Monthly Archives: May 2010

Legitimacy of Ethiopia’s national election challenged

By Tony Okerafor One of the big African stories of the last eight days or so has been the holding of key parliamentary elections in one of the continent’s most populous countries. Ethiopia has been such a major player in not just regional politics, but, equally world affairs, not least since it openly chose to […]

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Interview with Ethiopia’s lone opposition MP

By Barry Malone ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) — Girma Seifu was at home hosting a dinner party to celebrate what looked like a sure parliamentary seat win when he got the phone call that would force him into the spotlight. Ethiopia’s opposition coalition, the eight-party Medrek, had won only one seat in the 547-seat parliament — […]

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Ethiopian movies win awards at the 7th African Film Festival

By Filip Hruby Ethiopian movies Teza (Haile Gerima), Atletu (Rasselas Lakew, Davey Frankel) and LEZARE (Zelalem Woldemariam) won the main awards at 7th African Film Festival in Tarifa (FCAT). Teza won the award “Wind Griot” for the best feature film. The award is worth 15.000€ and includes the trophy. Atletu won The Audience Special Award […]

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Ethiopia’s ruling junta will remain UK’s #1 aid recipient

By Sally Healy Ethiopia’s ruling party has already staged a victory rally in Addis Ababa to mark their satisfaction with the elections held last Sunday. The official results will not be announced until 21 June. But it is already clear that Meles Zenawi’s Ethiopian People’s Democratic Revolutionary Party (EPRDF) has seen off the opposition parties […]

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Of Elections and Diapers in Ethiopia

Alemayehu G. Mariam Note: Over the past week, I have received numerous requests from those who read my last commentary “Ethiopia at the Crossroads of History[1], to share my views on the on the question, “Where do we go from here?” in the aftermath of the so-called May 2010 elections.  I am pleased to oblige […]

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Ethiopian Satellite TV Jammed

(Press Release) — For the past three days and intermittently before that, Ethiopian Satellite Service (ESAT) broadcasts in Ethiopia have been interrupted due to undetermined electronic interference. Following preliminary investigations, we have confirmed the following facts: Our service providers have performed extensive technical tests and determined that ESAT transmissions have been targeted for multiple interference […]

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Message from ESAT board

Ethiopian Satellite TV (ESAT) (Press Release) — The Ethiopian Satellite Broadcasting Service (ESAT) has been off the air for the past 24 hours. We have received thousands of telephone calls and email inquires concerning the interruption of service. We thank our viewers and supporters for their expressions of good will, moral support and concern. We […]

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Newly launched Ethiopian satellite TV offers fresh voice

By Christopher Vouralias | Variety Ethiopia’s first independent satellite TV launched in May, breaking the monopoly long held by Ethiopian Television. Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) began a trial run May 14, with plans to unveil a full slate of original programming in June. ESAT debuted with a series of reports on last week’s elections — […]

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Our real allies are Ethiopians who are fighting Meles – Ed Ryoce

By Ed Royce, U.S. Congressman Nineteen years and counting. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and his ruling EPRDF party are cruising to an easy “victory” in the May 23 elections. Taking power in 1991, Meles is as entrenched as they get. Meles’ win did take some work. After the 2005 election, in which the opposition […]

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Yes, a Fake Election, but for what Purpose? – Messay Kebede

By Messay Kebede I am still struggling to make sense of Sunday’s election from the viewpoint of the Woyanne government itself. There is no doubt that its results represent a crushing and demoralizing defeat for the opposition. Such a colossal defeat shows once again the pettiness and the self-defeating impact of the disputes among opposition […]

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U.S. State Department slams Ethiopia’s ruling junta (video)

U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley slammed the tribal ruling junta in Ethiopia for conducting an unfair election on May 23. Mr Crowley spoke at the Daily Press Briefing of the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC May 26, 2010. Among other things he said “through out the electoral […]

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African Union of thieves say Ethiopian election was fair

Union of African thieves, murderers and rapists (AU) has issued a report today on the May 23 elections in Ethiopia stating that it was free and fair. What else can be expected from these goons? The following is a report by AFP: ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — African Union observers on Thursday said Ethiopia’s parliamentary elections […]

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Shambel Fikreyesus Seyoum passed away

Shambel (Captain) Fikreyesus Seyoum, a distinguished Ethiopian elder in Atlanta and a great friend of Ethiopian Review, passed away on Tuesday, May 25, 2010. A graduate of Harar Military Academy, Shambel Fikreyesus served Ethiopian armed forces in several capacities until 1979. After retiring from the army, he completed his BA from Addis Ababa University and […]

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Medrek expresses outrage and calls for new election – statement

Medrek, the eight-party opposition coalition in Ethiopia, has issued a 7-page strongly worded statement expressing its outrage at the ruling party, Woyanne, for the way it has conducted the May 2010 elections. In the statement, Medrek thanked European Union observers for exposing the election for what it is — unfair — and demanded a re-vote. […]

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Woyanne accuses the West of orchestrating violence in Ethiopia

The following articles, which is posted on WaltaInfo.com, a web site run by the propaganda chief of Ethiopia’s ruling junta, Bereket Simon, accuses Western countries of orchestrating violence in Ethiopia. What these professional beggars seem to forget is that without the billions of dollars they receive from the West, they are as good as dead. […]

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EU Chief Election Observer scolds ENA

In a Letter to the Editor, European Union Chief Election Observer takes to task the Woyanne-controlled Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) for publishing a distorted report about a statement released by the Election Observation Mission. Read the letter below: Letter to the Editor To: ENA, Ethiopian News Agency From: Thijs Berman, EU EOM Chief Observer Addis […]

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Shabait.com’s editorial on the election in Ethiopia

Eritrean Ministry of Information’s Shabait.com has posted the following editorial today regarding the May 23, 2010 elections in Ethiopia: The Ethiopian people had in 2005 once and for all made their choice clear in no uncertain terms, voting for the TPLF regime to rescind from power. Still, the so-called ‘advocates of democracy’, were once again […]

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Bereket Simon on hot seat – Al Jazeera (video)

Woyanne propaganda chief Bereket Simon makes a fool out of himself on Al Jazeera TV by trying to defend his regime’s conduct in the May 2010 elections in Ethiopia. Watch below:

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Woyanne’s next move – Tesfaye GebreAb

Author Tesfaye GebreAb analyzes Ethiopian election 2010 in which he gives us insight into what possible measures Meles Zenawi and his Woyanne ruling junta are preparing to take in order to consolidate their 99% ‘victory’ at the May 23 election. Click here to read – PDF, Amharic.

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EU preliminary report on the May 23 elections in Ethiopia

European Union Election Observation Mission has issued an 11-page preliminary statement on the May 23, 2010, elections in Ethiopia. (Click here for the full statement, pdf) Executive Summary The fourth elections to the House of People’s Representatives and State Councils have so far been held in a generally peaceful environment, as unanimously called for by […]

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This ‘landslide victory’ blackens Ethiopia’s future – Rene Lafort

By Rene Lefort It means that the EPRDF had decided — and successfully taken the appropriate authoritarian measures — not only to be the unquestionable winner of the 2010 elections, but also to get its revenge on the opposition by humiliating it in 2010 as much as it felt humiliated by the opposition’s push in […]

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Ethiopian opposition tactics might now change – Kjetil Tronvil

By KJETIL TRONVILL, UNIVERSITY OF OSLO In the near future, I do not see any changes of policy either from the EPRDF’s side, or from the international side versus Ethiopia: it will be business as usual. The donor group will embrace the result and the process, as it gives continued legitimacy for their cooperation with […]

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Difficult to consider May 23 election legitimate – Herman Cohen

By Douglas Mpuga | VOA A former top U.S. official on Africa says Ethiopian opposition parties failed to get equal access to the media in the run-up to Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Herman Cohen (1989-93) said, “This time opposition media and opposition groups were not given fair […]

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With 99% of seats in parliament, Meles creates a one-party state

By Jonathan Manthorpe | Vancouver Sun After Ethiopia’s previous dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam murdered the man he had deposed, Emperor Haile Selassie, he capped his triumph by having the body buried under his office floor. Ethiopia’s current leader dictator, Meles Zenawi, who led the rebellion that deposed Mengistu in 1991, has not been quite so […]

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IPI says Ethiopian election was not free and fair

By Naomi Hunt | International Press Institute (IPI) Ethiopia’s electoral board said on Tuesday that the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and allied parties had won a Sunday election by a landslide. European Union chief election observer Thijs Berman praised the polling for being peaceful and orderly, but noted that there was an […]

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Consolidation of a one-party dictatorship in Ethiopia

AdvocacyForEthiopia.org The European Union’s chief election observer Mr.Tijis Berman’s comments have confirmed other reports coming from Ethiopia that the national elections held on Sunday, May 23rd were neither fair nor free. During a press conference in Addis Ababa, Mr. Tijis Berman stated that last weekend’s poll was conducted on an “uneven playing field” that favored the […]

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Ruling junta paid 50 birr per person for Tuesday’s victory rally

The Woyanne ruling junta in Ethiopia handed out 50 birr and a wrist watch to homeless and unemployed people to come to its ‘victory’ rally yesterday at Mesqel Squre, according to Ethiopian Review sources. Most of those who were seen at the rally were unemployed youth who despise the regime. A shoe shiner told an […]

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Ethiopia’s major opposition Medrek calls for re-vote

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) — An eight-party opposition coalition called Medrek called Wednesday for a rerun of the election and said it would not be deterred by the ruling party’s desire to have a single-party state. “In spite of all the sacrifices paid, both by the nation and by the respective parties, this election simply does […]

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Woyanne police gun down 2 opposition members

By Barry Malone Ethiopian police Woyanne gunmen shot dead two opposition members in the sensitive Oromia region after an election the ruling party won by a landslide, an opposition party and the government said Wednesday. The electoral board said Tuesday the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) Tigrean People Liberation Front (Woyanne) and allied […]

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EU press statement on Ethiopian election

The European Union Election Observation Mission has issued the following press statement regarding last Sunday’s (May 23) general elections in Ethiopia. It is reported that after reading the statement, Meles Zenawi called the Chief Observer, Thijs Berman, to his office and threatened to expel him and his team from the country.  The beggar dictator must […]

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White House speaks out against the unfair election in Ethiopia

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2010 Statement by National Security Council Spokesman Mike Hammer on Ethiopian Elections We acknowledge the conclusion of Ethiopia’s parliamentary elections on May 23, 2010. We commend the people of Ethiopia for their civic participation and note that the voting proceeded peacefully. We […]

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Ethiopia ruling junta is angry at poll observers

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Prime Minister Ethiopia’s ruling junta leader Meles Zenawi urged the international community on Tuesday to respect his landslide election win vote stealing and said foreign forces could not overturn the outcome and blood should not be shed. Tens of thousands of ruling party supporters streamed into a square in Ethiopia’s capital […]

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Meles threatens to expel EU observers

By Andrew Simmons | Al Jazeera ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — Shortly after dawn Ethiopia’s capital was filled with the sound of loud hailers, the horns of flatbed lorries packed with people and the distorted blast of sound systems playing music. Roads in Addis Ababa on Tuesday were blocked by paramilitary police in pale blue combat […]

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Ruling party victory celebration turned into protest rally

European Union’s election observation mission smacked Meles Zenawi’s smug off his bestial face today by announcing that the election was rigged. This came on the heels of Human Rights Watch’s stinging criticism of how the ruling junta conducted Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Ethiopia. What was planned as a victory celebration party this morning in Addis […]

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Meles and gang steal all 38 votes in Tigray

The Meles crime family, also known as the Adwa Mafia, claims that it has scored 100% victory in Tigray region by winning all the 38 parliamentary seats. Former comrades of Meles Zenawi — Seye Abraha, Gebru Asrat, and Aregash Adane — who competed for seats in Tigray representing Medrek have been heard saying that their […]

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Woyanne junta unleashes verbal salvo against EU observers

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Woyanne-controlled media in Ethiopia has started to unleash a verbal salvo against the chief of European Union election monitoring team, Mr Thijs Berman, today after he told reporters at a press conference that Sunday’s election was not fair. WIC, one of the Woyanne propaganda outlets, compared Mr Berman with Ms. Ana Gomes, […]

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European Union mission says Ethiopia election was unfair

The European Union mission said Tuesday that the weekend vote had been peaceful, but there were inequalities that favored the ruling party leading up to the election. Thijs Berman, the EU’s chief observer, said they had received a number of complaints of violence and harassment. “The sheer volume and consistency of these complaints is a […]

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Ethiopia’s ruling junta ‘wins’ 499 out of 547 seats in elections

ADDIS ABABA (Xinhua) — The Ethiopian ruling party junta has gained 499 seats in the 547-member parliament, media reported on Tuesday. The report quoted the Ethiopian National Electoral Board as saying the outcome emerged when 536 results were announced. Earlier on Tuesday, the National Electoral Board has announced that the ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s […]

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European Union mission to issue Ethiopia election report Tuesday

Ethiopia’s ruling party junta called a rally in the capital Tuesday to celebrate its victory theft in national elections, but a U.S. rights group claimed the weekend ballot was corrupted by irregularities. Hundreds of blue-uniformed federal police death squads stood guard as supporters of the ruling party gathered in the city’s central parade grounds. Workers […]

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Election board says Woyanne won 20 out of 23 seats in Addis

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s election board says provisional results show the ruling party has won the national vote. Board chairman Merga Bekana says the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front and its allies have won in the nine regions that have reported results out of a total of 11. He says the party also […]

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Ethiopia election marred by repression, intimidation – HRW

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An international human rights group said Monday that Ethiopia’s national election was marred by repression and intimidation, while the government said the vote was free and fair. New York-based Human Rights Watch said Sunday’s parliamentary vote was corrupted by pre-election irregularities that included telling voters they could lose food assistance, […]

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Election officials misinform voters; vote rigging widespread

By Tristan McConnell — Times Online MOJO, ETHIOPIA — Soon after polling stations opened at 6am dozens of voters queued patiently in the morning light outside a school administration building in the crossroads town of Mojo, central Ethiopia. Here and elsewhere in Africa’s second most populous country yesterday’s election got off to a calm and […]

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Al Jazeera report on Ethiopia elections (video)

Al Jazeera interviews Prof. Alemayehu Gebremariam on Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Ethiopia. Watch the video below:

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Massive irregularities reported in Ethiopia elections

Widespread fraud and harassment of opposition supporters, candidates, and observers are being reported through out Ethiopia in today’s parliamentary elections. Ethiopian Review sources in Addis Ababa, Gonder, Gojjam, Tigray, Awassa, Ambo and other cities are reporting that Woyanne cadres and security agents are stealing votes in the open after chasing away observers. One observer described […]

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U.S. lawmakers urged Obama to speak out on Ethiopia

By Ashish Kumar Sen | The Washington Times A bipartisan group of lawmakers says the Obama administration must speak out against human rights violations in Ethiopia ahead of elections in the Horn of Africa nation on Sunday. In a letter to Johnnie Carson, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, the lawmakers expressed concern that […]

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Election in Ethiopia marred by fraud and intimidation

Election monitors and journalists this morning have observed election irregularities in southern Ethiopian town of Awassa where Southern Regional state president Shiferaw Shigute is a candidate. Ethiopian Review sources are reporting that when election observers and journalists arrived at polling stations, ballot boxes were already unsealed and unauthorized individuals had access to them. Similar voting […]

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Medrek threatens to reject today’s election result in Ethiopia

By ANITA POWELL ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s largest opposition bloc said they have evidence of voter intimidation and vote-rigging that may lead them to reject the results of Sunday’s national election. The vote is being closely watched by international observers and by critics who say the U.S.-allied ruling party has harassed voters and […]

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Ethiopia election today amid allegations of intimidation

By Jason McLure | Bloomberg Ethiopians went to the polls today to vote in the Horn of Africa nation’s first national elections since 2005 after a campaign marred by allegations of intimidation by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s ruling party. The polls opened at 6 a.m. local time, with 31.9 million registered voters slated to elect […]

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Virginia Congressman blasts Ethiopia’s ruling junta

In an interview with BrownCondor.com, Virginia Congressman Jim Moran blasts Ethiopia’s ruling junta as repressive and a disgrace. The Congressman went on to say that the U.S. Government should stop giving $2 billion per year to the Meles regime until it stops its anti-democracy and anti-human rights activities. He also called on the Ethiopian-American community […]

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Ethiopia at the Crossroads of History

By Alemayehu G. Mariam There is an old morality tale of The Emperor’s New Clothes about a king who is so self-absorbed, vainglorious and obsessed with his appearance that he hired two suit makers and gave them vast amounts of money to sew him the finest silk robes. They agreed to make the robes but […]

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No meaningful revision in U.S. policy toward Ethiopia

By Nathaniel Myers | ForeignPolicy.com A government clampdown has rendered the outcome of Sunday’s parliamentary elections a foregone conclusion. Washington doesn’t seem to mind that its ally, Prime Minister tribal warlord Meles Zenawi, is assured a win. I first glimpsed the depth of suppressed urban anger toward the Ethiopian government a few hundred paces into […]

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The Eerie Silence of Ethiopia’s Election Campaign – TIME

By Zoe Alsop | TIME Ethiopia is quiet as it heads into Sunday’s parliamentary elections — and that is part of the problem. The somberness of the capital Addis Ababa is in stark contrast to the massive demonstrations led by the opposition that took place before the vote in 2005. Though the opposition won an […]

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Ethiopia’s ruling junta heads for easy win in a fake election

By Jason McLure | Bloomberg.com Ethiopian Prime Minister tribal warlord Meles Zenawi, whose nation receives billions of dollars in Western aid, is headed for an easy re-election on May 23 after stifling the opposition, according to analysts and human-rights groups. “The government has pretty effectively disbanded the leadership of the opposition and undercut its ability […]

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I could have died at 22

By Gideon Haile I am an Ethiopian who is residing in the Washington Metro Area. I hope my story below will inspire other Ethiopians. I could have DIED at the age of the age of 22 from being UNHEALTY and OVERWEIGHT. I have read that you all are looking for an inspiring story about weight […]

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Bomb wounds 13 in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

EDITOR’S NOTE: This seems to be the work of Woyanne thugs. MEKELE, Ethiopia (Reuters) — A bomb exploded on a bus in Ethiopia near the Eritrean border wounding 13 people, police said on Thursday, three days before elections. “A bomb exploded on a bus with 25 passengers onboard when it arrived in Sheraro town from […]

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ONLF fighters attack Woyanne army base (Reuters)

By Barry Malone ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (Reuters) — The Ethiopian government ruling Woyanne ruling in Ethiopia confirmed on Wednesday that insurgents had attacked an army base five days before national elections, but denied the rebels had seized control of the garrison town. The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), which wants autonomy for the Ogaden region […]

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Woyanne challenged on its home turf

Peter Heinlein Tigray Region, Ethiopia (VOA) — Tensions are high in Ethiopia ahead of the May 23 elections for parliament. It will be the first nationwide vote since the flawed 2005 election that ended in violence, leaving hundreds dead. The country’s ruling party is facing a stern test in its own backyard. Rugged describes Tigray, […]

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Ethiopian ESAT is a game changer.

Ethiopian ESAT is a game changer. By Yilma Bekele When you think things look bad and hope is fading something happens to boost the morale and compels you to get up and give it another spin. When the little tyrant is making fun of democracy and elections and freedom lovers everywhere despair there comes a […]

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Tension high in Ethiopia’s Oromia region (Reuters)

Forty policemen march two-by-two through a remote Ethiopian town drawing stares from local farmers for their incongruous high-tech stab vests, body armour and riot helmets. “Look, they are trying to terrify us,” says opposition politician Teshale Idosa, his eyes widening. “And it is working. They are terrifying. We are terrified.” The tension is palpable in […]

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Ethiopia: Interview With Birtukan Midekssa

Alemayehu G. Mariam Note: Except for elements inserted in the nature of narrative license, syntax and independently established facts, this “interview” is based on English or Amharic translations of public statements, hearing testimony, speeches and other declarations[ 1] of Birtukan Midekssa, the first woman political party leader in Ethiopian history and that country’s most famous […]

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Live interview with Col. Alebel Amare – Friday 2 PM EST

Ethiopian Review, in collaboration with other Ethiopian media, will interview Col. Alebel Amare, senior leader of the newly formed Amhara Democratic Force Movement, on Friday, May 21, starting at 2 PM Washington DC Time. The interview be broadcast live in Ethiopian Review Online Paltalk Room. For more info: [email protected]m

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Embassies in Ethiopia warn citizens ahead of election

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Afrigue en ligne) — Western diplomatic missions in Addis Ababa have sent out warning messages to their citizens in Ethiopia or those planning to travel there, as tension builds in the Horn of Africa country ahead of the 23 May polls. The French Embassy, in an email sent to the country’s citizens […]

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Leaders like Meles and Museveni must die, for Africa to be free

By By Charles Onyango-Obbo | The East African In 2002, the deep divisions in Kenya’s ruling Kanu party, allowed the National Rainbow Coalition led by President Mwai Kibaki to score an unprecedented landslide for an opposition party in Africa. In Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni and his ruling National Resistance Movement had a stranglehold on power […]

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Why the current rash of political murders in Ethiopia?

By Shlomo Bachrach Ethiopia has had little experience with elections. Several powerless parliaments were chosen over the decades, with few voters and minimal consequences. When the Derg fell and the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) was consolidating its power, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) realized that the invitation they got to participate in government […]

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An Irish man’s compassion for Ethiopia turned to anger

By Laura Noonan | Irish Independent For David McKernan, it all began with a trip to Ethiopia in 2005. The boss of the coffee chain Java Republic demanded that his hosts take him to the remote region where the country’s best coffee is located. But this part of Africa proved to be grittier than anything […]

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Q & A with Berhanu Nega

By Bucknell Magazine LEWISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA — In December, an Ethiopian court sentenced Bucknell University Professor of Economics Berhanu Nega, former mayor of Addis Ababa, to death in absentia for terrorism. Q: Your colleagues and friends understand that this charge is bogus, but do you hear from others who don’t? A: I haven’t heard from anyone […]

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Ethiopian and Californian elections

By Yilma Bekele It is election season in California. Two positions are open. The governorship and Federal Senate positions are up for grabs. Both parties, that is the Democrats and Republicans are going thru the primary process to nominate their strongest candidates for the November elections. November is Six months away but the contest is […]

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Gonder under military siege

Ethiopia’s ruling junta (Woyanne) has turned the city of Gonder is into a militarized zone by deploying tens of thousands of additional troops. Woyanne suspects that fighters of armed resistance groups have entered the city to carry out attacks on regime forces during this month’s general elections that will be held on May 23. According […]

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Opposition party activist shot dead in a rural area Ethiopia

By Jason McLure ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (Bloomberg) — An activist campaigning for Ethiopia’s opposition Medrek alliance was shot dead in a rural part of Oromiya, the third killing in a week in the southwestern region ahead of elections on May 23. Girma Kabe was killed on May 4 in the North Shewa district, Negasso Gidada, […]

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Ethiopia: Happy Mother’s Day, Birtukan!

Alemayehu G. Mariam Happy Mother’s Day, Birtukan (Invictus) Midekssa ! As Mother’s Day is celebrated in Ethiopia on the second Sunday in May, I feel privileged to share with my readers a testimonial tribute honoring Birtukan Midekssa, the first female political party leader in Ethiopian history and the most famous political prisoner in that country. […]

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An American on hunger strike for Birtukan

By Raswork Mengesha Chris Flaherty is the producer of the movie called Migration of Beauty, which shows the struggle of Ethiopians for democracy in Ethiopia in the context of an American experience Chris Flaherity undoubtedly loves our historical and great country Ethiopia and our people, above all he is steadfast to Dr. Martin Lutherkings’ principle […]

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Three politicians murdered in two months

By Barry Malone ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) — Ethiopia’s ruling party accused the opposition on Friday of killing one of its candidates ahead of this month’s national election, in an allegation denied by the main opposition alliance. Both sides have stepped up rhetoric ahead of the May 23 election — the first vote in the Horn […]

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Woyanne thugs attack Prof. Merara Gudina

By Jason McLure ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (Bloomberg) — Ethiopia’s ruling party (Woyanne) has increased harassment of opposition supporters before a May 23 election in the Horn of Africa country, opposition coalition leader Prof. Merara Gudina said. Activists loyal to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front have thrown stones at his car, breaking […]

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ከይልማ በቀለ PDF ውድ ወንድሜ አቶ ግርማ ካሳ ያቀረቡትን ጽሁፍ በአዲስ ቮይስ ድረ ገጽ ላይ አንብቤዋለሁ፡1 አቶ ግርማ ካሳ በየጊዜው በዳያስፖራ ድረ ገፆች ላይ በአለው የአገራችን ሁኔታ የሚጽፉትን ተከታትዬ አነበዋለሁ። ጊዜአቸውን ውስደው፤ በጥሞና አስበው የሚአወጡት ጽሁፍ አንባቢዎቸቸውን ስለ ውድ አገራችን እንድናስብ ያበረታታናል ብየ አምናለሁ። ዛሬ ግን አኔ ማተኮር የፈለጉት ሰሞኑን በጻፉት “የፊታችን ምርጫ ቀልድ ነው […]

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Latest interview with Col. Alebel Amare (video)

Latest interview with Col. Alebel Amare, a senior leader of the newly formed armed Amhara resistance group — Amhara Democratic Force Movement. Watch below:

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Saudi police arrests 8 Ethiopians accused of bank robbery

By MUHAMMAD HUMAIDAN JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA (ARAB NEWS) — Police here arrested one Somali and eight Ethiopians, all men between the ages of 20 and 30, who are accused of being members of a gang that would monitor banks and rob people coming out of them. The arrest stems from one incident in which a […]

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U.S. Amb. Donald Booth takes over his new post in Ethiopia

United States Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald Booth presented his credentials to President Woaynne puppet Girma Woldegiorgis on Monday at the Presidential Palace. Ambassador Booth, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 10, arrived in Ethiopia on April 21. Ambassador Booth told President Girma that the United States considers Ethiopia to be an important […]

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VOA director writes open letter to Ethiopian listeners

By Andy Sennitt | Radio Netherlands The Voice of America (VOA) is expressing deep concern about the jamming of VOA broadcasts into Ethiopia and the blocking of VOA websites. In an open letter to Ethiopian listeners issued on World Press Freedom Day [3 May], VOA Director Danforth Austin said, “we are opposed to all efforts […]

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Ethiopia: The Fire Next Time

Alemayehu G. Mariam Encore performance! It is the same two act play (farce) of May 2005. The stage is the same. The director is the same. The stagehands are the same. The script is the same. The players are the same stage veterans. The stagecraft (lighting, makeup, props) is the same. The audience is the […]

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Prayer for the Horn of Africa

Pastor Samuel Degu Kebede and other religious leaders are hosting a multi-denominational prayer service for peace in the Horn of Africa. The religious leaders are holding a meeting on Monday, May 3, starting at 2:00 PM, and invite all those concerned to attend. Place: Peach Orchard Retreat Center Address: 15712 Peach Orchard Road, Silver Spring, […]

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AAU students clashed, several wounded

Last night several Addis Ababa University (AAU) students were severely injured after supporters of Woyanne and Medrek clashed with each other following a televised debate. Federal Police entered the AAU’s 6 Kilocampus to stop the disturbance. More at Awramba.com

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Bomb thrown at Ethiopia opposition candidate’s home in Axum

By Jason McLure | Bloomberg The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission started a probe into a grenade attack on an opposition candidate’s home in a remote village in the north of the country, an investigator said. The state-run body will release a report on the April 27 incident after about a week, investigator Mulugeta Netta said […]

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2 Ethiopian state TV journalists under arrest

New York (CPJ) — In light of the Ethiopian regimet’s longstanding practice of jailing journalists on trumped-up criminal charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the detentions last week of two government TV journalists on allegations of misusing state property. CPJ is monitoring the legal proceedings closely. Editor Haileyesus Worku and reporter Abdulsemed […]

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