Monday, October 17, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Ethiopia releases former junta officials
Senior former officials of the military regime who have been sentenced to death by Ethiopian court for genocide crime against humanity have been pardoned after almost 21 years imprisonment and the public reaction is positive with some reservations.“We all make mistakes one way or the other. They did a terrible mistakes and this is proven by the due processes of law beyond any doubt. By this I hope all of us have learnt a lesson that no body is above the law no matter how long it may take.” Abdurrahman Yassen a political scientist said.
“Forgiveness is not a sign of weakness; instead it is a sign of strength and self-confidence. They the former officials by now they might have realised how wrong they were and they are getting old. Forgive them is morally and politically the right action.” Abdurrahman further added.
“I was young and what has happen in those days I may not visualised id right now. Indeed, I have lost my dada and my elder brother because of the red terror I grew up with out a father and it is hard to forget and forgive.” Zewdu Abebe, 32 an engineer by profession
Zewdu further stated, until few years ago I had the notion that the death penalty should be implemented on this people, however as time goes by I realized that the killing of this people want give me the chance to see neither my dad or my brother therefore I have no problem of their release.
It depends as how you see it says, Alemensh Wolde who had been a victim and who serve 5 years in prison during that era, “When you recall the suffering we went through and the death of your colleagues it is a pain full pill to swallow it.”
“Indeed killing them is a single act that will be over in a matter of seconds, but forgiving them is no matter how hard it may be you are giving them a hard life time torturer for the rest of their life, it is like living with guilty consciousness at every step at every minute.” Almensh further noted.
When I rewind the memories of that time the hardship I went through during those days, says Berhane Demisse, who had been jailed for 13 years I wish I could have seen them lining up for execution and see them falling in front of me from the hail of bullets like the did to my colleagues.
“Their deed is terrible and it is difficult to explain it in words. Having said this my personal dream was to see them executed, but having seen that they are not above the law and exposed publicly the untouchable of that time and spending almost 21 years behind bars I have no regrets that they are forgiven and released.” He Berhane further said
“I was not born that time and I have no knowledge of what has happen then. But from the records and narratives I have some idea. Indeed, they did a terrible thing but to forgive them seems to me a right act and hope other will learn from this.” Tesfaye Lemma, a university Student
“There is a lesson to learn from here, one is the power of law and justices, the second are the notion that no one is untouchable is no more credible any more. Who ever he is wherever he is he can not run away from the grips of his act and the law.” Dr. Belay Tamen a historian said.
“We may think this or that may escape the rule of law and justice, this case in question has proved to all of us that is not the case. It may take time but justice will be done. The former officials have never expected this but when the time comes justice has taken its natural course.” Dr. Belay further pointed out.
“The courts have done their duty and have proved that they are guilty, and they were unable to prove it otherwise. They final admitted their mistakes and have ask for forgiveness. So government action is timely and appropriate,” he added
The former officials had appealed for forgiveness to the government and the public with the mediation of religious leaders since last year, at the initial the government committed the death penalty into life imprisonment and released 16 of the 23 remaining higher officials who had served 20 plus years.
According to the government the remaining officials will be released ones they serve the 20 years imprisonments,
Out of the sixteen former officials are former Prime Minster, Capitan Fikersellasie Wegederes, former Vice president Fisseha Desta, Former in famous Capitan Leggesse Asefaw whose name is mostly associated with red terror and the bombing of Hawzeen in the North of the country where more than 2500 people are killed.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Ethiopianism is a social movement of change and liberation for the people of African/Ethiopian decent at home and Diaspora. In our definition of the home of the people of African descent we are obliged to go back and see the great land marks. In this video we are joining Alexander the Great how he conquered and renamed the known world with Greek names. The continent of Africa was also named Ethiopia. Alexander never adventured south of Egypt his geographer called the people of the continent Ethiopians meaning people of burned skin.
Alexander the Macedonian in 334 years before Christ, Alexander of Macedon stormed into Asia Minor and began a series of conquests that would result in the defeat of the mighty Persian Empire, the integration of Greek thought and language throughout the Middle-East and India (Hellenism), and unarguably, the changing of the course of history.
The after his great siege of the island city of Tyre he conquered Egypt and named himself period. The Greeks named the known world with new name. They called the continent of Africa Ethiopia.
Tyre's King Azimilik with his advisers sought refuge in the temple of Melkart, and Alexander spared them. When the blood lust finally paled, 30,000 citizens survived only to be sold into slavery. Beforehand, however, Alexander crucified 2,000 men of fighting age. He then proceeded to sacrifice to Melkart as he had originally requested, following the service with a massive feast, games, and naval review.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
About the Bloger
Prof Muse Tegegne
- Prof. Muse Tegegne has lectured sociology Change & Liberation in Europe, Africa and Americas. He has obtained Doctorat es Science from the University of Geneva. A PhD in Developmental Studies & ND in Natural Therapies. He wrote on the problematic of the Horn of Africa extensively. He Speaks Amharic, Tigergna, Hebrew, English, French. He has a good comprehension of Arabic, Spanish and Italian.