Monthly Archives: April 2012

Invisible Ethiopian

I am a man without a country. I feel like the protagonist in the novel “Invisible Man”, a character so invisible that he did not even have a name in the book. Invisible Man is a chronicle of a man who was born so light skinned that he was most often passed up as a […]

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Ethiopian transitional council formation underway

PRESS RELEASE The Organizing Committee of Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) held a press conference on Saturday, April 28, 2012, to deliver progress report and announce new initiatives. Several members of the media and over 84 participants had attended the press conference online. Progress Report The first part of the press conference focused on progress […]

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Ethiopia: A Special Tribute to My Hero Eskinder Nega

Alemayehu G Mariam Eskinder Invictus!  On May 1, 2012, Eskinder Nega, Ethiopia’s foremost journalist and political prisoner, will be awarded the “Freedom to Write Award”, the highest honor given out by Pen America, one of the great international free press institutions that has been in continuous operation since 1922. The award honors writers throughout the […]

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Al Amoudi employees, Pakistanis, attacked in Gambella

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Woyanne regime-controlled Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) reported today that several employees, including Pakistani nationals, working for Al Amoudi in the southwestern Ethiopian region of Gambella have been killed and wounded by an armed group last night. Read the report below: (ENA) — Four Ethiopians and a Pakistani, employees of the Saudi Star […]

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Rebels attacked Al Amoudi’s farm in southwest Ethiopia

By William Davison (Bloomberg) – Gunmen attacked the camp of an agricultural company owned by a Saudi billionaire Al Amoudi in southwest Ethiopia, killing at least one person, Federal Affairs Minister Shiferaw Teklemariam said. The assault on Saudi Star Agricultural Development Plc’s premises in the Abobo area of Gambella region took place yesterday evening, Shiferaw […]

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Isaias Afwerki: Reports of my death are highly exaggerated

Recent rumor regarding his state of health “attests to the mounting frustration on the part of its authors.” – President Isaias By Eritrean Ministry of Foreign Affairs Asmara, 28 April, 2012 – In a brief interview he conducted tonight, 28 April 2012, with the national media outlets, President Isaias Afwerki underscored that the recent rumor […]

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Kamal Galchuu on the Asasa massacre in southern Ethiopia

STATEMENT by General Kamal Galchuu Massacre by Wayyanne’s federal police at Asasa, Arsi Zone, Oromia is Wayyanne’s continuation of war against Oromo people The Oromo Liberation front shockingly learned that the Melese Zenewi’s Federal police massacred innocent Oromo people in Asasa while they were attending Friday pray. We recall a week ago that Meles Zenewi […]

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Press conference on transitional council – Saturday 4 PM EST

The Ethiopian National Transitional Council Steering Committee will hold a press conference on Saturday, April 28, at 4 PM Washington DC time. Dr Fisseha Eshetu, member of the steering committee, will present progress report and make a special announcement at the press confeence. You are invited to listen to the press conference by calling the […]

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Muslim anger against Zenawi intensifies

Muslims outraged by heavy-handed government interference Ethiopian Muslims angered by the heavy-handed interference of the government, staged one of the largest rallies following Friday prayers on April 27, 2012.  In a move that appears designed to attract Western money and support in the name of fighting extremism, the regime of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is […]

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Ethiopia faces instability and genocidal violence – study

The U.S.-based Genocide Prevention Advisory Network lists Ethiopia as a country that is facing high risk of instability. Read the report here.

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Woyanne troops killed several Muslims in Arsi Zone

Woyanne Fedeal Police troops opened fire and killed several Muslims in the town of Asasa, Arsi Zone, southern Ethiopia today, according to local sources. The Woyanne troops fired live bullets at the Muslims who were attending a Friday prayer… tune in for more details.

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Obama’s Atrocity Prevention Board ignores Ethiopia

The Atrocity Prevention Board that President Obama created held its first meeting on Monday. While the atrocities in Syria, Sudan, and other countries were highlighted at the meeting, there is no mention of the genocide, ethnic cleansing campaigns and other crimes against humanity in Ethiopia by the Woyanne junta. I would like every Ethiopian to […]

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EOTC asks the U.N. to protect Waldeba Monastery

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Holy Synod in Exile appealed to the United Nations to help protect the historic Waldeba Monastery in Ethiopia. In a letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, the EOTC wrote: “We hope that the United Nations, along with the rest of the international community, do not miss an opportunity to […]

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Digital Security Tactics – Computers

Use passphrases for all your sensitive data. Keep your most sensitive files on flash disks and find safe places to hide them. Have a contingency plan to physically destroy or get rid of your computer at short notice. … read more

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Is Walmart bribing Ethiopian officials?

Editor’s Note: Is Walmart working with corrupt Ethiopian officials?  According to the New York Times, giant US retailer has been caught bribing Mexican officials to the tune of $24 million dollars. Bribery and partnership with ruling party-owned businesses is a must for doing business in Ethiopia.  What is Walmart doing in one of the poorest […]

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Green Justice or Ethnic Injustice?

Alemayehu G Mariam Blaming the Victim Last week, dictator Meles Zenawi hectored his rubberstamp parliament in Ethiopia about the forced expulsion (or as some have described it “ethnic cleansing”) of Amharas from southern Ethiopia and zapped his critics for their irresponsibility in reporting and publicizing it. Zenawi denied any expulsion had taken place, but explained […]

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Clearing out the Al Amoudi trash

Removing the Al Amoudi and Woyanne thugs from the Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) is a major victory that must be replicated in all other Ethiopian organizations and places of worship. The fight is hard, but we are starting to win some battles against a multimillion-dollar operation. Even their high-powered DLA Piper lawyers […]

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With much to hide, Zenawi suffocates Ethiopia with information control

Editor’s Note:  Meles Zenawi has a lot to hide.  There is much stealing and naked brutality that needs to be kept under wraps. There is torture, imprisonment, murder and the trafficking of women for profit.  Western donors, who sustain the regime with a wink and a nod, can claim ignorance as long as the brutish […]

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The giant shows signs of life

By Yilma Bekele I feel energized. Our freedom tree is bearing fruits. It is the result of the tireless effort of thousands if not millions of us working together in harmony. Due to the miracle of the Internet such as our independent Web sites and Social Media such as Facebook and Twitter and our potent […]

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ESAT event in Atlanta with Tamagn Beyene (video)

Artiste Tamagn Beyene in Atlanta

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Discussion on boycotting Ethiopian Airlines (audio)

Ethiopian Review editor Elias Kifle discusses with Netsanet Le Ethiopia Radio about boycott campaign against Ethiopian Airlines and other TPLF-controlled enterprise. Listen below:

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Ethiopian media organizations call for boycott of Ethiopian Airlines

Several Ethiopian media organizations issued a worldwide call for economic boycott against the ethnic apartheid dictatorship in Ethiopia. The call was made by 12 major Ethiopian electronic and print media at a teleconference that was held on Saturday, April 12, 2012. The conference was attended by over 600 Ethiopians around the world. The worsening repression […]

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Ethiopia’s economic miracle: 2 weeks of work for a chicken

Editor’s Note:   The average Ethiopian has to work two weeks to afford one chicken.  Meles Zenawi’s economic nirvana is creating a living hell for Ethiopia’s 99 percent, while creating unprecedented wealth for a tiny ethnic minority. One chicken costs US $11.50 while the average civil servant earns $25 a month.  The astronomical cost of living […]

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Meles Zenawi explains eviction of Amharas from southern Ethiopia

Dictator Meles Zenawi explains his campaign to evict tens of thousands of Ethiopians of the Amhara ethnic group from Benchi-Maji zone of southern Ethiopia. As expected, his explanation [watch the video below] is full of lies. There can be no justification what so ever for evicting 78,000 people after confiscating their properties and in some […]

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Digital Security Tactics (Mobile Phones)

The tactics listed below are case- and context-specific. They need to be adapted to the local situation. Buy lower-end, simple phones that do not allow third-party applications to be installed. Higher-end ones with more functionalities carry more risk. Use cash to purchase your phone and SIM card. Avoid town centers and find small or second-hand […]

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Rebels burned down TPLF businesses in northern Ethiopia

Fighters from the Ethiopian Unity and Freedom Force (EUFF) have burned down 1 hotel and over 20 stores in the northern Ethiopian border town of Metemma last week, according the group’s spokesperson. The report has been independently verified from local witnesses. The attack, which occurred last Wednesday night, primarily targeted Khartoum Hotel, a gathering place […]

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As West and China coddle African dictators, press freedom suffers

Africa’s Free Press Problem By Mohammed Keita | New York Times AS Africa’s economies grow, an insidious attack on press freedom is under way. Independent African journalists covering the continent’s development are now frequently persecuted for critical reporting on the misuse of public finances, corruption and the activities of foreign investors. Why this disturbing trend? […]

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Ethiopia: The Bridge on the Road(map) to Democracy

Alemayehu G Mariam Last week I had an opportunity to address a town hall meeting in Seattle sponsored by the Ethiopian Public Forum in Seattle (EPFS), a civil society organization dedicated to promoting broad dialogue, debate and discussion on Ethiopia’s future. I was asked to articulate my views on Ethiopia’s transition from dictatorships to democracy […]

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Healers or Enablers? The case of Ethiopian doctors in exile

By Anonymous Some Ethiopian doctors in exile are said to be planning to invest in Ethiopia. In preparation, they have had meetings with the Woyane deputy prime minister, and ambassador Girma Biru among other officials. They wish to build a referral hospital in Addis Ababa. According to the feasibility study, the project aims as clients […]

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Court ordered Al Amoudi thugs to stop using ESFNA

A U.S. court ordered Al Amoudi thugs to stop using the name Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) and any reference to it. After the ESFNA board kicked out the Woyanne-Al Amoudi cadres and thugs from the organization, they had received $2 million from Al Amoudi to organize a soccer tournament in Washington DC […]

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Dislodging Tyranny with Nonviolent Civil Resistance

DEFINITIONS: Dictatorial Rule: Exercising absolute power. Tyrannic Rule: Violating rule of law. Fascistic Rule: Abusing the human rights of oppositions and perceived enemies. To quote Gene Sharp, a researcher who has for many decades studied and written about the technique of nonviolent struggle: The rulers of governments and political systems are not omnipotent (One having […]

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Southern Ethiopia — the playground of Meles Zenawi

By Yilma Bekele Most locations are just bland places. There is not much variation in the topography. Look at Google satellite map of Africa and you will see what I mean. Endless flat land, a stretch of desert, an occasional river or a few hills is the norm. Our Ethiopia is different. In the North […]

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Boycott Woyanne cash cow: Ethiopian Airlines

By Elias Kifle The Woyanne junta continues to commit horrible atrocities against Ethiopians with impunity. The recent ethnic cleansing campaign against the Amhara, Gambella and Afar people is not surprising because nothing has been done when khat-addicted dictator Meles Zenawi waged a war of genocide against fellow Ethiopians in Ogaden, filled Ethiopian prisons with Oromos, […]

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A Nonviolent Civil Resistance Template to Remove the Enemy

In conflicts between a dictatorship, or other oppression, and a dominated population, it is necessary for the populace to determine whether they wish simply to condemn the oppression and protest against the system. Or, do they wish actually to end the oppression, and replace it with a system of greater freedom, democracy, and justice? Many […]

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PEN 2012 Freedom to Write Award Goes to Eskinder Nega

Top PEN Prize to Honor Eskinder Nega, Jailed Ethiopian Journalist and Blogger Leading Free Expression Advocate on Trial for Terrorism New York City, April 12, 2012—PEN American Center today named Eskinder Nega, a journalist and dissident blogger in Ethiopia, as the recipient of its 2012 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. Nega, a leading advocate […]

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EYNM Public Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden

Guest Speakers:  Prof. Alemayehu G/Mariam: International Human Rights Advocate and Proffessor of Law and Political Science Topic: Challenges for Democratic Change in Ethiopia and their solutions  Dr. Feseha Eshetu: Former President and Owner of Unity University College and Member of the Ethiopian National Transitional Council Steering Committee Topic: Ethiopian National Transitional Council Dr. Tsehai Berhane-Selassie: […]

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Dealing with the Tyrant’s Repression

The oft quoted phrase “Freedom is not free” is true. No outside force is coming to give oppressed people the freedom they so much want. People will have to learn how to take that freedom themselves. Easy it cannot be. We should expect to face repression… [read more]

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Worldwide conference on economic boycott against Woyanne – today

In light of the ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign in Ethiopia against the Amhara, Oromo, Ogaden, Gambella, Afar and other Ethiopians, several Ethiopian media will come together on Saturday, April 14, at 1 PM, to propose a worldwide economic boycott campaign against the Woyanne junta. The discussion will take place live via teleconference, radio program, paltalk […]

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Alem Dechasa’s lonely death

By Clar Ni Chonghaile | The Guardian BURAYU, ETHIOPIA — Alem Dechasa left Ethiopia in January to work as a maid in Lebanon, where she apparently killed herself. Her journey started in Burayu, a poor settlement outside Addis Ababa. Lemesa Ejeta sniffed and cleared his throat but could not stop a tear from slipping down […]

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Identity Politics and Ethiopia’s Transition to Democracy

By Alemayehu G Mariam History Keeps Repeating Itself in Ethiopia Last week, the Voice of America Amharic radio program reported on the forced official removal (“displacement”) of a large number of people e from the southern part of Ethiopia. According to the report, numerous Amhara farming families from the town of Gura Ferda were ordered by local […]

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Amhara cannibalized by hodam Amharas

By Elia Kifle The recent ethnic cleansing of 78,000 Ethiopians of the Amhara ethnic group from southern Ethiopia by the Woyanne junta is a horrible crime. Ethiopian Review has been reporting similar ethnic cleansing campaigns against other Ethiopian ethnic groups, particularly the Ogaden and Gambella over the past several years. How is it that Meles […]

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Can Ethiopians Afford to Ignore TPLF Inc.’s atrocities?

By Aklog Birara, PhD “The people occupying the plateau of the Blue Nile are conscious of a glorious past and proudly call themselves Ethiopians.” – Elise Reclus, Philosopher Ethiopian ethnic-based political elites, most prominently, the champion of ethnic politics and business, TPLF Inc., were always bent on shredding to pieces our commonalities, shared history and […]

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Questions to Dr Abinet et al

By Teshome Wolde I understand you had a meeting with Ethiopian Woyanne Ambassador to United States to discuss about the establishment of referral hospital in Ethiopia. We would be very grateful if you can spend few minutes to elaborate the idea behind establishing a referral hospital. The following questions may only help guide your response. […]

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Loving Ethiopia to death – the Doctors

By yilma Bekele On November 11, 2011, Yenesew Gebre was driven to kill himself on behalf of all suffering Ethiopians. He killed himself out of love for his people and country. He made the ultimate sacrifice to wake us up so we can see what it means to be humiliated in your own home. Love […]

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List of doctors in the Diaspora who collaborate with Woyanne junta

On the weekend of March 24, 2012, the Woyanne ambassador in Washington DC, Girma Birru, held a meeting with over 70 exiled Ethiopian physicians who reside in the US. As reported by Ethiopian Review previously, the objective of the meeting in Alexandria, Virginia, was to discuss about a plan to build a private referral hospital […]

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UN slavery unit: Investigate death of Ethiopian in Lebanon

UN urges Lebanon to investigate Ethiopian maid’s death By the BBC The UN special rapporteur on slavery has urged the Lebanese government to carry out a full investigation into the death of an Ethiopian domestic worker. Alem Dechasa, 33, killed herself on 14 March, a few days after she was filmed being beaten by men […]

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Woyanne security chief paralyzed by depression

The security and intelligence chief of the ruling Woyanne junta in Ethiopia, Getachew Assefa, is reportedly suffering from sever depression. Getachew, who is a central committee member of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) and head of the notorious criminal organization that operates under the name, “Ethiopian Intelligence and Security Service (ENISS),” is also having […]

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Hillary Clinton’s deadly hypocrisy

It’s obvious that the U.S. Government’s foreign policy is full of hypocrisy with deadly results. Let’s take Ethiopia for example: As shown in the picture below, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets Ethiopia’s genocidal dictator Meles Zenawi like a close personal friend, and yet she calls for the removal of Syria’s murderous dictator. Compared to […]

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Enablers praise Ethiopia’s dictator as he torments journalist

Blogger fights terror charges as Ethiopian leader praised By Tom Rhodes/CPJ East Africa Consultant Last week in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, while Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was making a speech about Africa’s growth potential at an African Union forum, a journalist who his administration has locked away since September on bogus terrorism charges was […]

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Civil resistance and Diaspora

The Diaspora plays important roles in the democratic process: 1. Act as the voice of conscience to the world. 2. Lobby diplomats for international support and cooperation. 3. Mobilize activists for grassroots involvement both inside and outside the country. 4. Provide psychological and financial support to the movement… [read more]

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Ethnic cleansing of Amharas (shocking photo)

The Woyanne junta has intensified its ethnic cleansing campaign against the Amhara ethnic group in southern Ethiopia. So far, over 78,000 people, including children, women, and the elderly have been evicted after every thing they owned was confiscated, as reported by Germany Radio and other media. The following are photos of some of the evicted […]

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The Rule of Law in Ethiopia’s Democratic Transition

Alemayehu G Mariam Rule of Law, Rule by Law, Rule by Unjust Law, Rule by Man All of the weekly commentaries I have written over the years have been structured on a single fundamental principle: the rule of law. What is it? How does it configure in Ethiopia’s transition from dictatorship to democracy? The phrase “rule […]

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Teleconference on Transitional Council – Thursday, 7 PM EST

Worldwide teleconference on establishing Ethiopian National Transitional Council. Thursday April 19, 2012, at 7 PM Washington DC time Topic: Establishing ENTC Chapters in your city 1. Do you want to know more about ENTC? 2. Do you want to know what has been done so far? 3. Do you want to know what has been […]

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Discussion in Atlanta on transnational council – today

ANNOUNCEMENT Former Unity University President and founder Dr. Fisseha Eshetu will come to Atlanta to discuss the current state of affairs in Ethiopia and his involvement in the preparation to establish Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) on Sunday, April 22, 2012. Ethiopian Review editor Elias Kifle will join Dr Fisseha in the discussion. You are […]

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Ethiopian man in Maryland wins $108 million in Mega Millions Lottery

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