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ESAT: Azeb Mesfin driver defects

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Azeb Mesfin arrives in Rome; Sebhat Nega back on the TPLF saddle

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Ethiopian Review has received information that Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi’s wife, Azeb Mesfin, went to Rome, Italy, last night. Two days ago, we had reported that she received an Italian visa.

It is believed that Azeb left the country to escape from Sebhat Nega whom she forced out of the ruling party’s top leadership in 2009 [read here]. She also kicked him out of his chairmanship of the multibillion-dollar conglomerate named Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT) around the same time.

Ever since Meles Zenawi’s absence in the past two weeks, Sebhat Nega has been trying to come back as the TPLF kingmaker. It was Sebhat who engineered Meles Zenawi’s rise to power and he was the second most powerful figure in the ruling party until he was humiliated and kicked out by Azeb.

Sebhat is said to have the support of key TPLF leaders, including Tsegaye Berhe, Abay Woldu, Gen. Se’are Mekonnen, and Getachew Assefa, among others.

Sebhat Nega has no interest to replace Meles Zenawi, according to observers, but he wants to restore his honor and reclaim his status as the kingmaker.

Although Meles’s choice as the next TPLF chief is Berhane Gebrekiristos, Sebhat is vehemently against it, our sources said.

In the midst of all this power struggle inside the ruling party, the regime currently has no leader. The so-called “deputy prime minister,” Hailemariam Desallegn, is a puppet with no power. He is currently in China to attend some meeting. That could be an excuse for him NOT to get caught in the middle of a potentially bloody power struggle among his TPLF masters.

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ENTC seeks diplomatic recognition from the U.S. government

Friday, July 20th, 2012

PRESS RELEASE
20 JULY 2012

Ethiopian National Transitional Council asks for diplomatic recognition from the U.S. government

The newly formed Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) has submitted a formal letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requesting a de jure diplomatic recognition from the U.S. Government.

The letter was submitted to Secretary Clinton by the ENTC’s diplomatic representative in the U.S., Ato Solomon Ephrem.

In the letter, the ENTC states its mission, explains the worsening political, economic and security crisis in Ethiopia, and urges the U.S. Government to help with a peaceful transition to democracy.

The U.S. Government is the first country that the Transitional Council has asked for a diplomatic recognition since it was founded at a 3-day conference in Dallas, Texas, that was convened from July 1 – 3, 2012 with the participation of representatives from over 30 cities and countries.

The Transitional Council plans to submit similar requests to several countries through its diplomatic representatives in the coming few weeks.

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For more info:
ENTC Foreign Relations
85 S. Bragg St. Alexandria VA, 22312 USA
Tel: 202-735-4262
Email: contact@etntc.org
Website: etntc.org

Woyanne arrests Muslim leaders ahead of Friday prayer

Friday, July 20th, 2012

The Woyanne junta has been arresting Ethiopian Muslims leaders ahead of the Friday prayer today. The detainees yesterday include Imam Sayd Ali… state tuned for more updates

[Some of the detained Ethiopian Muslim leaders]

Meles Zenawi is said to be dead – multiple sources

Friday, July 20th, 2012

An Ethiopian Airlines employee, who wants to remain anonymous, informed Ethiopian Review this afternoon that Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi has died 4 days ago. But according to our sources, his bodyguards are still at St. Luc Hospital in Belgium. If Meles is dead, what are they doing in Belgium? Is it a diversionary tactic?

When asked how he found out the information, the EAL employee said that he overheard it by accident on Monday from senior airline officials who are members of the ruling party. He added that he receives Ethiopian Review email updates regularly and decided to contact us with this information after hearing Bereket Simon’s interview this morning and was offended by what he heard.

Coupled with similar information we have been receiving since Sunday from several credible sources, the story about the dictator’s death is gaining more credence by the day.

Woyanne propaganda chief Bereket Simon’s press conference this morning (watch below) raised more questions than answers. Observers speculate that the Woyanne junta could be keeping the dictator’s death secret because there is a growing dissatisfaction with Meles Zenawi’s choice of Berhane Gebrekristos as his successor.

Western money keeps Ethiopians poor, oppressed

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Donor Dollars aiding political repression in Ethiopia

By Graham Peebles | mwcnews.net

July 16, 2012

An ideological poison is polluting all life within Ethiopia, flowing into every area of civil society. Local governance, urban and rural neighbourhoods, farming, education and the judiciary all are washed in Revolutionary Democracy’, the doctrine of the ruling party. Human Rights Watch (HRW) in their detailed report ‘Development without Freedom’ (DWF) quote Ethiopia’s Prime Minister for the last twenty years Meles Zenawi explaining that “when Revolutionary Democracy permeates the entire society, individuals will start to think alike and all persons will cease having their own independent outlook. In this order, individual thinking becomes simply part of collective thinking because the individual will not be in a position to reflect on concepts that have not been prescribed by Revolutionary Democracy.” A society of automatons is the EPRDF vision, The Borg Collective in the Horn of Africa, men women and children of the seventy or so tribal groups of Ethiopia all dancing to one repressive tune sung by the ruling EPRDF.

Dollars and nonsense

Ethiopia receives around $3 billion dollars in long-term development aid each year (second only to Indonesia); this is more than a third of the country’s total annual budget. Funds and resources donated to support the needy, in the hands of the Zenawi regime are being employed as a means of manipulating the Ethiopian people along partisan ideological lines. HRW states in DWF, “the Ethiopian government is using development aid as a tool of political repression by conditioning access to essential government services on support for the ruling party.”

The EPRDF has complete control of funds donated to Ethiopia by the Development Assistance Group (DAG), a consortium of the main donors, including the World Bank, USA, the European Commission and Britain. The government holds the purse strings of every dollar and cent allocated for the four major areas of development work: Protection of Basic Services (PBS), the Productive Safety Net Programme, Public Sector Capacity Building and the General Education Quality Improvement.

The largest single donor is the USA, which in 2011 according to US state department figures “provided $847 million in assistance, including more than $323 million in food aid.” The European Commission gives 400 million and Britain, via the Department Foreign Investment and Development (DFID) has committed £331million ($516million) per year until 2015. The British taxpayers’ pounds according to DFID “will meet the needs of the very poorest and support proven results-driven programmes that will bring healthcare, education and water to millions of people.” Well intentioned perhaps, however in attempting to ‘meet the needs of the very poorest’, as DFID claim, HRW research found that all international development aid, “flows through, and directly supports, a virtual one-party state with a deplorable human rights record, [whose] practices include jailing and silencing critics and media, enacting laws to undermine human rights activity, and hobbling the political opposition.” Facts well known to donors, who are content it seems to allow, indeed support the politicization of aid, a catalogue of human rights violations and the widespread suppression of the people,forced to live in an ideological straight jacket fastened tight by agents of the Zenawi government, at national, regional and community level.

Conditional support

The EPRDF government controls all areas of government and civil society in Ethiopia, from the judiciary to the classroom, the media to the farm, telecommunication and the banks.

The EPRDF controls all areas of government and civil society in Ethiopia, from the judiciary to the classroom, the media to the farm, telecommunication and the banks. Its reach into urban neighborhoods and rural communities was greatly increased before the 2008 elections, when the number of seats in the woreda and kebele were expanded from 15 to 300. Only the EPRDF was able to field candidates in all councils and with opposition parties largely boycotting the unfair elections, the EPRDF ‘won’ over 99.9% of the seats, meaning as HRW state “the ruling party had total control of the rural majority of the Ethiopian population.”

Through the regional offices of the woreda and kebele the government exercises its ability to control ordinary rural and urban Ethiopians; it is here that the administration of daily life takes place. Local offices approve or reject, applications from farmers for seeds and fertilizer, decide on micro credit support, distribute food to the needy (10 – 20 million rely on food aid), allocate education and employment opportunities, issue business permits and ID cards. The result, as HRW state is “state/party officials have significant influence over the livelihoods of citizens.” An understatement, in fact they govern all aspects of life, within the city or the village, for the teacher or the judge, the women seeking to start a small business, or the Mother desperate to feed her family. All are at the mercy of government officials.

Emergency food relief is given as part of the PBS program, a highly expensive complex development scheme, which assigns around $1 billion a year reports HRW, in a “block grant to the federal government,” they disperse the funds through their kebele’s and woreda offices. Distribution is based not on need, but on political association, support the opposition groups in Ethiopia and find your name scratched from the food aid list and go hungry, HRW found “the partisan allocation of food aid, [is] a problem that has been anecdotally reported in many areas and over many years in Ethiopia, especially in recent years in Somali region.” Such political discrimination of food aid distribution is not only immoral; it is in violation of international law. Farmers who Express dissent towards the government have the agricultural seeds and fertilizer needed to grow crops for their family and community withheld, voice concern over local governance as a teacher and find your career destroyed and your job taken away. HRW found “the EPRDF controls every woreda in the country, and can discriminate against any household or kebele within these administrative areas.” Given such repressive illegal actions it is inexplicable that the DFID in its Plan For Ethiopia (PFE) state the government shows “a strong commitment to fight corruption.” What the EPRDF shows is a strong commitment to suppress dissent, silence all critical voices and control the people utterly.

Big Ethiopian brother

Ethiopia is a one party state, with no freedom of speech, or assembly nor freedom of the media and where opposition forces critical of the government are silenced in the most brutal fashion. It is puzzling then, that the DFID (PFE) states, “Ethiopia has also made some progress toward establishing a functioning democracy,” It is certainly not an image of democracy recognizable to anyone who holds human rights and freedom of expression central to such an ideal and is contradicted by USAID’s statement in its Strategy Plan for Ethiopia where they acknowledge the“$13 million+ that USAID/Ethiopia invested between 2006 and 2010 specifically to promote democratic transition produced little in the way of tangible results, and specific programs have been the subject of stalling and even outright hostility.” The DFID however, go on to compound the misrepresentation asserting, “Ethiopia has achieved a strong degree of political stability through decentralized regional government.” If by ‘stability’ the DFID mean lack of popular resistance to imposed governance, through the fearful subjugation of the people, then yes this the EPRDF has succeeded in doing.

Opposition to the government is not tolerated nor is there decentralized governance, as Thomas Staal, USAID Mission Director to Ethiopia recently stated, and “the [Ethiopian] government wants to be able to control political space very carefully The kebele, woreda and sub kebele’s are extensions of central government, carrying out the divisive partisan policies of the EPRDF, the sole expression of democratic principles in Ethiopia are those found within constitutional articles, that sit neatly filed upon ministerial shelves, collecting dust, as HRW make clear “democracy [is] a hollow concept in a country steered by a powerful party-driven government in which the distinction between party and state is almost impossible to define.” And In their report “One Hundred Ways of Putting Pressure Violations of Freedom of Expression and Association in Ethiopia“ HRW echo USAID’s comment, observing that “despite the lip service given to democracy and human rights, respect for core civil and political rights such as freedom of expression and association in Ethiopia is deteriorating.” DFID officials it seems have been duped by a plethora of conformist federal laws and signatures to multiple international treatises, into accepting the word of a government that terrifies its people and tramples on international human rights law.

Partisan monitoring

Not only are all key development programs implemented by the EPRDF, but also monitoring is also undertaken in partnership with government agencies. Objective accurate monitoring is essential in determining the effectiveness of development programs; it is difficult to see how unbiased data can be collected under such highly restrictive circumstances.  HRW makes the point that “donors should recognize that Ethiopia’s own accountability systems are moribund, and that the principal barrier to detecting distortion is the Ethiopian government.” Their view that independent monitoring “is needed (without the participation of the Ethiopian Government)” is clearly correct and the bare minimum donors should insist on.

In its wisdom however, the DFID – a key donor, whilst recognizing the importance of monitoring appears happy to rely on the Ethiopian government, in which they naively invest such trust. They plan to “continue to monitor progress using national data drawn from administrative and survey sources,” i.e. the Ethiopian government. This demonstration of neglect by the DFID is an abdication of duty not only to British taxpayers, but also to the people of Ethiopia, who the EPRDF, with the help of international donors, continue to suppress and intimidate. They cannot and should not be trusted, HRW Deputy Director Jan England’s Open Letter to DFID Secretary of State Andrew Mitchell makes this plain, “the Ethiopian government is extremely resistant to scrutiny the British government and other donors to Ethiopia should not allow the Ethiopian government to dictate the terms on which British public money is monitored, and every effort should be made to prevent British development aid from strengthening authoritarian rule and repression.”

Ideological imposition

At the core of the EPRDF’s suppression and disregard for human rights is an ideological obsession. Revolutionary Democracy. Evangelical party political indoctrination takes place in within schools, teacher training institutions, the civil service and the judiciary. All contrary to international law, the Ethiopian constitution and federal laws, composed to conform to universal legal standards, conveniently cited by politician and diplomats, ignored and unenforced they mean nothing to the people.

School children above grade 10 (aged 15/16 years) are required to attend training sessions in the party ideology, policies on economic development, land sales and education. Admission to university, although not legally the case is implicitly dependent upon membership of the party, HRW found “students were under the impression that they needed party membership cards to gain admission to university.” The EPRDF stamp is also required to secure government jobs after graduation. All teachers, civil servants and judges are under pressure to tow the party line, to join the EPRDF and follow its doctrine, failure to do so impacts on employment and career prospects. Ethiopia’s largest donor, the USA, in the State Department human rights country report for 2011 notes, “Students in schools and universities were indoctrinated in the core precepts of the ruling EPDRF party’s concept of “revolutionary democracy…. the ruling party “stacks” student enrolment at Addis Ababa University… Authorities did not permit teachers at any level to deviate from official lesson plans and actively prohibited partisan political activity and association of any kind.”

Educational brainwashing of course contravenes the Ethiopian constitution, which clearly states in Article 90/2 “Education shall be provided in a manner that is free from any religious influence, political partisanship or cultural prejudice.” Words, righteous and legally binding are of no concern to Zenawi, his ministers, foreign diplomats and the cadres or spies who patrol the city neighbourhoods, university campus and civil service offices, infiltrate villages and towns of rural Ethiopia intimidating and blackmailing the people. International donors however, should be deeply concerned and take urgent actions to stop such violations of national and international law and the politicisation of aid distribution including emergency food relief.

Mixed Motives distorted action

Western governments reasons for providing development aid to Ethiopia are both humanitarian and strategic, USAID in its country plan, calls Ethiopia “the most strategically important partner in the region,” and the DFID states, “Ethiopia matters to the UK for a range of development, foreign policy and security reasons.”

Regional stability and the ‘fight against terrorism’ is cited as justification for continuing to support the EPRDF, in spite of extensive human rights abuses, the partisan distribution of aid and state terrorism. In fact, far from bringing stability to the area, the Zenawi regime is a cause of instability, this Anna Gomez makes plain “the Al-Shabab militia [Islamist group in Somalia] have only grown stronger [emphasis mine] and survival has been made more difficult since Ethiopian troops invaded in 2006, at the behest of George W. Bush.”

With conflicting interests, some might say corrupt and corrupting, donor countries find themselves funding a deeply repressive violent regime, enabling a coordinated policy of ideological indoctrination to take place, as HRW found “the government has used donor-supported programs, salaries, and training opportunities as political weapons to control the population, punish dissent, and undermine political opponents” Western donors silence and complicity in the face of such violations of international law is as Anna Gomez rightly says in the Bureau of Investigative Journalism 4th August 2011 “letting down all those who fight for justice and democracy and increasing the potential for conflict in Ethiopia and in Africa.”

The politicization and manipulation of aid distribution by the EPRDF violates international law and all standards of moral decency. Those providing aid must take urgent action to ensure this illegal practice comes to an end. Donors are well aware of the human rights abuses taking place, but have turned a blind eye to the repression of civil and political rights and a deaf ear to the cries of the many for justice and freedom. Western governments silence amounts to collusion; it is a gross misuse of taxpayer’s money and a betrayal, of international human rights laws and the Ethiopian people.

Graham is Director of The Create Trust, a UK registered charity, supporting fundamental social change and the human rights of individuals in acute need.

የመለስ ዜናዊ የጤና ሁኔታ ውዥንብር

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

በጥሩ የጤና ሁኔታ ላይ እንደሚገኙ ማስታወቁን የሃገር ውስጥና የውጭ የዚና ወኪሎች ዘግበዋል ። ስለ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር መለስ የጤና ሁኔታ ለማጣራት ዶቼቬለ የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ባለሥልጣናትንም ሆነ የቤልጂግ የውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስቴርን ሃላፊዎችን ለማነጋገር ያደረገው ሙከራ አልተሳካም።

የኢትዮጵያ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር አቶ መለስ ዜናዊ መታመማቸውና ህክምና ላይ የመሆናቸው ጭምጭምታ መሰማት ከጀመረ ጥቂት ወራት ተቆጥረዋል ። የጤናቸው ሁኔታ አነጋጋሪነት ተጠናክሮ የቀጠለው ግን መለስ ሰኔ መጨረሻ ላይ በኢትዮጵያ የህዝብ ተወካዮች ምክር ቤት ስበሰባ ላይ ሳያገኙና በኃላም ባለፈው ሳምንት እሁድና ሠኞ በተካሄደው የአፍሪቃ ህብረት የመሪዎች ጉባኤ ላይ ሳይካፈሉ ከቀሩ በኋላ ነው ። ባላፈው ሳምንት መጨረሻ ላይ ደገሞ ብራስልስ ቤልጅየም ውስጥ በሚገኝ ሉክ በተባለ ሆስፒታል ታከሙ የተባሉት አቶ መለስ ሳያርፉ አልቀረም የሚሉ መላምቶችም መሰንዘር ጀምረው ነበር ። እነዚህን የመሳሰሉ የተለያዩ አስተያየቶች ከተለያዩ ምንጮች ሲሰሙ ከኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት በኩል ስለ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር መለስ የጤና ሁኔታ ምንም ነገር ሳይባል መታመማቸው በአፍሪቃ ህብረት ጉባኤ ወቅት ነበር በይፋ የተነገረው። በአዲሱ የአፍሪቃ የልማት አጋርነት ወይም ኔፓድ ስበሰባ መክፈቻ ላይ የሴኔጋሉ ፕሬዝዳንት ማክ ሳሊ መለስ በጤና እክል ምክንያት አለመገኘታቸውን ካሳወቁ በኋላ የኢትዮጵያ ምክትል ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ኃይለ ማርያም ደሳለኝ ብሉምበርግ ለተባለው የመገናኛ ብዙሃን በሰጡት ቃለ ምልልስ አቶ መለስ ከባድ ሳይሆን ቀላል ህመም እንዳጋጠማቸው ፣ እንደማንኛውም ስው ህክምና እንደሚያስፈልጋቸውና በቅርቡም እንደሚመለሱ ተናግረዋል ። የፈረንሳይ ዜና አገልግሎት ኤ.ኤፍ.ፒ ትንንት ባሰራጨው ዜና ግን የኢትዮጵያ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር አቶ መለስ ዜናዊ በጠና ታመው ብራሰልስ ቤልጅየም ውስጥ በሚገኝ ሆስፒታል ህክምና እንድተደረገላቸው አንዳንድ ዲፕሎማቶች መናገራቸውን አስታውቋል። በዚሁ ዘገባ የ 57 ዓመቱ የአቶ መለስ የጤና ሁኔታ አስጊ መሆኑ ተጠቁሟል ። ሆኖም የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ቃል አቀባይ አቶ በረከት ስምኦን፦ አቶ መለስ «በጠና አልታመሙም፤ ጤናቸውም በጥሩ ሁኔታ ላይ ይገኛል» ማለታቸዉን ኤ.ኤፍ.ፒ. በዘገባው ጠቅሷል።

አቶ መለስ ብራሰልስ ውስጥ ህክምና እየተደረገላቸው ስለመሆን አለመሆኑ በብራሰልስ የኢትዮጵያ ኤምባሲ ማብራሪያ እንዲሰጠን ከዶቼቬለ የአማርኛዉ ክፍል ከትናንት በስተያ ላቀረብነዉ ጥያቄ፦- ኤምባሲዉ በኢሜይል በላከልን መልስ፤ አቶ መለስ በህክምና ላይ ናቸው መባሉን «ሃሰትና ስህተት» በማለት ገልፆ ታመሙ የሚለዉን ዜና «የሃሰት ታሪኮችን በማሰራጨት በተጠመዱና በተወሰኑ ወገኖች የተፈጠረ» በማለት አጣጥሎታል። ኤምባሲው ይህን ቢልም የፈረንሳይ ዜና አገልግሎት ግን አቶ መለስ ለተወሰኑ ቀናት ብራሰልስ ከሚገኙት ዋና ዋና ሆስፒታሎች በአንዱ በግል መደበኛ ህክምና እንደተደረገላቸው ብራሰልስ የሚገኙ አንዳንድ ዲፕሎማቶች መናገራቸውን አስታውቋል።

ዶቼቬለ ስለ መለስ የጤና ሁኔታ ከኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ባለሥልጣናት መረጃ ለማግኘት ከዚህ ሳምንት መጀመሪያ አንስቶ በተደጋጋሚ ያደረገው ሙከራ አልተሳካም ። አቶ መለስ ብራሰልስ መታከም አለመታከማቸውን እንዲያረጋግጥ ዶቼቬለ ለቤልጂግ ውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስቴር መስሪያ ቤት ጥያቄ ቢያቀርብም የመስሪያ ቤቱ ምክትል ቃል አቃባይ በዚህ ጉዳይ ላይ ምንም ዓይነት መግለጫ ሆነ ማስተባበያም እንደማይሰጡን ነው በስልክ የነገሩን ። ሆኖም ሪፖርተር ጋዜጣ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትሩ በመጪዎቹ ጥቂት ቀናት ውስጥ የውጭ ሕክምና ክትትላቸውን ጨርሰው ወደኢትዮጵያ እንደሚመለሱ የምንጮቹን ማንነት ሳይገልፅ ዘግቧል። በዚሁ ዘገባ እንደተጠቆመው መለስ፣ ወደአገራቸው ሲመለሱ ወዲያውኑ ሥራ እንደማይጀምሩና ለተወሰኑ ጊዜያት ካለባቸው ከባድ ኃላፊነት ርቀው ዕረፍት እንዲያደርጉ በሐኪሞቻቸው መመከራቸውን ማንነታቸውን ካልጠቀሳቸው ምንጮች መስማቱን ሪፖርተር አስታውቋል። የሕመማቸውም ምክንያትም የሥራጫና መሆኑ ነው የተመለከተው ።ይህን መረጃ ግን ከመንግሥት ባለሥልጣናት ማረጋገጥ አልቻልንም።

ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትሩ ሕክምናቸውን ሲከታተሉበት የቆዩበት አገር ለደኅንነታቸው ሲባል እንዳይገለጽ ጠይቀዋል ያላቸው ምንጮቹ፣ ከፍተኛ የመንግሥት ባለሥልጣናት መለስን ያሉበት ድረስ ሄደው እንደጎበኙዋቸውም ዘግቧል። ላለፉት 21 ዓመታት ኢትዮጵያን በፕሬዝዳትነት እንዲሁም በጠቅላይ ሚኒስትርነት የመሩት አቶ መለስ ዜናዊ 20 ዓመት ሳይሞላቸው ነበር የህክምና ትምህርታቸውን አቋርጠው የደርግ መንግሥትን ለመውጋት የትግራይ ህዝብ ነፃ አውጭ ግንባር ህወሀትን የተቀላቀሉት። በ1981 ዓም የግንባሩን መሪነት የተረከቡት መለስ ከዓመታት በኋላ ግንባሩ ከሌሎች ድርጅቶች ጋር ተዋህዶ የመሰረተው፣ የአሁኑ ገዥ ፓርቲ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝቦች አብዮታዊ ዲሞክራሲያዊ ግንባር ኢህአዲግ ሊቀመንበርም ናቸው። በተቃዋሚዎችና በሰበዓዊ መብት ተሟጋቾች ሰብዓዊ መብትን በመጣስ የፕሬስ ነፃነትን በመጨቆንና ተቃዋሚዎችን በማዋከብ የሚወገዙት መለስ በደጋፊዎቻቸው ደግሞ ባለራዕይ መሪ ተደረገው ይወደሳሉ። ለጊዜው የመለስ ህመም ምንነትም ሆነ ለምን ያህል ጊዜ ከህዝብ እይታ ተሰውረው እንደሚቆዩ ግልፅ አይደለም። በአፍሪቃ ህብረት የመሪዎች ጉባኤ ላይ እርሳቸውን ተክተው የተገኙት ምክትል ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ኃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ ናቸው። አቶ ኃይለ ማርያም እስከ መቼ የእሳቸውን ቦታ ሸፍነው እንደሚሰሩም በግልፅ የታወቀ ነገር የለም።

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Meles Ashebari Zenawi and death

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

By Yilma Bekele

It has been two weeks now since our conversation has been revolving around the dictator. We know for sure he is not well but beyond that no one has come up with any credible explanation for his absence. Rumors, counter rumors, news updates, breaking news have become so ubiquitous Meles Ashebari Zenawi has taken over all the news. His illness has managed to show our psychological make up and our current level of interpreting the news and how we act on it.

As usual what we present in public and what we say in private are two aspects of our forever split personality. Privately we are filled with glee and can’t wait to show our unsurpassed pleasure at his demise while officially we are pictures of reserved behavior and civilized pleasantries. Our reporters did not fare any better. Their updates are based on rumors; unvetted news and personal wishes bundled as current information. We have plenty of work to do.

It is a shame that our media can’t even send someone to St. Luc University Hospital in Brussels and report the news. They might not be able to get his charts but I am sure it is possible to confirm he is there and is receiving medical care. I am also sure there are sympathetic Ethiopians, fellow refugees and well meaning Belgians who work there and that are willing and forthcoming with his condition anonymously. It is the job of the reporter to search and look under the stone to uncover news of interest. I am also sure with a little legwork it is possible to confirm the comings and goings of the dictator from Bole airport with all the details that make the story credible. This idea of using the ‘National inquirer’ method of reporting is not what we deserve.

The failure of our media has become the cause of this tsunami of mis information, dis information and Woyane lies that has made our understanding of the situation very shameful and ugly. It has added unnecessary aspect to the event and made us digress from the point at hand that is discussing the repercussions of the incapacitation or death of the dictator.

It is very disconcerting to see that we have become uninvolved spectators of our own story. Instead of the foreign media coming to us for explanation and analysis we the subjects are reduced to quoting AFP and Bloomberg to tell us about our own affair. I would have found it a lot better and interesting if our reporters paid attention to the people that would be affected by the unfolding event and given us different perspective from our own point of view. Plastering our websites with what some ferenji said sitting in his London, New York or Nairobi office does not make the news any credible. Interviewing people in Ethiopia, Washington DC, Cape Town or Beirut on how they feel about the news, how it will affect them and what their worries are is a better way of gauging the pulse of the public. As usual we validate ourselves by what others say about us.

As it stands now this unhealthy emphasis on the health or illness of an individual has managed to dominate the conversation instead of using the opportunity to blaze new trails and focus on what should be done to bring freedom and democracy to our suffering ancient land. That is where I want to gear this conversation since our ever-loving God has presented us with a good opportunity to bring a new dawn and a bright future to mother Ethiopia.

We have to stop reading the tealeaves or in our case the coffee cup and telling our people who is up, who is in or who is out. In the scheme of the on going situation it really don’t matter and this obsession with idiot personalities does not do our situation any good. What we got here is as follows. Meles Ashebari Zenawi is not well. What ailment he is suffering from is not really important. If we know whether he will make it or not will be good to know, but even that is not that important to the conversation we should be having. We know there are no rules of succession in cases like we are confronted with now. He was the person in charge and he determines who comes after him due to the fact that he controls the economy thru control of the Banks and Party affiliated businesses. He controls the military thru appointment of all high-ranking officials from his Tigreans ethnic group; He controls the Security, Federal Police and the Judiciary. He controls body politics by the creation of all the satellite ethnic parties and the Parliament. Control of all these vital organs of government enables him to control the civil service and bureaucracies thus achieving a total strangle hold on our country.

This is the situation in a nutshell. His incapacitation or sudden death leaves a big void. That is the void we should be discussing on how to fill so we avoid the situation that created the problem we find our selves in at the moment. Spending our time and energy on gossip, Mamo kilo stories and idiotic fantasies is not going to help. What are the forces that are arrayed in front of us to sabotage transforming our nation on the path of democracy and freedom? The one and only stumbling block facing us no other than the TPLF party. It is the only entity that will work overtime and pay any sacrifice to keep the status quo. The current arrangement of forces has been very kind to TPLF and the Tigrai ethnic group asscociated with it. Denying this fact is willful ignorance. This does not mean others have not benefited from the way things are today but the fact of the matter is that like little puppies they are satisfied by sniffing and picking up crumbs thrown their way. I doubt any one will claim to have sat on the same table as the TPLF and gotten a fair share of the Injera on the Meseob. Claiming otherwise is denial of reality.

Our job is to find a way to use the current confusion in the ruling junta and confronting them, intensifying contradiction among them and creating the conditions for inheritors of this broken system to think twice before embarking on costly repair of a rotten system that is currently on life support. This is not done thru talk or this current love affair of peaceful revolution. This fantasy has to be laid to rest. It is a smoke screen and utterly useless scenario advocated by none other than TPLF and the educated but ignorant among us. Talk unless transformed into action is nothing other than a complete waste of time. I am not even going to dignify such concept by giving a rational answer. You can keep talking but please leave me out of it.

‘Non violent resistance’ or ‘Peaceful resistance’ is one of those terms that is being bastardized by us brave Ethiopians. It has become the answer by those who are afraid to get their fingers dirty by actually doing something unpleasant as following talk with action. The truth of the matter is peaceful resistance by the oppressed does not mean their plea for freedom will not be answered by violence by the regime that feels threatened by any kind of change. That is how the situation in Syria started by ordinary people demanding a breathing room. The regime has not stopped the killing but at least now they are getting their own medicine back. I am sure all sane Syrians would prefer for the violence to stop but that is not going to happen. Assad and his Alawit tribesmen are not willing to share power and the people are not willing to be treated like second-class citizens in their own country. Check counter check is in play.

In Ethiopia the regime is in the process of trying to buy time to resolve the contradiction created by the dictator in deathbed. The system worked when one person was in charge but now they have to come to some kind of understanding to be able to keep their criminally gotten power and wealth. As is the case always thieves find themselves in a state of contradiction not during the robbery but during the sharing of the loot. It is important we stop being spectators in this drama but find a way to force ourselves on the stage so we can be part of the play. The Ethiopian people and all opposition have to dig deep into their resources and devise ways to sabotage this deal-making going on. You can call it anything you want whether non-violent resistance, civil disobedience, sabotage or anything as long as it is geared to create havoc on the current illegal structure that has been destabilizing the health and well being of our people. It can assume the South African way where they burned tires and apartheid dogs and closed the streets, the Libyan way of taking one village at a time, the Syrian way we saw today of vaporizing those that conspire together to kill their own people, the Egyptian way of convincing the Military to refuse illegal orders to shoot or the EPRP way of dealing with enemies of the people to set example to others waiting in line.

I can see the empty cry from well meaning people, the condemnation by pretentious friends and the crocodile tears by the peaceful resistance advocates. Please spare me your civilized ways. Some will say ‘hey, you are not over there so it is easy to advocate all this’ my response is where have you been the last twenty years when Woyane has been carrying out violence against our people. Where were you 2005 when Meles murdered all those young people and imprisoned over forty thousand of our citizens? I live in good old USA. The violence done against me is mental the violence done against my people is physical. Unless they decide to rise up and confront Woyane the violence will continue unabated. With or without Meles the TPLF violent rule will continue. Our people will live in misery and our children will die in the jungles of Africa, the seas of Arabia and our daughters will be slaves of unsympathetic and degenerate Arabs. Like the brave Egyptians, the resourceful Libyans the gallant Syrians our people have to find that ‘enough’ moment and take the struggle to a higher level. Pleading has not worked. Relying on ethnic identity has not born fruits. Silence is not the answer. Resolute confrontation of evil is the only way. Like the road charted by our Muslim brothers and sisters the only thing that evil is afraid of is unity and resolve.

Let us stop creating useless news and headlines that does not move our struggle forward. Let us not dwell on the machinations of the evil system and its inheritors but focus on our strength and our dreams for our future. Let us stop quoting every ferenji to tell us about ourselves but make our own news and our own analysis. Let us try to do the job ourselves instead of waiting or blaming those that have a completely different vision for our beautiful homeland. Who else can do the job better than us?

Power of Reconciliation by Teshale Sebro

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

ይህች ምድር የሁላችንም ናትና በኢትዮጵያ ጉዳዮች ላይ የጋራ መግባባት መፍጠር አለብን::

By Haile Mulu  Dated: Sunday, 08 July 2012 00:00

አቶ ተሻለ ሰብሮ፣ የኢራፓ ፕሬዚዳንት

ምርጫ 97ን ተከትሎ በኅብረተሰቡ ዘንድ የተፈጠረውን ከፖለቲካ የመሸሽ ሁኔታ ለማስተካከልና ተስፋ የቆረጠውን ሕዝብ ተስፋ የማለምለም ራዕይ ሰንቆ መቋቋሙን የሚናገረው የኢትዮጵያ ራዕይ ፓርቲ (ኢራፓ)፣ የተመሠረተበትን ሦስተኛ ዓመት በቅርቡ አክብሯል፡፡

የፓርቲዎች የጋራ ምክር ቤት አባል የሆነው ኢራፓ ሰሞኑን ለገዢው ፓርቲና ለተለያዩ ባለድርሻ አካላት የብሔራዊ መግባባት ጥሪ አቅርቧል፡፡ አቶ ተሻለ ሰብሮ የፓርቲው ፕሬዚዳንት ናቸው፡፡ ፓርቲው ባቀረበው የብሔራዊ መግባባት ጥሪና በሌሎች ተያያዥ አገራዊ ጉዳዮች ኃይሌ ሙሉ አነጋግሯቸዋል፡፡

ሪፖርተር፡- ኢራፓ ብሔራዊ መግባባት ያስፈልጋል የሚል ሐሳብ ይዞ መጥቷል፡፡ ብሔራዊ መግባባት ማለት ምን ማለት ነው? እንዴት ነው የሚገለጸው?

አቶ ተሻለ፡- በእንግሊዝኛው ብዙ ስያሜዎች አሉት፡፡ ‹‹National Reconciliation›› ይባላል፡፡ ‹‹National Dialogue›› ይባላል፡፡ ‹‹National Debate›› ይባላል፡፡ ብዙ ስሞች አሉት፡፡ የዚያን ቀጥተኛ ትርጉም ለመናገር ፈልገን አይደለም፡፡ በመሠረቱ ዓላማችን በሰላማዊ ትግል የተሻለችና የተሻሻለች ጠንካራ ኢትዮጵያን መመሥረት ከሆነ ከብሔራዊ መግባባት የተሻለ አማራጭ የለም፡፡ ወደድንም ጠላንም ወቅቱ የሚጠይቀን ይህንን ብቻ ነው፡፡

ብሔራዊ መግባባት ስንል ተራ እርቅ አይደለም፡፡ ተራ ሽምግልና አይደለም፡፡
ከዚህ ቀደም ብዙ ፓርቲዎች፣ ብዙ ግለሰቦችና ብዙ ጋዜጠኞች ብሔራዊ እርቅ ይደረግ ሲሉ ሰምተናል፡፡ ትክክል ናቸው፡፡ ነገር ግን ያ የመጨረሻ ምዕራፍ ነው፡፡ ከብሔራዊ እርቅ አስቀድሞ የኢትዮጵያ አጀንዳ በሚመለከታቸው አካላት መካከል ብሔራዊ ውይይት መጀመር አለበት፡፡ ብሔራዊ ውይይት ወደ ብሔራዊ መግባባት፣ ብሔራዊ መግባባት ደግሞ ወደ ብሔራዊ እርቅ ይመራንና ይደመደማል፡፡ የፖለቲካ ሰዎች፣ መሪዎች፣ ጉዳዩ የሚመለከታቸው ግለሰቦችና የፕሬስ ሰዎች አንዱ በሌላው ላይ ሳይጠቁም፣ ጠርዝና ጠርዝ ይዞ የቃላት የጥላቻ ፖለቲካ ከማራመድ ባለፈ ተቀራርበው በአገሪቱ ዋና ዋና አጀንዳዎች ላይ ውይይት ማካሄድ አለባቸው፡፡ ክርክር ማካሄድ አለባቸው፡፡ ያ ወደ ብሔራዊ መግባባት ይወስደንና በሁሉም በአገሪቱ ጉዳዮች ላይ ሰፋ ያለ አካል ተፈጥሮ ብሔራዊ እርቅ የሚቀርጽ ሥራ ይሠራል፡፡

ሪፖርተር፡- ብሔራዊ መግባባትን አልፎ በቀጥታ ወደ ብሔራዊ እርቅ መግባት አይቻልም?

አቶ ተሻለ፡- አሁን ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ለብሔራዊ መግባባትም ሆነ ለብሔራዊ እርቅ የሚመች ሁኔታ አለ ወይ? ብለን መጠየቅ ይገባናል፡፡ ጊዜው እያለፈብን ነው፡፡ እንዲያውም የእኛ ስጋት 11ኛው ሰዓት ላይ ደርሰናል የሚል ነው፡፡ ዕድሎች እያመለጡን ነው፡፡

ሪፖርተር፡- አሥራ አንደኛው ሰዓት ላይ ደርሰናል ለማለት ያስደፈረዎት ምክንያት ምንድን ነው?

አቶ ተሻለ፡- አሥራ አንደኛው ሰዓት ላይ ምን ሊመጣ እንደሚችል ማየት አለብን፡፡ የአገራችን ነባራዊ ሁኔታዎች ምን ይመስላሉ ብሎ ማየት ያስፈልጋል፡፡ የፖለቲካ ቋንቋ አለ፡፡ ለምሳሌ ገዥው ፓርቲ አባላቱን ይገመግማቸዋል፡፡ በመስመር ውስጥ ናቸው አይደሉም? ተልዕኳቸውን ይወጣሉ አይወጡም? ብሎ ይገመግማል፡፡ እኛ ደግሞ በአገራችን ጉዳይ ላይ ኢሕአዴግ እንደ አንድ ባለቤትና ባለጉዳይ ሆኖ ሌሎች የፖለቲካ ሽኩቻዎችን ትተን ዜጐች፣ ምሁራን፣ የፕሬስ ሰዎች ሁሉም ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ያለውን የውስጥ ተጨባጭ ሁኔታ መገምገም አለብን፡፡ ለምሳሌ በሃይማኖት ጥያቄዎች፣ በሰብዓዊ መብት አጠባበቅ፣ በዲሞክራሲ ጥያቄዎች፣ በኢንቨስትመንትና በአገር ልማት አካሄድና በመሳሰሉት አንኳር አገራዊ ጉዳዮች ላይ ተወያይቶ ሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዊ ወደ አንድ መግባባት መድረስ እንዳለበት የሚያሳዩ ጠቋሚ ምልክቶች አሉ፡፡ አዎ ልማት ይካሄዳል፡፡ ግን ልማቱ የሌሎችን ዜጐች ዲሞክራሲያዊ መብት የሚነካ ነው ወይስ አይደለም? ብለን መነጋገር አለብን፡፡ ልማቱን እንደግፋለን፡፡ ይህንን ልማት አብዛኛው ዜጋ የእኔ ነው ብሎ መቀበል አለበት፡፡ ዜጋው ዲሞክራሲያዊ መብቱና ተሳትፎው ሲረጋገጥለት ነው ልማቱ የእኔ ነው ብሎ የሚጠብቀውና የሚንከባከበው፡፡ ደርግ አንዳንድ ቦታዎች ላይ ግድቦች ገድቦ ነበር፡፡ ደርግ በወደቀ በሰዓታት ልዩነት እነኛ ግድቦች ፈርሰዋል፡፡ ለምሳሌ ሀዲያ ውስጥ አንድ ቦታ ላይ ለምንም አገልግሎት በማይውል መሬት ላይ ልማት ይካሄድ ሲባል ሕዝቡ አልሳተፍም አለ፡፡ ደርግ ሲወድቅ በብዙ ሚሊዮኖች ወጪ የተገነባው ግድብ ፈረሰ፡፡ ጨለምተኛ ሆኜ ክፉ ነገር   … (CONTINUED)

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HEBRET Circle

Petition Obama to Stop Supporting Meles Zenawi & TPLF

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Those of you who are comfortable with putting your name behind the cause of seeing Meles Government fall, please sign the petition. This is not just to attempt to make a change. This is about standing together with your fellow Ethiopians in Solidarity. If we can’t sign a petition that takes a minute, what other change do we expect to make in our country or in our lives. If you believe that Meles TPLF regime should remain in power, please disregard this message.

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Selam Ashenafi Mentire

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Tsion Tesfaye

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Click on either picture above and ask Selam or Tsion about their petition drive.  We as Ethiopians cannot get things to change if we do not organize and petition the US government for relief and justice for our home Ethiopia.

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Meles Zenawi “may not survive” — The UK Telegraph

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Meles Zenawi, the Ethiopian prime minister, is in a “critical” condition in hospital in Brussels and may not survive, according to diplomatic sources.

ByAislinn Laing, Johannesburg and Bruno Waterfield in Brussels | The Telegraph

The 57-year-old premier dictator has not been seen publicly for several weeks and missed a crunch African Union summit his country was hosting at the weekend at which a new chair was elected.

The Ethiopian government Woyanne junta has confirmed that he is unwell but repeated promises of updates on his condition have been delayed.

On Wednesday, a Western diplomatic source in Brussels told the Telegraph that he is now “critically ill”.

“He is being treated as a private person and the information is confidential but it is understood that he is critically ill,” the diplomat said.

Mr Zenawi is thought to be receiving treatment for an unspecified condition at the Saint Luc University Hospital in Brussels. The hospital is a centre for the treatment of blood or “haematological” cancers.

Other diplomats told the AFP that Mr Zenawi might not survive his illness.

“He is in a critical state, his life is in danger,” said one.

“He is in a critical state but is alive,” another added.

Ethiopia’s ambassador in Brussels and the hospital authorities refused to comment on the reports.

In Addis Ababa, however, Bereket Simon, a government spokesman, insisted that Mr Zenawi, who has held power in the populous Horn of Africa nation for over two decades, was recovering. “He is not in a critical state. He is in good condition,” he told AFP.

Questions surfaced about Mr Meles’s health when he missed a two-day African Union summit Sunday and Monday in Addis Ababa, apparently for the first time since 1991. He was last seen looking thin and pale at the G20 summit in Mexico in June.

Whatever Mr Zenawi’s condition, anger is growing among Ethiopians at the refusal of his government to provide clarity on the situation and speculation has begun to swirl about possible successors.

The one-time Marxist, who toppled the brutal dictatorship of Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991, has run Ethiopia through strongly centralised control for two decades and analysts struggle to envisage how the country would be operate without him.

Adjoa Anyimadu, Chatham House’s Horn of Africa expert, said that Mr Zenawi’s force of personality meant that few other Ethiopian politicians were well-known.

“He is the face of the Ethiopian ruling class so it’s difficult to see who would take over from him,” she said.

 

Berhane GebreKristos becomes the de facto TPLF chief

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Meles Zenawi The top leadership of the ruling Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) is honoring, for now, Meles Zenawi’s wish to select Berhane GebreKristos as the next party chief and prime minister, Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit sources reported today. However, the appointment of Berhane, who is a close personal friend of Meles and currently Foreign Minister of State, is expected to face serious challenges from the other TPLF leaders once Meles is out for good, our sources added.

Despite Woyanne propaganda chief Bereket Simon’s blatant lie, Meles is currently in Brussels at St. Luc University Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on the second floor, an eyewitness told Ethiopian Review. Even if he feels better enough to return to Ethiopia, he is done as a leader.

There is also a strong suspicion that Meles in fact has been dead since Sunday, and that the TPLF regime is not announcing his death because they want to buy time until there is an agreement on a new leader.

Meanwhile, yesterday, Meles Zenawi’s wife Azeb Mesfin has obtained an Italian visa, a source in the Italian embassy informed Ethiopian Review. While Bereket Simon, Berhane GebreKristos, Teodros Adhanom and other friends are at Meles’s bedside, why is his wife Azeb traveling to Italy?

Ethiopian opposition must unite to be an alternative to EPRDF rule

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

By David Steinman

News of Meles’ illness highlights the general unreadiness of the opposition to assume power upon his departure.

Presently, the most likely scenario that would unfold upon Meles’ death or resignation would be his replacement by a Tigrayan EPRDF successor, with the military enforcing this unpopular choice. When this happens, tragically, due to its disorganization, the opposition will be unable to do more than weakly protest. The situation grows worse by the day as more people, especially the youth and potential military defectors, drift away, disappointed and alienated, from the older opposition groups.

This state of affairs is because no one– whether it’s the EPRDF, the military, the international community or even Ethiopia’s people themselves, takes seriously a divided opposition. But a united opposition will create a coalition sufficiently large and broad as to create an undeniable alternative to EPRDF rule.

There is no shortage of well-known historic examples, and even simple fables, reflecting the truth of the power of unity. Yet, despite these unassailable facts, the opposition has failed to unite. Opposition leadership may cite various reasons for this, but the imperative is so great that no excuse can be sufficient and the opposition leadership collectively bears responsibility for this grave strategic error. Now, more than ever, it faces a stark choice: unify now, urgently, or allow itself, once again, to be passed over and miss this historic opportunity.

There are real policy differences among the various opposition groups. But the opposition is already united on one, overarching goal– the end of undemocratic EPRDF rule and its replacement with genuine democracy. It can achieve this if its leaders meet on an emergency basis and, for the good of the nation, subordinate all other differences to form a unified action front under a coordinated command for the purpose of this single objective. Once the dictatorship is gone, they can submit their differences to a democratic process.

Unification will require agreeing on a common leadership. The existing leaders, whether they are currently talking to each other or not, can collectively succeed if they all get into the same room immediately and not leave until this is resolved.

If they cannot agree on common leadership, they can, alternatively, elect one or more neutral figures to lead. This can be a non-political person, such as a respected academic, businessman, journalist, religious leaders, NGO administrator, royalty, athlete, technocrat or some combination. Almost anybody is better than nobody.

If the opposition leaders are unwilling to do this quickly, Ethiopia’s long-suffering people will benefit by demanding they do so. The Diaspora can guide the way, if necessary, by uniting its various factions here in a similar manner and conditioning further support on the in-country leadership doing the same.

A rare chance for the opposition to move into the coming political vacuum is emerging, but the opposition so far shows every sign of blowing it by failing to unify. Opposition leaders will be foolish to continue on this track and, if they do, they’ll have no one to blame but themselves.

When overthrowing a dictatorship, opposition unification must come above all else. Now is Ethiopia’s time to do it.

The author, an American, was involved with anti-Mengistu activity in the 1980′s, advocated for Ethiopia’s opposition to the US Congress starting in 1992, was an adviser to AAPO and CUD, published the first major media expose of Meles Zenawi’s human rights abuses and was a senior strategic consultant to Kinijit during the 2004-2005 civil disobedience and election campaign.

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Ethiopian dictator’s life in danger – BBC

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

(BBC) — Ethiopia’s government The Woyanne junta in Ethiopia has denied Prime Minister dictator Meles Zenawi is critically ill but says he has been in hospital.

“He is not in a critical state. He is in good condition,” spokesman Bereket Simon told the AFP news agency.

A spokesperson for the Ethiopian embassy in London told the BBC the 57 year old was in a stable condition after hospital treatment.

Speculation about his health began when he missed last weekend’s African Union summit in Addis Ababa.

There were reports that Mr Meles was in hospital in Belgium, suffering from a stomach complaint.

The Ethiopian Woyanne embassy spokesperson in London said the prime minister khat-addicted dictator had been visited by high-level officials, but did not say where he was being treated.

Diplomatic sources in Brussels told AFP that the Ethiopian leader dictator was in a hospital in the Belgian capital.

“He is in a critical state, his life is in danger,” the agency was told by a diplomat who asked not to be named.

An Ethiopian government press conference about the rumours scheduled for Wednesday morning has been postponed until later this week.

Correspondents say it is believed Mr Meles’s last public appearance was at the G20 talks in Mexico last month.

Mr Meles took power as the leader of a rebel movement which ousted the communist government of Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991.

He has won stolen several elections since then, but his political opponents have accused him of using repression to retain power.

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

TPLF to unleash massive violence against Muslims: SMNE

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) Calls on TPLF/EPRDF to Halt Plans for Massive Arrests and Crackdown on Muslim Leaders Following AU Meeting

SMNE Condemns Killings, Arrests and TPLF/EPRDF Inference in Religious Freedom; Calling Ethiopian Leaders and Public to Stand Together

 July 18, 2012

Awoliya
lost eye

Religious leaders, political leaders, international donors, the African Union and others, including the Ethiopian public—whether Muslim or not—should condemn the recent TPLF/EPRDF attack on Muslims, who have been peacefully rallying for freedom from government interference in their internal religious affairs for over eight months. Now, word has leaked out from sources within the country, that the TPLF/ERPDF is planning massive arrests of Muslim activists and leaders, including members of the Independent Islamic Arbitration Committee, an elected group which has been leading the cry for religious independence. Allegedly, none of this will take place until African Union meetings end, later this week.

In the last month the numbers of protestors have risen to include hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians in various locations in Addis Ababa as well as outside the capital city of Ethiopia. Six civilian protestors, one only six years of age, were killed a month ago and this past weekend, security forces killed four more after entering the Awalia Mosque in Addis, in an attempt to interfere with plans being made for a protest the following day. In addition to those shot and killed by security forces, a number of others were wounded and over 160 persons were arrested and remain in detention.

Forty additional arrests were made of women who had gone to the prison, only to take food and water to their family members. Reports from the ground indicate that the TPLF/EPRDF has been trying to force the women to confess to criminal activity they never committed in order to be freed. Among those arrested were women as old as 80 and as young as 12, as well as pregnant women. Thirty-three of these women have now been released, according to the latest figures from our sources. 

As the regime cracks down on the Muslims, these fellow Ethiopians are only more determined to continue to rally for freedoms guaranteed in the Ethiopian Constitution, but as they do, tensions are dramatically increasing between Muslims and the TPLF/EPRDF and we call on all Ethiopians, of any background or religion, to stand side by side with our fellow Ethiopians as they demand religious freedom.

We, in the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE), condemn this unjust treatment of our Ethiopian Muslim brothers and sisters and offer our deep condolences to the families of the victims. We cannot afford to be indifferent to the pain of any of our fellow Ethiopians, ignoring their need at such a time as this; for “no one will be free until all are free!” We also pledge our support in their struggle for truth, justice and freedom for it is our shared struggle. Are they not fighting the same fight for justice, liberty and freedom of worship, thought and belief as are we and other Ethiopians? 

A short time ago, our Ethiopian Muslims and Ethiopian Evangelical Christians stood with leaders and members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Toronto in condemning the planned destruction of the fourth century Waldeba Monastery and the eighteen churches in the surrounding area by the TPLF/EPRDF in order to make way for a government-controlled sugar plantation. This should be a proud moment in our recent history.

Shortly after that, Ethiopian Orthodox leaders came out with a strong statement of support towards Ethiopian Muslims, agreeing with their demand for freedom from religious interference by the TPLF/EPRDF, which they and others have also experienced as a church body. This was an excellent demonstration of what religious leaders can do for a nation! Now, there is another critical opportunity for those in positions of leadership to take in continuing to support this call.

Some from the grassroots are hoping those in leadership will say it for them, fearing their own voices will not be heard above the clamor and fearing that without it, others will assume a lack of support from people of different ethnic, political and faith backgrounds. One Ethiopian woman from Los Angeles, who was highly concerned about the need to publically condemn the recent attacks on Muslims, summed it up very well. She asked:

“Why are our [political and religious] leaders not saying or doing more to support the Muslims right now? I’m an Ethiopian Orthodox believer [and an Amhara], but who will hear me? If our leaders do not speak out, Muslims will put us all in a box and will think we Christians do not care, but we do!”

As we in the SMNE have said before, the only way we can “live well” as a society is when we are willing to defend and to protect the God-given rights of others; especially when they cannot do it for themselves or when by joining together, we can better overcome injustice or wrongdoing. Ignoring it when we can do something will hurt us as a whole.

For example, when a pain inflicts a part of our body—even our little finger—it affects the rest. This applies to a nation. Right now, pain is being inflicted on part of the body of Ethiopia. This part of our body is our Muslim brothers and sisters. They are not just one tribe, but they are made up of people of different ethnicities, different political views, different ages, different genders, different socio-economic groups and different regions. The whole body, which is the Ethiopian people, should react when something is done to one of the parts of their body—the Ethiopian Muslims. We cannot ignore it!

In the past, a small ethnic group could be massacred in one corner of Ethiopia and no one would even notice, let alone come out in its defense; however, when a few are killed in Addis, there is an outpouring of crying, grief and sympathy from people throughout the world. The same thing happens when a freedom fighter from a small group is arrested—no one says anything—but when someone else is arrested from Addis, the amount of outrage both inside and outside of the country is overflowing. This kind of indifference towards some of us occurs most easily where groups of people have been devalued. This kind of devaluation of our people is what we in the SMNE are fighting against. 

Right now, our fellow Ethiopians of Muslim faith are being denied religious freedom. It is excellent that the Ethiopian Orthodox came out to stand with Ethiopians of Muslim faith and vice versa. Such solidarity was big step but it is not the end of what must be done, not only by them but by others. The voices of leaders and people of other faith backgrounds, supporting principles of justice, compassion and freedom for all Ethiopians, would bring great healing to our country.

This applies to the rest of Ethiopians who should not sit by, watching and doing nothing, thinking that the freedom these people are fighting for maybe is not the same freedom as what “I” or “we” non-Muslims are fighting for. However, like cattle, the butcher comes to take one of “them” away and the rest do not react because it is not yet “us.” We should know by now, this regime targets one group at a time, whether in places like Gambella, Afar, the Ogaden or in Southern Nations or whether it is a church in the Amhara region, a mosque in Oromia or a cemetery in Addis.

Ethiopians of faith, especially the leadership, should make it very clear that all of us—including TPLF/EPRDF members in churches and mosques throughout the country—should be fighting for the mutual religious freedom and defense of the God-given rights of all of us. Right now, we have victims, bystanders, beneficiaries and perpetrators, all standing alongside of each other in many of our houses of faith. The leadership has often been silent in the past or even, at times, aligned with the perpetrators rather than with the victims, perhaps out of fear or even opportunism. At such a time as this, Ethiopians need the religious leaders to visibly lead the way in confronting what is evil and immoral, while also bringing to its members—and to Ethiopian society—a path to reconciliation and the restoration of justice.

Some, or even many within the faith community, will want to go further, making public statements, even confessions, of its silence, its fear, its apathy, its ethnic prejudices and its neglect in standing up for the justice and rights of those within their communities as well as those in communities of different faiths and ethnicities. Can you imagine how such an example could lead the way for others to do the same and in doing so, bring about healthy change?

Some people may feel suspicious that “the Muslims are here— right now—to take over and they want Shari’ah law.” However, “the Muslims are not coming;” they have been here in Ethiopia for a thousand years and have repeatedly said that they are not for Shari’ah law but want religious tolerance for all Ethiopians! This should not surprise us because it reinforces our own past experience as Ethiopians of differing faiths who have been living together and getting along with each other for as long as any of us can remember. 

What the TPLF/EPRDF wants is to isolate the Muslims from other Ethiopians; using fear-mongering not only in the West, but also among Ethiopians in order to isolate the Muslims from other Ethiopians. By demonizing and dehumanizing all Muslims or by putting them in a box called “Islamic radicals” has earned the TPLF/EPRDF significant revenue from the West. We must refuse to support this thinking or the violent actions now being carried out by the TPLF/EPRDF in response to it. If non-Muslim Ethiopians fall victim to this anti-Muslim campaign; not only will they be making a big mistake, creating division when unity is so needed, but they will also be prolonging the TPLF.

In the last few days, the TPLF/EPRDF may have targeted “Muslims,” but they killed our fellow human beings, given intrinsic value by our Creator, the same God who gave life to each of us. Those who died could be a mother, a brother, a sister or a son. They each have a name and have someone who loves and cares about them. They may be from Ethiopia and come from a certain tribe or region, but they are “us.” They are members of our Ethiopian family so the pain of their loss should not only be left to the mother who brought them into this world, but should be felt by every one of us as we put humanity before ethnicity. Their pain is our pain. When they are not free, we are not free. When they have a loss, we have a loss.

Our conscience should be our invitation to be part of the struggle. Today it is the Muslim in need of defense, but tomorrow it could be the Orthodox, the Evangelical, the Catholic or the non-believer from any of the countless tribes of Ethiopia. We should look at the bigger picture and call on Ethiopians to condemn these actions by the TPLF/EPRDF against our brothers and sisters and their plans to arrest their leaders for peaceful protest, guaranteed under the Ethiopian Constitution that has become meaningless.

For outsiders, including donors who are listening to Meles’ claims that the “radical Muslims” are coming to Ethiopia, we can counter by saying, “we know them,” for they did not arrive just yesterday or when the War on Terror started in 2001 or twenty years ago when the TPLF came into power, for we have lived together for long enough to know. 

As the previously mentioned woman from LA, concluded, “The poor Muslims are expecting the leaders to say and do more to support them. I feel it [the outrage for what has happened] and now the leaders should say it!” This woman speaks the language of the New Ethiopia. Can we Ethiopians join together to build it? I think so but let us show it! 

Before concluding here is a special word to the African Union:

As the shooting, killing and arrests were being carried out in Addis Ababa, members of the African Union were meeting close by on the matter of human rights, security and stability in Africa—focusing on the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, the Republic of South Sudan and Somalia—with no mention of Ethiopia.

Now, as soon as you leave this impressive building, the new headquarters of the African Union, the TPLF/EPRDF will be cracking down on Muslim leaders and activists. If reports prove to be accurate, massive arrests will be made of those simply calling for freedom to practice their religion without government interference in their internal affairs. Will you speak out? Will you condemn the killing of innocent people that took place at the front door of your meeting? The need for improved security existed only a few kilometers from where you were discussing the subject. 

For the AU to have significance on changing the suffering, poverty and conflict on this continent, its members must speak for the people! Yet, for Ethiopia to truly change it cannot come from the outside, we Ethiopians must say it ourselves! 

So, on behalf of the SMNE, our Ethiopian Muslims and the justice-SEEKING people of Ethiopia, I want to speak directly to every member of the TPLF/ERPDF. 

Do not kill, wound or arrest these Ethiopian Muslims or any people of faith who are only claiming their human rights under God’s universal law, international human rights laws and the Ethiopian Constitution! Become part of a New Ethiopia where you will have a place! We cannot go on like this any longer! It will only get worse! How much blood will it take before enough has been shed? For how long will the blood of the slain cry out for justice? What you are doing is wrong and immoral. It will require its own penalty from those who refuse to change their ways. Know that opportunity for repentance, forgiveness and transformation can suddenly elude us without warning. Do now what is right!

Seek God’s way and correct what you have done wrong so that “righteousness and peace kiss each other.” (Isaiah 85:10b)

“The good action and the bad are not alike. Repel the evil one by one which is better! And behold! He between whom and you there was enmity, shall be as if he were a fervent friend. (Sura 41:34)

May God bless all our people and bring us peace, love and mutual respect as we repent of our ways and struggle together to create a New Ethiopia where there will be room for all of us.  

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Please do not hesitate to e-mail your comments to Mr. Obang Metho, Executive Director of the SMNE at: Obang@solidaritymovement.org.  You can find more about us through our website at: www.solidaritymovement.org

 

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Meles Zenawi in critical condition – diplomatic sources

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Agence France Presse (AFP) confirms Ethiopian Review’s report on Meles Zenawi’s health from several diplomatic sources.

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Ethiopian Prime Minister khat-addicted dictator Meles Zenawi was in a Brussels hospital in a “critical” state Wednesday, several diplomatic sources told AFP, but the Ethiopian government Woyanne regime denied he was unwell.

“He is in a critical state, his life is in danger,” said a diplomat who asked not to be named.

In Addis Ababa, however, government spokesman Bereket Simon denied reports that the 57-year-old premier was ill. “He is not in a critical state. He is in good condition,” the spokesman told AFP.

In Brussels, the Ethiopian embassy refused comment.

Questions were raised about Meles’ health when he missed a two-day African Union summit Sunday and Monday.

Diplomats in Brussels said he had been undergoing regular treatment on a private basis at one of the city’s major hospitals and had been in hospital for some days.

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Woyanne cancels Press conference on Meles Zenawi's health

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The press conference on the health of Ethiopia’s dictator that was scheduled today by the Woyanne junta has been canceled, but AFP has has been able to confirm from from several diplomats that the dictator is gravely ill.

BRUSSELS (AF) — Ethiopian Prime Minister dictator Meles Zenawi was in a Brussels hospital in a “critical” state on Wednesday, several diplomatic sources told AFP, but the Ethiopian government Woyanne regime denied he was unwell.

“He is in a critical state, his life is in danger,” said a diplomat who asked not to be named.

In Addis Ababa, however, government spokesperson Bereket Simon denied reports that the 57-year-old premier was ill. “He is not in a critical state. He is in good condition,” the spokesperson told AFP.

In Brussels, the Ethiopian embassy refused to comment. It had said earlier this week that reports he was being treated at a hospital were “false and wrong”, and were a rumour created by “an interest group which has preoccupied itself in disseminating such untrue stories”.

But several diplomats in Brussels said he had been undergoing regular treatment on a private basis at one of the city’s major hospitals and had been in hospital for a few days.

No information was available on his illness.

Questions surfaced about Meles’s health when he missed a two-day African Union summit on Sunday and Monday, apparently for the first time.

Meles’s wife, herself a lawmaker, had declined to talk to reporters about her husband, who has been at the helm of the Horn of Africa nation since 1991.

One of last times Meles was seen in public was at the G20 meeting in Mexico on June 19.

Dozens of African heads of state visited Ethiopia for the summit, including newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the first to do so since an assassination attempt in Ethiopia on former president Hosni Mubarak in 1995.

Ethiopia at Crossroads: What has to be done

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

By Neamin Zeleke

News of Meles Zenawi’s deteriorating health offer an opportunity for reflection on his legacy and preparation for the day after his eventual demise. Whether Meles Zenawi passes away in the coming days or at some times in the future, we need to grapple with some serious vexing questions on where we are and where we are heading as a people and nation.

First, on the past two decades: What is Meles’ legacy? How will he be remembered? How was he able to squander unique opportunity to bring about an enduring democratic process and freedom in Ethiopia? What should we learn from the process that resulted in replacing one dictator with another? In particular his successors who are said to be locked in power struggle over succession should pause for a moment and reflect, if at all endowed with an iota of wisdom?

What factors enabled Meles to institute dictatorship and misrule for so long? What are the over-arching results of his policies? Did Meles’ policies brought Ethiopia closer to the goal of building a society bound by common purpose and united in building a strong and prosperous democratic nation or did it succeed in fracturing the society along ethnic and religious lines? We have to look back to go forward.

The future holds limitless possibilities and enormous potentials. Yet again, like all possibilities we can use it or lose it. Lack of vision and preparation will guarantee that we lose again. To acquire the right vision, we need to answer some of these questions: What are the tasks awaiting the future leadership in rebuilding the nation and the national spirit? What are the challenges?

Assuming Meles’ is gone tomorrow, is the opposition ready to play any role? What should the role be inside and outside Ethiopia? Who should the opposition engage? On what terms? What preconditions? Should it engage without preconditions? What is the goal? The goal must be building the framework of enduring, true democracy, protection of human rights and individual freedom. Who are the players? What is their record on these principles? What about the army? Will it stay neutral? Will it take sides? With whom and why?

What should the role of western democracies and the US in working with groups committed to these principles. How can the opposition begin to strengthen and prepare itself to present a formidable power block? What are the lessons from previous coalitions and alliances? What type of coalition or collaboration should be formed? Should it be based on broad principles or specifics? Should it strive to be overly inclusive or selective? Is there a benefit to forming competing power blocks that loosely cooperate with one another where differences cannot be bridged among opposition groups? What are the metrix? These are but some of the questions that need speedy responses and actions.

Indeed Ethiopia is at a crossroads. We find ourselves, once again, at a moment of anxiety and uncertainly with the aforementioned and plethoras of other questions instead of clear answers leading towards the path of freedom, democracy and prosperity. A reflection and sober assessment of the balance sheet of Meles Zenawi regime’s as well as a reexamination of the very principles and vision we have espoused for the past decades are in order. Such very moments test our resolve, our backbone, and most importantly, our character to make reality many have struggled for and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

We need vision, principle and courage! We need individuals and groups to come together with common purpose and wedded to no other interest than to enshrine in our nation freedom, justice, and democracy for all citizens.

Make no mistake about it, whether we learn of Meles’s demise tomorrow or not, we have reached a watershed moment. The beginning of the end of the dictatorship demands from all forces of freedom and democracy the vision and courage to speak and act in unison. We should take stoke of lessons of past divisions. They did not get us anywhere. Past machinations, past power struggle, egos, and posturing have weakened us while strengthening Meles Zenawi’s position. The task is bigger than one person, one party, or one ethnic group. Individual ego and group loyalty, the Achilles Hill of the opposition forces, must give way to humility, common goal, and dedication to the common good. Let’s take positions not because they are our positions, but because they are the right positions. Let’s be open to change course if it becomes rational, logical and reasonable to do so. The time demands more pragmatism and less dogmatism. It is high time and the right time to do that right thing for the right reasons in the right way.

At this crucial juncture, it is imperative that all forces that aspire to bring freedom, democracy, and justice in Ethiopia, whether political or civic, armed or unarmed, ethnic or multi-ethnic, etc– create an alternative center and a unified voice. We don’t have to create a coalition or union. But we need to fight for a common goal. We need to support each other, find common ground and build positive relationships. This could be done based on a very bare minimum shared objective, a unity of purpose and political course of action. We can unite under an overarching principle to bring about a transition to a genuine and enduring democratic order in Ethiopia. We can agree that all stakeholders will participate in an all-inclusive transitional process.

The Western powers including the US can play a positive and constructive role as well. The western nations can help by becoming honest brokers towards a transition to a genuine democracy in Ethiopia instead of pursuing a continuation of the current cynical policy of providing support to yet another dictatorship, a post Meles status qou of his TPLF/EPRDF successors in the name of regional stability like they have been doing for the past two decades.

Ultimately it is we , Ethiopians, who should come to an agreement and work for the following for now a) a speedy agreement by all stakeholders within the ranks of freedom and democracy forces to speak with a unified voice , b) a call to the various sectors of the Ethiopian society that have been carrying the brunt of the regime’s repression. The call for vigilance and united action should also be made to the various ranks among the armed forces under the TPLF as these elements have been victims of ethnic and other forms of discrimination and favoritism.

And the role of opinion leaders and Ethiopian scholars is very important in shaping public opinion and putting pressure on all civic and political forces to close ranks. To speak as one, to act as one, to give that confidence and assurance to our people back home that we are there for them, fully on their side, in this times of anxiety and uncertainty. The average Ethiopian is in the dark, perturbed as regard to the uncertain future of Ethiopia. Ever ridden with anxiety instead of hopes, exasperation in place of inspiration, our unified voice will offer a glimpse of the bright future we can bring to our multiethnic and mulitreligious nation.

The Ethiopian people should not settle for anything less. Nothing short of liberty and justice, dignity and freedom for all people of Ethiopia can fulfill our mission. The dying and decaying TPLF must not get the chance to consolidate itself and continue the minority ethnic hegemony it has instituted for far too long. It must end, not only in its most important persona, Meles Zenawi, but the foundational body politic, i.e. the ethnic apartheid regime must be replaced with an all inclusive transitional process that would take Ethiopia to a constitutionally liberal and pluralistic democratic and free political order.

The successors of Meles Zenawi have a choice to make too. They can choose to steer away from the destructive legacy he will be leaving for generations to come. They can choose to be part of an all inclusive transition to a genuine democracy. The other alternative is to continue the status qou ante to eventually, sooner or later, face their unceremonious demise like all dictatorships.

The only and sole alternative for Ethiopia and all stake holders is to agree on a new political configuration for the country. An all inclusive transional process that will take Ethiopia towards the path of a truly democratic system in place of the sham repressive and minority ethnic hegemonic political order that has been in place for the past two decades. A democratic system where all Ethiopians can live in liberty and where, irrespective of their ethnic and other differences, all Ethiopians are treated justly and equally.

For this to materialize, all freedom and democratic forces and the public at large longing and demanding for a real change in Ethiopia need to cease the discordant chatter and cacophony and act in harmony and unison. Let us cooperate, listen, and be willing to lead as well as follow, win arguments as well as lose. Let us move along this path. Let us do our share, let us drop our egos and preoccupation of self, narrow organizational and other nefarious interests. Let us put Ethiopia and our suffering people beyond and above all sectarian interests. Let us be the generation that history will absolve, not condemn for failing. By commission and omission, for failing and thereby condemning our people to suffer under an inferno of misery and serfdom instead of freedom and dignity.

We need to speak and act as one. Let us all rise to the momentous occasion. This is the moment and this is the occasion. There are times that put the human soul on trial. This indeed is the very time will put each of us on trial. It is the time that each of us shall be tested whether we are for democracy and freedom or we are for capitulation and servitude under yet another round of tyranny by a minority ethnic junta ad infinitum, in perpetuity.

This is a moment for a grand vision and a moment to act for national salvation, once and for all. Together we can. In unity we can move mountains of horror and injustice, and clear it for a bright new era of liberty and justice for all Ethiopians. Dignity and freedom for all. To be or not to be. Let us seize the Moment!!

Treatment takes its toll on Meles Zenawi's body

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Ethiopian Review sources reported that Ethiopia’s khat-addicted dictator Meles Zenawi is too weak to receive further medical treatment. Our sources said he is in Belgium, but may return to Ethiopia any time. Several of his body guards have been observed at the hospital on Monday.

Western diplomats today have confirmed Ethiopian Review’s report that Meles is at St. Luc Hospital in Belgium. However, they denied that he is dead, according to the UK Telegraph.

Meles Zenawi’s cause of illness is said to be blood cancer, but there is a growing talk among the ruling party members and supporters that he may have been poisoned. The aggressive treatment he has been receiving has degraded his body and that he is in an almost vegetative condition.

Meanwhile, the dictator’s much hated wife, Azeb Mesfin, has received an Italian visa today, according to our source at Italian embassy. However, she may not be able to leave the country because of a travel ban imposed on her by Woyanne security chief Getachew Assefa.

This afternoon, the Woyanne officials told VOA that the regime will give a press conference regarding Meles Zenawi’s condition.

Zenawi's Police State: The Economist

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Ethiopia and human rights

Jailed for doing his job

The Economist

July 17, 2012

ETHIOPIA’S prime minister, Meles Zenawi, likes to present himself to the world as a peacemaker and a paragon of development. At a recent summit of African leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, which is also the headquarters of the African Union, he sought to mediate between the two Sudans. He also made much of a huge loan to help connect Ethiopia’s mega-dam projects to a regional power grid.

The bad side of Mr Meles was on show before the African grandees arrived, when a prominent journalist, Eskinder Nega, was sentenced to 18 years in prison—for doing his job. He had persistently criticised the government for stifling dissent. After his newspaper had been shut down by the authorities, he had been publishing online.

Mr Nega, who won a major award in May from PEN America, a writers’ club that promotes press freedom, fell the victim to the same anti-terrorism laws he had tried to question. Shortly before his arrest in September last year, he had written a column criticising the government for jailing several of his colleagues, as well as two Swedish journalists, under vague anti-terror statutes passed in 2009. Along with 23 others, including opposition activists and fellow journalists, he was convicted of links to a banned opposition group based in the United States.

Mr Nega has been in and out of prison in his homeland since first opening a newspaper in 1999. His reports of violence by security forces that followed a disputed election in 2005 got him and his wife jailed for 17 months. Not everyone is as dogged as the 43-year-old blogger: the government’s willingness to jail critics has driven many journalists into exile. Many of those convicted alongside him had already fled abroad.

On a recent visit to Addis Ababa, Baobab attempted to set up a round table with local journalists to talk about challenges to freedom of expression. All but one of the participants withdrew at the last minute, several admitting that they were afraid of arrest. A veteran human-rights activist, Mesfin Woldemariam, did turn up to express his frustration at how Western governments friendly to Mr Meles are prepared to ignore his government’s human-rights abuses.

The American chapter of PEN is among many groups that have denounced Mr Nega’s sentence, calling on governments to reflect on their relations with Ethiopia. Many diplomats in Addis Ababa hoped that their polite lobbying and their presence at Mr Nega’s trial would soften the outcome. It did not.

Ethiopia's dictatorship shaken up by massive Muslim protests

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

By Simon Allison | The Daily Maverick

Hundreds of thousands of irate Ethiopian Muslims took to the streets of Addis Ababa this weekend – Africa’s biggest protests since Tahrir Square. They want the government to stop meddling in their religious affairs, and acknowledge that Muslims can’t remain a marginalised minority. Ethiopia’s Christian-led government better make some concessions quickly, or risk finding out exactly how many irate Muslims there really are.

You would be forgiven for thinking that the tense, dramatic African Union elections were the most exciting thing to happen in Addis Ababa this weekend – but you would be wrong. While the diplomats were squabbling about procedure and protocol, in another part of the capital an altogether more serious situation was developing, at least as far as hosts Ethiopia are concerned.

While reports are hard to confirm, participants claimed that somewhere between 500,000 and one million Muslims gathered in and around one of the city’s main mosques in a blatant show of defiance against the Christian-led government, while smaller marches took place in other cities across the country. If these numbers are true, then the government of Meles Zenawi – who is currently in Brussels receiving medical treatment, adding to the uncertainty – should be gravely concerned. To put them in perspective, the marches on Tahrir Square which precipitated the Egyptian Revolution were of a similar size; demonstrations of this scale have not been seen in Africa since.

Sunday was the third consecutive day of protests and mosque sit-ins, and already hundreds are reported arrested or injured by the government response, which has definitely included the liberal use of tear gas and – again according to participant claims – live rounds.

Ethiopia is a historically Christian country, one of the oldest Christian countries in the world. But Islam too has deep roots there; it was the first place that persecuted Muslims sought refuge, fleeing Mecca to the kingdom of Axum where the Prophet Muhammad had told them they would be safe. The Axumite king, recognising that his Christianity and the exiles’ Islam shared the same Abrahamic roots, welcomed them. “Go to your homes and live in peace. I shall never give you up to your enemies,” he said.

Ever since, there has been a Muslim community in Ethiopia, and the two religions have co-existed relatively peacefully; both the Christian majority and Muslim minority generally treated with similar disdain by whatever emperor or government was in power, even though Ethiopia’s leaders have always been Christian.

Meles Zenawi’s government, however, is having to contend with a new threat. According to official statistics, Muslims make up 34% of the population; Ethiopian Orthodox Christians 44%; and various Protestant groupings another 17%. But the Muslim population is growing so quickly that, even taking these numbers at face value, Muslims are projected to become the majority in Ethiopia by 2050.

But Ethiopia’s Muslims say these figures have been twisted, and that they are already the majority. This is part of the rhetoric which underpins the current protests, and it’s not the first time I have heard this claim. Three years ago, in Addis Ababa, a diplomat who asked to remain anonymous told me that the results of the 2007 census had been delayed for months as the government struggled to deal with what that census revealed: that, in fact, there were more Muslims than Christians in the country. This posed an existential threat to Zenawi’s government, eroding its traditional support base, and the numbers were fixed – or so the story goes.

A more recent spark for the unrest has been the government’s perceived meddling in religious affairs by encouraging and supporting one minority Muslim sect over the more mainstream others. Terrified of the potential emergence of Al Shabaab-style fundamentalist Islam, Zenawi’s administration has promoted one particular sect of Islam, the Al Ahbash, which opposes ultra-conservative ideology and rejects violence. This has included appointing Al Ahbash clerics to lead the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, despite the fact that the Al Ahbash are pretty far from mainstream Islam – in Ethiopia and anywhere else. “It (Al Ahbash) has the right to exist in Ethiopia, but it is unacceptable that the Council tries to impose it on all members of the Muslim community,” Abubeker Ahmed, head of an independent Islamic arbitration committee, told Reuters.

All this takes place against the backdrop of a highly autocratic state. Meles Zenawi would describe it as a benevolent autocracy, but human rights watchdogs would beg to differ. “Ethiopian authorities continued to severely restrict basic rights of freedom of expression, association, and assembly. Hundreds of Ethiopians in 2011 were arbitrarily arrested and detained and remain at risk of torture and ill-treatment,” wrote Human Rights Watch in their World Report 2012.

Restrictions on journalists are particularly tight, making it very difficult to gauge accurately what’s going on in the country. Nonetheless, it’s a story that needs to be covered; it’s clear that the tinderbox of religious divisions, strong-arm responses from the state, historical inequalities and modern demographic shifts has the potential to turn ugly. A media source in Addis Ababa told the Daily Maverick that tensions were so high that the smallest spark could cause a conflagration. And with Zenawi out of action in Brussels, who is around to put out the fire?

Hailemariam Desalegn confirms Meles Zenawi's illness

Monday, July 16th, 2012

By William Davison | Bloomberg

Ethiopia’s government ruling junta said that Prime Minister khat-addicted dictator Meles Zenawi is ill after he failed to attend an African Union summit, and an opposition group reported he may have died in a European hospital.

“There is no serious illness at all. It’s minor only,” Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said today in an interview in Addis Ababa, the capital. “As any human being, he has to get medication and he’ll be coming back soon.”

The 57-year-old leader wasn’t at the opening of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa yesterday. He also skipped a meeting of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development in the city on July 14 for “health reasons,” Senegalese President Macky Sall was quoted as saying by the Addis Ababa-based Reporter newspaper.

Meles is head of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front Woyanne and has held power in Ethiopia for more than two decades, after helping lead allied rebel groups to oust Mengistu HaileMariam’s Marxist military junta in 1991. The EPRDF and its allies in 2010 won all but two of the 547 seats in parliament in an election the European Union said was “heavily” balanced in favor of the ruling party.

The Ethiopian National Transitional Council, a Dallas, Texas-based Washington DC-based opposition group, said in an e-mailed statement yesterday that Meles may have died in a Belgian hospital.

The Ethiopian Review, an anti-government website, reported that Meles was in the Saint-Luc University hospital in Brussels.

Géraldine Fontaine, a spokeswoman for the hospital, wasn’t immediately available for comment when called today.

“ENTC on behalf of the Ethiopian people demands that the government has the responsibility to disclose the truth to its citizens,” the council said.

Ethiopia: Unfree to Speak or Write?

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Alemayehu G Mariam Free to Speak To paraphrase an old expression, “There are two things that are quintessentially important in any society. The first is free speech and I can’t remember the second one.” Free speech is the bedrock of all human freedoms. In my view, the value a society gives to freedom of expression [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Is Aiga Forum writing Meles’ obituary?

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Bye, Bye Meles? July 15, 2012 Aiga Forum, the website closely associated with Ethiopia’s intelligence services, just posted an emotional, tear-soaked, braggadocio-filled piece that appears to be the obituary of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. The article titled “Meles ad Infinitum” was penned by someone using the pseudonym “Aesop.”  Aesop, incidentally, is the same author [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Ethiopia's dictator in a coma

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Reliable sources have informed Ethiopian Review that Ethiopia’s long time dictator Meles Zenawi is in a coma and may have died earlier today.

Meles was transported to Belgium 3 days ago and has been receiving treatment at Saint-Luc University Hospital in Brussels.

Tonight, Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) has reported that sources close to the ruling party have confirmed the dictator’s death.

Is Aiga Forum writing Meles' obituary?

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Bye, Bye Meles?

July 15, 2012

Aiga Forum, the website closely associated with Ethiopia’s intelligence services, just posted an emotional, tear-soaked, braggadocio-filled piece that appears to be the obituary of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

The article titled “Meles ad Infinitum” was penned by someone using the pseudonym “Aesop.”  Aesop, incidentally, is the same author who wrote another piece a week ago calling Ethiopian Muslims mosquitoes.  That article was a prelude to the government crackdown on Ethiopian Muslims this past Friday.

In a thinly-veiled farewell to the best known son of Adwa who went on to terrorize  the nation of 90-million for the last twenty-one years, the author argues that Zenawi should be remembered for what he accomplished in “praxis” as as well as his one-time promise to step down peacefully.

You can read the full article at the following link.

http://aigaforum.com/articles/meles-ad-infinitum.php

Is national dialogue the answer? Obang Metho

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Ethiopia in Danger! Is There a Way Out Without Our Mutual Destruction? By Obang Metho | Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Inshalla Ethiopia? Sharia Law in Ethiopia? Is Meles Right After All?

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

What kind of people worship a God that would lay waste to a people and refuses to forgive people who do evil things? by Teddy Fikre  dated: Sunday, July 15th, 2012 “If a man still prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall say to him, “You shall not live, because you have spoken a lie [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Ethiopia’s dictator a no-show at African Union summit – AP

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Associated Press) — Ethiopia’s longtime ruler and most powerful figure, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, is not attending an African Union summit that opened Sunday in Ethiopia, which further fueled speculation that he might be seriously ill. About three dozen African heads of state and government gathered in Addis Ababa on Sunday, but [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Woyanne fails to stop Muslim unity gathering in Addis Ababa

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Despite the ruling Woyanne junta’s grave warning, tens of thousands of Ethiopian Muslims gathered in Addis Ababa today in what they called “Sadaqa and Unity Program.” The unity gathering took place at the Anwar Mosque in Addis Ababa without any major incident. The reason that there was no violent confrontation today is because the Woyanne [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Ethiopian Review server under DDoS attack

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Ethiopian Review’s server was once again under DDoS attack this morning and both the main and backup server crashed several times. It took us longer time to bring the site back online because the attack was coming from servers in multiple countries. We will keep monitoring the situation closely. We appreciate the emails and phone [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Ethiopia's dictator a no-show at African Union summit – AP

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Associated Press) — Ethiopia’s longtime ruler and most powerful figure, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, is not attending an African Union summit that opened Sunday in Ethiopia, which further fueled speculation that he might be seriously ill.

About three dozen African heads of state and government gathered in Addis Ababa on Sunday, but Meles did not attend the meeting — a first since he assumed office in 1991.

Meles was expected to open the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) meeting on Saturday. But Senegalese President Macky Sall opened the gathering instead, telling participants that Meles was unable to be present due “to health conditions.” Sall wished Meles “good health.”

The most recent images of Meles aired by state-run Ethiopian Television showed him noticeably thinner. Opposition websites are claiming that Meles is being treated for a serious illness.

The government declined to comment on the matter.

Ethiopia’s parliament was set to hear from Meles last week when the country’s lawmakers were scheduled to approve Ethiopia’s current fiscal budget, which began July 8, but Meles did not address parliament.

Meles in 2010 promised to step down by 2015. Hailemariam Desalegn was named deputy prime minister. He is also the country’s foreign minister.

ENTC press release on the massacre of Muslims in Addis Ababa

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Ethiopian National Transitional Council Press Release The dictatorship in Ethiopia must be held accountable for its atrocities against Ethiopian Muslims On Friday, July 13, Meles Zenawi’s dictatorship in Ethiopia launched a bloody crackdown against peaceful Muslim worshippers who gathered at Awolia Mosque in Addis Ababa. The security forces opened fire on the unarmed Muslims causing [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Ethiopian Muslim leaders consider general strike

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Tens of thousands of Ethiopian Muslims forced Woyanne security forces to retreat after a violent confrontation broke out Friday evening. It is reported that earlier Friday, the Woyanne Federal police used teargas to try to disperse Muslims who were gathering at the Awolia Mosque, and when that failed, they opened fire directly at the crowd [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Woyanne Federal police open fire on Muslim worshipers

Friday, July 13th, 2012

UPDATE There is no light in several parts of Addis Ababa right now. Anwar area in Merkato is filled with tens of thousands of people. Federal Police started to retreat after being overwhelmed by defiant crowd. UPDATE: Woyanne Federal police forcibly entered Awolia Mosque and arrested some individuals. People are in the streets facing live [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Meles Zenawi, Corruption, Blood Money, and USAID

Friday, July 13th, 2012

We ask you as Ethiopians and Americans please stop supporting tyranny in Ethiopia and corruption in America by Ethiopians. by Teddy Fikre  dated: Friday, July 13th, 2012 September 11th did not occur on September 11th 2001.  Rather, the day of monumental mourning and the death of thousands of Americans was decades in the making.  September [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

TPLF and Addis Abeba

Friday, July 13th, 2012

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 did Photoshop on his picture to make him look sicker than what he was. As [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

The Danger of EXTERNAL “saviors” for INTERNAL ‘problems’

Friday, July 13th, 2012

The guidance provided by outsiders can on occasion be primarily motivated by the desire to achieve the objectives of the outside group giving the advice, instead of the objectives of the population facing the oppression. At times, asking outsiders for guidance on what resisters should do can even result in a loss of control of [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Saudi police drag Ethiopian woman as she cries for help (video)

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Another Ethiopian woman was video-tapped as she cries for help when Saudi Arabia police dragged and forced her into a police van. We don’t know the identity and fate of the woman yet, but her case seems to be similar to that of Alem Dechassa. [Source: Ethiopian Review]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

USA-EU’s strange pact with Ethiopia’s dictator (New York Times)

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

By TOBIAS HAGMANN | New York Times BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — Next time I travel to Ethiopia, I may be arrested as a terrorist. Why? Because I have published articles about Ethiopian politics. I wrote a policy report on Ethiopia’s difficulties with federalism. I gave a talk in which I questioned Ethiopia’s May 2010 elections, in [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Makeda Debebe: The One in AESA One

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Makeda it seems is one of the tiny majorities of Habeshas who actually embraces and lives out the meaning of her first name:: by Teddy Fikre  dated: Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 In times of war, it is vital to understand that all on the other side are not evil and some are taking part and [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

USA-EU's strange pact with Ethiopia's dictator (New York Times)

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

By TOBIAS HAGMANN | New York Times

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — Next time I travel to Ethiopia, I may be arrested as a terrorist. Why? Because I have published articles about Ethiopian politics.

I wrote a policy report on Ethiopia’s difficulties with federalism. I gave a talk in which I questioned Ethiopia’s May 2010 elections, in which the ruling EPRDF party (Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front) won 545 out of 547 seats in the Parliament. As part of my ongoing research on mass violence in the Somali territories, I interviewed members of the Ogaden National Liberation Front, a separatist rebel group in eastern Ethiopia that the government has designated as a terrorist organization.

In the eyes of the government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, my work is tantamount to subversion. Not only do his officials have zero tolerance for criticism, they consider people who either talk to or write about the opposition as abetting terrorists.

In recent years the government has effectively silenced opposition parties, human rights organizations, journalists and researchers. On June 27 a federal court convicted the journalist Eskinder Nega and 23 opposition politicians for “participation in a terrorist organization.” More than 10 other journalists have been charged under an anti-terrorism law introduced in 2009. Among them are two Swedes, Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson, who are serving an 11-year prison sentence in Ethiopia. Hundreds of opposition supporters languish in prisons for exercising the very democratic rights that the Ethiopian Constitution nominally protects.

Most people outside Ethiopia associate the country with famine and poverty. They know little about the country’s history and politics — for example that Ethiopia was never colonized, or that it has Africa’s second biggest population. Nor are they aware that Ethiopia is a darling of the donor community, receiving more aid than any other African country. Over the past year alone, the U.S. Agency for International Development has given Ethiopia $675 million in aid. The United States closely collaborates with Ethiopia in covert missions against radical Islamists in neighboring Somalia.

Much of this support comes from the portrayal of Ethiopia as a strong and stable government in a region riddled with political upheaval. The problem, however, is that Ethiopia is plagued by too much state control.

When EPRDF came to power in 1991, it promised to democratize the country. Two decades later the party has a tight grip on all public institutions, from the capital to remote villages. Formally a federal democracy, Ethiopia is a highly centralized one-party state. No independent media, judiciary, opposition parties or civil society to speak of exist in today’s Ethiopia. Many of the country’s businesses are affiliated with the ruling party. Most Ethiopians do not dare to discuss politics for fear of harassment by local officials.

As I found out in dozens of interviews with Ethiopian Somalis, security forces indiscriminately kill, imprison and torture civilians whom they suspect of aiding Ogaden rebels.

How have donors who fund about one third of Ethiopia’s budget and many humanitarian programs reacted to this? They haven’t. They not only continue to support the Ethiopian government but in recent years have increased their aid. The West, most prominently the United States and the European Union, have concluded a strange pact with Meles Zenawi: So long as his government produces statistics that evince economic growth, they are willing to fund his regime — whatever its human rights abuses.

This policy is wrong, shortsighted and counterproductive. It is wrong because billions in Western tax money are spent to support an authoritarian regime. It is shortsighted because it ignores the fact that the absence of basic rights and freedoms is one of the reasons Ethiopians are so poor. It is counterproductive because many Ethiopians resent the unconditional aid and recognition given to their rulers. In Ethiopia — and also in Rwanda and Uganda — the West is once again making the mistake of rewarding stability and growth while closing its eyes to repression.

({www:Tobias Hagmann specializes in East African politics. He is a visiting scholar at the Department of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley}.)

Rumors about Meles Zenawi's health engulf Addis

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

The health and whereabouts of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi have become a subject of  much speculation.  The situation appears to border on panic, especially among regime loyalists. Addis Fortune, an otherwise compliant pro-government  business publication chimes in with its own concerns.

Addis Fortune, July 8, 2012

Not surprisingly, and for obvious reasons, the health and well-being of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi have been the subject of intense discussion among members of the public. This came following photos released recently while he was in Mexico, where he was attending a summit by leaders of the group of 20 major economies (G20), and subsequent TV footage showing him receiving Sharif Sheikh Ahmed of Somalia’s transitional government.

In both images that the public was exposed to, it was clear that the Prime Minister had lost weight and visibly. With speculations wide and persistent, the source of his weight loss was thought by many to be due to failing health.

Such a public perception was only fed by his absence from the public’s view over the past two weeks and was intensified because Parliament has still not gone on recess for the summer, even although the country’s official fiscal year came to an end on Saturday, July 8, 2012. What Parliament was, rather, scheduled to discuss on this day was issues such as approving the minutes from its 43rd session, ratifying a bill on national IDs, and giving recognition to a team of surgeons who successfully conducted an unusual surgery on a child.

MPs have yet to accomplish two of the most important tasks in the year. Listening to the Prime Minister’s address to Parliament on the state of the federation during the just-concluded fiscal year and voting on his report as well as ratifying the federal budget’s bill for the fiscal year that just began, which was approved by the Council of Ministers four weeks ago. Gossip sees that neither of these can take place in the absence of the Prime Minister, indeed, unless, of course, there is a situation that dictates otherwise.

At the heart of all of this lies the issue of whether there is a health challenge that Meles is facing that prohibits him from conducting his official duties. The administration, through its spokesperson, Shimelis Kemal, state minister for the Government Communications Affairs Office, vehemently denied rumours that the Prime Minister has been ill. Some close to the Prime Minister have similar views and attribute his recent loss of weight to a diet that he might have started lately.

Coincidentally, it was at a time of such uncertainty that senior officials at the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development (MoFED) instructed, last week, a recall of letters copied to various federal offices in relation to settling medical bills paid on behalf of the Prime Minister, gossip claims. Meles was in London last year for an official visit, where he had a routine check-up, claims gossip.

The way that such bills get settled through the bureaucratic paper trail is for the Prime Minister’s Office to write a letter of request to the MoFED, upon which the latter transfers the funds to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), which actually undertakes the payment, according to gossip. Such was what the Prime Minister’s Office did to see that the medical bills for the London check-up were settled almost a year after, gossip claims. Accordingly, the guys at the MoFED have already transferred the money to the foreign office, disclosed gossip.

Nonetheless, for reasons not explained, the paper trails circulating within the various federal agencies in order to process the request have been recalled, claims gossip. A couple of days last week were spent on such an effort, fueling a new cycle of speculations on the well-being of the Prime Minister, according to gossip.

It looks like there is a lot more that the administration’s spin-doctors need to do on the public relations front to reassure an otherwise alarmed bureaucracy and public, before the grapevine spins things out of control, those at the gossip corridors agree.

No doubt that he has been outside of the country much of last week; whether that was for recovery due to exhaustion  -  and for skipping a couple of checkups last year – or something else, gossip disclosed. Nonetheless, some at the diplomatic corridor claim that he is now in a very good health, expected to have been back to Addis Abeba on Saturday night.

If, indeed, the Prime Minister was sick and is now recovering, there should be no reason to keep the public in the dark about the health of their leader, many at the gossip corridor agree.

TPLF's anti-Muslim campaign (analysis)

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Former TPLF regime official Abdellah Adem Teki provides an in-depth analysis on why dictator Meles Zenawi has launched an anti-Muslim campaign in Ethiopia. [Read here: Amharic - PDF]

AESA One: Ye Dem Genzeb Men Geza?

Monday, July 9th, 2012

You can sleep with the pharaoh or you can stand for the people—I will not let you do both! by Teddy (revolutionary) Fikre  dated: Monday, July 9th, 2012 It is done!  A war I started a week ago has been complete and I am now standing on top of a smoldering ash that is AESA [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Ethiopia in BondAid?

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Alemayehu G. Mariam “Bondage” is the state of being bound by or subjected to some external power or control. When people are bound by debt, they are in “debt bondage”. When they are held in involuntary servitude, they are in “bondage slavery”. Before much of Africa became “independent” in the 1960s, Africans were held under [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

AESA One: Ye Dem Genzeb Men Geza? – (VIDEO)

Monday, July 9th, 2012

This tiyake for all the AESA One bandas from Abinet Gebremeskel, Al Amoudi, Meles Zenawi on down to each and every promoter, DJ, singer, dancer, businesses and people who attended the AESA One Cultural genocide at RFK.  Ye dem Genzeb Men Geza? PLEASE CLICK ON PICTURE TO WATCH PLEASE CLICK ON PICTURE TO WATCH Please [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Dictator Meles Zenawi receives treatment for blood cancer

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Ethiopia’s khat-addicted dictator Meles Zenawi has been diagnosed with blood cancer and is receiving treatment at a Belgium hospital, according to Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit sources. Berhane Gebrekiristos and Teodros Adhanom, both close confidants of Meles Zenawi and senior members of the ruling party Woyanne, are currently functioning as acting prime-ministers. ESAT has reported that [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

ESFNA GRAND FINALE Live on the Internet TODAY!!

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

ESFNA GRAND FINALE LIVE ON THE INTERNET STARTING AT 6:30 PM EST TODAY [click to watch ESFNA Finale LIVE on Brown Condor Radio] Watch the ESFNA grand finale LIVE on Brown Condor TV starting at 6:30 PM EST by going to ~ www.browncondor.com or click on the picture above Wait wait, there is MORE…forget watching [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Mahamoud Ahmed brings down the house in Dallas

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Ethiopian culture and music icon Mahamoud Ahmed and another Ethiopian music legend Tsehaye Yohannes were among some of the many artistes who participated in the Ethiopian Sports Federation North America’s (ESFNA) Ethiopian Day program Friday night in Dallas. The video below shows Mahamoud Ahmed playing “Ethiopia Hagerachin” (Ethiopia our country) to the mostly young crowd. [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Meles Zenawi and his health

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Ethiopia, Ato Meles and his health. By Yilma Bekele Ato Meles Zenawi, Chairman of Tigrai People Liberation Front (TPLF) and Prime Minster of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is not in good health. I became aware of that fact after watching the video of a news clip made during his meeting with the President [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Al Amoudi’s Woyanne festival update (video)

Friday, July 6th, 2012

UPDATE (6 July 2012, 04:00 PM EST): Today was promoted to be the biggest day in the week-long AESAONE festival in Washington DC that is funded by the beggar Woyanne junta in Ethiopia. As the video below shows, the very few people who went to the 45,000-seat RFK Stadium, were hiding themselves in shame as [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Feeding Ethiopia to Lyons

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Feeding Ethiopia to Lyons Challenge duplicity where you see it and speak up against people like Professor Lyons who stand in league with tyrants and pygmy dictators like Meles Zenawi. by Teddy Fikre  dated: Friday, July 6th, 2012 Colonialism.  Did you really think it disappeared a half century ago? Did you really think that Ethiopia [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Jeezy performs at Al Amoudi festival

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Jeezy is one of the the well-known American rappers who are paid close to a million dollars to perform at AESAONE event in Washington DC this week. The event, that is fully funded by Al Amoudi and the Woyanne junta in Ethiopia, promoted AESAONE as an Ethiopian cultural and sports group, but read below what [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

የታሪክ ተጠያቂወች ሁነናል፤ እኛስ ለነጻነት ምን እንሰራለን? ክፍል ሰቫት

Friday, July 6th, 2012

አክሎግ ቢራራ (ዶር) በቁጥር ስድስት ለማስረዳት የሞከርኩት፤ የህወሓትን ተደጋጋሚ መራራ በደል በሚገባ ለማሳየት፤ ስርአቱ በቀጥታ፤ ጠባብ ዘረኝነትን፤ የገዥ ፓርቲን፤ መንግስትንና ጠቅላላ የመንግስት አስተዳደርን ከአንድ ላይ ቆላልፎ፤ (Total merger of ethnicity, political party, government and state) ወገናዊና አድሏዊ በሆነ መንገድ፤ የበላይነት ፍጹምነት መቀዳጀቱን ነው።በመሆኑም፤ ለይስሙላ ዳኛና ፍርድ ቤት፤ ህገ መንግስትና አስተዳደር አለ ቢባልም፤ ግለሰቦችና ተቋሞች የሚያስፈጽሙት [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Al Amoudi's Woyanne festival update (video)

Friday, July 6th, 2012

UPDATE (6 July 2012, 04:00 PM EST): Today was promoted to be the biggest day in the week-long AESAONE festival in Washington DC that is funded by the beggar Woyanne junta in Ethiopia. As the video below shows, the very few people who went to the 45,000-seat RFK Stadium, were hiding themselves in shame as they made their entry. Out of the 300,000 Ethiopians who reside in the Washington DC area, less than 500 showed up.
more video and updates later

UPDATE (5 July 2012, 01:34 PM EST): Patriotic Ethiopians in the Washington DC area are organizing another big demonstration against the Al Amoudi Woyanne festival at the RFK Stadium Friday starting at 3 PM. The purpose of the demonstration is simple: To derail the festival that is being funded by money stolen from the people of Ethiopia.

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UPDATE (4 July 2012, 06:45 PM EST): As expected, no more than 100 Ethiopians showed up at the Al Amoudi festival on Wednesday in the RFK Stadium that has 45,000 seats. Desperate for attendees, the organizers were handing out free and discounted tickets to Americans in DC to watch famous American rappers. Some of the rappers did not even show up after finding out who is behind the concert. On Friday, they have a concert by several Ethiopian musicians who are flown from Addis Ababa for the occasion. Patriotic Ethiopians in the Washington DC area are mobilizing to confront them outside the RFK Stadium. The protest start at 3 PM. Be there and give voice to the voiceless Ethiopians back home.

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Al Amoudi and his thugs will face another disaster today when no body shows up to participate in their Woyanne festival in Washington DC’s RFK Stadium. They spent close to a million dollars to pay well-known American rappers to sing this evening (July 4). We have received information that some of the rappers, such as T.I. canceled their appearance after learning that the money they are being paid was stolen from the people of Ethiopia. Among the Ethiopian singers, Kuri was fired by her Ethiopian employers after they found out that she is planning to sing for Woyanne… stay tuned for more update

ENTC official press release

Friday, July 6th, 2012

The newly established Ethiopian National Transitional Council issued its first official press release. See below [Amharic - PDF]: [Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:ENTC press release on the massacre of Muslims in Addis Ababa Press conference on Ethiopian National Transitional Council ONLF Press Release on Congressional letter President Bush

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Brave Ethiopians kicked out Woyanne delegates from Australia (video)

Friday, July 6th, 2012

To all patriotic Ethiopians in Australia: Bravo! You made us proud. [Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:EPPF Australia chapter formed Ethiopians in Ohio give Woyanne delegates the boot Woyanne kicked out from key Somali town – BBC

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Only 100 people attended Al Amoudi’s festival – Washington Post

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

The guests of honor at the RFK tournament are members of the 1962 Ethiopian national soccer team, the country’s only team to win the Africa Cup of Nations. When four of them took their seats Sunday before the opening ceremonies, people applauded and crowded around them to take pictures. But attendance was sparse, with fewer [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Only 100 people attended Al Amoudi's festival – Washington Post

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

The guests of honor at the RFK tournament are members of the 1962 Ethiopian national soccer team, the country’s only team to win the Africa Cup of Nations. When four of them took their seats Sunday before the opening ceremonies, people applauded and crowded around them to take pictures. But attendance was sparse, with fewer than 100 people on hand that day… [Washington Post - read more]

Self Empowerment for SELF-Liberation

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Care is needed in recommending action when people feel helpless. If at this stage people are nevertheless prodded into public opposition beyond their capacity, their predictable defeat will prove to them that their weakness is even greater than they had realized. It will be a long time before they are able to act again. However, [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Ethiopian National Transitional Council has been formed

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Following a 3-day intense discussion, the Dallas conference has formed “Ethiopian National Transitional Council” (ENTC) on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012. The conference decided that the primary goal of ENTC is to prepare conditions for creating an all-inclusive Ethiopian Transitional Government that will replace the Woyanne ethnic-apartheid junta. ENTC is composed of representatives of patriotic Ethiopians [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

The plight of Ethiopian Women in the Middle East

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Migrant Nightmares: Ethiopian Domestic Workers in the Gulf By Graham Peebles | Dissidentvoice.org July 3, 2012 Employment opportunities in Ethiopia are scarce, particularly for young women with only a basic education from rural areas where 85% of the population live. Many travel to the towns and cities in search of work, only to discover a [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Paradigm Shift: TPLF Intimidation No More

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

The time has come for an Adwa Spring, what started with a joke of a soccer tournament come cultural sham has transformed into something bigger:: by Teddy Fikre  dated: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2012 Do you feel that? Feel what you ask. That shaking, the tremble below your feet as the upper crust of society suddenly [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

ESFNA Dallas 2012 opening ceremony (video)

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

The climax of Ethiopian Sports Federation North America’s opening ceremony on Sunday, July 1st. Watch the video below? The event will continue until Saturday. Click here for schedules and more info. [Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:ESFNA to hold its 2012 tournament in Dallas, Texas ESFNA rocks Dallas VIDEO: Ethiopian delegation at the Beijing Olympic opening

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

ESFNA rocks Dallas

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

The Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) opened its annual soccer tournament on Sunday, July 1st, in Dallas, Texas, with a big fanfare. I have been to several ESFNA events in the past, and I am sure many people would agree that this year’s is the best organized, and the most exciting event in [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

የነጻ ፕሬስና የዝንጀሮ ፍርድ ቤት በእትዮጵያ

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

ከፕሮፌሰር ዓለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም ከነጻነት ለሃገሬ እውነት በሃሰት ዲል ሲመታ! ላለፉት ስድስት ዓመታት ኢትየጵያ ውስጥ ያለውን የፐሬስ ነጻነት ለማስከበር በሚደረገው ግብግብ ውስጥ የትግሉ ደጋፊ በመሆን በርካታ ጦማሮችን ጽፌያለሁ፡፡ በ2009 ባቀረብኩት ርእስ ስር የሰፈረው፤‹‹በኢትዮጵያ ነጻ ፐሬስ አኳያ ያለው የጦርነት ጥበብ›› የሚል ነበር፡፡ በነጻው ፕሬስ ላይ ይዥጎደጎድ የነበረውን የግፍ ጡጫ በተመለከተ ያደረብኝን መገረም ያመላከተም ነበር፡፡ “አንዲት ቢራቢሮን [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

The Free Press in Ethiopia’s Kangaroo Kourts

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Alemayehu G Mariam The Triumph of Lies Over the past six years, I have written numerous columns defending press freedom in Ethiopia. In a 2009 commentary entitled, “The Art of War on Ethiopia’s Independent Press”, I expressed astonishment over the heavy handed treatment of the free press: “Use a sledgehammer to smash a butterfly! That [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Al Amoudi Woyanne festival in DC a total failure (video)

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

The festival that is organized in Washington DC under the name of AESAONE by Al Amoudi and Woyanne thugs, in collaboration with a bunch of hoodlums, turned into total failure on its opening day this afternoon. After spending over $2 million to promote the event, less than 500 people turned out for the opening ceremony, [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Ethiopian transitional council founding conference convenes – photo

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

The founding conference of Ethiopian National Transitional Council has convened in Dallas, Texas, today, Sunday, July 1, 2012. Delegates from several cities and country from around the world are participating. The convention is being broadcast live via audio and video streaming. You can watch or listen live now here: 1. ENTC Web site (click here) [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Ethiopian transitional council founding conference convenes – photo

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

The founding conference of Ethiopian National Transitional Council has convened in Dallas, Texas, today, Sunday, July 1, 2012. Delegates from several cities and country from around the world are participating. The convention is being broadcast live via audio and video streaming. You can watch or listen live now here:

1. ENTC Web site (click here)
2. Paltalk: Qale Forum
3. Paltalk: Debtera Forum

Stay tuned for more updates and photos.

ENTC

ENTC

Protest rally at the Al Amoudi Woyanne festival in DC – Sunday, 5 PM

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

If you are angry at the Woyanne kangaroo court‘s decision against Andualeam Arage and others, here is the chance to do some thing about it. Turn your anger into action. Patriotic Ethiopians in the Washington DC area are organizing a protest rally against the Al Amoudi blood money festival that will start this coming Sunday, [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Protest rally at the Al Amoudi Woyanne festival in DC – Sunday, 5 PM

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

If you are angry at the Woyanne kangaroo court’s decision against Andualeam Arage and others, here is the chance to do some thing about it. Turn your anger into action.

Patriotic Ethiopians in the Washington DC area are organizing a protest rally against the Al Amoudi blood money festival that will start this coming Sunday, July 1.

The purpose of the protest is to disrupt and make the event fail because:

1. Al Amoudi and the Woyanne junta are thieves and mass murderers.
2. The $2 million that is being spent for the festival is stolen from the people of Ethiopia.
3. It is a Woyanne political event under the cover of sports that is intended to divide the Ethiopian community in the Diaspora.
4. Al Amoudi and the Woyanne junta continue to commit gross injustice against the people of Ethiopia.

Give voice to our voiceless people in Ethiopia by participating in the protest rally Sunday.

Date: July 1, 2012.
Time፡ 5፡00 PM
Place: RFK Stadium, Washington DC.

More info: boycott.tplf@gmail.com

የአዲስ ድምጵ ራዲዮ ልዩ የስልክና የኢንተርነት ፕሮግራም

አርብ ጁን 29 ቀን ከምሽቱ 9 ሰኣት እስክ 11 ሰኣት ድረስ

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Why Nonviolent Discipline?

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Regardless of whether the use of mass protests, strikes, boycotts, sabotage or nonviolent coercion… is chosen as the primary mechanism for gaining total liberation, violence against any other human being must be avoided in a strategic nonviolence campaign… [read more] [Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:Offense Strategy for Nonviolent Struggle The 66 TPLF Parasitic Companies Under [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Protesting is for a Defeated People

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Twenty-one years of “Protest! Protest” and the only thing we have to show for it is corns on our feet:: by Teddy Fikre dated: Saturday, June 30th, 2012 (or is it May 7th 2005) Twenty-one years! 21! We have been at this for twenty-one damn years.  What has changed in that twenty-one years?  Nothing! Absolutely [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Sudan uprising intensifies; Over 1000 protesters arrested

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

KHARTOUM (AFP) — About 1,000 people were detained and hundreds injured — many by tear gas — during anti-regime protests on Friday in Sudan, an activist group said on Saturday’s anniversary of President Omar al-Bashir’s coup. The information minister called the protesters “rioters” who threaten the country’s stability. “Some were arrested and released,” said an [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Who jailed Eskinder and the rest?

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

By Yilma Bekele The headlines screamed ‘Ethiopian court convicts 24 of terrorism charges’. As usual it was a misleading and incorrect statement. There is no such animal called Ethiopian court. There is a TPLF controlled judicial arrangement in Ethiopia. Prime Minster Meles and his politburo are the directors behind the scene of this farce. For [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

U.S. Supreme Court cites an Ethiopian scholar’s work

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

By Selam Beyene At a time when many Ethiopians in the Diaspora are disenchanted with President Obama’s gestures toward the Ethiopian tyrant Meles Zenawi, it is ironic that the work of an Ethiopian scholar, Dr. Berhanu Alemayehu, is cited as significant scientific evidence supporting the concurring opinion of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Shame AESA One

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Thank you AESA One, this marks one of the most tragic days in Ethiopian history.  You just murdered EMNET and FIKER for our children. All this so you can make a few thousand dollars.  you are BANDAS of the highest order.  You are traitors to Ethiopia, you now belong in league with Italians and BANDAS. [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Ethiopian Review frustrates the Woyanne junta – William Davison

Friday, June 29th, 2012

In some cases, such as that of Ethiopian Review, it’s apparent why official frustration at the media boils over. The US-based website, the Ethiopian Review is virulently opposed to Meles’s regime, which has ruled the country since helping overthrow a Marxist military junta in 1991. It publishes a torrent of anti-government agitprop. Last year, Saudi [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

My War with AESA One & The Community As a WHOLE Explained

Friday, June 29th, 2012

This is my detailed explanation of my all out WAR against AESA One explained.  One man against a machine and I have intimidated the whole army of blood money suckers, the promoters and DJs alike, to back down.  They are no longer promoting this blood money event on Facebook or Twitter.  Instead, they pay teenagers [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

The Al Amoudi festival in DC is managed by DLA Piper (photo)

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

The Al Amoudi-Woyanne blood money festival in Washington DC that is scheduled to start this coming Sunday afternoon under the name AESNONE is being managed by DLP Piper, the notorious U.S. law firm based in Washington DC that represents genocidal dictators around the world, including the Woyanne junta and its khat-addicted dictator. DLA Piper receives [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Ethiopian migrants perish in Tanzania (video)

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

The endless Ethiopian nightmare [Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:24 Ethiopian and Somali refugees perish off Yemen coast Egyptian police arrest 14 Ethiopian migrants Ethiopian migrants drown off Yemen coast

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

43 Ethiopians suffocated to death in Tanzania

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

ARUSHA, Tanzania (AP) — Forty-three Ethiopians and Somalis who paid to be smuggled from their homelands in search of better living conditions died in the back of a crowded, suffocating truck, an official said Wednesday. Deputy Home Affairs Minister Pereira Silima on Wednesday said it was sad that so many people died from the illegal [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Andualem Aragie, Eskinder Nega and others convicted

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

In a blatant miscarriage of justice, a Woyanne Kangaroo court in Ethiopia today found Eskinder Nega and twenty-three other political opponents of the regime guilty on bogus terrorism charges.  The only thing Eskinder Nega and other political prisoners are guilty of is speaking the truth and criticizing the regime for its brazen violations of human [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

ESAT discussion on boycotting Al Amoudi festival in DC

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

ESAT discusses economic boycott against the Woyanne junta in Ethiopia, and particularly the boycott campaign that is currently underway against the Al Amoudi-sponsored blood money festival in Washington DC. The discussion is with Ethiopian Review editor Elias Kifle and Boycott TPLF Task Force member Hirut Dinku. Watch below: [Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:Discussion on boycotting [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Transitional council founding conference – Dallas, July 1 – 3

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

The founding convention of Ethiopian National Transitional Council will be held in Dallas, Texas, starting this coming Sunday, July 1. Delegates from close to 40 cities and countries around the world will start arriving in Dallas on Friday to participate in the historic meeting. Listen below: More info: entc.pr@gmail.com [Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:Ethiopian transitional [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Sew Tefah? Ethiopia Motech?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

The choice is simple, be about Hebret and charity or take part in evil and do Eskista as you protest AESA One as everyone—including me—laughs at you:: by Teddy (Ambessa) Fikre  dated: Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 I am writing this open letter to my community to call you out on your own duplicity. I am [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

ኢትዮጵያ፡- ሰማይ ተደረመሰ!

Monday, June 25th, 2012

ከፕሮፌሰር ዓለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም ከነጻነት ለሃገሬ ሰማዩ  ተደረመሰ! ብዙዎች አንባቢዎቼ ‹‹ተረት ተረት የመሰረት››ን የመኝታ ተረቶች ምን ያህል እንደምወዳቸው ያውቃሉ፡፡ በቅርቡ  በጣም የምወደውን የመኝታ ሰአት ተረት “የፒኖኪዮን ታሪ በአፍሪካ” ጽፌ ነበር፡፡ ለመሆኑ ሰለ ሚጢጢዋ ጫጩት ክፉኛ ዽንጋጤ ሰምታችሁ ታውቃላችሁ? ይሄዉላችሁ  አንድ ቀን ሚጢጢዋ ጫጩት ጓሮ መሬቱን በመጫር ላይ ሳለች፤አንዲት ነገር አናቷ ላይ ዱብ አለባት፡፡‹‹እረገኝ››፤ ‹‹ሰማዩ ተደረመሰ! [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Ethiopia: The Sky(pe) is Falling!

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Alemayehu G. Mariam The Sky is Falling! Most of my readers know how much I enjoy “bedtime stories”. Recently, I wrote about my favortie bedtime story of Pinocchio in Africa. Ever heard of the story of Chicken Little? One day Chicken Little was scratching around the yard  when something fell on her head. “Oh,” screeched Chicken Little, [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Public Meeting in Washington DC – Sunday, June 24

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

[Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:Ethiopian Youth Public Meeting, Washington DC – Sunday, June 3 DC ENTC Organizing Committee meeting – Sunday, June 10 London Public meeting on Ethiopian transitional council – June 10

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Yachi Neger: Ethiopia Killers by the Name of AESA One

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Yachi Neger is a condom called our conscience, if we wear it we can reside in the grace of God or we can disrobe from this same condom and dwell in the abode of Saytan:: by Teddy Fikre  dated: Friday, June 22nd, 2012 Tesebsebu lijoch, kuch belu.  Sit down and listen to a story that [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

የታሪክ፡ ተጠያቂወች፡ አንሁን፤ የምግብ፡ ዋስትና፡ የኢትዮጵያዊያን፡ መብት፡ ነው። ክፍል፡ ስድስት

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

አክሎግ፡ ቢራራ (ዾር) በክፍል፡ አምስት፡ ህወሓት፡ ሙሉ፡ በሙሉ፡ የሚቆጣጠረው፡ መንግስት፡ እንዴት፡ አድርጎ፡ ተቋሞችን፡ ወገናዊ፡ እንዳደረገ፤ ሃቭትና፡ ጥሪት፡ ለእራሱና፡ ለደጋፊወቹ፡ እንደሚያካብት፤ የመከላከያ፤ የህግ፤ የውጭ፡ ግንኙነት፤ የጉምሩክ፤ የባንክ፤ የማዘጋጃ፡ ቤት፤ የአስተዳደር፤ የተፈጥሮ፡ ጥሪት፡ አጠቃቀም፤ የስራ፡ ፈቃድ፤ የትምህርት፡ ድርጅቶችን፡ በሙሉ፡ ፖለቲካዊ፤ ዘራዊ፤ እንዳደረገ፡ በማስረጃ፡ አሳይቻለሁ። እድገት፡ አለ፡ ቢባልም፤ የዚህ፡ አይነት፡ አድሏዊ፡ አገዛዝ፡ በምንም፡ መለኪያ፡ ዘላቂነትና፡ ፍትሃዊነት፡ ሊኖረው፡ አይችልም። [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Skype and Ethiopia

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

By Yilma Bekele The origins of the Internet can be traced to ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) that was funded by the US Department of Defense (DARPA) for use by its research labs in the 1960’s. The Internet as we know moved from connecting research institutions and Universities into commercial use in the middle [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

BBC interview with Ethiopian Review editor

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Click here to listen [Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:VOA interview with Ethiopian Review editor (audio) Ethiopian Review editor, others charged with terrorism in Ethiopia Ethiopian Review Editor’s Note – April 1992

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

The town of Awassa in a security lock-down

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

The Woyanne junta has sent thousands of heavily armed troops to the southern Ethiopian town of Awassa today to prevent a protest rally that has been called for tomorrow, Saturday. Security check points have been set up at several places, buses have been ordered to stop services, and transportation in and out of the town [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Boycott Al Amoudi’s festival in Washington DC

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

የአላሙዲ አሽከሮች በዋሽንግተን ዲሲ ባዘጋጁት የወያኔ ፌስቲቫል ላይ ሀገር ወዳድ ኢትዮጵያውያን እንዳይሳተፉ የቀረበ ጥሪ [PDF] የኢትዮጵያ ስፖርት ፌዴሬሽን ዓመታዊ ዝግጅት በዳላስ ቴክሳስ ከጁላይ 1 – 7፥ እንዲሁም የኢትዮጵያ ሄሪቴጅ በዋሽንግተን ዲሲ ከጁላይ 27 – 29 ይካሄዳሉ። እነዚህን የኢትዮጵያውያን ዝግጅቶች ለማፍረስ ወያኔያዊ ተልዕኮ ያላቸውና በገንዘብ የተገዙ ግለሰቦች ያደረጉት ሙከራ ይታወሳል። ይሁን እንጂ ተልእኮአቸው ከሽፎ በሰሜን አሜሪካ [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

New Fashion Trend: Habesha Men Wearing Habesha Kemis

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Two years ago in America, it was the year of the “metrosexual”, it seems we have arrived at a new day, we have arrived at the age of the “Habeshasexual”:: by Yohannes Aramaji  dated: Thursday, June 21st, 2012 [picture provided by AESAOne Habesha men] (Washington P0st DC Bureau) It is the hottest fashion trend of [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

How long will West tolerate Ethiopia’s dictator? Graham Peebles

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Internet intrusion and increased repression in Ethiopia By Graham Peebles | Redress.cc 19 June 2012 Graham Peebles views the Meles Zenawi regime’s chronic suppression of the internet and media freedoms in Ethiopia and asks how long will Addis Ababa’s allies in the US, Britain and the European Union tolerate the regime’s flagrant violations of rights [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Tinsae Ethiopia relaunches BEKA campaign in Ethiopia (photos)

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Tinsae Ethiopia has relaunched its BEKA (enough) campaign in Ethiopia by distributing pamphlets and writing the Beka slogan in Addis Ababa and other cities…. [read more] [Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:BEKA! message in Addis Ababa (updated) More BEKA slogans in Addis Ababa (photos) Tinsae Ethiopia launches diplomatic campaign

[Source: Ethiopian Review]

Discussion on Al Amoudi blood money festival in Washington DC

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Saudi agent Al Amoudi, in collaboration with Woyanne junta leaders Meles Zenawi and Azeb Mesfin, is pillaging and looting Ethiopia by creating over 40 mega corporations during the past 20 years, while forcing into exile so many hard working Ethiopian businessmen. Al Amoudi has been able to dominate every thing in Ethiopia because he is [...]

[Source: Ethiopian Review]