Friday, August 5, 2011

The Paradox of Aid in Ethiopia



Whether Ethiopia has benefited from foreign aid in any virtuous way is a subject of ongoing debate. Of course somebody must be benefiting from those billion dollars poured by donors (Mind you Ethiopia receives more than $3 billion aid each year. The USA is being the largest bilateral donor and it gave $932m in aid in 2010). The question remains who might that invisible recipient be? Where do these billions end up?  Where is that black hole?

Call it cynicism, but surely the lives of ordinary people of Ethiopians have been the same with or with out the aid. The aid instead nurtures our “lords”. Lords we can’t afford to feed but smart enough to feed themselves from the pie they secure on our behalf.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/9556288.stm

http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2011/08/04/eu-failed-to-act-on-ambassadors-reports-of-disappearances-and-election-intimidation/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/ethiopia/8681975/Britain-and-EU-increase-aid-to-Ethiopia-while-ignoring-human-rights-warnings.html

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Ethiopian fascination with the Arab Spring

Few weeks ago, a close friend of mine and myself were discussing this issue. I remember Ug voiced his concern on the naive move to replicate the Jasmine Revolution. Of course it is a legitimate concern. The socio-economic realm in current Ethiopia is different. Socially, we have some diverging interests and un-settlled arrearages. Besides Meles has given us a huge homework. I can keep on listing and listing. However, despite the gloomy look, there is a bright side of the reality. Wo wo I gotta stop my rhetoric here and invite you to read an impressive analysis by a great Ethiopian scholar.  Dr. Aklog's article is a nice piece for thought, for us! 
Part I- http://ethiomedia.com/andnen/2744.html 
Part II- http://www.aljazeera.net/mritems/streams/2011/7/19/1_1074931_1_51.pdf

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Daunting Task of re building the nation awaits the new Ethiopian Generation!

Well, It is not an easy job. But trust me it is not an impossible thing too. In fact we, the current generation, are lucky to be called for this task. To me it is an opportunity to prove that we are capable of rebuilding Ethiopia back to where "she" was and deserve to be. Hence allow me to   quote Madiba,"sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation".

http://ecadforum.com/articles/2011/07/21/a-daunting-task-of-re-building-the-nation-awaits-the-new-ethiopian-generation/

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Ogadens-my thoughts and prayers are with you!


It is utterly pathetic that those called themselves "champions of Human rights" remain deaf and blind on Ogaden. It is just a matter of time, Meles will definitively harvest for what he is sowing. Till then we will fight the evil together. Oromos, Somalis, Sidamas, Gambellas, Amharas. Tigrians... we are all victims of this brutal thug turn by turn. Time to stand together! 
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this moment of tragedy! I am tearful.