Sunday, May 30, 2010


From : Dejenie A. Lakew, Ph.D.

Doing the undoable and expecting the expected. Therefore getting the unexpected.

It is always important to know that life of any type, the part which is left behind is a school that we have to learn from it. That is to say:

The past should not be kept idle in a museum of history, instead it has to be used to serve not only the present, but the future as well.

A plan to a future therefore should at least start from failures of the past and reasons, incorporated with new ones.

Complete freedom of expression and existence of a free press is the sole and cardinal element to the existence of a democratic social & political processes. One without the other is a democratic paradox and therefore a mockery on the process to say the least.

The validity or fallacy of a press and its prints or ideas have to be determined only by its readers, not by governments and/or authorities. The job of a government is to protect those fundamental rights of individuals and society, accessing and transmitting information freely. People use their natural rights to access information without being couched or guided, learn and make fair, well informed and better decisions for their daily lives in which political decisions are a part. That is why countries who have good visions to their societies invest a big part of their wealth on expanding schools, colleges, universities, research centers, technological institutes in order to equip their societies with scientific knowledge, capacity of critical thinking, so that they always make learnt, correct and stable decisions to solve problems that are either, natural, social, economic or political.

But in between, “Complete freedom of expression and existence of a free press “, there are important things people should look at, without which political participation is just a show case not caring about the results.

First, government is the sole guarantor and provider of – equal service of protection of safety to all, equal provision of media to all, an absolute equality of all in front of the law including those with arms, and an independent and free judiciary system.

In order these things to be practical at the same time, the police & army should reflect proportionately the diversity of the citizens of the country. Without that again, it is inconceivable that equality of all under the law will be true particularly in places where society is divided by ethnic lines and where the central government declares that, first individuals should play their ethnicities in order them to be in the larger group. Everybody knows that strong and sour medicines are sugar coated in order the patient to take it, and should be swallowed instantly. Therefore in such types of political territories, political prescriptions made by the ruling group are all sugar coated to disguise and pass a time, until political surgery is made. Therefore, it is political maturity that is expected from the other groups, knowing what tests sugar does not mean it indeed is a sugar to the end, in fact it is a palatable sour peal given to a political patient to sedate him until he swallows it and latter when he realize that it was a sedative that was given to him, the political game was over.

One example suffices to show the fallacy of participating in a game where the probability of winning is zero :

If you play a game which is known for its savage course of treachery, mischief and use of any means available at the disposal of the players that will result in a huge gain or lose by the players’ standards, and yet you allow all the judges, center, side, front, above, behind, even timers of the game to be from your opponent, then of course you will lose 100%. Because all the people running the game are not there just for the sake of the game but they are there in the game given key places in order to make sure their team wins. It is therefore up to you to let that happen and willing to participate in that game. The sad thing though is that you represent your constituents and they want you to win with zero mathematical possibility but by a miracle and the other group also represents constituents including all the people who run the game and want them to win with a winning probability of one (=100%), victory guaranteed.

The same thing is true with politics of the type we see in third world countries. Specifically, in a country where the society is divided based on diversity for political purposes in which political peals are used to sedate a group(s) of political patients, where political competition is deadly, and with:

1. All the army and police both local or federal, and the judiciary
2. Those who give food rations for political end
3. Those who work in polling stations -- civil and army
4. Those who observe the votes
5. Those who count the votes
6. All possible supportive personnel who run the show using government resources
7. Those who took the best and last part of the assignment which is reporting the results
8. All members of the judiciary, in case of complaints that will give legal protections to their victory

are all from one group, then it is extremely naive to participate and expect a sensible results in such kinds of political run-ups and elections.


1. Make sure that all personnel’s who run the show should be free and all
participants indorse them to be in that place.

2. There has to be free and equal service of law and judicial system to all
citizens-- which is guaranteed only when the rank and files of the police &
army are composed of all its citizens and reflecting its diversity
proportionately and free from any type of political engagements

3. There has to be equal usage of government resources to all--- as government
assets are assets of the people of the country

4. Above all, there should not be what is called political prisoner what so
ever in order a political system to be free and democratic, so that targeted eliminations
will not take place.
If such a thing happens to one person then it is a matter of principle of the ruling group, and therefore it will be a matter of time and degree of danger that anybody will or will not be in that category. When the time is right that a person is exactly on the target point on their mobile target finder, then that person will have that fate.

It is only when these things happen that a political run-up and election results have to be legitimate. The people give legitimacy to their electorates to make political, economic and social decisions on their behave and the elected people have gotten a power of legitimacy from their constituents and by default from the constitution of the country to represent their constituents.

Therefore not only in politics, but in any human interactions and transactions of any sort, only correctly set principles -- principles that stand firm and visible, pass the test of time, last longer and remain faithful partners to all individuals and or political groups with a mission of good will to all.

The above principles should therefore be implemented before anticipating and running any type of political participation against any ruling group that plays the type of political games I have indicated.

Saturday, May 22, 2010




Dejenie A. Lakew, PhD
Associate professor of Mathematics


A star is a celestial object that has its own source of light for all who can observe it. It is a source of inspiration and admiration to all of mankind who are able to study it, and gives a further impetus for man to study the wider domain in which it (the star) is sighted- the universe.

In the contrary, a meteor is a space wondering object in our solar system that is purely a rock that displays light -like matter when it is observed from a distance and closer to earth, but disappears before it touches earth or when it touches, it will be found that it is mere a rock and the followers behind are similar space wonderers but of smaller sizes. The brightness seen is created from the friction between them and the atmosphere due to the speed of the meteor and its space followers which are trapped by the movement of the meteor due to its gravity.

Ancient astronomers, physicists, mathematicians, like Galileo and Copernicus were inspired more by stars than by meteors or asteroids to study the universe. Contemporary scientists of global mind whose imagination surpasses and transcends local training and local quasi-thinking, who feel, work day and night to study the section of the universe that we belong and that we can imagine, go beyond in their works, for the greater good of man. To think locally for such a scientist, is just like preaching arithmetic is the highest level of mathematics learning -which is totally wrong, misleading and dangerous for those who believe it.

My point in short is to draw parallel arguments to stars of ethnicity ( but meteors ) .

It has been observed time and again in modern times that, individuals who perpetrate ethnicity, teach hate on others and promise a dubious type of social and political order and space where society should live like merchandises/goods in a boutique - displayed side by side simply by their types without being mixed, are mere social meteors and their followers are people from their type who lack proper imagination either due to lack of basic education or due to lack of education that directed to the greater good of the human society and fails to foresee the future and ultimate collective destiny of man on earth.

These social or human meteors who, from a distance looked and promised to be guiding lights ( or stars ) only to their own type of followers, by the time they touch earth which is their political power, they change instantly to a rock-an object completely devoid of light source, together with tiny similar light less rock of followers. They change the place to a virtual prison and what is left to their real estate. Their followers then will be guards of prisons or workers or serfs in their real estate-the country they claimed is finally obtained or liberated.


A natural disaster is much better than an ethnic politician. The former forces different groups of people to work together and overcome the disaster, thereby shows and teaches how a collective work is stronger, effective and necessary for a collective wellbeing. In the contrary, the later teaches and preaches even forces different ethnic groups to fight in order to live separate and thereby weakens and trivializes the power of unison of different people to solve problems of varying magnitude. It undermines the collective good of man that gives refuge to those who suffer from natural or social calamities which displays the oneness of man and the common home of earth to all.

Axiom: In any discourse, either social, political, religious or otherwise, to present ideas in a civilized way and treating your opponents with respect are acts of virtue.

Besides to be at least on the better side of humanity, make sure your acts should have some elements from each of the following three important ingredients of a modern personality which I will call them the three traits of modernity that will lead mankind to a better and understanding world that accommodates us all.


Thursday, May 20, 2010


By Dejenie A. Lakew, PhD

Complete freedom of expression and existence of a free press is the sole and cardinal element to the existence of a democratic political process. One without the other is a democratic paradox and therefore a mockery to say the least.

The invaluableness of a press and its prints or ideas have to be determined only by its readers, not by governments and/or authorities. The job of a government is to protect that fundamental right of individuals and society of accessing information freely and forwarding ideas freely. To let that happen by itself is allowing the people use their natural rights of accessing information without being couched or guided, and making the free flow of information for learning and empowering the society so that they make fair, well informed and better decisions in which political decisions are a part.

After all, Political process are social process in which political decisions are made. A decision either scientific, political, social, economic and or otherwise, made by a well informed and knowledgeable citizen is better and stable than the one which is made by a naïve and less informed citizen.

If there is no free media, and no freedom of expression, and if individuals have fear of expressing their ideas, then people are forced to take or consume a pre-planned awareness or consciousness which not enable them to make better judgments and thereby better decisions as to what they need not only for them but for the good of the majority, and they simply be made nominal signatories of a process that does not exist in the first place.

In order a process to be democratic, there should be a free public participation in the political process. The way the participation is measured and verified is through their freedom of access to free information from an absolute free press , and the existence of an absolute free press law with no string attached what so ever. Without these things there is no democratic social, economic and political processes.

You can not tell to people that you run a physics or chemistry laboratory experiment by intentionally closing all the laboratories where the very activities should take place.

Thank you.

Monday, May 17, 2010



To: Politicians of Egypt and Sudan and their societies.

From: Dejenie Alemayehu Lakew (PhD)


I will start my point by putting a question to you so that your answer will be the Ethiopian and other upstream countries answer as well.

Why you do not remain under the British rule, because there was a document signed some time ago between British occupiers and Egyptian local people that Egypt is and will remain a British colony?

It was their right to rule over you because they said so and it will be their all time right to rule over you now and till the end of time.

What do you say to these statements and requests?

Your continuous argument regarding your right over the Nile simply supports the claim and question I put above, your past relations with the British based on documents they have used in that relation.

Your claim is a section of a general assertion that can be described as:

What ever written or said and signed by British colonizers however irrational it may be, has to remain valid now, tomorrow and for all time in the future.

But if you want to take out your self from the picture, because you know it is utterly nonsense, not only to be abided by but to mention and say it is valid now, then you craft a different argument in the following way:

All illegal documents and irrational obligations signed by the British colonizers are void, null and dysfunctional, except the only one which gave Egypt and Sudan the right to boss over the natural owners of the Nile water-the up stream countries in which Ethiopia is one of them and made us 100% owners, even though the water is not ours.

In any elementary logic course, such an argument will receive an F grade and therefore you have got a grade of F ( failed) when it comes to your argument and the constant request of your irrational right over the Nile waters.

Therefore you need to get to modify your modality of thinking and put things in a right manner and perspective that match contemporary societies. It is good for common sense, good for your spiritual life, and measures civility and displays a character of a modern 21st century standard in which, logic, correct reasoning and pragmatism are imperative for healthy neighborliness and peaceful co-existence of the human society.

The all time claim you make, when it comes to the Nile River is not only irrational but defies every thing that not only be imagined irrationally but beyond that. When we go back in time, things were nasty and some times forces us to question the wisdom and virtuosity of those who put in place many irrational documents and obligations. They did not display a capacity to imagine and project effects and consequences of their actions that were taken then to the future, not only from the point of view of virtue but to the point of view of peaceful co-existence to the human society. That capacity of the human brain is called intelligence, that differentiates us from other animals in which only survival is a natural instinct and capacity that they have. These kinds of human behaviors are completely wrong and are not condoned by contemporary societies any more.

I will put two examples to show the paradoxes of the past in human thinking, reasoning and actions taken.
We therefore need to make the past serve not only the present but the future as well.

First example: Think for the moment, if an elected British prime minister claims that Egypt is our colony and we have to regain it now. We have all weapons available and cross the Mediterranean Sea, capture Cairo, arrest Hossni Mubarek, take over the palace and re-instate the British constitution. It is our natural right because we have gotten a document that was put in place some 200 years ago from the British government that indeed Egypt was our colony.

What will you say? I assure you no human being having a normal thinking mind will concur with that and all people of the world ( including the British ) will be against it and will be with you if you oppose and say no you can not do that. If you say, no that was a wrong and in fact it was an invaders’ document in which no body has to be abided by now in this 21st century.

Second Example: Assume also the following:

The British put an oil pipe line from Egypt and Sudan to Kenya to get oil, but they do not have to be troubled by the Egyptians and Sudanese interruption. They prepared a binding document to protect this and signed between the British rulers and the Kenyans only.

The document says this:

Egypt and Sudan should not interrupt the flow of gas from their oil fields to Kenya through the pipe lines that are put in place across the desert. The British Government and Kenya will take any necessary measure to keep the flow un interrupted. If Egypt and Sudan need to use oil for large consumptions, first they have to consult the British and the Kenyans and get permission from them.

This document is a binding document for Egypt, Sudan, Kenya and Great Britain, but it is signed only by the two groups, British and Kenya not by Egypt and Sudan.

Just I will ask you this:

Not only now, but, is it not so nonsense and irrational such an agreement was signed then in the first place?
But above all, if Kenyans want to re-enforce this agreement for all time including now, will you accept it and buy (your country’s oil) from Kenya, because Kenya presents to you a document signed by it and British some hundred years back? I do not have to answer for you ?

I am sure, you will be flabbergasted and will say more than what I have said above regarding your irrational and illegal request of validity to an irrational and illegal right of ownership on some bodies natural wealth and property for all time.

In this time of our existence as a civilized society, you can not force people to believe and act on facts which were based on the false and irrational belief that the earth was flat. It is known that the earth is not flat and all the facts based on that were not only different, but wrong and no body uses them any more.

I will therefore leave you with a proposal that demands your capacity as a modern society that is part and parcel of the scientific world: Invest in mathematics, science and technology and develop scientific mechanisms which enable you to use a huge amount of water that exist across the Mediterranean boundary of your country.