Monthly Archives: December 2011

2011 Person of the Year

It’s Ethiopian Review’s annual tradition to choose Person of the Year at the last day of the year. Person of the Year is some one who made significant contributions to improve conditions in Ethiopia during the past 12 months. The …

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Tesfaye Gebreab demolishes Bereket Simon’s new book

Author and journalist Tesfaye Gebreab has written a review of Woyanne propaganda chief Bereket Simon’s new book that was financed by Saudi-Ethiopia billionaire Al Amoudi. In the book review, Tesfaye points out several falsehoods and exposes the writer for what …

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Police arrest several Adama University students

Several students have been thrown in jail after a riot broke out yesterday at Adama University, 100 km south of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, according to Ethiopian Review sources.

Adama University riotToday Woyanne police is still rounding up students who are suspected …

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Ethiopians Can Indeed Unite if they are Willing, Part Six (d) of Six

Aklog Birara, PhD

The December 28, 2011, video on “Ethiopian domestic workers in the Middle East” represents the ugly and inhumane face of uncaring, callous and debilitating governance in Ethiopia today. The voice of the young woman whose cries and …

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Ethiopians starve as government sells land to rich Saudis

In famine-stricken Ethiopia, a Saudi company leases land to grow and export rice

By Public Radio International

Famine has swept through much of Ethiopia in the past year, but a new project will see a Saudi Arabian country convert one

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Loving Ethiopia to death – the teacher

By Yilma Bekele

The last few months I have been inflicted with a Herman Cain (HC) moment. You remember his interview with a newspaper publisher and when asked his opinion regarding President Obama’s policy on the uprising in Libya? My …

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Theft of the year

Twenty-five-thousand-truck loads of coffee disappeared from the government warehouse this year and Meles Zenawi’s explanation was: “let’s forget about it, but don’t do it again.” Of course he knows, and we all know, who stole the coffee. It’s none other …

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Organizational setup and responsibilities (Master Plan)

Nonviolent movements are faced every day with stresses in the areas of leadership, fear-management, and avoiding contamination, so they need to be prepared. They also need to be tactically innovative and choose issues and actions that put the tyrant in …

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Kangaroo court sentenced 2 Swedish journalists to 11 years

(CNN) — Two Swedish journalists who were found guilty in Ethiopia of supporting terrorism were sentenced to 11 years in jail Tuesday, the Swedish Foreign Ministry said.

“Our belief was that the court would think they were journalists and they …

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Ethiopia: 2011 in the Republic of Corruptistan

Alemayehu G. Mariam

In December 2008, I wrote a weekly column entitled “Groundhog Year in Prison Nation” summarizing some of my weekly columns for that year. I used the “groundhog” metaphor from a popular motion picture in which …

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Ethiopians Can Indeed Unite if they are Willing

Ethiopians Can Indeed Unite if they are Willing, Part Six (c) of Six

Aklog Birara, PhD

In my capacity as the World Bank Group’s first and only Senior Advisor on Racial Equality (SARE), I had the privilege of representing this …

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Malawi court convicts 90 Ethiopians

A court in Nkhata Bay, Malawi, has found over 90 Ethiopians guilty of illegal entry into the country four days after they hang out off shore Lake Malawi to elude police security.

Ethiopians in MalawiThe immigrants have since been fined K4,000 each …

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Meles Zenawi’s henchmen harass Feteh Newspaper staff

Woyanne goons are intensifying intimidation and harassment against the editor and staff of Feteh, the only independent newspaper remaining in Ethiopia. Last night Feteh editor Temesgen Desalegn’s residence was surrounded by Woyanne police. Another editor, Hailemeskel Beshewamyele, was also harassed …

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12 Ethiopians dumped in Lake Malawi

By Karen Msiska

MALAWI, SOUTHERN AFRICA — Twelve Ethiopians believed to have been illegally crossing into the country via Lake Malawi from Tanzania were dumped in the lake after dying of hunger, police have said quoting the other immigrants.

About …

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Egypt women express outrage (video)

Women protesters filled central Cairo expressing outrage over Egyptian soldiers who dragged women by the hair and stomped on them during a crackdown on activists. The protesters also demanded Egypt’s ruling military step down. (Dec. 20)

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Grand Strategy, Tactical Planning & Campaign Planning

There is rarely victory for nonviolent movements without a strategic plan. Therefore, an understanding of basic strategic principles as well as tools and techniques is important as movements develop their strategic plans… [read more]…

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Ethiopia Operation ‘Bulk Coffee’ busted

By Wondwossen Mezlekia

Last month, coffee buyers across the globe had a rare glimpse into Ethiopians’ day-to-day experience, where haphazard policymaking is used by the government to interfere in and control people’s business whenever it feels like it. A new …

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Dam Bond sale falls flat

Once again, the attempt by Ethiopia’s khat-addicted dictator to sale bond to Ethiopians in the Diaspora in the name of building dam fails to generate even 5% of the expected revenue, according to Ethiopian Review’s investigation.

The first campaign to …

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Contrasting Burma with Ethiopia

By Messay Kebede

Since the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the iconic leader of the opposition to the military rule, Burma’s (Myanmar) political evolution has become an important discussion topic for political observers and analysts. Detecting a promising shift …

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Great Ethiopian Run participants say enough to Meles (video)

Hundreds of Ethiopians who took part in the 2011 Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa two weeks ago Sunday turned the annual event into a protest rally against Meles Zenawi’s dictatorship as the video below shows. The Federal Police arrested …

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Ethiopia: Land of Blood or Land of Corruption?

Alemayehu G. Mariam

Portrait of A Poor Country

Lately, the portrait of Ethiopia painted in the reports of Transparency International (Corruption Index) and Global Financial Integrity shows a “Land of Corruption”. That contrasts with an equally revolting portrait of  Ethiopia …

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North Korea’s mad dictator Kim Jong Il died

(VOA) — North Korea’s official news agency reported Monday that Supreme Leader Kim Jong Il has died at the age of 69.

Kim Jong IlThe Korean Central News Agency said the reclusive dictator died Saturday of a heart attack while on a …

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Ethiopians can indeed Unite if they are Willing

Ethiopians Can Indeed Unite if they are Willing, Part Six (b) of Six—continuation

Aklog Birara, PhD

In Part Six (a), I offered a set of suggestions about our individual and group behaviors that must change in order to advance the …

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The Meles regime arrests 120 critics under terror law

(VOA) — Amnesty International issued a report today saying that the Ethiopian authorities Woyanne junta have been using anti-terror laws as a pretext to arrest and silence politicians and journalists who criticize government policies.

In a report released Friday, the …

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Ethiopia lost $3.3 billion to corrupiton

By William Davison

(Bloomberg) — Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation, lost $3.3 billion to illicit outflows such as bribery and corruption in 2009, Global Financial Integrity said.

Mispricing of trade transactions to facilitate money laundering accounted for $1.9 billion of …

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National Bank of Ethiopia runs out of money

[Updated with some corrections]

By Elias Kifle

Natinal Bank of EthiopiaAn Ethiopian man named Yared (his real name is withheld for his safety) went to Ethiopia a few months ago to sell his family house after his parents moved to the …

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Climate of corruption — Ethiopian edition

By Janice Winter

COP17 is being hailed as “groundbreaking” as a deal was agreed after 14 days of difficult and, at times, deadlocked talks. One of the most contentious issues for Africa was the Green Climate Fund, which will go …

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Without Freedom FUND, There is no Self-Liberation Strategy

The Timeless Attributes of Nonviolent Resistance Project to Remove Tyrants:
1. Without UNITY, There is no Mass Disobedience.
2. Without Freedom FUND, There is no Self-Liberation Strategy.
3. Without STRATEGY There is no Effective Action.
4. Without Organization (Activists), There …

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Top 20 Richest Ethiopians – 2011

The following is a list of 20 richest Ethiopians in 2011. The list is compiled by Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit. Except for a few of the individuals in the list, most of them, particularly the TPLF members, have enriched themselves

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Rebtel announce further cut in call rates to Ethiopia

PRESS RELEASE

Swedish mobile VoIP provider Rebtel have announced that they are set to decrease their international call rates to Ethiopia from the 1st December 2011.

As of that date, the cost of calling the country with Rebtel internationally …

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ESFNA to hold its 2012 tournament in Dallas, Texas

At a press conference with representatives of Ethiopian Review and other media on Sunday, the newly elected president of Ethiopian Sports Federation in North American (ESFNA), Ato Getachew Tesfaye, announced that the 2012 soccer tournament will be held in Dallas, …

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Ethiopia: The Art of Bleeding a Country Dry

Alemayehu G. Mariam

Ethio-Corruption, Inc. (Unlimited)

The people of Ethiopia are being bled dry. No matter how hard they try to fight their way out of absolute destitution and poverty, they will be swimming upstream against the current

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Why don’t Tigreans buy ‘hidase’ bond?

By Elias Kifle

I’ve been observing the effort by the Woyanne junta in Ethiopia to sell bond for financing the construction of a mega dam on the Nile river. One thing I have noticed is that while Woyanne delegates are …

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Ethiopians can Indeed Unite if they Choose

Ethiopians Can Indeed Unite if they Choose, Six (a) of Six

Aklog Birara, PhD

The road ahead calls for sea changes in mindset

I should like to set the framework for the set of specific suggestions promised in Part Five …

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Renaissance dam: Another Woyanne fiction?

Meles Zenawi and his Woyanne junta in Ethiopia have been flooding the state-controlled media with ‘news’ and discussion about the so-called “renaissance dam” (Hidasse Gidib) and is asking Ethiopians to contribute money, some times forcibly confiscating one-month salary from employees. …

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Domestic violence: Mediation and parent education

(This article is part of an Ethiopian Review weekly series that is intended to highlight and help stop the growing problem of domestic violence in the Ethiopian community.)
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Sometimes courts require abused women to participate in services with their …

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Tamagne Beyene dissects Bereket Simon’s propaganda video

Artiste Tamagne Beyene highlights the many lies and contradictions in Woyanne propaganda chief Bereket Simon’s documentary, Akeldama, that accuses journalists and dissidents of plotting to carry out acts of terrorism.

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Unity and coalition building around a set of achievable goals

A civil resistance movement must unify the widest possible spectrum of society around a limited set of achievable goals, and designate for the moment a leadership that has legitimacy to mobilize all these groups in service of those goals… […

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$11.7 billion stolen from Ethiopia: Wall Street Journal

Ethiopian Illicit Outflows Doubled In 2009, New Report Says

By Christopher Matthews | Wall Street Journal

Ethiopia lost $11.7 billion to outflows of ill-gotten gains between 2000 and 2009, according to a coming report by Global Financial Integrity.

That’s …

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Top 20 Best Friends of Ethiopia

The 2011 Ethiopian Review Top 20 Non-Ethiopians Who are Best Friends of the Struggle for Freedom in Ethiopia.

  1. Mohamed Keita, advocacy coordinator for CPJ‘s Africa Program, consistently gives voice to the repressed media in Ethiopia.
  1. Ana Gomez,
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Appeal to TPLF torture victims

By Teklemichael Sahlemariam

I do not doubt Ethiopian Review’s account of what happened to Artiste Debebe Eshetu and there is enormous evidence to suggest that TPLF agents abused him into confessing things he did not do. However, I do not …

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Ethiopia’s Awramba Times: More Powerful Than…

Alemayehu G. Mariam

 AT1Awramba Times: More Powerful Than Ten Thousand Bayonets

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets,” fretted Napoleon Bonaparte, dictator of France, as he summed up his determination to crush that country’s independent

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CNN on terrorism accusations against Ethiopian journalists

CNN’s Nima Elbagir talks with an exiled Ethiopian journalist Abiye Teklemariam in London who is accused of “terrorism” by Meles Zenawi’s dictatorship in Ethiopoia.

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Ethiopian Review and Current Affairs agree on joint campaign

In a special discussion that was held on Saturday, December 3, Ethiopian Review and Current Affairs Discussion Forum have agreed to launch a joint campaign against Woyanne. The campaign involves social and economic boycott of the Woyanne fascist regime in …

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Woyanne faced disaster in Minneapolis

Woyanne ambssador Girma Birru, one of the 20 dumbest regime officials in Ethiopia, had called a public meeting in Minneapolis on Saturday, Dec. 3, to hoodwink some gullible Ethiopians into contributing money to the fake Abay dam project. Upon …

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Woyanne meeting in Minneapolis – Dec 3

The Woyanne embassy in Washington DC is organizing a meeting in Minneapolis this coming Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, to sell bond to unsuspecting Ethiopians and some donkeys. Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit has obtained the following letter that was sent out …

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Why Ethiopians Must Unite, Part Five (b) of Six

Aklog Birara, PhD

In Part Five (a) of this series, I presented what I believe is a compelling case why the current political and socioeconomic system is inimical to the vast majority of the Ethiopian people. Among other things, the …

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2011 Person of the Year …

Ethiopian Review’s 2011 Person of the Year … click here

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Woyanne threatened to sodomize Debebe Eshetu’s family

By Elias Kifle

Meles Zenawi regime’s propaganda chief Bereket Simon released a 4-part documentary video this week that accuses journalists and opposition politicians of plotting to carry out terrorist acts (One only needs to read what the U.S. Gov’t says …

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Yenesew Gebre vs. TPLF

By Abebe Gellaw

After the news about the first known politically motivated self-immolation in Ethiopian history spread across the globe like wild fire, the shock-wave the rare tragedy caused has been unprecedented. As much as 29-year old Yenesew Gebre’s self-sacrifice …

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