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Continued Reflections: Yonas Biru’s Ongoing Campaign Against Visionary Leaders – Eskinder  Nega, Dawit Woldegiorgis and Beyond 

Ethiopian News-Eskinder Nega

Bruke Lemma, PhD. 

“There are few things worse than mistaking an enemy for a friend.” – Wayne Gerard Trotman 

After closely examining Yonas Biru’s profoundly unsatisfactory response and identifying certain  ambiguities in my original article, shedding light on Yonas Biru’s clandestine attempts to undermine  progressive and forward-thinking leaders like the highly esteemed Eskinder Nega and Shaleka Dawit  Woldegiorgis, I’ve composed this follow-up piece. It’s imperative to emphasize that Yonas Biru’s  critique of the dictator, Aby Ahmed, as well as Aby Ahmed’s and the other ethno-extremists’  regressive Oromuma ‘ideology,’ is rather hollow and contrived. 

We don’t need Yonas Biru to really grasp that Oromuma ‘ideology’ is a deceptive tool cynically  deployed to mislead Oromo and other Ethiopians, anyway. We have known for long now that the Oromuma ‘ideology’ is simply a guise, a tool for greed and shameless corruption. It promotes archaic  traditions better left in the past, fabricates grievances as an excuse to perpetrate blatant acts of daylight  robbery and violence against the impoverished, whom they exploit and oppress—this is the essence  of Oromuma, we know very well. 

As to Aby Ahmed, it’s truly disheartening to witness our country fall into the hands of this immature,  rather embarrassing malignant narcissistic psychopath and his fellow ethno-extremists. Ethiopia, once  a country respected throughout the world, continues to be desecrated by this most ignorant of men  and his cohorts, driving the country into the abyss and causing the deaths and destruction of millions. 

This man-child remains unmoved by the plight of the people of Ethiopia; instead of feeding the  hungry and caring for the sick, he continues to procure state-of-the-art killing machines, including  drones, to target and kill the country’s citizens—including women, children, and the elderly. What is  more, ignorant Oromo elites and other mercenaries continue to support him. One truly wonders what  bungled upbringing gave rise to these monsters. 

In any case, when scrutinizing Yonas Biru’s writings and other communications, a distinct alignment  becomes evident between Yonas Biru’s ‘ideology’ and those of Aby Ahmed, specifically Aby  Ahmed’s Oromuma ‘ideology.’ This alignment sharply contrasts with the inclusive and progressive  ethos deeply ingrained in Amhara Fanos’ principles.  

If we were to contrast the political ideologies of the Fanos with Yonas Biru’s, the Fanos would be  more aligned with progressive, left-of-center ideology. In stark contrast, Yonas Biru’s politics don’t  merely lean right, but significantly lean towards the far right, much like the Oromuma ‘ideology’that  he ostensibly criticizes. 

It’s quite preposterous that Yonas Biru, whose ideological stance significantly leans to the far right,  repeatedly attempts to draft manifestos, and continually proposes leadership structures and strategies  and so on for a progressive, forward-thinking movement like the left-of-center Amhara Fanos,  without being invited to do so. Upon facing rejection, Yonas Biru resorts to labelling these leaders as 

extremists, denouncing them by falsely alleging that they cling to centuries-old politics and  reactionary views—which is nothing short of delusional. 

Who is truly clinging to outdated politics, embodying regressive views that foster extremism? Is it  Amhara Fanos and their leaders like Eskinder Nega, Shaleka Dawit Woldegiorgis and others who are  champions of equality, human rights, and democratic governance? Or is it Yonas Biru, who implicitly  and explicitly supports a constitution that denies these fundamental rights to all citizens in the  country—a constitution that discriminates among ethnic groups, denies equal protection for all under  the law, restricts citizens’ freedom of movement, and upholds a system akin to apartheid, relegating  individuals to second-class citizenship depending on where they happen to reside within the country? 

When Yonas Biru argues that the Amhara people, their Fanos, and their leaders have no right to dictate  governance to others, it’s an attack on their opposition to the constitution—a constitution that inflicted  severe suffering on countless people, especially on the Amharas. This constitution, responsible for  the deaths of millions and ongoing conflicts, is being implicitly and explicitly supported by Yonas  Biru. 

This raises questions about Yonas Biru’s continued attempts to be involved in Amhara politics and  his support for the Amhara Fanos, rather than aligning himself with Abiy Ahmed and the ethno entrepreneurs, with whom he appears to be more naturally aligned—the true extremists. 

Clearly, Yonas Biru’s engagement in progressive politics appears highly incongruous. Could he be a  Trojan horse for the extremists, an agent sent to sow chaos and confusion? Is he part of the ‘convince  and confuse’ politics of Oromuma? Whichever way, his noxious views shouldn’t go unchallenged. 

In Yonas Biru’s rather insubstantial and unsatisfactory response, heavily marked by narcissism, he  proudly emphasizes his appearances in various media outlets, attempting to portray himself as highly  sought after. In any case, the only aspect requiring refutation in his response is his denial of ever using  the term ‘Amhara Shene’ to disparage Amhara Fanos. This assertion is incorrect, as I distinctly recall  encountering this term used to describe Amhara Fanos in one of his previous articles. 

In his response, he claims to have been attacked by Amhara-Shene, essentially the same term that he  previously employed to refer to Amhara Fanos. Interestingly, he now proudly extends the use of this  term to label Shaleka Dawit Woldegiorgis, Ethio 360 Media, and even myself! To clarify, I am not  Amhara, as I have previously stated.  

However, I strongly support their cause—a steadfast and sincere commitment that starkly contrasts  with Yonas Biru’s superficial support, most likely intended to sow chaos and confusion. Yonas Biru’s  support of Amhara Fanos appear more like an opportunistic grab of a platform for his narcissism and  histrionics, rather than genuine support for their cause. 

Something that strikes me is Yonas Biru’s constant labelling of those who don’t share his views as  ‘idiots’—a term liberally scattered throughout his writings and comments, even in his response to my  article. This reveals a stark lack of self-awareness, suggesting a deep-seated issue, possibly indicative  of narcissism or an immature, childish mindset.  

His constantly calling others idiots might have also been self-projections, as such, his insignificant reply, much like his other writings, equally as insignificant, all seem soaked in idiocy. It’s my hope  that he might awaken to engage in self-reflection, develop a deeper sense of self awareness, and  meditate on how he could genuinely benefit others rather than continuing to be self-serving. To be a  slave to one’s ego, as Yonas Biru seems to be, is truly lamentable.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Balamberas Bruke: There is nothing clandestine about my views about Eskinder and Shaleka. For five years I have been writing Eskinder is a “fast taking and random walking clown” and the Shleka is a a confused soul. I have provided sufficient evidence.

    If you think the two are “Visionary” ad “forward-thinking leaders” share with us what their vision is.

    I look forward to seeing your third followup article about my stealth Anti-Amhara Agenda. In the meantime, I invite you to read my latest article titled “New Developments Signal the Cascading Collapse of the Oromo-Led Government.”

    One of the paragraphs reads:

    The nation is dissolving from inside out and the Oromo Boy King is talking shit about acquiring seaports and the diaspora is sleepwalking not knowing which century it is living in. My grandmother was only 50% right (at best) when she said: “God Protects the Blind and Ethiopia.” She may be right about the bind. If God had any intention to protect Ethiopia, he would not have hermitized and zombified its intellectuals.

  2. Yonas Biru,

    What more vision do you want than the vision of a united, democratic country that guarantees equal protection of all under the law, protecting the right movement, and the fundamental human rights of all which is the vision of Eskinder Nega, Dawit Weldegiorgis and the other leaders.

    What is your vision? That is beyond advocating for backward TPLF Constitution, embracing centuries old politics, speaking using TPLF and PP language, while critiquing them at them time, is that your vision? We need something more intelligent than stupidly going on about nations and nationalities and other nonsensical elements of the TPLF phony constitution and such.

    The more I reflect on what you are going on about, the more I discern that you nothing to offer, you are someone fueled by narcissism, a man with chaotic mind, unable to organize it within yourself, you seek an external drama, to focus on to get relief, the sufferings of other people is nothing for you, you only objectify them, all you are interested in is to escape your chaotic internal self, well, take this advice from me, you cannot be useful to others, not even to yourself, before organizing the chaos within yourself, otherwise you would always be seeking drama to mask that chaos within you, and it doesn’t work, it is like a drug, the effect goes down over time, you need more and more of it.

    Well, you are not completely unintelligent, however, whatever intelligence you have would be wasted, without organizing the chaos within yourself, you need to go back and to undertake self-reflection on these things, reform yourself, it is good for you, it would also be good for others too, you might become truly helpful, instead of simply subjecting others to your narcissism and histrionics endlessly, it is not too late, my friend, start working on yourself!

    That is my third article, in my two articles, I wanted to write about the dangerous and unfair narratives you were advancing, and I have said what I need to see, no more. The above is a gentle advice to you personally, it is good for you, if you follow it, other than that, it is highly, highly unlikely that there would be any other article, I have moved on. Take care, my friend.

  3. Next time have some integrity when you write a critique. I challenge you that I have written far more about you the constitution than you or your Shaleka have, since the early 1990s. All present the constitution as a cancer. Where the hell did you read me “implicitly or explicitly” supporting the constitution and “advocating for backward TPLF Constitution.”

    My position is unequivocal about the constitution. When in 1998, I wrote Ethiopians should support Eritrea in the Ethio- Eritrean war was to make sure to stop the constitution from taking root. Where you and I differ is how to address the constitutional problem today. Your demigod Shaleka want to abolish it by force. That is stupid and a recipe for a civil war. Your false claim I “implicitly or explicitly support the constitution” and “advocate for the backward TPLF Constitution” is a shameful lie. Where you lack intellectual substance to critique me you resorted to a shameful character assassination.

    For over 30 years, I have criticized the constitution as “primitive”, “inherently flawed” and “written by idiots.” However, whether we like it or not there are a significant swath of the population who support it. I do not believe abolishing it by force is prudent. Nor is it sustainable in the long term. In all my recent writings I have advocated for a democratic constitutional drafting, ratification and implementation process to let the People of Ethiopia decide. The end result may be a complete overhaul, a different form of federation or reaffirmation of the current constitution with some modification. Let the people of Ethiopia decide for the first time in their 3000 year history the form and substance of the Constitution that governs them.

    As a young and struggling intellectual you confuse rhetoric ad substantive discussion. Talking about “a united, democratic country that guarantees equal protection of all under the law, protecting the right movement, and the fundamental human rights of all which is the vision of Eskinder Nega, Dawit Weldegiorgis and the other leaders” is rhetoric. Abiy says it often. Jawar says it all the time. When asked you tell us about Shaleka’s and Eskinder’s vision, I was asking you about their vision to take us from where we are to where we want to be in our democratic experiment. ገና ታዳጊ ሊቅ ሰለሆንክ በቱልቱላ እና በሰከነ እውቀት መሃከል ያለውን ልዩነት ገና አልተገነዘብከውም። አትቸኩል ቀስ ብለህ እደግ Until then do not lie to make support your argument. This is my last response to you.

    You may be a true believer of Eskinder. I wish the Fano in Gojam shared your view. Ask Zemebkun Bekele why he wrote: “እስክንድር በጎጃም አደጋ ቢደርስበትም ተጠያቂነቱ ከራሳችሁ ላይ አይወርድም። በተለይ ሻለቃ ዳዊት ወልደ ጊዮርጊስ ይሄ እርስዎንና ቲሞትን ይመለከታል። …የጎጃም የዐማራ ፋኖዎችም ነገሮችን በጥበብ ለማለፍ ስሩ። ” Or in your view Zemedkun is anti-Amhara?

  4. Edited Reply

    Next time have some integrity when you write a critique. I challenge you that since 1990s I have written far more about the constitution than most everybody. In all my articles I present the constitution as a cancer. Where the hell did you read me “implicitly or explicitly” supporting the constitution and “advocating for backward TPLF Constitution.”

    My position is unequivocal about the constitution. When in 1998, I wrote Ethiopians should support Eritrea in the Ethio- Eritrean, I made it clear that my proposal was to stop the constitution from taking root. Where you and I differ is how to address the constitutional problem today. Your demigod Shaleka want to abolish it by force. That is stupid and a recipe for a civil war. Your false claim that I “implicitly or explicitly support the constitution” and “advocate for the backward TPLF Constitution” is a shameful lie. Where you lack intellectual substance to critique me you resorted to a shameful character assassination.

    For over 30 years, I have criticized the constitution as “primitive”, “inherently flawed” and “written by idiots.” However, whether you like it or not, a significant swath of the population support it. I do not believe abolishing it by force is prudent. Nor is it sustainable in the long term. In all my recent writings I advocate for a democratic constitutional drafting, ratification and implementation process to let the People of Ethiopia decide. The end result may be a complete overhaul or a different form of federation. It may also be a reaffirmation of the current constitution with some modification. Let the people of Ethiopia decide for the first time in their 3000 year history the form and substance of the Constitution that governs them. Let us get the process right and let the people decide.

    As a young and struggling intellectual you confuse rhetoric and substantive discussion. Talking about “a united, democratic country that guarantees equal protection of all under the law, protecting the right movement, and the fundamental human rights of all which is the vision of Eskinder Nega, Dawit Weldegiorgis and the other leaders” is rhetorical and devoid of substance. Abiy says it often. Jawar says it all the time. When asked you to tell us about Shaleka’s and Eskinder’s vision, I was asking you about their vision to take us from where we are to where we want to be in our democratic quest. ገና ታዳጊ ሰለሆንክ በቱልቱላ እና በሰከነ እውቀት መሃከል ያለውን ልዩነት ገና አልተገነዘብከውም። አትቸኩል ቀስ ብለህ እደግ Until then do not lie to support your argument.

    You may be a true believer of Eskinder. I wish the Fano in Gojam shared your view. Ask Zemebkun Bekele why he wrote: “እስክንድር በጎጃም አደጋ ቢደርስበትም ተጠያቂነቱ ከራሳችሁ ላይ አይወርድም። በተለይ ሻለቃ ዳዊት ወልደ ጊዮርጊስ ይሄ እርስዎንና ቲሞትን ይመለከታል። …የጎጃም የዐማራ ፋኖዎችም ነገሮችን በጥበብ ለማለፍ ስሩ። ” Or in your view Zemedkun is anti-Amhara?

    This is my last response to you because ለመማርም ለማስተማርም integrity የለህም

    • Yonas, who likes to insult everyone is characterizing another person not having integrity. Is there any clean article written by Yonas? SHAME!

  5. It seems evident that during your involvement with Abiy Ahmed, you adopted several stances, including your strong negative opinions and irrational hostility toward the leadership of Eskinder Nega, Shaleka Dawit Woldegiorgis your derogatory references to the Fanos as Amhara Shene, and your perplexing stance on the constitution, among other things.

    These positions appeared tailored to align with Abiy Ahmed and his ethno-extremist cohorts. Despite later breaking up with Abiy Ahmed and criticizing him, you never thoroughly reevaluated or revised these positions you once adopted to cater to his beliefs.

    For instance, you contradictory opposition to the constitution while simultaneously supporting it, assuming widespread support without concrete evidence, you said. Have you conducted any objective assessments to confirm this support, or is it merely an assumption based on your feelings or personal inclinations?

    Regardless of your reasoning, these conflicting stances on the constitution and other issues position you in opposition to the Fanos. Thus, offering to draft manifestos, consistently proposing leadership strategies, or structures and so on for them seems somewhat illogical. In essence, your ideologies and beliefs tend toward a far-right position, in line with Oromuma that you ostensibly criticize, a stark contrast to the center-left progressive movement of the Fanos.

    Moreover, your support, albeit convoluted, for the constitution aligns more with outdated political approaches rather than the universalist, progressive, and inclusive ideals upheld by the Amhara Fanos promulgated by Eskinder Nega, Sheleka Dawit and other Amhara leaders.

    By insinuating that the Amharas and the Fanos adhere to outdated politics when you seem to be doing so yourself, it appears as if you’re attempting to cynically exploit prejudices previously propagated by TPLF and Oromo ethno-extremists.

    In my view, your lack of principles and deep confusion make it advisable for the leaders of Amhara and the Fanos to distance themselves from you as much as possible. Your presence might only lead to unnecessary drama and histrionics, offering little of substance.

  6. Bruke is being dishonest when he states, “What more vision do you want than the vision of a united, democratic country that guarantees equal protection of all under the law, protecting the right movement, and the fundamental human rights of all which is the vision of Eskinder Nega, Dawit Weldegiorgis and the other leaders.”

    Shaleqa Dawit had stated explicitly from the get-go that he/Eskinder and the lot aim to enter Arat Kilo (seat of power) and return Ethiopia back in Amhara hands (the legit owners, creators and protectors of Ethiopia) and sort out Oromos and the rest! Bruke should provide evidence to the contrary.

  7. Lets not aleniate one of the few intellectuals that we are left with, especialky the ones who are outside our league. The good doctor demonstrated the rare type of courage and wisdom to openly support FANO while also suggesting solutions to straighten up the glaring wrinkle. Dr. Yonas is a prolific- to say the least, no nonsensical and straight shooter! Reading his meticulous, spicy and juicy articles aint soft hearted and novices. To his credit, he has been shedding light on the FANO mov’t since day-1. While appreciating the strength of the movt, he did not hold back from diagnosing its ailments and offering practical, durable and all inclusive strategic solutions. If his sassy style has ruffled your feathers, great, that was the whole point any ways. Thank You Dr. Yonas for your service to Ethiopia!

  8. Thank you Alem and Yared. Bruke is an epitome of the failure of the Ethiopian intellectual class. When they fail to defend their position, they resort to lies. His lies include I called Fano “Amhara Shene” and “I Support the Constitution.” I have written many article on Amhara Shene and explained who they are. I have never said Fano is part of Shee. Never. In his mind calling people like him, Shaleka Dawit and the Ethio-360 characters Amhara Shene is the same as calling Fano Amhara-Shee.

    His second lie on the constitution is an other example. I have written many articles using constitutional philosophy, law, and computational geometry to show the Constitution is inherently flawed. I have been encouraging PhD students in economics to write their dissertation on the constitution to show it is anti-economic development. I have even offered to help guide them. The shameful idiot is lying and he knows it.

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