Monthly Archives: April 2014

Speak Up for Writers in Ethiopia: PEN to Secretary of State Kerry

PEN America April 30, 2014 PEN sent the following letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on the eve of his visit to Ethiopia to urge him to raise the case of imprisoned journalist Eskinder Nega, winner of the 2012 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, when he meets with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis Ababa. PEN is extremely […]

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Celebrity Musicians Can’t Feed the World: William Easterly

The trouble with Live Aid, Live 8, and pop star condescension   By William Easterly | Slate.com April 29, 2014 p {line-height: 150%;}   I was browsing in a used record store in the small town of Bowling Green, Ohio, about a year ago when I found what to a foreign aid wonk is comparable to […]

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“አፍሪካ ተስፋ ይኖራታልን?”

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም  ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ በአፍሪካ ተስፋችን ሊሟጠጥ ይችላልን?                               እ.ኤ.አ ማርች 2004 ኒኮላስ ክሪስቶፍ የተባለው ለኒዮርክ ታይምስ መጽሔት መጣጥፍ የሚያቀርቡት ተዋቂ ጸሀፊ ስለአፍሪካ መጻኢ ዕድል ተስፋ በቆረጠ መልኩ እንዲህ ብለው ነበር፣ “አፍሪካ በቀውስ የምትታመስ አህጉር ነች፡፡ አፍሪካ ላለፉት አራት […]

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ENTC weekly radio – April 28

Listen to ENTC radio program – April 28 News and analysis, ENTC public meeting in Washington DC – Part 2 Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363

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“Is there any hope for Africa?”

Should we despair over Africa?In March 2004, Nicholas Kristof, the noted columnist for the New York Times declared in frustration,  “Africa is a mess. It is the only continent that has gotten poorer over the last four decades and its  famous for civil wars, genocide and mindboggling corruption. Is there any hope for Africa?” Kristof was commiserating over the […]

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Semayawi Party prepares for peaceful protest rally today in Addis Ababa

Semayawi Party is staging another peaceful protest march in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa today to demand the release of political prisoners and respect for basic rights. Over the past week, as Semayawi Party was preparing for today’s demonstration, the ruling Woyanne junta has arrested several more opposition party members and journalists. We will post updates […]

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Robbery disguised as progress: TPLF evicting residents of landmark Addis neighborhoods

Residents of  Kazanchis, American Gibi, Teklehaimanot, Kirkos, Dejach Wube Sefer, given just 3 weeks to evacuate; land sold to developers. By Wudeneh Zenebe | Ethiopian Reporter April 26, 2014     The Addis Ababa City Administration urged city residents in some of the oldest neighborhoods in city, such as Kazanchis, American Gibi and Teklehaimanot, to relocate […]

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Mother of California stowaway living in refugee camp in Ethiopia

Associated Press April 25, 2014 SAN JOSE, Calif. –  A United Nations official says the mother of a California teenager who stowed away on a flight to Hawaii is living in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Ubah Mohammed Abdule, 33, is living at the Sheder Refugee Camp in Ethiopia, said the official from the UN […]

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በኢትዮጵያ የቅንጦት ግድቦችን መገደብ ለምን አስፈለገ?

ከፕሮፌሰር  አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ ባለፈው ሳምንት የዓለም አቀፍ ወንዞችን እና  ለሶስት አስርት ዓመታት በእነርሱ ላይ ህልውናቸውን መስርተው የሚኖሩ ህዝቦችን መብት ለማስጠበቅ በግንባርቀደምነት በሚታገለው ዓለም አቀፍ ድርጅት ኢንተርናሽናል ሪቨርስ (የዓለም አቀፍ ወንዞች ጥበቃ) ላይ የኢትዮጵያ ገዥ አካል ለእራሱ ጥቅም ለማግኘት በማሰብ የማስመሰል ብስጭትና ቁጣን በማሳየት እርምጃዎችን ለመውሰድ የኢትዮጵያ አዋቂ ነን የሚሉ ስማቸው ያልታወቀ ባለሙያዎችን […]

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Ethiopia’s villagisation scheme fails to bear fruit

By William Davison | The Guardian April 22, 2014   The orderly village of Agulodiek in Ethiopia‘s western Gambella region stands in stark contrast to Elay, a settlement 5km west of Gambella town, where collapsed straw huts strewn with cracked clay pots lie among a tangle of bushes.     Agulodiek is a patch of land where […]

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Ethiopia: Trapped By a Crippled Telecom

By Kalkidan Yibeltal | addisstandard.com April 21, 2014 A soaring number of option-deprived customers and eye-watering packages continue to swell the earnings of the state monopoly Ethio telecom. In return the inglorious institution kept on crippling everything this country has achieved in the past with banks being the hardest hit          In February […]

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ENTC Weekly radio – April 21

Listen to ENTC radio program – April 21 News and analysis, ENTC public meeting in Washington DC Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363

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Land campaigners criticise World Bank doing business and benchmarking of the business of Agriculture in Africa

By Ishmael Kindama | Standard Times Press April 22, 2014   As a promoter and financer of large-scale land investments in agriculture, the World Bank Group has been accused by campaigners on land rights issues as key driver of land grabbing in the developing world. A joint statement from up to eight campaigners says the […]

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Dam! White Elephants in Ethiopia?

 Last week, in a bizarre display of faux outrage and indignation, the regime in Ethiopia unleashed its big “experts” to go after International Rivers, an organization that has been leading the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of indigenous communities that depend on them for nearly three decades. International Rivers, headquartered in Berkeley, CA., […]

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የአፍሪካ ሰብዓዊ መብት ኮሚሽን የታሰሩ ሙስሊሞችን ክስ ተቀበለ

  April 19, 2014   ጋምቢያ የሚገኘው የአፍሪካ ሰብዓዊ መብት ኮሚሽን በሽብር ተከሰው በእስር ላይ የሚገኙ “የሙስሊሙ መፍትሔ አፈላላጊ ኮሚቴ” አባላት ያቀረቡትን የክስ አቤቱታ እንደተቀበለ ምንጮች ገለፁ፡፡ የኮሚቴው አባላት የክስ አቤቱታውን ያቀረቡት ከወራት በፊት ሲሆን በእነ አቡበከር አህመድ መዝገብ በሽብር የተከሰሱት 28 ግለሰቦች፤ ሙስሊሙ ማህበረሰብ ከአወሊያ ት/ቤት እና ሌሎች ሃይማኖታዊ ጉዳዮች ጋር በተያያዘ ለተፈጠረው አለመግባባት […]

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ወያኔ የጋበዛቸዉ የኮሪያ ኤክሰፐርቶች ያለ ባህር በር ማደግ አስቸጋሪ ነዉ አሉ

ከግብርና ወደ ኢንዱስትሪ የሚደረግ ሽግግርና የባህር በር አለመኖር ፈተና   በ ብርሃኑ ፈቃደ  |  ሪፖርተር ጋዜጣ April 16, 2014 ደቡብ ኮሪያ ከ30 ዓመታት በፊት ኢትዮጵያ አሁን በምትኝበት የኢኮኖሚ ደረጃ ላይ ትገኝ እንደነበር ይነገራል፡፡ ሆኖም የአምስት ዓመት የኢኮኖሚ ልማት ፕሮግራም በመንደፍ በፍጥነት ከድሆች ተርታ በመውጣት በዓለም ላይ ግዙፍ ከሚባሉ ኢኮኖሚዎች አንዷ ለመሆን በቃች፡፡  የጀቡቲ ወደብ።  ወደብ አያስፍልግም […]

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Wro. Assegedech Assefa: Ethiopia’s First Solo Woman Pilot

Click here to watch interview with Woizero Assegedech Asefa The first African woman pilot By Negest Abate Fifty four years ago, Weizero (MS) Asegedech Assefa, born from a privileged Ethiopian family, became the first female pilot; by breaking barriers in a totally male dominated field. When she was asked what motivated her to became a […]

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First Hijra Foundation press release

   

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Ethiopia’s anti-terror law suppresses press freedom: Press TV

http://www.presstv.ir/ Wed Apr 16, 2014 The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a continental body of African free expression organizations, condemned the 27-year sentence imposed by Ethiopia on veteran Somali journalist, Mohamed Aweys Mudey. Ethiopian prosecutors accused Mudey of having information about Al-Shabab operations in Ethiopia and charged him with participating in terror activities. Mudey, […]

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Civilians and police clash in the town of Aykel, north eastern Ethiopia

An eyewitness who resides in the town of Aykel, Chilga Awraja, informed Ethiopian Review that a bloody confrontation took place between local population and TPLF regime security forces. Several civilians and soldiers have died and the regime is now sending a heavy reinforcement to the area, according the eyewitness. The armed clash followed a peaceful […]

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ENTC Washington DC Public meeting – Report

ENTC concluded a successful public meeting in Washington DC on April 13, 2014 Read the Report here (pdf)

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የሩዋንዳ የዘር ማጥፋት ረዥም ጥቁር ጥላዉን በ(መካከለኛው) አፍሪካ ጥሎአል

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ   የ1994 የሩዋንዳ የጭፍጨፋ እና የእልቂት ጸጸት በ2014 የመካከለኛው አፍሪካ ሪፐብሊክ ሰማይ ላይ እያንዣበበ ነው! ባለፈው ሳምንት የሩዋንዳ ህዝብ እርስ በእርስ የተራረደበትን 20ኛውን ዓመት የሩዋንዳ የዘር ፍጅት መጥፎ ገጽታ ለማስታወስ የሀዘን ሳምንት አውጆ ድርጊቱን በመራር ሀዘን ዘክሮታል፡፡ እ.ኤ.አ በኤፕሪል 6/1994 በመንግስት የስልጣን እርከን ላይ የነበሩ አክራሪ የሁቱ ጎሳ አመራሮች፣ […]

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ENTC Washington DC public meeting (short video clip)

ENTC held a successful public meeting in Washington DC on April 13, 2014. Invited guests and ENTC leaders made great presentations and discussions. We will release the full report and video of the event when it is ready. In the mean time, as the Easter holiday is approaching, watch the religious leaders Aba G/Sellassie and […]

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The Long Shadow of Rwanda on (Central) Africa

 Déjà vu 1994 Rwanda in 2014 Central African Republic Last week, the people of Rwanda began a solemn week of official mourning to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide. On April 6, 1994, Hutu extremist leaders in government, their political supporters and organized militiamen coordinated a systematic killing spree, which lasted over 100 […]

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ከአገር መውጣት የማይችሉ ባለሥልጣናት በጭንቀት ውስጥ ናቸው

አሁን ያለው ኢህአዴግ ላዩ በቀለም ቀቢ የተዋበ ይመስላል Source:  Goolgule.com April 10, 2014     ኢህአዴግ በሙስና ስም የ”ማጥራት ዘመቻ” ማካሄዱን ተከትሎ የተከሰተው አለመተማመንና እርስ በርስ በጥርጥር የመተያየት ችግር ካድሬውን ማስጨነቁ ተጠቆመ። ኢህአዴግን ለመሰናበት የሚፈልጉ በርካታ ካድሬዎች “ለምን” በሚል የሚቀርብላቸውን ጥያቄ በመፍራት የግድ ፓርቲውን መስለው እንደሚኖሩ ተገለጸ። የጎልጉል የአዲስ አበባ ዘጋቢ ቀደም ሲል ኢህአዴግን ተሰናብተው […]

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የዓለም ወንጀለኛ ፍርድ ቤትን (ICC) ከውድቀት አደጋ መከላከል

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ ፍትህ እንደገና ዘገየችን? እ.ኤ.አ በዚህ ዓመት በጃኗሪ ወር መጨረሻ አካባቢ “ኬንያታ በዓለም አቀፉ የወንጀለኞች ፍርድ ቤት (አይሲሲ/ICC): ዘግይቶ መቅረብ ፍትህ እንደተነፈገ መቆጠር የለበትምን?“ በሚል ርዕስ ትችት አቅርቤ ነበር፡፡ በዚያ ትችቴ ላይ ICC የኡሁሩ ሙጋይ ኬንያታን ጉዳይ አስመልክቶ በሄግ እያደረገ ያለው ተደጋጋሚ የፍትህ ሂደቱን የማዘግየት ስራ፣ በቀጠሮ የማሳለፍ እና “የውሸት […]

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MEDREK or the End of a Political Masquerade? Messay Kebede

It is now abundantly clear that the project of creating a strong multiparty opposition by uniting unitary parties and ethnic parties is anything but feasible. The inability of MEDREK to achieve unity despite numerous attempts as well as Dr. Negaso Gidada’s––who stepped down from the chairmanship of the strongest unitary party, namely, UDJ––recent convoluted declaration […]

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ቤተ-መንግስት ስር የሚኖሩ ቤት አልባዎች በጅብ መንጋ ልንበላ ነው አሉ

Addisadmassnews.com Apri 7, 2014 ቦታው ለልማት ይፈለጋል ተብሎ ቤት ሲፈርስ፣መጠለያ አጥተው ቤተ-መንግስት ስር መኖር የጀመሩት  48 ቤት አልባዎች፤ሰሞኑን “በጅብ መንጋ ልንበላ ነው” ሲሉ ምሬትና አቤቱታቸውን ገለፁ፡፡ ከጅቦቹ ይከላከሉናል ብለን የሰበሰብናቸው ውሾችም በወረዳው ባለስልጣናት በመርዝ ስለተገደሉብን ከፍተኛ ስጋት ላይ ነን ብለዋል – ቅሬታ አቅራቢዎቹ። የወረዳ ስምንት ዋና ሥራ አስፈፃሚ አቶ ደሳለኝ ደበሌ ስለጉዳዩ ጠይቀናቸው ሲመልሱ፤በወረዳው ሸራተንና […]

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Saving the ICC: A Proposal for a Witness Protection Program

 Justice delayed, again? In late January of this year, I wrote a commentary entitled, “Kenyatta at the ICC: Is Justice Deferred, Justice Denied?” In that commentary I openly expressed my angst over the endless delays, postponements and backpedalling talk about “false evidence” and “lying witnesses” surrounding the Uhuru Kenyatta trial at The Hague. I felt […]

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Kenenisa Bekele wins Paris Marathon

PARIS (AP) — Three-time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia won the Paris marathon Sunday on his debut at the distance. Bekele completed the 42-kilometre (26-mile) race in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 4 seconds to break the race record set by Stanley Biwott of Kenya in 2012. Limenih Getachew of Ethiopia finished second, 1:45 behind. […]

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Obang Addresses Women’s National Democratic Club

Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) April 2, 2014 The reason I am with you today began on December 13, 2003[i] when Ethiopian National Defense Forces, accompanied by militia groups they had armed, began a massacre of leaders of my own ethnicity, the Anuak, in the resource-rich Gambella region of southwestern Ethiopia. Within three […]

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“ሺህ ዘጠኝ መቶ ሰማንያ አራት” በሁለት ሺህ አስራ አራቷ ኢትዮጵያ እይታ ሲገመገም፣

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ   “ታላቅ ወንድም” በአንክሮ እየተመለከቷችሁ ነው! በሚስጥር፡ የሚንሾካሾከው ወሮበላ መንግስት በ2014ቷ ኢትዮጵያ  በኢትዮጵያ ያለው ሚስጥር አነፍናፊው ገዥ አካል በጉአዳ ውስጥ የተደበቁ የኢትዮጵያውያንን/ትን ሚስጥሮች መርምሮ ለማውጣት በጣም ውድ የሆኑ የኤሌክትሮኒክስ መሳሪያዎችን በመጠቀም የስለላ ፕሮግራሞችን በመተግበር በታላቅ ፍርሀት ውስጥ ተዘፍቆ በመንፈራገጥ ላይ ይገኛል፡፡ ከፍርሀታቸው የተነሳ ህዝቡ በእነርሱ ላይ ምን ለማድረግ እንደሚችል ስጋት ውስጥ […]

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Ethiopia Habtemariam is named president of Motown

(ALLACCESS.COM) – UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP has reorganized its EAST COAST recorded music operations that re-establishes DEF JAM RECORDINGS, ISLAND RECORDS and MOTOWN RECORDS as stand-alone labels within the UMG family. In making the announcement, UMG Chairman/CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE said, “UMG is a collection of some of the greatest record labels the industry has ever seen.  […]

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ENTC Press Release – A clear-cut solution for the cirsis in Ethiopia

ENTC issued a press release today outlining the road map to a solution for the crisis in Ethiopia. Read the statement (pdf)  Amharic     English      

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Ethiopian sues UK for funding repression in his country

By Ian Birrell | Dailymail.co.uk March 29, 2014 The farmer claims aid is funding a despotic one-party state in his country Alleges regime is forcing thousands from their land using murder and rape Prime Minister David Cameron says donations are a mark of compassion If farmer is successful, Ministers might have to review overseas donations […]

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How Ethiopia Spies on Its Diaspora Abroad

European companies sell surveillance technologies to abusive foreign regimes By Felix Horne | The Wall Street Journal March 31, 2014 Many Europeans are upset over revelations that the United States government spies on them. But European companies are selling surveillance tools and know-how to other governments, allowing them to spy abroad. Their customers include some of […]

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