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Causes of deaths at Ethiopian hospitals – study

Ethiopia is encountering a growing burden of non-communicable diseases along with infectious diseases, perinatal and nutritional problems that have long been considered major problems of public health importance. This retrospective analysis was carried out to examine the mortality patterns from …

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Pentagon to Ethiopians: your suffering is not important to us

Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter Discusses Security Partnership With Leaders in Ethiopia

By Cheryl Pellerin | American Forces Press Service

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 25, 2013 – Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with senior government and military leaders here …

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A film in memory of Alem Dechasa

By Rebecca Whiting

(Al-Akhbar) — The situation of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, structured by a lack of protective labor laws and a culture of racial inequality, marks a huge failure in the country’s human rights record. Documentary filmmaker Vanessa …

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Ethiopia 2013: Year of the Cheetah Generation

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Year of the Cheetahs

2013 shall be the Year of Ethiopia’s Cheetah Generation.

“The Cheetah Generation refers to the new and angry generation of young African graduates and professionals, who look at African issues and problems from a totally different

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“I am a journalist” – Reeyot Alemu

(IWMF) — It was only a matter of time before Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu was sent to prison. Her country has become one of the most oppressive in the world for press freedom, with numbers of jailed journalists …

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Ethiopian Review’s 2012 Person of the Year

Ethiopian Review’s 2012 Person of the Year is Julian Paul Assange.

The people of Ethiopia continued to wallow in misery in 2012 and the main cause is lack of freedom. The level of prosperity and quality of life in …

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Ring in Redress to All Humankind

HR 2012 is gone. 2013 is on the way. Let us ring in redress to all humankind.

I wish a happy and prosperous new year to all of my readers throughout the world. To those who have unwearyingly followed my columns …

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Gen. Samora Yenus in a German hospital – update

UPDATE – December 28, 2012: Ethiopian Review sources are reporting that armed forces chief of staff Gen. Samora Yenus is back in a Germany hospital. In August, we reported that Samora, looking frail, returned to Addis Ababa to attend …

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TPLF Inc. as a ‘silent killer’

Aklog Birara, PhD

Have you ever wondered, as I have, why Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people are caught in a vicious cycle of disillusionment, dispossession and disempowerment? Have you pondered, as I have, the simple truth that the vast majority …

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Lorenzo Taezaz And The Italo-Ethiopian War (1935-1941)

By Daniel Kindie

Lorenzo Taezaz could be considered as one of the legendary heroes of the Italo-Ethiopian war of 1935-1941. From the day he left his homeland in 1925, until his untimely death in Sweden in 1946, he had an …

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Remembering the victims of 2003 Gambella Massacre

By Obang Metho | Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE)

December 13, 2012

Click here to see video of testimony by survivors of 2003 Gambella massacre

December 13, 2012 marks the 9-year anniversary of the brutal massacre of 424 …

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The growing child prostitution and human trafficking in Ethiopia should put all Ethiopians to shame

EDITOR’S NOTE: While Ethiopia’s regime cooks up fantastic numbers to show double digit growth, the realities on the ground are more sobering and depressing.  The political elite is addicted to foreign handouts and human trafficking. In an economy where unemployment

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Susan Rice and Africa’s Despots

By Salem Solomon | New York Times

ON Sept. 2, Ambassador Susan E. Rice delivered a eulogy for a man she called “a true friend to me.” Before thousands of mourners and more than 20 African heads of state in …

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Susan Rice and Africa’s Unholy Trinity

Matriarch of the Unholy Trinity

Susan Rice, the current U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., has been waltzing (or should I say do-se-do-ing) with Africa’s slyest, slickest and meanest dictators for nearly two decades. More cynical commentators have said she has

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Spy chief Debretsion Gebrmicheal appointed as Deputy Prime Minister

ADDIS ABABA (Reporter) — The House of Peoples’ Representatives today approved the appointment of two new Deputy Prime Ministers. Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Debretsion Gebremichael, and Minister of Cabinet Affairs and head of the Office of the Prime …

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Nile project: a hidden bomb? or a pomise for shared prosperity?

By Aklog Birara, PhD

This paper is third of a series on Ethiopian fascinations concerning the “Arab Spring.” Beyond these current fascinations, there are strategic economic and diplomatic dimensions that require deeper analysis and understanding with regard to relations between …

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Journalism is Not Terrorism: EFF

Electronic Freedom Foundation Calling on Ethiopia to Free Eskinder Nega

By Rainey Reitman | Electronic Freedom Foundation

November 19, 2012

Eskinder Nega, an award-winning journalist who has been imprisoned for over a year, appeared briefly in court to appeal the …

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Some of the poor in Addis Ababa survive on restaurant leftovers

While members of the ruling Woyanne junta and their families plunder the country and buy properties in Western capitals, over one million people in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa are left homeless and many of them depend on restaurant leftovers to

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German’s Heinrich Böll Foundation leaves Ethiopia in protest

(DW) — Named after the German Nobel Prize winner for Literature, the Heinrich Böll Foundation is an NGO promoting democracy and human rights. It is leaving Ethiopia in protest against restrictions on its activities.

“The closure of the …

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Ethiopian Muslim protests show no signs of abating

ADDIS ABABA (IRIN) – Tensions have been simmering over several months between Muslims and the government, with thousands holding demonstrations in protest at the government’s alleged interference in religious affairs; the government has blamed the protests on a small …

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Unity the path to change in Ethiopia: Researcher

The King is dead long live the King

By Graham Peebles

November 14,  2012

It is a new-year in Ethiopia, (belated) happy 2005 one and all. With it comes a new prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, deputy PM under Meles Zenawi …

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A U.S. panel accused Ethiopia’s regime of abusing religious freedom of Muslims

(Reuters) – A U.S. panel on religious freedom accused the Ethiopian government of trying to tighten control of its Muslim minority amid mass protests, saying it is risking greater destabilization of the Horn of Africa region.

Ethiopia, which has long …

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Cloud of uncertainty over Ethiopia after Meles: UK Institute

After Meles: Implications for Ethiopia’s Development

BY  Handino, M., Lind, J. and Mesfin, B |UK Institute of Development Studies

October 2012

Meles Zenawi, the long-serving Ethiopian Prime Minister since 1995 and leader of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) …

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1 million people live in the streets of Addis Ababa (video)

This documentary highlights the abject poverty in Ethiopia’s capital where over 1 million people are homeless and tens of thousands of children survive on trash dump while the khat-addicted dictator spends hundreds of millions of dollars to buy military hardware

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Illiterate Ethiopian children hacked Motorola Xoom tablets

By David Talbot, MIT Technology Review

With 100 million first-grade-aged children worldwide having no access to schooling, the One Laptop Per Child organization is trying something new in two remote Ethiopian villages—simply dropping off tablet computers with preloaded programs and …

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Ethiopian authorities abusing Muslim population: Amnesty International

Ethiopia: Government continues to target peaceful Muslim protest movement

Amnesty International

2 November 2012

Ethiopia: Government continues to target peaceful Muslim protest movement

The Ethiopian authorities are committing human rights violations in response to the ongoing Muslim protest movement in

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Ethiopian journalist honored in Beverly Hills

(LOS ANGELES TIMES) — Reeyot Alemu missed an important dinner engagement in Beverly Hills. But she had a good excuse.

The 31-year-old journalist is jailed in the notoriously brutal, rodent-infested Kaliti prison in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. She’s …

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Ethiopia Muslims stage peaceful protest after Friday prayer

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — As midday prayers came to an end at the Grand Anwar mosque in Ethiopia’s capital, worshippers continued on to what has become a regular second act on Fridays — shouting anti-government slogans.

The demonstrations this …

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Israeli company focuses on Ogaden and Afar lands

By Yonas Abiye | Ethiopianreporter.com

October 27, 2012

Looking at a wide portion of Somali or Afar regions, one might be tempted to call it as …

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Massive protests by Ethiopian Muslims following Eid prayers on Friday

Muslims defied threats by Ethiopia’s TPLF regime as hundreds of thousands marched following Eid prayers on Friday. Protests engulfed not only Addis Ababa, but also other major Ethiopian cities as well.  They asked the government to stop interference in religious …

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A professor’s search for his lost dog in Addis Ababa

A short film about the search for a dog provides a vivid insight into life in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. Directed by Miguel Llansó and Yohannes Feleke. Screened at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam.

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Ethiopian Muslims continue protests, as new PM continues the legacy of interference

By Mohammed Osman

A couple of days after Ethiopia’ new Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn voiced his government’s stubborn stance towards the legitimate demands of the country’s Muslims, the faithful continued their nationwide protests against government interference in religious affairs.

The …

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TPLF boss says Muslim protests have to be stopped

Debretsion Gebremichael, TPLF spy chief who also doubles as Minister of Communication and Information Technology, appears to suggest that the ruling party has mobilized to crush peaceful Muslim protests.  Debretsion used Addis Ababa University as a platform to declare war

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DNA confirms Ethiopian lions are genetically distinct group

By Steve Connor | The Independent

October 11, 2012

A pride of captive lions descended from the private menagerie of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia is genetically distinct from all other lions of Africa, a study has found.

 

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VOA reporter in Addis Ababa detained

(CPJ) Ethiopian authorities should halt their harassment of journalists covering the country’s Muslim community and their intimidation of citizens who have tried to speak to reporters about sensitive religious, ethnic, and political issues, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.…

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Occupy palace – Week 2

It’s been 2 weeks now since the widow of Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi has been refusing to leave the prime minister’s residence in the National Palace. Azeb Mesfin, aka the mother of corruption, is causing a major embarrassment for the …

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Ethiopian Muslims resume protest against government interference

By William Davison

(Bloomberg) — Today, several thousand Ethiopian Muslims protested in the capital, Addis Ababa, against what they say is government interference in the election of Islamic council leaders, a participant said.

An election for the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs …

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ESAT is back on air Ethiopia

Addis Ababa residents confirmed to Ethiopian Review that ESAT is back on air. ESAT also issued the following press release:

ESAT has finalizing testing and is back on air in Ethiopia through New Horn TV.

ESAT Management would like to …

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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

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Addis Ababa donkeys mourn the late Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi

A large group of donkeys residing in Addis Ababa went to the National Palace to pay respect to the late Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi, according to ETV.

On a serious note, the donkeys are better than all the people pigs …

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100,000 children live in the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Children living on the rough streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capitol, describe their days and nights of struggle. To better understand the mentality that keeps the children from seeking help, we speak with Dr. Minas Hiruy, the director of a…
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Addis Ababa abuzz over the news of Al Amoudi’s death/disappearance

Here is what we have been able to gather so far:

1. The biggest news in Addis Ababa and other cities in Ethiopia yesterday and today has been the reported death/disappearance of Ethiopian-Saudi Billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi, even though the …

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BREAKING NEWS: Al Amoudi is dead

Ethio-Saudi billionaire Ato Mohamed Al Amoudi, one of the late dictator Meles Zenawi’s closest friends, has died today in Saudi Arabia after receiving medical treatment in London, Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit sources reported this afternoon.

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Seyoum Mesfin, Sufian Ahmed and Indrias Eshete critically ill

Indrias EsheteUPDATE: A local newspaper is reporting that Prof Indrias Eshete is dead. Read here.

Acting head of the ruling TPLF junta in Ethiopia, Seyoum Mesfin, Finance Minister Sufian Ahmed and former Addis Ababa University President Indrias Eshete are …

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The Misguided Drama of TPLF Diehards

Selam Beyene, PhD

Without regard to the opportunity presented by the death of the late autocrat Meles Zenawi to initiate dialogue, atone for the crimes committed by the ethnic-based regime, and reach out to the vast majority of the Ethiopian …

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Addis Ababa homeless say goodbye to the fallen dictator (video)

Some of the 1 million homeless people in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa went to the National Palace to bid farewell to Meles Zenawi and express their appreciation for every thing he did for them. The homeless people seemed to be …

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Addis Ababa hospital patients dragged out of bed to visit Meles Zenawi’s body (video)

This is unbelievable! Even the North Koreans have not thought about dragging people out of hospitals to cry when they organized a mass hysteria last year following the death of their ‘beloved’ leader Kim Jong II. This is indeed the …

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Bereket Simon forcing Teddy Afro to sing for Meles Zenawi

Teddy AfroWoyanne propaganda chief Bereket Simon, aka Addis Bob, sent his goons to pressure popular Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro to sing a song in memory of the deceased dictator Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian Review has learned.

Teddy has two choices: 1. Sing …

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TPLF junta orders Addis Ababa residents to set up tents for Meles Zenawi funeral

Meles Zenawi 'mourned'
The TPLF junta is pushing its fake grief over the death of the late khat-addicted dictator Meles Zenawi too far. The junta has now ordered Addis Ababa idirs (self-help associations) to setup tents throughout the city to mourn the dictator.…

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Hailemariam Desalegn moves to consolidate power

Boosted by a call from U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday, the acting prime minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, is taking steps to assert his authority, according to Ethiopian Review sources in Addis Ababa.

The ruling TPLF junta is intending …

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Barack Obama hold talks with Hailemariam Desalegn

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Obama Administration continues to push the TPLF junta to accept Hailemariam Desalegn as the new “prime minister.” President Obama’s call to Hailemariam yesterday was part of the U.S. effort to strengthen Hailemariam’s position. However, the mid- and

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Meles Zenawi died of liver cancer – CPJ

* Meles died Monday of liver cancer
* In Ethiopia, Feteh editor jailed during trial

Ethiopian authorities must immediately release Temesghen Desalegn, editor of the leading weekly Feteh, who was ordered jailed today pending his trial on defamation, the Committee …

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The convening of parliament postponed because of TPLF internal revolt

Meles Zenawi tries to cling to power after death
The rubber-stamp parliament in Ethiopia was scheduled to meet today to formally appoint Hailemariam Dessalegn as prime minister, but Ethiopian Review sources in Addis Ababa reported this afternoon that the meeting was abruptly canceled yesterday after Meles Zenawi’s wife Azeb …

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The West’s dramatic hypocrisy in praising Ethiopian tyrant – Forbes

By Thor Halvorssen and Alex Gladstein | Forbes

With the dust beginning to settle on yesterday’s death of Meles Zenawi—ruler of Ethiopia since 1991—Western leaders have been quick to lavish praise on his legacy. A darling of the national security …

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In Meles’ death, as in life, a penchant for secrecy, control

By Mohammed Keitha | CPJ Africa Policy Coordinator

August 21, 2012

Ethiopians awakened this morning to state media reports that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, 57, the country’s leader for 21 years, had died late Monday in an over

The late

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Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi’s body left Brussels (video)

It is a staged event orchestrated by the TPLF’s junta’s propaganda machinery. The truth is that Meles Zenawi’s body arrived in Addis Ababa over 3 weeks ago and had been kept in a freezer at Bole Airport, according to an …

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Meles Zenawi’s body “arrives” at Bole Airport this evening

The TPLF junta is organizing a ceremony for 9 PM (local time) tonight to receive Meles Zenawi’s body. Although they claim that he is being flown from overseas, Ethiopian Review sources report that he has been kept in a freezer …

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Meles Zenawi’s crimes (in photos)

The crimes of Meles Zenawi and his TPLF junta

Prof. Asrat Woldeyes languished 6 years in jail deprived of medical treatment until it was too late
Prof. Asrat Woldeyes

14-year-old Meseret Tadesse gunned down by Meles Zenawi’s soldiers
Meseret Tadesse

AAU students

A satellite image of an …

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TPLF and Addis Abeba

By Yilma Bekele

Dictator Meles Zenawi has not been seen for over three weeks or so. We know he is not in good health after we saw his picture with the Chinese Prime Minister in Mexico. Some are claiming we …

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Ethiopia as a waste disposal

By Yilma Bekele

The embattled former tyrant president of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh is going to settle in Ethiopia. Ethiopia will be his home in exile. Ethiopia was not his first choice. He wanted to settle in Oman his neighbor …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Top 20 Dumbest Politicians in Ethiopia

The 2011 Ethiopian Review Top 20 Dumbest Politicians in Ethiopia

1. Hailemariam Desalegn Hailemariam Desalegn, deputy prime minister of the Woyanne regime, comes from the Wolayita ethnic group in southern Ethiopia, allows himself to be used by his boss Meles Zenawi …

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Why Ethiopians Must Unite, Part Five (a) of Five

Why Ethiopians Must Unite, Part Five (a) of Five

Aklog Birara, PhD

“Give a man a fish and he will eat it for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a life time.”

Confucius

In …

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Awramba Times editor fled the terror in Ethiopia

(Bloomberg) — The managing editor of an independent Ethiopian newspaper fled to the U.S. because he fears his pardon by the government will be revoked.

“I wanted to live in my beloved country,” Dawit Kebede said in an …

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Yenesew Gebre: Give me Liberty or Give me Death!

Give me Liberty or Give me Death! 

On 11/11/11, Yenesew Gebre, a 29 year-old Ethiopian school teacher and human rights activist set himself ablaze outside a public meeting hall in the town of Tarcha located in Dawro Zone in Southern …

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Woyanne presents ‘evidence’ at Elias Kifle et al hearing

Woyanne prosecutor presents what it claims as audio/video ‘evidence’ at Elias Kifle et al kangaroo court hearing in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 – DW Radio. Listen below:

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