Monthly Archives: February 2007

The Curse of Factional/Fractional Politics in Ethiopia and the Imperative for Consensus and Convergence

1. The political landscape in Ethiopia bristles with an array of groups and forces that have declared themselves to be, in one way or another, friends of Western industrial powers, chiefly the USA and EU, and, as such, subscribing to the values of democracy, the market (capitalist) economy and human rights as defined by those […]

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Pledge for a Long Hot Summer for Meles Zenawi

By Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans for a Democratic Ethiopia On March 5, 2007, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is set to hand down his kangaroo court ruling on one group of his political victims, the leaders of CUD – Kinijit. It is likely that he will once again ignore the pleas of the Ethiopian people and the […]

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President Bush: Ethiopians Have Responded to Your Promise (letter)

February 19, 2007 The Honorable George W. Bush President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: In your second inaugural speech on January 20, 2005, you made a magnificent promise to all people in the world who endure under despotism and dictatorship, “All who live […]

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The IFs of History

By Afura Burtukana When I was a student in Ethiopia, some years back, I had a History teacher whom I respect to this date. He had just graduated and it was his first year as a teacher. Yet, unlike many others who has PHD’s and decades of experience; he was a master of the subject. […]

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Somali badly needs dialogue, not pre-emptive war doctrine of Meles Zenawi

By Ahmed osman The pre-emptive doctrine, the notion that militarily powerful countries can topple regimes they do not like using their superior armies and then expect to be received by the citizens in the occupied territories as heroic liberators, is the height of folly. Yet, as has been observed before, if there is anything we […]

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Ethiopia’s Trist With History: The moment is now to release the prisoners and open the door for a grand national reconciliation

By Mammo Muchie Introductory Note On July 10, 1999 at 8:10 I composed this statement in response to a misreporting of a key note speech I made in Chicago at the ENC annual meeting. An American friend sent it to me last night. I think it is useful to put it out on the eve […]

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Who am I? Who are we? Knowing the truth about us

By Alethia This is the third article to complete the series of three articles that began with Truth is Stranger than Fiction,” in Part I, and Who Can Change Truth? in Part II. I want to remind us what I’m after and what I’m up to in what I’m trying to share in these three […]

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Open Letter to the People of Ethiopia and the Judges

A translation from Amharic By Dr. Yacob Haile-Mariam Kaliti Prison, Addis Ababa Under the Case File “Engineer Hailu Shawel and Others,” we have been charged with serious and heinous crimes by the prosecutor of the Ethiopian government. We could have used our own legal expertise and experiences, or could have appointed the best lawyers available […]

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Panel Discusses Human Rights in Ethiopia at the Kennedy School of Government

The panel discussion on human rights in Ethiopia co-sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Amnesty International and Qaliti Qal Kidan (Qaliti Covenant) was warmly received by a capacity crowd in attendance. Josh Rubenstein, the Northeastern director of the Amnesty International USA, Northeast Region, was […]

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Ethiopia, FAO Agree to opening Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa in Addis Ababa

Following the signature of an agreement with the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced the opening of a new Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa countries here in Addis Ababa… Read more [pdf]

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What can we do for 193 massacred innocent civilians in Ethiopia?

By Shewayilma Kidane The Ethiopian government conducted the historical May 2005 election in the intention of getting international legitimacy. Zenawi’s government didn’t anticipate that type of opposition victory and were not really prepared to share or transfer power to the winner. Soon after, the first election results of the capital, Addis Ababa has shown that […]

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Human rights and government wrongs in Ethiopia

(Text of speech given at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University on February 8, 2007.) Thank you very much. Good evening, and thank you all for coming to this event. Before I make my presentation, I would first like to thank the sponsors of this event. First, I […]

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Women of Ethiopia, Ethiopia Needs You in Our Struggle for Justice, Peace, Equality and Freedom!

By Obang O. Metho One month from today, March 8, 2007, will mark the 26th anniversary of the International Women’s Day. This commemorative day was established by the United Nations in 1977 as a special day to celebrate the progress made to advance gender equality and to assess the challenges that remain in bringing about […]

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Stability and Democracy in Ethiopian greatly rely upon Amharic-speaking and Oromiffa-speaking people of Ethiopia

By Berhanu G. Balcha The minority rule in Ethiopia has been greatly benefited from the paralyses to create effective and sustainable rapprochement between the Amharic speaking and Oromiffa speaking elites. Oromiffa and Amharic speaking people in Ethiopia account about 70 percent of the total population of the country, occupy about 50 percent of the landmass, […]

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Call for Urgent Action to Address Human Rights and Justice Crisis in Ethiopia

By Obang O. Metho The Anuak Justice Council In a recent meeting with an United States government elected representative, I was advised to call for urgent action from those in positions of influence to bring attention to the impending trial of the imprisoned leaders of the main opposition party—The Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party […]

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Who can change truth?

By Alethia In my previous article, Truth Is Stranger than Fiction, I attempted to diagnose, in a brief and general manner, some of the root causes with respect to the current political leadership in Ethiopia that could well account for the deep-rooted ills that plague us as a society and as a nation. My focus […]

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Don’t take it on the Tigre: The State of the Issues

By Afura Burtukana I have wanted to write on this title for a long time but the one thing that made me get through my procrastination is the Tigrigna Song by an artist called Shumiye, about the Prime Minister of Ethiopia (posted on Ethiomedia website). I have had debates with people from that ethnic group […]

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Truth is stranger than fiction

By Alethia This article attempts to trace the origin of some of the values and principles the current Ethiopian government holds and compares the origin of such values and principles with that of the leadership of the leading opposition party in current Ethiopian political context, wherever that leadership is, both in jail and otherwise. Though […]

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