s second most powerful political figure, is building the largest city in Ethiopia in his region. When completed it will dwarf the PM’s palace and its ecosystem in terms of magnitude and cost. 

Yet another project involves the construction of a state house for the Oromo governor who recently broke ground for a mansion whose cost is kept secret but expected to top $300 million, including the values of business and residential structures the government destroyed to clear space for the state house. Ironically, this came on the heels of an agreement between the WB and the Ethiopian government for a $745 million grant

No one knows who pays for these vanity projects. Regarding the Palace, the Prime Minister told the Parliament that he will not use public funds. Instead, he said he will raise private funds from domestic and foreign sources. That proved to be false.

As a matter of practice such a huge construction project does not commence before the necessary funds both in local currency and foreign exchange (forex) are secured. To date, neither the amount nor the sources of funds are revealed. He is already using public resources to prepare the foundational work such as building roads and leveling and grading the land.

The paramount question is: How will the country meet the forex required for the project? As IMF report notes, “Aid, being fungible, may ultimately help support unproductive and wasteful government expenditures.” The WB research findings concur.

What is also worrisome is that the Prime Minister’s pet projects are given priority in forex allocations. Consequently, critical public projects are neglected and pushed into the black market, paying as much as 100 percent premium over the official exchange rate. A Harvard study found: The chronic forex shortage was harming manufacturing firms who need imported inputs.

Turning from bad to worse, inflation caused by “loose fiscal policy” coupled with successive money printing foray first to finance the war and now to finance the massive vanity projects is wrecking the economy. There are also severe budget shortages, forcing federal and state governments to cut or scale down economic and social programs. The IMF estimates the budget gap to be “at least $6 billion until 2026.” 

The cumulative impact of the civil war, misplaced priorities, bad economic policies is a 25.9% drop in the nation’s GDP. 

The social implications are no less detrimental than the economic ones. As the Prime Minister and the Oromo governor go on vanity binge for palaces and mansions, 22 million Ethiopians need international food aid of which 4.6 million are internally displaced living in makeshift camps. More than 2.3 million children are out of school, as they wait for the reconstruction of schools destroyed by the war. Furthermore, three million people have slipped below the absolute poverty line and “women and girls [in the Oromo region] walk up to 10 hours to fetch water.”

The Prime Minister and the Oromo governor show psychopathic lack of empathy and remorse. They govern as though the people’s suffering is the worry of the international community. 

Can the IMF and WB turn a blind eye as 120 million people sink into an economic and social abyss? Even more worrisome is that there are ominous threats of state collapse headlined in international media pages. Further, international agencies are raising red flag alert for genocide. The world cannot ignore alarm bells for genocide, especially when high-level Ethiopian government officials echo the alarm, stating: “Today’s Ethiopia is at a juncture similar to that of Rwanda when it found itself at the dawn of genocide.” 

There is a growing #SanctionEthiopianGov diaspora-led campaign, demanding fiduciary, and moral accountability. First, it poses a valid question to the IMF and WB. Why are the US and EU taxpayers burdened with a $67 billion aid package for a country that is building a palace at $15.4 billion? Second, what assurance do the IMF and WB have that the fungibility problem will not enable the Prime Minister to carry out his threats against his own people? 

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Mahibre kidusan is mahibreseytan and must be suspended permanetly by our beloved Abiy Ahmed for the safety and security of all ethiopians.

    Mahibreseytan building must be confiscated and given to poor displaced ethiopians and the money of mahibreseytan to the poor. Churches constructed illegally must be allowed to continue operating while there are enough churches every where and the land must be given to the pooor. Churches are becoming business centers for the few who waged war gainst their own people.
    Mahibreseytan is a terrorist organization playing religious card. Leaders and members of Mahibrekiduisan , seytanawuyan, who are waging war on peeaceful ethiopians and our best chose Ethiopian moses , PM Abiy Ahmed, must be locked behind bars instantly before causing chaos together with fano terrorists.
    Close Mahibreseytan tv forever and lock them up Mahibre seytan TV is not church media it is a fano Amhara business media . It does n’t belong to Amhara orthodox chrch but plunders its resources and colonize it.

    According to Anchor Ethiopia media, terrorist Sisay , 30 fano members are behind bars, but prosperity party should keep more fanos behind bars and help them to enjoy 40 whips or lashes them every day . FRom 50 million Amhara , 30 thousand fano prinsoner is too small. Fano is a terrorist and robber and rapists of child and nun .

    Live long Abiy Ahmed, we love you so much.

    • Thank God, there is an intelligence that counters its total and complete absence in you!!!

      We must be very grateful for another excellent article Dr. Yonas Biru, an extremely intelligent Ethiopian, working hard to illuminate Ethiopians. Exposing the monstrosity of Abiy Ahmed, his Oromo thugs, and embarrassingly badly educated phony intellectual whose, arrogance and inhumanity has been breathtaking, absolutely breathtaking.

      My friend, your beloved Abiy Ahmed is totally ignoring the more than 22 million people in the country who are starving and millions who are displaced and living on temporary shelter.

      The economy has been so bad for so long even those who are employed could hardly afford to eat.

      However, we have some cadres like you and other mindless idiots who spread lies and propaganda and attempt to give him cover for the Ethiopian Marie Antoinette, Abiy Ahmed, who is extremely as stupid as he is cruel.

      He is telling the desperate Ethiopians who could not afford to eat bread, to eat cake!!!

      The inhumanity of Abiy Ahmed is not only on building the palace while millions of Ethiopians are starving, he is also using the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), turning it into a private criminal army.

      He has been using ENDF to carry out mass murders, torture, imprisonment, dislocations and property distractions in the Amhara region, supported by the Oromo Special Forces (OSF).

      OSF has been killing Amharas and other non Oromos in Oromo region for a while now, it has now moved to Amhara region proper to kill more Amharas.

      The OLF, OLA – groups armed and supported by Abiy Ahmed and Shimeles Kumar, also continue to unleash death and distractions on the Ethiopian people, especially the Amharas, continue to kill and maim and destroy as they pleased – most of those who are gone to kill and destroy in the Amhara region are from these force.

      I was so offended and angry while watching how the Abiy Ahmed government, along with Adanech Abebe and Shimeles Abdissa or Kumar, were demolishing humble houses of poor Ethiopians, in thousands, in some cases while the people are in the house.

      I was especially moved to tears watching a woman with a new baby whose house was demolished, exposing and living her and her baby completely to the mercy of the elements.

      I couldn’t imagine more monstrosity, more inhumanity than what these low lives are doing.

      Abiy Ahmed has now put almost every independent journalist in the country in jail, the worst in the world. Amhara intellectuals are also being hunted and put in prison.

      They are also demolishing mosques and churches and killing the officials and worshipers.

      He is the worst leader anywhere in the world, certainly that Ethiopia ever had!!!

  2. Mahibre kidusan is mahibreseytan and must be suspended permanetly by our beloved Abiy Ahmed for the safety and security of all ethiopians.

    Mahibreseytan building must be confiscated and given to poor displaced ethiopians and the money of mahibreseytan to the poor. Churches constructed illegally must be allowed to continue operating while there are enough churches every where and the land must be given to the pooor. Churches are becoming business centers for the few who waged war gainst their own people.
    Mahibreseytan is a terrorist organization playing religious card. Leaders and members of Mahibrekiduisan , seytanawuyan, who are waging war on peeaceful ethiopians and our best chose Ethiopian moses , PM Abiy Ahmed, must be locked behind bars instantly before causing chaos together with fano terrorists.
    Close Mahibreseytan tv forever and lock them up Mahibre seytan TV is not church media it is a fano Amhara business media . It does n’t belong to Amhara orthodox chrch but plunders its resources and colonize it.

    According to Anchor Ethiopia media, terrorist Sisay , 30 fano members are behind bars, but prosperity party should keep more fanos behind bars and help them to enjoy 40 whips or lashes them every day . FRom 50 million Amhara , 30 thousand fano prinsoner is too small. Fano is a terrorist and robber and rapists of child and nun .

    Live long Abiy Ahmed, we love you so much.

  3. To bring up the issues concerning foreign aid to developing countries is not something to frown on. Its causes and effects should be researched and thoroughly discussed. All foreign aid is not without excellent and valuable results. It has saved millions of lives and helped millions to come out of abject poverty. Some Latin American and Asian countries can be cited as proof that foreign aid has successfully borne fruits. Without foreign aid and assistance Taiwan could still be scraping for a living by digging up camphor. South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia etc.. could have been just another Uzbekistan. These nations were all lucky to have had visionary leaders that charted their countries on the right tracks and used the foreign assistance they received from the West too transform their countries. Someone may say like ‘well that was a different era driven by Cold War politics.’ That is a good point but that war was not waged in Asia only. It was raging in all of Africa also. Those Asian countries have ethnic and clan issues just like Africa. If you live in Taiwan for a month among its people you would find out there are ethnicity and clan issues like Africa. The difference is they were very lucky to have able leaders who had the skills to put such differences in the back burner and were successful in moving their countries on the path of the right development. But Africa was not so lucky. We can try to demonize ‘foreign elements’ this or that all day long and all night long. That amounts nothing more than a cope out. We gave ourselves the Bokassa, Idi Amin, Mengistu, Obote, Ujamaa toting one, Toure, Keita, Ahijo and the rest of them except those in Botswana. Those Asian countries had Park, Lee, Tunko and other practically visionary leaders. In our case we are still possessed with this ‘zaar’ of neftegna this Oromummaa that and Woyane this and Fano that. We are experts in how to use AK-47’s but we have no idea how the machine that makes needles operates. And we still blame ‘foreign elements’ for that. If you tell a South Korean, Taiwanese or Singaporean that you want to kill that man just because he is an Amhara, Oromo or Tigre he will never understand you. He will never get it leaving him shocked to his core. We have become experts in perpetuating animosity in stead of building on unity. We are peerless in grinding the ax not in burying the hatchet for the common good. And we still refuse to hold ourselves accountable but blame ‘foreign elements’ for our own evil behavior. So the story goes!!!

  4. As congressman Dr. Ron Paul said,

    “Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country and giving it to the rich people of a poor country.”

    How will this news of the mismanagement and embezzlement of the oromumma zealots of the abiy era resonate with the US and European taxpayers respective chambers of Congress and Parliaments?????????

    Recap of Ethiopia’s 50 years of topsy turvy violent revolution, red terror, failed derg communist fanatics, failed tplf
    ethnofanatics, miserably failing oromumma fanatics:

    1) Private ownership was highest during Emperor Haile Selassie’s Era
    2) Foreign Banks including Banca di Roma had a branch in Addis Ababa (old building a block or so from Enrico’s Pastry)
    3) Land was a commodity that could be bought and sold
    4) Emperor Haile Selassie’s era creates self made, industrious and talented businessmen and civil service, military and public service who is who’s, plus great institutes
    a) PM Aklilu Habtewold, PM Endalkachew Mekonnen, General Aman Andom, General Keebler Gebre etc
    b) Keg Bekele Molla, Mamo Kacha, etc. owners of Yilma Bedelu Building, Haramabe Hotel, Amlga Lmtd, etc
    c) Philips, Paul & Reyes, Orbis, Safarian, Hilton, OAU, ECA etc.
    d) Addis grows into a metropolitan

    violent revolution:
    In the name of the revolution, derg:
    1) derg executes seasoned diplomats and military personnel all trained on the toil, labor and much limited resources of Ethiopians
    2) the butcher mengistu hailemariam ( AN OROMO BY HIS OWN ADMISSION!!!!!!!!!!) appoints himself as chairman and comically eventually elected himself as president by committing against himself.
    3) he executes his friend atanfu abate ( because per mengistu: atanfu argued “the causes of Ethiopia are greater than the causes of socialism”), he previously executed General Teferi Banti because on a speech the night before the massacre, the general called for unity and cooperation from all Ethiopians).
    4)derg nationalizes land (only 24% or so of the land was in private ownership of the so called Gult System)
    5 derg nationalizes commercial and rental properties
    5) murders,executes, imprisons prominent businessmen and top public servants and leaders
    6)high derg echeslons occupy the confiscated villas and buildings of prominent businessmen
    7) for 20 years, because of mengistu’s stupid policies, housing sector falls to pieces, no renovation, no renewals,
    8) buildings fall apart, cities become poorer, more crowded
    9) derg gets ousted after tanking the Ethiopian economy, and killing and displacing millions

    TPLF comes to the scene:

    1) ousts derg vagabonds of the villas they stole from the original owners
    2) tplfites settle
    3) they sell nationalized properties seized from derg
    4) using stolen fund set up parastatals and usurp everything
    5) they kill private entrepreneurship and attempt tigrean hegemony of everything
    6) second population explosion occurs, cities are more crowded and people become even poorer
    7 Ethiopia amasses 30 billion dollar debt roughly 10 times that of degree era.
    8)tplf gets ousted

    Abiy Lemma team come to the scene:
    1) Ethiopians shout we have our new Moses
    2) abiy starts killing and massacaring
    3) The West says: something is wrong with this dude
    4) Ethiopians march “ No More”
    5) the abiy, shimeles, adanech, demeke, daniel kibret team keep killing
    6) Ethiopians wake up from abiy mania
    7) Ethiopians start shouting, this abiy and gang are not normal, something screwed up in their heads
    8) the West says, we told you so, you did not listen though

    Third time is a Charm, so they say:

    Currently: his excellency is about to be shown the exit door, also make sure the door kicks you and your looting friends out of Ethiopia into the ICC on your way out. Good Bye and Good Riddance!!!!!!!!

  5. Dr. Yonas always blames the Black Race for all the evil it has endured. He always leaves out the Crimes of the White Race in incapacitating the Black Race from self-sufficiency: Slavery, Colonialism, Neo-Colonialism, etc. What a Loyal Servant of the White Race!

    These two “World’s National Anthems for Ethiopia” summarize how the previous regimes in Ethiopia reduced Ethiopia to “The World’s Poster Child of Famine”:

    i). Tilahun Gessesse’s: “ዋይ! ዋይ! ዋይ!” – ሲሉ – “የረሃብን ጉንፋን ሲስሉ ….” [Circa 1975].
    ii). American Artist for the Famine in Ethiopia: “We are the World!” … [Circa 1985]

    It is ONLY Abiy who kept Ethiopia afloat DESPITE a coordinated WSW*-backed Proxy Wars/embargo-sanctions/AGOA-Loan-Aid Cancellations/unconscionable shocking Birr devaluation/etc. topped-up with COVID, drought, locust invasion, etc. Hats off to Abiy!

    What a Crook Spin-doctor Dr. Yonas is! While he was still at the WSW’s ምፅዋት & ፍርፋሪ, why did he leave out the USD ≥$4 billion that America has been depositing each January 1st in the accounts of Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, etc. [‘for Bread Subsidy’]?

    Where did Dr. Yonas get the $15 billion figure? Did he advise the WSW’s Business Proxies [WB/IMF/etc.] to hike USD-Birr exchange rate to 1:1000? The grant didn’t come from Ethiopia(ns), did it? The Parliament would have known about it, wouldn’t it have?

    “In the Country of the Blind, One-eyed Man is the King”: He uses YouTube ‘Journalists’ & Empty Talk Talk Show Hosts to market himself. Why won’t he at least teach them how to pronounce United States, Washington, Minnesota, channel, Google, goggle, etc.?

    እንግዲህ ሰሞኑን – እነ አደንቡቅ – “ዶክተር ዮናስ እንዲህ አሉ!” እያሉ – እንደ ከሰል ቡና ሲያራግቡት ይሰነብታሉ! For those who know Dr. Yonas & his admirers, this is a classic case of – “What happens if the blind leads the blind?” – and its answer → “ተያይዞ ገደል!”

    WSW*: White Supremacist West

    • Thank God, there is an intelligence like that of Dr Yonas that counters its total and complete absence in you!!!

      What the hell, Abiy Ahmed has been ready and trying to bend every whichever way the Americans wanted him. They laugh at him, and play him, he is their little monkey, don’t you know, i_mognu? Of course, by extension you too!!!

      We must be very grateful for another excellent article Dr. Yonas Biru, an extremely intelligent Ethiopian, working hard to illuminate Ethiopians. Exposing the monstrosity of Abiy Ahmed, his Oromo thugs, and embarrassingly badly educated phony intellectual whose, arrogance and inhumanity has been breathtaking, absolutely breathtaking.

      My friend, your beloved Abiy Ahmed is totally ignoring the more than 22 million people in the country who are starving and millions who are displaced and living on temporary shelter.

      The economy has been so bad for so long even those who are employed could hardly afford to eat.

      However, we have some cadres like you and other mindless idiots who spread lies and propaganda and attempt to give him cover for the Ethiopian Marie Antoinette, Abiy Ahmed, who is extremely as stupid as he is cruel.

      He is telling the desperate Ethiopians who could not afford to eat bread, to eat cake!!!

      The inhumanity of Abiy Ahmed is not only on building the palace while millions of Ethiopians are starving, he is also using the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), turning it into a private criminal army.

      He has been using ENDF to carry out mass murders, torture, imprisonment, dislocations and property distractions in the Amhara region, supported by the Oromo Special Forces (OSF).

      OSF has been killing Amharas and other non Oromos in Oromo region for a while now, it has now moved to Amhara region proper to kill more Amharas.

      The OLF, OLA – groups armed and supported by Abiy Ahmed and Shimeles Kumar, also continue to unleash death and distractions on the Ethiopian people, especially the Amharas, continue to kill and maim and destroy as they pleased – most of those who are gone to kill and destroy in the Amhara region are from these force.

      I was so offended and angry while watching how the Abiy Ahmed government, along with Adanech Abebe and Shimeles Abdissa or Kumar, were demolishing humble houses of poor Ethiopians, in thousands, in some cases while the people are in the house.

      I was especially moved to tears watching a woman with a new baby whose house was demolished, exposing and living her and her baby completely to the mercy of the elements.

      I couldn’t imagine more monstrosity, more inhumanity than what these low lives are doing.

      Abiy Ahmed has now put almost every independent journalist in the country in jail, the worst in the world. Amhara intellectuals are also being hunted and put in prison.

  6. Humble Question, 30 May 2023

    a) Is there anything more to say about our beloved Black African Continent???
    b) Is there any hope for us as ‘Africans’ ???
    c) Why were we taught to memorize foreign history — at the expense of our own admirable history???
    d) What was the purpose of the so-called modern education, taught to our dear black Africa ???
    e) What is really wrong with our mental faculty which drags us to Colonialism, leading to glaring SLAVERY???
    f) Why are we still hypnotized with our endless reciting of Master Colonizer History, with ‘pride’???
    g) Indeed, we honest black Africans have turned out to be our own enemies !!!!I
    h) The tragedy, of all tragedies, is that we honest-black Africans have turned out to be the most educated slavery of
    colonialism, with amazing helpless hypnotic mentality.

    Honest Appeal: Please, prove me wrong. .

  7. “What happens if the blind leads the blind?” – and its answer → “ተያይዞ ገደል!”

    ትክክል ነው: that is where የተከበሩት ጠ/ሚ pastor, dr, PhD (7 ኛጨ) taking the whole country down over a cliff.

    They say even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    እሰይ ጎሽ: የስርአቱ አፈቀላጤ ካድሬ ሳት ብሎት እንደዚህ እውነቱን ሲተፋ እንዴት ቅልል ይላል እፎይ::

    “ምፅዋት & ፍርፋሪ” ለቃሚውማ እኮ ማን ነቱ በድምብ የታወቀ ነው:: ለሃምሳ አመት ሙሉ አንዴ በደርግ ኮሙኒስት ነኝ ባይ በህዋላ ደግሞ በኢህአድግ ዘመን የአብዮታዊ ዲሞክራሲ ተከታይ ነኝ ባይ አሁን ደግሞ የኦሮሙማ ተከታይ ነኝ ባይ የበሰበስ የካድሬ ጉግ ማንጉግ ነው:: ኢትዮጵያን ላይ እንደ መዥገር ተጣብቆ በገዛ ራሱ ሰሮቶ ጥሮ ግሮ መብላት ማደግ የማይችለው የካድሬ ምንደኛ ነው ይህው ስርአት መንግስት በተለወጠ ቁጥር እንደእባብ ቆዳውን እየለወጠ ህዝብን የሚያስቸግር ወራዳ የካድሬ ግብስብስ ነው ” ምፅዋትና ፍርፋሪ ለቃሚው!!!!!!

    በአንድ ወቅት መግደል መሸነፍንነው ያሉን ሰው ምነው ግድያና አፈና አበዙሳ: ተሸነፉ አይደል??? ያውም ቀላል!!!

    አምስት አመት ሆነኝ ዙፋን ከተፈናጠጥኩ:
    በሃሰት ዲስኩሬ ስሸፍጥ አየተብለጠለኩ::
    ሳርድ ሳሰርድ ከረምኩ የንፁሃንን ህይወት:
    የሚጠቅመኝ መስሎኝ ለወንበሬመፅናት::
    ግን ህዝብ ተፋኝ: አሁን አሃክ እንትፍ ብሎ:
    ማነነቴን ሲያውቀው የዲያቢሎስ ተመስሎ::
    ወግድ ክላ አለኝ አንተ ርኩስ ዘንዶ:
    የሰው ደም ጠጪ ሞት አባሳሪ መርዶ::
    ታጭቼ ነበር አሉ ለኢትዮጵያውያን ሁሉ:
    ግን ወራዳ ሆንኩኝ እኔ ፍርድ ገምድሉ::
    ፍትህ እኩልነት አላውቅበት ብዬ:
    ወረድኩኝ ዝቅ አልኩኝ ወደ ብሄር :ቀዬ::
    በአመክንዮ እንዳልሟገት: በሃሳቤ ብልጫ:
    እውነት ዘረረችኝ ህዝብ ፊት:በቦክስና ጡጫ::
    ግብረገብነት የለኝ ወይ ትንሽ ዪልኝታ:
    ጠሩምባ እነፋለሁ ከጧትእሰከማታ::
    አምስት አመት ሆነኝ ወንበሬን ሳሞቅ:
    ቁምነገር ሳልሰራ በህዝብ ላይ ስሳለቅ::
    አሁን ልወረወር ነው ጉሮሮዬን ታንቄ:
    ከነግብርአበሮቼ ከእነ ነውር አያውቄ::
    የምድሩስ አበቃለኝ ታሪኬም ጎደፈ:
    ሳጥናኤልን ሆንኩኝ ሁሉም ተፀየፈ::

  8. I_Mognu,

    Your simplistic and factually incorrect analyses and blame of what you dub as the WSW is herewith challenged:

    1) who brought up the Bolshevik inspired 1974 revolution and attempted to copycat the 1918 RussianTsar Romanov murder in Ethiopia ( ask your Ethiopian Marxist Leninist Revolution)

    2) who helped ELF, EPLF in the 1960s and 1970s (ask your Mao Zedong Marxist Leninist worshippers of yesterday)

    3) who brought the mengistu era secret police style security and red terror white terror annihilation and the murder of over 10,000 students by butcher mengistu (by the way an oromo on his own admission)? ( ask your then East Germany worshippers of yesterday )

    4) Meles Zenawi’s heroes were not the domestic Emperor Tewdros or Emperor Menilik or for that matter even Emoeror Yohanes. He certainly never was inspired by the Federalists: Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison. Otherwise, he would not have concocted ethnic federalism.

    5) Meles Zenawi’s heroes besides Mao Zedung, Marx, Engles and Lenin was, the Albanian Communist, Enver Hoxha.

    You are barking up the wrong tree. Also your WSW label and code calling is a misnomer. You mean the WSE ( but that includes China too then that is another misnomer).

    Oh no! You see if the stupid derg criminals had had a fraction of an IQ, they would have read, studied and understood the diplomatic knowledge, skills and sophistication of Ethiopia’s diplomats par excellence of yesterday, and refrained from immersing Ethiopia into East- West dichotomy.

    It is 2023, can you at least try to find a more suitable scapegoat for the misery, incompetence, stupidity, criminality, barbarism, embezzlement, murderous psychopathy and sociopathy of your leaders starting with the butcher mengistu, then the ethnofanatic meles, and now the oromumma fanatic abiy- the crazy!!!!!!!!

    • How old are you, 5? You are still counting fingers? When you are sucking them, is that it?

      Thank God, there is an intelligence like that of Dr Yonas that counters its total and complete absence of it in you!!!

      Your focus about the west and the whites is rather laughable, your grasp of history even more so, man you are ridiculous.

      What the hell, Abiy Ahmed has been ready and trying to bend every whichever way the Americans wanted him. They laugh at him, and play him, he is their little monkey, don’t you know, i_mognu? Of course, by extension you too!!!

      We must be very grateful for another excellent article Dr. Yonas Biru, an extremely intelligent Ethiopian, working hard to illuminate Ethiopians. Exposing the monstrosity of Abiy Ahmed, his Oromo thugs, and embarrassingly badly educated phony intellectual whose, arrogance and inhumanity has been breathtaking, absolutely breathtaking.

      My friend, your beloved Abiy Ahmed is totally ignoring the more than 22 million people in the country who are starving and millions who are displaced and living on temporary shelter.

      The economy has been so bad for so long even those who are employed could hardly afford to eat.

      However, we have some cadres like you and other mindless idiots who spread lies and propaganda and attempt to give him cover for the Ethiopian Marie Antoinette, Abiy Ahmed, who is extremely as stupid as he is cruel.

      He is telling the desperate Ethiopians who could not afford to eat bread, to eat cake!!!

      The inhumanity of Abiy Ahmed is not only on building the palace while millions of Ethiopians are starving, he is also using the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), turning it into a private criminal army.

      He has been using ENDF to carry out mass murders, torture, imprisonment, dislocations and property distractions in the Amhara region, supported by the Oromo Special Forces (OSF).

      OSF has been killing Amharas and other non Oromos in Oromo region for a while now, it has now moved to Amhara region proper to kill more Amharas.

      The OLF, OLA – groups armed and supported by Abiy Ahmed and Shimeles Kumar, also continue to unleash death and distractions on the Ethiopian people, especially the Amharas, continue to kill and maim and destroy as they pleased – most of those who are gone to kill and destroy in the Amhara region are from these force.

      I was so offended and angry while watching how the Abiy Ahmed government, along with Adanech Abebe and Shimeles Abdissa or Kumar, were demolishing humble houses of poor Ethiopians, in thousands, in some cases while the people are in the house.

      I was especially moved to tears watching a woman with a new baby whose house was demolished, exposing and living her and her baby completely to the mercy of the elements.

      I couldn’t imagine more monstrosity, more inhumanity than what these low lives are doing.

      Abiy Ahmed has now put almost every independent journalist in the country in jail, the worst in the world. Amhara intellectuals are also being hunted and put in prison.

    • I am sorry, I have made some comments that weren’t meant for you, they were meant for i_mognu, who plasters the same thing all over the place, anyway, they might not publish it, if they do please disregard. The long handle was a bit confusing . . .

  9. Subject: “Ethiopia: The Punctuation Mark for the Acclaimed Book “The White Man’s Burden”, Yonas Biru, PhD, May 29, 2023

    Humble Commentary with Endless Hopless Sadness

    ha). Whether Ethiopians of all strata wants it or not, Ethiopia will go down to its absurd level never seen in its entire history

    hu). And there is nothing that Ethiopians will do but just watch helplessly while their dear Ethiopia going into flames

    he) Who is to blame for the tragedy? Of course — let us be absolutely frank — the most highly educated Ethiopians with
    the highest cheep degrees of recognitions, from various institutions around the Globe, waiting (like a symbol) for
    something to happen in favour of their intention for the highest post in their respective lands. It didn’t l not happen;
    and it will not happen

    ha) It may very well be just a dream and the paper degree simply becomes meaningless. What a Tragedy!?!?!?

    hye). Nothing

    hii). Nothing

    ho). Definitely and Absolutely Nothing, ZERO !!!

    ADMITTANCE WITH DEEP SADNESS:
    OUR DEAR AFRICA WAS NEVER MEANT FOR US OWNERS, HONEST BLACK AFRICAN RACE !!! BUT FOR OUTSIDE COLONIZERS WHO WERE, and STILL ARE, DETERMINED TO EXPLORE AFRICA TO ITS DEPTH, AT ANY COST.
    PLEASE, I BEG YOU, TO PROVE ME WRONG.
    THE END

    • Your focus about the west and the whites is rather laughable, your grasp of history even more so, man you are ridiculous.

      What the hell, Abiy Ahmed has been ready and trying to bend every whichever way the Americans wanted him. They laugh at him, and play him, he is their little monkey, don’t you know, i_mognu? Of course, by extension you too!!!

  10. ክቡርነቶ [መኳንንት/መሳፍንት]፦ እርሶ – እኔን ክፉ ለማናገር – የማይፈነቅሉት ዲንጋይ የለም!

    I can only convey my feelings on each item since I was thrown in to Derg’s jail far too young and for too long [although my family never benefited from Monarchy/Feudalism].

    1). I guess the unaddressed Wollo Famine triggered it all. Yet, I still don’t understand why Derg resorted to killing and why communism/socialism was even on the table.

    2). ELF/EPLF/TPLF are the brain children of Egypt & Co. They infiltrated organizations to use them as platforms to divide-and-weaken Ethiopia from within: EPRP, Meison, etc.

    3). Why ask me? I have never even had Kebelle ID! Hence, I never bothered to apply at any college/university since it took the “የቀበሌ የድጋፍ ወረቀት” [or so] crap at the time.

    4). TPLF & EPLF invaded-&-occupied Ethiopia because of the excellent job they did in #2). We shot ourselves in the foot and handed Ethiopia over to them on a silver platter!

    5). The WSW is the Architect of White Supremacy all over the globe! That’s why the Black Race is treated as Inferior Race ALL OVER THE GLOBE. Screw Communists!

    6). ‘Oromuma’ vs. ‘Amaruma’: [The Oromuma Part is posted below!]
    Amaruma’s ≥50-year reign Rap Sheet [Ethiopia = World’s Poster Child of Famine]:
    i). Tilahun Gessesse’s: “ዋይ! ዋይ! ዋይ!” – ሲሉ – “የረሃብን ጉንፋን ሲስሉ ….” [Circa 1975].
    ii). American Artists’ for the Famine in Ethiopia: “We are the World!” … [Circa 1985]

  11. ክቡርነቶ [መኳንንት/መሳፍንት]፦ The ‘Oromuma’ Part: Abiy’s ≤5-Year Report Card – [BIRD’S-EYE VIEW]

    1). Abiy kept Ethiopia afloat despite TPLF/OLF/OLA/IFLO*-staged assassination attempt; COVID; Egypt-WSW-orchestrated Riots/Proxy Wars; WSW-imposed drastic Birr devaluation/embargo/sanctions, loan/aid cancellations; locust; drought; IDPs; etc.

    2). Abiy kept TPLF-bankrupted Ethiopia afloat with $1 billion from UAE’s Prince MBZ. TPLF looted Ethiopia bone-dry to trigger Ethiopia’s Collapse & to stage easy come-back.

    3). Citizen-Rescuing Ethiopia: Released millions of TPLF prisoners & emptied over-filled Ethiopian prisons; flew home ≥850,000 refugees living degrading/inhumane life;

    4). Unlike the EDI*, Abiy REFUSED to sell Ethiopia to Egypt & Egypt’s WSW Patrons. He also repulsed Proxy Wars unleashed via their Dogs: TPLF, OLF/OLA/IFLO, etc.

    5). Green & Clean Ethiopia: Afforestation Campaign – Ethiopia planted ≥25 billion trees.

    6). Child-Friendly Ethiopia: Feeds ≥10 million students twice a day; gives free school supplies; built many primary & secondary schools with sale from his Medemer book;

    7). Citizen-Feeding Ethiopia: All-in-one Mega Bakeries built in populous towns sell bread at rock bottom prices; Addis feeds ≥50,000 twice a day at 17 community centers;

    8). Abiy built a World-Class Robust Ethio Defence Force & Law Enforcement Agencies from scratch WHILE dismantling the ones that served-and-protected TPLF for 27 years;

    9). Abiy built World-Class Industrial Parks that employ thousands of Ethiopians: Akaki-Kaliti, Nazret, Awassa, Debre-Berhan, Bahir-Dar, Kombolcha, Dire-Dawa, Jimma, etc.

    10). Agriculture has flourished: From begging for wheat to surplus; millions of hectares of mechanized & irrigated farms; farmers given thousands of tractors/machinery/pumps;

    11). Abiy’s Fund-Raisers for World-Class Projects: Adowa & Science Museums, Abrhot Library, Entoto/Unity/Friendship Parks, Gorgora/Koisha/Wonchi, Mesqel Square, etc.

    12). Massive miscellaneous projects completed or on track – AGAINST ALL ODDS:
    i). Electrification [Hydro/Wind/Solar/Geo], industrialization, mechanization, Telecom;
    ii). Addis shot from open-air public toilet [rivers, empty lots, etc.] to world-class city;
    iii). Public housing projects, shanty town upgrades, sports facilities, etc.;
    iv). Road Networks: 450 km asphalt in Gojjam alone, Abbay Bridge at Bahir-Dar, etc.

    →*WSW: White Supremacist West / *EDI: Ethiopian Diaspora Intellectual / *IFLO: Islamic Front for Liberation of Oromia

  12. India has a population of over 1 billion people. The world recorder for most seedlings planted is India per day is India. The figure is about 66 million seedlings per day.

    Let’s say India had 10 sessions of record seedling planting days: 66,000,000 x 10 = 660,000,000

    When people say the so called pm is 7ኛ ጨ, it is based on the stupidity of his lies. 25,000,000,000 seedlings planted is over 37 times the record holders I.e. India’s 10 sessions of 66,000,000 per day seedlings planting.

    This pm does not even know how to count and do basic math. His cadres are even worse because they repeat his ridiculous trumpet blowing ad nauseaum everywhere.

    The function of a pm is not building bakeries, building parks, water ponds blah, blah. He did not build anything from scratch. He siphons billions and billions of funds to show pomp and glitter. He is empty suit, empty brain but full of hot air.

    Recently this clown commented that he wants every Ethiopian to be a billionaire. That is a 2 quadrillion dollar economy. The entire world’s wealth is estimated at about 500 trillion dollars. This is what happens when a fool speaks. He is just utter no sense. The more he blows his trumpet, the more screeching the noise that comes out prompting everybody to cover one’s ears and shout lalalalala, stop the bs, stop the bs or click mute. Thank you remote control, mute, silence, hush, say no more, you are out of your mind. ምን አይነት ጀዝብነት ነው እባካችሁ: እረ መካሪም የለም እንዴ???

    • ክቡርነቶ [መኳንንት/መሳፍንት]:

      1). Post Proof for Your Claim: “He siphons billions and billions of funds to show pomp and glitter…” His projects are funded by donor friends. Why didn’t his donors complain?

      2). I quote: “The function of a pm is not building bakeries, building parks, water ponds blah, blah…” Is that why your Feudal Monarchy (FM) watched Wolloyés starve & die?

      3). Isn’t your FM laundering money stashed in the West via Real Estates, Shares/Banks, Hotels, etc. using ‘ገብሬ’፣ ‘ወለቱ’፣ ‘ወጥ ቤት’… Didn’t Adanech become target of smear campaigns & character assassination for exposing 330 ‘ownerless’ buildings & villas?

      4). Didn’t your FM’s Greed/Cruelty make Ethiopia synonymous with “World’s Poster Child of Famine” and crown the songs below “World’s National Anthem’s for Ethiopia”?

      i). Tilahun Gessesse’s: “ዋይ! ዋይ! ዋይ!” – ሲሉ – “የረሃብን ጉንፋን ሲስሉ ….” [Circa 1975]
      ii). American Artists’ Fundraiser for Ethiopia’: “We are the World!” ……, [Circa 1985] → cascade effect of i) above.

  13. EPRDF TPLF OLF OLA SHENE criminals organizations are all founded built and running by looting BANKS, FOOD AID, TAXED revenue, BUSINESSES and people . SHENE is freely controlling Kebeles around Addis Ababa in collaboration with Abiy Ahmed’s OLF
    Army massacring Orthodox Christians and Amhara in Amhara zone.

    So those habitual thieves will not stop stealing. This time the US got proof of food AID being stolen and sold to other countries by Abiy regime, ENDF, Eritrea and TPLF .

    Amhara now are fighting back and defending against this looting Abiy SHENE government that is lo massacring and looting Amhara people.

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