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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

IOM Shames Ethiopian Government Into a Compromise

*Kinijit and the website debacle, Distributors of Berhanu’s book in danger, and today’s top stories*

IOM shames Ethiopian Government Into Compromise

Previously, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had announced that the privileges of the returnees had been lifted, as ministry officials had lost contact with the Ethiopian Embassy in Beirut due to the war between Israel and Hezbollah that started on July 12, 2006. The duty free repeal was announced a week after the day of the beginning of the war.

As a result, upon reentering the country, the first 200 or so returnees had their goods confiscated by the Ethiopian Customs Authority. The goods included laptops, DVD players, and other belongings that the returnees brought with them from the country they worked in.

On August 02, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) sent a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decrying the duty free repeal affecting returnees, mentioning six returnees who had their properties seized by the customs authority. Responding quickly, the Ministry reinstated the privileges three days later. (More...)

Kinijit and the Website Debacle


Washington DC, August 15, 2006: Kinijit has disassociated itself from , which was declared several months ago as its official website. In a statement it issued today via Kinijit's International Political Leadership Committee, it noted that the website "has not been under the supervision of authorized body of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party. The statement has raised concerns as Kinijit members and supporters throughout the world not only trusted the website as CUDP's official organ but also used to donate money that appears to be unaccounted for, according to Kinijit sources. (More...)

Distributors of Dr. Berhanu’s book may be at risk
Security officials are said to be focusing on identifying individuals organizing the main channels of distribution for Dr. Berhanu’s new book. Some individuals and organization are already identified and security personeels are watching them closely. (More...)

Today's Top Stories

-Citizens visit Dr. Berhanu in Prison to congratulate him on his new Book
-WFP starts food distributions to survivors of floods in eastern Ethiopia
-Somaliland kidnaps Belgian officials
- Coffee Might Trigger First Heart Attack
-Time lists 50 'coolest websites'
- Prosecutors to Monitor Madonna act
- World to end on August 22