Posts Tagged ‘ethiopia’

German Radio DW special on the exodus of Ethiopian youth (listen)

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

German Radio DW special on the exodus of Ethiopian youth (audio)

Mary Armide – The queen of Kirar

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Mary Armide of Yeju Wollo 1923-1981 is also one of the long forgotten and the none acknowledged marvels artist of her time, her mesmerizing deep voice, her ability to play Kerar and to compose poems right away while she sings is a matchless talent. on the other hand her tireless contribution is unlisted plus the true story of her life and time has been recorded based on assumption.

Who was Mary Armdie? Do you know any thing about her? According to my research, There are several websites over the internet posting her songs but none of them seemed to be sure of exactly what Artist Mary has meant to our society.

My source enlightened me that in her last days, the late Queen of Kerar has lived around Gedame sefer, bedridden, unnoticed, left behind by the whole world that she once entertained and inspired, then died alone shortly there after.

Who was Mary Armedy? Now here I am shouting out her name as loud as I can but not just for acknowledgment, rather to remind you that no one deserves to be forgotten.

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Ethiopian Muslims Protest – update, photos (today, May 30, 2014)

Friday, May 30th, 2014









14-year-old Ethiopian girl enslaved in Saudi Arabia (video)

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The plight of a 14-year-old Ethiopian girl in Saudi Arabia

Stunning photos of Ethiopia’s blue volcano

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014



IT’S a volcano, but not as we know it. This cerulean eruption takes place in the Danakil Depression, a low-lying plain in Ethiopia. The volcano’s lava is the usual orange-red – the blue comes from flames produced when escaping sulphuric gases burn.

French photographer Olivier Grunewald creates such images without using colour filters or digital enhancement, which is no simple task. To get this shot he had to wait until dusk, when the electric blue flames were visible, but before all the daylight had ebbed away. Then the wind had to be blowing away from him so he could get close enough. Photographing the similarly sulphurous Kawah Ijen volcano in Indonesia, where he worked inside the crater, was even more treacherous. "We have to take care when the winds push the flames close to us," he says. "In Danakil it is easier to escape as the land is flat."

Grunewald works in a gas mask to avoid breathing in the deadly fumes – but photographing Kawah Ijen still left him with peeling skin and clothes smelling of rotten eggs for weeks afterwards.

Another drawback of Grunewald’s subject matter is that the acidic gases don’t agree with his cameras. But it’s worth it, he says. "The phenomenon is so uncommon – we really feel like we are on another planet."


Ethiopians held at Yemeni ‘Torture Camps’ (video)

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Ethiopians held at Yemeni 'Torture Camps' (video)

Ambo Protests: A Personal Account by two Peace Corps volunteers

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014


By Jen and Josh, Peace Corps Volunteers in Ambo

Friday, April 25th, the protests began in Ambo. We heard the sounds of a big crowd gathering at the university, walking east, yelling and chanting. The single paved road in town was barricaded, and traffic was diverted around the outskirts of town.

“What is going on?” we asked a group of high school boys.

“Oh, the students are angry. They have some problem,” they responded.

We called some friends at the university, who were able to explain further. Apparently, there are expansion plans for Addis Ababa, which would displace poor Oromo farmers and considerably shrink the size of the Oromia region. Justifiably, many Oromo people were upset. The Ethiopian Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of speech, press, and assembly, so demonstrations started across Oromia, mainly in towns with universities. Some of the protests turned violent.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday were quiet, somewhat normal days in the town of Ambo. However, in other parts of Ethiopia, journalists and bloggers were arrested and thrown in jail.

Tuesday morning, the protests resumed. Friends in town called us to warn us not to go into work and not to leave our compound. Apparently there were protests at the preparatory school and the federal police were in town. We stayed home all day, listening to the sounds of the protests, denying to ourselves that the ‘pop, pop, pop’ we heard in the afternoon was gunfire. That night, the government-run news station reported that there was a misunderstanding between Oromo university students and the government. Other online reports said that the protestors were defending the Oromo’s right to their land.

Wednesday morning, the protests resumed, and our friends emphasized NOT to leave the house and NOT to answer our front gate. This time, we heard sirens. Ambo only has one ambulance – no police cars or fire trucks – and it wasn’t the normal noise. Again, we heard the ‘pop, pop, pop,’ every few minutes. We poked our heads out of the compound gate and talked to our neighbor, who confirmed that they were, in fact, gun shots. Neighbors said the federal police had already shot and killed demonstrators who were participating in the protest. As we were finishing our conversation, a group of at least 30 adults ran past, glancing nervously behind themselves as they ran.

“Maalif fiigtu? (Why are you running?)” I shouted.

“Poliisii as dhufu! (The police are coming here!)” a man responded, ducking behind a corner.

An hour later, we headed to the nearest store to stock up on phone cards so we could put minutes on our cell phones and data on our internet device. The storekeeper is a tough older lady who doesn’t tolerate any nonsense.

“Maal taate? (What happened?)” we asked.

She paused, looking down at her hands, her eyes welling with tears.

“Hara’aa….sirrii miti, (Today… not right)” she said, fighting back tears.

Ironically, as we sat at home, listening to gunshots all day long, John Kerry was visiting Ethiopia, a mere 2 hours away in Addis Ababa, to encourage democratic development.

Around 3pm, while the sounds of the protests were far on the east side of town, we heard gunshots so close to our house that we both ducked reflexively. An hour later, we talked to a young man who said, numbly, “I carried their bodies from their compound to the clinic.” Our two young neighbors – university students – had been hunted down by the federal police and killed in their home while the protest was on the opposite side of town.

Other friends told us other violent stories of what was going on in town, including an incident at a bank. Apparently, students attempted to enter the bank, and one was shot by the police. Not being armed with weapons, protesters retaliated against the shooter by hanging him.

Another friend told us about 2 students who were shot and killed by the federal police in front of a primary school…again, far away from the protest.

Wednesday night, we slept fitfully, listening to the sounds of the federal police coming around our neighborhood. They were yelling over a bullhorn in Amharic, which we didn’t understand, but was later translated for us: “Stay inside your compound tonight and tomorrow.”

Thursday, the bus station was closed and there weren’t any cars on the roads. That morning, a Peace Corps driver finally came to get us, looking terrified as he pulled up quickly to our house. We had to stop at the police station to get permission to leave town. While waiting at the station, we saw at least 50 people brought into the station at gunpoint, some from the backs of military trucks and many from a bus. Inside the police compound, there were hundreds of demonstrators overflowing the capacity of the prison, many of them visibly beaten and injured. After the U.S. Embassy requested our release, we headed out of town. The entire east side of town, starting from the bus station, was damaged. A bank, hotel, café, and many cars were damaged or burned. Our driver swerved to avoid the charred remains of vehicles sitting in the middle of the street.

We couldn’t help but shed tears at the sight of our beloved, damaged town.

Disclaimer: We are no longer Peace Corps Volunteers, and the following is a personal story, not a news report, and does not reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the Peace Corps, the Ethiopian Government, or the people of Ambo.

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Obang Metho Honored by Ehiopian Diaspora Group

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The Journey to a New Vision Obang Metho was among the honorees recognized at the annual gala of the Society of Ethiopians Established in the Diaspora (SEED) held on May 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. Below is Obang’s acceptance speech.   …. I was told that this award was in appreciation for the work done […]

Wolkite University dormitory in southern Ethiopia burns down – photo

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Fire engulfs a dormitory at Wolkite University, Wolkite Woreda, Guraghe Zone on May 26, 2014. The school doesn’t deserve to be called a university. It has less resources and less qualified teachers than a small kindergarten.



በኢትዮጵያ ዩኒቨርስቲ ተማሪዎች ላይ የሚፈፀመው ኢሰብአዊ ወንጀል

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ እ.ኤ.አ ሜይ 2/2014 ቢቢሲ/BBC እንደዘገበው በኢትዮጵያ በስልጣን ላይ እንደመዥገር ተጣብቆ የሚገኘው ገዥ አካል የጸጥታ ኃይሎች ከመናገሻ ከተማዋ ከአዲስ አበባ በስተምዕራብ በኩል በ80 ማይሎች ርቀት ላይ በምትገኘው የአምቦ ከተማ ላይ ቢያንስ 47 የዩኒቨርስቲ እና የሁለተኛ ደረጃ ትምህርት ቤቶች ተማሪዎችን በአሰቃቂ ሁኔታ በጥይት ኢሰብአዊ በሆነ መንገድ ረሽነዋል፡፡ ስብዕናው በውሸት እና በሀሰት […]

Egyptian news agency director deported from Ethiopia

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Egyptian citizen Hamdy Al-Anany was deported from Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, an incident which prompted the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to express “deep regrets”, in a statement on Sunday, and demand an explanation.

Al-Anany, who served as the Ethiopia director of the Egypt’s official state-run news agency, the Middle East News Agency (MENA), was detained by Ethiopian authorities before his deportation.

Spokesman of Egypt’s Foreign Ministry Badr Abdelatty said that the Egyptian foreign ministry demanded in an official memo that the Ethiopian foreign ministry provide “explanations and clarifications” on the reasons behind Al-Anany’s deportation and the failure to notify the Egyptian Embassy once he was detained.

MENA, which describes itself as the largest and oldest African news agency, expressed condemnation at the position of the Ethiopian authorities and said that the deportation came without “justification or warning”. It condemned Al-Anany’s “mistreatment” and said that it conflicts with all international norms and conventions for the protection of journalists working abroad.

It added that Al-Anany is accredited by both the Ethiopian Authorities and the African Union Commission. MENA demanded an explanation to this “strange behaviour” and that Ethiopian authorities correct their position and guarantee correspondents’ freedom to exercise their duties.

MENA also demanded that the African Union, the Federation of African Journalists and the Egyptian Press Syndicate “bear their responsibilities” towards guaranteeing the protection of the work of journalists and correspondents and securing their lives and property.

Ethiopian-Egyptian ties have been strained since Ethiopia began construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in April 2011. In May 2013, Ethiopia began diverting waters from one of the Nile’s main tributaries, the Blue Nile. Egypt fears that the dam will affect its lion’s share of Nile Water, which is guaranteed to Egypt by agreements, signed in the absence of Ethiopia.

The latest round of bilateral talks in February failed, although both sides have expressed an interest in engaging in negotiations since.

Source: … -ethiopia/

Ethiopia: Crimes Against University Students and Humanity

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

On May 2, 2014, BBC reported that the security forces of the regime in Ethiopia had massacred at least 47 university and high school students in the town of  Ambo 80 miles west of the capital Addis Ababa. The regime dismissed the massacre and tried to sweep it under the rug claiming that a “few anti-peace forces incited […]

Woyanne general Alemeshet inaugurates a new office building in Addis Ababa

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The building, which is located at CMC Mikael in Addis Ababa, is partially rented for 500,000 birr per month to several Chinese companies, one bank and one restaurant on the first floor. The building is registered under his wife Ansha Seid.


Those Ethiopians who are not part of the ruling class are forced to seek jobs in Arab countries:

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House to house search in Gimbi town (photo)

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Government troops conduct house-to-house search in Gimbi, terrorizing residents of the western Ethiopian town.


Ethiopian exodus to Arab countries: The legacy of Woyanne rule (video)

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Ethiopian exodus to Arab countries: The legacy of Woyanne rule

የአሜሪካ የሸፍጥ ዲፕሎማሲ “አስቂኝ የመድረክ ትወና”

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ የኦባማ አስተዳደር የሰብአዊ መብት አያያዝ ፖሊሲ “አስቂኝ የመድረክ ትወና ነውን”?    የዩናይትድ ስቴትስ የመንግስት መምሪያ ጸሐፊ የሆኑት ጆን ኬሪ ባለፈው ሳምንት የሶሪያን ፕሬዚዳንት ባሽር አላሳድን “አሸባሪ” ወንጀለኛ ናቸው ብለው ከፈረጁ በኋላ የአላሳድ የቀጣዩ ዓመት የምርጫ ዕቅድም “አስቂኝ የመድረክ ትወና” ነው ብለው ተችተው ነበር፡፡ ኬሪ በመቀጠልም እንዲህ በማለት ሀሳባቸውን አጠናክረው ነበር፣ […]

Residents of Gimbi town mourn

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Residents of Gimbi town mourn the death of their loved ones who were massacred by Ethiopian regime troops over the past few days.


Exiled Ethiopian church convenes in Oakland, California

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014


By Matt O’Brien

OAKLAND — Bishops from one of the world’s oldest Christian churches gathered in the Oakland hills for a four-day summit last week, hoping to sort out their differences as they shepherd an East African denomination to new lands.

The gathering was "to talk about the next generation, the one in the United States, what we have to do for them," said Palo Alto resident Benyam Mulugeta, president of the board of Oakland’s Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Mekane Selam Medhane Alem Cathedral. "We don’t want to lose the next generation."

Exiled Patriarch Abune Merkorios was scheduled to preside over the convening of the Holy Synod, but the elder church leader fell ill shortly before his flight to the Bay Area.

Merkorios was dethroned and replaced amid Ethiopia’s political turmoil of the 1990s, but he still has a worldwide following of Ethiopian emigrants who consider him the true spiritual leader of an institution that dates back to the 4th century.

Merkorios lives in New Jersey. A rival patriarch and institution continue to be seated in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

Clergy from Australia, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Sweden and across the United States gathered at the Mountain Boulevard cathedral from Wednesday through Saturday.

Ethiopian Orthodox Christians say they hope to establish the kind of American footprint that Greek and Russian Orthodox churches began more than a century ago, building their own churches and monasteries and appealing to younger, U.S.-born congregants who grow up speaking English.

Hosting the convention was 90-year-old Abune Melketsedek, who heads the Oakland cathedral and is also the general secretary for the exiled church. Bishops and congregants were seen tearfully hugging on Friday after resolving some internal disputes over church policies.

"It’s one of the big events of our church," Mulugeta said of the meeting.

Source: … es-oakland

Freedom for Ethiopia! (Full transcript from The White House)

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release May 08, 2014

Remarks by the President at DNC Reception — San Jose, CA

Fairmont San Jose
San Jose, California

7:50 P.M. PDT

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Hello, California!


THE PRESIDENT: I love you back! It is good to be back in San Jose. (Applause.) I think one of the times I came here I started singing the Dionne Warwick song — did I do that? (Laughter.) It was pretty good.


THE PRESIDENT: No, I’m not going to do it tonight. (Laughter.) Maybe after the midterms. Maybe I’ll sing it to you separately. (Laughter.)

A couple of people I want to thank — first of all, our outstanding co-hosts, Sam and Marissa. Please give them a big round of applause. (Applause.) We’ve got your own State Assemblywoman, Nora Campos, here. (Applause.) Way to go, Nora! There she is. And we have our outstanding DNC Finance Chair Henry Muñoz here. (Applause.) And all of you are here. (Applause.) Yay!

I am thrilled to see all of you. Some of you are old friends who have been working with me since I was a U.S. senator and nobody could pronounce my name. Some of you have been knowing me since I was a state senator. (Applause.) Exactly. See, you’ve got an Illinois guy here.


THE PRESIDENT: We’ve got a Chicago guy. All right, I can’t name all the places you guys are from. (Laughter.) A lot of you worked on the campaign and on OFA — (applause) — and I couldn’t be more grateful for that. And I want to give you a little update about where we are.

We came into office at a time when America was in dire straits, and we have made enormous progress over the last five-something years. We’ve created 9.2 million jobs. (Applause.) Auto industry has come roaring back. (Applause.) We have reduced our oil imports. We are producing more clean energy than ever before. We have seen college attendance go up; we’ve seen high school dropouts go down. And there are millions of Americans all across the country, including right here in California, who finally have the financial and emotional security of affordable health care. (Applause.) That has all happened over the last five and a half years.

But for all that we’ve done, for the war in Iraq that we’ve ended and the war in Afghanistan that we’re bringing to an honorable close — (applause) — for all the work we’re doing on climate change and making sure that we bequeath to our children and our grandchildren the kind of planet that allows them to thrive and prosper — for all those efforts, we know that we’ve got more work to do.

We know that despite economic growth and close to record corporate profits, despite the fact that folks at the very top are doing better than ever, that there are too many families all across the country who are still struggling to get by, who work hard every day but have trouble making ends meet at the end of the month. We know that people still feel insecure about their future, about the possibilities of retirement. We know that there are folks who work hard every day and are still in poverty. We know that there are folks who work hard every day, but are still living in the shadows because of a broken immigration system. (Applause.)

We know that the investments that we need to make sure that every child in America — not just my kid or your kid, but every child in America — has an opportunity to get a world-class education — that those investments have not yet been fully forthcoming. We know that. (Applause.)

And that’s why November is so important. The Republicans who run the House of Representatives right now and want to take over the Senate –


THE PRESIDENT: Don’t boo –


THE PRESIDENT: — vote! Work! (Applause.)

But they have said no to every proposal that we know could make a difference in the lives of hardworking Americans. They’ve said no to proposals that would rebuild our infrastructure. They’ve said no to proposals that would increase basic research that drives the innovation that has made this region the envy of the world. They have said no to equal pay for equal work. In fact, they’ve denied that there’s even a problem.


THE PRESIDENT: I’m just saying. (Laughter.)

They said no to increasing the minimum wage. They’ve said no to helping kids afford college. They even shut down the government and almost created another global financial catastrophe because they wanted to get their way.

Now, to be fair, they did say yes to their own budget, except when you look at the budget, what they’re saying yes to are cuts in Medicaid, cuts in education, cuts in basic research. But what they do preserve are tax breaks for folks who don’t need them, that aren’t going to grow the economy.

And, look, Republicans are patriots. They love their country. They love their families. They want America to thrive. But they are operating on a theory that time and again has proven to be wrong. It’s a theory that says you’re on your own. It’s a theory that says if we just reward folks at the very top, then everybody else is going to do just fine. It’s a theory that discounts the possibility of common action in order to make sure that opportunity is real for every American, and not just some. (Applause.) They have a different theory about how America moves forward. And so they just keep on offering again and again the same failed theories that have been punishing the middle class and failing America for decades now.

And so, when I think about what’s at stake in this election, it’s not just a matter of a seat here or a seat there. It’s about competing visions of how America moves forward. And I believe that America moves forward when we recognize that we’re all in it together. I believe in an America where we rise together, where the economy is built from the bottom up and the middle out.

I believe in an America where we are investing in innovation and where, although the private sector is driving our growth, it is based on an acknowledgment that when we’ve got skilled people and we’ve got outstanding teachers, and we are honoring our researchers and our universities, that’s the dynamism that has always put us at the forefront. That’s what’s at stake. That’s what I believe.

And so the question is, what are we going to do about it in this midterm? The choices couldn’t be clearer. The choices could not be clearer. As Democrats, I believe that we should be fighting for equal pay for equal work; they do not. That’s a choice. (Applause.) As a Democrat, I believe that opportunity for all means that if you work full-time, you should not be in poverty. We should increase the minimum wage. It’s the right thing to do. (Applause.)

As a Democrat, I believe in investing in early childhood education. We know it works. We want to give every child the best chance possible to succeed. (Applause.)
They have a different view. As a Democrat, I believe that we should make college affordable for every young person who’s got the energy and drive to succeed — every child, not just some. (Applause.) They’ve got a different view.

So I know what we stand for. And sometimes, I’ve got to say, that when you look at reporting of what’s happening in Washington — and let’s face it, Washington is not working the way it’s supposed to — then sometimes you’d get the impression that, yeah, both parties are just bickering and arguing and that’s why things don’t work.

Now, I’ve got a confession to make — the Democratic Party is not perfect. (Laughter.) I know that’s crazy to say at a DNC event. (Laughter.) But there are times where folks make mistakes. There are some elected officials who don’t show the courage of their convictions. There are times where I get frustrated. And we have to be self-critical and make sure that we’re constantly asking ourselves are we serving the folks who sent us here as well as we should. But on the big issues, on our core convictions, we’re on the right side of the issues. (Applause.)

On immigration, we believe in comprehensive immigration reform that gives people a chance and that would improve our economy. (Applause.) On climate change, we believe in science
– (applause) — and we think it’s important for us to take action, and that if we invest in clean energy, we can create jobs and opportunity here in the United States at the same time as we’re making sure that we’ve got an environment that is what we want for our children and our grandchildren. We’re on the right side of that. The other side isn’t. That’s just the bottom line.


THE PRESIDENT: When it comes to education, when it comes to the minimum wage, when it comes to equal pay, when it comes to making investments in infrastructure, when it comes to basic research — when it comes to the things that would help drive this economy right now, we’re on the right side of the issues. And the reason that we’ve got gridlock right now is you’ve got another party that has been captured by folks who are on the wrong side of the issue.

Now, that’s on inevitable. I come from Illinois — (laughter) — and that’s the Land of Lincoln, a great Republican President. Those of you who care about the environment — probably our greatest environmental President — Teddy Roosevelt, Republican. So it’s not inevitable, this does not have to be how it is. But it is how it is right now. And if we are serious about solving the problems that matter for future generations, if we are serious about making sure that there are good jobs out there that pay a living wage, if we’re serious about fixing a broken immigration system, if we are serious about investing in our schools, if we are serious about making college affordable, if we are serious about making sure that our veterans are properly cared for — (applause) — if we are serious about a clean-energy economy, if we’re serious about innovation, then we’ve got to fix Congress.

And the way we’re going to fix Congress is not just to get cynical and sit back and complain and grouse and say, a plague on both your houses. The way to fix Congress is to take a look at who stands for the things you care about and who doesn’t, and get the folks who don’t out of the way so we can make progress in America. And that’s what this midterm election is all about. (Applause.)

I mean, what exactly are the plans of the other side right now?


THE PRESIDENT: No, that’s not true. They’ve got one plan. They’ve taken 50 votes to repeal Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, and I guess they’re going to try to take 50 more — because that’s all they talk about. And let me tell you something. You’ve got 8 million people who signed up on these exchanges, you’ve got millions more who are benefiting from expanded Medicaid. (Applause.) You’ve got 3 million young people who are able to stay on their parents’ plan. Millions of people across the country –


THE PRESIDENT: — are better off. I meet them every day. And I can’t explain to you why it is that they are so obsessed with making sure those folks don’t have health insurance. But we’re on the right side of history on that issue. (Applause.) And if that’s all they’ve got -– if that’s all they’ve got, then they shouldn’t be running either chamber. They shouldn’t be running the House and they sure should not be running the Senate. And they sure shouldn’t be making appointments to the Supreme Court.


THE PRESIDENT: And they shouldn’t be blocking mine. (Applause.)

Now, I know I’m preaching to the choir. (Laughter.) But we’re just kind of getting started here on this campaign season and I want to kind of get us warmed up. You’ve got to get the vocal chords are working. (Laughter.)

There’s one problem we’ve got. Our problem is not that the public doesn’t agree with us. If you look on the issues that we’re fighting for, the majority of the American public is on our side. The majority believes in raising the minimum wage. The majority of Americans believe in equal pay for equal work. The majority of Americans want to see us invest in education and job training and apprenticeships. The majority of Americans think we should be putting people back to work rebuilding our infrastructure. A majority of Americans think that it’s the right thing to do to develop a clean-energy economy. A majority of Americans want immigration reform. So what’s the problem?


THE PRESIDENT: Say that again.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: They’re not voting!

THE PRESIDENT: They’re not voting. And in particular, Democrats have a congenital defect when it comes to our politics, and that is we like voting during presidential years and during the midterms we don’t vote. And so you already have lower voting totals during the midterms, and it’s our folks that stay home.

And maybe in normal times that’s okay — although I don’t think it’s ever okay for us not to vote. But in this midterm, with the stakes as high as they are, with the progress that needs to be made, with families out there who are desperate to see a Washington that is on their side — we’re going to have to make sure that we are coming out with the same urgency and the same enthusiasm that we typically show during presidential years. (Applause.) That’s what we’re going to need.

And that’s where all of you come in. It’s not enough that you’re going to vote. You’re going to have to grab your mom, dad, cousins, uncles, co-workers, friends, family, and you are going to have to explain to them the stakes involved in this election.

And that’s what the DNC is about. The contributions you make today are to ensure that we’ve got the infrastructure, the architecture, so that an army of young people and not-so-young people but young at heart, young in spirit are out there working in precincts and in neighborhoods, delivering a message about what the stakes are in this election and making sure that people know they need to come out and vote.

Now, I know that we live in a time where cynicism too often passes off as wisdom. And this country has been through a lot over these last five years. But I want to close by just letting you know this: I travel around the world a lot; I study global trends; I speak to world leaders and prominent businesses who operate in every corner of the Earth. And I will tell you that the assessment outside of the United States is that we’ve got all the best cards. We still have the most innovative, dynamic economy in the world. We still have the best universities in the world. We still have the most productive workers in the world.

We have this incredible opportunity to develop a clean energy economy — even as traditional sources of energy, we’ve got more than most advanced countries. We have this incredible vibrancy that is on display right here in this community — people from all around the world coming here, hungry, striving, ready to innovate. There’s no other country that looks like us. It’s a huge gift. The problem is that we’ll waste that gift if we don’t make the right choices.

So what I want everybody to know is, is that for all the challenges we have and for all the legitimate reasons why people get discouraged, our future is bright if we make the right choices. Our future is bright if people shake off whatever is holding them back and they go to the polls. Our future is bright if people understand the stakes involved. Our future is bright if you and I, we’re all out there working together to make sure that folks know that the decisions we make right now are going to matter to that young man and that young lady, and our kids and our grandkids. And we don’t have time to wait.

So I don’t have patience for cynicism right now. I think it’s too easy. I think it’s an excuse. The future is there for us to seize — but we’ve got to seize it. And if we do, then we guarantee you –

AUDIENCE MEMBER: President Obama! Freedom for Ethiopia! Freedom! Freedom for Ethiopia, sir!

THE PRESIDENT: Hold on. I agree with you, although why don’t I talk about it later because I’m just about to finish. (Laughter.) You and me, we’ll talk about it. I’m going to be coming around.


THE PRESIDENT: There you go.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible) –

THE PRESIDENT: I agree with you.


THE PRESIDENT: I want to hear from you.


THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. You kind of screwed up my ending, but that’s okay. (Laughter and applause.) That’s okay. And we’ve got free speech in this country — (applause) — which is great, too.

So, bottom line is this — bottom line is this: This is not the end; this is just the beginning. I’m going to need every one of you to sign up to make sure that you are going to continue to work with the DNC. I am going to be, I guarantee you, back in California sometime before November. (Applause.) And when I come back, I expect everybody here to report back to me that you have been out there working to make sure that we are having a Democratic Senate and a Democratic House. (Applause.)

Are you with me? (Applause.) Are you fired up? (Applause.) You ready to go? (Applause.)

Thank you very much, everybody. God bless you. God bless America. Thank you. (Applause.)

8:12 P.M. PDT

Source: … an-jose-ca

President Obama and Freedom Call for Ethiopia (video)

Monday, May 19th, 2014

On May 8, 2014, Ethiopian journalist and freedom activist Abebe Gellaw interrupted President Barack Obama at a Democratic National Committee Fundraiser. He called on President Obama to support freedom for Ethiopia and stand with the oppressed people of Ethiopia. The U.S. has been funding the tyrannical regime in Ethiopia, which is routinely accused of committing gross human rights violations including extrajudicial killings, torture, jailing journalists, bloggers and activists.

The “Farce” of U.S. Diplocrisy

Monday, May 19th, 2014

 Is the Obama Administration’s human rights policy a “farce”? Last week U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Syrian president Bashar al-Assad a “terrorist” criminal and called  Assad’s electoral plans a “farce”. “Assad’s is making partnership with terrorist elements, attracting terrorists and engaging in terrorist activities against his own people.” Assad’s planned presidential elections are […]

ENTC Washington DC Public meeting (Video)

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Watch the clips from the Washington DC public meeting April 13, 2014.    

Playing football with wild lions (video)

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Lion Whisperer Kevin Richardson, stylishly dressed in a Van Gils suit, plays football with wild lions. 



Going for a Drive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with GoPro Hero 3+ camera (video)

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Going for a Drive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with GoPro Hero 3+ camera

The Assosa killings were planned in advance and local authorities knew about it

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The killings of 9 Tigreans in Assosa were planned in advance and the local authorities knew about it, according to Abraha Desta, an ARENA party member from Mekele.

ባለፈው ሳምንት 9 የትግራይ ተወላጆች በቤኑሻንጉል ጉሙዝ ክልል አሶሳ ከተማ ታርደው መገደላቸው ይታወሳል። አንድ ሌላ የታክሲ ሹፌርን በጥይት ተገድሏል (ከትግራይ)። በአንድ የዕጣን ድርጅት ይሰሩ የነበሩ ሦስት የአማራና ኦሮምያ ክልል ተወላጆችን ተገድለዋል። ትናንት ሐሙስ ግንቦት 7ም አንድ መኪና በታጣቂዎች ተይዞ በእሳት ጋይቷል። በተሳፋሪዎቹ የደረሰ ጉዳት በትክክል ባይታወቅም አንዲት ተሳፋሪ ግን ቆስላ ተገኝታለች።

በ9ኙ የትግራይ ተወላጆች ላይ የደረሰውን ግድያ ለማጣራት በመኮርኩት መሰረት ግድያው ሆን ተብሎ ታቅዶ የፈፀመ ስለ መሆኑ አረጋግጫለሁ። ሙሉ መረጃ ያላቸው አሶሳ የሚኖሩ የትግራይ ተወላጆች እንዳረጋገጥሉኝ ከሆነ ዓማፂ ቡድኑ የትግራይ ሰዎችን አርዶ ለመግደል ማቀዱ ይታወቅ ነበር። የወረዳው አስተዳዳሪ ይህን መረጃ ከግድያው በፊት ደርሶታል። ባከባቢው የሚገኘው የመከላከልያ ሰራዊት አዛዥም ግድያ እንደሚፈፀም ተነግሮታል። ባጠቃላይ መንግስት ግድያው በተመለከተ ሙሉ ቅድመ መረጃ ነበረው። መንግስት መረጃ እያለው ግድያው መከላከል አለመቻሉ ኗሪዎችን አሳዝኗል። በአሶሳ የሚኖሩ የትግራይ ተወላጆች መንግስት ተገቢውን ፀጥታ የማስከበር ተግባር አለመፈፀሙ አስገርሟቸዋል። መንግስት ለስልጣኑ እንጂ ለህዝብ ደህንነት እንደማይተጋም አስረግጠዋል። አሁንም አሶሳ አከባቢ የሚኖሩ የሌላ ክልል ተወላጆች ስጋት ዉስጥ ናቸው።
መንግስት በትግራይ ልጆች ላይ ግድያ እንደሚፈፀም እያወቀ ለምን መከላከል እንዳልቻለ ለህዝብ መግለፅ ይኖርበታል። የሰለማዊ ሰዎች ደህንነት መጠበቅ ባለመቻሉም ይቅርታ ይጠይቅ፣ ተገቢውም ካሳ ይክፈል።

9 Tigreans killed in Assosa, western Ethiopia

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Abraha Desta from Mekele reports that 9 people from Tigray ethnic group were killed in Assosa, western Ethiopia during a riot over the past few days. The following is Abraha’s report in Amharic:

ባለፈው ሳምንት የጉልበት ሥራ ለመስራት በአንድ ኮንትራክተር ተቀጥረው ወደ አባይ ግድብ በደህንነት መኪና ሲጓዙ ከነበሩ 28 የትግራይ ተወላጆች ዉስጥ ዘጠኙ ታርደው ሲገደሉ የተወሰኑም ቆስለዋል። ባለፈው ቅዳሜ ደግሞ አንድ የትግራይ ተወላጅ በተመሳሳይ ተገድሎ ተገኝቷል። ቀጥሎም በአንድ ድርጅት ሲሰሩ የነበሩ ሦስት ሰራተኞች መገደላቸው ተሰምቷል። ገዳዮቹ ከኢህአዴግ ጋር የተጣላ የአንድ ዓማፂ ቡድን አባላት ናቸው። ባከባቢው የፌደራል ፖሊሶችና መከላከያ ሰራዊት አባላት ቢገኙም ወንጀሉ መከላከል እንዳልቻሉ ታውቋል። ሁኔታው ለማረጋጋት ሲሉ አቶ ፀጋይ በርሀና አቶ አዲሱ ለገሰ ወዳከባቢው ቢጓዙም የተለመደ ፖለቲካ ከመስበክ የዘለለ ነገር አላደረጉም። መንግስት ፀጥታን ማስከበር ይገባዋል። ደግሞ ሰለማዊ የቀን ሰራተኞች በደህንነት መኪና መጫን ተገቢ አይደለም። በደረሰ ጉዳት ጥልቅ ሐዘን ይሰማናል።

Addis Ababa in the early years (video)

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Addis Ababa in the early years

Protecting Ethiopia’s mountain lions – DW (video)

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Protecting Ethiopia's mountain lions (Deutsche Welle)

Ethiopia PM at odds with TPLF on Oromo protests

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 May 14, 2014 Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is once again at odds with the powerful TPLF branch of EPRDF ruling party, according to sources connected to his adminstration. This time the dispute is on government response to Oromo protests in Oromia region, according to a journalist of an English weekly paper who asked […]

Addis Ababa is hit with locust swarm – photos

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa’s sky was filled with a locust swarm today.


የምርጫ ሽር ጉድ በ2015ቷ ኢትዮጵያ

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ በ2015 በሚካሄደው ፓርላሜንታዊ “ምርጫ” መቅረብና መወሰን ያለበት አንድ ጥያቄ ይህ ነው፤ “የኢትዮጵያ ህዝቦች አሁን እ.ኤ.አ 2014 ያሉበት የኑሮሁኔታ ከቀድሞ 2010 ወይም 2005 ከነበሩበት የኑሮ ሁኔታ ይሻላል ወይ?” ህዝቦች ካለፉት ዓመታት በተሻለ ሁኔታ ላይ የማይገኙ ከሆነ አንደ አሮጌ ሸማ መቀየር መቀየር ይኖርባቸዋል፡፡ የፖለቲካ ሰዎችና እንደ አሮጌ ሸማ ናቸው፡፡ በየጊዜው ካልታጠቡና ካልተለወጡ […]

Ethiopian regime quietly disintegrating: ION

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

By Indian Ocean Newsletter May 9, 2014 The general election looming ahead in 2015 is already casting a shadow over the Ethiopian government, whose sole uniting bond would seem to be its praise for the memory of its late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. His portraits are on all the walls in Addis Ababa, which was […]

Double-digit “growth” Ethiopia still begging to feed its people

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

UN expecting to feed 6.5 million Ethiopians this year May 13, 2014 GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Food Programme will help to feed nearly 6.5 million Ethiopians this year, the U.N. agency said on Tuesday, with the country hit by locusts, neighboring war and sparse rainfall. “We are concerned because there is the beginning of […]

The struggle for clean, safe water is a daily reality for women in Ethiopia – MSNBC

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

In the Konso Region of southern Ethiopia, the struggle for clean, safe water is a daily reality for women and young girls. “Bringing the water is not a simple task,” says Mariam Bakaule, a mother standing at the edge of the mountaintop village of Jarso. “This is the essence of women. Water and woman are […]

UK High Court makes important ruling on lawsuit against FinFisher spyware Gamma Int.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

In a damning judgment today the Administrative Court declared that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) acted unlawfully and “irrationally” in issuing blanket refusals into the status of any investigation into the potentially illegal export of the spyware FinFisher to repressive regimes by UK-based Gamma International.

The case arises from Privacy International’s long-running campaign to bring transparency and accountability to the secretive surveillance technology industry. As part of this in November 2012 Privacy International had submitted a dossier of evidence to HMRC that suggested that Gamma International had illegally exported surveillance technology to governments with records of human rights abuse, such as Bahrain, Ethiopia, Egypt and Turkmenistan. This included both technical evidence1 as well as evidence from activists whose computers were targeted with FinFisher.

Despite requests HMRC refused to provide any information on what if any investigation they were conducting.

Today’s decision marks a significant turning point in this effort, as Mr Justice Green, in his carefully-reasoned judgment, found that HMRC had committed a serious error in not providing information about whether it was investigating British company Gamma International for illegal exporting spyware to repressive regimes. Describing the actions of HMRC as “irrational” and “simply inconsistent with the legislation”, the judgment quashed HRMC’s decision and ordered it to again consider Privacy International’s request. [...] Read more

ENTC weekly radio – May 12

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Listen to ENTC radio program – May 12 News and analysis, ENTC public meeting in Washington DC – Part 3 Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363 Edit this entry.  

Of Elections and Diapers in Ethiopia in 2015

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

   Whether the people of Ethiopia are better off in 2014 than they were in 2010 or in 2005 is the sole question that should be decided in the 2015 parliamentary “election”. If they are not, the people should vote to change diapers. After all, “politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and […]

ጥጋብና የወያኔ ዘረኝነት

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

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Riots break out in Wollega, western Ethiopia (photo)

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Residents in Gimbi town, Wollega, have burned down banks and government offices yesterday and today, in reaction to the TPLF regime’s massacre of students in Ambo.


Teddy Afro’s appearance creates excitement in Qatar (video)

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Teddy Afro creates excitement at the IAAF Diamond League opening ceremony in Qatar – May 2014

IAAF 2014: Ethiopia, Kenya and Botswana battle to the finish at Men’s 800m (video)

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

IAAF 2014: Battle between Ethiopia, Kenya and Botswana at the Men's 800m

Bati Market in Wollo, Ethiopia (video)

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Bati Market in Wollo, Ethiopia

Ethiopian journalist interrupts President Obama’s speech

Friday, May 9th, 2014

[Watch the video here] San Jose, California (May 8, 2014) – U.S. President Barack Obama has agreed with journalist Abebe Gellaw’s demand to support freedom in Ethiopia and help free bloggers, journalists and political prisoners jailed by the tyrannical regime. While Obama was wrapping up his speech last night at a glitzy Democratic National Committee […]

Abebe Gelaw did it again; this time to Obama (video)

Friday, May 9th, 2014

An Ethiopian jouranlist Abebe Gelaw interrupted President Obama during the end of a speech to the Democratic National Committee in San Jose, California on Thursday night. (May 8, 2014)



Nigerian commentator Adeola on the TPLF murder spree in Ambo, western Ethiopia (video)

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Nigerian commentator Adeola on the TPLF murder spree in Ambo, western Ethiopia

My Takes on the Ethiopian Dam and the Addis Ababa Master Plan Messay Kebede

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The issue of the so-called “Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam” has proven very tricky for all those Ethiopians who oppose the present regime. On the one hand, no Ethiopian wants to see Ethiopia’s right to use the waters of Nile for its own development contested so that any interference from external countries appears as an unacceptable […]

ኦባማ ከትክክለኛው የ(ኢትዮጵያ)ታሪክ ምዕራፍ ጎን ተሰልፈዋልን?

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም  ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ የታሪክ ሸፍጥ ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ “በትክክለኛው የታሪክ ምዕራፍ” መሰለፍ አስፈላጊ መሆኑን አጽንኦ ሰጥተው በመግለጽ እራስን በሚያወድስ መልኩ በተግባር ሳይሆን በንግግር ብቻ በማነብነብ እርሳቸው “በተሳሳተው የታሪክ ምዕራፍ” ተሰልፈዋል ብለው የፈረጇቸው ሰዎች አቋማቸውን እንዲያስተካክሉ በነገር ሸንቁጠዋቸዋል፡፡ እ.ኤ.አ በ2012 በተደረገው ፕሬዚዳንታዊ ምርጫ ተቀናቃኛቸው ከነበሩት ከሚት ሮምኔይ ጋር ባደረጉት ክርክር ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ የእራሳቸውን ክብር […]

EAC Endorses Sam Liccard for San Jose, California, Mayor

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

San Jose, California, May 5, 2014 – With five major candidates in the race for Mayor of San Jose, California, the Ethiopian-American Council of North America (EAC) has decided to lend the organization’s support to front-runner Sam Liccard. Mr. Liccard is presently serving on the city council. San Jose, with nearby Oakland, is home to […]

United Nations condemns crackdown on journalists in Ethiopia

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

(UN News Center) – The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the crackdown on journalists in Ethiopia and the increasing restrictions on freedom of opinion and expression in the Horn of Africa nation. The comments by High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay follow the recent arrest and detention of six members of the […]

Human Rights Watch Condemns Govt. Brutality Against Oromo Students

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Security Forces Fire On, Beat Students Protesting Plan to Expand Capital Boundaries “Ethiopia’s heavy handed reaction to the Oromo protests is the latest example of the government’s ruthless response to any criticism of its policies. UN member countries should tell Ethiopia that responding with excessive force against protesters is unacceptable and needs to stop.” Leslie […]

SMNE condemns the massacre of Oromo students

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia Group also speaks up against the brutality directed at Afar pastoralists and  the crackdown on journalists: A Call to Action for All Ethiopians to Stand Strong for a Better Future! April 3, 2014 We in the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) strongly condemn the horrific killing of […]

Obang’s open letter to political leaders in Ethiopia

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) April 1, 2014 Dear political leaders in Ethiopia, Warmest greetings to you from the (SMNE) We are writing to you because we believe you are among those who have shown courage and perseverance in pursuing the struggle for freedom and justice in the face of many obstacles. […]

German Radio report on UDJ’s demonstration in Addis Ababa – 4 May 2014

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

German Radio report on UDJ's demonstration in Addis Ababa – 4 May 2014

Is Obama on the Right Side of (Ethiopian) History?

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

The sophistry of history President Obama likes to pontificate about being on the “right side of history” and rhetorically clobber those who are on the “wrong side of history”. Debating Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election and defending his own record, Obama said, “… they can say that the president of the United States […]

UDJ protest march in Addis Ababa (video)

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

UDJ protest march in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 4, 2014

TPLF massacre of protesters in Oromia region of Ethiopia – BBC

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

TPLF massacre of protesters in Oromia region of Ethiopia – BBC

UDJ protest march update – photos and videos

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

UDJ is holding a large protest march in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today, Sunday, May 4, 2014. The protesters are now gathering in front of the party’s headquarters. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Scientist Dereje Agonafer receives award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Dereje Agonafer is the recipient of the 2014 iTherm Achievement Award, awarded by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at the Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems. Sponsored by the IEEE’s CPMT Society, ITherm 2014 is an international conference for scientific and engineering exploration of thermal, thermomechanical and emerging […]

Ambo students murdered by TPLF troops – May 2014 (photos)

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Ambo massacre – May 2014


Ambo street littered with stones following deadly protests – photos

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

The town of Ambo in western Ethiopia after deadly clashes between students and heavily armed TPLF regime gunmen
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Ethiopian opposition party UDJ prepares for huge protest this coming Sunday (video)

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

UDJ Party prepares for peaceful protest on Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ambo engulfed in deadly protests – BBC

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

At least nine students have died during days of protests in Ethiopia’s Oromia state, the government has said.

However, a witness told the BBC that 47 were killed by the security forces.

She said the protests in Ambo, 125km (80 miles) west of Addis Ababa began last Friday over plans to expand the capital into Oromia state.

The government did not say how most of the deaths had been caused but the Ambo resident said she had seen the army firing live ammunition

"I saw more than 20 bodies on the streets," she said.

"I am hiding in my house because I am scared."

The Ambo resident said that four students had been killed on Monday and another 43 in a huge security crackdown on Tuesday, after a huge demonstration including many non-students.

Since then, the town’s streets have been deserted, she said, with banks and shops closed and no transport.

She said teaching had been suspended at Ambo University, where the protests began, and students prevented from leaving.

In a statement, the government said eight people had died during violent protests led by "anti-peace forces" in the towns of Ambo and Tokeekutayu, as well as Meda Welabu University, also in Oromia state.

It said one person had been killed "in a related development" when a hand grenade was thrown at students watching a football match.

The statement blamed the protests on "baseless rumours" being spread about the "integrated development master plan" for the capital.

BBC Ethiopia analyst Hewete Haileselassie says some ethnic Oromos feel the government is dominated by members of the Tigre and Amhara communities and they would be loath to see the size of "their" territory diminish with the expansion of Addis Ababa, which is claimed by both Oromos and Amharas.


The student protestors are from Ethiopia’s biggest ethnic group, the Oromo, numbering around 27 million people.

Oromia is the country’s largest region, completely surrounding the capital Addis Ababa, although the city is itself part of the Amhara region.

Its people speak their own language – Oromifa – and see themselves as very different from the Amhara.

The protesters believe they face losing their regional and cultural identity if plans to extend Addis Ababa’s administrative control into parts of Oromia get the go-ahead.

Some have also raised fears of the potential for land grabs.

The so called "master-plan" for Addis Ababa is currently out for public consultation and the government says people are being given opportunities to raise their concerns.

Officials say the plan has been well publicised and will bring city services to poor rural areas.

The protestors claim they merely wanted to raise questions about the plan – but were answered with violence and intimidation.

Violence erupted across Ethiopia’s Oromia region school campuses – AP

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

ASSOCIATED PRESS – Violence has erupted in a number of university campuses across Oromia region of Ethiopia as ethnic Oromo students protest a plan by the central government to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, into parts of Oromia, the government said in a statement late Thursday. Student protests, which started on April 28, are happening […]

Killing and Arresting Peaceful Oromo Protesters Will not Resolve Ethiopia’s Political Predicaments – ODF Statement

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Ever since the TPLF/EPRDF came to power 23 years ago, the number of Oromos detained, tortured and killed merely for demanding their legitimate rights runs into tens of thousands. This now decades-old persecution of the Oromo people has attained new heights this week with our people staging another round of peaceful demonstrations throughout Oromia demanding freedom, democracy and the right to own and manage their resources. The heavy crack downs of the past have proven futile in settling the enduring political conflict between the Oromo people and the incumbent Ethiopian government. The current round of violence against peaceful demonstrators is certainly doomed to fail even more spectacularly.

The enduring political conflict in Ethiopia is not restricted to the Oromo people alone; as other peoples in Ethiopia have also similar democratic demands. At the heart of the conflict is the disjuncture between what the ruling party preaches and its actual practice of governance. While the Constitution guarantees the right of all nations and nationalities to self-administration, in practice, exercising this right is negated by the ruling party’s strict central control. The Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) believes that the only way forward out of the current political impasse in Ethiopia is working toward the realization of the next breakthrough in instituting the self-government of nations and nationalities primarily by upholding individual freedoms. Sustainable peace and stability can only be achieved by respecting citizen’s democratic rights and not through orchestrating persecution and violence.

The Oromo are presently raising a question that is legitimate as it concerns the Oromo people’s entitlement to use and manage their own resources like any other people. As Finfinne (Addis Ababa) constitutes part and parcel of Oromia, the Oromo people thus have a legitimate right of ownership and of having a say in determining its use and management. This right is enshrined in Article 49 of the current Ethiopian constitution, which clearly stipulates that the Oromo people have a special interest in and relations with Finfinne. The focus of the ongoing peaceful demonstrations throughout Oromia is legally and peacefully demanding that this constitutional right be respected. Instead of heeding the peaceful demonstrators’ legitimate demands, the ruling party is presently unleashing its security forces against our people. The Oromo Democratic Front condemns the killing and detention of our people in the strongest terms possible and urges the regime to immediately halt its anti-people policies and practices. We stand by our people and are ready to render our support in all available manners.

At this tough time of agony, once again, we call upon all Oromos to set aside political and other petty differences and stand in union in solidarity with our people marching for freedom and democracy.

We also call upon other Ethiopian communities not to quietly watch from the corner while the Oromo people are subjected to myriads of persecution as similar abuse can also befall them in the future. We would also like to caution our people to vigilantly guard against acts and behaviors that could detract from your aim of achieving freedom and democracy. In particular, we call upon you to foil the wishes of anti-people elements whose purpose is pitting you and members of other nationalities against each other.

We also would like to remind the government that its attempts to suppress the peoples’ yearning for freedom and democracy by resorting to naked force has proven futile now for close to a quarter century and will continue to fail. Furthermore, the TPLF/EPRDF should realize that the ongoing confrontation could easily veer out of control. And we are convinced that the ruling party cannot single-handedly resolve the intricate political challenges presently prevailing throughout Ethiopia. Consequently, we call upon the government to reach out to all stakeholders in the country with the aim of involving them in charting a course toward more open political space for all and a level playing field. In order to have the immediate effect of defusing the current political tension, we suggest the government take the following measures:

• Respect the Oromo people’s constitutionally guaranteed right to and special interests over Finfinne (Addis Ababa);

• Immediately release all those languishing in prison merely for expressing their political positions and views;

• Call for an all-inclusive political and community conference to deliberate on outstanding political issues and chart a win-win and lasting political solution for the country.

Oromo Democratic Front (ODF)

May 1, 2014

ENTC denounces the recent TPLF killings

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

ENTC issued a press release denouncing the killings in Ambo and Gondar. Read the statement here (pdf)    

The town of Ambo in Ethiopia is hit with massive riot after police killed several students

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Eyewitnesses in the western Ethiopian town of Ambo have informed Ethiopian Review this afternoon that TPLF regime gunmen killed several civilians, mostly students, who were holding a peaceful demonstration. The indiscriminate killing of the students by the regime’s gunmen has caused a massive riot. Banks and several businesses that are owned by the TPLF regime […]

Egyptian satellite to monitor the disputed Nile dam project

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

A new Egyptian satellite will track the construction of an Ethiopian hydroelectric dam over which officials in Cairo and Addis Ababa have been locked in a standoff over fears that the project will hinder Egypt’s access to the Nile’s water.

Launched almost two weeks ago, Egysat will monitor Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam by capturing high quality photos of the construction site along with other sources of the Nile, said Alaa El-din El-Nahry, vice president of Egypt’s National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences.

The LE300 million satellite – which will come into operation in mid-June after a two-month test period – will track the dam’s height, storage capacity and water discharge. It will also monitor the Kongo River basin to assess the effectiveness of a proposed project to link the Kongo and Nile rivers.

Egypt’s government believes the satellite’s findings will bolster its negotiations with Ethiopia and provide legal ground in case it must resort to international arbitration over any violations in the dam’s stated purpose of electricity generation, El-Nahry said during a seminar in Cairo, according to Al-Ahram’s daily Arabic newspaper.

Egypt has been particularly concerned that the dam, now more than 30 percent finished, will hugely impact its share of the Nile, the country’s main source of potable water.

Situated near the Sudanese border on the Blue Nile, a Nile tributary, the hydroelectric dam will be the biggest in Africa, capable of producing 6,000 megawatts of energy.

Last week, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn urged Egypt to return to the tripartite discussions with Ethiopia and Sudan in an effort to settle the dispute. The three countries have been engaged in a series of dialogues since the launch of the project three years ago.

Last year, Ethiopia and five other Nile-basin countries – Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Burundi – endorsed an accord, the Co-operative Framework Agreement, which replaces a 1929 treaty granting Egypt veto power over any project on the Nile in upstream countries.

Sudan, Egypt’s immediate downstream country, has backed Ethiopia’s plans to build the dam. … -Ethi.aspx

Ethiopia’s regime under fire over detained bloggers

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Nine Ethiopian journalists and bloggers have appeared in an Arada court to face charges of inciting public violence through social media.

A report on the site notes that the hearing was presided by Judge Liya Zenebe. Police claim the suspects have been disseminating information via social media and websites that threatens to destabilise the country. Rights groups are calling on the government to intervene. A report on the News24 site notes that Human Rights Watch urged US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is visiting Ethiopia this week to press for their release. Amnesty International noted that 20 members of a political opposition group were also arrested last week. … 0094220743

Speak Up for Writers in Ethiopia: PEN to Secretary of State Kerry

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

PEN America April 30, 2014 PEN sent the following letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on the eve of his visit to Ethiopia to urge him to raise the case of imprisoned journalist Eskinder Nega, winner of the 2012 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, when he meets with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis Ababa. PEN is extremely […]

Celebrity Musicians Can’t Feed the World: William Easterly

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The trouble with Live Aid, Live 8, and pop star condescension   By William Easterly | April 29, 2014 p {line-height: 150%;}   I was browsing in a used record store in the small town of Bowling Green, Ohio, about a year ago when I found what to a foreign aid wonk is comparable to […]

“አፍሪካ ተስፋ ይኖራታልን?”

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም  ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ በአፍሪካ ተስፋችን ሊሟጠጥ ይችላልን?                               እ.ኤ.አ ማርች 2004 ኒኮላስ ክሪስቶፍ የተባለው ለኒዮርክ ታይምስ መጽሔት መጣጥፍ የሚያቀርቡት ተዋቂ ጸሀፊ ስለአፍሪካ መጻኢ ዕድል ተስፋ በቆረጠ መልኩ እንዲህ ብለው ነበር፣ “አፍሪካ በቀውስ የምትታመስ አህጉር ነች፡፡ አፍሪካ ላለፉት አራት […]

Police confront Semayawi Party protesters

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Police officers have reportedly jarred with members of the opposition Blue Party once again during the group’s much anticipated demonstrations in the past two days.…

ENTC weekly radio – April 28

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Listen to ENTC radio program – April 28 News and analysis, ENTC public meeting in Washington DC – Part 2 Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363

“Is there any hope for Africa?”

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Should we despair over Africa?In March 2004, Nicholas Kristof, the noted columnist for the New York Times declared in frustration,  “Africa is a mess. It is the only continent that has gotten poorer over the last four decades and its  famous for civil wars, genocide and mindboggling corruption. Is there any hope for Africa?” Kristof was commiserating over the […]

Semayawi Party protest march update – April 27, 2014 (photos)

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Semayawi Party peaceful protest march is about to start. Stay tuned for more updates and photos:

ዛሬ በወያኔ ኢህአዴግ የተነጠቅነውን መብት ለመቃወም በሚደረገው ሰማያዊ ፓርቲ በጠራው የሰላማዊሰልፍ እግሮች ሁላ ለነጻነታቸው ጥያቄ ወደሰልፉ በማምራት ላይ


Semayawi Party prepares for peaceful protest rally today in Addis Ababa

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Semayawi Party is staging another peaceful protest march in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa today to demand the release of political prisoners and respect for basic rights. Over the past week, as Semayawi Party was preparing for today’s demonstration, the ruling Woyanne junta has arrested several more opposition party members and journalists. We will post updates […]

Robbery disguised as progress: TPLF evicting residents of landmark Addis neighborhoods

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Residents of  Kazanchis, American Gibi, Teklehaimanot, Kirkos, Dejach Wube Sefer, given just 3 weeks to evacuate; land sold to developers. By Wudeneh Zenebe | Ethiopian Reporter April 26, 2014     The Addis Ababa City Administration urged city residents in some of the oldest neighborhoods in city, such as Kazanchis, American Gibi and Teklehaimanot, to relocate […]

Secretly recorded conversation with Berhanu Damte aka Abamela

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Secretly recorded conversation with Berhanu Damte aka Abamela


Mother of California stowaway living in refugee camp in Ethiopia

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Associated Press April 25, 2014 SAN JOSE, Calif. –  A United Nations official says the mother of a California teenager who stowed away on a flight to Hawaii is living in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Ubah Mohammed Abdule, 33, is living at the Sheder Refugee Camp in Ethiopia, said the official from the UN […]

በኢትዮጵያ የቅንጦት ግድቦችን መገደብ ለምን አስፈለገ?

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

ከፕሮፌሰር  አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ ባለፈው ሳምንት የዓለም አቀፍ ወንዞችን እና  ለሶስት አስርት ዓመታት በእነርሱ ላይ ህልውናቸውን መስርተው የሚኖሩ ህዝቦችን መብት ለማስጠበቅ በግንባርቀደምነት በሚታገለው ዓለም አቀፍ ድርጅት ኢንተርናሽናል ሪቨርስ (የዓለም አቀፍ ወንዞች ጥበቃ) ላይ የኢትዮጵያ ገዥ አካል ለእራሱ ጥቅም ለማግኘት በማሰብ የማስመሰል ብስጭትና ቁጣን በማሳየት እርምጃዎችን ለመውሰድ የኢትዮጵያ አዋቂ ነን የሚሉ ስማቸው ያልታወቀ ባለሙያዎችን […]

Ethiopia’s villagisation scheme fails to bear fruit

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

By William Davison | The Guardian April 22, 2014   The orderly village of Agulodiek in Ethiopia‘s western Gambella region stands in stark contrast to Elay, a settlement 5km west of Gambella town, where collapsed straw huts strewn with cracked clay pots lie among a tangle of bushes.     Agulodiek is a patch of land where […]

Ethiopia: Trapped By a Crippled Telecom

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

By Kalkidan Yibeltal | April 21, 2014 A soaring number of option-deprived customers and eye-watering packages continue to swell the earnings of the state monopoly Ethio telecom. In return the inglorious institution kept on crippling everything this country has achieved in the past with banks being the hardest hit          In February […]

Hundreds of Ethiopians Arrested While Attempting to Cross into Yemen

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014


115 African migrants arrested while attempting to cross into Yemen


Published on 22 April 2014 in News
Nasser Al-Sakkaf (author)


SANA’A, April 20—Coastguard and military units on Saturday arrested 115 migrants and refugees traveling in two boats. The detained are from Somalia and Ethiopia.

Shuja Mahdi, the operations director of the Coastguard, said the first boat was encountered near Mayyun island with 75 on board, 15 of them Somalis and four of them women.

Patrols of the 17th Infantry Brigade spotted the second boat carrying 23 Somalis and 17 Ethiopians off the Dubab coast, according to the state-run Saba news agency.

Zaid Alalaya, a senior public information officer at the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), said March witnessed the largest influx of migrants and refugees over the last three months.

Refugees arriving in Yemen amounted to 8,148 since the beginning of the year, over 3,000 of whom arrived in March, according to Alalalya. Over 1,000 arrived in February, he added.

New refugee arrivals to Yemen numbered about 103,000 and 107,000 in 2011 and 2012 respectively, according to Alalaya. Last year, the number of refugees arriving in Yemen decreased to below 70,000.

Refugees are kept in transit centers after they arrive in Yemen.

According to Colonel Abdulla Al-Zorqa, he director of the deportation department at the Immigration and Passports Authority, Ethiopians tend to face deportation because their primary motive for migrating is assumed to be related to finding work, while Somalis are granted automatic refugee status on arrival because of the conflict in Somalia.

According to Alalaya, Yemen is a transit country for the refugees who migrate to neighboring countries to search for work opportunities.

“The intensified security procedures on the Yemeni-Saudi borders is a reason behind the decline of the number of refugees in 2013,” said Alalaya.

According to Mahdi, migrants are held in three main detention facilities in Ahwar district of Abyan, Bab el Mandeb in Taiz and Maifa’a district of Shabwa. … -Yemen.htm

ENTC Weekly radio – April 21

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Listen to ENTC radio program – April 21 News and analysis, ENTC public meeting in Washington DC Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363

Land campaigners criticise World Bank doing business and benchmarking of the business of Agriculture in Africa

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

By Ishmael Kindama | Standard Times Press April 22, 2014   As a promoter and financer of large-scale land investments in agriculture, the World Bank Group has been accused by campaigners on land rights issues as key driver of land grabbing in the developing world. A joint statement from up to eight campaigners says the […]

Dam! White Elephants in Ethiopia?

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

 Last week, in a bizarre display of faux outrage and indignation, the regime in Ethiopia unleashed its big “experts” to go after International Rivers, an organization that has been leading the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of indigenous communities that depend on them for nearly three decades. International Rivers, headquartered in Berkeley, CA., […]

የአፍሪካ ሰብዓዊ መብት ኮሚሽን የታሰሩ ሙስሊሞችን ክስ ተቀበለ

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

  April 19, 2014   ጋምቢያ የሚገኘው የአፍሪካ ሰብዓዊ መብት ኮሚሽን በሽብር ተከሰው በእስር ላይ የሚገኙ “የሙስሊሙ መፍትሔ አፈላላጊ ኮሚቴ” አባላት ያቀረቡትን የክስ አቤቱታ እንደተቀበለ ምንጮች ገለፁ፡፡ የኮሚቴው አባላት የክስ አቤቱታውን ያቀረቡት ከወራት በፊት ሲሆን በእነ አቡበከር አህመድ መዝገብ በሽብር የተከሰሱት 28 ግለሰቦች፤ ሙስሊሙ ማህበረሰብ ከአወሊያ ት/ቤት እና ሌሎች ሃይማኖታዊ ጉዳዮች ጋር በተያያዘ ለተፈጠረው አለመግባባት […]

Happy Fasika: Zelesegna by Jacky Gosee (video)

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Happy Fasika: Zelesegna by Jacky Gosee

ወያኔ የጋበዛቸዉ የኮሪያ ኤክሰፐርቶች ያለ ባህር በር ማደግ አስቸጋሪ ነዉ አሉ

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

ከግብርና ወደ ኢንዱስትሪ የሚደረግ ሽግግርና የባህር በር አለመኖር ፈተና   በ ብርሃኑ ፈቃደ  |  ሪፖርተር ጋዜጣ April 16, 2014 ደቡብ ኮሪያ ከ30 ዓመታት በፊት ኢትዮጵያ አሁን በምትኝበት የኢኮኖሚ ደረጃ ላይ ትገኝ እንደነበር ይነገራል፡፡ ሆኖም የአምስት ዓመት የኢኮኖሚ ልማት ፕሮግራም በመንደፍ በፍጥነት ከድሆች ተርታ በመውጣት በዓለም ላይ ግዙፍ ከሚባሉ ኢኮኖሚዎች አንዷ ለመሆን በቃች፡፡  የጀቡቲ ወደብ።  ወደብ አያስፍልግም […]

Wro. Assegedech Assefa: Ethiopia’s First Solo Woman Pilot

Friday, April 18th, 2014

April 18, 2014 Click here to watch interview with Woizero Assegedech Asefa The first African woman pilot By Negest Abate   Fifty four years ago, Weizero (MS) Asegedech Assefa, born from a privileged Ethiopian family, became the first female pilot; by breaking barriers in a totally male dominated field. When she was asked what motivated […]

First Hijra Foundation press release

Friday, April 18th, 2014


Ethiopia’s anti-terror law suppresses press freedom: Press TV

Friday, April 18th, 2014 Wed Apr 16, 2014 The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a continental body of African free expression organizations, condemned the 27-year sentence imposed by Ethiopia on veteran Somali journalist, Mohamed Aweys Mudey. Ethiopian prosecutors accused Mudey of having information about Al-Shabab operations in Ethiopia and charged him with participating in terror activities. Mudey, […]

Meskel Square traffic chaos (video)

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, traffic

Civilians and police clash in the town of Aykel, north eastern Ethiopia

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

An eyewitness who resides in the town of Aykel, Chilga Awraja, informed Ethiopian Review that a bloody confrontation took place between local population and TPLF regime security forces. Several civilians and soldiers have died and the regime is now sending a heavy reinforcement to the area, according the eyewitness. The armed clash followed a peaceful […]

ENTC Washington DC Public meeting – Report

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

ENTC concluded a successful public meeting in Washington DC on April 13, 2014 Read the Report here (pdf)

የሩዋንዳ የዘር ማጥፋት ረዥም ጥቁር ጥላዉን በ(መካከለኛው) አፍሪካ ጥሎአል

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ   የ1994 የሩዋንዳ የጭፍጨፋ እና የእልቂት ጸጸት በ2014 የመካከለኛው አፍሪካ ሪፐብሊክ ሰማይ ላይ እያንዣበበ ነው! ባለፈው ሳምንት የሩዋንዳ ህዝብ እርስ በእርስ የተራረደበትን 20ኛውን ዓመት የሩዋንዳ የዘር ፍጅት መጥፎ ገጽታ ለማስታወስ የሀዘን ሳምንት አውጆ ድርጊቱን በመራር ሀዘን ዘክሮታል፡፡ እ.ኤ.አ በኤፕሪል 6/1994 በመንግስት የስልጣን እርከን ላይ የነበሩ አክራሪ የሁቱ ጎሳ አመራሮች፣ […]

ENTC Washington DC public meeting (short video clip)

Monday, April 14th, 2014

ENTC held a successful public meeting in Washington DC on April 13, 2014. Invited guests and ENTC leaders made great presentations and discussions. We will release the full report and video of the event when it is ready. In the mean time, as the Easter holiday is approaching, watch the religious leaders Aba G/Sellassie and […]

The Long Shadow of Rwanda on (Central) Africa

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

 Déjà vu 1994 Rwanda in 2014 Central African Republic Last week, the people of Rwanda began a solemn week of official mourning to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide. On April 6, 1994, Hutu extremist leaders in government, their political supporters and organized militiamen coordinated a systematic killing spree, which lasted over 100 […]

ከአገር መውጣት የማይችሉ ባለሥልጣናት በጭንቀት ውስጥ ናቸው

Friday, April 11th, 2014

አሁን ያለው ኢህአዴግ ላዩ በቀለም ቀቢ የተዋበ ይመስላል Source: April 10, 2014     ኢህአዴግ በሙስና ስም የ”ማጥራት ዘመቻ” ማካሄዱን ተከትሎ የተከሰተው አለመተማመንና እርስ በርስ በጥርጥር የመተያየት ችግር ካድሬውን ማስጨነቁ ተጠቆመ። ኢህአዴግን ለመሰናበት የሚፈልጉ በርካታ ካድሬዎች “ለምን” በሚል የሚቀርብላቸውን ጥያቄ በመፍራት የግድ ፓርቲውን መስለው እንደሚኖሩ ተገለጸ። የጎልጉል የአዲስ አበባ ዘጋቢ ቀደም ሲል ኢህአዴግን ተሰናብተው […]

TPLF forcing children to protest against Arena Tigray Party in Mekele (video)

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Source: Abraha Desta