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Why Ethiopia is in deep trouble, and how it got here—A must read & penetrating insight!

3 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

TPLF failed because:

“But the [EPRDF] coalition did less well in achieving democracy and embedding a democratic form of governance. Over time the organisation moved away from its revolutionary and progressive political objectives. Instead it became an instrument for the rent-seeking objectives of its leaders and members.

In their bid to stay in power, the former revolutionaries took to trying to ride waves of populism. On top of this, loyalty to leaders of the coalition – and not competency – became the key criteria for filling the ranks of the party and the state. And the party became fused to the state. It lost its autonomous identity and impeded the building of independent institutions crucial for democracy.

This meant that the benefits of economic growth weren’t universally shared. Trade-offs were made between maintaining hot-house growth levels and dealing with welfare and equity. But the establishment failed to optimally manage these trade-offs. It also failed to meet, or manage, the expectations of Ethiopia’s educated young people.”

“Firstly, there was the incomplete transformation of its wartime leadership style and organisational culture. This included holding onto inheritances from the armed struggle. These included a binary categorisation of enemy versus friend, a strong emphasis on secrecy over transparency and a highly centralised approach to leadership.

Secondly, the tendency to stick firmly to ideologies undermined the need to create partnerships with political elites in opposition. On top of this, its comfort to live as a dominant party meant that it didn’t create an enabling environment for a pluralist democracy.”

“The country is entering a dangerous phase. Violence has broken out in a number of regions and many are under an unofficial state of emergency. The central government has shown that it’s incapable of maintaining law and order. This has resulted in an unprecedented number of internally displaced people.

In addition, most universities are incapable of running their yearly academic programmes. Over 35,000 students have left their schools as a result of instability.

If the slide is not arrested, the complete collapse of the state seems imminent.



Ethiopia has seen dramatic transformation and change over the past century. Two of the biggest changes were the victory in 1991 of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front which has remained the dominant party ever since and, more recently, the accession to power of Ahmed Abiy as Prime Minister.

I have been intimately involved in Ethiopia’s politics since the early years of the formation of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front in 1975. I served as a member of the leadership of the ruling coalition for the first eight years it was in power. I have also written extensively on its successes and weaknesses. This includes a recently published book, Laying the Past to Rest: The EPRDF and the Challenges of Ethiopian State-Building.

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ጄኔራል አሳምነው ጽጌ ከመሞታቸው በፊት ይፋ ያደረጉት መረጃ ! ለዚህ ይሆን የተገደሉት? ለመሆኑ ማነው የገደላቸው/ያስገደላቸው? ለምንስ?

15 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)








TPLF pol. commissar as UNISFA commander — wonders never end where the TPLF & its ethnic discrimination get a free hand!

10 May

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Beside his civilian-cum guerrilla fighter experiences, Ato Haile Tilahun is an ordinary person.

As a young man, he joined the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to fight Ethiopia to break away Tigray region and make themselves a country and government.

In the UN roster, he is civilian. At his death in August 2016, at the age of 62, ENA referred to him as Brig-Gen Tilahun, news to this writer

Ato Tilahun had served from January 2015- February 2016 as commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

Prior to that he also had acquired some experience as chief of logistics at Ambasel Trading House. This is a TPLF-engineered import-export business the Front’s bosses largely-own and benefit from, although in name they make it look like an Amhara organisation. Most decisions are made by the Tigrayans.

In addition, Haile Tilahun was adviser to manager of Tigrean(s)-owned engineering firm.

Prior to that, Haile Tilahun was a political commissar. It appears, the TPLF wanted to reward him with appointment as UNISFA commander.

The sad tragedy is the UN being ensnared in such a trap, as facilitator of a corrupt practice and ethnic discrimination against Ethiopians.

Periods of commanders’ service compiled by the writer from UN sources; the ethnicity information is native knowledge from names and Ethiopian media.

Like all TPLF officials that show off their acquisition of degrees, Haile Tilahun too holds an MA degree of sorts. That he got through an opportunity designed to help former liberation movement fighters to make up for the school years they spent in the trenches. Ethiopia has seen them in every office; they even have had a hard time learning on the job. For them, the Albanian ideology represented the height of education, thanks to dictator Meles Zenawi.

In Ethiopian offices, this quickly showed  ideology not necessarily is an education. Such degrees Haile Tilahun also holds are not a measure of the education its holders acquired, but the benefits of pretence and psychology. What does it matter whether one is educated or not so long as he or she belonged to a powerful party with guns?

Of course, the former TPLF guerrilla fighters like Haile Tilahun have been generously compensated. As the saying the church knows how to reward its own has aptly proved, each of them, for instance, receiving pension from the day they joined the guerrilla force against Ethiopia.

On the other hand, the TPLF’s sense of justice and its cruelty is shown by the same law denying the former Ethiopian soldiers of all ranks their pensions, including what they have contributed towards it.

This is not being said out of hostility against a single individual, such as Haile Tilahun. The problem Ethiopians have is with the TPLF’s arrogance and its system of ethnic discrimination, designed to hugely enable one group and deprive the majority in all spheres of life.

A graduate from the TPLF ideological school, in a BBC interview The New York Times of December 28, 1989 quotes Haile Tilahun, whose official title during the interview was the political commissar of the Tigrean-organised Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Movement — manifestation that TPLF is everyone’s boss.

‘Comrade’ Haile’s 1989 interview on the BBC has potently exposed what was wrong with the TPLF then and today, proving the virtues in the continuing Ethiopian protests.

The interview appears in an article in The New York Times by Jane Perlez titled: Ethiopia Base and 2 Towns Said to Fall to Rebels (link above). In that article, Commissar Haile Tilahun tells the radio Mikhail S. Gorbachev of the Soviet Union was a revisionist.

Sadly for all peoples of the world, especially Ethiopians he “held up Albania as the model for the Ethiopia that his movement would strive toward.” TPLF stuck to its words and in every sense proving it was more Stalinist than the Enver Hosa disciple — for its killings, tortures of citizens and an unbelievable degree of corruption.

There is no mistaking Ethiopia has truly found itself in that Albanian mess, where wealth and power go to the graduates from ‘Dedebit’ (TPLF bunkers of sorts during guerrilla days) welding guns.

Twenty-seven years in power, what those guerrillas wield is not any lesson learned by way of the importance of respecting the human rights of citizens and a sense of settling down. But Ethiopians encounter daily powerful greedy people who can never get full.

The TPLF cadres are hungry they kill; the TPLF cadres are full, they imprison citizens, torture, kill and ‘castrate’  the men to deny them possibilities of offsprings.

Such power in Ethiopia, to this day has helped these criminals to control the economy and benefit a smaller group in TPLF leadership position, whom Ethiopians refer to as ‘shifta bessilttan’, bandidos in power, or the political mafia.

While Tigray is about six percent of the Ethiopian population, like the rest most cannot be seen as beneficiaries, save only the feel good they enjoy for being to the same side as the ruling Mafiosi.

That’s is the Ethiopian reality today!

What everyone must be ashamed of is those civilised Western societies and the United Nations who have befriended such a group that does not reflect the values of their societies, or the Organisation’s Charter, they always tell us they are proud of!

Is it not long overdue for some sense of decency to be displayed?

Jawar Mohammed’s reading of the tense Ethiopian situation

9 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)


‘We Are Everywhere’, says TPLF:       How Ethiopia became a land of prying eyes—New York Times

6 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

“Unlike all previous governments our writ runs in every village. That has never happened in the history of Ethiopia. The state was distant, irrelevant. You paid tribute from time to time and if you didn’t like it you rebelled. That’s the history of Ethiopia. Now we have a formally structured state, there is a school in every village and clinics in every village, roads, infrastructure.”

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የሕወሃት ም/ሊቀመንበር ነፍሰ ገዳዩ ሕወሃትን ‘አመራር’ በእጃቸው ለማስገባት የሚያደርጉት ዝግጅት፡ከወዲሁ መጥፎና ክፉውን ገጽታቸውን በክህደት እያበሱ ያሉ አስመስሏቸዋል!

29 Oct

በከፍያለው ገብረመድኅን The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
የቀረቡላቸው ጥያቄዎች በደብረጽዮን ተቀርጸው ለጽናት ራዲዮ የተሠጡ እንደሆኑ፡ የጥያቄዎቹ ይዘትና በአሁኑ ሰዓት ለምን እንደተነሱ ማንም ሰው ከይዘታቸው በመነሳት ለደብረጽዮን ለምን እንዳስፈለጉ መገመት የሳተርን መንኮራኮር ካሲኒን የሠሩትን የጠፈር ሊቃውንት ጭንቅላት አይጠይቅም!

የሚኒስትሩን ንግግር ሶስት ጊዜ ካዳመጥኩ በኋላ፡ ከዚህ በታች የራሴን ግንዛቤና ትዕዝብት እንደሚከተለው አሥፍሬያለሁ፡-

“የሃገራችንን ወቅታዊ ጉዳይ አስመልክቶም ሆነ ከዚያ በፊት በነበሩት አንዳንድ ችግሮች ሁሉ ሕወሃትን ተጠያቂ የማድረግና የመውቀስ ሁኔታዎች ይሰተዋላሉ። ይህ በተለይም በዲያስፖራው የጽንፍ ፖለቲካ ውስጥ ሠፋ ብሎ ይታያል። ለምን ይሆን? መነሻው ምንድነው?”

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American writer urges the U.S. to stop promoting fake democracy in Ethiopia

30 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
(ESAT) — American writer Dr. Helen Epstein, known among many Ethiopians for her hard-hitting article, “Cruel Ethiopia”, which detailed the brutal rule of Meles Zenawi and the TPLF, says that the United States should reconsider promoting fake democracy in countries like Ethiopia.

Dr. Epstein said the tyrannical TPLF regime is a roadblock to democratization and progress. She noted cannot be reformed and called upon the U.S. to stop supporting the TPLF regime and its corruption and tyranny.

Dr. Epsten, who recently published a new book, Another Fine Mess, talked to ESAT on a range of issues related politics in the Great Lake region and Ethiopia.

Survival of citizens and the nation dictates Ethiopians opposing TPLF!

22 Aug

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    The TPLF is polluter of Ethiopia’s lakes and rivers. Guided by political objectives, it has been purposely destroying forests, including natural forests, in the western and southern parts of the country.

    Think of Lake Zeway, which has been officially sealed of because the water has been dangerous for human consumption. Fish have died. Even its famous bird watch sites have been off limits.

    That is why I am opposed to UNCCD associating its name and UN mandate with an ethnic mafia, which makes pretense of keeping its ethnic homeland, while destroying the lakes and rivers in other parts.
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