By Ewnetu Taye
After Meles Zenawi, leader of the ethno-fascist group misruling Ethiopia, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), got naked and suffered humiliation in front of world leaders, the racist thugs and bullies who believe that it is their birth right to oppress the people of Ethiopia, are out in droves to condemn and ridicule Ethiopia’s cry for freedom. They still cannot get it why Meles Zenawi epitomizes nothing but an oppressive ethnic apartheid that must be dismantled. Who are some of the commanders of TPLF’s army of thugs leading the pitiful browbeating and wailing over the fall of their “big” man?
TPLF has an army of thugs across the world that has a mission of spreading poison, dividing Ethiopians, creating confusion and scaring people into silence. One of the commanders of this army of thugs and bullies is none other than former EPRP member and CISCO employee Isayas Atsibha Abay.
He lives in South San Jose, California, but the man who has awarded himself a fake title, i.e. “engineer”, is an elusive man. Many Ethiopians in San Jose do not know the false “Engineer” Isayas who also plays a key role in manipulating and dividing St. Mary church in San Jose. Married to Pilipino woman, he enjoys submission and domination. He is also known with his obsession for Adwa domination even on the rest of Tigrians.
The racist bigot is an interesting thug that hails from Adwa with Eritrean parentage from his mother’s side. The monstrous publisher and “editor” of Aigaforum, a website that has no rule of basic grammar let alone publishing anything seriously coherent and logical enjoys supremacist ploys. Wearing anonymity as a mask and hiding behind computer screens and monikers, this man spews hatred and cunningly incites the racist TPLF thugs to attack, demonize and scare anyone who dares to speak out against the criminal regime of Meles Zenawi. The picture we have published today the first publicly available image of the man who lives under disguises.
Typical of a mafia commander, Isayas has no place for decency, logic and respect for the freedom of others. The brazen acts of this man are unbelievable. Besides giving advice to the TPLF to take “measures” against dissidents, i.e. shoot, kill, maim, jail or torture dissidents, this man has even gone to the extent of assailing US President Barack Obama.
On August 4, 2010, he called Obama a nigger. This isn’t a joke, but it is a widely reported and well documented fact. On his fifty pence website filled with slurs, insults and incitement, he published the unthinkable: “The misguided extremist Diasporas [sic] have been cheering up for the last couple of days. You know why? Hillary Clinton will not visit Ethiopia during her trip to Africa. Hmm! Who cares if the N**** administration ignores Ethiopia?! Have your say.”
As soon as he published his racist diatribe, the screenshot was taken and the incontrovertible evidence was already saved. As usual, the thug tried to deny his criminal hatemongering. He blamed the “extremist” Diaspora and snorted out that it was a Photoshop manipulation that made him spit a racially motivated slur against the leader of the free world. But the evil man has already done it so many times. Isayas also tried his bigotry on Obang Metho and Michael Steel, the former leader of the Republican Party, whose election to the position was labeled as “window dressing,” along with Obang Metho.
Disconnected from reality, Isayas A. Abay is a clumsy fabricator. He appears to enjoy listening to his own lies. My friend and colleague Abebe Gellaw recently travelled to Seattle recently to attend a Young Global Leaders summit at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where we had a chance to learn from many great individuals including Bill and Melinda Gates. But Isayas had a piece of breaking news: “The bad mouth pseudo journalist will lose his credential to appear in any US government meeting and briefing! This comes on the heels of the no-but-thanks response they got from the Gates foundation for the recent approach! [Aigaforum, May 25,2012]”
Unfortunately, all that came from the fertile imagination of the racist mouthpiece of tyranny. What the fools don’t understand is the fact that no one has a right to revoke his credential as a journalist for telling the incontrovertible truth. Exercising his First Amendment rights does not give anyone the privilege to dictate his work as a journalist. Though TPLF thugs under the direction of a certain “Dilwenberu Nega” have been vainly petitioning the National Press Club (NPC) to have his membership revoked, as NPC does not have the mandate to stop anyone from vocally condemning a criminal tyrant. NPC only told them to go away. As a matter of fact, NPC has repeatedly called on Meles Zenawi to release all the journalists in jail and demanded him to stop using his pseudo-terrorism law to crush dissent and silence journalists.
In a press release issued on May 10th, NPC President Theresa Werner said: “When other journalists fled the Ethiopian government’s crackdown on the press, Eskinder Nega stayed and he courageously used his Internet platform to bring much-needed attention to government wrongdoing and abuse. We call upon the government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to promptly release Nega and to cease its authoritarian persecution of journalists.” Alas! The thugs are not up to speed with reality.
Constantly looking for trivia, Isayas declared that Abebe was banned from US government briefings, which is another fabrication. Diplomats may say whatever they choose to assuage the anger of a tin pot dictator. But the reality remains that the State Department has no mandate whatsoever to dictate anyone’s style of journalism.
The spoilt alcoholic and drug and Khat addict Mini Sebhatu is part of the gang of six rejects that have been serving as Meles Zenawi’s attack dogs. Their gang is controlled by Bereket Simon, one of the chief strategists of the mafia ruling elite. The exclusive club includes unprincipled sycophants including her own husband former dissident turned TPLF lover Zerihun Teshome, who will do anything for the highest bidder. Another distinguished member of the club is alcoholic and former dissident Genenew Assefa, half brother of the infamous turncoat Genet Zewdie. He was also jailed by the TPLF when he went to Addis from the US to attend the Ghion conference in 1993. But the lazy drunkard Genenew chose to submit to TPLF to alleviate his financial difficulties. He has a reputation of being a misfit that can’t do a serious job.
Million Assefa is also part of the gang. He was a man of conscience before he sold out his soul to the TPLF. Jailed and suspended from his studies like most of student activists at the Addis Ababa University in 1993, he was also a victim of the TPLF before he jumped on the bandwagon of tyranny. He is now a lawyer and a member of parliament, representing TPLF’s Oromo stepson, OPDO. Can you imagine a lawyer “pursuing” justice sitting in a puppet parliament that has no job other than clapping for the dictator? Million, along with crooked lawyers like Shimelis, are responsible for drafting the worst laws in Ethiopia including the anti-terrorism law as well as drafting fictitious charges of genocide and terrorism.
Also on the roaster of the council of gangsters is TPLF servant, Shimelis Kemal, a former lawyer with no sense of justice. He was also jailed by his current bosses when he was “editor” of Nishan newspaper for publishing an opinion piece. By the way, Shimelis is said to have a tendency of weeping unexpectedly when he gets drunk. According a close friend, he suffers from self-hate and calls himself a worthless cruel man. So we have nothing to add on his claims as he knows himself better.
Childish woman, Mini Sibehatu, has recently emerged as a teacher of morality and ethics in journalism. She seems to have lost sleep over Abebe’s action that undressed Meles Zenawi before the whole world. Whether big Mimi calls it ethical or unethical, this is the best journalism that Abebe has ever done. It is the best medicine for a ruthless tyrant and his worshippers.
Mimi cannot still get the fact that Abebe did not destroy Meles. It was the power of the truth that has shattered his false statesmanship and accomplishments into pieces. Mini, the woman that never grows up, seems to have a difficulty of understanding this simple fact. She says the journalist committed an act of treason as if he has had any allegiance with fascist dictator. She says the two had only political differences. Really? What political differences did Mussolini and Ethiopian patriots have? How naïve is big Mimi!
She goes on and on offering her expertise in ethical journalism while she could not even keep her job at Voice of America Amharic Service for performing far below the ethnical standard of journalism. Apparently, she was given the boots and shown the exit door by VOA bosses. But funnily enough, she still presents herself former VOA journalist while that happened long time ago. A simple message to Mimi is that she needs to move on rather than rehearsing nursery rhymes time and again before her audience on Paltalk and radio show.
Speaking of radio, Mimi is among the privileged few in Ethiopia to have opened an FM radio broadcast for insulting and deprecating dissidents and anyone who cries out freedom and justice. The spokeswoman of tyranny and her husband have also got well-known records of corruption from the US to Ethiopia. This is the woman who has embezzled millions. Southern Ethiopia region has been one of her milk cows.
One of the most serious acts of corruption she and her husband committed was guised under setting up an FM radio station for the southern Ethiopia regional state. They reportedly overcharged the state government by well over 500 percent. They got second rate imports with no spare parts and the “project” remained incomplete despite the fact that Mimi and Zerihun laughed their way to the bank. She even hired her husband as trainer of journalists despite the fact that he knows nothing about the profession. This is the woman who has the courage to teach a course in ethical journalism. Yes, the truth hurts!
Solom (Kindibu) Tekalign
I understand that mentioning the name of the coward is a taboo among many patriotic Ethiopians. While I understand the point, it is necessary to give a lesson or two to this trumpeter of tyranny.
The man, who sang the first love song for a macho tyrant, was given the cheapest fabrication by his TPLF bosses. According to his radio show that he broadcast on May 26th and subsequently distributed online via Aiga Forum, Abebe was arrested during the turmoil of election to 2005. Not only that Abebe was convicted of treason charges and was sentenced to 25 years in jail. But he got deranged while in jail and was granted clemency by a “merciful” tin pot dictator. With the help of his loved ones, he was sent to South Africa for treatment before he came to America.
TPLF’s lies are unimaginatively wild. Just for the record, the case against Solomon Tekalign and the distributor of the defamatory lies, Isayas Abay, is heading to court. But it would be suffice to say that Abebe left Ethiopia in 1998 and have never been back to Ethiopia. During the 2005 elections he was a full-time lecturer at the College of North East London. He has never been to South Africa, but, I know as a close friend, that he wishes to visit Robben Island (Island of Tears) where Nelson Mandela spent much of his 27-year incarceration.
As a matter of fact, he did not come to the US as a runaway convict. He came to the US in August 2008 as a winner of a prestigious fellowship, the John S. Knight Fellowship for Professional Journalists as well as Yahoo International Fellowship at Stanford University.
There is only one version of the truth. The take away for TPLF thugs and bullies is that it is hard to change the truth, which has never been on the side of liars, perjurers and fabricators. Sadly, TPLF, with all its soulless thugs under the leadership of Meles Zenawi, is empty and bankrupt. The countdown to end the deceitful Apartheid system it imposed on Ethiopia has begun in earnest.
By Ewnetu Taye