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04/30/12

  07:22:26 am, by admin, 2137 words  
Categories: Ethiopia, Alemayehu G. Mariam

Ethiopia: Eskinder Invictus! 

Eskinder Invictus! 


Alemayehu G. Mariam

On May 1, 2012, Eskinder Nega, Ethiopia’s foremost journalist and political prisoner, will be awarded the “Freedom to Write Award”, the highest honor given out by Pen America, one of the great international free press institutions that has been in continuous operation since 1922. The award honors writers throughout the world who have fought courageously in the face of adversity for the right to freedom of expression. Eskinder will not be able to accept the award in person in N.Y. City because he is jailed by arch dictator Meles Zenawi. The award confirms Eskinder is truly an international hero of press freedom. But he is also the hero of the ordinary African who has been denied human rights and democracy. To his countrymen and women, Eskinder is the symbol of absolute defiance to tyranny, dictatorship and despotism and a candle of press freedom that shall never flame out.

Eskinder Nega: The Heroes’ Hero

Eskinder Nega has been jailed as a “terrorist” by state terrorists since last September. But he is a hero to so many heroes of press freedom throughout the world. Recently, world renowned journalists who have themselves suffered at the hands of dictatorships and others stepped up to demand Eskinder’s release. Among the petitioners include:

Kenneth Best, founder of the Daily Observer (Liberia’s first independent daily); Lydia Cacho, Mexico, one of Mexico’s most famous journalists and noted author; Juan Pablo Cardenas, Chile, chief editor of Análisis during General Pinochet’s regime and professor of journalism at the University of Chile’s School of Journalism; May Chidiac founder and president of the May Chidiac Foundation in Lebanon who nearly lost her life in a car bomb attack in 2005; Sir Harold Evans,  one of Britain’s most respected journalists and editor of The Sunday Times; Akbar Ganji, Iran’s foremost dissident; Amira Hass one of the foremost independent journalists in Israel; Daoud Kuttab,  Founder of AmmanNet in Jordan, the Arab world’s first Internet radio station; Gwen Lister, founder and former editor of The Namibian in Namibia; Raymond Louw veteran champion of press freedom and journalists’ rights in South Africa and Chairman of the South African Press Council. Veran Matic, co-founder of Radio B92 in Serbia, who provided accurate and impartial account of events in Serbia in the 1990s; Adam Michnik, editor in chief of the first independent (and bestselling) Polish daily foremost dissident and Polish human rights advocate; Fred M’membe, editor-in-chief for The Post in Zambia; Nizar Nayouf, chief editor of Syria Truth and Sawt Al Democratiyya; Pap Saine, Gambian publisher and editor Pap Saine and a Reuters correspondent for West and Central Africa; Faraj Sarkohi, a long time Iranian writer and journalist persecuted by both the Shah of Iran and the Islamic Republic of Iran; Nedim Sener investigative journalist with Turkish daily newspaper Posta; Arun Shourie, one of India’s most renowned and controversial journalists and editor of the English-language daily Indian Express; Ricardo Uceda, one of Peru’s most renowned investigative journalists and editor of newsweekly Sí, Ricardo Uceda; Jose Ruben Zamora, founder and former editor-in-chief of the independent daily Siglo Veintiuno….

These journalists in their letter to Zenawi

express[ed] [their] extremely strong condemnation of the Ethiopian government’s decision to jail journalist Eskinder Nega on terrorism charges on September 14, 2011. We believe the government’s decision to arrest him violates the rights of freedom of speech and freedom of the press guaranteed by the Ethiopian Constitution, the United Nations’ International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The imprisonment of Eskinder Nega and other journalists represents the criminalisation of investigation and criticism, which should be part and parcel of any democratic society.

In September 2011, William Easterly, Professor of Economics, New York University; Mark Hamrick, President, National Press Club, Washington, D.C., Aryeh Neier, President, Open Society Foundations; Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch and Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists called for U.S. involvement in securing Eskinder’s release and to “publicly repudiate Ethiopia’s efforts to use terrorism laws to silence political dissent” and “ensure that our more than $600 million in aid to Ethiopia is not used to foster repression.”

What Makes Eskinder a Hero?

There are all sorts of heroes in myth and folklore. Some become heroes for showing moral excellence and martial courage in the face of danger and adversity. Others become heroes by  fighting for honor and  principles. Still others become heroes by slaying their enemies in the battlefield. There are romantic heroes and tragic heroes. There are traditional and modern heroes; and there are unsung heroes. But all heroes share some common virtues in one form another: sacrifice, integrity, courage, determination, conviction, perseverance, and so on.

Eskinder is a hero of a special kind. He is a hero who fights with nothing more than ideas and the truth. He slays falsehoods with the sword of truth. He chases bad ideas with good ones. Armed only with a pen, Eskinder fights despair with hope; fear with courage; anger with reason; arrogance with humility; ignorance with knowledge; intolerance with forbearance; oppression with perseverance; doubt with trust and cruelty with compassion. Above all, Eskinder speaks truth to power and to those who abuse, misuse, overuse and are corrupted by power. Eskinder is the one man who looked straight into the vengeful eyes of the Beast and said: “You can arrest and jail me for the eight time; you  can beat, torture and throw me into solitary confinement; you can persecute and prosecute me; you can starve and deny me medical care in your stinking jail; you can scandalize my name and defame my character; you can even persecute and humiliate my wife and laugh at my child as he cries his eyes out when your goons manhandle me; and you can harass, intimidate and make life hell on earth for me and my family. But I will never, never, never bow down to your tyrannical rule, your corruption, your brutality, your sadistic cruelty and abysmal barbarity! For I am Eskinder Nega. I am the master of my fate and captain of my soul!”

Eskinder Nega: A Hero for All Seasons

Eskinder is a man of courage. Seven months before he was arrested, Eskinder was summoned by Zenawi’s  “police commissioner” and told to shut up or else:

Your writings on the Internet and the interviews with various media outlets were inflammatory. You write about General Tsadkan to undermine the army. But be assured that EPRDF is capable of defending the constitution. If anything happens, we will first come to you." Eskinder asked, “Are you asking me to stop writing and giving interviews?” "No," the police commissioner said. "But be warned that you have already crossed the boundary. We have enough to convict you already. I want you to understand that this is a serious warning." Eskinder kept on writing until the day he was arrested vehicle picking up his son from school. (His official captors videotaped the arrest and laughed as the traumatized child cried out for his daddy.) Today Eskinder is facing “trial” in Zenawi’s kangaroo court even though he was convicted long before he committed the alleged crime.

Eskinder is a man of integrity. When Zenawi came to Columbia University in September 2010 to speak, Eskinder, and his equally extraordinary journalist wife, Serkalem Fasil, wrote a letter to Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger to expose Zenawi’s bottomless capacity for cruelty and inhumanity:

We are banned Ethiopian journalists who were charged with treason by the government of PM Meles Zenawi subsequent to disputed election results in 2005, incarcerated under deplorable circumstances, only to be acquitted sixteen months later; after Serkalem Fasil prematurely gave birth in prison.

Severely underweight at birth because Serkalem’s physical and psychological privation in one of Africa’s worst prisons, an incubator was deemed life-saving to the new-born child by prison doctors; which was, in an act of incomprehensible vindictiveness, denied by the authorities. (The child nevertheless survived miraculously. Thanks to God.)… While we acknowledge his right to express his views, it is an affront to his government's numerous victims of repression to grant him the privilege to do so on the notable premises of Columbia… Such is the government that PM Meles Zenawi leads.

Eskinder is a man of compassion and empathy. When Birtukan Midekssa, the first woman political party leader in Ethiopian history, was released from prison having served nearly two years (without trial) on the ridiculous charge of “denying a pardon”, Eskinder spoke with her:

‘We are proud of you,’ I told her. ‘You are our hero.’ There was pained expression on her face. Something is visibly bottled up in her, pushing to explode. But there were too many people in her living room for an intimate conversation. She nodded when I finished, her head slightly inclined downwards to avoid eye contact.” Thank you,” she finally said faintly. I could barely hear her. And suddenly I felt guilty. Though I meant what I said, I worried whether I was making things worse by sounding patronizing. This is not what Birtukan needs right now. Sitting next to me is a woman at what is one of her worst moments in her life. A woman suffering profoundly on the inside -- exactly what coldhearted aging men, addicted to unaccountable power after two decades at the helm of a nation they have persistently pushed towards dysfunction (so far unsuccessfully), intended in their pitiless drive to destroy their ‘enemies.’” (Ironically, today Eskinder has taken Birtukan’s place in Zenawi’s prison.)

Eskinder is a man of honor and dignity. When “abune” Paulos, the “patriarch” of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church commissioned a grandiose bronze statute of himself to commemorate his 18th year of papacy, Eskinder questioned:

Statuary was rejected by Orthodox Christianity because the dimensional representations were considered to glorify the human flesh rather than the divine spirit. Orthodox iconography, which has a rich history in Ethiopia, was alternatively developed to emphasize the spiritual holiness of figures rather than their humanity. And thus, no statues have ever been built for Abune Selema, who brought Christianity to Ethiopia; Yared, who developed the Church’s sacred gospel music; Lalibela, who built the Church’s greatest relic, the rock-hewn Churches in Lasta; and Abune Tekle-Haymanot, Ethiopia’s greatest native-born Saint. But they have all been amply represented by Ethiopian iconography. Why is Orthodox tradition being uprooted?

Eskinder is a witness for the suffering people of Ethiopia.

The repression is as unrelenting as ever. Food inflation has reached the atrocious 50% mark. Unemployment shows no sign of declining. Small businesses, the backbone of the expanding service sector, are suffering perceptibly. The specter of famine dominates the headlines. Corruption is getting worse. There is growing tension within the ruling party.

Eskinder is a voice of hope.

…Hope not oppression that had made revolutions possible. Neither Egyptians nor Libyans had more reason to rebel in 2011 than they did for decades. Too few were any more capable of imagining life free from the oppressive status-quo. Too many had been co-opted; many more had simply learned how to muddle through. But events in Tunisia changed everything. Change was proved possible… Hope will come to sub-Sahara’s remaining dictatorships, too. The Arab Spring has already brought it to their doorsteps. It will not wait forever to get in. No one knows which sub-Saharan dictatorship will relent first. But that is almost irrelevant. What matters is that its spread will be unavoidable once it begins. The triumph of hope in only one sub-Saharan dictatorship will beget a continent wide African Spring, hopefully all peaceful. And as Egypt, the Arab world’s biggest dictatorship during Mubarak’s reign, was the Arab Spring’s golden prize, so will Ethiopia, sub-Sahara’s biggest dictatorship, be the golden prize for an African Spring. There couldn’t have been an Arab Spring without Egypt. There will be no African Spring without Ethiopia.

Eskinder is a man with a message.

Ethiopia’s Meles Zenawi, who now leads Africa’s largest dictatorship, and who many suspect is calculating as Gaddafi did at first, should take serious note. Killings enraged Libyans as it did Tunisians and Egyptians before them. Inexplicably and suddenly massacre failed to terrorize the young any more. Despite Gadhafi’s assertion that only a drugged youth could have refused to succumb to live bullets, hope is really what had fueled the protests….

Hope is the greatest weapon against tyrants. Keep hope alive in Ethiopia!!!

I wish I had the eloquence of diction to express my deep sense of pride and respect for Eskinder Nega for he represents the quintessentially irrepressible impulse for freedom that inhabits the soul of every human being. On the occasion of the 2012 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, I rise to salute Eskinder Nega with William Ernest Henley (1875) poem “Invictus” (“unconquered”), a poem which sustained Nelson Mandela’s spirit through the years in Apartheid South Africa’s prisons.

Eskinder Invictus! Eskinder Aybegere! 

 “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Mahatma Gandhi

FREE ESKINDER NEGA!  

23 comments

Comment from: ejole bishoftu [Visitor]
ejole bishoftu

Impressive article!!!Yes Eskinder is invictus!!!!

05/01/12 @ 01:54
Comment from: Gebre Iyesus [Visitor]
Gebre Iyesus

Why can’t you leave us alone almaria. Just leave us alone you are not ethiopian so you dont have the right to comment about our beloved prime minister. He is the best thing that happend to Etihopia since King Minelik and the Ethiopian people will choose him again to rule the nation for twenty more years with harmony. While the diaspora pulls out all thier hair because of anger, true Ethiopians enjoy life in their country working hard to make tomorrow’s ethiopia a better nation.
I always get sick reading your article

05/01/12 @ 04:09
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

The problem are those who have supposing giving a lesson of Democracy to the whole world are eyes
wide shut advocating the case of the
crime minister .Like the Secreatary
of States Mrs Hillary Clinton and others western Diplomat Corps Representation ,whom are actually condemning the blood sucker Bashar Regime ,the Ukranian despot ,but not
even a single word concerning the Crimes of Human rights Violation committed by the Tyrant Zenawi .Mrs
the Secretary of State it’s a good thing that you and all your colleagues are condemning the arbitrary detention of Mrs Ioulia Timochenko by the Ukranian authorities but what about the criminal Zenawi whom you consider not
only as an ally but a good friend .I
wonder if you did have learn from the
past concerning the Anti American feelings in the whole world specially in the Middle East and the
muslim worlds .Isn’t it the product of the US Geostrategy evil politics
based on protecting despots and tyrants against the wills of the majority of the peoples !!!!!

05/01/12 @ 04:59
Comment from: Heny [Visitor]
Heny

Invictus fit.
An indolent, wordy old man (Alemayoh)dubbing another loser (Eskinder) a hero. kikiki

05/01/12 @ 07:49
Comment from: bendo [Visitor]
bendo

Altemarem was so sad last week becouse of the rumor that his boss Isa Ye ASS is dead.

Well your main sponsor of Eritrian review and ESAT health looks like in his last days. so do you have plan B or still worshiping the dying dictator?

05/01/12 @ 10:52
Comment from: oneluv21 [Visitor]
oneluv21

Destroying Africa With Western “Democracy”
by Thomas C. Mountain
May 1, 2012

Western style “democracy” is destroying Africa. It seems everywhere you look in Africa you see elections marked by violence and bloodshed. “Buy, rig or steal” is the name of the game and if that doesn’t work, send in the French army and UN “peacekeepers” and rocket the presidential residence and just take over by brute force.

“Democracy” is supposed to mean that the leaders of a nation do what their people want them to do.

If you ask almost all Africans what they want most from their leaders they will tell you;

1) Enough food to eat.

2) Clean water to drink

3) A roof over their heads

4) Accessible and affordable medical care

5) Education for their children

Elections are way down on the list of grassroots African priorities.

Food, water, shelter and medical care, if a countries leadership is getting these priorities taken care of then they are actually practicing democracy and if they don’t provide these services to their people they are not democratic, no matter the praised heaped on them by their neo-colonial masters in the west.

All of the nations of Africa except one are caught in the western elections trap. And all of Africa except one is bleeding, and in more than one way.

Many if not most African countries pay more in interest on their debts to western banks than the combined total of all expenditures on medical care and education.

Many if not most African countries suffer from food dependency, they do not grow enough food to feed their people.

Many if not most African countries are economic basket cases, even Nigeria with its oil, staggering from one western bankster emergency bailout to another.

Everywhere you look in Africa it seems you see conflict and war and everywhere you look you see western style “democracy”, elections.

It is so bad then when an election is held without a major outbreak of violence it is considered a “victory for African democracy” even if the serving president is the only one on the ballot (see “Liberia; Plenty ‘democracy’, No electricity”).

After WWII, the western colonialists found out the hard way that they couldn’t continue to militarily occupy their “possessions”, so they created neocolonialism to control Africa and used western style “democracy” to run it.

Traditionally, Africans practiced their own forms of “democracy”, most often via a council of elders persuading all parties to arrive at a consensus where everyone got something.

It wasn’t a win or lose situation like takes place in a western style election.

Being that all parties agreed to the final decision, all parties were duty bound to respect and enforce what they had agreed to, and thus the peace was kept and folks got along with each other.

As for national decisions, there were kings or high chiefs who almost always consulted a council of tribal or clan elders. In many societies, and this was a society of villages, there were oftentimes chiefs, but still the most often used dispute resolution was consensus, a mediation by elders. Peace was maintained and societal unity preserved.

Western “democracy” in Africa creates just the opposite. In Kenya, the Kikuyu, an ethnic minority installed in power by the departing British empire has to win the election or risk losing everything to their larger tribal rivals, the Luo. The result? Elections and thousands dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. This upcoming election may see even worse.

The Congo? Ethiopia? Even that supposed success story for African Democracy, Senegal, saw blood in the streets.

Yet there is one island of peace and stability in the midst of all this chaos and crisis. One place where the people of the country, especially the people of the villages, still some 70%, will tell you that the government has kept its promises, and the proof is there for all to see. The solar powered wells, the micro dams for irrigation, the medical clinics and schools, all are spreading to even the most remote villages.

HIV/AIDS down by 40%, the best in Africa by a mile, malaria mortality down 80%, the biggest breakthrough in malaria history. Maternal and infant mortality seeing “remarkable improvement” (from the World Bank, no less) and the Millennium Development goals all on track for achieving. And on top of this, the fastest growing economy in Africa.

The one real success story in Africa and the only country NOT to have elections.

Maybe, just maybe, not allowing western “democracy” is what it takes for Africa to succeed.

Eritrea and Eritreans want nothing to do with neocolonialism and “democracy” western style. No thanks, we have our own version of democracy, real democracy, and our people are seeing the benefits.

Paradise? No, life is still hard for most, but the very poorest are the priority and their lives have changed, dramatically.

In Africa the poor are most of the people and if you are not taking care of them first and foremost, you are NOT democratic.

If elections mean democracy, and sick and hungry children in their millions is business as usual than Eritreans will tell you to keep your “democracy”. This is about Africa’s one “undemocratic” country, where peace reigns and our lives are getting better, especially for those most in need.

Don’t shoot me, I am just the messenger, though a real believer in the message. I have lived here in Eritrea since 2006 and am telling you what I have witnessed and come to believe in.

Instead of falling into the western “democracy” trap, try taking an unbiased look at a role model here in Africa instead of another African victim, bleeding from neocolonialism.

So before I finish, let me pass on what is probably the only reliable firsthand account of how that Founder of American Democracy, Thomas Jefferson treated “his” Africans:

“After dinner the master [Jefferson] and I went to see the slaves plant peas. Their bodies dirty brown rather than black, their dirty rags, their miserable, hideous half-nakedness, these haggard figures, this secretive anxious air, the hateful timorous looks, altogether seized me with an initial sentiment of terror and sadness that I ought to hide my face from. Their indolence in turning up the ground with the hoe was extreme. The master [Jefferson] took a whip to frighten them, and soon ensued a comic scene. Placed in the middle of the gang, he menaced, and turned far and wide (on all sides) turning around. Now, as he turned his face, one by one, the blacks changed attitude; those whom he looked at directly worked best, those whom he half saw worked least, and those he didn’t see at all, ceased working altogether; and if he made an about-face, the hoe was raised to view, but otherwise slept behind his back”.

This firsthand account is from a founding member of the French “Society for Friendship with Blacks”, the first French antislavery organization. His name was Constantine Volney, and he was the publisher of that African-Centered classic historical work, “Ruins; Or, Meditations on the Revolutions of Empires” in 1791. It is a fascinating account about his visit to Africa’s Nile Valley before the last major desecrations began.

Being an honest, antiracist historian, Volney believed, based on what he saw with his own eyes in the Egyptian tombs and temples, that civilization began in Africa, on the banks of the Nile River.

In his own words; “It was there that a people, since forgotten, discovered the elements of science and art, at a time when all other men were barbarous, and that a race, now regarded as the refuse of society, because their hair is wooly and their skin is dark, explored among the phenomena of nature, those civil and religious systems which have since held mankind in awe”.

“Ruins” was one of the most widely read historical texts of the late 18th and early 19th century. It was published in 6 languages in over 15 editions.

Volney was eventually driven from the USA by the forerunner of the Undesirable Aliens Act, passed by a slave owner Congress still having difficulties achieving a good night’s sleep, haunted by dreams of the revolution in Haiti and the slaughter of their fellow slave owners by their erstwhile captives, Toussaint and his fellow Africans.

It remains a bitter fact that the works of Volney, one of history’s truly great scholars, remains a mystery to most all of today’s students.

To say that Thomas Jefferson was in any way a “progressive” in his day is to fly in the face of all that Volney stood for. Let us use Volney’s first hand recollection to once and for all provide a proper burial for the idea that the USA was founded by persons of noble character or democratic principles.

The USA was racist in essence at birth and remains racist in essence today. That despite a black American President, a black American Attorney General, a black American Supreme Court Justice, a black American UN Ambassador and multiple black military generals, it is only an illusion that anything has really changed for the masses of black folk in the USA.

And they want to export this slave owners’ democracy to Africa? At least here in Eritrea “we the people” know what we want and that is real democracy, taking care of all our people, starting with our neediest.

05/01/12 @ 11:35
Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  
mesfin_b

It is indeed a great day for all mankind. It is a heroic day for all Ethiopians who are victims of the Tyrant TPLF ruling gangclub.
At Eskinder, we salute you for your heroic acts and we are still with you and we shall overcome the Tyranny in our motherland.
Death to weyane shifta circle.
Beka
Beka
Beka

05/01/12 @ 12:06
Comment from: Amhara Princess [Visitor]
Amhara Princess

Another excellent piece from prof Al. Prof Al is simply priceless, voice of the voiceless honorable scholar. One thing I suggest to Prof Al is to write in slightly simplified English, as most cadres here are oblivious to his articles, have no clue more often than NOT. They just don’t seem to get it, they talk about all sorts of gibberish that Prof Al hasn’t even covered or mentioned in any given article.

… Pen America chose a well deserved hero to honor. Eskinder was facing head of real time Terror/Terrorists in Arat Killo full on and he chose to live in his native and fight from within than be insignificant exiled journalist complaining from overseas. He enlightened many people, most never suspected he was writtig from Ethiopia. He was very brave man, for that he has well deserved, at most respect from every Ethiopian with the exception of Zenawi’s Khat Gerabas :):)

Free Eskinder, FREE all political prisoners in Ethiopia. Zenawi & Co are PAST and PRESENT DAY TERRORISTS, terrorizing Ethiopia and the horn of Africa not Eskinder & Co. End of.

05/01/12 @ 14:10
Comment from: teshome [Visitor]
teshome

“Arogie Jib”

05/01/12 @ 14:15
Comment from: Tulu Proud ET [Visitor]
Tulu Proud ET

Eskinder you are my hero.

One brave man without a gun and totally peacefully way fighting against Meles’s total dictatorship. He is an icon who didn’t retreat or succumb to fear but sacrificed himself for freedom of all Ethiopians.

This one brave man shook up the whole world. He is in jail not because he killed any body but spoke his conscious.

It shows how Meles is abusing his power, human rights of the innocents , brave and un armed people.

We wont give up Iskinder, we will fight for your freedom.

05/01/12 @ 15:19
Comment from: Belay [Visitor]
Belay

Pr. Al/Mariam on Gibe project
“the damned dam,….
Like the people who are dying around Lake Koka, the people who live in the Omo River Basin in Southwestern Ethiopia are facing an environmental disaster that could push them not only to hunger, starvation, dislocation and conflict, but potentially to extinction through habitat destruction.

The Omo River is a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of indigenous people in southwest Ethiopia and northern Kenya. The Gibe 3 Hydropower Dam, already under construction, will dramatically alter the Omo River’s flood cycle, affecting ecosystems and livelihoods all the way down to the world’s largest desert lake, Kenya’s Lake Turkana.”
…..
eskinder is a hero all right, but you are using him.

05/01/12 @ 16:02
Comment from: woldeyesus [Visitor]
woldeyesus

Prof. Alemyahu, thank you for your tireless work!
It is comforting to know that all is not lost; we still have hope to see a free Ethiopia. Thank you for asserting this fact in all your articles.

I am sure your relentless revealing of the nature of the tyrant in Addis is a headache to the tyrant and proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel for all hopeful citizens. And I am sure many will realize this and stand together with you and those with like mind as you sooner or later. The end of this nightmare should not be that far.


05/01/12 @ 19:02
Comment from: FREE Iskinder Nega [Visitor]
FREE Iskinder Nega

There is no word to describe the commitment and courage of brother Iskinder.

He wouldn’t let tyranny to continue in his watch. He did what he could without firing one single gun and without killing one soul. His only desires and aim is to bring democracy, equality and fairness.

Nelson Mandela used to be portrayed as a man of violence by the Apartheid regime of South Africa, where blacks were slaves in their own country with their own wealth.

Today Ethiopians are living in the same condition as those S. Africans but by a black man who betrayed us by portraying himself as a man who believes in his Ethiopianwinet and who would bring democracy.

Ethiopians have lost their God given right to speak and to live anywhere they want. The Woyane regime is speeding up its destruction of communities, commutations, unity and civilizations while its total concentration and money is spent on developing Tigray.

Meles might think that is possible but Ethiopians will not allow that to continue while their neighborhoods are getting robbed.

As years gone by with more repression and lose of hope and the desire for freedom and new leader grows the Meles regime is into chocking up throats and the sources of money tighter and tighter.

Now we want the Woyane regime to hand over power peacefully so Ethiopia can grow and with that peace and stability to come.

Meles hand over power. You have your time for 21 years . That is too much.

Free Iskinder and all innocent people who do not deserve to spend a minute in your prison.

05/01/12 @ 19:42
Comment from: ፊታውራሪ Free [Member]

I totally miss reading his well articulated and brave articles every Friday. Eskinder is truly one of a kind for our Ethiopia. He is probably the only journalist who has truly realized and respect his important place in the society. For most, journalism is simply a job or a ticket to immigrate to the West, but i would say for Eskinder it is a passion, a duty and an opportunity to serve his country and people no matter the price. That is a quality that poses a grave danger to the dictator who wishes to monopolize everything in the country. As a result, meles the dictator, the man with thousands of soldiers and countless armaments on his disposal, charged him, Eskinder the writer and journalist, with terrorism as if that is the solution to the endless problems Meles and his cronies have created in the country. We, the people, know Eskinder as a hero, not a terrorist. And, even with the absence of Eskinder’s invaluable weekly articles, we know every single mess you have been making since the inception of woyane at dedebit. Woyane’s better start listening to the people instead of violating Eskinder’s constitutional rights.

Free Eskinder Nega and all political prisoners!

05/01/12 @ 20:26
Comment from: Observer [Visitor]
Observer

Gebre Iyesus,

You pea head moron. You are an absolute Idiot. You can’t stand the truth anymore? Then kill yourself you Bastard. H Mariam talks about the truth and you can’t handle the truth. Well my looser friend, you better listen the truth and save yourself before it is too late.

05/01/12 @ 20:43
Comment from: Mo Ethio [Visitor]
Mo Ethio

Rubbish (Garbage in Garbage out). It is becoming a laughable article again for the self claimed professor. As far as the women or may be a man the Amhara Princess, keep dreaming and stop kissing Almariams ass. he is nothing but a power hungry trying to reclaim his uncle mengidtus power. he don’t care about Ethiopia…if he does why can’t he gather the Amhara gered and others including this journalist and go back fight meles. if you can’t just shut up and enjoy your burger.

05/02/12 @ 00:11
Comment from: sf [Visitor]
sf

@Gebre Iyesus [visitor],
Why are so you sick to read the article of our great scolar prof. AL ?
If you don’t want to read his article, fine don’t do it. It ’s you right !!!!!
But don’t tell him not to write, because it’s his right to do so.
Dear cadre, please do’t worship people even if they are better than you.
Who knows? if you read and try to learn from great scolars, one day
you may be better than your so called leader.

05/02/12 @ 03:05
Comment from: Heny [Visitor]
Heny

Mesfin B.,
Beka
Beka
Beka
Jilajil, betetam. God indeed loves Mama Ethiopia to keep her away from dying wolves like you.

Aybekam
Aybeka
Aybeka. A lot is yet to be dine by the EPERDF government.

05/02/12 @ 03:36
Comment from: aman amlak [Visitor]
aman amlak

Let’s say all the wishes of the Almariams , Berhanu Nega’s , Elias Kifle’s , EthioMedia’s , Gunbot 7′ , Shabia’s ,Eskinder ’s now the new breed of radical moslems and etc. come true and let Ethiopia turn into Somalia , Mali , Iraq , Afghanistan , Libya and many more Countries and go inflames and see the distraction of addis ababa and see our streets litterd with the bodies of our brothers and sisters our fathers and moms and friends , let every thing that was built and under construction be destroyed . WOW i do they really want that scenario taking place ? do they care about the peace loving people of Ethiopia ? It is so sad their families are out and don’t give a damn if Ethiopia burns . what a adisgrace and an Insult to our people . All I have to say to those loosers is do not under estimate the intellegence of the Ethiopian People who are capable of solving their problems when they find it necessary . they are natural phd’s .
You make me sick mr phd’s . Fake ones ofcourse .
out of many one people , one destiny .

05/02/12 @ 12:55
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Hyena ,wodedtchim telatchim ya leba
getash serko yeworeworelichin wulu
angetish tanko Yebelatchewn wulu bekirbu ken tetefialesh !!!Yezan
ken endemin ya ye leba getash endemiabekabet tegebihun temertena kitat ke hizbu betegebihu menged tagegniawalesh !!!!LEKESKES LEKEMKAMI
TAFIA BANDA !!!!By the way Bendo(badow bando) before accusing patriots as Eri guys better you revise your own history full of Treasons and banditism and plus the real origin of all of you Thuggy guys ,
beginning by your leba master :ALL OF
YOU ERI GUYS ,WORST SHABYAN ASS HOLES
ISSAYAS SLAVES ,EL BESHIR AND GADAFFI
PROSTITUTES !!!That’s all you are ignorant touthless SHIWAWA ,ATELA BANDA !!!!!

05/02/12 @ 16:02
Comment from: Amhara Princess [Visitor]
Amhara Princess

Mo Tsila aka Hagos Hayelom WeldeTsadiq WeldeAragayi

Why would you want Prof Al to relocate to Ethiopia? So that you can lock him up or kill him? Plus you have to squash one million of you to make 1 Prof Al. You better zip your mouth, enjoy his article. Nobody is pointing a gun on your head forcing you to read it. Now shut your face & flip your burger.

05/02/12 @ 17:45
Comment from: mesfin_b [Member]  
mesfin_b

አቶ: እስክንድር: የኛ: ታጋይ: ጀግና: እትዮጵያዊ :ነው::አቶ:እስክንድር: የተከለው:የትግል:ፋና:እያበራ: የዲሞክራሲን:መንገድ:ስንገነባ: የሚመራን: የአንድነታችን: ጸሃይ:ነው:: የህዝባችን: ብሶት:አሰሚ:ቖራጥ:ታጋይ:ወንድማችን: ነው::
አሁን : በአገራችን: የተለኮሰው: የትግል:ሰደድ:እሳት:ወላፈኑ:የሚያቃጥለው:የወያኔ;ድርጅት:ፍርሃት:ወደ:ሽንት:ቤት:እያርዋርዋጠው:ይገኛል::
በጋምቤላ :በገሙጎፋ:እና:በዋልድባ:በታላቁ:አንዋር:መስጊድ:አካባቢ:
ወግናችን: የ:ኢትዮጵያ:ህዝብ:ሃይማኖቱን: ለማስከበር:መብቱን: ለማስጠበቅ: ሆ;ብሎ:ሲነሳ: ማየት:የደስታ:የክብር: የጀግንነት: ምልክት: ነው::
አንደ: heny የመሳሰሉት: የወያኔ: ቅጥረኞች:ሲዘላብዱ:ሲሳደቡ:ሳንቲሞች:የጌታቸው:ይወረውርላቸዋል::ስለዚህ: ከዚህ:ድረ:ገጽ:ሳይጠፉ:ይልከሰከሳሉ::
የ ኢትዮጵያ:ኢኮኖሚ:በአንደኛ:ደረጃ:የሚረዳው: በ: ውጪ:አገር:ኢትዮጵያውያን:ድጎማ: መሆኑን: አለም: ያወቀው: ሃቅ: ነው::
የጊቤ: ግድብ: ደለል:አፈር: ሊውጠው:አያለ:መሆኑን: ለማሳወቅ: የሚጥሩትን:ቭኢዲዮው: በህዝባችን: እንዳይታይ:እ ህ አ ዴ ግ ;አግዶታል::
እረ: ስንቱ;ጉድ:ተነግሮ:ያልቃል::
በቃ::
በቃ::
በቃ::
ሞት ለ እ ህ አ ዴ ግ::

05/02/12 @ 20:04
Comment from: obsaa [Visitor]
obsaa

While the largest number of prisoners in TPLF jailes are oromos, the articles written by this professor (Al Mariam)usually focuses on Amhara prisoners. This is why oromos never trust Amharas and tigres. The unity they are talking about are fake. We need either:
1. true/genuine/ unity or
2. independence
But the current political environment proves that (1) is not feasible, at least currently.

05/05/12 @ 14:51

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