Fighters from the Ethiopian Unity and Freedom Force (EUFF) have burned down 1 hotel and over 20 stores in the northern Ethiopian border town of Metemma last week, according the group’s spokesperson. The report has been independently verified from local witnesses. The attack, which occurred last Wednesday night, primarily targeted Khartoum Hotel, a gathering place [...]
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Africa’s Free Press Problem By Mohammed Keita | New York Times AS Africa’s economies grow, an insidious attack on press freedom is under way. Independent African journalists covering the continent’s development are now frequently persecuted for critical reporting on the misuse of public finances, corruption and the activities of foreign investors. Why this disturbing trend? [...]
ከፕሮፌሰር ዓለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም ከነጻነት ለሃገሬ ባለፈው ሳምንት በሲያትል ከተማ የኢትዮጵያን ራዕይ በተመለከተ ሰፊ ሕዝባዊ ውይይት፤ ክርክር፤ ለማካሄድ በተመሰረተ የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝባዊ ፎረም ላይ (EPFS)ላይ ተጋብዤ ተገኝቼ ነበር:: በዚህምስብሰባ ላይ በቅርቡ ሳቀርባቸው በነበሩት የኢትዮጵያን ከፈላጭ ቆራጭ ግዛት ወደ ዴሞክራሲያዊ አስተዳደር ሽግግርን በተመለከተ ማብራሪያ እንድሰጥ ተጠይቄ ነበር፡፡ እኔ በኢትዮጵያ ከፈላጭ ቆራጭ አገዛዝ ወደ ዴሞክራሲያዊ አስተዳደር ሊካሄድ ስለሚገባው [...]
Alemayehu G Mariam Last week I had an opportunity to address a town hall meeting in Seattle sponsored by the Ethiopian Public Forum in Seattle (EPFS), a civil society organization dedicated to promoting broad dialogue, debate and discussion on Ethiopia’s future. I was asked to articulate my views on Ethiopia’s transition from dictatorships to democracy [...]
By Anonymous Some Ethiopian doctors in exile are said to be planning to invest in Ethiopia. In preparation, they have had meetings with the Woyane deputy prime minister, and ambassador Girma Biru among other officials. They wish to build a referral hospital in Addis Ababa. According to the feasibility study, the project aims as clients [...]
A U.S. court ordered Al Amoudi thugs to stop using the name Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) and any reference to it. After the ESFNA board kicked out the Woyanne-Al Amoudi cadres and thugs from the organization, they had received $2 million from Al Amoudi to organize a soccer tournament in Washington DC [...]
DEFINITIONS: Dictatorial Rule: Exercising absolute power. Tyrannic Rule: Violating rule of law. Fascistic Rule: Abusing the human rights of oppositions and perceived enemies. To quote Gene Sharp, a researcher who has for many decades studied and written about the technique of nonviolent struggle: The rulers of governments and political systems are not omnipotent (One having [...]
By Yilma Bekele Most locations are just bland places. There is not much variation in the topography. Look at Google satellite map of Africa and you will see what I mean. Endless flat land, a stretch of desert, an occasional river or a few hills is the norm. Our Ethiopia is different. In the North [...]
By Elias Kifle The Woyanne junta continues to commit horrible atrocities against Ethiopians with impunity. The recent ethnic cleansing campaign against the Amhara, Gambella and Afar people is not surprising because nothing has been done when khat-addicted dictator Meles Zenawi waged a war of genocide against fellow Ethiopians in Ogaden, filled Ethiopian prisons with Oromos, [...]
In conflicts between a dictatorship, or other oppression, and a dominated population, it is necessary for the populace to determine whether they wish simply to condemn the oppression and protest against the system. Or, do they wish actually to end the oppression, and replace it with a system of greater freedom, democracy, and justice? Many [...]
Top PEN Prize to Honor Eskinder Nega, Jailed Ethiopian Journalist and Blogger Leading Free Expression Advocate on Trial for Terrorism New York City, April 12, 2012—PEN American Center today named Eskinder Nega, a journalist and dissident blogger in Ethiopia, as the recipient of its 2012 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. Nega, a leading advocate [...]
Guest Speakers: Prof. Alemayehu G/Mariam: International Human Rights Advocate and Proffessor of Law and Political Science Topic: Challenges for Democratic Change in Ethiopia and their solutions Dr. Feseha Eshetu: Former President and Owner of Unity University College and Member of the Ethiopian National Transitional Council Steering Committee Topic: Ethiopian National Transitional Council Dr. Tsehai Berhane-Selassie: [...]
The oft quoted phrase “Freedom is not free” is true. No outside force is coming to give oppressed people the freedom they so much want. People will have to learn how to take that freedom themselves. Easy it cannot be. We should expect to face repression… [read more] [Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:The imperative for [...]
In light of the ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign in Ethiopia against the Amhara, Oromo, Ogaden, Gambella, Afar and other Ethiopians, several Ethiopian media will come together on Saturday, April 14, at 1 PM, to propose a worldwide economic boycott campaign against the Woyanne junta. The discussion will take place live via teleconference, radio program, paltalk [...]
By Clar Ni Chonghaile | The Guardian BURAYU, ETHIOPIA — Alem Dechasa left Ethiopia in January to work as a maid in Lebanon, where she apparently killed herself. Her journey started in Burayu, a poor settlement outside Addis Ababa. Lemesa Ejeta sniffed and cleared his throat but could not stop a tear from slipping down [...]
ከፕሮፌሰር ዓለማየሁ ገብረማርያም (ትርጉም ከነጻነት ለሃገሬ) በኢትዮጵያ ታሪክ ራሱን ይደጋግመዋል ባለፈው ሳምንት የአሜሪካን ድምጽ የአማርኛው ፕሮግራም ዘገባ ከሃገሪቱ ደቡባዊ ክፍል በግዳጅ ከቀዬአቸው የተፈናቀሉትን በርካታ ኢትዮጵያዊያንን የሚመለከት ነበር፡፡ በዘገባው መሰረት፤ ከዚሁ ከደቡባዊ ክልል በጉራ ፈርዳ በግብርና ይተዳደሩ የነበሩ በርካታ የአማራ ተወላጆች በአካባባዊ ባለስልጣናት ንብረታቸውን ይዘው በአስቸኳይ ከአካባቢው ለቀው ወደ ‹‹ሞት ወረዳ›› የቀድሞ ቀያቸው እንዲሄዱ ለዳግም ስደት [...]
By Alemayehu G Mariam History Keeps Repeating Itself in Ethiopia Last week, the Voice of America Amharic radio program reported on the forced official removal (“displacement”) of a large number of people e from the southern part of Ethiopia. According to the report, numerous Amhara farming families from the town of Gura Ferda were ordered by local [...]
By Elia Kifle The recent ethnic cleansing of 78,000 Ethiopians of the Amhara ethnic group from southern Ethiopia by the Woyanne junta is a horrible crime. Ethiopian Review has been reporting similar ethnic cleansing campaigns against other Ethiopian ethnic groups, particularly the Ogaden and Gambella over the past several years. How is it that Meles [...]
By Aklog Birara, PhD “The people occupying the plateau of the Blue Nile are conscious of a glorious past and proudly call themselves Ethiopians.” – Elise Reclus, Philosopher Ethiopian ethnic-based political elites, most prominently, the champion of ethnic politics and business, TPLF Inc., were always bent on shredding to pieces our commonalities, shared history and [...]
By Teshome Wolde I understand you had a meeting with Ethiopian Woyanne Ambassador to United States to discuss about the establishment of referral hospital in Ethiopia. We would be very grateful if you can spend few minutes to elaborate the idea behind establishing a referral hospital. The following questions may only help guide your response. [...]
By yilma Bekele On November 11, 2011, Yenesew Gebre was driven to kill himself on behalf of all suffering Ethiopians. He killed himself out of love for his people and country. He made the ultimate sacrifice to wake us up so we can see what it means to be humiliated in your own home. Love [...]
On the weekend of March 24, 2012, the Woyanne ambassador in Washington DC, Girma Birru, held a meeting with over 70 exiled Ethiopian physicians who reside in the US. As reported by Ethiopian Review previously, the objective of the meeting in Alexandria, Virginia, was to discuss about a plan to build a private referral hospital [...]
By Elias Kifle Al Amoudi’s private investigator has called me today to inform me that he has a legal paper to give me and that I have to meet him in person to receive it. I received the same paper by email. It’s from DLA Piper lawyer Mary E. Gately. It states: As you know, [...]
UN urges Lebanon to investigate Ethiopian maid’s death By the BBC The UN special rapporteur on slavery has urged the Lebanese government to carry out a full investigation into the death of an Ethiopian domestic worker. Alem Dechasa, 33, killed herself on 14 March, a few days after she was filmed being beaten by men [...]
The security and intelligence chief of the ruling Woyanne junta in Ethiopia, Getachew Assefa, is reportedly suffering from sever depression. Getachew, who is a central committee member of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) and head of the notorious criminal organization that operates under the name, “Ethiopian Intelligence and Security Service (ENISS),” is also having [...]
It’s obvious that the U.S. Government’s foreign policy is full of hypocrisy with deadly results. Let’s take Ethiopia for example: As shown in the picture below, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets Ethiopia’s genocidal dictator Meles Zenawi like a close personal friend, and yet she calls for the removal of Syria’s murderous dictator. Compared to [...]
Blogger fights terror charges as Ethiopian leader praised By Tom Rhodes/CPJ East Africa Consultant Last week in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, while Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was making a speech about Africa’s growth potential at an African Union forum, a journalist who his administration has locked away since September on bogus terrorism charges was [...]
The Diaspora plays important roles in the democratic process: 1. Act as the voice of conscience to the world. 2. Lobby diplomats for international support and cooperation. 3. Mobilize activists for grassroots involvement both inside and outside the country. 4. Provide psychological and financial support to the movement… [read more] [Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:Dislodging [...]
The Woyanne junta has intensified its ethnic cleansing campaign against the Amhara ethnic group in southern Ethiopia. So far, over 78,000 people, including children, women, and the elderly have been evicted after every thing they owned was confiscated, as reported by Germany Radio and other media. The following are photos of some of the evicted [...]
ፕሮፌሰር ዓለማየሁ ገብረማርያም (ትርጉም ከነጻነት ለሃገሬ) የሕግ የበላይነት፤በሰው ሕግ ፤ በሕገቢስነት ባለፉት፡ዓመታት ሳነሳቸው የነበሩት ርእሶች ሁሉ በአንድ መሰረታዊ በሆነ እምነት ላይ የተመሰረቱ ነበሩ፤ ይሄውም፡የሕግ፡የበላይነት ነው::የሕግ የበላይነት ምንድን ነው? በኢትዮጵያስ ከፈላጭ ቆራጭ ስርአት ወደ ዴሞክራሲያዊ ስርአትሽግግር ወቅት እንዴት ሊገነባ ይችላል? ‹‹የሕግ የበላይነት›› የሚለው ቃል ወይም አባባል፤ በለዘበ አለያም በተደጋጋሚ፤በምሁራን፤በሕግ ባለሙያዎች በብዛት ለፖለቲካዊ ውይይት መጠቀሚያነት ውሏል፡፡ የፈላጭ [...]
Alemayehu G Mariam Rule of Law, Rule by Law, Rule by Unjust Law, Rule by Man All of the weekly commentaries I have written over the years have been structured on a single fundamental principle: the rule of law. What is it? How does it configure in Ethiopia’s transition from dictatorship to democracy? The phrase “rule [...]
APRIL FOOL [Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:BREAKING: Hillary Clinton withdraws her candidacy (CNN) Sentencing of Ethiopian man in Maryland postponed A murder of an Ethiopian from Maryland goes to trial
In response to “Al Amoudi’s human trafficker in Ethiopia identified” By Jemal Ahmed I am an Ethiopian who used to live in Atlanta and moved to my Country 20 years a go. I never knew Elias, but I knew his father, brother and sister. He knows my family in Atlanta and Ethiopia. I am a [...]
Woyanne minister of state for foreign affairs and dictator Meles Zenawi’s chief money launderer Berhane Gebrekristos is offering his Dallas, Texas, gas station for sale after running into problems, according to Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit sources. The property, located on 6101 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas TX 75214, is listed here for sale at $1,600,000. Our [...]
Teachers in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa are currently on strike after their request for wage increase was ignored. The Woyanne junta responded yesterday by sending out the following threatening letter. Why don’t teachers in other Ethiopian cities join them. Ethiopians in the Diaspora also need to stop their job for at least one day and [...]
By Yilma Bekele I am sure we are all familiar with what is known as the ‘melting pot’ concept when it comes to describing how America functions. The term is a metaphor ‘for a heterogeneous society becoming more homogeneous, the different elements “melting together” into a harmonious whole with one common culture. The concept was [...]
Some 70 Ethiopian and Eritrean physicians who work and reside in the United States held a meeting with Woyanne agent Girma Birru in Old Town Alexandria Hilton Hotel near Washington DC over the weekend. The meeting was organized by Meles Zenawi’s physician and investor Dr Mulai Teklu Yohannes and Dr Tesfaye Demmisie Fanta of North [...]
SHARJAH, UAE (Khaleej Times) — An Ethiopian housemaid fell to death from the balcony of the 21st floor apartment of an Arab family in Al Majaz area of Sharjah on Friday evening. The police were informed that a 23-year-old housemaid working for an Arab family had fallen to death, said Major Mohammed Saeed Al Shehhi, [...]
Col. Abebe Geresu, founding and executive committee member of Tinsae Ethiopia Patriotic Union (Tinsae Ethiopia), has been arrested in Eritrea, according to Ethiopian Review sources. Tinsae Ethiopia’s executive committee has confirmed the information, but added that the case is being handled diplomatically. The Tinsae Ethiopia leadership also expressed its concern for Col. Abebe’s health since [...]
Disagreeing doesn’t make you a bad person. Being polite in discussions with another person who doesn’t share your perspective takes skill and practice… [read more] [Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable How to Agree to Disagree (Part II) Ethiopia’s junta claims 10% GDP growth, Opponents disagree
The Woyanne fascist junta is engaged in another ethnic cleansing campaign, this time in southern Ethiopia against Amharas. German Radio has reported today that so far 22,000 Amharas have been evicted from Benji Maji Zone after their properties were confiscated, and the number could reach 78,000. Listen below: [Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:Ethnic cleansing of [...]
(WASHINGTON DC) — The Ethiopian National Transitional Council’s Steering Committee held a press conference with members of the Ethiopian media on Saturday, 24 March 2012… [read more] [Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:Press conference on Ethiopian National Transitional Council Woyanne prevented Kinijit executives from giving press conference Kinijit delegation gives press conference today
Washington, DC – International Christian Concern (ICC) and the Ethiopian community in Washington DC will be holding another public protest demanding Saudi Arabia release 35 Ethiopian Christians arrested for praying at a private home on December 15. The protest will be held March 26, at 11 a.m. in front of the Saudi Arabian Embassy located [...]
Alemayehu G Mariam Ethiopians are having a very hard time. Inside their own country, they are victimized by dictatorship, famine and pestilence. Thousands of Ethiopians who have fled political persecution and economic privation caused by systemic and massive corruption and poor governance are facing unspeakable victimization in various parts of North Africa, the Middle East [...]
The Woyanne junta is preparing to destroy 18 churches and the historic Waldeba Monastery in Gonder, northern Ethiopia, the priests and monks in the area told VOA. Concerned Ethiopians are organizing a protest rally at the Woyanne embassy in Washington DC on March 26 at 9 AM to help stop the destruction of the historic [...]
BEIRUT (The Daily Star) — Beirut’s general prosecutor has charged Ali Mahfouz with contributing to and causing the suicide of Alem Dechasa-Desisa, the Ethiopian woman who allegedly committed suicide after a widely publicized beating outsider the gate of the Ethiopian consulate. A judicial source told The Daily Star that Mahfouz was charged Thursday, adding that [...]
Invitation to press conference on Ethiopian National Transitional Council The Ethiopian National Transitional Council Steering Committee will hold a press conference with members of the Ethiopian media on Saturday, March 24, at 3 PM EST. Everyone is invited to attend the press conference, which will be broadcast live via teleconference, video and audio stream. Teleconference [...]
Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America teams will hold town hall meetings in several cities across the U.S. and Canada on Sunday, March 25. The Washington DC meeting will be held at Washington Marriott, 1221 22nd Street NW, Washington DC 20037. More info here. [Source: Ethiopian Review] Related posts:Public meeting with Prof. Mesfin and Ato [...]
By Messay Kebede My customary readers may wonder why my political writings increasingly focus on psychological analyses to the detriment of socioeconomic forces. Is it because in my mind psychological factors prevail over socioeconomic conditions? The answer is no unless certain circumstances lend importance to the personality of political leaders. Such is the case when [...]
Ethiopian monasteries are under attack. Last week, the Woyanne junta started to demolish 18 churches at Woldeba Monastery in northern Ethiopia. Yesterday, the historic Ziquala Monastery in southern Ethiopia was being threatened with a raging forest fire. VOA reports that Asebot Monastery in eastern Ethiopia is also engulfed with fire. Listen below: [Source: Ethiopian Review] [...]
Sometimes, no matter how much discussion occurs, you’re unable to agree on one particular point. In some cases, that single disagreement prevents further discussion. However, other times, you might be able to switch to other topics. If so, it’s best to “agree to disagree” on the point of contention and move on to the other [...]
The historic Ziquala Monastery near the southern Ethiopian town of Debre Zeit is engulfed with fire, Deacon Daniel Kibre reported from Addis Ababa. The monastery is located 27 km south west of Debre Zeit. [read the report in Amharic here] Ziquala Monastery was founded by Abune Gebremenfeskidus in 1168 (Ethiopian calendar) on the Ziquala Mountain. [...]
By Aklog Birara, Ph.D. “He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.” “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I am not sure which of the above enduring quotes from one of the foremost leaders [...]
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EDITOR’S NOTE: The military phase of Woyanne’s campaign to topple Isaias Afwerki has started. Woyanne is being assisted by some Eritrean intelligence officers who want to remove Isaias and normalize relations with the Eritrean regime in Ethiopia that is led by Meles and Bereket. (Reuters) — “We’ve carried out further attacks on targets inside Eritrea. [...]
By Yilma Bekele War is upon us again. War defines the Ethiopian Government. Since it came to power it has been at war with its citizens. No region or ethnic group has been spared from this infection. The regime is always at war with opposition politicians, journalists, publishers, intellectuals, and business people to mention a [...]
PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON DC — Ethiopian women from various ages and background met for a conference in Washington DC from March 9 to March 11, 2012. The conference participants came from various States of America as well as from Canada and Europe. The theme of the conference was “Empowering Ethiopian Women and Advancing Their Rights.” [...]
Patriotic Ethiopians in Los Angeles confronted and chased away the Woyanne ambassador and cadres during the Fairfax Little Ethiopia Street Festival on September 4. Read the report in Amharic below from the anti-Woyanne action organizers. Woyanne junta members and supporters must be confronted every where around the world in a similar manner by patriotic Ethiopians.
እንደሚታወቀው በ9/4/2011 በሎስ አንጀለስ ከተማ የሊትል ኢትዮጵያን አመታዊ በዓል ለማክበር ዝግጅት ሲደረግ ከርሞ ነበር። በዚህ በዓል ላይ ወያኔ ድንኳን ሊከራይ አይችልም በሚል አገር ወዳድ ኢትዮጵያዊያንና የበዓሉ አዘጋጅ ኮሚቴ ሲከራከሩ ነበር የሰነበቱት ሆኖም ግን እስካሁን በሚሰራበት ህግ ማንንም መከልከል አይቻልም ፤ ሁላችሁም ተሳተፉ፤ ተቃውሟችሁንም በሰላማዊ መንገድ እስከሆነ ድረስ የማቅረብ መብታችሁ የተጠበቀ ነው በሚል ስምምነት ተደርጎ እኛም በቂ ዝግጅት አድርገን ትናንትና በቦታው ተገኘን። በነገራችን ላይ፤ የበዓሉን አዘጋጅ ኮሚቴ በስራ በማገዝም ትብብር አድርገናል
የድንኳን ምደባው በእጣ ነበር። እጣው ያለምንም አድሎና ግልጽና ለቁጥጥር አመች በሆነ መንገድ ነበር የተዝጋጀው።
የድንኳኑ አመዳደብ ጎደሎ ቁጥር በአንድ በኩል፤ ሙሉ ቁጥር በሌላ በኩል እንዲሆን ተደርጎ ነበር የታሰበው፤ በዚህ መሰረት እጣው ሲመዘዝ ለኛ የደረስን 6 ቁጥር ሲሆን ለወያኔ የደረሰው 8 ቁጥር ነበር። ስለዚ የእኛና የወያኔ ድንኳን ምሰሶው በአንድላይ የታሰር ነበር። ይህ አጋጣሚ ብዙውን ህዝብ፤ ፍረንጆችን ሁሉ ሳይቀር ያስደነቅ ነበር። እኛን ደግሞ እጅግ ያሰደሰተ አጋጣሚ ነበር። አምባሳደር ተብየው ዘሪሁን ረታ አበደ፤ ስማይ ሊነካ ደረሰ፤ የአዘጋጅ ኮሚቴው እኛን እንዲያስነሳለት ጠየቀ አልሆነም፤ ፖሊስ ጠራ፤ አልሆነም። ያለው አማራጭ የሚደርስበትን የውግዘት ናዳ ተቀብሎ መቀመጥ አለበለዚያ ጥሎ መሄድ ነበር።
እኛ ድንኳናችን ወያኔ ከዚህ በፊት በገደላችው ስዎች ምስልና አሁን በርሐብ ምክንያት አጽማቸው ገጦ በወጣ ህጻናት ሸበብነው። በአሁኑ ሰዓት ያለውን ርሐብ የሚያጋልጥ የቪዲዮ ክሊፕ በፕላዝማ ስክሪን ደቅነን ነበር።
በርካታ ስለርሐቡ ምክንያት የሚግልጹ ጽሁፎች ነበሩን። ልዩ ልዩ ወያኔንና ስርዓቱን የሚያጋልጡ መፈክሮች ተዝጋጅተው በአርበኞች እጅ ተይዘው ነበር። የዚህ ግሩፕ ሎጎ በአዋቂዎች ተሰርቶ በድንኳኑ ውስጥ ተገትሮ ነበር። ምድረ ጨሰች፤ ወያኔ ጥጥ አጥቶ እንጅ ጀሮውን በጥጥ መድፈን ይፈልግ ነበር።
እኛ ቀደም ብለን ደህንነታችን እንዲጠበቅልን ለፖሊስ አመልክተን ስለነበር አንድ ፖሊስ የኛን ድህንነት እንዲጠብቀ ተመድቦ አይዟችሁ እያለ በአካባቢው ያንዣብብ ነበር። እኛም ጨዋነት በሞላው አንድበት ወያኔን ልክ ልኩን መንገራችን ቀጠልን። በወያኔ ድንኳን አካባቢ አንድም ስወ ተውር ማለት አልቻለም። አንዳንድ ፈረንጆች ሂደው አነጋግረው ወደኛ ዘወር ሲሉ ፊታቸው በሐዝን ይዋጣል ምክንያቱም ወያኔ የሚያሳያቸው የትዋበ ህንጻ፤ የአባይ ፏፏቴና የቱሪስት ቦታዎችን ሲሆን እኛ ደግሞ አሁን በተጨባች ኢትዮጵያ ወስጥ ምን እየሆነ እንድሆን ነበር። ተኩረት በሚስብ አቀራረብ አርበኞች እየተባበሩ ባደረጉት ቅስቀሳ የበዓሉን ተሳታፊ አይን ስቧል።
ወያኔ ከዉኃ የገባች አይጥ መስሎ ሲንቆራጠጥ ነበር የዋለው። ቦንድም አልተሸጠ፤ ብሮሸርም አልታደለ። አራት ስዎች ብቻ ነበሩ አምባሳደር ተብዬውን አጅበው የዋሉ። ከአጃቢዎች ውስጥ ሁለቱ ከዚህ በፊት ከነበሩበት ድርጅት ወንጅል ሰርተው የሄዱ ናቸው። መቸም ወያኔ ውንጀለኛና የወንጀለኛ ዋሻ ነው፤ እውነተኛ ቦታቸውን አግኝተዋል።
በመጨረሻም ወያኔ ድንኳኑን ዘግቶ ለመሄድ ወሰነ። እቃውን ጠቅልሎ ሲወጣ ጉዳት እንዳይደርስበት ስለሰጋ በአካባቢው ያሉ ፖሊሶችን ጠርቶ ተጠብቆ ወጣ። እኛም መፈክራችን እያቀለጥን፤ ወያኔና ውሻ ወደ ቤት እያልን ሽኜናቸው።
የማቻል ሆኖ ነው እንጅ “ክቡር አምባሳደሩ” በመትረየስ ቢያስጨርሱን በወደዱ ነበር ነገር ግን ሎስ አንጀለስ 6 ኪሎ ባለመሆኑ ተርፈናል።
የተቃውሞው ተሳታፊዎች በሎስ አንጀለስ ኗሪ የሆኑና በሳንዲያጎ የሚገኙ የኦጋዴን ተወላጆች ኢትይዮጵያዊያዊያንና አሜሪካዊያን ለፍትህና ለዴሞክራሲ በሚል ጥላ ስር ነበር።
ኢትዮጵያ ለዘላለም ትኑር
STATEMENT from the Alliance for Liberty, Equality, and Justice in Ethiopia (ALEJE)
The latest round of repression by a desperate dictatorial regime cannot deter our resolve to struggle our freedom
The political behavior of Ethiopia’s ethnic minority regime and the economic and social stability of Ethiopia have been continuously deteriorating after the infamous May 2005 election. After yet another staged election in 2010, and especially after waves of demonstrations and protests rooted out dictators in North Africa, PM Meles Zenawi’s ethnic regime reduced itself into a small group of outlaws that use the legal system as a coer to round up dissenters and ship them to prison camps. In its futile attempt to prevent the inevitable, PM Zenawi’s dictatorial regime has literally stopped functioning as a state and has devoted the bulk of its time to evesdropping harassing, arresting, and killing otherwise law abiding citizens in the name of ‘terrorism’.
In the last two months, the brutal regime in Addis Ababa has detained and falsely charged foreign and domestic journalists, civil right activists, political party leaders and nationally notable individuals. For example, Woubshet Taye of the Awramba Times, Reeyot Alemu of Feteh newspaper, Bekele Gerba of the Oromo Federal Democratic Movement, Oblana Lelisa of the Oromo People’s Congress and the two Swedish journalists from the Kontinent News Agency are some but few of the recent victims of Ethiopia’s restrictive and equivocal counterterrorism law. All of the above individuals including the two Swedish journalists were detained and condemned with fabricated charges and under the pretext of working with or for ‘terrorist’ organizations.
Alliance for Liberty, Equality, and Justice in Ethiopia (ALEJE) has been closely following political developments in Ethiopia, and political and economic conditions in Ethiopia have never been as scandalous and as hostile as they are now. Last week Ethiopia’s panicky regime took its absurdity one step further to the edge and arrested Ethiopia’s most talented actor and political activist Debebe Eshetu on allegations of link to ‘terrorist’ organizations. Arresting and torturing citizens in Ethiopia is a normal business of Meles Zenawi’s regime. Few days ago the regime has also arrested Eskinder Nega, the prominent journalist, Andualem Aragie, UDJ Vice President and Head of Public Relations , Zemenu Molla, VP of AEDP, Natnaiel Mekonnen, Asaminew Berhanu , Council members of UDJ. However, in the case of the recent mass arrest of political leaders and distinguished individuals, more than the arrest itself, the charges brought against them and the reasons behind the arrest are surprising, baseless, and ludicrous.
ALEJE strongly believes that the Tunisian street vendor who burned himself to death is not that different from millions of young Ethiopians that endure daily humiliations of ethnic slurs, extreme poverty, soring food prices, and mental and physical abuse. ALEJE together with other political parties and civic organization urges the Ethiopian people to rise against Zenawi’s dictatorship and stop the humiliation of citizens and the bleeding of our nation.
The purpose of the politically motivated arrests and false accusations of the last few months is clear and simple; it is to instill fear in the mind of change seeking Ethiopians. In fact, fear has always been the driving force behind everything the TPLF regime does. However, regardless of what the regime does at this point of time; ALEJE strongly believes that the days of ethnic supremacy and domination in Ethiopia are numbered, and the people of Ethiopia have determined to make 2004 the last year of dictatorship in Ethiopia. At this historical juncture and decisive moment, ALEJE wants to remind the Ethiopian people that the desperate attempt of Zenawi’s regime to bid for time is no different from Mubarak’s and Gaddafi’s last minute cry and machinations to extend their grip on power. After more than 20 years of living under one of Africa’s worst dictator, ALEJE believes that now it is about time for all democratic forces to stand together and bring and end to Zenawi’s ethnic dictatorship.
Let us rise up in unison to win our freedom!
Victory for the people of Ethiopia!
ALEJE Member Organizations:
Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy
Afar People’s Party (APP)
Ethiopian Unity and Justice Movement (EUJM)
Contact address: email@example.com
By Aklog Birara, Ph.D.
It will be an understatement to state that, regardless of ethnic, religious, gender, age or ideological affinity, Ethiopians and people of Ethiopian origin discuss their country of origin with passion and genuine interest. Broadly, they share a common set of principles. This is the good news. However, there is another side to the story that generates animated conversation within and outside the country. This short article reflects my own assessment and conclusions with regard to the two schools of thought that have more or less raged for more than forty years.
What is the area of consensus?
All of us wish to see good governance based on the rule of law, equality and justice, commitment to human rights and human dignity, freedom and political pluralism otherwise known as democracy. Clearly and by any socioeconomic and political measurement, the world in which ordinary Ethiopians live is as inhospitable as anyone could imagine. It is this in- hospitability that drives those of us who hope for a better tomorrow for all Ethiopians that dictate these generally shared values. They are fundamental and critical enough to force each activist to soul search so that we can contribute to the realization of the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the Ethiopian people as individuals and as communities.
What then is the hurdle or problem?
For more than forty years, political parties, groups and their supporters focused less on the commonalities that bind them as people and drove their thinking and their actions through the prism of ‘irreconcilable differences.’ This is a trap implanted by the current governing party. The experiences of people across the globe in general and the recent people-anchored revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East inform that there is no contradiction between the essence and meaning of one or unified Ethiopia that embraces all of its citizens, and freedom and democracy. Divisions along ethnic, religious or rigid ideological lines and the contention that Ethiopia is an artificial creation of the ‘colonial type’ continue to act as barriers in pursuing and achieving the hopes and aspirations of all of the Ethiopian people. What best describes Ethiopia and Ethiopians is that they are the sole creators of a mosaic of nations and nationalities that defended the national independence and territorial integrity of the country for thousands of years. This Ethiopian made multi-nation building was not imposed by colonial powers. At various times in history, all Ethiopians contributed to the formation of this mosaic. I suggest that no single nationality group has preponderance over this, recognizably, tumultuous history through which other countries had to pass. Ethiopia deserves the same treatment as other countries that have gone through rough waters in which an untold millions were killed in what most experts believe is the natural evolution of both homogenous and heterogeneous or multi-ethnic nations. Belaboring the agony of the past that comes from each successive system of governance detracts from singular focus on the future.
I should like to illustrate the enormous economic, social, political and security costs for all members of Ethiopian society of past and current preoccupation with ‘irreconcilable types of differences’ by citing five examples:
• The so-called developmental state led by the TPLF/EPRDF has induced one of the worst income inequalities in the world. The gap between the small super rich whose incomes, wealth and assets originate directly or indirectly from a discriminatory and exclusive system has reached a dangerous level. This pronounced inequality in wealth and assets deprives better livelihood for the vast majority of the Ethiopian people. It undermines fairness and equity and retards the development process. Inequality takes a toll on the national economy in that those with low incomes and the poor cannot afford to purchase even domestically produced goods and services. In the end, inequality that comes from discriminatory and exclusionary policies and programs will threaten the very fabric of the society and will lead it to instability and fragility. The regime is able to get away with gross inequality because there is no political competition. It is not accountable to the public but to itself. Opponents can and should mobilize and work in unison to bring gross inequality to the attention of the world community.
• In a succession of reactions to poor and repressive governance, my generation opposed and revolted against the Imperial regime, the Socialist Military Dictatorship and now the TPLF/EPRDF dictatorship without a clear vision of the future and the alternative political and socioeconomic order that will govern the country.
• Ethiopia and its diverse population lost their legitimate access to the sea. Therefore, the Ethiopian and Eritrean people that share a great deal in common lost economic and comparative advantages that would benefit both. Political elites in both regions who exploit divisions and tensions have put them at risk.
• The TPLF/EPRDF exploited the void in unified political and civic opposition and granted millions of hectares of Ethiopian fertile farmlands and waters to more than 1,000 licensees from 36 countries, and to favored supporters of the regime. Yemeret neteka ena kirimit affects sovereignty, dignity, citizenship, security and wellbeing, long-term national interest, the environment and ordinary lives of people.
• The same void in political wisdom, organization and national leadership within the opposition exposes individuals and groups within the country for constant and relentless assault by the governing party and state. The Failed States Index for 2011 and Wiki leaks reveal shocking information concerning the brutality of the one party state on Ethiopian society: group grievances not addressed, human flight in thousands, uneven development and income emanating from discrimination, economic decline and relentless inflation, increasing de-legitimization of the state and gross human rights violations almost on a daily basis. The regime has compromised the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Wiki leaks reveal that the governing party cost Ethiopia “a large chunk of territory” that the regime transferred to the Sudan in a secret deal. The single party state is “the judge, jury and executioner” with no end in sight.
All of these and more present a dire picture that cannot be resolved unless all opposition parties, groups and civil society close ranks and place the interests of all of the Ethiopian people at the center of their struggle,
What then is the alternative?
In my assessment, a firm and determined commitment for the unity of the Ethiopian people and for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country is the surest path to freedom and political pluralism. I have no doubt in my mind that unfettered unity will lead the Ethiopian people to freedom and political pluralism. The country is large and potentially rich enough to accommodate the hopes and aspirations of all of its diverse population. The ills, misinterpretations of history, ‘brutalities’ and other transgressions of the past can and should be addressed by a democratically elected government rather than used as a precondition for transformation. In Australia, South Africa and other democratic countries, legitimate representatives of the people set-up institutional mechanisms to investigate and address past grievances. Ethiopia can achieve the same goal.
I believe that we can draw a critical lesson of what not to do from our own recent political history that division along ethnic lines rather than genuine commitment for the pursuit of freedom for all Ethiopians is a losing proposition. For example, I would hate to imagine that ethnic and other divisions would subject Ethiopians to perpetual civil war in order to satisfy the narrow interests of foreign powers or the needs of political elites. The regime’s relentless attack on individuals and groups in the country is a prime indicator that it will not tolerate any form of dissent. This is the reason why I argued in several articles that the regime is more like Libya, Syria and Yemen than Egypt or Tunisia. This attribute should compel all to work in tandem and energize all Ethiopians within the country to rise against repression and oppression.
The incontestably able and dedicated Ethiopian humanist and political activist Obang Metho, Executive Director of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia captures the essence of what I am saying in two themes: “Humanity before Ethnicity” and “No One Will be Free Until All are Free.” Division and fragmentation go exactly in the opposite direction from realizing freedom and political pluralism for each and all. If the ultimate objective is to dislodge the TPLF/EPRDF oppressive system of governance and replace it with a government of national reconciliation, peace, unity in diversity, freedom and equality, justice and equitable participation in social and economic life, human rights and the rule of law, then all aspirants must join forces and aim for the same goal. This is the reason why I suggest that the unity of all of the Ethiopian people is the surest path in achieving freedom and democracy in the country we love. Imagine if all Ethiopian rise against oppression. Who in the world can stop them? There is no force that can.
In my view, the hopes and aspirations of Ethiopia’s 90 million people are constrained by an enormous gap in national political organization and wise leadership. It is response to and filling this gap that will enable them to achieve genuine freedom, political pluralism and participatory and equitable economic and social opportunities. Ultimately, it is realization of this noble goal—that can only come from a unity of national purpose–that will create the foundation to conquer abject poverty, hunger and famine, dependency, unemployment, diseases, corruption and gross income inequality and illegal outflow of billions of dollars from one of the poorest and hungriest countries in the world.
Lack of unity of purpose and recognition that Ethiopians share common values and aspire for a common destiny will prolong the agony of the Ethiopian people. If we defer accepting the principles of Ethiopian sovereignty and territorial integrity and the unity of its diverse population, it will be difficult if not impossible to achieve the kinds of transformative, grassroots and youth-led popular revolutions we are witnessing in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria and Yemen. In none of these countries is the principle of national unity and the unity of people at risk. The tragedy of not forging ahead with a unity of purpose that comes from accepting these fundamental principles that will serve all Ethiopians in the long-run is that Ethiopia’s economy will be in shambles. Instability and gross violations of human rights will persist. We see evidence of this in hyperinflation, gross inequality and selected and indiscriminate killing, persecutions and jailing of innocent people by the governing party. The regime explains these and other anomalies as the price of growth and development; and ‘anti-terrorism.’ The terror comes from the one party state itself.
Where do we start and where do we end-up?
At the end of the day, political and social actors must believe in and trust the Ethiopian people to do the right thing. I do. The long-term interests of the country and its entire people must guide political and social action. I have no doubt in my mind that peaceful, country anchored and youth led transformation is possible. The rest of us in the Diaspora have a moral obligation to contribute to the democratization process through collaboration rather than division.
Preoccupation with differences rather than genuine focus on commonalities will continue to pose risks for the country; will postpone the democratization process indefinitely; will deny current youth the possibility of closing ranks and standing solidly for freedom and political pluralism in unison; will undermine the noble tradition of the Ethiopian people to live side by side; and will prolong the life of a divisive, oppressive and brutal regime. If the situation continues for too long, the country will continue on a path of fragility and greater ethnic based fragmentation. This will not serve anyone
The Woyanne junta in Ethiopia continues to commit gross injustice against Ethiopians with impunity. Meles and gang are not paying any price for their crimes. That must stop, and it can be stopped only when a large number of Ethiopians say enough. Woubshet Taye, Debebe Eshetu, Andualem Arage, Eskinder Nega and all the others who have been arrested had the opportunity to go into exile like the rest of us. But they chose to stay in the country and scarify themselves for the freedom of all Ethiopians, as did thousands before them. Their sacrifices need to be shared by the rest of us. All Ethiopians have the moral obligation to join them in solidarity and say BEKA (enough).
Suggested immediate actions for Ethiopians inside the country:
1. Boycott Woyanne-owned businesses
2. Take your money out of Woyanne-owned banks
3. Disable Woyanne-owned buildings and factories
4. Get organized and be prepared for tougher actions
Those of us in the Diaspora can take the following actions immediately:
1. Declare a general economic boycott against the Woyanne regime, including the boycott of Ethiopian Airlines.
2. Isolate, ostracize and confront all Woyanne cadres and their hodam supporters we find at social events, restaurants, places of worship, etc.
3. Stop fighting each other and focus on Woyanne and only on Woyanne.
We owe it to heroic Ethiopians like Debebe Eshetu, Andualem Aragie and others to take action. It’s morally reprehensible to keep silent in the face of such injustice.
By Yilma Bekele
East Europe suffered under Soviet domination for over fifty years. While West Europe was marching forward, East Europe was engulfed in darkness and hopelessness. The Arabs with all their vast population and abundant natural resources stumbled around for so long they were considered people of no consequences. The East Europeans emerged from their forced slavery and are now trying to rebuild a new reality. The Arabs are showing signs of life. From the shores of the Atlantic all the way to the Indian Ocean Arab awakening is the talk of the planet.
As usual Africa is acting dead. The ‘Dark Continent’ as they aptly named us is still in slumber mode. It still is the playground of the buffoon, the mentally unstable, the psychopath and the pure evil. The Mugabe’s, Museveni’s, Bashir’s, Zenawi’s, Afeweki’s are the faces of Africa. They have been around so long that it is difficult to remember what came before their rude appearance. We Ethiopians have contributed our fair share to this collective madness. We are not innocent bystanders but rather one of the stars of this tragic show. Nobody thought we would sink this low in such a short time. Here we are at the bottom of the barrel.
Do you want me to remind you of the times the name Ethiopia evoked pride and hope? Believe me it is true. Our country is so old and our people so wise that we even have a mention in the Bible. I know it is difficult to top that but I will humbly mention our earthly accomplishments too. The Axumite Kingdom is considered one of the four Great powers along with Persia, Rome and China around 4th century BC. We are the only country in Africa not to be colonized by the Europeans. We were equal founders in the establishment of the League of Nations the forerunner to the current United Nations. Our Emperor played a key role in establishing the Organization of Africa Unity with Addis Ababa as its Headquarters. There was a time when Emperor HaileSelassie hosted warring factions in our capital and he was listened to.
That is why I believe our ancient land will usher in the people’s uprising that is shaking our neighborhood into Black Africa. We are ripe and ready. We are overdue. I know it. Deep inside you know it too. The Ethiopian dictatorship understands the volatility of the situation. At this moment it is operating on crisis mode. The regime is experimenting with so many responses it is actually possible the right hand does not know what the left is doing. That is the problem with occupiers. They end up being strangers in their own country. They saw themselves differently. They felt they were entitled. They felt safe inside the false wall they built. Looks like the chicken are coming home to roost. How pathetic!
It is becoming obvious the situation in Ethiopia shows all the signs of readiness for upheaval. It has reached what in physics is known as ‘critical mass.’ In politics the current situation has all what is needed to force a new reality to take place. Be it positive or negative something is bound to happen and that is independent of any ones wish.
The famine/hunger/ food shortage whatever it is called is the main catalyst. The Ethiopian government does not have enough foreign currency to buy food for its people. The wrong polices of the last twenty years have not been able to solve this lingering problem. Due to the worsening situation in Somalia food donor’s attention is not focused on our country. The regime is in no position to admit famine has arrived. It will be suicidal. Unfortunately it cannot be hidden or ignored. The ferenjis are beginning to ring the alarm bells but very cautiously. They do not want to upset their ‘anti-terrorist’ partner. Like it or not hungry people soon turn to angry people. Mobs have been known to do strange things when outraged. It is critical we find a way to channel this raw anger into positive direction for the sake of all of us.
The second condition feeding our critical mass political situation is the general melt down of the economy. Officially inflationist 40.6% for what it is worth. You know the actual figure is close to double that. This New Year the price of basic goods and necessities was beyond even professional citizen’s standard. Cow/Bull was eleven thousand Bir, Sheep fifteen hundred, Chicken one hundred twenty five, Teff one thousand five hundred, red onion six Bir per kilo, garlic one hundred Bir per kilo, butter one hundred twenty five per kilo, berbere sixty per kilo and so forth. Most of our people are going to bed hungry. The children and the elderly suffer the most. Even those who have jobs cannot afford to feed their family.
The third ingredient is unemployment. There is no private sector so to speak of in Ethiopia. The government is the largest employer in the country. That is done for control. Realistically it is not a good or efficient economic model. When you consider the government is broke thus unable to meet the needs of a growing population it fair to say it is sitting on a time bomb. Idleness breeds’ anti-social behavior. The regime tried using drugs like Kat and televised sports to divert but it can only go so far.
The fourth factor is the dwindling remittances and Diaspora investment. Remittances have definitely shown dramatic decrease due to the international economic situation. The Middle East is in turmoil and the West is closing its doors to outsiders. The double digit ‘growth’ was not due to increase in economic production but due to remittances from the Diaspora and aid money from the ferenjis. It was an illusion built on sand. All those condominiums and shopping centers are colossal waste. When the artificially inflated real estate prices plummet the door is not wide enough for those that want to exit.
The fifth catalyst will be the situation in the North Africa, The Middle East, and the general mood of the Western enablers. The Arab Spring is known to all in Ethiopia. They are familiar with this type of situation. No matter how hard the regime tries to pretend there is nothing odd going on, the eyes and ears of our people are following the drama intently. Although our information system is carefully managed by the TPLF blanket they covered our country with, it is full of holes. News gets in. The Western enablers are confused. Their ‘smart’ intelligence system did not even see the Arab Spring train pulling into the station. Their banana republic puddles are falling one after another. Mubarak’s fall was spectacular. Now they are cautious showing any kind of fondness to the rest of their puppies. Swim or sink the dogs have entered uncharted waters. One or two will survive but most will be history. Meles is trying to avoid that fate. He is trying to cancel his reservation at Kaliti Presidential suite.
I kept the beast for last. I am delighted to say the nature of the TPLF regime is the absolute best carrier of the fissionable material for our critical mass to reach its tipping point and deliver a brand new reality to our beautiful homeland. What more can you ask when you are given a virus that carries its own destruction code embedded. Our precious regime is doing that as we speak. The madness started about two months ago and it is continuing at an accelerated pace. Meles and company have completely and absolutely arrived at the conclusion that no matter what change is coming. They are swimming against the tide.
We are lucky that it does not require a lot to create panic in the TPLF politburo. They have a tendency to lash out blindly and irrationally. They are so used to bullying that violence is their first response for any new situation. They started by imprisoning media figures. Awramba Times deputy editor Wubeshet Taye and Feteh Magazine Reeyot Alemu were arrested on vague charges and kept in isolation. Their next victims were political leaders. Bekele Gerba of OFDM and Olbana Lelisa of OPC and twenty-nine individuals were arrested for being suspected of belonging to Oromo Liberation Front.
The arrest of Ato Debebe Eshetu, Ato Andualem Arage Secretary of UDJ and reporter Eskender Nega is the latest in this high stake drama. All are accused of the usual crimes of attempting to overthrow the constitutional order and belonging to terrorist organizations. As is customary they will be kept in isolation. Shimels Kemal will promise to produce evidence to prove their crime.
Why are Meles and company doing all this? I assure you it is not because it is fun. It is the only thing they know. They have been doing it for twenty years. Although both the domestic scene and the international situation are presenting a completely new reality the regime’s response seems unchanged. It is highly possible that they have decided there is no other palatable option left to them. That is the problem with criminal enterprises, they cannot cut and disappear, they carry too much baggage. I believe that is TPLF problem and we will set it aside.
If you notice closely they pick their victims carefully. TPLF goes for impact. They create big waves with big news. Ethiopia is one big TPLF prison. The ones we hear are about the big fish. For every Debebe, Andualem, Eskender, Bekele and Olbana there are hundred nameless incarcerated all over the country. This is the way they have been operating for twenty years. Remember Kinijit leaders, did you forget Teddy Afro or Judge Bertukan. They are all symbolic figures to send the message to the rest of us. It is in your face challenge. They are saying to us what are you going to do about it? The truth is it does not move their agenda one inch forward. Their empty bravado isolates them further and increases their paranoia.
We see hunger and we are sad. We see the hopelessness of our people and we grieve. We see the bravery of our neighbors in Egypt, Libya and Yemen and we see hope. When are we going to move from thinking to acting? When are we going to transform our apathy to a meaningful action? When are we going to stop crying for our mother and instead roll up our sleeves and smash the pain factory known as TPLF inc? Someone once said ‘acts of bravery don’t always take place in a battlefield.’ You don’t have to be in Ethiopia to fight TPLF injustice. We all did not go to South Africa to fight Apartheid. South Africans all did not pick up the gun to fight the unjust system. Those that wish freedom and justice fight from where ever they are.
We ask our people to take matter into their hands and smash the TPLF system wherever it rears its head in our precious land. TPLF headquarters, TPLF businesses, TPLF arms of coercion should be targeted and neutralized. All TPLF command and control centers should be made into battlefield. War has been declared on our people it is only fitting that we in turn make our country hell for those that want to impose their rotten, ethnic based rule on us. I am sure our people will turn fear into strength and show the few the power of the many. The time for tears is over. It is time to give a taste of their own medicine back to these ungrateful occupiers.
We hope to hear good news in the coming days and weeks. We hope to hear Meles squealing like a terrified pig from his hiding place under the palace. This is not idle talk or empty wish. It is going to happen because both the local and international situations are conducive to getting rid of tyrants. We each have a choice. We can sit at home or our favorite coffee houses and talk or we can rise up and complement the battle cry of our people. We can criticize those that are doing what they believe to be right or we can join the freedom train and make the battle quick and less painful.
The various Security personnel, Federal Police chiefs, Kebele leaders we want you to know that we are watching your every move. We are recording your every bad deed. We want you to know that Meles and family will try to finagle their way out of the mess they created but you will be left high and dry to fend for yourself. I was just following order has never been a good defense.
The Woyanne apartheid junta in Ethiopia has detained UDJ official Andualem Aragie, journalist Eskinder Nega and three other individuals, Zemenu Molla, Nathnael Mekonnen, and Asaminaw Berhanu. All five of them have been charged with terrorism, according to the Woyanne-controlled ETV.
Things are falling apart by the day for the khat-addicted delusional dictator in Ethiopia who is trying to stave off popular uprising by rounding up every one who is critical of his regime. The latest to be arrested are a prominent opposition figure, Andualem Aragie, and a journalist, Eskinder Nega, who have been picked up from Addis Ababa today. While digesting this news, we have just received a report from Mozambique’s capital Maputo that 15 Ethiopian athletes who were participating in the All African Games have disappeared, according to GNA. Read more below:
By William D. Ezah | GNA Special Correspondent
MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE (GNA) – The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 10th All Africa Games has announced that 15 Ethiopian athletes are missing from the Games Village, 11 days into the competition in Maputo, Mozambique.
Penalva Cesar, Deputy Director of the LOC and a Spokesperson in an address at a press conference on Wednesday in Maputo, said they have received a confirmation from the Chef Mission of the Ethiopian delegation about the missing Ethiopians.
According to Cesar, the LOC has reported the incident to security officials who are conducting investigations in a bid to fish them out.
“We have alerted the Immigration officials and Police on our bothers and they are doing their best to fish them out.
“I know they will be arrested because we are bent on having a trouble free event and all the law enforcement agencies are on the alert to fish out anybody who engages in illegalities,” Cesar noted.
He said any athlete who attempts to foment trouble or stay in Mozambique illegally will be dealt with according to the laws of the country.
Cezar, however, expressed satisfaction with the general organization of the event.
“Though there were minor problems in some areas, I believe we have organized a very successful All Africa Games.
“We look forward to a memorable closing ceremony on Sunday since we have put in place the necessary preparations for the closing ceremony.” He stated.
The incident of missing athletes has over the years been a characteristic of multi-sports events and the 10th All Africa Games seem not to be an exception as some athletes use such occasions to seek asylum or for greener pastures.
The desperate apartheid junta in Ethiopia today has arrested Ato Andualem Aragie, a senior official of Union for Democracy and Justice (UDJ), and Ato Eskinder Nega, a prominent journalist… more details later
By Alemayehu G. Mariam
When the going gets tough…
When the going gets tough, the tough go looking for distractions and diversions.
The past few weeks have been tough going for dictator Meles Zenawi in Ethiopia. Secret cables released by Wikileaks provided stunning revelations on Zenawi’s secret world. The U.S. believes Zenawi’s security forces staged a bomb explosion in 2008 and blamed an opposition group for committing terrorism. Zenawi made a thinly-veiled solicitation to the Americans to “remove the Bashir regime” in the Sudan. The Americans knew Zenawi was cooking the economic numbers to show economic development unseen anywhere in the world. They called his claims “mythic economic growth”. Torture is routinely practiced in Zenawi’s prisons; and the list of horrors goes on and on. Famine is spreading throughout Ethiopia and the Horn according to the recent U.S. Senate testimony of one high level American official. The Ethiopian economy is in shambles, according to a secret International Monetary Fund report which Zenawi has requested not be made public. Inflation is no longer galloping; it is flying high in the Ethiopian stratosphere. Bad news for Zenawi all around.
When the going gets tough, Zenawi always finds something to distract the people’s attention and show that he is still in total control. Last week, he paraded out two Swedish journalists and charged them with terrorism. He also arrested dozens of imaginary opponents. To put icing on the cake, he even jailed Debebe Eshetu (first jailed after the 2005 elections), one of the greatest and much-loved Ethiopian stage and screen actors of all time. Nice try but…
What happened to a “large chunk” of Ethiopian territory” in 2008?
Some of my readers may recall that in July 2008 I gave a long speech challenging Zenawi’s factual basis and the legality of the secret giveaway of Ethiopian land to the Sudan. I argued: “Zenawi’s defiant refusal to be transparent and open in making public an ‘Agreement’ (treaty) that gives away a large chunk of Ethiopian territory to another country is a monumental breach of constitutional duty for which he should be held accountable.”
Wikileaks now provides confirmation to the widely-held belief that Zenawi had secretly handed over Ethiopian land to the Sudan. According to highly placed sources briefing American officials, in a move to deal with “on-going tensions between Ethiopia and Sudan”, Zenawi had turned over land to the Sudan “which has cost the Amhara region a large chunk of territory” and tried to “sweep the issue under the rug.”
This revelation is solid confirmation of the slow and methodical dismemberment of Ethiopia. First, the Port of Assab was given away in the mid-1990s; Ethiopia became a landlocked nation. In 1998, Badme in northern Ethiopia was invaded; and after 80,000 Ethiopians sacrificed their lives and repelled the invaders, Zenawi delivered Badme to the same invaders in international arbitration. In the last several years, Indian, Middle Eastern and other “investors” have been handed free land without even asking for it. Then there is the insidious “ethnic federalism” which has created the equivalent of Bantustans (ethnic homelands) for the Ethiopian people.
On May 11, 2008, Zenawi issued a statement which categorically denied the transfer of any Ethiopian land to the Sudan. That statement accused the “media” and “irresponsible” elements outside the country for creating fear and alarm over something that did not happen. When Sudanese officials publicly announced acquisition of territory from Ethiopia in mid-May, Zenawi’s officials started backpedalling on the initial story. They said only preliminary work on border demarcation had been done, but nothing had been finalized. Within days, they changed the story once more and announced that they were merely “implementing prior agreements” concluded by the imperial/Derg regimes with the Sudan.
As the Ethio-Sudan Border Affairs Committee began to aggressively investigate what was really happening on the ground in the western border areas, Ethiopians victimized by land giveaway began giving interviews to the Voice of America and other international media outlets. They complained bitterly that they had been driven out of their ancestral lands by occupying Sudanese forces. Their farm machinery and tools had been confiscated and scores of Ethiopians had been arrested and detained in Sudanese jails. The victims also reported that they were attacked by helicopter gunships of Zenawi’s regime for defending their homes, farms and towns. At that point, Zenawi had no choice but to “fess” up; and on May 21, Zenawi publicly described his agreement with al-Bashir of the Sudan:
We, Ethiopia and Sudan, have signed an agreement not to displace any single individual from both sides to whom the demarcation benefits… We have given back this land, which was occupied in 1996. This land before 1996 belonged to Sudanese farmers. There is no single individual displaced at the border as it is being reported by some media.
Zenawi insisted on keeping the actual agreement secret, but his public statement provided important clues on the basic terms and nature of the secret agreement. Zenawi’s statement provided solid confirmation of the existence of an actual “Agreement” that has been “signed” either by Zenawi or someone authorized by him. While the detailed terms and conditions of the land giveaway remained secret, Zenawi put on the record the nature of the subject matter in the Agreement which included: 1) the question of non-displacement of persons in the giveaway territories, 2) the preservation of benefits of all persons affected by border demarcation, 3) restoration of land rights to Sudanese farmers on land supposedly occupied illegally by Ethiopian farmers, and 4) cession of lands (“give back of land”) “occupied” by Ethiopia “in 1996” back to the Sudan.
It is important to underscore the fact that “The Agreement” Zenawi “signed” with al-Bashir, by his own description, has nothing to do with the so-called Gwen line (setting the “frontier between Ethiopia and Sudan”) of 1902. It also has nothing to do with any other agreements drafted or concluded by the imperial government prior to 1974, or the Derg between 1975 and 1991 for border demarcation or settlement. Zenawi’s agreement, by his own public statement, deals exclusively with border matters and related issues beginning in 1996, when presumably the alleged occupation of Sudanese land took place under his watch.
Where is the Agreement?
Why has Zenawi kept the actual text of “The Agreement” secret from the public and the “Council of Representatives” in violation of Art. 55 (12) of the Ethiopian Constitution? Zenawi as a “public official” has an affirmative constitutional duty to perform his official responsibilities in an open and transparent manner. This duty is unambiguously mandated under Article 12 of the Ethiopian Constitution which provides, “The activities of government shall be undertaken in a manner which is open and transparent to the public… Any public official or elected representative shall be made accountable for breach of his official duties.” Article 12 applies to ALL “activities of government” and to ALL government officials. It makes no exceptions for secret deals by “prime ministers”. Transparency and openness in government is a mandatory constitutional duty of ALL public officials, not an optional or discretionary one. The refusal to make public an agreement that gives away a large chunk of Ethiopian territory to another country is a monumental breach and evasion of constitutional duty.
There is one question that needs to be answered now that the world knows the truth: Why does Zenawi keep secret and refuse to make public an Agreement that gave a “large chunk” of Ethiopian territory to the Sudan?
Previous commentaries by the author are available at: www.huffingtonpost.com/alemayehu-g-mariam/ and http://open.salon.com/blog/almariam/
Most Ethiopians mark our New Year with sadness, while hoping that the the coming year, 2004, will bring an end to the long national misery that has been inflicted on the country by a ravenous ethnic apartheid junta.
Enjoy this New Year song by Teddy Afro. Ethiopia shall rise up.
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Ethiopian Review and other media have been blaming Ethiopia’s khat-addicted dictator and his Woyanne junta for the so-called “terrorist bombings” in Addis Ababa (read here). From its jungle days, Woyanne is known for exploding bombs in civilians areas and blaming the action on its opponents. Now the U.S. diplomats have confirmed Ethiopian Review’s claim that the Addis Ababa bombings were carried out by the Meles regime’s security forces. Ambassador Vicki Huddleston wrote in a secret memo:
A series of explosions were reported in Addis Ababa on September 16, killing three individuals. The GoE announced that the bombs went off while being assembled, and that the three dead were terrorists from the outlawed Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) with links to the Oromo National Congress (ONC). An embassy source, as well as clandestine reporting, suggests that the bombing may have in fact been the work of GoE security forces.
So who is the real terrorist?
This revelation may come as shocking for some, but not for most Ethiopians who know about the evil nature of the Woyanne terrorist regime. Read the full report below:
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Classified By: CHARGE VICKI HUDDLESTON FOR REASONS 1.4(b)AND(d).
¶1. (S) SUMMARY A series of explosions were reported in Addis
Ababa on September 16, killing three individuals. The GoE
announced that the bombs went off while being assembled, and
that the three dead were terrorists from the outlawed Oromo
Liberation Front (OLF) with links to the Oromo National
Congress (ONC). An embassy source, as well as clandestine
reporting, suggests that the bombing may have in fact been
the work of GoE security forces. END SUMMARY
¶2. (U) On September 16, three bomb explosions were reported
in the Kara Kore area of Addis Ababa. The explosions were
heard at 4:45 a.m., 7:00 a.m., and 10:00 a.m. The National
Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), together with the
Federal Police Anti-terror Task Force later reported that the
bombs were “part of a coordinated terror attack by the OLF
and Sha’abiya (Eritrea) aimed at disrupting democratic
development.” The NISS said that the intended terror plot
had failed and the bombs had mistakenly gone off while the
suspects were preparing them while hiding out at an illegally
built house. Two of the suspects died immediately, while
another died on the way to the hospital. One other is in
critical condition. The police task force reported having
others in custody related to the plot and that evidence shows
the terrorists had ties to Oromo groups – the Mecha and
Tulema Association (MTA) and the ONC. They also said that
the bombs used contained parts sourced from Eritrea and were
consistent with bombs used in previous terrorist attacks.
¶3. (S) On September 20, Dr. Merera Gudina (strictly protect),
the former leader of the ONC (and a typically reliable
information source), contacted Post to report that the
deceased had not died not while constructing a bomb, but
rather at the hands of GoE cadres. Dr. Merera said that the
men had been picked up by police a week prior, kept in
detention and tortured. He said police then left the men in
a house and detonated explosives nearby, killing 3 of them.
He did not indicate whether the men were ONC or OLF
¶4. (S) Clandestine reporting indicates that the bombs did not
explode inside the structure, but rather appear to have been
placed outside and detonated.
[Ambassador Vicki] HUDDLESTON
EDITOR’S NOTE: Meles and his propaganda chief Bereket fabricate any thing, come up with all kinds of wild charges to silence independent information sources. It’s a regime that compares the Voice of America (VOA) to Rwanda’s Radio Télévision Libre Mille-Collines (RTLMC). That’s how silly and outrageous they are.
By William Davison | Bloomberg
Ethiopia’s regime charged two Swedish journalists with terrorism after detaining them in July with rebels in the Ogaden region, State Minister of Communications Shimeles Kemal said.
Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye appeared in court yesterday, Shimeles said in a telephone interview from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, today. Prosecutors have a video showing the journalists handling guns, he said.
“They have entered the country with a bunch of terrorists,” the minister said. “They have even taken weapons training. Their activity is a bit more than mere journalistic activity.”
The journalists will be tried for engaging in terrorism, assisting a terrorist organization and entering the country illegally, Shimeles said. They were detained with members of the Ogaden National Liberation Front, which has been fighting since 1984 for self-determination of Ogaden, located in a province that borders Somalia.
The Swedish Foreign Ministry hasn’t received official notification of the charges, Teo Zetterman, a spokesman for the department, said in a telephone interview from Stockholm today.
Ethiopia also brought terrorism charges against two ONLF members and three other journalists, including Elias Kifle, who runs the Washington-based Ethiopian Review website and Woubshet Taye, the deputy editor of the Addis Ababa-based Awramba Times.
“He is innocent, everybody is innocent, it is clear,” Awramba Times’s editor, Dawit Kebede, said in a phone interview today. “I believe it’s a systematic way to put pressure on our newspaper.”
Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America (EHSNA) Announces Second Executive Committee Election Results, Releases Community Agenda
EHSNA Election Results
The Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America (EHSNA) recently held an election for members of its executive committee for the second time in its history. EHSNA’s primary mission and vision is to promote and preserve the rich heritage and traditions of Ethiopian culture. The elections were held for seven committee offices: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Director, Business Manager, and Events Coordinator. The results:
• President. Shakespear Feyissa was elected to his second term as president.
• Vice President. Fifi Derso was elected to her first term as vice president.
• Secretary. Yeshitila Araya was elected for his first term as secretary
• Public Relations. Abebe Hailu will be his first term as public relations director.
• Treasurer. Iskeinder Eyob was elected as treasurer for the second time.
• Business Manager. Haile Tefera was elected to his second term as business manager.
• Events Coordinator. Yared Eshete will be working as events coordinator for the first time.
On September 1, 2011 these individuals assumed their respective posts as the preceding executive committee officers handed over responsibilities as necessary. EHSNA board members, associate members, supporters and other members of the various Ethiopian communities extend congratulations and best wishes to the recently elected committee officers.
Goals of EHSNA
Entering its second year of operation, EHSNA has an ambitious primary goal. The Society, a 501(c)(3) organization, has a vision and mission to promote and preserve the rich heritage and traditions of the Ethiopian culture and its progenitors. Through its efforts it hopes to establish a strong link between that heritage and the new generation of Ethiopians born and raised in the Diaspora. The Society also wants to share that historical and cultural heritage with the other citizens of North America and contribute even more to the wide diversity that the North American nations already celebrate.
Recent EHSNA Activities
As part of that effort, the Society held its First Annual Ethiopian Heritage Festival, themed as “Celebrate and Discover Ethiopia,” this past July 1-3 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The festival showcased the historical, cultural, artistic, athletic, and culinary treasures, creativity, and talent from the Ethiopian community for the enjoyment and education of the public at large. The Society will seek to hold a similar festival annually during the first week of every following July.
Aside from the annual festival, the Society will work toward its mission by the sponsorship of a lecture series, as well as stage productions, art exhibits, sporting events, and the recognition of past and new achievements of individuals and groups within the Ethiopian community, including those in the Diaspora as well as those in the nation of Ethiopia itself.
Uniting the Ethiopian Communities of North America
EHSNA hopes to bring together Ethiopians from all walks of life residing in North America in such a way as to amplify exposure of others to the rich culture and increase its impact on the diversity of the North American societal mainstream. This hope is being realized by the recent and forthcoming activities of the various North American Ethiopian communities:
• Los Angeles, California. Little Ethiopia, an Ethiopian Diaspora community in L.A., held its annual celebration on September 4. It reached out to Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans as they celebrated the heritage they share.
• Houston, Texas. On September 10, the Houston Ethiopian communities will celebrate the Ethiopian New Year.
• Toronto, Canada. On September 10-11, the Ethiopian Diaspora communities in Toronto will have a two-day celebration of the Ethiopian New Year.
• Baltimore, Maryland. EHSNA will participate in a fund raiser for the benefit of the Baltimore Black Lion Soccer Team to be held on September 11.
• Arlington, Virginia/ Washington, D.C. In an event solely organized by EHSNA, on September 10, the Society will hold an Ethiopian New Year Celebration at Barcroft Park 4100 S. Four Mile Run Dr in Arlington, Virginia (a community near D.C.).
Ethiopian Communities Reach Out
Members of the Ethiopian Diaspora enjoy the peace and prosperity that comes with living in the various North America communities, but they also cherish the remembrance of their lives in Ethiopia, of the families and friends still there, and the way of life still extant in the Horn of Africa. The activities of the various Ethiopian communities and their organizations are meant to be a source of strength to all of Ethiopian heritage and an outreach of friendship to their adopted fellow citizens.
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