Author’s Note: In this commentary, I make the case against Tedros Adhanom, a top leader of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front, a terrorist organization, who is a finalist for the director-general position at the World Health Organization.
This commentary demonstrates beyond a shadow of doubt that Adhanom does not have the experience, competence, skill sets, intellectual capacity, schooling, professionalism or judgment to become the leader of WHO.
The commentary further demonstrates that Adhanom is a PC (political correctness) candidate, and if selected, an appointment. WHO wants to put a black face on its logo to show how empathetic and sensitive it is to the plight of the billions of Africans and others suffering from health problems. The decision to hire Adhanom shall haunt WHO for decades to come.
I ask all who read this commentary to disseminate it using the links below, along with any other relevant ones, throughout the World Health Organization so that all personnel in that organization will be aware what kind of leader that is being foisted on them.
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Adhanom, the #3 leader of the TPLF
The Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is a terrorist organization listed in the
The TPLF currently runs a regime that is infamous for its massive and flagrant human rights violations and for
The TPLF regime, since October 2016, has ruled by a “state of emergency
Tedros Adhanom is
Tedros Adhanom is one of three
The WHO is a specialized agency of the U.N. whose mission “is the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health”.
How does a leading member of a certified terrorist organization end up as a finalist to lead an organization dedicated to preserving human well-being?
How does a leading member of a brutal dictatorship end up as a finalist to lead an organization tasked to safeguard global health?
The answer to these questions is a “riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”
The answer is a question: How does a wolf skulk around in sheep’s clothing?
The answer is a pig in lipstick, nail polish and makeup at the end of the day is still a pig.
In June 2016, I wrote a
In my commentary, I highlighted several facts about Adhanom.
Adhanom the fibber
Adhanom is a lightweight by any standard, including education, training or experience, for the WHO directorship. Adhanom
His overblown and
Adhanom crows of his own achievements, “Today, Ethiopia stands as a global model for effective health system reform and governance and as an inspirational story of successful African-led development.”
Adhanom’s claim is
The health status of Ethiopia is poor, even when related to other low-income countries including those in sub-Saharan Africa. The population suffers from a huge burden of potentially preventable diseases such as HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, intestinal parasites, acute respiratory infections and diarrhoeal diseases. (Emphasis added.)
Adhanom the epidemic denier
Adhanom was “state health minister” between 2005-12. During that period, Adhanom concealed, covered up, denied or failed to report to the Ethiopian public or international health monitoring organizations, including WHO, at least three major epidemics in Ethiopia.
On May 13, 2017, the New York Times
Long before the N.Y. Times report, various international media sources had documented major epidemics in Ethiopia under Adhanom’s watch, which he denied and covered up.
In June 2006, there was a documented major cholera
In February 2007, there were
In September 2009, Reuters
In July 2011, Adhanom
Adhanom turned a blind eye to torture victims and political prisoners
Prisoners, particularly political prisoners, are
The U.S. State Department
Torture is a major human rights issue that implicates health. Torture, genocide, arbitrary detentions are critical
What has Adhanom done to stop or mitigate torture in T-TPLF prisons and jails?
What has Adhanom done to improve or provide the most minimal health care for the hundreds of thousands of political and other prisoners in T-TPLF jails?
Not a doggone thing!
Correction. He turned a blind eye, deaf ears and muted lips.
Would WHO hire Dr. Josef Mengele as its director-general?
Is the WHO Board so detached from reality, so trapped in their own echo chamber, that they are blinded to the fact that the man they are seriously considering to direct their organization is a member of a regime that is a flagrant, egregious and out-and-out violator of human rights?
Adhanom, the International Criminal Court extortionist
Adhanom was the ringleader of the African leaders who mounted a vicious propaganda attack of “race hunting” to obstruct justice and committed political extortion on the International Criminal Court (ICC).
In 2013, Adhanom
Adhanom effectively made the racist argument that white judges and prosecutors in The Hague were hunting down black African leaders like safari animals and charging them with crimes against humanity.
The fact was at that time out of the 19 ICC judges, only 9 come from Western and Eastern Europe. There were 4 judges from Africa and the rest came from Asia and Latin America. The ICC chief prosecutor was a Gambian woman named Fatou B. Bensouda.
I am proud to say that I
Adhanom, the impostor
The fact of the matter is that Adhanom is a fraud. He is an impostor, a sham and a con man. He is a pitiful charlatan trying to scam his way to the top of the WHO leadership!
For all of Adhanom’s vaunted qualifications for the WHO top job, he has shown an abysmal lack of prudence, judgment and common sense.
When Adhanom was the foreign minister for the thugtatorship of the TPLF, he was duped, hustled and taken for a ride by a 14-year-old eight grader from the Land Down Under (Australia).
It is an absolutely amazing story I discussed in my March 2015
The Ethio-Australian teenager sat with Adhanom at a press conference (
Adhanom bought the teenager’s lie hook, line and sinker. How the teenager was able to pull Adhanom’s leg in such a spectacular way is something for the movies: “Teen Scams a Con Man.”
This incident opens a window into Adhanom’s intellectual poverty, lack of critical thinking skills and complete lack of common sense.
Now, a man bamboozled by a 14 year-old wants to become WHO director-general. This is not only absurd but also outrageous.
The WHO Board might as well nominate Mickey Mouse for “WHO Director-General”.
If Mickey is busy doing important stuff as usual, I am sure Bugs Bunny could be persuaded to throw in his name in the director-general’s pool in exchange for a small batch of carrots.
I say, let them duke it out for the job. Teddy, Mickey and Bugs! Let the best character win!
This is not funny. It is downright craazzzy!
Adhanom is not only clueless about WHO’s mission and objectives, he also seems to have significant issues understanding simple questions put to him in simple English? Just watch this
Does it make sense to hire an inept and bungling wanna-be international bureaucrat to lead an agency as it faces a real existential threat?
Does Adhanom have a clue what it will take to run an agency that could be losing 50 percent of its budget? Trump plan to
How is Adhanom going to navigate WHO though the impending perilous budgetary tempest? What experience does he have in managing a complex international organization, which is torn every which way by the
Or will Adhanom be a patsy for the “Northern” powers who flex the biggest financial muscles?
That was one of the questions that tripped Adhanom in the run-up
Like Porky Pig, Adhanom could barely stutter a
What is Adhanom’s emergency plan to save the sinking ship, “The Intrepid WHO”?
Simple: “Th-Th-The, Th-Th-The, Th-Th… That’s all, folks!”
Adhanom probably thinks running WHO is like running his two-bit health operations in Ethiopia. The only difference is that he thinks he can now play with a slush fund of billions instead of hundreds of millions of dollars.
When Adhanom was T-TPLF health minister, his job was to spread the cash from a slush fund provided by the USAID to his party’s supporters, cronies and friends. He likely thinks that is what it takes to run WHO, spread contributions and donations to his African cronies who will vote for him rubbing their palms in anticipation of sucking dry the international aid that is going to come their way when their buddy takes the key to the WHO cash box.
Frankly, Adhanom should not have even made the trash-can cut, let alone become a finalist.
On the other hand, all of this may not amount to a hill of beans if Adhanom snags the job because, some say, the WHO “director-general has
So, it may not all be bad, at least he will not do as much damage to WHO as he did in Ethiopia. He will get to hang out in Geneva with his gang of fellow “’medocrats’ —mediocre bureaucrats with a medical background” and enjoy life. That is the major problem of WHO. It lacks professional diversity. “In 2012 just 0.1% of non-support staff were economists, 1.4% lawyers and 1.6% social scientists, meaning it is ill-equipped to make well-rounded arguments for its policies.”
So, why get bent out of shape? A mediocre leader for a super-privileged syndicate of medocrats.
The mere consideration of Adhanom to the top WHO job is not only nauseating, but also broadly indicative of the
Adhanom’s nomination shines a bright light on what WHO is
The international organizations, more accurately unaccountable
It is all based on political correctness, more accurately political correctness gone haywire. The politically correct hidden agenda is, “It is time for the “African director-general”, which they euphemistically call the “development candidate”. The simple truth is WHO needs a black face to show how liberal-minded they are. What a sham!
If the WHO selects Adhanom as its director-general, it will be the equivalent of giving the job of a Fleet Admiral to an ensign. There is going to be a spectacular shipwreck at WHO with Adhanom at the helm.
Can a minor league bench warmer be a starting pitcher in the World Series? Neither can Adhanom be the director-general of WHO.
Were I a cynical man, I would speculate that the WHO Board will hire Adhanom for the same reasons the old colonial masters appointed African chiefs, to be ceremonial figureheads for the natives. Back then, the masters would give the chiefs fancy titles and flashy clothes and puppeteer them into doing their bidding.
Of course, I am not suggesting that Adhanom will be a stooge for Bill Gates or that Gates is leaning on the WHO Board and members to vote for Adhanom. Certainly not. But it is a fact that the Gates Foundation has
Frankly, I don’t give a rat’s behind who gives money to WHO as long as WHO does not pickpocket the American taxpayer. Straight up!
Trump tells it like it is
Trump legitimately asks why American taxpayers have to foot the bill for the lavish lifestyles of the overpaid, underworked and unaccountable bureaucrats in the U.N., the World Bank, WHO and the rest of the international poverty pimpdom.
Most of the
The silver lining in the dark cloud that hangs over WHO with Adhanom at the helm is that fewer American dollars will be used to finance that wasteful and inefficient organization. Trump says he is going to slash the USAID budget by $10 billion or roughly 28 percent to “free up funding for critical priorities here at home.”
I will be watching from the pier as Captain director-general Adhanom ditches WHO into organizational chaos and budgetary crises. Aye! Aye! Cap’n!
My personal beef with the international bureaucracies is simply this: They are completely out of control and out of touch with reality. They go on with their lavish lifestyles sipping bubbly in a bubble and talking to each other in an echo chamber, paid for by American Joe and Jane Taxpayer.
By the way, how well does WHO meet its mission?
During the Ebola outbreak in 2014-15, WHO
What’s WHO got to say about that? America had to put not only its treasury on the line but also the lives of its citizens. Did anybody say, “Thank you, America!”?
Where was WHO when Ebola was ravaging West Africa? What was WHO doing as Ebola took out villages full of people?
I agree with Trump. The only way to stop these bloated corrupt international bureaucracies and hold them accountable is to cut their budgets to the bone; and make them mean, lean and clean bureaucratic machine.
The fight is only beginning…
I am not sure what the WHO Board was thinking when it considered the candidacy of Adhanom. That may be the problem; they were not thinking.
As Adhanom is rubbing his palms, licking his chops and salivating to become director-general, I ask the WHO Board two questions:
What is the message you are sending out to the world by selecting a terrorist-cum-human-rights violator as your leader?
Does it bother you that public face and top leader of WHO is an unrepentant terrorist and unindicted human rights violator?
The campaign to expose WHO for what it is, is just beginning. It will continue with furious intensity once Adhanom takes the helm at WHO.
Thank goodness, we have someone in the White House who sees these overpaid, underworked and bored international bureaucrats the same way we do.
Note well: Because we disagree on a lot of things does not mean we cannot agree to work on one thing. We can work with the Trump Administration on accountabiluty and transparency at USAID, The World Bank, the IMF, The WHO and whoever else.
Personally, I could not care less if Adhanom is head honcho at WHO in Geneva or the Mayor of Whoville in cartoonland.
La luta a continua!