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Eritrea and Ethiopia: Revolution and Betrayal

The Tigrayan minority regime imprisons thousands of Oromo men and shaved their heads

Eritrea and Ethiopia: Revolution and Betrayal

By Hillal,

For more than two decades, we had been witnessing two giant nation building experiments, with two diametrically opposite visions and end results in the HOA region.

The Eritrean experience which is the pride and glory of the Eritrean people, the people of Africa and all the freedom loving peoples of the world and the Ethiopian experiment which brought humiliation, indignity and shame to the people of Ethiopia, Africa and the people's yearning to breathe free.

From the get-go the Eritreans believed that for the lofty ideals of the revolution to be realized and be a reality on the ground, the creation of Eritrea as an independent nation was never the only and only final answer. The progressive forces in the region had to join the struggle for social justice and democratic governance.

The Eritrean revolution was a people's revolution and all Eritreans without exception joined the struggle. The national democratic revolution solidified the unity of the Eritrean people, increased their organizational skills, catapulted their political awareness and created the most efficient and lethal fighting force in Africa.

Being the historical product of the armed struggle, the Eritrean leadership commanded trust and support of the Eritrean people. The leadership stayed true to the fundamental principles of the revolution and uphold the public trust, worked for the common good and stayed clean from corrupt practices.

For Ethiopians, it was like the barbarians next door coming to annex, brutalize, conquer and colonize the nation. A minority of a minority Tribal Junta suffering from an inferiority complex laden mindset with dual mentality and speaking out with both ends of its mouth and with none of Ethiopia's best interests at heart became the de facto rulers of Ethiopia.

Lies and deceit became part of the Ethiopian statecraft. Looting state coffers became standard practices. Selling Ethiopia to the lowest bidder became their first priority. They allowed the NGO infestation to fester and turned Ethiopia into an NGO capital of Africa. A debilitating culture of dependency was its destructive consequences.

The Eritreans wanted to build a strong, united, democratic, progressive, assertive, dynamic and self reliant nation. They had to bury all the sub national issues six feet under and made unity in diversity, gender equality, self reliance, social justice, democratic governance and participatory democracy as the guiding principles of the nation building task. Unlike Ethiopia, Eritrea gave the NGOs their walking papers.

In Ethiopia, it was the exact opposite. Ethnic Apartheid and Article 39 became the laws of the land. Ethiopia became Balkanized into ethnic enclaves and Bantu Lands. Ethnic conflict and discord were systematically fanned to destroy the fabric of the Ethiopian society. Everything and anything in Ethiopia were seen through an ethnic prism. Ethiopian unity and nationalism became the Tribal Junta's primary targets of attack.

As if the ethnic conflict and discord nightmares weren't enough, the brutal Tribal Junta is now adding fuel to the fire by bringing political Islam into the Ethiopian body politic. Demography and geography makes Eritrea and Ethiopia easy targets of political Islam. Christians and Muslims lived side by side in peace and harmony for centuries in Eritrea and Ethiopia. The Genocidal and murderous Tribal Junta is hell bent on destroying these proud culture of tolerance and mutual understanding.

Eritreans wanted to be masters of their own destiny. They wanted to follow their own independent political and economic policies and pursue their own vision of their country. Self reliance and our can do spirit became the backbones of the economy. An economic policy which leaves no Eritrean behind and that made the Eritrean people as the most valuable and precious resource of the nation was put in motion.

Symmetrical development drive which gives more emphasis to the disadvantaged areas and communities and a balanced distribution of the nation's wealth was enacted. These approach narrows the gap between the cities and the villages and gives every Eritrean a stake in the Eritrean dream. Today, self reliance which was once ridiculed as a concept from the loony left is mainstream and applauded by most of the progressive economic thinkers.

In direct contrast to Eritrea's self reliance and can do spirit, Ethiopia's economic model relies totally on begging, handouts, loans and grants. While most Ethiopians are languishing in abject poverty, it's common and sad to see white elephant and prestige structures built in the cities. The corrupt Tribal Junta shamelessly mortgaged and sold Ethiopia's and Africa's futures by conspiring with their masters and financiers.

Eritrea is Africa's future and Ethiopia is its past. Ethiopia is the portrait of everything and anything that had gone wrong in Africa. Eritrea exemplifies the aspirations of the future of Africa. Eritrea is showing the world a new way of doing business - the old ways of doing business is over. It had left Africa poor and the weakest link of the global economy.

The old master and slave type of arrangement should be replaced by a new relationship based on mutual respect, trust and partnership. Shared partnerships and economic co-operations and not debilitating and addictive economic aids should be encouraged. Eritreans became the sole owners of all aspects of the national development drive. A hard to swallow concept for the powers that be indeed.

Ethiopia is just a dying old pseudo-empire always serving the interests of the powers that be. She is always ready and willing to do all the US bidding and conduct its proxy wars. Us fingerprints are all over the Ethiopian policies. They are designed to protect US interests and not the interests of Ethiopia and its people. One of the pitfalls of becoming a US lapdog is that there are no permanent friends but permanent interests in the US international policy doctrine.

There are two competing and antagonistic policy objectives in the HOA region. The US/Ethiopian policy of harassment, bullying, intimidation, destabilization, aggression, subjugation and domination and the Eritrean vision of peaceful coexistence, non-interference, respect for national integrity, sovereignty and borders, mutual respect and partnership, cooperation, development and integration in the political, economic, social, cultural and security dimensions and creating a safe neighborhood.

The HOA region had been on the receiving end of the unjust, erroneous, adventures and militaristic US policies for far too long. It had become a favorite playground of third rate affirmative action State Department diplomats. Its destructive consequences are turning the region into the Killing Fields, creating failing and failed states, displacement of people and pain and suffering of biblical proportions.

The irony is that we are seeing today, tyrants, dictators and genociders who used to rely on the US for their financial and political survival and well being thrown like old shoes once they become a liability or their services are no longer needed. A correct reading of the HOA US policies indicates that the angel of death next destination could be the Menelik Palace. That is a good thing and Amen to that.

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Eritrea and Ethiopia: Revolution and Betrayal Reviewed by Admin on 2:23 PM Rating: 5


  1. the real oromos support the current ethiopian government. I thing those on the picture are a bunch of criminals.

  2. Zemzem bialti adiabo!
    They are not a bunch. They are thousands of innocent students held by a bunch of criminals.

  3. ደላዪ ጽቡቅAugust 3, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    ልዕሊ ሂላል ሽም እንተዝነብር ምሰመኹኻ።ጽሑፋትካ ዝወጾ የልቦን።ውርጹጽ ተኣማኒኽኣ።

  4. Zemzem baelti adiabo
    I think the tigrayan people should stand up against this in human handling to the people of Oromo , we don't know much about the Oromo people as much as you but it is ignorant to blame people with such enormous number collectively to call them thieves and criminals just b/s they don't agree with you.
    Trust me the Tigray people will pay that dearly sooner or later.

  5. What's up;
    It is an outstanding article and an imperative call to the Oromo people to fight back.

  6. Love this video. It shows how amazing and modern Addis is and shows the kindness of Ethiopia to gather the unemployed and low income folks to give them jobs.

  7. you need to shave homeless peoples' heads? And since when did homeless people become predominantly young males?

  8. LOL Nice one. It is Omoro CONCENTRATION CAMP in todays Woyaneland LOL

  9. Say this young are put under the carpet.
    Cleansing the streets of Addis from its nationals,
    to look good for Chinese and Indian colonizers.
    Woyane is under pressure from his Masters to make it comfortable for outsiders like the apartheid once did in South Africa.
    Feel sorry for these poor creatures. They will soon end up like a fodder for woyane intended attack allover. They make them fight against own blood Oromos soon.
    Woyane is desparate and digging his own grave:)

  10. This trainee
    (pic) are 2nd batch of 10yr program . We face three major health problems
    in the 1st batch. One is spread of lice, parasites and tetanus
    infection due to accidental scratches and cuts. Not only many trainees were
    sick and missing classes but also delay the graduation time by 8 weeks and cost
    more money than the budget and affect the quality of the training. So the government
    decided to implement preventative measure such as SHAVING THEIR HAIR , OPEN ON SITE CLINIC AND TETANUS VACCINATION for
    all but two women because they were pregnant . in addition the government increase the recruits number by 40% in 2nd batch so this precaution
    measures are equally important .Women participation is very low . I would like
    to see more women participation in coming years.

  11. Hana Mark! you made a big mistake by posting the news clip here. Why are you trying to deny them....their right to lie, deceive and cheat?? This is something like interfering in their life long culture of lying. Please don't do it again!!! Punto!

  12. Why did you delete my comment. I listed for you the evidences and flaws of your article and you delete my comment so that no one else can read the facts. Why are you trying to hide the truth from the people!

  13. B/c you are from the qomal sahsah hizbi Tigray that's why. As your sister mention they have a lot of lice on their head so we forced to shove them to save that little head of your brothers

  14. listen ate eritreawi kelbi, no reason to get mad becuase you cannot return to your country as you sit in your apartment in Minnesota while getting foodstamps. Whats funny about shaving heads for hygenic reasons and giving jobs to those without it? What I find funny, is that this article is trying to turn good news into a lie for the purpose of conflict. I don't see any articles about thousands of eritreans getting jobs

  15. Are you serious Amanuel Bidemariam aka hilla aka halhal aka .... How is it possible to claim higdef governance is democratic when its despot leader ia is declaring there is no democracy in the world?

    I wonder how on earth one claims for higdef to be democratic when we are witnessing under higdef leadership Eritrea has lost over QUARTER of a MILLION of its YOUTH in the PAST 10 YEARS.

    Equally important is the fact that such articles are self defeating and I don't know how ignorant the writer might be. Buddy, higdef was working in close collaboration with the current Ethiopian leadership for 17 years before independence of Eritrea and for 7 years afterwards. If you now tell me an entity you collaborated with closely for almost a quarter of a century is undemocratic, thief, corrupt, bankrupt, with inferior complexity and bunch of criminals THEN AUTOMSTOCALLY YOU MUST BE THE SAME LEAGE to have worked with them for 24 years.

  16. wow! and I bet you would say that with our missing a bit, right? Ya! sure

  17. Say it as it is. Woyane is afraid that those Oromo Youth may stand to defend their man Endargachew and make another headache for woyane tgray. Dont try to twist the reality. These guys been in Addis for years and nobody cared about them and tell me why only OROMOS ? Addis has no any other youth who stand jobless on the streets? LOL

  18. I would hit back your own words to you. How is SHAEBA that lead you to Addis and pampered you during your revolution and the Gallant Isayas who saved your lives from Derg, that you worked with you as hands and golves in close colaboration with you for decades, that allowed you to use Massawa Airport is simply an enemy, unfit, undemocratic, non-Eritrean, ...the list is long,
    how come ?

  19. weizero Hana,
    You mean it is only Oromo Youth who spread lice, tetanus and infection of the whole population ? I thought the main stream of lice was Tgray Region, it seems they are the only "healthy people" in Ethiopia nowadays? LOL
    And what has an Oromo man to do in Afarland, when he got the best fertile land of his own?

  20. I hope you’re right but don’t be simple…'don't judge a book by its cover'.....or maybe its cleaning house by taking the young ... Unemployed…. Homeless…. all men... The least to lose and the most likely to revolt… maybe they are scare Ethiopia is next to be cleansed by her masters … when is spring in Ethiopia again?

  21. I hope you’re right but don’t be simple…'don't judge a book by its cover'.....or maybe its cleaning house by taking the young ... Unemployed…. low income…. all men... The least to lose and the most likely to revolt… maybe they are scare Ethiopia is next.... 'kindness' lool … when is spring in Ethiopia again?

  22. Trust me. They are a bunch of criminals. Real ethiopians support TPLF. Go and ask in shimelba kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk fugur


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