A Perfect Quote to Share
Eugene Debs predicted what today’s big problem would be 94 years ago: “The class which has the power to rob upon a large scale has also the power to control the government and legalize their robbery.”
“A basic principle of modern state capitalism is that cost and risks are socialized to the extent possible, while profit is privatized.”
“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate. He hears nothing, sees nothing, takes no part in political life. He doesn’t seem to know that the cost of living, the price of beans, of flour, of rent, of medicines, all depend on political decisions. He even prides himself on his political ignorance, sticks out his chest and says he hates politics. He doesn’t know, the imbecile, that from his political nonparticipation comes the prostitute, the abandoned child, the robber and, worst of all, corrupt officials, the lackeys of exploitative multinational corporations.”
~ Bertolt Brecht
These very relevant and timely quotations were contributed by Moveon.org to be shared with Ayyaantuu.com Read more…
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July 24, 2012 (Ayyaantuu.com) – We have become experts in predicting what dictators are going to do after they take some major actions on dissidents. After Meles Zenawi has detained a large number of opposition politicians and critical journalists, I have posted the following on Ayyaantuu News Online on November 18, 2011:
Fear as a Weapon of Oppression (A Book Review – The Animal Farm)
It is more than 150 years since Bulwer Lytton discovered that “The pen is mightier than the sword.” After George Orwell wrote the Animal Farm, however, Bulwer’s discovery became obsolete and the claim that “the pen is mightier than the atomic bomb” has become a popular saying as the publication of the book coincided with the atomic bomb that hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.
That is why Russell Baker wrote the following note on the preface to George Orwell’s classic – The Animal Farm: “In the last hundred years, (now hundred and fifty years), enough has happened to justify us in believing that the pen’s response to the challenge of force is at least not ludicrous and hopeless; instead, it is at least the one serious hope we have.”
“He (Orwell) thought too many decent people in the Western democracies had succumbed to a dangerously romantic view of the Russian Revolution that blinded them to Soviet reality… It was as though a great deal of the West had willingly put on blinders, and this was because the Red Army that year had fought the Nazis to a standstill and forced it to retreat… It became hard to write candidly of the Soviet System without being accused of playing dupe to the Nazis.”
Likewise, it was also hard to write or fight against the West’s favorite dictators like Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia without being labeled as a “terrorist.” Read more…
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Jul 24, 2012 2, ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s President John Atta Mills, who won international praise as leader of a stable model democracy in Africa, died suddenly on Tuesday and will be succeeded by his vice-president in the West African oil, gold and cocoa producer, officials said.
Mills was 68. The unexpected death of the leader of the world’s No. 2 cocoa grower comes months before he was due to stand for re-election in December.
Ghana, also a major African gold producer, started pumping oil in 2010 and posted double-digit growth in 2011, burnishing its image as an increasingly attractive investment destination on the continent. It was praised for its healthy democracy. Read more…
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Faaruu Haadha Mootummaa
Adoolessa 24, 2012 (Ayyaantuu.com) – Mootummaan Kaaba Oromiyaa, Salaale ti dhalatee guddate. Ilma tokkicha qofaa waan qabduuf, haati isaa qananii dhaan guddifte. Farda-sangaa bulloo, qawwee zinnara isaa wajjin bitteef. Haadha warraa bareedduu fuusifte.
Akkuma beekamu, Oromoon Salaalee sirna Nafxanyaatiin gidiraa guddaatu irra gaye. Mootummaan roorroon itti baay’atnaan nafxanyaa heddu galaafate. Sirnichi nama nyaataan sun qabee Karchallee Alam Baqqaa ti umurii guutuu akka hidhamu itti murteesse.
Roorroo kanatti kan gaddite Haati Mootummaa faaruu ilma ishiitii Alam Baqaa kessatti gaafachuu yeroo dhaqxu jettu haadholiin keenya nuuf dabarsaniiru: Read more…
By William Davison
July 24 (Bloomberg) — Ethiopia’s government blocked the distribution of a newspaper that featured front-page news about Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s health and Muslim protests for national security reasons, Justice Minister Berhanu Hailu said.
Authorities impounded last week’s edition of the Feteh newspaper after prosecutors invoked a 2008 law that permits them to seize a publication that may present a “clear and present grave danger to the national security,” according to the Ethiopian Law Network website.
“It’s under investigation,” Berhanu said today in a phone interview from the capital, Addis Ababa. “It’s based on unfounded facts.” Read more…
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Popular resistance, resignations and targeted actions on agents of the TPLF repressive regime continued in different parts of Oromiya
Qeerroo, Finfinnee (July 24, 2012)
With the targeted and coordinated actions of the special force operating in the vicinity of Buttujjii and Gidda area, the Head of the police force named Mr Bayyuu; who was busy the whole day imprisoning innocent Oromo individuals was killed as the dust settles on the evening of the same day and his ammunitions were also reportedly taken by the special force. Shocked and frustrated by this and previous attacks, the indifferent security bosses in the area have taken 18 innocent individuals to custody on suspicion of aiding the actions of the special force. The detainees include: Chaltu Sanyii, Fiqadu Wayyesaa, Lamesa Wayyeessaa, Tasisa Amanu, Gurmu Amanu, Hundee Qana’a and reports indicated that they were taken far way to the Oromia and Benishangul-gumuz boarder near the town of Kamashi. Read more…
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