Can Ethiopians stop the political elites playing victimhood and peace-and stability simultaneously as a-means to their relevance?

Teshome Debalke

June 5, 2019

When the Founding father of the Progressive Individuals’s Get together (PPP) of Ghana Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom requested Ghanaians to wage conflict on “the twin evils of corruption and tribalism” he was referring to the political elites that made tribal victimhood and nepotism and  corruption as a way to self-preservation at the expenses of the individuals’s democratic rights.

Sadly, the phenomena is rampant in lots of authoritarian dominated nations with a point of variation notably in nations like Ethiopia the place tribalism is an official political, social and financial regime.

Subsequently, contrary to the definition of madness i.e. ‘doing the same thing over-and-over again and expecting different result’, as far as modern tribal political elites are concerned; ‘the twin evils of corruption and tribalism’ are rational course to take with tangible political, social and economic advantages.

Thus, in contrast to the rule of regulation and consultant democracy the individuals’s liberties depend upon, looking for extra victims and simultaneously crying for peace and stability is the place triable political class is determined by for self-preservation.

In the wake of the 28th anniversary of the success of tribalism instigated by TPLF, EPLF, OLF and ONLF as-a-means-to the end that put the individuals in quagmire – segregations, divisions, displacements, conflicts, poverty… while crying for peace-and-stability simultaneously turned a permanent fixture in the political discourse to remain related.

Notably, the ruling TPLF ethnic elites led victimhood that brought the solely Apartheid governance in the world to Ethiopia produced one in every of the largest refugees and internally displaced individuals in the world to the advantage of nonother than the ruling tribal elites and, illustrates; doing the similar thing over-and-over once more is just not insanity but a rational determination for self -preservation with tangible benefits to the ruling Tigran elites.

Likewise, the ruling EPLF elites’ victimhood as-a-means-to an finish not only created the new nation of Eritrea by a whopping 99.9% reported referendum votes however introduced a one-party authoritarian rule that produced more refugees than any single nation in the world with tangible profit for the ruling elites’ and, illustrates; doing the similar thing over-and-over again just isn’t insanity however a rational choice for self -preservation with tangible advantages to the ruling Eritrean elites.

These are the tip of the icebergs of the untold political, social and economic chaos tribal victimhood as a-means-to- an-end introduced on the individuals of many nations to the advantage of the ruling elites.

Subsequently, whether or not the newly created ethnic apartheid dictatorship of Ethiopia and the newly created authoritarian nation of Eritrea or any nation/individuals, the ruling elites’ victimhood as a-means-to-the-end didn’t result in the rule of regulation and representative democracy for the advantage of the peoples as visible for necked eyes.

The distinguished Professor Calestous Juma at Harvard Faculty of Authorities on his November 2012 viewpoint titled ‘How tribalism stunt African democracy’ reinforces that actuality. He wrote;

“The challenge for democracy is not the prevalence of ethnic diversity, but the use of identity politics to promote narrow tribal interest. It is tribalism.”

He went on;

“… But tribal leaders are clever and calculating.

They are fast to gown in the newest trend and co-opt rising development to preserve their identities.

They buy affect and create convenient alliance, purchasing worldwide help in energy centers such as London, Paris and Washington DC.

There sole mission is self-preservation, with aspect impact of subverting democratic evolution.”

Nothing appears to deter modern African tribal political elites to play victimhood and cry peace and stability simultaneously as-a-means to the end as they seek for more victims to remain related.

Such frame of mind typically referred by psychologist as cognitive dissonance — a mental stress or discomfort by a person who holds two or more contradictory beliefs and values and what Orwell refers as doublethink – ‘the power of holding two contradictory beliefs and accepting both of them simultaneously’ — a standard phenomenon amongst modern political elites basically.

Take the current Al Jazeera Inside Story “Who should pay for the world’s peacekeepers?” that introduced two tribal elites and, a third individual posed as journalist of UN Dispatch as ‘experts’ on UN peacekeeping mission without reviling their nationality, background and nor their position in corruption and tribalism that necessitated UN Peacekeeping drive in the first place.

The first individual was the notorious Tigre tribal elite and operative of the Ethiopian ruling member celebration of Tigray Individuals Liberation Entrance (TPLF) Mehari Taddle Maru with a number of position in the ethnic apartheid regime introduced as the Former African Union Fee Official in Addis Ababa and the current Fellow at European University Institute in Florence, Italy. The second individual was the infamous Oromo tribal elite Awol Allo introduced as a Former Fellow in Human Rights at London Faculty of Economics and the current Senior Lecturer in Regulation at Keele College of London, UK. The third individual was the little-known Mark Goldberg introduced as Journalist/Editor of UN Dispatch — a UN and International Affairs Web site and podcast based mostly in Denver, Colorado.

The very fact the two will not be recognized as Ethiopian expat that simultaneously milked tribalism and peace and security and human rights as-a-means to their desired ends is one factor on Al Jazeera part and their selective amnesia to pivot reality is one other in their half.

In the meantime, Mark Goldberg, in his own account labored at The American Prospect, a political and public coverage Magazine for 2 years (2004-2006) as a author and as Editor of UN Dispatch, “a blog offering news and information on Global health and international development” from 2006 to present  earlier than he graduated in 2010 from Gorge Town University in International Relation. A yr later (2011) joined PSI Well being Lives, another “blog offering news and information on Global health and international development”.

Clearly, from all specialists in the world on UN peacekeeping mission Al Jazeera presenting the three least qualified people with out reviling the backgrounds of Maru and Awol and their position in tribalism in their start nation of Ethiopia and Mark Goldberg with no related background in journalism  nor peacekeeping says extra about Al Jazeera editors than ‘the three beneficiaries of the aftermath of tribalism in Africa.

The very fact Maru and Awol are proponents of ethnic Tigre and Oromo victimhood respectively as-a-means to their political ends while simultaneously crying for peace and security and human proper not solely reviles their selective amnesia however, what they do in their respective roles is to ensure that tribalism stays a everlasting fixture in the nation of their birthplace Ethiopia.

For example, the reality Al Jazeera report reviled Ethiopia contributes 7500 troops for UN Peacekeeping mission (greater than India) at a price of $1400/month per troop instigated by TPLF social gathering underneath Mahari Taddle Maru path and beneath Awol allo watch speaks volume about the two tribal elites’ selective amnesia on their position as properly as Al Jazeera editors’ substandard report to cowl up their roles.

Meanwhile, Mark Goldberg’s January 19, 2019 report titled “Yemen Receives more Migrant in 2018 than Europe” claiming “the vast majority migrant are from Ethiopia” — a country with the largest UN peacekeeping troops contributor with the assist of Maru reviles, Goldberg and his accomplices have been invited by Al Jazeera to campaign for more funding for peacekeeping troops in no-peace-no-war business of tribalism and migration in Africa for their own political, social and financial advantages.

Subsequently, Maru, the instrument of TPLF’s mercenary-for-hire enterprise for 20 years turned marketing consultant for African Union on migration, safety and terrorism to find yourself as a Fellow at European University Institute is not any surprise.  In any case, he was in all places needed to promote tribalism, preventing terrorism and peace and safety at the similar time earlier than he turned professional on every little thing that maximize TPLF’s corruption. From NATO Warfare School fellow to skilled in Addis Ababa College Reform and security research; not to mention a member of the Board of Director of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church as nicely as a lawyer for youngster adoption providers to western nation and a contributor on regional ‘peace and security’ problem for the Horn Affairs – a web-based Media that promote tribalism in keeping with the ruling social gathering together with his latest piece titled “The Great Game in the Horn of Africa” say more how a clandestine tribal operative collude with Al Jazeera editors to be introduced as impartial skilled on peacekeeping, terrorism and migration than anything.

However, intently listening to Maru’s rant on his bread-and-butter concern consistent with  mercenary-for-hire enterprise of TPLF with substantial revenue it generates posed as peace, security human right professional and Awol’s selective amnesia not to know the reality of Maru’s operation speaks quantity how tribal operatives advanced playing each side of the geopolitical and economic recreation for self-preservation.

The very fact each ignored the 7500 Ethiopian peacekeeping troops at $1400 each ($126 million/yr) while paid less than an equal of $100 each in native foreign money says; corruption and tribalism and the aftermath – displacement and migration are massive and increasing business for the Merchants of Dying.

Wen that isn’t enough, Awol’s look on Al Jazeera Inside Story as professional on Sudan politics and the army refusal to hand power for civilian administration with out mentioning its relationship with TPLF intelligence equipment further point out; there’s more to Awol than what he and Al Jazeera editors want the public to know.

Meanwhile, the UN Dispatch journalists Mark Goldberg failing to uncover where precisely the $126 tens of millions spent on 7500 UN peacekeeping troops from Ethiopia yearly for many years is going speaks quantity where his journalism career ends and, his business interest begins.

Modern political elites playing victimhood as the means to their finish shouldn’t be new in world politics.  However, in autocratic dominated nation of the world, it is an open season on the individuals not to point out an enormous enterprise for the corrupt elites with no tangible profit for the rights and liberty of the individuals.

As an example, the previous Marxist political elites’ victimhood as means to their finish would have brought liberty for the ‘masses’ of Ethiopia. As an alternative, the individuals have been abandoned by the similar political elites that got here up with yet one more victimhood as-a-means to stay relevant.

Likewise, liberation political elites’ victimhood as means to their end would have brought freedom and liberty for the individuals of Eritrea.  As an alternative, the individuals are deserted by the similar political elites that got here up with yet one more victimhood as-a-means to remain related.

The identical method, the ethnic apartheid political elites’ victimhood as means to their finish would have introduced the individuals of Ethiopia freedom to exercise liberty in their respective ethnic apartheid Areas created. As an alternative, the individuals are deserted by the similar ethnic political elites that used and abuse them as pawns for corruption and tribalism.

Subsequently, since democracy is a dangerous proposition for tribal elites’ self-preservation as Professor Juma alluded, create more victimhood as-a-means-to-an-end is invaitable and a natural development to circumvent democratic reform. In that regard, the tribal political elites’ latest ploy to put the last nail in the coffin of democratic reform is gender and age.

Take a Might 21, 2010 article titled “Ethiopia: the Problem to TPLF …from Tigray’s own grassroots’  by tribal elite with pseudo identify Getachew Gebrekiros Temare,

Sarcastically, the article begins with; “local youth protest over land will continue to grow if TPLF acts as an occupying force rather than a responsible government.”

The self-described “lawyer, a graduate student of conflict resolution and activist on the right of disabled people” couldn’t show higher a typical modern tribal elite milking victimhood to the max as-a-means-to his want end.

Thoughts you, his claim TPLF has all the time been ‘responsible government’ in Tigray till ‘local youth protest over land’ that is making it ‘act’ like an occupying drive alone tells the story of victimhood is a lucrative business for tribal elites’ self-perseveration.

After 27 years of TPLF crimes together with land grab, occupation and atrocities towards the individuals of Ethiopia, the selective amnesia of Getachew is lowered; if only TPLF not act as occupying drive of Tigray than accountable authorities the whole lot will probably be okay  not solely defies the self-described  lawyer selective amnesia but, insults ‘local youth protest is over land’ as an alternative of TPLF tribal warlords’ crimes of tribalism, corruption and atrocities that made a multitude out of their nation.

If Getachew Gebrekiros Temare shouldn’t be a ‘clever and calculating’ tribal elite’s self-preservation we don’t know for what it might be.

Ever since Prime Minster Abiy reform declared the ethnic political elites’ victimhood as-a-means-to-an-end is a backward and corrupt political philosophy every part broke loss.  People who benefited the most shortly declared warfare to maintain ‘the two evil of corruption and tribalism’ their very existence trusted as Getachew Gebrekiros Temare selective amnesia to rehabilitate tribalism reviled.

The very fact the similar infamous tribal Tigray warlords (Deberthion Woldemechel and Getachew Reda) are doing the only factor they know greatest in Tigray Region they disguise should have awakened the self-described lawyer and scholar of battle decision Getachew Gebrekiros Temare — there isn’t any ‘Tigray Government’ not to mention responsible one however a Mafia. Sadly, when an elite drink the cooled of tribalism nobody is aware of whether or not he is training regulation in the jungle of tribalism or in the Courts of Justices.

Quite frankly, Tadele Maru, Awol Allo and pseudo identify Getachew Gebrekiros or many tribal elites’ selective amnesia solely proves; ‘the twin evils of corruption and tribalism will remain as driving forces in Ethiopian politics as the new reformist PM that freed many Ethiopians from physical prison as he navigates to breakout out of tribal prison his party’s previous guard put him in.

Paradoxically, the Free Press shouldn’t be doing sufficient to vet tribal elites that present up on public boards to speak on each side of their mouth. For that purpose alone, the democratic reform is paying excessive worth.

Sadly, PM Abiy Ahmed operates underneath  the official rule of ethnic apartheid Ethiopia instigated by the retreating tribal warlords of his own get together crying victimhood of his reform whereas their operatives play hide-and-seek on the world stage to sustain tribalism in a cover of peace and stability and improvement shouldn’t be helping.

Take for example the infamous Professor Ephraim Issac led Peace and Improvement Middle of Ethiopia. His newest mission as described in April 2018 article on Ethiopian Observer titled Ephraim Issac in Mission to find traditional remedy for contemporary crises captures how tribal elites are again playing hide-and-seek to sustain tribalism in a canopy of ‘traditional cure for modern crises’ – reinforcing; doing the similar thing over-and-over again and expecting totally different outcome just isn’t madness but a rational and deliberate determination for “self-preservation, with side effect of subverting democratic evolution” as Professor Juma put it.

Here is the place Prof Issac selective amnesia for self-preservation take precedent in a canopy of ‘traditional cure for modern crises.’ In accordance to the article, “as board chairman of Peace and Development Center (PDC), a non-governmental and non-profit organization that evolved from “Ad-Hoc Peace Committee”, Ephriam has enlisted the help of council of elders that embrace Dr Ahmed Moen, former Ethiopian Director Common in Minster of Well being and Professor of public well being at Howard University, Dr Haile Selasssie Belay, former President of Ethiopian Agriculture School and Former Governor of Tigray, Dr Mulugeta  Eteffa, former professor and Dean of Scholar at Haile Selassie I University. Dr Tilahun Beyne, former President of Eritrean Academics Association and Dean at the College of Maryland and different revered docs and legal professionals and religious leaders.”

The report claims, “they have so far talked to government officials such as Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mokonnen, senior member of the government and Director of the International Institute for Peace and Development Sebhat Nega, President of the Oromia Region Lema Megersa, opposition figures Oromo Federalist Congress  leader Merra Gudina, the Ethiopian Federal Democratic Forum (Medrek)’s Beyene Petros. The plan is to reach other relatively moderate exiled politician such as Lencho Letta and Dimma Negaewo.”

Nobody knows whether Ethiopian Observer is in a mission of observing or conflating the actuality. However the reality its report introduced the grand tribal arsonists Sebhat Nega as firefighters alone speaks volume how trendy tribal elites are caught with tribalism for self-preservation with no-way-out in need of a surrendering for democratic rule and accountability.

If the notorious Tigray warlord Sebhat Nega introduced by Ethiopian Observer ‘as senior member of the government and Director of the International Institute for Peace and Development’ alone shouldn’t be sufficient for Ethiopians to know  “ the twin evils of corruption and tribalism” to undermine democracy, we do not know what it could possibly be.

If individuals assume, International Institute for Peace and Improvement (EIIPD) led by Sebhat Nega and Peace and Improvement Middle of Ethiopia led by Professor Ephraim Issac goes to bring about peace and improvement to Ethiopia; they haven’t discovered how modern tribal elites operate to undermine democratic reform and why. Going to official web site of PDC to discover out who they’re and funds them and why might help revile; the failed  colonial tribalism in Ethiopia is nicely and alive thanks for modern tribal political elites.

But the irony Ethiopian Observer led by unidentified Editor nor  Peace and Improvement Middle led Ephraim Issac did not even know EIIPD led by Sebhat Nega changed its identify in 2015 by regulation #347/2015 as Ethiopian Overseas Relations Strategic Studies Institute to put out half-baked report of ‘Ephraim Issac in Mission to find traditional cure for modern crises’ alone says more; no matter what and how; self-preservation takes priority for tribal elites oer the democratic rights and liberty of the individuals of Ethiopia.

At this late stage of up to date tribal elites’ failure to perceive and snap out of tribalism “it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” as the famend 18th century African American Abolitionist Movement chief Frederick Douglass put it.

May be reading Frederick Douglas’ second ebook titled “My Bondage and My Freedom” revealed in 1855 will help modern tribal elites of Ethiopia to free themselves from the self-imposed bondage of tribalism in the 21st century no PhD title would assist free. Regardless, Ethiopians shouldn’t permit their bondage in tribalism undermine the democratic proper and liberty of the individuals of Ethiopia.

As PM Abiy reform stumble to type out who-is-who undermining democratic reform, the Free Press and civic organizations may also help determine the offenders by knocking doors and asking onerous questions.

Mark Twain wrote; “a newspaper is not just reporting the news as it is, but to make people mad enough to do something about it.”

In that observe, how many Medias and civic organizations are there to make Ethiopians mad sufficient about ‘the two evils of corruption and tribalism’ to do something about it’s a query seldom asked.

Ethiopian Observer can be suggested to observe than conflate the actuality of tribal political elites.

This article is dedicated for the few Medias that make Ethiopians mad sufficient to do one thing about corruption and tribalsim.