Radio Show For March 07, 2015


Discussion about Isaias Afewerki speech you must listen

Journalist Kifu Asefa, Journalist Senay g.m and EPPf Gard Charmian Leuel Mekonen



  1. Dear Ato Abebe
    This afternoon, I listened to the panel discussion on your esteemed Radio Program, Addis Dimts, with the three guests, (journalists Senay, Knife and Ato Liul Keskis) about the Issayas Afewerki’s recent interview on ESAT.

    I found it to be a truly remarkable and historical discussion.

    This discussion has demonstrated the true character of an independent media by providing opportunity to air diverse opinions on such an important issue.

    I believe that today’s discussion will be recorded as an important interview in the history of the Ethiopian Diaspora media. I have no doubt that it will also generate immense conversation among Ethiopians.

    This is what Journalists and independent media ought to do. When a media outlet starts to air only one sided point of view, it starts to detach itself from the basic characteristics of an independent media: being “free, independent and demonstrating pluralism”.

    Thank you Addis Dimts for continuing to demonstrate freedom of expression and for treating us with such a great program.

    Please extend my sincere appreciation to your panelists.
    Ke Akberot gar

  2. Dear Abebe,

    Our appreciation for your contribution while most of the diaspora media simply reproduced what Isaias said without any comment. Even ESAT, a media outlet that openly calls itself the first free media in Ethiopian history, has not invited analysts to discuss Isaias’ speech. It appears that ESAT is unwilling to comment because it does not want to risk financial support it gets from Isaias. We feel that ESAT is a sellout.

    As most of the panellists in the discussion suggested, Isaias has two hats – one he wears when he is with the Ethiopian opposition and another when he sits with his officials. He has tricked generations in Ethiopian political history and he’s repositioning himself. The worst thing is he wants to muzzle us by offering money and other support so that we can’t teach each other about him.

    We thank you for breaking the deafening silence.


  3. Dear Abebe Belew,

    Thank you for hosting this panel discussion. In order to provide a clear prospective to the public, an open discussion is the way forward and facts and opposing view points of panelists would further substantiate the issue.

    In my opinion, the discussion would be more attractive had professor Mussie Tegegne the founder of Arbejoch gimbar been invited so as to tell us his side of story.

    In any case, below is the link to litsen professor Mussie tegegne’s opinion on Arbejochginbot7 unification.

  4. Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Guardian and National Public Radio have all written or aired a program about human rights abuse and the coming May election in Ethiopia this month alone.

    The interest of foreign medias is mainly due to the coming election or selection. The Diaspora Ethiopians activism since the stolen election of May 2005 for free, fair and transparent election finally has also got the attention of these foreign medias.

    The new Oppositions back home, the UDJ and Blue Party, the Diaspora media, ESAT, role in the ongoing struggle is well covered on these foreign medias.

    The role of Isaias Afeworki the dictator of Asmara on the coming Ethiopian election / selection is seen only in the eye of TPLF and some Diaspora oppositions. All failed to convince Ethiopians back home and in the Diaspora.

    TPLF had made it clear for sometimes now if you do not dance to its tune you are an Isaias agent. Some Diaspora oppositions and their Websites might have endorsed this TPLF slogan by default. Their main issue now is what Isaias said on ESAT not the struggle back home. They declare that the struggle Must be for a regime change both in Asmara and Ethiopia. This only remains to be an empty slogan hardly to be taken seriously by foreign medias let alone by Ethiopians who are struggling for free, fair and transparent election !!!!

  5. ወንድም አቶ አበበ፤

    ብዙ ጊዜ የሬዲዮ ፕሮግራም አላዳምጥም፤ ከገንቢ ሃሳቦች ይልቅ የሚሰማው የወቀሳ፤ ልክ ሽሙጥን የሚመስል በግለሰቦች ሰብእነት ላይ የሚደረግ ትችት ነው።

    አንተ በኢሳይያስ አፈወርቂና በሚመራው አገዛዝ ላይ ያቅረብከውን በሙሉ አዳምጫለሁ።

    አንድ፤ ትኩረትህ በኢትዮጵያና በኤርትራ ወንድማማች/እትማማች፤ የማይለያይ ሕዝብ ዘላቂ ጥቅም ላይ መሆኑ በጣም የሚያኮራ፤ ሌላው የማያደርገው አርእስት ነው፤

    ሁለት፤ ያቀርባካቸው ተናጋሪዎች በጉዳዩ ላይ ጥልቀት ያለው እውቀት እንዳላቸው አስመስክረሃል፤
    ሶስት፤ በግንቦት ሰባት ላይ ምንም አይነት ወቀሳ ወይንም ትችት ያቀረበ (ከእንግዶችህም፤ ከአንተም) የለም–ውይይቱ በግ-ሰባት አለመሆኑ በጣም አስደስቶኛል፤

    ሶስት፤ የአንተም የእንግዶችህም አቀራረብ ጨዋነት ያለው ነበር፤ ብዙ ለማለት እችል ነበር፤
    ባጭሩ እንዴት ደስ እንዳለኝና እንዴት ለኢትዮጵያዊያን የሚያኮራ እንደሆነ ከምስጋና ጋር እገልጻለሁ፤ የማይረሳ፤ ታሪክ የሚያስታውሰው አስተዋፆ ነው፡

    ወንድምህ አክሎግ

  6. Dear Abebe:

    I listened to the discussion and found it timely, well structured, civil and directional. No one has done such an in-depth discussion on radio on such a pivotal topic that affects all Ethiopians and Eritreans.

    The focus on Ethiopian-Eritrean relations and Isayas Afewerki’ s leadership and implications is appropriate. If Isaias has done nothing to support and nurture Ethiopian patriotic and democratic forces in the past 20 plus years, what evidence is there that he will do so in his waning years?

    Eritrean society has been diminished; and its youth
    has been leaving the country in droves. Should we not consider their plight in tandem with our own interests.

    The speakers you brought in were fantastic and knowledgeable.

    The focus of discussion on the Eritrean regime and no one else was appropriate.

    Last, I think your program broke the tendency among us to stay away from controversial stuff; because we do not want to offend anyone. I do not see why we are not mutually respectful of different view points.

    Your contribution will be remembered for years. Thank you.

  7. Dear Addis Dimts,

    I very much like the quote by Voltaire that is placed under the header of your website. The quote by Voltaire ” I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it” says it all. Ethiopians abroad should never allow worshipers of political groups to absolutely dictate their freedom of expression. I encourage you to continue your great work by allowing diverse Ethiopian groups on your platform. Those who often wish to practice the same methods of media suppression just like TPLF which they boldly claim to oppose need to go back to school to learn about freedom of speech, expression and democracy.

  8. Dear Abebe

    I listened to your impressive interview and the marvelous responses given by your panelists. That interview showed your objective journalism at its best. The propaganda that Isayas Afework is going to help Ethiopia is an old song and in many ways a sad one. Isayas unrelentingly work to dismantle the rest of Ethiopia. If Shabiya and Isayas stay out of Ethiopian issue, that would be a big support.

    Generally, the facts that have been discussed by the panelist were supported by viable evidences – showing that Ethiopians should not expect anything from Shabiya. Thus, I sincerely thank you for courageously providing us with such an eye opening and powerful discussion.

    God Bless you!


  9. Dear Addisdimts Staff,
    I’d like to applaud you for the unforgettable discussion you had with the three unforgettable panelists last Saturday, March 7, 2015. I learnt a lot from you and the panelists who were all frank and morally responsible.
    Prior to your last week’s program, I was on the fence when it came to Ethiopian oppositions’ choice of struggle methods. One side of me would support any political campaign that could remove Woyane by any means from anywhere including Isayiyas’ Eritrea. My other side would wonder whether Isayiyas and his accomplices could truly support a group fighting for a better Ethiopia, knowing the fact of their ingrained hatred and enmity for Ethiopia and Ethiopians.
    Thanks to you, I’m now convinced that Ethiopia and Ethiopians will not be free from the shackles of Woyane with any form of support from Isayiyas and his regime. After having heard straight from the horse’s mouth (Man yarda yeqebere, man yinager yenebere), I have no reason to continue to stay on the fence: Isayiyas was and still is anti-Ethiopia and its people; there is no evidence pointing to his change of heart for the country and people he vowed to destroy all his life. So why waste human and material resources on an effort which is doomed to bear no fruit?
    Once again, thank you, Addisdimts, for this highly educational and informative discussion. Neither the host, Ato Abebe, nor the panelists showed bias or partisanship. It is my hope that other media outlets will emulate Addisdimts’ fair presentation of facts in their historical perspective for the audience to judge for themselves. That is what an independent media is expected to do. Kudos once more!

  10. Dear Abebe ,
    You have taken a real patriotic stance on this issue. History will remember you.
    You arranged this discussion at the right time ,with the right people where no one dares to comment .
    Compatriots !Beware,Beware!

  11. Dear Host,
    Thank you for the show last Saturday. It is sobering to hear from Ethiopian patriots who have spent a lot of time in Eritrea trying to start an armed struggle against the dictatorship in Ethiopia. It is heart breaking to listen to their stories and might serve as a strong warning to groups flirting with the idea of launching an armed assault from Eritrea.

    Having said this I would appreciate if the various diaspora media outlets follow your example and organize programs that could closely scrutinize Afeworki’s interview on ESAT.

    Finally I would like to encourage you to organize a follow up show that will face off different point of views on the Eritrean question.

    Viva la different!!

  12. መጠየቅ የሚገባቸው ጥያቄዎች
    1:የኤርትራ ብሄራዊ ጥቅም ለማስከበር ሆነ ነፃነታቸው በማመን
    በማመን ማን የፓለቲካ ድርጅት ስትራቴጅካል ፕሮግራም ከዉ
    ያኔ የተሻለ አለ ወይ?
    2፡ የኢትዬጵ ችግር የብሄረሰብ መብት መጥፋት ነውወይ? ይህ
    ጥያቄ የኢትዬጵያን ህልውና ጥያቄ ውስጥ ጥሎት እየተገኜ
    አሁን የብሄር ድርጅቶች ለምን ኤርትራውስጥ ፈሉ?

  13. Selam Ato Abebe,

    I would like to take this opportunity to express my admiration on the immense contribution Addis Dimts has been making in the struggle to liberate Ethiopia from TPLF/EPRDF tyrannical regime and the effort to establish a future democratic and just system in the country.

    I have listened to the programme you have broadcasted that was based on the content of the recent interview Isayas Afewerqi had with ESAT. I found it very timely, informative and helpful to anyone who may be interested to know the risk of associating the liberation struggle with Isayas & Shabiya, who has an appalling track record of oppressive practice not only towards Ethiopians, but also to their fellow Eritreans.

    You should be proud of your self that unlike the current trend of avoidance of any criticism on the subject, you were courageous enough to start a wider discussion for the benefit of the public. It also shows your impartiality and professionalism in braking the silence and asking difficult questions on this topic of national interest. Regardless of some group and political interest that want to paint a rosy picture and one sided praise of Isayas and Shabiya, this surely is a debate that concerns all Ethiopians. Thanks to you we have been given the opportunity to listen the other side of the story, where previous accusations that Isayas & Shabiya have been thwarting all efforts of waging an independent armed struggle from Eitirea has been confirmed.

    The public has the right to know and make decisions whether a regime that was responsible and is still responsible for the loss of life, disappearance and incarceration of countless Ethiopians and Eritreans could be trusted to be an ally in the effort to establish a free, democratic, unified and independent Ethiopia. More and more evidence are now emerging that the tyrant and isolated Isayas is creating and controling several armed groups mainly organised on ethnic lines to promte his own political and strategic interest by using them as a means to put pressure on TPLF/EPRDF regime. Many Ethiopians who questioned this stance or demanded for independence of the armed groups have paid the ultimate price, this fact is now an open secret and have been confirmed by many who have witnessed it on the ground.

    Finally, please do not pay attention to those who try to frustrate you for doing your job the right way and don’t waste your precious time to justify why such critical debates are necessary. We should have started to talk about it much earlier, but at least thanks to you the debate has now been opened widely and so it should be.

    All the best,
    E. Alemu

  14. It’s a good beginning, engaging the public in the fate of Ethiopia. This is how realisation begins. It may lead us to broad understanding and enlightenment. Peaceful straggle never been tried at all. There will never be a sustainable democratic government unless the people realise and act as one. Organised group may overthrow the regime at any given time like it has happened in the past for so many years but the method never achieved in bringing the peace n freedom the Ethiopian people dreameding to have.
    One thing we should be honest n ask the question to ourselves is, how could this be possible now if it is not happened in the past? Why is this straggle differ from the past ones? How do we expect different result by doing the same thing over n over again.
    The strength n the type of democracy depend on the awareness level of the people. The one n only method to bring the democratic system in our country is peaceful straggle that engage the whole nation by creating awarnes. Eventually it will happen but when? It’s entirly up to us.