3 Big Questions for John Kerry’s Ethiopia trip By Admasu Belay

April 28th, 2014 Print Print Email Email

US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to make a visit to Ethiopia next week. All of us Ethiopians worldwide are hoping such a trip will not reward and not give legitimacy to the TPLF one-party dictatorship. But this visit can also be a good opportunity for the voice of the people to be heard. Dear US Secretary of State John Kerry, as taxpaying American citizens & residents as well as citizens of the free world, we Ethiopians worldwide urge you to address the following three important questions during your trip to Ethiopia.

#1. Will US continue to support the apartheid system and ethnic cleansing in Ethiopia?

After the South Africa apartheid regime ended, America said never again! But today the US has been silent while the TPLF regime practices ethnic segregation in Ethiopia. The US embassy in Addis Ababa comments about democracy but never about the apartheid system. Today millions of Ethiopians are being removed and dislocated from their homes in one region to another in the name of “ethnic federalism.” This apartheid system was first created by the TPLF and OLF to divide and rule Ethiopians. Most of all, this “ethnic federalism” has denied the human rights of mixed Ethiopians who are born from two or more ethnicity. These millions of Ethiopians are only Ethiopians and they do NOT belong to any one ethnic group as they are born from multiple ethnicity. These millions of mixed Ethiopians are currently under ethnic cleansing as we speak! They are forced to deny their identity or face death or marginalization. Can you imagine Irish Americans being kicked out of Nebraska or Wisconsin just because they are not German-Americans? Can you imagine mixed multiracial Americans being second-class citizens with no place to call home? Such grace is happening in Ethiopia in the 21st century. Before another Rwanda happens, the United States should take action and stand for the survival and human right of mixed Ethiopians.

#2. Will USA continue to finance the Egyptian military against peace in Africa?

This is an old issue. The ongoing US policy of paying billions of dollars worth military aid to Egypt has destabilized the whole east Africa. Most of the weapons sent to Egypt end up in Somalia and Sudan to arm militants and terrorists. Your own UN-led weapons investigations have revealed that the Egyptian military trained and armed terrorists in Somalia. Egypt does this because it wants to destabilize the Nile river’s upstream nations as well as to place a pro-Cairo puppet islamic fundamentalist regime in Mogadishu. Most of all, the US massive military aid to Egypt has tilted the balance of power in Africa, making Egypt a lawless bully when it comes to Nile river basin negotiations. This US policy will become the most destabilizing and most disasterous US policy of all in Africa unless it is stopped as soon as possible.

#3. Will you stand with our activists and journalists in prison to promote democracy in Ethiopia?

We Ethiopians are becoming hopeless and tired of the ongoing foreign policy of supporting “stability” over democracy. Since Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice admitted the failure of US policy favoring dictatorship for the sake of stability, nothing still has changed in American approach to democracy. Since then, thousands of pro-democracy Ethiopians have died fighting for change but they got no support from the West. Tens of thousands of Ethiopian Americans voted for the election of President Barack Obama hoping for “change” but we have seen none of it. Where is our campaign promise? Where is change? Now is the time. During your trip, we urge you Mr Secretary, to finally stand on the right side of history and support democracy in Ethiopia.

Note: Everytime a high ranking US official plans a visit to Ethiopia, the TPLF dictatorship takes hostages for negotiation. That is what the shameful TPLF did again by imprisoning six journalists this week. http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/26/six-members-of-blogging-collective-arrested-in-ethiopia/

We urge You Mr Secretary not to fall for another TPLF trap! Instead of negotiating for the recent TPLF hostages, we ask you to negotiate for the freedom of the whole Ethiopian population! 90 million people are TPLF’s hostages. We have thousands of other journalists, our young leaders like Andualem Arage, many Oromo parliamentarians and opposition politicians suffering in prison for years! We want real long-term change with independent institutions and free election board in Ethiopia. We want the Ethiopian military to be independent and representative of all Ethiopia, not just represent one ethnic group. We want you to guarantee us that the next national election will be monitored by thousands of American observers in every polling and counting stations in Ethiopia. After over 20 years of dictatorship in Ethiopia, it is time for the United States to take concrete steps to support Ethiopian democracy. We don’t want just words, we want words followed by action.

The relationship between Ethiopia and the United States is long and historical. Like the US, Ethiopia is multiethnic, multi religious and a country of immigrants who gradually settled to present day central Ethiopia several hundreds years ago. The people of the two countries will always share the same values and have common interests. In this time of need, We are confident that you will stand with the people of Ethiopia and be on the right side of history.

  1. Demeke Yegzaw
    | #1

    GOOD NEWS !!!!

    Secretery of the states (John Kerry) will be visiting the new hydro dam project construction in Northern part of the country.
    I am greatful that our government (EPRDF) doing great job up lifting Ethiopia from decades of poverty.

  2. ASFAW BEYENE
    | #2

    THE ONLY THING USA NEEDS FROM ETHIOPIA IS A STRATEGICAL LOCATION TO CONTROL THE NEIGHBORING MUSLIM AFFILIATED COUNTRIES , NOTHING ELSE . WHATEVER RELATIONSHIP THE TWO COUNTRIES HAD IN HISTORY IS DEAD AND BURIED. EVEN UNITED NATIONS DO NOT CONSIDER ETHIOPIA TO BE AS TIME WORTHY AS IN THE PREVIOUS REIGNS TIME. NOONE GIVES A TIME IN DAY TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ABOVE AS LONG AS THE DRONES DO THEIR MISSIONS EFFECTIVELY. THE ONLY QUESTION AND ANSWER THAT IS GOING TO TAKE PLACE IS WHETHER ETHIOPIA IS GOING TO KEEP ON BEING AN ALLY IN THE WAR AGAINST TERROR OR NOT? WE ALL KNOW THE ANSWER.

  3. Suliman
    | #3

    Mr. Admasu Belay, It is one thing to press the U.S secretary of state to persuade TPLF leaders to release innocent journalists who are arrested under tramped up charge of terrorism, while the rest of Ethiopians and Americans know very well the real terrorist is the TPLF gangs. It is another matter to complain to the secretary about Egypt’s military support his country provides. However, if you, my friend, want to make a difference about the ongoing human right abuse and the monopolization of wealth and power in the hands of anti-democratic TPLF officials, while the population at large remain on food ration how about considering producing a compelling argument to the many opposition parties to set aside their differences and come up with one representative national party.
    I believe we need to see more discussion on such issues. If we want to successfully compete against the ruling party, the different opposition parties need to sit down and learn how to solve the multi-faceted national problem. One of the reason the west is reluctant to support open support to the opposition is not lack of knowledge of the TPLF’s dictatorship rather because of the perception of the fragmentary nature of the opposition. It is for this reason we need to discuss more on the need how to challenge effectively the TPLF junta.

  4. Anonymous
    | #4

    There is no question that the jobs of US diplomats is to do everything under the sun to benefit the US government — a must see video of a former Economic Hit man, John Perkins talking about “The secret History of American Empire” — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p5pXqQEGM4

    Let us hope, the devoted Catholic John Kerry does’t ignore his good conscience and what the new Catholic Pope preached about the injustice, poverty and the suffering of innocent people around the world.

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