Ben of EthiopiaFirst’s Plea to the Government: Don’t let in The Diaspora Opposition in to the Country By Sisay.

May 7th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

Let me be the first to admit that I was an admirer of EthiopiaFirst Web site editor, Ben, not for his maturity on issues of democracy and civil rights but for his enthusiastic and passionate love for Ethiopia. That was especially true when the majority of Ethiopians in and outside of the country were duped to believe that the Ethio-Eritrea war was an honest desire and commitment of EPRDF to defend the territorial integrity of the country and; hence, a way to redeeming itself as a nationalist and pro unity party. Unfortunately, Weyane squandered the peoples’ sacrifice in life and money. During that period, there was a mini Cyber War between Ethiopians and Shabia supporters and Ben had tirelessly stood on the Ethiopian side. Even after that, although some of his comments sound too optimistic and childish at times, I followed him for his neutrality. Yes, more often than not, his optimism prevents him from not taking a firm stand on significant issues. He intentionally avoided confrontation and controversial subjects from his reporting.

But sometimes, he bumped into some hard truth which had popular support. For example, once in a while he decried ethnic federalism is not good for the country and he lamented Ethiopia’s lack of access to the Red Sea. These topics are music for Weyane supporters and they did not give him attention. Ben got the trust of many individuals and party representative right around the time the Kinjit came to the political scene. I think he was fervently passionate about the seemingly open political space in the country and started to fall in love with Weyane for allowing that sort of political participation. For Ben 2005 election was the best the country can get and the most generous gift EPRDF could give. But, whenever he posted issues which could even remotely touch the Weyane nerve, the Aigaforum Cadres and their likes would gang up on him. Spineless as he was that sort of swift and harsh rebuttal was too much for him to take. So in his little mind, Ben sensed that messing up with them is not an option. On the other hand, no body owns the Diaspora opposition and Ben felt that he could say anything against it and still be regarded as fair game player. He has never faced pointed criticism because most saw him as one who simply did not understand the intricacies of politics or as one who always wished that the road towards freedom and democracy was simple. So one would ask how Ben turned from a neutral and optimistic reporter to a sold out Weyane propagandist.

Signs of submission to the Weyanes came to light when Ben tended to blame the opposition for inciting violence in the 2005 disputed election. For him, Agazi has done no wrong; it was the hooligans’ fault. Kinijit leaders who refused to join the parliament became enemy number one. After the Kinijit party disintegrated he was out in the open supporting EPRDF and escorting the likes of Lidetu and Chamisso. That got him an accolade from pro-Weyane web pages and radio stations.

In my opinion, Ben’s total admission to the Weyane Camp was completed when he was adamantly opposing those HR (USA’s House of Representatives’) resolutions that aimed at making sure USA’s donation is used to promote democracy and preserve human rights. The donation was their money. All they wanted was to make sure that their donation was used for its intended use i.e., helping the Ethiopian public. His argument was the HR Resolution was like the Wichale Treaty between Italy and Ethiopia and therefore will compromise Ethiopia’s sovereignty. This view was shared by a certain self acclaimed philosopher who, I said, needed to take some logic classes from the bright minded professors, such as Professor Messay Kebede. How could any sane person think that the HR resolutions are like the Whichale Treaty? Do Americans have any ambition to annex Ethiopia and make it their colony? I know it is absurd and nonsense; therefore, before we cause ourselves a headache let me stop such ignorance right here.

As a fresh cadre his page started to be filled with praises and appreciation for the level of development the country is witnessing. Ethiopiafirst had become a place where we read postings about the great contributions of Sheik Mohamed Alamoudi. With the same level of intensity, he attacked the opposition block. He rebuked Dr. Berhanu Nega and; in every possible venue he was quick to scold and ridicule Mrs. Birtukane Midekissa. That has continued even after she was released from prison the second time.

The payback time from his masters has come down too quickly and even to the surprise of many in the Weyane block, any government office was wide open for him. The prime minister offered him an interview session. Sheikh Alamoudi assigned him as ‘’hit-man” to write anything negative about Amare Aregawi of Ethiopian Reporter who created sudden hostility against the Sheikh. Now, he told us that he moved to Addis for good to be on the center and become influential. Then he positioned himself as the mouth piece of the dictator’s propaganda. In one of his outrageous reports in the 2010 election he said he regretted the day he forfeited his Ethiopian citizenship to be a Canadian because he could no longer be part of ‘’ the most democratic ‘’ election in Ethiopian. Nevertheless, he said he was proud to see that day as an Ethiopian. Look what money can do to this supposedly sophisticated young man. Like a parrot he repeated the words of the dictators and chose to be their lackey.

Just few days ago, EthiopiaFirst came with an eye-popping headline. Ben begs the Ethiopian government to do something about the Diaspora opposition who went out to express their disagreement and disappointment with Ethiopian government policy during the recent visit by the EPRDF officials to North America and Europe. With the same tone as the other pro EPRDF news outlets, he is preaching that anyone who opposes the GTP is against Ethiopian interest. Wayne and Ben have long decided that if you are against the GTP, you don’t deserve to be an Ethiopian. What is most striking and saddening is that he wants the government not to let in those individuals in the country. He wants the Ethiopian Embassy in DC to work with him to identify the photos of the protesters he has posted on the web site. Fellow Ethiopians, do you see where we are going? The protesters are Ethiopians and Ethiopian origin, and they are simply voicing their dissent. And now they are going to be punished for that. We already know how abusive the Ethiopian Law enforcement officials are. Any cadre can kick the hell out of you with no damn reason anywhere and anytime.

So it does not need a genius to decode Ben’s plea. Is it not in their DNA for Weyane thugs to imprison torture and kill anyone with dissenting voice? True to their nature, they have even tried it here in North America. And I will leave it your imagination what they would do to the list of individuals Ben has posted on his Website. If it has not been already started, the Weyane thugs will unleash their brute force to hunt for a Diaspora returnee who might have been opposing their policy.

Ben, we now heard your plea loud and clear. May your wish came true, God forbade, you are equally responsible for the kind of atrocity that is about to happen to our fellow Diaspora opposition members going back home. Go ahead and publish more photos from every city and country. Go on our evil reporter, help your masters confiscate the houses the Diaspora is building and the business they are running. If that is not enough, throw them to Jail and torture them. But never forget that any harm that is waiting to happen to these people will be recorded in history and true justice will be served to the dictatorial regime. You, Ben will undoubtedly pay for your devilish provocation as well.

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  1. tamene
    | #1

    Good to comment on Ben but any thing; are u kiding me? Does he know how to report or even how to write? I remember one time he posted (rubbish) and spell ‘ergent’ kkkk I sent him a message suggesting that he needs to reveiw grams n spels b4 rushing to post his clumsy, poor and unprofessional statments. He calls homself ‘journalist’; yes of course he is a graduate from CONCORDIA…no knowledge just a head

  2. Dagnu
    | #2

    Well, it is scare to know what these poeple are trying to do. The wtiter is right that Ben is a triatot

  3. negash
    | #3


  4. በለው!
    | #4

    ይህን ጽሑፍ ሳነብ አንድ ነገር ትዝ አለኝ(…) “ኅይሌ ገ/ስላሴ በፖለቲካው ለመሳተፍ ዕቅድ አለው” ለሚለው አንድ አስተያየት ሰጪ እንዲህ ብሎ ነበር” በምላሱ ጥሬ ለሚቆላው ለልደቱ አያሌውም ፖለቲካው አልሰራምና አርፈህ ተቀምጥ “ያለው ትዝ አለኝ
    በውጭ ሀገር ወያኔ አስሮ ካስቀመጣቸው የደጅ ውሾች ዲያቆን ንጉሴ ወልደማርያም የሕጻናት ሐኪም በላይ ሀብተየሱስ የሞንትሪያሉ የኬሚስት ምሁር (ለማጁ ጋዜጠኛ)ቢኒያም (ቤን)የሚያቀነቅኑት የፉገራ ፖለቲካ ለሳቅ ለፈገግታ ጥሩ ነው ቁምነገር ግን ያለው አልመሰለኝም ነገር ከማማሰል በወሬ ለሚደግፉትም መንግስት እንኳ ጠቃሚ ናቸው የሚልም ግምት የለኝም እርግጠኛ ነኝ አወዳደቃቸው አያምርም ቤን በድሃው ህዝብ የማላገጡ ጉዳይ መቼም ሰው መክፈል ባይችልም እግዝሐብሔር የተሳፈረበትን ኢሊኮብተር እርሻ ላይ አሳርፎ አሳይቶ መልሶታል ይህ በራሱ ትልቅ ትምሀርት ሊሆነው ይገባል:: የድሃ አምላክ ለሕዝቡ ጠባቂ ነውና ትቢትና ትምኪት ተገቢ አደለም በለው ከሀገረ ካናዳ!

  5. kume
    | #5

    Thanks for this info. I hate Ben than Melese. It is a matter of time ben go to Hell with Woyane!!!Ben, if you need my address contact me and I will give you all and I will tell you that the Traitor like you never frightened me. I hate woyane and fight them up to the end for the crime they commited with your help!! Tell you the truth!! Down with Ethnic Aphrthide Regime!!

  6. Sheger
    | #6

    I don’t know about you Sisay but if you read Ethiofirst web this people are actually exposing the shit out of Woyaney
    Crime business. And knowing the people honey you don’t know what they might be going through. May be their is a need for it. The truth is in the peoples eyes for now but will be at the peoples court soon.

  7. Haqq
    | #7

    It is good to let people who do not know him to know who he is, however for the people who know him personally let alone about his political or journalistic..what ever view, it is too much to mention even his name in any article, I think ordinary Woyane cadres are better than him as a human being. Ignoring is more appropriate action for him and for individual alike.

  8. Anti_Woyane
    | #8

    Mr. Ben. it is so easy to be in a dilli-dally relationship with woyane, enjoy the company of Alamudi and the comfort of Sheraton and turn yourself in to EPRDF’s scam supporter. But you must bear in mind that in doing so you have dissociated yourself from the cause of justice, democracy, pluralism and freedom for the people of Ethiopia at large. You have in fact stood on the opposite side. We have seen time after time, regime after regime individuals falling to the sound of the gun and becoming mouth pieces to dictators. you know from the bottom of your heart you have forged an unholy alliance with a dictator that can do any thing and any time against your will or despite what you may wish it does. you are making a worthless man out of your life, if not an outright clown and criminal. You must retreat and rejoin the opposition camp to redeem yourself in the name of justice and democracy.

  9. Anonymous
    | #9

    well, good to know about ben. all we have to do is just report him to Canadian governmen what he is doing. One day he will face justice in Canada. hey, ethio-canadian plz report him.

  10. From home
    | #10

    Does he deserve this attention. He is already በቁሙ የሞተ ሬሳ በድን you forgot ድ Ignoring is more appropriate action for him and for individual alike.

    በድሃው ህዝብ የማላገጡ ጉዳይ መቼም ሰው መክፈል ባይችልም እግዝሐብሔር የተሳፈረበትን ኢሊኮብተር እርሻ ላይ አሳርፎ አሳይቶ መልሶታል ይህ በራሱ ትልቅ ትምሀርት ሊሆነው ይገባል::

    የድሃ አምላክ ለሕዝቡ ጠባቂ ነውና ትቢትና ትምኪት ተገቢ አደለም በለው ከሀገረ ካናዳ!

  11. Herods
    | #11

    From Home
    Does he deserve this attention ? My answer is Absolute no no no Period.
    To be honest i visited his web site very few times and i stop it completely since he was once interviewing Abreha Belay of Ethio media and Abbebe belew of Addis dimits his way of asking questions were far enough to say who the guy is it seems he has been fighting with too much deceptions since child hood to get through (machberber and lies)as he got no journalistic ethic to say the least and it very similar with another woyanne mouth piece Negussie zelabage these two guyses child dream has been how to get there where the riches are, not as the writer try to put it with mother land love or interst which has never been the case through out their life (you can buy them like a soap a car or an appartment or like a slaves before hunred years )and if you can afford to give more thane woyanne they will start to evil woyanne over night so to say no self diginity and respect

  12. Herods
    | #12

    I forget to mention now he is woyannes cyber cadre on the warka politics by nick name “keburan”

  13. Ethioman
    | #13

    Good Job mr. Sisay. You put everything in perspective. It is unfortunate to see Ben’s love for money and ego for fame are making him a laughing stock. What was he thinking when he was attaching Ethiopian Reporter? Body, tomorrow you will be in Amre’s shoes. Weyane will F@@@@k you and trash you like a dirt.

  14. Alemu
    | #14

    I know Ben very well. He is a childish who is incapable of understanding politics.

  15. Selamu
    | #15

    Yes, I saw his 2010 election report when he said he has no words to explain how proud and lucky he is to see that sort of “flawless’ election. That is the election where EPRDF won 99.6% of the vote. MR. Sisay , what do you expect from this low life idiot. Can’t wait to see when weyane throwing him out like a garbage.

  16. Tigist
    | #16

    What is the law of Canada on its citizens who prescutes these who cry for the voice less. I also see Tsehaye Debalekew who enjoys asylum status [I do not know if he is an American} working full time with the Woyanne Embassy. One has to make his records straight. Go to Homeland Security. vengeous is what is required sometimes.

  17. Ghion
    | #17

    what a rubbish of an article. Ben has a Democratic right to support or not to support anyone he wants too, as much as your Democratic rights.
    You guys are outright wrong about everything you say about politics in general. You are preserving your Democratic rights but others can’t have the same rights as you have. It is a pure insanity and very backward.

  18. YB
    | #18

    Ghion. You completely misunderstood the purpose of the article. Nobody, the writer of the article or the commentators, said that he should not exercise his democratic rights. The problem starts when he purposefully exposes the Weyane dissenters by posting their pictures, and calling for other measures as described by the writer of this article.

  19. Ahadu
    | #19


    Who let you go out and try to defend the un defendable coward in the first place you are not cut for politics or what ever your very tiny emotional reaction hurts you than heal, you might be woyanne sympetheiser
    and woyanne is a shifta group that occupies our land hostage with no back up from the society and this guy (clown)from no where enjoys the ferfari of the traitors and make jockes with 80 million Ethiopians who loves their motherland beyond yours clowns and the midjet in 4 kilo can imagine and the pay back time is also near that all the betrayer will be wiped out by the peoples sunami like 2005 the difference this time will be only organized and the clown will confess for the real jury what was going in his mind during all these years with woyanne hopefully at last he will come up with the truth with self diginity that he has compöetely lost with woyannes as the whole inner circle are only graduated from dedebit school of lies and deception.

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