Prof. Bisrat Amare: The man who even tortured history By Abebe Gellaw

October 27th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

There are new breed of historians in town that are endorsed by the TPLF to rewrite and narrate Ethiopian history. A “professor” from America is the late arrival to launch a book recently at Axum Hotel, Addis Ababa. The book, Finote Gedil, is not an ordinary book. TPLF’s singer Abebe Arayaand Tirhas Tareke, among others, reportedly led the Whiskey-laced fanfare and drumbeating at the launch of this book that has been endorsed by TPLF veterans as part of their effort to re-write Ethiopian history and to glorify their victories.

The attention given to the author, who resides in Columbus, Ohio, was also evident as the high priests of the TPLF like Sibehat Nega and Abay Tsehaye publicly endorsed the book that glorifies TPLF’s history of terror at the expense of the rest of Ethiopia.

The author, who enjoyed the limelight, was none other than former TPLF torture czar and spymaster “Professor” Bisrat Amare. After the author jetted all the way from Ohio to Addis to promote his book, he widely introduced himself as “a university professor in the United States.” But Mr. Amare attracted even wider attention among Ethiopians not for his lectures but for Gebremedhin Araya’s exposé detailing the mass killings, torture, brutality, rape and robbery that the learned professor and his TPLF accomplices have committed in the name of liberation.

Mysteriously enough, no one in the United States attended Prof. Amare’s university lectures, save his torture chamber, despite the fact that his grandiose talks were found to be very educative and enlightening to TPLF’s lightweight intellectuals, Sebhat Nega, Abay Tsehaye et al. Nonetheless, it should be noted from the outset that the effort of this writer to locate the American university where Prof. Amare claimed to work as a professor could not bear any fruits. One may wonder why but the simple truth is that Prof. Amare’s “university” never exists in real life except in the small imagination of this runaway professor, who is widely known among his friends for his addiction to lies, mischief and tall-tales.

From exile back to TPLF

A high school drop-out from Axum, Bisrat joined the TPLF in mid-1970s and managed to become one of its 06 (torture chamber) chiefs and executioners. When TPLF took control of Ethiopia in 1991, Mr. Amare became the security chief of Addis Ababa. But that did not last long as he was accused of theft and corruption by his own ethnic party. A close confidant of Bisrat Amare who spoke with Addis Voice on condition of anonymity says that the professor is an accomplished con artist. He fled to the United States in the early 1990s after he allegedly robbed a huge amount of US dollars and gold seized as exhibit. “That was actually the reason why it didn’t take him long to open a store in Washington DC before he moved to Ohio,” the confidant said.

As the security chief of Addis Ababa, he had indeed got access to gold and dollars that he started to hoard and give out to his kin and kith, including his rugs-to-riches brother rightly nicked named Tefni who runs businesses in Addis, according to a reliable source. Bisrat was sent to jail for stealing a significant amount of gold and hard currency. Bisrat bitterly told a friend, who was a former TPLF fighter, that it was Tewolde Wondemariam, a former TPLF top gun who had locked him up. But the slick former spy used his connections with Sibehat Nega to get out of jail and fled to the United States. As soon as he arrived, he applied for political asylum under false pretense that he fled Ethiopia as the TPLF persecuted and tortured him.

Until the 2005 elections, Bisrat was known as a dissident of the TPLF, which he used to condemn publicly as a dangerous fascistic mafia group. He particularly expressed his hatred and disdain to Meles Zenawi, whom he accused of being an Eritrean wolf in a Tigrian skin. He was one of the founders and secretary of the now defunct Tigrian Alliance for National Democracy (TAND), which was led by Aregawi Berhe and Hailu Mengesha, who also re-joined the TPLF after the 2005 elections.

Prof. Amare wrote a series of insightful articles in Hawaraya, a Canada based newspaper, that exposed the crimes of top TPLF leadership including Meles Zenawi, Abaye Tsehaye, Arkebe Ekubay, Siyoum Mesfin, Tewolde Wondemariam, Hasen Shifa, Abebe Zemichael et al. (Addis Voice will soon serialize the treacherous history of the TPLF as written by Bisrat courtesy of Hawarya newspaper.)

According to Bisrat’s Hawaraya story, Meles Zenawi is a power-hungry pathological liar and deceiver who can never be trusted. Bisrat says that Meles took control of the TPLF after he set up the Marxist Leninist League of Tigray (MLLT), an anti-democratic and cultic dictatorial group that has committed untold atrocities against innocent civilians and TPLF fighters. One of the enablers of Meles that betrayed the original leaders of the ethnic front, according to Bisrat, was Abaye Tsehaye, whom he describes as someone who goes with the wind of the day. Another enabler of Meles, Bisrat claimed, was Sibehat Nega.

When opposition parties gained the upper hand during the 2005 elections and change seemed inevitable, Prof. Amare not only changed the history he was writing but also joined TPLF to fend off the threat of losing power. Prof. Amare was rehired as a US-based TPLF spy and started to sing a new poisonous song composed by the TPLF. They were saying that Tigrians would be “exterminated” if change comes in Ethiopia. Suddenly the professor became a mouth-piece of the TPLF and ventured out to condemn anyone opposed to TPLF’s tyranny.

Distorting history

A few years ago, professor Bistrat had an interview with the pariah broadcaster Nigussie Woldmariam. He used Napoleon Bonaparte’s quote to explain what history is all about. “History,” he quoted Bonaparte, “is a pack of lies agreed upon.”
He said lies are the political weapon of anyone opposed to the TPLF because the history of the TPLF is all about heroism, sacrifice, justice and liberation. But he also contended that, the history of Ethiopia is full of lies and told us that TPLF would rewrite history.

True to his words, his book, “Finote Gedil”, or rather Finote Wishet, turned out to be Prof. Amare’s pack of lies that contradict the story he had already written. One of the major targets of Prof. Amare’s book is Emperor Menelik II. According to the learned professor, Emperor Menelik was not a hero but a coward. His rule was based on deceit as he did not even have the right to claim the throne unlike Emperor Yohannes because he did not have the lineage of Axumite kings. Menelik’s objective was not to unify Ethiopia, as historians wrote, but to spread his “Amhara philosophy”.

Repeating the arguments of TPLF’s crude historians like Sibehat Nega and Meles Zenawi, the professor wrote in his new book that the cause of the Weyane’s rebellion against “fictitious Ethiopia” was Emperor Menelik, who invaded and crashed Tigrians in collaboration with Italian invaders. Prof. Amare tells us that even the victory of Adowa over Italian colonialists was worthless. Menelik divided Tigrians into two “nations.” He also made Ethiopia land locked…, the professor lectures. He went on to tell us that the legacy of Emperor Menelik to Ethiopians was lies, cowardice and treason…. The professor failed to mention the fact that the worst enemies Ethiopian patriots had faced were mercenaries and Askaris from Tigray and Eritrea. The factual irony is that today Ethiopia is being ruled by the grandsons and granddaughters of Italian Askaris, including Meles Zenawi and his wife, Azeb Gola, who both have mercenary heritages.

The professor forgot the fact that Emperor Menelik was a 19th century Ethiopian emperor who can only be judged in the context of his time. Anti-Ethiopia tyrants like Meles Zenawi, Abay Tseyahe, Sibehat Nega, Arkebe Ekubay, Seyoum Mesfin,…and the false history professor Bisrat Amare should have known a better way of speaking to a nation than spreading divisive and backward tactics of attacking the past. TPLF has proven to be an archaic and brutal group that cannot criticize the past while complicating the future of our country….

Creating division, animosity, hatred…and pitting one ethnic group against another will only have disastrous consequences. Twisting, distorting, and falsifying history can only add petrol to the already volatile ethnic relations in Ethiopia that has been precariously maintained through the hegemony of the TPLF. TPLF’s new historians endorsed by hate mongers like Sibehat Nega and Meles Zenawi will not do any good. Emperor Menelik was a unifier…; his deeds and visions were much more advanced than those of the 21st divisive rulers like Meles…

The professor confided to a friend a while ago that he hated Meles Zenawi. This has nothing to do with the tyranny and atrocities that Meles is committing against Ethiopians. When Derg’s senior military officers attempted an aborted coup d’état in the late 1980s, Bistrat listened to the news on the BBC. He rushed to tell the exciting news to TPLF’s leaders. He broke the news to his bosses but Meles, who does not know how to be gracious, bluntly humiliated Bisrat by accusing him of distorting the BBC news because of his poor grasp of English. Bisrat was so bitter that he wanted to exact a revenge on Meles Zenawi.

The moment arrived for Prof. Bisrat, who relegated the role of Meles within the TPLF to almost nothing. It is quite surprising that Abaye Tseyahe and Sibhat Nega endorsed a book written by a false professor that tortured history. The book reduced the most domineering figure within the TPLF to a nonentity by ignoring his role within the TPLF. This may be a sign of a dangerous gamble that Prof. Bistrat is out to play with the tired kingmakers of the TPLF, Sibhat Nega and Abaye Tsehaye.

One may wonder whether the good professor went all the way to Addis to oust the man he hates to become the next legitimate ruler of Ethiopia from Axum, a quality that even Emperor Menelik could only dream of. While Prof. Amare’s effort to write the embellished history of what he once called a “fascistic” group called MLLT/TPLF, it beggars questions why he is selling a pack of lies compiled as a book. Luckily, we have copies of the real history of the TPLF that the dummy professor, who is not even sure what he does for a living, has already published. For the record, we will be publishing them all.
Bistrat Amare’s Hawarya piece on Meles Zenawi is a must read to understand the true nature of the TPLF. Please read and judge for yourself.

Bisrat Amere on Meles Zenawi (Amharic)

Postscript: This piece would not have been possible without the invaluable input of a few informed sources. I must acknowledge the contributions of Hawarya editor and publisher, Muluken Muchie, who kindly sent me a series of articles authored by Bisrat Amare all the way from Canada. Two former confidants of Bisrat Amare, who were members of the TPLF until they rejected the brutality, crimes and divisive agenda of the group ruling Ethiopia with brute force, gave me valuable insight and information.

  1. Meheret Haile
    | #1

    Nobody should expect the TPLF and its fascist and supreme ethnic leader aite Meles Zenawi to come to tems with reality and the truth. The TPLF was conceived in the anti-Amhara womb of the Tigrayan students and grew fast as it was able to gain widespread support and followers in Tigray. The rallying issue has been the anti-Amhara and anti-Ethiopia teachings of TPLF leaders like the fascist and racist Meles Zenawi. The manifesto of the TPLF clearly stated the Amharas and Imperialism as the enemies of the people of Tigray. Meles Zenawi equates Ethiopia and Amhara as one and the same and blames all the ills in Tigray including those caused by nature on the Amharas. He openly speaks of the Amaharas as the enemies of the people of Tigray and lambasts what he describes as the Amhara rulers In the public meetings. He received applauses when ever he made these fascistic speeches filled with hatred and despise. The anti-Amahara stand and acceptance of Eritrean independence are the main criteria to be the full and reliable member of the TPLF. The demonization and villification of the Amharas are the successful tactics Meles Zenawi uses to ensure and maintain the absolute loyalty of the Tigrayans. Meles Zenawi and his blind ethnic followers have singled out and picked up Emperor Menelik II as the most cruel and destructive Amhara king. They accuse the Emperor of conducting a devastating campaign against the people of Tigray under the guise of fighting the Italians during the battle of Adwa. They say that the Amhara army under the Emperor ravaged Tigray and impoverished its people. Almost all Tigrayans believe in or subscribe to this distorted or falsfied history of the Adwa battle. Meles Zenawi and his followers are doing all this despicable distortions and falsification to cover and make up for the shameful and treasonous parts of their heritage. Their forefathers had betrayed Ethiopia and served the Italian colonial powers then. They see Emperor Menelik`s camapign against the Italians as the one against them and try to demean it in all the possible ways they can. The fascist and racist ethnic leader Meles Zenawi is blinding and leading the people of Tigray into the abyss. Meles Zenawi`s aggrandizement of the Tigrayans as the golden ethnic group fits well into the mentality and empty pride of the people and makes them his riding horses.

  2. true
    | #2


    As a an ORomo, I would like to send you a message. There are good things and bad things that happened under Amara,and as a human being I know no one is perfect. That being said it is in no way equal to the crimes being committed by tPLF today. The only way to continue their ruling is by sending such propoganda that Mengistu, Menilik, Amara, etc did this and this goes well for them for the Oromos. What is their agenda is to create chaos and civil war in Ethiopia so that they can skip to their Singapore and so that the Ethiopian people will get distracted to the civil war and forget about the crimes of tPLF that is why they are living in the past and it is a good propoganda mechanism. We Africans we never learn and give support to such division so that our people is affected. What is it about us that we continue to make such mistakes? We must understand that past or present crimes happen where does the buck stops is from us and to stop this blame, vicious cycle of hate and resentment. So, Amara will be in a good position not to flame anything and let them just do their observation because tPLF wants the inflaming what the Amaras should do is do the opposite and be the bigger person. However, Amaras should also admit the past mistakes and not just brush off as it it is no big deal. That is where the flaming happen. So, once again, we want the unificatio of Amaras and Oromos to drive out the TPLF regime, they know that this unificaiton is very dangerous for them that the more they blame Amara the more Oromos will resent Amaras that is what they want. So return all negativities to good productive by struglling to bring peace, development and unification to all Ethiopians and Amaras need to collaborate with many ethnic groups to bring change.

    Long live Ethiopia of all ethnic groups!

  3. abesha
    | #3

    what is he doing in usa.
    wow we must take him to the court.Bisrat Amare is a killer.

  4. Kiflegiorgis
    | #4

    Thanks Abebe for the commentary. I would recommend your readers to see Bewqetu Siyum’s amharic article entitled “አክሱማዊነትን ያልተረዳው አክሱማዊ” on ኢትዮጵያ ዛሬ on Bisrat’s new Book.

    Thanks again for the good work, keep it up!

  5. Tizbt
    | #5

    Mr Abebe,
    your credibility is at stack when you call Mr. Bisrat as a Professor.I challenged you to your home work before you comment about Bisrat. I hope you go back and correct your mistake.

  6. Getachew
    | #6

    I do not understand why you put the honorific “prof” in front of Bisrat Amare’s name.
    I live in Columbus, Ohio and I am familiar with Ato Bisrat.We are sure that he was a substitute elementary school teacher in Columbus.
    As such I believe that we should refer to him as a self-professed professor.

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