By Hama Tuma
“Bod Geldof is a humanitarian activist. He is also an egotist, a celebrity economist, and quite wrong on Africa”. So wrote, politely, Mr.Greg Mills in the Guardian of March 8/2013. Bob Geldof is a also a businessman who has much profited from the aid business or from what some call the business of hunger.
By Yilma Bekele
I am thinking you must have read my last report on Ethiopian helicopters that made an unauthorized trip to Eritrea. I felt I left the story hanging out there and it is not just fair to my readers not having a closure on the subject. Some might say why dwell on that when there are so many things to discuss regarding our country. I listened and went about looking for important subjects I could write about to enrich our life and become a better informed Diaspora.
By Yilma Bekele
Title: South Africa’s Democratic Transition and Transformation from 1994-2014: What Difference Has It Made to date?
By Obo Arada Shawl
January 1, 2015
First of all, regardless of our calendars let us say one another “Happy New Year 2015”. Next, let us predict what will be in store for year 2015 and beyond.
One day in early October, Hanna Lalango, 16, did not return from school to her home in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, at the usual time. Her father Lalongo Hayesso was worried about his youngest daughter.
By KAREEM FAHIMDEC. 8, 2014 (New York Times)
SANA, Yemen — At least 21 migrants from Ethiopia drowned while trying to reach the coast of Yemen, according to the United Nations refugee agency, which has recorded a sharp increase this year in the number of people who have died while attempting the crossing, mainly from the Horn of Africa.
November 30, 2014 -Aklog Birara (DR) - Part one of three
Ten suspected migrant smugglers were arrested on Wednesday in Italy and Germany, including the alleged ringleader behind a treacherous journey that killed an estimated 244 people off the coast of Libya in June.
The alleged human traffickers, who were picked up in an operation called Tokhla, were all Eritrean. They were charged with conspiracy and aiding illegal immigration. An 11th Eritrean was arrested for harbouring the migrants.
Fingerprints of International Aid on Forced Relocation, Repression, and Human Rights Abuse in Ethiopia
By Lara Whyte
Ethiopia, one of the world's hungriest countries, is selling off vast chunks of its land to foreign investors who are growing food products for export — and those who get in the government's way are being killed or silenced, according to a new investigation.
Under the country's controversial "villagization" scheme, huge populations of farming communities are being moved out of their homes on land eyed for development and into new settlements built by the government. Residents not lured out by promises of better infrastructure and services are often forced to go against their will, and resistance often brings violence or intimidation into acquiescence or exile, US-based rights group the Oakland Institute says in a report due for release on Monday.
At least six publications have had to close in recent months and around 30 journalists have fled abroad since the start of the year as a result of the biggest crackdown on the privately-owned press since 2005, one reflecting a government desire to make a clean sweep of independent media before parliamentary elections next May, local analysts say.Aklog Birara (Dr.)
Ethiopians living in Eastern Ukraine,Donetsk, for the last ten to more than 20 years are in a dire situation and need urgent assistance. Ordinarily their plight was already unbearable as they had to suffer unemployenent and crude racism.
We are 19 Ethiopian Muslims writing to you from within the Ethiopian gulags. Since we were arrested and detained on fabricated charges under the country’s notorious anti-terrorism laws more than two years ago, we have been going through Stalinist political show trial designed to intimidate and silence us into submission in the face of the government’s audacious and grotesque program of re-indoctrinating Ethiopian Muslim. Read More…
The EPRP fullly supports the ongoing struggle of the Burkinabe people against
dictatorship and for democracy. Their struggle is a harbinger of intensified popular struggles all over the continent. Like other peoples, the Burkinabe people face the danger of the status quo army shortcircuiting their victory to establish yet another demagogic military dictatorship.
Seid Hassan, Minga Negash, Tesfaye T. Lemma and Abu Girma Moges
Determining the sustainability of a developing country’s public debt is a challenge. This is because most developing countries in general and Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) countries in particular face an undiversified export base, a large share of agriculture in GDP (which itself is characterized by low yields) with large share of labor force in the primary sector, and complex governance and instability problems.
Those collectively charged as "terrorists inciting people to violence" are known as the zone 9 bloggers (six young bloggers and three journalists) and the regime in Addis Abeba has illegally kept them prison for the last six months.
Amharas and Oromos are the two largest ethnic groups (nationalities) in Ethiopia and the ruling Tigrean Front (TPLF) has considered both as enemies and taken brutal actions against them. But in the TPLF political mentality (echoed sadly by some foreign quarters), the Amharas are enemy no 1 and should be targeted for all kind of brutalities ranging from ethnic cleansing, land grab, massacre and deliberate impverishment.
By Yilma Bekele
What kind of place would the world be without people like Dr. Craig Spencer? Dr. Spencer is the medical doctor that is currently in New York Hospital with symptoms of the Ebola virus. Before his privacy was breached and his name associated with the dreaded virus Dr. Spencer was an International Emergency Medical (IEM) fellow at Columbia University in New York.
By Yilma Bekele
The honorable Ato Gebru Asrat has written a very fat book that is five hundred pages long. I am assuming that the purpose of the book was to present himself as a person of vision and to show us his leadership ability to show us the road to the future. Unfortunately, he has a handicap that cannot be glossed over since for many years he has operated as member of that infamous organization TPLF (ሕዝባዊ ወያኔ ሓርነት ትግራይ) that is still creating havoc in the life of our people and our country.