A warning by the government – Eskinder Nega, Addis Ababa

February 11th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

I was picked up by heavily armed Federal Police members as I walked out of an internet café in the middle of Piassa today, and taken to the head office of the Federal police. A Deputy Commissioner and his aide spoke to me in the Commissioners office. (more…)

I was picked up by heavily armed Federal Police members as I walked out of an internet café in the middle of Piassa today, and taken to the head office of the Federal police. A Deputy Commissioner and his aide spoke to me in the Commissioners office.

The Deputy Commissioner said I was summoned by the government to be given a warning “for attempts to incite an Egyptian and Tunisian like protests in Ethiopia.” Visibly angered, he held copies of articles that had appeared on the internet. (On top, General Tsadkan’s picture from last week’s article was visible.) “You write about General Tsadkan to undermine the army,” he said. “But be assured that EPRDF is capable of defending the constitution. If anything happens, we will first come to you,” he said. “Your writings on the internet and the interviews you give are inflammatory,” he told me.

I asked him if the government is asking me to stop writing.

“No,” he said. “But be warned that you have already crossed the boundary. We have enough to convict you already. I want you to understand that this is a serious warning,” he concluded.

Upon leaving his office, all papers I had on me were confiscated.

  1. Gash Polisu
    | #1

    Dear Eskinder,

    these guys must have been pissing on their pants; otherwise only few people inside Ethiopia have access to the internet.

    anyways take care of yourself. you are one of the few bold ethiopian journalists we hold with high opinion

  2. nbere
    | #2

    federal police!
    Who crossed the boundary of freedom,humanity and good governance.Who deposited €1.2 billion stolen from the Ethiopian people.Who squanders €1million in a day in Paris in society shops while millions are hungery.
    Who stampeds, now and then, on the so called constitution at will.
    Who, in the long Ethiopian history, himulated Ethiopia by ceeding lands here and there and selling lands to foreigners while the average holding of Ethiopian farmer is less than 1/2 hectar.
    FEDERAL POLICE say enough is enough and cooperate with patriots of Ethiopia and send the BANDA to his grave.Time is up!!Power to the people!!

  3. Kiflu Hussain
    | #3

    Dear Eskinder;
    Once again,it seems the lull before the storm has come to an end.I have been discussing about you with a friend of mine who constantly reads your article from Europe.He asked me “isn’t it dangerous for him to write such “daredevil”articles from Addis.I replied now that Woyanne had made sure that it had paralysed the opposition by stifling and sowing discord among them,not to speak of their own shortsightdness,it feels it can afford to be smug for some time.It might also have rationalized that no matter how people might go round the blockage of critical websites,since not many understand English,yours might not pose a clear and present danger.Times have changed,though, blowing sudden winds of change from the Meditranean also threatning the bastion of dictatorship holed up in the Horn of Africa thus provoking their bestiality.Those who know you in person tell me that you have a lot of guts and gumption.So I trust you,you’re not going to sign any “pardon”document again in the event you get picked for the second time which I am afraid is imminent with a protracted incarceration.If not,be a coward like me and flee.

  4. david
    | #4

    EGYPT IS FREE NOW! MUBARAK HAS STEPPED DOWN!!! CONGATS TO ALL THE EGYPTIANS WHO SACRIFY EVERYTHING FOR THIS V-DAY!!!WHO IS NEXT??? DOWN WITH ALL THE DICTATORS!!!

  5. Yifru Hailu
    | #5

    Let it be known that the TPLF thugs can intimidate,imprison,torture and even kill us, but they cannot kill us all or defeat us. We will never surrender to the will of these animals. No matter what the cost may be we will never kneel down and accept them as our leaders. The question to Meles and his cronies is ” how can you lead a nation that refuses to follow you? Eskinder, you are the best, just hung in there. We are on your side. The fact remains that time is running out for these thieves.Yifru, one of Woyanes worst nightmare.

  6. Baheilu
    | #6

    Dear Eskinder Nega we LOVE YOU !!!
    Death to tplf !!!!

  7. ALEMAYEHU
    | #7

    MLES MEST GO NOW. WHAT WE WAIT. 2 MILION PPL STAEVED BY WEYANE REGIM. IT IS SHEME FOR US TO CALL US STARVED PPL. WA WEYANE MUST STEPDOWN TODAY. WE ARE PREPERED FOR PEACEFULL DEMONSTREATION. WITH IN 10 DAYS WE WILL GO ON THE STRET OF ALL INSIDE ETHIOPIA. WE WILL START 15 FEBRARY. DO NOT AFRIED ETHIOPIAN WE AIGAZI WILL BE WITH YOU. DO NOT AFRIED. GOD BLESS MAMA ETHIOPIA.

  8. Ager Genbie
    | #8

    Egypt’s tourch will light the Ethiopian cities,hang in there!

  9. ኪሮስ ግርማይ
    | #9

    This people think they own the world. They are so ignorant that intimidating didn’t work in Tunisia & Egypt. This Dedebit mafia will do anything at their disposal to protect their power, b/c that is their only existence. Even they will kill hundreds of Tigreans and blame it on other ethnic group to incite bloodshed. The dedebs knows no limit to heir stupidity. However, when the Ethiopian people rise NO ONE can stop them, I mean no one!!!
    Berta Eskinder!!

    Kiros Girmay Wedi-Mekelle

  10. From home
    | #10

    FINALLY THE PEOPLE’S POWER SPOKE IN EGYPT

    THE EGYPT YOUTH SHOWN THEIR STRENGTH AND DETERMINATION. WELL DONE!!

    CONGRATULATIONS THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT!!

    THE WIND IS BLOWING TO YOUR SOUTH, TOO.
    TRULY HAPPY FOR YOU.

    CONGRATUALTIONS!! JOB WELL DONE!! THE WORLD IS WATCHING YOUR PROGRESS!!
    KEEP UP THE GOOD JOB, NO RETURN!!

  11. Asserese
    | #11

    Dear Eskinder, I pretty much appreciate your courage and willingness to stand firm for what you believe in. I also think journalists are professional people, trying to work within a code of professional ethics. As such you need to be carful in your coverage about your subjects in your reporting, this includes the need to be fair to all parties involved in any news story. I fully understand that you cannot operate in a vacuum, doing what you think is right without pressures being put on you. Journalists face pressure from a variety of sources, all trying to make the journalist behave in a way which is not the way the journalist would choose. It is important that you try to resist all these forms of pressure, as much as possible. Of course, you will sometimes fail. This is an imperfect world, and journalists are also imperfect. Nevertheless, you should always try to resist the kinds of pressure which are imposed by the so called “opposition group” to report just the news which are unfavourable to the government. In that case, you will loose your stature as journalist and you will be becoming the spokesperson of the other party instead. If the case, you can’t claim the moral high ground of being a journalist if you were to be confronted about your reporting. Don’t try to disguise yourself as journalist for the sake of advancing your agenda – if there is one. It is as bad to censor the news to suit your own views as it is to censor the news to please your followers or perhaps your own conviction. This is contrary to the most fundamental principle of free speech – that we may disagree with what somebody says, but that we must fight to defend their right to say it. That goes both ways. As such, this should also be true to the people of Ethiopia who don’t share your views as well as the government who rightly thinks is the legitimate defender of the constitution. Again, you can’t, as you know, go into a crowded theater and yell fire. You can’t stand up on a plane and yell hijack. So, even the freedom speech has its own limits. Trying to initiate chaos and create havoc in a peaceful society must be restricted and the police was correct to make you aware of this very fact. You may believe the current government is in power illegitimately, but that alone does not give you the right to insight chaos in an heterogeneous society like Ethiopia. You better be mindful of this very fact.

  12. Lucy in America
    | #12

    let us focus on our ignorant and illitrate anti ethiopia ” ministers”. Hosin mubarake was the egyptian’s nationalist who has never sold the national interest for foreign fporces like idiotic weyanes who give millions of ethiopian’s virigin land for five years for free and then 15 weyanes’ birrs per hectar to the foreign land grabbers.Mubarake has never exported children like commudities and sold them, Mubarake did sent young egyptian’s girls for arab’s servants like the tegere’s criminals have done all the worst thing against ethiopia and it’s people.

  13. Debrebirhan
    | #13

    Ayezon fellow.
    We are with you in all we can. There are gurdian angels and soldiers protecting ye.

  14. Intimidations at its best!
    | #14

    Dearest brother Eskinder, thank you for everything you do, you are an Ethiopians hero. I wish you the best, and I pray to God to keep you and the likes of you very safe. Obviously, woyanes have a lot to hide, and the looters will continue to intimidate, harass, arrest and kill patriotic Ethiopians till they get kicked out of Ethiopia.

  15. Tariku
    | #15

    Mubarek is gone after 30 years. The writing on the wall should be clear to Meles and company. The spirit of Egypt will cross the Nile soon.Then you can write as freely as you want.

    Meles’ days are numbered

  16. Netsanet
    | #16

    Asresse:

    You are so funny. You write too long in defense of tyranny. Eskindir is the voice of the majority. Do you want to silence 80 million ethiopians and for how long? 80 million ethiopians hate you and will want to destroy your woyane chieftain from the inside out because you are racists, natzists, genociders and barabaric. woyane , the traitorous rag tag collection of chieftians ( i shall not call it a regime, for it does not even deserve such a name given for an organized brutality) has done more than is required to create division, chaos and instability in the country. Now intimidating eskindir is like trying to scoop a spoonful of water out of an ocean. There is an ocean of hate, despise, disgust against woyane it is a time bomb that will explode any time. The ocean of anger of the 80 million Ethiopian people is simmering hot and will reach the boiling point soon and will explode. Come explode, and sorry to say, the fire will consume you for good. Till than dear asresse you are allowed – of course by press freedom – to fart.

  17. Adegrat reformist
    | #17

    Eske ayzohh we Ethiopians are with you !

    who the hell is that officer !he may say what he like ! one thing is sure all EPRDF followers will face something in there life ,they are moron of frogs i ever saw , how they did not learn from the past ? it may take time !

    down with EPRDF !!!!

    MELATTA GO TO HELL ?DONT WORRY U WILL HAVE PARKING JOB IN HELL !

  18. Gash Polisu
    | #18

    Asserese
    (or shall we call you Meles Zenawi Asserese?),

    what fairness and impartiality do you expect of Eskendir in a TPLF world largely dominated by unfairness, nepotism, single-ethnic supremacy and totalitarian control?

    sad Ethiopia is being ruled by tribalist scumbags like you!

  19. Addis
    | #19

    @Gash Polisu
    Ethiopia has got the best government that it can deserve at present,
    So please don’t suffer dreaming ANOTHER TUNISIA FIRE IN ADDIS ABABA.
    No one can lead the ethiopian people better than EPRDF?

    ETHIOPIA LE ZELALLEM TINUR!!
    DON’T BE CHEATED BY ESAYAS-GANGS WHO ARE PRETENDING TO BE ETHIOPIAN !!

    DOWN WITH PSUDO-ETHIOPIAN ANARCHISTS

  20. Addis
    | #20

    @Adegrat reformist
    Dear Eskinder,
    I have read your articles so many times and appreciated the well expressed critical concerns at all time. But sometimes I think your ‘journalistic adventure’ and blind affiliation with anti-ethiopian groups apprears to me disappointing. You don’t have to be an opportunist to be a good journalist — you just have to seek the truth at all times and tell it with absolute sincerity to none,but ETHIOPIANS!!
    –don’t convert your noble journalism into a series of ‘wektawi zefenoch’–
    Respect to you!!
    Addis

  21. ያእቆብ
    | #21

    ወንድም እስክንደር:

    እጅጉን እንወድሃለን:: በርታ:- ለወያኔ ማስፈራራት እጅ እንዳትስጥ:: ወያኔ ቀኑ እንዳጠረ አውቆታል: የግብጽን ህዝብ ያጠንከረ አምላክ ለኢትዮጵያውያኖችም ያውቃል:: እግዚአብሔር ይባርክህ:: የእግዚአብሔር ስም የተመሰገነ ይሁን::

  22. We need you Eskinder!
    | #22

    Only the looters themselves and their families think that the current woyane regime is the best.

    I am very concerned about Eskinder. Abugida, please make sure our brother Eskinder’s story is heard around the world before woyanes throw him in prison or make him disappear mysteriously as they have done it to tens of thousands of law abiding Ethiopians. Please let CNN, NY times, Al Jazeera, The International Association of Journalists, Human Rights Association and other organizations get a hold of what Eskinder and other Ethiopian journalists going through under the brutal regime in Ethiopia.

    Stay strong brother Eskinder! We love you, and we are with you in sprit. God willing, in the near future together we will be singing: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we are free at last” May God bring soon the end of Meles and the rest of his despicable criminals mafia group.

  23. H.
    | #23

    I am just proud of you!!! You are one-in-a-million kind of individual. To be honest with you, I for one does not have the kind of courage you have!! I even hid my identity in dropping you these lines, but look at you, you are standing against a devilish dictator single-handedly!! I do respect you and desperately hope that your and others’ courage shall bear fruit soon and we as Ethiopians will be a proud people again. And, above all, I hope that leadership in Ethiopia will be only for those who deserve it based on merit not by ethnicity or, the saddest of all, by blind and “hodam” loyalty!!

    Truly respect you!!!

    H.

  24. DRAMA
    | #24

    I DON’T BUY THE STORY FOR A MINUTE MR.ESKINDER. KNOWING WOYANE, THEY WOULD WARN YOU NOT TO TELL THE PUBLIC THAT THEY SCARED YOU. HERE WE HAVE YOU TELLING US THAT YOU WERE INTIMIDATED (WARNED). THE MORE I READ YOUR ARTICLES, THE MORE I SEE THE DRAMA. THE MORE I READ YOUR “AYIN AWTA” AND DUMB WANNA BE ARITLES, THE MORE I FIND OUT HOW PLAIN AND BLATANT YOU ARE. I SMELL NO ESSENCE IN YOUR VIEWS. ARE YOU TRYING TO BOOST PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE AND HIDE YOUR WOYANE PROFILE? I PERSONALLY DON’T JUDGE YOU BY ONE ARTICLE. I HAVE READ ENOUGH. BESIDES GETTING THE SCARES AND GOING TO PRISON SHOULD BE PART OF THE JOB IF YOU ARE IN THE THIRD WORLD. DON’T BE A WUSS! STAND UP AGAINST IT AND WRITE FLAMBOUYANT ARTICLES,IF YOU REALLY CLAIM NOT TO BE A WOYANE, AND THEN I WILL APPLAUD YOU. DON’T BE A HALF ASS. IF YOU FIGHT, FIGHT ALL THE WAY. IF YOU ARE A JOURNALIST, YOU SHOULD HAVE MITIGATED THIS RISK BEFORE YOU ENTERED THE JOB. AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED, YOUR ARTICLES ARE NOT THAT FLAMBOUYANT TO PUT YOU IN THIS TRAP. VIVA AL TODOS LUCHADORES DEL LA LIBERTAD! LONG LIVE TO ALL FREEDOM FIGHTERS!

  25. Desta
    | #25

    A very intriguing and interesting thoughts on the part of all commentators. I wholeheartedly agree with Asserese and Addis #20 when it comes to the core of this article. First and foremost, Ethiopia is by no means Egypt or Tunisia for all intents and purposes. This is a fact we should not argue about. So, wanting to copycat that “revolution” will not cut it. What we need to do is take a deep breath and shield our selves from the likes of Netsanet #16 for which she seems to exclude some five million people out of the census. That, by design, is intended to put wedge between the Tigreans and the rest of the folks which don’t give a damn who is in charge as long as the country is making the necessary progress. Facts on the ground will prove, of course, the irreversible social and economical achievements for the last 20 years. For those who are blinded by the cheap propaganda of the opposition and their clueless followers, I say wake up and get the fact for yourselves.

  26. Birhanu Demeke
    | #26

    Dear Eskinder first of all I must say how much thank full and proud of I am as much many freedom loving pro-democracy Ethiopians are in as far as your true and patriotic journalist profession and contribution for the general well being of Ethiopia and its people is concerned.Keep on doing the good work and don’t be deterred by the threat of TPLF from pursuing your duties and responsibilities as a free journalist who cares for his country and people as you are.We are with you and shall stand by you,for any eventuality the TPLF clique may subject you.

    To “Asserese and Addis”

    Don’t you be afraid for nothing as for anything you may do shall never save your so called divine ethnocentric and dictatorial TPLF from its down fall since let alone you or even the TPLF with all its power can never save itself from the power of the Ethiopian people specially when the time is ripe for such an historic moment to take place, like that of Tunisia and Egypt.

    Further more don’t you dare attempt to lecture honorable Esikinder to sell his soul so that he may join you and likes,call it a day that shall never happen because those patriotic-es who care for their country and people shall never abandon the cause of their country for the sake of material gain.Stop wasting your time since you can never change the course of history.Believe me what happened in north Africa recently shall happen in Ethiopia too.

    Down with TPLF!

    LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA!!!!!!

  27. Anbabi from Dallas
    | #27

    Eskinder,

    I read your articles regularly and can’t tell you how much I appreciate and admire your well thought-out and expressive analysis of Ethiopian political affairs. Moreover, your courage to exercise your right to write freely notwithstanding Meles regime’s crackdown on independent journalists is quite amazing. You are truly an inspiration to many of us and I believe a good role model to many aspiring journalism students. Keep it up!

    The regime’s harassment of journalists, including you (whom they have incarcerated in the past, accusing of genocide among other charges – would have been the mother of all jokes, had it not been for the very serious nature of the charge) is nothing new. That is the trademark of tyrants. That was the case with Stalin, Enver Hoxha (the role model of Legese Zenawi), Sadam Hussein, Mengistu … etc. As they say, it comes with the territory (dictatorship). In other words, that is the natural manifestation (display) of Meles Zenawi’s despotic dictatorship.

    Now, for some of the commentators on this site (Assrese, Addis & Desta) to accuse you of adventurism, … in your writing reveals their ignorance of the concept of “freedom of expression”, which by the way is also guaranteed by the Ethiopian constitution (although, never been honored by the despotic regime of Meles Zenawi).

    Ato Assrese appears to have a selective reading issue, when he accuses you of “insight”ing “chaos” (I am sure, he meant inciting). I have read Eskinder’s article titled “Egypt’s and General Tsadkan’s lesson to Ethiopian Generals”.

    First of all, Eskinder is not a reporter. To me, he is more like an ‘editorial writer’, (news/events commentator) – more like, what Ted Koppel used to do on ‘Nightline’, or what Daniel Schorr used to do on NPR. Now, what Eskinder said in his article is (I paraphrase) – when Egyptian peaceful protesters were being brutalized by the Mubarak’s police, the people turned to the army to protect them. Because the army has the trust and the respect of the Egyptian people. But if the recent past history of Ethiopian people vis-a-vis woyane’s agazi army is something to go by, no such trust and respect exists for the agazi army. (This last statement is my analysis.) Therefore, he said in his article the following:

    “But in the event that protests erupt in Ethiopia, too …, here is a perfect opportunity for the Ethiopian military to endear itself to the public the way the Egyptian military has endeared itself to the Egyptian people.”

    My understanding of his writing goes as follows: If protests happen in Ethiopia (by the way, the Ethiopian people have the right to peacefully protest against their rulers.), and if they are brutalized by Zenawi’s federal police for exercising their right to protest, then now they have the opportunity to rectify their past tragic error by protecting the people. That is what he said in synopsis.

    Of course, for the woyane cadres, anyone who utters “protect the people” is ‘crossing the border’. Anyways, their intimidation is not going to stop the outrage that is currently simmering.

  28. Zerayakob Yared
    | #28

    ከአዲስ-ፕያሳ እስከ ዲሲ-ሲያትል -አሜሪካ ያለው ኢትዮጵያዊ ሁሉ ከቀነኔነት በፊት ሰፊ መግባባትን ያስቀድም::

    ግብፅን እንመልከት, በመግባባት ላይ የተመሰረተ ህዝቡን የመምራት ብቃት ያለው አካል ተገንብቶ ስላልቆየ, ህዝቡ ሙባራክን ካባረረ በውሃላ ሌላ ምርጫ ስላልነበረው, ወታደሩ ስልጣኑን እንዲቀበል ጠየቀ:: ለነገሩ ወታደሩ ከናስር መፈንቅለ መንግስት ዘመናት ጊዜ ጀምሮ ስልጣን ላይ ያለ ሃይል ነው:: ስልጣን ላይ ያለውን አካል እንደገና ስልጣኑን ውሰድ ማለቱ የሚመጣው ያለው ምርጫ ከማጣት የተነሳ ነው::

    ከአንድ ወር በውሃላም ይሁን ከመቶ ዓመታት በውሃላ ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥም እንዲህ አይነት ጉዳይ እንዳይፈጠር ካሁኑኑ ሰፋ ያለ መግባባትን ማስፋፋት ያስፈልጋል:: አለበለዚያ ነገሩ ሁሉ “ውሃ ቢረግጡት እንቦጭ” እየሆነብን ከክፍለ ዘመናት ወደ ክፍለ ዘመናት መተላለፍ ብቻ ሊሆንብን ነው::

    ቂም በቀል የሚባለውን ነገር ደግሞ ከጭንቅላታችን ማውጣት ሊኖርብን ነው:: ይሄንን ህመም ከጭንቅላታችን ካላወጣን ማለቅያ የሌለው የቂም በቀል “ታሪክ ሰሪዎች” ብቻ ልንሆን ነው::

  29. Derese
    | #29

    The time has come for Ethiopians to say enough is enough. Like Eeskender, we should defeat fear and stand up for our right. The Egypt and Tunisia case teaches us all the bravado of the rulers is simply the sign of their internal trumbeling. I ask every young Ethiopian to begin to discuss what we could do now, I mean NOW, to stop the dictatorship in our country. The free press should speak with additional courage.

    Let us talk to each other as we have started in the last few weeks and strategize. What should we do now to bring this dictatorship to its knees? Shall we start demonstration next week, starting in schools, universities all over the country? What about a spontaneous meeting at MESKEL Square (Adebabay ) some times next week? NOW IS THE TIME Let us show that there are thousands of ESKINDERS out there. We will not be intemidated. Yichalal, Yichalal, Yichalal
    May God give us the courage, may God bless Ethiopia

  30. Wakyo
    | #30

    Hi Eskinder one of dearst son of mother Ethiopia,these illitrates jungle inhabitants wont stop harassing you as they days are coming to the end it is as of their last cry after mental torture of the honourable judge Bertukan and the renowed artist Teddy Afro in dungeon seems they are after the next true Ethiopian freedom fighter whom they think he can weaken their destruction by the gujille name (transformation
    in the reallity they dont know what it really means which is developing
    plan depending on the rest of the aid money after the chimpanze and his mrs piggy private bank account.Having said that your sacrifies along with 75 million Ethiopians will never stop till getting the sweetest fruit for the generations to come.

    Ethiopia will prevail with the help of its true sons & daughters
    Death to the traitor Tegre gujille and its cult members like Assrese

    Assrese you are only a funny thug like that of the once who were trying to defend the most criminal dictator along side the tegre gujille chief that the planet witnessed with horse back and camel and ready to face justice now to say the least,and your likes has done more harm to the nation not less than the upper gujilles.My self centered your days are numbered as well and there is nothing hidden from Ethiopian peoples except waiting for the right time to act

  31. Not so pleasant!
    | #31

    Abugida,
    Please don’t let your website infested by poisonous woyane rats who are trying to spread their complete fabricated stories. These idiots try to tell us otherwise when we know darn well that life in Ethiopia is a living hell for the non-woyane Ethiopians.
    Woyanes standard of pleasant life for Ethiopians and the things they want us to forget about:
    TPLF taken control of the entire Ethiopian government, businesses and taken away the freedom of speech, press and the rights of peaceful gatherings.
    The tens of thousands innocent Ethiopians they have thrown in jail and tortured, killed, looted.
    The hundreds of millions of acres of Ethiopians land woyanes have given to foreigners.
    The hundreds of billions Ethiopian Tax payers money woyanes have looted to make themselves the wealthiest people in Ethiopia without working hard for it….etc.

  32. Belew
    | #32

    This is very interesting indeed. How absurd were Anbabi from Dallas’s #27 remarks? If he is near where the opposition stands for, then God save us everyone, we will have no where to go if we don’t fellow their instructions. Sir, incite or insight, Assrese had it right – Eskinder has no right causing chaos for the sake of his own agenda. Yes, sir, Edkinder is Involving himself in risky enterprises without regard to proper procedures and possible consequences. Your confusion about western democracies with the current affairs of our beloved country reveals your out of touch approach to politics. Sir, all politics is local. As much as you would like to compare Eskinder to Ted Koppel, Ethiopia is not the USA and Eskinder isn’t Ted Koppel nor Daniel Schorr. Your ” woyane’s agazi army” is a brave ethiopian army to so many. Your “woyane cadres” are a true public servants trying their best to serve their country to so many. The so called your “rulers” are the same leaders to many who are leading this country in the path to progress. Well, I don’t pretend to have the ability to write like you do. As a proud Ethiopian, I shouldn’t be judged by how I mastered my second language. I rather think I shall be judged by the content of my character. By that measure, Assrese, Addis & Desta are the ones today’s Ethiopia need – not your twisted and western poisoned, tortured lectures.

  33. Anbabi from Dallas
    | #33

    DRAMA,

    Caya te la boca, tonto!

    You obviously DO NOT know who you ‘re talking about. I don’t where you have been all these years (to have read only one article by Eskinder), but just in case you arrived from a different planet, you ‘re talking about the most courageous journalist in Ethiopia today. He, along with his wife and their new-born baby were incarcerated in the dungeons of the tyrant Meles/Legese Zenawi. The family gave up a combined total of more than 4 years of their lives for speaking the truth; for exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right to write about the people’s right to protest against the abuse of their rulers. Talk about lucha (struggle) por la ‘libertad’ (liberty), He is a living example!

    Educate yourself with basic knowledge of the facts before you write your ill-informed comments, lest you reveal your ignorance to the whole world.

  34. Cold hearted people
    | #34

    #32,
    As they say, one can’t squeeze blood from a turnip — It is a waste of time and hopeless to expect justice, understanding and commonsense from a group of people like DRAMA who is a staunch supporter of a bloody murderer.

  35. Anbabi from Dallas
    | #35

    Belew,

    You sound like some of the bandas that served the Italian occupation forces, who echoed their Italian masters that Ethiopia was being pulled out of the dark ages by the invading forces of Mussolini. These bandas were pointing to the number of projects that the occupying Italian administration was undertaking to show ‘progress’ was taking place. So, they were urging the populace to just ‘shut-up’ and subject themselves to second-class citizenry in their own homeland.

    Sadly, the situation is no different today. Ethiopia is being ruled by anti-Ethiopian elements, whose primary purpose in undertaking some of these projects is to enrich themselves, their families and their cronies. Remember Mubarak, a former air force officer whose wealth over 30 years grew to about 70 billion dollars (according to some media sources)? Remember Azeb Goila, who according to some who knew her in Sudan, was like a ‘working girl’ now splurging millions of dollars on shopping spree in Europe? But that is only just ‘the tip of the iceberg’. Ask any Ethiopian, they’ll tell you how rampant corruption is in the country among the rulers and their cronies. In the name of the people, building civil society, … (they ‘ve mastered the talk) … etc., they get all kinds of money from their financiers in Europe, US and international institutions. What do they do with it? Buy loyalty – forcing people to vote for them, or face repression. Most of that money (be it in the form of aid, or loan), instead of being used for its intended purpose, is being pocketed by these blood suckers, and the party (TPLF, which has a grand plan of its own). Yesteryears’ no-bodies, whose official income is like three thousand Eth. birr from their government employment are somehow today Ethiopia’s millionaires. Even, in the military establishment, soldiers serving in UN peacekeeping missions have become cash-cows for some of these fat-cats. The UN pays allots payment to the soldiers in dollars (I am sure, no less than $15 grand a year). But the poor soldiers get payment in Eth. birr, no more than 30,000 Eth. birr, from what I have heard. No doubt, some of that money is being pocketed by the fat-cats in the Agazi hierarchy. That is not all. Supposedly, the army is Ethiopian army; its equipment – Ethiopian asset. I wonder if the ministry of finance, or Ethiopian equivalent of GAO (Government Accountability Office) has ever accounted for all the military vehicles, tanks and all other equipments that the UN has been paying for, whether for the Liberian or Darfur peace keeping missions. With all that cash-cow, it doesn’t surprise me if some of these yester-year corporals are today’s millionaires. But, at whose expense? See, the similarity with Egypt?

    No wonder, Meles Zenawi is cracking on the independent media. If the people, including the rank and file of the army knew the corruption with-in, then his days will be numbered.

    But, have no doubt! It will happen.

  36. Belew
    | #36

    Now I really am worried about the health of Anbabi from Dallas. What ever he’s smoking, it isn’t doing him any good. Since he is talking about a straw man he’s imagining in his tortured little mind, I don’t think he merits any more response from me. What a lost soul. Get a life!

  37. dawit
    | #37

    To Drama and the likes,

    I understand that you cannot imagine such a courage as exposing what has happened to him by these merciless criminals despite the potential danger he is in.
    For Hodams like you such a courage is un imaginable.
    Why don’t you keep quiet, eat and go to the t……
    We have seen so many times in the past that Eskindir is not scared to tell anything he knows, anything he saw, leave alone what happened personally to him.
    To animals like you, what matters is filling your stomach.
    It doesn’t matter to you what happens to your country, to your family, friends and fellow ethiopians. I am sure you don’t mind if they put dog chain on your neck and pull you as long as your stomach is full. For people like you the least you can do is to keep quiet.
    Eskindir is the true son of Ethiopia. We are proud of our journalists.

  38. Tulu Oda
    | #38

    ምነው የስክንድር ነገር ተጋነነ?

  39. Mot le Meles
    | #39

    Meles is the devil in flesh. Death to your tribal narrow minded party and to you!

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