Monthly Archives: January 2009

President Obama’s half-brother arrested in Kenya

By Jake Tapper, ABC News’ Senior White House Correspondent The White House had no comment Saturday on the arrest in Kenya of President Barack Obama’s half-brother George for possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. President Obama barely knows George, 26, who lives in a home somewhat more modest than the White House in Huruma, a […]

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Ethiopian composer Mulatu Astatke to perform in Los Angeles

Influential Ethiopian composer and musician Mulatu Astatke will be backed by a 15-piece orchestra during a special performance on Sunday, February 1 at the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex in Los Angeles. Known for combining Ethiopian music with Latin and jazz, Astatke will kick off the first of four events in VTech’s “Timeless” […]

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AU calls for the suspension of indictment against Sudan president

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union urged the International Criminal Court Friday to suspend its indictment of Sudan’s president on genocide charges, saying it could jeopardize any peace process in Darfur. The court’s chief prosecutor has accused Omar al-Bashir of masterminding attempts to wipe out African tribes in western Sudan’s Darfur region with […]

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European Union gives $320 million to Woyanne

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (AFP) – The European Union has given Ethiopia’s dictatorship €251m (US$329 million) in aid to boost development projects across the Horn of Africa nation, the government said on Friday. The agreement was signed on Thursday by the bloc’s Director of Aid to sub-saharan Africa, Carribean and Pacific regions Gary Quince and Ethiopia’s […]

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Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie predicts 1:58.00 marathon

By ELIAS MAKORI | Daily Nation The world marathon record can sink as low as one hour and 58 minutes, the fastest human being over 42-kilometres, Haile Gebrselassie, has predicted. But the Ethiopian legend, who has been in Nairobi since Monday on a training mission with his sponsors, G4S, said this record time will only […]

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Why did Aba Dula Gemeda donate his home to OPDO?

The puppet president of the Oromiya Region of Ethiopia, Ato Aba Dula Gemeda, earlier this month donated his huge villa to his party, the Oromo People’s Democratic Organizaton (OPDO). (Read here) The following excerpt from Tesfaye Gebreab‘s just published tell-all book sheds some light on Aba Dula’s decision. The book will be available in the […]

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Seyoum Mesfin squeaks like a rat over Somalia

By Peter Heinlein | VOA Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — The Intergovernmental Authority on Development, or IGAD, a regional grouping of six East African nations, has condemned the attempt by Islamist extremists to retake control of Somalia, following the withdrawal of Ethiopian Woyanne troops. The Somali delegate at an IGAD foreign ministers meeting warned that security […]

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UDJ held protest demonstration in Addis Ababa

The Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ) leaders and members held a protest rally in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa demanding the release of their leader Wzr. Birtukan Mideksa. The demonstration took place in the form of a candle light vigil and listening to music inside the party’s office. [This is not a joke. It […]

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Amazing works of Ethiopian artist Elias Sime

By Peter Clothier | Huffington Post It is not often, these days, that I walk into an exhibition space and feel those familiar symptoms–the heart beating harder, faster, the head spinning with awe, the blood running through the veins–by which I recognize that I’m in the presence of genius. And I don’t mean just that […]

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Insurgents seize seat of Somalia’s parliament

By MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali insurgent group Al-Shabab seized the seat of the Somali parliament and said Tuesday that it will establish sharia law in the city. Al-Shabab took over Baidoa late Monday, a day after Ethiopian Woyanne troops who had been propping up the government ended their unpopular, two-year presence. […]

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Review of Tesfaye Gebre-Ab’s “The Journalist’s Memoir”

A new book by Ethiopian author and journalist Tesfaye Gebre-Ab entitled “The Journalist’s Memoir” is creating a huge political wave already. So far the book is available only in Europe and it will hit Ethiopian markets in the U.S. around Wednesday next week. It is available in Sweden at the following location: Ebony Afro cosmetics, […]

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Wolfgang Puck selected to design Oscar menu

mebeli Wolfgang Puck and Ethiopian wife Gelila Assefa arrive for the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2008. (UPI Photo/Terry Schmitt) BEVERLY HILLS, California (UPI) — Wolfgang Puck has been tapped to create the 2009 Governors Ball menu for Oscar revelers in Beverly Hills, Calif., it was […]

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Aba GebreMedhin denounces Woyanne!!

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – The fake patriarch of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Tewahdo Church, Ato GebreMedhin (formerly Aba Paulos), for the first time since he was appointed by Meles Zenawi as the puppet head of the Church, spoke out against the Woyanne dictatorship through his synod. The legitimate patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, Abune Merkorios, […]

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The Right and Wrong Sides of History

By Alemayehu G. Mariam History has two sides. A right and a wrong side. Barack Obama is on the right side of history. He is on the right side of history because he was elected rightfully by the American people and became president in a peaceful constitutional transfer of power. But his on the right […]

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African Union representatives meeting kicks off in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Xinhua) — The 17th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the African Union (AU) kicks off here on Monday, making preparation for a series of following AU meetings. Jean Ping, Chairperson of the AU Commission, the executive body of the organization, said that the AU meetings will call for […]

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President Obama to unclench fists in the Horn of Africa

Barack Obama has a unique opportunity to bring something resembling stability to Africa’s Horn. By Scott Johnson | NEWSWEEK As a state, Somalia has racked up more failures than any other on the planet. So said Susan Rice, soon to be Barack Obama’s United Nations ambassador, in a Brookings Institution report she coauthored last year. […]

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Enderassie, Negussenegest and Prime Minister, President

By Fikre Tolossa People often wonder whether the concept of prime ministry and presidency of the present government of Ethiopia was modeled after the structure of West European governments with their active and too powerful chancellors/prime ministers (the heads of governments) and less active, symbolic or ceremonial presidents (heads of states). Ethiopian and foreign constitutional […]

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Obama orders bombing of ‘terrorist hideouts’ in Pakistan

By R. Jeffrey Smith, Candace Rondeaux and Joby Warrick | Washington Post Two remote U.S. missile strikes that killed at least 20 people at suspected terrorist hideouts in northwestern Pakistan yesterday offered the first tangible sign of President Obama’s commitment to sustained military pressure on the terrorist groups there, even though Pakistanis broadly oppose such […]

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David and Goliath reversed

By Yilma Bekele ‘To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.’ President Obama The American president was speaking about the TPLF regime in […]

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Ethiopian woman found dead in Bahrain

BAHRAIN – AN Ethiopian housemaid was found dead hanging from a ceiling fan yesterday, reports SARA SAMI. Her sponsor found her body when he returned to his home in Hamad Town after work. “The sponsor and his wife were said to have left for work in the morning with the housemaid alone until they came […]

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Mass graves accidentally uncovered in an Ethiopian prison

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – On Tuesday this week, construction workers have accidentally discovered mass graves inside the notorious Central Investigation’s (Maekelawi) detention center that is located behind the Addis Ababa Police Commission. The Addis Ababa Police Commission’s headquarters is being torn down and rebuilt. Fresh bodies and old bones accidentally uncovered at Maekalawi, Ethiopia’s notorious […]

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Obama, Africa, and peace

By John Prendergast and John Norris | EnoughProject.org Reframing the Overall Approach to U.S. Relations with Africa Strategy Paper Activist Brief Audio The Obama administration has an opportunity to fundamentally remake U.S. relations with Africa during its tenure, and a cornerstone of that effort needs to be a much greater emphasis on the most cost-effective […]

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More excerpts from Tesfaye Gebre-Ab’s book

The following are excerpts from Tesfaye Gebre-Ab’s recently published book, “Journalist’s Memoir.” The book is an explosive expose of Ethiopia’s ruling party, the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF). The excerpts below [posted here with the author’s permission] shed light on the former TPLF security chief Kinfe GebreMedhin’s trail of murders and assassinations, including his own. […]

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Video: TPDM forces put 294 Woyannes out of action

Tigray People Democratic Movement (TPDM) killed 294 Woyanne troops in the Tigray region earlier this month. Watch the video report below:

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An explosive book by a former TPLF insider

Tesfaye Gebre-Ab, an Ethiopian journalist and former high-level official with an intimate knowledge of the ruling Tigray People Liberation Front’s inner workings, has just written an explosive book entitled “The Journalist’s Memoir” that lays bare a great deal of highly sensitive secrets, including the assassinations of some prominent people and the motive behind them. Tesfaye […]

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Video: The Chevy suburban that follows Obama’s Cadillac

American freedom is being protected with such impressive firepower. Our knucklehead opposition politicians, on the other hand, tell us we can save Ethiopia by being nice to the Woyanne fascist regime.

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Lincoln’s Lessons for Obama

By JAY WINIK | The Wall Street Journal Now that the grandeur of the inauguration is over, this morning is President Barack Obama’s first in the Oval Office, and the hard work of governing finally begins. More than any president in memory, Mr. Obama has evoked Abraham Lincoln. He made his presidential announcement in Springfield, […]

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Woyanne says U.S. senators’ criticism “unwarranted”

By James Butty | VOA ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – A senior Ethiopian Woyanne regime official says his government has a responsibility to maintain law and order and would not be swayed by outside criticism. The official, Bereket Simon, an advisor to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, was responding to a letter from four influential U.S. senators […]

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President Barack Obama’s inaugural address

To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist. – President Barack Obama, Jan. 20, 2009 Senator Barack Obama took the oath of office […]

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Time to close ranks against dictatorship!

By Alemayehu G. Mariam It is time to close ranks against an arrogant and abusive dictatorship in Ethiopia! It is time for all Ethiopians in the Diaspora to come together and stand up against Evil. As the old saying goes, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men and women do […]

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Former Benishangul president is still a whore

The former president of Ethiopia’s western region of Benishangul-Gumuz, Ato Yaregal Aysheshum, has changed his story about defecting and now he claims that he is in Canada for medical treatment. Click here to listen: [podcast]http://www.ethiopianreview.info/audio/yaregal_ayshesum_jan2009b.mp3[/podcast] On January 17, Ethiopian Review had reported that Ato Yaregal defected and has joined the opposition camp. The same day […]

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Ethiopian man in Winnipeg, Canada, charged with murder

By Sun Media WINNIPEG, CANADA – Police have indentified the woman killed on Balmoral Street this weekend and charged a man with murder for her death. Police say the incident was reported as a domestic disturbance around 3:50 a.m. Sunday in the 600 block of Balmoral. Valerie Ann Paypompee, 36, was located and taken to […]

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Ethiopians dominate Houston Marathon

HOUSTON — Ethiopia’s Deriba Merga broke the 20-year-old Chevron Houston Marathon course record by more than two minutes en route to winning the 37th annual race with the fastest marathon run in Texas. Aided in the early stages of the race by three pacesetters, Merga, 28, set a blistering pace, which, at mile 18, found […]

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Obama look-alike in Indonesia finds instant fame

INDONESIA (Reuters) – Obama’s popularity has really spread around the world. Everything from streets, hotels, and even people are being named after the newly elected President of the United States. For one photographer in Indonesia, it is not the name Obama that has thrown him into almost instant fame, but rather his face. Ilham Anas […]

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Security at Obama inauguration is tight and high-tech

By Josh Meyer | Los Angeles Times Reporting from Washington — As the multitudes arrive for the historic inauguration of Barack Obama, the most high-tech security bubble ever created is in place to protect the incoming president from any foreseeable act of God, nature or man. But authorities say they still dread the “X factor” […]

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Hundreds of Ethiopians and Somalis dead off Yemen coast

YEMEN (AP) – Hundreds of people are missing and feared dead after boats carrying about 400 African migrants capsized near Yemen on Saturday, the UN says. At least a dozen bodies have washed ashore in Yemen, said Laila Nassif, who heads the United Nations High Commission for Refugees office in the coastal city of Aden. […]

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4 U.S. senators write to Ethiopia’s dictator

U.S. Senators Russell D.Feingold, Johnny Isakson, Patrick J. Leahy, and Richard J. Durbin wrote the following letter to Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi [pdf]: Dear Mr. Prime Minister, We write to express our concern about several recent developments in your country, which we fear could make the important partnership between the United States and Ethiopia more […]

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President of Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz region defected

President of Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz region, Ato Yaregal Aysheshum, has defected and joined the opposition camp earlier this month. The Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit has learned that Ato Yaregal had sought political asylum in an east African country, and when his safety was threatened, he was taken to a third country. Although Ato Yaregal was the […]

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Teff taking root in Midwest USA

By MARCIA VANDERLIP | Columbia Tribune CULUMBIA, MISSOURI – You can learn a lot about a person’s culture by exploring her pantry. I didn’t know anything about teff, for example, until my Eritrean friend Akbaret Hailu Hagos invited me into her pantry last week to see the 10-pound bag of teff flour. She goes through […]

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Ethiopians sweep Dubai Marathon

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Haile Gebrselassie easily won the Dubai Marathon on Friday, but said steady rain throughout the race hampered his bid to claim the $1 million bonus on offer for breaking his own world record. Gebrselassie finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes and 29 seconds — just 90 seconds off his […]

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Woyanne’s state of mind deteriorating fast

By Elias Kifle Supporters of Meles Zenawi’s dictatorship in Ethiopia are losing it. They know their end is coming soon and they are desperate. Just listen to the kind of death threats they continue to make against Ethiopian Review. Listen the audio below: [podcast]http://www.ethiopianreview.info/audio/death_threats_against_elias_kifle_jan2009b.mp3[/podcast] . Please feel free to come and visit me: 601 4th […]

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Human Rights Watch accuses Meles of war crimes

In its January 2009 report, Human Rights Watch accuses Meles Zenawi’s regime in Ethiopia of war crimes and assault on civil society: The Ethiopian government’s human rights record remains poor, marked by an ever-hardening intolerance towards meaningful political dissent or independent criticism. Ethiopian military forces have continued to commit war crimes and other serious abuses […]

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Meles invites Eritrea to come to peace discussion

By Afrik.com Ethiopian Prime Minister dictator Meles Zenawi said Thursday he was to discuss a peaceful end to the cold war with the Eritrean government, if Asmara feels a need to discuss a peace. “We are not uncomfortable with the status quo but it is in our interest to have peace. We will consider the […]

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Seye to replace Meles as a TPLF reformist?

By Tedla Asfaw Ato Seye Abraha, former defense minister of Ethiopia under the regime of Tigrean People Liberation Front (Woyanne), has been active since he has been released from jail few years ago. He came out in public on VOA Amharic after he was released and told Ethiopians that he was jailed for personal vendetta […]

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EPPF Norway chapter formed

The Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF) is taking root among Ethiopians in the Diaspora. This week alone, two EPPF chapters were launched — in Norway and Washington DC. Currently EPPF chapters are being formed in several cities, including Dallas, Toronto, Atlanta, Seattle, and San Francisco. For more information about EPPF’s activities, visit its official web […]

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Grenade blast wounds 33 at Ethiopian bus station

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (Reuters) – An apparently accidental hand-grenade explosion wounded 33 people, nine seriously, on Thursday at the central bus station in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, police said. “This does not appear to be a terrorist attack. It seems a passenger was carrying the grenade in their luggage and it detonated accidentally,” federal […]

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Last Woyanne troops left Mogadishu today

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Ethiopian Woyanne invaders withdrew completely from Mogadishu Thursday [after a humiliating defeat at the hands of Somali patriotic forces], witnesses and a local government official said. “I confirm that there are no Ethiopian Woyanne soldiers in the capital. They emptied all their bases and moved overnight onto the southern road to Baidoa,” […]

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Somali insurgents attack departing Woyanne troops

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali insurgents fired mortars at Mogadishu’s presidential palace and ambushed departing Ethiopian Woyanne soldiers on Wednesday, underlining fears of more bloodshed in Somalia after the Ethiopian regime’s pullout. Witnesses said security forces including African Union (AU) peacekeepers guarding the hill-top palace compound in the coastal capital responded with volleys of artillery shells, […]

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Ethiopians in DC demand freedom for political prisoners

Ethiopians residing in the Washington DC area held a protest rally in front of the State Department today demanding freedom for political prisoners, including Teddy Afro, Birtukan Mideksa, Bekele Jirata and thousands of others who are languishing in Woyanne jails. Similar protests were held in several other cities around the world. Addis Dimts Radio reports […]

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Africa is committing suicide

An Open Letter to Martin Luther King By Philip Emeagwali Walk with me down memory lane. The time: 1968. In 30 months, one million dead. The setting: a dusty camp in Biafra where survivors waited and hoped for peace. The survivors: Refugees fleeing from the “Dance of Death.” My mentor: One of the refugee camp […]

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General Aman Mikael Andom’s home demolished

By Muluken Yewondwossen | Capital Ethiopia ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – The former residence of the first post-imperial acting head of state of Ethiopia, General Aman Mikael Andom, was partially demolished on Tuesday, January 6, 2009, in an Addis Ababa City Road Authority (AACRA) expansion project. General Aman Mikael Andom The house, located in the western […]

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Funeral service held for Duguma Hunde

By Pawlos Belete and Amanyehun Redda | ADDIS FORTUNE Duguma Hunde, a prominent Ethiopian businessman who founded DH Geda Industrial Business Group, passed away of sudden natural causes, around midnight last Friday, January 09, 2008. Duguma was immediately taken to Tezena, a hospital near his house around Old Airport area, after he collapsed of stroke; […]

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Nothing more than a common thief

By Yilma Bekele You break into the Bank of England via computer, then transfer the money electronically just seconds before you set off the GoldenEye, which erases any record of the transactions. – Ingenious. – Thank you, James. But it still boils down to petty theft. In the end, you’re just a bank robber. Nothing […]

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Turkey eyes the mining sector in Ethiopia

By Andualem Sisay | AfricaNews Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Turkey is now planning to join the mining and energy development sector of Ethiopia after years of investing in the textile sector. Last week, a Turkish business delegation led by Turkish Minister of Transport, Binali Yyidrym, visited the Ethiopian Ministry of Mines and Energy and held […]

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Woyannes abandoned their bases in Mogadishu overnight

Woyanne fascist regime’s head of the its invading army, General Gabre Yohannes Abate, known as “The Butcher of Mogadishu.” This monster has slaughtered 16,000 Somali civilians in the past 2 years, and made 2 million Somalis homeless. His troops beheaded religious clerics, gang raped Somali women, and engaged in numerous other unspeakable crimes against the […]

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EPPF Washington DC chapter launched

The Washington DC Metropolitan Area chapter of Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF) has been officially launched on January 11, 2009. While getting itself organized, the chapter has already made substantial contributions to the Front to be used for humanitarian needs, such as purchasing medicines and supporting the families of the freedom fighters. The EPPF Washington […]

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Bereket Simon reappointed as propaganda chief

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (APA) Meles Zenawi’s regime in Ethiopia, which recently dissolved its ministry of Information, on Tuesday established a new Communication Affairs Bureau to take its place. In December 2008, the Meles regime officially dissolved the Ethiopian Ministry of Information saying that there was no need to continue the work of the ministry. Instead, […]

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Ethiopia sinks deeper into despotism

By Catholic Information Service for Africa Ethiopia has sunk deeper into despotism after it passed a law that restricts the work of independent human rights defenders and civil society organizations. Two international human rights organizations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have strongly condemned the new Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSO law), enacted by parliament […]

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Yemeni forces arrest 15 illegal Ethiopian immigrants

SANA’A, Yemen (Saba) – Yemeni authorities have arrested 15 illegal Ethiopian immigrants, seven of them were arrested at the Yemeni-Omani border and eight other, including three women were arrested at Taiz’s coast while trying to enter the country illegally. According to the information center of Interior Ministry, security forces detained the illegal immigrants for extraditing […]

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American Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia is launched

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (U.S. Embassy) – Minister of Trade and Industry Girma Birru and U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald Yamamoto today joined the board of the newly established American Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia for the organization’s official launch. The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Ethiopia aims to promote economic development by strengthening Ethiopian-American […]

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EPPF demands release of Birtukan, Teddy

The Ethiopian People Patriotic Front (EPPF) issued a statement denouncing the imprisonment of UDJ chairperson Birtukan Mideksa and called on Ethiopians around the world to fight for her release. EPPF also condemned the continued detention of all political prisoners, including artist Tewodros Kassahun (Teddy Afro), who was jailed and convicted on trumped up charges. The […]

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UDJ southern Ethiopia organizer died

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Meto Aleqa (Lieutenant) Alemayehu Yeneneh, a national council member of the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ), has died today after suffering stroke. Following the May 2005 elections, Lt. Alemayehu, who had worked as southern Ethiopia coordinator for the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (Kinijit), was arrested twice. On June […]

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Video: Tamrat Layne repents

Ethiopia’s ex-prime minister Tamrat Layne repents at a church in Addis Ababa.

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Ethiopia opposition politician ends prison hunger strike

By Peter Heinlein | VOA ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The leader of Ethiopia’s Unity for Democracy and Justice Party, Birtukan Mideksa, who was imprisoned for life last month after a dispute with the government, has ended a hunger strike and told relatives she wants to begin legal proceedings to win her freedom. Birtukan has called […]

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Slain Dallas store owner’s killers still on the loose

By SCOTT GOLDSTEIN | The Dallas Morning News DALLAS, TEXAS – Behind the cash register at Don’s Food store, a heavy-set 60-year-old convicted felon named James minded the shop on a recent afternoon, his mere presence capturing what slain shopkeeper Alemu “Alex” Abebe, an immigrant from Ethiopia, represented to this long-neglected neighborhood in Old East […]

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U.S. Congressman calls for release of Birtukan Mideksa

Washington, DC – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, issued the following statement January 9, 2009: “I am concerned over the continued targeting and imprisonment of innocent civilians by the Ethiopian government. Ms. Birtukan Mideksa, one of the most prominent political leaders and a staunch human rights advocate, […]

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Ethiopian Boeing 757 makes emergency landing in Malta

An Ethiopian Boeing 757 airliner made an emergency landing at Malta International Airport this morning after one of its two engines failed, sources said. The Boeing 757 was on a flight from Addis Ababa to Rome Fiumicino when it declared an emergency and diverted to Malta. The Health Department was immediately informed and an emergency […]

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Seattle woman's tenacity builds clinic for poor in Ethiopia

By Jack Broom | The Seattle Times A lot of people would have given up by now. Many would have surrendered to the hassles of coordinating a project 11 time zones from home, or been choked by the red tape of dealing with a foreign government. Still others would have succumbed to the difficulty of […]

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U.S. investor believes Ethiopia likely to break apart soon

EDITOR’S NOTE: U.S. investors don’t need to tell us that. The plan to break up Ethiopia into 9 small countries has been in the works for a while. It is clearly stated in TPLF’s manifesto that calls for the creation of Greater Tigray. To prevent that from happening, every Ethiopian must rally around resistance groups […]

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To Seye Abraha the center is one step further

By Messay Kebede In sharing my reflections and comments on Seye’s article, posted on to the website Ethiomedia, my main purpose is to open up a debate on the course of action that opposition forces need to take in the face of the increasingly repressive methods of the Woyanne regime. The glaring evidence that the […]

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Ethiopian named candidate for White House chef

By David Landes | TheLocal Ethiopian-born Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson, founder of New York’s acclaimed Aquavit restaurant, is among those being tipped as possible candidates to prepare meals for Barack Obama at the White House. In an interview with the AP news agency, Tim Ryan, who heads the Culinary Institute of America, named the Ethiopian-born […]

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Sweden condemns arrest of Ethiopian opposition leader

(AFP) – Sweden’s government on Friday expressed deep concern over the arrest of an Ethiopian opposition leader last week after her pardon from a life sentence was revoked. Authorities arrested and sentenced Birtukan Midekssa, the head of the Unity for Democracy Justice party, to life in prison last week after she reportedly said she had […]

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One of Ethiopia’s richest businessmen Duguma Hundie died

Duguma Hundie, the owner of DH Gheda Industries and one of the richest businessmen in Ethiopia, has died today. Ato Duguma is the third prominent businessman to die within the past 30 days in Ethiopia, Awramba Times reported. Two weeks ago Yohannes Getaneh and Asfaw Yirga, owners of Ase Marbel and Getaneh Trading reportedly committed […]

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10 small business ideas for 2009

With the highly possible increase in downsizing trends, more and more people are made redundant. The next logical step for those people are: looking for another job and starting a business. The former is more desirable for those who place income security high in their list, but the latter is more desirable for those who […]

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New law ratchets up repression in Ethiopia

By Human Rights Watch NEW YORK – On January 6, 2009, Ethiopia’s parliament enacted a new law on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that criminalizes most human rights work in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch said that the law is a direct rebuke to governments that assist Ethiopia and that had expressed […]

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US warns Ethiopia new law could curtail its assistance

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — The United States, Ethiopia’s main donor, warned Friday that a new law adopted by Addis Ababa restricting foreign-funded aid groups may curtail its assistance. Under the new law, any group that draws more than 10 percent of its funding from abroad will be classified as foreign, and thus banned from working […]

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‘New Ethiopian law restricts NGO activities’ – U.S.

Press Statement Robert Wood, Deputy Spokesman U.S. Department of State Washington, DC The United States is concerned that the Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSO law) passed this week by the Ethiopian Parliament appears to restrict civil society activities and international partners’ ability to support Ethiopia’s own development efforts. We recognize the importance of effective oversight […]

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Woyanne dismisses warning to Petronas by Ethiopian rebels

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Reuters) – Ethiopian rebels who warned oil explorers against working in their region are issuing empty threats that will not deter the government from developing their homeland, a senior Ethiopian Woyanne official said on Friday. This week the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) told Malaysia’s Petronas it would not allow any activities […]

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Ethiopian scientist makes breakthroughs in fuel cell research

PASADENA, California (UPI) — A U.S. researcher has made great strides recently in the field of fuel cell research. Sossina M. Haile, a fuel cell researcher at the California Institute of Technology and a founding member of the company Superprotonic Inc., is working to make fuel cell technology more practical. The most efficient fuel cells […]

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U.S. marshals search for an Ethiopian bank robbery suspect

By Scott McCabe | Examiner U.S. marshals continue to hunt for a college student accused of abducting a Prince George’s County family in a failed bank robbery scheme last month. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in capturing Beruk Ayalneh, 24, a native of Ethiopia. Ayalneh was one of three men who allegedly broke […]

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University of Toronto assists Ethiopian health care

By Peter Goodspeed | National Post In a land tormented by poverty, famine, drought, war and HIV/AIDS, Amanuel Hospital is Ethiopia’s only psychiatric hospital. Until recently, its 360 beds were the last and only refuge for the mentally ill in a country of 77 million people. Not surprisingly, the hospital had a grim reputation, with […]

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Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia joins Boston Indoor Games

BOSTON, Massachusetts (AFP) – Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, who claimed double Olympic gold at 5,000 and 10,000 meters at Beijing, will run at the Boston Indoor Games on February 7, organizers announced Thursday. Dibaba, the only woman two capture two athletics gold medals last August in China, has twice broken the women’s world 5,000m indoor record […]

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Ethiopian family in Las Vegas escapes house fire

An early morning fire rips through a home in the Lakes Subdivision near Grand Canyon and Lake South. The good news is, that all seven people sleeping inside, including five children managed to escape the flames. Action News Anchor, Tiffani Sargent spoke with the family and has more about how they got out with their […]

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Jailed Ethiopia opposition leader on hunger strike

By Jason McLure | Bloomberg.com Ethiopia’s leading opposition politician is in her 10th day of a hunger strike after she was jailed for life on Dec. 29 following a dispute with the government, according to her mother. Birtukan Mideksa, 34, has been taking only juice and water and is being held in solitary confinement in […]

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Miami police baffled by murder of Ethiopian man

MIAMI, Florida (CBS4) ― By all accounts 39-year old Samuel Abate Balcha, a native of Ethiopia, had no enemies. He was well loved by his friends and neighbors and was a hard worker. But on January 1st, 2009 his body was found inside his efficiency apartment. His killer has yet to be found. Now close […]

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Meseret Defar of Ethiopia to attempt world record in Stuttgart

After their respective Beijing disappointments, Ethiopiaʼs World Indoor 3000m champion Meseret Defar and Sudanʼs World Indoor 800m champion Abubaker Kaki will attempt to put their careers back on track when attempting World Indoor records at the 2008 Sparkassen Cup meeting in Stuttgart, Germany on 7 February 2009. The Stuttgart fixture is one of a series […]

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Ethiopia’s Tigray region bans Khat

By Prince Ofori-Atta Banned in the United States, Canada, Uganda, and in some European countries, khat is exported to countries in the sub-region as well as the United Kingdom, which has been struggling to effect a ban. But despite its numerous economic advantages, the Ethiopian regime has frowned on the use of khat. The regional […]

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Japan confirms release of doctor abducted in Ethiopia

TOKYO (Xinhua) — Japan’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday confirmed the release of Keiko Akahane, a female 32-year-old doctor abducted in Ethiopia in September, was freed on Wednesday. “I am pleased from the bottom of my heart for the people concerned. I condemn the abduction as a dirty crime and stress anew that it cannot be […]

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From Ghana with love

By Yilma Bekele Ghana is at it again. They insist on trailblazing. Not that we complain, no we just envy Ghana. Ghana envy is spreading all over Africa like a wild fire. It is not the first time Ghana is leading the way either. What is it about Ghana that makes a grown man cry […]

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Assassinating dictators is a legitimate cause – Tecola Hagos

By Tecola Hagos (Former legal adviser to Ethiopia’s tyrant Meles Zenawi) The right to defend ones own rights individually or as part of an organized group is a legitimate cause irrespective of the identity of the adversary. However, such militancy may not be wise in every situation. One has to weigh-in other factors in order […]

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New law on charities passed despite objections

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (IRIN) – Ethiopia’s [rubber-stamp] parliament has passed a law to regulate charities, despite strong criticism from opposition politicians, international human rights groups and national civil society organisations. The Proclamation for the Registration and Regulation of Charities and Societies was passed by the government-dominated 547-seat parliament with 327 members in favour and 79 […]

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to adopt another Ethiopian

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are reportedly going to adopt another Ethiopian child this month. The couple – who already have three biological children Shiloh, two, six-month-old twins Knox and Vivienne, and three adopted children, Cambodian Maddox, seven, Pax, five, from Vietnam and four-year-old Ethiopian girl Zahara – are planning to jet to Africa before […]

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Ethiopia: New law curbs promotion of rights, Critics Say

By Jason McLure | Bloomberg Ethiopia’s [rubber-stamp] parliament ratified a law that critics say will prevent groups from promoting human rights and democracy in the Horn of Africa country, strengthening the government’s hand to crack down on dissent. The so-called “Proclamation for the Registration and Regulation of Charities and Societies” was passed today by a […]

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Somalia MPs criticize detention of Mogadishu's ex-mayor

BAIDOA, Somalia (Garowe Online) – Members of Somalia’s federal parliament have criticized the continued detention of ex-Mogadishu Mayor Mohamed “Dheere” Omar by Ethiopian regime troops, Radio Garowe reports. MP Yusuf Mohamed “Gurow” told reporters in Baidoa Tuesday that a group of lawmakers have met and issued a call for the Ethiopian regime to release Mr. […]

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Haile to win $1 million if he breaks world record in Dubai

Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie doesn’t need to make a New Year’s resolution, in order to break another World record. For a start, the Ethiopian New Year begins on September 11, “so we don’t celebrate the European New Year,” said the man himself yesterday, by phone from his home in Addis Ababa. And, although the World records […]

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Dr Ermias Tilahun of Chicago performs life saving diagnosis

By Sylvia Perez and Christine Tressel | ABC News An Ethiopian doctor in Chicago says a life saving diagnosis is also wake up call for Americans to start thinking globally when it comes to illness. Rahel Taye has a smile as big as her appetite. But a year ago her life now would be hard […]

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Start Your Own Business for $100 or Less

Find Out How Tory Johnson Started Her Own Business With Virtually No Money By TORY JOHNSON If you can’t find someone to hire you, consider hiring yourself. Not only can entrepreneurship bring great personal fulfillment, but launching a small business doesn’t have to break the bank. Here’s my story and some of my favorite resources […]

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U.S. to give $472 million to Woyanne in 2009

A document obtained by Ethiopian Review’s Intelligence Unit reveals that the U.S. Department of State has asked Congress to give $472 million in 2009 to Ethiopia’s brutal dictatorship that has just been kicked out of Somalia. The document states: A major objective of U.S. assistance in Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country, is to help […]

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World's oldest woman dies at age 115

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – A woman who lived to see five of her great-great grandchildren born and was believed to have been the world’s oldest person has died in Portugal at the age of 115, officials said. Maria de Jesus died Friday morning in an ambulance near the central Portuguese town of Tomar. She had […]

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ONLF warns Petronas to leave Ogaden

ONLF Statement On Exploitation Of Ogaden Oil & Gas Wealth The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) has stated on multiple occasions that we will not allow the exploitation of the oil and gas wealth of our country as long as our people are denied their legitimate rights to self-determination. In that context, the ONLF affirms […]

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