Monthly Archives: October 2010

Tecola Hagos asks Tigreans to take a stand against Meles

Prof. Tecola Hagos, former legal adviser to Meles Zenawi, has written an eye-popping article, in a form of book review, that calls on Ethiopians of Tigrean origin to take accountability for allowing Meles Zenawi to loot Ethiopia for this long [read below]. If most Tigrean intellectuals come out and a take a similar stand, the […]

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Meles Zenawi toys with TPLF honchos

Ethiopia’s despot Meles Zenawi who has recently completed the transformation of his regime into a one-man-dictatorship is now toying with his former equals in the ruling TPLF  leadership by demoting them to mid- and low-level government posts. His latest move is the appointment of Abay Tsehay as manager of the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation. Before the […]

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Woyanne to launch people-to-people tour in the Diaspora

Woyanne, the ruling tribal junta in Ethiopia, is preparing to launch a people-to-people tour in Europe and North America with known athletes and artists. Recently, the Woyanne Minister of Culture and Sports Aster Mammo held a secret meeting in Washington DC and set up a committee to help coordinate the program. The committee is composed […]

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New ambassadors appointed

Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi has appointed several ambassadors today. For minister of foreign affairs Seyoum Mesfin and minister of state for foreign affairs Tekeda Alemu the appointment in the surface appears to be a demotion, but reportedly both individuals have asked to be ambassadors so that they can get medical treatment in the West (in […]

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ESFNA and the art of lying

By Yilma Bekele What is it about us Ethiopians that invite abuse? Is there a big fat lettering stuck on our forehead that proclaims ‘I am stupid?’ It is not some idle question but a subject that requires some soul searching and must be answered if we have to move forward and expect to bring […]

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TPLF health minister to recieve award

The Legatum Institute, a London-based independent research, policy and advocacy organization, has recently ranked Ethiopia under the Meles dictatorship 108 out of 110 countries that were surveyed (See here). And yet the U.S.-based National Foundation for Infectious Diseases is preparing to honor TPLF Health Minister Tedros Adhanom, the person who is responsible for one of […]

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Tagay Gebremedhin’s statue to be destroyed (video)

Following a widespread alms boycott by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, the illegitimate synod presided by Tagay Gebremedhin (formerly Abune Paulos) has decided to destroy the statue he recently built for himself in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. Although Tagay Gebremedhin and his cadres are trying to give a different spin to the decision to thorn down the […]

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Diaspora remittance is lifeblood of the Meles regime

Prof. Seid Hassan has informed us a couple of years ago that without the hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign currency that Ethiopians in the Diaspora send to Ethiopia (remittance), the Meles dictatorship would have faced a grave financial crisis. In a recent book, Dr Aklog Birarra has pointed out that Ethiopians in the […]

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Grace, Azeb stark similarities

Ethiopia’s mother of corruption Azeb Mesfin has found her match in Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwe’s dictator. The similarities between these two witches is amazing. Like Grace, Azeb is forming business partnerships left and right. Like Grace, Azeb is a whore. Read the article below about Grace Mugabe and judge for yourself. Mugabe’s wife […]

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The Meles Doctrine

By Yilma Bekele What exactly is a doctrine is a good question. It is a formal way leaders lay down their beliefs, principles, and/or vision so that their citizens will have some clue of where they are taking the country. Apparently Sarah Palin was not aware of the concept, when she sat down with a […]

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Dialogue for common goal

In preparation for a united front, Ethiopian opposition groups need to answer what their common goal is. According to Ethiopian Review editorial adviser Ato Sioum Gebeyehou, the common goal that binds every one in the country is Ethiopiawinet, i.e., to belong to one nation called Ethiopia. The following presentation by Ato Sioum explains that Ethiopia […]

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The smell of corruption envelops ESFNA

Ayaya Arega

By Elias Kifle The recent lawless action of Ethiopian Sports Federation North America’s (ESFNA) executive committee in reversing a decision by the board to invite Birtukan Mideksa as a guest of honor has drawn the attention of a number of Ethiopian groups and concerned Ethiopians who have started to take a closer look at the […]

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The Meles regime goes after Sebhat Nega’s Wegagen Bank

By Mikias Sebsibe | The Reporter Awash Construction SC, the state-owned construction enterprise, filed a lawsuit against Wegagen Bank, which is owned by a former member of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) politburo Sebhat Nega, for the recovery of nearly 800,000 birr plus interest for a failed construction project. The construction company signed a […]

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Ethiopia: Feed Them and Bleed Them

Alemayehu G. Mariam Western Donors as Accessories to “Democricide” in Ethiopia The helping hand that feeds Ethiopians is the same hand that helps bleed Ethiopia. Every year, the U.S., U.K, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, Japan and other Western countries hand out billions of dollars in “humanitarian” and “economic” aid to the regime of dictator-in-chief Meles […]

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“Foreign Affairs Minister” hold talks with U.K. soccer team

Meles Zenawi’s new, non-Tigrean, “Foreign Affairs Minister” Hailemariam Desalegn has assumed his position and one of his first major tasks is a meeting with an English football team, while the real Foreign Affairs Minister, Berhan GebreKristos, a central committee member of the Tigray People Liberation Front (Woyanne), is calling on U.S. Secretary of State Hillary […]

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World Bank is financing repression in Ethiopia – Ben Rawlence

Ben Rawlence, author of a new Human Rights Watch report, “How Aid Underwrites Repression in Ethiopia,” accuses the World Bank of feeding repressing in Ethiopia in his latest piece posted today on HuffingtonPost.com. He writes: Publicly, the World Bank insists that development programs are helping large numbers of people and that there are mechanisms to […]

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Invitation to worldwide volunteers conference – Sunday

The 5th Anniversary of Ethiopian Election Massacre Remembrance task force invites patriotic Ethiopians around the world to participate in a worldwide volunteers conference that will be held on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 4:00 PM Washington DC time. The conference will 1) update participants on the planned worldwide events, and 2) receive feedback and suggestions. As […]

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Poverty-mongers come out against HRW report on Ethiopia

A collection of international aid agencies in Ethiopia that has named itself Development Assistance Group (DAG) has issued a statement rejecting a recent report by Human Rights Watch that points out how foreign aid is being used by the ruling junta to suppress people. DAG said: We do not concur with the conclusions of the […]

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Ethiopians in Seattle dispersed a Woyanne meeting

Brave Ethiopians in Seattle have dispersed a meeting called by Woyanne cadres Friday afternoon. Woyanne Minister of Youth and Sports Aster Mamo and two other ruling party officials were scheduled to speak at public meeting. After chasing away the Woyannes, the Ethiopian activists held a meeting to discuss plans for the upcoming 5th anniversary of […]

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A letter to my Ethiopian sisters

By Mesrak Gessesse October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” in the United States. I am writing this “letter” in hopes of raising greater awareness about the disease among Ethiopian women and encouraging them to fight the disease effectively with early detection and treatment. With the types of treatments available today, breast cancer is a disease […]

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Ethiopians to remember martyrs of the 2005 Election Massacre

NEWS RELEASE Ethiopians from various cities in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia held a conference on Saturday to discuss and coordinate plans for the upcoming 5th anniversary of the Ethiopian Election Massacre. The participants discussed and updated each other about the various events that are being organized throughout the month of November in remembrance […]

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ESFNA teams rally behind Birtukan vote

The Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) is engulfed in a controversy after its Woyanne-infested 9-member executive committee has tried to reverse the 27-member board’s decision to invite Birtukan Mideksa as a guest of honor. As reported earlier (see here), majority of the ESFNA board voted by a wide margin to invite Birtukan, which […]

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Live broadcast of Nov. 7 Worldwide Ethiopian Conference

The worldwide conference to commemorate the 5th anniversary of Ethiopian election massacre will be broadcast live via video, audio and teleconference on Sunday, November 7, 2010, starting at 2 PM Washington DC time. Teleconference Dial: 712 432 0075, and enter code 215557 Audio Paltalk Rooms: ECADF and Qale Video Click here mms://wms.230D.edgecastcdn.net/20230D/AVA or visit any […]

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TPLF’s Berhane GebreKristos the real Foreign Affairs Minister

Ethiopia’s despot Meles Zenawi appointed HaileMariam Desalegn as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Yesterday, new ministers of state were appointed and Meles loyalist and TPLF Central Committee member Berhane GebreKristos is given the foreign ministry, keeping the real power within the Meles crime family. Former foreign affairs minister Seyoum Mesfin is expected […]

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UPDATE – Ethiopians hold Vigil for Ali Mohammed (photos)

6:30 PM — Hundreds of Ethiopians in the Washington DC Area are holding candle light vigil for Ali Mohammed on 9th and U Street. The vigil started at 6 PM. [Read about Ali here] [Photos by Abebe Belew and Fitsum Girma] Vigil for Ali outside DC9 at 9th and U Street Ali’s sister at the […]

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Vigil for the murdered Ethiopian man in DC – tonight

Ali Mohammed’s family and friends, in collaboration with Ethiopian civic groups in the Washington DC Metro Area, are holding a candle light vigil at corner of 9th and U Street tonight starting at 6 PM. Ali, a young Ethiopian man, was savagely beaten and murdered by the owner of DC9 Night Club and 4 of […]

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Woyanne thugs fight to disinvite Birtukan

Over the weekend, the Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America’s (ESFNA) board decided to invite Birtukan Mideksa as a guest of honor at its annual event (read here.) Today we have learned that the Woyanne-infiltrated 9-member executive committee of ESFNA is in the process of reversing the decision of the 39-member board to invite Birtukan. […]

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Foreign aid underwrites repression in Ethiopia – HRW

Human Rights Watch has released a 111-page report that discusses how the $3 billion Ethiopia’s dictatorship receives annual from foreign donors is fueling the Meles regime’s machinery of repression while contributing little or nothing for the country’s development. HRW writes: Led by the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), the government has used donor-supported […]

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ESFNA board members clashed over Birtukan

The Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) board members held a meeting over the weekend to plan for its annual event. Toward the end of the meeting, the board members voted to invite Birtukan Mideksa as a guest of honor by an overwhelming majority over the objection of some of the Woyanne/Al Amoudi supporters […]

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Guns drawn in dispute with Ethiopian housing agency

Following recent consolidation of power by Ethiopia’s despot Meles Zenawi and his wife Azeb Mesfin, several high-ranking and mid-level members of the ruling Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) have lost their jobs. Many of these TPLFites have been living in houses given to them rent free by the Rental Housing Administration. Now that they are […]

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Let Ethiopians Hear America’s Voice

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Ethiopian Citizens Have the Absolute Constitutional Right to Listen to the VOA So many lessons to learn from Columbia University! When dictator-in-chief Meles Zenawi spoke unceremoniously at Columbia on September 22, he was talking trash about the Voice of America (VOA). He said he decided to jam VOA broadcasts in Ethiopia […]

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UPDATE – DC night club owner beats young Ethiopian to death

UPDATE ( Oct. 17): A preliminary hearing  has been scheduled for November 11 at the DC Superior Court. Also watch the video below. (Oct. 16) — The owner and 4 employees of DC9, a night club on Washington DC’s U Street, savagely attacked and killed a young Ethiopian named Ali Ahmed Mohammed early Friday. The […]

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Missing Ethiopian man in Atlanta found

ATLANTA (WSBTV) — A limo driver who disappeared nearly a week ago turned up late Thursday night with no explanation. Negero Debero, a native of Ethiopia, disappeared last weekend, sparking a search when police found his smashed Lincoln town car abandoned on Interstate 85 on Oct. 8. Friends of Debero told Channel 2 Action News […]

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The Internet equivalent of three meals a day

By Hindessa Abdul Ethiopia[‘s dictator] has minted a new ministry of Communication and Information Technology. It is not yet clear what it is officially entrusted to do. The most obvious thing though, the country has largely missed out on information technology. The state’s monopoly on telecommunication didn’t help improve matters. To the contrary, it was […]

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Meles Zenawi’s daughter pukes

The 22-yea-old daughter of Ethiopia’s despot Meles Zenawi pukes from over-eating and drinking… … while over 80,000 resident of the capital city, including children, survive by eating trash (see here) at the city dump. See more photos here about the over-fed and over-indulgent children of the ruling Woyanne junta. The photo above shows Semehal puking […]

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Addis Ababa’s largest cemetery to be uprooted

Some families whose loved ones are buried at the St. Joseph (Kidus Yosef) Cemetery in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa have contacted Ethiopian Review with information that the land is needed for development and that they need to remove the remains of their relatives. Families are being told to disinter their relatives and rebury them on […]

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80,000 Addis Ababa residents eat trash to survive (video)

The video below shows a shocking story about 80,000 Ethiopians who survive on trash at the Addis Ababa city dump in an area called Korah. Many of the people who scavenge through the trash are children and women. These people are living under such horrible poverty not because Ethiopia is a poor country. Some of […]

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Televised rape of human dignity – Neamin Zeleke

By Neamin Zeleke Two or three decades ago, every Ethiopian from each imaginable sector of society would have been grossly offended by the utterly sad spectacle of the brave Birtukan Mediksa, a defenseless woman, a mother of a child, paraded in public and forced to undergo televised self humiliation and public shame. Birtukan Medkesa’s ineffable […]

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Fistfight breaks out at a Woyanne meeting

A fight broke out at a ruling party meeting chaired by Meles Zenawi last month, which ended with his spokesperson, Bereket Simon, flat on the floor, according to reliable sources close to the ruling party. Bereket had to get medical attention for the injury he sustained from a sucker punch by Abadula Gemeda, the former […]

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Bertukan and her ordeal

By Yilma Bekele Birtukan Mideksa is out of jail. Without exception (not including Woyane thugs) all Ethiopians are pleased. After all we are the reason why she went to jail isn’t it? I heard about Wz. Birtukan five years ago. She was one of Kinijit’s leaders and associates that were hauled to Kaliti after the […]

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Germany expands support for Ethiopia’s genocidal regime

It has been crystal clear for a while that the West (U.S., U.K., Germany others) will not be of any help to the struggle for freedom in Ethiopia. In fact, they are fueling the repression with billions of dollars in assistance to the brutal regime led by their favorite beggar despot Meles Zenawi. However, Ethiopians […]

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Heroin addiction reaching epidemic levels in Ethiopia

Just a couple of decades ago Khat (ጫት) consumption was limited to a small area of Ethiopia, mainly eastern and south eastern of the country. Today, Khat use is pervasive in all parts of Ethiopia, except the Tigray region where it is outlawed. As a result, currently a growing number of Ethiopian youth are addicted […]

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Rebtel provides lowest rate for calls to Ethiopia

Swedish based international call firm Rebtel have been making a splash in the area of international calls for quite some time now and once again, the company have posted outstanding results from the US, based on their share of the number of people in the US who call Ethiopia on a regular basis. Since Rebtel […]

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Ethiopia: Birtukan Unbound!

Alemayehu G. Mariam An October to Remember The great American novelist Thomas Wolfe wrote: “All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken. …” On October 6, […]

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Remembering the November 2005 Ethiopian Election Massacre

NEWS RELEASE Ethiopian civic and political groups, media, activists, scholars, and artists announce that November becomes “Ethiopian Election Massacre” commemoration month around the world. In preparation to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Ethiopian Election Massacre, a worldwide task force has been formed. The task force organizes various activities and a worldwide conference next month. […]

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Humiliated Sebhat Nega spending time in Tigray

The man who is fondly called by TPLFites (Woyannes) as Abo Sebhat is reportedly spending more of his time in his home region of Tigray after the ruling couple Meles Zenawi and Azeb Mesfin unceremoniously ousted him from the party last month. More than Meles, according to observers, it was Azeb who orchestrated Sebhat’s humiliating […]

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Meles semantics come from his Western allies – TIME

TIME magazine writes about opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa’s release and questions whether it is for show. TIME also points about the West’s implicit approval of Meles Zenawi’s anti-human rights conducts by continuing to give him hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance every year. His regime has received over a billion dollars from the U.S. […]

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Birtukan’s “apology” an indictment against the Meles regime

Ethiopia’s beggar dictator Meles Zenawi thought by forcing opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa to sign an apology letter he can humiliate her and her supporters. But when you look at the interview she was forced to give today on the Woyanne-controlled ETV and the apology letter itself, it is glaringly clear that she was made to […]

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Birtukan’s release in perspective

By Yilma Bekele Opposition leader Bertukan Mideksa has been released from Kaliti jail after spending six hundred forty four days, one hundred forty of it in solitary confinement. We are happy she is reunited with her family and loved ones. She was thrown into a rat infested jail not because she committed some dastardly crime […]

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Britukan greets friends, supporters – photos

Birtukan Mideksa has been released today after spending over 600 days in jail, out of which 200 days in solitary confinement where she was subjected to mental torture. The Woyanne beasts released her having accomplished their mission of conducting a fake election and forming an illegitimate government. Awramba Times shares with us the following photos […]

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Birtukan Mideksa’s arrest was a criminal act

The arrest of Birtukan Mideksa was a criminal act in the first place Ethiopian civic, political, and media groups, as well as activists in the Diaspora held a meeting today and issued the following statement on the release of Birtukan Mideksa: After holding a sham election in May 2010, and forming a fake parliament and […]

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Birtukan Mideksa freed

Ethiopian Review sources in Addis Ababa are reporting that opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa has been released today. Birtukan was thrown in jail by the ethnic apartheid junta in Ethiopia almost 2 years ago, Dec. 29, 2010. Birtukan left Kality jail at 11:15 AM local time today. She was greeted by family members, friends, and hundreds […]

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Ethiopia’s despot surrounds himself with more puppets

In a cabinet reshuffle that is announced today, Ethiopia’s khat-addicted dictator Meles Zenawi has replaced TPLF veterans Seyoum Mesfin and others with puppets like Hailemariam Desalegn (photo on the right). Dumber than a door knob, Hailemariam’s only qualification is the speed with which he wags his tail in front of Meles. The new 21-member cabinet […]

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Birtukan to be released tomorrow

A press conference is scheduled for tomorrow by Prof. Ephraim Isaac and other members of the elders committee regarding the release of Birtukan Mideksa, a political prisoner and chairperson of the opposition Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ) of Ethiopia. Sources in Addis Ababa have confirmed to Ethiopian Review that Birtukan’s family have picked […]

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Meles Zenawi’s puppets take their seats in Parliament

Hailemariam Dessalegn, Abadula Gemeda and other puppets were summoned to Ethiopia’s fake parliament yesterday to officially “elect” their puppet-master Meles Zenawi as prime minister for another five years. VOA reports the daytime realty show as follows: (VOA) — Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been sworn in to another five year term at the opening […]

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Dr. Kjetil Tronvoll speaks about Ethiopia at Columbia – Oct. 5

Kjetil Tronvoll will speak at Colombia University on Ethiopia: Towards Totalitarian State? Time: Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 12:00pm – 2:00pm Place: Knox Hall Kjetil Tronvoll is professor of human rights at the University of Oslo and holds  professorial competence in peace and conflict studies. He is also founding and senior partner of the think tank […]

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Abi Al Mariam named “Young Humanitarian of the Year”

Abigail, the daughter of our own Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam, has been named “Young Humanitarian of the Year” by the California-based St. Mary Hospital Foundation. It is not surprising that Abi is named a humanitarian. Her father, who is giving voice to the voiceless people in Ethiopia with his powerful writings, is a role model […]

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OLF resolves its internal crisis

The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) was engulfed by a disastrous internal crisis during the past two years. This week, it was announced that the crisis has finally been resolved. The leadership with split in to two camps — one led by Daud Ibsa and the other one by Gen. Kemal Gelchu. OLF issued the following […]

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Lessons From Columbia U.

Alemayehu G. Mariam “Let Ethiopians Debate Ethiopia” Following Meles Zenawi’s speech at Columbia University on September 22, Prof. William Easterly of New York University expressed his delight in seeing Ethiopians “participating in a debate about Ethiopia.” In his AID WATCH blog under the title “Lessons after the Meles Speech at Columbia: Let Ethiopians Debate Ethiopia”, […]

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Addis Dimts Radio annual event in DC – Sunday, Oct. 3

The Washington DC-based Addis Dimts Radio is holding its annual event this coming Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at the Washington DC Marriott Hotel. The event includes cultural music, discussion of current issues related to Ethiopia, and various other activities. Addis Dimts is serving as one of the pillars of the Ethiopian community in the Washington […]

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Remittance fuels Ethiopia’s apartheid dictatorship

Ethiopians who oppose Meles Zenawi’s ethnic apartheid tyranny persistently ask the U.S. and European governments to stop financing the regime, while forgetting that we in the Diaspora send over a billion dollars in hard currency to Ethiopia per year in a form of remittance. This amount is greater than what the Woyanne junta receives from […]

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