Monday, March 27, 2006

How a country becomes a photo op

Here’s a statement I got from the Returnees Caucus. They have a four-point point to make so put down your ukulele, boys and girls. It’s hammer tyyyme.

So what happens when a group of “politically diverse businesspeople and professionals” meet at the Sheraton? They make four-point pointers. Such as? Such as… [All emphasis added.]

  1. Expressing our heart-felt appreciation of the donor community’s debt-cancellation measures, and acknowledging that the crucial elements of the Paris Club’s policy decisions will positively impact Ethiopia’s development efforts, we call on the international community to increase its generous support to this country as it wrestles against formidable of economic challenges.

Ex-squeeze me very much. Did you say increase? Yeah. Let’s ask the donor community for more money because the $1.9 billion dollars it pours into the country has worked so well. Poverty in Ethiopia has been alleviated, Ethiopia is not in the midst of yet another devastating famine, the World Bank’s assessment of the economy is not tragic… oh, wait. I’m sorry, that’s in the Bizzaro Ethiopian World. I am assuming that some of the returnees might have lived in the US at one time. I might be leaping to conclusions also, but I am also assuming that none of them was on welfare. Why is that? Because it’s an unending cycle of poverty? It is psychologically debilitating? The stigma of accepting crumbs was probably unpalatable to them? Just a guess. So why do they want Ethiopia to be a permanent welfare mother? International aid comes with more strings attached to it than Donald Trump’s pre-nup. Debt canceling might seem like an achievement until you realize you have a lower credit rating and no sane institution will let you borrow money ever again. And is debt cancellation the new form of fiscal responsibility? Again, do the returnees remember what happens when one declares bankruptcy in the US? Is there a bank that perpetually lends you money? (If yes, please send name and address, quickly.) My guess is that you guys worked hard to pay your bills because you didn’t want a negative credit rating. and because there is honor in hard work and self-reliance.

2. Similarly, confident that the efforts being made by the World Bank and IMF to ensure the continuation of the support provided to Ethiopia’s development scheme will succeed, we express our hope that multilateral financial assistance to the country will be augmented in the coming years.

Don't know how this is different from point numero uno except it is a more politely worded "send more money" SOS. Yeah, yeah. Except the World Bank is now headed by a strong neo-con who believes in the spreading of the democracy and attaching aid to good government. Paul Wolfowitz is actually eminently lobby-able by Ethiopians in the Diaspora. (Not to mention sexy in a ‘let’s preempt’ kinda way.) The tide has turned with the American people who are starting to get jittery that their tax money is being used to prop up governments who use aid to suppress democracy. The whole ports debacle has 'sensitized' our legislators, and goodness gracious, if it ain’t mid-term elections.

  1. Whereas international assistance is pivotal to help Ethiopia reach the Millennium Development Goal and help millions of Ethiopians break out of the poverty trap; and such positive external intervention is also beneficial to us returnees who have invested capital in many private-sector endeavourers, we call for the expansion of international aid to the country.

Well, why didn’t you say so in the first place? Apparently there are all kinds of factors working here. It seems (could it be?) that international aid is a lucrative business. And why not? ‘Things We Should Have Written Down’ had an excellent post, Lords of Hypocrisy 2:

The estimated budget for an upcoming 17-day ‘research trip’ by an acquaintance working for an anti-hunger NGO:

SUV rental: 500 birr per day x 17 = 8,500 birr ($979)

Gas for SUV: 600 birr per day x 17 = 10,200 birr ($1,175)

Hotels: 200 birr (two people) per night x 17 = 3,400 birr ($391)

Miscellaneous supplies: 100 birr per day x 17 = 1,700 birr ($195)

Estimated Total Expenses: 23,800 birr ($2,741)

Destination: Several of the top tourist spots in Ethiopia

Justification for this trip: “Preliminary research for a future survey”

So on this feeding chain there are hoteliers, SUV rental enterprises, gas station owners, ‘miscellaneous’ supplies’ suppliers-- all ready to partake in fighting hunger. So there you have it. Except there’s a ‘but’. But surely, you might be compelled to think, surely Ethiopia has much more potential than being an NGO pimp? You would be wrong, my friend. Imagine all the private businesses in the US who supply welfare offices with computers, pens, pencils. Heck, I’d have a stake in increasing welfare if I were on the state vendor list. So now we understand the sentence “external intervention is also beneficial to us returnees who have invested capital in many private-sector endeavourers, we call for the expansion of international aid to the country.” I was a little confused as to why private business people would have so much stake in increased aid. I get it already. If the stakes are this high for a lousy $2,741, then imagine when we get to talking about millions, nay, billions, of dollars. I am not sure what the returnees are asking us to understand here. I am an intractable capitalist who believes in a thriving middle class. But… is the only thing Ethiopia left with poverty tourism? “Ethiopia, 13 months of sunshine: Come see how poor we are. Reserve your SUVs early”?

From my heart, ouch.

Please tell me we are on point 4…

  1. Finally confident that our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora will share our view that external aid to Ethiopia is critical particularly to the poor of our country, we will continue to make our voice herd emphasizing the need for the continuation of aid to Ethiopia.

Uh. Is there anything in points 1-3 that’s about the poor? Let’s be honest: no one gives a damn about the poor because even 1% of that $1.9 billion would have helped a lot of the poor. I am involved in a small scale project with a $50K annual budget. That small organization has been able to change a few lives here and there. We do what we can despite the bullshit bureaucracy. So let’s not get the poor involved in this ending poverty business.

I am not sure how often the Returnees Caucasus meets, but maybe next time it can tell us why we should reward a government that has been so blindingly incompetent and brutal. Most of us ignored politics and hunkered to do our part for Ethiopia. We thought that politics had nothing to do with our inherent responsibility to help Ethiopia. But politics is part of economics. As much as we didn’t want to see that, we were forced into it. Unless there is a half-way responsible government, there cannot be economic prosperity. If $1.9 billion doesn’t move us an inch, neither will 7 billion in the hands of a government that is careless beyond all reason. The Ethiopian Diaspora I hang out with has held a ‘No Confidence” vote on the Ethiopian government- which, by the way, makes us chauvinist, imperial-slash-Derg revanchist genocidal muck-mucks, thank you very much.

I mean, c’mon. Who charges political opponents with genocide and treason? Who the hell charges VOA reporters with trying to incite fucking genocide? It’s so bush league. But, at least there is something that coalesces the Returnees: more foreign aid.

Meanwhile, the Diaspora is saying that Ethiopia should not be a permanent beggar nation. We want to create our own solutions to problems that we make worse by thinking someone else has to solve for us. We think Ethiopians have the capacity to map their own destiny. Shoot us.

In the 80s NGOs thought they were doing us a favor by bombarding the world with picture after picture of big bellied Ethiopian children suckling on their dying mother’s breast. The world was outraged, I tell you, outraged. How many millions were raised? How much went to “the poor”? How much of the “external intervention” then was also “beneficial” to those who had a vested interest in “calling for the expansion of international aid” to Ethiopia? So Ethiopia became an ad campaign, and lately, a photo op for American celebrities with fledging careers. Yet the long term psychological effect on Ethiopia and Ethiopians has been incalculable. Aid has made us not only think we can’t solve our problems without foreign money, but that we are incapable of even thinking we can solve our problems without holding out a tin can. We used to blame the West for making us into a beggar state. But now we have to take it from our own?

Give me a break.

What the Diaspora is saying is that Ethiopian poverty shouldn’t just be a line on a policy wonk’s resume. Returnees are telling us to go back home and see what it’s like. Well, I have a proposal: we will if you come back to the US and agree to live on welfare for a year and see what that does to you. Live in government subsidized apartments, buy groceries with food stamps, stand on a soup line for kind ferenjies from the suburbs to hand you a soggy baloney sandwich and a bright smile. You do that, and we’ll return to Ethiopia.

The Diaspora is saying that Ethiopia is not a welfare mother. That’s all. We are saying that Ethiopia is better than that.

Okay. We probably won’t agree on the issue of foreign aid with our returnee brothers and sisters. But I’m sure we can find common ground… You all like Seinfeld?

Here’s some fantastic reading:

Comedy of Errors: Few of the commission’s ideas are new. Most have been tried before, including throwing money at Africa, with questionable results. Unfortunately much of that money has been given to regimes whose favourite pastimes include grand larceny. This, one knows, is a favourite refrain of right-wingers who care little for Africans; but, unfortunately for others who do love what is good and vibrant about Africa and the warmth of so many of its ordinary people, it happens to be true.

“Debt forgiveness creates a problem of moral hazard,” Mwenda argues. “One country borrows and invests the loan wisely and repays. Another borrows and squanders the loan, is unable to pay back and is forgiven. Such a scheme rewards incompetence and penalises good performance, and therefore creates a disincentive to better loan management.”

Cruel to be Kind: “Live Aid forced the world to confront the Ethiopian famine and raised more than £50m. But as Bob Geldof prepares his Live 8 reprise, aid expert David Rieff argues that guilt-stricken donations helped fund a brutal resettlement programme that may have killed up to 100,000”

IRIN interview with Berhanu Nega on foreign aid.

QUESTION: What do you think aid has achieved in Ethiopia?

ANSWER: If by aid we mean making a difference in the lives of people over the long term, helping people to live in a situation whereby they do not have to face those kinds of emergencies, then obviously aid has failed, because the number of people affected by emergencies has significantly increased over the years.

If you look at the famine the country faced in the 1970s, some one million people were affected, in 84/85 about six million, and now you have 12 million to 14 million. It is getting worse through time despite all these policy interventions trying to improve production and rural life. Aid in the short term might have saved lives, but in the long run it seems things are getting worse.

Lords of Hypocrisy: The opulence and inefficiency of the NGO in developing countries is well-worn territory, but it has become much more intimate for me now that I am in Africa. Now I see the White SUVs roar past every day, now I know what NGO employees’ salaries are compared to locals, now I’ve seen where the employees live.

Here are several recent examples that I have witnessed first hand that have left me sourly disappointed and disenchanted with the multi-billion dollar industry that is aid work.

Ethiopia: A ‘man made’ disaster: A government study made public on Thursday has condemned a much-heralded $200m a year aid programme aimed at ending perennial hunger in Ethiopia for failing to meet its targets and causing "a man-made disaster"…. As of the end of May, only 11% of cash and 44% of food had reached people in need, said the study by the government's emergency nutrition co-ordination unit.

"The inadequate implementation of the productive safety net programme is resulting in a man-made disaster in many areas of the country," the study said.

… On the same day, the European Union said it would augment its funding for the program by $72m over two years.

33 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You sound so obnoxious!
You are now officially the mascot for those who always mashmuaTT the returnees because deep down you know you would never have guts to return.

4:37 PM, March 27, 2006  
Anonymous ETW said...

Oh please.

a) Thanks for the gut check.
b) "always mashmuaTT"? because i disagree with the RC? A little drastic, no? For the record, the only thing the RC has had resolutions on so far is aid. We disagree on that. Perhaps we can find something in common when they have another resolution. Abo!
c) Do you like Seinfeld, Anonymous?

4:57 PM, March 27, 2006  
Anonymous w.c. said...

someone out there should study the psychological effects of aid. when i was on vacation in ethiopia last, the very concept of work and education was considered almost quixotic. i traveled to the countryside where local food stores were undermined by food aid; everyone, including the most educated, were looking for an in with any n.g.o. the very idea of hard work is becoming obsolete. ethiopia is not becoming a poverty tourist destination, it HAS become it. i guess when there is little else that’s profitable, the RC has jumped on the bandwagon. guess that’s capitalism, in a twisted way.

6:52 PM, March 27, 2006  
Anonymous phiqr said...

What a blogger! what a posting!

Returnees? what returnees? The returnees with conscious and "guts" that we know are in kaliti... the rest are a puppet of the propaganda machine.

Check out the comments by anonymous on the previous 4 or 5 postings... it does not seem a difference of opion. smells fishy. Alarm! wonqville has been infiltrated by fara (i.e someone on Aid payroll). Hey, anonymous get a nick name... how is woyane sounds to you.

8:21 PM, March 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Etw, drastic, yes. Sweeping generalization about your intent, Yes. Keeping in step with your snarky theme, faithfully. Wasting serious bandwidth on bashing the few who are trying, how brave.

I like Seinfeld. ina?

phiqr; "..How is woyane sound.."?

phara

8:54 PM, March 27, 2006  
Anonymous gonTe said...

anonyyyyyiieee,
how about refuting etw's blog point by point?
It's so easy to call someone obnoxious....

gonTe

9:24 PM, March 27, 2006  
Anonymous ye mankusaw welafen said...

indik-indik-indik. betu agiTwal aydel inde, Wenqett?

Phiqir: ere calm indarg. calm inarg. isn't it very t'nant to level the "W" word around at all who disagree? mnew jal?

speaking of sweeping generalizations, are retunees modern day virgin mothers: untouched and untouchable? this is the second statement they've put out about foreign aid. are we allowed to critcize them or do they have a special status as "the few, the brave, the ones fighting for change"? erediya.

"Leave the poor out of the poverty business" bilalech eko W/ro Wenqette. if you actually read their statement carefully, it is loaded with debatable logic.

sy-n-field yiwdem. but if that is a starting point for consensus, then aywdem.

Ij nesichalehu.

12:51 AM, March 28, 2006  
Blogger sokari said...

ETW - you have surpassed yourself on this one! Excellent post on the never ending cycle of aid dependency - going nowhere except of course in the pockets of the "mighty" few.

2:47 AM, March 28, 2006  
Blogger Geja said...

All, here is the rule of thumb
If one is scared enough not to use anything other than anonymous, then let them rant and rave, none of us should give them the pleasure of replying back.

3:07 AM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous phiqr said...

Ye mankusaw...

I'm willing to withdraw the "w" labeling for the sake of keeping the decency of this blog. But I assure you I did not used it on all who disagrees, refer the comments in previous postings. Be watchful of the subtle messages to divert the opinion of the diaspora.

This is a coordinate effort. You can see it on every active eth-blogs. The core message is, hey diaspora, forget the killings, abuses and prisoners; lets talk about the flourishing economy, the poor, and beg for more aid money. Just visit the .gov sites (Agie, Reporter,...) to get the scoop of the current campaign. I would think the "returnee forum" is part of this lies. It is all lies like their false democracy that killed and imprisoned those innocent soles. I have a hanch feeling all this is financed by aid money that they desperately wants us to beg for.

btw, YeManku, don't be shy to call it as you see it. Woyane is not a derogatory word it is like Dergu. That's what they call themselves. After all, anyone who is brave enough to charter the wonqvilee should be able to hand it. No need to be babysit their feeling.

I'm puzzled with why we are ok to call Dergu - Dergu but not Woyane - Woyane. Dergu also had changed its name so many times Dergu-Esepaco-ESePa, what not, just like Woyane-TPLF-EPRDF. It is what it is. Nothing to be calm about.

Sorry, this days specially after November my BS tolerance is very very low with a fair rationality and practicality. I don't know about you, but I am not will to give it the benefit of the doubt any more. As the saying goes "fool me once...".

If I offend any bystander on this, so be it. here I will be force to quote Gandhi “In my opinion, non-co-operation with evil is as much a duty as is co-operation with good..." Returnees, you dig?

Geja, I couldn't agree more.

5:01 AM, March 28, 2006  
Blogger kuchiye said...

Phiqir:

Y're right about the "coordinated" Woyane assault on the diaspora. Where do you think the Birr$50 million budget of the new "Diaspora Department" of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs going to? This is on top of the US$6 million spent on 3 lobby/PR firms and probably US$6 million more spent by the 77th richest to win the international battle....

Talk about being outspent, outwitted and outgunned!

10:16 AM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous not anonymous said...

wonq,

Just when I thought you couldn’t possibly top that memorable one-liner of some time ago: “Where is your threshold, Condi,” here you come with yet another brilliant quotable: “ Ethiopia has much more potential than being an NGO-pimp!” To my mind, you could just as well have spared yourself a lot of dikam and offered that one single phrase in place of an entire blog and left it at that, because it said it all!
For the life of me, wonq, I don’t know how you, time and again, keep thinking up these terrific quips with what seems such an effortless ease.

If that’s what RC-anonymous calls obnoxious, I tell ya, I like me some obnoxious. It beats that other kind of obnoxious where 4 hand-picked returnees caucused away at the “Office Bar” at the Sheraton and came up with a 4-point resolution that reads every bit like a document inspired by the 4 liters of Black Label under the 4 authors’ belts!

Listen up you 4!You don’t speak for the poor of Ethiopia when your primary motivation is to enrich yourselves. “External intervention is beneficial to us returnees!” Indeeee?! Did you guys even READ this mess when they gave it to you to sign off on? You should have! I bet you my hard-earned dollar, if I ever work up the courage to return, I’ll read and maybe even “endeavourer” to UNDERSTAND whatever instructions are handed down to me by my handlers before I come out swinging with some crazy little tongue-twister like “whereas mnamin, mnamin, whereas qibirTisso!”

Where did y’all get this “Whereas” feliT from anyway?
“Whereas, we returnees henceforth known as returning returnees, herein also referred to as returnee-endeavourers are finally confident that thy will be done, Oh, Ferenjis! Whereas thou shalt giveth more and more so that we shall haveth more and more . . .!”

That’s it? Is that all you people have to show for all the years you spent out here in ferenj-ager? The improper use of “WHEREAS” ???

12:53 PM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1.9 billion compared to 100 billion to Afgan & Iraq, what nonsense you talk about.

Seinfeld rambling on Africans has a mission to protect his motherland. ETW did you get it? Poor soul blinded from reality by hate of self. Seinfeld achenefe!!!

1:43 PM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous Gooch said...

Wow, that was a bit like one of my rants!

IMHO, aid, in and of itself, is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can be a very good thing. It all depends on the type of aid, who is getting the aid, and how good they are at using it.

Europe made good with the Marshall Plan. India made good, eventually, with a lot of aid, albeit not much per capita. And so on.

An Ethiopian government that implements good governance, is accountable to its people and that had a halfway decent track record at economic stewardship could use the aid effectively.

The problem is that this Ethiopian government has none of the above.

So, I would say that aid is neutral, but aid to this Ethiopian government is negative.

2:16 PM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous debteraw said...

be-sime ab, be-sime ab.

Not Anonymous, whereas you shaln't endevored to weshmeT mequreT,

whereas a four point pointer should be pointed to the fact that thusly and forwhence the RC has asked for more aid because we need more aid

whereas the RC conducts its forpence business not in the office bar, but in the boadroom where all pertinent endeavorded endevors are accomplished

aliyam whereas, the RC is trying its best

benatih, godahachew.

Gooch, i don't think aid is neutral. Foreign aid to Africa especially is not neutral. Maybe 1% of it is-- the soggy baloney handing part. But big business aid is not neutral. It can't afford to be. If it were, then poverty would be history and that's not good for business.

4:33 PM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous imperial revanchist said...

1.9 billion compared to 100 billion to Afgan & Iraq, what nonsense you talk about.

HUH?? So can we at least wait until the US invades us and write a constitution for us before we start asking for increased aid?

Poor soul blinded from reality by hate of self. Wonqi, are you self hatin'... again?

5:25 PM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous is my nickname. I know your parents didn't name you etw, phiqir, geja etc. Let it go. Yemote zemed minamin yelachihum?

I said obnoxious not because I particularly support returnees. I just felt the tone was obnoxious. An obnoxious, snarky response to a seemingly heartfelt plea on the part of these people. Disagree with them but to ridicule them and say they are greedy is, well, obnoxious. It reminded me of the people who always complain about returnees. How can they live like that when there's so much poverty? etc While we live here like this, are we absolved because we are outside the "responsibility" radius?

phiqr: "I did not used it on all who disagrees"??

again, phara.

8:39 PM, March 28, 2006  
Blogger Seifemelekot said...

Personally, I don't believe aid is a single way out of poverty. Aid can be used and can deliver the desired result if used responsibly. It should only come to play at the direst of circumstances and absolutely should not be a means a person or a nation should be depending on. I believe, however, a sustainable development could spring out of a short term well managed funds that could come by means of receiving aid. It should be noted also, a culture of hard work will surely be seriously wounded by the culture of receiving an endless aid. As the writer noted this would bring about an extremely serious psychological consequences that will last much longer than the inflow of aid. Eth. as a nation should be very careful not to send a false signal to the hard working people by rewarding laziness and unwillingness to take risk.

Cheers,

9:18 PM, March 28, 2006  
Blogger Geja said...

These are 18 comments here mostly good as a starter to talk and know what we want and how we go about doing it. Folks, we should be over that by now. People like Phiqr has been sharing ideas that could work, ETW has been dolling it to us again and again. However I see 18 plus comments here and zero, bado, minim neger yelem, nothing on the one ETW posted to start on the 20/20. Sometimes I wonder if we really need Meles's paid distracters when we do a good job of it ourselves. Common folks let us get started.

11:03 PM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Geja!!!!
Let,s focus!

I do like phikir's answer though... say it like it is.

12:48 AM, March 29, 2006  
Anonymous m'mme said...

Coming to Wonqville and not expect snark?? Hello. I sent my 20, another 20 in the name of the RC and maybe I'll add another coupla for snark. Whereas I have.

1:55 AM, March 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yikes. The air just turned fowl. I have no idea who you are talking about but calling people out like that by name and defaming is beyond obnoxious. Sorry etw, and here I am being offended by your tone when there's much worse out there. I'll check out. Yimechachihu.

8:04 AM, March 29, 2006  
Blogger Yeluno said...

Anonymous,
Why are you offended by me naming names when they themselves put their names on that piece of crap they had the temerity to call a 'resolution'? What are you afraid of even when those bs-manufacturers had the gut, and I am using that wrod very advisedly, to put names to their crap? Do you wish everybody to stay 'anonymous' even when they don't want to?

Lighten up Sandy baby, as Riggo said to former Justice O'Connor...

8:32 AM, March 29, 2006  
Blogger ET Wonqette said...

Anonymous, I agree with you on this one 100%. My beef is with the four-point thingamaij and not the people in the RC personally. It is indecent and ignoble to attack them on such a personal level. I've removed the comments and hence join Andrew at Mesqel Square and the beleaguered Medrek moderators in being a Comment Police. I'm going for a uniform fitting.

Honestly, I didn’t think that we needed to be reminded of common courtesy on this board. Geja, thank you for bringing up the 20/20 campaign. My deep disappointment was only tempered by your graciousness.

ETW.

9:09 AM, March 29, 2006  
Blogger Yeluno said...

ETW,
I think this is the height of hypocrisy on all involved. May be I took it a little further by being frank and honest, but you and the rest slap them silly with all kinds of words and redicule, but as soon as someone mentions their names, NAMES THAT WERE CLEARLY PUBLISHED by them and it all of a sudden becomes indecent and ignoble?
What must one do then? Don't we ever need to talk about people when we talk about their good or silly ideas? Mustn't there be a connection btw what they say/write and where they are coming from?

I give you this, though: it is your blog and you can do anything you want. That is why we do love loving in this country, though some of us have a hard time admitting it... God bless

9:31 AM, March 29, 2006  
Anonymous ETW said...

C'mon. We're adults here. It's not the mentioning of the names- I am sure they have no objections to that since they signed the damn thing. It's what you said about their lives. Anyway, moving on... 20/20.

10:30 AM, March 29, 2006  
Anonymous Gooch said...

Geja, I'm sure many have done the 20/20. I have, and let's just say a tiny bit more. I just wasn't taking the reporting bit seriously, but I suppose it's good for morale.

12:26 PM, March 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

etw: you live somewhere in sunny CA, watch silly tv shows, probably drive an SUV to take your kids to some silly soccer game, are probably overweight, can't keep your fingers away from eating chips and typing nasty comments about a group of idiots who want us to keep funding a bunch of incompetent guerilla fighters. You and the returnees are the same type, losers. Actually, the real losers in all this are the people of Ethiopia.

2:22 PM, March 29, 2006  
Anonymous etw said...

ennnnddddayyyy! i don't eat chips.

2:56 PM, March 29, 2006  
Anonymous phiqr said...

Geja,
I got my ticket to attend the friday event of AdvEth. I will be dolling some when I'm there for my part of the 20/20. Thanks for the remainder. good job.

etw, a short note on the censuring episode... Definitely, Andrew can't be a good example. Who knows on what kind of pressure he is under. His tone drastically went south after the expulsion of the AP reporter. Then comes censuring when the criticism build up. It is a slippery slop...

here you have a bunch of pretty smart readers. Let them be the judge and do the criticism if need be. don't be overly protective... power is seductive, don't do it because you can.

Since I have not read it I can't be a good judge. I'm just making a point because I can.

11:32 PM, March 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in somewhere snowy mid-west; drive silly SUV, take my kids to silly soccer games, eat silly healthy...who is the looser here?

3:16 PM, March 30, 2006  
Anonymous Danny said...

In case you have not seen this- a letter from AJC(Anuak Justice Council) to the Ethiopian Ambassador Fessha please follow this link. http://www.anuakjustice.org
After reading this letter, I say Ethiopia has hope because of her children in Gambella, Oromo, Amhara, Gurage, Sidama, etc….as well as the courageous Ethiopians currently languishing in prison!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Netuse Ethiopiawie

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