Ethiopia is a valuable partner: Wendy R. Sherman responds to the Washington Post Editorial

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  1. Abay says:

    99% all bad intended medias(old) that are fully engaging with the ownership of the political, financial, economical and social issues, and the relationship the population at large must have with those issues particularly in USA are owned by the Askanazi Jews. All financial news papers and magazines all over USA are owned by them. Check by yourself. New York Times, WSJ, the economist, Washington post, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago.. and many many more papers and magazines all over USA are owned by them. They are talking about others or using their private Medias to affect others for their benefit as we know some of these Medias are having tens of billions of turnovers.

    The most hateful, racist, evil and money minded Fox TV and entertainment corporate is owned by A Jew with an Australian Citizenship but throughout his life time is regarded as the worst enemy against the Aboriginals that are natives and Blacks. They are accusing him saying ” he is one of the first invaders still is alive to finish all the remained aboriginals”. He is doing the same thing in UK, too, owning about 47% UK mainstream Medias terrorizing against some politicians, the weak and poor.

    CNN, Bloomberg, WSJ (Wall Street Journal), msnbc, ABC and other TV corporate are owned by them. BBC is owned by the English establishment which is a state owned. But most of the people running it are the Jews. Reuters, Guardian, Sun, Telegraph, and all other evil English TV and news papers that are engaging with a long war against Ethiopia damaging her image and undermining her citizens for decades are owned and operated by these people. Those trying to stop development in Ethiopia including Gilgel Gibe III and villegaization coming by themselves to blame the government for its policy are by far from these people.

    When they are writing, talking or whatever they are doing about Ethiopia by their own choice and no one from us wants them to do, is always about privatization, free market and so on while undermining state owned systems including blaming for poverty, weaknesses magnifying and repeating them as if they are only in Ethiopia. This is the tactic to make the government lose its way and accept the neo liberal ways which is giving the nation to them by choice to own it as private property in eth name of privatization. Corrupting the weak and ignorant officials, creating frictions among them and causing others troubles among the citizens are also their main weapons to achieve their goals in other countries. They don’t care about the citizens and country as long as they are not benefiting but doing what they are doing like in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and so on.

    Just look at what they are asking during the interviews, what they are painting and talking about us when they are opening their evil mind and mouth about Ethiopia they have nothing to do with. It is all about privatization which is always in their mind, their plan and goal to achieve. They are looking to colonize other nations through privatization which is in the name of the 21-century colonialism agenda they are agreed on after defeating the nation through the Neo Liberal economic policy they are created to achieve those Goals.

    They are doing the same thing with different approaches as they were engaging with slave trade and colonization everyone knows the Jews were the biggest slave traders and ship owners. The scramble of Africa was done from Berlin. We know who was controlling Berlin in the 1880s. They are here again looking Africa to destroy the people and loot the continent while having bases in USA and UK where those in France, Canada and Australia are also with them.

    However, don’t blame the USA and UK ordinary citizens that are the first and worst victims of these people but the few the whole world is now slowly identifying them who they are, what they do, why, how and when. They are controlling everything in the countries and also institutions and organization that are in the name of UN, International and world look like they created them the first place only for their own benefit.

    But, they are no longer in control and the world is shifting towards South east Asia and soon will be Africa, if the Africans stops the Jews that are doing all sorts of…. to affect the continent as it was the case for the past 500 years through slavery and colonization they were the main players and beneficiaries.

    Washington post or whatever corporate media owned by the Jews is nothing but the worse weapon they are using it to destroy other nations in many ways. These people are the greatest danger we are facing. Don’t be doubtful even a second about that.

    They must leave us alone. We don’t want any of the so called Medias and journalists coming in the country by themselves and paint about us whatever plan and agenda they are having and spreading it all over the world with multiple goals including making huge money from. USA and UK so called Medias and journalists are number one enemies Ethiopia is facing for decades. This is the time they must be stopped. This is the 21-century. We have own Medias, journalists, writers, scholars, economists, Think Tanks, politicians and whatever else any nation needs. So, they must stay away, these money minded and hostile racist creatures. We have our own country and we have full rights and responsibilities to live in our country in our way without any criticism and disturbance from any foreigner particularly them.

    Whether we are poor or rich, we are democrat or dictator, we are privatized or state owned capitalists or whatever we are, have or look like, it is our matter and our country. So, they must leave us alone, particularly the western medias that are privately owned corporates doing business talking about others as they doing against Ethiopia for decades and making huge money and getting jobs as from. .

    The people must aware about and need to reject and confront them when they are coming by themselves to talk about us and judging what we are doing in our own home, Ethiopia. They are Enemy number one allowed to be that way for decades by us. Enough is enough with these evil neo Liberal agents and corporate servants where their job is targeting countries like Ethiopia because no one is confronted them yet the hard ways till all of them stay away forever.

    They are not sleeping or getting rest till they get Ethiopia under their colonization and the mass consumers as herd of animals allowed to live for their benefit including consuming health risky and environment hostile products they are producing cheaply and selling with huge profit.
    Just take a deep breath, feel peace in you and think about them and ask who is giving them the right to talk, write or film negatively and wrongly about Ethiopia; the country they have nothing to do with and very far away from them and why? Then you will see lots of answers close to you making you able to answer those questions. They are coming in the country by themselves covering their costs with goal they are having and working for with aim to destroy the country in a way they would benefit from.
    So, they must be stopped by any means. They are racists, greedy and pure criminal liars living for money and material gains at the expense of the mass and nations.

  2. Borkena says:

    More journalists are in prison in Ethiopia than any Country in Africa and many great journalists are jailed but Dawit.

  3. Tatek says:

    Give us a break Ms. Wendy Sherman, we heard you as loud as you could be heard. No one mischaracterized or misquoted you. Just come straight and shoot directly at the issue in question and stop hiding behind media manipulation. You praised the Ethiopian Communist Govt by saying that Ethiopia is a ‘young democracy’, absolutely disregarding the vicious onslaught on human rights in Ethiopia and using your position in the United States Govt to give a stamp of approval to one of the brutal regimes on earth paralleled only by North Korea and Zimbabwe. No backpedaling or window dressing is going to work now; your remarks were not only a significant setback to any hopes for change in Ethiopia, but an insult to what we value as dear in the United States: our freedom. You praised a regime which is the first in Africa in censoring free speech, unparalleled in punishing dissent and divergent views without any bounds of reason and known for disappearing and exiling journalists and scholars whose views deviate an inch from its Communist mantra of ‘Revolutionary Democracy’. May be you were obsessed with Ethiopia’s Value Added Tax, which is an insidious form of bogus taxation too invisible as it is incorporated in the price of goods and services, making it easier for cash hungry dictators to raise it at any time by any amount—something your boss was once contemplating but backed off knowing that Congress wouldn’t give him a ‘cakewalk’ in such issues. Even in the economic front, which the Ethiopian Communist Govt considers a bullet-proof asset in its pocket, the reality on the ground is that the nation’s debt, which stands at Birr 300 Billion, is so close to the nation’s annual budget, and the country is currently earmarking 40% of its annual budget to servicing its Foreign debt. A record 35% of the National budget comes from donors and creditors without which the nation couldn’t function—- and sadly, it is this Govt that you praised as fiscally sound. I frankly expected the US Administration to let the sleeping dogs lie when it comes to Ethiopia and never expected any administration figure to come out and open a can full of worms just months from Ethiopia’s cosmetic elections in few weeks. That such a praise came from Obama’s aides validates Conservative arguments that the President has some Communist flirtations that need to be checked and confronted for the good of America. From Obama care to cap and trade, increasing taxes to stimulus spending, flirting with Cuba and now Ethiopia, Obama and his aides have clearly shown us that they have some Communist cells deep inside their skin that need to be checked and confronted for the good of not only America, but of the free world. Ms under Secretary, if you and your Communist allies at Obama’s State Department are determined to throw Ethiopia’s legitimate opposition to the wolves, please take note that we Ethiopian Americans are prepared to do all it takes in working with the mighty Republicans to bring down the foundation of the democratic party brick by brick, starting from Hillary’s bid for the White House.

    It is obvious that the lame duck Obama administration is hell – bent in taking the nation way to the left, and as the saying goes, those who fail to learn from history are so damn condemned to repeat it. Ms. Wendy’s flirtations with and ill-praises of Ethiopia’s Communist regime is a carbon copy of the failed Reagan policy in regards to the Apartheid Regime in South Africa, which President Reagan chose to push via ‘Constructive Engagement’ as the best course of action to change racial segregation in South Africa, but as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney of Canada plainly told his Conservative allies both in Washington (Ronald Reagan) and London( Margaret Thatcher) at the time; tyranny, Communism, Apartheid and related ills could only be confronted head on, not any other way around.

  4. dawit says:

    We can’t completely blame this woman. What she said almost is compatible with american foreign policy. What most of us don’t realize is that america is never interested in democracy. It is rather bent on dividing and weakening Africa. There is no substitute to ethnic minded tplf for that agenda.

  5. AG7 says:

    The folly of willful ignorance

    I did not vote for Ronald Reagan to become U.S. president. But I appreciated some of his witticisms before he became president. In 1964, two years after he dumped the Democrats and joined the Republicans, Reagan astutely noted, “The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

    That is exactly the trouble with Wendy Sherman, President Barack Obama’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs and the fourth high ranking official in the U.S. Department of State. Wendy Sherman is not that she is ignorant; it is just that she knows so much that isn’t so about Ethiopian politics.

    On her recent trip to Ethiopia, a few weeks before the so-called May 24 “election”, Sherman pontificated:

    I came from the G-7 meeting in Lubeck, Germany and I was very glad to have a very wide-ranging discussion with the minister [Ethiopian “foreign minister” Tedros Adhanom] not only about the tremendous success here in Ethiopia, all of the development goals that have been met. Ethiopia is one of the fastest growing economies on the African continent. Ethiopia is a democracy that is moving forward in an election that we expect to be free, fair, credible open and inclusive in ways Ethiopia has moved forward in strengthening its democracy every time there is an election. It gets better and better.

    We also discussed all of the threats and concerns in the region which was also a major topic of conversation at the G-7 meeting as well. So whether that is strengthening Somalia or dealing with the threat in Ethiopia, everything from Al Shabbab to Boko Haram, Daesh, to of course Al Qaeda and indeed have discussed the reality that here from the Ethiopian perspective as well as concerns about all of those terrorists groups that Ethiopia considers Ginbot 7 a terrorist group as well. The United States believes no group, including Ginbot 7 should attempt to overthrow or speak of overthrowing a democratically elected government. And we look forward to continuing our work with the Ethiopian government to address these concerns in very serious and appropriate ways.

    The world is facing a lot these days and Ethiopia is a very strong and growing country; and we want to make sure the stability, peace and the security and growing prosperity continue. And we look forward to our very strong partnership building all the platforms that we need to meet these threats, meet these concerns with all of the seriousness they deserve…

    [Responding to a (reporter’s?) question] We think elections are very important…. Voting is important. I urge all Ethiopians to vote on your election day. But I was also glad to be here because in many ways Ethiopia is a young democracy and so every election, just as in our country, should be better and better and more open allowing for freedom of access making sure that every election is fair, free and credible and that opposition groups have the space to participate, that everybody’s vote counts. And in our country we make every election better than the last one in being inclusive, making sure everybody’s rights are respected and we know Ethiopia is working to do that as well.

    Just for the record, before Ms. Sherman delivered her torrent of clichés and platitudes about democracy and elections in Ethiopia, she had not bothered to meet with opposition leaders or groups, engage members of the Ethiopian civil society and human rights communities or even drive a few kilometers just outside the capital to visit political prisoners at the Meles Zenawi Prison in Kality.

    Of course, there is nothing new in Ms. Sherman’s song and dance about free and fair elections in the 2015 Ethiopian “election” theater stage-managed by the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front. Last September President Obama gave that “election” advance billing, “… the Prime Minister [Hailemariam Desalegn] and the government is going to be organizing elections in Ethiopia this year. I know something about that… And so we’ll have an opportunity to talk about civil society and governance and how we can make sure that Ethiopia’s progress and example can extend to civil society as well…” (Emphasis added.)

    Obama’s promised “talk” about civil society and governance” never took place. Sherman said she had “very wide-ranging discussion about the tremendous success here in Ethiopia, all of the development goals that have been met and elections”. Nothing about civil society or governance!

    I am still trying to find out what it is that Obama “knows” about the 2015 election; arguably not much about civil society (which has been decimated through the use of the so-called charities and Societies law) or governance (thugtatorship).

    In June 2014, Hailemariam Desalegn, the marionette prime minister of Ethiopia, proclaimed electoral perfection for 2015: “Our institutional process and our laws and regulations are perfect. It is not the law that hinders but the implementation of these laws. Therefore, we have put in place the code of conduct of all parties. Strictly abiding by this code of conduct will help the process to be more democratic, free and fair and also credible.” (Emphasis added.) Of course, the “perfect codes” are written and enforced by the T-TPLF.

    The U.S. diplomacy of pandering to dictatorship: Hear no evil, see no evil and say no evil about the T-TPLF

    Last week, the Washington Post in an editorial virtually denounced Sherman for her willfully ignorant statements about Ethiopia’s “election”.

    Ethiopia’s elections, scheduled for May 24, are shaping up to be anything but democratic. A country that has often been held up as a poster child for development has been stifling civic freedoms and systematically cracking down on independent journalism for several years… It was consequently startling to hear the State Department’s undersecretary of state for political affairs, Wendy Sherman, declare during a visit to Addis Ababa on April 16 that ‘Ethiopia is a democracy that is moving forward in an election that we expect to be free, fair and credible.’ The ensuing backlash from Ethiopians and human rights advocates was deserved. (Emphasis added.)

  6. Visitor says:

    ብርቅህ በርቀት ብቀርብ በቅርበት
    ያው ነው አንተነትህ ትልቅ ጠላትነት
    ፈርቼ ባልነግርህ አቤት፡ እሺ ብልህ
    በአንተ እምነት ኖሮኝ ከልቤ እንዳይመስልህ
    እያየነው አይደል የአንተን ባህሪማ
    ማን ያላዘነ አለ ማን ይህንን ያልሰማ
    የሰው ጉዳይ በሰው የሚሾም፡ የሚሻር
    ከአሁን ወዲያ የለም እየፈሩ ማፍቀር፡፡

    Giraffe was killed and Libya which is the richest nation with oil and gas deposit in Africa became a failed state. This was happened within few years after he started to open up his country and have relations with the west.

    Bashir Assad was seen as a young, western educated, the best and new leader in the 21- century. Kerry with his wife was a special and Private Guest to the bashir Assad family enjoyed his relation with Syrian including business relations. You can see the video how Kerry was close and a private special Guest to Assad in 2009. We all know what is happening in Syria; a country had no a single homeless person prior the chaos and destruction caused by those were closer to Syria acting as friends, allies and useful.

    Although no one cares about instead El SISI is the best president Egypt deserves and Ethiopia is happy with, the west played big roles for the coup against the democratically elected president in Egypt that was Morsi. This shows, they don’t care about democracy, human right, rule of law and whatever they are preaching other nations to accept while they are sleeping happily for so long with the absolute dictators and worst human right violators in Saudi Arabia and Gulf.

    Yemen’s former president Saleh was a trusted western puppet for more than 30 years including during Yemen was divided. In the end, he became number one enemy and as a result Yemen which is one of the few oldest nations and people became the way she is today. It is the same with Sadam Hussien and what is happening to Iraq.
    If you see the wars, conflicts, civil wars, coups, regime changes, assassinations and many others orchestrated by USA with UK support since 1945, the list is endless. Most of these things are happening in the name of democracy, election, rule of law, human right, and free media and so on. Yet, look their behavior in the Middle East.

    The point is, never ever trust the USA politics; not necessarily the white house but those in Congress and senate. They even don’t respect the president because of he is black. Most of them prefer and respects leaders from other countries such as Netanyahu than Obama. Never ever trust the USA and UK politics, securities and corporates where the game against you is happening in the name of bad investment, aid, Charity, NGO, Think Tanks, Foundations, peace core, …. and of course their corporate Medias and criminal and racist so called journalists.

    In the 21-century you need no friends and allies because of fear. Those are not genuine, having own secret agenda and plan to implement with great consequences, looking one sided benefit, have no respect, liars and causing dangers for the nation, are no longer having any place in the 21-century politics and human society. Money is everywhere. Knowledge is everywhere. Resources and products are produced all over the world.

    So, there is no need to worry about any bad and dangerous nation despite they think they are powerful and they can get what they want through destruction and killing. We know, they even not able to defeat Taliban in Afghanistan where 45 the most powerful nations are there for 13 years and USA had lost trillions and thousands solders. It is the same in Iraq.
    Therefore, there must not be any fear if they want to use power to make the ancient and great nation like Ethiopia never ever been kneeled down to any power including during the time when the Entire Africa was enslaved and colonized for centuries. the Ethiopian highland and mountains that is rich with water, fertile soil, best weather is powerful that any human made military power no one able to penetrate it and able to control the great Ethiopian people.

    This is the BRICS time where China is taking the lead and smart nations are working with China and others that are not really dangerous for the safety and security of the nation. German Enginering knowledge and technological advancement together with the Italians and French construction, farming and food processing wirth millions times than all soorts of rubbish coming in teh name of fake and misleading names as if tehy are benefiting.

    ጉዳት እንደሆነ ምስጢሩን እያወቅህ
    መከላከል እንጂ ለምን ትስማማለህ
    ዛሬ ይህ፡ ያ ቢሉህ፣ ነገ የሚያፈርሱት
    ትምህርት ይሆንሀል ሌሎችን ተመልከት
    መለየት የማይችል ወዳጅን ከጠላት
    ፈራጅ ራሱ ነው በራስ ላይ ሲጫዎት፡፡

  7. ellen says:

    Is Wendy a jew or a white person?

  8. Sam says:

    I know diplomatic talk is different than any other we know. Diplomats always try to sound impartial even when a clear-cut stand against one or another is needed. Here is the dilemma the American government found itself regarding Ethiopian politics. The government thinks the oppositions parked in the West lack vision. That is a diplomatic way of saying they are very amateur in politics. I do not know any statement made by American foreign policy makers regarding the opposition parties that operate from Ethiopia. But I have a hunch they are not happy with their performance as well. That is why, I think, Wend R. Sherman says ” Ethiopia is a young country in terms of democracy and over time we hope the political system matures in a way that provides real choices for the people.” She practically admits there are no “real choices” now, but she hopes there will be. I know my next statement might anger many, but it is true. Her statement says more about the opposition parties than the current governing party.

  9. Abay says:

    Wendy Ruth Sherman (born 1949) is the founding president of the Fannie Mae Foundation.
    She is a long-time Washington insider, lobbyist(corruption accepted by the law), Congressional staffer, and consultant, Sherman comes from a prominent Jewish family in upstate New York and is widely considered one of Israel’s most supportive high-level friends.
    ——
    The biggest question is that is she one of the Jews that are having normal, acceptable and free from all sorts of crimes behaviors against others mainly teh weak, poor and ignorant for the sake of Money, power and dominations? or is she one of them including those in the name of Journalists, investors, securities, tourists, Scholars, academics, NGO, Charities, Foundations, aid agencies and in general hiding with countless organizations, and institutions misleading names camouflaging their true identities in order to hide their true identities, main agenda, intention and plan particularly from USA and UK engaging with very bad and damaging behaviors and activities against the countries and world at large?

    The vast majority of those damaging the Ethiopian image, undermining the people and interfering in the country internal as well as external maters causing so many problems the country has been though since the 1974, is coming from them. They are coming up continuously with the evil and damaging ideas to affect others including us and taking the lead for implementations while the rest are copying or followed them.

    They are the greatest danger we are facing while acting as if they are friendly thinking we are fool to understand that is not the case at all and they must be stopped working with other nations that are also the victims of these group of people particularly from USA and UK. The sick and demon individual called Graham Peebels from UK is one of the examples how these evils are engaging from all corners, direction and in many ways with goals affecting Ethiopia at home and internationally as worse as possible.

    However, the so called Ethiopian embassy still not managed to deal with this evil bastard from UK despite he is openly and frequently engaging with the Ethiopian personal issues with goals to see Ethiopia even worse than Hitler did to others during his time took less than 5 years. He is still continuing saying he has a school in Ethiopia and a charity called trust close. yet, these hateful and racist evil Jew is engaging continiuing with his Demonic and satanic agenda which is against Ethiopia. However, he will never ever achieve that despite the weak and worthless Ethiopian embassy is not doing the embassy jobs including exposing this little and worthless Jew lies among the others saying he has a school in Ethiopia and a charity that is helping Ethiopia.
    If this is true, f8ch you the Ethiopian embassy in London and the Ethiopian securities and people at large because of a satanic and racists little Jew like this crazy from UK is able to play his satanic behavior and activities against Ethiopia for so long the way he wants and no one stopped him that would have been teh moment when he started the first time. .

    Do you think this woman is different than other Jews that are know with behaviors affecting the world badly and in many ways for the sake of money, power and domination where the poor, weak and ignorant are the main targets as the Black African slaves were for more than 300 years? We know who is behind the so called Diasporas that are dumb and few having jobs and making the living being against Ethiopia from the place where their greedy, evil and racists masters are using them to destroy Ethiopia for the sake of those from New York, Washington and London looking to get the nation and continent at large in the name of neo Liberal policy and Globalization which is colonization by choice and legally with no insight to stop it if once it gets it feet and hands legally and by choice in the country.
    —-

    On July 11, 2008 U.S. government officials were considering a plan for the U.S. government to take over Fannie Mae and/or Freddie Mac should their financial situations worsen due to the U.S. housing crisis.
    Fannie Mae and smaller Freddie Mac owned or guaranteed a massive proportion of all home loans in the United States and so were especially hard hit by the slump. The government officials also stated that the government had also considered calling for explicit government guarantee through legislation of $5 trillion on debt owned or guaranteed by the two companies.

    Fannie Mae makes money partly by borrowing at low rates, and then reinvesting its borrowings into whole mortgages and mortgage backed securities. It borrows in the debt markets by selling bonds, and provides liquidity to mortgage originators by purchasing whole loans. It purchases whole loans and then securitizes them for the investment market by creating MBS that are either retained or sold.

  10. ETHIOPIAN says:

    NO ONE CAN CHANGE THE REALITY WHICH IS VISIBLE AND TANGIBLE BY ANY HEALTHY PERSON. SO IT IS BETTER TO COME UP TO BUILD THE COUNTRY AND DEVELOP THE PEAPLE WITHIN.

  11. Israel says:

    Ethiopians never elected this current government. WORLDBANK and other financial institutions loaned the so called democratically elected constitutional Ethiopian government billions of dollars . The jew is saying the Ethiopian government was elected democratically so she can get her money back with interest even if the money was looted by the Ethiopian officials and the people didn’t need to be burdened by being held responsible. JEW capitalist wants their money back and they will even call Mengistu back to the throne if that is what it tAkes for them to get their money back.

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