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Monday, December 19, 2005

Violence and Repression in Ethiopia

“Patrick Leahy of Burlington was elected to the United States Senate in 1974 and remains the only Democrat elected to this office from Vermont. He was also the youngest Senator (34) elected from the Green Mountain State and is now serving his sixth term. “

Senator Leahy has recently written an article which conveyed his concerns about the deteriorating political situation in Ethiopia.

“Violence and Repression in Ethiopia” by Senator Patrick Leahy

Contact Senator Leahy at 202-224-4242, and show your support!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Harvard Panel Discussions on the Ethiopian Crisis

"As those in attendance dispersed, they signed letters asking the Ethiopian government to release the prisoners. After this panel, and a concurrent letter writing drive, more than 300 letters were signed from the Harvard community. Thus ended an exciting day, with the voices of the Ethiopian people heard loud and clear from the hallowed halls of Harvard. "



Friday, December 09, 2005

The Ethiopia Consolidation Act of 2005

Click here to read the entire bill.
EthioMedia has informed us that there are individuals calling offices of members of the U.S. Congress, and urging them to vote "No" to kill Congressman Chris Smith's Bill on Ethiopia. Obviously, these are the cadres of Meles Zenawi, who are working 24-7 to reverse the cause of the Ethiopian people. Therefore, clarifying this confusion during our telephone calls is important.

Listed below are members of the House Subcommittee on Africa Global Human Rights and International Operations
The subcommittee will vote on The Ethiopia Consolidation Act of 2005 before December 15, the last day of session for the year.

There is no time to loose, call right now!!! Now!!

Congressman Thomas Tancredo: (202) 225-7882
Congressman Donald Paine: (202) 225-3436
Congressman Jeff Flake: (202) 225-2635
Congresswoman Barbara Lee: (202) 225-2661
Congressman Mark Green: (202) 225-5665
Congresswoman Betty McCollum: (202) 225-6631
Congressman Christopher Smith: (202) 225-3765
Congressman Edward Royce: (202) 225-4111
Congressman John Boozman: (202) 225-4301
Congressman Brad Sherman: (202) 225-5911
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry: (202) 225-4806
Congressman Gregory Meeks: (202) 225-3461
Congresswoman Diane Watson: (202) 225-7084

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

And May all Your Christmases be White.....( by Mark Faulk)

(Excerpt)................As with every protest that I had seen over the past few days, this one was mostly falling on deaf ears. Tourists glanced nervously in their direction, some even going so far as to cross the street to avoid hearing their pleas, stopping to take pictures of the White House, always careful not to make eye contact with the few who would give of their time to help a fallen brother. And the locals? They didn’t even seem to see…or hear…the protestors at all. Too many years of practice ignoring the poverty of their city, of ignoring the protests against a government that just doesn’t seem to care, had seemingly rendered them callous and uncaring .......

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Friday, December 02, 2005

What the U.S. can do to restore a genuine government in Ethiopia

(By Meron Agonafer)

"Mr. Blair should publicly evict Mr. Meles from his Commission for Africa. The rest of the international crowd should exile him." Mr. Good Governance Goes Bad, The New York Times Opinion Sunday, November 27, 2005.

On Sunday the New York Times' Opinion page bluntly called on Tony Blair to "publicly evict Meles from his Commission for Africa". It was refreshing to read such a timely opinion from the most respected newspaper in the world.

Indeed, it is an open secret that Tony Blair has been promoting Meles Zenawi, the notorious autocrat, as the "new leader" of Africa. Of course, if the word "new" is meant to indicate an introduction of ethnic division, abject poverty, intense repression, mass killing, yes, Tony Blair is right on the mark. His poster boy has a master plan to keep Ethiopia in perpetual conflict and misery which will eventually destabilize the Horn of Africa. And the last thing the world needs is lawlessness in that region.

To rectify this situation, the first step is for the Western nations, including the United States, to "exile" Meles Zenawi, as the New York Times declared. He has demonstrated time and again his utter disdain for peace. He is trying to maintain his power grip by sheer force. The entire country is under a state of emergency and it is not sustainable. The population cannot be controlled by force. As all signs indicate, Meles Zenawi is losing control of the country sooner than he expected. It is imprudent for the West to wait for a civil war to erupt and further complicate regional conflicts.

Second, the West should embrace the call that has been made by various political factions and Ethiopian civic groups, for a national reconciliation. For the first time in Ethiopia's modern history, there is a growing desire for a round table discussion to iron out political differences and to map out the political future of the country. The West, particularly the United States, can facilitate a national reconciliation in Ethiopia. The prerequisite for this is to immediately release all political prisoners and to allow the independent media to operate freely. To avert repeating past mistakes, the United States must insist on the inclusion of all civic and political groups. Only then will the outcome be legitimate.

Ethiopia can be a strong strategic ally for the United States as a politically stabilized country. In "Mr. Good Governance Goes Bad," The New York Times analyzes is on the mark, this is the best time for the West to abandon the tyrant and turn its attention on bringing about a lasting political change in that war ravaged region. Peace and good governance can be achieved in Ethiopia if the West is willing to start afresh.