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The Tigraiphobe Guromo (Gurage + Oromo) Berhanu Nega’s Interview With BBC Radio

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 21, 2021

Mind you, this interview was recorded September 21, 2012, a few weeks after PM Meles Zenawi passed away. In Ethiopia there is a huge respect for anyone who has just died – even for one’s enemy. That was the case with Meles Zenawi.

I remember, and I witnessed it myself, when PM Meles Zenawi passed away,

Ethiopians were mourning and expressing their Grief. There were Condolences from World Leaders & Friends, but not from this pig, called Berhanu Nega! No condolence, nothing, nada! I was angry at Berhanu Nega when I heard that interview on that very day – as it was a Very unEthiopian behavior.

ልብ ይበሉ ፣ ይህ ቃለ ምልልስ የተቀረፀው ጠ / ሚኒስትር መለስ ዜናዊ ከሞቱ ከጥቂት ሳምንታት በኋላ እ... መስከረም 21 ቀን 2012 .ም ነበር፡፡ በአገራችን እምነት እና ባሕል ለሞተ ማንኛውም ሰው ፥ ለጠላትም ቢሆን እንኳን ትልቅ አክብሮት አለን። መለስ ዜናዊ ከአረፉ በኋላ በብዙ ኢትዮጵያውያን ዘንድ ታይቶ የነበረው ከፍተኛ የሃዘን ሁኔታ ልክ ቪዲዮው ላይ እንደሚታየው ነበር።

በወቅቱ በደንብ አስታውሳለሁ፤ እኔ ራሴ ምስክር ነበርኩ ጠ / ሚ መለስ ዜናዊ ከዚህ አለም በሞት ሲለዩ ብዙ ኢትዮጵያውያን ሀዘናቸውን እየገለጹ ነበር፡፡ ከአሳማው/ጉማሬው/ጉሮሞ ብርሃኑ ነጋ፣ ከጂኒው አብዮት አህመድ አሊ እና መንጋዎቻቸው በቀር ከዓለም መሪዎች እና ከጓደኞቻቸው ሁሉ የመጽናናት መልዕክቶች ሲጎርፉ ነበር! በዛን ቀን ያንን የብርሃኑ ነጋን ቃለ መጠይቅ በሰማሁ ጊዜ በብርሀኑ ነጋ መናደዴን “ምን ዓይነት ሰው/ኢትዮጵያዊ ቢሆን ነው?” በማለት ለቤተሰቦቼና ጓደኞቼ ማውሳቴን አስታውሳለሁ፡፡ በጣም ኢ-ኢትዮጵያዊ የሆነ ባህሪ ነበረና፡፡ ብርሃኑ ነጋን ላክልበት እና አረመኔዎቹ ኢሳያስ  አፈቆርኪ እና ግራኝ  አብዮት አህመድ አሊ ያቆጠቆጡ የሲ.አይ.ኤ ችግኞች ናቸው፤ ለመግደልና ለማስገደል ደማቸው ውስጥ ቺፕ ያስቀበሩ የማንቹሪያን እጩዎች ናቸው። ትግራዋይ ጠሎቹ ብርሃኑ ነጋ፣ አብዮት አህመድ አሊ እንዲሁም ሌሎች ብዙዎችም የትግራይን ህዝብ ለማጥናትና ለመሰለል በትግራይ የነበሩ፤ ብሎም የትግርኛ ቋንቋንም እንዲያጠኑ የተደረጉ የጊዜ ፈንጂ መሆናቸውን እናስምርበት።

ቪዲዮው ላይ ምልክት ያደርኩበት ለመሆኑ ገዳይ አብዮት አህመድ ይሆንን? ግራኝ አብዮት አህመድ + የግብጹ ሙርሲ + ሸህ መሀመድ አላሙዲን + ፕሬዚደንት ባራክ ሁሴን ኦባማ መለስ ዜናዊ ገድለው አብዮት አህመድን ለማንገስ መፈንቅለ መንግስት እንዳደረገ በወቅቱ እንዳደረጉ እዚህ ላይ አውስቼ ነበር፤ 👉 “ግራኝ ፪ኛው ለግብጽ እና ኦሮሚያ ሲል ኢትዮጵያን እያመሳት እንደሆነ ዛሬም አታውቁም?”

💭 From The BBC:

Meles death: Leaders’ reaction. Published 21 August 2012

African and other leaders have been reacting to the news that Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has died at the age of 57. He was one of the continent’s most prominent leaders and had dominated Ethiopian politics for more than 20 years.

👉 Raila Odinga, Kenyan Prime Minister

Meles Zenawi was a great leader, an intellectual, someone who was very dedicated to pan-Africanism. One will remember him for the great effort he put in to transforming the Ethiopian economy.

One fears for the stability of Ethiopia upon his death because you know that the Ethiopian state is fairly fragile and there is a lot of ethnic violence… I don’t know that [Ethiopian politicians] are sufficiently prepared for a succession: this is my fear, that there may be a falling out within the ruling movement.

👉 Jacob Zuma, South African President

It is an absolute tragedy for Africa and the people of Ethiopia to mourn such an exceptional leader who contributed as an active role-player in various continental and global initiatives.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi had been a strong leader, not only for his country but on the African continent, acting as mediator on numerous talks, particularly in the Horn of Africa region.

👉 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia

Meles Zenawi was an economic transformer, he was a strong intellectual leader for the continent. In our regional meetings he stood out because of his intellect and his ability to respond and to lead dialogue on matters relating to African development. He will be missed in all of our meetings and all of our endeavour.

I don’t have fears [over the transition] because I believe there are many other leaders in Ethiopia who will get the support of regional leaders to make the transformation that is necessary, moving towards an open society.

👉 Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General

Prime Minister Zenawi will be remembered for his exceptional leadership and advocacy on African issues within and outside the continent, as well as for overseeing his country’s economic growth and development. The Secretary-General is grateful that Prime Minister Meles’s administration was a strong supporter of United Nations peacekeeping and peacemaking efforts.

The Secretary-General will remember, in particular, Prime Minister Meles for his active commitment to working with the United Nations on numerous global peace and development challenges, most recently his important role in the ongoing negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan, the Millennium Development Goals and climate change.

👉 Barnaba Benjamin, South Sudanese Information Minister

It’s a very, very sad day for the people of the Republic of South Sudan and the people of the East African region as a whole. This has been a tremendous nationalist leader, a president who had always let peace come to his neighbours.

We in South Sudan in particular, consider Ethiopia and especially Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, a strategic ally that (who) always never let a friend down. Indeed we greatly mourn him and we extend our extensive condolences to the people of Ethiopia.

👉 European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso

Prime Minister Meles was a respected African leader. He demonstrated his strong personal commitment over many years to improving the lives of not just his own but all African peoples, through his work on African unity, climate change, development and in promoting peace and stability, particularly in the Horn of Africa.

I sincerely hope that Ethiopia will enhance its path of democratisation, upholding of human rights and prosperity for its people, and of further regional stabilisation and integration.”

👉 Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s independence leader

He’s a young man who has contributed a lot to the development of Ethiopia, ever since he took over there has been some stability there, development in the economic field, there’s been development in the social field.

I knew him as a quiet man – smiling most of the time – and allowing you to feel at home in his presence.

👉 David Cameron, British Prime Minister

Prime Minister Meles was an inspirational spokesman for Africa on global issues and provided leadership and vision on Somalia and Sudan.

His personal contribution to Ethiopia’s development, in particular by lifting millions of Ethiopians out of poverty, has set an example for the region. Our thoughts are with his family and with the nation of Ethiopia. He will be greatly missed.

👉 Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

It is with great sadness that I learned of Meles Zenawi’s death. He was a hugely significant figure in Ethiopia’s history, in particular helping guide his country from extreme poverty to an era of economic growth and development.

My deepest condolences go to his family and the people of Ethiopia.

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Not the Greatest: Erdogan Snubbed Ahead of Muhammad Ali Funeral, Departs

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 10, 2016

ErdoHornA series of incidents finally forced Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to interrupt his visit to the United States, where he planned to attend the funeral ceremony for boxing icon Muhammad Ali.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan quickly interrupted his visit to the United States after an array of incidents ahead of the funeral service of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in his native city of Louisville, Kentucky, which Erdogan planned to attend, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.

The newspaper quoted presidential sources in Ankara as saying that Erdogan moved to depart for Turkey without taking part in the full funeral ceremony for the late boxer, which was attended by former US President Bill Clinton, Jordan’s King Abdullah and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

When participating in funeral prayers for Ali on June 9, Erdogan reportedly tried to a put a piece of cloth from the Kaaba on the boxer’s coffin but was refused the opportunity to do so.

Eyewitnesses said that the organizers allegedly offered to put the piece of cloth on the casket themselves later on.

However, another report claimed that Erdogan and Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, were also forbidden to read a piece from the Quran near the boxer’s coffin.

Apparently, this proved to be the last straw, and compelled Erdogan to cut his trip short and return home.

Meanwhile, the Voice of America’s Turkish edition reported that a short quarrel also erupted between US secret service officials and Turkish presidential body guards during Erdogan’s visit to the Muhammad Ali Center in Kentucky.

The incident reportedly occurred after a secret service official attempted to stand in the same place as presidential bodyguards while Erdogan was getting into his car. A fracas was prevented thanks to efforts of security agents standing nearby.

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Muhammad Ali, Tool of Hucksters

My note: The „’thumbs up like’“ button on this — “I never liked Muhammed Ali” — video is gonna turn „666“ this FRIDAY.

I would have never thought to put Muhammad Ali (aka Cassius Clay) and Donald Trump in the same sentence, no less the same argument. Nonetheless, the other day, ABC did it for me. When Ali died, Donald Trump had some very gracious remarks about the boxer’s passing. Michael Falcone at ABC used the occasion to trot out some written remarks attributed to Ali that Falcone interpreted to be a defense of Islam against Trump. Trump, of course, is never mentioned in the Ali communiqué on Islam. Indeed, the suggestion that Muhammad Ali was writing about anything on his deathbed is an unlikely fantasy.

Ali was probably being used then as he has been used for most of his career; first by fight hucksters, then by anti-war activists, then by a Nation of Islam cult, and finally by any special pleader that could get him to sit and sell his persona or signature for a $100 dollars a pop.

Still the big networks never seem to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Alas, exploiting a palooka’s death to bash a political candidate already under fire is what you might expect from press partisans in an election year.

You read that correctly. I said “palooka,” archaic sports jargon used to describe a chump who has one too many fights and taken one too many shots to the head.

In another time and place, such a prizefighter would have had an industry diagnosis such as “punch drunk,” not Parkinson’s. This is not to blame Ali; he like many athletes probably wasn’t smart enough to anticipate the consequences of not knowing when to quit. Smart athletes don’t quit while they’re ahead; they quit while they still have a head. Rocky Marciano might be the best example among truly great modern heavyweights.

The idea that a professional fighter or a football player is a victim is only true to the extent that many are immature, uneducated, and thus exploitable by schools, coaches, promoters, managers, corner men, fight doctors, and arena entrepreneurs that could care less about a jock’s health, especially after the athlete ceases to be a cash cow.

Knowing when to quit required a maturity and wisdom that Mohammed Ali never achieved. His coterie of sycophants weren’t much help either.

Angelo Dundee and Ferdie Pacheco could take a bow here. Legend has it that Doctor Pacheco advised the heavyweight to retire as his health declined. Ali might have taken a new name and advice from Elijah Muhammad, but he rejected advice from his white medical team and lost three of his last four fights.

Ali was different to the extent that he gilded the sports plantation with politics, race, religion, and a mouth that spewed racist invective and a kind of doggerel that media shills like Howard Cosell couldn’t get enough of. Cosell was, no surprise, another ABC Sports jock sniffer. Calling professional boxing the “sweet science” is a little like confusing a massive stroke with a migraine.

Ali could have used his last years to illuminate the hazards of head trauma in sports like hockey, football, and especially boxing where “knockout” is literally the harbinger of senior years as a diminished soul, if not a vegetable. Ali might also have used his celebrity to condemn the “knockout game” (aka “polar bear hunting”), a popular punk pastime where gangs of black teens punch random white elders to render them unconscious. Ali did neither, but he did have time for magic tricks and overpriced autographs.

Muhammad Ali did not use his celebrity to condemn Islamic small wars or Islamic terror with the same energy or drama he used to condemn the Vietnam War. Ali’s anti-war indignation, like that of Barack Hussein Obama, was very selective. The president used the start of Ramadan this week to take a shot at Trump too. So much for the religion of peace.

Ali used his celebrity to legitimize the demagoguery of Elijah Muhammad, the Nation of Islam, and many specious notions of black supremacy/separatism.

Malcom X saw through Elijah Muhammad’s hustle and had the courage to say so. Ali literally turned his back on Malcom X, who then paid for apostasy with his life. In the Nation of Islam schism, Malcom X was the real fighter and Ali behaved like a gullible kid, if not a chump.

Muhammad Ali only became the kindly humanitarian saint after he lost his marbles and his voice. Few in the world of sports, politics, or media noted that unhappy coincidence.

Ali was not “great,” not any of this was or is great.

By his own assessment, Ali still claimed to be the “greatest” even as he visibly declined. Great was never true in his prime and it became less so over time. At best, Muhammad Ali was a media celebrity used by sport, politics, and religion. He died thinking he was off the plantation by giving up his slave name. In fact, Clay and Ali never appreciated American sport, liberal politics, or Muslim cults as the hustles or bondage that they represent for black Americans today.

Maybe it’s a fitting coda to a checkered career that, on Friday, Ali will be eulogized by Bill Clinton, hustler extraordinaire. Louis Farrakhan might have been as good a choice. Knowing that Ali chose Clinton for the eulogy says all that needs to be said about the life-long childish naiveté of a “champion.”

Clinton will surely use the occasion for his own purposes; shill for his wife, pander to Islam, and play the partisan political hack, in short, a political huckster will be giving a sports huckster a proper sendoff.

Ali was the indeed “the mouth from the South.” Speaking without thinking was probably the only thing he ever had in common with Donald Trump. Ali might have been famous and celebrated, but not “great” by any fair reading of his professional or personal behavior.

Muhammad Ali will be used this week yet again in death, used by an outsized media orgy before they put him in the ground, ignoring the positive role model he never became. Or as Whittier lamented “For all words from mouth or pen, the saddest are these: “It might have been.”

There will be no joy, poetry, justice, or truth in Louisville this week.

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