Monthly Archives: March 2011

Distinguished scholar Prof. Aleme Eshete passed away

We have been informed that distinguished Ethiopian historian and political science scholar Professor Aleme Eshete has passed away. Prof. Aleme has been living in Italy for the past several years. He has published several influential papers on Ethiopian history, including The Cultural Situation in Socialist Ethiopia (1982); The Role and Position of Foreign-Educated Interpreters in […]

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Say NO to Woyanne officials visit in north America

PRESS RELEASE Global Civic Movement for Change in Ethiopia This is a call to all patriotic Ethiopians to say No to the TPLF/EPRDF officials’ visit to North America searching for investment from the Diaspora community. We are not against investing and helping our country and people. On the other hand, we believe we should have […]

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Syrian cabinet resigns, political prisoners released

(VOA) — Syria’s state media say the government of Prime Minister Mohammed Naji al-Otari has resigned and the country’s president has accepted the resignations. The reports say President Bashar al-Assad accepted the Cabinet resignations on Tuesday, following more than a week of anti-government protests. The Associated Press says the 32-member Cabinet will continue running the […]

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Tinsae Ethiopia calls for nationwide actons to remove Meles

PRESS RELEASE Tinsae Ethiopia calls for the end of Meles Zenawi’s regime Last month, the newly formed Tinsae Ethiopia Patriots Union has distributed “Beka!” (Enough!) pamphlet in Amharic, Oromgna and Tigregna using its network through out Ethiopia (read here). In a follow up pamphlet two weeks ago, Tinsae Ethiopia has called for for nationwide protests […]

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Ethiopia: Country For Sale!

The Deal of the Century Supposing someone offered you the following land deal, would you take it or walk away believing it is too good to be true? For £150 a week (USD$245), you can lease more than 2,500 sq km (1,000 sq miles) of virgin, fertile land – an area the size of Dorset, […]

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Libyan freedom fighters retake Ajdabiya, advance on Brega

Libyan freedom fighters retook the strategic eastern town of Ajdabiya which they lost over a week ago, as air strikes by coalition warplanes pound forces loyal to Gaddafi. (VOA) — Libyan rebels chanted and fired their automatic rifles into the air after capturing the strategic town of Ajdabiya, which controls key roadways into eastern Libya. […]

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Beka! – Shambel Belaineh (video)

Popular Ethiopian artist Shambel Belaineh has released a new song titled ‘beka!’ (enough) that calls on Meles Zenawi’s regime in Ethiopia to resign. Watch below:

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U.K. to abolish anti-press freedom law

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ethiopian Review is one of the victims of the U.K.’s anti-press freedom law that the new prime minister is trying to abolish. (See here). New York Times Editorial The British government is, at last, moving to reform the country’s notorious libel law, which has long made London a magnet for frivolous lawsuits. The […]

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German parliamentarian speaks out on repression in Ethiopia

A member of Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, Mr Thilo Hoppe, has asked his government to review its policy toward Ethiopia. The following is the statement he released: Development cooperation with Ethiopia should be reviewed Thilo Hoppe, Member of the German Bundestag, has issued the following statement on the human- rights situation in Ethiopia: It is […]

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Syria’s president releases protesters detained by police

SYRIA (BBC) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later ordered the release of everyone arrested during the “recent events”, state media said. Assad’s regime have also pledged to introduce reforms to meet the demands of protesters, after days of violence in the southern city of Deraa, promised to study the need for lifting the state of […]

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Yemen president starts to negotiate terms for resigning

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the country’s top general are hashing out a political settlement in which both men would resign from their positions within days in favor of a civilian-led transitional government, according to three people familiar with the situation. The outlines of that peaceful transition emerged amid rising tension over the standoff […]

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Growing unease in Ethiopia – VOA

A sign of the government’s growing unease has been a partial resumption of jamming of VOA language service broadcasts to Ethiopia. The broadcasts are often jammed before Ethiopia’s elections, but the jamming stops after the voting. … [continue reading]

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Why is Meles going after OPDO?

Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi is going after officials and members of the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO) with a vengeance these days. So far over 150 officials and hundreds of members have been thrown in jail charged with corruption. Ethiopian Review has interviewed Col. Abebe Geresu about the mass purging inside OPDO. OPDO is one […]

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African dictators try to snuff out flames of discontent

By By MICHELLE FAUL and ANGUS SHAW | Associated Press Ethiopia’s 20-year government announced a cap on basic food prices within days of President Zine al Abidine Ben Ali’s flight from Tunisia. Opponents said Saturday the government has rounded up some 200 opposition members in the past week “in a preemptive action to prevent the […]

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Sugar and cooking oil disappearing in Ethiopia

Residents in Addis Ababa and other Ethiopian cities have to wait over 8 hours in line to buy sugar, cooking oil and other food items, according to Ethiopian Review sources. The photos below show a sugar line at a store on Tewodros Street in Addis Ababa yesterday, March 21, 2011. Meanwhile, it is reported that […]

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Clearing people and forests for agribusiness

The Meles dictatorship in Ethiopia continues to displace people from their land and destroy ancient forests to grow crops and flower for export, as the video below shows:

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Meles talks about military action against Eritrea – VOA

VOA’s Peter Heinlein from Addis Ababa is reporting that Meles Zenawi’s regime in Ethiopia has changed its policy toward Eritrean to “actively advocate the overthrow of the government in Eritrea.” News agencies quoted Ethiopean Prime Minister dictator Meles Zenawi as telling an Eritrean opposition radio station his government would work in a ‘diplomatic and military […]

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Officials, top army general in Yemen resign

The country’s United Nations ambassador, Abdullah Alsaidi, has resigned, Reuters reports. Alsaidi is the latest member of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government who has stepped down from their positions, in protest of the violence and killing of pro-democracy protesters. On Friday, both the country’s tourism minister and the head of the party’s foreign affairs committee […]

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Protesters in Syria burned down ruling party’s office

SYRIA — Protesters in the city of Deraa burned the house of the ousted district governmor as well as the ruling party’s HQ and a local culture ministry office. Al-Arabiya also reported that Syrian army tanks arrived in the city on Sunday. VIDEO On Sunday, at least five people were killed and 60 were injured […]

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Ethiopia: Broken Contract, Broken Faith, Broken Country

Alemayehu G. Mariam Over the past week, Meles Zenawi has been waxing eloquent on contract and leasehold law. Asked by a local journalist whether the winds of change blowing in North Africa could make a detour to Ethiopia, he said that was impossible because he and his party have a five-year “contract” with the Ethiopian […]

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U.S. fires 110 Tomahawk missiles against Gaddafi forces

BENGHAZI, Libya (NBC) — The United States launched its first missile attack on Libyan air defenses on Saturday, NBC News confirmed, as America and its allies began military action to enforce a no-fly zone. A senior U.S. military official said the missile strikes were aimed at sites along the Libyan coast. The missiles were launched […]

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French fighter jets flew over

(Bloomberg) — French military jets flew over Libya, ready to enforce an air-exclusion zone to halt Muammar Qaddafi’s attacks on rebels, as Western leaders met in Paris to consider their next steps. The planes were in the air not far from Libya this afternoon and were ready to carry out air strikes if there are […]

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Over 200 opposition members arrested in Ethiopia

Meles Zenawi’s regime in Ethiopia has so far this week rounded up and thrown in jail over 200 members of Medrek, a coalition of eight opposition parties. Most of the detainees are from the Oromo People’s Congress (OPC) and the Oromo Federal Democratic Movement (OFDM). According to Medrek secretary general, 217 OFDM and 40 OPC […]

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Syria security forces clash with protesters

(Al Jazeera) — Protests have erupted in at least three towns across Syria in the most serious case of unrest in decades for a country that has been ruled with strict emergency laws for almost half a century. (BBC) — At least two protesters have been shot dead in the south Syrian city of Deraa […]

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Meles Zenawi purges senior Oromo officials

Ethiopia’s paranoid dictator has purged several senior Oromo officials in the Oromo People’s Democratic Movement (OPDO), an affiliate party of the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (Woyanne). Some of the senior officials who have been arrested recently include Zelalem Jemaneh, OPDO executive committee member; and Daba Debele, OPDO central council member and head of Addis […]

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The Abyssinian character

The following are a couple of excerpts from an interesting book about the Abyssinian Character by a Russian Traveler Alexander Bulatovich who traveled to Ethiopia around 1896. The book was translated and edited by Richard Seltzer in 2000. Ethiopia Through Russian Eyes: a Country in Transition, 1896-1898. Lawrenceville NJ, Red Sea Press. (Excerpts) It is […]

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Only an Ethiopian uprising can save the economy

By Teodros Kiros A careful study of world uprisings has convinced George Katsiaficas, the leading expert on social movements, that uprisings empower people and unleash their hitherto untapped passions and energies that fuel dormant economies and revive them in extraordinary ways. Uprisings create spaces of organized political actions during which time the people develop some […]

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Obama appears to prefer a Gaddafi victory

Ethiopian pro-democracy forces need to closely examine the Obama Administration’s policy toward Libya that is based on short-sighted naked self interest and examine their strategy accordingly. The following is an insightful analysis by David From that was posted on The Telegraph today. Barack Obama is in no hurry to see Gaddafi go By David Frum […]

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Ato Meles and his never-ending threats

By Yilma Bekele The people’s uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East have been the talk of Ethiopians both at home and the Diaspora for the last month and half. We are surprised by the sudden fall of the tyrants of Tunisia and Egypt. We are watching with keen interest the volatile situation in […]

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Revolution and Ethiopian youth

By Teodros Kiros Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has accused a little known Muslim extremist group of staging a wave of church burnings to provoke communal tensions in the Horn of Africa country. Meles expressed concern about regional instability, but dismissed the possibility of a North African-style popular uprising in Ethiopia. Meles says he is […]

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This is Your Revolution – Lead It!

Imagine having no opportunity to dream and strive to reach your full potential. Imagine watching your future pass by while living an unfulfilled life because you are one of the unlucky ones to be outside the circle of the well-connected who control the country. Under the current system, only 0.5 percent of Ethiopian high school […]

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The Moral Hazard of U.S. Policy in Africa (Part I)

Note: In ongoing commentaries, the author examines the Obama Administration’s policy in Africa. Moral Hazard and Moral Bankruptcy The concept of ‘moral hazard’ in politics may be used to explain a situation in which a government is insulated and immunized from the consequences of its risky, reckless and incompetent behavior. For instance, a regime that […]

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Al Amoudi gives $240,000 to his bootlickers in ESFNA

Ethiopian-born Saudi billionaire Ato Al Amoudi has given $240,000 to his thugs who have hijacked the Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA), according Ethiopian Review sources. Al Amoudi is a major financial backer of the ethnic apartheid junta in Ethiopia that is led by Meles Zenawi. He is also a self-proclaimed member of the […]

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Bill Clinton calls for Libya no-fly zone

NEW YORK (Reuters) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said the United States should enforce a no-fly zone over Libya to allow a fair fight between insurgents and troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The international community has been debating whether to impose a no-fly zone as Gaddafi’s warplanes carry out air strikes unhindered […]

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Obama’s disgraceful policy toward Libya uprising

The commentary below by The New Republic‘s Leon Wieseltier reflects the frustration and anger of many pro-democracy activists around the world at U.S. President Barack Obama’s shameful refusal to help Libyan freedom fighters. Barack Obama’s policy toward the Libyan struggle for freedom is no longer a muddle. It is now a disgrace. Here is what […]

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Libya rebels push back Gaddafi forces in Ras Lanuf

Reuters is reporting that Libyan freedom fighters today have pushed back Gaddafi forces in Ras Lanuf. Yesterday it was reported that Gaddafi forces took over the eastern Libyan town after heavy bombardments with fighter jets, helicopters and tanks. “There has been intense fighting with Gaddafi’s forces. They have withdrawn from the residential area to the […]

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Saudi Arabia police open fire at protesters

Police in Saudi Arabia opened fire Thursday to disperse a protest in the Eastern Province, injuring at least one person. The rare violence raised concern about a crackdown ahead of more planned protests after Friday prayers in different cities throughout the oil-rich kingdom, Washington Post reports: Despite the ban and a warning that security forces […]

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Obama intelligence chief says Gaddafi will defeat rebels

James Clapper, the US national intelligence director, has told U.S. Senate today that Muammar Gaddafi will defeat the rebels. That seems to be the Obama Administration’s wishful thinking. Some senators were furious at Clapper’s comments and asked for his resignation. The Libyan people are pleading for help in liberating themselves from a mass murderer, and […]

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What is Beka? – VOA interview with Neamin Zeleke

The VOA interviews Ato Neamin Zeleke about the new worldwide Ethiopia civic movement that is working to help remove dictator Meles Zenawi from power. The civic group’s lead slogan is BEKA (enough). Listen to the interview below [Mp3).

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BEKA slogan covers VOA web site

The Voice of America (VOA) web site’s Amharic section is filled with BEKA, a slogan in Facebook that demands the removal of Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi. Hundreds of Ethiopians have turned the slogan into their profile picture in Facebook and other social media. Click the here to see the VOA web site. Youth groups have […]

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Ethiopian Review 2011 plans

Ethiopian Review is celebrating its 20th year of service and commitment by organizing various activities this year. Through a series of events, we are prepared to showcase Ethiopian Review’s proud past and promising future. Ethiopian Review has clear vision and sense of purpose. First and foremost, we recognize the struggle of the Ethiopian people for […]

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A message to Woyanne diplomats – from a former diplomat

By Lebenu Andinet In the Time of Deceit Telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Act” – George Orwell As a former Woyanne Diplomat I am writing this piece to call upon all Ethiopian diplomats and civil servants to stand for truth and abandon the regime that lives on deceit. The year 2011 is a unique […]

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Sudan opposition plans to stage protest Wednesday

Sudanese opposition groups are defying warnings by security forces not to hold the protest rally they scheduled for Wedensday. The legal affairs official in the opposition alliance Kamal Omer, from the Popular Congress Party (PCP), said that they only notified the authorities about their intentions stressing that they need no permission to practice their right […]

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Ethiopian businessman pleads guilty to bribing DC officials

A well-known Ethiopian business man in the Washington DC area acknowledged in federal court last Wednesday that he distributed more than $250,000 in bribes in a scheme to obtain lucrative licenses to operate cab companies in the District and to influence city legislation that would benefit his business. Yitbarek Syume, 53, who has been held […]

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Social media flooded with anti-Meles slogan

Facebook is currently being flooded with BEKA, a slogan that calls for the end of Meles Zenawi’s dictatorship in Ethiopia. Initiated by a couple of youth groups, during the past few days hundreds of Ethiopians have changed their profile photos to posters that have the Amharic word “Beka”, which means “Enough.” The posters have different […]

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Ethiopia: The Sun Also Rises

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Creeping Youthbellion and Youthvolution in Africa and the Middle East “When the sun rises, it rises for everyone,” goes the old saying. The sun that rose over tyranny in North Africa will not set at the edge of the Sahel; it will shine southward on the African savannah and rainforest. The […]

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Wife of Ethiopia’s tyrant on Dubai shopping spree

Last Saturday, Azeb Mesfin, the wife of Ethiopia’s blood thirsty dictator Meles Zenawi, flew to Dubai on another shopping spree, according to Ethiopian Review sources. Azeb arrived at the airport around 11 AM local time accompanied by a few close friends and bodyguards. She then proceeded directly to a small private plane. Upon arrival in […]

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The Voices of 2005

By Teodros Kiros The dark days of November 2005 It was 5 years ago on “November 1, 2005, that the ruling Tigrean People Liberation Front (Woyanne) under the leadership of Meles Zenawi unleashed a new form of terror on the people of Ethiopia. The repercussion of the terror campaign is still felt throughout Ethiopia and […]

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The General Will of the Ethiopian People

By Teodros Kiros Jean Jacques Rousseau, the extraordinary political philosopher, famously argued: Sovereignty is purely and simply the exercise of the general will, and can in no circumstances therefore be alienated. And I affirm further that the sovereign is purely and simply a collective being, and can be represented therefore only by itself… (Social Contract, […]

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Mass protest hits Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia security forces have been deployed in huge numbers across the region. King Abdullah is also reported to have told neighbouring Bahrain that if they do not put down their own ongoing Shia revolt, his own forces will. In response to the massive mobilisation, protesters are planning to place women on the front ranks […]

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The silence of Ethiopian People

By Teodros Kiros Silence is enigmatic. Silence speaks without speaking, hears without hearing, and sees without seeing. On the surface these enigmas are contradictory. How can silence hear without hearing, and see without seeing? Those contradictions are the essence of silence. We cannot see silence seeing, nor can we hear it, hearing. Silence is silent […]

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British money to prop up Ethiopia’s dictatorship

Britain has decided to give upwards of $250 million a year to shore up the Zenawi regime under the guise of helping the Ethiopian people.  There is ample evidence that much of foreign aid to the Zenawi regime is used to brutalize and keep Ethiopians poor. Human Rights Watch has put it bluntly to donors […]

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Interpol issues security alert against Gaddafi, 15 others

INTERPOL has issued [see here] a global alert known as an Orange Notice against Colonel Al-Qadhafi and 15 other Libyan nationals, including members of his family and close associates, in a bid to warn member states of the danger posed by the movement of these individuals and their assets, to assist member states in their […]

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Ethiopia’s tyrant incites religious clash; 5 churches burned

Every time the ethnic apartheid junta in Ethiopia faces domestic crisis, it resorts to inciting ethnic and religious animosity and clashes among Ethiopians. During the 2005 election-related revolt, Meles and gang had tried to instigate hostility between Amhara and Oromo ethnic groups, incited some Muslims in Jimma and other southern Ethiopian towns to attack Christians […]

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UK high court decides in Al Amoudi vs. Elias Kifle

U.K.’s High Court of Justice has issued an order in favor of Saudi billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi in his libel lawsuit against Ethiopian Review editor Elias Kifle. (click here to read the order) Bloomberg’s Kristen Schweizer wrote this about the case: Saudi sheikh Al Amoudi, who owns several properties in the U.K., said a story […]

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Colonizing Ethiopia through land grab

By Fikre Tolossa Land grab in Africa: The case of Ethiopia (a speech delivered at the Commonwealth Club of California on March 1, 2011) In the un-glorious past, European colonizers grabbed by force any African lands they had their eyes set on and did whatever they desired to do with the lands. Not only did […]

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Arab League to impose no-fly zone over Libya

(Reuters) – The Arab League said on Wednesday it could impose a “no fly” zone on Libya in coordination with the African Union if fighting continued in the north African state, Secretary-General Amr Moussa said on Wednesday. “The Arab League will not stand with its hands tied while the blood of the brotherly Libyan people […]

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Libya opposition forces repel Gaddafi counter attack

(AP) — Opposition forces pushed back an attack by the Libyan dictator’s forces trying to retake a key coastal oil installation in a topsy-turvy battle Wednesday in which shells splashed in the Mediterranean and a warplane bombed a beach where rebel fighters were charging over the dunes. At least five people were killed in the […]

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International Criminal Court launches Libya investigation

The launching of an investigation by the Int’l Criminal Court (ICC) into charges of crimes against humanity in Libya is a hopeful sign that the international community will no longer tolerate dictators who brutalize their people. The ICC must be made aware that Ethiopia’s tyrant Meles Zenawi has been committing similar atrocities for the past […]

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Ethiopians Unite Against the Meles Dictatorship

The winds of change that is sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa cannot be stopped by Meles Zenawi and his thugs. As the African saying goes, “No one can stop the rain.” No amount of wind bagging about economic growth, divide and rule tactics, and state terrorism will prevent 80 million Ethiopians from […]

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Ethiopia’s tyrant Exporting Terror

On February 27, 2011, Jon Swaine, penned a piece in the Telegraph entitled, ‘“Libya: African mercenaries ‘immune from prosecution for war crimes.’” As the title indicates, Swaine seems to be concerned about the UN Security Council’s lack of specific call for inquiry into the actions of the “mercenaries” from Algeria, Ethiopia, Tunisia and other African […]

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Bereket and Seif El Gaddafi – birds of a feather

By Yilma Bekele “When a leader’s only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now,” said President Obama. He was not talking about Meles Zenawi. President Obama was discussing […]

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The interim Libyan gov’t resumes oil exports

(The Telegraph) — According to the European Union, 80 per cent of Libya’s oilfields are now under the control of the opposition forces. For the first time in over a week, oil was shipped from the eastern port city of Tobruk, deep in territory that has fallen to a civilian-led insurrection that has styled itself […]

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