What makes the ordeal of the Oromo people today terrible is not just what happens to us under the Abyssinian occupation in the tyrannical Ethiopia as much as our incapacity to clearly reshape or articulate the story we tell ourselves. We are in a crisis. Any crisis can be a great catalyst for deep reflection and mobilization of positive energies if we humbly admit it. Continue reading “What we need now is a more ground breaking look at ourselves”
The TPLF has officially ended its state of emergency. But in practice it continues on the ground. It is not new that the Abyssinian ruling elites declare something to the world and do exactly the opposite. The Woyane goes on killing and arresting Oromos and others as ever.. Continue reading “The last call”
I am optimistic as ever despite the general gloom that characterizes our time. Continue reading “The Oromo people cannot be overlooked by world powers any more”
I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.
-Walt Whitman, Song of myself Continue reading “We are not sleep walkers any more”
Let me start this article by making clear that most of what I write on this site from day one up to now is not what most adults from Oromo people and other oppressed nations and nationalities in Ethiopia do not know. It is what they know very well but do not like to be reminded of. To look at bitter reality and see the truth in the face is really painful. But if we want to develop and grow in every way, we have to do it. Otherwise history will repeat itself at our expense, as, indeed, it has been doing to us since the foundation of the Abyssinian dominated empire of Ethiopia. Continue reading “Let us overcome in ourselves the myths of Ethiopia”
Most of the power elites everywhere today have given up on seeking genuine solutions to the problems facing the world. They are busy either defending the status quo or else trying to carve a niche for themselves in the existing order often masquerading as supporters of populist slogans. A government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people used to be a definition of democracy. The capitalist globalism of today has turned this into a distant dream. Continue reading “Let us ask honestly what we are seeking”
A learning journey
A man once lived with hunger his constant companion. His brother was a rich man but not a kind one. He never shared his wealth. Only his scorn. “You will always have little,” he said with a laugh to his brother. “It is your fate to be poor, but my fate to be rich.” Continue reading “From the wisdom of great fakirs in India”
Right speech comes out of silence,
and right silence comes out of speech.
We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims
beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive
a spoke into the wheel itself.
Do we have to go to neural science to understand the politics of the Abyssinian elites? I never underestimate, as is usually the case in the Oromo paltalk rooms, the capacity of these elites to surprise and busy their supporters as well as their victims everywhere with ever new self marketing coups and propaganda turnabouts- to cajole, to mislead, to divide and to confuse their critics and admirers ad nauseam. Continue reading “Puppets can make only moves dictated to them by their manipulators and apologists.”
Many of us must have heard of a Janus head, a sculpture typically found at at the gate of a house. In the Greek mythology, the god, Janus, is two headed, with each face looking in the opposite directions. Today the phrase “ Janus faced” means deceitful. However, the original meaning tells us a different story. According to Evan’s Dictionary of Mythology, “ It was a peculiarity of the god that the doors of his temple were kept open in time of war and closed in time of universal peace. They were rarely closed”. Continue reading “Briefly how OPDO is playing double and dangerous games”