Monthly Archives: July 2007

A botched hold-up, a plea for mercy, a brutal killing in Pennsylvania

By JANET KELLEY and CINDY STAUFFER Lancaster New Era Lancaster, Pa – The plan was to pick a house, push the homeowner inside and help themselves to the “merchandise” inside, 16-year-old Emru Kebede (a native of Ethiopia) testified this morning. On the night of May 2, when they approached Ray Diener’s home in West Donegal […]

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Kansas City hires Jimma University graduate for its Downtown Medical Center

By JULIUS A. KARASH The Kansas City Star Downtown health care is slated to get a boost come October. That’s when Research Medical Center plans to open a new doctors’ office in the 10 Main Center building at 920 Main St. The new practice will be called “Downtown Physicians: A Service of Research Medical Center.” […]

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H.R. 2003 will not be considered by the full committee – Tom Lantos

Press Release The United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Relations Washington, DC – To correct erroneous reports about the Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Accountability Act (H.R. 2003), Chairman Tom Lantos of the House Foreign Affairs Committee issued this statement today: “The full committee did not consider the measure at today’s markup because I […]

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Talking about politics is a dangerous undertaking in Ethiopia

By Dean Jacobs/Letters to America Freemont Tribune Our conversation stops as silent eyes glance to the knock that came from the door, a student appears to ask a question and leaves. Talking about politics is a dangerous undertaking in Ethiopia. Those who are willing to speak about such things, only do so under the agreement […]

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U.S.-Ethiopia: A Double-Edged Partnership

By Stephanie Hanson Council on Foreign Relations  After Ethiopia’s December invasion of Somalia to vanquish Islamic militants, many observers labeled Addis Ababa a proxy of the United States, and a few even called it a “puppet.” Both labels implied the United States was an unseemly ally. Now, after the Ethiopian government’s recent attempt to put dozens […]

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Somali insurgents attack Woyanne base

BBC  Some 40 forty heavily armed fighters have attacked an Ethiopian [Woyanne] base close to the Somali capital, Mogadishu. At least four people died in the fighting, with heavy machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades. The insurgents arrived in five vehicles and begin attacking the base, shouting “God is great,” an eyewitness said. At least three civilians […]

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Dr Taye's rogue group votes not to dissolve itself

Members of the controversial Kinijit International Council (K.I.C.) held a meeting yesterday to discuss their group’s status after receiving a letter from the main leadership in Addis Ababa informing them that it is taking back the political leadership of the party. The 23-member K.I.C. had 17 active members. Out of those 12 were present at […]

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Dr Taye’s rogue group votes not to dissolve itself

Members of the controversial Kinijit International Council (K.I.C.) held a meeting yesterday to discuss their group’s status after receiving a letter from the main leadership in Addis Ababa informing them that it is taking back the political leadership of the party. The 23-member K.I.C. had 17 active members. Out of those 12 were present at […]

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Karg in Africa: Awassa, Ethiopia

(The story of our adventure through the eastern and northern sides of Africa overland in our Landrover in 2007.) By Lorraine and Neville Karg Tuesday 31st July 2007 Awassa We had a lovely night and left early in the morning before the main group was up. We made our way to Awassa which is a […]

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Ethiopia treason suspects "acted within law"

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – A U.N. elections consultant told an Ethiopian treason trial on Tuesday two anti-poverty activists charged with trying to overthrow the government had been acting within the law. Daniel Bekele, 40, and Netsanet Demissie, 29, are the last defendants out of 131 originally charged in the proceedings that followed post-election violence in […]

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Ethiopia treason suspects “acted within law”

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – A U.N. elections consultant told an Ethiopian treason trial on Tuesday two anti-poverty activists charged with trying to overthrow the government had been acting within the law. Daniel Bekele, 40, and Netsanet Demissie, 29, are the last defendants out of 131 originally charged in the proceedings that followed post-election violence in […]

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Woyanne artillery killed two children and a father in Somalia

By Mohamed Olad Hassan Mogadishu, Somalia – At least eight were killed in attacks in southern and central Somalia during which four people were wounded, witnesses said on Tuesday. In a one-hour gunbattle between 40 heavily armed insurgents and government soldiers in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, two men and a four year-old child were killed, […]

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Elders Play Major Role in Recent Ethiopian Pardons – VOA

By Joe De Capua, VOA  Listen to De Capua report on elders mp3 On July 20th, the Ethiopian government announced the pardons of 38 opposition leaders and activists, many of whom had been sentenced to life in prison. They had been convicted in connection with political violence that erupted after the 2005 parliamentary elections. The […]

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Tribute to fallen heroes

By Prof. Alemayheu G. Mariam In the early morning hours of July 29, Ashenafi Mekonnen and Getenet Abate lost their lives to a drunk driver. But a few hours earlier, we were together in a church community hall talking and laughing about the ordinary pleasures of life. We also talked a about politics and commiserated […]

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Female circumcision declines in Ethiopia's southern region

ADDIS ABABA, 31 July 2007 (IRIN) – The number of girls and women who undergo female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) has declined in Ethiopia’s Southern Regional State, and could be reduced further if stronger penalties were enforced, an NGO leader said. “Previously people did not even mention FGM/C; it was a taboo,” said Bogaletch Gebre, executive […]

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Female circumcision declines in Ethiopia’s southern region

ADDIS ABABA, 31 July 2007 (IRIN) – The number of girls and women who undergo female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) has declined in Ethiopia’s Southern Regional State, and could be reduced further if stronger penalties were enforced, an NGO leader said. “Previously people did not even mention FGM/C; it was a taboo,” said Bogaletch Gebre, executive […]

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Haile Gebrselassie to make New York racing debut at NYC Half-Marathon

New York, July 10, 2007—For the first time in his illustrious career, Ethiopian distance legend Haile Gebrselassie will race in the bright lights of New York City. He will run the NYC Half-Marathon Presented by NIKE on Sunday, August 5, it was announced today by New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. “Haile […]

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እነ ኢንጅነር ሀይሉና ዶ /ር ብርሀኑ ዛሬ በፍርድ ቤት መሰከሩ

በዛሬው ጁላይ 31/2007 ኢንጅነር ሀይሉና ሻውልና ዶ /ር ብርሀኑ ነጋን ጨምሮ አንዳንድ የቀድሞው ቅንጅት አመራሮች የአቶ ነፃነት ደምሴና የአቶ ዳንኤል በቀለ መከላከያ ምስክሮች በመሆን ነው በቃሊቲ እስርቤት ባለው ችሎት የመሰከሩት :: የቅንጅት አመራሮቹ ሁለቱ የ “NGO” ሰራተኞች የቅንጅት ለአንድነትና ዲሞክራሲ አባላት እንዳልነበሩ አረጋግጠዋል :: ታዲያ በዛሬው ቀን ቀደም ሲል Recognition የነሱት ፍርድ ቤት ዛሬ ክቡር […]

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U.S. Congressman calls for more pressure on Woyanne

By James Butty, VOA  Butty interview with Payne  Visiting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Monday that he and President Bush will step up pressure to end violence in Sudan’s Darfur province.  Brown, who and President Bush wrapped up two days of talks Monday in the United States, said they agreed to expedite the UN […]

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Ethiopian Airlines negotiates MD-11 conversions

ETHIOPIAN Airlines has purchased one MD-11 from Boeing for conversion. The aircraft will be delivered to Ethiopian in December 2008. Ethiopian is also negotiating for a second converted MD-11 freighter aircraft on a lease basis scheduled for delivery at the end of 2009. Ethiopian currently operates two B757 freighters. “Currently, the Ethiopian export market is […]

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Liya Kebede Launches Children's Line

Supermodel Liya Kebede has created a clothing line primarily geared towards children. Called Lemlem, the range will cater to children aged three months to 10 years old.  Combining some traditional weaving and embroidery techniques with modern silhouettes, all the pieces of the collection are handmade in Ethiopia, Kebede’s native country. Lemlem, which means “to bloom” […]

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Liya Kebede Launches Children’s Line

Supermodel Liya Kebede has created a clothing line primarily geared towards children. Called Lemlem, the range will cater to children aged three months to 10 years old.  Combining some traditional weaving and embroidery techniques with modern silhouettes, all the pieces of the collection are handmade in Ethiopia, Kebede’s native country. Lemlem, which means “to bloom” […]

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President Girma takes time off

President Girma Woldegiorgis of Ethiopia takes time off to relax after a hard day of eating…  

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Ethiopian opposition party denies links in treason trial

Addis Ababa – Ethiopian opposition officials told a court on Monday that two anti-poverty activists on trial for allegedly trying to overthrow the government were never members of their movement. Daniel Bekele, 40, and Netsanet Demissie, 29, are the last two defendants out of 131 original charged in a long-running treason trial. On Monday, Hailu […]

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Nearly 12,000 Ethiopians left homeless by floods

ADDIS ABABA — Nearly 12,000 people have been displaced and one person has died in western Ethiopia in flash floods over the weekend, an official said Tuesday. “As of now, we only know that 11,886 people have been displaced and one killed from the flood that resulted from Sunday’s heavy rainfall,” Ojulu Bach, head of […]

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Conference on Female Genital Cutting Opens in Addis Ababa

By Joe De Capua, VOA Washington In Addis Ababa, a five-day conference is underway on female genital cutting. The UN Population Fund says worldwide, up to 140 million women and girls have been subjected to the practice, which is also known as female genital mutilation. The agency is calling on the international community to support […]

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Kinijit North America on the party's leaders visit to the U.S.

Kinijit North America issues a statement on the planned tour by the party’s high-level delegation in North America. The delegation is expected to depart from Ethiopia in the coming few days. Click here to read the statement in Amharic, pdf

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Kinijit North America on the party’s leaders visit to the U.S.

Kinijit North America issues a statement on the planned tour by the party’s high-level delegation in North America. The delegation is expected to depart from Ethiopia in the coming few days. Click here to read the statement in Amharic, pdf

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Network of Ethiopian Scholars on H.R. 2003

Adding the Voice of The Network of Ethiopian Scholars to the Coalition for HR 2003 Open Letter to the US Congress We would like to add our voice of support for the US Congress to pass the HR 2003 bill to support human rights, the rule of law and democratic governance. We think the HR2003 […]

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Ethiopia ranks 116th in economic freedom

According to the Index of Economic Freedom, Ethiopia under the Woyanne dictatorship ranks 116th in the world. Source: The 2007 Index of Economic Freedom Ethiopia’s economy is 54.4 percent free, according to our 2007 assessment, which makes it the world’s 116th freest economy. Its overall score is 1.1 percentage points higher than last year, partially […]

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Libya blocked from tapping Nile waters

By Patrick Jaramogi New Vision LIBYA’s quest to use the River Nile water for development in the desert country has been rejected by the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) member states, a senior official has disclosed. The New Vision learnt that the formal request by the Libyan president, Col. Muammar Gaddafi, was rejected by the ministers […]

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Obstacles facing Kinijit and possible solutions

Ethiopian Review Editorial Many of the top Leaders of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party (Kinijit) are now out of jail and back to leading their party. Some senior members including Ato Kifle Tigneh are still in jail. It is a relief that the leaders are out of jail alive. Back in the saddle, […]

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Professors Ephrem and Alemayehu on Addis Dimts Radio

The Washington DC-based Addis Dimts Radio conducted an interview on Saturday with Prof. Ephrem Isaac and Prof. Alemayehu Gebremariam. The discussion had focused on H.R. 2003. Prof. Ephrem has admitted that he is lobbying against H.R. 2003, but was not clear what it is about since he said he did not read it. Click here to listen.

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Letter to Congressman Richard Gephardt

The Honorable Congressman Richard Gephardt Former House Democratic Leader c/o : Richard A. Gephardt Institute for Public Service Washington University in St. Louis Campus Box 1196, One Brookings Drive St. Louis, MO 63130-4899 [email protected] Dear Congressman Gephardt: It was with a deep sense of betrayal and disbelief that we read a recent report suggesting that […]

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Kinijit-Atlanta sends a message of appreciation to K.I.L.

The Atlanta chapter of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party (Kinijit) sends a message of appreciation to members of the Kinijit International Leadership, which has dissolved itself after completing its mandate on Friday, July 27, 2007. Read the full text in Amharic. Click here.

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Meles is using chemical weapon against Somalis

A U.N. report accused U.S., Ethiopia over Somalia By Mark Turner at the United Nations and Barney Jopson in Kenya Financial Times Ethiopia is accused of killing civilians with white phosphorus bombs, the US navy of attacking suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Puntland, and Eritrea of delivering surface-to-air missiles to Islamist militia, in a startling new […]

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Mesgana Dancers – Fighting chance for Ethiopian children

By Elaine Jarvik Deseret Morning News Utah — Norm Perdue used to have a home office he called his “Ethiopia Room.” Those were the days when he was able to contain this project to one desk and a few walls. [Sofia Kedir of the Mesgana Dancers performs a traditional Ethiopian dance. Her troupe will arrive in New […]

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IAAF ratifies Haile's world records

The Ethiopian set the records at the Golden Spike meet in June in Ostrava, Czech Republic. In both events, he broke 16-year-old previous marks set by Arturo Barrios of Mexico in La Fleche, France. Gebrselassie ran 21 285m (12.77 miles) in one hour to surpass Barrios’ mark by 184m. He also finished 20 000m in […]

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IAAF ratifies Haile’s world records

The Ethiopian set the records at the Golden Spike meet in June in Ostrava, Czech Republic. In both events, he broke 16-year-old previous marks set by Arturo Barrios of Mexico in La Fleche, France. Gebrselassie ran 21 285m (12.77 miles) in one hour to surpass Barrios’ mark by 184m. He also finished 20 000m in […]

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Siye Abraha interview, part II

Part II interview with former defence minister Siye Abraha by German Radio. Click here to listen Part II Click here for Part I

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Fund raising concert for Addis Dimts Radio

The Washington DC-based Addis Dimts Radio will hold a fund raising concert Sunday, July 29, 2007. The concert will include a cultural show involving several popular Ethiopian musicians. Place: Unification Church, 1610 Columbia Road, Washingon DC. Time: Starting at 7 PM For more info: [email protected]

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Tragedy struck the Ethiopian community in Boston

A terrible tragedy struck the Ethiopian community and the Boston chapter of Kinijit earlier this morning when two active members of the community died in a car accident. The two individuals, Ashenafi Mekonnen and Getnet Abate, were returning from a hotel after dropping off Dr Moges Gebremariam who attended a fund raising event last night organized […]

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Ethiopian, Romanian win Seafair Run in Seattle

By Jim Whiting The Seattle Times Nineteen-year-old Abera Temesegan of Ethiopia nearly set a course record in winning Saturday night’s Seafair Torchlight Run. His time of 24 minutes, 32 seconds for the 8-kilometer course was just four seconds off Nick Rogers’ 2005 standard of 24:28. Anca Ilau, 24, of Romania headed the women, finishing in […]

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Congressman Lantos directed not to mark up H.R. 2003

Meles buys Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer Ephrem Isaac lobbied hard against H.R. 2003 The Coalition for HR 2003 has learned that Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Tom Lantos was directed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (San Francisco) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Maryland) not to mark-up H.R. 2003 on July 31, 2007. The […]

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President Girma in action

… more eating. President Girma Wolde-Giorgis of Ethiopia at Let Us Do The Cooking restaurant during his recent stay in Central Texas.

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Kinijit Int'l Leadership hands over political leadership back to the freed leaders

The Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party’s International Leadership (K.I.L.) announced yesterday that it is handing over political leadership back to the recently freed top leaders of the party in Addis Ababa. At a press conference that was attended by several Ethiopian editors, publishers, and radio hosts, Dr Moges Gebremariam, chairman of the K.I.L., said that his committee […]

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Kinijit Int’l Leadership hands over political leadership back to the freed leaders

The Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party’s International Leadership (K.I.L.) announced yesterday that it is handing over political leadership back to the recently freed top leaders of the party in Addis Ababa. At a press conference that was attended by several Ethiopian editors, publishers, and radio hosts, Dr Moges Gebremariam, chairman of the K.I.L., said that his committee […]

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It is no longer my way or the highway

Build from traditional mediation a strategy of comprehensive reconciliation By Mammo Muchie The success of traditional mediation emerges from the rule of engagement that is not predicated on the conceptual frameworks of punishment or reward, winning or losing, on who is right and who is wrong, who is just or unjust, who broke the law […]

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The untimely passing of Shimeles Gessese

ESFNA It is with great sadness that we inform you that Shimeles Gessese, our dear brother, a long time player and leader of the Abyssinia Sport Club of Portland, ESFNA board member and ardent ESFNA supporter passed away on Tuesday July 24th, 2007 from a heart attack. He died on the soccer field doing something […]

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Ethiopian cab drivers in Ohio fight 5-year license rule

Ethiopian and other Foreign-born taxi drivers in Columbus, Ohio, say the city is trying to drive them out of business By David Conrad THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH In an effort to make Columbus a cab-friendly town, a committee of city, community and business officials recently recommended requiring that cabbies have a U.S. driver’s license for at […]

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There are only 2,500 Internet users in Ethiopia

Information Technology in Ethiopia By EITPA The 1960’s witnessed the advent of information technology in Ethiopia, when the mainframe computers were introduced for the first time in Africa. Despite being installed in the important sectors of military, defense, finance, telecom, electricity & power, and railways, the mainframes had no interactive boundaries within the sector. Later, […]

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Ethiopian regime turns its critics into untouchables

By ZOE ALSOP AND NICK WADHAMS The Globe and Mail ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — Dressed in a black Adidas track suit and seated amid a comfortable clutter of term papers and political science tomes in his modest office at Addis Ababa University, Prof. Merera Gudina hardly looks like a menace. But, ever since he was […]

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Oromo youth group organizes large rally in Minneapolis

    By Ifrah Jimale, StarTribune.com Two thousand Oromo people, part of the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, marched Thursday to the State Capitol to raise awareness of human rights violations in Ethiopia. People came from around the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe to march from Dale Street and University Avenue to the […]

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President Girma Woldegiorgis busy at work

‘President’ Girma Woldegiorgis, Meles Zenawi’s 300 lbs puppet, doing what he likes best — eating.                 .

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Hearing today in Ethiopia treason trial

ActionAid UK Anti-poverty campaigners Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie are now the only defendants still striving to establish their innocence, out of 131 originally accused in a long-running treason trial in Ethiopia. With their advocate, the two will begin presenting their defence evidence to the Federal High Court today. They will be the only ones […]

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Woman, son guilty in killing of Atlanta store owner

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Feeling sorry for the customer who said his mom no longer had a place to live, gas station owner Zerit Haileslasie let the mother stay in a shed behind the store rent-free. A few days later, the man entered the Shell service station in the 3100 block of Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway […]

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Meles cranks up lobbying machine to defeat H.R. 2003

URGENT! For Immediate Release Mark-up Vote for H.R. 2003 Scheduled for July 31, 2007 The Coalition for HR 2003 is informed and believes that the House Foreign Affairs Committee will calendar H.R. 2003 for mark-up on Tuesday, July 31, 2007. We expect the bill will receive full support by committee members and recommended for passage […]

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Ethiopian Socio-Cultural Rules Require Fundamental Change

A Case from my Bag of Childhood Memories By Maru Gubena It is in fact not difficult to provide multiple examples of Ethiopian socio-cultural rules that contain negative connotations, and which have been partly or fully responsible for molding the unaccommodating and unproductive attitudes of the members of Ethiopian society. These socio-cultural rules are also […]

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Jeffrey Gettleman: Tightening the noose around Zenawi

By Selam Beyene In a series of articles published in the New York Times, Jeffrey Gettleman shocked the world with a glimpse of the atrocities committed by Zenawi’s regime against the people of Ethiopia. In so doing, Gettleman not only demonstrated journalistic professionalism of the highest order, but also provided uncommon comfort to the 70 […]

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It is not Humilation: A response to Messay Kebede

By Abiye Tekelemariam Philosopher Messay Kebede has a unique take on the release of CUD leaders (Ethiopian Review, July 21). As a consequence of the demand for forgiveness, he argues, its goal can’t be none other than the need to humiliate the leaders. The popular, if not the conventional, perspective about their release is that […]

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Let us set an agenda reflecting the Ethiopian spirit together

ENC Press Release on the release of Prisoners of Conscience The unconditional release of the high profile prisoners of conscience on 20 July 2007 is a major step towards the attainment of the popular desire for justice, democracy, the rule and due process the law, and human and individual rights. Congratulations are due to the […]

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Brother admits killing sister, police say

BY NIRVI SHAH, Miami Herald [email protected] (Miramar, South Florida) — Mesfin Tesfamariam, 56, was arrested after police found him, covered in blood, near his sister’s home. An argument over money and medical bills early Wednesday turned violent between a brother and sister when the brother repeatedly stabbed her in front of her four children, police said. […]

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Kinijti vice chair Bertukan Mideksa on DW Radio

Wzt. Bertukan Mideksa, vice chairwoman of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party (Kinijit)  is interviewed by Germany Radio on July 26.  Click here to listen.

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Kenenisa Bekele fails in bid for 3,000m world record

Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia celebrates ©Getty Images / AFP (Reuters) — Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele had an easy win in the 3,000 metres at the IAAF Super Grand Prix in Monaco’s Stade Louis II but fell short in his attempt to break the world record on Wednesday. Bekele, the Olympic and world 10,000 metres champion, was […]

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Letter to the Ethiopian Canadians

By Obang Metho Dear Ethiopian Canadians, We are thrilled with the release of the 38 political leaders, human rights defenders, journalists and political activists this past week, yet the crisis in Ethiopia remains serious despite this good news. Instead, it is time for increased action—rather than relaxing, thinking that others will do it all for […]

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Teff shortage in Israel after export ban

By Ayanawo Farada Sanbetu – HAARTZ The price of teff – the grain used to make injera, a pancake-like bread that is a staple for Ethiopian immigrants – has risen sharply in recent months, causing hardship to many families. The reason for the rise is a decision made by the Ethiopian government two years ago […]

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Freed Ethiopian opposition condemn govt "propaganda"

ADDIS ABABA, July 26 (Reuters) – Ethiopian opposition leaders accused the government on Thursday of waging an “intensive propaganda campaign” against them through state media, less than a week after being freed in a clemency deal. Thirty eight opposition members and activists were freed from jail last Friday after a nearly two-year trial that rights […]

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Freed Ethiopian opposition condemn govt “propaganda”

ADDIS ABABA, July 26 (Reuters) – Ethiopian opposition leaders accused the government on Thursday of waging an “intensive propaganda campaign” against them through state media, less than a week after being freed in a clemency deal. Thirty eight opposition members and activists were freed from jail last Friday after a nearly two-year trial that rights […]

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Deal Near on Food for Sealed Area of Ethiopia

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN The New York Times LAMU, Kenya, July 25 — United Nations officials and the Ethiopian government appear to have reached an agreement to allow emergency food aid into a conflict-ridden area that the Ethiopian military has been blockading for several weeks, both sides said on Wednesday. But Ethiopian officials expelled the Red […]

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Dr Yacob Hailemariam vows to finish what he started

By MATTHEW BOWERS, The Virginian-Pilot Despite spending 21 months in prison with a life sentence looming, former Norfolk State University professor Yacob Hailemariam said Wednesday he has no regrets about his activism in his home country Ethiopia. “Believe me, it is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life,” Hailemariam said […]

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Red Cross deplores expulsion from the Ogaden region

ICRC Press release 26 July 2007, ICRC (Geneva) The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) deplores the decision by the authorities of Ethiopia’s Somali Regional State, where it has been present for over 12 years, to give it seven days’ notice to leave. This measure jeopardizes the ICRC’s work to assist people affected by […]

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Mired in Mogadishu

By J. Peter Pham, Ph.D. World Defense ReviewTwo weeks ago a “national reconciliation congress” that Somalia’s ineffectual “Transitional Federal Government” (TFG), under pressure from international donors who are its only means of support, convened in a bullet-riddled Mogadishu garage finally got underway – and promptly adjourned after mortar fell nearby. Despite this inauspicious start, four […]

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Dr Iyassu Tekle under investigation

By Peter Harvey, Ormskirk Advertiser A FORMER family GP from West Lancashire is being investigated after a diagnosis blunder. Dr Iyassu Tekle, who worked at Ashurst Health Centre, Skelmersdale, for 15 years, and former colleague Dr M. Qamruddin were taken to court after failing to spot signs of hepatitis C. Paul Shinner, 46, from Birch […]

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Man charged with fatally stabbing sister in Florida

By Macollvie Jean-Francois Sun-Sentinel.com A man arguing with his sister over medical bills stabbed the 45-year-old woman to death in front of her four children in the family’s home early Wednesday morning, Miramar police spokesman Bill Robertson said. Mesfin Tesfamariam, 56, is accused of gashing Alganesh Yohannes in her upper torso and legs at the […]

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Recently freed Kinijit leaders issue a statement

The Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party (Kinijit) Press Release July 25, 2007 (click here for Amharic) As a result of the political unrest in our country, following the May 2005 election, lives have been lost, human and democratic rights of numerous citizens have been violated and valuable property has been destroyed. Furthermore, our society […]

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International scholars to attend conference on Ethiopia at Western Michigan University

WMU News KALAMAZOO–Pressing issues facing the second most populated country in Africa will bring scholars and policy-makers from around the globe to Western Michigan University in August. The fourth “International Conference on Contemporary Development Issues in Ethiopia” will be held Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 2-4, for academics, policy makers, investors, donors, students and the public. […]

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ONLF statement on expulsion of ICRC and media ban in Ogaden

Press Release The expulsion of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) giving them only a weeks notice to leave Ogaden coupled with the ban on international journalists is designed to prevent any international organization or foreign correspondent from witnessing the war crimes taking place against the civilian population of Ogaden at the hands […]

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Five Ethiopian opposition members seek pardon

By ANITA POWELL, Associated Press Writer ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—Five opposition members imprisoned since 2005 pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempting to overthrow Ethiopia’s government, but asked the judge for a pardon. The Meles regime pardoned and freed 38 other opposition members in the same case last week after international condemnation and strong pressure from the United […]

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Siye Abraha on German Radio

Listen to former Ethiopian Defence Minister Siye Abraha under the Woyanne regime on German Radio. Click here.

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Ex-U.S. Congressional Heavyweights Blocking Action Against Ethiopia

By Ken Silverstein Harper’s Magazine July 25, 2007 There have been a series of accounts out of Ethiopia recently that describe a nasty situation there, including a Human Rights Watch report earlier this month that said the Ethiopian military had “forcibly displaced thousands of civilians in the country’s eastern Somali . . . while escalating […]

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Woyanne siphoning off aid dollars and UN programs – New York Times

A humanitarian official accused the Meles regime of trying to starve out the population in Ogaden. He said “If something isn’t done on the diplomatic front soon, we’re going to have a government-caused famine on our hands.” The official refused to be quoted by name because he feared reprisals against aid workers. The New York […]

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Woyanne troops torture and detain two Somali teenagers

By Aweys Osman Yusuf Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu) – Ethiopian [Woyanne] troops based in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, seized two young Somalis, beating them and burning their home in Heliwa district, north of the capital on Tuesday. Witnesses told Shabelle that the Woyannes armed with automatic machineguns and supported by armored vehicles raided the home […]

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Ethiopian diaspora keeps pressure on U.S. Congress

By Jim Snyder, The Hill Despite the Ethiopian government’s decision last week to release 38 leaders of an opposition party from prison, Congress must still pass a bill that ties that country’s human-rights record to U.S. aid, say Ethiopian-Americans who have lobbied for the measure. The community, which has worked in recent years to add […]

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"Ethiopian Millennium Day" Proclaimed by DC Mayor Adrian Fenty

CCEM News Release Washington D.C. — Mayor Adrian Fenty of Washington D.C. proclaimed September 12, 2007 as the “Ethiopian Millennium Day”. In recognition of the multiculturalism and diversity of the Ethiopian Community in Washington D.C. Mayor Fenty called upon all of the District’s residents to join him in this special recognition.   Spearheaded by the […]

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“Ethiopian Millennium Day” Proclaimed by DC Mayor Adrian Fenty

CCEM News Release Washington D.C. — Mayor Adrian Fenty of Washington D.C. proclaimed September 12, 2007 as the “Ethiopian Millennium Day”. In recognition of the multiculturalism and diversity of the Ethiopian Community in Washington D.C. Mayor Fenty called upon all of the District’s residents to join him in this special recognition.   Spearheaded by the […]

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Meles Goes from Strategic Starver to UN Partner in a Day

By Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press UNITED NATIONS, July 23 — Does the UN system have humanitarian access to the Ogaden region of Ethiopia or not? In the July 22 New York Times, the director of the UN World Food Program in Ethiopia, Mohammed Diab, was quoted that ”Food cannot get in.” Further […]

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Back in Addis, goodbye and good riddance!

A sad but not-far-from-the-truth observation about the current state of things in Ethiopia by a couple of American tourists. By Kevin and Kirst We spent the weekend at the Sheraton in Addis Ababa the capital of Ethiopia. I was glad to get out of the countryside as most of Ethiopia is so sad and full […]

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Karg in Africa: Ethiopia

(The story of our adventure through the eastern and northern sides of Africa overland in our Landrover in 2007.) By Lorraine and Neville Karg Tuesday 24th July 2007 Bekele Mola Hotel, Arba Minch This morning we went up to Chencho, 1.5Km vertically in 25Km. The village is at 2650m from 1100 at Arba Minch, up […]

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Meles expels the Red Cross from the Ogaden region

BBC The Red Cross has been given seven days to leave the Ogaden region bordering Somalia by the Meles regime in Ethiopia. The ICRC has been carrying out water and sanitation projects there. An army crackdown in the area after a series of rebel attacks has restricted the movement of essential goods. The rebel group, […]

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Djibouti Airways cargo plane crashes in eastern Ethiopia

Xinhua One person died and eight others sustained light and severe injuries after a cargo airplane, which is the property of the Djibouti Airways, crashed in Ethiopia’s Somali region on Monday, Ethiopian police said. The official Ethiopian news agency quoted Guled Diryo, a local police officer, as saying that the accident occurred on Monday in […]

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The moral hazards of dealing with Meles Zenawi

Washington Post Editorial Saturday, July 21, 2007 MORE THAN once during the Cold War, the United States aligned itself with dictatorial or corrupt, but anticommunist, foreign governments, compromising democratic principles for perceived advantage against the Soviet Union. These choices were not necessarily wrong, but each one put the U.S. on a slippery slope, at the […]

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Woyanne-sponsored "peace" talks send Somalis fleeing again

By Guled Mohamed ARBIS, Somalia, July 24 (Reuters) – Abdi Mahad says he misses school in Mogadishu, but is much happier sleeping outside a city where peace talks have attracted enough mortar blasts and gunshots to send 10,000 people fleeing in the past week alone. The United Nations says the violence surrounding a national reconciliation […]

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Woyanne-sponsored “peace” talks send Somalis fleeing again

By Guled Mohamed ARBIS, Somalia, July 24 (Reuters) – Abdi Mahad says he misses school in Mogadishu, but is much happier sleeping outside a city where peace talks have attracted enough mortar blasts and gunshots to send 10,000 people fleeing in the past week alone. The United Nations says the violence surrounding a national reconciliation […]

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Artist Tamagn Beyene in Zurich, Switzerland – video

Artist Tamagn Beyene in Zurich, Switzerland – July 21, 2007 Part I Part II .

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Ethiopia’s uniquely African millenium

By FRED OLUOCH, The East African As the country prepares to celebrate its Julian calendar’s second millennium, critics say the government is using the year-long festivities to divert attention from its dismal performance. WHILE THE REST OF THE world celebrated the turn of the millennium seven years ago, Ethiopia will mark the year 2000 on […]

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Woyanne violence in Somalia forced 10,000 to flee the capital last week alone

UNHCR News MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 20 (UNHCR) – The return of people to the Somalian capital has reversed, with almost 10,000 people leaving in the last week alone, according to figures compiled by the UN refugee agency and a network of partners. In months of June and July, 20,000 people have returned to Mogadishu. But […]

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Ethiopia rebels warn catastrophe looming in Ogaden

NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuters) — Ogaden rebels warned of a looming “man-made famine” in Ethiopia’s remote area bordering Somalia and called on Monday for a U.N. investigation into accusations the government was blocking food aid to the region. On Sunday, a New York Times report quoted Western diplomats and relief officials as saying Ethiopia’s government was […]

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Four Ethiopians died in Atlanta house shooting

The Associated Press ATLANTA — A man shot to death three relatives from his Ethiopian immigrant family and wounded two others before killing himself this morning, Atlanta police said. Police spokesman Eric Schwartz said it’s believed all the victims were related. The gunman, described by a neighbor as a retired immigrant worker who delighted in helping […]

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O.N.L.F Statement On War Crimes In Ogaden

The Melez Zenawi regime in Ethiopia and his ruling Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) are currently engaged in a systematic and deliberate campaign of violence against the people of Ogaden which can only be described as war crimes. These war crimes include diverting humanitarian assistance for use by the regimes armed forces in Ogaden, the […]

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What next for Ethiopia's freed leaders?

By Elizabeth Blunt BBC News, Addis Ababa Ethiopia’s opposition leaders, freed from jail last Friday, have now had a few days to enjoy their freedom. They have been receiving the congratulations of their friends and neighbours, meeting new grandchildren for the first time, and enjoying the pleasure of sleeping in their own beds. But now […]

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