Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lover your country!

The way I admire nature transcends mere appearance. I adore intelligent mind, people who value conscience, people who live for the cause of the people as opposed for "themselves” and above all people who love their country no matter what. 

If you are from #Peru , you got to love Peru and help make it a better Peru without selling out yourself for the interests of others. If you are from #Iran, you got to love Iran and you should not bother about what America or Americans think about #Iran simply because Iran is not a submissive for America. 

If you are from Chad, just love your country. It's your country and help make your country a better one and work towards it in good faith and to the best of your knowledge. If you are an American, love your America but question what love for America is supposed to be. You don't have to love a bully and bloody America that does seem to be addicted to war against weaker countries and societies.if you love America that loves war, you are actually loving war.

If you are from Ethiopia, love Ethiopia and help make Ethiopia be the best it can be and work towards it in good faith. Do not insult yourself by letting Tesfaye Gebreab fool you and think he loves you. Be intelligent, value conscience and be reasonable. Do not be blindfolded by radical ethnic politics which is poised to cause bloodshed.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Why would the world live for the interest of the US and its allies?

Don't ask me what good is puppet government for the very people whose shoulder is needed to bear it. But I can certainly tell that all that the USA and its allies want is a puppet government or total destruction without destructing the resources they need.

Two best examples, obviously, of recent American Crimes are Iraq and Libya. And think about what happened after the Americans reduced these countries virtually to nothing after they hunted down resistant leaders who dare to defiant to be puppets?

Countries in Asia and Latin America are alarmed about the situation. Had the project been successful, Ukraine was meant, it appeared, to be a spring board to make Russia "Democracy" in the course of time. Certainly, it is not in the interest of Ukraine to be a spring board. Nor a cause worth a war with Russia.

Americans and their allies are alarming the world. Everything they do is subject to skepticism for the world seem to come to the conviction that no good comes out of the US and its allies.

Locally, there has been a talk for some time now that public trust in America is dwindling which is obviously not the case in Russia, China or other countries the US is portraying as "danger" to world peace. So is participation in the "democratic processes" like election.

Yet, at the same time, it is bothering that a considerable section of the US population does not seem to oppose US' moves in international politics and encroachments which in essence amounts to manufacturing war. Is it because the American public is uninformed? Is it somewhat a reflection of underlying conviction that US is too powerful to loose war and to fail? Is it because of perceived economic rationale of war for the unfettered monopolistic capitalistic expansion of US Corporations ( corporations are put in a bright light as economic gods with ability to solve all sorts of economic problems as if they are not the very causes of it) in the long run? if so, is it viable? if there is going to be a major war, is there guarantee that the US and its allies will fight it out in remote areas without affecting their own countries?

And do we even doubt that the US and its allies are in a way manufacturing major war? The US is already mounting a naval exercise in the waters close of China. Russia is given an image of aggressor and there is an effort to intensify economic sanctions on Russia as a means to weaken it. The US wants Iran to do virtually what it wants it to do ( I do not know why Iran should not be alarmed about the bully, the experience of neighboring Iran  and desire a form of defense mechanism). The US wants the “Syrian Regime” go. The US wants North Korea to abandon its pursuit of Nuclear weapon and look and be vulnerable? So there is always something that the US and its allies want the world do in a way they like whether that is in the interest of other countries or not? Isn't that literally manufacturing a major war? Why would the world live for the interest of the US and its allies which is virtually political and cultural domination and economic exploitation? Why?! 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Cyber Insecurity : What we don’t know about Canada ’s digital spy agency

A good measure of internet users are familiar about cyber surveillance by US spy agency -NSA. In addition to cyber activities including chatting, email communication and activities on social media, phone conversation is subject to eavesdropping.

Cyber insecurity is not limited to the US, apparently. Canada, unsurprisingly,as it seem to be increasingly adopting US style governance under Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s conservative government, is using CSE to do the things that the NSA is doing- according to a reserved and modest presentation by Matthew Braga which is published on The Walrus Magazine. And you probably never heard of Five Eyes Intelligence gathering alliance whose members are US,UK,New Zealand,Australia and Canada
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Equalizer - latest Hollywood propaganda embodiment

Watched Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer yesterday

I envy people who rather look at the technical aspect of the movie – sound track, photography, directing, suspense, how realistic it is and what have you while they barely, if at all, look at the very essence and purpose of the movie.

The Equalizer to me sounds like the latest embodiment of Hollywood propaganda machine mobilization for a purpose in international politics and the target is Russia.

The image that emerges from the movie is a narrative of savage and savior.

The Savior- The Equalizer – Mr. McCall (Denzel) who is an intelligence officer working a blue collar job in a warehouse. He is given a character of compassionate intellectual who has made peace with a very austere solitary life and very daring in going a great length to protect those who happened to be vulnerable to gang violence (victims)- a task which involved a vengeful and violent killings. Of course the savior is an American.

The Savage- an organization like Russian thuggery enterprise in American soil with enormous fortune of which a single bite was later distributed to workers( from Latin, China and what you) in the middle of the down fall of the enterprise following lone and invincible war of the Equalizer. Apparently, a great deal of the fortune was make out of sex trade employees being Russian girls. And the “savage” character is Russia. What is implicated is, and perhaps overlooked, that the sex trade market is America which in turn implies the consumers are Americans.

The victim – Russian Sex worker in America ( among others) who works for the thuggery enterprise and who happened to know the The Equalizer in a place where he goes for his treats and coffee and who then became the very cause for his loner war against thuggery empire of Russian mafia after she was assaulted by her employers.

 Having destroyed the business of Mafia’s and the mafias themselves, The Equalizer even dared to travel to Moscow to deal with the remainder of the mafia cell in and empire in Russia and which he did with success.

Scenes in the movie, one after another, are laden with figurative and literal propaganda against Russia. Even name of the thuggery master is Vladamir Pushkin. Hanged in the wall of his elaborate office in the headquarter is the sacred image of the virgin Mary – an image very common in the tradition of Russian Orthodox church and many more things.

The over all image projected is The Equalizer is civilized, intellectual and compassionate American. His vengeance and merciless killings is made to appear imposed and had to do it in pursuit of “social justice.” He makes you forget, if that is a good thing, a story of lone angry Americans who end up hating their own society, grab their assault rifle and go on killing spree.Even those who were serving in the army – who is going to forget Christopher Dorner and how he was dealt with?

As well, The Equalizer makes you forget, if that is a good thing again, race politics in America and for a moment you are made to see blacks in a bright light – not unruly and uneducated ,and often suspects of robbery and killing but heroic, honorable, intellectual, honest and just.

In fact, that image is essential for the United States to recruit blacks for its unending war imperialistic war – and especially if the issue with Russia is turning out to be an outright war sooner or later.

The thing is, from international politics perspective, The Equalizer most certainly makes no sense in societies with good measure of political consciousness – in societies like Latin America and parts of Asia. Of course it does not make sense for Russians too. If at all, it might make them angry.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ethiopia : Woyineshet the Model girl

by Dimetros Birku
(borkena) Ethiopian Youth is not only a victim of minority ethnic based tyrannical regime. It is also a victim of global capitalist cultural conquest. A world view that nurture individualism, consumerism, greed, materialism and hedonism ,among other things, are being entrenched as social values in Ethiopia.

These challenges have combined to create unprecedented social malaise. Corruption is fast approaching to become a social value. Crime rate is on the rise compared to Ethiopia ‘s past. Prostitution, which is not by no means all about poverty, is on the rise. Addiction and alcoholism are on the rise. Despite stories of “economic growth,” Ethiopia is being consumed by those social malaise which obviously have economic and political implications.

The political project of the minority ethnic Tigray people’s Liberation Front (TPLF) with regard to the Youth is either to create a morally corrupted and unenlightened support base to echo propaganda related to “development,” which is supposedly a means with which the intent to build ethnic based power in all its forms is covered.

In fact, there is a narrative that some were enticed to join the ranks of the TPLF dominated ruling EPRDF not out of lack of knowledge about dictatorial nature of the regime in power but out of the conviction to struggle for democratic changes from within the ruling party, and of course with the anticipation that the party itself would evolve to an entity committed to principles of equality and democracy. It didn’t happen. The shock, seemingly, was not that there was no move along the path to democratization but that worsening,subtle and unsubtle, parochial power build up and outright repression came to be a pattern.

Account from those who left the party seem to confirm the notion that the ruling TPLF dominated EPRDF is all about ethnic supremacy and power build up with no intention to democratize Ethiopia. Folks like Ermias Legesse went into exile in the US and recounted first hand political experience within the regime in his new book, Ye Meles Trufatoch, a book which I have to read yet. Others like Habtamu Ayalew, who left the party earlier and whom the late Meles Zenawi is said to have hailed as insightful and visionary, decided to challenge undemocratic practices and apartheid like rule of TPLF at home by forming Youth Group Advocacy, Baleraey Wotatoch, which the regime began to see with a sense of enmity soon after its formation – perhaps a factor that convinced Habtamu to commence an outright political advocacy by joining Unity for Justice and Democracy (UDJ.) Now Habtamu, already tortured in Maekelawi, is in jail to face trumped up “terrorism” charges under the phony “anti-terrorism” legislation.

The anti-terrorism legislation took the level of repression to a new height. It fostered the project to repress the section of population that matters most: the Youth. Motive? To make politics, which is demanding human, constitutional and citizenship rights in the context of Ethiopia, sound like an act of terrorism. The only political involvement that is appreciated is to give a hand for repression under the cover of “developmental.”

The result of it all is not as intended. Yes, there are those who lend support to the regime either on grounds of ethnic affiliation or on grounds that they are reduced to be economically dependent on the regime in their very own country. And yes, there are those who are scared of being assertive and took refuge in pursuit of life styles that are perceived to be “cool,” those who live aspiration of hedonism and all those elements of cultural conquest projected “modern” and desirable. However, there are those who reject that and dared to stand up to resist repression.

Woyineshet the Model girl 

Woyinset Molla is a model girl – obviously not model in the sense of the fashion industry. she is the new “cool.” She is a model activist who defended her conscience. She is a model girl who is not distracted by any thing else and obsessed with what matters most freedom and her country. Not naive to give hand to the enslaving cultural conquest which comes in the form of “modernity.”

Not just that. Woyinshet practically rejected the reality that politics in Ethiopia is a dangerous business, what the regime wanted to project, not just for those getting involved in it but even for families. The regime is extremely unpredictable. Yet, she seem to have understood that silence in the face of repression has irreversible long term consequence for Ethiopia.

Woyinshet Molla is a very active member of Semayawi party, Amharic for Blue Party, relatively new opposition party in the country.

For about three years now every Friday, Ethiopian Muslims stage peaceful protest after their Friday prayer demanding for their constitutional right for freedom of religion be respected and the release of their incarcerated leaders. And they have paid in life for that too.

Yesterday was one of those days. They were interrupted in the middle of their prayers in the premises of The Grand Anwar Mosque, in Merkato neighborhood of Addis Ababa – where Woyinset Molla lives. Many were brutally beaten.

Woyineshet is not a Muslim. But she believes that the demands of Ethiopian Muslims is legal and constitutional. And she was not intimidated to show up in the middle of brutal attack against Ethiopian Muslims and show her solidarity. She was not assigned to do so by her party. She did it out of her own conviction to stand up for justice.

Already known for security forces for her unflinching stance against repression, a plain cloth Security who was reportedly videotaping the incident from a nearby building spotted Woyinshet close by the scene of incident. He did not take time to get her and attack her brutally. Apparently, other security forces had to give him a hand to attack Woyinshet and they did not leave her alone even after they unleashed brutal attack on her. She is jailed.

According to reports on Social Media, Woyinshet appeared in a closed court earlier today (it is not common for courts in Addis Ababa to hear cases on weekends). It is expected that TPLF government would charge Woyinshet, who is in fact a victim of state terror, with “terrorism.”

She is reportedly seen with big stitched cut on the left side of her head and with broken and bandaged arm. Worse, ruling party cadres on social media are trying to dehumanize, by way of Scoffing, youth with a defiance spirit to repression and Woyinshet is not spared either. Ostensibly, it is meant to be part psychological component of repression. It does not seem to be productive, though.

What the regime totally forgot is that that repression could have undesired consequence. It can have the very opposite effect of silencing and depoliticizing the Youth. In fact, it is evident that the more the regime is deepening repression the more it is politicizing the youth. And there is the awareness that the intention of the regime is sinister in the long term.

For sure, they will face many millions of the likes of the model Woyinshet in the near future and in many forms actually. They still do not get it that it is unthinkable to sustain ethnic based aspiring supremacist regime.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Clueless Hailemariam and the British hand in Ethiopia

Holding supposedly highest political office and being virtually inconsequential is obviously frustrating, more so for people who expected change –so to speak. It is in that light that I gave a room for speculative interpretation to unelaborated recent status update from a facebook friend: “Obama is an American fraud.” Apparently, Obama seem to have mastery of how to handle the reality of being powerless,or at least not as powerful as he is supposed to be by virtue of the power of the office, while in “power.” His communication skills which earned him a reputation as an eloquent speaker could be part of the trick.

In the context of Ethiopian politics, current Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegne is not only powerless but also he seem to be totally clueless in how to handle the embarrassment of being inconsequential. Unruly impulsiveness, confusion, mimicry (of the former prime minister) and worst of all shallow understanding of issues characterize his public appearances.

It is reached to a point, apparently, that it becomes news when he is not impulsive and able to speak as a politician. It happened in what is said to be “public-private consultative meeting” in Addis Ababa, as reported by Addis Fortune, which was attended by Hailemariam Desalegne and his cabinet members. In that note, Addis Fortune wrote, in its July 6, 2014 online edition, the following under the tile “Face the Business”:
    …In an unusually well attended meeting, with the entire cabinet of his administration in attendance, Hailemariam was seen being assertive and articulate [emphasis mine] in responding to all issues raised by chamber leaders and individual businessmen and women on Wednesday,July 2, 2014.
It’s public knowledge that normally Hailemariam is not assertive and articulate. To me,his problem is more than that. He is clueless on many issues of Ethiopian politics.
A few days ago, he had an interview with Emmanuel Igunza, BBC correspondent in Addis Ababa. A five minutes video clip of this interview, which is posted on BBC website, tells it all. Actually one of the question and his answer is worth quoting :
    Emannuel: You said that there is a distinction between opposition and what you call terrorist elements. That law [Anti-terrorism law]has been criticized by the International Community for having a broad mandate …that is why the security forces have been accused of arbitrarily detaining example opposition figures.
    Hailemariam: that is not true. What we did …We know this accusation would come.So we said let us copy from the British law. If you compare the British terrorist law and that of ours, it is almost similar
I very much doubt if Hailemariam even bothered to read British anti-terrorist law. He rather appeared to be as if he is memorizing a scripted text – much like a telemarketer-not like actively thinking prime minister. And from who else? Meles Zenawi uttered this same statement in the “parliament” in a response to critic against the anti-terrorist law.

In what seem to be a defensive comment,in the same interview with the BBC correspondent, to a question related to repression in Ethiopia, Hailemariam did try to give an impression that the “democratic modern process” is only twenty years young which is overused excuse even by the late Meles Zenawi. Even in the aftermath of the massacre which claimed the lives of well over 200 people in Addis Ababa in a matter of hours in 2005, one of the excuses was “Democracy is a process.” And clueless Hailemariam is reading that from the dead Meles.

Total repression is not a hallmark of starting point for democracy which Hailemariam is clueless about. More importantly, aspiring ethnic-supremacy which manifested itself in the form of creating wealth wealth both as a means and as an end, while controlling all key government structure, ranging from foreign affairs to defense and intelligence and what not, and while at the same time creating an illusion of giving the giving public service an appearance of mulch-ethnic public face to the extent of putting a ceremonial like Prime Minister and ceremonial president at the same time, to sustain real power behind stage and make inter-generational ethnic supremacy agenda absolute reality is in no way young democracy. it does not look like something that can grow into democracy. Hailemariam is also clueless about that too. As a matter of fact, right after the death of Meles Zenawi, the position of Prime minister was unconstitutionally chopped into three pieces in an apparent effort to put down discontent in the ruling coalition. However, TPLF took the slice that matters more.

Hailemariam was asked about skyrocketing price of Teff in the parliament about a year or so ago.Teff has always been a stable cereal crop in Ethiopia. But his reply was, “it is because people who have never tasted Teff, [and this is a reference to Ethiopia, not Teff consumption overseas] started to consume Teff.” Again, his response is literally what the late Meles Zenawi responded to parliamentarians except that Meles’ response was to a question related to sugar.

The British hand in Ethiopia 

Question is how did Hailemariam end up being prime minister? The death of the late prime minister Meles may appear to be full explanation for it but it is tricky. Yes, Hailemariam, unlike the anti-terrorism law, is not copied from current UK politics either.

He just happened to be a servant in an ethnocentric political system which reminiscent of British Colonial Administration – even that of apartheid South Africa except that in the case of Ethiopia British involvement appear to be in disguise and only in the form of technical advisory and mentorship in how to divide and rule which the ruling Tigray People Liberation Front’s (TPLF) elites enjoyed since, at least, it was about to take state power more than 23 years ago by forging alliance with ethnic based rebel groups.

TPLF had even business in the UK and US at a time when it was operating as conventional guerrilla force – a fact confirmed by one of the founders of TPLF, Sebhat Nega, during his interview with VOA Amharic Service some years ago.

In fact, it is now more like public knowledge that the British are confidant to the regime in power in Ethiopia. And there seem to be some degree of awareness that UK is conspiring with and for the regime in power.

Soon after UK government delegates found out that their citizen of Ethiopian decent, Andargachew Tsige (who was abducted by Yemen and forcefully extradited to Ethiopia same day in violations of all international norms), is in the hands of the regime in Ethiopia ,some time in early July, and at a time when the public was expecting that the UK government would exercise their lobby power to protect the legal rights of their extradited citizen, there was news in the state controlled ERTA that UK vowed to renew £300 million in annual financial support to “Ethiopia.” Andargachew is still living torture -physical and mental.

In total contempt to the repressed peaceful struggle in Ethiopia, British Embassy in Addis Ababa called Ethiopian Opposition parties for a meeting to discuss the situation in the country (this you can find it on Sendek Amharic Newspapwer). And this was during the week the British disclosed that they learned about the abduction and extradition of Andargachew Tsige, if they did not learn well before that, in fact. Same week, members of Ethiopian opposition were arrested in what looked like fresh crackdown on the opposition in the name of alleged terror plot related to the abducted British national. Who the British Embassy is kidding, only the British Embassy know.

Erstwhile, Ethiopian opposition appear lured by this idea of diplomatic campaign “ to expose the level of repression in Ethiopia.” The thing is the British diplomats are not ignorant about what apartheid regime looks like. And they are not oblivious to existence of an apartheid like system in current Ethiopia.

My suspicion is that perhaps they even helped shape it. And they are probably thinking in terms of using it sometime in the future to safeguard their interest in Ethiopia and the region. And, of course, what matters to UK is not development or democracy in Ethiopia but its interest- long and short term interest. In what appears to be an excuse for their alliance with the regime in Ethiopia, they seem to radiate the idea that the opposition is weak. But the excuse that Ethiopian opposition is weak is lame, rather. What was the role of the British and the Americans when the opposition was solid back in 2005? Didn’t even they conspire to with regime to weaken the opposition Kinijit?

On a different note, What I don’t understand is why there is no friction, it is not apparent, between British (and western) interest and Chinese interest in Ethiopia. Or is it just to early for the friction to happen? UK (and other western powers too) is spending money in Ethiopia and apparently providing other forms of subtle support to the regime. The fight against terror cannot explain that. China is not spending money. It is rather making money in Ethiopia, including from what western powers spend in Ethiopia,from infrastructure development while providing technological support for repression ( I think that is paid too) to the regime in Ethiopia. And Woyane wants to project its treason as recognition for development and economic growth. Surely, it sounds naive to tell it like it is but the story is rather points to neglected reality: uncolonized Ethiopia is deeply neocolonized and Woyanne, a wealth political entity with firm grasp of power, is a reliable partner in that project.

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