Monthly Archives: September 2010

UConn water capacity project in Tigray – apartheid in action

Woyanne apartheid regime is busy getting U.S. universities carry out development projects in Tigray with funds received in the name of Ethiopia. The water capacity building project in Tigray by the University of Connecticut that is reported below is a

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Meles: Pariah of the World Leaders Forum

First, Columbia University moved the speech venue from the grand Low Library to a campus auditorium. Then the university president avoided being seen with Ethiopian despot Meles Zenawi, and sent his deputy. Just to make sure there is no World

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Ana Gomes asks President Zuma to help release Birtukan

Member of European Parliament Ana Gomes asks President Zuma of South Africa to help release Ethiopian Birtukan Mideksa

(Brussels) MEP Ana GOMES (S&D, PT) asked President Jacob Zuma of South Africa today, during a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee …

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Ethiopian flower export’s 97% value never reaches Ethiopia

By Duncan Green

OK, back to Ethiopia week. On leaving Addis, we head off to the Rift Valley on one of Ethiopia’s many excellent roads (shame about the driving…) to an enormous flower farm owned by a company called Sher, …

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Celebrations in Oakland and New York

By Yilma Bekele

It was a beautiful weekend in Oakland. It was sunny, warm and clear blue skies. We celebrated Meskel like never before. Every year you see more young ones scurrying around between your legs and all over the …

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Senior Eritrean leaders visit Washington DC, NY

The politburo member of Eritrea’s ruling party, PFDJ, Ato Yemane Gebreab, visits Washington DC. Ato Yemane, who also serves as political adviser to President Isaias Afwerki, met with Eritrean community leaders and youth association members on Saturday.

Contrary to reports …

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Ethiopia’s largest export is becoming people

In a recently published book, World Bank economist Dr Aklog Birara explains that Ethiopia’s largest export has become educated citizens. Ethiopia’s highly educated people are leaving the country in staggering numbers, depriving the country the social capital that is required …

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The Ghost and the Spirit

Alemayehu G. Mariam

After the Dust Settled

After the dust settled following Meles Zenawi’s speech at Columbia’s World Leaders Forum, a dark shadow and glowing light were visible on stage to behold. The dark shadow was cast by the …

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Ethiopians run away to Kenya to only face more nightmares

Unable to freely live and work in their own country, Ethiopians are migrating to Kenya in unprecedented numbers. In exile their dreams of better life turn into more nightmares as they fall prey to corrupt authorities and human traffickers. What …

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The New York Manifesto

Columbia University Protest Organizers issue the New York Manifesto

Following the successful demonstration staged against the visit of the Ethiopian dictator to Columbia University, the organizers of the protest from New York, D.C. area, and other north-eastern states issued the …

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Kenya court humiliates and deports 89 Ethiopians (video)

A court in Kenya sentences 89 Ethiopian refugees 10,000 shillings each and orders their immediate deportation. These Ethiopians went to Kenya to escape from the fascist junta in Ethiopia led by the despot Meles Zenawi. Kenya court’s decision is not …

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Ethiopian dictator’s wife on shopping spree in DC

Meles Zenawi and Azeb MesfinAzeb Mesfin, the wife of Ethiopia’s despot Meles Zenawi, has been on a shopping spree in Washington DC these past two days while her husband is in New York, according to Ethiopian Review sources.

On Wednesday, Azeb was seen shopping …

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Veni, Vidi, Orator, Fugio!

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

Reinventing Zenawi

In 47 B.C., the Roman Emperor Julius Ceasar sent his senators news of his military victory in a simple declaration: “Veni, Vidi, Vici.” (I came, I saw, I conquered.) “Emperor” Meles Zenawi, …

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A spectacle of shame at Columbia University (video)

Ethiopia’s genocidal regime led by the Woyanne junta has a new propaganda strategy. Here it is: After conducting a fake election in May 2010 and claimed to have won 99.6 percent of the seats in parliament, its propaganda chief Bereket …

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Hodams desert Meles

Today’s event at Columbia University was a huge disaster for Woyanne. In having Meles Zenawi invited to the University to give keynote address on African leadership, his supporters intended to revive his image that has been soiled with the blood …

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Columbia president fails to attend Meles speech

Meles Zenawi at Columbia University
Ethiopia’s genocidal despot gave a short speech today at Columbia University, which was followed by 20 minutes of questions and answers. The whole program took less than 1 hour.

The University’s president, Lee Bollinger, did not show up at the …

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Marching to confront a genocidal tyrant – update

6:30 PM – The demonstration at Columbia against the despot in Ethiopia is now over. The protesters are dispersing. Today’s demonstration has been exceedingly successful in that it has educated Columbia University and others about Zenawi’s dictatorship and the devastation …

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The Meles regime blocks Columbia University’s online journal

Ethiopian Review sources in Addis Ababa are reporting that Meles Zenawi’s Woyanne junta has blocked Columbia Spectator from being accessed in Ethiopia’s capital.

We have independently verified the report with multiple sources. In Bahr Dar and a few other cities, …

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Meles speech moved

Columbia University has announced today that Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi is still scheduled to speak Wednesday at 4 PM, but the speech has been moved to a smaller venue, according to Columbia Spectator.

The University did not explain the …

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Prof. Ted Vestal asks Columbia to redeem its reputation

The following is a letter by Prof. Theodore M. Vestal of Oklahoma State University to Columbia University president Lee Bollinger on the invitation of Ethiopia’s tyrant:

Dear President Bollinger:

I am a constitutional scholar who has admired your writing …

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Mr. Zenawi Goes to College!

Alemayehu G. Mariam

Zenawi’s Charm Offensive in America?

Fresh on the heels of shutting down all private distance education, including distance higher education, and “winning” the parliamentary election in May by 99.6 percent, dictator-in-chief Meles Zenawi is scheduled to speak …

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Columbia paper urges students to join Ethiopian activists

On its Sunday editorial, Columbia Spectator has asked students at Columbia University to show care about Ethiopia and speak out against the despot, Meles Zenawi. The paper expressed its disappointment that Meles Zenawi’s visit to the campus is not receiving …

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Columbia students express outrage at Meles invitation

A newspaper run by Columbia students, Columbia Spectator, writes about student reactions to the invitation to Ethiopia’s genocidal tyrant Meles Zenawi to give keynote address on September 22.

Initially, Columbia asked Meles to speak about Ethiopia and African leadership

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A day of infamy at Columbia University

For the past 20 years, the Ethiopian people have suffered from repressive political governance and a socioeconomic architecture that has enabled a minority-ethnic based leftist political party, the Tigray Peoples’ Liberation Front, to dominate the national economy by merging ethnicity, …

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7.5 million acres of fertile Ethiopian land to be leased away

The Oakland Institute has released a report titled (Mis)Investment in Agriculture: The Role of the International Finance Corporation in the Global Land Grab, which points out that more than 13 million Ethiopians are in need of food aid, “but …

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Prof. Easterly on Columbia’s invitation to Ethiopia’s tyrant

By William Easterly

I have been getting a lot of email from Ethiopian-Americans who are very upset that Columbia University has invited Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to speak this coming Wednesday, like this one:

Most of the professors who

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Columbia economist decries accolade given to Meles Zenawi

In an email message sent to Columbia Economics faculty, world-renowned economist, Jagdish Bhagwati, vehemently denounces the ill-advised tribute earlier accorded to Ethiopia’s dictator, Meles Zenawi.

Characterizing the Columbia faculty who were behind the invitation of Zenawi as “entrepreneurs,” Professor …

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Freedom of speech group issues code red against Columbia

Columbia president Lee Bollinger tries to portray the university as an oasis of free speech that is tolerant of even dictators such as Meles Zenawi who repress their people.

However, a speech freedom group named Foundation for Individual Rights in …

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Sachs and Stiglitz – in their own words

It may be hard for those who are as yet not aware of the relationship between Meles on the one hand, and Professors Jeffrey Sachs and Joseph Stiglitz on the other hand, to imagine that two renowned scholars from a …

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Awash Teklehaimanot – a dictator’s agent at Columbia

When many of us learned about Columbia University’s invitation to dictator Meles Zenawi to give a keynote address on “leadership,” it was not difficult to figure out who were behind it — Sachs and Stiglitz, two American professors who exhibit …

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Meles sells 50,000 hectares of land to India

Selling away Ethiopia’s fertile lands piece by piece to foreigners is one of Meles Zenawi’s methods of looting the country. The money he receives in hard currency leaves the country while the people of Ethiopia are stuck with agreements that

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Ethiopians ask Columbia to disinvite Meles

Ethiopians are organizing a protest rally asking Columbia University to disinvite genocidal dictator Meles Zenawi. The protest organizers urge every one to join the demonstration on Sept. 22, 2010, at 2 PM. Place: Columbia University, Broadway and 116th Street, New …

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Columbia University – dancing with a criminal

By Yilma Bekele

Let just say it is painful to hear that a prestigious University like Columbia has invited Ethiopia’s tyrannical leader Meles Zenawi to speak at the annual World Leaders Forum. As an Ethiopian I feel insulted and mocked …

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Open Letter to President Lee C. Bollinger, Columbia University

Alemayehu G. Mariam

September 17, 2010

President Lee C. Bollinger
Office of the President
Columbia University
202 Low Library
535 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027

By Fax: (212) 854-9973 and
Email: [email protected]

Dear President Bollinger:
On September 22, …

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Ethiopia will be middle income nation in 5 years – Meles

Dictator Meles Zenawi said his country is expected to achieve the World Banks’s (WB) lower-middle income level classification by 2015, under the recently launched development and transformation plan – a new strategy aimed at creating an ambitious 15% growth in …

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Campus paper investigates Meles Zenawi bio flop

Columbia Spectator, a daily paper produced by Columbia University students, investigates how the university came up with the statement that described Ethiopia’s tyrant as a “seasoned” leader.

We just told you about how the website for the World Leaders Forum,

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Is free speech protected by honoring murderous dictators?

Armin Rosen of Reason Magazine presents a powerful argument against Columbia University’s invitation to Ethiopia’s genocidal tyrant:

Whoever signed off on inviting Meles Zenawi to speak at Columbia University’s World Leaders Forum probably figured that the Ethiopian dictator’s obscurity would

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Columbia campus paper reports on invitation to Meles

Columbia University’s daily paper, Columbia & Spectator, has written about the invitation to Meles Zenawi and the controversy that it has caused.

World Leaders site raises eyebrows

By Alix Pianin

The World Leaders Forum is no stranger to controversy—its famous …

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Columbia University expresses regret

The following letter was sent to Ethiopian Review today by Robert Hornsby, Director of Media Relations, Columbia University:

from: Robert Hornsby
to: Elias Kifle

The longstanding editorial policy of the World Leaders Forum website has been to provide only the …

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Columbia University promotes blood thirsty tyrants (video)

Columbia University posted the following statement about Meles Zenawi and later removed it after receiving complaints from angry Ethiopians:

Under the seasoned governmental leadership of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, now in his fourth term, and vision of the Tigrai Peoples

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History will be unkind to those who cuddle with dictators

Below is a powerful letter addressed to Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz who has invited Ethiopia’s genocidal tyrant to Columbia University to talk about “leadership” in Africa.

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Joseph E. Stiglitz
University Professor
Uris Hall, Room 814, …

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Woyanne replaces Ethiopian Airlines CEO with one of its own

The TPLF-junta controlled Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) reported today that Ethiopian Airlines CEO Girma Wake has been replaced by Tewolde G. Mariam.

The news doesn’t indicate why Seyoum Mesfin, chairman of Ethiopian Airlines’ board, decided to replace Girma, who has …

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Columbia University withdraws statement about Meles

In announcing the invitation to Ethiopia’s brutal tyrant, Columbia University had posted the following appalling statement on its web site:

Under the seasoned governmental leadership of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, now in his fourth term, and vision of the Tigrai

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Ethiopians in NY prepare to confront Meles Zenawi

A committee of Ethiopian in the Tri-State Area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) has issued a press release today calling for a “Grand Public Demonstration Against Dictator Meles Zenawi at Columbia University.”

Date/Time: Sep. 22, 2010, 3:00 PM
Place: …

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Ethiopia’s tyrant to give a speech at Columbia University in NY

Columbia University in New York has invited Ethiopia’s genocidal dictator Meles Zenawi to give a speech on September 22, 2010.

The brutal dictator is asked to give a keynote address “on the topic of Ethiopia and African Leadership.”

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LA Little Ethiopia festival marred by Woyanne presence

The Los Angeles Little Ethiopia neighborhood hosted its 9th annual street festival on Sunday, September 12. Over 20 Ethiopian businesses in Los Angeles took part in the festival. Shockingly, the Woyanne cadres in Los Angeles were also given a table …

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Facebook Free Birtukan Week extended

Encouraged by the worldwide attention it has drawn, organizers of Facebook’s Free Birtukan Week have extended the campaign until the end of September.

The organizers also want to involve other social networks and IMs, including Myspace, Linkedin, Digg, Yahoo Buzz, …

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Happy New Year Birtukan Invictus (Unconquered)!

Alemayehu G. Mariam

The great Nelson Mandela said, “In my country we go to prison first and then become President.” He assured the masters of the apartheid system, “You may succeed in delaying, but never in preventing the transition of …

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The unceremonious dismissal of Sibhat Nega

Sebhat NegaThe biggest loser in this week’s reshuffle inside the TPLF top leadership is the 72-year-old Sibhat Nega, who was a one-time chairman and most powerful person inside the tribal organization that is currently ruling Ethiopia.

The media that is under …

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Discussions regarding EPPF

By Elias Kifle

EthioMedia.com has been publishing a series of articles [1, 2] by some one pen named Tikur Chaka in the past few weeks. I have received requests by some EPPF supporters and Ethiopian Review readers …

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TPLF selects new leadership, no new faces

The 10th conference of the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (Woyanne) this week selects new executive and central committees. The selection brought little change. Some of the changes are:

Sibhat Nega has been forced out. His ouster has been engineered …

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Three meals a day

The Woyanne junta leader Meles Zenawi had promised 3 meals a day for every Ethiopian 15 years ago, October 1995. Today, 15 million Ethiopians are facing starvation and Ethiopia continues to be one of the poorest nations in the world, …

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Washington DC launches free Wi-Fi in downtown

This is a good example of the difference between developed countries who work to provide easy access to information, and poor countries like Ethiopia whose government spends tens of millions of dollars to restrict access to information. — Editor’s Note

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The 11 Key Defining Characteristics Of Fascism

This is to those who doubt that there is a full fledged fascism in Ethiopian currently under the Meles regime.

Forwarded to ER by Sioum Gebeyehou

Based on research by Dr. Lawrence Britt examining the fascist regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, …

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The devaluation of birr — a layman’s guide

By Seid Hassan

Devaluation is associated with fixed or pegged exchange rates systems whose value is not being determined by the normal (free) mechanics of supply and demand. In general, devaluation reflects the existence of serious macroeconomic problems (imbalances) and …

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Ethiopian activists in Facebook protest for Birtukan Mideksa

By Mark Tran | Guardian.co.uk

Activists have urged people to change their Facebook profile to that of Birtukan Mideksa, 35, Ethiopa’s most prominent political prisoner, for the Ethiopian new year, which starts on 11 September.

The opposition party leader …

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Birtukan week on Facebook

There is a grass root (net root) movement currently going on in Facebook that is calling on every one who supports the release of Birtukan Mideksa to change his/her profile photo to Birtukan’s picture.

Ethiopian Review endorses this call, which …

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Neway Debebe receives silent treatment

Ethiopian singer Neway Debebe received a silent treatment on Saturday at a wedding in Washington DC.

There were others singers, including Efrem Tamiru, who performed at the wedding. They were treated normally and politely. In Neway Debebe’s case, apparently most …

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It’s not the rains, it’s the rulers

From Live Aid in the mid-1980s to today, Western attempts to help famine-plagued Ethiopia have had little effect. Author Peter Gill explains why in his recently published book, “Famine and Foreigners.” William Easterly reviews the book for the …

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Ethiopia: Indoctri-Nation

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

The Ministry of Indoctrination

This past week Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education issued a “directive” effectively outlawing distance learning (or education programs that are not delivered in the traditional university classroom or campus) throughout the country. According …

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More questions for Col. Mengistu, and leadership criteria

By Fikre Tolossa

Greetings to you, Dear Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam, Ex-President of Ethiopia.

After I put my pen to rest having reviewed and analyzed your reminiscence, I thought I was through with you. However, readers flooded me over with letters …

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Ethiopian extortion victim lands in jail

When we picked up the story about Ethiopian scientist and inventor Admasu Gebre who was thrown in jail for copyright violation in Ethiopia, we were almost certain that the ruling party Woyanne was behind it. We have heard too many …

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Devaluation of Ethiopian birr took local economists by surprise

Experts at Access Capital, a well-known economic research firm in Ethiopia, were taken by surprise when they learned about yesterday’s 20 percent devaluation of Ethiopian currency exchange rate.

In an analysis released today, the firm said: ” The magnitude …

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New energy, secret talks and shifting powers in the Horn

The following article by Gregory R. Copley discusses how the recent discovery of natural gas in Ethiopia is causing shifting of power and strategies in the Horn of Africa and Middle East. Copley, who appears to be well-connected to Western

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Birr lost 16 percent of its value over night

An Ethiopian financial expert says:

There are two implications of this devaluation.

1- It makes the country’s exports relatively less expensive for foreigners — a win for Foreigners.

2- It makes foreign products relatively more expensive for domestic consumers — …

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