Re: Why is Ethiopia Spending $2 Million to Lobby Your Administration?

Why did the Ethiopian regime hire a lobbying firm to infiltrate President Trump Administration?
Why did the Ethiopian regime hire a high-powered lobbying firm to infiltrate your Administration?

By Prof. Al Mariam,

I have written this letter because I am affronted and outraged by the sheer audacity and arrogance of a foreign regime to use millions of dollars in a lobbying effort to manipulate, subvert, exploit and corrupt American political institutions. Any foreign government which feels that it can buy, sell and exchange American policy makers by spending millions of dollars on lobbying revolts me to the core.



The dangers of foreign powers using partisan politics to subvert American institutions is something George Washington warned about in his farewell address: “It [factionalism] opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.”

Such is the effort of the regime in Ethiopia in its $2 million lobbying effort. They want to peddle influence and subject the policy of the United States to their will. Such an outrageous effort must be resisted, confronted and defeated.

As American citizens and taxpayers, we must use our bedrock constitutional right to petition our government and demand that those foreign regimes trying to hijack our political institutions by spending millions of dollars to peddle influence for the purpose of imposing their will on the United States of America must be stopped at all costs.


My Letter to President Donald J. Trump

February 26, 2017

President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Re: Why is the “Government” of Ethiopia Spending $2 Million to Lobby Your Administration?

Dear President Trump:

I am writing this letter for four reasons.

First and foremost, I wish to alert you of a massive lobbying assault planned on your Administration by the “government” of Ethiopia. Evidence obtained from the U.S. Justice Department shows that on or about January 2017, the ambassador of the regime in Ethiopia signed an agreement with SGR Government Relations, Lobbying (Washington, D.C) at a cost of $150,000 per month (for a total contract price of $1.8 million by January 2018) for the sole purpose of influence peddling in your Administration.[1] Ethiopia is the single largest recipient of U.S. aid in sub-Saharan Africa. I request an inquiry into whether any U.S. aid money has been converted by the regime in Ethiopia for lobbying purposes.

In this regard, I wish to call your attention to your own publicly declared distaste for lobbyists peddling influence in your Administration: “If we win on November 8th, we are going to Washington, D.C.—when we win, OK—and we are going to drain the swamp.” I understood your statement to mean, among other things, elimination of the outsized influence of lobbyists who peddle influence on behalf of foreign governments seeking to subvert American political institutions. I am outraged that the regime in Ethiopia is spending nearly $2 million to shore up the very swamp you are struggling to drain!

Second, I wish to offer clear-cut answers to a set of important questions your transition team recently posed to the State Department concerning U.S. policy in Africa:

1) “With so much corruption in Africa, how much of our funding is stolen?”

2) “We’ve been fighting al-Shabaab for a decade, why haven’t we won?”

3) “How does U.S. business compete with other nations in Africa? Are we losing out to the Chinese?”

4) “Why should the U.S. continue the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act [AGOA] which provides massive support to corrupt African regimes?”

Third, I wish to offer you a simple solution to the problem of illegal immigration to the U.S.: If the U.S. drains the financial swamp that sustains the corrupt and brutal dictators and thugtators in Africa, the Middle East, Central America and other places, there will be far fewer people from these regions seeking to illegally enter the U.S. People from these regions by and large come to America for the same reasons the Pilgrims and others after them came to America. They seek refuge from religious and political persecution in America.

Fourth, I wish to urge you to help Ethiopia and the rest of Africa by letting them help themselves. The best and most effective way of helping Africa is to let Africa help itself. I ask you and members of your Administration: How long must Ethiopia remain a beggar nation? How long must Africa remain a beggar continent?

Why did the Ethiopian regime hire a high-powered lobbying firm to infiltrate your Administration?

During the 8 years of the Obama Administration, the regime in Ethiopia did not spend a single red cent for lobbying. That is because President Obama left the candy store open to them for free pickings.

During the Bush Administration, the regime spent a mere $50 thousand a month for lobbying.[2] Today, that regime is spending nearly $2 million to lobby your Administration.

On January 18, 2017, the ruling regime in Ethiopia signed a “Memorandum of Understanding”[3] (MOU) and agreed to pay SGR Government Relations, Lobbying (Washington, D.C) $150,000 per month for lobbying services for a total of $1.8 million.

Why is the regime in Ethiopia spending so much money to lobby your Administration?

I believe there are at least four reasons why the regime in Ethiopia regime is spending millions to peddle influence in your Administration:

1) The leaders of the Ethiopian regime are deeply concerned, indeed they are in a state of panic, that you will drop the hammer on them given your strong statements on corruption, fraud, waste and abuse of U.S. tax dollars by foreign aid recipient governments and international organizations. The regime has concluded that your Administration is unlikely to buy their counter-terrorism game of deception which they played successfully with the Obama administration garnering billions of dollars in American tax dollars. Indeed, the regime had made such a patsy of Barack Obama that they had him publicly declare that their regime is democratic despite the fact that the regime claimed to have won 100 percent of the seats in their “parliament” and operate a virtual police state. No doubt, they are desperately trying to find out the chink in your armor so they can make a chump out of you as they did Barack Obama.

The fact that your administration is asking why the U.S. has not won the war against al Shabaab in Somalia is a clear indication to the regime in Ethiopia that your Administration will not buy their claim of needing endless support to fight terrorism in the Horn of Africa. Their massive lobbying assault is intended to ensure that your Administration continues to walk in the footsteps of the Obama Administration and provide unquestioned support for their regime.

2) The Ethiopian regime over the past several months has sought to infiltrate your transition team, including your inner circle, with the aim of establishing a cozy relationship with your Administration. For instance, it has been reported in the media that Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma has assured the regime that he will open back door channels to your Administration for them.[4] However, it appears so far they have met little success in their efforts to infiltrate and worm themselves into your Administration through the back door or through the intercession of “establishment” Republicans. That is why they have decided to make a last-ditch effort by deploying high-powered lobbyists to crack open your Administration to peddle influence.

3) The leaders of the regime in Ethiopia believe that they can hoodwink and bamboozle your administration just as they always have previous administrations over the past 25 years. They take special pleasure and pride in pulling the wool over the eyes of well-intentioned American policy makers and browbeat and blackmail them into submission by making threats of non-cooperation in the war on terrorism. Will you allow your Administration be a victim of blackmail by the regime in Ethiopia?

4) The Ethiopian regime cannot survive a single day without massive infusion of U.S. aid. In other words, the American taxpayer is literally the life support system for a corrupt and brutal regime that operates by a declaration of emergency. Why must the American taxpayer bankroll a corrupt regime in Ethiopia?

It makes no sense to me for a regime whose population, some 20 million of them, is facing famine to spend nearly $2 million on lobbying. How many famine-stricken children can you feed with $2 million? Ethiopia today is 123 out of 125 worst fed countries in the world.[5]

As you may know, Ethiopia with the second largest population (100 million) in Sub-Sahara Africa, has been ranked for the past several years as the “second poorest country” in the world in the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHDI) Multidimensional Poverty Index.

Ethiopia is also Africa’s largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid.[6] Over the past two decades, the U.S. has provided the ruling regime in Ethiopia tens of billions of dollars in development and humanitarian aid.

Just in the past year, the U.S. provided over $700 million in humanitarian aid[7] and $375 million in foreign assistance[8] to the Ethiopian regime. In 2017, that regime is slated to receive a whopping $513 million in foreign assistance.[9]

Over the past decade, U.S. aid to the regime in Ethiopia has been used to:

finance “corruption, kickbacks and bribery” resulting in the loss of nearly $12 billion over a decade.[10] The regime in Ethiopia has a long and well-documented history of misuse, abuse and corruption in using U.S. and other foreign aid.[11]

“suppress political dissent by conditioning access to essential services on support for the ruling party.”[12]

“systematically discriminate from one end of the country to another against people who were members of the opposition party or people who disagreed with the regime.”[13]

“deny whole communities basic food, seed and fertilizer for failing to support the ruling regime.”[14]

implement “forced eviction, relocations and displacement of populations accompanied by serious human rights violations” and create “forced labor for government projects.”[15]

The fact of the matter is that the regime in Ethiopia has been stealing, embezzling and putting to corrupt purpose U.S. aid since 1984 as I have extensively documented in my previous analysis.[16]

The question remains: Why should the U.S. Government give a single red cent of American tax dollars to a regime that spends $2 million to lobby American officials?

Truth be told, in 2015, the regime in Ethiopia spent a mere $33 million out of its coffers to feed 4.5 million famine victims in the country, while panhandling the U.S. for hundreds of millions of dollars.[17] In 2017, the same regime is spending nearly $2 million to feed high-powered K Street lobbyists.

Words cannot express my outrage over the fact that the regime in Ethiopia is spending the millions of U.S. dollars it has siphoned off from U.S. aid to lobby your Administration.

There is no greater example of fraud, waste and abuse in U.S. aid than to see in black and white a lobbying agreement filed with the U.S. Justice Department documenting an agreement to spend nearly $2 million of American aid money for lobbying.

Using U.S. aid money to lobby the U.S. government for more aid money is simply wrong, immoral and certainly illegal.

How can we be sure today that American tax dollars given to the regime in Ethiopia will feed the famine-stricken people and not fatten the offshore accounts of regime leaders and the swarm of consultants and lobbyist they hire to lobby more aid for them?

“How does U.S. business compete with other nations in Africa? Are we losing out to the Chinese?”

The short answer to the question of U.S. business competitiveness in Africa is simply this: The Dragon is and has been eating the Eagle’s lunch in Africa every single day for over a decade.



Secretary Hillary Clinton in 2011 observed, “China is in there [Africa] every day in every way, trying to figure out how it’s going to come in behind us, come under us. We don’t want to see a new colonialism in Africa.”[18]

Secretary Clinton talked a good game, but China continued to expand its neocolonialism in Africa.

I know it is politically incorrect to talk about China’s “scramble for Africa”, but the fact is that African countries are falling like dominoes under Chinese neocolonial control.

There is perhaps no symbolic act more telling of China’s unrivaled dominance in Africa than “China’s Gift to Africa”, the $200-million African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa. In 2012, China delivered that building to African leaders which it built using largely its own labor force. How ironic that African governments have millions of dollars for lobbying but have no money to spend on the most iconic structure of the continent. They had to beg China to build it for them. It is so sad Africa remains the beggar continent!

The head of the African Union in gratitude for the building proclaimed that China brings to Africa a “message of optimism, a message that is out of the decades of hopelessness and imprisonment a new era of hope is dawning, and that Africa is being unshackled and freed…”

African leaders fell head over feet praising the “generosity of the Chinese government”, and described the donated building as marking “a qualitative leap in the relations between China and Africa”. They proclaimed that the building is “a reflection of the new Africa, and the future we want for Africa”.[19]

The U.S. has given tens of billions of dollars to Africa in aid and what it gets in return is condemnation as an “imperialist” or some such denigrating term. When has an African leader ever thanked the U.S. Government or the American people for the billions they have given in same glowing terms as the Chinese Government?[20]

The fact of the matter is that American businesses and companies investing in Africa are at a distinct disadvantage. Ethiopia is a classic example. For instance, a January 2017 U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration concluded that foreign direct investment in Ethiopia is hampered because “State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and ruling political party-owned entities dominate the economic landscape, reducing room for the private sector to flourish.”[21] Chinese businesses have been able to achieve phenomenal success in Africa because of their cozy relationships with the ruling regimes. Unlike American companies, Chinese companies are unaffected by ethical obligations or the legal requirements of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in their close working relationship with the “ruling political party-owned entities” in Ethiopia or elsewhere in Africa.

There are those who say China is economically transforming Africa and making things better for Africans.[22] But is China “transforming Africa” to make it easier for its businesses and investors to rip off Africans?[23]

You have made remarks during the campaign about China’s impact on the United States. You said China is “using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild China” and criticized China for stealing jobs from Americans, devaluing its currency to help its export sector and for engaging in state-sponsored cyber-hacking. You even made the strong statement that, “We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country, and that’s what they’re doing.”

Talking about stealing jobs, I would like to tell you that Chinese cabin crews are now taking over jobs and displacing young Ethiopian flight attendants at the country’s flagship Ethiopian Airlines. It is so sad to see young Ethiopian women denied opportunities in their own country.[24] Of course, it is an open secret that Chinese companies refuse to hire Africans and bring in their own workers from China to complete their projects.[25]

If China could have the impact you asserted it has on the U.S. economy, it is easy to imagine China’s rapacious impact on the African economy by orders of magnitude.

The facts clearly show that neither Africans alone nor Africans and American investors together have a ghost of a chance facing the Chinese neocolonial economic juggernaut.

In 2015, China’s trade with African states approached nearly $300 billion, a tenfold increase over the last decade.[26] China imports crude oil, minerals and agricultural commodities from Africa. China is Africa’s main export market and also its largest source of imports. Between 2000 and 2014, the Chinese government, banks and contractors extended USD$86.3 billion worth of loans to African governments and state-owned enterprises.[27] The Chinese built a USD$4 billion dollar ghost city in Angola called Kilamba using Angola’s credit line.[28] China continues to ensnare Africa in its neocolonial trap by providing billions of dollars in new loans.

China even uses “debt relief to obtain exclusive rights to a nation’s natural resources and build military bases”.[29]

The Obama Administration has been watching from the sidelines offering only criticism to China’s neocolonial expansion in Africa. U.S. exports of goods to Africa in 2013 were nearly $24 billion, an increase of only $8.8 billion since 2009.

“With so much corruption in Africa, how much of our funding is stolen? Why should we spend these funds on Africa when we are suffering here in the U.S.?”

“Most of AGOA [Africa Growth and Opportunity Act which allows 39 eligible sub-Saharan Africa countries to export certain goods to the US market duty-free] imports are petroleum products, with the benefits going to national oil companies, why do we support that massive benefit to corrupt regimes?”

There is another companion question that should be asked along with the foregoing question of corruption and stolen American tax dollars in Africa: Who is minding the store for the American taxpayer in Africa?

Corruption is the hemoglobin that runs in the blood of the African body politics.

Corruption is the principal cause of poor governance and state failure in Africa. According to the African Union, an “estimated 25 per cent of the continent’s GDP (nearly 150 billion dollars) is lost due to corruption.”[30]

For instance, the regime in Ethiopia is so corrupt that the World Bank issued a one-of-a-kind 417-page study on the cancer of corruption entitled, “Diagnosing Corruption in Ethiopia”. [31]

In 2013, Global Financial Integrity reported between $1.2 trillion and $1.3 trillion has left Africa in illicit financial flows between 1980 and 2009”, roughly equal to Africa’s gross domestic product for 2014.[32]

As of March of 2014, the top 20 most indebted countries in Africa carried foreign debt of nearly $390 billion.[33]

A 2016 UNECA report indicated that one of the major factors in the increasing levels of corruption in Africa has to do with the “the blind eye often turned to corruptors by western countries.” The report argued that the “international dimension of corruption in Africa” is “an intrinsic part of the policy landscape in many African countries since it comes through conditionality frameworks, which is often tied to official development assistance (ODA) packages.”[34]

It is politically incorrect to say it, but AGOA [Africa Growth and Opportunity Act] is an entitlement program for African dictators. It is a special guaranteed U.S. Government program designed to sustain and maintain African dictators.

AGOA supposedly allows 39 eligible sub-Saharan Africa countries to export certain goods to the US markets duty-free benefits, but the bulk of the benefits go to the national oil companies of African countries which provide the financial support for repressive and corrupt African regimes. Non-oil and gas exports to the US under AGOA are negligible ($4.1 billion in 2015) representing barely 2 per cent of the United States’ total global trade.

The current leader of the regime in Ethiopia has urged your Administration to keep the AGOA provisions for the next 10 years”.[35] In a recent public relations report of the Ethiopian regime, it was reported that “U.S. investments in Ethiopia climbed to $4 billion last year helped by several companies taking advantage of the renewed Africa Growth and Opportunity Act.”[36] This is a patent, unadulterated and bold-faced lie. The regime in Ethiopia is trying to generate fake news about American investments in Ethiopia in the hope of laying the groundwork to snooker your Administration into supporting them. You must not fall for their “investment” gimmick.

Your transition team’s question is exactly on point: Why should the U.S. continue a trade agreement that principally benefits corrupt African dictators?

There is no reason why the American taxpayer must give African dictators billions of dollars in aid and then allow billions of dollars of petroleum products to enter the United States tax-free.

That is just not fair to the American taxpayer!

Who is minding the “US Aid Candy Store” in Africa?

USAID is supposed to oversee and administer U.S. aid in Africa. But are they?

In 2016, the Inspector General of USAID reported “significant deficiencies” in financial accounting including issues related to “complying with Federal accounting standards for reimbursable agreements, maintaining adequate records of property, plant, and equipment, and promptly investigating and resolving potential funds control violations.”[37]

A 2013 Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that a significant amount of the nearly $10 billion spent by the U.S. in Africa between 2002 and 2012 on various health projects, including malaria and HIV control, “has been partly hijacked by organized networks that steal large quantities of donated malaria drugs and ship them from East to West Africa, where they end up for sale at street markets.”[38]

A 2010 report by the USAID Inspector General concluded that “because of weaknesses in the mission’s performance management and reporting system,” auditors “could not determine whether the results reported in USAID/Ethiopia’s performance plan and report were valid.” The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction in 2013 found that USAID’s lack of effective oversight and monitoring placed hundreds of millions of U.S. tax dollars “at risk of waste, fraud and abuse.”[39]

USAID’s accountability problems are deep-rooted and endemic. In 1991, CNN broadcasted a report documenting “gross mismanagement of money” by aid recipients and exposing USAID officials “accused of receiving kickbacks from programs.” At the time, the USAID deputy inspector general was quoted as saying, “Our crime rate is essentially higher than virtually any other agency of the government and higher than most major cities in the United States.”[40]

It is becoming increasingly clear that USAID has become a rogue agency unaccountable to anyone. But it is not just USAID that is the corruption-enabler in Africa. The World Bank, the IMF and the U.N. and others are equally culpable.

Draining the swamp at USAID should go a long way in preventing fraud, waste and abuse of American tax dollars in Africa.

“We’ve been fighting al-Shabaab for a decade, why haven’t we won?”

The reason “we’ve been fighting al-Shabaab in Somalia for a decade and have not won” is because al-Shabaab to the regime in Ethiopia is a gift that keeps on giving. How can they kill the goose that lays the golden eggs?

In 2006, the leader of the regime in Ethiopia figured out that he can assure his regime’s meal ticket on the American tax payer’s dime indefinitely if he can scare American policy makers by continuing to cry wolf about the terrorist threat of al-Shabaab. That leader proclaimed himself as the African warrior against global terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism and regional instability and successfully picked the pockets of American taxpayers. For over ten years, the regime in Ethiopia has used the specter of al-Shabaab masterfully to wrap the Bush and Obama administrations around their fingers and keep on milking the American taxpayer cash cow for billions of dollars.

Today, the current leader of the regime in Ethiopia brags that he has been assured by Senator James Inhofe that his regime’s relations will be “further strengthened under Trump”. For all intents and purposes, his regime will snooker your Administration just like it did to the previous administrations, not by trying to sell the old counter-terrorism cooperation line but by peddling a new scam about American business investments in Ethiopia.[41] Because you were a businessman before taking office, the regime leaders think they can make you a deal you can’t refuse, Don Corleone-style, of course.

A simple solution to America’s “illegal immigration” problem

I wish to offer you a simple solution to the problem of illegal immigration to the U.S.:

If the U.S. drains the aid swamp that is the life blood of the corrupt and brutal dictators and thugtators in Africa, the Middle East, Central America and other places, there will be far fewer people from these regions seeking to illegally enter the U.S.

People from these regions by and large come to America for many of the same reasons the Pilgrims and others after them came to America. They seek refuge from religious and political persecution in America and an opportunity to make a living without fear of abuse and mistreatment by government`. The history of immigration to America dating back to colonial times supports the view that the vast majority of immigrants followed the same pattern escaping oppression, persecution, abuse and dehumanization.

A plea on behalf of Africans and the American taxpayer

In this letter, I express not only my personal view but also reflect and echo the views and convictions of millions of people in America and Africa.

During your campaign you spoke of your determination to deal with the “so many horrible, horrible problems — the violence, the death, the lack of education, no jobs” in our country. That is what we ask you to do for Africa and deal with the so many horrible, horrible problems of government sponsored violence and death, corruption and abuse of power.

What I and millions of others in Africa are asking is the chance to be left alone so we can stand on our own feet? American tax dollars in Africa serve to support the interests and lifestyles of corrupt regimes and their cronies and the armies of experts, consultants, lobbyists who cooperate with these regimes to enrich themselves at the cost of Africa’s poor.

No handouts, only a hand up.

I ask you one simple question on behalf of Ethiopians and other Africans:

How long must Ethiopia remain a beggar nation panhandling for aid?

How long must Africa remain a beggar continent, the object of charity for the rest of the world?

How long must the US aid gravy train continue to transfer billions of American tax dollars to African dictators to maintain their empires of corruption?

There must come a time when Ethiopia and the rest of Africa must be forced to kick their addiction to aid and charity.

There must come a time when the U.S. must simply say to African dictators: “No more begging! No more panhandling! No more alms. No more entitlement programs for African dictators. No more sponging off the American taxpayer. Enough is enough!”

Ethiopians and Africans are tired of being portrayed as beggars, panhandlers, freeloaders and moochers.

The time to stop the aid addiction is now. You are the man that can make it happen.

We don’t have to agree on everything to work together. We can work together on things we can agree on. Cutting off support to African dictators is one area we can work together to protect the American taxpayer!

The only question I have for you is this: Do you have the political will and the courage to “Just say, No! No more U.S. Aid to African dictators!”

President Trump: Cut U.S. aid to African dictators and make instant friends with the 1.2 billion people in Africa!

Sincerely,

Al Mariam, Ph.D., J.D. (Esq.)

Professor

c.c. Rex W. Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State.

Representative Christopher Smith, Chairman Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.

Representative Karen Bass, Ranking Member, Chairman Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.

Jeff Blake, Chairman, Subcommittee of Africa and Global Health Policy

Cory Booker, Ranking Member, Subcommittee of Africa and Global Health Policy.

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    በኢራቅ በሶሪያ የሚካሄዱ ጥቃቶች ተጠናክረው በአዲስ መልክ እንዲቀጥሉ የሚጠይቀው የፔንታገን ረቂቅ ሃሳብ በሶማሊያው አልሸባብ ላይ ሁለገብ እና ተለዋጭ የሆኑ የአየር ጥቃቶች እንዲከናወኑም ይጠይቃል።

    መኖሪያቸውን በአሜሪካ ያደረጉ የሶማሊያ ተወላጆች ወደ ሃገራቸው በመሄድ በአልሸባብ ሰልጥነው ወደ አሜሪካ ይገባሉ የሚል ስጋት ያላት አሜሪካ፣ ሃገሪቱ ልዩ ትኩረት የምትፈልግ እንደሆነም የአሜሪካ አፍሪካ ወታደራዊ አዛዥ የሆኑ ጁኔራል ቶማስ ዊልድሃሰር ለአሶሼይትድ ፕሬስ ገልጸዋል።

    አሜሪካ በሶማሊያ ጉዳይ አዲስ አቅጣጫን እና እይታን ትከተላለች ሲሉ የተናገሩት ጄኔራሉ ለዚሁ አዲስ ንድፍ የአሜሪካ ወታደሮች ከሶማሊያ ሰራዊት ጋር አብረው እንዲሰማሩ እንደሚደረግም አስረድተዋል።
    በአሁኑ ወቅት ሃገሪቱ በሶማሊያ በጊዜያዊነት በዝውውር የምታሰማራቸው 50 ልዩ ወታደሮች ያሏት ሲሆን፣ ቁጥሩ ከፍ ሊል እንደሚችል እቅድ መኖሩን ለመረዳት ተችሏል።

    አሜሪካ በሶማሊያ ለመከተል የያዘችውን አዲስ እቅድ የመከላከያ ሚንሲትሩ ጀምስ ማቲስ ያጸደቁት ሲሆን፣ ጉዳዩን ወደ ኋይት ሃውስ መምራታቸውን የዜና ወኪሉ በዘገባው አስፍሯል።

    በሶማሊያ ተሰማርተው የሚገኙ የአፍሪካ የሰላም አስከባሪ ሃይሎች ከሃገሪቱ ከሶስት አመት በኋላ ለቀው የመውጣት እቅድ እንዳላቸው በማሳወቃቸው ምክንያት አሜሪካ በታጣቂ ሃይሉ ላይ የምታካሄደውን ጥቃት በአዲስ መልኩ ለማጠናከር ፍላጎት እንዳላት ታውቋል።

    አሜሪካ በሶማሊያ በተዘዋዋሪነት የምታሰማራቸው ወታደሮች በአሁኑ ወቅት ውስጥ የሆነ ጥቃትን የሚያከናውኑ ሲሆን በአዲሱ ሃሳብ ወታድሮቹ መጠነ ሰፊ ጥቃትን እንደሚያካሄዱ በሪፖርቱ መቅረቡን ስማቸውን መግለጽ ያልፈለጉ ወታደራዊ መኮንኖች አክለው አስታውቀዋል።

    የአሜሪካ ባለስልጣናት ሃገራቸው ከአዲሱ የአሜሪካዊ ዜግነት ካላቸው ፕሬዚደንት ሞሃመድ አብዱላሂ ጋር ተባብሮ ለመስራት ፍላጎት መኖሩንም አክለው ገለጸዋል።

    የቀድሞ የአሜሪካ ፕሬዚደንት ባራክ ኦባማ አስተዳደር በሶማሊያ እየተካሄደ ያለውን ጸረ-አልሸባብ ዘመቻ ለማገዝ ከኢትዮጵያ ጋር ሲሰራ መቆየቱን የተለያዩ አካላት ይገልጻሉ።

    ይኸው ትብብር ቀጣይ ይሁን አይሁን የተገለጸ ነገር የሌለ ሲሆን፣ ፕሬዚደንት ዶናልድ ትራምፕ በአፍሪካ የሚካሄደው የሽብር ዘመቻ አጠናክሮ ለመቀጠል ከግብፅ ጋር ተባብሮ ለመስራት እቅድ እንዳላቸው ይፋ ማድረጋቸው ይታወሳል።

    https://amharic.ethsat.com/%E1%8A%A0%E1%88%9C%E1%88%AA%E1%8A%AB-%E1%8A%A0%E1%88%8D%E1%88%B8%E1%89%A3%E1%89%A5%E1%8A%95-%E1%88%88%E1%88%98%E1%8B%8D%E1%8C%8B%E1%89%B5-%E1%8A%A0%E1%8B%B2%E1%88%B5-%E1%8A%A5%E1%89%85%E1%8B%B5/

    1. አይ ተስፋ ቢሱ የቧልት አባት! ኢትዮጵያ እንዲህ፣እንደዛ፣ ልትሆንልን ብለህ በባዶ መሬት ስትረጭ ታድርና ጠዋት ብንን ስትል በህልምህ መሆኑ ብግን፣ንድድ አድርጎህ ብስጭት የውስጥ እቃህን በልቶ ጨርሶ እንደ ኢሱ ረጅምና ባዶ/ቀፎ አድርጎህ በማየታችን ከማዘን ውጪ ምን ልናደርግልህ እንችላለን?!

    2. I like the writing of this guy….”4) The Ethiopian regime cannot survive a single day without massive infusion of U.S. aid. In other words, the American taxpayer is literally the life support system for a corrupt and brutal regime that operates by a declaration of emergency. Why must the American taxpayer bankroll a corrupt regime in Ethiopia?”

      1. You are on the welfare so who the hell are you to talk about the tax payers. Are you talking about the 2% tax you send home. Now you are worried about american tax payers? You guys really dazzle me. I think you have a lot of other things on your plate to worry about.

    3. And more… ““We’ve been fighting al-Shabaab for a decade, why haven’t we won?”

      The reason “we’ve been fighting al-Shabaab in Somalia for a decade and have not won” is because al-Shabaab to the regime in Ethiopia is a gift that keeps on giving. How can they kill the goose that lays the golden eggs?”
      Don’t mind me… the ghosts like if you give them in small chunks…

  2. Here is one useless letter that would find itself in a trash at the state department. Any successful countries would do just about the same when it comes to lobbying. Ethiopia has spent 50,000 a month 10 years ago to lobby but know we can afford to pay 150,000 a month, fraction of what others like Saudi, Egypt or Isreal has spent. But what I find most intriguing however, the similarities between our detractors and shabo supporters. Here, this ugly professor sounding a lot like a shabo supporter by stating, “how long Ethiopia remain being a beggar” and the alternative he provides is the same economic theory as Mengistu or should I say, Isu. Being proud and acknowledging the reality is totally different. The nation of Eritrea has many potentials but without putting ego aside and laying the ground work, it’s impossible to meet the challenges of tomorrow. In Ethiopia, we have many things to be proud, history as equivalent as Rome but our visionary leader understood, pride without the hard work is one way ticket to hell. Learn soon please.

    1. Sentiko,
      Wouldn’t it be easier to feed your hungry country with that money? You don’t really need to use a lobbying firm to ask for handouts on your behalf.. The west will give you their leftovers as always anyway, as they can’t bear to see malnutritioned child on their TV screen every year..
      One thing I can’t take away from you and your starving nation is, the lack of shame and dignity..
      Sentiko, BTW what has happened with the space or rocket program that started few years ago..? In Tigray I believe.. It must be near completion!! Please update us on that….,

      1. Trust me on one thing, if your King could afford lobbying, he would have been the first to do so and blind supporters like you would applaud him for it. Let just say, the return on the investment is as the idiot in the WH like to say, HUGE. Btw, as we are getting ready to celebrate Adwa this week, it’s just another reminder of our persistence we are used to winning. Remember, your masters back then laughed at us when our grandfathers picked up arms to defend mama Ethiopia. They also laughed when GERD started, almost done. Ethiopian victory has always been when we are told, no you can’t. Stay tuned.

        1. The name Col Megstu sends a cold shivers down your spine. Could it be because he used to compaire your Tigray to the value of a chalk or maybe because he roasted and fried your Chifra Weyane in their thousands on every battle field prior to “Shabo” thought them the art of war?
          Anyway, leaving that aside. You see Sentiko, you don’t seem to know the difference between Lobbying and begging. As my brother pointed it, If the aim of your lobbying was to get political and strategic gains like Saudi, Israel and Egypt I can see the justification of spending that sort of money. The truth is, your “lobbying” I.e begging is for a merely a handout. Why spend the money when you can get it by putting a malnutritioned kid on the screens of BBC or CNN for free? Why squander your hard begged money just to be on the league well above and out of your scope?

          1. ~
            ኦይ !! – – – ሽርባ ?
            ” Why spend the money when you can get it by putting a malnutritioned kid on the screens of BBC or CNN for free?”
            ኣላዲድካዮ’ንበር።
            ~

    2. i’m convinced Oromo and Amahara, Sidama, Gambela, Tigray will be fine with that..keep on that path weyina, what matter at the end is how to stay in power. who cares about else..

    3. Ayte Clown
      Really you said you could afford it to just pay this blood money, which was intended to feed the hungry children of this wretched nation. You are literally begging by showing pictures of the unfortunate children with inflated bully on a Tv screen to get the maximun benefaction from your masters. Ayte Senriko you know no boundaries when it comes moral, logic and decency, so no surprise but do not compare a nation which can not sustain a single day with out the life saving infusion of money and others alms from the West with countries like Saudi Israel and Egypt. Most countries do have a comparative advantage when it comes to trade and economy. Israel has military and other high tech, Saudi is blessed with abundance of the black gold while Egypt is endowed with strategic Sues Canal. What about Ethiopia what is your comparative advantage the art of begging , the country har turned to master the art of begging to the level of science under the MLLT rule.

      1. My friend, didn’t I explain to you how all these countries are lobbying the sole super power? It’s just the name of the game but you guys don’t seem to get the rules of the game just yet. We accept the world as is not how it should be. Also, look up this quarter of the world economy, it shows we are taking out Kenya in the horn and gunning it for Egypt and the like. Something is working and believe me, it’s not pride or as you delicately put it, philosophy of begging.

    4. Shabia doesn’t do political prostitution like the TPLF but they know how to play their cards .If you look at all the countries who do lobbying at state department are the countries which are trying to hide the truth .If lobbying had saved someone would have saved the former president of Egypt Hussni Mubarek. Those at the state department are not stupid and dump like you are they know where the wind is blowing they know exactly when to dissociate from criminal gangs like the TPLF .I hope you understand what I meant .For those who try to bury the truth and are not confident on their policies they rush lobbying the state department like what you are doing now .You are lobbying to cover up your atrocities. Trust me one day the blood of the innocent people you have been killing in broad day light will speak and will bring your destruction.

    5. Aye Sentiko irrespective what Prof. Al Mariam has for opinion it is a well written and a high quality letter. It is very challenging for your caliber to comprehend such a complex chain of ideas characteristic of Dedebit graduates with complex. It is not strange if one only see your childish flare-ups you threw every no and then. Have you understood the content Ayte Sentiko regardless what the authors political affiliation, the answer is resounding NO. You do not have shame to throw your witless assumptions to ever subject with apparently incoherent and inconsistent rubbish. Ayte Sentiko as you are becoming a laughingstock and an embarrassing clown with little entertainment skills, your lack of composure and your limited knowledge of the dynamics of the horns politics is raising to a new heights by the day. Ayte Sentiko you can some times play a bystander roll if the subject for discussion is beyond you capacity to manage it. You are advertising your ignorance by jumping in every discussion blindly or may be you know nothing except the only modus operandi of the obsolete MLLT Junta: namely to deny every thing and come up with bizarre and twisted excuse.

  3. ወያነ ዕዋኖ
    =======
    “ሞታ ዝናፈቐት ኣንጭዋ: ኣፍንጫ ድሙ ተሸትት”
    “ኣዲኣ ገዲፋ ሓትኖኣ ትናፍቕ”
    “ጥፋእ ዝበሎ ሓሩጭ ምስ ንፋስ ይበኣስ”

    እሂ’ሞ፡ መሲልካ እንታይ ኣምጻኻ፧

    መሲልካ ንገሮ ኣይክምስሎን ክመስሎ
    እንተተረደኦ ወያነ ዒንኪላሎ፡ ኢለ’የ።

    እስከ ኣብራሃዮ፧

    ምስ ህዝቡ ዝተባእሰ
    ሻዕብያ ዝነኸሰ
    ታሪኽ ዘራኸሰ
    ዝሕባእ ኣብ ሓሶት ብድዐ…
    ምምባር ዝጸልአ ጥራሕ’ዩ።

    ማለትካ፧

    ምስ ህዝቢ ምበኣስ
    ምግፋዕ ምክልባት
    ምእሳር ምቕታል
    ኮቶ ዕምሪ ስልጣንካ ምሕጻር እዩ።

    ቀጽል

    ምስ ሻዕብያ ምበኣስ
    ሕግን ፍትሕን ምጥሓስ
    ካብ ሓቂ ምሕንካስ
    ውድቀትካ ምቅልጣፍ።

    ስለዚ
    ወያነ ተበራበር
    ካብ ሓቂ ኣይትህደም
    ካብ መሬትና ዝበል
    ንሰላም ተማህለል
    ኣይተምበድብድ ነገር
    ኣይትዝሮ ናይ ጥሙያት ገንዘብ
    ሓላፊት’ያ ዓለም…. ኢኻ ትብሎ ዘለኻ።

    እወ እንተተረዲእዎስ።

  4. This is a great article, I have ever read .great job Prof. Al Mariam . Thank you Africans Don’t need free fish to eat But teach them how to fish.

    “When the missionaries came to Africa they had the
    Bible and we had the land. They said “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes.
    When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”Archbishop Desmond Tutu said.

  5. In his new budget POTUS Trump Outlined that FOREIGN AID WILL BE CUT TO spend more on DEFENSE, so NO more 1 billion USD a year to ETHIOPIA

    1. ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ንዘጋጠመ ደርቂ ንምምካት ዝተሓተተ ሓደ ቢልዮን ዶላር ናይ ገንዘብ ሓገዝ ከምዘይተረኽበ ተሓቢሩ

      (VOA Tigninya) – ኣብ ኢትዮጵያ ሓሙሽተ ክልላት ዘጋጠመ ደርቂ ንምምካትን ን5.6 ሚሊዮን ህዝቢ ረድኤት መግቢ ንምቕራብን ካብ ዝተሓተተ ናይ ሓደ ቢሊዮን ዶላር ረድኤት ዛጊት ምንም ከምዘይተረኽበ ኮሚሽን ሃገራዊ ስግኣት ሓደጋ ኣፍሊጦም። ንሶም ብተወሳኪ ገንዘብ እንተድኣ ዘይተረኺቡ መንግስቲ ምስ ሰብ ሃብትን ሕብረተሰብን ብምትሕብባር ክሽፍኖ ምኻኑ ኣፍሊጦም።

      ኮሚሽነር ኮሚሽን ኣመራርሓ ሃገራዊ ስግኣት ምትኩ ካሳ ንድምጺ ኣሜሪካ ኣብዝሃብዎ መግለፂ ኣብ ዝሓለፈ ወርሒ መንግስትን መሻርኽቱን ወግዓዊ ኣብ ዝገበሩዎ ኣሃዝ ኣስታት 5.6 ሚሊዮን ሰባት ህፁፅ ረድኤት መግቢ የድልዮም።ነዚ ንምምካት ሓደ ቢሊዮን ዶላር ረድኤት ከምዘድሊ እውን ፃውዒት ቀሪቡ ነይሩ።

      “እቲ ዘድሊ ሓገዝ 948 ሚሊዮን ዶላር እዩ።ክሳብ ሕዚ ዝተረኽበ ገንዘብ የለን።መንግስቲ ኢትዮጵያ ከምቲ ዝሓለፈ ዓመት 2016 ዝገበሮ መሪሕነት ብምውሳድ 1 ቢሊዮንን 89 ሚሊዮንን ብር መዲቡ ናይ መግብን ካልኦት ነገራይ ኣብ ምቕራብ ይርከብ።”

      ኣቶ ምትኩ ካሳ ካብ ኩለን ክልላትን 192 ወረዳታት ንግዚኡ ህፁፅ ረድኤት ዘድልዮም “ትኹረት ሓደ” ብዝብል ተፈሊዮም ካብ ፌደራልን ክልላዊ መንግስታትን ብዝተኣከበ ገንዘብ ይሕገዙ ከምዘለው ገሊፆም።

      እቲ ደርቂ ዝለዓለ እንተድኣ ኮይኑን ትፅቢት ዝተገበረሉ ገንዘብ ካብ ሓገዝቲ እንተድኣ ዘይተረኺቡን መንግስቲ ንሕብረተሰብን ናይ ውልቂ ሰብ ሃብትን ኣተሓባቢሩ ክሽፍኖ እዩ ኢሎም።

      በቲ ደርቂ ዝተጠቕዑ ከባቢታት ሓሙሽተ ክልላት እየን።ደቡባዊ ምብራቕ ክልል ሶማሊያ፣ኣብ ክልል ኦሮሚያ ዞባታት ቦረና፣ጉጂ፣ባሌን ምብራቕ ሃረርጌን፣ኣብ ደቡብ ብሄርን ብሄረሰባትን ህዝብታትን ኣብ ደቡብ ኦሞ፣ኣብ ክልል ኣምሓራ ኣብ ዝሓለፈ ምስ ዘጋጠመ ሓደጋ ውሕጅን ምቁርራፅ ዝናብን ኣብ ሰሜን ሸዋ፣ዋግ ህምራ፣ከምኡ እውን ክልል ዓፋር እየን።

      ኣብዞም ከባቢታት ዝለዓለ ጉድኣት ዝበፅሐ ሞት እንስሳት ምዃኑን ክሳብ ሕዚ ግን ህይወት ሰብ ከምዘይጠፍአ ነበርቲ ገሊፆም ኣለው።

      ምሉእ ትሕዝቶ ኣብዚ ምስማዕ ይክኣል።

      AUDIO : https://av.voanews.com/clips/VTG/2017/02/27/31442550-2942-4c46-b857-f8dea30f5988_hq.mp3

      1. Trump’s budget entails steep cuts for diplomacy, foreign aid

        WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Trump administration is proposing deep cuts in spending for diplomacy and foreign aid programs to help pay for increased military spending.

        Officials familiar with the proposal say it calls for slashing 37 percent of the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) budgets.

        Development assistance would take the biggest hit.

        The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the spending plan publicly before it is presented to Congress.

        In the current fiscal year, the State Department and USAID got $50.1 billion, a little more than 1 percent of the total federal budget.

        Officials say a 37-percent cut would likely require reductions in staff, including security contractors at diplomatic missions abroad.

        1. Good job President Trump! Hope, every beggar will learn how to live by his/her sweat like Shaebia. What is going to happen to the beggar spoiled child, Weyane? Definitely, Weyane will be in a deep trouble. In any event vacate our sacred land we want to develop it.

  6. ተስፋ ኒውስ

    ኣብ መስከረም ኔት ሕቶ ቀሪብልካ ኣሎ ::እንተቢብካዮ እቲ መልስካ እንታይ እዩ ?

    1. ኣታ’ዚ ሃመማ
      ዝዓበየ ኣብ ገዛና
      ኤርትራዊ’የ ይብለና
      ክሰርቕ ልብና

      ተነቐል ሓሳዊ
      ዘየብሉ ክብሪ
      ኣብ ዘይናቱ ዝዝምቢ

      ብነብሰ-ምትሓት ዝሳቐ
      ስሙ ዝለወጠ
      ኣብ ባዶ ዝዕበ

      ትግራዋይ ክብል ዘሕፍሮ
      ዘይርዳእ ደንቆሮ
      ኩርዓት ዝተሓርሞ
      ዘህተፍትፍ ዕዋኖ

      ኣስመራ ናፊቑ
      ዝዓበየላ ረፊዑ
      ብውሽጡ ነቢዑ
      ቃንዝኡ በርቲዑ!

      1. ከም በዓል ራኢ ንሕና ንሱ ንሱ ንሕና በሃልቲ
        ኣሪሕቆም ዘይሃስቡ ንስምዒቶም ተገዛእቲ
        ዝተፈልየ ሓሳብ ዘይቅበሉ ስምዑና በሃልቲ
        ምስ ጊዜ ዘይልወጡ ኣብ ሕልሚ ነበርቲ

        1. ወያነ ከዳሚ
          ዘይሓስብ ዘይመሚ
          እንሆ የዕነኒ

          ዓቕሉ ጸቢብዎ
          ዝብሎ ጠፊእዎ
          ህዝቡ ጸሊእዎ

          ፈሪድዎ ህዝቡ
          ዘይብቑዕ ምኳኑ
          ክገድፍ ስልጣኑ

          ኣዉጁ
          ስዓት እቶ-እቶ
          ክፋኡ ክዓብጦ
          ህዝቢ ከይምክቶ
          ዓለም ከይፈልጦ

          ሓቂ ኣርኪባቶ
          ግብሩ ከሺሓቶ
          መሬት ሃሚማቶ
          ቀሪባ ክትውሕጦ

          ንህዝቢ ዝንዕቕ
          ዝዕምጽ ዝሰርቕ
          ፍትሒ ዘቋናጽብ
          ወዳቒ’ዩ ብርግጽ!

  7. President Donald J Trump a message for all terrorists and their sympathisers ,”We can not allow our country to be a sanctuary to Terrorists.” I this this hateful terrorists sympathiser writer should ask the President,- what was that you just delivered to congress?

    regards,

  8. As usual this stupid moron Amara-Hutu propagansist is boring every one with his endless copy-paste mambo-jumbo thinking the likes of Donald Trump will take their time, show interest and get influenced as far as changing their policies toward Ethiopia led by Woyane-Tigrai. ግም ለግም አብረህ አዝግም እንደተባለው የተስፋ -ኒወስ ቤተሰቦች እና ግም 7ቶች ትጽናኑበት ይሆናል እንጂ ወያኔ ያባ ቢላዋ ልጅ ምንም ፍንክች የለም ! አዳሜ ሲያምርሽ ይቅር !

  9. One “hell“ of finely tuned incisive damning decades long wish lists of every genuine dissident in Africa!

  10. Oh..my poor “Prof.” Almariam ! What is the area of your expertise? You seem like a self proclaimed professor. Are you new for the real time business deals and transactions going on in this world. Come on, You cant’t be this naive if you were educated well. If I were you, I would help PIA use 2.1 million Nakfa to counter-lobby the shit out of them. Since Nakfa is more strong than USD, you can easily reverse the situation. F.Y.I. Trump spent his entire life in the lobbying business. He knows how things are done in this field of business. He will only complain if he doesn’t get the cut. Guess what he will have few golf courses in Africa soon enough. I suggest you send the letter for your religious father so that he can affirm your idea and tell you what you wanted to hear “this is evil deed, Ethiopia is evil, the whole world is evil except Eritrea etc” 🙂 Wake up bro and face the real world.

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