West funds full blown genocide in Ethiopia


by Thomas C. Mountain

Asmara, Eritrea – As the U.N. famine warning center issues urgent reports that millions of Ethiopians are once again starving in the Somali populated Ogaden, the International Committee of the Red Cross publishes a statement that the Ethiopian government has denied the Red Cross an operating permit to carry out relief work in the region.

Blocking the Red Cross from relief work somewhere is almost unheard of yet, when it comes to Ethiopia – headed by the G-20 “statesman” Meles Zenawi – this is business as usual.

For the past four years all aid agencies, including the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and U.N. relief agencies, have been blocked by the Ethiopian military from feeding starving people in Ogadenia. There are millions of starving people, maybe as many as 6 million, though no one can say for sure because no one is allowed into the region.

Why is this? Why is there no outcry against this enormous crime against humanity: the blocking of food aid to millions of starving people?

The answer lies at the doorstep of those “humanitarian interventionists,” the Western countries and their puppets in the U.N. who pump billions of dollars a year into propping up the Meles Zenawi regime in Ethiopia. Ethiopia has for several years now surpassed Egypt as the largest recipient of cash from the West in the entire continent of Africa. While the exact amount is hidden deep inside the opaque reports gathering dust in the offices of the international financial cartels, the IMF reported that, in 2010, Ethiopia’s import bill was $8.7 billion while it exported only $1.7 billion.

Seven billion dollars a year is paid in direct cash grants, loans that are inevitably forgiven – the bulk of so-called African debt relief – or various methods involving financial chicanery. The bill has to be paid or the West knows all too well how quickly the followers of their East African henchman, Meles Zenawi, will abandon him.

If Meles Zenawi goes, who will be the Western enforcer in East Africa: the one who does the dirty work so the West can show the world how clean its hands really are?

Despite drought, famine and an increasingly brutal counterinsurgency carried out by the Ethiopian military – the largest in Africa – the people of the Ogaden are forgotten by the world, thanks in no small part to the Western media as well as the “human rights” corporations.

In one moment of desperation, I sent an email about this to a reporter for the L.A. Times based in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa only to receive a reply that they could not cover this matter due to “access and logistic difficulties.” At least they can’t say they didn’t know.

Yet in all this darkness there is light, for the people of Ogadenia have been increasingly effective in armed self-defense and have begun to go on the offensive against the Ethiopian military and their local paramilitary death squads. Still, it remains far beyond the means of the several thousand fighters in the Ogaden National Liberation Front to feed millions of their people while fighting some very desperate battles against their Western armed and funded enemies in the Ethiopian military.

The Horn of Africa has been one of, if not the most, war and starvation plagued regions in the world. And these ongoing calamities can all be traced back to the Western overlords footing the bill.

The West, especially the Obama White House, may pretend ignorance of this crime, but the fact remains that a senior Obama advisor, Gayle Smith, in her pre-Obama opposition-to-George-Bush day job at the so called Enough Project, wrote about this back in 2007 and 2008.

So the powers that be know, all too well, that they are directly responsible for the forced starvation of millions, but don’t expect any action from them. The mandate of the leaders of the Western “democracies” is not to save lives – far from it; it is to protect their empire. So what does it matter if their capos in East Africa cause hundreds of thousands, maybe a million people to die of starvation?

International law is really the law of the jungle, where only the strong survive and the long-suffering people of the Ethiopian Ogaden are the latest victims. The people of the Ogaden have little choice but to fight for their lives, at least until the gangster, genocidal regime of Meles Zenawi is sent packing, with Meles fleeing to his palace in London with his ill-gotten billions.

International law is really the law of the jungle, where only the strong survive and the long-suffering people of the Ethiopian Ogaden are the latest victims.

Until then, don’t expect anything better than crocodile tears from the “humanitarian interventionists” in the West.

World Food Program in Somalia: Angel of mercy or angel of death?

The World Food Program (WFP), one of the U.N.’s biggest aid agencies, has a very nasty history in Somalia.

Back in 2006, just as Somali farmers brought their grain harvest to market, the WFP began the distribution of its entire year’s grain aid for Somalia. With thousands of tons of free grain available, Somali farmers found it almost impossible to sell their harvest and faced disaster.

Thousands of angry Somali farmers gathered at WFP distribution centers across Somalia to protest, sometimes violently. In an attempt to calm matters, the WFP promised an investigation which in due course announced that, yes, the WFP had done the Somali farmers wrong and promised they wouldn’t do it again.

Then in 2007, just as the Somali grain harvest began to arrive in local markets, the WFP once again distributed its entire years’ grain aid, only this time with the Ethiopian army there to protect it. With a four-year-long on and off again drought since afflicting most of Somalia you could say the WFP helped put the nail in the coffin of Somali agriculture.

Small wonder then why the Somali resistance, “The Youth,” Al Shabab, has since kicked the WFP out of most of the southern Somalia that they control. It was only a couple of months ago that the WFP had cut the minimum survival food rations for the 1 million or more Somali refugees it had been feeding by 70 percent due to a “funding shortfall.” Yet today, they would have us believe that they are desperately concerned for the survival of the Somali people suffering from the drought?

The WFP is one of the very few aid agencies allowed to operate in the Ogaden next door to Somalia in Ethiopia. They run a few “show case” distribution centers and have provided little or no aid for four years to over 90 percent of the Ogaden suffering from the “The Great Horn of Africa Drought” – the worst in 60 years.

This is also the area where the Ethiopian government is fighting a decade-long counterinsurgency against the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF). The WFP’s cooperation in withholding food aid from the areas where the guerilla fighters operate is part of a classic counterinsurgency strategy, “If you can’t catch the fish, drain the lake.”

A couple of months ago, a WFP team in the Ogaden was returning to their base and made the mistake of taking a shortcut off of the Ethiopian approved travel routes and came across an Ethiopian paramilitary unit carrying out their everyday practice of burning, looting, murder and mayhem in a village accused of being supporters of the ONLF.

Apparently, they tried to turn around, but it was too late and the Ethiopian death squad opened fire, killing some of the WFP team and wounding the others. The wounded were trucked off to the local Ethiopian garrison town and thrown into the prison there.

Almost at once, the Ethiopians announced that ONLF “terrorists” had “ambushed” the WFP team, “murdered” some, taken the rest “hostage” and that the Ethiopian military was in hot pursuit.

Two days later, the ONLF launched an attack on the military base and prison holding the WFP captives and freed them and the other political prisoners detained there.

The Ethiopian military immediately brought in helicopter gunships to pursue the ONLF and the freed prisoners but were unsuccessful and the WFP staff managed to make it to safety.

The ONLF subsequently delivered the freed hostages to the WFP expecting the truth of the incident to be told and the real criminals to be exposed.

To this day, the WFP has remained silent about the details of the incident and has not condemned the murder of their staff by the Ethiopian paramilitary death squads. The freed staff families live in areas controlled by the Ethiopians.

To the many who have witnessed burnt villages and slaughtered families, keep your mouth shut or your loved ones will meet the same fate. How would the world even know if you spoke out and your family was murdered? The Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and just about all the other aid agencies besides the WFP having been kicked out of the Ogaden. End of story.

While some 10 million Somalis living in the Ogaden in Ethiopia are the victims of a drought and food aid blockade, the WFP remains silent – complicit in genocide.

World Food Program: Angel of mercy or angel of death? You be the judge.

Thomas C. Mountain is the only independent Western journalist in the Horn of Africa, living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006. He can be reached at thomascmountain@yahoo.com.



  1. You are purely a terrerists spokesman. So pls u don't have the moral and mental readyness to speak against the smartes and succesful leader of Ethiopia while setting at Asmara, where morons and stupid leaders and peoples of the century are situated. We Ethiopian know for ourselves and that is why we gaining power become the power house of the horn and will be the power house of Africa while you and your fellows spit a useless hatered speaches which have no meaning for our hardworking and strength. We have the courage, resource and smartness. So please don't kill you time. rather gather Eritrean the youngesters who have been fleeing through all direction to out nebours.

    • @ Gedada…. You're a true wayane and Meles lover who clearly benefited from the regimes brutal dictatorship. Why else would you attack the messenger? when its clear you can't defend the message itself.
      He is only reporting what's known to many except you, because you're blindsighted by the illegal wealth you and your family obtain through intimidation and thuggish behavior on innocent Ethiopians receiving protection from your fellow Tigre cousins while looting the country as well. You can't defend the message because its so true and documented by many journalists, private NGOs, Embassies from foreign countries in Addis-Ababa and countries like USA, UK, EU.
      There is overwhelming evidence of human rights abuses against your boy Meles Zinawi and he has no where to hide as his only friends and donor countries starting to find out where exactly there aid money goes.
      No need to insult the messenger here when you truly can't defend the facts presented by this good man Mr. Thomas Mountain. Its time Meles Zinawi should face a court of law for his actions

  2. Mr. Mountain resides in Eritrea as a house pet of the Eritrean dictator Afeworki. That says it all. If you were a journalist, you would report about the food insecurity in Eritrea, or the thousands of young men and women fleeing Eritrea every month. "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?"

    • Its a typical Tigre agents to attack the messenger when they can't possibly defend the message. We have seen this again and again from agents of the regime whose job is to deny,deny then attack the messenger in order to discredit him/her, well, little do these wayanes in Addis and elsewhere know that Mr. Mountain is a tough guy who can't be intimidated, therefore he will continue to get to the bottom of atrocities committed by butcher Meles Zinawi.
      Rapping innocent Ogaden Somali women, burning their vilages in Ogaden region, mass killings in Oromia and Ogaden regions, disappearance, mass arrests in Ogaden region and elsewhere in Oromia cannot be hide any longer, the world is waking up to these horrific human rights abuses and donor countries to Meles's regime are beginning with shame to get to the bottom of this, Meanwhile ONLF and OLF together with Ginbot 7 will continue their quest to end Mele's rule once and for all. Meles's final home will be at the ICC.

  3. The atrocities committed by the Ethiopian regime in the OGADEN have been exposed for the world to see. Melez your days are limited. Thanks to the hard work of journalists everywhere the world can now see how evil you really are. FREE OGADEN!

  4. Ogadenia will be free from the dictatorial regime of meles zenwai, our people have suffered in silence for over a decade. The peoples rights must be upheld

    Will the international community listen and STOP FUNDING REPRESSIVE REGIMES? THAT KILL THEIR OWN CITIZENS? Enough is ENOUGH!

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  6. You can't talk about democracy and freedom while residing in 'the north-korea of africa'. May be u are the chronicle of Isaias Afewerki…kkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  7. The west has been funding these genocidal dictator for the last two decades. We the people of OGADEN will continue the struggle until mission is accomplished.. Free ogaden, free oromia, free AFAR..

  8. Ogaden was handedover to ethiopia by BRITAIN in 1954. We want to regain our integrity without the blessing of TPLF,MSF, RED_CROSS,OBAMA….

  9. White man licking Isaias Afu-cherki's boots. you are a mercenary of Egypt and Eritrea (aka north korea of africa) this is the information age you can't hide the attrocities of Eritrean government and the thousands of youth fleeing the country every month. Isaias said they are going on picnic. hahahahah so if you claim there is drought and famine in Ethiopia this means HELL ON EARTH in Eritrea. otherwize their youth wouldn't flee by the thousands to tigray, northern Ethiopia.

  10. U.N.: Money raised from Eritrean-Americans helped finance militants in East Africa

    OAKLAND — Armed rebels in the famine-ravaged Horn of Africa are being partially bankrolled by money from immigrants in the Bay Area, according to a United Nations report.

    The East African nation of Eritrea finances militants across the region with the help of money funneled from Eritrean-Americans, who are pressured by the government to send a percentage of their incomes and other donations home, the report says.

    Tens of millions of dollars are sent annually to Eritrea through a 2 percent income tax imposed on people of Eritrean origin who live outside the African country.

    Not all Eritrean immigrants pay, but some do out of a sense of duty to the impoverished country. Others pay because the Eritrean government can penalize them if they refuse.

    Those who pay "are indirectly supporting the dictatorship," said Solomon Assefaw of Oakland-based Eritrean Youth for Change, which opposes the Eritrean government. "No other country in the world does this except the Eritrean government."

    Oakland is one of the top U.S. hubs for Eritrean immigrants, many of them refugees who fled during a 30-year war for independence from Ethiopia. Immigrants from the Bay Area and elsewhere whose cash once supported the rebel movement are now a major moneymaker for the one-party government that has ruled Eritrea since it gained its independence in 1993.

    The U.N. report backs up long-held suspicions that the tax collection and other fundraising may violate
    international treaties, and that money is being funneled to the al-Shabab insurgency in Somalia and other militant groups that have destabilized the region. The report comes as al-Shabab has exacerbated a devastating famine in Somalia by blocking incoming aid and outgoing refugees.

    Released last week, the report asserts that Eritrea planned a terrorist bombing attack earlier this year in Addis Ababa, the capital city of its rival and former colonizer, Ethiopia, and details how Eritrea patronizes armed groups with weapons and training through a "vast and complex informal economy" run by government and military figures and funded by Eritreans living abroad.

    The U.S. government curtailed the fundraising in California in 2007 during a diplomatic dispute when it shuttered downtown Oakland's Eritrean Consulate, a branch of the Eritrean Embassy, but some Bay Area organizations remain closely tied to the Eritrean government and continue to collect money.

    A document obtained by the Bay Area News Group asks vendors at the upcoming Eritrean Western USA Festival, which happens in Oakland and Richmond next weekend, to write their checks to the "Embassy of Eritrea," but mail them to the nonprofit Eritrean Community Cultural Civic Center in the Temescal district of Oakland.

    Assefaw has urged Bay Area Eritreans to boycott the center's popular cultural events, arguing that the money could be sent to the Eritrean government.

    Berhane Kassa, the center's director, said the instructions on the application must be a mistake. He denied allegations that the center is affiliated with the government.

    "It should not be saying the Embassy," he said. "They probably designed it a long time ago and they didn't change. In the old days, it used to be like that."

    Networks tied to Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki's ruling party, the People's Front for Democracy and Justice, have raised tens of millions of dollars around the world through party agents, community activists, honorary consuls and business networks, the U.N. report says, identifying Oakland as a major source of the funding.

  11. Thomas C. Mountain please go and read 'the white mans burden and lord of poverty. You are one of those'. you foment hatrade and wars, you create famines, you become peace maker, you are drought and famine averter you are Angels. The amount of money looted from Africa and invested to invent wars in Irag, Afgan etc would have elevated the entire plaent from poverty. So I think you have no legitmate right to criticise a working government sitting in banana republic

  12. Thomas C. Mountain is a mentally retarded and challenged moron. First go to school and learn observation skills. Read history so that your challenged brain may understand some of it. We need more Thomas C.Mountains so as to stay awake. I for one would never pay attention to politics but you wake me up so as I wake others to be aware of your treachery. I love it, that makes me strong and my country strong. Please keep it up. Be my alarm. I need this great alert message from you. We are too many and we need to be awakened for we are very forgetful and forgiving. Though we may sound we don't like you we love you for what you do to help us to get stronger.

  13. Oromia-Ogaden-Ethiopia: Left to Starve – Zenawi’s Reign of Terror

    August 5, 2011 at 11:12 pm · Gadaa.com

    The following is a series of stories published by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a London-based media, and a video report by the BBC. Reports of aid abuses, reign of terror, tortures, and systematic human rights abuses in Oromia, Ogaden, the South (SNNPR), and Finfinne/Addis Ababa.

    Viewer/reader discretion advised due to some graphic pictures.
    Aid as a weapon of political oppression in the Southern Regions
    Revealed: Aid to Ethiopia increases despite serious human rights abuses
    Get the data: UK Aid to Ethiopia
    Voices of the oppressed
    Analysis: Europe's taxpayers fund abuses in Ethiopia

    In Pictures: Civilian victims of violence
    Abuse and terror in the Ogaden
    Leaked reports expose abuses
    Reign of terror in Maikelawi detention centre
    Case studies: Voices of the tortured
    BBC: Ethiopia ‘using aid as weapon of oppression’

    A joint undercover investigation by BBC Newsnight and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has uncovered evidence that the Ethiopian government is using billions of dollars of development aid as a tool for political oppression.

    Posing as tourists the team of journalists travelled to the southern region of Ethiopia.

    There they found villages where whole communities are starving, having allegedly been denied basic food, seed and fertiliser for failing to support Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

    The investigation has also gathered evidence of mass detentions, the widespread use of torture and extra-judicial killings by Ethiopian government forces.

    Yet Western donors including Britain – which is the third largest donor to Ethiopia – stand accused of turning a blind eye by continuing to provide aid money despite being warned about the abuses.

    The aid in question is long-term development aid, not the emergency aid provided in response to the current drought in Ethiopia and its neighbours in the Horn of Africa.

    – Full Story (BBC)

  14. Mr. Mountain,
    I am dumbfounded by your one-sided, unbalanced political propaganda. I am embarassed by your lack of professionalism and journalistic ethics. Have you ever heard of cross-examining 'facts'. Of course, you have, but you are not a journalist. You are a propaganda tool for the Eritrean tyrant. You are a disgrace to journalism and to the human intellect. If you have a grain of descency, you would have shown a little respect for your readers. I am dying to know if you have ever written a critical piece on your host. The good news is readers are smarter that you take them to be. They can sift through garbage journalism like yours and look for facts. Yours doesn't have one so they will not give a second look at your kind of self-styled journalist. I am glad the world has honest journalists who go after facts and garbages like you. Amen.

  15. Mountain is an idiot. Neverthless, both Eritrean and Ethiopian thugs lead by Afewerki and Zenawi have been commiting genocide. Every day thousands of people die in both countries.

    Thomas Mountain should come back to the US and work in Seven Elven.

    The people of Eritrea and Ethiopia will overcome the repression!

  16. Truth hurts yeah, Mr. Thomas though sometimes I don't agree with him, this time he has poken the truth. Enough with harassing inocent ogaden civilians. The west is funding full blown genocide indeed. You can not cover this fact by attacking the journalist. Deal with it with the minority government and do not bark here. The TPLF regime is a criminal regime but also the West is responsible for what is happening in Ethiopian suffering.

  17. Thank you Mr. Thomas C. Mountain for your wonderful Report.
    The World needs such a Reporter like you to get the truth.
    The only thing you gave a chance to Meles and his members of one dictator party Woyane’s puppets is to report it from Eritrea, because they have always the last word and will try to miss use it-
    This comments are as you know with pen name from Meles, Bereket and others, so don’t give a dame they have been doing it for 20 years saying “you’re with us or against us” and the end is coming soon.
    You make my day!

  18. Mr Journalist, You shouldn't tell us from where you are reporting. Amazing, which News channel or trusted data you get that "as many as 6 million people are starving" as far as I and most people and the aid groups know 4.5 million people need aid not 6 million. After I read the article, I felt like the Eritrean Foreign Affair Office wrote for you to miss-inform the people who probably have no full information about Ethiopia or the horn of Africa. If you are really concern for the people, just give the aid or donate to WFP, they are helping the people. My final advice for you is, "DON'T SELL YOUR PEN AND DIGNITY FOR MONEY" for the world terrorist back up leader (according to United Nation) , " Eritrean government." I would recommend you to come back home leave your free life.

  19. I begun to read the article with interestbut then I saw that Thomas lives in and reports from Asmara. That explained the crediblity of Thomas and his story. It is clear that Journalists such as Thomas make their living and thriving on lies and more lies. I wonder about the future of journalism?

    By the way I am not a member of any party. Just an ordinary Ethiopian.

  20. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaa… and EU increase aid to Ethiopia while ignoring human rights warnings

    Britain and the EU have increased aid to Ethiopia while ignoring repeated
    diplomatic warnings of human rights abuse and concerns that Western funding
    is being used as a tool of repression by the country's regime.

    &lt ;http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/bruno-waterfield/> Bruno Waterfield

    By &lt ;http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/bruno-waterfield/> Bruno
    Waterfield, Brussels

    10:30PM BST 05 Aug 2011

    An investigation by the &lt ;http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/> Bureau of
    Investigative Journalism and BBC Newsnight has found that as Ethiopia is hit
    by drought and famine, communities are being denied basic food, seed and
    fertiliser for failing to support Meles Zenawi, the country's authoritarian

    Senior Brussels officials ignored 61 email warnings from its EU ambassador
    &lt ;http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/ethiopia/>
    Ethiopia about human rights abuses, evidence that European governments,
    including Britain, were prepared to turn a blind eye to repression in order
    to woo a key African ally.

    The Bureau of Investigative Journalism investigation has also gathered
    evidence of continuing ethnic cleansing, mass detentions, the widespread use
    of torture and extra-judicial killings by Ethiopian government forces.

    The Daily Telegraph understands that last summer the EU failed to condemn
    crack downs on opposition politicians and journalists in return for
    Ethiopian support in critical climate change negotiations in December 2009.

    Ethiopia receives £1.8 billion in development aid every year, with Britain
    the second largest donor after the US.

    This year the UK will hand out £290 million, not including the £48m in
    emergency aid announced last month, a 24-fold increase over the past decade.
    The EU provided a further £152m last year.

    Leaked emails reveal that both the EU and Britain failed to act on
    confidential daily diplomatic telegrams from Timothy Clarke, the EU's former
    ambassador in Ethiopia.

    The emails were sent over three months in the days after elections in 2005
    and express increasing concern about reports of murders and arrests of
    thousands of civilians by government forces.

    "Basic human rights abuses are being committed by the government on a daily
    basis – the EU must respond firmly and resolutely," he wrote on June 12

    Despite the warnings, Brussels commended Ethiopian conduct of the elections
    a pattern that was mirrored in 2010 when the EU welcomed as "an important
    moment in the democratic process" a result that saw Zenawi's regime won 99.6
    per cent of the vote amid reports of widespread human rights abuses.

    Ana Gomes, a Portuguese MEP who was the chief election observer for the EU
    during the 2005 Ethiopian elections, has accused European officials of
    "watering down all the most difficult passages" which detailed repression.

    "There is this industry of aid not only in the European Commission but in
    the different member countries, namely those who are the biggest aid donors
    to Ethiopia, like Britain, like Germany who want the business to continue as
    usual because they have their own interests at stake," she said.

    A spokesman for the EU diplomatic service said: "Protection of human rights
    is a priority for the EU and it features prominently in our dialogue with
    all external partners. This also applies to the EU dialogue with Ethiopia,
    where we raise human rights issues regularly."

  21. A joint undercover investigation by BBC Newsnight and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has uncovered evidence that the Ethiopian government is using billions of dollars of development aid as a tool for political oppression.watch youtube BBC Newsnight

  22. All bullshit. Talk talk talk. Why don't you do your own business and Ethiopia does it's own? Once and again BBC has been trying to smear Ethiopia's image. Remember that BBC claimed that the 1974 drought funds were used to buy weapons instead of feeding the hungry. Embarrassing enough BBC had to apologize to donors, in particular to Band Aid and Sir Bob Gildof who took and the serious allegations to the maximum. What's funny is that having apologized to donors, Band Aid and Sir Bob Gildof, they never did apologize to Ethiopia and Ethiopians. What happened was that it was a "collateral damage". Now, they are trying to do the same way before any donor enters and is part of a "collateral damage". Well, in Amharic we call this የነቃ አይገደድም፡፡

  23. Amazing how I knew who wrote this bull, the minute I read two sentences on the first paragraph. I stopped reading and scrolled down to confirm my expectation. There it was, Mr. Thomas Mountain, PR officer of a nation that failed in its attempt to blow up African leaders in Addis Ababa.

    San Francisco Bay View, do not be naive to think that your so called freelance journalist is in Africa with his great intentions for Black Africans. The agenda is to destabilize Ethiopia, independent symbol of Black Africa. The editor of this paper should realize easily that they are only hosting an opinion or an agenda, rather than a report of what is going on in the horn of Africa. This is such a disservice to your readers.

  24. Long live Thomas cook, the voice of the voiceless peoples under dictatorshipi of Zenawe the thorn in the throat of the blood thirst dictator Meles.
    Thank you a lot Mr Cook, please keep doing your noble job

  25. It is very shameful for those of you who are loyal to the Dictator of Melese Zenawi to blame a credible journalist (Mr. Thomas Mountain) and a very credible source of news (San Francisco Bay View) simply because they discovered the atrocities and crimes committed by Meles Zenawi against the innocent Ogaden People as well as Ethiopian citizen.

    Thanks to you Mr. Thomas Mountain for your hard work and the truth that you always report to the world. You are my hero. Keep up the good job.

    Shame on anyone who supports the tyranny of Meles Zanawi on his crimes against human rights.

  26. All I can say to who ever wrote that article is"get a life". You are a narrow minded nonobjective idiot trying to be a journalist. Well I will tell you now it ain't never gonna happen 'cause you don't have what it takes;"objectivity". I really don't wanna tell you where to shove your idiotic article, but I'm sure you get my drift.

  27. Most of the people who wrote negative comment about Mr Mountain here is only because he resides in Eritrea. Why you guys care where he lives in? I know you guys are narrow minded when you think about Eritrea and its people specially its leader- H.E. Issayas Afeworki. Talk about your own dictator – the father of all beggars – Meles Zenawi. Instead of being here a cyber warrior, go and feed your starved families back your home – the ever known famine inherited – Ethiopia. Think about the innocent people of Ogaden. Because of this tribal junta dictator Meles regime, they are dying. Have you all seen the BBC report??? If you think the people of Ogaden are Ethiopians how come you guys keep silent???? So,you guys are part of this tribal – dictator Meles Zenawi. Leave alone the people of Eritrea. We all know the inferiority complex in your blood that make you NEGATIVE toward Eritrea and its people. As always you guys are our servants in a beautiful City of Asmara.

  28. I see the Woyaane cadres are in full force here. The truth does hurt indeed. Do you think you can really cover this genocide hidden forever. The rape of innocent women and children and using our tax aid as a weapon to cling onto power has been exposed and the free world which is finding out the tip of the ice berg. In other words, you have seen nothing yet. Why is the Ogaden a closed up boarder where the media and independent NGOs and the UN for that matter are barred. We can only draw one conclusion from this which is a full blown genocide is happening and this evil regime does not want us to find out. Malez is an evil dictator who will eventually destroy Ethiopia to a point of no return. They sad thing is the West is giving our hard earned taxes with this king of regime and they have enjoyed this free ride for the past 20 years to stay in power. NOT IN MY NAME.

  29. The agenda is to destabilize Ethiopia, independent symbol of Black Africa. The editor of this paper should have realize easily that they are only hosting an opinion or an agenda, rather than a report of what is going on in the horn of Africa. This is such a disservice to your readers. more ever the so-called freelance journalist lacks objectivity, ethical and moral responsibility. from his way of writing it is quite clear a new form of mercenary action in the name of journalism.

    Such people have no morale and ethical manner as long as they get something out of what they do they do not care what the out come may be……………. a man in the name of journalist being in Eritrea with some disgruntle people from Ethiopia writing a here say is just nothing but ——————————————-.

  30. From reading independent articles regarding Ethiopia and knowing its past history, this article is correct. The west will ignore Zenawi and his murderous tyrannical rule since he invaded Somalia at the US's behest and of course, because of their gifts of aid. Zenawi did the US's dirty work by fighting the Somalian ICC a couple of years ago. Since most of the Ethiopean citizens of Ogaden are of Somali origin, meaning muslim, naturally, Zenawi will deliberately withhold any type of assistance.
    A big thanks to Mr. Mountain for enlightening me and anyone with an open mind.

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