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Two Reasons Why the US and EU are Filling an Oceanic Gap in the Fano Hinterland

January 25, 2024
Yonas Biru, PhD
There are two possible reasons why the US and EU are entering the Fano landscape.

One possibility is fear that the Abiy administration is collapsing. In this case they may want to prop up a potential successor. They see Fano as one of the largest pieces in the jigsaw puzzle. This requires helping, nudging, pressuring, and incentivizing Fano to have a common front and a unified agenda.

Another possibility is interest in mitigating the current Fano uprising before it turns into a civil war. In this regard, they may wish to push for a negotiated settlement. This, too, requires establishing a unified Fano.

Ethiopia being home of the political hermits, some will see a third possibility. The US and EU are infiltrating Fano to sabotage it. The #NoMore colony may not be as cacophonous as it used to be, but it is not dead.

The Fanno movement is a spontaneous uprising that took the Amhara tribal land by storm. By its very nature the Fanno movement is not centralized. It is a protest movement. Its demands are to stop the mass killing, stop the mass forced displacement, stop the mass arrest, and stop targeting Amhara. Let us call this Project A.

The Fanno movement has been effective in this regard. The silence of Shimelis Abdissa who in the past served as Oromummaa’s ጡሩምባ ነፊ attests to Fano’s success. ያዙኝ ልቀቁኝ ትል የነበረችው ሽሜ ዛሬ ከደብቁኝ አልፋ በቁሜ ቅበሩኝ ማለት እየዳዳት ነው::

The more difficult issue is how to bring about a system that will transform the spontaneous uprising into a more organized form of struggle. Let us call this Project B. This is why the spontaneous Fanno movement requires an equally dynamic political architecture with a robust agenda, dynamic strategy, adoptive roadmap, and a clear and viable endgame. The two projects need to go concurrently. This is where the Amhara intellectual class was supposed to rise.

The Amhara intellectual has failed to establish a forum to bring the Fanno under a broad political umbrella. Rather than being opinion leaders, the hermitized intellectual class at home and abroad have reduced themselves into two groups. The first group has made itself a groupie of one Fano faction or another. The second group is engaged in እድር-ወ-ፅዋ traditional mediation that relies on the science of አንተም ተው አንቺም ተይ doctrine of እርቅ between Fano factions. I call them English speaking Amhara Aba Gedaas.

Missing on the Fano hinterland is a unifying political platform to create a robust agenda, dynamic strategy, adoptive roadmap, and a clear and viable endgame. It is impossible to sugarcoat it. The hermit political class failed, leaving an oceanic gap in the opinion making marketplace. This led the US and EU to entering the Fano Universe through the back door. I can imagine the #NoMore idiocy jump starting its machinery.


Rant if you must. ካጠፋሁ ግን ይቅርታ


  1. Yes a much better point of view instead of calling them Amhara Shene, a description only given to the barbaric Oromo Shené. No idea why you were comparing them to killers of pregnant women, children, etc. in such a horrific way that it can’t really be described as nothing but barbaric.

    I do agree on this article, but not under the name Fano, otherwise the name will lose its historical meaning. It is an uprising, vigilante to protect its people from harm and should be nothing but that. It should be used as a corridor to create “a” party.

  2. Dr. Yonas, I acknowledge your initial resistance to the #NoMore foolishness movement, and you were correct. I now have confidence that the diaspora will refrain from making the same mistake by embracing the folly of #NoMore.

    President Roosevelt once remarked, ” Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” The use of the term “son of a bitch” is derogatory, indicating strong disapproval. However, the addition of “our” implies a sense of ownership or familiarity in the context of American policy. In America international relations, strength commands respect. Fano has demonstrated that.
    Over the past five years under the leadership of Abiy, Ethiopia has experienced a decline, marked by increased weakness, division, war, and diplomatic setbacks. Abiy is criticized as being excessively foolish and deceptive, making him an unreliable partner for business deals. As a result, he cannot be labeled as ‘America’s son of a bitch” and They might retract their backing after initially elevating him to a position of power, as he is now exposed as being weak, unreliable, and lacking leadership qualities.

    The current movement is in favor of Fano and Ethiopia. For that reason, it is time for all Ethiopians, regardless of their ethnic background (Amhara, Tigray, Oromo, Somali, and others), to unite together to remove the boy king who is responsible for the ongoing anarchy and strive to restore equality to the splendid nation of Ethiopia.

  3. After reading this article all I could say was wow, whoa, wow! Keep writing, sir. My goodness gracious!!!,

  4. I appreciate your strong desire on Fanno in having political manifesto for a horizontal coalition with other political groups to act together remove the current gov’t from power.
    But what about the other groups like 1- does OLA have manifesto
    2-Does TPLF have manifesto
    2- Does PP Himself even have manifesto. . .This Need to be asked I Think, Why Only Fanno?

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