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“Ethiopia in grave danger”! The case against Mr. Issaias. Part 1



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“Ethiopia in grave danger”! The case against Mr. Issaias. Part 1

“Ethiopia in grave danger”! The case against Mr. Issaias. Part 1

By Tibebe Samuel Ferenji

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice.” Albert Einstein

Please allow me to appreciate Mr. Neamin Zeleke for his well written article in response to my repeated writings posted on Ethio Media and other websites. Though Mr. Neamin’s article “EPLF and the '89 coup: Setting the record straight” is written eloquently, it is short in substance, misleading and intellectually dishonest. Nonetheless, I am grateful that Mr. Neamin took the time to read my writings and gave the debate a name and a face instead of engaging in cyber guerilla warfare. Before addressing my main point and provide my evidence “from the horse’s mouth”, I like to point out a couple of things that Mr. Neamin misstated and misconstrued from my writings. I would also like to point out that despite having a brief encounter with Mr. Neamin in couple of occasions, and knowing his work with the Ethiopian Register magazine few years ago, I do not know him well enough to impugn his motive. My opposition is to the position that he has taken regarding Mr. Issaias’ role in Ethiopia’s political affair. Mr. Neamin tried to argue by asserting some rules that reflects the school of thoughts from some quarters; in the process however, he seems to forget that there is always an exception to any rule. It may be beneficial to ally with ones enemy in the principle of “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”; such school of thoughts nevertheless always has exceptions.

Since Mr. Neamin raised some issues on my integrity to cast doubt on what I have said and asserted his opinion as facts in a matter he knows nothing about, I think it would be appropriate to set the record straight. I did not suddenly appear in the political arena or in opposing this particular issue. I have been in politics since I was 13 years old and have been an independent thinker. I do believe Mr. Neamin is aware that I wrote the piece titled “Issaias: a friend of Ethiopia?” in May 2009, and my attempt to post it was blocked by the website owner that Mr. Neamin is closely working with on this issue. I think it was unnecessary posturing on his part, to omit this material fact to score a political point. More over, I owe it to my self to set the record straight regarding my relationship with General Kumlachew Dejene. Mr. Neamin’s attempt to convey that somehow he is more informed about the coup because he spent time with General Kumelachew while gasping his last breath is also pretentious and self serving.

I had an immense pleasure of meeting and knowing General Kumelachew Dejene. I also had the honor of having a lengthy discussion with the General and have his personal notes in my hands. General Kumelachew operated his business under my brother’s company and he used to go to my brother’s office weekly to pick up his insurance “certificate”. I always remember his facial expressions whenever he spoke the challenges he faced in Eritrea. One day, he said to me, in a very proud and unwavering tone, “Ato Tibebe, we didn’t fight for Derg, we fought to protect the territorial integrity of Ethiopia as we knew it”. I also had the honor and the opportunity to assist him in his effort to bring a family member to the United States. I did not impugn the integrity and the sacrifice made either by General Kumlachew or his comrades in any shape or form, nor did I question their patriotism. In fact, I made it clear that it was Major Dawit who established the contact with the EPLF and with the Ethiopian Generals. As Mr. Neamin stated in his article, Major Dawit had contact with General Fanta Belay who was the 1989 coup leader. This of course is half of the story and Mr. Neamin failed to tell us the whole truth because the facts did not serve his purpose.

Mr. Neamin also tried to tell us that the book by Major Seleshi Fissha (ANDENET BEANDENT) had its limitations and cited his evidence by saying he heard it from Major Seleshi himself. This of course is self serving. In fact, Major Dawit in his book “KIHDET BEDEM MERIET” credited Major Seleshi’s book ANDENET BEANDENET. Neither Major Dawit nor anyone else disputed the facts in the book. Though I read the book (Andenet Bandnet) about 17 years ago, I still remember it in great detail because I found the conduct of those involved so offensive and dangerous. These are people who should have known better.

In addition to Major Seleshi’s book, Major Getachew Yerom, one of the founding members of The Free Ethiopian Soldiers Movement, had written in great detail about this organization’s role in the 1989 coup. I have known Major Getachew for years and had detailed discussions about the events of 1989 coup, his book, and about Major Seleshi’s book. I also had the immense pleasure and honor of meeting General Woubtu when he came to Washington and had a brief discussion with him about the 1989 coup. Since Mr. Neamin does not know anything about me, it would be sufficed to stick with the issue without impugning my integrity.

Though written eloquently, Mr. Neamin sounded someone who is narrating a story of a sequel movie without watching the original one. Neither the Generals nor Major. Dawit did not just wake up one day and decided to plot a coup. There is more to the story than it meets the eyes. Reading Dr. Alem Eshte’s “a case against the CIA”, I just wonder how he missed CIA’s role in the 1989 coup. Dr. Alem had even exposed Issaias’ first encounter with the CIA and how Issaias came to the power that he enjoys today with the assistance of the CIA. This of course is a topic for another day. Let me shade some lights how and why the 1989 coup Against Colonel Mengistu was initiated.

When Ronald Regan took power in 1982, one of his major policies was to encounter Soviet’s expansion in Latin America and Africa. His point man to this policy was the current Defense Secretary Robert Gate, then Deputy Director of the CIA. The CIA was looking for partners to topple Mengistu in order to deter Soviet’s expansion. The CIA found a partner named Major Dawit Woldegiorgis to accomplish its objective. Initially, even the Deressa brothers who formed the Ethiopian People Democratic Alliance (EPDA) were consulted. Somehow, there was fallout between the Deressa Brothers and Major Dawit and major Dawit became the main player in this saga.

In its imminent wisdom, the CIA assumed the only way to destabilize Mengistu was to strengthen the EPLF and the TPLF. More over, as its tradition tells us, the CIA is well versed in orchestrating coups all over the world. The 1989 coup was born out of the CIA play book to encounter the Soviet Union in Africa. Once the CIA made Major Dawit the point man or this objective, Major Dawit began recruiting former officers who defected from the military regime. Among the recruited for The Free Ethiopian Soldiers Movement (TFESM) were Major Seleshi Fisseha, Major Getachew Yerom and Captain Tsegaye Biru. Major Dawit established contact with Mr. Issaias and also with General Fanta Belay. There is no evidence and I did not imply in any shape or form that the Generals knew the involvement of the EPLF in this tragic drama. In fact, as I have stated in the past, the coup failed when some of the Generals became aware the involvement of the EPLF in the orchestrated coup, and they did not want to become partners with sworn enemy of Ethiopia.

Mr. Neamin tried to tell us that the Generals initiated the Coup by citing his friend’s book “Abate Yachin Seat” which he wrote the review for. With all due respect to the author, the book can’t be referred as an objective material let alone a historical record. The author is to close to his subject and would not write any short comings of his father whom he holds to the highest honor and who is his hero. In fact, the book review is extremely exaggerated and the claim that the book is written with an enormous research and even from documents obtained from US State Department record through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is ridiculous and laughable. The book has one record found through FOIA which shows the denial of General Kumlachew Dejene’s asylum claim in American embassy in Addis Ababa. There are no serious historical work references and the author himself had stated that people like General Kumelachew did not provide him some essential information. The book review is as misleading as the article titled “EPLF and the '89 coup: Setting the record straight”. More over, the hand written note by General Demessie Bullto is only the 1984 notes. There is nothing in the hand written notes of General Demissie about the 1989 coup. Mainly, “the story” in “Abate Yachine Seat” is told by a son from what he heard from his father. The book is well written and should be read, but it is hardly a historical work and to pass it as such by Mr. Neamin is disingenuous.

In fact, Mr. Neamin tried to tell us, that the coup was not orchestrated by the EPLF because the EPLF declared cease fire on its own initiative is an insult to our intelligence. Mr. Neamin knows his assertion is dubious because Major Dawit in article he wrote in June 2009 posted on clearly stated that he negotiated the cease fire with the EPLF.

It is clear that Mr. Neamin has some information regarding the activities of some of the Generals during the coup; this actually is the second part of “the Movie”; it seems that Mr. Neamin was taking a nap through the first part of the “movie”. Reading Major Getachew Yerom’s book would shade some light regarding the role of the CIA in this coup. For those of us who are old enough, we remember vice president George Bush’s trip to the Sudan. In March 1985, when the then Vice President George H.W. Bush went to the Sudan, he had meetings with the TPLF and the EPLF. The US had additional interest in addition to eliminating Soviet’s expansion in Africa. The United States wanted to assist the Israelis in their effort to take Ethiopian Jews from Ethiopia to Israel. The TPLF and the EPLF were willing partners to assist in that effort and the US was willing to supply arms, funds, advice and other essential needs of the rebels.

Mr. Neamin’s attempt to wrap himself with the “heroic” deeds of Ethiopian soldiers is admirable. His attempt to invoke our patriotism however, is questionable and providing us with the lists of Generals and their respective positions does not make the story any true. Though I did not impugn and judged the conduct of the Generals, I am not going to sing Kumbaya and buy the claim that all those who wore the uniform were heroes. General Demessie Bullto has clearly stated that the army, particularly the high ranking officials did not always serve the best interest of the nation and their people. In “Abate Yachine Seat” page 257, he is quoted as saying “We are the one who made the Ethiopian people cowards; we played on them, now we have to stand up for them”. Thanks for the courage’s act of journalist Solomon Kifle; we have witnessed how high ranking military officials acted shamelessly and recklessly in the middle of the war zone while our ordinary soldiers were denied decent meals left in fox’s hole to be butchered. I will late the Ethiopian people pass the judgment; I have neither the desire nor the will to condemn them.

Ato Derge Demissie in his book tells a story about his encounter with one young officer during his trip to Asmara. The officer who was traveling to Eritrea with Mr. Derge was an officer who was ordered to return from the Soviet Union cutting short his military education. In this story, we are told because of the shortage of Military Personnel at that time, young officers were forced to leave their education and training and return to Ethiopia to assist with the war effort. The country was pulling all its military personnel from everywhere, and I find it incredible that Mr. Neamin who wrote a review for this book attempt to convince us that taking 400 elite military force from Asmara was insignificant.

Mr. Neamin, I agree with you that we have to set the record straight; however, it has to be straighten out with facts not with shallow rhetoric and not definitely by distorting and revising history to make it fit once agenda. As the late Senator Monahan said “You are entitled to your opinion but not to your facts”. The facts are that Major Dawit had a primary role in recruiting generals like Fanta Belay; the facts are, Major Dawit had several meetings with Issaias; the facts are Issaias wanted chaos and bloodshed in Ethiopia; the facts are, the 1989, coup was initiated by the CIA, led by Major Dawit, orchestrated by Mr. Issaias, and conducted by General Fanata Belay and by others under him. I have no doubt that you have read Major Dawit’s article written on June 29, 2009, because his response was prompted by your article. In his article titled “The Way Forward for Ethiopia and Eritrea” this is what he said regarding his role in the 1989 coup

“After I left the Derg at the end of 1985, I became actively involved in the effort to overthrow the regime through the movement we had established, The Free Ethiopian Soldiers Movement. The first attempt was the failed coup of the generals. I and my colleagues did the external arrangement for the coup. During those times I went into the area controlled by the EPLF in Nakfa”. (Major Dawit Woldegiorgis).

More over, in the same article major Dawit stated: “At one point, I was discussing with the leader of the EPLF, the current President of Eritrea, Issaias Afewerki. I asked him why instead of partitioning Ethiopia, he does not become the President of Ethiopia. He gave me some reason why this would not be possible but assured me “You can be certain Mr. Dawit, that if and when we get our independence, our priority will be to unite the people under some sort of federal arrangement.” What was amazing is that Mr. Issaias was planning to arrest Major. Dawit when he planned to return to Nakfa the last time. Though I have no evidence, I believe that Major Dawit was tipped by the CIA and decided not to return to Eritrea. Mr. Neamin, please tell us who is trying to rewrite history?

For the record, Colonel Mengistu in the 11 audio tapes that he released in early 1990s narrating his departure from Ethiopia, he chastised Major Dawit for his role for the demise of the Colonel’s reign in Ethiopia. I believe, the Colonel is aware Major Dawit’s role with the EPLF. Colonel Mengistu in one of his audio tape said “The blunder that Dawit has done is a mistake that a child who sucks his thumb wouldn’t do”. I am afraid, I have to agree with Colonel Mengistu in this assertion.

Though we are side tracked here, the contentious issue is the role of Mr. Issaias in Ethiopian politics. On the second part I will provide additional facts why Issaias should not be trusted. Thank you Mr. Neamin for bringing the debate to the table.


Comment from: freeman [Visitor]

I do not understand why Ethiopian sites keep on posting these garbages from this guy. This person is said to be closely intertwined in business dealings with woyane gov in Ethiopia. It is a mistake to give him so much space and time. He is simply amplifying woyane propaganda. He should be rejected and ignored.

03/07/10 @ 03:16
Comment from: Tadele [Visitor]

Those who had accomplished the most to meet the chalenges of their time need to be respected, why you have given to much emphasis to individual or a group’s strategy to bring democracy to our country is disturbing, do you have some thing to contribute to make the rule of law possible in Ethiopia? This really matters not essayas, zeleke , diriba , alemitu,………)

03/07/10 @ 04:49
Comment from: selam [Visitor]

Dear Freeman,

I don’t support this guy, either. But didn’t read any thing what you said from his articles. Do you have any especial organ (sensors) to identify woyanes? I don’t see any thing that support the woyanes.contents

03/07/10 @ 04:58
Comment from: eekk [Visitor]

Mr. freeman. Please dont interfear while wise men discuss their wisdom. let thier ideas fight and let us know the truth and nut heads like you had better help us by shutting their mouth.
thank u for ur cooperation.

03/07/10 @ 05:13
Comment from: tamrat tamrat [Visitor]
tamrat tamrat

Unless i read all the materials are mentioned above dificult to follow up. But i have learnt the followings: 1) the smooth disapearnace of Mengistu to Zimbabwe.
2)USA helped EPLF and TPLF.
3)Why isaias is horrified by CIA
4)TPLF can work with anyboody as long as it lets him to hold on power.
and last but not least:
The best thing to learn is how hypocrites are the leaders of Shabians.

03/07/10 @ 05:32
Comment from: peace for all [Visitor]
peace for all

ohhh too long and too boring!!! don’t u have anything else to do ‘Mr. Writer’?

03/07/10 @ 05:51
Comment from: Senait [Visitor]

The fact that the first comment happened to be from a shabiabian cadre with character assassination towards the writer is a clear evidence to how hell bent and determined ethiopian enemies are to discredit any valuable information given by concerned Ethiopians such as Tibebe.

Although Tibebe is stating the obvious about Isayas being nothing more than opportunistic disease, he has to be admired for his farsighted and genuine concern for the well being of his beloved Ethiopia. regardless of what Tibebe or any one tells us about Isayas or Eritreans for that matter, It’s mind boggling how any one with the right mind would even contemplate let alone decides to work with a traditional enemy of ethiopia. what is that we don’t understand about the short history and easy to understand concept of Eritreanism. Let’s for argument sake agree that most of the fictional grievance they had towards Ethiopia in order to achieve their so called independence is true and stop blaming them for wanting independence. but one would think the last thing they would want after achieving their much desired independence is to spare their much needed meager resource on distracting Ethiopia. but given their ever increasing negative energy towards Ethiopia, what more evidence does one need to figure out this is a nation born and breed to hate and loath Ethiopia. here is an example to how the issue of Eritreans is not just a regime in ethiopia but Ethiopia itself. I was surfing through the net the other day when I bumped in to one of the Shabian sponsored Ethiopian sites which had Eri-TV Amharic news vidio and the news was about a report by aid agencies which says 2/3 of Eritreans are malnourished. bear in mind, the report has nothing to do with Ethiopia but this is how the Eritrean news reader read the news.

“Although aid agencies are claiming Eritrea to be hungry, ‘east African expert’ said it is not Eritrea that is synonymous for hunger but Ethiopia with it’s image of a mother breastfeeding a child with an inflated belly".
I will try and get back with the link.
But now, unless you are a damn hypocrite or a pure traitor you can’t surely explain this kind of mind set to be immune to the ruling elites. The ruling elite know and understand their target audience very well. they know what sells and what doesn’t and they have successfully used it in the past. insulting and hating Ethiopia goes in very well with Eritreans and that is exactly what they are providing them with. a feel good service to the otherwise disillusioned Eritrean society. they use Ethiopia as a measuring stick so that nothing about Ethiopia is missed. After all, that is what Eritreanism is all about. hating and loathing Ethiopia, otherwise they would have been Ethiopians with no meaningful reason to justify their fallacy of being unique. Their irrational behavior is in fact a direct result of trying to prove those fallacies which unfortunately is proving to be painful and will continue to be so. For Eritreans, it’s all about achieving a dead Ethiopia they can feed on. it is what they hope and tried but failed. but it’s up to us to give or not to give that golden opportunity again. And those of you who are tempted to do so you will be the first to be eaten.

03/07/10 @ 06:22
Comment from: dawa [Visitor]


This is not a garbage but very informative, articulate and honest between two very professional authors. However,it is worth mentioning the cyber attack and counter attack of the saga. Ferenji strongly believes we must not have any ties with Afeworki while Zeleke belives close cooperation with Eritrea. As a wise person and true democrat i strongly believe we need to build a relationship with Eritrea in principle. 5 Million Tigreys can not and will not continue to rule 80 Million people.

03/07/10 @ 06:28
Comment from: omo [Visitor]

If one cooperates with the devil, there is always a price to pay, and the price is always catastrophic. Working and cooperating with IA, is no less than committing suicide.
Ethiopians always try to hide their weakness and seek to replace their shortcomings with the weirdest notion imaginable. They try to do the improbable, the unreasonable, and the most unethical.

When Ethiopia was invaded by Somalia, there were people who blessed the invasion, because they thought that Somali forces would come up to Addis and depose the dictator, MHM. Then, Ethiopians will fight to drive them out. Today, our elites are repeating the same mistake, that of cooperating with the worst enemy of Ethiopia.

Why Ethiopians always want to destroy first and then try to build out of the ashes, is mind-boggling. One can be sure of tearing down a house; but building it again, right from the foundations, is a different matter, because nobody can be sure about it. Why we cannot renovate what we already have, is beyond our power of understanding.

Ethiopian elites are weak and selfish. They like to hide from the reality in front of them, and choose to be irresponsible beyond imagination. Instead of cooperating among themselves, they choose to cooperate with the devil. Instead of being principled to each other, they would rather choose an enemy to show their good character. This shows their weakness, selfishness, absence of code of behavior and their insatiable hunger for power.

MZ is strong because our elites are weak. He outmaneuvers them, because they spend their time in bickering among themselves, character assassination and bravado that comes out of a whisky bottle. Instead of laying their trust in our people, becoming an example by transcending ethnicity, power mongering and back stubbing, they chose to cooperate with the devil in Asmara.

One woman could shake the confidence of the dictator in Addis and he was forced to put her in prison. Thousands of our elites in the diaspora are oscillating like a pendulum over the last twenty years, and they have remained as ineffective as they were on day one.

Do not waste you time Ethiopian elite. Ethiopia’s future lies in the hands of Ethiopians and Ethiopians only. If there is some body who can move the mountain of dictatorship in Ethiopia, it will be the people of Ethiopia, and not any other person, especially a person like IA, who himself is among the worst dictator humanity has ever seen. Acknowledging IA as a reliable, democratic and sane person is an insult to the intelligence of Ethiopians, and it is equivalent to thrusting a hot iron bar into the wounds of the Eritrean people.

03/07/10 @ 07:54
Comment from: ermias [Visitor]

mr fernji, thank u for ur well written documentary. indeed i have heard on cnn recently the involvenment of the cia for the down fall of mengistu. mr gate the current defence secretary would not elaborte to especific country but, ethiopia was targted and the plot was achieved by providing support to eplf and tplf. i do find ur article informative and interesting and backed by facts.

03/07/10 @ 08:02
Comment from: Gemechu Hundie [Visitor]
Gemechu Hundie

Senait said it all, absolutely.

03/07/10 @ 08:03
Comment from: Dr. Solomon [Visitor]
Dr. Solomon

Mr. Freeman and others who tried to discredit Ato Tibebe are not getting it. Ato Tibebe has taken the discussion to a diffrent level. He wants the issues to be discussed. I have never seen such decency in any discussion when Ethiopians discus politics. Ato Tibebe is leading us toward a discussion not insult and intmdation. I hope others follow suit to take us out from gutter politics that we have been subjucted too. Thank you for being the alternative from those who block ideas on their website. One can imagine what would happen to freedom of speech if this people take power in Ethiopia.
Ato Tibebe, thank you, it is decent brilliant, supported with facts. Please, please keep it up and do not respond to personal attacks and give credit to people like freeman becasue they have no brain to digest information.

This applies to freman and his ikes
As Ato Tibebe said
“Since Mr. Neamin does not know anything about me, it would be sufficed to stick with the issue without impugning my integrity".

03/07/10 @ 08:17
Comment from: abasia [Visitor]

Dear Freeman:

What is the essence in your nick name ‘Freeman’?:crazy: Does it include freedom of expression?:lalala:

I wish you to be free.

03/07/10 @ 08:35
Comment from: seble-work [Visitor]

Thank you Ato Ferenji.. you have clearly disqualified Mr. Neamin Zeleke’s arguments. I don’t sense hostility in Ato Ferenji’s articles. He tries to inform his readers. However, Ato Zeleke is clearly biased in his writing

03/07/10 @ 09:30
Comment from: Tefera [Visitor]

actually this is a blessing in disguise. the debate whether or not to collaborate with ethiopias sworn enemy is also giving many of us the opportunity to learn things we wouldnt other wise.
“The facts are that Major Dawit had a primary role in recruiting generals like Fanta Belay; the facts are, Major Dawit had several meetings with Issaias; the facts are Issaias wanted chaos and bloodshed in Ethiopia; the facts are, the 1989, coup was initiated by the CIA, led by Major Dawit, orchestrated by Mr. Issaias, and conducted by General Fanata Belay and by others under him. I have no doubt that you have read Major Dawit’s article written on June 29, 2009, because his response was prompted by your article. In his article titled “The Way Forward for Ethiopia and Eritrea” this is what he said regarding his role in the 1989 coup

“After I left the Derg at the end of 1985, I became actively involved in the effort to overthrow the regime through the movement we had established, The Free Ethiopian Soldiers Movement. The first attempt was the failed coup of the generals. I and my colleagues did the external arrangement for the coup. During those times I went into the area controlled by the EPLF in Nakfa”. (Major Dawit Woldegiorgis).

More over, in the same article major Dawit stated: “At one point, I was discussing with the leader of the EPLF, the current President of Eritrea, Issaias Afewerki. I asked him why instead of partitioning Ethiopia, he does not become the President of Ethiopia. He gave me some reason why this would not be possible but assured me “You can be certain Mr. Dawit, that if and when we get our independence, our priority will be to unite the people under some sort of federal arrangement.”

03/07/10 @ 09:32
Comment from: tsehay [Visitor]

I am well satisfied with Tibebe’s reply to Neamin’s shall we say superficial allegations, Look who is laughing now Neamin? When you try to tell us about an angel called Isayas, the joke is on you. I ask Neamin, why he considers Meles worse than Isayas? Is Isayas good for Eritreans, and has too much love enough to spill it over to rest of Ethiopians?
Mr Neamin don’t tell us doro mata when you pour koso down our throat.
If the Ethiopian opposition is being led by naive people like Neamin, and the ER’s editor, then we are doomed for the next two generations…hope G7 is not in all this, it will be heart breaking to learn G7 is in Isayas’s pocket….then it will be goodbye politics for ever for me

03/07/10 @ 09:33
Comment from: tsehay [Visitor]

Tibebe, i think the Einstein ‘’ shimut'’ is too much, take it off. Neamin may be naive but doesn’t deserve such insult…

03/07/10 @ 09:40
Comment from: Reta [Visitor]

20 years later we are still trying to figure out what happend in the faild coup plot? what is the purpose…where do we go from here. Are you trying to be a historian? move forward!!!!!!!!!!!

03/07/10 @ 09:52
Comment from: tutu [Visitor]

Part I don’t tell me there is a part II to this article. I want my 30 minits back already!

03/07/10 @ 09:53
Comment from: fevu [Visitor]

But still there are unanswered quetions. Why did Isayas want to arrest mjr Dawit and what about honors of the other Genrals. You are still killing history….

03/07/10 @ 10:16
Comment from: Hannibal Minilik [Visitor]
Hannibal Minilik

Mr. Neamin Zelek is twisting the argument. He is dragging Mr. Tibebe to the level of discussing an irrelevant or secondary topic.

As far as my understanding goes, the main point of Tibebe’s argument is that a rapprochement with Isayas Afeworki is not beneficial for the long term national interest of Ethiopia. But Neamin presented an irrelevant or secondary topic, in the name of setting historical facts straight, stating that the 1989 coup leaders did not conspire with EPLF.By doing so, he diverts the attention of the readers from the main issue.

Mr. Neamin is also implicitly saying that it is like insulting the honor of the 1989 coup leaders if one even suggests that they had a relationship with Isayas/EPLF. If a relationship with Isayas/EPLF during that time is considered dishonorable, why is it good now?

Let us stick to the main issue. As Tibebe said, the principle of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” does not always hold good. It does hold good only when the two parties have (1) equal negotiating power, or (2) a principal-agent relationship, or (3) similar goal/vision.

Ethiopian opposition parties and Isayas do not definitely have equal negotiating power. Besides, Isayas cannot be an agent to the opposition parties; he would definitely be their principal; but for the principle to hold good, he should be an agent, and they should be principals. When we come to the similar goal/vision issue, I think we should divide the opposition parties into two: those which support the unity of Ethiopia, and those which do not. Ethiopian opposition parties, whose goal is the unity of Ethiopia, such as Ginbot 7 do not have similar goal/vision with Isayas, whereas those opposition parties who would like to see the disintegration of Ethiopia such as OLF and OLNF have similar vision/goal with Isayas.

Because of these I think Tibebe is right in holding that the rapprochement of opposition parties, I think it should be qualified as “whose vision is the unity of Ethiopia,” with Isayas is not good for the long term national interest of Ethiopia.

03/07/10 @ 10:52
Comment from: emeles [Visitor]

Ferengi, that is all trash for me. I do not care at this time for all your garbage. I know you have big business partnership with Al-Amoudi-Meles Company. You are fighting for the survival of TPLF system, and yours. You do not want to lose the your Addis Airport Investment.
I totally support Neamin for all his efforts in fighting Weyane. Tibebe, believe or of not, Meles’ days are numbered; before you reap the fruits of investment, Meles is gone.
Tibebe, You know how TPLF come to power, with the support of EPLF. What is wrong if we can get help from TPLF ?

03/07/10 @ 11:04
Comment from: Tesfu [Visitor]

I think Major Dawit and others should sue Mr.Tibebe Samuel Ferenji for libel and defamation. They have a strong case.

Tibebe appears to be a dangerous loose mouth. He cannot label Major Dawit and others as CIA agents without a solid evidence. Morever there is no way for Tibebe to ascertain whether someone is a CIA or not. In the US this is against the law.

To attach one’s name to CIA is a very dangerous allegation. This is an embarassment to Major Dawit and his family.

By the way is this Tibebe guy the son of the famous Radio Ethiopia English broadcaster and DJ-Samuel Ferenji?. If so I say “unlike father unlike son” .

Tibebe!!! Please stop character assasination. I am sure you will not appreciate if somone calls your Dad or Mom “A CIA agent”

You need to sober up.

03/07/10 @ 11:08
Comment from: Ewnetu Yinger [Visitor]
Ewnetu Yinger

Thank you, Thank you, thank you. Tibebe I remmber when you came out blazing on Hibret Radio years ago when it was fashinable to condem Tigryans and Eritreans. Without fear you argued and defended the people of Eritrea and Tigray. The assault in Tigreans and Eritreans was fashinoble, you stood your ground and directed us to fight aginst shabya and weyane instead of the people of Eritrea and Tigray. You made history by crashing the shackle that was put in the diaspora. It is after your rpeatred genuine argument that Issaias Lisanu and Alem were terminated from Ande Ethiopia. Despite the fact that you are born in Eritrea, you crossed that line and stood for Ethiopia. What a principle. I love you wondmie Tibebe. Few months ago, I read your poem on Ethio Media about tamange Beyene, I was joyful when I read last week about Ethiopians honoring Tamange. I think your poem had something to do and you should be given credit. Now in a brilliant and well put article you did not just simply defended your position, you also provided us THE SMOKING GUN. I am proud to say that tyou are Ethiopia’s ENKU LIJE. I wish you begin a radio program like you did in the past. I miss YE-TIBEBE MAHDER. You dircted the radio land then to the right direction and you are directing us to the right issue today. Undoubtedly, you are Pro Ethiopia and I love you for that. Thank you for making my day wondmie Tibebe.

03/07/10 @ 11:18
Comment from: tazabe [Visitor]

It’s ok to learn the history of Ethiopian politics if only the rest of us learn from it and improve. Right now history aside the problem is corrupted dictators in power forever in Ethiopia. We want a gov’t that erradicate trabalism and socialist idology in Ethiopia.Shabia, Woyane, olf etc these are all tribal dictators and they shouldn’t be in power if we want to develop the country and fight hunger in Ethiopia.

03/07/10 @ 11:31
Comment from: Derese [Visitor]

Mr.Tibebe might be interested to save woyane from its downfall. Both eplf and tplf are our enemies but tplf is a deadly one.Who cares about Issayas now?meles is the cancer which is killing Ethiopia.

03/07/10 @ 11:41
Comment from: Shewarega [Visitor]

I do not have enough info to support or reject what you wrote here. Those who were the players in it should speak better rather than either you or Neamin.

Having said that, I would like to correct you on one thing. THE NUMBER ONE SWORN ENEMY OF ETHIOPIA IS NONE OTHER THAN MELES ZENAWI HIMSELF. That is the single most important point that should be underlined. Kusheshe yale koshasha, go read the translation of his recent speech in Mekelle. Ke haya amet behuala enkwan yemayberdelet balegae.

03/07/10 @ 11:46
Comment from: yeget [Visitor]

this article is very useful. for some of us who do not know what was happening in the past, it shades light on the power dealings by people like Dawit.

03/07/10 @ 11:55
Comment from: Germa [Visitor]

Mr.zenawi is not better than Me.Afewoki in regard to Ethiopia.They both have no good intention to our country.The difference is that the one who is in power and bleeding the country is Melese not Esayas.At present we are under the mercy and goodwill of the worst enemy of Ethiopia.The fact that these two dictators are enemy is a blessing to our struggle.It shouldn’t be our concern if Esayas is the devil himself as long us we let him kill his former friend and save himself as the same time.

03/07/10 @ 12:04
Comment from: Ajirea [Visitor]

Dear readers, please don’t be fooled by such garbage and self-serving articles. If you keep reading this person’s articles, you will come to the conclusion: He is Eritrean advancing the interests of Eritreans. This guy understood that without Ethiopia, Eritrea is nothing, politically or economically.

Who can forget, TPLF is the gift of EPLF to Ethiopia that keeps on giving. EPLF is furious it is not partaking in the booty TPLF is enjoying. (The reason for 2000 war is just that…and Eritrea is on a permanent war footing, now that it’s established its weakness militarily. It wants to protect, mainly, Asab.) Now the current regime in Eritrea has decided its best leverage is politics (supporting Al Shabab, OLF, ONLF, etc.) and the Eritrean oppositions have also determined their best bet is to work with the Weyane regime. (A bunch of these groups were in Ethiopia, recently) But the double standard they follow is interesting: these Eritrean oppositions don’t want Ethiopian oppositions to align with Eritrean regime. In other words, they are telling us the weyane regime is democratic worth aligning with, unlike the current Eritrean regime. However, this is politics, for strategic reasons you align with about “anyone???” Well, isn’t that what the US adminstration taught us, when they aligned with numerous dictatorial regimes around the world - including Weyane. So, why do the Tibebe group tell us who to align with or who not to align with? And who are they to tell us, Weyane is a democratic regime?

Eritreans’ abberration is interesting: Ethiopia is for our common, Eritrea for us only. We can align with Weyane, but you cannot align with Issayas.
It sounds smart, but really stupid.

03/07/10 @ 12:18
Comment from: Justice 2010? [Visitor]
Justice 2010?

Meles is robbing, killing and destroying Ethiopians as we speak, and Mr. Ferenji wants to divert the attention from the current situation to what happened in 1982. Mr. Fenenji, you are focusing and abscessed on what happened or may not have happened almost thirty years ago and ignoring the current Woyanes misconduct and wrong doing on Ethiopian people. The difference between Derg and Woyane government is like night and day, even though, both Meles and Mengestu have spilled so many innocents blood, they are so different in so many ways. You have master the English language very well, if you have any considerations for the poor Ethiopians, you should put it on to something to be the voice for the voiceless Ethiopians who are suffering needlessly and let the world know about the corruptions of the current Ethiopian government. Or is it may be you are somehow associated to the current government? It seems you are doing the same thing of what you have been accusing of other Ethiopians for being close to Issayass–the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

03/07/10 @ 12:26
Comment from: [Member]


Thank you, your well thought comment could teach us a lot. Nobody could have said it better.

03/07/10 @ 12:27
Comment from: Halafi Mengedi [Visitor]
Halafi Mengedi

“More over, in the same article major Dawit stated: “At one point, I was discussing with the leader of the EPLF, the current President of Eritrea, Issaias Afewerki. I asked him why instead of partitioning Ethiopia, he does not become the President of Ethiopia. He gave me some reason why this would not be possible but assured me “You can be certain Mr. Dawit, that if and when we get our independence, our priority will be to unite the people under some sort of federal arrangement.”

Why Issayas Afewerki did not have any interest to be president of Ethiopia but he would have an interest some kind of arrangements to be part of Ethiopia with out Issayas Afewerki top position after he secured his independent???

Does Issayas’s promise make any sense and genuine to trust him that after independent will come back for the unity of Ethiopia after observing his lie and cheat and fabricate policy???

If you had such intension for unity of Ethiopia, why were you wasting time, resources and human life to achieve independent and to give up later on???

If Issayas had such intention to begin with why he did not join Woyane after independent his closest brother as Issayas promised to Major Dawit instead of coming up with your own worthless paper NAKFA CURRENCY???

Everything about Eritrea is fabricated by Arabs and CIA and Issayas believed in them for the myth of Eritrea NEVERLAND COUNTRY.

03/07/10 @ 12:48
Comment from: Guest [Visitor]

If TPLF,EPLF,ONLF,OLF, …etc are considered as the enemy of Ethiopia, does it mean Ethiopia is the enemy of its citizens and neighbours. Something surprises me is that all Ethiopian except the Amharas were tribalists, narrow minded, regionalists…etc. How on earth any human think in such way.

03/07/10 @ 12:54
Comment from: Abebe Bikila [Visitor]
Abebe Bikila

why opposition partys coperete with this devil essayas i dont understand is a big mistake.ifyou want fighet with weyane we have a lot of mountains you can feight there us a rebel not in eritria.

03/07/10 @ 13:22
Comment from: Beekkaa [Visitor]

“General Kumlachew`s bussiness run under my brother company name".

I wonder if your brother has got another Woyane General client? Or you started your self?

03/07/10 @ 13:24
Comment from: Guest [Visitor]

This reminds me the politics of derg. We have learned a lot the propaganda of the Amhara elites who misused the Megistu as saying and all of us were repeating throughout the country. This helped Mengistu to commit crimes against our people. These people have not said a sigle word when barbaric attacks committed against Tigrian and Ertrean people at all. Where have they been until 1991? Should the speak about democracy, rule of law, freedom of…now? These people have no respect for the diginity of personality, they ofend every single person by catagorizing as enemy or mercinery with in a moment based on untangible informations. Look! how difficult it is to blackmail people like generals and other leaders who have paid many sacrifies the made almost half of their lives serving their country. Are the writting history or punishing those who made wrong to the country? For me if someone cooperated with any group to through Mengistu from power was not a crime. On the other hand nothing is wrong for Isayas to librate Eritrean from Ethiopia if our relation with Eritrea was based on colony. What we have to focuss on is to solve our internal problems and leave with Eritrean people as friend and to different independent nations. Why don not we work hard to help each other and build a common ground for trust, respect and good will which our two nations desseve it? These all war mongering and useless issues were raised every time from certain groups, not from Eritrean or rest of Ethiopians.

03/07/10 @ 13:26
Comment from: zi [Visitor]

very young children, age 3 and above know that issayas is a bad guy and an ethiopian enemy. just mention the name issayas in ethiopia. from the very young to the the very old, they all hate him. if i were stranded in an island with issayas and meles and if i were only allowed to bring one to shore, then i would choose meles over issayas.

03/07/10 @ 13:36
Comment from: tazabe [Visitor]

These tribals start their organization in the name of liberating their own kind and based on that itself they always have narrow minded views about the rest of Ethiopia. Their never been an Amhara liberation front it is always Shabia, Eplf,Tplf, Olf Etc These are all poison organization that distroy the country. To have different political parties is ok but it doen’t have to be 92 different political parties for a country less than one state in America. Let’s build the country without a tribal dictatorship with free democracy, free election, free society with two maybe three different political parties. Stop the tribal mabo jambo!!!!

03/07/10 @ 13:45
Comment from: Gobena [Visitor]

What a wast of energy and time. Talk about what shall we do to unite and build this beautiful country? Please forget your intellectual illusion and fantasy.

03/07/10 @ 13:48
Comment from: Gebre [Visitor]

These all contadictory history was the part of Ethiopian history where the writer has not good (enough) evidences except ALU. The previous Ethiopian historians have written such kind of imaginery or false history. This reminded me the debteras who misled us to many unsolvable problems and realities for the future generation. Most of us admires or opposes based on our interests, but the important matter is that blackmailing individuals who fallen for the countryon such media is a big mistake. It needs deep knowledge and concrete evidences to conclude. The other issue is we should not have to conclude the work of CIA as negative every time. Throughing Mengitu from power was the positive development to Ethiopia too. Could we say the same if they do To Meles too?

03/07/10 @ 13:48
Comment from: ababu [Visitor]

The TPLF minority junta displacing the people in different parts of Oromia and Gambella. selling land for little money and cheap politics. These investors take food from the land that is not self sufficient for food, they exploit labor from the poor farmers for 10 birr per day. No body from the farmers could not compete with domestic market or international and get a chance in anyway, the system is close to local agricultural development within the communities. The survival of the comunities will exclusively and desperately be dependent on these companies. The companies are profit making and extractive industries that focus mainly on short-term gains and will loot and degrade the environment very soon!

03/07/10 @ 13:52
Comment from: Ajirea [Visitor]

Please everybody hear me out!
Eritrea is NOT and SHOULD NOT be the focus of Ethiopia. They chose secession over unity. And they are on their own and in the process of self-destructing! Eri’s seceded with a motto: “Ethiopia yehulachin Eritrea yegilachin!”
Surprise, surprise, it is not working, is it?
I don’t think we should ever even think about uniting with these guys.
Their motto will never change. They will always be parasites!

Out own work is cut out for us - get rid of the gift they gave us, a gift that keep on giving - TPLF.

Let Eritrean focus on their own priorities.

Don’t give them a forum here.

03/07/10 @ 13:57
Comment from: Ato [Visitor]

“………………I also had the honor and the opportunity to assist him in his effort to bring a family member to the United States……..”

We knew that!

So, “Ye Diha Lijj wode Torr Meda - Ye Derge Lijj wode America”

Poors to the war front - Sons’ of DERGE to the USA!

03/07/10 @ 14:30
Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]

I think the only time we should deal with Eritreans is when we see them on the other side of the battle field. No more no less than that.

03/07/10 @ 14:52
Comment from: Halafi Mengedi [Visitor]
Halafi Mengedi

“Comment from: Guest [Visitor]
If TPLF,EPLF,ONLF,OLF, …etc are considered as the enemy of Ethiopia, does it mean Ethiopia is the enemy of its citizens and neighbours. Something surprises me is that all Ethiopian except the Amharas were tribalists, narrow minded, regionalists…etc. How on earth any human think in such way.”

We CAN conclude that either they hate each other or they are enemy of Amhara. There is no Ethiopia with out TPLF, EPLF, OLF & ONLF.

03/07/10 @ 15:07
Comment from: [Member]

We as ethiopians should defend ethiopian history. The region called “Eritrea” was leased to Italy. Of course Menelik II punished the eritreans by cutting their limbs with a sword for thier betrayal of Ethiopia. The eritreans hate Ethiopia and ethiopians. Eritreans were brainwashed by Italy and Britain. Eritreans see themselves inferior to whites due to the 50 year colonialism they were under. However many eritreans were also proud ethiopians. But Issays and the other secessionist forces are vey confused about the history of Eritrea. Issays has proven to be the enemy of Ethiopia and any ethiopian patriot should rather kill Issayas than co-operate with him to overthrow the government of Meles Zenawi. Issays has murdered and killed thousands of innocent Ethiopians. Issays exploded the industrial complex in Addis when he was marching witth his banda soldiers to Addis. No Ethiopian should co-operate with Issayas. We should rather kill Issayas and throw him to the garbage. Yes, Meles is another banda, who is trying to dismantle Ethiopia. But he is in our hands. We have other means to get rid of him. We should be care not to be anti-Ethiopia and serve the enemies of Ethiopia to do more havoc on our people.

Thos of you who are collaborating with Eritrea are the enemies of Ethiopia. Nothing can justify your support to the enemies of Ethiopia. issayas should be killed or hanged and disposed of. Meles Zenawi is the same idiot, who has to be damped.

03/07/10 @ 16:41
Comment from: [Member]

Small minds discuss hotchpotch,medium minds discuss business, and high minds
discuss ideas and events.So, let the battle of the high minds mind continue.

03/07/10 @ 16:45
Comment from: ETHIOPIA [Visitor]

OMO OMO OMO a nice comment

03/07/10 @ 17:25
Comment from: [Member]

Mr freeman this is called democracy. I can tell it is foreign to you.

03/07/10 @ 17:42
Comment from: ethiopian [Visitor]

the amaran tink they are more ethiopians than the rest:crazy:

03/07/10 @ 18:16
Comment from: h. melak [Visitor]
h. melak

Tibebe resorted to name calling and did not refute the facts. For example, how the absence of 400 soldiers would be relevant etc…

03/07/10 @ 18:22
Comment from: Abba Guracha [Visitor]
Abba Guracha

It is not immediatly clear to me why the 1989 coup is important for this discussion. Let the martyred generals lie in peace.

The question is about allying with Isayas. Is it good for Ethiopia? Is he better than Meles? Or is he the lesser of the two evils? I do not think so.

But, I understand the tempetation. Looking arround Ethiopia’s neighbors, it seems that only Isayas is willing to help the opposition. But, this is not enough reason.

It is not crazy to think that Isayas is bad for Ethiopia. He is an experienced manupilator. Also he can at any moment make up with his old buddy Meles and sell the opposition.

Given the options that exist a peaceful legal and/or illigal struggle seems the best option available.

But, it is upto those who trust Isayas to state their case. Please do not go into the coup story.

03/07/10 @ 19:11
Comment from: Elias [Visitor]

Why we are keep talking about the 60’s,70’s, and 80’s? We need solutions , not lectures from the past. To tell you the truth, you guys screwed us up before. For those of you who want change, pleas try to be critical.

03/07/10 @ 19:53
Comment from: wond lenatu [Visitor]
wond lenatu

Everybody please google ‘fanta belay’ and see either the google video or the ethio tube video.

The interview was after his arrest and he himself said that the wombedes(EPLF) wants to sit around a table and discuss his issues with the ethiopian government. This is the best proof that EPLF was involved in the coup or knew about the coup.

Long story short, I think Tibebe’s story is believable. But I don’t know about his involvement with woyane. If he has one, then he himself is a traitor.

Neamin is an undercover shabia

03/07/10 @ 19:54
Comment from: justin [Visitor]

“Ethiopia in grave danger”

No, you are in danger of turning into Pinocchio.

ኢትዮጵያ ለዘላለም ትኑር

03/07/10 @ 21:16
Comment from: Germa [Visitor]

It is time to roll people!History lesson will be taught for history’s sake on time but now is the time to liberate our country by any means necessary.Esayas can come for a ride too.

03/07/10 @ 21:17
Comment from: solomon tessema [Visitor]
solomon tessema

I stop reading your lengthy article part one when
you say you been in politics since the
age of 13. what a boring and miserable
life you had, when did you play football,
leba ena police or marble?

03/07/10 @ 22:11
Comment from: EthioMAN [Visitor]

How unfortunate for Ethiopia that…
“The United States wanted to assist the Israelis in their effort to take Ethiopian Jews from Ethiopia to Israel. The TPLF and the EPLF were willing partners to assist in that effort and the US was willing to supply arms, funds, advice and other essential needs of the rebels.”

May God give our leaders the wisdom to protect our people from these political games they play on us!


In all the years I have been on this and other Ethiopian sites, you are one of the few who nailed it.

Having said that…
Mr Fernji did good on this one. I have not read nor do I have the desire to do so what Mr. Neamin wrote, nor do I have the inclination to engage in judging who is right or wrong in the on going debate. But, one thing is for certain and that is what interests me the most.

As it always does all over the world, the US/CIA has made it possible for Shabia and Woyane to destroy Ethiopia just to control the Soviet expansion. Did anyone get that? They played politics with our unity. Still, we do not learn and looks like we will not in the future. Watch out Meles, be too friendly with the US sooner or later you fall out of grace. IsayASS the mad dog’s paranoia on the other hand, seems to be based in experience.

Here is also another fact embaded in the CIA involvement. As the Iran Contra affair was a sure thing, so is the Woyane/Shabia Aid food for arms deal. CIA/US did arm these antiEthiopia forces knowing the outcome, knowing what it will do to Ethiopia/Ethiopians.

Does the US care? NO!

The US never does things to benifit the indigenous. It will do us all good to remember they are always after what they need, always.

03/07/10 @ 22:49
Comment from: ermias [Visitor]

i think mr ferenji should be commended for saprking a debate about our country. the 1989 coup was an important chapter in our country history. we know our country is betrayed by those who pledged to serve and protect for no more than personal gain.every one is entitled to put her/his five cent here but, lets not resort to personal senseless tribal attack. this is a good tool to inform and have a civil dicussion about our country.

03/07/10 @ 23:09
Comment from: EthioMAN [Visitor]

As some are asking what the importance of this whole thing is…
…I wonder how any Ethiopian can miss the extent to which the involvement of the CIA with Tplf/Eplf, to undermine Ethiopia’s territorial integrity, played a major part to our current situation.

Woyane supporter or not, this man is stating fact.
CIA armed Shabia to kill Ethiopians, Woyane helped.

Based on that it is easy to deduce…
Woyane did sell aid food to buy guns and CIA looked the other way.

Another fact…
Derg Generals led their soldiers to slaughter after being paid dollars.

What is hard to understand here?

03/07/10 @ 23:11
Comment from: Sophonias Hannibal [Visitor]
Sophonias Hannibal


03/08/10 @ 00:16
Comment from: Ali roble [Visitor]
Ali roble

I don’t normally respond to your reharshes and Habesha’s gossip of yesteryears. Can’t Habesha folks breath without oxygen politics like fish can’t without water. Let the bygones be bygones. No one has stomach for another story about unsavory military putsch instigated by foreigners, who cannot care less about principles of democracy, equality and rule of law. Let us focus on the future and how we can better do in terms of stability,co-existence, development and so forth.

03/08/10 @ 01:03
Comment from: kiwi [Visitor]

To the writer………don’t you have something better to write. The title is too disgusting to read.:crazy:

03/08/10 @ 01:25
Comment from: hinok [Visitor]

ya right issaysa is the one looking the worst of ethiopia .so we have to look him very carfully esspecilly at this time.he is in bad condition so we have to keep our mother land very secur .EPLF is dying so lets take care.

03/08/10 @ 03:48
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]

:crazy::crazy:This guy is only trying to fool guys .
In the name of the “National Unity” .
Ato Hulun Awekalehu ,for the Ethiopian
Peoples ,WOYANE is responsable for the
Endangering of the sovereignty of the
country .TPLF Thugs were shabyan agents who fullfilled an evil mission.
It’s not because they are in quarell with their almighty father (ISSAYAS AFWERKI)that we have the obligation and even the morality to

03/08/10 @ 07:28
Comment from: Tefera [Visitor]

lets keep our eyes on the ball. the main reason the writer brought this story is to show that Isayas afewerki can not be trusted. that is it. those clueless few who were marching in support of shabia obviously arent going to be happy about this. but the fact is no good ethiopian want to have any thing to do with shabia.i hope tibebe by now realizes that he is beating on a dead horse and move to another topic.

03/08/10 @ 11:31
Comment from: wepE [Member]


I don’t know anything about the author of this article and i certainly don’t know anything about you, but according to your assessment in your first post you seem to have jumped to a conclusion that the author is on a self serving course of promoting Eritrean cause. If i’m right would you mind explaining how you come to that conclusion? i don’t care weather if he actually is doing exactly what you’re accusing him of or not. i’m only interested in, what part of this article (or his other recent articles) would make him an individual campaigning for weyane?

btw have you stumbled up on his article ‘true lies’ about the brutal murder of the late Aregawi Gebre-Yohannes? Other than the above you’ve a terrific point. Both weyane and shabiya are ani-Ethiopians, so are the rest of their clowns roaming around Ethiopians both inside and outside Ethiopia. Please do try not to pass judgment on Eritreans by blood but choice of betrayal during their so called ‘liberation from the shackles of …’

Igzer EtyoP’yan And’ Yargat, Kek’fum YiT’ebikat.
Wakes up every day proud that I’m an Ethiopian.

03/08/10 @ 11:44
Comment from: Xanadu [Visitor]

Mr Tibebe:

Why would bringing down the facist Menguistu regime with or without the help of Issayas be a bad for Ethiopia?? After all Menguistu had butchered approx. 1M Ethiopians and it seems to me that disregarding that fact.

03/08/10 @ 16:10
Comment from: Sophonias Hannibal [Visitor]
Sophonias Hannibal

Menelik 3 or 30, you want to kill Issais….come and try it. You know how of your brothers and cousins bodies and souls are still buried in the land of the braves called Eritrea? Come yourself with others who have your same opinion to touch Eritrea and you will get the same fate that your brothers got the last half century.

03/08/10 @ 18:23
Comment from: yoni [Visitor]


ESAYASS’ involvements in Ethiopia’s political landscape from the time his dad’s condom broke till now…

Esayass is a sworn enemy of Ethiopia

Every political group in Ethiopia past or present, ruling or opposing, through openess or back channel have worked with Esayas in one form or the other have for their interest…

Special point here to make is…

Now the truth is out there, Can the oppos refrain from working with Esayass for Ethiopia’s sake???

03/08/10 @ 18:24
Comment from: Gelmo Kurra [Visitor]
Gelmo Kurra

I believe Samuel Ferenji an Oromo by birth and a young man from Addis with whole hearted belonging toEthiopia is a father of Tibebe Ferenji who is Oromo on his father Frerenji’s side and one quqrter Eritrean and one quarter Italian is doing his best to remain an Ethiopia belonging to all three ethnic groups. Time runs I did not know that Samuel Ferenje has such big chidren. How many siblings does Tibeb has and how old is he and how old are his siblings and what are they doing for their living.
I want to say Samuel Ferenji’s children are like their father true Ethiopians , Congratulations Sam (the father). I am assuming that both parents Samuel and the mother are alright. As we go along I hope you will take a strong position about Ethiopia and Eritrea for the positive. By the way where is Major Dawit now.
I am a friend of your ather we both come from Wollega although my sibblings and I were born and educated in Addis. My sibblings were educated inAddis,Jimma,Alemaya,USAIndia,Israel and the THE USA. I was educated in Addisand the USA. I am sure if your father is reading this note he as already guesed who I a talking about. I am sure we wil meet either by the electric media or in person until I wish you and your good family all the best.Keep up"THE OOD WORK” and try to work for all Ethiopia. Ethiopia some day will pay you, some how, for the good you are doing.

03/08/10 @ 18:34
Comment from: sami1 [Visitor]

Isayas is an enemy of Ethiopia so is WOYANE. Woyane is only in 4 killow to loot not to represent Citzens of Ethiopia the longer it takes the worse it will be.

03/08/10 @ 19:23
Comment from: Germa [Visitor]

I am ashamed about some of the people who seems to have a good imitation about liberating Ethiopia but come with no solution on how to to achieve that.Some are interested about the history of Ethiopia and seems to just develop interest to know more.Your ignorance of the history of your country should not pull the progress the opposition is making to engage our enemy.Woyane is buying time to solidify its position while we are chitchatting about our old history and trying to convince us that we should not work with the eritrians because they are the enemy of Ethiopia as if they are the true protector of Ethiopia.A sane person would utilize whatever in his possition agenest his enemy.

03/08/10 @ 20:07
Comment from: Yaleb [Visitor]

Comment from: Tesfu [Visitor]

I think Major Dawit and others should sue Mr.Tibebe Samuel Ferenji for libel and defamation. They have a strong case.

Forget it, Denkoro ! Better read more next time. Dawit is too clever to listen idiots like you or go down that road you blindly indicated to. Not every libel is winnable. And this one has already been at the public domain.

Again you said:
To attach one’s name to CIA is a very dangerous allegation. This is an embarassment to Major Dawit and his family.


You should be embarrassed yourself for stirring your tasteless porridge. The people mentioned are too busy living comfortably thanks to the Green bucks they made after auctioning their soul and country.

As far as “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” philosophy is concerned, as the writer said, it doesn’t work always.

For instance, if a hyena eat your evil mother-in-law, it doesn’t necessarily imply that the same beast will roll over his back in appreciation if you have the misfortune of meeting him the next evening.

03/08/10 @ 20:18
Comment from: freedom [Visitor]

yaye yefradew 3 kifla torr baldaraba yehonachu tanagaru

03/08/10 @ 21:05
Comment from: truth [Visitor]

RE Sophia Hannibal
Dear Sophia Dear Sophia Dear Sophia
There is no Hannibal in you only

03/09/10 @ 00:47
Comment from: Dawit [Visitor]

If one to know the true character of Ato Namin Zeleke, then they should take a look at his best freind’s character. Geese of the same feather flock together. Banda Le Banda, Ethiopian, oops Eritrean Review and Namin are the enemy of Ethiopians!

03/09/10 @ 01:52
Comment from: temuye [Visitor]

Both articles are written by the same name. Please do not bother to change your name. Do you want me to tell you something else? You are going to write more in both names. You look like determined to write more. Who cares any way enjoy it until you get bored, or satisfy.

03/09/10 @ 07:27
Comment from: temuye [Visitor]

soory cirection, both articls are written by the same “man", not “name”

03/09/10 @ 07:28
Comment from: Wey Ene [Visitor]
Wey Ene

Long live Ethiopia and its people. God bless our father, grandfather who fought for freedom and kept our Flag green( Ethiopia tilemelem lezelalem), yellow (our fathers’ yehake mahteb), red (our fathers’ blood shed) shine forever. Our fathers fought in truth, honest for Ethiopian people.(Egiziabher nefsachewn lezelalem yalemlemew). Those of you seek a power to rule and try to destroy the country, (angetachu laye telek wefecho tasro gedel gibu) because you have no honesty.

03/09/10 @ 09:31
Comment from: Hentalo [Visitor]

This character Tibebe Ferenji is hallucinating I think. Any initiative from very concerned Generals and ordinary citizens, for him is concocted by CIA. In 1989 Gorbachev, the head of USSR had already set the stage for Perestroika, and Mr Regan had alread encouraged him to tear down the Berlin wall. Why would the CIA be more concerned about the Soviet Expansion in Africa when Mr Gorbachev was showing some signs of reform within the Soviet Union? Your argument doesn’t hold water.

03/09/10 @ 10:30
Comment from: Babile Tolla [Visitor]
Babile Tolla

Dear Samuel Ferenj,

Many thanks for this breath taking and yet well untold facts.

In adendum to your narratives I hope the 2nd part discloses the following facts:

(1) How the Ethiopian Security head General Tesfaye held secret meeting with EPLF, TPLF, Russian and American generals in East Berlin in working out the way forward for the Coup De estat against Mengistu.

(2) How the Russians under Gorbachev betrayed Mengistu, sided with CIA and provided full support to EPLF and TPLF.

(3) How those generals were much busy cooperating directly with EPLF and TPLF were orchastrated by Major Dawit in person who was already CIA-agent; and who voluntarily provided the full income from the sell of his RED TEAR book directly to EPLF.

(4) How Mengistu was positioned to eliminate his own officers and weaken the Durg by inside plot within the Derg who were working hand and gloves with EPLF and TPLF.

(5) How EPLF and TPLF championed by puposely and intentionally agitating on ethnic divisive politics.

(6) How CIA humiliated the Ethiopian society and its pride on its independence, own script, own cultures and traditions by infesting havoc and hate among Ethiopians of all walks of life.

03/09/10 @ 15:45
Comment from: Azeb [Visitor]

Shabea cockroaches are crawling all over this website. Freeman is a certified Shabea and he is trying to mislead honest Ethiopians debating on a matter that concerns their country. Why are Eritreans infiltrating Ethiopian websites and trying to pose as Ethiopians. Even their stupid leader Isayas tries to pretend he has Ethiopian’s interest at heart. (If you can’t win them join them is the order of the day among these scams.) Shabea agents have already put Elias Kifle under their payroll and Neamin is the new addition.

03/09/10 @ 21:18



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