Wednesday, December 28, 2005

I've never been more alive

According to Ethiopian mythology the major cause of Hiccups is when you are being mentioned in your absence. it’s not my on my agenda to disprove some thing that’s been tested over generations but I would like to think I am exceptional. Otherwise my hiccups would have left me incapacitated.

It wasn’t so much a retirement from bloggin’. the times I stay quite correspond with increased brain activity. Since our return to the “normal” life, my brain has been going a mile a second. Work is at full throttle and unsettle calmness is at its peak; so is the ridiculousness of our government. Around the time I left they were busy throwing feasts to their drones to congratulate them for their triumph over unarmed civilians

I spent most of the silent times away from the hustle-and-bustle of Addis life. My location changed like PM Mele’s definition of democracy. I was all over the remote south with brief appearances to Arba-Minch and Awassa. I completely managed to detach my self from the happenings of the planet. Mind you this is the first time I went on an extended trip after the banning of the free press and government media as you know gives me a condition yet to be named. On one hand I did it on purpose to think with out any obstructions and to check if the world still revolved with out my knowing the ongoing miseries.

Ever since I took up my political musings, my barrage of blogs come during times of turbulence. Besides the massive dose of hype (the good kind) during those periods, work is either closed or my usual field absentia is replaced with staring in to the cyber world from the window of my lap top. Most of all, there is something tangible about those moments.

At the height of the mayhem in Addis, I replied to an email from a concerned friend using the words “I have never been more alive”. My take on life in Ethiopia has got nothing to do with the quality of life it self, merely it how and what I feel. I obviously feel angry for profoundly obvious reasons. Sad and guilty for having life as usual while those who brought the subject of OUR freedom languish in jail and last but not least, hopeful and happy for I know that a better day is coming sooner or later. never a dull moment!

The good news - EPRDF is enacting the classic skit of self destruction, just pull out your lawn chairs and enjoy the show.


Thursday, December 22, 2005

Satan Vs Devil as Judged by Lucifer

I was preparing a bigger comeback special when I run across this article

Britain suspends aid to Uganda over allegations of human rights abuse

May I be the first to say “what the fun?”

Please don’t misunderstand this as a Ras Mesfin kind of deed. I am not saying we deserve better that our Ugandan brothers and sisters. Then again where is the fairness?

Britain acknowledged the human rights abuse in Uganda and acts on it by suspending direct AID?

Personally, suspending direct aid is not going to have much effect, we have seen it with Mugabe’s Zimbabwe and according to Uganda’s Ministry of Misinformation, we will see it again in Uganda.

“When these people impose their views on us, we do not just succumb to their wishes. That is not the way countries are run."

“they do not listen to us and if our views are not in their interest, then they are free to take their own actions."

ahaa......good old misinformation ministers

The main point here is the acknowledgment it self. What about us, ethiopians who have to live with the violator of violators, liar of liars, the abuser of abusers Meles ‘let’s just kill them all’ Zenawi.

Even meles is trying to out bad-boy every ruthless African leader. here is how he compares to musevini so far:

  • Museveni charges with treason, Meles charges with treason and genocide
  • Museveni restricts the free press, Meles just throws all of’em in jail
  • Museveni’s drones kill one, Meles kills hundreds and argues about the number
  • Last but not least, Meles won the 2005 YARA prize

When they called this guys new breed of African leaders were they referring to their ability to oppress, kill, lie, cheat and finally conceal the truth.

oh ya, where are my manners! HI everyone.