MUST WATCH: Bekele Gerba And Eskinder Nega’s Live Conversation At The Atlantic Council

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MUST WATCH: Bekele Gerba And Eskinder Nega’s Live Conversation At The Atlantic Council

Read Aloud:   ምክር እስከመቃብር (ካልፎሂያጁ ማስታወሻ የተቀነጨበ)


  1. I am happy to see these two countrymen out of prison and free now. I thought I am going to see a discussion in the video with both men equally engaged. But what I see is a one sided talk borderline on lecture. Refinement is the order of the day where one listens when the other starts talking. It is kind of surprising to me if not shocking.

    • Totally agreed. I was a little surprised with what I saw. Some one needs to tell Eskinder what the public reaction to that discussion was. I came out scratching my hair for explanation. He is still my hero, no matter what!

  2. It is doubly satisfying to hear that our gallant freedom fighter Obbo Geleta had refused to march along the flag of the nefetegnas during his recent arrival at the DC International Airport. He was telling them in undisputed terms that he is an Oromo and nothing but an Oromo first and to the end. I will campaign for him to be the minister of Gada system implementation project. Oromia is free now!!! The Republic of Oromia is here!!! You neftegnas and locust chasing woyanes can take your ugly flag and eat it!!!! It makes me sick!!!!

  3. Taddesse

    Good observation.

    I don’t know if it is our culture that encourages domination of one by another or a personality treats that made a descent communication difficult at this meeting. These are guys on whom all kinds of awards were bestowed in recognition of their sacrifices for democracy and respect of human rights. I am not questioning that they deserve the awards, but only asking if they are not disappointing some because they appeared to underperform. I mean compared to the eloquence and mannerisms of people who have made democracy and human rights their preoccupation.

    I remember an Ethiopian woman who had been in prison and released like the two guys after aggressive and sustained campaign to secure her release. Approached by a respected foreign journalist to talk to her about her experience in prison, the only thing he got was just one word which I don’t remember now. He was expecting more, but nothing followed. Again, it might be our culture which does not encourage self-expression.

    Well, that’s what we are. I hope that I’m not offending their sensibilities; I suggest that some coaching before one appears for public speech or discussion might help.

    Rule no 1. Don’t take the audience for granted; you will be scrutinized.


  4. Galgado,

    Whether we believe it or not think tank groups like The Atlantic Council and Human Right advocate like the Human Right Watch other see prisoners like these two victims of injustice to be refined and deliberate. I can understand what the excitement of being free will have on the mood and behavior of victims of injustice like these two men. The trick is how to harness that excitement during occasions like this platform. Interruptions especially between fellow former prisoners should be avoided at all times. It shows how the opposition is made up of matured and equally seasoned with the current leaders. We heard what some members of the US Congress said about the state of the opposition which I agree with them completely. The state of being able to show maturity and staying a boundless audience to others is the commodity badly needed. The opposition groups have not been able to find a common ground because either they don’t like each other or do not deliberate. One wants to dominate the other. I can see what now embassy officials are pitching with this Think Tank group. “We told you. They don’t listen’. I guess may be its me whose is wrong about my observation but now I know I am not alone. It is meant as an honest take. No harm intended.

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