Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ethiopian delegation delivers letter to Saudi Arabia embassy in DC

Representatives of concerned Ethiopians in the Washington DC Metro Area have hand-delivered a letter to the Saudi Arabia ambassador in Washington DC, Adel A. Al-Jubeir, today requesting his government’s urgent attention to the plight of 35 Ethiopian Christians in Saudi Arabia who have recently been rounded up and thrown in jail. The representatives also requested […]

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Key Principles of Transformative Reconciliation

Often meetings between two conflicting groups results in them hating each other more. How can we prepare people for such encounters so that does not happen? … [read more]

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Ethiopian Christians abused by Saudi Arabia police – HRW

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Woyanne is exporting 25,000 Ethiopian women to Saudi Arabia where they will be subjected toem to similar treatment. (Human Rights Watch) — Thirty five Ethiopian Christians are awaiting deportation from Saudi Arabia for “illicit mingling,” after police arrested them when they raided a private prayer gathering in Jeddah in mid-December, 2011, Human […]

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African thieves and mass murderers gather in Ethiopia

The 18th ordinary session of of the so-called African Union is being held in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa and in the attendance are heads of state and government from 53 African countries. Out of the 53 African leaders — with the exception of Ghana, South Africa, Botswana, Tunisia, and a few others — most of […]

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African Dictators: Can’t Run, Can’t Hide!

Alemayehu G Mariam The International Criminal Court (ICC) is on the chase; and over the past few months, things have taken a slow turn for the worse for African dictators and human rights violators. They are finding out that they can’t run and they can’t hide. Laurent “Cling-to-power-at-any-cost” Gbagbo of Cote d’Ivoire was snatched from his […]

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VOA interview with Ethiopian Review editor (audio)

VOA interview Ethiopian Review editor Elias Kifle on the sentencing of journalists to long prison term by the kangaroo court in Ethiopia. Listen here: [Forward to 16:00]

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German gov’t official denounces jailing of Ethiopian journalists

(APO) — A group of Ethiopian journalists and opposition politicians were sentenced to prison terms of between 14 years and life. In this connection Federal Government Human Rights Commissioner Markus Löning issued the following statement: “I am appalled by the convictions. Freedom of the press is one of the foundations of every democracy. The Ethiopian […]

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Norway to deport 400 Ethiopian asylum seekers

By Lyndsey Smith | The Foreigner Norway has signed an agreement with Ethiopia[‘s dictatorial regime] enabling nationals to return home, officials say. The new deal means will enable around 400 paperless Ethiopians living in Norway illegally from authorities’ point of view to go back. Deputy Minister of Justice Pål K. Lønseth encourages them to return […]

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Ethiopia’s ethnic junta is a barrier to alternative

Aklog Birara, PhD “Rather than fixing African lack of infrastructure, Chinese entrepreneurs and Africa’s governing elites look as if they are conspiring to use the development model as a pretext for plunder.” The Economist, August 13, 2011 “Ethiopia’s long-awaited democratization has stalled over the last half decade. Today, there are fewer constraints on the EPRDF’s […]

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Woyanne plans to displace 70% of the people in Gambella

By William Davison Human Rights Watch released its latest highly critical report on Ethiopia last week, claiming abuse and coercion in a resettlement program. While Ethiopia’s government Woyanne detests the interventions of foreign rights groups, a restrictive law means there are virtually no domestic monitors of abuses. ‘Waiting Here for Death’ screamed the headline of […]

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Kangaroo court sentenced Ethiopia Review editor to life in jail

By William Davison (Bloomberg) — An Ethiopian A Woyanne kangaroo court judge in Ethiopia sentenced three journalists, an opposition politician and another person to prison terms ranging from 14 years to life in jail for terrorism-related crimes. Elias Kifle, who was convicted in absentia and runs the U.S.-based Ethiopian Review website, received a life sentence, […]

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Dr Aklog Birara and Tamagn Beyene in New York – January 28

Ethiopians in New York are hosting a public meeting with Artiste Tamagn Beyene and Dr Aklog Birara on January 28. Date/Time: January 28, 2012, 2:00 PM Address: 550 West 120th Road, Room 501, New York, NY 10027 More info below:

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Homeless at home

By Yilma Bekele That is not the worst that has happened to my beloved cousin but that is good enough point to start this tragic saga. I know you are the perfect people I can share this sad story with. I can picture you my dear Ethiopian cousins, upon reading the headline you will bow […]

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35 Ethiopians languish in Saudi jail for celebrating Christmas

The Ethiopians were celebrating Christmas in their private home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Twenty-nine of them are women. They have been beaten and many of them are sick now. Ethiopian Review calls for a protest rally in front of the Saudi Arabia embassy in Washington DC next week. Time and date to be announced.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder

By Hiawkal Gizachew We all react to traumatic events differently, as well as coping with the event. Most people who experience a traumatic event may feel sad, anxious, angry, fearful and frightened for short period of time after the event. These reactions tend to be normal, if they go away over time. However, sometimes the […]

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Understanding Others for Reconciliation

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources. When we think of dialogue as a contest, conflict occurs because we are more concerned with getting what we want than with attempting to understand each other’s needs and […]

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Transformative Reconciliation

“NEVER AGAIN” is a central rallying cry of Understanding Others, Reconciliation, Reconstruction and Restorative Transformation programs. It is a justice system intended to be both preventive and restorative… [read more]

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Ethiopia: Copyrights and CopyCrimes

Alemayehu G. Mariam Crimes Against the Mind If a person were to maliciously burn or vandalize another’s house, it would be regarded as a serious property crime under the laws of any nation. If one were to walk into a bookstore and steal thousands of books and give them away to any passerby, that would […]

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Ethnic federalism undermines national cohesion: commentary

Aklog Birara, PhD “They gave the land and we took it. This is green gold.” Karuturi on land grab in Gambella “The government is killing our people through starvation and hunger…We are dying here with our children. Government workers get their salary, but we are just waiting to for death.” An Anuak Elder to Human […]

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In defense of Tsehai Publishers – Fikre Tolossa

By Fikre Tolossa I am writing this note as a matter of principle. I have seen the anti-Tsehai Publishers campaign and Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam’s unbound book that is circulating around in the internet. The origin of this campaign indicates that it has connection with EPRP. However, Ato Eyasu Alemayehu’s name is not attached to it. […]

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Town hall meeting in Washington DC

Ethiopian Review will hold a town hall meeting in Washington DC on February 4, 2012. Topic: 1. The role of the free press in bringing change in Ethiopia. 2. Ethiopian Review 2012 plan Guest speakers: Abebe Belew, Addis Dimts Radio Abebe Gelaw, ESAT Dereje Desta, ZEthiopia Elias Kifle, Ethiopian Review Esayas Lisanu, Netsanet LeEthiopoia Radio […]

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Iyasu Alemayehu’s latest target: another innocent Ethiopian

By Elias Kifle The Iyasu Alemayehu faction of EPRP has a new enemy — an independent Ethiopian publishing company named Tsehai Publishers. Why? Because it has published former president Mengistu Hailemariam’s book. Iyasu wants to punish Mengistu by copying and distributing the book for free. What he doesn’t care to understand is that Mengistu doesn’t […]

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VOA and DW on the Woyanne kangaroo court decision (audio)

Woyanne kangaroo court today convicted journalists Reyot Alemu and Woubshet Taye, opposition party leader Zerihun Gebre-Egziabher and former opposition supporter Hirut Kifle. Chief Editor of Ethiopian Review, Elias Kifle, was also convicted in absentia. Listen below: DW [podcast]http://radio-download.dw.de/Events/dwelle/dira/mp3/amh/3A864A96_2.mp3[/podcast] VOA [podcast]http://av.voanews.com/VOA_Amharic/40/124/AMHARIC1800ab0119.mp3[/podcast]

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Dallas Ethiopian Review meeting – report

By Elias Kifle On Sunday, January 15, I took part in a town hall meeting that was called by Ethiopian Review in Dallas, Texas. The face-to-face discussion with all the patriotic Ethiopians who came to the meeting has boosted my morale and strengthened my resolve to fight enemies of freedom more than ever. After the […]

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Amnesty Int’l statement on the convictions of Elias Kifle et al

Human rights advocate Amnesty International issued the following statement regarding the convictions by a kangaroo court in Ethiopia today. (Amnesty International) — The Ethiopian authorities must immediately release four government critics and a former opposition supporter who have been found guilty of terrorism charges on Thursday, Amnesty International said today. Journalists Reyot Alemu and Woubshet […]

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UNITY through Our Common Goal: ETHIOPIAWINET

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources. In preparation for a united front, Ethiopians need to answer what their common goals are. One of their primary goals that binds every one in the country is Ethiopiawinet, […]

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Protest against Meles Zenawi stooges in Houston – January 21

Genocidal dictator Meles Zenawi is sending a delegation to Houston, Texas, to sell bond to finance the construction of the so-called Nile dam near the Sudan border. The Nile dam is a scam that is intended to distract patriotic Ethiopians from their opposition to the regime and to steal from gullible Ethiopians their hard earned […]

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What is Transformative Reconciliation?

Transformative Reconciliation is an attitude and a way of looking at reconciliation that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by human rights violations. When this is done using cooperative processes that include all stake holders, transformation is possible… [read more]

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HRW: Zenawi land sale brings famine to Gambella

Ethiopia: Forced Relocations Bring Hunger, Hardship By Human Rights Watch Donor Funds Should Not Facilitate Abuse of Indigenous Groups The Ethiopian government’s villagization program is not improving access to services for Gambella’s indigenous people, but is instead undermining their livelihoods and food security. The government should suspend the program until it can ensure that the […]

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Successful Ethiopian Review meeting in Dallas

Ethiopian Review held a successful town hall meeting with patriotic Ethiopians in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday, January 15. Details later…

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Ethiopia: Middle Passage to the Middle East

Alemayehu G Mariam From the International Slave Trade to the International Maid Trade In the days of the Atlantic slave trade, the Middle Passage was the journey of slave trading ships from the west coast of Africa to the New World. Portuguese, British, French, Spanish, Dutch and other slave traders maintained outposts along the African […]

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Meles Zenawi replaces Tigrean bodyguards

Ethiopia’s khat-addicted dictator has replaced many of his bodyguards from the Tigray ethnic group with Eritreans, according to Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit sources in Addis Ababa. Deputy security chief Esayas Woldegiorgis, Meles Zenawi’s Beria, who is Eritrean, has also been given authority over all security matters. Getachew Assefa, the current security chief, is relegated to […]

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CPJ: Ethiopia’s courageous journalist pays heavy price

Standing with Ethiopia’s tenacious blogger, Eskinder Nega By Jason McLure | Committee to Protect Journalists It would be hard to find a better symbol of media repression in Africa than Eskinder Nega. The veteran Ethiopian journalist and dissident blogger has been detained at least seven times by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s government over the past […]

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The Practice of Reconciliation

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources. The principle of Transformative Reconciliation states that: 1. Human rights violation (crime) causes harm and reconciliation and reconstruction should focus on repairing the harm. 2. The people most affected […]

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Religions as Agents of Reconciliation

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources. In the last decade there has been heightened awareness of the relationship between violence, religions and reconciliation and much attention has been paid to the role of religions for […]

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Dallas hosts Ethiopian Review (audio)

Dallas Ethiopian Community Radio’s interview with Elias Kifle on next Sunday town hall meeting and other topics. (Click here for more information on the Dallas Ethiopian Review meeting)

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TPLF gunmen open fire on Wollega University students

Meles Zenawi’s federal and local police opened fired on students in the western Ethiopian town of Nekempt to disperse a protest, according to VOA. Students in Hossana, southern Ethiopia, and Addis Ababa are also staging protests demanding respect for their rights… [read more in Amharic here]

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Unity through understanding others…

The outcome of the various reconciliation programs is the promotion of national unity and transformation, and the healing of a traumatized, divided, wounded and polarized people by searching the truth, accountability, justice, forgiveness and healing. However. the implementation strategy, tactic and process is not a one-size-fits-all that is easily understood across cultures, identities, nations and […]

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Kenya police arrests 27 Ethiopians

MOMBASA, Kenya, (Xinhua) — Twenty-six suspected Ethiopian refugees were arrested in Kenya’s coastal town of Mariakani on last Thursday, police said. The refugees, who had hidden in a container on a truck, were arrested by police in Mariakani after they were dropped by the driver, Kaloleni district police chief Betty Gachago confirmed Friday. They are […]

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Africans Unite! Ethiopians Unite!

Alemayehu G. Mariam Ethiopians Unite! The great Bob Marley always sang songs of African unity and liberation: How good and how pleasant it would be before God and man,                                                     […]

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OLF and Ethiopia

By Yilma Bekele The news that the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) has decided to struggle for freedom in consort with all Democratic forces in Ethiopia is the best Christmas present the Ethiopian people gave themselves. There is no question we are entering a new chapter in our struggle to be free like any other human […]

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Dallas, Texas Ethiopian Review town hall meeting – January 15

Ethiopian Review will launch a North America tour in January 2012 and its first stop will be Dallas, Texas. Editor-in-Chief Elias Kifle and Board member Meseret Agonafer and I will hold discussion with patriotic Ethiopians in Dallas on Sunday, January 15, 2012. The discussion will focus on: 1) Building the capacity of Ethiopian Review and […]

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Ethiopians can indeed unite if they are willing, Part Six (e) of Six

Aklog Birara, PhD In Part Six (d) of this last of thirteen commentaries and viewpoints, I suggested that the cry of the young woman at a large meeting of Ethiopian domestic workers in the Middle with a TPLF/EPRDF delegation is a watershed event to which we all need to respond in a purposeful, coordinated and […]

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Ethiopian Review toolbar

Ethiopian Review has launched a web browser toolbar to make it easier for visitors to navigate and search the web site, make it more convenient to access the site, and get the latest TOP STORIES while performing other tasks. I encourage you to try it. Those who have downloaded the toolbar so far are finding […]

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Deciphering Meles Zenawi’s hatred of Ethiopia

By Messay Kebede Meles Zenawi’s blatant hatred of Ethiopia is a puzzle that Ethiopian intellectual circles have in vain tried to decipher. While some propose the suggestion that the hatred betrays his commitment to his Eritrean side, others consider it as an expression of his ethnic racism. Still others remain baffled, unable as they are […]

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Ambassador Herman Cohen says TPLF’s minority rule unsustainable

By Abebe Gellaw Washington DC (ESAT) — America’s top diplomat for Africa under George H.W. Bush has said that the hegemonic minority rule of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is difficult to sustain as Ethiopians are demanding freedom and democracy. Former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Cohen, played a key […]

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A message from Ethiopian Youth Movement

The Ethiopian Youth National Movement is launching a fund raising campaign this week for its world wide activities against the Woyanne junta in Ethiopia. In 2012 let’s to intensify the struggle to liberate Ethiopia from the vampire regime by supporting organizations like the EYNM. Read here for more information.

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Violence within Civil Disobedience Movement

A movement that is consistently nonviolent has a far greater chance of appealing to a broad range of potential allies—including even an adversary’s supporters—through the course of its struggle… [read more]

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Ato Bereket writes a book?

By Yilma Bekele Did you see what was coming out of North Korea this week? Someone referred to it as the ‘world’s largest display of uncontrollable grief.’ Kim Jung un ‘the Brilliant Comrade’ succeeded his father Kim Jung il ‘the Dear Leader’ who took over from his Grand Father the ‘Great Leader.’ The Korean people […]

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Kemal Gelchu’s faction of OLF clarifies position on Ethiopian Unity

By Abebe Gellaw Washington DC (ESAT) – The Oromo Liberation Front has announced its historic decision to drop its long-held secessionist agenda and to embrace the unity of Ethiopia under a genuine federal arrangement that must guarantee the rights, equality and liberty of all Ethiopians. In a historic press release, the OLF, led by Brigadier […]

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An “African Spring” in 2012?

Alemayehu G. Mariam Waiting for the Dawn of “Africa’s Spring” in 2012?  How about an “Ethiopian Tsedey” in 2012? In 2011, we witnessed the “Winter of Arab” discontent made glorious by an “Arab Spring” followed by an increasingly hot “Arab Summer” and deeply troubled “Arab Fall”. Bashir al-Assad continues to massacre his people by the dozens […]

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