Monthly Archives: February 2012

Zenawi to buy respectability by hosting forum

By Bernama | Malaysian News Agency

ADDIS ABABA, March 1 (Bernama) — Ethiopia Woyanne will be hosting the World Economic Forum on Africa in May 2012 here in Addis Ababa, reported China’s Xinhua news agency.

Mekonnen Haddis, Chief Advisor to …

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TPLF land grab in Ethiopia – The case of Dr Teame Hadgu

The land grab in Ethiopia is not limited to “investors” from China, India, and Saudi Arabia. In fact, TPLF members are grabbing more fertile land in southern and western Ethiopia than China, India and Saudi combined, according to Ethiopian Review …

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Let’s support ESFNA

Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America
PRESS RELEASE – February 29, 2012

	 Ethiopian Heritage Society North America In a show of solidarity that is common and expected in the Ethiopian Diaspora community, the Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America (EHSNA) has agreed to defer its …

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A Battle for Land and Water in Ethiopia

A controversial resettlement program in Ethiopia is the latest battleground in the global race to secure prized farmland and water. Correspondent Cassandra Herrman reports as part of the Food for 9 Billion series, a PBS NewsHour partnership with the Center …

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116th Adwa Victory anniversary celebration in DC – March 3

Adwa Victory 116th anniversary Ethiopian Heritage Society North America (EHSNA) is organizating a special event to commemorate the 116th anniversary of the Adwa Victory this coming Saturday starting at 5:00 PM.

Address: 4250 Harewood Rd NE Washington DC 20017
More info: ehsna.org…

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Forgiveness and Mental Health

By Eyob B. Kassa

Is there a connection or association between forgiveness and mental health? The answer to this question depends on how you define forgiveness and mental heath. Traditionally, forgiveness is more associated and defined from a religious point …

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A General PROCESS for Transformative Reconciliation

The Process of Transformative Reconciliation is for building respect for differences, communicating across those differences and celebrating unique ways of being… [read more]…

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US outsources Yemeni dictator to Ethiopia

Aides: Yemen’s Saleh to Seek Exile in Ethiopia

By Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen—Aides to Ali Abdullah Saleh said Monday that the ousted Yemeni president plans to go into exile in Ethiopia, as pressures mounted on him to depart the country …

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Andualem Aragie in need of urgent medical care after prison beating

By William Davison

ADDIS ABABA (BLOOMBERG) — An imprisoned Ethiopian opposition leader needs urgent medical attention 12 days after being assaulted in his cell, former President Negasso Gidada said.

Andualem Aragie, head of public relations for the Unity for Democracy …

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Russia, Ukraine agents claim to have foiled Putin assassination plot

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian special services have arrested a group of suspects accused of attempting to assassinate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Russia’s state television said Monday.

The Channel One said that the suspects were plotting to kill Putin …

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Political Prisoners Inside Ethiopia’s Gulags

Alemayehu G Mariam

The Plight of Andualem Aragie and Other Political Prisoners in Ethiopia 

The “Gulag” prison system in the old Soviet Union was infamous for warehousing and persecuting dissidents and opponetns. The gulags were used effectively to weed out …

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VOA discussion on the role of media as agent of change (audio)

VOA’s Alula Kebede hosts a discussion on the role and responsibilities of journalists as agents of change with Esayas Lisanu of Netsanet Le Ethiopia Radio, Dereje Desta of Zethiopia Newspaper, Abebe Gelaw of ESAT, and Elias Kifle of Ethiopian Review. …

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Zenawi-US asylum contract for Yemen dictator?

Yemen’s Saleh is in Ethiopia, foreign ministry says

By Associated Press, Published: February 24
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopia’s foreign ministry spokesman says the outgoing president of Yemen is in the east African country.Dina Mufti said Friday that Ali Abdullah
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Ethiopia and Syria revisited

By Yilma Bekele

The Syrian regime is killing its own people to save the country from terrorists (ashebariwoch). The world is watching and keeping score. Thanks to social media such as Twitter and Facebook we are all witnessing this display …

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Saudi Arabia: Free Ethiopian Christians (video)

Please call the Saudi Arabian Embassy in your country and ask them to release the 35 Ethiopian Christians who are jailed for praying in their homes.

United States: (+1) 202 342 3800
Canada: (+1) 613 237 4100
United Kingdom: (+44) …

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The Theory of Conventional Cultural Unity

By Geletaw Zeleke

Ethiopia is one of the richest counties in the world, potentially, but in practice it is one of the poorest countries on Earth. The irony is that natural resources and man power are bountiful but due to …

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Africa’s Hall of Shame in Addis Ababa

By Fekade Shewakena

The debate on whether Emperor Hailesilassie’s statue deserves to stand along with that of Kwame Nkrumah in front of the newly inaugurated AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, built by the government of China as a “gift” to …

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Preparing for transition from the Woyanne era is long overdue

Tinsae EthiopiaEthiopia currently is exposed to extreme danger as a result of 20 years of misrule by the Woyanne/EPRDF regime. Woyanne’s ethnic policy in particular is an existential threat to our country. However, there is a way we can protect and …

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Where are the Ethiopian religious leaders?

By Elias Kifle

Hundreds of Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans today gathered at the Saudi Arabia embassy in Washington DC to ask the Saudi king to release the 35 Ethiopian Christians who are languishing in jail for praying in their homes. Others …

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Saudi embassy protest (photo, update)

10:30 AM TUESDAY 21 FEB. 2012 — Concerned Ethiopians and others are currently holding a demonstration at the Saudi Arabia embassy in Washington DC to demand the release of 35 Ethiopian Christians who are jailed for praying in their private …

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Demonstration at Saudi embassy in DC – today at 10 AM

ICC, Ethiopian Community to Hold Demonstration Demanding Saudis Release Ethiopian Christian Prisoners

WASHINGTON DC (ICC) – International Christian Concern (ICC) and the Ethiopian community in Washington DC will be holding a public protest demanding Saudi Arabia release 35 Ethiopian Christians …

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COLLABORATION for Transformatve Reconciliation and Unity

When we think of discussions as a contest, conflict occurs because we are more concerned with getting what we want than with attempting to understand each other’s needs, harms and emotions. We become defensive about our respective positions… [read

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The plight of Ethiopians in Libya (video)

Shocking documentary of life for Ethiopians in Libya.

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Assassinating Dictators is a Legitimate Cause – Part III

By Tecola Hagos
(Former legal adviser to Ethiopia’s tyrant Meles Zenawi)

The right to defend ones own rights individually or as part of an organized group is a legitimate cause irrespective of the identity of the adversary. However, such militancy …

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TPLF Inc. institutionalization of ethnicity, party and state

TPLF Inc. institutionalization of ethnicity, party and state and the undoing of shared power and resources – Commentary 7

By Aklog Birara, PhD

The pursuit of justice and political pluralism in Ethiopia has been severely compromised deliberately and systematically by …

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Deutsche Welle: A Disgrace to Press Freedom?

Alemayehu G Mariam

In a memorandum sent to Deutsche Welle’s (DW) [Germany’s international broadcaster] “correspondents outside Ethiopia” in late 2010,  Ludger Schadomsky, editor-in-chief of DW’s Amharic program, blasted “ethiomedia and similar sites by extension” as a “disgrace” to press freedom.  …

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Andualem Aragie beaten up in prison

UDJ Party official Andualem Aragie has been beaten up in jail and his captors refused him medical tratement, according to Dr Negasso Giddada. The following is a letter that is sent out today by Dr Negasso:

Yesterday, around noon time, …

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The art of building trust between government and the people

By Geletaw Zeleke

In Ethiopia, in order to build trust between government and the people two kinds of trust must be supported for building a successful reliable system, namely, conscious and systemic trust. The confidence flowing between the people and …

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German Radio on Ethiopians jailed in Saudi Arabia

Germany Radio (Deutsche Welle) Amharic Service reports that 35 Ethiopians continue to languish in Saudi Arabia jail for no reason other than praying in their homes. Listen below:

    Listen Part 1

    Listen part 2

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Free Ethiopians – Protest at Saudi embassy in Washington DC

PRESS RELEASE

We demand Saudi Arabia to immediately release the illegally detained Ethiopians citizens!

Ethiopian-Americans and friends of Ethiopia are organizing a protest outside the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Washington DC on Feb. 21, 2012. The purpose of the Protest …

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The art of bullying Ethiopians

By Yilma Bekele

‘Prime Minster Meles Zenawi said on Wednesday Ethiopia could pardon politicians and journalists arrested under a 2009 anti-terrorism law.’ That news was reported widely including inside Ethiopia. Normally what we hear outside and what the people are …

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Debate on Assasinating a Tyrant – Part II

By Alastair Endersby

Assassination can be defined as the targeted killing of an individual for political reasons in peacetime. It can be undertaken by individual citizens, or by the agents of another state, but in either case it takes place …

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Developing TRUST for Transformatve Reconciliation and Unity

Reconciliation through collaboration, building trust and cooperation restores the capacity to live with or alongside the others… [read more]…

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Ethiopian Review special teleconference – Feb. 26

UPDATE: THE TELECONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED. THE NEW SCHEDULE WILL BE ANNOUNCED.

Ethiopian Review will hold a special worldwide teleconference on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, to raise funds for its 2012 budget. The meeting will include a question-and- answer session …

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The Dragon’s Dance with Hyenas

Alemayehu G. Mariam

The Chinese Dragon is dancing the Watusi shuffle with African Hyenas. Things could not be better for the Dragon in Africa. In the middle of what once used to be the African Pride Land now stands a

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The hazards of merging party, state and ethnicity

By Aklog Birara, PhD

“The promises of ethnic-federalism were short-lived, and soon betrayed TPLF/EPRDF’s “divide and rule” strategy aiming at securing Tigreans’ political supremacy resulting notably in a pro-Tigrean public good allocation due to an excessive financial dependence of the …

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The Cure for Tyrants – Assassination

By Mike LaBossiere

The revolutions in the Middle East have served to draw attention to the fact that many people live under the power of dictators and tyrants. This is, of course, not true merely of the Middle East. Many …

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Ethiopian Orthodox Church officials travel to Arizona for negotiation

A delegation sent by the Woyanne junta patriarch Aba Gebremedhin has arrived in Arizona today to start negotiations with the exiled Ethiopian Orthodox Church synod. ESAT has details. Listen below:

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Meles Zenawi gripped with growing fear of assassination

Meles Zenawi fear of assassinationEthiopia’s khat-addicted dictator is gripped with fear that disgruntled members of his own ruling party, the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), are plotting to assassinate him.

Two months ago, Meles replaced many of his bodyguards from Tigray with those from …

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Abune MelkeTsedik talks about problems inside the Church

Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church His Eminence Abune MelkeTsedek explains the problems facing the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church in an interview ESAT. Watch below.

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Ethiopian Youth Public Meeting in Dallas – Saturday, Feb. 11

Ethiopian Youth Public Meeting in Dallas

Ethiopians of all backgrounds who reside in Dallas/Fort Worth and surrounding areas are cordially invited to this important public meeting.

Meeting Objectives

– To come to an understanding and agreement on the steps that

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DC area Ethiopian churches under attack

Aba Gebremedhin (formerly Aba Paulos), the Woyanne-installed fake patriarch in Ethiopia, continues to try to infiltrate Ethiopian churches in the Diaspora, and its latest messenger is “Aba” Melaku. For Ethiopians in the Washington DC area Melaku is a familiar figure. …

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Saudi pressured to release detained Ethiopians

WASHINGTON (Baptist Press) — A U.S. Congress-sanctioned religious freedom group has called on Saudi Arabia to release 35 Ethiopian Christians arrested during a prayer meeting and imprisoned for nearly two months.

Saudi police raided a private home in …

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International Ethiopian Women Conference March 9-11

The Ethiopian Women Conference Coordinator Committee (EWCCC)* Invites You to attend International Ethiopian Women Conference, March 9-11, 2012 at Howard University in Washington DC.

Ethiopian American women from diverse background are planning to hold a conference focusing on current …

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ALEJE and OLF Public Meeting in Washington DC – Feb. 19

ALEJE and OLF invite you to join the International Public Meetings to discuss on the current struggle for freedom and democracy in Ethiopia. More info.

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Where the truth lies in Ethiopia

Daily Maverick’s The AU Summit: A rare ring of truth by Kevin Bloom [see below] lauds Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi as being unique in speaking “trenchant truth” at an AU gathering in the 49 years since its establishment (initially

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Transformative Reconciliation for Unity in a Nutshell

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources.

Without UNITY there is no coordinated and synergized Mass Disobedience/Civil Resistance

The Guiding Questions …

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When we were the peacemakers

By Yilma Bekele

There is a term some use to describe the US as being special. They call it ‘American exceptionalism.’ What the theory tries to define is the special and unique place the US holds due to the revolutionary …

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Cooperative Behavior for Transformatve Reconciliation & Unity

Understanding and Reconciliation restores the capacity to unite, to live with or alongside the others. It allows us, while remembering, to bring closure to a chapter in our past. It enables us to live in the present, making our life …

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A resurgent Ethiopian opposition in a new form

By Elias Kifle

Ethiopian Review held a highly successful town hall meeting in Washington DC Saturday afternoon, overcoming Woyanne scare tactics, boycott campaigns, and so many difficulties. I was pleasantly surprised by the high attendance after the Woyanne junta in …

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African Beggars Union Hall?

Alemayehu G Mariam

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The new African Union (AU) headquarters was inaugurated last week. It was “China’s gift to Africa.” China picked the entire USD$200 million tab for the building, fixtures and furniture. The China State Construction …

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Kilil system is an instrument of Ethiopian disenfrachisement – Part 4

Aklog Birara, PhD

“…the present regime’s ethnic based federal setup, which is designed along a liberal democracy trajectory, appears to be failing to produce the desired result” of “equitable share of power and resources.” In effect, it is a policy …

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Several Meles Zenawi bodyguards arrested

At least 5 bodyguards of Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi have been arrested after being suspected of secretly communicating with members of the ARENA Tigray Party, according to Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit sources… details later…

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UN experts dismayed by growing repression in Ethiopia

GENEVA (UN) – A number of UN human rights experts on Thursday expressed their dismay at the continuing abuse of anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedom of expression in Ethiopia.

A week ago, three journalists and two opposition politicians* …

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Swedish journalists appeal to Ethiopia’s dictator

By Daniel DeFraia | Global Post

There are 3,372 … now 3,374 signatures and counting that ask for the release of Swedish journalist Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson, both serving 11-year prison sentences in Ethiopia.

The signature campaign is …

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Another sign of worsening repression in Ethiopia – IFEX

In another sign of Ethiopian Prime Minister dictator Meles Zenawi’s worsening repression, a U.S.-based journalist was sentenced to life in prison on anti-terrorism charges, while two other journalists were given heavy prison sentences, report the Ethiopian Free press Journalists’ Association …

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Using Anti-Terror Laws to Terrorize Dissent

By Peter Valk | The Epoch Times

Last week, the Ethiopian High Court delivered harsh sentences to five dissident journalists, including an exiled editor living in the United States, on vague charges of terrorism. Critics call the charges trumped up …

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We’ve met the enemy and he is us

By Yilma Bekele

‘…. he was feared far beyond his might and respected far beyond his support, both which in the end proved meager. … would play one official off of another, promoting sons above their fathers, pitting the members …

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Essentials to Resolve Differences for Reconciliation

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources.

In the typical dialogue to resolve differences, both parties behave as though the other …

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