Yearly Archives: 2010

2010 Person of The Year

By Elias Kifle

In 2011 Ethiopian Review, the longest running independent Ethiopian journal, celebrates its 20th year in service. It is a milestone period in the journal’s history and a special occasion for those of us who have labored hard …

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Ethiopian boxing legend gets help from Los Angeles Ethiopians

Ethiopians in Los Angeles hold a fundraiser to assist Ethiopian boxing legend Seifu Makonnen who represented Ethiopia at the Olympics. Seifu, who is popularly knows as Tibo, is suffering from a kidney disease and is currently waiting for a transplant.

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A new Oromo political movement formed

A new political party named Oromo People National Unity and Liberation Movement has been formed and is currently introducing its political program to the public. The new party strives to make Ethiopia a country where the rights of the Oromo …

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TPDM on a short leash

By Elias Kifle

Some Eritrean friends are asking me why is it necessary for Ethiopian Review to start a public discussion on concerns regarding the disappearance of Ethiopian patriots in Eritrea and problems facing Ethiopian opposition groups. They are urging …

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Ethiopian Groundhog Year 2010

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

Groundhog Year in Prison Nation

In December 2008, I wrote a weekly column entitled “Groundhog Year in Prison Nation” summarizing some of my weekly columns for that year. I used the “groundhog year” analogy following the …

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74 Ethiopians arrested in Kenya

A Kenyan journal, The Standard, reports that the government of Kenya is intensifying its crackdown on Ethiopians who are fleeing from Ethiopia to seek refugee in other countries. Most of the Ethiopian refugees Kenyan authorities are arresting use Kenya as

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Kenya in a large scale war against OLF

The government of Kenya has launched a full scale attack against the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), and according to human rights groups, Oromo refugees through out Kenya, including the capital city Nairobi, are currently being harassed and abused by Kenyan

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OLF spokesman speaks out on Gen. Kemal Gelchu

A spokesman for the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Ato Lencho Bati, told Ethiopian Review that the report about Gen. Kemal Gelchu being under a virtual house arrest is incorrect and that the general can travel any where he wishes.

Ato …

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New technology gives thieves access to your wallet

Watch the video below and take steps to protect your credit card and passport information.

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Protecting Ethiopian patriots in Eritrea

Several Ethiopians from around the world held a meeting Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, and discussed the disappearance of Col. Tadesse Muluneh and other Ethiopian patriots in Eritrea. The meeting also discussed other on going issues concerning the struggle to liberate …

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DC Medical Examiner rules Ali Mohammed’s death a homicide

The Chief Medical Examiner of Washington DC has ruled today that the death of Ethiopian immigrant Ali Mohammed on Oct. 15 was a homicide. Pending the Medical Examiner’s decision, a court in DC had released on bail the DC9 Club

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Exchange rate to reach $1 = 20 birr in Ethiopia

As hard currency reserve dwindles in Ethiopia, experts predict that exchange rate could soon reach 20 birr per 1 U.S. dollar in the black market.

The current official exchange rate is 16.76 per $1, but in the black market the …

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ESFNA finance head resigns

The finance committee chairman of Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA), Ato Abework Abay, has announced his resignation today citing financial irregularities, lack of transparency, and ineptness on the part of the chairman and many of the executive committee …

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Ethiopia: “So What!”

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

“So what! Soo what!! Sooo whaaat!!!” was the repetitive mantra of dictator Meles Zenawi recently in response to pesky questions lobbed at him in parliament about his so-called Growth and Transformation Plan[1] (GTP), which will presumably …

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Earthquake hits a southern Ethiopian town

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that reports a 5-1 magnitude earthquake struck the southern Ethiopian town of Hosaena and nearby towns at 3 PM local time.

Details:

Magnitude 5.1
Date-Time
  • Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 12:14:24 UTC
  • Sunday, December 19, 2010
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Eritrean colonel causes havoc among Ethiopian opposition

The government of Eritrea needs to act promptly to stop its rogue mid-ranking officers who are causing havoc among Ethiopian opposition groups if it is genuine about building a strong relationship with Ethiopians. The following information is intended for such …

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Mengistu Worku in his own words (video)

A tribute to Ethiopian football icon Mengistu Worku.

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Troublesome developments in Eritrea regarding EPPF

There is more disturbing news regarding Ethiopian opposition groups who have been given shelter in Eritrea. A few days ago we learned about the disappearance of Col. Tadesse Muluneh, one of the founders of Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF). We …

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Ethiopian soccer legend Mengistu Worku passed away

Ethiopian soccer legend Mengistu Worku who helped Ethiopia win the 3rd African Cup has passed away.

Memorial service for him will be held on Friday in Addis Ababa at the St. Petros Church where he will be laid to rest.…

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New comedy video highlights the power shortage in Ethiopia

Funny yet a true account of life in Ethiopia under the chigaram Woyannes.

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China creates its own fake Peace Prize (video)

The ruling Chinese Communist Party is a growing threat to freedom in the world. The MSNBC report in the video below about China bullying 19 countries not to attend the Nobel Peace Award and creating its own peace prize is …

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Bereket Simon comes to the aid of ESFNA thugs

During the past five years, the Woyanne ruling junta has systematically taken over the Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) through bribery and other scheme. As a result, the organization has become a tool for the ruling party and …

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Meles Zenawi ghost writes of his own biography

A recently published book titled “መለስ ዜናዊ እና የህወሓት የትግል ጉዞ” (Meles Zenawi and TPLF’s Journey of Struggle) that worships Ethiopia’s genocidal tyrant is being widely circulated in Ethiopia. The official author of the book is Col. Iyasu Mengesha, but …

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Ethiopia: The Anuak’s Forgotten Genocide

Alemayehu G. Mariam

A Conversation With Obang Metho[1]

Note: A report by the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program on the Anuak concluded[2]:”From December 2004 to at least January 2006, the ENDF (Ethiopian National Defense Forces) attacked and abused

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Ethiopian Review’s Person of the Year to be announced

Ethiopian Review’s 2010 Person of the Year choice will be announced this coming Friday, Dec. 31. Person of the Year choice has become a much anticipated annual Ethiopian Review tradition that some times creates intense public discussion. Stay tuned. …

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The death of Greater Tigray manifesto (updated with maps)

By Elias Kifle

In 1976, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (Woyanne) that is currently ruling Ethiopia crafted its Greater Tigray Manifesto. The manifesto called for transforming the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray in to an independent country through expansionist policies. …

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WikiLeaks and orphan Ethiopia

By Yilma Bekele

Hopefully you have all heard or read about WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organization that publishes documents from anonymous news sources and leaks. It has been doing that since 2006. These past few days it has …

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WikiLeaks supporters shutdown Paypal, MasterCard

Several news agencies are reporting that WikiLeaks supporters have shutdown credit card company MasterCard and money transfer company Paypal today in retailiation for terminating WikiLeaks’ accounts.

Paypal has admitted yesterday that the U.S. State Department pressured it to cancel the …

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Wikileaks: Discussion with Woyanne intelligence chief

U.S. Ambassador Donald Yamamoto sent to Washington the following cable regarding his discussion with Woyanne intelligence chief Getachew Assefa. This is one of the over 1,000 U.S. embassy cables from Ethiopia that are expected to be posted on Wikileaks.

Monday, …

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Reported disappearance of Col. Tadesse Muluneh

Ethiopia Zare and EthioMedia have reported on Monday that prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Col. Tadesse Muluneh has been arrested by Eritrean security forces and that his current condition is unknown.

The news has shocked many Ethiopians and yesterday and today …

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Calling Cards a Rip-Off?

A couple of months ago, you may remember that we mentioned why Rebtel’s international call service to Ethiopia was a hit with customers. Now startling new evidence has become known that sheds light on why so many customers from African, …

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Col. Asrat Bogale passed away

Col. Asrat Bogale, a prominent and long time opponent of the Woyanne regime in Ethiopia, has passed away early Friday morning after receiving medical treatment in Paris.

Col. Asrat Bogale left Ethiopia over 30 years ago when the Derg military …

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The “Fantastic Somalia Job”

Alemayehu G. Mariam

The Tangled Web of Lies

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive,” said Sir Walter Scott, the English novelist and poet. It looks like the U.S. of A is really in …

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Ethiopians in DC confront Woyanne crumb collectors (video)

The Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), a puppet group that was created by Ethiopia’s despot Meles Zenawi to subjugate the Amhara ethnic group of Ethiopia, held a dinner party last night at the Woyanne-controlled Ethiopian embassy.

The party had attracted …

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WikiLeaks: US embassy cable from Ethiopia – 02 Feb. 2010

CONFIDENTIAL SECTION 01 OF 03 ADDIS ABABA 000163
SIPDIS
EO 12958 DECL: 02/01/2020
TAGS PREL, PGOV, KDEM, MOPS, ECON, KE, ET
SUBJECT: UNDER SECRETARY OTERO’S MEETING WITH ETHIOPIAN
PRIME MINISTER MELES ZENAWI – JANUARY 31, 2010
Classified By: Under Secretary …

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Revisiting the aftermath of 2005 Ethiopia Election

By Maru Gubena

Five year ago, though there were feelings of uncertainty and fearfulness about the future direction of Ethiopia itself, as well as its politics – including the possible transfer of power from the regime of Meles Zenawi to …

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U.S. official in charge of Africa policy caught in a lie (Wikileaks)

In September 2007, nine months after Ethiopian despot Meles Zenawi invaded Somalia, the top U.S. officials for Africa policy, Ms. Jendayi Frazer, told TIME magazine: “We urged the Ethiopian military not to go into Somalia.” [read here]

The …

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Wikileaks dispatch exposes Meles Zenawi as a mercenary

U.S. diplomatic dispatched that are leaked and now posted on Wikileaks.org confirms Ethiopian Review’s report that Ethiopia’s despot Meles Zenawi was hired by U.S. Government to invade Somalia in 2006. The proxy war was spearheaded by U.S. head for African

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Ethiopians in 4 regions to be evicted from their land (VOA)

Ethiopia’s despot Meles Zenawi is forcibly uprooting close to a million Ethiopians in the Gambela, Afar, Ogaden, and Benishangul regions from their land, according to a report by VOA. Meles is leasing the land to foreign corporations to grow flower …

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Al Amoudi servant makes legal threat

One of Al Amoudi’s servants in the Diaspora, Ato Eyaya Arega, is imitating his boss by hiring a lawyer to harass Ethiopian Review. The lawyer, Steven Sarfatti of Washington DC, wrote a letter (read here) demanding that we …

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Wikileaks: Reports by U.S. diplomats on various world leaders

Wikileaks.org has released 250,000 classified U.S. diplomatic dispatches on Sunday, which is said to be the biggest intelligence leak in U.S. history. The following are some excerpts from the dispatches that were sent to the State Department by U.S. embassies …

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Reflections on Thanksgiving in America

Alemayehu G. Mariam

In 1620, one hundred and two prospective settlers left England and set sail for over two months to come to the New World. They landed in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts. Nearly one-third of them were religious …

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Tearing down the Ethiopian society through land seizures

By Agabos Debdebo

Land seizures by the Ethiopian regime, with the pretext of modernizing the country, is really intended to tear down the foundation of the Ethiopian society. Today, entire communities in Ethiopia are being forced out of their land …

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Powers of Ten

Most science students may have already seen the video below, but it is the first time for me today and I am captivated by it. Learn about the universe from the macro to the micro in just 10 minutes. Very …

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Ethiopia’s despot picks a fight with Egypt

Ethiopia’s beggar despot who survives on Western handouts is provoking Egypt by throwing accusations that Mubarak’s government is supporting Ethiopian rebel groups, according to Reuters (see below). We are accustomed to seeing dictators pick fights with external “enemies” when ever

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Indian agribusiness devastates western Ethiopia – UPDATE

The photo below is incorrectly reported as showing destroyed trees in Ethiopia. However, the report about trees being cut in a massive scale to clear lands for flower farm is correct. Not only trees, according a VOA report yesterday, close …

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Aba Diabilos shuts down Holy Trinity College

Germany Radio (DW) reports that the administration of Ato GebreMedhin (formerly Aba Paulos, who is also known as Aba Diabilos) has shut down the Holy Trinity College in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa after students complained that, among other things, the …

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ETV used Aster Aweke’s name without permission

Ethiopian Television (ETV) that is currently under the control of Woyanne propaganda chief Bereket Simon has been falsely using Aster Aweke’s name, according to associates of the popular singer.

For the past several days, ETV has been using Aster and …

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‘Great Ethiopian Run’ turned into ‘Great Woyanne Run’

Great Ethiopian Run 2010The 10th Great Ethiopian Run was held Sunday in Addis Ababa in which over 30,000 people took part.

During the past few years, opponents of the ruling Woyanne junta used the event to express their frustration with the regime since …

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Ethiopia: Talking Trash, Speaking Truth

Alemayehu G. Mariam

The View From the Sewers

Looking up from the sewers, everything must look like garbage!

Last week, dictator Meles Zenawi ripped the final election report of the 2010 European Union Election Observer Mission to Ethiopia (EU EOM) …

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Angry Ethiopians confront Lidetu in London

Brave Ethiopians in London confronted Lidetu Ayalew at a public meeting on Nov. 21, 2010. It took several police officers and private bodyguards to protect him from the angry Ethiopians, many of whom have fled their country after being victimized …

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Boycott Aster Aweke – update

There is an update. Click here to read.

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By Elias Kifle

This week the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) that was created by …

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NYT defends Haile Gebreselassie story

Tom Connelly, assistant to the New York Times sports editor who assisted Jeré Longman with the story on Haile Gebrselassie told LetsRun.com on Thursday:

The New York Times stands by its story. Jeré reported what he was told. We reported

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Solomon Takalign cashing in on Woyanne butt-kissing

By Elias Kifle

When singer Solomon Tekalign went to Eritrea to visit Ethiopian opposition groups (see the video here) 3 years ago he was in dire financial straits. He was literally begging friends for money. Right after he returned …

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Meles discussing ‘trash’ and ‘garbage’

By Yilma Bekele.

As you all know Ethiopia held what is referred to as ‘elections’ last May. The ruling TPLF party won 545 of the 547 seats in Parliament. One can tell from the results that either the TPLF party …

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Political intimidation of a world record holder

LetsRun.com has the following story on the Haile Gebreselassie retirement controversy that is evolving into a 3-way battle between Haile vs. the New York Times vs. the Ethiopian despot in the Battle for credibility.

The Haile Gebrselassie retirement story continues …

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Passenger dies on Ethiopian Airlines flight on its way to DC

Boston area TV, WCVB, reports that an unidentified passenger died on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 500 that headed to Washington DC. The flight was diverted to Boston.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 500

BOSTON (WCVB) — A flight headed to Washington DC, was diverted to Boston on …

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Bereket Simon in action (video)

As expected, Woyanne propaganda chief Bereket Simon wasted no time to respond to New York Times report about Haile Gebreselassie’s reason for retiring. Within a few minutes after the New York Times report appeared online, we can guess that Bereket …

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Land confiscation causes banks in Ethiopia to lose 400m birr

Addis Ababa-based business journal Capital Ethiopia reports that the recent confiscation of lands from investors by Meles Zenawi’s puppet mayor of Addis Ababa, Kuma Demeksa, is causing private banks to lose over 400 million birr. Many of the investors are

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Haile Gebrselassie ended career amid political pressure

A major Kenyan newspaper picked up the story about the plight of Haile Gebreselassie who abruptly ended his athletic career last week after competing in the New York City Marathon. Yesterday, the New York Times, quoting Haile’s own manager Jos

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His Holiness Abune Merkorios admitted to a hospital

The Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, His Holiness Abune Merkorios, has been admitted to the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after getting ill. Sources close to the Patriarch told Ethiopian Review that he is responding to the treatment …

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Haile is facing blackmail – his agent tells New York Times

The New York Times reports that Ethiopian superstar athlete Haile Gebreselassie’s phone has been tapped and that he is facing blackmail, confirming an earlier story by Ethiopian Review. NYT’s source is Haile’s agent Jos Hermens. No doubt Woyanne propaganda chief

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Foreign aid doing more harm than good in Ethiopia

In an article posted on The New York Review of Books today, William Easterly and Laura Freschi question why Western nations finance the brutal repression in Ethiopia with an annual donation of over $3 billion to the corrupt junta [read …

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Santon speaks based on first hand knowledge

By Assta B. Gettu

A moving, inspiring, and galvanizing speech by Dr. Gregory Stanton, President of Genocide Watch, is a blessing in disguise for all of us Ethiopians, especially for some of our Tigrean brothers and sisters who are intentionally …

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Ethiopians in Dallas confront Woyanne

Ethiopians in Dallas confronted a Woyanne delegation that called a public meeting to discuss Meles Zenawi’s 5 year plan. A few weeks ago, a similar Woyanne meeting was dispersed by brave Ethiopians in Seattle. In the Dallas meeting, about 50 …

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Ethiopia: Profiles in Journalistic Courage

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

Honor Thy Independent Journalists

I often write about the trials and tribulations of Ethiopia’s independent journalists, sometimes in tones of lamentation[1], other times in wistful philosophical reflection[2]. I have always defended the constitutional and human rights …

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Is reforming ESFNA possible?

By Elias Kifle

Al Amoudi’s aid Abinet Gebremeskel has apparently ordered his servants Ayaya, Fassil and gang at the ESFNA to stay firm on Birtukan disinvitation and ride out the storm, according to Ethiopian Review sources. Having Birtukan as ESFNA’s …

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Aung San Suu Kyi released… following a fake election

It is known that despots imitate each other. Here is a glaring example. The ethnic apartheid junta in Ethiopia released the leader of a major opposition party, Birtukan Mideksa, shortly after it conducted a fake election in May 2010. Similarly, …

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Response to Karuturi CEO on his Ethiopia land grab

SMNE’s response to the following statements by the Chief Executive Officer of the Karuturi Global Ltd, Mr. Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi:

1. *No one has been displaced.
2. They chose Gambella as it is relatively thinly-populated. He said like in …

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Sululta town residents revolt against land giveaway (ESAT)

Residents of Sululta, a suburb of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, have revolted against land giveaway and attacked government officials. It’s a good beginning. Ethiopians need to take back their country from the vampire regime that is selling every thing — …

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ESFNA – an ugly face of Ethiopia

By Yilma Bekele

ልክ ነው ብዙ የተጣሱ አሰራሮች አሉ። ለዚህም ነው በመጀመሪያም ይቅርታ ለመጠየቅ የፈለኩት። የሥራ አስኪያጅ ኮሚቴው ሥራውን ብቁ በሆነ መንገድ እንዳልስራ እኔ ማመን ፈልጋለሁ። ለድምፅ እንኳን መቅረብ አልነበረበትም። ይሄን ነገር ድምፁን ግን እንደገና የመነጋገር መብት የቦርዱ አባሎች መብት

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Indian co. leases land in Ethiopia the size of Rhode Island

Bangalore-based Indian company, Karuturi Global, the world’s largest flower producer, couldn’t get enough land in India to compete with rivals. So the company went to Ethiopia early this year and leased 1,200 square miles of land—larger than the State of

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Ali Mohammed family appalled by U.S. Attorney’s decision

By Keith L. Alexander | The Washington Posts

Friends and family of Ali Ahmed Mohammed gathered outside the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District on Monday to protest prosecutors’ decision to drop charges against the five men accused of beating …

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Tigreans could pay the price for Meles crimes – Gregory Stanton

Dr. Gregory Stanton, President of Genocide Watch, gave an impassioned speech about the atrocities of the Meles regime in Ethiopia during a public meeting in Washington DC that was held to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Ethiopian Election …

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EU released final report on the May 2010 Ethiopian election

The EU mission released a 41-page report today in which it stated that the May 2010 elections in Ethiopia did not meet international standards. The report is an impeachment of the Meles regime as illegitimate that has no mandate to

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Honoring victims of the November 2005 Massacre

Statement by The Alliance for Liberty, Equality and Justice in Ethiopia

November 7, 2010 is the 5th anniversary of the November Massacre, a massacre in which over 200 innocent Ethiopians were brutally killed and thousands more were wounded. We are …

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Dirty secret of USAID and other int’l aid agencies

By William Easterly

The international aid system has a dirty secret. Despite much rhetoric to the contrary, the nations and organizations that donate and distribute aid do not care much about democracy and they still actively support dictators. The conventional …

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Hitting Woyanne where it hurts the most

As Ethiopians around the world gathered over the weekend to remember those who were gunned down by Meles Zenawi’s death squads following the May 2005 election, Judge Frehiwot Samuel, Dr Berhanu Nega and others have asked how long are we …

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Ethiopians gather to remember the 2005 election massacre

Commemoration events for the Ethiopian election massacre 5th anniversary were held Washington DC, and several cities around the world on November 7, 2010.

Silent prayer for the martyrs of Election 2005 – Sunday, November 7, 2010
remembrance of 2005 Ethiopian election massacre

The special remembrance event …

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Ethiopia: Remember the Slaughter of November (2005)!

Alemayehu G. Mariam

Cruel November

November is a cruel month. Bleak, woeful, and grim is the month of November in the melancholy verse of Thomas Hood:

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member–
No

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OLF leadership calls for a united front

By Hunde Dhugassa

Senior OLF diplomat and the current head of OLF (Oromo Liberation Front) Diplomacy for The European Chamber, Dr. Shigux Geleta, has reaffirmed his organization’s commitment for partnership and called for united front against the TPLF dictatorship in …

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The dark days of November 2005

NEWS RELEASE

It was 5 years ago on November 1, 2005, that the ruling Tigrean People Liberation Front (Woyanne) under the leadership of Meles Zenawi unleashed a new form of terror on the people of Ethiopia. The repercussion of the …

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Aba Diabilos launches a campaign to save his statue

Aba Diabilos aka Aba Paulos or Ato Gebremedhin Boycott of alms by followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church (EOTC), following the erection of Ato Gebremedhin’s (formerly Aba Paulos, aka Aba Diabilos) statue in Addis Ababa, has forced priests and bishops throughout the country to rebel against the …

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Resolving the ESFNA impasse

By Fekade Shewakena

Almost every year there appears to be some ritual around the Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) of creating a dust up, on issues big and small. I have always found myself on the side of …

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World Bank’s blatant lies about Ethiopia

The World Bank has recently released an “updated” report (read here) on its activities in Ethiopia. The 2010 report, which seems to be a poorly edited rehash of the 2007 report, states that since 1991, the Bank has …

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Azeb Mesfin partners blackmail athlete Haile Gebreselassie

haile gebreselassie berlin marahon 2009 photo by victah sailerThe appearance and speech by superstar Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebreselassie at the ruling junta (Woyanne/EPRDF) conference in early September, had caught many by surprise. Throughout his career as an athlete, Haile has tried to distance himself from the Woyanne regime, …

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An observer’s report on the Ethiopian economy, 2010

By Arnold C. Harberger, UCLA

This paper is based on a 2-week visit to Ethiopia in September 2010, under the auspices of USAID. I have framed it as an observer’s report, with the purpose of conveying, especially to younger USAID …

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Ethiopia: Education Unbanned!

Distance Learning in Ethiopia Un-Banned?

Last week, it was quietly announced that the official wholesale ban on distance learning educational programs in Ethiopia has been lifted. In August 2010, the ban was imposed out of the blue “because of quality …

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Tecola Hagos asks Tigreans to take a stand against Meles

Prof. Tecola Hagos, former legal adviser to Meles Zenawi, has written an eye-popping article, in a form of book review, that calls on Ethiopians of Tigrean origin to take accountability for allowing Meles Zenawi to loot Ethiopia for this long

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Meles Zenawi toys with TPLF honchos

Ethiopia’s despot Meles Zenawi who has recently completed the transformation of his regime into a one-man-dictatorship is now toying with his former equals in the ruling TPLF  leadership by demoting them to mid- and low-level government posts. His latest move …

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Woyanne to launch people-to-people tour in the Diaspora

Woyanne, the ruling tribal junta in Ethiopia, is preparing to launch a people-to-people tour in Europe and North America with known athletes and artists.

Recently, the Woyanne Minister of Culture and Sports Aster Mammo held a secret meeting in Washington …

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New ambassadors appointed

Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi has appointed several ambassadors today. For minister of foreign affairs Seyoum Mesfin and minister of state for foreign affairs Tekeda Alemu the appointment in the surface appears to be a demotion, but reportedly both individuals have …

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ESFNA and the art of lying

By Yilma Bekele

What is it about us Ethiopians that invite abuse? Is there a big fat lettering stuck on our forehead that proclaims ‘I am stupid?’ It is not some idle question but a subject that requires some soul …

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TPLF health minister to recieve award

The Legatum Institute, a London-based independent research, policy and advocacy organization, has recently ranked Ethiopia under the Meles dictatorship 108 out of 110 countries that were surveyed (See here). And yet the U.S.-based National Foundation for Infectious

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Tagay Gebremedhin’s statue to be destroyed (video)

Following a widespread alms boycott by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, the illegitimate synod presided by Tagay Gebremedhin (formerly Abune Paulos) has decided to destroy the statue he recently built for himself in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

Although Tagay Gebremedhin and his …

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Diaspora remittance is lifeblood of the Meles regime

Prof. Seid Hassan has informed us a couple of years ago that without the hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign currency that Ethiopians in the Diaspora send to Ethiopia (remittance), the Meles dictatorship would have faced a grave financial …

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Grace, Azeb stark similarities

Ethiopia’s mother of corruption Azeb Mesfin has found her match in Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwe’s dictator. The similarities between these two witches is amazing. Like Grace, Azeb is forming business partnerships left and right. Like Grace, Azeb is

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The Meles Doctrine

By Yilma Bekele

What exactly is a doctrine is a good question. It is a formal way leaders lay down their beliefs, principles, and/or vision so that their citizens will have some clue of where they are taking the country. …

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Dialogue for common goal

In preparation for a united front, Ethiopian opposition groups need to answer what their common goal is. According to Ethiopian Review editorial adviser Ato Sioum Gebeyehou, the common goal that binds every one in the country is Ethiopiawinet, i.e., to …

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The smell of corruption envelops ESFNA

By Elias Kifle

The recent lawless action of Ethiopian Sports Federation North America’s (ESFNA) executive committee in reversing a decision by the board to invite Birtukan Mideksa as a guest of honor has drawn the attention of a number of …

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