I followed Professor HaileLarebo long discussions in two parts hosted by ESAT this month.
If there is controversy from more than 3 hours of discussion especially Ethiopian History within the Ethiopian Diaspora polarized and separated into Unity with diversity and Tribal homeland groups is not surprising.
I remember Al Jazeera Stream few years back. The less than 45 minutes panel discussion started a heated discussion between Ethiopia First and Oromo First Camps on social medias.
ESAT unlike Aljazeera faced protest and was accused of insulting the Oromo people for his guest using “Eregna ” meaning pastoralists describing the life style of the Oromo people more than 400 years ago.
Then ESAT Editorial came and apologized for the program being interpreted negatively portraying the Oromo people.
It seems to me what is going on is not historical discussion but political correctness.
ESAT hosted many Oromo nationalists the likes of JawarMohammed, Professor Ezkel and Professor Tsegaye among others who totally rejected Ethiopian History but in no times came out to apologize for Ethiopian nationalists.
Professor Larebo should be challenged by Historical Facts he presented not by a word he fully explained by ten minutes additional explanation of the word “Eregna” he used to clarify for those who interpreted it as insult.
For Oromia Republic fighters/propagandists Ethiopian History is their number one enemy and no surprise in attacking Professor Larebo who never came of such republic in Ethiopia’s long history he shared with us on ESAT.