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Ethiopia: Who jailed Eskinder and the rest?



  07:03:10 pm, by admin   , 2336 words  
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Ethiopia: Who jailed Eskinder and the rest?

Ethiopia: Who jailed Eskinder and the rest?

By Yilma Bekele

The headlines screamed ‘Ethiopian court convicts 24 of terrorism charges’. As usual it was a misleading and incorrect statement. There is no such animal called Ethiopian court. There is a TPLF controlled judicial arrangement in Ethiopia. Prime Minster Meles and his politburo are the directors behind the scene of this farce. For the last twenty-one years they have been using the power of the state to marginalize, terrorize, demean and undermine the Ethiopian citizen. We are so used to their bullying the average Ethiopian does not even dwell on it. We make that peculiar noise with our lips you know that hissing sound and move on.

Our brothers Eskinder Nega, Andualem Arage, Wubshet Taye our sister Reyot Alemu and the others whose names are not publicized were convicted for exercising their right to speak and write freely. They only used their voice and their choice of weapon was the pen and paper. There was no evidence to show otherwise. Ato Eskinder has the audacity to speculate the chance of Arab Spring migrating to Ethiopia. Ato Andualem was simply trying to organize and recruit people to his legally recognized party. Reyot and Wubshet were doing their job as journalist and reporter. In any other country this is a normal and routine kind of job. But we are not like any other country or any other people. Our Ethiopia has always been different. Not only we got strange and bizarre leaders but we also have a different breed of people.

Yes we are different both inside Ethiopia and in the Diaspora. A vast majority of us have decided to accept shame as normal behavior and we even celebrate it loudly and wear it with pride. We victimize each other our country and people and we are the first ones to holler foul. It is done so much and so often it is becoming a little boring. I am afraid we have lost any semblance of respect for our selves and what is sad is others are losing respect for both victim and victimizer. They deserve each other is what comes to mind.

Asians have this philosophy referred to as Ying and Yang to describe how opposites are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world. Nothing is totally ying or totally yang. Female and male, dark and light, cold and hot, water and fire are manifestations of yin and yang. ‘Just as the state of yin is reached yang begins to grow. Ying contains seed of yang and vice versa. They constantly transform each other. The classics state ‘ying creates yang and yang activates ying’. I am afraid that philosophy is not true in our country. Our ying and yang are not in balance. The harmonious change envisioned in the philosophy has gone haywire when it comes to us. Too much of one is bound to weaken and consume the other. That is happening in our society. This phenomenon is so clearly manifested in the Ethiopian Diaspora community.

Let us start with our yearly soccer tournament. It is such a beautiful and positive activity that it has energized our community for the last twenty-five years or more. It should be our pride and a showcase of how much good we can do when we work together. Unfortunately it is also the other side of us where a few can use this positive energy for negative purpose. Those that have been leading the organization have been using the proceeds as cash cow and also as a vehicle to undermine our unity and sell our country to the highest bidder. We let them do that. We see, we hear but we choose to be silent. We have this notion that ignoring bad deed will make it go away.

Thus the Ethiopian Soccer Federation in North America (ESFNA) governing body at long last voted to start fresh and reform this rogue outfit. Of course those who are so used to working behind the scene in the dark were not willing to go silently. They were taken to a real court that ordered to cease and deceit from using the name of the organization and also answer a few question regarding finances and book keeping. What did they do? They went to their sugar daddy and applied for welfare. The same person that is fully integrated with that other rogue outfit called the TPLF supposedly gave them $2 million US to carry out their mission of dividing us and setting us against each other. They, like their father and mentor Meles Zenawi do not believe in self-imitative but run to the nearest welfare donor to get their funding. He sells our land, borrow in our name and steals in consort with his friends, sells our daughters to Middle East degenerates and ours in the US squander their payment in renting stadium to entertain the rich and greedy. Money can buy you anything including entertainers that got their start from the Diaspora but now serve a new master to undermine their benefactors. Definitely Ying and yang are not in harmony or in balance.

If we look at our Church in exile it is something to be proud of. It is a place where our rich culture and ancient religion is celebrated like never before. It is a place where our fathers and mothers in exile find peace and happiness and every week and mentally transport themselves to that place they call home. It is a place where our children learn how social we are and how we respect and value our culture and country. It is such a beautiful feeling to see our children come in front of the congregation when they graduate from high school to be blessed by the priest and proudly inform us their choice of college. Then we have the troublemakers in every city and town. Their mission is to disrupt and divide us. There is no church spared from these prince’s of darkness that scheme behind the scene and attempt to take over the leadership. If that does not succeed they have no qualms in waging a relentless war to undermine and weaken and disparage all those that stand between them and their evil scheme. Our city is going thru such a painful process and it is sad to see families and friends in turmoil. Most of us allow them to do that by our silence and apathy. It is another instance ying and yang are not in harmony.

If you notice closely there is a close correlation between these two groups. If one has to draw a psychological profile we find both exhibit what is known as passive aggressive behavior, they are usually involved in what is called shady kind of business here in the US where they swindle large amounts of cash from their employers, they are low key and frequent visitors to Addis, upon their return they pretend to be anti Woyane but qualify it by talking about all the progress in buildings and roads, they have no qualms in taking their family and friends on the ponzi scheme of investing in stolen land to construct ground plus condominiums that take for ever to finish and double in cost. They are always inserted in key Ethiopian organizations like Churches, community centers or opposition party organizations where they could do the most damage in a stealth manner.

What our Woyane warriors are using on us is a scientific method Biologists use to fight insects and other pests that threaten both humans and animals. They utilize what is known as ‘Sterile insect technique’. This method of biological control works by releasing millions of sterile or genetically modified insects in the general population thus disrupting the normal reproduction cycle. Woyane releases these sterile human agents to create havoc among us.

A few days ago we had a fund raising activity for ESAT and also celebrate Ato Abebe’s heroic stand for his people and country by exposing the tyrant in front of his enablers and the whole world. There was no question a vast majority of our people was empowered by his action. There are most certainly over ten thousand Ethiopians in the Bay area where the event was held. Less than two hundred brave souls showed up to help raise fund to make ESAT a powerful force in the struggle against tyranny. A good amount was collected from those who came. We are happy and grateful. But I find it odd that out of all these country and freedom loving folks only a handful showed up. Why do you think it is so?

They all seem to harbor negative feelings against the TPLF regime. It is odd to meet some one that would speak favorably regarding the actions of the dictator or his polices. Every Starbucks and every coffee house is full of these talkers parsing the actions of the TPLF party. How come they don’t take the next logical step, which is to help bring this ugly regime to its knees? Why is there such a wide gulf between talk and action? Here is what President Obama said on his visit to the Holocaust Memorial in Washington a few months back speaking of the victims of nazi horror:

He said “Let us tell our children not only how they died, but also how they lived—as fathers and mothers, and sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters who loved hoped and dreamed just like us -- we must tell our children about how this evil was allowed to happen – because so many people succumbed to their darkest instincts, and because so many others stood silent – We must tell our children. But more than that, we must teach them. Because remembrance without resolve is a hollow gesture. Awareness without action changes nothing. In this sense, “never again” is a challenge to us all—to pause and to look within.”

‘Awareness without action changes noting’ is the key phrase and that is what is escaping us. That is so many of us talk but are unable to move beyond that. We kid ourselves or we expect someone else to do the job for us. Is that why when Kinijit kicked Woyane’s ass so many people were pushing each other to get to the center of the action? We had a visitor to our church from Canada. Abune Michael of Calgary gave a memorable sermon a few Sundays back. What stuck in my mind was his saying ‘meswatenet yelelew emnet’ or belief without sacrifice I believe that is ying without yang.

Fear not all is not lost. We also have our Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America (EHSNA). They are celebrating their second anniversary from July 27-29 in Washington DC. Last years event with Judge Bertukan Mideksa was a huge success. This is one venue where our flag fly high our culture is celebrated with all its diversity and our history is told with all its glory. It is a family affair and our young ones and children are given the respect and attention they deserve. The March 2012 Adwa Victory celebration organized by EHSNA gave our ancestors gallant effort the highest honor reserved for such Herculean deed. We salute the organizers for shining a bright light on our accomplishments as people in this time of doom and gloom. This is one organization that is trying to bring balance between our yin and yang. We can see perfect harmony between the opposites.

Each one of us is faced with a choice. We can be carriers of change or we can follow the path of destruction. Change does not happen without effort. Those that are hell bent in bullying and dividing us are not going to leave voluntarily. No one willingly gives up his privileged position. It has never happened. They are unable or unwilling to see the freedom train coming at them at full speed. That is what happened to Mubarak, Gadaffi faithfully believed his people loved him and we see Assad for some reason thinking that he can save himself and his clan by killing all Syrians if necessary. Dictators are a rare breed of people. Meles honestly believes he can last a while longer. Locked in his palace surrounded by his yes men reading his own review and watching his one channel TV he is intoxicated by his own lies. Twenty-one years is a long time to be isolated from normal people. It is possible to create ones own make believe world.

How come we see Libya, Egypt, Yemen and now Syria and do not learn? How come we do not work a little harder to avoid such catastrophe? Why do we allow Eskinder, Andualem and all the other fellow Ethiopians pay the price on our behalf? How come we are unable to say no and show outrage at such act of injustice by a handful of people? Do you think Meles jailed our brothers and sister or do you think we allowed him to do such ugly deed due to our indifference and apathy? Is the blame on the dictator or on the vast majority that lets him gets away with this criminal act? I am sure we are all disgusted with this farce of jailing people for life because they spoke what the regime does not approve of. What is next, to go to prison accused of bad thought? Why not the dictator has no incentive not to follow that route. He knows we will take it silently. Didn’t we when Professor Asrat was denied medical treatment, when Asefa Maru was gunned down, when Judge Bertukan was jailed twice, when Gambella was sold, when our children are left to die in the jungles of Central Africa and their bodies scatted on the highways of Tanzania and the waters of Lake Malawi or Gulf of Aden? Yes no question about it we are responsible for the jailing of Eskinder and all the rest. Frankly I am bored and tired of shifting the blame.


Comment from: Toga [Visitor]

I wonder if meles would be willing to be judged by the same standards, where he would be charged with all kinds of trumped up charges and asked to prove his innocence. I doubt it.
Ethiopia became a land of men, not law. It has been said a lot about each of these situations as they come by. At the end of the day, our only option is to keep on fighting back until we free the country. More will be victims. More will be eaten by this dictatorship. At the end, however, we will prevail. Lets fight the tplf government with all we got. No holding back.
Aluta Continua!!!

07/01/12 @ 20:01
Comment from: Tarid [Visitor]

Askinder convicted for attempt of creating civil unrest and topple Ethiopian government through unconstitutional means.There is reliable evidence for this. He was Ginboat 7 agent at Addis and serve as link between UDJ and Ginboat.

07/01/12 @ 21:54
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

By the way le wushet ye Taredew ,who
has told you al these shits on eskinder Nega .Noway to give us the response evryone of us knows perfectly Eskinder Nega and his friends were strown in jail by an evil dying blood sucker Tyrant on the eve to loose his power !!!Eskinder and his friends are already
sentenced guilty by Agazi Bandit Medias and Bandas websites even before the Kangoroo’s Court ’s
fake Justice is passing !!!

07/02/12 @ 12:03
Comment from: Mj tyson [Visitor]
Mj tyson

I want to listen to what they have to say. but its always the same thing, a few who are angry, some times for a just cause but most of the time from bitterness and hate stemmed from failed selfish motives. The underlining message as always is can you fight for my cause, give your life for what I believe in.

Stand up for what is right but do it in a noble and non violent manner.

These guys are guilty of trying to stir up violence by directly or indirectly advocating for armed struggle,disobedience and treason . They got what was coming to them its just sad they would put this nonsense above their families.

Hope there set free to learn from their mistake.

07/02/12 @ 12:47
Comment from: tazabi1 [Visitor]

yilma said
“A few days ago we had a fund raising activity —-There are most certainly over ten thousand Ethiopians in the Bay area. Less than two hundred brave souls showed up—- I find it odd that out of all these country and freedom loving folks only a handful showed up. Why do you think it is so?".
well Yilma, there may be different reasons but you need to open your mind and listen. in my opinion the main reason those people who “seem to harbor negative feelings against the TPLF regime” do not show up is because they equally despise the opposition and think they are not any better than the government..these people will not tell you that in starrbucks because understandably they are afraid so what they can do is stay away quitely. the funny thing is that was not the case few years ago when the opposition was being led by smart and sane politicians unlike todays extreme nuts like elias kifle.

07/02/12 @ 14:25
Comment from: Ranewai [Visitor]

Eskinder is both prominent journalist and old regime dreamer politician.He jailed not as journalist but as politician .He was trying to start to havoc in Ethiopia.If he was pure journalist why he had so much telephone contact with banned political party Ginboat 7.
Everybody knew what he was doing in last meeting with Andenet party.

07/02/12 @ 14:47
Comment from: Adam [Visitor]

Tarid: What is “unconstitutional means", if a pen is not constitutional? What is? These guys did not raise arm, did not plot a bomb, they expressed their view clearly and exposed the crimes of the government and its supporter in plain language. Isn’t this, not only their constitutional right but also their basic human right? What and where is their crime? Must everyone support the government, like you? What happen to these individuals is a travesty of justice. Everyone (despite their political affiliation) should oppose this injustice. This individuals are convicted (taken away from their families) for exercising their god given human and constitutional right. you would not like this to happen to you or some one you know, would you?

07/02/12 @ 17:08
Comment from: Adam [Visitor]


You know as most other people, Eskinder and his friends are prisoner’s of conscience, they never advocated for violence and never used any other means to oppose the government other than their voice and pen. Eskindir and his friends are young men who could not even have a memory (let alone dream) of the old regime. Most of these guys were teenagers or under 10 when the regime changed. They by no means could have any economic or political ties with the old regime to dream about. They are courageous young men who told the truth, exposed corruption and injustice with no fear. They should be our Ethiopian heroes. If we all have a grain of courage to tell the truth and bring our country’s/people’s interest above our self interest, our country would have been the best country to live in. But few want to sell the majority for their personal interest making our country a horrible place to live. Sic

07/02/12 @ 17:28
Comment from: john john [Visitor]
john john

He is lucky to get fair hearing and conviction for what he had been to accomplish is mission ditabilaze this nation at any cost Ethiopian learn their lesson the hard way no one have time for Arab style revolution I call it “demolition”

07/03/12 @ 00:48
Comment from: Amhara Princess [Visitor]
Amhara Princess

What I don’t get is why are TPLFs keep clapping, cheering when innocent conscious Ethiopians are jailed. If you are scared to death of citizens with “pen” then what does it tell you? It tells you that TPLFs and their policies are NOT liked, wanted, needed, desired in Ethiopia. When you rule by gun, iron fist like Gadafi, Saddam, Ben Ali & Co by force, it shows the Ethiopian people DO NOT WANT YOU. Simple as really. You gave democracy a chance in 2005 and you found out the hard way that the ETHIOPIAN people from corner to corner DO NOT WANT you. So who are the Ethiopians you are blubbering on behalf of? :)):))

Ethiopians don’t want you! Majority of 34 million Amharas, Majority of 40 million Oromos and most of the rest minorities do not want you! They have proved that to you through ballot box. I don’t even think half of your tiny Tigray population want TPLFs because you keep killing opponents in Tigray aka Ato Aregawi & Co. Ethiopians have shown that to you in 2005? So who are you calling terrorist or terrorizing the nation actually? TPLF with their half Eritrean cabinet members are the ONLY terrorists HATED by every single tribe in Ethiopia. Only your guns, foreigners you keep selling Ethiopia piece by piece to love TPLFs.

Those who use their pen, paper, laptop to enlighten Zenawi & Co’s evil deeds are HEROES of Ethiopia, true sons/daughters of Ethiopia. Tegbaban? You are the terrorists, have been terrorists from inception when you were robing banks, kidnapping and murdering innocent civilians, blowing up bridges, hijacking government/aid lorries in Tigrayi & Aretera. Go to hell, not on my behalf.

End of.

07/03/12 @ 06:05
Comment from: Samuel Ezequel [Visitor]
Samuel Ezequel

Amhara princes well said about TPLF banda group.After 21 years still they did not learn anything.Because they terrorist group by them selve.We knew they killed a thousend people and they still do.They came from the jungle to destractud Ethiopia and Ethiopian people.They never had any Issue for Ethiopia people when they were in jungle.They fought to separat Tegrie from the rest of Ethiopia that is why destroyed Ethiopian Armey,Airforce and Navy.These mafia group hate Ethiopia and Ethiopians that why they try destroy ower history by any chance.Anything about the past Ethiopia history they they never like it and they try to bring new Ethiopia based of ethinc groups.

07/03/12 @ 12:12
Comment from: woldeyesus [Visitor]

“john john",
you are right about the getting ‘fair hearing and conviction’ part given the history of the TPLF. For every case the TPLF puts on the open for media consumption and deception, even if it is a mockery of the law using its kangaroo court remote controlled from the palace, there is 5,000 extrajudicial killings and disappearances the TPLF is responsible for in its existence.

so yes, you could say these journalists who are a bit hard to make them disappear are lucky to be put on trial.

As for the ‘demolition’, it is a historical train with its own dynamics that can’t be controlled for long by tyrants. It has been seen washing away king Haileselassie’s empire, Dergue’s iron fist rule, and it is still marching to run over and demolish TPLF’s filthy and clumsy tribal fixture. There is little TPLF can do to save itself. You cannot stop a train fueled by the collective will of 92 million people, give or take a couple of millions of ‘aleqlaqis’ in every administration.

For those who are Americans, I say “Happy 4th!”

Let Freedom Ring!

07/04/12 @ 07:21
Comment from: john john [Visitor]
john john

Ethiopia is not under TPLF as you and the opposition from the hell always complain the fact is Ethiopia is under EPRDF leadership federalism system where every nation make their own destination including sensation so please go and do some homework. To be honest with you I am not part of the them I am realistic who believe on ground.

07/05/12 @ 00:44
Comment from: Demame [Visitor]

Eskinder and his lofty master Birhanu Nega are simply talking machines. He deserves for what he thought could do. There is no free ride in politics. You get what you search for.

07/05/12 @ 03:34
Comment from: woldeyesus [Visitor]

“john john",
we have a saying: ስልቻ ቀልቀሎ፥ ቀልቀሎ ስልቻ።
You can call it anything you like. a Pig is always a pig whether she apply a lipstick or not:-)

In the recent news from Ethiopia, it is reported that some TPLF agents drove to the Afar Kilil in a jeep. They asked for two prisoners, who were in the custody of the local police in Dubti. They took them, shoot them dead and left their bodies at the gate of the prison. Now, the Kilil (region) admin, the police chief and the region’s human rights team leader are wondering and asking, is what we have in Addis Ababa a gang of bandits or a government, in their own words “ሽፍታ ነው መንግስት አዲስ አበባ ያለን?. I think it was a mistake to dance the undignified dance with TPLF’s filthy music of tribalism in the first place. Everyone is finding it the hard way. Some of us happen to recognize ጠንጋራ ዝንብ when we see one first.

07/05/12 @ 11:42



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