Monthly Archives: September 2013

90 percent of female patients at a Saudi hospital are Ethiopian women – Arab News

This shocking news is reported by Arab News today. Most of these poor Ethiopian women (some of whom are as young as 14-year-old) were trafficked to Saudi Arabia by the Ethiopian government and its collaborators such as Mohammed Al Amoudi using a modern day slave ship named Ethiopian Airlines. But this is a shame not […]

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The International Criminal Court on an African Safari?

 African Race Hunting, the Race Card and Racing After African Thugs? Hailemariam Desalegn, the titular prime minister of Ethiopia, says the International Criminal Court (ICC) is on African safari. In May 2013,according to the BBC, Desalegn said, “African leaders were concerned that out of those indicted by the ICC, 99% are Africans. This shows something […]

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Millions of Voices for Freedom march in pictures

A photo gallery of the September 29, 2013, Millions of Voices for Freedom March in Ethiopia. Click here.

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Millions of Voices for Freedom March – update, photos, videos

[Click here for video update.] 12:20 PM ADDIS ABABA TIME: UDJ has ended the protest march to avoid violent confrontation with the security forces. 11:30 AM ADDIS ABABA TIME: The UDJ leadership is considering to prematurely end the march because the security forces are making it impossible to march to Meskel Square. Kebena neighborhood is […]

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Dr Negasso Gidada arrested again

Dr Negasso Gidada, former Ethiopian President and currently chairman of the opposition Union for Democracy and Justice party, has been detained again today while canvassing Addis Ababa neighborhoods in preparation for Sunday’s “Millions of Voices” march. The UDJ chairman was detained along with several of his colleagues for 6 hours and released after being warned […]

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A collection of historic Emperor Menelik photos

Click here to see some rare photos of the great Ethiopian emperor, Menelik II, and Empress Tayitu.

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Texas court dismissed Woyanne lawsuit against Ethiopian patriot Wossenu Gizaw

A court in Houston, Texas, yesterday dismissed a criminal case that was filed against Wossenu Gizaw on behalf of a Woyanne cadre named Tesfai Tsadik. Read more about the case here.

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Legendary Ethiopian saxophonist Teddy Mitiku receiving treatment at a Maryland hospital

Theodros (Teddy) Mitiku, the legendary Ethiopian saxophonist who has been entertaining generations of Ethiopians, is currently receiving treatment at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland. We are praying for him. Some of Teddy Mitiku’s works (click the links below): ► Amalele ► Meskerem siteba ► Awash ► Fikirish Bertabigne ► Teddy Mitiku and Ibex […]

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UDJ’s “Millions of Voices” march will start Sunday morning at the Kebena neighborhood of Addis Ababa

The Ethiopian opposition party UDJ is organizing a protest march for Sunday, September 29, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The march, named “Millions of Voices,” will start in front of the party’s headquarters in Kebena neighborhood. The party has released the following promotional videos:

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Oakland Institute submits Human Rights Report on Ethiopia to the U.N.

OAKLAND CA- In a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on September 15, 2013, the Oakland Institute and the Housing and Land Rights Network outlined the human rights and international law violations perpetrated by the government of Ethiopia in the name of country’s development strategy.Drawing clear links between recorded […]

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Police detained former Ethiopian President Negasso Gidada

Security forces in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa detained former Ethiopian president Dr Negasso Gidada for 4 hours and released him, Ethiopian Review sources reported. Dr Negasso is currently chairman of the opposition Union for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) party. UDJ is preparing to hold a protest demonstration in Addis Ababa next Sunday, September 29, 2013.

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Azeb Mesfin arrest imminent

Azeb Mesfin, the widow of Ethiopia’s deceased dictator, is facing multiple charges of corruption and her arrest is imminent unless she leaves the country, according to Ethiopian Review sources in Addis Ababa. Political and business associates of Azeb Mesfin are dropping like flies. The biggest one to fall was Gebrewahid WoldeGiorgis, a senior official, who […]

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Ethiopia: Beyond the Hubris of Evil

 When I wrote a commentary on the plight of the imprisoned 32-year old Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu last April, I titled it “The Audacity of Evil in Ethiopia.” At the time, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) had sent a letter to the “Minister of Justice” of the ruling regime in Ethiopia pleading medical care […]

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Semayawi Party’s peaceful demonstration blocked by heavily armed police (update, photos)

11:05 AM: Semayawi Party’s peaceful demonstration is blocked with brute force by the US/EU/World Bank-financed lawless regime in Ethiopia. When the regime’s thugs started to beat up and detain Semayawi Party’s young activist, the leaders have decided to call off the demonstration and return to the office. The darkness over Ethiopia continues. Semayawi Party chairman […]

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Ethiopian man in Seattle attempted to kill ex-girlfriend; gun jammed

BY LEVI PULKKINEN, SEATTLEPI.COM (Seattle PI) – A man accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend before shooting himself in the chest has been charged with attempted murder. King County prosecutors contend Samson H. Berhe opened fire on the young woman last Thursday while she was driving home from work. Berhe, a 26-year-old Amazon security […]

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Ethiopia’s lawless regime joins Kenya’s campaign against ICC

ADDIS ABABA (VOA) — Ethiopia’s regime, which currently chairs the African Union, says it supports the push by Kenya for African countries to jointly withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC has put Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto on trial for alleged crimes against humanity, while President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to go […]

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Women’s Group Submits Human Rights Report on Ethiopia to the United Nations

Ethiopian Women’s Human Rights Alliance (EWHRA) Submits Human Rights Report on Ethiopia to the United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review September 19, 2013 Grassroots organization details human rights violations committed by the Ethiopian government and outlines recommendations to bring Ethiopia into compliance with international law. New York, New York—Ethiopian Women’s Human Rights Alliance (EWHRA) released a […]

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Preparations underway for Semayawi Party’s peaceful protest Sunday in Addis Ababa

Semayawi Party is holding a massive peaceful protest demonstration this coming Sunday in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. Tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out for the demonstration, which will be held at Meskel Square.

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TPLF dirty trick alert: an all-out campaign pressuring witnesses to change testimony in World Bank investigation

Anuak Justice Council September 13, 2013 Reports are emerging about   TPLF/ERPDF Efforts to Suppress Testimony in World Bank’s Investigation Regarding the Misuse of WB Funds in the Forced Displacement of Anuak and Related Land Grabs in Ethiopia’s Gambella Region (Vancouver, BC, Canada) The Anuak Justice Council (AJC) has received disturbing reports from on-the-ground sources in […]

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ESFNA sets for Annual Meeting in October

The Ethiopian Sports Federation of North America is gearing up for it’s annual meeting this Fall in Dallas, Texas. The conference will kick off on October 12 till the 14th and will be discussing the soccer tournament that took place earlier this summer in Washington D.C. Topics include a recap of the 30th annual soccer […]

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Ethiopian jail imposes more restrictions on journalist Reeyot Alemu

NAIROBI (CPJ) – The decision by authorities at Kality Prison to impose visitor restrictions on imprisoned journalist Reeyot Alemu constitutes harassment and runs counter to the Ethiopian constitution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.”We call upon the Ethiopian authorities to lift these latest restrictions and allow Reeyot Alemu to receive all visitors,” said CPJ […]

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A Renaissance for Ethiopia’s Youth

For the past one-half decade, Ethiopia has been awash with talk of renaissance. There has been a lot of windbagging about a “Renaissance Dam” over the Blue Nile. Our ears nearly fell off listening to the endless gab about an “economic renaissance” with “11 percent” plus annual growth. There has also been much talk of […]

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4th day of Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu’s hunger strike

Ethiopia journalist Reeyot Alemu, a recipient of international awards for courage, is on her 4th day of hunger strike today. Reyot went on hunger strike after the regime prevented her visits by friends and family, and to also protest the inhumane treatment she is subjected to in prison. Last April, Reeyot was awarded the 2013 […]

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Washington DC Attorney General files lawsuit against Ethiopian gas station mogul Eyob Mamo

WASHINGTON (CSPNet) — The District of Columbia has filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil Oil Corp. and its gasoline distributors for Washington, D.C.–including Virginia businessman Eyob “Joe” Mamo–to stop enforcement of exclusive-supply agreements that make one group of affiliated distributors the only suppliers of Exxon-branded gasoline in D.C., the district’s attorney general, Irvin B. Nathan, has […]

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Could political demonstrations in Ethiopia herald greater freedom? – The Economist

(The Economist) – A RARE flicker of political protest graced the streets of Ethiopia’s otherwise regimented capital, Addis Ababa, on June 2nd. Demonstrators marched peacefully through the city, many carrying pictures of imprisoned loved ones. Later they gathered on Churchill Avenue, the capital’s main thoroughfare, where they were told that a new struggle had begun. […]

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42,000 Ethiopians fled to Yemen since January this year

SANA’A (YEMEN TIMES) — Recent statistics issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) say that approximately 50,000 African refugees have arrived in Yemen since the beginning of 2013 through the end of July. The breakdown of statistics are roughly 42,000 Ethiopians, 8,000 Somalis and a small minority of refugees from other nations. […]

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Zambia police arrested 7 Ethiopians

By Martin Mashekwa in Kalomo | Post Zambia ZAMBIA – Police detained 7 Ethiopians in Kalomo for unlawful entry in the country. The Ethiopians were intercepted in the town en route to Livingstone aboard a Shalom bus services last Thursday. Law enforcement sources confirmed the development to Zanis but referred all queries to the immigration […]

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Banning khat may cause increase in violence and organized crime

BY JON MANNING | News Statesman The recent move by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to ban the stimulant Khat is only the latest in a long line of drug policy decisions by governments of all persuasions that ignores evidence and will prove counter-productive. Drug policy still appears to be one of the only areas […]

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Italy’s racist underbelly – Maaza Mengiste

By Maaza Mengiste Last week in Rome three mannequins doused in fake blood were discovered in front of a municipal building ahead of a visit from Italy’s first black minister, Cécile Kyenge. Flyers scattered around the area declared: “Immigration is the genocide of peoples. Kyenge resign!” This is only the latest in a succession of shocking attacks […]

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Yemen deported 1,332 Ethiopians

ADEN (SABA)- The Immigration and Passport Office deported 1,332 Ethiopians who entered the country illegally in 2013. Deputy director of the Immigration and Passport Office in Aden, Colonel Adel Yousif, explained to Saba News Agency that the deportation process took place during the months from January to September 2013 and in accordance with the laws […]

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Ethiopia’s “Smoking Mountain”

The Lava Lakes of Erta Ale in eastern Ethiopia Located in the Danakil Depression (or Afar Depression) in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia, Erta Ale is one of the driest, lowest, and hottest places on Earth. Temperatures during the year range from 77 degrees Fahrenheit to 118 degrees Fahrenheit. The area is beset by […]

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Happy Ethiopian New Year

መልካም አዲስ አመት Ethiopian Review wishes this year will bring an end to tyranny in Ethiopia

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A man who vandalized Ethiopian St. Mary Church in Washington DC arrested – (video)

WASHINGTON (WTOP) – Metropolitan police arrested an Ethiopian man after he allegedly smashed a picture of St. Mary at a church in Northwest on Sunday. The man reportedly grabbed a painting from a shelf outside an Ethiopian Orthodox church on Buchanan Street near 14th Street. Ethiopian Orthodox is a Christian religion that is the predominant […]

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The Diplomacy of Nonviolent Change in Ethiopia

In my commentary last week, “Interpreting and Living MLK’s Dream”, I discussed, among other things, Dr. Martin Luther King’s (MLK) philosophy of nonviolent social change. MLK argued that the “crucial political and moral question of our time” is the “need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence.” I believe […]

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TPLF luminaries defect to the US; infighting appears to intensify

Is Azeb Golla next? Arkebe Equbay, a one-time rising star of the Tigrai Peoples Liberation Front  and former mayor of Addis Ababa, has fled to the United States seeking asylum, according to reliable sources.  Also defecting is Getachew Equbay, Arkebe’s brother and former executive of Mesfin Engineering.  The brothers are said to have escaped along […]

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SMNE applauds peaceful resistance; opposes gov’t intimidation

Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE)   September 5, 2013 We in the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) are deeply disturbed by illegal and violent actions by the TPLF/EPRDF that prevented the Semayawi Party from carrying out its peaceful rally on Sunday, September 1. Despite receiving the go ahead from authorities to […]

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ደብረ ጽዮን ገብረ ሚካኤል አዜብን ለእስር እያሰናዳ ይሆን?

አዜብ መስፍን ይታሰራሉ?   ጎልጉል የድረገጽ ጋዜጣ September 6, 2013 September 3, 2013 11:46 am By Editor 6 Comments መለስ ዜናዊ ሆን ብለው ለፖለቲካ ሚዛን መጠበቂያ ሲገለገሉበት በነበረው “የሙስና ባህር” ያልተነከረበት የለም። ባህሩ ውስጥ ያልዋኘ የለም። ከባህሩ ራሳቸውን ያገለሉ ጥቂቶች ቢኖሩም ወ/ሮ አዜብ መስፍን ግን የባህሩ ዋናው አጥማቂና የውሃው ባለቤት እንደሆኑ በርካታ ምስክሮች አሉ። አቶ […]

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EFF calls on Secretary Kerry to speak up about Eskinder Nega imprisonment

An Open Letter to John Kerry: Tell Ethiopia to Release Eskinder Nega and Stop Imprisoning Bloggers September 4, 2013   “Individuals can be penalised, made to suffer (oh, how I miss my child) and even killed. But democracy is a destiny of humanity which can not be averted. It can be delayed but not defeated… […]

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Why ethnic-federalism deters equitable, integrated development

By Aklog Birara, PhD “Hunger is actually the worst of all weapons of mass destruction, claiming millions of victims every year. Fighting hunger and poverty and promoting development are the truly sustainable way to achieve world peace. There will be no peace without development, and there will be neither peace nor development without justice.” – […]

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Interpreting and Living MLK’s Dream

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech for the ages from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. A quarter of a million people stood in rapt attention and listened to that speech. It was the crowning moment of the March on Washington for jobs and freedom. Fifty […]

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Ethiopian opposition Semayawi Party under attack; its headquarters ransacked – Abebe Gellaw

By Abebe Gellaw In the evening of Saturday August 31, Semayawi Party headquarters around Ginfle, Addis Ababa, was buzzing like a bee hive as nearly one hundred party activists and organizers were busy making posters, writing slogans, stacking flags and other paraphernalia needed for a colorful rally. They were making the final push for a […]

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