Interview with Ambassador Girma Birru on current political events in Ethiopia (Video)

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  1. Yoni says:

    Ambassador, he is there for schooling. What a fool!! I can’t believe he is interviewing the ambassador. A first grader can do better than him. Good thing the ambassador didn’t ask you to bring your mother for failing basic knowledge of journalism101 . I can’t believe you are saying the state of emergency is deterring tourists and investors from coming.

  2. Addis Zemen says:

    You see this monkey Oromo Media Network’s Jawar Mohammed in California sending his kid to college free tutition because of his unsubstantiated asylum claim and has no expense at all. But his writing is fruitless. Abay Dam will be built soon. He is just sad because the current development is done by EPRDF not by OLF.

  3. dergu temelese says:

    There is no justice in Ethiopia. Cadres can’t serve justice.

  4. dergu temelese says:

    የጎጃም ሀዘን እና አጼ ዮሀንስ የመተማ ዘመቻ
    አጼ ዮሀንስ ደርቦሾችን ልክ ለማስገባት ወደ መተማ ከመዝመታቸው በፊት ጎጃምን ወረው ጦራቸው የህዘቡን ቤቶች አቃጥሏል፣ ሴቶችን ደፍሯል፣ከብቶችን አርዷል፣ ነድቷል፣ የጎጃም ገበሬ በወዙ እና በላቡ ያፈራውን ሀብትና ንብረት በማጣቱ አምርሮ አዝኗል፡፡
    በዚህም ምክንያት የጎጃም ህዝብ ሀዘኑን እንደሚከተለው በስንኝ ቋጥሯል፡፡
    በሰላም ከመጡ ዮሀንስ ከመተማ፣
    ጎጃም ማተብ የለው እግዜርም የለማ፡፡
    ደርቡሾች የጎጃም ህዝብ ሀዘንም ረድቷቸው የአጼ ዮሀንስን ገድለውና አንገት ቆረጠው መውሰዳቸው በታሪክ ተጽፏል፡፡
    ታሪክ ራስን ይደግማል
    የወቅቱ የአጼ ዮሀንስ ልጆች ( ህወሀቶች) ኢትዮጵያውያንን እየገደሉና እየዘረፉ ነው፡፡
    1/ ብአዴን የሚባል ለሆዳቸው ያደሩና ወገናቸውን የካዱ ባንዳዎችን አደራጅተው በቀጥታ ሳይሆን በተዘዋዋሪ እና በረቀቀ መንገድ ጎንደርን እና ጎጃምን እየዘረፉ ነው፡፡ የነገ አገር ገንቢ ወጣቶችንም እየጨፈጨፉ ነው፡፡ ከ2.5 ሚሊዮን በላይ የአማራ ህዝብ በተለያዩ ስልቶች እንደአጠፉ በህዝብ ተወካዮች ምክር ቤት ሳይቀር ተነስቶ ራሳቸውም ተጨቃጭቀወበታል፡፡ ከስልቶቹም መካከል የኤድስ ህሙማንን ከሠራዊቱ ሰብስቦ በብር ሸለቆ በማስፈር፣ ትገሬ የሆኑ የጤና ባለሙያዎችን በአማራ ክልል ገጠሮች በማሰማራት ሴቶች ለህክምና ሲሄዱ መሀን የሚያደርጉ መድሀኒቶችን በመውጋት፣ በበደኖ፣ በወተር፣ በሊማሊሞ፣ በሀረር፣ በባህርዳር በጥይት እና ከእነ ህይወታቸው በመቅበር ገድለዋል፡፡
    2/ የወቅቱ የዮሀንስ ልጆች የጋምቤላን መሬት በኢንቬስትመንት ሰበብ ለመውረር ከ420 በላይ አኝዋኮችን በጠራራ ጸሀይ ገድለዋል ነባር ነዋሪዎችንም አፈናቅለዋል፡፡
    3/ ከ 700 ሺ በላይ ሶማሌዎችን የኦጋዴን ነጻ አውጭ ድርጅትን ትደግፋላችሁ በማለት በተለያዩ ጊዚያት በጅምላ እንደገደሉ ከ800 ሺ ህዝብ በላይ መኖሪያ ቀየውን ጥሎ እንደተፈናቀለ የፌዴራል ፖሊስ አባል ሆኖ ሥርዓቱን ያገለገለው እና የኢሳ ጎሳ ተወላጅ የሆነ ሻለቃ አሊ የተባለ ለአሜሪካ ድምጽ ሬዲዮ በ21/ 04/ 2009 ማጋለጡ እና በ20/05 /2009 ደግሞ የክልሉ ሆድ አደር ባለስልጣን ለማስተባበል መሞከሩ ይታወቃል፡፡ በአጠቃላይ ወያኔ እየተከተለ ያለው የመግደል እና የመዝረፍ ፖሊሲ ሀይ ባይ ያጣ እና ዳፈው ለልጅ ልጅ የሚተርፍ እየሆነ ነው፡፡

  5. Yirgu Wolde, Director of Supported Housing and Special Needs says:

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    President Donald Trump is expected to send to Congress a high-level budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 next week. An overview of early drafts by the Washington Post show the severity of cuts under consideration. Multiple sources confirm that OMB Director Mick Mulvaney could slash the HUD budget by as much as 14% ($6 billion)-without considering inflationary adjustments. There is a national shortage of 7.4 million homes affordable and available to the lowest income people in this country. Just one in four low income people in need of assistance, including seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, immigrants and veterans, get the help they need. In light of these considerations, these suggested cuts are unconscionable and unacceptable. Such draconian reductions could cause homelessness.
    The proposed cuts would devastate critical programs that keep roofs over the heads of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. They are in direct contrast to Mr. Trump’s promises to revitalize distressed communities and ensure that “nobody’s going to be dying on the street” from homelessness.
    Mr. Trump’s proposed budget would slash resources to repair and rehabilitate public housing developments by two-thirds. Even before these dramatic cuts, we lose an estimated 10,000 public housing apartments each year due to chronic underfunding; the capital needs backlog is close to $40 billion and grows at a rate of $4.3 billion per year. Such deep cuts would allow properties in which billions of dollars have been invested over decades to fall further into disrepair. Communities would lose a long-standing asset that has provided millions of people a place to call home and that-with the proper investment-can continue to do so for generations to come.
    The proposed cuts to Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance could result in more than 200,000 families losing that critical support. Many would be forced to pay even more of their limited incomes on rent, having insufficient resources left for food, healthcare, transportation and other basic needs. Others would be unable to cover the increased cost of their rents and would face the destabilizing impact of eviction, which has especially damaging effects on children and their ability to succeed in school. In the worst cases, these families will become homeless, reversing the gains made in recent years to reduce homelessness in America.
    Mr. Trump further proposes cutting resources that provide thousands more affordable homes for the lowest income seniors and people with disabilities. This would put residents at an especially high risk of eviction and homelessness, make it difficult for landlords to make their monthly mortgage payments, and erode the public-private partnerships that make these rental homes possible.
    While Native Americans have some of the worst housing needs in the U.S.-suffering from extreme levels of poverty and substandard housing-Mr. Trump’s proposed budget would cut resources targeted to these communities by nearly a quarter.
    And by eliminating block grant resources for community development and housing production, the Trump budget would undermine the ability for states and communities to address their most pressing needs.
    Federal investments in affordable housing have already been cut significantly in recent years because of the low spending caps required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Funding to HUD was already $3.4 billion-or 8.4%-lower in 2016 than in 2010, adjusted for inflation. The same programs that would suffer dramatic cuts in Mr. Trump’s budget are those that have been hardest hit in recent years-public housing, community development and housing block grants, and housing for the elderly and people with disabilities.
    This is the wrong approach. Mr. Trump and Congress should be increasing investments in affordable homes-not dramatically cutting resources. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s (NLIHC) recently released report, The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, the U.S. has a shortage of 7.4 million affordable rental homes available to the nation’s 11.4 million extremely low income households. This means that for every 100 extremely low income households, there are just 35 rental homes affordable and available to them. As a result, 71% pay more than half of their income on rent and utilities. Despite the growing housing affordability crisis, just one in four households eligible for housing assistance receive the help they need.
    The NLIHC-led Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding recently released a new report, A Place to Call Home, showcasing the latest research on how access to affordable housing boosts economic mobility, reduces poverty and homelessness, improves health outcomes, and strengthens the economy by supporting local jobs and increasing wages. The report estimates that more than 500,000 jobs were supported through HUD investments in 2015 alone. It also features more than 100 success stories of how families and communities have benefited from federal investments in affordable housing-from the very programs that the Trump budget proposes to cut.
    These proposed cuts are unacceptable, and Congress must soundly reject them. We call on HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson to uphold the commitments he made during his confirmation process. At that time, Dr. Carson said, “We need to be cognizant of our fiscal responsibilities as well as our social responsibilities. Safety net programs are important. I would never abolish one without having an alternative.” We couldn’t agree more. Dr. Carson must uphold his commitment to “house as many families as possible in safe, affordable housing…and look for ways to expand affordable housing options everywhere” by urging Mr. Trump and Mr. Mulvaney to reverse these harmful cuts before submitting a budget proposal to Congress.
    Furthermore, Mr. Trump and Congress must lift the spending caps with parity for defense and non-defense programs and ensure the highest level of funding possible for affordable housing. We cannot afford to balance our budget on the backs of low-income people. Instead, we must invest in the resources that families and communities need to thrive.
    Join NLIHC and other leaders of CHCDF for a webinar on March 20 at 4pm to learn more about the impact of President Trump’s proposed budget and how you can help protect these critical resources of subsidized housings.

    : Yirgu Wolde, Director of Supported Housing and Special Needs
    Phone: (609) 278-7521 Email: ywolde@njhmfa.gov

  6. Sam says:

    Ambassador Girma said Ethiopians do not go to prison because of their politics. They go to prison because of what they did. Apparently he had in mind Dr. Merrara when he said it. I totally disagree. Yes, Merrara was an oopsition party leader, and EPDRF did not arrest him for it. Now, Merra is in prison because he met two people the Ethiopian government believes them to br terrorists. Does the Ethiopian government believe those two brainwashed him and he might be a potential terroist? That assumption does not make sense. The Ethiopian government should not have any right to tell a citizen whon to talk to or not. That is what happened. The Ethiopian goverment is saying the government has a right to order you to whom tn not associate with even socially. That is very scary. As for the amassador suggestion, still having Merrara in mind, that the courts are the final arbiter, I have news for the ambassador. The courts are not impartial in cases which politics are involved.

    • Meron Tesfamariam says:

      Honor , diginity , integrity and so on is becoming a strange concept for Ethiopians in the diaspora,especially for those of us that are forgetting where we came from by being caught up in the western non-productive lifestyle. . What can I say really? I am not amazed. I shared the feelings of this famous Ethiopian man Absadi Kidane until not too long ago . Guys, listen to yourself, to your innerself, what are you feeling because of what is going on in Ethiopia, I mean the transformation process.

      I hate myself, I feel as if I am loosing my purpose in this days and times, Like being a man without a goal. This feeling makes so desperate. Imagine, if someone really annoys you, as this time of hopelessness, you may not be sure what will you be doing?

      What I would like to say to all of you is, are you ready to take action, then make your action meaningful for a better cause. Now our country needs people who can save her from destruction by dying first, why don’t we go back to our country and die defending our people and our country against the people that oppose the transformation process rather than adopting to non-productive easy lifestyle of the west which eventually leads to rotting for life in USA’s gay rapists/HIV infested prisons.

      I don’t wish on any human being to see the inside of prisons in USA like I did last year. I was lucky enough not to serve long term as those other Ethiopians and Eritreans I met in prisons do. Prison in USA is the ugliest place anyone can possibly be. Surprisingly there are huge number of Ethiopians and Eritreans serving life sentence and decades in prisons especially in DC area and in California with no form of communication from the outside world. Noone visiting them or noone even writing to them a letter correspondence. No friends no families nothing.I suggest we up and coming diasporas learn from their mistakes turn our life to become posetive and involve in this GERD dam and other posetive efforts in cooperation with our country people who are doing posetive things.

      http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/S-F-murder-suspect-has-stalking-history-5182229.php

      NEWS
      Santa Monica , California USA hit-run suspect Ethiopian man Absadi Kidane held on $10M bail amid terror questions

      http://abc7.com/news/officials-probing-whether-santa-monica-hit-run-was-act-of-terror/1816108/

  7. kena says:

    WAY WAY GIRMAA BIRRUU!

  8. dergu temelese says:

    ለወዝቶ አደሮች
    ከአመዳሞች
    ይብላኝ ለእናንተ ምርጥ ለምትበሉት፣
    ይብላኝ ለእናንተ ውስኪ ለምትቀዱት፣
    በአምስት አስራ እንድ በቁምሳ ስሌት፣
    እኛማ እያለቅን በርሀብ እርዛት፣
    በህይወት ከመኖር ይሻለናል ሞት፡፡
    ቁርስ ለንደን በልታችሁ ምሳችሁ ናይሮቢ፣
    እራት አዲስ- አባ በሼራተን ግቢ፣
    ዓለምን ስትቀጩ ብርን ስትገድቡ፣
    ለእኛ ጥፋት እንጂ ልማት አታስቡ፡፡
    ወስኪ ጠጥታችሁ በቀል ስታገሱ፣
    የድሀውን ድርሻ ስታግበሰብሱ፣
    ሞትን ስትሸሹ ምስኪኑን ስትገድሉ፣
    ያጣ ወንድማችሁን በጥይት ስትቆሉ፣
    የህግ እስረኛውን በእሳት ስትቀቅሉ፣
    ዝም ብሎ ሲያይ አይኖር ፈጣሪ ሀያሉ፣
    የዘራችሀትን እናንተም ታጭዳላችሁ፣
    አምላክ ዕድሜ ሰጥቶን ለማየት ያብቃችሁ፡፡
    በአቅላችሁ ሆናችሁ በደሉን አስታውሱ፣
    ድሀ ከመረረው አይሳሳም ለነፍሱ፣
    ምኑ ሊቀርበት የምድሩ ህይወት፣
    ተቆራምዶ አይኖርም ለእናንተ መውዛት፡፡

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