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Jawar Mohammed: Oromo movement has achieved its objectives, but not concluded its journey | Interview

Posted: Bitootessa/March 12, 2010 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (32)

Gadaa.com conducted an interview with a young Oromo political analyst and social commentator, Mr. Jawar Mohammed, about his childhood, political views and visions. He also shared his views on the state of politics in Ethiopia and the Horn, the Oromo struggle and the upcoming election. Here’s the interview.

Gadaa.com: Tell us about yourself.

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Jawar Mohammed (JM): I grew up in Dhummugaa, a small rural town on the Arsi-Hararge border in Oromia. I think of Dhummugaa as my hometown – the place where I came of age and where I attended elementary school until I got kicked out and left for Asella. There, I went to a Catholic school for a year and Cilaalo secondary school for another year until I once again had to move to Adama, where I took my high school national exam.

From there, I won a scholarship to attend the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore, where I studied Afaan Oromoo and other subjects. Upon completion of my studies there, I came to Stanford for my undergraduate degree and graduated this past June. Currently, I have just completed an internship in Washington, DC; and I am now conducting an independent research. I plan to start graduate school this coming September.

Gadaa.com: You have come out hard on the politics-as-usual establishment in Ethiopia. Your first article lambasted the OLF leadership for its failure; your subsequent articles berated Ethiopianists’ unjust views on self-determination; and your most recent article depicted the hostage-captor relationship between the people of Tigray and TPLF.

JM: I feel that the standard way of analyzing Ethiopian politics often gives undue credit to personalities and ideologies in determining the causes and effects of political actions. While actors and ideologies do influence politics, a structural assessment of the agent-institution relationship tends to help better explain political phenomena more logically and rationally. Ideology presents the world in a very simplistic and shallow manner. It relies on a singular assessment of the problem and promises a universalistic and absolutist solution. It does not allow room for doubt and alternative possibilities. Thus, using an ideology of a certain organization as a sole basis for analyzing political phenomenon might not help us understand causes and effects for a given outcome.


The role of political personalities is also often overestimated. In politics, I think there is duality of a person. A political person has his own views and interest, but those interest and views are prone to change due to factors outside his control.

Politics is a product of an interaction between an institution and its agents. I like to call this interaction an organizational norm. Understanding politics, therefore, requires assessing this relationship.

The problem is that, while ideology and leadership are visible, the organizational norm is not; and it is difficult to quantify. Thus, people often misdiagnose a problem by focusing only on the visible factors. In the articles you mentioned, for instance, ideology and leadership have been the two widely accredited factors for the weakness of the OLF in the last two decades. But, the OLF has changed both its ideology and leadership during this period, yet still could not solve the problem. It could be the case then that the prescription did not work because the problem was misdiagnosed. In that article, I used structural assessment in an attempt to show that factors other than ideology and leaders were significant in hindering the OLF’s progress.

In a related way, take the example of the ultra-conservative Ethiopianists, who are obsessed with any perceived threat to Ethiopian unity. For them, those who challenge the established norms of the state and advocate ideas contrary to the conventional wisdom are mercenaries sent with evil intentions. Like all conservatives, they prioritize state sovereignty over the will, interests and aspirations of the people within that state. There should be no mistake that such conservatives are patriots with deep love for their country, but the weakness of their political analysis occurs because, in their zealous obsession with sovereignty, they always blame external forces for any internal crisis.

The basis of the state-citizen relationship is the state’s obligation to improve the welfare of its citizens, or at least create favorable conditions for their self-improvement. When a citizen or a group benefits from the state, they value that state and will have a vested interest in protecting it. By contrast, when a state becomes a burden on people, when it oppresses them, exploits them and discriminates against them, they all have reasons and rights to dismantle it. With this in mind, I argue that people support the liberation front’s position of self-determination as a means of fighting an exploitative and oppressive state, not because they are guided by some magical power of the elites.

As the state has invoked unity and sovereignty in order to suppress dissent and disregard legitimate grievances, those slogans have become synonymous with repression and misery. The best way to promote Ethiopian unity, not as mere political slogan but as something real, is to eliminate the predatory state, to ensure the equality of each citizen and group, and to promote equitable socioeconomic development. This will reduce animosity and increase interdependence, which will result in each stakeholder having a vested interest in strengthening unity as a means of ensuring his or her own continual benefits.

In general, I aim at a more thorough analysis than those provided by our contemporary talking points and accepted notions about political matters, with the hope to better understand the most likely causes of our problems and find accurate solutions for them.

Gadaa.com: What are your views on the future of Ethiopia in the context of the Horn of Africa?

JM: I am quite optimistic about the future of Ethiopia. The creation of Ethiopia in the late 19th century through conquest and subjugation led to unequal and unjust relationships among different stakeholders. The system of economic exploitation, forced cultural assimilation and political oppression made the situation unbearable for the subjugated people. The disadvantaged groups and their progressive sympathizers fought and began to dismantle that ancient system. Progressive forces hoped to remake Ethiopia based on the principles of social justice, equality and fraternity. They were smothered, however, between the conservative forces that fought hard to maintain the old system on one side, and the hardliner ethno-nationalist groups, on the other, that saw the complete dismantling of the empire state as the only way to solve the problem. The struggle between these two polarized forces has dominated Ethiopian politics during the last three decades making consensus-based politics unthinkable. Now, it seems that both forces have been exhausted and a new era for the progressive democratic voice is on the horizon. If this emerging moderate progressive voice can mobilize the silent majority of people around their aspirations for a mutually inclusive political system, and if it is also able to overcome the challenges posed by the variety of highly vocal, visible and organized hardliner groups, I believe Ethiopia will make a democratic breakthrough within the next decade.

A democratic breakthrough in Ethiopia will have a fundamental impact on peace, stability and development in the entire region. It’s obvious that the current regimes in Asmara and Finfinne are the main spoilers of peace and stability. If they were democratic, they would have no reason to stir up fake border wars to divert attention from internal crises or intervene in each others’ internal affairs; nor would they need to finance rival factions in Somalia and elsewhere. As long as Meles and Isaias remain in power, there will not be peace in Somalia or the entire region. Only a nonviolent removal of these dictators and establishment of a democratic system can change this, and such an outcome would be a win-win situation for all stakeholders. I am convinced that Ethiopia is moving in that direction and that it will not be too long before democracy finally takes hold.

Gadaa.com: The current political establishment is a result of the 1960’s and 1970’s leftist ideologies. How does that shape the regional politics?

JM: I have great admiration and respect for the progressive generation of the ’60s and ’70s. They were selfless, dedicated and determined youth, and rarely does such a generation emerge in a society. It pains me that we speak only about their mistakes and shortcomings. Given the political and social background many of them came from, the notoriety of the system they faced, and the unfavorable regional and international political conditions of the time, they achieved the unthinkable: they actualized a fully fledged revolution that brought fundamental social, economic and political change to the country.

It’s true that much of the current state of distraction and disarray that has become the norm for political behavior can be traced back to that era, simply because the same generation has exclusively dominated politics ever since.

Yet, it is also important to understand that the best and brightest leaders of that generation perished early on and that the burden fell to mediocre individuals, who suddenly found themselves at the helm of every organization. The visionary and visions were divorced very early, such that organizations performed very poorly due to their shaky foundations and lack of viable leaders. This vacuum of leadership prevented many organizations from learning from mistakes and improving their performance. By and large, it is that frustration caused by the failures of leadership that led to the birth of the politics we observe today.

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32 Responses in THE COMMENT SECTION

  1. Waralata

    Mar 13, 10 at 12:29 am

    The only thing I can say is AMEN.You are open minded and well informed.Among other things as you mentioned it your exposure to well diversified community helped you to gain the experience you are cherishing that I am proud of you as an individaul who shares your thoughts.I’m sure one day we may run to one another.I saw once at a meeting I gues .Then I liked what you said but didn’t know it was you.Keep up help young Oromos to gain the same experience that helped you to broaden your mind.
    Thanks again for being good role model to others.

  2. abdurry

    Mar 13, 10 at 3:19 am

    Amen my brother. very powerful and very organized and well educated guy just from the sky. I am very sure if this young individual give himself to leading us, he has an unbelievable brain power to take us to the right direction. things he said above are all reality and well constructed and thought about and said. i felt so empowered to just hear someone with this kind of optimism come out of oromo at the right time and speak as if some kind of power speaking to me. even though i agree with every little bitty thing he said, i like the fact that he repeatedly made clear that we have the power to take over anytime. i am not an articulate person. but i am committed to empowering my people or give back what i was given. i hope this young man too commits to fighting for us to the end. and i love this guy.

  3. Galan

    Mar 13, 10 at 3:14 pm

    The countless freedom fighters … The poor and selfless activists … The barefoot farmer …
    The loving mother who is repeatedly discriminated against yet continues to inspire her children to seek knowledge, peace and compassion. THEY ARE MY LEADERS!

    THEY ARE ALL MY LEADERS TOO!!! Well said “Kormee tiyaa!!!”

  4. Kuulani

    Mar 13, 10 at 4:52 pm

    Obbo Jawar,
    do you still think that the two main ideas in Oromo liberation movement, i.e “democratization of Ethiopia” and “liberation of Oromia in a sense of INDEPENDENCE” are contradictory and exclusive to each other? It is really good that you said both are only the means to the END of Oromo cause. If both Oromian Autonomy in a democratized Ethiopia and Oromian Independence are not the END by them selves, what is then the END you do have in mind? Union of Independent Nations in the region as Fayyis Oromia put it in his hitherto articles? I think you are one of the “parallel thinkers”, who tends to see at the above two main ideas, as if they are exclusive to each other. Actually the current productive tendency of thinking is that of the “series thinkers”.

    According to this later group, Oromo cause has got only ONE Kaayyoo with three possible terms:

    – short term of the goal, which you seem to advocate now, is to achieve politically, economically and culturally Autonomous Oromia. The status quo is only very limited cultural autonomy. Is this what you try to tell us “Oromo people have already achieved our Objective”? Come on! I didn’t expect this from a person of your caliber. This short term of the goal is also known as Intermediate-Kaayyoo (I-Kaayyoo) for it is only temporary solution on the way to independence.

    – middle term of the goal is to achieve a complete Sovereignity of Oromia in a form of Independence. As you said, there is nothing which can hinder Oromo people from achieving this. The picture of the scare scenario you tried to draw before our eyes, in case Oromos opt to such isolated Independence, also can not hinder us from moving to this level of liberation. This middle term of the goal can also be called CORE-Kaayyoo (C-Kaayyoo) for it is the core objective of the Oromo national liberation movement. On the contrary to your assertion, I would like to say that Oromo will be said to achieve our objective, only when Independent Oromia will be established.

    – long term of the goal can be the fostering of a UNION of Independent nations in the region. This may adress your fear of having a chaotic neighbour nations which can affect Oromia. Where such genuine union is possible, I don’t see any logic why a well seasoned and reasoned mind like you try to advocate Ethiopian Unity at the expense of Oromian Independence. Take time and think over it again. Try to think in a “series frame-work” instead of the “parallel frame-work”. If such expressions are new for you, please refer to the articles written by Fayyis Oromia.

    In short, according to the “series thinkers”, we can achieve in our liberation journey all the above three terms of the Kaayyoo-Oromo one after the other. No need of quarell between the two ideas you mentioned (democratization of Ethiopia vs liberation of Oromia) for they are not contradictory, but complemantary to each other. Now OFC at home is on a right track to achieve the short term, then the future reunited OLF will bring us to the middle term and of course we need a consensus of all free neighbour nations in order to come to the long term of the goal.

    Galatoomi.

  5. seyoum woldegebriel

    Mar 13, 10 at 5:09 pm

    it is very refreshing and your rational thinking is very encouraging. Good luck in your future endeavor.

  6. Lewux

    Mar 13, 10 at 5:51 pm

    What a confusion! Where is the difference between “achieving an objective and finishing a journey”? If Oromo people didn’t yet finish the liberation journey, how do you dare to say that we have achieved our objective? Is it the same rhetoric to OPDO’s “we have already liberated Oromia”? Of course, thanks to our hero liberators, we have achieved a lot, but we are not even at the middle of our goal, leave alone to be at the END of Kaayyoo-Oromo!

  7. Birraa

    Mar 13, 10 at 6:24 pm

    What I like about Jawar is the fact that he is an independent thinker. There are a number of other Oromos with very vast knowledge about the world, but their thinking is constrained to fit the political fashions of the day. Thus they don’t reason about changing the status quo. They waste most of their precious time explaining the status quo. And they never dare to cross the ideological fashions and arguments framed into Oromo politics for decades. I think Oromos like Jawar, and Gadaa.com, which entertains the new/different perspectives, will eventually change the way we think about Oromo politics. They are ushering us towards a new dawn of thinking. We can change the unworking status quo only by thinking outside the box.

  8. AFDist

    Mar 13, 10 at 6:57 pm

    Jawar,
    let me repeat the concept written by Kuulani above for we need to repeat it 3000x to digest and comprehend it well. This issue of federation vs independence vs union is already discussed among Oromo polity and public in detail. The conclusion nowadays seems to be that we do have only ONE Oromo-goal (Kaayyoo-Oromo) with three possible terms:

    – the Intermediate/short-term Kaayyoo (I-Kaayyoo), which can be described as a pre-Walabummaa (pre-independence) optional term is the Oromian Autonomy (federation) in Ethiopian context. If we do have a possibility to come to Walabummaa without passing through this term, well and good. But the reality on the ground shows us that, we need to pass through it.

    – the CORE-Kaayyoo/middle term (C-Kaayyoo) is what we used to call as Kaayyoo-ganama (original goal of Oromo liberation), i.e Walabummaa Oromia (Oromian Independence). This is the essence of our QBO (Oromo liberation struggle) which is not optional, but very compulsory.

    – the End-/long-term Kaayyoo (E-Kaayyoo) is the post-Walabummaa (post-independence) another optional term, i.e a union (Walfaanummaa) of independent nations in the region for common economical benefit. This is also necessary in the current and future globalized world, where even the whole of Africa is trying to come together and forge a United States of Africa.

    We must repeatedly write this thing, so that we can at last comprehend the mechanism of our liberation struggle. We used to stress the importance of classifying the Kaayyoo in to this three terms to show the unnecessity of the conflict between those who do struggle for federation (e.g OFC), those who fight for independence (e.g OLF) and those who want to have a comprehensive solution to the problem of the region (e.g AFD).

    To make our liberation journey plausible, we used a metaphor of train journey from Djibouti (symbol for Garbummaa = slavery) through the two stops of Diredhawa (symbol for federation) and Adama (symbol for independence) to the END goal Finfinne (symbol for Union of Independent Nations). If the train has no technical problem or if our foes don’t make an obstacle, there is no reason why we all can’t move from the status quo (Djibouti) together to Diredhawa, further together to Adama and finally together to Finfinne. Why should we quarell now sitting in Djibouti? After arriving at Diredhawa, we will see how many of those in OFC realy want to stay there and don’t want to move further to Adaama. Then again after arriving at Adama, we will see how many of those in OLF realy don’t want to move further to Finfinne of AFD. Simply put it is only the Oromo public who will decide, whether our END destination should be only Diredhawa, only Adama or the END-goal, Finfinne! Do you believe in public verdict? If YES, I am sure you do have no problem with this mechanism and the common move of both Oromo Democratic Federalists and Oromo Liberation Fronts to achive the three terms of the goal one after another based on the wish and political will of Oromo people!!

  9. Lewux

    Mar 13, 10 at 8:02 pm

    Jawar’s position is crystal clear! He is one of the FEDERALISTS out of conviction, who wants to keep Ethiopian Unity at the cost of Oromian Independence. Good to see such a drop conviction of Oromo in a see of Oromos with conviction to make no compromise on Oromian Independence, be it within or without a Union of Indedependent Nations in the region. As far as he doesn’t opt to compell other Oromos to live according to his conviction, he is wellcome to bring us further to the TRUE federation by fighting against Weyane and its slaves (OPDOs). I hope he is not the admirer of the later, who are preaching to us that “Oromo is already liberated and OLF’s current move is already obsolete”!

  10. Hundahore

    Mar 13, 10 at 8:42 pm

    Reading Kuulani’s and AFDist’s opinions, it seems that we Oromos are not taking a train ride from Djibouti to Finfinne, but it seems as if we do drive on a three-lane Highway from Djibouti to Finfinne. Taking the three-lane highway as a metaphor, we can see that our brother Jawar is driving his car on the right-lane in order to leave the highway when he arrives at Diredhawa. He seems to have no will and wish to dirve further up to Adama or Finfinne. So are and so do all Federalists out of conviction. Oromos who made their destination to be Adama, instead of Diredhawa are driving on the middle-lane and of course those who have Finfinne in mind as their destination are driving on the left-lane. Important now in our liberation journey is that we possibly make no GRIDLOCK, but drive in harmony and exit the highway, where ever we think that we already have arrived at our destination.

    So obboleso Jawar,
    please drive till you come to your own destiny (Diredhawa) and exit, but please don’t try to be the cause for the possible gridlock in order to hinder those driving further towards Adama and Finfinne. Do you agree? Let Waaqayyoo/Rabbi help you not to be the obstacle on the liberation journey towards Adama and/or Finfinne!

  11. Oromboona

    Mar 14, 10 at 2:32 pm

    According to the panel discussion prepared by OACC, which took place yesterday, our politicians still try to make a “conflict” between the following three Kaayyoos:

    – Bilisummaa Oromo with Walfaanummaa Ethiopia (Oromo liberation with Ethiopian Union), which is OFC’s Kaayyoo (goal)

    – Bilisummaa Oromo with a public Referendum on: Walfaanummaa Ethiopia vs Walabummaa Oromia (self-determination), i.e OLF-SG’s position

    – Bilisummaa Oromo with Walabummaa Oromia (with Oromian Independence), i.e OLF-KY’s, OLF-QC’s and COPLF’s Kaayyoo

    Again, where is the conflict, which can hinder them not to work together? The common denominator for the three positions is Bilisummaa Oromo from the status quo of Garbummaa (slavery). That mease, at least they can cooperate to struggle together to come to Bilisummaa, be it per ballot as OFC tries now or per bullet as the others seem to believe. After achieving Bilisummaa, it is up to the Oromo public to decide per referendum on: Walabummaa Oromia vs Walfaanummaa Ethiopia. Here all political organizatuions will have the chance and the right to advocate for their respective positions (Bilisummaa Oromo with Walabummaa Oromia as an END goal or Bilisummaa Oromo with Walfaanummaa Ethiopia as an END goal).

    I personally will vote for Bilisummaa Oromo with Walabummaa Oromia having in mind that there can be apossibility of Walfaanummaa of free nations after Walabummaa. OFC’s position is Walfaanummaa of nations before Walabummaa, which cannot be the END, but can serve as an Intermediary goal. In the current political trend and in a globalized world, Walfaanummaa of nations after Walabummaa (Union of Independent Nations) similar to European Union (EU) can be the common END-Kaayyoo we all can farsightedly plan for.

    So obbo Jawar,
    have a courage to move from your position of admiring OPDO’s rhetoric, i.e “Oromia is already liberated and Oromo have already achieved our objective” towards the positions of OFC (Oromian Autonomy as a goal)——-then to the position of OLF-QC (Oromian Independence as a goal) and ——further to position of OLF-SG, which can have as its goal a Union of Independent Nations as a result of self-determinations. Good to know for all of us is that achieving OFC’s goal is a very nice pre-requisite to the move to OLF-QC’s goal, which is again a very good pre-requisite to move further to the END-goal, i.e a possible Walfaanummaa of free nations after Walabumma.

  12. Mellis

    Mar 14, 10 at 3:46 pm

    Only ONE Oromo-Kaayyoo (Self-determination) with three possible terms:
    – short-term (Oromian Autonomy)
    – middle term (Oromian Independence)
    – long term (Union of Independent Nations)

    What a nice summary! So where is the “conflict” between OFC (Oromian Autonomy), OLF-QC (Oromian Independence) and OLF-SG (Self-determination per referendum of Oromo public, which may result to Oromian Autonomy, Oromian Independence or Union of Independent Nations based on public verdict). Our politicians in all these organizations only needs a transformation of their way of thinking from the current “parallel frame-work” to “series frame-work”, so that they do not see a “conflict” but see a “complementarity” among all the forces!!

  13. Ogina

    Mar 14, 10 at 4:03 pm

    JM,
    where do you belong?
    – to those who don’t care about existence of Oromia, but worship only Ethiopian unity like AEUP?
    – to those who say “Oromia is already liberated” like OPDO?
    – to those who struggle for TRUE Oromian Autonomy in Ethiopian context like OFC?
    – to those who do fight for Oromian Independence like OLF?
    – to those who farsightedly look at a Union of Independent Nations in the region as an END-goal like AFD?

    According to your article, you are sure that Oromo have already achieved our goal, which makes you to be in the second category! Is this by default or by design??

  14. abdurry

    Mar 14, 10 at 10:19 pm

    all i need is someone who realizes that we have a long way to go and act accordingly. as oromo, we are so divided that we are not even aware how far behind we are. when we talk about oromo, all we talk about even amongst ourselves is all about the oromos in oromia. no. oromos that are in oromia are just a remenats of the vast majority that left without connection. left in the wood running after cows with no education. now they’re losing their language and losing their assets to preditors and climate change and to many other factors. i think it is our duty to take a good care of them. we are not educated much about what’s going on with us besides the politics that goes on in the country. some say “we have freedom. we’ve accomplished our goal”. i say, ” no”. we did not even start a movement to gain our freedom back our land and assets and speak our language freely. no. till the oromos in kenya learn in their language and speak their language well. no till the oromos in wollo gain power and learn literacy in their own language. no till we fully wake up. no we did not wake up. no it goes on and on and on and on….

    what is any of you here doing cuz the rest cannot even read? what is new in your town or village till you left? hah? did you try to help anybody? did you help yourself? yes you can. yes you can help yourself and others. are you trying to become a millionair here? no you don’t need to? you can become a billionair starting a bussiness in oromia? do you even know oromia like that? it goes on….

    stop politics and show what you got to your community start enterpernuership or do something. people are investing in you ….

    i think things i mentioned above are what we(the regular people), need to be concerned about.

  15. Öthiopien

    Mar 14, 10 at 11:33 pm

    You will be a great leader of Ethiopia.May God bless you and keep you safe.

  16. Walfidaa

    Mar 15, 10 at 3:04 pm

    Abdurry,
    it is good that you tell us that we should envest in Oromia and help the Oromo poor, but why should you tell us that we stop talking/writing politics of Oromo liberation? Why is this position of you almost similar to that of Weyane cadres we read/hear always in cyber world?

    Dima,
    despite your previous posts, in this thread you did good! Keep up in promoting Oromo cause, we are very good to identify the “smart” Weyane cadres from the genuine Oromo nationalists!

  17. WOW

    Mar 15, 10 at 11:21 pm

    WHERE IS OBJECTIVE WE GAINED. YOUR THINKING SEEMS OPDO.OROMO IS STILL SECOND CLASS CITIZENS IN ETHIOPIA. LOOK OROMO PEOPLE POSITION IN FINFINE,DIREDAWA AND MANY CITIES. WE STILL DONE LESS THAN HALF OF OUR OBJECTIVES.

  18. anbissa

    Mar 16, 10 at 8:33 am

    well done jawar.I proud of you.

  19. MANFROM WINNIPEG

    Mar 17, 10 at 8:02 pm

    What do you have for those many ethnics that share land with Oromia, what about those are married with other ethnics, what would happen on religions unity, what would happen in big city with so many ethnics?
    You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton
    A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped.
    Norman Mailer (1923-?) American writer.
    How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  20. Waralata

    Mar 17, 10 at 9:51 pm

    I don’t expect everyone to agree with Jawar and it is normal in politics.When I see some of the critics some of you made, it is easy to identify how you are starting your statements from conclussion.Since it is a mind set it does’t move the discussion farther.Yes some people always get their informations only from one corner and don’t value the other information on its merit.This kind of information denys us from broadening our knowlege.So for some of you the only hard time you have is broadening your horizon,Jawars Opinion is one opinion.If you have alternative let us discuss.For some of us it is an advaced opinion that matchs the present World condition.Oromos are part of the World community and we are not from some where in the univers.When people like Jawar after observing as the statisquo is not going forward to bring the Oromos together and fight the worst enemy on earth(Meles and his cronies)sorry to say this still you don’t get it.Even I doubted if some of you have fully read what he was talking about.The best way to approach an opinion diffirent than of yours is look first the World around you.Jawar Your opinoin is what the whole World is after and again I repeat my AMEN and congratulate you for not boxing in your self with the sttsquo.

  21. Ogina

    Mar 18, 10 at 9:34 am

    Interesting to read the notorious Weyane cadres supporting Jawar Mohammed and the famous Oromo nationalists mocking at the assertion of Jawar and OPDO, i.e “Oromo have achieved our objective”. Does this show the true hidden political position of Jawar???????????

  22. Waralata

    Mar 19, 10 at 11:14 pm

    Ogina to argue with you is like talking to deaf person.I tried you before.What did you achieve? May be you are up to something that the other Oromos Don’t know.Regarding sevring as a cadre I doubted if you you know what it mean.No body is a cadre of any Organization,tyrannt Meles or Opdo because you called them so.If you got no beef to show to hide oneself is another wisdom.so pleas don’t act as if you are on the other side what so ever it is.Oromos must be able to proceed forward.to find mechanism to discuss and resolve the trouble setuation our people are in..If you have it bring it on .If not you know what to do.

  23. Meraraw

    Mar 20, 10 at 11:14 am

    Waralata,
    why are you so irritated by the general remark of Ogina? You just exposed yourself. Surely any healthy Oromo nationalist doesn’t get mad like you did here. Comeback with other nick, this one is already expired!!

  24. Obssan

    Mar 20, 10 at 6:24 pm

    Despite Jawar Mohammed’s rhetoric, Dr Asaffaa Jaalataa said “Oromo people didn’t/couldn’t yet achieve our objective”! Enjoy it here: http://www.opride.com/oromsis/oromo/603-asafa-jalata-what-is-next-for-oromo-people.html

  25. true ethiopian

    Mar 21, 10 at 10:40 am

    I liked alot what i heard and disliked a few of them, now seriously guys i love the pride but hey wait a second though about those hero’s u speak of u remember adwa, u remember the italians when half of somolia and oromia was italia somali land and eritrea was italia land, who kept that together i dont know if there would of even been an oppurtunity for alot of u to sit here and boast about oromia when if there is anything to boast about is those bare footed farmers in the north (tigray,amhara, afar) were takeing the full brunt of italy and prevailed. lets not forget the mustard gas that was used upon our brothers so just to make things simple remember before all of u had this day to sit here and bad mouth this ethiopian empire u despise so much was the backbone of any liberation struggle and lets not forget when tplf and eplf was fighting the derg where did half the oromos run to dont forget brothers we have been here in the begining cleaning up the mess and we will be together fixing whatever mess that the OLF does in the end. Peace in oromia first before u start chastising our great country like some fools and a independent state is just such an outrage where the heck was that kind of thinking back then lost in the mountains and to busy chewing chet. Ethiopia or nothing at all to much blood has been spilled to let fools who have there own interest ruin what we all have worked at forever.

  26. Hundahore

    Mar 22, 10 at 12:15 pm

    I think to simplify the whole complex, the Oromo liberation movement is lead mainly by the following two groups with two important positions:

    – The position of OFC is to achieve the mid-goal: HALF-Walabummaa with Walfaanummaa (achieve Oromian autonomy)

    – The position of OLF is to achieve the end-goal: COMPLETE-Walabummaa with/without Walfaanummaa (achieve Oromian independence)

    We just need to concentrate supporting these two groups and try to coordintate their actions. Now we need a concerted move to achieve firstly the NEXT one (TRUE Oromian autonomy) and then further move to the END (Oromian independence)!!

  27. Lewux

    Mar 22, 10 at 2:11 pm

    JM,
    do you think that we have already achieved one of the following two possible goals, when you dare to tell us that “Oromo people have achieved our objective”? I would like to formulate our kaayyoo as foloows:

    – the mid-kaayyoo is a half-walabummaa Oromia within walfaanummaa Ethiopia (Oromian autonomy in Ethiopian context) envisioned by OFC and

    – the end-kaayyoo is a complete-walbaummaa Oromia with/without walfaanummaa sabootaa (Oromian independence with/without a union of nations), which is still persued by OLF.

    I thinky OPDO, which you try to endorse, has achieved neither of the two. So, we need possibly only one federalist party with the name OFC to achieve the mid-goal and only ONE strong and effective OLF to push further to the end-goal. We hope all the mini-federalist parties in Oromia (like AOPDP, GSAP, OALF, OLUF and ONC) will join the strong OFC as well as we are still longing for the re-unification of all our mini- liberation fronts (like COPLF, FIDO, OLF-KY, OLF-QC, OLF-SG and UOPLF) under the only ONE and beloved name OLF. Then, the time for our people tol declare, that “we have achieved our objective” will not be far away.

  28. QABEESA

    Apr 4, 10 at 5:36 pm

    Hi, guys i want to say something about our struggle for our kayoo.When everyone write something about the problems that obstacle our voyage to final goal,no one blame him self instade blame zenawi who peaceful is doing what he wants. we, us oromo have huge problems to be solved before blame anyone.Artists sung alot about uniy,freedam,peace and reconsolation among our political laders to be smatr to end our 120 years struggle for bilisumma. Those leadres who lead the politial rganization maybe have hidden agenda that oromo people still understand. What they looking for without unity? I think the personal interest stirring the goal of struggle and disappointed our people,and turn their face from qabso bilisumma simple strugglingwith their daily life.Oromo people lost first chance due to disagreement aomng our leaders in 1991 and we are not ready to have second chance. wayanee is not longer in power what we gone do if Zenawi exiled, we gone fight each aother again. i leave answer for you guys. BEFORE ANY THING UNITY IS PILLAR. BY GUYS.

  29. Boojji Dirmajii

    Apr 13, 10 at 5:34 am

    Oh Jawar, what an exposition! Great thinking, too but there seem to be some confusion as well, especially in arguing out the independent Oromia visa v the democratized one. While am tempted to point at the political naivete of Jawar and the possible manifestations of an amalgam of bewilderment and naivety thereof, I also came to realize one thing, the future of Oromo politics. I told myself things are changing, the Oromo youth is more likely to take a totally new lane in its pursuit of freedom. Above all, it is an open reminder that the OROMO youth can make wonders so quick unlike those in the old guard>

    Move on, Jawar, you indeed personify the future landscape of the Oromo politics. I may not subscribe to some of the things you seem to promote, but I would choose to listen to you. After all, that is the mark of civilization and such does foreshadow the correct and better dialogue as the political battle rages against the backdrop of dogmatism and mere rhetoric submissions.

  30. Tewodros Hussein

    Apr 19, 10 at 5:38 pm

    Jawar I think you should have a lot of follower. what i see is the realty the people of ethiopia,and political situation. might need your help. I like the word you drop it from you heart and feeling outstanding. but some thing you should know your knowledge to much for most of them. don’t let them use or against you brother. jawar I like your comment and practical life of the politics.

  31. Ibsaa Ayana

    May 9, 10 at 9:56 pm

    JW,
    Even though I am late but I have to express my admiration for your insightful. I believe that I will a great hope for this franchised nation, which need a real leader. Please continue to nurture your mind, be continue to be critical, embrace all ideas but critical. I envision that you will absolutely contribute to the healing of Ethiopia. May God keep your conscious healthy.

  32. falmata

    Sep 3, 10 at 5:28 am

    dear johar you are newly emerging oromo leader, dispite what many critics think of you,you are inspiring a lot of young oromos and none oromos we need leaders with vision.keep up the good work and make sure you have countless oromos who are proud of you in the coutry and around the world ati dhiirumaa beeki……….