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Monday, 15 February 2010

Urgent Global Fund Raising to Bring Change in Ethiopia !!!

Dear Toronto AEUP Supporters,

I would like to salute you for bringing Sun Shine in this gloomy winter in North America. Ethiopians in New York and its surrounding regions have been hibernating for many winters, and some  in fact are "whispering" that there are more "Woyanes" in our Metropolitan region, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut than other similar regions where Ethiopians reside..

It has been awhile we come together to stand with our people. The last time I remember we come together is less than fifty people to receive Eng. Hailu in secretly called meeting  two years ago which I was invited by a friend. I also remember the energy, when we came to support AAPO in thousands and raise huge money. Some of the people who organized those fund raising  since then have gone to Ethiopia for their better "life" and comfortable retirement.

Many who happen to stay here and struggle have personal animosity towards each other which has nothing to do with the struggle home. No wonder, it is very hard to disprove, that most Ethiopians in our region are "Woyane supporters", "Hode Aderes". Most Ethiopians, however, are distancing themselves from the struggle after the Kinijit spirit was sucked from their lungs thanks to the division of Kinijit and the animosity that has followed.

This Kinijit breakdown created also  good opportunity for some "Hode Aderese"  to go back home and build their home for future retirement. Such selfish Ethiopians sadly are represented in high  percentage in our region. This is very embarrassing for few of us who are trying our best to be the voice of the voiceless in all avenues, rally, radio, TV, paltalk and Internet.

However, your fund raising  this month  and the Global Fund Raising Fund you suggested on your Paltalk yesterday is very crucial for many Ethiopians who believe in AEUP led struggle of organized people, free debate and free rally to repeat May 2005 on which AEUP played the leading role. This is only possible if we stand with AEUP and walk the talk. Such fund raising will make those of us here and many others to give money which is a burning issue for AEUP right now. I suggest if such fund raising to be conducted electronically and sent to AEUP immediately.

I hope you will organize effective and easy way of sending money that will involve a large population of our community. I and many of my friends are ready to use our credit cards when you are ready. The Toronto exemplary action  indeed has brought sunshine in a gloomy  North America where large Ethiopians reside.

I commend all of you for your leadership. I  would like to tell you that I am very proud of you for standing with Ethiopian people by supporting AEUP. I  can assure you  that for the remaining one hundred days before the election, we can raise  one million dollar from ten thousand Ethiopians, it is only one dollar a day, Yes we Can  !!!


                                                                                                                              Tedla Asfaw

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Land sold to Sudan, Number One Issue on the coming Election !!!!

Tedla Asfaw

We are now hearing from Khartoum that the ruling regime will accept the referendum in January 2011 to be held at South Sudan. Many are predicting that Sudan will split in to North Arabs and South non Arabs. The Libyan dictator Mohamed Qaddafi on last week statement in Addis was also suggesting that independent South Sudan will be like Somalia. However, he did not prescribe such outcome for his North Arab friends.

Qaddafi's prediction of another Somalia in South Sudan is a possibility as long as the Beshir regime is still on power following the national election this spring. Oil reach North Sudan can arm factions in the South to make sure that South Sudan will indeed be another Somalia.

There is another destabilizing factor also for united or divided Sudan, the TPLF regime factor, giving away huge land which is about 1000km with an average width of 30km land on Ethiopia's western front to the newly two Sudan. TPLF might finalize this deal after it extends its rule over Ethiopia on the coming May election so far which looks like a coronation than election.

If we have a free media the issue of land given to Sudan would have been a number one election issue to rally Ethiopians against giving our land to Sudan. We have only less than four months, there is no debate in any platform on any issue let alone a huge issue of  land for which Ethiopians will give much priority than any other issue.

Both North and South Sudan are a beneficiary of such undemocratic atmosphere in Ethiopia. For them the issue of land awarded should proceed quietly without involving the public and both of them wanted the Meles regime to stay on power to implement the deal they have made behind our back.

Moreover, the division in the diaspora oppositions following the decision of AEUP to sign the Code of Conduct and the joining of Seye Abraha, the UDJP party at a leadership position, have put the major national issue of  land on back burner and  valuable time is wasted.

This is a good time for both North and South Sudan to consolidate a big land/bonus given away to them for newly to be formed independent North and South Sudan, make a new map at Ethiopia's expense. However, this is not going to stand because Ethiopians both in North/Gonder  and South/Gambella  will fight for their land against the newly formed Sudan no matter what.

Sudan, both and North, surely will be another Eritrea  that opened war against Yemen, Ethiopia and recently Djibouti to get its "lost territory". The two newly formed Sudan's war however is different in a sense the ruling regime in Ethiopia is part of the problem when it comes to Ethiopia's national interest. It stands with Sudan by giving away of our land using the defunct colonial map.

The TPLF regime which awarded Badme by bringing such defunct colonial  treaties after the conclusion of the Badme war more than decade ago however failed to give Badme to Asmara after the international arbitrators gave Badme to Eritrea. The so called "Five Principles" by TPLF to normalize relation with Eritrea before it handed Badme was rejected by Asmara and we are now in a situation when any day and time another devastating war will break out in north.

When it comes to our western boundary there was no condition but total sell out of our land to Sudan. Ethiopians protested  in the diaspora when the secret of the deal came out open few years ago and the regime  covered up this by bringing the all known development agreement with both North and South Sudan. The people in Gonder and Gambella are revolting against the deal made behind their back and currently our people are  facing both Sudan and TPLF militias.

When i write this piece I heard Lidetu Ayalew, a leader of EDP, on VOA Amharic that preparation is now final to start  debates live and taped on major issues. Let me make it clear for real opponents of of TPLF, if they are  not debating the illegal action of TPLF to hand over our land to Sudan as a number one national issue and call their supporters to condemn such illegal action they will be held accountable.

The signers of the  Code of Conduct should not be silenced to raise this land issue. If indeed they do not debate such issue and is untouchable then this will be the Code of Surrender. TPLF will claim that there is no such land given to Sudan but Meles Zenawi himself did not deny his regime intention to reward the "generous" people of Sudan.

Those who did not sign to the Code of Conduct but are participating in the coming election can not  avoid such issue either because some of them as members of TPLF parliament failed to denounce TPLF for its illegal action by avoiding the parliament to give away Ethiopian land to Sudan.

Let the debate start and bring the number one issue of our land given to Sudan for public.We know that all land that was handed to Sudan will be part of the newly formed North and South Sudan, and the beginning of new war with Ethiopian armed oppositions. South Sudanese should not start a war with their brothers and sisters as a result of the illegal land transfer made by TPLF. Such war which might be delayed because of  TPLF is going to be ignited if Ethiopia has a democratic government.

North Sudan will continue to displace Ethiopians with the help of TPLF and the armed oppositions will act to defeat this illegal action. We should help all the patriots who are battling in defense of our western territory. This is our holy war to keep our holy land Ethiopian. If opponents failed to debate this issue and rally their supporters not to vote for TPLF that is selling our land to Sudan then they will lose any credibility in the eyes of Ethiopians.


Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Meles Zenawi in the eyes of African leaders ?

Tedla Asfaw

I saw sixteen minutes of praise of Meles Zenawi by some African leaders on pro TPLF web site Aiga this morning, I was not surprised. You invite someone in your home and ask him or her how am I doing, no one says negative things about you. The real stuff is said during lunch or coffee break while no one is around.

Moreover, this praise of our leaders is not new. I still remember "Janhoye Ye Africa Abate, Talaku Mere " on his 80th  birthday celebration. What did Africa do to him when he was murdered ?  I can assure you that Meles Zenawi never condemned the murder of King Haile Selassie, many African leaders had  good time with the killer Mengistu Halilemariam back then too.

Let me tell you my experience with other African students. Most of them were Mengistu's  admirers and accuse Ethiopians for rebelling against him because he was "too dark for you". Praise and hate by outsiders is not a new phenomenon and what matters is a leader to be loved by his people.

I can assure you that if you made a survey in Ethiopia you will find that Meles Zenawi is the most unpopular person. The African leaders praising the development of Addis on Ethiopian TV are whispering about beggars and street children off the camera. What matters for our people, hidden or ignored by our African guests, is the lives of many Addis Ababeans  without food, water, sanitation  and power suffering in their shacks.

Ethiopians are waiting for a leader, elected, accountable and loved. I hope they will vote for such leader as they did in May 2005 and were denied in four month time if there is  is a free and a fair election, the peoples right to assemble in public places and media are open right now without any delay.


Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Dedebit Credit and Savings Institute (DECSI) in Ethiopia

Tedla Asfaw


I read on the (Feb. 2) an article wrote by Hio Kyeng Lee, "Who is Who in Microfinance : Dedebit Credit and Savings Institute ( DECSI ) in Ethiopia ". However, the source of the initial capital for this scheme was not documented accurately. The  Relief Society of Tigray (REST), the development arm of Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) and its economic empire, Endowment Fund For Relief and Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT) are inseparable. These  establishments were built during the Ethiopian famine twenty five years ago in 1985 using food aid, money and other goods sent to Ethiopia according to insiders eyewitness account.

Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) after it overthrow the communist regime of Mengsitu Haile Mariam in 1991 confiscated also many government owned properties, houses, factories and put it under Endowment Fund For Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT) and the sole capital of DECSI  private funds is none other than the ruling TPLF led by Meles Zenawi. Individual participation is very limited to members of TPLF and discriminatory to many Ethiopians.

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and other donors are also giving aid to DECSI according to Mr. Lee report. What bothers  me is  these foreign countries wanted to look the other way and accepted the looting empire of TPLF as a legitimate financial establishment. I can assure you that similar looting financial establishment can also be born in the middle of devastation in Haiti right now if the west wanted to look the other way like they have done in Ethiopia for the  last two decades. This is not hard work it is pure robbery.