Monthly Archives: August 2011

OBEDIENCE to tyrants due to self-interest

There are many people who may say they intensely dislike their oppressor, yet they actively support him. Examining the role of self-interest and personal rewards that are available to those who support the tyrant adequately explains this paradox. [read more]

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What Should the World Do and Not Do To Save Ethiopians?

Alemayehu G. Mariam Nearly a quarter of a century ago, Time Magazine on its cover page asked two weighty questions about recurrent famines in Ethiopia: “Why are Ethiopians starving again? What should the world do and not do” to help them? In my commentary last week, I gave ten reasons in response to the first question; here […]

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Syria and Ethiopia–two peas in a pod.

Syria and Ethiopia–two peas in a pod. By Yilma Bekele Tahrir Square, Misrata, Darra, Homs are becoming a household name. They are home of the brave and the bold. History will show epic battles were fought in this locations and the people won. The battles were not against foreign aggressors but rather it was the […]

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Latest Wikileaks releases of U.S. diplomatic cables from Ethiopia

Wikileaks: Secret diplomatic messages sent from the American Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by U.S. diplomats 2010-02-13 ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT HOSTS DIASPORA INVESTMENT FORUM 2010-02-13 JANUARY REGIONAL ENVIRONMENT NEWSLETTER, EAST AFRICA 2010-02-12 Ethiopia: Information on Child Labor and Forced Labor 2010-02-10 ETHIOPIA AND CLIMATE CHANGE, POST AU SUMMIT 2010-02-10 U/S OTERO TALKS WATER IN ETHIOPIA 2010-02-09 […]

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Wikileaks: Woyanne vs. VOA

Wikileaks yesterday released the following U.S. diplomatic dispatch from Addis Ababa dated 15 and 22 November 2005. ============== http://wikileaks.org/cable/2005/11/05ADDISABABA3852.html SUBJECT: VOA’S AMHARIC SERVICE CONDEMNED BY GOE – NEED FOR PROOF ¶1. This cable contains an action request. See paragraph ¶12. ¶2. SUMMARY: On November 8, Charge d’Affaires met with local and London-based Voice of America […]

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Unity in Diversity versus Diversity in Unity

By Messay Kebede In an article titled “The Question of Unity: Do Words Matter?,” Maimire Mennasemay exposed the poison wrapped in the TPLF’s catchphrase “unity in diversity.” His insightful analysis reveals that the slogan is “diversity-centric,” in that it gives primacy to ethnic identities and conceives of unity as an agglomeration of sovereign and static […]

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Psychological Identification with the Tyrant

Sometimes people identify with the tyrant as an extension of their family or ethnic networking. They may feel loyalty to the regime or system similar to the loyalty that they feel to their favorite soccer club. This is particularly true if they have shared the experience of some dramatic historical events, such as a struggle […]

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Why are Ethiopians Starving Again in 2011?

Alemayehu G. Mariam               On December 21, 1987, Time Magazine on its cover page featured a downcast and crestfallen young Ethiopian mother as a symbol of famine victims in that country. Time asked two timeless questions: “Why are Ethiopians starving again? What should the world do and not do?” […]

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Libyan freedom fighters reach Tripoli

(AP, Reuters) — A convoy of rebels entered a western neighborhood of the city firing their weapons into the air, a witness said. Sky television said some fighters were only 8 km (five miles) from the center and were being welcomed by civilians pouring into the streets. Euphoric Libyan rebels raced into the capital Tripoli […]

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Ethiopia – In search of a common ground

By Yilma Bekele How to manage and resolve conflict has always been our Achilles Heel. That is part of the reason why we stumble from one crisis to another. Last week was a perfect example of an attempt to try to find out a reasonable solution to a problem that arose in our region here […]

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Ethiopia’s beggar dictator fixated on Eritrea

By Elias Kifle The Government of Eritrea has no choice but to launch a diplomatic offensive as Ethiopia’s khat-addicted dictator Meles Zenawi is bent on effecting a regime change in Eritrea through economic strangulation to be followed by a military attack. Meles has set his sight, to the point of obsession, on installing a puppet […]

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Gadhafi prepares to flee

Reports say Libya’s Col. Moammar Gadhafi may be preparing to flee as the rebels close in on his territory. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports from the Pentagon. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Moammar Gadhafi is making preparations for a departure from Libya with his family for possible exile in […]

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Ethiopian-owned furniture store featured on Fox

Ethiopian-owned furniture store in Maryland, Solo Furniture Installer and Liquidator, has been featured on Fox TV.

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Clinton tells Syria’s dictator to leave (video)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joins European leaders today in demanding Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad to step aside. “The people of Syria deserve a government that respects their dignity, protects their rights and lives up to their aspirations. Assad is standing in their way,” Clinton said in remarks following President Barack Obama’s direct call […]

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Ethiopian fascination with the “Arab Spring.” Part II of III

Part II of III By Aklog Birara* Part one identified similarities and differences between the Egyptian and Tunisian popular revolutions on the one hand and conditions in Ethiopia on the other. Differences aside, the Ethiopian admiration for an interest in the Arab Spring is relentless. In particular, Ethiopia’s democratic and nationalist leaning elites, the majority […]

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Is Musseveni brokering peace between Meles and Isaias?

Reuters is reporting that Eritrea’s president Isaias Afwerki is heading to Ugandan capital Kampala this week for a 3-day state visit. There is a wide-spread speculation that Uganda’s dictator has invited Isaias to broker a peace deal with Ethiopia’s khat-addicted tyrant Meles Zenawi. It’s highly doubtful, but if the speculation is true, and if Yoweri […]

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Starve the Beast, Feed the People

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Americans fed up with uncontrolled deficit government spending are often heard invoking a familiar battle cry: “Starve the Beast!” In other words, no more taxpayer dollars for wasteful government spending. I say we stand up to the to Western donors and loaners who continue to support the criminal regime of Meles […]

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Libya rebels advance on the capital (video)

Libyan freedom fighters say they are 50 miles away from Tripoli.

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The Oromo contribution to building the Ethiopian nation

As part of its Greater Tigray agenda, the Woyanne apartheid junta has been systematically attempting to weaken Ethiopian nationalism by turning one ethnic group against another. The Woyanne propaganda machine has commissioned papers and books, for example, audaciously bringing into question the Oromo people’s contribution to building Ethiopia as a nation. Unfortunately, the Woyanne propaganda […]

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Ethiopia and its self-Inflicted wounds.

Ethiopia and its self-Inflicted wounds. By Yilma Bekele Some of our independent Web sites have put me in a quandary. That is not a good place to be. A certain amount of certainty is a must for rational existence. There have to be stuff that we all have to take for granted. Some things like […]

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Is Ethiopian fascination with Egypt, Tunisia uprising justified?

By Aklog Birara* Part I of 111 I tend to think that, in Sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopian fascination with the Tunisian and Egyptian popular revolutions exceeds any other. This admiration emanates from wishes and aspirations among Ethiopia’s youth and the small middle class to see similar changes in their homeland. I admit that it is too […]

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Beka (video)

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Attacking Tyrant’s Weaknesses – DISOBEDIENCE

Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people obeyed the dictates of the tyrants and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. [read more]

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Starving Ethiopians deliberately (UK Channel 4)

Three years ago, Ethiopian Review posted a special report by UK’s Channel 4 News about how the Meles regime in Ethiopia is deliberately starving the people of Ogaden in eastern Ethiopia. Meles and his entire regime and puppets need to be brought to trial for this crime against humanity. Instead, the U.S. and U.K. pump […]

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Ethiopia’s regime and the weaponization of famine

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Author’s Note:  On June 16, 2008, I published a special commentary (reproduced below in its original form) explaining the sysetmatic use of disinformation by Meles Zenawi, the dictator in Ethiopia for two decades, to deny widespread famine in various parts of Ethiopia and insidiously manipulate famine as a political and military weapon to cling to power. […]

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The world notices Meles Zenawi’s crimes

By Muktar Omer On August 05, 2011 a joint undercover investigation by BBC Newsnight and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism presented evidence that the Ethiopia’s current regime is using billions of dollars of development aid as a tool for political oppression. Here is the full transcript of the programme: Ethiopia using aid as a weapon […]

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Ethiopian fascinations with the ”Arab Spring” – Part II

By Aklog Birara Part II of III Part I identified similarities and differences between the Egyptian and Tunisian popular revolutions on the one hand and conditions in Ethiopia on the other. Differences aside, the Ethiopian admiration for and, interest in the Arab Spring is relentless. In particular, Ethiopia’s democratic and nationalist leaning elites, the majority […]

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What is Life? (Poem)

By Fikre Tolossa Life is noting but a bridge that leads To the next life all those who roam on it. What a fool builds a house on a bridge, deeming it a home? Life is a tent, And not a home. It’ll shelter the next traveler, When the first stops to roam. Life is […]

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Meles using aid as weapon of oppression again (BBC)

(BBC) A joint undercover investigation by BBC Newsnight and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has uncovered evidence that the Ethiopian government is using billions of dollars of development aid as a tool for political oppression. Posing as tourists the team of journalists travelled to the southern region of Ethiopia. There they found villages where whole […]

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The Diaspora as a teacher

By Yilma Bekele There are a lot of Ethiopians outside of their homeland. I have not seen a reliable statistics to tell us the real number, but there is no hiding from the fact that we have become a Nation that looks to outside to solve many of our pressing needs. Coffee, hides and lately […]

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U.K. and EU ignore human rights warnings in Ethiopia

By Bruno Waterfield BRUSSELS (The Telegraph) — An investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and BBC Newsnight has found that as Ethiopia is hit by drought and famine, communities are being denied basic food, seed and fertiliser for failing to support Meles Zenawi, the country’s authoritarian leader. Senior Brussels officials ignored 61 email warnings […]

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Is al Amoudi wanted for questioning in the United States?

According to a reliable source, Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi is wanted for questioning by the United States authorities to investigate about possible links with questionable groups. It appears that al-Amoudi has not visited the United States in years. Ethiopian Review is looking into the veracity of this information. We encourage our readers with information to […]

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Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE NGOs

Nongovernmental Organizations, NGOs, that can function outside direct control and supervision of the government is a potential asset to a democracy movement… [read more]

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Ethiopia: VOA is Not VOZ!

Alemayehu G. Mariam VOA is the Voice of America. It is emphatically not the VOZ (Voice of Zenawi) or anyone else. Thus spoke VOA Acting Director Steve Redisch responding to the firestorm of controversy surrounding revelations of a blacklist of critics drawn up by the über-dictator Meles Zenawi and presented to a delegation of the […]

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