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Dictators are the Problems — Not the Solution (By Wondimu Mekonnen)

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Dictators are the Problems — Not the Solution (By Wondimu Mekonnen)

By Wondimu Mekonnen LONDON – Ethiopian protesters and their allies on Thursday called on Western leaders who met at Lancaster House to discuss ‘Somalia’ to stop rubbing shoulders with dictators such as Meles Zenawi who they said was responsible for gross human rights violations, including genocide and crimes against humanity. Click Here

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Ethiopia Courts Chinese, German Investors for Stake in Tantalum Mine Owner

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Ethiopia Courts Chinese, German Investors for Stake in Tantalum Mine Owner

By William Davison Ethiopia’s government is courting investors from at least four countries including China andGermany to buy a stake in the state-owned company that operates what it says ranks among the world’s top 10 tantalum producers. The sale of part of the company will help fund the expansion of the Kenticha mine and construction of […]

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Ethiopia: 37 years of the TPLF and the footprints of Meles

By Tesfay Atsbeha and Kahsay Berhe February 2012 Part one On 19 February 2012, the official 37th birthday of the TPLF, many people in Tigray have to think of their loved ones as martyrs as every year; it is a day for remembering the loss of about 60 000 young women and men; as well […]

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Blasts in Somali town seized by Ethiopia from rebels

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Blasts in Somali town seized by Ethiopia from rebels

AFP/OGADISHU — Two strong explosions rocked the strategic Somali city of Baidoa hours after Ethiopian and pro-government forces wrested it from Al-Qaeda-backed insurgents, officials and witnesses said Thursday. Shebab spokesman Sheikh Abdulaziz Abu Musab claimed responsibility for the blasts late Wednesday, saying they had inflicted “heavy losses” on pro-government forces. He said the explosions “struck […]

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An Open Letter to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

IN THE NAME OF THE MOST HIGH AN OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER MELES ZENAWI Meles Zenawi Prime Minister The Federal Republic of Ethiopia Dear Prime Minister Meles: Allah willing, you and your family are well. I am writing this letter to you with a heavy heart and a great deal of concern with the […]

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11 found dead in Ethiopian container

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11 found dead in Ethiopian container

At least 11 people were found dead in a container trucker in Ethiopia on Sunday and are suspected to be victims of human trafficking. Map of Ethiopia The container was reportedly on its way to Djibouti but police suspect Saudi Arabia was the final destination. According to police, the truck driver was part of a […]

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Deutsche Welle (Ethiopia): A Disgrace to Press Freedom?

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Deutsche Welle (Ethiopia): A Disgrace to Press Freedom?

Alemayehu G Mariam   In a memorandum sent to Deutsche Welle’s (DW) [Germany’s international broadcaster] “correspondents outside Ethiopia” in late 2010, Ludger Schadomsky, editor-in-chief of DW’s Amharic program, blasted “ethiomedia and similar sites by extension” as a “disgrace” to press freedom. “The amount of hatred splashed across [ethiomedia] is a disgrace to any politically sober mind,” […]

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Making a Case against Forced Assimilation and Language Tyranny

By Urgessa Tura* In the last four weeks, the news that ‘the new OLF’ dropped its secessionist aspiration as an ultimate political goal in the struggle for the self-rule of the Oromo people has gone viral on various Ethiopian media outlets. This news has created a sensational moment of jubilation for unitarist Ethiopian elites who didn’t waste any time in […]

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Emperor Haile-Selassie and Mr. Kwame Nkrumah

By Msmaku Asrat I was reluctant to write on this subject since many have written about it exhaustively. I am writing this from a personal perspective which makes it slightly different from what has been written before According to Nkrumah the first encounter he had with Ethiopia was while walking the streets of London and […]

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Bad weather affects Ethiopia’s flower export for valentine

By [B]The Africa Report[/B] A recent spell of inclement weather in some of the main horticultural areas proved devastating for Ethiopia’s Valentine’s Day flower exports. Officials at the Ethiopian Flowers and Vegetables Exporters Association say that cold weather saw the late cutting of flowers, affecting exports to European market for Valentine’s Day. The association said […]

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Ethiopia’s tribes cry for help (Al Jazeera)

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Ethiopia’s tribes cry for help (Al Jazeera)

  A drive to become a world leading sugar producer threatens the livelihoods of thousands of people in rural areas. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Lower Omo Valley in south-western Ethiopia is a vast and rugged region of mountains and valleys, inhabited largely by nomadic agro-pastoralist tribes numbering some 200,000 people. Many live a simple […]

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The Dragon’s Dance with Hyenas (Al Mariam)

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The Dragon’s Dance with Hyenas (Al Mariam)

  Al Mariam ] The Chinese Dragon is dancing the Watusi shuffle with African Hyenas. Things could not be better for the Dragon in Africa. In the middle of what once used to be the African Pride Land now stands a brand-spanking new hyenas’ den called the African Union Hall (AU). Every penny of the […]

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Ethiopia accused of forcing people from land

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Ethiopia accused of forcing people from land

Government forcibly removing people to make way for firms to lease agricultural land, says rights group. Human Rights Watch has accused Ethiopia of forcing tens of thousands of people to leave their homes as part of a resettlement programme. The government is leasing millions of hectares of farm land to foreign companies and says that […]

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The Theory of Conventional Cultural Unity (CCU) From the Art of Building Trust and Peace in Ethiopia ~by Geletaw Zeleke

~by Geletaw Zeleke Introduction Ethiopia is one of the richest counties in the world, potentially, but in practice it is one of the poorest countries on Earth. The irony is that natural resources and man power are bountiful but due to low social capital Ethiopia cannot even be self-sufficient. The main problem of overall development […]

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Whitney Houston Dies at 48

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Whitney Houston Dies at 48

LOS ANGELES – Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48. Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of […]

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Inter-communal clashes displace thousands in Nothern Kenya

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Inter-communal clashes displace thousands in Nothern Kenya

  CLASHES BETWEEN THE BORANA AND GABRA AROUND MOYALE, ON THE BORDER WITH ETHIOPIA, HAVE FORCED MORE THAN 20,000 PEOPLE ACROSS INTO ETHIOPIA SPECIAL REPORT BY XINHUA CORRESPONDENTS CHRISTINE LAGAT, STEPHEN INGATI AND NJOROGE KABURO . MOYALE (Xinhua) — Inter-communal clashes in northern Kenya has left some 60 people dead and displaced thousands others in […]

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Meles Zenawi – Where the Truth Lies

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Meles Zenawi – Where the Truth Lies

BY JANICE WINTER, ANALYSIS Daily Maverick’s The AU Summit: A rare ring of truth by Kevin Bloom lauds Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi as being unique in speaking “trenchant truth” at an AU gathering in the 49 years since its establishment (initially the OAU). Taking exception to this interpretation, JANICE WINTER exposes where the truth […]

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The hazards of effective merger of party, state and ethnicity and its devastating impact

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The hazards of effective merger of party, state and ethnicity and its devastating impact

By Aklog Birara, Ph.D. “The promises of ethnic-federalism were short-lived, and soon betrayed TPLF/EPRDF’s “divide and rule” strategy aiming at securing Tigreans’ political supremacy resulting notably in a pro-Tigrean public good allocation due to an excessive financial dependence of the federal regions on the central government”. See, Y. Ghazi. Autonomy and Ethnicity: negotiating competing claims […]

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Meles says may pardon jailed politicians, journalists

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Meles says may pardon jailed politicians, journalists

By Aaron Maasho | ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said on Wednesday Ethiopia could pardon politicians and journalists arrested under a 2009 anti-terrorism law, but dismissed opposition criticism he was using the law to clamp down on dissent. Rights groups say the government has used the law to crack down on its […]

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Ethiopia: UN Disturbed At Persistent Misuse Of Terror Law

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Ethiopia: UN Disturbed At Persistent Misuse Of Terror Law

Ethiopia: UN Disturbed At Persistent Misuse Of Terror Law (Press Release: UN Human Rights Office) GENEVA– A number of UN human rights experts on Thursday expressed their dismay at the continuing abuse of anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedom of expression in Ethiopia. A week ago, three journalists and two opposition politicians* were given prison sentences […]

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African Beggars Union Hall? (ALEMAYEHU G MARIAM)

ALEMAYEHU G MARIAM The new African Union (AU) headquarters was inaugurated last week. It was “China’s gift to Africa.” China picked the entire USD$200 million tab for the building, fixtures and furniture. The China State Construction Engineering Corporation constructed the building using nearly all Chinese workers. Meles Zenawi, the dictator in Ethiopia, waxed poetic as he blessed […]

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‘US Jewry unlikely to act on anti-Ethiopian racism’

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‘US Jewry unlikely to act on anti-Ethiopian racism’

By RUTH EGLASH Federation head tells ‘Post’ that place of Diaspora to intervene on political level in Israel’s social problems. Responding to recent calls by young Ethiopian-Israeli activists for overseas Jews to push the government to tackle widespread discrimination against the immigrant community, a senior American Jewish leader told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that […]

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Swedes meet Ethiopian PM over jailed journalists

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Swedes meet Ethiopian PM over jailed journalists

A senior Swedish delegation has met in secret with Ethiopia’s prime minister Meles Zenawi to discuss the case of two Swedish journalists jailed in the country for terror crimes, according to media reports. The Swedish delegation headed by foreign minister Carl Bildt’s right hand Fredrik Belfrage met recently with Zenawi for bilateral talks, according to […]

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Ethiopia Begins Banana Export

By Mekonnen Hailu Ethiopia for the first time begins exporting organic banana shipping 40 tons to Saudi Arabia. Agreement has been made with a foreign company and preparations are underway to export 200 tons of organic bananas to Jidda market on weekly basis. Export standard organic bananas have been produced in ArbaMinch-zuria and Mirab Abaya […]

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Ethiopia’s human rights record poses awkward questions for its aid donors

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Ethiopia’s human rights record poses awkward questions for its aid donors

UN human rights experts have expressed their dismay at what they see as the continuing abuse of anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedom of expression in Ethiopia. The blunt criticism from the UN may not be so easy to shrug off by a regime usually impervious to foreign criticism. It recently brusquely dismissed a Human Rights […]

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Illegal PDF of Mengistu Haile Mariam’s Memoir – Professor Donald N. Levine

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Illegal PDF of Mengistu Haile Mariam’s Memoir – Professor Donald N. Levine

Professor Donald N. Levine 2 February  2012 The leaders in the EPRP organization who authorized the scanning and posting of the book published by Tsehai Publishers on debteraw.com committed an act that was illegal, unethical, and imprudent. To my mind, that marks it as “un-Ethiopian.” As I have come to know Ethiopians in many traditions and walks […]

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The Diaspora as an Intermediary (By Solome Lemma)

When I left Ethiopia for the United States at the age of 11, I promised that I would return and give back. What a tremendous honor today to be recognized as a Champion of Change alongside a dynamic group of leaders with roots in the Horn of Africa. For the Diaspora, our engagement in social […]

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Criticism of China’s attempt to recolonise Africa dispelled

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Criticism of China’s attempt to recolonise Africa dispelled

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, GNA – Alhaji Mohamed Mumuni, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, on Tuesday discounted criticisms that China was endeavouring to re-colonise Africa with its increased interest in the economies African countries. He explained that China’s interest in Africa was a demonstration of strategic partnership, and a symbol of South-South co-operation. Alhaji […]

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Siya Siya Biyoshe (ሲያ ሲያ ቢዬሼ) – Best Song

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Siya Siya Biyoshe (ሲያ ሲያ ቢዬሼ) – Best Song
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Little Compassion for Ethiopian Farmers (Part -2) – Geletaw Zeleke

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Little Compassion for Ethiopian Farmers (Part -2) – Geletaw Zeleke

Geletaw Zeleke The Ethiopian government has been claiming double digit growth for the past more than half a decade. According to the government, Ethiopia’s economy is growing at a rate of 11% which puts it at the top of rapidly growing countries around the world. By comparison this rate of growth would put Ethiopia along […]

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