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06/19/07

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Categories: Ethiopia, Aklilu Demissie

Ethiopia - Letter sent to NY Times' Jeffery Gettleman

Excerpts from a letter sent to Jeffery Gettleman of The New York Times

Dear JEFFREY GETTLEMAN,

Greetings!


I read your report and video with amazement for the exceptional courage it took you in telling the truth as it is: “In Ethiopia fears and cries of Army Brutality.”
As you have observed it is not an isolated incidence but rather a daily criminal act of the regime all over the country.

It is my first time to read a true, vivid revelation of the horrendous human rights abuses from a Western journalist who, I feel miraculously escaped the government’s self censure imposed on journalists as a whole on their reporting.
Your exposure of the heinous crimes being committed by the one man State of Meles Zenawi is a selfless commitment to promoting freedom, democracy and the right to live.
Living in Ethiopia as you have noted for many Ethiopians is an every day road to perdition.


It won’t be long before they [Meles and his cronies] start giving you a hard time for telling the truth nor would you get assistance from the US ambassador Yammamoto who is benign treated like a child by Meles Zenawi. We all know what happened to your guy’s for five days recently in Ogaden.
They know no domestic or international laws nor do they abide by them.
Don’t be disarmed by the oratorical skills, subterfuges and shenanigans of Meles.

I can tell you Ethiopia will remember you for the courage you had in telling the truth.
And Ethiopia will definitely be free from the jaws of a blood thirsty, rotting despot, whatever he relies on America to commit his crimes against humanity.
You are the maverick US journalist I have been waiting to see in telling the truth as it is. But believe me; the regime will accuse you of anything under the sun. And convincing Americans working with Meles is also going to be a though job. In Ethiopia truth is bitter.

Be watchful and keep yourself safe!

Best regards of the day,

Aklilu Demissie

A concerned Ethiopian.

NY Times Video
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34 comments

Comment from: Stop! [Visitor]
Stop!

From what I have read, knowingly and unknowingly, direct or indirect, with emotion or unemotionally the so-called opposition parties and individuals are hurting Ethiopia more than the present Ethiopian government. I have one important question for all you guys out there if you may allow me to say so. If Mr. Meles wants to tarnish and destroy Ethiopia for centuries to come, who do you think in the right position? You or him? Do you really think he is not capable or what is your long term goal? I do have lots of disagreement with out the present Ethiopian government does, very serious crimes but there are lots of good out of that. Please, Please, Please do not see short term gain over long term solution. Thank you!

Please be balance and adult.

06/19/07 @ 17:11
Comment from: hayalu [Visitor]
hayalu

As the saying goes
” YAYT MISIKR DIMBIT”

06/19/07 @ 17:13
Comment from: haile [Visitor]
haile

I too have never read such a report in years that truely and objectively shows what really is going on in Ethiopia and the suffering odf the people under the brutal hands of the current one man rule in the country.I had the opportunity to discuss the story with a young American girl who currently is working for her Phd ,and was so heavy hearted and she couldnt imagine a government to be so crude and fascistic on its own people. This shows that your story atracted a number of americans and your contribution is of paramount importance to help the struggle of ethiopian people against this ruthless tyrant individuals who sooner or later step down and surely we would be relieved.
Thank you, Jeffery Gettleman a true friend of the people of Ethiopia.

06/19/07 @ 17:29
Comment from: BSdetector [Visitor]
BSdetector

more propeganda.

06/19/07 @ 17:54
Comment from: nunnnn [Visitor]
nunnnn

Mr Stop ! weyane also won with a long hard stragle , so why not this inocent never been rewarded as Ethiopian so they have to defened themselve and there people

06/19/07 @ 17:59
Comment from: et [Visitor]
et

This letter is probably written by the Ogaden terrorists themselves. or one of those from the ogaden.com…(on by the way nazret.com, your favorite ogaden source aka ogaden.com is celebrating the legacy of former somalia president :)) the same president who was fighting against haile sellasie and mengistu to help rebels take ogaden from ethiopia) way to go nazret!! :!:

an ethiopian to supporting ogaden terrorists is like kerry supporting osama bin laden.
it would be an indication of what one has first at heart, ethiopia or narrow political aim.

peace

06/19/07 @ 18:03
Comment from: Gehon [Visitor]
Gehon

Ato Aklilu Demissie, you are a sale out to your for fathers, childrens and your grand childrens. You call your self an Ethiopian? Drop dead in hart beat, you are a slab, you useless dirt bag SOB.

06/19/07 @ 18:39
Comment from: gudu gana [Visitor]
gudu gana

aklilu i have no word for you .you are an ignorant who lives on the kindness of strangers.for you any kind of news which target the regime is balanced and right .this is a simple logic which comes from a simple mind.

06/19/07 @ 19:11
Comment from: Dany [Visitor]
Dany

Aklilu demisse,
I don’t know what got in to you my brother but I don’t think you are serious when you are claiming the report as “the truth”
There are problems of course but what did you expect? a utopian type of society? If that is the case give up brother it is not going to happen…It never happened. There are some people who are killing people because they think the number of schools or streets in their area is not as much as other areas or something like that. But some people always are going to be unhappy. Their way of showing their unhappiness is different. These people are showing us by killing some civillian workers and you seem to appluad for them. Shame on you. It may take a while but we are going to show our disagreements in a civil manner. The route is paved. How we are going to be part of the journey might be different. It takes a whole lot while for some but they will join. And they will be civil.

06/19/07 @ 19:43
Comment from: GOBEZ [Visitor]  
GOBEZ

Mr-STOP I don’t think opposition supporters are the one who are out there to hurt Ethiopia . belive me I know about 3 guys who write as if they are supporters of the opposition but the fact of the matter is 3 of this guys are eritreans who spend their time on Internet promoting hate between Ethiopians .it become a style this days to oppose Ethiopia and the current government even when they are doing good . what we the rest of us to do is work hard for Ethiopia and for our people.Even this site Nazret.com put their interest first before their country they took the idea of a free press from the wrong angle . God bless Ethiopia.

06/19/07 @ 19:49
Comment from: Guigy [Visitor]
Guigy

No body cares about what’s going on in
Ethiopia.

06/19/07 @ 20:04
Comment from: Eshetu Daba [Visitor]
Eshetu Daba

What is new this is an anarchist who never saw a government he likes. He is spoon fed by the diaspora Ethiopians to hate Ethiopia. They will give him a gold medal for this action. Where was he when Mengistu was massacring the Ethiopian intelligence and youth without any witness or judge and throw the body in the four corners of the street to terrorize the populous with the red terror.
The diaspora Ethiopians hate Ethiopia unless you urinate on the heads of its people. Other wise how can one sees the speck in his brothers eye while there is a splinter in his own eyes.

06/19/07 @ 20:09
Comment from: bogale [Visitor]
bogale

I can tell you Ethiopia will remember you for the courage you had in telling the truth.

do u think Ethiopia will remember him for promoting the terrorist OPLF which is fighting for SECESSION???
foolish geriba shabia!

06/19/07 @ 20:15
Comment from: man [Member]  
man

“True Ethiopians” once agains applaud Ethiopians enemies. He is not there for you idiot. He was just there after he heard what happen to the chinese works. He was glorifying ONLF, and you agree with that? Claiming that is what is happening all over Ethiopia?
Freaken traitor,short sightedness driven with vengeance..that is you Ato Aklilu

06/19/07 @ 20:34
Comment from: Roofer [Visitor]
Roofer

Ethiopia is being choked to death by dictatorial woyane thugs. A bunch of ogaden youngsters running around in the dessert to protect themsleves against western armed aggazzi killers are not a threat to the survival of Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s survival is eroded daily by what woyane criminals are doing in that country. Therefore, for those of you who are yapping about long time interest have lost sight of priority. Ogadenians are trying to survive against this onslaught by woyane thugs. Woyane thugs are destroying Ethiopia in real time.

06/19/07 @ 21:23
Comment from: guttu [Visitor]
guttu

thumbs up for you jeffery.you brought the light to white house if
they will take off thier pricrpition
glass from meles to see it. we all will see what will be discused in white house.i will not be surprsed ,if they seek more funding
for ethiopian millitary training purpose and logistics. you might see
more of abraham tanks in ogaden.
As you wittinessed no tank will stop
rabel with couse.
thanks again for courgouse job
guttu

06/19/07 @ 21:33
Comment from: ababiya [Visitor]
ababiya

“I do have lots of disagreement with out the present Ethiopian government does, very serious crimes but there are lots of good out of that. Please, Please, Please do not see short term gain over long term solution.”
Mr.stop, Are you telling us you are admire of Mengistu Hilemariam too, because of some good things he did, like fighting Somali an invaders…? Or you are simply woyane’s cadre?

06/19/07 @ 21:51
Comment from: ambasel [Visitor]
ambasel

I have seen people supporting ONLF and when you ask them if they love ethiopia, they tell you,YEAHHHH, we love ethiopia. BUt where is your love dummy? Do you know ONLF’s policy? If you don’t let me tell you. They are up to dividing the country that you call Ethiopia. your country. Are u happy with a divided Ethiopia? If you say yes, you are not Ethiopian, you are foreigner.

06/19/07 @ 22:46
Comment from: tazabi [Visitor]
tazabi

This is the 2nd time I have read an Ethiopian complain about how Meles treats Yamamoto like a child, as if to say ‘how dare he?’ (I suspect this dude is simply plagiarizing the blogger Ethio-Zagol) I find it sad that these fellow Ethiopians actually take offence that Meles apparently doesn’t kow-tow to the good Ambassador, and they rush to defend the good Ambassador’s honor!

06/19/07 @ 23:51
Comment from: baymeno [Visitor]
baymeno

Nazre.com

Why do you post this kind of propoganda . I thought you are true Ethiopian!

Just kidding. I just wrote that to show those kinijit supporters how ridiculous they sound and always cry foul whenever they see opposing opinion.

Though, it is not popular to be impartial these days considering some of diasporas inability to tolerate opposing view, try to stay unpolarized since your impartiality is the secret of your website’s success.

Aklilu!

You guys hit rock bottom when you kiss Esayas’s behind just to satisfy your hunger for power while Esayas remains clear and present danger to the well being of Ethiopia.

While Esayas knows very well that kinijit doesn’t recognize Eritrea, he took you to his arms any way just as he took Afar liberation front to his arms while he knows that Afar is claiming part of Eritrea, Asab.

Your agenda is to use Esayas. And once you achive your goal using his resources, you think you can get rid of Esayas and unite Ethiopia.

You think Esayas ia a baby not to recognize your plot. Yes, he is a brutal dictator, yes, he is emotional; but he is not stupid. As you try to use him, he is trying to use you. He will destroy you and Ethiopia after he used you.

There fore, Aklilu, I am not amazed to see your pathetic and incoherent letter to the so called journalist who wrote unobjective article against your country favouring those terorists that slaughter those innocent oil mine workers.

If you allied with Esayas, you don’t blink your eyes to sell Ethiopia for pennys for anybody who happen to be Ethiopian enemy.

So, I am not serprized about your action because I don’t expect anything original from an eco.

I pray to God that one day, all of you guys who conspire against your country, just because you disagree with the present government, will come to your senses.

I also pray, God to show you the difference between the temporariness of the present government, and the immortality of our country. That way, you will have the wisdom of opposing the government without hurting our Emama Ethiopia once and for all. Yeagere sew once said

Enat yemote endehu bager yilekesal
Abat yemote endehu bager yilekesal
Ager yemote endehu bemin yilekesal!

So, be wise what you are praying for!

God bless Ethiopia!

06/20/07 @ 01:03
Comment from: derbabaw [Visitor]
derbabaw

Many have written a thank you letter to
the editor of nyt - I hope some would be
published for the sake of the truth. Melse
and his ethnic fascists cadres will be soon
running like cowards but will be hunted down
and brought to justice - no matter what name
they use or have plastic surgery to disguse
themselves.

06/20/07 @ 01:09
Comment from: baymeno [Visitor]
baymeno

Asebe Teferi!

” Make no mistake, when it comes to Ethiopian national interest, we are UNITED. Always.”

Nothing but the truth. God bless you.
That’s assuming that Aklilu is Eritrean. I wrote a comment knowing that Aklilu is the kinijit member though this lunatic doesn’t represent every kinijit member.

I am also with you that Meles should have finished the job in 2000 in getting rid of Esayas.

How ever, unlike you, I beleive that Meles will take care of this unfinished business after the millenium celebration. He is already in the process of building cases for that mission if you carefully read the foreign ministry reply to the NYT reporter.

We may have differences about this govenment, but, we need to stay true to our broad national interest and our beloved country, Emama Ethiopia.

God bless Ethiopia!

06/20/07 @ 01:53
Comment from: Visitor From NY [Visitor]
Visitor From NY

Greetings Mr. Aklilu

It is usual these days to see a black
man nealing down at the white man’s feet
while the latter rapes the black man’s
wife. And there you are shining Mr.
Gettleman’s feet while he rapes your
motherland, while he promotes his
colonial mentality by dividing ONE ppl.
You are giving him tissue while he
defocates in your house. It shows what
your reality is,BANDA!!

AN Ethiopian daughter

06/20/07 @ 03:14
Comment from: Goraw [Visitor]
Goraw

Thanks a lot for making the world to see the truth going on Ethiopia.But I have a concern for the civilians who were participating in the interveiw and the whole procces of the video.I am sure the weyane regime will start to trace them and do what ever they want so please make sure how you follow their saftey as even they may not have understood what that may bring to their life.

06/20/07 @ 06:17
Comment from: Michael [Visitor]
Michael

Mr Stop,
I just want to point out something for you. The TPLF Government in Ethiopia is doing no good for the country. What you haven’t really understood is there is a big corruption going on amongst the top TPLF Leaders. They are there to make money period!!! on the process you might see some new buildings popping up here and there most of them owned by Meles n his families(friends)…The poor gets poorer and the rich gets richer. Anyone can’t deny that!! Sometimes i wonder when Meles is going to say “Oh i have enough money, now let me leave these poor people alone” well i guess power and greed are the worst Viruses that Africa suffer from next to HIV.

06/20/07 @ 07:32
Comment from: Genuine [Visitor]
Genuine

I think this web site has become the play ground of terrorists which are completely against Ethiopia. If you keep on favouring the terrorits supported by Shabiya then you will soon be retired to your final rest, your ultimate fate of all terrorists on the planet earth. Enate Egizebehr yeregemachihu nachihu!!
VIVA Ethiopia VIVA EPRDF!!

06/20/07 @ 07:40
Comment from: Memirei [Visitor]
Memirei

Why would you post their video for WOYANE to identify them when the rebels are afraid to give out their real names and go by Lion, Peacock e.t.c.
Does any body think this group of people are alive anymore or the older Lady giving her testimony?
Who is the Journalist against the gov’t or the Rebels or Ethiopians (Africans) all together.
This is one, accidentally, very clear example that we should get together as one. We need to solve our problems our selves Brothers.
GOD BLESS.

06/20/07 @ 09:12
Comment from: Gehon [Visitor]
Gehon

Nazret.com I am very well aware of your Issues with EPRDF for not allowing nazret.com to be accessed by Ethiopians inside the country. I believe the EPRDF should not block your web site in Ethiopia, however I would like to tell you that I am glad you are out there for us but, you have become more radicalized by hand picking articles from around the world that are very anti Ethiopian and by far erroneous. By the same talking there are very positive reports about Ethiopia in which you are ignoring and deliberately avoiding from posting them nazret.com . I am very disappointed in you for being so short sited for the fact that you are harming Ethiopia-ns in which I know you love. not EPRDF. I am certainly hoping that I will see some adjustments being made from your side in order to give us fair and balanced reporting.

06/20/07 @ 10:36
Comment from: ogadeni [Visitor]
ogadeni

I was born and raised in jijiga……..i don’t speak amharic and i don’t ever plan on learning it……i am somali and will always be no matter where Ogadenia is located in the world map…….i have no cultural ties with Ethiopia what so ever……the sooner the world recognizes that gives our rights to self determination, the sooner there will be peace in the Horn.

06/20/07 @ 15:56
Comment from: Gehon [Visitor]
Gehon

Haile: did you talk to your high school drop out girl friend about your rogue nation Eritrea or Ethiopia? A one man rule and a terrorist country sounds more like Eritrea,and her leader Isay-ASS’s, defiantly not Ethiopia. You shabias (BANDAS) are deluded you can differentiate from left to right.

06/20/07 @ 16:28
Comment from: PROVING THE POINT [Visitor]  
PROVING THE POINT

Killing means killing, so is torture, and rape, regardless of your interpretation, and wherever, and whenever it happens should be condemned.
If those who called themselves “ True Ethiopians”- (It kept amazing me who issue these special licenses) were distasted, what Meles and his BANDAS did in May 2005, and qualifies them to be called “ murderers” why not in Ogadenia? Are you trying to justify the killing of these people?
As you all are aware of these people were never consulted with the union, they were forcedly conquered, and all they get in return is killing, torturing, raping, destruction, all kinds of heinous act that is against humanity, then how in the world are you gonna expect from them to these kinnda situation, while you cried over rigger election. The words that some some of you wroe do more harm than good for the interest of the country you claiming to be “protecting” its interest. All what you doing is proving these people’s argument, and reinforcing their argument, regardless of where they fit in the political spectrum, there would never be an Ethiopia where the lowlanders, and highlanders can coexist under the banner of one nation

06/20/07 @ 21:11
Comment from: Gorraw [Visitor]
Gorraw

This writer says “a true report” of this sore and angry reporter who was expelled from Ethiopia. This is enough reason not to believe New York Times sensationalism. Ethiopia has many enemies, the main one being Egypt, the behind the scenes orchestrator of instability in Ethiopia. Why? It is the Nile, Stupid!. Egypt uses any means possible. Now the gullible Kinijit, knowingly or unknowingly, is part of this scheme which is spear headed by ISA-IAS. Please be ware, of this kind of propaganda. What is the problem with Ogaden? It is self ruling, and autonomous. Egypt knows, and ISA-IAS knows. But the effort and the scheme is to put Ethiopia on edge, so it will never develop its waters. Of all the regimes in Ethiopia, EPRDF is the one which defied economic threats by the Arab world and the friends of Egypt (believe it or not, that includes Israel now, because it gets some of the waters of the Nile through Egypt!) and started developing several hydro-electric projects. Ethiopia will be exporting electricity to its neighbors by 2015. Some of the Kinijit supporters do not like that, obviously.

06/21/07 @ 01:01
Comment from: ababiya [Visitor]
ababiya

I don’t understand why you guys keep running your mouth on Aklilu, what ever you say about him, doesn’t matter. This is the bitter reality that Aklilu and other true and mindful citizens have to accept it. I don’t see any thing wrong with his opinion, instead we got to wake up and scream on the ear of our elephant leaders. If we had wise and responsible leaders in the past, woyane wouldn’t have the capability to control our beloved country and sell it to west and eastern. Oh, my people, please don’t be short sighted, please don’t let that green paper fool you. The ultimate success is having a country that we call it ours. Come-on people, we lost our people and land on the south, from Moyle all the way through Marsabate, we lost Djibouti on the east, Asab port on the north. It is all because of the mishandling of our leaders and their subordinate, like us. Please let us not repeat the past mistake?

06/21/07 @ 01:42
Comment from: tazabe [Visitor]
tazabe

Mr.AKLILU PLEASE COME UP WITH YOUR REAL IDENTITY! YOUR APPRICIATION FOR AN IDIOT WILL EXPLAIN WHAT YOU STANDS FOR, AND WILL ADD YOUR NAME TO THE NAMES OF ANTI DEVELOPMENT “CANCERES” IN OUR NEIGHBHORS. NO ETHIOPIAN WOULD LIKE TO HEAR INNOCENT CITIZEN TO BE A CASUALITY OF GOVERNMENT ATROCITY; HOWEVER,IF YOU CLAIM YOU ARE AN ETHIOPIAN YOU SHOULD ASK FOR EVEDENCE. /AT LIST ONE PICTURE OF A VICTUM OR A GOVERNMENT AGENCY DOING ATTROCITY/IN OGADANE. I HAD A RESPECT FOR WICH I THOUGT YOUR LEGITMATE CRITISIM IN THE PAST BUT NOW I KNOW ALL YOUR OPINION IS PURE TRASH. YOU DISGISE YOURSELF TO LOOK LIKE AN ETHIOPIAN WIHLE SERVING YOUR EVIL OBJECTIVE OF DISINTIGRATING ETHIOPIA IN TO PICES. IF YOU ARE AN ETHIOPIAN WHICH PART OF THE AREA YOU ARE CALLING ETHIOPIA? AREN’T THE SO CALLED “O.N.L.F” KILLING INNOCENT ETHIOPIANS TO SEPARATE THE OGADANE STATE ETHIOPIANS.PLEASE GATHER YOUR FACTS,DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE INTELEGENCE OF ORDENARY ETHIOPIAN. I HOPE YOU WILL RESOPND THOUGHTFULLY TO MY OPENION.

06/21/07 @ 15:56

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