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Dr. Berhanu Nega: Once a Bucknell Professor, Now the Commander of an Ethiopian Rebel Army


Dr. Berhanu Nega: Once a Bucknell Professor, Now the Commander of an Ethiopian Rebel Army

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  1. I am gonna repeat what I said about this well read man. I have called upon his family, his other relatives and close friends to take some drastic actions to save this man. Just invite him to a sit down and hold family talk. Then overwhelm him, tie him to his chair or even to his bed in his sleep and call the police. Call the police and tell them that Nega has gone insane and need to be committed to an asylum for mentally disturbed patients. Tell them that you are performing your civilian duties and making a civilian arrest. And then call your priests or anyone of your people of the Holy Scriptures and recite. This man is swayed away by a demonic spirit called Al-Toweel Isaias. Do this just like I told you. He deserved to be saved. This gullible intellectual is being taken for a long ride and the designated driver is none other than the sworn enemy of our harmonious people, Isaias. Tie him down and call police. Other wise, that demon Isaias will wink him away and you will never hear from him again. Isaias is an expert in conducting Houdinis and make people disappear for his own perceived reasons or even for no reasons. Please, please do that!!!

  2. I am gonna repeat what I said about this well read man. I have called upon his family, his other relatives and close friends to take some drastic actions to save this man. Just invite him to a sit down and hold family talk. Then overwhelm him, tie him to his chair or even to his bed in his sleep and call the police. Call the police and tell them that Nega has gone insane and need to be committed to an asylum for mentally disturbed patients. Tell them that you are performing your civilian duties and making a civilian arrest. And then call your priests or anyone of your people of the Holy Scriptures and recite. This man is swayed away by a demonic spirit called Al-Toweel Isaias. Do this just like I told you. He deserved to be saved. This gullible intellectual is being taken for a long ride and the designated driver is none other than the sworn enemy of our harmonious people, Isaias. Tie him down and call police. Other wise, that demon Isaias will wink him away and you will never hear from him again. Isaias is an expert in conducting Houdinis and make people disappear for his own perceived reasons or even for no reasons. Please, please do that!!!

  3. “leave everything behind and follow me.” said Jesus to his disciples, “you shall have eternal life in the kingdom of God. Only a fool would decline to take such an offer.
    Birhanu didn’t get such an offer. He left everything, family, comfort and great carrier to fight and die for the freEdom of his people. I doubt if half of the Apostles would have followed done what Professor Birhanu did. Birhanu knows that he is fighting the most barbarous regime on the planet. He knows very well that he could be kidnapped while travelling. he is well aware that he doesn’t have supper power protection. Yet he chose to fight for justice.

    He is simply the greatest personality of all times in history….

  4. “leave everything behind and follow me.” said Jesus to his disciples, “you shall have eternal life in the kingdom of God. Only a fool would decline to take such an offer.
    Birhanu didn’t get such an offer. He left everything, family, comfort and great carrier to fight and die for the freedom of his people. I doubt if half of the Apostles would have done what Professor Birhanu did, there is no promise of life but a risk of death here. Birhanu knows that he is fighting the most barbarous regime on the planet. He knows very well that he could be kidnapped while travelling and be tortured by hateful brutes. He is well aware that he doesn’t have supper power protection at all. Yet he chose to fight for justice at almost a retirement age.

    He is simply the greatest personality of all times in history….

  5. At least Dr. Berhanu is doing something memorable to his friends, family and himself. Though what he essentially does is drink vodka, live on a third world food, sleep on a camp cot, work out to slim down and have fun with Asmarino shurubes, he has become a formidable pain in the ass for TPLF.

    Unlike Dr. Berhanu, what are his friends in N. America doing right now?

    They are simply writing and talking about the stuff a regular high school drop out from Ethiopia or the diaspora can tell you more eloquently than they do. They cannot get down from the ivory tower of academia up high in the clouds and humble themselves as Dr. Berhanu did. They just can’t do it because it is not for them.

    To know how these scholars have made themselves irrelevant, surf some of the Ethiopian diaspora opposition web sites. You’ll find so many of their recent write-ups.

    In a few days difference Drs. Mesay K. (philosopher), Asseged H. (leadership expert), Minga N.(accountant) and Al Mariam (lawyer) had postings on the same issues they had been recycling for years. TPLF-EPRDF did this and that. Oromos and Amaras did this and that. The same shit again and again.

    Mostly they get facts wrong and mislead the few that read their write-ups or listen to their speeches.

    Take Dr. Mesay’s write-up for example. I’ll take few lines to make my point.

    Dr. Mesay says TPLF’s repression common for the Oromo and Amara “became not only the basis of a rapprochement, but also ushered in a vision in which both will have their proper places in a truly democratic Ethiopia.”

    This is simply a wishful thinking. Oromo and Amara protests are not coordinated to talk about “rapprochement” beyond sharing common victimhood. In fact, the Oromo protest slowed down and came to a halt as the Amara uprising picked momentum. Oromos have Amara rule-anxiety and were not sure where the Amara uprising was taking them and the country. They might even have gotten relief from TPLF crack down in the region. Now, the Amara uprising is slowing down and theirs is stepping up. It appears that they want to go it alone. Honestly speaking, except sporadic expression of solidarity from individual Oromos, we have not seen the multitude share Amara outcry. Understandably, the same looks true from the Amara side as well.

    The other misleading point from the above quote is the claim for Oromo – Amara common aspiration for democratic Ethiopia. Until recently, demands in both régions were local which have not been raised to the level of country wide issues. The fact that the uprisings took place simultaneously for a while until they split does not mean they have the same point of departure and common destination such as democratic Ethiopia. That is to be seen yet and needs a lot of work.

    It is not clear what Ethiopian scholars in diaspora want to achieve by writing the same thing ad infinitum, ad nausium, ad mortum?

    It is nonsense if their write-ups are meant to raise the level of consciousness of the oppressed masses or to bring the “ignorant” diaspora to its senses. The people and the diaspora know enough about what is going on in the country. On top of that, as we saw above on Dr. Mesay’s write-up, the scholars get terribly wrong reality observable to nake eyes. So why bother to read or listen to what they are saying? At best, it is their pleasantry of “didn’t I tell you?” that we miss by not reading or listening to them. So, let’s do it.

    The worst thing about the scholars is they don’t even seem to worry if people read what they say; they simply write for writing sake and dump it in the public space.

    For one last time, we call their bluff and ask them to be somehow useful. Unlike what they think and do, they will be useful if they contribute in the areas of their expertise. Say, the “philosopher” studies the fundamental nature of the Ethiopian pshychi that enhance or undermine the realization of democracy; the “leadership expert” goes to Eritrea and help the opposition organize and lead the struggle; the “accountant” report on present and future books of accounts of Ethiopia with special reference to her balance of payment and the “lawyer” takes the criminals whom he accuses all the time to court.

    Unless these notable but shadowy scholars come to their senses and make themselves useful in their areas of expertise, the diaspora media should deny them access to their mumbo-jumbo.

    If they want their write-ups published, they should at least join Dr. Berhanu for vodka and third world food for a few weeks. In doing just that, they will raise TPLF’s fear and bring it to the negotiation table. If they do that, we’ll tolerate the dumping no matter what they put in it.

    By the way, what happened to Vision Ethiopia – the forum of the so called independent Ethiopian scholars? It was supposed to register in one of the states in the U.S. and emerge a new Platform for a fresh move forward in diaspora politics.

    Here is a suggestion for the next conference: “The place and role of Tigres in Ethiopian political evolution”

    (P.S. Note that there is no such thing called “Tigrean” as there is no “Amarian” or “Oromian”. I read somewhere the old generation used to call people from Eritrea as Eritreans even before they had a referendum to separate from Ethiopia. Call me superstitious, but one you add ” … ians” to ethnic group, it is likely to go its way. A common mistake among asshole diaspora Ethiopian intellectuals)

    Cheers!

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