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NPR Poisonous and Divisive Report on Ethiopian Athletics

by Tedla Asfaw
I followed NPR divisive and racist reporting quoting an exile Oromo athlete who claims he was discriminated for being Oromo. This might be a good case for Asylum but not a good case to inform listeners about discrimination in athletics in Ethiopia. Where are the facts ???
The November 2015 protest by farmers and students is about land grab not about Rio Olympics. The NPR reporter tried his best to connect the famous Ethiopian hero Kenenisa Bekele with the Oromo protests that is journalism of the worst kind.
He should make similar story of connecting the black athletes in America with the ” Black Lives Matter ” movement. He will not survive a day making such foolish story.
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By injecting ethnicity in Ethiopian athletics the NPR reporter is damaging the spirit of Olympics. NPR should be ashamed of bringing such anti Ethiopia rant in the name of sport coverage. I can tell you that there are many great journalists in NPR who went to dangerous places and lost their lives like the tragic incident in Afghanistan today. We are proud of them !!!!
We are cheering for Ethiopian athletes irrespective of their ethnicity in Rio Olympics this summer. Ethiopians in the Diaspora or back home are united behind their athletes as always. Go and check how Ethiopians treat their heroes for Olympics. If the NPR reporter had done his homework he would have been refrained from injecting poison in Ethiopian athletics. Ethiopians love their athletes beyond anything.
While we are honoring the late Muhammad Ali who say no to discrimination and paid a high price we are bringing exile representing our Great Athletes to push unsubstantiated claim and divide Ethiopian athletics by ethnicity. This is anti Ethiopia and anti Africa rant in the name of sport reporting.
Shame on NPR !!!
Sincerely,
Tedla Asfaw

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16 Comments

  1. Altadelem, it is you as the saying goes “amara ena shinfila tatbew ayterum” NPR made two lines news by far you made it whole lot garbage page, wake up brother e honest to yourself, stop sleep walking as you did before!!
    Yes woy-ane is a cancer and are discriminating against the Oromo unless you are a special Ethiopian that is Qondaf!!!1

  2. Dear Tedla,
    You are right what you said.but the country is under TPLF command so Ethiopian Athletics Federation is under this thugtator ship even if the president of Athletics federation is from other does not have a power not to accept .in Ethiopia there is no independent organisation .
    Thanks for your idea.

  3. Tedla,
    Why was the guy (interviewee) asked to let the Tigrian win? I don’t put anything past the Tigrian mafia. You are thinking that the Tigre would do something beneficial to the country if there a chance also to benefit their own— we have seen time and again that is not the case. So, we have to believe this story as well. Don’t be some high minded ethnic blind individual. I bet you aren’t. So, spare us the stupid sermon.

  4. Ato Tedla Asfaw is so mean spirited about any thing Oromo, he could not even trust a western reporter who just conveyed the complaint of former and present Oromo athletes who have grievances against the Tigre dominated Ethiopian Athletics Federation!
    It was just last week that one of the greatest Track and Field athlete in the world, who won 3 consecutive gold medals in 3 Olympics, Qanannisaa Bekel, complained that the selection process of the Federation was rigged and was not fair. He was not selected very simply due to his outspoken views about the unfairness of the whole process to the Oromo athlete!
    Gregory Warner, who reported the famine from Oromia last week is a seasoned journalist, and the notion that he was hoodwinked by some Oromo refugee in Nairobi Kenya is just the figment of ato Tedla’s imagination!
    In a fairer world, team selections are made through trials, most of the European Countries and the USA have Olympic trials in early summer or late spring of the Olympic year to choose the best 3 athlete in the event contested. In Ethiopia, the athletes are selected by committee and there were/are subtle bias against the Oromo contingents! Tedla’s of the cuff defense of the Wayannie officials is astounding!

  5. Tadela will be like a dog barking come anything Oromo issue come to the light. Why?
    Have you ever seen this guy reporting the killing of pregnant woman and 300 kids in the country Oromia. In doing so he kept silent to pay how fair share Oromo 0, Amahar 0, reporting, when the Welkeit people are killed for not accepting the dictators setup.
    Had many start reporting about Ogadenia, Oromo and Gambela, there will no need to keep silient for others also. Start opposing all injustice and then you will become a full person.
    Injustice somewhere is an injustice everywhere.

  6. Tedla
    Yes, this is sad and I cringe when I hear this coming out from a Neftegna. But I think we don’t only have to feel sad and hate hatred only sanctimoniously. We need to address the source of hatred with courage and head on instead. In Ethiopia the source of ethnic hatred is the Tigre (Woyane) rule. Tedla: It is customary for you, to scribble your Oromo fear and hatred, whenever you get the opportunity – anything Oromo brings you back to your roots – Your hate and fear of the Oromo brings you back to roots, align yourself with Woyane and become an apologist of the system for any anti-Oromo injustice.
    Nothing surprises me anymore – What is clear for all to see is the fact that TIGRES (TPLF/WOYANE) HAVE NO SHAME. It is the identifying characteristics of Tigres – As one person sometime ago put it, there are no words or vocabulary in the Tigre language for humility and the sense of Shame – Period!!!!
    I think we can save our old, beautiful and historic country from degenerating into deeper divisions and hatred and falling into the traps set by Meles Zenawi and his Tigre thugs. We can do this by standing up together across ethnicities and rejecting the inhumanity that is being committed by this cruel regime and its elite that is blinded by greed. There is nothing symbolic than rejecting this cruelty and barbarism against the Oromo people together. By so doing, we will all be fighting not for the rights of the Oromo people only but for ourselves and a better posterity too. – See more at: https://zehabesha.com/ethiopian-runners-say-they-face-discrimination/#sthash.U0dNeiCx.dpuf

  7. If Oromo’s are not happy in Ethiopia, why not move to USA or Saudi Arabia? or to their original countries Kenya or Somalia? It is the Amharas who have been killed, persecuted, discriminated, … by Oromos and woyanes. Oromo, why can you go back to your country Somalia? Neither NPR nor UN nor USA is going to do anything for you. If you continue with Oromo propagana, you will go to Dadab or Kakuma refugee camp and you will live there until Jesus comes again. oromo refugees in Ethiopia. They must vacate our land. I am serious, if you are not happy and if you can not coexist in peace, then the easy way is to repatriate to your Native countries Kenya and Somalia.
    We advocate for fairness, equality, freedom for all Ethiopian regardless ethnic, tribe or religion. But no Ethiopian is interested in Oromo propaganda.
    Here is my brotherly advice, you oughta stop using your ethnic propaganda before it is too late and before you making millions of Oromos refugees in Kenya. It is easy to spool things, but not easy to fix things. No one is able to fix Palestian problem yet despite Palestian had legitimate land. Oromo have no land in Ethiopia. We Ethiopian can ask you to leave our land if you can not live or coexist with others in peace, equality.
    Again, we do not want ethnic politics in Ethiopia, whether it is about Amhara or Oromo or any ethnic has to be addressed as Ethiopian problem. We are asking unity under one Ethiopia flag because this is how the entire world is operating now. We will burn the ethnic flags in Ethiopia.
    We warn you before it is too late because if other respond, it will be in kind. When the Oromos persecuted, killed, displaced the Amharas from the fake Oromia new administrational region, Oromo did not say anything. We are not buying this Islamic agenda of dividing our people. Stop it.

  8. All Ethiopian must not in anyway cooperate with any foreigners who use our ethnics to divide us. Let American fix American problem. Let NPR fix American racism and let NPR help 3.5 million Americans in American prisons. American citizens, Jounalists, .. must stay away from our country. Americans have screwed Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afganistan, … let them fix those fucked up countries. Are they trying to make Ethiopia another Iraq, Libya, Syria,… well Ethiopians are not stupid.
    My Gala aka Oromo brothers? you must stop this foolishness. Trust me, neither USA nor NPR nor Human right or no UN nor any journalists will help you. I assure you 100% that no one will give you freedom above Ethiopian people. It is Ethiopian people who hosted you and welcomed you when your ancestors were transient resident aliens after the Oromo invasion from Somalia and Kenay. There is no country that solved its problem by the help of NPR or USA or UN. You sow when 1 million Tsui were killed by ethnic genocide/ did any journalist give help? did USA helped ? did UN helped? did any country help? no country helped when 1 milloned were killed . If Ethiopians start killing each other who benefits? Not Oromos or galas or no any amhara or … who benefit? Journalists will benefit because they will make money . How do they make money? You do not know what i know? Not all journalist are bad, but those who instigate hatred, racism like are bad? you make ask why? They get paid for creating hatred or conflicts? who pay them? there are companies who sell arms or weapons. Those company pay them for creating war. If Oromos and other Ethnics start fighting ? what happens? those company who paying war mongering journalists will jump into sell weapons to different ethnics in Ethiopia. It will be a boom for them and journalists will become rich. You may not believe me, but these happened in Africa in DRC Congo, Angola before. This is happening still in Congo DRC. The weapon manufacturing companies sell weapons in Congo and the others dig the gold, diamond steal. Galas, stop this propaganda please.

  9. Lemlem aka Tigre BITCH:
    There is always going to be that one Tigre bitch you’ll feel the urge to punch in the face every time you see the BITCH. When I read your bitchy illegible illiterate rant, there’s not a thing I would change. I would change the direction away from your ugly Tigre bitchy face. Just go away – go back to school

  10. To all weyanes trolling the web:
    Time to face the truth – Woyane / TPLF has failed totally and completely in its mission. Woyane is set out to destroy Ethiopia will in the end self-destruct. Ethiopians will continue to watch on the sidelines with aching hearts and bellies.
    They gnash their teeth and wag their index fingers asking themselves when the day of reckoning will finally arrive. Woyane and all Tigre accomplices know that behind the deafening silence of millions of Ethiopians and apparent passivity is boiling anger just like liquefied magma before it erupts in a volcano.
    Or perhaps it is like the proverbial finger in the dam. You can’t stop the dam from collapsing by sticking a finger in the hole of the dam. What happens when the dam finally collapses? There is no doubt about it. The day of reckoning for the Woyane and all Tigre accomplices will come “unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.”

  11. It is true Oromos persecuted killed, chased, displaced Amharas for 25 years? Imagine, 25 years Oromo have been persecuting Amharas like Gypsies in Europe in revenge for what they call their enemy Menelick. But the Amhara did nothing about it. The Galas were given new land which they never had before. Now the Galas are betraying the very Woyane that gave them fake Gala land aka Oromia aka Galignea. Who would trust this human beasts who slaughtered our people in the 16th century by invading our land from Kenya, Somalia. Remember, if you wanted us to go back in time? then we will do so and we will ask you to vacate from Ethiopia. You talk of your number? we are majority bla bla bla. Numbers does not matter. History matters, historical land owner ship matters. The South African whites invaded South Africa at the same time the Oromo beasts invaded Ethiopia. The South Africans whites lived for 400 years now in South Africa. They took the land like the Galas did. But now the invader whites asked to leave the land and give it back to the original land owners. In Zimbabwe, the land is given back to the blacks who own the land. In South Africa they are doing it right now. They are either giving back the land to original owner or they are leasing land and paying to the original owner.
    If Our Galas brother refuse to live in peace with the original Ethiopians with equality, justice,…? I am advocating for the explusion of Gala from Ethiopia.I am taking this seriously. They must expect this if they continue allying with Arabs against our ancient country. We will not bet on Ethiopia with anyone. Either you assimilate into the one flag Ethiopia, or you leave Ethiopia. We will see which Arab or Islamic country will give you home and land.

  12. To all weyanes trolling the web:
    Time to face the truth – Woyane / TPLF has failed totally and completely in its mission. Woyane is set out to destroy Ethiopia will in the end self-destruct. Ethiopians will continue to watch on the sidelines with aching hearts and bellies. They gnash their teeth and wag their index fingers asking themselves when the day of reckoning will finally arrive.
    Woyane and all Tigre accomplices know that behind the deafening silence of millions of Ethiopians and apparent passivity is boiling anger just like liquefied magma before it erupts in a volcano.
    Or perhaps it is like the proverbial finger in the dam. You can’t stop the dam from collapsing by sticking a finger in the hole of the dam. What happens when the dam finally collapses?
    There is no doubt about it. The day of reckoning for the Woyane and all Tigre accomplices will come “unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.”

  13. I want to make one thing perfectly clear to Tedla and all Tigre thugs:
    The days when Oromos had to endure self-abnegation are over and shall never return. We have rejected the Itophiyawinnet that is the antithesis of being an Oromo and shall continue to do so as long as this antithetical relationship is maintained. The choice is yours and your likes’. You either accept us with our identity and other rights fully respected or you kiss goodbye to your much vaunted Itophiyawinnet and Ethiopian unity. Can you not see that there is something immoral in trying to build Ethiopian unity on graves of Oromos, Sidamas, Walayitas, Kambatas, Hadiyas, etc .? Why do you refuse to recognize that this aspiration is ultimately counterproductive? I only hope that this irrational, immoral and ultimately destructive aspiration would give way to a more sober and fair articulation of an Ethiopian identity that is as an amalgam of the identities of the various nations inhabiting its territorial space.

  14. Whew! Lemlem was so high with that white crack. The pseudo name Lemlem is non but Simhal Meles. If you ever came across her writing, you could easily find the starking similarity between structures.
    But, but what is wrong with the guy called Tedla? He couldn’t sleep even a day without bashing Oromo cause? What a looser! Tedla, you live in fear and hatred, you will die with agony and nightmare. The caravan will carry on – in spite of.

  15. @ Tedla:
    If you trust woyanes/TPLF’s decision more than the words of our golden athletes, then you have a serious problem. Please don’t let your past contributions to Ethiopia/Ethiopians cause down the drain. Stay with the people. Listen to their voice and be their voice, not their basher and trasher.
    The discrimination under discussion is crystal clear. What/who blind-folded you to see that? Are you also a disciple of woyanes/TPLF ethnic politics and/or fan of woyanes/TPLF apartheid rule? Those are real situations and so the discrimination of our athletes and the rest of Ethiopians.
    @Lemlem,
    You really ranted a lot with “your facts” to denigrate Oromos. You even have the gut and courage to tell Oromos to leave Ethiopia if they are not happy with what ever is Ethiopian. Who the hell do you think you are? FYI, there is nothing that stops Oromos to claim they are equally Ethiopians or more Ethiopian than your disgraceful bunch of ethnic-lords who call themselves, woyane. Before, Amharas were your targets, now it is Oromos. Is it because you don’t run out of a choice? For better or worse, the tighter you close your wide mouth the better. What you wrote stinks more than what you did so far.

  16. Many do not understand power, politics, and survival. One Ethiopia let us grow as one. Stop being divisive.

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