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Ethiopians dominate in Paris
Eurosport - Sun, 11 Apr 15:54:00 2010 

Ethiopians underlined their dominance of distance running when Tadesse Tola and Atsede Bayisa won the men’s and women’s races at the Paris Marathon. Tola won the men’s race in a time of two hours, six minutes and 41 seconds while defending champion Bayisa set a new women’s course record of 2:22.04 - one minute and one second faster than Marleen Renders’s 2002 mark.


Book release 

A book “Peace or War? Views on the Ethio-Eritrean Conflict” authored by Dr. Yohannes Kiros was released on march 28, 2010 at Atse Yohannes Hotel, Mekelle (Tigary) Ethiopia . During the ceremony, invited dignitaries and distinguished guests such as Dr. Solomon Inquai, Dr. Gebreab Barnabas, Ambassador Tewolde Gebru, relatives and friends were present to officially launch the book. It was a memorable and appreciable event to recollect the tumultuous path and the arduous task in which the Ethio-Eritrean conflict went through. The book deals with the conflict period in compiled articles written by the author, and converges into the present impasse of a stubborn and injudicious junta that is troubling not only the Horn of African countries but also violating the elementary rights of the Eritrean people. The consequence of the policies of the shaibya regime living in its own “law of the jungle” has resulted in isolation, mass migration, and a downward spiral into an economic meltdown. Furthermore, accounts regarding the Ethiopian situation of the various development undertakings, along with the political directions and experiences of the last election 2005, are highlighted in view of the historical/familiar facts. Moreover, a few vociferous and diehard elements haranguing and running amok with their hate politics in some cities of the West and who instead of positive engagements try to disparage the developments of Ethiopia are given due notice. NGOs, journalists, as well as the so-called human right organizations that have tried to belittle the country or meddle in the country’s affairs have also been dealt with in an attempt to dispel their politically motivated agenda. The income from the sale of the book is to be used for the support of local communities/organizations.

The book will be available soon in many countries.


Seattle Welcomed Medrek political Leaders
Assefa Gebrewold (Our Reporter from Seattle) April 10, 2010

Medrek leaders from Ethiopia namely Engineer Gizachew Shiferaw, Dr. Negaso Gidada, and Ato Gebru Asrat conducted a crucial meeting with more than 200 Seattle

Ethiopian residents and residents from neighboring areas on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at Garfield Community Center. The meeting was very civil and familial. The members of the audience raised many important issues fundamental to Ethiopia and Ethiopians. The three Medrek leaders discussed in at great length openly and sincerely their political objectives and agenda. My observation came to mind during the meeting that was thrown as question and comment to the leaders of Mederk. The leaders expressed that politics is not static but dynamic force that frequently tune to the local and global contemporary politics. It is true at one historical junction we lead to dismantle the brutal regime of the Derg to its demise, than after we changed our views on a number of key issues. Experiencing this difference can cause thoughtful people to change their views, while still holding onto principle. Today Ethiopian politics to accommodate various forces it become an ideological tug-of-war.




Pointers of Justice and the Ongoing Debates in Ethiopia

Ghelawdewos Araia, Ph.D

April 10, 2010

Ancient Ethiopian history is replete with governance equated with justice. Contemporary Ethiopia (especially under the rule of the Derg and the EPRDF), on the other hand, is racked by sever injustice and human rights violations. What we have now is cutthroat competition to wield state power at any coast. In fact, there is a tremendous obsession of power among Ethiopians and the wish to control the state machinery.


Ethiopia says rebels threatening oil firms surrender
Fri Apr 9, 2010 11:10am 
Africa Oil Corp.Rebel group to disarm, form political party
By Barry Malone

ADDIS ABABA, April 9 (Reuters) - An Islamist rebel group which had threatened to attack oil and gas firms exploring a potentially mineral-rich region of Ethiopia has surrendered, the government said on Friday.The United Western Somali Liberation Front (UWSLF) had been fighting since the 1960s for independence for Ethiopia's Somali region -- which includes the Ogaden and accounts for one-fifth of the country's landmass -- government head of information Bereket Simon told reporters.


By G. E. Gorfu
Aristotle - Philosophy of Politics II
The Greeks lived in cities and Aristotle observed ‘the city naturally comes into existence as a result of physical necessities, as a natural completion of the smaller partnerships of households forming a village, and a collection of villages forming a city.’ Yet he turned to human nature to find the deeper purpose as to why the city existed at all. In The Ethics he said: ‘Man is social, and therefore naturally political. With the faculty of speech man can discern between the advantageous and the harmful, and hence between what is just and what is unjust.’ Are justice and what is advantageous the same or related?


Ethiopia 
Gender - Women
FGM on return in Ethiopia's Afar region

A former Afar circumciser teaching community members on harms of FGM
© Abraham Gelaw / afrol News 
afrol News, 9 April - The strongly harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is effectively being fought in Ethiopia's Afar region. Anti-FGM campaigns are supported by Muslim religious leaders, clan leaders and now even circumcisers themselves. A smile formed on Dohra Ali's face when she recalled what her eldest daughter asked her a couple of years ago. "Mother, is there a place in this world where FGM is not practised where I could go to?" At the time, the question came as an affront to Dohra, who was herself one of the women in the community who did the cutting.


SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE
6 April 2010 
Botswana safari lodge under attack for failing Bushmen
Bushmen woman, Central Kalahari
Game Reserve. © Survival 


Tragedy of Political Egocentricity:Modeling Aregawi Berhe’s Betrayal
  By Debass H., PhD

These residual elements, although their intellectual capacities and managerial skills are totally skewed, they continue to deceive their gullible imperialist financiers. They lie to them with extreme pomposity that without them being in the helm of political power our Motherland, Ethiopia, cannot survive. In their own dreams, she, the Motherland, the mother of all victories, cannot be a democratized, strong, peaceful, and prosperous country, where all present and future generations of Ethiopians, comprising the multi-nations, nationalities, and peoples, can collectively enjoy life.


Union of Tigreans in North America (UTNA)

ማሕበር ተጋሩ ሰሜን ኣሜሪካ (ማተሰኣ


ሰሞኑን በዯቡብ ሱማሉያ በስሜን ሱማሉያና በዯቡብ ሱዲን የሰሊም እና የእርቅ እንዱሁም የሬፈሬንዯም ስብሰባዎች በመካሄድ ሊይ እንዲለ ይታወቃሌ ! በነዚህ ስብሰባዎች ተሳታፉ የሆኑት የሱማላና የሱዲን ዜግነት ያሊቸው ሰውች መካከሌ ኢትዮጵያዊ ነን የሚለ ብዙ እንዲለና ከዛም ባሻግር ከኢትዮጵያ ጋር መዋህድ እንፈሌጋሇን ! አንድ ነን ከኢትዮጵያ ጋር አንድ መሆን አሇብን ! የሚለት የስብሰባ ተሳታፊዎችም ሆነ መሪዎች መኖራቸው እየታወቀ ሰሇመጣ ቁጥራቸውም ከቀን ወዯ ቀን እየጨመረ መምጣቱ ስሇታየ ኢትዮጵያ ወይንም ሞት የሚሇውም አባባሌ በየስብሰባው እየተዯመጠ መሆኑን ስሇሰማን ከኢትዮጵያ እንዋሀዲሇን ባዮችም ከእሇት ወዯ እሇት ድምጻቸው ከፍ እያሇ መምጣቱ አነጋጋሪ እየሆነ ስሇመጣ ጉዲዩን በይበሌጥ ሇማረጋገጥና ሇናንተ ሇውድ ዋርካ አንባቢዎቻችን ሇማሳወቅ ጋዜጠኞቻችንን ስበሳባዎቹ የሚካሄደብት ቦታ ድረስ ሌከን በቦታው ተገኘተው ጉዲዩ ከሚመሇከታቸው ጋር ቃሇ መጠይቅ አድርገዋሌ ! እነሆ በዛሬ በአፕሪሌ አንድ ፕሮግራማችን "ኢትዮጵያ ሌትሰፋ ነው " በተባሇው ርእስ የጋዜጠኞቻችንን ቃሇመጥይቅና ዘገባዎችን ይዘንሊቹሁ ቀርበናሌ !!


Ethiopia Accuses Rights Groups, VOA of 'Smear Campaign' 
Peter Heinlein | Addis Ababa 02 April 2010

Ethiopia has charged that recent human rights reports and Voice of America broadcasts are aimed at destabilizing the country ahead of the May 23 national elections. Jamming of VOA broadcasts to Ethiopia has been expanded in recent days.Government spokesman Shimelis Kemal describes the latest reports on Ethiopia by Human Rights Watch and the U.S. State Department as part of a pre-election smear campaign. "These reports are made under the guise of human rights concerns but primarily focused on defaming and unduly blemishing the good image of the country," said Shimelis Kemal.


Ethiopia denies huge dam will leave 200,000 hungry
By Barry Malone
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia rejected allegations that building one of Africa's biggest hydropower dams would leave 200,000 self-sufficient people reliant on aid.Rights group Survival International (SI) said last week the dam would disrupt fishing and farming for tribal people, among them the Kwegu and Hamar tribes, and a group of charities have launched an online petition against the dam."We have made an extensive survey," government spokesman Shimeles Kemal said late on Thursday.


Ethiopian Airlines Interested in Report of Bomb On Crashed 

According to an article on VOANews, Ethiopian Airlines officials are closely following a report that a captured terrorism suspect has told of a bomb aboard a plane that crashed off the coast of Lebanon in January. Investigators have not determined the cause more than two months after the crash. A report on a U.S. Internet Web site says British intelligence agents have reopened their investigation into the mysterious crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet January 25. The Boeing 737 plunged into the Mediterranean Sea minutes after takeoff from Beirut airport, killing all 90 people aboard.News reports initially quoted witnesses as saying the plane had broken up in the air and fallen into the sea in a ball of flames. But Lebanese officials immediately ruled out terrorism, and suggested pilot error was to blame.


Aristotle - Philosophy of Politics
By G. E. Gorfu
Few people realize the importance of philosophy and its deep impact in everyday life. Like the roots of a tree, or the foundation of a house, it may be invisible or hidden from view; we may not talk of the philosophy behind our actions and thoughts, or of what the real reason or logic behind our thoughts and actions are, but we only need to dig a little under the surface to find the rock bed on which our feet have always been firmly planted. It is only then that we realize what we have taken as a given or for granted all along is a system of thoughts which is, but a philosophy. This applies in everything; even politics.
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Opposing Meles Zenawi and the EPRDF: A Moral Imperative 
By Tecola W. Hagos, March 21, 2010

The political game that is being played out is one single manifestation of the process that may lead to the healing of the harm done to Ethiopia by the current leaders of the Ethiopian government. It should not act as a blinding curtain to all of us from seeing the great danger that Ethiopia heading toward, the chasm that is opening a few feet from us. There is no point to indulge in political sophistry trying to bring about a highly polished opposition-politics into the arena. 


Was 1915 Massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks Genocide? 
Andre de Nesnera | Washington
 

A U.S. congressional panel has described as genocide the 1915 killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks. The non-binding resolution in the House Foreign Affairs Committee recommends that President Barak Obama recognize the 1915 killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide. The measure was passed by a narrow 23 to 22 vote with one member not participating.The Obama administration opposed the resolution. After the measure passed, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. does not believe the full House of Representatives will or should vote on the resolution.


Marquee Ethiopia Election Matchup Pits PM vs Former Comrade
Peter Heinlein | Addis Ababa17 March 2010

Ethiopia's May 23 elections for parliament have produced some interesting match-ups, with several prominent government officials facing stiff competition. One contest pits Prime Minister Meles Zenawi against a former comrade in arms, Aregash Adane. Aregash Adane seems an unlikely challenger to one of Africa's most respected leaders. Invited for an interview about her bid to unseat the prime minister, she arrives on foot. No aides, no driver, no car.


15 members of the Eriteran Air Force seek political asylum.

Eri Air Force15 members of the Eriteran Air Force, who fled Eritrea in the past 4 days, seek political asylum at an undisclosed location.

assenna.com has received more details of the group, including list of their names; but won’t reveal it for safety reasons.

Although, loyalty is one of the several criterion to join the Eritrean Air Force, many of them had already defected the PFDJ regime in a similar manner. The repeated mass defection of its skilled officers has undermined the young Eritrean Air Force significantly.

The unelected president of Eritrea, Isaias Afewerki, often denies the fact that Eritreans, particularly the youth, are running away from his dictatorial regime in numbers. In a recent interview with Al Jazeera International, he has surprised many by saying that the defection of the Eritrean national football team in December last year, in Kenya, which was in fact confirmed by his information minister at that time, was “A fresh News” to him.


Symposium on Current Ethiopian Issues 
The joint Committee consisting of the Ethiopian Unity Diaspora Forum (EUDF), the United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF), the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Party (EPRP – D), extends its invitation to all Ethiopians in the Diaspora and Friends of Ethiopia to the Symposium on Ethiopian Current Issues, of March 27, 2010 to be held at Meriden Hill Hall, Howard University. 


Microsoft Launches IE 8 in Ethiopia

Posted on Tuesday 16 March 2010 - 15:53

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Andualem Sisay, AfricaNews reporter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

windows 7 screen shotMicrosoft has launched Internet Explorer 8 in Ethiopia in a bid to protect internet cafes users' details from being stolen. The new product will address issues of security and safety on the net while surfing, according to the giant software company. Internet Explorer 8, which was recently released, is the latest version of Microsoft’s popular Internet browsing software and has been designed specifically to make your online experience more secure.

 


Eritrea Still Aiding Somali Rebels 
Written by Arieh O’Sullivan

Published Monday, March 15, 2010 
Eritrea supports Somali rebels to weaken its Ethiopian foe in defiance of UN sanctions. 
Eritrea has continued to support and arm anti-government Islamist groups in Somalia in violation of a UN Security Council resolution, a new UN report says.  A report expected to be released by the UN’s Monitoring Group on Somalia notes that while Eritrea appears to have scaled down its military assistance to Islamist insurgents, it has not completely stopped it. 


 

THE VETERANS ARE LEAVING! Source Addis Fortune
Many veterans of the Revolutionary Democrats, particularly the senior leaders from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), have not been enlisted to run for either the regional councils or the Federal Parliament. From Sebhat Nega to Mulugeta Alemseged and Teklewoyni Assefa to Debretsion Gebremichael (all council members of the TPLF), many have been left out from the list of candidates their organisation has fielded for the forthcoming national elections. This move is seen by political pundits as the start of a succession process that the incumbent recently said it would embark upon, with a three-phase process taking five years. The other mass of departures from the electoral game is seen at the top leadership of the ANDM, where the four most prominent veterans of the armed struggle - Addisu Legesse, Bereket Simon, Tefera Walwa and Taddese (Tinkishu) Kassa - were all dropped out of the electoral contest.



 

NEWS RELEASE: በዓማርኛ በነፃ መክተቢያ የግዕዝኤዲት ገጽ

Littleton, Colorado, February 22, 2010

ONLINE GEEZEDIT FOR TYPING IN AMHARIC 

Today, ABSHA/ECS of Colorado announced the release of GeezEdit Typing Online, a FREE ETHIOPIC application to type the Amharic alphabet available at http://freetyping.geezedit.com GeezEdit Typing Online is an incredibly simple application to use due to innovative two key stroke technology.  Patent pending technology allows you to use a maximum of two keystrokes to type any letter in the Ethiopic alphabet.  Other Ethiopic applications make you use up to six keystrokes to type single Ethiopic characters and some can’t be repeated without introducing space.  GeezEdit Typing Online allows you to save time and type any Ethiopic character, numeral, symbol or tonal mark with two keystrokes at most. 


EGYPT TO BUILD DAMS IN ETHIOPIA

By G. E. Gorfu

This could be a new tactic to continue the old struggle and control the flow of the River Nile. So, as we welcome this new development, Ethiopia should never let its guard down, but keep a suspicious and jaundiced eye at the new development. We should prepare to negotiate with Egypt but only from a position of strength and not from weakness. And united with the Riparian Nations, we are very strong. We should demand that Egypt cease and desist, aiding and abating Eritrea’s Isaias, the OLF, the ONLF, and any other insurgent groups if they really mean business.


Eritrea – The Need for Reality Check

Abdullah A. Ado – Email: abdullahadoa@gmail.com

Gone are the hay days of the 1990s when Issayas and his cronies had direct access to and control over valuable Ethiopian resources; when they enthusiastically jumped and started sucking all Ethiopian resources with full speed until May 1998 as if there is no more tomorrow. At that time, only when Issayas Afewarki, in person, picked his usual fighting-spirit against the EPRDF-regime inside Ethiopia, for failing to maneuver the regional politics in his likings, the border skirmishes occurred to remain unresolved to this very day. So those Eritrean highland opposition in Diaspora who think they can still partially trust Issayas Afewarki as their sole savior are simply committing a strategic mistake and a political suicide by allying themselves with this sworn enemy of the Eritrean silent and salient majority.


Eritrean refugees left stranded in Venezuelan airport face threats of deportation

In a few short years following independence from Ethiopia in 1991, Eritrea has deteriorated from a promising young democracy into one of the most repressive regimes in Africa, where thousands are alleged to be detained arbitrarily in inadequate facilities where conditions are life threatening and torture is rife. According to United Nations estimates 63,000 Eritreans sought asylum abroad during 2009, with around 1,800 people a month braving the shoot-to-kill policy to cross into Sudan. United Nations (UN) sanctions have recently been placed on Eritrea for its part in arming Somali Islamist rebels.


Eritrea's president declares me 'insane'

We hadn't even arrived in Eritrea when I started to get a sense of the man I had been sent to interview.
Our flight from Dubai airport was delayed.
Nobody told us for how long or why. Four hours later, when the plane finally arrived, we found out the president had decided to borrow it for the morning, on a whim. We were on our way to one of Africa's most secretive regimes. Granted a rare interview with the Eritrean president, Isaias Afewerki, a man constantly ranked in the top 10 of the world's worst dictators and accused of helping turn the Horn of Africa into one of the most volatile regions on the planet.


QS International Temporary Committee’s First Goal Scored
It is with great pleasure that we announce our first success where you joined us in signing the petition to stop the planned demolition of Queen Sheba Elementary School. Our Committee Member, Dr. Tilahun Beyene, who just returned from Adua has reported to Committee Members that Adua Administration has scraped the demolition plan and accepted the preservation of the school. All those who signed the petition should congratulate themselves on this first step on the revival of our school to its former glory, where it used to be one of the top schools in the nation.



The Great Confusion - The Poverty of Development Economics 
Fekadu Bekele 

In order to build a harmonious society, we must abandon such kinds of buildings that are common in many Arab and Asian countries. Such kinds of buildings do not reflect the wishes of the masses and they disturb the human mind. We must turn to city buildings which incorporate all aspects of human life, and bring imaginations to human soul.  Forty or fifty story buildings are not necessary in Africa , and maintenance costs cannot be affordable. For an aesthetical building style we can use the knowledge of foreign forces that are ready to work and live in Africa


TALK TO AL JAZEERA 
President Isaias Afwerki 
Twenty years after the liberation from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Africa's youngest nation, has emerged as strategically vital to the stability of the region and the wider global agenda. Eritrea is struggling to balance the needs of its people with the perceived threats to the nation. Al Jazeera's Jane Dutton conducts a rare interview with Isaisas Afwerki, the president of Eritrea. Al Jazeera confronted him with the allegations about Eritrea's ties with Iran, Hamas, al Shabab in Somalia and rebel groups in Sudan and Houthis in Yemen. When asked about Eritrea's relation with Ethiopia today and the border dispute he said: "This border issue war was a senseless conflict instigated by the US.


 Abdirashid A. Sed 
Monday, 01 February 2010 
“Eritrea is the only country which did not recognize the Somalia government.” Ambassador Abdirashid A. Sed, Special Envoy of the TFG of Somalia.


EU Considers Observing Ethiopia Election as Campaign Heats Up

Peter Heinlein | Addis Ababa

A European Union exploratory team is visiting Ethiopia to determine whether to send an observer mission to monitor national elections in May. The election campaign has taken a negative turn amid questions about whether the vote would be fair. A series of televised debates opened last week with a furious exchange among parties vying for seats in Ethiopia's parliament. The ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front dominated the airtime, taking 67 minutes of the three-hour broadcast. Other parties were limited to 22 minutes each.


The Success of SPO of Ethiopia vs. the Bet and Switch Politics of the Opposition Camp By Girmay Seyoum (seyoumgirmay@yahoo.com)
February 15, 2010 |Fitzroy, Australia
Truth be told, Special Prosecutor’s Office of Ethiopia, which was established on August 8, 1992 by law (Proclamation No. 22/1992), has done a terrific job by bringing 5,119 suspects to court and having 3,583 people convicted and sentenced.  According to SPO, not only the office had these 3,583 people got convicted and sentenced but also most of the convicted Dergue officials, except the ones who were sentenced to death and life in prison, had completed their prison sentences and were freed from prisons.


Dr. Richard Pankhurst - Historian
By Indrias Getachew
For most readers of Addis Tribune Dr. Richard Pankhurst is a very familiar name. He has been a regular contributor of features on various periods and aspects of Ethiopian history for the past six years. He is one of the steadfast pillars of this publication and we believe that this tribute is long overdue. Although he is not an Ethiopian by birth or citizenship I believe that his contributions to our country are so extensive and enduring that he is deserving of some sort of honorary Ethiopian title. His career in Ethiopia has entered its fifth decade. 

 

By BASSEM MROUEThe Associated Press
Thursday, February 11, 2010; 8:05 AM

BEIRUT -- The cause of last month's Ethiopian Airlines crash into the Mediterranean appears to Lebanon's Transportation Minister Ghazi Aridi shows photographs from the wreckage of the Boeing 737 that crashed on Jan. 25, 2010, during a news conference in Beirut International Airport, Lebanon, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. Aridi has said all equipment and systems on the Ethiopian Airlines plane functioned properly until the moment it crashed into the Mediterranean last month making it unlikely that the jet was brought down by an explosion. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Tawil)be neither a technical problem nor an explosion, a top Lebanese official said Thursday, without elaborating on what it actually could be. The Boeing 737 crashed on Jan. 25, just minutes after takeoff from Beirut during a fierce thunderstorm. All 90 people on board died. Asked whether the reason behind the "catastrophe" was a pilot error, Transportation Minister Ghazi Aridi said that no final conclusion could be reached until the cockpit voice recorder, retrieved Wednesday, is analyzed. He said the recorder is still missing a key part and divers are searching for it. Crashed Ethiopian jet's second black box found .


Foreign nationals attacked with "impunity" 
Written by The Zimbabwean 
Friday, 12 February 2010 14:18 

Two years after xenophobic violence erupted across South Africa killing at least 62 African immigrants including Zimbabweans displaced 100 000 others, Amnesty International says there remains a culture of impunity for crimes against refugees and immigrants in Africa’s largest economy reports IRIN:


Eritrea - Panic over UNSC-Sanctions & AU-Support

Abdullah A. Ado – Email: abdullahadoa@gmail.com

Tyrant Afewarki’s recent panic and his previous weeks’ bluffing reactions in defiance to repeated requests by the international communities are all astonishing. Looking this episode from a closer context, let us resort to serious discussions. Throughout January 2010, immediately after the sanction became known world wide, Afewarki, his PFDJ-junta and Eritrean highlander sympathizers alike were boasting of their contempt; claiming that the UNSC-embargo has no impact on Eritrea and they care less about it. They even were belittling the Western democracy as hypocritical and an unacceptable theme. These same people along with tyrant Afewarki have suddenly turned 180-degrees around and are pretentiously acting in the Western mode of democratic conferring as if to say they accept the Western style of democracy; and even dare to hold world-wide demonstration show-offs demanding to withdraw the UNSC-sanctions.


Eritrea - Panic over UNSC-Sanctions & AU-Support

Abdullah A. Ado 

If Diaspora supporters continue to act against internationally decided and well-deserved UNSC and AU consensus, and go out to rally on February 22, 2010 as instructed by the tyrant, then you are in fact demonstrating guilty of treason for opting to rescue tyrant Afewarki (a known terrorist at home and exporter of terrorism to Al-Shabab as identified by the UNSC and AU thus far).


Ethiopia’s Forty Tons of Gold
By G. E. Gorfu   Jan. 29 2010

In spite of many recent advances in mining, gold mining remains one of the dirtiest mining activities, far worse than coal that may look black and dirty. Gold did not bring the Congo wealth or peace; on the contrary, its people are destitute and in misery. And western nations that get the final product do not seem to care as long as the gold and all other precious minerals continue to flow in their direction. We must learn from this terrible state of affairs still taking place in the Congo to avoid a similar fate. Here is a video from 60 minutes to watch and educate onself.


Flight ET409 Air Crash Exposes Lebanon's Racist Underbelly

An Ethiopian, wracked with grief, unwittingly wondered into shot only to be literally hauled out of view by the Lebanese crew. Had she been Lebanese, it is unthinkable she would have been treated like this. Much has been written on the plight of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon. The relatives of one Ethiopian victim said that their daughter was on the way home to Addis Ababa for good after years of being beaten by employers. To witness the neglect of friends and relatives left behind in Lebanon will offer Ethiopian families no comfort.The BBC even commissioned a special report on the Lebanese diasporas in Western Africa. No such article was mooted for the reverse demographic.


“One man eats, another says grace!” – Eritrean Highland-Lowland Splits

Abdullah A. Ado – Email: abdullahadoa@gmail.com

To those of us and many other who share our arguments as lowlands and disenfranchised, that our grievance is worthwhile to listen to, should map our ways forward in a house that is Just, peaceful and equal representation for all, like any civilized 21st century democracy should function, then we would be foolish not graciously accept the olive branch to be involved in an a nation building, National unity


Ethiopian Banker Leads Development Agency for Obama Administration

As chief of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Daniel Yohannes, is the highest ranking Ethiopian American in Obama's government.

An Ethiopian immigrant is making history as the highest Ethiopian-American official in the Obama administration. Daniel Yohannes was born in the Ethiopian capital. He completed his elementary school at Addis Ababa’s Nativity Boy’s School and later transferred to St. Joseph’s, a prestigious Catholic high school in Addis Ababa. “In those days people of my generation were idealistic, full of energy, with a lot of love for each other, as well as love and respect for our parents, elders, and teachers,” Yohannes says Yohannes tells about some of the successes. Ghana, he points out, is making commercial agriculture more profitable and reduce the cost of transporting food from rural areas to markets. In Lesotho, the MCC is helping the children of HIV-positive mothers live long and healthy lives by renovating health care centers and establishing clinics to distribute anti-retroviral medicines. And in Burkina Faso, 400 classrooms have been built exclusively for girls.


Israel’s treatment of Ethiopians ‘racist’

Jonathan Cook, Foreign Corresponde

NAZARETH, Israel // Health officials in Israel are subjecting many female Ethiopian immigrants to a controversial long-term birth control drug in what Israeli women’s groups allege is a racist policy to reduce the number of black babies.
The contraceptive, known as Depo Provera, which is given by injection every three months, is considered by many doctors as a birth control method of last resort because of problems treating its side effects.


Letter of Condolences on the late Artist Eyasu Berhe

A statement from the Union of Tigreans In North America

Artist Eyasu Berhe died at the age of 53 

My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family as they struggle through the grief and sadness. We held deep your memories within our heart, you’re our shining prince. Life brings tears, smiles and sadness. The tears dry, the smile fades, but the music and drama you have given us lives forever. Though there are no words to ease the pain, now you are at peace. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time of loss and sorrow. Bereket Kiros


Protecting Ethiopia?: On Outside Support for Human Rights

By Donald Levine   January 20, 2010
It is in this age-old spirit that some Ethiopians warn today of new dangers of encroachment in their country and in Africa generally. This fear may well be exacerbated by recent leases of expanses of land to Saudi Arabia, India, and Egypt, and by published reports that some 50pc of Chinese businesses reportedly operate in Ethiopia illegally. Fear of outsiders spills over into anxiety about undue dependence on them. Ethiopians were historically proud of their self-sufficient lifestyle. In a renowned Amharic novel of the 1940s, Enda Wetach Qiretch by Assafā Gabra Māryām, perhaps the most poignant scene is when one protagonist laments the erosion of Ethiopian self-sufficiency by importing so many things from abroad. The relatively self-sufficient geberé or pastoralist remains a model that a majority of Ethiopians continue to embrace.


Haiti: Our Great Friend in Need

Tecola W. Hagos   January 18, 2010

We urge our Ethiopian brothers and sisters to give and help as much as possible to the victims of this horrendous devastation. The suffering of every single Haitian is ours as well. Let us remember how our Haitian brothers and sisters, without exception, helped our cause during the Fascist Italian aggression and occupation of our beloved country Ethiopia in 1935-41. Please, participate actively in every way you can by denoting money to charitable organizations, and by volunteering to Work in the recovery process in Haiti . Please, contact the Red Cross, the Haitian Embassy et cetera for such humanitarian purposes. Let us use our wide network of families, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and community members for such purpose. It is our duty to help our fellow human beings in time of their greatest needs, and it is also our obligation of gratitude to the kindness shown to us by Haitian in our time of great need. 


Passion and Interest: The Faking of Tigrean Nationalism

Messay  Kebede  January 18, 2010

To downgrade the ethnic equation, Jawar analyses Meles and co. as cold calculators of their interests. He forgets the hatred they nourished for decades toward Ethiopia, a hatred such that it clouds their judgment and prevents them from seeing other options, for instance the alternative of Ethiopian nationalism. Where there is ethnic politics there is also emotional syndromes that are not accountable in terms of interests. Despite serious efforts, scholars have failed to reduce ethnic politics to rationality, that is, to the calculation of interests by elite groups. More often than not, alongside material interests primitive sentiments emerge, such as hatred, fear, mistrust, which elites use to mobilize people and from which violent confrontations often spring.


Eyeing Abyssinia
Egypt stakes out a special place in Ethiopia, writes Gamal Nkrumah
 

Ethiopia has no intention of circumventing the will of Egypt by building the new dams. Instead, Ethiopian officials explained that they wish to interest Egyptian investors into putting their money into such ventures. Egyptian officials readily resolved to accede to Ethiopia's wishes albeit conditionally. "We have agreed to the offer as long as it doesn't affect Egypt's Nile water quota," Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Allam told reporters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. 
The Ethiopian compromise, publicly acknowledging Egypt's right to its quota of Nile water, is an answer so obvious that one wonders why it was not on the table already. Now that it is, Ethiopia's pragmatism may produce better results.


Africom - Latest U.S. Bid to Recolonise the Continent 
by Tichaona Nhamoyebonde

political scientist based in Cape Town, South 
Global Research, January 10, 2010

Why should the current crop of African leaders accept systematic recolonisation when they have learnt a lot from colonialism, apartheid and racism? Why should the current crop of African leaders fail to stand measure for measure against the US administration and tell it straight in the face that Africa does not need a foreign army since the AU is working out its own army.



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The Chairperson of the Commission expresses the hope that 2010, which is the Year of Peaceand Security in Africa, whose motto is “MAKE PEACE HAPPEN”, will witness remarkablestrides in the journey of the Sudanese people towards peace, security and stability.
Addis Ababa, 9 January 2010

 

 

     Book release

A book “Peace or War? Views on the Ethio-Eritrean Conflict”


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Ayder Memorial Library Project fundraising event 


35th birthday of TPLF, Yekatit 11 Party in Minnesota



Women’s day march 8

Kidan, Ethiopia

The Girl Effect

Eritrea Police Raid Church Service; Dozens Detained

Thursday, January 29, 2009 (10:02 am)

Prophet Muhammad and the culture of the oppressed

By: Nazim Baksh


    Iran Human Rights Documentation 

Gorfu

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     Fere
nj Amlaku 4,5,6,7 series

       Ferenj Amlaku I, 2, 3 series


      FETTERS OF LOVE

    

 
  
   
•     Memories of student activism

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•    Who was Bashai Awalom?

•     The Need for Paradigm Change - I 

 
  By Ivan Simic   

War Trend Will Soon Face
    January 28, 2009
World War II: 63 Years After 
World War II: 63 Years After  

  Ivan Simic  
What Should Be a Definition for a

    Millionaire? 

Georgia vs. South Ossetia: From

   Conflict to Major War

   Ivan Simic  August 11, 2008

Radovan Karadzic: One Way Ticket

   to The Hague 

Deceptions of Elections July 22,

   2008

What Should Be a Definition for a

   Millionaire?  May 28, 2008

•  Kosovo Brief March 10, 2008

Alfred Nobel: Controversial Man,

   Controversial Awards


By Tecola W. Hagos

EDITORIAL: Congratulations, President Barak   Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America January 19, 2009
Atse Yohannes IV of Ethiopia crowned January 12 

Born the son of Mercha the Shum of Tembien and his wife Woizero Silass Dimtsu (Amata Selassie) of Enderta, Dejazmatch Kassai could claim Solomonic blood through the line of his paternal grandmother 


Open Letter to the Brave Warriors of Ethiopia Returning Home From Somalia

By Tecola W. Hagos   January 5, 2009

 

From The Times February 5, 2009

Zimbabwe's MDC plan to extradite Mengistu Haile Mariam to Ethiopia


East Africa: UN Council Demands Eritrea Engage in Efforts to Resolve Dispute With Djibouti
14 January 2009

Et0126_2Vertical Ethiopia: Climbing Toward Possibility in the Horn of Africa

Right on the heels of our time with Surf Is Where You Find It author Gerry Lopez, we have more good book news to share with you this week.

 

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