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Ethiopia: The Politics of Fear and Smear

Ethiopia: The Politics of Fear and Smear

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

2011: Dictatorship, corruption and the politics of fear and smear

In December 2011, I wrote a commentary entitled, “Ethiopia: Land of Blood or Land of Corruption?” contrasting two portraits of Ethiopia. At the time, the portrait painted by Transparency International (TI) (Corruption Index) and Global Financial Integrity (GFI) showed Ethiopia as a land blighted by systemic corruption. GFI reported that “Ethiopia, which has a per-capita GDP of just US$365, lost US$11.7 billion to illicit financial outflows between 2000 and 2009. In 2009, illicit money leaving the economy totaled US$3.26 billion, which is double the amount in each of the two previous years.” TI gave Ethiopia a score of 2.7 on the Corruption Index (on a scale of 0 - 10, where 0 means “highly corrupt” and 10 means “very clean”).

At that time, the dictatorial regime, which is still in power today, sought to portray Ethiopia as a country under siege by traitorous terrorists. In a fear-mongering three-part propaganda “documentary” entitled “Akeldama” (or Land [field] of Blood, taken from Acts 1:19 referring to a field said to have been bought by Judas Iscariot with the thirty pieces of silver he got for betraying Jesus) shown on ruling party-owned television service, the regime sought to depict Ethiopia as a country under withering terrorist attack by Ethiopian Diaspora opposition elements and their co-conspirators inside the country and other “terrorist” groups. “Akeldama” began with a proclamation on the arrival of a bloodbath doomsday in Ethiopia: “Terrorism is destroying the world. Terrorism is wrecking our daily lives, obstructing it. What I am telling you now is not about international terrorism. It is about a scheme that has been hatched against our country Ethiopia to turn her into Akeldama or land of blood. For us Ethiopians, terrorism has become a bitter problem….”

“Akeldama” stitched revolting and gruesome video clips and photomontage of terrorist carnage and destruction throughout the world to tar and feather all opponents of the late Meles Zenawi as stooges of Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabaab in Somalia. Gratuitously horrific images of dead bodies of babies and little children lying on the ground, fly-infested corpses of adults oozing blood on the asphalt, severed limbs scattered in the streets, burned vehicles, bombed buildings, doctors treating injured victims and footage of the imploding Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2011 were blended in a toxic video presentation to hypnotize and paralyze the population with fear and loathing. Following an orgiastic presentation of carnage and destruction, that “documentary” pointed an accusatory finger at “ruthless terrorists” who are “destroying our peace” and “massacring our loved ones”. In a haunting voice, the narrator exhorts, “Let’s look at the evidence. In the past several years, there have been 131 terrorist attacks; 339 citizens killed; 363 injured and 25 kidnapped and killed by terrorists.”

By weaving deceitful, deceptive and distorted narratives between grisly spectacles of alleged terrorist atrocity, cruelty, brutality, bestiality and inhumanity from the world over, “Akeldama” hoped to create rabid public hysteria against Ethiopia’s opposition elements and justify the regime’s violent crackdowns on opposition elements. That propaganda hogwash gained little traction in the public mind.

2013: Dictatorship, corruption and the politics of fear and smear

Fast forward to February 2013. A recent exhaustive 448-page World Bank report revealed that Ethiopia has one of the most corrupt-to-the-core regimes in the world. According to this report, Ethiopia’s “Telecommunications Sector” is Corruption Central, the Ground Zero of Corruption: “Despite the country’s exceptionally heavy recent investment in its telecoms infrastructure, it has the second lowest telephone penetration rate in Africa. Amid its low service delivery, an apparent lack of accountability, and multiple court cases, some aspects of the sector are perceived by both domestic and international observers to be deeply affected by corruption.” Ethiopia’s “Construction Sector exhibits most of the classic warning signs of corruption risk, including instances of poor-quality construction, inflated unit output costs, and delays in implementation.” Corruption in the “Justice Sector” rears its ugly head in the form of “political interference with the independent actions of courts or other sector agencies, or payment or solicitation of bribes or other considerations to alter a decision or action.” Corruption in the “Land Sector” is built into the law itself: “The capture of state assets by the elite can occur through the formulation of policy that favors the elite.”

On February 5, 2013, the ruling regime in Ethiopia broadcasted a one hour “documentary” entitled “Jihadawi Harakat” (“Holy War Movement”) purportedly aimed at exposing Islamic extremists and terrorists preparing for a “holy war” to establish an Islamic government in Ethiopia. This “documentary” is nothing less than a declaration of an unholy war against Ethiopian Muslims. “Jihadawi Harakat” is a maliciously conceived and executed propaganda campaign right down to the diabolical title which seeks to portray Ethiopian Muslims peacefully demanding respect for their human rights as the handmaidens of such jihadist terrorist movements as Hamas (Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya), Harakat al-Jihad al-Islami al-Filastini and the Abu Sayyaf (terror group in the southern Philippines) group’s Al Harakat al-Islamiyya.
“Jihadawi Harakat” is very similar in tone and content to “Akeldama”. The principal difference is that “Jihadawi Harakat” targets Ethiopian Muslims for persecution and vilification. The “documentary” as a whole argues that Ethiopian Muslims who asked for nothing more than respect for their basic human rights and non-government interference in their religious affairs are merely local chapters of blood thirsty terrorist groups such Boko Haram (Nigeria), Ansar al Din (Mali), Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab, Hamas… Despite the lip service disclaimer that the “documentary” is about a “few terrorists taking cover behind the Islamic faith to commit terrorism” in Ethiopia, this “documentary” stands as an ugly testament to official state religious intolerance and persecution rarely seen anywhere in Africa.

There are lies, naked lies, damned lies and sleazy lies. "Jihadawi Harakat" is all four. After viewing this revolting “documentary”, I recalled the furious words of the late Meles Zenawi when the European Union Election Observer Group confronted him with the truth about his theft of the May 2010 election by 99.6 percent. Meles was so angry that he got caught, he condemned the EU election report as “trash that deserves to be thrown in the garbage.” This phony, vile, shallow, pretentious, noxious and histrionic docutrash is such a pile of crap that it deserves to be flushed into the sewer.

First, let us establish the facts on the demands of Ethiopian Muslims. According to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent body constituted by the Congress and the President of the United States to monitor religious freedom worldwide:

Since July 2011, the Ethiopian government has sought to impose the al-Ahbash Islamic sect on the country’s Muslim community, a community that traditionally has practiced the Sufi form of Islam. The government also has manipulated the election of the new leaders of the Ethiopia Islamic Affairs Supreme Council (EIASC). Previously viewed as an independent body, EIASC is now viewed as a government-controlled institution. The arrests, terrorism charges and takeover of EIASC signify a troubling escalation in the government’s attempts to control Ethiopia’s Muslim community and provide further evidence of a decline in religious freedom in Ethiopia. Muslims throughout Ethiopia have been arrested during peaceful protests: On October 29, the Ethiopia government charged 29 protestors with terrorism and attempting to establish an Islamic state.

The jihadists are coming, again?!

“Jihadawi Harakat” is not the first time the regime in power in Ethiopia has pulled the jihadist bogeyman out of their back pockets to scare the people of Ethiopia. Back in November 2006, a month before Meles Zenawi's tanks “blitzkrieged” their way into Mogadishu killing tens of thousands of innocent Somali civilians and displacing over a million, I wrote a commentary entitled, "The Jihadists are Coming!" I argued that Meles Zenawi had fabricated the Somali jihadist terrorist threat out of whole cloth to deflect attention from his dismal human rights record and repression and to buy the good will and diplomatic support of the U.S.:

Here we go again! Trot out the Somali jihadist bogeyman (aya jibo). Get out the smoke machine and mirrors. Show time! Act I. Narrator Zenawi: “Somalia is becoming a haven for terrorist. The sheiks of terror have declared an unholy war on Ethiopia, and the U.S. of A. They are on the outskirts. Patriots and countrymen, defend the homeland!…
But the whole jihadist business smacks of political fantasy. It's surreal. Mr. Zenawi says the Somali jihadists and their Al Qaeda partners should be opposed and defeated because they are undemocratic, anti-democratic, oppressive and authoritarian. The jihadists don't believe in human rights and do not allow political or social dissent. They are fanatics who want to impose one-party rule… Duh!!! Has Mr. Zenawi looked at the mirror lately?...
... Mr. Zenawi says the Somali jihadists are lurking behind every desert rock and boulder. He wants Ethiopians to come out and fight them in every hamlet, town and city. We want Ethiopians to come out of the jails and prisons and rejoin their families. We want them to come out into the streets and peacefully express themselves, show their opposition to government policies and actions, engage in constructive dialogue with their fellow citizens and enjoy basic human rights… Now, we have a choice to make. We can follow along the Zenawi Road Show and entertain ourselves with stories of the Somali jihadist bogeyman, Mickey Mouse and the Easter Bunny. Or we can stay focused on the real issues of human rights, civil liberties, the rule of law and democracy in Ethiopia.

Meles used the jihadist bogeyman in 2006 to plunge Ethiopia into the civil war in Somalia. In 2013, his disciples hope to use same jihadist bogeyman to plunge Ethiopia into internecine sectarian civil war.

“Jihadawi Harakat” or the art of Islamophobia
“Jihadawi Harakat” is such a revoltingly amateurish piece of propaganda that one could easily dismiss it as dimwitted cartoonish gibberish and sophomoric fear mongering melodrama. But that would be a serious mistake because this vicious docutrash scandalizes, villiainizes, slanders and vilifies Ethiopia’s Muslim community. As lame and as cynical as this docutrash is, its tacit propaganda aim is to present a “morality play” of “evil” Muslims against “good” Christians. It is intended to scare Christians into believing that the same Muslims with whom they have coexisted peacefully for a millennia have now suddenly been transformed into “Islamic terrorists” and are secretly planning to wage a jihadist war on them to establish an Islamic government. Just as "Akeldama" sought to demonize, dehumanize, anathematize, demoralize and barbarize all of Ethiopia’s dissidents and opposition groups as a confederation of blood thirsty terrorists, “Jihad Harekat” seeks to do exactly the same thing to Ethiopian Muslims by creating Islamophobic hysteria in Ethiopia.

Careful review and analysis shows the ruling regime sought to accomplish a number of propaganda objectives with this docutrash: 1) tar and feather all Muslims who demand respect for their basic human rights and regime non-interference in their religious affairs as blood thirsty terrorists, fanatical jihadists and homicidal maniacs, 2) inflame Christian passions to incite hatred and spread distrust and suspicion against Muslims; 3) vilify Muslims and create a climate of fear, loathing and intolerance which the regime hopes will trigger mass hysteria, persecution and discrimination against Muslims; 4) divert the attention of the population from the desperate economic, social and political issues of the day by feeding them ugly fantasies of jihadists Ethiopian Muslims planting bombs and planning terrorist acts to create an Islamic state, and 5) establish the moral justification for ruthlessly cracking down and clamping down on Muslims who have asked for nothing more than respect for their religious liberties and official non-interference in the administration of their religious affairs. Of course, the regime desperately wants to divert public attention from its massive corruption documented in the World Bank’s exhaustive 448-page report.

Anatomy of a Docutrash
For those who do not wish to waste their time viewing this pile of bull manure (make sure to hold your nose if you must watch it) passing off as a “documentary”, here is a summary. The docutrash opens with a text-image insert announcing, “An evidence-based documentary on a few individuals who have used the Islamic faith as a cover to conduct terrorist activities. A documentary prepared in collaboration with the national intelligence service, federal police and Ethiopian television and radio organization. It presents evidence on how a few individuals have taken cover behind the Islamic faith and tried to implement the terrorist plans of Al Qaeda and Al Shabaab in Ethiopia.”
For 13 seconds, the text image insert slowly recedes on the screen; and without warning the face of a menacing “terrorist” set against a pitch black background emerges and scrolls to the right on the screen for 8 seconds to inspire a foreboding sense of fear and panic in the viewer. The same man whose picture has been photoshopped to make him look wild-eyed and sinister appears and gives the first “evidence” by “confessing” in a soft voice and gentle demeanor, “The jihad is between Muslims and those who are not Muslims.”

The “evidence” presented consists of “confessions” (mostly 2 0r 3 sentence incriminating admissions by the “suspects” unaccompanied by the questions of the interrogators) of some of the 29 terror suspects mentioned in the report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom referenced above. (The terror suspects giving “confessions” are currently on trial and the regime broadcasted the “documentary” in flagrant violation of a court order not to do so.)

Following the “confession” of the man admitting to a jihad between Muslims and non-Muslims, a video clip of riotous young men (insinuating that they are Muslim rioters) running away from something is shown. Video clips likely scarfed from the internet immediately follow showing turbaned and disguised jihadists from all over the world wreaking havoc in unnamed places. A text-image follows announcing, “Boko Haram in Ethiopia.” Young Ethiopian Muslim men are briefly shown at a peaceful gathering protesting. A young Muslim leader is shown speaking to a group and claiming that Muslims are being “accused of being terrorists, criminals and seeking power.” More photos of turbaned and armed terrorists are shown followed by a video clip of Muslim terrorists digging up a cache of arms from a hole in the ground. A bearded Muslim man appears and states, “We have prepared the weapons and the manpower needed for the war against the government and our aim is to establish an Islamic government.” Photomontage of terrorists from other parts of the world brandishing AK47s and RPGs follow along with more video clips of terrorists blowing up buildings. Civilians are shown running away from scenes of terrorists attacks. Unnamed terrorists are shown marching in the bushes. Photoshopped pictures of the same bearded suspects shown at the very beginning of the video are scrolled time and again across the screen to give the creepy impression that the “confessing” suspects are stalking the viewer like beasts of prey. For another 58 minutes, the same theme is repeated over and over again with snippets of “confessions” sandwiched between scenes of armed terrorists and terrorist devastation.

Rule of Law or Rule of Ignoramuses

Leaders of the ruling regime often trumpet their allegiance to and defense of their Constitution. Last September propaganda meister Bereket Simon, after telling and retelling the world the Big Lie about Meles’ health and death, waxed eloquent day after day about constitutional succession and the game of official musical chairs to be played in the post-Meles period. As “communications minister”, Simon authorized the broadcasting of the “Jihadawi Harekat” docutrash. One really wonders how these "champions of the Ethiopian Constitution" seem to be enlightened only about those provisions they like but are willfully benighted about the parts they don’t like such as the rights of the accused. It reminds one of a line from Shakespeare, “The devil can cite Scripture for his purposes.” Are they cunningly malicious or just plain ignorant? For years, I have been saying that preaching constitutional law (the rule of law) to the regime in Ethiopia is like preaching Scripture to a gathering of heathen. These vacuous imposters would not recognize the Constitution if it ran them over like a Mac truck.

What needs to be doubly underscored in the case against the 29 Muslim "terror suspects", including those who allegedly confessed in “Jihadawi Harakat” are three important facts: 1) All of the "suspects" are pretrial detainees entitled to full procedural due process protections provided in the Ethiopian Constitution and various other binding international human rights conventions. 2) There is substantial evidence to show that the "suspects" who allegedly confessed did so under coercion. In the case of one "suspect", for instance, a video of the interrogation and "confession" shows him handcuffed. 3) All of the 29 "terrorism suspects" in custody are political prisoners.
In terms of the flagrant disregard for the constitutional and human rights of the suspects, one cannot be unimpressed by the abysmal depth of ignorance and depraved indifference of the regime leaders. The Ethiopian Constitution under Art. 20 (3) provides: “During proceedings accused persons have the right to be presumed innocent.” They seem to be totally clueless (or don’t give a damn) of their obligation under international human rights conventions which are incorporated expressly into the Ethiopian Constitution under Article 13. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) provides under Art. 11: “Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which they have had all the guarantees necessary for their defence.” The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) under Art. 14 (2): “Everyone charged with a criminal offence shall have the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law.” The African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) provides under Art. 7 (b): “The right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty by a competent court or tribunal.” The presumption of innocence requires that there be no pronouncement of guilt of the defendant by responsible public officials prior to a finding of guilt by a court of law. Moreover, the “confessions” obtained in this docutrash are in flagrant violation of the prohibition on coerced admissions and confessions and the exclusionary rule in Article 19 (5) which provides that the accused “shall not be compelled to make confessions or admissions which could be used in evidence or against them. Any evidence obtained under coercion shall not be admissible.”

The sad irony in the case against the Muslim “terror suspects” is that the kangaroo court which issued the injunction against the broadcasting of the docutrash will not have the integrity or the guts to throw out all of the “confessions” or impose other sanctions including criminal contempt citations against those who willfully disobeyed its order and/or dismiss with prejudice the case against the defendants for such an egregious and outrageous violation of their fair trial rights.

Frankly, I must confess that I take a bit of perverse pleasure in being fully vindicated. For years, I have been saying that there is no rule of law in Ethiopia and the courts are kangaroo courts puppet-mastered by the political bosses. Is there any doubt now that the miscarriage of justice has become justice in Ethiopia?

A desperate dictatorship and the art of sewage politics

With this docutrash, the dictators in Ethiopia have proven not only that they can get lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon rut but also that they are the grandmasters of sewage politics. The fact of the matter is that the only proven cases of terrorist carnage in Ethiopia were committed by the regime. In "Akeldama", the regime claimed "131 terrorist attacks; 339 citizens killed; 363 injured and 25 kidnapped and killed by terrorists" over the preceding decade. However, the official Inquiry Commission established by Meles Zenawi determined that in just a few days following the election in May 2005, security troops under the personal control and command of Meles Zenawi massacred 193 unarmed protesters in the streets and severely wounded another 763. The Commission concluded the “shots fired by government forces [which were intended] not to disperse the crowd of protesters but to kill by targeting the head and chest of the protesters.” In September 2011, the world learned “Ethiopian security forces (had) planted 3 bombs that went off in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on September 16, 2006 and then blamed Eritrea and the Oromo resistance for the blasts in a case that raised serious questions about the claims made about the bombing attempt against the African Union summit earlier this year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.” It was the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa which conducted its own “clandestine reporting” and fingered “GoE (Government of Ethiopia) security forces” for this criminal act. If all other acts of state terrorism committed against Ethiopian civilians were to be included, the body count would be in the hundreds of thousands. Those who point an accusatory index finger to tar and feather others with charges of terrorism should be careful to see which way the other three fingers are pointing.

“Jihadawi Harekat” is a smear campaign designed to vilify, malign, demean and marginalize Ethiopian Muslims. It is a vicious propaganda effort aimed at poisoning the centuries-old peaceful relations between adherents of the Islamic and Christian faiths in Ethiopia. It is an outrageous piece of propaganda designed to promote irrational fears of Muslims and Islam in Ethiopian society and facilitate the creation of conditions that will eventually lead to the persecution, discrimination and exclusion of Muslims from the political, social, economic and public life of the nation. “Jihadawi Harekat” is out-and-out Islamophobia.

We should never tolerate or yield to Islamophobia in Ethiopia!
Release all political prisoners in Ethiopia!

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


Comment from: [Member]


We already know the so called muslim movement in Addis Ababa has nothing to do with Ethiopian muslims nor with any religion in that matter. It is all about creating chaos and unrest in an effort of disrubting our developmental progress. And we know it is all coordinated, financed, and supported in part by the likes of ESAT and abebe gelebaw with its dergue remnant crew, ethio/eritrean review editors almaria and his alter ego eliass kiftaff, etc..
The islamist extrimist were the last hope of the FOOLS & IDIOTS of diaspora losers. As we can see, almaria seems crying so bitterly and out of control.
He never expected his army of distruction to be rounded up without a single shot fired. “For that we thank our security forces for their great job of puting everything under control.”
One of the culprits arrested on the film with the name Aman Assefa, a look alike of eliass kiftaff, said on the interview why he converted to islam was, that it was his childhood dream to be a muslim.
Wow really¿ This guy seems the main recruiter and link assigned and finnanced by ESAT and eliass kiftaff. He runs a juice cafe, where most of the meeting took place, and he explained how he travelled to Kenya and eventually to somalia being trained by alshebab. “If I had a chance to interview this guy, I will water board him a few, to cough out some of the names like eliass kiftaff and abebe gelebaw, who opend that juice cafe for him”
These days the hopeless diaspora wanna be opposition are so desperate, after they lost their last hope of using the Ethiopian muslims as a SACRIFICIAL LAMB. We see them sheding their crocodile tears, on every chance they got, lamenting how muslims are oppressed and mistreated by Ethiopian govt. But the fact of the matter is, muslims in today’s modern day Ethiopia are enjoying their freedom and Ethiopianness more than any time before in the history of the religion islam in Ethiopia.
Almaria told us there is ISLAMOPHOBIA in Ethiopia.
Wow! Really? Mr Pathological liar? I remember when I was 11 years old back home in HIM era, I saw people on the streets of addis shouting “islam yewutta kagrachin", well talk about islamophobia, there you have it.
In today’s Ethiopia, muslims are all about building their country Ethiopia with their Christain brothers and sisters hand in hand together, to eradicate our common enemy poverty. And they are well aware of the intention of the extrimist groups trying to use them for their satanic cause of distruction. And they said no to extrimism, they say no to terrorists, and mostly they say no to the diaspra FOOLS & IDIOTS, who wanted to use them as a SACRIFICIAL LAMB!
The intended net work and web of terror in Ethiopia is dismantled and broken, thanks to our brave intelligent and security forces.
“AFINCHA SIMETTA AYINN YALEQISSAL” as said back home, we see the diaspora wanna be oppos are the ones who sufferd a big blow, cying out loud and in pain, this must be the ten count knockout punch they will never recover from!!

02/18/13 @ 13:33
Comment from: [Member]


No data yet; But the illicit financial resources that is going out of the country recently, after the shifta ring-leader died has exacerbated.

The involvement in the Orthodox religion is writing a new history in dark pen. A history of bending and kneeling down to oppressors.

The Harkat was one of the tasteless, fruitless and worthless game ill performed by the regime. They decided to call the accused persons a terrorist, before even the fake court. A clear violation of rule of law with no accountability.

The prof. Articles are always stupendous and well appreciated!!……


02/18/13 @ 13:42
Comment from: Girume [Visitor]

Mr. Alemayehu G. Mariam you are a great man. You have mentioned good point to what the the Ethiopian dictators(TPLF) are doing, everything that you have mentioned is a fact, keep up the good job.

02/18/13 @ 14:12
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed

Addis zezif,

Well you are teaching us history? But the muslims never succumbed to those terrorists of the Haileselasie day who call us out. But there were also good christians who helped us remove Haileselasie. If you do not know how Muslims were shouting we are the people, then rewind your video or childhood memory. Muslims did not sit while being tarnished. Yes, Derg came and Derg took over most of the struggle of Muslims, but relatively was fair for allowing Muslims Sharia court. Now, we also know that there is what we call “discrimination” based on pure lie by Wayane making films and so on. If Wayane thinks it liberted Muslims that is a miscalculation. We have seen that in many years how things gotten bad after Wayane pushed Muslims to accept Ah Bash by force. Let us not think Meles loved Muslims.

The way you address the Muslims, it is so funny. You betray the Muslim question, then you are denying the problems of Wayane. The name Assefa is a professional trained agent of Wayane and they have not touched him as you wished because they are really not interested in what he says. They paid him to make some luncs for them by opening cafes. You even posted an opinion from one of your agents named Yonas, that Abu Bakir has nothing to do with the allaged Assefa or his terror group. This man was a preacher who wanted to just preach the rights of the Muslims. In a turn around twist you are now saying the protestors are guided by “Diaspora". What a mistaken belief????

Indeed, all Wayanes are pathological liars and lie does not save anyone even Hitler.

So, if you think Muslims will not have Mejlis of their own,
or will not have Mesjid at Axum,
or will not elect their own leaders,
or will not be in power,

then you are going to face stiff opposition from the people.
You are the one who is mocking at Islam on this website and you are telling us that you love us??? Denkem.

02/18/13 @ 14:21
Comment from: teshome [Visitor]

Stupid moron armaria writnig crap every day here on nazret. Useless.

02/18/13 @ 14:26
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed

My advice for Ethiopians. please forget the past at least learn from the past. I few eat like cannnibals only we make happy our former colonialists.

02/18/13 @ 14:41
Comment from: my2cents [Visitor]

Ethiopian version of Arab Spring is active in the form of weekly muslim demonstration. It is probably the wave that inevitably overthrow the long overdo and much hated regime. It is a showdown between two backwards, savages, evil and narrow mind foreign-like forces. However, given the overall global reality, the reaction of the muslims is a necessary evil. You hope for Ittu Abba Farda but get Grang Ahmed instead who is basically a moron and dangerous.

02/18/13 @ 15:40
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Adgi ,what the Hell are you mentioning Abebe Gellaw and ESAT TV on Ethiopian Muslim actions for the respect of their Rights for religious Liberty garanteed by your own (but in fact Fake) constitution .You stink more these Bandits frightened by the Gush Aberra cases and many more of your Djelles .As said Prof Al ,the agazi
bandits are exploiting the crisis by
insiting religious wars between christians and muslims .The usual Chaos Theory masterminded by Tyrants as a means to preserve their powers with their Motto of “Divide and Rule” .

02/18/13 @ 16:06
Comment from: my2cents [Visitor]

Haile Selassie gave muslims grace and honor. Muslims were never vilified then as they are now despite what the likes of Grang Ahmed think. Muslims are the necessary evil that is most likely to play the role of unseating the long overdue ravenous minority regime. Sharia Law is not going to cut it. It is evil and won’t stand the test of time like many evils. Arab Spring does not have any viable plan except Sharia Law. Not even one muslim scholar including the two outstanding British and U.S based Iranian-born scholars could clearly define the larger current muslim movements. The so called Arab Spring was actually an African Spring and it was created to serve one purpose only as in: … yeAfricaw chekla serut mengedun yeTsehay mewchawen.

02/18/13 @ 16:08
Comment from: Nenewe [Visitor]

Prof Al,

Here is what we have right now in Ethiopia: On one hand the regime has for sometime now muslims between its teeth unwilling to soften its stance probably fearing it might set a precedent, on the other hand the opposition/dissidents/regime detractors have got yet another powerful weapon to discredit and tarnish the regime.

The reality may probably lie somewhere in between.

Regaring corruption, we don’t even need independent reports and studies to believe the endemic corruption that is bringing the country to its knees.Only those who might benefit from the rotten system deny it. The country’s political & socio-economic malaise revolves around the systemic corruption the regime has put in place. A blind man can see that.

As to the muslims issue in Ethiopia, in my view the prof has made his analysis from one perspective, the view of those hardcore opponents of the regime. Some of your analysis go even further to give readers the impression that what is going on is Islamophobia. That is irresponsible.

The regime may have miscaluculated and subsequently mishandled the whole issue. Even so it has legitimate concerns about foreign hands in the affairs of muslims in Ethiopia. The regime believes rightly so that some elements in the muslim population have taken the law ito their hands and more worrisome have darker motives probably encourged by Ethiopia’s historical& mortal enemies. majority of Ethiopia’s muslims population have nothing to do with these elements and their faith shouldn’t be at the center of the gov’t crackdown on what it sees as extremist tendencies in the ranks of their leaders.

There is no half-way democracy nor half-way dictatorial regime. The gov’t has been used to have its way. To give in to their demands now would undermine its credibility at a time when it is dealing with multitude of challenges directed at its monopoly of the country’s politicl, economic, and social life in the country.

The regime may have unwittingly, opened the pandora’s box. The documentry aired on ETV shouldn’t have been allowed. It might have drawn the attention of the people for as long as the program lasted but it wouldn’t achieve its intended goals whatever it may be.

02/18/13 @ 16:25
Comment from: [Member]

They say if somebody farts consistantly for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
Here is the easy solution for Iranian govt for their desire to own an atomic bomb.
They should hire TEDDY and ment4you, two luutty asshole shabians, and put them in one room, a device stuck in their ass, feeding them their favorite food big bean burrito. In less than 7 years, TEDDY and ment4you’s consistant fart could be used as productive.
There you’ve it, Cost effective and easy way of owning a nuclear bomb for the Iranians. HaHa!

02/18/13 @ 17:08
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]

Alemayoh G. Mariam and likes

Look at you toothless enemies that you are doing your weekly foolish crying….LOL.

Thanks to the heroic EDF that kept all the tumble maker external and the sellout enemies have limited onlyto their daily or weekly cyber barking or bluffing……LOL.

Therefore, all the enemies should know that the Ethiopian people are proud of their government and their security forces that they are working hard jointly to keep their country free from those terrorists.

Also, those toothless enemies should know that the Ethiopian government and its people don’t really care wether those enemies scared of being cought crossing the redlines, because all they care is to keep Ethiopia safe from those evil enemie and to develop their country…

God bless the world!

02/18/13 @ 17:10
Comment from: MIMI [Visitor]



02/18/13 @ 18:36
Comment from: ager wodad [Visitor]
ager wodad

@to gragn mohammed and other muslim scolars
Forget al and his loser analysis,how come you did not refute assta b. gettu`s points about islam.He refered many verses from koran.It is your responsibilty to defend mohammed`s teachings.

02/18/13 @ 19:29
Comment from: HagereEthiopia [Visitor]

Really AZ? Do you really expect anyone here in the West and other world countries, including Ethiopia will believe that ESAT and Abebe Gelaw are funding the Muslims of Ethiopia? Or do you expect us to belive all those people, young & old, women, children, all those out protesting are not Ethiopian but terrorists bought by… AG and ESAT? Are you crazy? No you are not. You are a woyane, an intentional kal abay. Leba just like your bosses. I only read the first paragraph of your insult to everyone’s intelligence. I know you will push this at any cost, it is what you do. You lie, just like the rotting corps Meles. I should say.. the day that ‘mafaker’ chocked, was the best day for every Ethiopian.

I am one in the Diaspora, never supported the Muslim muvement, nor any force to destabilize Ethiopia no matter how much I hate Woyane. I know no one in the diaspora will do that kind of anti Ethiopia funding. If it were to bring down Meles or the Tplf thugs at arat killo one by one, I would. I’d pay for the bullet. But not to a point where there will be mass unrest. No no.. your attempt at fear mongering is going to get you in trouble. No more planting bombs in Addis, Okay AZ?

addis zemen [Visitor]

We already know the so called muslim movement in Addis Ababa has nothing to do with Ethiopian muslims nor with any religion in that matter. It is all about creating chaos and unrest in an effort of disrubting our developmental progress. And we know it is all coordinated, financed, and supported in part by the likes of ESAT and abebe gelebaw with its dergue remnant crew, ethio/eritrean review editors almaria and his alter ego eliass kiftaff, etc..
The islamist extrimist were the last hope of the FOOLS & IDIOTS of diaspora losers. As we can see, almaria seems crying so bitterly and out of control..”

02/18/13 @ 21:20
Comment from: [Member]

Hagereethiopia wanna be, the wounded toothless old dog,…

Easy on that melekiya areqe dude! I’ve no idea what you’re trying to tell us. But one thing I noticed, you like to mention a dead person’s name again and again cursing him. Well he is not hear to defend himself, or I can’t talk for him. If you have some thing to prove, come straight to the point loser!
Any way, it is too late for you. Just go home and lick your wounds. It is not the way to get even with whom ever kicked your ass. What an asshole!

02/18/13 @ 21:42
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed


The last time I checked the Ethiopian movement, they only said:

1. We are all Abubekir

2. We are Assefa Esmail the owner of the dubious Juice café.

I mean who in the hell is this man called Assefa whose name nobody knows, whose whereabouts nobody finds, to be the main actor of the fake drama the ETV transmitted??????

How on earth do you think Muslims will die for the original friend of Wayane (Birhanu Nega)? OrSome kind of Diaspora Abebe Gelaw who is fighting for his own life let alone lead some very impeccable movement the African continent has never seen, not even the Eastm not even the West like the Frence revolution? Not even asingle paper has been burnt, not a single fly has been hashed away, not a single Wayane has been touched, not a single shot has been fired, not as single fight has occurred (except the Wayane who tortured our people on the streets particularly using their female soldier surrogates),; not even a single jam of traffic has happened, etc…

The point is Wayane wanted to make this movement one of the Hizbullah like but utterly failed.

I do not know why many experts have not commented on this movement especially the so called Amhara elites to my disaapointment including Mesfin Woldemariam. Mesfin knows this is an indigineous movement but has no gut to say it out loud. I am ashamed of Professor Mesfin, who is on his death bed row literally to not get the boldness to speak.

We know the anger of Azefefe, he could not stop this internationally impressive movement. All of us one by one will taste the hard water board of Wayane that Abu Bekir tasted until our freedom from Axum to Gambela.

02/18/13 @ 22:08
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

The hunger, the thirst, and the greed for power

The good professor is not just hungry for food, is not just thirsty for water, and is not just greedy for power, but he is sick and dying before his hunger, his thirst, and his greed for power are met.

The main problem he is facing now is how to meet his crucial needs unless he does something extraordinary miraculous acts the Muslim Prophet Muhammad had never even performed, acts that could appeal to his partial audiences – the Ethiopian Jihadist Muslim leaders who are arming some of their followers and stationing them at our borders with our hostile Islamic countries.

His performing, deceptive, and tricky act in the power of which his future career depends to achieve his goal to become, one day, the prime minister of Ethiopia, is to entice the Ethiopian Muslim terrorists to continue protesting on the streets of Addis Ababa until the Ethiopian Christian government collapses and the good Professor, changing his religion to Islam, becomes a Muslim emperor or a Muslim prime minister of Ethiopia, a Muslim country. Whether it works or not, this is the card he has been playing with and deceiving the indigenous Ethiopian Christians by betraying them to their historical enemies, the Ethiopian Jihadist Muslims.

The Ethiopian Jihadist Muslims, no doubt, are delighted to have someone like the good Professor who represents their Jihadism in his weekly article and shares their views with his diaspora Jihadist opposition leaders – the nightly wolves ready to snatch power from the Ethiopian Christian government and convert the country to Islam so that they could get the glory from the Arab-Muslim world and the financial help they need to run their new Muslim country.

The Professor claims Christians and Muslims in Ethiopia have lived together in peace “for a millennia.” This is a misleading statement often stated repeatedly, mostly, by the Jihadist Ethiopian Muslims to buy time until they are ready to make a surprise attack against the peace-loving Ethiopian Christians. Ethiopian Christians should not buy that deceptive statement any longer: As the Ethiopian Jihadist Muslims, encouraged by Professor Alemayehu Gebre Mariam and his likes, are preparing themselves to attack us, we Ethiopian Christians must be ready to counter attack our enemies – the Ethiopian Jihadist Muslims. We see them marching and protesting every week on the streets of our city. This means they are rehearsing for war, for destruction, and for the total annihilation of the Christian Church in the Christian land of Ethiopia.

We know what they did to our Christian ancestors when their Muslim leader Gragn Ahmed attacked our Christian Country and burned down our Holy Churches and monasteries. Professor Alemayehu would never tell you that Muslims are the ruthless enemies of Ethiopia. He wouldn’t even tell you that the Somali Muslims who attacked us during Mengistu Haile Mariam leadership had an ambition to take Harar, Ogaden, and even our capital city, Addis Ababa. And all the Ethiopian Muslims have this ambition to takeover our Christian country and change it to a Muslim state if they get a chance.

I am certain the Ethiopian Jihadist Muslims are depending on Professor Alemayehu Gebre Mariam to convince Washington to send them some sophisticated weapons and several military advisors to destabilize our Christian government. For this and other reasons, we must always be ready.

To discredit the visionary Meles Zenawi’s statements, Professor Alemayehu writes: “Mr. Zenawi says the Somali jihadists are lurking behind every desert rock and boulder. He wants Ethiopians to come out and fight them in every hamlet, town and city.” Even though I have never been one of the supporters of Meles Zenawi, I admire him for inspiring his armies to fight the Somali Jihadists wherever they are because these Jihadist Somali Muslims have close connections with the Ethiopian Jihadist Muslims, with the North Sudanese Jihadist Muslims, and with many other Islamist terrorist. We have to fight them before it is too late; we have to stop the Islamist protests in our cities, towns and villages.

Ethiopian Muslims have never been denied of exercising their rights such as their religious freedom and expressing their views, but they cannot prevent the government from interfering in their Jihadist movement to commit a terrorist act on the innocent Ethiopian citizens. Therefore, the Professor’s argument that the Ethiopian Muslims “…have asked for nothing more than respect for their religious liberties and official non-interference in the administration of their religious affairs” is not convincing.

No one has ever taken away the religious freedom the Ethiopian Muslims have been enjoying for 1400 years in the Christian land of Ethiopia, but time has changed and many of the Ethiopian young Muslims have been radicalized, thanks to Professor Alemayehu Gebre Mariam’s weekly article and support, and these Jihadist Ethiopian Muslims are determined to change Ethiopia from the land of peace into the land of blood and turmoil we see every day in Syria and many other Muslim countries.

To prevent Ethiopia from becoming the land of blood, the Ethiopian Christian government has a moral duty to use and show any documentary film that demonstrates the realities of the horrors of Islamist terrorist groups commit all over the world on non-Muslims, and such documentary films help the Ethiopian Christians understand the bestial behaviors of any terrorist Muslims.

However, the Professor says: “This “documentary” is nothing less than a declaration of an unholy war against Ethiopian Muslims.”

When the Professor says “unholy war,” which means he believes in Jihad, a Muslim holy war that the Jihadist Muslims declare every time when they see someone is criticizing their religion or their prophet Muhammad, but he is mistaken in using the terms “un holy war” because no one has ever declared a holy war on Ethiopian Muslims. The term “holy” or “unholy” war has never been used in the Christian land of Ethiopia except by Gragn Muhammad, who used Jihad (holy war) against the Ethiopian Christians.

Mr. Alemayehu Gebre Mariam, wherever Muslims live in a greater number in the non-Muslim countries, there is always Islamophobia. There are over 30 million Muslims in Ethiopia, and most of them are preparing themselves secretly to strike against the Ethiopian Christians at any time once they get a green light from you and from other Ethiopian diaspora Jihadist Muslim leaders.

Therefore, you should not say whatever the Ethiopian Christian government shows to its citizens concerning Jihadism in Ethiopia is Islamophobia. Islamophobia is not just in the leadership of the Ethiopian Christian government, it is everywhere in the world as far as Muslims are terrorizing the whole world, and that is why I pray for World War III to happen so that we can destroy Islam and its Jihadist Muslims who are killing us every hour. Then the Ethiopian Muslim protest will end, and you will have no chance to go back to Ethiopia and become emperor or prime minister of the Ethiopian people. Poor Professor!

02/18/13 @ 22:42
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Adgi , you have the real opportunity to propose your own Ass Hole ,widely arranged by Shabya and Saudis .Your Fart can produce 100 Times of Energy as the Fake Renaissace Dam…LOL !!!By the
way your donkey Bros Adgi Goma (To Teddy )is still looking for you specially your Hay Stack…LOL !!!!

02/18/13 @ 23:19
Comment from: Nenewe [Visitor]

Gragn Ahmed [Visitor],

If one follows the pattern of your comments one can easily finds out two things:

First, you appear to be only interested in topics related to muslims and their misconception of being unfairly treated by successive regimes in Ethiopia, particularily by the current one.

Second, your resentment is not contained to the regim’s alleged mistreatment of muslims in Ethiopia.In your paranoia you seem to think of the current confrontation between muslims and the regime as something directed at the religion.

In what order do you put your identity? First muslim, then your ethnicity, and for lack of anything else an Ethiopian, I guess?

All ethiopians suffer at the hands of the regime and you seem to be concerned about it only when it involves muslims.

Many muslims don’t share your views and historical resentments. This kind of attitude is what the regime uses to justify its actions on otherwise innocent law abiding majority of muslims.

More non-muslims have been the victim of the anti-terrorism law than muslims. this gives you an idea how dictatorial regimes operate. The regime doesn’t care about your faith and it is the least of its concern.What is important to the regimle is total control of the society and whatever law it passes is enforced unquestionably.

BYW, can you tell me what this impressive & impeccable mov’t that nobody seems to have noticed, let alone comment on?

02/19/13 @ 05:34
Comment from: [Member]

አዲስ ዘመን የሚባለው የ ወያኔዎች ቀንደኛ ካድሬ በ ናዝረት መጥቶ ካልተሳደበ ክፍያ ከ አራት ኪሎ አይላክለትም::
ከዚያ ቀጥሎ የተቀሩት ካድረዎች የየድርሻቸውን ይሳደባሉ
ኢ ህ አ ዴ ግ ከ አራት ኪሎ ጎበዞች ይላቸውና ገዘቡን ይሰጣቸዋል::
ወደ ቁም ነገሩ ልመለስና ፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ እንደጻፈው
እስላምን የሚያራክስ የ ፕሮፓጋንዳ ፊልም ያሰራጨው የወያኔ መንግስት ምን ያህል ውጥረት ውስጥ እንዳለ ያረጋግጣል::

02/19/13 @ 06:20
Comment from: Ts [Visitor]

Can you make journey toward solution and development?

It is perplexed for we failed to disentangle ignorance from selfishness. Others fled out from one’s own homeland, felt emotional isolation over a get out of a chance to survive, others were lost for once and all. I feel difficulty to express when I read, heard but rarely saw it. Such individuals and by large political parties (e.g. G-7, OLF, ONLF etc) would recall the aggression that was placed on them and, moreover, was confiscated. These despised parties and individuals work against GEO to give back a rancorous treatments.

Peasants and other people who may not yet get any infliction or brought it are leading their own life and live for their own family. They hope tomorrow is better than yesterday to barely afford living costs.

GEO seem now set up towards developments, and may have a rueful feeling of the past pains. The marked death has gone, but the emotions are none trifling especially for people who lost friends, family and relatives. So the taught is there but the action was whatsoever happened.

I ask GEO, individuals and parties to reunite by extending a generous forgiveness for betterment of an economically poor people. GEO may be expected to give back some properties which belong to others. GEO may also be expected to release political parties and other innocents, to give warrantee of no further prosecution and to waive any judgements against political parties.

The political parties are also expected to contribute in the development of the country (e.g. Dam, Oil etc) and, if they wish, they can also return back to their homeland and lead their life.
Three Questions:

1) Is GEO willing to make reconciliation with all political parties?

2) Are Political parties willing to agree with the GEO willingness?

3) After all, is that really a difficult task to both of you: GOE and political parties to bring a real development rather than to create an endless allegation?

If you people don’t make for yourself and for yours, if you don’t create a simple negotiation, you will simply waste your time, resources and energy, and further, will defame to each others, and will contribute none positive things for the poor.

02/19/13 @ 06:22
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed


May be you join the debate late but I stand for the rights of oppressed. By any measure Muslims have been oppressed the most. If you are a christian and do things that oppose the government then you are likely to be viewed as more potentially an enemy working for Arabs, or Egyptians our historic enemies. My aim is not here to preach if Islam is wrong, or if Islam needs to dominate the world or Ethiopia. What I say is the respect for the right of Ethiopians be it in ethnic terms or in religious terms to free themselves from bondage that has been rampant in our society. I never wished a disintegration of our land or water. I never advocated the use of water for the benefit of others the likes of Egypt. That is not my mentality and that is not my religion. My religion asks me to treat everybody as human including christians. So, I do not see the reason why I should hate Egypt. EHAPA and ELF (Jebha) worked with Egypt. Meles used Egyptian passport. Meles called himself half Yemeni. And honestly I do not think we should hate any one including Arabs. Particularly the North should not hate the Arabs. One thing, we have been historically linked, one through Islam and second through Christianity, and third through Judaism. All these three religions have antique history that is not to be found any where else except in the original cities of the Jerusalem, Mecca and Medina. We have Axum and We have Harar, the next useful cities in the continent outside of Middle East.

But unfortunately, the Muslims have been out of the map from Ethiopian history and out of the conversation of Ethiopian politics. So, it may sound I argue for Muslims, but I am actually talking about the struggle of the whole populations. Yes, Wayane is torturing all Ethiopians, but he is trying to appease the Christians by acting aggressively against Muslims. Now, this has been the strategy of Haileselasie or Menelik II or Yohannes IV. I am not blaming the whole christian Kings. But I am also blaming some christians who do not feel the pain of Muslims especially professorrs. If the large christian population do not understand the gravity of the discrimination then we are not going to be strong country. But I am sure the Axum residents do not mind if a Muslim builds a Mesjid. but few fanatics can easily derail that spirit. It is our obligation to make that become a reality.

02/19/13 @ 12:00
Comment from: [Member]

To Asa B Kentu: the atheist ,behavioral son of Judas Iscariot, descendent of Arius, reverend of slaughter, messenger of Beelzebub, ….

Memorizing, mentioning and, or quoting different versus from the bible will not show that you are even a Jesus follower; to be exact a christian.

For confusion and distraction you write a lot, but your main task is to create a division by preaching hatred, quarrel and Murder. Your deed speaks aloud.

Your assignment is clear. No brotherhood, no coexistence, no cooperation, no unity, no connection, no association, no, no ,no…

.. Let alone read it, even scrolling your comment is taking my much needed precious time. You aren’t lending us a free time so try to limit your bla bla bla….


02/19/13 @ 12:32
Comment from: Bethihu [Visitor]

Gragn Ahmed

I have to admire you for honesty that you never hide your feeling that nothing interest you other than to see Ethiopia being under sharia law. Even so, you know it that it is a wild and an imaginary dream.

Also, you guys should becareful not to push hard the inosent citizens Ethiopian sociaty for the sake of peaceful existance for all? Because, you and I know that when people have left whith no oppositions, but to defend their country against sellout and mouthpiece of enemies, the result will be davestating…

Therefore,! Gragn Ahmed, my Ethiopian country man, please don’t try to make us all as radical as you sound to be? Let us exist in peace regardless our religion, and ethnic deferences? Most of all, pleace leave the peaceful Ethiopian Muslim alone?! That all I have to say for now.

God bless the world!

02/19/13 @ 13:02
Comment from: [Member]

You’re simply a desperate Neftegna crying out loud for recognition.

You’re simply hoping something magical will happen to reverse the acomplishment. Sorry! Its not happening.

All of your past writings have been proven to be a naked lie. Please, spread peace not hate.

02/19/13 @ 13:23
Comment from: [Member]

Mr 2cents brain,…

It is RODOLFO, not Adolfo!

02/19/13 @ 14:19
Comment from: amlakaman [Visitor]

I say we change the name Almariam to ,
A “FOOL & AN IDIOT". I will post how he looks in real life , he doesn’t look like a girl like he posted . he is a macho man .

02/19/13 @ 18:45
Comment from: [Member]

@ Asa B Kentu

Ha ha ha ha….! Goodness! Gracious! Which part of nerve i touched did it make you insult the poor Muslims faith as such?
What happened to the bible lessons and the preaching?

There are cowards who hide in the name of Christians to provoke others and incite their hidden agenda. It should be time to tell this parasites that , we as a Christian , know our faith and defend it from such infiltrators.
It is no time for toads who are sending their toffee-noses to Christian faith.
Mr Kentu who has been a verminous Intruder, crawling worm who is son of a mangy dog is not entitled to speak or mention about holy books.

His thirst to see shed blood makes him similar to vampire. His deeds go along to bad and devilish sprits. His greed to see pierce flesh makes him comparable to a wild beast. His words are only of howling.

” protect us from such evil ” AMEN!!…..


02/19/13 @ 19:15
Comment from: To Ment4you [Visitor]
To Ment4you

Ante Yedoro Manekia Shermuta Lij.

Scribbling highly malicious false statements does not require intellect or wisdom. All it takes is an evil mind and twisted heart. You are a living evidence to that. Even the lunatic boyfriend of yours by the name of TEDDY is no lesser than you in such aspect notwithstanding his stupidity, low IQ, bad English and failing mental health.

02/19/13 @ 21:25
Comment from: Proud Quffar [Visitor]
Proud Quffar

There is nothing called islamophobia. There is a real reason to be disgusted about aggressive and hateful jihadists, and one should strike preemptively at these wahabists/salafists. These idiots insist on imposing 7th century desert dogma on everyone, if you tell them to stop they cry “islamophobia". I agree with Pat condell fully who asserts that there is indeed islamophobia-nausea. Being sick and tired of submitting to undeserved demands of stupid jihadists.

02/20/13 @ 06:48
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Gashe mamo, Gashe Gegemo, Gashe Gimo, Gashe woosho, Gashe Abisho (visitor),

Flittering from Christianity to Islam and from Islam to Christianity, lacking comestible in a tumultuous house run by an imperious father and a pugnacious mother, exposing his naked and bulging stomach to the elements, standing at someone’s door during lunch time for a piece of bread to be thrown to him, rolling up and down his misty eyes as he watches others eat their delicious meal, running away in tears when he couldn’t see any person with a generous heart offering him a glass of water to quench his thirst, entering an un attended home and getting away with some pennies left on a table, trembling in fear of being caught for stealing someone’s coins in someone’s house, resting under a tree in the shade of which he has started counting the stolen coins, scattering and throwing away the coins as his eyes descry in the distance two people who look like police coming toward him, moving away as quick as possible from that green tree in the woods and finding shelter in a cave inhabited by hundreds of bats, spending a night in the cave fighting with the merciless bats, waking up early morning with an empty stomach and finding himself to a near death, Gashe Mamo, the abandoned child, finally gives himself up to police and the police throw him in the pokey where he spends a number of years.

Being haunted by his early melancholic experience, Gashe Mamo eats meal catche-as-catch-can because on a moving day everything is packed, and he is still moving from place to place, from one state to another state that pays a better welfare check. Gashe Mamo has not yet studied his lesson carefully I gave him earlier when he was in that dark pokey, and that is why I caught him cold. Any way, Gashe Mamo wouldn’t be caught dead in the necktie he stole as he was cleaning his master’s house.

Very soon, I will catch Gashe Mamo in the neck because he has forgotten to recall my words and to treasure them in his heart when he is in turmoil. He is, in fact, a child ignored and a child lost!

02/20/13 @ 11:45
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Proud Quffar (visitor),

Proud Quffar, I am proud of you! You are right we have to strike at the Ethiopian Jihadist Muslims preemptively before they strike at us with all the forces they have been gathering from their Islamic agents. If they do, it will be our fault for allowing them to protest the whole year instead of banning their protest and rendering it illegal.

02/20/13 @ 11:58
Comment from: Ras Thomas and Associates of Ethiopian Patriots [Visitor]
Ras Thomas and Associates of Ethiopian Patriots

Mr. Alamanyehu,
You didn’t know what you are doing now. The hate you have for your fellow
Ethiopian in power now made you crazy.
your crave to power made you forgot all who you are and your people and country.
You are jealousy made you to work for your traditional enemy, who deterred your people to use their Nile water and their mineral resource such oil to be extracted from land of Ethiopia. Now, you reached a level, you opposed Ethiopia to build their own dams.
Who you are?
You pretend that you support your Amhara people, while you divide Ethiopians. But, truth is Amharas are real Ethiopians, who are patriots than everybody else. and if Ethiopia loose, Amhara will loose
so, go to tell you trash talk to poor Eritrean Hamasins, who desebrate to see Ethiopia failed, but God of bible,Israel and of course is protector of African Zion Abyssinia. You and Eritreans are failed. All world is with Ethiopia:
USA,Europe East & West,Great China,
All Asia,Russia, our African brothers and sisters, and even Arabs your masters are trying to make relationships with Ethiopia.
Everybody in world wants to make relations with big, successful country economically, militarily and diplomatically nobody wants poor,failed country in economy,diplomacy and militarily country such as Eriteria.
Sorry for Eritreans.

02/20/13 @ 13:08
Comment from: [Member]

Muslims and Christians have lived in peace since the Prophet sent his followers to the land of Peace until the time of Gran Mohammed in which conflict took root. It is historically true that Muslims were oppressed by the ruling governments. But the people have always found to intermingle, to find a common ground of tolerance among themselves. In Wollo you find Christians who have Muslim names. In all struggles Muslims and Christians have stood together to fight oppression. From centuries ago Muslim traders used to say, even our camels smell the incense of the Orthodox Church. currently there are no Christians who do not have Muslim relatives. The Ethiopian Muslim and Christians are true brothers. Your crocodile tear is to find and exagerrate the fault line of conflict. “Tourist BILA” ale Esatu! Wey Almariam, lekas endih yemogn Chole NEH.

02/20/13 @ 14:05
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Gragn Ahmed (Visitor),

On February 19, 2013 at about 12:00 noon, you stated on this web site:

“My religion asks me to treat everybody as human including christians.”

1. Is your religion different from the religion of your prophet Muhammad, who killed over 900 innocent Jews of Yathrib (Sahih Muslim - 1769)?

2. Is your religion different from the 9/11 Islamist terrorists who destroyed over 3000 New Yorkers?

3. Is your religion different from the Islamist Boko Haram that burned many Christian Churches and killed hundreds of Nigerian Christians?

4. Is your religion different from those 29 Ethiopian Jihadist Muslims who have been plotting to overthrow the Ethiopian Christian government?

5. Is your religion different from those Ethiopian Muslims who supported Gragn Ahmed and killed many Ethiopian Christians?

6. Is your religion different from the Algerian terrorist Muslims who amputated the arms of many Malian citizens?

7. Is your religion different from the religion recorded in Quran that says any person who leaves Islam must be killed (Quran 4:90).

8. Is your religion different from the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s religion that oppresses the Egyptian Coptic Christians?

9. Is your religion different from the Somali religion that stoned a young Somali girl to death on October 26, 2012 for an illegal sex?

10. Is your religion different from the Pakistani, Sudanese, Iraqi, Saudi, Iranian, Turkish, Indonesian, and Kurdistan religion?

Tell me the truth, Gragn Ahmed! How do I know your religion treats every person as a human being? If so, why is a Muslim woman in your religion considered a domestic animal? Why is she subjected to abuse and beating by her husband?

I know you are not going to tell me the truth because your religion tells you to lie, and you always lie. For example:

On August 24, 2010, you said: “Yohannes the fourth of Tigria asked Muslims to convert because he believed they were threats when he failed he killed them all.”

If he, indeed, had killed all Ethiopian Muslims, I wish he had done that, you wouldn’t be here today, ridiculing the Ethiopian Christian kings, the Ethiopian Christian history, and threatening to destroy the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church and to establish a Muslim state in the Christian land of Ethiopia.

Tell the truth, my friend, and the “truth will make you free.”

02/20/13 @ 14:39
Comment from: Gragn Ahmed [Visitor]
Gragn Ahmed

Assta Getu,

I wish I had a time to respond to you. My level is a bit high up. I will not go down to the level you are going. I wish you good luck with your die hard fight for Christianity. I will do the same for Muslims.

02/20/13 @ 16:59
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Gragn Ahmed (Visitor),

Running from one Muslim country to another and collecting a huge amount of money from the wealthy Arab-Muslim nations to finance your Ethiopian Jihadist Muslim Movement in Addis Ababa and to make your movement ready and efficient to attack the Ethiopian Christians when the right time comes have finally left you speechless and powerless to respond to my terse comment.

However, I am glad your “level is a bit high up,” perhaps, higher than the level of your treasonous Ethiopian Jihadist Muslims, ready to overthrow the Ethiopian Christian government within less than a year according to my sources, but how come you are not going down to the lowest level when you declared publicly that Ate Yohannes had killed all Muslims in Ethiopia! Such unfounded accusation of yours against one of our beloved Christian kings disqualifies you from entering Muhammad’s brothel in paradise where the 72 virgin girls are kept to serve the Muslim martyrs and to satisfy their sexual needs.

I testify you are the most dedicated and hard-working Ethiopian Muslim in inspiring the Ethiopian Jihadist Muslims to betray the Ethiopian Christian government and form their own Islamic Caliphate in the Christian land of Ethiopia.

I hope your project to harm the Ethiopian Christians who protected your ancestors from being hanged by the citizens of Mecca will collapse and with it may all the enemies of Christian Ethiopia – the Muslims – go down to the darkest earthly black hall!

Reminder to my Ethiopian Christians:

Muslims believe after resurrection there will be sex in heaven, but we Christians follow the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, who said:

“At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven” (Matthew 22:30).

The Muslims will tell you they accept Jesus Christ; however, they do not accept what Jesus taught: they only accept what Muhammad had told them.

02/20/13 @ 19:37
Comment from: Melt [Visitor]

Addis Zemen…

I did not read your post entirely, but this caught my eyes, “… I remember when I was 11 years old back home in HIM era, I saw people on the streets of addis shouting “islam yewutta ‘kagrachin". That is an absolute lie. I’m from Harrar region, and I was about your age back then, when it happened and did participate in the event. But it was ‘arab yewutta’ and NOT ‘islam yewutta’. The reason was, all trade was monopolized by the arabs, where the farmers including Muslim farmers were underpaid for their products such as chat, millet, soybean, corn, coffee, in the name of the islam religion. That was not all,,,they were the importers and exports of the goods sold by the small shop/kiosk owners. The arabs also not only looked down upon the citizens, but also used and abused our women. So, people nation wide were angry about the arabs and their behaviors, and vented their anger by taking it to the streets, so it was never about Muslim yewutta. Thus, you’re distorting facts or your memory is deceiving you.

To this day, I’ve great Muslim friends of Gurage and Aderea origions from way back..So please calm down, and be wise in your comments…as you seem to unleash some long harbored hate and anger.

02/21/13 @ 00:10
Comment from: Kena Keb [Visitor]
Kena Keb

After having read the series of articles by Alemayehu G/Mariam, I am sure many of us have begun to visualize a person who has skilfully concealed his political background but is clearly on a mission that is propelling him to incite,come what may, violence and nihilism in his own country. He has in many occasions picked up situations in Ethiopia which he thought would be a rife ground for disorder and violence but his futile attempts were repeatedly rebuffed by his targeted section of the population. As of lately, a split group of the Orthodox christian religion mainly in the US have been making scenes disapproving the leadership of the mother church in Ethiopia. Likewise, some muslims in Ethiopia are claiming that their religious rights are not getting due respect and are even violated. It is on this fertile and sensitive ground of alleged discontentment that Alemayehu, Birhanu Nega and all anti-Ethiopia diaspora elements are sheepishly making noises to which their mouth piece ESAT is helping by putting more false allegations and fuel to instigate disturbances.
When religion is no more religion but is used as a political tool, then it ceases to function as a way in which human beings connect with their creator in search of piece, redemption and all that their religion entails to their souls. The repeated failures by the political opposition parties/groups both within and without our country to exist as credible political entities can not be rescued by religious extremism. The Ethiopian constitution respects the rights of its citizens to religion of their choices but when religion turns into a movement of extremism, the Ethiopian government has to make sure that law and order are put in place and the constitution respected.
As in the past, the Ethiopian people are by far more conscious and aware of the political motives that lie behind these sinister motives and have shown utter disdain and disapproval to these calls. The international network of religious extremism is already creating havoc and terror in many countries so this attempt to put our country into this quagmire of hatred and disorder is inane,vacuous and very dangerous not only for Ethiopia but for the entire region.

Ethiopia is prospering and shall continue to prosper!!

02/21/13 @ 01:09
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Kena Keb (visitor),

If it had happened, as you said, to the Arabs, then, believe me, it would happen to the Muslims unless these Muslims stop protesting every week and dehumanizing the past and the present Ethiopian Christian government; the rest of the Ethiopian people are watching the Muslim protest in Addis Ababa very carefully.

02/21/13 @ 01:30
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

Adgi (To Teddy) ,now you have hanged
yourself ,you have Nothing to do than sticking your fingers in your Ass Holes .Even Agazi bandits and Tigre Mafiosis are not really interested by your STINKY ASS HOLE..LOL !!!! You can try ,with your Neighbor’s Dogs and even Horses if by accidednt there are somes in the area…LOL !!!

02/21/13 @ 01:51
Comment from: Kena Keb [Visitor]
Kena Keb

The word piece in the sentence of my earlier comment …."human beings connect with their creator in serch of ….” should be replaced by peace. My error.

02/21/13 @ 02:03
Comment from: Ebssa [Visitor]

This article was confusing/ un coherent for me and was hard to get the whole point. Professor, please use your time to write some useful article…do not write to just write once every Monday. I am sorry to say that but you just wasted my time. In the mean time, I suggest you watch this video…It can be an eye opening for you and also for everybody. At least, it was for me. I suggest everybody watch it:—

02/21/13 @ 03:51
Comment from: Deresa [Visitor]


Egyptian was behind since 1970s and was consulted to advise how to “tack the repressive gov´t in Ethiopia….” by muslims….see the video below. So is this religious issue or political issue, i need you answer Al? tnx

02/21/13 @ 06:33
Comment from: Deresa [Visitor]


Egyptian was behind since 1970s and was consulted to advise how to “tack the repressive gov´t in Ethiopia….” by muslims….see the video below. So is this religious issue or political issue, i need you answer Al? tnx

02/21/13 @ 06:34
Comment from: Assta B. Gettu [Visitor]
Assta B. Gettu

Correction: Melt (visitor), not Kena Keb (visitor)

02/21/13 @ 09:48
Comment from: Ebssa [Visitor]

This article was confusing/ un coherent for me and was hard to get the whole point. Professor, please use your time to write some useful article…do not write to just write once every Monday. I am sorry to say that but you just wasted my time. In the mean time, I suggest you watch this video…It can be an eye opening for you and also for everybody. At least, it was for me. I suggest everybody watch it:—

02/21/13 @ 11:31
Comment from: [Member]


Don’t melt on me dude!
You said you didn’t read my comment. That means you’re not qualified to say anything about me.
Do you expect me to copy, paste and email it to you?

02/21/13 @ 17:37



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