Monthly Archives: July 2011

Mohammed Al-Amoudi v Elias Kifle at UK Court – July 2011

Case Reference [2011] EWHC 2037 (QB) Court QBD Judge HHJ Richard Parkes QC Date of Judgment 29 Jul 2011 Summary Libel – assessment of damages PDF Facts The Defendant is the publisher and editor in chief of the Ethiopian Review, an Internet news site. He published an online article alleging that the Claimant’s daughter had […]

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

German parliamentarians denounces media ban in Ethiopia

German Parliamentarian Thilo Hoppe issued the following press release today on the attempt by Ethiopia’s khat-addicted dictator to ban independent media and silence critics. PRESS RELEASE (PDF) According to reports from journalists at Voice of America and Deutsche Welle, the Ethiopian government is keeping a “blacklist” of names of “undesirable” journalists and “subversive” critics. In […]

Posted in Ethiopia News

Saudi billionaire wins libel action against Ethiopian editor

(BBC) An Ethiopian-born billionaire has won £175,000 in libel damages over allegations he had hunted his daughter down so she could be stoned to death. Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi was born in Ethiopia, but now spends his time at homes in central London, Surrey and Saudi Arabia. The article was published on the online news website […]

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

Emperor Tewodros and Ato Meles

By Yilma Bekele I watched a video of an interview Ato Meles gave to a woman journalist. The edited version on You Tube and our Independent Diaspora sites starts without introduction and ends abruptly. We have no idea who the questioner is and why she is granted a one to one interview. The role she […]

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

Civil resistance = to remove + to replace the tyrant

BUSINESS COMMUNITY, by providing people with goods and services that the government does not supply, and by playing an important role even in most centralized societies, business communities are frequently recognized as a very important pillar of support… [read more]

Posted in Ethiopia News

ESAT analysis on the VOA demonstration (video)

Ethiopians held a protest rally on Monday against the attempt by some to restrict VOA’s Amharic broadcast after a high-level VOA delegation went to Ethiopia recently and met with Woyanne junta leaders. The following is an analysis and report on Monday’s protest.

Tagged with:
Posted in Ethiopia News

Ethiopia: Dictator With a Conscience?

Alemayehu G. Mariam Ethiopia, Famine and the Oxford Dictionary Oxymorons (figures of speech that combine contradictory terms) can sometimes provide unique  insights into the cognitive process. Consider, for instance, the phrase “honest politician”. Is there such a thing? It sounds so comical to talk about “efficient government”? How about an “emerging democracy”? That’s like saying a […]

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

Voice of America: Do Not Censor the Voiceless!

Alemayehu G. Mariam The record will show that I have been an unapologetic defender of the Voice of America. A couple of weeks ago, I defended the VOA as the Voice of the Voiceless. When Zenawi lambasted the VOA for being the flipside of the VOI (Voice of Interhamwe-Rwanda), I rose to its defense. When […]

Tagged with:
Posted in Ethiopia News

A question to Kuma Demeksa and Dula Aba Gemeda

Kuma Demeksa, Dula Aba Gemeda, and Alemayehu Atomsa are the most favorite puppets of Ethiopia’s khat-addicted tyrant Meles Zenawi. They have been appointed by Meles as top officials of Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO) to represent Oromia Region in his government. Alemayehu Atomsa is the current president of Oromia. The question to these three pigs […]

Posted in Ethiopia News

VOA and its problems

By Yilma Bekele There is an Amharic saying that comes to mind when you think of the current revelations regarding VOA and its dealings with Ethiopia and Ethiopians. Thanks to Ato Abebe Gelaw’s investigative work we are able to see the inside workings of the independent News Organization. Its credibility is under a magnifying glass […]

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

Tinsae Ethiopia launches diplomatic campaign

To counter the ongoing attempt by the Woyanne fascist junta in Ethiopia to label Ethiopian opposition groups, human rights activists and journalists as terrorists, and also to highlight the worsening economic and political crises in the country, Tinsae Ethiopia has launched a new diplomatic campaign. [read more]

Posted in Ethiopia News

Common Factors Uniting Ethiopians

The Tigreans had Aksum, but what could that mean to the Gurage? The Agew had Lalibela, but what could that mean to the Oromo? The Gonderes had castles, but what could that mean to the Wolayita?” – Meles Zenawi When I read the above statement made by the head Ethiopia’s ruling party, Ato Meles Zenawi, […]

Posted in Ethiopia News

Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE MEDIA

Effective nonviolent movements must have the means to communicate their messages to a wider audience. This is why authoritarians in many countries attempt to limit or deny movements access to this pillar of the support. They also frequently invest substantial resources in state-run media. [read more]

Posted in Ethiopia News

Ethiopia: Unfreedom of Information

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Life and Times of Democracy in Africa The long march of democracy in West Africa seems to be well underway. In July 2009, I wrote a weekly commentary marveling about Ghana’s multiparty democracy. Wistfully, I asked the rhetorical question: “Why is democracy in motion in Ghana, and on life-support in Ethiopia?” In […]

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

Arrival of the Ethiopian Spring

By Yilma Bekele No one likes a whiner. Why complain insistently when it is of no use. We used to be good at that. Whining was our domain. Did I just say ‘was’? Yes I did. It seems that we are coming out of our shell. The Arab Spring has arrived. The Diaspora is infected […]

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

Ginbot 7, OLF, ALEJE historic meeting in DC

A historic town hall meeting was held jointly by Alliance Liberty, Equality, and Justice in Ethiopia (ALEJE) and Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, VA. During the meeting, Dr. Berhanu Nega, Chairman of Ginbot 7 and ALEJE, Dr. Nuro Dedefo, Executive Committee member and Head […]

Posted in Ethiopia News

Hands off VOA! Protest rally against censorship

Ethiopians in residing in the Washington DC Metro Area will hold a rally at the VOA on Monday morning, July 25 starting at 9 AM to protest against recent attempts by the khat-addicted dictator in Ethiopia and his paid ($50,000 per month) lobbyists in the U.S. to censor news broadcasts to Ethiopia. The protesters also […]

Tagged with:
Posted in Ethiopia News

Mengistu Hailemariam moving to South Sudan

Former president Mengistu Hailemariam is planning to move to South Sudan, according to Reporter. The government of South Sudan has finished building a new house for the former president who is currently living in Zimbawe, Reporter added quoting informed sources. Southern Sudanese are apparently grateful to Mengistu Hailemariam for providing them with invaluable assistance during […]

Posted in Ethiopia News

Al Amoudi testifies about his daughter Sarah

Woyanne/Saudi businessman Mohammed Al Amoudi, who is looting and plundering Ethiopia, has submitted a testimony for his lawsuit against Ethiopian Review editor. His testimony is full of real funny stuff such as he doesn’t fund terrorists and that he keeps his personal life private. Read the full text of his 8-page testimony here. Al Amoudi’s […]

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE YOUTH

Teachers and students can become the catalyst for political change and can enlist support of other pillars of support in many societies. [read more]

Posted in Ethiopia News

VOA reinstates Horn of Africa director

By Abebe Gellaw The Voice of America (VOA) has reversed its decision to suspend its Horn of Africa chief, David Arnold. After Addis Voice published a disturbing story on censorship and questionable actions taken against Mr. Arnold for comments he made recently in a June 23rd VOA report, VOA bosses held a series of crisis […]

Tagged with:
Posted in Ethiopia News

Ethiopia: Apocalypse Now or in 40 Years?

By Alemayehu G. Mariam In October, 2009, I wrote a weekly commentary titled, “Famine and the Noisome Beast in Ethiopia”: It is hard to talk about Ethiopia these days in non-apocalyptic terms. Millions of Ethiopians are facing their old enemy again for the third time in nearly forty years. The Black Horseman of famine is […]

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

N. America Ethiopian Heritage Festival – official report

PRESS RELEASE The Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America (EHSNA) held its First Annual Ethiopian Heritage Festival “Celebrate and Discover Ethiopia.” at Georgetown University starting the evening of Friday July 1, 2011 at the Lucille M. Spagnuolo Gallery. The first day was attended by hundreds of Ethiopians representing the young and elderly, including this year’s […]

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

Al Amoudi’s servants feasting in Atlanta

Woyanne money-man Al Amoudi has sent his chief servant Abinet Gebremeskel to Atlanta this week to reassert control over the Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America, and so far it seems that he is succeeding by bullying the timid board members. At one point on Thursday, a fight broke out between the vice-president of ESFNA […]

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

40 teachers and employees of Adama University arrested

Over 40 teachers and employees of Adama University, 100 kms south of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, have been arrested during the past few days, according to Ethiopian Review’s correspondent in Addis Ababa. The reason for rounding up and throwing in jail these number of teachers is not clear, but a teacher who escaped arrest told […]

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

ESAT special event in Toronto – July 30

Ethiopians in Toronto will hold a special event marking Ethiopian Satellite Television’s (ESAT) 1st anniversary on July 30, 2011. See the poster below for more info:

Posted in Ethiopia News

Lowest ever attendance at ESFNA Atlanta 2011 (video)

Most Ethiopians are staying away from the ESFNA event this year to protest its continued association with the Woyanne junta and its agent Al Amoudi who are looting and plundering Ethiopia. ESFNA has a clear choice to make: cleanse itself of all Woyannes and their lackeys, or fall apart. The video below shows a soccer […]

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

Boycott ESFNA’s Atlanta event

The Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) is holding its annual event this week. This year’s event is being held in Atlanta. When ESFNA was formed about 28 years ago, it had a lofty goal of bringing Ethiopians in North America together around sports and cultural activities. Since 2005, however, the organization has been […]

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE BUREAUCRACY

Civil servants make this huge administrative monster called the state bureaucracy. Slow, inefficient and corrupt bureaucracies are trade mark of 90% of non-democratic countries. [read more]

Posted in Ethiopia News

Ethiopiawinet in North America is reborn

By Elias Kifle This past weekend (July 1st – 3rd) the Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA) held a highly successful Ethiopian festival in Washington DC. During the same period, on July 2nd, members and friends of Ethiopian Review gathered to celebrate the journal’s 20th anniversary. I participated in both events and left with […]

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

Woyanne arrests two Swedish journalists

EDITOR’S NOTE: Didn’t Bereket Simon say that security situation “in Ogaden is improving by the day”? (CPJ) — Two Swedish journalists reporting on the activities of armed separatists operating in an oil-rich province of eastern Ethiopia have been detained without charge since Thursday in the Horn of Africa nation, according to news reports and government […]

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

Ethiopia: Educating a Dictator

Alemayehu G. Mariam Voice of America is the Voice of the Voiceless The Voice of America’s (VOA) Journalist Standards & Practices (document 11-023 and 11-024), under the section captioned “WHAT DO VOA’S AUDIENCES HAVE A RIGHT TO EXPECT? Audiences ‘ Bill of Journalism Rights” provides that VOA’s audiences have the: right to expect that journalists […]

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News

Ethiopia’s regime views journalists are terrorists

By Abebe Gellaw Two young Ethiopian journalists, Woubishet Taye, Deputy Editor of Awramba Times, and Reyot Alemu, a columnist of Fetih newspaper, have been facing terrorism charges under the controversial “Anti-Terrorism Proclamation No.652/2009”. Coincidentally, it was only last week that the 547-seat Ethiopian Parliament, where the ruling party occupies all but two seats, officially named […]

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Ethiopia News
FORUM | AMHARIC