DENOUNCE THE MURDER OF ETHIOPIANS IN SOMALIA
February 7, 2008
The EPRP strongly condemns those who bombed 20 Ethiopian migrants to death in the port town of Bosaso, Puntland/ Somalia. The victims were innocent Ethiopians who had fled from the repressive regime in Addis Ababa and were awaiting transportation to Yemen, a perilous journey that has already cost the lives of hundreds of Ethiopians and Somalis alike. Read More>>>
Obo Arada Shawl alias Wolde Tewolde - February 13, 2008 (Read and comment @ Assimba Blog)
French, Ethiopian and Djibouti nationals staged a second protest action in front of the EPRDF embassy in Paris.
EPRDF ISSUES FALSE DOCUMENT ON DJIBOUTI MINOR RAPED AND JAILED IN ADDIS ABABA
-SOCEPP, FEBRUARY 7/2008
Twelve years old Hasna Mohamed Hassan, a refugee from Djibouti was kidnapped and raped (for 17 days) by a close relative of the EPRDF police commissioner and when her father protested and sought legal recourse the minor was arrested, accused falsely of theft and sentenced (she had no lawyer) to six months imprisonment in the horrible Kaliti prison for adults. When international protest heightened, the EPRDF has now distributed (especially via its embassy in Paris), a document of denial filled with false assertions.
EI deplores judicial dissolution of the ETA
Gemoraw Kassa, General Secretary of the Ethiopian Teachers’ Association and about 30 other members of ETA, on Thursday, February 7th heard the shocking news that their appeal to the Supreme High Court was denied. The court upheld an earlier decision which ordered the ETA to hand over property, other assets, and its name – in other words, its very identity and existence - to a rival union which was formed in 1993 by the government and also named ETA.
UN fears new Horn of Africa war
A new conflict could break out between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the UN says, as it prepares to withdraw its troops.
The UN gave a Wednesday deadline for Eritrea to restore fuel supplies to the peacekeepers on its side of the border, or it said they would have to withdraw.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH WORLD REPORT - 2008
Ethiopia Events of 2007
The Ethiopian government’s human rights record remains poor, both within the country and in neighboring Somalia, where since early 2007 thousands of Ethiopian troops have been fighting an insurgency alongside the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia.
Deadly blasts hit port in Somalia
The Somali port of Bossaso has been hit by deadly twin blasts as grenades planted in a building housing mainly Ethiopian migrants exploded overnight.
By Adane Atanaw - email@example.com
On the basis of tangible evidence, Meles’s government wants more than mere victories over his opponents. He wants blood. Your blood, if you are opposing his ethnic segregation misrule. Every last drop of it. Let him get an opposing party/individuals down and he exercise his blood lust, even going afar for more victims beyond internationally recognized territories, as he did to the Ethiopian refugees in Sudan and Kenya recently. Sadly, a neighboring country of Sudan solidly conspires with Meles’s heinous criminal act for untold suffering of Ethiopians.
Achille's heel of synthetic intellectual.
My inquiry of the self,
Not of a material.
I call up on the soul,
Of every individual
An immaculate elemental
Sacred and un polluted
To override a synthetic mental,
Without charm reason and rationale,
Succumb to undesired trial.
Ethiopia: Opposition wants EU aid
ION, No.1231, February 2, 2008
Using the excuse that it wants to start a short-wave radio station, a group of Ethiopian opponents is seeking to obtain €1.2 million from the European Union.
A group of Ethiopian opponents in exile close to Berhanu Nega and Andargachew Tsige was to file a request last week with the European Union (EU) for a €1.2 million grants as part of the European instrument for Democracy and Human Rights Programme. They plan to use these funds for the lunch and first eighteen months running costs of a new short-wave radio station called Voice of Ethiopia, broadcasting in Ethiopian languages, beginning with Amharic and Oromo. The group already has a website and states it wants to reach not only Ethiopia but also the Horn of Africa.
Dr. Mesfin's discussion Part I
Dr. Mesfin's discussion Part II
2008 Report: Democracy Charade Undermines Rights
Human Rights Watch Highlights Abuses in Pakistan, Kenya, China, Somalia
(Washington, DC, January 31, 2008) – The established democracies are accepting flawed and unfair elections for political expediency, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2008.
The world's well-established democracies are increasingly prepared to give credibility to authoritarian regimes, failing to investigate how autocracies often conduct flawed and unfair elections, a leading human rights body said yesterday.
In its annual survey of democracy across the world, Human Rights Watch argued that the US and the European Union were too quick to support "sham democracies" in states such as Pakistan, Egypt, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan, ignoring their abuse of underlying civil and political rights
'Police' kill Kenya opposition MP (BBC NEWS)
An opposition MP has been killed in Kenya, as violence continues over last month's disputed election.
David Too was shot dead by a traffic policeman in the western town of Eldoret, said a spokesman for his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)
Dr. Mesfin Araya, York College,
The City University of New York -- January 29, 2008
“ It is a curious thing with national hatred….Yet there is a stage at which it vanishes altogether, where one stands above the nations, so to speak , sharing joy or sorrow of a neighboring people as though they had been encountered by one’s own ‘’ 1
The Age of Enlightenment in Europe has made a profound revolutionary change in the history of humanity. As history, however, is ultimately indeterminate, the Enlightenment has paradoxically brought humanity blessings as well as continued social crises.
The enemy with in,
The talking insane
Crowned with deceit
Transgressor and reprobate
disgraced and repugnant
Cold blooded tyrant .................Read More>>>
Somali insurgents in deadly fight (BBC NEWS)
At least 10 people have been killed and more than 55 injured in clashes between insurgents and government forces in a residential area of the Somali capital.
The latest fighting came as the head of the country's UN refugee agency said he has never felt so frustrated with Somalia's lack of political progress.
By Getachew Reda
No question, some websites owners building Zombies, are working hard to replace real people by play write actors to derailed yours and my attention that would have had focus against the treasonous mercenary regime of TPLF Meles Zenawi. Zombification or the work of a cult that has increasingly taken over the mind and soul of the Ethiopian Diaspora is sucking the morrow of our energy destroying our unity to the extent you can see naked cults praising website owners who invited EPLF to come to Ethiopia to save it from TPLF. The degree of such Zombiedom is that bad!
12 YEARS OLD DJIBOUTIAN REFUGEE GIRL SENT TO ADULT PRISON OBJECT TO THE GROSS VIOLATION of the RIGHTS OF CHILDREN
January 26, 1008
Hasna Mohamed Hassan was only 11 years old when the 17 years old nephew of the chief of police of Ethiopia had her kidnapped (known as "telefa"traditionally), and violated her for more than two weeks. This first happened on December 7,2007 and Hasna is now in the central prison of Addis Ababa along with adults because she denounced the rapist. The court found her guilty of 'stealing soap" and sent her to prison even though she had no legal representation and the charge was false and a cover up.
Ethiopia: Aid for Country's Dam Challenged
Inter Press Service ( Johannesburg) 26 January 2008
Posted to the web 26 January 2008 David Cronin--- Brussels
Financial support has been requested from the European Union for a controversial energy project in Ethiopia that could drive thousands of farmers from their land.
A Message of Hope for the New Year from the Anuak Justice Council
January, 20, 2008
In the year 2007, the Anuak Justice Council has come closer to many Ethiopians from all over the country. This was not by accident. Despite the great marginalization and discrimination of the people of Gambella and despite the massacre of the Anuak people who have never really recovered from the losses from one of the worst atrocities planned and carried out by the EPRDF government and despite the indifference that kept most Ethiopians silent following these acts, we were convinced that we must reach out to other Ethiopians. Read More>>>
BRETHREN - PROP NEVER FLOP
By: O. Ujilu
Forbidden City, China 2008/01/19
To begin with, it is high time for CUD and UEDF to start talks and weed out the sources of division to build on the culture of working together. As these two parties vastly share common vision and command popular backing of the Ethiopian people, this is the time to affirm their resolve to lead the people’s movement and restore lost confidence.
Heavy fighting erupts in Somali capital
Aweys Yusuf and Abdi Sheikh | Mogadishu, Somalia – January 17, 2008
At least 13 people were killed and 75 wounded in heavy fighting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Thursday in the latest confrontation between Ethiopian troops and Islamist-led insurgents, witnesses said
By Getachew Reda
SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF KENYA
January 14, 2008
The violence and bloodshed that has shaken the neighboring country of Kenya has saddened the EPRP and the people of Ethiopia who have first hand experience of electoral fraud and ruthless repression of dissent. The results of the Kenyan election, as announced, and proclaiming incumbent president Mwai Kibaki the winner, are justifiably contested by the opposition ODM led by Raila Odinga.
RE THE DISAPPEARED: MORE ON THE DEPORTEES FROM THE SUDAN -- JANUARY 12/2008
A few months back Sudan deported elder refugee Atanaw Wassie and very many political exiles back to Ethiopia. They were disappeared by the regime immediately but SOCEPP has now received reliabe reports that most of the deportees are in Kaliti prison, Addis Ababa, while the whereabouts of Atanaw Wassie,over 70 years old and ailing, is still unknown Read More>>>
CALL ME BY MY NAME: Solutions with Debteraw, XXII
Wolde Tewolde alias Obo Arada Shawl -- January 13, 2008
EPRP believes that when the time comes, the youth will come or inquire about EPRP. One such inquiry has come from the following individual. Here is what he wrote.
Dear Wolde Tewolde,
First of all I would like to appreciate your Reflection on split in the leadership of the famous
EPRP. I am only 26 and I know this party only in History (through personal readings in the political History of Ethiopia), I am still interested to know more about its programs and directions of struggle. Yes, your recent article has helped me more. Yet I am still confused in some spots:
Dr. Mammo Muchie
The Fiasco War-Monger Criminal Seye Abraha
By Geresie Bonkie
Seye Abraha from his Dedebit Terrorist Camp to Addis Ababa, made a very long march to destroy our country and humiliate our people. He once was referred as a TPLF Military Commander and later as Minister of Defense, which was his second skin and has since shed that skin without accountability and ceremony and currently shed his third skin to fool us. Regardless of what outfit he wears, Seye Abraha has left our country with many scars and he is accountable for various high crimes
IWU teacher writing about being political prisoner in Ethiopia
By Steve Arney
In the cafeteria at Atkin-Colby Hall, among a group from the Illinois State University International House, a conversation had turned to Ethiopia.
A young woman from nearby heard Ethiopia and chimed in. As recalled by professor Taye Woldesmiate:
Haile Abaye: 17 YEARS OF DISAPPEARANCE 1991--2008
June 1991-- Haile Abaye, a veteran member of the opposition Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party (EPRP) and a military leader of its armed wing (the EPRA) was wounded and captured by the soldiers of the Tigrean People's Liberation Front (TPLF) which is presently in power in Addis Ababa. Haile was captured as the TPLF forces advanced on Gondar/Addis Ababa and opened a side attack on the EPRA.
PEACEFUL RALLY CALLED BY ETHIOPIAN-AMERICANS AND FRIENDS OF ETHIOPIA IN OKLAHOMA FOR H.R. 2003
DATE: TUESDAY, January 22, 2008
Ethiopia blocks freed journalists from launching Newspapers
New York, January 2, 2008—
Three Ethiopian journalists told CPJ the government denied them applications to launch new newspapers on Tuesday. All the journalists spent 17 months in prison following the country’s 2005 elections. The newspapers were slated to become the country’s first independent political publications since authorities banned eight local papers and forced at least a dozen others to close after the 2005 deadly post-election unrest.
Few Questions for Siye Abraha
Seid Hassan, Ph.D.
It has been reported in Ethiomedia and related places that Siye Abraha has called for a meeting this coming Tuesday in Washington, D.C. As we all know, Mr. Siye is a controversial figure.
The Case of Disappearance
The government of the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is consistently and flagrantly violating the basic human and democratic rights of the Ethiopian people. SOCEPP is just one of the many human rights bodies which have over the years registered and condemned these violations. For quite sometime, there was the tendency to compare the records of the present government with that of the fallen one (of the Derg) and to declare "things have improved" on the rather flimsy and debatable presumption that it is "better"
In Search of a Missing Brother
Tadesse Shiferaw Misker,
On behalf of the Family
We need your Ethiopiawinet Erdata. We are looking for our beloved brother, Fekadu Shiferaw Misker, who disappeared for nearly 30 years in 1970 Eth. Cal ( 1977 Gregorian Cal. ). With the help of the Almighty God, we are still hopeful that we would get our brother or some one would come forward to give us some sort of information.
In view of this, we politely request you to help us by posting on you respected websites the profile In Search of Our Missing Brother - ( Amharic pdf ) attached with this e-mail. We have also attached our brother's photo taken 30 years ago in case you need it for your posting.
We thank you very much for your help and support.
Sincerely, Read More>>>
Ethiopia rebels deny suffering major losses
Nairobi, Kenya -- December 29, 2007 ( Mail&Guardian onLine)
Ethiopia's Ogaden rebels on Saturday denied claims they had suffered heavy losses at the hands of the government forces.
On Friday, the Ethiopian army said it had "annihilated the remnants of the Ogaden National Liberation Front [ONLF] that were engaged in disrupting the peace and stability of the Somali region".
But in a statement received by Agence France-Press in Nairobi, the ONLF described the claim as "wishful thinking".
THOUSANDS OF POLITICAL PRISONERS STILL SUFFERING
The release of Danial Bekele and Netsanet Demissie after two years of illegal incarceration is a welcome news but the regime should not be allowed to cover up the grim fact that there are still more than 35,000 political prisoners being held without any due process of law
Ethiopia leaves key Somali town
BBC NEWS -- Friday, 28 December 2007
Ethiopian troops have withdrawn from a key town in central Somalia.
Islamist insurgents say they now control Guriel, where Ethiopia had a big military base to secure the road linking the two countries.
A BBC correspondent in Somalia says it is not clear why the Ethiopian troops withdrew without any fighting.
Ethiopia in Somalia: One year on
By Martin Plaut
BBC Africa analyst
The Ethiopian decision to invade Somalia in December 2006 altered the balance of power in the Horn of Africa.
On 28 December 2006, they helped government forces capture Islamists from the capital, Mogadishu, which they had controlled for six months.
Ethiopian forces, which had been facing Eritrea along their 1,000km border, but were otherwise confronting few security threats, are now engaged on three fronts.
U.N. probes Eritrea-Ethiopia border gunfire
REUTERS (Recasts with U.N. statement)
NAIROBI, Dec 27 (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Thursday it was investigating an outbreak of gunfire on the volatile border between Eritrea and Ethiopia.
A statement from the U.N. peacekeeping mission UNMEE charged with monitoring the border -- where 70,000 people were killed in a 1998-2000 war -- said observers on the Eritrean side heard shots in the early hours of Wednesday.
Eritrea accuses Ethiopia of border attack
NAIROBI, Dec 27 (Reuters) –
Eritrea has accused Ethiopia of launching an attack on its security forces on Tuesday this week, describing it as part of ongoing provocation along their disputed border.
In a statement posted on its Web site shabait.com late on Wednesday, Asmara said the relatively small-scale raid targeted its troops and allied militias in the South Tsorona region, inside a former buffer zone, and ended in failure.
Ethiopian anti-poverty campaigners vindicated by court
26 December 2007 – Ethiopian activists Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie may face brief additional time behind bars, as the court today sentenced them to two years and six months in prison on charges of incitement, despite demands by the prosecution that they receive the maximum sentence of 10 years.
CALLL ME BY MY NAME: A commentary on EPRP’s split, XXI
Wolde Tewolde, alias Obo Arada Shawl--December 23, 2007
On Friday morning, a day of freedom, I came across of an old friend by the name of Kebede Essatu, a poet and a revolutionary of a kind. I always tease him whenever I see him. He had sacrificed his education for the sake of EPRP and thereby for the sake of the Ethiopian Eway Revolution.
Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party (EPRP) Press Release -- December 21, 2007
MELES ZENAWI LIES AGAIN ON SOMALIA
The Meles Zenawi diatribe against the UN and its agencies is not new as the tyrant has proved himself to be a determined liar. As he denies the catastrophic situation in Somalia, we remember that he had denied the massacre in Gambella ("fiction") and is still trying to pull the wool over our eyes to cover the brutal repression in the Ogaden.
Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party (EPRP) - Denounced the ceding of territory to the Sudan
December 20, 2007 --- Read More>>>
JAMMING OF RADIOS AND INTERNET BLOCKING: FREEDOM OF COMMUNICATION VIOLATED
"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom of ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The authorities in Ethiopia have jammed many radio stations broadcasting from abroad to Ethiopia and blocked Ethiopian web sites and blogs, altogether. Among the radios jammed using equipment brought from China we can cite the Amharic program of Deutschewelle and the opposition Finote Democracy Radio and among the popular web sites blocked by the regime it is possible to mention www.debteraw.com.
People from over 40 countries call for immediate release of Ethiopian human rights campaigners
VERDICT TO BE DELIVERED DECEMBER 24 TH ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
18-12-07: An online campaign has been launched to call for the release of jailed Ethiopians Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie. To date, the campaign, originating from CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), has generated support from over 40 countries.
In less then a week, personal messages have flowed in from people in over 40 countries on a dedicated website ( http://www.civicus.org/csw/CIVICUS.GCAP.Appeal.24.12.07.asp) in support of Daniel and Netsanet. Appeal letters have also been sent to the Ethiopian government calling for a not-guilty verdict when Daniel and Netsanet face the judges again on Monday December 24 th. The messages serve to support Daniel, Netsanet and their families in the difficult days ahead.
Washington sponsors the moderate opposition
INDIAN OCEAN NEWSLETTER - Ethiopia -17/12/2007
Speaking in an interview in the Amharic language on Dinq TV, a television channel in Calgary (Canada) owned by Ethiopian nationals, Debebe Eshetu, the head of public relations for the Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party (CUDP, opposition), gave some details about the aid the US government has promised to the moderate opposition in Ethiopia. According to him, Washington has offered the CUDP $20 million provided it accepts to participate in elections in 2010.
What’s Wrong with Ethiopia?
Anuak Justice Council (AJC)
December 18, 2007
What is wrong with Ethiopia? What is becoming very obvious is that it all depends who you ask. We speak to many Ethiopians every day who tell us about the desperate conditions of the people within Ethiopia. From Ogadenis and reporters like Jeffrey Gettleman of the New York Times, we hear of the horrific human rights abuses and an increasingly worsening humanitarian crisis surpassing that of Darfur in the Ogaden.
Response to Workie Birie, the 11 ½ years EPRDF Member
By Getachew Reda
This time it is becoming clearer than ever, to why the Ethiopian political opposition unity is easily destroyed in shorter time any time it gets its act together. Reason might varies, one recent coming to the surprised as a cause among the various reasons never came to our knowledge as a cause for the disuniting of the opposition was:
WHO ARE THE BLAMELESS?
By: O. Ujilu
Forbidden City, China
It seems the near recent interparty infighting and tumultuous weeks cooled off and thinly veiled cloud of silence blanketing stranded Diaspora power brokers and kingmakers lost the game by their own ground. This outsourced political showdown in abroad will be remembered as a tragic event and display of savagery, moral corruption and a backlash in Ethiopian Diaspora politics.
December 12, 2007
FROM GAMBELLA TO THE OGADEN: THE GENOCIDAL REGIME
December 13/2003, troops of the 43rd Division of the Meles Zenawi army commanded by Major Tsegaye Beyene accompanied armed and enraged vigilantes in Gambella town to slaughter close to 500 Anuak civilians in a brutal way. It was a genocidal act approved by Meles Zenawi himself and his deputies Abai Tsehaye and Barnabas Gebreab from the Ministry of Federal Affairs. None of these criminals have been brought before a court of law up to now.
Bring Ethiopian campaigners home for the holidays
Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie, both courageous human rights lawyers and coordinators of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) in Ethiopia, have been in detention for over two years. Act Now>>>
CALL ME BY MY NAME: Seeking Solutions with Debteraw, XXI
Wolde Tewolde, alias Obo Arada Shawl
December 13, 2007
“If a more likeable human being than DEBTERAW is currently around EPRP, I haven’t found him or her.”
A WEEK of celebration on the occasion of the 2 nd Anniversary of Debteraw’s Website
A DAY of appreciation for DTSGM’s work
A GENERATION of struggle by EPRP members
Remembering December 13th: A Day For All of Us!
Anuak Justice Council Press Release
For immediate release: December 12, 2007
The anniversary of the December 13, 2003 Anuak massacre is here again. Four years have now passed since the Anuak witnessed a horrific slaughter of their loved ones by Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s military forces and some other pro-EPRDF government militia groups. The painful wounds from those losses will be reopened as many Anuak throughout Ethiopia and in the Diaspora observe the fourth memorial of this genocide that took place in Gambella.
DECEMBER 10--WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
Every year, as we observe the World Human Rights Day, we are forced to observe that the human rights situation in Ethiopia has worsened. The number of political prisoners has not decreased, the arrogant trampling on the rule of law has intensified, due process is systematically denied, torture is routine, discrimination is rampant and, as events in the Ogaden are showing us, terror and massacres are in place.
CALL ME BY MY NAME: A tribute to DEBU
Wolde Tewolde, alias Obo Arada Shawl
December 5, 2007
TSEGEYE DEBTERAW has challenged many of the basic assumptions and beliefs of why and how Ethiopians have approached the natural world as opposed to the artificial world. Debu’s provocative thoughts and actions have inspired some and infuriated others, but no one can dispute his premise: that it is time for all Ethiopians to develop a new and more sustainable relationship with Ethiopia’s ECOLOGY.
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