Archive for the ‘Ethiopian News’ Category

Fast living in the Ethiopian highland town of Bekoji

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Preparations finalized to celebrate Ethiopian Flag Day

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Ethiopia buys 1.87 million tonnes of gas oil, jet fuel

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Somali freedom fighters attacked Woyanne army base (BBC)

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Ethiopians, Somalis face grave risks crossing the Gulf of Aden

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Senior U.N. official begins visit to Ethiopia to assess drought

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Liya Kebede, beauty inside and out

Friday, June 20th, 2008

PA lawyer seeks to toss evidence against Ethiopian immigrant

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

IDIOT OF THE DAY: Ethiopian president hails China

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

The West may not be a safe haven anymore for rights abusers

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Boy born 'inside-out' was saved by a U.K. surgeon

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

VIDEO: Zenawi's gruesome crimes in Ogaden

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Lady Liberty became Lady Surrender

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

British Members of Parliament call the Meles regime 'wicked'

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Ana Gomes and colleagues to meet with Berhanu Nega

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

UDJ – a party without popular constituency

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Knowledge Sharing Forum held on the theme “Biofuel, a viable alternative source of Energy?”

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

South Africa police attack Ethiopian, other African immigrants

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Somali puppet president escapes bomb attack

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Senior Somali police commander assassinated in Mogadishu

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

World Bank urges Ethiopia to update farming systems

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

UNCT in collaboration with the FHAPCO launched the first CoP (HIV/AIDS) on May 29 2008

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Grape harvests a short distance away from starving children

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Inside Mogadishu: One journalist's dangerous journey

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The armies of Woyanne and Eritrea a football pitch apart

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Addis Ababa newspapers found a way to thrive

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

VOA interviews Prof. Alemayehu on secret land deal

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

We own a piece of the Obama campaign

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

UDJ receives permission to hold meeting

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Hailu Shawel held meeting with women, youth in Addis

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Tegbar respectfully disagrees with Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Plans to develop coal reserve in Ethiopia

Monday, June 16th, 2008

VIDEO: Woyanne's attempt to cover up famine, other news

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Ginbot 7 condemns Zenawi's crimes in Ogaden

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Mugabe says ready to hand power to a party faithful

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Famine: Zenawi's stealth weapon of genocide and repression

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Is Ethiopia really enjoying economic development?

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

UDJ's willful submission to slavery

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Ethiopian soloist Meklit Hadero performs in San Francisco

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Security forces told UDJ it cannot hold a meeting

Friday, June 13th, 2008

British MP condemns UK and US support to the Meles regime

Friday, June 13th, 2008

NBC's Tim Russert dies at 58

Friday, June 13th, 2008

UPDATE: Woyanne tries to prevent UDJ's general assembly

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Addisu Legese says food shortage in Ethiopia is exaggerated

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Eliminating Obstetric Fistula

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Ethiopian children's TV show wins international award

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Ethiopia's Dire Tune set a new world record in the one-hour run

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Again? – Sick and tired of being sick and tired

Friday, June 13th, 2008

An event to honor Gen. Legesse Teffera

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Yacob Hailemariam removes himself from UDJ leadership

Friday, June 13th, 2008

U.N. drastically revises appeal as Ethiopian drought intensifies

Friday, June 13th, 2008

U.S. denies silence on war crimes in Ethiopia

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Ogaden National Liberation Front launches new offensive

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Yeshi Girma sentenced to 15 years in prison

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Satellites confirm destruction of villages by Woyanne forces

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Somali puppet president escapes another insurgent attack

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

UK and USA 'complicit in Ethiopian war crimes'

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

French military denies Eritrean incursion into Djibouti

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Rights group accuses Ethiopian officials of war crimes

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Ginbot 7 officials holding a series of talks with OLF

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Tsehai Conferences Focus on Youth

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

PHOTO: Torn up Ethiopian flag at Bole Airport in Addis Ababa

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

JOKE OF THE DAY: Djibouti calls up retired police and soldiers

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

In DC, hot dogs face competition from injera, tibs and hummus

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Woyanne official surrenders to ICU in Mogadishu

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Ethiopian woman convicted in boyfriend's bomb plot in London

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Ethiopian circus star Sosina Wogayehu in Melbourne, June 18

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant, St. Louis MO

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Ethiopian refugees continue to suffer in Libyan jail

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Cry for mother Ethiopia

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008 · Preferably a dictatorship, a military junta or corrupt crony capitalist state.

· A seemingly growing economy.

· Local currency pegged to the dollar.

· Rampant speculation in real estate and currency trading.

· Financial institutions under heavy debt to trans national banks.

When these conditions are met the game is set. The crisis is invented. The foreign banks call the short-term loan in. The currency speculators start hitting the foreign reserve. The desperate government calls in the IMF. They are there the next day with new terms and conditions. It has happened to the following countries.

· Mexico 1994 known as the ‘Mexican Peso Crisis’ The peso fell by 35 percent against the dollar in three days. IMF approved 48billion loan to prop up the peso.

· Thailand November 1997. Bail out 3.9 billion.

· Korea December 1997. Bailout 55 billion.

· Indonesia. 1998. Bailout 43 billion

· Brazil. December 1998. Bailout 30 billion.

The G7 countries banks were protected form the effects of giving excessive loans to a poor and corrupt creditor while the those countries economy was saddled with further debt

Compared to us all these are giants. What do they want from us?

What we got today is as important as what we could be tomorrow. The trans nationals are the new colonialists. Control comes in many forms. A weak corrupt regime is a fertile ground for their operation. When they show up during a certain point in the crisis like the collapse of the Mengistu dictatorship they come with what they call ‘a policy framework paper’ (PFP) The new game plan is trade liberalization, wage freeze, open markets, hasty privatization and new labor laws among a host of changes to make it easy for the Banks and Agro-businesses to operate freely.

We know what happened in Ethiopia. State assets were sold out (transferred) to TPLF organized companies. Land that was illegally confiscated by the Derg was reconfisiscated by the new masters. New labor unions were organized for all trade and professional groups. Teachers and social workers were let go. Price subsidies to farmers was stopped. Price control was lifted. The ‘Kelel’ system was set up in the name of federalism but a Bantustan in nature. Dagmawi writes ‘the ethnic nationalism represented by Kuma Demeksa and other servile ethnic politicians is referred to as “Castrated Nationalism”. The organization of society into ethnic nations and its top down control via castrated ethnic parties was the governing strategy in the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.’ Look at both of them now. So much for ‘castrated nationalism’ as a tool for self-determination.

The most important mission of neo colonialism is the control of the food system. We are number one victims of this practice. Giant Agro-business took control of our farm-based economy. It was not a physical take over. That is old fashioned. They gave grants and loan subsidies to the regime, which in turn used the capital to consolidate its hold on the peasant farmer. Seed and fertilizer came under government monopoly that in turn was controlled by trans national agro business conglomerates. According to Chossudovsky ‘Pioneer Hi-Bred positioned itself in seed distribution and marketing, Cargill Inc established itself in the markets for grain and coffee through its subsidiary Ethiopian Commodities’. This symbiotic relationship serves the two parties at the expense of the third, the peasant farmer. Three important names in this are Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Cargill Inc. Our wheat, barley; maize, teff, sorghum and other Ethiopian seed variety have become genetically mapped and patented properties of the agri businesses. What this means is our farmers cannot save and plant or exchange the seeds without breaking the law.

The poor Ethiopian farmer is victimized from many sides. He does not own the land. He cannot raise capital. His seed has been confiscated from him. Fertilizer is out of his reach. Since the ’84 hunger more than 8 million have been locked in what is called a ‘famine zone’. There is no way out. The current ‘give away’ of land to Sudan pales in comparison to the outright robbery of our unique seed supply. We will never get it back. We can reclaim what Sudan is trying to take but the prospect of going against treaties enshrined in their World Trade Organization (WTO), Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) agreements and other neo colonialist tools is very remote.

It is not good to bite the hand that feeds you, but circumstances have to be taken into consideration. The IMF, World Bank and the trans national corporations make the existence of the corrupt mafia regime possible. The policy they formulate to benefit them selves in turn causes untold misery and pain to our people. The ruling elite they prop up to facilitate their control is destroying our identity and our home. Their callous policy towards us is the cause of famine. Are we supposed to thank them for dumping on us genetically engineered grain that is banned in Western Europe? Is it true that we are being used to ‘launder dirty grain’ in the name of aid? Why is genetically manipulated seed given out with ‘food aid’? Does this cause a further deterioration of Ethiopia’s genetic pool of indigenous seeds?

What is bizarre about the current famine is that the International Organizations and NGO’s are appealing for help while the Ethiopian government is busy denying the extent of the problem. They seem to be angry by the 8 to 12 million figure being quoted by the media. The Prime Mister himself is upset about the conspiracy by the western media to tarnish his image. Instead of ‘one hungry citizen is one too many’ the regime is setting the record straight by claiming the number should not be no more may be 75,000 children dying. I guess that is an acceptable number to perish. As far as you and I are concerned, it comes down to the same old question. What are you going to do about it?

I will leave you with a timely quotation from Indonesia in the aftermath of their ‘crisis’ in 19998.

“”It is paradoxical that the IMF is willing to dictate terms to Suharto when it comes to managing the economy but not when it comes to fundamental economic rights,” an Indonesian human rights worker and researcher using the pseudonym ‘Aryati’ told a Congressional committee… While it is apparently acceptable to the IMF that political power is monopolized, it absolutely insists that the debt be democratically distributed.”

Resources used in the preparation of this article.

*Sowing the Seeds of Famine in Ethiopia, by Michel Chossudovsky
*David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism
*Dagmawi
*Anuradha Mittal, Co-Director of the Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First, in Oakland, California.
*Shiva – The threat to third world farmers.
*IMF– Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand, Korea
*Sang Mok Ahn – The IMF Korea Bailout – A Korean Nationalist’s View

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Woyanne gives 1,700 acres of land to flower exporters

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Ethiopia military budget increased by $50 million

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Minister of foreign affairs hunds out 600,000 flags

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

WFP steps up urgent food shipments to Ethiopia

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Attack in Mogadishu after ICU leader rejects truce

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Discussion on Ethio-Sudan border re-demarcation – LA, June 14

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Britain throws its crumbs at starving Ethiopia

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Ethiopian in Australia finds refuge in art

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Birtukan and colleagues need to be a step ahead of Woyanne

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

DW reports about victims of Meles-Bashir secret border deal

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Hunger in Ethiopia now spreading to adults

Monday, June 9th, 2008

The village idiot talks to 'agricultral professionals'

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Desperation as Ethiopia's hunger grows (BBC)

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Famine stricken Ethiopia to grow plants for biofuels

Monday, June 9th, 2008

VIDEO: Kenenisa and Meseret tear up Hayward Field in Oregon

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Oklahoma State Senate passed Resolution on Ethiopia

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Another needed investiment in Ethiopia – wine

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Top Woyanne commander killed in Somalia

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Kenenisa Bekele runs fastest 10,000 on American soil

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Governor of Gambella denied a visa to enter Canada

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Sudanese authorities release 26 Ethiopians they detained

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Woyanne official banned from entering Canada

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

VIDEO: Zeritu Kebede – Athidibegn

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Berhanu Nega embarks on European tour

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Ethiopian politician linked to genocide to speak in Calgary

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Info Minister says reports of food shortage fabricated by media

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Ethiopians for Obama: Gatekeepers to Virginia

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Ethiopian-style spices add complex flavor to common dishes

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Carter tells Obama not to pick Hillary as running mate

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Gambellan governor's U.S. visit draws attention to his crimes

Saturday, June 7th, 2008