A political row has erupted in Italy after a memorial was opened to fascist commander Field Marshal Rodolfo Graziani, a convicted war criminal.
Graziani was honoured with a mausoleum and memorial park, built at taxpayers' expense, in a village south of Rome.
By Yilma Bekele
The TPLF regime is the kind that believes in a proactive stance in their approach to ward off unwanted happenings. They learned that during the war with the Derg. It is said that upon taking over a village their first act was to gather the village heads and kill those that don’t agree with them, humiliate a few to teach the rest a lesson and recruit the weak to use and abuse. That system sharpened and enhanced has served them to stay in power.
Mankelklot Haile Selassie (PhD)
August 10, 2012
Combine activist youths with the determined and ready political organizations, the Ethiopian revolution will be around the corner. The clock is ticking. The other formidable force lurking around the corner looking inside is the potential of military coup d’état. No one can control this unpredictable scenario, of which this individual is in favor.
by Getacghew Reda
By Yilma Bekele
It has been forty-eight days since we saw or heard from Meles Zenawi. Some are convinced the tyrant is dead while the regime insists he is recovering, on vacation or just hanging out, depending on Ato Bereket’s mood of the day. Whatever the reason his absence has stirred different responses from his subjects.
“Marathon the Queen Marathon the Queen Abebe and Mamo Defeated the world” that was the number one song in Ethiopia way back when I was a child. In 1960 and 1964 Abebe Bikila won gold and 1968 Mamo Wolde won the third gold in Olympics. The song celebrates, Marathon the Queen you were captured for the third time trying to escape from Ethiopia . Wining three consecutive Olympic Marathons by one country is still a record. Nobody can claim such victory in Olympics except mother Ethiopia.
(New York Times)
LONDON — The fierce Kenyan-Ethiopian rivalry renewed itself Friday, and the result in the women’s Olympic 10,000 meters was as reliably predictable as it was four years ago: Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba again drew away with a punishing kick to win the gold medal and perhaps establish herself as history’s greatest female distance runner.
Ethiopian diplomat jailed in UK for cannabis smuggling
(በእንግሊዝ ሀገር የወያኔ ዲፕሎማት ከአዲስ አበባ ጭና ባመጣችው የዕፀ-ፋርስ ወይም ሀሺሽ ምክንያት የ 33 ወራት እሥራት ተበየነባት)
A court in London on Thursday jailed an Ethiopian diplomat for trying to smuggle a large stash of cannabis through London's Heathrow Airport.
Amelework Wondemagegne, an official at the Ethiopian embassy in Washington, had tried to claim diplomatic immunity when she was caught at the airport in April with 56 kilograms (123 pounds) of cannabis.
By Yilma Bekele
I knew something was missing. It kept nagging at me, the little voice in side kept saying ‘you know you have been here before.’ I was driving south on the 580 Freeway when it hit me. It was 2005 deja vu. How could I forget? I ask for forgiveness, I am an Ethiopian and memory is an option. Our long-term memory is intact and is usually retrieved at a drop of a hat. Now short term is a different matter. We are very selective about that. Why do you think I keep writing about the crimes of the regime? It is my humble attempt to act as a reminder, to help us visualize and store for easy recall.
For the last eight months Ethiopian Muslims have been demonstrating peacefully for the respect of their religious and human rights and for an end to the regime’s interference in their religious affairs. The Meles regime had for years been trying to put its stooges and cadres in and on top of the religious institutions. Its blatant interference in the affairs of Muslim Ethiopians and overall violation of human rights is at the core of the citizens’ protest.
Since I published a blog last week on the lack of information about the health and whereabouts of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, readers have deluged it with comments (over 175 as of today), reflecting the pent-up interest in the premier's status and deeply divided views of his leadership.
Fight over land rights have left 18 people dead and forced thousands to flee across the nearby border to Kenya.
አንዳንድ የሀገራችን ምሁራን፤ የታያቸዉን የጊዜዉን ችግር በተመለከተ፤ የተናገሩት የጻፉት ታሪካዊ ሰነድ በቋሚ ምስክርነት ይገኛል።
By Rosa Abadir
I am forced to write my reaction after I read the article by Dr Eleni in regards to her unworkable free market fiasco followed by her childish type presentation of Ethiopiawient titled “I am Ethiopian, as truly and wonderfully as that is, and no one has the right to define, reduce, or otherwise dismiss my identity.” In fact, I just discovered that she wrote this article “http://ethiopianobserver.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/i-am-ethiopian-as-truly-and-wonderfully-as-that-is-and-no-one-has-the-right-to-define-reduce-or-otherwise-dismiss-my-identity-dr-eleni-zaude-gabre-madhin/” a couple years ago, but for some reason it has been circulated through Facebook (FB) as well as some websites for the last few days that captured my attention to react accordingly.
By Yilma Bekele
I have the good fortune of residing in Oakland, California where His Holiness Abune Melketsedek, Secretary of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in exile and head of Mekane Selam Medhane Alem Cathedral resides. Writing about his Eminence is not easy. Most famous people are attracted to the limelight. Being the story is part of their psychological makeup. Their motto ‘It is all about me’ is what attracts people towards them. Politicians, actors, athletes are perfect examples of the self-centered among us. Here in the US even religious leaders are not immune from this disease of me first philosophy.
By Yilma Bekele
Is Meles Zenawi dead or alive has become the burning question of the day. It is sad even in death or near death the tyrant does not get any respect. You would think after dominating the Ethiopian scene for over twenty years the individual is entitled to some love. I am afraid all he has harvested in this short life is a lot of hate and loathing. He lived a violent life and his current condition whatever it is has turned up to be more violent than most of us dreamt of. Tumor in the brain is not a simple matter.
Nairobi, July 23, 2012--Ethiopian authorities blocked the publication of a prominent independent newspaper over the weekend in connection with its stories on the health of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, according to local journalists.
An Ethiopian woman told Melbourne police she escaped abuse Wednesday evening after officers found her at Melbourne First Baptist church on Dairy Road.
By Aaron Maasho
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian police clashed on Saturday with scores of Muslims protesters complaining that the state is interfering in their religion, witnesses and officials said.
Thursday July 19 the overcast sky with warm temperature around 80
degree was a protest day here in Manhattan at 866 Second Avenue where
Ethiopians gathered to denounce Woyane/TPLF jailing of Eskinder Nega,
Andualem Arage and others
Reported by Tedla Asfaw
by Yilma Bekele
It has been two weeks now since our conversation has been revolving around the dictator. We know for sure he is not well but beyond that no one has come up with any credible explanation for his absence. Rumors, counter rumors, news updates, breaking news have become so ubiquitous Meles Ashebari Zenawi has taken over all the news. His illness has managed to show our psychological make up and our current level of interpreting the news and how we act on it.
Meles Zenawi, the Ethiopian prime minister, is in a "critical" condition in hospital in Brussels and may not survive, according to diplomatic sources.
The 57-year-old premier has not been seen publicly for several weeks and missed a crunch African Union summit his country was hosting at the weekend at which a new chair was elected.
The health of an individual is a private affair. I am not asking Meles
Zenawi’s family to tell us about his health situation. What we all know now
is he has been admitted to Saint Luc University Hospital in Brussels,
Belgium a couple of days ago.
July 14 (Bloomberg) -- Hundreds of people were injured and arrested when Ethiopian police clashed with Muslims in the capital, Addis Ababa, where African leaders are gathering for a summit, and one person may have died, an Islamic committee said.
I want to extend my support for your successful gathering today in
Washington, DC . EHAPA Youth is a good example for the youth in the
Ethiopian Diaspora. Your shining example in this year alone is well
recognized by all. keep the flame of the Ethiopian Youth following the
bravery of your predecessors who died fighting for the people of Ethiopia.
New York City
This report, Ethiopia: Assessing Risks to Stability, is part of CSIS study series Stress Testing African States that examines the risks of instability in 10 African countries over the next decade: Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, and Uganda.
Nairobi, July 13, 2012--An Ethiopian court today handed down heavy prison sentences to six journalists convicted on vague terrorism charges, local journalists and news reports said. Award-winning blogger Eskinder Nega got an 18-year term; the others live in exile and were sentenced in absentia.
By Yilma Bekele
Dictator Meles Zenawi has not been seen for over three weeks or so. We know he is not in good health after we saw his picture with the Chinese Prime Minister in Mexico. Some are claiming we did Photoshop on his picture to make him look sicker than what he was. As with everything with clueless Woyane it would have been easier to present the subject and show us with all his glory instead of blaming us for his haggard look. But that is Woyane for you if you can’t find the answer find a scapegoat to blame.
By Yilma Bekele
Ato Meles Zenawi, Chairman of Tigrai People Liberation Front (TPLF) and Prime Minster of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is not in good health. I became aware of that fact after watching the video of a news clip made during his meeting with the President of China at the G8 meeting in Mexico.
I am sending you my daughter’s article which may help and initiate our children to know more about our beloved country. If you need more info don't hesitate to contact me. Respectfully, Akale Borga
Colonel John C. Robinson, later known as the Brown Condor returning home in 1936
John Charles Robinson was born in 1903 in Carrabelle, Florida.
Before all his stardom, he completed his pilot’s training and earned
his wings from Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Normal and
Industrial Institute in Alabama in 1920.
Detractors of ethnic federalism in this country claim that it will take the country down a slippery path towards strife and possibly even disintegration. Supporters claim that it is necessary to bring previously marginalized communities into the mainstream. No one can predict the future, but it is wise to have a look at the international context to see how the experience has been so far. Ethiopia, an Eastern African country, offers plenty of opportunity in this regard. This former unitary state has now whole heartedly gone down the path of ethnic federalism. What have been the results?
The international organization Committee to Protect Journalists says the Ethiopian government is stepping up efforts to control the Internet, both by preventing access to certain websites and by blocking users from software used to circumvent the censors.
New York — An international press rights group on Monday expressed concern that a growing introduction of high tech censorship tools by Ethiopia could encourage other authoritarian regimes in Africa such as in neighboring Sudan use it.
Ethiopia has been under fire by rights groups of suspending a number of private news papers and blocking major news sites and blog hosts following the rigged 2005 elections when post-election violence claimed the lives of over 200 street protesters in the capital, Addis Ababa.
by Graham Peebles / July 3rd, 2012
Employment opportunities in Ethiopia are scarce, particularly for young women with only a basic education from rural areas where 85% of the population live. Many travel to the towns and cities in search of work, only to discover a barren job scene. The World Bank puts unemployment at 20.5% with a quarter of all 15-24 year olds being out of work.
For the second time this year, Ghennet Girma has attended the UN Human Rights Council 20th meeting in Geneva that started on June 18. At this meeting the regime of Meles Zenawi has been condemned resoundingly for its gross violation of human rights (read the reports). Ghennet spoke also on the session dealing with the disappeared (watch video:below ) and as a member of the ASAFED group she also addressed the assembly on general African rights issues including the repression against Albinos in several African countries.
AAED, GD Thematic reports of the SG and HC, 17th Meeting
Mankelklot Haile Selassie (PhD)
June 28, 2012
From the outset, the prompt response to this question is, it is sold out. To show the full picture in the building process of the Ethiopian Youth National Movement and now the Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC), I am going to discuss, in my opinion, this very important and timely issue under four subtopics, namely: 1) The Formation of Ethiopian Youth National Movement, 2) The lay out of its organizational structure particularly for Addis Ababa, 3) Is the Ethiopian National Transitional Council needed now? and finally, 4) How Meles Zenawi killed the Diaspora Youth Movement
Press release by the Ethiopian Community in Norway concerning the escalating human rights violations in Ethiopia
By Yilma Bekele
The headlines screamed ‘Ethiopian court convicts 24 of terrorism charges’. As usual it was a misleading and incorrect statement. There is no such animal called Ethiopian court. There is a TPLF controlled judicial arrangement in Ethiopia. Prime Minster Meles and his politburo are the directors behind the scene of this farce. For the last twenty-one years they have been using the power of the state to marginalize, terrorize, demean and undermine the Ethiopian citizen.
June 29 2012 at 12:23pm
Stockholm - Two Swedish journalists who have been sentenced to 11 years in prison in Ethiopia issued a statement Friday from prison, on the anniversary of their arrest a year ago.
Dissident journalist Eskinder Nega, opposition member Andualem Arage and 22 others were convicted of "terrorism" by an Ethiopian court.
Eskinder Nega, a well-known Ethiopian journalist, is among 24 people found guilty of terrorism charges by a court in Ethiopia.
By SUKHDEV CHHATBAR, Associated Press
ARUSHA, Tanzania (AP) — Forty-three Ethiopians and Somalis who paid to be smuggled from their homelands in search of better living conditions died in the back of a crowded, suffocating truck, an official said Wednesday.
International adoption is big business in Ethiopia and the country accounts for almost one in five international adoptions in the US, but how ethical is the process? BBC Africa's Hewete Haileselassie reports in this article which appeared in the latest issue of our Focus on Africa magazine.
June 24, 2012
Fourteen Ethiopians who hail from Gambella and who were deported by the South Sudan government are being brutally tortured by the Meles Zenawi security agents in Ethiopia, reliable reports indicate. The 14 prisoners are accused of attacking workers in a foreign owned farm in Gambella and then crossing into south Sudan and clashing with the SPLA. Meles Zenawi has handed over the fertile land of Gambella to Indian and other foreign companies and has forcefully removed the people from their traditional land to be resettleed elsewhere.
June 22, 2012 - By Yelfiwos Wondaya
Several prisoners condemned on made up charges of terrorism (a few are journalists) have been on hunger sterile for a week now. Other prisoners in the notorious Kailiti prison supported the hunger strikers and demanded that the regime heed their demands before they dies of hunger but the acting head of the prison (TPLF member Ambaye) ordered police to start shooting and as a result many prisoners have been injured (some critically) .
22 June 2012
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 22 June 2012, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
It was with sadness that UNHCR learned yesterday of the drownings of some 47 Ethiopians in a boat capsizing incident on Lake Malawi. The exact number of deaths has not been determined. According to the reports we received, villagers around the lake found a dead body on Monday and buried it. On Tuesday another corpse was floating on the lake and the villagers also buried it
SOCEPP deplores in very strong terms the horrible treatment meted out to African refugees (mainly Eritrean and South Sudanese) by Israel. The racist insults and the brutal beatings that victimized African refugees disgrace Israel before the eyes of the world. The decision to spend millions to build a sort of concentration or holding camp for African refugees conveniently called infiltrators is also another shameful act on the part of the Israeli government
By Yilma Bekele
The origins of the Internet can be traced to ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) that was funded by the US Department of Defense (DARPA) for use by its research labs in the 1960’s. The Internet as we know moved from connecting research institutions and Universities into commercial use in the middle of the 1980’s.
As the world celebrates world refugees day it is necessary to emphasize that the plight of Ethiopian refugees all over the world has worsened. From Israel to South Africa, from Malawi to Libya and Yemen, from Lampadusa Italy to the Middle East, Ethiopian refugees are the targets of deportation, torture, rape, repression and death.
by By Katrina Kaiser
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/06/downward-spiral-freedom-expression-ethiopia nternet shutdowns, content filtering, arrests of bloggers, and online surveillance in North Africa have been headline news for the past year and a half, but internet issues in the rest of the African continent haven’treceived quite as much press coverage.