Monthly Archives: March 2010

Captured suspect talks about a bomb abroad Ethiopian jet

By Peter Heinlein | VOA

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — Ethiopian Airlines officials are closely following a report that a captured terrorism suspect has told of a bomb aboard a plane that crashed off the coast of Lebanon in January. Investigators …

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Ethiopian man stabs 2 women in Florida

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA (WPLF) — A suspect was arrested Saturday in connection with the stabbings of two women in South Beach.

Leigh-Ann Martinez, 21, was having a girls’ night out with Belkin Gutierrez, 20, and three other friends. …

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Woyanne blocks VOA web site from being accessed in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (Reuters) — U.S. funded-broadcaster Voice of America (VOA) said on Monday that [the Woyanne regime in] Ethiopia may have blocked its website in a move which may lead to further U.S. criticism of its closest ally in …

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Ana Gomes speaks out on the upcoming elections in Ethiopia

At the EU-ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly meeting this week in Tenerife (Canary Island, Spain), MEP Ana Gomes (S&D, Portugal) questioned the European Commission on the credibility of the coming elections in Ethiopia if, apart from the lack of media freedom …

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Overview – Understanding and Reconciliation

By Sioum Gebeyehou

There is no one-size-fits-all global reconciliation program

The end goal of the various reconciliation programs is the promotion of national unity and transformation, and the healing of a traumatized, divided, wounded and polarized people by searching the …

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U.S. Congress concerned over political conditions in Ethiopia

By Jim Fisher-Thompson | American.gov

Key U.S. lawmakers, both Democratic and Republican, have expressed concern for political conditions in Ethiopia, citing authoritarian tendencies by its government as well as human rights abuses such as the continued detention of a prominent …

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Ethiopia: The A B C’s of Stealing an Election

Alemayehu G. Mariam

It is a staple of the criminal defense bar to represent thieves, robbers, burglars, muggers, pickpockets, shoplifters, embezzlers, con men, fraudsters and swindlers. It is also the ineluctable lot of the defense lawyer to learn about the …

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Corruption plagues the UN Food Program

By Jason McLure | Newsweek

The foreign-aid industry has had a bad news cycle. First, British newspapers were consumed with a spat between the British Broadcasting Corp. and Live Aid founder Bob Geldof over a BBC report that tens of …

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20,000 Ethiopians are trafficked to various countries annually

ADDIS ABABA (IRIN) – Human traffickers and smugglers in Ethiopia have taken advantage of the upcoming World Cup, duping victims into believing that South Africa has created huge employment opportunities, says a government report, Illegal Migration: Causes, Consequences and Solutions

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UDJ officials prevented from visiting Birtukan Mideksa

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) — Ethiopian opposition politicians were barred from visiting their jailed leader, Birtukan Mideksa, Saturday after a U.S. State Department human rights report said her mental health has deteriorated.

Eight opposition politicians asked for access to Birtukan at …

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UN pays Azeb Mesfin to deliver food to famine victims

A report by Newsweek reveals that trucking companies controlled by Meles Zenawi’s wife Azeb Mesfin and other ruling party officials are being paid millions of dollars to transport food to famine victims in Ethiopia. Read Newsweek’s full report here.…

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Forget about democracy in Ethiopia – The Economist

(The Economist) — THE United States, the richest and most powerful nation on earth, is also the most generous donor to one of the poorest, Ethiopia. America says it gives $1 billion in aid every year to Africa’s …

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Tesfaye GebreAb’s new book to be released April 10

Author Tesfaye GebreAb’s new book, Yederawiw Mastawesha, is due to be released on April 10 in Ethiopian stores around the world. The 400-page book is Tesfaye’s best work yet.

The following is an interview Netsanet Publishers recently conducted with …

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The Principles of Understanding and Reconciliation

By Sioum Gebeyehou

The Problem: The “Kilil” politics kept the peoples of Ethiopia residentially, occupationally, and culturally apart. A body of shared values did not emerge to weld the disparate peoples into any sort of coherent community. Indeed, the ethnic …

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Toronto art exhibit showcases Ethiopian, Eritrean artists

By Justin Skinner | Inside Toronto

TORONTO — Talented artists of Ethiopian and Eritrean heritage will showcase their works as the Selam Visual Arts Festival comes to the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

Eritrean-born downtown Toronto resident Robel Matthews will …

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Let my sister go!

By Yilma Bekele

“Opposition UDJ party president Birtukan Mideksa, whose pardon was revoked and life sentence reinstated in December 2008, remained in prison throughout the year. She was held in solitary confinement until June, despite a court ruling that indicated …

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HRW criticizes donors for inaction in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) – Ethiopia’s regime has tightened media control, stifled opposition and civil society in recent years, and ramped up restrictions ahead of May elections, a rights group said Wednesday.

Since the violent aftermath of the 2005 elections, the …

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Yemen police arrests 73 Ethiopians

SANA’A (Saba) — Yemen police arrested 73 Ethiopians who have entered the country illegally, Interior Ministry reported on Monday.

The security authorities said that they have arrested 65 Ethiopians in Hodeidah province, 14 in Sana’a province and 3 in Amran …

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World Water Day: looking back

On World Water Day 2010, Jane Beesley looks back on her experiences of communities struggling with — and overcoming — difficult access to safe water.

Hawa Omar Kahin working as 10th woman whilst nine others collect water from within a cave. Photo: Jane Beesley/Oxfam
Hawa Omar Kahin working as 10th woman whilst nine others collect water from within
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Ethiopia: In Defense of the Voice of America

Alemayehu G. Mariam

Meles Zenawi seems to have a morbid fascination with genocide. Whenever the going gets tough — bad news, tightening election campaigns, stiffening political opposition — he whips out the specter of Rwandan-style “interhamwe” (which in Kinyarwanda or …

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A thrilling race in Doha, Qatar (video)

Doha, Qatar, March 2010

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Trafficking of desperate Ethiopians a lucrative trade in Kenya

By Ali Abdi | The Standard

A truck emerged from the tracks in bushes and then dropped about 30 passengers at Kambi Garba near Isiolo town. Immediately after they disembarked, two taxis pulled up and immediately some of the passengers …

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The looting of Ethiopia’s gold

The Ethiopian Ministry of Mines and Energy told Reuters early this month that the country earned $47 million from gold and tantalum in the first half of its financial year. This amount doesn’t include the gold taken out of Ethiopia

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U.S. condemns Ethiopia’s warlord for jamming VOA

EDITOR’S NOTE: It was a costly mistake for the U.S. to prop up the Woyanne thugocracy in Ethiopia with billions of dollars during the past 18 years while there are better and more reliable partners in the Horn of Africa

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Meles begs for dialogue with Eritrea

EDITOR’S NOTE: For Meles and gang dialogue is a tactic to be used as a trap, not a way to reach a mutually acceptable agreement. Every one who tried dialogue with Woyanne has been burned. OLF and Kinijit are good

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Invoking Rwandan genocide is an excuse to silence criticism

New York (CPJ) Ethiopia’s regime is preparing to jam the Amharic-language broadcasts of the U.S. government-funded Voice of America (VOA), Prime Minister dictator Meles Zenawi declared Thursday in a press briefing with international media correspondents based in

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Remembering Ato Ketema

By Yilma Bekele

I am sure you are familiar with all the big numbers thrown around when it comes to the number of Ethiopians in the US. Hundreds here thousands there add up to make an impressive amount. My travels …

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Interview with EPPF central committe members (video)

Interview with newly elected central committee members of the Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF) following the organizations General Assembly early this month:

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Woyanne admits jamming VOA (BBC)

(BBC) — Ethiopia’s ruling junta, Woyanne, has admitted it is jamming the Voice of America’s (VOA) broadcasts in Amharic, accusing the radio station of engaging in “destabilising propaganda”.

Prime Minister Warlord Meles Zenawi said Ethiopia his regime had been testing …

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Ethiopia’s telecom monopoly signs undersea cable deal

The state-owned Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) has inked a deal with SEACOM for an international backhaul link via Djibouti, Computerworld reports. As a result of the deal ETC expects to lower the cost of bandwidth, and subsequently the cost to …

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For Ethiopian Benyam Kinde an interest in science began early

(UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND) — As a child, he spent weekends with his father, a veterinarian and microbiologist, performing necropsies (animal autopsies) in a lab. When his mother, dean of mathematics at San Bernardino College, couldn’t find a babysitter – she …

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VOA responds to Meles Zenawi

By Jason McLure | Bloomberg

Voice of America said Ethiopian Prime Minister dictator Meles Zenawi’s comparison of its local-language news service with the Rwandan broadcaster accused of fomenting that country’s genocide in 1994 was “incorrect and unfortunate.”

Meles said yesterday …

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Meles Zenawi calls VOA ‘hate media’

WASHINGTON DC (VOA) — Ethiopia’s Prime Minister genocidal dictator Meles Zenawi says he is prepared to order jamming of VOA broadcasts in Amharic, the country’s main official language. Mr. Meles compared VOA Amharic to the hate media that incited the …

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Fire causes major damage in Humera

In the northern Ethiopian town of Humera, fire has caused major damage, including the displacement of 3,500 residents and burning down of 816 homes. Last October, I was at the border of Humera, across Tekeze river. Click here to see

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Anti-malaria funding must be tripled: campaigners

Presenting a report covering the past decade, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership said a jump in financing had helped to contain the disease but more needed to be done.

“In all the countries where there is sufficient financing, we are …

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Leading aid agencies refute claims that large amounts of aid to Ethiopia in 1984-5 were misused

Statement from Oxfam, Christian Aid and CAFOD, 17 March 2010

Aid money sent to Ethiopia in the mid eighties saved hundreds of thousands of lives. The British public should feel justifiably proud of the very generous contribution they made to …

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Opposition alliance criticizes verdict in the killing of its candidate

By JASON McLURE | The New York Times

A leader of Ethiopia’s opposition alliance on Monday criticized a court verdict in the stabbing death of an opposition parliamentary candidate, accusing the ruling party of intimidating a key witness.

The candidate, …

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Conference on Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa

Advocacy for Ethiopia (AFE) and Ethiopian National Priorities Consultative Process (ENPCP) are pleased to announce the convening of a historic three-day conference on good governance, peace, security, and sustainable development in Washington, D.C, and April 9-11, 2010, at the Double …

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Ethiopia: “Grow up!” Bob Geldof

Alemayehu G. Mariam

Sir Bob Geldof told Meles Zenawi to “Grow up!” when he found out that security forces directly under the control and command of Zenawi had massacred hundreds of unarmed protesters following the 2005 elections. It looks like …

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Humanitarian aid winding up in wrong hands

By Nick Wadhams | TIME

British rock impresario and Africa aid promoter Bob Geldof, a.k.a. “Saint Bob,” was back in the headlines this past week after blowing his stack at the BBC for a story it aired alleging that Ethiopian …

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Ethiopian artists showcasing their works in Dubai

By Karen Ann Monsy | Khaleej Times

DUBAI — When Frenchman Leo Lefort first heard he was being assigned to be a curator in Ethiopia, he was horrified at the very thought. Despite his reservations about the place, he went …

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Meseret Defar defends her world indoor title in Qatar

DOHA, QATAR (AFP) — Ethiopian Meseret Defar won a record fourth consecutive women’s world indoor 3000m title on Saturday.

Defar, who won Olympic 5000m gold at the Athens Games and a bronze in Beijing, clocked 8min 51.17sec.

“I’m very happy …

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Too few women in U.N. climate jobs? Ban names 19-man panel

banA women’s group is criticising the United Nations for appointing only men to a 19-strong panel of experts to work out how to raise billions of dollars to fight climate change.

“A planet of men? Since when?” asks the German-based …

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Aid millions for Ethiopia may have been used for arms purchases

No one can forget the vivid images of the 1985 Live Aid Concert. The huge event organized by Bob Geldof raised more than 100 million euros ($136 million) for Ethiopia’s starving population. Governments around the world and countless aid organizations …

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Looking for fertile land in a hungry country

By Coco McCabe | Oxfam UK

In August 2009, I found myself sitting on the damp earth of Dida Liben, a once-prosperous pastureland in southern Ethiopia where both wild and domestic animals thrived. Today, it’s mostly hard-packed dirt, pocked with …

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Ethiopia opposition criticizes airtime allocation ahead of vote

By Jason McLure | Bloomberg

Ethiopia’s opposition criticized media rules that give Meles Zenawi’s ruling party and its four main allies 16 times as much airtime as the largest opposition party ahead of May 23 elections.

“In general the media …

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Meles Zenawi’s Action Plan for 2010

By Fekade Shewakena

The stabbing of an opposition parliamentary candidate and the brutal beating of another in Tigrai by Meles Zenawi’s thugs last week, only days after the latter made a code loaded speech at the TPLF anniversary in Mekele, …

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Tourism seeks a more positive role in sustainable development

Africa is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination. Figures by the UN World Tourism Organization show the continent will show an average growth rate of over five percent per year by 2020.

But Burghard Rauschelbach, head of the tourism …

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Ethiopia: Looking for land in a hungry country

Wealthy developed nations are eyeing up land in some of the world’s poorest countries in order to feed their own. It sounds like good news for local economies but how can people in places like Ethiopia be sure they’re getting

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EPPF holds its General Assembly (video)

Ethiopian People Patriotic Front (EPPF) held its 2nd General Assembly meeting from March 1 – 4 at a secret location in eastern Africa. The meeting evaluated its performance, discussed future action plans and elected new central committee members. The newly …

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Sudan’s Rejection of US/UN Sanction on Eritrea and Its Implications

By Amanuel Biedemariam

On March 5, 2010, President Omar Hassen Al-Beshir of Sudan conducted a quick visit with his Eritrean counterpart President Isaias Afwerki in Asmara, Eritrea. At face value, it could appear easy for those who want to demonize …

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A futile attempt at outsourcing-the Ethiopian dilemma.

By Yilma Bekele

I was proud. I was walking tall. I was happy to see my friend. That day the usual two minutes greetings took forever. I was in a hurry to share the source of my joy and pride. …

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Nearly 5 Million Lives Saved Through AIDS, Malaria, TB Treatment

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria reports nearly 5 million lives have been saved since 2002 through programs it has supported for the treatment of these three killer diseases. A new report shows the fund’s multi-billion dollar …

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Tekeze River flooded

Eyewitnesses reported to Ethiopian Review yesterday that Tekeze River in northern Ethiopia has flooded, raising suspicion that the recently completed hydro-power dam may have sustained damage. Some speculate that the Woyanne regime flooded the river to restrict movement in the …

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Citadel Capital Launching Eastern Africa Co-Invest Fund

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Egyptian private equity firm Citadel Capital said on Monday it is setting up a new $150 million co-investment fund for Africa, focusing particularly on the east of the continent.

The main investors in the fund will be …

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Woyanne says British criticism is ‘Neo-Colonial’

By Jason McLure | Bloomberg

[the Woyanne regime in] Ethiopia criticized a British official’s call for the release of an Ethiopian opposition leader, saying it displayed “warped symptoms of a neo-colonial disposition.”

In a statement published on March 6 in …

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Ethiopia: Licensed to Steal

Alemayehu G. Mariam

If democracy is a government of the people, kleptocracy is a government of thieves.

Last week the secret world of Meles Zenawi’s kleptocracy, famine aid-sharking and money laundering in Ethiopia was exposed by two of his former …

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Interview with a member of EPPF leadership (Part II-III)

Interview with Nurjeba Assefa, a member of EPPF leadership committee and other news. Watch below:

PART II


PART III…

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We should’t be afraid to stand with Ethiopian people – Sen. Feingold

There is no way that elections can be fair, let alone credible, with opposition leaders in jail or unable to campaign freely. At the bare minimum, the international community should push for the release of these political prisoners ahead of

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Rich nations’ 21st-century African land grab

Ethiopia is one of the hungriest countries in the world with more than 13 million people needing food aid, but paradoxically the government is offering at least 3m hectares of its most fertile land to rich countries and some of

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A new book by Ethiopian labor leader

FIGHTER FOR DEMOCRACY – a book by Beyene Solomon

This is the story of Beyene Solomon, who started and led a labor movement in Ethiopia encompassing several hundred thousand workers. It was the first democratic institution organized in Ethiopia and …

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New waves of brutality against Anyuak in Ethiopia

By Anyuak Media

The regime in Ethiopia (Woyanne) has unleashed a new wave of brutality and cruelty against indigenous Anyuak people in the Gambella region. Fear of further human rights abuses and systematic genocide against the indigenous people with a …

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Ethiopian Eritrean Friendship Conference – update

San José, California from March 12 to March 14, 2010

The aim of the conference is to bring together Ethiopian and Eritrean scholars and academicians from around the world to discuss ways and means of healing past conflicts and building …

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HRW calls for investigation into candidate’s killing in Ethiopia

New York (Human Rights Watch) — The Ethiopian regime should urgently initiate an independent investigation into the murder of an opposition candidate for parliament and bring those responsible to justice, Human Rights Watch said today.

Aregawi Gebreyohannes, the victim, was …

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EPLF and the attempted Coup of 1989

Setting few of the Records Straight

By Neamin Zeleke

I read a successive of recent articles by Mr. Tibebe Samuel Ferenji on Ethiomedia raising objections to Ethiopian opposition parties’ relationship with Eritrea. I have found the latest article, his third …

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Live Aid money used to buy weapons in Ethiopia: is aid worth it?

Adele-in one of the Kebeles of Aysha woreda at-a food-fair. Oxfam  has organized food fairs, where local traders brought the food items to  the kebeles and people claimed the food items using food vouchers. Oxfam  paid the traders after getting the vouchers back.
Adele-in one of the Kebeles of Aysha woreda at-a food-fair. Oxfam has organized food fairs, where local traders brought the food items to the kebeles and people claimed the food items using food vouchers. Oxfam paid the traders after getting
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CPJ reports about the jamming of VOA in Ethiopia

New York (CPJ) —Voice of America (VOA) reported today that its transmissions to Ethiopia are being electronic jammed. The Ethiopian government denied responsibility.

VOA cited “international shortwave radio monitors” and complaints from listeners in Ethiopia since February 22 about static …

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US Gov’t knew Woyanne was using food aid to buy weapons

It was a charity appeal on a global scale. In 1985, an unprecedented array of performers took part in two marathon, televised concerts in Britain and the United States – all to raise money for a terrible famine in Ethiopia. …

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VOA broadcasts to Ethiopia jammed

By Jason McLure

ADDIS ABABA (Bloomberg) — News broadcasts to Ethiopia by the Voice of America’s Amharic-language service are being electronically jammed, the Washington-based broadcaster said.

“VOA deplores jamming and any other form of censorship of the media,” Danforth Austin, …

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If I were the president – Getachew Metaferia

Ethiopian Review has asked scholars and prominent individuals what 10 things they would do immediately if they are elected president or prime minister of Ethiopia. The following is by Dr Getachew Metaferia. (Click here to read what others wrote

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Ethiopia: Waiting for Godot to Leave?

Alemayehu G. Mariam

Last week, a couple of interesting political statements grabbed the cyber headlines. One was a truly entertaining piece entitled “Letter from Ethiopia,” by the indomitable Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega. Eskinder’s “Letter” sought to make sense of the …

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