Ethiopia blocks freed journalists from launching newspapers
New York, January 2, 2008—Three Ethiopian journalists told CPJ the government denied them applications to launch new newspapers on Tuesday. All the journalists spent 17 months in prison following the country’s 2005 elections. The newspapers were slated to become the country’s first independent political publications since authorities banned eight local papers and forced at least a dozen others to close after the 2005 deadly post-election unrest.read more... http://www.cpj.org/news/2008/africa/ethiopia02jan08na.html
Another interesting opinion, again timely! weyanewoch eyadenagerun sirachewun yiseralu. ye-ethiopiawinet telat beza!!!! read these two articles pls.
Most mobile users got out of the habit of sending text messages
A new range of mobile phones has just gone on sale in Ethiopia, with the onscreen menu in Amharic, and the ability to send SMS text messages in the Geez script - used for Amharic and other languages in the region. Read more....
In a letter signed by the chairman, the announcement revealed the long awaited decision to suspend the five delegates who made their way to North America in early September in the pretext of thanking CUD Diaspora supporters.
The decision to suspend these five outlaws is a right one in light of the reneged groups’ recent move to divide Kinijit into two rather than reconcile with Kinijit for whatever wrong they did and say in the media during their tour in North America. In addition to that, evidences are becoming visible in which the delegates move to come to North America was far from sinister. Abandoning the promise they made to reconcile the divided Diaspora, they fuelled it by siding themselves to outlaws and organize them against the chairman and other Kinijit members.
Their attempt to isolate chairman Hailu from Kinijit leadership undemocratically by spreading false rumors and bad characterization and replace him by Dr.Berehanu Nega (a character that see himself as the only person who knows how to win the struggle) had angered so many and such decision to suspend them was a decision that has been yearned for so long. Now the Euphoria has gone, nice speeches and slogans about democracy has gone and it is time to do the work since without work nothing can change. After all, Ethiopians won’t be free from their hardship through the reneged groups empty promise and slogans. Party cohesiveness and loyalty not to themselves, but to the people who entrusted them is the key issue for change and progress. Kinijit is better without them and the decision to suspend them is perhaps timely if not too late.
28 November 2007 Posted to the web 28 November 2007
Wrapping up his first official visit to Ethiopia, the United Nations humanitarian chief today called for prompt action to avert a serious crisis in the country's Somali region, where fighting has left hundreds of thousands of people in need of life-saving assistance.The situation in the Somali region featured prominently in discussions between UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes and senior Ethiopian officials, including the Prime Minister, his Deputy and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in the capital, Addis Ababa.Humanitarian conditions have worsened in the region in the past several months due to fighting between the Ethiopian National Defence Forces and the Ogaden National Liberation Front.
Mr. Holmes, who visited the strife-torn region yesterday, shared his observations about the humanitarian situation there and expressed concerns of the aid community on the ground. He also discussed ways in which the UN could support the Government in its efforts to provide relief to affected populations.
The UN has dispatched more than 7,300 metric tonnes of food to the five military zones in the region, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Preparations are also being finalized to deploy 15 mobile health teams, including 10 in the area of conflict.
"There are grounds for concern regarding the potential for a very serious humanitarian crisis," Mr. Holmes said. "But we can avert this if we take all the necessary actions, working alongside the Government." While in Addis Ababa, Mr. Holmes also met with representatives of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), including the Secretary-General's Special Representative, Azouz Ennifar, with whom he discussed issues relating to the Ethiopia-Eritrea border situation.In addition, the Emergency Relief Coordinator held talks with the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Said Djint.
Fetenech MideQsa ( Berhanu's) v.president have broken the boycott which was banned by Kinijit it self for the last 2 and half years and gave interview for one of the governments mouth piece-Reporter for the first time. The sad part is she used reporter to accuse Kinijit and its leaders. The incompetence Bertukan hasn't stopped showing her incompetency by http://www.ethiopianreporter.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=18420
Bertukan MideQsa, the woman who is plunging herself to a ground disastrously like a Japanese suicide kamikaze pilot is committing reckless after reckless moves to be only remembered on history books. Her popularity since her release from Kaliti is going down at an alarming rate to a point where many in Kinijit started to likened her behaviors with that of a high school girl. We have listed here some of her reckless behaviors for the last few months. Click for more
Gay and Defar are World Athletes of the Year - Powell and Vlasic win Performance of the Year Award Sunday 25 November 2007
Monte-Carlo – During the celebrations of the World Athletics Gala hosted by International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack in the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d’Eté Monte Carlo, 25-year-old American Tyson Gay and Ethiopia’s 23-year-old Meseret Defar were crowned as the male and female World Athletes of the Year.
Is It Lack of Internal Democracy or a Power Struggle?
Dr. Berhanu came into multi-party politics in October 2004. Hence, he has a very negligible experience in political party organization and management. The short period of his leadership in Kestedemena has been marred by the withdrawal of Prof. Mesfin and Ato Bedru Adem from his party, presumably because of his inability to provide democratic leadership.
Dr. Berhanu is also suspect on the criterion of commitment to Kinijit since he regularly meets (see, for example, pp. 301, 343) with Ato Bereket and other senior EPRDF cadres without Kinijit's authorization. Such meetings, especially those with Bereket and the Prime Minister, have seriously compromised the position of Kiniit. Indeed, a leader of Kinijit cannot handle Kinijit's sensitive affairs during the day, and hung out with Bereket during the evening.
The book tells us about Dr. Berhanu's problems of haste and waste, his lack of informed judgment (e.g. his erroneous perception of the strengths of multi-ethnic parties and his refusal to accept the victory predictions of Ato Hailu under free and fair elections), his disregard for the principles of internal democracy when it suits him, his hostile descriptions of prominent political leaders ( Ato Hailu, Prof. Mesfin, Prof. Beyene, Dr. Merera, and Ato Chekol, but not Ato Bereket or Ato Meles) who are potential allies in the democratic struggle, and his utter incompetence (e.g. failure to ensure a level playing field, poor political campaign organization and management, his support for naïve and elitist criteria for candidacy in rural Ethiopia, and total failure in all negotiations) as Kinijit's Political Campaign Chief.
His respect for internal democracy is also highly suspect when one sees his role in the meeting of the group of 22, his self-nomination for the Chairmanship of the Political Campaign Committee (pp.223, 226), his unauthorized cancellation of the Kinijit pre-conditions for negotiations with Bereket, his unauthorized submission of a Transitional Government of Unity proposal to the Prime Minister without the knowledge of the Kinijit leadership and his unauthorized statement that Kinijit would join parliament during his post-election tours in London and Washington, D.C., among several others. Click for more
“Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!” (Response to Abebe Gelaw & Lulit Mesfen)
What we are asking those media is to have a strong position against bigots like that of Andargachew Tsige and his likes who intensely wrote and work against the Amhara ethnic society. It hurt us seeing those media boosting the moral of such bigots no more less boosting the moral of the bigots of TPLF politicians. We urge one more time the following media owners to stop flirting with terrorists and boosting and stop publishing articles that sent from bigots like Andargachew tsige until he apologize for all his actions and distractions. Click here
[Editors note: We liked Getachew Reda's articulate analysis regarding the short sited goofy website editors. To be fooled is their daily tradmark. Their track shows a bad record in which they were advocates of the the dead anti-Ethiopian OLF-AFD. They are continiously advocating for the cause of the entire Eritrean-EPLF leadership and now they are advocating for the reneged Keste-Damena Coup d'etat leaders. To put it simple, it doesn't require that much effort to persuade them to go in a wrong direction.]
Prisoners of conscience - ETHIOPIA Daniel Bekele (m), policy manager of the Ethiopian office of ActionAid
(international development NGO), lawyer
Netsanet Demissie (m), director of NGO Organization for Social Justice in Ethiopia
Human rights defenders Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie face possible sentences of life imprisonment
on 22 November. Amnesty International considers them prisoners of conscience, detained solely for their
A real leader like a lion cares less for scores of shouting hyenas
No one can deny his character, courage and charisma that can be likened with the king of the jungle – the lion. In the real jungle life, the king of all the beasts, the aging lion will be mocked by hyenas running around him, shouting and instigating a fight and posing themselves to take away whatever he earned . In most cases the little hyenas get crushed by the aging lion in a bad way that would eventually make them live under the left over of the lion-king as scavengers.
Hailu Shawel has been defiant to Woyanne and stood firm for the Ethiopian cause and he is a man who is ready to die for it . He had worked hard to bring the Ethiopian struggle for freedom to the point where it is now. Like the story of the hyenas, there are many now who are trying to discredit his good name and take opportunity by character assasinating him. While Hailu Shawel is not a man that will be detered by such egoist and opportunistic individuals, we would like to inform true Ethiopians to be cautious and reason out and come out to defend a hero like Hailu Shawel from any kind of smear campaign directed by the reneged groups' medias and its websites
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A Real Moment with Dr. Berehanu Nega
If dozens of articles written by short sighted individuals with titles like "My moment with Dr Berehanu Nega" can torpedo Dr. Berehanu Nega to the leadership position of the kinijit, this audio clip and many other evidences can send him back to the bottom of the oceans, not even to be remembered again.
In the clip, Dr. Berehanu made two serious crimes. One is lying infront of the public and the other is being undemocratic (contrary to his daily preaching of democracy) on the way he appoint his people in the party structure. It looks like the wise professor Mesfin had reasons to distance himself from Dr. Berehanu. His testimony on VOA recently warns us that Berehanu is a power monger who always wants to be on top of everyone, which is a recipe, perahphs a big one to an outright dictatorship.
Dr. Berehanu, the time is long gone for silver-tongued speakers to fool the Ethiopian people and ascend into power. Narrative speeches about democracy and bravados are nothing compared to real courage, love and integerity of the real leader of Kinijit known to have possed.
About the Looming War
Is The Eritrean leadership in a position to salvage Ethiopians from the brut force of Meles Zenawi? Some people might have flirted with the idea of siding with Shabia on the rumored war that threatened our horn region hoping to get something out of it. The Ethiopian people would not and have not benefited from either Shabia or Weyanne. The fight and rivalry between Shabia and Woyanne is simply for the betterment of Eritrea in their own ways. It is clear from the actions and words of these two leaderships that they are all for Eritrea and their action is almost like “I am better than you for Adey Ertra and I can make her better using Ethiopian resources”. It would be wise for any Ethiopian opposition to stay away from being used and outsmarted by these destructive forces who had always wished destruction for the state of Ethiopian.
By the way studies made by The Royal Institute of International Affairs concluded that Eritrean Economy is in its downfall and reached to a point where it couldn’t recover anymore. Perhaps this war would be to salvage Eritrea by the Weyanne leadership from the position Eritrea found itself since the day it succeeded from Ethiopia. The 78 page document is written by the Royal Institute of International Affairs is titled ERITREA’S ECONOMIC SURVIVAL and is available here. If the analysis of the study is true, Eritrea is not in a position to fight a conventional war by itself but situated itself to resist invasion with the anti-Ethiopian forces it trained and lined to fight along side, such us the ICU, ONLF, and OLF.
It is sad to see the Ethiopian opposition being nowhere to get an opportunity to be a regional player and get a negotiable settlement out of such situations to democratize Ethiopia. Thanks to power mongers like Berehanu Nega, his coup associates and their media advocates, who are being obstacle to a political process that would have forced Woyanne to change its destructive way of leading the Ethiopian people. The reneged groups’ undecided behavior of where to go by putting one of its leg with Shabia sponsored AFD and the other leg to US state department sponsored TPLF parliament membership is something a rational Ethiopian need to fight.
Breaking News: Engineer hailu shawel has made successful surgery yesterday. Ethiopiawinet and all peace lover ethiopiaians wish him the best. more to come...
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Members of the central committee of TPLF has been in a meeting for the last couple of days to discuss the possibility of war with Eritrea. According to EZ Post sources, Meles Zenawi who was in India has skipped the meeting. Eye witnesses in Tigray report that there is a massive movement of Ethiopian troops to the border area.Some foreign diplomats in Addis Ababa also claim that the war may start very soon.
Some fade up groups raise arm to fight, some chose peaceful struggle by disobeying the regime, others lost hope on the fake parliament and regretted joining it, but a group led by Bertukan Mideksa and Dr. Brehanu Nega is on its way to clap its hands for Meles Zenawi-the head of TPLF in the rubber stamp parliament
Indian Ocean Newsletter N° 1222 25/09/2007
The American government has invited Ethiopian opponents to Washington for talks with opposition leaders recently freed from prison. The latter group, led by Ms Birtukan Mideksa (ION 1222), came to the USA on its own steam two weeks ago. All were received at the State Department on 21 September by American officials working on the Africa and Ethiopia desks. This meeting gathered Beyene Petros, Merera Gudina, the former President Negaso Gidada, Ayele Chemiso (an MP from the legal arm of the CUDP), Lidetu Ayalew, Berhanu Nega, Birtukan Mideksa and Hailu Araya. Their discussions with the American officials concerned how the Ethiopian opposition could adopt a joint political platform so that it could take part in the next elections in Ethiopia with the approval of the Addis Ababa government. They also discussed a strategy to sideline the hard wing of the opposition, consisting of Hailu Shawel and the EPRP, which wants nothing to do with the current EPRDF regime in Ethiopia.
The talks are expected to continue with further meetings with the presence of Bulcha Demeksa, currently passing through Washington. The American Deputy Secretary of State for African Affairs, Jendayi Frazer is expected to meet these Ethiopian opponents this week. This American mediation is consistent with the strategy devised by the US Ambassador to Addis Ababa Donald Yamamoto, intending to isolate Amhara radicals such as Hailu Shawel and the anti-EPRDF forces like the EPRP.