Aiga Forum challenged on racist slur – By Abebe Gellaw

August 10th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

An Ethiopian who took a screenshot that has embroiled the pro-TPLF Aiga Forum in a race row involving U.S. President Barack Obama has challenged the website either to make a formal apology or make itself available for a formal investigation. (more…)

An Ethiopian who took a screenshot that has embroiled the pro-TPLF Aiga Forum in a race row involving U.S. President Barack Obama has challenged the website either to make a formal apology or make itself available for a formal investigation.

Samuel Yonas, who resides in Germany, was browsing different Ethiopian websites on August 4th minutes before he went to bed around midnight when he saw the racially charged slur targeting President Obama posted on Aiga Forum. “When I saw the racist comment, I felt shocked and disgusted knowing that such a backward and racist comment has no place anywhere in the 21st century,” Samuel said.

Aiga Forum, which is reportedly funded by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, is run by Esayas Atsbaha Abaye, an ex-guerrilla fighter turned Cisco employee who now resides in San Jose, California. In response to enquiries by this reporter, the Aiga Forum operator completely denied the allegations and categorically blamed “extremists” for misusing Photoshop and the Internet to do what he called the “dirty job.”

“This will be the last communication we will have with you unless we see a strong criticism on your page to denounce such rubbish use of the Internet by opposition supporters,” the Aiga editor warned this reporter in an email message.

The racist comment that has widely sparked uproar was removed within hours. It read: “The misguided extremist Diasporas have been cheering up for the last couple of days. You know why? Hillary Clinton will not visit Ethiopia during her trip to Africa. Hmm! Who cares if the N**** administration ignores Ethiopia?! Have your say.” The shocking comment was even linked to Aiga’s blog hosted by Yahoo Inc.

Samuel could not believe his eyes. “As soon as I read what was posted on that website, I felt the need to keep a copy as I suspected that they would remove it sooner or later and deny as they did before,” he said. He emphasized that he is a decent citizen and will never ever think of committing a criminal offense of forging such a despicable piece of evidence against anyone.

“Aiga may say whatever they want to after deleting what they have proudly posted on the world wide web, but what I retained is a simple screenshot that anyone concerned can validate and investigate. I am ready to give evidence should there be a formal investigation into this shameful act,” he says. Samuel felt that it was his civic duty to come forward and stand for the truth as Aiga has been crying foul.

“I am neither a fool nor a reckless adventurist to risk facing a criminal charge by engaging in forgery and false accusation against them. If Aiga Forum continues to insist that it was all a conspiracy, I think a thorough investigation should be launched by the concerned authorities. That will undoubtedly put the matter to rest. After all, anything published on the Internet cannot be deleted completely as it leaves evidence on servers, search engines and PCs around the world,” Samuel noted.

Samuel believes that Aiga Forum has taken the wrong course of action by claiming that some faceless extremists forged and cloned its website and inserted the comment to tarnish its name. “This is purely a conspiracy theory aimed at confusing Ethiopians and other concerned parties. No one has committed such an outrageous crime. The screenshot was taken by me from Aigaforum.com. The reason I took the screenshot was not to defame the website as they claim but to keep evidence in case they would deny it. I am glad my suspicion has proven right.”

Aiga Forum claimed that the source of the forgery was a website, http://disposablewebpage.com/turn?page=jx58W7oeXl . But Samuel disputes the claim. “In fact what was re-posted on this wiki page was the screenshot I took. I don’t think that anyone else except Aiga can do this to make it look like the work of an evil fabricator. Unfortunately, that cannot help them much to change the well-substantiated evidence that they are trying to bury under a load of lies. I think they are only making the matter worse by trying to make it look like a fabrication,” he says.

In two separate notes to its supporters, Aiga Forum claimed that it was targeted by “extremists” because it is telling the truth and focusing on positive developments in Ethiopia.

In one of the notes to its supporters, Aiga said: “We again categorically deny what is attributed to us! But when you speak the truth and do what is right people notice and one of our resourceful contributor alerted us to the following website the despicable used [sic] to defame our image! disposablewebpage.com.

“ The good thing about the Internet is it is well designed to serve the public in every aspect! Criminals may think they can hide but not for long,” according to Aiga. But contrary to the claim, there was no criminal hiding to ambush Aiga in what it called “Internet jungle.”

Obang Metho, who leads the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia [SNME], said that the matter should be thoroughly investigated. Obang noted that he and Michael Steel, Chair of the National Republican Committee, were also victims of Aiga’s racist and demeaning insult. Obang underscored the fact that Aiga is a voice of fascism that cannot be expected to do any better.

“They did the same thing a few months ago. Again they are saying that they didn’t do it. We need to prove to these racists that they are not above the law and as smart as they think they are,” he said.

According to a well-informed source, SNME is considering to make a formal complaint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and any concerned authorities. In a recent press release condemning the Aiga’s racist comment, SNME also accused Aiga Forum of instigating violence and unjust measures against civilian protesters, journalists, civic and opposition leaders in Ethiopia.

Samuel says that he has neither love not hatred for Aiga Forum. But he insisted that the pro-TPLF website and its operators should be held accountable for the outrageous and reckless acts that have offended, hurt and angered so many people.

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The writer may reached for comment at Abebe@stanford.edu.

  1. elis
    | #1

    Esayas Atsbaha Abaye, an ex-guerrilla fighter turned Cisco employee who now resides in San Jose, California.

  2. Guest
    | #2

    What is in the mind of these people? Are they really and seriously thinking in racial terms? Is it the sign of an overt racial arrogance? What excellence do these so-called supreme ethnic groups have to show the world to make this claim of superiority? A mastery of guns, shooting, and killing?
    I only know that it is inhumane (zombie-like) to kill or maime a fellow human being just for the sake of filling one’s belly. It is very uncivillized, in fact shamefully backward to be so tribalist and narrow minded.

  3. Joseph
    | #3

    Dear folks,

    Help the investigation:
    Those of us in the US can help the process move fast by supporting the investigators!! There are some laid-backs who despair and tell us to forget this crime altogether. We won’t let it go. Believe or not and directly or indirectly the culprits will be punished!!

    Can Aiga ‘gurus’ get away with it?
    I made a note in the past, that the web servers/proxy servers cache the pages with even date and time. Not just Aiga’s web hosting company servers, but others too. The law enforcement guys have this knowledge, and also have security software that allows them to reveal the cheat in cases of such crimes. I don’t want to provide details about it more than this on this media. We have already found out in a matter of seconds the exit ’strategy’ (another blunder to create a fake blog web site with the infamous aiga front page) they are trying to play, to fool their type, not our type of the aware!

    New Tech for Ethiopia?
    TPLF “figheters” and cadres think that they understand the world they live in, when they don’t. Recently, I learned that they are introducing GSM (2 Gen Sys Mob Cellular Tech) to Ethiopia. This is may an advice given to Woyane by CISCO trainees. This technolgy is now very old, and we have 4G mobile tech such as CDMA2000 and its equivalents. At least GPRS & EDGE (2.5G and 2.75G)would have been acceptable. Ethiopia is the only country in Africa with the Telecom tech problem. They want to keep the nation as SLAVE.

    They have already blocked information from the public access. I don’t hink that they simply know what and who they are. They want to roll the country backwards by at least 500 years! Of course they don’t care as far as they can milk the nation down.

    Aigas better admit!
    By law, the web site hosting comapanies (including theirs) are required to keep the log/site, hit, download and other activities of their servers for the purpose of investigations and this is accessible to the law enforcements agencies. The racist comments (offensive act of Aiga Forum) and atrocious internet abuse has been reported to concerned bodies and hence it is better for agencies to move fast in the process of investigations. My advice to the Aigas, is for them to admit the racist blunder, and apologize to minimise their penalities. This is not Ethiopia, where Meles kills a civilian/Ethiopians in broad-day light and then later on deny appearing on TV, of course only to convict and jail somebody else for his own crimes. The CISCO trainee(from San Jose??), and his job have all gone forever for the damage he has inflicted to himself.

  4. Anonymous
    | #4

    it is more self-hate than racism.. how can blacks be racist against blacks. Obma is black. meles is black. Difference is the latter is a boot licker to his british white masters, whilst Obama is a both a pride to his race and to humanity at large. That is the difference.

    Tedros Menlik

  5. mateos
    | #5

    Thank you for revealing the name of Aiga Forum operator, thank you for revealing the fool time chearleader of Meles and his boss Bereket, thank you for revealing the other beneficiary of Ethiopian looted resources, thank you for revealing the doom and gloom wisher of the horn of Africa, thank you for the hater of the Eritrean and Ethiopian people, and above all thank you for revealing the residence of Meles chearleader! inorder to fatten his stomach and pockets with looted Ethiopian resources there is no boundary or principle as to how low this chearleader can go. I just hope his children are not like the weyane mafia’s children who are oozing and woozing with Ethiopia’s looted resources all over western bars and night clubs!

  6. Mesfin Haile
    | #6

    “Supreme ethnic groups”! Please give me a break. These are the lowest
    of all human species, if there is any such thing. Their stupid narrow
    minded thinking got ambushed by temporary wealth and power. These are
    thrash, scums, biggots, ignorants of unlimited description.

  7. WEGESHAW
    | #7

    AIGA FORUM’S CONSPIRACY WITH THE BRUTAL TYRANNICAL REGIME IN OPPRASING 80 MILLION PEOPLE OF ETHIOPIA SHOULD ALSO BE REVIELED TO THE WORLD.
    THANK YOU BROTHERS SAMUEL YONAS & ABEBE GELLAW FOR YOUR GREAT JOB.
    ETHIOPIA SHOULD PREVAILE!

  8. Eremias
    | #8

    Come down people.

    Although it is racist to call some one N******, it is not illegal. The FBI or anyother agency can not do anything about it. It is protected by the 1st amendment.

  9. observet
    | #9

    It is obvious the website in question would not commit political suicide themselves, otherwise they are dumb for doing it.

    Maybe they posted the comments, maybe not. It is hard to know.

    I have teck background and it is really easy to replicate and customize existing web pages, and have done it before for customer. In the wrong hands imagine what you could do.

    My argument is that why waste time, and in increase hate with passion or uncertain reasons.

  10. Anonymous
    | #10

    Observet
    Nice try!
    but let me asure you that who ever did it could be tracked to the miniute and seconds. Therefore we will never let it slide.

  11. Mamo
    | #11

    Abay thanks for expsoing the TPLF cadres.

    Here is another example of poor Ethiopian money funneled to congressmen who support Tigray People Liberation Front ideology members living in US.

    Isayas Abaye (Cisco Systems/Engineer), (Zip code: 95138) $200 to MIKE HONDA FOR CONGRESS on 11/03/02

    http://www.city-data.com/elec2/02/elec-SAN-JOSE-CA-02-part2.html

    This congress man was flowen to Tigray for his support.

  12. Mamo
    | #12

    Abugida – correct the spelling of the name in article to “Isayas Abaye”.

  13. observet
    | #13

    @Anonymous
    Hey bro/sis

    All I am saying is this is debatable and your not understanding the technicality of it. But that is fine, I will move on, no harm done.

  14. ethiopian
    | #14

    Tedros Menlik has said it all we need more Ethiopians like him….

  15. Mamo
    | #15

    Debatable my ar$$ – Observt you are a tyipical TPLF Moron…

  16. Sami
    | #16

    We all know that weyanes are racists and ethnocentric morons. When Aigaforum called Obama names, it is just a reflection of what Meles Zenawi and weyanes are all about. Can you imagine what Meles would have done to Obama if Obama was an Ethiopian politician? A decent man like Obama would have been in Qality jail, just because evils Meles and weyanes can’t stand the truth and a decent human being. Now, obliviously, Meles can’t put Obama in jail, so he goes calling names. Meles and weynes are evils and apology from evils doesn’t have that much of a weight. Apology is a way of communication among civil and decent people. Weyanes are neither civil nor decent and they don’t speak the language of apology. They don’t even understand it.

  17. Ethiopia
    | #17

    My Beloved Childern,

    I probably was one of the first few people who saw the Aiga racist remarks post on http://www.agiaforum.com about our beloved President Barak H. Obama.

    I thought the Aiga people were out of their mind when they posted that remarks. I wanted to video tape my screen for the record, but since I was so tired I planned to take a video of it the next day. But the next day the racist people of Aiga came back to their sense and removed their racist post.

    Anyhow, the Golden people of Tigrie who live their lives of donated wheat are saying they are better than everybody in this world. LOL!!!

    Death to Meles and his clicks, including Aiga the paid mouth piece of the bigotedresist TPLF regime.

  18. observet
    | #18

    Mamo,

    If you so kindly explain why I am a typical TPLF Moron that would be nice??
    Please leave out calling names.

    @Mamo

  19. Mamo
    | #19

    @observet

    Unless you are ‘awoke yetegna..’, you would know a ‘typical TPLF Moron’ pretend not to understand what is obvious. A ‘typical TPLF Moron’ is deciver who is master of doublespeak. In other words, when everyone can see a ‘black board’ is ‘black’, a ‘typical TPLF Moron’, try to make arugment saying it is ‘debatable’. Usually a ‘Typical TPLF Moron’ tries to pass as a genuine debator, end up only convincing himself.

    The point being it is usually best to call ‘a typical TPLF Moron’ what he is. Logic doesn’t work. Having said all the above, tell me what is ‘debatable’ about aigafroum being mouth piece to TPLF, and epicenter of hate and malise to Ethiopia? Who are you trying to defend here? Maferia neh…

  20. Girum
    | #20

    @observet
    Forgot to mention – in the face of all evidence, a ‘typical TPLF Moron’ argue for us not to ‘trust our own eyes, but to trust what he is saying’…tegbabne?

  21. observet
    | #21

    I see some of you (Mamo/Grim) have come out to take me down on a simple point of view I presented instead of criticizing it objectively.

    What you have to understand is perception is selective, what your eyes see, compared to what is real is two different things. That is how magicians get away with the tricks they present. They take advantage of your perception, in return controlling your reality.

    I am not challenging your eyes per se of challenging your eyes (Girum) and not defending anyone; since you are automatically pretentious this is the case. You also need to understand because of people with assumptions like you, we Ethiopians are in the situation we are in, if you could get the picture. My stance is clear I want the better for Ethiopia and Ethiopians of all background.

    I don’t know why you (Mamo) presenting to me to tell you ,

    “what is ‘debatable’ about aigafroum being mouth piece to TPLF, and epicenter of hate and malise to Ethiopia? Who are you trying to defend here”?

    This is an out of scope argument with respect to what I presented.

    You know that was not my argument to start off with so stop being supercilious, judging, and putting any words in my mouth. You sound like the man you hate the greatest.If you are not clear go back to the previous posting I made, and argue on the issue I presented. Otherwise, we are both wasting our time.

    Furthermore, my intention was/is to have a constructive debate. Never the less you proved me wrong, and stopped me at the entry. If you want to materialize hate and isolation, that is your option and you could exercise it, but no good for the country.

    One of the posts (Joseph) above mentioned an investigation. That is a valid and legitimate argument; this should be the approach, and the way forward. I definitely recognize you lock the technical sophistication to understand my original argument based on your responses. Regardless that is your response, and I respected for what it is.

    a href=”#comment-19516″>@Mamo

  22. observet
    | #22

    FYI,

    I am just curious to see what is your reaction to the link below:

    http://aigaforum.com/teaching_moment.htm

    @Girum

  23. Mamo
    | #23

    @Observet – you are incoherent and are all over the place. Seems to me you are confused, and couldn’t follow logic. If you are a true Ethiopian, as you claim, look up the subject of this particular discussion, and read the article. If your mind work properly you will come to the appropriate conclusion. But I will brake it down and give you a chance to see how you reason. Answer in your mind as you go along:

    1. Aigaforum is a TPFL controlled and known to defend TPLF/Woyane even when they kill and maim, advocating Tigray above Ethiopia(do you agree or disagree)
    2. Aigaforum advocates the glorification of Tirgray above Ethiopia, and is used by TPFL echelons to spew hate (do you agree or disagree)
    3. Aigaforum posted a racial slur to president Obama by referring to his adminstration as “N…. Administration” some one captured it, and Aiga ofcourse try to deny it in the face of evidence. (do you agree or disagree)
    4. Aiga was challenged to prove it didn’t post this in the first place legally or otherwise. Ofcourse they back down. They simply say it is rumor against us. But the truth is they were caught off guard and put their true feeling and some alert Ethiopian captured it. Once on internet always on internet.

    Now you come and say it is ‘debatable’ that giving benefit of doubt to Aiga when you should know better – unless ‘awoko yetegan..’ kalhonke. That is why I refer to you as ‘TPLF Moron’. I thought fleetingly. If your answer to any of the above points are not affirmative in the face of evident and reality – then you are in denial. And you may not know it, but that is moronic and you maybe a moron. sorry to brake it to you this way. Adelem ende?

  24. observet
    | #24

    made my point clear and where I stand with the allegations made against Aiga concerning the website subject matter on posting #9,13,18,21,and 22 at the moment that is all it is, but you are convinced beyond a reasonable doubt otherwise. You don’t deserve my valuable time, in view of the fact that you don’t know how to maintain the discourse within the scope of my argument, and your continuous effort to infuse the first/second points of your post #23 into my position on the subject manner.

    Please don’t question my Ethiopianess never ever again, who are you? ?? As far as who is a moron, I will let more competent individuals than you decide.

    You are commencing to sound reminiscent of someone who is a carry along of hearsay.

    FYI, people lacking objective reasoning will keep you going in circles, which is where I see you stand. Your attempted aptitude to assess me is exact ignorance at best without a find.

    Please no need to act in response, I am done here. And you should move on as well.
    @Mamo

  25. Mamo
    | #25

    I’m not awake..MR. MODERATOR POST ONLY # 29.

  26. Mamo
    | #26

    Sorry I hurt your feelings Observert. Don’t take it personal. Your argument speak for themselves.

    Prove to us you are real Ethiopian by repeating the following, and I will retract my referring to you as a moron.

    1. My Ethiopianess come before my Tigrainess (or what ever your tribal heritage maybe).
    2. AigaForum is pro ‘Tigray People Libration Front’ and against Ethiopia.
    3. AigaForum should be condemned with no if or buts or ‘debatablness’ for slurring President Obama by using the “N” word..

    If you don’t agree with the above 3 simple facts that are backed by mountain of evidence, I will forced to append “Molala rase” to the Moron.

    What say you Observet. Do we have a deal?

  27. observet
    | #27

    You dont’t know how to take a hint. Oh,well then.

    @Mamo

  28. salisawi mengistu
    | #28

    Mamo :Sorry I hurt your feelings Observert. Don’t take it personal. Your argument speak for themselves.
    Prove to us you are real Ethiopian by repeating the following, and I will retract my referring to you as a moron.
    1. My Ethiopianess come before my Tigrainess (or what ever your tribal heritage maybe).2. AigaForum is pro ‘Tigray People Libration Front’ and against Ethiopia.3. AigaForum should be condemned with no if or buts or ‘debatablness’ for slurring President Obama by using the “N” word..
    If you don’t agree with the above 3 simple facts that are backed by mountain of evidence, I will forced to append “Molala rase” to the Moron.
    What say you Observet. Do we have a deal?

    After I read this discussant’s comments I concluded that Soon we will have salisawi mengistu. The vicious circle will continue.
    The issue raised by the other discussant is a technical one. Instead of refuting that ( if one has fact/s) asking the participant’s identity is disgusting….

    Does Mamo believe in free speech? Why waste the readers time?
    If Mamo is ready to bring down the meles regim there are more than enough evidence that clearly and loudly speak against meles. Why not use them properly?
    As far as I understand there are a lot of red herrings nowadays.

  29. observet
    | #29

    Salisawi,

    I am in full agreement with your point comprehensively.And that is the message I was/is wishing to convey.

    Thanks You!

    @salisawi mengistu

  30. Mamo
    | #30

    salsa/observ – To me, and most ager(as in Ethiopia) wodade participant here, it is clear which side of the equation you too stand based on your answers, but let me give you you two democratic right advocates a chance here again:

    Do you think Aiga posted the derogatory comment about President Obama?

    Do you believe Aiga when it said, this is manufactured by its enemy?

    It can not be distilled any simpler for you two to digest and understand what the point of discussion is about. Stop moving the goal post, and come out and answer the question straight forward. Abugida is a o doublespeak zone.

    I also challenge you to say “my Ethiopianess come before my tribal affiliation.” I know this is very hard form woyane ilk to swallow, but I’m here to give you a chance to come clean.

  31. Dems
    | #31

    Dear Ethiopians:
    Temelketu ehen kelale mese lememelese sishmedemedu! (no observe double speak in action)

    I am Ethiopian first!

  32. Dems
    | #32

    @Salsawi,
    As for mengistu. At this point, we will take Mengistu over woyane any day! Tegbabne? yemotke…

  33. Dems
    | #33

    Abugida you should be congratulated for your unielding reminder of Teddy! counting the day, hour, minute and second. We expect Teddy to thank you pernonally!

    Can you start an new clock that counts the day min seonds the ethiopian people have been uner Tribal Aparthied? It is best way to visualy quantify to the world how long we have been second class citizens in our own country.

  34. observet
    | #34

    @Mamo

    Some people just don’t/can’t get it. This discussion appears to be out of your paradigm, so I see.

    Do you understand what raising a technical question means????? Please refer to post #28.

    I am being nice here, you are a fellow countryman, and I would like to help you, If you let me? Please revisit my posts, and read it out loud to somebody besides you, it will help you comprehend what I am saying a little better.

    You still have not responded to post #22!!!!!

  35. salisawi mengistu
    | #35

    Mamo :salsa/observ – To me, and most ager(as in Ethiopia) wodade participant here, it is clear which side of the equation you too stand based on your answers, but let me give you you two democratic right advocates a chance here again:
    Do you think Aiga posted the derogatory comment about President Obama?
    Do you believe Aiga when it said, this is manufactured by its enemy?
    It can not be distilled any simpler for you two to digest and understand what the point of discussion is about. Stop moving the goal post, and come out and answer the question straight forward. Abugida is a o doublespeak zone.
    I also challenge you to say “my Ethiopianess come before my tribal affiliation.” I know this is very hard form woyane ilk to swallow, but I’m here to give you a chance to come clean.

    WOW!WOW!
    This speaks a lot about Mamo.
    Mamo would save us from terrorists with his mysterious skill in finding out who’s who on this planet. I’m going to write to our president to hire this special creature.

  36. Mamo
    | #36

    Yante president hu? Gudegna woyane. This is no TPLF boy. I proved to ther est how a typical mornic woyane act like – either using your name salsa or observ. I went to your URL and Guess what I saw..it says Isayas Aiga is a typical woanye moron….

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