Monthly Archives: July 2015

Laughing at Ethiopia’s 2015 Elektion

It is said that “smile and the world smiles at you.” Does it follow that if you laugh at the world’s most ridiculous election, the world will join you laughing? Last week, Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser, broke out in uncontrollable laughter when she affirmed the recent 100 percent elektoral victory of […]

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Financing for (Under)development in Africa?

Alemayehu G Mariam How the West underdeveloped Africa and is now trying to “finance develop” it The “Third International Conference on Financing for Development” was held in Addis Ababa last week. It was billed as a “gathering of  high-level political representatives, including Heads of State and Government,  Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, […]

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Joint conference on the forming of an alternative force (July2-3) – Presentations (New Video)

Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC), Ethiopian People’s Congress for United Struggle (Shengo), Ethiopian Youth National Movement (EYNM) and United Ethiopian Muslims Peaceful Movement Support Group (UEM-PMSG) jointly hosted a consultative conference on the process of the formation of a unified alternative force to lead the opposition struggle. On the conference organizations, activists, journalists and prominent […]

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My Private Letter to President Obama

July 16, 2015 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama: Greetings! Mr. President. I was ecstatic when I heard you will be travelling to Ethiopia in late July “for bilateral meetings with both the country’s government and the leadership of the African Union.” Such a meeting […]

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Journalists Released; Religious Leaders Convicted: The Manipulation of Political Prisoners for Political Gain in Ethiopia

Washington, DC, July 14, 2015 The Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) strongly condemns the recent verdict of the Ethiopian Federal High Court Fourth Criminal Bench concerning eighteen Ethiopians of Muslim faith who were found guilty on counts of attempted terrorism, conspiracy and incitement on July 6, 2015.   Those convicted include six members […]

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Conference on forming a unified alternative (July2-3) – Video

Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC), Ethiopian People’s Congress for United Struggle (Shengo), Ethiopian Youth National Movement (EYNM) and United Ethiopian Muslims Peaceful Movement Support Group (UEM-PMSG) jointly hosted a consultative conference on the process of the formation of a unified alternative force to lead the opposition struggle. Organizations, activists, journalists and prominent individuals participated live […]

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Certificate of recognition to the Ethiopian heroine journalist Reeyot Alemu

Ethiopian National Transitional Council(ENTC) and Ethiopian Youth National Movement (EYNM) jointly issued a certificate of recognition to the Ethiopian heroine journalist Reeyot Alemu. Reyot, not only has been unbreakable to the brutality of the regime but she still vows to continue to speak her mind whatever the cost is. She is a true Ethiopian heroine and […]

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Thus Spoke Ethiopia’s Reeyot!

Reeyot Invictus! Thus spoke Reeyot Alemu to the Voice of America- Amharic Service on July 9, 2015, a few hours after she was literally thrown out of the infamous Meles Zenawi Prison in Kality, (Ethiopia’s “Robben Island”) on the outskirts of Addis Ababa: I will continue to fully struggle to make Ethiopia a good place […]

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A Teachable Moment for Ethio-Americans on July 4, 2015

My topic for my Monday Commentary this week was not about a teachable moment for Ethiopian-Americans.  I dropped my intended topic and wrote this piece because I was madder than a nest of hornets. A couple of weeks ago, I was reading a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) entitled, “Journalists Assaulted While […]

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