Monthly Archives: December 2012

Ring in Redress to All Humankind

 2012 is gone. 2013 is on the way. Let us ring in redress to all humankind. I wish a happy and prosperous new year to all of my readers throughout the world. To those who have unwearyingly followed my columns for nearly three hundred uninterrupted weeks, I wish to express my deep gratitude and appreciation. […]

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ሰብአዊ መብት ለሰብአዊያን

ከፕሮፌሰር ዓለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም ከነጻነት ለሃገሬ በዓለም ዙርያ ያሉትን አንባቢዎቼን 2013 የደስታና የብልጽጋና ዓመት ይሁንላችሁ በማለት መልካም ምኞቴን እገልጻለሁ፡፡ ላለፉት ያልተቋረጡ 300 ሳምንታት ያህል ጦማሮቼን ለተከታተሉ ሁሉ፤ከልብ የመነጨ አክብሮቴንና ምስጋናዬን እገልጻለሁ፡፡ ከኢትዮጵያና ከዲያስፖራ ኢትዮጵያዊያን ለተቸረኝ ማበረታታት ምስጋናዬ ይድረስልኝ፡፡ አንባቢዎቼን፤ በኢትዮጵያና በዓለም ላይ ሁሉ የተደፈሩ ሰብአዊ መብቶችን ለሁሉም ሰብአዊ ፍጡራን እንዲዳረሱና እንዲከበሩ የመጠራሪያና የማንቂያ ደወል በአፍሪካና […]

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DLA Piper, a hired gun for rogue nations

A Newsweek article by Joshua Kurlantzick points out the shameful activities of some law/lobbying firms in Washington DC that are hired guns for criminal regimes around the world who are terrorizing their people. The most notorious among them is DLA Piper that receives over $50,000 per month from the genocidal junta in Ethiopia for lobbying […]

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Gen. Samora Yenus in a German hospital – update

UPDATE – December 28, 2012: Ethiopian Review sources are reporting that armed forces chief of staff Gen. Samora Yenus is back in a Germany hospital. In August, we reported that Samora, looking frail, returned to Addis Ababa to attend dictator Meles Zenawi’s funeral, and that he will return to the hospital. UPDATE – August 21, […]

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In Ethiopia, a daily struggle for clean water (video)

In the first in a series of collaborative reports about water problems around the world, Fred de Sam Lazaro of PBS reports on the shortage of potable water in Ethiopia and how the effort required to maintain existing watering points affects millions of people every day. Transcript WOMAN (through translator): We have no choice, this […]

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SMNE Message for Christmas

Ethiopia can be transformed but the change we seek should start from within our own souls and hearts Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE)   December 25, 2012 Dear Colleagues and Friends; As many of our fellow Ethiopians of Christian faith gather with family and friends over the next days to celebrate one of […]

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ሰብአዊ መብትና: መንግሥታዊ ግፊት በኢትዮጵያ (2012)

ከፕሮፌሰር ዓለማየሁ ገብረማርያም                                                                                                                     ትርጉም ከነጻነት ለሃገሬ በዲሴምበር 2008 ላይ በኢትዮጵያ የ‹‹ለውጥ የሌሽ ዓመት›› በማለት እንጉርጉሮ መሰል መልእክት ጽፌ ነበር፡፡ 2008 የ2007፤2006፤2005፤2004 ቅጂ ነበር… በየቀኑ ኢትዮጵያዊያን ሲነቁ ልክ እንደተሰበረ የሙዚቃ ሸክላ ባለፈው የሕይወት ስቃያቸው ድግግሞሽ መከራ ውስጥ በመዳከር ነበር የሚገኙት፡፡ እያንዳንዱ አዲስ ቀን ካለፈው የወረሰውን ይዞ ነበር የሚመጣው፡፡ ጫና፤ ማስፈራራት፤ ንቅዘት፤እስራት፤ ማጭበርበር… ጭካኔና የሰብአዊ መብት ገፈፋ… […]

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TPLF Inc. as a ‘silent killer’

Aklog Birara, PhD Have you ever wondered, as I have, why Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people are caught in a vicious cycle of disillusionment, dispossession and disempowerment? Have you pondered, as I have, the simple truth that the vast majority of the Ethiopian people have less say and thus less power over their political and […]

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PM Hailemariam Desalegn expresses frustration to close confidants

Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has expressed frustration with the Tigrean People Liberation Front (TPLF) to a group of close friends he recently met. One long time friend of the prime minister (who wants to remain anonymous) told Ethiopian Review today that Hailemariam is finding it impossible to get cooperation from the TPLF members […]

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Ethiopia 2012: Human Rights and Government Wrongs

Another Groundhog Year In December 2008, I wrote a weekly commentary lamenting the fact that 2008 was “Groundhog Year” in Ethiopia: It was a repetition of 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004… Everyday millions of Ethiopians woke up only to find themselves trapped in a time loop where their lives replayed like a broken record. Each “new” day […]

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Leveling the playing field in Ethiopia

By Yilma Bekele The press release was short and to the point. It was only six paragraphs long and was written in a matter of fact way. There were no trumpets blaring, no press conference with TV lights and no lavish dinner to commemorate the event. The announcement reminded me of the proverb ‘best things […]

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Will the World End Today? – U.S. Geological Survey says ‘Be Prepared, Every Day’

(USGS) — Based on interpretations of the ancient Mayan calendar, some people are predicting the world will end on December 21, 2012, Others believe that instead of doomsday and destruction, the day will mark a new era for humanity and will be a time for celebration. Such beliefs aside, what we know with certainty is […]

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Genes reveal grain of truth to Queen of Sheba story

By Hannah Krakauer  |  New Scientist The genomes of Ethiopian people hold echoes of the meeting between a legendary king and queen.   About 3000 years ago, the Queen of Sheba purportedly travelled from what is now Ethiopia to meet King Solomon in Israel. Ethiopian folklore even tells of a child between the pair. But […]

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Lorenzo Taezaz And The Italo-Ethiopian War (1935-1941)

By Daniel Kindie Lorenzo Taezaz could be considered as one of the legendary heroes of the Italo-Ethiopian war of 1935-1941. From the day he left his homeland in 1925, until his untimely death in Sweden in 1946, he had an unusual life. Few Ethiopians of his generation have enjoyed a life so intense and so […]

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World-renowned journalists speak up about Eskinder Nega

“Who among us could write what I’m about to read,” asked Carl Bernstein, “spirit unbowed, faith in freedom and the power of the written word untrammeled?” That is how Bernstein, a legend of American journalism, paid tribute to one of Ethiopia’s most improbable convicted “terrorist,” Eskinder Nega, a brave fellow journalist who sits in jail […]

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Ethiopian migrants abused and unwelcome in Yemen

Desperately seeking a future By Graham Peebles | mwcnews.net December 18, 2012 Year on year the numbers of men women and children leaving Ethiopia in search of work and freedom from repression in one of the Gulf States and beyond is increasing. Lured by the often hollow prospect of earning enough money to support their […]

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አሜሪካ ከጀግኖች አፍሪካውያን ጎን ትቆማለች ?

ከፕሮፌሰር  ዓለማየሁ  ገብረማርያም ትርጉም  ከነጻነት ለሃገሬ                       ታሪክ ከጀግኖች አፍሪካውያን  ጋር ከወገነ፤  አሜሪካስ  ለምን  አትወግንም ? ፕሬዜዳንት ኦባማ አክራ፤ ጋናን በ2009 ሲጎበኙ ሁለት አስቸኳይና አስፈላጊ መልዕክቶችን አስተላልፈው ነበር፡፡ ‹‹ታሪክ ከጀግኖች አፍሪካውያን ጋር ወግኗል›› ሲሉ: ለአፍሪካ መሪዎችና ገዢዎች ደግሞ ጠበቅ ያለ መልክት ኣስተላፈው ነበር፡፡ ………እንዳትሳሳቱ፡ ታሪክ […]

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16 European Parliament members sent a letter to PM Hailemairma Desalegn asking him to free Eskinder Nega

Today, 16 members of the European Parliament issued a public letter to Ethiopian Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn expressing their grave concern regarding the continued detention of imprisoned journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega. Arrested in 2011 and detained without access to an attorney for nearly two months, Mr. Nega was sentenced to 18 years in prison […]

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96 Ethiopians arrested in northern Tanzania

GLOBAL TIMES — Tanzanian authorities on Monday said that 96 Ethiopians who were found hiding in villages near Kenya boarder. According to immigration officers, the Ethiopians were arrested on Sunday morning when they were found in a lorry in an area located between Ngeriani and Tingatinga villages in the district waiting to cross Tanzania to […]

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ከዳር ቆሞ ለዉጥን መጠበቅ የህልም እንጀራ

ፍስሀ እሸቱ (ዶ/ር) በሀገራችን ያለዉን ሁኔታ ስንመለከተዉ በጥቂት ቃላት ማጠቃለል የቻላል። ይህም ከድጡ ወደ ማጡ የሚለዉ በጥሩ ሁኔታ የሚገልጸዉ ይመስለኛል። አበዉ ጉልቻ ቢለዋወጥ እንደሚሉ አፈናዉ፤ ስለላዉ፤ እስሩ፤ ግድያዉ፤ ስደቱ፤ ዘረፋዉና፤ ማናለብኝነቱ ሳይቋረጥ ቀጥሏል። አዲሱ ጠቅላይ ሚንስትርና አጋሮቻቸዉም ደግመዉ ደጋግመዉ አስረግጠዉ እንደተናገሩት ለዉጥ የሚባል ነገር እንደማይታሰብና የነበረዉ ሁኔታ ባለበት እንደሚቀጥል ነዉ። ከዚህ አንጻር የለዉጥ የተስፋ ጭላንጭል […]

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Will the U.S. Stand by the Side of Brave Africans?

If History is on the Side of Brave Africans, Shouldn’t the U.S. be Too? When President Obama visited Accra, Ghana in 2009, he delivered two distinct political messages within one overarching moral imperative: “History is on the side of brave Africans”. His message to African governments and leaders was emphatic: …Make no mistake: history is […]

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Freed Ethiopian prisoners in Israel speak out

Save Ethiopia and ENTC members visited freed child-prisoners in Israel. Watch Video      

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Susan Rice built her career on catering to authority, even some of Africa’s most loathsome dictators

By Jacob Heilbrunn | The Daily Beast With her decision to withdraw from consideration as secretary of state, Susan Rice—and her greatest champion, President Obama—is finally bowing to the inevitable. Her supporters concocted any number of reasons to promote her ascension to the top floor of Foggy Bottom. She was, they said, being demonized by […]

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Susan Rice is now Fried Rice – a great news for her victims in Africa

By Yilma Bekele Good news is always welcome. Then there is the extraordinarily good news that jars you from your slumber. And when the good news happens right around Christmas there is nothing one can do other than put more log in the fire place, take a generous helping of the twelve year old scotch […]

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ENTC statement on current situation in Ethiopia

ENTC issued a press release today on the current Ethiopian situation. The press release strongly denounced the ongoing abuses and injustices by the regime and calls for all Ethiopians to get engaged. Read full statement  

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Surviving Anxiety

Solome Tibebu discusses her experience suffering from anxiety and how she survived it.

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DLA Piper back in London court to harass Ethiopian Review

DLA Piper goes to a London court again representing the Woyanne junta and their money launderer and fellow thief Mohammed Al Amoudi to harass me and try to shut down Ethiopian Review (see here). Last time, in 2011, they succeeded in getting the London court to award them £175,000. I took the low amount as […]

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ENTC Continues seasonal campaign

Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) is conveying its best wishes in the holiday season to all Ethiopians. It has been six months since ENTC has been officially formed. Although the road to victory is a long and difficult one, the group’s beginning is a promising one. It is with everyone’s participation that the struggle can […]

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Report TPLF spy chief Debretsion Gebremichael to the U.S. Homeland Security’s War Crimes Unit

I have been informed that the TPLF spy chief Debretsion Gebremichael, who has recently been promoted as deputy prime minister, will come to the U.S. in the coming few weeks. An American friend who is a regular reader of Ethiopian Review suggested to me that Ethiopians who reside in U.S. can try to prevent him […]

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Remembering the victims of 2003 Gambella Massacre

By Obang Metho | Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) December 13, 2012 Click here to see video of testimony by survivors of 2003 Gambella massacre December 13, 2012 marks the 9-year anniversary of the brutal massacre of 424 disarmed Anuak in Gambella, Ethiopia by the TPLF/EPRDF Defense Forces armed with guns and militia […]

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ENTC has formed a new chapter in Norway

Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) has continued to work on expanding its organizational reach throughout the world. This effort includes strengthening the chapters that are already established as well as forming new ones. In line with this effort, it has announced the successful completion of the formation of ENTC Norway chapter with dedicated Ethiopians. email: […]

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The growing child prostitution and human trafficking in Ethiopia should put all Ethiopians to shame

EDITOR’S NOTE: While Ethiopia’s regime cooks up fantastic numbers to show double digit growth, the realities on the ground are more sobering and depressing.  The political elite is addicted to foreign handouts and human trafficking. In an economy where unemployment runs as high as 50% and foreign exchange is continuously in short supply, the regime has embarked on […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Great Land Giveaway

Review by Lisanu Betaw The recently released book by Dr. Aklog Birara (hereafter referred to as the author) on Ethiopia titled “The Great Land Giveaway” is a phenomenal piece of work reflecting the culmination of a dedicated research effort by an economic pundit with a hallmark of professional excellence and experiential richness. It goes into […]

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Israel reportedly engaged in racist sterilization of Ethiopian women

By Talila Nesher | Haaretz Women say that while waiting in transit camps in Ethiopia they were coaxed into agreeing to injections of long-acting birth control drugs. Women who immigrated from Ethiopia eight years ago say they were told they would not be allowed into Israel unless they agreed to be injected with the long-acting […]

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Susan Rice and Africa’s Despots

By Salem Solomon | New York Times ON Sept. 2, Ambassador Susan E. Rice delivered a eulogy for a man she called “a true friend to me.” Before thousands of mourners and more than 20 African heads of state in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ms. Rice, the United States’ representative to the United Nations, lauded the […]

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Susan Rice’s dalliance with dictators coming back to haunt her: The Atlantic Wire

This New Susan Rice Charge May Stick By Dashiel Bennett | The Atlantic Wire December 10, 2012 Republican Senators have gotten little traction trying to pin the Benghazi disaster on U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, but new details about the role she’s played in the ongoing Congolese war might be more damaging to her possible nomination […]

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Susan Rice and Africa’s Unholy Trinity

Matriarch of the Unholy Trinity Susan Rice, the current U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., has been waltzing (or should I say do-se-do-ing) with Africa’s slyest, slickest and meanest dictators for nearly two decades. More cynical commentators have said she has been in bed with them, as it were. No doubt, international politics does make for […]

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OBEDIENCE to Tyrants – the root causes

The most important single quality of any government, without which it would not exist, must be the obedience and submission of its subjects… [read more]

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Well-known patriot Shambel Zewdu Ayalew joins ENTC

A great Ethiopian patriot Shambel Zewdu Ayalew joins the Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) as an adviser. Shambel Zewdu was elected as a member of Ethiopian parliament representing Gondar in 2005, but when the Woyanne junta stole the election, he refused to join the parliament and went into the bushes to fight for the Ethiopian […]

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ENTC continues seasonal campaign

Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) is conveying its best wishes in the holiday season to all Ethiopians. It has been 6 months since ENTC has been officially formed. Although the road to victory is a long and difficult one, the group’s beginning is a promising one. It is with everyone’s participation that the struggle can […]

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የሃይማኖት ነጻነት ጥብቅና በኢትዮጵያ

ከፕሮፌሰር  ዓለማየሁ  ገብረማርያም ትርጉም  ከነጻነት ለሃገሬ ለውድቀት የተዳረገው የሃይማኖት ነጻነት በኢትዮጵያ በዚህ ባለፈው ሰኔ ወር ላይ ‹‹ አንድነት ለሃይማኖት›› በሚል ጽሁፍ በኢትዮጵያ ስለሚካሄደው የሃይማኖት ነጻነት ገፈፋ ያለኝን ስጋት ገልጬ  ነበር፡፡ በዚህም ሳቢያ ኢትዮጵያ ዉስጥ አዲሱ የሰብአዊ መብት መጣስ  አካሄድ በሃይማኖት ነጻነት ላይ ማነጣጠሩን አሳስቤያለሁ፡፡ ስጋቴን  ትንሽ ቀለል ያረገልኝ ስርአት የተላበሱት የክርስቲያኑና የሙስሊሙ የሃይሞነት መሪዎች በሃይማኖት […]

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In Defense of Religious Freedom in Ethiopia

The Precarious State of Religious Freedom in Ethiopia In a weekly column entitled “Unity in Divinity” this past June, I expressed grave concern over official encroachments on religious freedom in Ethiopia. I lamented the fact that religious freedom was becoming a new focal target of official human rights violations. But I was also encouraged by […]

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Selling Ethiopia away piece by piece (video)

The video below shows how the Woyanne regime is selling Ethiopia’s fertile land to foreign investors after displacing the people who reside on the land. This is done in the name of development, but the only thing that is being developed with this scheme is the parasite regime officials’ bank accounts in Europe and the […]

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