Sunday March 29, 2015
የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ የጠራውን ታላቅ ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ መንገድ ለማስቀየስ የሞከረው ወያኔ አልተሳካለትም:: ሰልፉ በጠንካሮቹ የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ወጣቶች እየተመራ ነው::
ፖሊስ ካሳንቺስ ላይ ሰልፈኛውን እየተቀላቀለ የሚገኘውን ህዝብ ለመበተን ጥረት እያደረገ ነው፡፡
የአዲስ አበባው ሰልፍ ከሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ጽ/ቤት ጀምሯል!
Sunday March 29, 2015
የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ የጠራውን ታላቅ ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ መንገድ ለማስቀየስ የሞከረው ወያኔ አልተሳካለትም:: ሰልፉ በጠንካሮቹ የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ወጣቶች እየተመራ ነው::
ፖሊስ ካሳንቺስ ላይ ሰልፈኛውን እየተቀላቀለ የሚገኘውን ህዝብ ለመበተን ጥረት እያደረገ ነው፡፡
የአዲስ አበባው ሰልፍ ከሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ጽ/ቤት ጀምሯል!
Semayawi Party members promote the March 28, 2015, protest rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Yemen in our prayers. By Yilma Bekele Poor Yemen is fast becoming the new playground of every wanabe strong Arab regime in the Middle East. Yemen is a safe location where they could test their acquired toys and pretend to act like a real army fighting real battles. Yemen never have it good. It was […]
Ethiopian Airlines was forced to postpone two flights to Israel on Thursday after it did not have permission to fly on route due to the…
Singapore – The Miracle of Asia (Full documentary film)
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March 25, 2015 (Geneva, Switzerland)– On March 23, 2015, a Tripartite Summit on the Nile was held in Khartoum, Sudan, hosted by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, and attended by Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Sisi, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. As an outcome of that meeting, these three leaders will sign an agreement of Declaration […]
Ahram Online published a translated version of the “Declaration of Principles” signed by Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on Nile water sharing arrangements among Nile Basin…
By Minga Negash, Seid Hassan, Mammo Muchie, Abu Girma, Aklog Birara and Getachew Begashaw
In our April 30 2014 commentary which appeared on several media…
(MINING.COM) – Media reports from East Africa on Saturday claimed that a gold mine partly owned by Canadian company Nevsun Resources was hit by Ethiopian fighter jets.
At least two media outlets confirmed the report, including Tigrai Online, an Ethiopian daily news site which stated that the Bisha mine, located 150 kilometres from Asmara, Eritrea, was a target of two bombing raids conducted on Friday. The other target was the military depot at Mai Edaga Tikul.
An attempt to contact Nevsun at their Vancouver office on Sunday, seeking the veracity of the media reports, was unsuccessful. However in an operational update on Sunday, the company stated that "While there was an act of vandalism at the Bisha plant late last week, there was no significant impact to operations and no personnel were harmed." […] READ MORE
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Lee Kuan Yew, Founding Father and
First Premier of Singapore, Dies at 91
Lee Kuan Yew, Founding Father of Singapore, Dies at 91 Mr. Lee remained until late in his life the dominant personality and driving force in what he called a first-world oasis in a third-world region.
By SETH MYDANS
MARCH 22, 2015
SINGAPORE — Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father and first prime minister of Singapore who transformed that tiny island outpost into one of the wealthiest and least corrupt countries in Asia, died on Monday morning. He was 91.
“The prime minister is deeply grieved to announce the passing of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the founding prime minister of Singapore,” a statement posted on the prime minister’s official website said. “Mr. Lee passed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today at 3:18 am.”
Mr. Lee was prime minister from 1959, when Singapore gained full self-government from the British, until 1990, when he stepped down. Late into his life he remained the dominant personality and driving force in what he called a First World oasis in a Third World region.
The nation, reflected the man: efficient, unsentimental, incorrupt, inventive, forward-looking and pragmatic.
“We are ideology-free,” Mr. Lee said in an interview with The New York Times in 2007, stating what had become, in effect, Singapore’s ideology. “Does it work? If it works, let’s try it. If it’s fine, let’s continue it. If it doesn’t work, toss it out, try another one.”
His leadership was sometimes criticized for suppressing freedom, but the formula succeeded. Singapore became an international business and financial center admired for its efficiency and low level of corruption.
An election in 2011 marked the end of the Lee Kuan Yew era, with a voter revolt against the ruling People’s Action Party. Mr. Lee resigned from the specially created post of minister mentor and stepped into the background as the nation began exploring the possibilities of a more engaged and less autocratic government.
Since Singapore separated from Malaysia in 1965 — an event Mr. Lee called his “moment of anguish” — he had seen himself in a never-ending struggle to overcome the nation’s lack of natural resources, a potentially hostile international environment and a volatile ethnic mix of Chinese, Malays and Indians.
“To understand Singapore and why it is what it is, you’ve got to start off with the fact that it’s not supposed to exist and cannot exist,” he said in the 2007 interview. “To begin with, we don’t have the ingredients of a nation, the elementary factors: a [deleted] population, common language, common culture and common destiny. So, history is a long time. I’ve done my bit.”
His “Singapore model,” sometimes criticized as soft authoritarianism, included centralized power, clean government and economic liberalism along with suppression of political opposition and strict limits on free speech and public assembly, which created a climate of caution and self-censorship. The model has been admired and studied by leaders in Asia, including in China, and beyond as well as being the subject of countless academic case studies.
The commentator Cherian George described Mr. Lee’s leadership as “a unique combination of charisma and fear.”
As Mr. Lee’s influence waned, the questions were how much and how fast his model might change in the hands of a new, possibly more liberal generation. Some even asked, as he often had, whether Singapore, a nation of 5.6 million, could survive in a turbulent future.
Mr. Lee was a master of “Asian values,” a concept in which the good of society took precedence over the rights of the individual and citizens ceded some autonomy in return for paternalistic rule.
Generally passive in political affairs, Singaporeans sometimes chide themselves as being overly preoccupied with a comfortable lifestyle, which they sum up as the “Five C’s” — cash, condo, car, credit card, country club.
In recent years, though, a confrontational world of political websites and blogs has given new voice to critics of Mr. Lee and his system.
Even among people who knew little of Singapore, Mr. Lee was famous for his national self-improvement campaigns, which urged people to do such things as smile, speak good English and flush the toilet, but never to spit, chew gum or throw garbage off balconies.
“They laughed, at us,” he said in the second volume of his memoirs, “From Third World to First: The Singapore Story 1965-2000.” “But I was confident that we would have the last laugh. We would have been a grosser, ruder, cruder society had we not made these efforts.”
Mr. Lee developed a distinctive Singaporean mechanism of political control, filing libel suits that sometimes drove his opponents into bankruptcy and doing battle with critics in the foreign press. Several foreign publications, including The International Herald Tribune, which is now called The International New York Times, have apologized and paid fines to settle libel suits.
The lawsuits challenged accusations of nepotism — members of Mr. Lee’s family hold influential positions in Singapore — and questions about the independence of the judiciary, which critics have said follows the lead of the executive branch.
Mr. Lee denied that the suits had a political purpose, saying they were essential to clearing his name of false accusations.
He seemed to genuinely believe that criticisms would gain currency if they were not vigorously disputed. But the lawsuits themselves did as much as anything to diminish his reputation.
He was proud to describe himself as a political street fighter more feared than loved.
“Nobody doubts that if you take me on, I will put on knuckle-dusters and catch you in a cul-de-sac,” he said in 1994. “If you think you can hurt me more than I can hurt you, try. There is no other way you can govern a Chinese society.”
A jittery public avoided openly criticizing Mr. Lee and his government and generally obeyed its dictates.
“Singaporeans are like a flea,” said Mr. Lee’s political tormentor, J.B. Jeyaretnam, who was financially broken by libel suits but persisted in opposition until his death in 2008. “They are trained to jump so high and no farther. Once they go higher they’re slapped down.”
In an interview in 2005, Mr. Jeyaretnam added: “There’s a climate of fear in Singapore. People are just simply afraid. They feel it everywhere. And because they’re afraid they feel they can’t do anything.”
Mr. Lee’s vehicle of power was the People’s Action Party, or P.A.P., which exercised the advantages of office to overwhelm and intimidate opponents. It embraced into its ranks the nation’s brightest young stars, creating what was, in effect, a one-party state.
In a policy intended to remove the temptation for corruption, Singapore linked the salaries of ministers, judges and top civil servants to those of leading professionals in the private sector, making them some of the highest-paid government officials in the world.
It was only in 1981, 16 years after independence, that Mr. Jeyaretnam won the first opposition seat in Parliament, infuriating Mr. Lee. Two decades later, after the 2006 election, just two of the Parliament’s 84 elected seats were held by members of opposition parties.
But in 2011, the opposition won an unprecedented six seats, along with an unusually high popular vote of close to 40 percent, in what was seen as a demand by voters for more accountability and responsiveness in its leaders. Pragmatic as always, the P.A.P. reacted by modifying its peremptory style and acknowledging that times were changing.
But the new approach still fell short of true multiparty democracy, and Singaporeans continued to question whether the party intended to change itself or would even be able to do so.
“Many people say, ‘Why don’t we open up, then you have two big parties and one party always ready to take over?’ “ Mr. Lee said in a speech in 2008. “I do not believe that for a single moment.”
He added: “We do not have the numbers to ensure that we’ll always have an A Team and an alternative A Team. I’ve tried it; it’s just not possible.”
What Singapore got was centralized, efficient policy making unencumbered by what Mr. Lee called the “heat and dust” of political clashes, and social campaigns.
In one, the government tried vigorously to combat a falling birthrate, organizing what was in effect an official matchmaking agency aimed particularly at affluent ethnic Chinese.
Mr. Lee also promoted the use of English as the language of business and the common tongue among the ethnic groups, while recognizing Malay, Chinese and Tamil as other official languages.
With tourists and investors in mind, Singapore sought to become a cultural and recreational hub, with a sprawling performing arts center, museums, galleries, Western and Chinese orchestras and not one but two casinos.
Despite his success, Mr. Lee said that he sometimes had trouble sleeping and that he calmed himself each night with 20 minutes of meditation, reciting a mantra: “Ma-Ra-Na-Tha.”
“The problem is to keep the monkey mind from running off into all kinds of thoughts,” he said in an interview with The Times in 2010. “A certain tranquillity settles over you. The day’s pressures and worries are pushed out. Then there’s less problem sleeping.”
Lee Kuan Yew, who was sometimes known by his English name, Harry Lee, was born in Singapore on Sept. 16, 1923, to a fourth-generation, middle-class Chinese family.
He worked as a translator and engaged in black market trading during the Japanese occupation in World War II, then went to Britain, where he earned a law degree in 1949 from Cambridge University. In 1950 he married Kwa Geok Choo, a fellow law student from Singapore. She died in 2010.
After serving as prime minister from 1959 to 1990, Mr. Lee was followed by two handpicked successors, Goh Chok Tong and Mr. Lee’s eldest son, Lee Hsien Loong, who, groomed for the job, has been prime minister since 2004.
Besides the prime minister, Mr. Lee is survived by his younger son, Lee Hsien Yang, who is the chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore; a daughter, Dr. Lee Wei Ling, who runs the National Neuroscience Institute; a younger brother, Suan Yew; and a younger sister, Monica.
Ho Ching, the wife of the prime minister, is executive director and chief executive of Temasek Holdings, a government holding company.
“His stature is immense,” Catherine Lim, a novelist and frequent critic of Mr. Lee, said in an interview. “This man is a statesman. He is probably too big for Singapore, on a level with Tito and de Gaulle. If they had three Lee Kuan Yews in Africa, that continent wouldn’t be in such a bad state.”
The cost of his success, she said, was a lack of emotional connection.
“Everything goes tick-tock, tick-tock,” she said. “He is an admirable man, but, oh, people like a little bit of heart as well as head. He is all hard-wired.”
In the 2010 interview with The Times, though, he took a reflective, valedictory tone.
“I’m not saying that everything I did was right, but everything I did was for an honorable purpose,” he said. “I had to do some nasty things, locking fellows up without trial.”
He said he was not a religious man and that he dealt with setbacks by simply telling himself, “Well, life is just like that.”
Mr. Lee maintained a careful diet and exercised for most of his life, but he admitted to feeling the signs of age and to a touch of weariness at the self-imposed rigor of his life.
“I’m reaching 87, trying to keep fit, presenting a vigorous figure, and it’s an effort, and is it worth the effort?” he said. “I laugh at myself trying to keep a bold front. It’s become my habit. So I just carry on.”
Thomas Fuller contributed reporting from Bangkok.
South Africa, 1960 On March 21, 1960, exactly 55 years ago today, a crowd estimated at five thousand (according to apartheid police 20 thousand, inflated to justify their extreme response) gathered in front of a police station in the South African township of Sharpeville in Transvaal (presently Gauteng, one of the nine provinces of South […]
Eritrea: Ethiopian Planes destroyed Eritrea’s lucrative Bisha Goldmine
Ethiopian fighter planes bombed the site of Eritrea’s Bisha goldmine, reported Al-Sahafa, a leading Sudanese Arab daily in its March 21 edition.
According to the newspaper, heavy plumes of smoke and fire bellowed from the mine located 150 kilometers from the capital city, Asmara.
At $300-$400 in annual earnings, the goldmine is Eritrea’s only source of revenue, the newspaper added.
The paper speculated that the raid might have been intended to distract public attention from the upcoming Ethiopian elections.
In related developments, www.sallina.com has reported that Bisha goldmine sustained damages. It did not provide information on the nature or cause.
Reached at its headquarters in Canada, Nevsun Mining Company asked Asmarino.com to contact its local offices in Eritrea directly. They were not available for comment.
The Bisha Gold Mining and the May‐Edaga Depot destroyed
Reliable sources from inside Eritrea indicate that the Bisha Gold Mining in Gash Barka and the May‐Edaga Depot are destroyed. The sources further claim that the attack which started at 4:30 am on Friday March 2o,2015 and the huge fire caused thereof lasted well into the middle of the day. The attack is believed to have been carried out either by missile or sabotage by opponents of the regime. President Esayas travelled to the two sites to assess the extent of the damage caused by the attack. Opponents to the regime often accuse the regime to have utilized the huge revenue from the Bisha Gold Mining to bolster its ruthless rule against the people of Eritrea.
The Ethiopian Youth National Movement (EYNM) has issued a press release. Read the Statement here
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Save me from the kindness of my friends. By Yilma Bekele We all have a few issues. Some are real while a few are due to ignorance but somewhere in between there are some topics raised by some folks that stops you on your track. All one can do is stand back, raise an eyebrow, […]
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Ato Sileshi Tilahun, chairman ENTC and Dr. Taye Zegeye, chairman SHENGO appeared on Ethiopians Forum for Political Civility paltalk room Sunday March 15th. Listen to the archived discussion audio below. Listen audio here (mp3)
What does a malaria researcher know about the art and science of diplomacy? Or for that matter the difference between telling the truth and telling lies? Or condoning or condemning lies? These are not trick questions. Tedros Adhanom is the “foreign minister” in the Thugtatroship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF). In the official “Ministry of Foreign Affairs Biography of the Minister”, Adhanom is described as “an internatio […]
Ato Sileshi Tilahun, chairman ENTC and Dr. Taye Zegeye, chairman Shengo on VOA Amharic service on the topic of forming an all-inclusive unified alternative force. Listen to the clip here (mp3)
FRANCE 24 – Due to a lack of sufficient funding, work on the project – estimated at four billion euros – is delayed. Our reporters went to see.
The Nile dam is expected to produce as much energy as six nuclear power stations for one of the world’s poorest states, but the population may pay a high price.
For Ethiopia, this "Renaissance Dam", as the Ethiopians have nicknamed it, brings the promise of irrigated agriculture and energy independence.
However, the project is controversial. Damming a river has implications for everyone who lives nearby and anyone who makes a living on the waterway.
Downstream countries – Sudan, and especially Egypt – also see the project as a threat. Although diplomatic tensions, which were high at the project’s launch, have eased somewhat, the dam continues to cause concern.
MARCH 8, 2015 The Thugtatorship of the Tigrean Peoples Liberation (T-TPLF) adopted its fabricated constitution for Ethiopia on December 8, 1994.The Preamble to that constitution declares, “We the Nations, Nationalities and People of Ethiopia…” have written the constitution to 1) “secure the right to self-determination” for “people of the nations and nationalities”, 2) ensure the territorial insula […]
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Woyanne installed Somali region president confronted in Washington DC by protesters – March 10, 2015
Editors voted to label him “top Pinocchio” for blatant lies
Washington DC– Editors of ten leading Ethiopian websites have joined forces to demanded Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom to retract his outlandish, outrageous and blatant lies that he recently told the public using Facebook and state-run media outlets. The editors also unanimously voted to name the Foreign Minister the “Top Ethiopian Pinocchio” after he failed to retract and publicly apologize for an outrageous fabrication he told about a school girl whom he promoted as winner of a nonexistent multimillion-dollar international award.
Editors of Abugida, Addis Voice, ECADForum, Ethioforum, Ethiofreedom, Ethiomedia, Ethiopian Review, Quatero, Satenaw and Zehabesha took the unprecedented step to hold the minister to account to his reckless and harmful propaganda stunt after he told the the public that 14-year old Beritu Jaleta, an Ethiopian-Australian schoolgirl from Melbourne, won 20 million Australian dollars in an international school competition and came back to partner with the regime.
In a joint press conference he held two weeks ago in his office with the teenager, the minister misled the public that she came back to Ethiopia to partner with the government to build a school after winning the jackpot. He called her an exemplary philanthropist among the Ethiopian Diaspora contrary to the reality. The story has been dismissed by the Baden Powell College, which was said to have organized the 8th grade competition, and the alleged funders of the prize, Rotary Foundation and the Government of Australia.
“It is high time the Foreign Minister took full responsibility for his reckless behaviour not only to retract it in the same way as he told it but also unreservedly apologize to the people of Ethiopia,” the editors said.
The editors noted that as the fabrications have been totally discredited and exposed as a big lie, the Foreign Minister must take full responsibility for the blatant fabrication instead of blaming it on a teenager who has been paraded TV to promote the propaganda stunt.
Dr. Adhanom blamed the girl indirectly in a Facebook post last Saturday. He said he would rather trust children and make mistakes without offering any responsibility for the scandal. “Because the Foreign Minister tried to tell such an outlandish and blatant lie to the people of Ethiopia, he has earned the honor ‘Top Ethiopian Pinocchio’ in appreciation of his effort,” the editors said.
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(HRW) – The Ethiopian government has renewed efforts to silence independent voices abroad by using apparent foreign spyware, Human Rights Watch said today. The Ethiopian authorities should immediately cease digital attacks on journalists, while foreign surveillance technology sellers should investigate alleged abuses linked to their products.
Independent researchers at the Toronto-based research center Citizen Lab on March 9, 2015, reported new attempts by Ethiopia to hack into computers and accounts of Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) employees based in the United States. The attacks bear similarities to earlier attempts to target Ethiopian journalists outside Ethiopia dating back to December 2013. ESAT is an independent, diaspora-run television and radio station.
“Ethiopia’s government has over the past year intensified its assault on media freedom by systematically trying to silence journalists,” said Cynthia Wong, senior Internet researcher at Human Rights Watch. “These digital attacks threaten journalists’ ability to protect the safety of their sources and to avoid retaliation.” … Read the full text here
Washington Post March 10, 2015 WASHINGTON — Ethiopia appears to again be using Internet spying tools in attempts to eavesdrop on journalists based in suburban Washington, said security researchers who call such intrusions a serious threat to human rights and press freedoms worldwide. The journalists, who work for Ethiopian Satellite Television in Alexandria, Va., provide […]
The Ethiopian diplomats in Dubai arranged the family of the murderers to pay blood money in exchange for their release
Dubai, UAE (March 8, 2014) – The Sharjah Appeal court has lifted the death penalty imposed on four men who were sentenced to capital punishment over the murder of an Ethiopian maid in 2009.
A ruling announced on Thursday by presiding Judge Abdullah Yousuf Al Shamisi saw the four Emiratis, who have already served over five years in jail, released after their punishment was reduced to three years each in jail.
The court earlier ordered an increase in the blood money payment to the victim’s family from Dh100,000 to Dh200,000 ($55,000 USD) following an appeal from the family.
The lawyer for the four men said the court waived the death penalty imposed on them and reduced it to three years each in jail. The men, who have already spent more than five years in jail, are now free to go, he said. – Source: Gulf News
(Nov. 10, 2014) – Four men facing the death penalty for raping, killing and dismembering an Ethiopian maid five years ago have been bailed after blood money was paid to the victim’s family.
The Sharjah Appeals Court dropped the death penalty, according to a ruling announced on Monday by presiding Judge Abdullah Yousif Al Shamisi,
The court reversed the death penalty and reduced the prison sentence to three years each.
The Emirati men, who have now spent more than five years in jail, are now out on bail, according to their lawyer.
Salem Obaid Bin Sahoo, the men’s lawyer, told Gulf News that the ruling announced on Monday follows payment of Dh100,000 by the convicted men.
“We received a pardon from Ethopian authorities through the Ethiopian consulate in Dubai and we were told that the victim’s family had accepted the blood money and dropped the demand for the death penalty,” he said.
“The amount of Dh100,000 has been deposited in the safe of the court and they were bailed on this basis,” he said.
The approval by the family is a complete reversal from its original refusal to pardon the killers during the early days of the case.
In 2010, the Sharjah Court of First Instance issued the death penalty to A.M., 35, S.R., 32, H.A., 33, and A.J., 30, for the gruesome murder in what became known as the “Al Dhaid murder”.
The original verdict was handed down by Judge Yaqoub Al Hammadi and two other judges on the bench, Hussain Al Asoufi and Ahmad Awdh.
Sharjah Police had earlier said it was one of the gravest crimes of its kind as it included rape, alcohol and murder.
According to court records, the four kidnapped an Ethiopian maid in Khor Fakkan, taped her mouth, pushed her into their Land Cruiser and took her to the desert in August 2009.
They raped her in Khor Fakkan, dragged her into their vehicle again, before driving to Al Dhaid mountains where the act was repeated.
Prosecutors said after raping her in Al Dhaid the men ran their SUV over her head and battered her with rocks before attempting to hide her body.
According to the police, in 2004, one of the killers had raped and killed a 13-year-old Pakistani girl with two other accomplices. They were all sentenced to death, but he was forgiven by the victim’s father.
Cases involving capital punishment automatically go to appeal.
Representatives from the Ethiopian consul attended the session and followed up the case with the court on the behalf of the family.
Source: [urlhttp://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/courts/family-of-dead-maid-accepts-blood-money-1.1410497]Gulf News[/url]
By Abebe Gellaw
Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom’s scandalous bedtime fairy tale that he told to the people of Ethiopia on TV, radio and social media about a 14-year old schoolgirl that came all the way from Australia with A$ 20 million dollars in prize money to partner with the regime has suffered a fatal blow and caused widespread outrage.
Julie Mason, the principal of the Melbourne-based Baden Powell College, denied that the school had any involvement in the bizarre affair. It also emerged that the teenager, Beritu Jaleta Ahmed, was actually coached to lie on camera by his PR team and advisers under his direction hours before her televised joint press conference with him, reliable ministry insiders told Addis Voice.
The scandal-hit minister had declared that the teenager won an “international prize” worth 20 million Australian dollars in school competitions for 8th grade students only to return home to partner with the regime to build a school in Gara Muleta, Eastern Ethiopia, a region well-known for its resistance against the oppressive rule of the TPLF. After the story was exposed as a blatant lie, the minister posted a Facebook message last Saturday that practically blamed the whole saga on the teenager despite the fact that there is ample evidence to show that she and her father were transported from Australia to Ethiopia at the expense of taxpayers to do the puzzling propaganda. The minister, his PR team led by Tewolde Mulugeta, the Ethiopian embassy in Australia as well as OPDO officials including the vice president of Oromia, Abdulaziz Mohammed, were involved in the ill-fated scheme, it emerged.
School principal Ms. Mason told this reporter that she was as confused and mystified about the claims as everyone else. “We are quite mystified about it. So I have no more information. I have read what has been said in the media. I am just like everyone else. I am just grappling with it, just wondering,” she said.
The principal confirmed that there was neither a competition of that nature nor such a grand prize to anyone. “I understand that is what she [the girl] said. But it has nothing to do with the school. They are on private family business. They are on family holiday in my understanding,” the principal said.
“She [Beritu] said the Australian Government and Rotary gave her the money. So I suggest you contact the Australian Government and Rotary in Australia,” she added.
Nonetheless, the Government of Australia and the Rotary Foundation have already denied knowing her or giving her any amount of money. Manager of Rotary International in Australia, Bruce Allen, pointed out that 1300 Rotary Clubs raised only $A 5.6 million dollars for the Rotary Foundation and its humanitarian projects last year let alone giving “an outrageous amount of money” to a 14-year old school girl. “It is totally out of question. There was no application or grant to this person,” he said.There is no way any Rotary Club in Australia could afford to pay that amount of money, according to the manager.
The Government of Australia also dismissed the claims on its part saying it does not even directly give funding for education to the Ethiopian government. “The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has not given 10 million Australian dollars to fund a school in Gara Muleta, Ethiopia. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade supports education in Ethiopia by providing core funding to the Global Partnership for Education. Ethiopia is a recipient of Global Partnership for Education funding,” said Jenna Hand, a media liaison officer at the department in a written statement sent to Addis Voice. The Embassy of Australia in Ethiopia also reiterated the same position and distanced Australia from the school project in Gara Muleta.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister is taking hits on social media after he unabashedly blamed the teenager for the scandal and failed to take full responsibility for his questionable, reckless behavior. “As you know, Beritu is a 14-year old teen. I think you would agree with me that kids have no malice. So I prefer believing what kids tell me. If trusting kids is a mistake, I prefer to err,” he wrote on Facebook and expressed hope that her dreams will come true. According to informed sources, there was already an agreement between TPLF and OPDO to build a school in the area. Some speculate that Beritu was only brought in as a bait to divert the attention of Oromo youths and fleece the Ethiopian Diaspora.
Numerous Facebookers criticized the Foreign Minister for misleading the public, and even worse, failing to take full responsibility for dragging the teenager into disrepute for the sake of cheap, weird and twisted propaganda. Some have said that his recklessness and lack of regret makes him unfit for his position as a foreign minister.
“I am 14 years old and I have been awarded $40 million. I want to donate it. I hope you believe me Dr. Can we have a picture with you and post it on FB?” a commenter mocked the minister. Many commenters vented their anger on the foreign minister and the TPLF-led regime, which they accused of being addicted to lies including jailing and torturing innocent citizens on trumped-up charges of terrorism and treason. Many have pointed out that the teenager is a victim of the TPLF-led regime that tried to use her to hoodwink Ethiopians. Corrupting the morals of a child is considered a criminal offense in Australia and many other countries.
Baden Powell College, which was said to have organized the A$20 million 8th grade student competition, is a government school with A$ 12 million annual budget. It has around 1800 students, 180 staff and 50 volunteers, it was learned.
By Heidi Voigt | Wall Street Journal March 8, 2015 Since 2010, Girma Seifu Maru has tried to raise his voice against political abuses while 546 fellow legislators consistently support the government. But in February, the government electoral board replaced the leadership of Mr. Girma’s Unity for Democracy and Justice party with its own […]
March 9, 2015 Good afternoon! Thank you for inviting me to speak to you here in Dallas, Texas. I would like to especially thank the organizers of this important event. Here are the exhaustive list of the committee members who made that great event to happen: Seyoum Workneh, Asrat Degu, Girma Negussie, Ayalew, Sara, […]
By Washington Post Editorial Board | February 9, 2015
WHILE ENJOYING its status as an international development darling, Ethiopia has been chipping away at its…
The Thugtatorship of the Tigrean Peoples Liberation (T-TPLF) adopted its fabricated constitution for Ethiopia on December 8, 1994. The Preamble to that constitution declares, “We the Nations, Nationalities and People of Ethiopia…” have written the constitution to 1) “secure the right to self-determination” for “people of the nations and nationalities”, 2) ensure the territorial insularity (separateness) of […]
Ethiopian foreign minister Tedros Adhanom admitted on his Facebook page that he was deceived by a 14-year-old-girl when he announced that she brought to him $20 million USD to build a school. This message was posted on this Facebook page today:
By Ben Hallman |The Huffington Post March 5, 2015 The World Bank, created to fight poverty, has admitted that it’s failed to follow its own rules for protecting the poor people swept aside by dams, roads and other big projects it bankrolls. This conclusion, announced by the bank on Wednesday, amounts to a […]
Spontaneous street celebration of Adwa by young Ethiopians in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – March 2, 2015
On March 3, 2015, Prime Minister Benjamin (“Bibi”) Netenyahu addressed a joint session of the United States Congress to deliver his diktat: Pass a law to prevent President Obama from negotiating with Iran because any U.S. agreement with Iran is not worth the paper it is written on. “We’re better off without it,” exhorted Netenyahu. It was […]
(CNN) With the discovery of a gray, fossilized jawbone in a remote corner of Ethiopia, an Ethiopian student at Arizona State University may have changed…
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Man ambushes, kills
Fulton County police officer
Posted: Mar 04, 2015 2:12 AM EST
Updated: Mar 04, 2015 4:50 PM EST
By Rebekka SchrammCONNECT
By Phil Benson
FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -
A Fulton County police officer who was shot and killed early Monday morning while searching for a suspect was being remembered as a friendly and courageous person.
Paramedics rushed Terence Avery Green, 48, to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died. Police said he had been shot in the head with a rifle. Green was a 22-year veteran of the force.
Fulton County Police Chief Cassandra Jones said at an afternoon news conference that a second officer was shot in the hip, but the bullet hit his radio so he was not injured.
The shooting happened just after 1:30 a.m. in a subdivision called The Parks at Cedar Grove, northwest of Fairburn.
Police said the incident stemmed from a 911 call about a man who had fired shots inside a home on Parks Trail. The first officers arrived at 12:43 a.m., police said. Those learned that the man, identified as Amanuel Menghesa, had left the home and that he was possibly intoxicated.
"He seemingly was going on a rampage in the neighborhood," Jones said. She added that Menghesa has had violent tendencies in the past. The CBS46 investigative unit learned he’s been arrested several times in a little more than one year on charges ranging from terrorist threats to family violence.
Other officers arrived on the scene and began searching for Menghesa.
About 45 minutes later, more calls came into the 911 center from another part of the neighborhood about half a mile away. Officers were nearby and heard the shots, too.
“At some point, the officers who were searching came under fire without warning from the suspect,” said Fulton County Assistant Police Chief Gary Stiles. “One of our officers was struck.”
Other officers fired back, striking Menghesa.
“This is not the first officer that we’ve lost, and it’s heartbreaking,” said Stiles. “The men and women of this department obviously are going to be heartbroken over it, but we have a job to do and we’re going to complete that job.”
Menghesa was also taken to Grady. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, police said. Not much more is being released about his condition because of privacy issues.
Menghesa’s neighbors expressed their sorrow as they got news that the officer had died.
"No one deserves to lose their life like this," one of them said.
At Wednesday’s press briefing, a number of Fulton County officials cited Green’s bravery and character.
"Courage happens when someone sees the danger and acts anyway in the face of that danger," Fulton Commissioner Lee Morris said . "Anytime a police officer puts on a uniform and goes to work he or she is exhibiting that courage."
Other officials expressed their condolences to the family and fellow police officers.
Jones summed up the sentiments of many on the force who could affectionately call Green "Officer Friendly."
Heroes Memorial Foundation is asking residents to turn on a blue light on their porches or inside their windows through March 11 to honor Green and his family.
Ethiopian-born Saudi billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi has lost $5 billion in 2014 and dropped to #116 in Forbes Magazine’s 2015 World Billionaires List.
Tecola and his crocodile tears. By Yilma Bekele Crocodile tears (or superficial sympathy) are a false, insincere display of emotion such as a hypocrite crying fake tears of grief. That is what it felt like reading the gentleman’s article after watching the video ‘US Policy: Ethiopia A failed state.’ I was impressed by the powerful […]
(Addis Voice) The Foreign Minister of Ethiopia has been caught in an explosive web of lies with a schoolgirl as the Government of Australia and the Rotary Foundation have denied giving 20 million Australian dollars to a 14-year old teenager, whom the nation’s “top diplomat” publicly praised and endorsed as an “exemplary philanthropist” and claimed her to be the winner of an unnamed “international prize”.
The Ethiopian-Australian girl, Beritu Jaleta Ahmed, claimed last week in a joint press conference with Dr. Tedros Adhanom in his own office that she was ready to build a school in Ethiopia with the 20 million Australian dollars that she won in a student competition held at her school in Melbourne. According to her, the prize money was jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Rotary Club of Australia [sic].
But Baden Powell College’s leadership, who knew nothing about the the competition or the prize, have already referred the matter to Victoria Police for investigation, Addis Voice has learnt. The public school that takes students from prep to 9th grade is dominated by students from immigrant families. It has around 1800 students, 180 staff and 50 volunteers. It gets an annual budget of around 12 million Australian dollars from the coffers of the Victoria Department of Education.
Tedros Adhanom publicly praised the teenager as a unique “role model” among the Ethiopian Diaspora for allocating such a large amount of money for development at such a young age. He commended her philanthropy and pledged that the government of Ethiopia would provide all the necessary support for the completion of the “modern school” project from nursery to secondary school levels that she planned build in Gara Muleta, Eastern Harargie, the birthplace of her father.
The Government of Australia and the Rotary Foundation have distanced themselves from the scheme and told Addis Voice that they have never heard of such a grand prize or the teenage winner of a multi-million dollars school competition. Some members of the Ethiopian community in Melbourne have blamed the girl’s father and the government in getting involved in such a shameful scam that can adversely affect the image of the country.
Jenna Hand, a spokesperson for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, refuted the teenager’s claim that the Government of Australia gave her half of the prize money. In a written statement emailed to this reporter, the spokesperson said: “The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has not given 10 million Australian dollars to fund a school in Gara Muleta, Ethiopia. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade supports education in Ethiopia by providing core funding to the Global Partnership for Education. Ethiopia is a recipient of Global Partnership for Education funding,” the official Australian Government statement said.
The Foreign Minister had also maximized the PR “opportunity” by spreading and spinning the news, along with pictures of himself, the girl and her father, Jaleta Ahmed, on Facebook and Twitter. “Beritu Jaleta has done an extraordinary deed that we should all learn from,” he wrote on his Facebook page. Under Australian law any person under the age of eighteen is considered a child.
“I came here to Ethiopia to build a school in Gara Muleta, Harargie. I won a competition of 20 million Australian dollars. So I came here with the Embassy of the government of Ethiopia in Australia to begin my project and the construction and also see the area and the land,” she told journalists, who were not allowed to raise any serious questions during the press the stage managed conference held in the office of the Minister.
Tewolde Mulugeta, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, added a spin to the propaganda claiming that she received the award last year for her extraordinary academic performance and proposal to build a school. “She used to participate in various school clubs. One of the clubs was the one she headed in areas of human affairs. While she was working in that club, they were exchanging views regarding the support of people for others,” Tewolde said unconvincingly. “The main thing was that she proposed an idea to create opportunities for others to get education. We have learned that people who have heard the idea arranged the prize for her. This happened nearly one year ago, around 2014,” he claimed nervously without providing any proofs and verification. official.jpg
Bruce Allen, Manager of Rotary International in Australia, pointed out that 1300 Rotary Clubs raised only $A 5.6 million dollars for its own humanitarian projects and activities last year let alone giving “an outrageous amount of money” to a 14-year old school girl. “It is totally out of question. There was no application or grant to this person,” he said.
“She is saying that half the money came from the Rotary Club and half of it from the Government Australia. There is no way that any Rotary Club in Australia could afford to pay that amount of money. We just don’t have the money. She got 20 million Australian dollars and I find it highly unlikely. That is an outrageous amount of money,” Mr. Allen noted. He also said that there is nothing called “Rotary Club of Australia” as the girl said because there are 1300 Rotary clubs in the country.
“We only have money for a whole rage of humanitarian programs. But we will never ever get involved to this extent. It is a lot of money and there is no Rotary Club in Australia that could afford to do that.There is a key point here. She is saying that half the money came from the Rotary Club and half the money is coming from the Australian government. There is no way any Rotary Club in Australia could afford to pay that amount of money,” he said.
So many puzzled Ethiopians took to social media to vent their anger and express their doubts on how the person in charge of Ethiopia’s foreign relations is unaware of unlikely global developments as well as the legal implications of corrupting the morals and psychology of a child by involving her in such an orchestrated web of lies and deceptions never heard of in the history of schools anywhere in the world without making any effort to verify such claims.
by 37 percent in a bid to reduce the cost of the national expenditure. From $A 225 million the previous year, the Government of Australia cut its aid to Africa to just 133 million AUD.What makes the story even more ludicrous and bizarre is the fact that during the 2013/14 budget year Australia cut its foreign aid to Sub-Saharan Africa
During the same budget year, Rotary Foundation gave grants totalling $14.2 million to support 265 projects worldwide in the areas of disease prevention and treatment that he foundation dispersed totalling only $6.5 for education and literacy to support 66 projects around the world, according to its annual report.
Meanwhile, the Baden Powell College administration declined to give any official statement. But a school source, who spoke on condition anonymity, told Addis Voice that the school officials are very upset and disappointed to be dragged into this kind of scandalous scam.
“Because the issue involves a minor and is also under investigation by the police, we are not authorized to make any public comments,” the source said. The motto of the school is “Looking Forward, and Staying Ahead.” It is not now clear if Mr. Jaleta Ahmed and his daughter are looking forward to returning to Australia to face the music or would rather stay in Ethiopia despite being caught in dangerous web of lies and scandals.
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Adwa – An African Victory Against Colonization
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I am celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta Libertatum or the Great Charter of English Liberties. Whoa! Hold it! I understand your question! Why is a guy born in Africa (Ethiopia) now living in America celebrating a document written by a bunch of disgruntled and rebellious English barons quarrelling with a feudal monarch over taxes and […]
Fire partially destroys Debregenet Kidist Mariam Church in Hossaena, southern Ethiopia – Feb. 28, 2015
Amharic speaking ISIS members from an unknown location make threats
By Cynthia Corral
Q: Tell us a little about the origins of Zemene, from concept to financing.
I never set out to make a film…
Yenealem Kebede was born in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on May 20, 1963, to her parents, Cornel Kebede Senbeto and her mother Mrs. Woinshet Ali. She attended Nativity Girls School from kindergarten to 8th grade. She completed her secondary education at Tegbared Vocational School. After graduating she worked at Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority. Shortly after she moved to Salt Lake City Utah in 1980. The first in her family to come to the US, she paved the way for all of her brothers and
sisters to follow her.
Yenealem moved to Denver Colorado in 1989 and began attending school at Metropolitan State College of Denver. In 1992 she graduated with a degree in Political Science. Shortly thereafter began her life as an entrepreneur and as an agent for the Internal Revenue Service.
During her time in Denver she was a fierce advocate of the Ethiopian community as well as the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Denver. She would often spend her spare time helping those finding their transition to the United States difficult. There are many in the Ethiopian community who owe
their livelihood to her.
She was intelligent, outspoken, vivacious, and full of charisma. Every person who came in contact with her was better for having met her. Yenealem brought joy and laughter to every one she met and always gave everything she could to others. Her generosity and dedication to maintaining the prosperity of her people will not soon be forgotten.
Yenealem was loved and respected by her family. She will be dearly missed by many beyond her family. She is survived by her husband Gedion, her two daughters Bethlehem and Sophanite, beloved mother and brothers and sisters.
Young Diaspora Ethiopian musicians are rising fast and gaining attention on the international scene. They sing in English, but some include Amharic songs in their repertoire. Their lyrics are serious and spotlight social conditions. Their melodies are a fusion of Ethiopian, rock and jazz beats. They attract audiences across cultural lines. Their music has universal […]
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Ethiopia shall overcome. By Yilma Bekele In May of 2005 the noble idea of bringing change by peaceful means died a violent death in Ethiopia. The Tigrai People Front declared in no uncertain terms power sharing is not part of the equation. They have proved it three times since then. What part of that do […]
ENTC held its 4th general assembly meeting in Washington DC. It has issued the below press release on the meeting outcome. Read the Press Release here (pdf)
Secret intelligence documents leaked to Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit reveal that spies in Addis Ababa were alerted to a plot by "an unnamed state" to kill a top African Union diplomat.
Ethiopian agents later accused Sudan of involvement in the plan to assassinate African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who had previously served as South Africa’s foreign minister.
Dlamini-Zuma allegedly faced "an eminent threat" to her life in the Ethiopian capital which also hosts the headquarters of the African Union in October 2012, just days after she was appointed.
The documents show that South African and Ethiopian intelligence agencies had been unprepared for the threat, for which they blamed Sudan. The agencies admitted they did not have enough time to "neutralise the operation" or apprehend those involved.
The documents also describe how unarmed African Union (AU) bodyguards "slept in corridors for four days without food or water provided," because the AU "did not arrange accommodation and resources for food".
‘An eminent threat’
On October 22, a week after Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma became AUC chairperson, the Spy Cables show that South African intelligence headquarters received information about a possible assassination attempt.
It quickly relayed the details to the embassy in Addis Ababa, and that evening, the South African ambassador briefed Dlamini-Zuma, telling her "there might be some changes in the protection arrangements".
He had expected an attack within the following two days.
South Africa’s top spy in Addis Ababa then called Ethiopia’s intelligence chief. He left a message, and an hour later got a call back.
Just before 10pm, Ethiopia’s spy boss was informed of the threat, and the two men agreed to beef up the South African diplomat’s security. Four extra bodyguards were sent to her hotel the following morning.
On the day the attack was expected, all the spies could do is watch, wait and hope that the security they had deployed could protect the life of the chairperson.
Amid the crisis, South Africa’s security chiefs held an emergency meeting, also chronicled in the Spy Cables. The acting head of South African military intelligence, General T Nyembe, told his colleagues that "an unnamed state" was behind the plot, and warned that there had been "another alert which further pointed out a potential assassination plot… to be carried out at a different venue."
The South Africans discussed the need to make "an overall intervention for the security of the AUC Chair", but doing so in a diplomatic manner to "avoid creating the impression that South Africa was declaring a vote of no confidence on the handing of AUC Chairperson’s security" by Ethiopia.
The day passed without any attack.
The following morning, the South Africans meet their Ethiopian counterparts and were told, for the first time, of Sudan’s suspected involvement in the plot.
The Spy Cables report that the director of Ethiopia’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), Hadera Abera, explained that his service has crosschecked the names of the plotters with "all entry points especially those bordering Sudan".
They found no matches, and the Spy Cables do not reveal the names of the plotters.
Another secret document recorded Abera saying that in his service’s assessment, Sudan "would not carry out such operations" as it had "paid dearly in the attempted assassination of Egypt former President Mubarak."
There is no explanation of how Sudan had "paid dearly," but the state was linked to the attack on Mubarak that took place in Addis Ababa in 1995.
‘Slept in corridors’
Abera reassured the South Africans that "there has been never [sic] a threat that developed into a situation where a diplomat is killed in Addis Ababa with the exception of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak whose life was threatened in 1987."
The only previously reported attempt on Mubarak’s life had been in 1995. It’s not clear if Abera has mistaken the date or if there had been another, previously unreported assassination attempt in 1987. Mubarak did visit Addis Ababa in 1995 for talks with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Abera asked for more help from South Africa and to share intelligence to help foil "terrorist activities."
However, the same document shows that AU security chief General Egziabher Mebrahtu swiftly contradicted Abera’s reassurances about diplomats’ security in Addis Ababa. He "lamented" the situation for his unarmed men, who have a "poor capacity to provide and protect".
The AU security man also explained that confusion between his agency and Ethiopian intelligence, who provide security for the AUC chairperson, resulted in the situation where the "AU did not arrange accommodation and resources for food" for the bodyguards.
"The protectors slept in corridors for four days without food and water," one spy cable records. "This created a gap since they have to go out of the hotel to get food and water, leaving the Chairperson unattended, therefore vulnerable."
A final secret document on the Addis Ababa security crisis, dated October 29, assesses developments since the threat a few days earlier, and outlines South Africa’s security arrangements in Ethiopia. It reveals that the country maintains "two ‘Safe Havens’ to which South Africans can be taken to in the even of any emergency situations".
It also shows just how underprepared both the South African and Ethiopian security services had been in the face of the threat.
The SSA admits it was not able to foil the plot, writing that "the available time would not allow the host service to neutralise the operation" despite treating the information "with the utmost seriousness".
"Follow-up is being done to clear all potential possibilities on the potential assassination of the Chairperson of the AUC."
"So far no new information has been received regarding the assassins," the secret spy cable concluded.
"The developments on the situation will be monitored and a close liaison with NISS on the matter will be carried out on a daily basis."
By STELLA CHERONO
A case against 101 Ethiopians accused of being in Kenya illegally has delayed due to lack of an Amharic interpreter.
The foreigners, who are said to have been on their way to South Africa, did not have travel documents, police told the Nation.
They were arrested on Monday in Tassia Estate in Nairobi where they were living in squalid conditions in a three-bedroomed house.
The house hardly had a place for one to stand, was filthy and littered with trash.
Police took the men to Makadara Law Courts Tuesday but they could not take pleas due to lack of an interpreter.
Head of the Special Crime Prevention Unit Noah Katumo said: “They did not have travel documents and that is why we arrested them.”
He said there had been several similar cases but police have been on the look out.
In court, the foreigners looked frail and fatigued and rarely talked to each other. Two of them fainted.
They said, through sign language, that they had been travelling for seven days and had not eaten.
Mr Katumo said police received information that three lorries had brought in the men on Monday morning. However, they are yet to find any of the lorries.
Three Kenyans suspected to have hosted the Ethiopians were arrested.
“We are concerned about these kind of immigrants because of the threat of terror the country is facing,” said Mr Katumo.
The arrest came as the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission met representatives from various government agencies to discuss corruption at the borders.
The meeting is expected come up with a strategy to check influx of refugees, mostly from Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia.
Investigations attribute influx of illegal immigrants into Kenya to corruption, conspiracy and complacency among Kenyan law enforcers.
About 300 illegal immigrants are arrested in Kenya every month.
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Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) and The Ethiopian People’s Congress for United Struggle (SHENGO) today issued a joint press release that they will be working towards an all-inclusive alternative force that will centralize the opposition struggle. Read the joint statement here (pdf)
Abase Hussen issues emotional plea for safe return of his daughter, 15-year-old Amira Abase, who flew from Gatwick Airport to Istanbul in Turkey last week, Feb 17, 2015.
RRIP: A post-mortem on Karuturistan, Ethiopia It was too good to be true. It is too bad it was true for the people of Gambella in western Ethiopia. Last month, the ignoble demise of Karuturi Global, Ltd. (a/k/a “Ethiopian Meadows Plc.”, “Gambella Green Valley Plc (Ethiopia)”, “Karuturi Agro Products Plc (Ethiopia)) in Ethiopia was announced quietly and without […]
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Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) and the Ethiopian People’s Congress for United Struggle (Shengo) are jointly hosting a public meeting in Washington DC on February 21 2:00pm at the Sheraton Silver Spring hotel. Refer to the below link to read the purpose of the meeting. Public Meeting Announcement
Yekatit 12 is a date in the Ethiopian calendar, equivalent to 19 February in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used to refer to the indiscriminate massacre and imprisonment of Ethiopians by Italian occupation forces following an attempted assassination of General Rodolfo Graziani on 19 February 1937. General Graziani had led the Italian forces in the 1935 invasion of Ethiopia and was supreme governor of Italian East Africa. This was one of the worst atrocities committed by the Italian occupation forces.
Estimates of the number of people killed in the three days that followed the attempt on General Graziani’s life vary. Ethiopian sources afterwards estimated as many as 30,000 people were killed by the Italians. Over the following week, numerous Ethiopians suspected or accused of opposing Italian rule were rounded up and executed, including members of the Black Lions, and other members of the aristocracy. (Source: Wikipedia)
Abay Tsehaye, a senior member of Ethiopia’s ruling junta, TPLF, accused OPDO leaders of causing obstacles to the implementation of the Addis Ababa “master plan.”
Who knows about Ethiopia’s perfekt elektion in May 2015? It is the middle of February 2015 as I write this commentary. But I always remember in November. I see some of my Ethiopian friends carrying long forlorn melancholy faces. A few lines from Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” flash in my mind: Why, what’s the matter, […]
(ION) – After complaining unsuccessfully for two years, the small French company providing luxury services Advalis (ION 1375) managed to make his debtor, the Saudi-Ethiopian tycoon Mohamed Hussein Al-Amoudi, give a little leeway. Acting via his Paris-based lawyers, François Meynot and Valentine Guerrero in December 2014, Al-Amoudi recognised a portion of the debt he owes Advalis, namely €626,000 out of a total of €1,441,000 which was upped to €2.1 million through the addition of late-payment penalties. Al-Amoudi no longer contests Advalis’ invoices for services concerning his family and his former girlfriend Tati Asteway between August 2011 and June 2013. But he refuses those for employees of his companies SPMS and Midroc Aviation, the friends of his former fiancée and his nephew, Saleh Al-Amoudi. He even claims that his French secretary, Michel Pringarbe abused his confidence in requesting such services. However, he would not seem to hold this against him, as he has just given him a raise. The case was heard in the Paris High Court on 13 February 2015.
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Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) and the Ethiopian People’s Congress for United Struggle (Shengo) are jointly hosting a public meeting in Washington DC on February 21 2:00pm at the Sheraton Silver Spring hotel. Refer to the below link to read the purpose of the meeting. Public Meeting Announcement
By Abebe Gelaw
Addis Voice can reveal that the 4th term speaker of the House of People’s Representatives has bought and used two fake degrees from a bogus university selling non-accredited diplomas online.
abadula degree fake par.jpg”Honorable” Abadula Gemeda, who is the chief “lawmaker” in Ethiopia as speaker of the lower house, bought Bachelor of Arts and Masters “degrees” in public administration in 2001 and 2004 respectively from American Century “University”.
American Century University, owned by Iran-born diploma mill operator Ali Marzaei, is notorious for its degree-for-cash schemes. Mirzaei tried to sell this reporter worthless MBA and PhD degrees for $4000 without realizing that his fraudulent scheme was under scrutiny.
After a lengthy legal battle with the U.S. Department of Education, Mirzaei was forced to close down Hawaii Business College (HBC) in 2007 after it lost Federal student aid because of the forgery and fraudulent business practices that he was previously involved in. HBC was accredited before he and his two sons acquired it. It collapsed after Mirzaei lost court cases, its accreditation and students.The conman runs a variety phoney online colleges and schools including American Century College, American Century International High School, American Pacific University and American Pacific High School International under the motto, “Your education is your future.”
Abadula, who dropped out of school at 8th grade before he joined Derg’s army as a private over three decades ago, also claimed to have earned a BSc degree from “Chinese Defense University” in military leadership in 1995. But the claim turned out to be false as there is no such university in China that conferred a degree on the speaker.
AV confirmed from reliable sources that he has never been to China to study for a BSc degree program. After we started investigation the BSc degree was downgraded to a certificate on the parliament’s website but we have already taken screenshots.
The renowned African scholar Professor George Ayittey says that the issue of phony degrees cannot be taken lightly as it is a corrupt and criminal practice that reflects on the nature of the government. “A regime that employs people that purchase fake degrees from diploma mills instead of working hard to earn them cannot be trusted,” he said. Professor Ayittey refers to fake and greedy power mongers like Abadula “hippos” that must give way to the more agile and competent cheetah generation eager to positively transform nations suffering under tyrannies.
The damning evidence on Abadula’s bogus diplomas has also been discovered in the speaker’s biographies posted on the parliament’s website, his official Facebook page as well as Wikipedia. The almost identical biographies on the official pages claim: “Abadula has a rare mix of military and civilian education. His military education was obtained from the Defense University of China, a close ally of Ethiopia under the EPRDF, in Military Leadership in 1995.
“But Abadula seems to not stop there. His civilian education has taken him both ways across the Atlantic,” it claimed. “His education in the U.S. was focused on public administration. BSc in military science from the Defense University of China [nonexistent] in 1995, BA in Public administration from Century University of USA in 2001. MA in Public administration from Century University of USA in 2004 MA in International Relations from Greenwich University, UK, in 2009.” The same line of narration about the speaker with four degrees has been repeated by the state-controlled media.
The English business weekly Addis Fortune’s profile of Abadula (SEP, 08, 2013 [ VOL 14 ,NO 697) also claims that he got his BA and MA degrees from Century University.
A couple of weeks ago, AV exposed fake “professor” Constantinos Berhe (Costy) for purchasing and using MBA and PhD degrees. The AAU administration has not yet opened investigation on the bogus professor who teaches and advises graduate students. AV cannot verify whether the “professor” assisted the “lawmaker” in the purchase of the unearned degrees.
Former Derg soldier Abadula, whose real name was Menase Wolde Giorgis before TPLF re-baptized him as Abadula, was captured by EPLF fighters in Eritrea in mid 1980s but was handed over to the TPLF as a prisoner of war, along with Kuma Demeksa (Taye Teklehaimanot) and others.TPLF reoriented the Derg soldiers and made them leaders of the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization, which was set up in 1991 under the tutelage of the TPLF to serve as a Trojan horse to control Oromos.
Ermias Legese, former Minister d’etat of Government Communication, says Abadula is one of the most insecure people in the regime who always aspires to please his TPLF masters. “The fact that he has bought fake degrees, even if he is supposed to be the chief lawmaker, may only certify that his very existence is forged by the TPLF. Forged identity imposed by someone else is always a problem and deep psychological crisis,” he said.
The constitution of the “Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia” declares that the House of Peoples’ Representatives that Abadula heads as the speaker is “the highest authority of the Federal Government, responsible to the people,” as stipulated in Article 50 (3). Members of the house, which is currently controlled by the TPLF and its allies, are installed every five years.
The constitution further declares that members of the House are representatives of the Ethiopian people who are governed by the constitution, the will of the people and their conscience. But the chief lawmaker purchased the degrees and fraudulently gained material gains with no regard to the people, the “constitution” and his own conscience. Ironically, the constitution vests the power of “enforcing all disciplinary actions the house takes against its members” on Abadula, as the speaker of the house.
According to the Criminal Code (Art. 385), presenting forged certificates for the purpose of obtaining for oneself or procuring for another an advantage or betterment is punishable up to one year imprisonment. It is to be seen if the lawmaker will go to jail or get promoted for his fake degrees.
HSBC, the world’s 2nd largest bank is fighting an international firestorm over revelations that its Swiss private bank helped clients conceal undeclared accounts and provided services to criminals and corrupt businessmen.
Investigators allege that $100 billion dollars passed through accounts held with HSBC in Geneva by over 100,000 clients and 20,000 offshore companies between November 2006 and March 2007. HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) continued to offer services to clients who had been unfavourably named by the United Nations, in court documents and in the media as connected to arms trafficking, blood diamonds and bribery.
HSBC served those close to discredited regimes such as that of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, former Tunisian president Ben Ali and current Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad. The files reflect a spectrum of royalty, from King Mohammed VI of Morocco to the Crown prince of Bahrain, Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to dozens of members of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family
The leaked account records show some clients making trips to Geneva to withdraw large wads of cash, sometimes in used notes. The files also document huge sums of money controlled by dealers in diamonds who are known to have operated in war zones and sold gemstones to finance insurgencies that caused untold deaths.
The data also revealed the existence of 2 Eritrean accounts. One with a deposit of a whopping $450 million dollars which only the Eritrean regime is capable of amassing. It wasn’t clear whether the beneficiary was the Eritrean tyrant isaias afewerki but it was by far the single largest deposit of all the HSBC leaked accounts. There was also another account with $90 million deposited as well as over 20 accounts with deposits of under $1 million dollars.
Account with clients from other countries in the horn of Africa
Andy Tsege, who is the secretary-general of a banned Ethiopian opposition movement, was sentenced to death at a trial held in his absence in 2009. He was travelling from Dubai to Eritrea last June when he disappeared during a stopover in Yemen, in what campaigners regard as a politically motivated kidnapping. Weeks later, he emerged in detention in Ethiopia.
A delegation led by Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Tsege’s constituency MP, was to visit Ethiopia in a bid to secure his release. But the trip was abandoned after a meeting with Ethiopian ambassador Berhanu Kebede in London last week.
Mr Corbyn told The Independent: “We had made plans to go and see him next weekend and they said we would be refused admission to the detention facility.”
Lord Dholakia, the vice-chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on Ethiopia, who was due to travel out with Mr Corbyn, said it was made clear that they would not be welcome. Mr Corbyn is demanding that the Ethiopian government allows Mr Tsege’s lawyer, Clive Stafford-Smith, the director of Reprieve, to visit him and will raise the issue in the Commons this week. The Ethiopian embassy in London has accused Mr Tsege – who came to Britain as a political refugee in 1979 – of being a member of a “terrorist organisation” which wants to “overthrow the legitimate government of Ethiopia”.
A spokesman for the Ethiopian embassy said: “The ambassador advised the parliamentarians that there was no need for them to go to Ethiopia as the case is being properly handled by the courts.”
Last night, Yemi Hailemariam, Mr Tsege’s partner and mother of their three children, accused the ambassador of being “a mouthpiece for his bosses who have no regard for basic human rights”. Mr Tsege’s family will go to Downing Street today – which is his 60th birthday – to hand in a petition calling on David Cameron to demand his return. It can also be revealed that the Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood broke a promise to Mr Tsege’s family that his case would be raised during the African Union summit in Ethiopia last month.
Mr Ellwood had pledged that senior officials would raise the case. But in an email sent to Ms Hailemariam last week, a government official admitted: “Access to Ethiopian ministers is extremely limited during the summit and so it wasn’t possible to have a bilateral meeting with senior officials who might have influence over the case.”
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We remain deeply concerned about Ethiopia’s refusal to allow regular consular visits to Mr Tsege and his lack of access to a lawyer, and are concerned that others seeking to visit him have also been refused access.”
Source: The Independent
Strategic nonviolence, is a “weapon system” that derives its force from fundamental human psychological, social, and political tendencies. Provided we adhere to nonviolent discipline, noncooperation, persistence, fearlessness, and openness, strategic nonviolence will doom the despotic regime to failure regardless of how the tyrant respond to our actions.
“A major fault of nonviolent struggles, historically, is that they make little or no provision for actually winning. They expect that actions will happen on the subordinate levels of strategy and tactics, and that following these actions, the tyrant will capitulate. But why should he? What is the mechanism of his defeat? Will he be persuaded to view the contentious issues differently, or strike an opportunistic deal, or ultimately be coerced, in the sense that his cronnies, army, and resources will no longer perform well enough to keep him in power?” – Peter Ackerman and Chris Kruegler, Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: The Dynamics of People Power in the Twentieth Century
All struggles, including nonviolent ones, achieve victory by using a combination of various mechanisms. However, to maintain our focus and effectively strategize, we must choose which mechanism is best suited for achieving our specific objectives. Yet before we pick a primary mechanism for achieving victory, we must first understand our objectives.
Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are [people] who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will.” – Frederick Douglass
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A man in southern Ethiopia lived on top of a tall tree for several month claiming that his wife cheated on him with another man.
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The main office of Ethiopian opposition party, Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) is surrounded by police today after the election board took its permit and gave it to a splinter group it created and is financing.
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Civil resistance is a way for ordinary people to fight for their rights, freedom and justice without using violence.
VOA report on Ethiopian election board decision to dismantle UDJ, Ethiopia’s main opposition group.
The Woyanne election board today announced that it has decided to transfer UDJ’s legal status to a newly created splinter group it created and led by Woyanne implants, effectively pushing out Ethiopia’s main opposition group out of the upcoming May 2015 elections.
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Shengo and ENTC have released a statement on the current situation of Ethiopia and their proposed solution of a Unified Force. Read the Statement here (pdf)
Ethiopian opposition party, UDJ, calls another rally in Addis Ababa on Feb. 1 to protest last Sunday’s brutal police crackdown on protesters. The Ethiopian ruling party (TPLF)-controled city administration instructed UDJ not to hold the rally saying that African Union will hold a meeting on that day. – VOA, Jan. 27, 2015
The TPLF/Woyanne fascist police have mercilessly attacked members and leaders of Ethiopia’s main opposition party, Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) on Sunday. The x-ray above shows that one of the victims, Sileshi Hagos, UDJ organizer and Journalist Reyot Alemu’s fiance, suffered broken bones. Even a 7-month-pregnant woman was not spared Woyanne’s brutality on that day, which was witnessed by representatives of the US and EU governments who were invited by UDJ to observe the peaceful protest.
The Woyanne junta might have thought that by unleashing such a brutal, totally unprovoked attack they could kill the spirits of UDJ leaders and members, not just break their bones. That did not happen. On the same day, the UDJ leaders — those who didn’t need to be hospitalized — convened a meeting and decided to call another peaceful protest next Sunday. UDJs thus demonstrated that they are the real deal — genuine leaders of a peaceful struggle. They led from the front, took the brunt of the barbaric attack, bled and suffered broken bones, and came out with stronger determination.
This coming Sunday, UDJ is preparing for another peaceful protest to speak out against last Sunday’s police brutality and demand free and fair elections. This time the other opposition parties must join them, or else could and should lose the respect and support of the Ethiopian people.