The Nejashi Justice Council would like to commend the patriotic support the Synod has shown to the Ethiopian Muslims’ struggle for religious liberty and join the church to call upon all Ethiopians to rise united by narrowing their differences and join hand-in-hand in their effort to promote human rights, justice, and democracy in the country. Sharing the view of our people, the Council believes that a foundation has been laid for Muslims, Christians and others to come together and pool their resources and efforts for a holy and common goal. The solidarity statement issued by the Synod certainly denies the EPRDF regime to use our difference in belief and other background to continue its crimes against humanity without the least regard to their basic rights, democracy and rule of law.
ባንድ ወቅት መለስ ዜናዊ አምላኩ የሆነለት አንድ ዘባተሎ ድምጹን ከፍ አድርጎ “አህያ አህያ አህያ ገና ትረገጣለህ” ማለቱን በጆሮአችን ሰምተናል፤በዓይናችንም አይተነዋል። ይህ አባባል የተባለው ደግሞ ብዙ ኢትዮጵያዊያን ተሰልፈው ነጻነት፤ እኩልነት፤ እውነተኛ ዴሞክራሲያዊ ሥርዓት ለአገራችን ይሁን እያሉ በሚጮኹበት ወቅት መሆኑንም ታሪክ መዝግቦ ይዞታል። መቸስ ዘረኝነት አይጠቅምም ብለው የሚጮኹ ኢትዮጵያዊያንን “አህያ ገና ትረገጣለህ” ብሎ የሚሳደብ ክፍውንና ደጉን ለመለየት አቅም ስላጣ ነው ተብሎ የሚታለፍ ጉዳይ አይሆንም። ይህ እነዚህ ለአገራችን በሽታ የሆኗት ዘረኞችና “እኔ ብቻ” ብለው ድርቅ ማለትን እውቀት አድረገው የያዙ ጠባቦች ተማክረው እና አምነውበት የሚያራምዱት ሃሳብ እንጂ በአጋጣሚ ከአንድ ግለሰብ ብቻ የሚወጣ አይደለም።
ሌላዋ መለስ አምላኳ የሆነላት ግለሰብ ደግሞ “እኛ ጀግነነት በደማችን ነው። ስንገዛችሁ የመጀመሪያችን አይደለም። አህዮች ከሚገዙን ሞታችንን እንመርጣለን”። ብላ ድምጿን ከፍ አድርጋ መናገሯን ብዙዎቻችን ሰምተናል።
የ97ቱ ምርጫ በአገራችን ብዙ ጉድ የታየበት ብዙ ነውር ነገሮች የተሰተናገዱበት ወቅት ነበር።ከዚህ ምርጫ ጋር ተያይዞ ሳሞራ የኑስ የተባለና በአዲስ አበባ ሙዚየም ውስጥ ሃውልት የቆምለት ዘረኛ ግለሰብ ለአንድ አማራ ለሆነ ወታደር “አባቶቻችሁንና አያቶቻችሁን ዳግም እንዳይነሱ አድርገን አርቀን ቀብረናቸዋል አንተንም ቢሆን ገለን እንቀብርሃለን ካሁን ወዲያ የቀረህ እድል አንገትህን ደፍተህ መኖር ነው ” ብሎ መደንፋቱን ሰምተናል።
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HRW: Ethiopians 'Forced Off Land'
June 18, 2012
LONDON - A report published Monday by Human Rights Watch says the Ethiopian government is forcing tens of thousands of people from their land in order to set up sugar plantations.
According to Felix Horne, a consultant to the New York-based rights group who was in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley researching the report last June, approximately 245,000 hectares of land will be cleared for planting sugar.
"Studies show that approximately 200,000 people live on that area, so we can expect 200,000 people to be impacted in the lower Omo Valley," he said. "Across the border, in Lake Turkana, another 300,000 people rely on the lands around Lake Turkana for their livelihoods."
Irrigating the plantations, he added, will impact the flow of water from the Omo River to Kenya’s Lake Turkana, a move that comes amid disruption caused by construction of a dam that is set to open in 2014 and will aid in irrigation.
by Tedla Asfaw
On Thursday June 7, 2012 Tawakkol Karman a 33 year old mother of three, a Nobel Peace Prize Co-recipient for 2011, a
Tawakkol Karman started her struggle in 2007 while Birtukan in 2005.
From left Tawakkol Karman and Birtukan Mideksa
Yemeni Political Activist and Journalist appeared at the Institute of Politics Forum, Harvard Kennedy School. Yesterday on June 18 evening I watched the program rebroadcast on C-Span. Unfortunately I missed the live stream which would have made this piece I am writing now to be younger by ten days.
I followed Tawakkol when she came to New York in October 2011 and made a passionate speech for fellow Yemenis at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in front of United Nations, New York City. She reminded me of our Birtukan/Orange Mediksa both in the same age range, both mothers, both in the front line fighting for dignity and freedom. They both are not afraid of the terrorist machine of the countries they are fighting against.
This shift from “Orange” to “Lemon” can easily be achieved if men like Seye Abraha stand in unison in public with fellow Ethiopian woman leader like Birtukan Mediksa who paid dearly for the struggle. If we do not practice democracy in a free institution like Harvard and show the quality of our leadership how can we counter the allegations many Ethiopians have towards former Woyane leaders like Seye Abraha? When was the last time we heard from Seye Abraha? Many things has happened since then.
60 Ethiopian Migrants Drown in Lake Malawi: 47 bodies recovered so far
The Washington Post
BLANTYRE, Malawi— An overloaded boat carrying about 60 illegal immigrants from Ethiopia capsized in Lake
Search operations are still underway for more bodies or possible survivors (AFP/File, Gianluigi Guercia)
Malawi’s wintry waters, and all aboard are feared drowned, Malawi police said Thursday.
Police spokeswoman Dave Chingwalu said 47 bodies have been recovered and that three suspected Malawian human traffickers had been arrested. The accident happened in the northern Karonga district, 600 kilometers (400 miles) north of Lilongwe, the capital, on Monday night.
Villagers started seeing floating bodies Tuesday morning.