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Zimbabwe and Ethiopia: Any double standards?



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Zimbabwe and Ethiopia: Any double standards?

Zimbabwe and Ethiopia: Any double standards?

Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2007

Source: Accra Daily Mail

Dear [Accra Daily] Editor

Please kindly reproduce the following article in your popular paper to enable President. John Agyekum Kufuor, the distinguished current Chairman of the African Union, and the good Ghanaian public to have a clear picture of the current situation in Ethiopia under Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Almost all media in England carry Zimbabwe's human rights abuses. They have stories about the brutal dictator and the world's response to the recent violence. Morgan Tsvagari has been lionized in the media.

Since the violence, the BBC has opened most of its news with Zimbabwe, its top correspondent Orla Guerin reporting from South Africa. Other European media outlets have also extensively covered the story in hostile ways to Mugabe. The man has to go. He is a classic African dictator who has no regard for the wishes of the citizenry he is supposed to serve. He is corrupt and brutal.

Yet the same scrutiny which is accorded this liberation hero is not given to another dictator a few thousand miles north of Zimbabwe. Meles’ government has killed many people in recent years. His soldiers and policemen have tortured opposition activists.

He has imprisoned opponents. While in Zimbabwe, the opposition MDC has its offices all over the country, the main opposition in Ethiopia is unofficially outlawed. Mugabe's three months ban on demonstrations was received with abhorrence by the west. In Ethiopia, demonstrations have been prohibited since May 2005.

Two striking issues differentiate Ethiopia from Zimbabwe. While Mugabe told the west to "go hang" long time ago, Meles has chosen to be the pawn in their hands. Mugabe's defiance was met by sanctions from the furious West. Meles, an equally fierce dictator, is being showered with financial gifts from the World Bank and the West.

More importantly, there is "the white factor" which has made Europeans and Americans to act differently in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. Meles government killed its own people. Mugabe's dictatorship started to become unacceptable when he confiscated white-owned farms. When Mugabe murdered thousands of people in Ndebele in the 1980s, the opposition from the West was largely muted. The very least one could say about the reaction to Mugabe is hypocrisy.

When Ghana and Ghanaians under the able leadership of John Kufuor, are enjoying the rule of law, freedom of speech, respect for human rights and all other goodies that come with democracy after a long struggle, their brothers and sisters in Ethiopia are suffering under the firm grips of a tyrant, who is terrorizing, intimidating and torturing them.

In Ethiopia today, there is only one television station – government owned, no free press, no private radio stations (no phone-ins). Even family members are afraid of each other. The country is full of paid informants. In short, Ethiopia is a police state.

If you are defending the defenceless, and if you are the voice of the voiceless through the power of the pen, please reproduce the above and let the world know what is going on in far away Ethiopia. Thanking you for the cooperation and hoping to see the article in your next issue.




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Comment from: Tekleab WoldeNegodguwad [Visitor]
Tekleab WoldeNegodguwad

Thank you Chaltu. The coward, puppet kangaroo court of Woyane has been adjourned again for the 4th time.

Cud is the spirit of the Ethiopian people. Birtukan Medeqsa 2005

03/31/07 @ 14:55
Comment from: ET [Visitor]

No press,no private radio, no opposition and no private media in ethiopia?????? lol

maybe she is talking about eritrea..

did she forget eritrea is not ethiopian province anymore??

there is like zero fact in the article….what is this, is becoming Ethiopian Review now???

03/31/07 @ 14:56
Comment from: Jegnaw [Visitor]

Thanks alot ET

03/31/07 @ 15:09
Comment from: Fedup [Visitor]

TO the writer “CHALTU”

Your one confussed idiot get a job,get busy,do some thing, like never write another piece of garbage.

Good day!

03/31/07 @ 15:19
Comment from: so so so what [Visitor]
so so so what

CDU are the same as TPLF.

They just are 98% Amhara from the past i KNOw they are just fool of evil and i don’t think the oromos, tigrays, guragays, afars, somalis, harer and more going to let that happen

03/31/07 @ 15:22
Comment from: bo [Visitor]

ET(agazi), I think that you are zero.
the article is full of reality.down with weyanes.

03/31/07 @ 15:26
Comment from: safu [Visitor]


I think we ethiopians have double standard too. Peace time, we see Africans as dirty slaves and we call them baria because they are darker that some ethiopians. I can see that the blck and darker ghanians whom we call Baria can indeed govern themselves and the world. We all need to respect human rights ourselves and see colour differences as natural diversity then seek our rights based on unversal human i.e group and individual rights. To understand this inter african sentiments and inter ethnic sentiments we created be it as a myth or unwritten rule must be dismantaled. Then we can apeal to others and seek justice but no double standard. Most black africans such as the gambella people and other southerners are much freer and feel human in europe or Ameriaca than their own country Ethiopia. All Africans know that we are recist. One may ask the african diplomats wieves what they feel about Ethiopians. They suffered name calling and insult when ever the walked in Addis. If we want justice and freedom for ourselves then we need to give that to our citzens and other brothers Africans.Now we are saying that Zimbabwe is on the western news because of white and black issues. that we are ignored due to being black. Are not we confussed here. Peace time we are Ethiopians, different race. Please could i ask any ethiopians this question. have you ever seen any southerners say from Gambella or Konso or other families residing in Gondar, Gojam, Tigray, wollo or other northern towns? if no why? In Addis how many of these groups live in peace without insulted for that matter Africans too. I waite to hear the good answer. These is my feeling and I need some one to show me the other side of the story and change my mind.

Peace to all

peace to all human race

03/31/07 @ 15:35
Comment from: birhan [Visitor]

Wonderful chaltu , just thanks! for tplfist mimi sibhatu’s radio and reporter are the free media.ARE YOU FOOLING YOURSELF!

03/31/07 @ 15:43
Comment from: solomon [Visitor]

dictatorship should stop immediately
in african that i have to say.

03/31/07 @ 16:17
Comment from: ፊታውራሪ Free [Member]


I apprecitate your concern and thoughts, but my sister it is very naive to think that the international pressure on Mugabe is due to the effective leadership of the Ghanians and the powerful African Unity they are leading currently. Both me and you know what is the deriving force behind it. The powerful nations of the world does not give a damn about Africans misery, they are always after their own interest and we are their desposable utensil to secure that. Of course there is double standard, if that wasn’t true Somalia wouldn’t have been a failed state for straight seventeen years, hundreds of Iraqis wouldn’t have been killed eachother in a daily basis, they don’t give a shit a about us, so please stop wasting your time looking after Eurpeans favor to soften meles’s iron fist. Ethiopia will be in peace only when we successfully identify the real enemies of the nation such as Elias Kifle of Ethiopian Review, Meles Zenawi of woyane, Esayas Afewerki of Eritrea and work in unison to halt their influence on Ethiopian politics.

03/31/07 @ 16:53
Comment from: asmerom [Visitor]

Thanks a lot Chaltu…

U present the realities in a very nice way….forget what the mindless weyane supporters say…one day they may understand the situation. It is unfortunate but inevitable to have these kind of ppl in one country.

Thanks again

03/31/07 @ 17:27
Comment from: Tim [Visitor]

Dear so so so what, Yo Need to go back to school and learn lil bit. ur so uneducated

03/31/07 @ 18:31
Comment from: tulubedaso [Visitor]

Don’t try to create discord between Ethiopians and other African countries. Ethiopia is black in fact the darkest people in Africa is found in Ethiopia In Ethiopia slave does have any color. There were different colored slaves red white black etc in Ethiopia long time ago. Ethiopia is Africa Kenya Uganda; Nigeria etc are our brothers. Our quarrel is brotherly quarrel. Please don’t come between us. Take you sinister stupidity to you mother. Ethiopia can not be with out black people especially Africans. When Ethiopia is abused all Africans feel sorry for us it is also the vise versa this has happened. In the future is will even be so much more . Don’t try to disseminate false information to create discoursed among Africans Why do you hate Africa in particular Ethiopia. Please shut your mouth and go after the left over of frege abroad and evaporate. When you write I can see how rotten mind you have . SHUT UP>

03/31/07 @ 18:37
Comment from: tulubedaso [Visitor]

you r the one who talks nonsense

uder the present goverment ethiopia is marching on. Ethiopia is unshakable . Ethiopias future is bright. While you cry like a baby and after the left over of ferenge.

Ethiopia is

03/31/07 @ 18:57
Comment from: so so so what [Visitor]
so so so what

i go to high school so what, and i am just telling the truth. i do much better in math than English i know my grammar is not good but i am young just in high school.

Ethiopian politics is stupid
and Tim is a white name

[Dear so so so what, you are doing great! :) moderator]

03/31/07 @ 19:39

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