Sunday, June 20, 2010


Democratic processes are more of a culture than a onetime good political action.
The power of ideas and free will debate : narrow the gap that is perceived by groups and make them get closer, for further understanding and thereby either eliminate differences or understand differences and work in harmony. Differences after all are not bad things, instead they are reasons for thinking alternatives which might be better and functioning for both sides. These habits also keep us out of emotions and sensations, so that we always make good decisions that are stable, well thought with values to all that are lasting.
It is therefore important to make a change of mind set and work habits, when it comes to censorship-Just do not do it. Let the reader decide which ideas are worth considering and which are not. Which ideas are anti-social and anti-coexistence, anti-growth, untimely and out of contemporary thinking. Most of us came from Ethiopia, because of a complete absence of freedom of expression and a non existence of rule of law- I heard today from a you-tube video, where the prime minister of Ethiopia saying, if their government decides that the eye color of a person is not something they do not want to see, then he said, they can kick him out of the country. This is a display in microcosm of a system which functions without any law and with no regard to the common and trivial human universal rights ratified by all member countries of the united nations-let alone a country whose leaders pretend it to be democratic and everything associated with it--that terrifies me.
Think the extrapolations of what he has said. If all countries who gave refuge to we all Ethiopians and other world citizens have the type of sub-law the prime minister is using, then the earth would have been practically hell. No man will go and live in places where he is different not only in his eye color, but in every possible dimensions that differentiate humans. Can you all imagine that type of world in your dreams ?. This is a type of sub-thinking which was common during the first stages of human evolution, when cavemen came out of their caves and encountered people who did not see them before, it was in this way they used to respond, live and survive, not in contemporary societies, in which all types of people live everywhere in the world in harmony under the fine thread of humanity and common home earth.
But all those things which happen in our country are alien here in America. We are free to express our ideas and our rights are protected by law with being equal to all citizens and government authorities. No man will come to our door and arrest us because of what we have said or what we have written, or who we support or vote for. These are the main things that differentiate the country we left- Ethiopia and the country we live in- America and these are the things we have to learn and practice to do while we are here in America and these are the things we have to wish for Ethiopia and its citizens—a free country in all possible and conceivable dimensions of existence of a free individual.
As a side note though, I will say this: in order to develop a positive culture of debate which is free and open, we all have to use our own names-not anonymous ones. Anonymity usually gives a space for an irresponsible and less virtuous individual to put something un necessary scripts, like a man named Dr. Megalomanias Mahammad--- from American Chronicle who posts not only anti-Ethiopia, but utterly false and nonsense articles.
Ideas are works of the brain and the brain needs clean environment to function properly. Therefore, we have to restrain from writing words that are immature, built and strengthened by naivety and devoid of wisdom and virtue and above all have no truth in them.
Dejenie Alemayehu Lakew, Ph.D.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world with antique recorded history of civilization, whose formation is precisely the same way as other countries of the world. Before, during and after European colonization of most countries of the world including all african countries with the exception of our country,  Ethiopia existed and survived all testing times in its long existence as in independent country with the heroic and heroines act of children of all its tribes. For that, we all Ethiopians irrespective of ethnicities are grateful,  proud and pay tribute for that. Unfortunately after the advent of socialism as a socio-economic philosophy to create a fair share of wealth in societies, our country followed that path not by natural fit but by force imposed on her. This imposition was a result of few things:

1. The inability of the ruling imperial group at the time to solve the country’s social, economic and political problems on time- not because of a political will, but because of luck of institutions and trained man power to solve the problems that were immense in size and complicated in nature.

2. The sinister motive to sensationalize the problems coining with the Eritrean question of separation, separatist groups manipulated the youth to be mobilized and throw the government to establish a socialist government that will provide freedom to all tribes beginning from Eritrea. To our surprise and dismay they succeeded in doing that and obtained college student leaders from country sides who were naïve to politics and world affairs who supported the idea, fought for it and died for it. These high school and colleges students who literary copied ideas of socialism through pamphlets and multitudes of copies of books, galvanized the illiterate society with the talks and slogans of socialism and put the country into civil war for several years.
As a result of these and the slow expansion of education in the country, came the contemporary political state in which our country is.
In all these turmoil times, the majority of the groups who used weapons to prove their illiterate understanding of socialism and beliefs of its immense power, did not show a minimal respect and consideration to their country Ethiopia- in fact they looked though they were fighting to get rid of the country and make its name obsolete, and create their own fiefdoms and later be named presidents of each section and get a sit in the UN, instead of protecting their motherland, the country they grew up, where their fathers and forefathers died for it and putting in place a better and functioning social and political order of what they imitated it as socialism.
An example of a family tragedy to mention: If a person is seek, he does not have to call a criminating center or a physician who will dismember his body parts as per his request, and latter the physician says to his family members that what he had requested and what I have done did not work and actually the person is dead with all its body parts apart.
This was what their plan, but by a political chance on behave of Ethiopia things took a different turn and course. The plan did not function totally as needed, because of a change of desire from some groups.
Returning back to students movement and consequences. Among the many groups who believed these ideas, fought for it with guns savagely with no sense of humanity, to realize their political nihilism, and cannibalism and at the end total destruction of Ethiopia, were ELF, TPLF, OLF and intentionally incubated latter day saints of tribes.
After all these things happened on her and lost some of its body parts, Ethiopia survived with scars of betrayal, nihilism and humiliation from its own children. To all who did these to her, Ethiopia paid for their education, for their health, for their homage in her own capacity and source of pride, as a country that existed un conquered, independent, co-equal, and respected by others and different from other countries, Ethiopia deserved better from its children.
Groups like OLF, their supporters and individuals still do continue to instigate harm to her by re-introducing an unknown sociology story that they tried for the last 21 + years, but whose only political success was to made their supporters and Ethiopia complete properties to the ruling group which is in power now. I do not understand why our country and people should be re-introduced to the same sociology course whose theory is old, whose time on the axis of state formations and social development is well far behind the 21st century or year 2010 and above all dysfunctional to the modern society. It is also a surprise to most of us why OLF and its few supporters always mention, Gadda of the Oromo elders is a different type of political and social system which is useful and good to be imitated. But it is just not the case. There is no human society which did not reach and had that type of way of social existence before it developed to the modern type. In fact it is one of the common preliminary stages of social development and state formations in human political evolution. To be frank, not only humans, but all living creatures who live only in their types do have sophisticated social orders. They have sophisticated hierarchy of command, divisions of labor and sophisticated defense mechanisms for their group survival in the immense jungle or wilderness that they live. Point in case, bees, ants and other desert and jungle animals.
Besides which country (ies) is (are) established differently from the establishment of Ethiopia? Take for instance the country in which we live now-USA. It was not allowed until recently, particular races to vote, to own a property, to share a bath room and faucet, move freely, to share same churches and schools. Women irrespective of races were not allowed, not only to run for office but to vote, and still women and men get unequal payments to the same job. It was also socially permitted to discriminate particular races to get and not to get employment and it was even illegal to marry different races. Still as we speak, few of the above problems exist .
Then to you all: OLF and the likes with similar but obsolete ideas and political goals of nowhere:
Question: Which Ethiopian past parallels or equals the social, political and economic past of USA I have indicated above?
Answer: NONE.
But neither groups, races nor sexes that were victims of all these distant and recent pasts, demand the type of political structure, domain and nihilism you are proposing for Ethiopia then and now, where the defunct OLF and the existing ruling group prescribed some 20 years ago, and nor indeed Ethiopia had these types of political past. Actually Ethiopia has better political, social and economic past, with better political and social records, when it comes to coexistence of different races, sexes and religions than most countries of the world at large and America in particular. This has been seen, verified, proved and testified by senior and junior world leaders of different religions of the world.

It is therefore my humble opinion that we propose ideas that will help the Ethiopian society to develop confidence of living together, to develop, live and work free, prosper and escape the cycle of poverty and backwardness and move forward to the 21st century along with all peoples of the world.
I am glad to invite you to read my short note regarding OLF and the likes, the paradox of their political understanding of social developments, state formations, their time lines, existence and purpose in my blog:
Axiom: In any discourse, either social, political, religious or otherwise, presenting 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 call them traits of modernity that will lead mankind to a better and understanding world that accommodates us all.
             ♠. VIRTUE

             ♠. WISDOM

             ♠. TRUTH


Wednesday, June 9, 2010



This comment is for people who validate ideas and arguments by association or ethnicity, not by proper reasoning procedures. It is not who said it or who did, what matters and what you need to see carefully, but what is said and what has been done, that make all of us one and free of guilt by associations. Think for a minute how possible it is to make you commit a colossal mistake of a crime of humanity by changing a name of a person to a name of your types and make him one of you and believe him to do a huge planned human tragedy, but latter, you will discover that the person was not actually your types. The person did that for a political gamble and sinister motives using the opportunity and the power that he has to make you believe and do the crime by your hand.

We all know and is an open secret that this type of crime has been done in our country for the last several years, where individuals from different groups are assigned pseudo-names that will fit and camouflage localities, and do huge political plunders in the name of those local people or ethnic groups or tribes. But latter they will learn and complain that the individuals actually were not from their types, instead from another group. They cannot bring back what have been done wrong on behalf of their names and cannot minimize the size of damages that have been done and cannot control the damage to the future either. They simply get bitter and bitter, bite their teeth and live with remorse, guilt and feeing of betrayal. At the same time, victims of that act will always have images of people who are guilty of a colossal crime by associations.

Therefore for our political, social and economic mutual existence of a far reaching destiny, we have to find and accept ideas which are morally correct, commonly good to all of us, which are valid and useful irrespective of tribal differences. It is proper and human to reason, learn and know what is lasting and what is ephemeral. We humans, what differentiate us from other species is our ability to reason and think , the power we have from our brain. Not simply to look, smell, touch, hear, taste and make decisions- not at all. These are purely decisions based on inputs from our senses, which in most cases lead to false conclusions and thereby wrong decisions. A very thinly sweet coated matter may be something which is extremely sour and deadly after the tiny cover has finished. That means we do not have to make our decisions solely based on inputs from our senses. We need to analyze, make tests, re-test and reason and check the validity of things. That is our superior capacity from other species. Otherwise we will be like other species, where hunters or naturalists who camouflage to hunt or to get up close and see wild and exotics species. In order to camouflage they have to have a costumes of camouflaging not only by color, but by size, way of walking, body structures, etc . They will never know that they are different from them, because they do not have the thinking capacity as to how to check whether they are a real one of them or a camouflaged but different beings.

To rest my point dear friend, please make political ideas to be your shelters and find a group of ideas, not a group of types and tribes. You did not mention a single point to criticize or comment a posting, instead you comment on the name of the person who wrote it. What will you say if the name of the person was from your group? Are you going to say the things you have said or will you simply say well written my fellow man, since the name is in your right group!

Let us not repeat mistakes we have been doing for the last decades and continue the pain to the innocent millions because of our ill advised judgments and wrong decisions.
Life, liberty, freedom and pursuit of happiness are all natural individual rights and therefore we have to work to that end. All those rights will not be rights to all if there is one individual amongst us who is devoid of a single of those rights.