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Ethiopia: Meles, Speechless!



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Ethiopia: Meles, Speechless!

Ethiopia: Meles, Speechless!

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

On May 18, 2012, dictator Meles Zenawi learned a lesson he will not easily forget. In the land of free speech, he was rendered speechless.

Abebe Gellaw, a young Washington-based Ethiopian journalist, stood up in the gallery at the Food Security 2012 G8 Summit in Washington, D.C. and slammed Zenawi:

Meles Zenawi is a dictator! Meles Zenawi is a dictator! Free Eskinder Nega! Free Political Prisoners! You are a dictator. You are committing crimes against humanity. Food is nothing without freedom! Meles has committed crimes against humanity! We Need Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!”

Zenawi was shocked, bewildered, flabbergasted and completely disoriented. It was as though 90 million Ethiopians had lined up pointing an accusatory finger at him and shouting in unison, “Meles Zenawi! You are a dictator!...” In that moment Abebe gloriously realized the true meaning of the tagline of his website – “A Voice of the Voiceless”. Ironically, the voice of the voiceless rendered speechless the man who had rendered millions voiceless!
Silencing the Silencer: Zenawi Gets a Taste of His Own Medicine

Zenawi had just started pontificating about “agricultural transformation in Africa” and how a “partnership between the farmer and the private sector” would have to be formed to meet the continent’s food needs. But he could only get out 30 words before he was shouted down. It was an incredible sight to behold. Zenawi’s head snapped to attention when he first heard his name and title. He probed the audience confusedly to locate the heckler. When he made eye contact with Abebe, he came unhinged: His eyes bugged out with sheer horror. His jaw dropped as if he had seen a ghost. He looked like the proverbial deer in a headlight; or to use an African metaphor, the vaunted guerilla hero froze like a frightened wildebeest looking into the eyes of a hungry lion. The expression on his face was total disbelief. “Is that Abebe Gellaw? It can’t be! I thought I had him canned in Kality Prison with Eskinder Nega, Reeyot Alemu and Woubshet Taye. What the hell is he doing here?!?”

It was a defining moment -- the classic Kodak moment -- for Zenawi. After the initial shock, Zenawi tried to quickly regain his composure and continue with his carefully rehearsed and memorized statement. He could not afford to lose his spot in the well-rehearsed statement so he kept on repeating himself like a broken record, “Seventy percent, ah…, seventy percent of the population in Africa…ah..” Nothing doing. He looked to the to the moderator mournfully for help. But the best the stunned moderator could do was bleat out, “security, help please.” For seven seconds, the mighty Zenawi zoned out into a catatonic trance like the patrons of opium dens. For a fleeting moment, he seemed almost comatose. His head was bowed, his back hunched, his chin drooped, his lips quivered and his eyes gazed vacantly at the floor just like the criminal defendant who got handed a life sentence or worse. A close-up video showed him breathing heavily, almost semi-hyperventilating. His pectoral muscles heaved spastically under his shirt. An imminent cardiac event?

Zenawi’s body language spoke volumes. He propped himself up on the edge of his seat. He tried to keep a stiff upper lip as he soliloquized his well-rehearsed monologue. He preteneded as if nothing had happened. He tried to give the impression that he is as cool as a cucumber and unshakable under fire.

After Abebe was escorted out of the hall, Zenawi droned on for just under two minutes arguing for “public investment” and the need for partnership between the smallholder farmer and the private sector. But his argument made no sense at all because smallholder farmers in Ethiopia do not own the land they "hold" as private ownership of land is prohibited by law and the state owns all land. Is it possible to partner with sharecroppers? That was what Zenawi was really talking about. Anyway, he cut to the chase, the real deal: “We want the $22 billion promised. We want the money promised to be delivered,” demanded Zenawi with the polish of a loan shark. He did not say if he wanted it delivered in a suitcase. But everyone got the message. As the old expression goes, “it’s all about money, ain’t a damn thing funny. You got to have a con in this land of milk and honey.”

As Zenawi robotically regurgitated his rehearsed statement, his hands flailed and fingers steepled to give the impression of imperturbable self-control and self-confidence, steadfast composure and resolute authority. But his past demeanor belied his present cool bravado. This is the same man with a short fuse who went into spontaneous self-combustion at the mere suggestion that he give a break to his opposition: “If opposition groups resort to violence in an attempt to discredit the [2010] election,” Zenawi vowed frothing at the mouth, “We will crush them with our full force; they will all vegetate like Birtukan (Midekssa) in jail forever.” When ten thousand tons of coffee went “missing” in Ethiopia in 2011, Zenawi called a meeting of commodities traders and in a videotaped statement told them he will forgive them because "we all have our hands in the disappearance of the coffee". But he issued a stern warning that if anyone should steal coffee in the future, he will "cut off their hands".
Zenawi would have gladly crushed Abebe with his full force, have him vegetate like Eskinder Nega, Reeyot Alemu and Woubshet Taye and even cut off his hands, if he could. But the pompous, imperious, derisive and hubristic Zenawi whose lips usually hemorrhage with insolence, insults, cheap shots, sarcasm, acrimony, antipathy, contempt and slander was tongue-tied and speechless against his young accuser. The man who loves to bark, growl and snarl at his parliamentarians, mock and caricature his opposition, play clever semantic games with his interviewers and always eager to display his faux intellectual prowess and erudition to the world sulked and sat mute as a fish listening to his young accuser call him “dictator, a criminal against humanity…”

But there was not much Zenawi could do in America where “free speech is king” and “kings” dutifully bow and kneel before the altar of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He sat on the stage among the other dignitaries and absorbed a full blast of the raw truth in the face, “Meles Zenawi is a dictator….” “The Emperor has no clothes!”

For the first time Ethiopians witnessed Zenawi at his most vulnerable, outside his cloistered bubble unguarded by his yes-men and unsheltered by his gaggle of worshipping cronies. For some, Abebe’s confrontation of Zenawi represented a triumph of David over Goliath; but for others it was a pathetic and pitiful sight to behold the man who had silenced an entire nation for 21 years rendered speechless in 19 seconds flat!

The Power of Free Speech and Speaking Truth to Power

I am for free speech for all, including dictators. I fiercely defended Zenawi’s right to speak at Columbia University’s World Leaders Forum in September 2010 despite withering criticism from many in the Ethiopian opposition. But I also defend the right of hecklers to heckle the high and mighty into humility. Why not? President Obama is frequently heckled during his speeches. This past March, he was heckled at Ohio State University. He did not miss a beat talking back to the heckler: “Sir, I'm here to speak to these folks. You can hold your own rally. You're being rude… don't interrupt everybody else. Alright?” It did not faze him because he understands the role of hecklers in the comprehensive scheme of free speech.

The “heckler’s veto” is one of the most precious rights of American citizens. The idea is really simple. It is always governments who abuse their power to silence their critics and those who disagree with them. With the “heckler’s veto”, the individual silences the government and the powerful. The tables are turned. In other words, Zenawi was silenced by Abebe!

But as always, Zenawi never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Here he had the perfect chance to deftly respond to Abebe’s claim that “we need freedom more than food.” He could have paused for a few seconds and told him, as countless African dictators have since the early days ofindependence, that the masses of poor, illiterate, hungry and sick Africans are too dumb and too stupid to appreciate democracy. The African masses are interested in the politics of the belly and not in the politics of democracy. Africans live for and by bread alone. Elections, human rights, the rule of law and all the rest are figments of warped Western neoliberal imaginations. The fact of the matter is that Ethiopia for the last 21 years under Zenawi's boots has had no freedom and very little food to feed its people. So the question is not food without freedom; the question is starvation under extreme oppression.
It is possible Zenawi may think that he should be treated with respect and deference as an African “leader”. Wikileaks cablegrams paint a portrait of a man who suffers from a chronic Adulation Deficit Disorder (ADD). Zenawi desperately seeks praise, adulation, flattery and acceptance in the West and in the Ethiopian Diaspora. He wants to be seen in the West as an African black knight in shining armor thrusting a lance into the heart of poverty, injustice and inequality. He wants to be praised by the Ethiopian Diaspora as a visionary modernizer, creative trailblazer and as a charismatic and transformative leader. He often harps about the failure of Diaspora Ethiopians in not recognizing and giving him credit for the roads he has built, the shiny glass buildings he has erected in the capital and for all of the fabricated improvements in education, health, energy and so on. In fact, that was the very point made by the brutish thug in his security detail who threatened to kill Abebe in the hallway of the food security conference: “Ethiopia has changed. It is because you have not been back and seen the changes [that you are complaining]. Ethiopia is in a very good situation. It is people like you who make noise from a distance.”
But Ethiopia is not in a “very good situation.” Though Ethiopia is Africa's oldest independent country and has the second largest population, she is also the second poorest country in the world after Niger according to the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHDI) Multidimensional Poverty Index 2010 (formerly annual U.N.D.P. Human Poverty Index). Tens of millions of Ethiopians have managed to live for the past two decades only because of international food handouts. Transparency International (Corruption Perception Index) has ranked Ethiopia at the bottom of the barrel of countries ruled by the most corrupt governments for the past decade. The Legatum Institute in 2011 reported Ethiopia has the “sixth highest unemployment rate in the world… [It has a] communication infrastructure [that] is weak with only five mobile phones for every 100 citizens…The education system is poor at all levels and its population is deeply dissatisfied… Access to hospital beds and sanitation facilities is very limited, placing the country 109th and 110th (very last) on these measures of health infrastructure…”

Just last week the Economist Magazine reported: “The heart of the Ethiopian capital may be traversed by new concrete arteries and bridges, built by Italian and Chinese contractors with Chinese loans. But the rest of Addis Ababa is a patchwork of dirt paths lined by corrugated-tin dwellings that are the capital’s shantytowns and slums… Outsiders wanting to do business in Addis Ababa must forge good relations with Mr Meles and his ministers.” In other words, if you want to do business in Ethiopia, you better be prepared to grease some palms (that is, lay some serious cash on Zenawi and Co.) big time. These are the incontrovertible facts about Ethiopia's “very good situation”.

A Teachable Moment

In 1798, the U.S. Congress passed the Alien and Sedition Act and imposed fines and imprisonment against anyone who “wrote, printed, uttered or published any scandalous and malicious writing” against the government. Various newspaper editors of the time were arrested and some imprisoned for criticizing President John Adams’ “unbounded thirst for ridiculous pomp, foolish adulation, and self avarice”. Thomas Jefferson pardoned all of those serving sentences under the Act when he became president. In 1787 he wrote: “If I had to choose between government without newspapers, and newspapers without government, I wouldn't hesitate to choose the latter.”

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution offers no safe harbor from criticism to the president of the United States or to a tin pot African dictator visiting the United States. Withering and stinging criticism are the price of political office in America. Holding political office in America is a solemn constitutional duty and criticizing political leaders and institutions is a bedrock constitutional right of all citizens. All American politicians understand and live by one rule: “If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” It’s good advice Zenawi should heed.

Just as I am for free speech, I am also for civility, affability and cordiality. But Zenawi must understand that he cannot get what he cannot give. In his stage-managed dramatic appearances at his parliament, he harangues, berates, belittles and humiliates his timid rubber-stampers. He scorns, scowls at, threatens, browbeats and mocks his opposition. He desecrates the memory and scandalizes the names of past Ethiopian leaders who fought European colonialism with bows, arrows and spears and shed blood, sweat and tears to keep Ethiopia free and independent. Today, he has placed on the auction block the land those great leaders fought to keep free for the new colonial masters from India, China and Saudi Arabia. Wikleaks cablegrams even show that he manipulates, badgers, bullies and strong arms diplomats who interact with him and give him counsel to temper his vengefulness with reason and mercy. But in a country where free speech is a secular religion, he should expect that every word he utters will be challenged, every sentence scrutinized and every idea he introduces in the public forum sliced and diced on the chopping block of critical analysis. More specifically, when Zenawi comes to America on official visit, he has to come prepared not only to con the American public and snag billions in handouts but also defend his shameful record of massive human rights violations in Ethiopia.

When Zenawi came came to speak at Columbia University at the World Leaders Forum in September 2010, I expressed the following sanguine sentiment:

It would be a crying shame for Zenawi to hop on his plane and go back to Ethiopia mumbling to himself something about the ‘extreme Diaspora’ and so on because he is heckled, disrupted or somehow impeded from speaking… Perhaps this opportunity will afford him a glimpse of the clash of ideas that routinely take place in American universities. He may begin to appreciate the simple truth that ideas are accepted and rejected and arguments won and lost in the cauldron of critical analysis oxygenated by the bellows of free speech, not in prison dungeons where journalists and dissidents are bludgeoned and left to rot… Free speech is the key by which one escapes from the steel bars and stonewalls of ‘prejudice and narrow-mindedness.’ I sincerely hope Zenawi will find that key at Columbia and finally escape from his bleak and desolate planet of ‘prejudice and narrow-mindedness.’
Hope, I hope, springs eternal in Ethiopia. I doubt Zenawi will draw a positive lesson from this trip to America, but I pray he will draw a much bigger lesson from history itself: “Those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable.”

"Food is nothing without freedom! We Need Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!” Abebe Gellaw

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Comment from: Heny [Visitor]

So you today is Monday where you scribble non-sense and vomit it on Nazret - the scumbag. You and your ‘hero’ Abebe jilajilu made a void shout, noise for the last 21 years, but all fell on a deaf ear. The camel kept marching while the pack of dogs, with Almariam and Abebe on the lead row, yelling in distress. I for sure know that you dogs will keep barking until you are on your last legs.

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

You better listen to the moderator reaction to that childish man shouting. You just edit what you want to listen of his shouting, rom ur channel, east . The moderator says, “thank you for that we heard u, security take him out"! that is the biggest insult and disgrace, he judged he is a physco-man. Which is true to assume him like that, because he is shouting at the wrong tree. For he didn’t knew the power he got and acted like physco, commonly like the other toxic diaspora. He just blow up how they are build on their political circle. Keep shouting as far as u are breathing with ur physco-matter head Al.

05/28/12 @ 04:33
Comment from: bendo [Visitor]

How low can go the exterimist diaspora to call this idiot jegina. Who says he did this becouse there is zero risk to his life. If you open your eye it is. Melas jeginaw who sacrificed his young life walking on fire for 17 years and achived his more than he wished.
Unlike this idiot who built a house in addis in his wife name and who send dollars to his family to buy food and comes there after eating his burger says we don’t need food we need freedom… if that is the case there is freedom in America so shaw us howlong you can stay without food.
I say Ethiopia is better off now with out those idiots .

05/28/12 @ 04:52
Comment from: obsaa [Visitor]

All pens must write, all tounges must speak, all ears must hear about the evils being done by the crime Minister of Ethiopia, Atse Melles Zenawi. This mad man is with out exageration the most hated leader by his own people. To the international community he behaves like a human being, but to Ethiopians he behaves like a beast. He should be half human half beast creature.

This blood sucker sucked the blood of many oromos, Amharas, Somalis, Sidamas, Anuyaks and even Tigres.

05/28/12 @ 05:24
Comment from: Heny [Visitor]

Kosasa keep dreaming. We have set the ground even for dreamers. Dream on, but when you wake up, you will regret for the time you spent dreaming hahaha

05/28/12 @ 05:47
Comment from: [Member]

If a meteoroid big enough to wipe out Ethiopia from the face of the earth fallen on Ethiopia and destroyed and wiped out the country, the brain dead diaspora wanna be opposition politicians the likes of almaria, abebe gelebaw, etc… Who are full of shit, jealousy and resentment, will say “yes the woyanes are gone” and celebrate.
The diaspora opposition politics has never been about democracy, never been about human rights and has never been by any means about freedom. It is all about jealousy and resentment. Their question is why the woyanes are smarter than us? Why the woyanes are successful transforming Ethiopia? Why we the diaspora opposition became loosers “ye beyi temelkach"?
The diaspora opposition have no idea what hit them. All they know is, they are left out for dead, while Ethiopia is registering all kind of success and moved ahead beyond their wildest imagination to the point making them to loose the little left decency and morality in their brain.
Now they sort in a cheap shot of insults and childish cry of scoring a point. “Bishishqosh chawata”
The bottom line is, the diaspora loosers, the likes of almaria has nothing to loose. But Ethiopia and all Ethiopians back home have everthing to loose. They have worked hard and paid the ultimate sacrifice to be where we are now. A free, democratic, peaceful and stable developmental Ethiopia. There is no noise and diaspora loosers’ cry loud enough to disrupt our progress. Ethiopians back home have build the nation with their own blood, and will spare some more blood to protect what they have in their hands.

05/28/12 @ 06:40
Comment from: Romeo [Visitor]

This article supporting hooliganism is nothing but childish. What this journalist did was an act of futile rage by a teenage left wing activist to get what he wants. If every journalist do the same as he does then we shall never have press conferences at all. It is like that journalist who threw shoe at Bush. Grow up Al!!!

05/28/12 @ 07:53
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

The way that you ,the TPLF Bnadits ,are onseeenally crying each
time the name of Abe is raised proves that the END of your leba master is more than ever NEAR !!!Once
again the Shabyan Ass hole Adgi is fooling
himself with his Leba master double Digits Economic Growth .But in fact IGNORANCY of
a Village Idiot with a knowledge at a 00 level !!! By the way who is the
hell the famous Ethiopian farmer who
Mr Obama met .In a society with rural
areas where farmers live in misery
where are then the so called Food Security Improvements !!!!!

05/28/12 @ 08:19
Comment from: YHD [Visitor]

There is nothing new or special about heckling here in the US. It is not considered to be an appropriate act as it lacks decency and ignores and disrespects the main forum and the audience. It is an unwelcomed nuisance that disturbs the peace of the audience and distracts participants from the main agenda. It does not need a hero, any idiot with any concern or issue or message, valid or not, can use his right of freedom of speech can scream at the top of his lungs disturbing and interrupting a meeting or a speech until he/she is forcefully removed from the spot by security or law enforcement personnel for public safety concerns and public disturbance reasons. That is the reason why it is not noticed by any international news media, except other than the usual opposition webpages.
What makes the Ababe heckler strange is that he was registered and allowed to participate in this conference as a professional journalist and to ask questions if he had one; but true to his color, he removed his journalism mask or cover and turned out to be an illegal heckler. For the audience his act of disturbance is uncalled for.
What else to except from a sectarian activist disguised under a professional cover of journalism who uses his profession as a means for fomenting & planting the seeds of hatred and division.

The session he tried to disturb was intended to benefit millions of Ethiopians & Africans.
According to President Barack Obama, who unveiled the program, this is a commitment to create a New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition with a goal of assisting 50 to 60 million people in Africa out of poverty over the next 10 years by mobilizing private sector money. Already some 45 private companies have been brought in, creating a partnership with G-8 governments and some African governments. The initial commitment from the private sector is worth $3 billion, and the first three recipient governments are Tanzania, Ethiopia and Ghana.

05/28/12 @ 08:39
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]

Heny the idiot TPLF
Once again you are making a lot of noise on Nazret but have said nothing of substance or anything that makes sense. Stop mumbling for ones and go with reality….. Meles needs to step down and you need to go back to Tigray with your TPLF flag so the people can move on. Your time is up!

Addis Zefen the Brainless TPLF
First of you need to work on your inferiority complex and perhaps may be then your insults will stick. And second, for crying out loud, rather than vociferously challenging the diaspora on the internet why don’t you show everyone that you are man enough to stand to them face to face? I am sure you know where to find them.
I will pay to see that dude!!! lol

05/28/12 @ 08:47
Comment from: Heny [Visitor]

“Your time is up!” hahahaha. Lete me ask you this please? If you can remember since when did you since Meles’s/EPRDF’s/TPLF’s time is around the corner? Ypu have been saying this since 1991. But we are still there catapulting the nation to much development and progress. You live there. May be we wil allow you body to come over here for burial.

05/28/12 @ 08:59
Comment from: [Member]

To Obsaa . Precise to the point and a fact based blog.
I could not have said it any better.
Thank you my brother.

Death to Meles the Tyrant.
Democratic Ehiopia Now.

05/28/12 @ 09:08
Comment from: [Member]

To Romeo.
I saw different scenario .
Ato Abebe Gelaw was the voice of the the voiceless for the 80 plus million Ethiopians.He was gaallant hero who risked a lot to send the message.
The current message by all Ethiopians is that Meles is a Tyrant.
You must have different pair of spectacle to view otherwise.
We all know the famous shoe thrower for Iraq. he was tired of Bush’s Occupational Impeialism on his birthplace as we all Ethiopians are with Meles the “Thugtator".

05/28/12 @ 09:24
Comment from: viva [Visitor]

belew belew belew gud felabet crime minstru kolewen gefefewko , Bravooooo finaly we got one man.

05/28/12 @ 10:06
Comment from: GK [Visitor]

Mr. Gelaw is definitely the brain child of the extremists like alemu and elias,,,Guys this is a masterpiece of act to rip $$$ from some fools and hate monger diaspora, He has been working on this to devise a survival by act, in this process belive me there will be a coflict of interest between him and Tamagne for stealing my role, Tamagne will be wondering as to how his next move should be cause Gelaw steals his show and Cast. So the next best scenario could be Gelaw will be rewarded for his heroic act in one 5 star hotel in DC, Tamagne will start digging a hole to bury Gelaw for his sole survival and Gelaw will use his new found fame to maintain the momentum and be little Tamagne,,,,,, look here the confused diaspora still will be the playing ground and the holy cow to finance the show.

05/28/12 @ 10:28
Comment from: [Member]

Mesfin Bush*iw,…

Are you still alive? I thought you committed sucide when you say good bye last weekend.
May be you might have made up with your boyfriand for a while. But as I can sense it on your blog, you sound more crippled from the stroke you sufferd, and very dellusional.
Give your sorry ass merffe qit a break, stay away from Ethiopian websites.
Zimbam aroge wusha!!

05/28/12 @ 10:40
Comment from: teshome [Visitor]

You are an idiot.How come you are praising this moron/Gelaw/who was screaming like a crow. You have been campaigning and writting crap against the brave man Meles Zenawi for the past many years. The truth is, honorable Meles Zenawi is back to his lovely country with pride, while your hero Gellaw takenaway with secret service with shame. Keep writting your trash and live with shame in foregin country. Ethiopia is not your country. We’ll never and ever allow you to come to Ethiopia. Enjoy your crap and hateful life.You Devil!

05/28/12 @ 11:08
Comment from: dani [Visitor]

Dr. AL as usual you try to lecture us using some of the political terms you use in your class rooms. To say Melese was speechless the whole time after he was heckled is simply crazy. Anybody will react with shock like him when his/her name called out of a blue. After the guy stopped shouting Melese was able to continue his speech without any disturbance. I don’t know why this issue is still a topic, most Ethiopians have forget this and focused on development. Only losers like Dr. AL will continue to hang on this subject, not offering any meaningful counterpart just be a bullies. Dr AL next time please keeps your distorted lecture in your class room, if you are not going to give an honest and unbiased comments. Anyways, you are a political science teacher, I don’t think we can not expect much from you.

05/28/12 @ 11:30
Comment from: tazabi1 [Visitor]

“eweroch bet bale-a’nd ayn birq naw” only in ethiopia a heckler is raised to the level of a hero. first of all the writer is commenting using the doctored video as evidence, why??? becuase if you watch the normal one it is not as dramatic. meles stopped talking turned around and continue to talk after maybe 4 or 5 seconds. i know had it been the professor or one of his friends like elias kifle who was heckled they would be hunting for abebe’s family in ethiopia.
“lemayawqish tategni".

05/28/12 @ 11:53
Comment from: Belay [Visitor]

“he was the voice for the 80 plus million voiceless"….

mesfinb, so were mengistu and meles once upon a time.
egna eko yecheneken the people are suffering from dehinet and rehab as you people with full belly fight for power.
this borcham guy said these people do not need food before XYZ, realy??? you think he spoke for them?

05/28/12 @ 12:07
Comment from: Brook [Visitor]

Ye- Hagos- Weshoch: Heny aka the Oxfam products, Rotten Zellan aka cheap slut brick-head, the riffraff Tigrays three of the commonest written by Zeneb, benedo, YHD, GK and Romeo one cheap clown Tigrye thinks his fooling us. You used to writte trash with different ethnic name to fool the gullible that strategy no more working. Only Tigra clapping for the injustice committed by your own. The reality on the grounds confirmed that. You steal, Kill, Arrest, abused the innocent citizens, sell their Lands, Landlocked the country etc…and you would like to keep it going? Let this sunk into your brick-head, It doesn’t matter how you sliced it, there is no such thing life time dictatorship! By now everybody knows you pretty good and what’s your interstes are. When the day of reckoning comes I hate to be you. You are way passed your times.

05/28/12 @ 12:25
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]

Al Mariam,

What an idiot!!! you are nothing, but just the fabricated BERIE WELED story teller that you are wasting your time preaching hate against the history maker leadership of the EPRDF government…..

Specking of the fat PIG, Abebe Gelaw or Kilo Mamo, he didn’t achieve nothing other than embaressed himself at the event were so many intellectuals and dignitaries guests gathered to find a lasting solution to the problems that the African people facing…..

I know it was a hard for you all hateful diasporas, to accept the realty that the smart leader of the Ethiopian people, PR Meless Zenawi the great, were one of the three African leader whom are reconized for their brelian contribution in provorty reduction as row models for continent…

The truth is, your hero Abebe Kilo just shrunk his face, and may be opened his a***hole fessam…kizenam.. to let out that funny squeaky food….for few second…LOL…LOL.

For the great leader of the Ethiopian people, business was as usual, and he accomplished his mission in representing the interst of his his people….

you all barking dogs of the enemies of the Ethiopian people, keep jump up and down like mad dogs!! That’s what you all are
good at….LOL.

God bless the world!!

05/28/12 @ 12:39
Comment from: Andom [Visitor]

Prof. ArMaria:

Was your degree from Russia? Or Symbiosis of India. Or as many did you copied from another student to pass exams and get the title. You don’t seem to be educated at all. A friend to sons of Melaku Tefera (Abebe Gelaw and Tamagn Beyene). Werada, Keletam! Keep on dyeing your hair instead of contributing to the renaissance of the country!

05/28/12 @ 13:06
Comment from: Melo [Visitor]

If you want to see the Crime minister, mleles, if you want to have a One on one with the crime minister, if you want to have a tea time with the crime minister, meles, if you Brother, YOU, want to have chat with the crime minister, bro, you have got to be prepared to GREASE SOME PALMS!, baby.

You have got to pay upfront to the crime minister first and pay your way down from his comrades to the woyane guy/girl in the basement who put the last 10, 20 stumps on one f@#%in’ paper. And of course, they will send you to the cashier for your” final payment” to get things done. You have got to have some serious CASH. You have got to have CASH and a lot of it because you are paying top to bottom. By the time you are done, you are left with$ 20 bucks in your pocket. You are lucky if they let you walk out with that $20. Its like walking away, slowly from the belly of the beast. They are vultures,…. Baby baby baby…It’s a gangster regime. Woyane can just take your house and give it to some other woyane, literally. You don’t like it? Too bad. They will destroy your business by making it hard for you to compete or win a contract because you are up against well woyane meles, funded enterprises. Their plan actually is working, lib kalachu.

We all know that the majority of the Ethiopian population (99.9 %) cannot afford to eat twice a day let alone drop a stash of cash on the chimp’s lap for favors. So, the few and connected get all the benefit, all the land they want.

It is a good piece Professor Al

05/28/12 @ 13:12
Comment from: Teka [Visitor]

Mr Arr Maria,

Here we go again with the same old weekly cry and barcking!

Labelling and naming calling are weapons usually used by the very weak and the hopeless; like the so called Alemayehu G. Mariam and Abebe Gelaw.

05/28/12 @ 13:12
Comment from: GK [Visitor]

Brook , Basically You need to accept one’s right to speak and critisize opposing ideas,But cornering someone because of where he comes will not lead to civilized discussion. if I am from Tigray it shouldn’t upset you,,, its my birth right to be what I am now, So everything starts from our individual peception and respect of Human right. As there are always opposing sides I happen to be supporting the EPDRF in general although I have a lot of issues I don’ t agree with EPDRF Same goes with you You have every right to oppose and support whom you choose, Then we will be in a position to contribute something for the majority of the people.If Gelaw is your hero let him be, but it’s naive to force everyone to accept him as a hero.

05/28/12 @ 13:21
Comment from: Ferie Bado [Visitor]
Ferie Bado

There has been a lot of opposition directed to Meles every where he travels and ever since TPLF took power but what makes this one special is the drama orchestrated by the cameraman and Abe-Gela, so guys beware of Abe motives,,,,,, more $$$ eventually ESAT might be off air soon and these guys will be seasonally unemployed.

05/28/12 @ 13:57
Comment from: wedi Adwa [Visitor]
wedi Adwa

“thou shall not be a fool"first and for most abebe gelaw is a journalist and he said what he have to say simple,what i dont get is the people in diaspora especially American habesha,Meles gone down,the man embaresing him blha blha,hold on.. er ..he went there to do a job what your foolish grandpas never hope to get there,so why on earth you criticise him like that.
i bet you all if he was a gojame or gondere let alone welloye you would gather and sing the same ald shit ‘’wuro shebaye'’,we know each other very well,so dont pretend you care about Ethiopian poor,you all
racist,if it was not for him your ass would have been in a dark condition as you deserve,keep quite and let him show us how to live life,give a chance for a fellow,but dont stop singing ‘’wuroshebaye'’ adios.

05/28/12 @ 14:48
Comment from: Andu [Visitor]

Amongst us here in Diaspora, no one ever asks why do we in Diaspora all the time fail so badly in our daily attempts to steer matters against the sitting Woyane regime? No-body even try to realize that we in Diaspora have no visionaries among us; except the Bar singing Azmaris like Tamagn, Abebe, Alemayehu, etc., and his crowds. If there is somebody serious in Diaspora, then nobody listens to him/her for objective reasoning. We have no doers; and no people of actions. All we have among us here in Diaspora is simply funeral-DJs, stage-actors and bar-singers; that look for occasions to attract attention and collect funds for their own mere survival in the name of Ethiopia and Ethiopians. We have too many talkative day-dreamers, and too many funeral-DJs here and there and everywhere who keep on bragging about and asking us to cry over already damaged incidence of the past. People, what is wrong with our ever crying Diaspora-babies? When are they going to wake-up, and say no to nonsense; no to tribalism and terrorism? To preach polarized hatred is no wisdom; but Lucifer’s cadre-work. If one has a mind for wisdom and visionary thoughts; one does not tilt to devilish ideas. Here we go again! One of our standing funeral-DJs in Diaspora, Ato Arr-Maria Kit aka Alemayehu G. Mariam once again comes-up with his never ending diatribe for remembrances cries asking his barren headed crowd for an out-loud cry over Abebe Gelaw’s stupid act and out-cry and yet unclear to judge what has really taken place from distance. Arr Maria just wants to make the head and tail out of this unclear matter and try to dramatize ethnic-hatred. All he does is hatching hatred spiting diatribes as usual. Obviously his Diaspora crying babies as usual applause and mimic after him without critical analysis of the matter that he jumbles each time. The Diaspora babies keep on crying his chorus by chanting: Oh yes! Remember Abebe Gelaw! Remember Woyane! Oh Remember the G-8 incidence! What does all these fuss do to our people at the end of the day? It does nothing but empty talk.

05/28/12 @ 14:52
Comment from: Teclemariam [Visitor]

wait a minute. Do people here really believe that Meles was humilated by that incident? Just for a minute, lets remember that he fought the derg for 17 years living in the hot and disease infested deserts of sudan, somalia and ethiopia. Most of his friends were killed in action. He was lucky to have survived all those years. Even more lucky that the derg was defeated. So, for some one who has seen it all, you think he was some how hurt by a journalist heckling in Washington DC? I don’t think any one here has the slightest idea how much he has sacrificed to overthrow the derg regime.

05/28/12 @ 14:55
Comment from: woretaw [Visitor]

Mesfin B
Why don’t you take some break and take a tour with Abebe Gelaw to seattle? It is better to get off sometimes to assist your man of adventure.
Al mariam, what a professor! I don’t beleive a Dr. boss around by Elias, a total moran, ignorant man. That shows your low self steem and total arrogancy. Abebe, because he shout something, he is a hero and tour around? Wow, I’m wondering how many foolish people give him money to relax in a five star hotel. Is he inventing some valuable thing which can make him a star, a scientist? and deserve a tour? I don’t beleive how much idiots we have here in the US, ” siyadergu Ayta, Doro Tanka Motech” ale yagere sewe.

05/28/12 @ 15:03
Comment from: [Member]

Prof Al Mariam;

What a confused message are you venting?

“…I support Meles’s speech, and I also support the heckling of Ababe…".

Take one side: either denounce the speech of Meles at all, or respect Meles’s right to speak uninterruptedly.

You can’t walk on the high and low roads simultaneously. In other words, you can’t equally advocate free speech and heckling at the same time.


05/28/12 @ 15:50
Comment from: Arada [Visitor]

Clearly, the vocal diaspora doesn’t have a real hero to idolize. Otherwise they wouldn’t bestow such a revered word on someone who barked like a mad dog at Meles during a high level and mature discussion on food security. It is not just the barking, but also what he was screaming that was odd. He was heard yelling, in a broken English, ‘freedom before food’ or something to that effect. A lunatic who wants to see Ethiopians starve to death until they get democracy is not fit to be a journalist. Then again, it is hard to find a sane man in a mental asylum.

05/28/12 @ 17:31
Comment from: virginia [Visitor]

Prof. Alemayehu, Thank you very much. you are one of a brillian son of Ethiopia ever had.

05/28/12 @ 18:01
Comment from: Amhara Princess [Visitor]
Amhara Princess

The way I see it, Ato Zenawi needed to hear who he really is (Dictator/Tyrant/Totalitarian). He needed to hear what he is doing (jailing innocent people, stifling dissent). He needed to hear what the people of Ethiopia lack on grandiose scale (Freedom). All of these, Abebe expressed loudly, clearly & precisely. Abebe didn’t make up bed time story like Zenawi for instance as in his World Economic forum debate & pretty much everything that comes out of Zenawi’s mouth is embarrassing, phantom, lightweight, offensive. Abebe on the other hand told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but…

There is absolutely no question of Zenawi being a dictator. He is a freakin’ dictator whose jails are filled with journalists, oppositions, political prisoners and he tramples upon the rights Ethiopians with absolutely NO freedom to speak out against him. Now, while that is the absolute case/TRUTH, why are you TPLFs (smart & sensible once as well as the vulgar, retarded Oxfam feeding centre products), barking like a mad DOG? Have you no moral values, ethics? Have you no standards, principles at at all? You lot are either too spasticated to differentiate right from wrong or You must still think jungle, bushmen mentality is the way to go in the 21st centurt?

Stop vilifying Abebe, call him names, degrade etc all for having the courage to stand up in front of all those political heavyweights, reporters etc & telling the Goddamn TRUTH. Don’t act as if heckling is too shameful, NOT civil, never happens in the western world. We know, you know & everybody knows that heckling is just a way of life, an extension of free speech where you silly folks reside. Instead of barking at Prof Al or Abebe, tell us if what Abebe said was false & how that is the case?

* Melez Zenawi is NOT a dictator because?

* Meles Zenawi did NOT jail Eskinder Nega and countless others?

* Ethiopians do not need freedom because?

When you truly, honestly answer these three, then you will see there is absolutely nothing wrong with what Abebe said.

Zim Belachu Ende Beg “Baaaa Baaaaa” Weyim Ende Lam “Mooooo Moooo” Atbelu Ezi. Try and Make sense at least. Mozazoch :) All the above TPLF comments just remind me of my favorite Nursery rhymes depicting animal’s noise/sounds from “Enat Kelemwa Nursary” aka Old McDonald Had a Farm:


Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee i ee i oh!
And on that farm he had some cows,
Ee i ee i oh!
With a moo-moo here,
And a moo-moo there
Here a moo, there a moo,
Everywhere a moo-ooo

Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee i ee i oh!

… Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee i ee i oh!
And on that farm he had some dogs,
Ee i ee i oh!
With a woof-woof here,

And a woof-woof-woof there
Here a woof, there a woof,
Everywhere a woof-woof
Old MacDonald had a farm
Ee i ee i oh!

Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee i ee i oh!
And on that farm he had some chickens,
Ee i ee i oh!
With a cluck-cluck here,
And a cluck-cluck there

Here a cluck, there a cluck,
Everywhere a cluck-cluck
Old MacDonald had a farm
Ee i ee i oh!

Etc etc etc … just animal noise, that is how I feel after reading majority of Zenawi’s bootlickers on this site actually! “The noise, the whole noise nothing but the noise” :):)

05/28/12 @ 19:08
Comment from: Teka [Visitor]

What will be the next week agenda for hate-congeners in ESAT and Diaspora media as well as with Al-Mariam, Elias Kifle and other frustrated fellows? Yes, shout and mock in International arena shamlessly.Abebejust shouted with no essence.Only the foolish fools keep on admiring his idiotic temprament acts. Idiots know nothing but to shout out loud. Dorro Yetim Latders Betwat Tinesalech; 5% Hizb Kurt Yibelal; 95% Hizb Kurtun Awkwal. Megedun Cherk Yadirgilachihu ale yagere sew

05/28/12 @ 19:57
Comment from: tittiqoil [Visitor]

Nothing fell on a deaf ear;yes,it is true and has been seen as it happend.Zinawi was turned into a num baboon;couldn’t talk;couldn’t move;couldn’t raise his head up,was down in a wrong paryers posture;couldn’t talk back becaue he received a spank on the head,and was left seated like a border stone to demark the fleeting soul from uncontrolled body.

Zinawi is an idiot who lucks mental agility or void of gut a man.A young man with full of energy and mental focus hit the subject right in the core with powerful messages travelling at enormous energy, in just short time.As a result,zinawi was disintegrated into pieces from inside although seemed entact from the outside,was like a load dumped in a landfill.

This is what worthless man looks like when meets reality and facts,head down and smoking inside.Zinawi entered Ethiopia disguising as someone else.He was unfortunate at home because there was no a man available to look upto for direction and purpose;born and reared in a hate manufacturing house,was then released wild and cruel to the gentle world armed and dangerous.Blood & khat,and flesh $ lie he became addicted to.

In 1991,the robbers entered Ethiopia with a lot guns and bullets to loot and murder Ethiopians.No sooner than they had entered the city,they immediately scattered around the country and quickly moved into villages,into towns,into cities,and into neighbourhoods and broke into homes and vandalized the lives of families.Today,everything and anything that is available below and above the lands,in Ethiopia is owned,controlled,and run by members of the crimefamily,subordinates,partners,and men and women surrounding Zinawi.

Zinawi is still at large.They wanted him to come to the party,May 20, shiny and new,but the robber is scared and tight as hell.Now when we ask,what is left for Zinawi,it is nothing but eternal prison.

05/28/12 @ 21:59
Comment from: [Member]


you said in 1991 the robbers entered Ethiopia. isnt that 21 years, too long to cry. by now they already have a baby from your little sister and from your mommy too, making them your step daddy.

05/28/12 @ 22:17
Comment from: [Member]

ለ ው/ት; አማራ; ልልት;
እንደዚያማ; ቁም;ነገር ;ማውጋት;ያባት;ነው;:
የመለስ ;ቢንቢዎች; የሚያውቁት;ነገር አምላካቸው;ተሳደቡ;ሲላቸው;አፋቸውን ;በስድብ; ማምዋሸት; ነው ;ስራቸው::
እነሱ; ከጌታው ስር;ለቃቃሚ ውሻዎች;ናቸው::

05/28/12 @ 22:30
Comment from: Favioli [Visitor]

Visitor Romeo (of Verona??)
The honourable Romeo’s has made a sharp and befitting comment on the journalist‘s behaviour, who in his uncontrolled fury seem to have lost control of all his faculties, shaking with wild rage and missing the opportunity to confront and demolish Zenawi’s rhetoric at this meeting. I am all for heckling, but such bravado and ostentatious show offs never make a dent on the way of thinking of hardened tyrants, nor impress the politically correct and liberal delegates, like our good friend Bono, who by the way, was the only speaker who makes sense at this conference. Tyrant Zenawi seemed not at all fazed by the incidence as he had even more invective thrown at him in the parliament at Arat Kilo. Ato Abebe can thump on his chest with pride and his newly acquired celebrity status among his community. His style reminds me of those infantile left wing thugs, the blinkered followers of the EPRP, from which incidentally Zenawi’s party (and his personality/traits) has initially emerged; personally I despise any hysterical behaviour, finger pointing and allegation at anyone who happen to entertain any opinion of the least difference; there you have it, and I rest my case on this neterek.

To my good friend her royal highness, the Amhara Princess, good health, peace and prosperity to you!!
No one doubts that Zenawi is a dictator who jails journalists and no one said Ethiopia doesn’t need freedom, as your Highness here tries to ascribe to those who are critical of this journalist’s behaviour. Your language has changed drastically and that is not good; What is the matter with you? Why are on the offensive and what for?? Anybody has the right to say whatever he wants and deems necessary on this site of so-called free discussion; by the way, I have also sang this nursery rhyme at the English School, many years ago, and that you use that to insult and debase others is quite shocking and infuriating! Why the hell do you do that for??????????
To wrap-up my message, I get the impression from most visitors of this site that any critic on Ato Aebebe’s action would automatically equate one to a Woyane follower, and that is no surprise as it is inherent to, and deeply ingrained in this medieval culture of absolute intolerance to any divergent viewpoint. I find this typical habesha trait most tragic and disgusting, and have no illusion that it would ever change in a foreseeable future, neither on the part of the woyane nor the scribblers here.
Don’t we have, as it is. enough invectives from our esteemed Warrior Queen, Cést Moi who threatens us with hanging at Meskal Square if we ever dare utter anything, almost anything at all??? Won’t you agree, Warrior Queen??

05/29/12 @ 06:55
Comment from: Gondere [Visitor]

Abebebe Gelaw has an agenda. Like yourself everything he does is abosulutely not for the love of his country or his people. It is always connected with money. This is specially true when it comes the connection with shabia. Abebe thought of himself big and rip money on the way. His shouting did not materialize. I am not sure, if any USA media picked it up. As one commentator put Al and Abebe gelaw will return to Ethiopia in diapers.
That even is, if they will be forgiven for the crimes they are comitting. The good news coming from Ethiopia this days may itself consume them to death before they get to that point.

05/29/12 @ 08:10
Comment from: belete [Visitor]

this guy is an air head that doesnt have a drop of blood of a hero. first of heros are reserved and humble, they dont post a fake doctored video and sing akaki zeraf infront of it as he did. i personally have no problem with him heckling meles except the venue he chose which is a discussion on improoving food security for the poor and his remark down playing hunger in ethiopia as being less important.

05/29/12 @ 10:07
Comment from: kul [Visitor]

Have you seen Abebe Gellaw lately? He seems to be in a self promotion mode.
I admired Abebe Gellaw for telling Meles what he really is. Meles is a crazy dictator who killed, tortured, and imprisoned many Ethiopians. But the way Abebe acted after the event has been a little over the top. During the interview with ESAT he looked eager to talk more about himself. Over the weekend he was a guest speaker in a Seattle event. His trip to Seattle was front page news on I was stunned to see a news article on ethiomedia saying that Abebe Gellaw visited tourist attractions in Seattle on Friday!!! That was a really funny story for me. Yibas bilo degmo ….on Sunday I saw a picture of Abebe Gellaw on facebook posing between two security officers. A note below the picture reads as follows: HEROIC Journalist Abebe Gellaw with his security escort”. I was laghing the whole day. I hate Meles and cronies but I also don’t like many of the opposition. Maferia bicha tesebsibo

05/29/12 @ 10:39
Comment from: Melo [Visitor]

@ Ahmara princess

its a catchy song. ee i ee i ooooh. singing my way to work….ee i ee i oooooh, i ee i ooooh..:) that was a good one.

05/29/12 @ 10:44
Comment from: Romeo [Visitor]

Monsieur Favioli,

Je vous remercie pour vos aimables paroles. Vous avez raison nous devrions protester avec la dignité et l’honnétete. Jéspére Princes Amhara nést pas en colére contre nous hahahahaha. Continuez votre bon travail.

05/29/12 @ 11:17
Comment from: [Member]


Good start, I don’t mind if you hate the rigime or who ever you calling names. You may have your own reason for hating anybody. But when you come out and called a spade a spade, regarding abebe gelebaw, that really has a good sign of honesty. Atleast you didn’t support these loosers here in the diaspora blindly like most crybabies do just for the sake of scoring a point.

05/29/12 @ 11:39
Comment from: Hohyat [Visitor]

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 @ 11:41
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]

ADdis Zefen the Brainless TPLF

You are now a cyber warrior and a tough guy on the internet, lollll

Clueless TPLF like yourself talking tough? …. How about you jump into one of the demonstrations and show them you are a tough hero? lollllll

Like I said I will pay to see that!!!

05/29/12 @ 11:55
Comment from: kul [Visitor]

@addis zemen

You and I know each other on this forum for few years now. You know why I don’t like Meles and cronies. Meles is a killer and I will never associate my self with him. Likewise, I don’t follow “yetelate telat” philosophy. So, don’t be surprised if you see unfavorable comment from me about people in the opposition. Because I tell it as I see it!!!

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

To ment4you. You just nailed it my brother!!!LOL
He is the ‘Superman/Superfly” of the nazret blogsite for his creator - Meles the SHIFTA.
To all the cyber cadres, please refrain from derogatory words and base your bolgging with “FACTS". Then we can discuss in a civilized manner. Till then you don’t amount to nothing more than taking spaces on this blogsite.
Thanks to the intellects like the Great professor Alemayehu, we true Ethiopian diasporas get updated with the current and factual Ethiopian news and or affairs so we can exchange ideas, write a supporting blog.

United we shall have a Democratic Ethiopia.

05/29/12 @ 12:57
Comment from: Yoni [Visitor]

Amhara Britney

I know u like to stater like Ur new BF Abebe repeat shiiit
It’s more like this hooootchie

E-I-E-I “O”
You wont see Arat Killo
E-I-E-I “O”
You won’t see Ethio
E-I-E-I “O”
Go blow Mamo Kilo
E-I-E-I “O”

05/29/12 @ 15:07
Comment from: tazabi1 [Visitor]

yoni i think you may have a point there. not being able to see ethiopia might drive some one crazy. i heard one ginbot7 leader could not resist the temptation so he snuck in for a short vacation and end up in jail because he was ratted out by his fellow compatriots…so Abe is right in a sense he can find injera, wet, kitfo, tibs and zilzil right infront of the white house, but can not be in ethiopia…

05/29/12 @ 15:33
Comment from: bulbula [Visitor]

Why are you all puppies of woyane carrying around the chat room all the time?
This life is filled with loudmouth, know-it all idiots that depress me to no end. When you are confronted by knowledge base opinion the least you can do is read and learn. Because you should be reminded that true greatness still exists.

05/29/12 @ 17:26
Comment from: Amhara Princess [Visitor]
Amhara Princess

@ Grande Signore Favioli

Kiburnetachew Ato Favioli. First of, I thank you for your constructive criticism, if my posts offended, infuriated and worked on your last nerve, then what can I say but sorry eh? Aznalehu Betam. Secondly, your dislike for my favorite Prof Al and you taking a shine to our in house Italian/French wannabe Romeo has never went unnoticed. Mechem Ye Signore Favioli Neger Ayaschegnem Ena Yaw … lol

Coming back to your point, well you may not like what Abebe said, how he said it but I & many others do. You may dislike prof Al, that is your God given right and business but prof Al happens to be one of my favorite scholars, writers, not ONLY as Zenawi’s opposition but as an exquisite intellectual, human rights activist, eloquent writer, he makes a lot of sense on many levels and when he writes something that I don’t agree on, I either skip or comment showing my opposition. In any case, I am strong supporter of free speech, strongly acknowledge people’s rights to support & oppose whoever the hell they like. That said, when people start belittling, degrading, vilifying those who they don’t agree with, then I have no choice but VOICE out my opinion in my own little ways. If it doesn’t work in civil way then I would most certainly heckle, jeer, boo here if I have to. I have a bit of juvenile gene in me and sometimes you have to go that extra mile to put your point across when all the right ways fail on deaf ears. And so, I never expect you Grande signore Favioli to like what I have to say and vice versa. The reason for sharing my favorite nursery rhyme is because I find most of the cadre’s comments here way too repetitive like the song itself, boring, dull and as noisy as animal’s sound. I can assure you Grande signore Favioli that there is absolutely nothing wrong with me. Hope you understand where I am coming from, if not what can I possibly say Signore?

@ Romeo

I hope you know that I speak French, not perfect but enough to hold good conversation. Your line in French thanking Favioli for his nice words and how we should all debate, oppose in civil way some how makes sense and the rest Amhara Princess is against us and few other words are all jumbled up, don’t make sense at all. You obviously do not speak French, that much is obvious and somehow what you wrote is upside down indicating you may have had some kind of help from a machine of some sort but nice try anyway. Unfortunately for you, both Signore Favioli’s friends here C’moi and I happen to speak french so be ware! Any way, I am never against Signore favioli or you for that matter. I only remember your protest against my post once re Bill Gates & calling me angry. I will be nice to you only because you are Favioli’s newly found best pal. Friendly advice, try Italian next time if you want to gossip about me. French is bad choice!

@ Yoni the hood rat

Nice version but I have never seen any Ethiopian expats unable to go back home. Financial & Time strain may be but other than that all are in and outta Ethiopia whenever they desire. When was the last time you went to your local airport? Ethiopian Airlines and pretty much all Airlines destined to Ethiopia seem to be a buses for expats. Miskin

05/29/12 @ 18:54
Comment from: kassa [Visitor]

@x5 Agazit women/Addis zefene,Teka,bendo, Heny,etc : cry!! Screaming!! What happen Terte Tertoewch!!! Ye laame Ebetoweowch!! HAPPY Le Genebow 20 !!!

05/29/12 @ 20:09
Comment from: ፊታውራሪ Free [Member]

kul, it pains me when i say i agree with u on this one. i bet Shambel or something like that yetebalew zefagn will be singning accolades for Abebe. We are such a ridiculous community. Compared to the magnitude and seriousness of the problem we have, Abebe’s heckling means nothing, but here they are Ato Belai/Belay of Ethiomedia sensationalizing the little story as something huge. “Lightening struck", trumpets ethiomedia. While we waste time self congratulating and aggrandizing our little achievement, meles is still very well in control to keep dictating and selling everything within the country. Ethiomedia simply sucks. In other word, we haven’t achieved our objective of ending meles’s dictatorship and ushering in a democratic system in our country. What is ethiomedia talking about then? When was the last time we read an editorial or a timely news article that makes sense in that website? It is shame our community couldn’t muster a website with an editorial like addisfortune’s. For instance, our journalists could have spent their time more productively refuting Woyane’s designation of Ginbot Haya as the re/birth day of Ethiopia or addressing the state department’s blatant mistake in addressing the ascendance of armed and treasonous bandits to power as a liberating day to Ethiopians.

05/29/12 @ 21:11
Comment from: [Member]


A nice start, we wish all the diaspora wanna be opposition to have this kind of divine discernment. “Melekotawi megeleten yestachew".
What amazes me most is, on the original video of the abebe gelebaw fiasco, you hear him shouting from behind, while PM Melese continues to speak then the moderator will say, “ya ya we heard you". And the security guards took him out, the meeting continues, as if nothing ever happend.
The diaspora opposition should take this as a big humiliation, but a looser is always a looser, they kept swimming in their own pee.
How long can they continue cheating themselves? How long can their supporters continue to tollerate such childish game and empty hope, without any tangible effort to build any cause, if they have one other than the jealousy, resentment and hatred?

05/29/12 @ 22:00
Comment from: ፊታውራሪ Free [Member]

the princess’s fool, the powerful diaspora has every reason to resent and hate meles/woyane/shabia and his numerous treasonous actions. Don’t take our strong independent mindedness as a sign of disagreement with Abe and friends. To the contrary, we are demanding more similar actions and less talking from the community leaders. Irrespective of the moderator’s reaction, meles the pseudo-developmental economist and arrogant dictator was told who exactly he is. He was humiliated in front of his bosses while trying to rant his usual voodoo economics and hoping to win some accolades from the fools like yourself.

05/29/12 @ 22:34
Comment from: Yoni [Visitor]

Free and Kul

You two are hypocrites…

Abebe acts this way cause you two and others tolerated it
All your idolized jerkoffs act stupid again and again cause you never hold them accountable. They take your donation and never deliver shiit cause you don’t demand any better.

EPRDF successfully adapted a slogan saying never to commit the same mistake twice…while you dumbasses sing anti royals song composed by Shabiya.

For F sake 15 yrs of cyber struggle, donation, street protest, candle light vigil, endless “fugera” meetings, lobbying, kissing shabiyas azz to put these losers in Arat Kilo and revive your lost hope FINALLY GOT YOU Abebe Gelaw…what an investment!

Instead of blaming Abebe Gelaw you should put his portrait beside your past idols and hang it on your cubical apt wall.

05/29/12 @ 23:02
Comment from: [Member]


I’m just saying,
Any way, the diaspora oppo politicians are lost souls. Even Jesus Christ himself cannot save them.
Tetamo yadegen zaff lakanaw kalk meseberu ayqerim. Diaspora oppon kemastemar, ke chereqa lay dengay amta betilegn yeqelegnal.
Temama yetetameme hizb!!

05/29/12 @ 23:14
Comment from: Belay [Visitor]

addis zemen and yoni you two will never admit to any thing wrong meles does so you need to respect people like free and kul for having the balls to do some thing you are not capable of doing. they are not disagreeing with abebe as to meles being a dictator, after all even meles would not deny to A.P. i know deep inside she wish this abe guy stop bragging about his little encounter with meles.

05/30/12 @ 09:47
Comment from: Yoni [Visitor]


If the GOE wasn’t criticized by supporters and wasn’t self critic itself it wouldn’t be excelling the way it does. But u shouldn’t expect GOE supporters to get on the wagon of the usuall cry directed by Shabiya and puppets to disrupt any and every development in the country…

If u r expecting any Ethioian to protest against the building of any dam, any farm, any road,…u r dreaming
If u r expecting any Ethiopian to believe all these part time journalist part time terrorist who are finding more comfort in Akaki Prison than their own house are innocent civilians, u r a fool.
If u r expecting me to believe bias reports from AI and HRW and Al Temarem who are getting their evidence through tweets and merara gudina…u r wasting your time.

Now don’t get confused about the above idiots who are trying to show half shamed azz about Abebe’s embarrassing barking. They are so stupid they will call Abebe Man of The Year.
So if telling Nazret’s roaches such Free and AP that their fifteen yrs of investment in Amhara Elite Movement finally produced Abebe Gelaw a disrespect so be it.

I can sleep at ease now knowing Abebe is the most powerful opposition figure the DC idiots have. Lol

05/30/12 @ 11:35
Comment from: Amhara Princess [Visitor]
Amhara Princess

@ Belay

I kindda like your style even if we are often on opposite sides of reasoning. I respect what you have to say, your stance, your rights to side with whatever. That said, you are right, although I appreciated what Abebe did 500%, I supported, enjoyed all his interviews, his moments, I NOW would like to see all that behind, move on to the next step! Things get boring in the end. TPLFs are making this to be the most uncivil, unheard of act on planet earth but we acknowledged what Abebe did to be 100% appropriate, also given the uncivil, disrespectful nature of Zenawi, he deserved neither civility NOR respect. Simple as really. Lets all move on.

@ Yoni the hood rat aka the older, skinnier, shorter version of Meles Zenawi

Keldeh Motehal Bante Bet. You are an absolute ridged, narrow minded fool who are neither inline with 21st century thinking nor fit enough to lick the shoes of majority, well clued up, diverse patriotic opposition on this site or else where. You know what? I say, “I got heels higher than your moral values & STANDARDS” :) 3.5″ max that is.

Oppositions giving a headache & absolute nightmare to your Zenawi actually shifted Zenawi & Co’s evil, racist, dangerous campaign/game towards crying Developments, Mama Ethiopia, progress, unity blah blah, yari ya 24/7. Now, that is what we would like to hear, that is RESULT. It took not 15 years but two years of fair, square opposition campaign to cause TPLF’S being punched right on your nose in 2005 & deep down you know if there is ever a slightest fair election, NO ETHIOPIAN wants your rotten leaders. Period. That is even the result of suffocated, terrorists balled & outlawed opposition, not free one.

Oppositions actually made you EAT all your filthy words “Bandira Cherk New", “Aksum Le Welayita Minu Nwe", “Aretera Wey Mot” and all sorts and now you are jumping up & down celebrating flag day, national day, patriots day, crying Mama Ethiopia & down with Aretera etc 24/7. That is result of opposition, breathing down your neck from every angle. There are many tangible effects that oppositions made with less than 1% freedom including deflating your blimp sized egos to pea size & stopped you blurting out all sorts of things on Zenawi’s level of course and now you are so desperately begging Amharas & Oromos to side with you, approaching with at most respect in Ethiopia. The same people you called names while clapping, dancing with your useless Areteran tools.

Abebe is not what you must fear, as you have realized by now, he is the most mild, decent, professional human being and sharp enough to flog almost all of you Zenawi’s riffraffs here at your commodity exchange as sheeps. Get over yourself already. How short your memory span is. PUNK.

05/30/12 @ 14:09
Comment from: kul [Visitor]


It makes me laugh all the time when a weyane crony like you tries to tell me that shabia is Ethiopia’s enemy as if I don’t know. Do you think we have a short memory? Do you think we easily forget what your masters and shabia did to Ethiopia and Ethiopians? No, we don’t!!! we true Ethiopians knew that even before you and your bosses realize it. Shabia is our enemy then, it is our enemy now and it will be our enemy in the future.

@ Amhara Princess
@ Belay

I tip my hat to you two!!!

05/30/12 @ 14:30
Comment from: Tulu Proud ET [Visitor]
Tulu Proud ET

Professor Almayehu,

What a magnificent writing? What the glorious “jgenaw” brother Abebe has done to the petrified Despot Meles has given a huge moral boost and pleasure to all Ethiopians who hate Tyranny. Reading your article coupled with that event is so huge it speaks volume

The Despot was shocked and shaken. He felt caught naked with his eyes bulging out and out of speech. This man is afraid of his own shadow. He lost his composure and his over repeated memorized beggary speech.

Thank you brothers. Professor and Abebe jgenaw.

05/30/12 @ 14:45
Comment from: [Member]

Kul, >:XX,…

Take it easy, I didn’t mean to pump your ego when I tried to kind of complement you. You don’t need to jump up and down like you’re in charge or achieve anything.
Reality check!!! yes, you and that arogit >:XX, wanna be amhara princess are still crying and suffering with identity crisis.
Things in Ethiopia are the same, business as usual. What is there for you loosers to pat each others shoulder and celebrate?

Amhara elasticated priceass,…why don’t you stop >:XX and continue your >:XX. As I see it from your comment, politics ain’t your profession. As usual you keep contradicting yourself. You said you support abebe gelebaw 500%, and whatever he’s done is correct. Then you come back to tell us, hey stop talking about him. It is past. Are you ashemed of him? Be honest once in your life. Stupid old >:XX!!!

[consider urself warned, this kind of profanity is not tolerated]

05/30/12 @ 15:29
Comment from: ፊታውራሪ Free [Member]

hahaha, nice try pony! such an opportunistic parasite. fanning the little difference between your adversaries, dividing them to pieces forcefully, using government institutions to prop up teletafi partiwoch and so on have been the hallmarks of your parasitic existence. And now, you wanted to sit on my shoulder to compensate the shortcoming of your dismal imagination and stab Abebe Gellaw. No no, you dimwitted dwarf bovine(of the pony family), you not getting a free ride here to attack one of us. Woyane criminals can only dream about our brilliant journalists such as Skinder Nega and Abebe Gelaw among many, and we support their courageous deeds unequivocally. What we are saying is enough with the hi-fives and more of whooping melezenawi like the one in camp david.

Aroge Zemen, behave

05/30/12 @ 15:43
Comment from: Baba [Visitor]

Ato Alemayehu G. Mariam,

As a one time Ye Kollo Temari all you know is to remain CHIKKO MOZZAZZA YETTOM WOT. Every monday you come with your MUZZ YALLE diatrib; where no one can tell the head and the tail. You look the tree for forest and brand your name calling like LITIF CHIKKA. What is so special in what you say? We all know that only 5% of our people can cut and chew CHOMMA while 95% are cut-off from any source of sufficient food. So what is wrong asking for food? Since when do you live on freedom without eating any food? Or fasting and boycotting food until such time freedom comes to your door? FESSAM! GO TELL YOUR MAMMA BUDDY!

05/30/12 @ 16:03
Comment from: [Member]

hope you didn’t pump the arogit’s ego by deleting my comment.
now she will come out with some zeraf zeraf, and celebrate as if scoring some thing.
be fair enough and block her stupid insult of Ethiopia and Ethiopians. as a shabia buchila, she seems addicted of insulting Ethiopians.

05/30/12 @ 16:16
Comment from: kul [Visitor]

@addis zemen

Please know that shouting profane words will never make you look smart. Rather, it makes you look silly. I have read somewhere that people with lots of physical and mental pain use lots of profane words to reduce their pain. If this is what’s happening to you, I am really sorry.

05/30/12 @ 16:23
Comment from: [Member]


since I have known your cowardice self and inferriority complex, whenever you write your two cents comments, I just felt bad giving you that kind of compliment. all of a sudden kul the mousy roared and tried to look like a lion, LOL!!!
I will be careful for the next time. not to wake the mousy.

05/30/12 @ 16:52
Comment from: Belay [Visitor]

yoni, i have yet to see goverment supporters like the aiga media and others or individuals openly criticize meles on important issues, such as the much talked about land deal to indians or how his party won ALL the seats in the parliament. show me one….
AP i tell it as i see it. by the way i like your style too, unlike many whose name i rather not mention now, you are a breath of fresh air @ nazret that is why i follow you like the stink on your feet…… i too hope this will be the last article about this issue..enough!

05/30/12 @ 17:22
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]

Addis Zefen the Brainless TPLF

When are you going to stop acting out and grow out of your self imposed puberty? lollll….ridicules

We know you are a cyber warrior with no real live ammunition. Poor man!

05/30/12 @ 18:55
Comment from: Amhara Princess [Visitor]
Amhara Princess

@ Rotten Geriatric Zemen

Hahahahahahahaha! OMG, that was the most hilarious post that I have never read from you. R O F L. You were in your ANGRY Ye Mender Tenquai mood from the get go calling tittiqoil ***** ras, then I sprinkled gasoline all over you & THE RESULT of which, above post showing too much fire & smoke coming out of your bald wrinkly head, ears, nose, a$$, mouth & whatnot :)):))

If you were a decent human being, I would have volunteered couple of hours of my time to teach you bullet equivalent words, not necessarily trashy once but effective enough for you to avoid all those blanked words of yours above. That post right there is a direct result of Tela Bet fixture attitude. But you made me really laugh anyways, thanks for that. As I said to you many times before, you desperately need to improve, upgrade your basic understanding of the English language. My post has ZERO contradiction, I am ever so proud of Abebe, he did 500% great job and now it is time to move on to the next chapter. Only 1st grader kids or geriatrics read contradiction out of that. :):):):)

Thanks for the laugh Nazrets

05/30/12 @ 19:00
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]

Addis Zefen the Brainless TPLF

‘inferriority complex’ lolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

you pick up words so quickly…. first of you have spelled it wrong, second it is actually a term that applies people like you and Meles who are parts of ‘inferiority complex’ based organization such as TPLF.

Yes you are right ONLF, OLF, EPLF all are also based on the same deep rooted problem of the soul. Enjoy!!! lol

05/30/12 @ 19:02
Comment from: [Member]

Amhara elasticated priceass,…arogit shabian furishka,

Well, nothing is new. You keep bragging about yourself. Always with that empty pretentious self promotion, did this and that. I always wonder how you live with yourself each day?
I’m definately sure that you’re one of those asshole shabians. Not to mention that stupidity of yours trying to paint a self proclaimed asshole shabian asmerom as being an Ethiopian, now you start showing your pure anti Ethiopian agenda by crying about our developmental progress. Looks like Humiliation seems your bread and butter you live for like that of your master isay ass aforki. So keep making an ass of yourself. You have a lot of brain damaged loosers supporting you. But you’ll never cheat me.

05/30/12 @ 19:39
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]

Addis Zefen the Delusional TPLF

You were a former shabian sympathizer and servant to your former master Issayas the anti-Ethiopian.

If it isn’t clear to Amhara Princess and the others it should be clear that you are paranoid and delusional and lonely. How is that for existence? Now go cry on Heny’s shoulder.

05/30/12 @ 20:40
Comment from: Yoni [Visitor]

Free (Free Loader)

You would not have attempt to short cut the high five and the victory lap in your camp if you were not embarrassed Abebe is the what you got after 15 yrs of boiling hatred for GOE.

The problem with you is you ain’t gonna hold any of your pathetic leaders accountable for all the fk ups they did for 15 yrs. Hatred blinds you so much you swallow your pride when you see your idols drinking whisky with Shabiya agents.
Nobody is trying to divide you as you could never unite from the beginning…iam just telling you the facts that your DC masters won’t deliver shiit and they will settle later for whatever GOE demands once we neutralize your boss up North…for now let him screw u till u get enough.

15 yrs of Amhara Elite movement to restore the old system finally produced you the one and only Abebe Gelebaw. You guys are giving Tamagne a run for his money…
Tamagne is spending day and night trying to figure out how to get his #1 celebrity status bak… I don’t see his Hammer truck around the meetings anymore. Medosha Ras!

Divide u my azzz…how cld Old Neft, OLF, Shabiya unite in the name of Ethiopia???

You may have enough of Abebe Gelebaw but I will do my best that your pathetic camps vote him for man of the

05/30/12 @ 20:46
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]

Yoni are yet another TPLF? lol

You sound upset what happened?

05/30/12 @ 22:11
Comment from: [Member]


Yes you’re right. The diaspora oppos loosers are embarrassed with the abebe gelebaw fiasco. They don’t want admit it anymore. Like firfari backtarcked on it, all of them will take the fifth and put one more humiliation in their trophy box. Like that arogit shabia furishka said it, “let’s not talk about it.” LOL!!!!

05/30/12 @ 23:08
Comment from: Melo [Visitor]

@addis zefen

Dude, you are just one angry man. Chill, go grab a beer, watch your soccer or go get laid so that yeyazeh aganenet weliq belo yewetalehal. I totally understand you frustration. I understand that it’s hard to defend your master, meles’ policy. You know it in your gut (since you don’t use your brain any more) that woyane’s agenda is not defensible. Either you are just playing dumb and ignorant or you are for real dumb and ignorant.

The Great Martin Luther king Jr., God bless his soul, once said, “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

Get thinking, Moran

05/31/12 @ 00:26
Comment from: [Member]


Take it easy shabo. We know there is no more agenda in the diaspora world, except the politics of shabian hatred. That’s why you people keep crying only about one person ie, PM Melese.
Don’t forget he is not the only person transforming the nation. It is the whole Ethiopiand rising as one. We can’t help it, that he kicked your shabian ass a long time ego. Get over it dude!!

05/31/12 @ 04:59
Comment from: Tatek [Visitor]

Prof. Almariam; thank you for your analysis.

To: Heny, addis zemen, yoni, Bethihu, Teka, Andom, and all Woyane/TPLF thugs and EPRDF slaves;

Your delusion, ignorance, and blabbering nonsense don’t cease to amaze me. Your blind and hopelessly delusional support for the psychopath criminal terrorist Mellesse is beyond anyone’s imagination. Your typical gibberish, incoherent, and meaningless elementary school English depicts your retarded, illiterate, and mentally challenged nature. In short, you are a group of mentally, intellectually, and physically challenged zombies. As typical puppets of Mellesse, your incoherent and meaningless comments expose nothing more than your ignorance, deceits, and narcissism. By trying to defend Mellesse Zenawi, the small time dictator and his Woyane/ TPLF terrorist group you displayed a very disturbed, mentally challenged, highly dishonest, and psychologically unstable personality. You, as your master Mellesse, all Woyane/TPLF terrorists, and EPRDF slaves are low lives, delusional, and psychopaths that are useless and worthless.

Ninety nine percent of Ethiopians know that Mellesse Zenawi and his Woyane/TPLF terrorists are nothing more than criminals of the highest order who facilitated and perpetuated crimes of kidnapping, murderers, state sponsored terrors, ethnic cleansings, genocides, treasons against Ethiopia and Ethiopians for the last twenty years. As far as Ethiopians are concerned, Mellesse Zenawi is a terrorist, a murderer, and a criminal and nothing less.

05/31/12 @ 12:58
Comment from: Favioli [Visitor]

I tried to post message on thisthread but failed miserably, citing ’spam and illegal contents’!! What a joke! Whats going on with this site?

05/31/12 @ 14:19
Comment from: People of Ethiopia not “Nationalities” [Visitor]
People of Ethiopia not “Nationalities”

Heny, addis zefen, yoni, Bethihu (bititu), Teka, Andom, and all Woyane/TPLF loyalist thugs

Why are you here? This is not a TPLF loyalist forum. You need to go to TPLF forum where you can share your ignorant thoughts.

Ok, we got it you worship terrorist Meles. Then what do you want from us?

We gave Meles a chance but his own actions not what he blabs that has exposed his evil deed, intentions and wishes on Ethiopia.

You are wasting time and space here. You are still shamelessley supporting a 21 year old evil dictator. You could get some consideration if you stay out but your illiterate postings is making you loose more audience and supporters by every minute just from reading your nonsense comments.

06/01/12 @ 15:44



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