Susan Rice, a US diplomat who loves dictators By Ephrem Madebo

September 6th, 2012 Print Print Email Email

Fifteen days ago when the death of PM Meles Zenawi became official, US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, twitted the following: “Prime Minister Meles leaves behind an indelible legacy of major contributions to Ethiopia, Africa, and the world”. When I read her tweets, for a brief moment I thought I and Susan Rice were living in a different planet. I am a United States citizen, and I don’t appreciate when my tax money pays the salary of my ambassador to the UN who accolades a vicious dictator whose name is closely linked to genocide, torture, and corruption. I know our speeches are protected by the first Amendment and we have the right to speak our mind. But, madam Ambassador, how do you feel if I make a public statement saying that the authors of “Jim Crow” leave behind an indelible legacy of major contributions to America’s south, especially, to American blacks? We know southern elites benefited from Jim Crow laws in the same fashion Meles Zenawi’s ethnic comrades benefited from his exclusive political and exploitative economic policies. And this is what you called “Major contribution” to Ethiopia. Madam Ambassador, all I can say is SHAME ON YOU!

Madam Ambassador, when the following words came out of your mouth this week in Addis Ababa, I believe it was one of your lowest moments in Ethiopia, may be in your life. Here is what you said: “He [Meles] was tough, unsentimental and sometimes unyielding. And, of course, he had little patience for fools, or “idiots,” as he liked to call them”

Madam Ambassador, please allow me to ask you one simple question . . . does PM Zenawi’s set of fools and idiots include you? I’m asking you this because here is what PM Zenawi said about the Voice of America: “We have been convinced for many years that in many respects, the VOA Amharic Service has copied the worst practices of radio stations such as Radio Mille Collines of Rwanda in its wanton disregard of minimum ethics of journalism and engaging in destabilizing propaganda” Look, Madam Ambassador, as long as the late Zenawi is concerned, everyone that opposes him is an idiot to him. The only reason he compared the VOA to Radio Mille Collines of Rwanda is that the VOA was exposing his dictatorial regime. The above quote was crafted and written by you, so who were you referring to when you said he had little patience for fools, or “idiots”? As long as I am concerned, you were referring to yourself because to Meles Zenawi, the VOA and the US Department of State [at least every year when it reports on the Human Rights issue of Ethiopia] are fools or idiots. Unless you tell me otherwise and apologize to the great people of Ethiopia for your uncivilized comments, I stand by what I said.

We know America and you are in love with the dictator in Ethiopia. In 2005, when over 200 Ethiopians were killed on the streets of Addis (some killed not far from the US embassy); President Bush congratulated Meles Zenawi’s re-election. In 2010, when Meles was re-elected for the fourth time with 99.6% of the vote in a marred election, President Obama, who once said: “Africa needs strong institutions, not strong men”, congratulated the re-election of Africa’s strongest man. To be honest, as long as Zenawi was willing to trade the life of young Ethiopians for a huge sum of American money, America was happy and it was willing to be a shelter for Zenawi’s torture, abuse, and extrajudicial killings. All in all, the human right conditions of Ethiopia went from bad to worse at the time of President Clinton and George W. Bush, and got worst at the watch of president Obama. You [Susan Rice] were a top US official at two of those administrations.

Dear Madam Ambassador, did you know that when PM Meles killed over 200 innocent civilians in 2005, some of his victims were as young as 12 years old? I want you to know that 12 years old Nebiyou was gunned down as he was begging for mercy on his knee, and most of the 200 victims were shot and killed by heavy machineguns mounted on Humvees supplied by your government. Instead of worshiping a child killer and presenting him as a hope for children, please double check the facts. Madam Ambassador, thanks to the WikiLeaks, we know these are facts that you and your government know very well. But, knowing Meles and his atrocities did not stop you from saying the following garbage: “In his children and all children, Meles saw the promise of renewal and the power of hope” Aren’t you a mother Madam Ambassador? Do you think the mother of 12 years old Nebiyou and the mothers of the other young boys who lost their children would say the same thing? To these mothers their hope is killed, but to you, the man who killed their hope is “the power of hope”. Madam, if you are a Catholic, you need a long one-to-one session with your padre.

Madam Ambassador, let me tell you what hope is because I don’t think you know the real meaning of hope. Hope is when MLK said “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” Madam Ambassador, without this hope and the fight for this hope, forget going to Addis and applauding a vicious dictator, you wouldn’t have moved an inch from the Washington, DC ghettos, a city you were born and raised. MLK lived and died for the hope that you, me and millions of blacks are enjoining today. Whereas, your prodigy, Meles fought for 17 years and ruled for 21 to create Bantustan like ethnic divisions, making his ethnic base at the top of the division. Madam Ambassador, do you think segregated America was a hope to American blacks? Are you the product of that kind of hope? The answer is clear, so why do you think a man that built an ethnic empire in Ethiopia would be a hope for Ethiopians? Who knows what or who the hope for Ethiopia is, you or Ethiopians? Sorry, this is a bad question, I already said that you don’t know what hope is.

If you still didn’t give up reading, please go and read Graham Peebles’ article. Here is his comment on Zenawi’s death: “Let a new day dawn for the people, one filled with hope and fundamental change, where human rights and justice are respected, where freedom is encouraged and cultivated in all areas and where fear is banished to the past” It is sad that America’s top diplomat sees hope in Zenawi, and America’s journalist sees hope and fundamental change for Ethiopia after Zenawi. What a startling difference? Who has a better view of the world, a journalist or a diplomat? Well, I don’t know, but even if it is a diplomat, it shouldn’t be you.

You are an African American woman whose roots go back to Africa, but your attitude towards Africa is awfully distasteful. Madam Ambassador, sadly, you are not alone. There is another high profile African American female [Jendayi Frazer] who equally has bad taste for Africa and Africans. What in the hell is this Madam Ambassador? Group think, despise, arrogance, or all of the above? Let me take you back to 1994 and remind you the Rwandan genocide. Here is what you said: “If we use the word ‘genocide’ and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [congressional] election?”
Oh! My God, did you say “November Election” Madam Ambassador? It is not surprising that we are on the eve of another election and here you are praising an African dictator who committed a genocide killing more than 400 ethnic Aguaks in a single day. If this was in Iran, I know you would have been all over the media and on shuttle diplomacy between Moscow and Beijing to sanction Iran. I am not a fun of Iran, please don’t take me wrong. But, what about Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people? Are you telling me that the life of 400 ethic Aguaks is worth noting as long as Zenawi is serving American interest? Madam Ambassador, you are the only person in 1994 that had trouble calling the genocide in Rwanda genocide. This is exactly why I still believe that you are from a different planet. It seems to me that, as long as you are on election year, you refuse to be guided by principle, the truth, ethics or morality. You tend to say anything; I mean anything that you think influences the outcome of the election in favor you.

Madam Ambassador, do you remember the “Kent State Massacre”? I know you do though you were five years old at the time. More than 42 years after the massacre, the US media is still a critique of the Kent State shooting, and the families of the victims are still mourning. The Kent State shooting took the life of 4 people and wounded 9 others. Madam Ambassador, your Mr. “world-class mind” killed 200 and wounded more than thousands just seven years ago. How can we Ethiopians forget a national tragedy that shocked the nation just seven years ago when Americans remember the Boston Massacre [1770] Baylor Massacre [1778] and the Kent State Massacre [1970]? In the November Massacre [2005 in Ethiopia] or in all of the massacres here in the US, the perpetrators are not great minds because great minds don’t kill people who seek freedom. It’s the little mind that kills people and it’s also the little mind that praises killers. Madam Ambassador, your recent speech in the same city that I went to college reminds me the following quote by Nicholas Boileau: However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him.

Madam Ambassador, great minds like MLK died [assassinated by little minds] so that you can be judged by the content of your character and sit where you are sitting now. The Ethiopian people whom you called great people [Yes, they are] deserve nothing less than their greatness. The only time you said the right thing on that pathetic speech is when you said the ‘great people’ of Ethiopia. Remember, this did not move me at all because even a dead clock is correct twice a day. Madam Ambassador, you said: “I suspect we all feel it deeply unfair to lose such a talented and vital leader so soon, when he still had so much more to give” You are absolutely right. So much more to give to America, but so much more to imprison and so much more to torture and kill in Ethiopia. You don’t know how much antacid medication I took after I heard your unabashed speech.

Don’t worry Madam Ambassador; I have power just like you do, tough my power comes once every four year. I live in Northern Virginia where every single vote matters this November for your struggling boss. I will make sure that I cast my first republican vote in my life so that you and your boss go back to colleges and universities [like Jendayi Frazer] and talk whatever you want to talk. Here, at least, I have the option to ignore you.

Though I didn’t live much in Addis, I love Addis. I really do. Addis is the pride of Africa where the OAU was formed. It is the first black city where the UN Security Council convened. Addis is the first, may be the only capital city in the world founded by blacks. Well, as it is a city of hope and expectations, Addis is also a city of sorrow and grief. It’s a city where dictators of all kinds and their supporters mislead the people with their venomous misguided speeches. Here is an excerpt from one of the misguided speeches: “True, he [Meles] never belied any lack of confidence in his judgments. He was tough, unsentimental and sometimes unyielding. And, of course, he had little patience for fools, or “idiots,” as he liked to call them” (Susan Rice).

Madam Ambassador, if you think your speech was aimed at telling the Ethiopian people about the ‘judgment’ of Meles , I think you wasted time and resources talking a little too much and a little too long. The Ethiopian people know Meles. In fact, now they also know you and your poor judgment.

Madam Ambassador, you said: He [Meles] was uncommonly wise – able to see the big picture and the long game. Which big picture and which long game Madam? In his 21 years in power, he built an army where more than 90% of the commanders are form his ethnic group. He built a huge security apparatus where the key personnel at every level of the apparatus come from his ethnic base in Tigray. He built an economic empire that controls the commanding heights of the Ethiopian economy. In this economic empire, the emperor, the princes & princess, the lords and the vassals all cone from a region Meles calls “My home”. Politically, Meles’ party [TPLF] controls power at every level. For your information, Ethiopia has a population of close to 90 million people out of which only 6% are Tigreans who are the power base of Meles Zenawi. Madam Ambassador, this is your man with big picture and long game. What is big in Meles Zenawi, or you just don’t know what the word big means living in Big Apple. Look, Madam, Meles created a political system where his 6% minority group dominates 94% of the Ethiopian population. If this is what you call big, your vocabulary lacks the antonym of big.

Madam Ambassador, you can say anything you want about Meles Zenawi when you are tasked with writing his biography, but when you address the Ethiopian people, please watch your mouth and speak the truth. You told us how close you two were, if this is true, I’m afraid he may have infected you. Dear Madam Ambassador, you must visit an Ethiopian priest to get sanitized. The Ethiopian people know freedom no less than you know, the only problem is that their freedom is taken away and their human right is violated by a man whom you called a man of judgment. Madam Ambassador, not only Meles, but you too have a serious lapse of judgment. Dear Madam, I strongly believe you and the administration you serve are responsible for every abuse, torture, and murder that Meles inflicted on the Ethiopian people. We shall overcome!
ebini23@yahoo.com

  1. peace
    | #1

    Well, it is scary at the rate what is going on in America, such minorities are scary and definitely they are working for their masters, no longer for America. If American is not protected and continue its democracy, these people will be going after their own minority groups and watch. Just like African dictators are made to go after their own people. They are just hired for their own suvival and position and they don’t care who is who.

  2. Simegn
    | #2

    Here come the noisy intimidation and silensor machine Ethiopia unfortunately has to deal with!!

    As usual, Ephrem is attaching the messenger not the message, and I am sure his will not be the last one!!!!

  3. Gebrai
    | #3

    Well done. You expressed the feeling of every ethiopian origin in America.
    Because of her I hope Obama will lose this ellection. If he does not Mrs. Rice will get a better position to do more damage to Ethiopians. I have a feeling that unless we Ethiopians in America take action now to let Obama know our true feelings, in case he is re-elected he might promote Mrs Rice to Ambasadership and do more damage to all Africans and not only to Ethiopians. He had alredy broken his previous campaigne promise of taking care of Dictators in the African Continent. Instead he aligned himself with Dictators and neglected the people. He has lied to us who went to the poles for him last time and even campaigned for him. I hope this time it will be differnt

  4. Salem
    | #4

    Great Article! I feel however she doesnt see this as the case me being Eritrean and a US Citizen I agree

  5. ziggi zagga oi oi oi
    | #5

    Ephrem Madebo, a Gimboti 7 senior member who loves dictator Isaias Afewerki.

  6. Birtu/can
    | #6

    There is a photograph circulating around in the internet where Susan Rice and Meles Zenawi are sitting side by side. A picture is worth a thousand words. The body language indicates the relationship between these two individuals was close and personal. She in a relaxed mood with her legs open( unladylike) gazing into his eyes while he was leaning forward seemingly mouthing ” i love you too! Suzy!”.

    Malcolm-X, defined a house negro:” a slave who imagines himself to be thought of as kin by his master because they live in the same house”. Urban dictionary defines the same term as “a black person that does their best to please white people even if it means disowning their own racial identity.”

    Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Angela Davis and Jesse Jackson are by no means considered as house Negros. At the opposite end, you find the likes of Susan Rice, Condolezza Rice, Clarence Thomas and Herman Caine-to name a few- completely surrendering their bodies and souls to serving the white master without reservation.

    In my book, Susan Rice is a certified house nigger. She is placed in a highly regarded position as a reward for being one and to justify equality amongst all Americans. The one time advocate of ” Yankee go home!” and ” down with Imperialism” slogans, Meles Zenawi was an opportunist who switched sides and got honored for being a house nigger from Africa.

    Susan Rice botched her diplomatic mission muttering undiplomatic words by labeling the opposition “idiots”. Well, i have got news for Suzy! No matter how you slice it and dice it, the ” idiots” have the last laugh. They had the satisfaction of witnessing the mercenary tyrant buried six feet under. To top it all, you made a mockery of his funeral by turning it into a circus. The idiots got to see Susan Rice make a fool of herself by showering accolades to a child killer in front of the whole world via live TV. I pity the fool!

    FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN ETHIOPIA!!!!

  7. Balcha Gebeyhaue
    | #7

    Thanks Mr. Ephrem for explaining the fact & the reality in the ground. The sad part is that they all know the truth about the dictator cto wine & dine with him and lose sense of their responsabilities.

    How else one can explain these diplomats with roots in African -American culture fall for an African leader who acted & talked like street pimp in any urban city in the US.

    Not much to y assessment of Ms. Rice’s farewell speech to the dictator except that she insulted the Ethiopian citizens. To an average spectator the American respected diplomat acted as if she was in a funeral for Michael Jackson & not for a ruthless dictator who did evil work to the over 80 million citizens of Ethiopia.

    God bless Ethiopia

  8. Dawi
    | #8

    [[..Madam Ambassador, .. [Meles] was uncommonly wise – In his 21 years in power, he built an army where more than 90% of the commanders are form his ethnic group….]]

    The 90% commanders are the people who he came to power with, not something he built during 21 years in power. It is not easy to change horses in the middle of a race. He has to work on the adjustment and create the conditions to get to where all leadership including commandars reflect all people in the country. The blue print of the vision he had is the fastest way to reach diversity. It is a 21st century solution.

    On the otherhand, your 20th century Neo-liberal approach even if it works is a very risky and a slow process to bring real change. It is the “democracy” at work as in Kenya, Nigeria, India and South Africa.

    Meles has learned from Paul Kagame who initially as in most African countries, brought a few elites by giving them high command postions to have a diverse leadership and rally support to the sitting government. Hutu prime minister, Hutu president and Hutu this and that. Power remained in the Tutsi led military but the Hutu in power wanted to be the decision makers. However, the Tutsi leaders in RPF had a vision they wanted to implement, thus a political deadloack. Kagame was unable to accept a status quo that will slow the developmental pace he wanted. A conflict began and thereafter, an exodus of Hutu from government happened where most went into exile.

    The lesson one learns is cosmetic changes are futile. RPF/Kagame had to find different sources of legitimacy. Meles has to think the same way.

    Today, unlike other African states, Rwanda economic and social indicators for the most ordinary people show a continuous growth curve in social and economic wellbeing: increasing household incomes, better housing, 97 percent primary school enrolment, 92 percent of the people on medical insurance, 75 percent access to clean water; 97 percent of pregnant women attending antenatal care, infant and maternal mortality are all going down etc.

    What Dr. Rice and Meles know and what the rest of us should question is??

    How come it is a minority-led government in Rwanda, not a majority-led one in South Africa that has succeeded in implementing a life-changing programme for ordinary people?

    Oppostion has to get to a common platform and a model of development as an alternative to the country. That is the only time one will take you seriously.

  9. Anonymous
    | #9

    My brother Ephrem, I am so proud of you. May God protect you and other fellow Ethiopians who love their country from evil eyes. Thanks.

  10. Dagne
    | #10

    I was thrilled to read this article and it undoubtedly represents the feelings of millions of Ethiopians who are utterly disappointed by the speech of Susan Rice. She displayed indecency to those Ethiopians whose dreams were shattered by the regime led by Meles. It is naivety or foolishness and not a diplomatic tact to deliver such a speec, which fully describes her as immature politician. Adding more to what Brother Ephrem articulated will not add much. But as an Ethiopian I would like to concur to what was written and congratulate him for airing what I felt while listening to her.

    Many thanks

  11. wadi Kunama
    | #11

    I well recall vividely how Issias Afework snubbed Ms. Sussan Rice while on a mission to Eritrea,whereas,the late Meles kissed the ground she walked on in Finfine to an extent that embaress the African leaders. How could we forget in history the CIA operative John Stocwell, what he desribed in stark his activity in his book: In search of Enemies: A CIA Story. I think by almost any account Mr. Stockwell a white man is more qualified to understand the nuances and analysis of Africa’s political situation than Ms. Rice a black woman, whose knowledge of Africa is quite nebulous as compared to Stockwell.At any rate, Ethiopians know what is best for them. Give us a break.

  12. DC
    | #12

    Looks like you have personal problem with Ethiopia. Don’t include us. This is just personal.

  13. selamta
    | #13

    WOW dud slow down ….Melese is gone so you need to chill if you want to make a point or two,but with the rate your coming up with garbage is just a short way to the delete button.TAKE A BREAK AND COME BACK TO YOUR SENCES
    CHEERS

  14. ananymous
    | #14

    Susan Rice proved finally that she is not a diplomat but a self serving individual accumulating all kinds of cash or other means from brutal African dictators. It is time for all Ethiopian-Americans and Eritreans-Americans to vote Obama out of office.

  15. Tibebe Samuel
    | #15

    Dear Mr. Madebo: All I can say is THANK YOU for calling a spade a spade. Dr. Rice’s remark at Meles’ funeral was an insult not only to Ethiopians but to all Africans. We should be outraged; and every Ethiopian who is offended by Dr. Rice should send a personal letter directly to her attaching pictures of victims massacred by Meles Zenawi. To call Meles “uncommonly wise” is to say Africans are inferiors who lack wisdom. Please share Mr. Madebo’s article on your Face book.

  16. aha!
    | #16

    Thank you for that one perceptive and crucial statement about the late Prime Minister in the context of UN Amabasader Susan Rice’s euology, which reads: “Whereas your prodigy, Meles fought for 17 years and ruled for 21 (years) to create a banthustan like, which label as appartheid like ethnic divisions, “which I label as ethnic federalism and secessionism, a divide and rule policy and a prelude to secessionism and future boundry conflicts along with the creation of TPLF/EFFORT, TPLF affilated enterprises and foreign corporations for expolitations, political and economic strangle hold of the country’s resources”". Thus a constitution embracing ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism along with party alignments along ethnic lines are the legacies of the Prime Minister, which gave rise to humanitarian, economic and political crises to the silent majority of Ethiopians, which need to be reversed in favor of individual freedom, liberty and equality to exceed ethnic and secessionist rights, restore Ethiopian nationalism and the sovereignity of Ethiopia as being our responsibility to focus on, while rebuffing undeserved agrandization of the late Prime Minister. The silent majority of Ethiopians are only liberated by the masses from within to get out autocratic and /or ethnocratic rule/ethnic dictatorship Minority or majority), upon which democracy can not be supper impsosed, unless that democracy applies to TPLF/EFFRT, TPLF affiliated enterprises and foreign corporations.

    As a supporting document to your above statement you have the Amhatic aricle, with anonymous author ” entitled: አቶ መለስ ለትዊልዲና ለሃገራችን ትለዊት ያለፉት ኢኩይ መራራና አሳዘግን ሃኮች” ተችማሪ ኪብደት የሰተዋል::

  17. Wusha Merrez
    | #17

    The distinguish Ambassdor Susan Rice ought to have these words put on Meles Zenawi’s gravestone:

    Here lies Meles Zenawi
    who fought Eriterans,Ethiopians and Somlies
    for Global Imperialism and neo-colonialiesm in modern history of Africa.

  18. Yifru Hailu
    | #18

    Today more than ever , I am proud to be an Ethiopian. What a gifted and courageous Ethiopian patriot? You told the true story like it is.For some the truth is always painful. Thank you my brother for your amazing contribution for our struggle to liberate our people and country from bondage. Next time I am in town I will make every effort to look you up and meet you personally. May God bless you.

  19. Brook T
    | #19

    Dear Epherm,

    Thank God for articulating the pain of million of Ethiopians who were hurt by the eulogy of the lady who is the head of US delegation to the funeral. Hearing her, one could early forget, that she was on pay roll in US state department, where MZ’s crime were meticulously documented and reported for the last two decades. For God sake, She was there in official capacity, not as private person. I never thought a representative an American Government is so ignorant and insensitive.

    God bless you for speaking our mind in satisfying manner.

  20. lucky
    | #20

    @aha!
    My brother, why are you so blind? I am not sure you want Ethiopia to live in peace and democracy. we lost a great leader Miss Rice witnesses the social and economy growth under Meles ,i am only sorry, he has not got enough time to implement genuinly democratic federalism whereby each member state of the federation may excercice control and governaces over its human and material resources.

  21. kassa
    | #21

    lets see in other way she is trying to tell the so called oppostion ,,how can you expect to get your freedom with peaceful struggle from one of the ruthless dectator in the world who killed,torture ,looting ,oppress own citizen thats why she said fool ! and we fail to understand this routine for the past 21 years and no words explain this better than idiot !!

  22. Anonymous
    | #22

    Well, with people like Susan Rice, we shouldn’t expect much. It is obvious that, the President is left in the dark when it comes to UN and it seems, he doesn’t get the facts about the oppressed, poor, powerless people around the world; especially, the poverty stricken people of African countries that are being ruled by brutal dictators like Meles. I hope, by now, Mrs. Susan Rice realized and admit that she has been duped, fooled and manipulated by a professional pathological liar and a mass murderer dictator. Ambassador Susan Rice should have investigated and do her homework, instead of agreeing and buying every lies that came out of the mass murderer. It is unfortunate that Mrs. Rice, repeated the belittling insulting words that came out of the murderer’s mouth when he labelled the well informed, intelligent, well educated, peace loving freedom fighters that are fighting to bring Democracy to Ethiopians as “IDIOTS and FOOLS”. It is not too late for Ambassador Susan Rice to do her own investigations and demand the TPLF regime to open the doors of their rat infested woyane prisons, so she can visit all the prisoners around Ethiopia and interviewed the prisoners — that is what i call humanity and doing her job. Sitting side by side with a mass murderer of countless number of innocent Ethiopians and agreeing with the dictator when he addressed the Ethiopian people as “idiots and fools” is adding to the Ethiopian victims injuries. A shame indeed!

  23. Maleda
    | #23

    Ephrem
    when are you guys i mean G7 will show something tangable, does G7 leaders have a mirror in their living room ? almost 4 years you guys beeting robbing the diaspora in the name or Armed Struggle while real Ethiopians are fighting Woyane in Gonder , Tigray and Gojjam
    I am not that stupid to support G7 any longer i have heard enough of bullshit from this morons

  24. Anonymous
    | #24

    Well written, thank you for standing up and speaking in behalf of tens of millions muzzled Ethiopians.
    Well, with people like Susan Rice, we shouldn’t expect much. It is obvious that, the President is left in the dark when it comes to UN and it seems, he doesn’t get the facts about the oppressed, poor, powerless people around the world; especially, the poverty stricken people of African countries that are being ruled by brutal dictators like Meles. I hope, by now, Mrs. Susan Rice realized and admit that she has been duped, fooled and manipulated by a professional pathological liar and a mass murderer dictator. Ambassador Susan Rice should have investigated and do her homework, instead of agreeing and buying every lies that came out of the mass murderer. It is unfortunate that Mrs. Rice, repeated the belittling insulting words that came out of the murderer’s mouth when he labelled the well informed, intelligent, well educated, peace loving freedom fighters that are fighting to bring Democracy to Ethiopians as “IDIOTS and FOOLS”. It is not too late for Ambassador Susan Rice to do her own investigations and demand the TPLF regime to open the doors of their rat infested woyane prisons, so she can visit all the prisoners around Ethiopia and interviewed the prisoners — that is what i call humanity and doing her job. Sitting side by side with a mass murderer of countless number of innocent Ethiopians and agreeing with the dictator when he addressed the Ethiopian people as “idiots and fools” is adding to the Ethiopian victims injuries. A shame indeed!

  25. The Eritrean one!
    | #25

    Ephrem: as we all know of American politicians the play book continues to be the same way from generation-to-generation which is- OUR INTEREST FIRST THEN THE INTEREST OF THE REPRESENTATIVE. In the case of Susan Rice we all know her record since the genocide of the Hutis and Tutis- it was a perfect opportunity for Susan Rice for her resume for many administration that comes at the white house; HOWEVER, the most maddening part of all is how the weyanes exposed Ethiopians and being used by the likes of Susan Rice and Gendai Refrigerator. They found a new opportunity with weyanes and do not expect they have no intention of giving-up that perfect opportunity and that is why Susan Rice flew to Addis to thank the weyanes warlord. In my opinion this a perfect opportunity for all Ethiopians, Eritreans, Somalians, and others to tell Susan Rice and her xghtto buddies: LEAVE US ALONE AND IT IS TIME FOR YOUNG ETHIOPIANS AND ERITREANS TO TAKE CHARGE OF THEIR OWN AFFAIRS.

  26. Anonymous
    | #26

    Dear Ephrem! What an article. I hope she reads it or hear about it.
    as an ethiopian – i am proud of you!

  27. Dawi
    | #27

    #6 said:

    [[...Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Angela Davis and Jesse Jackson are by no means considered as house Negros. At the opposite end, you find the likes of Susan Rice, Condolezza Rice, Clarence Thomas and Herman Caine-to name a few- completely surrendering their bodies and souls to serving the white master without reservation....]]

    Notice Ephrem didn’t dare quote Malcolm X to develop his line of thought.

    As someone said recently “ሰው ሲጽፍ ያነበበውን የእንግሊዝኛ መጽሓፍ ነው የሚተፋው”. He mixes slavery with African ethnic conflict by asking Susan is ” .segregated America a hope to American blacks?..”. His question is no different of the old OLF comparing Menelik with European colonizers.

    Afro-Americans give minimum value for our internal African ethnic issues. That is our problem.

    The slavery in Ethiopia and the slavery in the US were not the same. On top of that, yes Meles was born in the north but was a product of Raya/Oromo/Kunama etc.. He is not a foreigner to that land. Menelik was a mixture and can not be a colonizer to that land.

    BTW, the house Negro label was given by Malcolm X to the line of thought of Martin’s.

    So who is a “house N” now? Susan, a result of Malcolm X struggle can’t consider Meles a house Negro because her man came to power by burning the masters cabin. :-)

    We can go on and on to digress and even vote Republican as Ephrem promised to do but, we are making a fool of our selves by mixing apples and oranges.

  28. dodo
    | #28

    Susan has been the foremost cheer leader for Esayas Afworki and Meles Zenawi since 1991when she met them in Addis. It was rumored then that she had an affair going on with both at that time. It has also been said that the first spark of the quarrel between the two tyrants was ignited then when the handsome Esayays felt spited when Susan also desired the ugly Meles. This story, or a variation of it, has been circulating since 1991. Let Susan be beware of Azeb!

  29. Sam
    | #29

    “All in all, wrote Ephrem, the human right conditions of Ethiopia went from bad to worse at the time of president Clinton and George W.Bush [being in office], and got worse at the watch of president Obama.” You see it is the failure of the sucession of the American presidents which are the real culprits. I did not know that. I thought wrongly perhaps we Ethiopians are the one who make the call in regarding the human rights conditions of our country. Not to Ephrem. He wrote “I am a United States citizen, and I do not appreciate when my tax money pays the salary of my ambassador to the UN who accolades a vicious dictator [Meles}.” The problem with the sentence is Ephrem who is an Ethiopian by birth, American by choice, wanted the American Susan Rice to see Ethiopian politics, particularily Meles, the way he sees it. Oh! Ephrem how naive you are! I read several of Ephrem’s articles over the years. What I make of him read like this: He is a man who wants to see a democratic Ethiopia. But his political insticts regarding how to get there is very immature. Ephrem, the State Department where Susan Rice works constantly says the Ethiopian opposition parties are not visionaries. This is a diplomatic way of saying they are … well, I will leave it to you to choose the adjective. If Susan Rice read this article, which I very much doubt she does, it confirms her prior beliefs, which reads that the opposition parties in the diaspora indeed are very much ignorant of the real Ethiopian politics. I chose the adjective anyway. Ephrem the American adminstrations which you are accused of for being responsible for the lack of human rights in Ethiopia, they do know about the fact which you chose to lecture. Most importantly they believe there is no viable opposition parties to change that fact. As an Ethiopian who cares about the future of Ethiopia your contribution should be, Ephrem, to make your part that perception to change. Your effort to teach Susan Rice about human rights will take you nowhere.

  30. Zelalemawi
    | #30

    Dear Ephrem, I respect your freedom to express your thought, however everything has its limitation… You can have a different thought and idea from any one, but do not think you are the ultimate truth. For a person like Dr. Susan Rice, who meet and knows many world leaders… I believe her judgement than yours. She know many world leaders, she is a senior US official, She is well educated and respected by many as a critical thinker… tell me, who has a better judgement your or Dr. Susan Rice…. When Dr. Susan provide the speach about Meles, I don’t think she is intimidated by EPRDF National Security guys or afraid of any Ethiopian prisons…

    Besides, you totally forget she is an Official of the most powerful nation on earth. Yes I fully agree on her speach than yours.

    I hope you will not threat me too, because I differ with you… come on your hatered and misguided political agenda blocked your judgement. Wake-up dear brother, Ethiopia and Ethiopians are expenting from us better than this.

  31. Tekle
    | #31

    I am not being a mouthpiece for anyone and I am not trying to aggrandize myself, on behalf of my loving family and from the bottom of my heart, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year for you and your families. I wish you all including the editors of this website the best in life during the coming Year of Our Lord 2005 and many years to come.
    Happy New Year!!!
    Tekle, a Product of Adigrat.

  32. aha!
    | #32

    Dawi! It is ok to be pesistent devil advocate for ethnic federalism, secessionism and totalirianism, where totaliarinism is modified as state capitalism, built into the constitution, as an economic moedl for development, as opposed free market capitalism and/or mixed economy as in the western democracies and mixing that with the analogy of Tutsi and hutu of that of Ruwanda. That scenario doesnot exist in Ethiopia. What prevails in Ethiopia is ethnic federalism, secessionism and totaliarinism built into the constitution, if and when the article suggests an opinion about the constitution.

    Instead of side tracking, it is wise to stick to narratives in this article about the Ambasadors eulogy to the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to vent our opinion to agree to disagree on each others view points so as to stream line the disparity of opinions and ideologies in each party or the opinion of an individual as to its origin and move forward.

  33. Yosef assefa
    | #33

    Where is the right of free speaking freedom and press here ? I wrote a letter which I don’t understand where it is !!you give forth only those selected opinions which favours yours ? sorry

  34. Td
    | #34

    Mr.Epheram,your response to Susan Rice is compelling and precise.

  35. Fanuel
    | #35

    [Yosuf Asefa],

    Having not read the contents of your message, I sympathize with your compliant. You are not alone. I come to regard abugide at the top of the list of opposition internet media. I don’t know what is taking place at the moment in its editorial board.

    I myself, concerning the above article, prepared a message. I related my message to the institution Dr.Rice attended at Oxford, and to the Cicely Rhode’s scholarship she received. I don’t see it here that means Abugida come to regard it as not worth posting it; No one in the right mind believe stifling freedom of expression will lead this unfortunate country to freedom.Abugida you are doing great disservice to the country by shredding my message .I know this a serious problem at Elias Review, and not Ecadf but Cadf.I am saddened to see it in Abugida.I hope someone need to look in to this and stop this childish game.Please, if you have courage post back my message; you owe such curtsey to those whom it is due.

  36. dofiffa
    | #36

    She bubbled to the boiling point;got excited;sat in intimate position,and was seduced to the lies of the murderer.But then did go,the chat and the wishiper;the robber died in agony as many time as the years he went through his lives.Romanitc eulogy read Madame Rice from her heart directly written to by the murderer.Shame on Rice!

  37. Dawi
    | #37

    Dear aha!

    You can patent the phrase “…ethnic federalism, secessionism and totalirianism, where totaliarinism is modified as state capitalism..” As your own Aha! Because you have said them so many times, I am here to say, they belong to you, period.. :-)

    On the serious side, my problem with dismantling any system is it may end up being as a whole a distractive process.

    So the alternative is moving forward with a bigger vision; for me, as in Developmental State Ethiopia, the late Meles put forward can do it. You don’t have to dismantle anything but, bring people forward to a higher ideal by HOOK or by CROOK.

    Notice also here that I don’t dwell with the past “crimes” of Meles but only look at his latest vision for Ethiopia. Since he is dead anyway, I prefer historians to deal with that stuff.

    It is a similar thought as in China, they don’t dwell in the past “crimes” of Mao or the “capitalist roader” Teng Hsiao-ping when they travel the road of the fastest developmental ideal in the planet earth.

    I am not side tracking anything. I am not attached to the “crimes” of Derg or Woyane/EPRDF. I think that gives me the freedom to think objectively. Tutsi and Hutu issue is an example for me that it is not “minority” or “majority” that does it but, what vision the state is following to reduce poverty and how fast?

    Cheers!

  38. Kush – Kush
    | #38

    I do not know how to respond and in any case, I have some . Dear Ephrem, there are so many editing errors and there is no excuse for that . By having said this I have never casted my vote and this time I will vote for the republican this is not only because of Ambassdor Susan Rice .It is also I resented the democrats because to refresh fellow Ethiopian voters that our beloved province Eretia was dismembered by the exective order of by the then president Bill Clinton . Dearest Ephrem, second you must correct this and I have heard it from others, too . You said ” The 6% minority group dominate the 94% .” It is not true and I want to debate with you and I have no grudge at you. The TPLF tribalist elites are not 6% of the Ethiopian population and they are not even 1000 . The majority of Tigrians are wrongly and may be innocently accused . The Tigrian people are living by the alms international donars like the rest of the provinces . The TPLF tribalist group is the one that benfitted and is unrechable and the untouchables . The other point that I want you to understand is this . According to you and others it seems that TPLF as whole is a democratic organization and it included the 10% of high ranking officers . If I were prime minister Meles , I would not even put One person from other ethinic group in my ethinic army because the army is the TPLF army not the Ethiopian army . No more debating at this point . Let me put it another way . Any ethinic movement by its nature is narrow and its very army must be specifically from the same ethinic group. For example the OLF army ,the ONLF army, in Yugoslavia the Bosnian liberation army, the Kosovar liberation army never take one single person from other ethinic group . So the TPLF army should not be taken as the Ethiopian Army . PERiod . Selam Tena YIstiligne !

  39. Birtu/can
    | #39

    Dawi said”…her man came to power by burning the masters cabin.” and for good measure added a smiling face to emphasize the point.

    I wish she had elaborated more on the “masters cabin” phrase before we start on a wild goose chase guessing what she meant. We, the “low income”, “yeshermuta lijoch” are short on the intellect that woyane supporters enjoy. I happened to hear those nasty adjectives from woyane symphatizers attending Meles Zenawi’s memorial service at the Ethiopian embasssy, Washington D.C.

    If the word ” master” is implied to describe the tired bashing of “Amhara”, all i can say is get a life! Your theory simply doesn’t hold water. The word ” cabin” i believe is substitued for Ethiopia. In other words, the imposter of Adwa came to power by burning Amhara’s Ethiopia. Burning the cabin to get to the master is like throwing the baby with the bath water. No wonder, the midget’s life long mission was destroying Ethiopia along Amharas.Even assuming the premise was true, Mengistu Hailemariam should get the credit for eradicating feudalism as we know it instead of Meles Zenawi. If you are claiming Mengistu Hailemariam as the “master” of the “cabin” that Meles burned down, then you lost me. Unlike Meles, Mengistu’s power base was inclusive of all Ethiopians regardless of their ethnic background.

    When Dawi detailed Meles Zenawi’s ethnic background, she ignored the fact that ” house Negro” is embedded in his blood line. Meles’ family collaboration with the Italians is legendary. Not only they filled their pockets with money by supplying eggs to the Italians, they also passed the names of Ethiopian patriots exposing them for excution. Like father, like son–Meles refined the trade by following the foot steps of his father and grand fathers which is licking ferenji’s a$$ holes till the day he died.

    I know what uncle tom Dawi is thinking–apples and oranges again! Why not? Twisting stuff to make a point is not your sole speciaity. Peace out!

    FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN ETHIOPIA!!!!

  40. Birtu/can
    | #40

    Dawi said”…her man came to power by burning the masters cabin.” and for good measure added a smiling face to emphasize the point.

    I wish she had elaborated more on the “masters cabin” phrase before we start on a wild goose chase guessing what she meant. We, the “low income”, “yeshermuta lijoch” are short on the intellect that woyane supporters enjoy. I happened to hear those nasty adjectives from woyane symphatizers attending Meles Zenawi’s memorial service at the Ethiopian embasssy, Washington D.C.

    If the word ” master” is implied to describe the tired bashing of “Amhara”, all i can say is get a life! Your theory simply doesn’t hold water. The word ” cabin” i believe is substitued for Ethiopia. In other words, the imposter of Adwa came to power by burning Amhara’s Ethiopia. Burning the cabin to get to the master is like throwing the baby with the bath water. No wonder, the midget’s life long mission was destroying Ethiopia along Amharas.Even assuming the premise was true, Mengistu Hailemariam should get the credit for eradicating feudalism as we know it instead of Meles Zenawi. If you are claiming Mengistu Hailemariam as the “master” of the “cabin” that Meles burned down, then you lost me. Unlike Meles, Mengistu’s power base was inclusive of all Ethiopians regardless of their ethnic background.

    When Dawi detailed Meles Zenawi’s ethnic background, she ignored the fact that ” house Negro” is embedded in his blood line. Meles’ family collaboration with the Italians is legendary. Not only they filled their pockets with money by supplying eggs to the Italians, they also passed the names of Ethiopian patriots exposing them for excution. Like father, like son–Meles refined the trade by following the foot steps of his father and grand fathers which is licking ferenji’s a$$ holes till the day he died.

    I know what uncle tom Dawi is thinking–apples and oranges again! Why not? Twisting stuff to make a point is not your sole speciaity. Peace out!

    FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN ETHIOPIA!!!!

  41. TILASHUN
    | #41

    Ephrem Madebo is a renown exile Ethiopian voice to voiceless.I always enjoy reading his article because it makes sound.

  42. Kush-Kush
    | #42

    Where the hell is my response ? I am sick and tired of to those who know it all and cesred and kept it for themselves . I have never crossed the line and I was penalized for speaking out the truth . Besides, I have the knowledge and the experience to debate with any group or individual about the so called national movement . To me it is a very criminal act and and it shows this web site is trying to appease the narrow nationalists .

  43. one ethiopia
    | #43

    Even if I don’t agree with all what you said here, it is good to know your views and perhaps the views of Ginbot 7. What I totally differ from your stand is that to threaten the ambassador with your voting power. My advice is that don’t use your voting right as a weapon of retaliation. Use it to cast your belief for someone who you think will do better. That is the piece missing from your argument. You didn’t talk about what the other person will or intend to do, as he himself (the contender) never said anything about such topics. What makes you think or believe Gov. Romney will do better. Also, your article is very wordy. Too much insults. I see your point, but it seems it is coming out from an angry man with shallow thinking than from someone with deep understanding of the complex issues of our country and the world in general.

  44. Tadeos
    | #44

    I couldn’t help but burst into roaring laughter at the mere suggestion that Madebo – a former Derg operative in Asmara who found refuge in Susan Rice’s native country of birth would attempt to turn around the table by blabbering about being a proud US citizen who pays the salary of a senior US government official. Just incredibel how a one time refugee whose integeration into American society is very much still work in progress would completely forget his real self into believeing he were more American than an American by birth.
    Very interesting.

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