[This the third piece of the series on Eskinder Nega. (Please read the first here (link) and the second here (link)]
The mindless repeated praise of Eskinder Nega’s newspapers is not necessarily a conspiracy against Ethiopia or the Jewish.
A number of short-sighted considerations as well as mediocrity partly explain the matter. There are several factors that undermine Ethiopian-related statements of otherwise respectable Western rights-groups: Mainly, ignorance and arrogance. In fact, given the know-it-all, self-righteous and opinionated stance of most western activists and journalists, it is not hard to imagine why they routinely commit gross mistakes. Of course, there are some, though well-informed, choose to toe the wrong line, either due to convenience, personal grudge or peer-pressure.
The situation among Ethiopian opposition activists is a bit mixed: There are the extremists and there are those who see the extremists’ rhetoric as a justified tactic. There are some, who might deserve some sympathy: Those compelled to sleep with the extremists under the pain of losing assistances from some western groups and the well-endowed camp of the extremists.
Perhaps, a comment on my Facebook Timeline by an academician, Nahusenay Belay, sums the matter well:
“Let me ask why those guys who were telling us Eskinder Nega is an innocent victim of EPRDF and is a demonstrative instance of the press situation in Ethiopia are silent to denounce his genocidal and racist publications put in front of their eye. …..
Eskinder Nega’s newspaper genocidal propagation was framed as if within the liberal conceptions of freedom of expression and freedom of speech. They were consistently striving to prove his innocence and his victimization of EPRDF’s “cruelty”. The question is why? There are at least two probable objectives embedded in it.
First, as active participants of the struggle against EPRDF they have to make sure that they are in line with like minded comrades- simply whatever is said by a comrade from within is right and if consequently some legal prosecutions followed it is to be considered as a deliberate attempt by the government to muzzle ‘alternative’ voices. Simply it is a matter of configuration of force.
Second, in the case of some individuals who are sentenced in absentia, there is a strategic move in it. It is very simple, by denouncing the government claims in its totality you are telling others that your case is also baseless, politically motivated and then you claim innocence implicitly. For instance, Mesfin Negash’s relentless innocencization of the Swedish Journalists by referring to the “Kangaroo Court” concept is very illustrative. Here I am not proving innocence or criminality of someone but I am claiming that the deliberate mystification of Eskinder Nega is happening for a defined political objective. My claim is strengthened by the silence of those guys even after this explicit exposure of Nazi like publications of their hero Eskinder Nega. This exposure is a good hindsight to the nature of those who praised him and wish to be like him.”
I shall directly lead you to reading the translated extracts from Eskinder Nega’s newspaper, Askual, May 15, 2004 edition. (it is continued from the May 8/2004 translated and published in part two of this series).
As this is the third part of the series, I assume you read relevant introductory and clarifying notes in the previous pieces. (Yet, I shall note that the original texts is repetitive and presents history in the present tense, thus the reason I made a word-to-word translation of lengthy quotes.)
Get Lost Judae
Patience is not alpha and omega. It has a starting and an end point. A human being cannot go beyond his biological nature. That requires divinity. No one has the right or the mandate to intervene. Yes, we are correct. The German people have stood resolutely. Who can hold them back? By whom can they be stopped? The German people have realized a poisonous tribe or a scheming community is a cancer to a country. They have taken a solid position not to give a fraction of a faction minute to the Jewish. From now on, the economic superiority of the minority in German will cease. Every German will hold its legal citizenry share from the national economy. The majority shall no more be bystanders! The majority shall win! It has become necessary for the Jewish to hate the day they were born. No one is more powerful than the majority. It is hoped that swift action will deliver victory. The destruction of synagogues has escalated. Let’s quote what was recorded in Nov. 10, 1938.
[Then, it makes a long Amharic quotation, without citing a source, about the destruction and burning of Jewish synagogues and cemetery in the German towns of Darmstat, Eberhardt, Grieshiem, Graefenhausen, Oberramstadt, Bernsheim, Lorsch, Heppenheim, Rimbach, Birkenau, etc.]
This is an achievement of the German’s struggle. The bees are stirred. The tigers are on the move. The bee knows what to do when its hive is messed with. The German lion is angered. It is on fire. It has no patience to tolerate the Jewish anymore. What about us, Ethiopians? How long are we to tolerate the Judaes? When will we stop petitioning to serve as underlings of our Judae rulers? How long will we be ruled by the enemy of the country and the people? How long will we buy goods from their businesses? How long shall Ethiopia continue pouring honey and milk for our ruler and their people? Why is our slavery limitless? Why don’t we understand that we are waiting our death, though already as good as dead? Get closer and listen to them. You will listen our rulers’ peoples discussing which model of heavy-truck to buy, while you and your friends talk about a warning letter from the servants of our rulers for failing to pay utility fee on time………..
Our rulers bring excuses to lengthen their time. Judaes have never lost an excuse. Show them your manhood in action. In what way are you unfit to rule them that they are ruling you instead? How come Bandas are on the terrace, with a crown, looking down at you? Learn passion from the Germans. Learn unity from the Germans. Learn determination from the Germans. It is possible to change the status quo in Ethiopia. Let’s resolve not to live tolerating racists. Let’s have a gut. Let’s be smart. Let’s have the determination to halt the political and economic privileges of traitors. Let’s notice the lack of national feeling is what killed us. Let’s stand by firing a national feeling amongst us. No one can stop a people who lost patience. The fervent German people shall be cited, as it is an exemplary one. Let’s quote in the original language:
[Then, it repeats, this time in English, the above-quoted narration about the destruction and burning of Jewish synagogues and cemetery in German towns.
This time the source is cited as – “The Case Against Adolf Eichmann”, Henry A. Zeiger. A Signet Book, The New American Library, Page 41]
The German people have achieved a miracle. It held the Jewish accountable for the evils that befell on every aspect of the German life. A people has the right to go in any direction it believes in. Who can hold it liable? The German people’s experience proves the need for popular participation to eliminate a tribe or community in a country. Like it or not, ethnic cleansing is carried out with popular participation. It is a lie to attribute an act of genocide to a single party or group, leaving the people alone. That would be covering up the truth. A genocide campaign always essentially represents the stand of the people. In any country, a cancer race, tribe or community shall be exterminated. It shall be done whenever it is necessary for the preservation of a country.
Stay tuned for the next part of this series.
[P.s. – I will upload scanned copy of the original Amharic edition as soon as my internet connection gets better.]
Check the Human Rights archive for related posts.
* On Eskinder Nega | Setting the record straight
* Eskinder Nega’s newspaper justifying the Holocaust
(As I said previously, your queries will be addressed in detail in forthcoming posts. Yet, I need to briskly note two points)
*The comment (made by a few Ethiopians and westerners under the previous posts and elsewhere) claiming this blog receives funds is not a new thing. I always ignored the claim as writing a proper response would be time-consuming, while they are unlikely to change their mind. Plus, I didn’t want to give the impression that I would decline if offered a support. Thus, the fictional claim should not discourage you if you (as an individual or a group)wish to assist in any manner, including becoming a co-author in this blog.
2. The reason I started this series on Eskinder Nega is partly indicated in the first part. I might also elaborate in the future. However, as per your request, I pledge to start posting, a series regarding the court verdicts, past and present, against him and other opposition activists.
For the scanned copy of the May 15/04 Askual newspaper edition (PDF|249 kb) – Click here.
* Some grammatical corrections have been made and I switched the order of my note above the translated text. (Monday, Oct. 22, 2012)
Next part: Eskinder Nega’s paper: Let’s learn from Nazi heroism [final part]
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As an amara married to a beautuful Tigrean lady with whom I have 3 gorgeous daughters, I’m immensely ASHAMED to see an evil man like eskindir hails from the amara part of Ethiopia(at least, since he claims to be amara, which I prefer not to believe). I’m also angry as to why the Israeli and the American Embassy people in Ethiopia did not warn the meles government from using a psychot like eskindir nega in bashing ,directly, Jews and, indirectly the Tigray people , with his openly-nazist aggitations?. Tigreans should blame Weyane for simply watching when evil men sprout. Where is the justice the people fought for? Why are the derguists AND THEIR KIDS running amock again. Unless weyane allowed Eskindir to write such evil, abominable, an horrendously cannibalistic stuff, he could not have lived in freedom even for one day. But I still do not know why any freedom loving Ethiopian, Tigrean or non-Tigrean, did not shoot this evil subhumman on the head. I will say, even 18 years from now after he gets released from prison, the an unrequittable and equitable justice must be served !
Open your eyes and see what is the reality on the ground. God help you.
Daniel is a shabia tplf agent! we know him
First of all, burden of proof is upon you to show that Eskinder wrote this.
Or are we supposed to take your words?
TPLF isn’t exactly known for honesty or fairness, but rather for cheating, lying, and destroying.
I read the attached pdf and it is not as you twisted to fit your propaganda and poisonous purposes, Daniel.
Why is it that TPLF always, lie a parasite, trying to attach itself to the people of Tigrai?
The article is clearly about the banda families TPLFs.
But like a typical parasite, you attach the meaning to the people living in Tigrai because you can’t survive without them. You woyanes used people in tigrai for decades now. aybekam?
if woyanes are men, stand up on your own feet. leave the people in tigrai alone. setasetoch
what an article is that, somewhere state ,,Judae represent individual kahadi, no tribe no people,, the other part looks like someone try to dokument the genocide which takes place in Germany 1938 using the words how they used without any agitation. Elswhere there is comparision with ethiopia and its enemy without specification. Has really Eskinder wrigte this artikel as a propaganda and distribute in Ethiopia? If so the ethiopian Gov`t is also responsible not to act imidiatly, where are the jewish loby or israel-embassy? or is he jailed thereafter? when i see the orig. and the translation a suspect some intentional manipulation. Any way the part you ilustrate and the way you present and the conculusion you have are all bad enogh to say stop it. It is ugly. If he really wrigt as you put it and say it was correct he must be mad and stupid. There is no justfication for Genocide or supposed Genocide. No Germans say it was correct, some of them did not accept the Genocide, they denied it. By the way are u trying denonce Eskinder or trying saw hate against other ethniks, specially mister Brhane Kahsay on TGOL?
I have tried several times to open the pdf but have not been successful. Is it possible you can e-mail it to me? May I take this opportunity to commend you for the sterling job you are doing in exposing the swastika bearer.
Hi Daniel, if this is true how come he was awarded the PEN award? If he was awarded in spite of this article do they now know about this article??
Eskinder and the person writing these articles must also believe in one more of Joseph Goebbels teachings: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”. The latter sums up the works of the now defunct newspapers of Eskinder.
You are great Daniel. Keep it up. I have got clear information in regard to this man. I am not wondering why many people in the diaspora keep shouting to be freed regardless the truth on the ground. I am proud of you man. You gave me more courage to debate & comment about this evil so called journalist or whatever. I am glad you know your followers on both sides & that you know how to handle. You actually deserve to be sponsored & fund your blog. I publicly promise to be part of the supporters who are interested in funding your blog.
This week I was in one of the Revenue offices here in Addis Ababa
Whenever you reach at his office you will be told that The Manager at that particular revenue office is taking a meating with his Officials
But one day I got a chance to see a Bundle of papers which shows what they were discussing in
their may be 3hours or more meeting each day
It is not related with on how to handle the revenue collecting process
But it was a TPLF – EPRDF Meating which they held on the Government’s Resources and on Working time, totaly ignoring the Tax Payer services what they were supposed to do in that Revenue office and at official working time
I picked up one example but it is such things one can see elsewere in the in the Goverment’s higher officials offices.
You are Trying to attack Eskindir while he is in jail by the TPLF – EPRDF
By any meanse Eskindir and other brave Jornalists could be free one day
But you will go down with your Looter Party TPLF
Ethiopia will be a Multi Party Nation Soon weather you liked it or not
“…The German people’s experience proves the need for popular participation to eliminate a tribe or community in a country. Like it or not, ethnic cleansing is carried out with popular participation. It is a lie to attribute an act of genocide to a single party or group, leaving the people alone. That would be covering up the truth. A genocide campaign always essentially represents the stand of the people. In any country, a cancer race, tribe or community shall be exterminated. It shall be done whenever it is necessary for the preservation of a country…”
This is very ugly, and a Genocide Remark at its peak!
I don’t know why the writer felt to understand that no one that has tried to exterminate the people of Tigrai has lived to tell the story. Dergue tried it in a “drain the sea to catch the fish” principle, but it failed miserably. The greatest virtue is to learn from past mistakes, but this doesn’t apply to some people including the writers of this article. Sad!
You know what Danile? I’m really happy to have such an independent blogger like you. I wish I had the skill to play my role in exposing the acts of the idiots. They really are blood suckers…leeches! They didn’t take any 101 professional ethics and even worse they don’t care about logic, moral ethics and the constitution at all. They simply vomit their venom at whatever they think are their enemies or perceived so. Eskindir and his likes have long lost their human mind…they are like animals who live instinctively.
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