Posts Tagged ‘ethiopia’

The TPLF junta commits atrocities in Ethiopia’s northern town of Bahir Dar (photos, videos)

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The photos and videos that are coming from Bahr Dar are shocking. The town’s residents are under a brutal attack by a blood thirsty fascist junta that doesn’t hesitate to open fire on peaceful, unarmed protesters who are simply objecting to the regime’s plan to destroy a public square. Victims of the indiscriminate attack include children and the elderly. The following photos and videos show the savagery that is currently underway in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia:

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Shocking video of police shooting at peaceful protesters in Bahr Dar, Ethiopia – 19 Dec 2014

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Police gun down several peaceful protesters in Bhar Dar, northern Ethiopia on December 19, 2014

[More video] Peaceful protest in Bahar Dar, Ethiopia, turned violent when police opened fire

Friday, December 19th, 2014

A peaceful protest in Bahrd Dar, Ethiopia, turned violent when police opened fire at the unarmed protesters, today, 19 December 2014.

Protest broke out in Bahr Dar, Ethiopia; police opend fired on protesters; 2 died, several wounded (photos, videos)

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The protesters are voicing their opposition to the dismantling of Bahr Dar town’s Meskel Square by the regime.

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የባህዳር ነዋሪ በነቂስ በመውጣት በክልሉ ም/ቤት ፊት ለፊት ና በአዲሱ ም/ቤት(ቀበሌ 10) መስቀል አደባባይ የቤተክርስያን የታቦት ማደሪያ ፣ ንብረትነቱም የቤተ-ክርስቲያን ነው ልትነጠቅ ወይም መንግስት እንደሚለው ለባለሀብት ሊሰጥ አይገባም በማለት ቁጣቸውን በማሰማት ላይ ናቸው፡፡የባጃጅ ሾፌሮችም በየቦታው ትላክስና ጩኸት እያሰሙ ነው፡፡የመስቀል አደባባይን መፍረስ በመቃወም በባህርዳር ከተማ የነበረው ሰልፍ ጥያቄውን አሰምቷል::ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ በወጣው ህዝብ ላይ አባይ ማዶ ተብሎ በሚጠራው አከባቢ ቶክስ መከፈቱ ከባህር ዳር የሚደርሱ መረጃዎች ያመለክታሉ:: አንድ የወያኔ ባለስልጣን ለህዝቡ መስቀል አደባባይ ተብሎ የሚጠራው ቦታ ለግዜው እደማይፈርስ እና ጉዳዩን ለከፍተኛ ወያኔ ባልስልጣኖች በማነጋገር በቅርቡ ያለውን ሁኔታ ለህዝቡ አሳውቋል::

Alemtsehay Wodajo to Meron Getinet – Sidet

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Ethiopian Poet and Actress Alemtsehay Wodajo responds to Actress Meron Getinet’s recent poem that created a wave in Ethiopia.  

Military helicopter feeds dust to ruling party members at “Nationalities Day” celebration in Asosa, Ethiopia (video)

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Asosa, Ethiopia, December 2014

Fist fight in Kenyan Parliament over proposed “anti-terrorism law” (video)

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
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The proposed amendments to Kenya’s existing security law, which include extending the time suspects can be held without charge to 360 days from 90 days, follows a spate of attacks by militants on Kenya’s border region with Somalia that has killed dozens of people. The amendments would also fine media organisations up to Sh5 million for printing material that is "likely to cause fear or alarm". The proposal does not define such material.

Uhuru Kenyatta has faced mounting pressure to boost the country’s security since an attack in September 2013 on Nairobi’s Westgate mall that left 67 people dead. Early Thursday morning, Anti-riot police patrolled Nairobi streets and dispersed any group of up to four people. Witnesses say they saw police arrest three men near the Tom Mboya statue along Moi Avenue. “Security is tight and we discourage those planning chaos against doing so. We have enough personnel,” said a senior police officer. Opposition leaders and civil rights activists had said they would hold street protests to oppose the debate and passage of the proposed law.

Read more at >>> https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article … urity-bill

Mimi Alemayehou, an Ethiopian Woman On Top of a Multi-Billion Dollar Investment Company

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Mimi Alemayehou is an Executive Advisor and Chair of Blackstone Africa Infrastructure LP, a premier global investment and advisory firm. She is also a Managing Director at Black Rhino Group, a Blackstone portfolio company. Prior to joining Blackstone and Black Rhino, Mimi was appointed by President Barak Obama to be the Executive Vice President of The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the development finance agency of the U.S. government. Previously, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the United States Executive Director on the board of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Prior to AfDB, Mimi was the Founder and Managing Partner of Trade Links, LLC, a development consulting firm. She also managed a multi-country trade project in Africa for the International Executive Service Corps, and was Director of International Regulatory Affairs for WorldSpace Corporation, a satellite telecommunications company. Mimi, an Ethiopian born naturalized US citizen and a mother of two, holds a Masters degree in International Business and International Law and Development from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Addis Standard interviewed Mimi on her career, past and present, her congressional testimony and her life as a mother.

Editor’s Note: Although Mimi was in Addis Abeba during the last week of November this year, due to her busy schedule, this interview was conducted via e-mail. Excerpts:

Addis Standard -You left the Executive vice President post at the Overseas Private Investment Cooperation (OPIC), where you were the hand-picked choice of President Barak Obama, for Black Rhino Group and became its new Managing Director. But many people thought of OPIC as the climax of your career. Do you believe that?

Mimi Alemayehou – I have always believed that life is a journey of learning; there is no end to it until you are no more. While I absolutely enjoyed my job at OPIC during the last four years, I do not believe OPIC was the climax of my career. There is much more in my future. While at OPIC, I saw that many countries in Africa, including Ethiopia, were experiencing a different kind of transformation that I have not seen in my working career. A very important part of that transformation was the private sector and I definitely wanted to be a part of that sector, including moving back to the African continent to do it. I am currently serving a dual role as Executive Advisor and Chair of Blackstone Africa Infrastructure LP and also as a Managing Director of one of Blackstone’s portfolio companies, Black Rhino Group. Blackstone is the premiere global investment and advisory firm, managing almost $300 billion and extremely committed to developing large, highly development infrastructure projects in key markets in Africa through its infrastructure platform – Black Rhino Group.

Energy is a sector the government in Ethiopia has shifted its focus into as of late. Is there any plan by Black Rhino to work with the government of Ethiopia? Can you tell me about the rumored gas pipeline from Ethiopia to Djibouti that involved Black Rhino?

Black Rhino is now a portfolio company of Blackstone so it is owned by Blackstone. Black Rhino is currently in discussions with both the governments of Djibouti and Ethiopia on a potential refined products pipeline between Djibouti and Ethiopia. We have just completed a preliminary feasibility study and look forward to working with the governments of Djibouti and Ethiopia. It is still in the early stages of development; and for this project to succeed, it has to make economic sense for both countries and incorporated in their growth strategies. As you may know, Blackstone/Black Rhino has an important partnership with Dangote Industries, which was announced at the historical US-Africa summit in August 2014. We have committed to invest US$5 billion together in infrastructure projects.

Let me take you back to your career before joining Blackstone/Black Rhino. In your role at OPIC from March 2010 to April this year you managed a portfolio of about US$16 billion invested in over 100 countries. If I can ask you to describe for me the most important achievement within these four years of OPIC under your leadership, what would that be?

During my time at OPIC, the portfolio grew by more than 24 per cent to US$18 billion. I was most proud of tripling the corporation’s Africa portfolio to nearly US$4 billion. I was also very involved in President Obama’s signature initiative for Africa – PowerAfrica. That process very much impacted my decision to join Blackstone and Black Rhino. The private sector is increasingly playing a significant role in the development of infrastructure projects in Africa more than any other time and it is exciting to build something from scratch that impacts people’s lives positively.

In your testimony to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the US Senate in March of this year, you spoke of OPIC’s 120 projects totaling US$ 3.9 billion throughout Africa. Ethiopia is not widely mentioned as benefiting from these projects as many other African states. Why is that?Or was there any part of this investment spent in Ethiopia that we don’t know about?

As you may know, OPIC has not been active in Ethiopia due to a congressional issue. This has been an ongoing case for many years and still continues to impact OPIC’s activities in Ethiopia to this day. I am still optimistic that this issue can be resolved soon as there are some key sectors in which OPIC can play an important role in Ethiopia, particularly in the renewable energy sector where the agency is one of the leading financiers amongst development finance institutions. OPIC financed the Ormat geothermal project in the rift valley region of Kenya and I know Ethiopia’s geothermal potential is huge.

The hearing by the Committee on Foreign Relations of the US Senate was on the Power Africa Initiative, President Obama’s initiative to support green energy production in Africa. But it is a project being heavily criticized by many as just another platform for profitable energy deals targeting US companies. How would you defend or describe the President’s Power Africa Initiative?

PowerAfrica is meant to support the development of a significant amount of power generation on the continent where 600 million people have no access to power and literally live in the dark. There is room for everyone to play a role: the US, China, European companies, and most importantly African companies and governments. The Power Africa Initiative has many parts to it; there are several US government institutions that are providing a variety of tools from technical assistance to actual financing and insurance products. Although I am most familiar in how OPIC played a role, we had an inter-agency group that met regularly to make sure every agency was doing its part. USAID for example is providing valuable assistance to the selected countries by having an expert, a transaction advisor that actually sits at the Ministry level or wherever the host country needs the advisor most. Many important institutions and private sector companies have committed to the Power Africa Initiative including the African Development Bank, General Electric, Standard Bank, Heirs Holdings, and the African Finance Corporation. The idea was not for it to be an American initiative but one that spurs increased investment as a result from everyone and it is working.

Let’s talk about you as a go-getter. Before OPIC you were the US’s Executive Director at the AfDB- where you were the only woman in a pool of 17 men; before that you were the Director of International Regulatory Affairs at WorldSpace Corporation, and was, in 2013, named the ’20 Young Power Women in Africa’ by Forbes magazine. Yet, your life isn’t just about career; you are a mother of two. How did you do that?

I have never doubted myself in the things I pursued. Fortunately, I have had some amazing mentors in my life and in turn I try as much as I can to mentor as many people, particularly young women. My previous role as the US Executive Director to AfDB was a presidential appointment by then President Bush. If you survey boards of private and public companies everywhere including the US and Europe, women are barely represented. There are many groups now advocating for better representation of women. Companies are also realizing that it is in their interest to include women on their boards and senior management.

In terms of the balancing act of career and family, I believe mothers are natural multi-taskers. Being a mother is my biggest accomplishment so far. I have missed my share of soccer games and piano recitals and it’s something that I have learned to accept, you just cannot be at all the places you want to be at and it is important to prioritize particularly when you have children. This is a dilemma every working parent faces. Thanks to technology we are so much more connected now and no matter what part of the world I am in, I get to speak with them. Having a supportive partner also allows me to travel and pursue the things I am doing.

You openly talk about the adversaries your parents and family members had to go through during the socialist Derg regime in Ethiopia. How influential was the life you spent abroad to your personality and career life today?

The entire country suffered during the Derg period; my family was not unique. While my parents and grandparents had properties expropriated, it does not compare at all to the loss of lives, particularly the generation of youth that were slaughtered by the Derg regime. We all need to tell those stories so they are not forgotten. My most impressionable years were probably during my time in Kenya. I met so many people from many parts of the world for the first time in my life and that had a long term impact in my life as it made me more open-minded and gave me a greater appreciation for human diversity.

Some say as someone who was not born American but naturalized, the most challenging career you had pursued was when you were the legislative staffer on Capitol Hill. Was it an eye opening career for you? Something that made you believe you can get what you want whenever you want to?

It was not the most challenging but obviously this was 19 years ago and things were very different and there were not many immigrants/non-citizens working on Capitol Hill but it did not stop me from pursuing it. I wanted to work on Capitol Hill because I always had an interest in public policy. You can read about how laws are made but there is nothing like being in the middle of how laws are made and participate in one of the most vibrant democracies in the world. It also made a difference that I worked for a Congressman who is incredibly ethical, hard working, and dedicated to his constituents. He gave me a lot of room to grow by giving me the foreign affairs and trade portfolios, which were exactly the issues I was interested in.

When you were at OPIC and deeply involved in supporting electricity projects in Africa, you often talked about how hard life was for your grandmother who had had to live and die without having seen electricity and how that drives your passion to make your work a success. Do you still carry that spark in you?

To this day my late grandmother’s village does not have electricity. That is a story that can be told a million times. There are many children doing homework under a street light in many parts of Africa or cooking food under the worst type of conditions and breathing unhealthy fumes. I used my grandmother’s example to personalize the other 600 million people; I think people relate to someone they know that is in front of them and I wanted the Senators in the room to know that I was not talking about statistics from a text book; this is someone that I know.

In 2012 you came to Ethiopia with the CEO of OPIC, Elizabeth Littlefield. As part of your trip you witnessed the lives of some of the hardest hit women struggling with life without electricity. As someone who was born in Ethiopia, how did that single experience affect you?

Yes, OPIC’s CEO Elizabeth Littlefield and I were in Ethiopia when the country hosted the World Economic Forum. We traveled on the outskirts of the city and saw a sight which is quite common when you live in Ethiopia: Women, both young and old, transporting heavy bundles of firewood on their backs. What looked like an excruciating and laborious chore was ultimately just part of daily struggle to heat their homes and provide a source for cooking family meals.Currently, three billion people in the world use inefficient stoves to cook their food. World Health Organization data shows indoor air pollution kills two million people every year and even more are harmed by accidents. In addition to the health effects, the hours that women and children spend collecting fuel for these stoves is time they could be spending bettering themselves through education and even developing small businesses for additional household income. OPIC supported several clean stove initiatives in partnership with the state department; it was something we were committed to as a corporation.

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201412180140.html

ENTC Weekly Radio – December 17

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Listen to ENTC radio program – December 17 News, Interviews, entertainment, etc Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363

Obang’s Address to the Ethiopian Community in Minnesota

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

                                                                 SMNE FORUM SERIES II: MINNESOTA STARTING THE CONVERSATION AMONG DIVERSE ETHIOPIANS CAN WE COLLECTIVELY OWN BOTH THE GOOD AND THE UGLY PARTS OF OUR PAST? SO WE CAN BE FREE AT LAST FROM THE SHACKLES OF OPPRESSION? December 15, 2014   First of all, I would like to thanks Ato Girma Biru, all members […]

Antique Book on Ethiopia Selling for $579,875.01

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

December 17, 2014 Die Ritterlich und lobwürdig reiß [.] Sagend von den landen, Egypto, Syria, von beiden Arabia Persia, India und Ethiopia, von den gestalten, sitten, und dero menschen leben und glauben. By Lodovico di Varthema, is selling for the cool sum of $579,875.01 at abebooks.com The book was published in 1516 by Johann Knobloch Strasbourg. […]

Driving in the Omo Valley town of Jinka, southern Ethiopia (video)

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

A drive through the interesting town of Jinka in South Ethiopia. Jinka is the centre of the Omo valley region 

Gunmen in southern Ethiopia fired on Swedish tourists

Monday, December 15th, 2014

December 15, 2014 (Expressen) — Four Swedish tourists were shot in southern Ethiopia on 12 December 2014. The Embassy was in contact with them and they feel under the circumstances, says Ulla Jacobson at the Ministry’s press office to SVT News.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the Swedish tourists were at an animal sanctuary when they came under fire. None of them were injured in the incident.

According expressen.se, which spoke with the wife of one of the shot, put the Swedes in a jeep. The husband saw other jeeps run to catch up, saw that they were getting ready to open fire and he threw himself down on the floor.

Firefight with park rangers

A gunfight broke out between the pursuers and park rangers in a jeep in front, with the Swedes vehicle in the middle.

– Afterwards boxes on their jeep riddled and it was bullet holes in the door, says his wife to Expressen.

She says that the tourist group has been in Ethiopia for a week, and that they consist of a group of friends at around a dozen Swedes who is on holiday in the country.

It was in the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia as the Swedes came under fire near the border to northern Kenya. In northern Kenya, the terrorist group Al-Shabaab active and the group has previously claimed responsibility for several attacks. But according to Ulla Jacobson does not know the Foreign Ministry that the area would be particularly risky.

– We have no record of it, she says to SVT News.

University students in Ethiopia forced to sleep outside because of lack of ventilators inside their dorms – photo

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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The photo above shows that Samara University students in the Afar Region of Ethiopia are forced to sleep outside because their dormitory has no ventilators. Many of the students, especially those who were sent to Samara from highland areas of the country, are suffering from heat exhaustion and malnutrition. PM Hailemariam Desalegn and all the senior officials of the Ethiopian government send their children to some of the most expensive schools in the U.S. and Europe, while neglecting to provide the most basic needs of students in Ethiopia. Hailemariam Desalegn, for example, pays $62,000 USD per year for his daughter, Bitsit Hailemariam, to attend Columbia University in New York. USD $62,000 could buy enough ventilators for the entire dorm rooms at Samara University.

Columbia University dorm where Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn’s daughter Bitsit Hailemariam attends:
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Saving the ICC from African Thugtators

Monday, December 15th, 2014

  International Criminal Court Prosecutor throws in the towel It is a dark and gloomy month on the “Dark Continent”! It is the worst of times in Africa when a man in the highest political office accused of egregious crimes against humanity waltzes out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) grinning like a Cheshire cat and […]

Remembering the Anuak Massacre

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

    11-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ANUAK MASSACRE OF 2003 WILL BE REMEMBERED BY MANY ETHIOPIAN ANUAK LIVING IN REFUGEE CAMPS AFTER BEING FORCIBLY UPROOTED FROM THEIR INDIGENOUS LAND This year, members of the Ethiopian community in the Greater Houston, Texas, have sent a significant gift of encouragement to the Anuak who have been uprooted from […]

American doctor helps hundreds of blind Ethiopians gain their eye sight (video)

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Dr Geoffrey Tabin, American physician from Park City, Utah, travels to Ethiopia to help 700 to 1,000 blind patients see.

Dec. 12, 1913 – the 101st anniversary of the passing away of Emperor Menelik II

Friday, December 12th, 2014

The greatest leader in African history, Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia, passed away on this day 101 years ago.

Emperor Menelik II, baptized as Sahle Maryam (17 August 1844 – 12 December 1913), was Negus of Shewa (1866–89), then Nəgusä Nägäst (King of Kings) of Ethiopia from 1889 to his death. At the height of his internal power and external prestige, the process of territorial expansion and creation of the modern empire-state had been completed by 1898. Ethiopia was transformed under Nəgusä Nägäst Menelik: the major signposts of modernization were put in place. Externally, his victory over the Italian invaders had earned him great fame: following Adwa, recognition of Ethiopia’s independence by external powers was expressed in terms of diplomatic representation at the court of Menelik and delineation of Ethiopia’s boundaries with the adjacent colonies. – WIKIPEDIA

Emperor Menelik II
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Emperor Menelik II and Empress Tayitu relaxing with family and home
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DW update on the savage beatings of peaceful protesters in Addis Ababa on Dec 6, 2014

Friday, December 12th, 2014

German Radio (DW) reports on the savage beatings and arrests of peaceful protesters in Addis Ababa on Dec 6 2014 by the Federal Police. 

Adventurous cross country mountain biking in Ethiopia (video)

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Adventure meets cross country mountain biking in a two-week expedition riding in the Ethiopian highlands, featuring baboons, sheer drop-offs of 1000 feet, welcoming villagers and a web of virgin single track in a lush mountain range resembling a mix of the alps, the andes and the grand canyon.  

UPDATE: The Dec 6 Addis Ababa demonstration participants released from jail

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Leaders and supporters of the 9 Ethiopian opposition groups who were beaten up and arrested by the federal police for holding a peaceful demonstration last weekend in Addis Ababa have been released today. The detainees included chairman of Semayawi Party, Ato Yilikal Getinet, who also chairs the 9-party coalition. Most of the protesters were savagely beaten up by the federal police as the photos below show.

Semayawi Party members celebrate their release from jail
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Meet the Godfather of Ethio-jazz music – BBC (video)

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Meet the Godfather of Ethio-jazz music, Mulatu Astake,  and the message he carries in his songs.  

Your money is helping the Ethiopian regime to terrorize the population: SMNE to donors

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

SMNE CALLS ON DONOR COUNTRIES TO CONDEMN THE RECENT CRACKDOWN ON PEACEFUL ETHIOPIAN PROTESTERS AND THE CLOSING OF ALL POLITICAL SPACE, FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, AND FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION IN ETHIOPIA     December 10, 2014. The Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) condemns the recent crackdown on Ethiopian opposition leaders and protesters. […]

Appeal made to Southern Africa to grant asylum to Eritreans who are escaping repression in their country

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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Stop Eritreans from dying on the high seas and grant them political asylum. This was the call by the Southern African Development Community Council of Nongovernmental Organisations (SADC-CNGOs) that met with representatives from Eritrea in Johannesburg last week.

Figures show that Eritreans make up the highest number of Africans who die while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea in fateful attempts to flee the repressive regime in their county.

A study by the International Organisation for Migration, titled “Fatal Journeys: Tracking lives lost during migration”, estimates that more than 3 000 people have died this year trying to cross over the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. Eritreans are the biggest group from Africa and second only to Syrians as a percentage of the total number of migrants dying in the sea.

Speaking at the end of a two-day workshop with representatives of the Eritrean diaspora, Abie Dithlake, executive director of the SADC-CNGOs, said countries in Southern Africa should reach out to support those suffering elsewhere on the continent.

Well-documented repression
SADC member states such as South Africa, which plays an important role in the African Union (AU), should also put pressure on the AU to adhere to sanctions against the Asmara regime.

Repression in the Horn of Africa country has been well documented in numerous United Nations reports and those from human rights organisations.

Human Rights Watch, for example, states that “torture, arbitrary detention and severe restrictions on freedom of expression, association and religious freedom remain routine in Eritrea”.

Eritrea has ranked last in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index for the past seven years.

“We are aware of resolutions by the AU, but leaders are not making the necessary efforts to enforce them,” said Dithlake.

He said NGOs should put pressure on governments to grant political asylum to Eritreans to enable them to organise in countries like South Africa.

Kuluberhan Abraham, a member of the Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights, who lives in South Africa, says there are between 5 000 and 6 000 Eritreans living in South Africa, but only a small percentage of them have managed to obtain refugee status.

According to figures from the UN High Commission for Refugees, 821 Eritreans were granted refugees status in South Africa last year. This is compared with up to 24 000 Somalis with refugee status and 15 000 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the estimated figures.

Activists at the SADC-CNGOs meeting said Eritreans are increasingly being considered as “economic refugees” in the same category as those from poor African countries, but whose lives aren’t necessarily in danger back home. This is especially true in Europe where Eritreans have been arriving in large numbers.

Not economic refugees
Andebrhan Giorgis, a former Eritrean ambassador who now lives in Belgium and heads an NGO called Revival Africa Initiative, says this is a wrong perception of Eritreans. “They are not economic refugees but political refugees. As soon as the situation improves they will return home.”

One of the main issues that drives young Eritrean males out of the country is compulsory military service, which was initially restricted to 18 months, but has been gradually prolonged and “amounts to indentured labour”, says Giorgis.

Boys from the age of 15 and 16 are called up for this military duty and the final school year, grade 12, is completed in the military camps, according to a statement by the Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights.

The organisation says there are many documented cases of Eritrean refugees who have fled to other countries but were sent back home from places such as Malta, Sudan or Libya. Upon their return they were held in harsh detention centres and mistreated.

Source: http://mg.co.za/article/2014-12-10-call … -eritreans

Dysgenics in Ethiopia

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

This topic might be very controversial but is a reality and a key answer to why Ethiopia found itself at the bottom of every index of measurements you see in our time; economic, IQ, good governance, humanity, morality, character…etc.

As you all know, the student movements in the 1960s produced massive number of bright kids who went to universities all over the world, become able learners and sacrifice all for the betterment of society. There was a lot of naivities related mainly to age, but they took a noble cause demanding land to the tillers, equality in all spectrum…etc

In ethiopia, bright high school kids, together with very bright university counterparts and successful professionals (doctors, philosophers, lawyers..etc) all joined EPRP, MEISON…etc colliding with the military junta (derg) due to differences on how the country should be governed. The result of such political disagreement was the massacre of the brightest and the cream of the societies elite. Estimates indicate that the low ranking and low IQ derg military junta massacred more than 50k elite opponents in an urban crackdown that resulted this dysgenic effect. Some estimates put the number of the dead between 100k-500k.

Ethiopian population at the time was probably 20 million. And losing such a high number of bright and high IQ elite people has consequences and that consequence is the situation where 80 million Ethiopian found themselves now; I.e live a sub-human life standard.

With the loss of those bright generation, the low IQ section of the population managed to breed and over breed making the country the 2nd from the bottom in many of the measures I listed on the beginning of the paragraph. Such low quality population that filled the demographics now can not seem to find a way out from the stalemate. We see it people labouring on demonstrations which proved to have no positive outcome. We even see it here in this forum that people who are under brutal oppression chose to direct their energy on other oppressed people rather than the opposer. The corruption in opposition and lack of understanding the big picture and forming hundreds of opposition parties rather than narrowing that to a good 4 or 5…etc

The other fact that we have to know is that the elite of our society are moving out of the country and migrating to the west to never return back. This is also called "brain drain". We have thousands of doctors, engeeners, artists, ..etc basically the elites of our society moving out leaving the country to be filled by low quality population that will be unable to find solutions because it was breed from low Intellegence family.

If we have to see a bright Ethiopia, we only have two avenues.
1) those who have a better Intellegence within the regime (if they exist) try to see the big picture anderstand this fact, democratize the country, stop brain drain and create incentive to bring back those who are out to contribute in Ethiopia and breed there to tip the balance against the low IQ ones
2)the diaspora form a platform for all to engage and narrow differences to change the system in Ethiopia eventually stopping the brain drain and the repatriation of the highly intelligent diaspora elites.

This can only happen through institutionalized effort where corruption and one man dictatorship is not tolerated. That is the only way out. If this is not done, Ethiopia will regress further and further. We are already a liability for the world since we are still unable to feed ourselves. The day they unplug the AID, caos will reign in that land and we will be forced to say adios to peace and we will be on headlines similar to the 1990s Rwanda

Why is the TPLF in a rush to destroy historic books?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

THE ACME OF EVIL IGNORANCE: THE WEYYANE PROJECT FOR ETHIOPIA AND THE WORLD By Professor Mesfin Woldemariam December 8, 2014   Thirty to fifty years ago the TWINS, the shabia (EPLF) and the weyyane (TPLF) discovered that one of their formidable and impregnable enemies was RECORDED HISTORY. In their boundless ignorance they believed they could wipe […]

ENTC Weekly Radio – Special Program

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Listen to ENTC radio – Special Program News and Interview with Semayawi Party Public Relations Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363

2 Ethiopians killed by Saudi border guards

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Saudi border guards(AFP) – RIYADH: Guards on Saudi Arabia’s southern border with Yemen have killed two Ethiopians trying to smuggle drugs and alcohol into the kingdom, the…

Saudis behead convicted Ethiopian woman

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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An Ethiopian woman who stabbed a small Saudi girl 30 times in her sleep was beheaded by the sword on Tuesday, the interior ministry said.

Khadija bint Mohammed Isa was executed in Hafar Al Batin, northeast Saudi Arabia, it said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

She had “killed three-year-old child Aljazi bint Mohammed bin Fahd al Harbi… by stabbing her 30 times while she slept in her parents’ room,” the ministry said.

The suspect fled but was later captured and convicted, it said.

Local media said Isa was a maid, although SPA did not clarify her employment status or say what led to the killing.

Saudi Arabia last year passed new rules that grant maids one day of rest a week and guarantee the payment of their salaries.

Isa was the latest of 78 foreigners and Saudis — most of them men — executed in the kingdom this year.

The kingdom “is keen to protect security and justice”, the interior ministry said.

Authorities also executed a convicted Saudi drug dealer on Tuesday, it said.

Nasser bin Amiq Ali Al Inzi was found guilty of trying to smuggle “a large amount” of amphetamines into the country.

He was beheaded in the northern Jawf region.

The interior ministry said last week that authorities had seized more than 41 million amphetamine tablets during the Islamic calendar year that ended in October.

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How US outsourced torture to Ethiopia’s TPLF

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

‘Outsourced Guantanamo’–FBI & CIA Interrogating Detainees in Secret Ethiopian Jails, U.S. Citizen Among Those Held :  Democracy Now April 5, 2007 The CIA and FBI agents have been interrogating hundreds of detainees at secret prisons in Ethiopia. Many of the prisoners were recently transferred there secretly and illegally from Kenya and Somalia. They are being […]

Hana Lalango’s Case Causes Scrutiny of Ethiopia’s Anti-NGO Law

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The brutal kidnapping and gang rape of a teenage student in Addis Ababa has spurred a movement against gender-based violence in Ethiopia and throughout the country’s diaspora communities.

Sixteen-year-old Hanna Lalango was abducted by a taxi driver and a group of passengers in Ethiopia’s capital on October 1 after she boarded the driver’s vehicle on her way home from school, according to local media reports, activists, and other sources who spoke with VICE News about the incident. A few days later, Lalango’s sisters received a call from the kidnappers, who offered to arrange a meeting to negotiate the release of their hostage.

When the sisters arrived at the meeting, they were asked to board the same taxi used for Hanna’s kidnapping in order to be taken to the house where she was held. The sisters refused, and the assailants drove off, shouting that Lalango would not be released. On October 11, Lalango called her father and directed him to the Kolfe Keraneo district in western Addis Ababa, where the kidnappers had abandoned her. She revealed that multiple men raped her repeatedly over a period of at least five days, and was reportedly able to identify three out of five suspects from her hospital bed. She received treatment at several hospitals in Addis Ababa, but died November 1 from wounds sustained during the attacks.

The incident galvanized activists on social media, and the hashtag #JusticeForHanna became a top trending topic on Twitter in Ethiopia. A "Justice for Hanna" page on Facebook has received more than 20,000 likes. Activists are now demanding that national press outlets in Ethiopia devote extensive coverage to Lalango’s case and the issues that surround it. The UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which was observed Tuesday, November 25, has also helped raise awareness of Lalango’s case.

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"Women’s rights organizations and concerned citizens are calling upon the media to move away from sensationalized reporting and move toward sustainable reporting in highlighting the systemic gaps that perpetuate such acts," an author and women’s rights activist coordinating awareness campaigns about the incident in Addis Ababa, who requested anonymity, told VICE News.

Blen Sahilu, a former lecturer at Addis Ababa University who helped organize a November 24 press conference on the case, posted on Facebook that since Hanna’s trial started receiving media attention, other accounts of sexual assault have begun to surface in Addis Ababa. "In this past week alone I have heard of so many similar stories that I began to wonder where I have been all this time?" she wrote. "One girl here, another one there, a few more in that high school [...] we are all in pain I guess."

Sahilu, who could not be reached for comment, continued, writing, "Many families bury the secret and soldier on, perpetuating the myth that this is not such a big problem."

According to a 2005 World Health Organization report, 71 percent of women in parts of Ethiopia have experienced some form of physical or sexual assault. While 75 percent of women interviewed for the study in Brazil, Namibia, Japan, and other countries said violence by men toward women was never justified, only 25 percent of the women interviewed from Ethiopia shared the same opinion.

Tigist Geme, a former lecturer at Addis Ababa University, wrote a column for Al Jazeera America about Lalango’s case, arguing that Ethiopia’s legal constraints on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are partly responsible for the lack of infrastructure to prevent and document violence against women in the country. Ethiopian researcher Rediet Yibekal Wegayehu, who reported on Lalango’s case for the blog Kweschn, told VICE News that critics of the country’s anti-NGO policy cite a 2009 law called the "Charities and Societies Proclamation" (CSP) as being especially harmful.

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The CSP forces NGOs operating in the country to register beneath one of three different NGO banners that divide national NGOs from international NGOs. International groups — including Amnesty International and the United Nations Human Rights Committee — have criticized the law for preventing human rights defenders and groups from collecting data on marginalized communities.

According to Zenebu Tadesse, Ethiopia’s Minister of Women, Children and Youth, the law was enacted to prevent foreign influence on national issues and the "worshipping" of foreign aid. But Amnesty International notes that the proclamation has had a "devastating impact," as it prohibits international organizations from working on human rights issues in the country, and drastically curbs the amount of foreign aid that national human rights NGOs can receive.

As a result, prominent groups — such as the Ethiopian Human Rights Council and the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association — have been forced to cut nearly 70 percent of their workforces. After the law was enacted, both groups had their bank accounts frozen, and they were denied access to nearly $500,000 in received foreign aid.

In response to Lalango’s death, the Network of Ethiopian Women’s Organizations is now collecting signatures for a petition that asks the country’s prime minister to create a special task force to monitor sexual assault cases within the country, establish a gender-based violence fund, and reformat the Charities and Societies Proclamation to allow more funding to women’s organizations helping victims of sexual assault, according to a VICE News source.

The incident has dovetailed with a number of high-profile sexual assault cases in neighboring countries that have recently brought international attention to violence against women in East Africa. In Sudan, the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) came under fire for lagging in its investigation of reports that 200 women were raped by government soldiers in Darfur last month, and in Kenya hundreds of women protested in the streets of Nairobi after video of a local woman being stripped in public for wearing a miniskirt went viral a few weeks ago.

A trial against the five suspects accused of kidnapping Lalango began December 1, but according to VICE News sources, the public has been barred from attending.

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ENTC denounces TPLF’s brutal crackdown of peaceful protestors

Monday, December 8th, 2014

ENTC released a statement denouncing TPLF’s brutal crackdown of peaceful protestors and opposition leaders while praising the sacrifice that these heroes are paying for their freedom.   Read the full statement here (pdf)

70 Ethiopians perish in the Red Sea – Aljazeera

Monday, December 8th, 2014

70 Ethiopians drowned in Red Sea(ALJAZEERA) – At least 70 Ethiopians have drowned after a boat used by smugglers to transport migrants to Yemen sank in the Red Sea in…

ዲያስፖራውን የመሰለያ እቅድ

Monday, December 8th, 2014

ለአረመኔ መንግስት የሚሰልል አረመኔ ነው! ከዲሞክራሲ ለኢትዮጵያ ድጋፍ ቡን በሜልበርን አውስትራልያ December 2014 የሀገራችሁ መጻኢ ህልውና፤ የወገናችሁ የዘመናት ጭንቅ፤ እንግሌትና ፤ የስቃይ ህይወት ሌት ተቀን ለሚያሳስባችሁ ውድ ኢትዮጵያዊያን በሙሉ፦ ከሁልት ዓመት በፊት የወያኔ መንግስት በውጭው ዓሇም የሚገኘውን ኢትዮጵያዊ ሇመሰሇሌ የነዯፈውን እቅዴ በዝርዝር የሚገሌጽ ሚስጥራዊ ሰነዴ ከውጭ ጉዲይ መስራቤቱ ሾሌኮ ወጥቶ በመሊው ዓሇም ሇሚገኘው ኢትዮጵያዊ በተሇያዩ […]

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The Diaspora Plays Vital Roles in Ethiopian Civil Resistance Campaign

Monday, December 8th, 2014

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.

In building a partnership with the international community, Diaspora call for:
1. Protecting human rights.
2. Spreading democracy.
3. Building of civil society.

Nonviolent civil resistance groups need to apply a lot of pressure and make friends with the right people in governments around the world.

To sum it up, Diaspora need to be the voice of conscience both outside the country and also within the country.

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Prepared by Ethiopian Review Research Center

Who Polices the Police in America?

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Our government… teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis The tip of the iceberg: Not isolated cases On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner, a 43 […]

70 Ethiopians died in Red Sea after a boat carrying them capsized

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

A boat carrying Ethiopian migrants has capsized off the coast of Yemen killing at least 70 people. Thousands of migrants embark upon the dangerous voyage from the horn of Africa to Yemen each year.

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Seventy Ethiopian migrants drowned on Sunday when the boat they were traveling in capsized in rough weather off the coast of Yemen, security officials said.

The smugglers’ boat carrying the migrants was bound for Yemen, and officials in the province of Taiz said the boat was carrying 70 people, all from Ethiopia.

Human traffickers frequently use unseaworthy boats to transport African migrants. In March, at least 42 migrants were killed when their boat sunk in the Arabian sea off the coast of Yemen.

Thousands of migrants embark upon the journey from the horn of Africa to Yemen each year, with many eventually finding their way to wealthier countries in the Middle East like Saudi Arabia and Oman, or to the West.

Recent conflicts in the Middle East and Africa have fueled a dramatic rise in the number of refugees making often dangerous sea voyages to the West. In September, two boats carrying nearly 700 refugees sank after being rammed by human traffickers.

According to human rights organization Amnesty International, more than 2,500 people – out of the 150,000 who have attempted the journey so far this year – have drowned or disappeared at sea.

More than 100,000 refugees attempting to reach Europe have been rescued from the Mediterranean sea this past year.

bw/pfd (Reuters, AP)
http://www.dw.de/dozens-of-ethiopian-mi … a-18115241

Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Ethiopia

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that political rallies or demonstrations may occur without significant notice throughout Ethiopia, particularly in the lead up to Ethiopian national elections in May 2015. Such rallies and demonstrations may be organized by any party or group and can occur in any open space throughout the country. In Addis Ababa, applications for permits to conduct rallies are often requested for Meskel Square or Bel Air Field. Please remember that even public rallies or demonstrations intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should, therefore, stay alert and avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the on-going threat of terrorist attacks in Ethiopia. U.S. citizens are reminded and encouraged to maintain heightened personal security awareness. Be especially vigilant in areas that are potential targets for attacks, particularly areas where U.S. and western citizens congregate, including restaurants, hotels, bars, places of worship, supermarkets, and shopping malls. Al-Shabaab may have plans for a potential attack targeting Westerners and the Ethiopian government, particularly in Jijiga and Dolo Odo in the Somali Region of Ethiopia, and Addis Ababa. Attacks may occur without warning.

Due to serious safety and security concerns, U.S. government personnel and their families are presently restricted from traveling to the following areas except as permitted on a case-by-case basis:

Ethiopian/Kenyan Border (Southern Ethiopia): In southern Ethiopia along the Kenyan border, banditry and incidents involving ethnic conflicts are common. Security around the town of Moyale is unpredictable, and clashes between Ethiopian forces and the Oromia Liberation Front (OLF) have been reported.

Ethiopia/Eritrea Border (Northern Ethiopia): Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace agreement in December 2000 that ended their border war. However, the border remains disputed. The border area is a militarized zone where there is the possibility of armed conflict between Ethiopian and Eritrean forces. U.S. government personnel are restricted from travel north of the Shire (Inda Silassie)-Axum-Adigrat road in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Personnel are further restricted from travel north of the road from Dessie through Semera to the Galafi border crossing with Djibouti, including the Danakil Depression and the Erta Ale volcano. In January 2012, a group of foreign tourists were attacked near the Erta Ale volcano in the Afar region near the Eritrean border, approximately 100 miles southeast of Adigrat in the Danakil Depression. The attack resulted in five deaths, three wounded, and four people kidnapped. The victims were European and Ethiopian citizens. The two Europeans who were kidnapped were subsequently released. On February 15, 2012, Ethiopia, which blamed Eritrea for the attack, retaliated by striking military camps in Eritrea where the attackers were allegedly trained. This episode illustrates the continuing volatility of the border area.

Somali Region (Eastern Ethiopia): Travel to Ethiopia’s Somali regional state is restricted for U.S. government employees, although essential travel to the region is permitted on a case-by-case basis. Since the mid-1990′s, members of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) have conducted attacks on civilian targets in parts of the Somali regional state, particularly in predominantly Ogadeni zones. Expatriates have been killed in these attacks. In 2010, the Government of Ethiopia initiated peace talks with the ONLF, which are ongoing. Despite these talks, incidents of violence continue to occur. Throughout 2013, skirmishes between the ONLF and regional government security forces took place. Some of these incidents involved local civilians. Al-Shabaab maintains a presence in Somali towns near the Ethiopian border, presenting a risk of cross-border attacks targeting foreigners.

Gambella Region (Western Ethiopia): Sporadic inter-ethnic clashes are a concern throughout the Gambella region of western Ethiopia. While the security situation in the town of Gambella is generally calm, it remains unpredictable throughout the rest of the region. Intensified conflict between Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) has significantly increased refugee flows into Western Ethiopia. Travel to the border areas in the Beneshangul-Gumuz Region (Asosa) is restricted to major towns north of the area where the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is being constructed due to political sensitivity.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Ethiopia enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Ethiopia. For additional information, refer to the "Traveler’s Checklist" n the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is located at Entoto Street, P.O. Box 1014. The Consular Section of the Embassy may be reached by telephone: +251-111-306000 or e-mail at consacs@state.gov, and is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call +251-111-306911 or 011-130-6000 and ask to speak with the duty officer.

Shengo and ENTC joint Press Release

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Shengo and ENTC has issued a joint press release on the current situation of Ethiopia. Read the Statement here (pdf) Listen the audio transcript here (mp3)

Teddy Afro arrested at Addis Ababa Bole Airport; his European tour canceled

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

 Popular Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro has been arrested at Addis Ababa Bole Airport today. His European tour canceled. 

The 24-Hour Addis Ababa protest – update

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

The 24-hour protest that was called by a coalition of 9 Ethiopian opposition groups is currently taking place in Addis Ababa. The Federal Police is arresting many of the organizers and blocking the streets so that the protesters do not arrive at Meskel Square.

Police is trying to disperse the demonstration:
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የደህንነትና ፖሊሶቹን በመጣስ ህዝቡ ወደ ሰማያዊ ጽ/ቤት እያቀና ነው፡፡ መስቀል አደባባይ ተጨማሪ የፌደራል ፖሊሶች አካባቢውን በመውረር ላይ ናቸው

የሰልፉ ተሳታፊዎች ከሚያዋክቡትና በርካቶችን በማሳሰል ከሚታወቁት መካከል አንዱ ደህንነት ፊት ለፊት የሚያየው ነው፡፡ ከእሱ አጠገብ አራቱም ፊታቸውን አዙረው የሚሄዱት ደህንነቶች ናቸው፡፡ሰላማዊ ሰልፉ ሊጀምር ደቂቃዎች ቀርተውታል፡፡ የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ጽ/ቤት የሚገኘው ህዝብ ከሌሎች ቦታዎች የሚነሱት በመጠባበቅ ላይ ናቸው
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ከ9ኙ ፓርቲዎች ትብብር የተላለፈ መልዕክት and update (Read more)

መነሻውን ሰማያዊ ጽ/ቤት የሚያደርገው እንደተጠቀ ሆነ ባለው አፈና እና ወከባ ምክንያት ሰላማዊ ሰልፉን የተለያዩ ቦታዎች ላይ መነሻውን እንዲያደርግ ወስነናል፡፡ እነዚህን የሰልፍ መነሻዎች የምንገልጽ በመሆኑ ህዝቡ በንቃት እንዲከታተል እንገልጻለን! ያለ መስዋዕትነት ድል የለም!
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ሰላማዊ ሰልፉ በሚነሳበት የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ጽ/ቤት በኩል ወደ መገናኛ እና 22 የሚያሳልፈው መንገድ ተዘግቷል፡፡ ከመስቀል አበባይ፣ ፒያሳ፣ አራት ኪሎ በካሳንቺስ አድርጎ የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ የሚገኝበት እንደራሴ በኩል ወደ 22 እና መገናኛ የሚያስኬደው መንገድ ተዘግቷል፡፡
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በየ ክፍለ ሀገሩ የሚገኙ የ9ኙ ፓርቲዎች አመራሮችና አባላት አዲስ አበባ የሚገኘውን ዝግጅት እየተቀላቀሉ ነው፡፡
ከ9ኙ ፓርቲዎች ትብብር የተላለፈ መልዕክት!

ከሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ጽ/ቤት የሚነሳው ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ እንደተጠበቀ ሆኖ ለመስቀል አደባባይ ቅርብ የሆኑ10 ቦታዎች ላይ ሰልፉን ለማድረግ ዝግጁቱ ሙሉ በሙሉ የተጠናቀቀ ሲሆን ከደቂቃዎች በኋላ እንደሚጀምር በየቦታው ካሉ አስተባባሪዎች መረጃ ደርሶናል፡፡

ይህ በዚህ እንዳለ ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ ይደረግባቸዋል በተባሉ መሰመሮች የሚሰሩ ታክሲዎች በግዳጅ በሌሎች ቦታዎች እንዲሰማሩ እየተደረገ እንደሆነ ታውቋል፡፡

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Senior Blue Party leaders, members and supports have been detained

On Saturday, December 6,2014, the ethnic based Ethiopian government security forces have arrested leaders of Blue and other Party leaders, members and supporters at the start of a peaceful public rally to demand free and fair election. Blue Party Chairman Eng. Yilkal Getnet along with senior party members have been detained. This protest rally was organized by a coalition of opposition political parties fully in compliance with the law.

This is a clear manifestation of the governing party’s total dictatorship and absolute intolerance for peaceful decent

At this point, the exact number of detainees is not available nor where they have been detained. We will release more information soon.

Contact:
Phone: (202) 556-3078
Semayawi Support-North America: info@semayawiusa.org

The British Magdala, Ethiopia, Campaign of 1867-68 in pictures

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Emperor Tewodros’ house at Magdala (Mekdela), Gondar, Ethiopia
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Head of the British Magdala campaign, Sir Napier and Staff
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The hostages that Napier was sent to rescue
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Elephants Carrying Artillery at Tekeze River
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British Army Encampment at Senafe
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Queen Mestawet (the British call her Mastrat) of Wollo who congratulated the British army on their victory against her nemesis, Emperor Tewodros
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Kassa Mercha, the future Emperor Yohannes, (shown here seating with British officers)
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Church showing Emperor Tewodros’ grave, Magdala, Ethiopia
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Son and Heir of Emperor Tewodros
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Semayawi Party office in Addis Ababa surrounded by police – photos

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ በደህንነት እና በፖሊስ የተወረረ ሲሆን አመራሮች ታግተው ይገኛሉ:: የሰማያዊ አመራሮች ጌትነት ብርሃኑ ፍቅረማርያም የሚባሉ አመራሮች የታገቱ ሲሆን ፖሊስ ከየት እንደመጣ የማይታወቅ የድርጅቱ ያልሆነ ትላትና የተበተነ ወረቀት ሰብስቦ ሰማያዊ ቢሮ በማምጣት እናንተ የበተናችሁት ነው በማለት እየወነጀለ ይገኛል:: ሙሉ አዲስ አበባ መስቀል አደባባይን ጨምሮ በስቲከር ተጥለቅልቆ አድርዋል:: ለ 24 ሰአት ለተጠራው አዳር ሰልፍ ህዝብ እንዲሳተፍም ጥሪ ተደርጓል::

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Ethiopian student at University of California – Berkeley fatally struck by a train

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Selam Sekuar, a UC Berkeley freshman and international student from Ethiopia, was fatally struck by a train at the Downtown Berkeley BART Station on Nov. 25. She was 19.

Known for her warm personality and dedication to her studies, Sekuar was a MasterCard Foundation Scholar. The program provides financial and academic support for successful students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly those from sub-Saharan Africa. Studying in the College of Letters and Science, she aspired to pursue architecture and public health.

Sekuar was the scholar program’s first student from Ethiopia. To her peers within the Center for African Studies, which works closely with the scholar program, Sekuar had an infectious passion for a wide range of academic interests, from physics to premed studies.

“She was very bright and talented,” said Martha Saavedra, the center’s associate director. “There’s this notion that scientists aren’t interested in literature and art and things like that. I know that she had a full spectrum of appreciation for the world.”

Sekuar attended UC Berkeley’s Summer Bridge Program this year and was involved in the Horn of Africa Student Association. During the fall semester, she lived in Foothill as part of the Women in Science and Engineering theme housing program.

Within the small but tight-knit community of international students from Africa, Sekuar is remembered for her sense of humor and enthusiasm for all things Stephen Hawking. She was also an ardent fan of “The Big Bang Theory,” an American TV sitcom.

“She was always the bubbly one. When you saw her, she was always smiling, and she’d crack a joke or two,” said Munya Mahiya, a campus freshman and international student from Zimbabwe and fellow MasterCard Foundation Scholar. “Usually, I wouldn’t understand them because they were based on science and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ … but she was funny, and she was smart.”

Jessica Clarkson, program adviser for the scholar program in the Center for African Studies, said Sekuar was a compassionate and caring member of her community. Clarkson recounted how at a memorial service for her friend’s father, Sekuar comforted her friend and shared a poem about her own experience with losing her father.

Zerihun Feki, a UC Berkeley sophomore who is also from Ethiopia, echoed Clarkson’s sentiments, recalling how Sekuar helped his cousin with the process of applying to UC Berkeley.

“She helped (him) like it was her brother or sister. It goes to show how nice she was and how generous and willing (she was) to help wherever she could,” Feki, vice president of the Horn of Africa Student Association, said. “The whole community is hurt.”

The student association is set to meet Friday to discuss plans for commemorating Sekuar, including a memorial service.

Source: http://www.dailycal.org/2014/12/04/uc-b … t-dies-19/

Italian police busted human smuggling ring operated by Eritreans

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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Police arrested ten Eritreans after an investigation uncovered "existence of a transnational organization, operating in Italy, Libya, Eritrea, and other North-African states," according to a statement released by police in Catania, Sicily, where the investigation was launched in May.

The group organized boat departures from Libya to Italy, with "footsoldiers" in the Lazio and Lombardy regions who provided "logistical support to migrants and smugglers…to help them from Sicily to Italy, then on to other countries in Europe," Antontio Salvago of Catania police told AFP.

Nine of those taken into custody were arrested on November 25th in Italy, while the tenth – named as Measho Tesfamariam and accused of being one of the ringleaders – was arrested on Tuesday in Germany.

The group is accused of organizing 23 trips from Libya to Italy between May and September, while Tesfamariam is alleged to have personally overseen in Libya the departure of an overcrowded vessel which sank off the North African coast between June 27th and 28th, killing all 224 people on board.

During a raid in Catania, police also arrested an 11th Eritrean accused of harbouring nine Somalians, eight of whom were minors, in a small locked room.

Source: http://www.thelocal.it/20141203/italy-p … cking-ring

Boycott Ethiopian regime’s sovereign bond

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Ethiopian opposition groups should consider calling for the boycott of the regime’s sovereign bond that it has launched today. The scheme will benefit the corrupt regime in the short term, but in the long term it will cause financial devastation on the people of Ethiopia.

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has launched a debut $1 billion 10-year bond at a yield of 6.625%, according to a lead.

This is at the tight end of final guidance of 6.625%-6.75%.

The order book at the last update was over $2.6 billion.

The sovereign, rated B1 by Moody’s and B by Standard & Poor’s, earlier began marketing the offer at a yield of 6.75% area.

Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan are arranging the 144A/Reg S transaction. Pricing is expected later on Thursday. (Reporting By Abhinav Ramnarayan; editing by Sudip Roy)

Ethiopian Civil Resistance Campaign Resource Analysis

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Self-reliant resistance for self-liberation strategy requires three major resources:

1. Time Resource (Man-days or Man-hours)
Time of course is a finite and non-renewable resource. A movement can try to raise more money or recruit more people, but it cannot regain time that has been lost. Therefore, time must be carefully planned and used in a strategic way in order to gain maximum efficiency from human and material resources.

2. Human Resource (Head-count)
Human resource consist of the people or activists who support the movement or campaign, along with their collective efforts and labor. Effective management of human resource is crucial in order for a movement to obtain mass numbers of public supporters, and to utilize the invaluable skills and knowledge that people bring to a movement.

3. Material Resource (Budget ($) or Equipment)
Material resource include tangible assets such as money, supplies, communications equipment, and modes of transportation. Continuous needs assessment and material resource planning helps a movement to function operationally without interruption.

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Prepared by Ethiopian Review Research Center

ENTC Weekly Radio – December 3

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Listen to ENTC radio program – December 3 News, Interviews, entertainment, etc Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363

The risk of investing in Ethiopia – FINANCIAL TIMES

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

By Javier Blas | FINANCIAL TIMES

LONDON – Every country tapping the global sovereign bond market details the dangers investors face in its prospectus, often in a boilerplate section enumerating possible problems – such as fiscal deficits or taxation issues – that is largely ignored.

But the document sent by Ethiopia to international investors ahead of its foray into the global sovereign bond market is somewhat different. Far from a boilerplate, it includes a list of unfamiliar hazards, such as famine, political tension and war.

The document, seen by the Financial Times, is a sobering reminder of the risk of investing in one of Africa’s less developed nations. With gross domestic product per capita at less than $550 per year, Ethiopia is the poorest country yet to issue global bonds.

In the 108-page prospectus, issued ahead of its expected $1bn bond, Ethiopia tells investors they need to consider the potential resumption of the Eritrea-Ethiopia war, which ended in 2000, although it “does not anticipate future conflict”.

There is also the risk of famine, the “high level of poverty” and strained public finances, as well as the possible, if unlikely, blocking of the country’s only access to the sea through neighbouring Djibouti should relations between the two countries sour.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, also warns that it is ranked close to the bottom of the UN Human Development Index – 173rd out of 187 nations – and cautions about the possibility of political turmoil. “The next general election is due to take place in May 2015 and while the government expects these elections to be peaceful, there is a risk that political tension and unrest . . . may occur.” [...] CONTINUE READING >>> http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c8691100 … abdc0.html

The case of Ethiopian domestic workers in the Middle East

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (ODI) DECEMBER 2014 – Recent research on child migration has largely departed from the early trafficking narrative and has tended to highlight agency and the ways in which children’s migration can play a key role in their ‘future-seeking’. Migration is increasingly regarded as a vehicle for improving children’s opportunities for schooling and work, enabling them to build more secure futures for themselves and their families. While we acknowledge that Ethiopian girls migrating to the Middle East in order to undertake domestic work primarily move voluntarily for economic reasons, our research findings highlight the tightly constrained environment in which this choice is made, suggesting that the earlier trafficking narrative may, in this case, represent the most appropriate lens through which to view girls’ choices and experiences.

Family pressure borne of poverty, combined with limited employment opportunities for young people that are reasonably remunerated, leaves an increasing number of girls feeling as if they have few options other than migration. Their reliance on illegal brokers – who provide at best partial information about the employment girls are entering into – combined with the overwhelming exploitation that most young girls face upon their arrival, means the line which separates Ethiopian girls’ voluntary migration from trafficking all but fades into invisibility.

This report investigates the relationships between poverty, migration and children’s well-being in Ethiopia. It is one of three country case studies undertaken as part of a two-year research programme funded by the Oak Foundation to explore the potential for greater linkages between child protection and anti-poverty work in low- and middle-income countries. The research draws on qualitative and participatory methodologies to explore the drivers of migration, to assess the key threats girls face in destination countries, and to consider improvements in programming that could afford better protection, reflecting the views of the girls and families involved in the research.

Read the report here: http://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/fil … s/9307.pdf
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Driving to Nekemte, Ethiopia (video)

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

http://www.mereja.com/video/watch.php?vid=442860cbc

ሰላም አስከባሪነት ለኢትዮጵያና ለሩዋንዳ ገቢ እያሰገኘ ነው

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

በሰላም ጥበቃ ስም ወታደር ማከራይት ትርፋማ  ንግድ ሆንዋል Addisadmassnews November 29, 2014 በአፍሪካ፣ ወደ ግጭት ቀጣናዎች እየተሰማራ በስነ-ምግባርና በሙያ ብቃት ስምካተረፉት መካከል የኢትዮጵያ መካከል ሃይል አንዱ እንደሆነ የገለፀው ዘኢኮኖሚስት መጽሔት፤ ኢትዮጵያና ሩዋንዳ በሰላም አስከባሪነት ጥሩ ገቢ እያገኙ መሆናቸውን ዘገበ፡፡ ቀደም ሲል ለሰላም አስከባሪነት የአውሮፓ ወታደሮች ሲሰማሩ እንደነበር መጽሔቱ አስታውሶ፤ ከ20 አመታት ወዲህ ግን በርካታ የአፍሪካ […]

Tony Blair implicated in corruption in Ethiopia: The Telegraph

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Questions over Tony Blair’s ‘opaque’ deals in Africa By Robert Mendick, Matthew Holehouse and Edward Malnick | The Telegraph Noember 30, 2014 “Blair and AGI’s activities in Ethiopia are opaque. How is he supporting governance in an authoritarian state that suppresses all independent criticism, where the police and security forces enjoy total impunity, and the […]

Hanna Lalango’s father speaks out (video)

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Seifu Fantahun interview with Hanna Lalango’s father – Nov. 30, 2014

Ethiopia: Remember the 24th of November 1974

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Last week, many Ethiopian families in the United States gathered in houses of worship with their relatives and friends to hold memorial services in remembrance of the victims of the massacre of the 24th of November 1974, a date that shall live in infamy in Ethiopian history. On that fateful day, a military junta gathered and […]

Is Ethiopian police covering up the gang rape and murder of Hana Lalango?

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

I watched the following heart breaking report by the Ethiopian Police on EBC (formerly called ETV) today. As a survivor of sexual assault myself, I could not help but try to get more information and ask the following questions:

1. Hana was recovering well after she was admitted in hospital, but suddenly she was found dead. The family suspect that she was poisoned in the hospital. Is the family allowed to have an autopsy done by an independent expert to find out the cause of her death?

2. Why didn’t the report mention that Hana was taken by her kidnappers to a shisha house that is frequented by government officials?

3. Why didn’t the police report mention the fact that Hana’s friend who tricked her into going to the shisha house where the gang rape took place is still not in police custody? Is it because she could name the real rapists and expose other rape incidents that she facilitated?

4. Why didn’t the police talk about other shisha houses in several parts of Addis Ababa that are being used to lure teenage girls and rape them? Is it because many of the rapists are police officers and government officials?

Rape is common in today’s Ethiopia because many of the perpetrators are powerful people. In Hana’s case, the taxi driver and a couple of other individuals may be punished, but the real culprits will walk free.

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Is Swedish fashion giant collaborating with Al Amoudi’s torture, rape and murder in Ethiopia? (video)

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

A TV4 Investigation – Nov. 29, 2014

H & M under attack for its link to human rights abuses in Ethiopia

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Sweden’s TV-4 Investigates the H & M and Al-Amoudi Link November 28, 2014 A newly-released investigative reporting exposes the link between human rights abuses and H & M investments in Ethiopia. Please click on link below to watch the full report Swedish TV Exposes H & M Link to Human Rights Abuses in Ethiopia   […]

Deputy PM Tedros Adhanom is called “thief!” “traitor!” by Ethiopians in Israel (video)

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

http://www.mereja.com/video/watch.php?vid=91ea5951d

Teen’s gang rape in Addis Ababa sounds alarm – Al Jazeera

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Teen’s gang rape in Addis Ababa sounds alarm

Hanna Lalango, 16, died on Nov. 1, from a brutal gang rape after five men kidnapped and held her captive for several days in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Hanna attended a private high school in the city’s Ayer Tena neighborhood.

On Oct. 1, the day of her kidnapping, Hanna, the youngest of six siblings, “complained about not feeling well” before she left for school. "She was a typical young girl … a timid and respectful child," Hanna’s brother told Blen Sahilu, who first posted the story on Facebook, as part of the online #JusticeForHanna campaign. “She was really nice.”

Hanna reportedly left school around 4 p.m. local time and got on a taxi that already had a couple of passengers. It is unclear at what point Hanna knew she was being kidnapped. But the culprits allegedly threatened the teen with knife and took her to one of the suspect’s house. Reports vary but Hanna’s father told the local media she was raped for at least five days.

Hanna’s kidnappers had other plans. They apparently contacted her sisters by phone, perhaps to kidnap them as well. They met the sisters at an arranged place, driving the same minibus, and reportedly asked them to come along. When they refused, the men drove off, exclaiming, “You won’t see your sister then!” A few days later, the suspects left Hanna to die in an abandoned area in the outskirts of the city. Hanna was found unconscious on Oct. 11 and taken to hospital.

“My phone rang 11 days after Hanna disappeared, it was the voice I missed,” Hanna’s father told the U.S.-based Admas Radio last week. “She was weak and exhausted.” For the next few days the family spent going between various referral hospitals and waiting to be admitted. Among other injuries, Hanna suffered from fistula and lost her battle 19 days after she was found. She reportedly identified three of the five suspects from her hospital bed.

On Nov. 19, police brought five suspects before the First Appearance Court in Addis Ababa, according to local reports. During a hearing attended by journalists and women right’s groups, one of the suspects pleaded innocence and all five denied the allegations, telling the court their initial confessions were obtained under duress. The police denied torturing the suspects and asked for 14 days to conduct further investigation.

Hanna could have been saved. The police were slow to investigate the case as a sexual crime. The hospitals failed to treat Hanna’s case with the outmost urgency the situation demanded. I broke down in tears as I read about Hanna’s ordeal. I tried to imagine what she might have felt as her captors took turns to satisfy their desires. I imagined how helpless she might have felt. I imagined Hanna worrying and speculating about how to deal with this tragedy or even tell her parents. Hanna spent days on the streets after suffering a brutal gang rape. It took her few days to call her parents and seek help. It remains unclear whether this was planned or a random incident. But Hanna’s story is far from isolated.

Guilt and sexual trauma

Ethiopia is a deeply patriarchal, closed and conservative country. It has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world. More than 70 percent of Ethiopian women face physical and sexual violence, according to a study by the World Health Organization (WHO) http://www.who.int/gender/violence/who_ … iopia2.pdf . Seven percent of girls surveyed by WHO reported experiencing sexual abuse before the age of 15. Seventeen percent said their first sexual experience was forced. The country also has one of the highest rates of bridal kidnapping or marriage by abduction.

Most women and girls keep incidents of rape and sexual abuse secret to avoid societal shunning. About 39 percent never talk to anyone about the violence and the violations they endure, according to WHO. Even fewer women ask authorities for help. Some 53 percent feared repercussions and threats from their partners, while another 37 percent “considered the violence ‘normal’ or ‘not serious,’” the WHO report said.

Worse still, most gender-based violence is solved through family arbitration and socially sanctioned compensation for the victim’s family. As a result, women often don’t feel the need to go public with their story. Therefore, it is not surprising that Hanna’s kidnappers reportedly sent “elders” seeking reconciliation with her parents even as Hanna clung to her last breath in a hospital bed.

"The daily ordeal of women in Addis Ababa consists of finding another route to school to escape from the guy who threatened to kill them or maim their face."

Hanna’s story took me back to Addis Ababa, where people walk past you even when they can clearly see that you are in danger. It is a city where the police yell at the victim for running away from a man forcing her into an unwanted relationship or sexual intimacy.

“Addis Ababa is a jungle, be careful,” a friend advised me when I first moved to the city. It didn’t take me long to understand what she meant. In the 10 years that I lived in the city, I learned to cope with endless gazes and widely accepted catcalling. Addis Ababa is one of the country’s few major metropolises. To be sure, city women fare relatively better than their rural counterparts: They drive new cars, they are fashionistas, they hang out at upscale cafes along the famed Bole road, they watch American movies at the city’s upscale Enda Mall and Movie Theater (enjoying popcorn), and they go to sauna and spa every weekend.

But this city of beautiful women has another less known, darker face. In fact, the city’s cosmopolitan character gives the impression that Addis women don’t deal with sexual violence. Hanna’s heart-wrenching story also reminded me of an incident that I will never forget.

I was a young lecturer at Addis Ababa University, then in my early 20s. One afternoon, a colleague from the university invited me for lunch. He took me to a place he said was his favorite near Arat Kilo neighborhood. The restaurant was located a walking distance of off the main road and looked like a place no self-respecting man would take a girl on the first date — a hole-in-the-wall in a residential neighborhood on a barely paved road. After we ate lunch, my colleague went to the bar and whispered something to one of the servers, and returned to ask me to go to the backside for "more privacy.” By then I was growing suspicious of his mannerisms and refused the request. First he tried to persuade me and then he reached and pulled my arms to force me to go with him.

The restaurant owner and customers stood puzzled as I struggled to get away from him. To cover up his brazen acts, he started pretending as if we were married or in some kind of relationship. One of the guys at the restaurant offered to help. I asked him to find a police at which point the restaurant’s owner insisted that I leave. “I don’t want police to come here and ask me to be a witness,” he said. I told him I wouldn’t leave until I know that I am safe.

Shortly afterwards, the gentleman returned with two young policemen. For a minute I felt safe. I told the cops what happened. “It is all your fault,” one of the officers exclaimed. “Why would you go for lunch with him unless you are interested.” I felt insulted and humiliated in front of the restaurant’s patrons. I made it home safe that day but said nothing of my colleague who continued to threaten to get me fired for years unless I slept with him.

As a counselor at AAU, my students came to me with their problems thinking I was better of. I was older than most, but my lot was not better. I received no protection from the university or law enforcement. My students told of sleepless nights worrying about how they would make it to class the next day amid men who wake up early in the morning to do nothing but harass and intimidate them.

In contrast with those in rural areas, a woman in Addis maybe educated and assertive but they are not protected. Their daily ordeal consists of finding another route to school to escape from the guy who threatened to kill them or maim their face. It means making up stories to tell your parents about the bruises on your nose after a boyfriend punched you, or a redeye or a bruise on your chin from a guy you refused to date. It is an untold story of countless women who live with the trauma and guilt of sexual violence. There is simply no good reason or justification for a man to put his hand on a woman. And no women should go through this in the 21st century. But there are few guarantees.

A wakeup call

Hanna’s story received scant attention from the government-run media. Hanna’s story saw the light of day thanks to social media. So far only a handful of Ethiopian outlets carried the story, offering a brief account of Hanna’s kidnapping and rape. Last week, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs held a press conference and pledged to assist with the investigation. However, the Ministry is a political instrument for the country’s rulers and lacks the power and necessary resources to address the pervasive violence against women in Ethiopia. The officials spend more time ballyhooing the government’s record on gender equality to donors while ignoring the normalized sexual and physical violence against women. Independent human rights work is severely restricted. There are no community-based initiatives that can deal with the culturally sanctioned harassment, abuse and discrimination against women.

Hanna’s horrific death should serve as a wakeup call for all Ethiopian women. Sexual and physical violence does not discriminate. Educated or not, teenage or fully-grown women — every woman in Ethiopia is a potential victim. As Sahilu rightly noted, “rape is not about sex,” it is about traditional notions of power. Our society shames and disempowers victims while the rapists are let off the hook under the cover of culture and traditionalism. Nothing could ever bring back Hanna but her death is an opportune moment for Ethiopian women to unite and fight to end gender-based violence. It is the least we can do to honor Hanna.

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Henoke Yeshitila – Beklo

Friday, November 28th, 2014

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SMNE Conference Brings New Energy to Ethiopian Unity

Friday, November 28th, 2014

November 18, 2014     November 18, 2014. Washington, DC–. At the recent Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) Forum in Washington D.C. on November 15, it was quite evident that Ethiopia does not lack for gifted people who possess the essential capabilities, virtue, and experience needed to build a New Ethiopia.   It […]

Driving from Addis Ababa to Awassa, Ethiopia (video)

Friday, November 28th, 2014

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The rapists

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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ENTC Weekly Radio – November 27

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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Ethiopia is the world’s 5th least connected country

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Denmark has been named the world’s "most connected" country based on mobile phone and internet use.
Scandinavia dominated this year’s rankings, with Sweden in third place, followed by Iceland in fourth, Norway sixth and Finland eighth. Britain came fifth. Ethiopia, the 2nd lowest IQ country in the world is the 5th least connected. They were compiled as part of a report by the International Telecommunication Union – the Information and Communication Technology Development Index (IDI), which rates 166 countries according to their level of access to, use of and skills in using information and communication technology.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/trave … untry.html

Countries With The Lowest Average IQ; Ethiopia #2

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

There are demonstrable links between Intelligent quotient (IQ) of countries, and investment in education and public access to information. For those who know about the education and information technology policies in Ethiopia, it is not surprising that Ethiopia ranks 2nd from the worst in IQ. It is also extremely embarrassing.

Countries With The Lowest Average IQ
1Guinea 59
2Ethiopia 63
3Sierra Leone 64
4Congo65
5Zimbabwe66
5Guinea66
7Nigeria67
8Ghana71
9Tanzania72
9Sudan72

Source: IQ and the Wealth of Nations

Yemen discusses security cooperation with Eritrea

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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[Eritrea envoy to Yemen, Ambassador Mohammed-Sheik Abdul-Jelil]

SANA’A, 25 Nov. 2014 (SABA)- Interior Minister Jalal al-Rowaishan met separately on Tuesday with ambassadors of Pakistan and Eritrea to Yemen.

The minister discussed with the ambassadors the areas of cooperation and ways of strengthening them between Yemen and each country of them, especially in the security area.

Pakistan’s ambassador confirmed his country’s continued support for Yemen in all fields, including the security field.

The Eritrean ambassador valued the support provided by the Interior Ministry to the Eritrean community in Yemen.

Source: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news376993.htm

Ethiopian woman died after jumping off a building in Lebanon

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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BEIRUT, LEBANON — An Ethiopian woman was killed Monday after jumping off the balcony of her employer’s house in south Lebanon in an apparent suicide, media reports said.

A graphic image showing the picture of the young woman was circulated on social media in the aftermath of the alleged suicide in the southern village of Zrarieh.

The circumstances of the woman’s death were vague. Future TV said woman was 20 years old, and that she jumped from the second floor of the building.

The incident came two weeks after a migrant domestic worker was found hanged, and another jumped off the balcony of her employer’s home in Beirut but survived.

A week before that, another woman leapt to her death in southern Lebanon.

About 200,000 foreign domestic workers work in Lebanon under the much-criticized sponsorship system, which bounds the woman to the employer.

Human Rights Watch and other organizations have called on Lebanese authorities to address the "high levels of abuse and deaths" of maids in the country.

HRW in 2008 recorded an average of one maid death a week in Lebanon by unnatural causes, including suicides.

Source: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebano … banon.ashx

100 Ethiopians detained in Malawi

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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[The detained Ethiopians outside a police station in Karonga, Malawi. Photo by Tiwonge Kumwenda, Nyasa Times]

Malawi Police arrested 100 Ethiopian migrants in Karonga near the border with Tanzania who entered the country without authorised documents.

Karonga police spokesperson Enock Livason said the Ethiopian migrants were arrested together with five Malawians who had facilitated their illegal entry.

The five Malawians are Thoko William 22 years, of Yapola village Traditional Authority Mkuwula in Dowa, Shaibu Ajibu 32 of Misigwida village TA Maganga in Salima, Majuto Mwaisopo 30 of Katolola village TA Kyungu in Karonga and Stain Chimanile 22 of Madisi village TA Mponela in Dowa.

“These entrants used two different vehicles belonging and driven by Malawians who escaped and abandoned the cars after seeing the police but were later arrested,” he said.

He said the police managed to intercept the group after communities around Ipyana and Mwenelondo areas tipped them on the strange faces who were moving around.

Livason urged the communities to continue providing information to the police when they come across movement of such people.

Commenting on the matter Paramount Chief Kyungu said “it is high time that Malawi government should take issues of illegal immigrants seriously and put an immediate intervention.”

Kyungu suggested that the government should make agreement with neighboring counties to help in arresting the problem so that a proper way of repatriating the illegal immigrants is discovered.

Source: http://www.nyasatimes.com/2014/11/18/10 … gal-entry/

Lebanese man arrested for kidnapping and raping Ethiopian woman

Monday, November 24th, 2014

BEIRUT, LEBANON — The Internal Security Forces arrested Sunday a Lebanese man who raped an Ethiopian woman after kidnapping her from the area of Dawra near Beirut, a statement said Monday.

The suspect, 31, identified by his initials M.A., abducted the Ethiopian woman Sunday after impersonating a security official.

He told the woman she was being detained for not carrying legal documents, and transported her to the northern town of Chekka where he raped her, and took naked pictures and videos of her.

The suspect also made her call her friends to send prepaid mobile credit valued at $250 to his mobile phone in return for deleting the videos.

The suspect admitted to the crime, the statement said.

Source: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebano … woman.ashx

The de-Ethiopianization of Ethiopia

Monday, November 24th, 2014

  For over four decades, the self-styled Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which clings to power by force in Ethiopia today, has been planning and waging a sustained and relentless political, social and cultural war to “de-Ethiopianize” Ethiopia. The TPLF’s de-Ethiopianization program and ideology are built around a set of specific strategies, policies, actions and practices intended to […]

Software tool may help detect surveillance by Ethiopian government

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Detekt is a free tool that scans your Windows computer for traces of FinFisher and Hacking Team RCS, commercial surveillance spyware that has been identified to be also used to target and monitor human rights defenders and journalists around the world. Click on link below to connect to Detekt website. Fight Surveillance   __________________________________________________________________________

Remembering the 40th anniversary of the massacre of 60 senior Ethiopian officials by a Marxist junta (video)

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

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Tracing the origins of Gudit

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

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According to local tradition, the fall of the Aksumite kingdom of Ethiopia toward the end of the 10th century A.D. was attributed to a queen who invaded from the south. This queen is said to have laid waste to the city of Aksum and the countryside, destroyed churches and monuments, usurped the throne from the ruling Aksumite king, and attempted to wipe out the remaining members of the royal family. Yet, this queen is a great mystery, and opinions about her vary from one scholar to another.

For a start, the queen seems to have different names. Although she may have been known as Gudit, Judit, Yodit or Judith (which are similar), she is also known as ‘Esato in Amharic, and Ga’ewa in Teltal.

Despite the differences in name, there are other problems surrounding the character of Gudit. For instance, Ethiopian tradition suggests that Gudit belonged to the Jewish faith, or had adopted it from her husband. This has been disputed, however, as some have suggested that the queen adhered to a form of indigenous African-Ethiopian based religion. Thus, her resentment towards the Aksumite Kingdom may be interpreted as a reaction against the encroachment of her territories by the Christian kingdom. Another interpretation suggests that Gudit was neither a Jew, nor a pagan, but an Ethiopian Christian woman. In fact, it is also suggested that she belonged to the Aksumite royal family and had a legitimate claim to the throne, and she succeeded in capturing it in a succession struggle. The traditional depiction of the queen as ‘Jewish’ may have been metaphorical, rather than literal. In other words, Gudit may have been called Jewish simply based on her actions which were deemed ‘un-Christian’, such as the burning and destruction of churches. [...] Continue reading here >>> http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1097434 … -ethiopia/

Ethiopia’s Black Saturday: 23 November 1974

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

On the fateful night of Saturday 23 November 1974, exactly 40 years ago today, 60 prominent Ethiopians, government ministers and high ranking military officers from the just collapsed kingdom of Emperor HaileSelassie were executed by the Marxist junta’s firing squad.

Even though they have never been tried in a court for any crime, they were accused of corruption and gunned down.

The Ethiopian history has marked this day As “Black Saturday” and as we always say “no one deserves to be forgotten.” Regardless of who they were or what they meant to our society, they deserve to be remembered. Rest in peace.

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135,000 Ethiopians currently live in Israel

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

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JERUSALEM POST – The Ethiopian population in Israel stood at some 135,500 at the end of 2013 – 85,900 who were born in Ethiopia and 49,600 born in Israel to Ethiopian fathers, according to a report released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, the eve of Sigd, a national holiday marked by Ethiopian Jews.

The majority of the Ethiopian population lives in two central localities – 38 percent in the Center and 24% in the South, with Netanya having the largest Ethiopian community at 10,900, followed by Rishon Lezion with some 7,400; Beersheba with 7,100; Jerusalem with 5,900; and Tel Aviv with 2,300.

The Ethiopian population, the report said, was a relatively young one – 29% children up to the age 14 and just 6% of the population over 65, compared to 12% of the general Jewish and “other” populations in Israel.

Some 88% of Ethiopians married their community, according to the report, which found that, in 2012, the average age for an Ethiopian man to wed was 29.3 years-old, 1.5 years above the Jewish male average, while the average age for an Ethiopian woman to wed stood at 26.4-years-old, 0.7 years above the Jewish female average.

Meanwhile, 3,126 babies were born to Ethiopian mothers in 2013, according to the report, which noted that the average Ethiopian woman gives birth to 2.8 children, compared to 3.05 children among the overall Jewish population.

The report also indicated that 1,355 new immigrants arrived from Ethiopia in 2013, an almost 50% reduction in aliya from the previous year.

The average monthly household income for Ethiopian families stood at NIS 11,453 compared to a national household average of NIS 17,711, according to the report, which also determined that the average Ethiopian household has monthly consumption expenditures of NIS 9,385 compared to the national average of NIS 14,501 – both represent a 35% gap.

In addition, the findings indicated that the average Ethiopian household has two wage earners – above the national average of 1.5.

However, the average Ethiopian household has 4.4 people compared to the national average of 3.3 people.

With regards to education, 45.3% of Ethiopian students in elementary through high schools study in the state education system, whereas 51.3% study in the state-religious education system.

In 2013, the percentage of Ethiopian graduates who took the matriculation examinations stood at 88%, compared to 82% of Jewish students.

However, the findings indicated that only 50% were eligible for the matriculation certificate, compared to 63% of Jewish students overall.

With regards to higher education, the 2013/14 academic year, the report found that some 2,785 of the 312,528 students studying at institutions of higher learning in Israel were Ethiopian. Of those, 88% pursued undergraduate degrees, 11.2% were studied for a Master’s degree and 0.5% pursued PhDs.

Derived from the Hebrew word for bowing or prostration, “sgida,” Sigd is celebrated on the 29th of Heshvan – 50 days following Yom Kippur.

On the holiday, the Ethiopian community rejoices for the renewal of the alliance between the people, God and His Torah and holds communal self-examination, in addition to that held in private during Yom Kippur. In accordance with tradition, the public must examine itself and amend itself socially to be worthy to return to Jerusalem from exile.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/CBS-re … 013-382266

Obang’s Letter to President of H & M

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Open Letter to Mr. Karl Johan Persson, Winner of 2014 Fairness Award Faces Significant Challenges in Partnering with Autocratic and Corrupt Ethiopian Government-Controlled Businesses   Head Office Hennes & Mauritz (H & M) AB Mäster Samuelsgatan 46A SE-106 38 Stockholm SWEDEN November 20, 2014 Dear Mr. Karl Johan Persson, On behalf of the Solidarity Movement […]

Ethiopian Airlines losing $8 million per month over Ebola scare

Friday, November 21st, 2014

WALL STREET JOURNAL –

ANTWERP, Belgium—Ethiopian Airlines is losing around $8 million a month in sales as travelers cut back on African trips as concern about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa affects far-afield airlines, the carrier’s chief executive said.

“The Ebola scare has caused weakness in demand,” Tewolde Gebremariam said in an interview Thursday. Ethiopian Airlines has been hit even though the airline’s main hub in Addis Ababa is several hours flight time from the Ebola-affected region in West Africa.

Flights across much of the continent have been affected by the regional outbreak, Mr. Gebremariam said. “This is a major concern for African airlines,” he said.

The World Health Organization said more than 5,000 people have died from Ebola. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are the countries most affected.

The carrier has tried to cut back on capacity to help mitigate the effect, he said on the sidelines of the CAPA World Aviation Summit.
Ethiopian should still deliver a full-year profit for the financial year ended in June, though the extent of the final impact from Ebola on the bottom line is too early to assess, he said. Concern over regional instability in countries such as Mali and Nigeria also has hit demand, Mr. Gebremariam said.

Despite the difficult market conditions, Mr. Gebremariam said long-term growth plans aren’t being curbed. The airline still expects to take delivery of eight aircraft in the first half of 2015, including three Boeing Co. 787-8 Dreamliners and three 737 single-aisle jets, as well as two of the manufacturer’s 777-300ER long-range jets. “”We believe Ebola will be contained in a few months,” Mr. Gebremariam said.

Ethiopian Airlines expects to have a fleet of 150 or more jetliners by around 2025, double today’s number, Mr. Gebremariam said. As part of the growth plan the airline is considering buying Boeing 777X jets, the newest model of the large twin-engine widebody, with a commitment possible next year, he said.

The airline also is considering buying the 787-9, a larger version of the Dreamliner that Boeing started delivering this year. The carrier will likely also exercise an option for two more Airbus Group NV A350-900s on top of the 12 already ordered, Mr. Gebremariam said.

Separately, Ethiopian Airlines has struck an agreement with the government of South Sudan to establish a new carrier for the three-year-old country. The government will own 51% with Ethiopian Airlines controlling 49%, Mr. Gebremariam said.

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Removing the TPLF dictatorship with the least cost

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

When one wants to bring down a dictatorship most effectively and with the least cost then one has four immediate tasks:

* Strengthen the oppressed population themselves in their determination, self-confidence, and resistance skills;

* Strengthen the independent social groups and institutions of the oppressed people;

* Create a powerful internal resistance force; and

* Develop a wise grand strategic plan for liberation and implement it skillfully.

A liberation struggle is a time for self-reliance and internal capacity development of the struggle group.

You must only rely upon your own determination. Help yourselves by standing together, strengthen those among yourselves who are weak, band yourselves together, organize yourselves, and you must win.

Against a strong self-reliant force, given wise strategy, disciplined and courageous action, and genuine strength, the dictatorship will eventually crumble. Minimally, however, the above four requirements must be fulfilled.

Liberation from dictatorships ultimately depends on the people’s ability to liberate themselves.

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ENTC Weekly Radio – Nov 19

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Ethiopian scientist at Ohio State University calls for accelerated efforts to understand zoonotic infections such as Ebola

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

By Emily Caldwell

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For many, global public health seems like an abstract and distant problem – until the Ebola virus is diagnosed among people in our midst.

Though no one would call the Ebola pandemic a good thing, it has presented an opportunity for scientists to alert the public about the dire need to halt the spread of infectious diseases, especially in developing and densely populated areas of the world.

“What often seems like an abstract notion becomes very concrete when a deadly virus previously contained in Western Africa infects people on American soil,” said Wondwossen Gebreyes, professor of veterinary preventive medicine at The Ohio State University. “It does create a certain sense of urgency and awareness that this world is much smaller than we think.”

Gebreyes is the lead author of an article published in the Nov. 13, 2014, issue of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases that makes the case for accelerating efforts to put “One Health” into action. One Health refers to a strategy to more fully understand and address the links between animal health, human health and the environment.

The paper emphasizes the danger of zoonotic infections – those transmitted from animals to humans – and the staggering damage they do, especially in developing nations that lack a variety of resources. These diseases don’t just kill people, but they cause tremendous economic harm in a variety of ways: killing livestock, reducing the ranks of qualified health and education providers, creating political unrest and stopping development in its tracks.

There is an urgent need for progress. Approximately 75 percent of emerging infectious diseases are those transmitted from animals to humans, and the world is on pace to experience at least one deadly disease outbreak each year.

Gebreyes cited the current Ebola epidemic and the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic as “stark reminders of the unpredictable nature of pathogens and the importance of animals in the ecology and emergence of viral strains.” Evidence suggests that bats were the original carriers of the strains of Ebola that sicken humans, and pigs were the source of the 2009 flu.

“To attain a true One Health approach, we need broad recognition of the interconnectivity among the health of humans, domestic or wild animals and the environment, which are all closely linked by the pathogens that they share,” he said.

At the heart of the effort to adopt One Health globally, and particularly in developing areas, proponents agree, is the need to build capacity – of skilled personnel, laboratories for disease diagnostics and testing, educators to perform training, and technologies that enable far-reaching and coordinated pathogen reporting and surveillance systems.

Ohio State is doing its part. Gebreyes has spearheaded a partnership between the university and academic institutions and service agencies in Ethiopia designed to create sustainable collaborations in teaching, research and outreach by embracing the principles of One Health. Three issues have topped the agenda to date: improved screening and treatment for cervical cancer; a roadmap for the prevention and control of rabies as a model for the One Health platform; and improvements in environmental health, food safety and food security.

“Rabies is the year-round Ebola of Ethiopia, as it regularly kills people – particularly the young. It is 100 percent fatal if interventions such as vaccines and awareness are not implemented,” Gebreyes noted. “We consider this partnership a model for how to build effective, sustainable capacity.”

A worldwide initiative also exists: The International Congress on Pathogens at the Human Animal Interface has convened twice, with the third meeting scheduled for August 2015 in Thailand. But while the congress delegates address the big picture, they recognize the need for grassroots recruitment of scientists and policymakers in higher education, government agencies and nongovernment organizations – plus farmers, health care providers and ecologists – to create measurable change on a global level, Gebreyes said.

For global One Health to be implemented effectively and widely adopted, the risks associated with emerging infectious diseases need to be quantified, and the capacity needs and available resources must be assessed, Gebreyes said. World health organizations provide guidelines for quality control systems, but they aren’t necessarily applicable to fit developing regions’ needs and are not systematically applied in low-resource settings, he said.

With that in mind, the congress has identified four priority areas for capacity-building, primarily in low-resource settings:

* Development of adequate science-based risk-management policies
* Growth of skilled One Health personnel
* Environmental and clinical diagnostic labs with a shared database, and
* Improved use of existing natural resources.

“These are recommendations. The congress delegates recognize that it’s impossible to take a ‘one size fits all’ approach,” Gebreyes said.

Gebreyes co-authored the paper with representatives of Ohio State, Paris Descartes University, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Federal University of Paraiba, Kenya Medical Research Institute, University of Montreal, Sokoine University of Agriculture, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Elanco Animal Health, Chiang Mai University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Ministry of Public Health in Thailand.

Source: OSU

HRW testimony at the U.S. Congressesional hearing on human rights condition in Ethiopia

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Testimony of Felix Horne, Researcher, Africa Division, Human Rights Watch

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for providing me the opportunity to speak today about the human rights situation in Ethiopia.

The other panelists have articulated some of the critical issues that are facing Ethiopia ahead of the May 2015 elections. I would like to elaborate on human rights concerns associated with Ethiopia’s many development challenges.

Ethiopia is the one of the largest recipients of development assistance in the world, including more than $800 million in 2014 from the US government. Many of Ethiopia’s 94 million people live in extreme poverty, and poverty reduction is rightly one of both the US and Ethiopian government’s core goals. Improving economic and human development is fundamental to ensuring that Ethiopians are able to enjoy their rights to health care, education, shelter, food and water, and Ethiopia’s government, civil society, international donors and private investors all have important roles contributing to the realization of these rights.

But sustainable development also requires a commitment to the full range of human rights, not just higher incomes, access to education and health care, but the ability for people to express their views freely, participate in public policy decision-making, join associations of their choice, have recourse to a fair and accessible justice system, and live free of abuse and discrimination.

Moreover, development that is not rooted in respect for human rights can be counter-productive, associated with abusive practices and further impoverishment of people already living in situations of extreme poverty. In Ethiopia, over the past few years Human Rights Watch has documented disturbing cases where international donors providing development assistance are turning a blind eye to government practices that fail to respect the rights of all beneficiaries. Instead of improving life in local communities, these projects are proving harmful to them. And given the repression of independent voices, media and associations, there are no realistic mechanisms for many local communities to express their views to their government. Instead, those who object or critique the government’s approach to development projects face the prospect of intimidation, harassment and even serious abuse.

In 2011 in Ethiopia’s western region, Gambella, Human Rights Watch documented such abuses during the implementation of the first year of the government’s "villagization" program. Gambella is a region populated by indigenous groups who have suffered from political marginalization and lack of development for decades. In theory the villagization program aimed to address some of these concerns. This program required all indigenous households in the region to move from their widely separated homes into larger villages – ostensibly to provide improved basic services including much-needed schools, health clinics and roads.

I was in Gambella for several weeks in 2011 and travelled to 16 different villages in five different districts. I met with people who had not yet moved from their homes and others who had been resettled. I interviewed dozens of people who said they did not wish to move but were forced by the government, by police, and by Ethiopia’s army if necessary. People described widespread human rights violations, including forced displacement, arbitrary arrest and detention, beatings, and rape and other sexual violence. Thousands of villagers fled into neighboring countries where they became refugees. At the same time, in the new villages, many of the promised services were not available and the food security situation was dire.

The villagization program has also been implemented in other marginalized regions in Ethiopia. These regions are the same areas where government is leasing large pieces of land to foreign investors, often from India, China and the Gulf states, without meaningful consultation with local communities, without any compensation being paid to local communities, and with no benefits for local communities other than low-paying labor jobs on the plantations.

In the Omo valley in southern Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch found that the combination of sugar and cotton plantations and hydroelectric development is causing the displacement of up to 200,000 indigenous people from their lands. Massive amounts of water are being used for these projects which will have devastating impacts for Lake Turkana across the border in Kenya and the 300,000 indigenous people who live in the vicinity of the lake and depend upon it. The displacement of communities in the Omo valley is well underway. As in Gambella, communities in the Omo valley told Human Rights Watch about coercion, beatings, arrests and threats from military and police to force people to move to new settlements.

Human Rights Watch also found politically motivated abuse in development programs. In 2010, we documented discrimination and "political capture" in the distribution of the benefits of development programs especially prior to the 2010 elections. Opposition party supporters and others who did not support the ruling party were denied access to some of resources provided by donor-funded programs, including food aid, micro credit, seeds, fertilizers, and other critical agricultural inputs needed for food security, and even employment opportunities. Schools, funded as part of education programs by the US and other development partners, were used to indoctrinate school children in ruling party ideology and teachers were required to report youth perceived to support the opposition to the local authorities. These government practices, many of which continue today, show the intense pressure put on Ethiopian citizens to support the ruling party, and the way in which development aid is manipulated to discriminate against certain communities.

All of these cases have several common features. First, the Ethiopian government routinely denies the allegations without investigation, claiming they are politically motivated, while simultaneously restricting access for independent media and investigators. Second, these programs are directly and indirectly funded by Western donors, who seem unwilling to acknowledge, much less address human rights concerns in Ethiopia.

Monitoring and evaluation of these programs for human rights abuses is inadequate. Even when donors carry out assessments to look into the allegations, as has happened in Gambella, they are not conducted rigorously and do not ensure victims of abuses can speak freely and safely. In the current environment in Ethiopia, it is essential for anyone seeking to investigate human rights violations to go to locations where victims can speak openly, to understand the dynamics of the local communities, and recognize the depths of the fear they are experiencing.

All of these problems are exacerbated by the ongoing government crackdown on the media and civil society. The independent press has been ravaged since the 2010 election, with the vast majority of journalists terrified to report anything that is remotely critical of the government. In October I was in a country neighboring Ethiopia where over 30 journalists have fled in the past few months alone. I spoke to many of them: their papers were closed, their families were threatened, and many had been charged under repressive laws merely because they criticized and questioned the Ethiopian government’s policies on development and other issues. I spoke with someone who was forced to seek asylum abroad because he had questioned in writing whether the development of Africa’s largest dam on the Nile River was the best use of money in a country where poverty is pervasive.

As for Ethiopian civil society, it has been decimated by another law, the Charities and Societies Proclamation. It has made obtaining foreign funding nearly impossible for groups working on human rights, good governance, and advocacy. Leading members of the human rights movement have been forced to flee abroad.

Some people take to the streets to peacefully protest. Throughout 2014 there were various protests throughout Ethiopia. In many of these protests, including during the student protests in the Oromia region in April and May of this year, the security forces used excessive force, including the use of live ammunition against the students. We don’t even know how many Oromo students are still detained because the government publicizes no information, there is no comprehensive human rights monitoring and reporting, and family members are terrified of reporting the cases. Members of the Muslim community who organized protests in 2012 against what they saw as government interference in religious affairs have also paid an enormous price for those demonstrations, with many beaten or arrested and most of the protest organizers now imprisoned on terrorism charges.

Finally, bringing about change through the ballot box is not really an option. Given that 99.6 percent of the parliamentary seats in the 2010 election went to the ruling party and that the political space has shrunk dramatically since then, there is little in the way of a viable opposition that can raise questions about government policy, including development plans, or other sensitive topics.

This situation leaves Ethiopians no real means to express concerns over the policies and development strategies imposed by the government. They either accept it, they face threats and imprisonment for speaking out, or they flee their country as thousands have done. The refugee communities in countries neighboring Ethiopia are full of individuals who have tried to raise concerns in all of these ways, and are now in exile.

To conclude, we all recognize that Ethiopia needs and requires development. The problem is how development is being undertaken. Development projects need to respect the rights of the local communities and improve their quality of life, regardless of ethnicity or political perspective. The United States and Ethiopia’s other major partners can and should play a leading role in supporting sustainable, rights-respecting development. The US should not accept arguments that protecting human rights is in contradiction to development goals and implementation.

In 2014, the appropriations bill required the US to scrutinize and suspend funding for development programs in Ethiopia that might contribute to forced evictions in Ethiopia, including in Gambella and Omo. This was an important signal that the abuses taking place were unacceptable, and this should be maintained in the upcoming FY15 appropriations bill, whether it is a stand-alone bill or a continuing resolution.

As one of Ethiopia’s key partners and supporters of Ethiopia’s development, the US needs to do more to ensure it is rigorously monitoring and consistently responding to human rights abuses in Ethiopia, both bilaterally and multilaterally. The US should be pressing the Ethiopian government to ensure that there is genuine consultation on development initiatives with affected communities, that more robust monitoring is put in place to monitor for potential abuses within programs, and that independent civil society, both domestic and foreign, are able to monitor and report on rights abuses. Respect for human rights is first and foremost a concern of all Ethiopians, but it is also central to all US interests in Ethiopia, from security to good governance to sustainable development.

Other witnesses
Soleyana S. Gebremichale, Co-founder, Zone Nine Bloggers
Robert Herman, Vice President of Regional Programming, Freedom House
Susan Valentine, Africa Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
Felix Horne, Ethiopia Researcher, Human Rights Watch
Joshua Klemm, International Rivers

Driving through the town of Gondar, Ethiopia (video)

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

http://www.mereja.com/video/watch.php?vid=e21539fa5

Texas medical examiner says missing Ethiopia woman accidentally drowned in pond

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

WYLIE, Texas — A North Texas medical examiner says an Ethiopian woman whose body was found inside her minivan at the bottom of a pond accidentally drowned.

The Dallas Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/1HdonQe ) the Collin County medical examiner’s office released the findings in the death of 42-year-old Almaz Gebremedhin on Monday.

The Ethiopia native was last seen Oct. 2 before she left for work in Wylie. She lived about 3 miles from her workplace and the pond was along her commute. Her body was found Nov. 9 by a private team hired by an Ethiopian community group.

It’s unclear how her vehicle ended up in the pond.

Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com
http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/ … ound-Pond/

The Twilight of Non-Violent Change in Ethiopia and the Slippery Ground of TPLF’s Power Strategy

Monday, November 17th, 2014

The rationale for the TPLF’s current stepping up of repression, obviously triggered by the coming elections, is hard to comprehend. Ranging from constant harassments and severe beatings to torture and long-term imprisonments, the repression particularly targets journalists and young leaders of opposition parties. The fear of losing the elections is usually advanced as the main […]

“Hagere, Hizbe, Kibre” (My Country, My People, My Honor)

Monday, November 17th, 2014

 The poet-artist with an “unconquerable soul”? Last week, Meron Getnet, the extraordinary young Ethiopian actress, put out on Youtube a powerful Amharic poem entitled,  “Hagere, Hizbe, Kibre” (My Country, My People, My Honor). The last time I “saw” Meron was this past September in a video clip intended to be a promotional for the film DIFRET (COURAGE),  a film […]

Federal Police beaten and stabbed to death a young man and his mother in Jimma, southern Ethiopia [warning: graphic photo]

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

The savage attack took place Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, by members of the notorious Federal Police who broke into the victims’ home in the southern Ethiopian town of Jimma.
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Police forcibly dispersed peaceful protest organized by a coalition of 9 Ethiopian opposition parties (photos, videos)

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

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ፖሊስ ህዝቡን ለመበተን እየጣረ ነው፡፡የስብሰባው አዘጋጆች አንሄድም ብለው ሜዳው ላይ ይገኛሉ፡፡
‪#‎Ethiopia‬ ‪#‎Blueparty‬ ‪#‎Election2007‬ ‪#‎NegereEthiopia‬ ‪#‎MinilikSalsawi‬
9ኙ ፓርቲዎች የጠሩት የአደባባይ ህዝባዊ ስብሰባ በኃይል ተበተበ

ዛሬ ህዳር 7/2007 ዓ.ም 9ኙ ፓርቲዎች በትብብር የጠሩት የአደባባይ ህዝባዊ ስብሰባ በፖሊስና በደህንነት ኃይሎች ተበትኗል፡፡ ፓርቲዎቹ…

The benefits of drinking water right after waking up

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:

Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.

METHOD OF TREATMENT
1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water

2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minute

3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.

4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours

5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.

6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.

The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:

1. High Blood Pressure (30 days)
2. Gastric (10 days)
3. Diabetes (30 days)
4. Constipation (10 days)
5. Cancer (180 days)
6. TB (90 days)
7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards – daily..

This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.

It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life. Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.

The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain…

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.
It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.

Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine.
Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks:

• Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting,
• Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.
• You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack.
• Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.
• 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up.
• Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive…

Driving to Lake Tana, Gorgora, Ethiopia (video)

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

http://www.mereja.com/video/watch.php?vid=3467433e1

Strategies aimed at subverting the loyalty of TPLF’s pillars of support should be a top priority by civil resistance strategists

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

The regime’s power is heavily dependent on the cooperation of certain key institutions and organizations. We call these supporting organizations pillars of support or pillars of oppression because they support the power structure in society.

By themselves, tyrants cannot collect taxes, enforce repressive laws and regulations, prepare national budgets, direct traffic, print money, repair roads, train the police and army, issue postage stamps or even milk a cow. People provide these services to the ruler through a variety of organizations and institutions.

Defiance strategists should remember that it will be exceptionally difficult, or impossible, to disintegrate the dictatorship if the police, bureaucrats, and military forces remain fully supportive of the dictatorship and obedient in carrying out its commands.

Strategies aimed at subverting the loyalty of the tyrant’s forces should therefore be given a high priority by civil resistance strategists.

If these organizations and institutions begin to withdraw their support from the dictator (and some may even start actively supporting your movement), the dictator will no longer be able to maintain control.

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Health official orders the burning of Ebola patients in western Ethiopia, secret letter reveals

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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Susan Rice an Abysmal Failure at Her Job: The Atlantic

Friday, November 14th, 2014

A Withering Critique of Obama’s National Security Council By Jeffrey Goldberg The Atlantic November 14, 2014   If George W. Bush’s foreign policy was a testament to the perils of overreaction, Barack Obama’s foreign policy is becoming, to many experts, a testament to the dangers of underreaction. On the matter of Syria, in particular, fear of […]

Ginbot 7 is suspected in Ethiopian power station fire

Friday, November 14th, 2014

A massive fire destroyed the Gerji power station in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, two days ago. The station serves Bole and Urael area of the city. Ethiopian authorities suspect the opposition Ginbot 7 is behind the fire and detained several individuals for questioning, including senior officials of the Ethiopian Electric Power and Electric Services (EEP & EES).

Gerji power station fire in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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ENTC Weekly Radio – Nov 13

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Listen to ENTC radio program – November 13 News, Interviews, entertainment, etc Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363

Ethiopian man in San Francisco crushed by fuel tanker truck

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

A man who died after he was run over by a fuel tanker truck that he had been hanging on to in downtown San Francisco was identified Thursday as 35-year-old Henok Ayele.

Ayele, who had no known address, was riding between two gas tanks on an 18-wheeler about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, police said. He lost his grip when the truck turned from Mason Street onto Turk Street and was run over, authorities said.

The truck driver left the scene, but “may have no knowledge of this collision,” said Officer Gordon Shyy, a police spokesman. Officers were trying to locate the truck and identify the company involved.

Report by Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle
Source: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/M … 875833.php

A spectacular view of Ras Dashen, Ethiopia

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

http://www.mereja.com/video/watch.php?vid=327a62788