Monthly Archives: June 2007

On the Identity of Meles Zenawi And His TPLF Regime In Ethiopia

In the previous commentary “Meles Zenawi and Etrhiitorpeia” posted in (March 20, 2007), with Ethiopia smothered in the title, we scanned the zero sum game PM Meles Zenawi and his TPLF played on behalf of Eritrea at the total …

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Kinijit youth league founding conference to be held in Dallas, Texas

Kinijit North America announced today that the Kinijit Youth League founding conference will be held in Dallas, Texas, on July 5, 2007. The conference coincides with the annual North America Ethiopian Sports Federation event which starts tomorrow, Sunday, in Dallas.…

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Blockade of the Ethiopian embassy in Washington DC

Ethiopian political and civic groups will block the Woyanne embassy in DC on Monday, July 2, 2007, to demand the immediate and unconditional release of the elected leaders of Ethiopia.

The rally starts at 9 AM this coming Monday in …

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An Ethiopian man in Utha faces a mental evaluation

By Sara Israelsen
Deseret Morning News

PROVO — The mental health of a man who bought high-powered guns illegally and told his roommates he wanted to kill police officers and U.S. soldiers will be reviewed against his wishes.

Kiddus Yohannes

During an …

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Woyanne’s politics of humiliation

Sources close to the Woyanne-Qaliti mediation team in Addis Ababa have informed Ethiopian Review today that Meles Zenawi has decided to release the Kinijit leaders, but he wants to do it in his own terms, and at the time of …

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The Woyanne regime of Ethiopia Admits Errors on Somalia Intervention

By Stephanie McCrummen
Washington Post Foreign Service

NAIROBI — Meles Zenawi said Thursday that his government “made a wrong political calculation” when it intervened in Somalia, where Ethiopian troops are bogged down in a fight against a growing insurgency.

Addressing …

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OLF fighters killed 30 Woyanne soldiers in eastern Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, June 28, 2007 (ST) — The Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), armed wing of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), killed over 30 soldiers and captured nine others in an attack on Woyanne regime troops in eastern Ethiopia, a rebel …

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The Haman of Ethiopia: Negotiating with the Devil?

By Dr. Getachew Workneh

Surely, help for Ethiopia will come from above with or without the support of the western powers, if we seek God in repentance. But, it is time to say enough is enough, stop negotiating with Hamman, …

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Meles calls appeals for release of Ethiopian poltical prisoners “shameful”

ADDIS ABABA, June 28 (Reuters) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi slammed on Thursday calls by Western diplomats for the release of 38 opposition officials as “shameful”.

In an address to parliament, Meles lambasted the Addis Ababa-based Western ambassadors, some …

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The butcher of the Horn of Africa preparing for war with Eritrea

By ANITA POWELL, Associated Press

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s [dictator] said Thursday he is building up the army‘s capabilities because he fears an imminent attack by Eritrea, which he also accused of arming rebel groups inside his country.

“It is …

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Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie breaks two world marks

Haile Gebre-Selassie Ostrava (Czech Republic), June 28: Twice Olympic 10,000 meters champion Haile Gebrselassie broke the world one-hour and 20 kilometers marks at the “Golden Spike” grand prix athletics meeting on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old Ethiopian ran 21.285 km in 60 minutes to …

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Grenades kill 2 in Mogadishu’s main market, police say

The Associated Press
Wednesday, June 27, 2007

MOGADISHU, Somalia: Unidentified gunmen lobbed three hand grenades at a police truck patrolling the main market in Somalia’s capital Wednesday, missing the truck and killing two shoppers, police and witnesses said.

Also on …

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Ethiopia’s Mestewat Tufa runs season’s fastest 10,000m in The Netherlands

Valkenwaard, The Netherlands – Last night (26) on what was a cool (13 degrees CT) low windy evening Ethiopia’s Mestewat Tufa ran the fastest 10.000 metres for women of the season at Valkenswaard in the south of The Netherlands with …

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An Ethiopian Millennium Resolution: Never Take Wrong Historical Turns Again!

By Network of Ethiopian Scholars (NES)

Justice is like fire; even if one covers it with a veil, it still burns. (Malagasy Proverb)

One of our strongest weapons is dialogue, sit down with a man, if you have prepared

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Yemen-bound Ethiopian and Somali refugees survive to tell of nightmare at sea

Yemen Times

Aden, August 26 (UNHCR) – Eighteen Somali and Ethiopian refugees are currently being treated in southern Yemen after they were forced to jump off a boat into the Gulf of Aden. At least 12 others are believed to …

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U.S. lawmakers stunned by Meles Zenawi’s prisoner threat

By Coalition for HR 2003

WASHINGTON DC – US lawmakers were stunned on Monday when Prime Minister Meles Zenawi warned that he would not set free the opposition leaders if the US Congress went ahead and marked up an Ethiopia …

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UNESCO launches Ethiopian Digital Stories project

(Addis Ababa)
UNESCO launches Ethiopian Digital Stories project

Ethiopian women participating in the project

Over a hundred young Ethiopian women will be be spending the next three months working with UNESCO under a pilot project launched today.

The project, coinciding with the upcoming Ethiopian …

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U.S. power moves in Ethiopia’s conflict

By Fisshea Tecle

Rumors are all over about the imminent release of the leaders of Ethiopia’s pro-democracy party, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD). Whether the prisoners are released at all and under what terms is entirely dependent upon …

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On the conviction and promised release of political prisoners in Ethiopia

By Prof. Donald Levine

Sem-inna worq yiqir! Dubbi qarumman dubbatani miti!
Andenat kala agar yebarekal; Andenet kelela yaweredal.

Reports of the signing of a mediated consensus document by political prisoners at Qaliti brings a fresh blast of hope to all …

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Ethiopia rebels say the Woyanne regime kills 40 in air raids

NAIROBI, June 25 (Reuters) – Rebels in Ethiopia’s remote eastern Somali region accused the government on Monday of using warplanes to bomb three villages, killing around 40 people, in an escalating offensive against the insurgents.

The government said it had …

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Dissenting a constitution that makes Meles Zenawi a Monster and Emperor.

By Berhanu G. Balcha

Meles Zenawi was elected from a district from which he has never lived for the last 30 years. It is clear that he has no legitimacy even from his own electoral district. However, the 1995 constitution …

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H.R. 2003, Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act of 2007 markup on June 26

The U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs markups:
Tom Lantos (D-CA), Chairman
You are respectfully requested to attend the following OPEN hearing of the Full Committee, to be held in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office …

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A Johannesburg business consultant released from a secret detention centre in Addis Ababa

By Juggie Naran
Independent Online

A Johannesburg business consultant, released on Tuesday from a Guantanamo-style detention centre in Addis Ababa, has told of kidnapping, assault, torture and interrogation, mainly at the hands of American intelligence officials.

Abdul Hamid Moosa, 41, …

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An Ethiopian teen killed at graduation party in Union City, California

Biniam Yifru
San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, June 24, 2007

When the sirens rang out, Karen Yifru had a bad feeling.

“I never go to sleep until all my babies are home,” she said. “I was waiting by the window, waiting for him …

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Bereket Simon denied any agreement regarding the release of Kinijit leaders

AFP, June 25, 2007 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopian opposition leaders convicted after violent protests in the wake of contested 2005 elections have admitted their “mistakes,” their lawyer said Sunday.

The lawyer said the thirty-eight accused, convicted by the High …

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Maryland jury awards Ethiopian worker $61,000

By CYNTHIA DIPASQUALE | Maryland Daily Record

An Ethiopian woman who said she was kept as an indentured servant in a Potomac home for four years won a $61,000 federal jury verdict against her employers on claims of unjust enrichment.…

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Cautious optimism as some Kinijit prisoners sent their personal items home

Ethiopian Review sources reported that on Sunday afternoon some of the Kinijit prisoners in Qaliti sent their personal items home as they await their release. According to ER sources, the release of the prisoners may occur any time between tomorrow, …

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Ethiopian Church leaders to march in Washington DC to ask for the release of Ethiopia’s elected leaders

The Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) announced that it will join Ethiopian civic and political groups in Washington DC on June 25 and 26 to march for the release of Ethiopia’s jailed leaders.

It is announced …

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Alert: The Truth inside Qaliti

Sources close to Qaliti:

Woyanne propagandists are busy trying to characterize the negotiation between the Tigrean People Liberation Front (Woyanne) and the prisoners as a plea bargain and are also trying to insinuate that the prisoners in Qaliti are asking …

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University of Nottingham scientists helping to establish Green Chemistry in Ethiopia

Innovations Report

University of Nottingham scientists have been instrumental in helping to establish a pioneering branch of chemistry in Ethiopia.

They have helped to introduce Green Chemistry, an emerging field of sustainable science that will help African nations to meet …

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Socialist Euro MPs urge the release of Ethiopian prisoners of conscience awaiting possible death penalty sentences

21 june 2007 –

Contact: Solange Hélin-Villes – +32476 510 172
Tony Robinson:+475 257 410

Socialist European Members of Parliament are seriously concerned with the fate of 38 Ethiopian political prisoners who …

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European Parliament resolution of 21 June 2007 on the situation in Ethiopia

The European Parliament,

– having regard to its previous resolutions on the post-election crisis and serious human rights violations, in particular those of 7 July 2005 on the human rights situation in Ethiopia1, of 13 October 2005 on the situation …

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Abandoning Kinijit 8 points is abandoning democracy

By Gemeda Humnasa

According to Washington Post, some of the CUD/Kinijit opposition leaders, earlier found guilty, have now signed a document accepting partial responsibility for the violence in exchange for their release. This is definitely a very good news and …

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European Parliament called on the U.N. to appoint a special rapporteur to investigate human rights atrocites in Ethiopia

European Parliament – Press Release
June 21, 2007

Following up on previous resolutions on Ethiopia, MEPs take another look at the unstable situation that has persisted in that country since the 2005 elections. Opposition leaders who led protests at the …

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U.S. Congressman introduces an amendement restricting assistance to the Woyanne regime

June 21, 2007

Dear Colleague:

As Chair of the Congressional Ethiopian American Caucus, I urge you to vote YES to Representative J. Randy Forbes amendment to H.R. 2764 restricting certain economic assistance to …

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Can the Leopard Change its Spots or Ethiopia’s Ruling Clique Its Ways?

The Guilty Verdict and Why The TPLF is So Predictable

By Ethiopian-Americans for Democracy

After an 18-month charade, a politically compliant Ethiopian court on June 11, 2007 found 38 members of Ethiopia’s main opposition party, CUD-Kinijit, guilty of leading armed …

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Some of the Ethiopian political prisoners sign paper in bid for release

By Stephanie McCrummen
The Washington Post

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — Ethiopian opposition leaders jailed in a brutal crackdown following 2005 elections have signed a document accepting partial responsibility for the violence in exchange for their release, senior U.S. and …

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ONLF Response To Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Press Release
June 20, 2007

That the Ogaden has been neglected by the current regime in power in Ethiopia is not in question. That what is unfolding in Ogaden amounts to war crimes is what the world is beginning to …

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Tegbar calls for blockade of roads in an act of civil disobedience to free elected leaders of Ethiopia

Tegbar Ethiopia
Press Release – June 21, 2007

Tegbar League’s executive committee in Addis Ababa today has called on the people of Ethiopia to rise up in unison for a nationwide civil disobedience to force the Woyanne dictatorship free our …

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Ethiopia’s dictatorship blocks opposition Web sites – An Internet watchdogg

An Internet watchdog on Tuesday accused Ethiopia of blocking scores of anti-government Web sites and millions of Weblogs in one of sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest cases of cyber-censorship.

Web monitor, the OpenNet Initiative, said the Horn of Africa country was stopping …

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Ethiopian-born Maryam aims to be Bahrain’s golden girl

 Gulf Weekly — IT has been a week of mixed fortunes for sports in Bahrain. Where top cueist Habib Subah flattered to deceive at the Asian Snooker Championship in Pakistan by failing to make the quarter-finals, Maryam Yusuf Jamal flourished

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A Portland woman fights to focus Americans’ attention on her native Ethiopia

BY DON LIEBER , Willamette Week Online

Lulit MesfinOn June 11, 38 prominent opposition leaders in Ethiopia were found guilty of multiple capital crimes, including treason and “outrages against the constitution.”The developments were the latest outrage in Africa’s third most populous …

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Insurgents attack Somali police stations

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) – More than a dozen gunmen attacked two police bases in Mogadishu early Wednesday with rocket-propelled grenades, sparking fire fights that killed at least two people, witnesses and police said.
The attacks came just hours after a …

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Woyanne Troops Killed at Least 8 in Mogadishu

By VOA News

Witnesses in Somalia’s capital say Ethiopian [Woyanne] troops shot and killed at least eight people late Tuesday, following a roadside bomb attack.

The witnesses say the bomb hit a [Woyanne] military convoy, damaging a truck and causing …

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An Ethiopian immigrant in Utah charged with felonies


Former UVSC Student Charged With Felonies

OREM, Utah (AP, June 20th, 2007) — An Ethiopian immigrant apparently fascinated with death and shooting U.S. soldiers now faces felony charges for gun violations.

20-year-old Kidus Chane Yohannes was a student at Utah …

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Ethiopian Orthodox Church asks Ethiopians not to participate in millennium celebration unless the elected leaders of Ethiopia are released from jail

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church’s (EOTC) Holy Synod has called on the people of Ethiopia to stay away from any millennium celebration unless the elected leaders of Ethiopia are released from prison.

The Holy Synod warned the Woyanne regime that …

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Woyanne embassy reception cancelled

ER obtained this email regarding postponement of the planned events at the Woyanne embassy in Washington DC

From: The Whitaker Group, [email protected]
Date: Jun 19, 2007 1:11 PM
Subject: Postponement of Ethiopia and Starbucks Events – June 20, 2007 events…

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Amnesty International calls for the unconditional release of the prisoners of conscience in Ethiopia

Public Statement, June 19, 2007

An Ethiopian court on 11 June convicted 38 defendants part-way through the long-running trial of leaders of the opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) party, journalists and civil society activists. The 38 …

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UNESCO launches the re-erection project of the Aksum Obelisk in Ethiopia

Ethiopian priest in front of stela N° 2 Aksum archaeological site The UNESCO World Heritage Centre today signed the contract with Lattanzi SRL construction company to begin the re-erection of the Aksum obelisk. Also known as Stela 2, it is the second largest stela on the Aksum World Heritage site in …

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The State of Oregon takes a stand on the worsening human rights condition in Ethiopia

State of Oregon Flag

Senate Joint Memorial 3

Sponsored by Senator DECKERT; Senator GORDLY, Representative HUNT (at the request of Ethiopian-American Association of Portland)

To the President of the United States, the Senate and the House of Representatives …

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Woyanne denounces NYT journalist Jeffery Gettleman and U.S. Congressman Donald Payne



On Jeffery Gettleman and the New York Times

In May, Jeffery Gettleman, …

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Woyanne military truck hit roadside bomb killing at least three in Mogadishu

Source: Xinhua

At least three Ethiopian [Woyanne] soldiers and seven Somalis were killed and an unknown number were wounded when a [Woyanne] military truck was hit by a roadside bomb as the convoy was passing a street in the north …

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Telrad Networks Wins Multi-year deal with ETC, at $2M per year

Press Relase

Lod, Israel – June 19, 2007 – Telrad Networks, an expert developer of carrier-grade telecommunications equipment, announced today that ETC (Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation) has signed an agreement with Telrad for support and maintenance for their wireline infrastructure. This …

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Woyanne delegates visiting Saudi Arabia injured in car accident

Siraj Fegesa

Seven members of a high-level Woyanne delegation visiting Saudi Arabia sustained serious injuries in a car accident on June 14, 2007.

The delegation was led by Siraj Fegesa, Minister of Federal Affairs of Ethiopia.

Siraj was admitted to a hospital …

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UN Department of Safety and Security in Ethiopia weekly security report

United Nations Department of Safety and Security – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Weekly Security Report – June 11 – 17, 2007

* Situation in Borena remains uneasy.

* On June 8, 2007 polio campaign had started in all woredas of the …

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Stand Up Ethiopians! Each one of us is now a leader to fight the terrorism against our people

By Obang Metho

Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! … I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with

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EFJA shocked by deteriorating press freedom situation following conviction of editors and publishers

IFEX – News from the international freedom of expression community


18 June 2007

EFJA shocked by deteriorating press freedom situation following conviction
of editors and publishers

SOURCE: Ethiopian Free Press Journalists’ Association (EFJA), Addis Ababa

**Updates …

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Ethiopian protestors stormed the Woyanne embassy in DC

EMF, June 18 2007 – Hundreds of compatriots massed infront of the Woyane embassy today, condemning the verdict and court proceedings of the cangaroo court. The embassy was shut at one time as demonstrators stormed into the embassy compound. Embasy …

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Ethiopia’s stolen prince

By Cahal Milmo and Emily Duggan,

Amid the gothic splendour of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle there is a little-noticed brass plaque. Erected in memory of Prince Alemayehu Tewodros, it reads: “I was a stranger and ye took …

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Ethiopia’s major opposition party prepares for nationwide civil disobedience

Ethiopian Review
August 18, 2007

In the wake of guilty verdict against its top leaders, Ethiopia’s major party, the coalition for Unity & Democracy Party (Kinijit), issued a statement today asking the people of Ethiopia to prepare for massive nationwide …

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In Ethiopia’s Ogaden desert, horrors of a hidden war

By Jeffrey Gettleman
The New York Times
Sunday, June 17, 2007

IN THE OGADEN DESERT, Ethiopia: The rebels march 300 strong across the crunchy earth, young men with dreadlocks and AK-47s slung over their shoulders.

Often when they pass through …

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Ethiopian-born Bahraini runner wins the 1500m race in the ExxonMobil Bislet Games

Maryam Yousef Jamal BAHRAIN’S star middle distance runner and Olympian Maryam Yousef Jamal continued her rise on the world stage by winning the women’s 1,500m race at the ExxonMobil Bislett Games, the start of the 2007 IAAF Golden League, in Oslo. Maryam staged …

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Meseret Defar of Ethiopia smashed her own 5,000m world record in Oslo

OSLO, (Xinhua) — Meseret Defar of Ethiopia smashed her own 5,000m world record by nearly eight seconds and Jamaica’s Asafa Powell cruised to a victory in the men’s 100 at a Golden League meeting here on Friday.

Defar clocked 14 …

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Convictions in Ethiopia Trials Condemned by Amnesty International USA


June 15, 2007

(New York) — Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) condemns the recent convictions in Ethiopia of 38 opposition party members, journalists and a human rights defender on charges that could carry life in prison …

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Manipulation of the legal system and the making of totalitarianism in Ethiopia

June 14, 2007

Over the last 16 years the Ethiopian people have suffered under the tyrannical rule of EPRDF. The gross violation of human rights, the absolute disregard for the rule of …

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Woyanne foreign affairs minister described AP’s report about Ethio-Eritrea border demarcation as “gross distortion”

ENA – Addis Ababa, June 15, 2007 (Addis Ababa)

The Woyanne Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia has said the report circulated by the Associated Press (AP) on Friday concerning Ethio-Eritrea border demarcation is a “gross distortion”.

In an interview …

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The Eritrean government dismisses Woyanne offer to return Badme as misleading

The Eritrean government issued a statement today dismissing Woyanne offer to return Badme as “misleading.” Eritrea rejects Woyanne’s precondition that there must be a dialogue to improve relations before returning the land. Eritreans are saying, just the land, bozos… Read …

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Evaluating three decades of Ethiopian resistance, its challenges, achievements and failures

Perspectives for Political and Leadership Change

By Dr. Maru Gubena 

Almost all relatively professional institutions or political organizations see an evaluation – or a brief presentation of policy-related activities or past experience – as a healthy and even vitally important

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Woyanne troops rob a Somali member of parliament in Mogadishu

By Mohamed Amiin Sheikh Addow

Mogadishu 15, June.07 (Sh.M.Network) Osman Ali Hassan Atto, a member of Somalia’s transitional parliament has accused Ethiopian [Woyanne] forces who searched his home in Mogadishu of robbing him around four thousand US Dollars.

In an …

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Two acquitted of racially motivated attack on Ethiopian-born engineer in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) – Two white men were acquitted Friday of the racially motivated beating of an Ethiopian-born engineer in a case that raised fears of xenophobic attacks before last year’s soccer World Cup, which turned out to be unwarranted.

The …

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Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers proposes $4.9 bln budget for 2007/08

The budget will be wholly funded by taxes as western donors have withheld direct budgetary support to the Horn of Africa country in protest over a government crackdown on opposition supporters.

Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers has forwarded a 43.9 billion …

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Somalis Skeptical of Peace ‘Under Occupation’

By Alisha Ryu
14 June 2007

Ryu report (MP3) – Download 603k

One day after Somalia’s interim government postponed a national reconciliation conference for the third time in three months, some residents of Mogadishu are expressing doubt the conference

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UN Security Council members traveling to Addis Ababa

Friday, 15 June 2007
Press Release: United Nations

Members of the United Nations Security Council leave today on a weeklong mission to Ethiopia, Sudan, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in support of ongoing peace …

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Woyanne returns Badme to Eritrea

Source: AP

UNITED NATIONS — After years of conflict and a tense border dispute, the Woyanne regime in Ethiopia has accepted a U.N. commission’s ruling to turn over a disputed town to Eritrea.

The Woyanne dictatorship gave its unconditional acceptance …

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Somalia Continues its Political Collapse


From late May through mid-June, Somalia remained frozen in its state of political collapse described by PINR in its May 3 and May 24 reports on the country.

Somalia’s weak and internationally recognized Transitional Federal Government (T.F.G.) continues …

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Somali insurgents attack Woyanne troops, kill official

By Guled Mohamed
Reuters, Thu Jun 14, 6:56 AM ET

Somali insurgents assassinated a local official on Thursday and attacked Ethiopian [Woyanne] troops overnight just hours after a second attempt to start a peace conference was postponed, residents said.

Islamist-led …

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On reactions to the beheading of three Ethiopian nationals

By Kedir Yimam

The recent beheading of three Ethiopian nationals by the Saudi government was a sad moment for all Ethiopians and for all others who believe in the goodness of all human beings. But for some of us, the …

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Fabricated treason charges and convictions will not help the TPLF defend itself

By Dr. Moges Mekuria

Projecting ones nightmares onto others will only lead to insanity and ultimate doom

The Treason charge and conviction once again proves the politics of projection that has been consistently applied on the people of Ethiopia by …

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Somalia’s Nightmare and UN Spins, Double Speaks and Obfuscations

By Amina Mire

On 12 June 2007, the UN’s Human Rights Council issued a damning report on widespread human rights violations against the Somali population between December 2006 and April 2007. What is not clear from this report is who …

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Last chance for Kinijit International Leadership to do the right thing

In the coming few days, Kinijit International Leadership, the group that has been delegated to represent the top leaders of the Coalition for Unity & Democracy Party (Kinijit), will elect a new chairman and restructure itself.

Ever since this committee …

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The Holy Synod expresses sadness over the kangaroo court’s guilty verdict

Ethiopian Review
June 13, 2007

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church’s (EOTC) Holy Synod issued a statement strongly denouncing the court verdict on Monday, June 11, against opposition leaders in Ethiopia as “an injustice and an obstacle to peace.”

The Holy …

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Kangaroo court denied defendants the right to speak before ruling guilty

Report from the court room

The second criminal bench of the federal high court has on Monday, June 12, 2007, passed a guilty verdict against most of the defendants in the Hailu Shawel case file. The timing of the ruling …

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Former Norfolk State University professor convicted of treason in Ethiopia

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Reported by: Shannon Sims

Tuesday, the U.S. State Department confirmed a former Norfolk State University professor was convicted of crimes against the Ethiopian government.

Monday, an Ethiopian court convicted Yacob Hailemariam and 38 other defendants …

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Yale University and Clinton Foundation Develop Blueprint for Ethiopian Hospitals

Yale University
June 12, 2007

New Haven, Conn. — Researchers at Yale’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and staff of the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative recently published and released a document for Ethiopia’s hospitals that is designed to improve …

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Somalia’s puppet regime postpones peace conference for second time

Wed Jun 13, 2007 11:21AM BST
By Guled Mohamed

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Organisers of a national reconciliation conference in Somalia due to start on Thursday have postponed it for one month in the second delay to long-awaited peace efforts in …

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Ethiopian student caught possessing assault weapons illegally

Source: ABC 4, Salt Lake City, UT

Last Update: Jun 13, 2007 10:40 PM

Police are calling it a preemptive strike. They’ve arrested 20-year-old Kidus Yohannes after a roommate noticed his strange habits.

“He wasn’t normal, very quiet, very …

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U.S. Government says concerned over Ethiopia court moves

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2007 (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday it was very concerned by an Ethiopian court’s guilty verdict of 38 opposition officials and said it was watching the situation very closely.

U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the United States was looking into whether the court's action was in accordance with Ethiopia's constitution and law.Ethiopia, a close ally of

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Abraham Yayeh appeals to Eritreans to join Tigreans against Amharas

Abraham Yayeh went on Hagerfiker Radio (June 10, 2007) to accuse what he called an Amhara plot behind the Aider School bombing during the Badme war. He elaborated what he called the hidden motive of the Amharas to instigate hate …

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Is Nejib Mohammed Representing the Views of Ethiopian-American Muslims?

By Kedir Yimam

Recently a delegation was sent to Ethiopia by Bedr Ethiopian Muslim Federation to address the violations of God-given and constitutional rights of Ethiopian Muslims by the present government. A body that is composed of Ethiopian Muslims from …

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Ethiopian Orthodox Church to launch a radio broadcast to Ethiopia

Ethiopian Revew News

June 12, 2007

The exiled Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church has announced [Amharic, pdf]today that it will launched a weekly radio broadcast to Ethiopia starting on July 2, 2007. The radio will be …

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Statement by Donald Payne and Ana Gomes on the guilty verdict of Ethiopia’s opposition leaders

Joint Statement by Congressman Donald M Payne and European Parliament Member Ana Maria Gomes

June 12, 2007 [pdf]

We are deeply shocked and dismayed to hear the guilty verdict of the 38 courageous human rights advocates, elected parliamentarians, …

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Tegbar League issues advisory to foreign companies and nationals in Ethiopia

From: Tegbar League Central Executive Committee, Addis Ababa

Attn: All foreign companies operating in Ethiopia

Date: June 12, 2007

Re: Ethiopian millennium

Tegbar League-Ethiopia is calling on all foreign companies that are operating in Ethiopia to cease their operations in …

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The viciousness perpetrated by the rogue dictatorial regime in Ethiopia needs to be

Press Statement
The Coalition for Unity & Democracy (Kinijit)
June 12, 2007

June 11, 2007 once again marks another episode, in a series of excessive lawlessness and brutality that had been the order of the day in Ethiopia, ever since …

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Human rights group criticizes Ethiopia’s dictatorship over protest convictions

By Joe De Capua, VOA
June 12, 2007

De Capua interview on Ethiopia mp3
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A human rights group says it’s deeply concerned about the nearly 40 …

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Convicted by high court, four journalists face prison sentences, death penalty in Ethiopia

RSF – June 12, 2007

A federal high court verdict finding four journalists and three press groups guilty yesterday of trying to “overthrow constitutional rule” was condemned today by Reporters Without Borders as a serious retrograde development. Two of the …

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Death sentence hearing for Mengistu HaileMariam adjourned


An Ethiopian judge adjourned Tuesday a trial launched by prosecutors seeking a death sentence for Mengistu Haile Marian, an exiled former dictator already sentenced to life in prison.

Judge Desta Gebru adjourned the trial till July 3 after defence …

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Ethiopia: economic development that does not benefit most people

BBC News

Ethiopian capital’s home wreckers

Shack dwellers in Addis Ababa are being forced out of their homes as massive development takes place in the Ethiopian capital, writes the BBC?s Amber Henshaw as part of a special report on cities

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Somali reconciliation conference may be delayed again

Somali Clan United Against Peace Conference

11 June 2007

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In a new sign of trouble for Somalia’s transitional government, elders of the Hawiye clan, which

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Ethiopia’s High Court convicts four editors, three publishers

New York, June 11, 2007 Ethiopia’s High Court today convicted four editors and three publishers of now-defunct weeklies of anti-state charges linked to their coverage of the government’s handling of disputed parliamentary elections in 2005, according to

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Petronas awarded oil exploration block in Ethiopia

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PETRONAS, Malaysia’s national petroleum corporation, has been awarded the exploration Block G in Ethiopia, marking its entry into the upstream sector of the African country. The award of the block

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