Archive for the ‘Ethiopian News’ Category

Ethiopia’s mother of corruption bitch-slaps Al Amoudi

Monday, September 5th, 2011

At a recent party at Sheraton Hotel in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, Azeb Mesfin, the wife of Ethiopia’s tyrant Meles Zenawi, slapped Saudi billionaire Al Amoudi in front of hundreds of guests, according to Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit sources. Azeb, who is commonly known as “the mother of corruption” in Ethiopia, was reportedly incensed that [...]

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What Should Starving Ethiopians do to Help Themselves?

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Alemayehu G. Mariam In 1987 when Time Magazine featured a famine-stricken Ethiopian mother on its cover page, it failed to ask the most important question of all: What should Ethiopians do and not do to help themselves? It is the privilege of those who give to pity those who receive. One of the great indignities of [...]

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Public meeting in Dallas – announcement

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Alliance for Liberty, Equality, and Justice in Ethiopia (ALEJE) has organized a public meeting in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, September 10, 2011. The Dallas meeting is part of a series of public meetings that was launched in Washington DC in July, followed by London, UK. The guest speakers Ato Andargachew Tsiege, Secretary General of Ginbot [...]

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Pastor Daniel confirms severe torture in Ethiopian prisons

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Pastor Daniel Gebraselassie, head of Prison Fellowship Ministry in Ethiopia informs U.S. Embassy officials in Addis Ababa that the Meles dictatorship has been perpetrating severe tortures against detainees. The information comes from the recently leaked secret U.S. diplomatic cables that are now available on Wikileaks. The following is an excerpt of what Paster Daniel told [...]

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Ethiopian prisons are filled with Shweyga Mullahs

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

By Elias Kifle The burning of Ethiopian woman, Shweyga Mullah, by the family of Libyan madman Gaddafi has shocked the world. The bestiality of the Gaddafis in subjecting a fellow human being to such unspeakable cruelty is horrifying to any decent human being. People around the world would be equally shocked if they see pictures [...]

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Meles troops torture, burn Ethiopian women (photos)

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

The U.S.-financed tyrant in Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, has been committing horrific crimes in Ethiopia during the past 20 years. Many of these crimes have been documented by every major international human rights organization, including Amnesty Int’l and Human Rights Watch. Ignoring such crimes against humanity, the U.S. Obama Administration has allocated $580 million in assistance [...]

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Deadly clash reported between Woyanne and ONLF forces

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

(VOA) — Ethiopian government Woyanne and rebels in the restive Ogaden region have confirmed a deadly clash this week in an area where a Chinese firm is exploring for oil. Each of the two side’s respective versions of the event differ sharply. Details provided by both the Ethiopian government Woyanne and rebels of the Ogaden [...]

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Interview with Major Dawit WoldeGiorgis (video)

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Interview with Shaleqa (Major) Dawit Woldegiorgis, former high-level official under Mengistu Hailemariam’s regime. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 [Read the rest] Related posts:“Eskedar” – a new book by Dawit WoldeGirogis President Girma Woldegiorgis busy at work Letter to Ato Hailu Shawel – by Dawit Kebede

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Shweyga Mullah, the new face of Ethiopia

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

By Yilma Bekele It looks like we are all upset. All our independent Web sites are headlining the news. It is the main conversation among our people outside of the country. Mere language is not enough to describe our profound displeasure with the Libyan ruling class. Our anger knows no bounds. What exactly is getting [...]

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Town hall meeting – postponed

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The town hall meeting has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 30, due to Hurricane Irene. The place and time remains the same. Only the date has been changed.   Regime change in Ethiopia – A town hall meeting Ethiopian Review will hold a special town hall meeting in Washington DC on Saturday, September 3, 2011, [...]

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CPJ speaks out against the torture of Ethiopian journalists

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

New York (CPJ) — The Committee to Protect Journalists holds Ethiopia responsible for the well-being of two journalists detained without charge or legal access since June under the country’s far-reaching anti-terrorism law. Police arrested Woubshet Taye, deputy editor of the weekly Awramba Times, and Reeyot Alemu, columnist for the weekly Feteh, on June 19 and 21, respectively, on [...]

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Ethiopia’s tyrant expels Amnesty International delegation

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Ethiopia’s khat-addicted tyrant has expelled Amnesty International delegates, VOA reports. (VOA) — Rights group Amnesty International says a group of its delegates was expelled from Ethiopia this week after meeting with two opposition leaders who have since been arrested. Amnesty said Wednesday that a delegation of foreign members was told by Ethiopian officials on August [...]

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OBEDIENCE to tyrants due to self-interest

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

There are many people who may say they intensely dislike their oppressor, yet they actively support him. Examining the role of self-interest and personal rewards that are available to those who support the tyrant adequately explains this paradox. [read more] [Read the rest] Related posts:OBEDIENCE to Tyrants – the root causes Police say they have [...]

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What Should the World Do and Not Do To Save Ethiopians?

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Alemayehu G. Mariam Nearly a quarter of a century ago, Time Magazine on its cover page asked two weighty questions about recurrent famines in Ethiopia: “Why are Ethiopians starving again? What should the world do and not do” to help them? In my commentary last week, I gave ten reasons in response to the first question; here [...]

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Syria and Ethiopia–two peas in a pod.

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Syria and Ethiopia–two peas in a pod. By Yilma Bekele Tahrir Square, Misrata, Darra, Homs are becoming a household name. They are home of the brave and the bold. History will show epic battles were fought in this locations and the people won. The battles were not against foreign aggressors but rather it was the [...]

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Latest Wikileaks releases of U.S. diplomatic cables from Ethiopia

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Wikileaks: Secret diplomatic messages sent from the American Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by U.S. diplomats 2010-02-13 ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT HOSTS DIASPORA INVESTMENT FORUM 2010-02-13 JANUARY REGIONAL ENVIRONMENT NEWSLETTER, EAST AFRICA 2010-02-12 Ethiopia: Information on Child Labor and Forced Labor 2010-02-10 ETHIOPIA AND CLIMATE CHANGE, POST AU SUMMIT 2010-02-10 U/S OTERO TALKS WATER IN ETHIOPIA 2010-02-09 [...]

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Wikileaks: Woyanne vs. VOA

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Wikileaks yesterday released the following U.S. diplomatic dispatch from Addis Ababa dated 15 and 22 November 2005. ============== http://wikileaks.org/cable/2005/11/05ADDISABABA3852.html SUBJECT: VOA’S AMHARIC SERVICE CONDEMNED BY GOE – NEED FOR PROOF ¶1. This cable contains an action request. See paragraph ¶12. ¶2. SUMMARY: On November 8, Charge d’Affaires met with local and London-based Voice of America [...]

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Unity in Diversity versus Diversity in Unity

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

By Messay Kebede In an article titled “The Question of Unity: Do Words Matter?,” Maimire Mennasemay exposed the poison wrapped in the TPLF’s catchphrase “unity in diversity.” His insightful analysis reveals that the slogan is “diversity-centric,” in that it gives primacy to ethnic identities and conceives of unity as an agglomeration of sovereign and static [...]

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Psychological Identification with the Tyrant

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Sometimes people identify with the tyrant as an extension of their family or ethnic networking. They may feel loyalty to the regime or system similar to the loyalty that they feel to their favorite soccer club. This is particularly true if they have shared the experience of some dramatic historical events, such as a struggle [...]

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Why are Ethiopians Starving Again in 2011?

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Alemayehu G. Mariam               On December 21, 1987, Time Magazine on its cover page featured a downcast and crestfallen young Ethiopian mother as a symbol of famine victims in that country. Time asked two timeless questions: “Why are Ethiopians starving again? What should the world do and not do?” [...]

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Libyan freedom fighters reach Tripoli

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

(AP, Reuters) — A convoy of rebels entered a western neighborhood of the city firing their weapons into the air, a witness said. Sky television said some fighters were only 8 km (five miles) from the center and were being welcomed by civilians pouring into the streets. Euphoric Libyan rebels raced into the capital Tripoli [...]

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Ethiopia – In search of a common ground

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

By Yilma Bekele How to manage and resolve conflict has always been our Achilles Heel. That is part of the reason why we stumble from one crisis to another. Last week was a perfect example of an attempt to try to find out a reasonable solution to a problem that arose in our region here [...]

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Ethiopia’s beggar dictator fixated on Eritrea

Friday, August 19th, 2011

By Elias Kifle The Government of Eritrea has no choice but to launch a diplomatic offensive as Ethiopia’s khat-addicted dictator Meles Zenawi is bent on effecting a regime change in Eritrea through economic strangulation to be followed by a military attack. Meles has set his sight, to the point of obsession, on installing a puppet [...]

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Gadhafi prepares to flee

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Reports say Libya’s Col. Moammar Gadhafi may be preparing to flee as the rebels close in on his territory. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports from the Pentagon. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Moammar Gadhafi is making preparations for a departure from Libya with his family for possible exile in [...]

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Ethiopian-owned furniture store featured on Fox

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Ethiopian-owned furniture store in Maryland, Solo Furniture Installer and Liquidator, has been featured on Fox TV. [Read the rest] Related posts:Ethiopian owned furniture business featured on Fox An online store for Ethiopian gospel songs launched Denver: Ethiopian man killed in a 7-Eleven store

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Clinton tells Syria’s dictator to leave (video)

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joins European leaders today in demanding Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad to step aside. “The people of Syria deserve a government that respects their dignity, protects their rights and lives up to their aspirations. Assad is standing in their way,” Clinton said in remarks following President Barack Obama’s direct call [...]

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Ethiopian fascination with the “Arab Spring.” Part II of III

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Part II of III By Aklog Birara* Part one identified similarities and differences between the Egyptian and Tunisian popular revolutions on the one hand and conditions in Ethiopia on the other. Differences aside, the Ethiopian admiration for an interest in the Arab Spring is relentless. In particular, Ethiopia’s democratic and nationalist leaning elites, the majority [...]

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Is Musseveni brokering peace between Meles and Isaias?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Reuters is reporting that Eritrea’s president Isaias Afwerki is heading to Ugandan capital Kampala this week for a 3-day state visit. There is a wide-spread speculation that Uganda’s dictator has invited Isaias to broker a peace deal with Ethiopia’s khat-addicted tyrant Meles Zenawi. It’s highly doubtful, but if the speculation is true, and if Yoweri [...]

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Starve the Beast, Feed the People

Monday, August 15th, 2011

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Americans fed up with uncontrolled deficit government spending are often heard invoking a familiar battle cry: “Starve the Beast!” In other words, no more taxpayer dollars for wasteful government spending. I say we stand up to the to Western donors and loaners who continue to support the criminal regime of Meles [...]

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The Oromo contribution to building the Ethiopian nation

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

As part of its Greater Tigray agenda, the Woyanne apartheid junta has been systematically attempting to weaken Ethiopian nationalism by turning one ethnic group against another. The Woyanne propaganda machine has commissioned papers and books, for example, audaciously bringing into question the Oromo people’s contribution to building Ethiopia as a nation. Unfortunately, the Woyanne propaganda [...]

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Ethiopia and its self-Inflicted wounds.

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Ethiopia and its self-Inflicted wounds. By Yilma Bekele Some of our independent Web sites have put me in a quandary. That is not a good place to be. A certain amount of certainty is a must for rational existence. There have to be stuff that we all have to take for granted. Some things like [...]

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Is Ethiopian fascination with Egypt, Tunisia uprising justified?

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

By Aklog Birara* Part I of 111 I tend to think that, in Sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopian fascination with the Tunisian and Egyptian popular revolutions exceeds any other. This admiration emanates from wishes and aspirations among Ethiopia’s youth and the small middle class to see similar changes in their homeland. I admit that it is too [...]

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Beka (video)

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

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Attacking Tyrant’s Weaknesses – DISOBEDIENCE

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people obeyed the dictates of the tyrants and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. [read more] [Read the rest] Related posts:Tegbar calls for blockade of roads in an act of civil disobedience to free elected leaders of [...]

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Starving Ethiopians deliberately (UK Channel 4)

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Three years ago, Ethiopian Review posted a special report by UK’s Channel 4 News about how the Meles regime in Ethiopia is deliberately starving the people of Ogaden in eastern Ethiopia. Meles and his entire regime and puppets need to be brought to trial for this crime against humanity. Instead, the U.S. and U.K. pump [...]

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Ethiopia’s regime and the weaponization of famine

Monday, August 8th, 2011

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Author’s Note:  On June 16, 2008, I published a special commentary (reproduced below in its original form) explaining the sysetmatic use of disinformation by Meles Zenawi, the dictator in Ethiopia for two decades, to deny widespread famine in various parts of Ethiopia and insidiously manipulate famine as a political and military weapon to cling to power. [...]

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The world notices Meles Zenawi’s crimes

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

By Muktar Omer On August 05, 2011 a joint undercover investigation by BBC Newsnight and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism presented evidence that the Ethiopia’s current regime is using billions of dollars of development aid as a tool for political oppression. Here is the full transcript of the programme: Ethiopia using aid as a weapon [...]

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Ethiopian fascinations with the ”Arab Spring” – Part II

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

By Aklog Birara Part II of III Part I identified similarities and differences between the Egyptian and Tunisian popular revolutions on the one hand and conditions in Ethiopia on the other. Differences aside, the Ethiopian admiration for and, interest in the Arab Spring is relentless. In particular, Ethiopia’s democratic and nationalist leaning elites, the majority [...]

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What is Life? (Poem)

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

By Fikre Tolossa Life is noting but a bridge that leads To the next life all those who roam on it. What a fool builds a house on a bridge, deeming it a home? Life is a tent, And not a home. It’ll shelter the next traveler, When the first stops to roam. Life is [...]

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Meles using aid as weapon of oppression again (BBC)

Friday, August 5th, 2011

(BBC) A joint undercover investigation by BBC Newsnight and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has uncovered evidence that the Ethiopian government is using billions of dollars of development aid as a tool for political oppression. Posing as tourists the team of journalists travelled to the southern region of Ethiopia. There they found villages where whole [...]

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The Diaspora as a teacher

Friday, August 5th, 2011

By Yilma Bekele There are a lot of Ethiopians outside of their homeland. I have not seen a reliable statistics to tell us the real number, but there is no hiding from the fact that we have become a Nation that looks to outside to solve many of our pressing needs. Coffee, hides and lately [...]

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U.K. and EU ignore human rights warnings in Ethiopia

Friday, August 5th, 2011

By Bruno Waterfield BRUSSELS (The Telegraph) — An investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and BBC Newsnight has found that as Ethiopia is hit by drought and famine, communities are being denied basic food, seed and fertiliser for failing to support Meles Zenawi, the country’s authoritarian leader. Senior Brussels officials ignored 61 email warnings [...]

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Is al Amoudi wanted for questioning in the United States?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

According to a reliable source, Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi is wanted for questioning by the United States authorities to investigate about possible links with questionable groups. It appears that al-Amoudi has not visited the United States in years. Ethiopian Review is looking into the veracity of this information. We encourage our readers with information to [...]

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Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE NGOs

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Nongovernmental Organizations, NGOs, that can function outside direct control and supervision of the government is a potential asset to a democracy movement… [read more] [Read the rest]

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Ethiopia: VOA is Not VOZ!

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Alemayehu G. Mariam VOA is the Voice of America. It is emphatically not the VOZ (Voice of Zenawi) or anyone else. Thus spoke VOA Acting Director Steve Redisch responding to the firestorm of controversy surrounding revelations of a blacklist of critics drawn up by the über-dictator Meles Zenawi and presented to a delegation of the [...]

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German parliamentarians denounces media ban in Ethiopia

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

German Parliamentarian Thilo Hoppe issued the following press release today on the attempt by Ethiopia’s khat-addicted dictator to ban independent media and silence critics. PRESS RELEASE (PDF) According to reports from journalists at Voice of America and Deutsche Welle, the Ethiopian government is keeping a “blacklist” of names of “undesirable” journalists and “subversive” critics. In [...]

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Saudi billionaire wins libel action against Ethiopian editor

Friday, July 29th, 2011

(BBC) An Ethiopian-born billionaire has won £175,000 in libel damages over allegations he had hunted his daughter down so she could be stoned to death. Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi was born in Ethiopia, but now spends his time at homes in central London, Surrey and Saudi Arabia. The article was published on the online news website [...]

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Emperor Tewodros and Ato Meles

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

By Yilma Bekele I watched a video of an interview Ato Meles gave to a woman journalist. The edited version on You Tube and our Independent Diaspora sites starts without introduction and ends abruptly. We have no idea who the questioner is and why she is granted a one to one interview. The role she [...]

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Civil resistance = to remove + to replace the tyrant

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

BUSINESS COMMUNITY, by providing people with goods and services that the government does not supply, and by playing an important role even in most centralized societies, business communities are frequently recognized as a very important pillar of support… [read more] [Read the rest]

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ESAT analysis on the VOA demonstration (video)

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Ethiopians held a protest rally on Monday against the attempt by some to restrict VOA’s Amharic broadcast after a high-level VOA delegation went to Ethiopia recently and met with Woyanne junta leaders. The following is an analysis and report on Monday’s protest. [Read the rest]

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Ethiopia: Dictator With a Conscience?

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Alemayehu G. Mariam Ethiopia, Famine and the Oxford Dictionary Oxymorons (figures of speech that combine contradictory terms) can sometimes provide unique  insights into the cognitive process. Consider, for instance, the phrase “honest politician”. Is there such a thing? It sounds so comical to talk about “efficient government”? How about an “emerging democracy”? That’s like saying a [...]

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Hands off VOA! Protest rally against censorship

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Ethiopians in residing in the Washington DC Metro Area will hold a rally at the VOA on Monday morning, July 25 starting at 9 AM to protest against recent attempts by the khat-addicted dictator in Ethiopia and his paid ($50,000 per month) lobbyists in the U.S. to censor news broadcasts to Ethiopia. The protesters also [...]

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Voice of America: Do Not Censor the Voiceless!

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Alemayehu G. Mariam The record will show that I have been an unapologetic defender of the Voice of America. A couple of weeks ago, I defended the VOA as the Voice of the Voiceless. When Zenawi lambasted the VOA for being the flipside of the VOI (Voice of Interhamwe-Rwanda), I rose to its defense. When [...]

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A question to Kuma Demeksa and Dula Aba Gemeda

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Kuma Demeksa, Dula Aba Gemeda, and Alemayehu Atomsa are the most favorite puppets of Ethiopia’s khat-addicted tyrant Meles Zenawi. They have been appointed by Meles as top officials of Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO) to represent Oromia Region in his government. Alemayehu Atomsa is the current president of Oromia. The question to these three pigs [...]

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VOA and its problems

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

By Yilma Bekele There is an Amharic saying that comes to mind when you think of the current revelations regarding VOA and its dealings with Ethiopia and Ethiopians. Thanks to Ato Abebe Gelaw’s investigative work we are able to see the inside workings of the independent News Organization. Its credibility is under a magnifying glass [...]

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Tinsae Ethiopia launches diplomatic campaign

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

To counter the ongoing attempt by the Woyanne fascist junta in Ethiopia to label Ethiopian opposition groups, human rights activists and journalists as terrorists, and also to highlight the worsening economic and political crises in the country, Tinsae Ethiopia has launched a new diplomatic campaign. [read more] [Read the rest]

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Common Factors Uniting Ethiopians

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

The Tigreans had Aksum, but what could that mean to the Gurage? The Agew had Lalibela, but what could that mean to the Oromo? The Gonderes had castles, but what could that mean to the Wolayita?” – Meles Zenawi When I read the above statement made by the head Ethiopia’s ruling party, Ato Meles Zenawi, [...]

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Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE MEDIA

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Effective nonviolent movements must have the means to communicate their messages to a wider audience. This is why authoritarians in many countries attempt to limit or deny movements access to this pillar of the support. They also frequently invest substantial resources in state-run media. [read more] [Read the rest]

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CORRECTION: The person behind recent VOA censorship

Monday, July 18th, 2011

CORRECTION: We have been informed by reliable sources that Gwen Dillard has not been involved in the VOA censorship controversy. We apologize to Ms. Gwen Dillard and our readers for the following incorrect report. ===================== By Abebe Gellaw Washington DC—In response to a recent Addis Voice investigative report, VOA embroiled in fresh censorship row, Voice [...]

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Ethiopia: Unfreedom of Information

Monday, July 18th, 2011

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Life and Times of Democracy in Africa The long march of democracy in West Africa seems to be well underway. In July 2009, I wrote a weekly commentary marveling about Ghana’s multiparty democracy. Wistfully, I asked the rhetorical question: “Why is democracy in motion in Ghana, and on life-support in Ethiopia?” In [...]

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N. America Ethiopian Heritage Festival – official report

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

PRESS RELEASE The Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America (EHSNA) held its First Annual Ethiopian Heritage Festival “Celebrate and Discover Ethiopia.” at Georgetown University starting the evening of Friday July 1, 2011 at the Lucille M. Spagnuolo Gallery. The first day was attended by hundreds of Ethiopians representing the young and elderly, including this year’s [...]

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ESAT special event in Toronto – July 30

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Ethiopians in Toronto will hold a special event marking Ethiopian Satellite Television’s (ESAT) 1st anniversary on July 30, 2011. See the poster below for more info: [Read the rest]

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Arrival of the Ethiopian Spring

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

By Yilma Bekele No one likes a whiner. Why complain insistently when it is of no use. We used to be good at that. Whining was our domain. Did I just say ‘was’? Yes I did. It seems that we are coming out of our shell. The Arab Spring has arrived. The Diaspora is infected [...]

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Ginbot 7, OLF, ALEJE historic meeting in DC

Friday, July 15th, 2011

A historic town hall meeting was held jointly by Alliance Liberty, Equality, and Justice in Ethiopia (ALEJE) and Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, VA. During the meeting, Dr. Berhanu Nega, Chairman of Ginbot 7 and ALEJE, Dr. Nuro Dedefo, Executive Committee member and Head [...]

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Mengistu Hailemariam moving to South Sudan

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Former president Mengistu Hailemariam is planning to move to South Sudan, according to Reporter. The government of South Sudan has finished building a new house for the former president who is currently living in Zimbawe, Reporter added quoting informed sources. Southern Sudanese are apparently grateful to Mengistu Hailemariam for providing them with invaluable assistance during [...]

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Al Amoudi testifies about his daughter Sarah

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Woyanne/Saudi businessman Mohammed Al Amoudi, who is looting and plundering Ethiopia, has submitted a testimony for his lawsuit against Ethiopian Review editor. His testimony is full of real funny stuff such as he doesn’t fund terrorists and that he keeps his personal life private. Read the full text of his 8-page testimony here. Al Amoudi’s [...]

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Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE YOUTH

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Teachers and students can become the catalyst for political change and can enlist support of other pillars of support in many societies. [read more] [Read the rest]

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VOA reinstates Horn of Africa director

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

By Abebe Gellaw The Voice of America (VOA) has reversed its decision to suspend its Horn of Africa chief, David Arnold. After Addis Voice published a disturbing story on censorship and questionable actions taken against Mr. Arnold for comments he made recently in a June 23rd VOA report, VOA bosses held a series of crisis [...]

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Ethiopia: Apocalypse Now or in 40 Years?

Monday, July 11th, 2011

By Alemayehu G. Mariam In October, 2009, I wrote a weekly commentary titled, “Famine and the Noisome Beast in Ethiopia”: It is hard to talk about Ethiopia these days in non-apocalyptic terms. Millions of Ethiopians are facing their old enemy again for the third time in nearly forty years. The Black Horseman of famine is [...]

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Al Amoudi’s servants feasting in Atlanta

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Woyanne money-man Al Amoudi has sent his chief servant Abinet Gebremeskel to Atlanta this week to reassert control over the Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America, and so far it seems that he is succeeding by bullying the timid board members. At one point on Thursday, a fight broke out between the vice-president of ESFNA [...]

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40 teachers and employees of Adama University arrested

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Over 40 teachers and employees of Adama University, 100 kms south of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, have been arrested during the past few days, according to Ethiopian Review’s correspondent in Addis Ababa. The reason for rounding up and throwing in jail these number of teachers is not clear, but a teacher who escaped arrest told [...]

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Lowest ever attendance at ESFNA Atlanta 2011 (video)

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Most Ethiopians are staying away from the ESFNA event this year to protest its continued association with the Woyanne junta and its agent Al Amoudi who are looting and plundering Ethiopia. ESFNA has a clear choice to make: cleanse itself of all Woyannes and their lackeys, or fall apart. The video below shows a soccer [...]

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Boycott ESFNA’s Atlanta event

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) is holding its annual event this week. This year’s event is being held in Atlanta. When ESFNA was formed about 28 years ago, it had a lofty goal of bringing Ethiopians in North America together around sports and cultural activities. Since 2005, however, the organization has been [...]

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Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE BUREAUCRACY

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Civil servants make this huge administrative monster called the state bureaucracy. Slow, inefficient and corrupt bureaucracies are trade mark of 90% of non-democratic countries. [read more] [Read the rest]

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Ethiopiawinet in North America is reborn

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

By Elias Kifle This past weekend (July 1st – 3rd) the Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA) held a highly successful Ethiopian festival in Washington DC. During the same period, on July 2nd, members and friends of Ethiopian Review gathered to celebrate the journal’s 20th anniversary. I participated in both events and left with [...]

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Woyanne arrests two Swedish journalists

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

EDITOR’S NOTE: Didn’t Bereket Simon say that security situation “in Ogaden is improving by the day”? (CPJ) — Two Swedish journalists reporting on the activities of armed separatists operating in an oil-rich province of eastern Ethiopia have been detained without charge since Thursday in the Horn of Africa nation, according to news reports and government [...]

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Ethiopia: Educating a Dictator

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Alemayehu G. Mariam Voice of America is the Voice of the Voiceless The Voice of America’s (VOA) Journalist Standards & Practices (document 11-023 and 11-024), under the section captioned “WHAT DO VOA’S AUDIENCES HAVE A RIGHT TO EXPECT? Audiences ‘ Bill of Journalism Rights” provides that VOA’s audiences have the: right to expect that journalists [...]

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Ethiopia’s regime views journalists are terrorists

Friday, July 1st, 2011

By Abebe Gellaw Two young Ethiopian journalists, Woubishet Taye, Deputy Editor of Awramba Times, and Reyot Alemu, a columnist of Fetih newspaper, have been facing terrorism charges under the controversial “Anti-Terrorism Proclamation No.652/2009”. Coincidentally, it was only last week that the 547-seat Ethiopian Parliament, where the ruling party occupies all but two seats, officially named [...]

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Woyanne accuses jailed journalists of terror plot – CPJ

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

CPJ — The Ethiopian government Woyanne regime today publicly accused an editor and a columnist of involvement in a terrorism plot, according to news reports and local journalists. Woubshet Taye, deputy editor of the leading Awramba Times newspaper and Reeyot Alemu, columnist for the weekly Feteh, have been held incommunicado under Ethiopia’s far-reaching anti-terrorism law [...]

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On the Democratization Process

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

By Messay Kebede This is not a response to the numerous reactions generated by my previous article titled “The fallacy of TPLF’s developmental state” Some of the reactions raised serious and legitimate questions; others emanated from misunderstandings of the actual contents of the article; still others drifted more toward acrimony and malicious insinuations than a [...]

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Disintegrating Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE POLICE

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

The police are almost always an important source of power in society. They maintain law and order, they carry out the government’s laws, and they insure that the system remains stable. Within the police one can identify all of the different sources of power… [read more] [Read the rest]

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Radio interviews on Ethiopian Review Anniversary

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Addis Dimts Radio and Netsanet LeEthiopia Radio have discussed Ethiopian Review’s 20th anniversary on their weekend programs. Listen below. Nesanet LeEthiopia [forward to 28:00:01] Addis Dimts [forward to 1:25:38] [Read the rest]

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Awramba Times editor tortured

Monday, June 27th, 2011

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — The deputy editor of Awramba Times, Woubshet Taye, who was arrested a week ago, June 19, may have been tortured by the interrogators at Maekelawi Prison, according to a family member. It’s been 8 days since Woubshet has been picked up by heavily armed security forces and thrown in jail. So [...]

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ICC issues arrest warrants for Gaddafi

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The International Criminal Court (ICC) Monday issued arrest warrants against Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi and two of his high-ranking officials. The Pre-Trial Chamber I issued warrantsfor Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the “de facto Prime Minister,” and his brother-in-law Abdullah al-Sanussi, the head of intelligence, for alleged crimes against the people of Libya to [...]

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U.S. Africa Policy: Empty Words, Emptier Promises

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Alemayehu G. Mariam (This is the second installment in a series of commentaries I pledged to offer on U.S. policy in Africa under the heading “The Moral Hazard of U.S. Policy in Africa”. In Part I,  I argued that democracy and human rights in Africa cannot be subordinated to the expediency of “engaging” incorrigible African [...]

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CPJ speaks out on recent detention of journalists in Ethiopia

Friday, June 24th, 2011

New York (CPJ) — Ethiopian authorities have been holding a newspaper columnist incommunicado since Tuesday, local journalists told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Reeyot Alemu, a regular contributor to the independent weekly Feteh, was expected to spend the next four weeks in preventive detention under what appears to be Ethiopian regime’s sweeping anti-terrorism law. Alemu, [...]

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2011 Failed States Index

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

  Ethiopia under the Woyanne tribal junta and its khat-addicted dictator continues to rank high in all failed state indicators. Click here to read the complete report. [Read the rest]

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Ethiopian journalist illegally detained since Sunday – CPJ

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called on Ethiopian authorities today to immediately release journalist Woubshet Taye, who has been held since Sunday. Police picked up Taye, deputy editor of the leading independent weekly Awramba Times, at his home in the capital, Addis Ababa, at 3 p.m. and confiscated several documents, cameras, CDs, and selected [...]

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Ethiopia’s ruling junta ramps up the fear machine

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

By Yilma Bekele … within an established totalitarian regime the purpose of propaganda is not to persuade, much less to inform, but to humiliate. From this point of view, propaganda should not approximate to the truth as closely as possible: on the contrary it should do as much violence to it as possible. For by [...]

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Disintegrating Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – The WORKERS

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The ABCs of Toppling a Tyrant: A. UNITY! B. PLANNING! C. DISCIPLINE! Read more [Read the rest]

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Ethiopia: The Fakeonomics of Meles Zenawi

Monday, June 20th, 2011

There is the economics of Adam Smith, the intellectual father of capitalism. There is Levitt & Dubner’s freakonomics of weird stuff. Then there is the fakeonomics (economics by gimmickry) of  Meles Zenawi, the dictator in Ethiopia and author of the five-year “Growth and Transformation Plan” (GTP). Zenawi forecasts a “not unimaginable” 14.9 percent economic growth for [...]

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Woyanne soccer team’s defeat brings joy to Addis residents

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa residents had some thing to be cheerful about Saturday after Buna defeated the Woyanne-affiliated football team Dedebit 2-1. In a typical Woyanne fashion, the game was full of controversy and intrigue, but Buna were able to overpower the better financed and trained Dedebit to victory. The stadium was full of Buna [...]

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Ethiopian man arrested near Pentagon on suspicion of terrorism

Friday, June 17th, 2011

ABC News is reporting that a man with uniquely Ethiopian name, Yonathan Melaku, was arrested Friday morning near the Pentagon carrying what are thought to be bomb making items. There are two possibilities: 1) the guy is mentally sick, or 2) it is the work of the desperate Woyanne junta in Ethiopia that is trying [...]

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China helps Ethiopia’s tyrant jam broadcast signals

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

A worldwide boycott of Chinese products may need to be organized to let China know that it needs to stop helping brutal dictators in the third world silence independent media. The following is a press release from ESAT. ESAT accuses China of complicity in jamming signals The Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT), which resumed transmissions to [...]

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Mind the Jump: A Brief Response to Prof. Messay Kebede

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Abiye Teklemariam Megenta Professor Messay Kebede’s challenging essay, “The fallacy of TPLF’s developmental state,” makes a lot of fresh arguments and suggestions. Some of them are deeply unsettling to many of us who consider ourselves to be part of a pro-democracy struggle in Ethiopia. To the extent that we believe Messay himself is a member [...]

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Tyrant’s Pillar of Suppot – The RELIGIOUS ORGANIZAIONS

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Though usually recognized as a “conservative pillar of support,” organized religion sometimes plays a very dynamic role during processes of political change… [read more] [Read the rest]

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The fallacy of TPLF’s developmental state

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

By Messay Kebede This paper can be taken as a manifesto of an individual who has pondered on the tragedy of Ethiopia for many years and whose specific features is that he is passionate about the country, has no political ambition or affiliation, even though he is firmly anchored in the opposition camp, and feels [...]

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Volcanic ash cloud heading toward Addis Ababa

Monday, June 13th, 2011

ADDIS ABABA (AP) – Airlines that travel through East Africa said Monday they are keeping an eye on an ash cloud after a volcano eruption in Eritrea, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the eruption is forcing her to cut short a three-nation African tour. Clinton was to have spent Monday night in [...]

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Internet in a suitcase

Monday, June 13th, 2011

U.S. Department of State is financing efforts by activists to circumvent Internet blockade by dictators such as Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, according to a New York Times report: By JAMES GLANZ and JOHN MARKOFF | The New York Times The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems [...]

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George Ayittey’s War on African Dictatorships

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Alemayehu G. Mariam George Ayittey, the distinguished Ghanaian economist, and arguably one of the “Top 100 Public Intellectuals” (a person of ideas who stands for things far larger than one’s academic discipline) worldwide who “are shaping the tenor of our time” has been at war with Africa’s tin pot dictators and their lackeys for at [...]

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