By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
The UK is a leading donor in Ethiopia. But its financial “generosity” has not entitled it to be considered true friend of Ethiopians. This attitude of Ethiopians must have been induced by either UK’s silence in the face of the untold human sufferings of Ethiopians perpetrated by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), or London’s underhanded efforts to internationally cover up all of TPLF’s crimes against the Ethiopian people, or Ethiopia’s stolen funds allegedly finding their ways into the UK.
When I read the news report Tuesday evening, i.e., on BBC’s new interest in Ethiopia, I reacted in a two part twtter messages one and two, pointing out that it might be a little bit too late for them, but why not? Therein, I also cautioned them to ensure they did not irk Obama and Rice, as two most powerful TPLF’s allies – either of them too not allies of the Ethiopian people!
Let the TPLF pay for its sins and greed for power, the many lives it destroyed and the loots of our national resources it has carried out over the years.
Is it the Scripture that reminded us:
“There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven: A time for giving birth, a time for dying; a time for planting, a time for uprooting what has been planted. A time for killing, a time for healing; a time for knocking down, a time for building …”?
As usual, the last stolen election inebriated the TPLF people more than the four other elections they claimed themselves winners. 123 days since the last election, there are Ethiopians that are being harassed, fired from their jobs, evicted from their houses or their houses torched and persecuted, allegedly to retaliate for not thinking and speaking like the TPLF, and finally not voting for the ruling party!
What this means is that, for the TPLF folks it is business all over again …the killings, beatings, Nazi-like house demolitions and seizing properties, including farmlands, etc.
I do hope all this madness would be short-lived; Ethiopians have resolved to fight the worst fascist dictatorship over Ethiopia at this very time, after its people beat the last real Italian Fascism 75 years ago.
Now Ethiopians are both sad and resolved, but seem ready to fight to liberate themselves. This is not because the UK has taken political decision to expose what it has at the eleventh hour now described as “democratic deficit” in the country.
Ethiopians have had enough of the fascists in power; they now realize that they must be thrown out the same way they came!
Why now UK? There must be some explanation behind its action, which I hope Ethiopians would someday be told!
Read the BBC story hereunder:
BBC seeks Ethiopia and Eritrea service
The BBC is proposing to introduce a news service for Eritrea and Ethiopia on medium- and short-wave radio.
In addition to Africa, the BBC has proposed expanding services in other countries, like Russia and North Korea.
This is to enhance its coverage of “parts of the world where there is a democratic deficit in impartial news”.
BBC Head Tony Hall also suggested increasing digital services to Nigeria, one of the broadcaster’s biggest markets in Africa.
The suggestions would need to be approved by the government before the services are launched.
They are part of a green paper set out by the BBC as part of its discussions with the government about its future.
The proposals say there is the ambition to be commercially self-sufficient and that the aim would be for any public funding to be matched by external income.
These could include advertising, subscription, syndication deals and funding from other governments.
The government launched a consultation in July on the BBC’s Royal Charter, which sets out the purpose of the BBC and how it will be governed, promising to ask “hard questions” about the corporation’s size and ambition.