Monthly Archives: January 2011

Ethiopians are ready to rise up

By Teodros Kiros The people Ethiopia are ready to spontaneously rise as their brothers and sisters are doing in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and many more. Spontaneous uprisings are the necessary engines of social movements. They are infact the necessary conditions for the possibility of organized and disciplined revolutions. Spontaneity has its strengths but also its […]

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The call for an Educated Revolution

By Natnael F. Alemayehu The Deadly Sins of the Educated Ethiopian Before you begin reading the article, I urge you to think of not only what is happening today but also the steps after the inevitable revolution. I ask you to question your commitment and what you are prepared to sacrifice for your country. The […]

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Mubarak dictatorship on death watch

A commentator for British newspaper The Independent laments about the Obama Administration’s hypocritical stand on the Egypt popular uprising in his latest report from Cairo. We heard that some in the Obama administration, such as Vice President Joe Biden, saying that Mubarak should not step aside. Joe Biden went so far as saying that Mubarak […]

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Ethiopia ranks 202nd out of 213 countries in Facebook usage

Ethiopia under the 20-year-old brutal dictatorship ranks at the bottom on every thing, including in the number of social media usage. A statistics by Socialbakers.com shows (see below) that Facebook penetration in Ethiopia is only 0.28 percent, which is one of the lowest in Africa. Poor African nations such as Rwanda, Malwi and Togo have […]

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Protest to be launched in Syria

Al Arabiya News Channel is reporting that Syrians are getting organized to launch protests against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile, in Egypt the army ruled out use of force against civilians as a million people march and general strike are called for tomorrow by opposition groups, according to the BBC. DUBAI (Al Arabiya) — […]

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Dictatorship 101

By Yilma Bekele According to Wiki “in contemporary usage, dictatorship refers to an autocratic form of absolute rule by leadership unrestricted by law, constitutions, or other social and political factors within the state.” That is what we have in Ethiopia. That is what we are used to in Ethiopia. We have never known any other […]

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President Girma comes out against Meles land give away

The figurehead president of Ethiopia, Girma Woldegiorgis, has ordered the Minister of Agriculture, Ato Tefera Deribew, to stop selling forest land in Gambela to foreign investors. This is the first instance of Girma Woldegiorgis speaking against any policy of Ethiopia’s tyrant Meles Zenawi. The land give away brings hundreds of millions of dollars in hard […]

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Meles Zenawi must go!

Ethiopian pro-democracy activists from several cities around the world held a conference on Sunday and passed the following resolution: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Meles Zenawi must go! Having taken cognizance of the similarities and differences among the dictatorships that have been in power in North Africa, the Middle East and Ethiopia; Inspired by the relatively peaceful […]

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Washington Should Take Proactive Measures in Ethiopia

The events in Tunisia and Egypt have unveiled Washington’s foreign policy flaws in Africa. In both cases, Washington tolerated despotic regimes because they served a particular purpose. However, in the wake of the upheavals in both countries, Washington is now scrambling to devise strategies to control events and to formulate policies to reflect the new […]

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Revolution at the seat of the African Union headquarters

By Kiflu Hussain Right at this time, most of our African commanders-in-thug have assembled in my hometown, Addis Ababa. Imagine how these thugs would panic if Ethiopians suddenly rise up in unison like the Tunisians and Egyptians. The thugs would automatically abandon their comrade-in-thug, Meles Zenawi. By the way, Ethiopians are not new to making […]

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After the Fall of African Dictatorships

By Alemayehu G. Mariam After the Fall from the Wall What happens to Africa after the mud walls of dictatorship come tumbling down and the palaces of illusion behind those walls vanish? Will Africa be like Humpty Dumpty who “had a great fall” and could not be put back together by “all the king’s horses […]

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Sudan people rise up against the al Bashir dictatorship

The domino effect of the Tunisia jasmine revolution reaches Ethiopia’s neighbor Sudan today where protesters who demanded the resignation of the al Bashir dictatorship clashed with police, according to Al Jazeera. (Al Jazeera) — Sudanese police have beaten and arrested students as protests broke out throughout Khartoum demanding the government resign, inspired by a popular […]

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Wikileaks: Foreign land grap in Ethiopia

The latest Wikileaks release of U.S. diplomatic cables contains the American embassy’s assessment of Meles Zenawi’s giveaway of Ethiopian land to foreign investors. Read the full text below: NCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ADDIS ABABA 000247 SENSITIVE SIPDIS DEPARTMENT FOR AF/E JWIEGERT; AF/EPS – ABREITER AND GMALLORY; EEB/IFD/OMA – JWINKLER AND EEB/CBA – DWINSTEAD; EEB/TPP/BTA […]

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Ethiopia’s ruling party to convene an emergency meeting

The central committee of the ruling party in Ethiopia, the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (Woyanne) along with its puppet, Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), has reportedly scheduled an emergency meeting for Monday to discuss possible impacts of Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen uprisings on Ethiopia, according to Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit sources in Addis Ababa. […]

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Cry Ethiopia, cry my beloved country

By Msmaku Asrat This is a tribute and in memoriam to the millions of Ethiopians who have been murdered; disposed; driven out of their country and refused reentry on pain of death; subjected to grinding poverty, drought, and famine by two rouge, murderous and dictatorial governments that have been the beasts that devoured Ethiopia in […]

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Ethiopian activists worldwide to convene a conference

Inspired by the popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and Jordan against corrupt dictators, Ethiopian activists around the world will meet on Sunday to discuss conditions in their own country and what can be done to reignite the people’s struggle against the ethnic apartheid junta in Ethiopia. The meeting by Ethiopian activists, who had organized […]

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Why isn’t Egyptian army shooting?!

Unlike the notorious Egyptian police, the restraint shown so far by the Egyptian army in the face of a nation wide popular uprising is becoming no doubt worrisome to Ethiopia’s tyrant Meles Zenawi who himself is sitting on a ticking time bomb. Meles and his blood thirsty army chief, General Samora Yenus, may have called […]

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Sarkozy urged to speak out on abuses in Ethiopia

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy will travel to Ethiopia on January 30. The Human Right Watch (HRW) has issued a statement today urging Sarkozy to speaking out against human rights abuses in Ethiopia by the regime of brutal dictator Meles Zenawi. Read the statement below: HRW (Paris) — The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, is scheduled […]

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Ethiopia: A nation at a breaking point

By Abeba Fekade As many scholars and historians have stated and a living history that is written in our hearts testifies, Ethiopia is truly one of the best and magnificent of the ancient nations with great contribution to the wonders of the world and its civilization. No doubt for any one with clear glasses can […]

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Jordanians join the revolution against tyrants – AP

Thousands of Jordanians have marched through the streets of Amman today demanding Prime Minister Samir Rifai to resign. In Egypt, some police officers started to disobey orders to attack protesters, according to Al-Arabiya. Demonstrations ripple through Egypt and Jordan (Los Angeles Times) — Thousands of people took to the streets of the Jordanian capital to […]

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Obama’s absence of leadership on Egypt, Tunisa

To those of us who have hoped that U.S. President Barack Obama would make a drastic change in the U.S. foreign policy in favor of people’s aspirations for freedom are terribly disappointed at not only his broken promise to proactively promote freedom in the world, but when people rise up, such as in the case […]

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Egypt uprising escalates, protesters defy curfew

Latest Developments Mubarak deploys the army to enforce a curfew Police pulls back Protesters defy curfew, burned down ruling party’s headquarters Internet sites shut down Egypt Air cancels flights CAIRO (Reuters) – President Hosni Mubarak sent troops and armored cars onto the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities on Friday in an attempt to […]

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Mubarak shuts down Facebook, orders brutal crackdown

Egypt’s 80-year-old brutal dictator has shut down Facebook, Twitter, SMS and blogs today as protest grows. Mubarak’s regime is also resorting to brutal measures against protesters who are demanding his resignation. Egyptian police are known to be blood thirsty killers who shoot unarmed Ethiopian refugees in the back. If the protest in Egypt continues to […]

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The ‘domino effect’ in living color

By Yilma Bekele What is referred to at the domino effect is “a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then cause another similar change, and so on in a linear sequence.” We are witnessing that phenomenon right now. Fear of the domino effect is what got the […]

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Revolution against dictators spreads to Yemen (video)

The revolution that has started in the north African nation of Tunisia against entrenched dictators has now spread to Egypt and Yemen. Ethiopia’s genocidal junta also faces an imminent uprising, and reportedly many of the ruling party officials have already taken most of their looted money out of the country. The following is a video […]

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From Tunis to Cairo, and Cairo to Addis

By Maru Gubena I have often wished, especially given that things have started very recently in Tunisia and Egypt, to prove me wrong. I have even begged my Lord God, kneeling down and bowing my head to the ground, to prove me wrong, at least at this time, at this very moment — to allow […]

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U.S. urged Egypt not to block peaceful protests

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on Egypt’s dictator Mubarak to make reforms and not to block peaceful protests. A similar uprising is imminent in Ethiopia. It is NOT a matter of if, but when. When it happens, hopefully the U.S. Administration, unlike during the 2005 uprising, will be on the side of […]

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EPPF founding member speaks out

A Founding member of the Ethiopian Peoples Patriotic Front (EPPF), Ato Melke Mengiste, has spoken out about the disappearance of several members and officials of his organization during a 3-hour discussion at Qale Ethiopian Forum on Sunday.  Ato Melke also discussed the current state of affairs inside EPPF. Listen the discussion below: Here: [podcast]http://www.qaleforethiopia.com/images/stories/interview/Addis40 23.01.2011 […]

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Azeb Mesfin is squandering millions of dollars – ABC

A major newspaper based in Madrid, Spain, ABC Internacional, has reported that Azeb Mesfin, the wife of Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi is squandering the 1.2 billion euros her husband has stolen during the past two decades. (Read here) The newspaper identifies Azeb Mesfin as one of the most wasteful wives of African leaders and accuses […]

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Willard Hotel in DC cancels Woyanne meeting (photo)

WASHINGTON DC — Faced with protests by Ethiopians in the DC area, the luxurious Willard Hotel in Washington DC that is located a block away from the White House has canceled the meeting that was organized by Woyanne embassy this afternoon. Senior Woyanne junta officials Seyoum Mesfin and Girma Birru were scheduled to speak at […]

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Disappearances in Eritrea (interview)

Founding and senior member of the Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF), Ato Melke Mengiste, in an interview on Sunday with Netsanet LeEthiopia Radio in Washington DC, has expressed concern about the disappearance of Col. Tadese Muluneh, Ato Adane Mekuanent and several other former and current EPPF members. Ato Melke also held a 3-hour discussion with […]

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Ben Ali’s friends (satire)

Ethiopia’s tyrant Meles Zenawi and his wife Azeb (mother of corruption) may think that they have friends in Obama, Sarkozy and other Western leaders. Watch what happened to his friend in Tunisa, Ben Ali. The following video is satire, but it’s based on the truth. French President Sarkozy and all EU leaders rejected him when […]

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Ethiopians in DC to confront Woyanne Seyoum Mesfin

Ethiopians in the Washington DC area will stage a protest rally tomorrow, Tuesday, January 25, at the Willard Hotel (see map) to confront senior members of the Woyanne ruling junta in Ethiopia, Seyoum Mesfin and Girma Birru. The two criminals will hold a meeting at the luxurious Willard Hotel with supporters of the genocidal regime […]

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Ethiopian Review server outage

By Elias Kifle EthiopianReview.com’s server has been crashing for the past two days due to a coordinated attack. The attack continues today. I don’t want to go into details about what security measures we are taking to protect the web site, but I would like to assure every one that the Woyanne junta that is […]

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As African Tyrants Fall

Alemayehu G. Mariam The Invincible Dictators Mohandas Karmachand Gandhi (The Mahatma or Great Soul) is today revered as a historical figure who fought against colonialism, racism and injustice. But he was also one of the greatest modern revolutionary political thinkers and moral theorists. While Nicolo Machiavelli taught tyrants how to acquire power and keep it […]

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Atlanta police release sketches of Jagama’s killers

Atlanta police have released sketches of two men they want to talk to in connection to the shooting death of Jagama Beyene, a 26-year-old Ethiopian film producer who worked part time as a store clerk. (Fox 5) — Jagama was known to his friends and family as “J” and Jack Wizzy Now, they’re asking why […]

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Obama allocates $583 million for Ethiopia’s tyrant in 2011

U.S. Foreign to Ethiopia's dictator FY 2011

The Obama Administration has requested Congress $583.5 million in assistance for Ethiopia’s genocidal junta for FY 2011, according to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Foreign Assistance. This amount does not include grants and loans from other U.S. Government branches. The U.S. Congress has not approved the budget yet. The new Congress under Republican […]

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Ethiopians dominate Dubai Marathon

Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia wins the Dubai Marathon in the Women’s field today and her fellow Ethiopian Eshetu Wendimu finished third in the men’s field. In both fields Ethiopians dominated the course. In the women course 6 out of the top tens finishers are Ethiopians, while five Ethiopian men were in the top ten. Men Place […]

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Ethiopian film producer shot to death in Atlanta

Jack Wizzy (Jagama Beyene) Facebook friends express their grief

A young Ethiopian movie producer who worked as a store clerk to supplement his income was shot and killed early Thursday in Atlanta. (WSBTV.com) — The robbery occurred just after 3 AM on January 20, police said. Store owner Narendar Kour said the clerk, Jagama Beyene (also known as Jack Wizzy), opened a screen glass […]

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From Tunisia with love

By Yilma Bekele Here we are celebrating New Year in Tahesas. Accepting January, as Meskerem is a tall order. Enqutatash or Adis Amet is Adey Abeba blanketing the mountains with its vibrant bright yellow colors and the sun shining with all its strength. We are in the middle of winter here in the Northern Hemisphere. […]

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Plane heading to Ethiopia makes emergency landing

A plane carrying the Archbishop of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Jos Punt, and several other passengers to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa made an emergency landing in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik today after the pilots detected smoke in one of the aircraft’s engines. RKK reported that Bishop Jos Punt of Haarlem-Amsterdam, Deacon Fennis, and diocese spokesman […]

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Growing number of young Ethiopians embrace religion

By Elias Kifle While families of the new ruling elite, Woyannes and their opportunist allies, poison themselves with alcohol, khat and drugs, average young Ethiopians seem to be embracing religion more than ever. This is a pleasantly surprising development since they have almost no role model as the top leaders in the country — the […]

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Eritrea sends seasoned diplomat to Addis Ababa

The Government of Eritrea has sent one of its most seasoned diplomats, Ambassador Girma Asmerom, to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa as a representative to the African Union. Although Girma was sent to Addis Ababa because it is the seat of African Union’s Headquarters, the news has caused a rumor, fueled by Woyanne cadres, that it […]

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Tunisians ransack properties of deposed president’s family

By Eleanor Beardsley | NPR In the days since the overthrow of Tunisia’s dictator, looters have ransacked a whitewashed villa in an upscale suburban neighborhood of Tunis called La Marsa. The house belonged to businessman Moaz Trabelsi, one of the 10 brothers of the ousted president’s wife, Leila Trabelsi. And it’s a scene that is […]

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Will Ethiopia’s revolution be bloodless?

By Wodaje Ketema If a system is malfunctioning, says Tony Blair in his new book, Tony Blair A Journey (2010: 249), it does need to change, whether that change be gradual or abrupt. There is a regime that is oppressive and dictatorial, but may decide to go into the right direction of reform despite it […]

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ESAT plans to raise $1 million in 2011

ESAT Press Release The successful launch of the historic Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) service to Ethiopia on April 21, 2010 represents a giant step in the direction of freedom of information for all Ethiopians. ESAT is the result of the collective efforts of a small group of Ethiopians who are deeply committed to the principles […]

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News black out in Ethiopia about Tunisia revolution

By Elias Kifle After being tipped by a reader about Tunisia revolution news blackout in Ethiopia, I started to browse news web sites that are affiliated with and owned by the ruling party, Woyanne. It turns out that none of them are covering the Tunisia Jasmine Revolution (some call it Facebook Revolution), which is getting […]

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Ethiopian genocide suspect comes to the U.S.

The Horn Institute of Peace and Social Justice has reported today that President of the Somali Region in Ethiopia, Abdi Mohamud Omar, is due to arrive in the United States on January 18, 2011. Abdi Mohamud Omar is a puppet of Meles Zenawi in the Ogaden region — which was renamed Somali Region by Meles […]

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Referendum for Sudan, Requiem for Africa

Alemayehu G. Mariam Sudan’s Best and Worst of Times It is the best of times in the Sudan. It is the worst of times in the Sudan. It is the happiest day in the Sudan. It is the saddest day in the Sudan. It is referendum for the Sudan. It is requiem for Africa. South […]

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Top 10 similarities between Tunisia, Ethiopia ruling parties

The ongoing unrest and regime change in Tunisia, which is now named Jasmine Revolution because it is the national flower, has occurred as a result of conditions that are similar to current realities in Ethiopia. Two decades of misrule by the ruling parties of Ethiopia and Tunisia is the primary cause of the terrible economic […]

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Is federation of Ethiopia and South Sudan possible?

Nations and Nation Builders By Msmaku Asrat The following is a rather elaborate response to the objection raised by the good Sadiq Abdulrahman regarding my views about a future federation of Ethiopia with both South Sudan and self proclaimed independent Republic of Somaliland (formerly British Somaliland). Sadiq and I have more in common than he […]

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NMG political index gives Meles a failing grade

The Kenya-based Nation Media Group (NMG) has released its first annual African Presidents Index. The index has ranked Ethiopia’s genocidal tyrant Meles Zenawi as one of the top fifteen failed political leaders in Africa. NMG could not even give Meles an F grade, and instead give him an ICU (Intensive Care Unit). (Click here for […]

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The Ethiopian Diaspora House

By Maru Gubena As may be recalled, the issue of the Ethiopian Diaspora, its origin, and more particularly its potential role in and contribution to the process of political stabilization and democratization in Ethiopia, has been discussed relatively widely, if not as deeply as the community’s role and the extent of its involvement deserves. Some […]

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ECADF owner admits Col. Fitsum receives bribe

A desperate attempt is currently going on to cover up the crimes that have been committed against Ethiopian patriots in Eritrea in the hands of Col. Fitsum and his Ethiopian collaborators in the Diaspora. One of the colonel’s collaborators is an Internet discussion forum in Patalk.com called ECADF. When reports about the disappearance of Col. […]

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Protesters oust Tunisia president; Meles next

Widespread protests across Tunisia over economic crisis has forced the President of the northern Africa country. Ethiopia’s genocidal junta led by Meles Zenawi could also be facing the same fate soon as Ethiopia currently is engulfed in a debilitating economic crisis. Recent price hikes prompted Meles to impose price caps. This week, the Woyanne junta […]

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The writings of Teodros Kiros – Book Review

By Tecola Worq Hagos Professor Teodros Kiros is a well established personality in our Ethiopian Diaspora community (political life) due to his exemplary hard work and commitment to our political and social struggles. In several of his outstanding books, numerous essays and articles, we are privileged to learn about ourselves, about our struggle, and about […]

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DW Radio on Al Amoudi vs Elias Kifle (audio)

Deutsche Welle (የጀርመን ድምጽ ራዲዮ) has reported today about the lawsuit against Ethiopian Review editor by the richest man in Africa, Mohammed Al Amoudi. Click below to listen. [podcast]http://dw-world-od.streamfarm.net/Events/dwelle/dira/mp3/amh/7C8EA3DB_1.mp3[/podcast] Al Amoudi is an Ethiopian-born Saudi billionaire who is a self-acknowledged members of Woyanne, the ruling genocidal junta in Ethiopia. The lawsuit is stated as Al […]

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Disavowing disappeared EPPF fighters

By Elias Kifle The Asmara office of Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF) has issued a statement disputing a recent report on Ethiomedia.com about the execution of 17 members, including the former secretary general. According to the statement that was sent to Ethiomedia.com yesterday, the EPPF leadership does not recognize the 17 individuals who are listed […]

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Pardoning Derg officials: What is at issue?

By Desta Joy It is no wonder that the possible pardoning of former Derg officials has become a subject of heated controversy among Ethiopians. After all, it is about bunch of people who used (misused) the whole state machinery to brutalize and terrorize the whole country for seventeen long years! After all it is about […]

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Kitaw Ejigu remembered

Tomorrow, January 13, 2010, is the 5th anniversary of the passing away of Ethiopian scientist and patriot Kitaw Ejigu. Ethiopian Review pays tribute to this great Ethiopian whose life was cut short at a young age. Brief biography of Dr Kitaw Ejigu (Source: Wikipedia) Kitaw Ejigu (February 25, 1948 – January 13, 2006) was an […]

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“Eskedar” – a new book by Dawit WoldeGirogis

Shaleqa Dawit Woldegiorgis, the author of Red Tears and former high-level Ethiopian government official, has released a new novel based on true stories. The book is written in Amharic and it is currently being distributed in Ethiopia through underground networks. Artist Debebe Eshetu has written the following book review: እስከዳር:- ከዳዊት ወ/ጊዮርጊስ እስከዳርን አነበብኩት፡፡ዳዊት ወ/ጊዮርጊስን […]

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Defending against Al Amoudi

By Elias Kifle In getting ready to defend Ethiopian Review against Woyanne money man Al Amoudi’s malicious lawsuit, we are encouraged by the outpouring of support from Ethiopians around the world, including those with whom some times we disagree. (see the lawsuit here) I am particularly touched by the show of solidarity that is being […]

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Observations of a former diplomat on Sudan referendum

(Name withheld) South Sudan has drawn an international attention because of the week-long referendum now underway in that part of the country. The struggle of the people of South Sudan under the leadership of The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the political wing, and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the military wing, began three […]

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Woyanne sends troops to Sudan

The Woyanne ethnic apartheid junta in Ethiopia has sent thousands of troops to Sudan in a convoy of over 100 military trucks and equipment late last week, according to eyewitnesses at the Ethiopia-Sudan border. Ethiopian Review sources have reported that the military convoy was heading to the Sudanese city of Al Qadarif. Yesterday and today […]

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ESFNA falling apart

The Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) is falling apart in the face of leadership crisis and an impending boycott. The 28-year-old organization has been confronted with numerous problems during the past five years after it was hijacked by the ruling party in Ethiopia through its money man Al Amoudi. The problems include corruption, […]

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Looking for Bob Marley and Fela Kuti

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Music as a Weapon of Protest It is said that “music is a universal language.” Using a few notes and inspiring lyrics, musicians and song writers have waged relentless battles against the perpetrators of tyranny, oppression, inequality and injustice. Music is a divine language that can pierce through the stony walls […]

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The Lion of Judah in the New World – book

Prof. Ted Vestal is releasing a new book titled The Lion of Judah in the New World: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and the Shaping of Americans’ Attitudes toward Africa The book relates how Emperor Haile Selassie helped shape America’s image of Africa and how that image continues to evolve in the United States today. […]

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U.K. libel law is “an international laughing-stock” – DPM

In a recent speech on civil liberties, British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that the U.K. coalition government would restore civil liberties with the same systematic ruthlessness with which the former government took them away. It is this corrupt U.K. libel law that Ethiopia’s ruling party and its billionaire financier Al Amoudi are trying […]

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AEUP members throw punches at Hailu Shawel

The disgraced chairman of AEUP and Kinijit, Ato Hailu Shawel, and his deputy, Ato Yakob Likie have been attacked by AEUP members at the party’s office in Addis Ababa yesterday. The 76-year-old Hailu Shawel sprinted to his car and escaped while Yakob, who couldn’t run as fast, was caught and pummeled by angry AEUP members […]

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Several EPPF fighters disappeared, many feared dead

By Elias Kifle The latest news that came out of Eritrea regarding Ethiopian resistance fighters sent shock waves through Ethiopian communities all over. The report, which is posted on Ethiomedia last night, says that 17 members of the Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF) have been executed following the organization’s general assembly in February 2010. The […]

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Al Amoudi files lawsuit in London against Ethiopian Review

By Elias Kifle Ethiopian billionaire businessman Ato Al Amoudi has filed a lawsuit against Ethiopian Review in a U.K. high court. The lawsuit claims that the magazine: …has gravely injured the reputation of the Claimant, has exposed him to public scandal, contempt and odium and has caused him considerable embarrassment and distress. I am glad […]

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Several Ethiopians drowned off Yemen coast

Over eighty Ethiopians and Somalis have drowned after two boats capsized as they headed for Yemen today, CNN reported. Many of them are feared dead. (CNN) — More than 80 people are feared drowned after two boats capsized off the coast of Yemen, the coast guard in Aden said Monday. Yemen’s Interior Ministry confirmed the […]

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A Col. Fitsum hostage gives an interview

By Elias Kifle Previously, I have written about an Eritrean “adviser” to Ethiopian opposition groups named Col. Fitsum who has been arbitrarily arresting Ethiopians, blocking reform inside the opposition groups, sabotaging their activities so that they stay weak, turning their members against each other, and robbing funds that are being sent to EPPF from its […]

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A sloppy attempt at self-exoneration – Messay Kebede

By Messay Kebede My purpose begins by stating that my reading of Asgede Gebre Selassie’s book Gahdi 1 significantly departs from the review of the book by Tecola Hagos, an esteemed friend and an established public intellectual for the democratization of Ethiopia. Even though Tecola was critical of some aspects of the book, notably, of […]

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Elias and their ilk: Proving Sigmund Freud wrong?

By Kiflu Hussain Let alone in the strictly patriarchal society like Africa where the father as the head of the family wields a great deal of power that make or mar the psychology of his children, even in the Western society that prides itself of liberty and emancipation of women, the presence or absence of […]

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Why Do Things Always Fall Apart in Africa?

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Copycat Dictators and Cartoon Democracies in Africa Ivory Coast, December 2010. Laurent Gbagbo says he won the presidential election. The Independent Ivorian Election Commission (CEI) said former prime minister Alassane Ouattara is the winner by a nine-point margin. The African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the United […]

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