ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Three Ethiopian journalists were released from prison three weeks ago, ahead of President Obama's visit to the African nation. They are just some of victims who dared to criticize their government and went to prison for it.
Now, the three are speaking about that repression and one is willing to risk everything to have her voice heard, reports CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett.
Fekadu Bekele, Ph D
July 29, 2015
President Barack Obama praised Africa’s economic performance in his speech on the 2015 Global entrepreneurship summit which was held in Nairobi from July 25-26, 2015. He stressed that Africa is “on the move and the continent is one of the fastest growing region in the world.” Further, he emphasized that “the people are being lifted out of poverty, and income is growing.” In his words, “the middle class is growing and young people are harnessing technology to change the way Africa is doing business.” In his view such a growing economy “creates incredible possibility for Africa and the world in general.”
By Hama Tuma
Having lived in France where delusions of grandeur thrived I would be excused if I imagine that the president of a superpower would listen to my advice or even know anything about it. And yet.....here goes.
By Dawit Temsegen Oslo 22.07.2015
The literal meaning of peace is when there is no war, no insurgence no hostility and no political turmoil. That is the actual presence, bodily manifestation and an indication of democracy in any country. In short term non-existence of war in any nation is the charisma of the full-fledged democracy. Always westerns declare and basically dictate that if no war in a country then they are certain that there is the practicable framework of Democracy in the country..
President Obama’s visit to Kenya and Ethiopia has raised questions and skepticism concerning the American policy narrative that underpins the types of engagements this American President or any other President undertakes with emerging Africa.
Hosted by Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association (ECMAA), Ato Nesibu Sebhat came to New York City on July 19, 2015 at Tsion café in New York City to talk about his new book entitled Fistum Naew Emnetae “ፍፁም ነው እሞነቴ” .
By Yilma Bekele
Fekadu Bekele, Ph D July 13, 2015
On 25th January of this year the Greek people have elected a new parliament and a new government which is led by the SYRIZA party which is opposing the economic and social policies of the past two previous governments, the PASOK, which is a socialist party by name, and the New Democracy party, a center-right wing party.
Barack Obama’s decision to visit Ethiopia has shocked human rights activists, who say the visit sends the wrong message to a repressive government widely accused of clamping down on dissent.
Washington (AFP) - More than 50 African and global human rights groups on Tuesday called on US President Barack Obama to publicly meet democracy activists when he visits Ethiopia and Kenya later this month.
By Hama TumaThe American president, Barack Obama, is expected to visit Ethiopia in late July and to meet with the dictators who have made life there a virtual hell for more than 92 million people. They are his allies if we want to be polite or his puppet if we are sticklers for the truth. They have summarily executed many, disappeared dozens, kept more than 40,000 political prisoners in dungeons but they recently released five bloggers and journalists to please Obama and that is all that matters to give him the chance to declare things are getting better in the hapless land.
JUNE 1991--from Sankisa and other places of Gondar and from Gojjam's various areas a number of veteran members and leaders of the EPRP fell into the hands of the army of the Tigrrean front. Many others were killed by a combined force of this front, the Eritreans (EPLF) and the Sudanese armed contingents. Azanaw Demile (aka) Tulu was arrested in Basonda, the Sudan, and handed over to the TPLF when this front assumed power in Addis Abeba.
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