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05/28/12

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Ethiopia: Further discourse on the Washington DC undressing

Ethiopia: Further discourse on the Washington DC undressing

By Yilma Bekele

The Washington DC incident with Ato Meles is the talk of all Ethiopians in the Diaspora. I found out there is no reason for me to raise the issue, every one I met sooner or later will say something about it. I have made it a point to notice the different reaction both live and virtual on the Internet. It has been a fascinating week to say the least. Our varied response is what got me interested.

For those that are not familiar with the incident, here is a brief description. President Obama organized ‘food security symposium’ at the Regan center in Washington DC. The Ethiopian PM Meles was one of the guests arrayed to discuss the issue. During one of his responses Ato Abebe Gellaw, a reporter in the press box stood up and shouted slogans regarding the lack of human rights in his native land Ethiopia. The program was interrupted for a few minutes due to the incident.
My analysis is regarding how Ethiopians in the Diaspora viewed this situation. Due to the absence of free media in our homeland it is a little difficult but not impossible to gauge the reaction of the Ethiopian people. Based on what we observed outside it will not be unfair to extrapolate the impression to our people in general.

The incident was caught beautifully both on video and still photography. To state it is a dramatic confrontation is an understatement. It has everything one can think of for an unrehearsed play. It was loud, full of action and priceless expressions both from the victim and the conqueror. We were all captivated by this gift from God to help poor old Ethiopia recover a semblance of pride and respect.

The protagonist Ato Abebe Gellaw is a consummate professional. He is a very successful individual that has excelled in the field he choice to fulfill his life’s calling. He has been exiled from his homeland and currently resides in Washington DC. He in charge of the Ethiopian Satellite Television (www.esat.com) that has steadily been winning hearts and minds of Ethiopians both at home when available and in the Diaspora. It is a publicly funded enterprise that is mostly stocked by highly educated professionals most of whom are victims of arbitrary and capricious actions by the Meles regime.

The victim is Ato Meles Zenawi, a dictator from Ethiopia and currently holds the title of Prime Minster and Chairman of Tigrai Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF). He has led this rogue mafia outfit for the last forty years or so and is known to be a ruthless boss with out an ounce of empathy towards his comrades or followers. He basks in his show of arrogance and is known to enjoy berating and putting his people and country down. In other words he is a serial bully of the highest magnitude. He resides in a palace and is completely isolated from the people he has put himself in charge of. He travels in a convoy, all streets are cleared of any traffic when he ventures out and his security is visible even to the blind. It is possible to conclude he lives in constant fear.

The venue was Washington DC and the discussion was food and the lack of it in Africa. Ato Meles is one of the architects of this human disaster. Theoretically the Country Ethiopia has a capability to feed all of East Africa and more. It is blessed with good weather, plenty of rivers and vast virgin land that awaits human ingenuity. In real terms the country in underdeveloped with all land and resources controlled by the government under Ato Meles. Over 80% of the population is involved in subsistence agriculture. Education is very rudimentary and health care is non-existent. The average peasant owns a plot as big as a football field and uses farming implement that has been in existence since millennia. The vast majority of the population relies on less than 300 calories a day and is a recipient of food aid donated by the West.

This is the background to our story. During a question and answer period in the proceedings the Ethiopian reporter Ato Abebe Gellaw used the occasion to interrupt the Prime Minster and speak his mind regarding the personhood of the TPLF leader and his actions against the interest of the Ethiopian people. Ato Abebe spoke loud, his expression was intense and his delivery was flawless. The incident took exactly twenty-five seconds and there was no question all-present heard every word that was said. Ato Abebe was promptly removed by the secret service and handed over to the local police for questioning.

The Prime Minster was caught off guard. This has never happened to him. When he speaks in front of his kangaroo Parliament or organizes his press conference everything is choreographed and control is the key. You can hear a pin drop in his briefings. When he heard the first shout his face jerked to the left in the direction of the noise. His eyes bulged wide open. He turned back to the front and realized there is no possibility of help coming to rescue him. In his panic all he could do was look down and avoid any eye contact. He stayed down. The color left his face. His agony was visible in High Def. and can be heard in Dolby sound.

That was the situation in the gathering place. Ato Abebe was questioned by the police and released without much fanfare. There was no crime committed other than speaking out of order but under the circumstances it is considered ‘seizing the moment’ to advocate what one holds dear to his heart. ESAT and reporter Ato Sisay Agena were waiting out side to give their audience perspective on what happened. Over all the presentation was as expected the work of professionals doing what they do best, keeping their people informed.

The response by the Ethiopian community both inside and the Diaspora is both heartwarming and beyond expectations. In my limited survey I can proudly say the vast majority were pleased by Ato Abebe’s heroic and self less act and were pleasantly surprised by the reaction of Ato Meles. The individual has made his mark in belittling people and here he was seen without his clothes and it was a painful sight. You can’t help but cringe at his cowardice. He can dish it out but it is obvious he cannot take it. Some one said he looked ‘like a deer caught in a head light’ and I agree. He was at a loss and it showed. Without his gun-totting pose around him he was just another garden-variety bully that lacks spine.

Our people have all sorts of take on the incident. As I said the vast majority were empowered by Ato Abebe’s action. The direct translation from Amharic would run like “our heart was laced with butter.” It is meant to show the highest form of satisfaction. A few questioned the appropriateness of Ato Abebe’s action. They reasoned since he was invited as a reporter he should have stuck to asking questions instead of humiliating the tyrant. They claimed he debased his profession. A few called it ‘uncivilized’ behavior. In their opinion as a reporter he should be unbiased and not taken side. I guess there are some that will remain clueless in the art of fighting for liberation.

For some of our people the situation was a little confusing. Our culture dictates that we speak softly and keep differences low key. We abhor washing dirty linen in public, and felt this exposition of the tyrant’s actions should be kept behind high walls. That is why some felt the embarrassment of Ato Meles as their own. A few felt pity. It is human to feel the pain of others. I would like to point out Ato Meles is the one and the same that is responsible for the death of Professor Arat, teacher Assefa Maru, the jailing and torture of Judge Bertukan, Reporter Eskinder, Secretary Andualem etc. etc. I consider sympathy to a serial abuser displaced empathy. A very small minority as usual brought ethnicity into the picture, but it did not get traction.

The response from the TPLF supporters was as usual as far removed from reality as possible. Without question the best take on this incident is by none other than Mimi Sebehatu, a low level TPLF functionary peddling her ‘bed time for Bozo’ stories on her FM station in Addis. It is claimed this puppy ranted like never before calling Ato Abebe every name she can think of. She compared his actions to that of Italians jeering our Emperor at the League of Nations assembly in Rome. Yes she did that. Makes you wonder about her grasp of reality or her understanding of history. On the other hand when you think both are foreign subjects to our Woyane warriors her displaced analogy is understandable. We will laugh it off.

Cadre Mimi is the owner an FM station that she uses to attack the free media and signal consorted campaign against our reporters on behalf of her party. She peddles useless music and stuff to keep the youth docile and wastes a broadband on triviality instead of in the service of our people. Ato Abebe is the perfect candidate for her moronic editorial and pedestrian analysis of realty. The positive aspect of her stupid barking is that it confirmed the heroic deed of our hero to the Ethiopian people. The formula is ‘if it upsets’ the TPLF mafia it must be good for the rest of us! Thank you Cadre Mimi. May I suggest you hold another session and invite Bereket, Shimeles and Azeb? Please note Cadre Mimi has her US passport in her purse ready to bail out when the ship starts to sink.

Last but not least there is the response by the vast majority of the rest of us. I am assuming no response to be a form of response here. A lot were happy, exited, tickled and discussed it with anybody close by. That is right, this was the extent of their involvement. Case closed, another story please, another excitement is what they requested. In this era of a twenty-four hrs news cycle we are always waiting for something new, something different to happen. We get bored easy. We find hard work and sustained involvement is not our cup of tea. We have this tendency to leave a task unfinished. This is one instance this behavior manifested itself glaringly. We are not interested in formulating a plan to channel our response so we can build on this accomplishment by Ato Abebe. That is not part of our makeup.

Seattle is one place that is showing signs of positive vibrations. Seattle has always been the lion’s den and it is leading the way with our newfound activism. In Seattle they are working on holding a public meeting to bring all of us together and take activism to higher level. That is what is called taking advantage and transforming our movement into an all-inclusive mass based venture against tyranny. That is how we show appreciation to the wonderful work by Ato Abebe and reward his sacrifice in a meaningful manner. Talk is cheap. Temporary feel good is fleeting satisfaction. Consorted effort to do what is needed to continue the fight against tyranny is what the situation calls for.

We are also emboldened by the actions of our people in South Africa. It was to Johannesburg the little tyrant slinked into after his DC public flailing. That is what he has been doing the last twenty years. He always got a bag ready to attend meetings, conferences, symposiums any place where they will give him a chair and allow him talk trash. That is how he proves to the Ethiopian people how ‘important’ and ‘respected’ he is by rubbing shoulders with democratically elected leaders. Never mind his formula in Ethiopia is to earn their love by terrorizing them. Fear is what he peddles in Ethiopia. Anyway he had the nerve to show up in South Africa. Our fifty thousand strong exiles were ready for him. He was unceremoniously booted out of his speaking slot. He was declared ‘persona non grata.’ That is a fancy way of saying ‘you are not wanted’ in Latin. Go back to your gilded cage is the message Ethiopians are sending to the killer, abuser, and tyrant. Let us all resolve to make the little chat addicted tyrant ‘persona non grata’ on plane Earth. Amen!


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16 comments

Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Since 2006 this evil Tyrant is invited on International Summits .The
only gain for the Ethiopian Peoples
“Empty Promises ” ,"Usual baseless
bla blas ” .Afterall this symposium was simply organised to launch the Presidential Campaign and the Next reelection of Obama .

05/28/12 @ 04:30
Comment from: Heny [Visitor]
Heny

Yilma tequara qura,
who on current earth do you think will read crap writing? Are you following your mentor’s, Almariam dedeb,style?

05/28/12 @ 04:53
Comment from: emiru Isak [Visitor]
emiru Isak

Loosers, you can continue on barking, you have the freedom to bark of course. That is the only thing you can do. With or with out Meles the chnages in Ethiopia will never be reversed to your liking or your dreams. The issue is not about Meles, it is about Ethiopia and Ethiopians at home. What policies and programs do you other than shouting? Poorfellow!! Who humulated whom time will show.

Save Ethiopia from the likes of you loosers!!

05/28/12 @ 07:14
Comment from: NOBODAY CARES, DUDE! [Visitor]
NOBODAY CARES, DUDE!

BLAH, BLAH, BLAH…

Endless paragraphs of same old news.

05/28/12 @ 08:14
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Hyena ,concerning crap writings what about the kersam Aderby ETV ,ENA ,Walta fake journalists unshamessly reading as a parrot your leba master propagandas ,also Aiga and Ethiopiafirst.com full of crap
writings praising an evil Tyrant and
Ethno Mafia looters !!!!KEEP ON BARKING MOTE YERESSAW YENEGABET JIB BANSA !!!!!!!

05/28/12 @ 08:36
Comment from: Teka [Visitor]
Teka

The Diaspora BOZENE reporter Yilma Bekele as usual produced his parochial report lamenting about the silly Washington DC incident committed by Abebe Gelaw. Obviously it still remains the talk of most Diaspora Ethiopians; as the empty mind is the Devils workshop. For those who are empty minded and lamenting idle in Diaspora with little or nothing to be occupied with meaningfully PM Meles Zenawi has become a scapegoat; on whom they keep on barking instigated by Shaabia agents like ESAT Ginbot-7 and the like. Ironically Shaabia agents who are active within ESAT and Ginbot-7 were all a onetime EPRDF service men loyal to the same regime that is led by PM-Meles Zenawi. In fact, neither Yilama Bekele; nor Abebe Gelaw are capable of keeping their families under proper livelihood; leave alone to bear national tasks and responsibilities. It is easier said by grab fast food; or raw meat for same old chitchat about Ethiopian affairs from distance; than anything tangible is done. As far as we know Abebe Gelaw was a loyal servant of TPLF/EPRDF until such time that he left for abroad with lame excuses. We never knew him while inside Ethiopia fighting for his people. In Diaspora, grabbing a bottle of bear and chat politics over and over again; day in day out until another incidence comes by has become the common routine. Chewing and spitting the same old chitchat like retired people who have nothing to do during a busy day. Instead of gossiping and chitchat over and over again on some silly issues; doing something tangible for one’s people and country is a more concert reality to talk about. The hell with lazy talkative Diaspora lumped BOZENE ploritariats.

05/28/12 @ 12:36
Comment from: may [Visitor]
may

Yilma bekele, Abebe gelaw, Tamagne beyene ,etc… I been reading message after message, time and time over again about this people. It is ofcourse disapointing to read about them been professional. Really and truelly ,they are not, just wast their working age in betwen ,with out even taking proper casual work, such as parking etc.. because they are professionals. Journalism requires a lots o decipline and delivering good serive to it’s people. This guys are simply attention sicker’s, hate despisers, completely no core value for what they stand for. I would to use this oportunity to remind you all that, America is not the country that you can easyly lives with having a full time job, clearly as you all know ,they can never meet international or local media value, so the only way to servive is that by collecting poor diaspora’s hard earn cash to run those website TV and despensing hate and division for no reason. Once again ,they all knows the fact that our country is doing very well by any means, but they still have to scream for help, because this is what they exactely doing for living. Please, please don’t be a victim, don’t pay them. They won’t last a few month. By the way the us authority is closely monitering their acivity of ESAT since Abebe embaressed him self at the G8. They can accepet money from any one ,including Alshebab suporters.
Be aware…….

05/28/12 @ 16:53
Comment from: Gemede kassa [Visitor]
Gemede kassa

In todays news Tony Blair, a journalist calling him commiting crime against human being and throwing egg in his car after his testmony,what happened the journalist removed from the hall, This is just an ordnary news and no big deal what makes Abebe’s case so special hidden agenda to rip $$$,its simply a fund raising cause they don’t have the courage to engage in any productive activity rather rip $$ others earned hard,these people are like parasites live in others body and suck even blood.Tour to SA is a case in point.I just wish these people has something to write a decent resume

05/28/12 @ 17:40
Comment from: Meisaw [Visitor]
Meisaw

Great analysis for your informal survey. I admire Abebe for what he did, but it is blown out of proportion. Most people tend to forget where this very incident took place. It happened in America, where every citizen enjoys a second amendment right. Yilma, it is not the heart, it is the intestine soaked in butter.

05/28/12 @ 23:17
Comment from: MeisawGreat [Visitor]
MeisawGreat

I meant to say first amendement .

05/29/12 @ 00:08
Comment from: King [Visitor]
King

There is one important proverb,"the dog barks but the camel continue to go in his way” those who are confused themselves are trying to sue the government.this is the act of floosh individuals like Abebe gelaw the most idiot and unethical journalist in the world.We Ethiopian we see our Excellence PM we believe on him for his national and international contribution, for creating very fertile overall aspect in our beloved country.He needs really respect and Ethiopians are most known by respecting known and ordinary individuals.but some “DEDEBAT” they act against peace and democracy their dream is crying and barking by using any opportunitie. Abebe “dedeb” do like that i has no interest and proper mind to see what is going on in Ethiopia because he didn`t want to see that. So he can bark..bark..for ever but we are working day and night under the umbrella of dear PM Meles Zenawi.Committed and concerned about his country and his peoples future condition.LONG LIVE H.E PM MELES ZENAWI. short and unstable life crying and barking to idiot Abebe dedeb. Abebe Gelaw both abnormal man!!!

05/29/12 @ 07:12
Comment from: Hohyat [Visitor]
Hohyat

Who cares if those lazy minded; bar mongering; belly fat Diaspora idles lament this or that fabricated stories? Idle fellows like Abebe Gelaw must survive and live on fabricating incidences, gossips, tabloids, and episodes for their daily breads. Idle minded EPLF-cronies like Elias Kifle, Alemayehu G. Mariam, Birhanu Nega of Gimmo-7, Tamagne of ESAT, and the like have no other business to perform; other than what they found to be a niche activity; i.e., quickly jumping on the band-wagon of EPLF to destabilize the peaceful development at home in the name of ethnic opposition. These bushy barren headed idiots have nothing to offer to their people; except hatching fabricated hate-mongering stories every week for their own mere survival. You see, while there are a lot more other important things to discuss about; concerning Ethiopia, they still lament over a silly vulgar act of Abebe Gelaw; who did what he did 2-weeks ago; out of sheer-fear of the unknown; and out of humiliation and desperation.

05/29/12 @ 11:49
Comment from: Tulu [Visitor]
Tulu

It continues to amaze me how stupid, illiterate, and delussional these Woyane/TPLF thugs are. They do this to support their terrorist master, Mellesse. They can’t spell, construct sentences, and express themselves properly. Their english as well as their mental capacity exposes their retarded nature. They think they know and this only confirms their atmost stupidity and delussional state of mind. They could have served their master better by going back to elementary school before blabbering all incoherent nosnse in this web site. Their education, mental capacity, and english language competency would not allow them to understand and comment on what Ato Yilma, Prof Almariam, and Ato Abebe are writing and speaking. What a bunch of idiots they are.

05/29/12 @ 12:47
Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  
mesfin_b

What amazes me is the denial of the facts. Here are few of them
1)- Riyot Alemu, a true patriotic journalist put in jail
2)- Eskinder Nega, another patriotic Journailst thrown to jail.
3) - There is no basic human right in my homland, are you guys joking!
The right to free speech, is a non-existent, or unheard of social activity in many third-world countries.
Especially in Ethiopia, the information organization is for the leader , by the leader.
Ato Abebe gelaw represented 99% of us Ethiopians and voiced this unjust method against Meles inforont of many dignitaries and transmitted all over the world.
For this, Ato Abebe is not only my hero, but of the many Millions Ethiopians.
Thank you Abebe Gelaw.

05/29/12 @ 13:45
Comment from: No Redemption [Visitor]
No Redemption

Okay okay,

We heard you MR Yilma Bekele. Now piss off. The loser sat in press box. He wore suit. He is an empty suit. you sit in a press box, you act like someone sitting in a press box. No wonder Foreigners respect Meles more than you fools!

No wonder the struggle to unseat him is fainting and being pushed into the backgrounds. With friends like Abebe Gelaw, who needs enemeies????????????????

I think I’m starting to like Meles Damn you Diaspora idiots!. He handled himself with honor and restraint than anyone under this circumstances would. I’m no fan of Meles not by any stretch of the word! But You idiotic loser Diaspora DC G-7 losers are turning public opinion against yourselves.

No one likes an angry biased journalist who is agitating for the opposition. Abebe Gelaw is a lumpen!

DUREYE!

05/29/12 @ 15:11
Comment from: lion [Member]  
lion

Worthless poison diaspora propagand still trying to get attention. You are milking the cow in Washington DC, hard earned taxi and parking income and given to TAMAN, AND ABEBA to maintain their house wife’s. You are pethetic people. Instead of helping your country and people ecomonically, collecting meger income from cab drivers is sin. Leave the poor people and start earning your own income. I see TAMAN at skyline restuarant all the time, the guy never worked in his life, he is living the good life at the expense of the poor taxi drivers donation. He spends lavish, shoping all the time and entertained all the time at the expense of the poor Ethiopian paking attendant money. He and all other like his are just worthless pieces who don’t have the courage to stand and earn a living. Thanks to Alamoudi who have purchased his home long ago and keeps financing it. Tamagn does not have to work for living, he let’s other earn his living and bring him the money. He is con artist, who lives off on other people’s income. People need to becarful this guy and stop donating ther money. Abebe Belew is another guy people need to watch. You foul me once,shame on you and foul me twice sham on me.” When the cow goes dry, then there will be no more milk to feed the needy. As you all know the DC taxi industry is being modernized and little loophole to cheat customers and the public, the income will reduced greatly, then what will be the next game for TAMAGn and his cronies? It is time to get real job folks or head back to the promise land for real opportunites. Keep feeding these worthless cronie individuals until you are sick of it.

05/31/12 @ 14:46

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