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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Blogs unblocked

It has been five days since blogspot.com is unblocked in Ethiopia. Readers in Ethiopia can now access this blog directly.

7 comments:

Geja said...

Happy first anniversary Zagol, hopefully by next year this time you will be reporting on how the country is doing with its new found freedom without the shackles of Meles the Kosso fit. I am also proud to be the first person last year at this time to start commenting on your blog and send your address to friends. I saw the value you were about to add by the depth and honesty of your reports and a year later now you have kept up your promise to report with integrity from the belly of the beast no matter what.
Ethiopia has many types of children, Mengistu and Meles who bring her nothing but misery, our CUD leaders who bring her honesty, integrity and their unflinching drive to show the rest of us that it is possible to be free without shading any blood, and a few others like you who report the truth even at the expense of their well being. We are all paying our dues now for wasted years and lost opportunities of the sixties and the seventies. We were emotional and our student leaders were idealists, more bent on proving Marx was right than finding out the appropriate political and economic mix for the country based on its history and cultural framework. As a result of these and so many other factors our hard earned revolution to turn the country around for the better was taken over by opportunist cadres, first Mengistu and now Meles. The killings and misery the first dictator bestowed upon us for seventeen years turned us into lambs and ready for another round of carnage, this time by another dictator who is not just a deranged megalomaniac but wushetam kemagna with no love for people or country other than his own bank account.
I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for your perseverance and honest hard work to tell us what you heard and what you saw. In a year filled with disappointments from both friend and foe, in a year where even those who stood for freedom and liberty for more than two hundreds years of their history, becoming the beacon of democracy and home for millions fleeing away from persecution, even such countries turning away from their principled stand and siding with dictators who terrorize their own people, in such a year that was filled with too many ups and downs even within our midst, in a year where Meles spared no resources to close down all other media that is not to his liking, and then to have you always available, always consistent, and all these time with your integrity intact, leaves me with hope for the best going forward, as there must be more of you just trying to come out and help breath in the spring of freedom and democracy for all Ethiopians. Thank you and God Bless.

sony said...

Ethio-Zago,

Happy anniversary and thank you very much for the indispensable job you are providing.

I have one suggestion regarding you Blog from Ethiopia. The Woyanes must have weighed the advantage and the disadvantage of blocking/unblocking the site. I think, since they cannot completely block it, they must have decided to unblock the site and trace the participant. I don’t think it was a change of heart. We all know it very well, unless they release the democratically elected CUD leaders there cannot be a change.

So, I would suggest to the participant in Ethiopia to keep on using “the Mask” or anything that protect your Identity as before when serving the internet.

My 2cents.

Alula said...

EZ,

You are full of crap. You write lies and more lies as part of your treacherous mission to blackmail the Ethiopian government.

LONG LIVE EPRDF!

LONG LIVE MELES!

its_me_baby9 said...

Pleazzzzzz!

EZ spare us from these alulas and TPLFs we have had enough of these people. They have been living-off us since the day God has created humans. Like Japan if we stop trading with them they will die of starvation in few days, so let all Ethiopians stop working with these musqitoes! TPLF has prevented us access to the media she controls, and we still allow these people to continue to use our media to spew lies and laugh at our face.

REMOVE ALULA TPLF!

Tassew said...

EZ, would u please say something this alula?. He is a blind person who cannot able to see on our people by this inhuman woyane government.

Thank you

Tafesse said...

I think we can all agree that freedom of expression is an essential element of democracy, not unlike the happy days without end before Adam and Eve went astray. Since then it has been necessary to consider whether sometimes the damage outweighs the benefit. A case in point; human trafficking, often over the Internet, is not uheard of. Yet another case in point; paedophilia and pornography, a rather widespread curse for which several bloggers focus on Ethiopia as a cheap source of easily available work force. Same goes for closed "cinemas" where they show pornographic video for 20 to 30 youth, sometimes even of mixed gender. The political content has a miniscule impact, partly because the name calling exercise hardly qualifies for rational politics and partly because it reaches only a few people with computers and access to Internet. More often than not, people also face the problem of viruses, which they neglect at the start, and which terminally stops such communication. My suggestion is, in order to become a useful ingredience in the democracy debate, then clean your act and try to avoid criminal activities of any sort, verbal or otherwise.

Freudian Slip said...

I still can't believe they were blocked. Welcome back!
Matt

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