14 December 2021

ዲያስፖራው ለሀገሩ ፣ ኢትዮጵያን በጋራ ወደ ከፍታ

 

የዲያስፖራ ኮሚኒቲዉ ወደ ሀገር ቤት በብዛት ለመግባት እየተዘጋጀ ባለበት በአሁኑ ወቅት ብዙ ነገሮችን ማሰብ ተገቢ ነው። ዲያስፖራው ወደ ሀገር ቤት መግባቱ በራ ፖለቲካዊ ፣ ኢኮኖሚያዊና ማህበራዊ ጠቀሜታው ብዙ ነው። ዲያስፖራው ብዙ ማድረግ ይቻላል። ይህ ጊዜ ከምንም ጊዜ በላይ ለሀገራችን ገንዘባችንን ፣ እውቀታችንን ፣ ጉልበታችንን ፣ ልምዳችንን የምንሰጥበትና በጦርነት ለተጎዱ ወገኖች ተግባራዊ ስራ በመስራት ለወገኖቻችን አለኝታ መሆናችንን የምናሳይበት ነው:: በሀገር ቤት ያሉ እንደ ውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስቴር፣ ዲያስፖራ ኤጀንሲ ፣ የቱሪዝም ሚኒስቴር ፣ አደጋና መከላከል ኮሚሽን፣ ትምህርት ሚኒስቴር ፣ ጤና ጥበቃ ሚኒስቴርና ሌሎች ሲቪክና ልዩ ልዩ ተቋማት በተቀናጀና በተናበበ መልኩ አጋጣሚውን ሊጠቀሙበት ይገባል። ዲያስፖራው በቡድን በመሆነ በተለይ በጦርነቱ በተጎዱ አካባቢዎች እንደ ትምህርት ቤት ግንባታ ፣ የጤና ተቋማት ግንባታና በጣም ወሳኝ በሆኑ የመሰረተ ልማት ስራ ላይ እንዲሰማራ ሁኔታዎች ሊመቻቹለት ይገባል። ዲያስፖራው ለሀገሩ ያለውን ፍቅር በዓለም ዙሪያ አሳይቷል። በተጨማሪው ብዙ አቅም እንዳለውም አሳይቷል። ዋናውና ወሳኙ ጥያቄ ይህንን የዲያስፖራውን እምቅ አቅም ለመጠቅም ዝግጁ ነን ወይ የሚለው ላይ ነው። ለዚህ ተግባራዊነት በተለይ የውጭ ጉዳይ ሚ/ር ከፍተኛ ኃላፊነት አለበት።

ከላይ የተጠቀሱት አስቸኳይና ወቅታዊ ተግባራትን ማከናወን እንዳለ ሆኖ ዘላቂና አሳታፊ እቅዶችን ማዘጋጀትና ለተግባራዊ እንቅስቃሴ መዘጋጀት ኢትዮጵያ በጋራ ወደ ከፍታ ለመውሰድ ጠቀሜታው ብዙ ነው።

በተጨማሪም ዲያስፖራው በግሉና በተደራጀ መልኩ ብዙ ነገሮችን ማከናወን ይችላል።

የሚከተሉትን ማከናወን ለሞራል እርካታ ከማገዙም በላይ ሀገራዊ ግዴታን ለመወጣት ይጠቅማል።

1. የውይይት መድረኮችን፣ ኮንፈራንሶችን፣ ልዩ ልዩ ዐውደ ጥናቶችን በማዘጋጀት ህዝባችን የተገኙትን ለውጦች እውቀቱን፣ ገንዘቡን፣ ጊዜውን በመስጠት በተግባር ማገዝ እንዲችል ማበረታታት።

2. ከሚመለከታቸው አካላት ጋር በመነጋገር ዜጎች የገንዝብ እገዛ እንዲያደርጉና ገንዘባቸውም ለታቀደለት ዓላማ እንዲውል ንቁ ተሳትፎ ማድረግ።

3. ዜጎቻችን ወደ ሀገራቸው በመሄድ እወቀታቸውንና ጊዜያቸውን ለወገኖቻቸው እንዲያካፍሉ ማበረታታት።

4. ዜጎቻችን ከሀገር ቤት የሚያገኙትን እውቀትና ልምድ በሚኖሩበት ሀገር ለሚገኙ ወገኖች ማካፈል የሚችሉበትን መድረክ ማመቻቸት።

5. ዜጎች የውጭ ትምህርት እድል እንዲያገኙ ጥረት ማድረግ፣ አስፈላጊ ሆኖ ሲግኝ በተደራጀ መልኩ ማገዝ።

6. ኢንቨስትመንት ወደ ሀገር ቤት እንዲገባ ማበረታታት።

7. ሀገራችን ከቱሪስቶች ጉብኝት የውጭ ምንዛሬ ልታገኝ የምትችለበትን ሁኔታ መፍጠር ።

8. ዜጎች ህጋዊ በሆኑ የገንዘብ አስተላላፊ ድርጅቶች በመጠቀም ሀገራችን የወጭ ምንዛሪ እንድታገኝ ማድረግ።

እነዚህንና ሌሎች ተግባራትን በተደራጅ መልኩ በማከናወን ሀገራዊ ግዴታን በመወጣት ከህሊና ወቀሳም መዳን ይቻላል። ከምንም በላይ ግን ለዲሞክራሲያዊ ተቋማት ግንባታ ዲያስፖራው ከፍተኛ እገዛ ማድረግ ይችላል ። ይጠበቅበታልም።

8 November 2021

Ganging up on Ethiopia, a proud black nation

 

Many of us strongly feel there is a coordinated attack on our country Ethiopia by the Mainstream media and western political apparatus to portray Ethiopia as if it is full of crises and a no-go-zone. That is not what Ethiopia is. Most of Ethiopia is peaceful. People are living their daily lives without any challenges. It is business as usual in most parts of Ethiopia.

We have to remember that Ethiopia is a country of more than 115 Million people and 1.104 million km² in size. There are more than 90 distinct ethnic groups in Ethiopia. It is also vital to remember that Ethiopia is not only about Tigray, where the current conflict emanated from. Ethiopia is bigger than any region or any ethnic group.

There is indeed a conflict in the North of Ethiopia due to the belligerence act of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (Sanctioned by the Ethiopian Parliament as a terrorist organisation). This organisation has extended its belligerence acts and invaded the Amhara and Afar regions. It has massacred 1000s of innocent civilians. Destroyed livelihoods. Displaced more than a million people. Most of us feel the pain on a daily basis. We still suffer from the trauma of this organisation’s cruelty when it was in power. Many of us in the diaspora left Ethiopia because of this organisation, as it did not tolerate dissenting voices when it was in power. In fact it does not tolerate dissenting voices even today.

Today, Ethiopians feel dismayed; Ethiopians feel frustrated by the false narratives of the Mainstream media which are not representatives of the situations in Ethiopia. And those of us who live in the western world feel very sad to see totally biased reports on Mainstream media outlets including the BBC and The Telegraph. To see intentional misinterpretations and mistranslations of the Prime Minister’s speeches and writings, is even frustrating and disheartening. To see Mainstream media and western political forces ganging up to pressurise a proud black nation is even heart-breaking. And to see this in the era of black lives matter movement is extremely saddening. One would expect to see an honest and ethical translation with accountability when one sees articles on Mainstream media. That is not what has been happening. We have seen photoshoped pictures used by the Mainstream media. We have seen photos of different stories and times used totally for unrelated stories. We have seen those who have no clue at all about Ethiopia being given platforms to speak about Ethiopia – more catholic than the Pope himself? The list is endless.

We just question if there is ever true journalism at all? Most of us have lost our confidence in the Mainstream media and have resorted to citizen journalism using our own means.

The situation in Ethiopia is affecting every Ethiopian for a number of reasons. Those of us in the diaspora see our home country portrayed as a war zone. As if it was a hell on earth. Mainstream Media carrying totally flawed and biased articles. Heart-breaking to see the Mainstream media ganging up on Ethiopia. Very depressing. Hence those who support the law enforcement by the federal government of Ethiopia demand equal treatment of the media.

In the meantime, we use social media to expose the hypocrisy of the Mainstream Media using Social media.


25 October 2021

Coup in the Sudan – what does it mean for Ethiopia?



Late 2018 and early 2019 was monumental for Sudan. The people of Sudan were defiant in their persistent struggles for change. Their struggles to bring change was mostly led by young people and women. We remember the iconic Alaa Salah, whose photo went viral globally. She was just inspirational.

Following the removal of long-time dictator Omar Al Bashir, Ethiopia supported the people of Sudan as they worked on their transition. Ethiopia indeed played a significant role in those days. The people of Sudan had hopes and aspirations. Civil society started to flourish. There were many positive developments.  Young people and women, who were very instrumental in bringing down Al Bashir were confident Sudan was on the right track.

Yet things have been complicated for over a year now. The Sudanese leadership was unpredictable. Sudan's stand on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) was very confusing and unethical. At times Sudan was not defending its own interests and was not ready to compromise despite calls from concerned Sudanese intellectuals. It was  rather acting to satisfy the demands of Egypt, which was very unfortunate for Sudan. To make Sudan’s relationship with Ethiopia even worse and complicate things further, Sudan has been accused of supporting TPLF terrorist group that is waging war on Ethiopia, an important strategic neighbour of the Sudan. In short Sudan’s policy on Ethiopia was very confused depending on the civil or military leadership. Initially it sounded that Sudan’s civil government led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok wanted to work with Ethiopia constructively, although it had challenges from the military, which has strong ties with Egypt.

The past one year therefore has been a challenge for Sudan’s Prime Minister, who was going through lots of pressure not only internally but also from western powers, especially the United Sates. USAID’s administrator Samantha Power was one of those putting undue pressure on Sudan and pushing it to the edge. For Administrator Power, it was all about getting what she wanted to achieve, not about Sudan’s strategic interest. It was about the Humanitarianism pretext and demanding changes at a pace Sudan was not able to cope with.

 

October 2021 was full of protests and unpredictability for Sudan. It is to be recalled Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, United States special Envoy for the Horn of Africa has been in the Sudan twice in a month time. Mr. Feltman who is not trusted by many in the Horn Of Africa had just departed the Sudan, when the military deposed the Civil government of Prime Minister Hamdok.  To make it even worse, the military has now declared state of Emergency and once again showed that it is not ready to hand over power to a civilian led government.  The hopes of those who sacrificed a lot in 2018 and 2019 and most recently are still on the air.

What does this change mean for Ethiopia?

The relationship between Ethiopia and Sudan has been very fragile for over a year now. Ethiopia and Sudan have yet to work on their boarder disputes, especially that of al-Fashaga. That would undoubtedly take time and patience to resolve. Ethiopia also wants Sudan to stop offering shelter to TPLF fighters, who fled to Sudan but have been training in the Sudan and trying to return to Ethiopia to join the TPLF terrorist group. Ethiopia is keen to see positive cooperation and a win-win situation on the stalled negotiation of the GERD. Ethiopia is keen to see a stable and prosperous Sudan that is ready to work with its neighbours constructively. That is why the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry Issued a statement following the coup in the Sudan.


In the meantime, Ethiopia has to be cautious and follow the situation in the Sudan very closely, whilst preparing itself for every eventuality. One thing is for sure, a strong and united Ethiopia is vital for the stability of the region as Ethiopia is an anchor country. That is what western powers ignore intentionally and support all those against Ethiopia.

Ethiopia could play vital roles as in the 2019 negotiation between the military and civil society if the need arises once again.

See how Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was hailed for brokering the Sudan deal in 2019.


13 October 2021

ሁለቱ እንቁ እህቶቻችን ሞሪን አቼንግ እና ደኒያ ጋይል ድጋፋችን ይገባቸዋል

 ሰሞኑን የተባበሩት መንግስታት ባልደረባ የሆኑት ሁለት አፍሪካውያን እህቶቻችን ከስራ ገበታቸው ላይ እንዲነሱ መወሰኑን ከመገናኛ ብዙሃን ሰምተናል። በተባበሩት መንግስታት ድርጊትም ማዘናችንን ብዙሃን ሶሻል ሚዲያ ላይ ገልፀናል። ቁጣችንን መግለፃችንን እየቀጠልን በተጓዳኝም እነዚህ ድንቅ የኢትዮጵያ ወዳጆችና ተቆርቋሪዎች ወደ ስራ ገበታቸው እንዲመለሱ ዘመቻችንን አጠናክረን መቀጠል አለብን። 

እህቶቻችን ሞሪን አቼንግ እና ደኒያ ጋይል የተባበሩት መንግስታት ባልደረባ ቢሆኑም ድርጅቱ በኢትዮጵያ ላይ የሚያደርገውን ተፅዕኖና ደባ ያጋለጡ ጀግኖች ናቸው። ሁለቱ እህቶቻችን ለህሊናቸው የቆሙ፤ ስለ እውነት የሞገቱና የታገሉ፤ ኢትዮጵያ ላይ የሚደረገው ደባ አግባብ አይደለም ያሉ፤ የየዘርፋቸው (IOM- Ethiopia & UNFPA Ethiopia ) የኢትዮጵያ ኃላፊዎች ቢሆኑም በወቅቱ የኢትዮጵያ ጉዳይ ላይ የነሱ ሃሳብ እንዳይካተት የታገዱ፤ ስለደባውም በቁጭት የተናገሩ ናቸው። እህቶቻችን የኢትዮጵያ ባለውለታዎች ናቸው። ለሀገራችን በፈታኝ ወቅት የደረሱ።
 

የተባበሩት መንግስታት ብዙ ፈተናዎች ያሉበት ድርጅት መሆኑ ግልፅ ነው። ድርጅቱ ዘረኝነት የተንሰራፋበትና የምዕራባውያን ጉዳይ ማስፈፀሚያ ድርጅት መሆኑን የዓለም ህብረተሰብ ያወቀው ነው። በተለይ ግን በኢትዮጵያ ላይ ያለው ገለልተኛ ያልሆነ አቋም እጅግ አሳሳቢ ነው። ስለዚህ ድርጅቱ ላይ የተቻለንን ያህል ዘመቻ በማድረግና ችግሮቹን በማጋለጥ ለውጥ እንዲያመጣ ግፊት ማድረጉን መቀጠል ያለብን ሲሆን፤ በተጓዳኘም ለኢትዮጵያ ካላቸው ቅን አመለካከት የተነሳ በድርጀቱ ኢትዮጵያ ላይ ደባ አይፈፀም ያሉ እህቶቻችን ወደ ስራ ገበታቸው እንዲመለሱ በጋራ መታገል አለበን። ይህንን ትግል በተለይ በትዊተር ላይ በመሳተፍ በኩላችንን ዛሬውኑ እንወጣ።

ብዙ ኢትዮጵያውያንና የኢትዮጵያ ወዳጆች ሰሞኑን በትዊተር ላያ ካጋሩት መልዕክቶች ጥቂቶቹ ከዚህ በታች ተካተዋል።

19 August 2021

Ethiopians rejected Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman – this why

On Friday 29th January 2021, The Middle East Policy Council held its 103rd Capitol Hill Conference virtually. One of the speakers of the event was Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman, Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa.

Although the event was about the Middle East, Feltman wanted to start with what he referred as ’ the alarming developments in the Horn of Africa’ as he is convinced that there is a very strong connection between the Horn and the Middle East. Agree with him on the connection.

Feltman thus discusses Ethiopia. He says, “Ethiopia's population alone is more than 4 times that of pre-war Syria. 110 million people in Ethiopia. Conflict in the Horn could make Syria look like child's play by comparison.”

We disagree. Ethiopia & Syria are totally different. We disagree because Syria has been led ONLY by the al-Assad family since 1971 with an iron fist whereas Ethiopia is being led by a new and dynamic leader, who only took power in 2018. Furthermore the conflicts in the two countries are completely different in nature.

In Syria it was public uprising as part of the Arab Spring, whereas in Ethiopia it is a disgruntled group wanting to take power by force against the will of the majority of the Ethiopian people. Syria’s president has been extending his term, which is not the case in Ethiopia.

Feltman continues. He says, “We need to engage the gulf countries Egypt and Turkey to stabilize the Horn of Africa.”

Disagree again. How could Egypt, a country that has openly vowed to destabilise the Horn be trusted to stabilise the Horn? Egypt cannot be trusted at all.

Feltman says, “The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed military assault in the Tigray region has opened a Pandora's box.”

Here Feltman accuses the Ethiopian government as if it started the war. He shifts the blame from TPLF to ENDF. This is dangerous & misleading statement.

Feltman continues his analysis of Ethiopia. He says, “Ethiopia's Oromo region is restive”

Disagree again. Feltman does not know and cannot know how the majority Oromos and the Oromia region feel and operate. Does he know that nearly 15 million people voted for the PM's party in Oromia?

Feltman continues. He says, “Somalia's president shares Abiy Ahmed’s desire for very strong central control putting him at odds with powerful provincial leaders.”

Feltman wants to frame Prime Minister Abiy as a leader who has centralised power and Somalia’s president replicating Prime Minister Abiy.

Feltman continues. He says, “ Ethiopia’s Elections scheduled in 2021 of this year are likely to provoke violence.”

We disagree again. Does he know that nearly 34 million voted without a single violence? Does he accept the results of Ethiopia's historic democratic election?

Feltman says, "Ethiopia has brushed aside African Union mediation efforts."

This is an absurd accusation. Ethiopia is the only country that has been keen to see African solutions for African problems unlike Egypt & Sudan, who pushed the #GERD issue to Arab League and UN.

Feltman says, “IGAD, the intergovernmental Authority on Development has been severely weakened as authoritarian leaders in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia draw closer at the expense of the wider collective.”

We disagree again. Labelling leaders as authoritarian because they don’t agree with you is unacceptable.

Feltman continues his wrong and biased analysis on Ethiopia, the Horn and wider Africa. He concludes that Horn of Africa cannot sort its crises on its own and needs support from the Gulf and Arab states.

As Feltman was on his way to meet Ethiopia’s leaders, which took place on 17th August, Ethiopians across the world resorted to social media to tell him and the Biden Administration that Feltman was not welcome as he had already lost credibility.


During his talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Froegin Minister of Ethiopia, he was told that ‘Ethiopia expects that the U.S. would properly condemn the destructive acts of the invading TPLF forces. Feltman said the U.S. understands how the people of Ethiopia see TPLF.’

 

So good that Ethiopians rejected him as he has no credibility at all.

Full video of the August 29th event in the below link. 


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