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Ethiopian Face of The Day: Sunlen Serfaty

Posted by addisethiopia on March 20, 2017

Just saw her – except for her skin color (not significant), her eyes, her nose, her smile, her soft voice, the smallness of her face – everything looks Ethiopians

Sunlen Serfaty is a national correspondent for Washington-based CNN. Sunlen worked as an associate producer of television and radio projects for the Washington Post from May 2003 to September 2004. She was also affiliated with ABC News as a local general assignment reporter. In 2008, Sunlen covered President Obama presidential campaign for ABC News.

Sunlen Serfaty joined CNN with a precise knowledge in political campaign and White House reporting. Sunlen worked for CNN Newsource in the network’s Washington bureau where news coverage was her main task. Later, she joined the general assignment team of CNN in Washington, D.C.

Sunlen Serfaty has been covering the 2016 presidential election. She has reported the Nominees of the Republican party from all over the country. Sunlen is known as the most diversified journalist on the national and breaking news with a huge knowledge of Washington politics.

It’s regrettable, though, that Sunlen works for VERY FAKE NEWS CNN!

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Cannibalism LIVE on CNN: Muslim Writer And CNN Reporter Eats Human Brains

Posted by addisethiopia on March 10, 2017

Reza Aslan is a famous Muslim American writer and journalist for CNN. In a recent documentary where he was spending time with the “aghoris,” which are a Hindu death-worshipping cult that feasts on human remains and surrounds themselves with death, he was given a piece of human brain to eat. Aslan picked up the cooked brains, ate it, and then said on CNN camera ‘It tastes like charcoal’:

In an episode of Believer, a six-part CNN series on spirituality, US religious scholar Reza Aslan meets with the Aghori, a nomadic Hindu sect in India.

The interview went south and one of the mystics turned nasty

The group believes that nothing can taint the human body and rejects the Hindu caste system, which deems certain groups of people untouchable.

After Aslan has bathed in the sacred Ganges river, an Aghori scholar smears the ashes of a cremated body on his face and he is given alcohol served in a human skull.

Then he is given a piece of burned human brain and eats it, reports the Washington Post.

He said: “Want to know what a dead guy’s brain tastes like? Charcoal.”

He added: “It was burnt to a crisp!” (source)

There is speculation by some that the aghori, who became mad at Aslan and later threatened to cut his head off as they were throwing their own feces at him. That is ultimately besides the point, because it does not matter what “culture” anybody is in- there is something naturally and viscerally wrong with cannibalism. There is something seriously wrong with Anybody who would anybody that by freedom of choice would engage in cannibalism.

This man- who would say that drinking alcohol and eating pork is something dirty, sinful, and bad and be banned- just ate a piece of another human being and then bragged about it on a major television show.

But is this really a surprise at all?

Something that people do not want to talk about is the fact that Islam permits cannibalism, but in spite of this shoebat.com has been at the forefront of documenting through articles and photographic or video proof how Muslims have ritually slaughtered and then eaten their victims (just do a search for cannibal). Theologically speaking, this is the natural conclusion of Islam’s denial of the human person, for as humanity in Islam comes from one’s belief in and practice of Islam, to eat a non-Muslim would be considered no different than eating an animal, the difference being that unlike pork, there is no specific prohibition against it. But has anybody ever asked why?

God warned the Hebrews not to do this. Unfortunately, it still continues today in different forms, such as abortion.

The great Christians saints throughout history (such as St. John of Damascus and Bl. Peter the Venerable of Montbossier) all said that while Islam is evil, it is fundamentally the culmination of all Christian heresy. Since many Christian heresies are influenced by paganism, one can naturally find the worst of the ancient pagan teachings in Islam but with the veneer of theological license and presented as the ‘answer’ to Christianity. While not per se practiced by a majority throughout history, many ancient pagan religious teachings gave license to human sacrifice and even cannibalism in some form. Even the Bible talks about how the ancient Hebrews were continually warned against participating in the sacrifices of their young children to the pagan gods of their Semitic neighbors.

Human sacrifice and cannibalism is found in Islam as well as many pagan cultures, such as with the Aztec. While it is evil, human sacrifice is a subconscious human attempt to enter into the divine mysteries of Christ and the Eucharist that would be revealed by God Himself through Christ.

The answer to why human sacrifice and cannibalism are found in paganism is twofold. For if the law of God is built into man’s creation, than he understands by instinct without even knowing that somehow, men give their lives for another and that this is connected to worship of the divine. Thus human sacrifice in the pagan world is a corrupt understanding of the sacrifice that while evil, is a part of the search for truth that comes with Christianity where God Himself comes and offers himself as the great sacrifice for the sins of men.

This is the real human sacrifice- made by God Himself for the salvation of fallen man.

This same approach applies to cannibalism. St. John reports in his gospel, chapter 6:

I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6:48-58)

This is something that many Protestant Christians do not want to talk about, but the fact is clear that for 1500 years prior to the Protestant movement and even Martin Luther, the Protestant Revolutionary himself, all taught that the Eucharist- the bread and the wine at mass- become the body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. If the beliefs was not enough, then there have been countless Eucharistic miracles throughout history where the host will publicly bleed or the wine clearly become blood and have been proven by science yet unable to be explained by any natural means from the same scientists.

Islam came after Christianity, and while many Muslims are Muslims by birth, the fact is that Islam is a religion which came to say that Christianity is wrong and in order to find “truth,” one must undo what Christianity did, and what Christianity did (and still does when practiced) is to stamp out the wicked paganism of old and set men on the straight and true path which leads to God.

So don’t be surprised when Muslims do things like what Reza did for this show. After all, it is only in accordance with the nature and teachings of the religion he so ardently believes in and promotes.

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Mainstream Media Fake News Feeding Frenzy To Take Down Trump

Posted by addisethiopia on February 17, 2017

How serious has the war gotten between Donald Trump’s White House and the government he supposedly runs?

Gizmodo – a website that deals with science and technology as well as politics – has launched a new site to encourage government employees to leak damning information about the Trump administration. TellonTrump.com is the subject of a massive advertising campaign on Facebook and will give government turncoats a safe and secure means of passing along damaging documents.

Wall Street Journal:

“One thing we know about Donald Trump is that there are a lot of things Donald Trump doesn’t want people to know about. If you’ve reached this page, you might have information about the conduct of Donald Trump or his administration that you’d like people to know about. Here’s how you can tell us,” the site explains.

The Univision Communications Inc.-owned media group, which operates sites like Fusion and the former Gawker Media sites like Gizmodo, Deadspin and Jezebel, started running ads on the social media platform within the last week that specifically target people who list certain government agencies as their employers. The ads don’t specify which news outlet is running the campaign, but the site which the ads point to clearly identifies the Gizmodo special projects desk.

“We are targeting people who are employed by federal agencies because we want them to know that if they see or know about something they think is newsworthy, we are here for them,” said John Cook, Gizmodo’s head of investigations.

Mr. Cook said Gizmodo is also working to purchase bus shelter ads near certain government agencies in Washington, D.C., encouraging people to contact them with information about the Trump administration.

Amazing, incredible – frightening. The German word that describes what’s going on is Götterdämmerung – a “cataclysmic downfall or momentous, apocalyptic event, especially of a regime or an institution.” Trump’s enemies are willing to tear the entire country down in order to destroy the president. The fact that they will destroy the presidency and the country in the process is regrettable but worth it because Trump is…well, evil.

John Podhoretz:

I am myself unnerved by the evidence of high-level lawlessness in the Flynn matter, but a “coup d’etat” refers specifically to a military ouster of a leader, not a leak-driven campaign using the press to nail someone. This is sure to persist, though, if the Flynn-Russia matter accelerates—and if the reluctant House and Senate do begin investigating the matter in earnest. If the language surrounding the investigation remains florid and purple, if Democrats try to please their Trump-hating constituents by screaming impeachment and liberal media tries to garner audience by jumping openly and vociferously on the bandwagon, the Trumpians will respond in kind by stirring the pot through their media and their argumentation.

The result might well be violence. Not rhetorical violence. Actual violence. Actual political violence. Actual conflicts between anti-Trumpers and Trumpers. At demonstrations. In the streets. Of our cities. Political violence of a sort we haven’t seen in 50 years, and maybe haven’t really seen in this country in the modern era. Those who believe Trump is a unique menace whose threat to our democratic way of life will be met with those who believe the elites are using illicit means to oust the legitimately elected president of the United States.

This is not a fantasy. This is one possible future. And every rational person who cares about the future of the country should be mindful of it, and should work to forestall it.

The media feeding frenzy is unprecedented – and that’s saying a lot. To read most of the media stories the last 48 hours, you would think Trump is a heartbeat away from impeachment, resignation, or an internal revolution. Hysterical hit pieces like this N.Y. Times anonymously sourced, non-specific story about Trump campaign aides talking with senior Russian intelligence officials “around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee” are fueling an innuendo-driven storyline that Trump aides – and possibly Trump himself – committed treason by colluding with Russians to elect Trump president.

Except the Times story also states flatly, “The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation.” In other words, there is no story. In fact, the “evidence” in the story comes to the Times as hearsay – the reporter talked to someone who knows something about intercepts and communications between Trump’s people and the Russians.

Why weren’t the Times reporters given access to the actual intercepts? Why didn’t the Times report which campaign aides were in contact with the Russians? If no evidence exists of collusion, just what the hell was the Times doing publishing this blatant innuendo and smear?

This is what passes for “journalism” in the age of Trump. Evidence is not necessary. An active imagination is.

And now we learn that the intel agencies are withholding information from the president of the United States because they don’t trust him.

Wall Street Journal:

U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.

The officials’ decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward U.S. spy agencies. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him.

In some of these cases of withheld information, officials have decided not to show Mr. Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former officials said. Those sources and methods could include, for instance, the means that an agency uses to spy on a foreign government.

A White House official said: “There is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening.”

A spokesman for the Office of Director of National Intelligence said: “Any suggestion that the U.S. intelligence community is withholding information and not providing the best possible intelligence to the president and his national security team is not true.”

Intelligence officials have in the past not told a president or members of Congress about the ins and outs of how they ply their trade. At times, they have decided that secrecy is essential for protecting a source, and that all a president needs to know is what that source revealed and what the intelligence community thinks is important about it.

Are you getting this? Intelligence officials are withholding information from the president – just as they have with other presidents. In short, once again, there is no story. This is what is known in the business as “stirring the pot” – generating what appears to be “news” that, in fact, is business as usual.

The catalyst for this feeding frenzy was Michael Flynn’s incredible lapse in judgment in speaking to the Russian government and then lying about it. But the Flynn resignation has taken on a larger symbolism – it is a metaphor for the “chaos” that exists in the White House.

How much of this is true and how much is invention?

CNN:

The head of US Special Operations Command said Tuesday that the US government is in “unbelievable turmoil,” a situation that he suggested could undermine US efforts to fight adversaries such as ISIS.

“Our government continues to be in unbelievable turmoil. I hope they sort it out soon because we’re a nation at war,” Army Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas told a symposium in Maryland.

While it wasn’t exactly clear what Thomas was referring to, his remarks come less than 24 hours after retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to step down as national security adviser, becoming by far the shortest tenured adviser in history.

Thomas oversees America’s elite Special Operations troops, including Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets, which have played a large role in carrying out the nation’s conflicts since 9/11.

Asked later about his comments, Thomas, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, said: “As a commander, I’m concerned our government be as stable as possible.

This is extraordinary, considering that CNN admits “it wasn’t exactly clear what Thomas was referring to.” If it’s “not exactly clear” why report the damn story in the first place?!

Thomas should be at least disciplined and perhaps fired for commenting on politics while on active duty. What does he know about Washington politics sitting in his office at SOCOM headquarters in Florida? His indiscretion has given ammunition to the political enemies of his commander in chief. As a senior military commander, he should have known better.

These are just a sampling of the over-the-top, exaggerated, hysterical reporting done that is deliberately, consciously being created to undermine and eventually destroy a legitimately elected president. It’s never been done on this scale before. Fed by social media and the interconnectedness of the internet, Donald Trump is facing a challenge far greater than Richard Nixon faced when his presidency began to unravel. And the speed at which the attacks are rolling downhill is making it difficult – if not impossible – for Trump and his people to turn the situation around.

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Watch the Tense On-Air Exchange That CNN Edited Out of Christiane Amanpour’s Interview with RT Host

Posted by addisethiopia on November 25, 2014

CNN censoring interviews and towing the line of the administrations?
Why else would they be called the Communist News Network?

 

Russia Today, Russia’s state-run cable news channel, is going after CNN after the American outlet seemingly edited out RT host Anissa Naouai’s harsh criticism of CNN and one of its hosts, Christiane Amanpour.

It should first be noted that many news outlets regularly edit pre-taped interviews. Amanpour even told Naouai that some of her personal attacks would be edited out of the final product. However, RT’s claims that many of Naouai’s criticisms of CNN were also removed appear to be rooted in some truth.

RT later published the full transcript of the CNN interview. Mediaite later highlighted some of the most contentious moments.

In one tense segment that was edited out, Naouai slammed CNN for airing a video of a “supposed helicopter being downed by these anti-Kiev fighters” that ended up being from Syria.

We went online; we checked the video. The video was from Syria. We never even saw a retraction from CNN. So it’s a little difficult to judge,” she added, defending RT’s news coverage.

In another exchange, the RT host essentially accuses Amanpour of propagating the “line of the State Department for over 15 years.”

NAOUAI: …[I]t’s an absurd question coming from someone that’s propagated the line of the State Department for over 15 years. I mean, it’s absolutely absurd.

AMANPOUR: Well, are you talking to me?

NAOUAI: Yes. Absolutely I’m talking to you. Who else would I be talking to?

AMANPOUR: Are you talking to me?

NAOUAI: Absolutely.

AMANPOUR: You’ve got to be kidding me.

NAOUAI: You’ve propagated the line of the State Department for over 15 years, starting with Yugoslavia and all the way into Syria. And now you’re doing it for Ukraine, essentially. Absolutely, I’m talking to you.

AMANPOUR: Oh, my goodness. Have you seen any of my reports about Syria? Have you seen any of my reports about Syria?

NAOUAI: I’ve seen lots of your reports and in not one report where you find you questioning the United States government and their policy. And we, with our Russian propaganda, question those arms to the FSA, question those arms to al-Nusra and other leagues. And now today we have ISIS.

Here’s the edited interview that ended up airing on CNN:

Now watch the full, uncut video of Naouai’s side of the interview below:

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Sold Out: Talk Radio Host Grills Soledad O’Brien on Al Jazeera Funding

Posted by addisethiopia on August 13, 2014

Hugh Hewitt had one question for Soledad O’Brien on Monday: Is she on the payroll of terror sponsors?

Are you still a special correspondent for Al Jazeera?” Hewitt asked the veteran journalist on his radio program.

I am,” O’Brien responded. “I run a production company, so I work with National Geographic, with Al Jazeera America, with CNN, with HBO, and a number of other companies.”

Businessweek Today has a story on Qatar, which owns Al Jazeera, and the headline calls Qatar a patron of Islamists,” Hewitt continued. “It says that Qatar funds and arms Islamists fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad and bankrolling Hamas in the Gaza Strip. So honest question: How can you take money from them?”

O’Brien responded by defending Al Jazeera’s reporting, saying that she puts quality journalism above all.

I know that the journalism can be good,” Hewitt pressed, “but if the funding for the journalism comes from a regime that is funding ISIS, does it creep you out?”

She wouldn’t give a straight answer.

Well you know, I think again, at the end of the day, the thing that I think about is the journalism,” O’Brien said. “And I think those are very complicated issues. They’re not as straightforward as that.”

Is there anything that would cause you to say if Qatar was shown to be funding ISIS, would you quit Al Jazeera?” Hewitt asked.

Again, she wouldn’t say.

Very rarely do I operate in hypotheticals,” O’Brien responded, but said she would “take it under consideration.”

When Hewitt later asked if Qatar is funding Islamists, she replied that “it’s unclear to me.”

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CNN Is Being Sued After Correspondent Arwa Damon Reportedly Bit an EMT While Drunk in Baghdad

That bites! CNN is being sued for more than $1 million by an EMT who claims one of the network’s correspondents bit her while drunk and seeking medical assistance, TMZ reports.

According to the lawsuit obtained by TMZ, EMT Tracy Lamar claims that Arwa Damon, a Beirut-based Senior International Correspondent, was in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad last month when she became “seriously intoxicated” and “unruly and violent.”

After authorities arrived, Lamar was reportedly trying to help Damon when the correspondent bit her on the left arm. TMZ reports the suit claims that while being provided medical assistance, Damon declared she was a “major reporter for CNN.”

My Note: CNN’s ratings are down because nobody seems to trust them anymore. Unfortunately, the owners will not allow the station to tell the truth – they kill the truth. Just look at CNN international; the ads are louder, the journalists make too much unpleasant noise, no integrity, no honesty – THEY SIMPLY HAVE LITTLE TO TELL!

They parrot uncritically the New-World-Order controlled global mass media Propaganda. Almost all the journalists and presenters of CNN and co. who ‘have something to say’ are often partial, biased and opinionated, self-righteous, self-centered and selfish – in no way qualified to report or comment due to these facts. The only things we have now with such news media are disinformation,misinformation or distractions. Folks are so shrouded in Lies and Deception, they seem unable to see what’s coming.

On one hand, I give credit to their core journalism skills, on the other, I’ve been able to notice that 10 of the most irritating, boring, attention-seeking and overrated. CNNInternational correspondents, presenters and commentators who destroy CNN are:

  1. Richard Quest
  2. Becky Anderson
  3. Hala Gorani
  4. Fareed Zakaria
  5. Christiane Amanpour
  6. Anderson Cooper
  7. Sara Sidner
  8. Arwa Demon
  9. Nima Elbagir
  10. Reza Sayah

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Lalibela Among The World’s 9 best places to spend Christmas

Posted by addisethiopia on December 12, 2012

CNN has picked nine of the most Christmassy places around the world.

Lalibela, Ethiopia

LalibelaMagicLalibela was conceived as a paradise on earth. And its 11 churches, cut from living volcanic rock, are literally anchored in the earth. In scale, number, and variety of form there’s no architecture or sculpture quite like them anywhere. They’re on the global tourist route now, though barely. To Ethiopian devotees they’ve been spiritual lodestars for eight centuries, and continue to be.

Declared a “new Jerusalem” after the real Jerusalem was captured by Muslim forces in 1187 and Ethiopian Christians could no longer go there, Lalibela remains a very religious place.

Ethiopian Christmas (January 7) mass at Bet Medhane Alem – the largest monolithic church in the world – is an occasion on which hundreds of priests in white turbans, adorned with red sashes and gold scarves chant, sway, and pray, surrounded by trenches flooded with some 50,000 worshipers, for whom this is a sacred place of pilgrimage.

See also: Five real life winter wonderlands

The other 8 destinations are:

  • Lapland, Finland

  • Strasbourg, France

  • Quebec, Canada

  • San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

  • Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York

  • Barcelona, Spain

  • Manila, Philippines

  • Queenstown, New Zealand

Source: CNN

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Media Bias Towards African Nations

Posted by addisethiopia on June 21, 2012

The mainstream media’s negative portrayals of Africa, the level of its bias is mind-blowing. Do some ‘developed’ societies manufacture hypocrisy, double-standard and cynicism? Or may be evil individuals sit behind some organizations and mainstream media outlets? How long must people go on being bombarded with anti-Africa media reports of crime, disaster, war, conflict, corruption, scandal, anything dark and sensational enough to generate a headline? Even enviromental and humanrights terrorists do seem to care more on the fate of Africans than the BP Gulf oil-spill victims. Along with the ICC, the quality of their focus on Africa is simply exaggerated, biased and stereotypically ridiculous.

Two antagonistic tones of reporting on one subject, from the very same network. Bias is reflected in the composition of the headlines.

CNN, broadcasted the following two reports almost simultaneously.

Let’s look at the two cases:

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The Georgian Case:

Georgia’s High Hopes For Hydropower – EYE ON [Georgia] – CNN June 2012

“Georgia is updating its old Soviet-era dams with the aim of being an energy exporter.”

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The Ethiopian Case:

Ethiopia Powers On With Controversial Dam Project

“The International Monetary Fund, though, is ringing alarm bells. Given this region’s history of drought, the IMF is recommending that governments avoid dependency on hydropower as an engine of growth.”

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The World’s Changing — The Media Isn’t

Posted by addisethiopia on November 28, 2009

What do Ethiopia, Israel and Christianity have in common? The answer is: the three are permanently ridiculed and bashed by the self-hating world liberal media,

What do negative media images, conveyed by mainstream Western Media about Ethiopia communicate? What darkness prevails in the mind of the producer(s)? What gains for whom derive from journalistic bombast and unmitigated stereotype of the whole Ethiopian nation?

Nouns and adjectives like famine, drought, hunger, disease, AIDS, tribe, tribalism, underdeveloped, third world, dictatorship, corruption, over population, war, civil war, etc., are yet pervasive when Ethiopia is the story.

Ethiopia’s image in the Western Media is not a self-portrait. It is not a what you see is what you get. Because media conditioning shapes, molds, and monopolizes those images, references to Ethiopia are received sometimes with disdain and contempt. Even some Ethiopian descendants, who have virtually no cultural and moral competence, actually contribute to how Ethiopia is projected globally. Ashamed of their recent “heritage and socioeconomic development” some popular Ethiopian news-makers and blogs side with media characterizations projected through stories, datelines, specials, documentaries and nightline episodes. This attitude, while supremely disturbing, also abets the media-as if they need assistance-in defaming Ethiopia.

Of course, I don’t dare to blame for Ethiopia’s woes solely on the Western medias. They have been sufficiently aided and abetted by inept, corrupt and short-sighted political leadership and intellectuals who in my opinion must take most of the blame. Political figures and leading personalities who sold their souls to the Devil are the first who are exposing their people to all sorts of ignorance and exploitation

Yet, this permanent portrayals of Ethiopia in a bad light can only spread and prolong ignorance in a world much closer in proximity than ever before a media industry that thrives on the negative.

Ethiopia’s negative and contrived image, promoted in the Mainstream Media, pervades the psyche, pre-empts behaviors, infers worthlessness, and devalues the mind, while it attenuates human spirituality and connectivity: key ingredients in equitable planetary wealth sharing.

I wonder why the likes of the BBC have devoted a great deal of their resources and energy toward painting Ethiopia in a negative light for such a long time.

Those so affected by this practice must not only instigate its demise, but also they must independently try to research, investigate and study why these media-outlets are meanwhile famous to report in a meanspirited manner about our country.

Ethiopians attack BBC’s doom-laden coverage

I was expecting to see Ethiopian blogs post this particular news. None of them did, what a shame!

Ethiopian tour operators, in London for this month’s World Travel Market, have addressed a furious open letter to the BBC’s Director General, concerning the Corporation’s recent coverage of the drought in Ethiopia. The letter, signed by some 25 companies, accuses the BBC of casually dramatizing its broadcasts with footage from the infamous 1984 famine.

“Ethiopia,” they wrote, “has changed beyond all recognition since 1984, yet the BBC insists on showing images from that time. They are very intrusive and are deeply upsetting to many millions of Ethiopians.”

But beyond the matter of stung pride, the tour operators insist that the “doom-laden scenario” implied by the BBC’s use of old newsreel damages the national image, deterring foreign investment and scaring off tourists. “Investment, trade and tourism are key to Ethiopia’s development,” they claim “more so than aid.”

Which is true. The tourism industry currently accounts for approximately five per cent of Ethiopia’s GDP and tourism is a “featured component” of the government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. With about 400,000 tourists a year, the country is still not exactly a hotspot, but adroit marketing of events like the 2007 ‘millennium’ and the annual Addis ‘Marathon’ (10km) have seen visitor numbers increase steadily over the last five years (visitors, incidentally, who invariably comment on green the country is).

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Ethiopian For CNN Heroes

Posted by addisethiopia on October 10, 2008

Founder of “Ethiopia Reads” Yohannes Gebregeorgis is among CNN’s Top 10 Heroes.

Congratulations to the great man!

Let’s join Ato Yohannes at the following address:

http://heroes.cnn.com/default.asp

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