Monthly Archives: July 2008

No ordinary enemy

By Yilma Bekele The discussion is centered on the word ‘enemy’. It is not a simple word. Once a certain person or group has been identified as an enemy further action is called for. You have to get rid of your enemy. Getting rid of the enemy takes many forms. Lately we have been spending […]

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Getty Museum of Los Angeles adds rare Ethiopian book

By Suzanne Muchnic, Los Angeles Times The J. Paul Getty Museum has added a rare Ethiopian Gospel book to its collection of illuminated manuscripts. Created around 1504-05 with five full-page paintings and many ornamental touches, it is one of the few such volumes to have survived wars and a Muslim purge of early Christian imagery […]

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Chinese invest in Ethiopia's first glass factory

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Chinese investors have built Ethiopia’s first glass factory worth $15 million, the Ministry of Trade and Industry announced on Tuesday. The Chinese have been investing heavily in Africa, especially in resource rich areas. However, figures of their investment in Ethiopia were not readily available. The China-Africa Development Fund, a private equity […]

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Obama campaign hires Ethiopian-American as field organizer

(Tadias Magazine) New York – The presidential campaign of Senator Barack Obama has hired Selam Mulugeta, an Ethiopian American who formerly served as a Congressional Staffer and Special Assistant to Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), founder and Chair of the Congressional Ethiopia and Ethiopian American Caucus. “I will be a Field Organizer in the Northern Virginia […]

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Ethiopia Football Federation to go to court over FIFA ban

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopian soccer authorities said on Thursday a suspension by FIFA was illegal and that they would take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). FIFA suspended the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) on Tuesday after it repeatedly failed to comply with a February 2008 agreement aimed at restoring its […]

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UEDF proposes a new strategy

United Ethiopian Democracy Forces (UEDF) evaluates its performance and proposes a new strategy in a 7-page statement it released today. Click here to read [Amharic, pdf]

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VIDEO: OLF and EPPF fighters inflict heavy losses on Woyanne

Ethiopian Peoples Patriotic Front (EPPF) and Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) have inflicted heavy losses on Woyane troops, killing and wounding 251. Watch below.

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Armed group attack Woyanne in North Shoa – Addis Dimts

The Washington DC-based Addis Dimts radio reports that a group of armed men has attacked Woyanne targets in North Shoa. Click below to listen [forward to 13:00]. [podcast]http://www.ethiopianreview.info/audio/addis_dimts07-27-08.mp3[/podcast]

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BREAKING NEWS: Shake up in the OLF leadership

The entire executive committee of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) has been relieved of its duties and replaced with a provisional executive council today. Majority of the OLF national council members has passed a vote of “No Confidence” on the executive committee in order take the organization out of the current paralysis and stagnation due […]

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Petition to save Ethiopian refugees

As you know, Ethiopian refugees are enduring very deplorable conditions in several countries. Our refugees in Yemen say they are treated like a “trash,” as are those in Libya prisons. Many die on the way as they escaped political persecution or the grinding poverty in our country. To raise global awareness over the plight of […]

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Fake revenue reports

EDITOR’S NOTE: When it comes to Africa, news agencies like Reuters do not question reports provided to them by the corrupt governments. Revenue from coffee in Ethiopia, for example, is stated as $525 million. This figure is a fabrication, according to ER sources. The correct figure could be as high as $800 million. Millions of […]

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Addis Ababa in pictures

Addis Ababa The air is thick with pollution and the spicy sweet smell of eucalyptus wood smoke. You’re as likely to see a sophisticated professional walking down the street with a briefcase as you are a peasant wrapped in a dirty gabi running a small herd of oxen. Or goats. Blue and white mini-bus taxi […]

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U.N. council to disband Eritrea-Ethiopia peacekeeping force

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council is planning to disband its peacekeeping mission to the volatile border between Eritrea and Ethiopia after Eritrea forced out most of the U.N. troops, diplomats said on Tuesday. The mandate for the 1,700-strong force expires on Thursday and a draft resolution circulated at the […]

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FIFA suspends Ethiopian Football Federation

World soccer’s governing body FIFA has suspended the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) due to failure to implement its road map, set in February with the world’s football governing body and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in an effort to normalise the management of football in the country, an official source said on Tuesday. FIFA […]

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Ethiopians for Obama: The Definition of Success

By Teddy Fikre What is the definition of success? Is success measured by our ability to register every Ethiopian who can register before November 4th, or is the definition of success our ability to reach a few hundred? When we first set out to register Ethiopians to vote, we had a lofty goal—to identify and […]

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We’ve met the enemy!

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Lately, there has been talk about “The Enemy.” Some say, the woyane regime of Zenawi is “The Enemy.” Others say it is not. If woyane is the “The Enemy,” what to do? If it is not, then what? Does it matter whether one calls Zenawi’s regime “The Enemy”? It all seems […]

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Project aims to ensure education for child labourers in drought-affected Ethiopia

Shukur (left), 8, unravelling fish nets on the shores of Lake Awassa in Ethiopia’s Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples’ Region. [UNICEF Ethiopia/2008/Getachew] AWASSA, Ethiopia, 28 July 2008 – In the districts around Awassa, it is becoming increasingly difficult to earn a livelihood. As the population has grown, the size of available plots of land has […]

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African Development Bank Must Be Strong and Active – Mimi Alemayehou

By Charles W. Corey America.gov Washington — A “strong and active” African Development Bank (AfDB) is what Africa needs to help its “long-held promise” become a reality, the U.S. executive director-designate to the bank told the U.S. Senate July 17. Mimi Alemayehou In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mimi Alemayehou said that to […]

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5000 hectares of castor seeds sown to produce oil

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is just one more prove that the food shortage in southern Ethiopia is man-made by the Meles regime, not lack of rain. NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Global Energy (OTCBB:GEYI), an alternative energy innovator, announced today that its subsidiary, Global Energy Ethiopia (GEE), has successfully completed sowing 5,000 hectares of Chinese hybrid castor seeds for […]

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To invest or not to invest in Ethiopia

A Few Reasons Why some of the Ethiopian Diaspora Community Members are not Interested and/or against “Investing” in Ethiopia: A Summary of selected conversations over coffee and by telephone. By Dr. Seid Hassan As some of you already know, some of the EPDRF (Ethiopian People’s Democratic Revolutionary Front) representatives (cadres?) have been roaming the western […]

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Woyanne general warns his army ready to fight Eritrea

EDITOR’S NOTE: If and when Woyanne starts another war with Eritrea, it will be the end for the Meles criminal family, because the people of Ethiopia will either stay neutral or stand with Eritrea. (APA) — The Ethiopian Woyanne army is ready to fight and conclude a war with Eritrea “in a very short time […]

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Message to Ethiopian Muslim leaders

By Obang Metho Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatuh — Peace be onto you! I want to express my deep gratitude for giving me the opportunity to offer you some words of encouragement at your conference entitled Ethiopian Muslims: Challenges and Opportunities. I regret not being able to be with you in person to […]

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Olympian Tsegaye Kebede talks about his dream

Tsegaye Kebede wins the 2008 Paris Marathon (AFP / Getty Images) (By Elshadai Negash for the IAAF) — Few observers who saw marathon runner Tsegaye Kebede enter the 2007 Abebe Bikila International Marathon in July last year as an unknown but emerge victorious in a new course record time would have thought that he would […]

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Tadesse Tola wins New York Half-Marathon

(Associated Press) NEW YORK — Tadesse Tola of Ethiopia upset Patrick Makau of Kenya in the men’s NYC Half-Marathon on Sunday, and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya won the women’s race to solidify her standing as a favorite in next month’s Olympic marathon. Tola won a sprint to the finish in the 13.1-mile race, crossing in […]

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Ethiopians in St. Louis get their own church

By Tim Townsend, STLtoday.com ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI — Most of the members of Debre Nazreth St. Mary and St. Gabriel Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church are part of the area’s working class. They are cab drivers, hotel maids, gas station attendants, casino workers and construction laborers. Two years ago, the congregation lost all its savings — […]

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Canadian diplomats stymied by the Meles regime

By JIM BRONSKILL, THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Stymied for months in their attempts to gain access to imprisoned Canadian Bashir Makhtal, diplomats were forced to rely on information from “a trusted intermediary,” newly obtained documents show. At one point last September, Ottawa looked into whether Makhtal would be freed by Ethiopian authorities as part […]

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Collapsed bridge disconnects Gonder from the rest of Ethiopia

(African Press Agency) — A big bridge which collapsed in northern Ethiopia, about 600 kilometers from Addis Ababa, disconnected land transport with the capital, leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded. The Ethiopian Transport ministry said on Friday evening that the bridge collapsed due to heavy rain in the area. According to the ministry, the Garlo Bridge, […]

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Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete live at Lincoln Center

Ethiopia’s Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Eshete with Gétatchèw Mèkurya and the Either/Orchestra will perform at the Lincoln Center in New York, August 20, 2008. Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at 6:00 PM Click here for more info.

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Will the DC 9th Street’s Ethiopian Pioneers Survive?

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is just one example that if Ethiopians are left alone, we can do miracles. Unfortunately, and ironically, we are unable to develop our own country because of the repressive conditions created by U.S.-backed fascist regime. By Amanda Abrams, DC North Is it possible to be a victim of your own success—not just […]

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Haile Gebrselassie says he’s fit for final Olympic showdown

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Ethiopia’s two-time Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie on Friday declared himself fully fit and ready for another shot at the 10,000 metres in Beijing. The Ethiopian legend, who has been battling with calf and tendon injuries returned to training at the Addis Ababa national stadium on Friday to prepare for probably his […]

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Kevin Myers explains himself – must read

Harsh as they were, my views on Africa had to be expressed – Kevin Myers (Belfast Telegraph) — Last Friday week, with famine approaching yet again, I wondered about the wisdom of forking out yet more aid to Ethiopia [see here]. Since the great famine of the mid-1980s, Ethiopia’s population has soared from 33.5 million […]

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JOKE OF THE WEEK: Ethiopian army honours PM

EDITOR’S NOTE: There is no ‘Ethiopian military’ in today’s Ethiopia. It’s a Woyanne military over 90 percent of whose top brass are from one ethnic group, Tigray. It’s a military that is good only at killing civilians and raping women. It’s a military that cannot defeat less than 10,000 poorly armed Somali insurgents. It’s a […]

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Ethiopians for Obama: Between Frustration and Hope

By Teddy Fikre Senator Obama’s historic campaign has ignited a level of excitement within the Ethiopian-American community unlike any other time. We have embraced Obama’s message of hope and self-empowerment as our own. Ethiopians for Obama is an offshoot of this enthusiasm, what started off with a loose network of Ethiopians volunteering for Senator Obama’s […]

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VIDEO: Safe House Ethiopia and the Victor Ozeri story

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Ethiopian Olympic athlete draws a gun at another runner

Ethiopia ’s preparations for the 29th Beijing Olympics dented a huge blow this week after athletes held each at gunpoint at the team’s official hotel. In an incident that took place last Sunday at the Ghion Hotel, Ethiopian marathon runner Tessema Abshiro and Olympic hopeful Deriba Merga (6th in the 2008 London Marathon and winner […]

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I’m cheated out of my investment in Ethiopia – Victor Ozeri

By Victor Ozeri How many times will an investor come to Addis Ababa to help the Ethiopian people only to be cheated out of his investment? My name is Victor Ozeri. I am a U.S. citizen. In 1982, I traveled to the People’s Republic of China for a visit. I remained in China for a […]

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Sudan’s al-Bashir counters charges with diplomacy

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer July 24, 2008 (Los Angeles Times) NAIROBI, KENYA — Sudan’s diplomatic offensive against the International Criminal Court is gaining momentum in Africa, but faces stiff odds before the U.N. Security Council. The government of Sudan has been waging a high-profile political campaign since the court’s chief prosecutor, […]

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Nine civilians dead in shelling in central Somali town

MOGADISHU (Xinhua) — Nine people were killed and an unknown number of others wounded Thursday in the central Somali town of Beledweyn following a heavy shelling by Ethiopian Woyanne troops, senior elder and witnesses said. “I was informed of the death of six people and the injury of many in the town after the Ethiopian […]

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Israeli marathon runner to be released from Ethiopian jail

By ALLON SINAI, Jerusalem Post After three days behind bars, Israel’s Olympic marathon runner Haile Satayin (Setegn) will be released on Friday from the Ethiopian prison in Gondar. The 53-year-old was arrested upon his arrival at Addis Ababa Airport earlier this week and there were concerns that he might even miss the Olympic marathon on […]

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VIDEO: 500 Woyanne troops were killed or wounded

EPPF military communiqué reported that 500 Woyanne troops were killed or wounded. Also, ARS freedom fighters continue their attacks and put 186 Woyanne and TFG troops out of action. Woyannes continue to detonate mines and blame their actions on the ONLF. ARS Central committee has voted Sheik Dahir Aweys as the new chairman. Special Report: […]

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American investor defrauded in Ethiopia

By Sara Castaldini In its February 2008 newsletter, VEGA (Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance) announced a business project in Ethiopia supported by USAID (paid for by American tax payers). According to the newsletter (PAGE 3), VEGA initiated the first joint venture factory between an American investor (Victor Ozeri) and a local Ethiopian business woman (Lily […]

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Nile Basin countries must integrate

By Raymond Baguma and Joshua Masinde (New Vision) KAMPALA, UGANDA — THE ten African countries that share the River Nile under the umbrella of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) should consider economic and political integration, an Ethiopian academic has suggested. Dr. Tesfaye Tafesse from Addis Ababa University was presenting a paper on Benefit-sharing Framework in […]

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U.S. Court of Appeals overturns asylum denial to an Ethiopian

Court Overturns Asylum Denial to an Ethiopian Woman Claiming Torture By STEVEN M. ELLIS, Staff Writer (Metropolitan News-Enterprise) — The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the conclusion of an immigration judge—who openly accused the court of failing to follow U.S. Supreme Court precedent—that an Ethiopian woman seeking asylum who alleged torture […]

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Israeli marathon runner arrested in Ethiopia

By Rami Hipsh, Haaretz.com Israeli marathon runner Haile Satain, who is set to represent Israel in the Beijing Olympics, has been arrested in Ethiopia for unknown reasons. The Ethiopian Athletics Association recently informed its Israeli counterpart that the runner was arrested at his training camp and transferred to the capital, Addis Ababa. “The Israeli Athletics […]

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U.S. Customs agents seize smuggled ivory from Ethiopia

(KHOU.com) HOUSTON — U.S. Customs agents on Monday seized a large container at the Port of Houston from Ethiopia. Inside what was supposed to be musical drums was $185,000 in elephant ivory. Smugglers were trying to slip the illegal cargo into the country. The real elephant ivory would have been used to make bracelets and […]

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Addis Ababa: In Progress or Crisis?

By Ashenafi Gossaye In the midst of the current issues that attracted public attention and intense debate such as the Ethio-Sudan border, the war in Ogaden and Somalia, the drought and the political and economic crisis prevailing throughout the nation, in the Ethio-cyber media we often read news, features, commentary and reports about the capital […]

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Arrest Gives Credibility to International War Crimes Tribunals

By DAVID ROHDE, The New York Times The arrest of Radovan Karadzic on Monday gave badly needed credibility to international war crimes tribunals that have struggled for years to bring fugitives to justice, according to former prosecutors, legal experts and human rights groups. And the arrest bolstered arguments from tribunal officials that patience, multilateral diplomacy […]

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“Multicolored Flowers” – a film by Fikre Tolossa to be featured in LA

“Multicolored Flowers,” a film by Fikre Tolossa will be featured in Los Angeles, July 27 Dr. Fikre Tolossa’s feature film, “Multicolored Flowers,” a coming of age drama with comical and satirical overtones and undertones, will be featured in Los Angeles, California on Sunday July 27, starting 3:00 PM at the Jewish Community Center. If blacks […]

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Israeli police allegedly stopped only 'Ethiopian' drivers

Yaakov Lappin , THE JERUSALEM POST Dozens of drivers of Ethiopian descent were pulled over by police and breathalyzed in Ashdod last week only because of the color of their skin, a number of witnesses told The Jerusalem Post Monday. The incident took place after a bar mitzva celebration that lasted until about 2 a.m., […]

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Canada granted access to Canadian detained in Ethiopia

(The Canadian Press) OTTAWA — After 18 months of fruitless effort, Canadian officials in Ethiopia have succeeded in visiting a former Toronto man held under mysterious circumstances in an Addis Ababa jail. The Foreign Affairs Department said Monday that diplomats in the East African country saw imprisoned Canadian Bashir Makhtal last Friday. “Canadian officials were […]

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Restoring Ethiopia's great obelisk

By Elizabeth Blunt BBC News, Axum, Ethiopia The slender stone columns which mark the tombs of ancient kings and nobles still stand in a green field at the edge of the modern town of Axum. But these days the site is dominated by a huge tower of scaffolding, topped by a yellow mobile crane, which […]

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Zimbabwe leaders reach crucial agreement

(In the News) — Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai have agreed to a timetable for reconciliation talks. The signing, at a hotel in Harare today, marked the first time they had met face to face for a decade. Earlier, Haile Menkerios, the new United Nations envoy for the crisis, said Mr Mugabe and […]

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The TPLF army continue killing civilians in Afar region, Ethiopia

PRESS RELEASE (Afar Human Right Organization) — The TPLF army continues its terror and intimidation on the Afar civilian. One of the latest victims was a 16 years old school boy Ibrahim Mohamed Suula. July 13, 2008 the army shot dead Ibrahim at village of Urissi near Gewani. Ibrahim was one of brilliant students in […]

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International Oromo Human Rights Conference

Press Release International Oromo Human Rights Conference The Oromo American Citizens Council (OACC) The mission of the OACC is to educate and motivate Oromo Americans and others to participate in the social and political processes locally and nationally and to work to prevent violations of fundamental civil and political rights in Ethiopia and around the […]

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War crime suspect arrested

EDITOR’S NOTE: When is Meles Zenawi’s turn? Oh, never mind. Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam said let’s forgive him. (CNN) — Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has been arrested after more than a decade as a fugitive from war crimes charges, the U.N. tribunal that charged him announced Monday. Radovan Karadzic in 1995. Karadzic, 63, was the […]

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Meles gives large tracts of farm land to Djibouti

The following is translated from French to English. It is taken from a Djiboutian newspaper, La Nation Djibouti has just been given 5,000 hectares of agricultural land by Ethiopia. President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti has returned to the capital yesterday after a working visit to Ethiopia in 48 hours. The purpose of his stay […]

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Kenenisa looks too good for the master Haile Gebrselassie

By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) – When Haile Gebrselassie was taking distance running to new levels a decade ago few could have imagined that even before he had retired he would be eclipsed by another Ethiopian, Kenenisa Bekele. If, as expected, the two men line up for the 10,000 meters final in Beijing it will […]

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AU demands U.N. Security Council suspend ICC indictment

EDITOR’S NOTE: African Union makes such a demand because it represents Africa’s parasitic dictators such as Meles Zenawi, Robert Mugabe, and others who are waiting their turn to face similar indictments. AU doesn’t represent the people of Africa. (Peter Clottey, VOA) — The African Union (AU) has called on the United Nations Security Council to […]

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IMF urges 'forceful' policy tightening in Ethiopia

WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund on Monday urged “forceful” policy tightening in Ethiopia to reduce inflation, as high oil and food prices also strain balance of payments. The IMF said a year-long impact of higher oil prices will raise Ethiopia’s oil import bill by about $1 billion, or 3 percent of […]

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Meles Zenawi’s executioner is in DC

Workneh Gebeyehu The head of Ethiopia’s notorious Federal Police, Workneh Gebeyenu, is currently in Washington DC. He has been observed at some Ethiopian restaurants socializing and partying. Workneh Gebeyehu is a mass murderer who had executed Meles Zenawi’s order to gun down pro-democracy protesters in 2005. Workneh is personally responsible for the June and November […]

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Woyanne court rules against Tedy Afro

The kangaroo court in Ethiopia today sent popular singer Tedy Afro back to prison after ignoring the forged hospital record that was produced by the prosecutor. The original hospital record shows that the victim of the car accident, for which Tedy is charged with hit-and-run and manslaughter, had died one day before on the accident […]

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U.N. seeks $222 million to avert a major food crisis in Ethiopia

LONDON (Reuters) – The U.N. food agency urgently needs $222 million to avert a major food crisis in Ethiopia, where millions are struggling to cope with drought and high prices, it said on Monday. The Ethiopian government and aid agencies estimate that 4.6 million people in the Horn of Africa country need emergency food aid […]

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African Union asks UN to delay Sudan war crimes charges

1 hour ago ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — The African Union on Monday asked the UN Security Council to delay a decision by the International Criminal Court on whether to indict Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir on war crimes charges. “The African Union requests the UN Security Council to defer the process initiated by the ICC, taking […]

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Somali insurgents attack Woyanne army convoy

(AFP) — Mogadishu – At least seven civilians were killed when Somali insurgents attacked a joint convoy of Ethiopian Woyanne and Somali troops, sparking deadly clashes, witnesses said on Monday. Fifteen others were wounded in the clashes that erupted on Sunday in northern Mogadishu’s Towfiq district and spread to others residential zones in the volatile […]

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St Louis medical team removes facial tumor from Ethiopian man

By Kay Quinn, STLtoday.com ST LOUIS, MISSOURI — Imagine watching helplessly as a facial tumor begins to form on the right side of your jaw and eventually takes over most of the right side of your face. You have trouble swallowing, the tumor is painful and every doctor and surgeon who has examined you has […]

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VIDEO: Ethiopian hero honored in DC

Clip 1 Clip 2 Clip 3 Clip 4 Ethiopian War Hero General Legesse Honored in DC Thousands of Ethiopians have descended on Washington DC for an annual Ethiopian Soccer Tournament organized by ESFNA. The entire week greater Washington has been buzzing with scores of events and activities organized by various groups for social, political and […]

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Mother, son reunited after long immigration battle

Yohannes Zewed, 12, and his mom Selam Ayele in Canada. [Sharon Tiffin/News staff] A Victoria mother has been reunited with her Ethiopian son after immigration delays kept an ocean between the two for more than nine years. Backlogs at Immigration Canada mean many applications aren’t processed in their average timeframe. It took seven-and-a-half years for […]

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Global Ethio-Muslims Confrence in Toronto, Jul 24-27

(EEJ) —  Badr International is an Ethiopian Muslims umbrella made up of sub-organizations around the globe. It gathers once a year these organizations as well as well know activists and scholars for a wide range programs. From 24th of July the 8th annual conference would open in Toronto and would continue until 27the of July. […]

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AU hopeful Zimbabwe rivals will sign talks deal Monday

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — African Union commission chief Jean Ping expressed his hope Sunday that Zimbabwe’s ruling party and the opposition would sign a deal within 24 hours to begin fully-fledged talks. Ping met President Robert Mugabe, opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) chief Morgan Tsvangirai and a separate MDC faction on Saturday to prop […]

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BHP is granted potash prospecting license in Ethiopia

By Jason McLure, BLOOMBERG BHP Billiton was granted a potash-prospecting licence for a 17,000 square-kilometre area in Ethiopia’s Afar region, its Mines Ministry said. Three British and two French nationals were kidnapped in the Afar region in March by rebels. Potash is used in fertilizers and to make cement. Ethiopia, Africa’s biggest coffee producer, is […]

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Armed men attacked Woyanne forces in North Shoa towns

The Washington DC-based Hibret radio reports quoting its local sources in Ethiopia that armed men belonging to an unidentified group have attacked several Woyanne targets in North Shoa towns last week. Click here to listen > [podcast]http://www.ethioforum.org/wp/audio/unidentified_forces.mp3[/podcast]

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VIDEO: Obama visits Afganistan

U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama visits Afganistan

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VIDEO: The Elias phenomenon

What began as a colorful Internet fluke has blossomed into a full-fledged political movement – one that Republicans and Democrats alike are reluctantly having to acknowledge… Watch below >>

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Mulatu Astatke – Yegelle Tezeta

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1 Day Experiment – Life without Electricity

(By Frugal Bachelor) – When I was in Ethiopia, the power went off every few days, all day long, from 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM. Not only in the little towns, but even in the national capital. This caused a lot of inconvenience. For example, when I had to confirm a flight (only in Ethiopia […]

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Ethiopia’s unlikely boxer fights for gold

(AP) ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Ethiopia’s runners have won at least one gold medal at almost every Olympics since 1960. The country’s other athletes have been shut out. Now a member of the Ethiopian team for the Beijing Games intends to fight his way onto the podium, against overwhelming odds. Molla Getachew is Ethiopia’s only […]

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This weekend events: UDJ, G7 and Ethio-Sudan Border Cmte

Los Angeles Ginbot 7 Movement officials Ato Andargachew Tsege and Ato Muluneh Eyuel will hold a town hall meeting in Los Angeles on July 20. Place: Aroma Wilshire Center, Sky Hall Address: 3680 Wilshire Blvd. #501, Los Angeles CA 90010 (Intersection of S. Sorrano Ave and Wilshire Blvd.) Date/Time: Sunday, July 20, 2008, 2:00 PM […]

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UDJ leaders to take a 3-day retreat in Debre Zeit

Executive Committee members of the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ) have decided to take a 3-day retreat in Debre Zeit, a small town about 45 km south of Addis Ababa, from July 25-28. According to ER sources, the retreat is for the executive committee members to attend a training course on organizing, managing […]

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VIDEO: Three young immigrants make a fashion statement

By Alysia Patterson, The Medill Reports WASHINGTON — In the world of African affairs, Ethiopia and Eritrea are historically unfriendly neighbors. But in the fashion world style transcends geopolitical tussles. Three young African immigrants — one from Eritrea and two from Ethiopia — joined forces to create a t-shirt line that fuses together their old […]

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Columnist Kevin Myers’ article Amharic translation

Ethiopian Review reader Ato Ayele Tena Kassa has translated the controversial article by Irish columnist Kevin Myers as follows. Dear Editor, I have read the commentary by Kevin Meyers you posted on July 11th — Africa is giving nothing to anyone — apart from AIDS). I have found it very important that it should also […]

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Irish columnist Kevin Myers accused of hate speech

By CHARLIE TAYLOR, Irish Times The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) is to make an official complaint to the Garda Síochána today about the publication of what it considers to be a racially offensive article that appeared in the Irish Independent last week. The ICI said it believed the publication of the article, “ Africa […]

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Ethiopia hit by diesel shortage

By Tedla Yeneakal, The Capital Major towns throughout Ethiopia have been hit by a major shortage of diesel fuel, starting Thursday, July 10, 2008 this week, gas stations were congested with vehicles queuing to fill up their tanks. Damenu Kibret, Public Relations head of the Ethiopian Petroleum Enterprise (EPE), told Capital that the shortage occurred […]

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Superman at the Wheel – on Ethiopia’s dangerous roads

(Colbinski Chronicles) — Two buses go to Bahir Dar, a large “autobus” or a small minibus. The minibus takes an unpaved road, which is shorter but bumpier and gets there quick. The autobus takes a longer, smoother route and is officially listed as a day and half trip. Christian and I wanted to waste as […]

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VIDEO: Sebhat Nega sends 200 containers of food to Sudan

Meles Zenawi’s right hand, Sebhat Nega, has authorized a cross border transfer of over 200 containers of foodstuffs to be sold to Sudan and Djibouti — stealing food from the mouths of starving children… ONLF (Ogaden National Liberation Front) fighters conducted several attacks on Woyane troops during July 5 – 13, killing or wounding 152… […]

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Testimony by Mimi Alemayehou Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Testimony by Mimi Alemayehou Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee For Consideration for the Position of U.S. Executive Director for the African Development Bank Chairman Menendez, Senator Lugar, and Members of the Committee, I am grateful for the opportunity to appear before you today. I am honored that President Bush has nominated me to serve […]

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EU leaders ‘too weak’ on human rights – Ana Gomes

MEP Ana Gomes (EurActiv.com) The EU and its new, six-month French Presidency must push harder on issues such as good governance and human rights in the international arena, including with Russia and at the Olympic Games in Beijing, Socialist MEP Ana Maria Gomes (Portugal) told EurActiv in an interview. Ana Maria Gomes is a career […]

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The New Yorker, Mr. Obama and freedom

By Yilma Bekele The New Yorker magazine had a very interesting /tasteless/ hateful/ satirical, cover on its current issue. Everybody has an opinion about it. As they say in the New Yorker, it is the talk of the town. It is a sneaky way of getting attention, if you ask me. Mr. Obama was not […]

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Couple in Atlanta faces charges in the murder of Ethiopian businessman

By ANDRIA SIMMONS | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Relatives have been visiting Tedla Lemma’s grave almost daily since he was killed in a home invasion four months ago. Loran Zemedu Araya, suspect in the killing of Tedla Lemma His sister-in-law, Rosemary Lemma, returned there Wednesday with newfound peace after learning police had captured the alleged killers. […]

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Andargachew and Muluneh in Los Angeles, Sunday July 20

Ato Andargachew Tsege and Ato Muluneh Eyuel, officials of Ginbot 7 Movement, will hold a town hall meeting in Los Angeles on July 20 to discuss the organization’s objectives and program. Place: Aroma Wilshire Center, Sky Hall Address: 3680 Wilshire Blvd. #501, Los Angeles CA 90010 (Intersection of S. Sorrano Ave and Wilshire Blvd.) Date/Time: […]

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Ethiopia-Sudan Border Affairs Committee resolution

The Ethiopia-Sudan Border Affairs Committee has passed this resolution after holding a public meeting on July 2, 2008, in Washington DC. Click here to read [Amharic, pdf] The Committee will hold a public meeting in San Jose, California, on Saturday, July 26 Guest speakers: Dr Daniel Kindie and Prof. Alemante Gebreselassie Place: 2500 Massonic Drive, […]

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Darfur rebels plan new assault on Sudanese capital

By Benedict Moran and Jason McLure (Bloomberg) — Rebel fighters in Darfur said they’re planning a new attack on Sudan’s capital because the government isn’t committed to peace in the war-torn region. The rebel faction known as the Justice and Equity Movement, led by Khalil Ibrahim, also welcomed the International Criminal Court’s announcement yesterday that […]

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UDJ leaders take a retreat in Sodore

The top leadership of Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ), including the chairperson, Wzt. Birtukan Mideksa, went to the resort town of Sodore (130km southeast of Addis Ababa) on Monday to relax and also try bring harmony among the different factions of the leadership that are currently at loggerheads. The Sodore retreat had often […]

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Defected artists entertain Woyanne officials in DC

Helawi Yoseph, Demeke Mekonnen and other high ranking Woyanne officials who are currently touring the U.S. were seen entertaining themselves over the weekend at Maaza Ethiopian Restaurant in Arlington, Virginia. Ironically, these Woyanne officials [Actually they are not real Woyannes. They are donkey Amharas carrying loads for Woyannes.] were being entertained by a group of […]

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Aba Qewstos extends his mission to Atlanta

Aba Qewstos, a messenger of Woyanne’s fake patriarch Aba Gebremedhin (formerly Aba Paulos) is heading to Atlanta this week his mission of dividing Ethiopian Orthodox Christians in the U.S. Read the report below by concerned Ethiopians in Atlanta. Click here [pdf].

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Why is Ethiopia a “failed state”?

Analysis By Alemayehu Gebremariam The Failed States Index for 2008 is out; and the Land of Famine, Gross Human Rights Violations, Stolen Elections and Poverty is re-certified as a “Failed State”, again! We have Zenawi and his corrupt regime to thank for this dubious honor. But there is a simple formula that can predict the […]

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Judicial noose tightens around al-Bashir

By Martin Plaut, Africa editor, BBC News Mr Bashir served in the army and rose to power in the 1990s The unprecedented decision by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to seek charges against President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity has thrown a sharp light on his […]

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Biography of Dr. Berhanou Abebe Gedle (1932-2008)

Berhanou Abebe Dr Berhanou Abebe, a polyglot and the most distinguished Ethiopian French scholar, passed away on July 1, 2008, while on assignment to monitor the elections in Zimbabwe as a representative of the African Union. The following is a brief biography about him and a condolence letter from the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy. […]

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USAID awards $50 mln for Ethiopia health services project

WASHINGTON– The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a $50 million cooperative agreement to U.S.-based Pathfinder International to fund a five-year program that will make sustainable improvements to key family health services and planning in Ethiopia. The project will work in selected districts at national, regional, district and community levels to improve maternal, […]

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Map of ‘Greater Tigray’

According to the 1976 TPLF Manifesto, the map of Tigray will look like this if Woyanne succeeds. Note that the Tigray border stretches to Red Sea. That may explain: 1) why Tigrean elites — even those who hate Meles — have soft spots in their hearts for Woyanne, and 2) they are obsessed with Eritrea, […]

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VIDEO: Prof. Ephraim talks about secret land deal with Sudan

Prof. Ephraim Isaac at the July 4th Ethiopian sports events in Washington DC talks about the secret border agreement between Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia and al-Bashir of Sudan with some angry Ethiopians. (Source: ER Intelligence Unit)

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