Monthly Archives: May 2014

Our beautiful sister Tersit

Tersit Agonafer, my older sister, was a beautiful, smart and caring person. Her family was everything to her – her two children, parents, siblings and extended family. As a daughter, she was dedicated to her mother and took great care of her until she passed away. I have many great memories of her. As youngsters, […]

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Mental illness in the Ethiopian community

By Hiyawkal Gizachew In Ethiopia, counselors are seen as helpers for “crazy” people. When most people in Ethiopia are faced with a problem, they tend to talk to their family members, neighbors, friends, or they go to church to talk to the priests and pray about it. Also, traditional healing plays a big role. In […]

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Obang Metho Honored by Ehiopian Diaspora Group

The Journey to a New Vision Obang Metho was among the honorees recognized at the annual gala of the Society of Ethiopians Established in the Diaspora (SEED) held on May 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. Below is Obang’s acceptance speech.   …. I was told that this award was in appreciation for the work done […]

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በኢትዮጵያ ዩኒቨርስቲ ተማሪዎች ላይ የሚፈፀመው ኢሰብአዊ ወንጀል

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ እ.ኤ.አ ሜይ 2/2014 ቢቢሲ/BBC እንደዘገበው በኢትዮጵያ በስልጣን ላይ እንደመዥገር ተጣብቆ የሚገኘው ገዥ አካል የጸጥታ ኃይሎች ከመናገሻ ከተማዋ ከአዲስ አበባ በስተምዕራብ በኩል በ80 ማይሎች ርቀት ላይ በምትገኘው የአምቦ ከተማ ላይ ቢያንስ 47 የዩኒቨርስቲ እና የሁለተኛ ደረጃ ትምህርት ቤቶች ተማሪዎችን በአሰቃቂ ሁኔታ በጥይት ኢሰብአዊ በሆነ መንገድ ረሽነዋል፡፡ ስብዕናው በውሸት እና በሀሰት […]

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Ethiopia: Crimes Against University Students and Humanity

On May 2, 2014, BBC reported that the security forces of the regime in Ethiopia had massacred at least 47 university and high school students in the town of  Ambo 80 miles west of the capital Addis Ababa. The regime dismissed the massacre and tried to sweep it under the rug claiming that a “few anti-peace forces incited […]

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የአሜሪካ የሸፍጥ ዲፕሎማሲ “አስቂኝ የመድረክ ትወና”

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ የኦባማ አስተዳደር የሰብአዊ መብት አያያዝ ፖሊሲ “አስቂኝ የመድረክ ትወና ነውን”?    የዩናይትድ ስቴትስ የመንግስት መምሪያ ጸሐፊ የሆኑት ጆን ኬሪ ባለፈው ሳምንት የሶሪያን ፕሬዚዳንት ባሽር አላሳድን “አሸባሪ” ወንጀለኛ ናቸው ብለው ከፈረጁ በኋላ የአላሳድ የቀጣዩ ዓመት የምርጫ ዕቅድም “አስቂኝ የመድረክ ትወና” ነው ብለው ተችተው ነበር፡፡ ኬሪ በመቀጠልም እንዲህ በማለት ሀሳባቸውን አጠናክረው ነበር፣ […]

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The “Farce” of U.S. Diplocrisy

 Is the Obama Administration’s human rights policy a “farce”? Last week U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Syrian president Bashar al-Assad a “terrorist” criminal and called  Assad’s electoral plans a “farce”. “Assad’s is making partnership with terrorist elements, attracting terrorists and engaging in terrorist activities against his own people.” Assad’s planned presidential elections are […]

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ENTC Washington DC Public meeting (Video)

Watch the clips from the Washington DC public meeting April 13, 2014.    

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Ethiopia PM at odds with TPLF on Oromo protests

Somalilandpress.com May 14, 2014 Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is once again at odds with the powerful TPLF branch of EPRDF ruling party, according to sources connected to his adminstration. This time the dispute is on government response to Oromo protests in Oromia region, according to a journalist of an English weekly paper who asked […]

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የምርጫ ሽር ጉድ በ2015ቷ ኢትዮጵያ

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ በ2015 በሚካሄደው ፓርላሜንታዊ “ምርጫ” መቅረብና መወሰን ያለበት አንድ ጥያቄ ይህ ነው፤ “የኢትዮጵያ ህዝቦች አሁን እ.ኤ.አ 2014 ያሉበት የኑሮሁኔታ ከቀድሞ 2010 ወይም 2005 ከነበሩበት የኑሮ ሁኔታ ይሻላል ወይ?” ህዝቦች ካለፉት ዓመታት በተሻለ ሁኔታ ላይ የማይገኙ ከሆነ አንደ አሮጌ ሸማ መቀየር መቀየር ይኖርባቸዋል፡፡ የፖለቲካ ሰዎችና እንደ አሮጌ ሸማ ናቸው፡፡ በየጊዜው ካልታጠቡና ካልተለወጡ […]

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Ethiopian regime quietly disintegrating: ION

By Indian Ocean Newsletter May 9, 2014 The general election looming ahead in 2015 is already casting a shadow over the Ethiopian government, whose sole uniting bond would seem to be its praise for the memory of its late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. His portraits are on all the walls in Addis Ababa, which was […]

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Double-digit “growth” Ethiopia still begging to feed its people

UN expecting to feed 6.5 million Ethiopians this year May 13, 2014 GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Food Programme will help to feed nearly 6.5 million Ethiopians this year, the U.N. agency said on Tuesday, with the country hit by locusts, neighboring war and sparse rainfall. “We are concerned because there is the beginning of […]

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The struggle for clean, safe water is a daily reality for women in Ethiopia – MSNBC

In the Konso Region of southern Ethiopia, the struggle for clean, safe water is a daily reality for women and young girls. “Bringing the water is not a simple task,” says Mariam Bakaule, a mother standing at the edge of the mountaintop village of Jarso. “This is the essence of women. Water and woman are […]

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ENTC weekly radio – May 12

Listen to ENTC radio program – May 12 News and analysis, ENTC public meeting in Washington DC – Part 3 Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363 Edit this entry.  

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Of Elections and Diapers in Ethiopia in 2015

   Whether the people of Ethiopia are better off in 2014 than they were in 2010 or in 2005 is the sole question that should be decided in the 2015 parliamentary “election”. If they are not, the people should vote to change diapers. After all, “politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and […]

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ጥጋብና የወያኔ ዘረኝነት

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Ethiopian journalist interrupts President Obama’s speech

[Watch the video here] San Jose, California (May 8, 2014) – U.S. President Barack Obama has agreed with journalist Abebe Gellaw’s demand to support freedom in Ethiopia and help free bloggers, journalists and political prisoners jailed by the tyrannical regime. While Obama was wrapping up his speech last night at a glitzy Democratic National Committee […]

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My Takes on the Ethiopian Dam and the Addis Ababa Master Plan Messay Kebede

The issue of the so-called “Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam” has proven very tricky for all those Ethiopians who oppose the present regime. On the one hand, no Ethiopian wants to see Ethiopia’s right to use the waters of Nile for its own development contested so that any interference from external countries appears as an unacceptable […]

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ኦባማ ከትክክለኛው የ(ኢትዮጵያ)ታሪክ ምዕራፍ ጎን ተሰልፈዋልን?

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም  ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ የታሪክ ሸፍጥ ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ “በትክክለኛው የታሪክ ምዕራፍ” መሰለፍ አስፈላጊ መሆኑን አጽንኦ ሰጥተው በመግለጽ እራስን በሚያወድስ መልኩ በተግባር ሳይሆን በንግግር ብቻ በማነብነብ እርሳቸው “በተሳሳተው የታሪክ ምዕራፍ” ተሰልፈዋል ብለው የፈረጇቸው ሰዎች አቋማቸውን እንዲያስተካክሉ በነገር ሸንቁጠዋቸዋል፡፡ እ.ኤ.አ በ2012 በተደረገው ፕሬዚዳንታዊ ምርጫ ተቀናቃኛቸው ከነበሩት ከሚት ሮምኔይ ጋር ባደረጉት ክርክር ፕሬዚዳንት ኦባማ የእራሳቸውን ክብር […]

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EAC Endorses Sam Liccard for San Jose, California, Mayor

San Jose, California, May 5, 2014 – With five major candidates in the race for Mayor of San Jose, California, the Ethiopian-American Council of North America (EAC) has decided to lend the organization’s support to front-runner Sam Liccard. Mr. Liccard is presently serving on the city council. San Jose, with nearby Oakland, is home to […]

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United Nations condemns crackdown on journalists in Ethiopia

(UN News Center) – The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the crackdown on journalists in Ethiopia and the increasing restrictions on freedom of opinion and expression in the Horn of Africa nation. The comments by High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay follow the recent arrest and detention of six members of the […]

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Human Rights Watch Condemns Govt. Brutality Against Oromo Students

Security Forces Fire On, Beat Students Protesting Plan to Expand Capital Boundaries “Ethiopia’s heavy handed reaction to the Oromo protests is the latest example of the government’s ruthless response to any criticism of its policies. UN member countries should tell Ethiopia that responding with excessive force against protesters is unacceptable and needs to stop.” Leslie […]

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SMNE condemns the massacre of Oromo students

Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia Group also speaks up against the brutality directed at Afar pastoralists and  the crackdown on journalists: A Call to Action for All Ethiopians to Stand Strong for a Better Future! April 3, 2014 We in the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) strongly condemn the horrific killing of […]

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Obang’s open letter to political leaders in Ethiopia

Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) April 1, 2014 Dear political leaders in Ethiopia, Warmest greetings to you from the (SMNE) http://www.solidaritymovement.org. We are writing to you because we believe you are among those who have shown courage and perseverance in pursuing the struggle for freedom and justice in the face of many obstacles. […]

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Is Obama on the Right Side of (Ethiopian) History?

The sophistry of history President Obama likes to pontificate about being on the “right side of history” and rhetorically clobber those who are on the “wrong side of history”. Debating Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election and defending his own record, Obama said, “… they can say that the president of the United States […]

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Scientist Dereje Agonafer receives award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Dereje Agonafer is the recipient of the 2014 iTherm Achievement Award, awarded by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at the Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems. Sponsored by the IEEE’s CPMT Society, ITherm 2014 is an international conference for scientific and engineering exploration of thermal, thermomechanical and emerging […]

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Violence erupted across Ethiopia’s Oromia region school campuses – AP

ASSOCIATED PRESS – Violence has erupted in a number of university campuses across Oromia region of Ethiopia as ethnic Oromo students protest a plan by the central government to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, into parts of Oromia, the government said in a statement late Thursday. Student protests, which started on April 28, are happening […]

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ENTC denounces the recent TPLF killings

ENTC issued a press release denouncing the killings in Ambo and Gondar. Read the statement here (pdf)    

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The town of Ambo in Ethiopia is hit with massive riot after police killed several students

Eyewitnesses in the western Ethiopian town of Ambo have informed Ethiopian Review this afternoon that TPLF regime gunmen killed several civilians, mostly students, who were holding a peaceful demonstration. The indiscriminate killing of the students by the regime’s gunmen has caused a massive riot. Banks and several businesses that are owned by the TPLF regime […]

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