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The Common Home, Great Oromia, As a Win-Win Solution for the Conflict Between the Pro-Independence Oromo and the Pro-Unity Amhara

By Fayyis Oromia*

The current discussion among the different political groups in the Ethiopian empire, which was ignited by the open letter written by Dr. Fikre Tolassa and directed to Dr. Bayan Asoba containing a different, but relatively new, version of the Amhara-Oromo “history” motivated us to think about the possible win-win solution for the hitherto conflict between the elites of the two big nations (the Amhara and the Oromo), so that they can find a common ground to cooperate against the currently ruling fascist and racist regime. Because of the short opinion I forwarded as a response to Dr. Fikre’s open letter, I was asked from many readers per e-mail to elaborate a bit more about what I mean by “Great Oromia;” thus, I do try in this piece of essay. First of all, to make clear to my readers, I am not a historian, a geologist, a politician, an anthropologist or an ethnologist to falsify or verify this version of history. I am a simple Oromo individual, who is interested in the Oromo cause and who tries to dig about the Oromo in books and websites. Let me then try to describe the two interesting Oromo perspectives regarding our history as well as our destiny and look at the variety regarding their implication.

As I have read and understood till now, there is one perspective, which tries to show us how the Oromo is related to Egypt, to the origin of the Cushitic civilization, to the city of Meroe, and it tries to figure out how the Oromo destiny should include a possible Oromo (Cush) renaissance. It teaches us how the Oromo-proper is a “stalk” for all the Cushitic nations in the North-East Africa. I think Dr. Fikre’s view belongs here. The other perspective seems to be a view of the genuine Oromo nationalists striving to achieve freedom of the Oromo, including liberation of Oromia from the current Abyssinian subjugation, whatever the history of the Oromo could be, even though it concentrates on the colonial narrative, including the very different origins of the Abyssinians (the “Semetic”) and the Oromians (the Cushitic). The other area of difference between the two perspectives seems to be that the first one is more history-oriented whereas the second one is highly destiny-oriented. The first one is digging into the history of the Oromo from different perspectives whereas the second one is doing its best to promote the liberation of Oromia at any cost.

To me, very interesting is the implication of the two positions: the implication of the first perspective is to forge our final goal as the desired RENAISSANCE of Oromia, defining the Oromo as the people to include the Oromo-proper (who now identify itself as the Oromo nation) and the Oromo-progeny (all the nations which seem to have emerged from the Oromo-proper). That means the Oromo is inclusive of all the Cushitic nations, including the Semitized Cush nations in the region, i.e. inclusive of most nations in the Ethiopian empire and some in the neighboring countries. The implication of the second position is that it concentrates on the importance of the imperative LIBERATION of the Oromo-proper or an independence of the presently demarcated Oromia by any means from the subjugation and suppression it is suffering since the last 3000 years. This time span, which is usually adored by the Ethiopianists as the time of Ethiopian freedom, is actually the time of Oromia’s gradual shrinkage and Oromo’s continuous assimilation so that a lot of its parts lost their original Oromo identity (Oromummaa) and became Semitized and Arabized.

I personally can look at the move of the first perspective also as a support for the ongoing liberation movement, and I would like to call its move and its supporters as the part of the ODF (Oromo Democratic Front), a movement which seems now to fight for Oromo liberation within a union of nations, and which then may try to influence the other progeny nations to look at their Oromo roots. Even though this movement strives for Ethiopian union (true federation), it only needs a simple change of the name Ethiopia to Oromia in order to see the suggested Great Oromia within the United Nations (UN). Very clear is that the political stand of the second perspective seems to be the position of the OLF, i.e self-determination per referendum of the Oromo public on the issue of an independent Little Oromia (the map now demarcated by the OLF). If the ODF will push further for such Great Oromia and this will be accepted by the Amhara and other nations, then seeking to see a Little Oromia within the UN is just unnecessary. Surely, the Oromo nationals will be satisfied with the Great Oromia in the UN, and the Amhara and other patriots just need to swallow the change of the name as a compromise, if they are really interested in the territorial integrity of the country they seem to love.

Just accepting the Oromo modern history, at face value, which suggests that Oromo is an indigenous nation in the region and it is the origin for most other nations, I can say that the Oromo till now used to exercise self-destruction under the influence of different forces from the Middle-East and from the West. Just as an example, the Axumite Oromos (Semitized and Christianized ones) destroyed the traditional Oromo of Meroe, and the Amharanized Oromos like Emperors Theodros, Minilik, H/Sillasie and the dictator Mengistu as well as the Tigranized Oromo individuals like Emperor Yohannes and tyrant Melles Zenawi destroyed the well preserved cultural identity and attacked the heroic resistance and resilience of the Oromo-proper. Here, it is important to mention that the Oromo-proper is the most dissent which resisted the influence from the outside world and kept its indigenous religion and language. Some scholars even tend to say that this is the reason why the name “Gaallaa” is given to this NAY-sayer nation. The word seems to have been driven from the Arab word “Qallaa,” which means simply “said NO.” I can say that Arabs gave the Oromo people this name for they resisted accepting Islam at the cost of Waaqeffaannaa (traditional Oromo religion). Of course, then the Habesha elites (the Semitized Oromo-progeny) further gave it more negative connotations.

The question to be raised and to be answered now is: how can we, the Oromo-proper, who are now fighting for our liberation from the domination by the “ignorantly arrogant” Oromo-progeny (by the Woyane elites), achieve this goal? What is the implication of having these two positions (the pro-ODF perspective and pro-OLF perspective) in the Oromo society? Are the two positions irreconcilable? Is the position of the ODF the prerequisite to promote the position of the OLF or the vice versa? I just write this opinion and ask these question to provoke thinking and to stimulate an action in the Oromo community. My political stand here is not necessarily the last well thought and not the most important.

As far as I am concerned, the two perspectives and positions are complementary, not contradictory, to each other. Fact on the ground is that now the Oromo nation (Oromo-proper) is suffering under slavery by the Woyane, and it needs to be liberated unconditionally. To be successful in this struggle, we need both the ODF and the OLF with theirs noble positions on the human and national rights of the Oromo-proper to self-determination. This ensures our national liberation at any cost without any compromise. As long as there is Habesha domination (mind you Habesha are the Oromo progenies) over the Oromo-proper, there will be Oromo liberation movement, and surely, there will be a viable front to fight for freedom/bilisummaa. After dismantling the existing Abyssinian empire and achieving the transitional goal of both the ODF and the OLF (Ethiopian Union, i.e true federation), we can opt further for either Great Oromia (if the Amhara and the other nations agree) or Little Oromia (if the Amhara and the other nations refuse to live under the name Oromia, but insist on the name Ethiopia).

I think Ethiopian union as a transitional solution to independent Oromia is the reason for the fact that also the OLF wrote in its programme not only the necessity of independence, but also the possibility of a union. So shortly put, the Oromo do have yet three optional goals to achieve based on the objective realities in the future. The next stop of our liberation journey, which started in Djibouti (colony/slavery), passing through Ayisha (status quo of a limited cultural autonomy), will be Diredhawa (true federation); that is why we need to support the ODF with all our power. Then, the true federation can lead us to either the goal of the OLF, i.e. Adama (an independence of Little Oromia) or to the common goal of both fronts – Finfinne (a union of independent nations called Great Oromia), which is a necessary step to achieve the required Oromian (Cush) renaissance.

Sure is that if there will be a true freedom and democracy in the future, at last we will achieve the final common goal (the Oromo renaissance), in which both the Oromo-proper and the different Oromo progenies, including the other nations in the Horn (which might not have emerged from the Oromo) will grow together. Here again, without the imperative liberation of the Oromo-proper, it is fact on the ground that the whole region will continue to suffer under the present poverty and tyranny. So, the key to prosperity in that cursed region is the liberation of the Oromo-proper, be it within or without the desired union called Great Oromia. In short, let’s all Oromo nations (the proper one and the progenies) move now from our hitherto self-destruction to the future self-determination. Let’s continue to be NAY-sayers to slavery, injustice and tyranny.

To emphasize again, it seems there were always, and there are still today, the above mentioned two views and two perspectives among Oromo nationalists. The cause of these two perspectives seems to be the version of Oromo history we do have in mind and the variety of our own individual biography. According to the discussion I had with many fellow Oromo individuals, there are even some who do just swim and paddle between the two blocks of ideas. What are these blocks and how can we accommodate them in our liberation journey? We can classify our fellow Oromo individuals into two in respect to their view about our history and their wish regarding our destiny:

– Oromo individuals who seem to accept the history version that we are the original Cush nation and even that we are the “stalk” for the other Cush nations. The implication of such history is that this group tends to believe and accept that we, the Oromo people, should stay together with the Abyssinians, who are also “our siblings” from the same origin. So. it is clear that this group tends to advocate for liberated Oromo people within a Great Oromia and, if possible, struggle for the Oromo renaissance (here Oromo being both the Oromo-proper, who now identify themselves as Oromo, and the Oromo-progenies, who “lost their Oromummaa gradually in the last 3000 years history”). This is the reason why some Oromo politicians started to speak about a necessity of a change of philosophy in the Oromo liberation movement, which up to now concentrated only on liberating the Little Oromia.

– Oromo individuals who seem to accept that there can be historical relations between Habesha and Oromo, but believe that the most important is the colonial relation, which started to develop after Habesha rulers invaded and subjugated Oromia at the end of the nineteenth century in connection with the European colonizers’ movement of the Scramble for Africa. No question, this group thinks that the only destiny of the Oromo is a complete liberation of Little Oromia from the colonization or domination of our neighboring Abyssinia. Of course, this group also sees a possibility of a union of nations in the region after independence of Oromia for the possible common benefit of all peoples in the region.

Some Oromo nationalists wrote to me about the concern they had because of the position like that of Dr. Fikre, which try to tell us that the Oromo are the origin for most of the Ethiopian nations and, as a consequence, the Oromo must take the responsibility, not only to liberate the Oromo-proper, but also the other nations, including the Habeshas. This position, of course, seems to be detrimental to the Oromo liberation movement, unless otherwise the Habeshas are ready to accept the renaming of Ethiopia as Great Oromia. That is why also some ODF supporters, who nowadays started to say “we are Ethiopians” need to correct their rhetoric and boldly assert that they do belong to the Great Oromia, so that even the Habeshas can start to say “we are Oromians.” Simply put, the concern is that if we believe that Abyssinians are Oromos who lost their Oromummaa in the last 3000 years, it will be difficult to make a radical liberation struggle against our “own.” But this concern is only legitimate if we are ready to be enslaved by “our own” and if we further call the future union of free nations as Ethiopia; otherwise, if we agree to rename the union as Great Oromia and if Afaan Oromo will be the primary working language of the union, no need to have such concern.

I do personally share this concern only if we accept to live under colony now and as liberated Ethiopians in the future, disregarding our identity as Oromo and giving up the name of our land – giving up Oromia. The reasons for this concern are firstly, the so called “modern Oromo history” is not yet verified exactly; secondly, Habesha elites, as crooked they always are, try to use this “modern Oromo history” as an instrument against the Oromo liberation movement. That is actually what we could observe in the cyberworld in the past many years and in the current move of Dr. Fikre. Habesha elites always try to dilute Oromo’s radical step towards freedom and independence by telling us that we, the Oromo people, are part of them as “Ethiopians,” and they actually used such history to try to convince us. They untiredly told us that both the Amhara and the Tigreans are from the Oromo origin, so the liberation of Oromia from the Habesha subjugators, who “are Oromo” themselves, is as such “not logical.”

But, let’s leave history for historians. We don’t need either to believe it or deny it. We just start from the status quo. No question that at the moment the Oromo are already enslaved by the Woyane elites; so we need to be liberated from this domination unconditionally. Just in front of our eyes, a lot of Oromo nationalists have been killed just for they are Oromo nationalists and still a lot are languishing in jails. During this time of tribulations, the Habesha elites (“our progeny”) did not look at the Oromo as their own. Why should then the Oromo look at this barbaric tyrants as our own? Let alone the Oromo, even the oppressed Habeshas and other nations should fight against them. To decide our destiny, we need our own public verdict; that is why our goal is self-determination. Whatever our history is, we have to stick to this goal.

Disregarding the different versions of our history and our biological origin, we can agree that our nationalism (Oromummaa) depends on the view we do have on our national (Oromo) interest. Those of us, who do support and serve this national interest, are the ones with genuine Oromummaa. So, Oromummaa is not only about biological origin, but more about psychological make-up. To that matter, we have seen a lot of biological Oromo individuals who do identify themselves with our foes. I personally think that beyond our origin and beyond the language we do speak, an Oromo with sound mind of Oromummaa is the one who identifies himself (or herself) with being Oromo, with Afaan Oromo, with our liberation cause and with the Oromo way of life, including Oromo culture. Do the so called Oromo-progeny have such mentality to be part and parcel of the Oromo? Do they and even Dr. Fikre accept and respect Great Oromia as suggested here?

In short, I must say that, whatever our history might be or our status quo is, we should push together for our final destiny of freedom and independence, be it in the form of Great Oromia or Little Oromia. What matters is the Oromo nation we want to build in the future, i.e. an independent and a prosperous Oromo land, and an emancipated Oromo people (including both the Oromo-proper and the Oromo-progeny); that means bilisummaa saba Oromo (freedom of Oromo people) and walabummaa biya Oromo (sovereignty of Oromo land, be it Great or Little). Are the Amhara and the other nations ready to accept the Great Oromia as a means to achieve their highly desired UNITY? If they are really concerned about unity, the better way is to accept and respect our INDEPENDENCE in this form of Great Oromia; if they fail to do so, an independent Little Oromia is inevitable. After all, just as the city they called Addisaba is our Finfinne, the country they named Ethiopia is our Oromia. Now, it is up to them to choose either to live in the Great Oromia or to be the future good neighbours of the Little Oromia. May Rabbi/Waaqa give them a wisdom to choose the better one!

Galatooma!

* Fayyis Oromia can be reached at foromia@yahoo.com.


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  1. Caalaa:

    June 6, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    He is saying oromo = Habesha,

    Oromo shares 300 years history of absiynain, but no histrical evidance. Dont forget a politician can not be historian. Poltician building their hegimony on the existing hisroy, cultre and values. Histrory is a means to an end for polticians. But LL is digging grave for ODF in writing this article.

  2. Obsaa:

    June 6, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    Good article,tnx fayyis. Habeshas are so crook that we should not trust them any where and anytime. The political struggle of the Oromo people has 3 core phases:

    Phase I: Liberation – Overthrow Woyane by any means. Beware that crook Habeshas can hyjack and misdirect the political course after the fall of Woyane. To that end we have to be organized in many forms and systematically.

    Phase II: Refrendum (self determination). The final verdict on the fate of Oromia should be decided by our people.

    Phase III: Sustainability: Build defense force and other systems that makes Oromia freedom irreversible.

  3. Gurbattii:

    June 6, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    My deer, you made the matter more complicated. Oromo nationals should not think of great……great …….. We simply need our freedom. IF you are an agent to complicate our cause from the enemy, you better leave it. Those Amharas or others you call “democrats” are not genuine. What ever alliance they want to make with Oromos, is a way to disintegrate us. That is what they salivate for. Our poor Oromos who want and try to make alliance with them, are genuine s. I am sorry for such poor Oromos. First make alliance with each other before making any with others. Then, you become an important force in the region. There is no fool who wants to make genuine alliance with weak individual or weak organization. Also, there is no fool who doesn’t want to make alliance with a strong individual or group or organization. So, before crying for alliance with the habashas, clean your house and be strong, tolerate each other and be confident in your kaayyoo.

  4. ODF:

    June 6, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    “….. That is why also some ODF supporters, who nowadays started to say “we are Ethiopians” need to correct their rhetoric and boldly assert that they do belong to the Great Oromia, so that even the Habeshas can start to say “we are Oromians.” …..” This call must be extended also to supporters of the OLF-Jijjiirama, the OFC and the OPDO, who still call themselves Ethiopian, and with that undermine the fact that their country being Oromia. Accepting this Ethiopian identity has several negative impacts: 1) why should we call ourselves burnt face? 2) why should we accept its association with the Abyssinian system of domination? 3) it is almost equivalet to being won in the war between Ethiopia and Oromia 4) the Habesha propagandists of Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet feel trumphant over the “narrow nationalist” Oromo 5) it is the same to hurting the feeling of our brothers and sisters in WBO, who fought against Ethiopia and for that reason hate this name……6) etc. Thus, even if the Habeshas insist on the name Ethiopia, all Oromo and others should consequently decide and start to rename the whole county as Oromia. To differentiate the presently existing little Oromia from this great Oromia, we can call the national area of the Oromo-proper as “naanno OROMOO (Oromo killil or Oromo state)”! So my fellow Oromo, let’s start from today on and call the whole empire as Oromia; let’s decide and stop calling it Ethiopia! TNX!

  5. Tolaa:

    June 6, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

    Obbo Fayyis

    Barreeffama kee keessa waan bitaa namatti galan argaan jira. Keessuma darbitee “Little Oromia”, “Greater Oromia”, jechoota jedhan kana yeroo hedduu itti deddeebitee kaasaa jirta. Adeemsikee kun immoo maddi isaa waanuma sagantaa warra ODF irratti caafame irraa fagoo miti. Warri ODF tapha siyaasaa isaanii gara sadarkaa jechootaatti gadi buusanii jiru. Jechoota akka mirga ambummaa, impaayera, higga-mangist…kkf irra deddeebi’anii ibsuuf yeroo isaan dadhaban argina. Atis yaadnikee yaaduma warra ODF sana cimsuuf akka deemtu ifaa dha. Osoon si ta’ee silaa ifumaan ifattan jara deegaree kataba. Sababni isaa OLF fi ODF wanti wal isaan fakkeessu hedduu xiqqoo dha. Lamaan isaanii walqixa deeggaruunis immoo bilchina siyaasaa dhabuu qofaa osoo hintaanee bilchina sammuu dhabuu fakkaata. ODF kan inni of keessatti hammatee ka’e namoota harcaatuu DARGII, warra bara dargiin ijaaramaa ture sochiilee garaagaraa keessa turanii ilaalcha COMMUNIST qaban fi namoota taayitaaf qofa QBO itti makaman, akkasumas immoo warra osoo murannoo qabsoo hinqabaatiin hawwiidhaan qofa ABOtti goran dha. Haata’u malee akka ati itti deemaa jirtu kun Oromoota biratti hedduu hamaa dha. Beekaan “bakka lamatti qoodamnee deemuun keenya kun gaarii dha. Karaa kanaan yoo deemne filanoo lama qabna” jedhee ummata gorsu nama akkamii ti? Ati mucaan kee manneen barnootaa lama, fkf, law school fi medical school, yeroo walfakkaataa ta’etti akaa dhaqee baratu ni gorsitaa?
    Walumaagalatti rakkoon QBO hidhee qabee jiru “beektota beekaa of godhan” baay’ee qabaachuu keenya dha. Rakkoon inni ijoon kan biroon immoo, “failure to work as a team” fi namootni wal tuffatan QBO geggeessaa turuu isaanii ti. Atis immoo yeroo silaa walitti dhufnee kaayyoo tokko jalatti (kamiyyuu haata’u) hojjechuu qabnutti, karaalee fuula keenya dura jiran lamaanitti qoodamnee akka qabsoofnu nu hubachhiissuf yaaluun kee ofii keetiifuu gorsa kan si barbaachisu ta’uu isaa mul’isa.

  6. Sirreessaa:

    June 6, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    Fayyis this time you have done a wrong analysis to a big issue. The big issue is whether the Oromo are Ethiopians or not.
    The right answer is of course they are not Eheiopians. This is because they were never included in that polity ever. Never have
    they been accepted and recognized citizens of that entity. You seem to be good reader-read Ethiiopian history. Observe how the Oromo were presented. Can you find any evidence in that history where the Oromo language, culture, history, personolity presented as a part of Ethliopian History? Add to this the present Ehiopinan unionists which are only Amahara who do not see the Oromo as human beings. If you find any evidence that
    supports your fancy Cushitik origin that makes the Amahara accept Oromia as the name for their homeland then come back and tell us. You are trying to widen the argument base for ODF for turning Ethiopiansts. They have never thought so far. You have tried to help them but alas artificial breathing help does not bring the dead to life again. Your argument on Ethiopian unity like that of the ODF has an inherent fallacy. That is if real democracy exists then we can build a federation and live together with the abyssininas. But please try to understand that real democracy does not exist and will never be achieved if the Oromo are not independent. Because others continue to be masters of the nomansland of Oromia,,people will resist and the invaders use repressive methods and the conflict ontinues for ever. ODF federation cannot come about because it is based on a wrong premise.

    Otherwise let us concentrate on the main issue. Many of us have not been able to break out of the Ethiopia inculcated in our young minds at their schools. That is the problem. But we do not jump over it we stay and debate until we make it crystal clear that we ar not Ethiopians and never have been. When this is done and only then can ve go forward for our independence.

  7. Fuliyyee:

    June 6, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

    Obbo Fayyis,

    Kuno Akkas jedhii yaadake fi ijennoo ke wal simachiisitii Oromiya Fayyisi barruu ke tiin.Itti aansee lubbuu ketiin.

    Dhugumatti barruun kuni dhugaa hedduu fi yaada dansaa kan ofkeessaa qabu fi garaa qulqqullumman barreefamedha.

    kan gaaffi natti ta’e garu, kaayyoon” ODF” great Oromia ijaaruuf ta’uusaa suma irraa malee isaan irraa hin dhageenye osoo akkas ta’e Oromoon waan balaaleffatuf hin qabu ture.

    Barru ke nurraa hin dhaabiin galatoomi.

  8. Dimokraatawa:

    June 6, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

    That is the point! If ODF will be bold enough and start to demand the change of the name Ethiopia to Oromia, then its Kaayyoo (great Oromia) is really superior to the independence agenda of the OLF (little Oromia). It is up to the ODF to stop the madness of saying “we are Ethiopians” and should persuade its Habesha friends say “we are Oromians”. If it succeeds in such sense, there will be no bullet of propaganda from the OLF supporters, which can defeat the modern and nice move of the ODF!

  9. Qori:

    June 7, 2013 @ 12:33 am

    This is a good approach to corner and test the unitarists; if their issue is really UNITY, then no reason for them to refuse this concept of independent and integrative Great Oromia instead of only independent Little Oromia!

  10. Qori:

    June 7, 2013 @ 12:52 am

    “…… Regarding “little Oromia vs. greater Ethiopia” he mentioned, I would like to recommend Dr. Fikre and all who love the empire to rename the country they want to save as Oromia. When we look at the version of history he wrote, the whole empire can be called Oromia. Just as their Addis is our Finfinne, their Ethiopia is our Oromia. Because of the fact that the name Ethiopia is contaminated by the meaning given from the Greeks (burnt-face, which is almost the same to the N-word used against blacks) and by the content given from the Abyssinians (making Ethiopia equivalent to Abyssinian empire’s system of domination, excluding as well as exploiting the Oromo and the other nations), this change of the name is mandatory, if we really want to live together. That is why I asked in the title of this opinion: why not you accept greater Oromia, rather than asking the Oromo to join you in loving immiye Ethiopia? Surprisingly, the Abyssinian elites who tried to exclude the Oromo from the Ethiopian identity are now doing everything under the sun in order to persuade us to accept this same identity. ….” http://gadaa.com/oduu/20052/2013/05/31/why-not-greater-oromia-instead-of-ethiopia-a-response-to-dr-fikre-tolassas-open-letter/

  11. Toftaa:

    June 7, 2013 @ 1:26 am

    “…. After dismantling the existing Abyssinian empire and achieving the transitional goal of both the ODF and the OLF (Ethiopian Union, i.e true federation), we can opt further for either Great Oromia (if the Amhara and the other nations agree) or Little Oromia (if the Amhara and the other nations refuse to live under the name Oromia, but insist on the name Ethiopia)…..” This is very good!! First dismantle the empire by any meanse; second forge the transitional true federation; third give priority for possible Great Oromia; if that fails at last an independent Little Oromia is a MUST!!

  12. Taressa:

    June 7, 2013 @ 5:08 am

    I only hope that none of these so called oromo “leaders” or “organizations” will be used as insrument for loser Egypt and embarrass me as oromo , if she decides to attack us! Where are you on this, walfida??

  13. Zelaalam yaadataa:

    June 7, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    Obbo Feyyi… Yaadini tee tun akkamalee gadaantudha.qara xalayaa Dr.Fikire /yaada dabtaraa/ tif jettee waan hin jirree fi hinyaadamine katabu hin malle.Dabt aritittidhaf Dr.Beyan deebih isheef malu laatanii jiru,gahaadha. Aboo nuh lakkisaa nuhi OROMOODHA!

  14. Stem:

    June 7, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    ——-Oromo Is The Stem, Others Are Branches: Fact Or Fancy? ——-

    It is really interesting to hear few Oromo elites and of course a lot of habesha elites telling us about “statistical” conclusion regarding the wish of Oromo people. The conclusion declares that Oromo people don’t want “secession”. They also argue that Oromo is the stem for all other nations (the branches) in empire state of Ethiopia. According to their logic, it is the branch that may need to break off or separate, but not the stem. That is well said, very good for habesha elites and I do congratulate them on their new “research finding”.

    Even few Oromo elites are trying to tell us that Oromos are changing their philosophy regarding our liberation movement. According to them, Oromo liberation will be realized only in a united Ethiopia, not in a “separate” and independent Oromia. But I do hear Oromos asking: from whom did this new philosophy basically come? Whoever the source of this theory is, I will try to challenge both the analogy (parable) and the philosophy of these elites.

    First of all, we should ask if the analogy is suitable to describe the relationship between nations in the region called Ethiopian empire or in the Horn of Africa. I think the an analogy used to describe and explain the relationship between the nations in the region is mainly based on the version of history that the elites accept and the version they want to apply as an instrument for their political objectives. Yet what is clear is that there are different versions of Oromo and Ethiopian history.

    According to some church “historians” we are immigrants who came from Madagascar. Others tell us that we were originally confined only to Mada-Walabu. And we eventually moved northward after few centuries and occupied the present Oromo land, which was later invaded by our neighbors from the north (Abyssinians).

    There are also those who argue that Oromos are indigenous people to the region of North East Africa, originally from Meroe. This group claims that all Cushitic nations in that presently occupy the horn of Africa region are branches of this stem called Oromo – all being descendents of Cush. Just like their theories the solution these three groups suggest for the political conflicts in the region (especially the Ethiopian empire) differs.

    Those who say, Oromos are immigrants suggest that we should leave the empire and go back to where we came from. Those who trace the origin of Oromo to Mada-Walabu and argue the subsequent expansion then after, insist on unconditional independence (separation) of Oromia from Ethiopia. The final groups of elite “historians” who believe Oromos are descendents of Cush and a stem for all other nations advocate for some autonomy within the empire along with “our branches”. They further argue that Oromos can be the dominant force in the future of Ethiopia and thus there is no need for “secession.”

    I must say, the last version of Oromo history driven by historians who point the origin of Oromo people to the land of Cush is a post-modern way of thinking that opposes Oromo people’s right to independence and self-determination. Lately, Habesha elites are trying to designate Oromo as the stem from which even the Amhara and Tigre’s originated. Their logic and move is fantastic: the stem (in this case Oromo) can not be separated from its branches. They think that with such simple belief, they can discourage Oromo nationalists from pushing for the creation of independent Oromia within or without the possible union of nations in the region. My question to the Oromo elites who are preaching the same theory is whether they are being fooled by these Habesha elites or they have their own agenda of which the indispensable rights of Oromo nation to self-determination at its heart.

    As far as I am concerned, Oromo is not necessarily the “stem” for the “branches” like Amhara and Tigre. Even if these groups had a common ancestry with Oromos, now they are different nations with that occupy different geographic areas with different languages, culture and history. I consider all the nations in the region (big and small) including Amhara, Tigre and Oromos as separate trees in a garden standing as neighbors, sharing common soil, air and water. These trees have their own discrete identities although they share a common environment. They can only live both independently and interdependently sharing the neighboring environmental resources.
    Let us imagine the different trees with different nature living as neighbors enjoying a common area which can be considered as a garden. It is really beautiful to see them having different colors and flowers. But what will happen if one or two of them try to encroach over the area controlled by others and destroy the colorful garden in their neighborhood? Such a plant is considered to be invasive and destructive. Few months back, I read about such invading plants (usually foreign plants) aggressively encroaching on to the area of other plants that are considered indigenous to the area.

    Aren’t habesha elites like these invading plants? What is the role of Wayane elite’s today in Amhara, Oromia, Ogaden, Afar, Sidama and etc regions? Are they not encroaching onto the native home of other indigenous plants? To keep the garden beautiful and ensure the invading plants will not continue their raids, the keeper of the garden should do everything possible so that all plants are limited only to their own allowed living areas. I think the garden called the Horn of Africa can only be beautiful if Amhara and Tigrean elites can be restricted to their respective areas and live in harmony with their neighbor nations.

    However, if they want to continue claims against the areas originally occupies by Oromos and other nations, no question they are the most destructive invading plants with whom we have to deal accordingly. Up until now, they left their own ground and invaded the ground of the neighboring plants. Today it is high time that these destructive elements are controlled with chemicals that would restrict them to their own space and inhibit them from invading neighboring plants. At the moment, Wayyanne is the worst form of destructive plant that invaded the areas of the beautiful and indigenous plants like Oromos and other Oromo neighbors. The Oromo Liberation Movement is nothing other than an attempt to limit the invading plants and compel them to stay in their own territories, where they are known to be as indigenous.

    Looking at the empire/region as an animal body, rather than as a garden, the invading habesha elites are the same as cancer cells that multiplies to invade and destroy other tissues and organs of the body. What the elites of the two Abyssinians hitherto did to Oromos and other nations in the region is such a cancerous invasion. It might be true that Oromo is the biological stem of Amhara and Tigreans, just like all our organs came from only one stem cell. But after it is differentiated through a natural process of growth, each organ has its own specialized cells and tissues with peculiar colors, functions, structures and is limited to only one specific part of the body. Brain cells are very different from liver and heart cells, and are limited to have a form and function which is required in a brain. If we find brain cells in a liver or a heart, it could be pathological and lethal.

    The above scenario works when we find the non-integrated and authoritative habesha elites like the current ruling regimes, Wayyanne elites in Oromia. They just destroy the social fabric of Oromos. For instance, language is the main parameter that determines the identity of a nation. Habesha elites who didn’t learn how to speak Afan Oromo after living in Oromia for a long period of time are like the invading cancer cells. In due time, they either will be integrated by learning Afan Oromo or they will be ejected as a foreign body or they will kill the host (Oromo language and Oromo culture slowly). This is the law of both nature and culture. Here we need to differentiate the malignant destructive cancer cells like the invading authoritative and oppressive elites from the benign harmless cells, i.e. ordinary individuals who left their homeland seeking better opportunities and freedom else where. That is why the normal, simple Amhara and Tigrean folks living in Oromia, who are integrated and respect the culture, language and other rights of Oromos including the political right to self-determination, are not to be considered cancer cells to be rejected and removed.

    In conclusion, I think the healthiest and recommendable solution is to have trees with different forms and flowers beside one another (tree of Amhara, tree of Oromos, tree of Tigreans, etc) with their own distinct living areas, without being allowed to invade others territories like the invading plants do. The empire in which habesha elites invaded other nations and tried to destroy their culture still hinders the realization of the rights of nations to self-determination. These must be transformed in to a UNION, in which all nations with different cultures live independently and interdependently like those well placed and managed plants in a beautiful garden. That is what I mean by a union of independent nations.

    Union of independent Amhara, Tigray, Oromia, Ogaden, Afar, etc regions; possibly including even independent countries like Eritrea, Somaliland, Djibouti, Puntland and Somalia with the self-determination of each nation as the optimal thing, we all should strive to achieve. Without the respect of the right of nations to self-determination, there is no power under the sun which can hinder nations from striving to get rid off the invading plants or from trying to be free from the cancer cells.

  15. Oromuammaa:

    June 7, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    Of course Oromo is the stalk of the region in five senses:

    – biologically being the stem-nation of all the other Cushites in the region; Oromo is Cush; Cush is Oromo!

    – demographically being the biggest nation of the region!

    – economically for Little Oromia being the bread basket of the region!

    – geographically for Little Oromia and Finfinnee being the cultural and political center of the region!

    – religiously for Waaqefannaa being the base for all Abrahamic religion (Judaism, Christianity and Islam)!

  16. Brave:

    June 7, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    Our land is neither Abyssinia (land of the bast*ards) nor Ethiopia (land of the burnt faces), but surely Oromia (land of the BRAVES) as described by Ob Wagii: “The Oromo people reconnected themselves to their past victories. Historically speaking , this people called themselves Oromo, meaning “brave men” (Hambly, 1930: 176).”

  17. Araarsi:

    June 7, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    This concept of Great Oromia is a very good synthesis to the thesis (unconditionally independent Little Oromia) and the anti-thesis (unconditionally united Ethiopia)! Well done, but is the ODF thinking like this? They talk about only True Federation, God knows what the name of that future federation will be. If they call that federation Ethiopia, surely the struggle for an independent Little Oromia will continue; if they call it Cushland, this can be a compromise, but at the cost of Oromia! That is why the ODF has to be tough enough and claim the name of the federation/union to be Great Oromia. It is only this Great Oromia within the United Nations, which can make the further striving of the Oromo people for an independent Little Oromia not as such necessary!

  18. Boonaa Turaa:

    June 7, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

    Obbo Fayyis maaf nu jaanjessu yaaltaa? Seenaa itoophiyaa kes satti oromoon seera uummama ilma namaa kan hin gutine ta’uu isaa fi bakka hin beekkaminee lafa amma jiratutti godaa ne jedhameeti beekk ama malee akka namaatti ilaalamee hinbeeku.Ilaalchi kun ammas ilmaan Amhaaraa keessaa abadan baduu hindan da’u sababini isaa:
    1.kitaabilleen isaan katabaa jiran jibinnan oromootiin kan guta maniidha.
    2.baacoleen/Drama & comedy/isaanii hedduu kan oromoo seexaneesaniidha.
    3.xiqqaa guddaan isaanii “gaallaa saw aydelem” jechaa nu arrabsan jiran. Anis kanneen armaan olii falminaan barumsa irraa ari’amee jira. Eegaa jaalalti itoophi yaan naaf qabdu kanneen fi hedduun kan hafaniidha.kanaa fuu akka lammii oromoo tokkotti yaadin koo bilisummaa ykn du’uudha!

  19. Amaarticha:

    June 7, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    If the rigid Amara elites are ready to accept this suggestion, it really helps both the Amara and the Oromo be on the same page and to focus on fighting their common enemy, the Woyane, in unison. If a democratic and free Great Oromia is the common goal, then both the Amara and the Oromo can stand for both the INDEPENDENCE and the UNITY of this common home! But are the Amara elites rational enough to comprehend this reconciling position??

  20. Deebis:

    June 7, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

    Tolaa,
    waan Fayyis barreesse waan hubatte hin fakkaatu. Isaatii tokkummaa Oromoo jibu yaada isaa irraa dubbiftee beekta? Oromoon caasaa tokkoo fi karaa tokkoon akka deemaa hin jirre ammoo atuu argaa hin jirtu? Kanaaf jecha Oromoon karaa lamas haa deemu karaa caalu, kan nuti amma irratti hojjechuu qabnu “akkamiin wal hubanna fi walii tumsan?” kan jedhu ta’uu qaba: Yaada Fayyis baruu yoo barbaadde ammoo, kan inni hamma ammaa barreesse hunda dubbisi.

    Sirreessaa,
    you also mised the point! Did you comprehend what Fayyis wrote? Did he say “Oromo are Ethiopians”? Didn’t he even write that the ODF supporetrs have to stop their rhetoric about “we are Ethiopians”?

    Fuliyyee,
    atis irra deebi’ii dubbisi; Fayyis kan jechaa jiru, kaayyoon ODF “true federation!Ethiopian union” jedha! Garuu Ethiopian union kana bira geenyaan, Great Oromia bira gahuuf maqaa duwwa geedaruu barbaachisa jechaa jira!

  21. Oromo History:

    June 7, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

    “…..Those who know Oromo culture, can give their wittiness to these historical places that they were reflect or named by Oromo language. As an example Aduolesi port, Argessa, Mogadishu, Mombasa, Somalia, Kenya, Dadaab (Dadhabi), Arogoba, Kara Amara, Wolkitte,, Kombolcha, Bongo, Banti, Bantu, Warra Afar, Warra Raya, Warra Addal , Warra Illu …. There are thousands of historical places named by Oromo words out of Oromo region. The events and the culture like Kerma, Abu gadaa, Saba Sagaal , from Wello- Elaali balaa, from Tigray – Alula Aba nagaa and so on….express the Oromo culture and events throughout of the horn of Africa. There is no reason that the Oromo people ignoring own ancient history culture and replace it by another external one which is not belongs to him. Oromo representative Organizations must call Oromo to know its huge history and peruse for research development. Oromo is the most original Cush descendant and still the cushiest words are actively used in Oromo language. It needs further research to reflect the lost history including the Axum (Akasuma) history. Accordingly the free encyclopedia /bible- “The great obelisk of Axum was said to have erected by Cush in order to mark his allotted territory. Cush the son of ham, who was the legend found the city of Axum. On the 15th century of book: the son of Cush the son of ham found Axum. Accordingly Nubian: Cushitic was before the time of united Egypt and they are also famous for having buried their monarchs along with all monads, pyramids e.g. Ammon, Isis”…….” http://www.gambellastarnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=867:oromos-history-hijacked&catid=1:latest&Itemid=426

  22. Seenaa:

    June 7, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

    “…..The Oromo are one of the Cushitic speaking groups of people with variations in colour and physical characteristics ranging from Hamitic to Nilotic. A brief look at the early history of some of the peoples who have occupied north-eastern Africa sheds some light on the ethnic origin of Oromo. The Cushitic speakers have inhabited north-eastern and eastern Africa for as long as recorded history. The land of Cush, Nubia or the ancient Ethiopia in middle and lower Nile is the home of the Cushitic speakers. It was most probably from there that they subsequently dispersed and became differentiated into separate linguistic and cultural groups. The various Cushitic nations inhabiting north-east and east Africa today are the result of this dispersion and differentiation. The Oromo form one of those groups which spread southwards and then east and west occupying large part of the Horn of Africa. Their physical features, culture, language and other evidences unequivocally point to the fact that they are indigenous to this part of Africa. Available information clearly indicates that the Oromo existed as a community of people for thousands of years in East Africa (Prouty at al, 1981). Bates (1979) contends, “The Gallas (Oromo) were a very ancient race, the indigenous stock, perhaps, on which most other peoples in this part of eastern Africa have been grafted”.
    In spite of the fact that there are several indications and evidences that Oromo are indigenous to this part of Africa, Abyssinian rulers, court historians and monks contend that Oromo were new corners to the region and did not belong here. For instance the Abyssinian court historian, Alaqa Taye (1955), alleged that in the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries the Oromo migrated from Asia and Madagascar, entered Africa via Mombasa and spread north and eastwards. Others have advocated that during the same period the Oromo crossed the Red Sea via Bab el Mandab and spread westwards. Abyssinian clergies even contended that Oromo emerged from water. On this issue, based on the points made in The Oromo’s Voice Against Tyranny, Baxter (1985) remarked, “… the contention that the first Oromo had actually emerged from water and therefore, had not evolved to the same level of humanity as the Amhara (i.e. treating a myth of origin as a historical fact); or, more seriously, that Oromo were late corners to Ethiopia and hence, by implication, intruders and not so entitled to be there as the Amhara.”

    The history of the arrival of the Oromo people in the sixteenth century in East Africa from outside is a fabrication and denial of historical facts. It is a myth created by Abyssinian court historians and monks, sustained by their European supporters and which the Ethiopian rulers used to lay claim on Oromo territory and justify their colonization of the Oromo people. Several authorities have indicated that the Oromo were in fact in the North-eastern part of the continent even before the arrival of the Habasha. According to Perham (1948): “the emigrant Semites landed in a continent of which the North-East appears to have been inhabited by the eastern groups of Hamites, often called Kushites, who also include the Gallas.” Paulitschke (1889) indicated that Oromo were in East Africa during the Aksumite period. As recorded by Greenfield (1965), Oromo reject the view that they were late arrivals, “… old men amongst the Azebu and Rayya Galia dismiss talk of their being comparative newcomers……. Their own (Abyssinians) oral history and legends attest to the fact that Oromo have been living in Rayya for a long time. Beke (cited by Pankurst, 1985-86) quoted the following Lasta legend: “Meniiek, the son of Solomon, … entered Abyssinia from the East, beyond the country of the Rayya or Azebo Gallas There are also evidence (Greenfield et al, 1980) that at least by the ninth and tenth centuries that there were Oromo communities around Shawa and by about the fourteenth century settlements were reported around Lake Tana. The recent discovery, (Lynch and Robbins, 1978), in northern Kenya of the pillars that Oromo used in the invention of their calendar system, dated around 300 B.C., is another indication that Oromo have a long history of presence as a community of people, in this part of Africa.

    The so called “Galla invasion of Ethiopia” is also a tale. It was first written around 1590 by a monk called Bahrey and henceforth European historians and others almost invariably accepted this story as a fact. From his writing, it is evident that he was biased against Oromo. The following quotation from Bahrey, (in Beckingham et al, 1954), vividly illustrates typical Abyssinian cultural, religious and racial biases against Oromo. He began his book “The History of the Galla”: “I have begun to write the history of the Galla in order to make known the number of their tribes, their readiness to kill people, and the brutality of their manners. If anyone should say of my subject, ‘Why has he written a history of a bad people, just as one would write a history of good people’, I would answer by saying ‘Search in the books, and you will find that the history of Mohamed and the Moslem kings has been written, and they are our enemies in religion In fact it appears that the main purpose of his writing was to encourage Abyssinians against Oromo. Bahrey, Atseme, Harris, Haberiand and others description of what they called the ‘Galla invasion of Ethiopia’ as an avalanche, a sudden overwhelming human wave which could be likened to a flood or swarms of migratory locust is unrealistic and difficult to imagine to say the least….” http://oromosite.i8.com/about.html

  23. Abyssinian Oromo!:

    June 7, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    John Hanning Speke (1827-1864) English explorer: Chapter Nine in his Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile, (1863): Content: The Abyssinians and Gallas. “I propose to state my theory of the ethnology of that part of Africa inhabited by the people collectively styled Wahuma–otherwise Oromo or Abyssinians. . . . Most people appear to regard the Abyssinians as a different race from the Oromos, but, I believe, without foundation”. Excerpts from chapter 9!

  24. Mucaa:

    June 7, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

    For any Oromo individual or Oromo organization accepting the notion “I am Ethiopian/we are Ethiopian” is simply a surrender, unless otherwise we use it tactically by accepting Ethiopian Union as a transition to Oromian Independence! If the empire should be transformed to a long lasting union, then the name of the union must be Oromia! Only such Great Oromia can hinder the Little Oromia from pushing further for an independence. Having Oromia as a only regional state in Ethiopia is just the same to being a pregnant lady; it is only the matter of time; such Ethiopia will give birth to Oromia!

  25. Oromia:

    June 7, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    “……. After all, just as the city they called Addisaba is our Finfinne, the country they named Ethiopia is our Oromia…….” How TRUE! Then my people Oromo, start to call that whole country as OROMIA!!

  26. ODF:

    June 7, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    Here is ODF’s program regarding the “Federal Republic of Great Oromia” in which the “Oromo state” will be one of the autonomous states in the federation! Its policy regarding language is : “…….Afaan Oromo shall be the official working language in Oromia. The Oromo state government shall take steps to promote the development of the Oromo language. Afaan Oromo shall be one of the working language of the federal government…….”
    http://oromodemocraticfront.org/odf-political-program/

  27. Levin:

    June 7, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

    “……….THREE OROMO NARRATIVES: In my 2006 presentation, I labeled those types of narrative as Traditionalist, Colonialist, and Ethiopianist. The Traditionalist Narrative focuses on the sociocultural system embodied by Oromo in their ancestral homeland in the south central part of present-day Ethiopia. It has always important for Oromo males to possess a living sense of the past. Oromo tradition draws nourishment not only from language and culture, but also from myths of origins, historical memories, and a vivid sense of the continuing impact of the past on present events and fortunes. Ayyantu time-keepers and learned laymen reckon genealogical lineages with depths of up to four to five centuries……” http://www.donlevine.com/uploads/1/1/3/8/11384462/liban_osa_fi...

  28. Bilisa:

    June 7, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

    Boonaa Turaa,
    bareeffama Fayyis keessatti waan bilisummaa dura dhabbatu argitee ati? Itoophiyaan Oromoo jalatti waan jedhus dubbiste? Mee irra deebisii dubbisi; kan inni jedhe takkaatti siif hin galle ta’a!

  29. Gorsi:

    June 7, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

    Zalaalam…..,
    me ati yaada ol aanaa, kan yaada Fayyis caaluu, nuuf gumaachi; yaada isaa tuffachuu dhiisi ti kan caaluun gadi bahi!

  30. Fact:

    June 8, 2013 @ 12:47 am

    “The Common Home, Great Oromia, As a Win-Win Solution for the Conflict Between the Pro-Independence Oromo and the Pro-Unity Amhara”! Good trial, but there is no hope for these two big fools to come to terms and find a common ground! This is the best lottery Woyane got and it is capitalizing on this polarization of the pro-independence Oromo and the pro-unity Amhara. As long as there is this division, there will never be any change of power in the empire; we just need to arrange for 100 years rule of the Tigreans! Get the fact!!!

  31. abaa fardaa:

    June 8, 2013 @ 4:29 am

    Why is Fayyis Oromia is wasting his time suggesting the way the Abyssinian Amharas can unite with the Oromo while the only way they can unite is if they are the boss. They know what they are doing but Fayyis does not. What is he supposed to do if they don’t? He did never learn a lesson from the Abyssinian Tigres who cheated him by saying yes before the war with the Derg and kicked his bat out of the country after they won the war together. My strong suggestion is to get organized and be a powerful force to be reckoned with than to tell Waaqqa or Rabbi to give them wisdom to accept your suggestion which they don’t. God created this world for the survival of the fittest and helps those who work hard to be ahead and help themselves not wishers or beggars. Let them beg us in reverse this time.

  32. Cheap:

    June 8, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    Aba Farda,
    why such cheap shot? Why do you adore Amhara (“know what to do”) as if they are superior to Oromo (“don’t know what to do”)? Does this make you subboonaa Oromoo or gadaantuu namaa? Otherwise where did you read Fayyis begging Amhara? He knows what and why to write, but your cheap bullet is an attempt to discourage such Oromo! But you never succeed!!!

  33. Cheap:

    June 8, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

    “…..In an interview a few years ago with an Ethiopian newspaper, Jean Doresse, a famous French historian, noted that he couldn’t understand Plato’s work until he visited Ethiopia. In the same interview, he also said: “Ethiopia is older than pharaonic
    ——-Kush, Meroe, Ethiopia and Abyssinia: Sorting Realities from Myths!——

    Egypt. We have some proofs for this. People working on Ethiopia did not find the language of ancient Egypt in Ethiopia. But in ancient Egyptian we found many words which are in Ethiopia, both in Amharic and even more in Oromiffa. So, the conclusion is that Ethiopia is the birthplace of ancient civilization which developed later in Egypt and much later on in Greece and other countries.” He goes on to say the following on the birthplace of languages: “Historians argue that the first language was Sabean. But Oromiffa, Somali and Afar languages use words whose origin is earlier than hieroglyphic Egyptian. They are the most ancient spoken languages. It was later on that Amharic was born and developed with Semitic characteristics.” Another critical revelation Jean Doresse said in the interview was the following: “there is a word ‘Oromo’ in Ethiopia which appeared in ancient Egypt referring to the same subject…” http://gadaa.com/9512dxc1237890345pyttt563.html?http://www.voicefinfinne.org

  34. abaa fardaa:

    June 9, 2013 @ 4:31 am

    To Mr. Cheap.
    A person who belittles himself by calling himself cheap does not understand what I meant, therefore he does not deseve a response.If you know what you are doing you do not call yourself cheap.

  35. Waqjiraa Gudataa:

    June 9, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    Obbo Fayyis!,
    Is that FACT Or FALLACY your claiming that Oromos started to declaring themselves as Ethiopians?. I am not sure if you speaking your free mind or kidnapped by your mentor Dr. F. Tolossa. For us talking about that useless debteraw servant is irrelevant only as a response to his masters on which you too tried to express your royalty to our foes by the expenses of the great Oromo nation. As the Oromo nation under occupation, today there are many Oromo Americans, Oromo Australians, Oromo Italians & others are royals to their hosting countries, but NON Oromos are neither declaring as Ethiopians nor a royalty sense to it. For the Oromo nation, that terrible country is only as a concentration camp where the Oromos are holding their only majority rights as these days our Tufa Geresu put it correctly. Thus your Ethiopia for the Oromos is only as the Symbol of genocide and mariginalisation for being of an Oromo.
    When such inhumanity acts facing the Oromo nation, you never ever raised your voice instead you are deeply crying for your Malassa passed away and who surprise for your unpopular fiction only to deliver the desire of your master. It is a self destructive fiction as a senseless , as your great performance is only surrendering this time you have no the power and means of 1992 let a pretty dream as an Ahmaranised Oromo, Addios for ever!!

  36. Cheap:

    June 9, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

    Abaa Fardaa,
    why such diatribe? Don’t you have some thing better to do? The name Cheap is just to describe your shot! How could you miss such simple association? You surely need a bit more gray cells!!

  37. Sirreessi:

    June 9, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    Waaqjiraa…..,
    where did you read Fayyis writing that Oromo has declared for Ethiopia? Just read again! You need repeated reading to comprehen his idea! He rather said, the so called Ethiopia is de facto Oromia! This is totally different from declaring Ethiopia! Cool down bro!

  38. Maqaa:

    June 10, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    Just as the Amhara forces did agree on common ideology of “Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet”, the Oromo national liberation forces should agree on the common ideology of “Oromia and Oromummaa”. The name Ethiopia, despite its original relation with being Cush, is really spoiled by being associated with at least the following three negative connotations:

    – that the Greeks gave it the negative meanig: “land of burnt faces or land of Nig*ers”,
    – that the Habeshas made it equivalent to the Abyssinian system of domination, and
    – that the current Ethiopian nationalists consider accepting the name Ethiopia is the same as a surrender of those who fought for Oromia.

    Just these three reasons are enough for the Oromo nationals to distance themselves from this contaminated name. Thus, it is better if also the ODF tries to call the future union of nations it wants to foster either optimally Oromia or as a compromise naming it Cushland. the name Ethiopia must be avoided when talking with the Oromo, but it can be instrumentalized as a trademark when communicating with the international community and with the neighbouring nations. I also recommend that ALL the Oromo people decide to rename the country called Ethiopia as Oromia, the same as we called the capital city as Finfinne instead of Addis Ababa.

  39. Generation:

    June 10, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    “…..In case the future rule of the political game in the region will be freedom and democracy, considering Oromia be the same to Cushitic Ethiopia (Great Oromia) is not against the interest of the Oromo people, who can have the upper hand in the integrated future Cushitic Ethiopia, where Afaan Oromo will be the federal language. Thus, the move of this third-generation having three alternative goals in mind, seems to be pragmatic, inclusive and smart. Thus, the current Qeerroo movement against the Woyane (against the current oppressive Abaso elites), which is inclusive of all the oppressed nations is really good. The common denominator of all the three generations is ‘bilisummaa Oromoo/freedom of the Oromo,’ even if the three groups can be different in their vision regarding the type of walabummaa Oromia, we, as a nation, can forge in the future and which type of sovereignty will prevail and be decided per referendum on the three options. Therefore, as long as anyone is not against this concept of ‘bilisummaa Oromoo,’ his/her move to democratize the Cushitic Ethiopia using the Gadaa principle is not bad. This can be a nice move towards the position of the third-generation with its kaayyoo-galgalaa, i.e. transforming the Abyssinized colonizing Ethiopia, which up to now oppressed Oromummaa, to the emancipated Cushitic Ethiopia, where Ethiopiyawinet will be inclusive of Oromummaa…..” http://www.ethiopianreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=54773

  40. Samuel:

    June 11, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

    Faris oromia bayye galatoomi ! yaadni jiru kanuma. Dhaaboleen syaasa oromoo walduraa dhaabachhuf waliti bobba’u dhhiftee haala jiru akkanati hubbatee yoo itti fuuftee yaadni ABO ganamaas kan ODF harras bakka wal faaleesu hin qabu.
    dubbin haala ittin waa huubanuudhaa.

    Ammas dabaleen galatoomi jedhaa
    barru kee itti fuufi

  41. Gadaa:

    June 13, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

    “…..The land of Kush, Nubia or the ancient Ethiopia in middle and lower Nile is the home of the Kushitic speakers. It was most probably from there that they subsequently dispersed and became differentiated into separate linguistic and cultural groups. The various Kushitic nations inhabiting north-east and east Africa today are the result of this dispersion and differentiation. The Oromo form one of those groups which spread southwards and then east and west occupying large part of the Horn of Africa. Their physical features, culture, language and other evidences unequivocally point to the fact that they are indigenous to this part of Africa. Available information clearly indicates that the Oromo existed as a community of people for thousands of years in East Africa (Prouty at al, 1981). Bates (1979) contends, “The Gallas (Oromo) were a very ancient race, the indigenous stock, perhaps, on which most other peoples in this part of eastern Africa have been grafted”…..” http://www.oocities.org/hasf4/Oromia/History/StruggleContinued.html

  42. Oromia:

    November 19, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    To comprehend the difference between Golden Oromia and Great Oromia, look at the following maps of Oromia!

    —–Maps of Greater Oromia, Great Oromia, Small Oromia, Smaller Oromia and Smallest Oromia!—–

    – Greater Oromia = Cushitic Ethiopia:
    http://www.gadaa.com/CushiticEthnicallyRegion.JPG

    – Great Oromia = New Ethiopia:
    http://www.vidiani.com/maps/maps_of_africa/maps_of_ethiopia/detailed_physical_and_road_map_of_ethiopia.jpg

    – Small Oromia = Golden Oromia:
    http://nikolasschiller.com/images/oromiya.jpg

    – Smaller Oromia = OLF’s Oromia:
    http://0.static.wix.com/media/2e051b_c11c160ffb9b5a4fa44e4fc2967dd74b.gif_1024

    – Smallest Oromia = OPDO’s Oromia:
    http://www.ethiodemographyandhealth.org/OromAdmMap.jpg