Herman Cohen’s Second “Coup” in Ethiopia? We Demand an Apology!

Editor’s note: In 2016, Mr. Herman Cohen, former assistant secretary of state for Africa, blamed Tigrian domination, fake federalism for the crisis in Ethiopia. On June 24, 2019, he recklessly tweeted ( his twitter handle is @CohenOnAfrica): “Failed coup in #Ethiopia‘s Amhara state was an attempt by ethnic nationalists to restore Amhara hegemony over all of Ethiopia that existed for several centuries prior to 1991. That dream is now permanently dead,” as a remark to what has unfolded in Ethiopia over last weekend. Needless to say, his statement outraged Ethiopians. Professor Almariam has responded to Mr. Cohen and he shared his blog post which was published on January 26, 2019, with us and we are pleased to feature his writing.

Herman Cohen _ Ethiopia
Mr. Herman Cohen. Source : Almariam Blog

Almariam
June 26, 2019

How true the saying, “There is no fool like an old fool.”

My readers know I don’t tolerate old fools.

Of course, there are old fools; and there are offensive and villainous old fools.

Herman Cohen is an offensive and villainous old fool.

On June 24, 2019, Herman Cohen tweeted:

Failed coup in #Ethiopia’s Amhara state was an attempt by ethnic nationalists to restore Amhara hegemony over all of Ethiopia that existed for several centuries prior to 1991. That dream is now permanently dead.

To me, what Herman Cohen tweeted is pure and simple hate speech.

Demonizing an entire group as ethnic hegemons is hate speech.

If someone of Herman Cohen’s stature have said such an outrageous thing about a religious or ethnic group in the United States, there would have been hell to pay.

But Herman Cohen thinks he can demonize and defame Amhara people and get away with it.

Don’t think so!

Herman Cohen will be held accountable in the court of world public opinion!

But who is Herman Cohen?

The short answer is Herman Cohen is a nitwit on twitter.

But who really is Herman Cohen?

Herman Cohen is a washed up, done-for, don’t-forget-me American diplomat who tries to show he is still relevant by tweeting drivel every day on Africa on his Twitter pagewhich sports a picture of him with Nelson Mandela.

Herman Cohen is a has-been U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1989 to 1993).

Herman Cohen  blusters about having brokered “an end to the Eritrean-Ethiopian War in 1991, and conflicts in Angola and Mozambique.”

Herman Cohen is said to be “president of Cohen and Woods International”, a “firm established in 1994 to provides strategic planning services to African and Middle Eastern governments and multinational corporations doing business in Africa and the Middle East.”

I rarely get angry at anyone for having said something I don’t like.

For the past 13 years, people have called me every name in the book and criticized me for my views.

My attitude has always, always been, “Frankly, my dear I don’t give a damn what you say about me!”

But I give a goddamn about what Herman Cohen said about “Amhara hegemony over all of Ethiopia that existed for several centuries prior to 1991” in his June 24, 2018 tweet.

I am frigging mad about Herman Cohen’s unprovoked and scandalous defamation of Amhara people as hegemons.

Truth be told, I am hopping mad. I am foaming at the mouth. I am ticked off. Pissed off. Teed off. Flipped out. Gone ballistic.

I am spitting rivets. I have blown my stack.

Yes, I have gone bananas over Herman Cohen’s witless and asinine tweet:

Failed coup in #Ethiopia’s Amhara state was an attempt by ethnic nationalists to restore Amhara hegemony over all of Ethiopia that existed for several centuries prior to 1991. That dream is now permanently dead.

But what the hell happened in 1991?

Why is 1991 such a big year for Herman Cohen?

I will tell you exactly why 1991 is a milestone year for Herman Cohen.

In 1991, Herman Cohen took a barrel of gasoline and dumped it on the fire of civil war burning in Ethiopia.

In 2019, Herman Cohen is trying to do the same thing on smoldering ethnic fires.

In 1991, Herman Cohen was the kingmaker in Ethiopia.

In 1991, Herman Cohen officiated the coronation of the Prince of Darkness Meles Zenawi and delivered the key to the palace to the Forces of Darkness.

Herman Cohen is single-handedly responsible for the crimes and abuses committed by the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front in Ethiopia for the past 27 years.

In 1991, Herman Cohen was the malignant mastermind who signed, sealed and delivered the secession of Eritrea from Ethiopia.

In 1991, Herman Cohen, with the stroke of the pen, executed a coup d’état  in Ethiopia.

In 2019, Herman Cohen defames an entire people as “ethnonationalist hegemons” because of a misguided actions of a few disgruntled officials involved in an amateurish and  doomed from the start coup d’état. 

Am I making up stories about Herman Cohen’s coup d’état because I am in a hissy fit?

Hell, no!

Exactly 28 years to the month, on June 9, 1991, Newsweek puzzled over Cohen’s intrigue in bringing the TPLF to power and orchestrating Eritrea’s secession in a piece entitled, “COHEN’S COUP IN ETHIOPIA?” Newsweek wrote:

The real bombshell that day came out of London, where Cohen, a 35-year veteran of the Foreign  Service, reversed decades of U.S. policy by calling a referendum on independence for Eritrea-for which Eritrean nationalists have fought a 30-year war–a ‘good idea.’

The man who signed, sealed, shredded and sold Ethiopia is now talking about ethnonationalists’ coup and “centuries long Amhara hegemony”.

The man who signed, sealed, shredded and sold Ethiopia in June 1991 is demonizing Amharas in June 2019.

But what is Cohen’s evidence of “Amhara hegemony”?

Without a doubt, Cohen’s historical reference on “Amhara hegemony” is the Manifestoof the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front.

According to TPLF historiography, “Eritrea is an Ethiopian colony. Ethiopia is a country created by (Emperor) Menelik. Tigray is an independent sovereign country which was invaded by (Emperor) Atse Menelik and became an Amhara colony. Tigray is a colonial territory of Amhara.”

I have it all documented! Check it out!

I pity that old fool Herman Cohen. He should know better.

The late British PM Edward Heath said, “A diplomat is a man who thinks twice before he says nothing.”

I say Herman Cohen is a has-been diplomat who does not think before he spits venom on people who have done absolutely nothing to him.

Could it be that Herman Cohen attended the Stick Your Foot in Your Mouth School of Diplomacy?

Herman Cohen’s disgusting allegation of “Amhara hegemony” is as true as the revolting allegation of international “Jewish hegemony” in “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”.

There never was an “international Jewish hegemony”!

There never was an “centuries-long Amhara hegemony” in Ethiopia!

Cohen should know about the dangers of incendiary and inflammatory political rhetoric about racial and ethnic hegemony.

Shame on you, Herman Cohen!

Take down your picture with Nelson Mandela from your twitter page.

You shame Nelson Mandela’s memory with your drivel about “Amhara hegemony”.

Herman Cohen, did you know Nelson Mandela said:

Ethiopia has always held a special place in my own imagination and the prospect of visiting attracted me more strongly than a trip to France, England and America combined. I felt I would be visiting my own genesis, unearthing the roots of what made me an African. Meeting the emperor himself would be like shaking hands with history.

Is that the “Amhara hegemony” referenced in your dimwitted tweet?

Do you think Mandela’s imagination would have been captured by a nation under “Amhara hegemony” “over the past several centuries”?

Look at your handiwork Herman Cohen.

You single-handedly made possible the rise of ethnic apartheid in Ethiopia. 

Old misguided fools and babes must be disciplined

I don’t want to waste time and words talking about old fools.

But when an old fool demonizes an entire people, I must rise, defend and discipline him.

Herman Cohen should know that demonization of a people is the first step to seeking a final solution for them.

Talk of hegemony ends up in action to eliminate the purported hegemons. Using words like “hegemony” to indict an entire ethnic and religious group is an invitation to others to inflict violence on them.

Herman Cohen should know that.

The global rise in antisemitism today is driven by political rhetoric that demonizes a group of people because of their religion or race.

We don’t need a global voice for anti-Amhara rhetoric by one who should know better.

Herman Cohen deserves Shakespearean discipline for speaking out of turn.

Goneril, the cruel, deceitful and villainous daughter of King Lear, obsessed with overthrowing her father proclaims:

Old fools are babes again and must be used
With checks as flatteries, when they are seen abused.
Remember what I have said.

In plain English, old fools become like babies again. You can’t just flatter them. You must discipline them when you see that they are misguided.

Herman Cohen obsessed with overthrowing an imaginary Amhara hegemony must be publicly called out, named and shamed.

Herman Cohen, remember what I have said here!

Herman Cohen, please don’t demonize Amhara people. They have done nothing to you.

Leave them the hell alone.

Herman Cohen, please don’t defame and dishonor Amhara people. They have said nothing to defame or dishonor you.

Herman Cohen, please don’t smear, disparage and provoke Amhara people with your unfounded and scandalous drivel about “centuries-long hegemony”.

I shall forgive you for you know not what you say.

I forgive you because our prime minister H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed says, “We must separate the thorns from the rose flowers.”

You are a thorn on side of Amhara people. You have been a thorn on the side of the Ethiopian people since 1991.

Herman Cohen, you have done enough damage to Ethiopian politics.

Why can’t you leave us the hell alone. Let us solve our own problems. We don’t need your witless tweets or shallow advice.

I respect old people because they have wisdom. But I have no respect for an old twit who tweets morsels of drivel just to stay relevant.

I know there are many Ethiopians who are pissed off at Cohen’s tweet and his decades-long political tampering in their country.

I hope I have delivered a measured response to Herman Cohen on their behalf in this blog.

But as Ethiopians we  must never lose faith in each other because of what outsiders say who we are.

We must never carry the burden of hate placed upon us by those who have caused injury, misery and sorrow in the past.

As I have said before, “We must not lose faith in our fellow Ethiopians. Ethiopia is an ocean. If a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty (applying Mahatma Gandhi’s wisdom to Ethiopia).”

Let’s focus on a positive message and groove to positive vibrations.

Paraphrasing the words of the great Bob Marley, we should all stand up and sing:

One Love! One Heart! One Ethiopia. Let’s get together and feel all right. Give thanks and praise to the Lord and we will feel all right/ We will be alright. Let’s get together in One Love! One Heart! One Ethiopia and feel all right.

The teachable moment for Herman Cohen is this: Should he continue in his defamation, demonization and persecution campaign against Amharas or any Ethiopians, I am ready, willing and able to defend and wage a vigorous and unrelenting anti-defamation campaign against him and his ilk.

We demand an apology from Herman Cohen for his defamation of Amhara people.

Apology not forthcoming,



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58 Responses to "Herman Cohen’s Second “Coup” in Ethiopia? We Demand an Apology!"

  1. sketema   June 26, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you Alemariam for telling the truth by putting facts. Our enemies need to be told to be quit and let us solve our problems by ourselves. The Amhara people are defenders of Ethiopia with all other Ethiopians. The history of Ethiopia shows that; the Enemy of Ethiopia has been working to create division within ourselves so that they can achieve their ill intent. The Amhara people are the pride of Ethiopia so all other Ethiopians.

    Thank You Alemariam for defending the Amhara people of Ethiopia!

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  2. Lebaw Alula aba nega   June 26, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Mr. Herman Cohen is right that is the case of the Amhara problem, they think they are
    the only Ethiopians in Ethiopia. The problem of Ethiopia is the Amhara ethnic group, not
    all of them but the filo Derg like AlMariam who thinks the only educated in the Amhara
    society to me he and those like him are the problem….”YOU LIKE IT OR NOT IT IS”

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    • Alula hero   June 26, 2019 at 11:58 pm

      @ Lebaw Alula aba nega

      your name can tell the type of person you are!!

      you have no grounds, no proofs, nothing in general for the history you believe.
      leave in your dreams which can not be obtained in the reality.

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    • Girma Paulos   June 28, 2019 at 12:57 am

      I believe in freedom of speech by responsible people, not in just throwing up to please one group or the other. Alemayehu, you should be ashamed of yourself for calling a highly educated, distingushed diplomat “an old fool”. Sticking you tongue out at him and spitting will only make your smelly slyiva fall back on your face. You are shopping to make enemies for Amhara people and for Ethiopia at large. Your writngs are often to stir emotions and less Scholarilly. Do we need lies to correct another lie? I do not think upper class Amharas appreciate your run away bad mouthing on their behalf.

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      • Dereje Getaneh kebede   June 28, 2019 at 8:31 pm

        Girma, apparently you don’t even know that education does not necessarily remove partiality in people. Believe me you can be a PhD and an old fool, at the same time. Faireness and impartiality don’t come from academia; rather they are acquired behaviours that are nurtured in you by family or the environment and the community you grew up in. Herman Cohen is endeed ” yeshimagle Qelal”

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    • Dereje Getaneh   June 28, 2019 at 8:16 pm

      getanehkebede142@yahoo.com

      Leba Alula ….

      I can sense from your post that you have been a victim of “inferiority complex.” You and your ilk damn well know that Amharas have never ever profitted at the expense of Ethiopia or Ethiopians even when they were at their strongest. They were and still are inclusive, generous and humble people. The only thing that they could rightfully be identified with is their bravary and love of country. To be blunt, “inferiority complex” is the only dividing and antagonistic issue between Amharas and the rest of the Ethiopian ethnic groups. Somehow, Meles Zenawi and Abiy Ahmed are among those who believed that Amharas, by the vertue of their ethnicity, feel superior to all other ethnic groups in Ethiopia, and therefore should be eliminated. That is where the hatred on Amharas is coming from. THe truth is that Amharas are loving people who believe that all humans are equal. THat is why they are entermarried, more than any other ethnic groups, with all ethiopian ethnic groups and bore millions of beautiful children. They are facing such an endless persecution and hostility from all directions by people like you who have been inflicted by Inferiority complex.

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  3. Bray   June 26, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Sir Almariam

    I salute you with huge respect! thank you! Thank you and THANK YOU!

    Angete Kibe Teta !

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  4. AT   June 26, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Al Mariam is a lawyer. He should sue him in court.

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  5. Alem Abebe   June 26, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you for your amazing response to Cohen’s shameful tweets on my behalf.

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  6. Millie   June 26, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    He’s right. Amaharas tried to take over but failed. What was wrongly said?

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  7. wedinakfa   June 26, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Almariam

    Your notion about Eritrea is still as backward as your ancestors!!! to make it clear to you, your thinking is just like Shifila!!! cos you can wash shifila again and again but it still contains turd!!!!!!!

    Eritrean independence was not besotted to us on a silver plate or golden goblet by Herman Cohen or your icon dead brutal leader mengistu willing to relinquish or the midget Melles believed Eritrea is a sovereign country or not wanted it so!!!

    We, Eritreans while you were being fed with American fat hamburger and enchanted with feudal system that kept Ethiopia dark and backward for centuries but you are by choice oblivion to it, we were massacred, our properties pillaged, our mothers and sisters raped, young brothers and sisters run over by your Ethiopian military machinery, lead and organised by amhara instigated unrelenting war against Eritrea for over 30 years, thus the Horn is still paying a heavy price for the atrocities committed by none other than Amhara and associates, now whether you like it or not Amraha are at each other’s throat for power again!!! Now your brothers, your kin or be it Amhara instead of seeking peaceful solution and making Ethiopia for all Ethnic inhabitants your blood thirsty brut Amhara General killed his brothers to effect Chauvinistic Amhara lordship over Ethiopia and this is clearly written on the wall for all decent humans to see but here you are barricading yourself in back ward metall cycle that perpetuates violence and the rejection of the truth can only lead to farther destruction of Ethiopia and you seem to be open for the disintegration of Ethiopia!!! while I wish those decent Ethiopians who know the truth and live in reality I wish them wholeheartedly peace and healthy life and as for you and your ilks I pry to god to give a little appreciation of real life!
    So take note, Eritrea’s independence was not because of Melles liked or believed in our right to be free or Cohen chose for Eritrea to be free because of this and that NO!!! We Eritreans have paid heavy sacrifices of life limb and material lose but in your peculiarly blinkered brain perhaps because you are AMHARA you still ignore the clear fact and trying to correct others is can not get it Eritrean independence was and is just OUR RIGHT

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  8. Yonas Kidane   June 26, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    You are naming Mr.Coleman old fool for speaking his right mind,but yo are acting real old fool
    for bringing Eritrea a free nation to your writing which seems you are still obcessed,and cant get
    away from your ald Amhara hegemony thinking.Again, I will appreciate if you leave Eritrea and
    Eritreans alone.We are in building our nation which you left destroyed,and we don’t have time
    to argue with you old fool,and likes.

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  9. SLW   June 26, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Herman is another idiot scapegoating Amhara people in addition to the lazy local ethnic lords and power brokers. What an insult to his own imagened intellect if he has any. First of all what is Amhara so called domination before 1991? Did Amhara peasants and the general population ever got special treatment by old Kings or the Derg special treatment? Never. I’m fact most Amhara were so poor large number of them migrated as laborers to work in farms as far away as Jimma and Harrar. Those poor Amharas the only glory they did have were one of theirs was in the kings palace and the government official language was the own which neither advanced them because most of them could not afford neither to be literate. And language domination is not a fruit of forced assimilation but product of rich liturgy based culture. How would respond Herman about English language domination worldwide. In the other side from Kings time to Derg even Ethiopian language was used officially the royals the Serve liders never ethnic origin never was determinant for ruling. Hailey Silasie was half Orono as well was Minilik and Minilik’s strong men Gobena and Mikael were full Promos. The Yeyu dynasty was of Promo origin, Teidros was Amhara and Yohanes and Aluka of Tigray. The Zaguuwe dynasty was from Agaws and Falashas. So what is exactly Amhara domination. Because some students some students abandoned their University studies when the country most needed them and when the country was in a serious war and devised for them selves on how eazy is to manipulate peasants in ethnic lines to get to power using the peasants blood to build the Amhara domination non sense that they repeat ad-nausium of non existent reality it makes it real? Shame on you Herman specially knowing the danger the Amhara population is confronting today in every part of Ethiopian including in their region. Actually for the first time after 1991 we have for the first time rulers of one pure ethnic group leading with iron fist with puppet nation of nation’s representatives and universal individual freedom is not an option in today’s Ethiopian even after the opening of the political space. Sure you live here here in free democracy and you want 100 millions Ethiopians of 80 plus ethnic backgrounds to leave in batustan states. What a disgrace at least you should keep your frívolos opinions to your naive academic circles.

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  10. SLW   June 26, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Herman is another idiot scapegoating Amhara people in addition to the lazy local ethnic lords and power brokers. What an insult to his own imagened intellect if he has any. First of all what is Amhara so called domination before 1991? Did Amhara peasants and the general population ever got special treatment by old Kings or the Derg special treatment? Never. In fact most Amhara were so poor that large number of them migrated as laborers to work in farms as far away as Jimma and Harrar. Those poor Amharas the only glory they did have were one of theirs was in the kings palace and the government official language was the own which neither advanced them because most of them could not afford neither to be literate. And language domination is not a fruit of forced assimilation but product of rich liturgy based culture. How would respond Herman about English language domination worldwide. In the other side from Kings time to Derg even Ethiopian language was used officially the royals and DERG liders ethnic origin never was determinant for ruling. Hailey Silasie was half Orono as well was Minilik and Minilik’s strong men Gobena and Mikael were full Oromos. Minilik’s daughter was married to an Promo Gugsa of Gojam. The Yeyu dynasty was of Oromo origin, Teidros was Amhara and Yohanes and Alula of Tigray. The Zaguuwe dynasty was from Agaws and Falashas. So what is exactly Amhara domination. Because some lazy students some students abandoned their University studies when the country most needed them and when the country was in a serious war with Somalia and devised for them selves on how eazy is to manipulate peasants in ethnic lines to get to power using the peasants blood to build the Amhara domination non sense theory that they repeat ad-nausium of non existent reality it makes it real? Shame on you Herman specially knowing the danger the Amhara population is confronting today in every part of Ethiopian including in their region. Actually for the first time after 1991 we have for the first time rulers of one pure ethnic group leading with iron fist with puppet nation of nation’s representatives and universal individual freedom is not an option in today’s Ethiopia even after the opening of the political space. Sure you live here hmin free democracy and you want 100 millions Ethiopians of 80 plus ethnic backgrounds to live in batustan states. What a disgrace at least you should keep your frívolos opinions to your naive academic circles.

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  11. Hassan   June 26, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Those who are commenting on behalf of Eritrea are not neccesarly Eritreans. They are Weyane pretenders trying to wage a war between Eritreans and Ethiopians. True Eritreans knows how to distinguish between Amharas society and the brutal leaders of Haileselasse, Mengestu, Meles Zenawi.

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  12. Alula hero   June 26, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    your name can tell the type of person you are!!

    you have no grounds, no proofs, nothing in general for the history you believe.
    leave in your dreams which can not be obtained in the reality.

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    • Alula hero   June 26, 2019 at 11:57 pm

      @ Lebaw Alula aba nega

      your name can tell the type of person you are!!

      you have no grounds, no proofs, nothing in general for the history you believe.
      leave in your dreams which can not be obtained in the reality.

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  13. Minase Woldegiorgis   June 27, 2019 at 12:11 am

    This coup that killed many including these military Generals is not the first Coup which team Lema orchestrated to advance their political agenda, they have been doing coup after coup for years starting from Alemayehu Atomssa’s poisoning.

    Almost all of the most influential people in Ethiopia who are well off right now , have in one time or another participated in some sort of coup by taking undeserved positions from the rightfully deserving people through coup type scandals. President Alemayehu Atomsa was poisoned so team Lemma’s cadres President Muktar Kedir followed by President Workneh Gebeyehu take over Oromias presidency five + years ago. The relatively peaceful country of Ethiopia had been going on a downward spiral since President Alemayehu Atomsa’s death .

    ETHIOPIA HAGERE MOGNE NESH TELALA

    YESERALISH TERIBO YEGEDELESH BELLA!!

    https://borkena.com/2014/07/28/former-oromia-president-poisoned/

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  14. rezen   June 27, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Subject: “Herman Cohen’s Second “Coup” in Ethiopia? We Demand an Apology!” Almariam, June 26, 2019

    Commentary, 26 June 2019
    If I may, let me throw my pitch that the Honourable Professor is a little bit harsh in his thunderous criticism upon the American Diplomat. I rush to add, however, that I fully understand the ‘feeling’ of the Professor. In the same breath, I would also say that the experienced American Diplomat could have tempered his opinion without indulging in the sociological infrastructure of Ethiopia [and for that matter, indulging in the affairs of Black Africa, in totality], thus opening the wounds [i.e. divide and subjugation] of Africa. The wound will take a long time to hill, without being tampered by arising the old ugly and lawlessness of colonial mentality of yesterday over the People of Black Africa.

    To: borkena Thank You for the platform that enables your reader to express our humble opinion in the dignified manner of true African culture and wisdom. .

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    • Observer from Ethiopia   June 28, 2019 at 7:03 am

      ” indulging in the affairs of Black Africa, in totality], thus opening the wounds [i.e. divide and subjugation] of Africa. The wound will take a long time to hill”

      I do not know what the term “long time to hill is” ? But we do not have any colonial issue. As we have never been colonized. This response does not talk about such issue. And, you know it. Do not try to dissuade,digress the pain of people.

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  15. Lalibela   June 27, 2019 at 12:49 am

    hahaha, silly hippos. One of the two is rewriting history as to which one though is in the eye of the beholder. It’s like 1984 all over again: ‘How do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself; who gives your arguments a fair hearing and simply persists in his lunacy?’ Some call it alternative facts, untruths and doublespeak or simply ethnic-based politicking. “I must learn to love the fool in me – the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control,” said Merera Gudina, or was it Theodore Isaac Rubin. For the two hippos Merera would say there is an oromo saying that “fools seldom differ” or small minds rarely differ.” How can anybody be mad at Merera for God’s sake? Mark Twain would agree both hippos are fools: “It is better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” The whole thing would have been less comical if Dr. La didn’t take himself so seriously. Why but he’s always upset at everything and everybody under the sun. Even at such episodes when he is not being himself but it is him. In reference to history though no one can beat George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984: ‘He who controls the past controls the future, He who controls the present controls the past…The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth…Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them…Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing…’ The question is what is fact anyways? Is it subjective, quantifiable or up for debate? Merriam-Webster dictionary says : A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality.” Does that apply to Ethiopian history? or is it dependable on ethnicity?

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  16. Ittu Aba Farda   June 27, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Wow!! I can’t believe this former official has degraded himself down to the gutter. To me there has never been a situation where the entire people of Oromia and Amhara going at each other’s throat. That poor farmer and that wretched urban dweller in both regions do not have any ambition to rule over the others. It has been individuals who committed any crime on one ethnic group or the other just to line their pockets with loots. They had jailed and murdered citizens for that end. That Tigre farmer, that Oromo peasant, that Amhara poor highlander, all these three and others like them are innocent. Somebody should give this elderly man serious counseling. This is beyond being wrong. During such trying time, it is just disgusting because he is making the effort of those level head countrymen/women who work 24-7 to avert a potential blood bath. And that is not funny sir!!!! What is the matter with you!!!

    Dear professor, watch out! He is going to pull anti this and anti that ethnic card on you! Also, expect to receive a phone call from his lawyers too!!!

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  17. Kingdom   June 27, 2019 at 2:02 am

    There are many foreign so called experts in Ethiopia who, in the outset, talk like and, for the untrained ear, sound like they know Ethiopian people. Herman is one of them. Reading the comments he made, it is quiet clear that he has not taken the time to research Ethiopian History nor did he spent any time in an effort to rectify the crisis he took part in creating.
    I completely agree with Al. This old fool should stay out of our affairs.

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  18. Oromo Nation   June 27, 2019 at 3:45 am

    An Oromo general in the Amhara imperial army, and whose parents gave him an Amhara name to shield him from Amhara’s known discrimination against the Oromo people, his encouragement of young Oromo soldiers to get education didn’t go unnoticed by the then Amhara prime minister in the Amhara emperor Haile Selassie’s empire.

    The Amhara prime minister, mistaking the Oromo general for an Amhara ethnic due to his Amhara name, invited him over his house for dinner and said to him “The Oromo people are vast like the ocean, and if they were to be educated, they will drown the Amhara people to end the Solomonic dynasty.” Shell shocked by what he heard, the Oromo general left the Amhara prime minister’s house and started the Oromo Liberation Movement, which was later to known as the Qerro youth movement that toppled the Tigray ethnic minority regime to end Tigray hegemony. Al-Mariam was wrong to assume that the sacrifices made by the Qerro youth was to make the return of Amhara hegemony a possibility. It ain’t gonna happen. What ambassador Cohen said was the same thing the 50 million Oromo have been saying for decades. Ahyawun Ferto Dawlawun!

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  19. Boru   June 27, 2019 at 4:35 am

    Many thanks Mr. Herman Cohen for the truth you articulated on what has happened in Amhara Region

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  20. SLW   June 27, 2019 at 4:46 am

    The only reason for the current ethnic arranged Constitution is about power, land and resource grab by few ethnic elitists. In Ethiopia now a few ethnic groups have the upper hand as ethnic affiliation is bound to power, land resource allocation. A few ethnic groups have proclaimed ownership of vast majority of the land and resources as their God given right while majority of loosing ethnic groups are living in fear of being displaced in the land their ancestors lived. How can Herman and the narrow minded ethnic elitist can call the DERG government and Amhara government when language and land for the tilters was the foundation of is constitution. Herman can hate communism but please do not think we are dumb not to understand what is difference between it and your claim. I would like to now what was Herman’s opinions oon the rights of white settlers in Africa. Most probably is mute about it. While white settlers did come for scramble of Africa and their descendant’s own large amounts of land and resources in Africa are not subject of observation, Amharas that have been the most scarificed people to defend the land of Ethiopian across centuries and today they do not own nowhere even where to bring up their families is the subject of his analysis. Herman does this because he knows Western countries already made the big mistake when they legitimated TPLF, EPDRF annd SHABIA back in time and they would not back form their mistakes like they already did. The Ethiopian people never got consulted about anything it did happen from 1991 onwards and that includes Eritrean independence as well for those screaming here. Eritrean independence without Ethiopian people consultation was wrong as was wrong Hailesilasie annexation as a province without again the consultation of Eritrean and Ethiopian population.

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  21. SlW   June 27, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Finally, I would like to ask Mr Herman in which country in the world has been implemented what is being experimented in Ethiopia? None. Because all those countries that they attempted these experiments have been devastated. In Ethiopia also causing havoc.bad and the only thing is keeping it stable right now is people’s faith in each other and hoping for brighter future.

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  22. Belete   June 27, 2019 at 5:56 am

    we have to take care of those who praise amhara history.now a days amhara has become a security challenge for the greater Ethiopia.they appreciate as heroes those who kill other innocent Ethiopians.killing is not a heroic act rather it is a symbol of backwardness.
    the act was a terrorist act not a coup mr Herman Cohen.
    Almariam is an idiot professor nothing more

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  23. Tirhas   June 27, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Oh Amhara
    You cannot have your cake and eat it! YOU cannot enjoy the best of both worlds choose one :Asking asylum in western worlds , enjoying social or monetary benefits and taking power in ethiopia while demonizing TPLF and Tigryans donot go along . always Choose one!!!

    Amhara go to great lengths to restore the so-called its divine bestowed lordship by evoking violence , murdering, robbing and being involved in multiple big and petty crimes . However, we willnot even forget the massacres commited by amhara leader throughout ethiopia including Eritrea. What I still remembers , Amhara leaders like Melaku Fenta they were conducting mass murder locally called Red Terror, marked by the bloodshed of innocent Ethiopians. Besides, Melaku Tefera was torturing the bishop of Gondar just only the his garce said:May Almight God safeguard you by His angel and protect you from the anger or wrath of the God by the hand of God. In amharic the word his Angel is interpreted as Melaku and it was understood as the Bishop was sarcastically lashing out the governor of Gondar atn that time wh o was Melaku . Amhara governor’s stooge accused the bishop as if he was insulting and teasing the Amhara dictators . I cannot tell you all the savage acts of Amahra leaders against the innocent people including their own Amhara tribe members.

    Now, they want to turn Ethiopia into a bloody scene so as to hold power if not to kill all their poltical rivals just for the sake of satanic feedback, revenege.

    I was gainst the independence of Eritrea as a pârt of Orthodox laityI believed that We should stay togther and work for the unity of Ethiopia and national devt. However, as I see it now as Amharas and other narrowminded egoist people act savagely , we cannot continue to live with them giving our fathers, sisters and brothers as sacrifice to live with them being tortured and killed nonstop.

    With regard to this white man , these people always want to please and work with the wining party and maintain their national or bilateral interest . If we donot want to live together peacefully outsiders willnot grant us peace unless they see something that took their attention.

    TPLF could do many henious crimes but I will still support TPLF if my fellow Tigrayans are threatened by Amhara and other thugs who simply want to rob people in the blanket of amhara pride and tribal politics .

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  24. bran   June 27, 2019 at 8:47 am

    This article is full of holes, misguided facts, and simply very unprofessional. Maybe find out what hegemon means and educate yourself a little better. Yes, Ethiopia was under an Amhara hegemon because the kings, nobles and ruling class were Amhara for the past couple centuries; It was the politically dominating culture, that is a fact. Even the national language is Amharic due to the ‘hegemonic’ influence it had. The former Ambassador has his faults, but he has been talking extensively about the deception of TPLF when they betrayed the OLF, and other nationalist organizations to create a minority government in 1991. Pimping the country out to TPLF was not his plan. I understand your defensiveness, but the choice of language, and the use of facts selectively; i fear makes the whole article seem like the frivolous rant of a child not unable but unwilling to adjust to the wider reality others face.

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  25. Des   June 27, 2019 at 8:54 am

    I mostly like what Almariam writes but not here. Here he showed his inner most Amharaness. Labeling those speaking the truth with something. By the way blaming others for their own problem, weakness, poverty, etc is the behavior of Amhara hegemonic thinking. What a real old foll revealed.

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  26. Abe   June 27, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Abe
    The so called professor tries to bite the finger it feeds him
    You are absent minded professor to say Eritrean independence is given by Cohen
    Actually it was too late for Cohen to negotiate about peace process while Asmara was already controlled by it’s sons and daughters
    What kind of evidence do you need?
    CNN was broadcasting life from Meneliks”s palace in 1991
    You watched it when the EPLF T 55 tank made history by firing a direct hit to the gate of Meneliks”s gate
    You should be held responsible in the word court of opinion.
    Please get your house in order
    The war for independence is not called civil war
    You sound typical Nephtegna Amhara
    You should have thanked the EPLzF for helping you get rid of Mengistu unless you are a beneficiary of his system
    Kubur professor to get to Cohen you are stepping on mine field of Eritrea
    Preach peace like Dr Abey and you will the mind and the hearts of the majority
    If choose your way make no mistakes someone will encounter you
    Selsm le Ethiopia na le Eritrea
    Or I will quote General Aman Andom slogan in Asmara stadium “Ethiopia tikdem=Eritrea tikdem

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  27. Zee   June 27, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Cohen is a political prostitute.

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    • wediere   June 27, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      Al Mariam is a political harlot and a fake professor. While you are at it take the Gonderie descendant –Isaias Afwerk -with you and do whatever pleases you. Your unsubstantiated claim that Eritrea seceded because of Herman Cohen’s intrigues is not only laughable but childish. Menghistu with Soviet Union and Cuba help tried to break Eritrean resistant to no avail. When things became unavoidable Cohen and the State Department had no choice but admit to the realities. Eritrea was colonized with Sellasie’s chicanery (the dwarf so called king of kings)by dissolving the ill planned federation. Eritreans had no choice but to resist through armed resistance until victory in 1991. Unfortunately, the Tigrean-Amhara dikala Isaias Afwerki is acting like his ancestors and he will be swiftly dealt like his kins and finally Eritrea will be free and independent. Al Mariam emotions showed how weak and deranged human being he was. The bolts upstairs may be too lose they way he is behaving.

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  28. Albasa Dagaga   June 27, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Why Almariam looses his mind?
    Herman Cohen reiterates what Oromos, Tigreans, Eritreans, Sidamas, Somalis, and other oppressed nationalities has been saying for over a century until this day. Just because Amhara chauvinist elites bury their heads in the sand like a frightened ostrich so as to avoid being seen, doesn’t make Herman Cohen a villain. Almariam and co should wake up and smell the roses rather than living in their fantasy.

    Another Almariam and co tricks—trying to equate the Jews history with that of Amhara. Jews are way to smart to buy to such childish propaganda, for they know a lot better.

    Almariam should stop googling for vociferous adjectives and concentrate on self reflection and honesty when writing about Ethiopian peoples in general and the history of Amhara role in Ethiopia.

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  29. Aye abesha   June 27, 2019 at 11:39 am

    So what!

    Amhara has been left out of power for many years now. There is nothing wrong with trying to take over and rule the country. In fact, Amhara leaders from ancient days (13th century) formed the Solomon dynasty that preserved the country through colonization and countless other threats.

    Why do the people of Amhara should feel shame for trying to have power. I say it’s time we stand up with pride. Tigray, Oromo, and even Southern leaders have been playing game of thrones on this respected nation. Now it’s Amharas turn!

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  30. Hadera Bahta   June 27, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Please, stop insulting each other and a 3rd person. Discuss over things objectively, because it is how it should be between educated intelligent adults if you want the country you call your own, Ethiopia, to be proud of you. Tell Mr Cohen it is not his business to meddle himself in our country. But acting as spoiled kids and insulting each other, you are making us Ethiopians as uncivilized and an cultured pagans. Even the Eritreans who have commented in this page please avoid insulting our leaders, we have never had a leader less than yours. Thanks.

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  31. Asfaw   June 27, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Mr. Herman Cohen’s

    Your hate speech about Amhara remind us antisemitism inspired Hitler’s hatred of Jews and what life events played a role in its development.

    Amharas Lands were Home for Jews , u should know or ask before ur antisemitic speech. Amharas and Jews worship the same God. “God of Israel”

    The God who protect Israel protect Amharas”

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  32. SLW   June 27, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    @Oromo Nation and if you really are an Oromo.

    That makes the Amhara Prime Minister dumb and racist but still that does not account for all Amharas as the single Oromo that calls komatas Amharas it does not account for all Amharas. Neither your statement proves the general Amhara population was privileged. When General Birru did have the event Oromos and Eritreans were the preferred elites educated
    aboard off Hailesilasie. Check all the highly ranked Generals of the time. It is just easy to radicalize on ethnic lines and it get exploited extensively to galvanize society. The Moto is either you are with us or not and you can not be with all. That is what is destroying the country. General Birru did pay for standing up for what he thought what is right and rightfully and paid great sacrifice. But if we wakeup today from his grave what is being used his initial struggle like displacing millions of people and continually harrasing people and forcing out from their ancestral lands he would be the first to hammer the ethnic kingpins.

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  33. Haile Getahun   June 27, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you Professor Al! What a hair raising erudite answer to the psychopath Herman Cohen. I am very proud of you!
    You don’t at all expect that kind of tweets from a western hoodlum let alone a decades long diplomat.
    He is 87 years old standing at the brink of his grave. He shows no flinch to take the hate of Amhara to his grave. It was time for him to repent. He is the serpent of the Garden of Aden.

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  34. rezen   June 27, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Subject: “Herman Cohen’s Second “Coup” in Ethiopia? We Demand an Apology!” Almariam, June 26, 2019”

    Commentary, 27 June 2019

    “Thirty-five (35) responses on the subject matter”!!! This must be a RECORD. And it is getting focused [crystalized] to the age-old inherent malaise. Surely, a commentary by a single foreign citizen would NOT be a cause for such mushrooming of deep reaction that may very well end-up being a catalyst for age-old internal sociological upheaval in Ethiopia. Let us be honest: the reaction over the foreign writer is just a camouflage for inherent age-old problem.

    Let us dare to go to the insidious ancient historical malaise of Ethiopia. The sociological distinction and frictions among the indigenous societies, has been kept ‘under the rug’ [so to say] for seemingly time immemorial. It was never a healthy situation. It was only a ‘docile” situation, fully controlled by string of Kings, and their enablers. Indeed, it was the disintegration of the Emperorship of Haile Sellassie that brought wide open the awakening situation for the varied societies in Ethiopia. It is like opening a ‘wound’ for fresh air and slow recovery to healthy situation where the varied societies there-in will grow in tandem, in a peaceful and healthy atmosphere. Let us, at the same time, be frank: the institution of new political system — based on equality of varied societies – will NOT easily be acceptable by those who have been accustomed to ownership and authoritarian ship for centuries. It may even lead to internal skirmish and loss of human life as well as destruction of the country as a whole!!! Yes, it can happen.

    Accepting the natural reality of the composition of the Ethiopian structure of TODAY is the only remedy to attain a balanced atmosphere in diversified societies – without a single ‘tribe’ being the master of the rest. One dares to say, the situation in ancient Ethiopia was NEVER HEALTHY considering the absolute need of equitable and balanced atmosphere for the varied societies in the country i.e. The ‘Empire’ of Ethiopia. It is the choice of Ethiopians of the 21st Century >>> LIVE as One Nation or FRAGMENTED into pieces. As the saying goes, it does not rquire injunity to DESTROY. THE END

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  35. esaw   June 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Mad Donkey, who kicks with his fingers than his Legs. WEI Lekso! Eri Bekentu neu Negeru.

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  36. Ittu Aba Farda   June 27, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    One occasion I remember about this former public official was the press conference he held with international reporters in 1991 right after Mengistu cut and ran like a rabbit. It was in London after ‘the deal’ was all done. I noticed something that I thought was part of the ‘deal’. The rag tags marched into Addis(Finfine) and something that had been very difficult was carried out without a hitch. Then I started questioning the loyalty of this ‘mediator’. I remember him standing in front of a large crowd of international reporters assuring the world that ‘No democracy, no aid!’ I don’t think that was his only mission when I came to think of it after reading this article. It seemed that he had accomplished his other mission to haul away his precious cargo with no need of an official written approval. ‘No democracy, no aid’? I also think he must have felt a certain degree of remorse by his action then. His sense of guilt must be running so deep that he would say anything to justify the mess that followed. Until now I thought he averted further bloodshed then but I never knew he is such a bigot. The sad thing about this is he himself is a target of the most extremist brands of bigots. Neither me, any one of my merchant relatives including that poor farmer in Western Hararghe has any problem with the Amharas as an ethnic group. My(our) problem was with those who looted and oppressed in the name of the noble people of Amharas. Someone has been taking this lost soul for a long ride feeding him nothing but hatred. Still then I don’t want to believe that the State Department has been a den of hate mongers like this former official.

    Guess what bigots are doing now as we speak with what this hater said about our Amhara neighbors. Head to the social media and their news outlets and you will see it laid bare. They are telling the gullible what this ‘giant of diplomacy’ has said about Amharas who are all neftegnas. They are telling their easily aroused targets that what they were saying was not something they just made up. They are telling everyone around them that one of the highest US officials has confirmed that Amharas were and are your oppressors, every one of them. Just try to take a peek here, a peek there and it is everywhere for you to read all about it. Like the young generation says these days, he has gone viral!!! Bigots who have longed for a carved out territory to call it their own are running with it. What’s the matter with him?

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  37. Zekarias Megiso   June 28, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Thanks Professor Alemariam
    I don ‘t expect this kind of low level and worst explanation of one of Ethiopian family by allegedly experienced diplomat called Herman Cohen. Wrongly dehumanizing and defaming does not help any part of Ethiopia if the diplomat trying to support other group. Current Ethiopia problem is the result of last 27 years unfair rule and ethnic politics.

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  38. sara   June 28, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Abiy is incarnated devil

    did woyanee use ethinic federalism to liberate the minorities suppressed by amhara for centuries, allow them to speak proudly and use their language both in and out of school. They were belittled and despised by amhara. When someone speaks non amharic , amharas used to deriding and ridiculing at him or her.

    How on earth could amahra suppress the whole countrymen ? Amhara elites who continously wage war and provoke violence should be brought to justice. They donot represent the hardworking and peaceful Amhara and the same goes to some oromo bad eggs like Juwar Mahammed who couldnot be a representative Oromo People.

    Amhara dictators destroyed Geez at the expense of imposing their language on the entire nation and preventing the rest ethnics to use their own languages.

    As Melese described Political parties are not agregates of Angels they could do something that pleases one and displeases the other. Look what the regerets of Obama admn and other powerful leaders elected by peaceful democratic elections they always have something unpleasant even if they have well-educated and highly experienced staff behind them.

    I donot believe Woyane folowed ethnic federalism to create division among tribes but it was to emancipate the socalled minorities who were suppressed and killed by dominant tribes .
    We have no clear evidence to show to the world that TPLF caused damage to our unity . We cannot calim that the rest of nations and nationalities have to follow what was established by domineering government regulated by Amharas for centuries without giving opportunity to take part in leadership make use of thier own languages etc

    Dominanting a certain tribe or society in quantity or in number doesn’t always imply that we have exclusive right to hold power over the others.

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  39. kakay   June 28, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Failed coup in #Ethiopia’s Amhara state was an attempt by ethnic nationalists to restore Amhara hegemony over all of Ethiopia that existed for several centuries prior to 1991. That dream is now permanently dead.

    this is the truth

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  40. Andargachew yirga   June 28, 2019 at 10:32 am

    The writter expliand Ethiopia wisely but the coup was not return the power of Amhara ethic because Amhara people was suffered the rulling party before EPRDF. Therefore this was the event that tries to save himeself. It was not the coup. Before the last 50 years and the present Amhara ethincs are suffered. Even Aby Ahmed also tries to suffered Amhara ethinic. So however Amhara makes Ethiopia, teaches how to live, how to wear clothes and others to the nomadis no ethincs are giving recognition that is why Amhara formulated ethinic based party namely NAMA.

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  41. rezen   June 28, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Dear Management,

    Forgive me for coming in for the THIRD time!!!
    I am impressed by the volume of replies >>> so far 45!!!
    And most of all by the civility in the exchange of commentaries.
    That is how it should be in a mature society.
    And that is the only way of achieving productivity, for the benefit of the country in its entirety.
    Keep on going. Good Luck.

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  42. Sahal   June 28, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    It’s human nature to denying whatever crime he committed how big or small is. So the accusations that Mr. Cohen directed to the Amhara ethnic whether is truth or false is wrong. 1. That’s not his business especially at this time. 2. By answer to this way, you give him exactly what he wanted: division among the Ethiopian. Opinions may be different but history is fact. So the only way that we can come together and live peaceful is to forgive each other and focus to the future. Criticism and accusing each other ever time about the dark side of our history will never move forward our country. Please don’t fall into the trap of the enemy. Less spend ours times and energy how we can fix things, live peaceful together and move on. Everything is possible just look Rwanda. Less give a chance to our government. Please RESPECT THE MARTYRE WHO DYED FOR OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY. And we should always remember of them and their courageous behavior. God bless Ethiopia!

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  43. luku   June 28, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Wey ityooiawi, 27 amet at least, nesawchiwoch finch bisetuachehu, aay tegnechalehu alachehu, tadia min tehonu? Aay, poletika alwedim bemalet sele ityooiana sele alem huneta joro yelegnem, alayem alachehu. Ahun eyandandesh bet siyankuakua, endewem yebelete bezer tederajachehu, beityopia kemederajet yilik. Bezu mereja eko ale beware technology, ituopia at least 15 amet befit ageritu wedet eyamerach endehonech. Andim yesera yelem, kredit mestet le Esatoch, le Kinijit, le G7toch. Tegelachewen eyemotum, eyetetekum yeketelu, lelaw esaten g7 kemekawem beras enkuan endenesu sayderaju, chirash enezihen derejit mekawem ebdet niw. Yezerahewen tachdaleh endetebalew, yaltagelachihulet ager telat seyezew wetet endet mamtat yechalal? Demo, bezu le ityooia nekenake derejetoch menor malet, ketelatoch gar negeger yemibal neger eko ale, wede selam lemamtat, alebelezia lelawen leituooia komiyalehu yemilewen menkef, kezih gar honual malet zebet now.

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  44. Roobee Guumaa   June 30, 2019 at 12:08 am

    The “Amhara is a master at deception with straight face and convincing manner he will relate the most preposterous fiction.” (Donald Nathan Levine)

    Just listen to what they say on the demonstration in Germany. I don’t think anyone with a little sense of humanity can say what they are saying to deceive people. They vow to kill Ethiopian leader.

    The Amhara people are ignorant of who they are and where they come from. In the first place, Amhara people were not Ethiopians. They are naturalized citizens of Ethiopia by the Kushites. They were Arabs who came from Yemen between 6th and 7th centuries AD. They don’t care what happens to Ethiopia because they didn’t found it or they didn’t create it. They came and settled there just a few centuries ago. Ethiopia was founded by the great great grandson of Kush (Oromo and Galla ancestor), before 7,000 years. As they say, blood is thicker than water; they don’t care about Ethiopia because they were not the ones who found it. It’s the same case with the story of the two women recorded in the Bible in 1 Kings 3:16-28. (Read it for yourself)

    “The Amhara features are similar to the southern Arabs, olive to brown skin, with fine features and dark circles around the eyes.” (Orville Jenkins)

    “Prior to Greek history, Ethiopia was known as “Kush” by the ancient “Egyptians.” The Buhen stela (housed in the Florence Museum), which dates from the reign of Sety I (1294-1279 BC), refers to this region as “Kas” and “Kash.” Kush is also mentioned as “KSH” in other texts dated between 1550 – 1069 BC.”

    “…From the Arabian peninsula, they brought with them the language that belongs to the Hamitic root — this is the present-day Geez language (literary). The Semites, having mixed with the inhabitants of the country, changed their language and pronunciation and hence came about the present-day Amhara, or Abyssinian, or Amharic language. “Amhara” is the name that the Abyssinians give themselves. The name “Abyssinian,” accepted now in Europe, came about thus: Arabs call them “Habesh,” which means “mixture” (confirmation of what we surmised that the Abyssinians are a mixed race).” ( Alexander Bulatovich)

    Unfortunately, their character and view still reflect who they were before they migrated to Ethiopia. This is what history affirms about who they are:

    “The name Abyssinia, or more properly Habessinia, is derived from the Arabic word Habesch, which signifies mixture or confusion, and was applied to this country by the Arabs on account of the mixed character of the people. This was subsequently Latinised by the Portuguese into Abassia and Abassinos, and hence the present name.” (Gobat:Encyclopaedia Britannica)

    The Arabs say if you see Habesh and snake together, kill Habesh first. Why do they say that? The Answer is, we have lived with it for over a century. That’s what we are hearing from this guy Henoke Yeshitila. Snake is always a snake; you can never tame snake. No matter how much you try, it always turns around and kills you with its poison.

    “ According to credible sources, the name Abyssinia is derived from the Arabic word Habesh, which means mongrel. I am not sure if it has pejorative meaning at present time, but it was something common to hear the expression Habesh – Rabesh, Habesh – Hanish in Arabic which means Habesh – Garbage, Habesh – Snake,” (Tuji Jidda)

    Abyssinia and Ethiopia were not the same country until Haile Selassie requested the US DEPARTMENT OF STATE to drop Abyssinia and call the entire country Ethiopia in 1926 during his consolidation of power 1920-1929.

    “….Most importantly, the following all inclusive Memorandum of Department of State regarding the official name of Ethiopia explains the whole situation of the historical genocide committed.”
    (DEPARTMENT OF STATE, DIVISION OF PUBLICATIONS October 18, 1926)

    I believe that it would be gratifying to the existing government of Ethiopia if the use of the word Abyssinia could be dropped.”

    “In this connection, I respectfully suggest that it would be more strictly correct to abandon the use of the word Abyssinia in favor of Ethiopia. DIVISION OF PUBLICATIONS October 18, 1926. Received OCT 27, 1926

    Look at the confusion Ethiopia has been subjected to because of the Amhara-Habesha people whose blood doesn’t contain peace, democracy and equality.

    “The objection of the people of the country to the term “Abyssinia” arises from the fact that the Arabic word “Habesha”, from which it is derived means “confusion”, and that it has come to connote, as the Arabs use it with reference to “Abyssinia”, “mongrel” (strange mixture).”

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  45. Gobena   June 30, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Amhara Hegemony is not fiction; it’s reality, and most clear headed people including Amhara’s won’t desput this fact. The Amhara Elite have reduced the rest of Ethiopians in to subject and that is what created today’s ethnic federation because most victims never forgotten their subjugation on the hands of Amhara Elite. You could fume all you want but the fact is the fact. Amhara Elits always confused fact and fiction. Amhara culture celebrating a mass merderer and its victims as heros. Fucked up culture. I am glad every Amaro took off its mask and say they are Amhara they fight for Amharo supremey

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  46. lulu   July 2, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Lib adergu, beityppiawinete ekoralehu gin yezih zer negn yemetelu kuch yalachehu, yene zer niw yemimeraw yemitilu, zare amaran yatefalu, nege beraseh yezoral. Shabia ityooia lai telatinet siferej mejemeria be 60wochu, esti ityooia matt wist yegebachibet meknyat kemejemeria atnu. Yihe beyetim betayut kign geziwoch yaderajachew be nesawchiwoch bekul niw. Zare amaran eyesedebachehu, resachehut eko yenesawchiwoch alama. Aydelem amara ityooian enatefalen yalu eko nachew. Ehadeg eko yenesawchiwoch mewakir niw eko. Ityopia telatachin nat belew, ketilo demo amara telatachin niw belew amarawen lematfat, geezen lematfat, bandiran lematfat, Ortodoxen lematfat eko niw. Zare Oromo negn beleh, amara siteka ayagebagnem, amara lai mefred, telant min sidereg neber? Aha leka, oromo elai eskemiweta neber yetebekew? Yante ityooia equlineten lemamtat sayhon zare demo ende hewahat olf endigeza neber yetebekew? Nesawchiwoch yemichawetubin eko endatikawemachew bezer selekomu eyeseralachew niw, aye ene bezer adlo alamnim hulum beityooiawinetu aand lai yekum kalk eko, aye ante kehadi neh bilo yeferejehal selezih, satwed begidih zer wist yasgebahal lezih niw ke shabia meske olf eyesera yalew, hezb baand lai mekom yalchalew. 70 amet sira zare frey eyagegnelachew niw. Ityooiawiw eko minim altagelem, beteley diaspiraw. Aydelem ityooia wist, wechi ager eko nesawchiwoch bekefetegna huneta eyateku niw, ahun demo amarawen gilse behone menged, lemecheresha gize shabia endetemegnew, oromona amara teleyaye, oromo hailoch amaran tekotatrewal ahun, meriwochachew tegedlewal. Ityooianoch eytebelachehu niw, amarawen lemecheresha gize lematfat tenestewal, enante kuch belachehu lemin enezih nesawchiwoch (shabia,olf,tplf) endetenkesakesu tresto, amara akrari minamin telalachehu, enesu eko ahun lenesu yemenor yalemenor gudai niw, ityooia yemilew hezb amaran endekeda mekuter alebet. Dr aby etyopia belual minamin, ayseram, wanaw meret lai yemideregewen mayet niw. Dr aby teru meri niw yemetelu, bahir dar wist yetederegew neger mayet yebekal eko, yesu teru mehon alemehon, le ityooia yebeje neger yelem, yamara wendemochachinin lematfat yetenesaw yewech ena yewist hail erasehen nege yatefahal. Aynachin matekor esu lai niw. Demo alamaw gilse niw, yeityooian habt , beteleyem abay wenzen,leloch maedenochua, erasu yeituopia meret betaam benezih yewech hailoch yefelegal. Esun enkuan restachehu zare bezer tebelalachehu, embi algezam yemilewen amarawen lemasbelat dr aby hone bezer yetenesut aydelem ityooian erasachewen asalfew lebarinet lemazegajet niw.

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  47. masresha   July 11, 2019 at 8:39 am

    you said how can an entire group (amhara)be hegomenic over Ethiopia ??in response to Herman Cohen ,yes that’s true in my belief one ethnic group(people) can’t be hegomeny over others I also condemen for Herman Cohen for blaming Amhara as a group……but in your previous blogs you and many other activists and politicians,Esat are the one to call tigray hegomeny over the last 27 years.these is a good example how far almost all amhara bloggers and politicians are running lies. you need to look inside your self from hate,and racism.

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  48. Fresh   July 16, 2019 at 4:03 am

    The problem in Ethiopia is denying to accept the reality on the ground. Ethiopia can not continue with the old thinking. Hey everybody come to terms with the reality and accept it.

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  49. musie desta   July 27, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    mr cohen is right
    the amhara elites(not all of them) believe they are the only ethiopians and the only qualified rulers.
    that dream is over now.

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  50. alemudamtew   September 6, 2019 at 9:49 am

    okay to apologize. But let me tell you, the main reason they hate and lose the Amharas is that Ethiopia has been protected from invasion and abolished slavery in Africa

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  51. Welakit- Tigrai   September 17, 2019 at 9:18 am

    The biggest idiot ever seen inhibitory is this useless `man called almariam.
    How on earth could such a well articulate and informative comment be labelled as a disgust and a reflection from an old fool?\I appreciate for the insightful comment from Herman Kohn regarding the idiotic move of the Amharas to go back a century in history and bring back the Amhara Hegemony while all in one are united and had enjoyed the `federal union.

    Let every one know that its not business as usual this time, everyone is aware of his individual and group rights and had enjoyed the federal union for almost three decades.

    Is that a possible option for the orders and shown elite amhara minorities? For me Amhara is the most divided and fragile clan in the country that could disintegrate in to more pieces and autonomous regions while solidification and hardening of the Tigrean identity foundation is inevitably confirmed in the course of the last two to three years.

    Get a clue Mr. Looser Almariam

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