Zenawi banned from lavish dinner – by RTT Staff Writer

July 10th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

The G-8 leaders have sparked outrage after it was revealed they feasted on sumptuous food consisting of a six-course lunch followed by an eight-course dinner at the G-8 summit where the global food crisis was one of the topics high on the agenda.

Just hours after stressing that they were “deeply concerned” over rising food prices and supply shortages, and urging the world to reduce the “unnecessary demand” for food, the leaders of the eight industrialized nations were served 24 different lavish dishes by their Japanese host during their first day at the summit. (more…)

The G-8 leaders have sparked outrage after it was revealed they feasted on sumptuous food consisting of a six-course lunch followed by an eight-course dinner at the G-8 summit where the global food crisis was one of the topics high on the agenda.

Just hours after stressing that they were “deeply concerned” over rising food prices and supply shortages, and urging the world to reduce the “unnecessary demand” for food, the leaders of the eight industrialized nations were served 24 different lavish dishes by their Japanese host during their first day at the summit.
Ironically, leaders from Africa – where some of the world’s poorest nations exist – - including the heads of Ethiopia, Tanzania and Senegal, who had taken part in the talks, were excluded from the feast organized by the Japanese government in Hokkaido, according to media reports.

The dinner consisted of 18 dishes in eight courses, including caviar, smoked salmon, Kyoto beef and a “G8 fantasy dessert”. Five different wines from around the world, including champagne, a French Bourgogne and sake accompanied the banquet.

The dinner came just hours after a “working lunch” consisting of six courses, including white asparagus and truffle soup, crab and a supreme of chicken.

British opposition politicians and charities have lashed out at the extravagant dishes served out amid growing concern over rising food prices triggered by a shortage of many basic commodities that have led to food riots in many countries.

Dominic Nutt, of Britain’s Save the Children, said Tuesday it is deeply hypocritical of G-8 leaders that they should be indulging in such lavish feast when there is a food crisis and millions cannot afford a decent meal to eat in a day.

Andrew Mitchell, the shadow International Development Secretary, also acknowledged the G-8 has got off to an inappropriate start to its summit, with excessive cost and lavish consumption.

“Surely it is not unreasonable for each leader to give a guarantee that he will stand by their solemn pledges of three years ago at Gleneagles (Scotland) to help the world’s poor.”

  1. Gerba Guracha
    | #1

    I say well done to G8 leaders!

    Meles was invited to the summit only because he chairs one organ of African Union’s development programs, not because he has good human rights and good governance records.

    On the other hand, Kufuor of Ghana Mbeki of South Africa were the ones who were invited on their good governance records. That is why the G8 leaders only invited J.A. Kufuor of Ghana and Mbeki to break bread with them.

    After all, though they exchange diplomatic niceities with the remaining 3 African clowns, they have chosen the ones who qualify to sit with them at the same dining table.

    Don’t forget Bob Geldof and Bono, human rights activists, who know Zenawi very well were also there playing a crucial role in sensitizing the leaders about each of the leaders present and the plight of Africans in general.

  2. falk
    | #2

    Gerba is it your real Name? I thought your real name is Gebre….!and you wrote good for you Bose.Wolves comes wearing Sheep’s….

  3. Teka
    | #3

    Gerba’s view is tenable. Meles wants to act big and associated himself with the Big. That is a complex by itself. He was there for one reason because he is a committe member of one program. He is not called on for any thing and the summit has nothing to do with a renown dictator. He want to buy this and capitalize his presence there at the Summit as a gesture of the chosen ones to attend the Meeting. But it was a futile excerise. Nothing much but a manifestation of his deep superiority complex he inherently acquired at the Dedbit

  4. Give up
    | #4

    Wate is the point look at him who is going to eat dinner with this monster, any way Meles prefere human blood or meat not lavish dinner G8 crockes good choose avoiding the monester.

  5. Dametw
    | #5

    Below is the same post on EMF with a different name “Gerba Guracha” who is a woyane pretending to sound Oromo. The parasites are every where, Ethiopians must put our guard up not to be fooled by these modern day badnits

    Bula Gemeda Says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 8:36 am
    I say well done to G8 leaders!

    Meles was invited to the summit only because he chairs one organ of African Union’s development programs, not because he has good human rights and good governance records.

    On the other hand, Kufuor of Ghana Mbeki of South Africa were the ones who were invited on their good governance records. That is why the G8 leaders only invited J.A. Kufuor of Ghana and Mbeki to break bread with them.

    After all, though they exchange diplomatic niceities with the remaining 3 African clowns, they have chosen the ones who qualify to sit with them at the same dining table.

    Don’t forget Bob Geldof and Bono, human rights activists, who know Zenawi very well were also there playing a crucial role in sensitizing the leaders about each of the leaders present and the plight of Africans in general.

  6. Adama girl
    | #6

    They ban all African leaders not just Malaas Zaanaawi

  7. Demeksaa
    | #7

    We oromos still forced to learn and speak Amaras minority language (Amharic) within our territories and land, WHY ??

    Ethiopias National language should be democratized and should be changed from Amara minoritylanguage (Amharic) to ethiopias Majority (Afaan oromoffiaa).

  8. | #8

    It is Breakfast in Hell again in Ethiopia. That is the title of a book written by an Australian medical doctor who came to help victims of hunger in Wollo and Tigray in 1985.

    He began his story about Breakfast in Hell from the Hilton Addis and he tells his excruciating and terrifying experience while he was trying to help dying Ethiopian children or adults every morning during
    the rule of Megistu Haile Mariam. Jonathan Dim blebby video taped what he discovered in Wallo and was suffering how he could ever smuggle the news . This Australian doctor did write his tragic memoirs very quietly. I salute him for his great help to people of our country and his great little book that put the conditions of hunger and drought in Ethiopia very vividly.

    People with power and money never cared much except chasing their egos. That was what was being played in Addis while our too helpless and too destitute citizens were starving to death. The powerful while they were choosing what was for dinner, breakfast or lunch in big cities such as Mekele , Addis Ababa, Adama and Dire Dawa the poor Ethiopian peasants were dying in mass.

    While the doctor was serving the dying mass, the powerful military leader came to the site for a visit.
    as usual he arrived with parades and security caravans and walked around for few minutes and left the area.
    He had done nothing to alleviate or save his own citizens even though he had the power and means fully in
    his hands. Megistu was the head of everything in Ethiopia then. The doctor never heard from him or saw enough help to come to dying people in the camps.

    The great doctor did not want to enjoy the trendy and dazzling breakfast served to him and other NGO workers at all, his mind would not go away from the scenes in Wallo or Tigray, he used to come to Addis sometimes to take care of some business and he stayed in the famous and beautiful Addis Hilton. It was too harrowing and too powerful to witness the death of citizens while a dictatorial government was decorating streets of Addis Ababa for his party inaugurations. It has the same feel and the same scenarios to it just now in Addis Ababa.

    He was especially mad at the journalists who just sported the usual hunting gears for the news and walked and drove around Addis Ababa and sent out their messages or news to their head quarters now and then. He was also mad at some fat individuals who were double dipping at everything that came for breakfast at Hilton Addis every morning , because he always saw the dying numbers of people at Dubti and Tigray.

    He was trying to help people and wanted to save as many people as possible but it was impossible to do so for their conditions were beyond medical help and assistance, most people at those camps were at the verge of death. So the nurses and the doctors had to select and brand people into groups. They were separating people into the ones who were dying and the ones who were hopeful to survive. They were chalking them up by making a cross on the foreheads of dying ones with markers.

    It was very tragic situation and while they were doing that the scavenger birds were sitting on the trees waiting for human bodies as they were animal carcasses. He imagined these days and nights for hours and he was not able to say anything except frustrating and getting mad at the governments, NGOs and journalists.

    He hated to eat and drink while hundreds and thousands were dying because they did not have breakfast to eat or dinner to give to their dying little ones. He felt he was in Hell. that was why he titled his book Breakfast in Hell. Now I feel the same thing that the good Australian doctor felt. After I saw the pictures of the dying people on the BBC and other world news media websites, I am feeling we should not eat breakfast in Hell.

    Foot note: according to The Economist Magazine from London Russia grossed 11 billion dollars from arms sale to Ethiopia during Megistu while our people were dying of hunger and starvation.

  9. habesha
    | #9

    i thought that only mesles zenawi was banned and i was salivation about their courage to do so.What i found when i read the whole article is something different.You guys remind me of the course i has in fresh man ” logic”. if you develop which are supportive by leaving the non supportive one is the “suppresed evidence” fallacy .i really want to thank you guys for reminded me of. The better topic for the article would be “Poor country leaders banned from G8 lavish dinner” or “African leaders banned…….”.don’t you think ? i am willing to hear your comments.

    stayed blessed

  10. falk
    | #10

    Mr Demekssa please think using your mind! Amharic Languge has a long year history in Ethiopia, linked from SABA languge(3000 years)and the only Amharic Languge has it’s own Alphabets in Africa. The Latin Alphabets has not any link for oromo people and others, but the new Revolutionaries created new Rule.D/R Julious Nerere one of the Legendary African Leader was proposed Amharic Languge to learn for Africans. Ethiopian Nations are a very mixed people Semetic,Hamite,cushetic….! In Europe people learning Both Amharic and Geez. Please think Twice Demekssa!

  11. Adama girl
    | #11

    Damaakssaa is right.

    If we Oromo and Ogaden are to live with the Habaashaa amaaraa tigree then you must respect our culture and language.

    Af Amaaraa and Af Tigree is not a language related to us.
    We have our own language and alphabet.

    Once we remove Malaas Zaanaawi from Finfinee there will be changes made to Habaasha people history.
    Oromo is majority so our language will be official.

    Every amaaraa and tigree will learn the beautful Oromiffa!

    If you chauvinsitc Ethiopia lovers like Wayaane can not deal with this then you must move back to tigree or gondaar.

  12. aselefu
    | #12

    Our prime Minister didnt go to the summit to dine at kodak-moments. He went there for a purpose and his mission is accomplished. He went to promote his country, did that and took his flight back home.
    This is beside the point, my point is the rest of the world is opening its eyes and looking at Ethiopia’s progress. Ethio-haters are having a hardtime adjusting to the facts and stick to their fabrications.
    Ethiopians are peace loving people. We accept a certain degree of envy because of our love to our country. But so much annymosity because Ethiopia is making progress is beyond the scope of my immagination.
    Give us five more years and the rest of the horn will be standing in a long line to claim ethiopian citizenship.

  13. falk
    | #13

    Adama Girl! you are a very Narrow mind person thinking like Demekssa, but I hesitate that the woyane parasites pretending as oromo people and writting their mission and their plan to divide our precious and lovely country Ethiopia (Annex 39). The oromo people are not confused like you, and I am half oromo nation person prouding forever as an Ethiopia. All Ethiopian Nations are very mixed; Ethnic politics is very very bad for US, That is belongs to arrogant woyane and there puppies.

  14. Gemechu
    | #14

    It is shame leaders like Meles Zenawi to be present in the G-8 meeting in Japan ,to talk about global issues,when they know very well that ,they coudn’t even feed their own people .He went there to ask his masters for handouts or to get his next asignment which Country to invade.

  15. Birhanu
    | #15

    Fuck the Japs! It’s their ignorant ways of disrespecting African nations. African leaders dine a lot better than the Japs who eat anything and everything. If they had a message to force African nations to improve treatment of their own people, they should do it appropriately. But saying to a leader “You won’t dine with me” is absolute ignorance. Well I expect that from the Japs!

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