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Ethiopia: Susan Rice and Africa’s Unholy Trinity

Susan Rice and Africa’s Unholy Trinity

By Alemayehu G. Mariam*

Matriarch of the Unholy Trinity

Susan Rice, the current U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., has been waltzing (or should I say do-se-do-ing) with Africa’s slyest, slickest and meanest dictators for nearly two decades. More cynical commentators have said she has been in bed with them, as it were. No doubt, international politics does make for strange bedfellows.

Rice’s favorite dictators in Africa are the “Unholy Trinity” — Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and the late Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia — all former rebel leaders who seized power through the barrel of the gun and were later baptized to become the “new breed of African leaders” (a phrase of endearment coined by Bill Clinton to celebrate the “Three African Amigos” and memorialize their professed commitment to democracy and economic development). She has been best friend for life and the acknowledged Guardian Angel, champion, apologist, promoter, advocate, grand dame and matriarch of the trio. She has shielded the “Fearsome, Threesome” from legal and political accountability, deflected from them much deserved criticism and thwarted national and international scrutiny and sanctions against them.

Rice, Rwanda and the Genocide That Was Not

In April 1994, when the Clinton Administration pretended to be ignorant of the unspeakable terror and massacres in Rwanda, Susan Rice — who by her own description “was a young Director on the National Security Council staff at the White House, accompanying the then-National Security Advisor, Anthony Lake” — and currently the putative heir apparent to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, was unconcerned about taking immediate action to stop the killings. Rather, she was fretting about the political consequences of calling the Rwandan tragedy a “genocide”. In a monument to utter moral depravity and conscience-bending callous indifference, Rice casually inquired of her colleagues, “If we use the word ‘genocide’ and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [congressional] election?” Rice later shed crocodile tears for having made her senseless statement while simultaneously claiming she does not quite remember making it, but regretted “if I said it.” Lt. Colonel Tony Marley, the U.S. military liaison to the Arusha peace process (the Arusha Peace Accords which resulted in the 1993 agreement for power sharing between Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda) was so baffled by Rice’s statement, he observed, “We could believe that people would wonder that, but not that they would actually voice it.”

In less than 100 days, 800 thousand Rwandans by U.N. estimate had been killed in the genocidal madness. For weeks, Rice, her boss Lake and other top U.S. officials labored and agonized not to call the monstrous Rwandan genocide, a genocide. They continued to play their sinister semantic bureaucratic games to make sure there were no official references to “genocide”, “ethnic cleansing”, “extermination” and the like in connection with the Rwandan tragedy. But far from regretting her role in underrating the Rwandan genocide and the massive and gross violations of human rights, over the past decade and half Rice has turned a blind eye, deaf ears and muted lips to extrajudicial killings, suppression of the press, decimation of opposition parties and imprisonment of large numbers of dissidents in Africa and aided and abetted Africa’s dictatorial trio. She has coddled, pampered, nurtured, protected and sang praises for these ruthless dictators.

U.S. policy in the 1994 Rwandan genocide will remain a testament to shame, diplomatic duplicity, bureaucratic sophistry and plain old fashioned callous deceitfulness. On April 6, 1994, the plane transporting Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, Burindian President Cyprien Ntaryamira and other officials was shot down as it returned from Tanzania. The prime suspects in the assassination are believed to be elements of the Rwandan Armed Forces (RAF) who had rejected a power sharing agreement Habyarimana had reached with the rebel Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) a year earlier. Immediately following Habyarimana’s assassination, RAF members aided by extremist militia elements known as the Interahamwe (which in Kinyarwanda means “those who stand/work/fight/attack together”) went on a rampage indiscriminately killing government officials, ordinary Tutsis and other moderate Hutus.

Rice and other top U.S. officials knew or should have known a genocide was underway or in the making once RAF and interahamwe militia began killing people in the streets and neighborhoods on April 6. They were receiving reports from the U.N. mission in Rwanda; and their own intelligence pointed to unspeakable massacres taking place in Kigali and elsewhere in the country. In a Memorandum dated April 6, 1994, the day of the Habyiarimana assassination, Deputy Assistant Secretary Prudence Bushnell, the State Department’s number two official for Africa matters, predicted:

If, as it appears, both Presidents have been killed, there is a strong likelihood that widespread violence could breakout in either or both countries, particularly if it is confirmed that the plane was shot down. Our strategy is to appeal for calm in both countries, both through public statements and in other ways…

On April 11, 1994, in a Talking Points Memorandum prepared for the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Africa concluded:

Unless both sides can be convinced to return to the peace process, a massive (hundreds of thousands of deaths) bloodbath will ensue that would likely spill over into Burundi. In addition, millions of refugees will flee into neighboring Uganda, Tanzania and Zaire…Since neither the French nor the Belgians have the trust of both sides…, there will be a role to play for the U.S. as the “honest broker.”

But Rice and company intentionally chose to minimize the extreme nature of the violence and kept on issuing empty declarations, pleas for a cease fire and calls to the parties to come to the negotiating table.

Two weeks into the genocide on April 22, presidential National Security Advisor Anthony Lake, Rice’s boss, issued a statement “expressing deep concern over the violence that continues to rage in Rwanda following the tragic deaths of Rwandan President Habyarimana and Burindian President Ntaryamira two weeks ago.” Lake called on “all responsible officials and military officers” to bring the “offending troops under control” and implement a “cease fire and return to negotiations.” By late April, the U.S. was still playing a “see no genocide, hear no genocide and speak no genocide” public relations game. On April 28, Bushnell “telephoned Rwandan Ministry of Defense Cabinet Director Col. Bagasora to urge an end to the killings.” Bushnell told Bagasora that in the “eyes of the world, the Rwanda military engaged in criminal acts, aiding and abetting civilians massacres” and demanded that the Rwandan “Government make every effort to implement the peace accords.” Three weeks into the genocide, Bushnell was still talking about “massacres” as others “expressed deep concern over the violence.

On May 1, the central issue facing the Defense Department intra-agency group established to generate proposals on what to do in Rwanda was how to characterize the mindboggling genocidal carnage (excuse me, “massacre”). According to the “Discussion Paper” of this group, participants were warned not to use the “G” word because using that label could result in U.S. taking preventing action, exactly the same kind of concern explicitly raised by Rice:

1. Genocide Investigation: Language that calls for an international investigation of human rights abuses and possible violations of the genocide convention. Be careful. Legal at State was worried about this yesterday– Genocide finding could commit USG to actually “do something”.

By May 5, the U.S. had considered jamming Rwandan radio stations such as Radio Mille Collines which was coordinating attacks and broadcasting highly inflammatory ethnic propaganda against Tutsis, moderate Hutus, Belgians, and the United Nations mission in Rwanda resulting in thousands of deaths. That idea was discarded as “ineffective” and “expensive costing approximately $8,500 per flight hour”.

A little over one month into the genocide, a Defense Intelligence Report dated May 9, 1994, concluded:

… In addition to the random massacre of Tutsis by Hutu militias and individuals, there is an organized, parallel effort of genocide being implemented by the army to destroy the leadership of the Tutsi community. The original intent was to kill only the political elite supporting reconciliation; however, the government lost control of the militias, and the massacre spread like wildfire. It continues to rage out of control.

By May 21, six weeks into the genocide, incredibly, U.S. officials were still debating whether they should call the carnage a “genocide” despite the open and notorious fact that tens of thousands of Rwandans were being slaughtered. In a May 21 “Action Memorandum” sent to Secretary of State Warren Christopher the question presented was “Has Genocide Occurred in Rwanda?” under the heading “Issue for Decision”, the Memorandum formulated the policy question as follows:

Whether (1) to authorize Department officials to state publicly that “acts of genocide have occurred” in Rwanda and (2) to authorize U.S. delegations to international meetings to agree to resolutions and other instruments that refer to “acts of genocide” in Rwanda, state that “genocide had occurred.

Of course, there was no question genocide was taking place in Rwanda. The Legal Analysis drafted on May 16, five days preceding the “Action Memorandum”, left no doubt about the occurrence of genocide. After citing the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, to which the U.S. is a party, the Legal Analysis concluded:

The Existence of Genocide in Rwanda

There can be little question that the specific listed acts have taken place in Rwanda. There have been numerous acts of killing and causing serious bodily or mental harm to persons. As INR [Bureau of Intelligence and Research] notes, international humanitarian organizations estimate the killings since April 6 have claimed from 200,000 to 500,000 lives. (INR also notes that this upper figure maybe exaggerated, but that is not critical to the analysis.)).
[The UN estimated the number killed in Rwanda in less than 100 beginning on April 6, 1994 as 800,000; the Rwandan Government estimated 1,071,000 were killed in the genocide.]

Despite public protestations of ignorance of the Rwandan genocide, rivers of crocodile tears of not having done something to prevent it and moral expiations about Clinton’s “worst mistake of my presidency”, Rice, Lake, Christopher and others high in the Clinton Administration knew beyond a shadow of doubt that genocide was in the planning or underway from the day Habarymana was assassinated.

Rice, Kagame, Mseveni, M23 and “Looking the Other Way”

In 1996, two years after the end of the genocide, on the pretext of pursuing Hutu insurgents and militia who were responsible for the Rwandan genocide and to prevent their incursions into Rwanda from bases in the Congo (at the time Zaire), Kagame began arming ethnic Tutsis in the eastern part of that country. He also sent Rwandan troops to support them. The so-called Congo Wars were underway and continue to rage to the present day resulting in millions of lost lives.

The First Congo War lasted from November 1996 to May 1997. Congolese rebel leader Laurent-Désiré Kabila overthrew long ruling dictator Mobutu Sésé Seko. The Rwandan-created destabilization in eastern Congo was the decisive factor in the fall of Mobutu’s regime. Kabila seized power in May 1997 and was assassinated by one of his bodyguards in January 2001. In March 2012, former Kagame right hand man and secretary general of the RPF, Theogene Rudasingwa made the shocking revelation that “it’s Paul Kagame who assassinated the Congolese President, Laurent Desire Kabila; Kagame is the murderer of the Congolese President Kabila.” The Second Congo War began shortly after Kabila took power and continued until 2003. Eight African countries and dozens of armed groups were involved in the conflict.
In March 2009, the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) signed a peace accord with National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) (an armed militia established by Laurent Nkunda in the eastern Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in December 2006) making the CNDP a political party. In April 2012, several hundred ethnic Tutsi members of the CNDP turned against the DRC government over alleged lack of implementation of the March 2009 Accords and formed the M23 Movement [a/k/a Mouvement du 23-Mars] under the leadership of the notorious war criminal General Bosco Ntaganda, (a/k/a “The Terminator”). Ntaganda was initially indicted by the International Criminal Court on August 22, 2006 for recruiting child soldiers and committing atrocities. He was indicted by the ICC for the second time on July 13, 2012 on three counts of crimes against humanity and four counts of war crimes including murder, rape, attacks on civilians and slavery. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, Ntaganda’s boss and co-defendant, was the first person ever convicted by the International Criminal Court in July 2012. Last month, Ntaganda’s M23 rebels took control of Goma, a provincial capital with a population of one million people causing some 140,000 people to flee their homes. They were “persuaded” to leave mineral-rich Goma in early December under international pressure although they presumably rejected similar calls by Kagame and Museveni.

Kagame and Museveni of Uganda have been the prime supporters of M23. Various U.N. and other international human rights organization have documented Rwanda’s and Uganda’s ongoing support for M23. According to a recent U.N. Report of the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (October 2012),

Rwanda officials coordinated the creation of the [M23] rebel movement as well as its major military operations… Senior Government of Uganda officials (GoU) have also provided support to M23 in the form of direct troop reinforcements in DRC territory, weapons deliveries, technical assistance, joint planning, political advice and facilitation of external relations. Units of the Ugandan People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) and the Rwandan Defesse Forces (RDF) jointly supported M23 in a series of attacks in July 2012 to take over the major towns of Rutshuru territory, and the forces armees de la RDC (FARDC) base of Rumangabo. Both governments have also cooperated to support the creation and expansion of M23’s political branch and have consistently advocated on behalf of the rebels. The M23 and its allies includes six sanctioned individuals, some of whom reside in or regularly travel to Uganda and Rwanda.

This past August, Museveni secretly met with Ntaganda and M23 rebels. Prof. Howard French of Columbia University, in his NY Times article “Kagame’s Secret War in the Congo” described the conflict in the Great Lakes Region (the seven great lakes in the Rift Valley region) since 1996 in which six million people have died in the from armed conflict, starvation and disease as an epochal event of the Twentieth Century. He argued:

Few realize that a main force driving this conflict has been the largely Tutsi army of neighboring Rwanda, along with several Congolese groups supported by Rwanda…. Until now, the US and other Western powers have generally supported Kagame diplomatically. Observers note that Rwandan-backed forces have themselves been responsible for much of the violence in eastern Congo over the years… The Rwandan Patriotic Front was directly operating mining businesses in Congo, according to UN investigators; more recently, Rwanda has attempted to maintain control of regions of eastern Congo through various proxy armies.

Rice has been shielding Kagame and Museveni from scrutiny and sanctions in their role in the DRC. She has made every effort to suppress U.N. investigative reports showing Kagame’s role in supplying and financing M23. According to the National Journal, Rice “has even wrangled with Johnnie Carson, the assistant secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, and others in the department, who all have been more critical of the Rwandans.” The Journal reported that Rice was dismissive of the French ambassador to the U.N. who advised her of the need for the U.N. to do more to intervene in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She reportedly told the French Ambassador, “It’s the eastern DRC. If it’s not M23, it’s going to be some other group.” The Journal quoting Prof. Gerard Prunier of the University of Paris reported:

When Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Susan Rice came back from her first trip to the Great Lakes region [of East Africa], a member of her staff said, “Museveni [of Uganda] and Kagame agree that the basic problem in the Great Lakes is the danger of a resurgence of genocide and they know how to deal with that. The only thing we [i.e., the US] have to do is look the other way.”

Such is the true nature of Rice’s crocodile contrition for the Rwanda genocide. Simply stated, Rice’s attitude towards Africa’s Unholy Trinity can be summed up as “see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil” of genocidal dictators.

Susan Rice and the Adoration of Meles Zenawi

On September 2, 2012, Rice sent three tweets to her followers in Twitter-dom as she prepared to deliver her funeral (ad)oration for Meles Zenawi. She tweeted:

“Palpable sorrow felt here in Addis Ababa. We extend our condolences & best wishes to the Ethiopian people.” “Meles leaves an indelible legacy for the people of #Ethiopia, from opposition to extremism to support for the poor.” “I am honored to represent the United States at the funeral of late PM Meles Zenawi of #Ethiopia.”

Rice may have believed she “represented the United States” in her appearance, but her funeral oration for Meles Zenawi was personal and bordered on beatification. She described Meles as “an uncommon leader, a rare visionary, and a true friend to me and many.” She said he “was disarmingly regular, unpretentious, and direct. He was selfless, tireless and totally dedicated to his work and family.” Rice reminisced about her close familial ties and deep friendship with Meles:

Whenever we met, no matter how beset he was, he would always begin by asking me about my children. His inquiries were never superficial. He wanted detailed reports on their development. Then satisfied, he would eagerly update me on his own children. Meles was a proud father and a devoted husband. As he laughed about his children’s exploits and bragged about their achievements, a face sometimes creased by worry, would glow with simple joy. In his children and all children, Meles saw the promise of renewal and the power of hope.

She said Meles “retained that twinkle in his eye, his ready smile, his roiling laugh and his wicked sense of humor.” In an incredibly insensitive and callous manner, she related how Meles “was tough, unsentimental and sometimes unyielding.” She announced that Meles “of course had little patience for fools, or idiots, as he liked to call them.” (These “fools” and “idiots” are, of course, Ethiopian opposition leaders, dissidents, independent journalists, human rights advocates and regime critics.)

But Rice’s adoration of Meles would put the Three Magi who followed the star to Bethlehem to shame:

For, among Prime Minister Meles’ many admirable qualities, above all was his world-class mind. A life-long student, he taught himself and many others so much. But he wasn’t just brilliant. He wasn’t just a relentless negotiator and a formidable debater. He wasn’t just a thirsty consumer of knowledge. He was uncommonly wise – able to see the big picture and the long game, even when others would allow immediate pressures to overwhelm sound judgment. Those rare traits were the foundation of his greatest contributions.

Still, there was no shortage of occasions when, as governments and friends, we simply, sometimes profoundly, disagreed. But even as we argued – whether about economics, democracy, human rights, regional security or our respective foreign policies – I was always struck by two things: Meles was consistently reasoned in his judgments and thoughtful in his decisions; and, he was driven not by ideology but by his vision of a better future for this land he loved. I will deeply miss the challenge and the insights I gained from our discussions and debates.

In her “Adoration”, Rice was completely blinded to Meles’ atrocious human rights record. She was willfully ignorant of the findings of her own State Department U.S. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in Ethiopia issued on May 2012, which stated:

The most significant human rights problems [in Ethiopia] included the government’s arrest of more than 100 opposition political figures, activists, journalists, and bloggers… The government restricted freedom of the press, and fear of harassment and arrest led journalists to practice self-censorship. The Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSO law) continued to impose severe restrictions on civil society and nongovernmental organization (NGO) activities… Other human rights problems included torture, beating, abuse, and mistreatment of detainees by security forces; harsh and at times life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary arrest and detention; detention without charge and lengthy pretrial detention; infringement on citizens’ privacy rights, including illegal searches; allegations of abuses in connection with the continued low-level conflict in parts of the Somali region; restrictions on freedom of assembly, association, and movement; police, administrative, and judicial corruption; violence and societal discrimination against women and abuse of children; female genital mutilation (FGM); exploitation of children for economic and sexual purposes; trafficking in persons; societal discrimination against persons with disabilities; clashes between ethnic minorities; discrimination against persons based on their sexual orientation and against persons with HIV/AIDS; limits on worker rights; forced labor; and child labor, including forced child labor.

On October 27, 2012, Rice attended a “Memorial Service for Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi” at Abyssinian Baptist Church and gave a second eulogy:

I come again both as a representative of the U.S. government and as a friend of a man I truly miss… The Meles I knew was profoundly human and down to earth. He probably often figured he was the smartest person in the room, and most of the time Meles was right – at least about that. His legacy is one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. He laid the foundations for Ethiopia’s sustainable development. He gave new momentum to Africa’s struggle to address climate change. He spurred his nation to double its food production and redouble its commitment to forestall another famine that could snuff out so many innocent lives. He played mid-wife to the birth of South Sudan and worked energetically to help South Sudan and Sudan resolve their differences peacefully. Last month’s accords, though fragile, are a monument to his unyielding efforts. Meles helped build the African Union. He sent peacekeepers to the world’s hottest spots and countered terrorists such as al-Shabab who target the innocent….

May the spirit of Meles Zenawi spur us all to work ever harder, together, for a better Ethiopia, a better Africa, and a better world.

Rice completely ignored the fact that 200 unarmed protesters were massacred in the streets and nearly 800 seriously wounded by police and security forces under the personal command and control of Meles following the 2005 elections. She turned a blind eye to crimes against humanity committed in Gambella in 2004 and war crimes committed in the Ogaden in 2008 . She had forgotten the stolen election of 2010 and fact that Meles’ party won 99.6 percent of the seats in parliament. She was completely oblivious of the thousands of political prisoners, including jailed opposition leaders, dissidents and journalists, rotting in Ethiopian prisons as she was waxing eloquent in her emotional eulogy. She could see Meles’ “brilliance” but not his arrogance. She could see his “world-class mind” but not his black heart. She said he was “uncommonly wise”, but could not see his common folly. She “profoundly disagreed with him on democracy and human rights”, but she would ignore all his crimes against humanity because he was “a true friend” of hers.

The words of contrition Rice gave when she visited Kigali on November 23, 2011 could have been incorporated in her eulogy in Addis Ababa on September 2:

Today, I am here as an American ambassador. But I also will speak for myself, from my heart. I visited Rwanda for the very first time in December 1994, six months after the genocide ended. I was a young Director on the National Security Council staff at the White House, accompanying the then-National Security Advisor, Anthony Lake. I was responsible then for issues relating to the United Nations and peacekeeping. And needless to say, we saw first-hand the spectacular consequences of the poor decisions taken by those countries, including my own and yours, that were then serving on the United Nations Security Council.

I will never forget the horror of walking through a church and an adjacent schoolyard where one of the massacres had occurred. Six months later, the decomposing bodies of those who had been so cruelly murdered still lay strewn around what should have been a place of peace. For me, the memory of stepping around and over those corpses will remain the most searing reminder imaginable of what humans can do to one another. Those images stay with me in the work I do today, ensuring that I can never forget how important it is for all of us to prevent genocide from recurring.

How important is it for all of us, particularly Susan Rice, to prevent extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests and detention, detention without charge and lengthy pretrial detention, infringement on citizens’ privacy rights, illegal searches, restrictions on freedom of assembly, association, and movement… on the African continent?

Susan Rice and the Ghosts of Ethiopia

On September 2 and October 27, 2012, Rice had no idea, no recollection, no remembrance of the hundreds of unarmed protesting Ethiopians who were massacred in the streets, the thousands of political prisoners and hundreds of dissidents and journalists languishing in jail in Ethiopia today. In 1994, Rice was willfully blind to the genocide in Rwanda. In 2012, she was willfully blind to the long train of human rights abuses and atrocities in Ethiopia. America does not need a friend and a buddy to African dictators as its Secretary of State. America does not need a Secretary of State with a heart of stone and tears of a crocodile. America does not need a “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” Secretary of State. America needs a Secretary of State who can tell the difference between human rights and government wrongs!

Is it not true that one can judge a (wo)man by his/her friends?

Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam teaches political science at California State University, San Bernardino and is a practicing defense lawyer.


Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]

Wow I am excited what a special day!!! …….. I am commenting a head of Addis Defzef the She-Female Shabian who lives in Addis by begging Ethiopians to let him extend his refuge status in our country.

Unfortunately we have no room for TPLF and Shabian.

12/09/12 @ 21:54
Comment from: chikunu [Visitor]

It is totally true ,for proudly stand by the dictators , advocating them and giving a blind eye for all atrocities done by all African dictators.

However,we should also know that she is working behalf of American the whatever has said or did the reflection of the American hegemony policy.
our ancestors proudly defended colonialism, however we are suffering neo_colonialism through with in our kind. woyane fulfilling the western countries desire to revoke the countries culture and history. woyane is punishing, humiliating and terrorising the entire Ethiopian people.everything is happening in support of the western countries.

God/Allah help our country!

12/09/12 @ 22:35
Comment from: my2cents [Visitor]

As for Ms. Rice’s high net worth — between $23.5 million and $43.5 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics — officials noted that Paul O’Neill, George W. Bush’s nominee for Treasury secretary, was swiftly confirmed in 2001, despite reporting $59.2 million in compensation the previous year.

When Ms. Collins asked whether Ms. Rice bore responsibility, as a former assistant secretary of state for African affairs, for not bolstering the security of embassies in Kenya and Tanzania targeted in bombings in 1998, the White House circulated a State Department report on the attacks that did not mention Ms. Rice.

“In the long run, as these facts come out, the focus on Susan Rice has become even more absurd,” said Benjamin J. Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser.

If Ms. Rice is nominated, the White House will put together a team, as it did for Mrs. Clinton, to guide her through the confirmation process. It would probably assign a skilled political operative, like Stephanie Cutter, who helped Timothy F. Geithner through his arduous confirmation as Treasury secretary.

After the recent furor, however, it is not clear that the White House could get that kind of hearing for Ms. Rice. Senator Johnny Isakson, a Republican from Georgia, said the Benghazi episode had become too big a distraction for her to escape. -Rice in Limbo as Nomination Remains Uncertain

12/09/12 @ 22:50
Comment from: my2cents [Visitor]

The Streatham-born model Naomi Campbell and the US actor Mia Farrow made up a star-studded cast of witnesses summoned to testify about blood diamonds before the special court for Sierra Leone.

Campbell admitted receiving a pouch of uncut gems after a dinner in Pretoria hosted by the then South African leader, Nelson Mandela, in September 1997. Charles Taylor was also a guest.

Campbell and the then Liberian president were sitting together and had been “mildly flirtatious” with one another, evidence to the court suggested. She had accepted the “dirty-looking stones", she told the judges, when they were presented to her later in the night but insisted she had no idea who sent them.

Farrow, who was also present at the meal, contradicted aspects of the model’s testimony. She said the next morning at breakfast Campbell told her Taylor had dispatched his men to present her with a “huge diamond” and that she intended to hand it over to Mandela’s charity.

The diamond donation goes to the heart of the main allegation against Taylor: that he organised and sustained the Revolutionary United Front’s (RUF) invasion of Sierra Leone, trading weapons shipments for looted diamonds.

The former warlord faced 11 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the five-year trial. They included charges of terrorism, murder, rape, sexual slavery, use of child soldiers, forced amputations, enslavement and pillage. He pleaded not guilty on all counts. Charles Taylor and the ‘dirty-looking stones’ given to Naomi Campbell

Like Naomi like Susan. A lot more gifts like those irresistible big diamonds given to Naomi made Susan Rice probably one of the most corrupt U.S authority in recent history. She forgot who she was and the responsibilities bestowed on her. Even the president cannot accept a gift worth more than $50 with out it being declared. A Meganga has come down on Susan Rice after two decades of being “in bed with” some of the most sophisticated Africa plunderers.

12/09/12 @ 23:13
Comment from: [Member]

Speaking of Dr Susan Rice, whether she made it to be secretary of state or not, she has already done the greatest fever of all times to Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people by putting Ethiopian enemys in the diaspora the likes of almaria out of business, and crippling and incapacitating them to the point that they could have no more political stand to cry against our govt. She let the whole world know that these losers in the diaspora are only fools and idiots who have nothing to do with Ethiopia.
Thank you Ambassador Susan Rice! We will never forget your love for our country and for the whole Africa in that matter!

12/09/12 @ 23:38
Comment from: stopzhypocracy [Visitor]

Dear al mariam
I would.take you seriously if you were not such a hypocrite. you are a founding member of ESAT and you are still the brain behind ESAT is safe to assume you are involved in important decisions. If we establish that then how do you justify broadcasting to ethiopia using ERI TV. I dont know if you are still doing that but you have done it. How could you justify an alliance with.Esayas at the time he has jailed the eritrean orthodox patriarch abune antonios. Is that holy.alliance? Who.are these people that are languishing in ethiopian prisons defend.them by name so i could.take you to task for their unholy alliance and association just like you seem to enjoy doing with susan rice. i suppose you would like to sweep a lot of that under the rug hence you are very vague.

12/10/12 @ 00:57
Comment from: stopzhypocracy [Visitor]

I left something out hey by the way how could you give coverage to and promote G7 priest that went to eritrea to “encourage” rebel fighters. Is that holy? Did you know that evangelicals are being thrown in shipping containers in unforgiving heat in eritrea. Whose human right do you advocate for?

12/10/12 @ 01:10
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

This is the Eritrean president’s message presented by his de facto ambassador and personal Girl Friend.

12/10/12 @ 01:30
Comment from: EriPride [Visitor]

Shutup! AidsZemen.
Just bow and accept orders equivalent to the leftovers that been delivered on a silver plater to you and your Melese, Legesse, Abebe for years. That was what you guys been paid for. Susan have said it all the love stories that pushed her to the limit of praising the late Judah who betrayed his maker and shaker PIA. I feel her pain because “she was cut her right hand” same as AlAmoudi’s.

12/10/12 @ 02:09
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Adgi shut your stinky mouth ,moron
banda . Like a SHIWAWA ,you are just twinking your taile in front this evil Lady in the hope that to gain favors from your Amice boss .
Ms Rice is the product of the System ,which purposly and synically
protect despots and Tyrants in any part of the world for Regional Interests and Geo Strategical reasons.
And this is the only reason why the Ugandan ,Rwandese despots along the dead Crime Minister are apreciated by this evil Lady .

12/10/12 @ 02:25
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

SuperHypocrit ,what about your Pente
Master who recently express his readiness to talk to the Eritrean Tyrant .Better you shut your stinky mouth ,you have not produce the single proof against Patroots specially those imprisoned by tour agazi boss ,for being Shabyan Agent .Certainly than ,the Futile Baseless Akeldama propagandas chaneled by ETV and Tigre Powers Media as Aiga , ,Tigraionline ,Walta and Co. and by the Tigre Mafiosa
Mimi .

12/10/12 @ 02:42
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Extraidiot ,and what about you Agazi Tchin Gered ,Former Shabyan
Prostitute BANDA ….LOL !!!!!

12/10/12 @ 02:46
Comment from: Heny [Visitor]

ante agecham, ye Esayas Afewerk bed fellow. The reverend Susan Rice will for sure assume the place of Hillary Clinton. Then you will die of indignation. yegemah shimagle. AGECHAM!!

12/10/12 @ 04:04
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

We have wikilies data of personal fax and e-mail exchanges between President Iss-ass and Professor Al which is purly romantic letter … in one e-mail it is noticed on President Iss-ass email when he says “sweetie Al your azz is the tightest I have ever fu8ked … oh Al sweet … ”

We know the link between the sing-poorian dictator and Al the bushtie professor.

12/10/12 @ 04:17
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]

Heny the Moron

Aram feri woyane where do you live in Mekele? lol… Pea brains if you don’t it by now you will never know that you are a simple head.

Refuge slow it down there is no place for you in Ethiopia.

12/10/12 @ 04:20
Comment from: ment4you [Visitor]

Addis Defdef the Gay She-Female Shabian

A paid foot soldier with minimal knowledge like yourself can’t comment with anything of substance.

What you come here to do is cry and beg for extension of your refuge visa in Addis.

Where you belong is in Asmera or Mekele where you may find TPLF and Shabians that speak your language.

Move north that where your future is!

12/10/12 @ 04:28
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Hyena Shabyan Slut ,you aa a great specialist on the matter know perfectly what was the past of your dead master ,not only Shabyan Bed Fellow but well known Gulf Emirs and Arab Despots’ specially Kaddaffi’s “PROSTITUTE” .Extraidiot knowing which one d**k did arrange your ass hole by the past 17 years and 7 more years Agazi power ,time to shut your stinky mouth .

12/10/12 @ 04:35
Comment from: [Member]

It is good to know, that almaria the loser is abandond by all diaspora Ethiopians who found out he is a liar and sold out shabian banda.
He’s reduced down to a garbage, with a number of few shabian supporters including the halfway house for mental institute resident the brain damaged 0 IQ ment4you arramu qizenamu and the senile oldman in a nursing home TEDDY the luutty asshole shabian.

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

By the way why do you use so many choice words when responding to other people. If you believe we who criticize al mariam are scumbags why do you stoop to our level? I dont even know why i am trying to reason with you but chill man. Anyways haile mariam as a leader of neighboring state said we would negotiate with esayas not ask him for any financial or material support. What ESAT and G7 are saying is that esayas is a beacon of hope for change in ethiopia therefore his support is required be it financial or political. If you go eritrea and ask for eri tv signal space that is tantemount to financial support and fact are stubborn research who is on ESAT leadership. It is al mariam, abebe gellaw, tamagne so al mariam is a hypocrite.
Free abune antonios (the patriarch of eritrean orthodox church)
Ask for release of all evangelicals from eritrean jails simply because of their beliefs and after that if you choose to you could broadcast all you want to ethiopia using eri tv signals

12/10/12 @ 07:41
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Adgi are you kidding ,for your Information Prof Al has more and more supporters all over the world while you ,the Adgiforum Gangs ,the Amice Boys ,the Shabyan stooge have no more followers than the teeny Agazi communities and aderby Bandas as Pig Ben and co .Here are then your so called “Silent Majority” a bunch of Shepherd bandas ,following
blindly Tigre Mafiosis STUPID PROPAGANDAS as ,"Bale rayu Merih” fooled by the evil Window emptying their banking accounts for a Fake ,unexistant ,even “BED TIME STORY” as your dead master used to say ,"RENAISSANCE DAM” but in fact

12/10/12 @ 07:44
Comment from: Gebru [Visitor]

Alemayehu G. Mariam*

“America does not need a friend and a buddy to African dictators as its Secretary of State. America does not need a Secretary of State with a heart of stone and tears of a crocodile.”
It is meaningless junk as usual Sir ! Doctor, Professor ! Can you heare me now ? Please ! One thing you have to understand you can’t change Ethiopia politics by seating CA, or Washington DC. Please ! Leave her alone she at least represent he country comparing to your meaningless raport. Why don’t you run for a republican seat in your state and be the next Ambasador to the U.S what is wrong with you ? My only wish President Obma choose her for that position, hopefully he will, and for sure with the current senate majority Democrat # I’m sure she will. You are just sick ! you got jelous just because she admired our late PM Melese; not you. Why don’t you back to your native country and participate If you think you care for Ethiopian people unless otherwise just focus on your self interest or planned to go to your next home “Sinors-Home Care Center” Levae us alone you are nothing !!!

12/10/12 @ 07:48
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

SuperHypocrit ,where the hell have you seen ESAT TV calling the Diaspora to support the Eritrean Tyrant .For your Information ,NO WHERE .It is undeniable that some opposition groups as EPPF ,TDM ,ARDU
are moving on Eritrean territorry to attack your Agazi Bandits .By the way ;if Little Tyrant expressing his wish to talk to the Eritrean Tyrant ,what the hell denies him to do so with the Opposition Groups .Instead of crying days and Nights Alqaida ,Al Shebab ,Wahabi ,Terrorism futile bla blas…The country stability depends only on National Reconciliation not always ploting with Foreigners to silence opposition groups . The way that these movements have the ability to intensify their actions proves that they do have supports from local peoples whether in Northern Gondar ,Afar and Tigrai .Peoples would not support armed groups just for a fun ,but because of the Oppression and the mistreatments into which they are subject by your own leaders .Prof Al is the first guy who denounced the dangerous links of your dead master with his Shabyan boss more than a decade ,just before the crisis erupt.If you really concern by the fate of the Eritrean pop ,but in fact a fake one like the dead Agazi
pop ,imposed by the Egyptian Coptic Church usurpating the Law and the Rights of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewado Church .
Why don’t you call for the return of the Legal Patriach Abune Merkorios and for the reconciliation of the christian community .

12/10/12 @ 08:07
Comment from: my2cents [Visitor]

December 9, 2012
U.N. Ambassador Questioned on U.S. Role in Congo Violence

Almost two decades after the Clinton administration failed to intervene in the genocide in Rwanda, the United States is coming under harsh criticism for not moving forcefully in another African crisis marked by atrocities and brutal killings, this time in Rwanda’s neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

While President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have taken some of the blame, critics of the Obama administration’s Africa policy have focused on the role of Susan E. Rice, the United States ambassador to the United Nations and a leading contender to succeed Mrs. Clinton, in the administration’s failure to take action against the country they see as a major cause of the Congolese crisis, Rwanda.

Specifically, these critics — who include officials of human rights organizations and United Nations diplomats — say the administration has not put enough pressure on Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame, to end his support for the rebel movement whose recent capture of the strategic city of Goma in Congo set off a national crisis in a country that has already lost more than three million people in more than a decade of fighting. Rwanda’s support is seen as vital to the rebel group, known as M23.

Support for Mr. Kagame and the Rwandan government has been a matter of American foreign policy since he led the Tutsi-dominated Rwandan Patriotic Front to victory over the incumbent government in July 1994, effectively ending the Rwandan genocide. But according to rights organizations and diplomats at the United Nations, Ms. Rice has been at the forefront of trying to shield the Rwandan government, and Mr. Kagame in particular, from international censure, even as several United Nations reports have laid the blame for the violence in Congo at Mr. Kagame’s door.

A senior administration official said Saturday that Ms. Rice was not freelancing, and that the American policy toward Rwanda and Congo was to work with all the countries in the area for a negotiated settlement to the conflict.

Aides to Ms. Rice acknowledge that she is close to Mr. Kagame and that Mr. Kagame’s government was her client when she worked at Intellibridge, a strategic analysis firm in Washington. Ms. Rice, who served as the State Department’s top African affairs expert in the Clinton administration, worked at the firm with several other former Clinton administration officials, including David J. Rothkopf, who was an acting under secretary in the Commerce Department; Anthony Lake, Mr. Clinton’s national security adviser; and John M. Deutch, who was director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Payton Knopf, a spokesman for Ms. Rice, declined to comment about whether her work with Rwanda at Intellibridge affected her dealings with Rwanda in her present job as the United States ambassador to the United Nations.

Two months ago, at a meeting with her French and British counterparts at the French Mission to the United Nations, according to a Western diplomat with knowledge of the meeting, Ms. Rice objected strongly to a call by the French envoy, Gerard Araud, for explicitly “naming and shaming” Mr. Kagame and the Rwandan government for its support of M23, and to his proposal to consider sanctions to pressure Rwanda to abandon the rebel group.

“Listen Gerard,” she said, according to the diplomat. “This is the D.R.C. If it weren’t the M23 doing this, it would be some other group.” The exchange was reported in Foreign Policy magazine last week.

A few weeks later, Ms. Rice again stepped in to protect Mr. Kagame. After delaying for weeks the publication of a United Nations report denouncing Rwanda’s support for the M23 and opposing any direct references to Rwanda in United Nations statements and resolutions on the crisis, Ms. Rice intervened to water down a Security Council resolution that strongly condemned the M23 for widespread rape, summary executions and recruitment of child soldiers. The resolution expressed “deep concern” about external actors supporting the M23. But Ms. Rice prevailed in preventing the resolution from explicitly naming Rwanda when it was passed on Nov. 20.

Mr. Knopf, the spokesman for Ms. Rice, said the view of the United States was that delicate diplomatic negotiations under way among Rwanda, Congo and Uganda could have been adversely affected if the Security Council resolution explicitly named Rwanda. “Working with our colleagues in the Security Council, the United States helped craft a strong resolution to reinforce the delicate diplomatic effort then getting under way in Kampala,” Mr. Knopf said.

The negotiations subsequently fell apart, and the M23 continued to make gains in eastern Congo. Last week, the M23 withdrew from Goma but left behind agents and remain in range of the city.

Mr. Knopf declined to confirm or deny the account offered by the United Nations diplomat about the conversation between Ms. Rice and the French ambassador. But he said that “Ambassador Rice has frequently and publicly condemned the heinous abuses perpetrated by the M23 in eastern Congo,” adding that the United States was “leading efforts to end the rebellion, including by leveling U.S. and U.N. sanctions against M23 leaders and commanders.”

Ms. Rice’s critics say that is the crux of the problem with the American response to the crisis in Congo: it ignores, for the most part, the role played by Mr. Kagame in backing the M23, and, as it happens, risks repeating the mistakes of the genocide by not erring on the side of aggressive action. “I fear that our collective regret about not stopping the Rwandan genocide, felt by all of us who worked for the Clinton administration, led to policies that overlooked more waves of atrocities in the Congo, which we should equally regret,” said Tom Malinowski, the Washington director of Human Rights Watch, who has worked closely with Ms. Rice both in the Clinton administration and after.

“For almost 20 years now, the premise of U.S. policy has been that quiet persuasion is the best way to restrain Rwanda from supporting war criminals in the Congo,” Mr. Malinowski said. “It might have made sense once, but after years of Rwanda doing what the U.S. has urged it not to do, contributing to massive civilian deaths, and ripping up U.N. resolutions that the U.S. sponsored, the time to speak plainly and impose penalties has come.”

When Mrs. Clinton appeared before reporters on Nov. 28 to talk about the M23’s seizure of Goma, she sprinkled her talking points with a demand that the rebel group withdraw, calling the humanitarian impact “devastating,” with 285,000 people forced to flee their homes, health workers abducted and killed, and civil workers under threat of death. But she made no mention of Rwanda’s role backing the rebel group, limiting her inclusion of Rwanda to a mention of negotiations with Rwanda, Uganda and the Congo to try to get a cease-fire.

“The M23 would probably no longer exist today without Rwandan support,” said Jason K. Stearns, author of “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of Congo and the Great War of Africa.” “It stepped in to prevent the movement from collapsing and has been providing critical military support for every major offensive.”

Johnnie Carson, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, noted that the United States cut a portion of its military financing for Rwanda — around $250,000. But the Rwandan military continues to receive substantial American training, equipment and financial help. In an interview, he said, “There is not an ounce of difference between myself and Ambassador Rice on this issue,” adding that quiet diplomacy was better than publicly calling out Mr. Kagame.

Ms. Rice, who has been at the eye of a political storm over her portrayal of the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the American Mission in Benghazi, Libya, declined to be interviewed for this article. But in recent days, she seems to have tried to publicly distance herself from the M23 — although still not from Mr. Kagame. On Dec. 3, she posted on her Facebook page: “The U.S. condemns in the strongest terms horrific M23 violence. Any and all exiternal support has to stop,” in a reference to action in the Senate.

Her posting drew immediate responses. “Condemn the rape but don’t name the rapist?” one of them said. “What kind of Justice is that?”

12/10/12 @ 08:39
Comment from: I hate Idiots [Visitor]
I hate Idiots

This is for Teddy

I think some one drop you in ur head when you are baby or not given brast milk when you need it .you sound a man with a lot of personal problem,and I bet you don’t like your self becouse you achieve nathing in your life.

12/10/12 @ 09:37
Comment from: Gebru [Visitor]

@ I hate Idiots [Visitor]

Thank you ! for noticing. Some times he reminds me a mentaly ill lady named “Mama-Kewusi” in my child hood neghabour she used to attack every one in that city or town….

12/10/12 @ 09:53
Comment from: [Member]

Some of the issues mentioned in this article describes the official position of the US foreign policy; undoubtedly Susan’s affection to dictators will only make it worse.
She got grilled for misleading statements about Libya, a couple of weeks ago. We saw who is foolish and ignorant sitting in front of law makers answering to her incapability!!……


12/10/12 @ 11:22
Comment from: [Member]

@ Gebru [Visitor]

We learned from your comments that you are super illiterate . With this scarce time we have to spend some of it, to reconstruct your sentence and words in order to know what your message is all about.

As we admire the true Ethiopians who feels the agony, pain and suffering of its citizens , there are few who stood with fascists and autocrats. Susan is a cuckoo zany who is trying to put a stick in Ethiopia’s sore. You, my friend is on your way to replace your neighborhood friend by naming yourself ” aboy Kewesu".


12/10/12 @ 12:10
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]

Alemayoh Gebremariam

I would guess that you wouldn’t have opened your mouth to say a thing if the personal testimony about the great visionary leader Meles Zanawi were stated by other than Susan Rice American officials. And everybody knows why you are keep barking and crying like a spoiled child that wouldn’t stop shitting for attention…

As for to the good hearted Ethiopian people, you are just keep embarrassing yourself to level yourself higher that what you are. The truth is that you are one of the selfish individuals who haven’t contributed nothing to their sociaty, but they would shamelsy criticize other’s job or they would try their best to stand in the way when the great leaders are trying to do their best for their siciaties betterment….

Therefore, you have the right to keep barking here in the medina, but you should know that your weekly garbage articles have a 0 influence in today’s Ethiopia. Because Ethiopian have liberated themselves from such kind of you a stone aged egocentric individuals long ago…

God bless the world!!

12/10/12 @ 12:51
Comment from: Favioli [Visitor]

Amhara Princess,
Greetings. I have suddenly turned a poet, if not as good as Addis Zemen, from what I remember of his eulogy to the late Zenawi. I agree with you that he is smitten by love and would know of no other method or approach than jumping up and down, and insults using the few words he has in his tiny vocabulary. So I thought, why not dedicate a poem to this lovelorn ye Soddo wetat???. It is not much of a poem, but as it is, it may bring him to his senses, also now that he is warned by the Honorable Fitawrari Free to watch his language; but I have my doubts as always when it come to ye Soddo ledjotch..ha ha .
This “fabulous” poetry has been approved by the wise and honorable Romeo who, in his wisdom saw no harm in dedicating a poem to zemedatchen Addis Zemen, hoping that it may probably help reconcile him with musherit. Good idea??/

Yegnama Addis Zemen ye nazret wetat
Ke Soddo kemetta alefu ametate
Ke Amara princess feker talebete,
wey gud!!
Aybelam aytetam enkelefem aytegna
Befeker teyizo hone kenategna
Nazret lai tetabko hulun yisadebal
Ke Weyane santim men yahel yagegnal??
Negereuw nebere erga ke mushirit
Be princess feker endeuw kemekajet
Ato Addis Zemen gen mekrenem aysema
Bezih lai tebayu keseuw aysmama
Men madreg yeshalal yegnan Addis Zeffen/Zemen(?)
Kenazret yibarer tenesh endiseken???
Endih yadergeuw yefeker neger neuw
Musherit kekedatch tadia men libedjuw??
Shemsuna Musherit and lai taytewal
Be Soddo ketema hulum yawerawal
Ezih kemachecheb hulun kesadeb
Awashen akwarteh agereh gebtehe
Shemsuna musherit bandlai ayteh
Awash endatgeba alem bekagn beleh
Chechnina Kazanchiz kezaam Randevouz
Beyazmari betu hedena te gollet
Dollarun menzereh setochun asdeset
Keza behual gen
Amhara princess en endateschegerat
Betfeleg yishalal lelawaan musherit!!

12/10/12 @ 13:30
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Thanks Gash Mamo you have found the
propre words concerning this brain washed Banda ,whorshiping days and nights an evil blood sucker Tyrant.
By the way ,Mr Idiot ,are you a psychiatrist or not ? For your Information ,your Hysteria Complications need also TREATMENT …LOL !!Tchinkilatebis ,Aweldedai Banda !!!

12/10/12 @ 13:57
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Betbethu ,what about you and your Thuggy bros ,plus your Agazi and Amice Bros .Whorshiping an Ethno hates evil Ideology ,inspired from Shabya ,Rwandese Hutu Powers and Tutsi Land of Talaku Tigrai .A fact that you , Banda peoples ,have liberated yourselves from such kind a stone aged egocentric philosophy .By the way ,don’t you know during Derg Junta Regime era ,
the portrait of Lenin ,Marx and Engels was planted at the Meskel Square with Mooto :"WORKERS OF THE WHOLE WORLD UNITED ” ,called at this time by the peoples ,the Socialist Countries Trinity .Now Ms Rice shall become the Next Secretary of State ,time to implement at the same place the portrait of her Three African Tyrant and despot Friends with the Motto “TYRANTS OF THE WORLD UNITED"….LOL !!!!Afterall your dead looter master , with his bold head ,can easly replace LENIN .
As peoples on May 1991 gave him as a Nickname as “KE CHINA YETESERRA LENIN"…LOL !!!!

12/10/12 @ 14:13
Comment from: Ras Thomas and Associates of Ethiopian Patriots [Visitor]
Ras Thomas and Associates of Ethiopian Patriots

Mr. Alamanyehu !!!

I am here with in U.S. and I know that you voted for Obamaaaa !!!
and Obaaaaaaama and susan are one.
Now, you have problem because of your
racist vote. You voted for her because she is black only. your mind
is only about the race. As you hate Males because he is Amhara.
now, you hate her because she cannot help your foolishness toward Ethiopian politics.
Everybody, even you vote Romney
and became president , he will support development of Ethiopia.
what you can do?
All world will chose who is right in
Ethiopia. Eurpean Union, USA, Canada,Australia, China, Russia even bad Iran wants to do business with Ethiopia.
The only option you have Mr. Alamanyehuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu !!!!!
is to cry and talk trash. Ok
our advice is you are so old now
go to church and worship your God
now you are very old and on the

12/10/12 @ 14:40
Comment from: kul [Visitor]

Al Mariam:

I always find it curious why you skip Isaias Afewrki when you quote Clinton’s “new breed of African leaders” list. I am sure this is not a mere coincidence.

12/10/12 @ 15:02
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]


Now days, you are reminding me the amharic proverb of “Ebd ande new zefenu” and I’m going to respond to you again to tell you that you are nothing but earned the tile of unfriendly dog who barks at any one who passes by the However, good for you that you have been secured behind you PC, otherwise, you could have been lost your tooth and hand by now….LOL.

Even so. It is fun to scan over your comical inputs, but it could be annoying when things repeated over and over for years. So would you come up with some new jokes? Unless you completely lost, you would understand what I’m telling you…

God bless the world!!

12/10/12 @ 15:04
Comment from: Banda Geday IV [Visitor]
Banda Geday IV

In b/w to what was posted eariler in regards to U.S. Role in Congo

It well know that England, France and most of all, Belgium and their Vampire Saytan King Leopold is guilty of genocide, pillaging and all sorts of unimaginable evil deeds in Congo. But what is little known is that President Eisenhower ordered the CIA to kill one of one of Africa’s most precious sons and heroes: Lumumba

12/10/12 @ 15:33
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Betbethu ,you know what say peoples in the country concerning those who refuse to accept that they are defeated and supposed not giving a dime interest “Machella eyarere yefekal” so what you are .Afterall the dogs are on your own side barking days and nights ,against patriots launching your wolf-pack each Monday against Prof Al .Afterall if Prof Al says that in winter it’s snowing ,you guys shall try to challenge him with a fake argument such as that such kind
action has never happened because the Sky is always blue and the Sun is shining no matter to take your coats…LOL !!!

12/10/12 @ 16:08
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]


As for Alemayoh G. Mariam concerns, he has proven to the whole world and to the Ethiopian people that he is against the interest of the Ethiopian people. I know you sound one of his happy audience that would enjoy reading his weekly article, but do you really believe that he is the way would lead you to power?! I don’t know how long it will take to figure it out that he is nothing, but a mouthpiece of an Ethiopia’s external enemies….

God bless the world!!

12/10/12 @ 17:24
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Berthihu ,I know you guys never accept FACTS without the ritual TPLF
and Agazi Bnadits baseless Propagandas .Prof Al is a great Patriot who has devoted his knowledge for the sake of the Ethiopian Peoples .Of course ,like the Ass Hole Andrias Eshete and the Senile Ephrem he could have the opportunity to enjoy Good Life in the country serving your evil master.Afterall every stone can not be a diamond .And Prof Al is one of the few Scholars who ,by standing for the rights of the peoples ,have refused to serve the oppressor .By the way don’t make laugh ,arguing that you are not aware that in the early
90th Andrias Eshete was in Asmera cheering the Eri Tyrant and the Fake
new State .And don’t make me laugh again by presenting as good patriots opportunist Bandas ,like the so called Artistss gathering at the National Theatre inviting Little Tyrant and his
Administration that Meskel Square and Addis-Abeba Stadium being renamed Meles Zenawi .And the printing of new currencies with the effigy of your dead master .By the way what about the famous diaspora Singer after turning for the Third time his coat ,actually spreading his tears of crocodile for his
so called Great Leader .
God Bless the world specially the TRUE PATRIOTS !!!!!

12/10/12 @ 18:19
Comment from: ፊታውራሪ Free [Member]

kul, i share your inquiry here. I have no doubt in my mind regarding the professor’s dedication to human right and Ethiopian patriotism, but as you have repeatedly pointed out in this web site Almariam’s soft spot to the world’s worst dictator Ato Isayas Afeworki is as contemptible and criminal as Susan Rice’s questionable relationships with African dictators such as our own Meles Zenawi. As a matter of fact Almariam has no the moral standing to criticize an American official for allying with dictators when he himself, the African, has stayed quiet on issues regarding the gross human right violations of Isayas Afeworki against his own people and Ethiopians. Additionally, as an Ethiopian who has written extensively on diverse issues regarding the country, i would like to know why he has never said a thing about Aseb. Has anyone read Almariam even criticizing Meles/woyane for landlocking the country? What about the issue of Abay and the new project? We know he is against the Gibe Project for what he called ‘environmental issues’, which i find absolutely stupid and out of touch, but why is he in the state of “Here no evil, see no evil, say no evil” when it comes of Aseb and Abay? Is he afraid of angering Isayas and his benefactors?

Favioli, ah what a piece dude, absolute classic! I hope AZ will heed your advice and leave to sodo asap and succeed in finding his mastezazegna.

12/10/12 @ 18:43
Comment from: my2cents [Visitor]

The Other Susan Rice File
How to embrace psychotic murderers and alienate a continent. WSJ

The trouble with a newspaper column lies in the word limit. Last week, I wrote about some of Susan Rice’s diplomatic misadventures in Africa during her years in the Clinton administration: Rwanda, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo. But there wasn’t enough space to get to them all.

And Sierra Leone deserves a column of its own.

On June 8, 1999, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ms. Rice, then the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, delivered testimony on a range of issues, and little Sierra Leone was high on the list. An elected civilian government led by a former British barrister named Ahmad Kabbah had been under siege for years by a rebel group known as the Revolutionary United Front, led by a Libyan-trained guerrilla named Foday Sankoh. Events were coming to a head.

Even by the standards of Africa in the 1990s, the RUF set a high bar for brutality. Its soldiers were mostly children, abducted from their parents, fed on a diet of cocaine and speed. Its funding came from blood diamonds. It was internationally famous for chopping off the limbs of its victims. Its military campaigns bore such names as “Operation No Living Thing.”

In January 1999, six months before Ms. Rice’s Senate testimony, the RUF laid siege to the capital city of Freetown. “The RUF burned down houses with their occupants still inside, hacked off limbs, gouged out eyes with knives, raped children, and gunned down scores of people in the street,” wrote Ryan Lizza in the New Republic. “In three weeks, the RUF killed some 6,000 people, mostly civilians.” What to do with a group like this? The Clinton administration had an idea. Initiate a peace process.

It didn’t seem to matter that Sankoh was demonstrably evil and probably psychotic. It didn’t seem to matter, either, that he had violated previous agreements to end the war. “If you treat Sankoh like a statesman, he’ll be one,” was the operative theory at the State Department, according to one congressional staffer cited by Mr. Lizza. Instead of treating Sankoh as part of the problem, if not the problem itself, State would treat him as part of the solution. An RUF representative was invited to Washington for talks. Jesse Jackson was appointed to the position of President Clinton’s special envoy.

It would be tempting to blame Rev. Jackson for the debacle that would soon follow. But as Ms. Rice was keen to insist in her Senate testimony that June, it was the Africa hands at the State Department who were doing most of the heavy lifting.

“It’s been through active U.S. diplomacy behind the scenes,” she explained. “It hasn’t gotten a great deal of press coverage, that we and others saw the rebels and the government of Sierra Leone come to the negotiating table just a couple of weeks ago, in the context of a negotiated cease-fire, in which the United States played an important role.”

A month later, Ms. Rice got her wish with the signing of the Lomé Peace Accord. It was an extraordinary document. In the name of reconciliation, RUF fighters were given amnesty. Sankoh was made Sierra Leone’s vice president. To sweeten the deal, he was also put in charge of the commission overseeing the country’s diamond trade. All this was foisted on President Kabbah.

In September 1999, Ms. Rice praised the “hands-on efforts” of Rev. Jackson, U.S. Ambassador Joe Melrose “and many others” for helping bring about the Lomé agreement.

For months thereafter, Ms. Rice cheered the accords at every opportunity. Rev. Jackson, she said, had “played a particularly valuable role,” as had Howard Jeter, her deputy at State. In a Feb. 16, 2000, Q&A session with African journalists, she defended Sankoh’s participation in the government, noting that “there are many instances where peace agreements around the world have contemplated rebel movements converting themselves into political parties.”

What was more, the U.S. was even prepared to lend Sankoh a helping hand, provided he behaved himself. “Among the institutions of government that we are prepared to assist,” she said, “is of coursethe Commission on Resources which Mr. Sankoh heads.”

Of course.

Three months later, the RUF took 500 U.N. peacekeepers as hostages and was again threatening Freetown. Lomé had become a dead letter. The State Department sought to send Rev. Jackson again to the region, but he was so detested that his trip had to be canceled. The U.N.’s Kofi Annan begged for Britain’s help. Tony Blair obliged him.

“Over a number of weeks,” Mr. Blair recalls in his memoirs, British troops “did indeed sort out the RUF. . . . The RUF leader Foday Sankoh was arrested, and during the following months there was a buildup of the international presence, a collapse of the rebels and over time a program of comprehensive disarmament. . . . The country’s democracy was saved.”

Today Mr. Blair is a national hero in Sierra Leone. As for Ms. Rice and the administration she represented, history will deliver its own verdict.

What to do with a group like this? The Clinton administration had an idea. Initiate a peace process.

The more clear it becomes that Susan Rice, the United Nations Ambassador, did not knowingly deceive the American public about the Benghazi consulate attack, the more Republicans accuse her of having done so. Most recently, 97 members of the House wrote to President Obama opposing her possible nomination as secretary of state since she had “propagated a falsehood.” Leave Susan Rice Alone NYT

12/10/12 @ 20:49
Comment from: my2cents [Visitor]

Failing Up With Susan Rice
Benghazi was not her first African fiasco.

Long before Susan Rice became a household name thanks to her part in the Benghazi fiasco, she was building a career from the ruins of other African fiascoes.

To some of these she merely contributed. Others were of her own making.

Ms. Rice’s misadventures in Africa began nearly two decades ago when, as a 28 year-old McKinsey consultant with an Oxford Ph.D. (her dissertation was on Zimbabwe), she joined Bill Clinton’s National Security Council. The president, who had been badly burned by the Black Hawk Down episode in October 1993, was eager to avoid further African entanglements.

So when a genocide began in Rwanda the following April, the administration went to great lengths to avoid any involvement—beginning with the refusal to use the word “genocide” at all. Giving voice to that sentiment was none other than Ms. Rice:

“At an interagency teleconference in late April [1994],” writes Samantha Power in her book “A Problem From Hell,” Ms. Rice “stunned a few officials present when she asked, ‘If we use the word “genocide” and are seen as doing nothing, what will the effect be on the November [congressional] election?’ Lieutenant Colonel [Tony] Marley remembers the incredulity of his colleagues at the State Department. ‘We could believe that people would wonder that,’ he says, ‘but not that they would actually voice it.’ “

Ms. Rice has said she can’t remember making the remark, but regrets doing so “if I said it.” Some accounts say she was so burned by the Rwanda debacle that she became determined to make amends upon becoming assistant secretary for Africa policy in 1997. To judge by the record, she didn’t quite succeed.

The best account of Ms. Rice’s time in that office comes from a 2002 article in Current History by Peter Rosenblum of Columbia University. Ms. Rice was the architect of a policy that invested heavily in a new crop of African leaders—Meles Zenawi in Ethiopia; Isaias Afewerki in Eritrea; Yoweri Museveni in Uganda; Paul Kagame in Rwanda—presumed to be more progressive-minded than their predecessors.

In May 1998, Ms. Rice had an opportunity to prove her diplomatic mettle when she was sent to mediate a peace plan between warring Ethiopia and Eritrea.

“What is publicly known,” notes Mr. Rosenblum, “is that Rice announced the terms of a plan agreed to by Ethiopia, suggesting that Eritrea would have to accept it, before Isaias had given his approval. He responded angrily, rejecting the plan and heaping abuse on Rice. Soon afterward, Ethiopia bombed the capital of Eritrea, and Eritrea dropped cluster bombs on Ethiopia. . . .

“Susan Rice was summoned back to Washington in early June after the negotiations collapsed. Insiders agree that the secretary of state [Madeleine Albright] was furious. According to one, Rice was essentially ‘put on probation,’ kept in Washington where the secretary could keep an eye on her. ‘Susan had misread the situation completely,’ according to one State Department insider who observed the conflict with Albright. ‘She came in like a scoutmaster, lecturing them on how to behave and having a public tantrum when they didn’t act the way she wanted.”

An estimated 100,000 people would perish in the war that Ms. Rice so ineptly failed to end. And the leaders in whom she invested her faith would all become typical African strongmen, with human-rights records to match. Yet that didn’t keep Ms. Rice from delivering a heartfelt eulogy for Meles at his funeral three months ago, in which she praised him as “uncommonly wise,” “a rare visionary,” and a “true friend to me.”

A 2011 State Department report offers a different perspective on Meles. It cites his “government’s arrest of more than 100 opposition political figures, activists, journalists and bloggers,” along with “torture, beating, abuse, and mistreatment of detainees by security forces.”

Then there is the Congo. Human-rights groups have long accused the Clinton administration of acquiescing in the efforts by Rwanda and Uganda to topple the Congolese government of Laurent Kabila in 1998, which by some estimates wound up taking more than five million lives. In congressional testimony, Ms. Rice angrily denied any U.S. role in condoning or supporting the intervention.

But Ms. Rice may not have been completely forthcoming. “Museveni and Kagame agree that the basic problem in the Great Lakes is the danger of a resurgence of genocide and they know how to deal with that,” Ms. Rice is said to have remarked confidentially after a visit to the region, according to reporter Howard French of the New York Times. “The only thing we [the United States] have to do is look the other way.”

Which is what the U.S. did.

There is more to be said about Ms. Rice’s skills as a diplomat, particularly during her tenure at the U.N. For now, let’s give Prof. Rosenblum the last word on the person who might yet be the next secretary of state:

“Rice proved herself brilliant, over time, in working the machinery of government. But along the way she burned bridges liberally, alienating and often antagonizing many potential allies. . . . Susan Rice seems not to have convinced colleagues that her real interest was Africa, or even foreign policy.”

12/10/12 @ 20:56
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Fetawrari ,better you revise once again your suposed inquiry .First of all Prof Al never advocated the Eritrean Tyrant, as opportunist bandas and paid Ass Hole cadres are trying to fool peoples .As one of his aricle he did mention the evil role played by the two Tyrants in Somalia and the illegal business they are dealing with to finance their evil projects and the obstacles
of resolving the sub regional crisis.He did mention how ,the Eri
Tyrant finance his regime with Alcool Smuggling in Gulf States by the Eri communities settled in the area .As any patriot ,he surely stands for the right of the country
on its sovereignty on the Red Sea .
Afterall concerning the Human Rights Violation comitted by the Eri
Tyrant insde their fake country ,is for the Eritreans themselveses to denounce first the crimes .

12/10/12 @ 23:24
Comment from: john john [Visitor]
john john

So far we heard complaint against Dr Susan Rice from two Eritrean one is Salam Solemn on today NY Time the next one pro.AL. the familiar toxic hate monger can you two axis evil convince other to buy your desperate propaganda for your own survival absolutely no you are wrong you hate Susan Rice because of the UN sanction against Eritrea.

12/11/12 @ 00:19
Comment from: My2cents [Visitor]

Meanwhile, across multiple administrations, the United States has favored Ethiopia as an ally and a perceived bulwark against extremism in the region. In 2012 the nation received $580 million in American foreign aid.

Eritrea is no innocent. It has closed itself off, stifled dissent and forced its young people to choose between endless military service at home and seeking asylum abroad. But I believe that the Security Council, with Ms. Rice’s support, went too far in imposing sanctions on Eritrea in 2009 for supporting extremists.

President Obama has visited sub-Saharan Africa just once in his first term — a brief stop in Ghana. One signal that he plans to focus more on Africa — and on human rights and democracy, not only economic development and geopolitics — in his next term would be to nominate someone other than Susan Rice as America’s top diplomat. - Susan Rice and Africa’s Despots | Salem Solomon | The Opinion Pages NYT.

12/11/12 @ 00:41
Comment from: My2cents [Visitor]

Tim Carney, the ambassador to Sudan at the time, had to leave the country in early 1996 when the embassy was vacated. He believes that the decision not to reopen the following year was disastrous.

“We took our eye off the ball,” he told me. “We did not know what was happening in Khartoum, a center of extremist Islam. There was no logic to our policy beyond punishing Khartoum and supporting the rebellion in south Sudan. That the Sudanese could not ensure our security was complete and utter nonsense. In my experience, Rice failed in her judgment. Our interests suffered.”
Pickering was in general impressed with Rice, a woman of strong ideas navigating an effective course in many areas of African policy, including Ethiopia and Eritrea. It was only on Sudan, he said, that “we disagreed, and I was not happy.” The Rice Question

12/11/12 @ 01:01
Comment from: Yonas [Visitor]

Al Mariam, a professor from a third rated university is really showing his Fox TV education again by pretending to write an article by gathering meaningless sentences that makes no sense. You are ignorant about either Ethiopia or USA. Your sense of history is stupid. You are hopeless and pathetic. You have dedicated your life to destroy the hope and dreams of Ethiopians or Africans that produced you and educated you. I don’t know if you love Ethiopia and if you did what is that you love about Ethiopia. Is it the people or the rivers and the mountains? Do you really think your campaign actually help the people or harden the bad images that a lot of people have about that country? Is that all people will remember about you? Grow up

12/11/12 @ 01:17
Comment from: A.yehdego [Visitor]  

Here again the extrimist adding Ambasader Susan Rice to their list with Ethiopian government leaders painting her wrong paint.

Dr Birhanu and Esayas Afewerki of Eritrea and few their fellowers have no ston unturn to give bad name for EPRDF ;eader and to any one acknowlaged their hard work in developing Ethiopia.
The reason attaking Susan Rise is not because she is not qualified to be Secretary of state but because she told the true about The late PM of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi and she stand the right way to punish the Government in Asmera by suporting the UN suction.
The extrimist compain against Susan Rise have no impact in her namunation for secretary of state position. K7A@$&

12/11/12 @ 02:25
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

The Bushtie Al Mariam’s core Hate to Dr. Susan is a revenge for alienating Eritrea. That is why like a sick child he is shitting here and there about the Great Susan.

Arame fake professor!

12/11/12 @ 02:27
Comment from: nenewe [Visitor]

my2cents [Visitor]

You have contibuted,so far, more than any one else in exposing & showing the true color of Amb. Rice. If she ever got by passed for the coveted job you would share the cerdit (prof AL not included). keep it up till the D-day.

12/11/12 @ 06:38
Comment from: nenewe [Visitor]

I was wondering too.Kul raised it and you,ፊታውራሪ Free, put it in perspective.

The prof has been writing long articles for long time. Once again his latest article shows where he stands regarding isses that deals with Africa & Ethiopia.Impartial, opposing for the sake of being in opposition no matter what is his motto.
He intentional omission of the despot Issayas is despicable. No wonder some suspect him to be on the payroll of the despot he apparently doesn’t want to put in the same league as others.
Personally, I don’t want to see Rice get the coveted position for simple reason that she doesn’t have what it takes to be chief diplomat of USA. Moreover, she went beyond her call of duty even by the double standards of American policies (her euology to her buddy was a direct and open affront to Ethiopians).

But your article is destined to the garbage bin like those campaign articles & books which nobody ever reads. You can’t influence the opinion of even the squatters of Nothing personal & no offence intended.

12/11/12 @ 07:22
Comment from: heny [Visitor]

Long live Susan Rice, the soon would-be Secretary of State.

Down with Almariam the faggot for Isayas Afewerki of Eritrea.

12/11/12 @ 08:20
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Jiljillu and extraidiot ,if you are concerned by the fate of your Shabyan bros under therule of Tyrant Issayas .So ,as good Amices raise your AK47 and go back to your Bush
to fight him .Than barking aganist TRUE ETHIOPIANS as Prof Al .Down with the Agazi Bigot and Shabyan Slut the touthless Hyena

12/11/12 @ 09:43
Comment from: Power [Visitor]

LONG LIVE SUZAN RICE .Everything she said about Meles is true. Whether the hopeless, desperate, useless, pointless Diaspora want to swallow it or not. Maybe they will chock and die. The truth is the truth. Meles will continue to rule from his grave. He didn’t die. He will finish what he started and bring Ethiopia out of poor countries list. It doesn’t matter who says what. Alemayehu, hang yourself. By the way where is Yilma Bekele guess he killed himself. Ha ha ha…

12/11/12 @ 10:06
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]


You should to reconsider your unconditional support of those working with the Ethiopian external enemies that they all use weyane as their main topic to have you swallow a poisoned pills that will hurt you in the long run….

I don’t know about you, but I consider the following list are an enemies of the Ethiopian people that they are working day in night for Ethiopia’s distraction…

1. Professor Alemayoh Gebremariam
2. Dr Berhanu Nega
4. Elya Kiflom

I mean, it is good to support whoeve we think fulfills our political stand, but we shouldn’t let them do whatever they want to do without check and balance….

God bless the world!!

12/11/12 @ 10:13
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

Bethihu [Visitor]

“…they all use weyane as their main topic to have you swallow a poisoned pills that will hurt you in the long run….”


That is exactly what is being done, enemies of the State are mingling themselves with enemies of the Government and are attacking the central government in order to weaker and destroy Ethiopia. We need to know what we are opposing and with whom we are opposing, opposition to the Government and enmity with the State are two diametrically opposite things, our diaspora is simply swallowing everything coming that oppose the government without knowing that there are many out there who are targeting Ethiopia as a state.

What kind of opposition is that oppose the Renaissance dam or advocate to boycott Ethiopian Airlines and products? Those who do this are not opposition but ENEMIES OF THE STATE.

The Idiot Al Mariam and many other forces real target is not Woyane but Ethiopia,

12/11/12 @ 10:57
Comment from: My2cents [Visitor]

BAMAKO, Mali — Soldiers arrested Mali’s prime minister at his residence late Monday night, signaling new turmoil in a West African nation racked by military interference and an Islamist takeover in the north. Hours later, Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra appeared grim-faced on national television to announce his government’s resignation. A spokesman for soldiers who seized power earlier in the year — and later nominally relinquished it to Mr. Diarra — confirmed the prime minister’s arrest on Tuesday morning, accusing him of “playing a personal agenda” while the country faced a crisis in the north. The soldiers arrived at Mr. Diarra’s home around 11 p.m. Monday as he was preparing for a flight to Paris for a medical checkup, said the military spokesman, Bakary Mariko. The prime minister was taken to the military encampment at Kati, just outside Bamako, the capital, where Capt. Amadou Sanogo, the officer who led the March military coup, and others told him “there were proofs against him that he was calling for subversion,” Mr. Mariko said. On Tuesday morning, the streets of Bamako appeared calm following what appeared to be the country’s second coup d’état in less than a year. But the new upheaval is likely to be considered a setback to Western efforts to help Mali regain control of territory lost to Qaeda-linked militants earlier in the year. The West has watched with growing alarm as Islamist radicals have constructed a stronghold in the country’s vast north. The United Nations, regional African bodies, France and the United States have tried to aid the faltering Malian Army in a military strike to take back the lost north. Those efforts have so far not coalesced into a coherent plan, despite numerous meetings and United Nations resolutions. More meetings at the United Nations are planned for later this month. - Mali’s Prime Minister Resigns After Arrest

12/11/12 @ 11:08
Comment from: kul [Visitor]

@ፊታውራሪ Free

As you rightly noted, this is not my first time to ask the good Professor why he tries to keep it cool with Isaias while he relentlessly hammers other African dictators. He wrote countless articles on African dictators (Meles included). Surprisingly, he never mentioned Isaias. Not even once. This is clearly unusual for a person who despises dictatorship. In his latest article, he tried to show us the hypocritical nature of the US government in general and Susan Rice in particular. But I think his article also shows that he himself is one big hypocrite. As far as I am concerned, deploring one dictator and sympathizing with another is hypocrisy.

12/11/12 @ 11:18
Comment from: field [Visitor]

Uncle Tom did it again. Who are you?
Did you acieve anything in your life?
Ilove reading your bulishit.

12/11/12 @ 11:43
Comment from: Taye [Visitor]

Master editor of Ethiopia review,Alemayehu G/M, has selected dictator Issayas as Person of the Year in 2008.He is one of the most sympathizer of dictator Isayas.

12/11/12 @ 11:47
Comment from: my2cents [Visitor]

In other countries rocked by Arab Spring uprisings, tensions today are being felt largely over the role of Islam in government. These issues have come up in Morocco, too. But here, the larger tensions appear to be over the power of the old guard. Many Moroccans will not criticize the king, instead focusing on the network of power and privilege that surrounds him and the corruption that they believe sucks any hope of prosperity from this country.

The problems Morocco faces are enormous. The country has invested heavily in infrastructure: superhighways are everywhere and there are plans for a high-speed train, too. But 40 percent of the population cannot read or write. Forbes has estimated the king’s fortune to be more than $2 billion. But the average income here is low, roughly half of what it was in Tunisia, where the Arab Spring first took off.

Mr. Benkirane took office showing a flair for the dramatic. He quickly slashed ministerial salaries and perquisites, and he refused to move to the prime minister’s mansion. He also took on Morocco’s notorious cronyism. To widespread amazement, his government published the names of those who had been given lucrative bus licenses. Since then, however, his efforts have foundered.

Some critics say the prime minister has been outmaneuvered at every turn. Once last spring, Mr. Benkirane seemed to lash out at the king and his entourage, suggesting that protesters could easily return to the streets. But soon after, he said the remarks had been misunderstood. -Moroccans Fear That Flickers of Democracy Are Fading

12/11/12 @ 12:12
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

my2cents [Visitor]

What is wrong with you, something is fucking your mind? who asked you to post news here, if you want you can copy and pest the link but it is bullshit and irrelevant to topic people discuss to post other news in comments.

All of us can read the articles you are posting from where they are, please refrain from boring us.

12/11/12 @ 15:39
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Betithu ,I know by targeting patriots standing for the Rights of the peoples and the sovereignty of the country you guys are simply trying to hide the desasterous situation of the country and the life of misery that our peoples are exposed by your own bros evil rule and oppressions .You say :1. Professor Alemayoh Gebremariam,the patriotic scholar who refused to cooperate with Agazi Bandits and Tigre Mafiosis ,by participating as did some of his colleagues ,Prof Endrias and Ephrem to be mentioned on the top of the list ,on the looting of the poor peoples denigrating his Historical heritage and National dignity .
2. Dr Berhanu Nega: The great Economist who refused to cooperate with your leba master ,by showing that the so called New Economic Policy is a simple Sheet Of papers ,designed to enrich an Ethno Mafia Firm (TPLF/EFFORT)for the benefits of the Tyrant Couples and the Agazi Bandits along their Family Members including their bandas .
3. ESAT:The First FREE Media in the History of the country .Which has refused to be the Tyrant Moutpiece ,as Aiga ,Ethiopiafirst ,Walta ,Tigraionline ,ETV ,ENA ,Walta ,Fana and many many more Bandas outlets
4. Elias Kifle :the First Free Press Journalist within the Diaspora who denounces the Agazi evil Regime .Even he considered ,the Eri Tyrant as an ally to overthrow the agazi Bandits Regime ,as the Famous Motto “The Enemy of my Enemy is my friend” .Which many of us ,never share .He is also making his own contribution on the fight to liberate Ethiopian Peoples from Agazi Bandits and Tigre Mafiosis claw and jaw .So who are then your so called enemies of Ethiopia ,patriots fighting untiressly for the sake of the peoples for the unity and the sovereignty of the country .Or a bunch of an Ethno Mafia Bandits daily looting the country by empovrishing the peoples .Extraidiot ,before opening your stinky mouth ,time to call your agazi Boss ,that they should have to give the exemple by respecting the Costitution drafted and passed by themselveses . THE ONLY ISSUE AND FIRST STEP FOR NATIONAL RECONCILITION .

12/11/12 @ 16:14
Comment from: [Member]

Is the writer telling the world that Susan Rice is a fascist thug? I am gainst the regime in Ethiopia, but as an important diplomat, Susan Rice acts after instructions from her government - US government led by President Oboma. Please stop tarnish Susan Rice’s name. By attacking suasan Rice, you are attacking the President of USA.

Almariam is an idiot who does not know the difference between bad and good. Is not Almariam the person who is in bed with Issayas Afeworqi of Eritrea, a mass murder and an idiot with colonized mentalities.


I hope President Obama is not carried away by such filthy propoganda. Susan Rice will be hopefullythe next Secretary of State. She might even be the first lady to be the president of the USA.

12/11/12 @ 16:15
Comment from: [Member]


You’re right about this guy “my2cents". I don’t know why he wants to change every subject by copy and paste a different issue.
I think he just learned how to copy and paste, that’s giving him some kind of excitment. May be He’s enjoying it. He better open his own website called “the joy of Copy& Paste". LOL!

12/11/12 @ 16:53
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]


If you are embrace those enemies of the Ethiopian people whom are busily working hard againist the interest of our country and people in a notion of the enemies of my enemies are my friends to serve the #1 enemy of the Ethiopian people, as patriots, I’m afraid to tell you that, but you & your patriots are entitled to your own favorite word, #1 BANDAS of the 21st century!

It is nothing but the truth that they are kissing Isayas’s wounded behind in hoping he will get them to 4kilo as we speak…LOL. what a cowards and headless oppositions the Ethiopian people & government facing…

God bless the world!!

12/11/12 @ 17:09
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Berthihu ,if you have the Gut ,time to
reveal the already known Secret supposed hidden by your agazi bros .
Because of the intenfication of the Fights in Northern Gondar ,Humera welkaite Tegede by EPPF ,and Tigrai with TDM ,and Afar ARDU ,you Thuggy guys are more than ever shiting in your pants .You are crying for a Help ,hoping that once again the youth by 100th thousands shall once again been slaughtered for your desperate Rocky Land .Unfortunatly you know perfectly what your dead blood sucker Tyrant Master has done
to them since then ,Specially May and Novemmber 2005 all these bloody days .It’s true you can count on your Coward Bandas …What a Joke ,could you see ,Pig Ben ,Mimi Sebahatu ,Ephrem Isaac ,Alahmudi ,
Wondessen Asrate Kassa ,Neway Debebe ,Selemon Tekalegni ,even Azeb Mesfin and Co .Not even Samora
and his Kefto Stuffed Agazi Colleagues certainly not Adgi ,Extraidiot ,Agasess and all of you carrying AK47 rifles to fight
the enemy .Worst your own bros and bosses .Here are then the true Bandas including you …vomiting their hates against the patriots ,KEEPING ALWAYS THEIR LUGGAGE PACKED TO RUN AWAY …LOL !!!BANDA MINGIZEM BANDA

12/11/12 @ 18:54
Comment from: Ash [Visitor]

Ms. Rice in case u didn’t get Secretary of State are willing to consider a job opening at Africa Unity we are looking secretary of state for united State of Africa yes Africa… U are chid of Africa by choice more then one can say about Al Maria and EkiflA

In case if u are elected as Secretary of State pls refused to accepted because Al Maria might kill himself… Pls don’t say u are not told. U personally responsible for four American in Libya now a gear America life is in ur hand by the name of Al Maria.

After Meles death his hate business is bankrupted u r the only hope for him to exist otherwise he is good as dead.

Again u have being told

12/11/12 @ 20:00
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Ash ,what ’s your real problem whether this lady shall be sworn Secretary Of State or not .As any American citizen ,Prof Al Mariam has the “RIGHT” to express “FREELY” his own opinion .Of course the position she has taken until now ,advocating the Three African Despots might be condemned .As the then Nixon’s Secretary Of State Henry Kissinger
and former US Administration Heads of Staff Members are still condemned for the evil positions they had taken protecting third world Tyrants ,Specially the Latino American Juntas and even the then South African Apartheid Regime .

12/12/12 @ 01:32
Comment from: sf [Visitor]

@ፊታውራሪ Free [Member]
You said,
Afeworki was and against his own people and Ethiopians.
“Additionally, as an Ethiopian who has written extensively on diverse issues regarding the country, i would like to know why he has never said a thing about Aseb. Has anyone read Almariam even criticizing Meles/woyane for landlocking the country?”
Why in heaven name our pro. Al writes about Eritrea and Afeworki?
Does he has to write only to satisfy your ego and people like you?
He will not do that b/c you are self center, calculator and political animals.
I say no b/c he knew you well and he will not be a victim of your political agenda!!!!
God bless him our prof.AL!!!!

12/12/12 @ 04:18
Comment from: [Member]

You’re soooooo funny!

You come once a week to this website only to support this shithole loser almaria. He must be your uncle or you have a crush in a wrong way.
But as I see you commenting on this website, you’re just a brain washed, naive and innocent woman who thinks this liar is telling the truth.
Wake up lady! And brew that aromatic Ethiopian coffee and atleast smell it. It will clear your mind and you will see the truth. Be realistic.

12/12/12 @ 07:55
Comment from: Favioli [Visitor]

Fitawrari Free (member)
Thanks friend, for your comment. As you know it is meant as a bit of humour, as an antidote for all the poison that all these visitor spout on this site. Anyway I will be leaving soon for Ethiopia and the first thing I will do is to go straight to Soddo and report what their “favourite” son is doing, and that they would be better off dumping him in Awash river. Musherit will always find another man, ain’t it? By the way, where is AP??? When I come back i wil report on what I have found out, good?

12/12/12 @ 16:21
Comment from: [Member]

Favioli, fagioli,…

Congrat! If you’re going home, don’t forget to eat a lot of qocho. A recent study revealed that eating qocho makes your brain think as fast as twice than ordinary people.
No wonder my people are fast thinkers when it comes to money related business.

12/12/12 @ 19:42
Comment from: Favioli [Visitor]

Addis Zemen,
Thanks for the advise, and will let you know the effects of Kotcho on my financial situation when i come back.

12/13/12 @ 12:25
Comment from: kassa [Visitor]

Susan Rice is one of the brightest politicians that have emerged out of the African-American community. It is a shame that she is being demonized by Eritrean thugs and thei mercenaries like the above writer. Is she a bad person just because she gave Meles the credit he deserved ? Who is the real despot ? Meles or Isayas ? Everybody, including many Eritreans, knows that Erirea now has a regime similar to Iran or North Korea. I knew Salem Solomon , who wrote against Rice on The New York Times is an agent of Isayas before I finshed reading her article.Shame upon you so-called Eritrean intellectuals ! You should be fighting for human rights in your own country insead of forever defending your vile leaders.

12/13/12 @ 15:36
Comment from: kassa [Visitor]

shame on you too Alemayehu Gebremariam for being a mercenary for Isayas ! I read most of what you write on Ethiopia / Eritrea. I have a feeling that you are on of those Ethiopians ( if at all you are Ethiopian )who have a crooked thinking and are blinded in their thinking because they hate Woyane. what you you don’t realize is Eritrean ambition is the total demise of Ethiopia as a nation. They don’t recognize us as Ethiopians. They identify us as Amharas, Oromos, Tigryans , etc. For them Ethiopia is not an entity.

12/13/12 @ 15:47
Comment from: W. Yilma [Visitor]
W. Yilma

This guy Al is a sick person. He can’t be honest because his soul is filled with hate. He oppose everything, except Shabia. I wish to know how he grown up. He know everything except himself.If a person do not know himself, he/she will never judge events or people, objectively. Al lacks objectivity. If education is not stand for truth, not able to see the reality, objectively look events, it would have been better for some to stay in their farm back yard. If you love your country you need to express this to your people.Al do not have both. He only born to criticize!Even Susan. R

12/13/12 @ 18:12
Comment from: Merkato [Visitor]

She doesn’t have a skill or a knowledge to be Secretary of State. Thank you Senator McCain !!!!!

12/13/12 @ 19:26
Comment from: [Member]

With due respect Professor Al, I am really concerned about the ideas you are promoting. The people who are against Dr. Rice are Rush Limbough, the Fox crowd, Sean Hanity, radio personality Cunningham, the Tea Party members, the most hateful right wingers in American foreign policy former UN Ambassador John Bolton. the diverse American people of all color, the millenial generation and American progressives who reelcted Obama will laugh at a third world black professor who is denigerating an intelligent black woman. Diaspora Ye Ethiopia Poletikegna Hulu Ende Ante Yemiyasib Kehone Ethiopiawi Mebal Yasafiral. Ethiopia Tilik Tarik Yalat Yetikur Enat bicha sathon, ye Humanity Meseret Nat. Ethiopia powerhouse of history nat. Woyanen Ekawemalehu bileh yemiasafir Tintena wust gebah.Ethiopia wust Human right lemamtat Tibebegnana Hode Sefi Mehonin yiteyikal. Ebakachihu NEWS ENQUAN ANBIBU! MINIM AYIKEFELIBETIM. Professoe Bizu Metsaf sitichil lemin lemin yalehin chilota zik tadergaleh. Keakbrot Gar.

12/14/12 @ 14:39



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