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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Ethiopia?
By Martin Plaut
Why the arrest of one of Addis Ababa's most vocal critics is a huge embarrassment for the West.
Tall metal gates guard a courtyard just off a busy street north of London's financial district. The area, once down and out, is today much sought after, but scattered between the newly refurbished warehouses and loft apartments are some blocks of municipal housing populated largely by the city's African immigrant communities. Inside their yard, small boys are kicking a soccer ball. "Yemi's my mum," one of the boys says, leading the way up the building's aging concrete stairwell to the fourth-floor flat.
A small, slim woman, Yemi smiles easily. On her shelves are portraits of her parents, who left Ethiopia for the United States in 1982 to make a new life for their family. A black-and-white photograph shows her father as a young man in Ethiopian uniform. "He was in the army," Yemi explains. "But he left for civilian life in 1972 before the Derg took power."
The Derg, or "Coordinating Committee of the Armed Forces, Police, and Territorial Army," comprised a group of low-ranking officers who deposed Emperor Haile Selassie. The emperor had ruled Ethiopia for four decades until his failure to respond to a devastating famine in 1974 led to his overthrow and subsequent murder. Mengistu Haile Mariam, an obscure army major, led the coup and went on to rule Ethiopia with an iron fist, engaging in a ruthless campaign of repression that became known as the Red Terror. Executions were rife and tens of thousands of people were imprisoned until the Derg was ousted by the country's current rulers in 1991.
What’s new here? Andargachew and his cohorts declared war on Ethiopia. A war without any rule of engagement. In other words terrorism. Why is it wrong when these terrorists lost the war and captured by Ethiopian govt, before they’ve any chance of causing destruction and mayhem.
What if the g7 terror group was successful. Would you losers come out on the streets of London and celebrate? Or you will blame the govt for not protecting the country?
Your name sounds familiar. You were the spokesperson for the Eritrean government during the Ethio-Eritrea war until the crazy and unstable “King” of Eritrea kicked you out.
I’ve been following your make believe stories on Ethiopia. They are all distorted and devoid of an ounce of truth. You always write garbage day in day out.
How is an embarrasment to the West the arrest of an opposition leader? Is it bacause of his British residency/nationality? If that is the case, then, he is a foreigner and has committed crime against Ethiopia by interferring in the business of a sovereign country. His arrest must be an embarrassment to the disfunctional opposition groups in London and Washington as well as merceneries like you.
To be honest the UK and other Western nation must stop issuing passport for outlaw religions fanatic element who travel around for only violence and terrorist activity. Andy is not only one more than five hundred UK passport holder terrorist in Syria and Iraq.
You are right about this UK journalist, he was actively telling about the war during those days and there was an other guy by name Ale xxxx whom I saw in Nigeria . He was writing false report about the war telling the shabia army was 5 km from Mekele, the fact was the Ethiopia army was 15 km out Side Asmara and exposed his lie to BBC.
Well said Haile ,very short and precise comment The Ethiopian government has even done a huge favor the high court has sentenced him to death in absentee that should stand although I don’t agree for some one to be killed,
one more thing to add about the so called Dr Berihanu I heared his speech in ESAT at California and also Tamagn saying I am not Activist any more I will be a killer, first of you called yourself an activist what knowledge and ability and experience you have to be an activist I don’t think you even know the meaning of it, Yes you said it well you were a killer and still is but no place in our country stay washing your dish in DC my friend
Although the courts in Ethiopia are much under the control of the regime, pro TPLF members should not rush to pre judge him until he puts out his side of the evidence.
This is a man of calm diposition and most likely well read who is genuinly bleeding out of that “Ethiopian Identity” so difficult to cut off the umblical cord. He came of age during heated political times in Addis and is off spring of the post war story tales.
I hope his supporters will moblize in a constructive way and not neccessarily always be affiliated with Ginbot 7.
It is good you gave readers a profile of his family. I just happen to complete watching his interview with ESAT’s Sisay Agnew Parts 1 and 2 .
Best wishes for sustinence, strength, wisdom and faith to him and his family.
Don’t you like the slogan those brave Ethiopians carrying in the article? “Children of Woyane’s come to England for education but children of the people to slavery", get it? In which category are you? Don’t be shy, yes prostitution in the west is considered slavery too. Do you think Meles’s ugly daughter deserves to go to school in England? I am sure her dad’s pension and her genius mother’s salary is well enough to send her to a prestigious school in England and also they pay as her butler.
I pray fasting during Ramadan for Allah to make the end of TPLF soon. TPLF is fighting with every one. If TPLF is not afraid of G7 why spending this much money. It is time for TPLF to go. It is Time for Ethiopia for another gove. TPLF your time is coming with all this Ethiopian praying. we do not have wapon but we have GOD. Mr. Andalkachew is the messenger for Ehiopia. you will see the end of TPLF coming. All muslims and Christains pray for GOD. the time is coming
Ethiopian people (the real) never submit to western masters of TPLF. We know is a yes man to to the west . TPLF ass kissers like your Banda fathers before you. We will get you , sooner or later.
Your nightmare just started. We are coming. Watch out maggots.
just leave Ethiopians alone. I have witnessed how Haile Silase, Derge, and TPLF have ruled Ethiopia. TPLF and Derge have a good and a bad side, but they are much better than Haile Silase. By the way who will the ruler of Ethiopia? Ababe Gallaw or Doctor Berhanu Naga? Who are the puppets of the Haile Silase?My advice is to let the two guys drink their beers, eat injera, and declare victory over TPLF while sitting in Starbucks
This is a trash and a travesty of telling a balanced story. Your lazy and ignorance of facts or purposeful intent to tell your story has no dignity. Did you ask yourself why Andy was going to Eritrea so many times and going to all over the world begging for money? You tell me. Do you think he was trying to ship rose flowers to Ethiopia? I don’t think that was what he was preaching. The moron Andy wanted to work with one of the most hated dictators in Eritrea Afeworki (condemned by UN and any goverment) to send bombs to Ethiopia and kill innocent people. The freaking government in England knew that and it was ok until he attack them. Ethiopian blood has to be spilled to make a stupid and unpoppolar point of view in Ethiopia. You idiots mind your own business and we know who you are by your own history.
The lunatic is back in Horn of African issues pretending to be an expert of the region. Why is that there is no normal journalist from the UK.
Haile [Visitor] You rock man!!!
LOL…ARTICLE SKIPS REASON WHY GINBOT 7 LEADER GOING ERITREA!
ERITREA IS UNDER UN SECURITY COUNCIL SANCTIONS FOR TERRORIST SUPPORT!!!
OMG…WELFARE HOUSING, HE STILL LIVES IN WELFARE HOUSING AFTER 30 YEARS IN BRITAIN…CHIGARAM OPPOSITION, LOL!!!
Wawooo embarrassment for the the West are u joking he is the last person who can embarrass the west. they don’t even care who the f.. He is.but they know he is a little roach need to be crushed & they did beautiful job bless them .
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