Thursday, March 16, 2006

While I was out...

... did anything happen?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one… girl goes on vacation, comes back with some vicious Italian flu and spends several days acquainting herself with each vein on the marble floor in her bathroom… You have? Oh, well.

And guess what happens when you spend seemingly endless days staring down the porcelain throne?

Los loco compadres, Ato Meles’ and Ato Issayas’ pissing contest reached some kinda dingbat détente until both fill up on Gatorade; jailed Ethiopian opposition members remain in jail, but were not blamed for a series of bombs in Addis (that courtesy goes to (drum roll, please) the whawskly Eh-wee-treans); yet another drought looms over Ethiopia just as the guv’ment of Ethiopia rah-rah-siss-boom-bahs about ending ‘extreme’ poverty in twenty years. The EU delivers its final word on the Ethiopian elections, and… and… after 14 years of “proceedings”, guess which genocidal maniac’s, um, genocide trial verdict will be announced on May 23? 14 years to make a case against Mengistu? Guess that means the opposition leaders and journalists now charged with the same ‘genocide’ have to cool their heals even though our fearless leader promised his donors a “speedy and fair” trial. Good thing Prime Minister Meles is known for his honesty because I was starting to… what’s it called… panic.

I’ve been trying to catch up.

Here is something I’ve been trying to say but haven’t been able to because I start frothing incomprehensively whenever I start the argument with fellow ET-Americans… Time for Ethiopian Immigrants to Reconsider Alliance with Democrats. Hello, yes! Following up on HR 4423 by those of us in the States is crucial. Call your representative and senators, register to vote!

Hm. That wasn't hysterical or nothin'.

The World Bank’s Country Director ekes out a strategy for Ethiopia—in a few ‘salient’ points… which Professor Berhanu Abegaz (wonder if Jon Stewart took any of his classes) politely bitch slaps into the netherworld.

In Ethiopia’s case, donors can ally themselves with citizen movements to advance the twin causes of justice and development based on international norms. For this to occur, external restraints by donors must complement the nascent internal restraints by citizens to contain the abuse of power. The World Bank is by far the best development partner of the Ethiopian poor. It would be a great tragedy indeed if the Bank were to choose to continue to conduct business as usual and thereby lend credibility to a discredited regime.

Ye gads!

Three guesses as to which of my favorite Ethiopian Punditocrat wrote the following:

With international bureaucrats it is about the very best cocktail party post-modern faux economic intellectualism with the same silly failed theories onanistically and ritualistically re-exhumed in the presence of an 'African who really listens to us and gives some of our theories' another chance on his captive subjects.

Good night and, seriously, good luck.

Okay, I’m still catching up with news. Meanwhile here is something I found buried in my “things I want to talk about” file. A bit dated but what the hell. Thanks a million again to Gooch for filling in.

February 1, 2006

It’s been a hell of a time for those of us who have not grown up around the British people to understand if Tony Blair is cutting off aid to Ethiopia, or not cutting off aid to Ethiopia. We are used to Americanism. Vicki Huddleston: cut off ‘sales’ of Humvees? Yes! Cut aid? Not so much. You have yourself a great day.

Ethiopundit’s Perfidious Albion explains a lot. But there is one other source my friends and I turn to whenever we attempt to understand the Brits: a scholarly, most comprehensive, most multifaceted, most once-and-for-all source into the English psyche: the ably inimitable … Eddie Izzard. You’ll learn more about European history and what makes English people tick (and Lordy if there aren’t a million and one things that make them tick from Eddie than you will ever learn from …what’s that thing called… reading.

On political disposition:

“Pol Pot killed one point seven million Cambodians, died under house
arrest, well done there. Stalin killed many millions, died in his bed, aged
seventy-two, well done indeed. And the reason we let them get away with it
is they killed their own people. And we're sort of fine with that. Hitler
killed people next door. Oh, stupid man. After a couple of years we won't
stand for that, will we?”

He knows all this because, well:

I grew up in Europe, where the history comes from.

Of course, his classic routine:

"Cake or death?" That's a pretty easy question. Anyone could answer that.
"Cake or death?"
"Eh, cake please."
"Very well! Give him cake!"
"Oh, thanks very much. It's very nice."
"You! Cake or death?"
“Uh, cake for me, too, please."
"Very well! Give him cake, too! We're gonna run out of cake at this rate. You! Cake or death?"
"Uh, death, please. No, cake! Cake! Cake, sorry. Sorry..."
"You said death first, uh-uh, death first!"
"Well, I meant cake!"
"Oh, all right. You're lucky I'm Church of England! Cake or death?"

Thank you for flying Church of England, cake or death?

Consider yourself Anglophiled. You’re welcome. Oh, Eddie. The perfect antidote for disemboweled bowels.


Blogger enaseb said...


enkwan bedehna temeleshelen. ene yemelew gen...yachee ye wef gunfan tehon yeyazechish?

on the "and the reason we let them get away with it is they killed their own people" tip...i heard on the radio the other day that some russians did a survey of young russians (18-29 years old). twenty percent of them said they would vote for Stalin in this day and age if they could. hehe life is a trip ain't it? i wonder...agerbet hayden same age groupochun survey benaderg...sentochu mengistun enemerTalen endemilu?

4:01 PM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a name you use as "enaseb", welcoming ETW and then within the same breath asking if she had yewef gunfan? This will only be funny if you change your name to "no more maseb" and you send this wish to Meles. She is still a lady, an Ethiopian lady, a very smart Ethiopian lady, a very dedicated and loving Ethiopian lady. As stupid as you, "enaseb" sound, I do not even wish this virus to you. I have read your distractions before so, this is one of your usuall folies.

6:27 PM, March 16, 2006  
Blogger Ballager said...

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9:57 AM, March 17, 2006  
Blogger enaseb said...


peace nefse.

1:56 PM, March 17, 2006  
Anonymous not anonymous said...


coming as it did on the heels of a discussion about team-effort and that sort of stuff, I sure thought your blog would touch on the issue, at least, in some perfunctory way; especially because folks were serious about it and your name came up a lot as a possible facilitator of things. I wonder if you too (like me) are waiting in the wings to (as Gooch put it) “pass some threshold of awareness” before you respond to what was being teased out here while you were on the bathroom floor?

So, what’s your take on it?

3:42 PM, March 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is something I’ve been trying to say but haven’t been able to because I start frothing incomprehensively whenever I start the argument with fellow ET-Americans… Time for Ethiopian Immigrants to Reconsider Alliance with Democrats.

Wonq you must be out of your fucking mind. You are willing to sell your soul to the fucking republithugs because the election in Ethiopia didn't turn out the way you thought it should. Face it Kinigit lost. I am not claiming there were no shenanigans from EPDRF at election. Face it this is politics it is always dirty, ugly and viscous. KLinigit would have done the same if they were in power. We are not talking Mandela or Gandhi here. The thugs in power in the US got in power the same way, not once but twice. Yet this so called Ethiopian American group is urging us to ally ourselves with these racist devils??? There is a reason why 98% of African Americans are democrats. And we Ethiopian American better realize we are African Americans. If you don’t agree with what is going on in Ethiopia go back to Ethiopia and do something about it. Risk something. You can't run a revolution from your cozy house in LA or a Starbucks. Get down and dirty. I for one have chosen this country as my home. I don’t presume to tell my countrymen in Ethiopia what is good for them. They have apparently chosen what is good for them. If you don’t agree they will wait until the next election to get rid of EPRDF. That is what I am going to do this coming election and in 2008 – vote to get the republican scum out of office. And if any of you know what is good for you , the US and the world you will o the same.

Ethiopian American

7:06 PM, March 17, 2006  
Anonymous mekeregna said...

i am sooooo becoming a republican after that diatribe.

11:34 PM, March 17, 2006  
Anonymous wmd said...

i am one up one you, brother! i am asking Frist to be my new poppy. Minew ete!

3:30 AM, March 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read an `amazing` story in .Wonqe, please have a look at this and say something. 6/Mar/20Mar06/10896.htm
Don`t get me wrong , i am for wild animals protection but it really makes me sad when i see EPRDF law organs give more sensibility for wild animals than a 10 year old boy whom the killed on the pretext of `terrorist act`.

8:01 AM, March 21, 2006  
Blogger Geja said...

Wonk, where are you? Your continued absence is causing disheartening among us, some of your loyal subjects. I for one hope all is well with you.

12:15 PM, March 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonkit we are missing you here. I too hope all is well with you. Lemanignawum Egiziher abrosh endale amnalehu.

8:44 AM, March 22, 2006  

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