Oromo’s Objective is Self-rule of Golden Oromia and/or Shared-rule of Great Oromia! Can Election Be the Way?

By Fayyis Oromia* We all have followed the current sad news of Ethiopians/Oromians suffering in Saud Arabia. Jawar Mohammed reacted to these assaults on the immigrants in the Gulf states: "we must take back our homeland to end the Oromo national homelessness." The concervative Abyssinian forces, on the other hand, tried to capitalize on this situation, as usual, and started their pro-Ethiopianism/pro-unity propaganda - of course, again, attacking the Oromo nationalists, including Jawar himself. This event may persuade us to shortly formulate the Oromo people's goal and look at it, especially, if it contradicts with the genuine unity of nations and ...

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Is Now Good Timing to Forge an Inclusive Alliance – an Ethiopian Democratic Front (EDF) – on Stable Rock of the ODF?

By Fayyis Oromia* As we repeatedly heard from certain leaders of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF), they are open and ready to work with the three camps of anti-Woyane opposition forces (with the pro-independence, pro-federation and pro-unity camps) and, where possible, forge more efficient alliance, somewhat sounding like an EDF (Ethiopian Democratic Front), which can competently struggle against the TPLF led EPRDF's system of domination. We then may ask: When is the right timing? What did we learn from the hitherto failed alliances? How far can the envisioned alliance be inclusive? ... etc. No wonder if many such questions can be ...

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Should We Still Suggest an All-Inclusive Alliance, Which Can Be Different and Make a Difference in Ethiopia/Oromia?

By Fayyis Oromia* In the liberation struggle against the oppressive Abyssinian empire’s system, we had passed through different phases, and we had formed till now different alliances against the tyrant rulers. The struggle has almost always been done by two ideologically opposite political camps, i.e. by the unionist liberators, who want to liberate oppressed nations in the empire and build, where possible, a union of autonomous nations, and by the unitarist patriots, who do disregard the autonomy of nations, but want to liberate individual citizens from any sort of oppression. In other words, it has been the struggle by those emphasizing ...

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Can the ‘Oromo First’ Movement Promote Dynamics in the Oromo Struggle, Which Needs Empowerment of Our Resilient Nation?

By Fayyis Oromia* I recently heard Jawar Mohammed speaking about the main objective of the currently ongoing 'Oromo First' Movement. He told one of the communities, which the movement is engaging now, that its main aim is to empower the Oromo people (Oromoo humneessuu) at three levels: at personal level, community level and national level. A few years ago, as Oromo nationalists were busy calling for tokkummaa qabsaa’ota Oromoo (unity of liberation forces), one foreigner, but an Oromo friend, Professor Megalommatis, pointed out that what we really needed more was a dynamic movement (dynamics), not only the empowering unity, as I ...

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Is a Pragmatic, Inclusive and Smart Oromo National Liberation Organization Yet to Emerge?

By Fayyis Oromia* As we all know, there were a lot of Oromo organizations formed to struggle for national freedom since many decades ago. Their hitherto ideologies and visions can be categorized into three: a multinational federation (shared-rule of Great Oromia with self-rule of Golden Oromia); an independent state (Gadaa republic of Golden Oromia); and a multi-regional federation (shared-rule of Great Oromia without self-rule of Golden Oromia, but with self-rule of Oromia's six or more traditional regions). The first generation of the national liberation movement took only one of the first two goals as their vision (that is why they claim ...

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Three Ideological Positions of the Oromo National Liberation Movement

By Fayyis Oromia* There was a time, when the Oromo freedom fighters wanted to liberate the Oromo people from any sort of subjugation in the Ethiopian empire (the potentially future Great Oromia) without trying to demarcate a national area called Oromia; for instance, we can mention the movements like the Raayyaa Oromo revolt, the Bale Oromo resistance, the initiation of Maccaa Tulama Association, the Oromo struggle led by ME’ISON and IC’AT as well as the formation of ENLF (the Ethiopian National Liberation Front), which was the forerunner of the OLF. Then, we came into a situation, which helped some Oromo nationals ...

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Ethiopia’s Future: Self-Rule of Golden Oromia With or Without Shared-Rule of Great Oromia

By Fayyis Oromia* More than enough is written about the past and the future of the currently existing Ethiopian empire. Here is a short repetition from my present point of view. Ethiopia is only a fraction of the so called Cushland (Great Oromia = land of proto-Cush) in the northeastern part of Africa, in which several Cushitic nations are found. Certain parts of these nations in the northern part of the empire are already Abyssinized due to the cultural and linguistic influence of the Semites from the Middle East; some in the southern part are Bantunized due to the contact with ...

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Transitional De Jure New Ethiopia As De Facto Great Oromia

By Fayyis Oromia* Since the prompt response I gave to one Ethiopianist Oromo, who tried to persuade Oromo nationalists so that we accept Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet (Ethiopian nationalism) at the cost of Oromia and Oromummaa (Oromian nationalism), http://gadaa.com/oduu/20052/2013/05/31/why-not-greater-oromia-instead-of-ethiopia-a-response-to-dr-fikre-tolassas-open-letter/, I have received several protest and few support letters from some Oromo nationalists per e-mail. One of the reasons - raised by those who oppose the concept of Great Oromia, is that the goal of the federalist Oromo, i.e 'democratic genuine federation of New Ethiopia,' can not be the same as an integrative Great Oromia I suggested, but "it will be the continuation ...

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Why The Designation, Oromia or Cushland, Instead of Ethiopia?

By Fayyis Oromia* Introduction - Why The Designation, Oromia or Cushland, Instead of Ethiopia? The allergic rejection of the name Ethiopia by most of the Oromo nationalists and some others in the Empire is going on. I personally came to the conclusion that, even though political business is possible using this trademark, trying to sell it to the Oromo is almost the same to inflicting injury to the already existing wound. I have tried to show in my last articles why this name should be changed, if we opt to build certain democratic union of free nations in the future. That is ...

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The Alternative to an Independent Golden Oromia Can Be an Integrative Great Oromia

By Fayyis Oromia* More than enough has been written about the ultimate goal of the Oromo national liberation movement. Still, the necessary discussion on this issue is going on and the discord among Oromo nationalists regarding the known two objectives is also obvious. Here, I want to discuss in short on the ideas which are not new as such, but for the sake of continuity. Firstly, let's ask ourselves: what is the common objective of the Oromo national liberation struggle? No question that we all may automatically reply that the objective of the Oromo people is to achieve bilisummaa/freedom from the ...

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Is the Conflict Between Ethiopiawinet and Oromummaa Irreconcilable?

By Fayyis Oromia* It is interesting to follow the ongoing discussion and dispute regarding Ethiopiawinet (Ethiopian nationalism) and Oromummaa (Oromo nationalism) in the cyberworld and at the real community level. It was two months ago that we first listened to a cyber conference of about eight political leaders and scholars, in which Dr. Bayan Asoba, one of the leaders of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) took part and showed the vision of his party regarding the futurity of both Ethiopia and Oromia. His position was moderate, which could have been taken as a middle ground for all the political groups in ...

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Seenaan Oromoo Akka Janus Fuula Lama Qabaa Laata?

Fayyis Oromia Irraa* Barreffamni kun kan ani Afaan Oromootiin yeroo duraaf dhiyeese waan ta'ef, yoo dogoggorri keessa jiraate na ofkolcha. Akka ani amma Afaan Oromootiin yaada koo dhiyeesuu yaalu na kakaase, deebisaa Obbo Abdii Boruu barrefama koo tokkoof kenne dha: http://gadaa.com/oduu/20777/2013/07/13/kennaan-dandeettii-fi-beekumsi-oromoo-kan-fedhii-saba-oromootiif-hin-taane-ykn-hin-oolle-hiikkaan-isaa-maali/. Duraan dursee Ob. Abdii waan lamaaf galateefachuun barbaada: tokkoffa yeroo hunda yaada isaa Afaan Oromoo bareedaa, midhaawa fi qulqulluu dhan nuuf dhiyeesuu isaaf; lammaffaa ammoo bareeffama koo sana irratti akka Oromoo tokkotti kabajaa fi naamusaan qeeqa kennuu isaaf. Keesattu namummaa koo fi yaada koo adda baase ilaaluun isaa namoota hedduu bareeffama sana dura-dhaabbatani na shakkani fi na yakkan irraa adda ...

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Oromo Talents in the Habesha Political Clubs

ARTICLE UPDATED BY THE AUTHOR - July 12, 2013 By Fayyis Oromia* The Oromo nationalists seem to be legitimately so quick to accuse and judge certain fellow Oromo individuals, who seem to work with the Abyssinians, as being politically on the wrong side and to be possibly guilty of commission. We sometimes denounce such fellow Oromo as being collaborators, betrayers of our objective and even paint them as criminals, who did atrocities against the Oromo nation. Then, all who are denounced like this usually be denied the recognition regarding their talents, which we would have respected irrespective of the fact to whom ...

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Jawarawi Harakat or an Intentional Criminalization of the Oromo Nationalist?

By Fayyis Oromia* On February 5, 2013, Ethiopia's only and publicly-funded television station, ETV, aired a controversial documentary during primetime in violation of an outstanding court injunction. Oddly subtitled "Boko Haram in Ethiopia," Jihadawi Harakat (i.e. Arabic for "Jihadi movement") - ­denounces leaders of Ethiopia's yearlong protest movement for alleged links to foreign terrorists. That criminalization of the Ethiopian Muslims' legitimate question of the right in exercising their religion without any interference from the government was not surprisingly the first fictitious "documentary film" produced by the regime to criminalize civic or political movements in the Ethiopian empire. Similar criminalization of the ...

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The Wonderful Cushitic Oromia: Naming Is Identifying

By Fayyis Oromia* Two things prompted me to write this opinion. One was the ongoing dispute between the Habesha, who daily preach about the glory of Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet, and the Oromo, who try to defend against such Ethiopian identity from attacking Oromo nationalism (Oromummaa). Here, because of the fact that naming is identifying, the Oromo want to identify ourselves with Oromia, not with the already contaminated name - Ethiopia. This name is already contaminated with the Abyssinian identity as well as with its system of domination. Thus, we can rename the historic national area of the Oromo (the Cushites), which ...

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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 ...

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Is the Notorious Conflict of the Oromo Polity, the ‘Ethiopian Democratization vs. Oromian Liberation,’ Irreconcilable?

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Why Not Greater Oromia Instead of Ethiopia? A Response to Dr. Fikre Tolassa’s Open Letter

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Open Letter to the Leaders of the Oromo National Liberation Movement (Re-Edited)

By Fayyis Oromia* I decided to re-write this letter, which is directed to you, our leaders, after following the hitherto effort of different Oromo nationalists to help you come together and forge unity of purpose for more than one decade, and after exhausting my own attempts in trying to help Oromo national liberation forces come together to build a stronger united force in order to defend and liberate the Oromo people. I know you are also doing your best to fulfill this demand of the Oromo people according to your ability and possibility. I just would like to say thank you ...

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Oromian Pragmatic Way of Honoring National Heroines and Heroes

By Fayyis Oromia* As we do now prepare ourselves to celebrate Guyyaa Gootota Oromoo (the day of honoring the Oromo national heroines and heroes), we can reflect on the significance of the commemoration and its impact on the future Oromo national liberation movement. The highlight of the history to be remembered in order to comprehend why we do honor this day is: "In April 1980 a ten-member high-ranking military and political delegates of the OLF were on their way to Somalia to meet with political leaders there when they were captured by Somali bandits in Shinniga desert (in Ogaden). The bandits ...

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