Here is a picture from Tadias where Ethiopian Americans are seen celebrating Obama’s Democratic presidential nomination.
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I wish they care so much and participate for their own country political issues process.
Hey Juru, maybe they really do care about their country and they see Obama as a way to bring all people together. You are the type who sits on the sideline and always complains about Ethiopia while not lifting a finger to do anything. Instead of attacking their character, why don’t you help them inspire their fellow Ethiopians to vote.
@Juru – i share your view, and that puts me in disagreement with Johnny. I think i have seen abesha folks more passionate about Obama than any politics that is going on in their homeland. And Johnny you can’t say that’s just a talk.
Sure, it says a lot about Obama’s ability to touch folks from different waks, but what does it say about our lack of passion to things that matter to us and our immediate families (ethiopian politics).
I would like us to participate and approach the politics of our nation with the same passion and urgency that we are showing to a any US Politician that , at the end of the day, doesn’t care enough about Ethiopia.
That’s my 2 cents.
@ Dr. Ethiopia
Question to you. Do you vote in America? If you don’t, what right do you have complaining about the lack of Democracy in Ethiopia when you don’t participate in a democracy in America? We are thousands of miles away from Ethiopia, and like it or not, we are citizens of America. That does not mean that we are not interested in the events that take place in Ethiopia, but if we truly want change anywhere, we do so by taking part in the democracy here.
If not, all we are doing is bluster, you want us to shout and demonstrate here without doing the one thing that actually has the ability to have an impact–vote! So I find it insane that you attack Ethiopians who have decided to take part in a democracy here as if though we dont care about Ethiopia. This is insane, having passion about politics in America is not mutually exclusive to a desire for the betterment of Ethiopia. If we vote en mass here, we have the ability to lobby congress for the issues that are of concern to our community. If we do not vote, we do not count, if we do not count, we do not matter. Ultimatly, if we don’t matter what we say does not matter.
We can shout and have “passion” about “Ethiopian politics”, but unless you plan on flying back to Ethiopia tomorrow and take part in some sort of a change there, please don’t lecture or denigrade those of us here who believe that our ability to organize has reprecussions that reverberates throughout America and throughout the world. Before you question others who are translating our passion to a mission, ask yourself what is it that you are doing besides posting “passionate” messages on these on-line forum.
That’s my 2 dollars.
Am I the only one who thinks Obama being elected democratic candidate for the AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION is none of our business?!
Finally! somebody sees things the way I do (check out my blog for further reference). Every time I hear the name Obama associated with Ethiopians and or Ethio-Americans, the word that comes to mind is “AQatari”!. Sorry folks but one can’t really help the words that comes to one’s mind!
Thank You! You got my point.
I’m glad many are particiapting in American politics. More power to them. You don’t have to fly to Ethiopia to engage in politics, though. There’re many ways you can help. Having said this, I wish the fraction of the money and time you spent for Obama goes to poor starving children.
Ummm..congress for Ethiopian cause? Really? you must be naive.
@ Johnny, you know i don’t understand why you seem to think those who share their opinion are “lecturing” you.
Please, if lecturing you was my intention, i could that with out no problems. But American politics is something i can go toe-to-toe with anyone, (that would include you and the very Americans).
Why is it that Ethiopians for the first time participating in U.S. Politics in 08? You and I know the answer to that, don’t we. No matter you want to slice and dice this issue, it is because we all are biased and want to have this black man to have a shot.
When was the last time Ethiopians particiapted in an election from coast-to-coast? I dont’ seem to remember that. Is my memory failing me here?
What is Obama’s vision for africa? Did you know Ethiopia is not even in the plans? He discusses the Darfur issue and so on, but i don’t see him address the biggest Humanitarian crisis in Africa today ( the horn of Africa, that is).
Putting our 2 cents can’t be interpreted as insulting your intelligence. And shooting down our views in this fad election in America is dictatorial by default.
I will be willing to go as far as you would in discussing the issues. Let’s talk about the issues and stop putting words in out mouth. The right to vote is great and i am your taking part in the U.S. politics, but to say that our participation here is going to translate to something else in the future is an argument that is full of hopes and has no basis.
What say you?
P.S. I have visited all the candidates sites and has gone through all their domestic and foreign policies. In that, i have learned nothing they plan to do for Ethiopia and very little for Africa. I would love to be proven wrong my friend.
I have a feeling this is just getting started.
I love the part where you mention, “I wish the fraction of the money and time you spent for Obama goes to poor starving children.”
We should count in our ability to make a difference and not Obama’s. But then again, everyone finds an argument to justify their cause.
Dr. Ethiopia and Juru
There will always be minds that are closed to change irrespective of the facts before you. No need to debate, I choose to vote instead of doing something you are an expert in, which is being contrarian and trying to drown out new ideas. Good luck in your status quo as the world moves by you.
And I am sure both of you are sending your hard earned money to Ethiopia instead of drinking Hennessy and sipping buna at Starbucks, thanks for the lecture.
To all the other Ethiopians who are open to a new way, please registe rand vote.
@ Johnny – it figures. Save your cheap shots for your counterparts. Grown folks here. Go cry to mama with that crap. I ain’t in the mood to baby sit your bruised ego kid.
P.S. Next time you try to sound intelligent, you just might run to people like us. It’s ok hit the books and come back. That’s what we all do. The issues my friend, the issues. No need to fuss and fight.
*feels it’s about time somebody got the window* 😉
You’re missing the point here. I would love to see changes with substance instead false promises and cheap talks. What we’re saying is that let’s have the same passion for Ethiopian politics, let’s elect/ participate even for local black leaders. Guess what? Since there’s no choice out there I may vote Obama just because he’s “kinda” look like black. You should agree with this, right?
“kinda black”. Juru, lol!
Quack, Quack! Are you scared cry baby? They asked you reall issues and all you’ve to offer is insult. My advise to you will be run fast, run. Don’t mess with true Ethiopians.
It is amazing how discussions between Ethiopians, no matter where it is – be it online, radio, face to face – anywhere ends up degenerating into a ‘I am more Ethiopian than you are’ testosterone filled personal inka selamtya! Never fails to amaze me.
Juru, (hello BTW) and Dr Ethiopia, why is it that and Ethiopian participating in US politics is a sign that it is a rejection of Ethiopian politics? Are you failing to realize that what happens in the US has a direct or indirect impact on Ethiopia, or in fact the rest of the world? Who is being iaive here? In fact, as an Ethio-American, I see not participating in US politics as a betrayal to Ethioipians. Don’t you agree that innocent people in the Horns are suffereing because of the direct results of decisions made by this filthy US administration? Who is supplying Meles with the weapons he is terrorizing Ethiopians and even innocent Somalians? Who is providing him with the money in the name of ‘economical aid’ which he usues to kill innocent people?
Dr Ethiopia, yes let’s talk about the issues. Did were you expecting Obama to specifically mention Ethiopia and what his plan is for Ethiopian people? Was that what you wanted to see? You may be correction in you asserion that some, maybe even many Ethiopians or Africans, are suddenly interested in having Obama in the WH because of his race. And frankly, I don’t see anything wrong with it. Whatever floats their boat. After decades of white Anglo Saxon dominated presidency taht brought nothing but grief to the world, it may be time for someone with a different background and prespecitve on the world. But there are some of us who actually follow the ISSUES as you said and find Obama’s policies much more progressive than the rest. For the record, Obama was not my first choice, infact not even my second. But from the 3 who were left standing in the last few months, he seems like the person who can move the country and the world in a better direction. So, bring on the issues, my brother and please, let’s keep the discussion civil. 🙂
@ Chereka – i will make it as short as i possibly can.
I found it curious hat you avoided to mention the agressor on this particular debate and had chosen to single out myself and Juru.
But that’s another matter.
Well – the issues. Right? Let’s get on with it.
You asked: were you expecting Obama to specifically mention Ethiopia and what his plan is for Ethiopian people?
I certainly was. Why shouldn’t i? A little bit of history that will better make you understand this.
The nation of Israel is the biggest beneficiary of material and finacial support from the U.S., more than any country in the world. In addition, did you fail to notice how the Obama’s and McCain’s try to court the votes of the Jews?
Now, why should any single country get that much focus and ass-kissing when we get nill (zero)? Oh, you still wanna know why shouldn’t confront Obama on why i should throw him my vote? I don’t think he would want a vote based on his skin color, if he is truly the messsanger that carries his message.
Next you asked, You may be correction in you asserion that some, maybe even many Ethiopians or Africans, are suddenly interested in having Obama in the WH because of his race. And frankly, I don’t see anything wrong with it. Whatever floats their boat
You see, i am not a big believer of the an eye for an eye theory. What i care the most and am tocuhed with is the history of it all. The right to Vote is one that took the lives of countless black folks. And it would be an insult to those who died for this cause, if we were to even think of voting based on a skin color.
So your argument there is one that i find very dangerous. Progress can’t be achieved in that manner. And we would be repeating what the VERY white Americans you have accused of doing. I am not sure if i would take a part in that.
Few things i Agree With You On
I love the message of HOPE, and i more than anyone else would love to give Obama a shot. He certainly seems capable, he has that twinkle in his eye to do something positive, and that is sometimes all a man needs – “a shot and opportunity”
Bush had test drove the Presidency and crashed us all, i can’t see Obama screwing up like that. But that doesn’t give him no right to get a free-pass from me.
P.S. As much Ethiopians and Africans in general are supporting him, we have every ounce of right to ask the questions that matters to us. Otherwise, why vote? Are you voting on the behalf of the blacks then?
Boy this is just getting started, and when you zero down on a specific issue you would like to debate, i will gladly respond back (in civil manner, that is) 🙂
Here, you’re a walking libral book and Obama is not your first choice? That’s shcoking to me. Wait, wait, i totally forgot! your party has been divided into a working white and the rest of us :=(
I’m happy to see that Ethiopians are energized with Obama phenomena. No doubt! What really surprised me was that how far they go to scarifice their time and money. Let me tell you, I live in the middle of nowhere and i was surprised to see an Ethiopian (engineer) Obama volunteer who took a time off from his work and came a neighbor state to knock my door (Not to mention the endless phone calls i got “i’m ethiopian, Obama supporter, bla, bla…”). My point is if you’ve the time, money, love of the country, love of politics why don’t you make a difference to your own birth country?
“Are you failing to realize that what happens in the US has a direct or indirect impact on Ethiopia.” I agree, in a real world, it supposed to have direct/indirect impact to the rest of the world. You must have a selective memory my brother. How could you forget what happend to Africa and Africans in the Clinton era? I can give you lists that begins from global trade to many miseries. Well, we thought we had economic prosperity and what we had was a “bubble”. You know he’s your former “black president”, right? ha, ha! Well, what Obama is going to do with Africa mess remained to be seen. So far, his foreign policy focus is only to sit and talk with dictators and i’m assuming that includes Mr. Dictator Melese, too. Wow, it’s very inspiring to see him talk around the world with Melese like dictators. I cannot wait!
“Let me tell you, I live in the middle of nowhere and i was surprised to see an Ethiopian (engineer) Obama volunteer who took a time off from his work and came a neighbor state to knock my door (Not to mention the endless phone calls i got “i’m ethiopian, Obama supporter”
Juru, you just made my day. I know you think this is a bad thing, but how amazing that Ethiopians are inspiring other Ethiopians to register and vote. Never before have Ethiopians come together and organized as Ethiopians to take part in an election. Just to let you know, I am one of the ones who is spending countless time and money hoping to inspire all Ethiopians to register and vote. Some might think that we are better off living as invisible citizens in a great country, but as for me, I am truly awe-inspired that Ethiopians are getting inspired to vote. I’m sorry that your experience was not as inspiring when you ran across an Ethiopian asking you to support Obama. I can tell you that thousands upon thousands of Ethiopians who have recieved the same phone call or door knock were overjoyed by the experience. We are the true embodiment of Yechalal!
Inspired? No, actually the experiance scared the hell out me. It feels like some kind of cult movement 🙂
I think you and me will agree on one thing. One good thing came out from Obama primary is that we ethiopians have been disconnected from the black community for sooooooo long and being Obama in the ticket gave Ethiopians a chance to pay attention to black history, race, colour issues. They may start empowering many, many talented other black leaders nationally and in the local level too.
Hope, they’ll keep the same energy all the way to November.
@ no one in prticular –
This “YICHALAL” bull crap reminds me of “FUKKERA”.
Like the “V” sign of Kinijit, which of course ended up being a fraudulent bunch of politicians. And yes if you think hating “kinijit” means i am a supporter of “Woyane”, then kiss my ass.
In fact, why is it that all this debate going? It is like trying to preach to a guy who is an Obama supporter. So what? You are an Obama supporter, who cares?
I don’t think your sharing my heritage and culture gives you the righ to tell me ‘who’ to vote for without telling me ‘why’.
To tell others to register to vote is much different than to tell them who to vote for as an Ethiopian.
This sounds so repetitive and boring Just vote with your heart and not with your head, you might just learn a horrific lesson.
“This “YICHALAL” bull crap reminds me of “FUKKERA”.” lol You’re brutal 🙂
Don’t spoil their fun. I guess, everybody is having honeymoon with Obama right now and they could care less. I hope they don’t cut it short :=)
In case you miss this. Today headline reads that when Obama was asked “if higher gas prices could help the U.S. become more energy efficient, Obama said, “I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment.” Where’s his concerns for $4.00 at the pump? So, his “gradual adjustment” could be $4 and beyond then. I tell you! this’s very scary hope.
The word you are looking for, Chereka, is: “..anyway..”. Talk about loud!
We have witnessed history being made in this great land called America. That being said I am sick and tired of cynical Ethiopians saying negative things every time they see somebody who worked so hard triumphed for just once in your life time be happy for your fellow brothers and sister and leave the negative attack behind. For those of us who are Ethiopian-Americans last night’s victory means a lot as it means to a lot of other immigrants who came to America looking for freedom and democracy.
Let’s hope change will come to Ethiopia soon
United we stand!
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