Saturday, October 29, 2011

Interview on Ethiopia and Horn of Africa

I taped on October 6 a 46 minute interview on developments in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa with ESAT Ethiopia Insight. It caters primarily to the Ethiopian diaspora.

4 comments:

  1. how mach TPLF paid you

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  2. Thank you so much Amb. David Shinn for this very interesting interview. But one can see that you made a great deal of effort not confront important issues. For example, you were asked to comment on ethnic federalism but left it as an issue that should be addressed by 83% "peasants". I think that was not a good answer. Another, you seem to think that dissent toward the Meles regime is mainly a Diaspora affair...All in all, you were to careful not to express your honest opinions on some issues...

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  3. Thank you so much for your insight. It is great. I am sure you will also educate Helen Daniel, who seems to be not pleased with your interview

    http://addisvoice.com/2011/11/dr-david-shinn-and-his-peasant-based-analysis/

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  4. I saw the interview. It was good. You were very mesasured and balanced. That was good. Your tone was a bit tough and sharp. I sensed one thing from that and generally from that interview and that is ; you are a bit critical and view the Ethiopian Diaspora with suspicion. That is how the Meles' regime views it too. They have this opinion that the Ethiopian Diaspora espcailly those that are political are a bit extereme. That is not true. The Ethioipian Diaspora knows the situtaion of the Ethiopian peasant better than Meles does. Our partents, relatives are families are peasants. We are with them always. Had we been careless about their safety and the realities they live in, we would have taken consequenatil measures that would have jeopardiesed their lives. But we are fair too...we need their safety and prosperity and our movement is farmer/peasant focused or concerned. we may appear extereme because we live in democratic countries and emit our anger and frustration more vocally and loudly than those in the country.
    Therefore, please sharpen your misperception about the Ethiopian Diaspora.People like you are important to us...so stand with us too.

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