May 20th 2009
by Mintesinot Haile: email@example.com
The Ethiopian Review (ER) editor Elias Kifle has been accused several times as a well-paid “Shaabia” agent and for his persisting stand on the side of Shaabia to date. There is no doubt that Elias Kifle has given clear evidence by his repeated deeds that he is a 100% Shaabia stooge among us who dares to tell us that the Issayas Afeworki we know of is a rational man that hosts LFits and opposition leaders in a more friendly manner. As I write Elias Kifle’s video has not yet been aired; but we have no doubt Elias Kifle is trying to twist Diaspora Ethiopian arms with his “make believe story from Asmara” that the Asmara man who recently labeled as the piracy phantom and as the tyrant of Asmara is actually an other person whom Elias has discovered for us as being actually the most friendly comrade of Ethiopia and Ethiopians.
In the name of “free media” Elias kifle has been muddling around Ethiopian issues as it befits his egoistic world outlook. Elias lacks the professional quality to rationalize between the type of news he aught to bring to the attention of the Ethiopian audience and the action he took to make business out of an interview session with the man in Asmara who boasts of land-locking Ethiopia from her access to the see and for keeping Ethiopia in check with his venomous ethnic feud that will continue to disintegrate the country further. If we don’t keenly become protectionist to such ill-devised propagation it is easier to become futile and give leeway to intriguers who wish to soft-land on national matters of high importance.
Let bygones be bygones Elias Kifle should go and tell such factious story to those ill-informed followers of his and not to us who know Elias Kifle already as the wolf hidden in a sheep skin pretending to be the most innocent Ethiopian fighting for Ethiopia. Suffice to say that his ER-journalistic card has burnt away for his repeated mockery on Ethiopian Diaspora by contempt and hypocrisy. Elias has no heart nor the sympathy for what happens to or on Ethiopians; for as long as he popularizes his ER sites with anything he sees fit as ER’s-sensational breaking news no matter if it has nationally sensitive repercussions or not. Rationalizing is neither in his dictionary nor does he give a damn if it hurts others’ feelings or not. To add salt into an injury he made on the eve of the New Year (2009) Elias has dared to exhibit himself as a one hundred percent loyalist to Issayas Afeworki. Elias adores the Eritrean tyrant who is isolated largely by world leaders for his piracy and for war mongering with all neighboring states indiscriminately; and the man who humiliated Eritrean people speechlessly to date.
Obviously, Al Jazera has the right to interview Issaias Afeworki as it is neutral to either the Eritrean or the Ethiopian side of incidences to talk about. In fact it becomes a medium for both parties to air out their feelings on each other. But when this is done by Elias Kifle, the man who claims to be an ER editor, the man standing for Ethiopia’s causes, then it shows insensitivity cowardice to sensitive national issues; unless he is a sold-out journalist who does his earnings by giving a damn to national feelings and the pain it leaves on those of us who love Ethiopia dearly.
As a journalist, there is no one who knows better Issayas Afeworki than Elias Kifle. Already years back while in California in the 1980s Elias knows well that Issayas Afeworki is the man who raised all kinds of ethnically affiliated politicians at his “baby-boom factory” of the Horn of Africa located in the outskirts of Asmara. Afeworki trained these die-hard egoists to build and flax their muscles and carry out their fight on Afeworki’s blessings and green signals – be it as regards arms trafficking, money launderings, piracy or what have you; so that we don’t hold Afeworki accountable for the take-away of Assab Port; on which Elias’s ER is 100% mute or silent.
Having known quite well that Issayas Afeworki is continuing to hatch his venomous egg inside Ethiopia with its well-orchestrated agents including OLF, ONLF, EPPF and recently breezed pro-Afeworki-egoists, Elias Kifle washed his eyes with salt and dares to tell the Ethiopian Diaspora that Afeworki is Ethiopia’s well-wishing man who deserves to get our standing ovation as the “man of the year”; and as the man helping “build democratic opposition forces” achieve their disintegration agendas respectively within the region.
Well informed by his mere residence at the capital of the USA, it is absolutely clear that Elias Kifle is well informed and well aware of the fact that Issaias Afeworki has been recently accused by the Obama administration for supporting the Islamic extremists in Somalia; and by the UN-for arms shipment into this troubled nation for quite sometime. Furthermore, Elias knows well that few concerned citizens have even gone to the extent of renewing the Eritrean call for a regime change in Asmara due merely to the hardship of living conditions in the entire parts of Eritrea.
At the cost of informing to the grave digger, Elias Kifle knows well the inhuman atrocities taking place among the Kunama and other minority ethnic groups in Eritrea as well as the slavery SAWA camps where Issayas Afeworki is confining the Eritrean youth. But does it matter to him a bit for as long as his interviews are broadcasted on air and on websites to legitimize his sinister missions? Not at all; in fact, amidst all these, Elias Kifle is trying to preach the good side of Tyrant Issayas Afeworki although well aware of the fact that many army officers who defected in support of the ongoing clandestine or underground operations for what is known as “ethnic alliance” have now made Eritrea their “safe” heaven; from where they complot on how to advance ethnic self-determination and mini-states building as their money making business. This atrocity stretches itself as far out as Darfur in Sudan, Al Shibab’s bases in Somalia, and attacks complotted on the Afar population within Djibouti. So it is easier to tell his story and convince the already converted pro-Shaabia opposition leadership who tell us to keep soft hearted attitude towards Shaabia; but not the majority Diaspora Ethiopians who already know the Tyrant of Asmara for decades.
Knowing that those who lined up behind him are making empty noise by masking colorful masks labeled as freedom, democracy Elias Kifle once again traveled all the way to Asmara to confer with and interview the man that keeps on boasting for having given Ethiopia an “ethnic-venom” puzzle that would take a century to solve; and yet calls himself a true Ethiopian that has passed the litmus test for being an “Ethiopian” not only by declaring the globally known pirate phantom Issayas Afeworki as ER’s “Man of the Year” for 2008 but also dared to hold an interview session with him as recent as last week.
Well, Elias may claim that an imbecile has been crowned an emperor, a fool has become a president and a womanizer has been made an archbishop; why should it be unusual for a bloodthirsty dictator, a sworn enemy of Ethiopia to be called "person of the year? Our reply is simple. For as long as there are foot-lickers and sell-outs that are ready to sell their country and serve their masters for the sake of personal gains, it may not matter. We do accuse Meles Zenawi for betraying Ethiopia and Ethiopia’s vested national interests; but we hate and despise Issayas Afeworki because this tyrannical dictator is always ready to kill Ethiopia if he could. He is the mastermind for all the pains Ethiopia is suffering today. Afeworki is a dangerous bandit who is waiting for the day when the wounded Ethiopia falls apart so that he can tear it apart into smaller pieces and dine it too. We hate those fools who try to tell us that, in order to bring down a regime, it is quite OK and necessary to destroy the country first and then try to build it up all over again. We should realize the expertise that one should not burn his house down in order to eliminate the unwanted cockroaches.
No matter how hard Elias may give it a try, Issayas Afeworki is a die hard old fashioned communist still wearing the old political mantle and acts as the ‘God father of all troubles infested in contemporary Eastern Africa: starting from Sudan in the North down to Somalia in South East, South Sudan and Northern Uganda in Central; and Rwanda and Burundi in Southern Africa. To say the least, Afeworki is the mother of all troubles and trouble breeding terrorists including Al Shibab, regional piracy and money laundering Indeed, Afeworki is the mastermind responsible for what is negatively unfolding in today’s Ethiopia. Afeworki's master plan that are eventually put into action while we keep on witnessing ethnically organized groups running around to create smaller ethnic enclaves like the outdated Bantustan system in Apartheid South Africa in order to benefit Eritrea’s 3 million populations at the expense of Ethiopia’s landlocked 80 million populations. Without wasting time, Eritrea should get rid of this power mongering regional bandit and Eritrean tyrant once and for all; and Elias Kifle better shut his advocacy for a tyrannical regime of Asmara.