Dear Patriotic Global Citizens and Friends of Ethiopia.
Dear Patriotic Global Citizens and Friends of Ethiopia.
Eqnu le-8th Millennium Tatachihu!
Jewels for your 8th Millennium- Kidus Yohannes (St Johns 8th Millennium)
I believe the Millennial Tatachin which deserves Eqnu in this Kidus Yohannis is a Transparent and Accountable "Global Consumer Report System" that addresses Good Governance issues across the board from family, school, work and leisure as well as civil society.
Please read on what I believe should be this "Delinquent Generation's" role in the new Millennium. I say Delinquent because so much opportunity was lost due to poor and delinquent behavior of a generation that was crazed on a revolution gone wild that could have helped the Pan African or African Union Dream of the Millennium.
We have to stand to the expectations of our children and that is to leave a viable legacy that puts us in par with our glorious ancestors.
This last Millennium was by and large the Millennium of the Solomonic Dynasty which managed to surface again in 1173 after the Death of King Lalibela of the Zagwe Dynasty by the works of the Genius Abune Tekle-Haimanot and King Yukuno Amlak.
1,000 Began with the Zagwe Dynasty- Mera Tekle-Haimanot to HarBai
1200 Patriarch Tekle-Haimanot Birth day
1300 Emperor Amde-Tsion
1400 Emperor Zere-Yacoub was born;ruled from 1426-1460 (Philosopher Emperor)
1500 Emp Libne Dingel and Wonag Seged- the beginning of the 8th Millennium
1600 Emperor Susneyos/Emp Siltan Seged- The Catholic Fiasco
1700 Emperor Tekle Haimanot I/Prince Seged- The Dreaded Zemene Mesafint
1800 Merid Azmatch Asfaw Wossendies- Empeor Eguale Tsion-1848 Emp Theodros II
1900 Death of Dej Yilma, Prince Ras Mengesha, Afe negus Nesibu, Crown Prince Iyasu
1906-1909 Lib Eyasu
1909-1922 Empress Zewditu Menilik
1914 Birhane And Selam Printing Press
1916 Ethiopia Joins the League of Nations
1921 - 1928 Emperor Haile Sellassie Ist Government
1923 Crowning of the August Emperor HIM HSI
1923 First Ethiopian Constitution- Hello Dr Giorgis there comes your constitution!
1928-1933 The Italian Invasion and the Birth of Revolutionary Guerrilla Movement
1928 September Italians Cross the Northern Front and the Jima Genete Battle
16 Nov 28 Lij Iyas dies in Gara Muleta Harar
22 March The Battle of Maichow
13 April Italians Bombed the Mahbere-Selassie Monastery
26 April HIM HSI Goes into exile in Djibouti to Jerusalem,
28 May Major Mengistu Haile Mariam was born in Italian Ethiopia
23 June HIM HSI spoke at Geneva League of Nations Appealing for Help!
27 June HIM in London
29 June Dr Aleme Work Beyene becomes President of the Black Lion Patriots
20 July Addis Falls to the Italians and Patriarch Petros was killed
12 Feb Attempt on the life of Graziani by Pat Abrahm Deboch and Co
13 May The burning and massacre at the Debre Libanos Monastry
1933 12 Jan HIM Flies the Ethiopian Tricolour at Omedla, Gojam
1933- 1967 Emperor HIM 2nd Reign
1943 Eritrea Federates with Ethiopia and Patriarch Basilios the First Ethioipan Pope
1952 Abebe Bikila triumphs in Rome Olympics (Axis Power Nation)
1953 The Newai Brothers tried a Coup and failed
1954 Haile Sellassie I University Opens
1956 Abebe Bikila Repeats his 2nd Olympic Fit in Tokyo, Japan (Axis Power Nation)
1967 Mengistu Haile Mariam and General Aman removed the August Emperor
1980 28 Mar Crown Prince Amha Sellassie is crowned in Lonon in Exile
1981 May 8 The Generals Tariku and Co failed Coup Against Major Mengistu's Regime
1983 01 Sep (Enqutatash) Mengistu declares a Socialist Constitution
13 May EPRDFforces Mengistu to flee to Nairobi,Kenya then to Hrare,Zimbabwe
27 May EPRDF abandons the London Conference (21-23 May; assumes Power
24 June The Contentious Transitional Charter of EPRDF; No Eritrea participation
1985The Province of Eritrea declared Independece with a letter from Pres Meles Zenawi
1988 29 Nov EPRDF declared a Federal Democratic Governement
1989 09 Jan Emperor Amha Sellassie Dies in exile in Fairfax, Virginia, USA1990 04 May The New Eritrean Government invaded the famous town of Badme
1992 04 May The EPRDF Forces defeated the Eritreans and moved as far as Asmara
1993 Sept Haile Gebre-Selassie and Derartu Tulu and Gezahegn Abera won The
Olymptics at Sydney, Australia
1993 Imperial Solomonic Dynasty Without Border is declared in London House of Lords
2005 1 5 May- The 3rd national election and the failed Orange Revolution
2007 August Contradictory Statements of Eritrean President and Ethiopian PM about Unity and Indpendece for Ethiopia and Eritrea.
2007 The Millennium is upon us with all its potential
So, ends the Special Millennium of the Solomonic Dynasty with the Advent of the Imperial Solomonic Dyansty Without Borders to respond to the unique times of Globalization without Borders
Consider Project of the Millennium: an Independent "Global Consumer Report System"
I am writing to alert you that we are living in a global economy and cultural diversity.
Globalization is demanding global standards.
What happens in China, Netherlands and the US is heard within seconds all over the world. In effect, globalization is here to stay and we need to have standards that can be applicable any where in the world like the digital technology productis.
The Chinese CEO of these defective toys and products has committed suicide, but the toys are still alive and well! It is sad that poor competence results in suicides, instead of changing the system for improved quality control.
The Ethiopian culture and civilization has its own ways of dealing with such challenges from time immomerial. It is time to update it in the new Millennium within the context of global good governance and uniform standards.
When a bad product reaches the market, the public ask about its quality from their neighbors? They seek personal tetimony from neighbors who have purchased and used these products. Today, the Global Multi-Media are those neighbors who provide the Consumer Report.
In the Global Village construct, the Reuters, The CNN, BBC, VoA, ETV and the cyber world has provided the testimony to those who can access these outlets. The question is how do we ensure that all the global 6.5 billion people and the 80 million Ethiopian people have access to these standard international products or information. Equity, access, efficiency and effectiveness are the challenges of the time.
With the advent of wirless communication, I am sure the Ethiopian public and authorities are aware of the problem. The issue is can the consumer act early enough before the damage is done?
The question we should ask is how do we ensure in future that we have mechanism for checking for quality products, ideas, services and innovations, etc. In the west, and especially here in North America, there is a group that produces "Annual Consumer Report" that deals with almost all products with appropriate rating system.
Ethiopians do not need to re-invent the wheel and waste resources. They just need to translate them into local languages and make them available at price the public can afford.
Perhaps Addis Ababa University Alumni can provide a "Global Consumer Report" for all products, services including political parties, civil organizations, religious institutiions, etc.
There are charlatans in almost every field and we need to have "Global Quality Standards" institution that provides accurate information.
Remember: The Election 2005 and its aftermath?
The real reason was and continues to be the lack of independent Quality Audit Report that can verify the claims and counter-claims of the contending parties, be it product dealers or political dealers, etc.
Problems can arise from all corners, it is alwyas about good governance, transparency, accountability and quality standards etc, be it the recent fiaso of the Chinese Toys or Election 2005, and Dire Dawa Floods or Ogaden Oil Field Terror, or Aider School Massacre or the Red, White and Orange Terror, etc.
If we take the analogy of the Chinese Lead Pollution to our cultural and political life in Ethiopia, some of the political parties in 2005 were polluted with lots of lead and other toxic products which were thrown out in the streets of Mercato, that claimed the buses, taxis, properties and eventually the lives and liberty of people to the tune of 30,000. I am talking about the highly controversial street insurrections that were called by some quarters and the resultant lose of life and property and eventual liberty of the populous which continues to overshadow our Millennial Enqutatash Celebrations.
What was the main reason? The political dealers told huge ralies of millions in Addis they won, even before the votes were counted. That was poor politics like the Chines Toys! The politicians were so sure about their products, that is the votes in their favour, etc. they would not accpet any body's counting or declarations, otherwise. They should have said we will wait for the people's verdict to be counted and reported. Instead they declared victory. How can two parties both win at the same time?
The funniest thing was no body asked them this?
So, we had the Fatal Orange Revolution and the Kaliti consciousness that will be the Greatest lesson of the Millennium.
So, I ask the distinguished alumni of Addis Ababa University, to consider to start considering establishing an independent and competent "Global Consumer Report" System, that audits the quality of information, products and governance, etc.
The current sereies of success with Elders' Council, should be replicated in all areas of our lives where competence, widom, and expertise rules instead of inicompetence, revolution, violence and all sorts of chidish transactions at all levels of our societies. Let competence and quality rule our lives is the message.
Ethiopia can be the first country to have such a Global Multi-Faceted Quality Consumer Report" that addresses the different areas of our personal, social and community governnance.
Please take on the challenge, you might make some money from it too! Here is your chance to give a gift to the world by converting our challenges into opprotunities.
Wishing you a blessed Enqu le 8th Millennium and Kidus Yohannes for all!
Belai Habte-Jesus, MD, MPH
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Reuters) -- More than seven years after most of the world marked the start of the 21st century, Ethiopia is putting the finishing touches to its own millennium bash.
A screen in Addis Ababa counts down the time to Ethiopia's new millennium.
Using the Julian calendar, an ancient system of measuring time abandoned by the West in the 16th century, Ethiopia enters its new millennium on Sept. 12 with a huge concert expected to draw hundreds of thousands of partygoers.
Organizers hope U.S. singer Beyonce will headline the New Year's concert with popstar Janet Jackson and rapper 50 Cent also rumored to appear in a 20,000 capacity venue being built on Addis Ababa's priciest avenue.
President Girma Woldegirogis has billed the celebrations a time to focus on fighting poverty and advancing democracy in the Horn of Africa country of 81 million people.
But, reports that Saudi-Ethiopian tycoon Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi is paying $10 million to build the Millennium concert hall has angered some in Ethiopia, which ranks 170 out of 177 in the United Nation's Human Development Index.
"We could spend smarter," said Fasile Abebe, a 34-year-old taxi driver, gesturing to a man begging beside a fast food restaurant recently renamed "Millennium Burger".
"He won't be partying with Beyonce. I have no time for this Millennium."
Boasting medieval cities, ruined castles and palaces, Ethiopia is often described as the cradle of humanity after the remains of a three-million-year-old skeleton called "Lucy" was discovered in 1974.
But for all its rich heritage, Ethiopia has struggled in recent years to shake off the effects of cyclical famine, centuries of feudalism and nearly two decades of Marxist totalitarian rule under Mengistu Haile Mariam which spawned the "Red Terror" purges.
The millennium celebrations are likely to provide a welcome distraction for Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's government whose troops are embroiled in a conflict in neighboring Somalia where they were deployed in December to bolster the interim government.
Meles also faces armed opposition in the ethnically Somali Ogaden region where separatist rebels killed 74 people in an April attack on a Chinese-run oil exploration field, and worsening ties with Eritrea over their disputed border.
Despite the country's troubles, many Ethiopians are optimistic the millennium may usher in a new period of reconciliation among its myriad ethnic groups.
The president pardoned 38 opposition leaders, activists and journalists last month who were convicted of trying to overthrow the government following disputed 2005 elections. It released another 31 detained opposition supporters on Saturday.
The vote, Ethiopia's freest, provoked two bouts of violence in which 199 people were killed, 800 wounded and 30,000 arrested, according to a parliamentary inquiry.
"This rapprochement is indeed a result of the feel-good factor that the millennium has brought about," said Mulugeta Aserate Kassa, public relations chief for the committee organizing the celebrations.
"It's time for the nation to undergo a renaissance. A renaissance in our way of doing things -- and in our acceptance of a democratic society."
Other events in a year-long festival include a 10 km Millennium Race led by legendary long-distance runner Haile Gebrselassie, the unveiling of 11 new national monuments and opening of a coffee museum in Bongo, where the Arabica coffee variety originated.
Hiwot Binyam, a 27-year-old lawyer, cannot wait for the party to begin.
"It's fantastic. We want to leave behind our image as a place of war and poverty," she said.
"This gives us a chance to showcase our rich culture with over 80 ethnicities living together relatively peacefully. And we love to party." E-mail to a friend
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What is the question?
Does the Diaspora believe in the primacy of the rule of just law? Do you know of any bylaws which have been ratified by the governed , and when the governed had attempt to make the executive answerable to the laws? Have the governed ever outgrown the mentality of the "Mahle Sefari"
who permit themselves to being manipulated by the ambitious few? As is typically their due the "Mahle Sefari" work hard only to be frustrated because all they did was 'gultchawen mazwazuar" instead of perfecting laws and making them just and insisting on the application of just laws.
Why, if any bylaws exist, such bylaws are not placed on websites for all to see? People forget to insist on the primacy of having a just set of laws and the implementation of the same; preferring instead a change of personnel - "Gultchawen mazwazwar." Is that the question?
An auditor operating in a system that had no ratified laws or guide lines is no different from a "leba shay." In Menelik's time a person given a particular potent drink to identify a thief was a "leba shay" who in a drunken state might point to a person.
In such a fashion the culprit was believed to have been clearly identified. What is the difference between a "leba shay " and an auditor who identifies a culprit in a system where there were no bylaws, or no written and ratified guidelines? Is that the question?
Aren't they some kind of crazy when they engage in "gulutchawen siyazwazuru" instead of insisting that the rule of just law be applied?
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Subject: What is the question?
What is the question?
During the liberation effort of the entire Ethiopian Empire from fascist Italian occupation, Eritrrawi Ethiopians formed a society called "Ityopia weyem mot [Ethiopia or Death]" and wished to work under Emperor Haile selassie. Isaias Afeworki's dad was among others from Eritrea who went to Khartoum to see Emperor Haile Selassie shortly before his return to Addis during the impending defeat of the Italians in 1941.
HIM, Ato Afeworki Abraha and others of the "Ityopia weyem mot' society worked for a prosperous geography of Ethiopia. A generation later, Ato Afewrorki Abraha's son, Isaias, and his distant cousin, Meles, fought to place an international boundary within Ethiopia and divided it into two regions, offering a "geography of poverty" to each region.
At a time when the Europeans are coming together to form a union and even when elementary school kids would comprehend the value of a larger geography as a good economic base for action, wouldn't dividing a nation into smaller parts, beyond being the most heinous crime ever committed by a purported leader of country, bestow poverty to the regions?
Did the TPLF-EPLF and other associated ethnic party members ever insist on the primacy of implementing just laws and that the laws of the land, prior to the "Kitab" of the TPLF be implemented before the TPLF wrote its own Kitab to justify their heinous acts, be enforced? Is that the question?
An ethnic-centered party is exclusionary in that it does not incorporate the views and wishes of other ethnic groups. Clearly, a system based on one-person-one-vote democracy is at odds with a system run by an ethnic-centered party in a multi-ethnic country. Are people surprised that the TPLF's rule over a multi-ethnic country is tyrannical. Is that the question?
People believe one-person-one vote democracy will yield democratic governance, only to find that the votes of the electorate are not respected. They are worried when counting noses is very different from having a set of just and ratified laws and the means by which to implement the same in systems that are accountable to the voters. Is that the question?
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