The seven-month period for amnesty for undocumented workers in Saudi Arabia has since expired, sparking unrest between Ethiopians and Saudi police. Now, over 100,000 Ethiopians have been returned to their homeland. Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom said last week that up to 50,000 more citizens were still expected to return.
By Yilma BekeleI hope you are sitting down while reading the story I am about to tell you. Unfortunately it is a true story and it couldn’t have happened anywhere but in good old Ethiopia. When it comes to laying down like a doormat and letting everyone walk all over us we Ethiopians wrote the manual.
EPRP - December 6, 2013
The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party (EPRP) sends its condolences to the families of Nelson “Madiba” Mandela and the people of South Africa for the passing away the great leader.
For us, Nelson Mandela exemplified courage and perseverance, a humane and democratic vision, tenacity and pan Africanism, reconciliation and loyalty to his cause for which he had said from the start he was ready to die. Mandela passed 27 hard years in prison (18 of them in the notorious Robben’s Island) but never gave up his fight, he did not knuckle under apartheid regime despite all that cruel system tried to break his will and stain his soul.
December 5, 2013
Mohamed Ibrahim, a devout Muslim and the father of seven children, was arrested in Addis Abeba by the security police 29 days ago and taken to the notorious Ma’ekelawi (central) prison. Once there he was accused of being a terrorist under the sweeping anti-terror law (already used to jail journalists), beaten brutally, tortured in the usual cruel way of the Addis Abeba regime.
World Aids Day has been observed globally and a lookt at the situation in Ethiopia does not lend itself to any kind of optimism. Once again, the regime in place has hidden the real statistics and manipulated selected “experts” to make up beat statements about Aids infection being reduced. Actually, the reality is still bleak.
Africa: Dynamics of Conflict, Promises of Renaissance, Aljazeera Studies Center, Doha, Qatar The Façade of Change from the Inside: Ethiopia
Dr. Aklog Birara Part III of V
Unfettered “Globalization has reinforced increasingly unequal returns to human capital.” Gerry Z. Muller, Capitalism and Inequality
The major themes, presentations and dialogue centered around two seemingly contradictory views: on the one hand, the economic and social dividends emanating from peace, stability, national reconciliation, investments, markets and social integration etc. South Africa is a prime example.
By Yilma Bekele
‘Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.’ Is what comes to mind when we see the behavior of the Ethiopian government and its response to the Ethiopian tragedy taking place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Human Rights Watch - Ethiopian Workers Allege Attacks, Poor Detention Conditions
(Beirut) – Ethiopian migrant workers have been the victims of physical assaults, some of them fatal, in Saudi Arabia following a government crackdown on foreign workers. Many workers seeking to return home are being held in makeshift detention centers without adequate food or shelter.
My initial reaction was to comment on the slanted allegations, but then I dropped the idea. His drooling is too much to wipe and takes another book to dab. Read more>>
The Change from the Inside: the case of Ethiopia
Aklog Birara, PhD
Part II of V
Views from the Tower "But the hills that we climbed were just seasons out of time." Seasons in the Sun
There is much of a clamor on Hiwot's recent book Tower in the Sky. The tumult came as much from ex-members as opponents of the party. Needless to write, the book is worth reading, not because of the personal history in it but for the crafty integration of personal account with political history
Dozens of people from Manitoba's Ethiopian community marched to raise awareness about violence and working conditions in Saudi Arabia.
With flags in hand, marchers walked from downtown to the Legislative Building. Many immigrants from Ethiopia and other countries go to Saudi Arabia to work.
Ethiopians in Washington DC denounced the Saudi Barbaric Regime
Aklog Birara, PhD
MILLIONS of pious pilgrims flock to Mecca every year, but the Muslim holy city’s newest, biggest hotel serves a different clientele. Just months after opening, the Shumeisi Deportation Centre already holds more than 20,000 Egyptians, Ethiopians, Indonesians, Yemenis and citizens of other nationalities, nearly half of them women. They will not be there for long. Nearly all will soon be packed off home, joining an exodus that has seen perhaps one in ten of Saudi Arabia’s estimated 9m foreign workers leave the kingdom in little more than a year.
By Alemante G. Selassie
Ethiopian envoy says illegal workers took to the street in frustration
iyadh: Some 23,000 Ethiopians have handed themselves in since Saudi authorities clamped down on illegal foreign workers 10 days ago, Ethiopia’s ambassador in Riyadh said in remarks published on Wednesday.
SOCEPP had time and again denounced the brutal actions of the retrograde racist regime in Saudi Arabia and the killing, torture and imprisonment of Ethiopians there. But to no avail as the anti-Christian fanatic regime has continued with its brutality and violations of rights aided and abetted by the regime in Addis Abeba that has signed an agreement to send t Saudi Arabia some 45,000 young females as domestic workers or actually modern slaves.
Reliable reports reaching SOCEPP, one from Dimtsachin Yisema movement (Hawassa Branch), make it clar that the Addis Abeba regime has intensified its repression against muslim citizens. According to the reports, Mohamed Hassan Abdela,Alemitu Alrmu Nega (female), Luke Desta Geba, Yared Guyo Kuro,Muktar Safi Hassan,Ahmed Abu Ayato, that is a total of 65 muslim citizens have been thrown into the notorious Kofele Prison.
In Ethiopia where torture is routine and brutal, where dozens have been disappeared, hundreds killed, thousands deprived of their land and subjected to forced resettlement and where the rule of law is dead and buried, the repressive regime has added new brutal actions to break up and incapacitate opposition figures. These methods involve raping of women political leaders and sodomization of arrested men and threat of public exposure of the photos and films. Rape as a method of war is wide spread in the Ogaden too.