However, for the vast majority of the people, given this Misery, Destitution and Famine as the outcome of the much propagated “Development, Modernization and investment promotion (ex. land grabbing)”, just like Syria (where for good, the people are fighting back to take their fate in their hands), for Ethiopia too, such“Development, Modernization and investment are nothing but the ideology that legitimizes the wealth of this group and their privileged location vis-à-vis national resources by using the pretext of “the demands of development and encouraging investment.”
In Syria, tells the aboveanalysis further
“As for Ba`thist doctrine, in its rejectionist inflection, it is merely a language and set of symbols that help profiteering ideologues deceive themselves as they wallow with the mukhabarat and appear on Syrian TV giving sermons about patriotism to Syrians while they spend leisurely times in five star hotels at the expense of the Syrian people. This requires a more detailed study, which I hope to conduct someday, but it seems plausible in my view that the uprising is a reaction to this policy of “development and modernization” in general. This policy which combines vulgar political authoritarianism and a mode of development that is friendly to city centers and the rich, together with a modernist ideology that symbolizes a life style combining wealth, consumption and “opening.” This mélange is what has marked the reign of president Bashar al-Asad from its outset.”
We can take the tenor of this for Ethiopia as well!
Please see the contributions on “Syria’s Uprising and …Syria’s Torments” published on two papers:http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/2377/the-syrian-common_the-uprising-of-the-working-soci#.TkzbUMFd33Q.blogger