Monthly Archives: February 2011

Ethiopia’s ruling party wins 100% in off-term elections

Off-term elections were held in Ethiopia over the weekend although they attracted little attention. The elections were a waste of resources since 99.9 percent of the candidates and the voters are members of the ruling party Woyanne. Out of the 10,000 candidates, only 2 were non-Woyanne members, and less than 10 percent of voters went […]

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The Price of Liberty and Dignity

By Teodros Kiros The defiant citizens of Libya fought against roaring tanks, piercing guns, and fast helicopters intent on destroying the resilient human bodies to silence, to perpetual acquiescence in the culture of tyranny. Old men and women, boys and girls, even babies, were not spared from the violence of tyranny. A shameless dictator and […]

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Thugtatorship: The Highest Stage of African Dictatorship

Alemayehu G. Mariam Thugogracy in Africa If democracy is government of the people, by the people and for the people, a thugogracy is a government of thieves, for thieves, by thieves. Simply stated, a thugtatorship is rule by a gang of thieves and robbers (thugs) in designer suits. It is becoming crystal clear that much […]

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Tigray is part of the Ethiopian pro-democracy movement!

The wind of change that is sweeping the Middle East and North Africa has reached at the doorsteps of Ethiopia. Ethiopians through out the country and in the diaspora have resolved to embrace the change, and through a sustained and determined peaceful struggle, will remove Meles Zenawi’s dictatorship that has been misruling Ethiopia for the […]

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Interim government being formed in Libya

(Al Jazeera) — Former Libyan justice minister Mustafa Mohamed Abdel Jalil – who resigned from Gaddafi’s cabinet on Monday in protest at the killing of protesters – earlier told Al Jazeera he had led the formation of an interim government based in Benghazi, Libya’s second city, in the eastern part of the country now largely […]

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An Ethiopian Uprising is Now or Never

By Teodros Kiros The great Machiavelli, the architect of political thinking spoke convincingly about virtu and Fortuna. Virtu is skill, the ability to be skillful and flexible, when time requires it; Fortuna on the other hand, is the tuning of one’s senses to the language of the right time. We must carefully listen to Fortuna […]

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U.S. freezes Gaddafi assets

Finally the Obama Administration starts to take action against Gaddafi today, albeit in a timid manner. What the people of Libya need is a no-fly zone so that Gaddafi will not be able to bomb them from the air and use chemical weapons against them. (Al Arabiya) — U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday imposed […]

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Are Ethiopians angry enough to revolt?

By Messay Kebede While events of historic proportions are occurring in the Arab world, the question that haunts Ethiopians is whether similar uprisings are possible in present-day Ethiopia, that is, whether the inspiring impact of events in Arab countries would be strong enough to provoke unrests and demonstrations in Ethiopia. Since the occurrence of the […]

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Time is ticking at the doors of Meles

By Albert Michael Today Africa, especially its North region, is in a storm. People of the region are experiencing the momentum of the storm by physical taking part in it. People outside the region have been feeling the flame and shocked with the happenings. This phenomenal time in the history of Africa is a wow […]

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu demands action on Libya

African Governments are “failing” Libyan citizens and all Africans PRESS STATEMENT by Civicus African Governments’ appalling lack of pressure to force Libyan Leader, Muammar Gaddafi, to halt the violence and step down, reflects persistent inadequacies in the African Union (AU). Their failure to act decisively threatens progress towards democracy and respect for human rights on […]

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Ethiopians in Libya exposed to vigilante attacks

The brutal attack by mercenary forces against anti-Gaddafi protesters and civilians in Libya is now exposing refugees from Ethiopia and other African countries to vigilante attacks. The brutality of the mercenaries, many of whom were sent to Libya by planes in the past few days, is making Libyan citizens understandably bitter, and while the opposition […]

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Mahidere Andenet Radio Atlanta 15th Anniversary

Mahidere Andenet Radio Atlanta is celebrating its 15th anniversary Saturday, Feb. 26. You are invited to the celebration event: Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 26, at 6:00 PM Place: 2201 Lawrenceville HWY, Decatur GA 30033 More info: 404 580 4207

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Woyanne mercenaries captured in Libya (video)

Libya opposition forces continue to capture mercenaries who have arrived by planes from other African countries to carry out Gaddafi’s threat of bloodshed. Some of the mercenaries were sent to Libya by Gaddafi’s long time friend and aid recipient Meles Zenawi, who himself is a genocidal dictator. The following video shows some of the soldiers […]

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Exporting Ethiopian girls: The story of Trungo (video)

Ethiopians in the Diaspora have become the largest source of hard currency for the brutal dictatorship in Ethiopia bringing over $3 billion annualy. To keep the revenue flowing, companies that are affiliated with the ruling party are busy exporting poor Ethiopian girls to Arab countries to work as maids in slavery-like conditions. These girls face […]

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UK rejects call by France to impose no-fly zone over Libya

The U.K. government is notorious for its anti-human rights foreign policy. Rejecting the call by France to impose no-fly zone over Libya so that Gaddafi would not commit genocide should not come as a surprise. No wonder people around the world despise the morally bankrupt government of the U.K. that sells weapons to genocidal dictators […]

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Legitimacy of Political Power

By Dejenie A. Lakew The Temporal Sign and Demand of Society: Legitimacy of Political Power A leader exercises power of leadership and service on a particular society. The power he/she has can be legitimate or otherwise. The legitimacy of the power of a leader comes from the people. If not from the people then the […]

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Libya opposition forces take control of more towns

Libyan opposition forces, with the help of troops who joined the protesters, are tightening the noose around Gaddafi by taking more town today. Gulf News reports that the opposition is now controlling 90 percent of the country. Meanwhile, Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan and Saudi Arabia have decided to take a different course by releasing political prisoners, […]

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Botswana joins Peru in breaking diplomatic ties with Libya

Botswana is the only African country with a freely elected decent government. Their action against Libya is an example of their moral decency. (CNN) — Botswana’s foreign affairs ministry said in a statement, “In light of the massive and disproportionate force visited upon peaceful protesters by the Libyan security forces, the government of Botswana summoned […]

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Protests called in Zimbabwe, Gabon, Cameroon, Mauritania

The Washington Post and New York Times are reporting that anti-dictatorship protests in north Africa are spreading south. * Anti-government demonstrations, which have spread across Northern Africa, seem to have moved across the rest of the continent to Cameroon, Gabon, Zimbabwe and Mauritania. In Cameroon, protests have been called for Wednesday to demand the ouster […]

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Meeting with Berhanu Nega, Neamin Zeleke in Texas

On February 12 and 13, 2011, Ethiopians in Houston and Dallas, Texas, held public meetings with Dr. Birhanu Nega of Ginbot 7 Movement and Ato Neamin Zeleke of the Alliance for Freedom, Democracy and Justice. The meetings were held at Houston Baptist University, Houston and at Double Tree Hotel, Richardson, TX. Ato Neamin spoke on […]

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Peru breaks diplomatic ties with Libya

Here is a small nation with a big heart standing up for justice. Thank you Peru. (AP) — Peru’s government has announced it is suspending diplomatic relations with Libya to protest the violence unleashed by its leader Muammar Gaddafi against his people. A statement released Tuesday evening by President Alan Garcia’s office on its website […]

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Conditions in Ethiopia justify revolution

By Shimekit Debalke Over the last couple of weeks or months, I have been carefully listening to, watching, and reading conflicting messages about the importance and timeliness of a popular uprising in Ethiopia to topple the TPLF-led regime. Some people argue that the “Jasmine‖” and “Nile Revolutions” that successfully took place in Tunisia and Egypt, […]

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The Moral Economy of A New Ethiopia in the Horizon

By Teodros Kiros We Ethiopians know what we do not want, but some of us know what we do not want,  as well us what we want and could want.  When we ask for regime change, we do so with a firm vision of a new Ethiopia. We have a well thought out possibility for […]

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US Republican Congress to cut foreign aid by 41%! Bravo!

There is a good news coming out of the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress. Doug Bandow of Forbes Magazine reports that Congress is cutting foreign “aid” by 41 percent this year. This a great news for the people of Ethiopia and other countries who are suffering under U.S.-financed brutal dictators. For the dictators themselves, however, it is […]

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Meles and Gaddafi – partners in crime

By Yilma Bekele They say ‘in any relationship, if one party wants a change, that party needs to instigate change.’ The Tunisian people felt change was necessary. The Egyptian people agreed. The Libyans, Yemenis, Algerians, Bahrinians and the Iranians are in the process of adapting the Tunisian model. They wanted change because hopelessness and apathy […]

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Desperation time for Meles and his thugs

Listen to the death threat in the audio clip below to understand how members and supporters of the genocidal tyrant in Ethiopia are filled with fear of an imminent uprising. Nothing has started yet but they are already having a meltdown.

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Meles Zenawi’s troops shoot at Libyan protesters

A South African news site, Business Day, is reporting that among the mercenaries who are shooting at Libyan protesters are troops who have been sent to Libya by Ethiopia’s tyrant Meles Zenawi for training. Meles Zenawi has a mercenary force known as “Agazi” that is trained to indiscriminately shoot at civilians, as witnessed in June […]

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Tekeda Alemu, prepare your speech

Several members of Libya’s mission to the United Nation, including the deputy ambassador, have today called on Gaddafi to resign. They also appealed to the U.N. to take action to prevent genocide by Gaddafi’s mercenary forces. When the imminent uprising in Ethiopia starts, will the Meles regime’s top diplomat at the U.N., Tekeda Alemu, take […]

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Military planes fire at civilian protesters in Libya

Al Jazeera TV is reporting that military aircraft fired live ammunition at crowds of anti-government protesters in Libya’s capital Tripoli today. Some Libyan air force pilot landed their fighter jets in Malta and told authorities that they are defecting because they are not willing to fire at their own people. Other developments: * Hundreds of […]

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Gaddafi has left Libya – Press TV, Al Arabiya reporting

Al Arabyia, Press TV, and a representative of Libyan opposition group have reported that Muammar Gaddafi has left Libya. Germany’s news web site TT.com also reports, quoting opposition groups, that Gaddafi has fled. On Monday, Gaddafi’s son, Seif al-Eslam, denied the report that his father left the country. Other developments (Guardian.co.uk) — In fast-moving developments […]

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Protesters attack Libya TV station – AFP

(AFP) — Protesters in the Libyan capital Tripoli sacked state broadcast offices and set branches of the People’s Committees that are the mainstay of the regime ablaze overnight, witnesses told AFP on Monday. “The headquarters of Al-Jamahiriya Two television and Al-Shababia radio have been sacked,” one witness told AFP by telephone on condition of anonymity. […]

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Why is the Obama administration tongue-tied on Libya?

Maybe it is fear of coming down on the wrong side of a coup that has left the Obama administration reluctant to criticize Qaddafi’s crackdown. When asked by a reporter if Qaddafi is a dictator, “State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley remained silent and looked for another question to answer,” Fox News reports. Nonetheless, the journalist […]

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Out of Touch in the Horn of Africa?

By Alemayehu G. Mariam The Berlin Conference of 2009 In 1884, the Berlin Conference was convened by the European imperial powers to carve out colonial territories in Africa. It was called the “Scramble for Africa”. In 2009, another Berlin Conference was convened by a high level group of diplomats (referring to themselves as the “partners”) […]

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Libya special forces started to support the people

* In Benghazi, the starting point of the revolt, three witnesses said that special military forces called in as reinforcements had instead helped the protesters take over the local army barracks. “The gunshots you hear are the gunshots of celebration,” said Abdel Latif al-Hadi, a 54-year-old Benghazi resident whose five sons were out protesting. * […]

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Al Jazeera jammed in Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s tyrant Meles Zenawi has jammed Al Jazeera today, according to residents in Addis Ababa. Meles has also been jamming Ethiopian Satellite TV (ESAT). In an anticipation of imminent revolt in Ethiopia, the Meles regime has been taking preemptive measures, such as warning parents to prevent their children from taking part in any anti-government activity, […]

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US embassy in Addis to host discussion with the opposition

The American embassy in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa has invited opposition groups for discussion on current developments in the region, Addis Neger reports: The embassy says that public uprisings, originating in Tunisia and Egypt, are expanding throughout the region to countries such as Bahrain, Jordan, Libya, Yemen and lately to neighboring Djibouti. According to embassy […]

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Bahrain: Troops withdraw from Square; Protesters celebrate

Manama, Bahrain (Los Angeles Times) — Protesters celebrated Saturday in Bahrain when police and soldiers withdrew from Manama’s symbolic Pearl Square, allowing young Shiite Muslims eager for a larger role in Bahraini society to take back their central stage. “The police backed down when they saw thousands of people coming from four directions,” said one […]

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Protesters take over Aden, Yemen’s second largest city

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Residents of Yemen’s second largest city say after 10 days constant protests, security forces have disappeared from the streets, threatening to plunge Aden into chaos. Residents of thbe port city say groups of men are attacking, looting and burning government buildings and there is no sign of police or armed forces. […]

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Massacre in Bahrain

By Robert Fisk Rumours burned like petrol in Bahrain yesterday and many medical staff were insisting that up to 60 corpses had been taken from Pearl Square on Thursday morning and that police were seen by crowds loading bodies into three refrigerated trucks. One man showed me a mobile phone snapshot in which the three […]

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Ethiopia censors Mideast protests – CPJ

By Mohamed Keita | CPJ As news of Middle Eastern and North African protests swirl around the globe, satellite television and the Internet prove vital sources of information for Africans as governments fearful of an informed citizenry and a free press such as in Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, and Zimbabwe impose total news blackouts on the […]

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40,000 Awasa residents to lose their homes

Deutsche Welle Amharic Service reports that 40,000 residents of Ethiopia’s southern town of Awassa have been asked to vacate their homes. The Woyanne ruling junta’s local puppet administration issued the order saying that the houses the residents own have been built without proper permits. It’s reported that several residents who have voiced opposition to the […]

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Dictators in sub-Saharan Africa take preemptive actions

By Alex Thurston As protests continue across the Arab world, rumblings of political discontent have sounded in sub-Saharan Africa as well. These rumblings range from serious protests in Gabon and Sudan to pro-revolution newspaper columns in countries like Nigeria. Revolution will likely not spread through sub-Saharan Africa, but leaders in Ethiopia and Uganda moved this […]

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Massive protest in Djibouti, Police fire at protesters

Tens of thousands of people held a massive protest rally in Djibouti against the regime of President Ismail Guelleh. Opposition leaders say that the police fired live bullets at peaceful protesters yesterday. (Bloomberg) — Djibouti opposition groups will meet today to decide what step to take next after police allegedly fired on demonstrators yesterday, injuring […]

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Protesters take over Libya’s Benghazi Airport – BBC

Libya, one of the most repressive regimes in Africa, is unable to stop the wave of popular uprisings against dictators that is sweeping through northern Africa and the Middle East. The Libya pro-democracy protesters are taking their activities outside of the capital city to avoid direct clashes with the security forces that have been firing […]

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Bahrain’s military largely made up of foreign recruits

Middle Eastern correspondent for CSM, Dan Murphy, reports that Bahrain’s small military is made up of foreign mercenary recruits. No wonder they are willing to gun down unarmed civilians. in Ethiopia we face the same situation. The regime in power rules and behaves like a foreign entity. The ruling junta hates the people of Ethiopia. […]

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Bahrain leaders must face crimes against humanity charges

The Bahrain military has open fired on thousands of protesters on Friday, according to AP. The number of dead and injured is unknown yet. The international community must not tolerate this atrocity. The Bahrain leaders and military commanders must face charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. If such barbaric act goes […]

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Ethiopian native owns half of DC’s gas stations

To hear him tell it, Joe Mamo’s move from Ethiopia to North Dakota in 1981 was accidental. Mamo’s father, Yenberber Mamo, was a public transit mogul who manufactured buses and ran the first fleet to provide service across Ethiopia. The operation made his father’s Mamo Kacha bus line a household name in the East African […]

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The destruction of Gambella’s “Hidden Treasure” (video)

Every thing in Ethiopia is being pillaged, plundered, looted and destroyed by the gang of thugs that is currently ruling Ethiopia. After carrying out a genocidal war in Gambela [read here], the Meles regime is now preparing to destroy the region’s natural resources by leasing large tracts of forest land to foreign investors at bargain […]

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Land grab in Ethiopia – Discussion with Dr Fikre Tolossa

Northern California Peace Corps Association (NorCal PCA), in partnership with the Commonwealth Club of California, will hold a discussion on: LAND GRAB IN AFRICA: THE CASE OF ETHIOPIA presented by Fikre Tolossa, PhD, Playwright/Author Though Africa is no longer threatened by armed colonizers, foreign exploiters are threatening Ethiopian farmers by obtaining fertile land from African […]

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Guide to removing dictators

Ethiopian activists who are organizing an uprising against the ethnic apartheid dictatorship in Ethiopia don’t have to invent new methods. There are strategies and methods that are proven to be effective against some of the most brutal dictators around the world. One of the pioneers in this field is Gene Sharp. The New York Times […]

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Prof. Stiglitz, reconsider your support for Ethiopia’s tyrant

Open Letter to Professor Stiglitz Professor Joseph Stiglitz Economics Department, Columbia University 814 Uris Hall, MC 3308, 420 West 118th Street New York, NY 10027 Dear Professor Stiglitz, First, we Ethiopian economists and scholars express our sincere admiration for and recognition of your distinguished work in advancing the frontiers of economic thinking and your world renowned contributions to the theory of information which earned you and your colleague (Professor Grossman) […]

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5,000 hectares of ancient Ethiopian forest to be destroyed

By Obang Metho The Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MoARD) is ignoring objections from Ethiopian President Girma Wolde-Giorgis, from the Environmental Protection Authority of Ethiopia (EPA) and from the indigenous Mazenger people of Gambella, to the clearing of 5,000 hectares of ancient forests in the Godere District, located at the headwaters of five […]

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Wikileaks: U.S. perspective on Ogaden counter-insurgency

By Peter Chrichton The latest Wikileaks cable details the US Government’s 2007 position on the ongoing conflict in the Ogaden region, following the ONLF’s attack on an oil installation. The cable considers the Ethiopian Government’s rationale for such a “brutal and excessive counter insurgency operation” and provides a fascinating insight into US perceptions about the […]

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Information hungry Ethiopians rent newspaper to read

Information hungry Ethiopians who are too poor to buy newspapers are resorting to renting them per half hour basis, according to a report that is published by South Africa’s Mail & Guardian. One of the places where newspapers are being rented is the Arat Kilo neighborhood of Addis Ababa where Meles Zenawi and wife Azeb […]

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Azeb Mesfin builds new house at the cost of 82 million birr

Azeb Mesfin, the wife of Ethiopia’s tyrant Meles Zenawi, is building a new residence inside the Menelik Palace compound at the cost of 82 million birr, FORTUNE, an Addis Ababa-based business journal reports. Azeb, who is known in Ethiopia as the mother of corruption, is building the residence with public funds, while according to the […]

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African Union lagging in defense of press freedom – CPJ

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has issued a report today stating that the African Union (AU) is lagging in defense of press freedom and that African governments are criminalizing investigative reporting. What the CPJ forgot to add is that AU is a union of thugs, thieves, and mass murderers like Ethiopia’s Meles Zenawi, Sudan’s […]

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Revolution and reformation in Ethiopia

By Natnael F. Alemayehu For those who hope to see a thriving and united Ethiopia, I say to you: “If home is where the heart is, and the heart is more powerful than the mind”. If we have Ethiopia in our hearts, and no fear in our minds, it is the enemy who should fear […]

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The Meles regime in danger of falling – U.S. journalist

A U.S. investigative journalist, Wayne Madsen, tells RT TV that Meles Zenawi’s regime in Ethiopia is in danger of falling. Watch below

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Algeria decides to end state emergency

The Algerian government announced today that it is lifting the state of emergency that has been imposed since 1992 as opposition groups plan more protests. The regime of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is also considering additional measures such as wage increases, importation of more food and major reforms in order to appear responsive to the public […]

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Iran pro-democracy movement is reignited

Iran pro-democracy movement is the latest to join the revolution against dictators in northern Africa and the Middle East as thousands of protesters clashed with the police on Monday and though out the night. (Al Jazeera) — Clashes between pro-reformists and security forces in Tehran have left several people injured, with one person reported killed. […]

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Indian farmers head to Ethiopia

The United Nations is currently asking the international community to donate food for 2.8 million Ethiopians, and yet the so-called “Ethiopian government” sells fertile land to foreign investors to grow oil seeds and sugarcane for export. Chandigarh, INDIA (PTI) — A group of Indian farmers in Punjab today said that they are going to grow […]

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Africa’s Youths United Can Never be Defeated

Alemayehu G. Mariam Mubarak, Irhal! A specter is haunting Africa and the Middle East – the specter of an awesome army of youths on the move, in revolt, marching for freedom, chanting for democracy and dying for human rights and human dignity. Millions of youths are standing up and demanding dictators to stand down and […]

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Yemen protest intensifies despite brutal police attacks

Savage attacks by Yemen police have so far been unable to stifle the intensifying pro-democracy protests across the country. On Sunday, thousands of students who joined the demonstration came under attacks by security forces and pro-government thugs. The protesters are demanding reform and the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (Al Jazeera) — Several thousand […]

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Bahrain opposition groups call for protest rally

(Al Jazeera) — Bahrain’s security forces have set up checkpoints to monitor people’s movements as opposition groups blanketed social media sites with calls to stage the first major anti-government protests in the Gulf since the uprising in Egypt. Units patrolled shopping centers and other key spots in a clear warning against holding Monday’s rally, which […]

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Free internet access! More bad news for dictators

Dictators try as much as they can to restrict the free flow of information. Ethiopia’s beggar dictator pays China tens of millions of dollars to block web sites, radio programs, and satellite TVs. By some estimate, the Woyanne ruling junta has spent over $250 million for such technology while millions of children in Ethiopia go […]

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Ethiopia’s dictator gives warning to parents

As the revolution clock is ticking in Ethiopia, the Meles regime is acting and behaving like any other dictatorship — intensify its repressive measures. This week, the ruling party’s security agents have started to gather parents and give them stern warnings to prevent their children from participating in any anti-government activities. Two days ago, prominent […]

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Yemen police beat up pro-democracy protesters

SANA’A — Yemen security forces with clashed with Yemeni pro-democracy protesters on Friday and Saturday. The protesters were celebrating resignation of Egypt’s dictator Hosni Mubarak. They are also demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen to step down. Princeton University Yemen scholar Gregory Johnsen told the VOA that some of the protests within the last […]

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Algeria’s regime shuts down internet sites

Following the successful revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt that overthrew entrenched dictators, a new revolution has started in Algeria on Saturday, February 12, 2001. Instead of learning from Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Ben Ali of Tunisia, Algeria’s dictator Abdelaziz Boutifleka is taking similar actions against pro-democracy protesters. Today he sent out on the streets […]

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Algeria police arrest hundreds of protesters

Algeria police arrested hundreds of protesters who are demanding reforms at a rally on Saturday. Thousands of police in riot gear stopped the protesters from entering May 1 Square where the demonstration was called by a coalition of civic and political groups. However, a Small number of protesters succeeded in entering the square, shouting “Bouteflika […]

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Algeria Revolution Day 1

Pro-democracy activists have declared Saturday, Feb. 12, “Day 1” of the Algerian Revolution against the regime of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The ctivists have defied a ban against public political gatherings and called a march in Algiers today in which thousands are expected to participate. In response, the regime has brought 30,000 police officers into Algiers. […]

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I salute Al Jazeera

By Elias Kifle Many seem to give credit to the social media (Facebook, Twitter and blogs) for helping the Egyptian and Tunisian youths who brought down the entrenched dictatorships in their country, but there is not enough mention about the contributions made by Al Jazeera, except by the dictators themselves. I used to dislike Al […]

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Hosni Mubarak resigns! Congratulations Egypt!

(BBC) — Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down as president of Egypt. In an announcement on state TV, Vice-President Omar Suleiman said Mr Mubarak had handed power to the military. It came as thousands massed in Cairo and other Egyptian cities for an 18th day of protest to demand Mr Mubarak’s resignation. Protesters responded […]

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Sudan cuts off fuel supply to Ethiopia

By Desalegn Sisay ADDIS ABABA (Afrik-news.com) — Fuel prices in Ethiopia will be raised next month following a recent decision by its Sudanese suppliers could also affect fuel availability in Ethiopia. The Horn of Africa country spends an average annual 20 billion birr on the importation of petroleum products. Ethiopia’s projected budget of 1.42 billion […]

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ESAT is back on air after a 24-hour interruption

Ethiopian Satellite TV (ESAT) is back online today after being off air for 24 hours, according to the station’s management. ESAT is now transmitted on the following frequency: C-BAND Intelsat 10 at 68.5E TRANSPONDER 14 DOWN LINK 3808 V SYMBOL 10340 FEC 3/4

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Mubarak refuses to step down

EGYPTIAN President Hosni Mubarak has reiterated his intention to stand down in September, igniting the wrath of thousands of protesters in Cairo’s Tharir Square. His comments in a national TV address confounded earlier reports that he was preparing to stand down immediately. The 82 year old dictator said he had passed on some of his […]

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Strong likelihood Mubarak would walk tonight – CIA chief

(UK Daily Mail) — Hopes were growing in Cairo this evening that President Hosni Mubarak might be about to step down – with immediate effect. Military and ruling party officials said the unpopular 82-year-old was about to speak to the nation. Sources indicated he would make an announcement that would satisfy the protesters’ demands. Since […]

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Ethiopia’s regime most illiterate – Brian Stewart

Brian Stewart, a journalist for CBC and one of Canada’s most experienced foreign correspondents, writes that Ethiopia’s regime has a blasé attitude about food shortage in the country and that he supports The Economist’s description of the regime as one of the most economically illiterate in the world. The following except is taken from Brian’s […]

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Calling on Tigreans to rise up against Meles Zenawi

Former finance head of the Tigrean People Liberation Front (Woyanne), Ato Gebremedhin Araya, has called on the people of Tigray to rise up against Ethiopia’s tyrant Meles Zenawi. Ato Gebremedhin, who accuses Meles Zenawi of crimes against humanity and looting Ethiopia’s treasury, made the call to Tigreans in an interview with Yewarkaw. Listen to the […]

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8 Ethiopian refugees died from suffocation in Mozambique

MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE — The UNHCR said it has learned that 8 Ethiopian asylum seekers died on February 2 from suffocation aboard a closed container truck in Mozambique. The UNHCR reported the men were among a group of 26 young Ethiopians trying to reach South Africa. The UN refugee agency said the Ethiopian asylum seekers had […]

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The destruction of western Ethiopia forest must be stopped

The ruling party in Ethiopia is going ahead with the destruction of 3,012 hectares of forestry land in the Gambela region over the objection of local population, officials, and environmental groups . The land has been leased to an Indian company for 70 years to be used for growing tea. The beneficiaries of such investment […]

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U.N. says 2.8 million people in Ethiopia face starvation

The West’s favorite dictator in Africa, Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, and his wife Azeb Mesfin, the mother of corruption, are busy stealing Ethiopian coffee, gold and other resources, while, according to the UN, 2.8 million Ethiopians are currently facing sever food shortage. The solution is not for the 2 million Ethiopians to receive food aid […]

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Ethiopian man found dead in Atlanta jail

An Ethiopian man named Desta M. Tesfai was founded dead at the county jail in Dekalb, a suburb of Atlanta, according the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Read the full report below: ATLANTA (AJC) — A man charged with killing his wife hanged himself in the DeKalb County jail, sheriff’s deputies said. Desta M. Tesfai, 47, was found […]

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Local official dismissed over land grab protest

Local elected officials in southern and western Ethiopia are bitterly opposing the selling away of farm land by the Woyanne ruling junta to foreign investors. Some of the local officials who take a stand are receiving threats and being summarily dismissed by Meles Zenawi’s puppets who are installed as regional administrators. One of these officials […]

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Opposition parties in Ethiopia boycott off-term elections

All opposition parties in Ethiopia have decided to boycott the off-term elections that is scheduled for the end of this month. The elections will be held to fill vacant seats in the rubber-stamp parliament and regional assemblies, according to Ethiopian Review sources. Medrek, a coalition of 8 opposition parties, informed the election board, which is […]

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Al Amoudi’s Sheraton Hotel to be closed down

General Manager of Al Amoudi’s Sheraton Addis told department managers last week that the hotel will be closed down soon and will stop taking reservations starting February 15 unless the management is unable to reach an agreement with the union, according to The Reporter. Sheraton Addis, built 13 years ago, is the largest hotel in […]

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Ethiopians in DC, Munich, Seattle demand Meles to resign

Ethiopians residing in Munich, Seattle and Washington DC held protest rallies today and over the weekend demanding the resignation of Ethiopia’s corrupt and brutal dictatory Meles Zenawi. In Washington DC, the protest took place today at the Woyanne-controlled Ethiopian embassy. The protesters held chanted ENOUGH! Meles has to go! 20 Years of Dictatorship Must End! […]

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Land grabbing and its dire consequences in Ethiopia

By Hundee Dhugaasaa The suffering of farmers in Ethiopia, especially in Oromia, Benishangul, Somali and Gambella regions is going from worse to the worst in Ethiopia as a result of inequitable land acquisitions, better called “neo-colonial land grabbing,” by foreign investors in the name of lease by the Ethiopian regime. This act is worsening the […]

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A Declaration in Defense of Human Rights in Ethiopia

By Alemayehu G. Mariam John F. Kennedy said: Those who make peaceful change impossible, make a violent revolution inevitable.” The English colonial government made peaceful change impossible in the American colonies leading to the American Revolution in 1776, an event memorialized in the American Declaration of Independence and celebrated annually on July 4. On July […]

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Wikileaks: Germany describes Meles as economics illiterate

Ethiopia’s khat-addicted dictator Meles Zenawi likes to show off his expertise in economics to his puppets at the rubber-stamp parliament. It is always a hilarious scene when he talks about economic issues with confidence and authority while members of parliament looked on in bewilderment (see here). It’s to be remembered that ECONOMIST magazine on its […]

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Egypt’s super-rich take their money out of the country

Business partners of Egypt’s ruling party have started to take their money out of the country, according to Bloomberg. Ethiopia’s super rich who are looting the country in partnership with the Woyanne ruling junta have been doing that for a while now. We have previously reported (read here) about one of them, Samuel Tafesse, who […]

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Who stole 10,000 tons of Ethiopian coffee?

When Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi announced recently that 10,000 tons (20 million pounds, or 9 million kilograms) of coffee disappeared without a trace, the Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit (ERIU) immediately went to work to find out who took it. For ERIU’s crack team of investigators it was not difficult to find out how 25,000 truck […]

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Sudan protesters persist despite savage police attacks

Protesters in Sudan regrouped and launch another protest today after the security forces savagely attacked and dispersed them last week. The following is by Reuters: (Reuters) — Police beat and teargassed students protesting in Sudan’s Sennar state, the latest in a series of short-lived demonstrations partly inspired by uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, witnesses said. […]

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An Ethiopian heritage group in N. America formed

PRESS RELEASE Introducing the ETHIOPIAN HERITAGE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA The Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America “EHSNA” Board is proud to announce the formation of the Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America a 501(c)(3) organization. EHSNA’s primary mission and vision is to promote, and preserve the rich heritage and traditions of our Ethiopian ancestors. […]

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Obama Administration’s dealing with Mubarak ‘cowardly’

Renowned Middle East journalist Robert Fisk speaks from Cairo on the historic uprising and how U.S. President Barack Obama has lost an opportunity to back a democratic movement in the Middle East. “One of the blights of history will now involve a U.S. president who held out his hand to the Islamic world and then […]

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U.S. Senate passed resolution asking Mubarak to resign

The United States Senate has passed a resolution by unanimous vote on Thursday calling on Egypt President Hosni Mubarak to transfer power to a caretaker government. The resolution was authored by Senators John McCain and John Kerry. Read the full text below. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES RESOLUTION Mr. KERRY (for himself and […]

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Ethiopians in Seattle to join Egyptians in a day of protest

By Kirubeal Bekele SEATTLE — Most of us Ethiopians are simply watching it like a movie. As if we were free people. When revolution is spreading like wild fire in Tunisia, Egypt and all over against brutal dictators, we Ethiopians are just watching. Stop it. We have work to do. We have a killer dictator […]

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Preparations from regime change in Ethiopia underway

Conditions in Ethiopia are more ripe for regime change than in any other country in the world. These are some of the facts: 1. The dictator, Meles Zenawi, has been in power for 20 years. He is the most despised politician in Ethiopian history. 2. The economy is in shambles with over 40 percent unemployment. […]

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Friday is set as D-Day for Egypt’s dictator

Egypt’s pro-democracy protesters, who have so far rejected the idea of storming the presidential palace, are now planning to force Mubarak out of power on Friday. The declaration was made by Dr Mohamed El Baradei, whom the protesters and opposition groups designated as their spokesperson. Egyptians have marked Friday as “Departure Day,” El Baradei told […]

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Revolution and Discipline in Egypt: A lesson for Ethiopians

By Teodros Kiros The people’s revolution in Egypt must succeed, otherwise tyrants in the region are going to feast and sharpen their military apparatus and jail thousands of those who camped out on the streets of the great Cairo, home to the pyramids and the great MAAT, queen of Justice. I can imagine MAAT the […]

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Pro-democracy Egyptians push back Mubarak thugs

Mubarak is tearing apart his country just so that he can stay 8 more months in power. Despite his claim to be a patriotic Egyptian, he is clearly an evil tyrant who is willing to shed the blood of his countrymen to prolong his grip on power. It’s heartening to witness the unarmed pro-democracy protesters, […]

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