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UDJP signifies change in more ways than one – By Robele Ababya

June 26th, 2008

I start with this quotation from the famous “Letter from Kaliti prison” written by Judge Birtukan Mideksa” when she was in that hell. It reads: “What is man without his freedom?” Indeed, the urge for freedom is unstoppable. It will gather momentum for we live in the information age where, on the basis of historical facts, it can not be argued otherwise than admit that only a free and democratic society can effectively underpin sustainable economic development. Freedom is the key word here, which despotic regimes deny to the people they misrule. Read more…

Al Amoudi showers ESFNA with a gift of $300,000 – Abugida

June 26th, 2008

Al Amoudi showers ESFNA (Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America) with a gift of $300,000 and ESFNA lavishes praise on Al Amoudi in return. Here is the statement given by ESFNA after receiving the money: Read more…

Aid urgently needed to avert serious famine in Ethiopia: Unicef – Geneva (AFP)

June 26th, 2008
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Humanitarian aid is urgently needed in Ethiopia, where drought and soaring food prices have led to a crisis that could match a severe famine that hit five years ago, a Unicef official said Thursday.

“At the moment it’s not 2003 all over again. At the moment it is very, very serious, but we need to prevent it from escalating into a situation which will be much worse and getting closer to the situation which we’ve seen five years ago,” said Hilde Johnsson, who is Unicef deputy executive director. Read more…

DLA lobbyist Embarrassed at Dr. Berhanu’s EU Hearing – EMF

June 26th, 2008

June 2008 (Brussels) The European Union parliamentary hearing was held in Brussels yesterday on ever worsening political and human rights situation in Ethiopia, EMF source said. Dr. Berhanu Nega, Mayor-elect of Addis Ababa, and leader of G7 movement presented his well prepared report at the hearing.

European parliament’s committees of the Human rights, Development and ACP-EU representatives have attended the hearing. Read more…

Remembering Asnakech Mekonnen (1961-2008): The voice of resistance

June 25th, 2008

Faces of Hunger

June 25th, 2008
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A song dedicated to “Teddy Afro” and poem about “gondar”

June 25th, 2008
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Dedicated to “Teddy Afro”A Song by Habtamu Akalu

Eri Bel Gondar! Poem by Zegelila, Munich, Germany

WOYANE’s DALLAS MEETING ENDED IN FIASCO! – Dallas Area Ethiopian Residents

June 24th, 2008

The Messengers of the butcher of Addis, Melesse Zenawe had attempted to convene a meeting in Dallas yesterday, June 22nd, at 4:00 pm at the Radisson Hotel located at Hwy. 75 and Campbell to spread propaganda about Ethiopia and their regime. They came prepared to deliver their well known talking points: the politics of Ethiopia is democratizing and is in good custody; leave the politics for us — just come home and spend money as tourists — send your remittances and of course invest. Read more…

Ethiopia – Ambesse Tolossa stripped of 2007 Honolulu Marathon title – Associated Press

June 24th, 2008

HONOLULU – Ambesse Tolossa of Ethiopia was stripped of his 2007 Honolulu Marathon title and suspended from international competition after testing positive for a banned substance, race officials said Tuesday.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said the 30-year-old Tolossa tested positive for an opiate and will be banned from international competition retroactive from May 2 until April 4, 2010. Read more…

The Resolution of Food Crises in Africa Requires Building an Integrated African National Economy – Network of Ethiopian Scholars (NES)

June 24th, 2008

Inspiring Quote!

“The elevation of an agricultural people to the condition of countries at once agricultural, manufacturing and commercial, can only be accompanied under the law of free trade, when the various nations engaged at the time of manufacturing industry shall be in the same degree of progress and civilization; when they shall place no obstacle in the way of the economical development of each other, and not impede their respective progress by war or adverse commercial legislation.” Read more…

Forum for Democratic Discussion in Ethiopia

June 24th, 2008

Zenawi helps Somalia to rank #1 and Ethiopia #16 on the 2008 Failed State Index – Source: foreignpolicy.com

June 24th, 2008
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When troops opened fire in the streets of Mogadishu in early May, it was a tragically familiar scene in war-torn Somalia. Except on this day, soldiers weren’t fighting Islamist militias or warlords. They were combating a mob of tens of thousands rioting over soaring food prices.

On top of the country’s already colossal challenges, a food crisis seems an especially cruel turn for a place like Somalia. Read more…

Panel Discussion among Diaspora Ethiopian Media

June 23rd, 2008
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Press Release – Gonder Mutual Association of Seatle

June 23rd, 2008
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EPRDF and Loulawinet

June 23rd, 2008
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Andinet Andi New!

June 23rd, 2008
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Andinet Andi New! Poem by Zegelila, Munich, Germany

Protest Rally and Meeting in Washington DC.

June 23rd, 2008
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Kudos to Andinet; Indeed! I Sure Endorse You, But I Don’t Envy You. – Afuraburtukana

June 23rd, 2008

It is with great sense of high opinion, esteem and hope that I received the news of the success of inducting and instating the ‘New Party’ Andinet. It, of course, is not a new party. The Program and the By Law, its objectives, goal and vision are all the same from its forebear Kinijit. All, except for some few, leaders of Kinijit are now in the leadership of Andinet. Read more…

Sen. Russell Feingold Speaks out his concern. – GovTrack.US

June 23rd, 2008
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Mr. President, Ethiopia has increasingly been an active participant in the international community and a leader on the African continent–as a charter member of the United Nations, a cofounder of what are now the African Union and Intergovernmental Authority on Development, and a key partner in combating international terrorism. After decades, and some would say centuries of civil strife, the 1994 Constitution and election of the coalition Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, EPRDF, in 1995 seemed to herald the beginning of an era of peace, democracy, and development. Efforts to reform the economy and political dynamics, while slow, reversed the devastating impact of the Derg and gave the people of Ethiopia some hope that a robust democracy was really taking root. In fact, in the runup to the 2005 elections, there was a deliberate and significant opening of political space–which included broad media coverage of opposition parties, relatively unimpeded access for
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Crisis in Ethiopia: Meles Will Ultimately Fall—Are We Ready? – Anuak Justice Council

June 23rd, 2008
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The failures of the Meles regime are rapidly accumulating and not only Ethiopians know about it now. The news and incriminating evidence is reaching out into the international community and it will soon become increasingly difficult to suppress and excuse the behavior of this oppressive dictatorship.

The pressing question now is whether Ethiopians are ready with solutions to the many crises facing Ethiopians should this regime suddenly fall. Unfortunately, I think we are not! We have spent far too much time concentrating on our complaints, but too little time on solutions. Read more…