Developmental Ethiopia!?

Development without the regulations of “Rule of law”, devoid of civil and basic human rights; and above all within a framework of neocolonialist entanglement; not necessarily tied up to the classical western section, but to the new emerging ones,- I call them the new “invaders”;  more unscrupulous than the old;  “developmental state” directly or indirectly under the growing tight grips of the global new formations of power, the oligarchic corporate state,  will certainly end up, counter to the national interests, in  a disparate economic growth and a miserable social justice.  Especially under circumstances and regions where there is no democratic governance and transparent control mechanisms, the state and the national interests are at the mercy and capacity of particular leaders of the so-called “developmental state”, who can be whatever they could be – from bad to the worst!

The following is a relevant panel discussion:

http://www.fu-berlin.de/sites/dhc/video/20101123_lang/index.html

Specially interesting on the new “invaders” of Africa (China, Saudi Arabian, India, Turkey, S. Korea etc.) is the contribution of  Srinivas Aravamudan (1*; somewhere in the middle of the panel clip.

http://www.fu-berlin.de/sites/dhc/news/r__ckblick_panel_postcolonialism.html
And for sure the new “invaders” know very well how they defend their “sphere of influence” once it is in their firm grips. The recent “Bahrain Occupation” by the Saudi Army is a telling example.
And going home, to Ethiopia, it is sometimes obnoxiously intolerable if you follow how “One Man”, -certainly a “proxy -server” for the big Saudi- Man, King Abdulah-  sticks his finger in everything what would bring a penny. Even violating every simple rationality and governing regulations and procedures like (Ethiopian reporter head lines; the following links may be out of date):
be it in Gambella, Bensha gul, Adola mines or Addis …all over the vast country. Even in a democratic state, which works hard to leave no room for its regulations like in Germany containing “Monopolies and Cartells” of all kinds is a huge difficult task; once it is rampant in the region.
የግብፅ ኩባንያ በቤኒሻንጉል ከፍተኛ የወርቅ ክምችት አገኘ

የሚሌኒየም ቦንድ ገበያው ደርቷል

በመላው ዓለም ከሚገኙ ኢትዮጵያውያንና ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያውያን የቦንድ ግዢ ጥያቄ እየቀረበ ይገኛል፡፡ በርካታ የዳያስፖራው አባላት በቀጥታ፣ በቤተሰቦቻቸውና በወኪሎቻቸው አማካይነት ቦንድ ለመግዛት እየተንቀሳቀሱ መሆኑም እየተነገረ ነው፡፡

Given the call that THIS ( economic growth and developmental state in the Ethiopian context) requires a well founded study and research by scholars and experts of the corresponding fields, common sense, political awareness and intuition with the background of African underdevelopment, however, tells a lot too.
All said (by political economists and sociologists of the century) concerning the economic dead lock and the never ending crisis of capitalist development and the human and environmental disaster this mode of production and relations, as it is, brought about to the human kind at large, there is for sure an alternative conscious and enlightened path, which, honoring a lot of our own traditional and cultural values, Africa could manage to step up, than to be a prey of the last vestiges of the troubled modes and relations of the “invaders”! 21st century could be Africa’s big opportunity to start much anew. Africa does not have to be the tails outlet of the contemporary troubled capitalist production and crisis, one after the other; financial, employment, environmental etc.
Now after the Japanese Fukushima Atomic Disaster,  I am sure they are working hard in closed doors on the “solar energy source  of the African Sahara” providing the alternative solution for the whole globe. And Africa will open its doors wide open as soon as they knock around. I.e. As forever and ever, we will play the role the Gods: “ankuaku yikefetilachuhal” -አንኩዋኩ ይከፈትላችውሃል Oh No more!
In Africa, paradoxically, in spite of the 20 years autocratic domination of his home country, “the good press Melese” gets once in a while, is a product of the “developmental state” he promotes to extend his rule for as long as possible and the presumable 2-digits economic growth rate (true or no) he is accredited to by some international monetary institutions. 
Let alone the past, even if one has taken into account only how he is uploaded up to antagonizing and polarizing the community to the extreme on  his recent “show up” on the Nile Project”, which supposedly requires the solidarity of every social section of the nation, this press  is however simply not even worth the paper.

I.e. The fishes get their prey, if only YOU “move, click and tick” (say… reflect) in the aquarium. If you “play & prey (even pray)” outside the aquarium…it is meaningless …for the fishes…………..

Nonetheless independent of the fact, which double digits or not are true, signifying the highly acclaimed Ethiopian economic growth rate propagated by Melese’s regime, the economic change is a “factor not to overlook”?


The best preparation for the democratic revolution or capitalism (in Europe) is also made by “Absolute Monarchy” (cf. Marcel Gauchet; the disenchantment of the world…). How disparate and entangled by the oligarchic powers of the “new invaders” it is, if the economy grows in the cumulated national dimension, it is ok too. Sooner or later the redistribution of wealth will somehow ensue; it is better if there is enough to reallocate ( It is not accidental or a gift of the almighty, that Tunisia took the lead in the ongoing social “Tsunami”in North Africa and the Arab World), but unfortunately it will unfold with a bigger complex since Melese has opened all holes and doors wide open for the new unscrupulous and rampant section of the external appropriators of the wealth (The favor to the new “invaders” comes not out of economic and national competitive advantages as one would expect, but only for the sake of secretive convenience in the interest of his local private party-affiliated corporate, to avoid transparency; and when
the “west”, once in a while confronts him with his bad governance and human rights violation records) . But on the other side of the coin, with this, Melese is also digging the best preparation to make himself superfluous. The very last show up for a better share and redistribution is not between Melese and the people but between the invaders and the latter (“Bahrain” speaks!); -Like the lady, who sooner or later would get rid of her pimp, when she is aware enough to take hold of her own body.  

Or after so much humiliation and endurance, it will end up in a tragedy like the following event, which took an extreme turn, recording the shame and the fury of the misery,
„Mikerew Mikerew Imbi sil Nikerew; Mekera yimkerew“ (2*
ምከረው ምከረው እምቢ ሲል ንከረው፡
መከራ ይምከረው።
*
These are words of emotions just before Easter Holidays and the MAY DAY.
May be A special MAY DAY for Ethiopia coming as a battalion of “May days”
“yeginbot qnoch”   ግንቦት ቀኖች challenging to end Melese’s 20 years rule.
Tunisia and Egypt are calling to Ethiopia!
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“Srinivas Aravamudan was appointed dean of the humanities in July 2009. At Duke, he is Professor in the Departments of English, Romance Studies, and the Program in Literature. He directed the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (2003-2009) and is president of the Consortium of Humanties Centers and Institutes from 2007-2012. He has published Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688-1804 (1999, Duke University Press) and Guru English: South Asian Religion In a Cosmopolitan Language (2006, Princeton University Press and 2007, Penguin India). His next book, Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2011.”   
(2* Ethiopian proverb: “Give him all advice you can, if he declines let him decline and learn through suffering”
 
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