Monthly Archives: September 2012

Ethiopia’s Opposition at the Dawn of Democracy?

By Alemayehu G Mariam

demRespeaking Truth to the Powerless

For several years now, I have been “speaking truth to power”. In fact, the tag line for my blog page is “Defend Human Rights. Speak Truth to Power.” It is a

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Hailemariam is doing just fine

By Elias Kifle

What type of government Ethiopia will have is NOT up to Hailemariam, Bereket and their EPRDF alone. The opposition can and should have a big role if we put our acts together.

For me and many in …

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EPRDF to become a unitary party

By Elias Kifle

Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), has been undergoing major overhaul after its former chairman Meles Zenawi died in July. For the first time in the coalition’s 23-year-old existence, the top leadership went …

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አቶ ኦባንግ ለ ጠ/ሚ ኃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ የላኩት ደብዳቤ

 

    ለአዲሲቷ ኢትዮጵያ የጋራ ንቅናቄ (አኢጋን)

መስከረም 18፤ 2005 ዓም

“ወቅቱ ትርጉም ያለው ተሃድሶ፣ ዕርቅና ፍትሕ

የሚመሠረትበት ሊሆን ይገባዋል!”

የጋራ ንቅናቄው አዲሲቷ ኢትዮጵያ ልትመሠረት የምትችልበትን ፈጣንና ደፋር እርምጃዎች አቶ ኃይለማርያም እንዲወስዱ ይጠይቃል፡፡

 

ክቡር አቶ ኃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ

የኢፌዴሪ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር…

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Obang’s letter to PM Hailemariam

 “Meaningful Reforms, Reconciliation and the Restoration of Justice”

SMNE Urges New Prime Minister to Take Bold Steps That Will Lead the Country to a New Ethiopia

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn,

 

September 26, 2012

 

His

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Meles Zenawi’s legacy of terror

By Melakou Tegegn

Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi died in August after ruling the country from 1995 to 2012. Contrary to regime claims of economic development, he will be remembered for crushing all dissent to his rule.

Discussing Meles’ legacy is …

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Hailemariam pledges to maintain Meles Zenawi’s controversial policies – VOA

By Peter Heinlein | Voice of America

NEW YORK — Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has pledged to maintain the controversial policies of his predecessor, Meles Zenawi, who died last month. The Ethiopian leader outlined his views on foreign and …

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Our new Prime Minster’s résumé

By Yilma Bekele

There is no place on planet earth that begs for change like our country Ethiopia. There is no need to itemize all the areas where we stand at the tail end of human achievement. That is the …

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Ethiopian flight 409 might be a victim of Israel-Hizbullah war (Wikileaks)

Wikileaks has released documents today that shed new light on what has cause the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 in 2009. The new WikiLeaks releases are email threads from the global intelligence firm Stratfor dating back to the time …

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No official residence for Ethiopia’s new prime minister yet

It’s been 7 days since Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn was sworn in, but he is yet to move in to the official residence of the prime minister at the National Palace. The problem is that Azeb Mesfin, widow of …

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ENTC requests diplomatic recognition from Germany

The Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) has sent a communique to the Honorable Guido Westerwelle, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, requesting a diplomatic recognition.

The letter was sent to the Minister by Mikael Endriase, ENTC’s diplomatic representative in …

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ኢትዮጵያ፤ በአዲስ ዓመት አዲስ ጠ/ሚኒስቴር

ከፕሮፌሰር  ዓለማየሁ  ገብረማርያም

ትርጉም  ከነጻነት ለሃገሬ

ኢትዮጵያዊያኖች አዲሱን ዓመታቸውን የዘመን መለወጫ በሴፕቴምበር 11 አክብረዋል፡፡ አሁን በኢትዮጵያ 2005 ዓም ነው፡፡ በሴፕተምበር 21 ደግሞ አዲስ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ተሰጥቷቸዋል፡፡ አዲስ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ከአዲስ ዓመት መግባት ጋር ተዳምሮ ሲቀርብ እንዴት ደስ ያሰኛል!! ከልብ የመነጨ …

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For Susan Rice, a Chance for Redemption

By Selam Beyene, PhD

The eulogy delivered in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa by Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, on the occasion of the funeral and mysterious death of dictator Meles Zenawi will probably go down in …

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Why Europe should speak out about Ethiopia’s human rights

By Nicolas Beger | New Europe Online

 

On 25 July, the European Union adopted its strategic framework on human rights and democracy and appointed Stavros Lambrinidis its first special representative for human rights, seeking to “enhance the effectiveness and …

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ENTC thanks Ana Gomes for speaking out against injustice in Ethiopia

Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) sent a letter of appreciation to Honorable Ana Maria Gomes thanking her for taking a stand and passionately speaking out in defense of the human rights of the people of Ethiopia. Click here to read

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A campaign of terror and mass executions in Ogaden

(SVT) — Swedish Television’s Africa correspondent Johan Ripås has become privy to further documentation, smuggled out of Ethiopia. The video evidence shows that whole villages have been emptied of inhabitants through executions and mass flight from terror.

“These …

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Ethiopia: A New Prime Minister in a New Year

By Alemayehu G Mariam

hmEthiopians had their new year on September 11. It is now 2005. On September 21, they also got a new prime minster. How delightfully felicitous to have a new prime minister in the new year! Heartfelt …

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Stop bullshitting

By Elias Kifle

After I wrote a commentary a few days ago saying that we Ethiopians need to give the new prime minister some time to prove himself worthy of our support, I have received a flood of responses from …

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ENTC sends a message of hope and call for action to Ethiopia’s new prime minister

The Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) sent an open letter to the newly sworn in prime minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, expressing hope that he will work to unite Ethiopians and help bring freedom, justice and development to the country. …

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Hailemariam Desalegn sworn in as the new prime minister of Ethiopia (video)

Hailemariam Desalegn has been sworn in as the prime minister of Ethiopia today, 21 September 2012, by the parliament. Hailemariam’s first act as prime minister today was to nominate the deputy prime minister. Demeke Mekonnen’s nomination has been approved unanimously …

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African land grab leads to famine: Obang’s address to conference in Germany

Obang Metho speaks about  Land, Water and Resource-Grabbing and Its Impact on Food Security in Africa

At the 1st Africa Congress on Effective Cooperation for a Green Africa in Bremerhaven, Germany

Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE)

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TPLF judges confiscate properties of political prisoners

ESAT reported today that a TPLF-dominated kangaroo court in Ethiopia has ordered the confiscation of properties that belong to political prisoners Andualem Aragie and Eskinder Nega.

Tomorrow, Friday, the new prime minister of Ethiopia will be sworn in and on …

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Ato Seye and his politics

By Yilma Bekele

Mr. Charles Krauthammer is an American syndicated columnist, political commentator and is considered a highly influential conservative voice. He is critical of President Obama’s policies and supports the election of Mr. Romney to be President. As a …

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Hailemariam Desalegn heads to New York after sworn in Friday (VOA)

Parliament will convene on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, to swear in Hailemariam Desalegn as the new prime minister of Ethiopia, and will head to New York to attend the United Nations meeting.

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TPLF elects chairman and vice-chairman

The former ruling party in Ethiopia, Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), has elected a replacement for its deceased leader Meles Zenawi. The new chairman is Tigray Region president Abay Wolde, and the vice-chairman is radio jammer Debretsion Gebremichael.

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Let’s give the new prime minister time to prove himself

By Elias Kifle

The sudden death of dictator Meles Zenawi has created an unexpected opportunity for the ruling junta, EPRDF, to reverse course and make peace with the people of Ethiopia whom it had been terrorizing and brutalizing for the …

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Who is Hailemariam Desalegn? (VOA)

Who is the new Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn? VOA special report.

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Cry Woyanne cry

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The conditional nature of TPLF’s Ethiopiawinet

By Messay Kebede

A friend recently sent me a video presenting Sebhat Nega’s defense of the TPLF constitution. My friend was rightly amazed at the dismissive and arrogant nature of the defense. My reaction wandered a bit in the direction …

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Why are Ethiopian women killing themselves?

By Elias Kifle

Within the past few months alone, I have heard about 4 Ethiopian women who have killed themselves — one in Virginia, another one in Dallas, then two weeks ago a girl I know very well in Atlanta …

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Town-hall meeting on post-Meles EPRDF regime

Netsanet LeEthiopia Radio will hold a town hall discussion in Washington DC on post-Meles EPRDF regime in Ethiopia this coming Sunday, September 23, 2012. See the poster below for more info:

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Ethiopia Finally Has a New Prime Minister?

By Alemayehu G Mariam

hdIt seems Ethiopia finally has a new prime minister. Two days ago, the leaders of the ruling EPDRF party approved Hailemariam Desalegn, the current deputy prime minister [DPM], to replace the late Meles Zenawi as party …

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TPLF founder Sebhat Nega speaks out against the transitional government idea

Members of the TPLF tribal gang are acting like a headless chicken these days.

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Ethiopian scientist works on a research to make Facebook faster

TEXAS (CBSDFW) – Facebook awards a grant to University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) to make the social media site faster.

“We are very excited to be part of Facebook,” says Dr. Dereje Agonafer from University of Texas …

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An international incident in California over an Ethiopian flag

Ethiopian flag ceremonym, San Jose,  California(MercuryNews.com) — An international incident of sorts arose over an Ethiopian flag raising at San Jose City Hall to honor the African country’s New Year, which begins on Sept. 11. And it wasn’t over the unfortunate coincidence with …

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The ‘miracle revolution’

With selection of Hailemariam Desalegn from Wolaita and Demeke Mekonnen from Amhara as prime minister and deputy prime minister, Meles Zenawi’s and TPLF’s dream of ruling Ethiopia for at least 50 years has ended today.

Meles Zenawi had never intended …

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Ethiopia’s ruling party chooses new chairman and vice-chairman (video)

Ethiopia’s ruling junta, EPRDF, elected Hailemariam Desalegn as chairman and Demeke Mekonnen as vice-chairman

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EPRDF chooses Hailemriam Desalegn and Demeke Mekonnen as chair and vice chair

By William Davison

ADDIS ABABA (Bloomberg) — Ethiopia’s ruling party, EPRDF, confirmed acting Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn as the successor to the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Meles, who led Ethiopia for 21 years and who oversaw one of Africa’s

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Swedish journalists recount their horrific experience in Ethiopia

[Translated from Swedish]

“We thought we were going to die”

(SVT) — It was an emotional press conference where Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson who talked about their experiences in Ethiopia. The atmosphere was …

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Ethiopia’s ruling junta convened to choose a replacement to the late dictator (video)

Ethiopia’s ruling junta, EPRDF, convened today to choose a successor to the late dictator Meles Zenawi. Today’s meeting has just ended, but there is no official announcement on any decision yet. The meeting was chaired by acting prime minister Hailemariam …

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Ethiopian National Transitional Council spreads its regime change message in Ethiopia

In the Ethiopian New Year, Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC), in collaboration with Tinsae Ethiopia, has intensified its call to the people of Ethiopia to get organized and liberate ourselves from the TPLF regime.

During the past week, Tinsae Ethiopia …

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Massacre in Qorile village, eastern Ethiopia

The TPLF regime army in Ethiopia has summarily executed the following Ethiopians at Qurile village, in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia on September 6, 2012. Their names have been compiled from eyewitnesses who have escaped the massacre. Many civilians in …

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SVT released additional video exposing the orchestrated arrest of two Swedish journalists in Ethiopia

(SVT) — Yesterday SVT showed video as an evidence that the arrest of Swedish journalists in Ethiopia was staged. Now we can show even more pictures from the interrogations. (Warning: GRAPHIC IMAGES)

In the new the latest video, …

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Ana Gomes says Meles Zenawi died in July; talks about succession delay in Ethiopia

Hon. Ana Gomes talks about the death of Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi, the delay to swear in his successor, and the political prisoners in Ethiopia. She also confirms that Meles died in July, much earlier than what the regime claims, …

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Home and country burglarized

By Yilma Bekele
Someone broke into our house. They forced the backdoor open and went through every square inch of the house. They turned our mattress over, pilfered through our drawers and left the closet in a mess. It was …

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Video shows a fake firefight was staged to convict two Swedish journalists in Ethiopia

Translated from Swedish TV website SVT

Proof of Hoax in Ethiopia

SVT can now reveal that the videos that the Ethiopian government used as evidence of the arrest of the Swedish journalists is staged. Our sources even claim that the …

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Debretsion Gebremichael, the most dangerous person in TPLF

The death of dictator Meles Zenawi has left the Ethiopian ruling junta, TPLF, in disarray. Because Meles did not put a succession plan in place, TPLF and its umbrella organization, EPRDF, are now engulfed in a dangerous power struggle that …

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Malawi police arrest 62 Ethiopians

BLANTYRE, MALAWI (NewsTimeAfrica) — Police in Malawi’s northern border district of Karonga have arrested 62 Ethiopians suspected of entering Malawi illegally.

“We got a tip from villagers that they spotted a truck full of people with strange faces …

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New year’s message to Ethiopians throughout the World: Obang Metho

Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE)

Safeguarding the Vision to Our Future

Our Hope for Ethiopia in the New Year Should Be No Less than a Fully Transformed Society

September 11, 2012

Dear fellow Ethiopians,

We, the leaders, members …

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Ethiopia ranks 140 out of 144 countries in technological readiness, World Economic Forum reports

The World Economic Forum’s 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Report has been released, and Ethiopia under the TPLF/EPRDF junta ranks at the bottom ten in several categories. The worst of all is technological readiness where Ethiopia ranks 140 out of 144 countries. …

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Important New Year message from Ethiopian National Transitional Council

In a New Year message released Sunday, the Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) has called for the convening of a conference in less than one month to launch the process of establishing an all-inclusive transitional government. Click here to read

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EPRDF becoming a tinderbox

A delegation of the ruling junta in Ethiopia, Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF), has secretly met with acting prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn over the weekend in Addis Ababa to negotiate TPLF’s role in the new regime.

It is not known …

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Why I am Supporting President Obama’s Re-election

obDisappointed but…

Did I enthusiastically support presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008? Absolutely! Do I agree with everything he has done over the past four years as president? No! Has he carried out all of the promises he made in …

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Al Amoudi back to drinking and partying

The drunkard billionaire sheik Mohamed Al Amoudi, best friend of the late Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi, is back to partying, getting drunk and making a fool out of himself.

Al Amoudi

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Saudi Arabia warned its citizens not to travel to Ethiopia

RIYADH (SPA) — The Interior Ministry has warned citizens against traveling to Ethiopia.

The warning came after a cable from the Saudi Embassy in Addis Ababa about the tense situation currently prevailing in Ethiopia, including violence against Muslims …

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TPLF prepares to conduct purges in the EPRDF rank to keep the premiership

The Tigrean People Liberation Front (TPLF), the leading party in the ruling coalition in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Democratic Front (EPRDF), is preparing to eliminate potential threats to its continued dominance by conducting purges in the EPRDF rank, according to …

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Meles Zenawi, America’s “son-of-a-bitch”

By Olaana Abbaaxiiqii

On August 20, following Ethiopia’s meticulously choreographed funeral for former dictator, Meles Zenawi, which was designed to buttress his legacy, a friend asked me to listen to the United States Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice’s encomium …

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Some advise to TPLF (Tesfaye Gebreab)

We are learning that the division within the ruling junta EPRDF is deepening by the day and by the hour as they squabble over who will replace Meles Zenawi continues. Making things even more complicated is that widow of the …

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Ethiopia’s opportunity — a new day beckons: Graham Peebles

Analysis

By Graham Peebles | Ceasefiremagazine.com

In the wake of the death of Ethiopia’s long-serving PM, Meles Zenawi, two weeks ago, Graham Peebles argues this could be the best opportunity in a generation for Ethiopians to secure a more equal,

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Torture suspect pleads not guilty in a Denver court

DENVER (Associated Press) — A chance encounter at a restaurant in a Denver suburb led to the arrest of an Ethiopian immigrant who authorities say tortured political prisoners decades ago in his home country, according to testimony from a Department …

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Joe Biden cheers the death of bin Laden, as we cheer the death of Meles Zenawi

The U.S. Gov’t went to “the end of the earth” to find a kill bin Laden, a monster who murdered 3,000 of its citizens. When Joe Biden, at the Democratic Convention this evening, presented the killing of bin Laden as …

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Arkebe Equbay next TPLF leader? Revisiting Wikileaks

The ruling junta in Ethiopia, Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), is preparing to replace the late dictator Meles Zenawi. However, there seems to be no clear choice so far, as the various factions within TPLF vie for control. According to …

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VOA discussion on leadership crisis inside Ethiopia’s ruling junta

VOA discusses the inability of Ethiopia's ruling junta to replace the late dictator Meles Zenawi…
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Staged propaganda about Meles sign of desperation: Obang Metho

Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE)

A Letter to Ethiopians

September 5, 2012

Mr. Obang Metho encourages Ethiopians to not be discouraged by the fictionalized legacy of Meles because any government that stages the mourning for its deceased leader

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EPRDF facing leadership crisis (video)

Ethiopia’s ruling junta, EPRDF (a coalition composed of TPLF, OPDO, ANDM, and SEPDM), is engulfed in leadership crisis after it failed to agree on a new chairman in the wake of Meles Zenawi’s death.

Meles died without putting in place …

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An Ethiopian with election envy.

An Ethiopian with election envy. By Yilma Bekele
The US is getting ready for presidential elections. 2012 will be the 57th time elections have taken place. The first election was held in 1788 and there were five contestants and it …

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EPRDF meeting adjourned without agreement

The Ethiopian ruling party EPRDF that is made up of 4 organizations held its executive committee meeting on Tuesday, but the meeting was adjourned after the 35 participants failed to agree on a number of issues.

The TPLF was represented …

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Haile Gebreselassie causes tears to flow in western Ethiopia

Ethiopian superstar athlete Haile Gebreselassie had been observed squeezing tears from his eyes on the day dictator Meles Zenawi’s death was officially announced on August 21. We all understood that Haile was faking it, and we suspected the reason. Did …

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Possible coup d’etat thwarted, for now

Ethiopia’s ruling junta is expected to make acting prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s fate official today, Tuesday, when EPRDF, the umbrella group led by Tigrean People Liberation Front (TPLF) convenes, according to Ethiopian Review sources.

It is reported that TPLF has …

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Meles’s Death: Paradoxes and Opportunities

By Messay Kebede

Beyond the pathetic and at times ridiculous theatrics of Ethiopians ordered not only to mourn but also to show visible signs of a boundless grief over the death of Meles Zenawi, henceforth advertised as a great and …

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Ethiopia: Time for Radical Improvements

Alemayehu G Mariam

pp2It is time to bury the hatchet and move forward in Ethiopia! Nelson Mandela taught that “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” …

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Susan Rice, you are the idiot

Ambassador Susan Rice, who led the U.S. delegation to Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi’s funeral on Sunday, has said this:

Of course he had little patience for fools, or idiots, as he liked to call them.”

There is no doubt that …

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The cause of Meles Zenawi’s death and its import

By Selam Beyene

In the absence of a legitimate autopsy report, a death certificate or a credible official statement relating to the reason behind the hospitalization and eventual death of the former ruler of one of the most populous countries …

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Susan Rice brings shame and dishonor to the United States (video)

The speech given by U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice today at Meles Zenawi’s funeral was full of lies that she brought dishonor and shame to the United States. Her speech was also an insult to the people of Ethiopia who have …

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Azeb Mesfin speech at the late dictator Meles Zenawi funeral (video)

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ENTC special event in Washington DC today, Saturday

Ethiopian National Transitional Council will hold a special event in Washington DC today to raise funds for its organizing effort in Ethiopia. Click here for more info. …

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Hailemariam Desalegn demoted to deputy PM


Acting prime minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn was introduced as deputy prime minister today at the late dictator Meles Zenawi’s funeral by the TPLF junta officials, while foreign leaders such as South African president Jacob Zuma and South Sudan president …

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ETV live broadcast of late dictator’s funeral

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Why didn’t Meles Zenawi get medical treatment in Ethiopia? (San Francisco Chronicle)

By Joel Brinkley | San Francisco Chronicle

Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s dictator, died last month – in a Brussels hospital. Why didn’t he get medical care at home? Look at the state of his people’s health, and you’ll understand.

The government …

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TPLF media fabricates news of Meles’ burial one day in advance

The Reporter, a TPLF-affiliated local newspaper, reports that the late Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi has been buried, even though the burial will actually take place tomorrow, Sunday. This is how the TPLF media fabricates news. They prepare news about events …

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The late dictator’s funeral scaled down because of security concerns

The late Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi’s funeral Sunday has been scaled down because of security threats, according to an Ethiopian Review correspondent in Addis Ababa.

The gathering for the funeral at the Addis Ababa Holy Trinity Cathedral has also been …

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Death and drama in Ethiopia

By Yilma Bekele
I am hoping this is the last discussion about our emotional response regarding the disappearance then death of Ato Meles Zenawi. As controversial and in your face individual he was alive his death has brought drama, division …

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Addis Ababa in a somber mood as the dictator’s burial looms

EDITOR’S NOTE: There is a total clampdown on the independent press in Ethiopia. Even foreign correspondents are working under constant threats, frequently being called into Bereket Simon’s office to be threatened with expulsion from the country. In the report below

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U.S. gives cold shoulder to TPLF junta by sending an ambassador to Meles’ funeral

TPLF junta officials in Ethiopia are fuming over the decision by the U.S. Government to send Ambassador Susan Rice, instead of the vice president or the secretary of state, or another more high-profile official, to the late dictator Meles Zenawi’s …

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