June 26, 2015
EPRP PRESS RELEASE
Addis Abeba towards the end of the coming July to talk with the African
Union and also with the officials of the repressive regime in Ethiopia.
Obama would be the first sitting president to visit Ethiopia though he has
met with the dictators in his own country and other places.
“AFRICA DOESN’T need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.” Those were President Obama’s words when he addressed Ghana’s parliament in July 2009, during his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa as president. The historic speech, watched around the globe, was an optimistic clarion call to the leaders on the continent from the son of a Kenyan.
ON June 15/2015, one of the founders of the legal opposition group, Semayawi Party , Samuel Awoke, was beaten to death near his home in the (Gojjam) town of Debre Markos. He was a candidate of an MP post in the last election. Samuel had been beaten and jailed before. His killers, suspected to be agents of the regime, have not been apprehended.
By Obo Arada Shawl
June 13, 2015
There are some topics not fit for any discussion, some for lack of knowledge, others for fear of retribution and far more for cultural misunderstanding.
In my case, the topic of me, my family, community, country and global community do not merge neatly into conversational discussion. Why because of a single phenomenon of cultural history. ዘር!!!
By Hama Tuma
From kola nuts to Kat, from hashish to cocaine the leaders of Africa are confirmed addicts of many leaves and substances. However, their worst addiction is to power and they would destroy the country and the continent as they try to get their fix. Much to the woe of Africa, the addicts get their fix by destroying the continent.
JUNE 2015---TWO DECADES LATER
Mebatsion Ali, also known as Jattene Ali, a former district administrator of Borena, was murdered in a Nairobi Hotel by two TPLF gunmen (both hailed from Tigrai). The killers hid in the Nairobi EPRDF embassy until the embassy was able to secretly take them out of Kenya to Tanzania and to send them back to Ethiopia.
As expected, the incumbent TPLF/EPRDF ruling party in Ethiopia won last week's fifth national Elections. As expected the ruling party won 100 per cent of the votes. The final results are still being awaited as how much of the so far not announced 125 seats the ruling party will allot to the opposition parties.
Helen Epstein - NYR Blog
Recent report from Ethiopia has revealed that a woman dissident has been raped by four of her prison guards. Previously, at least five cases of male political prisoners being raped/sodomized have been reported. The humiliation is done to break the dissidents once and for all. Together with this, reports coming from the notorious central/ Maekelawi detention center, from the Kaliti and Kilinto prisons, from secret jails in Addis Abeba, Tigrai, Gamo Gofa, from Zwai,Dedesa,Holeta and Bir Sheleko, and other places all affirm that systematic and cruel torture is becoming widespread and routine.
SOCEPP strongly opposes the decision by the Tanzanian government o deport Ethiopian refugees back to Ethiopia. It would lie to add too that it had received reports of mistreatment of the detained refugees.
By Getachew Reda (Editor Ethiopian Semay)
Amnesty International- 22 May 2015
The run-up to Ethiopia’s elections on Sunday has been marred by gross, systematic and wide-spread violations of ordinary Ethiopians’ human rights, says Amnesty International.
“The lead-up up to the elections has seen an onslaught on the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. This onslaught undermines the right to participation in public affairs freely and without fear as the government has clamped down on all forms of legitimate dissent,” said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.
Ethiopia, Washington’s security partner and Africa’s second most populous country, is scheduled to hold national elections on May 24. The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and its allied parties won 99.6 percent of the seats in the last round of elections in 2010. There is no doubt that the ruling party will win again.
Aklog Birara, Ph.D.
"If the dignity of the individual is upheld across Africa… Americans will be freer as well... I believe that none of us are fully free when others in the human family remain shackled by poverty or disease or oppression." President Obama, June 30, 2013
A Statement of Declaration by the Legitimate Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church on the Recent Heart-rending News Concerning Ethiopian Christian Victims in Libya at the Hands of ISlS
By Hama Tuma
Michelle Obama aside, Barack Obama has a penchant for very bad women. Wendy Sherman, the windbag of Foggy Bottom, and Gayle Smith, the new USAID chief who loves dictators, and the notorious Susan Rice are cases in point. Smith has been around more time to do more damage and to contribute to the putrefaction of the Clinton--Obama policy on Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular.
The Eritrean government has been linked with “ruthless repression” and systemic human rights violations, including carrying out widespread detention and forcing citizens into indefinite military service, according to the UN’s first inquiry into human rights in the secretive country.
By Hama Tuma
Some people know how to say thank you. Others wield knives and machetes on their benefactors. In Ethiopia, we mention children who bite the breasts of their feeding mothers Ungrateful. And in reverse, we also say we do good but we only scoop ashes in return. Robert Mugabe has put it better: South Africans can remove the statue of a dead white man but cannot slap a live one and they can kill black south Africans. What happened in Durban and Soweto (we still remember the more than 60 killed in 2008) is not xenophobia but Afro phobia. The mob, provoked to a frenzy of hate and violence by none other than one of the sons of Zuma and the so called King of the Zulus who is a shame on the great name of Shaka, went on a killing spree that was directed ONLY against black Africans from other countries that had actually helped the South African struggle.Listen below to Ali Saeed, Chair of the SOCEPP, on CBC about the slaguther of Ethiopians in Libya, Yemen, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and other places.
ETHIOPIA’S ELECTIONS, scheduled for May 24, are shaping up to be anything but democratic. A country that has often been held up as a poster child for development has been stifling civic freedoms and systematically cracking down on independent journalism for several years.
It was consequently startling to hear the State Department’s undersecretary of state for political affairs, Wendy Sherman, declare during a visit to Addis Ababa on April 16 that “Ethiopia is a democracy that is moving forward in an election that we expect to be free, fair and credible.” The ensuing backlash from Ethiopians and human rights advocates was deserved.
Ethiopian professionals. Eventually, they decided to launch a blog about social and civic issues in Africa’s second-most-populous nation.
“Initially, it was not about political activism or about criticising the government. It was to connect with like-minded people,” said Soliyana Shimeles, 28, one of the founders of the blog Zone 9.
By Worku Aberra
(Writer’s Note: This will be the last instalment of my commentary on ESAT’s interview with Isaias Afwerki. I acknowledge the public service that ESAT has provided in posting the video clips of the interview. I would like to thank the many readers who have given me their feedback, both favourable and critical. I would also like to thank the websites that posted my commentary. Thank you.)
In part VI, I have shown the logical inconsistencies of the fiction “Ethiopian colonialism”. In this part, I will outline the motivations behind the coinage of the term, the purposes for which it has been used, and the problems it poses for allying with Isaias and the EPLF.
Al Jazeera spoke to ‘Ahmed,’ a well known people trafficking broker who many young Ethiopians in Addis Ababa have used to try and get to Europe.
The problem of killings of Ethiopians and other Africans is not new. As it happened in this few days it happened in the last decades especially since the brutal regime of EPRDF took power in 1991 in Ethiopia. In fact the main cause of this and other inhuman action is this dictatorial regime and the so called ‘’opposition parties’ ‘who are created to aid the masking of the Human Rights violation of the regime.
Ever since extremists murdered close to 30 Ethiopians in Libya and Afro-phobic South African mobs killed Ethiopians in Durban and Soweto, Ethiopians inside the country have been staging peaceful protest demonstrations not only against but also against the regime in Addis Abeba correctly accused of causing the plight and flight of Ethiopians to dangerous countries and criminal traffickers. And the regime has responded with violence and repression.
Brutal murder of Ethiopians by Daesh (IS) in Libya. The killing of Ethiopians in South Africa. Deportation of Ethiopian refugees by the Sudan, Djibouti and Kenya. The terrible plight of Ethiopian in Yemen. The UN agency supposed to protect and care for refugees is nowhere to be seen. Shame on the UNHCR that, by not doing its duty, has helped those who went after Ethiopian refugees with evil intent.
Amdemikael Mengisteab – <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For the most part the following critical issues and their analyses in this article are exclusively relevant to understand how the PFDJ regime has been consistently handling the Eritrean and Ethiopian ties since its days as a guerilla fighter front in the bushes.
Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) is deeply shocked by the heinous, barbaric and dreadful massacre of innocent Ethiopians committed by ISIL Terrorist groups in Libya condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrendous terrorist act killing of innocent Ethiopian Christians in Libya, as it is utterly unacceptable crimes against humanity.
Rally over deaths in Libya gains anti-authority momentum with protesters throwing stones at police, prompting crackdown.
By Yilma Bekele
The terrorist group ISIL murdered twenty eight Ethiopians in cold blood in the deserts of Libya. In Durban South Africa two Ethiopian brothers aged twenty two and twenty four were locked inside their ‘container shop’ and set on fire. In Beirut Lebanon a young girl jumped from her employee’s residence on the fourth floor and was badly hurt while across town another one committed suicide by hanging herself.
Two of the 10 most censored countries in the world are African, says the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Eritrea is the worst in the world, behind even North Korea and Saudi Arabia. Ethiopia is the fourth most censored country. Excerpts from a report published today by the committee:
Ethiopia has started three days of national mourning following the killing by Islamic State of more than 20 migrant workers - most thought to be Ethiopian Christians - in Libya.
The Libyan branch of IS on Sunday released videos of the men being beheaded and another group being shot.
From Durban--Soweto in South Africa up to the desert and beaches of Libya, Ethiopians have been brutally murdered. In South Africa, they were victims of Afro-phobic mobs spurred by irresponsible officials and, in Libya, some 30 of them beheaded and shot dead by the Daesh (IS) fanatics for just being Coptic Christians. The EPRP strongly condemns the murderous Daesh group and Libyan militias who had, in the past, been taking violent actions against Ethiopian refugees.
SOCEPP would like to formally register its firm objection and rejection of the fallacious statements made by the head of the political department, Mme Windy Sherman
The EPRP strongly protests the ongoing Afrophobia campaign and the brutal killings of refugees in Durban and other places in South Africa. It is shameful to note that Afrophobic radio programs, the son of Jacob Zuma and even the King of Zulu, Goodwill Zwelrthini, have sprinkled petrol over the fire (demanding that the refuges leave, accusing the refugees of every ill of South Africa, of being dirty, causing car accidents and of even plotting a coup d'état) and sent the mobs on a killing spree against Africans
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mobs in South Africa attacked shops owned by immigrants in a poor area of Johannesburg early Saturday following similar violence in another part of the country that killed six people, according to media reports.
By Worku Aberra
Fictional stories serve useful purposes. Ethiopians tell teret, parables to convey a moral message; and Isaias, the EPLF, and its supporters have been telling the fiction that "Eritrea was a colony of Ethiopia" to sanction independence. Today, other ethnic fundamentalist groups, including the TPLF in the past, are doing the same.
By Colin Todhunter: Some £600 million in UK aid money courtesy of the taxpayer is helping big business increase its profits in Africa via the New Alliance ......
Petitioning UNHCR Requesting the evacuation and resettlement of Ethiopian and Eritrean Refugees in Yemen to other countries in the diaspora
By Worku Aberra
Politicians of all hues are infamous for misusing a language for their political ends. And Isaias’ interview provides an excellent case study of falsehoods, subterfuges, euphemisms, and obfuscations.
By Yilma Bekele
Somalia would take a long time to recover and start acting like a Nation. Kenya the sane among the group has entered the warring Nations club.
By Worku Aberra
Minga Negash, Seid Hassan, Mammo Muchie and Abu Girma
What does Adowa mean for Ethiopians and the rest of Africa? What is left from the Victory of Adowa? What do we owe our patriotic mothers and fathers who saved Ethiopia from Colonial Domination ?
Fekadu Bekele (Ph D)
April 5, 2015
The World Health Organisation’s top official in Thailand has denied beating his Ethiopian domestic helper and treating her like a modern day slave.
The 25-year-old unnamed maid filed a complaint with police last month accusing Dr Yonas Tegegn, the WHO’s representative in Thailand, and his wife of abusing her and forcing her to work without pay for nearly two years.
By Worku Aberra
By Worku Aberra
By Yilma Bekele
Poor Yemen is fast becoming the new playground of every wanabe strong Arab regime in the Middle East. Yemen is a safe location where they could test their acquired toys and pretend to act like a real army fighting real battles.
Date 27 03 201
Eritrean government accused of failing to cooperate with UN inquiry as abuses including detention and enforced military service are highlighted
By Yilma Bekele
We all have a few issues. Some are real while a few are due to ignorance but somewhere in between there are some topics raised by some folks that stops you on your track. All one can do is stand back, raise an eyebrow, take a breath and exclaim 'what is that all about?'
By Tedla Asfaw
Obo Lencho Leta shared his opinion on what is wrong in the coming Ethiopian election here. (http://www.ethiomedia.com/101facts/4438.html)
He failed to mention the 2005 election as a good example of what Transparent Election is about. Before the May 2005 election there was public debate open for all unlike the current one.
From 119 This Year to 120 Next Year : Celebrating Adwa Victory as the Significant African Victory over World Empire
By Mammo Muchie
Presented first on 27 February, Kara Heritage Institute, Pretoria, South Africa (http://www.kara.co.za/)
NES COMMENTARY No.38