Monthly Archives: April 2007

How rescued British diplomats in Ethiopia abandoned their local staff – for the second time

By BARBARA JONES The Daily Mail The chandeliers in the grand drawing room of the Ambassador’s Residence sparkled overhead. Swathes of tartan were draped round the room and a bottle of whisky stood at the centre of every table as guests arrived to the sound of bagpipes. Held last Friday at the British Embassy in […]

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The only way the US can prop up its client regime in Somalia is through lawlessness and slaughter

By Salim Lone The Guardian This is the most lawless war of our generation. All wars of aggression lack legitimacy, but no conflict in recent memory has witnessed such mounting layers of illegality as the current one in Somalia. Violations of the UN charter and of international humanitarian law are regrettably commonplace in our age, […]

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Al Amoudi lawyer threatens Ethiopian Review

Ethiopian/Saudi billionaire Al Amoudi is unleashing his lawyers at Ethiopian Review. He has the audacity to threaten ER with a lawsuit for associating him with Meles Zenawi’s terrorist regime. Dear Attorney David H. Bamberger, Do you want to know how Meles terrorizes my people? Please click here and see. Do you want to know how your […]

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Mogadishu: Another Darfur in the Making?

Congressman Donald Payne For Immediate Release Innocent civilians in Mogadishu are being killed and maimed by Ethiopian security forces and the militia of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG). The atrocities being committed against innocent civilians in Mogadishu are war crimes and crimes against humanity. It is shameful and criminal to use tanks and heavy artillery […]

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U.K. steps up Ethiopia travel warnings

Warnings for holidaymakers visiting Ethiopia were stepped up by the British government today. The Foreign Office now advises holidaymakers against all travel within 50 kilometres of all of Ethiopia’s borders. “We advise against all travel to areas off the principal roads/towns within 50 kilometres of the border areas with Eritrea because of the risk of […]

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Addis Ababa University students angry at Menelik II hospital

Addis Ababa University students expressed outrage and anger on Tuesday after doctors at Menelik II hospital allegedly took out some parts from the body of a student. Daily Monitor reports as follows: The deceased Ahmed Abdurrahman, a 3rd year physics student from Harar, fainted in class while he was doing a presentation, before he died […]

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Open letter to the people and government of China

The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) Our people have been subjected to persecution including, killings, torture, arbitrary arrest and other forms of abuse by successive governments in Ethiopia. The current regime in power in Ethiopia led by the Prime Minister Melez Zenawi and his TPLF clique have continued this policy without hesitation. As a result, […]

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Mogadishu chaos engulfs the region

As Mogadishu endures an eighth day of fighting, one sombre conclusion is unmistakable. A new regional war is now being fought in the Horn of Africa. The latest clashes are probably among the bloodiest in Somalia since America’s disastrous intervention ended 13 years ago. Ethiopia’s army – one of Africa’s best equipped – has used […]

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Woyanne forces, Islamist guerrillas battle for 9th day in Mogadishu

Forex TV GLOBAL NEWS MOGADISHU (Thomson Financial) – Shells and machinegun fire pounded the Somali capital today, setting buildings ablaze, as Ethiopian [Woyanne] forces and Islamist guerrillas battled for the ninth day. After a night of sporadic shelling, columns of Ethiopian [Woyanne] tanks ploughed into northern Mogadishu, firing mortars and rockets onto suspected rebel positions, […]

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Ethiopia rebels want to hand over Chinese hostages

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopian rebels who killed 74 people and seized seven Chinese workers in a raid on an oilfield said on Thursday they had no plans to hold the hostages or to attack other foreign companies. A London-based spokesman of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) said the group had warned investors the […]

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The warlords of death return to steal city’s brief taste of peace

By Martin Fletcher in Mogadishu The Times April 26, 2007 Said Muhammad Abukar, a mere 40 days old, lay grey and trembling on an operating table in Madina hospital. His tiny stomach was slit down the middle. Doctors were searching for shrapnel in his abdomen. There was a large hole in his lower back. Muhammad […]

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Chaos at Addis Ababa University

News24 (SA) Addis Ababa – Dozens of students were injured on Thursday in clashes with each other and the police at Ethiopia’s largest university, said students. One student said he saw another killed by demonstrators, and about 50 wounded in the clashes at Addis Ababa University. Other students also reported dozens of injured. But federal […]

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Ethnic Somali rebels kill 74 at Chinese oilfield in Ethiopia

By Anita Powell in Addis Ababa The Guardian Rebels stormed a Chinese-run oilfield in eastern Ethiopia yesterday, killing 74 workers and destroying the facility, guerrillas and government officials said. The Ogaden National Liberation Front, an ethnic Somali group that has fought alongside insurgents in Somalia, also kidnapped seven Chinese workers, said an Ethiopian government official, […]

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Woyanne facing results of its Somalia adventure

Addis Abeba, 24 April – As the Somali population of Mogadishu is facing decimation, Somali fighters have taken over the city of Kisimayo. Nonetheless, Minister Meles Zenawi said military operations to clean Somalia of Islamist extremists were going well. Despite reports of wounded dying in streets and shelled homes and of hundreds of thousands of […]

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O.N.L.F. Statement On Military Operation Against Illegal Oil Facility In Ogaden

Before dawn this morning At 0430 AM local time in Ogaden, the ’ Dufaan’ commando unit of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) conducted a military operation in the vicinity of Obala, 30km North-West of Degah-Bur in in Northern Ogaden. The operation targeted 3 military units of the TPLF regime who were guarding an oil […]

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The southern city of Kismayu falls into the hands of Somali patriots

By Aweys Osman Yusuf More than 16 people were killed and dozens more were wounded in the port city of Kismayu, 500 km south of the capital Mogadishu, Monday after a heavy gun battle between rival clans, Majegten and Marehan, took place in the town. Shabelle reporter in Kismayu, Mohammed Ahmed, said the fighting stopped […]

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Woyanne forces indiscriminately bomb markets and homes

By Mohamed Abdi Farah (SomaliNet) At least 20 people mostly civilians have been killed and more than 40 others were wounded in a renewed fighting that raged in the Somalia capital Mogadishu overnight, local medical sources said on Wednesday – the anticipated hopes dashed out with crisis worsening. The latest fighting came when Islamic insurgents […]

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Scores of Ethiopian troops flee Somalia to Yemen

Sana’a – Scores of Ethiopian army troops serving the Woyanne tribal junta have arrived off the coast of Yemen onboard two boats belonging to smugglers after they fled fighting with Islamic insurgents in Somalia, a press report said on Tuesday. Some 89 Ethiopian soldiers arrived in the Arqa area in southern Yemen after crossing the […]

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Woyanne War crimes and the war on terror

By Abdurrahman Warsameh ISN Security Watch The deputy prime minister of Somalia’s transitional government, Hussein Mohamed Farah Aideed, has accused Ethiopian troops of committing “genocide” against the Somali people in the capital, Mogadishu, taking already high tensions to a new level. Such an accusation coming from a high-ranking Somali official, such as Aideed – the […]

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San Francisco Chronicle reports about torture in Ethiopia

Reports of torture in Ethiopia are widespread By Nick Wadhams San Francisco Chronicle Ghimbi, Ethiopia — First, the police threw Tesfaye into a dark cell. Then, each day for 17 days, it was the same routine: Electric shocks on his legs and back, followed by beatings with rubber truncheons. Four or five officers would then […]

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Ethiopia ranks at the bottom in IT – World Economic Forum

Ethiopia remains at the bottom (119th out of 122 countries) when it comes to the effective use of information and communication technology (ICT), according to a new report from the World Economic Forum. The WEF’s Global Information Technology Report (GITR) has been published annually since 2002 and uses a Networked Readiness Index (NRI) to measure […]

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Woyanne savagery against students in Dembi Dollo

Ethiopia’s offenses noted by State Dept. Nick Wadhams The San Francisco Chronicle Monday, April 16, 2007 The State Department’s 2006 human rights report for Ethiopia cited “numerous credible reports that security officials often beat or mistreated detainees.” It included more than 30 pages of detailed accounts of violations, ranging from the beating of teenagers to […]

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130 Ethiopians and Somalis Die After Yemeni Coast Guards Open Fire on their boat

Source: UN Integrated Regional Information Networks Somali community leaders in Sana’a said on Saturday that 130 Ethiopian and Somali migrants died at sea when their boat capsized off the Yemeni coast after coast guards opened fire on them. Three boats carrying 460 Somalis and Ethiopians left the Somali port of Bossaso on 9 April and […]

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War Crimes Are Being Committed in Mogadishu, Somalia, but does the world care?

By Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi The scenes coming out of Mogadishu are so horrible that they are unbearable to watch. Civilians are lying dead in their homes and on the streets; there is no water; no electricity; hospitals have been shelled and one hospital has been partly destroyed and then taken over by Meles’ forces–a direct […]

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Human Rights and Humans Without Rights in Ethiopia

(Full text of speech given at the University of Minnesota Law School, Conference “On the New Breed of African Leaders and the Future of Human Rights and Democracy in Africa”, April 6, 2007.) It feels great coming back to my alma mater after nearly a quarter of a century. Momentary Reflection on My Youthful Activism […]

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EU appoints team to investigate war crimes by the Woyanne regime

By Alisha Ryu, VOA Ethiopia has denied allegations its soldiers in Somalia attacked and killed innocent civilians during heavy fighting against insurgents in the Somali capital earlier this month, calling the charges false and unfair. VOA Correspondent Alisha Ryu reports from our East Africa Bureau in Nairobi. Allegations that Ethiopian soldiers in Mogadishu committed war […]

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Joy amid struggle – The Getatchew Haile story

By Amy Bowen St. Cloud Times Is this Dr. Getatchew Haile? the caller asks. Yes, Getatchew answers into the telephone. Can I come over and talk to you?, the voice asks. Why and about what?, Getatchew asks, skeptical. It’s Oct. 4, 1975. Getatchew is at home in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa. He […]

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The Christmas War in the Horn of Africa Continues: What is the Way Out?

By Mammo Muchie (Ethiopia) & Osman Abdulkadir Farah (Somalia) Introduction Once again the Horn of Africa is on the news radar screen with the usual nauseating projection and imaging of a region embroiled with a seemingly unending litany of violence, invasions, genocide, destruction, chaos, forced migration and a state of general insecurity. The recent socio-political […]

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Woyanne soldiers accused of rape

By Aweys Osman Yusuf Mogadishu 15, April.07 (Sh.M.Network) Speaking with journalists, an 18 year old Somali girl said she was raped by Ethiopian [Woyanne] soldiers in Mogadishu’s Hamar Bille neighborhood. Fardowsa Abdi Hashi told local stringers that she was tortured and raped by more than 10 Ethiopian soldiers. Fardowsa Abdi Hashi “To my knowledge 12 […]

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Andragachew Tsgie and Elias Kifle are guilty, court rules

By EthioZagol In a remarkable precedent in Ethiopian legal history, the court in charge of the treason trial of CUD leaders, independent journalists and civil society members ruled today that Andargachew Tsgie, Mesfin Aman and Elias Kifle are guilty of outrage against the constitutional order even before they are given a chance to defend their […]

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Press release from the Oromo Youth Association

Press Release April 04, 2007 “Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.” Francis Bacon The successful rally led by Oromo youth on Saturday March 31, 2007 in Washington DC marked the Oromo youth fulfillment of Sir Francis […]

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