Monthly Archives: October 2011

African Dictators: The People Don’t Love You!

Alemayehu G. Mariam           In February 2011, at the onset of the Libyan Revolution, Moamar Gadhaffi trumpeted to the world, “They love me. All my people with me, they love me. They will die to protect me, my people.” He called the rebels fighting to oust him from power “rats and […]

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President Girma apologizes (video)

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World’s population is projected to hit 7 billion this month

By James Eng | MSNBC Sometime on Oct. 31, the world’s population is projected to hit 7 billion. Is that numerical milestone a cause for celebration or concern? A little bit of both, according to the United Nations Population Fund. The organization, an international development agency that promotes the right of every person to enjoy […]

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Why Ethiopians Must Unite (Part 2)

By Aklog Birara, Ph.D. (Part two of five) In part one, I provided basic socioeconomic arguments of why unity of purpose and action among opponents of the TPLF/EPRDF is no longer an option for those who wish to see a unified, diverse and prosperous Ethiopia whose institutional foundation is grounded in fundamental principles of human […]

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Book Review: Autopsy of the Ethiopian Revolution

Review by Prof. Theodore M. Vestal The book ‘Ideology and Elite Conflicts: Autopsy of the Ethiopian Revolution, by Prof. Messay Kebede, is the best and most thorough analysis of the causes and implications of the Ethiopian Revolution to date. Prof. Messay has written a tour de force of the political theory of the Ethiopians who […]

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ESAT special event in Washington DC – Oct. 30

Date/Time: Sunday, Oct. 30, starting at 2 PM Place: The Sheraton National Hotel, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington VA

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Ethiopia: Kangaroo Justice for Two Swedish Journalists

Alemayehu G. Mariam Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye in Kangaroo Court  The old adage is that “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” Could it be said equally that arrogance excuses ignorance of the law? Dictator-in-chief Meles Zenawi recently proclaimed the guilt of freelance Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye on charges of “terrorism” while […]

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President Girma receives additional food allowance

President Girma Woldegiorgis’s food budget has been increased by 60%. Meles Zenawi authorized the budget increase after Girma’s outstanding performance this week in parliament where he attacked the political prisoners as Eritrean mercenaries.

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Gaddafi’s last hiding place before he was captured (photo)

Gaddafi was captured inside a tunnel in the town of Sirte. As the freedom fighters approached the tunnel, he shouted, “Please don’t shoot!” “Don’t shoot!” He begged for his life. He didn’t show mercy for others during his 40 years of bloody rule.

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Graphic video footage of Gaddafi’s capture and death

Libya’s madman Gaddafi has been killed by freedom fighters today. Gaddafi’s son Muattasim has also been killed. Ethiopia’s madman Meles Zenawi and other blood sucking dictators around the world deserve similar fate. Congratulations to the brave people of Libya who earned their freedom with their blood and sweat. [Warning: Graphic content]

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Gaddafi captured, killed

(Reuters) – Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya’s interim rulers said. His killing, which came swiftly after his capture near Sirte, is the most dramatic single development in the Arab Spring revolts that have […]

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Ethiopians for Herman Cain

In light of Barack Obama’s total neglect of the issues important to Ethiopians in the U.S., we need to switch our support to Herman Cain, whose family and social values are not only in line with most Ethiopians, but also he seems to be willing to overhaul the U.S. foreign policy to disfavour genocidal dictators […]

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OBEDIENCE to Tyrants due to indifference

Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Many people obey simply because the cost of not doing so seems at that moment to be more trouble than it is worth. Some also declare that they have no more interest in or association with politics. Nonviolent movements need to find ways to […]

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Karuturistan, Ethiopia: The Fire Next Time?

The Flood This Time “Karuturi’s First Corn Crop in Ethiopia Destroyed,” announced the headline. Karuturi Global Ltd., is the Indian multinational agro company that has been gobbling up large chunks of Ethiopia over the past few years. This time, Mother Nature gobbled up Karuturi.  The company  reported last week that its 30,000 acre corn crop in Gambella […]

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Al Amoudi concubines fight over crumbs in Virginia

Yet another shameful drama is currently taking place involving Al Amoudi’s concubines (የጭን ገረዶች) who misrepresent themselves has officials of the Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA). During the past couple of days, the concubines have been holding a meeting in Virginia. They called it a board meeting, but as soon as it started, […]

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State land-grab in Ethiopia

By Dessalegn Rahmato Putting the rights of land holders — and in this country these are almost all small and impoverished farmers and herders — at the center of the discussion enables us to bring in the state and the question of governance since embedded in the concept of land rights are relations of power […]

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Dr Gregory Stanton on ESAT (video)

President of Genocide Watch Dr Gregory Stanton discusses the Woyanne regime’s crimes against humanity in Ethiopia. Watch the 5-part interview below. Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5

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Whether or not to assassinate dictators

Debate on assassinating dictators By Alastair Endersby Assassination can be defined as the targeted killing of an individual for political reasons in peacetime. It can be undertaken by individual citizens, or by the agents of another state, but in either case it takes place without any legal process. Assassinating a dictator is often considered in […]

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Why Ethiopians Must Unite

(Part one of three) By Aklog Birara, PhD As people, Ethiopians do not lack a history of courage and resiliency or a culture of collaboration and mutual tolerance. This is how generations of Ethiopians fought side by side, sacrificed their lives and properties, and preserved a remarkable country with extraordinary values, traditions and diverse people. […]

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OBEDIENCE to Tyrants due to Fear of Punishment (video)

It should be remembered that against a dictatorship the objective is not simply to bring down the dictators but to install a democratic system (To Remove and To Replace) and make the rise of a new dictatorship impossible. To view what Aristotle warned long ago that “… tyranny can also change into tyranny”… [read more]

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Understanding the Ethiopian land grab phenomenon

Book Review By Ayal-Sew Dessye Author: Dr. Aklog Birara Title: Ethiopia: The Great Land Giveaway 486 pp Dr. Aklog Birara’s recent book titled “Ethiopia: The Great Land Giveaway – የመሬት ነጠቃና ቅርሚት (Yemeret Neteka Ena Kirimit)” is a voluminous (486 pages), very well researched and clearly articulated magnificent piece of work that Ethiopians and anyone […]

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Derg vs. Woyanne – same goal, different style

By Messay Kebede In the final analysis, the difference between the Derg and the Woyanne regime in terms of repression and exclusiveness is becoming blurred by the day since the 2005 election. In a previous article, I indicated that the toughening of repression is part of a political strategy associated with the “implementation” of an […]

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Kenya police detain 55 Ethiopians

By ALI ABDI | The Standard KENYA — Administration Police officers in Merti District have arrested 55 Ethiopian immigrants who were being transported in a vehicle to an unknown destination. The Ethiopians and the vehicle’s Kenyan driver and conductor were arrested at Kom on Wednesday at around 11pm. They were detained at the AP camp […]

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Ethiopia: Divide and Misrule? Unite and Lead!

Alemayehu G. Mariam We, the People… Unity is the most powerful gravitational force in the life of any people or nation. When the Americans founded their Republic, they were driven to transform their colonial identity by creating unity in a new American community. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a […]

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Flood destroys Karuturi’s first corn crop in Ethiopia

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a good news for the tens of thousands of Ethiopians whose land has been confiscated and given to Karturi, an Indian Company, to grow crops for export. The Karturi farm has no benefit for most Ethiopians. The profit from the farms goes in to the pockets of Meles Zenawi and members […]

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Book Review: The Great Land Giveaway

Book Review by Tadesse G. Kidan, former Governor of the National Bank of Ethiopia and Senior Economic Advisor with the IMF Dr. Aklog Birara has ably synthesized reports on the downside risks associated with Ethiopian farmland sale to foreigners, into a book adorned with his own political yarns. The book highlights the classic conflicts: modernization […]

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Apple’s visionary founder Steve Jobs passed away

A statement released late afternoon by Apple Board of Directors announced that co-founder and longtime CEO Steve Jobs has passed away at the age of 56: Statement by Apple’s Board of Directors We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations […]

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Syrian activists may be forced to turn to armed insurrection

By Martin Chulov and Ewen MacAskill (The Guardian) — An armed insurrection inside Syria looks set to gather momentum after the failure to pass a UN resolution against president Bashar al-Assad’s regime, according to dissidents in two key Syrian cities. Activists from Homs and Hama, where mostly peaceful protests over the past six months have […]

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OBEDIENCE to Tyrants due to superhuman factors – video

From the ancient concept of the “divine right of kings” (the belief that kings were chosen and blessed by a higher power) to ideological “superhuman” leaders like Adolph Hitler or Mao Tse Tung, to theocratic regimes in which there is a fusion of religion and the state, there are a variety of societies where disobeying […]

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Ethiopia: Dictatorship is State Terrorism

Alemayehu G. Mariam Terrorism by “Anti-terrorism Law” Lately, Meles Zenawi, the dictator in Ethiopia, has been rounding up dissidents, journalists, opposition party political leaders and members under a diktat known as “Anti-Terrorism Proclamation No. 652/2009”. This diktat approved on a 286-91 vote of the rubberstamp parliament is so arbitrary and capricious that Human Rights Watch […]

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Dr Aklog Birara on condition of the Ethiopian economy – video

Economist Dr Aklog Birara discuses the current economic condition of Ethiopia with UDJ.

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The terror suspect in the death of TPLF singers caught

Federal Police Joint Anti-Terror Task Force in Ethiopia has caught the suspect that is responsible for causing the death of 9 ruling party musicians. The suspect, a 2-year-old bird named Al’ula, has been positively identified by the driver of the bus that crashed on its way to South Sudan carrying over 25 members of the […]

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Addis Dimts Radio annual event in DC – Oct. 16

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