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The US Media Bias About Events in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church followers holding vigil near Ledeta Church in Addis Ababa (Photo : SM/file)

By Worku Aberra 

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) won a major victory against the Abiy government on February 15. The renegade bishops returned to the church and the government relented. Abiy Ahmed tried to control the church, but thanks to the far-sighted leadership of the church and the perseverance, dedication, and sacrifices of its members, the church prevailed. It’s a victory that highlighted the unity of the Ethiopian people across all regions, ethnic groups, and religious denominations.  It is a victory for all Ethiopians to celebrate. 

On February 12, the Abiy government prevented followers of the EOC from attending church services, violating their fundamental right to worship. That date will go down in history as one of the darkest days in Ethiopia. No government in Ethiopia has ever stopped worshippers from attending religious services. The Abiy government stands out for its infamy. It will always be remembered for its brutality. History will not be kind to Abiy Ahmed for his government’s intimidation, beating, imprisonment, and killing of EOC members. Their crime? Wearing black clothes, heeding the advice of their Abuna, praying in and around their churches, holding candlelit vigils, rejecting government control of their church. 

The church, historians tell us, is the institution with the broadest support, the largest members, and the most influence in Ethiopia. Its victory against the government testifies to that reality. The relationship between the church and the state has been complex. Rulers have sought the validation of the church for their legitimacy, and the church has directly or indirectly granted its blessings for one or the other faction of the elite, while the clergy, particularly the hermits, have stood for justice. 

The EOC is committed to Ethiopia’s sovereignty and national unity, a stand that irks separatists. 

Abiy Ahmed wants more than support from the church; he would like to impose his political agenda on the church. He wants to control the church, to instrumentalize it for his authoritarian rule.  And the victory doesn’t mean that he has abandoned his plan. Imprudent as he is, he may strike at the opportune moment, but the church is ready to fight back. 

The Silence of the US Media

During the past two weeks, Ethiopia had been rocked by large-scale peaceful demonstrations against the government’s attempt to control the church. The breadth and depth of the resistance to the government plan was unprecedented. The all-inclusive movement rejected ethnicism, the state ideology of Ethiopia since the 1991, to the disappointment of ethnicist politicians. 

The historical significance of the protests of millions was evident, and yet the US media chose to ignore it. Reuters reported on February 10 that the government restricted access to social media platforms. Its coverage focused on the restriction and side stepped the main event, the people’s resistance. It also distorted the issue by saying the conflict was between two factions of the EOC, between the splinter group and the main church, whereas the conflict was between the government and the church. 

Reuters, AP, and Aljazeera reported that the TPLF leaders and government officials, led by Abiy Ahmed, met on February 3, an inconsequential event that was, in fact, staged to divert attention from the popular demonstrations. Clara Anna of AP, who frequently reports the TPLF’s statements, has been quiet about the plight of millions of EOC followers.

Similarly, when eight individuals, who had no political followers, formed a coalition with the TPLF on November 5, 2021, in Washington, with assistance from the State Department, to establish an alternative government in Ethiopia, Ethiopians laughed at the absurd announcement, but it was considered newsworthy and reported, analyzed, opined by the New York Times, Aljazeera, CTV News, Reuters, VOA, PBS, CNN , among others media organizations, claiming that the alliance will usher in a new era in Ethiopia. Of course, the alliance lasted barely a month, let alone form a government. Bias blinds the eyes. 

The journalists who have relentlessly reported about human rights violations in Tigray, such as  Nima Elbagir of CNN, Jeffery York of The Globe and Mail, Declan Walsh of The New York Times, and others were silent as the fundamental right to worship of 55 million Ethiopians was violated.  The bias of the US media cannot be clearer. 

The Propaganda Model

If we need any proof of media bias, the omission by the US media of the largest peaceful demonstrations that took place throughout Ethiopia and around the world in the past two weeks provides one. Several hypotheses have been suggested to explain media bias. The liberal-conservative ideological divide of the owners of news organizations has been taken as a source of bias, but the Chomsky-Herman propaganda model explains the structural basis for media bias. 

In the propaganda model, Chomsky and Herman present five structural mechanisms that produce biased reporting. These mechanisms (filters)—ownership, advertisement, news sources, fear ideology, and flak—determine media bias in liberal democracies.  Each of these variables can be discussed in detail, but that is beyond the scope of this article. 

The model postulates that media outlets are owned by conglomerates that are profit driven, not truth seekers. Profit maximization determines the commission and omission of events as news. What is newsworthy and what is not newsworthy is a function of profitability. The preoccupation with profit creates bias. For newspapers, it results in biased news reporting, partisan opinion pieces, and slanted editorials. For television channels, profit-seeking editors decide which events will be covered. 

Certain events that jeopardize profits will be ignored, although newsworthy; while trivial items like celebrity gossip that increase profits will be covered. The choice of events as news and the slanted views on the events create consensus among the public that are consistent with the opinions, positions, and interests of the elite. Chomsky and Herman call this process ‘manufacturing consent’

To increase readership or viewership, the media often focuses on sensational stories such as crimes, wars, starvation, and famines. The war in Tigray fit the bill. It had abundant pictures or videos of starving children, dead soldiers, live executions, child soldiers, thousands of Ethiopian soldiers being paraded and jeered at in the streets of Mekelle, the capital of Tigray. This ‘sensationality’ of the war is one of the reasons that the war received extensive coverage by media outlets in the West. The coverage of the Tigray war was, without a doubt, sensational but unethical, immoral, and even racist. 

Racist stereotypes permeated the coverage of the Tigray war. The reporting has been used to demonstrate how Ethiopians are ‘uncivilized.’  For example, Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times writes in the Tigray war  ‘…, men have been clubbed to death… the slaughter of Tigryans… ‘. He has not written a column describing the war in Ukraine as ‘the slaughter of Ukrainians.’ 

To be sure, there has been much atrocity in the Tigray war, just as in any other war, but there has been no evidence of men ‘being clubbed to death’ in the war. He manufactured it. The exaggerated number of gang rapes, the display of live executions of unarmed civilians by CNN, Samantha Power’s statement about Ethiopian soldiers crushing chicks under their boots, and the other repugnant media accounts indicate racist representation of the Tigray war. 

The US media has shown great disrespect to the war victims in Tigray. Nima Elbagir  of CNN showing the live executions of civilians, allegedly by Ethiopian soldiers, demonstrates CNN’s utmost disregard for the victims, their families, their humanity. What is even more appalling is that the media and entertainment industry, instead of reprimanding her unethical reporting, gave her the Tony Award in 2022 for her semi-fictious documentary about the Tigray war. CNN promoted her as the Chief International Investigative Correspondent in January 2022. Bigoted and false reporting pay. 

CNN has never shown live executions of Ukrainians or Russians or their dead bodies. The war in Ukraine has not been presented as disrespectfully as the war in Tigray. The US media’s racist representation of the Tigray war is indisputable.

If we want to apply the Chomsky-Herman model to explain the US media’s bias in covering events in Ethiopia, we must include an important variable that is excluded from the model: the disposition of reporters, regardless of their journalistic professionalism. Some reporters display a positive disposition towards Ethiopia (Jeff Pearce), while others manifest a hostile mindset towards Ethiopia (Nima Elbagir of CNN). 

There are only few US journalists who regularly report on Ethiopia. These individuals have a considerable degree of influence on what events and how these events in Ethiopia are presented to the American public and the world. Especially, reporters working for Reuters and AP, mostly writing from Nairobi, effectively determine which events in Ethiopia are covered, biased or unbiased. 

AP provides news to 15,000 news outlets throughout the world. This means, for example, a biased or false report by Clara Anna could be repeated by 15, 000 media outlets. Reuters also provides news to many media organizations globally. Because of their monopoly over news about Ethiopia distributed outside Ethiopia, these few reporters determine what is newsworthy among events in Ethiopia.  Reporting by this tiny number of journalists, with their pro-TPLF disposition and support for the Biden administration’s policy towards Ethiopia, has influenced public opinion in the West about the Tigray war.  

US Foreign Intervention and the US Media

The propaganda model posits that the US media supports US foreign policy because of ideology, the ideology of anti-communism, counterterrorism, or fear. Further, the symbiotic relationship between US government officials and journalists conditions them to toe the US official line. As a result, the US media generally sanctions US foreign intervention. The New York Times is probably the most influential newspaper in the US; it has been described as the agenda setter for the US elite. Typically, it supports US foreign policy and endorses the measures taken by the US against other countries. 

When the US dropped the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima during World War II, it published an article on September 13, 1945, titled “NO RADIOACTIVITY IN HIROSHIMA RUIN:..”. No need to comment. Judith Milner of The New York Times authored several articles in 2002 falsely claiming that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, justifying the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. 

The US media’s coverage of the Tigray war is consistent with the prediction of the propaganda model. The model predicts that the coverage of the Tigray war will be slanted to reflect the official position of the US government. That is exactly what happened. The mainstream media supported the Biden government’s position on the war. 

The New York Times has published numerous articles, columns, opinion pieces, and videos cheering the Biden administration and demanding that it intervene more in Ethiopia. Other US media outlets, CNN, PBS, CBS, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, have taken a similar position on the Tigray war. The uniformity of the mainstream media’s perspective on the war has been remarkable. There has been no diversity of opinion on the Tigray war. Truth dies in biasedness, to paraphrase The Washington Post’s slogan. 

The Biden administration, the media, and NGOs (Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International) all have expressed their concerns about human rights violations in Tigray. However, their concern about human rights abuses in Ethiopia, as elsewhere, is highly selective.  The West, particularly the US governments, has shown no consistency in condemning human rights violations around the world or in Ethiopia. 

The focus has been on the violation of human rights in certain countries or of certain groups in a country while ignoring similar or even egregious human rights abuses in other countries or of other groups in the same country, depending on political considerations. In Ethiopia, the US and the other Western governments have been vocal about human rights abuses in Tigray, but essentially silent about parallel or wore situations in Oromia, Benishangul, and the other regions of Ethiopia. 

‘Worthy’ and ‘Unworthy’ Victims

Chomsky and Herman, when discussing selective concerns about political persecution, distinguish ‘worthy’ and ‘unworthy’ victims. ‘Worthy’ victims are victims who live under regimes that the US government opposes, for example, Cuba, Iran, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.  ‘Unworthy’ victims are victims who live under regimes that the US government supports, such as Algeria, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. In Ethiopia, for various political reasons, the Biden administration considers Tigrayans ‘worthy’ victims. 

Consequently, the Biden administration is selectively concerned about human rights abuses in Tigray; USAID inequitably allocates food aid to Tigray. The US has distributed more food aid to Tigray than to any other region in Ethiopia, according to S. W. Omamo, the former Director of the World Food Program for Ethiopia. The war victims who live in Afar and Amhara have not received as much food aid from the US as the victims in Tigray. 

The concept of ‘worthiness’ extends beyond political persecution. Whether victims of natural calamities receive disaster relief or not depends on their government’s relationship with the US government. Today, the US provides assistance to the victims of the earthquake in Turkey, but not to the victims in Syria. The famine victims in southern Ethiopia are almost unnoticed by USAID.

Just as the US media ignored the resistance of the EOC followers, the US State Department remained silent as their freedom to worship was violated. Unlike its defense of human rights in Tigray, the US government was conspicuously quiet when the right to religious freedom was violated in Ethiopia.  

Ned Price, the spokesperson for the State Department, was asked about the issue on February 15, but he appeared clueless, baffled, confused. For the US, the plight of 55 million EOC members was a non-issue. EOC followers won their right to practice their religion as they deem fit, without the support of the US government and without the US media’s coverage. This makes their victory doubly significant.

The Abiy government temporarily succeeded in stopping EOC followers from attending church services on February 12 in Addis Ababa, but its ‘victory’ was shallow, short-sighted, and short-lived. Just four days later, the church won the right to run its affairs without government interference. The government was defeated.  The victory will embolden others to assert their rights as well. The church should support the Ethiopian people’s struggle for freedom, equality, and justice, just as they stood with it in its struggle against the government. 

Worku Aberra is a professor of economics at Dawson College, Montreal, Canada. 

Editor’s note : views in the article reflect the views of the writer, not the views of borkena.com 

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19 COMMENTS

  1. I’m not trying to pick a fight with the well read author of this article. But I wish elites like this countryman choose to pause, think and ponder more than once before they write or speak once. In this case I feel like this young PM is getting undeserved bad rap. He isI’m not trying to pick a fight with the well read author of this article. But I wish elites like this countryman choose to pause, think and ponder more than once before they write or speak once. In this case I feel like this young PM is getting undeserved bad rap. He is blamed for something he was not the perpetrator of the crisis in the church. But he was the one along with our blessed elders who were able to come up with a solution. Many elites on both sides of the spectrum among us are sadly presupposed about PM Abiy. Criticism is and should always be welcome but he should not be discarded. One group of the elites wants him discarded so there will be a sudden power vacuum with all its chaos so they can just march in to carve out a territory as their personal fiefdom they will call republic this or that. That is called fishing in troubled water. The 2nd group of elites wants him discarded now remiss of the fact it will lead to destructive chaos or they just don’t care. In this case PM Abiy made them eat their crow when the church leaders came out and profusely thanked him for solving their own problem they were not able to solve. We need to grow up!!!

    blamed for something he was not the perpetrator of the crisis in the church. But he was the one along with our blessed elders who were able to come up with a solution. Many elites on both sides of the spectrum among us are sadly presupposed about PM Abiy. Criticism is and should always be welcome but he should not be discarded. One group of the elites wants him discarded so there will be a sudden power vacuum with all its chaos so they can just march in to carve out a territory as their personal fiefdom they will call republic this or that. That is called fishing in a troubled water. The 2nd group of elites wants him discarded now remiss of the fact it will lead to destructive chaos or they just don’t care. In this case PM Abiy made them eat their crow when the church leaders came out and profusely thanked him for solving their own problem they were not able to solve. We need to grow up!!!

    • Ittu Aba Farda , pro-oromo genocide and notorious for his support to abiy ahmed genocider

      your trashy irrelevant , repetitve ,and incoherent comment ever read. We will also discard you and deport you to gonder, a a cave infested with neftegna and your eritreans. Eritreans and amahara fano killed Oromo together. we will capture asmara and asssab soon.

  2. I’m not trying to pick a fight with the well read author of this article. But I wish elites like this countryman choose to pause, think and ponder more than once before they write or speak once. In this case I feel like this young PM is getting undeserved bad rap. He is blamed for something he was not the perpetrator of the crisis in the church. But he was the one along with our blessed elders who were able to come up with a solution. Many elites on both sides of the spectrum among us are sadly presupposed about PM Abiy. Criticism is and should always be welcome but he should not be discarded. One group of the elites wants him discarded so there will be a sudden power vacuum with all its chaos so they can just march in to carve out a territory as their personal fiefdom they will call republic this or that. That is called fishing in troubled water. The 2nd group of elites wants him discarded now remiss of the fact it will lead to destructive chaos or they just don’t care. In this case PM Abiy made them eat their crow when the church leaders came out and profusely thanked him for solving their own problem they were not able to solve. We need to grow up!!!

  3. Another baloney by a professor disgruntled because there was no bloodshed and return of Amhara supremacy, matched only by Abiy and Orthodox clerics.

    • Alem. I don’t think you understood the article. The author never endorsed violence. HIs main point was the media bias. Read the article first before you criticize.

      • You sure did not understand what “struggle against the government” really suggests. The writer says “The EOC is committed to Ethiopia’s sovereignty and national unity.” That is a thinly-veiled argument for single ethnic and religious group dominance. Sovereignty is no business of the EOC; sovereignty has to do with ALL the people regardless of ethnicity, religion, and language. The EOC’s business is to look after its congregants and set a worthy example. I wonder why the writer never mentioned the rotting core of the EOC–the corruption, the hatred, money-grubbing leaders fro top to bottom, etc.

  4. Thank you Professor Worku for a well-researched and well-written article. I strongly suggest that you expand it and publish it in a peer-reviewed academic journal as a case study of media bias and racist representation. I am a bit disappointed that you have been soft on Abiy Ahmed, the bloody murder, but I understand you the focus of the article is media bias. The article is informative, analytical, and timely. We need scholars like you. Thank you.

  5. Thank you for Professor Worku for a well-researched and well-written article. I strongly suggest that you expand and publish in a peer-review academic journal as a case study of media bias and racist representation for history. You are a bit soft on Abiy Ahmed, the bloody murderer, but I understand you focus was media bias. Superb work.

  6. Dr. Worku, is your PhD in Economics Major & Dishonesty Minor? Wasn’t all this disinformation orchestrated by ‘Mahbere-Qidusan’ [Amara Supremacist Institute]?

    1). The streets were closed to ALL Ethiopians. What makes Orthodox Christians Extra Special? Advancing/Asserting/Promoting Amara Supremacy using any guise must stop.

    2). Addis is the world’s third diplomatic capital. Ethiopia’s security forces hold security drills ahead of all Diplomatic Sessions. They held such a drill for the 36th Africa Summit.

    3). Ethiopia is a country of 86 ethnics. If the EOTC is unbiased and all-inclusive, why has the Synod been almost all Amara since the dawn of Orthodox Christianity in Ethiopia? Why did it take this rift for the EOTC to start broadcasting in Oromigna on EOTC TV?

    4). Abba Sawiros is Amara and his group said: ≈ “To stop the Orthodox Exodus to other churches [that conduct services in ethnic languages], we have appointed multi-lingual bishops. We ask the Synod to endorse them…” What makes it Divisive & EOTC Coup?

    5). What have you done for Ethiopia that is remotely comparable to Abiy? COMPARE:

    Abiy kept the TPLF-bankrupted Ethiopia afloat with $1 billion from UAE’s Prince MBZ. Despite COVID, TPLF-OLA Proxy Wars, West’s embargo/sanctions, Birr devaluation, drought…, Abiy’s regime feeds 10 million students twice a day; Addis feeds over 45, 000 needy residents twice a day at 15 Community Centers; the Sheger Bakery & Public-Private Bakeries give free bread to the needy; over 700, 000 refugees have been flown home; Ethiopia has started exporting tons of surplus wheat; Ethio Defence is robust…

  7. i_Mojnu,
    You have to learn how to disagree with someone without insulting them. This is the problem with the Woyane generation. You can criticize the author, but no need to insult him. The street were closed to prevent the planned demonstration by members of the EOTC. The rest of the population was collateral damage. Grow up!

    Bacha

    • balcha wusha zitete nefse geday demegna sidetegna yemarica ashkere

      nefetegna want to hide with slogan of unity to invade all Oromia and SNNP .

      • I.Mongu,
        So, you don’t think calling someone “dishonest’ is an insult? Let’s say that the author honestly believes Abiy is authoritarian. Does that make him dishonest? You accuse him of supporting Amhara extremists? Where is your evidence? Do you know the author, his background, his politics, his past?. You are making wild accusations based on your own unfounded assumptions. There is nothing dishonest about criticizing Abiy and US media .

      • Who are the invaders? I think that kind of nonsense will not take us anywhere other than vent your anger. There were many ethnic groups in Ethiopia before the Oromos invaded and culturally destroyed them. Cultural genocide.

    • Balcha, I didn’t insult Dr. Worku. I dislike dishonesty. I hate people who hide behind any façade or wear any hat/cloak to advance/promote/assert any ethnic’s supremacy.

      ‘Ethiopian Diaspora Intellectuals [EDI]’ like Dr. Worku have cast their votes to serve the White Supremacist West [WSW] for better pay & benefits than serving poor Ethiopia.

      ከልብ ካዘኑ – እንባ አይገድም:- Abiy invited all EDI to join his team to tackle Ethiopia’s ills! Did Dr. Worku opt in? So, what is his whining and crocodile tears for Ethiopia all about?

      Unlike the EDI, Abiy REFUSED to sell Ethiopia to Egypt & Egypt’s WSW Patrons. He also repulsed the Proxy Wars they unleashed via their Dogs: TPLF, OLF/OLA/IFLO*…

      የኢትዮጵያ ትልቁ ችግር እኮ – የኢትዮጵያ ችግሮች ራሳቸው ሳይሆኑ – ለማንም እንደ ከበሮ የሚደለቁ እና ማንም አንደ ከብት መንጋ እያንጋጋ የሚነዳቸው – ከችግሩ የባሰ ችግር የሚሆኑት – የእርሶ አይነት ሰዎች ናቸው! አይገርሞትም? ይኸም ደግሞ “ስድብ ነው!” እንዳይሉኝ!

  8. I.Mongu,
    So, you don’t think calling someone “dishonest’ is an insult? Let’s say that the author honestly believes Abiy is authoritarian. Does that make him dishonest? You accuse him of supporting Amhara extremists? Where is your evidence? Do you know the author, his background, his politics, his past?. You are making wild accusations based on your own unfounded assumptions. There is nothing dishonest about criticizing Abiy and US media .

  9. I_Mongu,
    You are ascribing a motive to the author based on something he didn’t say. He never mentioned the Amharas in his article. You are making the allegation based on your wrong assumption. He has never advocated Amhara supremacy. Here are some examples from his previous articles.
    1. On March 12, 2017. He wrote an article, titled, “Extremism and The Struggle For Unity And Democracy”.
    zehabesha.com/extremism-and-the-struggle-for-unity-and-democracy-by-worku-aberra/
    He argues, “When calling for unity across all ethnic groups against extremism, we should begin by acknowledging past injustices. In the past, there was class oppression of all Ethiopians, but there was also national oppression of the non-Amhara ethnic groups, as well as religious discrimination. … Ethnic hatred must be challenged, while ethnic injustices, past and present, must be acknowledged.
    To deny Ethiopia’s imperfect historical past is to sabotage the common struggle for a united, democratic, and prosperous Ethiopia.
    Therefore, non-Oromos, especially the Amharas, have a moral duty to accept the historical wrongs committed against the Oromo people and the other ethnic groups.”
    Does this sound to you as someone who supports Amhara supremacy?
    2. He supported Abiy
    a. When Lemma split with Abiy, he criticized Lemma for his incendiary remarks in an article written on December 17, 2019, “Insider Lemma’s disunity drug”, published on Ethiopia Insight
    ethiopia-insight.com/2019/12/17/lemmas-disunity-drug/
    b. When the French Journalist Rene Lefort attacked Abiy, he defended Abiy, on January 20, 2021, in an article that appeared on Ethiopia Insight
    ethiopia-insight.com/2021/01/20/rene-lefort-has-misread-the-prime-minister-and-the-ethiopian-people/
    When the Western media was parroting the TPLF propaganda, he wrote a long article On November 17, 2021 defending the Abiy government on an international journal with a global audience, E-International Relations, in an article titled “Biden’s Blunder on Ethiopia”
    e-ir.info/2021/11/17/opinion-bidens-blunder-on-ethiopia/
    It is unfair to accuse him of something he is not. You owe him an apology.

  10. I_Mognu
    You attribute a motive to the author based on something he did not say. He never mentioned the Amharas in his article. None of his articles, speeches, and interviews show he supports Amhara supremacy. He is opposed to supremacy by any ethnic group. Here is what he wrote on March 12, 2017, in an article titled, “Extremism and the Struggle for Democracy”. zehabesha.com/extremism-and-the-struggle-for-unity-and-democracy-by-worku-aberra/
    A) Opposition to ethnic supremacy
    When calling for unity across all ethnic groups against extremism, we should begin by acknowledging past injustices. In the past, there was class oppression of all Ethiopians, but there was also national oppression of the non-Amhara ethnic groups, as well as religious discrimination. This a historical fact….
    To deny Ethiopia’s imperfect historical past is to sabotage the common struggle for a united, democratic, and prosperous Ethiopia.
    Therefore, non-Oromos, especially the Amharas, have a moral duty to accept the historical wrongs committed against the Oromo people and the other ethnic groups.
    Does sound to you as someone who believes in Amhara supremacy?
    B) Previous support for Abiy
    1. When Lemma split with Abiy and made incendiary remarks, Professor Worku defended Abiy in an article titled “Lemma’s Disunity Drug” written on Dec 17, 2019. ethiopia-insight.com/2019/12/17/lemmas-disunity-drug/
    2. When the French Journalist Rene Leffort attacked Abiy, Professor Worku defended Abiy in article, published on January 20, 2021. ethiopia-insight.com/2021/01/20/rene-lefort-has-misread-the-prime-minister-and-the-ethiopian-people/
    3. When the Western media was parroting TPLF propaganda, the author wrote an article defending the Ethiopian government for a global audience. The article, titled “Biden’s Blunder on Ethiopia” was published on a web journal, E-International Relations, on November 17, 2021.e-ir.info/2021/11/17/opinion-bidens-blunder-on-ethiopia/
    Your accusation is baseless, and you owe him an apology.

  11. Balcha,

    I have no faith in ‘Ethiopian Diaspora Intellectuals’! My support for Abiy is ≈ 75% ± 5%, but I am not here for Abiy! I am here to avert my past from becoming the future of Ethiopia’s new generation! I was robbed of my childhood! So, no Ethiopian child should ever be used as cannon fodder! Fortunately, Abiy is building a child-friendly Ethiopia!

    So, if you think I am harsh on Dr. Worku, scroll down and see what I wrote to Dr. Aklog:
    borkena.com/2023/02/14/abiy-ahmed-ali-an-asset-or-a-liability-aklog-birara-dr/

    Recall: የኢትዮጵያ ትልቁ ችግር እኮ – የኢትዮጵያ ችግሮች ራሳቸው ሳይሆኑ – ለማንም እንደ ከበሮ የሚደለቁ – እና – ማንም አንደ ከብት መንጋ እያንጋጋ የሚነዳቸው – ከችግሩ የባሰ ችግር የሚሆኑት – የእርሶ አይነት ሰዎች ናቸው! አይገርሞትም? ይኸም ደግሞ “ስድብ ነው!” እንዳይሉኝ!

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