Monthly Archives: November 2007

US presses Nkunda to go into exile and avoid violence in DRC

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States said Friday it has urged renegade general Laurent Nkunda to surrender and go into exile to avoid a bloody showdown with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government troops. Jendayi Frazer, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, told reporters that diplomat Timothy Shortley, her senior advisor for conflict, […]

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27 Ethiopians and Somalis killed as boat capsizes in Yemen

Sana’a – A total of 27 African illegal immigrants were killed Friday in a boating accident near the Yemeni coast, wintesses and police sources said. A boat carrying 120 illegal immigrants near the coast in Mayfa’h area in Hadramout province, 900 kilometres south-east of the capital Sana’a, capsized, the sources added. The illegal immigrants, mostly […]

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Kenya arrests 12 suspected Ethiopian rebels

ISIOLO, Kenya, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Kenyan police said on Friday they had arrested 12 suspected Ethiopian rebels and nine locals accused of helping them in a remote region on the border with Ethiopia. Two of the suspected members of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rounded up this week have already been deported while the […]

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Zenawi’s Interhamwe in Ogaden

The Absurdity of Asking a Slayer to Investigate His Murderous Regime Now that the gruesome details of the ethnic cleansing tactics being employed by the current autocracy in Addis Ababa are slowly coming out, it is not unexpected for the Ethiopian prime minister to come out swinging against the veracity of the genocidal stories trickling […]

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Observers dismayed at further delay in trial of Ethiopian activists

Ethiopian anti-poverty activists Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie will remain in prison for at least another 24 days, as Judges in Ethiopia’s High Court today delayed their verdict for the third time in two months, postponing it until 24 December. “We are deeply dismayed by the court’s decision to delay the verdict yet again. These […]

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Internet in Ethiopia – Is Ethiopia Off-line or Wired to the Rim?

By Samuel Kinde Few things in Ethiopia cause as much frustration and despair than the ongoing and deteriorating dismal state of Internet connectivity in the country. Given how the country continues to struggle with fundamental issues of development for its 80 million people, this lack of progress – and in some cases complete reversal of […]

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Condoleezza Rice travels to Ethiopia in December

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Will Travel to Ethiopia and Belgium First Week of December In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Secretary will attend a meeting with leaders from the African Great Lakes states (Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda) to discuss issues of regional peace and security on December 5. Secretary […]

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Video: Four Ethiopian groups create military alliance

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Ethiopians say soldiers killing villagers ‘like goats’ – CNN

KEBRIDEHAR, Ethiopia — In the desert stretches of eastern Ethiopia, locals accuse soldiers fighting an insurgency of burning villages to the ground, committing gang rape and killing people “like goats.” The allegations have drawn the attention of international human rights campaigners to this remote corner of a key U.S. ally. Ethiopia’s prime minister dictator says […]

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Israeli Public Radio to Boost Amharic Broadcasts

The Jerusalem Post Welfare and Social Services Minister Isaac Herzog announced on Wednesday that plans were already under way to expand broadcasting hours for the Israel Broadcasting Authority’s [IBA] Amharic- language radio show, despite recent cutbacks to the national broadcasting body. Speaking at the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women, which was discussing domestic […]

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Ethiopian maid found hanging in UAE

By Afkar Abdullah Khaleej Times SHARJAH (United Arab Emirates) — A 19-year-old Ethiopian maid was found hanging from a tree in the compound of her UAE national sponsor’s villa in Al Turrfa area of Sharjah city. R. A. the maid, had been working in the house of her sponsor, M.S, for nearly three months now. […]

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HR 2003: gift from the greatest democracy to the oldest nation

Ethiopian Democracy and Accountability Act (HR 2003) The Millennium Gift from the Greatest Democracy (USA) to the People of the Oldest Nation (Ethiopia) By Network of Ethiopian Scholars-Scandinavian Chapter We would like to add our voice again to support the HR 2003 bill that advocates human rights, the rule of law and democratic governance in […]

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Ethiopian activists in court again tomorrow to hear verdict

Anti-poverty activists Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie who have faced several court delays to date, are scheduled to hear the verdict on treason related charges tomorrow FrIday, November 30th. If found guilty, they could face life imprisonment or death sentences. “Justice delayed is justice denied,” Said Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of CIVICUS and Chair of […]

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Dr Yacob Hailemariam to speak in Norfolk, Virginia

BY STEPHANIE HEINATZ dailypress.com Yacob Hailemariam will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Studio for the Healing Arts on Colley Ave. in Norfolk about human rights in Ethiopia and democracy there. The event, put on by the Tidewater Peace Alliance and Amnesty International Hampton Roads Group 633, is part of the 3rd annual Light […]

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Public hanging of civilians in Ogaden

O.N.L.F Statement Armed forces of the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) led regime captured by the ONLF in recent months have reported on several occasions that they were under direct orders to hang villagers in “trouble spots” throughout Ogaden as part of a continuing collective punishment campaign against civilians. This brutal practice is increasingly becoming […]

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Woyanne forcing untrained civilians to fight rebels

Shashank Bengali | McClatchy Newspapers NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopian Woyanne soldiers have forcibly drafted hundreds of civilians to fight separatist rebels in the desolate, predominantly Muslim Ogaden region in a shadowy military campaign supported by the Bush administration, according to more than a dozen refugees and former recruits who’ve fled to neighboring Kenya. The untrained […]

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Ethiopian brother/sister team lead CBS’s Amazing Race

Azaria & Hendekea By Lynn, realityexploits.com The show began with the teams leaving Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands. We found out that the exertion from the last leg of the race cause Ron to get a hernia and he required medical attention. We’ll see if he’s able to complete the race…or even another leg of […]

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A call for immediate and effective action in Somalia

OPEN LETTER Horn of Africa Peace and Development Center To: H.E. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General, the United Nations To: H.E. Alpha Oumar Konare’, Secretary-General, the African Union To: H.E. Javier Solana, Secretary-General, the the European Union To: President George W. Bush The Horn of Africa Peace and Development Center, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that brings together […]

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Video: Runners chant “dem dem yishetal bete mengistu” – EMF

Ethiopians at the 2007 Great Run in Addis Ababa on Sunday chanted: “Ke Woyanne yishalal Somali” “Dem dem yeshetal bete mengistu” “Gifa belew Ertra gifa belew, bete mengistun dem be dem adirgew” Source: EMF

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Canada Secretary of State commemorates Ethiopian Millennium

PRESS RELEASE OTTAWA, November 28, 2007 – The Honourable Jason Kenney, Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity), will celebrate the Ethiopian Millennium tomorrow at an event in Ottawa. “The Ethiopian presence in Canada dates from the 1980s,” said Secretary of State Kenney. “Canada now has a population of more than 15,000 Canadians of Ethiopian […]

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Six Woyanne army bases attacked in Mogadishu (BBC)

BBC NEWS Ethiopian Woyanne-backed Somali government forces have launched an offensive against insurgents after simultaneous attacks in the capital, Mogadishu. At least six Ethiopian Woyanne bases in the city were targeted on Tuesday night by Islamists. Three civilians have died. Correspondents say rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades and machine guns were used in the attacks. The […]

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Soldiers continue human rights abuses in Ogaden (AP)

The Associated Press KEBRIDEHAR, Ethiopia: Ethiopian Woyanne soldiers have abused civilians, committing arson and rape, in a southeastern area where they are fighting rebels, but there have been some improvements in aid delivery, residents said. Ethiopia’s prime minister dictator, however, denies there is a humanitarian crisis in the Ogaden and his government has denied its […]

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U.N. says “deep international concern” at Ogaden conflict

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – U.N. humanitarian chief John Holmes said on Wednesday there was international anxiety at a possible humanitarian crisis and accusations of rights abuses in Ethiopia’s Ogaden region. Holmes went to the remote eastern region on Tuesday, the most high profile visit since Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels killed 74 people in […]

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Mihret Abebe represents Ethiopia at the Miss World 2007

Mihret Abebe Miss Ethiopia Mihret Abebe Age: 19 Occupation: Representing her country Height: 180 Mihret grew up in Teferikela, a small town in the southern region of Ethiopia. She has just completed high school and will enter university after fulfilling her role as Miss Ethiopia. She enjoys: horse riding, cycling, running, reading, dancing the different […]

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Canadian inmate sues Ethiopian [Woyanne] govt

TheStar.com A Canadian citizen who has been detained in Ethiopia for the past 10 months without being charged is suing the government there and its officials for “violations of international law, assault, battery, false arrest and false imprisonment.” The statement of claim, which was filed in Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice late last week, names […]

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Ethiopia ranks 105th in human development – UNDP

Ethiopia under the incompetent, repressive regime of Woyanne ranks 105th among 108 countries in human development, according to a recent report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Read the full report here.

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Heavy fighting erupts in Mogadishu

By Mohamed Abdi Farah (SomaliNet) Armed clashes between Somali’s interim government troops along with the Ethiopian forces and local insurgent groups have renewed in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia on Tuesday night, witnesses said. The latest gun battle broke out around 7:00 pm local time in different locations in the capital where the fighters of […]

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Anti-human rights lawmaker Dennis Hastert resigns

The following analysis of Dennis Hastert’s congressional service is provided by the Ethiopian American News Service. Dennis Hastert, the former Republican speaker of the House of Representatives from Illinois’ 14th district, resigned his seat in Congress effective 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 26. Hastert is remembered in the Ethiopian community as the individual responsible for […]

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Woyanne army convoy attacked in Somalia, 4 dead

DHUSAMAREB – An Ethiopian Woyanne army convoy came under attack Monday in central Somalia after they were ambushed by suspected rebels, sources said. The attack sparked with an initial roadside explosion targeting the army convoy as it drove somewhere near the border dividing Hiran and Galgadud regions, according to local sources. The Ethiopian Woyanne soldiers […]

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An Ethiopian in Los Angeles charged with capital murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) – An Ethiopian immigrant has been charged with capital murder in the stabbing deaths of his father and sister, whose bodies were found near freeways in Fresno and Santa Barbara counties. Mulushewa Tebedge was charged Monday with two counts of murder and a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders. A Los Angeles […]

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U.N. envoy arrives in Ogaden

(Reuters) – U.N. undersecretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes was on Tuesday in Ethiopia’s troubled southeastern Ogaden region where government forces are fighting separatist rebels. The one-day visit is the most high profile since the ethnically Somali region made international headlines in April when Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels attacked a Chinese-owned oil exploration […]

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Meles Zenawi’s chest-beating

Should Eritrea launch another war, we will make certain that Asmara would never, ever dream of even entertaining or thinking about war again. Meles Zenawi. Ethiopia Woyanne plays down war talk ahead of border deadline ADDIS ABABA, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Three days before a deadline for demarcating their disputed border, Ethiopia Woyanne said on […]

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Somalia violence created humanitarian crisis without equal

By Sally Healy The Guardian As tens of thousands more frightened and exhausted people fled the terrors of Mogadishu last week, a Somali community leader condemned the international community “for watching the cruelty in Somalia like a film and not bothering to help”. He was mistaken. The international community has barely been watching the cruelty […]

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Somali gets 10 years for plotting attacks in US

WASHINGTON (AFP) — A US court sentenced a Somali man to 10 years in jail for conspiring to aid an extremist group planning an attack on US soil, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday. Nouradin Abdi, 35, pleaded guilty in July this year to plotting attacks, the department said in a statement. He told […]

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VOA Amharic, Oromo shows jammed; Woyanne denies responsibility

By Peter Heinlein, VOA Short wave radio monitors have confirmed that VOA broadcasts to Ethiopia in the Amharic and Afan Oromo languages have been jammed for the past two weeks. VOA Correspondent in Addis Ababa Peter Heinlein reports Ethiopia’s government denies responsibility for the interference. Listeners to VOA’s Amharic Service began complaining about November 12 […]

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ONLF delegation meet with French officials

A large delegation of Ogaden National Liberation Front, ONLF, officials led by their chairman have met with high-ranking French officials in the French foreign ministry offices in Paris. The ONLF delegation included the head of the Foreign Service honorable Cabdiraxmaan Mahdi and the ONLF European representative Mr. Axmed Gurxan. It is reported that the same […]

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Sululta honors Qaliti political prisoners

The Town of Sululta honored the recently released Qaliti political prisoners on Saturday, Nov. 24. More in Amharic by zikkir News Service የቃሊቲ እስረኞች ቀን በሱሉሉታ ተከበረ ምርጫ 97ን ተከትሎ በተፈረው ውዝግብ በእነ ኢ/ር ኃይሉ ሻውል የክስ መዝገብ ሕገ መንግስቱንና ሕገ መንግሥታዊውን ሥርዓት ለማፍረስ ተንቀሳቅሳችኋል በሚል ለ20 ወራት ታስረው የነበሩት የቅንጅት አመራሮችና ጋዜጠኞች ባለፈው ቅዳሜ […]

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Meseret Defar named World ‘Athlete of the Year’ by IAAF

Tyson Gay and Meseret Defar are World Athletes of the Year – Powell and Vlasic win Performance of the Year Award World Athletes of the Year Tyson Gay with IAAF President Lamine Diack and Prince Albert II of Monaco (Getty Images) Monte-Carlo – During the celebrations of the World Athletics Gala hosted by International Athletic […]

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California resident helps Ethiopian homeland

By Beth Ashley, Marin Independent Journal Emebet Bellingham visited her native Ethiopia in 2003 and was stunned at the changes she saw after 17 years. The streets were crowded, the air polluted, and 4.6 million of Ethiopia’s children were orphans. “It just shocked me,” she says. Euyeal Joseph Zeleke and Emebet Bellingham are co-directors of […]

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The 2007 Great Ethiopian Run turned into a protest rally

2007 Great Ethiopian Run, Addis Ababat Thousands of Ethiopians took part in the 2007 Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa today. As soon as the race started, it turned into a protest rally against the Woyanne regime. The runners chanted slogans that are anti-Woyanne and that condemn the invasion of Somalia. The runners also chanted: […]

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U.S. to double aid to Ogaden – VOA

By Peter Heinlein, VOA The United States says it is more than doubling humanitarian aid to Ethiopia’s troubled Ogaden region. The announcement was made Saturday following talks beween top U.S. foreign aid officials and Ethiopia’s prime minister on the importance of stability in the Horn of Africa region. From Addis Ababa, VOA’s Peter Heinlein reports […]

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Aba Diabilos tries to take over a church in Jamaica

Ethiopian Orthodox Church members battle for possession of Maxfield Avenue premises BY BASIL WALTERS, Sunday Observer The rift in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church widened on Friday after a group representing one fraction of the church went to its headquarters at 89 Maxfield Avenue in Kingston and, with the help of bailiffs, took control of the […]

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Tegbar sends a message of support to UEDC

Press Release TEGBAR Ethiopian Democratic Action League (Tegbar) has received the news about the creation of the new alliance called ‘Unity of Ethiopians for Democratic Change’ (UEDC) with great interest. We believe that UEDC can be a major force in the struggle to stop the Woyanne regime from continuing to terrorize Ethiopians and to stop […]

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Mortar barrage sparks Mogadishu clashes – AFP

MOGADISHU (AFP) — Insurgents fired a barrage of mortars into an Ethiopian Woyanne army camp in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, triggering heavy fighting, residents said. The clashes shattered a fortnight lull in the city after weeks of heavy fighting that had claimed dozens of lives, mainly of civilians, and displaced at least 200,000 […]

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Exiled union leaders demand the release of Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie

PRESS RELEASE Exiled Ethiopian Trade Union Leaders Release Anti-poverty Campaigners Once again the verdict in the case of Ethiopian anti-poverty campaigners Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie, which was expected on Thursday, November 22, 2007, has been postponed because one of the judges all in a sudden became ill. Not only the Kangaroo court judge, but […]

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Protesters ask Senator Inhofe to be fair during Ethiopia visit

ETHIOPIAN-AMERICANS and FRIENDS of ETHIOPIA in OKLAHOMA For H.R. 2003 Press Release Oklahoma City, OK – On Tuesday, November 20, 2007, a delegation of the recently formed Ethiopian-Americans and Friends of Ethiopia in Oklahoma for H.R. 2003 organization delivered a letter to Senator Inhofe’s district office in Oklahoma asking him to meet with opposition leaders […]

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Malawi deports 71 Ethiopians for illegal entery

Malawi’s immigration authorities have reportedly deported 71 illegal aliens from Ethiopia who entered the country illegally using uncharted routes, APA learnt here Wednesday. Northern Malawi’s Immigration Officer Selwin Simfukwe said police in Rumphi intercepted the Ethiopians after a tip-off from well-wishers in the rural district located in the north of the country. «Most of the […]

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Former political prisoner says thanks – Virginia

By DAVE FORSTER, The Virginian-Pilot VIRGINIA BEACH – Yacob Hailemariam is thankful he is no longer a political prisoner, but he is far from satisfied. Hailemariam, 63, spoke Wednesday night at an interfaith Thanksgiving service of about 100 people at Congregation Beth Chaverim and thanked the community for its support for him while he was […]

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Four Ethiopian opposition groups create new structure

(ASMARA, Eritrea) — Four Ethiopian opposition forces have formed a new alliance called Unity of Ethiopians for Democratic Change (UEDC) is a bid to reunite the efforts of the opposition groups in Ethiopia. The members of the UEDC are Tigray People’s Democratic Movement (TPDM), the Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF), the Southern Ethiopia People’s Front […]

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Thanksgiving 2007 live with Neway Debebe in DC

Thanksgiving 2007 live with Neway Debebe in DC

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The present day drama of Ethiopia – Ebissa Ragassa

By Ebissa Ragassa, freelance writer What Lays Beneath “A child that is born in prison fears the free world” Thus far the appearance of Ethiopia has been perpetuated rather than the nature of Ethiopia as it really is. Each successive government continues to affix its own veil rather than shade some light on the causes […]

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Woyanne is jamming Voice of America and Deutsche Welle

BBC Monitoring (BBCM) can confirm that two major Western broadcasters are suffering consistent jamming of their transmissions to Ethiopia. Jamming is deliberate interference aimed at preventing the target broadcast from being heard. The standard technique is to transmit an irritating noise or continuous music on the same channel as the target. In the latest media […]

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Recommended readings on AFD for the Kinijit Central Council

According to Kinijit officials, the party’s Central Council will soon discuss and decide on whether to officially join the Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (AFD). Before making a decision on this critical matter that has already changed the political landscape of Ethiopia for the better, ER urges members of the Kinijit Council to consult with […]

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Genet’s story: A life on the streets – BBC

BBC NEWS Violence and sexual abuse within the home are among the main reasons children run away to live on the streets, according to a report, the State of the World’s Street Children, published by a coalition of charities. In Ethiopia, an estimated 150,000 children live on the streets. The story of Genet, now living […]

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Activists in Israel fight ending Ethiopian aliya

By Ruth Eglash, THE JERUSALEM POST Ethiopian community leaders and social action groups will step up their fight this week against a government decision to wind down Ethiopian aliya in the coming months, as arguments for bringing thousands more Falash Mura immigrants currently unrecognized by Israel are presented to the Knesset’s State Control Committee on […]

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Ethiopian student adapts to the American lifestyle

By Poorva Singal, Silver Chips Online News Editor and Op/Ed Editor She was going to a world where there was said to be a pile of gold at every corner and a stash of money at every turn. She had heard rumors that the place was not much short of heaven. But that fantasy disappeared […]

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Ethiopia urges quick deployment of peacekeepers in Somalia

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Ethiopia on Tuesday called for a quick deployment of peacekeepers in war-ravaged Somalia, an African nation increasingly running adrift in the face on an escalating insurgency. Of the 8,000 peacekeepers the African Union pledged to send to bolster President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed’s weak government, only 1,500 Ugandan troops are actually on […]

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Anuak Justice Council press release on the DC meeting

In a historic meeting, representatives from diverse regions of Ethiopia came together to share their concern for the dismal state of human rights in the country. For immediate release The Ethiopian Human Rights in the Next Millennium event, sponsored by the Anuak Justice Council on Saturday, November 17, 2007, in Washington D.C. was greeted with […]

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Woyanne creates the worst humanitarian crisis in Africa – NYT

Somalia Worst Humanitarian Crisis in Africa, U.N. Says By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, The New York Times AFGOOYE, Somalia — The worst humanitarian crisis in Africa may not be unfolding in Darfur, but here, along a 20-mile strip of busted-up asphalt, several top United Nations officials said. A year ago, the road between the market town of […]

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The deafening silence of unionist Ethiopians

Personal observation on the Annuak Justice Council meeting in Washington DC By Emebet S. Bekele On Saturday, Nov. 17, I attended a human rights meeting organized by the Annuak Justice Council. My knowledge of the Annuak people was very limited until I started following the movement of Kinijit through the Ethiopian Web sites. I learned […]

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Alene Reta wins 3rd straight Turkey Trot in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

By Chuck Sargent, Sentinel & Enterprise Fitchburg, Massachusetts — Alene Reta entered the 27th annual Slattery’s Turkey Trot, Sunday, as the two-time defending champion of the 5-mile race. It did not take long for the Ethiopian, who lives in Manhattan, N.Y., to separate himself from the pack and gobble up his third consecutive Turkey Trot […]

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Regarding misuse of U.S. military support to Woyanne – Keif Schleifer

The Empowerment Initiative Atlanta, Georgia LETTER OF CONCERN TO U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES REGARDING MISUSE & ABUSE OF U.S. MILITARY SUPPORT (via email and facsimile) Nov 19, 2007 Honorable Senator Carl Levin, Senator John McCain, and members of the US Senate Committee on Armed Services: As a veteran of the US military, I […]

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Don’t turn on the Ethiopian People – A response to Amb. Viki

A response to the NY Times Editorial “Don’t Turn on Ethiopia” by Vicki Huddleston and Tibor Nagy By Agere Mekuria The OP-ED piece written by Vicki Huddleston and Tibor Nagy, entitled “Don’t Turn on Ethiopia” is lacking in the profound analysis and treatment required for such serious issues as the current situation in the Horn […]

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Ogaden refugees recount horrors of conflict – Reuters

By Andrew Cawthorne DADAAB, Kenya, Nov 19 (Reuters) – It was after the second beating by Ethiopian Woyanne soldiers that Abdi Bashi Jama says he decided to head for the border. But though separated from family, far from his home village in Ethiopia’s eastern Ogaden region, and a refugee rather than a shop-owner now, Jama […]

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Insurgents now active in 70% of Mogadishu

Islamist insurgency grows in Somalia By Xan Rice, East Africa correspondent Monday November 19, 2007 The Guardian The Islamist-led resistance in Somalia is growing in scale and aggression, with insurgents openly taking on Ethiopian Woyanne troops and African Union peacekeepers in the capital Mogadishu, in fighting that has killed dozens, possibly hundreds, in the past […]

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Week-two of protest at Senator Inhofe’s Oklahoma office

ETHIOPIAN-AMERICANS and FRIENDS of ETHIOPIA in OKLAHOMA For H.R. 2003 Announcement Week-two of Peaceful Protest at Senator Inhofe’s OKLAHOMA CITY Office on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 1900 NW Expressway Suite 1210, Oklahoma City, OK 73118. TIME: 11:00 AM Contact Person: Mr. Muluneh Zeleke (Spokesperson), Phone: 405-314-4560 Purpose: 1. On-going campaign to create awareness among constituents […]

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Letter from exiled union leaders to U.S. senators

EXILED ETHIOPIAN TRADE UNION LEADERS Contacts in USA, Africa, Europe and Australia E-Mail: [email protected] [Sent to each senator individually] The Honorable US Senators SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON, D.C. 20510 Dear Senators: Re: AN APPEAL AND CRY FOR DEMOCRACY TO SUPPORT BILL H.R. 2003 We the Exiled Ethiopian Trade Union Leaders residing in the United States […]

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Renewed threats against Kinijit leaders – Commentary

By Yilma Bekele Veiled threats, 2nd party threats, rumored threats, open threats, written threats, spoken threats, these and others are some of the ways the regime is communicating with Kinijit. It is dejavue time. Dust out good old Constitution and find me ‘a charge time’. We have a saying (‘libeluat yasebbuaten Amora, jigra yluatal) Last […]

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More land giveaway to Sudan?

Sudan Ethiopia border committee to meet Monday (ST – KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese-Ethiopian border committee is due to hold talks Monday at Police Club in Khartoum Monday. Sudan and Ethiopia Woyanne agreed in 2004 to demarcate the 1,600 km-long border after tension over the distribution of disputed land to Ethiopian farmers after the intervention of […]

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Woyanne aircraft ‘carpet-bomb’ Ogaden region

By Bogonko Bosire NAIROBI, Nov 18, 2007 (AFP) – Ethiopia’s Woyanne air force has been “carpet-bombing” villages and nomadic settlements in its oil- and gas-rich Ogaden region, leaving a trail of casualties, separatist rebels in the restive eastern area said Sunday. “Since Friday the Ethiopian Woyanne air force has carried out continuous air sorties on […]

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Somali freedom fighters attack Ugandan troops

(PressTV) Insurgents armed with machine guns and grenades have attacked a Ugandan base in the Somali capital, Mogadishu and caused serious damages. Insurgents have attacked Ugandan troops early on Saturday in Mogadishu and briefly entered their base and caused sever damages. The overnight raid on Ugandan troops in Mogadishu’s K-4 neighborhood led to hours of […]

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Ethiopians triumph in Beirut

By David Martin, PA Sport, Beirut Ethiopian pair Tamrat Elanso and Adaneche Beyene Jemilu secured comfortable victories as the BLOM Beirut International Marathon went off without a hitch on Sunday morning. With a controversial presidential election scheduled for Wednesday, organisers turned down a government suggestion that the race should be postponed. And around a slightly […]

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Meselech Melkamu wins cross-country race in Spain

International cross-country race was held in the Basque city of Laudio. In spite of the cold weather, thousands of people attended it. Ethiopian Meselech Melkamu was the first to get the finishing line on the International Cross-country race of the Basque city of Laudio. Aingeru Gutierrez and Cristina Petite were the two first Basques to […]

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Kenenisa Bekele finds happiness again after tragedy

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Ethiopian track heavyweight Kenenisa Bekele on Saturday married 22-year-old Dannawit Gebregziabher, an up-and-coming actress in Ethiopia’s fledgling film industry. Five hundred wellwishers, including fellow Ethiopian track star Haile Gebresellasie, joined the 10,000m world champion and world record holder and his bride at a plush ceremony in the Sheraton hotel. Tragedy struck […]

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Wzt. Bertukan Mideksa arrived in Addis Ababa

EMF – Kinijit Vice President Bertukan Midekisa arrived in Addis Ababa today after two-month working visit in the United States. Wzt. Bertukan received a warm welcome from family members, friends, Kinijit officials and supporters when she arrived at Bole International Airport, EMF sources said. The other delegates to the U.S. will return to Addis Ababa […]

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ONLF statement on TPLF's lack of commitment to peaceful dialogue

STATEMENT Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) The Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) led regime currently in power in Ethiopia has been well aware of the Ogaden National Liberation Front(ONLF) policy on resolving the Ogaden conflict through peacefull dialogue. We have maintained that any such dialogue should be held in a neutral third country, in the […]

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ONLF statement on TPLF’s lack of commitment to peaceful dialogue

STATEMENT Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) The Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) led regime currently in power in Ethiopia has been well aware of the Ogaden National Liberation Front(ONLF) policy on resolving the Ogaden conflict through peacefull dialogue. We have maintained that any such dialogue should be held in a neutral third country, in the […]

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Invitation to 'Human Rights in the new Millennium' meeting DC

Dear Friends, We would like to invite you to the ‘Human Rights for Ethiopians in the Next Millennium meeting’ on Saturday, November 17, 2007. The goal of this meeting is to bring together ideas, energy and vision from all parts of Ethiopia in order to build a grand strategy that is based on mutual respect […]

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Invitation to ‘Human Rights in the new Millennium’ meeting DC

Dear Friends, We would like to invite you to the ‘Human Rights for Ethiopians in the Next Millennium meeting’ on Saturday, November 17, 2007. The goal of this meeting is to bring together ideas, energy and vision from all parts of Ethiopia in order to build a grand strategy that is based on mutual respect […]

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Dream Team Campaign runners to support and protect Ethiopia’s children

ADDIS ABABA – UNICEF today called on the Ethiopian public to join efforts to realize the dreams of thousands of orphans and vulnerable children by taking part in this year’s Dream Team Campaign for the 2007 Toyota Millennium Great Ethiopian Run. “There is nothing more tragic than to see children losing their chance for a […]

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Ethiopia under Woyanne the poorest economy in the World – UNCTAD

ADDIS ABEBA – From all economic endeavors underway in the country, Ethiopia could be said on the right track for growth and development, but the country is not performing well in its trade and development, according to UNCTAD’s new edition of Trade and Development Index (TDI). In fact, Ethiopia is rated as one of the […]

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Remember, the Ethiopian Martyrs of June and November, 2005 Forever!

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam Note to the reader: It was a year ago today, November 16, 2007, that Frehiwot Samuel, Woldemichael Meshesha and Mitiku Teshome briefed the United States Congress on the findings of their Inquiry Commission. Because of their extraordinary courage in revealing the truth to the world, we are here today to […]

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European parliament calls for war crimes probe in Somalia

NAIROBI (AFP) — European deputies called Thursday for an independent probe into war crimes and rights violations in the Somali capital, where the government [and Woyanne] are battling rebels, a statement said Thursday. The resolution, adopted by the European Parliament, “strongly condemns the serious violations of human rights committed by all parties to the conflict”. […]

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Regional presidents submit petition against Kinijit leaders

Woyanne regime’s regional (killil) presidents have submitted a petition to dictator Meles Zenawi to charge Kinijit Vice President Bertukan Mideksa and her delegation with treason for speaking out in support of H.R. 2003. According to the ER Research Unit, the petition, which is being orchestrated by Woyanne top officials, was initiated after Meles held a […]

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AJC fundraising in Washington DC, Saturday

The AJC started as an ethnically focused organization to protect the needs of the Anuak following the massacre of 424 Anuak in December of 2003. Since that time, the AJC has broadened its vision to include other Ethiopians, believing that justice will never come to the Anuak unless justice comes to all Ethiopians. It is […]

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German Radio on Kinijit leadership crisis – Audio

Germany Radio interviews Dr Befekadu Degifie, Ato Ayele Chamiso and Ato Mohammed Ali on the ongoing Kinijit leadership crisis. Click here to listen. Forward to 11:50.

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Kinijit delegation gives press conference today

ANNOUNCEMENT The Washington DC Metro Area Kinijit Support Chapter Public Relations Office will host a press conference to be given by the Kinijit delegation that has just completed its mission in the United States. This will be the last press conference the delegation will be giving before its return shortly back to Ethiopia. The delegation […]

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State Dept. shenanigans against HR 2003

By Samuel Habtu Belay The last few weeks have shed more light on the shady dealings that are going on between the TPLF government and the US Administration (primarily through the State Department and the nominally independent USAID) and the unprincipled stand of a few people in these two institutions. Here are examples. One of […]

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Zenawi's Somalia invasion failed – Bill Fletcher of IPS

National Public Radio (NPR) This week, Bill Fletcher discusses escalating violence in Somalia, rising political tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the latest on the North-South dispute in Sudan. Fletcher is the senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies and former president of TransAfrica Forum. HEADLINE: Somalia, Eritrea & Sudan ANCHORS: FARAI CHIDEYA FARAI […]

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Zenawi’s Somalia invasion failed – Bill Fletcher of IPS

National Public Radio (NPR) This week, Bill Fletcher discusses escalating violence in Somalia, rising political tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the latest on the North-South dispute in Sudan. Fletcher is the senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies and former president of TransAfrica Forum. HEADLINE: Somalia, Eritrea & Sudan ANCHORS: FARAI CHIDEYA FARAI […]

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Prof. Vestal writes to Inhofe in support of H.R. 2003

Senator James Inhofe 1900 NW Expressway, Suite 1210 Oklahoma City, OK 73118 Dear Senator Inhofe, I was sorry to learn of your opposition to H.R.2003, the “Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act of 2007.” I know you have a strong personal tie to Ethiopia and that you have been charmed by the personable Prime Minister Meles […]

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Discredited former U.S. ambassador opposes HR 2003

The following opinion piece by former American ambassadors Vicki Huddleston and Tibor Nagy is posted on the New York Times. While serving in Ethiopia, Ambassador Huddleston had earned a reputation as a Woyanne apologist instead of a true representatives of the U.S. Government and American values after she refused to speak out against the massacre […]

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Rasta roots explored in rare U.S. exhibition

WASHINGTON (AFP) — An unprecedented year-long exhibition at the prestigious Smithsonian Institute aims to demystify the mystique of Rastafarism exploring the roots of what has become a global emerging religion. “Rastafarism has never been in any major museum,” said Jake Homiak, curator of the exhibition “Discovering Rastafari” which runs until November 2008 at the institute’s […]

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Woyanne troops shoot fleeing civilians – AFP

(AFP) – ‘They shot any moving creature … including children’ SOME of the most dangerous neighbourhoods of Mogadishu were almost empty yesterday as heavy fighting resumed between insurgents and Ethiopian Woyanne-backed Somali forces. Another 16 bodies were found in the Somali capital, bringing the death toll from some of the worst fighting in months to […]

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Hailu Shawel's right hand man in DC swindles churchgoers

Mirchaw Sinishaw’s Urael Church in DC. The two story house doesn’t look any thing close to a church. Dissatisfied with Shaleqa Yoseph and Dr Taye, the estranged chairman of Kinijit, Ato Hailu Shawel, is increasingly relying on former Derg cadre Mirchaw Sinishaw to mobilize support for him in the Washington DC area. The main tactic […]

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Hailu Shawel’s right hand man in DC swindles churchgoers

Mirchaw Sinishaw’s Urael Church in DC. The two story house doesn’t look any thing close to a church. Dissatisfied with Shaleqa Yoseph and Dr Taye, the estranged chairman of Kinijit, Ato Hailu Shawel, is increasingly relying on former Derg cadre Mirchaw Sinishaw to mobilize support for him in the Washington DC area. The main tactic […]

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Photo: Ethiopians in Oklahoma hold a protest rally

Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia in Oklahoma hold a protest rally in front of Senator Inhofe’s office Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia in Oklahoma hold a protest rally in front of Senator Inhofe’s office __________________ For Immediate Release – November 14, 2007 ETHIOPIAN-AMERICANS and FRIENDS of ETHIOPIA in OKLAHOMA For H.R. 2003 First Week Peaceful […]

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Kenya, Woyanne agree on joint action against OLF

Story by NATION Correspondent Kenya and Ethiopia Woyanne have agreed to flush out Oromo Liberation Front insurgents on their common border. The deal was hammered out during a security meeting held at Hidi Lola Town in Ethiopia. The rebels have been sneaking into Kenya across the porous boundary. The Kenyan delegation was led by the […]

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Inhofe has not placed a hold on HR 2003 – spokesperson

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – About 75 Ethiopian protestors attended a demonstration outside the Oklahoma City office of U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, saying he is blocking consideration of a bill (H.R. 2003) that addresses human rights in Ethiopia. But a spokesman for Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, says the senator has not placed a hold on the […]

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Haile Gebrselassie marathon world record gets ratified by IAAF

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MONTE CARLO, Monaco – Haile Gebrselassie’s marathon world record of two hours four minutes 26 seconds was ratified Monday by the International Association of Athletic Federations. Gebrselassie set the record at the Berlin Marathon on Sept. 30, beating the time of 2:04:55 set by Paul Tergat of Kenya in winning the same […]

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